| Alshon Jeffery misses practice Thursday|
By: Doug Orth | Aug 4 2016, 4:55 pm
|Alshon Jeffery missed practice Thursday with a hamstring strain, HC John Fox said.
He suffered the injury Wednesday, seven days after GM Ryan Pace said Jeffery needs to stay healthy coming off a year in which he missed seven games because of leg muscle injuries.
Fox downplayed Jeffery's latest strain, calling it mild. He was asked how the Bears might make sure this injury doesn't linger as Jeffery's calf strain did last season. (Chicago Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Fox called his receiver's current ailment "mild", but durability has long been one of Jeffery's biggest issues. While he is essentially a rookie posing as a second-year player, Kevin White is healthy in 2016 and one of the most gifted players at his position in the league, so Jeffery is a poor bet to see the kind of target share (at least 29 percent in six of his nine games in 2015) that he did last year. When factoring in his injury history, he's shaping up to be a high-risk WR2.
| Matt Forte expected to miss preseason opener|
By: Doug Orth | Aug 4 2016, 4:40 pm
|HC Todd Bowles says "it's safe to say" that Matt Forte (hamstring) will miss the first preseason game (against the Jaguars) next week. (Manish Mehta on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Every indication out of Jets' camp has this being a minor injury. Look for Forte to be rested throughout the preseason and to start Week 1, while Bilal Powell and Khiry Robinson work in tandem. Powell was reportedly splitting carries with Forte almost equally in camp before the injury, so owners need to prepare for the real possibility that Forte is being overdrafted in the fourth round. Meanwhile, Powell could be a steal in the 10th.
| Zeke to miss about a week with hamstring injury|
Cowboys thin at RB
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 3 2016, 5:00 pm
|Stephen Jones concedes rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott may miss some time with sore hamstring. Source tells me he could be out about a week. (Ed Wereder on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Cowboys will likely be cautious with a player they project to have a heavy workload this season. With Darren McFadden (elbow) still on the sidelines, Alfred Morris will be the focus of the running back position in camp until Elliott returns.
|Chargers expected to sign WR James Jones|
Stevie Johnson recovering from torn meniscus
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 2 2016, 2:30 pm
|The Chargers are signing WR James Jones, source said. Another veteran weapon for Philip Rivers. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jones is expected to replace Steve Johnson who suffered a knee injury on Sunday. Despite a semi-productive season last year (50-890-8) in Green Bay, Jones received very little interest as a free agent this offense. We'll see if he's able to develop a role during camp. For now, he's late-round dart throw in redraft leagues.
|Are the Giants ditching RBBC?|
RB coach wants better rhythm to running game
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 2 2016, 2:00 pm
|The Giants have no intention of continuing the ill-conceived four-man running back rotation that doomed their rushing attack for most of last season. At least at the start, they plan to hand Rashad Jennings the ball. That's the ideal scenario, running backs coach Craig Johnson said. They want to ride Jennings like they did over the final four games last year. (SNY.tv)|
FFToday's Take: This is kind of news tidbit that can spike a player's ADP. Reading into The RB coaches comments, the initial gameplan is less bodies in the committee with Jennings operating as the lead back, Shane Vereen working on third downs and in the two-minute offense, and Andre Williams giving Jennings a breather when needed. At 31 years-old, Jennings durability will be a big question mark but his share of expected touches appears to be increasing.
| Wade Wilson: Tony Romo experiencing back stiffness|
Cowboys hopes, WR stats pinned to QB's health
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 2 2016, 12:50 pm
|Jon Machota on Twitter: "Cowboys QB coach Wade Wilson said Tony Romo has been experiencing some back stiffness" (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: We're once again reminded that Romo has had serious back problems during his career in addition to the collarbone injuries which ended last season. The 36-year-old obviously carries more injury risk than most other quarterbacks, and his upside continues to plummet. More than anything else, his health will have a direct effect on the team's record and the stats of the other skill positions in the Cowboys offense. Beware.
|Pats could run two-TE base set in 2016|
Martellus Bennett could have TE1 fantasy value despite Gronk presence
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 2 2016, 12:44 pm
|NFL writer Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) on Twitter: "No surprise, but @MikeReiss says Patriots will return to a massive number of 2TE sets. Gronk and Bennett both heavily involved at goalline" (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The two-TE base set could mean a possible return to the glory days of Rob Gronkowski and former Pats TE, convicted murderer and PCP enthusiast Aaron "He Who Shall Not Be Named" Hernandez, though they've had some trouble finding someone as talented as the Florida alum. Martellus Bennett could be the guy, and there should be plenty of TDs to go around.
|Eric Ebron could be poised for fantasy breakout|
With Megatron retired, Lions could look more to TE
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 2 2016, 12:35 pm
|Matthew Stafford managed to complete 7 of 11 passes during 11-on-11s, by my count, despite the unreliability of his receivers. His favorite target? Tight end Eric Ebron, who caught three of those passes and continues to look good in the Jim Bob Cooter offense. (MLive.com)|
FFToday's Take: Ebron was pegged as a possible stud when he was drafted as the 10th overall pick in 2014, and in his third season in the league could emerge as a breakout fantasy star. He makes sense as a high-end backup with upside, especially if you don't land a top guy during the early going.
|Goodwin: Chris and David Johnson "even" as runners|
Cards OC says both RBs will get carries, DJ has receiving edge
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 2 2016, 12:31 pm
|Like last year, David Johnson will be used heavily in the passing game, often lining up as a receiver. In Sunday's practice, he caught two passes from those formations.
“I think David is a little more comfortable (than Chris Johnson) in the passing game,” offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said. “I think B.A. has certain things in mind with David, slotted out in formations, out of the backfield. He gives you a little different element from Chris.
“But running the ball, they are both even.” (Arizona Republic)|
FFToday's Take: It looks like David is the clearly more valuable back because of his edge in the passing game, though it's unclear how the carried will be split. If you were looking for a clear mandate for starter David Johnson as a workhorse in his sophomore campaign, you'll have to keep looking.
|Tyler Boyd impressive early in training camp|
Dalton: "He's taken a huge jump from OTAs"
By: Doug Orth | Aug 1 2016, 11:55 pm
|Andy Dalton on Tyler Boyd:
"He's taken a huge jump from OTAs to camp, he's made some tough catches and has been impressive." (Sirius XM NFL Radio)|
FFToday's Take: Yet the Bengals appear committed to starting Brandon LaFell and keeping Boyd in the slot, at least that has been the company line all summer. LaFell needs to have a strong camp and avoid the drops that have plagued him for most of his career, or else Cincinnati will have little choice but to start Boyd opposite A.J. Green. The rookie is a WR5 in 12-team leagues with substantial upside.
| Arian Foster expected to start|
HC: "He is going to be rolling with the ones"
By: Doug Orth | Aug 1 2016, 11:45 pm
|Miami RB Arian Foster also got some first team work and “he is going to be working with the ones the whole training camp,” HC Gase said. “His resume speaks for itself. I don’t think there’s any question why we brought him in here. He’s playing this year. Whether he’s the guy that will be the first snap of the game, time will tell. He is going to be rolling with the ones.” (Miami Herald)|
FFToday's Take: Jay Ajayi suffered a bone bruise on his left knee over the weekend, but Gase has apparently decided to hitch his wagon to the oft-injured Foster, who is more than nine full months removed from tearing his Achilles. Most owners are probably going to flock to Foster in hopes he can overcome the odds, but this news presents a pretty good buy-low window to acquire/draft Ajayi in the likely event the ex-Texan cannot make it through the season.
|Paxton Lynch "really stepping up"|
HC pleased with progress rookie QB has made since spring
By: Doug Orth | Aug 1 2016, 6:25 pm
|Although the offense was not consistently effective, QB Paxton Lynch followed his stellar performance Sunday with another solid day, although this was defined more by steady work and sound decision-making than hitting deep shots down the sideline and seam. "No. 12 is really, really stepping up," HC Gary Kubiak said. "He's making some progress here." (denverbroncos.com)|
FFToday's Take: Lynch, of course, is battling Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian for the right to start Week 1. He holds a considerable edge in talent and will probably start at some point in 2016, but he's a longshot to be under center Opening Night against Carolina. In other words, a good preseason showing will probably help him take over the starting job by midseason while an average one may keep him on the sidelines until 2017. When he is finally named the starter, he should be a high-upside QB2.
| John Brown in concussion protocol|
Hit his head on the turf during practice
By: Doug Orth | Aug 1 2016, 6:20 pm
|Per Arizona Cardinals HC Bruce Arians, WR John Brown (is) going through concussion protocol (after hitting) his head (on) the ground (Sunday). (Mike Jurecki on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Cardinals don't appear to be overly concerned, so owners should feel the same way. He could get held out of the preseason opener as a precaution, but he should be considered day-to-day for now. Brown should is one of the higher-upside WR3s in fantasy this season.
|Jace Amaro off to a strong start in camp|
Jets looking for third option to go with Marshall, Decker
By: Doug Orth | Aug 1 2016, 4:35 pm
|Jace Amaro has stood out during the early days of Jets training camp. He is making a lot of catches, including a few diving ones, and has been a noticeable target in red-zone drills. The Jets are searching for another target in their offense besides Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. Amaro could be that missing piece. Amaro spent this offseason at his home in San Antonio working on his run blocking, catching a ton of footballs and concentrating on nutrition. He said he is down about 10 pounds, from 270 last year in camp to 260 this year. (New York Post)|
FFToday's Take: Amaro has shown next to nothing in two years as a pro, struggling to catch the ball as a rookie in 2014 before missing all of last season with a shoulder injury. Even though the current regime did not draft him, Amaro is a perfect fit in OC Chan Gailey's spread offense, and there will be plenty of opportunity for him to have an impact with defenses focused on Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and Matt Forte. If he can avoid another injury, he's got real upside as a TE2.
| C.J. Prosise out 7-10 days|
By: Doug Orth | Aug 1 2016, 4:25 pm
|Seattle Seahawks HC Pete Carroll expects RB C.J. Prosise to be out 7-10 days with a first-degree hamstring strain. (Liz Mathews on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Bad timing for the highly touted rookie, who is expected to be primary passing-down back in Seattle right away. Prosise could have used this time to make his case early-down reps in a backfield that is still waiting for an injured Thomas Rawls to return, but this setback may keep him out long enough to squash those hopes. Without some sort of early-down role, Prosise should be considered a RB4 at best in 12-team PPR leagues.
|Bills finalizing contract for Reggie Bush|
By: Doug Orth | Aug 1 2016, 4:10 pm
|Reggie Bush appears to be headed to a new home in Buffalo on a one-year, according to multiple reports. This will be Bush’s fifth team heading into the 11th year of his career since being drafted No. 2 overall by the New Orleans Saints out of USC. With backup Karlos Williams being suspended for the first four weeks of the season, Bush will have a shot at earning some reps behind starter LeSean McCoy in a crowded backfield. At least for those first few games, Bush will be battling backups Mike Gillislee and Jonathan Williams.
FFToday's Take: Bush was limited to five games in his only year with San Francisco before he tore his meniscus on some exposed concrete along the Rams' sideline. The 31-year-old is likely being added as veteran insurance while Karlos Williams serves his four-game suspension. Once that is over, Bush may transition into a full-time punt returner.
|Hopkins ends "holdout" after one day|
"I wasn't trying to send a message"
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 1 2016, 9:00 am
|"I wasn't trying to send a message or anything like that," DeAndre Hopkins said of his contract holdout. "I was doing what I felt was best for me and my family." Hopkins is disappointed the Texans won't negotiate a contract extension with him heading into the fourth year of a $15.552 million rookie contract that included a $3.926 million signing bonus and a total of $6.181 million guaranteed. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Hopkins will get a new contract when it's time for him to get a new contract. The Texans have made it clear this is not the time. His status as a top-end WR1 remains in tact. Carry on...
| Stevie Johnson suffers knee injury|
Carried off the field
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 31 2016, 4:30 pm
|Chargers wide receiver Steve Johnson was carried off the field Sunday with a right knee injury after going down in a pass drill. Johnson, who applied no pressure to his right leg as he was carried off, was examined by trainers for several minutes before he was taken inside. (San Diego Union Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: No word yet on the severity but there appears to be some legitimate concern for veteran. Johnson had been running with the first team during OTAs and the early portions of camp. Travis Benjamin and Dontrelle Inman would likely see a usage increase if Johnson misses any significant time.
| Odell Beckham leaves practice, gets "cleated" |
Should be fine in a couple days
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 31 2016, 12:45 pm
|Giants HC Ben McAdoo said Odell Beckham Jr. got cleated, has a cut or two, and will be sore "for a couple of days." (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Beckahm walked off the practice field under his own power, then sat on the sidelines while trainers evaluated him. He collided with teammate Janoris Jenkins during a drill. He may miss some practice time but it sounds like this injury isn't anything serious.
|DeAndre Hopkins a no-show at training camp|
Wants a new deal
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 30 2016, 11:49 am
|Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is holding out of training camp as he seeks a new contract, sources told ESPN. Hopkins, who is entering the fourth and final year of his rookie contract, did not report for the start of the Texans' camp, according to sources. He will be subject to fines of $40,000 for each day of camp he misses. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Hopkins actually has two-years left on his deal as the Texans picked up the fifth-year option and as of now, the team isn't negotiating. We'll see how this plays out but if the holdout lasts more than a few days, expect to see Hopkins fantasy value take a slight hit. In all likelihood, he will be on the field come Week 1 and remains a high-end WR1.
|Titans sign Andre Johnson|
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 29 2016, 2:00 pm
|The Tennessee Titans agreed to terms with veteran wide receiver Andre Johnson on Friday.
The Titans have not disclosed terms of the deal, but sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter that Johnson will sign a two-year contract. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Titans have a volatile receiving corps (Kendall Wright, Justin Hunter, Dorial Green-Beckham, Rishard Matthews) with the most dependable being TE Delanie Walker. It's difficult to see Johnson making a significant impact given how slow he looked last year with Colts in limited duty.
|Ladarius Green placed on active/PUP list|
Recovering from ankle surgery
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 29 2016, 1:30 pm
|TE Ladarius Green, who had two plates placed in his ankle this offseason, said he's on the Physically Unable to Perform list because he's not yet full strength in certain areas, such as cutting. Doesn't see why he won't be ready for Week 1, though. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The surgery reportedly took place in January so it's a little concerning that Green isn't ready to go for training camp in late July. No reason to bump him down your rankings at this point but it's a situation to keep your eye on.
|"No script" for workload in Cards' backfield|
HC hints his backs' workload to be determined "game to game"
By: Doug Orth | Jul 28 2016, 6:30 pm
|Arizona Cardinals on RB David Johnson's projected workload: "That'll go game to game. If he's hot, he's staying in there. But there's no script right now." (Kyle Odegard on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This is the second time in about two months someone who covers the team has suggested Johnson's feature-back workload may be in question. Coaches tend to have their reasons for making comments like this before the preseason even starts (promote competition, motivate the starter, etc.), but the fact remains Arizona's running game got "hot" once Johnson took over. Even if he is capped at 60 percent of the team's backfield touches, he's still a fantasy first-rounder.
| No practice for Rawls, Graham|
Seahawks believe RB, TE will be ready for Week 1
By: Doug Orth | Jul 28 2016, 5:10 pm
|Seahawks GM John Schneider: Thomas Rawls (ankle), Jimmy Graham (patellar tendon) won't practice Saturday. Team will bring them along slowly and is still deciding whether they'll start camp on PUP. But both players are on track to be ready for Week 1, (Sheil Kapadia on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Despite the recent public optimism, this should not come as a surprise. We're still a few weeks away from needing to be overly concerned about either player, although Rawls' recovery is a bit concerning from the standpoint his ankle still isn't 100 percent more than seven months after his injury. Rawls is a high-end RB2 if healthy (with obvious risk at the moment) while Graham should be considered a TE2 given the seriousness of his injury.
|ATL still talking up bigger role for Coleman|
Team eyeing more touches in tandem with Devonta Freeman
By: Doug Orth | Jul 28 2016, 4:30 pm
|Now in his second NFL training camp, RB Tevin Coleman said he feels a greater sense of comfort right now than he did last summer. The Falcons want to get him more carries in 2016 and feature him more in the passing game, which they did Thursday, sending him on a variety of routes during 11-on-11 drills.
“They’re finding more ways to get the backs out there and get them the ball,” Coleman said. (atlantafalcons.com)|
FFToday's Take: Hardly a week has gone by this offseason without some outlet reporting Atlanta's desire to get the ball into Coleman's hands more often. While a 50-50 split remains unlikely, a 60-40 timeshare is possible with Devonta Freeman on the higher end. If the Falcons use that as their guideline, Freeman will have a difficult time living up to his second-round ADP. Conversely, Coleman is looking more and more like a steal at his ninth-round ADP.
|Jets, Fitzpatrick agree on one-year deal|
$12 million contract
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 27 2016, 7:19 pm
|The New York Jets and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick ended their five-month contract dispute on Wednesday. The two sides finalized a one-year, $12 million contract on the eve of the team's first training-camp practice, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
The deal also includes another $3 million in incentives, which could boost the value to $15 million, a source told Schefter. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The two sides had been at a standoff for months but now that a deal is done, fantasy owners of the Jets' skill position players, specifically Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, can breathe a sigh of relief. Fitzpatrick is coming off his best season as a pro, finishing as a low-end QB1.
| Mathews placed on active/NFI list, ankle injury|
Injured working out last week
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 27 2016, 4:30 pm
|Ryan Mathews was placed on the active/NFI list by the Eagles Wednesday due to a sprained ankle suffered by the 28-year-old while working out in San Diego last week. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Mathews has played 16 games only once in his six-year career. the injury doesn't appear to be serious but it's a reminder of why his fantasy value has trouble climbing any higher than a low-end RB2. Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood and Kenjon Barner round out the Eagles depth chart running back.
|Rams release QB Nick Foles|
Couldn't find a trade partner
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 27 2016, 2:00 pm
|The Nick Foles era is over in Los Angeles before it even began.
The quarterback requested his release from the Rams on Wednesday, and the team granted it, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Media's Mike Garfafolo reported. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: This move has been expected as the team is set to rebuild around rookie Jared Goff with Case Keenum being used as a filler until Goff is ready. Reportedly Foles requested his release. He's a good bet to secure a backup gig in short order.
|Boldin expected to sign deal with Lions|
One-year deal expected to be finalized today
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 26 2016, 2:05 pm
|The Detroit Lions are planning to sign veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin to a one-year deal, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Boldin and the Lions, who need depth at receiver in the wake of Calvin Johnson's retirement, were finalizing the deal Tuesday, sources told Schefter.
FFToday's Take: Boldin will be thrown into the mix with Golden Tate, Marvin Jones, Eric Ebron, T.J. Jones and receiving specialist Theo Riddick. Boldin has experience with Jim Caldwell from their days in Baltimore. He's likely more of a depth piece than a major contributor but he's still very capable of having a fantasy impact at age 35. He's shaping up to be a mid-to-late round draft pick with WR4/5 value.
| Jordy Nelson suffers "hiccup" with other knee|
Not sure when he'll particpate in camp
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 26 2016, 1:25 pm
|Jordy Nelson said he had a "hiccup" with his other knee, not the ACL knee. He said Week 1 is not in jeopardy but doesn't know when he'll practice in camp. (Rob Demovsky on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Nelson was placed on the PUP list yesterday who is recovering from a torn ACL but this new issue should give fantasy owners some pause. It sounds like he's on schedule to be ready for Week 1 but the sooner he can be cleared for camp the better. Expect Nelson's current ADP (WR7, 2.02) to slide a bit on this news.
|Falcons looking at RB timeshare|
Dan Quinn: Reps for both Freeman and Coleman "best for the team"
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Jul 26 2016, 12:12 pm
|Vaughn McClure (@vxmcclure23) on Twitter: "Dan Quinn said what's best for the team is using Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman in unison, although Freeman definitely can handle full load" (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Expect about a 60-40 split, with Freeman getting most of the work to start. Coleman was very highly touted in spring training before an early season injury vaulted Freeman into the fantasy stratosphere in 2015.
|Bills still talking with Reggie Bush|
Source claims deal could still happen sending veteran RB to WNY
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Jul 26 2016, 11:15 am
|From Mike Florio at Pro Football Talk: "After reports emerged linking running back Reggie Bush to the Bills, Bush tapped the brakes. At some point, however, it looks like he’ll be dialing up Western New York on the GPS."
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, talks between Bush and the Bills continue. The Bills view Bush as a potential option at punt returner and as a replacement/clone of LeSean McCoy, if he needs a break or is injured."
FFToday's Take: the Bills really do need to be ready for the four-game suspension imposed recently on running back Karlos Williams, and whether Bush fits after Williams returns from his looming exile is a secondary issue.
| Tre Mason's mental health a rising concern|
Family of Rams RB says erratic behavior raises red flags
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Jul 26 2016, 9:46 am
|Tre Mason's family is concerned about his mental health -- citing a string of bizarre behavior and angry outbursts ... and they're worried for his personal safety.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Dept. has been called to the home 5 times since March 28th -- and at least once, Mason agreed to check into a facility to resolve the situation. (TMZ)|
FFToday's Take: The latest incident occurred on Saturday -- multiple units responded to Mason's family home in Florida in the middle of the afternoon. We know Mason was NOT arrested -- but there seems to be a bigger problem if his family is concerned for his safety and he's not sleeping, as has been reported. Stay tuned -- but for now it looks like Mason is a huge risk and should be avoided in drafts.
|Chiefs won't "limit" Jamaal Charles if healthy|
Stud RB should continue to see majority of touches
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Jul 26 2016, 9:40 am
|Chiefs beat writer Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) on Twitter: "Chiefs won't limit Charles if he's healthy and he's the same player he was before the knee injury." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: There's no reason to believe that Jamaal Charles won't continue to be a solid option in all fantasy formats, but he's going to lose some touches this season. The emergence of Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West -- who combined for 1,256 total yards and 11 scores last season -- means his workload should go down. A 65-20-15 breakdown among Charles-Ware-West makes the most sense.
|Jeremy Hill expected to have "huge year"|
RB impressed during offseason program
By: Doug Orth | Jul 25 2016, 4:55 pm
|(Jeremy Hill) looked really good during offseason program on the field and handled it all pretty well off. I expect huge year. (Paul Dehner Jr. on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Coincidental or not, Hill amassed touch totals of 22, 19 and 21 in games Tyler Eifert missed last year, while Giovani Bernard accumulated six, 18 and 12, respectively, in those same contests. The Bengals are expected to go more run-heavy anyway this season as a result of losing Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu. And while Hill was disappointing from a yardage perspective, he scored 12 touchdowns in a "down year". He's a solid bet to outperform his sixth-round ADP.
|Laquon Treadwell finally 100 percent|
Battled through foot pain all of last season at Ole Miss
By: Doug Orth | Jul 25 2016, 4:45 pm
|Laquon Treadwell said he’s most grateful for finally being 100 percent healthy. Treadwell suffered a gruesome season-ending injury in a Nov. 1, 2014 game against Auburn in which he broke his left tibia and dislocated his left ankle. He said he never was fully healthy last season even though he caught 82 passes for 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Rebels. “I was definitely tentative; I wasn’t 100 percent at all last season. I would just say (he was 100 percent) to get everyone off of me. ... But then after I went home at night, I was like, ‘I don’t feel right'. ... It felt like I had a fire in my foot," Treadwell said. (St. Paul Pioneer Press)|
FFToday's Take: He went on to say he didn't feel 100 percent at his March 28 pro day either, which would explain his pedestrian workout numbers during the pre-draft process. The Vikings are expected to incorporate more skinny posts into the playbook because Treadwell fits the mold of receivers such as Michael Irvin and Vincent Jackson that made countless big plays running the "Bang 8" for current OC Norv Turner. Treadwell is a potential steal at his current 10.11 ADP.
|Riddick unlikely to see many more carries|
Handled only 43 carries in 2015
By: Doug Orth | Jul 25 2016, 4:25 pm
|The biggest key to the backfield's success is the development of Ameer Abdullah. As a rookie last season, he was plagued by ball security issues early in the campaign, but closed out the year strong. He averaged 4.7 yards per attempt and put the ball on the ground just once across the final eight games.
Theo Riddick is what he is, a below-average runner, but elite receiver out of the backfield. He's a key offensive cog after catching 80 passes last season, but expecting significant growth as a ball carrier borders on unreasonable. (MLive.com)|
FFToday's Take: This opinion contradicts OC Jim Bob Cooter's expectation in early June that Riddick would see more carries. A slight bump from the 43 carries he did receive a season ago is reasonable, but owners should not expect that total to double. Abdullah should see his touches increase, however, after putting a lid on his ball-security issues. He averaged 10.5 touches as a rookie, but should be around 15 as a NFL sophomore. Both backs should be viewed as high-end flex/RB3 types in PPR formats.
|Aaron Rodgers drawing raves for his conditioning|
Reports to camp at 218 pounds
By: Doug Orth | Jul 25 2016, 4:15 pm
|Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy raved about his Aaron Rodgers' conditioning on Monday, when players reported for the start of training camp.
"He's in great shape. I would say this is the best shape I've seen him in," McCarthy said.
Rodgers revealed this offseason that he revamped his nutrition plan and, among other things, cut out dairy products. This offseason, he said he was at his lowest weight -- "218-ish" pounds -- since 2007. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Rodgers underwent knee surgery in January and said he started thinking about his diet at that time as a way to help extend his career. The 32-year-old former league MVP was already set up to enjoy a bounce-back season even without the weight loss, as Jordy Nelson is back from an ACL tear and Eddie Lacy has shed a few pounds of his own. Rodgers should be locked in as a top-five fantasy quarterback in 2016.
|Josh Gordon to be reinstated, 4-game suspension|
League makes it official
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 25 2016, 12:58 pm
|Browns WR Josh Gordon is being reinstated, source said. He’s suspended for the first 4 games. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Gordon is a multiple offender of the leagues substance abuse policy so while he's easily the most talented receiver on the Browns roster, he comes with a wide range of outcomes and thus a considerable amount of risk for fantasy owners. He'll likely settle in as a mid-round pick, WR4 in redraft leagues.
| Woodhead recovered from ankle sprain|
Ready to go for training camp
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 25 2016, 8:00 am
|Their spring ended with a scare, Danny Woodhead suffering an ankle sprain that could’ve been far more severe. He walked off the field under his own power. This week, he will sprint back onto it.
More than six weeks separated the end of minicamp and start of training camp. That gave ample time to recover for Woodhead.
“It took a couple weeks, but now I’m as healthy as I’ve been in a long time,” Woodhead said. “I feel great going into the season.” (San Diego Union Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: The sprained ankle apparently wasn't the high variety which allowed Woodhead to recover. He's 31 years old but is still locked into the Chargers passing back role and should see plenty of opportunities in 2016. Woodhead has been a top-25 fantasy running back in three out of the past four seasons.