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Fantasy Football Week in Review (10/9 - 10/15)

All of this week's Fantasy Football news. No spin, just the facts...

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Colin Kaepernick will be the San Francisco 49ers Week 6 starter and Blaine Gabbert has been benched. Kap agreed to restructure his contract so that the team owes him no guaranteed money following 2016 and lets them off the hook for that salary cap crippling injury clause they put in his contract … Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase continues to insist that Ryan Tannehill will remain the starter for the remainder of the season. "He’s not coming out," Gase said. "You can ask me 100 times. He’s going to be in there the rest of this season." He took it a step further blaming the pass protection for Tannehill’s shortcomings and even cutting two Week 5 starters. "We have 18 drop-back passes, and (Tannehill) is hit or sacked on nine of them," Gase said. … Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones continues to drive home the point that Tony Romo is their “No. 1 quarterback” despite the success of rookie Dak Prescott. However, his comments leave the door open for him to backtrack.  "We’re going to have the luxury of being able to, I think, see them both," Jones said. "I welcome the opportunity of having Dak [Prescott] playing at this level and Tony back in excellent health. It’s going to be really special for the Cowboys." The fracture in Romo’s back has fully healed according to doctors. However, he’s not yet ready to return to action … Jay Cutler is once again doubtful this week and isn’t ready to return. Furthermore, Chicago Bears head coach John Fox continues to refuse even entertain the idea of discussing a quarterback change. Fox claims they “have no plan at quarterback.” "I am not going to get into speculation," Fox said. "Jay [Cutler] is not healthy."

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Josh McCown has once again been ruled out for Week 6. Cody Kessler has been cleared to play after X-rays on his ribs came back negative. He will be the starter on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. The team has also cut Charlie Whitehurst and promoted Kevin Hogan from their practice squad … Carson Palmer has completed the league’s concussion protocol and will start Week 6 … Cam Newton is expected to be cleared to play on Sunday. However, the Carolina Panthers still have him listed as questionable as they await final clearance … Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano says the team needs to do a better job of protecting Andrew Luck. "We’ve got to get it corrected and we’ve got to play better in certain situations," Pagano said, "but there is improvement and there will continue to be improvement so we just keep working on it." … Trevor Siemian was cleared to play and started for the Denver Broncos in their loss to the San Diego Chargers on Thursday Night Football … Los Angeles Rams first-overall pick Jared Goff believes he is progressing well. "I think I’ve progressed ever since I got here, and I don’t think I’ve ever really plateaued or gone backwards," Goff said. "I think I’ve gotten better every time, every week, every day. So I feel good." … Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson both agree that Wilson looks and feels much better coming off the team’s bye week. "You know, he’s averaging one yard a carry right now. That’s not the guy we know," Carroll said. "So, as he comes back to full speed and can be the factor, it affects everything."

Running Backs

Latavius Murray has once again been ruled out for this week’s Oakland Raiders game … The Detroit Lions have ruled out Theo Riddick. They signed Justin Forsett. The team is hoping Dwayne Washington will be ready to roll and could split touches with Forsett … Arian Foster will be a gametime decision on Sunday. The team cut Isaiah Pead … Jonathan Stewart is expected to return this week … The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have placed Charles Sims on injured reserve with a knee injury. Doug Martin is still not ready to return … Rashad Jennings is expected to play for the New York Giants this week … The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed Karlos Williams to their practice squad … Jamaal Charles practiced in full this week and declared “the training wheels are coming off.” However, Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Brad Childress says they’ll “sprinkle” Charles in “where we feel he’s most effective.” … Eddie Lacy and James Starks are both questionable to play for the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. It sounds like Lacy is closer to playing than Starks.

Wide Receivers

Dez Bryant returned to practice this week in a limited capacity. He has a real chance to play but is far from a lock. Look for him to be a gametime decision this week … Sammy Watkins does not need a second surgery on his foot and is expected to return to action at some point in the not too distant future … Kevin White will be undergoing surgery on his broken fibula very soon and his season is officially over … Steve Smith is not expected to suit up for the Baltimore Ravens this week due to a high=ankle sprain … The New York Jets have placed Eric Decker on injured reserve with a torn rotator cuff … Despite sporting a “sizeable” cast on his hand all week, Sammie Coates will “definitely” play Week 6. They will also be getting Eli Rogers back.

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden says they have to get the ball to DeSean Jackson more and he deserves the ball more. Pete Carroll expects Tyler Lockett to have a larger role this week against the Atlanta Falcons. Lockett has been struggling through a PCL injury and is coming off a bye week … Alshon Jeffery will not be force fed this year, at least not by Brian Hoyer. "So, for me it's go through the progression," Hoyer said, "and if they want to take him away, then we've got to make them pay in other ways." … Willie Snead says he’s currently feeling at 95 percent … Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan wants to move Odell Beckham around more. "He's a great playmaker and we want to put the ball his hands, so we do have to move him around," Sullivan said. "We have been working on some of that. I don't want to give away too much of the game plan or anything, but obviously it's a good point and it's something that we need to be aware of. It really is predicated on trying to get him the football but also a reaction to how he's being covered." … Corey Coleman has been ruled out for Week 6.

Tight Ends

The Cincinnati Bengals have ruled Tyler Eifert out once again … Jordan Cameron is still sidelined due to a concussion and is reportedly “quite concerned” about his long-term health. He is considering retirement … Jordan Reed was placed in the league’s concussion protocol this week and is not expected to play. He has a long concussion history similar to Cameron … Eric Ebron will not suit up again this week …Ladarius Green plans to make his long-awaited Steelers debut Week 7 … Ryan Griffin is expected to return for the Texans this week … Clive Walford is likely to play for the Raiders this week … The 49ers will have Vance McDonald back on Sunday.  

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