| Carson Wentz could miss rest of preseason|
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 13 2016, 2:00 pm
|One day after it was revealed that their franchise offensive tackle will likely be suspended 10 games this upcoming season after testing positive for PEDs, the Eagles announced Saturday that rookie quarterback Carson Wentz has a hairline fracture in his rib. "The scan revealed a hairline fracture in his ribs. We do not know an exact timetable for his return, but we hope to have him back before the end of the preseason." (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Wentz wasn't expected to win the starting job out of camp but this will cement Sam Bradford as the Week 1 starter. This injury shouldn't prevent Wentz making a start or two near the end of the season. With a new system in place and average talent at the skill positions, the Eagles are quickly becoming a team to avoid for fantasy owners.
| Jeff Janis has fracture in right hand|
Could miss significant time
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 13 2016, 10:00 am
|Green Bay Packers receiver Jeff Janis could miss significant time the rest of this preseason because of the hand injury he suffered in practice on Wednesday.
According to a source, Janis sustained a fracture to at least one of the bones in his right hand.
Janis did not play in Friday's preseason game against the Cleveland Browns and was not seen on the sidelines during the game or in the locker room afterward. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Janis has been tabbed as a potential breakout candidate by some fantasy pundits but this injury will cool his buzz. Outside of Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, the next man up in the Packers receiving corps remains a work in progress. Davante Adams will get the first crack at earning the job.
|Amari Cooper dealt with plantar fasciitis in 2015|
Played through "foot injury" for most of rookie season
By: Doug Orth | Aug 11 2016, 4:10 pm
|As a rookie, WR Amari Cooper provided the Raiders with the hope that he can be among the game's finest. And yet, he can barely watch the game tape from 2015, because he doesn't recognize himself. Why? Cooper played most of last year with plantar fasciitis - never complaining, rarely practicing, still performing. So brace yourself, because Cooper is back and healthy and doing ridiculous things. I saw him burn free-agent pickup Sean Smith, despite tight coverage down the sideline. Cooper grabbed a ball over Smith and raced 50 yards for a score -- and he didn't see the ball until it was one foot from his face. It was an incredible catch, yet no one batted an eyelash, perhaps because it's normal for him. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Owners had better hope the Raiders don't give Cooper a lot of exposure in the preseason, because he is liable to see his ADP rise from the 2.09 it sits at right now in PPR leagues. Last year's No. 4 overall pick finished as the WR21 in 2015 despite the aforementioned injury and not seeing a target inside the 10. Cooper won't be drafted among the first five or six receivers this year, but most shouldn't be surprised if he achieves that status next year.
|Arians clears up Cardinals' backfield situation|
HC: "Don't want to run him in the ground early"
By: Doug Orth | Aug 11 2016, 3:55 pm
|RB David Johnson won't be flying under the radar this season. A third-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, he surprised plenty of people with his all-around skills as a rookie, gaining 1,636 total yards and scoring 13 touchdowns. "I'm afraid to talk about him because I might get him hurt," joked Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians. "But he can run it 25 times and he can catch it 15 times. The sky is the limit for his ability, because he can do so many things. I don't want to run him in the ground early, because we have (Chris Johnson) and (Andre Ellington). We have a great group of running backs, so one guy doesn't have to get all the carries early in the season." (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: The "Johnson for RB1" bandwagon is about to get crowded. Arians is only proposing what most coaches strive to do nowadays: limit his bell-cow over the first month or so of the season and allow him to carry the offense the rest of the way. The combination of the "easing in" process and early difficult schedule may lead to a bit of a difficult start for Johnson, but he should be money in the bank thereafter. He's well worth a top-five pick in fantasy.
| Ladarius Green's future in question|
Source: Dealing with recurring headaches, not lingering ankle injury
By: Doug Orth | Aug 11 2016, 3:40 pm
|The NFL Media report, attributed to an unnamed member of the Steelers, regarding the recurring headaches suffered by tight end Ladarius Green raises questions about the player’s future, and regarding his contract. First, rumors of Green dealing with lingering headaches have been circulating since training camp opened. The person who first mentioned the ongoing headaches suggested that Green is considering retirement. If the headaches don’t resolve, retirement remains an option. Second, earlier today the same source said there’s new speculation that the Steelers may eventually cut Green. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: The speculation since early summer was that Green was still recovering from offseason ankle injury, but this makes a lot more sense. Green arrived in Pittsburgh from San Diego as the "perfect fit" in the Steelers' vertical offense, but this news make it possible we may not see him in the Black and Gold in 2016 at the very least. With this news, Green drops from a potential top-five tight end to a high-risk TE2.
|T.Y. Hilton impressive in training camp|
Luck: "Probably the best player on the field"
By: Doug Orth | Aug 11 2016, 3:35 pm
|Andrew Luck says the consistency of T.Y. Hilton was impressive all camp. "Probably the best player on the field." (Kevin Bowen on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Like Donte Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett (to a lesser extent), Hilton is set up for a boatload of targets as the Colts try to fill the 200-plus targets left behind by the departures of player such as Coby Fleener and Andre Johnson. Owners need to be aware of Hilton's propensity to play up (or down) to his indoor/outdoor and home/road splits, but if his game is taking the next step, perhaps he'll level out those splits a bit. He's on the WR1/WR2 borderline in most leagues.
| Chargers lose Stevie Johnson for the season|
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 10 2016, 8:57 pm
|The San Diego Chargers will have to play the 2016 season without Stevie Johnson. The veteran wide receiver has learned that surgery to repair a meniscus tear will prevent him from suiting up this year, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the results of the surgery. The procedure was successful, per Rapoport, but will require a lengthier rehab process than originally expected.
FFToday's Take: The new rehab schedule for the injury suffered at the start of training camp will prevent slot receiver Steve Johnson from playing in 2016. The Chargers signed veteran James Jones in the aftermath of this new information. One player that figures to benefit from an increased opportunity is Dontrelle Inman. After posting respectable numbers as a sophomore with limited playing time, Inman may see his targets double if he can secure regular playing time in the slot.
| Jimmy Graham returns to practice|
Rehabbing from ruptured patellar tendon
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 10 2016, 7:28 pm
|RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since rupturing his patellar tendon last November.
"There were some dark days," Graham said. "It's been eight months. It's been a constant eight months." Graham ran routes and caught passes from the quarterbacks during the first part of Wednesday's practice. Nothing he did required moving at full speed, and Graham stayed on the sideline once the offense and defense started going against each other. Coach Pete Carroll has said that Graham is on track to play in Week 1, barring a setback.
FFToday's Take: This is great news for Jimmy Graham and fantasy owners in deeper leagues. Nonetheless, this is the type of injury that can take awhile to overcome even after a player returns to the field. Keep expectations in check and monitor Graham's progress leading up until Week 1. Graham has tremendous touchdown upside for a tight end and can become a steady contributor to fantasy rosters if he returns to health in 2016.
| WR Corey Coleman to miss preseason opener|
Hamstring injury will also keep Andrew Hawkins sidelined
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 10 2016, 6:27 pm
|BEREA, Ohio — Browns top pick Corey Coleman and fellow receiver Andrew Hawkins will sit out Friday night's preseason opener in Green Bay with their hamstring injuries, but Terrelle Pryor should be okay with his calf, coach Hue Jackson said Wednesday.
The undisputed star of the first week of camp, Coleman has missed four straight practices since tweaking his hamstring Friday night in the intrasquad scrimmage here.
Hawkins has missed the past six practices with a hamstring injury, and Jackson pulled Pryor out of practice Wednesday with a tweaked right calf.
FFToday's Take: Rookie wide receiver Corey Coleman has had a terrific start to training camp but his history with nagging injuries is something fantasy owners need to think about on draft day. His current hamstring injury is considered minor but the team isn't going to take any chances this early in the preseason. Andrew Hawkins' injury may be a little more severe but his status for regular season does not appear to be in jeopardy at this time.
|Nelson's injury limited Packers' playbook|
Rodgers comments on team's struggles to fill void last year
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 10 2016, 4:37 pm
|With one of his favorite targets lost for the year, quarterback Aaron Rodgers was forced to run an attack that never found a suitable replacement for the subtle gifts Nelson brings to the game.
"No, it didn't surprise me," Rodgers said of Green Bay's inability to fill the void, per ESPN's Jason Wilde. "The thing that he does is, we have specific packages for him that just, we didn't have a guy who could fill those packages. And it was a lot of play-action stuff, where we're taking eight-man protection and taking shots down the field. And we didn't have a guy who could take that spot." Said Rodgers: "I thought that collectively we were going to be able to fill some of that void. But again, the stuff that he does is tough to teach, and that's why he's one of the best in the business."
FFToday's Take: Jordy Nelson is currently on the PUP list with knee tendonitis yet the team expects him to be fully healthy at the start of the season. He's a first round talent that will slip to the second round in most drafts. Better still, his return to the lineup will push everyone else down a spot on the depth chart. Randall Cobb and Davante Adams will have more space and of course Aaron Rodgers should "rebound" after seeing his stats dip in 2015.
| TE Ladarius Green remains out|
No timetable available on his return from ankle surgery
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 10 2016, 4:28 pm
|The Steelers think they may have the best offense in the NFL, but they still have one big hole to fill at tight end, and the player they signed to fill it remains out with no expressed optimism he will return any time soon. Ladarius Green has not practiced a down with them yet. He had surgery on an injured ankle in January, did not participate in any spring practices with his new team and opened training camp nearly two weeks ago on the physically unable to perform list, where he remains. Mike Tomlin, asked Wednesday if Green were coming along, replied simply, “He’s on PUP.” But the expectations are sinking so low that when Ben Roethlisberger talked about the tight end situation Tuesday, he did not mention Green. Asked how Green was coming along, Roethlisberger answered with a two-shoulder shrug.
FFToday's Take: Ladarius Green's opening day status is firmly up in the air. We saw a similar situation in Jacksonville a year ago when Julius Thomas struggled to gain a consistent role with his new team after missing a large chunk of the team's preseason and early regular season. Drop Green in your rankings and be sure to check for updates over the next few weeks. While their prized free agent signee has been out, Pittsburgh has used a group of inexperienced players that offer very limited fantasy potential.
|Darren McFadden on trading block?|
Crowded Dallas backfield could have Run-DMC headed elsewhere
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 9 2016, 11:10 am
|Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) on Twitter: "Per @toddarcher, "they'll have a hard time keeping 4 backs, no way they keep 5" ... says McFadden is a potential trade piece" (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Darren McFadden is probably expendable, with Ezekiel Elliott locked into a starting workhorse role and given the presence of capable backup Alfred Morris. McFadden (elbow) was placed on the active/non-football injury list in July but expects to be ready by Week 1. Still -- he's got a lot of wear for 28 and the Cowboys have more pressing needs on defense.
| Julian Edelman leaves practice (lower leg)|
Pats WR appeared frustrated; more reports to follow
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 9 2016, 11:04 am
|Pats Insider Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) on Twitter: "Julian Edelman has gone off to the side with disgust, threw helmet. Trainer Jim Whalen looking at lower left leg as Edelman sits on cart." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The injury was sustained during a joint practice with the Saints on Tuesday. This is not good news for the Patriots, who are already without QB Tom Brady for the first four games of the season. Stay tuned.
|Vikes WR Laquon Treadwell being "phased in"|
Hard work paying off for first-rounder, expect big preseason reps
By: Doug Orth | Aug 9 2016, 9:19 am
|ESPN reports that Laquon Treadwell, the Vikings' first-round draft pick, was the first player to report to training camp in Mankato this summer, arriving well ahead of most of his new teammates. (ESPN Twin Cities)|
FFToday's Take: He's also been one of the last - if not the last - player off the field after practice every day, sending a message to coaches that he wants to play. Charles Johnson serves as the primary wideout across from Stefon Diggs on the first-team offense. But Treadwell has been given some looks with the first team and will likely get a lot of run during the preseason games. Keep an eye on him.
|Second-year WR Sammie Coates looking good in camp|
Steelers excited about sophomore receiver's role
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 9 2016, 9:12 am
|Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports: "Sammie Coates has made all types of catches since the Steelers put on the pads and started doing something other than running around in shorts. He has made two-handed catches above his helmet, one-handed sideline grabs around a defender, even laid out his 6-foot-2, 215-pound frame to catch a deep ball in the end zone." (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: Coates, a third-round draft choice in 2015, is slated to take over the duties of Martavis Bryant, who has been suspended for the 2016 season. The tools are there, but the second-year receiver could take some time to earn the looks from Big Ben.
| DeVante Parker expected to practice soon|
Has missed five straight practices with a hamstring injury
By: Doug Orth | Aug 8 2016, 5:20 pm
|The Dolphins slogged through another uninspiring offensive practice Monday, but there was reason for optimism. And his name is DeVante Parker.
Parker missed his fifth consecutive practice Monday with a pesky hamstring injury, but he’s made strides in recent days, and the Dolphins are optimistic he will be back soon. (Miami Herald)|
FFToday's Take: Miami has put the kid gloves on last year's No. 14 overall pick most of this offseason and will likely continue to do so considering early August in no time for a player to rush back from a soft tissue injury. Despite what has been an injury-plagued first two training camps for him, Parker possesses immense upside as the "X" receiver - the same role in which Demaryius Thomas and Alshon Jeffery thrived - in HC Adam Gase's offense.
|Willie Snead more than holding his own|
Former UDFA clearly in QB's "circle of trust"
By: Doug Orth | Aug 8 2016, 5:10 pm
|If there were any concerns about Willie Snead being trumped by some of the newcomers at receiver, those concerns have evaporated. Snead has looked even better than last season, and it’s clear he’s right in the middle of Brees’ circle of trust. When things were going poorly Saturday with Brandin Cooks sidelined, Snead was the receiver Brees locked in on to carry the offense. Snead should remain an important member of the offense. If he doesn’t get enough targets to flirt with 1,000 yards again, it won’t be because of regression. It will be because the offense has more weapons. (New Orleans Advocate)|
FFToday's Take: The other weapons being most notably second-round rookie Michael Thomas and free-agent signing Coby Fleener. As the writer suggests, more weapons - and not regression - will likely be the reason Snead falls short of his 69-984-3 from a season ago. While Snead is unlikely to finish as the WR32 in PPR again this season, he should still be a more-than-serviceable low-end WR3 or high-floor WR4.
|Stefon Diggs tearing up Vikings' training camp|
Learned all three receiver positions in the offseason
By: Doug Orth | Aug 8 2016, 4:50 pm
|After Stefon Diggs came out of nowhere as a fifth-round rookie to lead the team with 52 catches and 720 receiving yards last season, the Vikings told him to focus on learning all three wide receiver positions during the offseason. With the addition of split end Laquon Treadwell, Diggs usually will line up off the line of scrimmage at the flanker position. But defenses will see the shifty 22-year-old in the slot, too, and occasionally at split end, the position he was forced to play as a rookie because of the presence of flanker Mike Wallace. In the 10 days since the Vikings first reported to Mankato, Diggs has been by far the most impressive offensive player. (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Treadwell has received most of the offseason hype among Vikings' receivers, but Diggs was always the most likely candidate to be the featured wideout in Minnesota, at least this season. Wallace compared Diggs to a young Antonio Brown last fall and it appears Minnesota is helping the second-year player on his way to living up to that lofty praise by moving him all over the formation. Going off the board as the WR46 in the late ninth round, Diggs should be a huge value pick.
| Ebron walking with only slight limp|
Team feared TE tore his Achilles over the weekend
By: Doug Orth | Aug 8 2016, 4:15 pm
|Eric Ebron walked out of the Detroit Lions' Allen Park training facility about a half-hour into today's practice with only a slight limp in his step. For most of practice, Ebron watched the offense go through drills - the only indication that he suffered an injury in Saturday's mock game being what looked like a sleeve on his right ankle. (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: It was thought Ebron had torn his Achilles over the weekend, so the fact he escaped with a right ankle sprain is about the best news Detroit and his fantasy owners could have hoped for in this case. Given his potential importance to the Lions' offense post-Calvin Johnson and the injuries the team is already dealing with at his position, expect Ebron to be eased back. If healthy, he has a shot to be a top-10 player at his position this season.
| Jordan Matthews out two weeks|
"No structural damage, but he's just sore"
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 8 2016, 12:30 pm
|Eagles' leading receiver in 2015 and expected to be the leader again in 2016, will not play in the team's first two preseason games and could miss the entire preseason.
Jordan Matthews suffered a strained knee Friday, Aug. 5 when he took a low hit from rookie cornerback Jalen Mills in a full contact drill. "There's no structural damage, but he's just sore."
FFToday's Take: Others reports suggest Matthews suffered a bone bruise. Either way, the Eagles top receiver is going to miss some time which is not ideal considering a new offense is being installed. Matthews is being drafted as a WR3 (Rd 6.09) on average.
|Browns announce RG3 as starting QB|
Browns make it official
By: Doug Orth | Aug 8 2016, 9:30 am
|Robert Griffin III has been named the Browns starting quarterback, Hue Jackson announced Monday.
Griffin III, who signed with the Browns in March after four seasons with the Washington Redskins, emerged from a four-man competition that included veteran Josh McCown, Austin Davis and rookie Cody Kessler. He’ll receive his first start Friday in Cleveland’s preseason opener at Green Bay. (ClevelandBrowns.com)|
FFToday's Take: Head coach Hue Jackson made it official. Griffin has been running with the first team since Spring. Josh McCown will serve as the backup although trade talks involving his name has surfaced over the last week with Dallas needing a backup. Griffin's fantasy value sits firmly in QB2 territory.
| Thomas Rawls off PUP list|
Recovering from ankle surgery
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 7 2016, 4:00 pm
|Thomas Rawls, who is set to be the Seahawks' primary running back this season, passed his physical and was removed from the physically unable to perform list by the team Sunday. Rawls was placed on PUP just before the start of training camp last month as he continued to finalize his recovery from the broken ankle he suffered in December. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Rawls did not practice Sunday and they will likely be cautious with him during camp. Rawls suffered a broken ankle on December 13th but is expected to be ready for Week 1. Assuming Rawls has no setbacks once he gets on the practice field, his current ADP of RB13 (3.04) should begin to rise.
| Julian Edelman returns to practice|
Off the PUP list
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 7 2016, 3:00 pm
|The Patriots offense received a big boost this afternoon with the return of wide receiver Julian Edelman to practice.
Edelman was in pads and wasn't even wearing a non-contact jersey.
Edelman, who has been recovering from foot surgeries, began training camp on the active/PUP list. He has been working out at camp, signalling that he was close to a return.
Today, the Patriots finally removed him from the PUP and gave him the green light. (Boston Herald)|
FFToday's Take: Foot injuries are difficult for athletes so while it's nice to Edelman back at camp and presumably he will be ready for Week 1, his injury history should be noted by fantasy owners. He's missed 9 games over the last two seasons.
| TE Eric Ebron suffers lower leg injury|
Could be ankle or Achilles
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 6 2016, 12:16 pm
|The early word on #Lions TE Eric Ebron getting carted off is that he suffered an Achilles injury, I’m told. Could be devastating. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: They did bring the cart out for Ebron and he reportedly couldn't put any weight on his injured leg. This could be a serious blow for the Lions who are thin at the position. We'll have more on Ebron's status when news becomes available.
| Dion Lewis still absent from camp|
Recovering from ACL injury
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 5 2016, 10:00 am
|Ben Volin joins Michael Felger on Town Fair Tire Sports Tonight to discuss why Patriots running back Dion Lewis has been absent at training camp and who could possibly be New England's best running back. (CSNNE.com)|
FFToday's Take: Violin, a beat reporter for the Boston Globe goes on to speculate that Lewis could start the season on the PUP list, and thus be ineligible the first six games. Lewis is roughly 8 months removed from his ACL injury and the Patriots won't be giving up much information on his status. It's possible the Patriots could sign a RB before Week 1.
|Terrance West making noise in Ravens' camp|
Reportedly pushing for starting role
By: Doug Orth | Aug 4 2016, 10:00 pm
|Former Browns and Titans castoff RB Terrance West isn't just pushing for a roster spot in Baltimore. He's building a strong case to surpass Justin Forsett and Javorius Allen as the Ravens' top running back.
Through a week of training camp, the Baltimore Sun lauded the slimmed-down West as the team's "most explosive offensive player." ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley followed suit on Thursday, noting that West has been the offense's "No. 1 playmaker." (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Kenneth Dixon was supposed to be the one to emerge in Baltimore, but a knee sprain has cost him valuable time to put heat on Justin Forsett and Buck Allen. Instead, it has been West, who has reportedly dropped 15 pounds and is looking every bit like the zone runner former Browns OC Kyle Shanahan thought he was when Cleveland used a third-round pick on him in 2014. Keep an eye on this backfield battle in camp; a focused West has as good of chance as anyone to win the job.
| Alshon Jeffery misses practice Thursday|
By: Doug Orth | Aug 4 2016, 4:55 pm
|Alshon Jeffery missed practice Thursday with a hamstring strain, HC John Fox said.
He suffered the injury Wednesday, seven days after GM Ryan Pace said Jeffery needs to stay healthy coming off a year in which he missed seven games because of leg muscle injuries.
Fox downplayed Jeffery's latest strain, calling it mild. He was asked how the Bears might make sure this injury doesn't linger as Jeffery's calf strain did last season. (Chicago Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Fox called his receiver's current ailment "mild", but durability has long been one of Jeffery's biggest issues. While he is essentially a rookie posing as a second-year player, Kevin White is healthy in 2016 and one of the most gifted players at his position in the league, so Jeffery is a poor bet to see the kind of target share (at least 29 percent in six of his nine games in 2015) that he did last year. When factoring in his injury history, he's shaping up to be a high-risk WR2.
| Matt Forte expected to miss preseason opener|
By: Doug Orth | Aug 4 2016, 4:40 pm
|HC Todd Bowles says "it's safe to say" that Matt Forte (hamstring) will miss the first preseason game (against the Jaguars) next week. (Manish Mehta on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Every indication out of Jets' camp has this being a minor injury. Look for Forte to be rested throughout the preseason and to start Week 1, while Bilal Powell and Khiry Robinson work in tandem. Powell was reportedly splitting carries with Forte almost equally in camp before the injury, so owners need to prepare for the real possibility that Forte is being overdrafted in the fourth round. Meanwhile, Powell could be a steal in the 10th.
| Zeke to miss about a week with hamstring injury|
Cowboys thin at RB
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 3 2016, 5:00 pm
|Stephen Jones concedes rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott may miss some time with sore hamstring. Source tells me he could be out about a week. (Ed Wereder on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Cowboys will likely be cautious with a player they project to have a heavy workload this season. With Darren McFadden (elbow) still on the sidelines, Alfred Morris will be the focus of the running back position in camp until Elliott returns.
|Chargers expected to sign WR James Jones|
Stevie Johnson recovering from torn meniscus
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 2 2016, 2:30 pm
|The Chargers are signing WR James Jones, source said. Another veteran weapon for Philip Rivers. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jones is expected to replace Steve Johnson who suffered a knee injury on Sunday. Despite a semi-productive season last year (50-890-8) in Green Bay, Jones received very little interest as a free agent this offense. We'll see if he's able to develop a role during camp. For now, he's late-round dart throw in redraft leagues.
|Are the Giants ditching RBBC?|
RB coach wants better rhythm to running game
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 2 2016, 2:00 pm
|The Giants have no intention of continuing the ill-conceived four-man running back rotation that doomed their rushing attack for most of last season. At least at the start, they plan to hand Rashad Jennings the ball. That's the ideal scenario, running backs coach Craig Johnson said. They want to ride Jennings like they did over the final four games last year. (SNY.tv)|
FFToday's Take: This is kind of news tidbit that can spike a player's ADP. Reading into The RB coaches comments, the initial gameplan is less bodies in the committee with Jennings operating as the lead back, Shane Vereen working on third downs and in the two-minute offense, and Andre Williams giving Jennings a breather when needed. At 31 years-old, Jennings durability will be a big question mark but his share of expected touches appears to be increasing.
| Wade Wilson: Tony Romo experiencing back stiffness|
Cowboys hopes, WR stats pinned to QB's health
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 2 2016, 12:50 pm
|Jon Machota on Twitter: "Cowboys QB coach Wade Wilson said Tony Romo has been experiencing some back stiffness" (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: We're once again reminded that Romo has had serious back problems during his career in addition to the collarbone injuries which ended last season. The 36-year-old obviously carries more injury risk than most other quarterbacks, and his upside continues to plummet. More than anything else, his health will have a direct effect on the team's record and the stats of the other skill positions in the Cowboys offense. Beware.
|Pats could run two-TE base set in 2016|
Martellus Bennett could have TE1 fantasy value despite Gronk presence
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 2 2016, 12:44 pm
|NFL writer Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) on Twitter: "No surprise, but @MikeReiss says Patriots will return to a massive number of 2TE sets. Gronk and Bennett both heavily involved at goalline" (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The two-TE base set could mean a possible return to the glory days of Rob Gronkowski and former Pats TE, convicted murderer and PCP enthusiast Aaron "He Who Shall Not Be Named" Hernandez, though they've had some trouble finding someone as talented as the Florida alum. Martellus Bennett could be the guy, and there should be plenty of TDs to go around.
|Eric Ebron could be poised for fantasy breakout|
With Megatron retired, Lions could look more to TE
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 2 2016, 12:35 pm
|Matthew Stafford managed to complete 7 of 11 passes during 11-on-11s, by my count, despite the unreliability of his receivers. His favorite target? Tight end Eric Ebron, who caught three of those passes and continues to look good in the Jim Bob Cooter offense. (MLive.com)|
FFToday's Take: Ebron was pegged as a possible stud when he was drafted as the 10th overall pick in 2014, and in his third season in the league could emerge as a breakout fantasy star. He makes sense as a high-end backup with upside, especially if you don't land a top guy during the early going.
|Goodwin: Chris and David Johnson "even" as runners|
Cards OC says both RBs will get carries, DJ has receiving edge
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 2 2016, 12:31 pm
|Like last year, David Johnson will be used heavily in the passing game, often lining up as a receiver. In Sunday's practice, he caught two passes from those formations.
“I think David is a little more comfortable (than Chris Johnson) in the passing game,” offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said. “I think B.A. has certain things in mind with David, slotted out in formations, out of the backfield. He gives you a little different element from Chris.
“But running the ball, they are both even.” (Arizona Republic)|
FFToday's Take: It looks like David is the clearly more valuable back because of his edge in the passing game, though it's unclear how the carried will be split. If you were looking for a clear mandate for starter David Johnson as a workhorse in his sophomore campaign, you'll have to keep looking.
|Tyler Boyd impressive early in training camp|
Dalton: "He's taken a huge jump from OTAs"
By: Doug Orth | Aug 1 2016, 11:55 pm
|Andy Dalton on Tyler Boyd:
"He's taken a huge jump from OTAs to camp, he's made some tough catches and has been impressive." (Sirius XM NFL Radio)|
FFToday's Take: Yet the Bengals appear committed to starting Brandon LaFell and keeping Boyd in the slot, at least that has been the company line all summer. LaFell needs to have a strong camp and avoid the drops that have plagued him for most of his career, or else Cincinnati will have little choice but to start Boyd opposite A.J. Green. The rookie is a WR5 in 12-team leagues with substantial upside.
| Arian Foster expected to start|
HC: "He is going to be rolling with the ones"
By: Doug Orth | Aug 1 2016, 11:45 pm
|Miami RB Arian Foster also got some first team work and “he is going to be working with the ones the whole training camp,” HC Gase said. “His resume speaks for itself. I don’t think there’s any question why we brought him in here. He’s playing this year. Whether he’s the guy that will be the first snap of the game, time will tell. He is going to be rolling with the ones.” (Miami Herald)|
FFToday's Take: Jay Ajayi suffered a bone bruise on his left knee over the weekend, but Gase has apparently decided to hitch his wagon to the oft-injured Foster, who is more than nine full months removed from tearing his Achilles. Most owners are probably going to flock to Foster in hopes he can overcome the odds, but this news presents a pretty good buy-low window to acquire/draft Ajayi in the likely event the ex-Texan cannot make it through the season.
|Paxton Lynch "really stepping up"|
HC pleased with progress rookie QB has made since spring
By: Doug Orth | Aug 1 2016, 6:25 pm
|Although the offense was not consistently effective, QB Paxton Lynch followed his stellar performance Sunday with another solid day, although this was defined more by steady work and sound decision-making than hitting deep shots down the sideline and seam. "No. 12 is really, really stepping up," HC Gary Kubiak said. "He's making some progress here." (denverbroncos.com)|
FFToday's Take: Lynch, of course, is battling Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian for the right to start Week 1. He holds a considerable edge in talent and will probably start at some point in 2016, but he's a longshot to be under center Opening Night against Carolina. In other words, a good preseason showing will probably help him take over the starting job by midseason while an average one may keep him on the sidelines until 2017. When he is finally named the starter, he should be a high-upside QB2.
| John Brown in concussion protocol|
Hit his head on the turf during practice
By: Doug Orth | Aug 1 2016, 6:20 pm
|Per Arizona Cardinals HC Bruce Arians, WR John Brown (is) going through concussion protocol (after hitting) his head (on) the ground (Sunday). (Mike Jurecki on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Cardinals don't appear to be overly concerned, so owners should feel the same way. He could get held out of the preseason opener as a precaution, but he should be considered day-to-day for now. Brown should is one of the higher-upside WR3s in fantasy this season.
|Jace Amaro off to a strong start in camp|
Jets looking for third option to go with Marshall, Decker
By: Doug Orth | Aug 1 2016, 4:35 pm
|Jace Amaro has stood out during the early days of Jets training camp. He is making a lot of catches, including a few diving ones, and has been a noticeable target in red-zone drills. The Jets are searching for another target in their offense besides Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. Amaro could be that missing piece. Amaro spent this offseason at his home in San Antonio working on his run blocking, catching a ton of footballs and concentrating on nutrition. He said he is down about 10 pounds, from 270 last year in camp to 260 this year. (New York Post)|
FFToday's Take: Amaro has shown next to nothing in two years as a pro, struggling to catch the ball as a rookie in 2014 before missing all of last season with a shoulder injury. Even though the current regime did not draft him, Amaro is a perfect fit in OC Chan Gailey's spread offense, and there will be plenty of opportunity for him to have an impact with defenses focused on Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and Matt Forte. If he can avoid another injury, he's got real upside as a TE2.