Fantasy Football Weekly - September 6
Cam Newton suggested he may not be able to go in the Panthers' season opener against the Bucs. He has been limited in practice by his rib injury and cannot make sudden movements. Newton practiced Friday and is expected to be a game-time decision. If he does suit up, he will wear a flak jacket to protect his ribs. If Newton can't go, Derek Anderson is next in line to take the snaps … Derek Carr was named the Raiders' Week 1 starter. This does not appear to have anything to do with Matt Schaub's elbow issues; Carr just won the job by being a better QB. With cornerback Dee Milliner ruled out for this game, Carr will go up against a very weak Jets secondary … The Bills signed veteran journeymen QB Kyle Orton to a two-year, $11 million deal to backup E.J. Manuel. This may signify that the Bills do not have a whole lot of faith in their young QB… Tom Brady sat out of practice on Thursday and returned on Friday. He is listed on the injury report as questionable with a calf injury. Word is the Pats were just being cautious, and Brady should be 100 percent on Sunday … Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau fully expects to see Johnny Manziel on the field this Sunday. The Browns have said, they will develop some packages for Manziel … Aaron Rodgers his lost starting right tackle, Bryan Bulaga, to a torn MCL on Thursday night. This could prove to be an issue against a tough Jets defensive line next week.
The Arizona Cardinals are still holding on to hope that Andre Ellington can take the field on Monday night against the Chargers. However, all signs seem to signal otherwise. Reports out of Arizona state that Ellington could miss 4-6 weeks due to a lingering foot injury that he aggravated during practice Thursday. This year's fantasy darling came with warnings of durability issues; Ellington dealt with multiple foot and ankle injuries while at Clemson. His fantasy owners will have to hope he makes a speedy recovery. In his absence, Jonathan Dwyer is expected to lead the Cardinals' rushing attack. Stepfan Taylor could also see an increased workload … Eddie Lacy suffered a concussion in Thursday night's game against the Seahawks. He was forced out of the game after taking a hard shot from safety Kam Chancellor. Lacy suffered a concussion in Week 2 last season, which forced him to miss one game. With 10 days between games, the Packers are hoping Lacy will be cleared for their home opener against the Jets … It looks like Marshawn Lynch may have more left in the tank than many fantasy "experts" gave him credit for. Beast Mode picked up in 2014, right where he left off in 2013. He rushed for 110 yards and two TDs, and looked great while doing it. He looked fast, powerful, and Packers defenders were bouncing off him left and right … The Steelers claim that they intend to give Le'Veon Bell 20-25 touches per game. This is in contrast to pretty much everything that has been said in the past two months about Bell, specifically about how he will probably split carries with LeGarrette Blount. Take everything that has been said by the Steelers with a grain of salt. We will not know how many touches Bell will receive until Sunday … Doug Martin will have to play a much bigger role in the passing game this season than originally expected. Rookie Charles Sims was going to handle most of the pass-catching duties, but he will miss at least the first eight games after ankle surgery. Martin will fill that void in his absence … Ravens interim starting RB Bernard Pierce has been fully cleared to play this Sunday after suffering a concussion a couple of weeks ago. Pierce will be starting for the suspended Ray Rice and has a very tough matchup against a fierce Bengals defense … Rams general manager Les Snead said he expects the offense to go with the "hot hand" at running back in a given game. That's bad news for Zac Stacy … Arian Foster said he has something to prove this season and feels "wonderful physically." Many have been skeptical about Foster's health this season, but not his head coach, Bill O'Brien. He said Foster is going to play "a lot" Sunday versus the Redskins. Foster's owners have to be happy to hear this … Rookie Ka'Deem Carey has climbed to No. 2 on the Bears' depth chart. He is officially Matt Forte's handcuff … C.J. Spiller will return kickoffs for the Bills this season. … There were a number of notable RBs cut this past week. Some of the most significant cuts included Mikel Leshoure, Daniel Thomas, Chris Ogbonnaya, Dion Lewis and Ryan Williams.
Wes Welker has been suspended four games for violating the league's performance-enhancing drugs policy. Reports claim Welker tested positive for MDMA, or "Molly," that had been cut with amphetamines. Welker denied these claims and thinks someone might have slipped "Molly" into his drink while he was at the Kentucky Derby. Emmanuel Sanders' fantasy value should get a huge boost with this news. Cody Latimer and Andre Caldwell could also become fantasy relevant … After sitting out of practice Wednesday with a calf injury, Michael Crabtree returned to practice Thursday. He is listed as questionable but is expected to go against the Cowboys in his hometown of Dallas … Jaguars No. 1 WR Cecil Shorts was not able to practice on Friday and is officially listed as questionable with a hamstring injury. It sounds like he's leaning a lot closer to doubtful than probable. Undrafted rookie Allen Hurns, out of the University of Miami, could get the start in place of Shorts. Don't be shocked if Hurns has a nice game … Giants first-round pick Odell Beckham is doubtful to make his NFL debut in Week 1 and could miss as many as 2-3 weeks as he continues to nurse his injured hamstring ... In Pittsburgh, Markus Wheaton is being compared to Mike Wallace. The Steelers are expecting him to be the big-play weapon that Wallace was. He will need to make his presence felt with veteran Lance Moore ruled out for Sunday's game … Speaking of the Dolphins' No. 1 WR, Wallace said he is ready and excited for his marquee matchup with cornerback Darrelle Revis. It is likely that Revis will be shadowing Wallace for most of the game … Bills rookie Sammy Watkins is good to go on Sunday and will make his highly anticipated NFL debut against the Bears. … Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said Denarius Moore has been much more consistent this preseason, and he really likes what he's seen out of the speedy receiver … Because of the Panthers' weakness at wide receiver, the organization is concerned rookie wideout Kelvin Benjamin will be double-teamed very often this season. Carolina has since signed recently cut Jets WR Stephen Hill to possibly add a little more speed. Other notable cuts included Vincent Brown and Nate Burleson.
If Rob Gronkowski is able to go Sunday, he is expected to be limited in his Week 1 matchup with the Dolphins. He was officially limited in practice all week but did make the trip to Miami … Texans TE Garrett Graham is listed as a game-time decision with a back injury. Rookie C.J. Fiedorowicz is his backup, and neither are interesting fantasy options … Charles Clay, after missing practices a few weeks ago due to a knee injury, did not appear on the Dolphins' injury report Friday. He is out of the TE1 range versus New England.