|Patriots to use two TEs 80 percent of the time?|
ESPN reporter suggests Gronk, Bennett will share the field a lot
By: Doug Orth | Aug 18 2016, 5:10 pm
|With defenses paying extra attention to Rob Gronkowski, it will open up more opportunities for Martellus Bennett. It wouldn't be a surprise if the Patriots run more than 80 percent of their offensive snaps with both tight ends on the field, so it won't be a matter of playing time for Bennett as much as how defenses decide to handle the dual threat at the position. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Pats are going to run a two-tight package enough that Bennett should perform like a low-end TE1. With Gronk, Bennett, Julian Edelman and Dion Lewis all vying for catches each week, there may not be enough balls to go around to keep the fantasy owners of all four players happy. The injury histories of Edelman and Lewis may take care of that problem, however. Either way, don't be surprised if Bennett joins Gronk as a top-10 fantasy tight end.
| Dion Lewis still not practicing|
Nine months removed from ACL surgery
By: Doug Orth | Aug 18 2016, 5:00 pm
|Veterans reported to New England Patriots training camp three weeks ago, and every player except one has, at some point, been present on the practice field: Dion Lewis. With each training camp absence, the likelihood increases that Lewis will begin the year on the PUP list. If that happens, the earliest Lewis could play is Week 7 at Pittsburgh. By then, he'll be over 11 months out of surgery. While still not probable, there is obvious logic in leaving Lewis on PUP: they need to give themselves the best chance of having their guys ó Lewis among the most important of them ó available late for what they hope will be a Super Bowl run. (MassLive.com)|
FFToday's Take: The PUP list doesn't appear to be all that likely given how nimble Lewis looked at June OTAs, but this may go right down to the wire. Boston Herald reporter Jeff Howe tweeted Thursday "don't be shocked if Dion Lewis doesn't practice until Week 1". This could hint at a reduced early-season workload for last year's breakout star and possibly some early-season relevance for James White or Donald Brown. Lewis is a high-risk, high-reward pick in the fourth or fifth round of most drafts.
| Jordy Nelson passes physical, removed from PUP|
Officially returns following ACL tear nearly a year ago
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 17 2016, 7:19 pm
|GREEN BAY, Wis. -- All along, Jordy Nelson said his goal was to be back on the field for the Green Bay Packers' regular-season opener. It appears he has beaten that by a little more than three weeks.
The Pro Bowl receiver passed his physical on Wednesday and was activated off the physically unable to perform list, according to the NFL's daily transaction notice. It came six days shy of the one-year anniversary of the torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered in his right knee.
FFToday's Take: As expected, Jordy Nelson continues to look like he will be at full health when the 2016 season begins. Nelson has ample time to work his way back into the offense. Fantasy owners shouldn't hesitate to add the Packers' top wide receiver at his current second round ADP.
|Denver QB battle heats up this week|
Siemian and Sanchez both playing well
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 17 2016, 7:02 pm
|As Broncos coach Gary Kubiak continues to evaluate the trio of QBs with the hope of sifting out his starter for Saturday and beyond, the new faces on the other side of the ball put the level of play into context. Trevor Siemian and Mark Sanchez, labeled co-No. 1 quarterbacks on the teamís depth chart, took advantage of the different looks, spraying deep balls in the end zone to the roar of the crowd and operating without an interception between them. Kubiak said he would probably decide on a starter Thursday for the upcoming 49ers game. The starter for their season-opening Super Bowl rematch with Carolina on Sept. 8 might be clearer by late Saturday night, after five months of evaluation. (Denver Post)|
FFToday's Take: Gary Kubiak is trying to get the most out of his players and they are responding to the competition. The player who plays the best in practice throughout this week should become the front runner to open the year as the Broncos' starting quarterback.
| Tony Romo will play Friday, Elliott to sit|
Dallas looking to give their starting QB a series or two
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 17 2016, 5:37 pm
|Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones announced Wednesday that starting quarterback Tony Romo will play a series or two in Friday's preseason tilt with the Dolphins, per Newy Scruggs of NBC Sports Radio. Jones also told Scruggs that rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott will not play against the Dolphins. The first-round pick is back at practice, but the team will play it safe with his recently tweaked hamstring. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Dallas is being very cautious with Tony Romo considering his injury history and importance to the team's success. He remains a low risk fantasy QB entering the year, but he is clearly past his prime and carries a lot of injury risk to be trusted as anything more than a backup. Meanwhile, Ezekiel Elliott (hamstring) has already returned to practice so the decision to not play him seems to be more of a precaution than a sign of trouble.
|K Josh Brown suspended one game|
Violated NFL personal conduct policy
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 17 2016, 4:56 pm
|EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The NFL has suspended New York Giants kicker Josh Brown for one game for violating the league's personal conduct policy.
The league and the Giants announced the suspension on Wednesday without disclosing the violation.
''While I do not agree with the suspension, I will accept it,'' Brown said in a statement released by the team. ''I have exhausted the appeals process and have no other options along those lines. I will continue to work hard for this team, and I have tremendous confidence in my teammates and in my ability to move on and contribute to the team.''
FFToday's Take: Tom Obarski has been in camp with the Giants throughout training camp and figures to be the favorite to replace Josh Brown in the team's opener. Those who have already drafted Brown will now need to go find another kicker for the first week of NFL action.
|Eagles acquire Dorial Green-Beckham from Titans|
Move likely demotes Nelson Agholor back to bench
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 16 2016, 10:18 am
|The Philadelphia Eagles official Twitter account just announced a stunning trade: "TRADE: #Eagles acquire WR Dorial Green-Beckham from Tennessee in exchange for G/T Dennis Kelly. #FlyEaglesFly" (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: While Green-Beckham had failed to establish an exceptional role in the Titans offense, it's surprising they'd give up on him in exchange for a second-rate offensive lineman. He has explosive talent and should push for a role behind WR1 Jordan Matthews. This trade may improve DGB's fantasy outlook but it's pretty devastating for Nelson Agholor -- who could be on his way out of the starting lineup.
| Jamaal Charles off PUP, practicing Tuesday|
Chiefs RB should be ready for Week 1
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 16 2016, 9:32 am
|ESPN's Adam Teicher reports that Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles is practicing Tuesday. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Charles is recovering from an October ACL tear. He got in some work during minicamps, but he had yet to see any action in training camp after opening on the active/PUP. Charles will probably be limited for the rest of camp, but is likely going to be 100 percent before Week 1. He's actually being undervalued at this point.
|Del Rio: More carries for Latavius Murray in '16|
Raiders coach looking to give RB more touches than last season
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 16 2016, 9:26 am
|San Francisco Chronicle reporter and Raiders beat writer Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) on Twitter: "Del Rio wants Murray to have more carries than last year. Even w/ addition of Washington. Will be more carries to go around. #Raiders" (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Del Rio's admission that one of the Raiders' goals this season -- for Latavius Murray to finish with even more carries than he had last year -- should give the talented, explosive young back some added shine in upcoming fantasy drafts. He's in a good spot for increased production and makes sense as third-round selection.
| Rapoport: Gronk's injury considered 'minor'|
Pats TE seems to have avoided setback
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 16 2016, 9:20 am
|Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) on Twitter: "Sounds like whatever caused #Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski to pull up at practice is as minor as it seemed. No worries." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It looks like Gronkowski is okay, but given his checkered injury history, Martellus Bennett looks like a pretty interesting value pick. Gronk is still a great early-round selection, but he does carry risk.
| Belichick sings the praises of Martellus Bennett|
Pats coach: "Not a whole lot that it looks like he canít do"
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 16 2016, 9:15 am
|The New England Patriots coach lauded the size and skill of Martellus Bennett Monday before the 6--6 tight end hit the field for a joint practice against Bennettís former team, the Chicago Bears. (NESN)|
FFToday's Take: "It looks like he can do pretty much everything you want a tight end to do. Heís smart, very smart. He handles the formations and adjustments and things like that, which are a big part of our offense at that position. He handles those well, and itís been pretty easy," Belichick said. It may be worth investing in Bennett as a low-end TE1 with upside, especially given Rob Gronkowski's penchant for injury.
|Jerry Jones all in on Dak Prescott as backup|
Cowboys owner won't "deter progress" by adding another QB
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 16 2016, 9:10 am
|After watching Dak Prescott -- the team's fourth-round pick from Mississippi State -- complete 10 of 12 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns, with a quarterback rating of 154.5., Jerry Jones is ready to close the door on bringing in a veteran to back up starter Tony Romo. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)|
FFToday's Take: We agree with Jones that while Prescott "is a long way from Canton," getting behind the rookie and letting him learn from Romo could be a smart move. Prescott would need an injury from Romo to make any kind of fantasy mark, but he's a much more valuable fantasy commodity than any of the Cowboys' backups in the past few years.
| Rawls, Prosise progressing|
Rawls takes part in team drills; Prosise, Jimmy Graham do not
By: Doug Orth | Aug 15 2016, 5:20 pm
|Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls continues to do more at practice. This is the first time all summer he has participated in team drills. C.J. Prosise (hamstring) is practicing for the first time but has not participated in team drills. Jimmy Graham is out here but not participating in team drills. (Sheil Kapadia on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Rawls appears to be on the right track, but Christine Michael's emergence may keep him from living up to his fourth-round ADP. Prosise would seem to have the passing-down role in this offense locked up, but he'll need to take part in team drills at some point in order to guarantee it. Owners should treat anything Graham does this year as a bonus; the road back from a torn patellar tendon rarely comes without significant setbacks.
| Gronk leaves practice early|
By: Doug Orth | Aug 15 2016, 5:10 pm
|Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski left today's practice after pulling up while attempting to catch a Tom Brady pass to sideline in 7-on-7 drill. (Mike Reiss on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Gronkowski reportedly did not fall to the ground, so he is most likely dealing with a soft-tissue injury of some sort. With this being the Patriots, however, we can expect to be kept in the dark about the ailment as long as possible. There haven't been any indications the mishap is/was serious, but Gronk has a fairly significant injury history. Martellus Bennett is the next man up and would be a fantasy TE1 in the event Gronk is sidelined for a while.
| Ezekiel Elliott expected to practice Tuesday|
By: Doug Orth | Aug 15 2016, 5:05 pm
|Rookie running back Ezekiel Elliottís hamstring injury came in camp, so thereís no need for an official move to get him back on the field. Elliott went through a walkthrough with the team on Monday, but coach Jason Garrett said the first-round pick wonít do any team drills in practice.
According to multiple reports, Tuesday will be the day for a full practice return for Elliott. If all goes well, he could make his preseason debut when the Cowboys host the Dolphins on Friday. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: And a nation holds its breath. With Dallas' stellar offensive line and commitment to the running game, Elliott is set up as well as any young running back in recent memory to lead his position in fantasy scoring as a rookie. He's typically going around the 1-2 turn in most drafts, but his stock could skyrocket with a great exhibition showing in either one of the next two weeks.
|Funchess could outperform Benjamin?|
Benjamin's still working his way back into shape
By: Doug Orth | Aug 15 2016, 4:55 pm
|ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton says "it wouldn't surprise me if Devin Funchess outperforms Kelvin Benjamin this year". (Mike Clay on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It is highly unlikely that Benjamin will actually outperform Funchess, but it does speak to the notion Carolina plans to spread the wealth in the passing game in 2016. Benjamin is being drafted this summer as if he is a healthy receiver in tip-top shape whose production as a rookie wasn't highly dependent on negative game scripts when in fact none of those things are true. Benjamin should be treated as a low-end WR2, while Funchess possesses a fair amount of upside as a WR5.
| Carson Wentz could miss rest of preseason|
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 13 2016, 2:00 pm
|One day after it was revealed that their franchise offensive tackle will likely be suspended 10 games this upcoming season after testing positive for PEDs, the Eagles announced Saturday that rookie quarterback Carson Wentz has a hairline fracture in his rib. "The scan revealed a hairline fracture in his ribs. We do not know an exact timetable for his return, but we hope to have him back before the end of the preseason." (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Wentz wasn't expected to win the starting job out of camp but this will cement Sam Bradford as the Week 1 starter. This injury shouldn't prevent Wentz making a start or two near the end of the season. With a new system in place and average talent at the skill positions, the Eagles are quickly becoming a team to avoid for fantasy owners.
| Jeff Janis has fracture in right hand|
Could miss significant time
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 13 2016, 10:00 am
|Green Bay Packers receiver Jeff Janis could miss significant time the rest of this preseason because of the hand injury he suffered in practice on Wednesday.
According to a source, Janis sustained a fracture to at least one of the bones in his right hand.
Janis did not play in Friday's preseason game against the Cleveland Browns and was not seen on the sidelines during the game or in the locker room afterward. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Janis has been tabbed as a potential breakout candidate by some fantasy pundits but this injury will cool his buzz. Outside of Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, the next man up in the Packers receiving corps remains a work in progress. Davante Adams will get the first crack at earning the job.
|Amari Cooper dealt with plantar fasciitis in 2015|
Played through "foot injury" for most of rookie season
By: Doug Orth | Aug 11 2016, 4:10 pm
|As a rookie, WR Amari Cooper provided the Raiders with the hope that he can be among the game's finest. And yet, he can barely watch the game tape from 2015, because he doesn't recognize himself. Why? Cooper played most of last year with plantar fasciitis - never complaining, rarely practicing, still performing. So brace yourself, because Cooper is back and healthy and doing ridiculous things. I saw him burn free-agent pickup Sean Smith, despite tight coverage down the sideline. Cooper grabbed a ball over Smith and raced 50 yards for a score -- and he didn't see the ball until it was one foot from his face. It was an incredible catch, yet no one batted an eyelash, perhaps because it's normal for him. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Owners had better hope the Raiders don't give Cooper a lot of exposure in the preseason, because he is liable to see his ADP rise from the 2.09 it sits at right now in PPR leagues. Last year's No. 4 overall pick finished as the WR21 in 2015 despite the aforementioned injury and not seeing a target inside the 10. Cooper won't be drafted among the first five or six receivers this year, but most shouldn't be surprised if he achieves that status next year.
|Arians clears up Cardinals' backfield situation|
HC: "Don't want to run him in the ground early"
By: Doug Orth | Aug 11 2016, 3:55 pm
|RB David Johnson won't be flying under the radar this season. A third-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, he surprised plenty of people with his all-around skills as a rookie, gaining 1,636 total yards and scoring 13 touchdowns. "I'm afraid to talk about him because I might get him hurt," joked Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians. "But he can run it 25 times and he can catch it 15 times. The sky is the limit for his ability, because he can do so many things. I don't want to run him in the ground early, because we have (Chris Johnson) and (Andre Ellington). We have a great group of running backs, so one guy doesn't have to get all the carries early in the season." (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: The "Johnson for RB1" bandwagon is about to get crowded. Arians is only proposing what most coaches strive to do nowadays: limit his bell-cow over the first month or so of the season and allow him to carry the offense the rest of the way. The combination of the "easing in" process and early difficult schedule may lead to a bit of a difficult start for Johnson, but he should be money in the bank thereafter. He's well worth a top-five pick in fantasy.
| Ladarius Green's future in question|
Source: Dealing with recurring headaches, not lingering ankle injury
By: Doug Orth | Aug 11 2016, 3:40 pm
|The NFL Media report, attributed to an unnamed member of the Steelers, regarding the recurring headaches suffered by tight end Ladarius Green raises questions about the playerís future, and regarding his contract. First, rumors of Green dealing with lingering headaches have been circulating since training camp opened. The person who first mentioned the ongoing headaches suggested that Green is considering retirement. If the headaches donít resolve, retirement remains an option. Second, earlier today the same source said thereís new speculation that the Steelers may eventually cut Green. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: The speculation since early summer was that Green was still recovering from offseason ankle injury, but this makes a lot more sense. Green arrived in Pittsburgh from San Diego as the "perfect fit" in the Steelers' vertical offense, but this news make it possible we may not see him in the Black and Gold in 2016 at the very least. With this news, Green drops from a potential top-five tight end to a high-risk TE2.
|T.Y. Hilton impressive in training camp|
Luck: "Probably the best player on the field"
By: Doug Orth | Aug 11 2016, 3:35 pm
|Andrew Luck says the consistency of T.Y. Hilton was impressive all camp. "Probably the best player on the field." (Kevin Bowen on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Like Donte Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett (to a lesser extent), Hilton is set up for a boatload of targets as the Colts try to fill the 200-plus targets left behind by the departures of player such as Coby Fleener and Andre Johnson. Owners need to be aware of Hilton's propensity to play up (or down) to his indoor/outdoor and home/road splits, but if his game is taking the next step, perhaps he'll level out those splits a bit. He's on the WR1/WR2 borderline in most leagues.
| Chargers lose Stevie Johnson for the season|
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 10 2016, 8:57 pm
|The San Diego Chargers will have to play the 2016 season without Stevie Johnson. The veteran wide receiver has learned that surgery to repair a meniscus tear will prevent him from suiting up this year, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the results of the surgery. The procedure was successful, per Rapoport, but will require a lengthier rehab process than originally expected.
FFToday's Take: The new rehab schedule for the injury suffered at the start of training camp will prevent slot receiver Steve Johnson from playing in 2016. The Chargers signed veteran James Jones in the aftermath of this new information. One player that figures to benefit from an increased opportunity is Dontrelle Inman. After posting respectable numbers as a sophomore with limited playing time, Inman may see his targets double if he can secure regular playing time in the slot.
| Jimmy Graham returns to practice|
Rehabbing from ruptured patellar tendon
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 10 2016, 7:28 pm
|RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since rupturing his patellar tendon last November.
"There were some dark days," Graham said. "It's been eight months. It's been a constant eight months." Graham ran routes and caught passes from the quarterbacks during the first part of Wednesday's practice. Nothing he did required moving at full speed, and Graham stayed on the sideline once the offense and defense started going against each other. Coach Pete Carroll has said that Graham is on track to play in Week 1, barring a setback.
FFToday's Take: This is great news for Jimmy Graham and fantasy owners in deeper leagues. Nonetheless, this is the type of injury that can take awhile to overcome even after a player returns to the field. Keep expectations in check and monitor Graham's progress leading up until Week 1. Graham has tremendous touchdown upside for a tight end and can become a steady contributor to fantasy rosters if he returns to health in 2016.
| WR Corey Coleman to miss preseason opener|
Hamstring injury will also keep Andrew Hawkins sidelined
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 10 2016, 6:27 pm
|BEREA, Ohio ó Browns top pick Corey Coleman and fellow receiver Andrew Hawkins will sit out Friday night's preseason opener in Green Bay with their hamstring injuries, but Terrelle Pryor should be okay with his calf, coach Hue Jackson said Wednesday.
The undisputed star of the first week of camp, Coleman has missed four straight practices since tweaking his hamstring Friday night in the intrasquad scrimmage here.
Hawkins has missed the past six practices with a hamstring injury, and Jackson pulled Pryor out of practice Wednesday with a tweaked right calf.
FFToday's Take: Rookie wide receiver Corey Coleman has had a terrific start to training camp but his history with nagging injuries is something fantasy owners need to think about on draft day. His current hamstring injury is considered minor but the team isn't going to take any chances this early in the preseason. Andrew Hawkins' injury may be a little more severe but his status for regular season does not appear to be in jeopardy at this time.
|Nelson's injury limited Packers' playbook|
Rodgers comments on team's struggles to fill void last year
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 10 2016, 4:37 pm
|With one of his favorite targets lost for the year, quarterback Aaron Rodgers was forced to run an attack that never found a suitable replacement for the subtle gifts Nelson brings to the game.
"No, it didn't surprise me," Rodgers said of Green Bay's inability to fill the void, per ESPN's Jason Wilde. "The thing that he does is, we have specific packages for him that just, we didn't have a guy who could fill those packages. And it was a lot of play-action stuff, where we're taking eight-man protection and taking shots down the field. And we didn't have a guy who could take that spot." Said Rodgers: "I thought that collectively we were going to be able to fill some of that void. But again, the stuff that he does is tough to teach, and that's why he's one of the best in the business."
FFToday's Take: Jordy Nelson is currently on the PUP list with knee tendonitis yet the team expects him to be fully healthy at the start of the season. He's a first round talent that will slip to the second round in most drafts. Better still, his return to the lineup will push everyone else down a spot on the depth chart. Randall Cobb and Davante Adams will have more space and of course Aaron Rodgers should "rebound" after seeing his stats dip in 2015.
| TE Ladarius Green remains out|
No timetable available on his return from ankle surgery
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 10 2016, 4:28 pm
|The Steelers think they may have the best offense in the NFL, but they still have one big hole to fill at tight end, and the player they signed to fill it remains out with no expressed optimism he will return any time soon. Ladarius Green has not practiced a down with them yet. He had surgery on an injured ankle in January, did not participate in any spring practices with his new team and opened training camp nearly two weeks ago on the physically unable to perform list, where he remains. Mike Tomlin, asked Wednesday if Green were coming along, replied simply, ďHeís on PUP.Ē But the expectations are sinking so low that when Ben Roethlisberger talked about the tight end situation Tuesday, he did not mention Green. Asked how Green was coming along, Roethlisberger answered with a two-shoulder shrug.
FFToday's Take: Ladarius Green's opening day status is firmly up in the air. We saw a similar situation in Jacksonville a year ago when Julius Thomas struggled to gain a consistent role with his new team after missing a large chunk of the team's preseason and early regular season. Drop Green in your rankings and be sure to check for updates over the next few weeks. While their prized free agent signee has been out, Pittsburgh has used a group of inexperienced players that offer very limited fantasy potential.
|Darren McFadden on trading block?|
Crowded Dallas backfield could have Run-DMC headed elsewhere
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 9 2016, 11:10 am
|Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) on Twitter: "Per @toddarcher, "they'll have a hard time keeping 4 backs, no way they keep 5" ... says McFadden is a potential trade piece" (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Darren McFadden is probably expendable, with Ezekiel Elliott locked into a starting workhorse role and given the presence of capable backup Alfred Morris. McFadden (elbow) was placed on the active/non-football injury list in July but expects to be ready by Week 1. Still -- he's got a lot of wear for 28 and the Cowboys have more pressing needs on defense.
| Julian Edelman leaves practice (lower leg)|
Pats WR appeared frustrated; more reports to follow
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 9 2016, 11:04 am
|Pats Insider Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) on Twitter: "Julian Edelman has gone off to the side with disgust, threw helmet. Trainer Jim Whalen looking at lower left leg as Edelman sits on cart." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The injury was sustained during a joint practice with the Saints on Tuesday. This is not good news for the Patriots, who are already without QB Tom Brady for the first four games of the season. Stay tuned.
|Vikes WR Laquon Treadwell being "phased in"|
Hard work paying off for first-rounder, expect big preseason reps
By: Doug Orth | Aug 9 2016, 9:19 am
|ESPN reports that Laquon Treadwell, the Vikings' first-round draft pick, was the first player to report to training camp in Mankato this summer, arriving well ahead of most of his new teammates. (ESPN Twin Cities)|
FFToday's Take: He's also been one of the last - if not the last - player off the field after practice every day, sending a message to coaches that he wants to play. Charles Johnson serves as the primary wideout across from Stefon Diggs on the first-team offense. But Treadwell has been given some looks with the first team and will likely get a lot of run during the preseason games. Keep an eye on him.
|Second-year WR Sammie Coates looking good in camp|
Steelers excited about sophomore receiver's role
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 9 2016, 9:12 am
|Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports: "Sammie Coates has made all types of catches since the Steelers put on the pads and started doing something other than running around in shorts. He has made two-handed catches above his helmet, one-handed sideline grabs around a defender, even laid out his 6-foot-2, 215-pound frame to catch a deep ball in the end zone." (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: Coates, a third-round draft choice in 2015, is slated to take over the duties of Martavis Bryant, who has been suspended for the 2016 season. The tools are there, but the second-year receiver could take some time to earn the looks from Big Ben.
| DeVante Parker expected to practice soon|
Has missed five straight practices with a hamstring injury
By: Doug Orth | Aug 8 2016, 5:20 pm
|The Dolphins slogged through another uninspiring offensive practice Monday, but there was reason for optimism. And his name is DeVante Parker.
Parker missed his fifth consecutive practice Monday with a pesky hamstring injury, but heís made strides in recent days, and the Dolphins are optimistic he will be back soon. (Miami Herald)|
FFToday's Take: Miami has put the kid gloves on last year's No. 14 overall pick most of this offseason and will likely continue to do so considering early August in no time for a player to rush back from a soft tissue injury. Despite what has been an injury-plagued first two training camps for him, Parker possesses immense upside as the "X" receiver - the same role in which Demaryius Thomas and Alshon Jeffery thrived - in HC Adam Gase's offense.
|Willie Snead more than holding his own|
Former UDFA clearly in QB's "circle of trust"
By: Doug Orth | Aug 8 2016, 5:10 pm
|If there were any concerns about Willie Snead being trumped by some of the newcomers at receiver, those concerns have evaporated. Snead has looked even better than last season, and itís clear heís right in the middle of Breesí circle of trust. When things were going poorly Saturday with Brandin Cooks sidelined, Snead was the receiver Brees locked in on to carry the offense. Snead should remain an important member of the offense. If he doesnít get enough targets to flirt with 1,000 yards again, it wonít be because of regression. It will be because the offense has more weapons. (New Orleans Advocate)|
FFToday's Take: The other weapons being most notably second-round rookie Michael Thomas and free-agent signing Coby Fleener. As the writer suggests, more weapons - and not regression - will likely be the reason Snead falls short of his 69-984-3 from a season ago. While Snead is unlikely to finish as the WR32 in PPR again this season, he should still be a more-than-serviceable low-end WR3 or high-floor WR4.
|Stefon Diggs tearing up Vikings' training camp|
Learned all three receiver positions in the offseason
By: Doug Orth | Aug 8 2016, 4:50 pm
|After Stefon Diggs came out of nowhere as a fifth-round rookie to lead the team with 52 catches and 720 receiving yards last season, the Vikings told him to focus on learning all three wide receiver positions during the offseason. With the addition of split end Laquon Treadwell, Diggs usually will line up off the line of scrimmage at the flanker position. But defenses will see the shifty 22-year-old in the slot, too, and occasionally at split end, the position he was forced to play as a rookie because of the presence of flanker Mike Wallace. In the 10 days since the Vikings first reported to Mankato, Diggs has been by far the most impressive offensive player. (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Treadwell has received most of the offseason hype among Vikings' receivers, but Diggs was always the most likely candidate to be the featured wideout in Minnesota, at least this season. Wallace compared Diggs to a young Antonio Brown last fall and it appears Minnesota is helping the second-year player on his way to living up to that lofty praise by moving him all over the formation. Going off the board as the WR46 in the late ninth round, Diggs should be a huge value pick.
| Ebron walking with only slight limp|
Team feared TE tore his Achilles over the weekend
By: Doug Orth | Aug 8 2016, 4:15 pm
|Eric Ebron walked out of the Detroit Lions' Allen Park training facility about a half-hour into today's practice with only a slight limp in his step. For most of practice, Ebron watched the offense go through drills - the only indication that he suffered an injury in Saturday's mock game being what looked like a sleeve on his right ankle. (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: It was thought Ebron had torn his Achilles over the weekend, so the fact he escaped with a right ankle sprain is about the best news Detroit and his fantasy owners could have hoped for in this case. Given his potential importance to the Lions' offense post-Calvin Johnson and the injuries the team is already dealing with at his position, expect Ebron to be eased back. If healthy, he has a shot to be a top-10 player at his position this season.
| Jordan Matthews out two weeks|
"No structural damage, but he's just sore"
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 8 2016, 12:30 pm
|Eagles' leading receiver in 2015 and expected to be the leader again in 2016, will not play in the team's first two preseason games and could miss the entire preseason.
Jordan Matthews suffered a strained knee Friday, Aug. 5 when he took a low hit from rookie cornerback Jalen Mills in a full contact drill. "There's no structural damage, but he's just sore."
FFToday's Take: Others reports suggest Matthews suffered a bone bruise. Either way, the Eagles top receiver is going to miss some time which is not ideal considering a new offense is being installed. Matthews is being drafted as a WR3 (Rd 6.09) on average.
|Browns announce RG3 as starting QB|
Browns make it official
By: Doug Orth | Aug 8 2016, 9:30 am
|Robert Griffin III has been named the Browns starting quarterback, Hue Jackson announced Monday.
Griffin III, who signed with the Browns in March after four seasons with the Washington Redskins, emerged from a four-man competition that included veteran Josh McCown, Austin Davis and rookie Cody Kessler. Heíll receive his first start Friday in Clevelandís preseason opener at Green Bay. (ClevelandBrowns.com)|
FFToday's Take: Head coach Hue Jackson made it official. Griffin has been running with the first team since Spring. Josh McCown will serve as the backup although trade talks involving his name has surfaced over the last week with Dallas needing a backup. Griffin's fantasy value sits firmly in QB2 territory.
| Thomas Rawls off PUP list|
Recovering from ankle surgery
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 7 2016, 4:00 pm
|Thomas Rawls, who is set to be the Seahawks' primary running back this season, passed his physical and was removed from the physically unable to perform list by the team Sunday. Rawls was placed on PUP just before the start of training camp last month as he continued to finalize his recovery from the broken ankle he suffered in December. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Rawls did not practice Sunday and they will likely be cautious with him during camp. Rawls suffered a broken ankle on December 13th but is expected to be ready for Week 1. Assuming Rawls has no setbacks once he gets on the practice field, his current ADP of RB13 (3.04) should begin to rise.
| Julian Edelman returns to practice|
Off the PUP list
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 7 2016, 3:00 pm
|The Patriots offense received a big boost this afternoon with the return of wide receiver Julian Edelman to practice.
Edelman was in pads and wasn't even wearing a non-contact jersey.
Edelman, who has been recovering from foot surgeries, began training camp on the active/PUP list. He has been working out at camp, signalling that he was close to a return.
Today, the Patriots finally removed him from the PUP and gave him the green light. (Boston Herald)|
FFToday's Take: Foot injuries are difficult for athletes so while it's nice to Edelman back at camp and presumably he will be ready for Week 1, his injury history should be noted by fantasy owners. He's missed 9 games over the last two seasons.
| TE Eric Ebron suffers lower leg injury|
Could be ankle or Achilles
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 6 2016, 12:16 pm
|The early word on #Lions TE Eric Ebron getting carted off is that he suffered an Achilles injury, Iím told. Could be devastating. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: They did bring the cart out for Ebron and he reportedly couldn't put any weight on his injured leg. This could be a serious blow for the Lions who are thin at the position. We'll have more on Ebron's status when news becomes available.