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Injury Jeffery's injury more serious than CHI admitting?
Bears' WR hasn't finished a practice since August 11
By: John Canario | Sep 4 2015, 4:40 pm

Chicgao Bears
The only thing that matters is if Alshon Jeffery is on the field when the Bears open the season Sept. 13 against the Packers. If you say that enough times, you might retain your sanity. But if you’re a Bears fan, you should be worried about the lack of information from the team about Jeffery’s injury. And maybe this would be no big deal in a vacuum. Another NFL team being paranoid about giving out information – so what? But the Bears hemmed and hawed and obfuscated about Kevin White’s shin injury in training camp before announcing that their 2015 first-round draft pick needed surgery and might miss the season.In Jeffery’s case, we have been reduced to scanning the sidelines during preseason games, hoping for a sighting. He didn’t make the trip to Cincinnati for the third preseason contest, even though the Bears had said he would. There he was before Thursday’s game against the Browns, catching passes but not running routes. What did it mean? Your guess is as good as anybody else’s. (Chicago Sun-Times)

FFToday's Take: Jeffery's "mild calf strain" could be just that. Or it could be something more serious. Either way, take his mysterious injury into consideration if you're eying him in the second or third round. If he does miss any time, Martellus Bennett becomes Jay Cutler's favorite target in the interim.
49ers release Darnell Dockett
San Francisco likely to fill his void as a pass rusher internally
By: John Canario | Sep 4 2015, 4:30 pm

San Francisco
The San Francisco 49ers have released veteran defensive lineman Darnell Dockett, the team announced Friday. Dockett, who signed with the 49ers as a free agent after missing all of last season with a torn ACL in his right knee, did not play in the 49ers' final preseason game against the San Diego Chargers on Thursday because of a rib contusion. The 34-year-old Dockett, who played 10 seasons with the Arizona Cardinals before his ACL injury, had been working as a pass-rusher on the left side in the 49ers' nickel defense package. He has 40.5 sacks in 10 seasons. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Dockett's best days are behind him, and his departure shouldn't have much of an effect on the 49ers' mediocre defense. A return to the Cardinals is a possibility for the veteran pass rusher.
CJ2K impresses in Cardinals' final preseason game
HC: "I thought Chris looked extremely sharp"
By: John Canario | Sep 4 2015, 4:20 pm

Arizona Cardinals
Chris Johnson still has a splash of gas in the tank. The veteran running back piled up 45 yards at 4.1 yards per carry in his quest to make Arizona's roster. We expect the Cardinals to keep him around after Johnson showed burst on the ground and through the air. Johnson showed no visible signs of the hamstring injury that kept him off the field during the preseason, leaving coach Bruce Arians to say, per The Arizona Republic: "I thought Chris looked extremely sharp." (NFL.com)

FFToday's Take: For fantasy purposes, there is an unfortunate running back situation brewing in Arizona. Any touches that Chris Johnson gets will be at the expense of Andre Ellington and rookie David Johnson. While Ellington is still the favorite to carry the bulk of the load, he has a couple of backs nipping at his heels for playing time. His starting job is far from secure.
Rugby star turned RB continues to shine for 49ers
Shifty runner Jarryd Hayne giving his all to earn roster spot
By: John Canario | Sep 4 2015, 4:00 pm

San Francisco
Only a few weeks ago, former Australian Rugby League player Jarryd Hayne was a blip on the NFL map. Predicted to bomb out in his rookie preseason with the San Francisco 49ers, Hayne instead has been doing everything right to assure him a final spot in the roster. Thursday night he did it again, running up the sideline before pummeling cornerback Lowell Rose. The move, known as a shoulder charge down under, has been banned in rugby league due to its dangerous nature. Hayne did more than just run over players, he also showed some nifty moves and agility to break off a big run. (SB Nation)

FFToday's Take: Hayne has amassed 175 rushing yards on 25 carries this preseason, good for an impressive 7.0 yards per carry. His inexperience playing football is going to limit any fantasy value he might otherwise have had, but he might be a name worth remembering should Carlos Hyde and Reggie Bush both prove ineffective.
Cowboys trying to acquire RB Ball from Broncos?
Rumors abound that Dallas is looking to add the elusive RB
By: John Canario | Sep 4 2015, 3:50 pm

Dallas Cowboys
After maintaining all offseason that they're perfectly happy with their running back triumvirate of Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar, the Dallas Cowboys are discussing a trade for Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball, according to a report from Vic Lombardi of CBS 104.3 in Denver. Ball, a former second-round pick out of Wisconsin, was the starter for the Broncos during the early part of the 2014 season, but the combination of injuries and ineffectiveness led to him losing carries to Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson. He played in just five games, starting three, and carried 55 times for a total of 172 yards (3.1 per carry) and one touchdown. (CBS Sports)

FFToday's Take: If Ball gets moved from Denver to Dallas, his fantasy value will receive a massive boost. With Randle and McFadden both underwhelming throughout camp and into the preseason, Ball would likely inherit the majority of the touches that were given to DeMarco Murray last year. Stay tuned...
Injury Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi suffers cracked rib
Injury-plagued camp hampers rookie RB
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 4 2015, 8:30 am

Miami Dolphins
Jay Ajayi told reporters late Thursday that he's not “overly concerned” about the chest injury that prematurely ended the best game of his rookie preseason. Ajayi cracked a rib during the Dolphins' 22-17 loss to Tampa Bay Thursday -- yet another setback in a summer that hasn't gone according to plan. (Miami Herald)

FFToday's Take: Ajayi was absent most of training camp due to a hamstring injury. It wouldn't be a stretch for the Dolphins to put him on IR in the next 48 hours as rosters are finalized and cuts are made. He's not on the fantasy radar at the moment.
Eagles want to get Sproles more involved
Eagles hinting at more two-back sets in 2015?
By: Doug Orth | Sep 3 2015, 4:20 pm

Philadelphia Eagles
The coaching staff has consistently said they want to get Darren Sproles involved more, and you saw why on Sam Bradford’s first touchdown pass against the Packers. "We'd like to get him the ball steadily and consistently, and he certainly is a unique, outstanding player," OC Pat Shurmur said. "We just need to make sure we get him the ball, and we have a plan to do that." The more you use Sproles, the more you can use him as a decoy as well. He draws a lot of attention from defenses, which is why I expect to see more two running back sets this season. (Philly Mag: Birds 24/7)

FFToday's Take: The Eagles have spent a bit of time talking up Sproles this summer despite the additions of DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews, even floating out the idea of using him in the slot. Some beat writers have a suggested a 65/30/5 split (Murray-Mathews-Sproles) for the Eagles' backfield, although it is extremely like Sproles will see heavy action in two-minute drills, third-down situations or whenever the team is trailing late.
Judge overturns Tom Brady's 4-game suspension
The saga continues
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 3 2015, 10:15 am

New England Patriots
Tom Brady has beaten the NFL in the "Deflategate" court case, with U.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman nullifying the league's four-game suspension Thursday. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: For now, Brady will be able to play Week 1 but the NFL is likely to appeal the decision. Brady's ADP and fantasy value will be on the rise. More to come...
SD RBs will be 'committee crew' says Rivers
Melvin Gordon will split carries
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 2 2015, 9:40 pm

San Diego Chargers
Quarterback Philip Rivers stressed this week that the backfield distribution is "not going to be all Melvin." "As Coach has always said -- I'm not saying anything out of the blue -- it's a running back by committee crew," Rivers explained, via The San Diego Union-Tribune. "It's going to be a team effort in that bunch. We're going to need all of them to carry the load in the run game and to catch the ball out of the backfield." (NFL.com)

FFToday's Take: Melvin Gordon's fantasy stock has been dropping steadily throughout the preseason. He has looked indecisive and made several comments indicating he isn't ready to be the bell cow for the Chargers offense. Meanwhile, Danny Woodhead becomes a flex option with 12 to 15 touches in this offense and has some upside if Gordon continues to underwhelm.
Injury RB Devonta Freeman likely to sit versus Ravens
Several Falcons to miss exhibition season finale
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 2 2015, 4:14 pm

Atlanta Falcons
Wide receiver/teturner Devin Hester (toe), linebacker Justin Durant (foot), cornerback Desmond Trufant (shoulder), running back Antone Smith (hamstring), tight end Tony Moeaki (ankle), linebacker Joplo Bartu (quadriceps) and safety Robenson Therezie (quadriceps) were declared out for the game. Running back Devonta Freeman (hamstring) is not expected to play, but wasn’t declared out. Several other starters, like quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Julio Jones, are not expected to play. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

FFToday's Take: Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman will battle for carries all season, however both players are recovering from pre-season hamstring injuries. Freeman has been limited since returning to practice but reports indicate he is progressing towards being 100 percent by Week One. At this point, health and competition are suppressing the fantasy appeal of both running backs to RB4 territory.
Injury RB Chris Johnson expected to play
Practiced in full Tuesday
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 1 2015, 6:00 pm

Arizona Cardinals
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The third time may be the charm for Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson. Well, hopefully. Johnson went through a full practice Tuesday at full speed and is on pace to play in Thursday night’s preseason finale at Denver. A hamstring injury suffered two days before Arizona’s second preseason game, against San Diego, has kept sidelined. (ESPN.com)

FFToday's Take: This is an important step for Chris Johnson as he is expected to get about a dozen carries in this game. This audition will give HC Bruce Arians his first chance to evaluate the veteran against the other backup options like rookie David Johnson. A strong performance could breathe life into Chris Johnson's fantasy value yet again.
Injury Randall Cobb to be ready Week 1
Packers WR remains a top fantasy option heading into 2015
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 1 2015, 1:15 pm

Green Bay Packers
An NFL source told FOX Sports on Tuesday that all “indicators” point to Randall Cobb being able to play after he suffered an A/C sprain during Saturday night’s preseason game against Philadelphia. (Fox Sports)

FFToday's Take: Cobb remains a Top 10 fantasy WR despite the injury, which shouldn't affect his season too much. With Jordy Nelson (torn ACL) out for the season, Cobb is primed to best his career highs in both yardage and receptions.
Injury Victor Cruz uncertain for Week 1
Giants WR still nursing calf strain
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 1 2015, 10:40 am

New York Giants
Victor Cruz maintained that it’s “still the goal” to be on the field Week 1, but left the door open for his nagging calf to keep him out in the opener. (New York Daily News)

FFToday's Take: This is bad news for Cruz owners. Right now, nobody knows when they’ll see the Giants star on the field again. Cruz is trying to come back from last year’s torn patellar tendon in his right knee, and has been dealing with the calf injury since mid-August, when he still hoped to playing in multiple preseason games. He's an iffy fantasy option heading into 2015, and fellow WR Rueben Randle seems like the safer bet for consistent numbers.
Joique Bell still atop depth chart
Lions RB listed as No. 1 -- for now
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 1 2015, 9:50 am

Detroit Lions
Joique Bell was activated off the physically unable to perform list Monday, and immediately returned to the first-unit offense ahead of Ameer Abdullah, Zach Zenner, Theo Riddick and George Winn. He was listed first on the depth chart, too, though he is not expected to play in Thursday's preseason finale against Buffalo (Mlive.com)

FFToday's Take: Bell rushed 223 times for a career-best 860 yards and a team-best seven touchdowns in 2015, eclipsing Reggie Bush (now with San Fran) as the team's primary tailback. A year later, Bell remains in that role to open this season despite some promising early returns from the talented but raw Abdullah and Zenner -- a former standout at South Dakota State. Bell looks like a good bet for consistent numbers over the first half of the season, with Abdullah getting more early-down work as the season progresses.
DeVante Parker at limited practice on Monday
Team hopes rookie WR will be available for opener
By: Doug Orth | Aug 31 2015, 7:15 pm

Miami Dolphins
DeVante Parker returned to the practice field for the first time since undergoing foot surgery in June. The team remains quietly hopefully that Parker, the team’s first-round pick and most dynamic receiver, will be available when the season begins Sept. 13. Nearly three months removed from a procedure to replace a screw in his left foot, Parker was able to practice in a limited capacity Monday. (Miami Herald)

FFToday's Take: The Dolphins have targeted Week 1 as a possibility all along, so he appears to be right on track. A slow start should be assumed for the No. 14 overall pick, but patient owners willing to roll the dice on Ryan Tannehill's No. 1 receiver of the future around the 10th round could be pleasantly surprised by the return he is able to provide on that investment. Parker drew A.J. Green comparisons during the draft process and should be an immediate factor in the red zone when healthy.
Raiders waive Trent Richardson
Carried 15 times for 42 yards in preseason action
By: Doug Orth | Aug 31 2015, 7:00 pm

Oakland Raiders
Sources: Raiders have cut Trent Richardson. (Bill Williamson on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Richardson was once considered the best back to come out of the draft since Adrian Peterson when Cleveland made him the No. 3 overall selection in 2012. Since that time, the former Alabama standout has done virtually nothing to justify that draft pick and even showed up in Oakland overweight when many speculated the Raiders might be his final shot at a NFL gig. He was released in the first wave of cuts, meaning Latavius Murray, Roy Helu and Michael Dyer each soundly outperformed him.
Injury Julius Thomas likely to undergo finger surgery
Jags hopeful he can return by Week 4
By: Doug Orth | Aug 31 2015, 6:45 pm

Jacksonville Jaguars
Jaguars TE Julius Thomas is considering having surgery on his finger, a procedure that would sideline the two-time Pro Bowler for at least four weeks. GM David Caldwell confirmed Monday that Thomas, the team's top free-agent acquisition this past offseason, will receive a second medical opinion Tuesday before deciding whether to undergo the surgery. A source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Thomas is expected to undergo the surgery. Thomas was injured in Jacksonville's preseason opener earlier this month, but the Jaguars expected him to be ready for their regular-season opener. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: It took Thomas exactly one quarter of one game into his new contract to live up to his injury-prone tag. Florida Times-Union beat writer Ryan O'Halloran tweeted that a "realistic" return date would be Week 4 against the Colts. In the meantime, owners should expect a plethora of targets for Allen Robinson, a few more for Allen Hurns as well as a fair amount of snaps for Marcedes Lewis and Clay Harbor.
Bills going wth Tyrod Taylor as starting QB
Running ability makes Taylor an intriguing QB2
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 31 2015, 10:26 am

Buffalo Bills
Bills are going w Tyrod Taylor as their starting a QB. (Jay Glazer on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Matt Cassel has proven his mediocre abilities, EJ Manuel has failed to impress so head coach Rex Ryan turns to the dual-threat abilities of the unproven Taylor. He's a QB2 for fantasy purposes and will have above-average talent surrounding him once LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and Percy Harvin (hip) recover from their injuries.
Steelers acquire K Josh Scobee from Jags
Jags to go with unproven K Jason Myers
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 31 2015, 9:15 am

Pittburgh Steelers
The Jaguars have traded kicker Josh Scobee to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Scobee confirmed to Jacksonville radio station 1010 XL on Monday morning. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: The Steelers have lost two kickers to injury this preseason including Shaun Suisham (ACL) and recently signed Garrett Hartley (hamstring). The Jaguars will now go with NFL newbie Jason Myers at kicker.
Bills release RB Fred Jackson
Nine-year career in Buffalo comes to an end
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 31 2015, 9:00 am

Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills released Fred Jackson on Monday, ending the veteran running back's nine-year career with the team. "Today, we had to make the difficult decision to release Fred Jackson," Bills general manager Doug Whaley said in a statement. "He had an incredible career for this organization for the past 10 years. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: The 34-year-old running back missed a couple weeks of camp with hamstring injury but played well in Saturday's preseason game against the Steelers. The Bills still have plenty of running back depth including LeSean McCoy (hamstring) Bryce Brown (hamstring), Anthony Dixon (calf) and rookie Karlos Williams. A few teams are in need of running back help including Dallas and Tennessee.
Injury Tre Mason "tweaks" his hamstring
Expected to be ready for Week 1
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 30 2015, 7:25 am

St. Louis Rams
Against the Colts, running back Tre Mason left late in the first quarter after suffering a hamstring injury. (He had missed time earlier in training camp with a similar injury.) “It was just a little tweak,” Mason said. “It’s nothing too bad. It’s just tight. It got a little sore, so got out of there.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

FFToday's Take: The injury doesn't appear to be serious and Mason will likely be held out of the last preseason game in preparation for Week 1. With Todd Gurley on the mend from his ACL injury, Mason is expected to be the opening day starter at running back for the Rams.
Injury Cobb avoids broken collarbone, more tests today
Packers WR suffers shoulder injury
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 30 2015, 7:15 am

Green Bay Packers
Randall Cobb left Saturday's game against the Eagles in the first quarter with a shoulder injury. "I let Doc check it out and we went back and got X-rays. It's not what we think it could've been." Cobb is scheduled for additional tests Sunday. (Packers.com)

FFToday's Take: The fear was a broken collarbone, but X-rays confirmed that's not the case. An A/C sprain is the likely diagnosis but we won't know for sure until more tests are completed and announced. At this point Cobb should still be drafted as WR1 but fantasy owners should be aware that his shoulder injury may limit him early in the season.
Injury Steelers' K Hartley not looking good for Wk 1
Hamstring injury
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 30 2015, 7:00 am

Pittburgh Steelers
Garrett Hartley departed with a right hamstring injury that occurred on his kickoff after his 28-yard field goal. “It didn’t look positive in terms of the opener” at New England Sept. 10, said coach Mike Tomlin about Hartley’s injury. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

FFToday's Take: Hartley kicked off then promptly limped to sidelines clutching the back of his leg. Expect the team to sign another kicker in the coming days. Hartley should be avoided in all fantasy drafts.
Kirk Cousins may start Week 1
Kirk Cousins getting the call
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 29 2015, 10:03 am

Washington Redskins
Sources say the plan is not only to start Kirk Cousins tonight in Baltimore, but also week 1 against Miami. (Dianna Marie Russini)

FFToday's Take: Robert Griffin III suffered a head injury/concussion last week and this may have opened the door for a changing of the guard at the quarterback position. If Cousins plays well tonight against Baltimore, expect to see him under center Week 1. Griffin is off the fantasy radar until further notice.
Falcons' rookie RB Coleman to start Saturday
First NFL game action for the first-year back
By: John Canario | Aug 28 2015, 6:20 pm

Atlanta Falcons
Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said Thursday that rookie RB Tevin Coleman is expected to make his preseason debut on Saturday at Miami. Coleman, like teammate Devonta Freeman, has been battling a hamstring injury all month. Freeman's status for Saturday is unclear. The injury situation has stalled what was expected to be an interesting position battle. But if Coleman has a good game this weekend, it could go a long way toward making him the Falcons' feature back, with Freeman playing a change-of-pace role. (Fox Sports)

FFToday's Take: Coleman, 22, currently has the upper hand on the starting job in Atlanta. The Falcons ranked 24th in rushing last season, and there's hope that Coleman will help improve upon the 93.6 rushing yards they averaged last year.
Injury Colts' 1st round pick remains out with knee injury
Rookie WR Dorsett likely to miss tilt with Rams
By: John Canario | Aug 28 2015, 6:05 pm

Indianapolis Colts
Rookie WR Phillip Dorsett (knee contusion) has not practiced all week. Dorsett has worked on the sidelines with trainers doing rehab. He is not expected to be available for the St. Louis Rams game on Saturday night. He could be a game-time decision. (Global Post)

FFToday's Take: Over the years, there have not been many occasions where teams have three fantasy-relevant wide receivers. However, Andrew Luck just might complete enough passes this season to make one of Phillip Dorsett or Donte Montcrief worth owning, in addition to T.Y. Hilton and Andre Johnson. For now, Montcrief with his health and experience has a leg up, but that could change over the course of the season.
Raiders' OC raving over Latavius Murray
Raiders' RB primed for a strong year
By: John Canario | Aug 28 2015, 5:45 pm

Oakland Raiders
Latavius Murray only has 82 professional carries, but he’s inspired great confidence in the Raiders coaching staff. Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, for one, has become a fan over the last six months. They’ve seen the tools required for success during the offseason program and the preseason. Murray doesn’t need many game reps to validate those sentiments, cemented by the third-year pro’s willingness to work on becoming a well-rounded back. "He’s made very positive impressions,” offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said after Thursday’s practice. “He has been working a lot on his hands so he can be a good receiver out of the backfield, because we don’t want a guy that’s going to be a liability when we go to throw the ball. He’s really been working on that. Of course, he’s got the body and the ability to really be a good player at this level.” (CSN Bay Area)

FFToday's Take: There are not many 6-foot-3, 230-pound backs who can run the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds. Having secured the starting job in Oakland, Murray is an intriguing option this year, and should be regarded as a high upside RB2.
WR Wayne feeling "like a rookie" in New England
Veteran trying to digest Pats' playbook after 14 years in Indy
By: John Canario | Aug 28 2015, 5:30 pm

New England Patriots
Reggie Wayne has spent nearly a decade and a half in pro football, but starting over with the New England Patriots has him feeling differently. "Like a rookie," Wayne said, per the Boston Herald. "They're throwing a lot at me right now. I'm not getting very much sleep. I feel like a rookie all over again." Wayne has his nose deep in the team's offensive playbook, a demanding Erhardt-Perkins scheme that asks plenty of its receivers. New England's attack demands that wideouts make split decisions based on the defensive alignment, something fellow veteran Chad Johnson struggled to figure out. Wayne, by contrast, is one of the more versatile and engaged performers around. (NFL.com)

FFToday's Take: Coming off his two worst fantasy seasons in over a decade, Wayne, 34, is far from a sexy pick. However, he could have an integral role early on with both Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell currently sidelined with injuries. If you draft LaFell, who appears to be a lock to miss some regular season action, it would be wise to grab Wayne as well.
Injury Emmanuel Sanders still struggling with hamstring
Kubiak hopes WR will be healthy enough to practice next week
By: John Canario | Aug 28 2015, 4:45 pm

Denver Broncos
For the second straight year, Pro Bowl receiver Emmanuel Sanders is missing a good chunk of summer practice with a leg injury. Last year, it was a strained thigh that sidelined him for 1 1/2 weeks. This time, it’s a pulled right hamstring. Sanders isn’t expected to play in either of Denver’s remaining exhibition games although coach Gary Kubiak said he hopes to have him back on the field next week. “He ran yesterday and everything was positive, there were no setbacks,” Kubiak said Thursday. “I’m hoping tomorrow he gets some throwing in with Peyton after our jog-through or whatever we end up doing in the morning. I think everything’s on schedule for him to be a full-time participant next week.” (Denver CBS Local)

FFToday's Take: Despite missing so much time last preseason, Sanders turned in a career year in 2014 with 1404 yards and 9 TDs. If he can get healthy again, similar totals are not out of the question this year, though many have speculated that the Broncos' new offense will emphasize the run more.
RB David Cobb won't play against KC
Calf injury
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 28 2015, 9:45 am

Tennessee Titans
Titans RB David Cobb (calf) did not travel with the team to Kansas City. (Jason Wolf on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Bishop Sankey will get the start in the teams dress rehearsal for the regular season. We'll also see a lot of Antonio Andrews is Cobb's absence. Sankey's fine showing in last week's preseason game puts a damper on Cobb's hype in upside in the fantasy football community. Sankey and Cobb are both being drafted in the middle of Round 8 in standard 12-team leagues.
Murray doesn't expect to alternate series at RB
Rushing champ claims Eagles' rotation hasn't been decided yet
By: Doug Orth | Aug 27 2015, 4:45 pm

Philadelphia Eagles
On Tuesday, DeMarco Murray was asked how he expects the rotation to play out. Will the RBs alternate series? Will they spell one another during a drive? "I don't think it will be alternating series," Murray said. "But [Ryan Mathews] is a quality back, great guy, works extremely hard. I'm sure he'll get his fair share of touches. But I don't know how the rotation will be yet, we haven't touched on it." Murray explained that against the Ravens, the Eagles were just trying to get all three top running backs time with the first-team offense. (CSN Philly)

FFToday's Take: It is almost inconceivable that Philadelphia hasn't discussed the backfield situation yet, but this week's dress-rehearsal preseason game should give us a clue into how HC Chip Kelly intends to utilize Murray, Mathews and Darren Sproles. One possible outcome could be that Murray starts and cedes one series per half and most early-down relief work to Mathews while Sproles handles most of the third down work. As such, Murray should probably be treated as a low-end RB1 at most.
Injury Rex: Bills "cautiously optimistic" about McCoy
Hamstring injury
By: Doug Orth | Aug 27 2015, 4:40 pm

Buffalo Bills
HC Rex Ryan has the media answer whether LeSean McCoy will be ready for the opener. All together now: "Cautiously optimistic!" (Buffalo Bills on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: In typical Rex fashion, he was able to sidestep an injury question with humor. The fact that Ryan didn't come a little closer to guaranteeing his availability for the opener should be cause for concern for his owners, however, and could rightfully result in a drop of his ADP as a result. McCoy has seemingly been hurt since the day he arrived in Buffalo, so drafters would be wise not to view him as a fantasy RB1. Fred Jackson and rookie Karlos Williams appear to be next in line.
Martavis Bryant facing four-game suspension
Suspension under appeal
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 27 2015, 2:40 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
Steelers WR Martavis Bryant is facing 4-game suspension for violating Substance Abuse Policy, per league sources. Suspension under appeal. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Markus Wheaton has been running with the first team this preseason and know we know why. Bryant's early 5th-round ADP will certainly take a tumble in the coming days while Wheaton's 10-round ADP will be on the rise. The Steelers will be without Le'Veon Bell and Bryant to start the season.
K Barth agrees to rejoin Bucs
Tampa showing little faith in Pat Murray
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 26 2015, 9:30 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
TAMPA, Fla. - Connor Barth is coming back to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The place-kicker took to Twitter to announce he has agreed to terms with the team with which he has spent most of his NFL career. (ESPN.com)

FFToday's Take: The Buccaneers moved quickly to improve their kicking situation after Pat Murray missed an extra point a few days earlier. Connor Barth was cut by Denver earlier today and now rejoins the team that he kicked for during the 2009-12 seasons. Tampa Bay's offense will need to show marked improvement in order for Barth to crack the top ten fantasy kickers in 2015.
Roy Helu Jr. returns to practice
Del Rio not handing him a role just yet
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 26 2015, 9:00 pm

Oakland Raiders
Running back Roy Helu Jr. returned to practice Wednesday after missing most of training camp. Helu has missed all but a couple of days of training camp with a hamstring injury. He was expected to be the team’s third-down running back, but Del Rio wasn’t in the mood to give him that title Wednesday. “Right now, he’s got to create a role,” Del Rio said. “Right now, he’s been on the shelf and been unable to do anything for us.” (SFGate.com)

FFToday's Take: Roy Helu (hamstring) has plenty of upside in the new look Oakland offense. Once up to full speed he'll be competing for carries against starter Latavius Murray and Trent Richardson. Murray has not proved himself over a full slate of games and Trent Richardson has been underwhelming in each of the past two seasons. Helu's pass-catching skills make him a natural fit for third down snaps. Consider him a late round flier in PPR leagues and somebody to keep an eye on in standard scoring.
Injury Rodgers calls for young WRs to 'make the jump'
Third wideout an important role within the offense
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 26 2015, 6:46 pm

Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers wants to see more. More plays, more crispness and more consistency from the young receivers on the roster who are moving up in the pecking order following Jordy Nelson’s season-ending injury. “The third receiver is going to get some opportunities,” Rodgers said. “We have a talented two-headed run game, a great offensive line. We’re going to have great balance this year." (Packers.com)

FFToday's Take: The Packers seem to be fine with allowing the talent currently in camp to fill the void created by Jordy Nelson's injury. Aaron Rodgers can make an unknown receiver a weekly fixture in fantasy lineups so it will be worth monitoring the battle for the last two receiver openings over the next two weeks. With Davante Adams moving from third to second on the depth chart, Ty Montgomery is the front runner to secure the third spot.
Injury Johnny Manziel unlikely to play vs. Bucs
Misses practice again Wednesday
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 26 2015, 6:12 pm

Cleveland Browns
Johnny Manziel missed practice again with a sore throwing elbow on Wednesday. Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine said there was no structural damage to the quarterback's elbow, but added it's looking like Manziel will miss Saturday's preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, per the team's official website. "He's still experiencing a little soreness," Pettine said. "It hasn't bounced back. Err on side of caution." (NFL.com)

FFToday's Take: Josh McCown will enter the year as the team's starter with Johnny Manziel waiting in the wings to take over the starting gig. Now being kept out of action with a sore elbow, Manziel's fantasy stock remains relatively low for 2015. He has looked much better in the pocket and his effective scrambling capabilities add to his fantasy appeal if given a shot this year.
Injury Edelman unsure if he'll be cleared for Week 1
Leg injury
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 26 2015, 6:00 pm

New England Patriots
The Patriots wide receiver remains uncertain if he'll suit up against Pittsburgh after suffering a leg injury at the start training camp. Since injuring the leg on Aug. 2, Edelman has been limited to mental reps while awaiting medical clearance from team doctors. The "feeling," according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, is that the seventh-year pass-catcher is close to returning. (NFL.com)

FFToday's Take: Teammate Brandon LaFell is a candidate to land on the PUP list to open the year so the team will be extremely cautious with Julian Edelman's return. News casting doubt on his Week 1 availability will likely see his fantasy stock fall even further over the coming week. With a suppressed draft day price tag and a high target option, Edelman represents a moderate mid round risk worth taking in PPR formats. However, his value in traditional leagues does not present nearly as much upside and should see him fall into the sixth round or later.
Broncos release K Connor Barth
Brandon McManus has likely won the kicking job
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 26 2015, 10:41 am

Denver Broncos
To make room for two-time Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis, the Broncos on Wednesday released kicker Connor Barth, the team announced. Barth took over as the team's starting kicker in the last five weeks of the season last season and made 15 of his 16 field-goal attempts and all 15 PATs. The move means Brandon McManus has likely won the kicking and kicking-off job for the Broncos. (Denver Post)

FFToday's Take: Fantasy owners that have already drafted Barth can safely drop him for McManus. Barth's short kickoffs ultimately doomed his roster spot. McManus struggled last season making only 69 of his kicks (9 for 13) before losing his job but has showed well thus far in camp.
Andre Williams could be atop depth chart
Second-year Giants RB making moves to supplant Rashad Jennings
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 25 2015, 10:55 am

New York Giants
Dan Graziano reports that "it's not out of the question that Andre Williams overtakes Rashad Jennings for the Giants' starting running back job at some point this season, possibly even at the start." "I'm just really working on staying patient this year," Williams said. "Not just 'go-go-go' as soon as you see the first hole, but remembering what's supposed to happen and waiting to make sure it's time to go. That's not an easy thing when you're working at game speed, but it's important." (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Williams has been watching tape of Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell, who established himself last year as one of the most patient runners in the league. Jennings said several times last year that the biggest thing Williams had to learn was to slow down and be patient, trust his blockers and the play. Williams is looking more and more like a late-round steal and could supplant Jennings before Week 1.





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