We feature the mid-week NFL news that will affect your fantasy team and how you should adjust your roster.
Nate Solder (LT) is out for the year with a torn bicep
Unless your fantasy league lets you draft linemen, this seems like a silly headline. But, keep in mind that Solder is Tom Brady’s blindside protector. And Tom Brady is one of the top scoring fantasy quarterbacks on a weekly basis. It would be like Dalton losing Whitworth for the year. If you have any Patriots on your teams, they may see a performance dip?
Andrew Luck is a full participant in practice this week
Anybody who drafted Luck high in their league has been hurting by his three games of struggles, followed by two games being out. But if Luck was injured in those first three games, that explains his lousy performance. If he is truly back in Week 6, this hopefully places him back in elite status.
Ben Roethlisberger targeting Week 6 return
It’s rare that a player misses only two weeks after an injury that was thought to need a 4-6 week recovery. It’s very unlikely that Big Ben will play this week. But this does mean he’s probably closer to the 4 week designation than the six week outing expected. This is good news if you have got Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, or Martavis Bryant on your fantasy team, but less good news if you're a Bengals fan who was hoping Roethlisberger will sit out in Week 8 against the Bengals.
LeSean McCoy is practicing again
If you have Karlos Williams, Boobie Dixon, or even Dan Herron on your fantasy team, their values will take a drastic hit if McCoy returns this week. That's not a given though as he was limited in practice on Wednesday.
Christine Michael to play more
If you thought Joseph Randle’s three touchdown and 6.1 yard per carry performance against the Falcons settled the Cowboys’ running back situation, apparently you were mistaken. The Boys seem intent on keeping this a fantasy quagmire for the foreseeable future.
Odell Beckham Jr & Julio Jones are both injured
Injuries are nothing new to Jones, who has only played 77 percent of his potential games since being drafted in 2011. On a short week, he could be limited Thursday night, though Falcons head coach Dan Quinn is denying anything of the sort. Beckham got hurt late against the 49ers, but gets to rest until Monday night. If you have OBJ keep an eye on this situation as it will be difficult to replace him on Monday, if it's determined on gameday that he won't play.