AFC West Blog
Dennis Allen has been fired after the Oakland Raiders have started the 2014 season 0-4, including their most recent loss in a 38-14 blowout by the Miami Dolphins. Assistant head coach/offensive line coach Tony Sparano has been named the interim head coach going forward.
This could have major fantasy implications if Sparano has full control over offensive play-calling. With his time as head coach with the Dolphins, Sparano was able to produce two fantasy-relevant RBs in Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown, including Williams finishing sixth among running backs in points in 2009. Just as recently as 2012, Sparano was able to make Shonn Greene relevant, getting him to rush for more than 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns. Fantasy arrows are pointing up for Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden.
It looks like the No. 1 overall pick in many fantasy drafts this summer will be back on the field after a one-week absence.
The Chiefs have listed running back Jamaal Charles as probable to play Monday night against the Patriots. In Week 2, the All-Pro suffered what was initially thought to be a high ankle sprain that would sideline him for at least a few games. That call was clearly incorrect as Charles practiced every day this week, albeit in limited fashion. If he were to experience a setback within the next 48 hours, Knile Davis would make another start.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said he expects Jamaal Charles to play against the Patriots on Monday night. Charles was officially limited in practice Thursday. Charles was a game-time scratch for Kansas City's Week 3 matchup against the Dolphins. If he is unable to play, backup RB Knile Davis will likely carry the load again for the Chiefs.
After missing two games following hand surgery, Maurice Jones-Drew has returned to practice and is ready to play Sunday. When asked if he will play Sunday against the Dolphins, he said, "Yeah, definitely, It's not up to me but I feel like I'll be able to play." If given clearance, he'll return to split carries with Darren McFadden.
He should be cleared, but it's difficult to know if the Raiders will ease him back into the fold with limited snaps. If Jones-Drew does play, he'll be no more than an RB3 option but one with RB2 upside. The Chiefs' Knile Davis was able to gash the Dolphins last week for 132 yards and a TD, which gives MJD's fantasy outlook a little hope.
After a week in which a seemingly unprecedented number of big names were fell by injury, you better believe this will be a busy morning. Stay with this post and keep refreshing it consistently as we bring you the latest regarding all of the notable actives and inactives in the early kickoffs. We'll be tracking DeSean Jackson, Arian Foster, A.J. Green, Jordan Cameron, Keenan Allen, Dez Bryant, Bernard Pierce and many more. Whew.
When doubt is expressed about a player's Sunday status, that doubt usually comes from anonymous sources or beat writers. Rarely do you see the doubt expressed by the player at the heart of the matter. But according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, that seems to be the case with Jamaal Charles.
Rapoport tweeted this morning that Charles doesn't expect to play against the Dolphins this afternoon. He will test out his injured ankle in pregame warmups, but odds are Knile Davis will get the start and a lot of touches.
The San Diego Chargers' backfield took another hit Sunday. Running back Danny Woodhead was injured on the team's first possession of the game and did not return. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport is reporting that the versatile Woodhead injured his ankle as well as his fibula. The fear is that the fibula injury may be a fracture.
Whether RB Maurice Jones-Drew plays Sunday or not, Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area reports that RB Darren McFadden will see a "heavy workload" in Week 3 versus the New England Patriots. Jones-Drew, coming off of a hand surgery, was limited yet again in practice Friday.
The early reports on Jamaal Charles' injury from Week 2 stated that he had a high ankle sprain. The team basically confirmed as much Monday. Maybe Andy Reid misspoke, because Charles actually practiced Thursday. He was officially limited, but Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher said Charles "looked OK to me."