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K Matt Prater facing four-game suspension
Alcohold related
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 24 2014, 8:39 am

Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater will be suspended for the first four games of the regular season for a violation of the NFL's substance-abuse program, multiple team sources confirmed following the team's 18-17 preseason loss to the Houston Texans (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: The suspension is said to be alcohol related. Prater was put into the league's substance abuse program after being arrested on a DUI charge back in 2011. Look for the Broncos to sign vetern kicker prior to Week 1.
Injury Wes Welker takes shot to the head
Being evaluated for possible concussion
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 23 2014, 10:15 pm

Denver Broncos
Wes Welker, 33, left in the second quarter after taking a hit to the head from Houston Texans cornerback D.J. Swearinger and was under evaluation for a concussion. (Denver Post)

FFToday's Take: Swearinger received a penalty on the play then was confronted by an angry Peyton Manning after the next play... a touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders. Welker suffered two concussions last season and any confirmed concussion diagnosis would likely lead to time missed.
Injury Bradford injures knee, MRI tomorrow
Rams QB walked off under his own power
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 23 2014, 10:00 pm

St. Louis Rams
The on-site examination by Rams medical officials proved inconclusive. Sam Bradford will undergo further tests Sunday in St. Louis to see if he has re-injured the anterior cruciate that was torn last October at Carolina. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

FFToday's Take: We'll have to wait for the MRI results to find out the extent of Bradford's injury. The fact that he walked off the field is a good sign but it's not guarantee that a significant injury didn't occur.
Injury Monte Ball to suit up Saturday night
Revovering from appendectomy on Aug. 4th
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 23 2014, 11:30 am

Denver Broncos
Broncos starters Von Miller and Montee Ball are expected to make their 2014 preseason debuts Saturday. Ball, the Broncos' top tailback, has been out since undergoing an appendectomy Aug. 4. He did little physically for two weeks, then was medically cleared for full practice participation Monday. Emmanuel Sanders, a starting receiver who missed the Broncos' preseason game Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers with a strained quad, also is expected to play. (Denver Post)

FFToday's Take: Ball began taking 11-on-11 reps Thursday. Don't expect a huge workload for Broncos projected starting tailback tonight but it is a good sign to see him active in the third preseason game. He remains a fantasy RB1 prospect in the late first or early second round or redraft leagues.
Injury LaMichael James expected to play Sunday
49ers RB returns from dislocated elbow
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 23 2014, 8:00 am

San Francisco
LaMichael James expects to return punts and kickoffs and do whatever else the 49ers might want from him in Sunday's exhibition, four weeks after dislocating his right elbow in practice. James dislocated the same elbow in college at Oregon, and before last month's injury, he was poised to take over as the No. 2 running back after Kendall Hunter's season-ending knee injury. (San Jose Mercury News)

FFToday's Take: Rookie Carlos Hyde has seized the No.2 running back job while James has been on the mend. James will try and work his way back into running back mix and could steal carries from the rookie once the season begins. Hyde is still the second back to own in San Francisco but his upside appeal has been dinged a bit by James' quick return.
Hello Allen Hurns, wide receiver, Jacksonville
Undrafted free agent receiver likely to make team
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 23 2014, 7:00 am

Jacksonville Jaguars
The question now isn’t if Allen Hurns makes the 53-man roster. He’s a virtual lock, a difficult position for an undrafted rookie to work his way to after three games. However, Hurns has been a contributor since arriving in Jacksonville, consistently making plays in the offseason program and training camp. (Florida Times-Union)

FFToday's Take: Hurns caught seven passes for 113 yards and a touchdown in the on Friday night against Detroit. With rookie Allen Robinson missing the majority of camp with a hamstring strain, its not out of the question for Hurns to be one of the Jags top three receivers come Week 1. He's largely under the radar and isn't anything more than flier late in your fantasy draft.
Pierre Thomas expects changes to his role
Currently lining up as Saints' No. 3 RB
By: Doug Orth | Aug 21 2014, 6:00 pm

New Orleans
There has been much speculation about what New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas' role would be this season and the eighth-year veteran said Wednesday night he knows things are going to be different in 2014. Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson both are expected to see their roles increase this season and Thomas figured to become the No. 3 back in the offense. However, Thomas doesn't plan on going quietly. While mentioning that coaches said his role will change this upcoming season, Thomas said he isn't going down without a fight. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

FFToday's Take: The Saints haven't exactly tipped their hand in regards to Thomas' new role as he has yet to log a touch in the preseason. It seems likely he will come close to matching his passing-game contributions in light of Darren Sproles' departure, although Robinson's emergence will probably cap his snaps in the running game.
Injury Ball takes part in individual drills on Wednesday
Continuing recovery from appendectomy
By: Doug Orth | Aug 21 2014, 5:40 pm

Denver Broncos
Broncos RB Montee Ball, who returned to practice Tuesday, did more in Wednesday's workout, taking part in individual drills as well as some work in 7-on-7 with the starters. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Ball underwent the knife on Aug. 4 and the typical recommended recovery for most non-professional athletes is roughly four weeks, so it is a positive that he is already participating as much as he is. There is hope now that Ball will be able to take a few snaps in the final preseason game. The second-year back has top-five upside, but is coming off the board in the early second round in most drafts.
Steelers expecting big things from Wheaton
Second-year WR coming off injury-plagued rookie season
By: Doug Orth | Aug 21 2014, 4:55 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
After a productive offseason, Markus Wheaton and Ben Roethlisberger are on the same page. The first tangible evidence came Saturday night against Buffalo when he ran an excellent post-corner route and Roethlisberger dropped a perfect pass into Wheaton’s hands. “He’s been impressive,” said veteran Lance Moore, who was signed in the offseason as a slot receiver. The Steelers decided not to re-sign Emmanuel Sanders because they believed Wheaton could develop into a dependable No. 2 receiver opposite Antonio Brown. Roethlisberger has been impressed with his development since the end of last season. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

FFToday's Take: Before Brandin Cooks became an unstoppable force at Oregon State last year, it was Wheaton that actually served as the Beavers' top receiving option in 2012. Wheaton is remarkably similar to the Saints' rookie and actually has a clearer path to 60-70 catches this season than his former college teammate. Assuming he can avoid the same bad luck that led to two broken fingers as a rookie, Wheaton is an incredible value at his current late-11th, early-12th round ADP.
Injury Emmanuel Sanders returns to practice
Thigh injury
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 21 2014, 12:55 pm

Denver Broncos
Emmanuel Sanders back in practice for Broncos. (Jeff Legwold via Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Sanders has been dealing with a thigh injury and missed the Broncos preseason game last week. No word yet if Sanders will play this Saturday night against the Texans. More reps with the first team offense would be nice as we're just two weeks away from the start of the season.
Bell, Blount expected to play tonight
It would be a "reward" not to play them in an exhibition game
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 21 2014, 12:15 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
As of early this afternoon, coach Mike Tomlin planned to play Steelers halfbacks Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount in tonight’s third preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles. A source told the Post-Gazette that it would be a “reward” not to play them in an exhibition game. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

FFToday's Take: Both Steelers' running backs were busted last night for pot possession with Bell receiving and extra DUI charge. We're still awaiting word on what discipline action may be taken. If there is a punishment, it's unlikely it would be enforced this season.
Injury Drew Brees expected to play versus Colts
Should play about a half
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 21 2014, 11:50 am

New Orleans
The New Orleans Saints quarterback has looked sharp in practice this week -- especially on Wednesday night. Drew Brees threw a handful of nice touchdown passes during full-team red zone drills, including a hard strike right in receiver Robert Meachem's breadbasket. After practice, Saints coach Sean Payton confirmed the obvious -- that Brees is indeed "ready to go" for Saturday night's preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Brees has been dealing with an oblique issue, missing the last couple weeks of practice. He's expected to play in the first half Saturday night. Brees is one of the top three fantasy quarterbacks along side Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers.
Bell, Blount arrested Wednesday night
Cited for marijauna possession
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 20 2014, 7:30 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount have found themselves in trouble with the law just one day before their most important preseason game. Both men were arrested for marijuana possession on Wednesday night. Le’Veon Bell was also charged with a DUI. (CBS Pittsburgh)

FFToday's Take: Pittsburgh tends to be very tough on players with off-the-field issues and both Le'Veon Bell and LaGarrette Blount are expected to be key pieces in the offense this year. This will be a first offense for both players but the team could also impose its own punishments. Rookie Dri Archer would see an increased workload if either or both guys are held out due to penalties stemming from this arrest.
Injury Julio Jones to increase workload
Falcons receiver feeling 'no pain' in surgically repaired foot
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 20 2014, 5:19 pm

Atlanta Falcons
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who admitted having a mental hurdle to overcome following a second right foot surgery last year, said Wednesday the doctors reassured him his foot is fully healed, and he will increase his practice schedule. (ESPN.com)

FFToday's Take: Another step in the right direction for Julio Jones. This is on par with previous reports that had Jones progressing well throughout the offseason. He played in his first game last week and now it sounds like Matt Ryan's top target will begin practicing on consecutive days. Fantasy owners are wisely making him a top ten fantasy wideout in recent weeks and should get a good look at him Saturday night against the Titans.
Brian Hoyer to start Week 1 for Cleveland
Hopefully a portion of the hype will die down
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 20 2014, 10:03 am

Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns have committed to start Brian Hoyer over rookie Johnny Manziel at quarterback to begin the 2014 season, the team announced Wednesday morning. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: One of the more over-hyped stories in a decade has a conclusion. Although Hoyer will start the season under center, its only a matter of time before Manziel gets his chance. Both QBs are middling QB2s for fantasy purposes considering the lack of talent at the wide receiver and the expected run-heavy offense.
Injury Montee Ball participating in non-contact practice
Broncos RB recovering from appendectomy
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 19 2014, 1:30 pm

Denver Broncos
Although there has been no official word from the Broncos about Montee Ball’s recovery from an appendectomy, reporters in Denver are passing along word that Ball is on the practice field for the Broncos today. The Broncos have a non-contact practice today, so Ball is just doing drills, but the fact that he’s on the practice field suggests that he’s making good progress in his recovery. (Pro Football Talk)

FFToday's Take: Ball is expected to be on the field for Week 1 but it remains to be seen if he will get any action in the Broncos remaining preseason games. Getting cleared for contact is the next step.
Injury MRI on Darnell Dockett reveals torn ACL & MCL
Dockett done for season, rookie Kareem Martin likely replacement
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 19 2014, 12:03 pm

Arizona Cardinals
An MRI on Darnell Dockett's right knee revealed a torn ACL and MCL. The injury will require surgery & is season-ending. (Twitter)

FFToday's Take: It's tough break for Dockett, 33, and the Cards defense. While the veteran isn't the same pass rusher he was years ago, he was still a force up front. Third-round rookie Kareem Martin projects to fill in for Dockett, along with journeyman Frostee Rucker.
Browns undecided at starting QB
Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel still battling for No. 1
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 19 2014, 11:54 am

Cleveland Browns
Coach Mike Pettine still hasn’t made up his mind about his starting quarterback (Johnny Manziel or Brian Hoyer) for the Sept. 7 opener against Pittsburgh. (Peter King, Sports Illustrated)

FFToday's Take: It's hard to say who would be the better quarterback for fantasy purposes, since Hoyer had success last season but Manziel is likely the better athlete. In light of Manziel's most recent behavior, however, it seems Hoyer is more mature and has a better feel for the offense. Hoyer seems like the more logical choice.
Injury McCoy dealing with "small version of turf toe"
Missed practice on Sunday, but returned on Monday
By: Doug Orth | Aug 18 2014, 8:00 pm

Philadelphia Eagles
LeSean McCoy missed practice on Sunday with what he called “a small version of turf toe.” He returned to training camp at the NovaCare Complex on Monday and completed practice. “[Sunday] it was really, really hurting pretty bad," McCoy said. “It felt a little better [Monday], so I went for it.” McCoy said he injured the big toe on his left foot during a joint practice against the Patriots last week in New England. He told the media he had an MRI and X-rays on the toe and that he’s “fine.” After practice on Sunday, McCoy appeared frustrated and declined to answer questions about why he didn’t participate. (CSN Philly)

FFToday's Take: It may be "small" to McCoy, but it could be a big deal to his fantasy owners. As the league's most elusive back, McCoy arguably needs healthy toes as much any player, so it is troublesome when he told CSN Philly that it bothers him when he tries to put pressure on the toe. Last year marked the first time McCoy has played a full season in the last four years, so his owners need to keep Darren Sproles and Chris Polk in mind on draft day.
Injury Gronk takes part in 11-on-11 drills
TE continuing comeback from ACL, MCL tears
By: Doug Orth | Aug 18 2014, 5:05 pm

New England Patriots
TE Rob Gronkowski taking another step in his progression, participating in 11-on-11 drills for first time. Lot of balls thrown his way. (Mike Reiss on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: It's been a summer full of mostly positive news in Gronkowski's recovery, but he still remains one of the biggest injury risk-reward players in fantasy. He is unlikely to take a snap in the preseason and still questionable for Week 1, although getting the Patriots to update his status in that regard figures to be useless. Gronk's current ADP is in the middle of the third round.
Injury Marquess Wilson likely out until midseason
Injury to Bears WR opens door for Santonio Holmes
By: Doug Orth | Aug 18 2014, 3:25 pm

Chicgao Bears
Veteran WR Santonio Holmes has a good chance to be more than a stopgap for the Chicago Bears if he shows enough over the next couple weeks to make the roster. Marquess Wilson — the smooth, speedy offseason standout who had been in line for the Bears' No. 3 receiver job — is likely to be sidelined until at least midseason. Wilson broke his collarbone in three places when he was injured in practice two weeks ago. He had surgery Aug. 5 and the initial timeline for recovery was set at 12 to 14 weeks. (USA Today)

FFToday's Take: It's not a crippling blow to the Bears' high-powered offense, but it is a notable one. Wilson figured to be able to stretch the field and make teams think twice before overcommitting to Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Holmes' career has been sidetracked due to injury, although he has a great opportunity to contribute if he can nail down the No. 3 job in Chicago. He's off the redraft radar for now, but don't forget about him either.
Injury Jamaal Charles out tonight, bruised foot
Didn't make trip to Carolina
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 17 2014, 5:11 pm

Kansas City Chiefs
Jamaal Charles will not play tonight for Chiefs vs. Carolina. Hearing it's a bruised foot. Didn't make trip to Charlotte. (Adam Teicher via Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Chiefs beat reporter went on to say the team doesn't consider the injury to be serious. Knile Davis is expected to get the start in Kansas City's second preseason game against the Panthers.
Injury Shorts feels "rusty" in return to practice
First real practice since April
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 17 2014, 1:36 pm

Jacksonville Jaguars
Jaguars standout receiver Cecil Shorts used the same word four times to describe his first practice in over three weeks. Rusty. "It felt good to be back out there with the guys," Shorts said. "I'm definitely rusty. So, I've got to continue to work and to not get frustrated. I understand this is really my first practice since April." (Florida Times-Union)

FFToday's Take: Shorts has missed a good chunk of the preseason with hamstring issues but hopes to be ready for Week 1. He'll be monitored closely and any setback over the next couple weeks will certainly cause his ADP to plunge even further. His injury risk has caused him to drop into the 11th-round (WR52) in standard scoring 12-team leagues.
Injury Pead likely out for season with ACL injury
Rams RB suffers injury on kick return
By: Doug Orth | Aug 17 2014, 7:30 am

St. Louis Rams
It looks like the Rams have lost running back Isaiah Pead for the season with a knee injury. Pead suffered what is believed to be a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee returning a first quarter kickoff after a Packers touchdown. “It’s very tough for him,” coach Jeff Fisher said. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

FFToday's Take: Pead was rounding out the Rams depth chart at running back behind Zac Stacy, Benny Cunningham and rookie Tre Mason. He'll likely be put on IR soon.
Injury Rice's shoulder injury not considered serious
Bruised shoulder
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 17 2014, 7:00 am

Baltimore Ravens
Cornerback Jimmy Smith bruised his chest on the opening series, and running back Ray Rice injured his shoulder. X-rays to both Smith's chest and Rice's shoulder were negative. Neither returned to the game. "It shouldn't be anything too serious," coach John Harbaugh said of Rice's injury (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Rice didn't start in the contest but left after the second series with a bruised shoulder. It appears he will be fine. Rice will miss the first two contests due to his suspension and is currently sporting an ADP of RB24 being taken in the early fifth round of standard scoring 12-team leagues.
Bears give Santonio Holmes a shot
Former Jets' receiver worked out for Bears last week
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 16 2014, 10:46 am

Chicgao Bears
The Chicago Bears agreed to terms with former New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes, a team source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Holmes worked out for the Bears earlier this week. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Holmes found the free agent market cold this off-season but will get a chance to stick with the Bears now that No.3 wideout Marquess Wilson is out with a broken collarbone. Eric Weems was working in the slot for the Bears on Thursday night. Holmes is nothing more than a WR5 at this point and will go undrafted in most leagues.
Injury Bucs RB Chalres Sims to have ankle surgery
Expected to miss 12-14 weeks
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 15 2014, 3:14 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Rookie Charles Sims, a third-round draft pick, is expected to miss 12-14 weeks because of a right ankle injury that occurred Tuesday and requires surgery, the team announced. The Bucs have not said what the injury is, but that Sims will have surgery on Saturday. Sims walked around in a protective boot on Thursday. (Tampa Tribune)

FFToday's Take: The rookie has been battling with Bobby Rainey and Mike James during camp in hopes of being part of a rotation at running back with starter Doug Martin. Rainey is the favorite to win the No. 2 job but Martin is the only runner to own in this backfield.
Dwayne Bowe suspended one game
Speeding, marijuana possession incident last year
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 15 2014, 12:25 pm

Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe has been suspended one game for substance abuse and will miss the opener against Tennessee, a team source told ESPN on Friday. The suspension stems from an incident on Nov. 10, 2013, when Bowe was pulled over in Riverside, Mo., for speeding and possession of marijuana. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Bowe plead guilty to a lesser charge and this should be the end of his punishment. Bowe's fantasy value has dipped in Andy Reid's offense thanks to his 57 catches, 673 yards, 5 TDs a year ago. There's reason to expect an increase in production from Bowe this season but this suspension will certainly keep his ADP hovering around Round 9 in twelve-team redraft leagues.
Cowboys could get creative with Witten
Romo hints that TE will see time in the slot
By: Doug Orth | Aug 14 2014, 5:30 pm

Dallas Cowboys
Cowboys QB Tony Romo said that ideally, with the offensive line looking so good, he hopes the Cowboys can get TE Jason Witten out in space more and not have to use him as much to help pass protect. The Cowboys were running an abundance of screens as well, and seem to be favoring that element more. (CBS Sports)

FFToday's Take: It is an interesting notion that helped Tony Gonzalez remain so productive in his later years. While Witten isn't quite the athlete Gonzalez is, there should be plenty of opportunities across the middle of the field with Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams occupying so much defensive attention. As per usual, Witten should remain a PPR force.
T-Rich making presence felt in Colts' camp
Hoping from bounceback from poor 2013 season
By: Doug Orth | Aug 14 2014, 5:15 pm

Indianapolis Colts
This one probably deserves an asterisk, because at the start of camp, it seemed as though things were touch and go with Trent Richardson. He didn't practice for the first week of camp, sidelined as a precaution because of a hamstring injury suffered in pre-camp workouts. But Richardson made his presence felt after returning, running with the sort of determination and decisiveness that gives the Colts hope he can rebound from a subpar 2013 season. Richardson says he's healthier now than he was entering his two previous pro seasons, and he looks it. (Indianapolis Star)

FFToday's Take: Richardson has drawn a lot of criticism for, among other things, his inability to come anywhere close to matching Donald Brown's production last season. To his credit, he is a more than capable receiver with plenty of power. With Vick Ballard already done for the year and the injury-prone Ahmad Bradshaw as his only capable backup, Richardson may be set up for a massive workload. For that reason alone, he is a more than viable flex option.
Injury Moreno finally getting healthy
HC says RB "starting to look like kind of his old self"
By: Doug Orth | Aug 14 2014, 4:45 pm

Miami Dolphins
Dolphins HC Joe Philbin said RB Knowshon Moreno, back from knee surgery, “is starting to look like kind of his old self” in the running game but stopped short of saying he would play Saturday in Tampa. “I don’t know about the passing game quite yet…. He’s looking better.” (Miami Herald)

FFToday's Take: Moreno missed the bulk of offseason work due to a knee injury (and subsequent scope) and may not have enough time to make up the gap on Lamar Miller. Fortunately for the ex-Bronco, he is a plus-option as a blocker and receiver in the passing game. Miami also figures to run the ball significantly more than it did last season, so if Moreno can make it back and stay healthy, he has a shot at RB4 value in most leagues.
Injury Packers tight end Lyeria has torn MCL, PCL
Knee injury occured in early August
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 14 2014, 7:30 am

Green Bay Packers
Rookie free agent Colt Lyerla, who is out indefinitely with a torn medial collateral ligament and a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, was asked if he'd like to return as a fullback rather than a tight end. "I wouldn't want to be, but I think I could be," replied Lyerla. "I guess it would depend on the offense." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

FFToday's Take: Lyeria is likely headed for the IR or will be released with an injury settlement. The Packers tight end situation is shaping up to be a committee with Brandon Bostick, Richard Rodgers and Andrew Quarless all in the mix. Fantasy owners would be wise to avoid this situation come draft day until a frontrunner becomes apparent.
Marshawn Lynch cleared by police
Seahwaks RB was in hotel room at time of incident
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 14 2014, 7:00 am

Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has been cleared of any involvement in an assault and property damage accusation, the Bellevue, Washington, police department said Wednesday night. The Seahawks called the accusation "bogus" in a one-sentence statement Tuesday. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Lynch was under investigation for an assault and battery claim but wasn't even at the scene. He was in the team hotel room at the time of the incident. Nothing to see here. Lynch remains a back-end Round 1 fantasy running back.
Injury Drew Brees participates in practice
First action since injuring oblique
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 13 2014, 7:07 pm

New Orleans
The New Orleans Saints quarterback participated in some individual passing drills with the quarterbacks and receivers Wednesday for the first time since the injury. However, it still appears likely that the Saints will keep Brees out of Friday's preseason tussle with the Tennessee Titans. (NFL.com)

FFToday's Take: Drew Brees is one player who does not need to play much in the preseason to be effective. Seeing him return to practice this week is a great sign that he will be ready prior to the start of the regular season. At this point, there is no reason to downgrade the Saints quarterback in your rankings.
Megatron wearing splint on finger
Lions' wideout had surgery on finger after 2013 season
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 13 2014, 6:48 pm

Detroit Lions
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson confirmed to ESPN.com on Wednesday that he has received a fabricated splint to put on his once-injured finger for protective purposes only. Johnson had surgery on his injured finger after the 2013 season and declined to provide more details about the splint or the finger following practice Wednesday. It is unclear how often Johnson plans to wear the fabricated splint. (ESPN.com)

FFToday's Take: As the article indicates, the splint is for protective purposes only. Calvin Johnson is the most dominate wide receiver in the NFL today with or without a splint on his finger. Still, it is worth watching throughout the rest of the preseason to see how often he wears the splint and if it affects his ability to catch the ball.
Marshawn Lynch may play Friday
First game since ending holdout
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 13 2014, 2:08 pm

Seattle Seahawks
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said during an appearance on KJR-AM this morning that tailback Marshawn Lynch may play Friday in the team’s second preseason game against the San Diego Chargers. “You may see a little bit of Marshawn in this game,” Carroll said. “We”ll see how this week wraps up.” (Seattle Times)

FFToday's Take: Marshawn Lynch probably won't see too many carries against the Chargers if he does play. Nonetheless, it is a good sign to see him in shape and ready to get after it on the field after holding out. 'Beast Mode' is also being investigated over allegations of a potential assault this past weekend but police have not formally linked the Seahawks running back to the incident. Fantasy owners should certainly check back for updates but for now he remains a first round investment on draft day.
Injury Maclin leaves practice with hamstring injury
Still hopes to play in Friday's preseason game
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 13 2014, 1:00 pm

Philadelphia Eagles
Jeremy Maclin cut Wednesday's practice with the Patriots short after he said his left hamstring "grabbed" on him. The Eagles wide receiver had just caught a long touchdown pass from Nick Foles during team drills when he walked to the sideline and was visibly upset. He met briefly with trainer Chris Peduzzi and then stood on the sideline for the rest of practice. (Philly.com)

FFToday's Take: Maclin missed time earlier in camp due to "sore legs" and missed the entire 2013 season with an ACL injury. He has a huge opportunity to be a fantasy stud working in Chip Kelly's offense but he comes with a high injury risk. Maclin is currently sporting an ADP of 6.01 (WR25) in 12-team redraft leagues.
Injury Foster, Johnson return to practice for Texans
Both battling hamstring injuries
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 13 2014, 10:45 am

Houston Texans
The Texans had some familiar faces back on Wednesday morning. Inside linebacker Brian Cushing returned to the active roster off the physically unable to perform list. Running back Arian Foster and wide receiver Andre Johnson also returned to practice after missing two weeks due to hamstring injuries. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: The Texans have been hush-hush about the true nature of Foster's injury but it's expected to be of the hamstring variety. No word yet on if either Foster or Johnson will play in Houston's second preseason game against the Falcons on Saturday.
DeMarco Murray has "bellcow" traits
Cowboys HC Jason Garrett says RB is "leader of committee"
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 13 2014, 10:25 am

Dallas Cowboys
Coach Jason Garrett said he sees DeMarco Murray as "the leader of a committee" in the Cowboys' backfield, but that he has "bellcow traits." (@Jason LaCanfora on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Despite what Garrett is saying, you should view Murray as an RB1 and possible first-round selection in fantasy drafts. There are very few RBs in the league who aren't part of some type of committee.
Injury Gronk may not be available for week 1
Returning from ACL injury
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 12 2014, 7:17 pm

New England Patriots
From time to time throughout the offseason, reports have emerged that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will be ready to go (or words to that effect) on Week One after suffering a torn ACL late in the 2013 regular season. Given his slow return from a broken arm last season, that seemed overly optimistic. Gronkowski’s fairly slow start to camp has made it seem like much less than a sure thing. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Gronkowski’s anticipated Week One availability sits at 50-50, with perhaps a shade above the even-money proposition. (ProFootballTalk.com)

FFToday's Take: This shouldn't come as a total surprise to seasoned fantasy owners. Gronkowski remains a high risk/high reward player and news of him potentially missing the first week only echoes that sentiment.