| Eagles cut Ryan Mathews|
RB medically cleared, move saves $4MM against cap
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 15 2017, 2:03 pm
|Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) on Twitter: "Source: The #Eagles have informed former starting RB Ryan Mathews, who passed his physical earlier today, that he's been released." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Mathews is still a viable back and should latch on somewhere in the near future, but he's off the radar for fantasy at the moment.
|Jay Cutler to make Dolphins debut Thursday|
Embattled QB scheduled to start versus Ravens
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 15 2017, 11:00 am
|Jay Cutler missed last week's preseason opener after signing a one-year, $10 million contract just a few days prior. Cutler is expected to start against Baltimore after practicing fully all week. His backup is Matt Moore. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Dolphins have some talented offensive players, but Cutler is going to need all the reps he can handle if he's going to resurrect his career and prove the critics wrong. He's a low-end QB2 until we see something to prove otherwise.
| DeMarco Murray back at practice Monday|
Titans RB should get work in upcoming preseason games
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 15 2017, 9:04 am
|Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) on Twitter: "@DeMarcoMurray worked extensively in @Titans practice tonight. Biggest step in return from hamstring injury" (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: DeMarco Murray is one of the most productive back in football when healthy, and this is a team that's focused on the running game. He's a Top 10 fantasy RB and a safe bet for consistent touches, even if the Titans work Derrick Henry in more this season.
| Chargers lose Denzel Perryman for first 4 games|
Standout LB suffered ankle injury
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 15 2017, 8:55 am
|Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) on Twitter: "#Chargers LB Denzel Perryman suffered an ankle injury that will keep him out at least the first 4 games, source said. He may need surgery." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This is a bad news injury (high ankle sprain) that could take 6-8 weeks or longer to heal. IDP drafters should beware and look elsewhere to bolster their LB corps. Korey Toomer will fill Perryman's role for the season's outset.
|De'Angelo Henderson shines in preseason opener|
Denver RB was drafted in sixth round
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 15 2017, 8:50 am
|DeVontae Booker, Denver’s No. 2 running back who had been pushing to be No. 1, suffered a fractured wrist when camp opened, and he'll be out for the rest of camp. They also have Jamaal Charles, Stevan Ridley and along with the arrival of rookie De'Angelo Henderson (54 yards and a long TD run in the preseason opener), see the return of No. 1 RB C.J. Anderson, Booker and Juwan Thompson. (Denver Post)|
FFToday's Take: “What we saw tonight is what he’s been since we drafted the guy in the spring,” first-year Broncos head coach Vance Joseph said of Henderson after the 24-17 victory over the Bears. “So I’m not surprised to see that tonight.”
The Broncos have a lot of talented backs and are looking at a full-fledged competition for touches in the backfield.
|Julio Jones primed to see more red zone looks?|
Team placing emphasis on getting top WR more targets in close
By: Doug Orth | Aug 14 2017, 7:50 pm
|Seems to be a real emphasis around getting Julio Jones more touches in the red zone this camp. (Head coach Dan Quinn) said he's been a real factor there. (AtlantaFalcons.com)|
FFToday's Take: New OC Steve Sarkisian has been consistent about feeding Jones near the goal line, so perhaps this is the year he breaks through in the touchdown department. Besides his history with foot injuries, the one thing keeping Jones from becoming possibly the best receiver in fantasy football is the fact he has topped eight TDs just once. He's a top-three fantasy receiver regardless and a near-lock to come off the board among the first five picks in most drafts.
| Mike Williams eyeing October debut?|
First-round WR making progress from back injury
By: Doug Orth | Aug 14 2017, 7:45 pm
|The Chargers are eyeing an October debut for first-round pick WR Mike Williams. The Clemson product, who is recovering from a herniated disc in his back from the spring, has been sprinting on the treadmill and on the practice field. By all accounts, he's making solid progress as the team has used rest and rehab, rather than a surgical option. Los Angeles is also being cautious. That's why, according to several sources with direct knowledge of the situation, the plan is for Williams to play in October. How it happens will depend on what unfolds over the next three weeks until it's time to make a roster decision on Sept. 2. (NFL.com - Ian Rapoport)|
FFToday's Take: Williams suffered the injury in the team's first spring practice and has been sidelined ever since, so there is little chance he is going to be able to make a rookie-year impact. With that said, his size (6-4, 218) will make for an inviting red zone target on an offense that should be among the best in the league. He can go undrafted in most leagues, but he is one to keep an eye on if he can start playing by October.
|Kenny Golladay poised for "important role"|
WR should emerge as valuable red zone weapon
By: Doug Orth | Aug 14 2017, 7:40 pm
|The Lions have resisted temptation to throw Kenny Golladay in with the first-team offense for now, letting him earn his stripes on the second team. Marvin Jones, Golden Tate and T.J. Jones have taken the bulk of the first-team work so far and, despite Golladay’s big game Sunday, that isn’t likely to change. Still, Golladay is on track to play an important role in the Lions offense this fall as a red-zone threat, where he has all the makings of being a quarterback’s best friend. (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: If we didn't know any better, it sounds as if the Lions want to use the 6-4, 213-pound rookie in the same way they utilized Anquan Boldin last year. Of course, 67 catches and eight touchdowns is setting the bar too high for Golladay, but 40-plus catches and 5-6 TDs is probably within reach. He figures to be very hit-or-miss as a rookie, but Detroit loves what it has here. Consider him an upside WR5 at the moment.
| Bilal Powell, Matt Forte missing practice|
RBs dealing with neck and hamstring injuries, respectively
By: Doug Orth | Aug 14 2017, 7:30 pm
|Jets top two RBs Bilal Powell and Matt Forte are not participating in team drills again. Rookie Elijah McGuire takes first-team reps. (New York Daily News)|
FFToday's Take: Teams are not required to file practice reports during the preseason, but we do know Powell missed the exhibition opener and some practices last week. The Jets do not figure to be all that competitive this season, but it could mean Powell and Forte emerge as PPR stars given how barren and/or unproven the depth chart is at receivers. Powell is a RB3 in PPR, while Forte should be considered a back-end RB4.
| Jordan Matthews suffers chip fracture in sternum|
First practice as a Bill
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 14 2017, 7:15 am
|Injury Update: Jordan Matthews has a chip fracture in his sternum and will be listed as week to week. (BuffaloBills.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Bills say their newly acquired wide receiver is week-to-week after suffering the injury in his first practice with his new team. "Week-to-week" implies that Mathews is going to miss a good portion of camp and will miss valuable getting to know the Bills passing game. Matthews is an uninspiring WR4 in redraft leagues.
| Marqise Lee ankle injury not severe|
Carted off practice field
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 13 2017, 12:53 pm
|Jaguars WR Marqise Lee, who was carted off today, did not suffer a serious injury, source said. Looked a lot worse than it was. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Lee was carted off the practice field with an apparent right ankle injury but it sounds like the cart and air case applied may have precautionary. Depending on the diagnosis, Lee could miss some practice time in the coming weeks.
| Leonard Fournette held out of practice Sunday|
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 13 2017, 12:45 pm
|Rookie tailback Leonard Fournette did not practice because of a foot injury.
"It’s been something that has been growing,” coach Doug Marrone said. “It’s just one of those nagging things. The other day, it was sore so we said, Hey, let’s not take any chances. Let’s take cautionary measures so it can’t be something worse." (Florida Times Union)|
FFToday's Take: Marrone wouldn't commit to Fournette playing in the Jaguars upcoming preseason game on Thursday. It's likely the Jags will be cautions with their rookie running back who is expected to see a significant workload this season. For now, this a situation to watch, by isn't a reason to knock Fournette down your rankings.
|Bucs throw in the towel on K Roberto Aguayo|
Nick Folk will take over kicking duties in Tampa Bay
By: Doug Orth | Aug 12 2017, 12:46 pm
|After a disastrous start to the preseason, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have waived kicker Roberto Aguayo. Aguayo missed an extra point in the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals on Friday night. He was then brought out late in the fourth quarter on a 47-yard attempt. The ball sailed wide right. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Aguayo struggled last season making 22 of 31 field goal attempts the lowest percentage in the NFL last season. He was a 2nd round draft pick by the Bucs last season. Nick Folk will take over kicking duties in Tampa Bay.
| Ryan Tannehill placed on IR|
ACL surgery expected soon
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 12 2017, 7:20 am
|Dolphins officially placed quarterback Ryan Tannehill on injured reserve. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Tannehill is expected to have surgery on his ACL very soon which should allow him enough recovery time to be ready for the 2018 season. Jay Cutler takes over with a clear path to being the starter the entire season. His fantasy value is similar to Tannehill's as a low-end QB2.
| Joe Flacco won't play in the preseason|
Expected to be ready Week 1
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 11 2017, 3:00 pm
|The team now has a more definitive timeframe for QB Joe Flacco’s return. The 10th-year standout has been re-examined, and his progress from a back issue is good. He will return to practice in the preseason, but he is not expected to play in these games. The plan is for Flacco to be the starting quarterback against Cincinnati in the regular season opener on Sept. 10. (BaltimoreRavens.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Ravens are wisely going to take it easy with their starting quarterback. It's a little uneasy that Flacco won't see any live action before Week 1 but fantasy owners can continue drafting Flacco as a low-end QB2 with confidence.
|Jordan Matthews headed to Buffalo|
Bills shakeup wide receiver group
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 11 2017, 1:45 pm
|The Eagles made a shocking move on Friday, trading away wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a third-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft to the Buffalo Bills for cornerback Ronald Darby, the team announced Friday. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Bills have made significant changes to the wide receiver group over the last few days by acquiring Anquan Boldin, Mathews and trading star Sammy Watkins to the Rams. The Eagles have been talking up Nelson Agholor all pre-season and now it seems he's in line for the starting slot position with Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith on the outside. Matthews should step into the starting lineup in Buffalo and will see boost in fantasy value.
|Bills ship WR Sammy Watkins to Rams|
Acquire cornerback E.J. Gaines
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 11 2017, 1:23 pm
|The Buffalo Bills have traded wide receiver Sammy Watkins and a sixth-round pick in next year's draft to the Los Angeles Rams for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second-round pick, the Bills announced Friday. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Whoa. Given the moves this off-season, the Bills are focusing on the future which doesn't included their best receiver. This relocation isn't good news for Watkins fantasy value who now will be catching passes from Jared Goff who was below average in most QB passing categories last season. Perhaps a new offensive system under Sean McVay and a legitimate No.1 will push Goff in the right direction, but there are too many variables to continue valuing Watkins as a high-end WR2.
|Ezekiel Elliott gets 6-game ban hammer|
Elliott has three business days to appeal
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 11 2017, 12:05 pm
|Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended for six games by the NFL for violating the personal conduct policy, the league announced Friday. Elliott is expected to appeal the suspension, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Elliott has three business days to file notice of appeal, and a hearing must be scheduled within 10 days of receipt of the notice. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Elliott will appeal the suspension so there's a chance the penalty could be reduced. In the meantime, Elliott's fantasy value takes a significant hit. If the suspension holds, Elliott wouldn't be back on the field in Week 8. Missing that much time drops him down into RB3 consideration for the season as a whole. Darren McFadden, Rod Smith and Alfred Morris are next up on the depth chart with McFadden getting the biggest boost in playing time.
|Jared Cook staying busy in training camp|
TE expected to be key part of offense
By: Doug Orth | Aug 10 2017, 7:15 pm
|Oakland's tight ends have been the stars of training camp, with Derek Carr often throwing to his new 6-5, 254-pound target, (Jared Cook).
“We haven’t really gotten our tight-end position going as much as I’d like. I think we’ve really addressed that. I think you’re going to see a team that can utilize the tight end position more in their offensive plan and attack. Cook opens up a lot of possibilities and (Clive Walford) being in much better shape and healthier than he’s been, probably in a while, helps.” (San Francisco Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: IF Cook can stay healthy for more than 12 games, then it is possible he could make some noise in fantasy. However, durability has always been a huge question mark for him, which makes him a high-upside TE2 at best. It is just as likely a healthy Walford ends up taking over for Cook after yet another injury and fulfills the promise he showed as a rookie in 2015.
|Ezekiel Elliott decision coming soon?|
Waiting to hear about possible suspension
By: Doug Orth | Aug 10 2017, 7:10 pm
|Clarity coming on Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott: The ruling on his investigation is expected soon, source said. Could be as early as (Friday). (NFL.com - Ian Rapoport)|
FFToday's Take: As nice as it will be to get some clarification on his status, we have been promised "decisions" on his status for nearly a month, so don't get your hopes up yet. A two-game suspension should probably send Zeke back into the middle of the first round, while no suspension should be enough reason to take him as early as No. 3 overall. Stay tuned.
|Devonta Freeman signs five-year extension|
Includes 15 million dollar signing bonus
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 9 2017, 10:46 am
|The Atlanta Falcons and two-time Pro Bowl running back Devonta Freeman have agreed on a five-year contract extension the team announced Wednesday.
The deal is worth $41.25 million and includes a $15 million signing bonus, agent Kristin Campbell told ESPN. $22 million is guaranteed.
FFToday's Take: After riding the running game all the way to the Super Bowl, it's not a surprise to see Atlanta's top brass retain its premier running back. Fantasy owners can draft Freeman as a solid RB1 without worry of a holdout. Atlanta now has both of their top running backs under contract for at least two more seasons with Tevin Coleman's rookie deal coming to an end following the 2018 campaign.
| Andrew Luck to avoid PUP?|
Week 1 status still up in the air
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 9 2017, 8:29 am
|Just said on @nflnetwork: #Colts GM Chris Ballard told me all indications are Andrew Luck won't start season on PUP. Play Week 1? Still TBD. (Tom Pelissero via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Andrew Luck is a top five fantasy quarterback when healthy but questions regarding his rehab make him a riskier bet heading into 2017. Although Luck may not be ready to start by Week 1, fantasy owners can probably expect him to be back under center sometime between Weeks 2-4 if he remains off the regular season PUP list.
|Siemian getting comfortable in McCoy's offense |
QBs likely to split first team reps during preseason
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 8 2017, 7:00 pm
|Trevor Siemian has been here before, looking ahead to a preseason game in his college town of Chicago, awaiting his first live opportunity to audition for the Broncos’ starting job. He knows the routine, knows the inherent pressure and has shown a knack for managing both.
But recently, something changed for him as he took more repetitions and saw more time in Mike McCoy‘s system. As the offense got more complex in practice, Siemian appeared to hit his stride.
“I can’t tell exactly when, but probably a week or so I just kind of felt a little more comfortable, like things were clicking for me and I got a big-picture thought of how we’re trying to attack scheme and defenses,” Siemian said Tuesday.
Thursday, in the Broncos’ preseason opener against the Bears, Siemian will start and play approximately a quarter and a half before handing the keys to Paxton Lynch. In the Broncos’ second preseason game against the 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif., Lynch will start and Siemian will likely take over in the second quarter. (DenverPost.com)|
FFToday's Take: Quarterbacks Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch are battling for the starting job in Denver and how they play over the next two weeks will be a key factor in who wins the job. Neither guy is being drafted as a QB1 despite the presence of playmakers Demaryius Thomas and newcomer Jamaal Charles lining up in this offense. The winner of this battle has enough upside to be a borderline fantasy starter and makes for a quality QB2 to target on draft day.
|Jarvis Landry denies domestic abuse charges|
Dolphins WR one of several NFL players facing legal and league action
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 8 2017, 1:22 pm
|One day after it was revealed he is the subject of an investigation into a domestic incident, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry said he is cooperating.
(Palm Beach Post)|
FFToday's Take: “I have been upfront with the team,” Landry said after Tuesday’s practice. “I’ve been upfront with law enforcement. Hopefully this gets resolved in a timely fashion.”
Landry is a productive WR2 in fantasy but you'll have to follow these developments as the info filters in. Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott also faces possible league discipline stemming from an incident that allegedly occurred in Ohio before Zeke's rookie season.
|Brandon Marshall clicking with Eli Manning|
New Giants WR reminds QB of Plaxico Burress
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 8 2017, 1:15 pm
|On Monday, new Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall was catching passes all over the field with defenders draped on his back, according to ESPN reproter Jordan Raanan. QB Eli Manning even agreed that comparisons to his rapport with Plaxico Burress are fair. "We're doing some good stuff, Brandon and I, getting on the same page," Manning said. "Every day there's something new that comes up though. A route here, a concept, just getting on the same timing. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: This is good news for Giants fans and bodes well for Marshall's 2017 fantasy outlook. Odell Beckham, Jr. may have the bigger upside, but don't forget about the veteran Marshall on draft day.
|Seahawks WR corps rounding into form|
Paul Richardson emerging as No. 3 over Jermaine Kearse
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 8 2017, 10:40 am
|ESPN is reporting that Paul Richardson appears to be the No. 3 behind Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett (leg), and that this could be the best group of pass-catching weapons that Russell Wilson has ever had.
FFToday's Take: The Seahawks' quarterback has showcased the diverse array of weapons at his disposal, including the speed of Lockett and Richardson and mismatches with guys like Graham and C.J. Prosise. Baldwin presents a problem for defenses operating out of the slot. This looks to be another good bet for fantasy production, and Wilson is a safe bet for solid numbers with plenty of upside.
|Christian Hackenberg getting reps with 1st unit|
QB competition brewing as Jets look to settle on best option
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 8 2017, 10:35 am
|Though veteran Josh McCown still spent most of Monday’s practice with the first team, 22-year-old Christian Hackenberg received his most reps with the top unit in training camp. Hackenberg, who took 21 overall reps, had six opportunities with the first team, and overall, went 10-of-21 with one touchdown. (New York Post)|
FFToday's Take: This means there could be a real QB competition brewing in New Jersey. Mike Maccagnan said yesterday on Michael Kay's radio show that the team is not tanking, but the jury's still out on how effective either the journeyman McCown or the very raw Hackenberg will be without the requisite offensive weapons. WR Quincy Enunwa was just lost for the season with bulging disk in his neck. None of the Jets QBs are worth more than desperation wire fodder.
|Jimmy Graham feels "almost 100 times better"|
Weighing in at 260 pounds after playing at 280 last year
By: Doug Orth | Aug 7 2017, 5:55 pm
|During a 710 ESPN Seattle interview with John Clayton, Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham said he feels "almost a 100 times" better than he did at this time last season. Graham said he had to rehab from a ruptured patellar tendon injury twice a day all last season just to get ready for games. He said he played at around 280 pounds and is now down to 260. Graham had 923 receiving yards last year, third-best among tight ends. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Once considered Rob Gronkowski's only rival among fantasy tight ends, Graham became the first NFL player of note last season to enjoy a decent amount of success coming off a ruptured patellar tendon. It probably doesn't help the stock much he is now 30 years old, but the drop in weight - assuming he has kept most of his natural athleticism - should be good for him moving forward. He's a value pick in the sixth round of fantasy drafts.
|Jay Cutler signs with Dolphins|
One-year contract worth $10 M
By: Doug Orth | Aug 7 2017, 5:50 pm
|He's back: QB Jay Cutler is coming back. Sources say he's agreed to sign with the Dolphins. (NFL.com - Ian Rapoport)|
FFToday's Take: Ryan Tannehill will almost certainly miss half the season - if not all of it - after reinjuring his knee last Thursday. Cutler reunites with HC Adam Gase, who guided the quarterback to his most efficient season while both were with the Chicago Bears in 2015. It's good news for the fantasy fortunes of DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills as well, as Cutler has a strong arm. Cutler figures to be little more than an uninspiring QB2 in fantasy this season, however.
|Jordan Matthews at risk of losing snaps?|
Nelson Agholor enjoying strong camp
By: Doug Orth | Aug 7 2017, 5:40 pm
|The speculation that Jordan Matthews will lose playing time at slot wide receiver to Nelson Agholor was not quieted by offensive coordinator Frank Reich, who said Monday that the plan at the position “is a little bit different than last year.”
“Right now, the whole receiver room is more competitive. ... So yeah, I think it is a little bit different than last year. I don’t know how it’s going to play out. Is it going to be a reduced role? Is it not? ... That’s going to be determined … by how he plays and how things play out in that room competitively,” Reich said. (Philadelphia Inquirer)|
FFToday's Take: Reich suggested Matthews can play outside and there will be four-wide packages on occasion, but he also said he doesn't want to take his tight ends off the field either. Considering the team added Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith before Agholor's "awakening", Matthews very much appears to be in a fight for playing time. Owners would be wise to consider him a low-eend WR4 at best and start considering Agholor at the end of drafts.
| Andrew Luck not a lock for Week 1|
Still working way back from offseason shoulder surgery
By: Doug Orth | Aug 7 2017, 5:30 pm
|On the Sirius XM Fantasy show, Adam Schefter expressed concerns over Andrew Luck. Said there's "a chance he isn't ready to open the season." (Pro Football Focus)|
FFToday's Take: At last check, Luck was still only throwing a tennis ball and has yet to be cleared to throw a football. CBS Sports Jason La Canfora recently floated the possibility of the PUP list out for Luck, it would cost in the first six weeks of the season, although that still seems unlikely. Luck, T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief all need to be moved down draft boards a bit, at least until the quarterback is ready to practice. Scott Tolzien is getting the bulk of snaps in camp.
| Jets place WR Quincy Enunwa on injured reserve |
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 7 2017, 1:52 pm
|Big loss: Jets are placing WR Quincy Enunwa on injured reserve with a neck injury, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Ooof. As if the Jets could get any worse, they lose what might be their best receiver and a player they were counting on to be in the starting lineup Week 1. For now, Robby Anderson is the only recognizable name(?) in the receiving group. As much as they might not want to, the Jets are likely to add a free agent receiver shortly.
|Bills ready to sign WR Anquan Boldin|
By: Doug Orth | Aug 7 2017, 11:23 am
|Bills are giving WR Anquan Boldin a one-year, $2.75 million deal, that includes $1.25 million in incentives, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Bills needed an other veteran receiving option and they found their man. Boldin will likely start opposite Sammy Watkins and should give the offense a stable presence. His signing dings the fantasy value of rookie WR Zay Jones but won't drain any targets from Watkins. Buffalo remains a run-first offense so Boldin should be viewed as a TD-dependent WR4.
| John Brown expected to practice on Tuesday|
Recovering from quad injury
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 7 2017, 7:00 am
|John Brown is expected to return to practice on Tuesday. (Arizona Republic)|
FFToday's Take: Brown has been held out of practice since July 28th with a quad injury. He's currently penciled in as the Cardinals No.2 wide receiver. Brown has dealt with a number of leg injuries over the last couple years and dealt with a sickle-cell condition that cause him to be limited for most of 2016.
|Brock Osweiler to start first pre-season game?|
Cody Kessler struggling
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 6 2017, 8:00 am
|As expected, Hue Jackson didn’t shake up the quarterback rotation in a light practice on Saturday. But he admitted he could announce one Monday and indications are that Brock Osweiler will be the new starter in the practice week and in the preseason opener Thursday night against the New Orleans Saints. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: It seems Cody Kessler has struggled during the early days of camp and DeShone Kizer still has some learning to do. The Browns are putting a lot of thought into this situation as Jackson said he would discuss the QB move higher ups in the organization. However ends up being the Browns starting QB Week 1, he will be low-end QB2 option in fantasy.
|Cutler a viable option for the Dolphins?|
Dolphins waiting on official diagnosis for Tannehill
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 4 2017, 5:20 pm
|Jay Cutler would like to play quarterback in 2017 and he’d really like to play for coach Adam Gase again, a source said Friday.
It will be up to the Dolphins if the reunion occurs, the source indicated.
The Dolphins are trying to make a final medical determination on Ryan Tannehill. And if Tannehill has season-ending knee surgery, Cutler appears a viable option. (Palm Beach Post)|
FFToday's Take: While there's been no official diagnosis on Tannehill's knee injury, it's obvious the Dolphins are preparing for a lengthy absence from their starting quarterback. Cutler and Adam Gase have spent time together in the league and it wouldn't be a surprise if Cutler was signed should Tannehill be lost for the season.
|DeAndre Washington clear No.2 RB in Oakland|
"Getting all second-team RB reps"
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 4 2017, 2:07 pm
|One thing that is flying under radar: DeAndre Washington getting all second-team RB reps over Richard. (Vic Tafur on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Marshawn Lynch is the default top running back in Oakland but given his age and hiatus from the game, Washington makes for an interesting late-round dart through in redraft leagues. Currently he has the leg up on Jalen Richard for backup duties behind Lynch.
| Donte Moncrief day-to-day with shoulder injury|
Mild AC sprain
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 4 2017, 11:00 am
|It's a mild AC sprain for Donte Moncrief. Day-to-day with that shoulder injury. Fell on it during one-on-one drills yesterday. (Kevin Bowen on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Colts are characterizing the injury as minor. Moncrief is likely to miss a couple practices but there's reason for fantasy owners to panic at this time.
| Dolphins fearing the worst for Ryan Tannehill|
One source believes QB is done for the season
By: Doug Orth | Aug 3 2017, 10:45 pm
|The Miami Dolphins now fear quarterback Ryan Tannehill is going to need season-ending knee surgery, however no decision to have it has been made at this time, according to sources close to the situation. The Dolphins are growing increasingly concerned that surgery will be the most viable and likely option as they and their starting quarterback sift through them.
"He's done, I think," one source predicted Thursday night, referring to Tannehill's hopes of returning this season. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Tannehill still could decide to rest his knee for six to eight weeks and try to come back from his knee injury again, but that seems to be an unlikely outcome at the moment. Matt Moore is the next man up and compiled an 8:3 touchdown-to-interception ratio in the three games he started at the end of last season. He's a downgrade from Tannehill but not so much that receivers like Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker need to be downgraded all that much. Moore should be considered a low-end QB2.
|Huge role right out the gate for Joe Mixon?|
Team website hints at feature-back role for rookie
By: Doug Orth | Aug 3 2017, 5:55 pm
|Bengals.com editor Geoff Hobson addressed Joe Mixon in a Q&A with readers Wednesday, Aug. 3: Mixon is the real deal. I think you have to think about him as a 15-to-20-carry-a-game guy with three to five catches. Right away. Sept. 10. Vs. Baltimore. That said, I think they should keep Jeremy Hill. ... This guy can still help them. He’s a good back, very good on the goal-line and what a perfect panacea for an offensive line in transition: a stable of three starting caliber backs in Mixon, Hill, and Giovani Bernard. Perfect. Rotate them, make sure you run it 30-35 times to take heat off the young tackles, and how much room do you think that will give A.J. Green and friends? (Bengals.com)|
FFToday's Take: Mixon has done nothing in camp to remove any of the shine off his luster, and the idea of him starting Week 1 should come as a surprise to no one. Whether or not the Bengals want to give him 250 carries and 40 catches is another story, especially since Hill remains an effective goal-line back and Bernard is a very capable receiver. Mixon's workload in the team's dress rehearsal (third preseason game) could be telling as to whether Hobson is right.