|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.
| No significant damage for Ryan Tannehill|
More evaluation needed, per source
By: Doug Orth | Aug 3 2017, 5:40 pm
|No significant damage found in Ryan Tannehill's knee from initial MRI but further evaluation needed, source says. Situation still uncertain. (The Washington Post - Mark Maske)|
FFToday's Take: In other words, Tannehill is not out of the woods yet, although "no significant damage" is almost always a good thing. Matt Moore showed late last season he can capably run the team if necessary and would start if Tannehill is forced to miss regular-season action.
| Ryan Tannehill leaves practice early|
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 3 2017, 9:27 am
|Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill sustained a non-contact leg injury during Thursday’s practice and left the field walking gingerly.
The Dolphins had no immediate update about the nature or the severity of the injury.
Tannehill went down awkwardly after scrambling to the sideline during team drills, in the first hour of practice.
FFToday's Take: Tannehill walked off the field with trainers so hopefully this injury isn't severe. He missed a few games at the end of last season after injuring his knee which he elected not to have surgery on. Matt Moore is Tannehill's backup.
| Broken collarbone for Texans WR Will Fuller|
Surgery required, out indefinitely
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 2 2017, 12:10 pm
|Texans' WR Will Fuller broke his collarbone today during practice, sources tell @sarahbarshop and me. Out indefinitely. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It's tough to nail down a return date for Fuller but this injury could keep him out 2-3 months and will put him off the fantasy radar for the near future. Jaelen Strong will have an opportunity to jump into the No.2 wide receiver spot in camp with Braxton Miller holding down duties in the slot.
| Sterling Shephard suffers ankle injury|
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 2 2017, 12:05 pm
|The latest on the scary situation for #Giants WR Sterling Shepard, who has an ankle injury. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It's always an ominous sign when a player gets carted off the field. Reports say trainers were looking at Shepard's ankle. The team is expected to update his condition after practice.
| Jordan Reed: No timetable for return|
TE visits foot specialist about toe injury
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 1 2017, 1:48 pm
|Gruden says TE Jordan Reed went to Charlotte to see a specialist about his toe injury, no timetable for return yet. (Redskins on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Here we are again discussing another Jordan Reed injury. Reed was placed on the active PUP list week and reports suggest the Redskins haven't been overly concerned about his toe injury. However, this feels like a situation were Reed may not see the practice field any time soon.
| Dalvin Cook still favorite to win RB job|
Latavius Murray "behind the 8-ball" because of injury
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 1 2017, 11:05 am
|With rookie Dalvin Cook looking good, Latavius Murray is behind in the race to be the Vikings’ starting running back. Following March 22 surgery on his right ankle, Murray sat out spring drills and has been on the physically unable to perform list since he was eligible July 24 to participate in his first practice at training camp.
FFToday's Take: “It’s very frustrating to not be a part of what the guys got going on,” Murray said Monday. “I know I’m behind the 8-ball. That’s the most frustrating part.”
Murray has never exactly been the prototypical workhorse back and Cook is running the majority of plays with the first team. Cook himself is reluctant to say he's the leading candidate to replace Adrian Peterson, but he makes sense as the first Vikings Rb off the board in fantasy drafts.
|Lions direct two-TE sets, could benefit Eric Ebron|
Daniel Fells handling blocking duties in scheme
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 1 2017, 8:50 am
|Even with Eric Ebron out with a hamstring injury, the Lions have spent significant time with two tight ends on the field thus far in training camp. Darren Fells and Cole Wick joined Golden Tate and Marvin Jones in the first play of full-team drills each of the last two days, and Fells had a standout practice today, making several tough catches in traffic.
(Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: Fells was signed as a free agent in the spring largely for his blocking ability to beef up the run game, and Anquan Boldin was let go. A shift to two-tight end personnel could free up more opportunities for Ebron, who remains a back-end TE1 with upside.
| Lance Dunbar down indefinitely with knee injury|
Rams backfield piece yielding backup role to Malcolm Brown
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 1 2017, 8:43 am
|According to Alden Gonzalez at ESPN: "Lance Dunbar is out indefinitely with a knee injury, but it looks like Malcolm Brown is solidifying himself as Todd Gurley's backup." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: New Rams coach Sean McVay has reportedly been "pleasantly surprised" with Brown, who he says has "done a nice job of establishing himself in that secondary role." Dunbar --who never materialized as the prototypical change-of-pace back he was touted as being in Dallas because of injuries, was expected to fill a specific role catching the ball out of the backfield. Gurley's handcuff now appears to be Brown.
|No decision on Ezekiel Elliott expected this week|
Cowboys RB remains a risky top five pick
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 1 2017, 8:40 am
|Tom Pelissero (@Tom Pelissero) on Twitter: "No Ezekiel Elliott decision expected this week, source said. Commissioner waiting for 4 outside advisors who attended meeting to finish work" (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: There was some speculation a ban would be announced this past Friday, but now it appears there's nothing even planned for this week. The Cowboys stud RB remains a risky top-five fantasy pick as we head into August.
|Kevin White battling "confidence" issues|
Third-year Bears WR has played just four games his first two seasons
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 1 2017, 8:34 am
|Kevin White is struggling to flash the trademark confidence and shine he showed in college after suffering two catastrophic injuries to the same leg during his first two pro campaigns.
Receivers coach Zach Azzanni resorted to showing White some of his West Virginia highlights, just to remind him of the elite collegiate player he was and how he attacked catches with a competitive edge. (Chicago Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: It's easy to forget just how explosive and talented White was at WV, but there's still a chance he emerges as a playmaker for the Bears this season. He's not highly coveted in fantasy drafts, so he makes a decent late-round pick given his upside.
|McCaffrey a "special player"|
Jonathan Stewart calls rookie "pretty unstoppable" in passing game
By: Doug Orth | Jul 31 2017, 8:55 pm
|Before RB Christian McCaffrey has played his first exhibition game, the rookie continues to draw rave reviews from his teammates. The latest to praise McCaffrey was veteran RB Jonathan Stewart, who made a bold prediction regarding McCaffrey.
“He’s pretty unstoppable as far as coming out of the backfield running routes. I can tell you now there’s not going to be anybody in this league that can cover him 1-on-1. ... He’s a special player. Coach (Mike) Shula has definitely found some pretty good ways to put him in positions to win,” Stewart said. (The Charlotte Observer)|
FFToday's Take: If the Panthers get their way, the updated version of "Double Trouble" will be even more dynamic than the first. The challenge for Carolina will be remembering McCaffrey is a special runner as well and making sure he gets at least 10 carries per game in addition to four or five receptions while Stewart is healthy. The sky is the limit for McCaffrey, who could set the league on fire if/when Stewart succumbs to injury again.
|Duke Johnson the Browns' new offensive weapon?|
HC: "He is just doing everything."
By: Doug Orth | Jul 31 2017, 8:45 pm
|Browns HC Hue Jackson raised some eyebrows on Sunday when he was asked if RB Duke Johnson is spending time in wide receivers meetings.
"He stays with me. He is with me all of the time. ... He is just doing everything, honestly. He can catch out of the backfield. He runs the ball. We line him up in different places where we can get an advantage with him. He is a weapon for us. We are just trying to use him as much as we can, and we do," Jackson said. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: Johnson has been underutilized in each of his first two seasons, especially last year. Given the current state of the Browns' offense, Jackson would be wise to get Johnson's touches back in the 160-170 range. Isaiah Crowell will remain the early-down horse, but Johnson will be a PPR asset if he can run at least 100 times behind Cleveland's offensive line and finish with at least 50 catches again.
|Mike McCarthy calls Montgomery "full threat"|
HC talks up starting RB
By: Doug Orth | Jul 31 2017, 8:35 pm
|Packers HC Mike McCarthy to NFL.com's Tom Pelissero regarding Ty Montgomery:
"He's the full threat. He can obviously run it, he can catch it, he can displace and run routes and catch it. He just needs the reps in pass protection, because he's actually really high in ability for pass protection. That guy is a stud now. He's got in his body. He's a very good young player." (NFL.com - Tom Pelissero)|
FFToday's Take: Pelissero goes on to say Jamaal Wiliams is the most impressive of the three rooking running backs so far, but obviously McCarthy's praise means more at the moment. Coaches hand out compliments for all kinds of reasons during training camp, but it is interesting McCarthy acknowledges Montgomery still has work to do in the one area that got him benched a couple times last season. If Montgomery shores up that part of his game, he could be a high-end RB2 in fantasy.
|Bucs thinking RBBC to replace Martin now?|
Jacquizz Rodgers set to share work in Weeks 1-3
By: Doug Orth | Jul 31 2017, 8:20 pm
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM Jason Licht told ESPN's Dan Graziano that the Bucs are leaning toward a committee approach at running back during Doug Martin's suspension the first three games of the season. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Over the weekend, Licht said Martin would have to earn his starting job back. It was also speculated Jacquizz Rodgers had a realistic shot at holding the job if he performed well in Martin's absence. The most likely scenario is probably one in which Martin returns to 16-18 carry/game workload and loses a series or two every game to Rodgers. Charles Sims and Jeremy McNichols figure to fight over third-down and garbage-time duties.
| Ajayi being evaluated for a concussion|
Left practice Monday
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 31 2017, 12:59 pm
|The Miami Dolphins believed they were set at running back until this morning.
They figured Jay Ajayi was going to be the bell cow back and they’d get the football in his hands 400 or so times this year while Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams provided some outstanding depth. Well, it happened Monday. Ajayi is being evaluated for a concussion.
FFToday's Take: Ajayi left practice Monday after "getting his bell rung". There's no reason for fantasy owners to panic now until we hear something official from the team.
|200-plus carries for Abdullah?|
Lions RB discussion
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 30 2017, 7:00 pm
|The Lions are going to give him (Ameer Abdullah) every chance to prove it as he begins training camp as the No. 1 running back on the roster. The Lions use a running-back-by-committee approach to their run game, but Abdullah is still expected to receive somewhere in the neighborhood of 200-plus carries as Detroit’s lead back. (DetroitLions.com)|
FFToday's Take: This of course all depends on Abdullah staying healthy something he wasn't able to do last season, missing 14 games with a Lisfranc injury in his foot. With a low TD expectation and Theo Riddick expected to dominate third-down work, Abdullah's ceiling figures to be an RB2.
|Bucs won't guarantee starting RB job to Martin|
Motivational ploy for suspended RB
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 30 2017, 11:01 am
|Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht told ESPN on Saturday that Doug Martin was looking good so far in camp and that the team is happy with the way he's handling things, but that the reality of the situation is that Martin's job might not be there for him anymore in Week 4. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Jacquizz Rodgers will be the starting running back Weeks 1-3 and it appears the Bucs are attempting to motivate the suspended Martin by not naming him the starter upon his return. Charles Sims has carved out a third-down role and Peyton Barber along with rookie Jeremy McNichols are also in the mix. Martin is risky pick with a current ADP in middle of the 4th round, RB20.
|Ravens sign former Giants' TE Larry Donnell|
Ravens need depth at position
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 30 2017, 10:33 am
|With a need at TE, the Ravens signed former #Giants TE Larry Donnell and waived WR Tim Patrick. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Ravens have been hit hard at the tight end position this off-season losing Dennis Pitta (hip) and recently Crockett Gillmore (knee) to injury. Donnell offers positional depth behind Ben Watson, Max Williams and Nick Boyle. The starter of this group holds TE2 value but all have giant question marks and can be avoided until a frontrunner emerges.
| Luck not ready to commit to playing Week 1|
"There's no reason to freak out"
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 29 2017, 9:30 am
|Quarterback Andrew Luck, who is on the preseason physically unable to participate list, said he's not ready to commit to playing the regular season opener. "There's no reason to freak out," Luck said. "I don't know what day it's going to be, I don't know what week, I don't know when, but I definitely will be (better)." (Indianapolis Star)|
FFToday's Take: Luck is progressing slowly after shoulder surgery in January and begins camp on the active/PUP list meaning he can be taken off the list at any time. You can expect his ADP (QB4, 5.09) to slide the longer he remains off the practice field and the more nervous fantasy owners become.
| Ravens suffer another injury at tight end|
Crockett Gillmore leaves practice Friday with knee injury
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 28 2017, 8:00 pm
|The Ravens may have lost yet another tight end.
Baltimore tight end Crockett Gillmore went down attempting to catch a pass and immediately grabbed his knee and had to be taken to the training room. The Ravens haven’t updated his condition since the end of practice, but reporters on the scene indicated that it didn’t look good. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: The Ravens have already lost Dennis Pitta (hip) for the season and Darren Waller will be serving a year-long suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. Ben Watson (Achilles) and Maxx Williams (knee) currently sit atop the depth chart but expect the Ravens to bring another body at the position before camp is over.
|Carolina has big plans for Christian McCaffrey|
Rookie RB getting "peppered" with short passes
By: Doug Orth | Jul 27 2017, 7:05 pm
|Rookie report of camp: Nothing great from first-round pick Christian McCaffrey, but it is obvious from the number of short passes and screens being thrown in the running back's direction there are big plans for him. The crowd loves him, too. He can make a simple move and there are oohs and ahs from fans on the hill overlooking the practice field at Wofford College. Defenders can't love McCaffrey, though. He's so fast on his cuts that it leaves them grasping for air. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: It's becoming obvious with all the talk about McCaffrey being a fixture in the short passing game that the first play of the season will be a short dump-off/screen he takes 60 yards for a score. All kidding aside, the Panthers are pounding the short-passing narrative pretty hard. While he will likely play second fiddle to Jonathan Stewart as a rusher this season, the rookie has about a 50-60 catch floor in Carolina's new Cam Newton-friendly offense.
|Carlos Hyde looks "tremendous"|
GM praises beleaguered starting RB
By: Doug Orth | Jul 27 2017, 5:20 pm
|GM John Lynch with praise for 49ers RB Carlos Hyde: "Carlos Hyde looks tremendous. He's really dedicated himself." (49ers.com)|
FFToday's Take: Lynch was presumably talking about Hyde's conditioning - he checked in at 228 pounds, reportedly his lowest weight since high school - because the team has done little since the draft to make owners believe he will be "the man." Perhaps Lynch is trying to create a trade market for Hyde. At any rate, Hyde is a very risky fantasy investment that could be traded/released/benched at a moment's notice. Joe Williams and Tim Hightower would be the backs most likely to benefit.
|Le'Veon Bell a no-show for first day of camp|
Has yet to sign franchise tag
By: Doug Orth | Jul 27 2017, 5:10 pm
|It is past reporting time for Steelers at camp and Le'Veon Bell is nowhere to be found
FFToday's Take: The fifth-year pro proved last season he doesn't need much time to get ready for the grind and there hasn't been much indication from his camp that he would be willing to miss regular-season games. Thus, he's safe (for now) to remain atop fantasy draft boards along with David Johnson.
| Wrist injury for Devontae Booker, out 6-8 weeks|
Broncos begin training camp Thursday
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 26 2017, 11:00 pm
|Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Devontae Booker has a wrist injury. He’s expected to miss up to 6-8 weeks. It’s unclear how he was injured. He’s currently expected to be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list. He would be able to exit PUP at any time before Week One. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: The cause of the injury is unknown at this time. Jamaal Charles has been cleared for camp but he's expected to be brought along slowly during August. Rookie De'Angelo Henderson is currently next on the depth chart but if the Broncos believe Booker's injury lingers into the season, the could go after a free agent (Rashad Jennings, DeAngelo Williams) for depth.
| Flacco could miss 3-6 weeks with back injury|
Disc issue in his back
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 26 2017, 7:40 pm
|Ravens QB Joe Flacco is preparing to miss 3-6 wks with a disc issue in his back. Out at least a week or 2, sources tell me & @TomPelissero. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It's been a rough couple days for the Ravens and training camp hasn't enough begun. First RB Kenneth Dixon has surgery on his knee and now Flacco can't shake a disc problem in his back. The Ravens aren't ready to turn the offense over to Ryan Mallett and are hoping the starting quarterback will only be sideline a week or two.
| Jordan Reed begins camp on PUP list|
Precautionary move, sprained toe
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 26 2017, 6:11 pm
|On the flip side, they announced they will open camp without their top offensive weapon, as tight end Jordan Reed was placed on the physically unable to perform list.
A team spokesman said Reed was suffering from a sprained toe. Keeping him out of practice was believed to be a precautionary move, said a person with knowledge of the situation. (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: Reed participated in the Redskins off-season program with no issues so this move is a result of a new injury. He can be activated from the list at anytime during camp. For now, there's no reason to adjust his fantasy value until we get news the injury is more severe.
| Jamaal Charles cleared for camp|
Will likely be limited
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 26 2017, 12:33 pm
|Joseph said Jamaal Charles has been cleared for everything. Team will start him slow, though. (Nicki Jhabvala on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Charles has played in 8 games over the last two years as a results to multiple knee injuries. He missed off-season workouts and will likely be limited during the early portions of camp. Charles fantasy value is all over the place but he should be considered a late-round flier until he proves his health in training camp.
|Kessler to get first crack at Browns QB job|
Camp battle includes Brock Osweiler and DeShone Kizer
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 26 2017, 10:44 am
|Browns Cody Kessler will walk out there first," said Hue Jax. "He deserves a chance to walk out there first" (Mary Kay Cabot on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Brock Osweiler and DeShone Kizer will also get their turn but Kessler get the first opportunity in camp. Ultimately the winner of this battle will have little fantasy value outside of two-QB leagues.
| Dixon injury worse than expected, out for the year|
Medial meniscus repaired today - not trimmed
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 25 2017, 5:15 pm
|Source: Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon will be out for the season. He had his medial meniscus repaired today - not trimmed. Out 4-5 months. Brutal (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Tough blow for Dixon and the Ravens. His initial recovery tine was set at 6-8 weeks but now he will miss the entire season. The Ravens will look to Terrance West, Danny Woodhead and are brining in Bobby Rainey for a workout. West and Woodhead will get a bump in our next projections and rankings update.
| Kenneth Dixon tears meniscus|
Ravens RB will have surgery, miss about 6-8 weeks
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Jul 25 2017, 1:13 pm
|NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Kenneth Dixon suffered a tear in his meniscus, according to a source informed of the situation. He'll have surgery today. The Baltimore Sun first reported the news.
FFToday's Take: Dixon was already slated to miss the first four games of the season due to suspension for violating the league's performance enhancing drug policy, so this isn't a major development as he wasn't high on too many cheatsheets anyway. This does, however, add to the job security of Terrance West and Danny Woodhead and inches them a spot or two up the draft boards.
|Greg Olsen to play out contract with Panthers|
TE hoping to avoid being "distraction" as team enters camp
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Jul 25 2017, 11:35 am
|NFL Network reporter Tiffany Blackmon (@tiffblackmon) on Twitter: "Greg Olsen says he's going to play out his contract, told us after Gettleman was fired he did not want to be a further distraction..." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Despite stymied contract negotiations that helped oust Dave Gettleman as GM, Olsen is now accepting his current contract. Olson is one of the most reliable components in the Carolina offense and one of the NFL's top tight ends. He's a top 5 fantasy TE.
|RGIII working out for Chargers|
Beleaguered QB still looking for a shot
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Jul 25 2017, 8:30 am
|Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) on Twitter: "RGIII scheduled to work out Tuesday for LA Chargers, per league source. Been training in Florida with former Browns asst. Pep Hamilton."
He's looking to supplant Kellen Clemens as the Chargers' backup QB. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This is actually Robert Griffin III's first known visit and workout since he was released by the Browns on March 10. Schefter tweeted that Griffin has been working out down in Florida with ex-Colts and Stanford OC Pep Hamilton. RGIII has likely exhausted all of his fantasy value but could be in a god spot to revive his career in Los Angeles, even if it starts as a backup.
|Wendell Smallwood to have significant role in 2017|
Eagles RB still part of committee, but primed for more touches
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Jul 25 2017, 8:22 am
|Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) on Twitter: "I think Smallwood will have a pretty significant role this year. They like him." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Wendell Smallwood is a compact back who could eat into the workloads of Darren Sproles and LeGarrette Blount in Philly, especially if either struggles or gets injured. This is generally a situation to avoid in fantasy, but Smallwood may be worth a snag in super-deep formats if he keeps getting it done during camp.
|Marcus Mariota playing lighter in 2017|
Titans QB down to 215 pounds
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Jul 25 2017, 8:15 am
|Despite the Titans' recommendations for him to play at 225-230 pounds, Marcus Mariota is listening to his trainer Ryan Flaherty and hoping to avoid injury by playing at 215 pounds this season. (Oregon Live)|
FFToday's Take: "I have always told Marcus that I thought he should play at 215 pounds because I felt like he was the fastest at that weight," Flaherty told reporter Paul Kuharsky. "The No. 1 injury QBs suffer in the NFL is AC sprain and that's from getting hit. I told him that they can't hit what they can't catch so he should think about playing at a weight where he is his fastest.
This should have little effect on his fantasy numbers, outside the possibility of a few more rushing yards.