Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on September 17, 2012 @ 09:50:22 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Tom Brady | New England Patriots | Fantasy
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has overthrown 12 of 19 attempts of 30 yards or more since 2011, which is the highest percentage (63.2) in the league. Brady completed just 50.5 percent of passes of 15 yards or more last season, perhaps a sign that age is catching up with him.

QB | Ben Roethlisberger | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is 19-of-25 passing for 251 yards with three touchdowns on third down so far this season.

QB | Mark Sanchez | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez targeted WR Santonio Holmes 11 times in Week 2, yet Holmes had just three receptions.

QB | Robert Griffin III | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III ran for two touchdowns and threw for another in the Week 2 game against the St. Louis Rams. He finished with 206 passing yards, and 82 rushing yards on 11 carries.

QB | Eli Manning | New York Giants | Fantasy
New York Giants QB Eli Manning completed 31 of his 51 passes for a career-high 510 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions in Week 2 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It was Manning's 23rd career 300-yard passing game, and his 13th career game with at least three interceptions.

QB | Alex Smith | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith (nose) suffered a laceration on the bridge of his nose in the fourth quarter of the Week 2 game against the Detroit Lions. To make matters worse, his long first down run was called back due to holding on TE Delanie Walker. Smith was able to remain in the game.

QB | Blaine Gabbert | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey said Sunday, Sept. 16, that it is too early to tell if QB Blaine Gabbert (leg) will be ready for Week 3. He said Gabbert has a strain in the back of the leg.

QB | Andrew Luck | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck made his first career regular season home start in Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings, and he came away victorious. Luck completed 20 of 31 passes for 224 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions, while also running four times for 21 yards. "We were rushing him. He moved around a lot. It (stinks), missing sacks," Vikings DL Jared Allen said. "He did a good job. If the guy is not as mobile, we probably have six sacks."

QB | Drew Brees | New Orleans Saints | Fantasy
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees has completed 20 or more passes in 38 consecutive games.


Running Back

RB | Matt Forte | Chicago Bears | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith said Monday, Sept. 17, that RB Matt Forte (ankle) does not have a high ankle sprain. Smith would only say, however, that Forte is still sore. "Matt did go down with an ankle injury. It's not a high ankle sprain, as has been reported," Smith said. "But right now, you know when you don't finish the game and he still has some soreness, we'll continue to monitor it, but we felt we needed another running back here, that's why we brought back a guy who knows our system and has played good ball for us in Kahlil Bell."

RB | Ray Rice | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice had just nine carries for 21 yards in the second half of Week 2 after recording 78 yards rushing on seven carries in the first half. The Ravens went with pass plays in what normally would be rush situations later in the game.

RB | Chris Johnson | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson has just 21 yards on 19 carries and has not rushed for a first down through two games. He is averaging 1.2 yards after contact.

RB | Darren McFadden | Oakland Raiders | Fantasy
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden said following Week 2 that he is comfortable with the team's new zone-blocking scheme even though he is off to a slow start rushing. McFadden has just 54 yards on 26 carries through two games. "I'm very comfortable in this scheme," McFadden said. "I just feel like we have to get going. You hit one or two runs here, three-yard runs here, and eventually it's going to start popping."

RB | Ahmad Bradshaw | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) is scheduled to undergo an MRI Monday, Sept. 17.

RB | Ryan Mathews | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Fantasy
Barring a setback, San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (collarbone) will likely play in Week 3.

RB | Alfred Morris | Washington Redskins | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris had 16 carries for a game-high 89 yards in Week 2 against the St. Louis Rams. RB Evan Royster had just one carry for four yards, and two catches for seven yards, while RB Roy Helu Jr. did not even have one carry, and he had one catch for no gain.

RB | Daryl Richardson | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
St. Louis Rams RB Daryl Richardson carried 15 times for a team-high 83 yards in Week 2 against the Washington Redskins. Richardson saw an increased workload when RB Steven Jackson (groin) left the game early due to injury. Richardson also added two catches for 19 yards, posting 102 total yards from scrimmages despite not starting, but he also lost a fumble.

RB | Steven Jackson | St. Louis Rams | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Rams RB Steven Jackson (groin) left the Week 2 game against the Washington Redskins due to a groin injury, according to head coach Jeff Fisher. Jackson finished the game with nine carries for 58 yards. He did not have any receptions.

RB | Andre Brown | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants RB Andre Brown, not rookie RB David Wilson, stepped up in Week 2 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when RB Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) went down to injury. Brown posted 71 rushing yards and a touchdown on 13 carries, and he added a two-point conversion run. Brown also had 19 yards on two receptions. Meanwhile, Wilson posted just six yards on three totes.

RB | Adrian Peterson | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) carried 16 times for 60 yards in Week 2 against the Indianapolis Colts, but none of his runs were longer than six yards. Peterson also added three grabs for 20 yards.

RB | Chris Ogbonnaya | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Cleveland Browns RB Chris Ogbonnaya did not record a carry in Week 2 against the Cincinnati Bengals, but he had six receptions for 73 yards. Ogbonnaya also was credited with a fumble lost.

RB | Trent Richardson | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Cleveland Browns RB Trent Richardson carried 19 times for 109 yards and a rushing touchdown in Week 2 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Richardson also managed a receiving score, finishing with four catches for 36 yards. Richardson is the first Browns rookie to rush for more than 100 yards since RB Lee Suggs Dec. 28, 2003.

RB | BenJarvus Green-Ellis | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis carried 21 times for 75 yards in Week 2 against the Cleveland Browns, and he added 30 yards on three receptions. While he didn't find the end zone this week, he is averaging exactly 100.0 yards per game from scrimmage through two weeks.

RB | Pierre Thomas | New Orleans Saints | Fantasy
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas carried nine times for 110 yards in Week 2 against Carolina Panthers. It was his fourth career 100-yard game, and his first since Sept. 27, 2009, against the Buffalo Bills.

RB | DeAngelo Williams | Carolina Panthers | Injury, Fantasy
Carolina Panthers RBs Mike Tolbert and DeAngelo Williams each posted rushing touchdowns in Week 2 against the New Orleans Saints. Williams led all running backs with 14 totes for 69 yards and the TD, while Tolbert had just three yards on two carries. RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle) was also back after missing the Week 1 loss. He had 11 carries for 51 yards while adding a 17-yard touchdown reception on his only catch of the game.

RB | LeSean McCoy | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy carried 25 times for 81 yards and a touchdown, and he added two catches for eight yards, in Week 2 against the Baltimore Ravens. However, he also lost his second fumble in as many games. McCoy entered the season with just one fumble lost in 28 games.

RB | Rashard Mendenhall | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall (knee) could have a limited role in Week 3 but he is not expected to be a regular in the running back rotation until Week 5.


Wide Receiver

WR | Michael Crabtree | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
Five of San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree's six receptions in Week 2 were good for first downs. Crabtree has emerged as a possession receiver for the team.

WR | Domenik Hixon | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants WR Domenik Hixon (concussion) is unlikely to play in Week 3 after suffering a concussion in the team's Week 2 game.

WR | Hakeem Nicks | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
Despite his huge performance in Week 2, New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks (foot) stayed down momentarily and walked slowly off the field during the fourth quarter after a defender accidentally stepped on the back of his right foot following a reception. "I knew I had to shake it off. It was crunch time. I knew I wasn't going to sit out," Nicks said.

WR | Vincent Jackson | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson was targeted eight times on passes at least 15 yards downfield in Week 2. He caught five of them, all coming on throws of at least 17 yards, and finished with 128 yards and a touchdown.

WR | Miles Austin | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
The Dallas Cowboys have been lining WR Miles Austin up in various formations through the first two games, mainly outside and in the slot. Austin has scored touchdowns in both games.

WR | Julian Edelman | New England Patriots | Fantasy
One of the reasons the New England Patriots could be playing WR Julian Edelman over WR Wes Welker is because of Edelman's run-blocking ability. RB Stevan Ridley had some of his biggest runs in Week 2 (20, 12 and 10 yards) out of the team's two-receiver packages with Edelman on the field over Welker. Of 18 snaps the Patriots had in that personnel grouping, Edelman was on the field over Welker for 15 of them.

WR | Santonio Holmes | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez targeted WR Santonio Holmes 11 times in Week 2, yet Holmes had just three receptions.

WR | Joshua Morgan | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Washington Redskins WR Joshua Morgan lost his cool in Week 2 against the St. Louis Rams, retaliating with a shot to the jaw of CB Cortland Finnegan to draw a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Instead of a 47-yard game-tying field goal attempt, Morgan's penalty gave PK Billy Cundiff virtually no shot from 62 yards out. "He'd been doing stuff all game," Morgan claimed. "They all were. (You) all saw the game. But I should've just kept my calm and kept it moving."

WR | Danny Amendola | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
St. Louis Rams WR Danny Amendola had 15 receptions for 160 yards and a touchdown in Week 2 against the Washington Redskins. Amendola's 12 first-half receptions tied an NFL record previously set by Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne back in 2007. It wasn't all good, as Amendola was credited with a fumble lost.

WR | Sidney Rice | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Sunday, Sept. 16, that WR Sidney Rice was not on the team's injury report after the Week 2 game against the Dallas Cowboys. Rice finished with three grabs for 33 yards.

WR | Victor Cruz | New York Giants | Fantasy
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz posted 11 receptions for 179 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown, in Week 2 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Cruz dedicated the game to his grandmother, who passed away at age 77 Monday, Sept. 10. "Once I got to the 3 (yard line), I knew it was time to honor her and I knew she was with me," Cruz said. "And it was almost like the place kind of went silent and I was just there dancing with her. It was a good moment."

WR | Preston Parker | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Preston Parker (foot) suffered a foot injury in Week 2 against the New York Giants and he did not return.

WR | Denarius Moore | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders WR Denarius Moore (hamstring) made his season debut in Week 2 against the Miami Dolphins. He led all of the team's wideouts with 67 yards on three receptions. WR Darrius Heyward-Bey was second at the position with four catches for 41 yards, and WR Rod Streater managed two catches for 19 yards. WR Derek Hagan was also on the stat sheet with one snare for 10 yards, but neither of the wideouts found the end zone.

WR | Percy Harvin | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings WR Percy Harvin (calf) had a game-high 12 catches for a team-best 104 yards in Week 2 against the Indianapolis Colts. Harvin also managed a 50-yard kickoff return to set up one of his team's scores. Harvin also dropped out of the game on two occasions due to cramps in his right calf, but he returned both times. "I got tackled kind of funny on my calf muscle, so it just kept flaring up," Harvin said. "So, drinking fluids, pickle juice, all that. I was able to finish the game. I'm fine."

WR | Steve Smith | Carolina Panthers | Injury, Fantasy
Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith (knee) had three catches for 104 yards in Week 2 against the New Orleans Saints. Smith has not scored in either of his first two games, but he has gone over 100 yards in each start, averaging 105.0 receiving yards per game. Smith briefly left the game due to a knee injury, but he was able to return.

WR | Dwayne Bowe | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe had game-highs with eight receptions and 102 yards in Week 2 against the Buffalo Bills, and he scored both of his team's touchdowns.

WR | Torrey Smith | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens WR Torrey Smith had two receptions for 51 yards in Week 2 against the Philadelphia Eagles. The yardage total was the most among the team's wide receivers. WR Anquan Boldin had two grabs for seven yards, while WR Tandon Doss chipped in with just one grab for six yards. Wide receivers accounted for six total catches in Week 2, while tight ends were good for nine, and running backs/fullbacks totaled seven.

WR | Jeremy Maclin | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin (hip) posted a 23-yard touchdown reception on his only catch of the game in Week 2 against the Baltimore Ravens before aggravating his hip pointer injury and leaving the game.

WR | Pierre Garcon | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins WR Pierre Garcon (foot) is not active for Week 2.

WR | Roddy White | Atlanta Falcons | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (groin) said on his Twitter page that he will play Week 2 even though he is listed as questionable because of a groin injury.


Tight End

TE | Brandon Myers | Oakland Raiders | Fantasy
Oakland Raiders TE Brandon Myers has 11 catches for 151 yards through two games this season.

TE | Jason Witten | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten said following Week 2 his long layoff from a spleen injury during the preseason didn't affect his play in the game. Witten had three drops in Week 2. "I feel 100 percent," Witten said. "I just dropped the ball. No excuses there. The injury had nothing to do with that. Rest assured, I'll get it fixed."

TE | Aaron Hernandez | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez (ankle) will have an MRI on his right ankle Monday, Sept. 17, according to a league source. Following Week 2, Hernandez left the stadium with the assistance of crutches, wearing a walking boot on his ankle. It remains unclear how long the injury will keep Hernandez out; however, X-rays on the ankle reportedly did not reveal a broken bone.

TE | Rob Gronkowski | New England Patriots | Fantasy
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski posted six receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown in Week 2 against the Arizona Cardinals. Gronkowski has 19 receiving touchdowns over the past two seasons (plus one rushing TD), and 30 total scores over his past three NFL seasons.

TE | Vernon Davis | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (eye) was poked in the eye on the final play of the first quarter in Week 2 against the Detroit Lions, forcing him to the sidelines.

TE | Kevin Boss | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Kansas City Chiefs TE Kevin Boss (head) will be re-evaluated after leaving the Week 2 game against the Buffalo Bills due to a head injury in the second quarter. He was able to accompany the team on its flight home to Kansas City.

TE | Dennis Pitta | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta had eight receptions for a team-high 65 yards in Week 2 against the Philadelphia Eagles. Pitta has led the Ravens in receiving yards in each of his team's first two games.


Place Kicker

PK | Connor Barth | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers PK Connor Barth made two field goals (45, 52) in Week 2 against the New York Giants. He has now converted 20 consecutive field goal attempts. Barth also tacked on four extra points.

PK | Stephen Gostkowski | New England Patriots | Fantasy
New England Patriots PK Stephen Gostkowski had four field goals (46, 34, 51, 53) in Week 2 against the Arizona Cardinals. However, he misfired badly on the game-winning field goal at the end of regulation from 42 yards out to give the Cardinals the huge upset. "I felt good going out there and it wasn't the smoothest hit, and I looked up and I saw it was left, and you know, sometimes the ball just doesn't fly your way," Gostkowski said.

PK | Adam Vinatieri | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts PK Adam Vinatieri nailed a 53-yard game-winning field goal in Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings with eight seconds remaining in regulation. The 53-yarder was the longest of his 24 career game-winning FGs.


Offensive Tackle

OT | David Diehl | New York Giants | Injury
Updating a previous item, an MRI revealed New York Giants OT David Diehl (knee) suffered a medial collateral ligament injury in Week 2, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. It's currently unknown, however, how much time he'll miss.

OT | King Dunlap | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury
Philadelphia Eagles OT King Dunlap (hamstring) left the game early Week 2 because of a hamstring injury and is considered doubtful to return.

OT | Khalif Barnes | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders OT Khalif Barnes (groin) left the game early Week 2 because of a groin injury and is considered questionable to return.


Guard

OG | Antoine Caldwell | Houston Texans | Depth Chart Tidbit
Houston Texans OG Antoine Caldwell made the start at right guard in Week 2 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he was lifted in favor of C Ben Jones. The move was apparently due to coach's decision, and not because of an injury.


Defensive Line

DL | Adam Carriker | Washington Redskins | Injury
Washington Redskins DE Adam Carriker (knee) left the Week 2 game against the St. Louis Rams due to a right knee injury, and he is expected to require surgery. "It doesn't look good," head coach Mike Shanahan said after the game. Carriker will go for an MRI Monday, Sept. 17.

DL | Justin Tuck | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants DL Justin Tuck (neck) suffered a neck injury in Week 2 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers which required medical attention on the sidelines.

DL | Jared Allen | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings DEs Jared Allen and Brian Robison were each shut out again in the sack department in Week 2 against the Indianapolis Colts.

DL | Jason Babin | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles DE Jason Babin (undisclosed) left the Week 2 game against the Baltimore Ravens due to an undisclosed injury. He received treatment on the sidelines, and returned a short time later. Babin finished with just one solo tackle.

DL | Mario Williams | Buffalo Bills | Injury
Buffalo Bills DE Mario Williams (wrist) had some discomfort near the end of the preseason and issue came up again after Week 1. He went to the trainers to get a cast this week but did not miss any practice time. He has told some people that he likely will wear the cast for three to four weeks. The team does not see the issue as an injury and Williams' teammates do not think Williams is ailing.


Linebacker

LB | Brian Orakpo | Washington Redskins | Injury
Washington Redskins LB Brian Orakpo (pectoral) left the Week 2 game against the St. Louis Rams after aggravating the same shoulder/pectoral muscle that required offseason surgery. Orakpo attempted to return from the injury twice during the game, but left for good in the second half. Head coach Mike Shanahan said Orakpo would be evaluated by renowned Dr. James Andrews.

LB | Quentin Groves | Arizona Cardinals | Depth Chart Tidbit
Arizona Cardinals LB Quentin Groves picked up a sack and he had a blocked punt that led to a touchdown in the Week 2 game against the New England Patriots. He might push LB O'Brien Schofield for more playing time, if not the starting job at left outside linebacker.

LB | Erin Henderson | Minnesota Vikings | Injury
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said LB Erin Henderson (elbow) dropped out of the Week 2 game against the Indianapolis Colts due to what might have been an elbow problem, but Henderson was able to return and finish the game.

LB | D'Qwell Jackson | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Cleveland Browns LB D'Qwell Jackson posted three sacks in Week 2 against the Cincinnati Bengals. He is the first Browns player since former LB Kenard Lang had three in a game Sept. 12, 2004.


Cornerback

CB | Prince Amukamara | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants CB Prince Amukamara's (ankle) status for Week 3 remains uncertain at this point, according to head coach Tom Coughlin.

CB | Richard Marshall | Miami Dolphins | Injury
Miami Dolphins CB Richard Marshall (back) left the team's Week 2 game with a back injury.

CB | Shawntae Spencer | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders CB Shawntae Spencer (foot) suffered a sprained foot in Week 2.

CB | Sheldon Brown | Cleveland Browns | Injury
Cleveland Browns CB Sheldon Brown (neck) played in his 162nd consecutive regular season game in Week 2 against the Cincinnati Bengals. He was on the field for just one play.

CB | Javier Arenas | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury
Kansas City Chiefs CB Javier Arenas (neck) left the Week 2 game against the Buffalo Bills due to a neck injury, and he was unable to return.

CB | Leodis McKelvin | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Buffalo Bills CB Leodis McKelvin returned a punt 88 yards for a touchdown in Week 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs. It was the second TD return of his career, and second-longest in team history.

CB | Eric Wright | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury
Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Eric Wright (back) left the game early Week 2 because of a back injury and is considered questionable to return.


Strong Safety

SS | Gerald Sensabaugh | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Seattle Seahawks SS Gerald Sensabaugh (calf) left the Week 2 game against the Seattle Seahawks due to a calf strain, and he was wearing a protective boot after the game. "It just kind of popped a little bit," said Sensabaugh, "but I'm all right."

SS | Barry Church | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys SS Barry Church (quadriceps) suffered a quadriceps bruise in the first half of the Week 2 game against the Seattle Seahawks.

SS | Eric Hagg | Cleveland Browns | Injury
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns FS Eric Hagg (eye) was able to return and finish the Week 2 game against the Cincinnati Bengals after leaving earlier with an eye injury.


Free Safety

FS | Mistral Raymond | Minnesota Vikings | Injury
Minnesota Vikings FS Mistral Raymond (dehydration) was forced out of the Week 2 game against the Indianapolis Colts due to dehydration.

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