| Mike Evans limited in practice Friday|
Will be a gametime decision
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 11 2015, 2:05 pm
|The chances of Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans playing in his team’s season opener Sunday against Tennessee appear to be improving dramatically. Mike Evans, who has been out since the second week of the preseason with a hamstring strain, practiced on Friday for what is believed to be the first time since he went down with the injury. (Tampa Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Evans returned to practice Friday and was limited. Head coach Lovie Smith hasn't ruled Evans out for Sunday's game, saying they will wait until Sunday to make a decision. He'll likely be listed as questionable on the Friday evening injury report.
| Tre Mason misses practice Friday|
Will be listed as Questionable
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 11 2015, 1:38 pm
|Rams coach Jeff Fisher says RB Todd Gurley (knee) will be officially listed as out. RB Tre Mason did not practice and will be questionable. (Nick Wagoner on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Mason missing practice this week, it's likely he will be inactive leaving Benny Cunningham and Isaiah Pead (yes he's still in the league) the likely runners for the Rams on Sunday. A matchup against the Seahawks defense isn't ideal but Cunningham makes for an interesting DFS play if you're looking to save $ at the RB position.
|Dallas "appears" to be leaning toward Randle at RB|
Team maintains it feels good about its backfield
By: Doug Orth | Sep 10 2015, 6:50 pm
|Joseph Randle has spent two years behind DeMarco Murray, who has since signed with the Eagles. In spot-duty last year, Randle rushed for 343 yards on 51 carries, with a team-best 6.7 yards per carry.
Darren McFadden echoed the same sentiments. Right now, it appears the Cowboys are leaning toward Randle as the starter, but McFadden knows a thing or two about splitting carries, having done it at both Arkansas and with the Raiders the last seven years. (DallasCowboys.com)|
FFToday's Take: Stay tuned. This is a story that has experienced twists and turns just this week and it seems like the only thing for sure is that Lance Dunbar will be the third-down back. Randle appears to be the leader in the clubhouse, but expect the Cowboys to rotate him and McFadden frequently over the course of the year until one man steps up or gets injured. Given Randle's off-field exploits and McFadden's injury history, Christine Michael needs to be on fantasy rosters as well.
| DeVante Parker highly impressive in practice|
Rookie WR overcoming time lost from offeason foot surgery
By: Doug Orth | Sep 10 2015, 6:35 pm
|The Miami Dolphins came into this week of practice believing rookie WR DeVante Parker would be available for the regular-season opener against the Washington Redskins. And then this week's practices happened. Players said Parker looked good on Monday. And better on Wednesday. And then better again on Thursday. And so how good has Parker been?
One player said Parker still isn't in the same league with Greg Jennings on route running or showing the kind of chemistry with QB Ryan Tannehill that Jarvis Landry has. But that he's a good combination of the two and is getting back some of the explosion he had at rookie minicamp. (Miami Herald)|
FFToday's Take: The buy-low window for Parker appears to be closing fast. His path to a starting job appears to be fairly clear as well since Kenny Stills was limited in the preseason with a calf injury and Jennings is on the downside of career. Expect Jennings to be the starter opposite Jarvis Landry for a few weeks, but Parker's game-breaking ability should allow him to move past the ex-Packer and Viking before long. Parker has WR2 upside and could eventually move past Landry as Tannehill's top target.
|Abdullah to be used extensively in passing game|
Rookie RB's role likely to mirror Reggie Bush's
By: Doug Orth | Sep 10 2015, 6:25 pm
|Lions OC Joe Lombardi on Ameer Abdullah: He's going to get a chance to run the ball, and he's going to get a chance to be used extensively in the passing game. (Kyle Meinke on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: In case it wasn't somewhat obvious before, the Lions intend on using Abdullah much like they did Reggie Bush when he was able to stay healthy in 2013. That role led to a RB9 finish for Bush in PPR formats and a RB10 finish in standard leagues. Detroit may not give him more than 15 offensive touches initially as it uses him as a returner, but he's highly likely to lead the backfield in fantasy points before the season is over. Joique Bell is expected to get the start in Week 1.
| Foster "ahead of schedule"|
Tells reporters he feels "wonderful"
By: Doug Orth | Sep 10 2015, 6:00 pm
|Arian Foster isn't feeling great. Arian Foster is in a much better place.
"I'm feeling wonderful," the Pro Bowl running back told the Houston media on Thursday morning.
Foster suffered a groin injury in early August, and missed the rest of training camp, as well as all four preseason games. He had surgery, has been through rehab, and said he's making progress "day by day". He wouldn't give a timeline on when he'd return, but said "we're ahead of schedule". (HoustonTexans.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Texans haven't provided much information in terms of a timeline, but it is widely assumed Foster will be back on the field sometime early in October - perhaps Week 4. If that is the case, a number of owners that rolled the dice on him post-injury in the fourth and fifth round of their fantasy draft could have a high-end RB1 on their hands, especially given the Texans' relatively soft run schedule. Alfred Blue is expected to see the most carries in his absence.
| Victor Cruz to miss practice Thursday|
Gaints receiver likely out for Week 1
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 10 2015, 9:56 am
|Once again, Giants WR Victor Cruz will not practice today. (Dan Graziano on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Does everyone recall the training camp speculation and analysis that Cruz would be ready and was on track for Week 1? As we've discussed numerous times over the summer, Cruz's knee injury was nasty and difficult to make a quick recovery from. Hopefully you avoided him at his 7th round ADP. He'll likely be inactive this week.
| Randall Cobb: "I'll be on the field Sunday"|
Shouler injury may linger for a couple weeks
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 10 2015, 7:00 am
|Receiver Randall Cobb returned to practice Wednesday as a limited participant 11 days after injuring his shoulder in an exhibition game against the Philadelphia Eagles. "I'll be on the field Sunday," Cobb said. "I have to deal with this for a few weeks," Cobb said. "That's part of it." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)|
FFToday's Take: Cobb's sprained shoulder will keep him at less than 100% for the next few weeks. Still, as long as he's on the field he's viable WR1 in a Packers high-octane offense without Jordy Nelson.
| TE Ladarius Green may have concussion|
SD already thin at TE
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 9 2015, 6:00 pm
|Ladarius Green is being evaluated for a possible concussion. (Ricky Henne via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Antonio Gates (suspension) already ruled out, Ladarius Green was expected to start the season as the starter. With Green entering concussion protocol, his status for Week 1 and beyond is now in serious doubt. David Johnson would presumably step into a larger role this weekend. Johnson, a seventh round draft pick in 2009, has been used sparingly over the past five seasons but did manage to snare a touchdown reception back in 2011. The team could also look to add another player via free agency or trade over the next few days.
| Randall Cobb practices Wednesday|
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 9 2015, 4:50 pm
|Cobb, who sustained a shoulder sprain two weeks ago, was working on the field and participated in individual drills, according to ESPN.com. He was officially listed as limited on the team's injury report. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: This is encouraging news for the Randall Cobb and his owners. Cobb is preparing for a week 1 tilt against the Bears, however he will need to advance past individual drills before Sunday to get onto the field. At this point it is looking like Cobb will be a game-time decision for Sunday with Davante Adams waiting for a huge role in the passing game if Cobb is less than 100 percent.
|RB Gore will be on pitch count as season opens|
Team hopeful veteran will be running strong into January
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 9 2015, 4:46 pm
|Gore is a strong bet to top his 1,106 yards from last season, but at age 32, the veteran will be treated with care by a Colts coaching staff that wants to keep him fresh deep into January. Coach Chuck Pagano conceded Wednesday that Gore will operate on a pitch count -- at least to start the year, per ESPN. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Frank Gore should be a solid RB2 most weeks, however news of a "pitch count" could translate into a few less fantasy points by season's end. If the Colts have a commanding lead into the second half, the team may decide to keep Gore off the field thereby limiting Gore's ceiling against weaker opponents in 2015.
| Ertz back on the practice field|
Working way back from core muscle injury
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 9 2015, 4:08 pm
|The Eagles returned to practice on Wednesday with every player practicing, including tight end Zach Ertz. Ertz missed the preseason because of a core muscle injury. The Eagles hoped that Ertz would return in time for Monday's season opener against the Falcons. His status remains undetermined.
FFToday's Take: Zach Ertz has retained plenty of fantasy appeal in Philly's up tempo offense despite missing a chunk of time this preseason. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to be a viable starting option for Week 1 but now that he has returned to practice, he should see his weekly fantasy ranking move up over the next month.
| Alshon Jeffery limited in practice Wednesday|
Calf injury makes Bears' WR "day-to-day"
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 9 2015, 2:35 pm
|Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery practiced on Wednesday for the first time since he strained a calf muscle during a closed walk-through on Aug. 12. Jeffery, who was not in full pads, is expected to be classified as having limited participation on the official injury report. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: It's a step in the right direction but no guarantee that Jeffery will suit up against the Packers on Sunday. We'll have more confidence of Jeffery's status after practice on Friday. Eddie Royal (hip) was also limited today.
| Rex Ryan on McCoy: "He'll be ready to roll"|
Bills RB recovering from hamstring injury
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 9 2015, 9:55 am
|"LeSean McCoy will be practicing in full today. He'll be ready to roll."
(Buffalo Bills on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Good news for McCoy owners. Assuming there are no setbacks in practice this week he should received a decent workload on Sunday against the Colts. It won't be a surprise if he's limited though considering he's missed a good portion of practices the last month.
| C.J. Spiller won't play Week 1|
Knee injury sidelines Saints RB
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 8 2015, 8:26 pm
|Saints RB CJ Spiller (knee) will not play in Week 1, I’m told, as he recovers from that minor knee surgery. Likely good to go after that. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This contradicts reports we heard from various outlets and analysts over the last two weeks, saying Spiller was on track to play Week 1. Spiller had arthroscopic knee surgery on 8/14. His absence from the lineup means Khiry Robinson, Tim Hightower or Marcus Murphy could see a few extra snaps. Mark Ingram is locked in as Week 1 RB1.
| Tre Mason still rehabbing hamstring|
Status for Week 1 uncertain
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 8 2015, 4:34 pm
|During open portion of Rams practice, RB Tre Mason did not participate. He worked on side with training staff as he rehabs hamstring (Nick Wagoner on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Mason will likely be labeled a gametime by the coaches this week. He has a chance to be the lead running back early in the season with Todd Gurley being eased along in his ACL recovery. If Mason is unable to play against the Seattle, Benny Cunningham would likely get the start.
|Rashad Jennings listed as Giants starting RB|
Still a risky Week 1 play versus Cowboys
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 8 2015, 10:55 am
|Paul Schwartz reports on Twitter that Rashad Jennings is listed as the starting running back on the Giants' initial depth chart. Jennings started the first three preseason games as well before rotating series evenly with Andre Williams, who's made strides to improve his play on passing downs. (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It's still looking an awful lot like running back by committee. Jennings is a risky RB2 play even in a good matchup Week 1 against the Cowboys, and both Williams and Shane Vereen could emerge as viable flex options.
|T.J. Yeldon listed as starter for Week 1|
Jags rookie safe to deploy as RB2/FLEX with upside
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 8 2015, 9:30 am
|AP reporter Mark Long reported on Twitter that rookie RB T.J. Yeldon is listed as the Jaguars Week 1 starter ahead of veteran RB Denard Robinson. (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: While Robinson had a productive 2014 and Yeldon is still pretty raw, the Jags coaches apparently think he's far enough along to be the main ball carrier for the team and a three-down contributor. He's safe to deploy as a risky RB2/FLEX with some upside facing the Panthers this week.
|Kam Chancellor not expected to play in 2015|
Seahawks safety plans on continuing holdout indefinitely
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 8 2015, 8:55 am
|Ed Werder posted on Twitter that a Seahawks' source told him they are planning as if holdout safety Kam Chancellor won't play. He said one source told him "I don't think we're going to have him at all this season." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This is devastating news for those who counted on Chancellor in IDP leagues, as well as Seahawks DST owners. It's seemingly counterproductive to Chancellor's goals of getting a new contract. Let's hope something changes in the coming days and weeks.
| Foster to be back "sooner than later"|
Schefter: Could return in four, may be sidelined for six or more weeks
By: Doug Orth | Sep 7 2015, 7:10 pm
|When Arian Foster went in for groin surgery, there were reports that he could miss the first half of the regular season while he recovered. The Texans haven’t used their IR-return spot on Foster yet, however, and it doesn’t sound like they think they’ll need to avail themselves of that option.
“Arian is doing well, relative to the injury he has and the prognosis early on,” HC Bill O’Brien said, via the team. “He’s ahead of that. Again, like I always say to people, I reserve the right to change my mind. ... I think he’ll be back sooner rather than later based on the early prognosis.” (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: O'Brien non-update "update" doesn't help fantasy owners, while Adam Schefter's tweet essentially backs up the timeline most owners have been expecting. At this point, it would probably be wise for all parties involved to expect a return around Week 6. In the interim, Alfred Blue should serve as the lead back against a highly-favorable run schedule. Chris Polk and Jonathan Grimes also figure to see a handful of touches in relief of Blue.
| Alshon Jeffery misses practice on Monday|
Nursing calf injury
By: Doug Orth | Sep 7 2015, 6:55 pm
|Bears WRs Eddie Royal (hip) & Marquess Wilson (hamstring) participated in the part of practice open to media. Alshon Jeffery (calf) did not. (Rich Campbell on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: As part of John Fox's initiative to help fantasy owners as little as possible, the team is refusing to let Jeffery speak with reporters this week. The Bears' new top receiver hasn't practiced since early August as far as we know, which should probably outweigh the team's hinting that he will be ready for Week 1. Current owners need to start making alternate plans for this week and possibly beyond while late drafters probably need to bump him down their draft board a round or two.
|WR James Jones returns to Green Bay|
Packers get needed WR depth
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 6 2015, 5:30 pm
|Reunion: James Jones is signing with the Packers, source said. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jones was released by the Giants on Saturday and gives the Packers some needed depth after Jordy Nelson's season-ending knee injury. Jones spent 7 seasons (2007-2013) in Green Bay and is very familiar with the offensive system. He'll likely fit in as the No.3 receiver and is worth a look in the late rounds of re-draft leagues.
| Colts waive injured RB Dan Herron|
Shoulder injury occured in 4th preseason game
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 6 2015, 3:10 pm
|The Colts have waived/injured running back Boom Herron, the team announced, a move that comes after he suffered a shoulder injury in Thursday night's preseason finale. Herron will be subject to the waiver wire, but if he clears, he'll be placed automatically on the Colts' injured reserve list. (Indianapolis Star)|
FFToday's Take: Herron was playing the meaningless preseason game in large part because rookie Josh Robinson was out with a concussion. Herron was injured on a kickoff return. Robinson and Vick Ballard (hamstring) are the current backups to Frank Gore.
|Cowboys pickup RB Christine Michael from SEA|
Three-headed monster creates headache for fantasy owners
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 6 2015, 12:45 pm
|Dallas is trading a conditional draft pick to Seattle for RB Christine Michael, per source. RB help for Dallas. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Seahawks added veteran running back Fred Jackson to the roster yesterday and waived the injured Robert Turbin (high ankle sprain). Undrafted Thomas Rawls also makes the team and will be third on the depth chart. The Cowboys have been lukewarm on their running back corps all preseason which now presents a muddy mess for fantasy owners. Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden will likely get first crack to secure snaps but Michael is someone to consider as a late-round flier.
| WR Brandon LaFell lands on PUP list|
Eligible to play Week 8
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 5 2015, 4:00 pm
|Source: the Patriots have placed WR Brandon LaFell on the PUP list. He'll be eligible to play in Week 7 of the regular season. (Field Yates on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Since the Patriots have a bye in Week 4, the earliest LaFell will see action is Week 8 against the Dolphins. With LaFell's injury and the reports of Reggie Wayne asking for his release, New England is sure to be on the hunt for wideouts in the next 24 hours.
| RB Kendall Hunter placed on IR|
Still recovering from ACL injury last season
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 5 2015, 3:45 pm
|Kendall Hunter is headed back to injured reserve. Hunter missed all of last season with a torn ACL, but was able to return to practice this summer and played in the team’s final two preseason games. Apparently that wasn’t enough to convince the team that he’s well enough to help them this season and the 2011 fourth-rounder will miss a second straight year. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Carlos Hyde, Reggie Bush and Mike Davis are now locked in as the No.1, No.2, and No.3 running backs respectively for the 49ers.
| Fisher says Todd Gurley out for Week 1|
Rams being patient with star RB
By: Doug Orth | Sep 5 2015, 3:10 pm
|Head coach Jeff Fisher ruled out running back Todd Gurley for the season opener against the Seahawks. Fisher’s announcement comes as no great surprise given the patient approach that the Rams have taken with Gurley since taking him in the first round of the draft. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: The Rams have been talking all pre-season about taking things slow with Gurley so this announcement isn't a surprise. It's unclear when Gurley might see the field. Tre Mason (hamsting) has been labeled as Questionable for Week 1.
|Patriots release RB Jonas Gray|
Brandon Bolden leads the Pats in touches Week 1?
By: Doug Orth | Sep 5 2015, 3:06 pm
|Patriots officially released RB Jonas Gray. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This is somewhat a surprising move considering LeGarrette Blount is suspended for Week 1. The Patriots will likely lean on Brandon Bolden, Dion Lewis and James White against the Steelers Thursday night.
|Chargers cut K Nick Novak|
Unproven Josh Lambo will kick for the Bolts
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 5 2015, 2:00 pm
|Josh Lambo it is.
The Chargers notified veteran kicker Nick Novak of his release Saturday morning, a source said. Lambo, an undrafted rookie from Texas A&M, is slated to be the team's placekicker in 2015.
(San Diego Union Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Adjust your Kicker cheatsheet. Novak had decent efficiency in San Diego - 89% the last three years - but the team chose the unproven Lambo who comes at a cheaper cost. A number of teams are making moves at the kicker position so it's likely Novak will land with another team soon.
| Jeffery's injury more serious than CHI admitting?|
Bears' WR hasn't finished a practice since August 11
By: John Canario | Sep 4 2015, 4:40 pm
|The only thing that matters is if Alshon Jeffery is on the field when the Bears open the season Sept. 13 against the Packers. If you say that enough times, you might retain your sanity. But if you’re a Bears fan, you should be worried about the lack of information from the team about Jeffery’s injury. And maybe this would be no big deal in a vacuum. Another NFL team being paranoid about giving out information - so what? But the Bears hemmed and hawed and obfuscated about Kevin White’s shin injury in training camp before announcing that their 2015 first-round draft pick needed surgery and might miss the season.In Jeffery’s case, we have been reduced to scanning the sidelines during preseason games, hoping for a sighting. He didn’t make the trip to Cincinnati for the third preseason contest, even though the Bears had said he would. There he was before Thursday’s game against the Browns, catching passes but not running routes. What did it mean? Your guess is as good as anybody else’s. (Chicago Sun-Times)|
FFToday's Take: Jeffery's "mild calf strain" could be just that. Or it could be something more serious. Either way, take his mysterious injury into consideration if you're eying him in the second or third round. If he does miss any time, Martellus Bennett becomes Jay Cutler's favorite target in the interim.
|49ers release Darnell Dockett|
San Francisco likely to fill his void as a pass rusher internally
By: John Canario | Sep 4 2015, 4:30 pm
|The San Francisco 49ers have released veteran defensive lineman Darnell Dockett, the team announced Friday. Dockett, who signed with the 49ers as a free agent after missing all of last season with a torn ACL in his right knee, did not play in the 49ers' final preseason game against the San Diego Chargers on Thursday because of a rib contusion. The 34-year-old Dockett, who played 10 seasons with the Arizona Cardinals before his ACL injury, had been working as a pass-rusher on the left side in the 49ers' nickel defense package. He has 40.5 sacks in 10 seasons. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Dockett's best days are behind him, and his departure shouldn't have much of an effect on the 49ers' mediocre defense. A return to the Cardinals is a possibility for the veteran pass rusher.
|CJ2K impresses in Cardinals' final preseason game|
HC: "I thought Chris looked extremely sharp"
By: John Canario | Sep 4 2015, 4:20 pm
|Chris Johnson still has a splash of gas in the tank. The veteran running back piled up 45 yards at 4.1 yards per carry in his quest to make Arizona's roster. We expect the Cardinals to keep him around after Johnson showed burst on the ground and through the air. Johnson showed no visible signs of the hamstring injury that kept him off the field during the preseason, leaving coach Bruce Arians to say, per The Arizona Republic: "I thought Chris looked extremely sharp." (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: For fantasy purposes, there is an unfortunate running back situation brewing in Arizona. Any touches that Chris Johnson gets will be at the expense of Andre Ellington and rookie David Johnson. While Ellington is still the favorite to carry the bulk of the load, he has a couple of backs nipping at his heels for playing time. His starting job is far from secure.
|Rugby star turned RB continues to shine for 49ers|
Shifty runner Jarryd Hayne giving his all to earn roster spot
By: John Canario | Sep 4 2015, 4:00 pm
|Only a few weeks ago, former Australian Rugby League player Jarryd Hayne was a blip on the NFL map. Predicted to bomb out in his rookie preseason with the San Francisco 49ers, Hayne instead has been doing everything right to assure him a final spot in the roster. Thursday night he did it again, running up the sideline before pummeling cornerback Lowell Rose. The move, known as a shoulder charge down under, has been banned in rugby league due to its dangerous nature. Hayne did more than just run over players, he also showed some nifty moves and agility to break off a big run. (SB Nation)|
FFToday's Take: Hayne has amassed 175 rushing yards on 25 carries this preseason, good for an impressive 7.0 yards per carry. His inexperience playing football is going to limit any fantasy value he might otherwise have had, but he might be a name worth remembering should Carlos Hyde and Reggie Bush both prove ineffective.
|Cowboys trying to acquire RB Ball from Broncos?|
Rumors abound that Dallas is looking to add the elusive RB
By: John Canario | Sep 4 2015, 3:50 pm
|After maintaining all offseason that they're perfectly happy with their running back triumvirate of Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar, the Dallas Cowboys are discussing a trade for Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball, according to a report from Vic Lombardi of CBS 104.3 in Denver. Ball, a former second-round pick out of Wisconsin, was the starter for the Broncos during the early part of the 2014 season, but the combination of injuries and ineffectiveness led to him losing carries to Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson. He played in just five games, starting three, and carried 55 times for a total of 172 yards (3.1 per carry) and one touchdown. (CBS Sports)|
FFToday's Take: If Ball gets moved from Denver to Dallas, his fantasy value will receive a massive boost. With Randle and McFadden both underwhelming throughout camp and into the preseason, Ball would likely inherit the majority of the touches that were given to DeMarco Murray last year. Stay tuned...
| Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi suffers cracked rib|
Injury-plagued camp hampers rookie RB
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 4 2015, 8:30 am
|Jay Ajayi told reporters late Thursday that he's not “overly concerned” about the chest injury that prematurely ended the best game of his rookie preseason. Ajayi cracked a rib during the Dolphins' 22-17 loss to Tampa Bay Thursday -- yet another setback in a summer that hasn't gone according to plan.
FFToday's Take: Ajayi was absent most of training camp due to a hamstring injury. It wouldn't be a stretch for the Dolphins to put him on IR in the next 48 hours as rosters are finalized and cuts are made. He's not on the fantasy radar at the moment.
|Eagles want to get Sproles more involved|
Eagles hinting at more two-back sets in 2015?
By: Doug Orth | Sep 3 2015, 4:20 pm
|The coaching staff has consistently said they want to get Darren Sproles involved more, and you saw why on Sam Bradford’s first touchdown pass against the Packers.
"We'd like to get him the ball steadily and consistently, and he certainly is a unique, outstanding player," OC Pat Shurmur said. "We just need to make sure we get him the ball, and we have a plan to do that."
The more you use Sproles, the more you can use him as a decoy as well. He draws a lot of attention from defenses, which is why I expect to see more two running back sets this season. (Philly Mag: Birds 24/7)|
FFToday's Take: The Eagles have spent a bit of time talking up Sproles this summer despite the additions of DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews, even floating out the idea of using him in the slot. Some beat writers have a suggested a 65/30/5 split (Murray-Mathews-Sproles) for the Eagles' backfield, although it is extremely like Sproles will see heavy action in two-minute drills, third-down situations or whenever the team is trailing late.
|Judge overturns Tom Brady's 4-game suspension|
The saga continues
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 3 2015, 10:15 am
|Tom Brady has beaten the NFL in the "Deflategate" court case, with U.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman nullifying the league's four-game suspension Thursday. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: For now, Brady will be able to play Week 1 but the NFL is likely to appeal the decision. Brady's ADP and fantasy value will be on the rise. More to come...
|SD RBs will be 'committee crew' says Rivers|
Melvin Gordon will split carries
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 2 2015, 9:40 pm
|Quarterback Philip Rivers stressed this week that the backfield distribution is "not going to be all Melvin."
"As Coach has always said -- I'm not saying anything out of the blue -- it's a running back by committee crew," Rivers explained, via The San Diego Union-Tribune. "It's going to be a team effort in that bunch. We're going to need all of them to carry the load in the run game and to catch the ball out of the backfield."
FFToday's Take: Melvin Gordon's fantasy stock has been dropping steadily throughout the preseason. He has looked indecisive and made several comments indicating he isn't ready to be the bell cow for the Chargers offense. Meanwhile, Danny Woodhead becomes a flex option with 12 to 15 touches in this offense and has some upside if Gordon continues to underwhelm.
| RB Devonta Freeman likely to sit versus Ravens|
Several Falcons to miss exhibition season finale
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 2 2015, 4:14 pm
|Wide receiver/teturner Devin Hester (toe), linebacker Justin Durant (foot), cornerback Desmond Trufant (shoulder), running back Antone Smith (hamstring), tight end Tony Moeaki (ankle), linebacker Joplo Bartu (quadriceps) and safety Robenson Therezie (quadriceps) were declared out for the game. Running back Devonta Freeman (hamstring) is not expected to play, but wasn’t declared out. Several other starters, like quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Julio Jones, are not expected to play. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)|
FFToday's Take: Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman will battle for carries all season, however both players are recovering from pre-season hamstring injuries. Freeman has been limited since returning to practice but reports indicate he is progressing towards being 100 percent by Week One. At this point, health and competition are suppressing the fantasy appeal of both running backs to RB4 territory.
| RB Chris Johnson expected to play |
Practiced in full Tuesday
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 1 2015, 6:00 pm
|TEMPE, Ariz. -- The third time may be the charm for Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson.
Johnson went through a full practice Tuesday at full speed and is on pace to play in Thursday night’s preseason finale at Denver. A hamstring injury suffered two days before Arizona’s second preseason game, against San Diego, has kept sidelined.
FFToday's Take: This is an important step for Chris Johnson as he is expected to get about a dozen carries in this game. This audition will give HC Bruce Arians his first chance to evaluate the veteran against the other backup options like rookie David Johnson. A strong performance could breathe life into Chris Johnson's fantasy value yet again.