|Peyton stronger and throwing with more velocity|
Star QB engaged in vigorous offseason workout regimen
By: John Canario | Aug 21 2015, 4:15 pm
|During Super Bowl week, Peyton Manning stood before the media and talked like a man ready to prove something. He began working out maniacally in February, between trips, between hunts, between speaking engagements. He arrived back at Dove Valley in April, appearing ready and rested. He returned to training camp, stronger and leaner, roughly 5 pounds lighter, according to Seattle Seahawks broadcaster and former Manning backup Brock Huard. "It's different than a year ago. It's crazy, but he's throwing the ball a lot harder and even more accurate than last year," defensive end DeMarcus Ware said. "I think that goes to diet, preparation and how the practices are tailored so they aren't taxing on the body. He's the player he's always been with a little bit more edge." (Denver Post)|
FFToday's Take: Manning tailed off last season leaving many wondering what kind of fantasy production is to be expected of him this year. His age isn't doing him any favours but he's put together three impressive seasons in Denver, and still has a potent receiving corps despite Julius Thomas' departure.
|Randy Moss on Brandin Cooks: "Sky's the limit"|
Second-year WR set to become Drew Brees favorite target
By: John Canario | Aug 21 2015, 4:00 pm
|Randy Moss, a seven-time Pro Bowl receiver who was born and raised in West Virginia, stopped by the New Orleans Saints training camp on Thursday at the Greenbrier resort. He was there to see old friends on the New England Patriots, including quarterback Tom Brady, but he also had an interest in watching Saints receiver Brandin Cooks. "With Graham gone, that means a lot more targets are going to be coming his way," Moss said. "Just by looking at his body, it looks like he's ready to take on that challenge. He's a good receiver. I'm not going to call him great. But the sky's the limit. He's in a great offense. He's got a great quarterback in Drew Brees. The sky's the limit for whatever he wants to do in this offense, and I think Sean Payton's going to put him in a position to make plays." (New Orleans Times-Picayune)|
FFToday's Take: As a rookie last season, Cooks hauled in 53 receptions for 550 yards and three TDs last year in just 10 games - only seven of which he was a starter. It's reasonable to believe that he will double those totals over a full 16 game season.
| Joseph Randle aggravates strained oblique|
Unlikely to play in Sunday's preseason game
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 20 2015, 10:00 pm
|Joseph Randle suffered a setback during Thursday’s practice. The third-year running back, who has worked with the first-team throughout training camp, aggravated an oblique he strained a week ago. “We’ll go in there and get some treatment and see how it’s feeling,” Randle said. “It’s the same thing I had earlier in camp. It flared up on me again.” (Dallas Morning News)|
FFToday's Take: Randle is considered Doubtful for Sunday's preseason game against the 49ers. It's also unclear if Darren McFadden (hamstring) will play. Randle's injury woes this preseason are making him a risky pick as a RB2 in redraft leagues.
| Robert Griffin suffers concussion|
No timetable for return
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 20 2015, 9:00 pm
|Gruden confirmed after the game Robert Griffin III suffered a concussion.
The severity of Griffin’s injuries wasn’t immediately clear when the buzzer sounded on the 21-17 victory over the Detroit Lions. But given Griffin’s history, which includes three major leg injuries, any setback that prevents him from playing a 16-game regular season or developing a fluency in Gruden’s offense represents major cause for alarm for the Redskins.
FFToday's Take: Griffin got knocked around by the Lions defense during his four drives in the first half and was eventually knocked out of the game. No timetable is set for Griffin's return. Backup quarterbacks Colt McCoy and Kirk Cousins looked good in relief and will likely cause some QB controversy talk to begin as the team heads towards preseason game number three.
|David Johnson virtually uncoverable in practice|
Back at practice after dealing with a hamstring injury
By: Doug Orth | Aug 20 2015, 7:25 pm
|David Johnson has looked pretty good as a receiver out of the backfield the last couple of days. Yes, Johnson is a running back. He still has to show he can carry the ball, and he talked Wednesday about learning a very big playbook. But while he cautioned that hamstrings can be “tricky,” Johnson has run well the past couple of practices. And catching the ball, he has looked every bit the player Bruce Arians said he’d be in that role. In drills coming out of the backfield, no one has really been able to cover him, making one think about the matchup issues Johnson can provide. Now, we wait to see what it looks like in a game. (azcardinals.com)|
FFToday's Take: One thing is for sure: Arizona is more prepared for an injury to Andre Ellington than it was last year. Chris Johnson was added earlier this week while Ellington and David Johnson were both on the mend, but both are back practicing. The Cardinals' running back situation is becoming a mess for fantasy purposes, however, since all three players are supposedly vying for a starting gig. Ellington's grasp on the job is tenuous at best.
| Breshad Perriman continues to miss practice|
By: Doug Orth | Aug 20 2015, 7:15 pm
|Ravens WR Breshad Perriman is watching from sideline with a brace on right knee. He has a sprained PCL. (Jamison Hensley on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: HC John Harbaugh said only two days ago that Perriman's MRI came back "normal", so we appear to have another case of a coach either not being honest about a player's injury or speaking about it before the injury is confirmed. Either way, it is looking less and less likely owners will get to see the rookie speedster at all this preseason. Considering he has been out since the first day of camp, he's highly unlikely to have any kind of early-season impact.
|HC: "Expect big things" from Davante Adams|
Second-year WR continues to turn heads for Packers
By: Doug Orth | Aug 20 2015, 6:55 pm
|Packers HC Mike McCarthy on Davante Adams: "I think he's had a heck of a camp. Looking for big things from him." (Rob Demovsky on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Adams has generated headlines all offseason for the improvement he has made from his rookie year. The 6-1, 215-pound Fresno State product has Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb blocking him from a starting gig, but owners shouldn't forget third receiver James Jones led the league in touchdown catches in 2012 in this offense. Adams should be drafted as a low-end WR3, but if Nelson or Cobb was to get hurt, he could easily ascent to low-end WR1 status.
| Arizona's LG Iupati to have knee surgery|
Could be out six weeks
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 19 2015, 8:49 pm
|An Arizona Cardinals offensive line that seemed so promising throughout the offseason is now riddled with question marks.
Left guard Mike Iupati, signed away from the San Francisco 49ers in March, is expected to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery that will sideline the three-time Pro Bowler for about six weeks, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday, via a source who has spoken to Iupati.
FFToday's Take: Coming off a year that saw the team dwindle without its starting quarterback, the loss of one of the team's best lineman casts even more doubt over Arizona's offense. Already taxed with RT Bobbie Massie's three-game suspension, Carson Palmer and company may struggle to move the chains at the outset of 2015.
| WR Benjamin will miss entire 2015 season|
Torn ACL in left knee
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 19 2015, 7:39 pm
|SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin will miss the season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee on Wednesday. (ESPN.com)|
FFToday's Take: In the wake of Kelvin Benjamin's injury, the Panthers will need Greg Olsen and Jonathan Stewart more than ever. Wide receivers Devin Funchess and Philly Brown will see their roles expand but fantasy owners shouldn't go overboard here. Cam Newton and company already figured to finish with one of the league's worst passing offenses when Benjamin was healthy. Opposing defenses will also be better able to key in on the ground attack without a big-time threat on the outside. Carolina may also look to add another veteran free agent receiver.
| Kelvin Benjamin suffers knee injury, non-contact|
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 19 2015, 9:09 am
|Carolina #Panthers’ Kelvin Benjamin leaves practice after apparent knee injury. (Charlotte Observer)|
FFToday's Take: It was a non-contact injury and didn't look good. Benjamin was carted off to have further testing. The Panthers will update Benjamin's status after practice. Hopefully it's only a sprain.
|David Cobb getting praise from GM|
Ruston Webster pleased with progression of rookies
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 19 2015, 9:00 am
|NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Titans general manager Ruston Webster is keeping a close eye on the developments in training camp, and preseason games. On rookies who’ve stood out so far in camp, “David Cobb has kind of shown what we saw from him at the Senior Bowl and in college, his ability to run the football, his vision and his feet. If he continues along that path he can help us." (Titansonline.com)|
FFToday's Take: David Cobb has looked better than Bishop Sankey to date during training camp. There are still a couple of weeks for Sankey to turn things around, but he is no longer the clear favorite to be the best bet for fantasy purposes.
| Dolphins take DeVante Parker off PUP list|
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 19 2015, 8:08 am
|The Miami Dolphins have removed rookie wide receiver DeVante Parker from the Physically Unable to Perform list, the team announced this morning. (SB Nation)|
FFToday's Take: This move allows DeVante Parker (foot) to return to practice. Miami's 2015 first round selection will be brought back slowly but he could see his fantasy stock blossom if given an everyday role by midseason.
| McCoy leaves practice with hamstring injury|
MRI on Wednesday
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 18 2015, 8:00 pm
|Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy limped to the locker room with an apparent left leg injury during Tuesday's joint practice with the Cleveland Browns. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Bills are decimated at the running back position with injuries. McCoy (hamstring) joins Fred Jackson (hamstring), Anthony Dixon (calf), Bryce Brown (hamstring) and rookie Karlos Williams (undisclosed) in the trainers room. None are expected to play on Thursday.
| Jordan Reed to miss Thu preseason game|
Hamstring injury remains an issue
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 18 2015, 5:33 pm
|Gruden said Jordan Reed isn't sitting out as a precaution. His hamstring still hasn't healed. Wouldn't play if it was reg season game. (Mike Jones on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Reed has an extensive history with hamstring injuries but he's got a golden opportunity to have his best season as a pro given the injury to fellow tight end Niles Paul. Reed's health is a major concern for fantasy owners making him a TE2 flier late in re-draft leagues.
|Brandon Coleman has eyes on No.3 WR role|
Expected to see first half action against Pats
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 18 2015, 12:33 pm
|We've always known Marques Colston and Brandin Cooks would be the top two in the order. There's no longer any real argument which player sits No. 3: Brandon Coleman. Sure Coleman still receives reps with the second unit and below at times. But the most popular three wide receiver sets through camp involve the "Three Cs." (Times Picayune)|
FFToday's Take: Coleman didn't get an offensive snap in the first half of the Saints first preseason game but is expected to see more action in Week 2 against the Patriots. Momentum is building for Coleman to win the No.3 role. He's battling Nick Toon but for now it appears Coleman's job to lose.
|Cardinals sign Chris Johnson to one-year deal|
Expected to push Andre Ellington for playing time
By: Doug Orth | Aug 17 2015, 9:25 pm
|The Arizona Cardinals and free-agent RB Chris Johnson agreed on a one-year deal Monday. ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported the deal could be worth up to $2 million. The Cardinals were thin at running back the first two weeks of training camp. Both starter Andre Ellington and third-round pick David Johnson were out with hamstring injuries. Chris Johnson was arrested this offseason in Orlando, Florida, for openly carrying a weapon, but officials decided not to pursue charges. In a separate incident, he was shot in the right shoulder during a drive-by shooting that left a friend with bullet wounds and the driver of their car dead. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Chris Johnson, who failed to rush for at least 1,000 yards for the first time in his seven-season career with the Jets last season, fits the mold of Arizona's other backs as players with electric speed that have little interest in running between the tackles. The addition of the soon-to-be 30-year-old back could very well mean Ellington will be splitting carries at some point and David Johnson will have a hard time getting much playing time in 2015.
|Eddie Royal to play outside more than expected|
Expected to start and move into the slot in three-wide packages
By: Doug Orth | Aug 17 2015, 4:20 pm
|Eddie Royal was likely to be a starter regardless of Kevin White's health. The Bears like him as a slot receiver because of his suddenness and ability to gain yards after the catch. Without White, though, he could play more outside. Royal came into the league with the Broncos in 2008 playing outside and has done so throughout his career.
"I've been trying to learn the whole system just so if anything happens that I'll be able to step in and play wherever," he said after Sunday's practice. "We've got a number of guys that are doing that." (Chicago Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Royal's ADP has risen into the 11th round after it was in the 14th round a week ago, but owners should still feel like they are getting a bargain with him at that point of the draft. Chicago will almost certainly rely heavily on Royal in the short passing game given his after-the-catch abilities and desire to reduce Jay Cutler's interception total. Royal has also proven to be a very good red-zone receiver as well, making him a strong candidate to maintain WR3 value in all leagues.
| Cowboys fine with what they have in backfield|
Team appears content with trio of backs to replace Murray
By: Doug Orth | Aug 17 2015, 4:15 pm
|The fact that the Dallas Cowboys have not added another tailback has confounded some. How can the Cowboys expect to run the ball as well as they did the previous season - with DeMarco Murray leading the NFL with 1,845 yards - without a running back like Murray?
For now, the Cowboys are going with what they've got.
"We've had months and months and months to evaluate these guys or the prospects of playing with them," owners/GM Jerry Jones said, "so you can't get nervous now." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Oh Jerry. The Cowboys' all-world offensive line should be able to mask some deficiencies in the backfield, but the injuries to Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar in camp should serve as a wake-up call. Dallas has only brought in marginal talents to this point, but it would be a mistake for the team not to add at least one more back when final cuts are made. For now, the Cowboys are committed to Randle as 1A and McFadden as 1B with Dunbar contributing heavily on passing downs.
| Julius Thomas expected back for season opener|
Broken hand; out for the rest of the preseason
By: Doug Orth | Aug 17 2015, 4:00 pm
|TE Julius Thomas (hand) and S Johnathan Cyprien (finger) wore balky casts over their right hands while watching practice. Both were injured Friday against Pittsburgh and are out for the preseason.
Dr. Steven Shin, Director of Hand Surgery at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles, said the area of Thomas’ injury - top of the hand and below the knuckle - will speed up his recovery. Shin said Thomas shouldn’t have to wear any heavy protection on the hand when he returns to the field save for a small pad. (Florida Times Union)|
FFToday's Take: Times Union beat writer Ryan O'Halloran called Thomas "the best player on the team, period" in early August, but injuries have dogged the ex-Bronco for most of his NFL career. His fantasy value obviously depends on whether or not he can shed his injury-prone label and whether or not Jacksonville can find the red zone at a much higher rate than it has in recent seasons. His late-seventh round ADP is his ceiling and there is a very good chance he fails to live up to it.
| Freeman, Coleman back at Falcons' practice|
Young RBs recovering from hamstring injuries
By: Doug Orth | Aug 17 2015, 3:50 pm
|Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, who are both recovering from hamstring injuries, returned to the individual portion of practice and were in full pads on Monday. Freeman and Coleman also did some extra running with the trainer.
The Falcons are aiming to have them back for the third exhibition game on Aug. 29 at Miami, which is their regular season dress rehearsal. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)|
FFToday's Take: Along with Antone Smith, the Falcons' top three backs have all been sidelined by or currently dealing with hamstring injuries. It is becoming increasingly likely Atlanta will split carries between Freeman and Coleman to begin the season, which would make both players low-end RB3s at best behind an offensive line that figures to struggle opening running lanes. Smith could fall behind Terron Ward on the depth chart if he is unable to recover quickly.
| Alshon Jeffery out of walking boot|
Suffered calf injury last week, likely to miss second preseason game
By: Doug Orth | Aug 17 2015, 3:40 pm
|Alshon Jeffery (calf), who is still not practicing, is no longer wearing a walking boot or using crutches. (Zach Zaidman on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jeffery's status for Week 1 doesn't appear to be in doubt and the Bears are likely just taking it slow with their top wideout. With Brandon Marshall now in New York, Chicago will rely heavily on Jeffery all over the field, making him a very good bet to finish among the top 10 fantasy receivers in all scoring formats.
| Knile Davis practicing on Monday|
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 17 2015, 9:18 am
|Never mind on Knile Davis. He put his helmet on and he's going to practice. (Adam Teicher on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Davis suffered a knee injury in the Chiefs first preseason game on Saturday night. It was classified as a sprain but it appears the injury isn't too severe as he's back on the practice field Monday. He may be limited but it's a good sign for his availability this weekend against the Seahawks.
|Chip Kelly talks running back usage|
"I wanted to have two running backs"
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 17 2015, 7:00 am
|“I think there is a lot of validity to it,” he said. “But how do you manage him going into a season? Our plan all along was to get another running back with him (DeMarco Murray). I wanted to have two running backs, and that’s why we got Ryan Mathews. I don’t think you can have a guy carry it 370 to 400 times per season and be successful. We’re going to run it a lot—we always do—but we’ll have more than one guy doing it.” (SI.com)|
FFToday's Take: Reading between the lines, Kelly is well aware of how a running back performs following a heavy-workload season and while Murray will be the lead back in the offense, he's going to use Mathews more than people might think. The Eagles run enough plays for Murray to be considered a RB1 even if he splits carries at a 70-30 clip with Mathews.
|Demaryius Thomas likely to play against HOU|
Kubiak pleased with progress
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 15 2015, 7:20 pm
|Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said he's pleased with Demaryius Thomas' progress after he missed the offseason workouts because of contract negotiations. Kubiak said the starting receiver will play Saturday in Houston. How much will be determined by the coaches later this week.
"I think he's ready to go play as long as Peyton (Manning) plays," Kubiak said. He said Manning will probably play through at least part of the second quarter.
FFToday's Take: Demaryius Thomas is ready for game action and figures to lead the Broncos receiving corps again in 2015. With Emmanuel Sanders' nagging hamstring woes, Thomas should be Peyton Manning's top target right out of the gates this season.
| Spiller had arthroscopic knee surgery Friday |
Expected back for Week 1
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 15 2015, 3:09 pm
|Saints' C.J. Spiller underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Friday in Pensacola, Fla, but is expected back for regular-season opener, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It's never a good thing to hear the word "surgery" but it sounds like this was a clean up procedure on the knee which shouldn't keep the Saints running back out for long. Spiller however has a significant injury history and as a result his early 4th-round ADP in PPR leagues is likely to slip in the coming days which could represent a nice buying opportunity in re-draft leagues next weekend.
| Bears' rookie wideout out with stress fracture|
Kevin White to miss at least six games
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 15 2015, 1:00 pm
|As it turns out, Chicago Bears rookie Kevin White won’t be ready for the regular season as the team had previously hoped. In fact, White may not see the field in 2015 whatsoever. White has a stress fracture in his left shin and that a setback in White’s recuperation from that injury will now force the receiver into surgery. Whether White will rehabilitate from that surgery fast enough to play late in 2015 remains to be seen.
FFToday's Take: That thud you hear is the sound of White's fantasy value in redraft leagues. White will be placed on the PUP list once the season begins, meaning he will miss at least the first six games of the season. Alshon Jeffery (calf), Eddie Royal and TE Martellus Bennett will be the top three receiving options for Jay Cutler. WR Marquess Wilson will also be in the mix for targets.
| Julius Thomas has "stable fracture" in hand|
Expected to be back for Week 1
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 15 2015, 6:32 am
|Jags' HC Gus Bradley said TE Julius Thomas has "stable fracture" in back of his hand, will miss preseason but should be back for opener. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Thomas is an injury risk for fantasy owners and on the second offensive snap of the game, the risk became reality. He's been overvalued this entire off-season because of his high TD totals in Denver but won't have the same offensive luxury in Jacksonville. Let others gamble on Thomas in your draft.
|Bradford to sit out preseason game vs Colts|
QB will suit up next week against the Ravens
By: John Canario | Aug 14 2015, 4:05 pm
|Sam Bradford was preparing to make his debut in a Philadelphia Eagles uniform Sunday. On Friday morning, coach Chip Kelly gave Bradford some surprising news. Bradford will not play against the Indianapolis Colts. Instead, he will practice against the Baltimore Ravens next week, then play in Saturday’s preseason game against the Ravens. "Obviously, I wanted to be out there," Bradford said. "I was preparing to be out there. This morning, he sat down and explained it to me. That’s up to him. I’ll be ready to roll next week out there against the Ravens. "This has nothing to do with the (condition of his) knee. I think this was his plan from the beginning." Bradford tore the ACL in his left knee in October of 2013. Last summer, he sat out the St. Louis Rams’ first preseason game. He played in the second game and started the third game. During that game, in Cleveland, Bradford tore his left ACL again. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Kelly has been known to produce high-powered offenses, and Bradford could benefit significantly from his coach's expertise this season, if he stays healthy. That is a major "if" though, as Bradford has only played in 49 of a possible 80 career regular season games since being drafted first overall by the Rams in 2010.
|Bears' defense a shell of its former self|
Chicago humbled by Dolphins in first preseason game
By: John Canario | Aug 14 2015, 4:00 pm
|Despite the 27-10 win over the Miami Dolphins, the first look at a Chicago Bears defense moving to a 3-4 defense with a bevy of 4-3 players was about what you'd expect: uninspiring. Most of the first-team defensive unit played only the first series or two and were gouged by Ryan Tannehill (6-of-7 passing) and the rest of the Dolphins offense on an opening 14-play, 85-yard touchdown drive. The lack of speed on defense - especially the front seven - was evident. Veteran Jared Allen moved from defensive end to outside linebacker and looked wonky in his first game at the position. The normally determined pass rusher seemed like a player thinking his way through each snap. "It's a good little slice of humility and it lets you know where you are at and things you can work on," Allen said of the opening series, via ESPN. The Bears are trying to fit a round pegs into square holes. If Allen,Lamarr Houston and Willie Young can't make the conversion, it's going to be a long, long year for defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Oh how the mighty have fallen. Once a perennially top-ranked fantasy defense, the Bears’ defense is now mediocre at best. They fell to 24th in the fantasy rankings last season, and this year could be more of the same. Tread carefully.
|Shanahan still says Kirk Cousins is an NFL starter|
Redskins’ QB turns in dominant preseason performance
By: John Canario | Aug 14 2015, 3:30 pm
|Former Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan — the man who drafted Kirk Cousins, and consistently praised Kirk Cousins, and eventually started Kirk Cousins after benching Robert Griffin III — remains solidly convinced that Kirk Cousins is a starting NFL quarterback. “I think Kirk Cousins has got a big-time future,” Shanahan said Friday morning on 106.7 The Fan. “He’s a starter in the National Football League, and that’ll be proven out in time.” (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: After coming in for Robert Griffin III in the second quarter of last night’s preseason affair, Cousins turned in an impressive showing completing 12 of 14 passes for 154 yards, and added a rushing touchdown for good measure. There’s no doubting his ability to pile up points in bunches, but he’s still only a backup and a polarizing one at that. He shouldn’t be on your fantasy radar unless you own RG3 and want some insurance.
|Melvin Gordon disappoints in first NFL action|
Rookie RB manages just 11 yards on six carries
By: John Canario | Aug 14 2015, 3:30 pm
|Melvin Gordon's mediocre training camp continued Thursday night in San Diego's 17-7 preseason win over Dallas. Taking the field with the starters, Gordon had six carries for just 11 yards. Though San Diego punched it in for a touchdown on the opening drive, the Chargers did so via Danny Woodhead as Gordon watched from the sidelines. After Gordon and Woodhead took a seat, second-year back Brandon Oliver shined with 10 carries for 53 yards and a score. For the heralded rookie out of Wisconsin, the slow start was more of the same: Gordon in camp has not assumed the confident, downhill approach that defined him in college, instead appearing to wait too long for his blocks before being stuffed for small gains. "I definitely have a lot of work to do," he said afterward. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: The rookie RB is being taken 29th overall on average in 12-team, standard scoring drafts. While Gordon's underwhelming performance thus far should be cause for concern, it doesn't mean you should avoid him completely. Drafting a rookie is always risky, but the Chargers will likely be patient with Gordon. He should see upwards of 200 touches, virtually guaranteeing him plenty of fantasy value.
|Andre Johnson excited to play with Andrew Luck|
WR calls new QB “arguably the best” in the game
By: John Canario | Aug 14 2015, 3:20 pm
|Andre Johnson is starting over. After thriving for 12 seasons in Houston, he's working with a new quarterback and learning a new playbook. On Sunday at Philadelphia, Johnson's transformation will be complete when he dons a Colts jersey for his first game. "I don't really bring much attention to that," he said. "I just try to treat it as football — with a different team." Despite helping Houston go from fledgling franchise to division champ in less than a decade, Johnson never reached a conference championship game and never played with a true franchise quarterback. In Indy, things are very different. "I wanted to be at a place that had a stable quarterback," Johnson said after signing his three-year, $21 million deal in March. "I feel like Andrew (Luck) is arguably the best quarterback in the game."
FFToday's Take: Johnson, though certainly past his prime at 34, will be playing with the best quarterback of his career in Andrew Luck. The Colts like to throw the ball a lot, so if Johnson’s health holds up he has WR2 upside. Expect him to double and perhaps even triple his three touchdown total from last season.
| TE Zach Ertz won't play this preseason|
Core muscle injury
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 14 2015, 10:34 am
|Chip said Zach Ertz has core muscle injury, out a few weeks, won't play this preseason. Will be ready for opener. (Geoff Mosher on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The details on Ertz's injury are scarce but it sounds like the Eagles tight end is dealing with a hernia issue. In any case, this a significant blow to Ertz's upside for fantasy purposes. Brent Celek is still the superior blocker in the eyes of Chip Kelly so it may take a few games before Ertz works his way back into mix in the Eagles offense.
| Jeffery misses pre-season opener with calf injury|
Bears' WR wearing a walking boot and using crutches
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 13 2015, 11:00 pm
|Receiver Alshon Jeffery did not play in Thursday night's exhibition opener because he strained a calf muscle at practice in Bourbonnais earlier in the week. Coach John Fox said Jeffery is day to day, but he did not know when Jeffery will return to practice. Jeffery is wearing a walking boot and using crutches.
FFToday's Take: Not sure why a walking boot is needed for a calf muscle injury, but then again I'm not a doctor. John Fox likes to give as little information as possible when it comes to injuries and that could be the case here. Let's hope its just a strain and not something more serious. Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson got the start in Jeffery's absence.
| TE Niles Paul out for the season, ankle injury|
Redskins thin at tight end position
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 13 2015, 10:30 pm
|Niles Paul, who entered the game as the team’s starting tight end and only proven, healthy player at the position, carted off with a season-ending ankle injury. (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: With Jordan Reed sidelined with yet another hamstring injury and Logan Paulsen battling a foot issue, the Redskins are currently thin at the tight end position. Reed is going to have an enormous opportunity now that Paul is lost for the season but his injury risk is through the roof.
|Colts, Hilton agree to five-year extension|
$65 M, $39 M guaranteed
By: Doug Orth | Aug 13 2015, 5:20 pm
|The Indianapolis Colts agreed to a contract extension with fourth-year receiver T.Y. Hilton on Thursday. The deal is for five years and is worth $65 million -- $39 million of which is guaranteed, agent Drew Rosenhaus confirmed.
Hilton's $39 million guaranteed is nearly twice as much guaranteed money as any other player on the Colts roster. Quarterback Andrew Luck is second on the team in that category at $22.1 million, according to the Roster Management System. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Hilton will play his rookie contract out at $665,000, but his extension will make him the fourth-richest receiver - as things stand now - in the league once it kicks in after the season. It's a vote of confidence the Colts are confident in undersized wideouts Hilton and Phillip Dorsett working in tandem long-term with Donte Moncrief once Andre Johnson calls it a career.
|Cards name Robert Hughes short-yardage back|
Ellington, Robert Johnson remain atop depth chart
By: Doug Orth | Aug 13 2015, 3:45 pm
|Barring an injury, Robert Hughes will be the short yardage back for Arizona. (Mike Jurecki on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Hughes had more receptions (eight) than rushes (seven) last year as a part-time halfback and fullback. The news isn't that important from a real-football standpoint since last season's short-yardage back (Stepfan Taylor) managed only one score, but is a bigger deal for Andre Ellington and rookie David Johnson since it takes both players off the field in prime scoring position. Ellington is an injury-prone RB2 with limited upside for fantasy purposes in 2015.
| Kicker Garrett Hartley looks good on first day |
Shaun Suisham placed on IR
By: Doug Orth | Aug 12 2015, 9:00 pm
|LATROBE, Pa. - On the day the Steelers’ officially ended Shaun Suisham’s season, Garrett Hartley got his kicks with his new team. The new kicker had arrived at St. Vincent College on Tuesday. Hartley hit 11 of 13 attempts from both hash marks with Greg Warren doing the snapping and punters Brad Wing and Jordan Berry handling the holding.
FFToday's Take: Hartley steps into a nice situation in Pittsburgh. The Steelers finished as a top 10 scoring offense in 2014 and should provide plenty of scoring opportunities again this season.
| Gurley likely to miss Rams opener|
90 percent recovered from torn ACL
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 12 2015, 8:34 pm
|Todd Gurley won't play a snap this preseason. Don't expect to see him on the field in Week 1, either.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport wrote in a dispatch from Rams camp on Tuesday that the team expects their first-round pick to miss the "first couple games" of the regular season.
FFToday's Take: This is great news for Todd Gurley and his fantasy prospects for 2015. If the team feels he will only miss the first two games he would likely avoid being placed on the PUP list. The Rams will bring him back slowly with Tre Mason set to be the team's starter to open the year. Gurley was already a solid option in dynasty leagues and now sees his redraft stock rise slightly with a realistic chance to challenge Mason for the starting role by midseason.
|Kaepernick embracing 49ers up-tempo offense|
Niners players getting comfortable in new system
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 12 2015, 6:40 pm
|The 49ers new offensive scheme may be original for this team, but it's not so out of the ordinary for Chryst or his quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Concise play calls, being quicker to the line and having more time to diagnose a defense are all aspects of the offense designed to enhance the quarterback's options at the line of scrimmage. “They were things that we talked about coming into this year,” Kaepernick said. “'How can we operate faster? How can we get a jump?' Those were things that he was excited to implement. (49ers.com)|
FFToday's Take: A quicker, simpler approach should help an offense expecting big things from its new players. However, execution will ultimately decide whether Colin Kaepernick and company can become relative bargains after the known commodities are off the board on draft day.