| PK Suisham injured in Hall of Fame Game|
Reportedly tore left ACL
By: Doug Orth | Aug 10 2015, 4:50 pm
|The Steelers and Vikings were hoping to escape Canton without any significant injuries, but Pittsburgh unfortunately lost one key starter. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that PK Shaun Suisham has torn his ACL, an MRI confirmed Monday, and will be out for the 2015 season, according to a source informed of the situation. Suisham told people on Sunday he believed he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the Hall of Fame Game. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Suisham, who had a career-best 132 points in 2014, had learned to tame the beast that can be Heinz Field, converting over 90 percent of his field goals over each of the last three seasons. The 34-year-old finished last year as fantasy No. 7 kicker and his loss stings an offense that should be among the best in the NFL in 2015. Billy Cundiff, Shayne Graham and Jay Feely are among the most accomplished kickers left on the market.
| LeGarrette Blount sidelined with sprained MCL|
Should be ready for start of the regular season
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 7 2015, 8:00 pm
|Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount, injured during Friday’s training camp session, suffered a sprained MCL in his right knee, according to a league source. The source said Blount will be ready for the start of the regular season. (Boston Globe)|
FFToday's Take: This is typically a 2-3 week injury for most players and with Blount already suspended for Week 1, he should have plenty of time to heal and get back in the swing of things before Week 2. His fantasy value may take a slight hit but it shouldn't and could pose an even better value opportunity for savvy owners. Jonas Gray and Brandon Bolden will get more reps in camp with Blount on the sideline.
| Arian Foster undergoes successful surgery|
RB expected to be out three months
By: John Canario | Aug 7 2015, 4:55 pm
|Texans running back Arian Foster underwent surgery Friday morning to repair a groin muscle that was torn off the bone, according to a source. Although a timetable for his return is unclear, there's hope that his recovery time will be shorter than three months, the source said. Foster will miss several regular-season games, and it's possible he will be placed on injured reserve with a designation to return. The earliest the Texans can make that move is Sept. 6 at 4 p.m. ET. The Texans have not yet added another running back to a roster that includes Alfred Blue, Jonathan Grimes, Kenny Hilliard and fullback Jay Prosch. "We didn't make a move immediately because we felt like we were OK," Texans general manager Rick Smith said. "Chris Polk is on the mend and so hopefully he'll be back soon. We'll just keep adjusting to whatever happens out here on the field."
FFToday's Take: There's not a lot to get excited about in the Texans' backfield this year. Alfred Blue looked very mediocre last year and Chris Polk has had only limited experience in two NFL seasons. While Blue probably has the upper hand on the starting job for now, Polk has higher upside.
| Delanie Walker receives 12 stitches in his thumb|
Titans hoping star TE has a quick recovery
By: John Canario | Aug 7 2015, 4:45 pm
|Titans tight end Delanie Walker prides himself on being a tough guy, the kind of player who calls a cut that requires 12 inches to close just a scratch. So Walker, who suffered a thumb injury in Thursday’s practice, doesn’t expect to be sidelined too long. “It is not too bad; I should be OK,’’ Walker said. “I don’t think it’s anything serious. Doctors just wanted to make sure it was nothing serious.’ Walker, who led the team in catches (63) and receiving yards (890) in 2014, is one player the Titans can’t afford to lose. The injury occurred when safety Da’Norris Searcy collided with Walker while breaking up a Marcus Mariota pass over the middle. “I’m not concerned about it,” Walker said. “The trainers just wanted me to be smart about it, so I just went inside and made sure everything was OK with it.” (Columbia Daily Herald)|
FFToday's Take: Fortunately, the Titans' tight end did not suffer any fractures and the injury does not appear to be especially serious. Walker, 30, solidified his spot as a legitimate fantasy TE1 last season and should be a favorite target of rookie QB Marcus Mariota in 2015.
|Ivory the favorite to be Jets' RB1|
HC: "He's going to have to become a better receiver"
By: John Canario | Aug 7 2015, 4:20 pm
|The New York Jets have a crowded backfield, but one back has yet to emerge as a bellcow to shoulder the load. Chris Ivory is the leading man for the job, but Stevan Ridley, Bilal Powell, and Zac Stacy are waiting in the wings. Ivory, who's split carries with Chris Johnson and Powell the past two years, respectively, is hoping that 2015 is his breakout campaign as a No. 1 back. "Right now, I’m doing pretty much everything," Ivory said via ESPN." Although he has led the Jets in carries the last two seasons, he hasn't exactly found himself head-and-shoulders above his competition. This season could be different, as head coach Todd Bowles has been impressed with Ivory thus far. There's just one area of concern for Bowles, where Ivory needs to improve. "He’s as advertised," Bowles said. "We knew he was tough and he could pound it up in there. But he cuts well, he’s got good vision [too]. "He’s going to have to become a better receiver," Bowles continued. "He has decent hands. He just needs to concentrate a little more." (Fox Sports)|
FFToday's Take: Averaging just 592 rushing yards per season over his five years in the NFL, Ivory is far from a sexy pick. However, he racked up a career-high 943 total rushing and receiving yards last year and seven touchdowns. If he can secure the top spot on the Jets' depth chart, he could be a serviceable RB2 if you're still in the market for a back in the middle rounds.
|Frank Gore singing Andrew Luck's praises|
And takes shot at Colin Kaepernick at the same time?
By: John Canario | Aug 7 2015, 3:55 pm
|That didn't take long. After less than a week of training camp, new Colts running back Frank Gore is already sold on Andrew Luck. The 32-year-old proclaimed after three short practices that Luck is the best quarterback he has ever played with. Gore believes that the 2015 Colts will likely end up being the best offense he has ever played with, and that's thanks in large part to Luck, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. "I think if we keep working and keep going and get that gelled, I think by far it can [be the best offense]. Especially with No. 12, man," Gore said on Wednesday. "I'm not knocking my other quarterbacks. I respect them other guys, but being around this guy a couple months, he's a different breed. He's smart. He makes me feel young. He runs the huddle. I never had that." (CBS Sports)|
FFToday's Take: It's hard to get excited about an aging Frank Gore, especially because the Colts like to pass so much. But Andrew Luck moves the ball down the field with greater regularity than Colin Kaepernick, and as a result Gore is slated for a lot of goal line work. While 1000 rushing yards might be a stretch, the veteran back has an outside shot at punching in 10 touchdowns in 2015, and could be a steal if still available in the fourth or fifth round of your draft.
|49ers release Aldon Smith following DUI arrest|
LB unwilling to take responsibility
By: John Canario | Aug 7 2015, 3:25 pm
|The San Francisco 49ers released Aldon Smith following the 25-year-old linebacker's arrest Thursday night on hit and run, driving under the influence and vandalism charges. "This organization has tried very hard to help Aldon fight his issues. Although he is no longer a member of this team, our support and concern for him will continue," the team said in a statement. A team source tells ESPN's Jim Trotter that 49ers general manager Trent Baalke met with Smith after he was released from jail Friday morning, and after Smith refused to take responsibility for his latest arrest, the decision was made to release him. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Smith was a sack-machine his first two seasons in the NFL, but a series of off-field incidents have derailed his career. The 25-year-old may face another suspension, but is talented enough that another NFL team will likely give him another chance at some point. While the 49ers only registered 36 sacks last season, they led the league with 23 interceptions. This was more attributable to a strong secondary than a good pass rush. For now, the 49ers will hope that Ahmad Brooks and Aaron Lynch will put enough pressure on opposing quarterbacks, but don't expect lofty fantasy totals from this 49ers' defense.
| Devonta Freeman injures hamstring|
Joins rookie Tevin Coleman on sidelines; likely sidelined for "a bit"
By: Doug Orth | Aug 6 2015, 6:20 pm
|Falcons RB Devonta Freeman, who’s been receiving most of the plays with the first-team offense in training camp, suffered a hamstring injury in practice on Thursday. Freeman was running outside and was taken to the ground hard. He did not return to the action.
The Falcons worked on their two-minute offense with Terron Ward, an undrafted rookie from Oregon State, as the running back with the first-team offense. Running back Tevin Coleman is also out with a hamstring strain. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)|
FFToday's Take: As a result of both players' hamstring injuries, we are unlikely to get any kind of clarity on the backfield situation in Atlanta before the end of the month - if even then. As such, it is starting to look more and more as if the Falcons will open the season splitting snaps between the two and might even mix in Antone Smith from time to time.
| D-Jax out 1-2 weeks with shoulder injury|
AC joint sprain
By: Doug Orth | Aug 6 2015, 4:30 pm
|DeSean Jackson has an AC joint sprain and will be out 1 to 2 weeks. (Mike Jones on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It's not a major setback for Jackson, but might cause him to lose some preseason-game bonding time with Robert Griffin III. HC Jay Gruden wants a more balanced offense in 2015 and has already made getting Pierre Garcon more involved a priority, so owners should not expect his numbers to improve from 2014 (56 catches, 1,169 yards and six touchdowns). In short, he should be a hit-or-miss WR2 for fantasy purposes again.
|Latavius Murray getting all of the first-team reps|
GM: "He can do it all"
By: Doug Orth | Aug 6 2015, 4:25 pm
|Latavius Murray, who missed his rookie season in 2013 with a foot injury, had some highlight-reel runs last season and started the last three games. But new head coach Jack Del Rio still brought in Trent Richardson to compete with Murray for the starting job. Richardson has missed the first week of training camp with an injury, and Murray isn’t looking back.
He is getting all of the first-team reps and has looked powerful, especially in a scrimmage late in Wednesday afternoon’s practice in Napa. (San Francisco Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: GM Reggie McKenzie said, "If he could stay healthy, nothing is holding him back ... he can do it all.” Murray is a size-speed specimen that could see his ADP skyrocket during the preseason. Roy Helu appears to be his main competition at the moment, especially since Trent Richardson was just activated from the active/NFI list on Wednesday.
| Marqise Lee out two weeks|
By: Doug Orth | Aug 6 2015, 4:05 pm
|Jaguars WR Marqise Lee strained his hamstring and will be out the next two weeks. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Lee was already fighting for a starting job with Allen Hurns opposite Allen Robinson, so this hurts his chances in that competition. The second-year wideout missed most of the offseason program and has been riddled with injuries since his final year at USC, dealing with hamstring and knee issues. He can be left undrafted in most regular-sized leagues.
|Difference in Bortles "night and day"|
GM thrilled with development of second-year QB
By: Doug Orth | Aug 6 2015, 3:50 pm
|Though it’s only four practices into Blake Bortles’ second training camp, Jacksonville Jaguars GM David Caldwell said he sees a marked difference in the player he took with the third overall pick last year.
"From where he’s at now compared to where he came in last year as a rookie, I think it’s night and day," Caldwell said. "His ease of throwing motion, the tightness of his ball, the compactness of his motion, the quicker release, the footwork, the balance -- all those things I think are better," Caldwell said. "And just his overall presence. He’s comfortable now." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Bortles' rough rookie season shouldn't have come as a surprise; Caldwell (and most fantasy owners) knew he was a raw prospect in a fairly hopeless situation in Jacksonville. The Jags brought in TE Julius Thomas and RB T.J. Yeldon to aid his development, so there is some redraft upside with him. However, the biggest winner of this news figures to be Allen Robinson, who should be Jacksonville's clear No. 1 receiver.
| Cards' Floyd out multiple weeks with hand injury|
Three dislocated fingers in left hand
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 5 2015, 7:20 pm
|Starting receiver Michael Floyd suffered a left hand injury early in practice and will be out several weeks, according to a source. Both the NFL Network and CBSsports.com reported that Floyd suffered three broken fingers and will miss around six weeks. That makes it doubtful he could play in the season opener against the Saints on Sept. 13. An NFL source told azcentral.com the injury wasn’t as severe as the Cardinals first feared and that Floyd could be out just three to five weeks. (Arizona Republic)|
FFToday's Take: Floyd was scheduled to start opposite Larry Fitzgerald but his role could be filled by John Brown early in the season. The injury puts a dent in Floyd's fantasy value as he looks to rebound from a ho-hum showing in 2014 that included six touchdowns but only 47 catches. His ADP will take a hit which could make him a nice value play in the later rounds of your draft.
| Foster to have groin surgery on Friday|
Texans' RB a candidate for short-term injured reserve
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 5 2015, 3:45 pm
|Houston Texans running back Arian Foster will undergo groin surgery in Philadelphia on Friday, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. He likely will miss the start of the regular season and could be placed on short-term injured reserve, which would allow the Texans to bring him back to practices after Week 6 and into a game after Week 8. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Texans' bye is Week 9 meaning the earliest Foster might see game action is Week 10 if he is indeed placed on the short-term/IR. Unable to agree on a deal with free agent Pierre Thomas, the Texans might elect to stay in-house with their running back options. Alfred Blue and Chris Polk will get first crack to fill Foster's void. Both are mid-to-late-round fliers in re-draft leagues.
| Tevin Coleman sits with hamstring strain|
Rookie in camp battle with Freeman for starting RB job
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 5 2015, 1:10 pm
|Rookie running back Tevin Coleman did not practice on Wednesday. Coleman was out with a hamstring strain. Coleman is competing with second-year back Devonta Freeman to win to the starting slot. Coleman has received reps with the first-team offense.
(Atlanta Journal Constitution)|
FFToday's Take: The injury isn't considered serious at this time but it might keep the rookie running back out of practice for a few days. Freeman currently sits atop the running back depth chart but both backs are expected to see action once the regular season begins.
|Texans, Pierre Thomas can't agree on contract|
Unable to agree on terms
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 5 2015, 12:45 pm
|Apparently the Texans’ plan to sign former Saints running back Pierre Thomas has fallen through after his tryout Wednesday. Thomas’ agent, Lamont Smith, had the following tweet: Pierre Thomas had a great visit and work out with texans, unfortunately we were unable to agree on terms. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: The Texans are looking for running back help in the free agent market after Arian Foster injured his groin during practice Monday night. Foster is expected to miss a portion of the regular season. If the Texans fail to sign a free agent, Alfred Blue, Chris Polk and Jonathan Grimes are likely share time while Foster is out.
| Anthony Dixon out with calf injury|
Out multiple weeks
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 5 2015, 12:15 pm
|Buffalo Bills running back Anthony Dixon suffered a calf injury in Monday night's practice which coach Rex Ryan called "substantial." Ryan expects Dixon to be out multiple weeks. (Buffalo News)|
FFToday's Take: Dixon may struggle to make the final roster if he's out for an extended period of time. The team has Fred Jackson, Bryce Brown and Karlos Williams behind LeSean McCoy. Dixon's injury opens the door for Brown to see more reps in training camp.
|Three-man battle for the No. 2 RB job in Miami |
Lazor: "There’s not one guy who’s out of it"
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 5 2015, 7:00 am
|Lazor said the three-man battle for the No. 2 running back job “might be more fun than the guard job to watch.” Damien Williams, LaMichael James and Jay Ajayi have all looked good in spurts, but Williams and James appear ahead of the rookie.
“There’s not one guy who’s out of it,” Lazor said. (Miami Herald)|
FFToday's Take: The Dolphins’ vice president or football operations, Mike Tannenbaum, recently noted that rookie Ajayi needs to improve his pass protection skills: "If he’s going to play for us, he has to be able to sit in there and protect on occasion.” Right now, Williams is behind Lamar Miller on the depth chart. Fantasy owners should steer clear of drafting any backup RB in Miami until the picture becomes clear.
| Foster suffers groin injury, may need surgery|
Injured in Monday's practice
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 4 2015, 1:48 pm
|Can confirm report by @taniaganguli that Arian Foster suffered groin injury in practice. Could require surgery. (John McClain on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Foster reportedly suffered the injury in practice on Monday. We'll wait for something more official from the team, but this doesn't sound good. Some reports suggest Foster is a candidate to placed on injured reserve/return, which would keep him out of the lineup for at least eight games. Stay tuned...
|Austin Seferian-Jenkins receives high praise|
TE coach compares ASF to Tony Gonzalez
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 4 2015, 12:10 pm
|After the first open practice at Bucs training camp, Dirk Koetter, the team’s new offensive coordinator, compared Austin Seferian-Jenkins to Tony Gonzalez.
“I tell you, if Austin is healthy, he reminds me … I coached Tony Gonzalez at the end of his career. Our tight ends coach, Jon Embree, had Tony in Kansas City,” Koetter said. “Austin’s talented.” (Tampa Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Wow. We've heard this sort of praise before, if not to this degree. ASF has 21 NFL catches for 221 yards, so perhaps the comparisons to a future Hall of Famer with 1,304 catches, 14,906 yards and 109 touchdowns is a bit much.
But there's certainly plenty of upside in an offense geared toward TE production and a rookie QB who'll need a reliable checkdown. ASF projects as a high-risk, high-upside TE2.
|Rashad Jennings sharp in practice|
Giants RB reportedly looking "big, strong, fast and quick"
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 4 2015, 10:05 am
|NJ.com reporter Jordan Raanan said running back Rashad Jennings had a "real nice start" to training camp and looks "big, strong, fast and quick."
Raanan reported that Jennings made middle linebacker Jon Beason look foolish in a 1-on-1 pass-catching drill, although he did have the ball get popped free by linebacker J.T. Thomas later in the drill. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Jennings is a versatile back who can serve as a workhorse and can do everything the Giants needs him for between the 20s and in the red zone. Unfortunately, he's got a lot of competition for carries, including Shane Vereen, big back Andre Williams, second-year Tulane product Orleans Darkwa and change-of-pace/kick returner Akeem Hunt. Still, he's being undervalued in most drafts and could be a Top 15 RB in the current offense.
|Sam Bradford getting contract extension?|
Eagles already working with QB to shore up short-term deal
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 4 2015, 9:00 am
|The Philadelphia Eagles have interest in tying starting quarterback Sam Bradford to the franchise beyond the upcoming season and have begun discussing a contract extension, according to sources.
Eagles coach Chip Kelly has Bradford taking the first-team reps at training camp ahead of Mark Sanchez, his primary competition for the starting position. Bradford is coming off the second ACL injury of his career, but Kelly wants a quarterback around whom he can build his team, and Bradford has made a strong early impression. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Despite the concerns about Bradford's injury history, Kelly recognizes the potential for Bradford to be a franchise quarterback. It's a very good sign for fantasy owners interested in taking a risk and drafting the former No. 1 overall pick from 2010.
While it's important he stay healthy and we see what he can do in Kelly's offense, there's at least potential for a huge breakout from Bradford, who's making friends quickly in Philly.
|Jimmy Graham expects to be blocking a lot more|
Seahawks TE may no longer be go-to offensive cog
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 4 2015, 8:50 am
|Graham's early debut with the Seahawks has been exactly what was expected, but there are significant differences between what Graham will do in Seattle and what he was asked to do in New Orleans. Blocking was rarely a priority with the Saints because of their pass-happy offense led by Drew Brees.
With the Seahawks, blocking is a priority on par with making receptions.
"It's very important for me to be a part of that here because that's about 75 percent of the offense here and if you have a back like (Marshawn Lynch), you want to be in there on those explosive runs and you want to be part of that," Graham said. (Associated Press)|
FFToday's Take: We're not bullish on Graham's chances to resume the type of fantasy production he saw at his peak in New Orleans, and reaching the 80-reception mark will be a challenge in this offense. Graham seems to be sold on the concept of a '75 percent' running game, and he'll still be a viable third-down option red zone threat -- just not the clear-cut top fantasy TE and difference maker he was in the past.
|Niners will use camp to figure out backfield|
OC: Does not want "tightly defined roles" at RB
By: Doug Orth | Aug 3 2015, 9:30 pm
|San Francisco 49ers new OC Geep Chryst has no idea how the 49ers will ultimately attempt to replace RB Frank Gore, who was the main man in the team’s backfield for nearly all of his 10-year run with the franchise.
“That’s what we need camp to find out,” Chryst said.
Carlos Hyde will get an opportunity to be the featured back, but Chryst said he does not want tightly defined roles. He wants Hyde, Reggie Bush, Kendall Hunter and Mike Davis to be able to thrive in different roles. (CSN Bay Area)|
FFToday's Take: Hyde seems to be a good bet to command early-down work and his fantasy upside could be his current fourth-round ADP, but the odds of him serving as the featured back aren't going to be particularly good since Bush has been one of the better passing-game weapons at running back for several years. The Niners also figure to be trailing more often than they have in recent seasons, which is another reason to let someone else use an early pick on the second-year back.
|Crabtree regaining old form?|
New Raiders WR appears healthy for first time in years
By: Doug Orth | Aug 3 2015, 9:25 pm
|It's training camp, and optimism can be the norm. But it's safe to say the Raiders believe Michael Crabtree is going to be playing himself into a big contract when the year is over. He's flashing the hands that once led Jim Harbaugh to deem him the best catcher of the football ever. The Former 49ers receiver has answered questions about his speed, stemming from lower-leg injuries he's sustained in the past, and so far, so good. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: A healthy Crabree would do wonders for rookie Amari Cooper and Derek Carr, removing potential double teams from the former and serving as a trustworthy possession receiver for the latter. If Crabtree is truly looking like his old self, owners wouold be wise to track him during the preseason. A healthy Crabtree could emerge as a potential high-upside fantasy WR4 in what should be a ball-control offense in Oakland in 2015.
|Hankerson, Tamme among early standouts|
WR, TE turning heads in Atlanta
By: Doug Orth | Aug 3 2015, 9:20 pm
|Two acquisitions that look especially good right now are WR Leonard Hankerson and TE Jacob Tamme. Hankerson has been the best wide receiver at Flowery Branch thus far.
“I think it’s the length, he’s got such a big catching radius,” new HC Dan Quinn said. “He’s got such a knack for keeping it in bounds and going to stretch for the ball.”
Quinn likes what he’s seen from Tamme, as well. The veteran TE impressed with numerous catches in high-traffic areas.
"We're just trying to find ways to feature (Tamme). He's got a unique style of how to get open, where to go find it. I think there's a good rhythm with him with that," Quinn said. (atlantafalcons.com)|
FFToday's Take: Roddy White has been limited with a knee ailment, but Atlanta has been consistent in hyping Hankerson this offseason. It should also be noted that Hankerson played for the Redskins when offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan held the same job in Washington. Tamme is shaping up as a potential high-upside TE2. Not only has Shanahan been able to get tight ends to produce in his offense, but the Falcons would like for one to emerge to diversify the offense like Tony Gonzalez did before his retirement.
|HC: James White can play all three downs|
Hoping to hold off challengers to replace Vereen
By: Doug Orth | Aug 3 2015, 8:10 pm
|Pats HC Bill Belichick commented on a few players. On RB James White: "A guy who can really play on all three downs, quality guy, smart, team oriented." (Ben Volin on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Beantown-on-Beantown crime continues. Earlier in the day, ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss reported Travaris Cadet was one of five players "building positive momentum" in the early part of training camp. Granted, it's questionable what a recommendation means from Belichick when it comes to his backs, but his mention of "three downs" is notable as White tries to hold off Cadet and Dion Lewis for Shane Vereen's old passing-down/third-down role. White is a worthwhile flier in the later rounds of PPR leagues.
|Doug Martin to be lead back for Bucs|
Starting RB job is Martin's to lose
By: Doug Orth | Aug 3 2015, 5:45 pm
|If the Bucs are going to run the ball, Doug Martin must lead the way.
"Definitely a key for us," Bucs coach Lovie Smith said. "We talked about being able to establish the run. Doug will be the lead guy doing that, so it's very important that we open up some holes and let him do his thing."
FFToday's Take: Earlier this off-season many speculated that Charles Sims would be the main ball carrier in the Bucs offense. It appears that head coach Lovie Smith and offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter will give Martin first opportunity at the job. Martin's best season came in 2012 when he finished 3rd among fantasy running backs and posted a 319-1454-11 line. He hasn't cracked 500 yards rushing in a season since. He'll have RB2 upside in standard re-draft leagues, currently being drafted as a RB3 (RB32 overall).
| McFadden remains out with hamstring injury|
RB has missed 29 games with 15 different injuries in his career
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 3 2015, 1:00 pm
|Owner Jerry Jones expects Darren McFadden to be fully healed for the season opener against the New York Giants. The running back has spent the first week of training camp on the physically unable to perform list after tweaking his left hamstring while working out the week before leaving for Oxnard. McFadden missed much of the offseason program with an injured right hamstring. (Star-Telegram)|
FFToday's Take: It's still early in camp but the hamstring issues for McFadden have to be concerning for a player that's dealt with similar leg injuries in his career. McFadden is penciled in behind starter Joseph Randle but it won't be a shock if the Cowboys decided to bring in a free agent (Chris Johnson, Steven Jackson) before Week 1.
| Kevin White still bothered by shin injury|
No timetable for return
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 3 2015, 11:20 am
|Fox says Kevin White is "making headway" but still vague about any timetable. Said he was on the shelf for 6 weeks. (Brad Biggs on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: White has a golden opportunity to fill a void in the Bears receiving corps now that Brandon Marshall has moved on to the Jets. White can be activated at anytime but he'll have to accelerate his preparation once cleared if wants to make a significant contribution in 2015. His fantasy value is on hold.
| M. Bryant expected to miss Hall of Fame game|
Elbow infection will cause Steelers WR to miss a week to 10 days
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 2 2015, 7:40 pm
|Martavis Bryant had a procedure Sunday for an infection on his elbow that will likely cause the second-year wide receiver to miss the Hall of Fame preseason opener Sunday night against the Minnesota Vikings.
Bryant is expected to be out about a week to 10 days after an ingrown hair became infected, causing his elbow to swell. Coach Mike Tomlin said Bryant “should be back to us sooner than later.”
(Pittsburgh Post Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: This situation shouldn't be a long-term issue. Bryant has been the second receiver taken in fantasy drafts but a recent quote from QB Ben Roethlisberger suggests Bryant has competition for snaps in two wide receiver sets from Markus Wheaton. Bryant's ADP is likely to slide in the coming week.
| Johnson, West dealing with injuries|
Isaiah Crowell and Shaun Draughn getting extra reps for Browns
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 2 2015, 3:18 pm
|Browns rookie running back Duke Johnson, who figures prominently in the offense this season, could be out awhile with the pulled hamstring he suffered Saturday in practice, coach Mike Pettine said. Terrance West injured his calf Saturday, but Pettine's optimistic that he'll be back next week. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: West is expected back on the field early this week, perhaps even Tuesday. Johnson has a history of hamstring issues so while the situation is minor right now, it's something to monitor as the pre-season continues. Shaun Draughn is getting extra reps with West and Brown on the sideline.
| Jets rookie wideout expected to miss 4-6 weeks|
Broken ribs, punctured lung
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 1 2015, 7:00 am
|New York Jets wide receiver Devin Smith suffered broken ribs on Friday, the team announced. The rookie will miss the majority of training camp.
NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Saturday that Smith also suffered a punctured lung, but the injury is minor. The rookie is expected to miss four to six weeks. His status for the season opener on Sept. 13 is "iffy."
FFToday's Take: This injury derails Smith's chances at a significant role in the offense. Jeremy Kerley is entrenched in the No.3 role behind Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker.
|Forte: "Catching 100 balls is not my goal"|
Bears' planning on running the ball more
By: John Canario | Jul 31 2015, 6:00 pm
|Matt Forte set an NFL record with 102 catches from the running back position last season. The Chicago Bears' tailback doesn't plan on duplicating that performance in 2015. "Catching 100 balls is not my goal as a running back," Forte said Thursday, per the Chicago Tribune. Under new coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Adam Gase, the Bears plan to run a more balanced attack than the previous administration.
"If you're running the ball and you can run it effectively you get to control the clock and keep other offenses off the field," Forte said. "Which is what we want to do. If we can control the game, control the pace of the game, and grind out tough yards and score, then that's what we're going to do." (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: A more balanced offensive attack would be a hit to Forte's fantasy totals in PPR leagues. While his rushing totals should see a boost, his receiving yards and points for receptions will see a healthy reduction.
|Gruden still thinks RG3 has what it takes|
Once prolific QB hoping to rediscover offensive production
By: John Canario | Jul 31 2015, 5:45 pm
|As Jay Gruden sees it, for four years, Robert Griffin III has been a prisoner of the expectations around him. The idea now is to set him free. Griffin wasn't very good last year. That much is impossible to argue. But neither were the Washington Redskins. "We can't put all the pressure on the quarterback," Gruden said. "There's only a few quarterbacks in the league that can handle that, and those guys are gonna be first-ballot Hall of Famers. The rest of them, they need help. They need help with the running game. [They need] some quick-element throws where the receivers do the work for them, screens, good play-action shot plays, good strong defense. If we win 17-13, who gives a (expletive)? We just gotta win." (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: RG3's fantasy totals have taken a hit with each passing season. His name still carries some weight but owners who've had him in either of the last two years might be tired of being burned by the former standout rookie.
|Peterson drawing high praise from coaching staff|
Head coach Zimmer: "He's in fantastic shape"
By: John Canario | Jul 31 2015, 4:30 pm
|Adrian Peterson is as good as ever after a year away. “He’s in fantastic shape. His body is rock hard. He’s really into all the football stuff, he’s got a smile on his face, he seems to be extremely happy and excited to be here. Every day you see a couple cuts that look like a Hall of Fame running back, so those are good sights to see,” Zimmer said. The Vikings have become a trendy pick to be a playoff team, with Peterson returning, Teddy Bridgewater improving in his second season and Zimmer getting another year to build his defense. (NBC Sports)|
FFToday's Take: There's been no shortage of positive sentiment voiced about AP's ability this offseason. But when he ties up his cleats on September 13th for the Vikings opening game, he will have played just one regular season game in the past 20 months. There is no doubting Peterson's superhuman ability but at 30 years old and after a year away from football, there are less risky running back options available if you don't feel like rolling the dice.
|Bills' FB thinks McCoy can reach 2000-yard mark|
Uncertainty surrounds former Eagle as he joins new team
By: John Canario | Jul 31 2015, 4:00 pm
|"I want him to break records," Bills fullback Jerome Felton said. "I want him to get 2,000 yards. I want him to lead the league in rushing. Him and Adrian are cut from the same cloth. I would be very disappointed if he's not the leading rusher in the league next year, that's for sure." Reaching the 2,000 yard mark is incredibly difficult, but it's not out of the question for McCoy. He piled up 1,607 yards in 2013 on 314 carries. He has averaged a healthy 4.6 yards over the course of his career, and has remained relatively healthy each year - both key factors in rushing for a big number of yards. Having a confident fullback as your lead blocker helps, especially when he's blocked for another 2,000-yard rusher in Adrian Peterson. (Fox)|
FFToday's Take: Caution: it can be hard to predict how a star running back will fit in with a new team. LeSean McCoy is an elusive runner who can pound the ball between the tackles or bounce outside and turn on the jets. Historically, he has done a lot of damage receiving the ball as well. He will likely be the focal point of the team's offense this season, and if he stays healthy, should help the Bills improve upon the 92.6 rushing yards they averaged per game last year.
|Winston officially named starting QB for Bucs|
Lovie Smith says 1st overall pick will take first team reps
By: John Canario | Jul 31 2015, 3:30 pm
|Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith announced Friday that No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston will be the team's starting quarterback. "Jameis Winston is our starting quarterback. He'll be taking first-team reps tomorrow," Smith said of the Bucs' first practice of training camp. "We brought him in here to be our quarterback." The quote is noteworthy only because it's the first time Smith has bluntly stated Winston would be the starter. During offseason workouts and minicamp Winston didn't take all the first-team reps, with Smith saying the rookie needed to "earn" the job. Winston apparently did just that. "All this talk about Jameis needing a mentor... Jameis doesn't need a mentor," he said, per NFL Media's Jeff Darlington. "He's ready to take the reins and go with it." (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: It's rarely a confidence-instilling tactic to select a rookie quarterback in fantasy drafts, but Winston might be a serviceable slinger in two quarterback leagues. In his favor, he has an ideal wide receiving corps in twin towers Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson; both are 6-foot-5 and are major red zone threats.
|Russell Wilson, Seahawks agree to deal|
Four-year contract extension
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 31 2015, 10:30 am
|Quarterback Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks have agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $87.6 million, sources confirmed to ESPN. Wilson, 26, was scheduled to make $1.54 million this season, the fourth and final year of his rookie contract. If he had not agreed to the new contract, Wilson faced being tagged as the franchise player next February. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Wilson will reportedly get $60 million guaranteed over the deal and is signed through the 2019 season. This deal puts him amongst the highest paid at his position.
|Giants expected to add WR James Jones|
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 30 2015, 8:00 pm
|Already with depth at wide receiver, the Giants are set to add another to the mix. The team will sign veteran wide receiver James Jones on Friday. Offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo should know a little something about his soon-to-be newest receiver. McAdoo coached Jones in Green Bay. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Jones will be insurance in case Victor can't be an effective contributor. He's obviously familiar with Ben McAdoo's sytem from their time in Green Bay together. He's off the fantasy radar in re-draft leagues but could potentially be waiver wire pickup at some point during the season.