Browns coach Mike Pettine admitted Isaiah Crowell's role has been reduced due to "ball security concerns."
The Browns were unwilling to give Crowell late-game carries in Sunday's win over the Raiders two weeks after he fumbled twice, losing one. Crowell is the best talent in Cleveland's backfield, but his usage has been discouraging to the point that he can only be viewed as an RB4 stash in fantasy leagues. Pettine did say Monday he'd like for Crowell to "get more touches."
According to the New York Daily News, "all signs" point to the Jets starting Michael Vick in Week 9 at Kansas City.
Per beat reporter Manish Mehta, Vick will start "barring an 11th-hour power play" by GM John Idzik and/or owner Woody Johnson. It'll be a great opportunity for fantasy owners to stream the Chiefs' defense. The game will be played at Arrowhead Stadium, and Vick has become more turnover prone than ever late in his career. He came off the bench in Sunday's loss to Buffalo and took four sacks, threw an interception, and lost two fumbles. Vick can still run a bit, but he's much better at giving the ball to the other team.
ESPN's Bill Polian said on NFL Insiders Monday that Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told him third-round rookie WR John Brown "reminds me of Marvin Harrison."
It's high praise from Arians, who worked on the Colts' staff from 1998-2000 when Harrison was in his prime. Harrison stood 6-foot, 185 pounds while Brown goes 5-foot-10, 179 with 4.34 speed. Brown busted out for five catches, 119 yards, and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Eagles. Although he will continue to be an inconsistent WR3 option in re-draft leagues, fantasy owners who secured Brown in Dynasty drafts should be licking their chops.
The Ravens will be without top CB Jimmy Smith (foot) for "a few weeks."
One of the top perimeter cornerbacks in football, Smith suffered what is believed to be a mild Lisfranc sprain in Sunday's loss to Cincinnati. It's poor timing as the Ravens face red-hot Ben Roethlisberger in their next game.
Cordarrelle Patterson shed his walking boot after suffering a bruised left ankle in Sunday's win over Tampa Bay.
The boot was just a precaution. Patterson did finish Sunday's game, racking up 96 total yards on seven touches, including a pair of impressive receptions down the sideline on the drive that sent the game to overtime, where Minnesota eventually won. Patterson remains a boom-or-bust WR3 in fantasy leagues.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen said on NFL Insiders Monday that he does not expect the Buccaneers to trade Vincent Jackson before Tuesday's deadline.
NFL Network and CBS Sports have pushed V-Jax trade rumors hard, but both outlets indicated the Buccaneers wanted a second-round pick in exchange. V-Jax is 31 years old with a $10 million guaranteed base salary. In order to pull off a deal, the Bucs would likely have to lower their asking price significantly.
The Colts are hopeful Reggie Wayne (elbow) will resume practicing later this week.
The Colts don't play until Monday night against the Giants, so Wayne gets an extra day to get his elbow right. If he does suit up in Week 9, Wayne would continue to be a low-upside WR3 in fantasy leagues. T.Y. Hilton has emerged as an every-week fantasy WR1, while Donte Moncrief is deserving of more snaps.
Coach Chuck Pagano confirmed Monday that Trent Richardson (hamstring) was active as the Colts' emergency No. 3 running back in Sunday's loss to Pittsburgh.
Richardson didn't play a snap while Ahmad Bradshaw handled feature back duties and Dan Herron was the breather back. Pagano did say Monday he expects Richardson to play against the Giants this week. Fantasy owners probably shouldn't start him until they see T-Rich play at full strength for a full game again.