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Tim Wright, TE, NEP8/26/2014 9:33:00 PM
Description: The Patriots have acquired Tim Wright and a 2015 fourth-round pick from the Buccaneers for Logan Mankins.
Insight: The deal clears up cap space for New England and gives its offense more flexibility. Wright is light for a tight end at 220 pounds but he may be able to serve in Aaron Hernandez' old role as the move tight end. He had 54 catches for 571 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie. It's unnecessary to target Wright in fantasy right now but he's another guy who will see targets. The Patriots receiving hierarchy is unclear after Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman.
Wes Welker, WR, DEN8/26/2014 9:30:00 PM
Description: According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Broncos coach John Fox said Wes Welker is doing "fantastic" in the concussion protocol.
Insight: Welker has sustained three concussions since Nov. 17. He'll need to be symptom-free by next Monday to be eligible to return to a full practice in time for the Sept. 7 season opener and it looks like he's going to be ready. However, he's extremely risky because one hit could end his career. Emmanuel Sanders will get a huge boost in fantasy value, as will rookie Cody Latimer to a lesser extent, if Welker goes down.
Caleb Hanie, QB, DAL8/26/2014 3:32:00 PM
Description: Dallas quarterback Caleb Hanie was released Monday.
Insight: Brandon Weeden is the handcuff for Cowboys starting QB Tony Romo and would be a viable fantasy option if forced into action.
Wes Welker, WR, DEN8/25/2014 9:27:00 PM
Description: Broncos coach John Fox says receiver Wes Welker (concussion) hasn't said anything about retirement, according to Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com.
Insight: Welker has sustained three concussions since Nov. 17. He'll need to be symptom-free by next Monday to be eligible to return to a full practice in time for the Sept. 7 season opener. If Welker cannot play, Emmanuel Sanders will get a huge boost in fantasy value, as will rookie Cody Latimer to a lesser extent.
Bernard Pierce, RB, BAL8/25/2014 9:26:00 PM
Description: Ravens running back Bernard Pierce has officially been diagnosed with a concussion, according to Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com.
Insight: The concussion is minor and Pierce is expected to be ready for Week 1. An injury at this point of the preseason would be terrible for Pierce, who will get a two-game chance to prove he deserves a larger role in the offense when Ray Rice returns from a suspension.
Matt Cassel, QB, MIN8/25/2014 9:20:00 PM
Description: The Vikings have named Matt Cassel the starting quarterback for Week 1 against the Rams.
Insight: Cassel is just keeping the seat warm for Teddy Bridgewater. The 32-year-old was respectable last year for the Vikings, completing 60.2 percent of his passes, averaging 7.11 yards per attempt and posting an 11/9 TD/INT ratio. Minnesota OC Norv Turner was able to get 4,372 yards and 26 touchdowns out of Cleveland's trio of Jason Campbell, Brandon Weeden and Brian Hoyer last season, so he should be able to build a decent passing offense with Cassel under center. Cassel starting shouldn't hurt the fantasy value of Adrian Peterson, Kyle Rudolph or Cordarrelle Patterson.
Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT8/25/2014 9:12:00 PM
Description: Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said the team has not ruled out suspending running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount for their recent arrests, according to ESPN.com.
Insight: Bell and Blount were arrested for marijuana possession on Aug. 20 and Bell was also charged with DUI. It's likely the Steelers will just wait for the legal process to play out and let the NFL punish Bell and Blount. Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe was recently suspended one game for getting arrested for marijuana possession in November. Rookie Dri Archer is Pittsburgh's third-string running back.
Ryan Lindley, QB, ARI8/25/2014 3:08:00 PM
Description: Cardinals backup QB Ryan Lindley was released Monday.
Insight: The San Diego State product never proved he could play at the NFL level and playing in six games threw for a 52 percent completion rate with zero touchdowns and seven interceptions. Case closed. Drew Stanton will back up Carson Palmer.
Jay Feely, K, ARI8/25/2014 3:02:00 PM
Description: Arizona released long-time kicker Jay Feely, who went 30-for-36 last season.
Insight: The 30 field goals he made were his most since 2009, but he was replaced by a "cheaper" model that has a stronger leg for kickoffs - Chandler Catanzaro.
Dimitri Patterson, CB, NYJ8/25/2014 2:56:00 PM
Description: Jets starting corner Dimitri Patterson has been suspended indefinitely by the team.
Insight: Patterson skipped New York's game Friday night and the team is investigating. The Jets are thin in the secondary with Patterson suspended and Dee Milliner sidelined with a high-ankle sprain.
Dustin Hopkins, K, BUF8/25/2014 11:14:00 AM
Description: Bills kicker Dustin Hopkins has been waived.
Insight: Hopkins had not kicked all last season because of injury and Dan Carpenter hit 33-of-36 attempts ( 91.7 percent) so this was the expected outcome.
Eric Page, WR, TAM8/25/2014 11:00:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay has released WR/KR Eric Page.
Insight: Page caught just four balls all last season, but was used on kickoff and punt return duty. Buried deep on the depth chart, he had no fantasy value even before his release.
Jordan Palmer, QB, CHI8/25/2014 10:56:00 AM
Description: The Bears have waived QB Jordan Palmer.
Insight: Palmer has only played in four games since 2008. The move makes Jimmy Clausen the "handcuff" to oft-injured Jay Cutler.
Darius Reynaud, KR/PR8/25/2014 10:55:00 AM
Description: Kicker returner Darius Reynaud was released by the Chicago Bears, who apparently will go with WR Chris Williams for both punts and kickoffs.
Insight: Reynaud had a small amount of fantasy value in 2012 with Tennessee when he returned two kickoffs and a punt for a touchdown and also worked out of the backfield, but has no fantasy value at this time.
Dennis Dixon, QB, PHI8/25/2014 10:47:00 AM
Description: Quarterback Dennis Dixon has been released by the Buffalo Bills
Insight: Dixon simply hasn't proven that he has enough talent to compete at the NFL level.
Andre Holmes, WR, OAK8/24/2014 9:06:00 PM
Description: According to NFL.com, Raiders receiver Andre Holmes "looks buried" on the depth chart.
Insight: The 6-4, 210-pound Holmes had 366 receiving yards and a touchdown in the last five games last season and he was listed atop the Raiders' first depth chart of the preseason along with Rod Streater. However, he was demoted in the second preseason game and was the No. 5 receiver in Friday's game. Streater and James Jones are the best fantasy bets among Oakland's wideouts, but with Matt Schaub looking horrible this preseason there's not much reason to get excited.
Matt Schaub, QB, OAK8/24/2014 9:02:00 PM
Description: Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub is dealing with elbow soreness, according to Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune.
Insight: Schaub has completed just 24-of-47 (51.1%) for 218 yards (4.6 ypa) with zero touchdowns and one interception this season. He's looked as bad as his numbers suggest he's been. It won't be long before Derek Carr is starting for Oakland.
Bernard Pierce, RB, BAL8/24/2014 8:57:00 PM
Description: Ravens running back Bernard Pierce tweeted that he's "fine" after suffering a head injury during Saturday's preseason game.
Insight: According to the Baltimore Sun, Pierce is expected to be ready for Week 1. He left Saturday's game with concussion symptoms but hasn't yet been officially diagnosed with a concussion. An injury at this point of the preseason would be terrible for Pierce, who will get a two-game chance to prove he deserves a larger role in the offense when Ray Rice returns from a suspension.
Cam Newton, QB, CAR8/24/2014 8:17:00 PM
Description: According to the Charlotte Observer, the Panthers don't expect to know quarterback Cam Newton's status for Week 1 until next week. Newton sustained a hairline fracture in one of his ribs Saturday night.
Insight: Coach Ron Rivera said Newton won't play in the final preseason game, but he expects him to play in the season opener at Tampa Bay. In addition to the injury to his ribs, Newton is still recovering from offseason ankle surgery and his rushing output could be lean early in the season. Derek Anderson is Newton's backup.
Jimmy Clausen, QB, CHI8/24/2014 6:50:00 PM
Description: Bears quarterback Jimmy Clausen has won the backup job to starter Jay Cutler.
Insight: Jordan Palmer was cut Sunday. Clausen hasn't thrown a pass since he had 1,558 yards, three touchdowns and nine picks on 299 attempts (52.5 completion percentage, 5.21 yards per attempt) as a rookie in 2010. Of course, coach Marc Trestman also helped journeyman Josh McCown turn into a viable fantasy quarterback last season and Cutler has missed 12 games over the last three years.
Cam Newton, QB, CAR8/24/2014 6:48:00 PM
Description: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has a hairline fracture in his ribs, according to Steve Reed of the Associated Press.
Insight: Newton took a shot to the ribs during Saturday's preseason game. He won't play in the fourth exhibition contest, but coach Ron Rivera thinks he'll be ready for Week 1. In addition to the injury to his ribs, Newton is still recovering from offseason ankle surgery and his rushing output could be lean early in the season.
Wes Welker, WR, DEN8/24/2014 4:38:00 PM
Description: Broncos receiver Wes Welker was diagnosed with another concussion after Saturday's preseason game.
Insight: Welker caught a pass over the middle and took a shoulder to the head from Texans safety D.J. Swearinger. The 33-year-old sustained two concussions late in the 2013 season and missed three games. Emmanuel Sanders and Julius Thomas will see more targets if Welker is out.
Sam Bradford, QB, STL8/24/2014 4:03:00 PM
Description: According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is out for the season after an MRI revealed that he re-tore the ACL in his left knee. Shaun Hill is now the starting quarterback
Insight: Bradford suffered the injury during Saturday's preseason game. He was entering a make-or-break season with St. Louis and now his future is up in the air. The former No. 1 overall pick will turn 27 in November. His injury is a blow to the fantasy value of St. Louis' pass-catchers (Kenny Britt, Tavon Austin, Jared Cook and sleeper Brian Quick) and should result in the Rams giving more carries to Zac Stacy.
Ramses Barden, WR, JAC8/24/2014 3:18:00 PM
Description: Wideout Ramses Barden was released by Jacksonville.
Insight: At 6-foot-6, 224 lbs Barden was supposed to develop into a big-time threat, but lacked the speed to get away from NFL defenders. The Jags will go with their two rookie Marqise lee and Allen Robinson
Matt Prater, K, DEN8/24/2014 2:16:00 PM
Description: Broncos kicker Matt Prater will miss the first four games of the season due to a league suspension for an alcohol-related violation the league's substance-abuse policy.
Insight: Prater was in danger of a one-year suspension but apparently has a good lawyer. In the Denver offense any kicker will see a lot of work and Prater's four-week replacement should have solid fantasy value for the first month. He'll be eligible to return Week 6 against the New York Jets as the Broncos have a bye in Week 4.
Alex Smith, QB, KAN8/23/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith went 14-of-24 for 140 yards and two interceptions in the Chiefs' third preseason game against the Vikings on Saturday.
Insight: Smith has not looked good this preseason and lacks the weapons on offense (besides Jamaal Charles) to put any confidence in fantasy owners. The quarterback is 31-for-51 for 286 yards and three turnovers this month.
Roddy White, WR, ATL8/23/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Falcons receiver Roddy White caught three passes for 34 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Titans.
Insight: White looks to be the underneath, possession receiver this year with Julio Jones clearly taking the big play wide receiver role. But if White can actually stay healthy this season, he could see a lot more targets with Tony Gonzalez retiring. He is a value pick in the fourth or fifth round.
Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS8/23/2014 10:08:00 PM
Description: Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III completed 5-of-8 passes for 20 yards and an interception in Washington's third preseason game against Baltimore. Griffin also took three sacks.
Insight: On his interception, he tried to force a pass into Alfred Morris but linebacker C.J. Mosley intercepted the pass. Griffin nearly threw another pick. There are definite concerns about whether Griffin can manage Jay Gruden's offense and make more throws in the pocket. Even with all his talent, more weapons around him this season (DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts) and a pass heavy offense, Griffin is a risky seventh round pick, which is his current ADP.
Trent Richardson, RB, IND8/23/2014 10:02:00 PM
Description: Colts running back Trent Richardson ran the ball for 14 yards on four carries.
Insight: After struggling in the first two preseason games, Richardson seemed to run with a purpose on Saturday. He ran for five and eight yards on his first two carries, but then ran for one yard in his next two carries combined. He is still a risky pick in the fifth round, which is his ADP. Tell me if you have heard that before. Through the first two preseason games he's carried the ball 14 times for 34 yards. That's a 2.43 ypc average. Remind me why you would want him on your fantasy roster.
Julio Jones, WR, ATL8/23/2014 9:57:00 PM
Description: Falcons receiver Julio Jones caught two passes including a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Titans.
Insight: Matt Ryan found Jones for a 52-yard TD pass in the second quarter. Seeing as how well Ryan looked on Saturday and due to the fact the Falcons look poised to be in a lot of high scoring games, Jones definitely has potential to return to those 2012 numbers in which he caught 79 balls for 1,198 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Mike Wallace, WR, MIA8/23/2014 9:54:00 PM
Description: Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace caught six balls for 67 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Cowboys.
Insight: That's a good sign for Wallace, who was dealing with a hamstring injury. It is also a good sign Wallace received a team-high eight targets. But until Tannehill can hit Wallace on the deep ball, the QB missed his receiver by a good five yards on a long pass, Wallace remains a quality WR2 or flex start. Wallace has been dealing with a minor hamstring injury and the Dolphins held him out as a precaution. Hopefully he can get back on the field for Miami's second preseason game so he can work on his chemistry with QB Ryan Tannehill. If Wallace stays healthy he should have a much better season than he did in 2013 (73 catches, 930 yards, five touchdowns) with creative new OC Bill Lazor calling the shots.
Joe Flacco, QB, BAL8/23/2014 9:50:00 PM
Description: Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was 16-of-23 for 180 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Redskins.
Insight: Flacco led Baltimore to three first-half scoring drives and struck a wide open Steve Smith for a 30-yard touchdown. The quarterback is 29-of-45 for 345 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions this preseason. Flacco is a worthy QB2.
Shonn Greene, RB, TEN8/23/2014 9:46:00 PM
Description: Titans running back Shonn Greene ran the ball six times for 15 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Falcons.
Insight: Given the size of the Tennessee offensive line and a below average Atlanta front seven, its disappointing Greene did not have a much better showing. He remains the starter for now, but we doubt he will remain in front of rookie Bishop Sankey.
Knowshon Moreno, RB, MIA8/23/2014 9:42:00 PM
Description: Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno ran for 64 yards on 10 carries in Saturday's preseason game against the Cowboys.
Insight: The running back scampered 19 yards on his first carry as a Dolphin and continued to run strong. Lamar Miller started the game, but the two running backs pretty much split time with the first team offense. Moreno provides great value with his ADP in the 10th round.
Reggie Wayne, WR, IND8/23/2014 9:36:00 PM
Description: Colts receiver Reggie Wayne started in Saturday's preseason game but failed to catch his lone target.
Insight: Wayne still looked good in his first game action since tearing his ACL in Week 7 last year. Wayne caught two passes that were negated for penalties. There is a good chance he leads Indianapolis in catches this season and is a quality flex play in most leagues.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, MIA8/23/2014 9:34:00 PM
Description: Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed 13-of-21 passes for 119 yards and an interception in Saturday's preseason game against the Cowboys.
Insight: Miami's offense gained 232 yards with Tannehill under center against Dallas, but it yielded only three points due to turnovers and penalties. Tannehill's worst throw was his last when he stared down Brian Hartline and threw it right to cornerback Tyler Patmon. The quarterback also missed an open Mike Wallace on a deep pass by a good five yards. However, Tannehill is still a good QB2 option as he has gone 29-for-41 for 291 yards, one touchdown and an interception this preseason.
Matt Ryan, QB, ATL8/23/2014 9:27:00 PM
Description: Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan completed 18-of-23 passes for 224 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in Saturday's preseason game against the Titans.
Insight: Ryan looks poised to return to his 2012 numbers (4,515 yards/32 touchdowns) with his preseason performances so far. He is 28-for-37 for 314 yards, two touchdowns and no picks this month. With a poor defense and a shaky ground attack, Atlanta could be in a lot of shootouts and Ryan will be throwing a lot this season.
Drew Brees, QB, NOS8/23/2014 9:22:00 PM
Description: In his preseason debut, Saints quarterback Drew Brees completed 9-of-15 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns in one quarter against the Colts on Saturday.
Insight: Brees looks completely healthy and ready to wreak havoc on the NFL this season. He found Jimmy Graham for a 38-yard touchdown and then Marques Colston for a 13-yard score. With the elite weapons he has again on offense, Brees could lead fantasy quarterbacks in scoring this season.
Jake Locker, QB, TEN8/23/2014 9:07:00 PM
Description: Titans quarterback Jake Locker was 12-of-17 for 188 yards and one touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Falcons.
Insight: Locker also did not throw any interceptions. The touchdown pass was a 63-yard bomb to receiver Nate Washington. Through three preseason games, Locker is 21-of-30 with two touchdowns and no picks. If he remains healthy, Locker is a quality QB2.
Tony Romo, QB, DAL8/23/2014 9:03:00 PM
Description: Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo went 10-for-18 with 87 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Dolphins.
Insight: Dallas only gained 110 yards in the first half with Romo under center. Most importantly, Romo seemed unaffected by three first half sacks. The quarterback is 14-of-23 for 167 yards and one touchdown this preseason.
Mike Williams, WR, TAM8/23/2014 8:58:00 PM
Description: Bills wide receiver Mike Williams made three catches for 46 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against his former team, the Buccaneers.
Insight: Williams caught three out of four passes thrown in his direction, including a 14-yard touchdown. He will play opposite Sammy Watkins to start the season and has the potential to be a valuable WR plug-in during the bye weeks.
DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL8/23/2014 8:50:00 PM
Description: Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray played three series in Saturday's preseason game against the Dolphins and rushed for 18 yards on six carries and made one catch for six yards.
Insight: The big question behind Murray is whether he can actually stay on the field this year. In his three year career, he has never played more than 14 games. Behind what should be a powerful Cowboy line this season, Murray could really shine.
Sam Bradford, QB, STL8/23/2014 8:48:00 PM
Description: Rams quarterback Sam Bradford left Saturday's preseason game against the Browns with a left knee injury.
Insight: It is the same knee Bradford had surgically repaired last fall. He went into the locker room under his own power for a short examination, and it didn't look serious but the injury history has to worry Bradford owners. The quarterback was 4-for-9 for 77 yards before the injury.
Bernard Pierce, RB, BAL8/23/2014 8:47:00 PM
Description: Ravens backup running back Bernard Pierce left in the first quarter of Saturday's preseason game against the Redskins with a possble concussion.
Insight: Not a good sign for Pierce, who was injury plagued last season. Baltimore is already missing Ray Rice the first two weeks of the season because of suspension and now it seems like at least a 50/50 chance Pierce will be out too. Week 1 is two weeks away and doctors must clear Pierce before he returns.
E.J. Manuel, QB, BUF8/23/2014 7:57:00 PM
Description: Buffalo QB EJ Manuel completed 19-of-28 passes for 198 yards, one touchdown and an interception in Saturday's preseason game against Tampa Bay.
Insight: Manuel probably didn't play quite as well as his stat line indicates. Even though the interception wasn't his fault because intented target, Scott Chandler, fell down, Manuel threw a couple other near interceptions by throwing into double coverage. He also lost a fumble on a sack that the Tampa Bay defense returned for a touchdown. Buffalo gained only 82 yards in the first half. A lot of Manuel's production came against the second string Tampa Bay defense in the third quarter.
Vincent Jackson, WR, TAM8/23/2014 7:45:00 PM
Description: Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson caught five passes for 43 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Bills.
Insight: Jackson was clearly Josh McCown's favorite target, and the quarterback looked a lot better on Saturday then he did in previous preseason games this month. Jackson caught all five balls thrown his way. The receiver is a high-end WR2.
Cam Newton, QB, CAR8/23/2014 7:30:00 PM
Description: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton suffered a back bruise late in the second quarter against the New England Patriots on Friday. Newton underwent X-rays as a precaution according to ESPN, and head coach Ron Rivera said they came back negative.
Insight: The bruise happened when Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins nailed Newton in the back after the quarterback scrambled seven yards. Newton entered the game with questions about his ankle due to offseason surgery. Rivera expects both Newton's back and ankle to be fine by Week 1.
Daniel Thomas, RB, MIACold8/23/2014 7:12:00 PM
Description: Miami running back Daniel Thomas (hamstring) will miss Miami's third preseason game.
Insight: Thomas won't play despite returning to practice this week. He has yet to play in a preseason game and could be in danger of losing his roster spot.
Josh McCown, QB, TAM8/23/2014 7:09:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay quarterback Josh McCown completed 13-of-16 passes for 112 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the Buccaneers third preseason game.
Insight: McCown led the Bucs to three scoring drives before Mike Glennon replaced McCown in the second half. His touchdown was a 26-yard strike to Mike Evans in the back of the endzone. McCown has completed 20-of-27 passes for 178 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in three preseason starts. McCown is a low-end QB2. was 2-for-4 for 20 yards and a "pick-six." He didn't get much help from his offensive line. They will all have to be much better or fantasy owners will start to devalue everyone on the Bucs' offense.
Doug Martin, RB, TAM8/23/2014 7:01:00 PM
Description: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin had 12 carries for 38 yards with a touchdown and two catches for 27 yards in Saturday's preseason game.
Insight: Head coach Lovie Smith said this week that Martin was going to be his "bell cow" and he was on Saturday. Martin touched the ball 14 times before half and Bobby Rainey was mostly used only on third downs. Through three preseason games, Martin has 100 total yards on 25 touches. He is a lock to be the every-down back. If Martin is there in the third round, which is his currect ADP, take him.
Rueben Randle, WR, NYG8/23/2014 5:43:00 PM
Description: Giants head coach Tom Coughlin praised third-year wideout Rueben Randle during his Saturday press conference.
Insight: Randle looked good on Friday against the Jets, running a sharp 15-yard route for a touchdown and displaying great field awareness by catching a 26-yard throw along the sideline. If Eli Manning can ever get a hold of the new offense, Randle could be a great value pickup in a middle round.
Montee Ball, RB, DEN8/23/2014 1:18:00 PM
Description: Broncos running back Montee Ball (appendectomy) will make his preseason debut Saturday.
Insight: Ball made a quick recovery from an appendectomy and he's ready for action. Big things are expected of him after less-talented Knowshon Moreno was a fantasy star in this offense a year ago.
Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, OAK8/23/2014 12:05:00 PM
Description: Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew broke off a 40-yard touchdown during Friday's preseason game at Green Bay.
Insight: Jones-Drew rushed for 3.4 yards per carry with the Jaguars last season, but he did still have five gains of at least 20 yards and two of 40 or more. With Darren McFadden's health always in question, MJD could turn into an RB2 this season.
Chad Henne, QB, JAC8/23/2014 11:48:00 AM
Description: The Jaguars have officially named Chad Henne their starting quarterback.
Insight: It was a foregone conclusion that Henne would start. The question is, how long will he hold off Blake Bortles? The team wants to give Bortles the year to learn as a backup, but he figures to start at some point. He's outplayed Henne this preseason.
Geno Smith, QB, NYJ8/23/2014 11:32:00 AM
Description: The Jets named Geno Smith the starting quarterback following the team's third preseason game Friday night against the Giants.
Insight: Smith has gone 23-of-33 (.697) for 268 yards, a touchdown and an interception this preseason and he was 9-of-14 for 137 yards and a touchdown Friday night. Smith's grasp on the starting job was never in jeopardy, especially because Michael Vick showed up to camp with a backup's mindset. Smith isn't a reliable fantasy option but his development is important to the fantasy value of Eric Decker.
Josh Gordon, WR, CLE8/22/2014 4:19:00 PM
Description: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports there will be no ruling on Josh Gordon's suspension appeal this week.
Insight: FOX Sports' Mike Garofolo reported the NFL Players Union was expecting a decision by the end of this week, so this is a little surprising. Apparently there is a high volume of testimony on both sides from Gordon's latest failed drug test. In many cases, fantasy owners hoping to know Gordon's status before their draft are unfortunately out of luck. Hopefully, a decision is made next week.
Donald Stephenson, OL, KAN8/22/2014 2:58:00 PM
Description: The NFL has issued a four-game suspension to Chiefs RT Donald Stephenson.
Insight: More troubling news for the Kansas City offensive line. Be concerned and forewarned if you are planning to choose Jamaal Charles as your top pick. The Chiefs offensive line is going to struggle in 2014.
Doug Martin, RB, TAM8/22/2014 12:23:00 PM
Description: Coach Lovie Smith called running back Doug Martin his "bell cow".
Insight: It is a little curious why Martin's ADP has slipped to the early third round as Martin is going to be the focal point of a run heavy offense. There are still questions about the Buccaneers offensive line but Martin provides tremendous value at where his ADP is right now.
Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT8/22/2014 12:06:00 PM
Description: Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell played into the fourth quarter, gaining 23 yards on nine carries.
Insight: Bell, along with the entire Pittsburgh offense, laid a stinker in Philadelphia. Playing into the fourth quarter appeared to be Bell's punishment for his DUI and marijuana arrest. He will more than likely not miss a game this season due to a suspension, and is thus still the clear No. 1 guy in the Pittsburgh backfield and a quality second or third round pick on draft day.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT8/21/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger needed into the third quarter to get the Steelers on the board in the third preseason game against Philadelphia.
Insight: He finished the night 15-for-24 for 157 1 TD and 1 INT. The Eagles defense isn't very good so this is disheartening.
Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI8/21/2014 10:05:00 PM
Description: Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin went down in a heap after making a cut in the first quarter, but he returned in the next series and looked fine.
Insight: Maclin missed all of 2013 with a torn ACL and has dealt with nagging injuries his entire career. He's a high-risk, high-reward option.
LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI8/21/2014 10:02:00 PM
Description: Eagles fans and a lot of fantasy owners were sweating when running back LeSean McCoy left Thursday's game with a thumb injury, but X-rays were negative.
Insight: Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane says there are no fractures or torn ligaments. This an example of why its best to draft just before the season begins. Now that he appears fine and has two weeks to heal, he should still be a high first-round selection.
Knowshon Moreno, RB, MIA8/21/2014 4:48:00 PM
Description: Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno (knee) is expected to suit up for Saturday's preseason game against Dallas according to the Miami Herald.
Insight: It will be Moreno's debut with the Dolphins and last chance to earn the No. 1 RB spot before Week 1. More than likely, he will be a change-of-pace back and pass protector while Lamar Miller gets most of the first and second down carries.
Jamaal Charles, RB, KAN8/21/2014 4:44:00 PM
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles returned to Chiefs practice on Thursday.
Insight: Charles will sit out Saturday's preseason game against the Vikings, but is in no danger of missing Week 1 of the season.
Geno Atkins, DT, CIN8/21/2014 3:48:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati DT Geno Atkins (torn ACL) has been cleared to practice.
Insight: Atkins should be ready for Week 1. He is a premier defensive tackle and his return automatically makes the Bengals a better defense.
Kenjon Barner, RB, PHI8/21/2014 3:36:00 PM
Description: Newly-acquired running back Kenjon Barner could mean trouble for Eagles backup Chris Polk.
Insight: Polk has been sidelined by a torn hamstring. He ran well when given a chance last year (11 carries for 98 yards and 3 TDs), but his roster spot could be up for grabs with Chip Kelly having brought in Barner, who played for Kelly at Oregon.
Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT8/21/2014 11:09:00 AM
Description: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount "probably face no more than a one-game suspension and that won't come anytime soon." Ross Township Police in Pittsburgh arrested Bell and Blount for marijuana possession on Wednesday.
Insight: Police also charged Bell with DUI, according to Colin Dunlap of CBS Sports. The NFL, however, typically waits for the legal process to play out until handing out their own suspensions. For instance, Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe had marijuana in his car last Novemeber and is not serving his one game suspension until Week 1 this year. The only question remains is whether the Steelers suspend Bell one game like they did to Santonio Holmes back in 2008 for the same offense. Since Bell's crime happened during preseason, he may only sit out the third preseason game rather than a regular season game.
Justin Hunter, WR, TEN8/21/2014 10:55:00 AM
Description: The Tennessean called Titans receiver Justin Hunter "all but unstoppable" anywhere near the goal line. Hunter caught four balls for 111 yards and two touchdowns in last week's preseason game.
Insight: Hunter has a knack for catching the ball in the corner of the end zone on the fade pattern according to The Tennessean. Adding to his ball skills, Hunter is 6'4" and jumped a remarkable 39.5 inch vertical leap in the NFL Combine. He could prove to be one of Jake Locker's favorite red zone targets this season and thus a sleeper on draft day.
Pierre Thomas, RB, NOS8/21/2014 10:42:00 AM
Description: Saints running back Pierre Thomas will have a different role this season according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson are both ahead of Thomas on the depth chart, but Thomas expects to be more involved in the passing game.
Insight: Darren Sproles and Lance Moore are both gone, so hypothetically, Thomas could see more passes come his way along with possibly being the third down back. But the soon to be 30-year-old already caught 77 passes and carried the ball 147 times in 2013. Will his touches really go up when he averaged a career-low 6.7 yards per catch and 3.7 yards per carry last year? Doubt it.
Knowshon Moreno, RB, MIA8/20/2014 9:09:00 PM
Description: Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno (knee) says he's ready for game action and hopes to play in Saturday's preseason game against Dallas, according to the Miami Herald.
Insight: Moreno underwent a left knee scope in June and returned to practice a couple weeks ago. On Wednesday, he had his most impressive day of practice since returning. Moreno is likely going to end up in a timeshare with Lamar Miller.
Andre Johnson, WR, HOU8/20/2014 9:07:00 PM
Description: Texans receiver Andre Johnson (hamstring) has shown no signs of rust so far, according to cbssports.com.
Insight: Johnson sat out OTAs and minicamp because he wanted to be traded and he missed the early portion of training camp with a hamstring injury. We have confidence in his ability to build a rapport with new QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and learn Bill O'Brien's offensive scheme quickly. He had 109 catches, 1,407 yards and five touchdowns on 181 targets last season despite having to catch passes from Matt Schaub and Case Keenum.
Steven Jackson, RB, ATL8/20/2014 4:29:00 PM
Description: Atlanta coach Mike Smith fully expects running back Steven Jackson (left hamstring) to be ready for Week 1, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter.
Insight: Even if that's true, the injury is a reminder that Jackson isn't getting any younger. The 31-year-old missed four games with a strained right hamstring last year and rushed for just 3.5 ypc. Rookie Devonta Freeman has a good chance to start at some point this season.
Brian Hoyer, QB, PIT8/20/2014 1:00:00 PM
Description: The Browns have named Brian Hoyer the starting quarterback for Week 1, according to clevelandbrowns.com. "He was the clear leader from the beginning," coach Mike Pettine said. "We've maintained all along that if it was close, I would prefer to go with the more experienced player. Brian has done a great job in the meeting rooms and with his teammates on the practice field and in the locker room."
Insight: Hoyer started three games last season but tore his ACL early in the third one. In the two games in which Hoyer played heavily, tight end Jordan Cameron had 16 catches for 157 yards and four touchdowns on 23 targets. If Hoyer doesn't get off to a good start in the Browns' first three games (at Pittsburgh, vs. New Orleans, vs. Baltimore), we could see the team make the switch to Johnny Manziel during the Week 4 bye.
Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT8/20/2014 11:55:00 AM
Description: Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were arrested for marijuana possession on Wednesday and Bell was also charged with DUI, according to Colin Dunlap of CBS.
Insight: Bell and Blount may face suspensions once the case is resolved, which won't be for a while. Bell will be Pittsburgh's workhorse this season, but he said over the weekend that Blount will probably get the goal-line carries.
Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN8/19/2014 9:56:00 PM
Description: Bengals rookie running back Jeremy Hill (shoulder) returned to practice Tuesday.
Insight: He left Saturday's preseason game with a shoulder injury. Hill is expected to fill the BenJarvus Green-Ellis role this season, but Giovani Bernard is going to see a bump in touches and could also get goal-line carries so Hill's value will be limited to the flex spot.
Mark Ingram, RB, NOS8/19/2014 8:52:00 PM
Description: Saints running back Mark Ingram is hoping to be more involved in the passing game this season, according to ESPN.com. "I hope so. I want to do everything. I want to be involved in the pass game, run game, picking up pass (protection). I want to be the most versatile player I can be," Ingram said. "The majority of the time, if you just watch the film, most of the teams think when I'm in the game it's either gonna be a run or play-action or something like that. ... I know I'm an all-purpose back, a complete back. I can do everything."
Insight: Darren Sproles, who caught 71 passes on 89 targets last season, was traded to the Eagles this offseason. Ingram has caught 24 passes in 37 career NFL games, but he had a receiving touchdown in Friday's preseason game and caught two passes during a two-minute drill simulation Monday. The Saints are expected to mix Ingram, Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson this season, so all three will have limited fantasy value.
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, NYG8/19/2014 8:49:00 PM
Description: Giants rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) will not play in the team's fourth preseason game against the Jets and beat reporter Jordan Raanan says it is "not looking good" for Week 1.
Insight: Beckham has been hampered by a hamstring injury since the spring and he re-injured it during Monday's practice. Jerrel Jernigan hasn't impressed coach Tom Coughlin yet despite getting most of the reps that would have went to Beckham. With no viable tight end to speak of look for Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle and Rashad Jennings to be heavily targeted early in the season.
Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF8/19/2014 8:44:00 PM
Description: Buffalo rookie receiver Sammy Watkins (ribs) returned to practice Tuesday, according to Mike Rodak of ESPN.com.
Insight: Watkins suffered bruised ribs in the last preseason game. He was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 draft so he comes with large expectations, but he's tied to inconsistent and inaccurate QB E.J. Manuel.
Arian Foster, RB, HOU8/19/2014 8:40:00 PM
Description: According to the Houston Chronicle, Texans running back Arian Foster (hamstring) increased his activity in Tuesday's practice.
Insight: Foster has been dealing with a hamstring injury and is questionable for the third preseason game. He has a huge workload coming his way if he can stay healthy.
Julio Jones, WR, ATL8/19/2014 8:39:00 PM
Description: Falcons receiver Julio Jones (foot) is set to return to a normal practice routine, according to ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure.
Insight: Jones has been practicing every other day as he works his way back from foot surgery. He had 41 catches for 580 yards and two touchdowns in five games last season and has No. 1 overall fantasy upside at his position if he can stay healthy.
Brett Keisel, DE, ARI8/19/2014 2:35:00 PM
Description: Former Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel is in Arizona to take a physical for the Cardinals.
Insight: The Cardinals are looking to find a replacement for Darnell Dockett after his season-ending knee injury. Keisel has played in a 3-4 defense and at 35-years-old may have something left in the tank.
Darnell Dockett, DT, ARI8/19/2014 2:32:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals confirmed that Darnell Dockett has suffered a torn ACL in his right knee and will miss the entire 2014 season, according to Bob McManaman, azcentral sports.
Insight: Arizona's defense ranked sixth in yards allowed and seventh in points allowed last season, but top linebacker Daryl Washington is suspended for the entire 2014 season for substance abuse, safety Tyrann Mathieu is coming back from a torn ACL and now Dockett is done for the year. Be careful not to overvalue them on draft day.
Pat McQuistan, OT, ATL8/19/2014 2:25:00 PM
Description: The Falcons have brought in Pat McQuistan, formerly of Dallas, Miami, New Orleans, and Arizona.
Insight: The team is in need of offensive line help due to the season-ending injury to Sam Baker (torn patellar tendon). The Falcons need to protect Matt Ryan better than last season (career high 44 sacks in 2013).
Montee Ball, RB, DEN8/19/2014 2:01:00 PM
Description: Broncos running back Montee Ball (appendectomy) returned to practice Tuesday.
Insight: The Broncos had a non-contact practice on Tuesday, so it was just individual drills. It is still a step in the right direction for Ball. The running back should still be ready for Week 1, but don't plan on seeomg how he looks in the third preseason game.
Brian Quick, WR, STL8/19/2014 11:56:00 AM
Description: Rams third-year receiver Brian Quick appears to be ready to make a leap forward in production and fantasy value.
Insight: There is a well-known theory that many wide receivers breakout in their third season and that could happen for Quick. The 33rd selection of the 2012 draft class has done little to this point, but signs of him "getting it" have begun to show. Also as important, we saw quarterback Sam Bradford trust him Saturday despite being covered in a 41-yard catch and run. It may be Quick's time to shine and fantasy owners should use a late-round pick on him because of his upside.
Brandin Cooks, WR, NOS8/19/2014 11:43:00 AM
Description: Saints receiver Brandin Cooks missed Monday's practice but fantasy owners have no need to worry.
Insight: Cooks is dealing with a stomach virus and fever - no injury. We're looking for solid production from Cooks in his rookie season. He's got a great QB under center and 143 available targets with Lance Moore and Darren Sproles gone.
Brandon Bostick, TE, GBP8/19/2014 11:40:00 AM
Description: Packers tight end Brandon Bostick will miss a "couple of weeks" according to coach Mike McCarthy.
Insight: Bostick is probably the best receiver of the group, but with him on the sidelines the team will likely go with Richard Rodgers and Andrew Quarless. We don't see much fantasy value for any of the three and they should be avoided on draft day. Even when Jermichael Finley was in Titletown the position was largely ignored.
Dimitri Patterson, CB, NYJ8/19/2014 11:23:00 AM
Description: Jets starting corner Dimitri Patterson (calf/ankle/quadriceps) joined Dee Milliner on the sidelines for Saturday's preseason game, but expects to be ready for the season opener versus Oakland.
Insight: It would be extremely tough for the Jets defense if they were missing both their starting cornerbacks ... although maybe not against the Raiders. They had better be ready by Week 2 in Green Bay or Aaron Rodgers & Co. will have a field day.
Lardarius Webb, CB/RS, BAL8/19/2014 10:59:00 AM
Description: Baltimore cornerback Lardarius Webb will not play in the two final preseason games due to his ongoing back issue.
Insight: Webb's tests revealed no structural damage, so we still expect him back for opening day, but there is a bit of concern. The Ravens open up against A.J. Green and the Bengals.
Prince Amukamara, CB, NYG8/19/2014 10:54:00 AM
Description: Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara, who left Saturday's preseason game with a groin injury and is probable for the opener against Detroit.
Insight: Amukamura started all 16 games last season and said he planned to be ready for Week 1. Given the Lions passing game, the Giants need him out there to help keep Calvin Johnson & Co. under control.
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, NYG8/19/2014 10:48:00 AM
Description: Giants rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) left Monday's practice and did not return after appearing to pull up lame, according to a New York Daily News report.
Insight: Beckham may have been held out for the rest of the day as a precaution, but its worth watching the next few days. He's missed valuable practice time which could limit his early season productivity.
Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS8/19/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III completed 6-of-9 passes for 112 yards and one interception against Cleveland on Monday night. He also rushed for 24 yards on four carries.
Insight: Griffin's best throw was a deep ball to Andre Roberts, which gained 49 yards. He had a bad interception when the Redskins were driving in the first quarter. On the play, pass rushers flushed Griffin from the pocket, and he failed to set his feet. The quarterback often improvised when pressured and even though head coach Jay Gruden did not draw up any designed runs for his quarterback, Griffin still had four carries. Fantasy owners should be excited about Griffin's upside but still concerned with the amount of hits Griffin is taking when carrying the ball. The Washington Post reports Griffin suffered a minor thigh bruise on Monday night.
Johnny Manziel, QB, CLE8/19/2014 9:54:00 AM
Description: Browns quarterbacks Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer rotated every two series for the first half and neither played well. Manziel complete 7-of-16 passes for 65 yards and a touchdown. Hoyer was 2-for-6 with 16 yards. Manziel's touchdown came in the second half against Washington backups. According to Bob Holtzman of ESPN, a Browns team source says Johnny Manziel is now ahead of Brian Hoyer in the competition for the starting quarterback job.
Insight: The quarterback situation in Cleveland is extremely cloudy as the pair combined to go 4-of-13 through the air in the first half. Both quarterbacks skipped passes in the dirt and threw behind receivers. Hoyer missed an easy touchdown throw to Andrew Hawkins midway through the second quarter. Head coach Mike Pettine wanted to name his starter this week, but he may have to wait until after the third preseason game. Fantasy owners should too before drafting these quarterbacks.
Darnell Dockett, DT, ARI8/18/2014 8:58:00 PM
Description: According to foxsports.com, the Cardinals believe that Darnell Dockett suffered a torn ACL in his right knee during Monday's practice.
Insight: Arizona's defense ranked sixth in yards allowed and seventh in points allowed last season, but top linebacker Daryl Washington is suspended for the entire 2014 season for substance abuse, safety Tyrann Mathieu is coming back from a torn ACL and now Dockett could be done for the year.
Charles Clay, FB/TE, MIA8/18/2014 7:27:00 PM
Description: Dolphins tight end Charles Clay (knee) returned to practice Monday, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.
Insight: Clay missed the first two preseason games with a knee injury. The 25-year-old had 69 catches for 759 yards and six touchdowns and also carried seven times for 15 yards and a touchdown last season. He ranked seventh among tight ends in fantasy points.
Marquess Wilson, WR, CHI8/18/2014 7:23:00 PM
Description: Bears receiver Marquess Wilson (collarbone) is likely to be sidelined until at least midseason, according to USA Today.
Insight: Wilson's collarbone broke in two places and he was given a 12-14 week timetable after his Aug. 5 surgery. He was expected to serve as Chicago's No. 3 receiver this season, but newly signed Santonio Holmes may have to fill that role. Wilson's absence will lead to more targets for tight end Martellus Bennett.
Shonn Greene, RB, TEN8/18/2014 7:23:00 PM
Description: Titans running back Shonn Greene (knee) practiced Monday, according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. He hyperextended his right knee, which he had arthroscopic surgery on twice in the last 12 months, in Friday's preseason game.
Insight: Greene is currently atop Tennessee's depth chart, but with Dexter McCluster playing on third downs and rookie Bishop Sankey in the fold, this could be a committee early in the season.
LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI8/18/2014 7:17:00 PM
Description: Eagles running back LeSean McCoy missed practice Sunday with what he called "a small version of turf toe," but he practiced Monday, according to csnphilly.com
Insight: McCoy said he hurt the big toe on his left foot during a joint practice against the Patriots last week. He said he had an MRI and X-rays and is "fine." It shouldn't be a problem for McCoy, last year's leader in yards from scrimmage with 2,146, come Week 1.
Jamaal Charles, RB, KAN8/18/2014 7:13:00 PM
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is dealing with a bruised foot, according to ESPN.com. He suffered the injury while moving out of the players' dorm at Missouri Western State University.
Insight: "He came down a grassy slope there and just kind of rolled his foot over on the curb," coach Andy Reid said. "We're optimistic about it. Initially there was some concern. He had all the stuff done on it, the X-rays, the MRIs and all that done on it. Everything is clear." Charles sat out the second preseason game and he may miss the third as well, but he should be fine for Week 1.
Matt Cassel, QB, MIN8/18/2014 4:52:00 PM
Description: Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel will start Minnesota's third preseason game against Kansas City on Saturday according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Insight: That means Cassel will have started all three preseason games so far. Rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater played well in the second preseason game, completing 16 of 20 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns, but the third starting nod for Cassel would indicate he is clearly ahead in the competition. Cassel is 17-for-22 with 239 yards and a touchdown this preseason.
Santonio Holmes, WR, CHI8/18/2014 4:36:00 PM
Description: USA Today reports that Bears third wide receiver Marquess Wilson will be sidelined at least 12 to 14 weeks with his broken collarbone, which gives veteran receiver Santonio Holmes a chance to be more than just an injury replacement for a couple weeks. Chicago signed Holmes on Saturday. The Chicago Bears have signed receiver Santonio Holmes.
Insight: Holmes will still compete with fellow receivers Josh Morgan and Eric Weems for the Bears' No. 3 wide out job. If the 30-year-old has anything left in the tank, Holmes should run away with the job. Holmes struggled to stay on the field the last two seasons in New York, playing just 15 games and catching 43 balls for 728 yards with two touchdowns.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, NEP8/18/2014 4:13:00 PM
Description: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski participated in 11-on-11 drills for the first time in training camp on Monday according to NESN's Doug Kyed.
Insight: Gronkowski is returning from a torn ACL and MCL he injuried last year against Cleveland in Week 14. A week ago, ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio reported the All-Pro tight end had a 50/50 chance to start Week 1. Gronkowski being cleared to perform 11-on-11 drills is obviously a good sign for the tight end, Tom Brady owners and any owner with other Patriots offensive players for that matter. Still proceed with caution though as Gronkowski has not played a full season since 2011.
Ray Rice, RB, BAL8/18/2014 2:08:00 PM
Description: Ravens running back Ray Rice (shoulder) was back at practice Monday.
Insight: Rice's X-rays came back negative and he had told Brent Harris of Comcast Sportsnet that he's "fine." This is confirmation. Rice is suspended the first two games of the year, so even if he was injured, he would have plenty of time to recover.
Mike James, RB, TAM8/18/2014 1:30:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay halfback Mike James injured a shoulder in Saturday's game against Miami and will likely sit out the next preseason game.
Insight: James and Bobby Rainey are battling for the backup role to Doug Martin. Neither player will be worth a fantasy selection, unless something happens to Martin.
Cecil Shorts III, WR, JAC8/18/2014 12:17:00 PM
Description: Jacksonville receiver Cecil Shorts returned to practice Sunday after missing three weeks with a hamstring injury.
Insight: According to Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times-Union, he used the word "rusty" four times in describing his play. He expects to be ready for Week 1 versus Philadelphia. Shorts (66 receptions for 777 yards and 3 TDs in 13 games last season) will be the Jaguars No. 1 receiver if he can stay healthy.
Richard Rodgers, WR, GBP8/18/2014 12:06:00 PM
Description: Packers rookie Richard Rodgers is challenging Andrew Quarless for the starting tight end spot.
Insight: It was Rodgers who was on the field for the first drive of the game and stayed out there as the team went no-huddle all the way for the score. Even if Rodgers wins the job, he doesn't appear to be a fantasy-worthy tight end, as he's doing more blocking than catching.
Jamaal Charles, RB, KAN8/18/2014 11:46:00 AM
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles didn't play Sunday night and may not play next week either.
Insight: It's just the Chiefs being very protective of their best (read only) offensive weapon. Charles rushed for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns on 259 carries and added 70 receptions for 693 yards and seven scores in 15 games last season. He is the total package for fantasy owners and is a option for the No. 1 overall pick.
Montee Ball, RB, DEN8/18/2014 11:43:00 AM
Description: Broncos running back Montee Ball (appendectomy) is hoping the doctors will give his clearance to return to practice Monday, according to Mike Klis of the Denver Post.
Insight: He's still expected to be ready for Week 1 and it's obviously not a long-term injury concern. Much is expected of Ball, who will take over for Knowshon Moreno in the Peyton Manning-led Denver offense. Manning's backs have always had a good production history due to defenses fearing the quarterback's passing ability.
Bishop Sankey, RB, TEN8/18/2014 11:38:00 AM
Description: Titans rookie running back Bishop Sankey did some good things and some bad things this week ... as rookies are prone to do.
Insight: Sankey rushed six times for 31 yards (5.1 ypc), but also fumbled on his final carry while driving for extra yards. With Shonn Greene struggling to to knee issues, Sankey could be in line for big playing time, if he can straighten out the issues - primarily blocking for his QB and fumbling.
Kevin Minter, LB, ARI8/18/2014 11:33:00 AM
Description: Cardinals starting inside linebacker Kevin Minter has been dealing with a pectoral injury and may miss the remainder of the preseason, according to Mike Jurecki of 910 AM in Phoenix.
Insight: The Cardinals defense was very good last season, but they lost both starting inside linebackers (Daryl Washington to suspension, Karlos Dansby to free agency) in the offseason. Whether the remaining group can play at previously high levels in questionable.
Travis Kelce, TE, KAN8/18/2014 10:16:00 AM
Description: Travis Kelce caught all four balls thrown in his direction for 63 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown against the Panthers on Sunday night.
Insight: Kelce has caught six of the seven passes thrown in his direction for 136 yards and two touchdowns during two preseason games. ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher said a week ago that Kelce is unlikely to replace TE Anthony Fasano in the starting lineup, but Teicher also said he wouldn't be surprised if Kelce caught more passes than his fellow tight end. With the lack of depth at receiver for Kansas City, Kelce will likely get his chances.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR8/18/2014 10:01:00 AM
Description: Running back Jonathan Stewart only carried the ball four times in Carolina's second preseason game against Kansas City, but rushed for 26 yards and scored two goal line touchdowns.
Insight: Stewart's value has diminished significantly with injuries the past two seasons. The 27-year-old has rushed for one touchdown in 15 games the last two seasons, but when healthy, he can still be productive splitting carries with DeAngelo Williams. It is also a good sign Stewart is getting involved in goal line packages.
Junior Hemingway, WR, KAN8/17/2014 9:54:00 PM
Description: Kansas City wideout Junior Hemingway left Sunday night's preseason game with a hip injury.
Insight: We don't as yet know how serious it might be. Heminway has been used as the No. 3 receiver and the Chiefs aren't very deep at the position. He had 13 receptions for 125 yards and two scores last season.
Drew Brees, QB, NOS8/17/2014 6:56:00 PM
Description: Saints quarterback Drew Brees (oblique) is back at practice, according to Larry Holder of The Times-Picayune.
Insight: Brees missed some time due to the injury, but was never in danger of missing the season opener. Friday. TSN's projection have Brees throwing for 5,284 yards, 40 TDs and 13 interceptions. Only Peyton Manning can rival those numbers.
C.J. Anderson, RB, DEN8/17/2014 6:55:00 PM
Description: Broncos running back C.J. Anderson received most of the workload, rushing for 29 yards and a touchdown on nine carries. He also caught two balls.
Insight: Ronnie Hillman is still ahead of Anderson on the depth chart, but we still think he'll eventually overtake Hillman for the backup role to Monte Ball.
Peyton Manning, QB, DENHot8/17/2014 6:50:00 PM
Description: After going 10-for-13 in his preseason debut, Broncos QB Peyton Manning was 12-for-14 for 102 yards and a score against the San Francisco 49ers.
Insight: Ho-hum. The 38-year-old set several NFL records last season including most yards (5,477) and most touchdown passes (55) in a single season and we expect more of the same in 2014. The five-time MVP will be the first quarterback off the board in fantasy drafts.
Manti Te'o, LB, SDC8/17/2014 3:12:00 PM
Description: San Diego second-year linebacker Manti Te'o suffered a left foot sprain in the Chargers preseason game against Seattle, according to a Union-Tribune San Diego report
Insight: He missed five games last season after injuring his right foot versus the seahawks last preseason, but the team hopes this isn't as bad.
Cary Williams, DB, PHI8/17/2014 3:07:00 PM
Description: Eagles DB Cary Williams was injured (hamstring) on his 77-yard interception return in the first half of Friday night's game.
Insight: Williams should be ready for the start of the regular season, but don't expect him next Thursday against Pittsburgh. The Eagles have given up 625 net passing yards in two preseason games and can ill-afford any injuries in the defensive backfield.
Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF8/17/2014 2:56:00 PM
Description: Buffalo rookie receiver Sammy Watkins left Saturday's preseason game with a rib injury, called a bruise by the Buffalo News.
Insight: That's a lot better than broken, but figure the rookie receiver to sit out for a while. Watkins was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 draft so he comes with large expectations, but he's tied to inconsistent and inaccurate QB E.J. Manuel.
Andy Dalton, QB, CIN8/17/2014 1:28:00 PM
Description: Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton looked extremely sharp in Cincinnati's second preseason game.
Insight: He was 8-for-8 for 144 yards and a score. He can't justify his $115 million contract in preseason, but if he plays like this when they start playing for real he'll be worth every penny.
Chris Johnson, RB, NYJ8/17/2014 1:23:00 PM
Description: Jets running back Chris Johnson looked healthy and ran well in the second preseason game.
Insight: Chris Johnson will probably lead the backfield in touches, but Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell will remain involved. We're still waiting to see CJ2K get involved in the passing game (four receptions in two games) because we know he has the ability to take screen passes a long way.
Trent Richardson, RB, IND8/17/2014 1:09:00 PM
Description: Colts running back Trent Richardson rushed for 21 yards on nine carries in the Colts second preseason game.
Insight: Tell me if you have heard that before. Through the first two preseason games he's carried the ball 14 times for 34 yards. That's a 2.43 ypc average. Remind me why you would want him on your fantasy roster.
Hakeem Nicks, WR, IND8/17/2014 1:06:00 PM
Description: Hakeem Nicks caught five balls for 53 yards Saturday night, his best performance of the preseason, by far.
Insight: Nicks is working as the No. 3 receiver behind returning veteran Reggie Wayne and budding star T.Y. Hilton. It's hard to predict how much fantasy value Nicks can produce, but he certainly looked healthy. Nicks hasn't been a WR1 since 2011 and doesn't figure to get back to that status in Indy.
Fred Jackson, RB, BUF8/17/2014 1:02:00 PM
Description: Buffalo running back Fred Jackson had another busy game, rushing six times for 27 yards and catching seven balls for 28 yards.
Insight: C.J. Spiller had six touches. The 33-year-old Jackson is a solid all-around runner and pass receiver and he gets the goal-line opportunites which limits Spillers' fantasy value and keeps Jackson as a viable fantasy option.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT8/17/2014 12:57:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger was efficient in his time on the field in the Steelers second preseason game, throwing for 128 yards and two scores.
Insight: Big Ben hit Antonio Brown for a 76-yard touchdown pass that should have caught fantasy owners attention. He also hit young Markus Wheaton on a 16-yard strike. Don't underestimate Roethlisberger's fantasy value.
Mike Evans, WR, TAM8/17/2014 12:48:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay rookie receiver Mike Evans caught two balls for 52 yards, though he lost a touchdown when the ball was stripped out of his hands by Brent Grimes.
Insight: We hope the No. 6 pick of the 2014 NFL Draft learns how to hold the ball when the games begin to count. Evans doesn't have any real competition for the spot opposite Vincent Jackson and should be a solid WR3 and one of the top-two rookie receivers this season.
Jonathan Grimes, RB, HOUHot8/17/2014 12:39:00 PM
Description: Houston running back Jonathan Grimes put forth a solid argument for his being the No. 2 back with 42 yards rushing on nine carries, three catches for 25 yards and a special teams touchdown.
Insight: The winner of the battle for a backup spot to Arian Foster is a "must-handcuff" as Foster, who is already dealing with a hamstring injury, has missed 11 games over the past three years.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, MIN8/17/2014 12:32:00 PM
Description: Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater showed off some of his considerable talent late Saturday night, throwing for 177 yards and two touchdowns.
Insight: Bridgewater was 16-for-20 with no interceptions in leading Minnesota to a comeback victory over the Arizona Cardinals. A healthy Matt Cassel will still be the opening day starter, but this performance keeps alive hopes Bridgewater will eventually grab the starting role.
Jimmy Smith, CB, BAL8/17/2014 12:04:00 PM
Description: Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith left saturday night's preseason game due to a chest injury, but X-rays were negative.
Insight: The starting right corner will probably take the next preseason game off to make sure he's fine for when the regular season begins.
Sam Baker, T, ATL8/17/2014 11:59:00 AM
Description: Falcons starting left tackle Sam Baker has a torn patella tendon, according to nfl.com's Ian Rapoport and if so is most likely done for the season.
Insight: Lamar Holmes would likely be the guy to inherit the starting job and that's a drop in talent level which could have a detrimental effect Matt Ryan and the offense.
Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT8/17/2014 11:55:00 AM
Description: Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has indicated that LeGarrette Blount is thought of as a red zone and goal-line back.
Insight: After Saturday night's preseason game Le'Veon Bell said Blount would get the goal line work. It seems pretty obvious that everyone is in agreement on this fact. Reduce Bell's fantasy value accordingly and raise Blount a bit.
Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN8/17/2014 11:51:00 AM
Description: Bengals rookie running back Jeremy Hill left Saturday's preseason game with a right shoulder injury, but tweeted "I'm fine" late Saturday night.
Insight: Hill is expected to fill the BenJarvus Green-Ellis role this season, but Giovani Bernard is going to see a bump in touches and could also get goal-line carries so Hill's value will be limited to the flex spot.
Eric Decker, WR, NYJ8/16/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Jets receiver Eric Decker missed Saturday's preseason game with a quad injury.
Insight: Decker has been nagged by minor injuries throughout camp and played 11 snaps in the preseason opener. He's missing out on valuable reps with Jets quarterback Geno Smith.
Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF8/16/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Buffalo rookie receiver Sammy Watkins left Saturday's preseason game with a rib injury, but Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports that he is fine.
Insight: Watkins was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 draft so he comes with large expectations, but he's tied to inconsistent and inaccurate QB E.J. Manuel. He's a high-upside WR3 who comes with a seventh-round ADP.
Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN8/16/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Bengals rookie running back Jeremy Hill left Saturday's preseason game with a right shoulder injury, according to Josina Anderson of ESPN.com.
Insight: BenJarvus Green-Ellis saw 220 carries and rushed for seven touchdowns as the Bengals' power back last year, but he gained just 3.4 ypc. Hill is expected to fill that role this season, but Giovani Bernard is going to see a bump in touches and could also get goal-line carries so Hill's value will be limited to the flex spot.
Ray Rice, RB, BAL8/16/2014 8:29:00 PM
Description: Ravens running back Ray Rice went to the locker room to get his shoulder looked at during Saturday's preseason game.
Insight: Rice's X-rays came back negative and he told Brent Harris of Comcast Sportsnet that he's "fine." Rice is suspended the first two games of the year, which will give Bernard Pierce a chance to prove he deserves a larger role when Rice returns.
Tony Romo, QB, DAL8/16/2014 7:56:00 PM
Description: Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo started Saturday's preseason game and had four completions on five attempts for 80 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: Romo had back surgery in December, but he looked plenty healthy Saturday night. He completed three passes to Dez Bryant, including a 31-yard touchdown. With pass-happy offensive coordinator Scott Linehan in the fold, terrific weapons and a terrible defense, Romo is a steal at his current ninth-round ADP.
Isaiah Pead, RB, STL8/16/2014 7:54:00 PM
Description: The Rams believe Isaiah Pead tore his ACL during Saturday's preseason game, coach Jeff Fisher said. SOURCE: Mike Garafolo, FOX Sports
Insight: Pead, the 50th overall pick in the 2012 draft, has rushed for 75 yards on 17 carries in 25 NFL games. He would have been behind Zac Stacy, Benny Cunningham and Tre Mason on the depth chart if healthy.
Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF8/16/2014 7:52:00 PM
Description: Buffalo rookie receiver Sammy Watkins left Saturday's preseason game with a rib injury.
Insight: Watkins will have his ribs examined and we should know more soon.
Derek Carr, QB, OAK8/16/2014 3:41:00 PM
Description: Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr suffered a concussion during Friday's preseason game, according to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Carr has completed 19-of-32 for 183 yards, a touchdown and an interception in two preseason games while Matt Schaub has gone 11-of-20 for 108 yards and a pick, but Schaub is still expected to begin the season as Oakland's starter.
Nick Foles, QB, PHI8/16/2014 2:45:00 PM
Description: Eagles quarterback Nick Foles completed 8-of-10 passes for 81 yards and a TD in Friday's preseason game.
Insight: He threw two picks in the first preseason game but rebounded nicely. His ADP dropped from the early sixth round to the early seventh over the past two weeks, but it's on the rise again.
Jordan Matthews, WR, PHI8/16/2014 2:43:00 PM
Description: Eagles rookie receiver Jordan Matthews rebounded from a poor showing in the first preseason game (three drops) with nine catches for 104 yards on nine targets.
Insight: Coach Chip Kelly attributed Matthews' struggles in the opener to first-game jitters, and it appears he was right. With Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper and Josh Huff all banged up, Matthews is getting key reps with the first-team offense. He could have a larger role than expected early in the season and is a candidate to break out later in the year.
Santonio Holmes, WR, CHI8/16/2014 2:41:00 PM
Description: The Chicago Bears have signed receiver Santonio Holmes.
Insight: The Bears needed receiver depth after losing Marquess Wilson to a broken collarbone. Holmes will compete with Josh Morgan for the third receiver job, though the player who wins will only be keeping the seat warm for Wilson.
Justin Hunter, WR, TEN8/16/2014 2:39:00 PM
Description: Titans receiver Justin Hunter had four catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns in Friday's preseason game.
Insight: Hunter made a lot of mental mistakes and appeared passive at times on the field during his rookie year, but his physical gifts are undeniable. He's 6-foot-4, 203 pounds and ran a 4.44 40-yard dash at the combine. He's a high-upside target in the 12th round of fantasy drafts.
Stevan Ridley, RB, NEP8/15/2014 9:28:00 PM
Description: Patriots running back Stevan Ridley fumbled during Friday's preseason game and didn't play another snap, according to Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com.
Insight: Uh oh. Ridley lost four fumbles last season and was on the bench frequently down the stretch. It's unclear if Ridley not playing after the fumble was planned or because Bill Belichick put him in the doghouse again. It's a shame because he rushed for 45 yards on nine carries (5.0 ypc) in the game. Rookie James White has a good shot to cut into Ridley's carries this season.
Josh Huff, WR, PHI8/15/2014 8:48:00 PM
Description: Eagles rookie receiver Josh Huff left Friday's preseason game with a shoulder injury and won't return, according to Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Insight: Huff is Philadelphia's fourth receiver so this wouldn't be a big deal for fantasy purposes if everyone was healthy. But Jeremy Maclin (hamstring, knee) and Riley Cooper (foot) are both ailing and sat out Friday.
Zach Miller, TE, CHI8/15/2014 3:29:00 PM
Description: Bears tight end Zach Miller may have suffered ligament damage in Thursday's preseason matchup with Jacksonville, according to an Ian Rapoport report. X-rays were negative, but he'll have an MRI on his foot.
Insight: Miller caught six catches for 62 yards and a touchdown last week with Martellus Bennett suspended, but this could leave him sidelined.
Charles Sims, RB, TAM8/15/2014 3:16:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay rookie running back Charles Sims will miss 3-4 months due to a broken ankle, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Sims, the 69th overall selection, had been battling Bobby Rainey for the backup role to Doug Martin. Sims' absence could help Martin get more involved in the Bucs passing game.
Sam Bradford, QB, STL8/15/2014 2:48:00 PM
Description: Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (knee surgery) is expected to play at least one quarter Saturday versus Green Bay.
Insight: Bradford is attempting to come back from a torn ACL and this will be fantasy owners first chance to see if he is ready to play. Prior to the injury, Bradford had 1,687 yards, 14 touchdowns and four interceptions in seven games. A healthy Bradford certainly helps the fantasy value of his receivers.
Dwayne Bowe, WR, KAN8/15/2014 2:40:00 PM
Description: Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe has been suspended for one game, the regular-season opener against Tennessee, for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.
Insight: Fantasy owners should slightly discount his fantasy value due to missing this game.The soon-to-be 30-year-old Bowe had trouble getting separation last season and finished with a career-low 673 yards on 57 catches (11.8 ypc) and five touchdowns.
Blake Bortles, QB, JAC8/15/2014 2:34:00 PM
Description: Jaguars rookie quarterback Blake Bortles, the No. 3 overall selection, had another solid outing against the Bears Thursday night, going 11-for-17 for 160 yards.
Insight: Bortles has been good enough that the team will give him one quarter with the starters next week, according to coach Gus Bradley. The rookie is locked into the backup role, at least at the start of the season. Check back after they start the season against Philadelphia, Washington, Indianapolis and San Diego. He's certain worth drafting in the late rounds.
Marqise Lee, WR, JAC8/14/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Jaguars wide receiver Marqise Lee looked much better this week than last when he was held without a catch.
Insight: Lee caught all four targets for 27 yards. He should start opposite Cecil Shorts and could be a nice late-round sleeper pick.
Jay Cutler, QB, CHI8/14/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Quarterback Jay Cutler looked solid again in his preseason opener going 7-for-9 for 75 yards and a touchdown to Brandon Marshall.
Insight: With two great targets at wide receiver and solid tight end play from either Martellus Bennett it could be a big season for Cutler if he can just play a complete season.
Toby Gerhart, RB, JAC8/14/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart ran six times for 19 yards and caught one ball for eight yards in his first preseason work.
Insight: Gerhart is guaranteed to get roughly 300 touches if he stays healthy and his 231-pound frame gives him a good chance to hold up to the pounding. He'll be fine between the tackles, but we are concerned about trying him on the outside. That could be where he losses carries to Jordan Todman or Storm Johnson.
Kyle Fuller, CB, CHI8/14/2014 10:29:00 PM
Description: Bears first-round pick Kyle Fuller left Thursday night's game with an ankle injury.
Insight: It didn't appear to be too serious as he was seen walking around. He's the team's No. 3 corner and given they have to play Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford twice a year they need to stay healthy in the secondary.
Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT8/14/2014 10:25:00 PM
Description: Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said running back Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount will "both get their share."
Insight: Concerning words for fantasy owners who want to select Bell early in the draft. Bell had excellent numbers after missing the first three games in 2013 (1,259 yards from scrimmage, 8 TDs) and fantasy owners want big production from him this season, but Blount could thwart the strategy.
C.J. Anderson, RB, DEN8/14/2014 3:45:00 PM
Description: Broncos running back C.J. Anderson, left last Thursday's preseason opener with a concussion, but has been cleared to playa.
Insight: Ronnie Hillman is still ahead of Anderson on the depth chart, but we think he'll eventually overtake Hillman for the backup role to Monte Ball.
Benny Cunningham, RB, STL8/14/2014 3:44:00 PM
Description: Rams second-year running back Benny Cunningham appears to be the leader for the handcuff role to Zac Stacy.
Insight: Tre Mason might be the more explosive runner, but Cunningham is a better pass blocker and with fragile Sam Bradford under center that's important. Eventually, Mason will bypass Cunningham.
Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN8/14/2014 3:38:00 PM
Description: Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson won't play in Saturday's game against the Cardinals.
Insight: We told you he might not play at all this preseason, but don't worry he still knows how to run the football. Peterson followed up his MVP 2012 campaign with a still respectable though not up to expectation 1,266 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns in 2013.
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, NYG8/14/2014 3:28:00 PM
Description: Giants rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) will not play in Saturday's game versus Indianapolis.
Insight: Beckham is expected to be ready for the Jets. He's missed valuable practice time which could limit his early season productivity.
Matt Flynn, QB, GBP8/14/2014 1:36:00 PM
Description: The Packers backup quarterback spot, between Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien, is still up in the air, according to a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel report.
Insight: Where have we heard this before, that Flynn could be losing his spot in training camp/preseason. Oh, that's right - Seattle and Oakland. The winner of the battle is the handcuff to Aaron Rodgers and could have value if called upon because of the team's top-quality receivers.
Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI8/14/2014 1:32:00 PM
Description: Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin left Wednesday's practice with a hamstring injury.
Insight: Maclin missed all of 2013 with a torn ACL and has dealt with nagging injuries his entire career, but he's expected to serve as the No. 1 passing target in Chip Kelly's high-octane offense and has WR2 upside IF he can play 16 games. He's only done that once in five seasons.
Michael Crabtree, WR, SFX8/13/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: San Francisco wideout Michael Crabtree returned to practice Wednesday, according to Steve Corkran of the Bay Area News Group.
Insight: Crabtree missed roughly 10 days with hamstring soreness. The receiver is primed for a breakout after a torn Achilles ruined his 2013 season. He has low-end WR1 upside but is being selected in the fourth round of mock drafts.
James White, RB, NEP8/13/2014 9:49:00 PM
Description: Patriots rookie running back James White got some first-team reps along with Shane Vereen during Wednesday's joint practice with the Eagles. SOURCE: csnne.com
Insight: Stevan Ridley got most of his reps with the second-team offense. White has reportedly had an impressive camp and could cut into Ridley's usage, especially if Ridley's fumbling issues resurface.
Dwayne Bowe, WR, KAN8/13/2014 9:46:00 PM
Description: According to Adam Teicher of ESPN.com, Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe hasn't had a great camp.
Insight: The soon-to-be 30-year-old Bowe had trouble getting separation last season and finished with a career-low 673 yards on 57 catches (11.8 ypc) and five touchdowns. He's someone we'd avoid in fantasy this season.
Tony Romo, QB, DAL8/13/2014 4:27:00 PM
Description: According to the Associated Press, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will start Saturday's preseason game against the Ravens.
Insight: It will be Romo's first game since his back surgery in December. He sat out the preseason opener. With pass-happy former Lions OC Scott Linehan calling the plays, a healthy Romo will be a steal at his ninth-round ADP.
Brandon Bostick, TE, GBP8/13/2014 4:10:00 PM
Description: According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Packers could "use a bevy of tight ends in more specified roles this season."
Insight: Rookie Richard Rodgers started the first preseason game, but Brandon Bostick is having a great camp and Andrew Quarless is the best blocker of the bunch. Whoever wins the starting job will likely split time and won't be more than the fifth option behind Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Jarrett Boykin and Eddie Lacy.
Tavon Austin, WR, STL8/13/2014 4:08:00 PM
Description: Former Rams receiver Torry Holt says that Tavon Austin has been very quiet in training camp.
Insight: Austin was drafted eighth overall but played limited snaps and had 40 catches for 418 yards and four touchdowns in 13 games last season. He also rushed for 151 yards and a touchdown on nine carries and racked up 678 return yards (398 kick, 280 punt) on 51 attempts. Fantasy owners in 12-team leagues cannot rely on the 23-year-old as a WR3.
Andre Ellington, RB, ARI8/13/2014 4:03:00 PM
Description: The Arizona Republic says the the Cardinals "would like to get the ball to (Andre Ellington) 20 or so times a game, but want to limit his carries inside the tackles."
Insight: Ellington is 5-foot-9 and roughly 200 pounds, but Jamaal Charles isn't much bigger and he has held up to the pounding over the past two seasons. Ellington is ticketed for 4-6 catches and 13-15 rushes per game and he also has been getting first-team reps in the red zone. He could easily outperform his third-round ADP.
Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN8/13/2014 3:58:00 PM
Description: According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Bengals running back Giovani Bernard could get a "good share" of the goal-line carries as well as 300 total touches.
Insight: Even if he doesn't get all of the goal-line carries, Bernard still has RB1 upside this season due to his expected workload spike and explosiveness in the receiving game. The team drafted bruising back Jeremy Hill to replace ineffective BenJarvus Green-Ellis, but it sounds like Bernard could get a crack at some short TDs too.
Arian Foster, RB, HOU8/13/2014 3:56:00 PM
Description: According to Dave Zangaro of csnhouston.com, Texans running back Arian Foster (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday.
Insight: Foster didn't participate in the entire session, as the team is likely trying to manage his reps to make sure he gets to the regular season 100 percent healthy. The running back will likely finish in the top three in the NFL in touches if he stays on the field.
Andre Johnson, WR, HOU8/13/2014 3:55:00 PM
Description: Texans receiver Andre Johnson (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday, according to Dave Zangaro of csnhouston.com. He's questionable for the team's second preseason contest.
Insight: Johnson pulled his right hamstring at the end of July and missed the first preseason game. The 33-year-old has played 16 games in back-to-back seasons after sitting out 12 across 2010 and 2011. It's good to see him back on the field so he can build a rapport with Ryan Fitzpatrick and become more familiar with Bill O'Brien's offensive system after he skipped OTAs and minicamp.
Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI8/13/2014 3:51:00 PM
Description: Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin has been beating Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis in one-on-ones during the teams' joint practices this week. SOURCE: Jeff McLane, Philadelphia Inquirer
Insight: Maclin missed all of 2013 with a torn ACL and has dealt with nagging injuries his entire career, but he's expected to serve as the No. 1 passing target in Chip Kelly's high-octane offense and has WR2 upside if he can play 16 games.
DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL8/13/2014 3:46:00 PM
Description: According to Jason La Canfora of cbssports.com, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said that he sees DeMarco Murray as "the leader of a committee" at running back, but he added that Murray has "bell-cow traits."
Insight: Murray is going to see plenty of touches, but the Cowboys will mix in Lance Dunbar to make sure Murray stays healthy. He's never played 16 games in a season and has dealt with injuries going back to college, so he's extremely risky at his current 12.6 ADP.
Michael Floyd, WR, ARI8/13/2014 3:42:00 PM
Description: According to Dan Pompei of Sportsonearth.com, some in Cardinals camp think Michael Floyd will be the Cardinals' No. 1 receiver this season.
Insight: Floyd quietly had 1,041 yards to lead the team last season while Larry Fitzgerald, who turns 31 on Aug. 31, had 954 yards, though Fitzgerald had 10 touchdowns to Floyd's five. Now in his third season, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Floyd is in for a monster year.
Justin Hunter, WR, TEN8/12/2014 8:49:00 PM
Description: According to the Tennessean, not a practice goes by without Justin Hunter making some highlight-reel catches.
Insight: Hunter hasn't been without fault during camp. Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt reportedly called out Hunter in a team meeting for a mistake during Saturday's preseason opener on Monday and WRs coach Shawn Jefferson made him wear a "JAG" (Just Another Guy) nameplate at practice. Hunter made a lot of mental mistakes and appeared passive at times on the field during his rookie year, but his physical gifts are undeniable. He's 6-foot-4, 203 pounds and ran a 4.44 40-yard dash at the combine. He's a nice flyer in the 12th round of fantasy drafts.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, NEP8/12/2014 7:45:00 PM
Description: According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, a source with knowledge of the situation said that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is 50-50 to play in Week 1. He tore his ACL and MCL against Cleveland in Week 14.
Insight: Gronkowski hasn't been cleared for contact yet, but when the Patriots kept him off the active/PUP list to start training camp it was thought to be a sign he would be ready for Week 1. Of course, he wasn't placed on the PUP list at the start of last season but he still missed the first six games while recovering from forearm and back surgery. He's an extremely risky pick at his current early third-round ADP.
Toby Gerhart, RB, JAC8/12/2014 5:30:00 PM
Description: Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart returned to practice Tuesday, according to Mark Long of the Associated Press.
Insight: Gerhart is guaranteed to get roughly 300 touches if he stays healthy and his 231-pound frame gives him a good chance to hold up to the pounding. He missed the first preseason game but is hoping to play in the second.
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR8/12/2014 5:25:00 PM
Description: David Newton, the Panthers beat writer for ESPN.com, says wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin was the star of Carolina's training camp.
Insight: Benjamin, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound behemoth, had a 29-yard touchdown in the preseason opener and he's made a few eye-opening catches during camp. The first-round pick will fill the team's No. 1 receiver spot immediately and he has a lot of upside at his ninth-round ADP.
Jordy Nelson, WR, GBP8/12/2014 2:55:00 PM
Description: Packers receiver Jordy Nelson missed Saturday's preseason opener with a hamstring injury but returned to practice Tuesday.
Insight: Nelson likely won't play in the second preseason game either, but he should be ready for the third one. Hamstring issues caused Nelson to miss four games in 2012, but he's bookended that season with two years as a WR1.
Knowshon Moreno, RB, MIA8/12/2014 12:04:00 PM
Description: Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno (knee) finally participated in contract drills Monday.
Insight: Moreno underwent a left knee scope in June. He has a lot of ground to make up because Lamar Miller has been impressive in camp. Moreno's pass protection skills could prove useful for a team that has offensive line issues, so this could turn into a timeshare. Fantasy owners shouldn't draft either player as more than a flex option.
Orlando Scandrick, CB, DAL8/12/2014 10:36:00 AM
Description: Cowboys DB Orlando Scandrick has received a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy against performance-enhancing drugs, according to nfl.com.
Insight: The Cowboys, who finished with a league-worst 6,645 yards allowed in 2013, can ill-afford another injury on that side of the ball. They have already lost DeMarcos Ware (free agency), Sean Lee (knee) and second-round pick DeMarcus Lawrence (foot).
Aaron Dobson, WR, NEP8/11/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson (foot) has been activated from the active/PUP list.
Insight: He did some work in shorts and a helmet Monday. The second-year receiver had surgery in March to repair a stress fracture in his left foot. He has the size and speed New England's other receivers lack and has a lot of upside if he can stay healthy.
Brandin Cooks, WR, NOS8/11/2014 9:50:00 PM
Description: According to Mike Triplett of ESPN.com, Saints receiver Brandin Cooks "makes one or two of the biggest plays on the practice field every day."
Insight: Cooks caught five passes for 55 yards and a touchdown on eight targets in the first preseason game and could be an immediate fantasy asset in New Orleans' offense. The departures of Darren Sproles and Lance Moore have opened up 143 targets from last year. Cooks' ADP has risen from 94 to 74 since the start of August.
Drew Brees, QB, NOS8/11/2014 9:49:00 PM
Description: Saints quarterback Drew Brees (oblique) is still dealing with a strained oblique.
Insight: He's unlikely to play in the second preseason game Friday. Brees should be fine for the regular season, but we'd like him to get reps with rookie receiver Brandin Cooks.
Jordy Nelson, WR, GBP8/11/2014 9:45:00 PM
Description: Packers receiver Jordy Nelson missed Saturday's preseason opener with a hamstring injury and hasn't returned to practice.
Insight: Nelson is day-to-day and likely won't play in the second preseason game either, but he should be ready for the third one. Hamstring issues caused Nelson to miss four games in 2012, but he's bookended that season with two years as a WR1.
Marvin Jones, WR, CIN8/11/2014 8:41:00 PM
Description: According to Albert Breer of NFL.com, the Bengals hope to have receiver Marvin Jones (foot) back for Week 5.
Insight: Jones, who had 712 yards and 10 touchdowns on 80 targets last season, had to get a pin inserted into his fifth metatarsal for a broken foot. Coach Marvin Lewis' assertion that Jones would be out "a couple of weeks" was wildly unrealistic. Mohamed Sanu will take over as the team's No. 2 receiver.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA8/11/2014 8:37:00 PM
Description: According to the Seattle Times, police officers are investigating Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch after receiving an "allegation of an assault and personal property damage" from a female victim at an apartment in Bellevue, Washington.
Insight: Police said the alleged incident was reported to have occurred Sunday morning, but "no domestic violence or sexual assault was involved in the allegation." Lynch has had several run-ins with the law since he came into the NFL in 2007 -- his driver's license was revoked in 2008 for a hit-and-run incident, he was arrested during a traffic stop for having a gun in his trunk in 2009 and he was arrested again in 2012 for suspicion of DUI. He was suspended the first three games of 2009 by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for the second incident.
Jonathan Grimes, RB, HOU8/11/2014 8:22:00 PM
Description: The Houston Chronicle reported Monday afternoon that Jonathan Grimes was now the frontrunner for the Texans' backup running back job and just a few hours later the team released Andre Brown and Dennis Johnson.
Insight: It was assumed Brown would get the job as Ben Tate's replacement due to his past experience as New York's starter, but he didn't play in the preseason opener and was cut two days later. Grimes is the necessary handcuff to Arian Foster, who is dealing with a hamstring injury already and missed 11 games the past three years.
Andre Brown, RB, HOU8/11/2014 8:17:00 PM
Description: The Texans have released running back Andre Brown, according to Pro Football Talk.
Insight: Brown didn't see a snap in the preseason opener, which coach Bill O'Brien said was because there wasn't enough time (the Texans had just 41 plays and lost 32-0 to the Cardinals), and Houston handed him a pink slip a couple days later. When he signed a one-year, $645,000 contract with the Texans in the offseason, it was believed he would be replacing Ben Tate as Arian Foster's backup, but that job will go to Jonathan Grimes. Dennis Johnson was also cut Monday.
Marvin Jones, WR, CIN8/11/2014 5:57:00 PM
Description: While Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said receiver Marvin Jones (foot) will miss "a couple of weeks" with a broken foot, Geoff Hobson of bengals.com says the receiver will likely be out 5-6 weeks.
Insight: Jones, who had 712 yards and 10 touchdowns on 80 targets last season, had to get a pin inserted into his fifth metatarsal. A similar injury kept Mohamed Sanu out for the last five weeks of the 2012 regular season as well as the playoffs. Sanu will take Jones' place as the No. 2 receiver.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, NEP8/11/2014 5:35:00 PM
Description: According to Tom Curran of csnne.com, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (knee) participated in 7-on-7 workouts at Monday's practice for the first time during training camp.
Insight: Gronkowski tore his ACL and MCL against Cleveland in Week 14, but he's made an impressive recovery and says he's feeling stronger every day. He hasn't been cleared for contact yet but is still expected to be ready for Week 1. Gronk has missed 14 games the past two seasons and his early third-round ADP makes him a high-risk, high-reward option.
Jonathan Grimes, RB, HOU8/11/2014 4:27:00 PM
Description: It appears that Jonathan Grimes has the lead in the battle for backup to oft-injured Arian Foster, according to Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: The role has been useful to fantasy owners with Foster missing 11 games over the past three seasons. There's still three weeks to go, however, and Andre Brown could win the handcuff job.
Dee Milliner, CB, NYJ8/11/2014 11:21:00 AM
Description: Jets cornerback Dee Milliner left practice with a high ankle sprain and could miss 3-4 weeks, according to Ryan Wilson of CBSSports.com.
Insight: Milliner, the team's first-round pick in 2013, should now be considered questionable for opening day. The Jets appear to be short-handed in the defensive backfield due to multiple injuries.
DeSean Jackson, WR, WAS8/10/2014 9:39:00 PM
Description: Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson (ankle) has returned to a limited practice, according to Tarik El-Bashir of csnwashington.com.
Insight: Jackson, who sprained his ankle last Wednesday, participated in individual drills. Coach Jay Gruden said he expects Jackson to be running and cutting in a couple of days.
Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS8/10/2014 9:37:00 PM
Description: Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon (hamstring) returned to practice Saturday, according to the Washington Post.
Insight: Garcon missed the first preseason game, but he said if it was a regular season game he would have played. The 27-year-old had 113 catches and 1,346 yards last season, but it took 184 targets to reach those numbers and he had just five touchdowns. He could see 40 fewer targets this season after the team acquired DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts in the offseason.
Pierre Thomas, RB, NOS8/10/2014 9:19:00 PM
Description: Katherine Terrell of NOLA.com says that Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson have moved ahead of Pierre Thomas in the Saints' running back pecking order.
Insight: Thomas missed the first preseason game for unspecified reasons and has been taking snaps with the second team while Ingram and Robinson rotate with the first team. Thomas had 1,062 yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns on 224 touches (147 carries, 77 receptions) last season. With Darren Sproles gone Thomas is a good bet to catch 70+ passes again, but he'll see fewer carries.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA8/10/2014 8:37:00 PM
Description: According to the Seattle Times, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said running back Marshawn Lynch is "in really good shape."
Insight: Lynch skipped OTAs, minicamp and the first week of training camp, so it's good to see he's remained in shape. Carroll said the running back has dropped a little weight. Lynch was reportedly the most active he has been in camp during Sunday's practice. While Christine Michael is a threat to steal carries, Lynch is still an RB1.
Andre Johnson, WR, HOU8/10/2014 8:34:00 PM
Description: Texans receiver Andre Johnson (hamstring) could be back in the team's second preseason game, according to houstontexans.com.
Insight: Johnson pulled his right hamstring at the end of July and hasn't practiced. The 33-year-old has played 16 games in back-to-back seasons after sitting out 12 across 2010 and 2011. We'd like him to get back on the field so he can build a rapport with Ryan Fitzpatrick and become more familiar with Bill O'Brien's offensive system after he skipped OTAs and minicamp.
Arian Foster, RB, HOU8/10/2014 8:31:00 PM
Description: According to houstontexans.com, Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Arian Foster is close to returning from a hamstring injury.
Insight: Foster has missed most of camp with a hamstring injury, but O'Brien said the running back has a chance to play in the team's second preseason game. We'll see if he returns to practice this week. Foster remains a high-risk, high-reward first-round fantasy pick.


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