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Ezekiel Elliott gets 6-game ban hammer
Elliott has three business days to appeal
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 11 2017, 12:05 pm

Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended for six games by the NFL for violating the personal conduct policy, the league announced Friday. Elliott is expected to appeal the suspension, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Elliott has three business days to file notice of appeal, and a hearing must be scheduled within 10 days of receipt of the notice. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Elliott will appeal the suspension so there's a chance the penalty could be reduced. In the meantime, Elliott's fantasy value takes a significant hit. If the suspension holds, Elliott wouldn't be back on the field in Week 8. Missing that much time drops him down into RB3 consideration for the season as a whole. Darren McFadden, Rod Smith and Alfred Morris are next up on the depth chart with McFadden getting the biggest boost in playing time.
Jared Cook staying busy in training camp
TE expected to be key part of offense
By: Doug Orth | Aug 10 2017, 7:15 pm

Oakland Raiders
Oakland's tight ends have been the stars of training camp, with Derek Carr often throwing to his new 6-5, 254-pound target, (Jared Cook). “We haven’t really gotten our tight-end position going as much as I’d like. I think we’ve really addressed that. I think you’re going to see a team that can utilize the tight end position more in their offensive plan and attack. Cook opens up a lot of possibilities and (Clive Walford) being in much better shape and healthier than he’s been, probably in a while, helps.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

FFToday's Take: IF Cook can stay healthy for more than 12 games, then it is possible he could make some noise in fantasy. However, durability has always been a huge question mark for him, which makes him a high-upside TE2 at best. It is just as likely a healthy Walford ends up taking over for Cook after yet another injury and fulfills the promise he showed as a rookie in 2015.
Ezekiel Elliott decision coming soon?
Waiting to hear about possible suspension
By: Doug Orth | Aug 10 2017, 7:10 pm

Dallas Cowboys
Clarity coming on Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott: The ruling on his investigation is expected soon, source said. Could be as early as (Friday). (NFL.com - Ian Rapoport)

FFToday's Take: As nice as it will be to get some clarification on his status, we have been promised "decisions" on his status for nearly a month, so don't get your hopes up yet. A two-game suspension should probably send Zeke back into the middle of the first round, while no suspension should be enough reason to take him as early as No. 3 overall. Stay tuned.
Devonta Freeman signs five-year extension
Includes 15 million dollar signing bonus
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 9 2017, 10:46 am

Atlanta Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons and two-time Pro Bowl running back Devonta Freeman have agreed on a five-year contract extension the team announced Wednesday. The deal is worth $41.25 million and includes a $15 million signing bonus, agent Kristin Campbell told ESPN. $22 million is guaranteed. (ESPN.com)

FFToday's Take: After riding the running game all the way to the Super Bowl, it's not a surprise to see Atlanta's top brass retain its premier running back. Fantasy owners can draft Freeman as a solid RB1 without worry of a holdout. Atlanta now has both of their top running backs under contract for at least two more seasons with Tevin Coleman's rookie deal coming to an end following the 2018 campaign.
Injury Andrew Luck to avoid PUP?
Week 1 status still up in the air
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 9 2017, 8:29 am

Indianapolis Colts
Just said on @nflnetwork: #Colts GM Chris Ballard told me all indications are Andrew Luck won't start season on PUP. Play Week 1? Still TBD. (Tom Pelissero via Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Andrew Luck is a top five fantasy quarterback when healthy but questions regarding his rehab make him a riskier bet heading into 2017. Although Luck may not be ready to start by Week 1, fantasy owners can probably expect him to be back under center sometime between Weeks 2-4 if he remains off the regular season PUP list.
Siemian getting comfortable in McCoy's offense
QBs likely to split first team reps during preseason
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 8 2017, 7:00 pm

Denver Broncos
Trevor Siemian has been here before, looking ahead to a preseason game in his college town of Chicago, awaiting his first live opportunity to audition for the Broncos’ starting job. He knows the routine, knows the inherent pressure and has shown a knack for managing both. But recently, something changed for him as he took more repetitions and saw more time in Mike McCoy‘s system. As the offense got more complex in practice, Siemian appeared to hit his stride. “I can’t tell exactly when, but probably a week or so I just kind of felt a little more comfortable, like things were clicking for me and I got a big-picture thought of how we’re trying to attack scheme and defenses,” Siemian said Tuesday. Thursday, in the Broncos’ preseason opener against the Bears, Siemian will start and play approximately a quarter and a half before handing the keys to Paxton Lynch. In the Broncos’ second preseason game against the 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif., Lynch will start and Siemian will likely take over in the second quarter. (DenverPost.com)

FFToday's Take: Quarterbacks Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch are battling for the starting job in Denver and how they play over the next two weeks will be a key factor in who wins the job. Neither guy is being drafted as a QB1 despite the presence of playmakers Demaryius Thomas and newcomer Jamaal Charles lining up in this offense. The winner of this battle has enough upside to be a borderline fantasy starter and makes for a quality QB2 to target on draft day.
Jarvis Landry denies domestic abuse charges
Dolphins WR one of several NFL players facing legal and league action
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 8 2017, 1:22 pm

Miami Dolphins
One day after it was revealed he is the subject of an investigation into a domestic incident, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry said he is cooperating. (Palm Beach Post)

FFToday's Take: “I have been upfront with the team,” Landry said after Tuesday’s practice. “I’ve been upfront with law enforcement. Hopefully this gets resolved in a timely fashion.” Landry is a productive WR2 in fantasy but you'll have to follow these developments as the info filters in. Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott also faces possible league discipline stemming from an incident that allegedly occurred in Ohio before Zeke's rookie season.
Brandon Marshall clicking with Eli Manning
New Giants WR reminds QB of Plaxico Burress
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 8 2017, 1:15 pm

New York Giants
On Monday, new Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall was catching passes all over the field with defenders draped on his back, according to ESPN reproter Jordan Raanan. QB Eli Manning even agreed that comparisons to his rapport with Plaxico Burress are fair. "We're doing some good stuff, Brandon and I, getting on the same page," Manning said. "Every day there's something new that comes up though. A route here, a concept, just getting on the same timing. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: This is good news for Giants fans and bodes well for Marshall's 2017 fantasy outlook. Odell Beckham, Jr. may have the bigger upside, but don't forget about the veteran Marshall on draft day.
Seahawks WR corps rounding into form
Paul Richardson emerging as No. 3 over Jermaine Kearse
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 8 2017, 10:40 am

Seattle Seahawks
ESPN is reporting that Paul Richardson appears to be the No. 3 behind Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett (leg), and that this could be the best group of pass-catching weapons that Russell Wilson has ever had. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: The Seahawks' quarterback has showcased the diverse array of weapons at his disposal, including the speed of Lockett and Richardson and mismatches with guys like Graham and C.J. Prosise. Baldwin presents a problem for defenses operating out of the slot. This looks to be another good bet for fantasy production, and Wilson is a safe bet for solid numbers with plenty of upside.
Christian Hackenberg getting reps with 1st unit
QB competition brewing as Jets look to settle on best option
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 8 2017, 10:35 am

New York Jets
Though veteran Josh McCown still spent most of Monday’s practice with the first team, 22-year-old Christian Hackenberg received his most reps with the top unit in training camp. Hackenberg, who took 21 overall reps, had six opportunities with the first team, and overall, went 10-of-21 with one touchdown. (New York Post)

FFToday's Take: This means there could be a real QB competition brewing in New Jersey. Mike Maccagnan said yesterday on Michael Kay's radio show that the team is not tanking, but the jury's still out on how effective either the journeyman McCown or the very raw Hackenberg will be without the requisite offensive weapons. WR Quincy Enunwa was just lost for the season with bulging disk in his neck. None of the Jets QBs are worth more than desperation wire fodder.
Jimmy Graham feels "almost 100 times better"
Weighing in at 260 pounds after playing at 280 last year
By: Doug Orth | Aug 7 2017, 5:55 pm

Seattle Seahawks
During a 710 ESPN Seattle interview with John Clayton, Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham said he feels "almost a 100 times" better than he did at this time last season. Graham said he had to rehab from a ruptured patellar tendon injury twice a day all last season just to get ready for games. He said he played at around 280 pounds and is now down to 260. Graham had 923 receiving yards last year, third-best among tight ends. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Once considered Rob Gronkowski's only rival among fantasy tight ends, Graham became the first NFL player of note last season to enjoy a decent amount of success coming off a ruptured patellar tendon. It probably doesn't help the stock much he is now 30 years old, but the drop in weight - assuming he has kept most of his natural athleticism - should be good for him moving forward. He's a value pick in the sixth round of fantasy drafts.
Jay Cutler signs with Dolphins
One-year contract worth $10 M
By: Doug Orth | Aug 7 2017, 5:50 pm

Miami Dolphins
He's back: QB Jay Cutler is coming back. Sources say he's agreed to sign with the Dolphins. (NFL.com - Ian Rapoport)

FFToday's Take: Ryan Tannehill will almost certainly miss half the season - if not all of it - after reinjuring his knee last Thursday. Cutler reunites with HC Adam Gase, who guided the quarterback to his most efficient season while both were with the Chicago Bears in 2015. It's good news for the fantasy fortunes of DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills as well, as Cutler has a strong arm. Cutler figures to be little more than an uninspiring QB2 in fantasy this season, however.
Jordan Matthews at risk of losing snaps?
Nelson Agholor enjoying strong camp
By: Doug Orth | Aug 7 2017, 5:40 pm

Philadelphia Eagles
The speculation that Jordan Matthews will lose playing time at slot wide receiver to Nelson Agholor was not quieted by offensive coordinator Frank Reich, who said Monday that the plan at the position “is a little bit different than last year.” “Right now, the whole receiver room is more competitive. ... So yeah, I think it is a little bit different than last year. I don’t know how it’s going to play out. Is it going to be a reduced role? Is it not? ... That’s going to be determined … by how he plays and how things play out in that room competitively,” Reich said. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

FFToday's Take: Reich suggested Matthews can play outside and there will be four-wide packages on occasion, but he also said he doesn't want to take his tight ends off the field either. Considering the team added Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith before Agholor's "awakening", Matthews very much appears to be in a fight for playing time. Owners would be wise to consider him a low-eend WR4 at best and start considering Agholor at the end of drafts.
Injury Andrew Luck not a lock for Week 1
Still working way back from offseason shoulder surgery
By: Doug Orth | Aug 7 2017, 5:30 pm

Indianapolis Colts
On the Sirius XM Fantasy show, Adam Schefter expressed concerns over Andrew Luck. Said there's "a chance he isn't ready to open the season." (Pro Football Focus)

FFToday's Take: At last check, Luck was still only throwing a tennis ball and has yet to be cleared to throw a football. CBS Sports Jason La Canfora recently floated the possibility of the PUP list out for Luck, it would cost in the first six weeks of the season, although that still seems unlikely. Luck, T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief all need to be moved down draft boards a bit, at least until the quarterback is ready to practice. Scott Tolzien is getting the bulk of snaps in camp.
Injury Jets place WR Quincy Enunwa on injured reserve
Neck injury
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 7 2017, 1:52 pm

New York Jets
Big loss: Jets are placing WR Quincy Enunwa on injured reserve with a neck injury, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Ooof. As if the Jets could get any worse, they lose what might be their best receiver and a player they were counting on to be in the starting lineup Week 1. For now, Robby Anderson is the only recognizable name(?) in the receiving group. As much as they might not want to, the Jets are likely to add a free agent receiver shortly.
Bills ready to sign WR Anquan Boldin
One-year deal
By: Doug Orth | Aug 7 2017, 11:23 am

Buffalo Bills
Bills are giving WR Anquan Boldin a one-year, $2.75 million deal, that includes $1.25 million in incentives, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Bills needed an other veteran receiving option and they found their man. Boldin will likely start opposite Sammy Watkins and should give the offense a stable presence. His signing dings the fantasy value of rookie WR Zay Jones but won't drain any targets from Watkins. Buffalo remains a run-first offense so Boldin should be viewed as a TD-dependent WR4.
Injury John Brown expected to practice on Tuesday
Recovering from quad injury
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 7 2017, 7:00 am

Arizona Cardinals
John Brown is expected to return to practice on Tuesday. (Arizona Republic)

FFToday's Take: Brown has been held out of practice since July 28th with a quad injury. He's currently penciled in as the Cardinals No.2 wide receiver. Brown has dealt with a number of leg injuries over the last couple years and dealt with a sickle-cell condition that cause him to be limited for most of 2016.
Brock Osweiler to start first pre-season game?
Cody Kessler struggling
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 6 2017, 8:00 am

Cleveland Browns
As expected, Hue Jackson didn’t shake up the quarterback rotation in a light practice on Saturday. But he admitted he could announce one Monday and indications are that Brock Osweiler will be the new starter in the practice week and in the preseason opener Thursday night against the New Orleans Saints. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: It seems Cody Kessler has struggled during the early days of camp and DeShone Kizer still has some learning to do. The Browns are putting a lot of thought into this situation as Jackson said he would discuss the QB move higher ups in the organization. However ends up being the Browns starting QB Week 1, he will be low-end QB2 option in fantasy.
Cutler a viable option for the Dolphins?
Dolphins waiting on official diagnosis for Tannehill
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 4 2017, 5:20 pm

Miami Dolphins
Jay Cutler would like to play quarterback in 2017 and he’d really like to play for coach Adam Gase again, a source said Friday. It will be up to the Dolphins if the reunion occurs, the source indicated. The Dolphins are trying to make a final medical determination on Ryan Tannehill. And if Tannehill has season-ending knee surgery, Cutler appears a viable option. (Palm Beach Post)

FFToday's Take: While there's been no official diagnosis on Tannehill's knee injury, it's obvious the Dolphins are preparing for a lengthy absence from their starting quarterback. Cutler and Adam Gase have spent time together in the league and it wouldn't be a surprise if Cutler was signed should Tannehill be lost for the season.
DeAndre Washington clear No.2 RB in Oakland
"Getting all second-team RB reps"
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 4 2017, 2:07 pm

Oakland Raiders
One thing that is flying under radar: DeAndre Washington getting all second-team RB reps over Richard. (Vic Tafur on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Marshawn Lynch is the default top running back in Oakland but given his age and hiatus from the game, Washington makes for an interesting late-round dart through in redraft leagues. Currently he has the leg up on Jalen Richard for backup duties behind Lynch.
Injury Donte Moncrief day-to-day with shoulder injury
Mild AC sprain
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 4 2017, 11:00 am

Indianapolis Colts
It's a mild AC sprain for Donte Moncrief. Day-to-day with that shoulder injury. Fell on it during one-on-one drills yesterday. (Kevin Bowen on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Colts are characterizing the injury as minor. Moncrief is likely to miss a couple practices but there's reason for fantasy owners to panic at this time.
Injury Dolphins fearing the worst for Ryan Tannehill
One source believes QB is done for the season
By: Doug Orth | Aug 3 2017, 10:45 pm

Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins now fear quarterback Ryan Tannehill is going to need season-ending knee surgery, however no decision to have it has been made at this time, according to sources close to the situation. The Dolphins are growing increasingly concerned that surgery will be the most viable and likely option as they and their starting quarterback sift through them. "He's done, I think," one source predicted Thursday night, referring to Tannehill's hopes of returning this season. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Tannehill still could decide to rest his knee for six to eight weeks and try to come back from his knee injury again, but that seems to be an unlikely outcome at the moment. Matt Moore is the next man up and compiled an 8:3 touchdown-to-interception ratio in the three games he started at the end of last season. He's a downgrade from Tannehill but not so much that receivers like Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker need to be downgraded all that much. Moore should be considered a low-end QB2.
Huge role right out the gate for Joe Mixon?
Team website hints at feature-back role for rookie
By: Doug Orth | Aug 3 2017, 5:55 pm

Cincinnati Bengals
Bengals.com editor Geoff Hobson addressed Joe Mixon in a Q&A with readers Wednesday, Aug. 3: Mixon is the real deal. I think you have to think about him as a 15-to-20-carry-a-game guy with three to five catches. Right away. Sept. 10. Vs. Baltimore. That said, I think they should keep Jeremy Hill. ... This guy can still help them. He’s a good back, very good on the goal-line and what a perfect panacea for an offensive line in transition: a stable of three starting caliber backs in Mixon, Hill, and Giovani Bernard. Perfect. Rotate them, make sure you run it 30-35 times to take heat off the young tackles, and how much room do you think that will give A.J. Green and friends? (Bengals.com)

FFToday's Take: Mixon has done nothing in camp to remove any of the shine off his luster, and the idea of him starting Week 1 should come as a surprise to no one. Whether or not the Bengals want to give him 250 carries and 40 catches is another story, especially since Hill remains an effective goal-line back and Bernard is a very capable receiver. Mixon's workload in the team's dress rehearsal (third preseason game) could be telling as to whether Hobson is right.
Injury No significant damage for Ryan Tannehill
More evaluation needed, per source
By: Doug Orth | Aug 3 2017, 5:40 pm

Miami Dolphins
No significant damage found in Ryan Tannehill's knee from initial MRI but further evaluation needed, source says. Situation still uncertain. (The Washington Post - Mark Maske)

FFToday's Take: In other words, Tannehill is not out of the woods yet, although "no significant damage" is almost always a good thing. Matt Moore showed late last season he can capably run the team if necessary and would start if Tannehill is forced to miss regular-season action.
Injury Ryan Tannehill leaves practice early
Non-contact injury
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 3 2017, 9:27 am

Miami Dolphins
Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill sustained a non-contact leg injury during Thursday’s practice and left the field walking gingerly. The Dolphins had no immediate update about the nature or the severity of the injury. Tannehill went down awkwardly after scrambling to the sideline during team drills, in the first hour of practice. (Miami Herald)

FFToday's Take: Tannehill walked off the field with trainers so hopefully this injury isn't severe. He missed a few games at the end of last season after injuring his knee which he elected not to have surgery on. Matt Moore is Tannehill's backup.
Injury Broken collarbone for Texans WR Will Fuller
Surgery required, out indefinitely
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 2 2017, 12:10 pm

Houston Texans
Texans' WR Will Fuller broke his collarbone today during practice, sources tell @sarahbarshop and me. Out indefinitely. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: It's tough to nail down a return date for Fuller but this injury could keep him out 2-3 months and will put him off the fantasy radar for the near future. Jaelen Strong will have an opportunity to jump into the No.2 wide receiver spot in camp with Braxton Miller holding down duties in the slot.
Injury Sterling Shephard suffers ankle injury
Carted off
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 2 2017, 12:05 pm

New York Giants
The latest on the scary situation for #Giants WR Sterling Shepard, who has an ankle injury. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: It's always an ominous sign when a player gets carted off the field. Reports say trainers were looking at Shepard's ankle. The team is expected to update his condition after practice.
Injury Jordan Reed: No timetable for return
TE visits foot specialist about toe injury
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 1 2017, 1:48 pm

Washington Redskins
Gruden says TE Jordan Reed went to Charlotte to see a specialist about his toe injury, no timetable for return yet. (Redskins on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Here we are again discussing another Jordan Reed injury. Reed was placed on the active PUP list week and reports suggest the Redskins haven't been overly concerned about his toe injury. However, this feels like a situation were Reed may not see the practice field any time soon.
Injury Dalvin Cook still favorite to win RB job
Latavius Murray "behind the 8-ball" because of injury
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 1 2017, 11:05 am

Minnesota Vikings
With rookie Dalvin Cook looking good, Latavius Murray is behind in the race to be the Vikings’ starting running back. Following March 22 surgery on his right ankle, Murray sat out spring drills and has been on the physically unable to perform list since he was eligible July 24 to participate in his first practice at training camp. (Pioneer Press)

FFToday's Take: “It’s very frustrating to not be a part of what the guys got going on,” Murray said Monday. “I know I’m behind the 8-ball. That’s the most frustrating part.” Murray has never exactly been the prototypical workhorse back and Cook is running the majority of plays with the first team. Cook himself is reluctant to say he's the leading candidate to replace Adrian Peterson, but he makes sense as the first Vikings Rb off the board in fantasy drafts.
Lions direct two-TE sets, could benefit Eric Ebron
Daniel Fells handling blocking duties in scheme
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 1 2017, 8:50 am

Detroit Lions
Even with Eric Ebron out with a hamstring injury, the Lions have spent significant time with two tight ends on the field thus far in training camp. Darren Fells and Cole Wick joined Golden Tate and Marvin Jones in the first play of full-team drills each of the last two days, and Fells had a standout practice today, making several tough catches in traffic. (Detroit Free Press)

FFToday's Take: Fells was signed as a free agent in the spring largely for his blocking ability to beef up the run game, and Anquan Boldin was let go. A shift to two-tight end personnel could free up more opportunities for Ebron, who remains a back-end TE1 with upside.
Injury Lance Dunbar down indefinitely with knee injury
Rams backfield piece yielding backup role to Malcolm Brown
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 1 2017, 8:43 am

Los Angeles Rams
According to Alden Gonzalez at ESPN: "Lance Dunbar is out indefinitely with a knee injury, but it looks like Malcolm Brown is solidifying himself as Todd Gurley's backup." (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: New Rams coach Sean McVay has reportedly been "pleasantly surprised" with Brown, who he says has "done a nice job of establishing himself in that secondary role." Dunbar --who never materialized as the prototypical change-of-pace back he was touted as being in Dallas because of injuries, was expected to fill a specific role catching the ball out of the backfield. Gurley's handcuff now appears to be Brown.
No decision on Ezekiel Elliott expected this week
Cowboys RB remains a risky top five pick
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 1 2017, 8:40 am

Dallas Cowboys
Tom Pelissero (@Tom Pelissero) on Twitter: "No Ezekiel Elliott decision expected this week, source said. Commissioner waiting for 4 outside advisors who attended meeting to finish work" (Twitter)

FFToday's Take: There was some speculation a ban would be announced this past Friday, but now it appears there's nothing even planned for this week. The Cowboys stud RB remains a risky top-five fantasy pick as we head into August.
Kevin White battling "confidence" issues
Third-year Bears WR has played just four games his first two seasons
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 1 2017, 8:34 am

Chicgao Bears
Kevin White is struggling to flash the trademark confidence and shine he showed in college after suffering two catastrophic injuries to the same leg during his first two pro campaigns. Receivers coach Zach Azzanni resorted to showing White some of his West Virginia highlights, just to remind him of the elite collegiate player he was and how he attacked catches with a competitive edge. (Chicago Tribune)

FFToday's Take: It's easy to forget just how explosive and talented White was at WV, but there's still a chance he emerges as a playmaker for the Bears this season. He's not highly coveted in fantasy drafts, so he makes a decent late-round pick given his upside.
McCaffrey a "special player"
Jonathan Stewart calls rookie "pretty unstoppable" in passing game
By: Doug Orth | Jul 31 2017, 8:55 pm

Carolina Panthers
Before RB Christian McCaffrey has played his first exhibition game, the rookie continues to draw rave reviews from his teammates. The latest to praise McCaffrey was veteran RB Jonathan Stewart, who made a bold prediction regarding McCaffrey. “He’s pretty unstoppable as far as coming out of the backfield running routes. I can tell you now there’s not going to be anybody in this league that can cover him 1-on-1. ... He’s a special player. Coach (Mike) Shula has definitely found some pretty good ways to put him in positions to win,” Stewart said. (The Charlotte Observer)

FFToday's Take: If the Panthers get their way, the updated version of "Double Trouble" will be even more dynamic than the first. The challenge for Carolina will be remembering McCaffrey is a special runner as well and making sure he gets at least 10 carries per game in addition to four or five receptions while Stewart is healthy. The sky is the limit for McCaffrey, who could set the league on fire if/when Stewart succumbs to injury again.
Duke Johnson the Browns' new offensive weapon?
HC: "He is just doing everything."
By: Doug Orth | Jul 31 2017, 8:45 pm

Cleveland Browns
Browns HC Hue Jackson raised some eyebrows on Sunday when he was asked if RB Duke Johnson is spending time in wide receivers meetings. "He stays with me. He is with me all of the time. ... He is just doing everything, honestly. He can catch out of the backfield. He runs the ball. We line him up in different places where we can get an advantage with him. He is a weapon for us. We are just trying to use him as much as we can, and we do," Jackson said. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

FFToday's Take: Johnson has been underutilized in each of his first two seasons, especially last year. Given the current state of the Browns' offense, Jackson would be wise to get Johnson's touches back in the 160-170 range. Isaiah Crowell will remain the early-down horse, but Johnson will be a PPR asset if he can run at least 100 times behind Cleveland's offensive line and finish with at least 50 catches again.
Mike McCarthy calls Montgomery "full threat"
HC talks up starting RB
By: Doug Orth | Jul 31 2017, 8:35 pm

Green Bay Packers
Packers HC Mike McCarthy to NFL.com's Tom Pelissero regarding Ty Montgomery: "He's the full threat. He can obviously run it, he can catch it, he can displace and run routes and catch it. He just needs the reps in pass protection, because he's actually really high in ability for pass protection. That guy is a stud now. He's got in his body. He's a very good young player." (NFL.com - Tom Pelissero)

FFToday's Take: Pelissero goes on to say Jamaal Wiliams is the most impressive of the three rooking running backs so far, but obviously McCarthy's praise means more at the moment. Coaches hand out compliments for all kinds of reasons during training camp, but it is interesting McCarthy acknowledges Montgomery still has work to do in the one area that got him benched a couple times last season. If Montgomery shores up that part of his game, he could be a high-end RB2 in fantasy.
Bucs thinking RBBC to replace Martin now?
Jacquizz Rodgers set to share work in Weeks 1-3
By: Doug Orth | Jul 31 2017, 8:20 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM Jason Licht told ESPN's Dan Graziano that the Bucs are leaning toward a committee approach at running back during Doug Martin's suspension the first three games of the season. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Over the weekend, Licht said Martin would have to earn his starting job back. It was also speculated Jacquizz Rodgers had a realistic shot at holding the job if he performed well in Martin's absence. The most likely scenario is probably one in which Martin returns to 16-18 carry/game workload and loses a series or two every game to Rodgers. Charles Sims and Jeremy McNichols figure to fight over third-down and garbage-time duties.
Injury Ajayi being evaluated for a concussion
Left practice Monday
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 31 2017, 12:59 pm

Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins believed they were set at running back until this morning. They figured Jay Ajayi was going to be the bell cow back and they’d get the football in his hands 400 or so times this year while Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams provided some outstanding depth. Well, it happened Monday. Ajayi is being evaluated for a concussion. (Miami Herald)

FFToday's Take: Ajayi left practice Monday after "getting his bell rung". There's no reason for fantasy owners to panic now until we hear something official from the team.
200-plus carries for Abdullah?
Lions RB discussion
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 30 2017, 7:00 pm

Detroit Lions
The Lions are going to give him (Ameer Abdullah) every chance to prove it as he begins training camp as the No. 1 running back on the roster. The Lions use a running-back-by-committee approach to their run game, but Abdullah is still expected to receive somewhere in the neighborhood of 200-plus carries as Detroit’s lead back. (DetroitLions.com)

FFToday's Take: This of course all depends on Abdullah staying healthy something he wasn't able to do last season, missing 14 games with a Lisfranc injury in his foot. With a low TD expectation and Theo Riddick expected to dominate third-down work, Abdullah's ceiling figures to be an RB2.
Bucs won't guarantee starting RB job to Martin
Motivational ploy for suspended RB
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 30 2017, 11:01 am

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht told ESPN on Saturday that Doug Martin was looking good so far in camp and that the team is happy with the way he's handling things, but that the reality of the situation is that Martin's job might not be there for him anymore in Week 4. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Jacquizz Rodgers will be the starting running back Weeks 1-3 and it appears the Bucs are attempting to motivate the suspended Martin by not naming him the starter upon his return. Charles Sims has carved out a third-down role and Peyton Barber along with rookie Jeremy McNichols are also in the mix. Martin is risky pick with a current ADP in middle of the 4th round, RB20.