|Jay Ajayi out Wk 1, didn't make trip to Seattle|
Upset after losing starting RB job to Foster
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 9 2016, 3:30 pm
|Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi was left in Miami and will not play in Sunday’s season opener against the Seattle Seahawks. The decision was made by first-year head coach Adam Gase, who is getting set to make his NFL coaching debut. A Dolphins player said earlier this week that Ajayi, who lost the No. 1 running back job to Arian Foster, was upset over demotion.
“If you let it get the best of you, it shows,” the player said. “Let’s see what you’re made of.”
FFToday's Take: Ajayi fantasy prospects have taken a nosedive ever since Foster was signed this off-season. It' likely he'll right the ship at some point and resume his role as the No.2 running back on the depth chart but for now he's a deep stash on your bench. Foster has a difficult matchup in what likely will be a bad game script but is worth RB2 consideration.
| Ivory Questionable, expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 9 2016, 11:36 am
|Running back Chris Ivory, who has a calf injury, and defensive end Jared Odrick, who went into the concussion protocol after getting hit in the jaw earlier this week, have both been listed as questionable. Coach Gus Bradley suggested both players could have been listed as probable last year, however. Bradley added that Ivory’s calf issue is unlikely to alter the rotation in the backfield with T.J. Yeldon against the Packers. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: Fantasy owners need to get used to the new rules regarding the injury report. The "Probable" designation has been kicked to the curb. Many "Questionable" players will likely suit up on Sunday's. Ivory should be splitting work with Yeldon in Week 1.
|Hot hand approach for Freeman and Coleman?|
OC Shanahan: "Go with the guy who's hot"
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 9 2016, 9:45 am
|Shanahan did, however, leave open the possibility of more than just a cameo appearance for Coleman as Freeman's backup.
"Go with the guy who's hot; keep them both fresh," Shanahan said. "I don't worry about that stuff too much. I love both those backs. There's really no difference to me which one is in the game, so it's a good problem to have. Whoever's rolling with it, you stick with him. When they need a break, the other guy comes in. You try to keep them both fresh to see how it pans out at the end of the game."
FFToday's Take: Interesting quote from Shanahan although it's still likely that Devonta Freeman will be getting the first chance get the hot hand. Keep in mind, Tevin Coleman earned the starting job last pre-season but injuries cost him his seat as the lead back. The Freeman / Coleman workload will be watched closely in Week 1.
| Wilson: Jimmy Graham has been "lights out"|
TE on track to play Week 1
By: Doug Orth | Sep 8 2016, 8:45 pm
|Russell Wilson said he and TE Jimmy Graham have been "lights out" together in practice. Thrown a ton of balls to him, lots of meetings also. (Liz Mathews on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: There's usually something very wrong when players and coaches are overly optimistic or hyping up their teammates, so we take this report worth a grain of salt until we see actual proof. As fans and former owners of Victor Cruz, Cadillac Williams and others can attest, it is very difficult to ever make it back from a torn patellar tendon. He should be treated as a TE2, one with a high chance of being limited or missing games all season long.
| Gronk's Week 1 status in some doubt|
Decision reportedly to come down to coaches and medical staff
By: Doug Orth | Sep 8 2016, 8:30 pm
|Rob Gronkowski's injured hamstring is serious enough that he wouldn't guarantee that he will play in Sunday night's season-opening game against the Arizona Cardinals. "Yeah, it boils to a coaching decision, the medical team, and myself. We'll all get together and collaborate and see where I'm at," Gronkowski said Thursday. Gronkowski has been a limited participant in practice this week and when asked if he was 100 percent, he answered, "No, I'm not. Since that one time during practices versus the Bears [Aug. 15], I've just been week-to-week with a little hammy thing. So it's just been week-to-week, day-by-day, but I'm feeling good." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Considering this is the Patriots, it wouldn't be a surprise if Gronk lights up the Cardinals on Sunday night. To that end, two sources have already suggested he'll play "barring an unexpected setback". With that said, owners need to prepare themselves for the possibility he won't suit up. Martellus Bennett would go from low-end TE1 to a midrange one in such a case, while James White and Julian Edelman could be in line for more work in the passing game.
| Carlos Hyde not on injury report|
Cleared after sustaining concussion Aug. 26
By: Doug Orth | Sep 8 2016, 8:30 pm
|RB Carlos Hyde has been cleared after sustaining concussion Aug. 26. He is not on injury report. (Eric Branch on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Good news for the 49ers, who desperately need Hyde to stay healthy in order to give themselves some semblance of a ground game. If - and it is a big if - Hyde can make it through a full season for the first time in his college or pro career, he should be a near-lock for 300-plus touches in Chip Kelly's offense. How effective he'll be against the stacked fronts he'll see because of San Francisco's passing game is another story. He's a volume-based upside RB2.
|Beast Mode making a comeback?|
Report says Lynch "up in the air" about a return
By: Doug Orth | Sep 8 2016, 8:10 pm
|In the offseason, retired Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was adamant: He’s done with football. Eventually, he may not be. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Lynch is currently “up in the air” about returning to the NFL. The source said that Week Four or Week Five could be the hot spots for a possible unretirement. The Seahawks still hold Lynch’s rights, since he was placed on the reserve-retired list. If he files the appropriate paperwork necessary to end his retirement, the Seahawks will have to decide whether to welcome him back onto the active roster, to trade him, or to cut him. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Oh boy. Lynch has a $9 million salary; the prorated amount of it would hit the team’s salary cap, if he’s reinstated to the active roster. There's almost no chance anything will come of this and even less likelihood he'll play again in Seattle if he does. Owners can probably ignore this story and use an empty bench spot on someone else more likely to contribute before midseason.
| WR John Brown not on injury report|
FS Mathieu expected to be "ready to roll"
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 7 2016, 7:09 pm
|After missing the majority of August, Tyrann Mathieu and John Brown are noticeably absent from the Arizona Cardinals' Week 1 injury report.
Returning from a December ACL tear, Mathieu sat out the entire preseason docket. Still, coach Bruce Arians has said he expects the 2015 All Pro to be "out there full speed, ready to roll" versus the New England Patriots on Sunday night. Arians doubled down over the weekend, adding that Mathieu will be available for "every single play" in the season opener. Brown's return is trickier, as he was still feeling the effects of a July 31 concussion nearly a month later. On a positive note, he started the preseason finale and should be ready to play -- even if it's only in a limited role.
FFToday's Take: This is great news for anyone who took a chance on drafting John Brown over the weekend. Although he wasn't on the injury report Wednesday there are still questions regarding how much action he could see in Week 1 so fantasy owners should remain patient and keep him benched. Meanwhile, Tyrann Mathieu is a full go for IDP leaguers.
| Jamaal Charles "a stretch" to play in opener|
Limited participant in practice Wednesday
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 7 2016, 6:58 pm
|KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The trend in the NFL over the past decade has been away from the bell-cow running backs of the 1970s and `80s, instead keeping fresh legs and healthy players on the field. As the Chiefs prepare for their season opener Sunday with a four-headed backfield of Jamaal Charles, Charcandrick West, Spencer Ware and Knile Davis, they are doing so with the understanding that all of them will get ample opportunities to make plays in Reid's offense It could be easier in the opener against San Diego with Charles still working his way back from last season's ACL surgery. He participated in practice Wednesday, but Reid has said it's "a stretch" that the four-time Pro Bowl running back will make it on the field this week.
FFToday's Take: With Charcandrick West (elbow) rejoining the team in practice today, the Chiefs could use up to four running backs against division rival San Diego on Sunday. Nevertheless, Spencer Ware's consistent production last season and this preseason has him lined up to receive the majority of the carries this weekend.
|DeMarco Murray set to lead Titans' rushing attack|
Rookie RB Henry to get carries too
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 7 2016, 6:34 pm
|NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- When the Tennessee Titans drafted Derrick Henry 45th overall, coach Mike Mularkey said that wouldn't change his outlook on veteran running back DeMarco Murray.
After Wednesday's practice, Mularkey reiterated the same theme about the way Tennessee plans to divide carries Sunday in the season opener against the Minnesota Vikings. "It's DeMarco," Mularkey said. "It's DeMarco, and when DeMarco needs a blow, it'll be Derrick. And maybe if I feel like we need a change of pace, I'll put Derrick [in]. ... They are going to both get opportunities for sure."
FFToday's Take: This was expected news but it reinforces the notion that the Titans should evolve into a consistently high-volume rushing attack. As long as he stays healthy, Murray should be amongst the leaders in touches for running backs once the season gets underway.
|Sam Bradford to start?|
Shaun Hill and Sam Bradford both preparing to start
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 7 2016, 6:32 pm
|EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - It doesn’t much matter to Shaun Hill or Sam Bradford that a starting quarterback hasn’t yet been announced for Sunday, because each is preparing as if it will be him. Bradford, whom the Vikings traded for after Teddy Bridgewater suffered a season-ending injury last week, echoed Hill’s sentiments. He’s donning a purple jersey rather than Eagles “Midnight Green,” but his mentality hasn’t wavered - he’s getting ready to receive the starting nod at Tennessee for the season opener. (Vikings.com)|
FFToday's Take: It would be hard to imagine Sam Bradford being in the huddle when the Vikings open the year but the job seems to be his once he gets up to speed. Neither quarterback will be asked to do much so take a wait and see approach to any Vikings receivers until this situation plays itself out.
| Gronk limited in practice|
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 7 2016, 5:45 pm
|Rob Gronkowski has been dealing with an undisclosed injury since August 15, when he pulled up on a route against the Bears during joint practice. We now know that the tight end is working his way through a hamstring injury. On the first practice report of the 2016 regular season, Gronkowski was listed a limited participant.
FFToday's Take: Fantasy's top tight end is already dealing with a nagging hamstring injury to open the year. There isn't any indication that his status for week 1 is in jeopardy but his owners will want to pay close attention to any news coming out of Foxborough over the next few days. Martellus Bennett would see his Week 1 stock rise towards the top of the weekly projections if Gronk was unable to play.
| DeVante Parker misses practice Wednesday|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 7 2016, 12:45 pm
|Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (hamstrings) and center Mike Pouncey (hip) missed practice again on Wednesday.
Coach Adam Gase seemed this week to leave open the possibility a player such as Parker could return to practice Friday in Seattle and still play against the Seahawks on Sunday.
But it doesn’t look good. (Palm Beach Post)|
FFToday's Take: Kenny Stills is likely to be the No.2 option for Ryan Tannehill in Week 1. Parker is a candidate for the Inactive list on Sunday.
|Bucs waive RB Mike James, sign WR Cecil Shorts|
Backend depth chart moves
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 7 2016, 12:30 pm
|Agent for Jacquizz Rodgers says no news yet on a signing from Bucs, who worked him out Tuesday and waived Mike James with an injury today. (Greg Auman on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Back-end of the depth chart moves here. James was the third tailback behind Doug Martin and Charles Sims. Expect the Bucs to add a running back in the next few days, perhaps Rodgers or someone from the practice squad. Shorts signed a one-year deal and could compete with Adam Humphries for the No. 3 receiver job.
|K. Benjamin hoping for 35 snaps in Week 1|
Conditioning still an issue for WR coming off 2015 ACL tear
By: Doug Orth | Sep 5 2016, 7:35 pm
|HC Ron Rivera says Panthers are still looking for about 35 snaps from Kelvin Benjamin in the opener. (Max Henson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Benjamin has red flags going up all over the place, yet owners are consistently taking him in the third round of drafts. There has been much speculation Carolina will spread the wealth in the passing game this year and it is easy to forget how much of his 2014 production came in garbage time for a much different Panthers' team. Benjamin isn't even guaranteed a prominent Week 1 role and Devin Funchess is beginning to emerge as well. Let another owner take the chance on him as a WR2.
| Arian Foster claims running back job|
Easily beat out Jay Ajayi despite signing in mid-July
By: Doug Orth | Sep 5 2016, 7:30 pm
|The same goes for Arian Foster, who beat out Jay Ajayi for the starting running back job. The Dolphins telegraphed their thinking on this matter a month ago, when coaches were hopeful Foster would emerge as the top option. (Miami Herald)|
FFToday's Take: Ajayi got the starts in the preseason, but there was no suspense to be found here. The bigger mystery is whether or not the 30-year-old Foster can turn back the clock and give his new team more than half a season, especially considering the fact he is coming off an Achilles' injury. He should be considered a low-end RB2 given his three-down role, but a low-upside one at that. Few players are bigger injury risks and Miami's offensive line doesn't look any better than it has in recent years.
| DeVante Parker unlikely for Week 1|
Has suffered hamstring injuries in both legs this year
By: Doug Orth | Sep 5 2016, 7:20 pm
|DeVante Parker remains out of practice, putting his availability for the opener further into doubt. Parker is dealing with a hamstring issue, but it’s a different injury than the one that kept him out of action last month. Gase said Parker has suffered injuries to both his left and right hamstrings this year. (Miami Herald)|
FFToday's Take: More of the same for Parker, who drew the ire of HC Adam Gase recently in regards of learning to do "the little things" off the field to stay healthy. The second-year wideout is still listed as a starter and possesses immense upside, but his lack of durability has pushed him from offseason darling to a WR4/5 option in the later rounds. This season is shaping up to be another year where the Dolphins do as much in the passing game as Jarvis Landry allows them to do.
|Mariota: Tajae Sharpe "makes it easy"|
Fifth-round pick continuing to draw praise
By: Doug Orth | Sep 5 2016, 7:15 pm
|Fifth-round pick WR Tajae Sharpe moved into a starting receiver role during OTAs and has not looked back. QB Marcus Mariota trusts him because he quickly learned that Sharpe is exceptionally precise on his routes. "He makes it easy," Mariota said of Sharpe. "He is a very versatile athlete. He has done a lot for us already and he gets great separation in and out of his routes. We are going to continue to expect these things out of him." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Sharpe caught nine of 12 targets for 163 yards through the first three preseason games, leading the team in catches, yards and average. His ADP in PPR formats has obviously skyrocketed over the last month, but his tape backs up what Mariota says about his route-running. Owners should draft him as a WR4, but they should be able to get WR3 production or better out of him more often than not in 2016.
|Justin Forsett agrees to resign with Ravens|
Move to become official on Tuesday
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 5 2016, 11:35 am
|RB Justin Forsett has agreed to re-sign w/Ravens. Move to become official prior to their start of practice Tues (Jason LaCanfora on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Ravens cut the veteran RB on Sunday after being the No.1 running back most of the off-season. This move brings into question just how big of a role Forsett will have in the offense and makes the situation a jumbled mess for fantasy owners. Terrance West, Forsett and Javorius Allen are all likely to see action in Week 1.
|Carson Wentz to start Week 1|
Rookie QB gets nod over Daniel
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 5 2016, 11:30 am
|Doug Pederson; Carson Wentz will start Game 1. Wentz is 100 pct healthy and did everything with the first team offense at practice today. (Jeff McLane onTwitter)|
FFToday's Take: The rookie quarterback will get the nod over Chase Daniel in Week 1. The Eagles host the Browns this week, so it's not out of the question Wentz could have some sneaky QB2 fantasy value, but with plenty of options at the position, there's no reason to run the rookie out in redraft or daily leagues.
|Ravens release RB Justin Forsett|
West, Allen should get majority of work Week 1
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 3 2016, 3:35 pm
|Surprise cut of day: Ravens released RB Justin Forsett, league source tells ESPN. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Ravens have a trio of replacements including Terrance West, Javorius Allen and rookie Kenneth Dixon. Allen is more of a receiving threat while West and Dixon (when healthy) could fight for early-down work. Dixon is battling a knee injury and could miss the majority of September. Forsett could land with another team in need of RB help including IND, WAS, or NE.
|Jets release TE Jace Amaro|
Position remains an afterthought
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 3 2016, 12:55 pm
|New York has waived cornerback Dee Milliner and tight end Jace Amaro, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source. Amaro was selected in the second round (49th overall) of the 2014 draft and after appearing in 14 games as a rookie (recording 38 receptions for 345 yards and two touchdowns), missed all of 2015 with a torn shoulder labrum. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Jets abandoned the TE position last season (8 receptions total) and funneled the majority of their targets to Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. They seem to be heading down the same offensive path this season.
|Patriots release RB Tyler Gaffney, WR Martin|
D.J. Foster should make team at RB
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 3 2016, 12:30 pm
|The Patriots made a few eye-opening cuts on Saturday as they trim their roster to 53 players.
In addition to the release of receiver Aaron Dobson, Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran has reported that the Patriots have cut receiver Keshawn Martin, running back Tyler Gaffney and defensive tackle Markus Kuhn. (CSNNE.com)|
FFToday's Take: The release of Gaffney could pave the way for D.J. Foster to make the team. LeGarrette Blount and James White should be the main fantasy threats out of the backfield for New England.
|Vikings acquire Sam Bradford from Eagles|
Eagles first-round pick in 2017
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 3 2016, 10:45 am
|Minnesota Vikings are trading for Eagles' QB Sam Bradford, league sources tell ESPN. Vikings traded a 2017 first-round draft choice and a fourth-round pick to Eagles. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like the Eagles may have received a first-round pick, but details of the deal are not confirmed at this point. Minnesota was in dire need of a quarterback after losing Teddy Bridgewater (knee) for season. Chase Daniel will open the season as the Eagles starting QB but his fantasy value is similar to Bradford's as a QB2. Bradford's fantasy value remains relatively unchanged, but the upgrade over Shaun Hill is better news for the Vikings receiving corps.
|Eli Rogers the real deal?|
Former UDFA appears to be set as Steelers' slot WR
By: Doug Orth | Sep 1 2016, 8:00 pm
|In Friday's win at New Orleans, Ben Roethlisberger threw to Eli Rogers on four of his first 14 attempts, resulting in two catches for 17 yards. The Steelers have been hungry for a true slot receiver to pair with Antonio Brown, and they might just have it in Rogers, Talk about a fast study. Roethlisberger said he jokes with Rogers about how annoying he is because of "how much he's in my ear asking questions."
"The more he can work the middle, the more safeties will have to respect him and stop cheating on (Antonio Brown)," Roethlisberger said. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: If there is one thing that could could keep Brown from 150 catches this season, it might be a player like Rogers who lives in the slot and allows Big Ben to do something other than force-feed Brown on money downs. Owners looking for a potential diamond in the rough in the later rounds could do a lot worse than Teddy Bridgewater's former college teammate, who is worthy of WR4 status in PPR leagues.
| Report: Jamaal Charles will not start Week 1|
"If he plays, it won't be a lot."
By: Doug Orth | Sep 1 2016, 6:15 pm
|Adam Teicher on RB Jamaal Charles (knee) in week 1: "If he plays it won't be alot...he certainly won't be the starter." (Sirius XM NFL Radio)|
FFToday's Take: Teicher is doubling down on Charles coming out of the gates slow after telling the world the 29-year-old back wasn't even taking reps with the starters in practice yet. It is possible the Chiefs are eyeing their Week 5 bye as a time to begin the transition from committee back to lead back, although that is far from a given. A case can be made that Charles is no better than a fourth-round value, Meanwhile, Spencer Ware can be considered as early as the sixth or seventh round.
|'No Question' Rawls plays in season opener|
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 31 2016, 5:20 pm
|Rawls' recovery from a broken ankle, which ended his season last December, is going along as planned. On Wednesday, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confirmed that Rawls will be out there for the Seahawks' season opener against the Dolphins two Sundays from now.
"He continued to have a great week," Carroll said, per ESPN. "There's no question that he looks to be able to play in the opener."
FFToday's Take: Thomas Rawls continues to be a tantalizing option for fantasy owners after the first two rounds are completed. Despite the rosy picture Pete Carroll continues to paint for fantasy owners, there is real risk in drafting a running back coming off ankle surgery with a violent running style. Additionally, the news surrounding the latest version of Christine Michael continues to fuel speculation that his potential is beginning to translate onto the field. Considering DeMarco Murray and Jonathan Stewart offer similar upside and risk a round or two later, Rawls' is slightly over-valued heading into the year.
| Update on Teddy Bridgewater|
Dislocated knee, Torn ACL
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 31 2016, 5:17 pm
|"After undergoing an MRI, it was determined that Teddy suffered a complete tear to his ACL and other structural damage," the statement read. "Fortunately, there appears to be no nerve or arterial damage. Surgical repair will be scheduled within the next few days. Although the recovery time will be significant, we expect Teddy to make a full recovery."
FFToday's Take: This is a huge blow to the Vikings offense as the Vikings look to add another quarterback to pair with Shaun Hill. Fantasy owners should lower the ceilings of all receivers. If you were buying Adrian Peterson prior to Teddy Bridgewater going down for the year (and possibly longer) you should continue to make him one of the first running backs taken in 2016. Jerick McKinnon deserves a slight bump in the rankings as Minnesota's running game may become a larger part of the week to week game plan.
| TE Jimmy Graham practices in full Wednesday|
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 31 2016, 4:43 pm
|Tight end Jimmy Graham won’t play in the Seahawks’ preseason finale at Oakland, but he continues to make very encouraging progress in his comeback from the knee injury that ended his 2015 season. Graham, who has continued to ramp up his workload since coming off of the physically unable to perform list on Aug. 10, practiced fully this week in practice, head coach Pete Carroll said. “It’s a day-to-day thing to see how he recovers, but he’s doing great, and we’ll see what that means,” Carroll said. “We won’t know until late next week.”
FFToday's Take: More positive news on the Jimmy Graham continues to give hope that the long time fantasy beast can make a modest rebound in 2016. His Week 1 status is still very much up in the air so his tenth round ADP shouldn't change much over the last week of the preseason.
| Dion Lewis officially placed on PUP list|
Will miss atleast the first 6 weeks of the season
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 30 2016, 4:30 pm
|Source: the Patriots have officially placed RB Dion Lewis on the PUP list, meaning he will miss at least the first 6 weeks of the season. (Field Yates on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This was an expected move. James White will open the season as the Patriots pass-catching back and will have RB2/Flex value in PPR leagues. At best, Lewis will be waiver wire consideration later in the year.
| Ladarius Green lands on PUP list|
Will miss the first 6 weeks
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 30 2016, 4:10 pm
|The Steelers have placed tight end Ladarius Green on the physically unable to perform list. He won’t be eligible to practice or play for the Steelers until after the sixth week of the regular season. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: It's been a disappointing beginning for Green in Pittsburgh as he's yet to even practice with the team. The real reason for his absence (ankle or concussion) remains a mystery. He's undraftable in redraft leagues. Jesse James will be the Steelers starting tight end.
| 49ers put WR Bruce Ellington on IR|
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 30 2016, 4:00 pm
|Bruce Ellington’s hamstring tear has sent him onto injured reserve, foiling what was set up as a breakthrough season for the 49ers’ third-year wide receiver. (San Jose Mercury News)|
FFToday's Take: Ellington carved out a starting role this preseason and was gaining momentum in the fantasy community before last week's injury. Jeremy Kerley has been added for depth but the 49ers have one of the weakest group of receivers in the league. Torrey Smith and TE Vance McDonald are the only fantasy considerations among the group.
| Bridgewater suffers non-contact injury in practice|
Vikings canceled practice after 25 minutes
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 30 2016, 3:00 pm
|The Minnesota Vikings canceled their practice Tuesday after quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered an apparently serious injury in a non-contact drill.
The Vikings asked reporters to leave the field area and to gather in the media room, where coach Mike Zimmer is expected to address Bridgewater's injury.
Players removed their helmets and gathered around Bridgewater as the third-year quarterback was examined by medical personnel. An ambulance later drove onto the field. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Obviously this doesn't sound good for Bridgewater and the Vikings. He was a mid-level fantasy QB2 but any time a team loses it's starting quarterback it has a general effect on the whole offense. Shaun Hill is the current backup.
|Mark Sanchez to Cowboys?|
Latest trade rumors have Broncos reaching out to Dallas
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 30 2016, 11:55 am
|Jane slater (@SlaterNFL) on Twitter: "Denver has contacted Dallas about a trade for Mark Sanchez. The Cowboys are not interested in a trade if it involves his current salary." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It's important to remember this isn't the Cowboys actively seeking Sanchez, who was demoted to backup status with Broncos QB Trevor Siemian apparently getting the starting nod. According to Slater, the Cowboys aren't interested in Sanchez at his current $4.5 million rate, so he'd have to take a pay cut to facilitate a deal that brings an experienced clipboard-holder to help out rookie Dak Prescott.
| Jimmy Graham (knee) to be ready for Week 1?|
Seahawks TE uncertain for Week 1 but showing progress
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 30 2016, 11:48 am
|The next two weeks will be some of the biggest of his injury recovery for Jimmy Graham (knee). The Seattle Seahawks tight end is off the active/PUP list but has just under two weeks to prove he's ready for the Seahawks regular season opener against the Miami Dolphins. (247 Sports)|
FFToday's Take: HC Pete Carroll likes the way Graham looks, though the TE is still uncertain for Week 1. "He looked great in pregame didn't he?," Carroll said. "He was flying. He was really fired up. He ran a ton of sprints before that workout with throwing and catching. And then, he took all those plays. And then, he took the pregame warmup. He was lit up about it afterwards. He really felt good and that was a big step for him."
| Kenny Stills injury not considered serious|
Dolphins WR nursing minor back injury that "locked up" in practice
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 30 2016, 11:42 am
|Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) on Twitter: "Dolphins' WR Kenny Stills, who went down during today's practice, had his back lock up on him, per source. Injury not considered serious." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Palm Beach Post originally called it an "apparent lower body injury" suffered when Stills "pulled up at the end" of a route and "collapsed along the right sideline in considerable pain." Non-contact injuries are always a major concern, but Stills appears to be okay and is still listed ahead of DeVante Parker on the depth chart.
| Tony Romo (back) timetable still uncertain|
Cowboys unsure if QB will return
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 30 2016, 11:16 am
|According to Todd Archer of ESPN, Jerry Jones and the Cowboys are uncertain how much time Tony Romo will miss with the compression fracture in his back. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Jones told 105.3 The Fan in Dallas "I don't know and don't know that anybody does. But it's quite a range there, four to six, six to eight, eight to (10)." Of course, HC Jason Garrett has yet to even rule Romo out of the season opener against the New York Giants, but that's probably just wishful thinking. Romo isn't worth selecting as anything but a high-upside, third QB flier as the last pick in redrafts. For now, Dak Prescott appears to be the guy generating the most excitement, even if it's pure speculation based on a few promising series in preseason.
| Matt Jones "progressing nicely"|
By: Doug Orth | Aug 29 2016, 5:30 pm
|HC Jay Gruden confirms that RB Keith Marshall (elbow) will be out for three weeks. Says Kerrigan (groin) is day to day, Matt Jones (shoulder) progressing nicely. (Washington Redskins on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Gruden did not expand on Jones' Week 1 status, but he obviously is headed in the right direction. Marshall generated offseason buzz but has since been passed on the depth chart by UDFA Rob Kelley and is a candidate for injured reserve, according to Gruden. For the moment (or at least until Washington adds another runner), Kelley could be in line to start Week 1 against Pittsburgh.
| John Brown still experiencing headaches|
Had been setback-free for "one or two days" before latest episode
By: Doug Orth | Aug 29 2016, 5:25 pm
|HC Bruce Arians: WR John Brown (concussion) still having headaches but making progress. (Kent Somers on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Brown reportedly suffered his concussion on July 31, but he was cleared to practice last week before experiencing headaches a few days later. From a fantasy perspective, it's probably about time to start moving him down drafts board and bumping up Jaron Brown, who has enjoyed the best camp of anyone according to QB Carson Palmer. If Brown eventually becomes symptom-free again, he has huge upside WR3 in this offense. Let's hope he has a chance to make that happen.
|Broncos name Trevor Siemian starting QB|
Kubiak: "He has control of what’s going on”
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 29 2016, 11:20 am
|It’s official: Trevor Siemian is the Broncos’ season-opening starting quarterback.
Coach Gary Kubiak informed his players early Monday and the team announced shortly after that the second-year player out of Northwestern will take over where Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler left off. (Denver Post)|
FFToday's Take: While Mark Sanchez was signed this off-season, he failed to impress the coaching staff. The writing was on the wall when Siemian was announced as the starter in Preseason Week 3. The Broncos are expected to employ a run-heavy gameplan while Siemian gains experience as a starting QB in the league.