Jonas Gray the Patriots top big back
Jonas Gray | NE
(October 25, 2014 12:23 AM EDT)
ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss confirms Jonas Gray now projects as the Patriots top "big back."
Gray is ahead of both Brandon Bolden and James White. The 2012 UDFA out of Notre Dame was expected to have a bigger role than the three carries he got in Week 7, but the Patriots got absolutely dominated in time of possession and didn't want to challenge the Jets' elite run defense. In different game-flow situations, Gray could have a real role. He's worth adding in deeper formats.
Jags not sure if Denard can handle big work
Denard Robinson | JAC
(October 25, 2014 12:14 AM EDT)
A source tells ESPN Jags reporter Mike DiRocco that the coaches "still aren't sure if [Denard] Robinson is capable of handling a heavy workload each week."
Robinson ripped apart the Browns' atrocious run defense last week for 22-127-1 and has earned another start. Don't expect 20-carry games to become the norm. The 197-pound "Shoelace" typically won't have gameflow on his side and also Toby Gerhart (foot) is coming back this week to pair with third-down back Jordan Todman. Furthermore, the Jags bottom-five offensive line is going to have its hands more than full with a very strong Dolphins front this week.
Keenan Lewis listed questionable for Saints
Keenan Lewis | NO
(October 24, 2014 11:50 PM EDT)
Saints CB Keenan Lewis (knee/shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Packers.
Lewis has practiced on a limited basis each day this week, meaning it would be a surprise if he doesn't suit up. We're expecting him to shadow Jordy Nelson, which is somewhat of a concern even though Lewis had a very ineffective first three games of this season. When Lewis is right, he's among the better shadow corners in the NFL.
Shane Vereen expected to play through illness
Shane Vereen | NE
(October 24, 2014 11:45 PM EDT)
ESPN Boston says it would be a surprise if Shane Vereen (illness) doesn't play in Sunday's game against the Bears.
Vereen was under the weather and sat out Friday's practice. It shouldn't affect his role in a fine matchup at home Sunday. Vereen, who played on a career-high 80 percent of the snaps in the first game after Stevan Ridley's season-ending knee injury, is RB2 even in non-PPR formats.
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Chris Polk (hamstring) probable for Week 8
Chris Polk | PHI
(October 24, 2014 10:40 PM EDT)
Chris Polk (hamstring) is probable for Week 8 against the Cardinals.
Polk has been cleared to return from his hamstring injury. He would back up LeSean McCoy if Darren Sproles (questionable, knee) is held out.
Tom Brady (ankle) officially probable
Tom Brady | NE
(October 24, 2014 10:24 PM EDT)
Tom Brady (ankle) is listed as probable for Week 8.
Brady will be a top-seven quarterback for Sunday's game against the Bears. He's averaging 305 yards with nine touchdowns over the last three weeks.
Report: Megatron not likely to play in London
Calvin Johnson | DET
(October 24, 2014 9:35 PM EDT)
ESPN's Ed Werder reports Lions coach Jim Caldwell is thinking "big picture" with Calvin Johnson (questionable, ankle), and is not expected to allow Johnson to play Sunday morning in London.
Per Werder, Megatron and Reggie Bush (ankle, doubtful) are both "not likely" to play against the Falcons. The Lions are 5-2 with a Week 9 bye, and could get both playmakers two more full weeks of rest before unleashing them for the stretch run. Holding Johnson and Bush out against Atlanta would be the savviest move by Caldwell, even if the Lions lose to the Falcons. Look for the Lions to continue to lean heavily on Joique Bell and Golden Tate in Week 8.
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'Chance' Ryan Mathews could return in Week 9
Ryan Mathews | SD
(October 24, 2014 9:10 PM EDT)
According to the Union-Tribune San Diego, there is a "chance" Ryan Mathews (knee) could return for the Chargers' Week 9 game against the Dolphins.
Mathews' MCL sprain has cost him six weeks. As the Chargers have begun to lose games, they may feel more urgency to get their best early-down runner back on the field. "That's in my head," Mathews said Friday of a potential Week 9 return. "I'm just going keep doing my treatment this week, come back on Monday, and see what they (team doctors) say." Per beat writer Michael Gehlken, Mathews is "clearly close," looks conditioned, and his "right knee was stable" during a Thursday evening workout before San Diego's loss to Denver. Mathews should be stashed in all fantasy leagues.
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Jason Kelce questionable for Week 8
Jason Kelce | PHI
(October 24, 2014 8:17 PM EDT)
Eagles C Jason Kelce (sports hernia surgery) practiced in full on Friday and is listed as questionable for Week 8.
Kelce isn't expected to play against the Cardinals, but is on track to resume starting in Week 9. He's going to be a major upgrade to an interior line that's struggled to run block. The Eagles are also hoping to get LG Evan Mathis (knee) back within the next two weeks.
Marquise Goodwin listed doubtful
Marquise Goodwin | BUF
(October 24, 2014 7:36 PM EDT)
Marquise Goodwin (hamstring) is listed as doubtful for Week 8.
Goodwin can be safely ruled out for Sunday's game. Mike Williams will continue to be active as the No. 4 receiver.