News and Notes after Week 9

Latavius Murray (concussion) left Oakland’s Week 9 game early to be evaluated for a potential concussion. Marcel Reece, Taiwan Jones, and Roy Helu would be left to pick up the slack if Murray misses time. … Teddy Bridgewater (concussion) took a vicious hit on Sunday and was forced to sit out the final quarter of Minnesota’s win over St. Louis. More news will surface this week regarding Bridgewater’s status. … Jacksonville’s Allen Hurns racked up 122 yards and a touchdown on Sunday, his sixth consecutive game with a touchdown reception. … Sammy Watkins was on the field for the first time since Week 6 and delivered a huge performance, catching eight passes for 168 yards and a score. With his ankle now apparently healthy, Watkins will be a solid fantasy contributor down the stretch. … Devonta Freeman struggled with just 12 yards on 12 carries this week, but salvaged his fantasy line by adding eight catches for 67 yards and a touchdown. Freeman’s receiving skills give him a solid weekly floor. … Both C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman handled seven carries on Sunday, with Hillman registering one yard, and Anderson running for 34 yards. Anderson has looked solid over the last two weeks although he will remain a RBBC member with Hillman for the time being. … Shaun Draughn led the San Francisco backfield on Sunday, with 20 touches and 96 total yards. Draughn appears to have the upper hand in the 49ers’ backfield while Carlos Hyde is out. … Dorial Green-Beckham was targeted 10 times by Marcus Mariota on Sunday, catching five passes for 77 yards. Hopefully this is the start of DGB being worked into the Tennessee offense on a more regular basis. … The New York Giants’ backfield remained a muddled mess on Sunday, as four separate backs were mixed into the rotation behind Eli Manning on Sunday. Rashad Jennings led the rushing work while Shane Vereen did the most damage in the receiving game.

LeSean McCoy Out With Shoulder Injury

The Buffalo Bills handled the Miami Dolphins on Sunday with relative ease, but running back LeSean McCoy suffered a shoulder injury after chipping in with 119 total yards and a touchdown. A Monday MRI awaits, but the Bills play on Thursday night this week so the quick turnaround could give McCoy problems even if the shoulder injury is minor. If McCoy misses time, Karlos Williams stands to benefit and the rookie was mighty impressive on Sunday, running for 110 yards and two touchdowns on only nine carries. Williams now has five touchdowns in five games and would approach RB1 status if McCoy misses extended time.

 

Patriot’s Dion Lewis Injured

One of fantasy’s best story lines this season has been the emergence of New England running back Dion Lewis, who has been a top-flight fantasy option in 2015. Lewis was off to another fine start on Sunday, tallying 53 total yards, before suffering a knee injury that forced him to miss the remainder of New England’s win over Washington. Lewis will undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of his knee injury, with the Patriots organization hoping the issue is simply an MCL sprain. Stay tuned to Rotoworld for more information on Lewis’ status and be prepared to fire up LeGarrette Blount, as the bruising running back stands to see a jump in usage if Lewis misses time. Game flow is still a concern with Blount, but he did stack up 129 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries on Sunday.

Monday Morning Headlines

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  • Report: Big Ben should only miss 1-2 weeks
  • Blaine Gabbert engineers upset of the Falcons
  • Report: Dion Lewis has ‘loose’ ACL, needs MRI
  • Shady (shoulder) expected to undergo an MRI
  • Sammy Watkins goes off: 8-168-1 on 8 targets
  • ‘Hope’ is Dion Lewis suffered just MCL sprain
  • Antonio Brown posts stratospheric 306 yards

HEADLINES

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  • Mariota (knee) does all team drills Wednesday
  • Brandon Marshall (ankle) DNP on Wednesday
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick cleared to start vs. Jaguars
  • T.Y. Hilton underwent MRI on foot this week
  • Mularkey: Andrews is Titans ‘workhorse’ at RB
  • T.Y. Hilton misses practice with foot sprain
  • 49ers confirm Gabbert will start vs. Falcons

Backs Dropping Like Flies – Who To Get

There were eight running backs drafted in the first round based on Average Draft Position on CBS Sports with Adrian Peterson, Eddie Lacy, Jamaal Charles, Le’Veon Bell, Marshawn Lynch, Matt Forte, C.J. Anderson andDeMarco Murray. That group looked great in August, but it has been quite a disappointment ever since.

And things just keep getting worse due to injuries. We already lost Charles to a torn ACL, and now Bell was placed on injured reserve with a torn MCL, ending his season. Forte is also expected to miss at least two weeks with his own MCL injury.

DeAngelo Williams is back on the Fantasy radar now as the top priority to add this week. He will replace Bell as the starter for the Steelers, and there’s a good chance he will become a weekly starter for your Fantasy team based on how he’s done when Bell missed time.

After Bell got hurt in Week 8 against the Bengals, Williams came in and had nine carries for 71 yards and four catches for 39 yards. Remember, Williams also started two games for the Steelers when Bell was suspended to open the season, and he had 12 Fantasy points in a standard league against New England in Week 1 and 26 Fantasy points against San Francisco in Week 2.

He is owned in just 34 percent of leagues on CBS Sports, and he should be considered a solid No. 2 Fantasy running back for Pittsburgh’s matchup with the Raiders. We just hope Williams, 32, can hold up as a starter for the rest of the year.

In Chicago, the Bears will turn to rookie Jeremy Langford as their starter, and he should be the No. 2 priority off waivers behind Williams. He is owned in just 7 percent of leagues on CBS Sports.

Langford does have two touchdowns on the season, but he saw the most action of the year in Week 8 after Forte got hurt against the Vikings with 12 carries for 46 yards. He’s nowhere as talented or versatile as Forte, but he does have a great matchup in Week 9 at San Diego, which makes him worth considering as a flex option.

There were a lot of injuries in Week 8 that Fantasy owners need to monitor, but the other big ones aside from Bell and Forte included Steve Smith (torn Achilles), Reggie Bush (torn MCL), Khiry Robinson (broken leg), Mike Davis(broken hand), Keenan Allen (back), Brandon Marshall (toe/ankle) andKendall Wright (knee). Smith, Bush and Robinson are out for the season.

Smith’s injury is devastating because he has been tremendous this year, and it will be hard to replace his production — for the Ravens and Fantasy owners. And the 49ers might have a new running back out of Pierre Thomas (7 percent) or Kendall Gaskins (0 percent) with Davis and Carlos Hyde (foot) also banged up. Allen also is expected to miss time with a kidney injury.

Needless to say, this will be an extremely active week on the waiver wire, especially with six teams on a bye (Detroit, Kansas City, Arizona, Seattle, Baltimore and Houston). Be ready to spend plenty of bid points on Williams, Langford, Steve Johnson (46 percent) and Kamar Aiken (18 percent), among many others, as Fantasy owners are scrambling due to all these injuries.

 

Vernon Davis Traded to Broncos

davisIf I can get my hands on Vernon Davis, who is now the latest weapon for Peyton Manning and the Broncos, I’m going to do that.  The 49ers traded Davis to the Broncos for draft picks.  I will personally guarantee a booster in his stats which were borderline pathetic for this year.  So, maybe it’s not much of a stretch to predict this, but, as you know, many fantasy owners in EVERY league fall asleep at the wheel.  Davis playing with a putrid 49ers offense this year has zero touchdowns.  Granted, he hasn’t played every game, but other games that he played it was if he wasn’t out there either.  Over 6 games, he has 18 receptions for 194 yards.  Expect those numbers to take a major leap.  I can only predict this player who seems to often focus on his brand on off field business will have more focus, especially if they line him up a few more times as a wideout once in awhile, which the 49ers would never do.

Notes and News

Jacob Tamme had a solid day for Atlanta, hauling in 10 of 12 targets for 103 yards and a touchdown as he benefited from Leonard Hankerson’s absence. … Rookie Stefon Diggs continued his hot streak, catching six passes for 95 yards and a score. … Brian Hartline made a splash on Sunday with two touchdowns but doesn’t deserve waiver wire attention this week. … C.J. Anderson finally had a productive outing, running for 101 yards and a score on 14 carries. Ronnie Hillman still got more work, but Anderson looked great on Sunday night. … Darren McFadden was the Dallas workhorse as expected, tallying 113 total yards on 26 touches. … Malcom Floyd scored twice on Sunday, including one bomb from Philip Rivers on his way to 92 yards on four catches. Floyd remains an excellent deep ball threat. … Derek Carr shredded the New York Jets on Sunday to the tune of 333 yards and four touchdowns and was impressive in a difficult matchup.

Injury Updates Following Week 8

Keenan Allen had back issues on Sunday and departed San Diego’s game early. No news has been released regarding his status for Week 9. …Brandon Marshall was banged up on Sunday with ankle and toe issues, with further details likely to be released throughout the week. … Kendall Wrightwas dealt a sprained MCL on Sunday and more details on his status will surface in coming days. … Khiry Robinson suffered a leg injury on Sunday, in what looked like a serious situation. More news will be released this week. …Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick tore ligaments in this thumb and missed most of New York’s Week 7 game. Geno Smith will start if Fitzpatrick’s Monday MRI delivers bad results. … Reggie Bush tore his ACL on Sunday in an unfortunate slip on the sideline in St. Louis. Until Carlos Hyde returns, Mike Davis and Kendall Gaskins will lead the way for the 49ers.

Gurley Is BEST Back in NFL

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Todd Gurley is perhaps the best running back in the NFL.  Adrian Peterson might have just fainted listening to that, but it’s true.  Gurley has put up 144 yards per game rushing over his last 3 games since he has come back off injury.  He is a workhorse that will consistently get between 20 and 30 carries again.  With a solid Rams defense, he may have some games with 30+ carries as they have the perfect recipe for smash mouth football of playing defense and running the ball.  Does he go #1 overall in the next year’s draft ranks?

Latest Week 8 Headlines

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  • Cowboys say Dez ‘on target’ to face Seahawks
  • Bengals LB Burfict (knee) ‘ready to practice’
  • Dez Bryant (foot) returns to practice Wednesday
  • No clarity: Dion Lewis questionable for TNF
  • Mariota does all individual drills Wednesday
  • Antonio Gates still not practicing for Bolts
  • Big Ben practicing in full for Week 8 vs. CIN

Patriot’s Dion Lewis To Play Thursday?

After Dion Lewis missed Week 7 with an abdomen injury, he returned to practice Tuesday on a limited basis. He did the same last week before ultimately sitting, so we’re not going to get 100 percent clarity likely until Thursday afternoon ahead of the night game with the Dolphins. Tentatively, Lewis is expected to play against Miami. With Brandon LaFell back and Danny Amendola picking up his game, there are a lot of mouths to feed in New England. Treat Lewis as a mid-range RB2 if he plays.

Cowboy Running Back Situation

Following his 31-touch, 162-yard, one-touchdown Week 7 against the Giants, Darren McFadden has been named the Week 8 starter in the Cowboys’ backfield. The matchup isn’t ideal against the Seahawks, but based on the Cowboys’ top-notch offensive line, Matt Cassel being at quarterback, and Dallas playing at home, McFadden is a solid RB2 play. Joseph Randle is nursing an oblique injury, and the whole Christine Michael thing proved to be empty. He played just seven snaps Week 7. McFadden needs to be added in all formats he’s available. Michael can again be cut loose.

QB and RB Slants

Seahawks signed RB Bryce Brown. Long on talent, Brown hasn’t been able to get out of his own way in Philadelphia and Buffalo. He’s a freak athlete, but has ball-security issues and shown an inability to run inside. … Texans officially placed Arian Foster (Achilles’) on season-ending I.R. The Texans are expected to employ a committee approach in Foster’s absence. … The Titans are hopeful Marcus Mariota (knee) will practice Wednesday after he sat out Week 7. … Coach Gus Bradley said T.J. Yeldon may start to see more goal-line work. Bradley also wants Denard Robinson to get more work. … CoachJay Gruden said he wants to use the bye week to fix the running game. …Carlos Hyde (foot) is expected to play Week 8 against the Rams. … CoachJim Caldwell said he promoted QBs coach Jim Bob Cooter to OC because of his relationship with Matthew Stafford. The Lions likely want to push the ball downfield more.

Big Ben Update

Ben Roethlisberger has missed the past four-plus weeks with a badly sprained MCL and bruised knee suffered Week 3 in St. Louis. The Steelers have managed to go 2-2 in his absence, but Big Ben appears set to make his return Week 8 against the undefeated, division-rival Bengals.

Despite Roethlisberger admitting he experienced some aching and pain in his knee after returning to practice last week, coach Mike Tomlin said there will be restrictions or reservations on his quarterback this week, and the expectation is for him to start Sunday, pushing Landry Jones back to the bench. We’ll have to wait to pen Big Ben into lineups until he gets in a few practices, but it sounds as if owners will have their starting quarterback back for the stretch run.

Once Big Ben returns, he’ll be a locked-in QB1, and it’ll be the first time all season that he, Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, and Martavis Bryant will all play together. Bell debuted Week 3 when Roethlisberger was injured, and Bryant didn’t play until Week 6 after serving a four-game suspension and hurting his knee in a Week 5 practice. This offense was one of the most potent attacks over the course of the second half of last season and should become that unit again when Big Ben returns. Brown, particularly, gets a massive boost after not scoring a touchdown and topping 45 yards receiving just once the past four games. Brown is now priced low on DFS sites and has as high an upside as anyone with Roethlisberger under center. Bell also should see more running room.

Headlines

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  • Pierre-Paul officially signs one-year deal
  • Texans officially place Arian Foster on I.R.
  • O’Brien wins: Texans release Ryan Mallett
  • NYG ‘comfortable’ with Pierre-Paul’s health
  • No limitations on Roethlisberger this week
  • Texans ink T.J. Yates to replace Ryan Mallett
  • Titans hopeful Mariota practices on Wednesday

Quick Notes Following Week 7

The Lions fired offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi after Sunday’s loss to Minnesota. Offensive line coaches Terry Heffernan and Jeremiah Washburn were also let go. The Lions are 1-6 this year … Chargers beat writer Michael Gehlken “wouldn’t be surprised” if Antonio Gates missed multiple games with his sprained MCL. Gates could be headed for an MRI later this week … Joseph Randle is dealing with an oblique injury. He was limited to six snaps in Sunday’s loss to the Giants … Jason Garrett said Darren McFadden has “absolutely” earned more work in the Cowboys’ backfield. It would be hard to get more than the 31 touches he logged in Week 7 … Emmanuel Sanders returned to practice on Monday. He sprained his AC joint before the Broncos went on bye … Davante Adams is expected to play this week. He’s missed the Packers’ last three games with a sprained ankle … Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt has no plans to increase Dorial Green-Beckham’s role. He said: “the more things you put on his plate, the harder it is for him to play fast” … Marcus Mariota will test out his knee on Tuesday. Zach Mettenberger started in his place Sunday against the Falcons … According to the Houston Chronicle, Texans coach Bill O’Brien wanted to cut Ryan Mallett after he missed the team’s flight to Miami but GM Rick Smithwouldn’t sign off on it. Mallett, who previously slept through practice during training camp, said he was stuck in traffic. Did I mention Arian Foster (torn Achilles) is out for the year? Not a good week for the Texans … Ryan Mathews tweaked his groin Sunday against Carolina but should be good to go after the Eagles’ bye week … Jason Pierre-Paul (finger) was at the Giants’ facility on Monday. He still hasn’t signed a contract … Andrew Hawkinssuffered a concussion Sunday in a loss to St. Louis. Hawkins led the Browns with 824 receiving yards last year but only has 207 through seven games this season … Josh McCown (shoulder) won’t be available when the Browns return to practice on Wednesday. Johnny Manziel would start if McCown can’t go Sunday against the Cardinals … Louis Murphy tore his right ACL Sunday against the Redskins. He’ll finish the year with 10 catches for 198 yards …Keenan Robinson left Sunday’s game with a slightly fractured rib but should be ready to go when the Redskins return from their bye week … Ryan Kerrigan had surgery to repair a broken hand on Monday. It’s unclear if he’ll miss any time … Chris Ivory vows to play against the Raiders in Week 8. He battled quad tightness Sunday against the Patriots … X-rays on Nick Mangold’s neck came back negative. The Jets center was wearing a neck brace after Sunday’s loss to New England … The Patriots didn’t practice Monday but if they had, Dion Lewis would have been a limited participant. Lewis missed Sunday’s game with an abdomen injury … Dolphins linebacker Chris McCain has one of the more bizarre Twitter avatars you’ll see. His default photo shows him crushing Tom Brady’s head. Rob Gronkowski’s response was perfect: “I think that would be a penalty if he does that. If he wants to do that and give us 15 yards, that’s fine.” The Patriots host the Dolphins on Thursday night.

Coaching Change Huge For Lamar Miller

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Dan Campbell has done a lot of wonderful things since taking over in Miami, not the least of which is turning Lamar Miller back into a Fantasy asset.

Miller had just 37 carries in his first four games and zero touchdowns. In two games with Campbell in charge Miller has accumulated 288 rushing yards and three total touchdowns. He’s also faced the Titans and Texans, but it’s promising nonetheless.

Verdict: Believe it. Sunday’s game was a bit of an outlier and you shouldn’t expect Miller to come anywhere close to those totals on a regular basis. You should expect the Dolphins to be a quality NFL team that wants to run the ball. Miller was billed as a borderline RB1 in August and that’s a fair expectation moving forward.

 

Stafon Diggs Is Good!

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In his first three starts, Stafon Diggs has accumulated 237 receiving yards and he scored his first touchdown on a spectacular catch. There were rumors throughout the week that Charles Johnson would get a shot at his old job, but it was once again Diggs leading the way in Week 7.

A one time, Diggs was a top recruit out of high school who chose Maryland for his college career.  His Week 7 stat line was 6 receptions, 108 yards and 1 touchdown.

This team thought Mike Wallace was their top receiver heading into the season, with Charles Johnson looking like stiff competition. Instead, it looks like there is no competition for Diggs in Minnesota.

Verdict: Believe it. Since Diggs burst onto the scene he leads the Vikings’ receivers in every category. He is Teddy Bridgewater’s favorite target largely because he does more with his targets than any player on the team.

Diggs is in an outstanding situation with Norv Turner and Adrian Peterson. It’s conceivable that he could maintain a WR2 pace the rest of the season, even as teams focus on him. Incredibly, Diggs is still available in 39 percent of leagues. He should once again be the top waiver wire target.

Week 7 Headlines

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  • CJ2K runs for 122 yards, TD in MNF victory
  • Cardinals survive near-collapse to top Ravens
  • O’Brien wanted to cut Mallett; GM vetoed move
  • Gates (MCL sprain) could miss multiple weeks?
  • John Brown officially a go for MNF vs. Ravens
  • Lions fire offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi
  • Garrett: McFadden absolutely earned more work

News & Notes Following Week 6

We finally have what appears to be a bit of clarity in the Denver backfield, asRonnie Hillman took a step forward on Sunday. Hillman received 23 touches to 17 for C.J. Anderson and was far more productive with his opportunities once again, averaging 5.0 yards per touch. Hillman is the back to own in Denver and could begin to widen the workload gap in coming weeks. … Chargers rookie Melvin Gordon had a rough afternoon as he was benched for the final 36 minutes of San Diego’s loss at Green Bay after fumbling twice.Danny Woodhead and Branden Oliver handled what little rushing attempts remained after Gordon’s benching with Philip Rivers throwing 65 times. … With Jamaal Charles sadly lost for the season, Charcandrick West and Knile Davis split the work in Kansas City’s backfield. West turned nine carries into 33 yards while David ran for 13 yards on five attempts. Both backs were lightly used in the passing game and it appears that West is still the preferred option in this backfield, although the Chiefs offense looked awful on Sunday. … Keenan Allen failed to score on Sunday but caught 14 of 15 targets for 157 yards, giving Allen three games this season with 12 or more receptions. … Minnesota rookie Stefon Diggs looks like the real deal, and caught seven passes for 129 yards on Sunday. Diggs has 13 receptions on 19 targets for 216 yards in the only two games he has played this season. Get those waiver claims ready.

Headlines

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  • Marcus Mariota headed for MRI on Monday
  • JPP expected to be examined by Giants Tuesday
  • Big Ben will not rule out playing Week 7
  • Melvin Gordon benched after pair of fumbles
  • Gruden stands behind Kirk Cousins as starter
  • Starks totals 117 yards, 2 TDs in Packers win
  • Patriots stay undefeated behind Brady’s 3 TDs

Nothing But The Truth? DraftKings Faces New Class-Action Lawsuit For Alleged False Advertising

Cause for complaint?
The latest complaint, filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, was brought by plaintiffs against DraftKings, last week.
At issue in the case, and in other similar cases, is the promise of a 100% match of deposits vis a vis truth in advertising laws that exist in several states. In this specific case, the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act and the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act were cited in the complaint.
Deposits being matched in the manner done by DraftKings and FanDuel is nothing new — in fact it is the industry standard. Deposit bonuses are released over time, as a player enters more real-money contests. What is at issue is how the deposit bonus is advertised.
From the complaint, one of the plaintiffs’ claims: “during the 2014 National Football League season made an initial deposit of $25 on the DraftKings website, www.draftkings.com, after receiving a promise from DraftKings that he would receive a “100% First-Time Deposit Bonus,” and despite that promise did not receive the entirety of the bonus.”
Doubling up
The plaintiffs’ filing goes on to detail how DraftKings’ claim of a 100 percent deposit match does not satisfy truth in advertising laws in Illinois and Missouri:
Indeed, consumers receive no money upon depositing. They discover, instead, that they are required to incur additional and substantial monetary obligations to obtain the “bonus” and that they will never “DOUBLE [THEIR] CASH.”
Specifically, to receive their so-called “bonus,” consumers have to pay to enter contests and then receive only a small amount, four percent or less of every dollar they spend within four months, until those small returns total the initial deposit or the four months expire.

At the high end, a consumer who had deposited $600 would have to spend at least $15,000 on contests, and do so within four months, to obtain what was promised as a “100% First-Time Deposit Bonus” or “DOUBLE YOUR CASH” bonus of $600; that would be $14,400 more than his or her initial payment.
How are bonuses actually unlocked at the two big DFS sites?
According to DraftKings’ website: “Deposit bonuses release in increments of $1 for every 100 Frequent Player Points (FPPs) that you earn by playing in paid contests. All deposit bonuses expire four months after they are created.”
According to FanDuel’s website: “Deposit bonus is released as real cash at a rate of 4% of the entry fee of the contest you enter. For example, if you enter a $25 contest, $1 of deposit bonus will be released into your main funds account. Users collect deposit bonus upon settlement of the contest entered.”
The complaint also argues that DraftKings’ terms of use constitutes an “illusory contract” that should not be enforced by the court, calling it “a maze of fine print that consists of nearly 6,000 words in single-spaced tiny print.” A separate filing was made for class certification for the plaintiffs.
Not the only case
Sports law and gaming law attorney Daniel Wallach originally reported the existence of this case. He also noted the status of three class action cases against FanDuel that have apparently been resolved, and two other cases against DraftKings that are still pending:
A case in Illinois‘ Northern District, Izsak v. Draftkings, Inc., remains active.
A case in Florida‘s Southern District, Aquirre vs. DraftKings, was brought in January, and remains unsettled. According to Wallach, the case will be dismissed this week unless the summons and complaint have been served to DraftKings.
Cases against FanDuel in Florida (Carroll v. FanDuel), California (Sidisin Jr., et al v. Fanduel, Inc., et al) and New York (Buzin et al v. Fanduel, Inc.) have have been voluntarily dismissed, according to Wallach, meaning the cases were likely settled.
All of those cases involved truth in advertising laws, as well. Since similar laws are in the books in many states, it will be interesting to see if even more lawsuits pop up in coming months.
Interestingly, Illinois is also one of the states considering legislation to deal with possible regulation of daily fantasy sports.

Notes for Week 6

 

Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) practiced in full on Thursday and will be ready to go on Sunday against Carolina. The matchup isn’t great, but when Lynch is healthy he is a rock solid bet in fantasy leagues. Thomas Rawls will likely see some touches in relief but he can be placed back on the shelf until Lynch misses time again.

Andrew Luck (shoulder) is expected to play this week against New England, and Colts owner Jim Irsay reiterated that sentiment on Thursday. The Patriots would be a far more challenging matchup for veteran backup Matt Hasselbeck than Houston and Jacksonville were, so the Colts will need Luck back if they would like a chance to hand New England their first loss of the season. Check back in at Rotoworld this weekend for more updates on the status of Luck’s bothersome shoulder.

T.J. Yeldon (groin) did not practice on Thursday and is a dicey bet to play on Sunday. Toby Gerhart and Denard Robinson could end up sharing the rushing duties for Jacksonville this week against Houston if Yeldon sits, although neither back would warrant serious starting consideration in anything but the deepest fantasy leagues.

The Buffalo backfield remains in flux as LeSean McCoy (hamstring) andKarlos Williams (concussion) are both unlikely to play again this week. If this is the case, Boobie Dixon and Boom Herron will handle the running duties again for the Bills. Herron saw nine touches and Dixon saw 10 in Week 5, so fantasy owners likely won’t find much value in either running back this week against Cincinnati.

Christine Michael is reportedly ready to see an increase in work in Dallas’ backfield, as Cowboys RB coach Gary Brown said the team is ready to “take the reins off him.” Michael has received just two carries this season, but is worth a roster add in all leagues in the event that this sudden workload increase comes to fruition. Joseph Randle will still be in the mix on early downs along with Darren McFadden in passing situations but we could see Michael finally get his chance.

Headlines going into Week 6

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  • Rex confirms Tyrod Taylor has sprained MCL
  • Roethlisberger throws passes at Weds practice
  • Davante Adams won’t commit to Week 6 return
  • Andrew Luck ‘not a lock’ to start this week
  • Ravens send Lorenzo Taliaferro (foot) to I.R.
  • Marshawn Lynch ‘should be ready to go’ Week 6
  • Colts bring back veteran RB Ahmad Bradshaw
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