Fantasy Football Week in Review (9/25 - 10/1)
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Russell Wilson suffered a sprained MCL in Week 3 and was already dealing with a high-ankle sprain from a hit taken Week 1 and re-aggravated Week 2. Nonetheless, he guaranteed he'd be ready to roll this week for the Seattle Seahawks. All signs point to him telling the truth. He returned to being a full participant in practice on Thursday and was completely removed from the injury report on Friday. Wilson is good to go … Jay Cutler is once again doubtful for the Chicago Bears this week with a thumb injury. Brian Hoyer is expected to get another start … Cleveland Browns rookie Cody Kessler will get another start this week according to head coach Hue Jackson. Last week Terrelle Pryor played a slash role lining up all over the field including taking multiple snaps at QB … Cam Newton suffered an ankle injury in the Carolina Panthers Week 3 loss. However, he says he "feels good" and is "ready to go."
San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly suggested that Colin Kaepernick is only the current backup because he's not physically at 100 percent yet. "I don't think he's 100 percent right now so that's why he's our No. 2," Kelly said, Kelly also expressed confidence in current starter Blaine Gabbert. Kaepernick admitted that his low weight is an issue … Jimmy Garoppolo and rookie Jacoby Brissett are both very questionable for Week 4; it's unclear who will be starting for the New England Patriots this week. The favorite right now is Garoppolo, but he is far from a lock. If neither Garoppolo nor Brissett can go, Julian Edelman may get the nod. The odds are that won't be the case … Matt Ryan injured his thumb late in the Atlanta Falcons Monday Night Football victory. He says he is "fine" and he will be the starter this week.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter wants to cut back on how much Jameis Winston has been throwing the ball. "For our team to be successful," Koetter said, "we can't be throwing in the 50s and we can't be running in the 20s." … Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley wants to see Tyrod Taylor develop into a more proficient pocket passer. "[It's] just gonna be a gradual process," Whaley said. "Because of his background of being, 'If it's not there, let's go and take off.' That's no fault of his own, but that's something that he's gonna continue to develop and get better. The onus is on him, and I think he loves the challenge. He's a competitor, and I think he's going to continue each week to get better and better."
Le'Veon Bell will make his season debut for the Pittsburgh Steelers this week now that he's completed his three-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. There is some talk that Bell could be used out of the slot more due to injuries … Jamaal Charles will also make his season debut in that same game for the Kansas City Chiefs. He may be forced to play a bigger role than planned because Charcandrick West has been ruled out for Week 4 … Thomas Rawls has a hairline fracture in his fibula and is expected to miss multiple weeks. Seattle signed C.J. Spiller.
Jeremy Langford was carted off Week 3 and will miss 4 to 6 weeks with a high-ankle sprain. Ka'Deem Carey will likely miss another game with a hamstring injury as well. Rookie Jordan Howard will step into a feature back role. The team has also signed Joique Bell. Jordan Howard is the No. 1 back … Jonathan Stewart will miss up to four more weeks due to his hamstring injury … Shane Vereen got the start for the New York Giants Week 3 when Rashad Jennings was forced to sit with a thumb injury. Vereen is now on injured reserve with a torn triceps and Jennings is in danger of sitting out Monday Night Football. If Jennings were to sit out, the Giants would deploy a committee of Orleans Darkwa, Bobby Rainey, and rookie Paul Perkins.
Ryan Mathews was limited to just eight snaps Week 3 due to an ankle injury that has been lingering since before training camp. With a Week 4 bye ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles, Mathews should be good to go Week 5. With that said, head coach Doug Pederson said the Eagles would utilize a committee backfield moving forward … Despite the fact that Adrian Peterson's recovery time is set for 3-4 months, he claims his "sole focus" is to return to the Minnesota Vikings this season … Baltimore Ravens rookie Kenneth Dixon is targeting a Week 5 return … Dwayne Washington is expected to see an expanded role for the Detroit Lions this week and moving forward … The Oakland Raiders have released Marcel Reece.
The Buffalo Bills have placed Sammy Watkins on injured reserve with a foot injury and claimed Justin Hunter off waivers from the Miami Dolphins … An MRI revealed that Dez Bryant has a hairline fracture on his knee. The Dallas Cowboys have ruled him out for Week 4, and he's being considered week-to-week … Josh Gordon has checked himself into a rehab center, and he will not be returning to the Cleveland Browns Week 5 when his suspension expires. It's been reported that the team is done with him … Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer says rookie Laquon Treadwell isn't getting on the field because "he's still thinking too much" and poor practices … Eli Rogers is dealing with a turf toe injury. He's been spotted in a walking boot and is ruled out for Week 4.
Eric Decker has been ruled out for the New York Jets Week 4 matchup with a partially torn rotator cuff. Jalin Marshall is also out for multiple weeks with a shoulder injury. The team signed Jeremy Ross … Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden says he's "very concerned" about Josh Doctson. He's struggling with his Achilles injury and could be shut down for an extended period … Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter says Golden Tate is going to see more targets from here on out … The Houston Texans have ruled out rookie Braxton Miller with a hamstring injury … As expected Donte Moncrief has been ruled out for Week 4.
Rob Gronkowski says he's suffered no setbacks since his season debut Week 3. He's expected to play this week, but his workload is still unclear … Jordan Cameron was forced to miss TNF with another concussion … Delanie Walker will be a gametime decision once again on Sunday … Zach Ertz expects to be back on the field Week 5 … Jared Cook will miss an extended period for the Green Bay Packers with a high-ankle sprain … The Arizona Cardinals have placed Troy Niklas on injured reserve with a wrist injury … The Jets have claimed Austin Seferian-Jenkins off waivers from the Bucs … The San Diego Chargers have listed Antonio Gates doubtful for Week 4 … Julius Thomas will be a game-time decision Sunday morning when the Jacksonville Jaguars play in London.