Fantasy Football News & Views
Jaguars | Julius Thomas expected to miss 4-5 weeks (Mon Aug 31, 04:30 PM) [jump to this story]
Steelers | Martavis Bryant's appeal denied (Mon Aug 31, 03:44 PM) [jump to this story]
Patriots | Pats could pursue Fred Jackson (Mon Aug 31, 01:22 PM) [jump to this story]
Bills | Tyrod Taylor named starter in Buffalo (Mon Aug 31, 11:27 AM) [jump to this story]
Bills | Fred Jackson released (Mon Aug 31, 10:31 AM) [jump to this story]
Redskins | Kirk Cousins named starter (Mon Aug 31, 09:24 AM) [jump to this story]
Packers | More players released Tue Sep 1, 05:46 PM
Green Bay Packers WR James Butler and TE Harold Spears were released Tuesday, Sept. 1.Link to story
James Butler player page
Packers | Jordy Nelson placed on IR Tue Sep 1, 05:39 PM
Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Sept. 1.Link to story
Jordy Nelson player page
Bears | Senorise Perry goes to IR Tue Sep 1, 05:32 PM
Chicago Bears RB Senorise Perry (undisclosed) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Sept. 1.Link to story
Senorise Perry player page
Raiders | Two roster moves made Tue Sep 1, 05:25 PM
Oakland Raiders OT Menelik Watson (Achilles') was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Sept. 1. WR Trindon Holliday was released.Link to story
Trindon Holliday player page
Jaguars | Julius Thomas to have surgery Tue Sep 1, 05:18 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (finger) will undergo surgery on his injured finger Wednesday, Sept. 2, according to a source. Thomas is expected to miss four to five weeks.
|Footballguys view: This is a blow to fantasy owners who had already drafted and why we like to wait until the first round of cuts before drafting. Already down at the end of the TE1 ranks, Thomas will slip now down to at least TE2, as you will be without his services for that month.|
Julius Thomas player page
Bears | Zac Dyster claimed Tue Sep 1, 05:07 PM
Free-agent QB Zac Dysert (Broncos) was claimed by the Chicago Bears Tuesday, Sept. 1.Link to story
Zac Dysert player page
Patriots | Tom Brady decision coming this week Tue Sep 1, 04:57 PM
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady will know his fate by the end of this week. Judge Richard Berman said he will issue his decision and order by that time.Link to story
Tom Brady player page
Cardinals | Jermaine Gresham won't play Tue Sep 1, 04:50 PM
Arizona Cardinals TE Jermaine Gresham (hamstring) will not play Thursday, Sept. 3, against the Denver Broncos as he continues to nurse a pulled hamstring.Link to story
Jermaine Gresham player page
Packers | Matt Blanchard released Tue Sep 1, 04:45 PM
Green Bay Packers QB Matt Blanchard was released Tuesday, Sept. 1, according to a source.Link to story
Browns | Terrelle Pryor affected by injury Tue Sep 1, 04:38 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) isn't able to burst off the line of scrimmage as well as he would like due to his hamstring injury.Link to story
Terrelle Pryor player page
Buccaneers | Robert Herron waived Tue Sep 1, 04:29 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Robert Herron was waived Tuesday, Sept. 1.Link to story
Robert Herron player page
Giants | Roster moves made Tue Sep 1, 04:25 PM
New York Giants RB Akeem Hunt (hamstring) was waived/injured Tuesday, Sept. 1. WRs Juron Criner and Derrick X. Johnson and TE Will Tye were also waived.Link to story
Juron Criner player page
Browns | Phil Taylor released Tue Sep 1, 04:17 PM
Cleveland Browns DT Phil Taylor was released Tuesday, Sept. 1.
|Footballguys view: The Browns might have a decent NFL defense, but for fantasy purposes, we'd just use them as part of a committee. Taylor will most likely be remembered as the guy the Browns selected instead of Julio Jones.|
Phil Taylor player page
Chiefs | Junior Hemingway waived Tue Sep 1, 04:09 PM
Kansas City Chiefs WR Junior Hemingway was waived Tuesday, Sept. 1.
|Footballguys view: The guys to target on the Chiefs are Jeremy Maclin (low-end WR2 or WR3) and Travis Kelce (TE1). Hemingway could follow in his Uncle Ernest's footsteps and write novels but he's never done much during the season and hasn't shown the stuff to be an NFL receiver.|
Junior Hemingway player page
Cowboys | Several players waived Tue Sep 1, 04:04 PM
Dallas Cowboys RB Michael Hill (undisclosed) was waived/injured Tuesday, Sept. 1. WRs Antwan Goodley and David Porter and TE Brandon Barden were also waived.
|Footballguys view: That doesn't clear anything up in the backfield, which will still be a RBBC as far as we can see, and potentially one with little consistent fantasy value.|
Brandon Barden player page
Michael Hill player page
Antwan Goodley player page
Chargers | Torrence Allen waived Tue Sep 1, 03:53 PM
San Diego Chargers WR Torrence Allen (undisclosed) was waived/injured Tuesday, Sept. 1.
|Footballguys view: Allen was a deep roster possibility, but the real value is Keenan Allen (WR2) or Malcom Floyd (WR4, WR5).|
Packers | Ty Montgomery hurt Tue Sep 1, 03:48 PM
Green Bay Packers WR Ty Montgomery (hamstring) is dealing with hamstring tightness following practice Tuesday, Sept. 1.
|Footballguys view: He'll want one more shot at impressing, which means he's going to want to be in the mix on Thursday for the preseason finale. He could end up a non-dress each week or end up on the practice squad, but even if he's around the final roster, his impact will be minimal compared to Jeff Janis and Devante Adams.|
Ty Montgomery player page
Seahawks | Robert Turbin has ankle injury Tue Sep 1, 03:37 PM
Seattle Seahawks RB Robert Turbin (ankle) is dealing with a high-ankle sprain. Free-agent RB Fred Jackson (Bills), meanwhile, has drawn interest from the Seahawks.
|Footballguys view: This is worth tracking, as Jackson would be a solid backup to Marshawn Lynch. On the other hand, Jackson's fantasy value would be as more of a handcuff than anything else. Lynch is, of course, an RB1.|
Robert Turbin player page
Eagles | Kevin Monangai waived Tue Sep 1, 03:32 PM
Philadelphia Eagles RB Kevin Monangai was waived Tuesday, Sept. 1.
|Footballguys view: No more than a depth player, the true value sits with DeMarco Murray (RB1) and Ryan Mathews (RB4). Of course, both have injury concerns, but even if they were hurt, you weren't going to see Monangai.|
Rams | Tre Mason not practicing Tue Sep 1, 03:29 PM
St. Louis Rams RB Tre Mason (hamstring) is not practicing Tuesday, Sept. 1, with a strained hamstring.
|Footballguys view: Todd Gurley is lurking and that has hampered Mason's value, limiting him to an RB5/RB6. Gurley is a solid RB3 when he is cleared.|
Tre Mason player page
Cowboys | Orlando Scandrick placed on IR Tue Sep 1, 03:17 PM
Dallas Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick (knee) was placed on the season-ending Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Sept. 1. Scandrick underwent surgery Friday, Aug. 25.
|Footballguys view: As expected, but this puts a huge dent in the secondary for the Cowboys. Starting Branden Carr and Morris Claiborne is not how they wanted to start the season. We see the unit as a low-end No. 2 defense or part of a committee.|
Orlando Scandrick player page
Panthers | Kelvin Benjamin put on IR Tue Sep 1, 03:06 PM
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Sept. 1.
|Footballguys view: We expected this and as disappointing as it is, it's for the best. He should be ready for next year. Greg Olsen (TE1) and a hopefully healthy Devin Funchess (WR5) get a bit of a bump, while Cam Newton (low end QB1) is the guy who has taken a hit since the injury.|
Kelvin Benjamin player page
Panthers | Two WRs released Tue Sep 1, 02:58 PM
Carolina Panthers WRs Jarrett Boykin and De'Andre Presley were waived Tuesday, Sept. 1.
|Footballguys view: Boykin continues to have issues catching on somewhere. He and Presley might have had some impact on this poor roster of wide receivers, but then again, it's a bad sign they were released in light of that fact.|
Jarrett Boykin player page
Chiefs | Travis Kelce able to play Tue Sep 1, 02:55 PM
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (ankle) would be able to play if the Chiefs had a game Tuesday, Sept. 1, according to head coach Andy Reid. Kelce is recovering from an ankle sprain.
|Footballguys view: They'll rest him and not risk any further injury in a meaningless (for the most part) game. Kelce is a solid TE1 this season in fantasy so his owners should be supporting this decision.|
Travis Kelce player page
Browns | Johnny Manziel's elbow a bigger issue? Tue Sep 1, 02:49 PM
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel (elbow) has had issues with his elbow since high school. The elbow had been flagged by one team leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft, according to a source. Head coach Mike Pettine said he believes Manziel's elbow had been included in medical reports, but that it has flared up since then. An MRI came back negative, but Manziel will not play Thursday, Sept. 3.
|Footballguys view: We'll have to see how this goes. Mike Pettine doesn't seem interested in rushing Manziel out onto the field healthy or not, so the nature of the injury may not be as bad as we think. There's no quarterback here worth owning, so that's not impacted by this either. We'll watch this though, as it could have long term ramifications for Manziel's career.|
Johnny Manziel player page
Saints | Anthony Spencer placed on IR Tue Sep 1, 02:35 PM
New Orleans Saints DE Anthony Spencer (undisclosed) was placed on the season-ending Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Sept. 1.
|Footballguys view: Spencer has a ton of potential but has never been healthy, which is why we are where we are. We're not all that hot on the Saints defense this year, so we'd avoid it anyway and say ultimately that this really won't impact it.|
Anthony Spencer player page
Lions | Make roster moves Tue Sep 1, 02:31 PM
Detroit Lions TE Jacob Maxwell and WR Andrew Peacock were released Tuesday, Sept. 1.
|Footballguys view: Neither player was going to have a fantasy impact this year.|
Browns | Johnny Manziel won't play Tue Sep 1, 02:29 PM
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel (elbow) will not play Thursday, Sept. 1, as he continues to deal with elbow tendinitis.
|Footballguys view: There's no quarterback in Cleveland worth starting, and while Manziel has the best upside, the franchise isn't in a rush to get him out there even healthy. Avoid this mess.|
Johnny Manziel player page
Broncos | Two Denver RBs fighting for spot Tue Sep 1, 02:18 PM
Denver Broncos RBs Montee Ball and Kapri Bibbs aren't guaranteed a roster spot at this point. They will each play this weekend for one final audition.
|Footballguys view: That's rough for a guy like Ball who was just drafted in the second round two years ago. However, CJ Anderson has played very well and Ronnie Hillman has looked improved again, so it's Thunderdome for these two backs. At the end of the day, Anderson is your RB1 here and everyone else is a deep bench guy at best.|
Montee Ball player page
Steelers | PIT restructures contracts Tue Sep 1, 02:13 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown, TE Heath Miller and PK Shaun Suisham all had their contracts restructured Tuesday, Sept. 1. The restructuring created about $6 million in salary cap space for the Steelers, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: The Steelers are thinking about what they might need down the road, and it speaks highly of all three guys that they would restructure to help a greater cause. Specifically Brown, who could say no, then one day walk off to a big contract elsewhere. Brown is the cream of the crop in fantasy, a top WR1 and arguably the first receiver off the board. Miller is a solid, and oftentimes overlooked TE2.|
Heath Miller player page
Shaun Suisham player page
Antonio Brown player page
Jets | Kevin Vickerson put on IR Tue Sep 1, 01:31 PM
New York Jets DE Kevin Vickerson (hamstring) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Sept. 1.
|Footballguys view: This won't impact the Jets defense, as he was not earmarked for a major role. The defense remains a top ten fantasy defense.|
Kevin Vickerson player page
Jets | Jace Amaro done for season Tue Sep 1, 01:28 PM
New York Jets TE Jace Amaro (shoulder) will have season-ending shoulder surgery and will be placed on the Reserve/Injured list.
|Footballguys view: You have to assume that this could be the end of his time with the Jets, as nobody on the coaching staff or front office have any real attachment to him and head coach Todd Bowles was vocally disappointed with his lack of improvement. Amaro should be a good move tight end, but he has struggled with focus and drops. Jeff Cumberland will get starts, but he's no more than a low-end TE3.|
Jace Amaro player page
Bills | Tyrod Taylor has support of teammates Tue Sep 1, 01:24 PM
Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor has the support of his teammates after he was named the team's starting quarterback heading into Week 1. 'He's going to be tremendous for this team,' said WR Percy Harvin . 'With the weapons that we already have I think teams have to worry about that, but now they have to worry about his legs too with the 4.4 speed he puts on the field I think is going to be tremendously dangerous for opponents to prepare for us.' Taylor has speed, but he also impressed this preseason with his accuracy from the pocket. He was 19-for-23 for 187 yards and a passer rating of 100.5 when he started with the first-team.
|Footballguys view: They're just happy someone made a decision, though at least he has some unknown upside. EJ Manuel is a mess and Matt Cassel is aggressively average. We wouldn't draft Taylor in fantasy and he's not even in the top 20 of our quarterback rankings. Leave him off your roster.|
Tyrod Taylor player page
Saints | Erik Lorig cut Tue Sep 1, 12:24 PM
New Orleans Saints FB Erik Lorig was cut Tuesday, Sept. 1.Link to story
Erik Lorig player page
Packers | Jared Abbrederis could go Tuesday Tue Sep 1, 12:10 PM
Green Bay Packers WR Jared Abbrederis (concussion) could practice Tuesday, Sept. 1, for the first time since suffering a concussion the first day of camp.
|Footballguys view: Abbrederis is just trying to hold onto a roster spot, as Davante Adams, Jeff Janis, Ty Montgomery and Myles White all have had better preseasons. Adams and Janis are your best bet for some production due to Jordy Nelson's injury, with Adams looking like the better bet and tracking in rankings as a WR2.|
Jared Abbrederis player page
Broncos | Nathan Palmer waived Tue Sep 1, 11:43 AM
Denver Broncos WR Nathan Palmer was waived Tuesday, Sept. 1.
|Footballguys view: Palmer was just depth. He may end up on a practice squad if he has some time left, but more than likely he ends up back in the recording studio to cut another album as NaPalm. No, we're not kidding.|
Nathan Palmer player page
Bills | Two Buffalo linemen out Tuesday Tue Sep 1, 11:41 AM
Buffalo Bills DE Mario Williams (calf) and DT Marcell Dareus (leg) are out off practice Tuesday, Sept. 1.
|Footballguys view: This shouldn't have a long term impact on this defense which we consider one of the top in fantasy this season.|
Mario Williams player page
Marcell Dareus player page
Colts | T.Y. Hilton limited Tue Sep 1, 11:35 AM
Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (head) is in a red, non-contact jersey in practice Tuesday, Sept. 1.
|Footballguys view: Hilton will be fine for Week 1, which is really the biggest issue. Of course, one concussion can be followed by another, so we are concerned with that, but not enough to drop him from being a borderline WR1/2.|
T.Y. Hilton player page
Falcons | Devonta Freeman has active practice Tue Sep 1, 11:28 AM
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman was the most active in practice Monday, Aug. 31, that he was been since a hamstring injury Aug. 6. It's unclear whether he'll play in the final preseason game this week.
|Footballguys view: There's no real clarity in the Atlanta Falcons backfield. Both Freeman and Tevin Coleman are ranked as an RB3, though Coleman is trending at an ADP two full rounds before Freeman (7.11 versus 9.08) so in many ways the value is a pick'em. With that offensive line, either guy has tough sledding ahead of him. We give Coleman the edge, but it's pretty thin.|
Devonta Freeman player page
Titans | Two moves made in Tennessee Tue Sep 1, 11:08 AM
Tennessee Titans TE Tevin Westbrook was waived Tuesday, Sept. 1. WR Andrew Turzilli (undisclosed) was placed on Injured Reserve.
|Footballguys view: The only tight end you need concern yourself with on the Titans is Delanie Walker, who we have as a low-end TE1. Walker is coming off a career high 102 targets and 63 catches, which translated to another career high of 890 yards. We don't expect those numbers again with Marcus Mariota throwing the ball, but we do expect him to produce good production again this year.|
Eagles | Riley Cooper doesn't have a catch Tue Sep 1, 11:02 AM
Philadelphia Eagles WR Riley Cooper doesn't have a catch this preseason.
|Footballguys view: Cooper is a guy who is going to have some trouble finding a role considering the weapons around him and that has shown in preseason. At best he might produce WR9 numbers, but unless Nelson Agholor and Jordan Matthews implodes or Darren Sproles suddenly can't catch, Cooper is going to see very little in the way of opportunity. At the end of the day there are better uses for the end of your bench.|
Riley Cooper player page
Browns | Connor Shaw to IR Tue Sep 1, 10:36 AM
Cleveland Browns QB Connor Shaw (thumb) was placed on Injured Reserve Tuesday, Sept. 1.
|Footballguys view: This explains how Thad Lewis and Pat Devlin still have spots on the roster. No Browns quarterback has fantasy value this season, so who ends up where is nearly irrelevant. Johnny Manziel has intriguing upside, but he's banged up and head coach Brian Pettine seems determined to not start him.|
Buccaneers | Tim Jennings visiting Tampa Tue Sep 1, 10:29 AM
Free-agent CB Tim Jennings (Bears) is visiting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tuesday, Sept. 1.
|Footballguys view: Jennings is going to land somewhere, and potentially quickly. More than anything he'd make a solid slot corner which would fit if Tampa doesn't try to make too much more of him. Tampa has the players to be a very good defense but they are too risky to use as more than a spot start or part of a committee.|
Tim Jennings player page
Panthers | Jarrett Boykin cut Tue Sep 1, 10:24 AM
Carolina Panthers WR Jarrett Boykin was released Tuesday, Sept. 1.
|Footballguys view: Boykin will get some interest but getting cut from a team who is dressing food vendors and parking attendants as receivers is not a good sign.|
Jarrett Boykin player page
Vikings | Mike Kafka cut Tue Sep 1, 10:22 AM
Minnesota Vikings QB Mike Kafka (undisclosed) was waived-injured Tuesday, Sept. 1.
|Footballguys view: We knew this was coming, as the team seems to like Taylor Heinicke and Shaun Hill is a proven veteran to take over if Teddy Bridgewater gets hurt. We see Bridgewater as a decent QB2 this season, with some upside, but that doesn't mean Hill, Heinicke or someone else stepping in would immediately put up those same numbers.|
Mike Kafka player page
Colts | T.Y. Hilton expected to be cleared Tue Sep 1, 09:33 AM
Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (head) will complete the concussion protocol Thursday, Sept. 3, and he's expected to be cleared, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: We expect Hilton to be ready for Week 1, which is all both the Colts and Fantasy GMs are worried about at this point in the preseason. Hilton is a borderline WR1 in the Colts offense and should put up very good numbers this year even with Andre Johnson in town.|
T.Y. Hilton player page
Texans | Anthony Denham has shoulder sprain Tue Sep 1, 09:27 AM
Houston Texans TE Anthony Denham (shoulder) is dealing with a slight shoulder sprain but could play in the final preseason game Thursday, Sept. 3.
|Footballguys view: Denham isn't a fantasy factor, so this doesn't have much impact. Generally we don't like the Texans tight ends in fantasy, so look elsewhere.|
Patriots | Jalen Saunders coming to Pats Tue Sep 1, 09:07 AM
New Orleans Saints WR Jalen Saunders is being traded to the New England Patriots Tuesday, Sept. 1, for a conditional draft pick, according to a league source.
|Footballguys view: A former fourth round pick for the New York Jets during what ended up being a brutal 2014 draft, Saunders is a decent punt returner who will only have a fantasy impact in helping the New England special teams or team defense, which we already have ranked as a solid No. 1 fantasy defense.|
Jalen Saunders player page
Seahawks | Fred Jackson likely signing with Seattle Tue Sep 1, 08:24 AM
Free-agent RB Fred Jackson (Bills) is meeting with the Seattle Seahawks Tuesday, Sept. 1, and both sides expect a deal to get done.
|Footballguys view: That's bad news for Christine Michael, who the team has been trying to find a way to motivate to no avail. Jackson and Marshawn Lynch are very tight (Lynch texted Jackson to mess with him when CJ Spiller was drafted in 2010) so there should be no waves. Jackson does good work as a third down back in pass protection and can catch the ball, as well. He's probably no more than a handcuff for Lynch for fantasy purposes.|
Fred Jackson player page
Dolphins | Caleb Sturgis remains front runner Mon Aug 31, 11:27 PM
Miami Dolphins PK Caleb Sturgis remains the front runner in his competition with PK Andrew Franks. Sturgis said he did not have a good early camp, 'but I've been hitting the ball better lately.'Link to story
Caleb Sturgis player page