Fantasy Football News & Views
Redskins | Jordan Reed participates in practice (Wed Aug 23, 02:05 PM) [jump to this story]
Packers | Aaron Rodgers rested arm (Wed Aug 23, 11:28 AM) [jump to this story]
Jaguars | Allen Hurns on the block? (Wed Aug 23, 10:08 AM) [jump to this story]
Texans | Tom Savage to begin season as starter Tue Aug 22, 12:11 PM
Houston Texans QB Tom Savage has enjoyed 'a good camp' and will begin the season as the starting quarterback, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.
|Footballguys view: Tracking this quarterback battle, that seemed to be the way things were trending. This doesn't mean Savage is locked in for the rest of the year. In fact, we imagine he's got a short hook if he struggles much in games. Rookie Deshaun Watson is the future of the Texans at the position, and they should keep grooming him to be the eventual starter.|
Tom Savage player page
Vikings | Bucky Hodges showing 'steady improvement' Tue Aug 22, 12:04 PM
Minnesota Vikings rookie TE Bucky Hodges, who lined up mostly as a receiver in college at Virginia Tech, has perhaps made his greatest leap as a blocker this summer.
|Footballguys view: Hodges wasn't much of a blocker in college, but he'll have to improve on that in the pros. He's a big target (6'6") who can make plays above the rim, and he's certainly a dynasty prospect we're adding and keeping an eye on.|
Bucky Hodges player page
Panthers | Cam Newton to suit up? Tue Aug 22, 11:47 AM
Updating previous reports, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) is on track to play Thursday, Aug. 24, in the third preseason game, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
|Footballguys view: Newton has been recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, so his practice reps have been monitored closely in training camp. If he does play in the 'dress rehearsal' game, then we don't think he gets as many reps as other starters will this week around the NFL.|
Cam Newton player page
Bills | Cordy Glenn on track Tue Aug 22, 11:45 AM
Buffalo Bills OT Cordy Glenn (foot) is on track to be ready for Week 1, according to head coach Sean McDermott.Link to story
Bills | Jordan Matthews on track for opener Tue Aug 22, 11:32 AM
Buffalo Bills WR Jordan Matthews (chest) is on schedule for Week 1, according to head coach Sean McDermott.
|Footballguys view: Matthews has been confident that he's going to be ready when the season opens up. The Bills need bodies at the position and Matthews should be their primary slot guy. He's going off the board at WR44 (9.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Jordan Matthews player page
Bills | E.J. Gaines out of practice Tue Aug 22, 11:31 AM
Buffalo Bills CB E.J. Gaines (hamstring) is out of practice Tuesday, Aug. 22.Link to story
E.J. Gaines player page
Dolphins | Kenyan Drake out of protocol Tue Aug 22, 11:08 AM
Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake (concussion) is out of the concussion protocol Tuesday, Aug. 22.
|Footballguys view: He was practicing on Monday, so it was easy to see he was going to be out of the protocol. Both Drake and starter Jay Ajayi have been been in the concussion protocol during the preseason...just something to remember for fantasy owners. Ajayi is a RB1 for fantasy with a current ADP of RB8 (2.03) in 12-team PPR leagues. He's an intriguing prospect this year because around half his rushing yards last year came in three games (all 200-yard games). We'll see if Ajayi can be more consistent this year. Drake is not handcuff worthy for Ajayi owners as the team would use a RBBC if the starter went down.|
Kenyan Drake player page
Eagles | Two Eagles sitting Tue Aug 22, 10:15 AM
Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles (elbow) and DE Brandon Graham (triceps) are out of practice Tuesday, Aug. 22.Link to story
Brandon Graham player page
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Lions | Kenny Golladay pushing for starting spot Tue Aug 22, 09:31 AM
Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay has shown signs that it won't be long before he cracks the starting lineup. At 6-foot-4, he's a better fit for the outside, which could shift WR Golden Tate to the slot.
|Footballguys view: Golladay has looked fantastic during camp and the preseason. He's shown signs of being reliable as a receiver and more than just a 'circus catch' guy. We love his dynasty stock, but in deeper redraft leagues you can take him as a 'lottery ticket' pick late in your draft if you want.|
Kenny Golladay player page
Lions | Golden Tate could shift to slot Tue Aug 22, 09:30 AM
Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate could play more in the slot with WR Kenny Golladay potentially ready for a starting spot outside.
|Footballguys view: With three straight seasons of 90-plus catches, we could see Tate staying at that level even if he shifts inside the formation. Golladay is an exciting rookie receiver, and the third-round pick out of Northern Illinois has turned heads. However, Tate is a reliable and trusted target for Matthew Stafford who should get plenty of targets each game.|
Golden Tate player page
Redskins | Spencer Long had surgery Tue Aug 22, 09:01 AM
Washington Redskins C Spencer Long (knee) underwent a minor arthroscopic knee surgery Monday, Aug. 21, and he's expected back in two weeks.Link to story
Giants | Odell Beckham suggests he'll be ready Tue Aug 22, 08:27 AM
Updating previous reports, New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle) suggested he'll be ready for Week 1 after the preseason game Monday, Aug. 21.
|Footballguys view: Fantasy owners got quite a scare on Monday night. Beckham was rocked with a low hit that sent him to the ground crumpled. Keep track of his status as the season draws near, but this ankle injury doesn't appear to be something that would keep him out of the lineup in Week 1 of the regular season.|
Odell Beckham Jr player page
Giants | Eli Manning sharp in preseason action Tue Aug 22, 12:59 AM
New York Giants QB Eli Manning completed 10-of-14 passes for 80 yards in the team's second preseason game Monday, August 21, opposite the Cleveland Browns.
|Footballguys view: Eli Manning is a high-end QB2 for fantasy but there will be owners out there who get him as a starter and then rotate him based on matchups. You can wait on quarterback if you'd like, and Manning is coming off the board in the 11th round of 12-team drafts. We'd suggest getting Ben Roethlisberger or Jameis Winston a couple of rounds earlier, but if you've filled up with other positions then Manning is an option.|
Eli Manning player page
Browns | Cody Kessler efficient in preseason win Mon Aug 21, 11:35 PM
Cleveland Browns QB Cody Kessler was a perfect 7-for-7 on his pass attempts for 60 yards in the team's second preseason contest Monday, August 21, against the New York Giants. He also rushed two times for six yards.
|Footballguys view: Kessler is trying to win the starting job over Brock Osweiler and rookie DeShone Kizer. This performance will aid him in that quest. The team knows what they have in Kessler, and that's an efficient quarterback who will try to move the chains with mostly shorter passes.|
Cody Kessler player page
Browns | Brock Osweiler unimpressive again Mon Aug 21, 11:30 PM
Cleveland Browns QB Brock Osweiler completed 6-of-8 passes for 25 yards and also threw an interception Monday, August 21, opposite the New York Giants.
|Footballguys view: Osweiler is fighting Cody Kessler and rookie DeShone Kizer for the starting spot. The interception was tipped at the line (a problem for Osweiler) and he was generally unimpressive. The Browns could name a starter sometime this week.|
Brock Osweiler player page
Browns | DeShone Kizer solid in second game Mon Aug 21, 11:21 PM
Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer completed 8-of-13 pass attempts for 74 yards, while also rushing five times for 35 yards in the team's second preseason game Monday, August 21, versus the New York Giants.
|Footballguys view: The rookie is on the right track, but he still has a ways to go. Kizer has a bad habit of holding onto the ball too long and he'll stare down his targets constantly leading defenders right to his receivers.|
DeShone Kizer player page
Eagles | LeGarrette Blount having weight issues Mon Aug 21, 11:05 PM
Philadelphia Eagles RB LeGarrette Blount has been having 'weight issues' and looked 'disappointing in practice,' which is why it's possible he might not make the final roster.
|Footballguys view: Blount was supposed to be the battering ram for the Eagles offense, but there has been speculation that he won't even make the 53-man roster. Eagles coach Doug Pederson insists that Blount will be a big part of the offense, so for now it looks like his roster spot and starting job are safe despite reports/indications to the contrary.|
LeGarrette Blount player page
Raiders | Donald Penn expected to report this week Mon Aug 21, 10:39 PM
Oakland Raiders OT Donald Penn is expected to end his holdout this week and could return to practice as early as Tuesday, Aug. 22, according to sources.Link to story
Giants | Tavarres King suffers injury Mon Aug 21, 10:34 PM
New York Giants WR Tavarres King (ankle) had to leave the game Monday, August 21, versus the Cleveland Browns due to a sprained ankle.Link to story
Tavarres King player page
Giants | Brandon Marshall undergoes X-rays Mon Aug 21, 10:13 PM
New York Giants WR Brandon Marshall (shoulder) suffered a shoulder injury during the preseason game Monday, Aug. 21, and is scheduled to undergo X-rays on his shoulder.
|Footballguys view: Marshall got banged up on Monday night, and we'll have to wait and see what the prognosis is once the X-ray information is revealed.|
Brandon Marshall player page
Giants | X-rays negative for Odell Beckham Mon Aug 21, 09:58 PM
Updating a previous report, New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle) underwent X-rays on the ankle injury he suffered in the preseason game Monday, Aug. 21, and they came back negative. He is scheduled to undergo further evaluation.
|Footballguys view: Fantasy owners might've been sick to their stomach when Beckham was hit low against the Browns and went to the ground in a heap. It seems like the ankle injury is minor, but monitor him closely through the rest of the preseason. Don't be surprised if Beckham is held out for the next two games with the plan on getting him ready for Week 1 of the regular season.|
Odell Beckham Jr player page
Broncos | Garett Bolles named starter Mon Aug 21, 09:52 PM
Denver Broncos OT Garett Bolles will be the starting left tackle this season, according to head coach Vance Joseph.Link to story
Titans | Corey Davis will not be rushed back Mon Aug 21, 09:34 PM
Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis (hamstring) did not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 21.
|Footballguys view: The first WR off the board in the draft this year, Davis has great upside in the pros. The team is excited about his future, but there's no need to rush him back. Davis will not be hurried back to the field because the team wants him to be ready for the start of the regular season, according to head coach Mike Mularkey.|
Corey Davis player page
Texans | Jadeveon Clowney sits out again Mon Aug 21, 09:29 PM
Houston Texans DE Jadeveon Clowney did not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 21. Clowney has not practice in about a week, but head coach Bill O'Brien said Clowney is not injured.Link to story
Jadeveon Clowney player page
Texans | DeAndre Hopkins does not practice Mon Aug 21, 09:14 PM
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (hand) did not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 21.
|Footballguys view: Hopkins has not practiced since August 9th due to this hand injury. We expect him for Week 1 of the regular season, but make sure to stay tuned to this situation as Hopkins may miss the dress rehearsal (third preseason game) this week.|
DeAndre Hopkins player page
Browns | Tank Carder leaves early Mon Aug 21, 09:10 PM
Cleveland Browns LB Tank Carder (knee) left the preseason game early Monday, Aug. 21, because of a knee injury and will not return.Link to story
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Giants | Odell Beckham injures ankle Mon Aug 21, 08:59 PM
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle) suffered an ankle injury during the preseason game Monday, Aug. 21, and will not return. He was also evaluated for a concussion but passed all the tests.
|Footballguys view: Take a deep breath. Beckham was rocked in the game on Monday night but it is being reported as just a sprained ankle.|
Odell Beckham Jr player page
Dolphins | Leonte Carroo back at practice Mon Aug 21, 08:55 PM
Miami Dolphins WR Leonte Carroo (hamstring) participated in practice Monday, Aug. 21, after missing practice last week because of a hamstring injury.
|Footballguys view: Carroo, a third-round pick out of Rutgers last year, is currently buried on the depth chart as the no4 WR for the Dolphins (at best). His redraft value is non-existent, but Carroo is an interesting dynasty prospect to keep an eye on.|
Leonte Carroo player page
Dolphins | Rey Maualuga to miss preseason game Mon Aug 21, 08:53 PM
Miami Dolphins LB Rey Maualuga did not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 21, and will not play in the third preseason game because he is still working his way back into game shape.
|Footballguys view: It's the dress rehearsal for the regular season, but Maualuga is not ready. They'll work him back into shape so that he can begin the regular season as a two-down run-stuffer for the defense.|
Rey Maualuga player page
Dolphins | Three Miami OGs work with starters Mon Aug 21, 08:52 PM
Miami Dolphins OG Anthony Steen, Jesse Davis and Jake Brendel all received snaps with the first-team offense at left guard during practice Monday, Aug. 21.Link to story
Texans | DeAndrew White waived from IR Mon Aug 21, 08:41 PM
Houston Texans WR DeAndrew White (groin) was waived from the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Aug. 21, after the two sides reached an injury settlement.Link to story
Bills | Jordan Matthews unsure about preseason games Mon Aug 21, 08:22 PM
Buffalo Bills WR Jordan Matthews (chest) said he is not sure if he will play in any preseason games because he needs to be smart about his injury but is optimistic about his availability for Week 1.
|Footballguys view: Matthews discussed how dealing with this injury has a lot to do with pain management. We'll see if he can be ready (enough) for Week 1. With Anquan Boldin retired and Sammy Watkins traded away, the Bills need all the help they can get at the WR position.|
Jordan Matthews player page
Seahawks | Marcus Lucas waived/injured Mon Aug 21, 08:21 PM
Seattle Seahawks TE Marcus Lucas (ankle) was waived/injured Monday, Aug. 21.Link to story
Rams | Tavon Austin not ready yet Mon Aug 21, 08:16 PM
Los Angeles Rams WR Tavon Austin (hamstring) is making progress in his recovery from a hamstring injury but is not expected to practice this week or play in the third preseason game.
|Footballguys view: With Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods there's just not going to be many targets there for Austin in 2017. Add in solid rookie Cooper Kupp, and you can see how Austin's career high in receptions (58, 2016) is unlikely to be bested in 2017.|
Tavon Austin player page
Jaguars | Marqise Lee will not play Thursday Mon Aug 21, 07:44 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Marqise Lee (ankle) has been ruled out for the preseason game against the Carolina Panthers Thursday, Aug. 24, and is considered unlikely to play in the final preseason game.
|Footballguys view: With the QB situation in Jacksonville it doesn't really make us want to rush out and get Lee anyway...even after his mini-breakout season in 2016. With 63 catches in 2016, we could see Lee catching 20 fewer passes this year. The team has bad QB play and they want to run the ball as much as possible.|
Marqise Lee player page
Jaguars | Mychal Rivera to sit out another game Mon Aug 21, 07:30 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars TE Mychal Rivera (hand) has been ruled out for the preseason game against the Carolina Panthers Thursday, Aug. 24. Head coach Doug Marrone said he hopes Rivera will be able to play in the final preseason game.Link to story
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Jaguars | T.J. Yeldon to sit out preseason game Mon Aug 21, 07:26 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon (hamstring) has been ruled out for the preseason game against the Carolina Panthers Thursday, Aug. 24, and is considered unlikely to play in the final preseason game.
|Footballguys view: Yeldon is just competing for the no3 spot on the RB depth chart behind Leonard Fournette and Chris Ivory. This injury could linger for a long time if the Jaguars don't give him plenty of time to heal.|
T.J. Yeldon player page
Jaguars | Leonard Fournette ruled out Mon Aug 21, 07:09 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (foot) has been ruled out for the preseason game against the Carolina Panthers Thursday, Aug. 24, and is considered unlikely to play in the final preseason game.
|Footballguys view: The Jaguars are being overly cautious with their star rookie RB here. Fournette is going to be the centerpiece of the offense if healthy. He believes he'll be ready for Week 1 of the regular season, but this is the same foot injury that bothered Fournette in college at LSU.|
Leonard Fournette player page
Jaguars | Jacksonville QBs share snaps Mon Aug 21, 07:01 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars QBs Blake Bortles and Chad Henne received an equal amount of snaps with the first-team offense during practice Monday, Aug. 21.
|Footballguys view: We feel like Jaguars fans need something to smile about when considering their two options at quarterback. Head coach Doug Marrone is not ready to name a starter for the third preseason game and wants to see them practice Tuesday, Aug. 22, before making a decision.|
Chad Henne player page
Blake Bortles player page
Jets | NYJ starting QB to be named next week Mon Aug 21, 07:00 PM
New York Jets QBs Josh McCown and Christian Hackenberg have been competing for the starting quarterback job during training camp, and head coach Todd Bowles said he will name the starting quarterback Monday, Aug. 28.
|Footballguys view: McCown is the safe veteran, while Hackenberg is the guy who couldn't get on the field as a rookie in 2016. No matter who wins the job, neither is going to be fantasy relevant this year.|
Josh McCown player page
Christian Hackenberg player page
Browns | Isaiah Crowell not expected to play Mon Aug 21, 06:52 PM
Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell (groin) is not expected to play in the preseason game against the New York Giants Monday, Aug. 21.
|Footballguys view: Groin injuries can linger, and the team needs Crowell near full strength for the start of the regular season. If healthy, Crowell could post career-best numbers in 2017. Projecting him for over 1,000 yards rushing is not out of the question.|
Isaiah Crowell player page
Colts | Chris Culliver joining Colts Mon Aug 21, 06:36 PM
Free-agent CB Chris Culliver (Dolphins) agreed to terms with the Indianapolis Colts Monday, Aug. 21, according to a source. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Link to story
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Panthers | Cam Newton takes practice in practice Mon Aug 21, 06:35 PM
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) participated in every drill during practice Monday, Aug. 21.
|Footballguys view: The Panthers have been careful working Newton back from offseason shoulder surgery. With better weapons around him this year, it will be interesting to see what a healthy Newton can do for fantasy owners. He's a low-end QB1 in fantasy and is going off the board near the middle of the 9th round in most leagues.|
Cam Newton player page
Panthers | Full practice for Curtis Samuel Mon Aug 21, 06:07 PM
Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (hamstring) fully participated in practice Monday, Aug. 21. Head coach Ron Rivera said he is not sure if Samuel will play in the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday, Aug. 24, because Samuel has not done much during training camp and the team wants to avoid aggravating the injury.
|Footballguys view: Samuel is competing for the no3 WR spot with Russell Shepard. The rookie from Ohio State is incredibly explosive and is a threat to score anytime he touches the ball. However, he's raw as a route runner and will need time to develop that part of his game.|
Curtis Samuel player page
Panthers | Brenton Bersin to miss time Mon Aug 21, 05:57 PM
Carolina Panthers WR Brenton Bersin (shoulder) will miss at least one week because of the shoulder injury he suffered in the second preseason game.Link to story
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Falcons | Atlanta not ready to name starting LG Mon Aug 21, 05:56 PM
Atlanta Falcons OGs Ben Garland and Wes Schweitzer have each received a start at right guard this preseason, and head coach Dan Quinn said he needs a few days before he is ready to name a starter at the position because the competition is still close.Link to story
Raiders | Two Raiders removed from PUP list Mon Aug 21, 05:52 PM
Oakland Raiders DE Jihad Ward (foot) and TE Cooper Helfet (undisclosed) were taken off the Physically Unable to Perform list after passing their physicals Monday, Aug. 21.Link to story
Cooper Helfet player page
Jihad Ward player page
Broncos | Denver claims Stanley Williams Mon Aug 21, 05:41 PM
Free-agent RB Stanley Williams (Bengals) was claimed off waivers by the Denver Broncos Monday, Aug. 21.
|Footballguys view: Williams is a small/speedy back from Kentucky who was picked up as a college free agent this year. He'll be hard pressed to make the 53-man roster in Denver as they've already discovered a great change-of-pace back in DeAngelo Henderson...and oh yeah, Jamaal Charles is still there (for now).|
Lions | Eric Ebron still sitting out Mon Aug 21, 05:36 PM
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) did not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 21.
|Footballguys view: Ebron is a TE2 with upside if healthy. Staying durable has been a problem for him, and a lack of touchdown grabs is also a concern for the big tight end.|
Eric Ebron player page
Lions | T.J. Jones expected to be fine Mon Aug 21, 05:35 PM
Detroit Lions WR T.J. Jones (hamstring) did not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 21, but head coach Jim Caldwell said Jones is expected to be fine.Link to story
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