| Still no timetable for Andrew Luck's return|
Colts QB's Week 1 status in doubt
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 22 2017, 3:12 pm
|Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) on Twitter regarding Andrew Luck: "Said he still doesn't have a timeline and isn't worried about it. Then he gave me a few cliches and laughed if off. I don't have a good sense."
Scott Tolzien would face the Rams in Week 1 if Luck were still on PUP or unable to go right away after a limited practice schedule. (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This is bad for Luck owners who were assured by beat reporters from the Indy Star and other outlets throughout the month of July and into August that Luck would be removed from PUP and ready for Week 1. His draft value has to take an enormous hit, considering both the prognosis and his less-than-stellar 2016.
| Mike Gillislee gets in full practice on Tuesday|
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 22 2017, 2:00 pm
|RB Mike Gillislee says he was a full participant in practice today. Has been limited the last two weeks with hamstring. (Mike Reiss on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Gillislle has been bothered by a hamstring injury leaving fantasy owners to wonder about his role in the crowded Patriots backfield. It's difficult to peg Gillislle, Rex Burkhead, James White or any back in this offense as sure thing, making all dart throws in the middle to late rounds of your draft.
|Jets will name starting QB next week|
HC Todd Bowles knows who it is, but won't say yet
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 22 2017, 10:40 am
|Coach Todd Bowles announced he would make his decision next Monday, after watching film of the team’s third preseason game against the Giants. It's currently between Christian Hackenberg, who flopped in his surprise start on Saturday, and veteran Josh McCown.
“I have my own thoughts, but it’s a coach’s decision out of all of us,” Bowles said Monday, but keeping those thoughts to himself. “We’ll discuss it after the game and we’ll come up with the best starter.” (New York Post)|
FFToday's Take: Considering veteran Josh McCown has received a majority of the first-team reps in practice — and has led the scoring-challenged offense to its only touchdown in two preseason games - it would be a stunner if the 38-year-old isn’t named the starter over youngsters Hackenberg and Bryce Petty.
|Browns HC Hue Jackson yet to name a starting QB|
Cleveland signal caller should be decided by Wednesday
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 22 2017, 9:25 am
|Hue Jackson said he's going to watch the tape to decide between Brock Osweiler and DeShone Kizer. "There were some things that I felt on the sidelines just being out there watching the game, calling the plays and watching how things happen. Like I told you guys, I hope by Wednesday of this upcoming week we will have a decision of where we are headed, and I think that is what we have to do." (ClevelandBrowns.com)|
FFToday's Take: This is a tough situation, and without an established QB, neither portends to be all that successful in 2017. Still, the Browns could be playing from behind a lot and there could be some QB2 fantasy value at some point.
| Brandon Marshall injures shoulder|
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 22 2017, 9:05 am
|Head coach Ben McAdoo said he had no results available after the game, but Brandon Marshall told reporters he was "sore" while briefly walking through the locker room after the game. He later posted a tweet implying he was feeling strong with a muscles emoji. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: WRs Tavarres King and Odell Beckham Jr. were also injured in the game. King and Marshall's injuries became known after Beckham was hit low by Browns defensive back Briean Boddy-Calhoun, leading to some tense moments for the Giants. Beckham later returned to the sideline in street clothes and appears to be walking without a limp. He has a wrap on his left ankle, but it is not bulky.
| Odell Beckham Jr. sprains ankle|
Giants WR avoids serious injury, plans to play Week 1
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 22 2017, 9:00 am
|Odell Beckham Jr. was injured during Monday night’s second quarter with what looked like a potentially catastrophic leg injury, but X-rays have come back clean. (New York Daily News)|
FFToday's Take: Beckham was joking afterward with reporters: “I don’t know, man. I’m pretty concerned, but I think I’ll be all right. It feels like a sprained ankle, a rolled ankle. I don’t know. You ever hurt your ankle? That’s what it feels like."
It's not a good thing for his draft stock or value, as ankle injuries can linger, but the injury isn't as bad as it looked.
|Cam Newton continues to make progress|
QB takes part in team drills
By: Doug Orth | Aug 21 2017, 9:40 pm
|Cam Newton (shoulder) is throwing in team drills today. (The Charlotte Observer)|
FFToday's Take: Reports surfaced over the weekend Newton would see an increased workload this week, and it appears that is exactly what happened. It remains to be seen whether or not he'll take part in Thursday's dress rehearsal against Jacksonville, but he seems certain at this point to be ready in time for the regular-season opener against San Francisco. Newton should be considered a low-end QB1, but one with obvious upside.
|Trevor Siemian named the starting QB in Denver|
Paxton Lynch to remain backup for second straight year
By: Doug Orth | Aug 21 2017, 9:30 pm
|Trevor Siemian won the Denver Broncos' quarterback battle with his steady play. Broncos HC Vance Joseph named Siemian his starting quarterback at a news conference Monday, saying Siemian was the "clear-cut winner" in his duel with Paxton Lynch. (NFL.com - Kevin Patra)|
FFToday's Take: Lynch was considered a project as a first-round pick in 2016 and he remains raw despite making strides this offseason. Siemian's "win" is good news for Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, as the former seventh-round pick is a steady veteran who can move the offense and won't often put the Broncos' vaunted defense into too many unfavorable positions. Siemian is a middling QB2 for fantasy purposes.
|Jamaal Charles to make Bronco debut|
Former Chief great to get his one and only shot Saturday
By: Doug Orth | Aug 21 2017, 8:55 pm
|Saturday vs Green Bay will be Jamaal Charles’ one shot at making the Broncos roster. Won’t play in the final preseason game. (NFL.com - James Palmer)|
FFToday's Take: Charles has repeatedly stated he is healthy, but the Broncos are making sure they are giving him as much time as possible to show them what he can do. HC Vance Joseph promised Charles will play "a lot" against the Packers. As much as box scores lie in the preseason, Charles' statistical contributions this weekend figure to be a pretty good indicator as to whether or not he will make the team.
| Leonard Fournette won't play Thursday|
Foot injury; still on track for Week 1 vs. Houston
By: Doug Orth | Aug 21 2017, 7:50 pm
|Jacksonville Jaguars fans will have to wait at least another week to catch Leonard Fournette in game action again. Jaguars HC Doug Marrone announced Monday that the fourth-overall pick will be among the players who won't suit up for Thursday's preseason contest against the Carolina Panthers. Fournette sat out last week's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because of a foot injury. Fournette told reporters last week he could have played against the Bucs if it were necessary and said he was confident he'd be ready to roll by the Jags' Sept. 10 season opener against the Houston Texans. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Fournette is almost certain not to play in the preseason finale, so owners will have to base their opinion of him on his college resume and 12 snaps during the exhibition season. At the moment, Jacksonville's offense looks to be an unmitigated disaster, and it will be up to Fournette to make it at least a bit respectable. Volume will be on his side, but he needs to be treated as a high-upside RB2 for fantasy purposes instead of the low-end RB1 he is being drafted as this summer.
| Jordan Matthews optimistic he'll play Week 1|
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 21 2017, 8:00 am
|"It doesn’t take somebody hitting me in my chest for it to flare up,” Matthews said. "It’s any type of movement where I really have to use my upper body. So right now we’re trying to get back into running, using regular arm motion and getting functional movement down. Once I can get that down, get that blood flow and that healing and the pain is more centrally located to just the sternum I’ll know it’s time to move on, get something to protect it and let’s go play football."
FFToday's Take: Players are always optimistic about their injuries, however not being able use your upper body sounds like a significant issue and one that could keep Matthews out into the regular season. If he's able to be active, he should be thrust into the starting lineup along side Zay Jones.
|Boldin has change of heart, retires from NFL|
Veteran WR calls is quits
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 20 2017, 7:00 pm
|Football has always been a priority for Anquan Boldin. But after 14 seasons, more than 200 games and nearly 14,000 yards receiving, the veteran wide receiver now feels a higher calling, which is why he left the Buffalo Bills on Sunday after only two weeks with the team and plans to retire. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Boldin signed with the Bills two weeks ago but after a couple key trades that included Sammy Watkins and DB Ronald Darby, the veteran receiver had a change of heart. He reportedly wants to focus on humanitarian and human rights work. His departure leaves the Bills with Jordan Matthews (chest), Zay Jones and Andre Holmes atop the wide receiver depth chart.
|Bears' rookie RB Tarik Cohen impresses |
Should carve out change-of-pace role
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 20 2017, 8:30 am
|With starter Jordan Howard dealing with an eye issue, the Chicago Bears turned to rookie running back Tarik Cohen to start their second preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday night. The Bears rookie running back carried the ball 11 times on the night for 77 yards. He showed fantastic quickness and burst in his cuts and undoubtedly has the speed to reach the corner with consistency. (Dawindcity.com)|
FFToday's Take: Cohen is undersized, making it doubtful the Bears would ever use him in a workhorse role if Jordan Howard went down with an injury but he does fit a "change-of-pace" role in the Bears offense and should see the field a fair amount in his rookie season.
|Struggles continue for Paxton Lynch|
rawness and inexperience shines against 49ers
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 20 2017, 7:30 am
|With a start against the 49ers on Saturday, Paxton Lynch faced the biggest test of his young NFL career in trying to secure the Broncos’ starting quarterback job. His persistent struggles in reading and reacting to the defense were scattered throughout. His flash of potential was obvious. But so, too, were his rawness and inexperience. (Denver Post)|
FFToday's Take: Trevor Siemian entered late in 2nd quarter and led the Broncos on a TD-drive. The Broncos have giving Lynch every opportunity to win the starting QB job but he's not taking advantage. The Broncos haven't put a timetable on naming a starting quarterback but unless Lynch does something overly impress in the next week and a half, the Job is going to be Siemian's.
|Kareem Hunt tweaks ankle, will be "fine"|
Chiefs focus on run game against Bengals
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 20 2017, 7:00 am
|Hunt, to be sure, looked great. His first carry went for 5 yards, and he sprinkled in a pair of darting, dashing 8- and 11-yard runs where he showed off the vision, balance and burst that caused the Chiefs to trade up for him in this year’s draft. He kept that up through the second quarter - all the while flashing upside as a receiver, as well - and finished the game with eight carries for 40 yards (a 5.0 average) and three catches for 23 yards before departing because of a tweaked ankle.
(Kansas City Star)|
FFToday's Take: The Chiefs focused on the run game Saturday night against the Bengals giving starter Spencer Ware most of the night off, allowing rookie Kareem Hunt and veteran C.J. Spiller to rack up 67 yards on 14 carries combined. Hunt left in the 2nd quarter after tweaking his ankle, but head coach Andy Reid expects him to be "fine". Spiller and Charcandrick West (7-113) are battling for the No.3 spot.
|Dalvin Cook, bright spot in Vikings loss|
Vikings RB on the rise
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 19 2017, 8:30 am
|RB Dalvin Cook: Cook broke arm tackles on his way to picking up 33 yards on three consecutive carries against the Seahawks, showing off his combination of power and elusiveness once he finds a seam. Cook’s production came behind a patchwork offensive line that expects to return two of its starters - Alex Boone and Riley Reiff - for the next preseason game on Aug. 27. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Cook's averaged draft position has been on the rise over the last week and half after seeing extensive action with the first team offense through two pre-season games. With an ADP of 3.09 (RB16) you'll need to consider him in Round 3 if you're drafting this weekend.
|SEA WR Kasan Williams pushing for roster spot|
Seattle receiver is tired of being on practice squad
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 19 2017, 8:00 am
|Receiver Kasen Williams picked up right where he left off last week in the Seahawks win over the Chargers in their preseason opener - dominating defensive backs on a mission to prove that he deserves a spot on the 53-man roster. (Seattle Times)|
FFToday's Take: With Paul Richardson and Tyler Lockett sitting out last night's preseason game, it allowed Williams an opportunity to impress coaches and he did just that. He's been on the practice squad the last two seasons but has turned heads through two pre-season games. He's capable of landing the 4th or 5th wide receiver spot in Seattle, which doesn't come with any re-draft league value but he's a name worth watching in dynasty leagues
| Ebron trying to shake hamstring injury|
Has yet to particpate in a full practice
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 18 2017, 7:30 am
|The Detroit Lions tight end is trying to shake a hamstring injury that has held him out since the opening minutes of camp. Coach Jim Caldwell insisted he has not suffered a setback, despite expectations he was ready to return to the field more fully this week.
"No, he's just got a couple issues that he's dealing with, you know?" Caldwell said after practice Wednesday. "He's got a couple things and not quite ready yet, so hopefully he'll continue to heal and we'll get him back out there soon." (Mlive.com)|
FFToday's Take: It's concerning Eric Ebron hasn't been able to practice this deep into camp. He hasn't played more than 13 games in any season and will need to stay healthy if he's going to finish 2017 as a TE1.
| Thomas Rawls to miss next preseason game|
"Minor" ankle injury; Eddie Lacy to get start
By: Doug Orth | Aug 17 2017, 6:20 pm
|Pete Carroll says RB Thomas Rawls has minor ankle issue and won't play Friday. Eddie Lacy will start at tailback. (The Tacoma News Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Any "minor" ankle injury is newsworthy for Rawls given his extensive injury history. He has been a training camp darling so far, but this will give Lacy a chance to close the gap. Either way, it would be a surprise to see either player reach 200 touches this season, making both low-end RB3s at best.
|Jamison Crowder set to make preseason debut|
Missed opener with hamstring injury
By: Doug Orth | Aug 17 2017, 6:10 pm
|Jamison Crowder received a full workload yet again, and the plan is for him to make his preseason debut after missing the opener with a hamstring injury. It means that Kirk Cousins and the offense will take another step toward returning to full strength.
Crowder has looked good in practice, winning matchups against Josh Norman when lined up outside, and Kendall Fuller or linebackers or safeties when lined up in the slot. He has used crisp route-running to shake the likes of Norman and Fuller, and speed to win against linebackers and safeties. (The Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: Despite all the hype Terrelle Pryor is getting in the fantasy community, Crowder should see the most targets in Washington. The key for him living up to his early-sixth round ADP is remaining one of Kirk Cousins' two favorite options in the red zone (along with Jordan Reed). It will be difficult for him to do given Pryor is such a big and athletic target, but PPR owners should be happy with Crowder regardless given his 90-catch upside.
| Steelers activate Sammie Coates from the PUP list |
Returning from knee surgery
By: Doug Orth | Aug 17 2017, 11:00 am
|The Steelers activated receiver Sammie Coates from the physically unable to perform list, and he will participate in his first practice of training camp this afternoon at Saint Vincent College. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: Sammie Coates will join the battle for Pittsburgh's fourth receiver spot behind Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant and Eli Rogers. Coates could become valuable depth for the Steelers or another team if he is eventually cut. Needless to say, he has a long road to go before gaining fantasy relevance in 2017.
| RB Booker expected back early in regular season|
HC Vance Joseph comments on RBBC in Denver
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 16 2017, 8:30 am
|Joseph has said he plans to take a committee approach with his running backs.
“The running back position, you need two or three guys who are going to carry the load,” he said in May. “It’s no longer a one-guy position.”
Anderson is the starter and returned to camp this year in the best shape of his career. And although Booker quickly went down with a wrist injury, he is expected to be back early in the regular season and the team has high hopes for him. Joseph said that while Booker is listed as the No. 2 back on the depth chart, he was pushing to be No. 1 before the injury. That says a lot.
FFToday's Take: Denver's rushing attack is lining up to be a nightmare for fantasy owners to decipher. Knowing that the coaching staff feels C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker (wrist) are that close on the depth chart while reserving a role for Jamaal Charles and possibly rookie De'Angelo Henderson will prevent anyone in Denver's backfield from being more than a RB3/Flex this season.
|DeAndre Hopkins doesn't practice Tuesday|
O'Brien: "We've got him on a little bit of a pitch count"
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 15 2017, 11:00 pm
|DeAndre Hopkins did not practice again on Tuesday. He has not practiced since last Monday, though he did play in the Texans' preseason opener on Wednesday. On Monday, Bill O'Brien said Hopkins is "doing fine." "We've got him on a little bit of a pitch count, so to speak," O'Brien said. (ESPN.com)|
FFToday's Take: Typically, teams use a "pitch count" to protect a player coming back from an injury or trying to prevent an injury from getting worse. That being said, HC Bill O'Brien doesn't appear to be too concerned with the situation so DeAndre Hopkins remains a top 20 fantasy receiver entering the year.
| Eagles cut Ryan Mathews|
RB medically cleared, move saves $4MM against cap
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 15 2017, 2:03 pm
|Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) on Twitter: "Source: The #Eagles have informed former starting RB Ryan Mathews, who passed his physical earlier today, that he's been released." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Mathews is still a viable back and should latch on somewhere in the near future, but he's off the radar for fantasy at the moment.
|Jay Cutler to make Dolphins debut Thursday|
Embattled QB scheduled to start versus Ravens
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 15 2017, 11:00 am
|Jay Cutler missed last week's preseason opener after signing a one-year, $10 million contract just a few days prior. Cutler is expected to start against Baltimore after practicing fully all week. His backup is Matt Moore. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Dolphins have some talented offensive players, but Cutler is going to need all the reps he can handle if he's going to resurrect his career and prove the critics wrong. He's a low-end QB2 until we see something to prove otherwise.
| DeMarco Murray back at practice Monday|
Titans RB should get work in upcoming preseason games
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 15 2017, 9:04 am
|Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) on Twitter: "@DeMarcoMurray worked extensively in @Titans practice tonight. Biggest step in return from hamstring injury" (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: DeMarco Murray is one of the most productive back in football when healthy, and this is a team that's focused on the running game. He's a Top 10 fantasy RB and a safe bet for consistent touches, even if the Titans work Derrick Henry in more this season.
| Chargers lose Denzel Perryman for first 4 games|
Standout LB suffered ankle injury
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 15 2017, 8:55 am
|Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) on Twitter: "#Chargers LB Denzel Perryman suffered an ankle injury that will keep him out at least the first 4 games, source said. He may need surgery." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This is a bad news injury (high ankle sprain) that could take 6-8 weeks or longer to heal. IDP drafters should beware and look elsewhere to bolster their LB corps. Korey Toomer will fill Perryman's role for the season's outset.
|De'Angelo Henderson shines in preseason opener|
Denver RB was drafted in sixth round
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 15 2017, 8:50 am
|DeVontae Booker, Denver’s No. 2 running back who had been pushing to be No. 1, suffered a fractured wrist when camp opened, and he'll be out for the rest of camp. They also have Jamaal Charles, Stevan Ridley and along with the arrival of rookie De'Angelo Henderson (54 yards and a long TD run in the preseason opener), see the return of No. 1 RB C.J. Anderson, Booker and Juwan Thompson. (Denver Post)|
FFToday's Take: “What we saw tonight is what he’s been since we drafted the guy in the spring,” first-year Broncos head coach Vance Joseph said of Henderson after the 24-17 victory over the Bears. “So I’m not surprised to see that tonight.”
The Broncos have a lot of talented backs and are looking at a full-fledged competition for touches in the backfield.
|Julio Jones primed to see more red zone looks?|
Team placing emphasis on getting top WR more targets in close
By: Doug Orth | Aug 14 2017, 7:50 pm
|Seems to be a real emphasis around getting Julio Jones more touches in the red zone this camp. (Head coach Dan Quinn) said he's been a real factor there. (AtlantaFalcons.com)|
FFToday's Take: New OC Steve Sarkisian has been consistent about feeding Jones near the goal line, so perhaps this is the year he breaks through in the touchdown department. Besides his history with foot injuries, the one thing keeping Jones from becoming possibly the best receiver in fantasy football is the fact he has topped eight TDs just once. He's a top-three fantasy receiver regardless and a near-lock to come off the board among the first five picks in most drafts.
| Mike Williams eyeing October debut?|
First-round WR making progress from back injury
By: Doug Orth | Aug 14 2017, 7:45 pm
|The Chargers are eyeing an October debut for first-round pick WR Mike Williams. The Clemson product, who is recovering from a herniated disc in his back from the spring, has been sprinting on the treadmill and on the practice field. By all accounts, he's making solid progress as the team has used rest and rehab, rather than a surgical option. Los Angeles is also being cautious. That's why, according to several sources with direct knowledge of the situation, the plan is for Williams to play in October. How it happens will depend on what unfolds over the next three weeks until it's time to make a roster decision on Sept. 2. (NFL.com - Ian Rapoport)|
FFToday's Take: Williams suffered the injury in the team's first spring practice and has been sidelined ever since, so there is little chance he is going to be able to make a rookie-year impact. With that said, his size (6-4, 218) will make for an inviting red zone target on an offense that should be among the best in the league. He can go undrafted in most leagues, but he is one to keep an eye on if he can start playing by October.
|Kenny Golladay poised for "important role"|
WR should emerge as valuable red zone weapon
By: Doug Orth | Aug 14 2017, 7:40 pm
|The Lions have resisted temptation to throw Kenny Golladay in with the first-team offense for now, letting him earn his stripes on the second team. Marvin Jones, Golden Tate and T.J. Jones have taken the bulk of the first-team work so far and, despite Golladay’s big game Sunday, that isn’t likely to change. Still, Golladay is on track to play an important role in the Lions offense this fall as a red-zone threat, where he has all the makings of being a quarterback’s best friend. (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: If we didn't know any better, it sounds as if the Lions want to use the 6-4, 213-pound rookie in the same way they utilized Anquan Boldin last year. Of course, 67 catches and eight touchdowns is setting the bar too high for Golladay, but 40-plus catches and 5-6 TDs is probably within reach. He figures to be very hit-or-miss as a rookie, but Detroit loves what it has here. Consider him an upside WR5 at the moment.
| Bilal Powell, Matt Forte missing practice|
RBs dealing with neck and hamstring injuries, respectively
By: Doug Orth | Aug 14 2017, 7:30 pm
|Jets top two RBs Bilal Powell and Matt Forte are not participating in team drills again. Rookie Elijah McGuire takes first-team reps. (New York Daily News)|
FFToday's Take: Teams are not required to file practice reports during the preseason, but we do know Powell missed the exhibition opener and some practices last week. The Jets do not figure to be all that competitive this season, but it could mean Powell and Forte emerge as PPR stars given how barren and/or unproven the depth chart is at receivers. Powell is a RB3 in PPR, while Forte should be considered a back-end RB4.
| Jordan Matthews suffers chip fracture in sternum|
First practice as a Bill
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 14 2017, 7:15 am
|Injury Update: Jordan Matthews has a chip fracture in his sternum and will be listed as week to week. (BuffaloBills.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Bills say their newly acquired wide receiver is week-to-week after suffering the injury in his first practice with his new team. "Week-to-week" implies that Mathews is going to miss a good portion of camp and will miss valuable getting to know the Bills passing game. Matthews is an uninspiring WR4 in redraft leagues.
| Marqise Lee ankle injury not severe|
Carted off practice field
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 13 2017, 12:53 pm
|Jaguars WR Marqise Lee, who was carted off today, did not suffer a serious injury, source said. Looked a lot worse than it was. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Lee was carted off the practice field with an apparent right ankle injury but it sounds like the cart and air case applied may have precautionary. Depending on the diagnosis, Lee could miss some practice time in the coming weeks.
| Leonard Fournette held out of practice Sunday|
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 13 2017, 12:45 pm
|Rookie tailback Leonard Fournette did not practice because of a foot injury.
"It’s been something that has been growing,” coach Doug Marrone said. “It’s just one of those nagging things. The other day, it was sore so we said, Hey, let’s not take any chances. Let’s take cautionary measures so it can’t be something worse." (Florida Times Union)|
FFToday's Take: Marrone wouldn't commit to Fournette playing in the Jaguars upcoming preseason game on Thursday. It's likely the Jags will be cautions with their rookie running back who is expected to see a significant workload this season. For now, this a situation to watch, by isn't a reason to knock Fournette down your rankings.
|Bucs throw in the towel on K Roberto Aguayo|
Nick Folk will take over kicking duties in Tampa Bay
By: Doug Orth | Aug 12 2017, 12:46 pm
|After a disastrous start to the preseason, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have waived kicker Roberto Aguayo. Aguayo missed an extra point in the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals on Friday night. He was then brought out late in the fourth quarter on a 47-yard attempt. The ball sailed wide right. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Aguayo struggled last season making 22 of 31 field goal attempts the lowest percentage in the NFL last season. He was a 2nd round draft pick by the Bucs last season. Nick Folk will take over kicking duties in Tampa Bay.
| Ryan Tannehill placed on IR|
ACL surgery expected soon
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 12 2017, 7:20 am
|Dolphins officially placed quarterback Ryan Tannehill on injured reserve. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Tannehill is expected to have surgery on his ACL very soon which should allow him enough recovery time to be ready for the 2018 season. Jay Cutler takes over with a clear path to being the starter the entire season. His fantasy value is similar to Tannehill's as a low-end QB2.
| Joe Flacco won't play in the preseason|
Expected to be ready Week 1
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 11 2017, 3:00 pm
|The team now has a more definitive timeframe for QB Joe Flacco’s return. The 10th-year standout has been re-examined, and his progress from a back issue is good. He will return to practice in the preseason, but he is not expected to play in these games. The plan is for Flacco to be the starting quarterback against Cincinnati in the regular season opener on Sept. 10. (BaltimoreRavens.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Ravens are wisely going to take it easy with their starting quarterback. It's a little uneasy that Flacco won't see any live action before Week 1 but fantasy owners can continue drafting Flacco as a low-end QB2 with confidence.
|Jordan Matthews headed to Buffalo|
Bills shakeup wide receiver group
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 11 2017, 1:45 pm
|The Eagles made a shocking move on Friday, trading away wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a third-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft to the Buffalo Bills for cornerback Ronald Darby, the team announced Friday. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Bills have made significant changes to the wide receiver group over the last few days by acquiring Anquan Boldin, Mathews and trading star Sammy Watkins to the Rams. The Eagles have been talking up Nelson Agholor all pre-season and now it seems he's in line for the starting slot position with Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith on the outside. Matthews should step into the starting lineup in Buffalo and will see boost in fantasy value.
|Bills ship WR Sammy Watkins to Rams|
Acquire cornerback E.J. Gaines
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 11 2017, 1:23 pm
|The Buffalo Bills have traded wide receiver Sammy Watkins and a sixth-round pick in next year's draft to the Los Angeles Rams for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second-round pick, the Bills announced Friday. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Whoa. Given the moves this off-season, the Bills are focusing on the future which doesn't included their best receiver. This relocation isn't good news for Watkins fantasy value who now will be catching passes from Jared Goff who was below average in most QB passing categories last season. Perhaps a new offensive system under Sean McVay and a legitimate No.1 will push Goff in the right direction, but there are too many variables to continue valuing Watkins as a high-end WR2.