Ryan Mathews (MCL sprain) returned to a limited practice on Friday, and afterwards coach Mike McCoy announced Mathews is "getting close."
Mathews has been ruled out for Week 9 against the Dolphins, but he should be back following San Diego's Week 10 bye. He should also be owned in all leagues as the favorite for early-down carries and goal-line work in one of the league's best offenses. We expect Branden Oliver to stay involved once Mathews returns, but likely only as a passing-down back. Mathews is San Diego's bellcow runner and offers stretch-run RB1/2 upside in non-PPR leagues.
Justin Forsett (ankle) is listed as probable for Week 9.
He'll be an RB2 against the Steelers' vulnerable run defense on Sunday night.
Bucs waived/injured WR/KR Trindon Holliday.
They just signed him 11 days ago. Holliday will go on I.R.
Redskins LCB Bashaud Breeland's MRI came back clean after Friday's in-practice knee injury.
Per coach Jay Gruden, Breeland will be "good to go" against the Vikings "as long as it doesn't swell tonight," in reference to Breeland's knee. The Skins avoid a major scare with their promising fourth-round rookie, who batted away three targets intended for Dez Bryant in last Monday night's upset of Dallas.
Ronnie Hillman (shoulder) returned to a full practice Friday and is listed as probable for Week 9.
Hillman should be locked into fantasy lineups against a Patriots defense that's been particularly soft versus the run since losing ILB Jerod Mayo to I.R.
Kenny Britt (hip) practiced fully again on Friday.
Listed as probable, he will start against San Francisco.
Vincent Jackson (ribs) is listed as probable for Week 9.
V-Jax is coming off a one-catch, 13-yard clunker, but should have openings if the Browns leave Joe Haden at left cornerback on Sunday, something they've done often this season. In that scenario, Jackson would end up running a lot of routes against burnable RCB Buster Skrine. The Bucs pass-game dysfunction has hurt him, but Jackson should be in fantasy lineups this week.
Doug Martin (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Week 9 against the Browns.
Bobby Rainey is shaping up as a sneaky-good flex option against a porous Cleveland run defense, particularly with rookie Charles Sims uncertain to be activated for the game. If Sims doesn't play, the Bucs would turn to Rainey in the lead back role with Mike James perhaps being utilized as the breather back. Fantasy owners in need of roster space can send Martin packing at this point.