| Rob Gronkowski back at practice|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 14 2016, 1:00 pm
|Rob Gronkowski is returning to the practice field.
After missing Week 1 with a hamstring injury, the star tight end will be at practice Wednesday, NFL Network's Courtney Fallon reported. Gronk practiced in a limited capacity all last week before being ruled out for the game on Friday, as first reported by Fallon.
FFToday's Take: Gronk's week is getting off to a good start. Despite his practice status, he'll likely end up being listed Questionable at the end of the week. If he suits up on Sunday against the Dolphins, he'll be the top-ranked tight end.
| Jamaal Charles not ready for Week 2|
Spencer Ware to remain lead back, Charles "least healthy" of RBs
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 13 2016, 3:55 pm
|Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) on Twitter: "#Chiefs could give Jamaal Charles, recovering from ACL surgery, another week, per source. He's least healthy of 4 RB, esp Spencer Ware" (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Uh-oh. Charles owners can't like to hear this, as the Chiefs gave no indication the stud RB would be out multiple weeks heading into most August fantasy drafts. Ware remains the best bet to flourish as an RB1, and keep some RB3/flex viability once Charles eventually returns. This is shaping up as a week-to-week monitoring issue.
|Falcons to continue RB timeshare|
Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman will continue to split carries
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 13 2016, 3:50 pm
|Devonta Freeman, the starter, played 36 of 65 offensive snaps while Tevin Coleman played 32. Coleman accumulated 117 total yards on his 13 touches, while Freeman had 40 yards on his 15. The Falcons hope to fix those run-game woes this week against the Oakland Raiders. Last week, the Raiders gave up 88 rushing yards on 22 attempts to Mark Ingram and the New Orleans Saints. The Raiders were 13th in the league against the run last season, surrendering 104.9 rushing yards per game.
FFToday's Take: "We know both these guys are going to be a factor,'' Quinn said. ``We just had two running backs active [Sunday], so for the whole portion of the game, both of them have done significant things really well. We’re going to utilize them both. Looks like owners will have to get used to the fact that neither will assume a Lamar Miller-type of workhorse role going forward.
| Chris Ivory still hospitalized, undergoing tests|
Jags RB status still developing
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 13 2016, 3:43 pm
|Adam Schefter (AAdamSchefter) on Twitter: "Jaguars' RB Chris Ivory remains hospitalized with what team is calling a "general medical issue." Team expects to know more in next 48 hours" (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This isn't great -- and he's still undergoing tests this afternoon. Hopefully Ivory is good to go and this isn't a serious health issue -- just a temporary football problem. For now, it means that T.J. Yeldon could pick up extra work and vault into RB1 territory for Week 2.
| Sammy Watkins likely to go Week 2|
WR thought he re-broke surgically repaired foot in Week 1
By: Doug Orth | Sep 12 2016, 6:30 pm
|With a short week before Thursday's tilt with the New York Jets, Buffalo Bills receiver Sammy Watkins was sent to get X-rays. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Watkins is playing with pain in his surgically repaired foot, had X-rays and was sent to foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson for review. Rapoport added that at one point after the Bills' 13-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Watkins thought he had re-broken his foot or the screw which was inserted this offseason. The star receiver didn't break the foot, but will likely have to play through pain this season. There is nothing surgically to do with the injury and the Bills don't plan to shut Watkins down. (Chris Brown on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: BuffaloBills.com reporter Chris Brown later tweeted Watkins "got his foot checked out and it's fine". The Bills have a Thursday game against the Jets this week, so at least owners won't have to guess in regards to whether he will play or not. Assuming he can go, he should be in fantasy lineups. Watkins torched Darrelle Revis in Week 17 last season and A.J. Green did likewise in Week 1.
| Keenan Allen out for season|
Suffered torn ACL, minor cartilage damage in Week 1 loss
By: Doug Orth | Sep 12 2016, 6:10 pm
|Chargers coach Mike McCoy confirmed that receiver Keenan Allen suffered an ACL tear in his right knee and is done for the year after the team received results from an MRI on Monday.
The Chargers will place Allen on injured reserve, and use his vacant roster spot to activate rookie defensive end Joey Bosa from the exempt list.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Allen also suffered some minor cartilage damage in addition to the ACL tear. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Less than one year after suffering a lacerated kidney, Allen is getting hit with another major injury. While Antonio Gates and Danny Woodhead should be locked into their respective TE1 and high-end RB2 designations in PPR leagues with the likely bump in volume they are about to receive, San Diego will also expand Travis Benjamin's role. The Chargers also love Tyrell Williams, and he could be the one that ends up replacing Allen as a starter. Williams is worth a speculative add in all leagues.
| RGII out at least 8 weeks, shoulder injury|
No surgery required at this time
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 12 2016, 3:00 pm
|Robert Griffin III is out at least 8 games with a broken bone in his left shoulder suffered during Sunday's 29-10 loss to the Eagles, the Browns announced Monday. No surgery is required at this time, but he suffered a fractured coracoid bone. It will be re-evaluated in 3-4 weeks. (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: Josh McCown will start Week 2 against Baltimore. Griffin went 12-26 for 190 yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT against the Eagles in Week 1. As expected the Browns struggled on offense as they attempt re-tool the franchise. Much like Griffin, McCown is nothing more than a QB2 moving forward.
| Eagles could be without Zach Ertz in Week 2|
Displaced rib under his collarbone
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 12 2016, 12:19 pm
|Tight end Zach Ertz and cornerback Leodis McKelvin both suffered injuries in the Eagles' 20-10 win over the Cleveland Browns that could keep them out of the team's Monday night game against the Chicago Bears.
Ertz suffered what head coach Doug Pederson called "a displaced rib under his collarbone". McKelvin has a strained hamstring. Pederson said both players were "week to week." (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Ertz owners need to be making other plans at tight end for Week 2. Brent Celek and Trey Burton are next up on the depth chart.
| Bills don't plan on shutting Watkins down|
Will have to deal with foot pain
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 12 2016, 10:15 am
|Bills WR Sammy Watkins will likely have to play through pain this year. Nothing surgically to do. Bills don’t plan on shutting him down. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Watkins is reportedly dealing with pain in his surgically repaired foot but treatment options are limited. X-rays taken yesterday came back negative. He'll likely have to gut it out on Sunday's. The Bills passing game was stagnant against the Ravens and will need Watkins to be a prominent fixture if they are going to succeed.
| RB Chris Ivory inactive|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 11 2016, 11:30 am
|Jaguars inactives: Chris Ivory, Allen, Johnson, Reed, Walters, Alualu and C. Smith. ... House starts at LCB. (Ryan O\'Halloran on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Ivory was dealing with a calf injury but is reportedly missing this game with an illness. T.J. Yeldon gets a slight value bump with Ivory out and should see the majority of the work in the Jags backfield against the Packers.
|Justin Forsett expected to start|
Terrance West in early and often
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 11 2016, 11:25 am
|Justin Forsett says he'll start. However, Terrance West should be in game early and often. Each will get opp early and Ravens will stay w/hot hand (Jeff Zrebiec on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: West may be get the start but this RBBC is a situation to avoid for fantasy owners. Javorius Allen should be in the mix as well on third-downs.
| DeVante Parker unlikely to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 11 2016, 3:54 am
|Dolphins first-round draft pick DeVante Parker is unlikely to play today vs Seahawks due to hamstring injury, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Parker got some late-week practice time in, but was limited and is likely going to sit this week. Expect Kenny Stills to get the start opposite Jarvis Landry in a bad matchup against the Seahawks. WR3 value is the ceiling for Stills.
| Markus Wheaton ruled out for Week 1|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 10 2016, 12:30 pm
|Steelers will be without WR Markus Wheaton (shoulder) Monday vs. Redskins. He did not practice today and was declared out for the game. (Ed Bouchette on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Wheaton missed practice this week and it remains to be seen if he'll be ready for Week 2. In the meantime, Sammie Coates should see increased playing time along with Darrius Heyward Bey. Eli Rogers will man the slot position. Expect Josh Norman to shadow Antonio Brown most of the evening.
|Christine Michael to start; Rawls, Graham to play|
Michael carries RB1 upside in Week 1
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 9 2016, 8:15 pm
|Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he expects tight end Jimmy Graham to play on Sunday against the Dolphins. He also expects running back Thomas Rawls to play, but Christine Michael will get the start. (Seattle Times)|
FFToday's Take: Rawls barely participated in pre-season games and will apparently be eased into the season while Michael gets the start. Michael has RB1 value this week against the Dolphins. It remains to be seen how much Graham (knee) will play. His questionable usages makes him a TE2.
| Rob Gronkowski out Week 1|
Didn't make the trip to Arizona
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 9 2016, 8:00 pm
|The Patriots announced Friday that tight end Rob Gronkowski will not play Sunday night, along with offensive linemen Jonathan Cooper and Nate Solder.
Gronk was limited in practice all week after injuring his hamstring a fortnight ago. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Gronk's pre-season hamstring injury is going to cost him at least Week 1. His absence means TE Martellus Bennett should see a slight increase in usage along with WR Julian Edelman. Jimmy Garoppolo will have his hands full with the Arizona defense on the road and without his best receiving threat.
|Jay Ajayi out Wk 1, didn't make trip to Seattle|
Upset after losing starting RB job to Foster
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 9 2016, 3:30 pm
|Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi was left in Miami and will not play in Sunday’s season opener against the Seattle Seahawks. The decision was made by first-year head coach Adam Gase, who is getting set to make his NFL coaching debut. A Dolphins player said earlier this week that Ajayi, who lost the No. 1 running back job to Arian Foster, was upset over demotion.
“If you let it get the best of you, it shows,” the player said. “Let’s see what you’re made of.”
FFToday's Take: Ajayi fantasy prospects have taken a nosedive ever since Foster was signed this off-season. It' likely he'll right the ship at some point and resume his role as the No.2 running back on the depth chart but for now he's a deep stash on your bench. Foster has a difficult matchup in what likely will be a bad game script but is worth RB2 consideration.
| Ivory Questionable, expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 9 2016, 11:36 am
|Running back Chris Ivory, who has a calf injury, and defensive end Jared Odrick, who went into the concussion protocol after getting hit in the jaw earlier this week, have both been listed as questionable. Coach Gus Bradley suggested both players could have been listed as probable last year, however. Bradley added that Ivory’s calf issue is unlikely to alter the rotation in the backfield with T.J. Yeldon against the Packers. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: Fantasy owners need to get used to the new rules regarding the injury report. The "Probable" designation has been kicked to the curb. Many "Questionable" players will likely suit up on Sunday's. Ivory should be splitting work with Yeldon in Week 1.
|Hot hand approach for Freeman and Coleman?|
OC Shanahan: "Go with the guy who's hot"
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 9 2016, 9:45 am
|Shanahan did, however, leave open the possibility of more than just a cameo appearance for Coleman as Freeman's backup.
"Go with the guy who's hot; keep them both fresh," Shanahan said. "I don't worry about that stuff too much. I love both those backs. There's really no difference to me which one is in the game, so it's a good problem to have. Whoever's rolling with it, you stick with him. When they need a break, the other guy comes in. You try to keep them both fresh to see how it pans out at the end of the game."
FFToday's Take: Interesting quote from Shanahan although it's still likely that Devonta Freeman will be getting the first chance get the hot hand. Keep in mind, Tevin Coleman earned the starting job last pre-season but injuries cost him his seat as the lead back. The Freeman / Coleman workload will be watched closely in Week 1.
| Wilson: Jimmy Graham has been "lights out"|
TE on track to play Week 1
By: Doug Orth | Sep 8 2016, 8:45 pm
|Russell Wilson said he and TE Jimmy Graham have been "lights out" together in practice. Thrown a ton of balls to him, lots of meetings also. (Liz Mathews on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: There's usually something very wrong when players and coaches are overly optimistic or hyping up their teammates, so we take this report worth a grain of salt until we see actual proof. As fans and former owners of Victor Cruz, Cadillac Williams and others can attest, it is very difficult to ever make it back from a torn patellar tendon. He should be treated as a TE2, one with a high chance of being limited or missing games all season long.
| Gronk's Week 1 status in some doubt|
Decision reportedly to come down to coaches and medical staff
By: Doug Orth | Sep 8 2016, 8:30 pm
|Rob Gronkowski's injured hamstring is serious enough that he wouldn't guarantee that he will play in Sunday night's season-opening game against the Arizona Cardinals. "Yeah, it boils to a coaching decision, the medical team, and myself. We'll all get together and collaborate and see where I'm at," Gronkowski said Thursday. Gronkowski has been a limited participant in practice this week and when asked if he was 100 percent, he answered, "No, I'm not. Since that one time during practices versus the Bears [Aug. 15], I've just been week-to-week with a little hammy thing. So it's just been week-to-week, day-by-day, but I'm feeling good." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Considering this is the Patriots, it wouldn't be a surprise if Gronk lights up the Cardinals on Sunday night. To that end, two sources have already suggested he'll play "barring an unexpected setback". With that said, owners need to prepare themselves for the possibility he won't suit up. Martellus Bennett would go from low-end TE1 to a midrange one in such a case, while James White and Julian Edelman could be in line for more work in the passing game.
| Carlos Hyde not on injury report|
Cleared after sustaining concussion Aug. 26
By: Doug Orth | Sep 8 2016, 8:30 pm
|RB Carlos Hyde has been cleared after sustaining concussion Aug. 26. He is not on injury report. (Eric Branch on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Good news for the 49ers, who desperately need Hyde to stay healthy in order to give themselves some semblance of a ground game. If - and it is a big if - Hyde can make it through a full season for the first time in his college or pro career, he should be a near-lock for 300-plus touches in Chip Kelly's offense. How effective he'll be against the stacked fronts he'll see because of San Francisco's passing game is another story. He's a volume-based upside RB2.
|Beast Mode making a comeback?|
Report says Lynch "up in the air" about a return
By: Doug Orth | Sep 8 2016, 8:10 pm
|In the offseason, retired Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was adamant: He’s done with football. Eventually, he may not be. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Lynch is currently “up in the air” about returning to the NFL. The source said that Week Four or Week Five could be the hot spots for a possible unretirement. The Seahawks still hold Lynch’s rights, since he was placed on the reserve-retired list. If he files the appropriate paperwork necessary to end his retirement, the Seahawks will have to decide whether to welcome him back onto the active roster, to trade him, or to cut him. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Oh boy. Lynch has a $9 million salary; the prorated amount of it would hit the team’s salary cap, if he’s reinstated to the active roster. There's almost no chance anything will come of this and even less likelihood he'll play again in Seattle if he does. Owners can probably ignore this story and use an empty bench spot on someone else more likely to contribute before midseason.
| WR John Brown not on injury report|
FS Mathieu expected to be "ready to roll"
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 7 2016, 7:09 pm
|After missing the majority of August, Tyrann Mathieu and John Brown are noticeably absent from the Arizona Cardinals' Week 1 injury report.
Returning from a December ACL tear, Mathieu sat out the entire preseason docket. Still, coach Bruce Arians has said he expects the 2015 All Pro to be "out there full speed, ready to roll" versus the New England Patriots on Sunday night. Arians doubled down over the weekend, adding that Mathieu will be available for "every single play" in the season opener. Brown's return is trickier, as he was still feeling the effects of a July 31 concussion nearly a month later. On a positive note, he started the preseason finale and should be ready to play -- even if it's only in a limited role.
FFToday's Take: This is great news for anyone who took a chance on drafting John Brown over the weekend. Although he wasn't on the injury report Wednesday there are still questions regarding how much action he could see in Week 1 so fantasy owners should remain patient and keep him benched. Meanwhile, Tyrann Mathieu is a full go for IDP leaguers.
| Jamaal Charles "a stretch" to play in opener|
Limited participant in practice Wednesday
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 7 2016, 6:58 pm
|KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The trend in the NFL over the past decade has been away from the bell-cow running backs of the 1970s and `80s, instead keeping fresh legs and healthy players on the field. As the Chiefs prepare for their season opener Sunday with a four-headed backfield of Jamaal Charles, Charcandrick West, Spencer Ware and Knile Davis, they are doing so with the understanding that all of them will get ample opportunities to make plays in Reid's offense It could be easier in the opener against San Diego with Charles still working his way back from last season's ACL surgery. He participated in practice Wednesday, but Reid has said it's "a stretch" that the four-time Pro Bowl running back will make it on the field this week.
FFToday's Take: With Charcandrick West (elbow) rejoining the team in practice today, the Chiefs could use up to four running backs against division rival San Diego on Sunday. Nevertheless, Spencer Ware's consistent production last season and this preseason has him lined up to receive the majority of the carries this weekend.
|DeMarco Murray set to lead Titans' rushing attack|
Rookie RB Henry to get carries too
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 7 2016, 6:34 pm
|NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- When the Tennessee Titans drafted Derrick Henry 45th overall, coach Mike Mularkey said that wouldn't change his outlook on veteran running back DeMarco Murray.
After Wednesday's practice, Mularkey reiterated the same theme about the way Tennessee plans to divide carries Sunday in the season opener against the Minnesota Vikings. "It's DeMarco," Mularkey said. "It's DeMarco, and when DeMarco needs a blow, it'll be Derrick. And maybe if I feel like we need a change of pace, I'll put Derrick [in]. ... They are going to both get opportunities for sure."
FFToday's Take: This was expected news but it reinforces the notion that the Titans should evolve into a consistently high-volume rushing attack. As long as he stays healthy, Murray should be amongst the leaders in touches for running backs once the season gets underway.
|Sam Bradford to start?|
Shaun Hill and Sam Bradford both preparing to start
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 7 2016, 6:32 pm
|EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - It doesn’t much matter to Shaun Hill or Sam Bradford that a starting quarterback hasn’t yet been announced for Sunday, because each is preparing as if it will be him. Bradford, whom the Vikings traded for after Teddy Bridgewater suffered a season-ending injury last week, echoed Hill’s sentiments. He’s donning a purple jersey rather than Eagles “Midnight Green,” but his mentality hasn’t wavered - he’s getting ready to receive the starting nod at Tennessee for the season opener. (Vikings.com)|
FFToday's Take: It would be hard to imagine Sam Bradford being in the huddle when the Vikings open the year but the job seems to be his once he gets up to speed. Neither quarterback will be asked to do much so take a wait and see approach to any Vikings receivers until this situation plays itself out.
| Gronk limited in practice|
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 7 2016, 5:45 pm
|Rob Gronkowski has been dealing with an undisclosed injury since August 15, when he pulled up on a route against the Bears during joint practice. We now know that the tight end is working his way through a hamstring injury. On the first practice report of the 2016 regular season, Gronkowski was listed a limited participant.
FFToday's Take: Fantasy's top tight end is already dealing with a nagging hamstring injury to open the year. There isn't any indication that his status for week 1 is in jeopardy but his owners will want to pay close attention to any news coming out of Foxborough over the next few days. Martellus Bennett would see his Week 1 stock rise towards the top of the weekly projections if Gronk was unable to play.
| DeVante Parker misses practice Wednesday|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 7 2016, 12:45 pm
|Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (hamstrings) and center Mike Pouncey (hip) missed practice again on Wednesday.
Coach Adam Gase seemed this week to leave open the possibility a player such as Parker could return to practice Friday in Seattle and still play against the Seahawks on Sunday.
But it doesn’t look good. (Palm Beach Post)|
FFToday's Take: Kenny Stills is likely to be the No.2 option for Ryan Tannehill in Week 1. Parker is a candidate for the Inactive list on Sunday.
|Bucs waive RB Mike James, sign WR Cecil Shorts|
Backend depth chart moves
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 7 2016, 12:30 pm
|Agent for Jacquizz Rodgers says no news yet on a signing from Bucs, who worked him out Tuesday and waived Mike James with an injury today. (Greg Auman on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Back-end of the depth chart moves here. James was the third tailback behind Doug Martin and Charles Sims. Expect the Bucs to add a running back in the next few days, perhaps Rodgers or someone from the practice squad. Shorts signed a one-year deal and could compete with Adam Humphries for the No. 3 receiver job.
|K. Benjamin hoping for 35 snaps in Week 1|
Conditioning still an issue for WR coming off 2015 ACL tear
By: Doug Orth | Sep 5 2016, 7:35 pm
|HC Ron Rivera says Panthers are still looking for about 35 snaps from Kelvin Benjamin in the opener. (Max Henson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Benjamin has red flags going up all over the place, yet owners are consistently taking him in the third round of drafts. There has been much speculation Carolina will spread the wealth in the passing game this year and it is easy to forget how much of his 2014 production came in garbage time for a much different Panthers' team. Benjamin isn't even guaranteed a prominent Week 1 role and Devin Funchess is beginning to emerge as well. Let another owner take the chance on him as a WR2.
| Arian Foster claims running back job|
Easily beat out Jay Ajayi despite signing in mid-July
By: Doug Orth | Sep 5 2016, 7:30 pm
|The same goes for Arian Foster, who beat out Jay Ajayi for the starting running back job. The Dolphins telegraphed their thinking on this matter a month ago, when coaches were hopeful Foster would emerge as the top option. (Miami Herald)|
FFToday's Take: Ajayi got the starts in the preseason, but there was no suspense to be found here. The bigger mystery is whether or not the 30-year-old Foster can turn back the clock and give his new team more than half a season, especially considering the fact he is coming off an Achilles' injury. He should be considered a low-end RB2 given his three-down role, but a low-upside one at that. Few players are bigger injury risks and Miami's offensive line doesn't look any better than it has in recent years.
| DeVante Parker unlikely for Week 1|
Has suffered hamstring injuries in both legs this year
By: Doug Orth | Sep 5 2016, 7:20 pm
|DeVante Parker remains out of practice, putting his availability for the opener further into doubt. Parker is dealing with a hamstring issue, but it’s a different injury than the one that kept him out of action last month. Gase said Parker has suffered injuries to both his left and right hamstrings this year. (Miami Herald)|
FFToday's Take: More of the same for Parker, who drew the ire of HC Adam Gase recently in regards of learning to do "the little things" off the field to stay healthy. The second-year wideout is still listed as a starter and possesses immense upside, but his lack of durability has pushed him from offseason darling to a WR4/5 option in the later rounds. This season is shaping up to be another year where the Dolphins do as much in the passing game as Jarvis Landry allows them to do.
|Mariota: Tajae Sharpe "makes it easy"|
Fifth-round pick continuing to draw praise
By: Doug Orth | Sep 5 2016, 7:15 pm
|Fifth-round pick WR Tajae Sharpe moved into a starting receiver role during OTAs and has not looked back. QB Marcus Mariota trusts him because he quickly learned that Sharpe is exceptionally precise on his routes. "He makes it easy," Mariota said of Sharpe. "He is a very versatile athlete. He has done a lot for us already and he gets great separation in and out of his routes. We are going to continue to expect these things out of him." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Sharpe caught nine of 12 targets for 163 yards through the first three preseason games, leading the team in catches, yards and average. His ADP in PPR formats has obviously skyrocketed over the last month, but his tape backs up what Mariota says about his route-running. Owners should draft him as a WR4, but they should be able to get WR3 production or better out of him more often than not in 2016.
|Justin Forsett agrees to resign with Ravens|
Move to become official on Tuesday
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 5 2016, 11:35 am
|RB Justin Forsett has agreed to re-sign w/Ravens. Move to become official prior to their start of practice Tues (Jason LaCanfora on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Ravens cut the veteran RB on Sunday after being the No.1 running back most of the off-season. This move brings into question just how big of a role Forsett will have in the offense and makes the situation a jumbled mess for fantasy owners. Terrance West, Forsett and Javorius Allen are all likely to see action in Week 1.
|Carson Wentz to start Week 1|
Rookie QB gets nod over Daniel
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 5 2016, 11:30 am
|Doug Pederson; Carson Wentz will start Game 1. Wentz is 100 pct healthy and did everything with the first team offense at practice today. (Jeff McLane onTwitter)|
FFToday's Take: The rookie quarterback will get the nod over Chase Daniel in Week 1. The Eagles host the Browns this week, so it's not out of the question Wentz could have some sneaky QB2 fantasy value, but with plenty of options at the position, there's no reason to run the rookie out in redraft or daily leagues.
|Ravens release RB Justin Forsett|
West, Allen should get majority of work Week 1
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 3 2016, 3:35 pm
|Surprise cut of day: Ravens released RB Justin Forsett, league source tells ESPN. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Ravens have a trio of replacements including Terrance West, Javorius Allen and rookie Kenneth Dixon. Allen is more of a receiving threat while West and Dixon (when healthy) could fight for early-down work. Dixon is battling a knee injury and could miss the majority of September. Forsett could land with another team in need of RB help including IND, WAS, or NE.
|Jets release TE Jace Amaro|
Position remains an afterthought
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 3 2016, 12:55 pm
|New York has waived cornerback Dee Milliner and tight end Jace Amaro, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source. Amaro was selected in the second round (49th overall) of the 2014 draft and after appearing in 14 games as a rookie (recording 38 receptions for 345 yards and two touchdowns), missed all of 2015 with a torn shoulder labrum. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Jets abandoned the TE position last season (8 receptions total) and funneled the majority of their targets to Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. They seem to be heading down the same offensive path this season.
|Patriots release RB Tyler Gaffney, WR Martin|
D.J. Foster should make team at RB
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 3 2016, 12:30 pm
|The Patriots made a few eye-opening cuts on Saturday as they trim their roster to 53 players.
In addition to the release of receiver Aaron Dobson, Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran has reported that the Patriots have cut receiver Keshawn Martin, running back Tyler Gaffney and defensive tackle Markus Kuhn. (CSNNE.com)|
FFToday's Take: The release of Gaffney could pave the way for D.J. Foster to make the team. LeGarrette Blount and James White should be the main fantasy threats out of the backfield for New England.
|Vikings acquire Sam Bradford from Eagles|
Eagles first-round pick in 2017
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 3 2016, 10:45 am
|Minnesota Vikings are trading for Eagles' QB Sam Bradford, league sources tell ESPN. Vikings traded a 2017 first-round draft choice and a fourth-round pick to Eagles. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like the Eagles may have received a first-round pick, but details of the deal are not confirmed at this point. Minnesota was in dire need of a quarterback after losing Teddy Bridgewater (knee) for season. Chase Daniel will open the season as the Eagles starting QB but his fantasy value is similar to Bradford's as a QB2. Bradford's fantasy value remains relatively unchanged, but the upgrade over Shaun Hill is better news for the Vikings receiving corps.
|Eli Rogers the real deal?|
Former UDFA appears to be set as Steelers' slot WR
By: Doug Orth | Sep 1 2016, 8:00 pm
|In Friday's win at New Orleans, Ben Roethlisberger threw to Eli Rogers on four of his first 14 attempts, resulting in two catches for 17 yards. The Steelers have been hungry for a true slot receiver to pair with Antonio Brown, and they might just have it in Rogers, Talk about a fast study. Roethlisberger said he jokes with Rogers about how annoying he is because of "how much he's in my ear asking questions."
"The more he can work the middle, the more safeties will have to respect him and stop cheating on (Antonio Brown)," Roethlisberger said. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: If there is one thing that could could keep Brown from 150 catches this season, it might be a player like Rogers who lives in the slot and allows Big Ben to do something other than force-feed Brown on money downs. Owners looking for a potential diamond in the rough in the later rounds could do a lot worse than Teddy Bridgewater's former college teammate, who is worthy of WR4 status in PPR leagues.