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Injury Marquess Wilson likely out until midseason
Injury to Bears WR opens door for Santonio Holmes
By: Doug Orth | Aug 18 2014, 3:25 pm

Chicgao Bears
Veteran WR Santonio Holmes has a good chance to be more than a stopgap for the Chicago Bears if he shows enough over the next couple weeks to make the roster. Marquess Wilson — the smooth, speedy offseason standout who had been in line for the Bears' No. 3 receiver job — is likely to be sidelined until at least midseason. Wilson broke his collarbone in three places when he was injured in practice two weeks ago. He had surgery Aug. 5 and the initial timeline for recovery was set at 12 to 14 weeks. (USA Today)

FFToday's Take: It's not a crippling blow to the Bears' high-powered offense, but it is a notable one. Wilson figured to be able to stretch the field and make teams think twice before overcommitting to Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Holmes' career has been sidetracked due to injury, although he has a great opportunity to contribute if he can nail down the No. 3 job in Chicago. He's off the redraft radar for now, but don't forget about him either.
Injury Jamaal Charles out tonight, bruised foot
Didn't make trip to Carolina
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 17 2014, 5:11 pm

Kansas City Chiefs
Jamaal Charles will not play tonight for Chiefs vs. Carolina. Hearing it's a bruised foot. Didn't make trip to Charlotte. (Adam Teicher via Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Chiefs beat reporter went on to say the team doesn't consider the injury to be serious. Knile Davis is expected to get the start in Kansas City's second preseason game against the Panthers.
Injury Shorts feels "rusty" in return to practice
First real practice since April
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 17 2014, 1:36 pm

Jacksonville Jaguars
Jaguars standout receiver Cecil Shorts used the same word four times to describe his first practice in over three weeks. Rusty. "It felt good to be back out there with the guys," Shorts said. "I'm definitely rusty. So, I've got to continue to work and to not get frustrated. I understand this is really my first practice since April." (Florida Times-Union)

FFToday's Take: Shorts has missed a good chunk of the preseason with hamstring issues but hopes to be ready for Week 1. He'll be monitored closely and any setback over the next couple weeks will certainly cause his ADP to plunge even further. His injury risk has caused him to drop into the 11th-round (WR52) in standard scoring 12-team leagues.
Injury Pead likely out for season with ACL injury
Rams RB suffers injury on kick return
By: Doug Orth | Aug 17 2014, 7:30 am

St. Louis Rams
It looks like the Rams have lost running back Isaiah Pead for the season with a knee injury. Pead suffered what is believed to be a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee returning a first quarter kickoff after a Packers touchdown. “It’s very tough for him,” coach Jeff Fisher said. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

FFToday's Take: Pead was rounding out the Rams depth chart at running back behind Zac Stacy, Benny Cunningham and rookie Tre Mason. He'll likely be put on IR soon.
Injury Rice's shoulder injury not considered serious
Bruised shoulder
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 17 2014, 7:00 am

Baltimore Ravens
Cornerback Jimmy Smith bruised his chest on the opening series, and running back Ray Rice injured his shoulder. X-rays to both Smith's chest and Rice's shoulder were negative. Neither returned to the game. "It shouldn't be anything too serious," coach John Harbaugh said of Rice's injury (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Rice didn't start in the contest but left after the second series with a bruised shoulder. It appears he will be fine. Rice will miss the first two contests due to his suspension and is currently sporting an ADP of RB24 being taken in the early fifth round of standard scoring 12-team leagues.
Bears give Santonio Holmes a shot
Former Jets' receiver worked out for Bears last week
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 16 2014, 10:46 am

Chicgao Bears
The Chicago Bears agreed to terms with former New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes, a team source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Holmes worked out for the Bears earlier this week. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Holmes found the free agent market cold this off-season but will get a chance to stick with the Bears now that No.3 wideout Marquess Wilson is out with a broken collarbone. Eric Weems was working in the slot for the Bears on Thursday night. Holmes is nothing more than a WR5 at this point and will go undrafted in most leagues.
Injury Bucs RB Chalres Sims to have ankle surgery
Expected to miss 12-14 weeks
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 15 2014, 3:14 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Rookie Charles Sims, a third-round draft pick, is expected to miss 12-14 weeks because of a right ankle injury that occurred Tuesday and requires surgery, the team announced. The Bucs have not said what the injury is, but that Sims will have surgery on Saturday. Sims walked around in a protective boot on Thursday. (Tampa Tribune)

FFToday's Take: The rookie has been battling with Bobby Rainey and Mike James during camp in hopes of being part of a rotation at running back with starter Doug Martin. Rainey is the favorite to win the No. 2 job but Martin is the only runner to own in this backfield.
Dwayne Bowe suspended one game
Speeding, marijuana possession incident last year
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 15 2014, 12:25 pm

Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe has been suspended one game for substance abuse and will miss the opener against Tennessee, a team source told ESPN on Friday. The suspension stems from an incident on Nov. 10, 2013, when Bowe was pulled over in Riverside, Mo., for speeding and possession of marijuana. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Bowe plead guilty to a lesser charge and this should be the end of his punishment. Bowe's fantasy value has dipped in Andy Reid's offense thanks to his 57 catches, 673 yards, 5 TDs a year ago. There's reason to expect an increase in production from Bowe this season but this suspension will certainly keep his ADP hovering around Round 9 in twelve-team redraft leagues.
Cowboys could get creative with Witten
Romo hints that TE will see time in the slot
By: Doug Orth | Aug 14 2014, 5:30 pm

Dallas Cowboys
Cowboys QB Tony Romo said that ideally, with the offensive line looking so good, he hopes the Cowboys can get TE Jason Witten out in space more and not have to use him as much to help pass protect. The Cowboys were running an abundance of screens as well, and seem to be favoring that element more. (CBS Sports)

FFToday's Take: It is an interesting notion that helped Tony Gonzalez remain so productive in his later years. While Witten isn't quite the athlete Gonzalez is, there should be plenty of opportunities across the middle of the field with Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams occupying so much defensive attention. As per usual, Witten should remain a PPR force.
T-Rich making presence felt in Colts' camp
Hoping from bounceback from poor 2013 season
By: Doug Orth | Aug 14 2014, 5:15 pm

Indianapolis Colts
This one probably deserves an asterisk, because at the start of camp, it seemed as though things were touch and go with Trent Richardson. He didn't practice for the first week of camp, sidelined as a precaution because of a hamstring injury suffered in pre-camp workouts. But Richardson made his presence felt after returning, running with the sort of determination and decisiveness that gives the Colts hope he can rebound from a subpar 2013 season. Richardson says he's healthier now than he was entering his two previous pro seasons, and he looks it. (Indianapolis Star)

FFToday's Take: Richardson has drawn a lot of criticism for, among other things, his inability to come anywhere close to matching Donald Brown's production last season. To his credit, he is a more than capable receiver with plenty of power. With Vick Ballard already done for the year and the injury-prone Ahmad Bradshaw as his only capable backup, Richardson may be set up for a massive workload. For that reason alone, he is a more than viable flex option.
Injury Moreno finally getting healthy
HC says RB "starting to look like kind of his old self"
By: Doug Orth | Aug 14 2014, 4:45 pm

Miami Dolphins
Dolphins HC Joe Philbin said RB Knowshon Moreno, back from knee surgery, “is starting to look like kind of his old self” in the running game but stopped short of saying he would play Saturday in Tampa. “I don’t know about the passing game quite yet…. He’s looking better.” (Miami Herald)

FFToday's Take: Moreno missed the bulk of offseason work due to a knee injury (and subsequent scope) and may not have enough time to make up the gap on Lamar Miller. Fortunately for the ex-Bronco, he is a plus-option as a blocker and receiver in the passing game. Miami also figures to run the ball significantly more than it did last season, so if Moreno can make it back and stay healthy, he has a shot at RB4 value in most leagues.
Injury Packers tight end Lyeria has torn MCL, PCL
Knee injury occured in early August
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 14 2014, 7:30 am

Green Bay Packers
Rookie free agent Colt Lyerla, who is out indefinitely with a torn medial collateral ligament and a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, was asked if he'd like to return as a fullback rather than a tight end. "I wouldn't want to be, but I think I could be," replied Lyerla. "I guess it would depend on the offense." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

FFToday's Take: Lyeria is likely headed for the IR or will be released with an injury settlement. The Packers tight end situation is shaping up to be a committee with Brandon Bostick, Richard Rodgers and Andrew Quarless all in the mix. Fantasy owners would be wise to avoid this situation come draft day until a frontrunner becomes apparent.
Marshawn Lynch cleared by police
Seahwaks RB was in hotel room at time of incident
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 14 2014, 7:00 am

Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has been cleared of any involvement in an assault and property damage accusation, the Bellevue, Washington, police department said Wednesday night. The Seahawks called the accusation "bogus" in a one-sentence statement Tuesday. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Lynch was under investigation for an assault and battery claim but wasn't even at the scene. He was in the team hotel room at the time of the incident. Nothing to see here. Lynch remains a back-end Round 1 fantasy running back.
Injury Drew Brees participates in practice
First action since injuring oblique
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 13 2014, 7:07 pm

New Orleans
The New Orleans Saints quarterback participated in some individual passing drills with the quarterbacks and receivers Wednesday for the first time since the injury. However, it still appears likely that the Saints will keep Brees out of Friday's preseason tussle with the Tennessee Titans. (NFL.com)

FFToday's Take: Drew Brees is one player who does not need to play much in the preseason to be effective. Seeing him return to practice this week is a great sign that he will be ready prior to the start of the regular season. At this point, there is no reason to downgrade the Saints quarterback in your rankings.
Megatron wearing splint on finger
Lions' wideout had surgery on finger after 2013 season
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 13 2014, 6:48 pm

Detroit Lions
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson confirmed to ESPN.com on Wednesday that he has received a fabricated splint to put on his once-injured finger for protective purposes only. Johnson had surgery on his injured finger after the 2013 season and declined to provide more details about the splint or the finger following practice Wednesday. It is unclear how often Johnson plans to wear the fabricated splint. (ESPN.com)

FFToday's Take: As the article indicates, the splint is for protective purposes only. Calvin Johnson is the most dominate wide receiver in the NFL today with or without a splint on his finger. Still, it is worth watching throughout the rest of the preseason to see how often he wears the splint and if it affects his ability to catch the ball.
Marshawn Lynch may play Friday
First game since ending holdout
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 13 2014, 2:08 pm

Seattle Seahawks
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said during an appearance on KJR-AM this morning that tailback Marshawn Lynch may play Friday in the team’s second preseason game against the San Diego Chargers. “You may see a little bit of Marshawn in this game,” Carroll said. “We”ll see how this week wraps up.” (Seattle Times)

FFToday's Take: Marshawn Lynch probably won't see too many carries against the Chargers if he does play. Nonetheless, it is a good sign to see him in shape and ready to get after it on the field after holding out. 'Beast Mode' is also being investigated over allegations of a potential assault this past weekend but police have not formally linked the Seahawks running back to the incident. Fantasy owners should certainly check back for updates but for now he remains a first round investment on draft day.
Injury Maclin leaves practice with hamstring injury
Still hopes to play in Friday's preseason game
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 13 2014, 1:00 pm

Philadelphia Eagles
Jeremy Maclin cut Wednesday's practice with the Patriots short after he said his left hamstring "grabbed" on him. The Eagles wide receiver had just caught a long touchdown pass from Nick Foles during team drills when he walked to the sideline and was visibly upset. He met briefly with trainer Chris Peduzzi and then stood on the sideline for the rest of practice. (Philly.com)

FFToday's Take: Maclin missed time earlier in camp due to "sore legs" and missed the entire 2013 season with an ACL injury. He has a huge opportunity to be a fantasy stud working in Chip Kelly's offense but he comes with a high injury risk. Maclin is currently sporting an ADP of 6.01 (WR25) in 12-team redraft leagues.
Injury Foster, Johnson return to practice for Texans
Both battling hamstring injuries
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 13 2014, 10:45 am

Houston Texans
The Texans had some familiar faces back on Wednesday morning. Inside linebacker Brian Cushing returned to the active roster off the physically unable to perform list. Running back Arian Foster and wide receiver Andre Johnson also returned to practice after missing two weeks due to hamstring injuries. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: The Texans have been hush-hush about the true nature of Foster's injury but it's expected to be of the hamstring variety. No word yet on if either Foster or Johnson will play in Houston's second preseason game against the Falcons on Saturday.
DeMarco Murray has "bellcow" traits
Cowboys HC Jason Garrett says RB is "leader of committee"
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 13 2014, 10:25 am

Dallas Cowboys
Coach Jason Garrett said he sees DeMarco Murray as "the leader of a committee" in the Cowboys' backfield, but that he has "bellcow traits." (@Jason LaCanfora on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Despite what Garrett is saying, you should view Murray as an RB1 and possible first-round selection in fantasy drafts. There are very few RBs in the league who aren't part of some type of committee.
Injury Gronk may not be available for week 1
Returning from ACL injury
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 12 2014, 7:17 pm

New England Patriots
From time to time throughout the offseason, reports have emerged that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will be ready to go (or words to that effect) on Week One after suffering a torn ACL late in the 2013 regular season. Given his slow return from a broken arm last season, that seemed overly optimistic. Gronkowski’s fairly slow start to camp has made it seem like much less than a sure thing. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Gronkowski’s anticipated Week One availability sits at 50-50, with perhaps a shade above the even-money proposition. (ProFootballTalk.com)

FFToday's Take: This shouldn't come as a total surprise to seasoned fantasy owners. Gronkowski remains a high risk/high reward player and news of him potentially missing the first week only echoes that sentiment.
Injury Bucs RB Charles Sims suffers ankle injury
Expected to miss a day or two
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 12 2014, 7:00 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bucs RB Charles Sims "hurt his ankle a little bit'' during practice Tuesday, per coach Lovie Smith. He could miss a day or two recovering (Roy Cummings via Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Sims was helped to the trainers room but the injury doesn't appear to be serious at this time. The rookies is competing for playing time with Bobby Rainey behind starter Doug Martin.
Seahawks call Lynch allegations "bogus"
Police investigation continues
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 12 2014, 5:15 pm

Seattle Seahawks
Allegations of assault and personal property damage made against star running back Marshawn Lynch are “bogus,” the Seahawks said Tuesday. “While we maintain the utmost respect for the investigative process, after speaking with Marshawn, we are comfortable these accusations are bogus,’’ the statement read. (Seattle Times)

FFToday's Take: Lynch was reportedly being investigated yesterday for an incident that allegedly occurred early Sunday morning. At this point there is no real information about Lynch's involvement and thus no reason to panic. The investigation by police continues.
Injury Aaron Dobson off PUP list, in full pads
Pats receiver recovering from foot injury
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 12 2014, 5:00 pm

New England Patriots
WR Aaron Dobson was in full pads for today's practice. He was planting and cutting on either foot while running routes against air, but did not participate in team drills or in 1-on-1 drills against the Eagles defensive backs. (Boston.com)

FFToday's Take: Dobson is obviously not a full-go yet and there's no timetable for him to return to full contact. He's not worth speculating on in redraft leagues at this point until his injury status becomes clear.
Texans release three running backs
Grimes and Blue will backup Foster
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 11 2014, 7:00 pm

Houston Texans
The Texans have released running backs Andre Brown, Dennis Johnson and Tim Cornett. Brown, 27, was expected to be Arian Foster’s backup this season. Cornett attended North Shore High School and was a longshot to make the team. (Houston Chronicle)

FFToday's Take: Jonathan Grimes and rookie Alfred Blue passed Brown on the depth chart during camp and become the immediate backups to Foster. Grimies rushed for 73 yards, 1 TD and hauled in 6 catches for 76 yards in two games last season.
Injury WR Marvin Jones sidelined with broken foot
Expected to miss as much as 5-6 weeks
By: Doug Orth | Aug 11 2014, 6:05 pm

Cincinnati Bengals
The big injury has finally hit the Bengals this preseason when they revealed Monday that WR Marvin Jones had a pin put in his fifth metatarsal, indicating some kind of fracture that HC Marvin Lewis says will keep him out “a couple of weeks.” Jones could be out at least five weeks and probably six. WR Mohamed Sanu, the man that replaces Jones in the starting lineup, had a similar injury with five weeks left in the 2012 season and was lost for the year and he didn’t play in the postseason. (Bengals.com)

FFToday's Take: Jones' fantasy stock likely took a bit of a hit when new run-centric OC Hue Jackson took over for Jay Gruden this offseason, but this news takes a lot of luster off a player that had some low-end fantasy WR3 appeal. It is a bit ironic that Sanu suffered a similar injury last season and stands to benefit the most from his absence. Consider Jones as a late-round flyer at best now and Sanu as a late-round sleeper if Jones is eventually placed on the PUP list.
Injury Gronk does 7-on-7 work for the first time
Continues his return from ACL, MCL surgeries
By: Doug Orth | Aug 11 2014, 4:40 pm

New England Patriots
Rob Gronkowski involved in 7-on-7 work at practice today. First time he's been out there for that. (Tom Curran on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: He wore a non-contact jersey, but any progress for one of the game's best tight ends is good news. Although we have yet to receive any definitive timetable regarding his return to game action - and probably won't since we are talking about New England here - but Week 1 appears to be a reason assumption. Gronkowski is potentially the biggest risk-reward player in fantasy again this season.
Marshawn Lynch under investigation
Alleged assault and personal property damage
By: Doug Orth | Aug 11 2014, 4:30 pm

Seattle Seahawks
Bellevue police officers are investigating Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch after receiving an “allegation of an assault and personal property damage” from a female victim at a Bellevue apartment, according to a news release from the department. According to police, the alleged incident was reported to have occurred early Sunday morning, but “no domestic violence or sexual assault was involved in the allegation.” Bellevue police have assigned the case to a detective and it is under investigation. (Seattle Times)

FFToday's Take: Lynch doesn't exactly have a spotless off-field record, so owners shouldn't dismiss this report until the authorities do the same. Likely in his final season with the Seahawks, any missed time by Lynch would result in a spike of playing time - and fantasy stock - for Christine Michael and Robert Turbin.
Injury HOU hopeful Foster can play return Saturday
Team optimistic about Andre Johson's return as well
By: Doug Orth | Aug 11 2014, 4:20 pm

Houston Texans
Arian Foster (hamstring) and Andre Johnson (hamstring) again missed practice Monday. But the duo put in hard work on a side field while rehabbing from injuries and coach Bill O’Brien said he’s hopeful they can play Saturday against Atlanta at NRG Stadium. “I’ve spoken to both those guys. They’re doing better,” O’Brien said. “It’s a long season and our trainers are doing a great job with them. But it seems like they’ve improved and hopefully they can do something this week.” (Houston Chronicle)

FFToday's Take: As Houston showed in its preseason opener, its offense doesn't stand much of a chance without its two stars. Foster is very much a risk-reward RB2 that is coming off season-ending back surgery and has dealt with hamstring issues before. His owners would be wise to make a move for Jonathan Grimes just in case of a setback. Johnson's value figures to take a slight hit with Ryan Fitzpatrick as his quarterback, but he is still more than a serviceable fantasy WR2 at age 33.
Injury Newton, Stewart back practicing for Panthers
Both expected to play in next preseason game
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 10 2014, 10:10 pm

Carolina Panthers
Despite the wet conditions Sunday afternoon, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and running back Jonathan Stewart were on the field with the first-team offense together. Rivera said Newton’s workload will increase now after he did little during Wednesday and Thursday’s practices. He sat out Friday’s exhibition, but Rivera said he expects Newton, Stewart and running back DeAngelo Williams to play next Sunday against the Chiefs. (Charlotte Observer)

FFToday's Take: Newton's been very limited after ankle surgery in March but he should be full go moving forward. Jonathan Stewart has missed the last couple weeks with a hamstring injury. His injury history is long and even if he makes it through the rest of the preseason healthy, he can't be valued as anything more than a late-round flier for your fantasy team.
Martellus Bennett rejoins Bears Sunday
TE says he has learned his lesson
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 10 2014, 10:00 pm

Chicgao Bears
Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett rejoined teammates Sunday at Olivet Nazarene University, six days after the club levied an unspecified fine and indefinite suspension. Bennett's punishment stemmed from a fight at practice last Monday with teammate Kyle Fuller. "I think I could've handled the situation differently," Bennett said. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Bennett missed the team's first preseason game against the Eagles but is back at camp and expected to play against Jacksonville this week. Bennett is one of the key weapons in the Bears pass offense and remains a high-end TE2 in fantasy leagues.
Coughlin wants Giants offense to move quicker
Mixed results after two preseason games
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 9 2014, 10:30 pm

New York Giants
It has hardly been a secret at Giants training camp practices that they intend to run a faster offense this season. Ben McAdoo's new West Coast-style offense is supposed to run with speed and rhythm. "I think, quite frankly, [the offense] does need to have rhythm. It does have to have more speed to it," Coughlin said. "But we've got more time to work on that." (NJ.com)

FFToday's Take: Through two preseason games the Giants offense has been at best inconsistent. Eli Manning has yet to throw the ball further than 10 yards. Running back Rashad Jennings didn't scamper 73 yards for a touchdown Saturday night but a better showing next week against the Colts would be a welcome sight. It's very possible the Giants key offensive weapons will struggle early in the season until the new McAdoo offense sinks in.
Fitzpatrick struggles in preseason opener
Texans QB played much of the first half
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 9 2014, 10:00 pm

Houston Texans
The Ryan Fitzpatrick-era opened with a sinking thud Saturday, as the Texans’ veteran quarterback completed just 6-of-14 passes for 55 yards, two interceptions and an abysmal 14.6 passer rating during the first half against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Fitzpatrick, 31, guided the Texans to back-to-back three-and-outs to open the game, then threw an interception to Arizona linebacker Marcus Benard to end the Texans’ final drive of the first half. (Houston Chronicle)

FFToday's Take: The Texans played without running back Arian Foster and wide receiver Andre Johnson (hamstring) and many teams won't put their best foot forward in preseason but this being a new offense under a new head coach, it would be nice to see Fitzpatrick display some success before Week 1. He has three more games to right the ship.
Nelson "superlative" in Packers camp
Cobb has "looked rather common"
By: Doug Orth | Aug 7 2014, 3:40 pm

Green Bay Packers
After closely observing Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb during the first two weeks of training camp, it's become clearer than ever that GM Ted Thompson, coach Mike McCarthy and VP Russ Ball prioritized correctly at wide receiver. Nelson has established himself as a great player. His day-in, day-out superlative play in practice this summer only reaffirmed his primacy in Green Bay. But based on the small sample size of the opening 10 practices of camp, Cobb has looked rather common based on his 2012 level of play. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

FFToday's Take: It has been speculated that rookie second-rounder Davante Adams' future might be in the slot, which could make this something of a make-or-break year for Cobb in Green Bay as he enters the final season of his rookie contract. Nelson's camp performance should come as no surprise; he is one of the most efficient receivers in football and should be poised for another mid-level WR1 season as Aaron Rodgers' most dependable target.
Injury Montee Ball released from hospital
Still expected to be ready for season opener
By: Doug Orth | Aug 7 2014, 3:10 pm

Denver Broncos
Broncos RB Montee Ball was released from a local hospital and was recovering at his Denver-area home Wednesday, two days after undergoing an appendectomy. The first week after any surgical procedure always is the toughest, and it's uncertain whether Ball will be able to attend the Broncos' preseason opener Thursday night. There is hope Ball will be able to get a tuneup carry or two in the Broncos' third preseason game, although that might be ambitious. The Broncos are confident Ball will play in their season opener Sept. 7, however. (Denver Post)

FFToday's Take: It would be unwise for the Broncos to push Ball to play in the third preseason game, since he has little to gain and a lot to lose. Owners need to keep expectations in check for the first week or two of the regular season as well since he may just be getting back into "football shape" at that point. Ronnie Hillman is expected to start Thursday's preseason opener.
Pierce has been best back in Ravens' camp
Expects to be featured through first two weeks
By: Doug Orth | Aug 7 2014, 3:05 pm

Baltimore Ravens
Bernard Pierce has been the best running back in camp. He played in a similar running scheme in college, and he has had the best transition to Kubiak's stretch, zone-blocking runs. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: With Ray Rice sitting out two weeks due to suspension, Pierce is going to have a grand opportunity to make some noise. At worst, he should be able to be the Ben Tate to Rice's Arian Foster in new OC Gary Kubiak's backfield. However, if he shows well against Cincinnati and Pittsburgh in Weeks 1 and 2, he has a realistic shot at overtaking Rice for lead-back duties. As a result, Pierce is a high-upside RB4.
Injury TE Eric Ebron misses practice
First rounder watching practice in shorts
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 6 2014, 7:40 pm

Detroit Lions
ALLEN PARK -- It appears first-round draft pick Eric Ebron will not be available for Wednesday night's practice at Ford Field. Ebron took the field in a hat and shorts, while teammates were in full pads and helmets. It's unclear why Ebron missed the workout, but the best bet is he's dealing with some kind of injury. (mlive.com)

FFToday's Take: No word yet on why Detroit's talented first rounder is not practicing. However, it is a night practice so an update may be coming once the team finishes up on the practice field.
Injury Tony Romo to sit against Chargers
Cowboys playing it safe
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 6 2014, 5:52 pm

Dallas Cowboys
SAN DIEGO -- Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett confirmed that quarterback Tony Romo will not play in Thursday's preseason opener against the San Diego Chargers.Romo will make his preseason debut Aug. 16 against the Baltimore Ravens at AT&T Stadium. With Romo sitting, Brandon Weeden will start. (ESPN.com)

FFToday's Take: The Cowboys have been consistent in not pushing Romo (back surgery) back into action too quickly. Dallas' franchise quarterback is practicing and will get a few days off this weekend. Fantasy owners are being cautious with the 34-year old quarterback, taking him outside the top 100 picks according to MDC. If healthy, he will be a nice value option to fantasy owners once again in 2014.
Hoyer to start Browns' preseason opener
Johnny Manziel could see snaps with the starters
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 6 2014, 5:40 pm

Cleveland Browns
BEREA, Ohio -- Brian Hoyer will start the Cleveland Browns' preseason opener Saturday in Detroit. "It was [Hoyer's] job," coach Mike Pettine said Wednesday. "He was 'the one' coming into it. We did want to mix the groups up, as we did. But he's done nothing to have that taken away from him, so he'll be out there with the starters." (ESPN.com)

FFToday's Take: Head Coach Mike Pettine also indicated that he would like to name a starter based on the team's first two preseason games. That puts plenty of pressure on both Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel to make a strong impression out of the gates. At this point it appears Hoyer has not lost his job during training camp and would have to struggle in the next few weeks to lose the job prior to the season.
Injury DeSean Jackson leaves practice early
Could miss preseason opener
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 6 2014, 2:45 pm

Washington Redskins
RICHMOND — Early in Wednesday morning’s walkthrough, the horde of fans lining the practice field let out a collective groan. Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson swatted down a pass in his direction, hobbling off the field while favoring his left ankle. Jackson later walked off the field with his ankle wrapped in white tape, watched part of practice from the trainers’ table and did not return. (Washington Times)

FFToday's Take: Head Coach Jay Gruden said Jackson's availability for Thursday night will depend on how his treatment goes. By most accounts it doesn't look like this is a major cause for concern to fantasy owners. Nevertheless, Washington may want to play it safe considering fellow wideout Pierre Garcon (hamstring) has already been ruled out.
Injury Maclin expected to practice today, tomorrow
Sore legs limiting Maclin in camp
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 6 2014, 10:45 am

Philadelphia Eagles
Jeremy Maclin put on all the equipment but didn't practice yesterday, after breaking off his participation early in Monday's workout. Maclin said afterward that his legs are sore, as he works his way back from last year's ACL tear. "I probably could have gone, but I just wasn't 100 percent," he said. He said he expects to practice today and tomorrow and to play in the preseason opener Friday in Chicago. "What you do in rehab's not what you do on the field. No matter what you do, you can't get ready for what you've got going on on the field . . . It's just a little soreness. It'll be knocked out." (Philly.com)

FFToday's Take: Maclin also says that he is expecting to play in Friday's preseason game against the Bears. He has a golden opportunity in Chip Kelly's offense to post career numbers and pick up the slack left by DeSean Jackson. His injury risk is significant and is typically being taken as a high-end WR3 in the 6th round of 12-team leagues.