Fantasy Football News & Views
Cowboys | Tony Romo has broken bone in back (Sat Aug 27, 02:49 PM) [jump to this story]
Steelers | Le'Veon Bell feels good (Sat Aug 27, 09:08 AM) [jump to this story]
49ers | Carlos Hyde suffers concussion (Sat Aug 27, 08:19 AM) [jump to this story]
Bengals | Tyler Eifert hopeful of Week 4 return (Fri Aug 26, 02:32 PM) [jump to this story]
Browns | Raheem Mostert, Tramon Williams out Fri Aug 26, 06:32 PM
Cleveland Browns RB Raheem Mostert (hamstring) and CB Tramon Williams (toe) will not play in the preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Friday, Aug. 26.Link to story
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Bills | Buffalo resting several defensive players Fri Aug 26, 06:29 PM
Buffalo Bills DT Kyle Williams, LB Preston Brown, LB Jerry Hughes, CB Stephon Gilmore and CB Ronald Darby will not play in the preseason game against the Washington Redskins Friday, Aug. 26.
|Footballguys view: Don't read too much into Washington's easy time moving the ball against Buffalo tonight. They are being very cautious with their starters after losing Reggie Ragland and IK Enemkpali this summer.|
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Bills | Charles Clay will not play vs. Washington Fri Aug 26, 06:29 PM
Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay will not play in the preseason game against the Washington Redskins Friday, Aug. 26.
|Footballguys view: Clay has had knee and back issues to contend with, so the team is being careful with a player that they hope can contribute more to the passing game this year. Clay is a late round tight end with injury upside despite being in a low volume pass offense.|
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Bills | LeSean McCoy sitting out Friday Fri Aug 26, 06:07 PM
Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy will not play in the preseason game against the Washington Redskins Friday, Aug. 26.
|Footballguys view: McCoy is fine, but the Bills are being careful with their core pieces after injuries have hit their offensive line and linebackers during camp. McCoy had a bad hamstring injury last summer that affected him into the season, so he's ahead of last year so far.|
LeSean McCoy player page
Falcons | Adrian Clayborn may be limited Fri Aug 26, 06:04 PM
Atlanta Falcons DE Adrian Clayborn (shoulder) likely will be limited during practice Sunday, Aug. 28, according to head coach Dan Quinn.Link to story
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Falcons | Julio Jones expected to be limited Fri Aug 26, 05:55 PM
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) likely will be limited during practice Sunday, Aug. 28, after suffering an ankle injury in the third preseason game, according to head coach Dan Quinn.
|Footballguys view: There was no sign that the injury was serious and Jones was on the sideline for the rest of the game. The state of the Falcons offense is a bigger concern than Jones' minor nicks and bumps right now, but he's still a top three pick in PPR and maybe non-PPR.|
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Cardinals | Jake Coker to miss preseason game Fri Aug 26, 05:44 PM
Arizona Cardinals QB Jake Coker (knee) will not be able to play in the preseason game against the Houston Texans Sunday, Aug. 28, because of a sore knee.Link to story
Falcons | William Moore open to returning to Atlanta Fri Aug 26, 05:44 PM
Free-agent SS William Moore (Falcons) said he would be interested in re-sign with the Atlanta Falcons, but Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said the team is not considering Moore. Quinn did say the team likely will sign a veteran safety because of the injury to FS Keanu Neal (knee).Link to story
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Rams | Rob Havenstein activated Fri Aug 26, 05:24 PM
Los Angeles Rams OT Rob Havenstein (foot) passed his physical Friday, Aug. 26, and has been removed from the Physically Unable to Perform list.Link to story
Patriots | Jimmy Garoppolo expected to start Friday Fri Aug 26, 05:16 PM
New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to be the starting quarterback in the preseason game against the Carolina Panthers Friday, Aug. 26. QB Tom Brady will also receive playing time during the game.Link to story
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Titans | Kevin Dodd expected to be limited Fri Aug 26, 05:13 PM
Tennessee Titans LB Kevin Dodd (foot) is expected to play in the preseason game against the Oakland Raiders Saturday, Aug. 27, but likely will receive limited snaps since he is working his way back into game shape.Link to story
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Titans | Antonio Andrews in lead for No. 3 RB job Fri Aug 26, 05:12 PM
Tennessee Titans RB Antonio Andrews has a slight edge on RBs David Cobb and Bishop Sankey for the No. 3 running back job in part because of his special teams play, according to head coach Mike Mularkey.
|Footballguys view: Andrews was very good last year on a bad team, and in the event of injuries to Demarco Murray and Derrick Henry, he could fit well in the run-heavy approach of the Mike Mularkey Titans. Cobb would likely get picked up quickly if the Titans decide to let him go. Bishop Sankey is a mere afterthought at this point.|
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Cardinals | Robert Nkemdiche to play a lot Fri Aug 26, 04:39 PM
Arizona Cardinals DT Robert Nkemdiche (ankle) is expected to receive significant playing time in the preseason game against the Houston Texans Sunday, Aug. 28, because he needs to catch up on things, according to head coach Bruce Arians.Link to story
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Cardinals | Three Cardinals expected to play Fri Aug 26, 04:33 PM
Arizona Cardinals DT Frostee Rucker (ankle), CB Justin Bethel (foot) and FS Tyrann Mathieu (knee) could receive as many as 12 snaps in the preseason game against the Houston Texans Sunday, Aug. 28, according to head coach Bruce Arians. All three players were activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list earlier in the week.Link to story
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49ers | Colin Kaepernick may start Friday Fri Aug 26, 04:19 PM
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (arm) could start the preseason game against the Green Bay Packers Friday, Aug. 26, since QB Blaine Gabbert started the first two preseason games.
|Footballguys view: The 49ers appear reluctant to anoint Gabbert the starter, so if Kaepernick is functional, he could win this job. It would be better for the 49ers running game, but Kaepernick took all the wind out of the sails of the passing game last year.|
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Falcons | Devonta Freeman struggles Fri Aug 26, 04:10 PM
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman rushed for eight yards on five carries in the preseason game against the Miami Dolphins Thursday, Aug. 25.
|Footballguys view: The Dolphins are going to be one of the tougher run matchups in the NFL with their size upfront, but Freeman was bottled up very easily nonetheless. He only got one more snap than Tevin Coleman, although Freeman should dominate snaps when the Falcons fall behind, which might be common this year. He's a much better PPR running back, but in both formats, consider Freeman a low RB1.|
Devonta Freeman player page
Dolphins | Xavien Howard could start Fri Aug 26, 04:08 PM
Miami Dolphins CB Xavien Howard (foot) has a chance to be a starting cornerback in Week 1 if CBs Tony Lippett and Bobby McCain continue to struggle. Howard has able to practice but has not played in a game yet.
|Footballguys view: Lippett was torched by a double move last night and appears to be in over his head as a starter, but there's no assurance that a rookie who missed camp and the preseason would fare any better. Russell Wilson will get to exploit this hole in Week 1.|
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Cowboys | Cole Beasley leads Dallas in targets Fri Aug 26, 03:39 PM
Dallas Cowboys WR Cole Beasley led the team in targets with six in their preseason game Thursday, August 25, against the Seattle Seahawks. He ended up with four catches for 30 yards.Cole Beasley player page
Lions | Marvin Jones fitting in nicely Fri Aug 26, 03:18 PM
Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones has had 'terrific chemistry' with QB Matthew Stafford. He's averaging 16.2 yards per catch in the preseason, which is the sixth-most among all receivers who have had at least five catches through the first two weeks.
|Footballguys view: Jones is set to benefit from an uptempo, pass-heavy offense in addition to his early riffing with Stafford. He's a value in the 7th/8th round and should start hot against a Colts secondary that is without Vontae Davis in Week 1.|
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Dolphins | Arian Foster could have most touches Fri Aug 26, 03:03 PM
Miami Dolphins RB Arian Foster 'may end up with more touches this season' than the starter, RB Jay Ajayi.
|Footballguys view: Foster looked like the better receiving back by a large margin, which fits better with the strengths of this offseason. He could be a very strong weekly play in PPR leagues, at least as long as he stays healthy.|
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Colts | Stevan Ridley visiting Colts Fri Aug 26, 02:34 PM
Free-agent RB Stevan Ridley (Lions) visited the Indianapolis Colts Friday, August 26.
|Footballguys view: Robert Turbin is the backup more because of Josh Ferguson's deficiencies than his strengths. Ridley could come in and push Turbin for the backup job between the tackles behind Frank Gore.|
Stevan Ridley player page
Bengals | Tyler Eifert hopeful of Week 4 return Fri Aug 26, 02:32 PM
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) is targeting Weeks 4-6 for his return from ankle surgery. He is hopeful it will come in Week 4.
|Footballguys view: Eifert's price already included a discount for missed early games, but perhaps not to this extent. He still projects as a top 5 tight end upon his return, perhaps as high as #3 at a tight end position that lost Ladarius Green during the preseason. If your rosters are large enough to keep Eifert until October without losing waiver wire flexibility, he could be a wise pick in the 8th-9th round when combined with a later sleeper tight end to cover the first 4-6 games.|
Tyler Eifert player page
Cowboys | Tony Romo may need MRI Fri Aug 26, 01:36 PM
Dallas Cowboys RB Tony Romo (back) could have an MRI on his back, and a decision is expected Friday, Aug. 26. The injury appears minor for now.
|Footballguys view: Romo is at the point in his career where any injury is a problem because of the numerous issues he has come back from over the years. His back already required kid glove care, and this early injury, however minor, is something that reminds us that he more than any quarterback probably has an expiration date on his play this year.|
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Saints | Garrett Griffin to make preseason debut Fri Aug 26, 01:19 PM
New Orleans Saints TE Garrett Griffin (hamstring) will make his preseason debut Friday, Aug. 26, in the third game.Link to story
Buccaneers | Austin Seferian-Jenkins to play with ones Fri Aug 26, 01:12 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins will play with the first-team offense Friday, Aug. 26, in the third preseason game. Seferian-Jenkins says he's finally starting to figure out the mental aspect of the game and the need to be detail oriented and fundamentally sound at all times.
|Footballguys view: Seferian-Jenkins and Cameron Brate will most likely constitute a TEBC here, and one that could be very productive. For fantasy, this is still a problem, as timing the right start week-to-week will be difficult. If Brate or Seferian-Jenkins miss time with an injury, we'll revisit this as a good place to find value for a TE needy fantasy team.|
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Buccaneers | Donteea Dye in lead for fifth spot Fri Aug 26, 01:00 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Donteea Dye is in the lead for the fifth receiver spot. Dye's ability to return kicks has stood out, but he needs to become a more consistent weapon in the receiving game.Link to story
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Falcons | Keanu Neal likely has cartilage issue Fri Aug 26, 12:25 PM
Updating an earlier report, Atlanta Falcons FS Keanu Neal (knee) will have the damage to his knee determined during surgery, and it's likely a meniscus or cartilage cleanup. His ligaments are believed to be fine.Link to story
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Falcons | Keanu Neal out three to four weeks Fri Aug 26, 11:58 AM
Atlanta Falcons SS Keanu Neal (knee) requires arthroscopic surgery on his knee that will keep him out three to four weeks.
|Footballguys view: The Falcons defense will miss Neal, who was to add the intimidation from the safety position a la Kam Chancellor. Atlanta has an experienced backup in Kemal Ishmael, so it shouldn't be a huge hit for the season opener against Tampa.|
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Browns | Josh Gordon for a second rounder? Fri Aug 26, 11:23 AM
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon was part of trade discussions, and the package Cleveland sought was a second-round pick and more, according to sources. The team denied listening to offers.
|Footballguys view: The fact that the Browns even set a price for him shows that they aren't attached to Gordon, and it could be a sign of how much they like Terrelle Pryor and Corey Coleman. Gordon's demonstrated talent and league-tilting scoring in 2013 still makes him worth a boom/bust pick once you have filled out your core 5-6 players, even though he's going to miss the first four games of the season.|
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Panthers | Stevie Brown visiting Panthers Fri Aug 26, 11:05 AM
Free-agent FS Stevie Brown (Chiefs) is visiting the Carolina Panthers Friday, Aug. 26.Link to story
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Steelers | Marcus Gilbert restructures Fri Aug 26, 10:35 AM
Pittsburgh Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert restructured his contract Friday, Aug. 26, to reduce his salary from $3.95 million to $760,000. The move freed up about $2 million in salary cap space.Link to story
Saints | Brandon Coleman not standing out Fri Aug 26, 10:18 AM
New Orleans Saints WR Brandon Coleman has had a 'pedestrian' camp and preseason, according to head coach Sean Payton. His roster spot is in question nearing the final week of camp.
|Footballguys view: The Saints have their top three receivers cements in Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead, and Michael Thomas. Pint-sized Tommy Lee Lewis might have the inside track for the #4 receiver job with his ability to contribute as a return man too. Coleman's size and speed are rare enough that he would likely get a look elsewhere if the Saints move on from him.|
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Saints | Coby Fleener not reliable enough Fri Aug 26, 10:16 AM
New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener hasn't been reliable enough catching passes and isn't on the same page with QB Drew Brees on some routes, according to beat writer Larry Holder. TE Josh Hill has been more involved in the passing game in recent practices.
|Footballguys view: Fleener has been the subject of many reports of up and down play like this one. He and Drew Brees are not clicking, and there are signs that he won't be as involved as his huge contract would suggest, at least at first. Fleener is being drafted near his ceiling as TE6 or TE7 off of the board, which appears to be too bold in light of these reports.|
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Chiefs | Eric Berry back next week Fri Aug 26, 09:47 AM
Kansas City Chiefs SS Eric Berry is likely to return to the team next week.
|Footballguys view: The Chiefs will already be without Justin Houston for an extended time, and they lost starting corner Sean Smith in free agency, so Berry getting back in the fold is very important.|
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Jets | Christian Hackenberg iffy for third game Fri Aug 26, 08:57 AM
New York Jets QB Christian Hackenberg is healthy, but he'll only play in the third preseason game if head coach Todd Bowles can 'fit him in,' according to a source.Link to story
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Seahawks | Christine Michael runs well again Fri Aug 26, 12:52 AM
Seattle Seahawks RB Christine Michael had seven carries for 58 yards against the Dallas Cowboys Thursday, Aug. 25, and he has 24 carries for 157 yards in the preseason.
|Footballguys view: Michael probably isn't going to displace Thomas Rawls as the starter, but he can take enough work to lower Rawls' weekly and season-long ceiling. Michael's ability has been on display now that his off-field issues have been resolved. If Rawls goes down, Michael could be a league winner. He should be on your late round running back priority list.|
Christine Michael player page
Cowboys | Impressive debut for Ezekiel Elliott Fri Aug 26, 12:37 AM
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott made his preseason debut against the Seattle Seahawks Thursday, Aug. 25, gaining 48 yards on seven carries.
|Footballguys view: Elliott finished his runs with power and found a lot of room to operate behind the Cowboys elite offensive line. Now that his hamstring issue is behind him, Elliott appears to be worth the first round pick his most optimistic proponents have been spending on him.|
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Falcons | Adrian Clayborn set for MRI Fri Aug 26, 12:34 AM
Atlanta Falcons DE Adrian Clayborn (shoulder) will have an MRI on his left shoulder Friday, Aug. 26.Link to story
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Dolphins | Jordan Cameron battling drops Fri Aug 26, 12:08 AM
Miami Dolphins TE Jordan Cameron has struggled with drops this preseason, and he dropped two passes in a 17-6 preseason win over the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, Aug. 25. At one point, QB Ryan Tannehill opted not to throw to an open Cameron.
|Footballguys view: Cameron looked slack and ill-suited to catch balls in traffic in this one. He was once an elite fantasy tight end, but at this point Cameron doesn't look like he is even worth a roster spot in fantasy leagues, even though the Dolphins appear to going pass-heavy and uptempo this year under new head coach Adam Gase.|
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Dolphins | Cameron Wake not 100% Thu Aug 25, 11:56 PM
Miami Dolphins DE Cameron Wake (Achilles') said he is still a couple of weeks away from being 100% healthy.Link to story
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Dolphins | Kenny Stills playing well Thu Aug 25, 11:51 PM
Miami Dolphins WR Kenny Stills caught four passes for a team-high 46 yards in a 17-6 preseason win over the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, Aug. 25.
|Footballguys view: Stills appears to be the #2 wide receiver in this offense, much to the chagrin of DeVante Parker backers. Stills showed good timing with Ryan Tannehill on third down and he definitely has the trust of the quarterback. He's worth a late round pick, and it's time to move Parker down even further on our boards.|
Kenny Stills player page
Falcons | Five grabs for Austin Hooper Thu Aug 25, 11:43 PM
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper caught five passes for 50 yards in a 17-6 preseason loss to the Miami Dolphins Thursday, Aug. 25.
|Footballguys view: Most of Hooper's stats came later in the game. He could play a large role for a rookie tight end, splitting time with Jacob Tamme, but it is a very high bar to clear for him to be relevant in fantasy leagues this year.|
Austin Hooper player page
Dolphins | Ndamukong Suh's ankle is fine Thu Aug 25, 11:36 PM
Updating a previous report, Miami Dolphins DT Ndamukong Suh's (ankle) ankle injury is not serious, according to head coach Adam Gase.Link to story
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Falcons | Red zone interception for Matt Ryan Thu Aug 25, 11:31 PM
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan completed 12 of his 22 passes for 129 yards and threw an interception in the red zone in a 17-6 preseason loss to the Miami Dolphins Thursday, Aug. 25.
|Footballguys view: Ryan appears to have the same lack of sharpness that plagued his game last year. He's at best a lesser quarterback in a QBBC, and with a limited ceiling and terrible early season schedule, perhaps not worth a pick in most leagues. He will be on a lot of waiver wires after a Carolina, Denver, Seattle stretch in Weeks 4,5 and 6.|
Matt Ryan player page
Browns | Tramon Williams not conceding role Thu Aug 25, 11:24 PM
Cleveland Browns CB Tramon Williams said he is confident he can reclaim the starting cornerback job from CB Jamar Taylor.Link to story
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Redskins | DeSean Jackson looking sharp Thu Aug 25, 11:18 PM
Washington Redskins WR DeSean Jackson has displayed a greater focus this offseason, according to wide receivers coach Ike Hilliard, and CB DeAngelo Hall said Jackson has never looked better.
|Footballguys view: Jackson is still the deep threat in a high volume passing game, and he can definitely be the kind of boom/bust WR3 that is an unfair advantage when he reels in a long score. He doesn't appear to be slowing down.|
DeAngelo Hall player page
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Bills | Jerel Worthy standing out Thu Aug 25, 11:09 PM
Buffalo Bills DT Jerel Worthy has stood out during training camp, according to head coach Rex Ryan, and Worthy said he is happy to be in a system that utilizes his skills.Link to story
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Cowboys | Tony Romo out for game Thu Aug 25, 10:59 PM
Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo will not return against the Seattle Seahawks Thursday, Aug. 25, due to a coach's decision. He left after three plays with a tight back.
|Footballguys view: Romo's injury isn't serious, but the way he moved and took the hit foreshadows an injury at some point this year. Good thing Dak Prescott appears to be ready to pilot a limited pass offense - which is all the Cowboys need to be with their outstanding running game and line.|
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Falcons | Brandon Wilds exits with knee injury Thu Aug 25, 10:53 PM
Atlanta Falcons RB Brandon Wilds (knee) is questionable to return against the Miami Dolphins Thursday, Aug. 25, after injuring his knee.
|Footballguys view: Wilds has been having a solid summer and potentially pushing for a roster spot. This could give the Falcons an opening to IR him to keep him in their organization without using a roster spot on a fourth running back.|
Dolphins | Terrence Fede out with knee injury Thu Aug 25, 10:50 PM
Updating a previous report, Miami Dolphins DL Terrence Fede (knee) will not return against the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, Aug. 25, after suffering a knee injury.Link to story
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