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  • Pittsburgh Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    10/01/15DBCortez AllenKneeOUTAllen (knee) practiced fully Thursday.

    Allen seems likely to suit up Monday against the Chargers for the first time since Week 1, when he recorded six tackles in a loss to the Patriots.

    (Updated 10/08/2015)
    10/01/15DLDan McCullers-SandersKneeOUTThe Steelers have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday night's Week 9 matchup with the Ravens: cornerbacks Ike Taylor (forearm) and B.W. Webb, safety Ross Ventrone (hamstring), quarterback Landry Jones, nose tackle Dan McCullers, guard Christopher Hubbard and wide receiver Justin Brown.
    10/01/15QBBen RoethlisbergerKneeOUT

    If you drafted Andrew Luck in the first round, you pretty much have to consider him a sunk cost at this point. We're essentially one-third of the way through the Fantasy season, and he has 51 Fantasy points; he had 151 last season at the same point, including two games with at least 35.

    That doesn't mean you have to give up on your season, of course. Even if you are 0-4 and starting Josh McCown this week, there's still time to turn things around. Just think, someone in your league probably drafted C.J. Anderson in the first round; pity them, not yourself.

    So, what should you do with Luck if you did draft him? Probably nothing right now. Sorry. That's not exactly the most helpful information ever, but trying to trade him after his second missed game in a row -- coming off one of the worst three-game stretches of his career -- is the definition of "selling low." You're going to get a No. 3 RB and a backup WR, if that, for him right now, and that doesn't help your team.

    Try a little patience. I'm not saying you need to hang on to Luck forever, but a panic trade is the wrong way to go about things here. You can't trade him this week anyways, because of the early lineup lock, and that might be a blessing in disguise.

    Luck has extra time to prepare for Week 6, and he's got a couple of chances to boost his value then. The Patriots are a tough matchup, but he has a chance to put up big numbers in a game he will probably be chasing points for. He had 23 Fantasy points against the Patriots last season's regular season matchup, and the Patriots have given up solid Fantasy days to the likes of Tyrod Taylor and Blake Bortles, in addition to Ben Roethlisberger.

    That's a tougher matchup because the Patriots can generate pass rush, and the Colts have obviously struggled to protect Luck. However, if he is healthy for Week 6 and puts up a solid performance, you might want to hold on to him for one more week, with a matchup against the Saints on the way. Two more weeks might be enough to boost Luck's value to the point where someone will be willing to believe in him; that's when you trade him.

    Luck has a nice two-week soft spot in the schedule, and you want to take advantage of that, because he has the Panthers and Broncos in Weeks 7 and 8, before a bye. If you can move him after a big game against the Saints, you are probably maximizing your value with Luck, because it's hard to see him truly living up to expectations at this point.

    The shoulder injury that has already caused him to miss two weeks seems like a situation that has a chance to get a lot worse if he gets hit the wrong way -- and behind this offensive line, that could happen a lot. No matter what you do with Luck, adding a backup you feel confident in trusting is imperative, because whether you trade him or not it seems fair to say he is no longer the must-start, every-week option you expected coming into the season.

    (Updated 10/08/2015)
    10/01/15LBRyan ShazierShoulderOUTSteelers linebacker Ryan Shazier (shoulder) practiced fully Thursday.

    We'll track Shazier's status as the week rolls along, but his full practice participation bodes well for his chances of suiting up Monday night against the Chargers.

    (Updated 10/08/2015)
    10/01/15TEMatt SpaethHandOUTSpaeth (hand) practiced fully Thursday.

    Spaeth is off the fantasy radar, but his likely return to action this week will bolster the team's depth at tight end behind starter Heath Miller.

    (Updated 10/08/2015)
    Minnesota Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    10/04/15WRCharles JohnsonRibOUTVikings wide receiver Charles Johnson (ribs) hopes to return to the field following the Vikings' Week 5 bye, Ben Goessling of ESPN NFL Nation reports.

    Johnson was unable to play in Week 4 due to his rib injury, but he is hoping an extra week of rest and recovery will prevent him from missing any further action. His participation, or lack thereof, in practice next week figures to ultimately determine whether or not he will be able to suit up for the Vikings' Week 6 matchup with the Chiefs.

    (Updated 10/06/2015)
    10/04/15DBJabari PriceShoulderOUTThe Vikings have activated cornerback Jabari Price from the suspended list after he lost the first two games for violating the league's substance abuse policy, per the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
    10/04/15DBAndrew SendejoKneeOUTVikings safety Robert Blanton is likely to start at strong safety this week against Denver with Andrew Sendejo out with a knee injury, ESPN reports.

    Blanton had lost out on the starting job and had a limited role off the bench as he didn't even play a snap on defense in Week 2. He should get a full workload Sunday with Sendejo out.

    (Updated 10/02/2015)
    10/04/15DLJustin TrattouFootOUTVikings defensive end Justin Trattou is inactive Sunday against the Vikings.

    Trattou backs up Everson Griffin at right defensive end and the Vikings will be without needed depth. Depth is more of an issue than usual with the game being played at high altitude.

    (Updated 10/04/2015)
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