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QB Derek Carr will start for Raiders Week 1
Veteran Matt Schaub passed over for rookie
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 1 2014, 5:20 pm

Oakland Raiders
Raiders players have been told that Derek Carr will be the starting quarterback over Matt Schaub, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports tweeted Monday. Schaub missed three days of practice leading up to the preseason finale against Seattle. Carr completed 11 of 13 passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns as the Raiders had touchdowns in all four of his possessions. Schaub was away from the facility Friday because of a "personal issue." (Inside Bar Area)

FFToday's Take: Schaub has been dealing with elbow tendinitis and coach Allen had indicated that he wanted to wait to evaluate Schaub today before making any decision on the starting quarterback job. Carr's hype is a little out of control and regardless of how the rookie looked in the final preseason game, he won't be a recommended fantasy option against the Jets in Week 1.
Injury Welker cleared for individual drills
Has yet to be cleared for full-contact practices
By: Doug Orth | Sep 1 2014, 3:45 pm

Denver Broncos
On Monday, WR Wes Welker (concussion) returned to practice. He will participate in individual drills but has yet to be cleared to play in the team's season-opener Sunday night against the Colts, reports USAToday.com's Lindsay Jones. If all goes well, Welker will return to full-contact practices before he will be allowed to suit up against the Colts. The Broncos remain cautiously optimistic about those prospects. If Welker can't go, expect Emmanuel Sanders, signed this offseason, to step into his role. (CBS Sports)

FFToday's Take: Nine days ago, Welker suffered his third concussion in 10 months. From a fantasy perspective, the latest one turned Welker from a fairly safe WR2 in most formats into an incredibly high-risk WR3 whose career might be close to over. If he manages to play and avoid any more head trauma, he is a good bet for at least 80 catches. But that is a big if and one owners will have to weigh when drafting or trading for him.
Moreno the "clear lead back" in Miami?
OC suggests Lamar Miller needs to be more productive
By: Doug Orth | Sep 1 2014, 3:40 pm

Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins wanted Lamar Miller to be their starter this season and wanted him to be productive. As it stands now, he's not either. Even if Miller is the player introduced with the starters - which he might not be - it is clear Knowshon Moreno is Miami's lead running back. Miller, who was the starter and unchallenged all preseason, has lost his job as Miami's lead back. "I've seen lots on the practice field that tells me where we're headed with Lamar and I feel very good about his ability to be productive," OC Bill Lazor said, "but if you're talking about the preseason games his production needs to improve." (Miami Herald)

FFToday's Take: Lazor is referring to Miller's 3.4 YPC in exhibition play, as compared to Moreno's 6.4. And to be clear, Lazor did not state Miller has lost his starting job. What those stats don't say is that all of Moreno's production came against Dallas' pitiful defense. The Dolphins are kidding themselves if they are counting on Moreno to carry their ground game, so like last year, expect Miller to be involved in a full-blown committee backfield until further notice.
Injury Rob Gronkowski says he's playing Week 1
Likely limited
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 1 2014, 10:49 am

New England Patriots
Rob Gronkowski says he has green light to play in the regular-season opener. Gronk: ďDefinitely not [playing] every single snap. But just get out there, get my feet wet, whatever we game-plan this week, will be good.Ē (Mike Reiss via Twitter)

FFToday's Take: It would be nice to hear Bill Belichick echo the same but that's doubtful to happen anytime soon. It appears that the Pats tight end will be on the field Week 1 and if even if he is limited, he's worthy of being in your lineup given his high touchdown rate.
Chiefs, Alex Smith agree on four-year extension
$45 million in guaranteed money
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 31 2014, 7:15 pm

Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs have agreed to a new four-year contract extension with quarterback Alex Smith, a person with knowledge of the situation Sunday told The Star on Sunday. The agreement, which includes $45 million in guaranteed money, is a significant development for the Chiefs. Smith, 30, had one year left on a contract that is set to pay him $7.5 million before the extension, which was negotiated by agent Tom Condon, kicks in for 2015. (Kansas City Star)

FFToday's Take: The two sides have been working most of this off-season on a deal and now it has been reached. Smith is coming off a 23-touchdown, 8-interception season ranking him 16th among fantasy quarterbacks last season. He's a middle-of-the-road QB2 that will need to repeat his late-season numbers to be considered a QB1.
Texans acquire QB Ryan Mallett, release Keenum
Patriots receive conditional seventh-round pick in 2016
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 31 2014, 1:37 pm

Houston Texans
The Texans traded for former New England quarterback Ryan Mallett on Sunday. The Patriots received a 2016 conditional seventh-round pick in return. (Houston Chronicle)

FFToday's Take: The Texans released quarterback Case Keenum after the acquisition. Mallet was taken in the third-round of the 2011 draft by the Patriots but has thrown less than 10 passes in the regular season. Malett and Tom Savage will compete for the backup quarterback job behind Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Browns rolling with two rookie RBs behind Tate
Isaiah Crowell makes team as third running back
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 30 2014, 10:15 am

Cleveland Browns
The Browns have cut running back Chris Ogbonnaya, a league source tells cleveland.com. With tailback Dion Lewis being cut earlier in the day, that leaves rookie running back Isaiah Crowell as the third running back for now. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

FFToday's Take: It's not out of the question that the Browns would bring in another veteran running back, but for now Terrance West and Crowell are the immediate backups to Ben Tate. Crowell rumbled for 102 yards and a TD on the 13 carries Thursday night, locking himself into a roster spot.
Redskins release three running backs
Evan Royster, Lache Seastrunk and Chris Thompson
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 30 2014, 7:29 am

Washington Redskins
The Washington Redskins resumed roster cuts on Saturday morning, releasing running backs Evan Royster, Lache Seastrunk and Chris Thompson, according to people with knowledge of the situation. (Washington Post)

FFToday's Take: Seastrunk is a candidate for the practice squad and will likely land there if no other team claims him. This move mean undrafted free agent Silas Redd has made the team and will operate as the third running back behind Alfred Morris and Roy Helu. Redd lead the team this preseason in rushing with 157 yards on 34 carries.
Bills sign QB Kyle Orton
Orton not ready to retire just yet
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 29 2014, 11:00 pm

Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills have agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent quarterback Kyle Orton, a source told ESPN.com. Buffalo was in search of a veteran backup behind struggling starting quarterback EJ Manuel. Earlier this week the Bills signed Jordan Palmer and promptly released him, which paved the way for Orton. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: The Cowboys released the veteran quarterback in July and while Orton had kicked around the possibility of retirement but in Buffalo he has more than a punchers chance of playing given the uneven play of Manuel this preseason. Jeff Tuel remains on the roster but if a change is made from Manuel during the year it's likely Orton that will get call.
Law Firm gets the boot
Bengals release running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 29 2014, 3:16 pm

Cincinnati Bengals
The moment running back Jeremy Hill was selected in the second round of this year's draft, the writing appeared to be on the wall for veteran BenJarvus Green-Ellis. That was confirmed Friday when the team opted to release him. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

FFToday's Take: We figured this was coming and the Bengals made it official today. BJGE, 29, was set to make $3 million this year. Cedric Peerman and Rex Burkhead will make the final roster as backups to Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill. Green-Ellis may catch on with another team but he's not likely to be a fantasy factor in 2014.
Raiders Week 1 starting quarterback unclear
Derek Carr creating buzz after final preseason game
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 29 2014, 1:00 pm

Oakland Raiders
There is a very good chance that Matt Schaub's sore elbow won't be getting any better this week. Rookie Derek Carr led the Raiders on four straight touchdown drives to open the game Thursday night. "The great thing is that we have three guys that can be starting quarterbacks for us," head coach Dennis Allen said after the game, throwing Matt McGloin in the mix as well. "I am very happy with the quarterback room. We have to see where Matt (Schaub) is when he comes in on Monday. (San Francisco Chronicle)

FFToday's Take: Schaub has been dealing with tendinitis in his elbow and beat writers have noted that Matt McGloin has looked like the best quarterback during camp. After the game last night, head coach Dennis Allen wasn't as firm in his stance that Schaub will start Week 1. The Raiders quarterback situation is one to avoid in fantasy drafts
Jerome Simpson suspended three games
Violating the NFL substance abuse policy
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 29 2014, 11:15 am

Minnesota Vikings
Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpsonís three-game suspension for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Abuse of Substances was upheld by the NFL. Simpson missed practice on Aug. 18 to meet with the league in New York to appeal the suspension stemming from a drunken-driving arrest last season. (Minneapolis Tribune)

FFToday's Take: This is the second time Simpson has been suspended. He served a three-game suspension back in 2012 for a drug arrest. Simpson is undraftable at this point and no better than fourth on the depth chart behind Cordarrelle Patterson, Greg Jennings and Jarius Wright.
Jeremy Hill's 26 touches a learning experience
Bengals missing many RBs in final preseason game
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 29 2014, 8:00 am

Cincinnati Bengals
The second-round pick from LSU touched the ball 26 times for 160 yards -- including 20 for 123 in the first half alone. Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said he utilized Jeremy Hill so much just so he could get a feel for what a heavy workload could be like in the regular season. (Cincinnati.com)

FFToday's Take: It's unusual for a player expected to contribute on a regular basis to get so much work in the final preseason game. However, the Bengals were also thin at the running back position with BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cedric Peerman and Rex Burkhead out with injury last night. Hill is locked in as Bernard's backup and should see 8-10 touches per week.
Injury Sammy Watkins leaves with rib injury
Bills receiver suffers yet another rib injury this preseason
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 28 2014, 6:58 pm

Buffalo Bills
WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) downgraded to out for the game. (Tim Graham via Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Watkins initially injured his ribs earlier this preseason and it appears the hit he took was on the same side (left). Watkins and starting QB EJ Manuel started the fourth preseason game because the Bills No.1 offensive unit has been putrid this preseason. More to come on the severity of Watkins' injury...
Injury Steven Jackson to play in preseason finale
Falcons RB looks to put hamstring injury behind him
By: Doug Orth | Aug 28 2014, 5:40 pm

Atlanta Falcons
RB Steven Jackson is suited up and in uniform. Looks like he's playing (in the preseason finale versus Jacksonville). (Jay Adams on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: It is highly doubtful the 31-year-old will see more than a handful of snaps and is probably just trying to do what he can to put his mind at ease for the season opener against New Orleans next Sunday. His age and history of soft-tissue injuries are the primary reasons why he has slipped into the middle rounds in most fantasy drafts, but he has high-end RB2 potential in what should be an explosive offense again in Atlanta.
Benny Cunningham creating buzz in St. Louis
Second-year RB pushing Zac Stacy for playing time?
By: Doug Orth | Aug 28 2014, 5:25 pm

St. Louis Rams
If Benny Cunningham isnít challenging Zac Stacy for the starting job, heís certainly pushing him for playing time. Heís been the best Rams RB on the field this preseason. And what to do with Tre Watts? A strong showing against the Dolphins could push him into a roster spot. If so, that would be five RBs on the squad again, which is a lot assuming Chase Reynolds makes the squad. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

FFToday's Take: Incumbent starter Zac Stacy has averaged 2.6 YPC on 15 attempts this preseason while Cunningham is sporting a solid 5.3 YPC on the same number of totes - averages that don't vary much from last season (Stacy - 3.9; Cunningham - 5.6). The preseason production itself is not a concern for Stacy owners; the fact that Cunningham is a more explosive player is. As a result, Cunningham is worth a late-round pick in fantasy drafts.
Mike McCarthy praises WR Jarrett Boykin
Boykin holds off rookie for No. 3 receiving role
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 28 2014, 1:15 pm

Green Bay Packers
In February, coach Mike McCarthy predicted that Boykin, who would be entering his third season, had another performance jump in him. On Tuesday, McCarthy left no doubt that he would think he was right. "Clearly, Jarrett Boykin has taken the next step," McCarthy said. "I just love the way he plays. He's had an excellent camp. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

FFToday's Take: Boykin is clearly the No.3 receiver in Green Bay ahead of rookie Davante Adams. Aaron Rodgers' third option in the passing game is a viable one for fantasy owners, making Boykin a very solid WR4 in all formats. His current ADP sits at the bottom end of the 11th round.
Injury Dobson expected to make preseason debut
Recovering from foot injury
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 28 2014, 1:00 pm

New England Patriots
Wide receiver Aaron Dobson traveled with the Patriots to New Jersey and is expected to make his preseason debut tonight against the Giants, according to a source. Doctors inserted a screw into Dobsonís left foot to surgically repair a stress fracture March 10, and he didnít begin practicing until Aug. 11. (Boston Herald)

FFToday's Take: Dobson is going to have to earn his playing time as Kenbrell Thompkins and Brandon LaFell are ahead of him on the depth chart. Dobson has been injury-prone during his short career, missing five games in his rookie season with the same foot injury. He's worthy of a late-round flier in your redraft league.
Injury Cam Newton: I'll start Week 1
Ribs still hurting
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 27 2014, 6:20 pm

Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said he'll be ready to start Week 1 of the regular season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers despite fracturing his ribs last week. He is scheduled to make the trip to Pittsburgh to stay mentally connected as he has all week. Newton moved better Wednesday than he had the previous three days, throwing a few underhanded passes during a short walk-through before the team boarded a plane for Pittsburgh. (ESPN.com)

FFToday's Take: Cam Newton (ribs) is expected to return to practice on Monday and he'll likely start the season wearing some form of extra padding that could affect his mobility. Fantasy owners should continues to monitor his progress during the week but it does not appear that Newton's week one status is in jeopardy.
Injury Wes Welker cleared to travel
Not cleared for contact
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 27 2014, 4:00 pm

Denver Broncos
ARLINGTON, Texas ó Wes Welker was cleared to fly with the Broncos for their final preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys. Welker has not yet been medically cleared from his concussion to engage in contact, so he won't play in the game Thursday night at AT&T Stadium. (Denver Post)

FFToday's Take: Wes Welker (concussion) is making progress but it is too soon to know if he will be available for the team's opening game. He has reached the exercise stage of recovery but he must be cleared for contact by late next week to have a chance at playing week one. Additionally, the team has insisted that Welker will return when he is fully healthy and may elect to be cautious with the veteran receiver. Not knowing if Welker will play or how many snaps he would see should have his owners seeking out a backup plan for the start of the fantasy season.
Josh Gordon to miss the 2014 season
Appeal denied
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 27 2014, 1:35 pm

Cleveland Browns
Josh Gordon will miss the entire 2014 season after the NFL upheld the Cleveland Browns star's yearlong suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. "I'd like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns organization and our fans," Gordon said. "I am very disappointed that the NFL and its hearing office didn't exercise better discretion and judgment in my case." (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Finally. You can cross Gordon of your re-draft cheatsheet for this season. The league will determine at a later date when Gordon is eligible to be reinstated. Miles Austin, Andrew Hawkins, and tight end Jordan Cameron will be the top three targets for the Browns' quarterbacks. Outside of Cameron, fantasy owners can avoid the Browns passing game.
Ertz poised for breakout season
Philly evolving without DeSean Jackson
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 27 2014, 3:00 am

Philadelphia Eagles
Zach Ertz was eased into the offense as a rookie last season by coach Chip Kelly. He played 36 percent of the offensive snaps in the Eagles' first eight games and 45 percent in the final eight. As Ertz gained experience last season, Kelly went to more two-tight end sets. The Eagles used two- and three-tight end formations only 17.5 percent of the time in the first eight games, but 37.7 percent in the last eight. "You knew when you watched him in college that he had the chance to be something special," Eagles tight ends coach Ted Williams said. "He's one of the best route-runners I've ever seen. He takes a lot of pride in that." (Philly.com)

FFToday's Take: With an expanded role in 2014, Zach Ertz should take another step forward in overall production. However, he will have to fight for targets in an offense that also includes two capable receivers out of the backfield and a healthy Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper on the outside.
Miller, Moreno split first team reps last two days
Philbin non-committal on starting RB
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 26 2014, 9:46 pm

Miami Dolphins
Lamar Miller and Knowshon Moreno split first-team snaps the past two days. Joe Philbin said the job is open but has been far more effusive and expansive discussing Miller than Moreno this week. "I like everything Lamar has done since heís gotten here," Philbin said. ďHeís had an excellent offseason and camp... I like everything he's done since April 21." (Miami Herald)

FFToday's Take: Reading between the lines it appears Miller still has a leg up on the starting running back job, but in the end it's likely to be a timeshare with Moreno operating on third downs. Both backs are dicey picks in the middle of your fantasy draft.
Patriots acquire TE Tim Wright from Buccaneers
New England gives up G Logan Mankins
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 26 2014, 1:37 pm

New England Patriots
The Patriots have traded longtime Patriots guard Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for tight end Tim Wright and a fourth round draft pick, the team confirmed. (Boston.com)

FFToday's Take: Wright finished 13 among fantasy tight ends last season and should fit well into the Patriots offense as they look to replace the void left by Aaron Hernandez. Rob Gronkowski (knee) and Michael Hoomanawanui are both dealing with injuries. Wright's fantasy value was non-existent in Tampa but he'll move into the TE2 discussion thanks to a change of scenery.
DuJuan Harris pushing Starks for No. 2 RB
Packers RB coach: "It's anyone's guess" who backs up Lacy
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 26 2014, 12:50 pm

Green Bay Packers
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Bob McGinn writes that DuJuan Harris has made a push for the Packers' No. 2 running back job, and "it's anyone's guess" if it's Harris or James Starks. "That's a question that has yet to be determined," said RBs coach Sam Gash. Harris lost a fumble in the second preseason game, but exploded for 98 yards on 14 touches in Friday's dress rehearsal against the Raiders. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

FFToday's Take: Harris and Starks are in a pretty even battle for the backup job, but Starks is a complete back with experience who's earned the praise of scouts and fantasy pundits. For now, he's still the smart handcuff for Eddie Lacy owners, and Harris is just a deep-league flier.
Injury As expected, Rams RB Stacy atop depth chart
Benny Cunningham slated for backup, Tre Mason third
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 26 2014, 8:27 am

St. Louis Rams
Isaiah Pead is officially on injured reserve, leaving Zac Stacy, Cunningham, Mason, Chase Reynolds and possibly Trey Watts as the Rams RBs. Watts performed well against Cleveland and will get another chance against Miami. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: The devastating loss of Sam Bradford leaves Shaun Hill as the Rams QB, which means Zac Stacy is likely to be the centerpiece of the offense, as he was down the stretch in 2013. He's a borderline RB1/2 with plenty of upside.
Ridley's roster spot in danger?
Low snap total in last preseason game raises question
By: Doug Orth | Aug 25 2014, 5:45 pm

New England Patriots
The Patriots are always good for a surprise, and we've had our antenna up at this position since early July. If there's a surprise, we'll play a hunch at this spot with Stevan Ridley, whose low snap total Friday (11 snaps) in a "dress rehearsal" game caught the eye. Meanwhile, Roy Finch lands on the practice squad. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Ridley is making just a shade over $750,000 in the final year of his contract and the Patriots' best inside runner, but HC Bill Belichick detests fumbling - one of a few areas in which Ridley has struggled. Rookie James White hasn't overwhelmed during the preseason, but was the talk of training camp. Ultimately, Ridley should remain on the roster, but owners need to be aware his leash will be very short.
Watkins no longer limited at practice
Missed Bills' last preseason contest with rib injury
By: Doug Orth | Aug 25 2014, 4:25 pm

Buffalo Bills
Buffalo HC Doug Marrone said that Sammy Watkins (ribs) practiced Monday without any limitations. Presumably, this means Watkins will be healthy and ready to play in Week 1. Watkins practiced last week, but he was limited and he didn't play vs. the Buccaneers in preseason game No. 3. (CBS Sports)

FFToday's Take: The injury and the Bills' reluctance to throw the ball downfield this preseason has effectively quieted the offseason buzz on Watkins. Still, the No. 4 overall pick is one of the more complete receivers to enter the league in recent years and should be able to perform at a low-end WR3 level in 2014 - even if QB E.J. Manuel fails to show much improvement - thanks to his unique run-after-catch skills.
Injury Steven Jackson back at practice Monday
Missed 27 days with hamstring injury
By: Doug Orth | Aug 25 2014, 4:10 pm

Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons got some great news from Steven Jackson as he returned to practice on Monday. His return now puts him on track to be in the game September 7th, which is good news for those worried about the team's short-yardage struggles. What is less clear is whether he'll be ready for a full workload in that game, but the Falcons have suggested all along they anticipated he'd be back in action against the Saints. (Yahoo)

FFToday's Take: Keep this recovery time in mind for Jackson, who was a top-15 back over the final five weeks of last season. At his mid-seventh (standard) and mid-eighth (PPR) round ADP, Jackson stands a great chance to be a mid-round steal for fantasy owners if he can stay healthy. That's a big if for a player with a long list of soft-tissue injuries, however. Regardless, he will be worthy of flex consideration at the very least when he sees the field this fall.
Matt Cassel named starting QB in Minnesota
Bridgewater No. 2
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 25 2014, 8:45 am

Minnesota Vikings
Vikings players were informed this morning that Matt Cassel will be the starting QB in Minnesota over Teddy Bridgewater. (Jay Glazer via Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Not much of a surprise here. Cassel will begin the season as the Vikings starting QB with rookie Teddy Bridgewater holding down the backup role. Cassel has solid weapons around him including one of the better running backs in the game, but his inconsistent play makes him nothing more than a QB2 for fantasy purposes. Cassel posted 1807 yards, 11 TDs, 9 INTs in nine games last season.
Injury Schaub suffering from tendinitis in throwing elbow
Raiders QB sat out practice Sunday
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 25 2014, 8:26 am

Oakland Raiders
Raiders QB Matt Schaub (sore elbow) sat out practice Sun. Source says no major structural damage. Tendinitis. Explains arm strength issues (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Schaub hasn't had much zip on his throws this preseason and now we know why. Head coach Dennis Allen said he doesn't think it's a serious issue and will get better with rest. Carr is off the fantasy radar until more is known about his elbow. Rookie Derek Carr is waiting in the wings.
Clausen wins backup QB job in Chicago
Bears release Jordan Palmer
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 25 2014, 7:00 am

Chicgao Bears
The Chicago Bears are keeping quarterback Jimmy Clausen over Jordan Palmer, who was released on Sunday. For now, Clausen has won the Bears' backup job, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: This is only noteworthy as Clausen is the backup to Jay Cutler who has had his share of injury issues over the years. Josh McCown showed well in relief of Cutler a year ago.
Injury Sam Bradford out for the year, ACL injury
Rams QB injures same knee as last season
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 24 2014, 4:00 pm

St. Louis Rams
The optimism of Saturday night has turned in a Sunday afternoon nightmare for the Rams. As ESPN reported and league sources have indicated to the Post-Dispatch, quarterback Sam Bradford does indeed have a torn ACL and is out for the season. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

FFToday's Take: Tough break for Bradford and the Rams. Shaun Hill becomes the starter at quarterback. Expect the Rams to be a run-heavy team this season with Bradford on the sidelines. The Rams' passing game wasn't expected to be a dominant force in the league anyway. Move Zac Stacy up a couple spots on your draft board.
K Matt Prater facing four-game suspension
Alcohold related
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 24 2014, 8:39 am

Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater will be suspended for the first four games of the regular season for a violation of the NFL's substance-abuse program, multiple team sources confirmed following the team's 18-17 preseason loss to the Houston Texans (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: The suspension is said to be alcohol related. Prater was put into the league's substance abuse program after being arrested on a DUI charge back in 2011. Look for the Broncos to sign vetern kicker prior to Week 1.
Injury Wes Welker takes shot to the head
Being evaluated for possible concussion
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 23 2014, 10:15 pm

Denver Broncos
Wes Welker, 33, left in the second quarter after taking a hit to the head from Houston Texans cornerback D.J. Swearinger and was under evaluation for a concussion. (Denver Post)

FFToday's Take: Swearinger received a penalty on the play then was confronted by an angry Peyton Manning after the next play... a touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders. Welker suffered two concussions last season and any confirmed concussion diagnosis would likely lead to time missed.
Injury Bradford injures knee, MRI tomorrow
Rams QB walked off under his own power
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 23 2014, 10:00 pm

St. Louis Rams
The on-site examination by Rams medical officials proved inconclusive. Sam Bradford will undergo further tests Sunday in St. Louis to see if he has re-injured the anterior cruciate that was torn last October at Carolina. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

FFToday's Take: We'll have to wait for the MRI results to find out the extent of Bradford's injury. The fact that he walked off the field is a good sign but it's not guarantee that a significant injury didn't occur.
Injury Monte Ball to suit up Saturday night
Revovering from appendectomy on Aug. 4th
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 23 2014, 11:30 am

Denver Broncos
Broncos starters Von Miller and Montee Ball are expected to make their 2014 preseason debuts Saturday. Ball, the Broncos' top tailback, has been out since undergoing an appendectomy Aug. 4. He did little physically for two weeks, then was medically cleared for full practice participation Monday. Emmanuel Sanders, a starting receiver who missed the Broncos' preseason game Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers with a strained quad, also is expected to play. (Denver Post)

FFToday's Take: Ball began taking 11-on-11 reps Thursday. Don't expect a huge workload for Broncos projected starting tailback tonight but it is a good sign to see him active in the third preseason game. He remains a fantasy RB1 prospect in the late first or early second round or redraft leagues.
Injury LaMichael James expected to play Sunday
49ers RB returns from dislocated elbow
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 23 2014, 8:00 am

San Francisco
LaMichael James expects to return punts and kickoffs and do whatever else the 49ers might want from him in Sunday's exhibition, four weeks after dislocating his right elbow in practice. James dislocated the same elbow in college at Oregon, and before last month's injury, he was poised to take over as the No. 2 running back after Kendall Hunter's season-ending knee injury. (San Jose Mercury News)

FFToday's Take: Rookie Carlos Hyde has seized the No.2 running back job while James has been on the mend. James will try and work his way back into running back mix and could steal carries from the rookie once the season begins. Hyde is still the second back to own in San Francisco but his upside appeal has been dinged a bit by James' quick return.
Hello Allen Hurns, wide receiver, Jacksonville
Undrafted free agent receiver likely to make team
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 23 2014, 7:00 am

Jacksonville Jaguars
The question now isnít if Allen Hurns makes the 53-man roster. Heís a virtual lock, a difficult position for an undrafted rookie to work his way to after three games. However, Hurns has been a contributor since arriving in Jacksonville, consistently making plays in the offseason program and training camp. (Florida Times-Union)

FFToday's Take: Hurns caught seven passes for 113 yards and a touchdown in the on Friday night against Detroit. With rookie Allen Robinson missing the majority of camp with a hamstring strain, its not out of the question for Hurns to be one of the Jags top three receivers come Week 1. He's largely under the radar and isn't anything more than flier late in your fantasy draft.
Pierre Thomas expects changes to his role
Currently lining up as Saints' No. 3 RB
By: Doug Orth | Aug 21 2014, 6:00 pm

New Orleans
There has been much speculation about what New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas' role would be this season and the eighth-year veteran said Wednesday night he knows things are going to be different in 2014. Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson both are expected to see their roles increase this season and Thomas figured to become the No. 3 back in the offense. However, Thomas doesn't plan on going quietly. While mentioning that coaches said his role will change this upcoming season, Thomas said he isn't going down without a fight. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

FFToday's Take: The Saints haven't exactly tipped their hand in regards to Thomas' new role as he has yet to log a touch in the preseason. It seems likely he will come close to matching his passing-game contributions in light of Darren Sproles' departure, although Robinson's emergence will probably cap his snaps in the running game.