|Tyler Eifert cleared to practice|
Returning from back surgery
By: Doug Orth | Jul 31 2018, 5:25 pm
|TE Tyler Eifert (back surgery) and H-Back Ryan Hewitt have passed physicals and are expected to return to practice. (Bengals.com)|
FFToday's Take: Owners know the deal with Eifert by now: he's a high-upside fantasy option when he plays, but he has played a total of 24 of a possible 64 games over the last four seasons - 13 of which came in 2015. He's scored 18 touchdowns in those games, however. For that reason, he should be drafted as a TE2 and paired with a high-floor TE1 to maximize his upside and neutralize his downside if/when he suffers another injury.
|Doug Baldwin sidelined with knee issue|
Will miss at least a couple weeks of camp
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 31 2018, 3:00 pm
|Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin has a knee issue that is “a little bit of a problem” and will be sidelined for at least a few more weeks, coach Pete Carroll said after Tuesday’s practice.
Baldwin took part in the first two days of training camp last Thursday and Friday but has watched from the sidelines the last three days with a wrap on his left leg. Carroll said Baldwin came to camp with a sore knee and it was decided to give him time now to get the knee healed before the regular season. (Seattle Times)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like Baldwin will be missing the majority of training camp in hopes of getting his knee issue right before the regular season. This is not a good scenario. Carroll wasn't specific as the exact problem affecting Baldwin's knee. Baldwin's ADP may fall a bit in the next week or two.
|Rookie RB Jordan Wilkins "in the mix" for Colts|
Marlon Mack is the early projected starter, but Wilkins getting looks
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Jul 31 2018, 11:46 am
|Kevin Bowen from 1070 The Fan says fifth-round rookie Jordan Wilkins is "in the mix" for the Colts RB committee, even if Marlon Mack appears to be the clear starter at the moment.
(1070 The Fan (Indianapolis))|
FFToday's Take: Robert Turbin is suspended or the first four games, and Mack has spent the most time with the first-team offense. With new coach Frank Reich in charge, the Colts will use a committee approach, but Wilkins could still return value in all formats if he wins the early-down job. He's impressed scouts with his burst and agility and has the requisite patience to make big gains happen.
|Browns confirm Tyrod Taylor as starter|
Cleveland going with veteran QB, Mayfield is backup
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Jul 31 2018, 9:48 am
|Steve Doerschuk on Twitter: "If Jackson has said it once he's said it 50 times. Today: 'Do you want me to say it again. Tyrod is our starting quarterback.'" (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Well, I guess this means that Baker Mayfield has some work to do to see the field his rookie season. Tyrod Taylor could provide surprising numbers if he holds onto the starting job and gets the most out of a talented corps of receivers. He has an outside shot at being a Top 20 fantasy QB but has plenty of baggage and a reputation for underachieving.
|Vikings sign Stefon Diggs to extension|
Deal keeps dynamic WR in Minnesota for 5-6 years
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Jul 31 2018, 9:45 am
|Adam Schefter reports the Vikings have signed Stefon Diggs to a five-year extension with a team option on the sixth season. (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Diggs is a huge fantasy asset and playmaker with a high ceiling and moderately high floor when healthy. He's worth a look in the early round of fantasy drafts.
|Michael Gallup making strong early push|
Already seeing first-team snaps
By: Doug Orth | Jul 30 2018, 5:55 pm
|Rookie receiver Michael Gallup has already earned his share (of respect) in just a few months on the team. The admiration has continued to build for Gallup as well after only a few training camp practices. In a rare move for Garrett during his Cowboys' tenure, he started camp by giving the rookie some first-team snaps at receiver. Gallup responded right away Saturday by catching a few passes from Dak Prescott during the first padded practice of camp. Gallup has earned the trust of Prescott after a strong offseason that included being the only rookie receiver to join the Cowboys' quarterback in Orlando a few weeks ago for some extra work. (Dallas Morning News)|
FFToday's Take: For anyone who has seen college film on Gallup and then taken a look at the Cowboys' depth chart at receiver, this cannot be a surprising development. The only receiver on the depth chart that has a real case to keep the third-round pick off the field is Allen Hurns, and a real possibility exists Gallup could pass him for top receiver status sometime this year. The rookie stands a great chance at outperforming his current 12th-round ADP.
|DeVante Parker not impressing yet in camp|
Xavien Howard getting the best of their 1-on-1 matchups early
By: Doug Orth | Jul 30 2018, 5:50 pm
|When DeVante Parker puts on his uniform before practice, Xavien Howard is not actually one of his pieces of equipment. It has just seemed that way through five days of camp. Because Howard, the Dolphins’ third-year cornerback, has been attached to Parker’s hip almost every time they have matched up. Depending on your point of view, all of this is either really good news or not-so-good news. The Dolphins need Howard to be their best cornerback. So far, he has been. Parker has been largely ineffective through five training camp practices, particularly in team drills. While Danny Amendola, Albert Wilson, Jakeem Grant and Isaiah Ford have all flashed, Parker is still waiting for that signature play. (Miami Herald - Adam Beasley)|
FFToday's Take: As the beat writer notes, this is "either really good news or not-so-good news" depending on your point of view. To be fair to Parker, the light came on for Howard right around midseason last year and he was one of the tougher corners to beat thereafter. At the same time, owners would like a perspective top-30 receiver in the league beat a top corner from time to time. Parker's ADP is now in the late eighth round, making it much more palatable to gamble on him than in years past.
|Aaron Jones misses practice with hamstring issue|
No timeline for return
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 30 2018, 11:00 am
|Coach Mike McCarthy doesn’t have a timeline for when Aaron Jones will return from what the team is only classifying as "hamstring tightness," but he said the second-year running back wouldn't practice Monday. Jones missed Saturday’s practice - the first day in pads during camp - with a hamstring injury. (Green Bay Press Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: The hamstring injury may or may not be a significant injury but Jones is missing valuable practice early in camp. Jones is scheduled to miss the first two games of the season due to suspension. Jamaal Williams and Ty Montgomery figure to get the bulk of work in those early games.
|Elijah McGuire suffers foot injury|
Will require surgery
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 28 2018, 2:56 pm
|Jets RB Elijah McGuire, who figured to have a key role in the backfield, has suffered a fracture in his foot, source said. He’s going to require surgery and will miss an extended period. Depending on how long, he could be a candidate to return off Injured Reserve. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: McGuire was in the mix as part of the Jets three-headed running back by committee but he will unfortunately miss some if not most of the season. As a result he can be removed from consideration in redraft leagues. Alfred Morris and Orleans Darkwa have scheduled visits with New York. Bilal Powell gets a slight boost in value on the news.
|Cobb admits to ankle surgery six weeks ago|
Had small piece of cartilage removed
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 27 2018, 3:12 pm
|WR Randall Cobb spoke with reporters today. Acknowledged having ankle surgery 6 wks ago to remove small piece of cartilage that was causing some discomfort. "Feels great" now. Watched him run yesterday at practice and he looked great, not like a guy coming off surgery. (Stephania Bell on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It seems this was a minor procedure as Cobb participated in OTAs and then was later seen wearing a walking boot. He's been active in training camp and doesn't appear to have any limitations. He's still a bargain but his ADP (8.10 in 12-team leagues) is starting to climb as fantasy owners become more aware of his potential value.
|Chris Carson working as No.1 RB in Seattle|
Two practices in
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 27 2018, 2:04 pm
|Seahawks’ second training camp practice is over. A good day for some of the young receivers, Marcus Johnson and David Moore. Chris Carson still working as the No. 1 RB. Seahawks are off tomorrow. (Brady Henderson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Let's not jump the gun and start dropping rookie Rashaad Penny down your rankings. The Seahawks have had a total of two practices and it's not surprising to see a veteran get the early nod on the depth chart over a rookie. Head coach Pete Carroll is known for painting the rosiest of pictures for all his players and he's done just that of Carson, talking him up much of the off-season. This is simply a situation to watch as camp moves along.
|Cowboys remain confident in Tavon Austin|
Poised to be "key part" of offense
By: Doug Orth | Jul 26 2018, 4:50 pm
|First day of camp and all, but there was a lot of Tavon Austin lining out wide with Cowboys' first team. Scott Linehan made Austin sound like a key part of the offense. (The New Orleans Advocate)|
FFToday's Take: While there is theoretical opportunity in Dallas at receiver, Allen Hurns would seem to be locked into one spot. The Cowboys would be crazy to block rookie Michael Gallup from significant snaps as soon as he's ready, so either Cole Beasley or Terrance Williams will have to take the hit if this is Austin is going to be a thing this year. Dallas has been reluctant to move away from either player. Thus, Austin remains more of a late-round wild-card fantasy pick than a potential flex option.
|Dalvin Cook cleared for camp|
RB completing rehab from Week 4 ACL tear
By: Doug Orth | Jul 26 2018, 4:45 pm
|Nice work by Dalvin Cook in his rehab to the point where Vikings say he will be a full go as training camp ramps up. (Chris Tomasson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Barring a setback in August, Cook should be ready to hit the ground running in Week 1. The Vikings could play it cautious with him over the first month or so and let Latavius Murray get five to 10 touches per week, but this really should be Cook's backfield. He's a solid second-round pick in fantasy drafts and could easily return RB1 value.
|Ryan Fitzpatrick expected to start Week 1|
Bucs QB worked with first team today
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 26 2018, 9:30 am
|Head Coach Dirk Koetter says Ryan Fitzpatrick is the planned starter to open the season, if nothing crazy happens. Fitzpatrick worked with the 1st-team today, Jameis Winston worked with all 3 groups. (Scott Smith on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Jameis Winston suspended for the first three games, the assumption was that Fitzpatrick would get the call to start the season, but there was some discussion floating around that perhaps Ryan Griffin could push Fitz for the starting job. For now, it's Fitzpatrick's job to lose. The Bucs face the Saints, Eagles and Steelers to start the season.
|Gates and Chargers in active negotiations|
TE has spent entire career with Chargers
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 25 2018, 9:30 am
|A reunion between the Los Angeles Chargers and tight end Antonio Gates appears to be inching toward becoming a reality.
Gates’ agent, Tom Condon, told Alex Marvez of Sirius XM NFL Radio Tuesday night that he is in active negotiations with Chargers Executive VP of Football Administration Ed McGuire regarding Gates. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: The Chargers are in need of a tight end after losing Hunter Henry to a torn ACL in May. It seems likely this marriage will happen after Los Angeles was ready to walk away from the veteran this off-season. Virgil Green and Braedon Bowman sit atop of the tight end depth chart for now.
|Jordan Reed expected to be eased into camp|
Coming off toe surgery
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 25 2018, 8:30 am
|#Redskins TE Jordan Reed (toe) and T Trent Williams (knee) are doing well after rehabbing from offseason surgeries, but are expected to ease their way into training camp action as precaution, source says.
WR Josh Doctson (precautionary MRI on leg) is expected to be full go. (Mike Jones on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: We know the story with Reed. He can be a fantasy force at a weak tight end position but has a difficult time staying on the field. He hasn't played a full season in his 5-year career and missed 10 games in 2017. He's currently a mid-to-late round dart throw.
|Wentz could start camp on active PUP list|
Could come off list at any time
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 25 2018, 6:00 am
|The #Eagles report and have their physicals today, including rehabbing QB Carson Wentz. The most likely, cautious scenario is that Wentz lands on the PUP list, sources say, though he could come off at any time. It would not be an indication that he’ll start the season on PUP. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: If Wentz beings camp on the PUP list he won't be practicing with the team. Since tearing his ACL in Week 13 last season, Wentz' rehab hasn't had any setbacks but it won't be surprising if the team takes a cautious approach and/or he simply isn't ready to practice in full. If you've assumed Wentz will be ready Week 1, you need to re-adjust your thinking.
|Todd Gurley gets contract extension|
$45 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 24 2018, 1:30 pm
|The Los Angeles Rams and Todd Gurley have reached an agreement on a four-year contract extension worth $60 million, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter, in a deal that resets the market for running backs. The deal ties Gurley to the Rams for the next six seasons and includes $45 million guaranteed, the largest guarantee given to a running back, the source told Schefter. Gurley also will receive a $20 million signing bonus, according to the source. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Gurley is your top paid running back for now, while Le'Veon Bell and David Johnson negotiate for more money. Gurley finished 3rd in touches last season (343) behind Bell (406) and LeSean McCoy (346) and should be workhorse back for the Rams as long as he remains healthy. Gurley turns 24 years old in August.
|Julio Jones won't report to training camp|
Missed OTAs and minicamp as well
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 24 2018, 9:35 am
|Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones will not report to camp Thursday because he wants his contract reworked, league sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
The Falcons are aware of Jones' plans and hope he changes his mind, per sources. The team has previously said that it will not rework his deal. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Jones missed OTAs and minicamp as well. The Falcons begins camp on Friday. Jones is scheduled to make $10.5 million this season on a 5-year deal he signed back in 2015. There's no indication how long Jones will hold out. These things typically work themselves out and it's unlikely Jones will miss any games as a result of this contract dispute.
|Josh Gordon seeking extra counseling|
"Proactive gesture" aimed at avoiding potential rehab setback
By: Doug Orth | Jul 23 2018, 6:50 pm
|Browns’ WR Josh Gordon did not have any slip ups or failed tests, per sources. His leave is a pro-active, defensive gesture to get extra counseling to try to ensure he does not have any of the setbacks that have marked his past. Those who know him say he has “worked his (butt) off.” (ESPN - Adam Schefter)|
FFToday's Take: Considering his past, it's easy to understand why people were quick to expect the worst. Gordon is obviously going to come with some risk in 2018 and for the foreseeable future given his history, but he is an all-world talent capable of being a top-five receiver. It may not happen in Cleveland this year, however, as Tyrod Taylor and rookie Baker Mayfield seem like an unlikely duo to throw 600-plus passes. Nevertheless, Gordon is still very much in the WR2 conversation.
|McKinnon poised for 1,500-plus total yards?|
Amassed 991 yards in part-time role with Minnesota in 2017
By: Doug Orth | Jul 23 2018, 6:40 pm
|Jerick McKinnon is not big, but he has a unique blend of strength, speed, quickness and catching ability. If he remains healthy, McKinnon should be able to provide in the neighborhood of 1,500 yards from scrimmage as a runner and receiver. He is coming off his best NFL season, as he gained 570 yards rushing and caught 421 yards in passes for the Vikings. It will be Shanahan’s job to find a way to exploit matchups to get McKinnon open out of the backfield. (NBCS Bay Area - Matt Maiocco)|
FFToday's Take: Shanahan's track record speaks for itself. Steve Slaton, Ryan Torain, Alfred Morris, Terrance West, Isaiah Crowell, Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman are among the running backs he has been able to coax significant fantasy production out of in his coaching career. McKinnon is the best athlete of the bunch and a proven weapon in the passing game, making him a great bet to post fantasy RB1 numbers if he proves he can withstand 250 touches.
|Leonard Fournette in great shape|
Down to 223 pounds
By: Doug Orth | Jul 23 2018, 6:20 pm
|Leonard Fournette told me his weight is currently at 223 pounds, the lowest since he played at St. Augustine High School in 2013. (NOLA.com - Jeff Duncan)|
FFToday's Take: Fournette reportedly played around 228 last season. Any weight loss figures to be a good thing for his ankles, although excessive weight hasn't been the reason he hasn't been able to finish strong in either of the last two years. The stars seem to be aligning for Fournette, who should in line for 300-plus rushing attempts behind an improved offensive line in an offense that will commit to feeding him. He's a great bet to reach elite fantasy status in 2018.
|Josh Gordon placed on NFI reserve list|
Will not begin camp with team
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 23 2018, 10:45 am
|On #Browns WR Josh Gordon, GM John Dorsey: “We will continue to support Josh as he receives the care needed to maintain his progress. We are going to respect his privacy while he is away from the team. Josh will be placed on the (NFI) reserve list until he is ready to return.” (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Gordon took Twitter to announce he will not open camp with the team as part of his off-field treatment plan but has "every intention of being ready and available to join my teammates soon." For now it sounds like Gordon has not been suspended but there isn't much clarity on the situation. Stay tuned...
|Andrew Luck "good to go" for training camp|
GM Chris Ballard gives positive outlook on Colts QB
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 20 2018, 2:30 pm
|Big news: #Colts GM Chris Ballard tells reporters that QB Andrew Luck is “good to go” for training camp. No limitations when he’s out there, but won’t throw for 7 days straight. Still, huge. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Expect Luck to have some days off during camp but this is the most positive news we've had on Luck in awhile. The question is, will he have any setbacks in camp? Until he does, you can expect to see Luck's ADP climb in the coming weeks.
|Watson thinks he'll be a "full go" at camp|
Tore his ACL on November 2nd
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 19 2018, 10:00 pm
|Deshaun Watson doesn’t expect to be limited when the Texans begin practice next week.
"I feel great," Watson told the NFL Network on Thursday night, via Adam Wexler of KPRC. "I’m getting ready for next week when we report to The Greenbrier; I’m going to be full-go." (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Watson tore his ACL on November 2nd and reportedly wasn't wearing a knee brace during minicamp. Despite Watson's optimism, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Texans limit the quarterbacks participation in camp. Fantasy owners seem to have full confidence he will be starting Week 1 as he's being drafted in the late third round, early fourth as the 2nd quarterback off the board.
|Denver eyeing committee backfield|
Vance Joseph wants RBs to share the load
By: Doug Orth | Jul 19 2018, 5:50 pm
|Each season from 2012-16, two Broncos running backs had at least 100 carries. HC Vance Joseph wants a return to that divided workload.
“We want two or three guys to be our main core backs,” Joseph said after minicamp last month. (The Denver Post)|
FFToday's Take: While this doesn't burst the Royce Freeman balloon, it does take some air out of it and means the rookie will have to be dominant in preseason action to get the kind of workload owners desire. By most accounts, Devontae Booker appears to be a slight favorite to start the season, but it sounds like the Broncos will very much try to ride the "hot hand." It's very possible Freeman, Booker and De'Angelo Henderson will be no better than flex options in seasonal leagues barring injury.
|Allen Robinson good to go for camp|
Completing recovering from ACL surgery
By: Doug Orth | Jul 19 2018, 5:30 pm
|Nagy says Bears are still going through physicals, but he doesn't expect anyone to start camp on PUP. That means WR Allen Robinson, among others, is ready to go. (NFL Network - Tom Pelissero)|
FFToday's Take: Because Robinson avoided the active/PUP list, it means he is practicing without restriction. Chicago hopes Robinson can return to the form that saw him erupt for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2015. In a Nagy-led offense where he will be the clear No. 1 receiver, he stands a very good chance of being a value pick at his current 4.08 ADP.
|Saints add RB Shane Vereen|
Former Giants' RB signs with Saints
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 18 2018, 11:00 am
|The New Orleans Saints will add another veteran running back to the roster one week before the start of training camp.
Shane Vereen, a seven-year NFL veteran who played the last three seasons with the New York Giants, will join the Saints for the start of training camp, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune confirmed Wednesday (July 18). (Times Picyanue)|
FFToday's Take: The Saints added Terrance West earlier this off-season and will be without Mark Ingram for the first four games of the season. Vereen has been a receiving specialist out of the backfield and has never had more than 96 rushing attempts in a season. He'll go undrafted in the majority of fantasy leagues.
|Trouble for Ricky Seals-Jones|
Arrested on suspicion of assault, disorderly conduct and trespassing
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 17 2018, 10:00 pm
|Arizona Cardinals tight end Ricky Seals-Jones was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of assault, disorderly conduct and trespassing after an altercation at a Scottsdale hotel, police said. Seals-Jones told police he needed to use the restroom "badly," and wanted to use the restroom inside. (Arizona Republic)|
FFToday's Take: RSJ is being accused of pushing a hotel staffer while attempting to use the bathroom. He claims someone put their hands on him first. The hotel was attempting to uphold their policy that their bathrooms are for hotel guests only. We'll have to wait and see if this altercation results in any missed time for the Cardinals tight end.
|More work in passing game for McCaffrey?|
Beat writer predicts carries may not "go up by much"
By: Doug Orth | Jul 16 2018, 6:20 pm
|Christian McCaffrey’s ability as a receiver was a tool the Panthers relied on heavily during his rookie season. He caught 80 passes for 651 yards and five touchdowns. In Norv Turner’s offense, McCaffrey might see those numbers rise.
McCaffrey’s carries won’t go up by much, but he’ll have 900 receiving yards this season. (The Charlotte Observer)|
FFToday's Take: To be fair, the last sentence was a bold prediction. Nevertheless, it's notable anyone covering the team believes McCaffrey will see more work in the passing game after he caught 80 passes on 117 targets as a rookie and the team added a first-round pick at receiver in D.J. Moore. Greg Olsen will be back from injury as well. If McCaffery finishes around 150 carries and 90 catches, he will almost certainly return first-round value in most leagues.
|Blake Jarwin stepped up this spring|
UDFA a frequent target of Dak Prescott during offseason
By: Doug Orth | Jul 16 2018, 6:05 pm
|It was Blake Jarwin, not Geoff Swaim, making a splash in offseason activities. Dak Prescott regularly targeted Jarwin up the middle, particularly in red-zone situations. Jarwin's been studying Jason Witten film and Prescott spoke highly of his ability to get open. It was a step in the right direction, Jarwin said. "I'm happy to continue to build that chemistry between us," Jarwin said, "and the respect that I can be in the spot so he can get to me and trust in me that I'll catch the ball." (Dallas Morning News)|
FFToday's Take: Jarwin played four offensive snaps last season, all of which came in Week 10 against Atlanta. In other words, he's going to fly under the radar in fantasy leagues barring a terrific preseason showing or two. With that said, it's notable if any pass-catcher showing chemistry with Prescott in an offense trying to replace the 219 targets left behind by Dez Bryant and Jason Witten. He's worth keeping in mind as a TE2 candidate in the final rounds of deep drafts.
|D.J. Moore primed for big role right away?|
"Looked more than ready" in spring practices
By: Doug Orth | Jul 16 2018, 5:30 pm
|For what it’s worth, (D.J. Moore) looked more than ready to contribute during spring practices. There will be the typical rookie growing pains, but it’s clear Moore can help the offense immediately. He brings a unique skill set to the receiver group with his ability to make people miss and turn quick passes into long gains. The Panthers want to tap into that kind of weapon as much as possible. (Panthers.com)|
FFToday's Take: Moore was arguably the best receiver prospect in the draft. Even if is a bit raw as a route-runner, he is about as good in terms of gaining yards after the catch as this draft class had to offer. While Devin Funchess, Greg Olsen and Christian McCaffrey will likely see more opportunities than he will in 2018, Moore has WR3 upside in fantasy.
|Bell, Steelers do not reach long-term deal|
Agent: "Likely (Bell's) last season as a Steeler
By: Doug Orth | Jul 16 2018, 5:25 pm
|The Pittsburgh Steelers and RB Le'Veon Bell failed to reach an agreement on a contract extension before Monday's 4 p.m. franchise tag deadline, and his agent says that means it is likely Bell's last season with the team. "His intention was to retire as a Steeler," Adisa Bakari told ESPN's Adam Schefter. "But now that there's no deal, the practical reality is, this now likely will be Le'Veon's last season as a Steeler."
Bell will play on the franchise tag for the second consecutive year barring an unforeseen development. (ESPN - Jeremy Fowler)|
FFToday's Take: Bell strongly hinted on social media after the 4 pm deadline he will not hold out into the regular season, but he said nothing of reporting to the team at the end of the preseason - just as he did last season. There is no denying Bell's abilities as a football player, but a 400-touch player likely to miss his second straight preseason along with a new offensive coordinator makes Bell one of the riskiest picks in the first round of fantasy drafts this summer.
|Final season for Darren Sproles|
Eagles RB will hang it up after 2018
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 15 2018, 4:10 pm
|The Philadelphia Eagles made it clear in free agency and the draft that they see Darren Sproles playing a key role in their rushing attack this season.
Sproles, however, isn't planning to extend his career past 2018. The 35-year-old running back announced in a blog post he plans to play just "one more year."
Sproles wrote that he planned on 2017 being his final NFL season before suffering a torn ACL in Week 3. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Sproles is coming off an ACL injury and set to be in a rotation with Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement. He'll have sporadic Flex value in PPR leagues and worthy of a late-round flier in your draft. Sproles is looking to move into fifth all-time in all-purpose yards.
|DeMarco Murray announces retirement|
7-year career comes to an end
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 13 2018, 2:00 pm
|DeMarco Murray, a three-time Pro Bowl running back, has retired after seven seasons in the NFL.
"It's been a long time thinking, the last year or two, and physically, mentally and emotionally, I think it's time for me to hang it up," Murray said while making his announcement Friday on ESPN's NFL Live. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Murray was at the top of his game in 2014 (393-1845-13; 54-416-0) when he finished as the No.1 running back in standard scoring leagues, No.2 in PPR. He was let go by Tennessee this off-season making way for an increased role for youngster Derrick Henry. Murray reportedly met with Detroit, Miami, New Orleans and Seattle before calling it quits.
|Trubisky poised for second-year breakout?|
"They've taken the training wheels off of Mitch's little bike&
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 12 2018, 5:40 pm
|Asked (Kyle Long) how (Mitchell Trubisky) has grown this offseason (besides the scruff): "My little boy is becoming a man. Mitch - they've taken the training wheels off of Mitch's little bike. So he going to be able to do some things creatively and get to showcase his skills. We're excited to see him. He's a tremendous leader and somebody the guys look up to in the locker room. And he's probably one of the coolest guys on the team, to be honest, not just because he's the quarterback. He's a really cool kid and we're lucky to have him." (Chicago Sun-Times)|
FFToday's Take: Trubisky flashed during the preseason but former HC John Fox and OC Dowell Loggains did everything they could to hide him, although it was a bit understandable considering the lack of offensive weapons Chicago had in 2017. New HC Matt Nagy won't have the same limitations (in regards to creativity or supporting cast), which means Trubisky should definitely be a strong QB2 option in fantasy.
|Reduced role for Bilal Powell?|
Crowell's missed one game in 4 years
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 11 2018, 6:00 pm
|I expect Bilal Powell’s production to drop dramatically this season, not because of any dropoff by him but because of fewer opportunities. Powell benefited in prior years from Ivory and Forte being injury prone. Crowell does not miss time. That is one of the things that appealed to the Jets about him. (New York Post)|
FFToday's Take: Powell say an increase in carries (+47) but a decrease in receptions (-35) last season and the addition of Isaiah Crowell, who has missed only 1 game in four years, and emergence of Elijah McGuire could eat into Powell's workload in 2018. The Jets currently have three viable running backs making all of them marginal fantasy options unless injury occurs.
|Wayne Gallman inside track to spell Barkley|
Giants RB position group
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 10 2018, 11:55 am
|Entering his second NFL season, Wayne Gallman has the inside track for the job as a change of pace complement to Barkley, who will rarely come off the field. Gallman has some burst and elusiveness in the open-field, but it is his ability to make plays as a receiver that will give him the leg-up on spelling Barkley over the likes of Jonathan Stewart and Robert Martin. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: NJ.com writer Matt Lombardo went on to say that "Stewart looked more like a plodding veteran running back trying to hang on, than a back capable of shouldering a significant workload." The Giants signed Stewart this off-season to a two-year deal ($3.45 million guaranteed). Barkley is expected to see the majority of snaps in this offense, including 3rd downs, but if you're attempting a dart throw late in your draft at a Giants RB, you might consider Gallman over Stewart.
|LeSean McCoy accused of domestic violence|
Social media drama
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 10 2018, 11:45 am
|Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy has denied accusations of domestic violence, child abuse, animal cruelty and performance-enhancing drug use in a statement posted on his Instagram account. Earlier Tuesday, an unidentified Instagram user posted a graphic image of a woman with cuts and bruises on her face along with a message that accused McCoy of beating the woman. The post also included allegations that McCoy beat his son, beat his dog and used "illegal steroids." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: McCoy posted his own social media response saying the "totally baseless and offensive claims made against me today on social media are completely false." McCoy also claims he has not had any direct contact with the people involved in months. We'll wait and see if this story has any consequences for the Bills running back.
|Dion Lewis could outgain Derrick Henry?|
Insider analyzes Titans' backfield
By: Doug Orth | Jul 5 2018, 5:20 pm
|When DeMarco Murray was released, the presumption was that Derrick Henry would likely receive the lion’s share of the carries. The arrival of Dion Lewis gives the Titans the type of pass-catching weapon in the backfield that they have not had in a long time. And it means that there will likely be game-day packages for each back, and both will get their fair share of touches. For fantasy purposes, it is not out of the question that Henry would lead the team in rushing attempts and rushing yards, but that Lewis would probably have more all-purpose yards, between rushing and receiving combined. (Titans Insider - Terry McCormick)|
FFToday's Take: The likelihood Henry will be the early-down workhorse/goal-line back and could see in upwards of 250 carries and will see occasional work as a receiver makes it understandable why he is going in the third round of PPR drafts. However, unless owners believe Lewis is going to struggle with injuries, it's hard to comprehend how he is going three rounds later. If things remain the same when drafting season really picks up, Lewis figures to be a steal as a RB3/flex option.