|Redskins auditioning running backs|
Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles, Orleans Darkwa
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 19 2018, 1:48 pm
|The #Redskins are hosting veteran RB Adrian Peterson, sources tell me and @MikeGarafolo. The Pro Bowler is an intriguing option for Washington. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: In addition to Peterson the Redskins have also been in contact with Jamaal Charles and Orleans Darkwa. Washington has a host of injury problems at the position including Derrius Guice (ACL), Samaje Perine (ankle) and Byron Marshall (ankle) all banged up. Martez Carter (leg) has been waived.
|Wentz cleared for 11-on-11 work|
No plan to play in pre-season games
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 18 2018, 1:00 pm
|Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz will resume 11-on-11 drills once the team returns to practice on Sunday, according to an ESPN report. As of now there is no plan for Wentz, who is still recovering from a torn ACL he suffered last December, to play in the preseason. The final step towards Wentz playing in Week 1 is to be cleared for contact. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: This is the next step as Wentz eyes the season opener on September 6th. He's by no means a lock to begin the season as the Eagles starting quarterback. Even if he does, he'll undoubtedly won't feel 100% comfortable. Wentz is being over-drafted at his current ADP of 7.06 (QB6) in redraft leagues.
|Josh Gordon back with Browns, can't practice|
Moved to active/non-football injury list
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 18 2018, 12:15 pm
|Josh Gordon returned to the Browns on Saturday with a vow to put his sobriety and mental well-being at the forefront. League spokesman Brian McCarthy told cleveland.com that Gordon's return to the team is "part of the process. (He continues) to make progress. No timetable for the next steps." He'll be moved from the "did not report" list to the active/non-football injury list and will count against the roster. The Browns must clear a spot for him, and he can return to practice as soon as he's medically cleared. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: The key note here is that Gordon isn't allowed to participate in practice. Gordon is allowed to take part in team meetings and conditioning sessions but can't practice. At some point, we expect Gordon to be cleared to practice but when that will be remains a mystery.
|Bills starting QB still TBD|
McCarron injures shoulder
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 18 2018, 7:00 am
|Buffalo Bills quarterback AJ McCarron suffered a hairline fracture in his collarbone in Friday night's preseason game against the Cleveland Browns, The Buffalo News has learned. McCarron, who was competing for the starting job with rookie Josh Allen and Nathan Peterman, started the game and was hit multiple times in the first quarter. McDermott declined to address the quarterback rotation. "With respect to the quarterback questions, we'll evaluate the tape." (Buffalo News)|
FFToday's Take: With McCarron likely to be sidelined multiple weeks with his shoulder injury the competition comes down to rookie Josh Allen and Nathan Peterman. While Allen seems like the obvious choice to many, head coach McDermott will likely wait until after the third pre-season game to make an announcement. Expect both QBs to get extensive playing time against the next week against the Bengals.
|Perine OK after ankle injury|
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 17 2018, 7:00 am
|Samaje Perine was done after one play as he hurt his ankle on a 30-yard run that kicked off the team’s second drive of the evening. Byron Marshall would leave with a lower leg injury later in the proceedings as well.
Perine was in a walking boot after the game, but coach Jay Gruden downplayed the severity of the injury.
“Looks like it was OK. Twisted ankle for Samaje,” Gruden said in his postgame press conference. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: The Redskins will likely take it easy with Perine the rest of the pre-season given he's the frontrunner to start Week 1. Rob Kelley, Chris Thompson, Kapri Bibbs and Martez Carter are next up on the depth chart.
|Burkhead dealing with slight tear in knee|
Could've played tonight if it were a regular season game
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 16 2018, 11:28 pm
|More clarity: Rex Burkhead is dealing with a slight tear in his knee, but it’s been deemed a minor injury and something he’ll be able to play through. Since it’s the preseason, maintenance takes the priority over everything else. (Jeff Howe on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Burkhead has missed the last few practices with an undisclosed injury and Howe reportedly earlier that he likely would've played in Preseason game No.2 if it were a regular season game. The "tear" associated with a knee injury doesn't sound good but it appears this is something the Patriots feel comfortable with Burkhead playing through this season.
|Browns hopeful Gordon will return soon|
WR still undergoing counseling in Florida
By: Doug Orth | Aug 16 2018, 6:20 pm
|Josh Gordon is still in Gainesville, Fla., under the care of his NFL-sanctioned medical team, and his future is in its hands. If his doctors believe he's ready to handle the demands of an NFL season and stay clean and sober, they will allow him to come back. Because Gordon didn't fail a test, no suspension is anticipated once he returns. Therefore, he could still be back by the start of the season. But no one knows for sure, not even the Browns. But the Browns still seem optimistic he's returning sometime soon. (Cleveland-Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: Owners would be wise to treat him as a high-risk, high-reward WR4, although few leagues will allow him to slip in a draft to the point where his upside meets his risk. All we can hope at the moment is that his life is on the right path and embracing the tools he is being provided with by his medical team to defeat his demons. For now, Jarvis Landry appears to be in line for another high-volume season.
|Sam Darnold the favorite to start Week 1|
Rookie poised to beat out Josh McCown
By: Doug Orth | Aug 16 2018, 3:00 pm
|Barring deer-in-the-headlights moments over the next couple weeks, it’d be an upset if Sam Darnold isn’t the Week 1 starter. The brain trust is happier with this kid with each passing day, according to people familiar with the organization’s giddiness level. (New York Daily News)|
FFToday's Take: Darnold doesn't figure to have much of a Year 1 impact in terms of being a regular fantasy starter, but this is great news for the future of the Jets. Owners would be advised to watch him play against Washington on Thursday to see if he locks onto a particular receiver, as it may offer a bit of a hint if there is a potential sleeper in green and white. Darnold obviously is a solid dynasty buy.
|Big Ben cleared of potential concussion|
Suffered minor head injury Tuesday
By: Doug Orth | Aug 16 2018, 2:55 pm
|Ben Roethlisberger is fine and out of concussion protocol. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: All is well again in Pittsburgh, as clearing the protocol this quickly suggests he didn't have a brain injury of any kind. Roethlisberger should be allowed to resume his usual activities for the rest of the week, although he could be held out of Thursday's preseason game as a precaution. He's a solid QB2 for fantasy purposes.
|Burkhead, Britt, Michel not expected to play|
Will miss pre-season Week 2 due to rehab/injuries
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 16 2018, 7:00 am
|While some might not play due to coach’s decision, the following are among those not expected to suit up vs. Eagles for injury/rehab reasons: WR Kenny Britt, RB Rex Burkhead, OT Marcus Cannon, CB Duke Dawson, DE Trey Flowers, CB Ryan Lewis, RB Sony Michel and ST Matthew Slater. (Mike Reiss on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Burkhead's injury is a mystery for now and with the Patriots being tight-lipped, it might be difficult to get clarity in the near future. Jeremy Hill has been limited in practice this week so it's unclear how much playing time he will get this evening. Tom Brady is expected to play the majority of the first half.
|Rishard Matthews remains on PUP list|
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 15 2018, 1:00 pm
|Wide receiver Rishard Matthews, still on the physically unable to perform list with an undisclosed injury, was out on the sideline watching the first-team offense. He was in a hat and shorts and did not have any kind of wrap or brace on. Matthews has not practiced this training camp. (The Tennessean)|
FFToday's Take: Matthews hasn't participated in training camp allowing Taywan Taylor to move into the starting lineup opposite Corey Davis. Matthews can be had in double-digit rounds of fantasy drafts but given his unknown status, Taylor may be a better late-round flier.
|DeVante Parker sidelined with broken finger|
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 14 2018, 11:45 am
|Dolphins receiver DeVante Parker is out indefinitely with a broken right middle finger, according to a league source.
Parker is optimistic he will be ready for the Sept. 9 regular season opener against Tennessee, but coach Adam Gase said it was too soon to speculate on a timetable. A source said he could miss four to six weeks.
FFToday's Take: Gase suggested Parker was week to week. Parker has battled numerous injuries during his career including ankle, rib and hamstring issues. Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant should see increased opportunities with Parker out. Wilson was signed as a free agent this off-season but has struggled to find a role in the offense.
|Carson Wentz (knee) still questionable for Week 1|
Eagles QB says ‘It’s going to be close’
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 14 2018, 9:51 am
|In the most telling part of Carson Wentz’s interview on WIP this morning before the final training camp practice of the summer, Wentz was asked by Angelo Cataldi how important it would be for him to start the season:
"I obviously would love to be out there. That’s been my goal all offseason ever since the injury. It’s going to be close. It’s going to be close. I’m still eyeing that date. At the end of the day, it’s not just my decision. There’s coaches and doctors that really have the final say. I really like where I’m at and time will tell here." (NBC Sports)|
FFToday's Take: If you're planning on drafting Wentz as your starting fantasy QB, you probably need to make other plans for Week 1.
|Rashaad Penny earning praise for pass protection|
Seahawks OC Brian Schottenheimer impressed with rookie back
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 14 2018, 8:18 am
|Brian Schottenheimer said rookie RB Rashaad Penny has been "really smart" with his blitz pickups, an underrated facet of a running back’s importance to the offense that can earn him more snaps. (Seattle Times)|
FFToday's Take: Fantasy owners have been burned time and again by drafting rookie backs who weren't ready to make the transition to the pro-style game, because they just don't see enough field time if they're not trusted in pass protection. Penny could surprise with an immediate role that's bigger than initially expected.
|Bears reach terms with LB Roquan Smith|
Rookie to end holdout, bolster front seven
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 14 2018, 8:10 am
|Per Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) on Twitter: "Bears and first-round pick Roquan Smith working to put finishing touches on agreement and have deal done by end of day, per source. Holdout looks to be coming to an end shortly." (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It's about time. Smith is an intense, playmaking off-ball linebacker who's drawn comparisons to Lavonte David, Deion Jones and former Bear Lance Briggs, and should be an every-down presence on the defense.
|Tarik Cohen figures to stay busy in 2018|
"Not accurate" to label him just as a running back
By: Doug Orth | Aug 13 2018, 5:45 pm
|It’s not accurate to list Tarik Cohen as a running back anymore. He requires a slash, as in running back/wide receiver. Nagy has Cohen lining up everywhere to maximize his speed, agility and explosiveness with the ball in his hands. Cohen has welcomed the challenge of learning multiple positions and has done well retaining the details required of each. He’s the Bears’ most dynamic player. (Chicago Tribune - Rich Campbell)|
FFToday's Take: The hype on Cohen started early in the offseason and hasn't stopped, although it's not hard to understand why in this case. The pint-sized second-year veteran is a complete mismatch for most linebackers and obviously capable of beating defensive backs with his mind and route-running. Owners looking for a fantasy comp should set their sights on Duke Johnson from last year. Cohen should be well worth a fifth- or sixth-round investment in most PPR leagues.
|Jonathan Williams making a move?|
RB could be poised to replace Mark Ingram during his suspension
By: Doug Orth | Aug 13 2018, 5:40 pm
|Mark Ingram isn’t making it easy to forget that he will be suspended for the first four games of the season. It seems like he has a carry every day that makes you take note of his presence on the field. He just moves differently than the guys contending to fill in for him. As far as that battle goes, it looks like Jonathan Williams is making a run up the depth chart. Hopefully, he gets a chance to play against Arizona’s starters so we can find out how good he really is. (The New Orleans Advocate)|
FFToday's Take: HC Sean Payton has stated multiple times he does not expect Alvin Kamara's workload to increase much during Ingram's absence, leaving the door for someone like Williams to get some solid playing time in September. It's not inconceivable someone with as much talent as Williams could impress enough during Ingram's absence to carve out a bit of a role for himself even after Ingram returns. Still, he's a late-round lottery ticket in deeper leagues at best.
|Alfred Morris signing with San Francisco|
Ran for 1,000-plus yards twice under Kyle Shanahan
By: Doug Orth | Aug 13 2018, 5:30 pm
|With their top two running backs sidelined for the remainder of the preseason, the 49ers plan to sign RB Alfred Morris, coach Kyle Shanahan said on Monday. Morris, 29, a six-year NFL veteran, will join the 49ers in Houston in advance of the team’s two practices against the Texans and Saturday’s exhibition game. (NBCS Bay Area - Matt Maiocco)|
FFToday's Take: Shanahan later told reporters he believes Morris has a chance to make the team. It feels more like Shanahan reaching out to an old friend familiar with his system in hopes he can help San Francisco's depleted depth chart at running back get through the preseason. Owners need to keep an eye on how he looks in the preseason, but the odds are against him making a fantasy impact if Jerick McKinnon and Matt Breida start the regular season out healthy.
|Saquon Barkley pulls hamstring Monday|
No. 2 overall pick figures to take it easy this week
By: Doug Orth | Aug 13 2018, 5:25 pm
|Saquon Barkley tweaked his hamstring at practice, source says he is fine. Giants do not seem too worried. (ESPN - Dianna Russini)|
FFToday's Take: ESPN's Jordan Raanan followed a bit later and said Barkley suffered a "mild" hamstring strain. Owners should not expect to see much of the rookie for the remainder of the preseason, as hamstring strains tend to resurface if the player tries to rush the recovery. Nevertheless, Barkley should be a total yardage machine in 2018 and push for 70-80 catches if the Giants really want to max out his skills. He's a solid RB1 to build a fantasy team around in Round 1.
|Jeffery may not be ready Week 1|
Rotator cuff surgery
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 13 2018, 2:40 pm
|As #Eagles gear up for the season, WR Alshon Jeffery has remained on PUP. Though he’s progressing according to plan, sources say the timing of his rotator cuff surgery -- following the Super Bowl win - means there’s a chance he may not be ready for the opener. Could stay on PUP. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jeffery's low-end WR2 status will likely take a hit on this news. If he stays on the PUP list to begin the season, he would miss the first six games. We should get more concrete news on this situation in the next week or two. Nelson Agholor, Mike Wallace and Mack Hollins are next up on the depth chart.
|Peyton Barber has edge on starting job|
HC Dirk Koetter comments on RBs
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 13 2018, 1:00 pm
|After an underwhelming performance by rookie Ronald Jones in the preseason opener at Miami on Thursday in which Koetter said the second-round pick from Southern Cal was "average," it appears as though Peyton Barber has a good grip on the position.
"Peyton is our starter," Koetter said Monday. "We're definitely going to use Ronald Jones and take advantage of what he's going to do. We do have the two veteran backs behind him. Again, we've got three more preseason games. Let's just let it sort out a little more." (Tampa Bay Times)|
FFToday's Take: We'll see if these public comments are just a way to light a fire under rookie Ronald Jones but at this point he is definitely behind Barber on the depth chart. Koetter's comments suggest this situation is in flux. In any case, Barber is currently a bargain in fantasy drafts as the RB61 (14th round) in PPR leagues.
|Allen Robinson exepcted to play Saturday|
No setbacks at training camp
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 13 2018, 7:00 am
|That will happen this week. Allen Robinson, who has been given routine rest days during training camp, will participate in the Bears’ joint practices in Denver and will play Saturday against the Broncos. He sat out the first two preseason games. The Bears will ramp up Robinson’s work, Nagy said, in anticipation of Week 1. Nagy already is daydreaming about exactly where he’ll fit into their scheme.
(Chicago Sun Times)|
FFToday's Take: Robinson was limited during OTAs and has been given days off during camp and as a result hasn't had any setbacks as he recovers from an ACL injury. Robinson is being drafted as a mid-range WR2 in PPR leagues (WR21) in the middle of round 4 in 12-team leagues.
|McKinnon: Just a muscle strain|
49ers RB seems ok after injury scare
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 12 2018, 5:43 pm
|MRI on Jerick McKinnon’s knee was what 49ers hoped: per source, “good and just a muscle strain.” (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It seems as the MRI revealed just a muscle strain for McKinnon and no serious damage. Early McKinnon drafters can breathe a sigh of relief. It wouldn't be surprising to see McKinnon held out of practice this week and possible this week's pre-season game against the Texans.
|McKinnon to have MRI on knee|
Injured in practice Sunday
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 12 2018, 3:30 pm
|Just a handful of plays into the team portion of Sunday's practice, San Francisco 49ers running back Jerick McKinnon came up grabbing at his right knee.
After limping to the side to receive attention from the medical staff and sitting out the rest of practice, McKinnon was slated for an MRI to check for potential structural damage on Sunday afternoon, according to the team. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: With Matt Breida already on the shelf until the season opener, the 49ers are hoping for good news on McKinnon's MRI. McKinnon signed autographs for fans after the injury and stated that he was fine but we'll await further details. Joe Williams and Raheem Mostert are the current healthy options on the depth chart.
|Gruden comments on Redskins' RB situation|
"We have guys here that can play"
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 11 2018, 1:22 pm
|#Redskins coach Jay Gruden, on if they’ll add a back with Derrius Guice’s season-ending injury: "We have guys here that can play. We drafted Derrius because he was the best player we thought at the time of the draft... not because we weren’t satisfied with the backs we have." (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: There's not much else he can say at this point. There's been some speculation or wishful thinking that Washington might go after Alfred Morris or another veteran free agent RB, but for now it appears they will stand pat with Samaje Perine and Rob Kelley fighting it out for early-down work.
|Torn ACL for Derrius Guice|
Redskins lose rookie RB for the year
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 10 2018, 2:35 pm
|Source: #Redskins RB Derrius Guice tore his ACL. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Ouch. The Redskins rookie running back was inline for a starting role this season. The hope was that Guice suffered only a sprained MCL in last night's pre-season game but he will now miss the entire 2018 season. This is the same knee Guice injured (hyperextension) at LSU. Samaje Perine and Rob Kelley are next up on the depth chart with Chris Thompson filling his usual pass-catching role.
|No structural damage on Kittle's shoulder|
Expected to miss some time
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 10 2018, 1:03 pm
|Good news for the #49ers on TE George Kittle: No tears or structural damage on his separated shoulder after tests. Not serious. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Head coach Kyle Shanahan has already stated that the tight end will miss "some time". Reading the tea leaves, it's unlikely that Kittle will play the rest of the pre-season but could be available Week 1. His current ADP is TE11, going in the 10th or 11th round of most fantasy drafts. Cole Hikutini will get some extra run in camp while Kittle is out.
|Guice diagnosed with sprained MCL|
MRI to confirm
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 10 2018, 10:15 am
|#Redskins RB Derrius Guice, who injured his knee last night, received an initial diagnosis of a sprained MCL, source said. He’ll have an MRI to confirm. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: While not good news, it could've been worse. We'll wait for the MRI but it appears Guice will be missing most if not all the rest of the pre-season. His fantasy stock will certainly take a hit but it's not out the question that he could be ready to play Week 1. The Redskins have plethora of RBs on the depth chart including Samaje Perine, Rob Kelley, Kapri Bibbs and Byron Marshall.
|Demaryius Thomas having a great camp|
Changed diet in offseason
By: Doug Orth | Aug 9 2018, 11:55 pm
|Demaryius Thomas was reading something about the relationship between inflammation and diet that opened his eyes to the notion of having his blood tested. While training in Arizona, Thomas was put in contact with doctors who would conduct the tests and evaluate the results. It clearly broke down everything his body was sensitive to, what inflamed his body and his hip. In 14 days, Thomas went from 228 to 212 pounds. Thomas is lean, strong and motivated. He continues to follow the strict diet, using an in-home personal chef and is having one of his best camps in years, according to multiple people around the Broncos. (NFL.com - James Palmer)|
FFToday's Take: Thomas has amassed at least 140 targets and played all 16 games in six straight seasons. His physical skills have appeared to erode in recent years, although if he has been in as much pain as this article suggests, that could have easily been the culprit. If Thomas is truly pain-free for the first time in a while and Case Keenum lives up to his billing, Thomas could be poised for a return to low-end WR1 status.
|Melvin Gordon primed for more work as receiver|
HC regrets not using him more in passing game
By: Doug Orth | Aug 9 2018, 6:00 pm
|Chargers HC Anthony Lynn told me that one of his regrets in his first year was not getting Gordon more work in the passing game. He believes Melvin Gordon can help more as a receiver out of the backfield. That's after a season in which Gordon had 58 catches (tied for eighth among running backs and 47th in the league), so if you're playing PPR leagues and wondering about Gordon, that should perk up your ears. Lynn thinks backup Austin Ekeler showed enough last season that he feels OK about spelling Gordon in the running game if the Chargers need to do that to get Gordon more involved in the passing game. (ESPN - Dan Graziano)|
FFToday's Take: Gordon was already plenty busy last year, as Graziano points out, but there are empty targets to fill with Hunter Henry's season-ending injury. While anything short of 70-plus receptions probably isn't going to allow him to move into the top five of fantasy drafts, this news suggests owners should feel pretty good about him at No. 6 or later.
|No bell-cow role for Jerick McKinnon?|
RB could have smaller role than expected
By: Doug Orth | Aug 9 2018, 5:50 pm
|HC Kyle Shanahan definitely has a role in mind for Jerick McKinnon, but I don't think it's "bell-cow running back." McKinnon fits in a lot of ways, but Matt Breida should have a role in this offense too, and don't be surprised if there are weeks when Breida is the early-down guy and outscores McKinnon even in PPR leagues. (ESPN - Dan Graziano)|
FFToday's Take: With all due respect to the owners who already drafted him thinking he was going to be a 250-carry back, he was added for his ability to create mismatches in the passing game just as much as he was to handle 200 carries. Owners need to set their expectations at the same level they have for Christian McCaffrey this year (160-plus carries, 70-plus receptions) and consider anything more from McKinnon gravy. In PPR leagues, that is still a recipe for a very good RB2. Breida is a big-time value in the 12th round right now.
|Martavis Bryant having trouble with playbook|
Raiders WR struggling to learn new offense
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 8 2018, 11:45 am
|Former Raiders wide receiver James Jones says current Raiders wide receiver Martavis Bryant is having a rough training camp.
Jones said on NFL Network that he talked to Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson, and Olson told him Bryant hasn’t learned the playbook. "They’ve only got him lining up in one spot to try to slow it down and help him out," Jones said. "They need him to pick it up." (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Sounds like the coaching staff in Oakland is trying to light a fire under Bryant and get him motivated to be the extraordinary talent that he is. The Raiders may go through some growing pains as they players learn Gruden's new offense. It's best that fantasy owners keep their expectations in check for Derek Carr and company.
|Antonio Callaway cited for marijuana possession|
Already in stage 1 of the NFL's subtance abuse program
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 7 2018, 4:15 pm
|Browns rookie receiver Antonio Callaway was promoted to the team’s starting offense on Monday. The day before, Callaway was stopped in his vehicle for a traffic violation at 2:59 a.m. by Strongsville police and cited for marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license. He was suspended his last season at Florida for involvement in a credit card fraud case. After declaring for the draft, he tested positive for marijuana at the NFL scouting combine in February. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Callaway's stock was on the rise yesterday after the Coleman trade but may reverse course as it appears some kind of suspension from the NFL may be coming. Callaway stock in the NFL Draft dropped to off-field concerns and it didn't take long for those concerns to become a reality. Callaway continued to run with first team in Tuesday's practice.
|Dez Bryant to Browns?|
Embattled WR still drawing Cleveland's interest
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 7 2018, 8:54 am
|Dez Bryant hasn't accepted any offers or made any official visits to Cleveland, but he's still on the Browns wish list, according to Ian Rapoport. With Corey Coleman in Buffalo and Josh Gordon yet to report, there's a need for a talented veteran WR alongside Jarvis Landry, who'll mainly operate out of the slot. (NFL on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Bryant's fantasy stock wouldn't be solidified too perfectly in Cleveland, but there's some opportunity for high-end WR2 numbers if something comes together. Still -- there are more proven commodities in better spots for his ADP.
|Stock rising for Antonio Callaway|
Browns WR rising to top of depth chart with Corey Coleman in Buffalo
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 7 2018, 8:48 am
|Slot specialist Jarvis Landry may have emerged as Tyrod Taylor's go-to guy in Cleveland, but in the absence of Josh Gordon and recently traded Corey Coleman, WR Antonio Callaway has risen to the top of the depth chart. (PFT)|
FFToday's Take: Callaway has looked exactly how he was described by general manager John Dorsey shortly after the Browns selected him early in the fourth round. Off-field issues torpedoed his draft stock, but many scouts believed Callaway could have been the first or second receiver selected in the draft if it were based just on overall talent and ability. He's drawn comparisons to Santonio Holmes and could be a sneaky fantasy pick.
|WR Brice Butler listed as Cards starter|
Former Cowboys listed as No. 2 WR on first unofficial depth chart
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 7 2018, 8:41 am
|The Cardinals depth chart included Brice Butler getting the nod as the team’s No. 2 wide receiver.
FFToday's Take: The 28-year-old spent his first couple NFL seasons with the Oakland Raiders and then played for the Dallas Cowboys from 2015-17. Last season, Butler posted a career-best 317 yards on just 15 receptions over 13 games. He scored three touchdowns and had 10 first downs on those catches. He's worth a look in 12-team leagues -- though the Cards also have Chad Williams, Christian Kirk and J.J. Nelson competing for looks.
|Cordarrelle Patterson impressive so far|
Highlight-reel catches becoming the norm
By: Doug Orth | Aug 6 2018, 7:50 pm
|It was another day and another highlight-reel catch from Cordarrelle Patterson on Friday. It’s becoming routine. On the play, Patterson streaked down the left sideline with cornerback Ryan Lewis in tow. Brian Hoyer tossed a deep pass to the end zone and Patterson, never breaking stride, leaped up and over Lewis, hauling in the touchdown pass with just his left arm. During training camp, the new Patriots receiver has grown accustomed to making difficult catches look easy. For someone known as an outstanding kickoff returner, Patterson is turning heads on the receiving end. (The Providence Journal)|
FFToday's Take: Patterson making noise in the summer is not a new thing. However, the Patriots have a way of finding value where none seems to exist. New England is by far the best offense he will have played with in his career, although it remains to be seen whether or not he has made any strides in the art of being a receiver. Owners should keep him on their radar but remain skeptical. Perhaps he ends up filling the void left behind by Malcolm Mitchell.
|Deon Cain making some noise|
Sixth-round expected to have early role
By: Doug Orth | Aug 6 2018, 7:40 pm
|Deon Cain has been the big star of training camp so far. Very fluid, fast, excellent hands ... Look for him early on to make a big impact. (Peter King on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Colts wide receiver situation opposite T.Y. Hilton is unsettled to say the least, although Chester Rogers and Ryan Grant should have a slight leg up over the rest of the field. Still, it would be a mistake to discount Cain, who has steadily been generating buzz all summer long. At 6-2 and 202 pounds, Cain brings more size to the table than his competition, making him a nice complement to Hilton.
|Patriots release WR Malcolm Mitchell|
Knee still an issue
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 6 2018, 1:33 pm
|Patriots have released WR Malcolm Mitchell. Really flashed as a rookie but has battled injury problems (Jason La Canfora on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Mitchell played 12 games in his rookie season but has battled knee issues ever since. The Patriots attempted to trade the third-year wide receiver but couldn't get a deal done. The wide receiver depth chart is still in flux with Chris Hogan, Julian Edelman, Kenny Britt, Eric Decker, Cordarrelle Patterson and Phillip Dorsett all vying for targets.
|Chris Godwin on the rise|
Has earned starting spot opposite Evans
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 6 2018, 7:00 am
|But make no mistake, Tampa Bay plans to start Godwin opposite Evans at receiver this season. The Bucs plan to make use of all four receivers. Evans, who turns 25 this month, is the only lock to be on the field the majority of snaps. Who plays depends on the opposing defensive scheme, the down and distance and the game plan.
Increasingly during training camp, Jackson has been working in the slot when the Bucs go to three receivers. On some plays, they use four. (Tampa Bay Times)|
FFToday's Take: This sounds like DeSean Jackson, Chris Godwin and Adam Humphries are all going to be used depending on the situation. While this is a nice headline for Godwin, fantasy owners shouldn't skyrocket his ADP on this news. That being said, he's largely undervalued right now and you could make a case for Godwin having more fantasy value than Jackson, especially later in the year.