| Damien Harris placed on IR|
Finger surgery to cost him first three weeks of season
By: Doug Orth | Sep 7 2020, 7:00 pm
|The Patriots have signed RB J.J. Taylor from their practice squad and placed Damien Harris on IR, per source. Harris will miss at least 3 games. Taylor had a great camp. (ESPN - Field Yates)|
FFToday's Take: This move takes the air out of the balloon for one of fantasy's late risers in Harris, who was making a serious play at stealing Sony Michel's early-down role. Both players need to be rostered in most leagues, but this is shaping up to be a backfield to avoid in fantasy after James White for the moment.
| A.J. Green should be good to go for Week 1|
WR has spent roughly two weeks managing hamstring injury
By: Doug Orth | Sep 7 2020, 5:10 pm
|Zac Taylor expects A.J. Green to be full-go on Sunday. (Tyler Dragon on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Green is unlikely to play a full complement of snaps after taking it easy in practice recently. The season-opening matchup is far from ideal against the Los Angeles Chargers and their duo of top-notch corners (Casey Hayward and Chris Harris Jr.), but Green is still a must-start in fantasy until he proves otherwise. Given how often he is being drafted as a WR3, Green has the opportunity to be a league-winner if he returns to form and plays just 12 games.
|Detroit adds Adrian Peterson to running back mix|
Swift may be limited early in the season
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 6 2020, 9:51 am
|The Lions are signing Adrian Peterson to a one-year contract, according to multiple reports, shaking up a backfield that has already undergone a lot of changes this offseason. Kerryon Johnson is back, but will share the backfield with newcomers like D’Andre Swift, a second-round pick, and Jason Cabinda, a converted linebacker who will play fullback. (MLive.com)|
FFToday's Take: This moves adds another body to the Lions running back and indicates Swift's leg injury may limit him early in the season. Peterson and offensive play-caller Darrell Bevell are familiar with each from their days in Minnesota.
|Mitchell Trubisky expected to start Week 1 for Bears|
Neither QB looked sharp
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 4 2020, 7:39 pm
|Mitchell Trubisky, who watched the Bears decline his fifth-year option and trade for challenger Nick Foles this offseason, was named the starter Friday, sources confirmed to the Sun-Times. To say that he beat out Foles during camp would be a misnomer. Neither was sharp. (Chicago Sun Times)|
FFToday's Take: Since neither player stood out, this feels like Trubisky got the nod based on experience with the system. Expect to see Foles make some starts before the year is out. These QBs are weekly dart throws until further notice.
|Ryquell Armstread placed on COVID-19 list for second time|
Devine Ozigbo, James Robinson and Chris Thompson remain
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 4 2020, 4:42 pm
|The Jaguars have placed RB Ryquell Armstead on the reserve/COVID list. It's the second time Armstead has been placed on the list this preseason.
He is a possible starter in their backfield following the release of Leonard Fournette. (Field Yates on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Jaguars have a jumbled mess in their backfield after the release of Fournette. Armstead along with Devine Ozigbo, James Robinson and Chris Thompson are left on the depth chart with Thompson handling a good portion of third down duties. It's going to be hard to peg a RB to own for fantasy owners drafting this weekend. Given the Jags are projected to be one of the worst teams in the league, investing anything but a late-round dart throw is understandable.
|Buccaneers release RB Dare Ogunbowale, K Matt Gay|
Crowded RB room
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 4 2020, 8:54 am
|The #Bucs are waiving K Matt Gay and RB Dare Ogunbowale, per multiple reports. @RapSheet reported Ogunbowale’ release and
@TomPelissero had Gay first. (Rick Stroud on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With the signing of Leonard Fournette, one of Dare and LeSean McCoy was going to be released. Dare got the short straw which is somewhat surprising considering he contributes on special teams. Fournette, Ronald Jones and McCoy are your top 3 running backs while Ryan Succop wins the kicking job, if you're keeping score at home.
|Redskins release Adrian Peterson|
Moving forward with Gibson, Barber, McKissic
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 4 2020, 7:59 am
|A surprise: The Washington Football Team is releasing legendary RB Adrian Peterson, sources tell me and
@MikeGarafolo. Ron Rivera valued Adrian Peterson’s leadership as he set the program. But with Antonio Gibson emerging and the likes of J.D. McKissic and Peyton Barber also having strong camps, there just was no role for Peterson, who intends to keep climbing the all-time rushing list elsewhere. (Tom Pelissero on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With the team liking what they've seen from their other running backs, Peterson's role was going to be diminished. The veteran RB has stated he still wants to keep playing. The fantasy RB situation now becomes a jumbled mess with no obvious target. Barber and Gibson are the most likely to return notable fantasy value, but this is largely a situation to stay away from.
|Crowded house in Chargers' backfield?|
Opportunities available for all three top RBs
By: Doug Orth | Sep 3 2020, 6:30 pm
|This group was cemented after the Chargers drafted Joshua Kelley in the fourth round. This will be a formidable three-headed running back attack, and all will get opportunities in both the running game and passing game. Austin Ekeler, Justin Jackson and Kelley are all versatile enough and good enough route-runners to line up in the slot or outside. (The Athletic - Daniel Popper)|
FFToday's Take: It seems unlikely that Ekeler will give up many targets, but it's just another reminder his role may not change all that much from last year. That could be a problem considering the Chargers want to be more run-heavy in 2020. One nugget to keep in mind: Ekeler received more than 10 carries only once after OC Shane Steichen took over last season. Ekeler's role should still allow him to be a solid RB1, while Jackson and Kelley may end up being dicey flex options.
|Noah Fant set to be a movable chess piece|
Expects to line up all across the formation
By: Doug Orth | Sep 3 2020, 6:15 pm
|Players are intrigued and excited about OC Pat Shurmur’s offense.
Tight end Noah Fant: “I’d say my favorite thing is I’m moving around a lot and he’s using me in different places - I'll be in the slot, I’ll be in-line, I’ll be outside as a receiver.” (Denver Post - Ryan O'Hallor)|
FFToday's Take: It would be an upset if this didn't happen; he's still very much an oversized receiver playing tight end. The good thing is Shurmur may see him in the same way he saw Evan Engram. Considering he doesn't come with near the same kind of injury concerns, Fant could end up being what people hoped Engram was going to be over his first three seasons as a Giant. Fant is a high-end fantasy TE2 with significant upside.
|Titans sign former Patriots K Stephen Gostkowski|
Greg Joseph released
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 3 2020, 10:00 am
|The Titans have agreed to terms with veteran kicker Stephen Gostkowski.
Gostkowski, formerly with the Patriots, has been named to four Pro Bowls during his career. He's a three-time Super Bowl champion. On Thursday morning, the Titans waived kicker Greg Joseph, who was signed by the team at the end of last season. (Tennessee Titans)|
FFToday's Take: Adjust your rankings. Gostkowski played in only four games last season due to a hip injury. He's on the K1 radar for those of you that play in Kicker leagues.
|Leonard Fournette lands with the Bucs|
Ronald Jones' fantasy stock deflates
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 2 2020, 8:55 pm
|Former #Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette is planning to sign with the #Bucs, per me and @TomPelissero. The belief is it will get done. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Fournette is getting a one-year cheap deal with the Bucs. That sounds you hear is the air coming out of the Ronald Jones' fantasy value and you can expect one of LeSean McCoy or Dare Ogunbowale to get cut. This is likely to be a committee approach with Fournette and Jones with Fournette having the upper hand given his production in the league.
|Patriots release Mohamed Sanu|
New England gave up second-round pick for veteran WR
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 2 2020, 6:49 pm
|Just spoke with WR Mohamed Sanu on his release from the #Patriots. He told me coach Belichick called him to the facility for a brief chat: "He told me it wasn't going to work out, which I respect. I personally think it was a money thing. I still want to play where I'm valued." (Josina Anderson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: New England traded a second-round pick for Sanu last October and was set to receive $6.5 million. With N'Keal expected to start opposite Julian Edelman, the cost didn't fit Sanu's role as a backup player. The Patriots are lacking weapons on offense and are looking at Damiere Byrd filling the speed role as the No.3 receiver.
|Tyrod Taylor to start "most" games for Chargers|
Journeyman QB will take the reins as Justin Herbert develops
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 2 2020, 9:28 am
|Daniel Popper (@danielrpopper) on Twitter: "These [HBO's Hard Knocks] episodes are providing great context on why Tyrod Taylor will be starting most, if not all, of the games this season. Justin Herbert admits that sometimes the amount of information “catches up” to him. A huge jump from Pac-12 to NFL, especially with no OTAs/minicamp." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Looks like Taylor gets the early nod while Herbert makes the adjustment to the NFL. Taylor can be a serviceable fantasy backup and streamer, but he's not a priority in redrafts this year.
| Kenyan Drake "close" to returning to practice|
WR DeAndre Hopkins also back soon for Cards
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 2 2020, 7:28 am
|Cards HC Kliff Kingsbury said both wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and running back Kenyan Drake are "close" to returning to full practice. Kingsbury had previously said he didn't want them back on the field until they were 100 percent with an eye toward being ready for the season opener Sept. 13. (AZCardinals.com)|
FFToday's Take: They should be practicing next week as they lead up to the season opener against the 49ers. Drake will likely get a full workload in an offensive scheme that saw Drake become an every-week RB1 play late last season. He'll resume that valuable role this season with Chase Edmonds serving as his handcuff.
|Alvin Kamara expected to practice, negotiations ongoing|
Not seeking a trade
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 1 2020, 7:15 pm
|#Saints RB Alvin Kamara intends to show up tomorrow and practice after missing several days following an epidural shot in his back last Thursday. The sides weren't that far apart on an extension before things went sideways. (Tom Pelissero on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Kamara has been out of practice the last few days and the two sides have been negotiating on a new contract in recent days. Kamara and his agent have stated that they are not seeking a trade but other reports suggest the team is willing to accept offers. In all likelihood, expect a new deal to be signed soon.
| Tyrell Williams lands on IR with torn labrum|
Expected to have surgery
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 1 2020, 4:54 pm
|The #Raiders put WR Tyrell Williams on Injured Reserve, as he is having surgery in a few weeks for a torn labrum in his shoulder. His season is over. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Williams was hopeful of playing this season with the injury but has since decided on surgery. It's fair to wonder how much playing time he would've received given the Raiders are high on rookies Henry Ruggs III and Bryan Edwards. Both, along with TE Darren Waller and slot man Hunter Renfrow should be the top targets for Derek Carr.
|Bengals, Joe Mixon agree on four-year contract extension|
Missed practices with migraines
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 1 2020, 2:45 pm
|Bengals and RB Joe Mixon reached agreement on a four-year contract extension that ties him to Cincinnati for five more seasons, per source. Still going over language to finalize deal. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Mixon is still just 24 years old heading into his fourth season in the league. He finished as the RB13 and RB10 the last two seasons in PPR leagues. He's missed some practice time recently with migraines, but a new contract is likely to cure those quickly.
|Ingram the starter, Dobbins to have significant role|
Coach Harbaugh confirms role for rookie RB
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 1 2020, 12:19 pm
|Mark Ingram remains the starting RB for Ravens, but coach John Harbaugh said rookie J.K. Dobbins is probably going to have "a significant role."
"Confidence plus coachability plus talent, that’s a pretty good combination and he’s got all of that," Harbaugh said of Dobbins. (Jamison Hensley on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This is the scenario we've expected for the majority of the off-season. The run-heavy approach in Baltimore should lead both to have fantasy value as long as they remain healthy. Ingram checks in at RB24 while Dobbins checks in at RB32 in 12-team PPR leagues.
|Alvin Kamara away from team|
Missed last three practices, reportedly due to contract
By: Doug Orth | Aug 31 2020, 5:35 pm
|Saints' RB Alvin Kamara has had an unexcused absence from training camp the past three days and it is believe to be contract related, per sources. (ESPN - Adam Schefter)|
FFToday's Take: The timing of this news is far from ideal for fantasy owners, but it is understandable from Kamara's perspective. While he is still on his rookie deal and set to make just over $2 million in 2020, Christian McCaffrey and Derrick Henry got huge extensions earlier this offseason. The Saints are in win-now mode and undoubtedly want to keep Kamara around, so the two sides should reconcile soon. Fantasy owners should still view him as a top-five option but make sure they make every effort to handcuff him with Latavius Murray in drafts over the next 1 1/2 weeks.
| Miles Sanders in question for Week 1?|
Dealing with moderate hamstring strain
By: Doug Orth | Aug 31 2020, 5:25 pm
Miles Sanders in question for Week 1?
Dealing with moderate hamstring strain
During a recent podcast of Inside the Birds, hosts Geoff Mosher and Adam Caplan spoke in regards to the severity of the hamstring injury RB Miles Sanders is dealing with.
“We’ve said for a while he’s gonna be out with a lower-body injury and it’s not that bad. What I’m told was it’s a hamstring injury that he’s got. It’s not the least mild one, but also not the most severe," Mosher said.
“I’m told he’s got a hamstring strain. I noticed he was doing a shadow drill [Sunday], which is when you’re mimicking what you’re going to be doing … just doing shadow pass blocking. Well guess what? If he’s got a bad injury, he ain’t doing that," Caplan said. (Inside the Birds)|
FFToday's Take: Hamstring injuries are always worrisome for fantasy owners, but the Eagles have put Sanders on ice for about two weeks; the general consensus is that Sanders will be ready for Week 1. Caplan makes a good point as well; Sanders probably wouldn't be near the field - much less mimicking movements he must make as a running back - if the medical staff thought he was in danger of an aggravation. Continue to view Sanders as a low-end RB1 - one who may come at a discount now.
|Jaguars release Leonard Fournette|
Tried to trade him during the Spring
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 31 2020, 9:22 am
|Jaguars released RB Leonard Fournette. Jaguars did all they could to trade RB Leonard Fournette in the spring and then again this summer. But as Jaguars’ HC Doug Marrone said today: "We couldn't get anything, a fifth, a sixth, anything. We couldn't get anything." (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Heading into the final year of his contract, we heard the trade rumors this off-season but after not being able to strike a deal, Jacksonville is moving on from it's workhorse running back. Chicago could be a landing spot for Fournette now that David Montgomery (groin) is scheduled to miss a 2-4 weeks. You're likely to see a RBBC in Jacksonville as they shift away from a standard workhorse running back.
| Jalen Reagor leaves practice with shoulder injury|
Eagles continue to be bothered by receiver injuries
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 30 2020, 1:20 pm
|#Eagles first-round WR Jalen Reagor left practice early today with a shoulder injury, source said. At this point, there is optimism it isn’t serious, but he’ll undergo tests to be sure and know the full extent of the ailment. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It wouldn't be an NFL season without the Eagles having problems keeping their pass catchers healthy. Alshon Jeffrey (foot) remains on the PUP list. Don't be surprised if Greg Ward sees some early-season run in the offense next to DeSean Jackson.
|Jets add Donte Moncrief to receiving corps|
Jets scrambling at WR
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 29 2020, 9:38 am
|Hurting for veteran depth at wide receiver, the New York Jets have agreed to terms with free agent Donte Moncrief, a league source confirmed Saturday. They recently signed Chris Hogan, who already is working with the starters. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: With Breshad Perriman missing practice due to swelling on his knee and rookie Denzel Mims out with a hamstring injury, the Jets have been scrambling at the receiver position this off-season. When Hogan is running with the starters, you know you have issues. The receiving threats to own in this offense are TE Chris Herndon and Jamison Crowder (PPR leagues).
| D'Andre Swift missing practice due to leg injury|
Rookie RB behind the curve
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 29 2020, 7:00 am
|A lingering leg injury that's kept D'Andre Swift off the practice field for more than a week could impact what role the Detroit Lions rookie running back has to start the season.
Swift missed his seventh straight practice Friday because of an injury he suffered Aug. 20 in the third padded practice of the summer. The Lions had been counting on their second-round pick to share the backfield workload with Kerryon Johnson, but Swift's injury, combined with the lack of a formal offseason program, has left him in catch-up mode. (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: This has been the concern for rookies in general as the lack of prep time this off-season is going to affect their opportunites on the field, especially in the early part of the season. Expect to see Johnson as the Week 1 starter and while Swift will no doubt be a big part of the Lions running game, Johnson is becoming a bargain at his current RB43 (9th round) ADP.
|Chiefs RB Darrel Williams on the rise|
Securing role behind CEH
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 28 2020, 7:00 am
|The bigger question at the position was who would be Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s backup. We now have an answer: Darrel Williams, the third-year veteran who was college teammates with Edwards-Helaire at LSU. In splitting most of the first-team repetitions with Edwards-Helaire, Williams has been exceptional at every task in the offense. (The Athletic)|
FFToday's Take: The prevailing wisdom among fantasy owners has been that DeAndre Washington would be the preferred backup to CEH, but it appears Williams is carving out that role. Picking up shares in this offense is never a bad idea so add Williams to your late-round draft options.
| Joe Mixon missing practices|
Dealing with migranes
By: Doug Orth | Aug 27 2020, 6:50 pm
|Bengals RB Joe Mixon - who hasn’t practiced in recent days and wasn’t spotted on the field Wednesday - has been dealing with migraines, source said. Optimism he’ll be back soon, with contract talks ongoing … (NFL Network - Tom Pelissero)|
FFToday's Take: There is some skepticism that Mixon is using migraines as a way to hold out without actually holding out, but that's all it appears to be. The fourth-year back is well-positioned to enjoy a huge season in reality as well as fantasy with Joe Burrow pulling the trigger and a plethora of quality receivers capable of stretching the field. Assuming he can get his migranes under control, he should be well worth a pick at the end of the first round of fantasy drafts.
|Big Ben feeling confident about elbow|
Says surgically repaired elbow feels "really good"
By: Doug Orth | Aug 27 2020, 6:20 pm
|Ben Roethlisberger said his elbow feels "really good." Says he went three days in a row last week. "I definitely need to give it some time to rest that one day off every so often out of general fatigue and soreness. It's amazing how fast it bounces back and feels great the next day." (ESPN - Brooke Pryor)|
FFToday's Take: The Athletic's Mark Kaboly reported Roethlisberger even scrapped his regular throwing schedule since "there has been no pain in the elbow." No fantasy owner should be expecting anything close to a repeat of his 675 pass attempts when he was last (mostly) healthy in 2018, but it would not be the least bit surprising if he finished as a low-end QB1 on an offense with so much firepower. Fantasy owners should not hesitate making him their QB2 if he is still on the board after the 10th round.
| David Montgomery expected to miss 2-4 weeks|
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 27 2020, 11:00 am
|#Bears starting RB David Montgomery, who went down in practice yesterday with a groin injury, is expected to be out 2-4 weeks, source said. That gives him a chance of being out on the field for the opener vs. the #Lions. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Despite being locked in a starting running Montgomery has a poor outlook by fantasy owners given his poor showing last season (242-889-6; 25-185-1) when he finished as the RB24 in PPR leagues and RB33 in FPts/G. Expect his current ADP (RB23) to fall in drafts this weekend.
| Deebo Samuel rehab report: running sprints|
Recovering from broken foot
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 26 2020, 8:29 pm
|At a minimum, it seems increasingly likely that Deebp Samuel will be on the 53-man roster in September instead of on an injury list that would have wiped away the first half of his season. It’s possible that Samuel will be on the active roster but not in uniform for the Cardinals game. (The Athletic)|
FFToday's Take: Samuel began running sprints and doing some change of direction in practice today. 49ers beat writer Matt Barrows stated that recent images of Samuel's foot show better than expected healing. He's fallen to WR37 in 12-team PPR leagues which is understandable given the nature of the injury suffered in June.
| David Montgomery leaves practice with groin injury|
Slipped when taking a handoff
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 26 2020, 1:21 pm
|Bears coach Matt Nagy says he does not know the severity of David Montgomery's groin injury, but @AdamSchefter reports the team is optimistic. Awaiting further test results. (Jeff Dickerson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: As seen in the video, Montgomery is in obvious pain after slipping and grabbing his left leg. Groin injuries can be tricky and could lead to an extended absence. Right now, Tarik Cohen, Cordarrelle Patterson, Ryan Nall and rookie Artavis Pierce are all taking reps at the running back position. It's likely the Bears would sign a free agent if Montgomery is to miss significant time.
|Miles Boykin poised to flourish in Ravens offense|
Second-year receiver impressing with fundamentals and work ethic
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 26 2020, 10:48 am
|Miles Boykin, a third-round pick from a year ago, has become one of the Ravens' most improved offensive players with his route-running. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Boykin, the 13th wide receiver selected in the 2019 draft, had a similar start to training camp last year before disappearing in the regular season. But this camp he's been the perfect complement to the blazing speed of Marquise "Hollywood" Brown, giving Lamar Jackson a big 6-foot-4 target with a huge catch radius. Look for him as a late-round add in redrafts.
| Nick Foles leading QB competition in Chicago|
Mitchell Trubisky a close second in race to be Bears top signal caller
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 26 2020, 8:05 am
|Nick Foles didn't "run away with the day," but Mitchell Trubisky truly struggled with his accuracy. Other than an interception, only one other throw was off the mark for Foles, while Trubisky had at least six passes get away from him. (NBC Sports)|
FFToday's Take: There’s no question Foles was (and probably is) the better quarterback -- so it will be interesting to see how Trubisky responds after two straight underwhelming practices. If you're taking a shot at any Bears QB in the final draft rounds of a large league that would necessitate that, make it Foles.
| Keke Coutee has stress fracture in foot|
Titans WR in danger of missing 53-man roster
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 26 2020, 7:59 am
|Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) on Twitter: "Texans WR Keke Coutee sidelined past few practices with minor stress fracture in foot, per league source. Rest should remedy situation and is not considered a long-term injury." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With DeAndre Hopkins gone, many pundits assumed each of the Texans talented WRs would have more opportunities to shine, including Keke Coutee, who's had trouble keeping on the field in his career. These injuries tend to be a problem for longer than a week-to-week designation, so this development drops Coutee off the redraft radar.
|David Montgomery slimmer and trimmer|
Attributes healthier eating to sleeker physique
By: Doug Orth | Aug 24 2020, 4:50 pm
|David Montgomery lost around five pounds in the offseason, now weighing in at 218. Montgomery attributes his slimmer physique to a newfound consciousness about the type of food he eats. While he partook in his favorite junk foods as a rookie-spicy beef jerky, swiss cheese and donuts-his new regimen focused on healthy eating.
"I was a lot slower than I know I was capable of moving at," said Montgomery, "and it affected the game. I kind of let myself get in the way of myself as far as what I ate last year. I didn't really care. I was a rookie. I was just eating whatever, but now it's definitely a main focal point in my everyday life. It's just being sure I put the right things in my body so it can carry over to the field." (ChicagoBears.com)|
FFToday's Take: Montgomery had all of the volume (242 carries) he could've asked for as a rookie, but a combination of poor blocking and a relative lack of explosiveness cost him. Chicago didn't give him much help in the offseason, but it sounds like Montgomery intends to do what he can on his end to improve on his 889 rushing yards. With no one else on the roster pushing him for an early-down role and Chicago's defensive expected to bounce back in 2020, he should be a consistent fantasy RB2 based on expected volume alone.
| Diontae Johnson misses fifth straight practice|
Reportedly dealing with a calf strain
By: Doug Orth | Aug 24 2020, 4:40 pm
|Pittsburgh Steelers WR Diontae Johnson missed a fifth consecutive practice with what is reportedly a calf issue Monday, Aug. 24. (DKPittsburghSports - Dale Lolley)|
FFToday's Take: The team isn't required to produce an injury report, so the exact nature of his injury remains a bit of a mystery. Regardless, his absence is costing him valuable reps with Ben Roethlisberger - something he didn't get a lot last season when the quarterback went down for the season in Week 2. Johnson's pursuit of a Year 2 breakout shouldn't be set back too much if he can return soon, and he's still very much considering as a low-end WR3 with significant upside in 2020.
| Kenyan Drake in walking boot|
HC calls move precautionary
By: Doug Orth | Aug 24 2020, 4:30 pm
|Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury on RB Kenyan Drake being in a walking boot today at practice: He said it was more precautionary than anything, wouldn't say it would keep him out of the season opener at 49ers. (Bob McManaman on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Drake took to Twitter shortly after the report and said, "I'm good." He even reminded folks he was in a walking boot around this time last summer. While the situation is one to monitor over the next few days, it doesn't appear to be a big deal. Chase Edmonds would be the next man up and has already proven himself to be a very capable NFL running back, so he would become a high-end RB2 at worst if Drake is forced to miss time for any reason in 2020.
| Mike Williams week-to-week with shoulder injury|
Status for Week 1 not yet determined
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 24 2020, 10:42 am
|#Chargers WR Mike Williams, who left practice with his arm hanging, was diagnosed with a shoulder sprain and is considered week-to-week, source said. His collarbone is intact. At this point, his return to play timeline - and status for the opener -- is not yet determined. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Williams has lost some of his fantasy appeal this season with Tyrod Taylor and rookie Justin Herbert under center. Joe Reed, Jalen Guyton and K.J. Hill will pick up the slack, but for now, the fantasy pass-catching options for the Chargers are limited to Keenan Allen and tight end Hunter Henry.
| Brandon Aiyuk leaves with apparent hamstring injury|
Yet another blow to 49ers receiving corps
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 23 2020, 3:40 pm
|#49ers rookie WR Brandon Aiyuk left practice early with what appeared to be a hamstring injury. He pulled up on a deep route and grabbed back of his left leg. He’s been having a very impressive camp. (Matt Maiocco on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Deebo Samuel on the mend from a foot injury and Jalen Hurd (ACL), Richie James (wrist), Travis Benjamin (opt-out) all out of action the 49ers are digging deep into their depth chart. Dante Pettis is working his way into an increased role out of necessity.
|Ke'Shawn Vaughn looking at kick return duties in Week 1|
Arians comments on rookie RB
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 21 2020, 10:46 am
|Asked about how rookie RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn would be ready to contribute in Week 1, Arians said it could be as a kick returner. Return jobs still wide open, and he said due to touchbacks, punt returner is probably the more important job. Antoine Winfield is an option there. (Greg Auman on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Not the best comment if you've been a Vaughn truther this off-season. The rookie's path to playing time has been getting narrower ever since LeSean McCoy was brought in at the end of July. Ronald Jones appears to be the back to own in Tampa Bay.
| Tyreek Hill leaves practice with hamstring injury|
Walked off on his own
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 20 2020, 12:15 pm
|Tyreek Hill left Chiefs practice about midway through today with apparent leg injury. Walked off on his own. He had just caught a long touchdown pass in a 1 on 1 drill when he pulled up. Sammy Watkins hasn't practiced in several days because of a groin injury. It's a hamstring for Tyreek Hill. DE Alex Okafor has a calf injury (Adam Teicher on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: We don't know the severity of the injury but we should know more in the coming days. Hill is currently one of the top fantasy receivers off the board, typically early in round 2 of redraft PPR leagues.