| Two Arizona receivers miss practice Wednesday|
John Brown dealing with concussion symptoms
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 24 2016, 3:49 pm
|Two of the Cardinals top two receivers, John Brown and Larry Fitzgerald, will miss Wednesday’s practice with injuries.
Fitzgerald has an MCL sprain that’s “minor,” he said. He experienced soreness after Sunday’s practice and skipped Monday’s workout.
Brown suffered a concussion nearly three weeks ago and has been limited in two practices this week. He had a headache on Wednesday, so he was held out of practice.
FFToday's Take: John Brown's concussion is the more serious condition to monitor for fantasy owners. As long as he continues to have headaches, he will remain in the league's concussion protocol. It is too early to know if the Cardinals will have Brown back in time for Opening Day but it does put him at a higher risk to miss games during the year. Meanwhile, Larry Fitzgerald's MCL injury doesn't appear to be serious enough to jeopardize his status for Week 1.
|Dorial Green-Beckham to play this weekend|
Newly acquired WR to play with the starters
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 24 2016, 2:45 pm
|One week after his surprising trade to Philadelphia, enigmatic wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham will have an opportunity to climb the Eagles' shaky depth chart in Saturday's preseason game versus the Colts.
Coach Doug Pederson told reporters Wednesday that Green-Beckham will see action with the first-team offense, which will play into the second half and perhaps the entirety of the third quarter.
FFToday's Take: The fantasy community will finally get to see if the talented Dorial Green-Beckham can thrive in the Eagles offense in a game situation this preseason. Philly's top receiver, Jordan Matthews (knee) will not play, giving the coaching staff plenty of incentive to test their depth at the position. DGB is currently going outside the top 125 and can only improve his draft stock with a strong performance playing with the starters this weekend.
| Thomas Rawls won't play in 3rd preseason game|
Full participant in Tuesday's practice
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 23 2016, 7:30 pm
|Another day, another really good practice for Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls on Tuesday.
“He looks great,’’ said offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell after Rawls was again a full participant in Seattle’s practice.
But while Bevell said Rawls is “doing everything we could possibly ask’’ Rawls will not play Thursday against Dallas in Seattle’s third preseason game. (Seattle Times)|
FFToday's Take: While HC Pete Carroll stated that Rawls will not play Thursday night, he's expected to be ready for Week 1. It's unclear if Rawls will suit up for the Seahawks final preseason game. The concern for Rawls will be all the missed time during the off-season and getting his conditioning up to speed. It won't be a surprise if he gets off to a slow start in 2016.
| Jordy Nelson's biggest concern is "conditioning"|
A year removed from torn ACL, Packers WR is back at practice
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 23 2016, 11:30 am
|Jordy Nelson practiced Monday for the first time since tearing his ACL last August 22. “It’s the conditioning more than anything, especially being in Jacksonville Week 1,” Nelson said. “It’s going to vary, and I’m sure everyone is going to pick it apart. If we miss a play here and there, it’s going to be because we missed all of last year and training camp. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: One year ago today, Nelson tore the ACL in his right knee and it cost him the entire 2015 season. Conditioning is a concern, but fantasy owners need to envision the stud wideout as a top option with oodles of upside.
|Coby Fleener still 'work in progress' in Saints O|
Payton says TE has details "he's got to work on"
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 23 2016, 11:22 am
|Some of the finer points of the TE position could limit Coby Fleener's opportunities as he adjusts to a new offense, according to Saints HC Sean Payton:
"I'd say it's an ongoing progression," Payton said Monday of Fleener's adjustment process. "I think, man, there's some plays that are real good, and then there's some plays where we've got to be a little bit more detailed and that's something that I know he's got to work on." (Nola.com)|
FFToday's Take: Even though the Saints oddly listed Fleener as the No. 3 tight end on their unofficial depth chart before last week's game in Houston, he's clearly the top tight end for the passing game, both from his performance this summer and his five-year, $36 million contract. Josh Hill and Michael Hoomanawanui are also on the roster, but neither has the pass-catching ability of Fleener.
|Tyler Boyd looks like a starter in Cincinnati|
Rookie now "unquestioned leader" in battle for No. 2 WR
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 23 2016, 11:16 am
|On Monday, the Bengals lined up rookie wide receiver Tyler Boyd in a variety of ways during practice. With Marvin Jones (Lions) and Mohamed Sanu (Falcons) out of Cincinnati, Boyd could have an immediate fantasy impact. (Bengals.com)|
FFToday's Take: Seven-year veteran Brandon LaFell returns to practice this week with a damaged ligament in his hand after a 10-day absence, but Boyd is the unquestioned leader in the clubhouse as they get set to gauge LaFell in Sunday’s dress rehearsal in Jacksonville. Boyd could make a very sneaky late-round WR pick with massive upside.
|Browns not looking to part with Josh Gordon|
Multiple teams courting deal for embattled WR
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 23 2016, 10:19 am
|ESPN's Adam Schefter said that multiple teams have reached out to the Browns to inquire about the availability of WR Josh Gordon, but that a Browns team source said they are not looking to trade him. (ESPN/ABC)|
FFToday's Take: Cleveland has tried to establish an environment in which Gordon could thrive, and many around league believe Hue Jackson would be the right coach for him. For now, Gordon is a mid-round pick with plenty of upside, but his value could increase if he ends up on a better team with a proven, healthy QB.
| Dez Bryant sustains concussion in practice|
Cowboys WR out for Thursday preseason game against Seattle
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 23 2016, 10:13 am
|Mike Fisher (@fishsports) from 105.3 The Fan on Twitter: "BREAKING @DezBryant sustained a concussion in practice on Mon. (Joining T. Crawford). Both OUT for #Cowboys at #Seahawks @1053thefan" (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It's never a good thing for a player to sustain a concussion, but Dez Bryant should have enough time to recover so that his Week 1 status isn't in doubt. Still, this is a situation worth monitoring, especially with Dez being drafted in the first round of many PPR leagues.
|Ezekiel Elliott primed to make debut this weekend|
Participated in team drills Monday
By: Doug Orth | Aug 22 2016, 6:50 pm
|Dallas rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott (hamstring) went through practice today and appears set to make his preseason debut Thursday vs. Seattle. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The best part: Owners will get to see the rookie against one of the best defenses in the league. The Cowboys have every intention to protect Tony Romo by feeding Elliott early and often this season, making him one of the surest bets for high-end RB1 production behind Dallas' stellar offensive line. If things break right for him and he pushes 320 touches like some expect, he could finish his rookie season as fantasy's top back.
|Sanchez falling down depth chart in Denver|
Trevor Siemian set to start second straight preseason game
By: Doug Orth | Aug 22 2016, 6:35 pm
|Broncos HC Gary Kubiak said Monday that Trevor Siemian would be his starting quarterback this Saturday against the Los Angeles Rams in preseason game No. 3. That’s two preseason starts in a row for Siemian in the two most important exhibition games for the first stringers. Kubiak said both Mark Sanchez and first-round rookie Paxton Lynch would play against the Rams. In what order, Kubiak wouldn’t say. Nor would he say Siemian is the starter Sept. 8 in the regular-season opener against Carolina. (9News,com)|
FFToday's Take: This news will affect very few redraft owners directly as Sanchez, Siemien or Lynch probably aren't going to see a lot of time in fantasy lineups this fall. However, the fantasy fates of Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and possibly even Virgil Green rest in the hands of the winner. Siemian appears to be in good position to seal the deal this weekend, but the fact Lynch is getting a chance to play in preseason game No. 3 means he is still in the running for the starting spot.
| Rob Gronkowski remains out of practice|
Mystery injury has sidelined Patriots TE for a week
By: Doug Orth | Aug 22 2016, 5:30 pm
|New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, who pulled up along the sideline during practice on Aug. 15 with an injury that does not appear serious, was not present for the start of the team's on-field workout Monday.
Gronkowski has walked through the locker room on Sunday and Monday at the time reporters were present and showed no noticeable signs of an injury. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: There's no reason to suspect this is a Dion Lewis kind of situation, although Bill Belichick probably wouldn't let us know if it was. The Patriots have tried to take care of Gronkowski as much as possible lately, full well knowing his injury history and what he brings to the table. Gronk's absence does free up more snaps for Martellus Bennett and impressive first-year player A.J. Derby. For now, Gronkowski is still a fine selection in the early second round of most drafts.
| Dion Lewis expected to miss 8-10 weeks|
PUP list seems likely
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 21 2016, 4:30 pm
|Running back Dion Lewis will be sidelined for another 8-10 weeks after he endures a second surgery on his left knee, according to a source. The ACL, which was repaired in November, is OK, but the Patriots’ medical staff determined they need to clean up an unspecified area in the knee. (Boston Herald)|
FFToday's Take: The "clean-up procedure" will likely cost Lewis a good chunk of the season and should land him on the PUP list to begin the year, causing him to miss at least the first six weeks. LeGarrette Blount and James White appear to be the likely candidates for early season backfield work in New England with Tyler Gaffney, Brandon Bolden waiting in the wings.
| WR John Brown back on practice field|
Out of concussion protocol
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 21 2016, 2:10 pm
|Bruce Arians: John Brown has been cleared practicing today. (Mike Jurecki on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Brown has missed over two weeks of camp which started to raise some eyebrows from fantasy owners. Brown remains a safe pick in the middle rounds of redraft leagues, assuming their are no setbacks in the next couple days.
| K Nick Novak in concussion protocol|
Texans kicker injured in 2nd preseason game
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 21 2016, 2:00 pm
|Nick Novak in NFL concussion protocol. (Aaron Wilson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Novak was injured having to make a tackle on the last kickoff of the Texans's preseason game against the Saints. There's no reason for him to be picked in redraft leagues.
| Dion Lewis needs another knee surgery|
Timetable for return unclear
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 21 2016, 12:15 pm
|Patriots RB Dion Lewis needs 2d knee surgery, league source confirms. Timetable for his return is uncertain. Tore ACL last Nov. 8 (Jim McBride on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Lewis has been on the PUP list all of training camp as he recovers from an ACL tear suffered last November and while we don't know the details of the required surgery this obviously kills his fantasy value for the moment. James White is now inline to become the Patriots receiving back and quickly vaults into FLEX consideration in PPR leagues.
|Bills release RB Karlos Williams|
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 20 2016, 2:30 pm
|The team cut the second-year pro prior to its second preseason game against the New York Giants at New Era Field. Without Williams, the Bills will rely on Reggie Bush, Mike Gillislee, rookie Jonathan Williams and James Wilder Jr. to provide depth behind starter LeSean McCoy.
FFToday's Take: A four-game suspension and showing up to off-season workouts out of shape isn't going to make a good impression. Williams was very productive last season (9 TDs in eleven games) but the Bills have decided to cut ties leaving an unsettled RB group behind LeSean McCoy. Gillislee should get first crack at meaningful snaps.
| Sprained shoulder for RB Matt Jones|
Returned to sideline with left shoulder in a sling
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 19 2016, 8:00 pm
|Washington Redskins running back Matt Jones suffered an AC sprain in his left shoulder during the first quarter in Friday's game against the New York Jets. Jones left for the locker room to undergo X-rays and later returned to the sideline with his left shoulder in a sling. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: These type of injuries don't come with a specific timetable but its possible Jones could return for Week 1. Chris Thompson has been operating as the No.2 running back but will likely form a committee with Keith Marshall and/or Rob Kelly if Jones were to miss a significant amount of time. Expect Jones' ADP to slip a round or two over the weekend unless a more definite timetable for return is made public.
|John Fox praises Jeremy Langford|
Bears RB has good showing in Preseason Week 2
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 19 2016, 3:00 pm
|“He made a step forward,” Fox said. “He had a good week of preparation, a good week of practice. I thought he had a heckuva season a year ago as a rookie, and he continues to impress and get better.” (Chicago Sun Times)|
FFToday's Take: Jeremy Langford gained 55 yards on eight carries with a TD Thursday night in an impressive showing against the Patriots. Fox is known to favor a committee approach at running back but it seems clear that Langford is the leader of the group at the moment. Langford's 5th round ADP (RB21) seems about right for his current value.
|Le'Veon Bell's suspension reduced to 3 games|
Eligible to return Week 4 against KC
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 19 2016, 1:55 pm
|Steelers' RB Le'Veon Bell is having his suspension reduced from 4 to 3 games, sources told ESPN. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Bell reportedly missed multiple drug tests so he should count his lucky stars the suspension was reduced at all. Bell will now be eligible to return Week 4 against the Chiefs. This does little to affect Bell's value in redraft leagues where's being drafted in early in Round 2.
| Chiefs bumping up Jamaal Charles' workload|
KC reportedly giving RB work faster than expected
By: Doug Orth | Aug 18 2016, 5:30 pm
|Jamaal Charles expanding the workload, out there for 9 on 7 drills. Seem to be giving him work faster than expected. (Matt Derrick on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This could mean any number of things, although it is never a bad development for an injured player to be able to be cleared to work more faster than expected. The most likely scenario remains Charles acting as the lead back with Spencer Ware mixing in every third series or so and stealing most of the goal-line work, at least early in the season. If he can stay healthy, patient owners should feel confident they'll have a high-end RB1 down the stretch.
|Moncrief could be Luck's new Reggie Wayne|
Potential dark-horse candidate to lead Colts in catches
By: Doug Orth | Aug 18 2016, 5:20 pm
|The Colts have been looking for a possession receiver ever since Reggie Wayne tore his ACL in Week 7 of the 2013 season. Donte Moncrief has the size at 6-foot-2 to get space against defensive backs and the speed to get open. Moncrief may not lead the Colts in receiving yards or yards per catch this season, but it won't be surprising if he leads them in receptions, because he'll be the receiver Luck turns to when a play breaks down. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Roughly half of Mike Wells' reasoning is flawed, as Moncrief isn't exactly a "possession receiver" or comparable to an aging Wayne. Moncrief also isn't Luck's go-to guy; that honor belongs to T.Y. Hilton. With all of that said, Moncrief brings much-needed size to the Colts' receiving corps and is the most likely candidate to see a huge uptick in targets following the loss of 200-plus targets in the offseason. He's a strong WR2 and should be a target for RB-RB drafters.
|Patriots to use two TEs 80 percent of the time?|
ESPN reporter suggests Gronk, Bennett will share the field a lot
By: Doug Orth | Aug 18 2016, 5:10 pm
|With defenses paying extra attention to Rob Gronkowski, it will open up more opportunities for Martellus Bennett. It wouldn't be a surprise if the Patriots run more than 80 percent of their offensive snaps with both tight ends on the field, so it won't be a matter of playing time for Bennett as much as how defenses decide to handle the dual threat at the position. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Pats are going to run a two-tight package enough that Bennett should perform like a low-end TE1. With Gronk, Bennett, Julian Edelman and Dion Lewis all vying for catches each week, there may not be enough balls to go around to keep the fantasy owners of all four players happy. The injury histories of Edelman and Lewis may take care of that problem, however. Either way, don't be surprised if Bennett joins Gronk as a top-10 fantasy tight end.
| Dion Lewis still not practicing|
Nine months removed from ACL surgery
By: Doug Orth | Aug 18 2016, 5:00 pm
|Veterans reported to New England Patriots training camp three weeks ago, and every player except one has, at some point, been present on the practice field: Dion Lewis. With each training camp absence, the likelihood increases that Lewis will begin the year on the PUP list. If that happens, the earliest Lewis could play is Week 7 at Pittsburgh. By then, he'll be over 11 months out of surgery. While still not probable, there is obvious logic in leaving Lewis on PUP: they need to give themselves the best chance of having their guys — Lewis among the most important of them — available late for what they hope will be a Super Bowl run. (MassLive.com)|
FFToday's Take: The PUP list doesn't appear to be all that likely given how nimble Lewis looked at June OTAs, but this may go right down to the wire. Boston Herald reporter Jeff Howe tweeted Thursday "don't be shocked if Dion Lewis doesn't practice until Week 1". This could hint at a reduced early-season workload for last year's breakout star and possibly some early-season relevance for James White or Donald Brown. Lewis is a high-risk, high-reward pick in the fourth or fifth round of most drafts.
| Jordy Nelson passes physical, removed from PUP|
Officially returns following ACL tear nearly a year ago
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 17 2016, 7:19 pm
|GREEN BAY, Wis. -- All along, Jordy Nelson said his goal was to be back on the field for the Green Bay Packers' regular-season opener. It appears he has beaten that by a little more than three weeks.
The Pro Bowl receiver passed his physical on Wednesday and was activated off the physically unable to perform list, according to the NFL's daily transaction notice. It came six days shy of the one-year anniversary of the torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered in his right knee.
FFToday's Take: As expected, Jordy Nelson continues to look like he will be at full health when the 2016 season begins. Nelson has ample time to work his way back into the offense. Fantasy owners shouldn't hesitate to add the Packers' top wide receiver at his current second round ADP.
|Denver QB battle heats up this week|
Siemian and Sanchez both playing well
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 17 2016, 7:02 pm
|As Broncos coach Gary Kubiak continues to evaluate the trio of QBs with the hope of sifting out his starter for Saturday and beyond, the new faces on the other side of the ball put the level of play into context. Trevor Siemian and Mark Sanchez, labeled co-No. 1 quarterbacks on the team’s depth chart, took advantage of the different looks, spraying deep balls in the end zone to the roar of the crowd and operating without an interception between them. Kubiak said he would probably decide on a starter Thursday for the upcoming 49ers game. The starter for their season-opening Super Bowl rematch with Carolina on Sept. 8 might be clearer by late Saturday night, after five months of evaluation. (Denver Post)|
FFToday's Take: Gary Kubiak is trying to get the most out of his players and they are responding to the competition. The player who plays the best in practice throughout this week should become the front runner to open the year as the Broncos' starting quarterback.
| Tony Romo will play Friday, Elliott to sit|
Dallas looking to give their starting QB a series or two
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 17 2016, 5:37 pm
|Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones announced Wednesday that starting quarterback Tony Romo will play a series or two in Friday's preseason tilt with the Dolphins, per Newy Scruggs of NBC Sports Radio. Jones also told Scruggs that rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott will not play against the Dolphins. The first-round pick is back at practice, but the team will play it safe with his recently tweaked hamstring. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Dallas is being very cautious with Tony Romo considering his injury history and importance to the team's success. He remains a low risk fantasy QB entering the year, but he is clearly past his prime and carries a lot of injury risk to be trusted as anything more than a backup. Meanwhile, Ezekiel Elliott (hamstring) has already returned to practice so the decision to not play him seems to be more of a precaution than a sign of trouble.
|K Josh Brown suspended one game|
Violated NFL personal conduct policy
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 17 2016, 4:56 pm
|EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The NFL has suspended New York Giants kicker Josh Brown for one game for violating the league's personal conduct policy.
The league and the Giants announced the suspension on Wednesday without disclosing the violation.
''While I do not agree with the suspension, I will accept it,'' Brown said in a statement released by the team. ''I have exhausted the appeals process and have no other options along those lines. I will continue to work hard for this team, and I have tremendous confidence in my teammates and in my ability to move on and contribute to the team.''
FFToday's Take: Tom Obarski has been in camp with the Giants throughout training camp and figures to be the favorite to replace Josh Brown in the team's opener. Those who have already drafted Brown will now need to go find another kicker for the first week of NFL action.
|Eagles acquire Dorial Green-Beckham from Titans|
Move likely demotes Nelson Agholor back to bench
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 16 2016, 10:18 am
|The Philadelphia Eagles official Twitter account just announced a stunning trade: "TRADE: #Eagles acquire WR Dorial Green-Beckham from Tennessee in exchange for G/T Dennis Kelly. #FlyEaglesFly" (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: While Green-Beckham had failed to establish an exceptional role in the Titans offense, it's surprising they'd give up on him in exchange for a second-rate offensive lineman. He has explosive talent and should push for a role behind WR1 Jordan Matthews. This trade may improve DGB's fantasy outlook but it's pretty devastating for Nelson Agholor -- who could be on his way out of the starting lineup.
| Jamaal Charles off PUP, practicing Tuesday|
Chiefs RB should be ready for Week 1
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 16 2016, 9:32 am
|ESPN's Adam Teicher reports that Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles is practicing Tuesday. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Charles is recovering from an October ACL tear. He got in some work during minicamps, but he had yet to see any action in training camp after opening on the active/PUP. Charles will probably be limited for the rest of camp, but is likely going to be 100 percent before Week 1. He's actually being undervalued at this point.
|Del Rio: More carries for Latavius Murray in '16|
Raiders coach looking to give RB more touches than last season
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 16 2016, 9:26 am
|San Francisco Chronicle reporter and Raiders beat writer Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) on Twitter: "Del Rio wants Murray to have more carries than last year. Even w/ addition of Washington. Will be more carries to go around. #Raiders" (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Del Rio's admission that one of the Raiders' goals this season -- for Latavius Murray to finish with even more carries than he had last year -- should give the talented, explosive young back some added shine in upcoming fantasy drafts. He's in a good spot for increased production and makes sense as third-round selection.
| Rapoport: Gronk's injury considered 'minor'|
Pats TE seems to have avoided setback
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 16 2016, 9:20 am
|Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) on Twitter: "Sounds like whatever caused #Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski to pull up at practice is as minor as it seemed. No worries." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It looks like Gronkowski is okay, but given his checkered injury history, Martellus Bennett looks like a pretty interesting value pick. Gronk is still a great early-round selection, but he does carry risk.
| Belichick sings the praises of Martellus Bennett|
Pats coach: "Not a whole lot that it looks like he can’t do"
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 16 2016, 9:15 am
|The New England Patriots coach lauded the size and skill of Martellus Bennett Monday before the 6--6 tight end hit the field for a joint practice against Bennett’s former team, the Chicago Bears. (NESN)|
FFToday's Take: "It looks like he can do pretty much everything you want a tight end to do. He’s smart, very smart. He handles the formations and adjustments and things like that, which are a big part of our offense at that position. He handles those well, and it’s been pretty easy," Belichick said. It may be worth investing in Bennett as a low-end TE1 with upside, especially given Rob Gronkowski's penchant for injury.
|Jerry Jones all in on Dak Prescott as backup|
Cowboys owner won't "deter progress" by adding another QB
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 16 2016, 9:10 am
|After watching Dak Prescott -- the team's fourth-round pick from Mississippi State -- complete 10 of 12 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns, with a quarterback rating of 154.5., Jerry Jones is ready to close the door on bringing in a veteran to back up starter Tony Romo. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)|
FFToday's Take: We agree with Jones that while Prescott "is a long way from Canton," getting behind the rookie and letting him learn from Romo could be a smart move. Prescott would need an injury from Romo to make any kind of fantasy mark, but he's a much more valuable fantasy commodity than any of the Cowboys' backups in the past few years.
| Rawls, Prosise progressing|
Rawls takes part in team drills; Prosise, Jimmy Graham do not
By: Doug Orth | Aug 15 2016, 5:20 pm
|Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls continues to do more at practice. This is the first time all summer he has participated in team drills. C.J. Prosise (hamstring) is practicing for the first time but has not participated in team drills. Jimmy Graham is out here but not participating in team drills. (Sheil Kapadia on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Rawls appears to be on the right track, but Christine Michael's emergence may keep him from living up to his fourth-round ADP. Prosise would seem to have the passing-down role in this offense locked up, but he'll need to take part in team drills at some point in order to guarantee it. Owners should treat anything Graham does this year as a bonus; the road back from a torn patellar tendon rarely comes without significant setbacks.
| Gronk leaves practice early|
By: Doug Orth | Aug 15 2016, 5:10 pm
|Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski left today's practice after pulling up while attempting to catch a Tom Brady pass to sideline in 7-on-7 drill. (Mike Reiss on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Gronkowski reportedly did not fall to the ground, so he is most likely dealing with a soft-tissue injury of some sort. With this being the Patriots, however, we can expect to be kept in the dark about the ailment as long as possible. There haven't been any indications the mishap is/was serious, but Gronk has a fairly significant injury history. Martellus Bennett is the next man up and would be a fantasy TE1 in the event Gronk is sidelined for a while.
| Ezekiel Elliott expected to practice Tuesday|
By: Doug Orth | Aug 15 2016, 5:05 pm
|Rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott’s hamstring injury came in camp, so there’s no need for an official move to get him back on the field. Elliott went through a walkthrough with the team on Monday, but coach Jason Garrett said the first-round pick won’t do any team drills in practice.
According to multiple reports, Tuesday will be the day for a full practice return for Elliott. If all goes well, he could make his preseason debut when the Cowboys host the Dolphins on Friday. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: And a nation holds its breath. With Dallas' stellar offensive line and commitment to the running game, Elliott is set up as well as any young running back in recent memory to lead his position in fantasy scoring as a rookie. He's typically going around the 1-2 turn in most drafts, but his stock could skyrocket with a great exhibition showing in either one of the next two weeks.
|Funchess could outperform Benjamin?|
Benjamin's still working his way back into shape
By: Doug Orth | Aug 15 2016, 4:55 pm
|ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton says "it wouldn't surprise me if Devin Funchess outperforms Kelvin Benjamin this year". (Mike Clay on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It is highly unlikely that Benjamin will actually outperform Funchess, but it does speak to the notion Carolina plans to spread the wealth in the passing game in 2016. Benjamin is being drafted this summer as if he is a healthy receiver in tip-top shape whose production as a rookie wasn't highly dependent on negative game scripts when in fact none of those things are true. Benjamin should be treated as a low-end WR2, while Funchess possesses a fair amount of upside as a WR5.
| Carson Wentz could miss rest of preseason|
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 13 2016, 2:00 pm
|One day after it was revealed that their franchise offensive tackle will likely be suspended 10 games this upcoming season after testing positive for PEDs, the Eagles announced Saturday that rookie quarterback Carson Wentz has a hairline fracture in his rib. "The scan revealed a hairline fracture in his ribs. We do not know an exact timetable for his return, but we hope to have him back before the end of the preseason." (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Wentz wasn't expected to win the starting job out of camp but this will cement Sam Bradford as the Week 1 starter. This injury shouldn't prevent Wentz making a start or two near the end of the season. With a new system in place and average talent at the skill positions, the Eagles are quickly becoming a team to avoid for fantasy owners.
| Jeff Janis has fracture in right hand|
Could miss significant time
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 13 2016, 10:00 am
|Green Bay Packers receiver Jeff Janis could miss significant time the rest of this preseason because of the hand injury he suffered in practice on Wednesday.
According to a source, Janis sustained a fracture to at least one of the bones in his right hand.
Janis did not play in Friday's preseason game against the Cleveland Browns and was not seen on the sidelines during the game or in the locker room afterward. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Janis has been tabbed as a potential breakout candidate by some fantasy pundits but this injury will cool his buzz. Outside of Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, the next man up in the Packers receiving corps remains a work in progress. Davante Adams will get the first crack at earning the job.
|Amari Cooper dealt with plantar fasciitis in 2015|
Played through "foot injury" for most of rookie season
By: Doug Orth | Aug 11 2016, 4:10 pm
|As a rookie, WR Amari Cooper provided the Raiders with the hope that he can be among the game's finest. And yet, he can barely watch the game tape from 2015, because he doesn't recognize himself. Why? Cooper played most of last year with plantar fasciitis - never complaining, rarely practicing, still performing. So brace yourself, because Cooper is back and healthy and doing ridiculous things. I saw him burn free-agent pickup Sean Smith, despite tight coverage down the sideline. Cooper grabbed a ball over Smith and raced 50 yards for a score -- and he didn't see the ball until it was one foot from his face. It was an incredible catch, yet no one batted an eyelash, perhaps because it's normal for him. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Owners had better hope the Raiders don't give Cooper a lot of exposure in the preseason, because he is liable to see his ADP rise from the 2.09 it sits at right now in PPR leagues. Last year's No. 4 overall pick finished as the WR21 in 2015 despite the aforementioned injury and not seeing a target inside the 10. Cooper won't be drafted among the first five or six receivers this year, but most shouldn't be surprised if he achieves that status next year.