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Injury DeVante Parker expected to practice soon
Has missed five straight practices with a hamstring injury
By: Doug Orth | Aug 8 2016, 5:20 pm

Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins slogged through another uninspiring offensive practice Monday, but there was reason for optimism. And his name is DeVante Parker. Parker missed his fifth consecutive practice Monday with a pesky hamstring injury, but he’s made strides in recent days, and the Dolphins are optimistic he will be back soon. (Miami Herald)

FFToday's Take: Miami has put the kid gloves on last year's No. 14 overall pick most of this offseason and will likely continue to do so considering early August in no time for a player to rush back from a soft tissue injury. Despite what has been an injury-plagued first two training camps for him, Parker possesses immense upside as the "X" receiver - the same role in which Demaryius Thomas and Alshon Jeffery thrived - in HC Adam Gase's offense.
Willie Snead more than holding his own
Former UDFA clearly in QB's "circle of trust"
By: Doug Orth | Aug 8 2016, 5:10 pm

New Orleans
If there were any concerns about Willie Snead being trumped by some of the newcomers at receiver, those concerns have evaporated. Snead has looked even better than last season, and it’s clear he’s right in the middle of Brees’ circle of trust. When things were going poorly Saturday with Brandin Cooks sidelined, Snead was the receiver Brees locked in on to carry the offense. Snead should remain an important member of the offense. If he doesn’t get enough targets to flirt with 1,000 yards again, it won’t be because of regression. It will be because the offense has more weapons. (New Orleans Advocate)

FFToday's Take: The other weapons being most notably second-round rookie Michael Thomas and free-agent signing Coby Fleener. As the writer suggests, more weapons - and not regression - will likely be the reason Snead falls short of his 69-984-3 from a season ago. While Snead is unlikely to finish as the WR32 in PPR again this season, he should still be a more-than-serviceable low-end WR3 or high-floor WR4.
Stefon Diggs tearing up Vikings' training camp
Learned all three receiver positions in the offseason
By: Doug Orth | Aug 8 2016, 4:50 pm

Minnesota Vikings
After Stefon Diggs came out of nowhere as a fifth-round rookie to lead the team with 52 catches and 720 receiving yards last season, the Vikings told him to focus on learning all three wide receiver positions during the offseason. With the addition of split end Laquon Treadwell, Diggs usually will line up off the line of scrimmage at the flanker position. But defenses will see the shifty 22-year-old in the slot, too, and occasionally at split end, the position he was forced to play as a rookie because of the presence of flanker Mike Wallace. In the 10 days since the Vikings first reported to Mankato, Diggs has been by far the most impressive offensive player. (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

FFToday's Take: Treadwell has received most of the offseason hype among Vikings' receivers, but Diggs was always the most likely candidate to be the featured wideout in Minnesota, at least this season. Wallace compared Diggs to a young Antonio Brown last fall and it appears Minnesota is helping the second-year player on his way to living up to that lofty praise by moving him all over the formation. Going off the board as the WR46 in the late ninth round, Diggs should be a huge value pick.
Injury Ebron walking with only slight limp
Team feared TE tore his Achilles over the weekend
By: Doug Orth | Aug 8 2016, 4:15 pm

Detroit Lions
Eric Ebron walked out of the Detroit Lions' Allen Park training facility about a half-hour into today's practice with only a slight limp in his step. For most of practice, Ebron watched the offense go through drills - the only indication that he suffered an injury in Saturday's mock game being what looked like a sleeve on his right ankle. (Detroit Free Press)

FFToday's Take: It was thought Ebron had torn his Achilles over the weekend, so the fact he escaped with a right ankle sprain is about the best news Detroit and his fantasy owners could have hoped for in this case. Given his potential importance to the Lions' offense post-Calvin Johnson and the injuries the team is already dealing with at his position, expect Ebron to be eased back. If healthy, he has a shot to be a top-10 player at his position this season.
Injury Jordan Matthews out two weeks
"No structural damage, but he's just sore"
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 8 2016, 12:30 pm

Philadelphia Eagles
Eagles' leading receiver in 2015 and expected to be the leader again in 2016, will not play in the team's first two preseason games and could miss the entire preseason. Jordan Matthews suffered a strained knee Friday, Aug. 5 when he took a low hit from rookie cornerback Jalen Mills in a full contact drill. "There's no structural damage, but he's just sore." (NJ.com)

FFToday's Take: Others reports suggest Matthews suffered a bone bruise. Either way, the Eagles top receiver is going to miss some time which is not ideal considering a new offense is being installed. Matthews is being drafted as a WR3 (Rd 6.09) on average.
Browns announce RG3 as starting QB
Browns make it official
By: Doug Orth | Aug 8 2016, 9:30 am

Cleveland Browns
Robert Griffin III has been named the Browns starting quarterback, Hue Jackson announced Monday. Griffin III, who signed with the Browns in March after four seasons with the Washington Redskins, emerged from a four-man competition that included veteran Josh McCown, Austin Davis and rookie Cody Kessler. He’ll receive his first start Friday in Cleveland’s preseason opener at Green Bay. (ClevelandBrowns.com)

FFToday's Take: Head coach Hue Jackson made it official. Griffin has been running with the first team since Spring. Josh McCown will serve as the backup although trade talks involving his name has surfaced over the last week with Dallas needing a backup. Griffin's fantasy value sits firmly in QB2 territory.
Injury Thomas Rawls off PUP list
Recovering from ankle surgery
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 7 2016, 4:00 pm

Seattle Seahawks
Thomas Rawls, who is set to be the Seahawks' primary running back this season, passed his physical and was removed from the physically unable to perform list by the team Sunday. Rawls was placed on PUP just before the start of training camp last month as he continued to finalize his recovery from the broken ankle he suffered in December. (NFL.com)

FFToday's Take: Rawls did not practice Sunday and they will likely be cautious with him during camp. Rawls suffered a broken ankle on December 13th but is expected to be ready for Week 1. Assuming Rawls has no setbacks once he gets on the practice field, his current ADP of RB13 (3.04) should begin to rise.
Injury Julian Edelman returns to practice
Off the PUP list
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 7 2016, 3:00 pm

New England Patriots
The Patriots offense received a big boost this afternoon with the return of wide receiver Julian Edelman to practice. Edelman was in pads and wasn't even wearing a non-contact jersey. Edelman, who has been recovering from foot surgeries, began training camp on the active/PUP list. He has been working out at camp, signalling that he was close to a return. Today, the Patriots finally removed him from the PUP and gave him the green light. (Boston Herald)

FFToday's Take: Foot injuries are difficult for athletes so while it's nice to Edelman back at camp and presumably he will be ready for Week 1, his injury history should be noted by fantasy owners. He's missed 9 games over the last two seasons.
Injury TE Eric Ebron suffers lower leg injury
Could be ankle or Achilles
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 6 2016, 12:16 pm

Detroit Lions
The early word on #Lions TE Eric Ebron getting carted off is that he suffered an Achilles injury, I’m told. Could be devastating. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: They did bring the cart out for Ebron and he reportedly couldn't put any weight on his injured leg. This could be a serious blow for the Lions who are thin at the position. We'll have more on Ebron's status when news becomes available.
Injury Dion Lewis still absent from camp
Recovering from ACL injury
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 5 2016, 10:00 am

New England Patriots
Ben Volin joins Michael Felger on Town Fair Tire Sports Tonight to discuss why Patriots running back Dion Lewis has been absent at training camp and who could possibly be New England's best running back. (CSNNE.com)

FFToday's Take: Violin, a beat reporter for the Boston Globe goes on to speculate that Lewis could start the season on the PUP list, and thus be ineligible the first six games. Lewis is roughly 8 months removed from his ACL injury and the Patriots won't be giving up much information on his status. It's possible the Patriots could sign a RB before Week 1.
Terrance West making noise in Ravens' camp
Reportedly pushing for starting role
By: Doug Orth | Aug 4 2016, 10:00 pm

Baltimore Ravens
Former Browns and Titans castoff RB Terrance West isn't just pushing for a roster spot in Baltimore. He's building a strong case to surpass Justin Forsett and Javorius Allen as the Ravens' top running back. Through a week of training camp, the Baltimore Sun lauded the slimmed-down West as the team's "most explosive offensive player." ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley followed suit on Thursday, noting that West has been the offense's "No. 1 playmaker." (NFL.com)

FFToday's Take: Kenneth Dixon was supposed to be the one to emerge in Baltimore, but a knee sprain has cost him valuable time to put heat on Justin Forsett and Buck Allen. Instead, it has been West, who has reportedly dropped 15 pounds and is looking every bit like the zone runner former Browns OC Kyle Shanahan thought he was when Cleveland used a third-round pick on him in 2014. Keep an eye on this backfield battle in camp; a focused West has as good of chance as anyone to win the job.
Injury Alshon Jeffery misses practice Thursday
Hamstring strain
By: Doug Orth | Aug 4 2016, 4:55 pm

Chicgao Bears
Alshon Jeffery missed practice Thursday with a hamstring strain, HC John Fox said. He suffered the injury Wednesday, seven days after GM Ryan Pace said Jeffery needs to stay healthy coming off a year in which he missed seven games because of leg muscle injuries. Fox downplayed Jeffery's latest strain, calling it mild. He was asked how the Bears might make sure this injury doesn't linger as Jeffery's calf strain did last season. (Chicago Tribune)

FFToday's Take: Fox called his receiver's current ailment "mild", but durability has long been one of Jeffery's biggest issues. While he is essentially a rookie posing as a second-year player, Kevin White is healthy in 2016 and one of the most gifted players at his position in the league, so Jeffery is a poor bet to see the kind of target share (at least 29 percent in six of his nine games in 2015) that he did last year. When factoring in his injury history, he's shaping up to be a high-risk WR2.
Injury Matt Forte expected to miss preseason opener
Hamstring strain
By: Doug Orth | Aug 4 2016, 4:40 pm

New York Jets
HC Todd Bowles says "it's safe to say" that Matt Forte (hamstring) will miss the first preseason game (against the Jaguars) next week. (Manish Mehta on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Every indication out of Jets' camp has this being a minor injury. Look for Forte to be rested throughout the preseason and to start Week 1, while Bilal Powell and Khiry Robinson work in tandem. Powell was reportedly splitting carries with Forte almost equally in camp before the injury, so owners need to prepare for the real possibility that Forte is being overdrafted in the fourth round. Meanwhile, Powell could be a steal in the 10th.
Injury Zeke to miss about a week with hamstring injury
Cowboys thin at RB
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 3 2016, 5:00 pm

Dallas Cowboys
Stephen Jones concedes rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott may miss some time with sore hamstring. Source tells me he could be out about a week. (Ed Wereder on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Cowboys will likely be cautious with a player they project to have a heavy workload this season. With Darren McFadden (elbow) still on the sidelines, Alfred Morris will be the focus of the running back position in camp until Elliott returns.
Chargers expected to sign WR James Jones
Stevie Johnson recovering from torn meniscus
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 2 2016, 2:30 pm

San Diego Chargers
The Chargers are signing WR James Jones, source said. Another veteran weapon for Philip Rivers. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Jones is expected to replace Steve Johnson who suffered a knee injury on Sunday. Despite a semi-productive season last year (50-890-8) in Green Bay, Jones received very little interest as a free agent this offense. We'll see if he's able to develop a role during camp. For now, he's late-round dart throw in redraft leagues.
Are the Giants ditching RBBC?
RB coach wants better rhythm to running game
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 2 2016, 2:00 pm

New York Giants
The Giants have no intention of continuing the ill-conceived four-man running back rotation that doomed their rushing attack for most of last season. At least at the start, they plan to hand Rashad Jennings the ball. That's the ideal scenario, running backs coach Craig Johnson said. They want to ride Jennings like they did over the final four games last year. (SNY.tv)

FFToday's Take: This is kind of news tidbit that can spike a player's ADP. Reading into The RB coaches comments, the initial gameplan is less bodies in the committee with Jennings operating as the lead back, Shane Vereen working on third downs and in the two-minute offense, and Andre Williams giving Jennings a breather when needed. At 31 years-old, Jennings durability will be a big question mark but his share of expected touches appears to be increasing.
Injury Wade Wilson: Tony Romo experiencing back stiffness
Cowboys hopes, WR stats pinned to QB's health
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 2 2016, 12:50 pm

Dallas Cowboys
Jon Machota on Twitter: "Cowboys QB coach Wade Wilson said Tony Romo has been experiencing some back stiffness" (Twitter)

FFToday's Take: We're once again reminded that Romo has had serious back problems during his career in addition to the collarbone injuries which ended last season. The 36-year-old obviously carries more injury risk than most other quarterbacks, and his upside continues to plummet. More than anything else, his health will have a direct effect on the team's record and the stats of the other skill positions in the Cowboys offense. Beware.
Pats could run two-TE base set in 2016
Martellus Bennett could have TE1 fantasy value despite Gronk presence
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 2 2016, 12:44 pm

New England Patriots
NFL writer Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) on Twitter: "No surprise, but @MikeReiss says Patriots will return to a massive number of 2TE sets. Gronk and Bennett both heavily involved at goalline" (Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The two-TE base set could mean a possible return to the glory days of Rob Gronkowski and former Pats TE, convicted murderer and PCP enthusiast Aaron "He Who Shall Not Be Named" Hernandez, though they've had some trouble finding someone as talented as the Florida alum. Martellus Bennett could be the guy, and there should be plenty of TDs to go around.
Eric Ebron could be poised for fantasy breakout
With Megatron retired, Lions could look more to TE
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 2 2016, 12:35 pm

Detroit Lions
Matthew Stafford managed to complete 7 of 11 passes during 11-on-11s, by my count, despite the unreliability of his receivers. His favorite target? Tight end Eric Ebron, who caught three of those passes and continues to look good in the Jim Bob Cooter offense. (MLive.com)

FFToday's Take: Ebron was pegged as a possible stud when he was drafted as the 10th overall pick in 2014, and in his third season in the league could emerge as a breakout fantasy star. He makes sense as a high-end backup with upside, especially if you don't land a top guy during the early going.
Goodwin: Chris and David Johnson "even" as runners
Cards OC says both RBs will get carries, DJ has receiving edge
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 2 2016, 12:31 pm

Arizona Cardinals
Like last year, David Johnson will be used heavily in the passing game, often lining up as a receiver. In Sunday's practice, he caught two passes from those formations. “I think David is a little more comfortable (than Chris Johnson) in the passing game,” offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said. “I think B.A. has certain things in mind with David, slotted out in formations, out of the backfield. He gives you a little different element from Chris. “But running the ball, they are both even.” (Arizona Republic)

FFToday's Take: It looks like David is the clearly more valuable back because of his edge in the passing game, though it's unclear how the carried will be split. If you were looking for a clear mandate for starter David Johnson as a workhorse in his sophomore campaign, you'll have to keep looking.
Tyler Boyd impressive early in training camp
Dalton: "He's taken a huge jump from OTAs"
By: Doug Orth | Aug 1 2016, 11:55 pm

Cincinnati Bengals
Andy Dalton on Tyler Boyd: "He's taken a huge jump from OTAs to camp, he's made some tough catches and has been impressive." (Sirius XM NFL Radio)

FFToday's Take: Yet the Bengals appear committed to starting Brandon LaFell and keeping Boyd in the slot, at least that has been the company line all summer. LaFell needs to have a strong camp and avoid the drops that have plagued him for most of his career, or else Cincinnati will have little choice but to start Boyd opposite A.J. Green. The rookie is a WR5 in 12-team leagues with substantial upside.
Injury Arian Foster expected to start
HC: "He is going to be rolling with the ones"
By: Doug Orth | Aug 1 2016, 11:45 pm

Miami Dolphins
Miami RB Arian Foster also got some first team work and “he is going to be working with the ones the whole training camp,” HC Gase said. “His resume speaks for itself. I don’t think there’s any question why we brought him in here. He’s playing this year. Whether he’s the guy that will be the first snap of the game, time will tell. He is going to be rolling with the ones.” (Miami Herald)

FFToday's Take: Jay Ajayi suffered a bone bruise on his left knee over the weekend, but Gase has apparently decided to hitch his wagon to the oft-injured Foster, who is more than nine full months removed from tearing his Achilles. Most owners are probably going to flock to Foster in hopes he can overcome the odds, but this news presents a pretty good buy-low window to acquire/draft Ajayi in the likely event the ex-Texan cannot make it through the season.
Paxton Lynch "really stepping up"
HC pleased with progress rookie QB has made since spring
By: Doug Orth | Aug 1 2016, 6:25 pm

Denver Broncos
Although the offense was not consistently effective, QB Paxton Lynch followed his stellar performance Sunday with another solid day, although this was defined more by steady work and sound decision-making than hitting deep shots down the sideline and seam. "No. 12 is really, really stepping up," HC Gary Kubiak said. "He's making some progress here." (denverbroncos.com)

FFToday's Take: Lynch, of course, is battling Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian for the right to start Week 1. He holds a considerable edge in talent and will probably start at some point in 2016, but he's a longshot to be under center Opening Night against Carolina. In other words, a good preseason showing will probably help him take over the starting job by midseason while an average one may keep him on the sidelines until 2017. When he is finally named the starter, he should be a high-upside QB2.
Injury John Brown in concussion protocol
Hit his head on the turf during practice
By: Doug Orth | Aug 1 2016, 6:20 pm

Arizona Cardinals
Per Arizona Cardinals HC Bruce Arians, WR John Brown (is) going through concussion protocol (after hitting) his head (on) the ground (Sunday). (Mike Jurecki on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Cardinals don't appear to be overly concerned, so owners should feel the same way. He could get held out of the preseason opener as a precaution, but he should be considered day-to-day for now. Brown should is one of the higher-upside WR3s in fantasy this season.
Jace Amaro off to a strong start in camp
Jets looking for third option to go with Marshall, Decker
By: Doug Orth | Aug 1 2016, 4:35 pm

New York Jets
Jace Amaro has stood out during the early days of Jets training camp. He is making a lot of catches, including a few diving ones, and has been a noticeable target in red-zone drills. The Jets are searching for another target in their offense besides Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. Amaro could be that missing piece. Amaro spent this offseason at his home in San Antonio working on his run blocking, catching a ton of footballs and concentrating on nutrition. He said he is down about 10 pounds, from 270 last year in camp to 260 this year. (New York Post)

FFToday's Take: Amaro has shown next to nothing in two years as a pro, struggling to catch the ball as a rookie in 2014 before missing all of last season with a shoulder injury. Even though the current regime did not draft him, Amaro is a perfect fit in OC Chan Gailey's spread offense, and there will be plenty of opportunity for him to have an impact with defenses focused on Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and Matt Forte. If he can avoid another injury, he's got real upside as a TE2.
Injury C.J. Prosise out 7-10 days
Hamstring strain
By: Doug Orth | Aug 1 2016, 4:25 pm

Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks HC Pete Carroll expects RB C.J. Prosise to be out 7-10 days with a first-degree hamstring strain. (Liz Mathews on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Bad timing for the highly touted rookie, who is expected to be primary passing-down back in Seattle right away. Prosise could have used this time to make his case early-down reps in a backfield that is still waiting for an injured Thomas Rawls to return, but this setback may keep him out long enough to squash those hopes. Without some sort of early-down role, Prosise should be considered a RB4 at best in 12-team PPR leagues.
Bills finalizing contract for Reggie Bush
One-year deal
By: Doug Orth | Aug 1 2016, 4:10 pm

Buffalo Bills
Reggie Bush appears to be headed to a new home in Buffalo on a one-year, according to multiple reports. This will be Bush’s fifth team heading into the 11th year of his career since being drafted No. 2 overall by the New Orleans Saints out of USC. With backup Karlos Williams being suspended for the first four weeks of the season, Bush will have a shot at earning some reps behind starter LeSean McCoy in a crowded backfield. At least for those first few games, Bush will be battling backups Mike Gillislee and Jonathan Williams. (USA Today)

FFToday's Take: Bush was limited to five games in his only year with San Francisco before he tore his meniscus on some exposed concrete along the Rams' sideline. The 31-year-old is likely being added as veteran insurance while Karlos Williams serves his four-game suspension. Once that is over, Bush may transition into a full-time punt returner.
Hopkins ends "holdout" after one day
"I wasn't trying to send a message"
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 1 2016, 9:00 am

Houston Texans
"I wasn't trying to send a message or anything like that," DeAndre Hopkins said of his contract holdout. "I was doing what I felt was best for me and my family." Hopkins is disappointed the Texans won't negotiate a contract extension with him heading into the fourth year of a $15.552 million rookie contract that included a $3.926 million signing bonus and a total of $6.181 million guaranteed. (Houston Chronicle)

FFToday's Take: Hopkins will get a new contract when it's time for him to get a new contract. The Texans have made it clear this is not the time. His status as a top-end WR1 remains in tact. Carry on...
Injury Stevie Johnson suffers knee injury
Carried off the field
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 31 2016, 4:30 pm

San Diego Chargers
Chargers wide receiver Steve Johnson was carried off the field Sunday with a right knee injury after going down in a pass drill. Johnson, who applied no pressure to his right leg as he was carried off, was examined by trainers for several minutes before he was taken inside. (San Diego Union Tribune)

FFToday's Take: No word yet on the severity but there appears to be some legitimate concern for veteran. Johnson had been running with the first team during OTAs and the early portions of camp. Travis Benjamin and Dontrelle Inman would likely see a usage increase if Johnson misses any significant time.
Injury Odell Beckham leaves practice, gets "cleated"
Should be fine in a couple days
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 31 2016, 12:45 pm

New York Giants
Giants HC Ben McAdoo said Odell Beckham Jr. got cleated, has a cut or two, and will be sore "for a couple of days." (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Beckahm walked off the practice field under his own power, then sat on the sidelines while trainers evaluated him. He collided with teammate Janoris Jenkins during a drill. He may miss some practice time but it sounds like this injury isn't anything serious.
DeAndre Hopkins a no-show at training camp
Wants a new deal
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 30 2016, 11:49 am

Houston Texans
Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is holding out of training camp as he seeks a new contract, sources told ESPN. Hopkins, who is entering the fourth and final year of his rookie contract, did not report for the start of the Texans' camp, according to sources. He will be subject to fines of $40,000 for each day of camp he misses. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Hopkins actually has two-years left on his deal as the Texans picked up the fifth-year option and as of now, the team isn't negotiating. We'll see how this plays out but if the holdout lasts more than a few days, expect to see Hopkins fantasy value take a slight hit. In all likelihood, he will be on the field come Week 1 and remains a high-end WR1.
Titans sign Andre Johnson
Two-year contract
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 29 2016, 2:00 pm

Tennessee Titans
The Tennessee Titans agreed to terms with veteran wide receiver Andre Johnson on Friday. The Titans have not disclosed terms of the deal, but sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter that Johnson will sign a two-year contract. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: The Titans have a volatile receiving corps (Kendall Wright, Justin Hunter, Dorial Green-Beckham, Rishard Matthews) with the most dependable being TE Delanie Walker. It's difficult to see Johnson making a significant impact given how slow he looked last year with Colts in limited duty.
Ladarius Green placed on active/PUP list
Recovering from ankle surgery
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 29 2016, 1:30 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
TE Ladarius Green, who had two plates placed in his ankle this offseason, said he's on the Physically Unable to Perform list because he's not yet full strength in certain areas, such as cutting. Doesn't see why he won't be ready for Week 1, though. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: The surgery reportedly took place in January so it's a little concerning that Green isn't ready to go for training camp in late July. No reason to bump him down your rankings at this point but it's a situation to keep your eye on.
"No script" for workload in Cards' backfield
HC hints his backs' workload to be determined "game to game"
By: Doug Orth | Jul 28 2016, 6:30 pm

Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals on RB David Johnson's projected workload: "That'll go game to game. If he's hot, he's staying in there. But there's no script right now." (Kyle Odegard on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: This is the second time in about two months someone who covers the team has suggested Johnson's feature-back workload may be in question. Coaches tend to have their reasons for making comments like this before the preseason even starts (promote competition, motivate the starter, etc.), but the fact remains Arizona's running game got "hot" once Johnson took over. Even if he is capped at 60 percent of the team's backfield touches, he's still a fantasy first-rounder.
Injury No practice for Rawls, Graham
Seahawks believe RB, TE will be ready for Week 1
By: Doug Orth | Jul 28 2016, 5:10 pm

Seattle Seahawks
Seahawks GM John Schneider: Thomas Rawls (ankle), Jimmy Graham (patellar tendon) won't practice Saturday. Team will bring them along slowly and is still deciding whether they'll start camp on PUP. But both players are on track to be ready for Week 1, (Sheil Kapadia on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Despite the recent public optimism, this should not come as a surprise. We're still a few weeks away from needing to be overly concerned about either player, although Rawls' recovery is a bit concerning from the standpoint his ankle still isn't 100 percent more than seven months after his injury. Rawls is a high-end RB2 if healthy (with obvious risk at the moment) while Graham should be considered a TE2 given the seriousness of his injury.
ATL still talking up bigger role for Coleman
Team eyeing more touches in tandem with Devonta Freeman
By: Doug Orth | Jul 28 2016, 4:30 pm

Atlanta Falcons
Now in his second NFL training camp, RB Tevin Coleman said he feels a greater sense of comfort right now than he did last summer. The Falcons want to get him more carries in 2016 and feature him more in the passing game, which they did Thursday, sending him on a variety of routes during 11-on-11 drills. “They’re finding more ways to get the backs out there and get them the ball,” Coleman said. (atlantafalcons.com)

FFToday's Take: Hardly a week has gone by this offseason without some outlet reporting Atlanta's desire to get the ball into Coleman's hands more often. While a 50-50 split remains unlikely, a 60-40 timeshare is possible with Devonta Freeman on the higher end. If the Falcons use that as their guideline, Freeman will have a difficult time living up to his second-round ADP. Conversely, Coleman is looking more and more like a steal at his ninth-round ADP.
Jets, Fitzpatrick agree on one-year deal
$12 million contract
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 27 2016, 7:19 pm

New York Jets
The New York Jets and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick ended their five-month contract dispute on Wednesday. The two sides finalized a one-year, $12 million contract on the eve of the team's first training-camp practice, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The deal also includes another $3 million in incentives, which could boost the value to $15 million, a source told Schefter. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: The two sides had been at a standoff for months but now that a deal is done, fantasy owners of the Jets' skill position players, specifically Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, can breathe a sigh of relief. Fitzpatrick is coming off his best season as a pro, finishing as a low-end QB1.
Injury Mathews placed on active/NFI list, ankle injury
Injured working out last week
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 27 2016, 4:30 pm

Philadelphia Eagles
Ryan Mathews was placed on the active/NFI list by the Eagles Wednesday due to a sprained ankle suffered by the 28-year-old while working out in San Diego last week. (NJ.com)

FFToday's Take: Mathews has played 16 games only once in his six-year career. the injury doesn't appear to be serious but it's a reminder of why his fantasy value has trouble climbing any higher than a low-end RB2. Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood and Kenjon Barner round out the Eagles depth chart running back.
Rams release QB Nick Foles
Couldn't find a trade partner
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 27 2016, 2:00 pm

Los Angeles Rams
The Nick Foles era is over in Los Angeles before it even began. The quarterback requested his release from the Rams on Wednesday, and the team granted it, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Media's Mike Garfafolo reported. (NFL.com)

FFToday's Take: This move has been expected as the team is set to rebuild around rookie Jared Goff with Case Keenum being used as a filler until Goff is ready. Reportedly Foles requested his release. He's a good bet to secure a backup gig in short order.
Boldin expected to sign deal with Lions
One-year deal expected to be finalized today
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 26 2016, 2:05 pm

Detroit Lions
The Detroit Lions are planning to sign veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin to a one-year deal, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Boldin and the Lions, who need depth at receiver in the wake of Calvin Johnson's retirement, were finalizing the deal Tuesday, sources told Schefter. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Boldin will be thrown into the mix with Golden Tate, Marvin Jones, Eric Ebron, T.J. Jones and receiving specialist Theo Riddick. Boldin has experience with Jim Caldwell from their days in Baltimore. He's likely more of a depth piece than a major contributor but he's still very capable of having a fantasy impact at age 35. He's shaping up to be a mid-to-late round draft pick with WR4/5 value.