|Marshawn Lynch may play Friday|
First game since ending holdout
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 13 2014, 2:08 pm
|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.”
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.
| Maclin leaves practice with hamstring injury|
Still hopes to play in Friday's preseason game
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 13 2014, 1:00 pm
|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.
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.
| Foster, Johnson return to practice for Texans|
Both battling hamstring injuries
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 13 2014, 10:45 am
|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
|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.
| Gronk may not be available for week 1|
Returning from ACL injury
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 12 2014, 7:17 pm
|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.
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.
| Bucs RB Charles Sims suffers ankle injury|
Expected to miss a day or two
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 12 2014, 7:00 pm
|Bucs RB Charles Sims "hurt his ankle a little bit'' during practice Tuesday, per coach Lovie Smith. He could miss a day or two recovering (Roy Cummings via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Sims was helped to the trainers room but the injury doesn't appear to be serious at this time. The rookies is competing for playing time with Bobby Rainey behind starter Doug Martin.
|Seahawks call Lynch allegations "bogus"|
Police investigation continues
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 12 2014, 5:15 pm
|Allegations of assault and personal property damage made against star running back Marshawn Lynch are “bogus,” the Seahawks said Tuesday. “While we maintain the utmost respect for the investigative process, after speaking with Marshawn, we are comfortable these accusations are bogus,’’ the statement read. (Seattle Times)|
FFToday's Take: Lynch was reportedly being investigated yesterday for an incident that allegedly occurred early Sunday morning. At this point there is no real information about Lynch's involvement and thus no reason to panic. The investigation by police continues.
| Aaron Dobson off PUP list, in full pads|
Pats receiver recovering from foot injury
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 12 2014, 5:00 pm
|WR Aaron Dobson was in full pads for today's practice. He was planting and cutting on either foot while running routes against air, but did not participate in team drills or in 1-on-1 drills against the Eagles defensive backs. (Boston.com)|
FFToday's Take: Dobson is obviously not a full-go yet and there's no timetable for him to return to full contact. He's not worth speculating on in redraft leagues at this point until his injury status becomes clear.
|Texans release three running backs|
Grimes and Blue will backup Foster
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 11 2014, 7:00 pm
|The Texans have released running backs Andre Brown, Dennis Johnson and Tim Cornett.
Brown, 27, was expected to be Arian Foster’s backup this season.
Cornett attended North Shore High School and was a longshot to make the team. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Jonathan Grimes and rookie Alfred Blue passed Brown on the depth chart during camp and become the immediate backups to Foster. Grimies rushed for 73 yards, 1 TD and hauled in 6 catches for 76 yards in two games last season.
| WR Marvin Jones sidelined with broken foot|
Expected to miss as much as 5-6 weeks
By: Doug Orth | Aug 11 2014, 6:05 pm
|The big injury has finally hit the Bengals this preseason when they revealed Monday that WR Marvin Jones had a pin put in his fifth metatarsal, indicating some kind of fracture that HC Marvin Lewis says will keep him out “a couple of weeks.”
Jones could be out at least five weeks and probably six. WR Mohamed Sanu, the man that replaces Jones in the starting lineup, had a similar injury with five weeks left in the 2012 season and was lost for the year and he didn’t play in the postseason. (Bengals.com)|
FFToday's Take: Jones' fantasy stock likely took a bit of a hit when new run-centric OC Hue Jackson took over for Jay Gruden this offseason, but this news takes a lot of luster off a player that had some low-end fantasy WR3 appeal. It is a bit ironic that Sanu suffered a similar injury last season and stands to benefit the most from his absence. Consider Jones as a late-round flyer at best now and Sanu as a late-round sleeper if Jones is eventually placed on the PUP list.
| Gronk does 7-on-7 work for the first time|
Continues his return from ACL, MCL surgeries
By: Doug Orth | Aug 11 2014, 4:40 pm
|Rob Gronkowski involved in 7-on-7 work at practice today. First time he's been out there for that. (Tom Curran on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: He wore a non-contact jersey, but any progress for one of the game's best tight ends is good news. Although we have yet to receive any definitive timetable regarding his return to game action - and probably won't since we are talking about New England here - but Week 1 appears to be a reason assumption. Gronkowski is potentially the biggest risk-reward player in fantasy again this season.
|Marshawn Lynch under investigation|
Alleged assault and personal property damage
By: Doug Orth | Aug 11 2014, 4:30 pm
|Bellevue police officers are investigating Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch after receiving an “allegation of an assault and personal property damage” from a female victim at a Bellevue apartment, according to a news release from the department.
According to police, the alleged incident was reported to have occurred early Sunday morning, but “no domestic violence or sexual assault was involved in the allegation.” Bellevue police have assigned the case to a detective and it is under investigation.
FFToday's Take: Lynch doesn't exactly have a spotless off-field record, so owners shouldn't dismiss this report until the authorities do the same. Likely in his final season with the Seahawks, any missed time by Lynch would result in a spike of playing time - and fantasy stock - for Christine Michael and Robert Turbin.
| HOU hopeful Foster can play return Saturday|
Team optimistic about Andre Johson's return as well
By: Doug Orth | Aug 11 2014, 4:20 pm
|Arian Foster (hamstring) and Andre Johnson (hamstring) again missed practice Monday. But the duo put in hard work on a side field while rehabbing from injuries and coach Bill O’Brien said he’s hopeful they can play Saturday against Atlanta at NRG Stadium.
“I’ve spoken to both those guys. They’re doing better,” O’Brien said. “It’s a long season and our trainers are doing a great job with them. But it seems like they’ve improved and hopefully they can do something this week.” (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: As Houston showed in its preseason opener, its offense doesn't stand much of a chance without its two stars. Foster is very much a risk-reward RB2 that is coming off season-ending back surgery and has dealt with hamstring issues before. His owners would be wise to make a move for Jonathan Grimes just in case of a setback. Johnson's value figures to take a slight hit with Ryan Fitzpatrick as his quarterback, but he is still more than a serviceable fantasy WR2 at age 33.
| Newton, Stewart back practicing for Panthers|
Both expected to play in next preseason game
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 10 2014, 10:10 pm
|Despite the wet conditions Sunday afternoon, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and running back Jonathan Stewart were on the field with the first-team offense together. Rivera said Newton’s workload will increase now after he did little during Wednesday and Thursday’s practices. He sat out Friday’s exhibition, but Rivera said he expects Newton, Stewart and running back DeAngelo Williams to play next Sunday against the Chiefs.
FFToday's Take: Newton's been very limited after ankle surgery in March but he should be full go moving forward. Jonathan Stewart has missed the last couple weeks with a hamstring injury. His injury history is long and even if he makes it through the rest of the preseason healthy, he can't be valued as anything more than a late-round flier for your fantasy team.
|Martellus Bennett rejoins Bears Sunday|
TE says he has learned his lesson
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 10 2014, 10:00 pm
|Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett rejoined teammates Sunday at Olivet Nazarene University, six days after the club levied an unspecified fine and indefinite suspension. Bennett's punishment stemmed from a fight at practice last Monday with teammate Kyle Fuller. "I think I could've handled the situation differently," Bennett said. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Bennett missed the team's first preseason game against the Eagles but is back at camp and expected to play against Jacksonville this week. Bennett is one of the key weapons in the Bears pass offense and remains a high-end TE2 in fantasy leagues.
|Coughlin wants Giants offense to move quicker|
Mixed results after two preseason games
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 9 2014, 10:30 pm
|It has hardly been a secret at Giants training camp practices that they intend to run a faster offense this season. Ben McAdoo's new West Coast-style offense is supposed to run with speed and rhythm. "I think, quite frankly, [the offense] does need to have rhythm. It does have to have more speed to it," Coughlin said. "But we've got more time to work on that." (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Through two preseason games the Giants offense has been at best inconsistent. Eli Manning has yet to throw the ball further than 10 yards. Running back Rashad Jennings didn't scamper 73 yards for a touchdown Saturday night but a better showing next week against the Colts would be a welcome sight. It's very possible the Giants key offensive weapons will struggle early in the season until the new McAdoo offense sinks in.
|Fitzpatrick struggles in preseason opener|
Texans QB played much of the first half
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 9 2014, 10:00 pm
|The Ryan Fitzpatrick-era opened with a sinking thud Saturday, as the Texans’ veteran quarterback completed just 6-of-14 passes for 55 yards, two interceptions and an abysmal 14.6 passer rating during the first half against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium.
Fitzpatrick, 31, guided the Texans to back-to-back three-and-outs to open the game, then threw an interception to Arizona linebacker Marcus Benard to end the Texans’ final drive of the first half. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: The Texans played without running back Arian Foster and wide receiver Andre Johnson (hamstring) and many teams won't put their best foot forward in preseason but this being a new offense under a new head coach, it would be nice to see Fitzpatrick display some success before Week 1. He has three more games to right the ship.
|Nelson "superlative" in Packers camp|
Cobb has "looked rather common"
By: Doug Orth | Aug 7 2014, 3:40 pm
|After closely observing Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb during the first two weeks of training camp, it's become clearer than ever that GM Ted Thompson, coach Mike McCarthy and VP Russ Ball prioritized correctly at wide receiver.
Nelson has established himself as a great player. His day-in, day-out superlative play in practice this summer only reaffirmed his primacy in Green Bay. But based on the small sample size of the opening 10 practices of camp, Cobb has looked rather common based on his 2012 level of play. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)|
FFToday's Take: It has been speculated that rookie second-rounder Davante Adams' future might be in the slot, which could make this something of a make-or-break year for Cobb in Green Bay as he enters the final season of his rookie contract. Nelson's camp performance should come as no surprise; he is one of the most efficient receivers in football and should be poised for another mid-level WR1 season as Aaron Rodgers' most dependable target.
| Montee Ball released from hospital|
Still expected to be ready for season opener
By: Doug Orth | Aug 7 2014, 3:10 pm
|Broncos RB Montee Ball was released from a local hospital and was recovering at his Denver-area home Wednesday, two days after undergoing an appendectomy. The first week after any surgical procedure always is the toughest, and it's uncertain whether Ball will be able to attend the Broncos' preseason opener Thursday night.
There is hope Ball will be able to get a tuneup carry or two in the Broncos' third preseason game, although that might be ambitious. The Broncos are confident Ball will play in their season opener Sept. 7, however. (Denver Post)|
FFToday's Take: It would be unwise for the Broncos to push Ball to play in the third preseason game, since he has little to gain and a lot to lose. Owners need to keep expectations in check for the first week or two of the regular season as well since he may just be getting back into "football shape" at that point. Ronnie Hillman is expected to start Thursday's preseason opener.
|Pierce has been best back in Ravens' camp|
Expects to be featured through first two weeks
By: Doug Orth | Aug 7 2014, 3:05 pm
|Bernard Pierce has been the best running back in camp. He played in a similar running scheme in college, and he has had the best transition to Kubiak's stretch, zone-blocking runs.
FFToday's Take: With Ray Rice sitting out two weeks due to suspension, Pierce is going to have a grand opportunity to make some noise. At worst, he should be able to be the Ben Tate to Rice's Arian Foster in new OC Gary Kubiak's backfield. However, if he shows well against Cincinnati and Pittsburgh in Weeks 1 and 2, he has a realistic shot at overtaking Rice for lead-back duties. As a result, Pierce is a high-upside RB4.
| TE Eric Ebron misses practice|
First rounder watching practice in shorts
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 6 2014, 7:40 pm
|ALLEN PARK -- It appears first-round draft pick Eric Ebron will not be available for Wednesday night's practice at Ford Field.
Ebron took the field in a hat and shorts, while teammates were in full pads and helmets.
It's unclear why Ebron missed the workout, but the best bet is he's dealing with some kind of injury.
FFToday's Take: No word yet on why Detroit's talented first rounder is not practicing. However, it is a night practice so an update may be coming once the team finishes up on the practice field.
| Tony Romo to sit against Chargers|
Cowboys playing it safe
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 6 2014, 5:52 pm
|SAN DIEGO -- Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett confirmed that quarterback Tony Romo will not play in Thursday's preseason opener against the San Diego Chargers.Romo will make his preseason debut Aug. 16 against the Baltimore Ravens at AT&T Stadium.
With Romo sitting, Brandon Weeden will start.
FFToday's Take: The Cowboys have been consistent in not pushing Romo (back surgery) back into action too quickly. Dallas' franchise quarterback is practicing and will get a few days off this weekend. Fantasy owners are being cautious with the 34-year old quarterback, taking him outside the top 100 picks according to MDC. If healthy, he will be a nice value option to fantasy owners once again in 2014.
|Hoyer to start Browns' preseason opener|
Johnny Manziel could see snaps with the starters
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 6 2014, 5:40 pm
|BEREA, Ohio -- Brian Hoyer will start the Cleveland Browns' preseason opener Saturday in Detroit.
"It was [Hoyer's] job," coach Mike Pettine said Wednesday. "He was 'the one' coming into it. We did want to mix the groups up, as we did. But he's done nothing to have that taken away from him, so he'll be out there with the starters."
FFToday's Take: Head Coach Mike Pettine also indicated that he would like to name a starter based on the team's first two preseason games. That puts plenty of pressure on both Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel to make a strong impression out of the gates. At this point it appears Hoyer has not lost his job during training camp and would have to struggle in the next few weeks to lose the job prior to the season.
| DeSean Jackson leaves practice early|
Could miss preseason opener
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 6 2014, 2:45 pm
|RICHMOND — Early in Wednesday morning’s walkthrough, the horde of fans lining the practice field let out a collective groan.
Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson swatted down a pass in his direction, hobbling off the field while favoring his left ankle. Jackson later walked off the field with his ankle wrapped in white tape, watched part of practice from the trainers’ table and did not return.
FFToday's Take: Head Coach Jay Gruden said Jackson's availability for Thursday night will depend on how his treatment goes. By most accounts it doesn't look like this is a major cause for concern to fantasy owners. Nevertheless, Washington may want to play it safe considering fellow wideout Pierre Garcon (hamstring) has already been ruled out.
| Maclin expected to practice today, tomorrow|
Sore legs limiting Maclin in camp
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 6 2014, 10:45 am
|Jeremy Maclin put on all the equipment but didn't practice yesterday, after breaking off his participation early in Monday's workout. Maclin said afterward that his legs are sore, as he works his way back from last year's ACL tear.
"I probably could have gone, but I just wasn't 100 percent," he said. He said he expects to practice today and tomorrow and to play in the preseason opener Friday in Chicago. "What you do in rehab's not what you do on the field. No matter what you do, you can't get ready for what you've got going on on the field . . . It's just a little soreness. It'll be knocked out." (Philly.com)|
FFToday's Take: Maclin also says that he is expecting to play in Friday's preseason game against the Bears. He has a golden opportunity in Chip Kelly's offense to post career numbers and pick up the slack left by DeSean Jackson. His injury risk is significant and is typically being taken as a high-end WR3 in the 6th round of 12-team leagues.
| Knowshon Moreno taken off PUP list|
Will practice today
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 6 2014, 8:38 am
|Miami Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno was taken off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list Wednesday and placed on the active roster. Moreno, the free agent acquisition from Denver, had been sidelined since having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in June. It’s unclear if Moreno would play in Friday’s game at Atlanta, however. (Sun Sentinel)|
FFToday's Take: Moreno's knee procedure occurred in June so he's behind the curve in winning the starting running back job in Miami. Lamar Miller has been running with the first team and should continue to do so until Moreno proves he's healthy. The next couple weeks of camp will go a long way into determining the roles of the top two Miami running backs.
| Raiders TE Ausberry having surgery today|
Undisclosed knee injury
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 6 2014, 8:00 am
|Raiders tight end David Ausberry needs knee surgery, coach Dennis Allen said after Tuesday’s practice, and will miss Friday’s preseason opener against Minnesota. Ausberry was atop the depth chart after a week at training camp. (San Francisco Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Ausberry missed all of 2013 with a shoulder injury and just like last season, an Ausberry injury gives Mychal Rivera an opportunity to run with the starting team. It's unclear how long Ausberry will be out be even in his absence Rivera projects to be nothing more than a fantasy TE2. Head coach Dennis Allen said "he may be out for awhile."
|Giants list Hillis as No.2 running back|
Rookie Andre Williams has more fantasy value
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 5 2014, 4:15 pm
|Former "Madden" cover boy Peyton Hillis has moved up to No. 2 on the New York Giants' running back depth chart in the wake of Monday's news that former first-round pick David Wilson's career is over due to neck injuries. Hillis and rookie Andre Williams are the two backs who appear to have the best opportunities to take the snaps that had been slated for Wilson. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Rashad Jennings remains the favorite to lead the team in carries while the veteran Hillis and the rookie Williams strive to carve out their own role in the offense. Williams is the more talented runner and the better long-term fantasy bet. He will easily take over Hillis' No.2 role should he proved to be adequate in pass protection.
| Foster, Johnson remain out of practice|
Neither Texans' star has been ruled out against Arizona
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 5 2014, 11:45 am
|Andre Johnson, Arian Foster, Brian Cushing, Jadeveon Clowney, Brandon Brooks, Johnathan Joseph and Louis Nix III were among those inactive during the 10th day of training camp.
Texans coach Bill O’Brien said the team hasn’t officially ruled anyone out yet for the team’s preseason debut Saturday at Arizona. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Johnson (hamstring) has been out of practice since July 28th while the details of Foster's injury remain unclear. Foster admitted yesterday that he considered retirement after last season's back injury. His injury risk continues to rise in the minds of fantasy owners and only a return to the practice field in the coming days will stop his expected ADP slide.
|Bears suspend TE Martellus Bennett|
Altercation during practice with rookie cornerback
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 5 2014, 11:10 am
|Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett was fined and suspended for conduct detrimental to the team after the veteran was involved in a fight at practice Monday with rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller, general manager Phil Emery announced Tuesday. Emery did not specify the length of the suspension nor disclose the amount of the fine. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Bennett missed Tuesday's practice and it's widely believed this suspension won't affect his Week 1 status. Bennett reportedly bodyslammed Fuller to the ground and had little remorse afterwards. Bennett remains a low-end TE1.
| David Wilson informed NFL career is over|
Suffered neck burner last week after undergoing 2013 surgery
By: Doug Orth | Aug 4 2014, 4:50 pm
|Informed he can never play football again, David Wilson at the incredibly tender age of 23 offered perspective rare in someone so young. Wilson’s dream of playing in the NFL came to an end after two seasons and only 21 games as the worst-case scenario unfolded around him. He was examined Monday by Dr. Frank Cammisa, the spine specialist who last January performed a cervical fusion on Wilson, an evaluation prompted by the neck burner injury he experienced last Tuesday in practice. Along with Dr. Russell Warren, the Giants’ team physician, Wilson was given the news he braced for but did not want to hear. (New York Post)|
FFToday's Take: The Giants and Wilson were both prepared for this news, but it doesn't make it any less disheartening. Wilson will receive his scheduled salary of $997,682 when he is officially placed on IR. As for the Giants, they added Rashad Jennings in free agency to be the lead back in 2014 and drafted Andre Williams, who figures to be the goal-line back and take on more carries as a result of Wilson's departure.
|Jordan Reed impressive in scrimmage vs. Pats|
Pats reporter believes TE is in line for big season
By: Doug Orth | Aug 4 2014, 4:30 pm
|Jordan Reed looks like a star. He was open all practice, and hauled in a really nice catch over the out-stretched arms of Darrelle Revis and Devin McCourty along the sideline. Reed is in line for a big season, especially with the Redskins having so many weapons at receiver (DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and Andre Roberts). (Boston Globe)|
FFToday's Take: Reed has suffered four concussions dating back to college and it is that injury history that appears to be his biggest obstacle en route to becoming an elite fantasy tight end. While he can't be expected to maintain the 90-catch pace he had in eight games last season with a much less talented receiving corps, he figures to compete with Garcon to be the team's leader in touchdown catches.
| Marquess Wilson fractures collarbone|
Bears' young third receiver likely sidelined 6-8 weeks
By: Doug Orth | Aug 4 2014, 4:25 pm
|WR Marquess Wilson suffered a fractured clavicle, Bears spokesman says. No timetable for his return. (Rich Campbell on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Wilson had been generating some serious buzz throughout the offseason and is still expected to be the main backup to Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, although this injury figures to sideline him into the regular season. At any rate, Wilson still warrants a late-round pick in redraft leagues as a huge-upside player in a very strong passing offense.
| Ball to undergo appendectomy on Monday|
Expected to ready for Week 1
By: Doug Orth | Aug 4 2014, 4:15 pm
|Broncos RB Montee Ball will undergo an appendectomy today but is expected to be ready for regular-season opener vs. Colts, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Some athletes have returned quickly from appendectomies - Titans LG Andy Levitre was cleared to practice about two weeks after his late July surgery - but the normal recovery period is 4-6 weeks. While Ball should be expected to go for the opener, it should come as a surprise if he begins the regular season a bit slow. Ronnie Hillman is reportedly ahead of C.J. Anderson for the backup job, so stay tuned.
|Britt making strong impression with Rams|
Quick, Bailey also standing out
By: Doug Orth | Aug 4 2014, 4:05 pm
|There is no shortage of receivers making plays all over the field at camp, including several with great size. Kenny Britt has people around the team pinching themselves with what he is doing on the field and off, and there is a very strong buzz around third-year receiver Brian Quick and second-year receiver Stedman Bailey. If a few of them can keep it up, this offense has the potential to make significant strides.
"A few of them really look like they are for real," said one member of the organization. "If they are, then that's a major game-changer." (CBS Sports)|
FFToday's Take: Once again, Britt is worth gambling on in fantasy, although his 14th-round ADP is much more palatable than it has been in recent years. Quick has been long on potential since getting drafted in 2012 and his size-speed combination makes him intriguing if he can lock down a starting spot. Bailey will miss the first four games of the season due to suspension, but could enjoy some fantasy value late in the second half if Britt or Quick fails to impress or get injured.
|Chargers' backfield "a three-headed monster"|
Mathews coming off career season
By: Doug Orth | Aug 4 2014, 3:55 pm
|Ryan Mathews calls it “the three-headed monster.” It could perhaps also be called unprecedented. In NFL history, only the 2012 Carolina Panthers - after signing Mike Tolbert - could arguably boast three running backs coming off a season as productive as the Mathews-Danny Woodhead-Donald Brown trio. It will be the same thing this year. Mathews (will be) the workhorse, Woodhead the versatile guy who can run and catch, Brown the sort of hybrid of the two.
Said Chargers running backs coach Ollie Wilson: “There is no such thing as a featured back any more.” (San Diego Union-Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: The Chargers figure to enter the season as a run-heavy team, but those plans may have to change based on San Diego's difficult schedule - one that includes the NFC West. Not only should owners remember Mathews is still an injury risk, they should also consider his difficult schedule. Woodhead is going to see the majority of passing-down snaps while Brown should steal a few other carries. In short, Mathews is a poor bet to match last season's production.
| Romo to sit out first preseason game|
Expected to play in game number two and three
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 3 2014, 7:00 am
|Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo missed a third scheduled practice Saturday out of the first eight of training camp. The Cowboys’ plan is that Romo doesn’t play in the first preseason game at San Diego on Thursday or in the last preseason game Aug. 28 against Denver.
The Cowboys want Romo to get some work in the second preseason game against Baltimore on Aug. 16 and get his most work of the preseason in the third game at Miami on Aug. 23. (http://cowboysblog.dallasnews.co)|
FFToday's Take: Romo is coming off back surgery so the Cowboys are limiting his workload. The team insists that Romo is fine and on track to start Week 1. Brandon Weeden will get the start on Thursday against San Diego.
| Knowshon Moreno remains on PUP list|
Still recovering from knee surgery
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 1 2014, 10:00 pm
|With barely a month left until the regular-season opener, the Dolphins’ most accomplished running back sometimes still labors to walk, let alone run. In late June, Knowshon Moreno underwent arthroscopic surgery to clean up his left knee. The original prognosis was he would miss four to five weeks. We’re now well into the sixth week of the rehab, and yet he remains on the Physically Unable to Perform list. (Miami Herald)|
FFToday's Take: Moreno's fantasy stock will take a tumble over the next week while Lamar Miller's will rise. Miller has been running with the first team offense in Moreno's absence. Fantasy owners shouldn't simply write off Moreno as he can be a fantasy asset in Miami's new offense but expecting him to be the starter Week 1 appears to be more unlikely by the minute.
| Crabtree to miss time with unspecified injury|
Hamstring strikes again?
By: Doug Orth | Aug 1 2014, 1:45 pm
|Wide receivers Michael Crabtree and Brandon Lloyd are expected to miss the next week or two because of injuries that are unspecified but believed to be leg related. "Maybe a week, maybe two weeks," Harbaugh said Friday of Crabtree's status, "and same with Brandon Lloyd." (San Jose Mercury News)|
FFToday's Take: Crabtree's injury is speculated to be of the hamstring variety. He has missed an extraordinary amount of training camp time during his career. Harbaugh did say that Crabtree's injury is not related to his previous foot and Achilles injuries.
| Arian Foster back on the sidelines Friday|
“It’s kind of a day-to-day thing. It’s nothing serious"
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 1 2014, 12:15 pm
|Running back Arian Foster, who’s presumably dealing with a strained hamstring - neither he nor the team has yet confirmed that’s his injury - returned to a spectating role Friday after having participated in a full practice Wednesday. He’d already missed two workouts and part of a third earlier this week.
"He’s doing OK," coach Bill O’Brien said. "It’s kind of a day-to-day thing. It’s nothing serious. I would assume - (but) guess you can’t assume anything - he’d be back pretty soon." (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Since we don't have confirmation on what exactly the injury to Foster is, it's hard to analyze the situation from a fantasy perspective. What we do know is Foster has a lot of wear and tear on his tires and missed eight games last season with a back injury. He's coming off the board early in Round 2 as RB8 with a boatload of injury risk.