Fantasy Football Week in Review (10/30-11/5)

Fantasy Football Expert Mark Morales-Smith lists all of this week's news. No spin, just the facts!


Ben Roethlisberger is fully expected to suit up for the Pittsburgh Steelers this week far earlier than his timetable’s expectations. Quick recoveries or just toughing out pain has become a trend with Big Ben. He’s officially listed as questionable. While he is expected to be active, it’s unclear if he or Landry Jones will get the start. Last season he returned extraordinarily early from injury and returned as an emergency backup. Jones was injured, and Roethlisberger finished the game and played well … The Dallas Cowboys have ruled out Tony Romo for Week 9 and impressive rookie Dak Prescott will remain the starter for at least one more week. The writing's on the wall for Prescott to retain the starting job permanently. "You want to be very mindful of what you got going," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. "Chemistry has to be recognized." 

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Houston Texans owner Bob McNair’s excuse for Brock Osweiler’s struggles is that he’s a rookie from an experience standpoint. "He's still basically a rookie," McNair said. "He's going to make some mistakes, but he shows that he has the talent, he has the ability and has the leadership that the team has confidence in him." … Blake Bortles is attempting to fix his mechanics and accuracy woes by flying in outside consultant Adam Dedeaux … Russell Wilson is expected to lose his knee brace soon. Once the brace comes off, his mobility should significantly improve … Alex Smith has been ruled out this week with a concussion. Although, the Kansas City Chiefs claimed he didn’t have a concussion. Nick Foles, who played well in his absence last week, will get the start … Rookie Cody Kessler has been cleared from a concussion for Week 9 and will start for the Cleveland Browns over Josh McCown … Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak expressed frustration with Trevor Siemian following Week 8. "Some of his decision-making wasn't as good yesterday as it's been," said Kubiak … It appears that Blaine Gabbert has been demoted to the QB3 for the San Francisco 49ers. If Colin Kaepernick gets the hook, Christian Ponder is expected to get the next shot under center.

Geno Smith will have surgery on his torn ACL next week … Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen says Ryan Tannehill has been encouraged to run more often. "It’s a hard teach, but I think coach (Adam) Gase has done a good job of just encouraging him. ‘Hey, you’re a good athlete. Don’t be afraid. One, two (seconds), pull that thing down and … you don’t understand how valuable your legs are in this whole thing," Christensen said.    

Running Backs

Jamaal Charles has been placed on injured reserve due to his ailing knee. There is an outside shot he could return this season. Spencer Ware will also be sidelined this week with a concussion. Look for Charcandrick West to receive the bulk of the work for Kansas City. The team also signed Bishop Sankey … The New England Patriots are hoping to get Dion Lewis back following their Week 9 bye … The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost Antone Smith this week. Peyton Barber and Mike James are the only healthy backs left in Tampa with Smith, Doug Martin, Charles Sims, and Jacquizz Rodgers all on the shelf … The New Orleans Saints benched Mark Ingram Week 8 after a fumble. Leaving Tim Hightower to handle just about all the work. Head coach Sean Payton said Ingram will still have a “key role” in the offense and that Hightower has earned more touches. Ingram took full responsibility for his struggles. "You have to take care of the football," Ingram said. "If you fumble, you can't play. And I know that ever since pee-wee."

After seeing Ka’Deem Carey cut into his workload the previous two weeks, Chicago Bears rookie Jordan Howard handled the vast majority of the work on Monday Night Football and totaled over 200 yards from scrimmage … Ryan Mathews played just 8-of-78 offensive snaps on Sunday Night Football. Darren Sproles has claimed the Philadelphia Eagles’ lead back role … Thomas Rawls will not play Week 9 for the Seattle Seahawks but is nearing a return. Rookie C.J. Prosise will see an increased role moving forward according to head coach Pete Carroll … Ty Montgomery was not able to play Week 8 due to a complication with his sickle cell trait. He’s in danger of sitting out this week as well. Randall Cobb was also forced to sit last week with a hamstring injury and is more than likely going to be out this week as well. Montgomery is far more likely to play than Cobb. Despite all these injuries the team still, cut Knile Davis … DeMarco Murray suffered a toe injury Week 8. However, he played through it. His MRI came back clean, and he should be good to go moving forward. With that said, the team will monitor his practice reps during the week. He’s on pace to lead the league in carries.

Devontae Booker suffered a shoulder injury Week 8 and had been limited all week in practice. He is expected to play, though … The Buffalo Bills expect to have LeSean McCoy back this week for Monday Night Football … The New York Jets claimed Knile Davis this week and promptly cut him the following morning to sign C.J. Spiller … Carlos Hyde looks very questionable for Week 9 with a sprained AC joint in his shoulder … Jerick McKinnon is fully expected to suit up for the Minnesota Vikings this week … Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski says he “absolutely” wants to get Frank Gore more touches this week … The Detroit Lions should be getting Theo Riddick back this week from an ankle injury. Ameer Abdullah’s season is likely over.

Wide Receivers

After 14 seasons Andre Johnson has decided to call it a career. The long-time Houston Texan and National Champion with the Miami Hurricanes retires as the ninth all-time in receptions and 10th in receiving yards. He is Canton bound … Drew Brees praised rookie Michael Thomas this week saying he “couldn’t ask for anything more” from him. "The guy loves to work, he loves to compete, he loves the game of football and he wants to be a great player," Brees said. "I love guys like that." … J.J. Nelson has officially replaced Michael Floyd in the Arizona Cardinals starting lineup … Markus Wheaton has fallen the Pittsburgh Steelers depth chart. He has been jumped by Darrius Heyward-Bey.

Travis Benjamin is playing through a sprained PCL … The Eagles cut Josh Huff after being pulled over and charged with DUI, unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of marijuana and speeding … The Bills have signed Percy Harvin out of retirement … Odell Beckham says he’s still not all that close to 100 percent but is feeling much better than he was Week 7 … There is a strong possibility that Steve Smith Sr. could return to action this week for the Baltimore Ravens … Mike Evans was placed in the league’s concussion protocol following Thursday Night Football … The Browns will get first-round pick, Corey Coleman, back this week.

Tight Ends

Hunter Henry will not play this week and could miss additional time moving forward with a knee injury … Jared Cook has once again been ruled out for Week 9 … Crockett Gillmore has been ruled out for Week 9 … Dion Sims will miss another week with a concussion … Dwayne Allen is expected to return this week … Delanie Walker will be a gametime decision on Sunday … Ladarius Green is inching towards his Steelers debut, but still isn’t all the way back and admits he’s “hesitant” on the practice field.


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