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Vikings agreed to terms with QB Josh Freeman, formerly of the Bucs, on a one-year contract.

So much for the Bills "intensifying their pursuit" of the wayward signal caller. It's an odd fit for both, though whatever the money is, it was obviously right for Freeman. As for the Vikings, they're getting a quarterback who's basically on the same level as supposed starter Christian Ponder and experienced backup Matt Cassel. The roster wouldn't seem to be big enough for the three of them, though there's no immediate reason to believe the Vikes will be cutting ties with either Ponder or Cassel. Perhaps Ponder (ribs) will be sent to injured reserve, but it's unlikely. With Ponder sidelined, Cassel should start in Week 6, and be on a quick hook. Freeman isn't worth a fantasy flier outside of deeper two-quarterback leagues.
Sun, Oct 6, 2013 11:32:00 PM

The Bucs are reportedly confident that Doug Martin (knee) will return for Week 4 against the Steelers.

Martin was a late scratch last Thursday night, giving Bobby Rainey a chance to run toward the lead of this committee. Instead, Rainey lost two fumbles, averaged 3.72 YPC and the Bucs got whipped 56-14 by the Falcons. In other words, things couldn't have gone much better for Martin owners. If truly healthy, he'll likely start against a Steelers defense that is both shaky and injured.
Sep 22 - 10:48 AM

Steelers ILB Ryan Shazier has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL.

Shazier is undergoing an MRI Monday to determine how long he'll be out. It's a major blow to an already shaky Steelers defense, as the No. 15 overall pick gave this unit the sideline-to-sideline speed it desperately needs. Now they'll move forward without RCB Ike Taylor (arm), OLB Jarvis Jones (wrist) and Shazier. William Gay, Arthur Moats and Sean Spence are the respective backups.
Sep 22 - 9:58 AM

Jarrett Boykin dropped two more catchable balls in Sunday's loss to the Lions.

A red-zone drop in Week 2 is what got Davante Adams going initially and Boykin continued to struggle Sunday. Per the Green Bay Press-Gazette, "Aaron Rodgers' confidence in him as the No. 3 receiver has to be eroding." Note that Boykin played on 36-of-54 snaps against the Lions, while Adams was in on 35 snaps. We'd expect the more talented Adams to eventually emerge from this rotation, making him the one to stash where possible.
Sep 22 - 9:13 AM

Steelers CB Ike Taylor will be out indefinitely after breaking his forearm in Sunday night's Week 3 win over the Panthers.

It's bad news for matchup-savvy fantasy owners as Taylor is a weekly target. Last year, he was PFF's No. 98 corner out of 110 qualifiers. Look for Taylor to head to short-term injured reserve and William Gay to take over at right corner in the meantime. Gay was PFF's No. 9 corner last season.
Sep 22 - 8:08 AM

Lamar Miller rushed 15 times for 108 yards and caught 4-of-5 targets for 24 yards in the Dolphins' Week 3 loss to Kansas City.

Sunday's playcalling performance by Fins OC Bill Lazor was very disappointing. While Miller ripped off over seven yards per carry, Ryan Tannehill was head-scratchingly allowed to attempt 43 passes despite almost complete ineffectiveness. Tannehill averaged 4.8 yards per pass attempt. Lazor has a run-devoted background, so look for him to get this ratio corrected when the Dolphins take on the Raiders in London next week. As long as Knowshon Moreno is out -- and he's expected to miss at least three more games -- Miller will offer upside as a weekly RB2. Miller is now averaging 5.76 yards per carry on the season.
Sep 21 - 8:21 PM

Emmanuel Sanders caught 11 passes for 149 yards in Sunday's Week 3 loss at Seattle.

Wes Welker returned from suspension, but Sanders still racked up 15 targets as the featured player in this offense. He repeatedly got open against the vaunted Legion of Boom, separating in man coverage and finding holes in zones. Sanders' target count is bound to take a hit as Demaryius Thomas picks it up and Welker gets more involved, but the ex-Steeler is here to stay as a WR2. He's earned the trust of Peyton Manning.
Sep 21 - 8:10 PM

Marshawn Lynch rushed 26 times for 88 yards with a touchdown and caught three passes for 40 yards with another touchdown in the Seahawks' 26-20 overtime Week 3 win over the Broncos.

It was as memorable of a game as February's Super Bowl was forgettable. Peyton Manning forced overtime with an 80-yard touchdown plus 2-point drive and 59 seconds left in regulation. But he never got the ball in overtime, as Russell Wilson marched the Seahawks down the field and Lynch capped it with a 6-yard run. Lynch's first touchdown was a bit more out of the ordinary, as he lined up split wide and caught a slant from five yards out. Don't expect any more receiving days like this, but Lynch is a touchdown machine (four in three games so far this year, 44 in his last 50 regular season games). He'll face the Redskins following a Week 4 bye.
Sep 21 - 8:00 PM

Knile Davis rushed 32 times for 132 yards and a touchdown as the Chiefs downed the Dolphins 34-15 in Week 3.

He did fumble twice, losing one. The Dolphins held Davis to 4.1 yards per carry, but fantasy owners using him were always hanging their hat on volume. And they got it, as Kansas City leaned on its running game while nursing a lead for almost the entire game. The 32-carry workload is a reminder that Davis remains the most valuable handcuff in all of fantasy. It was slightly disappointing, however, to see passing-game back Joe McKnight "vulture" two receiving scores in the red zone, and Cyrus Gray to execute a six-yard TD in fourth-quarter garbage time. Look for Jamaal Charles (ankle) to return to the lineup next week against New England.
Sep 21 - 7:29 PM

Panthers declared DeAngelo Williams (thigh) and Jerricho Cotchery (hamstring) inactive for Sunday night's Week 3 game against the Steelers.

It's a surprise as the Panthers repeatedly said they expected Williams to suit up. Instead, it'll be Jonathan Stewart as the starter and flex option in a plus matchup at home against a weak Pittsburgh defense. With Cotchery out, the Panthers' top-two wideouts will be Kelvin Benjamin and Jason Avant. The rest of their inactives: QB Joe Webb, S Tre Boston, RB Fozzy Whittaker, G Andrew Norwell and David OT Foucoult.
Sep 21 - 7:02 PM

A source tells FOX Sports that Danny Woodhead will likely need season-ending surgery on his ankle.

Woodhead reportedly suffered a severe high ankle sprain with a fractured fibula during Sunday's Week 3 win at Buffalo. It's an underrated and major loss for the Chargers, especially with Ryan Mathews (knee) expected out another 3-4 weeks. Look for more heavy volume for Donald Brown, with Branden Oliver mixing in as well.
Sep 21 - 6:18 PM

Coach Chuck Pagano said he doesn't think T.Y. Hilton's ankle injury is "too severe."

Hilton had five catches for 80 yards late in the second quarter when he went down. The Colts don't sound very concerned, hinting at a standard kind of sprain. Owners could protect themselves by adding Hakeem Nicks or Donte Moncrief.
Sep 21 - 6:03 PM




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