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No league discipline expected for Crowell
Browns RB posts disgusting Intragram picture
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 12 2016, 9:00 am

Cleveland Browns
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

Atlanta Falcons
“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.
Injury Rawls says he expects to be ready for camp
Recovering from ankle injury
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 10 2016, 1:00 pm

Seattle Seahawks
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.
Long-term deal unlikely for Alshon Jeffery
$14.6 million franchise tag
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 8 2016, 9:00 am

Chicgao Bears
There's a stalemate going on in Chicago, and if one side doesn't budge, Alshon Jeffery might find his way out of the Windy City. "There's not a lot of confidence," Garafalo said on Thursday's episode of NFL Total Access. "I sense that both sides really don't feel strongly about this one. That's because Alshon Jeffery's got a $14.6 million tag. The Bears wanted to come in a couple of million below that." (NFL.com)

FFToday's Take: The deadline for franchised tagged players to get a long-term deal is 4 p.m. ET on July 15. It sounds like the Bears star wideout will be playing under the franchise tag this season. Jeffery missed seven games last year due to calf and hamstring injuries. Despite the contract situation Jeffery is being viewed as low-end WR1 and expected to be the main weapon in the Bears offense.
"Major touches" for Bilal Powell?
Jets went 1-4 without him last season
By: Doug Orth | Jul 7 2016, 6:15 pm

New York Jets
The Jets let Bilal Powell know how they felt about him by signing him to a three-year, $11.25 million contract in free agency. His ability to stick with the Jets through three general managers and four offensive coordinators shows how valued he is. It will be interesting to see how OC Chan Gailey divides up the carries between Powell and Matt Forte, as they have similar skill sets, so this could be a trickier division of labor for Gailey (than it was for a more physical runner like former teammate Chris Ivory). You can count on Powell getting major touches this season, though. Gailey will figure out a way. (New York Post)

FFToday's Take: Both backs signed for three years this offseason, with Forte inking a $12 M deal ($8 M guaranteed) and Powell signing for #11.25 M ($6 M), so the Jets appear to view the two players similarly at this point of their careers. Powell is unlikely to see "major touches" in the eyes of owners, but 100 is certainly a reasonable expectation. Between Powell stealing some catches and Khiry Robinson possibly taking the goal-line work, Forte owners might want to view him as a mid-RB2 at best.
DeVante Parker completely healthy for camp
Dolphins' main focus for offseason was to keep WR fresh
By: Doug Orth | Jul 7 2016, 6:00 pm

Miami Dolphins
It was hard to gauge the offseason progress of Miami Dolphins second-year receiver DeVante Parker this spring. The former first-round pick was in and out of OTAs and minicamp due to the team’s approach to keeping Parker fresh for this upcoming season. Last year Parker pushed hard and had early trouble with his foot. Summer surgery caused Parker to have a slow start to the preseason and regular season, which is something Miami is trying to avoid. The Dolphins accomplished their goal of getting Parker healthy through the offseason program. He likely will push things harder in training camp. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: New HC Adam Gase admitted to "being overly cautious about (Parker's health). Parker was very productive from Week 12 on last year, especially considering he was limited for much of last offseason and the first half of the 2015 campaign. Parker definitely possesses WR2 upside, but owners need to weigh it against his injury history. He's worth his 6.06 ADP in PPR drafts at the moment, but it wouldn't come as a surprise if his stock skyrockets with a strong preseason.
Nelson Agholor enters camp as No.2 wideout
Rueben Randle, Josh Huff, Chris Givens next up on depth chart
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 6 2016, 8:00 pm

Philadelphia Eagles
Assuming he isn't suspended for an incident last month at a Philadelphia strip club, Agholor will enter training camp as the No. 2 receiver, and the team's top option on the outside. (NJ.com)

FFToday's Take: This has been the prevailing wisdom for some time now but it's nice to see that NJ.com agrees. It might be tough to support two fantasy wideouts in Doug Pederson's offensive system. Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz are inline to be the top two targets for Sam Bradford this fall.
Denard Robinson drives car into pond
Fell asleep at the wheel
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 5 2016, 6:30 pm

Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Denard Robinson appeared to be "asleep or fatigued" after his vehicle went off the road and into a retention pond early July 3. The crash happened at 4:20 a.m., according to the report. Both Robinson and an adult female passenger "looked to be asleep/passed out," the report detailed. (ActionNewsJax.com)

FFToday's Take: The police determined that Robison was not impaired. He apparently fell asleep at the wheel and no citations were issued. With no arrest made this situation should not impact Robinson's status with the league.
Giants running back discussion
Beat writers discuss workload of Jennings and Vereen
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 5 2016, 9:00 am

New York Giants
Rashad Jennings is likely to be the primary running back on first and second downs, given his ability to run, block and catch out of the backfield. I would expect him to get around 15-18 carries a game. I think the Giants will look to pick up where they left off last season with Rashad Jennings being the main ball carrier and Shane Vereen as the change of pace/third down back. (Giants.com)

FFToday's Take: The consensus of the Giants beat reporters is that Rashad Jennings are the leaders for touches headed into training camp with Jennings being the lead option on early downs and Vereen operating as the third-down back. Rookie Paul Perkins is the dark horse and someone for redraft leaguers to monitor as a free agent pickup or a late-round flier.
Sheldon Richardson suspended for season opener
Personal conduct policy violation
By: Doug Orth | Jun 30 2016, 7:00 pm

New York Jets
Jets DE Sheldon Richardson suspended for the season opener for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. (Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The violation stems back to an incident last July in which Richardson reportedly drove up to 143 miles per hour as he attempted to evade police and was arrested on traffic and resisting arrest charges. His one-game absence will hurt the Jets significantly if Muhammad Wilkerson doesn't end reporting, but if he does, Wilkerson and Leonard Williams should be able to hold down the fort.
Seahawks QB Trevone Boykin avoids jail time
Pleads guilty to misdemeanor charge stemming from Dec. 31 incident
By: Doug Orth | Jun 30 2016, 4:25 pm

Seattle Seahawks
Seahawks rookie quarterback Trevone Boykin pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest in Bexar County (Texas) Court, resolving an incident that occurred Dec. 31 in San Antonio. He was fined $1,500 plus court costs, given one year of probation, serve 80 hours of community service and take an anger management course. Boykin’s agent, Drew Pittman, said Thursday that Boykin is fulfilling many of the community hours now and that none of the penalties will impact Boykin’s availability for Seahawks’ training camp, which begins July 30. (Seattle Times)

FFToday's Take: Boykin was set to face arraignment on Aug. 1, so the plea allows him to take part in the first day of Seahawks' training camp on July 30. The former TCU star, who went undrafted in April in part due to this incident, is set to be Russell Wilson's backup at the moment.
Rolando McClain hit with 10-game suspension
Violation of the substance-abuse policy
By: Doug Orth | Jun 30 2016, 3:40 pm

Dallas Cowboys
Cowboys' LB Rolando McClain will be suspended the first 10 games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: And the hits just keep coming for the Cowboys, who will be without DEs Randy Gregory and Demarcus Lawrence (four games apiece) as well as McClain to start the season due to suspensions. Furthermore, second-round rookie Jaylon Smith is highly unlikely to play before midseason, if it all. Andrew Gachkar will likely replace McClain in the middle, while Benson Mayowa, David Irving and rookie Charles Tapper fill in for Gregory and Lawrence. It figures to be a long September for the Dallas defense.
More two-back sets in Bengals' future?
Bernard and Hill could be used in tandem to cover for Eifert's absence
By: Doug Orth | Jun 30 2016, 3:10 pm

Cincinnati Bengals
There’s a distinct possibility you’ll see more of Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill in the same backfield as they try to make up for the loss of Pro Bowl TE Tyler Eifert. But I don’t think offensive coordinator Ken Zampese is going to tip his hand on that much during the preseason and I don’t think backup Tyler Kroft should be underestimated as a solid down-field threat that can get them through a couple of games without Eifert. (Bengals.com)

FFToday's Take: A lot of teams talk about using both of their running backs at the same time, but there's a strong case to be made for the Bengals to do so without Eifert. Cincinnati has to make up for the losses of Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu somehow, and it may not be realistic to expect Brandon LaFell and rookie Tyler Boyd to be ready for that responsibility right away. Hill and Bernard both have early-sixth round ADPs in PPR, which sounds about right under a new play-caller like Zampese.
Injury Melvin Gordon expected to be full-go by camp
Took part in spring camp as well
By: Doug Orth | Jun 30 2016, 2:40 pm

San Diego Chargers
Melvin Gordon, said LaDainian Tomlinson in December, will rebound from an uneven rookie season. Following microfracture knee surgery Jan. 5, the 2015 first-round draftee took part in spring camp and is expected to be back to 100 percent in training camp. Chargers players say OC Ken Whisenhunt's return bodes well for the ground game and Gordon in particular. In Whisenhunt's other season with San Diego, RB Ryan Mathews got his career back on track and led the Bolts down the stretch to a playoff berth. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

FFToday's Take: By all accounts, Gordon's rookie season went about as poorly as it could have. Not only did Danny Woodhead steal a significant chunk of his potential red-zone work, but the No. 15 overall pick received no help from his offensive line and then hurt his knee late in the season. Gordon's 7.03 ADP in PPR this summer is understandable, but one he should be able to outperform with only slightly better luck, assuming his knee holds up.
Colts sign Andrew Luck through 2021
Five-year contract extension
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 29 2016, 4:09 pm

Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts today announced their franchise quarterback has signed a five-year contract extension through the 2021 season, a deal that will make him the highest paid player in league history, according to an NFL source. (Indianapolis Star)

FFToday's Take: Andrew Luck was getting ready to enter his contract season but owner Jim Irsay had publically stated his desire to get an agreement done before training camp. Luck struggled last season completing just 55 percent of his passes and throwing 12 interceptions in seven games before missing the second half of the season with a lacerated kidney. He's a QB1 rebound candidate.
Doug Baldwin signs four-year extension
$24.25 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 28 2016, 8:00 pm

Seattle Seahawks
Seahawks' WR Doug Baldwin's new four-year extension with Seattle is worth north of $11 million per year, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The deal is reportedly worth $24.25 million guaranteed and extends through the 2020 season. Baldwin was set to enter the final season of his contract and is coming his best season as a pro (78-1069-14). Touchdown regression is surely coming but with the offense expected to feature Russell Wilson, Baldwin is a solid WR2 in redraft leagues.
QB Trevone Boykin charged with assault
Seattle QB faces arraignment on Aug. 1st for December incident
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 28 2016, 4:20 pm

Seattle Seahawks
Seahawks rookie quarterback Trevone Boykin was charged with misdemeanor assault this week in connection with an incident on Dec. 31 in San Antonio. Bexar County (Texas) Court records show that Boykin will face arraignment on the charge on Aug. 1. The Seahawks open training camp on July 30. According to multiple reports at the time, Boykin was arrested after he was thrown out of a bar and then allegedly struck a police officer. (Seattle Times)

FFToday's Take: The league was aware of this incident prior to the draft and it likely caused Boykin to go undrafted in April. Boykin stated: “It probably had some effect, but like I said I’ve moved forward, pushed past it and surrounded myself with better people,” he said. “I’m doing better things and I’m excited for coach (Pete) Carroll to call me and bless me with this opportunity.” According to the team, Boykin is still expected to be the backup behind Russell Wilson.
Amari Cooper "excellent" in spring practices
"Clear growth" between second-year WR and QB Derek Carr
By: Doug Orth | Jun 27 2016, 6:00 pm

Oakland Raiders
WR Amari Cooper received praise for his performance during the Raiders offseason program. The second-year receiver was excellent in practices open to the press, working in precision with QB Derek Carr. There’s clearly growth between passer and receiver, but Cooper himself has a spring in his step. He’s confident, comfortable with the Raiders and his place in the NFL. “I’m a lot more comfortable. I feel like I have a great feel of what it’s like to be a pro. I like my progress so far,” Cooper said. (CSN Bay Area)

FFToday's Take: Cooper committed 20 drops per Pro Football Focus and battled through a foot injury that nearly landed him on injured reserve, but those issues were about the only negatives during what was a stellar rookie season. While Michael Crabtree will remain a key part of the passing attack, Cooper is an excellent bet to build upon his 72-1,070-6 line in 2015 and should be considered a low-end WR1 in most leagues.
Stephen Anderson impressed in spring workouts
Texans UDFA boasts 4.58 speed, 38-inch vertical
By: Doug Orth | Jun 27 2016, 5:45 pm

Houston Texans
During the NFL draft, TE Stephen Anderson got passed over despite a series of impressive workouts and a productive collegiate career. Anderson capitalized on the absence of veteran TE C.J. Fiedorowicz and Ryan Griffin to take on a heavy workload during offseason practices. Although undersized at 6-2, 230 pounds, the former wide receiver has 4.58 speed in the 40-yard dash and a 38-inch vertical leap. "He's come out and really put in a great effort every day. He's picked up things very quickly and, on top of that, he's got great athleticism. He's got good hands," Texans TE coach John Perry said. (Houston Chronicle)

FFToday's Take: The Texans finished second-to-last in fantasy points at the tight end position in 2015, so they'll gladly welcome a player with Anderson's athleticism. The UDFA still has some work to do to secure a roster spot and rookie tight ends are notorious for not producing as rookies, so redraft owners can probably sit tight. Dynasty owners should take note, however, as Anderson checks a lot of boxes in regards to becoming a worthwhile fantasy tight end down the road.
Tyler Lockett front-and-center in Seahawks' plans
HC Pete Carroll: "He's going to get a lot of stuff happening his way&a
By: Doug Orth | Jun 27 2016, 5:30 pm

Seattle Seahawks
(Russell Wilson and Tyler Lockett have) been working together for much of the offseason to make sure (last year's) near-misses turn into conversions in 2016. "(Lockett is) right in the middle of all our planning and all of our preparation. You have to deal with him in our offense. He’s going to be moved around to a lot. ... He can do everything. ... Once we got a hold of the kind of dynamic player that he is, we used the heck out of him, and he’s going to get a lot of play time, a lot of stuff happening his way. Really helps (Doug Baldwin), really helps (Jermaine Kearse). Those guys are great complements," HC Pete Carroll said. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: It is hard not to read into Carroll's last comment about Baldwin and Kearse being "great complements", as it appears he is suggesting Lockett - and not Baldwin - will be the focal point of the passing game. For the time being, owners should treat Carroll's assertion as him getting caught up in promoting his young wideout. Nevertheless, Lockett stands a great chance to blow right past his 51-664-6 line last season and serve as a quality WR3 in all leagues.
Sterling Shepard to be an instant-impact player
Second-rounder among impressive rookie WRs for Giants
By: Doug Orth | Jun 27 2016, 5:20 pm

New York Giants
The Giants used the spring to assess their wide receiving corps and came away impressed. Sterling Shepard appears to be an instant-impact player and all is going well with Victor Cruz's rehab. There also appears to be some youngsters (led by Darius Powe and Roger Lewis) that have potential. Adding a veteran such as Anquan Boldin, Andre Johnson, Roddy White or James Jones might not be the move this time around, unless Cruz or one of the younger receivers suffer some sort of setback. (NJ.com)

FFToday's Take: Shepard is being drafted in the middle of the 11th round at the moment in PPR leagues, which makes him an absolute steal given his pro readiness and the path he has to roughly 70 receptions this season. His value is sure to spike as training camp and preseason games roll around, so early drafters should take advantage of the discount. Barring injury, he should be a very solid WR3 in all leagues as a rookie.
HC Dan Quinn discusses 2-point conversion
“Sometimes, it’s gut”
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 26 2016, 6:00 pm

Atlanta Falcons
Falcons coach Dan Quinn isn’t sure going for two-point conversions all the time is a sound football concept. “How many things are they going to do from the 2-yard line?’” Quinn said. “You score 50 touchdowns. What 50 two-point plays are you running from there?” “Like most things, knowing when you have an advantage, take it,” Quinn said. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

FFToday's Take: Some of the more dynamic offenses in the league (Pittsburgh, Green Bay, New Orleans) have openly discussed the idea of going-for-two more this season. The Falcons attempted 3 two-point conversions last season (38 TDs) and it sounds like Quinn will be leaning more on the conservative side in this discussion meaning no significant benefit for the Falcons offensive skill players can be assumed.
Tarvaris Jackson released on bond
Charged with aggravated assault
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 25 2016, 7:00 am

Seattle Seahawks
Tarvaris Jackson, the Seahawks’ backup quarterback the past three seasons but currently a free agent, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly pulling a gun on a woman reported to be his wife early Friday morning. (Seattle Times)

FFToday's Take: The Seahawks seem to ready to move forward with Trevone Boykin as their backup quarterback to Russell Wilson and this story will only help cement their move. After having a gun pointed at her, Jackson's wife reportedly replied, “You better be accurate because you ain’t accurate on the field.” Ouch.
Lions HC Caldwell talks up WR T.J. Jones
Third-year receiver getting pre-camp hype
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 24 2016, 1:00 pm

Detroit Lions
“TJ really has got to take another step forward,” head coach Jim Caldwell said. “He’s a guy that does a lot of things well. “He can return for you. He’s got return ability. But then also, he’s got a little scat back ability. He can catch screens for you. He can take off and go when he gets a seam. We really expect him to come forward and be a little bit more of a prominent threat.” (DetroitLions.com)

FFToday's Take: T.J. Jones is currently sitting fourth on the wide receiver depth chart behind Golden Tate, Marvin Jones and Jeremy Kerley. Even with the Lions needing to replace production from Calvin Johnson, Jones in all likelihood would need an injury to a receiver higher on the depth chart in order to become fantasy relevant. He's a late-round dart throw / free agent type in redraft leagues.
Injury Steelers release K Shaun Suisham
Suffered setback in ACL recovery
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 24 2016, 9:10 am

Pittburgh Steelers
The Steelers released kicker Shaun Suisham with a failed physical designation. He suffered a setback in his recovery from a torn ACL. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Chris Boswell will assume kicking duties for the Steelers. With the offense more than willing to go for two after touchdowns, fantasy owners can ignore Boswell on draft day.
Gase pushing Tannehill to his "breaking point"
HC pleased with QB's education in his system
By: Doug Orth | Jun 23 2016, 5:00 pm

Miami Dolphins
During practice, (new HC Adam) Gase likes to put Ryan Tannehill and the other quarterbacks in a bunch of difficult situations: 4th and 10, facing unexpected blitzes and anything they could possibly encounter in a game. “He puts a lot of pressure on you ... makes practice hard,” rookie QB Brandon Doughty said. “I thought during practice he would say, ‘The blitz is coming to the right, let’s check this.’ He doesn’t give you much, which is good, because he’s not going to be out there on game day.” As Gase noted last week, “I put a lot on [Tannehill’s] plate. It’s almost to the point where it’s probably too much this fast. I want to see where the breaking point is. He’s been doing a good job of responding.” (Miami Herald)

FFToday's Take: The bad: Tannehill is learning his third offensive system going into his fifth pro season. The good: Gase is a huge upgrade from Mike Sherman or Bill Lazor, he is as good with quarterbacks as any coach in the league, and he trusts his quarterbacks to audible, which is something Tannehill hasn't been allowed to do. With the weapons he has in place now and solid coaching, Tannehill could very easily be a top-10 quarterback this season.
Abdullah to carry most of the load for Lions?
4.7 YPC over the second half of the season
By: Doug Orth | Jun 23 2016, 4:45 pm

Detroit Lions
(Ameer Abdullah is) going to get every opportunity to carry most of the load for the Lions’ rushing attack. He averaged 4.7 yards per carry the second half of last season when the offensive line simplified some blocking schemes and played more consistently. The Lions should be better upfront as a run-blocking unit with (Taylor) Decker at left tackle, (Laken) Tomlinson with a year under his belt, (Larry) Warford in better shape and (Riley) Reiff moved over to right tackle. That should benefit Abdullah and the run game. (detroitlions.com)

FFToday's Take: Although Abdullah is still recovering from January shoulder surgery, he is expected to be ready for camp and offers the same kind of huge upside he did last summer. Theo Riddick will still absorb most of the backfield's snaps on passing downs, but the rest of the roles on this team are open for the taking for the second-year back. He makes sense as a low-end RB2 with room to move up from there should he secure goal-line carries in addition to early-down work.
Will DeAndre Washington have a significant role?
Raiders giving rookie reps with first team
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 22 2016, 8:00 pm

Oakland Raiders
"Latavius did have to carry a majority of the load, so it will help," offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said of adding a complementary back. "I think we have a really good stable of runners right now. Someone will emerge." (East Bay Times)

FFToday's Take: The Raiders made it clear this off-season they were interested in improving their running back depth. The only acquisition they made was adding rookie DeAndre Washington who could be inline for a significant role, perhaps forming a RBBC with Latavius Murray. Murray's not likely to duplicate his numbers from last season if Washington can prove he's capable at this level. Washington is worthy of a late-round pick in redraft leagues.
Injury Arian Foster hungry to regain 2012 form
At least three teams reportedly have interest
By: Doug Orth | Jun 20 2016, 3:50 pm

NFL
Arian Foster expects to be healthy for training camp and is "hungry" to regain his 2012 form, according to a source. At least three teams have recently inquired about Foster, who tore his Achilles in late October. The Texans released the tailback in March. But Foster, 29, is inching closer to a return and is evaluating potential fits, including teams with dual-threat running back capabilities. Foster visited the Miami Dolphins this offseason but has otherwise kept a low profile. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Foster is coming up on eight months since suffering his most recent injury. Considering his injury history, track record for slow healing, age (turns 30 in August) and the usual recovery time for Achilles' injuries, it is highly unlikely the ex-Texan will ever find his "form" again, much less in 2016. No matter where he ends up, he should be considered nothing more than a very high-risk RB3 - and even that might be a stretch.
Demaryius Thomas distracted last season
Missed 2015 offseason due to contract standoff
By: Doug Orth | Jun 20 2016, 3:40 pm

Denver Broncos
Demaryius Thomas said earlier this offseason that 2015 was “the worst of my past four years,” citing a high number of drops as a reason why his performance fell short of where he wanted it to be. During an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio, Thomas talked some more about feeling like he fell short last season. Thomas didn’t work with the Broncos during the offseason because he was trying to work out a long-term deal after getting the franchise tag and said criticism after he signed his new deal got to him while he was also adjusting to the news that his mother would be released from prison, all of which added up to too much noise in his head. (Pro Football Talk)

FFToday's Take: Despite his second straight 100-catch and fourth consecutive 1,000-yard receiving season, Thomas was considered a disappointment by most as his touchdowns dropped from 11 to six and he finished third in the league in drops. Thomas should still be considered among the best receivers in the league, but perhaps more of a low-end WR1 than an elite WR1 with so much uncertainty at quarterback and in a more balanced offense than he has been in over the previous four seasons.
Injury Dennis Pitta could be "significant contributor"
TE has not played since September 2014
By: Doug Orth | Jun 20 2016, 3:30 pm

Baltimore Ravens
Dennis Pitta was one of the more active and productive offensive players for the past couple of weeks (of offseason practices). Pitta is moving well and caught just about everything thrown in his direction. He’s always going to be at risk of reinjuring his hip, but for now, Pitta feels good and looks like he can be a significant contributor. (Baltimore Sun)

FFToday's Take: At first glance, the Ravens appear to have an overload at tight end. but Crockett Gillmore (shoulder), Maxx Williams (inexperience) and free-agent addition Ben Watson (will turn 36 the season) all bring their own flaws to the table. Pitta was once Joe Flacco's favorite target, and although faces long odds of getting back to 100 percent and carries significant injury risk, it's not unthinkable he could be useful in fantasy again if he can stay healthy.
Injury Watkins goal: be ready for training camp
Foot injury
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 20 2016, 7:00 am

Buffalo Bills
"For training camp, I think I'll definitely be available," Watkins told TSN.ca. "I might sit out two or three days. It's all about how I feel within those days. The goal is to come back and be prepared for training camp." Sammy Watkins suffered a broken bone in his foot this offseason and had a screw inserted in April. (NFL.com)

FFToday's Take: Watkins went on to say there is no specific timetable for his return. Watkins is a key piece to the Bills offense and he's capable of posting WR1 numbers when healthy. He posted a 60-1047-9 line in 12 games last season including four 100-plus-yard games in his last six. His current ADP sits at WR18 (3.10) in 12-team redraft leagues.
Injury Josh Doctson expected to be ready for camp
Left Achilles injury
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 15 2016, 9:00 pm

Washington Redskins
The offseason practice season came and went without the Redskins having gotten much of a look at top draft pick Josh Doctson, who injured his left Achilles’ tendon during rookie minicamp, then missed the next four weeks while receiving treatment. Wide receivers coach Ike Hilliard dismissed any reasons for concern, saying that he expects Doctson to be ready for training camp and to work his way into the mix quickly. (Washington Post)

FFToday's Take: Doctson is a talented rookie but it may be difficult for him to carve out a significant fantasy role with DeSean Jackson and TE Jordan Reed ahead of him in the gameplan pecking order. He's a WR5 with upside who could jump in value if Pierre Garcon and/or Jackson suffer an injury.
Injury Steve Smith won't play in preseason games
Recovering from Achilles injury
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 15 2016, 6:42 pm

Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh told NFL.com that the plan is to bring Steve Smith Sr. back slowly from a season-ending Achilles injury and will hold out the veteran wide receiver for the entire preseason. Smith will be limited to only route-running in training camp, Harbaugh said. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: It's a no-brainer game plan for the 37-year-old receiver to take it easy during the preseason. Smith suffered his Achilles injury on November 1st last season. His current ADP is WR32, early seventh-round, in 12-team redraft leagues.
Injury No torn ACL for Breshad Perriman
Could be ready to go for training camp, Week 1
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 14 2016, 10:26 am

Baltimore Ravens
Ravens' WR Breshad Perriman does not have a torn ACL and "will be fine for the season", per source. Received stem-cell injection today. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Good news for Perriman and the Ravens. Perriman had arthroscopic surgery Tuesday, receiving a stem-cell injection in the joint. There is currently no timetable for his return but it sounds like he should be available for training camp and Week 1.
Injury DeVante Parker still sidelined
Rehab work not related to foot issue
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 14 2016, 9:47 am

Miami Dolphins
DeVante Parker (not the foot) is also not practicing today. (Armando Salguero on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Parker was doing rehab work off the side during the Dolphins OTA on Tuesday. The team insists Parker's absence is not related to his foot issues which hampered him a year ago. Parker is a trendy upside pick in redraft leagues with new head coach Adam Gase at the helm.
Injury Broken bone in elbow for Darren McFadden
Surgery today, expected to miss 2 months
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 14 2016, 1:00 am

Dallas Cowboys
Darren McFadden's push to hold off rookie Ezekiel Elliott and retain the starting running back job entering the season has suffered a severe setback. McFadden underwent surgery for a broken right elbow Tuesday morning and is expected to miss at least two months. Head coach Jason Garrett announced that the club anticipates that McFadden will return in training camp and there's a possibility he'll be ready for the opener on Sept. 11 against the New York Giants. (Dallas Morning News)

FFToday's Take: As if the hype train for rookie Elliott wasn't moving fast enough, it should pickup steam after this news. With McFadden not expected to be back until some time during training camp it should give the rookie Elliott some more practice time with the first team.
RBBC in Philly?
Eagles have depth at the RB position
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 12 2016, 7:00 am

Philadelphia Eagles
“Well, you go in thinking that one guy can handle the load,” Pederson said. “If that's Ryan, he can handle all the stuff and the pounding. But with the guys we have, with the depth we have at that position, Darren is obviously a big part of that and now with Wendell [RB Wendell Smallwood] coming on, I think it could be a little bit of a running back by committee.” (CSN Philly)

FFToday's Take: Ryan Mathews is clearly the lead back of the committee but the depth the Eagles have a the position means Ryan Mathews value is likely capped at an RB2 level. Darren Sproles and perhaps Kenjon Barner will also eat into Mathews workload.
Injury Breshad Perriman suffers knee injury
Partially torn ACL in left knee
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 11 2016, 8:00 pm

Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Breshad Perriman suffered a partially torn ACL in his left knee and will visit Dr. James Andrews on Monday to determine if Perriman needs potential season-ending surgery, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter and Jamison Hensley. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: This is a bad break for Perriman who missed last season with a right knee injury (PCL) suffered in training camp. In all likelihood, Perriman will miss a good chunk of the season if not all of it. He's off the fantasy radar leaving Steve Smith, Mike Wallace and Kamar Aiken as Baltimore's top three receivers.
4-year contract extension for Keenan Allen
Deal expected to be signed next week
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 11 2016, 7:00 am

San Diego Chargers
The San Diego Chargers have agreed to terms with wide receiver Keenan Allen on a four-year contract extension. Allen was on the final year of his rookie contract. The deal is expected to be finalized and signed next week. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Allen (67-725-4) was on his way to a WR1 finish before suffering a lacerated kidney last season during Week 8. His ADP currently sits at WR12 (3.01) in standard scoring leagues and WR9 (2.05) in PPR leagues.