| Foster suffers groin injury, may need surgery|
Injured in Monday's practice
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 4 2015, 1:48 pm
|Can confirm report by @taniaganguli that Arian Foster suffered groin injury in practice. Could require surgery. (John McClain on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Foster reportedly suffered the injury in practice on Monday. We'll wait for something more official from the team, but this doesn't sound good. Some reports suggest Foster is a candidate to placed on injured reserve/return, which would keep him out of the lineup for at least eight games. Stay tuned...
|Austin Seferian-Jenkins receives high praise|
TE coach compares ASF to Tony Gonzalez
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 4 2015, 12:10 pm
|After the first open practice at Bucs training camp, Dirk Koetter, the team’s new offensive coordinator, compared Austin Seferian-Jenkins to Tony Gonzalez.
“I tell you, if Austin is healthy, he reminds me … I coached Tony Gonzalez at the end of his career. Our tight ends coach, Jon Embree, had Tony in Kansas City,” Koetter said. “Austin’s talented.” (Tampa Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Wow. We've heard this sort of praise before, if not to this degree. ASF has 21 NFL catches for 221 yards, so perhaps the comparisons to a future Hall of Famer with 1,304 catches, 14,906 yards and 109 touchdowns is a bit much.
But there's certainly plenty of upside in an offense geared toward TE production and a rookie QB who'll need a reliable checkdown. ASF projects as a high-risk, high-upside TE2.
|Rashad Jennings sharp in practice|
Giants RB reportedly looking "big, strong, fast and quick"
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 4 2015, 10:05 am
|NJ.com reporter Jordan Raanan said running back Rashad Jennings had a "real nice start" to training camp and looks "big, strong, fast and quick."
Raanan reported that Jennings made middle linebacker Jon Beason look foolish in a 1-on-1 pass-catching drill, although he did have the ball get popped free by linebacker J.T. Thomas later in the drill. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Jennings is a versatile back who can serve as a workhorse and can do everything the Giants needs him for between the 20s and in the red zone. Unfortunately, he's got a lot of competition for carries, including Shane Vereen, big back Andre Williams, second-year Tulane product Orleans Darkwa and change-of-pace/kick returner Akeem Hunt. Still, he's being undervalued in most drafts and could be a Top 15 RB in the current offense.
|Sam Bradford getting contract extension?|
Eagles already working with QB to shore up short-term deal
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 4 2015, 9:00 am
|The Philadelphia Eagles have interest in tying starting quarterback Sam Bradford to the franchise beyond the upcoming season and have begun discussing a contract extension, according to sources.
Eagles coach Chip Kelly has Bradford taking the first-team reps at training camp ahead of Mark Sanchez, his primary competition for the starting position. Bradford is coming off the second ACL injury of his career, but Kelly wants a quarterback around whom he can build his team, and Bradford has made a strong early impression. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Despite the concerns about Bradford's injury history, Kelly recognizes the potential for Bradford to be a franchise quarterback. It's a very good sign for fantasy owners interested in taking a risk and drafting the former No. 1 overall pick from 2010.
While it's important he stay healthy and we see what he can do in Kelly's offense, there's at least potential for a huge breakout from Bradford, who's making friends quickly in Philly.
|Jimmy Graham expects to be blocking a lot more|
Seahawks TE may no longer be go-to offensive cog
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 4 2015, 8:50 am
|Graham's early debut with the Seahawks has been exactly what was expected, but there are significant differences between what Graham will do in Seattle and what he was asked to do in New Orleans. Blocking was rarely a priority with the Saints because of their pass-happy offense led by Drew Brees.
With the Seahawks, blocking is a priority on par with making receptions.
"It's very important for me to be a part of that here because that's about 75 percent of the offense here and if you have a back like (Marshawn Lynch), you want to be in there on those explosive runs and you want to be part of that," Graham said. (Associated Press)|
FFToday's Take: We're not bullish on Graham's chances to resume the type of fantasy production he saw at his peak in New Orleans, and reaching the 80-reception mark will be a challenge in this offense. Graham seems to be sold on the concept of a '75 percent' running game, and he'll still be a viable third-down option red zone threat -- just not the clear-cut top fantasy TE and difference maker he was in the past.
|Niners will use camp to figure out backfield|
OC: Does not want "tightly defined roles" at RB
By: Doug Orth | Aug 3 2015, 9:30 pm
|San Francisco 49ers new OC Geep Chryst has no idea how the 49ers will ultimately attempt to replace RB Frank Gore, who was the main man in the team’s backfield for nearly all of his 10-year run with the franchise.
“That’s what we need camp to find out,” Chryst said.
Carlos Hyde will get an opportunity to be the featured back, but Chryst said he does not want tightly defined roles. He wants Hyde, Reggie Bush, Kendall Hunter and Mike Davis to be able to thrive in different roles. (CSN Bay Area)|
FFToday's Take: Hyde seems to be a good bet to command early-down work and his fantasy upside could be his current fourth-round ADP, but the odds of him serving as the featured back aren't going to be particularly good since Bush has been one of the better passing-game weapons at running back for several years. The Niners also figure to be trailing more often than they have in recent seasons, which is another reason to let someone else use an early pick on the second-year back.
|Crabtree regaining old form?|
New Raiders WR appears healthy for first time in years
By: Doug Orth | Aug 3 2015, 9:25 pm
|It's training camp, and optimism can be the norm. But it's safe to say the Raiders believe Michael Crabtree is going to be playing himself into a big contract when the year is over. He's flashing the hands that once led Jim Harbaugh to deem him the best catcher of the football ever. The Former 49ers receiver has answered questions about his speed, stemming from lower-leg injuries he's sustained in the past, and so far, so good. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: A healthy Crabree would do wonders for rookie Amari Cooper and Derek Carr, removing potential double teams from the former and serving as a trustworthy possession receiver for the latter. If Crabtree is truly looking like his old self, owners wouold be wise to track him during the preseason. A healthy Crabtree could emerge as a potential high-upside fantasy WR4 in what should be a ball-control offense in Oakland in 2015.
|Hankerson, Tamme among early standouts|
WR, TE turning heads in Atlanta
By: Doug Orth | Aug 3 2015, 9:20 pm
|Two acquisitions that look especially good right now are WR Leonard Hankerson and TE Jacob Tamme. Hankerson has been the best wide receiver at Flowery Branch thus far.
“I think it’s the length, he’s got such a big catching radius,” new HC Dan Quinn said. “He’s got such a knack for keeping it in bounds and going to stretch for the ball.”
Quinn likes what he’s seen from Tamme, as well. The veteran TE impressed with numerous catches in high-traffic areas.
"We're just trying to find ways to feature (Tamme). He's got a unique style of how to get open, where to go find it. I think there's a good rhythm with him with that," Quinn said. (atlantafalcons.com)|
FFToday's Take: Roddy White has been limited with a knee ailment, but Atlanta has been consistent in hyping Hankerson this offseason. It should also be noted that Hankerson played for the Redskins when offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan held the same job in Washington. Tamme is shaping up as a potential high-upside TE2. Not only has Shanahan been able to get tight ends to produce in his offense, but the Falcons would like for one to emerge to diversify the offense like Tony Gonzalez did before his retirement.
|HC: James White can play all three downs|
Hoping to hold off challengers to replace Vereen
By: Doug Orth | Aug 3 2015, 8:10 pm
|Pats HC Bill Belichick commented on a few players. On RB James White: "A guy who can really play on all three downs, quality guy, smart, team oriented." (Ben Volin on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Beantown-on-Beantown crime continues. Earlier in the day, ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss reported Travaris Cadet was one of five players "building positive momentum" in the early part of training camp. Granted, it's questionable what a recommendation means from Belichick when it comes to his backs, but his mention of "three downs" is notable as White tries to hold off Cadet and Dion Lewis for Shane Vereen's old passing-down/third-down role. White is a worthwhile flier in the later rounds of PPR leagues.
|Doug Martin to be lead back for Bucs|
Starting RB job is Martin's to lose
By: Doug Orth | Aug 3 2015, 5:45 pm
|If the Bucs are going to run the ball, Doug Martin must lead the way.
"Definitely a key for us," Bucs coach Lovie Smith said. "We talked about being able to establish the run. Doug will be the lead guy doing that, so it's very important that we open up some holes and let him do his thing."
FFToday's Take: Earlier this off-season many speculated that Charles Sims would be the main ball carrier in the Bucs offense. It appears that head coach Lovie Smith and offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter will give Martin first opportunity at the job. Martin's best season came in 2012 when he finished 3rd among fantasy running backs and posted a 319-1454-11 line. He hasn't cracked 500 yards rushing in a season since. He'll have RB2 upside in standard re-draft leagues, currently being drafted as a RB3 (RB32 overall).
| McFadden remains out with hamstring injury|
RB has missed 29 games with 15 different injuries in his career
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 3 2015, 1:00 pm
|Owner Jerry Jones expects Darren McFadden to be fully healed for the season opener against the New York Giants. The running back has spent the first week of training camp on the physically unable to perform list after tweaking his left hamstring while working out the week before leaving for Oxnard. McFadden missed much of the offseason program with an injured right hamstring. (Star-Telegram)|
FFToday's Take: It's still early in camp but the hamstring issues for McFadden have to be concerning for a player that's dealt with similar leg injuries in his career. McFadden is penciled in behind starter Joseph Randle but it won't be a shock if the Cowboys decided to bring in a free agent (Chris Johnson, Steven Jackson) before Week 1.
| Kevin White still bothered by shin injury|
No timetable for return
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 3 2015, 11:20 am
|Fox says Kevin White is "making headway" but still vague about any timetable. Said he was on the shelf for 6 weeks. (Brad Biggs on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: White has a golden opportunity to fill a void in the Bears receiving corps now that Brandon Marshall has moved on to the Jets. White can be activated at anytime but he'll have to accelerate his preparation once cleared if wants to make a significant contribution in 2015. His fantasy value is on hold.
| M. Bryant expected to miss Hall of Fame game|
Elbow infection will cause Steelers WR to miss a week to 10 days
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 2 2015, 7:40 pm
|Martavis Bryant had a procedure Sunday for an infection on his elbow that will likely cause the second-year wide receiver to miss the Hall of Fame preseason opener Sunday night against the Minnesota Vikings.
Bryant is expected to be out about a week to 10 days after an ingrown hair became infected, causing his elbow to swell. Coach Mike Tomlin said Bryant “should be back to us sooner than later.”
(Pittsburgh Post Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: This situation shouldn't be a long-term issue. Bryant has been the second receiver taken in fantasy drafts but a recent quote from QB Ben Roethlisberger suggests Bryant has competition for snaps in two wide receiver sets from Markus Wheaton. Bryant's ADP is likely to slide in the coming week.
| Johnson, West dealing with injuries|
Isaiah Crowell and Shaun Draughn getting extra reps for Browns
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 2 2015, 3:18 pm
|Browns rookie running back Duke Johnson, who figures prominently in the offense this season, could be out awhile with the pulled hamstring he suffered Saturday in practice, coach Mike Pettine said. Terrance West injured his calf Saturday, but Pettine's optimistic that he'll be back next week. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: West is expected back on the field early this week, perhaps even Tuesday. Johnson has a history of hamstring issues so while the situation is minor right now, it's something to monitor as the pre-season continues. Shaun Draughn is getting extra reps with West and Brown on the sideline.
| Jets rookie wideout expected to miss 4-6 weeks|
Broken ribs, punctured lung
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 1 2015, 7:00 am
|New York Jets wide receiver Devin Smith suffered broken ribs on Friday, the team announced. The rookie will miss the majority of training camp.
NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Saturday that Smith also suffered a punctured lung, but the injury is minor. The rookie is expected to miss four to six weeks. His status for the season opener on Sept. 13 is "iffy."
FFToday's Take: This injury derails Smith's chances at a significant role in the offense. Jeremy Kerley is entrenched in the No.3 role behind Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker.
|Forte: "Catching 100 balls is not my goal"|
Bears' planning on running the ball more
By: John Canario | Jul 31 2015, 6:00 pm
|Matt Forte set an NFL record with 102 catches from the running back position last season. The Chicago Bears' tailback doesn't plan on duplicating that performance in 2015. "Catching 100 balls is not my goal as a running back," Forte said Thursday, per the Chicago Tribune. Under new coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Adam Gase, the Bears plan to run a more balanced attack than the previous administration.
"If you're running the ball and you can run it effectively you get to control the clock and keep other offenses off the field," Forte said. "Which is what we want to do. If we can control the game, control the pace of the game, and grind out tough yards and score, then that's what we're going to do." (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: A more balanced offensive attack would be a hit to Forte's fantasy totals in PPR leagues. While his rushing totals should see a boost, his receiving yards and points for receptions will see a healthy reduction.
|Gruden still thinks RG3 has what it takes|
Once prolific QB hoping to rediscover offensive production
By: John Canario | Jul 31 2015, 5:45 pm
|As Jay Gruden sees it, for four years, Robert Griffin III has been a prisoner of the expectations around him. The idea now is to set him free. Griffin wasn't very good last year. That much is impossible to argue. But neither were the Washington Redskins. "We can't put all the pressure on the quarterback," Gruden said. "There's only a few quarterbacks in the league that can handle that, and those guys are gonna be first-ballot Hall of Famers. The rest of them, they need help. They need help with the running game. [They need] some quick-element throws where the receivers do the work for them, screens, good play-action shot plays, good strong defense. If we win 17-13, who gives a (expletive)? We just gotta win." (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: RG3's fantasy totals have taken a hit with each passing season. His name still carries some weight but owners who've had him in either of the last two years might be tired of being burned by the former standout rookie.
|Peterson drawing high praise from coaching staff|
Head coach Zimmer: "He's in fantastic shape"
By: John Canario | Jul 31 2015, 4:30 pm
|Adrian Peterson is as good as ever after a year away. “He’s in fantastic shape. His body is rock hard. He’s really into all the football stuff, he’s got a smile on his face, he seems to be extremely happy and excited to be here. Every day you see a couple cuts that look like a Hall of Fame running back, so those are good sights to see,” Zimmer said. The Vikings have become a trendy pick to be a playoff team, with Peterson returning, Teddy Bridgewater improving in his second season and Zimmer getting another year to build his defense. (NBC Sports)|
FFToday's Take: There's been no shortage of positive sentiment voiced about AP's ability this offseason. But when he ties up his cleats on September 13th for the Vikings opening game, he will have played just one regular season game in the past 20 months. There is no doubting Peterson's superhuman ability but at 30 years old and after a year away from football, there are less risky running back options available if you don't feel like rolling the dice.
|Bills' FB thinks McCoy can reach 2000-yard mark|
Uncertainty surrounds former Eagle as he joins new team
By: John Canario | Jul 31 2015, 4:00 pm
|"I want him to break records," Bills fullback Jerome Felton said. "I want him to get 2,000 yards. I want him to lead the league in rushing. Him and Adrian are cut from the same cloth. I would be very disappointed if he's not the leading rusher in the league next year, that's for sure." Reaching the 2,000 yard mark is incredibly difficult, but it's not out of the question for McCoy. He piled up 1,607 yards in 2013 on 314 carries. He has averaged a healthy 4.6 yards over the course of his career, and has remained relatively healthy each year - both key factors in rushing for a big number of yards. Having a confident fullback as your lead blocker helps, especially when he's blocked for another 2,000-yard rusher in Adrian Peterson. (Fox)|
FFToday's Take: Caution: it can be hard to predict how a star running back will fit in with a new team. LeSean McCoy is an elusive runner who can pound the ball between the tackles or bounce outside and turn on the jets. Historically, he has done a lot of damage receiving the ball as well. He will likely be the focal point of the team's offense this season, and if he stays healthy, should help the Bills improve upon the 92.6 rushing yards they averaged per game last year.
|Winston officially named starting QB for Bucs|
Lovie Smith says 1st overall pick will take first team reps
By: John Canario | Jul 31 2015, 3:30 pm
|Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith announced Friday that No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston will be the team's starting quarterback. "Jameis Winston is our starting quarterback. He'll be taking first-team reps tomorrow," Smith said of the Bucs' first practice of training camp. "We brought him in here to be our quarterback." The quote is noteworthy only because it's the first time Smith has bluntly stated Winston would be the starter. During offseason workouts and minicamp Winston didn't take all the first-team reps, with Smith saying the rookie needed to "earn" the job. Winston apparently did just that. "All this talk about Jameis needing a mentor... Jameis doesn't need a mentor," he said, per NFL Media's Jeff Darlington. "He's ready to take the reins and go with it." (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: It's rarely a confidence-instilling tactic to select a rookie quarterback in fantasy drafts, but Winston might be a serviceable slinger in two quarterback leagues. In his favor, he has an ideal wide receiving corps in twin towers Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson; both are 6-foot-5 and are major red zone threats.
|Russell Wilson, Seahawks agree to deal|
Four-year contract extension
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 31 2015, 10:30 am
|Quarterback Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks have agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $87.6 million, sources confirmed to ESPN. Wilson, 26, was scheduled to make $1.54 million this season, the fourth and final year of his rookie contract. If he had not agreed to the new contract, Wilson faced being tagged as the franchise player next February. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Wilson will reportedly get $60 million guaranteed over the deal and is signed through the 2019 season. This deal puts him amongst the highest paid at his position.
|Giants expected to add WR James Jones|
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 30 2015, 8:00 pm
|Already with depth at wide receiver, the Giants are set to add another to the mix. The team will sign veteran wide receiver James Jones on Friday. Offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo should know a little something about his soon-to-be newest receiver. McAdoo coached Jones in Green Bay. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Jones will be insurance in case Victor can't be an effective contributor. He's obviously familiar with Ben McAdoo's sytem from their time in Green Bay together. He's off the fantasy radar in re-draft leagues but could potentially be waiver wire pickup at some point during the season.
| Eifert proclaims he is "100 percent"|
Dealt with shoulder and elbow injuries in 2014
By: Doug Orth | Jul 30 2015, 6:45 pm
|Tyler Eifert says he is 100 percent for the first time since beginning of 2014 OTAs. (Paul Dehner on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: There are a handful of tight ends that have the ability to be this year's Travis Kelce and Eifert is one of those players. A healthy season from the third-year Notre Dame product would give Andy Dalton a much-needed second option whenever defenses sell out to stop A.J. Green. Eifert is usually available until the final rounds and has fantasy TE1 upside, so he's a low-cost and high-upside pick this summer.
| Darren McFadden placed on active/PUP list|
By: Doug Orth | Jul 30 2015, 6:35 pm
|The search for DeMarco Murray’s replacement will go on without Darren McFadden practicing at the start of training camp. On Thursday, he was placed on the active/physically unable to perform list with a hamstring injury.
McFadden’s body has routinely betrayed him since his NFL career was launched in 2008. McFadden suffered 15 injuries in his first six seasons that caused him to miss 29 games. (Dallas Morning News)|
FFToday's Take: Former McFadden owners probably aren't surprised by this development since most of the 15 injuries McFadden suffered in Oakland were to his hamstring. With many evaluators suggesting McFadden lost some of his explosiveness during his final days in Oakland, it would seem Joseph Randle's grip on the right to replace Murray is tightening. The Cowboys have reportedly been in contact with Chris Johnson in recent days, for what it is worth.
|Jordy Nelson "looks like he hasn't missed a beat"|
Packers WR had offseason hip surgery
By: Doug Orth | Jul 30 2015, 6:30 pm
|Packers HC Mike McCarthy on Jordy Nelson's recovery from hip surgery: "Jordy's so consistent. Looks like he hasn't missed a beat." (Rob Demovsky on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Good news for Aaron Rodgers' top receiver, who had his fair share of doubters as a 30-year-old coming off "minor" hip surgery. Even with the presence of Randall Cobb and likely emergence of Davante Adams, a healthy Nelson should once again be among the top 10 receivers in fantasy.
|Josh Hill slated for bigger role|
But Sean Payton nixes Jimmy Graham comparison
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Jul 29 2015, 12:55 pm
|ESPN's Mike Triplett reports that third-year pro Josh Hill will play a much bigger role after catching 14 passes for 176 yards and five touchdowns last year. But it won't be the "Jimmy Graham role," which didn't really exist before Graham emerged in New Orleans. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: We figured that Hill would play a more prominent role, but it appears Sean Payton is doing what he can to throw water on the idea that he'll fill Graham's shoes in the offense. Hill caught 14 or 20 targets and five TDs last season -- a respectable total, and the 6-5, 250-pound beast is still slated to be the primary red zone TE. Ben Watson and Orson Charles are also projected to make the 53-man roster and see targets, but Hill remains the best fantasy option moving forward.
| Marques Colston placed on Active/PUP list|
Injury not disclosed
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 28 2015, 7:15 pm
|The New Orleans Saints designated three players as physically unable to perform on Tuesday, placing them on the "PUP list" one day before the start of training camp. Safety Jairus Byrd, receiver Marques Colston and defensive tackle Glenn Foster were placed on the PUP list. (Times-Picayune)|
FFToday's Take: Colston's injury has not been disclosed so a timetable for his return remains unclear. It should be noted that Colston missed a good portion of off-season workouts as well. Players on this PUP list can be activated at any time.
| Gurley to be on active roster to start camp|
Avoids the Physically Unable to Perform list
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 28 2015, 7:00 pm
|This week, Todd Gurley passed his physical with flying colors and will be on the active roster for the start of training camp. Even if Gurley is full go come Week 1, Tre Mason will likely still play a significant role within the offense. (St.LouisRams.com)|
FFToday's Take: It's good news the Gurley will avoid the PUP list to start camp and gives him an opportunity to be on the active roster come Week 1. Even if Gurley moves through training camp with no setbacks its likely Jeff Fisher will error on the side of caution and ease Gurley into the season. Gurley's ADP is set to rise.
|Le'Veon Bell's suspension reduced to two games|
ADP will certainly rise
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 28 2015, 3:06 pm
|Le'Veon Bell suspension reduced to two games by NFL. (Ed Bouchette on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Bell's ADP will certainly rise more than it should on this news. He currently sits as the No.4 pick in 12-team leagues both in standard and the PPR variety. Bell will miss games against the Patriots and 49ers and will return in Week 3 to face the Rams.
|Mike Wallace vows to be "better" in Minnesota|
Veteran WR making adjustments on and off the field
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Jul 28 2015, 2:48 pm
|Mike Wallace spent two controversial years with the Miami Dolphins, becoming the center of attention for what he often said, and often didn't say.
After signing a five-year, $60 million contract as a free agent in 2013, the wide receiver had a brief, turbulent Miami tenure that ended with him on the bench for the second half of last December's regular-season finale against the New York Jets.
In March, he was traded to the Vikings, who hope a change of scenery will lead to him being the player he was when starring for Pittsburgh from 2009-12.
Four months after the deal, Wallace says he has a better idea of what went wrong in Miami, where his production slipped significantly. On Day 2 of training camp Monday at Minnesota State Mankato, he said he's determined to turn it around in Minnesota.
"(I'm trying) my best to be a leader this year and do a much better job in that department than I have been before," Wallace said. "(I've got) to be a better person and a better player and lead more.
"You take experiences that you have in your life and just learn from them. Some are good and some are bad, but you have to build from it. I know some mistakes I made in Miami. I know some good things. So I try to leave the bad and take the good."
Wallace got a lot more publicity for the alleged bad things.
After he caught just one pass for 15 yards in his first game with the Dolphins, he was criticized for refusing to talk to reporters, even though Miami had beaten Cleveland 23-10.
Last season, after the Dolphins defeated Jacksonville 27-13, Wallace got heat for criticizing Miami's offense after a game his team won because of two defensive touchdowns.
And after what turned out to be Wallace's final game with the Dolphins, reports surfaced that he had declined to play in the second half of a 37-24 loss to the Jets. He claims he was benched by coach Joe Philbin.
Nevertheless, Wallace's behavior after the game was bizarre. He stood next to then-Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Gibson, who answered all the questions directed at Wallace.
"You get frustrated at times when things are not going your way. You're not winning, you're not doing the things you expect out of yourself, you're not meeting your goals, and you get frustrated," Wallace said. "And I have to do a better job of holding that frustration in sometimes. I work hard. If I'm not getting results, I want to get frustrated, but I have to do a better job of not showing it." (St. Paul Pioneer Press)|
FFToday's Take: Wallace is a talented receiver several years removed from his fantasy peak (2010 in Pittsburgh). With his controversial time in Miami over, he'll look to reestablish himself as a viable fantasy WR2 for the Vikings.
|Lamar Miller slated for more carries in 2015|
Joe Philbin confirms Dolphins back won't be limited
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Jul 28 2015, 2:40 pm
|It was one of the biggest complaints for the 2014 Miami Dolphins.
Running back Lamar Miller, who had a career season, never got more than 19 carries in a game last season. In fact, Miller received more than 15 carries just four times. It was head-scratching considering Miller set new career highs in rushing yards (1,099), yards per carry (5.1) and total touchdowns (nine) last year.
But Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin told ESPN.com Sunday that the coaching staff is confident Miller can handle the load in 2015 and has no problem giving him more carries. Miller averaged just 13.5 carries per game in 2014.
“I would tell you I’ve never been in a meeting where I’ve said to [offensive coordinator] Bill [Lazor] or [running backs coach] Jeff Nixon or the offensive line coaches have said ‘Lamar can’t carry the ball 20 times a game. He can’t do it,’” Philbin said. “I’ve never heard that. That’s never come out of my mouth.”
Philbin explained that, at times, Miami’s offensive scheme also played a factor in Miller’s low carries.
“I would tell you, if he’s cranking and he got it 24 times a game and he’s healthy and he’s fast and he’s explosive, it doesn’t bother me one bit,” Philbin said. “But I think sometimes it’s not taken into account what our run game is all about. The run game is really about the runner, the screens and the quarterback keeping the ball primarily. We have some plays where we toss the ball to Lamar and that’s it. But a lot of them are [options], the highest percentage by far. I think that cuts into the carries a little bit.”
Miller also added about 15 pounds of muscle this offseason to handle the wear and tear from the position. This is an important year for Miller, who is playing in the final year of his rookie contract. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: This is good news for dynasty owners who invested in Miller, and puts the explosive back squarely on the RB1 radar for 2015. It's also good to hear that Lamar has packed on some pounds, as he's often been considered "too small" to fill a workhorse role in the past.
|NFL sticks with 4-game suspension for Brady|
Brady likely to take his case to court
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 28 2015, 2:33 pm
|NFL upholds Tom Brady's 4-game suspension, per source. Story continues. Now on to court. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The saga continues. The four-game suspension isn't severe... It's justified. Instead of taking the punishment, Brady will likely continue to push the issue into the courts. There's a possibility Brady could play until his case his heard but we'll gain more details on that scenario in the coming days/weeks.
|Martavis Bryant "going to be a star this year"|
Up to 225 pounds with four percent body fat
By: Doug Orth | Jul 27 2015, 6:25 pm
|Martavis Bryant is going to be a star this year for the Steelers. He looks amazing. Absolutely has made big strides this offseason. (Charles Robinson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: If you were getting Bryant in the sixth or seventh round of your early drafts, don't expect that to remain the case thanks to Charles Robinson. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported earlier in the day that Bryant added 11 pounds from his rookie season and has four percent body fat. Combined with this most recent tweet from Robinson, expect Robinson to start coming off the board in the late-fourth or early-fifth round.
| Bradford unlikely to suffer another ACL tear|
Kelly: new QB's chances of avoiding re-injury at 88-90 percent
By: Doug Orth | Jul 27 2015, 5:35 pm
|The word the Eagles' doctors received from the Rams' doctors was that the 27-year-old Sam Bradford, coming off the second tear of his left ACL in less than a year's time, "was fine" and "was progressing." Further, there was no cartilage issues in the knee. On both occasions, it was just the ACL that was damaged. The Eagles did their own independent research as well and reached the conclusion that when it comes to ACLs, there is a 10-to-12 percent chance of re-injury.
"So that’s an 88-to-90 percent chance that they’re going to be successful,” said Kelly. (Philly Mag: Birds 24/7)|
FFToday's Take: Philly Mag: Birds 24/7 went on to say that it spoke with Dr. James L. Carey, who cited studies that show the probability of re-tearing a reconstructed ACL is about three to six percent. Meanwhile, the chances of tearing the other knee - or the "native ACL" - is higher, around nine to 12 percent - closer to the figures that Kelly used. Just like he was for the Eagles, Bradford is well worth the risk in fantasy drafts as a potential QB1 coming off the board around the 11th round.
|Watkins feeling good after hip surgery|
Hip injury one of several obstacles for top Bills WR in 2014
By: Doug Orth | Jul 27 2015, 5:20 pm
|The slower pace forced by Sammy Watkins' recovery from February surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip, the most serious of multiple injuries he suffered as a rookie, allowed him to put greater focus on the mental part of playing wide receiver in the NFL. It allowed him to spend more time learning about what to do and how to do it from his new position coach on the Buffalo Bills, lessons that he says he never received from his previous position coach. And it provided such a welcome opportunity to let everything, along his repaired hip, feel better.
"My body feels great. I feel like I’m 17," Watkins said. (Buffalo News)|
FFToday's Take: Watkins talked about a number of other subjects, most notably the lack of route-running detail provided by former WR coach Rob Moore - an oversight that has been corrected by the hiring of new WR coach Sanjay Lal. The No. 4 overall pick will continue to suffer from sub-par quarterbacking (Matt Cassel, E.J. Manuel and Tyrod Taylor are vying for the job) and a run-heavy scheme, but Watkins is simply too talented to be considered anything less than a low-end WR2 in fantasy.
|Cardinals sign TE Gresham to one-year deal|
TE2 value in an offense that features wide receivers
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 24 2015, 8:00 pm
|The Arizona Cardinals signed free-agent tight end Jermaine Gresham to a one-year contract Friday. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Gresham is a two-time Pro Bowl selection who spent five seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals after being drafted 21st overall out of Oklahoma in 2010. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Gresham has been dealing with a herniated disk in his back that required surgery in March. It was rumored that he was close to signing with the Raiders at that time. The Cardinals offensive scheme doesn't feature the tight end so even though Gresham is the projected starter, he's no more than a TE2 at the position.
|Woodhead expected to be key cog again|
Career-high 76 catches in 2013
By: Doug Orth | Jul 23 2015, 6:50 pm
|San Diego missed Danny Woodhead last season after he suffered a broken fibula on his first carry of the third game of the season. He is a cog to what the Chargers do on third down and the passing game, catching a career-high 76 passes in 2013. Branden Oliver projects as a quality change-of-pace option. Donald Brown arguably is the Chargers' top back in protection, not allowing a sack or quarterback hit in 60 assignments last year. (San Diego Union-Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: The Chargers don't appear likely to go away from their RBBC ways just because they drafted Melvin Gordon; while the rookie to make some noise on third down from time to time, expect San Diego to try and recreate the passing-down role Woodhead beautifully handled in 2013. It should come as no surprise if Gordon is a steady fantasy RB2 and Woodhead becomes a consistent flex play (or even low-end RB2) in PPR leagues this year.
|Cooks, Spiller should be Saints' top targets|
Ex-Bill RB "should catch 60-plus passes"
By: Doug Orth | Jul 23 2015, 6:45 pm
|Even though the Saints traded away their top two pass-catchers from last season (Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills), the cupboard is far from bare. Brandin Cooks and C.J. Spiller are the two players who will likely generate the most buzz this summer. Both have dynamic speed, which allows them to bust big plays in the open field. Cooks should emerge as New Orleans’ No. 1 receiver on deep throws and short stuff like screens and end-arounds, while Spiller should catch 60-plus passes out of the backfield in the mold of Darren Sproles and Reggie Bush. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Cooks could challenge the 100-catch mark in his second year; he was on an 85-catch pace through 10 games as a rookie last season before a thumb injury derailed his season. It'd be a shocker if Spiller finishes with only 60 receptions, however, since Drew Brees has peppered his running backs with targets for years. Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson are not high-volume pass-catchers and Graham is gone, so Spiller could easily push 80 catches if he can stay on the field.
|Thomas making "steady progress" from surgery|
Torn labrum; not expected to be cleared for camp
By: Doug Orth | Jul 23 2015, 6:35 pm
|Earl Thomas making steady progress from post-Super Bowl shoulder surgery. Not expecting to be cleared for camp, unsure about Week 1. (Ed Werder on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Thoamas has never missed a game in his five-year career. If he is forced to miss game action, which is looking like a definite possibility at this point, Seattle's pass defense can expect to struggle out of the gate. The Seahawks are already breaking in a new corner in Cary Williams to replace Byron Maxwell, so replacing the NFL's best center fielder is not a problem they wanted to deal with. DeShawn Shead could be the frontrunner to replace him in the lineup.
|Falcons pleased with Hankerson|
WR played under new OC Kyle Shanahan in Washington
By: Doug Orth | Jul 23 2015, 6:10 pm
|Opposite Julio Jones, the coaches really like newcomer Leonard Hankerson based on his strong offseason. Hankerson played in Shanahan's system while in Washington and appears to be healthy coming off a gruesome left knee injury in 2013. But Hankerson's emergence doesn't necessarily move Roddy White aside. It simply means the veteran White has to have a strong training camp and show the left knee injury that has plagued him won't be a lingering issue. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds as though the beat writer believes White and Hankerson could end up battling for a starting spot opposite Jones. In all likelihood, however, Hankerson will probably end up being White's handcuff that could get some run if the 33-year-old's body continues to break down like it has in the lat two years. It's likely much ado about nothing, but a note to file away should White struggle out of the gate in 2015.