|Big Ben out again Thursday|
Misses second straight day of practice with elbow injury
By: Doug Orth | Sep 13 2018, 8:20 pm
|Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) has missed two straight practices. Hopeful for Friday’s practice? “We’ll see how I feel tomorrow,” he said. OC Randy Fichtner said he’d like to think Josh Dobbs is ready to play if needed. (ESPN - Jeremy Fowler)|
FFToday's Take: It's not a football season unless Roethlisberger is either dealing with an injury or pondering his future. With that said, he didn't appear to be limited in any way in Week 1. Back home and facing one of the worst secondaries in the league in the Chiefs, Big Ben could be the overall QB1 this week if he plays.
|Freeman misses practice Thursday|
Tevin Coleman could carry the load
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 13 2018, 11:46 am
|Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (sore knee) will be held out of practice on Thursday, according to coach Dan Quinn.
The Falcons are preparing for running back Tevin Coleman to carry most of the load. If Freeman can’t play, he’ll be backed up by Ito Smith. (Atlanta Jounal Constitution)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like Freeman is trending towards being inactive this week after suffering a knee injury in Week 1. Coleman would be solid RB2 against the Panthers if Freeman does sit. In three games last season operating as the lead back, Coleman racked up 21, 21, and 19 touches.
|Marquise Goodwin misses practice Wednesday|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 12 2018, 3:00 pm
|Marquise Goodwin (thigh), Mike Person (foot), Joshua Garnett (toe) and Malcolm Smith (hamstring) are not practicing today. Erik Magnuson (hamstring) is going through individual drills for the first time since his injury. (Matt Barrows on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Goodwin re-entered the game last week after suffering a thigh injury, but didn't last long and was forced to the sideline. In his absence, TE George Kittle led the 49ers with 91 yards receiving. If Goodwin doesn't play, Dante Pettis would see an increased role.
|Marcus Mariota expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 12 2018, 2:15 pm
|Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota took part in practice on Wednesday, and his chances of playing on Sunday against the Texans appear to be good.
Mariota didn’t finish Sunday’s season opener against the Dolphins after suffering an elbow injury.
“He practiced, and he’s feeling good,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said of Mariota. “He had some rest Monday and Tuesday, so he was able to get through and do everything and really looked OK.
“I would say barring any setbacks that Marcus is going to be good to go on Sunday.” (Titansonline)|
FFToday's Take: Mariota left early in Week 1 with an elbow injury, replaced by Blaine Gabbert. It sounds like Mariota will be good to go against the Texans. The passing offense took a hit the loss of TE Delanie Walker (ankle) making it difficult to recommend Mariota as a fantasy starter.
|Devonta Freeman misses practice Wednesday|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 12 2018, 2:00 pm
|Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, who was hit late in the Eagles’ game and has a sore knee, will be held out of practice Wednesday, according to coach Dan Quinn.
“Free is sore and we’ll hold him from practice today,” Quinn said. “He got hit in the game, but nothing that’s more than we can treated it goes from day to day. Freeman played 39 of 70 offensive snaps (56 percent), while Tevin Coleman played 36 of 70 snaps (51 percent). (Atlanta Jounal Constitution)|
FFToday's Take: This doesn't appear to be a serious injury but we'll have to monitor Freeman's practice reports throughout the week. Tevin Coleman would see increased usage if Freeman were to miss Week 2 against the Panthers. Running back Brian Hill as added from the practice squad.
|Rookie Josh Allen to start for Bills in Week 2|
Nathan Peterman dismal in Week 1
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 12 2018, 12:45 pm
|Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott on Wednesday named rookie Josh Allen as the starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Chargers, repeating several times that he believed it was the "right move for our team" but declining to explain further. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Nathan Peterman started Week 1 and went 5-of-18 for 24 yards, 0 touchdowns and 2 INTs against the Ravens before being pulled in the 3rd quarter. The rookie will face the Chargers in Week 2 and even without Joey Bosa, it's going to be tough to recommend anyone from the Bills offense.
|Fournette expected to test hamstring on Friday|
Could play without practicing
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 12 2018, 12:45 pm
|Leonard Fournette, a second-year veteran who sustained a hamstring injury in the first half of the Jaguars’ season-opening victory over the New York Giants this past Sunday, is expected to work on the side when the Jaguars practice late Wednesday morning and early Wednesday afternoon.
Marrone said the plan is to have Fournette test the injury Friday afternoon. (Jaguars.com)|
FFToday's Take: Fournette left Week 1 with a hamstring injury and while the injury has been considered minor it appears the Jaguars running back will be limited or not practice at all until Friday. Marrone did go on to say that Fournette doesn't have to practice in order to play on Sunday. T.J. Yeldon would be a viable RB2 play in Week 2 if Fournette sits.
|Doug Baldwin unlikely to play in Week 2|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 11 2018, 5:30 pm
|Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday “it would be a pretty big accomplishment” for receiver Doug Baldwin to play Monday night against the Chicago Bears, which means his streak of 89 straight games played dating to the 2012 season will likely come to an end. And the bigger picture is that Carroll doesn’t appear to think Baldwin will be out long.|
FFToday's Take: Sprained MCL's are typically a 2-4 week injury for most players so the likelihood of Baldwin missing a couple weeks is high. The team activated WR Keenan Reynolds from the practice squad. Tyler Lockett, Brandon Marshall, Jaron Brown and David Moore are the top four options out wide for Russell Wilson with Lockett and Marshall holding the most fantasy value.
|Raiders bring back Martavis Bryant|
Bryant could be facing year-long ban
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 11 2018, 5:00 pm
|Martavis Bryant is re-signing with the Oakland Raiders, who previously released the veteran receiver on roster cutdown day with concerns about a possible league-imposed suspension.
The deal is for one year, a source told ESPN's Dan Graziano. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported over the weekend that Bryant is facing a yearlong ban for his latest violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. The NFL is reviewing the matter and could issue its ruling as early as this week, a source told Schefter. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: This is a curious move for a receiver with off-field issues and potentially facing a suspension, but John Gruden has made more than a couple curious moves this off-season. The Raiders were focused on the tight in Week 1 as Jared Cook led the position with 180 receiving while starter Amari Cooper saw 3 targets. Bryant's not a fantasy option at this point.
|Patriots sign WR Corey Coleman|
Former Browns standout shuffled around during training camp
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 11 2018, 9:55 am
|Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) on Twitter: "The #Patriots are signing former first-round WR Corey Coleman, I’m told. A huge opportunity for Coleman to restart his career catching passes from Tom Brady." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Once again, the Pats swoop in to rescue an embattled player and give him fantasy relevance. Phillip Dorsett looked fine in Week 1, but it's possible Brady wants more weapons and Coleman could certainly find a home in New England. He's on the WR3/4 radar and could be worth a flier in waivers this week.
|Aaron Rodgers' Week 2 availability still in doubt|
Packers QB could sit if knee tightness and stiffness continue
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 11 2018, 9:23 am
|Aaron Rodgers completed a comeback for the ages on Sunday night, but he may not be available for Week 2. Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy either could not or would not say anything specific Monday regarding his starting quarterback's knee injury or his status for Week 2. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Rodgers said team physician Pat McKenzie had assured him that he could not do any more damage to his knee by coming back into the Chicago game, but the quarterback acknowledged the stiffness and tightness increased as the game went on. Stay tuned for updates throughout the week. If Rodgers is forced to sit, there are better options than DeShone Kizer vs. MIN for fantasy owners.
|Sam Darnold solid in Jets debut|
Rookie throws for 198-2-1 in rout of Lions
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 11 2018, 8:16 am
|Jets rookie QB Sam Darnold completed 16 of 21 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns, but the most telling number was this: He had only four incomplete passes after the pick-six on his first throw. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Darnold stayed in constant contact with backup and mentor Josh McCown during the game, with both players soaking up the success after the opening snafu. Darnold is worth adding in 12-team leagues as a fantasy backup, and is a must-own in dynasty leagues.
|Marquise Goodwin day-to-day|
By: Doug Orth | Sep 10 2018, 9:20 pm
|WR Marquise Goodwin has a bruised thigh and will be day to day this week. (ESPN - Nick Wagoner)|
FFToday's Take: While Goodwin tried to play through the injury initially, the pain proved to be too much, suggesting he is dealing with a deep thigh bruise. It is entirely possible he will not play in Week 2 against Detroit, especially considering one of his biggest strengths is speed. Pierre Garcon, Dante Pettis and Trent Taylor would all see more targets if Goodwin needs to miss the game.
|HC "liked" Joe Mixon's Week 1 workload|
Piled up 17 carries and five catches in opener
By: Doug Orth | Sep 10 2018, 7:05 pm
|Marvin Lewis: likes Joe Mixon's number of catches (five) and thinks he can carry it 22 times. (Bengals.com - Geoff Hobson)|
FFToday's Take: The only other thing owners could have asked for in the opener was a touchdown. While owners have to be pleased with his Week 1 workload and production (149 total yards), not all of his upcoming opponents will be as accommodating as the Colts. Things figure to get more difficult over the next three weeks, starting Thursday against the Ravens.
|Leonard Fournette has hamstring injury|
HC believes ailment to be "minor"
By: Doug Orth | Sep 10 2018, 6:55 pm
|Doug Marrone: Doctors say RB Leonard Fournette has a "minor hamstring injury." (Phillip Heilman on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Marrone told reporters after the game that Fournette's injury was in a "good part" of his hamstring and an injury that did not keep the running back from playing when he suffered a similar one in college. This week's practice reports figure to paint the picture as far as whether he'll suit up against New England. Given the opponent, owners should expect Fournette to play if at all possible in Week 2. T.J. Yeldon would be a solid RB2 play if Fournette has to sit.
|Doug Baldwin has MCL tear|
Team still gauging timetable
By: Doug Orth | Sep 10 2018, 6:45 pm
|Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin has a Grade 2 partial MCL tear, per source. Team still trying to figure out how much time he will miss. (ESPN - Adam Schefter)|
FFToday's Take: Depending on the severity of the injury, a normal recovery timetable for this kind of injury is 3-6 weeks. Given the fact Seattle's bye falls on Week 7, look for the Seahawks to bring him back in Week 8 at Detroit unless he heals at an accelerated rate. In the meantime, Russell Wilson will have to lean on Tyler Lockett and Brandon Marshall. Both receivers should be considered high-upside but low-end WR3s at best while Baldwin is out.
|Ian Thomas to fill void of Greg Olsen?|
Still waiting on official diagnosis on Olsen
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 10 2018, 11:30 am
|The downside of this Week 1 victory is that the Panthers likely will have to replace Greg Olsen (foot) for an extended period of time. First up will be rookie Ian Thomas, a fourth-round pick out of Indiana, and then there's former Canisius College basketball player Chris Manhertz, who came to Carolina two years ago as a project. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Manhertz profiles more as a blocker so Thomas has a chance at fantasy relevance as long as Olsen remains sidelined. The tight end position is a focal point of the Panthers offense but it remains to be seen how much that will change with Olsen out. Last year, the passing game ran through Devin Funchess and Christian McCaffrey during the 9 games missed by Olsen.
|Delanie Walker suffers disclocated ankle|
Season in jeapordy
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 9 2018, 9:42 am
|#Titans TE Delanie Walker suffered a dislocated ankle in today’s loss vs the #Dolphins, I’m told. There was also an associated fracture. His season is almost certainly over, a tough injury for an underrated and productive player. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Tough news for the Titans. Walker is a focal point for the Titans offense and has seen 100+ targets in each of the last four years. Jonnu Smith and Luke Stocker are next up on the depth chart. Expect Tennessee to focus more of the passing game on Corey Davis.
|Sony Michel not expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 9 2018, 8:10 am
|Patriots’ RB Sony Michel, listed as questionable for opener against the Texans due to a knee injury, is not expected to play today, per source. More on Sunday NFL Countdown at 10 a.m. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Michel has been a longshot to play Week 1 after missing most of August with a knee issue that required a clean up procedure. Expect to see plenty of Rex Burkhead and James White in the backfield for New England both are viable fantasy plays in Week 1.
|Will Fuller not expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 9 2018, 7:00 am
|Texans’ WR Will Fuller, listed as questionable due to a hamstring injury, is unlikely to play today vs. Patriots, but he wants to test it pregame first before making final decision, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Fuller was limited in practice this week and his expected absence creates a deep threat void in the Texans offense. Bruce Ellington should see an increase in snaps and targets opposite DeAndre Hopkins along with TE Ryan Griffin.
|Greg Olsen expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 8 2018, 10:45 pm
|Panthers’ TE Greg Olsen, listed as questionable for Sunday’s game vs. Cowboys due to a back injury, is good to go, per source. Olsen’s back was “a little sore early in week but no issues,” per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Olsen popped up on the injury report earlier today as questionable with a back injury. It sounds like Olsen will play and should be a solid TE1 option against the Cowboys.
|Will Fuller limited with hamstring injury|
Questionable for Week 1
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 7 2018, 2:15 pm
|Texans coach Bill O'Brien was noncommittal on the status of starting wide receiver Will Fuller heading into the season-opener Sunday against the New England Patriots.
Fuller has been limited all week with a strained hamstring he sustained during the preseason. and is listed as questionable on the injury report. "We'll see," O'Brien said. "We'll see how the next couple days go." (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: The Patriots have limited DeAndre Hopkins in their last four meetings (7-76-0, 6-65-0, 4-56-0, 3-52-0) which makes Fuller an interesting option in Week 1 if he's able to get on the field. If he's unable to play, Bruce Ellington could be a sneaky DFS play.
|Marlon Mack listed as questionable|
Limted practice on Thursday and Friday
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 7 2018, 2:00 pm
|Starting left tackle Anthony Castonzo and top running back Marlon Mack, each of whom have been battling hamstring injuries since at least early-August, are both listed as questionable for Sunday's game. (Colts.com)|
FFToday's Take: Mack has been battling a hamstring injury since August 9th but did get in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. He'll be hard to trust as a fantasy option against the Bengals even if he's cleared to play. Jordan Wilkins and Christine Michael could handle the bulk of running back touches if Mack sits.
|Pederson on Ajayi: "We'll see him more"|
Eagles RB used sparingly in first half
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 7 2018, 1:00 pm
|"Jay was nursing a little bit of a lower body (foot) injury for a couple weeks and I just wanted to make sure he as good and get him into the flow of the game ... he was the featured back in the second half. He did a nice job. It was encouraging to see not only going forward but his health coming to of the game was good. Moving forward, we’ll see him more." (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: It's nice to get some candor from the head coach and his words should feel comforting to Jay Ajayi owners. Ajayi haters on Twitter were predictable over-reacting to his lack of involvement in the first half against the Falcons and while Corey Clement and Darren Sproles are going to remain involved in the offense, Ajayi should have RB2 throughout value during the season as long as he remains healthy.
|Chris Carson may not share RB workload?|
OC suggests team won't force touches to Rashaad Penny
By: Doug Orth | Sep 6 2018, 9:20 pm
|All indications are that Chris Carson will be the starter, but Seahawks OC Brian Schottenheimer said Thursday that he wants to get all the running back some reps in Sunday's opener at Denver. He later said some of that playing time could come on special teams and not on offense. Here was part of Schottenheimer's response when asked how first-round pick Rashaad Penny will be worked in assuming Carson starts: "We don't necessarily have, 'OK, gotta get this guy so many carries, gotta get this guy so many touches.' We'll just kind of see how the flow of the game goes. You're going to see them all, which is cool." (ESPN - Brady Henderson)|
FFToday's Take: Coaches are masters of saying a lot without saying anything at all, and that feels like what is happening here. It sounds as if Carson starts out "hot" against Denver, he'll be given a chance to see 15-plus touches. C.J. Prosise will almost certainly see the bulk of the work on passing downs. Given the matchup and uncertainty of workload, it makes sense to sit Carson this week if you have the depth to do so.
|Wentz could miss a "few more weeks"|
Eagles being conservative with their QB following knee surgery
By: Doug Orth | Sep 6 2018, 9:10 pm
|QB Carson Wentz isn’t expected to play for a few more weeks... and everyone is OK with that. Nothing more important than the health of the face of the franchise. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Rapoport believes Wentz may not return until October, which would lock Nick Foles in as a starter through at least Week 4. It's an obvious downgrade for the entire offense, although they are very few Philadelphia skill-position players who are actually healthy at the moment. Rapoport also reports it is Wentz's recovery from the LCL damage he suffered - not the ACL - that is delaying his return. All indications are that Wentz's rehab is going well, so he should hit the ground running when he is cleared.
|Le'Veon Bell unlikely to play Week 1|
Wants to protect his long-term value
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 5 2018, 2:15 pm
|Le'Veon Bell could miss significant playing time over his franchise tag.
The Pittsburgh Steelers running back is not expected to play Sunday against the Cleveland Browns barring an unforeseen development, according to a source, and agent Adisa Bakari hinted Bell might be willing to wait this out longer. "He's going to do the things necessary to protect his value long-term," Bakari told NFL Live in an appearance Wednesday. Each week Bell skips, he forfeits $852,941. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Assumptions were made during the off-season that Bell would show up around Labor Day, like he did last season. That hasn't happened. His $14.5 million franchise deal remains unsigned. If he doesn't report, James Conner will be the starting running back and carry RB1/2 value into a meeting with the Browns.
|Saints waive rookie RB Boston Scott|
Saints with only 2 RBs for Week 1
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 5 2018, 1:28 pm
|The Saints waived rookie RB Boston Scott, per source. Pretty shocking move. (John Katzenstein on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This move leaves the Saints with just two RBs heading into Week 1 - Alvin Kamara and Mike Gillislee. Scott had been working on special teams and by all accounts had impressed in his time with the offense. Gillislee is now a flex option against the Bucs.
|Seferian-Jenkins not expected to practice Wed.|
Core muscle issue
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 5 2018, 12:02 pm
|Marrone said he (Austin Seferian-Jenkins) has been practicing recently with a “nagging” core muscle issue and was sore after attempting to catch a pass earlier this week.
“We’re just going to be smart about it,” he said, adding of Seferian-Jenkins’ status for Sunday, “I feel like he’ll play, but you never know. That’s me saying it; not him or the doctors.” (Jaguars.com)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like the Jags tight end might listed as questionable this week when the official injury report comes out. The Giants gave up the most fantasy points to tight ends last season including 13 TDs.
|No practice for Marlon Mack on Wednesday|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 5 2018, 10:51 am
|Reich: Marlon Mack won't practice today. Again, not good news (Mike Chappell on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Mack has been dealing with a hamstring injury since August 9th and at this point it seems unlikely that he will play against the Bengals in Week 1. Jordan Wilkins, Christine Michael and Nyheim Hines should be active. This is a backfield to avoid for fantasy owners.
|Jay Ajayi (foot) is practicing Tuesday|
Eagles RB has been at practice two days in a row
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 4 2018, 12:29 pm
|Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) on Twitter: "Jay Ajayi is back at practice for the second straight day. Good sign. #Eagles" (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Ajayi appears to be on track to start Thursday in the NFL season opener and be the lead back, though Corey Clement is a sneaky DFS play and possible flex option in deeper leagues.
|Carson Wentz "close" to being ready|
Nick Foles still starting Week 1 game on Thursday
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 4 2018, 11:05 am
|Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) on Twitter: "Doug says Carson is “close” to being ready." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: He's obviously referring to Doug Pederson, who said recently that Nick Foles will start Week 1 against the Falcons. This makes it seem like Carson Wentz should be ready to go by Week 3 at the latest unless he suffers a setback.
|Kerryon Johnson heading up committee?|
Lions will let rookie RB's role "develop" through early season pl
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 4 2018, 8:20 am
|The Lions are expected to use a running back by committee approach to their backfield. OC Jim Bob Cooter liked the "trajectory" of rookie Kerryon Johnson in the preseason, and will let Johnson’s role develop and define itself based off the rookie’s play early on in the season. (DetroitLions.com)|
FFToday's Take: LeGarrette Blount will serve as the goal line back and get some early down and short yardage carries, while Theo Riddick is almost exclusively reduced to a passing down role. The rookie is teh back to target as he projects the most upside.
|Sam Darnold gets the Week 1 starting nod|
Rookie beat out Josh McCown
By: Doug Orth | Sep 3 2018, 6:10 pm
|Jets are officially naming QB Sam Darnold as the starter, per sources.|
FFToday's Take: The Jets believe they have their franchise quarterback and aren't going to wait to see if he is ready for the challenge. The No. 3 overall pick completed 64.4 percent of his passes in the preseason, but his 5.4 yards per attempt is not the stuff of legend. Darnold is obviously a strong dynasty hold, but he should only be considered as a bye-week fill-in as a rookie.
|Royce Freeman named Week 1 starter|
Some sort of committee still expected
By: Doug Orth | Sep 3 2018, 6:05 pm
|Vance Joseph says Royce Freeman No. 1, Devontae Booker third-down and Phillip Lindsay for a "package" of plays. (Ryan O'Halloran on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Step 1 of the Freeman Plan is now complete, but the rookie is going to have to carry over his preseason dominance into the regular season in order to eventually become the feature back in Denver. It should happen eventually, but the Broncos have been selling a committee pretty hard for a while. If Freeman shows well - Seattle should be accommodating in Week 1 - then he could easily live up to his fourth-round ADP. Just don't expect it to happen right away.
|Nathan Peterman named starting QB in Buffalo|
AJ McCarron traded to Oakland
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 3 2018, 8:00 am
|The Buffalo Bills announced Monday morning that Nathan Peterman has been named the starting quarterback, bringing to an end what was a three-man competition. The Bills previously had narrowed the field to two by trading quarterback AJ McCarron to the Oakland Raiders on Saturday, leaving the choice to Peterman and rookie Josh Allen, the No. 7 overall draft pick in April. (Buffalo News)|
FFToday's Take: Once McCarron was shipped off to Oakland and the confident reports on Peterman began surfacing out of Bills camp, it was only a matter of time before Peterman was named the starter. Peterman will get a chance to redeem himself from his 5-INT performance against the Chargers last season in his NFL debut. He should be avoided in the majority of fantasy leagues.
|Saints sign RB Mike Gillislee|
Saints in need of RB depth
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 2 2018, 5:12 pm
|After keeping just two true running backs on their initial 53-man roster, the New Orleans Saints signed running back Mike Gillislee Sunday (Sept. 2) according to an NFL.com report.
Gillislee was released by the Patriots on Saturday (Sept. 1) after rushing for 960 yards and 13 touchdowns the last two years. (Times Picyanue)|
FFToday's Take: With Mark Ingram suspended and the release of Jonathan Williams, the Saints were in need of running back help, especially for the first few weeks of the season. With only Boston Scott on the depth chart behind Alvin Kamara, Gillislee could be a short-yardage goaline option in New Orleans.
|Chargers bring back Antonio Gates|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 2 2018, 12:45 pm
|Antonio Gates and the Los Angeles Chargers have agreed to a one-year deal that brings back the tight end for a 16th season. The Chargers announced the move Sunday. They have yet to announce a corresponding move to make room for Gates on the 53-man roster. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: This move has been rumored ever since Hunter Henry went down with an ACL injury during OTAs in May. It's likely the two sides had a handshake deal, allowing Gates to miss all of training camp. Virgil Green and Sean Culkin are the other tight ends on the roster. Gates (38) will have some fantasy value as a TE2.
|Jerick McKinnon suffers injury during workout|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 1 2018, 3:45 pm
|Hearing from multiple sources that #49ers running back Jerick McKinnon was injured during a team workout today. Am working on getting more details. No details from the team yet but source said injury "did not look good." If McKinnon can't play vs. Vikings, Matt Breida, Alfred Morris obviously would have bigger roles. Kyle Shanahan to have cut-down con call at 1:05 p.m. (Matt Barrows on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Uh-oh. The team recently signed Alfred Morris and if McKinnon were to miss any time, the 49ers would likely go with a Breida / Morris combo to begin the season with Breida having more value in PPR leagues. Stay tuned...
|Patriots release RB Mike Gillislee|
Should catch on with another team
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 1 2018, 1:23 pm
|The Patriots have released Mike Gillislee, per source. As it turned out, they sat him against the Giants as a courtesy to prevent an injury before this transaction. (Jeff How on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Gillisle was part of a crowded running back group that includes Rex Burkhead, Sony Michel, James White and Jeremy Hill. With Gillislee's release, it appears the veteran Hill has made the team.