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-- Week #8 Premium Player Rankings Released! --
Wed Oct 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Rams to Play Hot Hand at RB Moving Forward --
Wed Oct 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports when asked about the division of carries for the St. Louis Rams on Monday, HC Jeff Fisher offered the following statement. “It’ll be a week-to-week thing," Fisher said. "Zac could get 25 carries this week. We had some things in early this week. It was working so we decided to stay with ‘Mase.' It’s nothing that Zac has done or hasn’t done. He’s been a little banged up the last couple of weeks, but obviously he’s an outstanding runner as well. We clearly have significant depth there at the position.” The Rams want to play the hot hand, but all three RBs will get chances moving forward.


-- Week #8: The Market Debuts! --
Tue Oct 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Bucs Not Actively Shopping V-Jax --
Tue Oct 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers HC Lovie Smith was asked about a trading report during his Monday press conference and didn’t rule anything out. He did say the team wasn’t actively trying to move WR Vincent Jackson or anyone else on the team, however, and told reporters that the team’s roster now was likely to be their roster next week as well. “We like our football team that we’re going with, that we have here right now,” Smith said, via the Tampa Bay Times. “We’re not trying to shop any of our players, to answer any questions out there. And it’s people — if they call about some of their players, we take all calls. We don’t (say), ‘Oh, this area code? We’re not going to take this call.’ We listen to what everybody has to say, and we go from there. You see who’s on our roster today. I would just kind of go with that.”


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Tue Oct 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- NFL Red Zone & Overall Target Tables Debut! --
Mon Oct 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- 2014 In-Season Eye in the Sky Reports Debut! --
Tue Sep 2, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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Sun Aug 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Week #8 Premium Player Rankings Released! --
Wed Oct 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Percy Harvin's Role for This Week --
Wed Oct 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New York Jets WR Percy Harvin will return kickoffs, maybe punts, and will have small role on offense, according to HC Rex Ryan. It is unrealistic to expect him to play 50 snaps this week.

-- Press Coverage is Hurting Keenan Allen --
Wed Oct 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports Chargers WR Keenan Allen, while scoreless in seven games, hasn't lacked for impact. Defenses have schemed against him differently in year two, an anticipated trend that's presented opportunities elsewhere in the passing game. The effect for Allen is fewer statistical outbursts like the ones he had in Denver last season. Defensive coaches had months to game plan for him. Allen and the Chargers aren't surprised what came out of it. "People, they aren't stupid," wide receivers coach Fred Graves said. "They're not just going to let him run free. They're going to take some things away." Allen has seen more press coverage this year. That is partly why, despite a team-high 34 catches, he has a modest 354 yards. His average yards after the catch is down from 6 to 2.9. "They're pretty close to me after I catch the ball," Allen said.

-- Rams to Play Hot Hand at RB Moving Forward --
Wed Oct 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports when asked about the division of carries for the St. Louis Rams on Monday, HC Jeff Fisher offered the following statement. “It’ll be a week-to-week thing," Fisher said. "Zac could get 25 carries this week. We had some things in early this week. It was working so we decided to stay with ‘Mase.' It’s nothing that Zac has done or hasn’t done. He’s been a little banged up the last couple of weeks, but obviously he’s an outstanding runner as well. We clearly have significant depth there at the position.” The Rams want to play the hot hand, but all three RBs will get chances moving forward.

-- Anthony Dixon Gets First Unit Reps on Wednesday --
Wed Oct 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Buffalo Bills RB Anthony Dixon was worked with the first unti at Wednesday's practice.

-- Brandon Gibson Falls Behind Jarvis Landry on Depth Chart --
Wed Oct 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Miami Herald reports Dolphins WR Brandon Gibson, who has fallen behind Jarvis Landry on the depth chart, said no Dolphins coach has explained to him why he wasn’t active last Sunday and he’s reluctant to ask. “There’s no doubt I can play,” Gibson said. “I don’t think it’s a decision that has anything to do with me.... It was a decision that was made and there's nothing I can do.” Is there anything he can do to get back in the coach's good graces? "Nothing probably," he said. Asked if he has requested a trade or might, he said, “Not really.” Still, it was odd that WR Damian Williams (who didn’t play special teams in the game) was active Sunday. "It’s not really necessarily an indictment of Brandon, and Brandon I know is going to contribute here this season," HC Joe Philbin said. "I’m confident he will.”

-- Julio Jones Blames Himself for Falcons' Offensive Woes --
Wed Oct 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Atlanta Falcons' offense has sputtered with just one touchdown in each of the last two weeks. WR Julio Jones put the lack of offensive production squarely on his own shoulders. "It starts with me," he told NFL Network's NFL AM on Wednesday. "I got to go out there and make plays when they are presented to me. I got to go out there and catch the ball, be more of a deep threat. ... We are out there misreading or dropping balls. We have to fix that. It's nothing that the defense is doing, we have to fix that here." Jones' reiteration that he's dropped too many balls is true and it's admirable that he's shouldering the blame. But we'd point to an offensive line that was mediocre to start with and has been further decimated by injury as the biggest reason the offense has been uberly futile.

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Wed Oct 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- O'Brien: Ryan Fitzpatrick is Our QB --
Wed Oct 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Houston Texans HC Bill O'Brien doesn't sound like a coach prepared to remove QB Ryan Fitzpatrick from under center any time soon. The first-year coach has been riding with the journeyman quarterback through a 3-4 record so far, but thinks his team's performance is not the reflection of one position playing poorly. "Fitzy is our quarterback," O'Brien told reporters on Tuesday. He added: "When you look at our tape ... you cannot just point to one position and say that's the position that is at fault. There are a lot of positions that need to play better. We need to coach better, all those different things. It all goes into why sometimes we stall offensively. It's not one guy."

-- Pouncy Brothers Won't be Charged --
Wed Oct 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Miami Herald reports Dolphins C Mike Pouncey and Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey, accused over the summer of roughing up a club-goer at their South Beach birthday party, will not be charged in the altercation, Miami-Dade prosecutors announced Wednesday. A July 12 brawl left at Cameo nightclub left several people injured. But in their case close-out memo, the state attorney's office concluded there is insufficient credible evidence to charge Maurkice Pouncey — identified by victims as their assailant — or anyone else with battery. Here's why: "Victims and witnesses advised that the music was very loud and the club was very crowded with a lot of pushing and shoving by many people," prosecutors said. "The Cameo Club did provide our office with a video but it was of no probative value because the room was so crowded that we could not distinguish anyone including the alleged victims or subjects in the video. "In addition, we were provided with many different versions of the incident that raised serious and unresolved proof and credibility issues," the office continued. "Consequently, we cannot determine whether the injuries sustained by the alleged victims resulted from an intentional and unwanted touching or an unintentional touching resulting from the shoving and pushing of the crowd of people who were in a space too small to accommodate so many."

-- Jets Officially Extend Jeremy Kerley --
Wed Oct 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports a source who has seen the deal say that the new four-year contract signed by WR Jeremy Kerley with the New York Jets is worth $16 million with just $5.4 million guaranteed. The 5-foot-9 receiver is on pace for more than 90 targets again this season and has averaged more than 40 catches per year in each of his first three seasons.

-- Report os Marshawn Lynch Being Upset About Harvin Trade Bogus --
Tue Oct 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch expressed his surprise at the move on Twitter and reportedly nearly refused to board the team bus upon finding out about the news. However, Lynch’s agent, Doug Hendrickson, vehemently refuted that notion Tuesday night. “These reports of (Lynch) going off and not wanting to get on bus are absurd. Please report accurate stories and not bogus ones,” Hendrickson wrote via his Twitter account. A league source said over the weekend that Lynch had boarded the bus and was ready to depart long before several Seahawks staff members and players. The source added that they were not aware of any incident regarding Lynch threatening to not make the trip in the trade aftermath.

-- Ray Rice Files Grievance Against Ravens --
Tue Oct 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports former Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice has filed a grievance against the Ravens challenging the team’s decision to terminate his contract on September 8. The Ravens cut Rice within hours after the video emerged of Rice striking his then-fiancee (now wife) in the head in an Atlantic City elevator. Rice’s position is that the Collective Bargaining Agreement permits one punishment for infraction. In July, the NFL suspended Rice two games for the assault. Then, immediately after the video surfaced, the Ravens cut Rice and the NFL suspended him indefinitely. If successful on both grievances, Rice would be eligible to receive $3.52 million from the Ravens. That’s the amount he would have earned if reinstated as of Week Three of the regular season. Rice’s grievance against the NFL has been set for November 5 and 6. It’s unknown when the grievance against the Ravens will be resolved.

-- Seahawks Make Player Moves --
Tue Oct 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Seattle Seahawks have claimed TE Brett Brackett off waivers from the Titans. The team also waived TE Rashaun Allen.

-- Patriots Sign Alan Branch --
Tue Oct 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Boston Globe reports the Patriots have signed veteran free-agent DL Alan Branch.

-- Week #8: The Market Debuts! --
Tue Oct 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football Tuesday - 10/21/2014: Premium Weekly Fantasy Newsletter subscribers take note. Your wait is OVER! The most important portion of the newsletter has been released for your viewing pleasure. The Market is back! FFMastermind.com's Michael Nazarek ranked the following potential free agents in tonight' Market release: 12 QBs, 22 RBs, 21 WRs, 13 TEs, 10 PKs, and 5 Team Defenses. In-depth player analysis was included with each player ranked. In addition, Nazarek provided 21 trading and free-agent tips for fantasy owners. Log into your premium account to check it out now!

-- Redskins IR Brian Orakpo; Sign One --
Tue Oct 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Washington Redskins have placed LB Brian Orakpo (torn pec) on injured reserve, ending his season. The team also signed LB Everette Brown.

-- Cowboys Release Michael Sam --
Tue Oct 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Dallas Cowboys have waived DE Michael Sam from the practice squad.

-- Titans Trade Akeem Ayers to Patriots --
Tue Oct 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Nashville Tennessean reports the Titans drafted LB Akeem Ayers in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft with visions of him being a playmaker for many years. Ayers never provided the consistent impact the team hoped he would, however, and on Tuesday he was traded to the New England Patriots, according to sources familiar with the situation. The move ended a frustrating relationship between the player and the team. Ayers was a regular starter during his first three seasons in Tennessee, but he was inactive for five of the team's first seven games this season. The Titans traded Ayers and their seventh round pick in the 2015 draft to the Patriots. In return, the Titans acquired a sixth-round pick from New England. The trade won't be official until Ayers passes a physical with the Patriots.

-- Matt Bayley Wins 2012 FFWC $200K Fantasy Championship --
Tue Oct 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Patriots Acquire Akeem Ayers --
Tue Oct 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Nashville Tennessean reports the Titans drafted LB Akeem Ayers in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft with visions of him being a playmaker for many years. Ayers never provided the consistent impact the team hoped he would, however, and on Tuesday he was traded to the New England Patriots, according to sources familiar with the situation. The move ended a frustrating relationship between the player and the team. Ayers was a regular starter during his first three seasons in Tennessee, but he was inactive for five of the team's first seven games this season. The Titans traded Ayers and their seventh round pick in the 2015 draft to the Patriots. In return, the Titans acquired a sixth-round pick from New England. The trade won't be official until Ayers passes a physical with the Patriots.

-- Panthers Release Charles Godfrey; Promote One --
Tue Oct 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Carolina Panthers have released DB Charles Godfrey and promoted OG Chris Scott from the practice squad.

-- Da'Quan Bowers Suspended Two Games --
Tue Oct 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the NFL has suspended Tampa Bay Buccaneers DL Da'Quan Bowers two games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

-- Ray Rice Appeal Hearing Set for Early November --
Tue Oct 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the appeal hearing for former Ravens RB Ray Rice will be held on November 5-6. Rice is disputing his indefinite suspension.

-- Jets to Extend Jeremy Kerley --
Tue Oct 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New York Jets are expected to announce a four-year contract extension for WR Jeremy Kerley.

-- Bills IRDFR C.J. Spiller --
Tue Oct 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Buffalo Bills have placed RB C.J. Spiller (broken collarbone) on injured reserve designated for return. He will be eligible to return for Week #16.

-- Bills Sign Phillip Tanner --
Tue Oct 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

RavenInsider reports the Buffalo Bills have signed veteran free-agent RB Phillip Tanner.

-- Wheaton Shut Out; Bryant Scores --
Tue Oct 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

PFF reports Pittsburgh Steelers WR Markus Wheaton played a season-low 31-of-67 snaps (46%) on Monday night without a catch against the Texans. Rookie WR Martavis Bryant saw 24 snaps, catching two passes for 40 yards and a score.

-- Check Out The FFMastermind Edge Podcast TONIGHT! --
Tue Oct 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football Our weekly podcast, The Fantasy Football Mastermind Edge, returns once again TONIGHT at 11 PM ET! Tune in to catch host Michael Nazarek and co-host Chris Rito offer a preview of Week #8 along with select Picks to Click/Flick for your fantasy starting lineup. Rito will also offer his one-hit wonders at kicker and defense. The guys will also cover all the latest player injuries and NFL news. Tune in and check it out!

-- Giants Hosting Terrelle Pryor --
Tue Oct 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports free-agent QB Terrelle Pryor is visiting with the New York Giants today for "Kick the tires Tuesday."

-- Giants Working Out Felix Jones & Alex Green --
Tue Oct 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The National Football Post reports free-agents RB Felix Jones and RB Alex Green are working out today for the New York Giants, according to sources.

-- Browns Benched Terrance West on Sunday; Re-Evaluating Their RBBC --
Tue Oct 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Beacon Journal reports the Browns tried to split carries among three running backs Sunday in a 24-6 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the rotation might have hurt more than it helped. The Browns entered the game with the NFL’s No. 3 rushing attack (146.4 average), but they were held to just 69 yards on 33 carries (2.3 average). “We’ll have a discussion this week as to how to best rotate those guys,” Browns HC Mike Pettine said Monday of an upcoming meeting with OC Kyle Shanahan and running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery. “You could make the argument it’s a good problem to have, but you’re still dealing with the word ‘problem.’ ” Rookie RB Terrance West was benched for the rest of the game after he gained just 1 yard on second-and-2 from the Jaguars’ 25-yard line and was then stopped for no gain on third-and-1 from the 24 late in the second quarter. Instead of calling for a 42-yard field goal attempt, Pettine gambled on fourth-and-1, QB Brian Hoyer threw incomplete under pressure and the Jaguars responded with a three-play, 76-yard touchdown drive to capture a 7-6 halftime lead. They never trailed again. West had room to run for a first down on both crucial carries. On second down, he had an opening off the right edge but danced in the hole. On third down, he ran into C John Greco after cutting back. West estimated he would have advanced 7 yards beyond the first-down marker had he not hesitated and collided with Greco. “I missed it,” said West, a third-round pick in this year’s NFL Draft. “Wish I could get it back. I was trying to go for the big play. I should’ve just gotten the first down. I know I’ve got limited reps. So I know when I’m in a game, I’m trying to get a big play.”

-- Bucs Not Actively Shopping V-Jax --
Tue Oct 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers HC Lovie Smith was asked about a trading report during his Monday press conference and didn’t rule anything out. He did say the team wasn’t actively trying to move WR Vincent Jackson or anyone else on the team, however, and told reporters that the team’s roster now was likely to be their roster next week as well. “We like our football team that we’re going with, that we have here right now,” Smith said, via the Tampa Bay Times. “We’re not trying to shop any of our players, to answer any questions out there. And it’s people — if they call about some of their players, we take all calls. We don’t (say), ‘Oh, this area code? We’re not going to take this call.’ We listen to what everybody has to say, and we go from there. You see who’s on our roster today. I would just kind of go with that.”

-- Buccaneers Sign Trindon Holliday; Release One --
Tue Oct 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed veteran free-agent KR Trindon Holliday. The team also waived WR Solomon Patton.

-- Broncos Sign One --
Tue Oct 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Denver Broncos have signed RB Kapri Bibbs from their practice squad.

-- Titans Sign One --
Tue Oct 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Tennessee Titans have signed RB Antonio Andrews from their practice squad.

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Tue Oct 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Dion Jordan Returns to Dolphins --
Tue Oct 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports DE Dion Jordan has come back to the Miami Dolphins. The defensive end returned after missing six games while on suspension for multiple violations of the NFL's Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse. The 2013 No. 3 overall pick has yet to find his niche on the Dolphins' defense, but the coaching staff has no worries about finding a place in the rotation for the athletic Jordan. "It won't be tough," DC Kevin Coyle said, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. "When you have good players you find ways to utilize them and he's certainly a very talented guy."

-- Brian Hoyer Still Firmly Browns' Starting QB --
Tue Oct 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Plain Daler reports with QB Brian Hoyer coming off his worst game as a Cleveland Brown, the public drumbeat for rookie QB Johnny Manziel is growing louder, but coach Mike Pettine is marching to his own beat. "Brian is still firmly our starter,'' said Pettine, still admittedly feeling the sting of Sunday's 24-6 loss to the previously winless Jaguars. "Nothing's changed. Each week we make the decision as to if we want to include Johnny in the plan.'' Pettine said the staff never seriously considered going to Manziel in Jacksonville, even though the Browns managed just two field goals, sputtered twice in the red zone and converted three picks into only three points. Surely, Hoyer had another rabbit in his helmet, no? "It was discussed briefly, but it was a situation where we still wanted to...at least try to end the game with Brian on a positive note,'' he said. Of course, Pettine didn't rule out Manziel for some action Sunday against the 0-6 Oakland Raiders. "Each week when the offensive staff gets together -- and I'll jump in with them too -- is that they put the plan together, and it's what gives us the best chance to win,'' said Pettine. "So if the situation this week maybe calls for him to play some then that will be the case. But we're not going to hit the panic button after one loss. While we know that the quarterback position needed to be more productive, it was more symptomatic of the entire offense."

-- Bryce Brown Ready to Play --
Tue Oct 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Buffalo News reports Bills RB Bryce Brown, who hasn’t suited up all season, will go into the lineup, perhaps as a co-feature back, for at least the next month. Brown says he’s confident. Last week, he said he was surprised he hadn’t played by now. Well, here’s his chance. GM Doug Whaley traded for him because he felt Brown, who is 6-foot, 220 pounds, had the potential to be a star. Now, Brown gets what amounts to an audition for the role as the Bills’ featured back of the future.

-- Mike Glennon Expected to Start This Week --
Tue Oct 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Tampa Bay Times reports Buccaneers QB Mike Glennon is expected to start this week's game against the Vikings.

-- Aldon Smith Could Return to 49ers Sooner Than Expected --
Tue Oct 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the San Francisco 49ers could get help sooner than expected following this week's bye because outside LB Aldon Smith's nine-game suspension could be reduced for good behavior, league sources confirmed Monday. Smith was suspended before the season by the NFL under terms of the league's personal conduct and substance abuse policies. His nine-game suspension is set to end Nov. 10 after the 49ers play the Saints. However, sources confirmed an NBC Sports report that Smith's suspension could be reduced by one or two games, which makes it possible he could be available to play in a Week 9 game against the Rams or the Week 10 game against the Saints. He must maintain his good behavior for commissioner Roger Goodell to reduce the penalty. Under terms of his suspension, the league has allowed Smith to be in the team's facility for meetings and conditioning, although he has not been allowed to practice with the team.

-- Austin Pettis Was Late for Team Activity on Saturday --
Tue Oct 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports a league source said Monday afternoon that former St. Louis Rams WR Austin Pettis and practice squad WR Emory Blake were late for a team activity over the weekend. The Rams also released Blake on Monday. That doesn't mean there's no validity to the reason HC Jeff Fisher gave but it surely played a part in Pettis' release and was likely the major factor in cutting Blake. Pettis also was a pregame inactive for the Rams on Sunday afternoon, clearing the way for WR Chris Givens to return to action after sitting out the previous two weeks. Givens made a key 30-yard catch to set up the Rams' final touchdown in the fourth quarter. "Nobody likes being inactive, especially if you've been a contributor like he has been," Fisher said. "He worked right through it. Some guys can mope around and not work hard, and he worked even harder, which was good to see."

-- NFL Red Zone & Overall Target Tables Debut! --
Mon Oct 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Saints Make Player Moves --
Mon Oct 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed TE Tom Crabtree and waived LB Todd Davis.

-- Rams Release Austin Pettis --
Mon Oct 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the St. Louis Rams have waived WR Austin Pettis.

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Mon Oct 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Colt McCoy to Start This Week --
Mon Oct 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Washington Redskins HC Jay Gruden announced today that he is planning to start QB Colt McCoy this week against the Cowboys.

-- Colt McCoy to Get Starter's Reps This Week in Practice --
Mon Oct 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Washington Redskins official website reports Redskins HC Jay Gruden said QB Colt McCoy will get the starter's reps at quarterback this week.

-- Falcons IR Peter Konz; Sign One --
Mon Oct 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Atlanta Falcons official website reports the Falcons have placed C Peter Konz (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season. The team also signed free-agent OT Jonathan Scott.

-- Parcy Harvin Speaks --
Mon Oct 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports New York Jets WR Percy Harvin was asked if his deployment in Seattle was a source of frustration: "It definitely was. ... I wanted to get downfield a little bit more." Harvin denies he has anger management issues, says he has no problem with QB Russell Wilson, WR Doug Baldwin, and others. He said he loves HC Rex Ryan and is looking forward to getting to work to help the Jets win.

-- Lions Sign Kellen Davis; Release One --
Mon Oct 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Detroit Lions have signed veteran free-agent TE Kellen Davis and waived S Jerome Couplin.

-- Jaguars IR Paul Posluszny --
Mon Oct 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Jacksonville Jaguars official website reports the Jaguars have placed LB Paul Posluszny (torn pec) on injured reserve, ending his season.

-- Paul Richardson Plays 43 Snaps Sunday --
Mon Oct 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

PFF reports Seattle Seahawks rookie WR Paul Richardson played a season-high 43-of-73 snaps on Sunday against the Rams.

-- Austin Davis Sets Record Against Seahawks --
Mon Oct 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports St. Louis Rams QB Austin Davis completed 18 of 21 (86%) against the Seahawks, the highest completion percentage ever allowed by a defending Super-Bowl champion, according to Elias.

-- Keep Coming Back! --
Mon Oct 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football FFMastermind.com Super Bowl premium package subscriber Jack Fields gets to the point why he Keeps Coming Back to be a premium subscriber after trying out other services. Patrons considering a subscription should check out what Jack has to say!

-- Browns Make Player Moves --
Mon Oct 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Cleveland Browns have waived rookie FB Ray Agnew and promoted rookie FB Kiero Small from the practice squad.

-- Rams Snap Count Watch --
Mon Oct 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Rams RB Zac Stacy played just one snap against Seattle on Sunday out of a possible 49. Rookie RB Tre Mason saw 26 snaps, while RB Benny Cunningham played 17 snaps. At wideout, WR Brian Quick played 48-of-49 snaps, WR Kenny Britt saw 30 snaps, and WR Tavon Austin played 22 snaps at wideout, with several at tailback.

-- Justin Hunter Plays Nearly Every Snap Sunday, But... --
Mon Oct 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

PFF reports Tennessee Titans WR Justin Hunter played 55-of-57 snaps on Sunday against the Redskins, but caught just one of two targets for six yards.

-- Bills WR Snap Count Watch --
Mon Oct 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Buffalo Bills wideout snaps in yesterday’s game: WR Sammy Watkins (70), WR Robert Woods (64), WR Chris Hogan (37), and WR Mike Williams (5).

-- Jimmy Graham Plays 30 Snaps on Sunday, But... --
Mon Oct 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

PFF reports New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) played 30-of-75 snaps on Sunday against the Lions. Graham was seemingly used as a decoy, since he wasn't really a part of the passing gameplan, failing to make any catches on only two targets. On the Saints final drive, Graham played and ran short out patterns, while QB Drew Brees didn't look his way despite the fact the Saints desperately needed to get into field goal range. It was like Brees had instructions from the bench to ignore Graham. At least Graham didn't appear to suffer a setback.

-- Bradley Gives Denard Robinson Luke Warm Support as New Starter --
Mon Oct 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Florida Times-Union reports Jaguars RB Denard Robinson set the tone for the game on the Jaguars’ first offensive play Sunday. He ran for 14 yards, his longest run of the season. “The offensive line fired off the ball, and I was like, ‘I’ve got to do the same thing. I’ve got an opportunity, so let’s go,’ ’’ he said. Robinson made the most of his opportunity as he rushed for 127 yards on 22 carries in a 24-6 victory over the Browns. He’s the first Jaguar to rush for 100 yards since RB Jordan Todman has 109 in a loss to Buffalo last December. Robinson topped his day with his first touchdown run of the season, an 8-yarder with 5:58 left, giving the Jaguars a 17-6 lead. So will Robinson remain the feature back? HC Gus Bradley was somewhat vague when asked about it . “Yeah, I think so. We’ll look at the film. He did a good job and we hope to get Toby back,’’ Bradley said.

-- Anthony Dixon Ready to Start --
Mon Oct 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Buffalo News reports Bills RB Anthony Dixon ran 13 times for 51 yards and would appear the likely option to start against the Jets this week. Dixon, a free-agent signee after five seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, has started only once before, as a fullback for RB Frank Gore in last year's regular-season finale. The 49ers "never gave me a chance to have this opportunity," Dixon said. "That was one of the reasons why I had to get out of there." The busiest Dixon has been in any game was 14 carries for 60 yards four years ago. He has nine career receptions. As a four-year starter at Mississippi State, he ran for 3,994 yards and 42 touchdowns and caught 56 passes for 449 yards and four touchdowns. "This is opportunity I've been waiting for, to get back in that workhorse role and show people what I can do," Dixon said. "I want to show people what I could do in college and high school. I feel like I really didn't get labeled right coming out of college. People tried to do something else with me, make me somebody that I really wasn't. ... Put me in short-yardage, say I couldn't run routes or I ain't got hands. I don't see what they're seeing. I'm ready for the opportunity." RB Bryce Brown is likely to be active and play too moving forward.


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