| WR Marqise Lee removed from PUP list|
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 17 2019, 1:45 pm
|Roughly a year from tearing his ACL, #Jaguars WR Marqise Lee is off the PUP list and practicing today, per coach Doug Marrone. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Lee is working is way back from an ACL injury suffered almost a year ago. He's likely to be limited moving forward but his return will further muddy the waters of the Jacksonville wide receiving corps. For now, Dede Westbrook, Chris Conley and D.J. Chark sit atop the depth chart. It's a situation to avoid outside of Westbrook.
|Eagles pickup QB Josh McCown to fill backup role|
QB retired earlier this summer
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 17 2019, 9:15 am
|Josh McCown, who announced his retirement this summer to spend more time with his family, is returning to play his 17th NFL season with the Philadelphia Eagles, sources told ESPN. A source said McCown is signing a one-year deal with the Eagles. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: McCown (40) probably likes the idea of playing for a team that has a realistic chance of making the playoffs and can return to the broadcast booth after the season is over. The Eagles have QB issues with both Nate Sudfeld (broken wrist) and Cody Kessler (concussion) suffering injuries in camp.
|Josh Gordon conditionally reinstated by league|
Allowed to be at the team facility on Sunday
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 16 2019, 5:45 pm
|The NFL is conditionally reinstating #Patriots WR Josh Gordon after his indefinite suspension. He is able to return to the team and under contract to do so. He is allowed to be at the team facility on Sunday (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: How many chances is Josh Gordon going to get? Gordon has been suspended numerous times during his career but is getting another opportunity to play football. We don't know the details yet on what conditions he must meet in order to play but the door is open for him to see the field in 2019. Time to adjust your rankings.
|Melvin Gordon could sit out the season?|
Reportedly prepared to sit out if no new deal is reached
By: Doug Orth | Aug 15 2019, 9:40 pm
|Chargers and Melvin Gordon have not made progress towards a new deal, per sources. Gordon still wants to return in time for the regular season, but he is prepared to sit out if no new deal is reached, per source. (ESPN - Adam Schefter)|
FFToday's Take: While it is still too early to panic (it is possible Gordon's camp is pushing this information to Schefter), there is certainly reason for concern. Owners drafting over the next couple weeks probably need to assume Gordon isn't going to be ready for the opener at the very least and need to wrap their minds around the possibility of not having him at all if they do take the plunge. Austin Ekeler needs to be moved up boards, while Justin Jackson may now move on the flex radar.
|Curtis Samuel off to fantastic start|
"Light years ahead" of where he was in years past"
By: Doug Orth | Aug 15 2019, 9:30 pm
|Any credibility we have would be lost if we didn’t pick third-year receiver Curtis Samuel (as the offensive MVP of training camp). Rivera said he’s “light years ahead” of where he was in years past, and it has shown on the field practically every day. From the moment he snagged his long touchdown grab from Cam Newton on the first night, Samuel has been practically impossible to cover. He makes one or two plays every day that bring a wow-factor and it’s a safe bet the same continues once the regular season gets underway. (Charlotte Observer)|
FFToday's Take: The positive reports have been coming out of Carolina on a regular basis regarding Samuel, who looks to be a threat to push D.J. Moore for top receiver honors on the team. While it would be an upset if that happened this season, Samuel's biggest problem throughout the first two years of his pro career has been durability. Regardless of whether or not he overtakes Moore, Samuel appears poised to be a top-end WR3 at worst in 2019.
| Keenan Allen expected to miss preseason games|
Should be ready for Week 1
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 15 2019, 6:31 pm
|Chargers’ WR Keenan Allen suffered an ankle injury at practice this week that is not considered serious, but could knock him out of the Chargers’ remaining three preseason games, per a league source. Allen is expected back for the regular-season opener, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Perhaps we'll get a firm diagnosis but it sounds like Allen suffered a sprain ankle. Whether it's the low or high variety is key. This will likely ding Allen's ADP in the short term but assuming he does suit up in Week 1, he should be a solid WR2 in most formats.
| Kenyan Drake in walking boot|
Expected to be ready for Week 1
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 14 2019, 11:30 am
|Flores said Kenyan Drake, in a walking boot, has an injury that will be a while but said team hopeful ready for opener. (Armando Salguero on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Drake suffered the injury yesterday and although there's no official word on exactly what the issue is, it's not considered to be a "structural" problem. This will ding Drake's ADP and Kalen Ballage will take more reps with the first team in Drake's absence.
| Luck unlikely to play in pre-season|
Calf, ankle injury remains an issue for Colts QB
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 13 2019, 7:00 pm
|Chris Ballard on conference call with local media says Andrew Luck’s issue is in the high ankle area. Most of his pain is just below the calf. #Colts have been treating the calf strain, but pain lingered. They think they have the source of the pain now and are moving forward. Ballard said it’s probable Luck won’t play during the preseason, but he is not ready to rule him out for the Sept. 8 opener yet. Trusts the QB and knows he’ll do everything possible to get back ASAP. (George Bremer on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Luck had an MRI done in March on his calf but apparently the Colts have now figured out the source of the issue is Luck's ankle. The fact that this has gone on for so long is baffling and it's hard to trust much of anything coming from this team regarding injury info. Until we get a firm diagnosis and recovery time, Luck's fantasy value will be in limbo.
| Antonio Brown to return to camp|
Raiders WR loses helmet grievance, will join team
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 13 2019, 8:46 am
|Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) on Twitter: "Antonio Brown will be back at the Raiders’ facility in Napa today, per source." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Schefter's source doesn't say anything about how the frostbitten feet are holding out, but that will probably shake out in camp. For now, it looks like Brown's ADP should stop plummeting as he joins the rest of his team.
|Dontrell Hilliard looking at increased role|
Browns didn't use undrafted rookie last season
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 13 2019, 8:30 am
|Dontrell Hilliard didn’t take a handoff last year as an undrafted rookie running back, but the news of the Browns’ trade of Duke Johnson Jr. to the Houston Texans on Thursday showed the confidence the Browns have in Hilliard as the likely running mate to starter Nick Chubb.
“I feel real comfortable,” Hilliard said. “Anytime my number is called, I can be the guy, so I have no doubt in my mind I can fill a more important role. It’s a competitive game, and that move they made opened an opportunity for me, and I’m going to take advantage of it.” (ClevelandBrowns.com)|
FFToday's Take: Hilliard is in line to begin the season behind Chubb on the depth chart, should have opportunities as a pass-catching running back used mostly on third down plays, and get the occasional carry. Hilliard's value will take a hit once Kareem Hunt returns from an eight-game suspension, but for now he’s the primary backup and is worth a close look in deeper PPR leagues.
| Theo Riddick out 6-8 weeks, shoulder fracture|
Likely to miss first 2-4 games
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 11 2019, 10:00 am
|Tests revealed Riddick, who the Broncos signed as a free agent the week before, suffered a slight shoulder fracture against the Seahawks on Thursday night and will be sidelined six to eight weeks, league sources told 9News. The good news is that Riddick’s injury will not require surgery to repair. And while it does mean Riddick will miss the first two to four games of the regular season, the Broncos already have an experience third-down back in place in Devontae Booker. (9 News in Denver)|
FFToday's Take: Booker resumes his role as the Broncos No.3 running back and should see some work on third downs but Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman continue to be the backs to target in Denver. Given the injury, Riddick can be avoided in redraft leagues.
|Jerry Jones driving the Tony Pollard hype train|
Cowboys owner thinks Pollard can carry the load?
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 11 2019, 9:15 am
|Jerry Jones: "I certainly thought he had a good account of himself. He looks confident out there, we know he's inordinately understanding of what he does and can do. We've seen him do it, we know he's capable of, if he really needs to, carrying whole load." (David Helman on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Cowboys are negotiating with holdout Ezekiel Elliott so it's not surprising Jones would talk up his running backs in the media. Tony Pollard never had a big workload in college so it's easy to dismiss Jones' ramblings as fluff. However, Pollard would have some fantasy appeal if Zeke's holdout extends into the regular season so he's worth consideration in the later rounds of your draft.
|Jets' K Chandler Catanzaro calls it a career|
K Taylor Bertolet signed
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 11 2019, 9:00 am
|New York Jets kicker Chandler Catanzaro has retired after a shaky start to training camp.
The team announced Catanzaro’s decision Sunday. The Jets also signed kicker Taylor Bertolet to replace Catanzaro on the roster. (AP)|
FFToday's Take: Adjust your rankings. Catanzaro missed a couple extra points during the Jets first pre-season game and had some issues with consistency during camp. Bertolet is coming off a stint in the AAF league. He won't be a fantasy consideration.
|AB upset he can't wear preferred helmet|
Antonio Brown making friends in Oakland
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 9 2019, 3:00 pm
|Wide receiver Antonio Brown has told the Oakland Raiders that unless he can wear his old helmet, he will not play football again, league sources told ESPN on Friday.
League sources told ESPN that Brown had a two-hour conference call with league officials on Friday in an attempt to argue why he should be allowed to wear his 10-year-old helmet. The Raiders have been sending Brown other approved helmets to wear but, at this time, he is not interested in wearing any of them. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Word is leaking that Brown's recent absence from Raiders training camp has more to due with this helmet issue than the problem with his feet. I'm positive we haven't heard the last of this story. Brown is the dictionary definition of a diva wide receiver making him a risky prospect in the early rounds of fantasy drafts.
|Antonio Callaway facing 4-game suspension|
Violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 9 2019, 1:35 pm
|Browns receiver Antonio Callaway has been suspended four games for violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, a league announced Friday. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: Offensive coordinator Todd Monken noted that Callaway showed up at camp "a little out of shape". Given his previous off-field troubles he's quickly becoming a fantasy afterthought. Expect Rashard Higgins to slide into the Browns third wide receiver role for at least the first four games of the season.
|Trent Williams could be done in Washington|
OT reportedly has no intention to play for Redskins again
By: Doug Orth | Aug 8 2019, 7:05 pm
|Sources explained that the situation is not all about money, rather Trent Williams' contract status along with the series of allegations that the seven-time Pro Bowl tackle has lost faith in the team's front office and medical staff. Still, money might be the only way to fix the holdout.
"He's not coming back. Period," said one source that had spoken directly to Williams. (NBC Sports Washington)|
FFToday's Take: If Williams follows through with his threat and fails to report, the team will be forced to choose between Donald Penn and second-year pro Geron Christian to replace hm at left tackle. The problem is that while Williams hasn't played a full season since 2013, he's still among the best at his position in the game. If the relationship between the two sides is as fractured as it sounds, Washington will almost certainly be forced to trade him at some point.
|Diontae Johnson pushing for big role?|
Rookie pushing James Washington for WR3 reps
By: Doug Orth | Aug 8 2019, 7:00 pm
|According to NFL.com's Amber Theoharis, some Steelers' staff members have rookie WR Diontae Johnson ahead of James Washington on the depth chart. (NFL.com - Amber Theoharis)|
FFToday's Take: Despite receiving earlier a shout out earlier this summer from JuJu Smith-Schuster about being a player who is going to surprise some people, Washington has struggled to challenge Donte Moncrief for the starting job. It sounds now as if he is far from a lock to be the third receiver as well. If either Johnson or Washington can secure the job, they will be worth owning in fantasy. However, if they split reps, both will be hard to trust.
| Jerick Mckinnon out two weeks|
Dealing with soreness in his surgically repaired knee
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 8 2019, 3:10 pm
|#49ers RB Jerick McKinnon dealing with soreness in his knee after practicing past two days. He did not participate today. Coach Kyle Shanahan said McKinnon is getting a platelet rich plasma injection and will miss next two weeks before getting back in mix. (Nick Wagoner on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The 49ers backfield is starting to look at little clearer for the first part of the season. It appears Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida should handle the bulk of the work out of the backfield beginning Week 1 while McKinnon continues to rehab and work back from his ACL injury that occurred almost a year ago.
|Duke Johnson traded to Texans|
For undisclosed draft pick in 2020
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 8 2019, 10:45 am
|#Browns trade Duke Johnson to Houston #Texans for undisclosed draft pick in 2020. (Mary Kay Cabot on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Texans recently released D'Onta Foreman leaving them short on experience at running back. Despite the Browns head coach and GM stating Johnson had a role with the team, they ultimately grant the players wish for a trade. This is a decent landing spot for Johnson's fantasy value who should slide in as the backup behind Lamar Miller.
| Damien Williams returns|
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 7 2019, 10:20 am
|Damien Williams is practicing for the first time since the first day of camp. We’ll see how much he does. Damien Williams is back but Carlos Hyde is taking the starter snaps at RB as Chiefs begin team drills. 10 plays of a team drill and Damien Williams didn't play. So looks like no team work for him today. (Adam Teicher on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Williams has been absent from training camp with a hamstring injury and still isn't a full go. It's unlikely he'll see any action in Kansas City's first pre-season game. Carlos Hyde, Darrel Williams and Darwin Thompson have been handling the bulk of running back duties with Damien out. I
|Ezekiel Elliott won't play for Dallas without deal|
ESPN source says Cowboys RB demanding new contract
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 6 2019, 9:25 am
|Representatives for running back Ezekiel Elliott have told Dallas Cowboys that he will not play in the 2019 season without a new contract, a source close to the situation told ESPN's Josina Anderson on Tuesday. The source added that, at this time, it is not likely that Elliott's holdout continues into the regular season, based on the belief that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wants to get a new deal done with the running back before Week 1.
FFToday's Take: While Elliott informed the Cowboys that he would not play without a new contract in January, this confirmation confuses the issue a bit heading into fantasy drafts. Elliott could be 2018's Le'Veon Bell if Jones doesn't cough up the cash for a new deal before Week 1.
|Marquise Goodwin -- Not a roster lock?|
Speedy WR facing crowded competition in Niners camp
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 6 2019, 9:03 am
|The Athletic's Matt Barrows doesn't consider Marquise Goodwin a lock to make the 49ers' 53-man roster. Barrows named Dante Pettis, Deebo Samuel, Jalen Hurd, and Trent Taylor as the top four, leaving Goodwin, Jordan Matthews, Kendrick Bourne, and Richie James competing for possibly two spots. (The Athletic)|
FFToday's Take: Bourne led the Niners' receivers in receiving a year ago and has been impressing at camp. Matthews has reportedly been steady and James is a youngster with some intrigue. Goodwin couldn't stay healthy last year but was productive in 2017, so stay tuned as the preseason develops.
|Rico Gathers waived by Cowboys|
TE project never took hold in Dallas
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 6 2019, 8:05 am
|The Cowboys cut tight end Rico Gathers on Monday at training camp. Gathers was entering his fourth camp with the team, and had seemingly improved every year, going from the practice squad in 2016-17 to the active roster last year in 2018, when he played 15 games, including four starts.
Gathers hadn't made much of an impact in camp and suffered a minor ankle injury that kept him out a few days. (DallasCowboys.com)|
FFToday's Take: Gathers, the sixth-round pick in 2016, tried to make the transition from a college basketball star at Baylor to the NFL. He's a longshot to catch on with another team and can be disregarded in most fantasy formats.
|Jaylen Samuels poised for big role|
Steelers see backup RB as jack-of-all-trades offensive weapon
By: Doug Orth | Aug 5 2019, 6:55 pm
|Jaylen Samuels is like OC Randy Fichtner’s Christmas toy that he didn’t learn to play with until the following year. Last year, the Steelers wanted to see if Samuels was a professional football player. This year, he’s been a significant part of their offense, whether it’s been the backup running back or, more importantly, that jack-of-all-trades offensive weapon that can line up just about everywhere. Samuels has been a matchup nightmare for the defense in camp because he’s more than just a running back who can catch. (The Athletic - Mark Kaboly)|
FFToday's Take: This should be just want the public needed to fire up Samuels' hype train again. Contrary to popular belief, James Conner is most likely locked into another heavy workload. With that said, there are 160-plus empty plays the Steelers must replace with Antonio Brown now in Oakland. Samuels' unique ability to run most of the receiver routes as a running back makes him a good place to start when redistributing those targets and/or plays.
|Miles Sanders drawing comps to LeSean McCoy?|
"Easily the most impressive runner on the team" early in camp
By: Doug Orth | Aug 5 2019, 6:45 pm
|Excluding, maybe, Carson Wentz and DeSean Jackson, rookie running back Miles Sanders has been the talk of training camp. He hasn’t missed a beat (despite missing all of minicamp due to injury), has received many of reps with the first-team and has easily been the most impressive runner on the team through 10 training camp practices. Clearly, the Eagles saw something when they drafted him in the second round, which they haven’t done since picking LeSean McCoy that high 10 years ago. About McCoy: There’s been some who have been quick to compare Sanders to McCoy, precisely because of his ability to cut on a dime, his burst, acceleration and playmaking ability. (NJ.com - Zack Rosenblatt)|
FFToday's Take: The Eagles have also been pleased with Jordan Howard's efforts as a receiver and pass protector, so owners need to pump the brakes here - as Rosenblatt suggests fans should do with the McCoy comparisons. Still, how long the Eagles will stay with a true RBBC if Sanders is running circles around Howard as a rusher and earns the trust of his coaches in the passing game? Owners may need some patience here, but Sanders should emerge as the lead back before thee end of the season.
|D'Onta Foreman lands on his feet in Indy|
RB waived by Texans on Aug. 4
By: Doug Orth | Aug 5 2019, 6:40 pm
|D'Onta Foreman claimed off waivers by Colts, per a league source. (Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson)|
FFToday's Take: Foreman finds an interesting landing spot with the Colts, who really only have Jordan Wilkins and Jonathan Williams vying for early-down touches behind Marlon Mack. However, the reason he was reportedly available was due to poor work habits, at least that was the opinion of the esteemed Houston Chronicle beat reporter John McClain. If Foreman gets his mind right, he could easily emerge as Mack's primary backup by the end of the preseason.
| Antonio Brown considered day-to-day|
After seeing foot specialist
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 4 2019, 9:45 am
|After seeing a foot specialist yesterday because of the issues that have kept him off the practice field, #Raiders WR Antonio Brown is considered day-to-day, source said. That was the expectation, but still positive. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Brown has only practiced once during camp and given he's trying to get adjusted to a new team and offense, this is a situation to monitor. This issue may cause him to miss more camp time but it doesn't appear at the moment to threaten his status for Week 1.
|Texans waive RB D'Onta Foreman|
Coach not happy with Foreman's work habits
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 4 2019, 8:15 am
|The Texans have placed running back D'Onta Foreman on waivers, creating a backup spot on the roster behind starter Lamar Miller. During camp, it was apparent coach Bill O'Brien wasn't happy with Foreman's progress. Those familiar with the situation say the Texans weren't happy with Foreman's work habits and a continuing problem for being late to meetings. Now they'll have to find his replacement. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Mayabe this will give Foreman the wakeup call he needs. The Texans now have a backup running back job open behind Lamar Miller. Next up on the depth chart include Josh Ferguson, Buddy Howell, Taiwan Jones and undrafted rookies Damarea Crockett. It's very possible the team brings in a veteran free agent.
| Damien Williams bothered by hamstring issue|
Has yet to practice in training camp
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 3 2019, 1:00 pm
|Andy Reid sounded frustrated with starting running back Damien Williams, who has yet to practice with the Chiefs at training camp because of a sore hamstring. "He’s missed quite a bit," Reid said. "He’s missed a lot of plays. It’s been great for these other guys. (Carlos Hyde) has done a nice job. He’s got a lot of reps and he’s taking advantage of them." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Williams is in a prime position to be a fantasy RB1 but has some legitimate concerns surrounding his health and lack of experience. Williams has never carried the ball more than 50 times in a season and is not getting off on the right foot in 2019. The Chiefs are currently looking at DB Tremon Smith on offense as a RB.
|Devonta Freeman impressing in preseason|
HC Dan Quinn says Falcons RB has been "outstanding" this offseason
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 3 2019, 8:22 am
|Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Devonta Freeman has had an "outstanding offseason," remarking on his health after a rough 2018. (The Athletic)|
FFToday's Take: After battling injuries last year, Freeman has enjoyed a fully healthy offseason and has impressed the coaching staff with his strength and "more violent" cuts. With Tevin Coleman moving to San Fran and the upgrades that have been made across the Falcons offensive line, Freeman could be in line for a bounce-back season and sneaky draft value after the first two rounds.
| Colts' RB Spencer Ware lands on Reserve/PUP list|
Will miss first 6 games of the season
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 2 2019, 5:45 pm
|The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent defensive end Dadi Nicolas and placed running back Spencer Ware on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform List. (Colts.com)|
FFToday's Take: Despite what you might read other places, Ware's season isn't over... at least for right now. The reserve/PUP list means Ware will miss at least the first six games of the season. Nyheim Hines, Jordan Wilkins and Jonathan Williams are next up on the depth chart behind starter Marlon Mack.
|Kenyan Drake locked into another RBBC?|
Kalen Ballage has "real chance" to be starter
By: Doug Orth | Aug 1 2019, 7:20 pm
|A lot will be made over who will be the Dolphins starter - and make no mistake, Kalen Ballage has a real chance to earn that role. He has run with the starters more than Kenyan Drake through four days of training camp, which depending on who you ask holds somewhere between no significance and a little significance. So how should we project the Dolphins backfield? Think New England Patriots-style running-back-by-committee and possibly a less-extreme version of how James White and Sony Michel shared that backfield. An early timeshare prediction could be 45/40/15 touch split for Drake, Ballage and the Dolphins secondary backs. (ESPN - Cameron Wolfe)|
FFToday's Take: The irony of the Dolphins pumping up Ballage as a potential starter (or lead back) is that the position coach (Eric Studesville) suggests Ballage needs to remember to utilize his size and strength, which is a problem when a coach talks that way about a 230-pound back. A committee backfield was always the most likely outcome given the new regime's ties to New England, but Drake remains the heavy favorite to be the best fantasy option. He is very much in the RB2 discussion.
|Royce Freeman earning major role?|
Team eyeing split backfield with Freeman and Phillip Lindsay
By: Doug Orth | Aug 1 2019, 7:10 pm
|Denver Broncos RB Royce Freeman is performing well enough in camp that coaches appear ready to "finally establish the true split-touch situation they envisioned between Freeman and Phillip Lindsay last season," according to Yahoo! Sports' Charles Robinson. (Yahoo! Sports - Charles Robinson)|
FFToday's Take: Freeman flashed big-time during the preseason, only to watch Lindsay steal the job shortly thereafter. Still, only one qualified NFL back faced more stacked fronts than Freeman, indicating former OC Bill Musgrave was incredibly predictable (a definite possiblity) and/or defenses feared Freeman. At any rate, new OC Rich Scangarello has already compared Freeman-Lindsay to Devonta Freeman-Tevin Coleman. Needless to say, Royce Freeman is undervalued in drafts right now.
|Broncos sign RB Theo Riddick|
Riddick here to muddy up the Broncos backfield
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 1 2019, 1:05 pm
|Veteran RB Theo Riddick, released by the Lions, is signing with the Broncos, a source said. (Rob Demovsky on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With this signing you have to wonder if Devontae Booker will get released during camp. Riddick has primarily played on third down during his career and puts a dent in whatever receiving upside Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman had.
|Melvin Gordon's agent requests trade|
Team remains firm at their initial offer of approximately $10M/ year
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 1 2019, 11:30 am
|Chargers RB Melvin Gordon's agent Damarius Bilbo tells me he requested a trade last wk for his client, after the team remained at their initial offer of aprox $10M/ year. GM Tom Telesco told Bilbo, Gordon is still family, but Bilbo was not given permission to seek trade partners. (Josina Anderson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The two sides seem dug in. We'll see who blinks first. Gordon's ADP has fallen to RB12 with him being taken somewhere around the end of Round 2 in PPR leagues. The longer the holdout continues, the more his ADP will fall. Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson would handle rushing duties if Gordon's holdout extends into the season.
|Saints, Michael Thomas agree on new deal|
$61 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 31 2019, 8:30 am
|Michael Thomas has reached agreement with the New Orleans Saints on a five-year, $100 million extension that includes $61 million guaranteed and makes him the NFL's highest-paid wide receiver. Thomas is now tied to the Saints for the next six years, through the 2024 season. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Thomas had been holding out of camp while a deal was being negotiated. Thomas posted a 125-1405-9 line last season finishing as the WR6 in PPR leagues. He's currently being taken around the 1-2 turn in fantasy drafts.
| A.J. Green expected to miss a couple games|
Bengals wideout has surgery on ankle
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 30 2019, 4:35 pm
|#Bengals Head Coach Zac Taylor shares an update on WR A.J. Green and adjusting today’s practice due to weather. (Bengals on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Taylor said: "I hate to put weeks on it but we are ready for him to come back when he feels healthy and ready to go and hopefully it’s not more than a couple games." Fantasy owners should be preparing for Green to miss the month of September. If his absence his shorter, consider it a bonus. This news should push his ADP down into Round 4.
|Ryan Fitpatrick leading Miami QB competition|
Dolphins looking at veteran "Fitzmagic" to start in 2019
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Jul 30 2019, 10:45 am
|Chris Perkins (@chrisperk) on Twitter: "Flores said Ryan Fitzpatrick is leading the way in the QB battle, confirming what everyone has seen thru 4 days of training camp." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It appears as though there's a little Fitzmagic left in that arm after all. The door isn't closed on Josh Rosen just yet, but the former Cardinal has reportedly struggled so far with the Fins. right now it looks like both Fitzpatrick and Rosen will make starts in 2019, with the veteran leading the way.
| Andrew Luck nursing calf injury|
Colts QB not practicing Tuesday
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 30 2019, 9:35 am
|Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) on Twitter: "Andrew Luck is not practicing today due to the calf - second practice he's missed in four days. We'll learn more from him after practice. The injury continues to linger." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Oh boy. Luck has had his fair share of injuries and a lingering calf issue doesn't bode well for the start of camp. We'll stay updated on this, but if there's good news it's that this is not his arm or shoulder.
|Christian McCaffrey could see fewer plays|
OC wants to be smarter about overall usage in 2019
By: Doug Orth | Jul 29 2019, 9:10 pm
|Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner is "concerned" about the number of touches running back Christian McCaffrey had last season, about 320. That doesn't mean McCaffrey will be used less. Turner just wants to be smarter about using his star so he's playing less but perhaps getting more touches. (ESPN - David Newton)|
FFToday's Take: Although the first part of the interview seemed as though Turner wanted to cut back on McCaffrey's touches, he ended by saying he wants to decrease the amount of plays he is on the field - which makes perfect sense when he missed only 22 plays prior to getting pulled early from a meaningless Week 17 game. While someone like rookie Jordan Scarlett may be able to steal a few snaps from time to time, expect McCaffrey to match and possibly exceed last year's 326 touches.