Fantasy Football Daily Rundown: Thursday, Jan. 16

by KFFL Staff on January 16, 2014 @ 08:51:50 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Tom Brady | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (illness) is back at the stadium Thursday, Jan. 16, and is expected to practice.

QB | Peyton Manning | Denver Broncos | Draft, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick and Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson have combined for more rushing yards in five total NFL seasons (1,965 yards) than New England Patriots QB Tom Brady and Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning have combined for in 30 NFL seasons (1,463 yards).

QB | Teddy Bridgewater | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Several NFL teams do not view Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater as a first-round talent in the 2014 NFL Draft.

QB | Matthew Stafford | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell praised QB Matthew Stafford and said he thinks we will see improvement in the quarterback. "I think you're going to see improvement from the onset. He's a willing guy, he's capable," Caldwell said.

QB | Ryan Mallett | New England Patriots | Fantasy
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (illness) is "good and will be ready for Sunday" after missing practice Wednesday, Jan. 15, with a minor illness. Brady said last week he was fighting a cold. QB Ryan Mallett played the part of first-team and scout-team quarterbacks in practice.

QB | Eli Manning | New York Giants | Fantasy
With the hiring of offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, the New York Giants are admitting that they will change up their offensive approach to be more successful in 2014. "We're going to try to compromise the system with what we have here," head coach Tom Coughlin said. "However, there will be change, and that change will be very positive and very well-received by our team and players. And if our players are scrambling around to learn a new system -- good. That's another fire in their rear end." The new offensive scheme should help WR Victor Cruz, and it'll require QB Eli Manning to go through his progressions quickly and deliver the ball to playmakers in space.


Running Back

RB | Marshawn Lynch | Seattle Seahawks | Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (non-injury) did not practice Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Beast Mode is likely just receiving a breather in the first practice session of the week. Nothing to be alarmed about here if you're thinking of using him this weekend against the San Francisco 49ers.

RB | Frank Gore | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore (knee) practiced in full Wednesday, Jan. 15.

RB | Shane Vereen | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen (groin) was limited during practice Wednesday, Jan. 15.

RB | Cierre Wood | Baltimore Ravens | Transaction, Free Agents
The Baltimore Ravens have signed free-agent RB Cierre Wood (Patriots) to a futures contract. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The NFL did not approve the first contract Wood signed with the Ravens.

RB | Eddie Lacy | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy has been added to the 2014 Pro Bowl roster, replacing RB Adrian Peterson (foot, groin), who will be unable to play due to injury. Lacy set franchise rookie records for rushing yards (1,178), rushing touchdowns (11) and rushing attempts (284) and tied the team's rookie record for 100-yard rushing games with four.


Wide Receiver

WR | Michael Crabtree | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree (shoulder) practiced in full Wednesday, Jan. 15.

WR | Calvin Johnson | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (knee, finger) underwent minor knee surgery last week and also had surgery on his finger this week. He's recovering nicely from both procedures.

WR | Kenbrell Thompkins | New England Patriots | Injury
New England Patriots LS Danny Aiken (illness) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Jan. 15. WR Kenbrell Thompkins (concussion, hip), LB Dane Fletcher (groin), LB Dont'a Hightower (ankle), CB Kyle Arrington (groin), CB Alfonzo Dennard (knee, shoulder) and P Ryan Allen (shoulder) were limited during practice.

WR | Aaron Dobson | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots WR Aaron Dobson (foot) was limited during practice Wednesday, Jan. 15.

WR | Danny Amendola | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (groin) was limited during practice Wednesday, Jan. 15.

WR | Wes Welker | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker said he is not concerned about another concussion, and will not play the game any differently to try to prevent one.

WR | Percy Harvin | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks WR Percy Harvin (concussion) will not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 15.


Tight End

TE | Dallas Clark | Baltimore Ravens | Transaction, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens TE Dallas Clark said Wednesday, Jan. 15, that he is undecided on whether he wants to play in 2014. He said it must be the right situation, and he figures he'll know in another month.

TE | Joel Dreessen | Denver Broncos | Injury
Denver Broncos OG Chris Kuper (ankle), OT Winston Justice (finger), TE Joel Dreessen (knee), CB Kayvon Webster (thumb) and SS Duke Ihenacho (knee) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Jan. 15.


Guard

OG | Lance Louis | Indianapolis Colts | Transaction
The Indianapolis Colts signed free-agent OG Lance Louis (Dolphins) to a reserve/futures contract Wednesday, Jan. 15.


Linebacker

LB | Victor Butler | New Orleans Saints | Injury
New Orleans Saints LB Victor Butler (knee), who suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during organized team activities (OTAs) last June, said Wednesday, Jan. 15, that he is hopeful of returning for OTAs in 2014. "I'm trying to get some strength back in the quad and feel the way I felt coming into OTAs. I felt real good, my body felt good, so I'm just trying to get back to that and be a part of this team," Butler said.

LB | K.J. Wright | Seattle Seahawks | Injury
Seattle Seahawks DT Jordan Hill (groin) did not practice Wednesday, Jan. 15, while LB K.J. Wright (foot) was limited.

LB | NaVorro Bowman | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers LB Ahmad Brooks (illness), DE Demarcus Dobbs (knee, shoulder), C Jonathan Goodwin (foot) and DT Justin Smith (shoulder) did not practice Wednesday, Jan. 15. CB Carlos Rogers (hamstring) and FB Will Tukuafu (knee) were limited. LB NaVorro Bowman (wrist) and LB Dan Skuta (foot) practiced in full.

LB | Audie Cole | Minnesota Vikings | Injury
Minnesota Vikings LB Audie Cole (ankle) said he has recovered from the high ankle sprain that caused him to miss the team's Week 17 game.


Cornerback

CB | Antonio Cromartie | New York Jets | Transaction
New York Jets CB Antonio Cromartie is under contract for the 2014 season, but he said Wednesday, Jan. 15, that he expects to be a salary cap casualty this offseason. "I think I (will be)," Cromartie said. "Just because my cap number is very high. And I had one of the worst seasons of my career this past year. I was banged up. I got hurt in Week 2, but that's not an excuse. I just had a bad year. That falls heavily on me and no one else."


Strong Safety

SS | Troy Polamalu | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney said he wants SS Troy Polamalu "to retire a Steeler." Polamalu will make $8.5 million in 2014 in the final year of his deal, and he'll count $10,887,500 against the salary cap. "How we structure or restructure (Polamalu's contract) is something we will look at in the next few months," Rooney said. "There are a lot of pieces to the puzzle, but I certainly expect Troy will be one of the pieces to that puzzle. ... He's obviously been one of the great Steelers of all time."


Free Safety

FS | Brandon Hardin | New York Jets | Transaction
The New York Jets signed FS Brandon Hardin (Bears) to a futures contract Wednesday, Jan. 15. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

FS | Rahim Moore | Denver Broncos | Injury
Denver Broncos head coach John Fox said FS Rahim Moore (leg) has not been cleared to practice, and is considered day-to-day.

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