We scour the news around the NFL to bring you what matters most to you and your dynasty team: the most current news on players, both superstars and the relative unknowns, and analysis to decipher the respective situations. These are many of the major stories and not meant to be an exhaustive look at all the recent happenings around the league.
The Lions' playoff hopes have been broken with the back injury to Matthew Stafford. The veteran missed his third consecutive game in the loss to Washington, a game Detroit would have easily won with Stafford under center. Before this injury, Stafford started 136 consecutive games. His longevity has been noteworthy in a league filled with quarterback injuries. At this point, the Lions are still holding out hope for a return, leaving Jeff Driskel at the helm until then. The Detroit receivers are suffering through Stafford’s absence, especially in a fantasy context.
The pulling of Mason Rudolph for Devlin Hodges in Sunday’s game versus Cincinnati might be the final straw in Rudolph’s starting gig. Hodges, not playing especially well himself, led the Steelers to a come-from-behind victory over the Bengals, keeping playoff hopes alive. While crazy to imagine, Pittsburgh would be in the playoffs if the season ended today. The team’s performance with Ben Roethlisberger on injured reserve reinforces him as a “buy” in dynasty leagues. Pittsburgh has the weapons for a quarterback of Roethlisberger’s caliber to exploit.
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