|"No script" for workload in Cards' backfield|
HC hints his backs' workload to be determined "game to game"
By: Doug Orth | Jul 28 2016, 6:30 pm
|Arizona Cardinals on RB David Johnson's projected workload: "That'll go game to game. If he's hot, he's staying in there. But there's no script right now." (Kyle Odegard on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This is the second time in about two months someone who covers the team has suggested Johnson's feature-back workload may be in question. Coaches tend to have their reasons for making comments like this before the preseason even starts (promote competition, motivate the starter, etc.), but the fact remains Arizona's running game got "hot" once Johnson took over. Even if he is capped at 60 percent of the team's backfield touches, he's still a fantasy first-rounder.
| No practice for Rawls, Graham|
Seahawks believe RB, TE will be ready for Week 1
By: Doug Orth | Jul 28 2016, 5:10 pm
|Seahawks GM John Schneider: Thomas Rawls (ankle), Jimmy Graham (patellar tendon) won't practice Saturday. Team will bring them along slowly and is still deciding whether they'll start camp on PUP. But both players are on track to be ready for Week 1, (Sheil Kapadia on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Despite the recent public optimism, this should not come as a surprise. We're still a few weeks away from needing to be overly concerned about either player, although Rawls' recovery is a bit concerning from the standpoint his ankle still isn't 100 percent more than seven months after his injury. Rawls is a high-end RB2 if healthy (with obvious risk at the moment) while Graham should be considered a TE2 given the seriousness of his injury.
|ATL still talking up bigger role for Coleman|
Team eyeing more touches in tandem with Devonta Freeman
By: Doug Orth | Jul 28 2016, 4:30 pm
|Now in his second NFL training camp, RB Tevin Coleman said he feels a greater sense of comfort right now than he did last summer. The Falcons want to get him more carries in 2016 and feature him more in the passing game, which they did Thursday, sending him on a variety of routes during 11-on-11 drills.
“They’re finding more ways to get the backs out there and get them the ball,” Coleman said. (atlantafalcons.com)|
FFToday's Take: Hardly a week has gone by this offseason without some outlet reporting Atlanta's desire to get the ball into Coleman's hands more often. While a 50-50 split remains unlikely, a 60-40 timeshare is possible with Devonta Freeman on the higher end. If the Falcons use that as their guideline, Freeman will have a difficult time living up to his second-round ADP. Conversely, Coleman is looking more and more like a steal at his ninth-round ADP.
|Jets, Fitzpatrick agree on one-year deal|
$12 million contract
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 27 2016, 7:19 pm
|The New York Jets and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick ended their five-month contract dispute on Wednesday. The two sides finalized a one-year, $12 million contract on the eve of the team's first training-camp practice, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
The deal also includes another $3 million in incentives, which could boost the value to $15 million, a source told Schefter. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The two sides had been at a standoff for months but now that a deal is done, fantasy owners of the Jets' skill position players, specifically Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, can breathe a sigh of relief. Fitzpatrick is coming off his best season as a pro, finishing as a low-end QB1.
| Mathews placed on active/NFI list, ankle injury|
Injured working out last week
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 27 2016, 4:30 pm
|Ryan Mathews was placed on the active/NFI list by the Eagles Wednesday due to a sprained ankle suffered by the 28-year-old while working out in San Diego last week. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Mathews has played 16 games only once in his six-year career. the injury doesn't appear to be serious but it's a reminder of why his fantasy value has trouble climbing any higher than a low-end RB2. Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood and Kenjon Barner round out the Eagles depth chart running back.
|Rams release QB Nick Foles|
Couldn't find a trade partner
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 27 2016, 2:00 pm
|The Nick Foles era is over in Los Angeles before it even began.
The quarterback requested his release from the Rams on Wednesday, and the team granted it, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Media's Mike Garfafolo reported. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: This move has been expected as the team is set to rebuild around rookie Jared Goff with Case Keenum being used as a filler until Goff is ready. Reportedly Foles requested his release. He's a good bet to secure a backup gig in short order.
|Boldin expected to sign deal with Lions|
One-year deal expected to be finalized today
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 26 2016, 2:05 pm
|The Detroit Lions are planning to sign veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin to a one-year deal, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Boldin and the Lions, who need depth at receiver in the wake of Calvin Johnson's retirement, were finalizing the deal Tuesday, sources told Schefter.
FFToday's Take: Boldin will be thrown into the mix with Golden Tate, Marvin Jones, Eric Ebron, T.J. Jones and receiving specialist Theo Riddick. Boldin has experience with Jim Caldwell from their days in Baltimore. He's likely more of a depth piece than a major contributor but he's still very capable of having a fantasy impact at age 35. He's shaping up to be a mid-to-late round draft pick with WR4/5 value.
| Jordy Nelson suffers "hiccup" with other knee|
Not sure when he'll particpate in camp
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 26 2016, 1:25 pm
|Jordy Nelson said he had a "hiccup" with his other knee, not the ACL knee. He said Week 1 is not in jeopardy but doesn't know when he'll practice in camp. (Rob Demovsky on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Nelson was placed on the PUP list yesterday who is recovering from a torn ACL but this new issue should give fantasy owners some pause. It sounds like he's on schedule to be ready for Week 1 but the sooner he can be cleared for camp the better. Expect Nelson's current ADP (WR7, 2.02) to slide a bit on this news.
|Falcons looking at RB timeshare|
Dan Quinn: Reps for both Freeman and Coleman "best for the team"
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Jul 26 2016, 12:12 pm
|Vaughn McClure (@vxmcclure23) on Twitter: "Dan Quinn said what's best for the team is using Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman in unison, although Freeman definitely can handle full load" (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Expect about a 60-40 split, with Freeman getting most of the work to start. Coleman was very highly touted in spring training before an early season injury vaulted Freeman into the fantasy stratosphere in 2015.
|Bills still talking with Reggie Bush|
Source claims deal could still happen sending veteran RB to WNY
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Jul 26 2016, 11:15 am
|From Mike Florio at Pro Football Talk: "After reports emerged linking running back Reggie Bush to the Bills, Bush tapped the brakes. At some point, however, it looks like he’ll be dialing up Western New York on the GPS."
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, talks between Bush and the Bills continue. The Bills view Bush as a potential option at punt returner and as a replacement/clone of LeSean McCoy, if he needs a break or is injured."
FFToday's Take: the Bills really do need to be ready for the four-game suspension imposed recently on running back Karlos Williams, and whether Bush fits after Williams returns from his looming exile is a secondary issue.
| Tre Mason's mental health a rising concern|
Family of Rams RB says erratic behavior raises red flags
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Jul 26 2016, 9:46 am
|Tre Mason's family is concerned about his mental health -- citing a string of bizarre behavior and angry outbursts ... and they're worried for his personal safety.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Dept. has been called to the home 5 times since March 28th -- and at least once, Mason agreed to check into a facility to resolve the situation. (TMZ)|
FFToday's Take: The latest incident occurred on Saturday -- multiple units responded to Mason's family home in Florida in the middle of the afternoon. We know Mason was NOT arrested -- but there seems to be a bigger problem if his family is concerned for his safety and he's not sleeping, as has been reported. Stay tuned -- but for now it looks like Mason is a huge risk and should be avoided in drafts.
|Chiefs won't "limit" Jamaal Charles if healthy|
Stud RB should continue to see majority of touches
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Jul 26 2016, 9:40 am
|Chiefs beat writer Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) on Twitter: "Chiefs won't limit Charles if he's healthy and he's the same player he was before the knee injury." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: There's no reason to believe that Jamaal Charles won't continue to be a solid option in all fantasy formats, but he's going to lose some touches this season. The emergence of Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West -- who combined for 1,256 total yards and 11 scores last season -- means his workload should go down. A 65-20-15 breakdown among Charles-Ware-West makes the most sense.
|Jeremy Hill expected to have "huge year"|
RB impressed during offseason program
By: Doug Orth | Jul 25 2016, 4:55 pm
|(Jeremy Hill) looked really good during offseason program on the field and handled it all pretty well off. I expect huge year. (Paul Dehner Jr. on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Coincidental or not, Hill amassed touch totals of 22, 19 and 21 in games Tyler Eifert missed last year, while Giovani Bernard accumulated six, 18 and 12, respectively, in those same contests. The Bengals are expected to go more run-heavy anyway this season as a result of losing Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu. And while Hill was disappointing from a yardage perspective, he scored 12 touchdowns in a "down year". He's a solid bet to outperform his sixth-round ADP.
|Laquon Treadwell finally 100 percent|
Battled through foot pain all of last season at Ole Miss
By: Doug Orth | Jul 25 2016, 4:45 pm
|Laquon Treadwell said he’s most grateful for finally being 100 percent healthy. Treadwell suffered a gruesome season-ending injury in a Nov. 1, 2014 game against Auburn in which he broke his left tibia and dislocated his left ankle. He said he never was fully healthy last season even though he caught 82 passes for 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Rebels. “I was definitely tentative; I wasn’t 100 percent at all last season. I would just say (he was 100 percent) to get everyone off of me. ... But then after I went home at night, I was like, ‘I don’t feel right'. ... It felt like I had a fire in my foot," Treadwell said. (St. Paul Pioneer Press)|
FFToday's Take: He went on to say he didn't feel 100 percent at his March 28 pro day either, which would explain his pedestrian workout numbers during the pre-draft process. The Vikings are expected to incorporate more skinny posts into the playbook because Treadwell fits the mold of receivers such as Michael Irvin and Vincent Jackson that made countless big plays running the "Bang 8" for current OC Norv Turner. Treadwell is a potential steal at his current 10.11 ADP.
|Riddick unlikely to see many more carries|
Handled only 43 carries in 2015
By: Doug Orth | Jul 25 2016, 4:25 pm
|The biggest key to the backfield's success is the development of Ameer Abdullah. As a rookie last season, he was plagued by ball security issues early in the campaign, but closed out the year strong. He averaged 4.7 yards per attempt and put the ball on the ground just once across the final eight games.
Theo Riddick is what he is, a below-average runner, but elite receiver out of the backfield. He's a key offensive cog after catching 80 passes last season, but expecting significant growth as a ball carrier borders on unreasonable. (MLive.com)|
FFToday's Take: This opinion contradicts OC Jim Bob Cooter's expectation in early June that Riddick would see more carries. A slight bump from the 43 carries he did receive a season ago is reasonable, but owners should not expect that total to double. Abdullah should see his touches increase, however, after putting a lid on his ball-security issues. He averaged 10.5 touches as a rookie, but should be around 15 as a NFL sophomore. Both backs should be viewed as high-end flex/RB3 types in PPR formats.
|Aaron Rodgers drawing raves for his conditioning|
Reports to camp at 218 pounds
By: Doug Orth | Jul 25 2016, 4:15 pm
|Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy raved about his Aaron Rodgers' conditioning on Monday, when players reported for the start of training camp.
"He's in great shape. I would say this is the best shape I've seen him in," McCarthy said.
Rodgers revealed this offseason that he revamped his nutrition plan and, among other things, cut out dairy products. This offseason, he said he was at his lowest weight -- "218-ish" pounds -- since 2007. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Rodgers underwent knee surgery in January and said he started thinking about his diet at that time as a way to help extend his career. The 32-year-old former league MVP was already set up to enjoy a bounce-back season even without the weight loss, as Jordy Nelson is back from an ACL tear and Eddie Lacy has shed a few pounds of his own. Rodgers should be locked in as a top-five fantasy quarterback in 2016.
|Josh Gordon to be reinstated, 4-game suspension|
League makes it official
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 25 2016, 12:58 pm
|Browns WR Josh Gordon is being reinstated, source said. He’s suspended for the first 4 games. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Gordon is a multiple offender of the leagues substance abuse policy so while he's easily the most talented receiver on the Browns roster, he comes with a wide range of outcomes and thus a considerable amount of risk for fantasy owners. He'll likely settle in as a mid-round pick, WR4 in redraft leagues.
| Woodhead recovered from ankle sprain|
Ready to go for training camp
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 25 2016, 8:00 am
|Their spring ended with a scare, Danny Woodhead suffering an ankle sprain that could’ve been far more severe. He walked off the field under his own power. This week, he will sprint back onto it.
More than six weeks separated the end of minicamp and start of training camp. That gave ample time to recover for Woodhead.
“It took a couple weeks, but now I’m as healthy as I’ve been in a long time,” Woodhead said. “I feel great going into the season.” (San Diego Union Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: The sprained ankle apparently wasn't the high variety which allowed Woodhead to recover. He's 31 years old but is still locked into the Chargers passing back role and should see plenty of opportunities in 2016. Woodhead has been a top-25 fantasy running back in three out of the past four seasons.
|Elliott denies domestic assault accusation|
Cowboys RB being accused of domestic violence
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 22 2016, 11:45 am
|Dallas Cowboys rookie Ezekiel Elliott has been accused of domestic violence but has denied the allegation.
A woman who claims to be Elliott's former live-in girlfriend has accused the former Ohio State star of assaulting her multiple times over the last week, according to police reports filed Friday morning in Columbus, Ohio and obtained by ESPN. Four witnesses, including one who was sitting in the car at the time of the alleged incident, told police that they did not observe an assault. (Dallas Morning News)|
FFToday's Take: The woman filing the claim posted photos on Instagram of her injuries. This situation is on-going and Elliott has yet to be arrested or charged with a crime.
|Le'Veon Bell facing 4-game suspension|
Appeals process on-going
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 22 2016, 10:22 am
|Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is facing a four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's drug policy, sources told ESPN's Dan Graziano. The suspension is the result of a missed drug test, not a failed one, sources said. The reason it hasn't been announced is that the appeal process is ongoing. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Bell was suspended two games last season after being charged with marijuana possession and DUI. If he misses the start of 2016, DeAngelo Williams will likely serve a workhorse roll as he did last season when Bell was suspended an injured. Bell's ADP is going to take a hit, however, when facing a two-game suspension prior to the start of 2015 Bell was being drafted 2nd overall behind Adrian Peterson. Expect him to fall further this time around but still be a late-first, early-second round pick.
|Vikings eyeing more shotgun plays in 2016|
Peterson has struggled out of shotgun his entire career
By: Doug Orth | Jul 21 2016, 11:35 pm
|Adrian Peterson has vowed to become a better pass-catcher. But what is more relevant in regards to his playing time is whether he will be able to adapt to the shotgun spread attack that better suits third-year QB Teddy Bridgewater. Peterson struggled running out of the shotgun early last season, so the Vikings started calling more under-center plays. They figure to go back to a more shotgun-centric offense this season, which means Peterson will have to make the most of his shotgun carries. He will finally get a chance to take some in contract drills during training camp. (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: AP has 2,381 career carries but only 122 of them have come out of shotgun. In those attempts, he is averaging 3.8 YPC. Last season, he ran for only 59 yards on 37 shotgun carries. The Vikings attempted this approach in Week 1 last season and mostly abandoned it after getting routed by San Francisco. If Minnesota has early success with it this year, don't be surprised if Peterson struggles to live up to his draft position.
|Forte to get "plenty of rest" in 2016|
Expected to serve as lead back in three-man rotation
By: Doug Orth | Jul 21 2016, 7:35 pm
|The Jets see Matt Forte as their lead back, replacing Chris Ivory, but he is going to get plenty of rest in a rotation that includes Bilal Powell and Khiry Robinson. The main question with Forte is how much tread he has left on the tire.
Forte is now 30, which is seen by most as the point where running backs fall off the cliff. Forte is out to prove them wrong. Chan Gailey will come up with plenty of creative ways to get Forte the ball. Gailey loves to throw to running backs, and Forte is as good as it gets in that department. (New York Post)|
FFToday's Take: Forte's ADP is at in the mid-to-late third round, so owners have already accounted for the likelihood Forte shows his age or shares too many touches. His ability to contribute in the passing game should allow him to remain very relevant, however, so owners should be able to expect RB2 numbers in PPR leagues barring injury. Powell should be considered Forte's handcuff and a player owners target in the middle-to-late rounds.
|Blount's roster spot in jeopardy?|
Missed spring practices due to hip injury
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 20 2016, 7:00 am
|Veteran whose job is in jeopardy: Running back LeGarrette Blount's return from a season-ending hip injury, suffered in December, bears watching as it relates to his roster status. Blount, who signed a modest one-year deal as a free agent to return in 2016, didn't practice in the spring. If he returns to full health and runs hard like he did at times in 2015, there shouldn't be any issues. But that isn't a given based on the present snapshot. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Patriots have little depth behind Dion Lewis and Blount and Lewis is only seven months removed from his ACL injury. If Blount's hip doesn't respond well during camp, the Pats could make a move for a free agent running back.
|Fitzpatrick stalemate could go "well into camp"|
Geno Smith likely to head into camp as Jets' top QB
By: Doug Orth | Jul 18 2016, 9:15 pm
|NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport on Ryan Fitzpatrick's possible return to the Jets:
"It’s starting to have the feel of something that could go well into camp." (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This isn't exactly breaking news, but a rehash of the same old tired story. The Jets don't want to budge off their number because they view Fitz as a "bridge quarterbacK" and no other team is clamoring for his services. Conversely, Fitz wants to get paid like other bridge quarterbacks and not like the aging veteran he is. Fitz to the Jets should still happen at some point, but it is far from a given. Geno Smith should be going late in drafts in deeper leagues right now as a result.
|David Johnson the "unquestioned No. 1 RB" in AZ|
Over 1,000 total yards as rookie despite making only five starts
By: Doug Orth | Jul 18 2016, 5:00 pm
|During a roundtable discussion on azcardinals.com, beat writer Darren Urban discussed the running back situation in Arizona:
"I don't know how anybody would suggest otherwise at this point (that David Johnson is the unquestioned No. 1 RB in Arizona. They did bring back Chris Johnson in an upset ... but David Johnson is the guy this organization absolutely loves." (azcardinals.com)|
FFToday's Take: Among first-round fantasy picks over the last few years, only C.J. Anderson comes to mind as a back whose touches are supposedly in limbo after such a dominant second half of the season the year before. Urban projected earlier in the offseason Johnson would receive 60 percent of the touches in the Arizona backfield, which sounds about right. While Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington may few more touches than DJ owners want, he's a strong bet to live up to his draft status.
|Arian Foster expected to sign with Miami|
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 18 2016, 4:14 pm
|RB Arian Foster is signing with the Dolphins, source said. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Foster worked out for the Dolphins on Monday and reportedly had a visit with the Lions set up later in the week. The Dolphins apparently liked enough of what they saw from the veteran who will turn 30 in August and is coming off a serious Achilles injury. Jay Ajayi's fantasy value and ADP will take a hit but given Foster's injury, Ajayi is a worthwhile investment in the middle rounds.
|Foster to workout for Dolphins and Lions|
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 17 2016, 7:20 pm
|Former Texans RB Arian Foster is scheduled to work out for Dolphins on Monday and Lions later this week, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Foster has been rehabbing an Achilles injury suffered in Week 8 (late October) last season. He's been linked previously this off-season with the Dolphins but wanted to wait until his foot improved before working out. Achilles injuries typically have a lengthy timetable so even if he does sign with a team, its difficult to predict how effective he'll be in 2016.
|Ingram could flirt with 250 carries|
Saints RB discussion
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 17 2016, 7:00 am
|An interesting subplot for the season is how many carries Mark Ingram will receive. He finished with 226 carries over 13 games in 2014 and was on pace for 220 last season before suffering an injury that limited him to 12 games.
If the defense improves, it's possible Ingram could flirt with 250 carries. If he adds another 50 catches out of the backfield, as he did last season, he could set career marks in touches.
(New Orleans Adocate)|
FFToday's Take: Beat writer Nick Underhill also suggested that Ingram could lose some touches to C.J. Spiller, if Spiller rebounds from his knee injury. However, Tim Hightower appears be the RB of choice for Ingram owners looking for a handcuff. Hightower took over lead back duties the last four weeks of 2015 averaging 82 rushing yards, 32 receiving yards and 1 TD per game.
|Karlos Williams gets four-game suspension|
Bills RB depth takes a hit
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 15 2016, 1:01 pm
|Bills RB Karlos Williams is being suspended 4 games for violating the Substances of Abuse Policy (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: After showing up at minicamp resembling Fat Eddie Lacy, Karlos Williams has a new problem. His four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy puts another damper on the Bills running back depth chart as Rookie RB Jonathan Williams was arrested yesterday for DUI. Mike Gillislee now has an opportunity to carve out a backup role during camp.
|Brady gives up legal fight, will serve suspension|
DeflateGate comes to and end
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 15 2016, 11:56 am
|Tom Brady announced he is no longer proceeding with legal process vs NFL. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: DeflateGate has come to an end. Brady will miss the first four games of the season and be eligible to return Week 5 against the Browns. Jimmy Garoppolo will face Arizona, Miami, Houston and Buffalo to begin the season. He remains a QB2 for drafting purposes. For the most part, Brady's suspension is already reflected in his QB7, 6th-round ADP although he could slide a couple more spots in the coming weeks.
|Agholor won't be charged with sex assault|
June incident shouldn't result in league discipline
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 15 2016, 7:00 am
|A source close to the situation, though not involved in the investigation, said Thursday that he was told Nelson Agholor will not be charged. The source also said an announcement to that effect was near. Agholor was accused by a 27-year-old dancer at Cheerleaders Gentlemen's Club, a few hours after the Eagles ended their minicamp on June 10. (Philly.com)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like Agholor will escape and legal issues regarding this incident. As a result, it's unlikely he will face any league discipline. Agholor is penciled in as the Eagles No.2 wide receiver heading into training camp.
|Saints making push to sign Anquan Boldin|
Free-agent WR a big fan of current position coach Johnnie Morton
By: Doug Orth | Jul 14 2016, 10:30 pm
|The Saints are the favorites to sign Anquan Boldin and are making the strongest push, per a source informed of the situation. Rapoport added that Boldin loves Saints receivers coach John Morton -- the duo spent two seasons together in San Francisco. Boldin's big body and strong hands make him a viable receiving target even as Father Time gains an advantage.
He would add a big red zone target, which the Saints could use. If signed, he might take some pressure off of rookie Michael Thomas. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: While Thomas owners may disagree, New Orleans can't hurt itself by inking a respected veteran presence like Boldin, who led the Niners last season with 69 catches - more than twice as many as second-place Torrey Smith's 33 - and 789 yards. Boldin would probably make Thomas a non-factor in fantasy in 2016 and would be a reasonable bet for WR4 production, likely stealing a bit of Willie Snead's fantasy value as well.
|Lockett to make Kearse a non-factor?|
Second-year WR has made "significant strides" from last season
By: Doug Orth | Jul 14 2016, 10:20 pm
|Throughout the offseason there has been a buzz in Renton that Tyler Lockett has made significant strides from last year and could become an even bigger factor in the offense in 2016. Hearing that, some might assume Lockett will overtake Jermaine Kearse in the offense. The reality, though, is that the Seahawks will need both to accomplish their goals in 2016. Doug Baldwin and Kearse were the de facto starting receivers last season, but Lockett wasn’t far off in snaps played — Baldwin played 74 percent, Kearse 71 and Lockett 61. (Seattle Times)|
FFToday's Take: The writer continues to say Lockett might get a few more snaps in 2016, but suggested Kearse will maintain a healthy presence regardless of how Lockett progresses due to his overall value in the offense (specifically blocking). Despite his obvious upside, owners should view Lockett as a low-end WR3 at best since Kearse is going to remain a factor. Baldwin had 78 catches and 1,069 yards last year, so expecting more than 65 catches and 900 yards from Lockett may be too optimistic.
|Sharpe, Matthews lead Titans WR battle|
Green-Beckham considered "wild-card" of the group
By: Doug Orth | Jul 14 2016, 10:00 pm
|Rookie Tajae Sharpe has been the talk of camp. The other starting receiver thus far has been free agent import Rishard Matthews, who is cut from the same cloth as Sharpe, in that route-running and good hands are his trademarks as well. The Titans have told Kendall Wright that he must be more precise in his routes, and his role now looks to be as a slot receiver. The wild-card in the receiver corps is second-year pro Dorial Green-Beckham. HC Mike Mularkey has emphasized that DGB must become more of a student of the game and get himself in top shape. (Titans Insider)|
FFToday's Take: DGB owners shouldn't give up hope quite yet as the coaches would lose credibility if they name him the starter before he "proves it" in camp, but this is another reminder he is still very much an unfinished product and a risky fantasy bet. Matthews has as good of a chance as anybody to lead this group in receptions, although TE Delanie Walker should be considered the top passing-game target. Consider Matthews a WR4 and just about any other Titans' wideout a WR5 or beyond.
|Bills RB Jonathan Williams arrested for DWI|
League discipline likely coming
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 14 2016, 9:00 am
|Rookie running back Jonathan Williams was arrested Thursday morning for driving while intoxicated and violation of implied consent. (Buffalo News)|
FFToday's Take: Front offices hold their breath during the few weeks leading up to training camp as the players are on their own without the structure that comes from training camp and the regular season. Williams had an opportunity to perhaps carve out a bigger role than anticipated with Karlos Williams reportedly out of shape but this incident may set him back. League discipline is likely coming for the rookie RB.
|Brady's Deflategate appeal denied|
Next step: appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 13 2016, 12:30 pm
|New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's latest attempt to avoid serving a four-game Deflategate suspension to start the new season was flatly rejected Wednesday by an appeals court. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan issued a one-sentence rejection of requests by the National Football League Players Association and Brady to reconsider an April decision that found that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell acted within his powers by suspending the star quarterback for his role in a scheme to doctor footballs used in a January 2015 playoff game. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Brady's last gasp is to appeal to the Supreme Court although no decision to take that step has been made. Let's hope it doesn't come to that. Brady remains suspended the first four games of the season. Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to start in Brady's absence.
|Colts' RB Robert Turbin arrested |
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 13 2016, 7:00 am
|Indianapolis Colts running back Robert Turbin was arrested for possession of marijuana last week in Logan, Utah. Marijuana is a banned substance in the NFL, and the punishment through the league for a first offense is suspension without pay for up to four regular or post-season games. (Indianapolis Star)|
FFToday's Take: The arrest came after Turbin ran a stop sign. He'll now be at risk of suspension by the league. Turbin has bounced around the league including stops in Dallas, Cleveland and Seattle. This incident will hurt his chances at becoming Frank Gore's backup. Jordan Todman and rookie Josh Ferguson are next up on the RB depth chart.
|No league discipline expected for Crowell|
Browns RB posts disgusting Intragram picture
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 12 2016, 9:00 am
|Browns running back Isaiah Crowell learned a hard lesson after posting a graphic depiction of a police officer being stabbed in the neck by a hooded man in the aftermath of two black men being fatally shot by officers last week. Crowell, the Browns' starting tailback, quickly deleted the post, which went up Wednesday afternoon on his Instagram account. "The image was inappropriate and insensitive,'' NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email response. "He realized this, took down the post and has since apologized.'' (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: The apology from Crowell seemed crafted by other sources (agent, team) but regardless, it doesn't appear the Browns will release the running back nor will he suffer any league discipline as a result.
|Timeshare coming for Freeman and Coleman?|
Falcons RB coach discusses reducing Freeman's carries
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 11 2016, 1:30 pm
|“It’s about growth,” Turner told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Free had a good year, but I’m expecting even a better year. Well, you’re saying, how can it be better? It can be even better with less carries or less catches because I’d obviously like to get Tevin (Coleman) more involved and that also keeps Free fresher.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)|
FFToday's Take: Injuries and ball security are the two areas running backs coach Bobby Turner pointed out as issues with Tevin Coleman's subpar rookie season. The organization has given hints this off-season that Coleman and last year's fantasy RB darling Devonta Freeman may form more of a committee this season if the two can remain healthy. Freeman is likely overvalued at this early point in the drafting season.
| Rawls says he expects to be ready for camp|
Recovering from ankle injury
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 10 2016, 1:00 pm
|Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls said on Sunday he expects to be ready for the start of training camp. “Rehab is going phenomenal,” he said. “Running, cutting, working hard and getting back out there. I’m looking forward to being out there the first week. Rehab has been going phenomenal this whole offseason. I don’t have a break because I have to work 10 times harder. I’m excited to come back and fill that void in the backfield.” (Seattle Times)|
FFToday's Take: Head coach Pete Carrol stated last month that he wasn't sure when Rawls would return but was confident he'd be ready for Week 1. While the quotes from Rawls are encouraging, players are typically incredibly optimistic about their health to the media. Fantasy owners should monitor Rawls' status during camp as he could be inline for a heavy workload if fully healthy.