|Mark Ingram wants to be "three-down" back|
Saints RB talking up role as receiver and pass protector
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 25 2015, 10:40 am
|Mark Ingram has been angling to be used more as a receiver and every-down back since he arrived as a first-round draft pick and Heisman Trophy winner out of Alabama in 2011.
"I know I'm a three-down back," said Ingram. "I could do first down, second down, third down, run the ball, catch the ball, pass protect. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Coach Sean Payton said he thinks both Ingram and Khiry Robinson have become "a little more accomplished" in the passing game, which gives the offense more flexibility when they're on the field.
It's great to hear Ingram embracing what should be an expanded role this season for the Saints, and since C.J. Spiller has been far from reliable in his career thus far, it makes sense to bump Ingram up a bit on your cheatsheets.
|"Deflategate" decision expected by Sept. 4|
Deal could be reached before then or Aug. 31 meeting
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 25 2015, 10:25 am
|On Monday, Aug. 31, attorneys for the NFL and NFLPA are scheduled to meet with U.S. District Judge Richard Berman to continue discussions on the legality of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell upholding Tom Brady’s four-game suspension. (SI)|
FFToday's Take: Judge Berman has also ordered Goodell and Brady to attend this meeting. It will likely be the last time they meet before Judge Berman renders a decision, which is expected by Sept. 4. The Aug. 31 meeting, however, doesn’t have to happen. The NFL and NFLPA could instead strike a settlement sometime this week. Hopefully this will put this ridiculous story to rest and give Brady owners an idea when he'll be under center for the Pats.
| Alshon Jeffrey "day-to-day" with calf strain|
Bears WR status unclear for Saturday preseason game
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 25 2015, 9:30 am
|Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has been dealing with a strained calf muscle for two weeks. On Monday, head coach John Fox was unable to provide a meaningful update on the fourth-year pass-catcher's injury status, adding that Jeffery is still listed as "day to day," according to reporters. (Fox Sports)|
FFToday's Take: The Bears receiving corps is in rough shape. With both Jeffery and Kevin White out of the lineup, the Bears have experimented with their remaining depth at the wide receiver position, and former seventh-round selection Marquess Wilson is getting an extended look. But even Wilson missed practice on Monday with a hamstring injury. Right now, journeyman WR Eddie Royal is the only trustworthy receiver who's healthy, and could make an interesting early-season play in DFS and season-long leagues.
| Mike Evans has hamstring strain|
Bucs WR left MNF game with injury
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 25 2015, 8:30 am
|Mike Evans left Monday night’s preseason game against the Bengals with a hamstring strain, according to the team. He's considered day-to-day. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Evans, who just turned 22, caught 68 passes for 1,051 yards and 12 touchdowns last year as a rookie. With Jameis Winston now in as the Bucs’ quarterback of the present and future, Evans is one of the Bucs’ most important players and could become one of the league’s top receivers. This dampens expectations a bit, as soft-tissue injuries like this can linger.
|Gurley cleared to practice|
Brian Quick may see first preseason action on Saturday
By: Doug Orth | Aug 24 2015, 6:35 pm
|Jeff Fisher announces that RB Todd Gurley (knee; ACL) has been cleared to practice. He'll wear yellow hat signifying no contact. ... He still won't play in preseason but this is next step in his recovery. No target date on when he'll play in a game. ... Also, WR Brian Quick (shoulder) will lose the yellow "no contact" beanie on his helmet this week, which means he could play this week. ... Fisher joked that there will be a passing of the beanie ceremony with Quick handing it off to Gurley. (Nick Wagoner on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Wagoner fired off a series of tweets passing along the good news. Quick's return is important for a passing game that desperately needs a receiver to step up; the fourth-year receiver was on a 64-973-8 pace prior to suffering a serious injury last season. There is still no firm timetable for Gurley's first game action, although the team is reportedly quite pleased with his recovery to this point.
| Foster could be back by end of September|
Likely best-case scenario
By: Doug Orth | Aug 24 2015, 5:40 pm
|Best-case scenario for Arian Foster, if no setbacks in rehab from groin surgery, likely end of September, per sources. (Aaron Wilson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Foster hasn't proven to be the quickest healer and his lack of durability (even when he appears to be 100 percent) has been proven over and over again. For those reasons, Foster should really be treated as a extremely high-upside RB3. His ADP has slid into the sixth-round area recently, which sounds about right for an injury-prone player that is a good bet to miss at least the first 3-4 games of the season. Alfred Blue should carry the bulk of the load in his absence.
| ACL tear confirmed for Jordy Nelson|
Out for season
By: Doug Orth | Aug 24 2015, 5:30 pm
|Green Bay Packers star WR Jordy Nelson will miss the entire 2015 season with a knee injury, the team announced Monday.
The Packers said in a statement that Nelson suffered "a significant right knee injury" in Sunday's preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Nelson, who caught a career-high 98 passes in 2014 while making the Pro Bowl for the first time, fell to the ground when he tried to cut after making an 8-yard reception on Green Bay's opening drive. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: This was the expected result after Nelson suffered the injury Sunday afternoon. Although it is unrealistic to think the Packers will simply conduct business as usual on offense without Nelson, they are more equipped to handle this kind of setback at receiver than most teams. For fantasy purposes, Randall Cobb likely moves into the elite-receiver territory, Davante Adams becomes a high-end WR2 and Jeff Janis or rookie Ty Montgomery offers high upside in the later rounds.
|Hillman now the 1B runner in Denver?|
RB has 120 yards on 16 carries through two exhibition games
By: Doug Orth | Aug 24 2015, 3:45 pm
|In two preseason games, Ronnie Hillman sped past Montee Ball on the depth chart on his way to 120 yards rushing on 16 carries - 7.5 yards per carry. Hillman is now the 1B runner behind C.J. Anderson.
"I'm not worried about 1B and all that because that'll drive you crazy," Hillman said.
Meanwhile, second-year back Juwan Thompson may also be moving past Ball, whose slump continues. Hilllman (8 carries, 54 yards), Thompson (five carries, 32 yards) and Anderson (4 for 24) all averaged at least 6.0 yards per carry. (9News Denver)|
FFToday's Take: It's important to remember a month ago that Thompson was "making a push for No. 2" and Ball has been the second man through in both of the Broncos' preseason games. The most likely scenario all along as been Anderson seeing roughly 18-20 touches/game and the second back - whomever that ends up being - collecting the scraps. HC Gary Kubiak has enjoyed success with this setup before, most recently in 2011 when Arian Foster finished as the RB4 and Ben Tate the RB28 in Houston.
|Cowboys' backfield still in flux|
Team may eventually lean on back not already on roster
By: Doug Orth | Aug 24 2015, 3:40 pm
|Joseph Randle appears to be the starter. Lance Dunbar is the change-of-pace back with a package of plays that will be more significant than past seasons. Darren McFadden’s role will vary based on his health and Randle’s effectiveness. An argument can also be made that the Cowboys are trying to send Randle a message. This is his starting job to lose. He hasn’t done anything to lose it, but he apparently hasn’t nailed it down, either. The Cowboys may lean on a back this season who’s not currently on the roster. (Dallas Morning News)|
FFToday's Take: Owner/GM Jerry Jones said before training camp that if the team makes a move at running back, it will be near the end of the preseason. That possibility is looking more like a certainty, and the lucky recipient probably has RB2 potential running behind the Cowboys' vaunted front five. At this point, fantasy owners should expect the team to add a veteran runner like Pierre Thomas or maybe even Ray Rice since the Cowboys fashion themselves as a Super Bowl contender.
|Pats agree on one-year deal with Reggie Wayne|
Injuries piling up for Pats receiving corps
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 24 2015, 1:10 pm
|Reggie Wayne and the New England Patriots have reached agreement on a one-year deal, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Wayne fits a need on the Patriots as the team has several question marks among its receiving corps due to injuries.
FFToday's Take: Julian Edelman (leg) Brandon LaFell (PUP list) and Aaron Dobson (hamstring) have been battling injuries during the preseason. The Pats are very secretive with their injury info making it difficult to gauge if this signing is anything more than insurance for one of the three above. For now, Wayne is nothing more than a late-round flier in redraft leagues.
| Texans name Brian Hoyer starting QB|
Wins camp battle with Ryan Mallett
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 24 2015, 8:30 am
|The Texans have named Brian Hoyer as their starting quarterback following a training camp competition with Ryan Mallett, according to sources with knowledge of the situation not authorized to speak publicly. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: This move has little consequence for fantasy owners as both Hoyer and Mallett have gone largely undrafted in 12-team leagues. Both quarterbacks have been average this pre-season and it won't be a surprise if Mallett makes some starts during the course of the season.
| Roddy White to have minor elbow surgery|
Expected to be ready for Week 1
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 23 2015, 8:00 pm
|Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White will have minor surgery on his right elbow Monday but will not miss the Sept. 14 season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles, coach Dan Quinn said Sunday. "He'll certainly be back for Week 1," Quinn said. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: White missed Friday's preseason game as the injury flared up on him Thursday. This will mean more reps for Leonard Hankerson while White recovers and should push White's ADP (8.09) down in re-draft leagues. White missed two games last year (hamstring, ankle) and had his knee drained back in June. At 33-years old, he's injury risk is something fantasy owners should be aware of.
|Charles Johnson looking like Bridgewater favorite|
Vikings WR poised for big breakout
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 23 2015, 1:45 pm
|All four of Charles Johnson’s receptions against the Raiders went for a first down or a touchdown. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Teddy Bridgewater trusts Johnson more than any other receiver. When the Vikings went for it on 4th and 6, Bridgewater fired a completion outside the numbers to Johnson, who runs precise routes and could be on the verge of a big-time breakout in 2015. He's a solid WR2 with tons of upside.
| Jordy Nelson exits with non-contact injury|
Extent of Green Bay WR injury unknown
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 23 2015, 1:40 pm
|During Saturday's preseason game, Jordy Nelson limped off the field after going to the turf. Nelson had hip surgery this offseason, was seen walking around on the sideline as the Packers continued their drive, and eventually made his way to the locker room. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: This isn't good, but at least he wasn't carted off the field. We recommend staying tuned as this story develops.
| CJ?K out 1-2 weeks with pulled hamstring|
Cards veteran RB may not see live action until regular season
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 23 2015, 10:22 am
|Chris Johnson wasn’t able to stay healthy for long in Arizona. Coach Bruce Arians explained that Johnson pulled a hamstring in Thursday’s practice and will be out for a week or two.
(Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: It's been a difficult year for Johnson, who got shot in the shoulder during a "drive-by" in March, and couldn't even catch on with the Cowboys, where there were reports of interest and an uncertain backfield. He didn't play in Saturday's preseason game against the Chargers even though the Cardinals had initially planned to get him at least a few carries. His already dubious fantasy value is falling faster with rookie David Johnson running well and Andre Ellington still atop the depth chart
| Still no starter named between Hoyer and Mallett|
Houston QB competition in 'dead heat'
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 23 2015, 10:08 am
|Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer each had a chance Saturday night to show he should be the Texans' starting quarterback. But after a less-than-thrilling exhibition against the Broncos, the competition to earn the job remains even. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: There's only three weeks left before the start of the regular season, and the tie atop the quarterback depth chart is a major concern. Both QBs are flawed, and these competitions rarely end well. Neither may be a viable fantasy option except for the deepest of two-QB leagues, but the fantasy value of DeAndre Hopkins also hinges on the confidence and ability of the starter.
|Tyrod Taylor making a run at Bills' QB1 job|
Completed 7 of 10 passes for 65 yards and 41 rushing yards Thursday
By: John Canario | Aug 21 2015, 4:40 pm
|Tyrod Taylor did his best to win the Buffalo Bills' starting job on Thursday. Now it's up to Rex Ryan to make a decision, even if he doesn't appear to be in a hurry. Taylor played the entire first half of Buffalo's 11-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns, completing seven of 10 passes for 65 yards. He also led the team in rushing with 41 yards on four carries. That's the good news. The bad news is that the Bills only scored three points in Taylor's three first-half drives. Taylor took a bad sack to end a 16-play drive to start the game, which led to a missed field goal. Taylor later led a field-goal drive. Despite the limited scoring, Taylor passed the eye test. He delivered some nice throws on third down, showing calm in the pocket. He also created plays out of nothing with his legs. That is going to impress Ryan, who has a fondness for mobile quarterbacks. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Taylor, or whoever ends up winning the Bills' QB battle, shouldn't be on your fantasy radar unless you're in a two quarterback league, and even then only as a bye week filler.
|Panthers hoping rookie WR will step up|
With Kelvin Benjamin gone for the year
By: John Canario | Aug 21 2015, 4:30 pm
|It wasn't the plan for Devin Funchess to become the Carolina Panthers' de facto No. 1 wide receiver out of the gate his rookie year. Alas, injures can ruin even the best-laid plans. With Kelvin Benjamin tearing his ACL, the expectations for Funchess will increase. While the rookie sat out practice nursing a hamstring injury, the Panthers talked up the high IQ of their second-round pick, who has learned the Z receiver spot, the slot and will now move to the X role (where Benjamin was anchored). "Absolutely, that should help a lot. He is really a solid young man," coach Ron Rivera said of the receiver's IQ, via the Charlotte Observer. "He knows two positions, and obviously he'll concentrate on Kelvin's and work to handle that spot for us." The Panthers had hoped to deploy a towering duo with the 6-foot-5 Benjamin and 6-foot-4 Funchess. Now at least they have one tall wideout target for Cam Newton to go along with tight end Greg Olsen. (NFL)|
FFToday's Take: Cam Newton and the Panthers' offense know a thing or two about bringing a rookie WR along rapidly. While Funchess doesn't have the same ability as Benjamin, he may be leaned on quite heavily this year, and he's worth a late round flier.
|Despite strong play, Manziel not Browns' starter|
Pettine says Josh McCown is "firmly the one"
By: John Canario | Aug 21 2015, 4:20 pm
|Browns coach Mike Pettine reminded reporters on Thursday that there is no chance Johnny Manziel beats out Josh McCown for the starting quarterback role. “I'm not going to sit here and talk about trying to stir up a quarterback controversy,” Pettine said after the Browns 11-10 loss to the Bills. “Josh is firmly the one.” McCown threw two interceptions against the Bills and was sacked three times before leaving the game with a sore right finger, on which X-rays were negative. Manziel completed 10 of 18 pass attempts for 118 yards with a 96-yard touchdown drive. He was sacked once and threw no interceptions. Pettine pointed out that McCown played against stiffer competition than Manziel, with Manziel facing mostly second- and third-team defenders. (SI)|
FFToday's Take: Even though Manziel is the sexier fantasy option of the two QBs with his improvisational run-and-gun style of offense, his position on the Browns' depth chart eliminates any value he might have. Steer clear.
|Peyton stronger and throwing with more velocity|
Star QB engaged in vigorous offseason workout regimen
By: John Canario | Aug 21 2015, 4:15 pm
|During Super Bowl week, Peyton Manning stood before the media and talked like a man ready to prove something. He began working out maniacally in February, between trips, between hunts, between speaking engagements. He arrived back at Dove Valley in April, appearing ready and rested. He returned to training camp, stronger and leaner, roughly 5 pounds lighter, according to Seattle Seahawks broadcaster and former Manning backup Brock Huard. "It's different than a year ago. It's crazy, but he's throwing the ball a lot harder and even more accurate than last year," defensive end DeMarcus Ware said. "I think that goes to diet, preparation and how the practices are tailored so they aren't taxing on the body. He's the player he's always been with a little bit more edge." (Denver Post)|
FFToday's Take: Manning tailed off last season leaving many wondering what kind of fantasy production is to be expected of him this year. His age isn't doing him any favours but he's put together three impressive seasons in Denver, and still has a potent receiving corps despite Julius Thomas' departure.
|Randy Moss on Brandin Cooks: "Sky's the limit"|
Second-year WR set to become Drew Brees favorite target
By: John Canario | Aug 21 2015, 4:00 pm
|Randy Moss, a seven-time Pro Bowl receiver who was born and raised in West Virginia, stopped by the New Orleans Saints training camp on Thursday at the Greenbrier resort. He was there to see old friends on the New England Patriots, including quarterback Tom Brady, but he also had an interest in watching Saints receiver Brandin Cooks. "With Graham gone, that means a lot more targets are going to be coming his way," Moss said. "Just by looking at his body, it looks like he's ready to take on that challenge. He's a good receiver. I'm not going to call him great. But the sky's the limit. He's in a great offense. He's got a great quarterback in Drew Brees. The sky's the limit for whatever he wants to do in this offense, and I think Sean Payton's going to put him in a position to make plays." (New Orleans Times-Picayune)|
FFToday's Take: As a rookie last season, Cooks hauled in 53 receptions for 550 yards and three TDs last year in just 10 games - only seven of which he was a starter. It's reasonable to believe that he will double those totals over a full 16 game season.
| Joseph Randle aggravates strained oblique|
Unlikely to play in Sunday's preseason game
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 20 2015, 10:00 pm
|Joseph Randle suffered a setback during Thursday’s practice. The third-year running back, who has worked with the first-team throughout training camp, aggravated an oblique he strained a week ago. “We’ll go in there and get some treatment and see how it’s feeling,” Randle said. “It’s the same thing I had earlier in camp. It flared up on me again.” (Dallas Morning News)|
FFToday's Take: Randle is considered Doubtful for Sunday's preseason game against the 49ers. It's also unclear if Darren McFadden (hamstring) will play. Randle's injury woes this preseason are making him a risky pick as a RB2 in redraft leagues.
| Robert Griffin suffers concussion|
No timetable for return
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 20 2015, 9:00 pm
|Gruden confirmed after the game Robert Griffin III suffered a concussion.
The severity of Griffin’s injuries wasn’t immediately clear when the buzzer sounded on the 21-17 victory over the Detroit Lions. But given Griffin’s history, which includes three major leg injuries, any setback that prevents him from playing a 16-game regular season or developing a fluency in Gruden’s offense represents major cause for alarm for the Redskins.
FFToday's Take: Griffin got knocked around by the Lions defense during his four drives in the first half and was eventually knocked out of the game. No timetable is set for Griffin's return. Backup quarterbacks Colt McCoy and Kirk Cousins looked good in relief and will likely cause some QB controversy talk to begin as the team heads towards preseason game number three.
|David Johnson virtually uncoverable in practice|
Back at practice after dealing with a hamstring injury
By: Doug Orth | Aug 20 2015, 7:25 pm
|David Johnson has looked pretty good as a receiver out of the backfield the last couple of days. Yes, Johnson is a running back. He still has to show he can carry the ball, and he talked Wednesday about learning a very big playbook. But while he cautioned that hamstrings can be “tricky,” Johnson has run well the past couple of practices. And catching the ball, he has looked every bit the player Bruce Arians said he’d be in that role. In drills coming out of the backfield, no one has really been able to cover him, making one think about the matchup issues Johnson can provide. Now, we wait to see what it looks like in a game. (azcardinals.com)|
FFToday's Take: One thing is for sure: Arizona is more prepared for an injury to Andre Ellington than it was last year. Chris Johnson was added earlier this week while Ellington and David Johnson were both on the mend, but both are back practicing. The Cardinals' running back situation is becoming a mess for fantasy purposes, however, since all three players are supposedly vying for a starting gig. Ellington's grasp on the job is tenuous at best.
| Breshad Perriman continues to miss practice|
By: Doug Orth | Aug 20 2015, 7:15 pm
|Ravens WR Breshad Perriman is watching from sideline with a brace on right knee. He has a sprained PCL. (Jamison Hensley on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: HC John Harbaugh said only two days ago that Perriman's MRI came back "normal", so we appear to have another case of a coach either not being honest about a player's injury or speaking about it before the injury is confirmed. Either way, it is looking less and less likely owners will get to see the rookie speedster at all this preseason. Considering he has been out since the first day of camp, he's highly unlikely to have any kind of early-season impact.
|HC: "Expect big things" from Davante Adams|
Second-year WR continues to turn heads for Packers
By: Doug Orth | Aug 20 2015, 6:55 pm
|Packers HC Mike McCarthy on Davante Adams: "I think he's had a heck of a camp. Looking for big things from him." (Rob Demovsky on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Adams has generated headlines all offseason for the improvement he has made from his rookie year. The 6-1, 215-pound Fresno State product has Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb blocking him from a starting gig, but owners shouldn't forget third receiver James Jones led the league in touchdown catches in 2012 in this offense. Adams should be drafted as a low-end WR3, but if Nelson or Cobb was to get hurt, he could easily ascent to low-end WR1 status.
| Arizona's LG Iupati to have knee surgery|
Could be out six weeks
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 19 2015, 8:49 pm
|An Arizona Cardinals offensive line that seemed so promising throughout the offseason is now riddled with question marks.
Left guard Mike Iupati, signed away from the San Francisco 49ers in March, is expected to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery that will sideline the three-time Pro Bowler for about six weeks, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday, via a source who has spoken to Iupati.
FFToday's Take: Coming off a year that saw the team dwindle without its starting quarterback, the loss of one of the team's best lineman casts even more doubt over Arizona's offense. Already taxed with RT Bobbie Massie's three-game suspension, Carson Palmer and company may struggle to move the chains at the outset of 2015.
| WR Benjamin will miss entire 2015 season|
Torn ACL in left knee
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 19 2015, 7:39 pm
|SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin will miss the season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee on Wednesday. (ESPN.com)|
FFToday's Take: In the wake of Kelvin Benjamin's injury, the Panthers will need Greg Olsen and Jonathan Stewart more than ever. Wide receivers Devin Funchess and Philly Brown will see their roles expand but fantasy owners shouldn't go overboard here. Cam Newton and company already figured to finish with one of the league's worst passing offenses when Benjamin was healthy. Opposing defenses will also be better able to key in on the ground attack without a big-time threat on the outside. Carolina may also look to add another veteran free agent receiver.
| Kelvin Benjamin suffers knee injury, non-contact|
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 19 2015, 9:09 am
|Carolina #Panthers’ Kelvin Benjamin leaves practice after apparent knee injury. (Charlotte Observer)|
FFToday's Take: It was a non-contact injury and didn't look good. Benjamin was carted off to have further testing. The Panthers will update Benjamin's status after practice. Hopefully it's only a sprain.
|David Cobb getting praise from GM|
Ruston Webster pleased with progression of rookies
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 19 2015, 9:00 am
|NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Titans general manager Ruston Webster is keeping a close eye on the developments in training camp, and preseason games. On rookies who’ve stood out so far in camp, “David Cobb has kind of shown what we saw from him at the Senior Bowl and in college, his ability to run the football, his vision and his feet. If he continues along that path he can help us." (Titansonline.com)|
FFToday's Take: David Cobb has looked better than Bishop Sankey to date during training camp. There are still a couple of weeks for Sankey to turn things around, but he is no longer the clear favorite to be the best bet for fantasy purposes.
| Dolphins take DeVante Parker off PUP list|
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 19 2015, 8:08 am
|The Miami Dolphins have removed rookie wide receiver DeVante Parker from the Physically Unable to Perform list, the team announced this morning. (SB Nation)|
FFToday's Take: This move allows DeVante Parker (foot) to return to practice. Miami's 2015 first round selection will be brought back slowly but he could see his fantasy stock blossom if given an everyday role by midseason.
| McCoy leaves practice with hamstring injury|
MRI on Wednesday
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 18 2015, 8:00 pm
|Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy limped to the locker room with an apparent left leg injury during Tuesday's joint practice with the Cleveland Browns. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Bills are decimated at the running back position with injuries. McCoy (hamstring) joins Fred Jackson (hamstring), Anthony Dixon (calf), Bryce Brown (hamstring) and rookie Karlos Williams (undisclosed) in the trainers room. None are expected to play on Thursday.
| Jordan Reed to miss Thu preseason game|
Hamstring injury remains an issue
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 18 2015, 5:33 pm
|Gruden said Jordan Reed isn't sitting out as a precaution. His hamstring still hasn't healed. Wouldn't play if it was reg season game. (Mike Jones on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Reed has an extensive history with hamstring injuries but he's got a golden opportunity to have his best season as a pro given the injury to fellow tight end Niles Paul. Reed's health is a major concern for fantasy owners making him a TE2 flier late in re-draft leagues.
|Brandon Coleman has eyes on No.3 WR role|
Expected to see first half action against Pats
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 18 2015, 12:33 pm
|We've always known Marques Colston and Brandin Cooks would be the top two in the order. There's no longer any real argument which player sits No. 3: Brandon Coleman. Sure Coleman still receives reps with the second unit and below at times. But the most popular three wide receiver sets through camp involve the "Three Cs." (Times Picayune)|
FFToday's Take: Coleman didn't get an offensive snap in the first half of the Saints first preseason game but is expected to see more action in Week 2 against the Patriots. Momentum is building for Coleman to win the No.3 role. He's battling Nick Toon but for now it appears Coleman's job to lose.
|Cardinals sign Chris Johnson to one-year deal|
Expected to push Andre Ellington for playing time
By: Doug Orth | Aug 17 2015, 9:25 pm
|The Arizona Cardinals and free-agent RB Chris Johnson agreed on a one-year deal Monday. ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported the deal could be worth up to $2 million. The Cardinals were thin at running back the first two weeks of training camp. Both starter Andre Ellington and third-round pick David Johnson were out with hamstring injuries. Chris Johnson was arrested this offseason in Orlando, Florida, for openly carrying a weapon, but officials decided not to pursue charges. In a separate incident, he was shot in the right shoulder during a drive-by shooting that left a friend with bullet wounds and the driver of their car dead. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Chris Johnson, who failed to rush for at least 1,000 yards for the first time in his seven-season career with the Jets last season, fits the mold of Arizona's other backs as players with electric speed that have little interest in running between the tackles. The addition of the soon-to-be 30-year-old back could very well mean Ellington will be splitting carries at some point and David Johnson will have a hard time getting much playing time in 2015.
|Eddie Royal to play outside more than expected|
Expected to start and move into the slot in three-wide packages
By: Doug Orth | Aug 17 2015, 4:20 pm
|Eddie Royal was likely to be a starter regardless of Kevin White's health. The Bears like him as a slot receiver because of his suddenness and ability to gain yards after the catch. Without White, though, he could play more outside. Royal came into the league with the Broncos in 2008 playing outside and has done so throughout his career.
"I've been trying to learn the whole system just so if anything happens that I'll be able to step in and play wherever," he said after Sunday's practice. "We've got a number of guys that are doing that." (Chicago Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Royal's ADP has risen into the 11th round after it was in the 14th round a week ago, but owners should still feel like they are getting a bargain with him at that point of the draft. Chicago will almost certainly rely heavily on Royal in the short passing game given his after-the-catch abilities and desire to reduce Jay Cutler's interception total. Royal has also proven to be a very good red-zone receiver as well, making him a strong candidate to maintain WR3 value in all leagues.
| Cowboys fine with what they have in backfield|
Team appears content with trio of backs to replace Murray
By: Doug Orth | Aug 17 2015, 4:15 pm
|The fact that the Dallas Cowboys have not added another tailback has confounded some. How can the Cowboys expect to run the ball as well as they did the previous season - with DeMarco Murray leading the NFL with 1,845 yards - without a running back like Murray?
For now, the Cowboys are going with what they've got.
"We've had months and months and months to evaluate these guys or the prospects of playing with them," owners/GM Jerry Jones said, "so you can't get nervous now." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Oh Jerry. The Cowboys' all-world offensive line should be able to mask some deficiencies in the backfield, but the injuries to Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar in camp should serve as a wake-up call. Dallas has only brought in marginal talents to this point, but it would be a mistake for the team not to add at least one more back when final cuts are made. For now, the Cowboys are committed to Randle as 1A and McFadden as 1B with Dunbar contributing heavily on passing downs.
| Julius Thomas expected back for season opener|
Broken hand; out for the rest of the preseason
By: Doug Orth | Aug 17 2015, 4:00 pm
|TE Julius Thomas (hand) and S Johnathan Cyprien (finger) wore balky casts over their right hands while watching practice. Both were injured Friday against Pittsburgh and are out for the preseason.
Dr. Steven Shin, Director of Hand Surgery at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles, said the area of Thomas’ injury - top of the hand and below the knuckle - will speed up his recovery. Shin said Thomas shouldn’t have to wear any heavy protection on the hand when he returns to the field save for a small pad. (Florida Times Union)|
FFToday's Take: Times Union beat writer Ryan O'Halloran called Thomas "the best player on the team, period" in early August, but injuries have dogged the ex-Bronco for most of his NFL career. His fantasy value obviously depends on whether or not he can shed his injury-prone label and whether or not Jacksonville can find the red zone at a much higher rate than it has in recent seasons. His late-seventh round ADP is his ceiling and there is a very good chance he fails to live up to it.
| Freeman, Coleman back at Falcons' practice|
Young RBs recovering from hamstring injuries
By: Doug Orth | Aug 17 2015, 3:50 pm
|Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, who are both recovering from hamstring injuries, returned to the individual portion of practice and were in full pads on Monday. Freeman and Coleman also did some extra running with the trainer.
The Falcons are aiming to have them back for the third exhibition game on Aug. 29 at Miami, which is their regular season dress rehearsal. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)|
FFToday's Take: Along with Antone Smith, the Falcons' top three backs have all been sidelined by or currently dealing with hamstring injuries. It is becoming increasingly likely Atlanta will split carries between Freeman and Coleman to begin the season, which would make both players low-end RB3s at best behind an offensive line that figures to struggle opening running lanes. Smith could fall behind Terron Ward on the depth chart if he is unable to recover quickly.
| Alshon Jeffery out of walking boot|
Suffered calf injury last week, likely to miss second preseason game
By: Doug Orth | Aug 17 2015, 3:40 pm
|Alshon Jeffery (calf), who is still not practicing, is no longer wearing a walking boot or using crutches. (Zach Zaidman on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jeffery's status for Week 1 doesn't appear to be in doubt and the Bears are likely just taking it slow with their top wideout. With Brandon Marshall now in New York, Chicago will rely heavily on Jeffery all over the field, making him a very good bet to finish among the top 10 fantasy receivers in all scoring formats.