| Randall Cobb to be ready Week 1|
Packers WR remains a top fantasy option heading into 2015
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 1 2015, 1:15 pm
|An NFL source told FOX Sports on Tuesday that all “indicators” point to Randall Cobb being able to play after he suffered an A/C sprain during Saturday night’s preseason game against Philadelphia. (Fox Sports)|
FFToday's Take: Cobb remains a Top 10 fantasy WR despite the injury, which shouldn't affect his season too much. With Jordy Nelson (torn ACL) out for the season, Cobb is primed to best his career highs in both yardage and receptions.
| Victor Cruz uncertain for Week 1|
Giants WR still nursing calf strain
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 1 2015, 10:40 am
|Victor Cruz maintained that it’s “still the goal” to be on the field Week 1, but left the door open for his nagging calf to keep him out in the opener. (New York Daily News)|
FFToday's Take: This is bad news for Cruz owners. Right now, nobody knows when they’ll see the Giants star on the field again. Cruz is trying to come back from last year’s torn patellar tendon in his right knee, and has been dealing with the calf injury since mid-August, when he still hoped to playing in multiple preseason games. He's an iffy fantasy option heading into 2015, and fellow WR Rueben Randle seems like the safer bet for consistent numbers.
|Joique Bell still atop depth chart|
Lions RB listed as No. 1 -- for now
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 1 2015, 9:50 am
|Joique Bell was activated off the physically unable to perform list Monday, and immediately returned to the first-unit offense ahead of Ameer Abdullah, Zach Zenner, Theo Riddick and George Winn. He was listed first on the depth chart, too, though he is not expected to play in Thursday's preseason finale against Buffalo (Mlive.com)|
FFToday's Take: Bell rushed 223 times for a career-best 860 yards and a team-best seven touchdowns in 2015, eclipsing Reggie Bush (now with San Fran) as the team's primary tailback. A year later, Bell remains in that role to open this season despite some promising early returns from the talented but raw Abdullah and Zenner -- a former standout at South Dakota State. Bell looks like a good bet for consistent numbers over the first half of the season, with Abdullah getting more early-down work as the season progresses.
|DeVante Parker at limited practice on Monday|
Team hopes rookie WR will be available for opener
By: Doug Orth | Aug 31 2015, 7:15 pm
|DeVante Parker returned to the practice field for the first time since undergoing foot surgery in June. The team remains quietly hopefully that Parker, the team’s first-round pick and most dynamic receiver, will be available when the season begins Sept. 13. Nearly three months removed from a procedure to replace a screw in his left foot, Parker was able to practice in a limited capacity Monday. (Miami Herald)|
FFToday's Take: The Dolphins have targeted Week 1 as a possibility all along, so he appears to be right on track. A slow start should be assumed for the No. 14 overall pick, but patient owners willing to roll the dice on Ryan Tannehill's No. 1 receiver of the future around the 10th round could be pleasantly surprised by the return he is able to provide on that investment. Parker drew A.J. Green comparisons during the draft process and should be an immediate factor in the red zone when healthy.
|Raiders waive Trent Richardson|
Carried 15 times for 42 yards in preseason action
By: Doug Orth | Aug 31 2015, 7:00 pm
|Sources: Raiders have cut Trent Richardson. (Bill Williamson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Richardson was once considered the best back to come out of the draft since Adrian Peterson when Cleveland made him the No. 3 overall selection in 2012. Since that time, the former Alabama standout has done virtually nothing to justify that draft pick and even showed up in Oakland overweight when many speculated the Raiders might be his final shot at a NFL gig. He was released in the first wave of cuts, meaning Latavius Murray, Roy Helu and Michael Dyer each soundly outperformed him.
| Julius Thomas likely to undergo finger surgery|
Jags hopeful he can return by Week 4
By: Doug Orth | Aug 31 2015, 6:45 pm
|Jaguars TE Julius Thomas is considering having surgery on his finger, a procedure that would sideline the two-time Pro Bowler for at least four weeks. GM David Caldwell confirmed Monday that Thomas, the team's top free-agent acquisition this past offseason, will receive a second medical opinion Tuesday before deciding whether to undergo the surgery.
A source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Thomas is expected to undergo the surgery. Thomas was injured in Jacksonville's preseason opener earlier this month, but the Jaguars expected him to be ready for their regular-season opener. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: It took Thomas exactly one quarter of one game into his new contract to live up to his injury-prone tag. Florida Times-Union beat writer Ryan O'Halloran tweeted that a "realistic" return date would be Week 4 against the Colts. In the meantime, owners should expect a plethora of targets for Allen Robinson, a few more for Allen Hurns as well as a fair amount of snaps for Marcedes Lewis and Clay Harbor.
|Bills going wth Tyrod Taylor as starting QB |
Running ability makes Taylor an intriguing QB2
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 31 2015, 10:26 am
|Bills are going w Tyrod Taylor as their starting a QB. (Jay Glazer on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Matt Cassel has proven his mediocre abilities, EJ Manuel has failed to impress so head coach Rex Ryan turns to the dual-threat abilities of the unproven Taylor. He's a QB2 for fantasy purposes and will have above-average talent surrounding him once LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and Percy Harvin (hip) recover from their injuries.
|Steelers acquire K Josh Scobee from Jags|
Jags to go with unproven K Jason Myers
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 31 2015, 9:15 am
|The Jaguars have traded kicker Josh Scobee to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Scobee confirmed to Jacksonville radio station 1010 XL on Monday morning. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Steelers have lost two kickers to injury this preseason including Shaun Suisham (ACL) and recently signed Garrett Hartley (hamstring). The Jaguars will now go with NFL newbie Jason Myers at kicker.
|Bills release RB Fred Jackson|
Nine-year career in Buffalo comes to an end
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 31 2015, 9:00 am
|The Buffalo Bills released Fred Jackson on Monday, ending the veteran running back's nine-year career with the team. "Today, we had to make the difficult decision to release Fred Jackson," Bills general manager Doug Whaley said in a statement. "He had an incredible career for this organization for the past 10 years. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The 34-year-old running back missed a couple weeks of camp with hamstring injury but played well in Saturday's preseason game against the Steelers. The Bills still have plenty of running back depth including LeSean McCoy (hamstring) Bryce Brown (hamstring), Anthony Dixon (calf) and rookie Karlos Williams. A few teams are in need of running back help including Dallas and Tennessee.
| Tre Mason "tweaks" his hamstring|
Expected to be ready for Week 1
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 30 2015, 7:25 am
|Against the Colts, running back Tre Mason left late in the first quarter after suffering a hamstring injury. (He had missed time earlier in training camp with a similar injury.) “It was just a little tweak,” Mason said. “It’s nothing too bad. It’s just tight. It got a little sore, so got out of there.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)|
FFToday's Take: The injury doesn't appear to be serious and Mason will likely be held out of the last preseason game in preparation for Week 1. With Todd Gurley on the mend from his ACL injury, Mason is expected to be the opening day starter at running back for the Rams.
| Cobb avoids broken collarbone, more tests today|
Packers WR suffers shoulder injury
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 30 2015, 7:15 am
|Randall Cobb left Saturday's game against the Eagles in the first quarter with a shoulder injury. "I let Doc check it out and we went back and got X-rays. It's not what we think it could've been." Cobb is scheduled for additional tests Sunday. (Packers.com)|
FFToday's Take: The fear was a broken collarbone, but X-rays confirmed that's not the case. An A/C sprain is the likely diagnosis but we won't know for sure until more tests are completed and announced. At this point Cobb should still be drafted as WR1 but fantasy owners should be aware that his shoulder injury may limit him early in the season.
| Steelers' K Hartley not looking good for Wk 1|
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 30 2015, 7:00 am
|Garrett Hartley departed with a right hamstring injury that occurred on his kickoff after his 28-yard field goal. “It didn’t look positive in terms of the opener” at New England Sept. 10, said coach Mike Tomlin about Hartley’s injury. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: Hartley kicked off then promptly limped to sidelines clutching the back of his leg. Expect the team to sign another kicker in the coming days. Hartley should be avoided in all fantasy drafts.
|Kirk Cousins may start Week 1|
Kirk Cousins getting the call
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 29 2015, 10:03 am
|Sources say the plan is not only to start Kirk Cousins tonight in Baltimore, but also week 1 against Miami. (Dianna Marie Russini)|
FFToday's Take: Robert Griffin III suffered a head injury/concussion last week and this may have opened the door for a changing of the guard at the quarterback position. If Cousins plays well tonight against Baltimore, expect to see him under center Week 1. Griffin is off the fantasy radar until further notice.
|Falcons' rookie RB Coleman to start Saturday|
First NFL game action for the first-year back
By: John Canario | Aug 28 2015, 6:20 pm
|Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said Thursday that rookie RB Tevin Coleman is expected to make his preseason debut on Saturday at Miami. Coleman, like teammate Devonta Freeman, has been battling a hamstring injury all month. Freeman's status for Saturday is unclear. The injury situation has stalled what was expected to be an interesting position battle. But if Coleman has a good game this weekend, it could go a long way toward making him the Falcons' feature back, with Freeman playing a change-of-pace role. (Fox Sports)|
FFToday's Take: Coleman, 22, currently has the upper hand on the starting job in Atlanta. The Falcons ranked 24th in rushing last season, and there's hope that Coleman will help improve upon the 93.6 rushing yards they averaged last year.
| Colts' 1st round pick remains out with knee injury|
Rookie WR Dorsett likely to miss tilt with Rams
By: John Canario | Aug 28 2015, 6:05 pm
|Rookie WR Phillip Dorsett (knee contusion) has not practiced all week. Dorsett has worked on the sidelines with trainers doing rehab. He is not expected to be available for the St. Louis Rams game on Saturday night. He could be a game-time decision. (Global Post)|
FFToday's Take: Over the years, there have not been many occasions where teams have three fantasy-relevant wide receivers. However, Andrew Luck just might complete enough passes this season to make one of Phillip Dorsett or Donte Montcrief worth owning, in addition to T.Y. Hilton and Andre Johnson. For now, Montcrief with his health and experience has a leg up, but that could change over the course of the season.
|Raiders' OC raving over Latavius Murray|
Raiders' RB primed for a strong year
By: John Canario | Aug 28 2015, 5:45 pm
|Latavius Murray only has 82 professional carries, but he’s inspired great confidence in the Raiders coaching staff. Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, for one, has become a fan over the last six months. They’ve seen the tools required for success during the offseason program and the preseason. Murray doesn’t need many game reps to validate those sentiments, cemented by the third-year pro’s willingness to work on becoming a well-rounded back. "He’s made very positive impressions,” offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said after Thursday’s practice. “He has been working a lot on his hands so he can be a good receiver out of the backfield, because we don’t want a guy that’s going to be a liability when we go to throw the ball. He’s really been working on that. Of course, he’s got the body and the ability to really be a good player at this level.” (CSN Bay Area)|
FFToday's Take: There are not many 6-foot-3, 230-pound backs who can run the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds. Having secured the starting job in Oakland, Murray is an intriguing option this year, and should be regarded as a high upside RB2.
|WR Wayne feeling "like a rookie" in New England|
Veteran trying to digest Pats' playbook after 14 years in Indy
By: John Canario | Aug 28 2015, 5:30 pm
|Reggie Wayne has spent nearly a decade and a half in pro football, but starting over with the New England Patriots has him feeling differently. "Like a rookie," Wayne said, per the Boston Herald. "They're throwing a lot at me right now. I'm not getting very much sleep. I feel like a rookie all over again." Wayne has his nose deep in the team's offensive playbook, a demanding Erhardt-Perkins scheme that asks plenty of its receivers. New England's attack demands that wideouts make split decisions based on the defensive alignment, something fellow veteran Chad Johnson struggled to figure out. Wayne, by contrast, is one of the more versatile and engaged performers around. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Coming off his two worst fantasy seasons in over a decade, Wayne, 34, is far from a sexy pick. However, he could have an integral role early on with both Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell currently sidelined with injuries. If you draft LaFell, who appears to be a lock to miss some regular season action, it would be wise to grab Wayne as well.
| Emmanuel Sanders still struggling with hamstring|
Kubiak hopes WR will be healthy enough to practice next week
By: John Canario | Aug 28 2015, 4:45 pm
|For the second straight year, Pro Bowl receiver Emmanuel Sanders is missing a good chunk of summer practice with a leg injury. Last year, it was a strained thigh that sidelined him for 1 1/2 weeks. This time, it’s a pulled right hamstring. Sanders isn’t expected to play in either of Denver’s remaining exhibition games although coach Gary Kubiak said he hopes to have him back on the field next week. “He ran yesterday and everything was positive, there were no setbacks,” Kubiak said Thursday. “I’m hoping tomorrow he gets some throwing in with Peyton after our jog-through or whatever we end up doing in the morning. I think everything’s on schedule for him to be a full-time participant next week.” (Denver CBS Local)|
FFToday's Take: Despite missing so much time last preseason, Sanders turned in a career year in 2014 with 1404 yards and 9 TDs. If he can get healthy again, similar totals are not out of the question this year, though many have speculated that the Broncos' new offense will emphasize the run more.
|RB David Cobb won't play against KC|
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 28 2015, 9:45 am
|Titans RB David Cobb (calf) did not travel with the team to Kansas City. (Jason Wolf on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Bishop Sankey will get the start in the teams dress rehearsal for the regular season. We'll also see a lot of Antonio Andrews is Cobb's absence. Sankey's fine showing in last week's preseason game puts a damper on Cobb's hype in upside in the fantasy football community. Sankey and Cobb are both being drafted in the middle of Round 8 in standard 12-team leagues.
|Murray doesn't expect to alternate series at RB|
Rushing champ claims Eagles' rotation hasn't been decided yet
By: Doug Orth | Aug 27 2015, 4:45 pm
|On Tuesday, DeMarco Murray was asked how he expects the rotation to play out. Will the RBs alternate series? Will they spell one another during a drive?
"I don't think it will be alternating series," Murray said. "But [Ryan Mathews] is a quality back, great guy, works extremely hard. I'm sure he'll get his fair share of touches. But I don't know how the rotation will be yet, we haven't touched on it."
Murray explained that against the Ravens, the Eagles were just trying to get all three top running backs time with the first-team offense. (CSN Philly)|
FFToday's Take: It is almost inconceivable that Philadelphia hasn't discussed the backfield situation yet, but this week's dress-rehearsal preseason game should give us a clue into how HC Chip Kelly intends to utilize Murray, Mathews and Darren Sproles. One possible outcome could be that Murray starts and cedes one series per half and most early-down relief work to Mathews while Sproles handles most of the third down work. As such, Murray should probably be treated as a low-end RB1 at most.
| Rex: Bills "cautiously optimistic" about McCoy|
By: Doug Orth | Aug 27 2015, 4:40 pm
|HC Rex Ryan has the media answer whether LeSean McCoy will be ready for the opener.
All together now: "Cautiously optimistic!" (Buffalo Bills on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: In typical Rex fashion, he was able to sidestep an injury question with humor. The fact that Ryan didn't come a little closer to guaranteeing his availability for the opener should be cause for concern for his owners, however, and could rightfully result in a drop of his ADP as a result. McCoy has seemingly been hurt since the day he arrived in Buffalo, so drafters would be wise not to view him as a fantasy RB1. Fred Jackson and rookie Karlos Williams appear to be next in line.
|Martavis Bryant facing four-game suspension|
Suspension under appeal
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 27 2015, 2:40 pm
|Steelers WR Martavis Bryant is facing 4-game suspension for violating Substance Abuse Policy, per league sources. Suspension under appeal. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Markus Wheaton has been running with the first team this preseason and know we know why. Bryant's early 5th-round ADP will certainly take a tumble in the coming days while Wheaton's 10-round ADP will be on the rise. The Steelers will be without Le'Veon Bell and Bryant to start the season.
|K Barth agrees to rejoin Bucs|
Tampa showing little faith in Pat Murray
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 26 2015, 9:30 pm
|TAMPA, Fla. - Connor Barth is coming back to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The place-kicker took to Twitter to announce he has agreed to terms with the team with which he has spent most of his NFL career.
FFToday's Take: The Buccaneers moved quickly to improve their kicking situation after Pat Murray missed an extra point a few days earlier. Connor Barth was cut by Denver earlier today and now rejoins the team that he kicked for during the 2009-12 seasons. Tampa Bay's offense will need to show marked improvement in order for Barth to crack the top ten fantasy kickers in 2015.
|Roy Helu Jr. returns to practice|
Del Rio not handing him a role just yet
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 26 2015, 9:00 pm
|Running back Roy Helu Jr. returned to practice Wednesday after missing most of training camp. Helu has missed all but a couple of days of training camp with a hamstring injury. He was expected to be the team’s third-down running back, but Del Rio wasn’t in the mood to give him that title Wednesday.
“Right now, he’s got to create a role,” Del Rio said. “Right now, he’s been on the shelf and been unable to do anything for us.”
FFToday's Take: Roy Helu (hamstring) has plenty of upside in the new look Oakland offense. Once up to full speed he'll be competing for carries against starter Latavius Murray and Trent Richardson. Murray has not proved himself over a full slate of games and Trent Richardson has been underwhelming in each of the past two seasons. Helu's pass-catching skills make him a natural fit for third down snaps. Consider him a late round flier in PPR leagues and somebody to keep an eye on in standard scoring.
| Rodgers calls for young WRs to 'make the jump'|
Third wideout an important role within the offense
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 26 2015, 6:46 pm
|Aaron Rodgers wants to see more. More plays, more crispness and more consistency from the young receivers on the roster who are moving up in the pecking order following Jordy Nelson’s season-ending injury. “The third receiver is going to get some opportunities,” Rodgers said. “We have a talented two-headed run game, a great offensive line. We’re going to have great balance this year."
FFToday's Take: The Packers seem to be fine with allowing the talent currently in camp to fill the void created by Jordy Nelson's injury. Aaron Rodgers can make an unknown receiver a weekly fixture in fantasy lineups so it will be worth monitoring the battle for the last two receiver openings over the next two weeks. With Davante Adams moving from third to second on the depth chart, Ty Montgomery is the front runner to secure the third spot.
| Johnny Manziel unlikely to play vs. Bucs|
Misses practice again Wednesday
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 26 2015, 6:12 pm
|Johnny Manziel missed practice again with a sore throwing elbow on Wednesday. Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine said there was no structural damage to the quarterback's elbow, but added it's looking like Manziel will miss Saturday's preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, per the team's official website. "He's still experiencing a little soreness," Pettine said. "It hasn't bounced back. Err on side of caution."
FFToday's Take: Josh McCown will enter the year as the team's starter with Johnny Manziel waiting in the wings to take over the starting gig. Now being kept out of action with a sore elbow, Manziel's fantasy stock remains relatively low for 2015. He has looked much better in the pocket and his effective scrambling capabilities add to his fantasy appeal if given a shot this year.
| Edelman unsure if he'll be cleared for Week 1|
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 26 2015, 6:00 pm
|The Patriots wide receiver remains uncertain if he'll suit up against Pittsburgh after suffering a leg injury at the start training camp. Since injuring the leg on Aug. 2, Edelman has been limited to mental reps while awaiting medical clearance from team doctors. The "feeling," according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, is that the seventh-year pass-catcher is close to returning. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Teammate Brandon LaFell is a candidate to land on the PUP list to open the year so the team will be extremely cautious with Julian Edelman's return. News casting doubt on his Week 1 availability will likely see his fantasy stock fall even further over the coming week. With a suppressed draft day price tag and a high target option, Edelman represents a moderate mid round risk worth taking in PPR formats. However, his value in traditional leagues does not present nearly as much upside and should see him fall into the sixth round or later.
|Broncos release K Connor Barth|
Brandon McManus has likely won the kicking job
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 26 2015, 10:41 am
|To make room for two-time Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis, the Broncos on Wednesday released kicker Connor Barth, the team announced. Barth took over as the team's starting kicker in the last five weeks of the season last season and made 15 of his 16 field-goal attempts and all 15 PATs. The move means Brandon McManus has likely won the kicking and kicking-off job for the Broncos. (Denver Post)|
FFToday's Take: Fantasy owners that have already drafted Barth can safely drop him for McManus. Barth's short kickoffs ultimately doomed his roster spot. McManus struggled last season making only 69 of his kicks (9 for 13) before losing his job but has showed well thus far in camp.
|Andre Williams could be atop depth chart|
Second-year Giants RB making moves to supplant Rashad Jennings
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 25 2015, 10:55 am
|Dan Graziano reports that "it's not out of the question that Andre Williams overtakes Rashad Jennings for the Giants' starting running back job at some point this season, possibly even at the start."
"I'm just really working on staying patient this year," Williams said. "Not just 'go-go-go' as soon as you see the first hole, but remembering what's supposed to happen and waiting to make sure it's time to go. That's not an easy thing when you're working at game speed, but it's important."
FFToday's Take: Williams has been watching tape of Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell, who established himself last year as one of the most patient runners in the league. Jennings said several times last year that the biggest thing Williams had to learn was to slow down and be patient, trust his blockers and the play. Williams is looking more and more like a late-round steal and could supplant Jennings before Week 1.
|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.