Fantasy Football News & Views
Chargers | San Diego to use committee at RB (Wed Sep 2, 08:07 PM) [jump to this story]
Cowboys | Dallas to add another RB? (Wed Sep 2, 07:48 PM) [jump to this story]
Bengals | Cincinnati has lethal RB duo (Wed Sep 2, 05:59 PM) [jump to this story]
Bills | Concern LeSean McCoy won't be ready? (Wed Sep 2, 12:32 PM) [jump to this story]
Packers | Randall Cobb expects to be ready (Tue Sep 1, 06:17 PM) [jump to this story]
Patriots | No talks between Tom Brady, league Wed Sep 2, 04:26 PM
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady doesn't look like he'll reach a settlement with the NFL. The league and the NFL Player's Associated have not had any talks regarding a settlement since Monday, Aug. 31.
|Footballguys view: We look at DeflateGate like we do Nickelback. We don't want to hear it, and we just hope it would stop. Hopefully, we get an answer later this week.|
Tom Brady player page
Broncos | Peyton Manning wants to keep playing Wed Sep 2, 04:15 PM
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning said he'd like to play next season, adding that he feels good and feels that he can still help and contribute.
|Footballguys view: Don't be surprised to see Manning back in action next year. He looks healthier than ever now, but he'll need to stay healthy as the season goes on.|
Peyton Manning player page
Giants | Victor Cruz doubtful for Week 1 Wed Sep 2, 04:02 PM
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (calf) is doubtful to play Week 1, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Dan Graziano. Cruz has not yet been cleared to practice and did not participate in the preseason.
|Footballguys view: Things change quickly around here. Cruz was on track and recovering well from the knee injury he had last year, then this calf injury knocked him off course. Now, he's likely to miss the first game of the season. He'll be eased in once he's healthy enough to practice.|
Victor Cruz player page
Dolphins | Lamar Miller due for big year? Wed Sep 2, 03:51 PM
Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller's carries, rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, targets, receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns have each increased over the last three seasons.
|Footballguys view: We're excited about the upside of Miller this year. He's a RB2 with RB1 upside who you can get in the third round of your fantasy draft. Miller is in a contract year, and he added muscle to his frame in order to take on a larger role.|
Falcons | Bernard Reedy waived Wed Sep 2, 03:36 PM
Atlanta Falcons WR Bernard Reedy was waived Wednesday, Sept. 2.Link to story
Saints | Brandon Browner returns to practice Wed Sep 2, 02:42 PM
New Orleans Saints CB Brandon Browner (knee) has been out for the last three weeks but returned to individual drills in practice Tuesday, Sept. 1.Link to story
Brandon Browner player page
Buccaneers | Tim Jennings leaves without deal Wed Sep 2, 02:41 PM
Free-agent CB Tim Jennings (Bears) said his meeting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers went well, but he left without a deal.
|Footballguys view: Jennings can always join Lovie Smith at a later date. Jennings said he's going to survey his options before signing with a team.|
Tim Jennings player page
49ers | Tramaine Brock should be ready Wed Sep 2, 02:03 PM
San Francisco 49ers CB Tramaine Brock (hamstring) is entrenched as the starter at cornerback and should be ready Week 1.Link to story
Tramaine Brock player page
Saints | More on Keenan Lewis injury Wed Sep 2, 01:54 PM
Updating an earlier report, New Orleans Saints CB Keenan Lewis' (hip) surgery is believed to be similar to a sports hernia in the hip, core region.Link to story
Keenan Lewis player page
Bills | LeSean McCoy could limited in Week 1 Wed Sep 2, 01:35 PM
Updating an earlier report, Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) may not be in great 'football shape' once Week 1 rolls around, according to a source. He's not at full speed in practice but is doing rehab work including light footwork, agility and cardio conditioning. A source told ESPN's Josina Anderson McCoy's MRI showed, what was described internally as, a 'small tear,' adding: 'They say it tore in a spot where it couldn't have been any better for us. It tore in a spot that is kind of high up, surrounded by stronger muscles in the glutes and things like that.'
|Footballguys view: The Bills could ease McCoy into action at the start of the season. Fantasy owners need to watch this situation closely before plugging McCoy into their Week 1 lineup.|
LeSean McCoy player page
Packers | Clay Matthews expects to play Wed Sep 2, 01:34 PM
Green Bay Packers LB Clay Matthews (knee, elbow) is practicing this week with expectations of playing in the final preseason game and Week 1.Link to story
Clay Matthews player page
Panthers | Derek Anderson extended Wed Sep 2, 01:03 PM
Carolina Panthers QB Derek Anderson signed a two-year extension Wednesday, Sept. 2.
|Footballguys view: Anderson gets a reward here to stay with the Panthers as their backup behind Cam Newton. He's a good reserve quarterback with a rocket arm and plenty of starting experience.|
Derek Anderson player page
Bears | Blake Annen cut Wed Sep 2, 12:44 PM
Chicago Bears TE Blake Annen was waived Wednesday, Sept. 2.Link to story
Bills | Concern LeSean McCoy won't be ready? Wed Sep 2, 12:32 PM
Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) seems to be in some danger of missing the season opener Sept. 13. 'Well we certainly expect him to be ready to go, I hope,' coach Rex Ryan said Monday, Aug. 31. 'If not then the next man has to step up. Boobie (Anthony Dixon) got a lot of reps out there today. Bryce Brown got a lot of reps today. So we will see. I am not going to put that all on one man. If he is not ready to go, he won't be in there.'
|Footballguys view: The Bills earlier expressed confidence that McCoy would be ready to start the regular season. Now, it seems like he's in danger of missing the season debut. Stay tuned as we will know more about his availability next week in practice.|
LeSean McCoy player page
Anthony Dixon player page
Bryce Brown player page
Bears | Khari Lee headed to Bears Wed Sep 2, 12:03 PM
Houston Texans TE Khari Lee was traded to the Chicago Bears in exchange for a sixth-round pick Wednesday, Sept. 2.
|Footballguys view: Most NFL fans will know Lee from his scary-accurate impression he did of Texans head coach Bill O'Brien during HBO's Hard Knocks. The undrafted rookie from Bowie St. has a chance to make the team as a backup tight end behind Martellus Bennett. Lee has five catches for 71 yards in three preseason games.|
Colts | Arthur Jones could hit IR Wed Sep 2, 11:38 AM
Updating a previous report, Indianapolis Colts DT Arthur Jones (ankle) has torn ligaments in his ankle and may have joint damage. He's expected to undergo surgery, and he could land on Injured Reserve.
|Footballguys view: Once the team determines a recovery time, we'll know more. Jones could be an option for the IR/Designated to Return List. If that was the case, Jones would be forced to miss the half the season.|
Arthur Jones player page
Bills | EJ Manuel expected to be No. 2 Wed Sep 2, 11:32 AM
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel is expected to remain on the team as the backup quarterback. There is growing expectations that QB Matt Cassel will be cut.
|Footballguys view: Manuel did enough this preseason to earn his backup job behind Tyrod Taylor. Plus, with Manuel in at quarterback the offense wouldn't drastically change. Manuel is athletic enough to move around and keep plays alive with his feet like Taylor (although not quite as quick/fast). Cassel is your traditional pocket passer and the offense would look a lot different with him under center.|
Matt Cassel player page
EJ Manuel player page
Saints | Keenan Lewis out 4-6 weeks Wed Sep 2, 10:42 AM
New Orleans Saints CB Keenan Lewis (hip) had hip surgery Tuesday, Sept. 1, and will miss four to six weeks.
|Footballguys view: The Saints will now be without their no1 cornerback for at least a month. It will impact the defense, as now they'll have to turn to guys like rookie Delvin Breaux and veteran Brandon Browner.|
Keenan Lewis player page
Giants | Josh Brown nicked up Wed Sep 2, 09:50 AM
New York Giants PK Josh Brown (leg) suffered a bruised leg making a tackle last week, but he's expected to be fine for the season.Link to story
Josh Brown player page
Jaguars | Connor Hamlett returns to JAX Wed Sep 2, 09:44 AM
Free-agent TE Connor Hamlett re-signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars Wednesday, Sept. 2.
|Footballguys view: Hamlett once considered quitting football due to injury problems. The Oregon State prospect is huge, measuring in at 6'7" 263 pounds. He's a big target who played in a pro-style offense in college, so he's good at blocking but limited as a receiver after the catch.|
Steelers | Darrius Heyward-Bey with bigger role Wed Sep 2, 09:34 AM
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Darrius Heyward-Bey will have a bigger role with WR Martavis Bryant suspended the first four games.
|Footballguys view: If you get points for drops, then Heyward-Bey is your guy. Yes, he's going to get a larger role with Bryant out for a month. No, we're not expecting much from him as the team's deep target. We'll see if Heyward-Bey can do anything to change minds.|
Darrius Heyward-Bey player page
Bills | Matt Cassel could be cut Wed Sep 2, 09:21 AM
Buffalo Bills QB Matt Cassel could be cut by the team, as they are internally discussing the option.
|Footballguys view: Should this come as a surprise to anyone? Yes, Cassel has more experience starting than E.J. Manuel or (newly named starter) Tyrod Taylor. However, he is a below average starter at best who doesn't provide the athleticism the other two have. If cut, there would be some team interested in him as a reserve quarterback.|
Matt Cassel player page
Cowboys | Joseph Randle could have 10-15 carries Wed Sep 2, 08:28 AM
Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle could have 10-15 carries per game with RB Darren McFadden slightly below that, in the opinion of beat writer Drew Davison.
|Footballguys view: Wow. This Cowboys RB situation isn't as enticing for fantasy owners as some had thought it would be entering this season. No Dallas RB has impressed over the course of the preseason, and we wouldn't be surprised to see them scour the free agent market looking for help. Consider Randle a RB3 right now, which makes his current ADP of 4.06 in 12-team PPR higher than we'd take him. In that same ballpark, we prefer players like Doug Martin, Ameer Abdullah and Andre Ellington.|
Darren McFadden player page
Joseph Randle player page
Dolphins | Demitrius Bronson cut loose Tue Sep 1, 11:56 PM
The Miami Dolphins released RB Demitrius Bronson Tuesday, Sept. 1.Link to story
Buccaneers | Dominique Brown, Joey Iosefa let go Tue Sep 1, 11:56 PM
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released RB Dominique Brown and FB Joey Iosefa Tuesday, Sept. 1.Link to story
Bengals | Onterio McCalebb released Tue Sep 1, 11:55 PM
The Cincinnati Bengals released WR Onterio McCalebb Tuesday, Sept. 1.Link to story
Browns | Terrelle Pryor uncertain for Thursday Tue Sep 1, 11:03 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) is uncertain for the preseason finale Thursday, Sept. 3. He might be rested if there is a chance he can aggravate his injury. 'If there's a high risk of severe re-injury, then we won't expose him to that, but if we feel he can go out there and give us quality reps on a pitch count, then I think that's best for all involved,' head coach Mike Pettine said Tuesday, Sept. 1.Link to story
Terrelle Pryor player page
Browns | Brian Hartline misses practice Tue Sep 1, 10:57 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Brian Hartline (foot) missed practice Tuesday, Sept. 1, due to an undisclosed injury. 'Then Brian I think just got stepped on so it was just something that we wanted to go ahead and rest him,' head coach Mike Pettine said.
|Footballguys view: As usual, this is just a veteran getting a little extra rest time to prepare him for the season. Hartline probably won't make much of a fantasy impact, though that is in large part because Josh McCown is so lackluster. You can add Hartline in the later rounds as a WR7 or so, but don't sacrifice the space if you can use it on someone more likely to have an impact, or with a higher upside.|
Brian Hartline player page
Browns | Travis Coons wins job Tue Sep 1, 10:53 PM
Cleveland Browns PK Travis Coons edged out PK Carey Spear, winning the battle for the placekicking job. 'Yeah, it was close. I thought both guys handled themselves very well, very professionally,' head coach Mike Pettine said Tuesday, Sept. 1.Link to story
Travis Coons player page
Jaguars | Clay Harbor to have bigger role Tue Sep 1, 08:27 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars TE Clay Harbor will take on a bigger role in the offense with TE Julius Thomas (finger) set to miss up to a month of action to start the year.
|Footballguys view: While he will see some more work, we still think Marcedes Lewis will see a greater amount. Neither one is going to put up close to the numbers Thomas would have and he'll be back soon enough to warrant not bothering with either. Mewis might work as a TE3 but Harbor is unlikely to move the needle at all.|
Clay Harbor player page
Texans | Brian Cushing feeling great Tue Sep 1, 08:11 PM
Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing (wrist, knee, ankle) is finally fully recovered from multiple injuries and trusts his surgically repaired knee. Cushing has been moving around well in pass coverage and while stopping the run in preseason as he regains his old form. 'I'm moving like my old self, I'm feeling like my old self,' Cushing said. 'I'm not worried about my knee or other injuries or needing any slack or anything really holding me back. It's awesome.'
|Footballguys view: It feels like it's been a decade since Cushing was healthy and he walks into what could be a very good defense. With all the other weapons teams have to account for, Cushing could have a big season as he runs free. This is rated as a great No. 1 team defense for fantasy and could produce some great numbers.|
Brian Cushing player page
Saints | Brandon Coleman praised by QB Tue Sep 1, 07:53 PM
New Orleans Saints WR Brandon Coleman has developed comfortability with QB Drew Brees. Brees said he is pleased with the training camp and preseason Coleman has had.
|Footballguys view: This might be a guy to keep an eye on, especially with his size and the absence of Jimmy Graham. Could he become a red zone threat? We have him rated as a WR6 but he has some upside to pay attention to.|
Brandon Coleman player page
Saints | Several roster moves made Tue Sep 1, 07:33 PM
New Orleans Saints WRs Nick Toon, Lance Lewis and R.J. Harris were released Tuesday, Sept. 1.
|Footballguys view: Toon had a shot to make some noise this preseason, but fell flat. He's struggled for several years now so we'll see if anyone takes a shot.|
Nick Toon player page
Lance Lewis player page
Titans | Justin Hunter court date pushed back Tue Sep 1, 07:10 PM
Tennessee Titans WR Justin Hunter's trial for misdemeanor charges in a July bar brawl has been set back to Sept. 15 in order for defense attorneys to come up with a key witness. Hunter is expected to play Thursday, Sept. 3, against the Minnesota Vikings.
|Footballguys view: A rookie quarterback, a pending trial and an overall poor team make Hunter no more than a deep bench prospect, and a poor one at that. It's a better idea to avoid him this season, at least until the trial is done. He could be suspended so let someone else take the risk.|
Justin Hunter player page
Steelers | Antonio Brown receives bonus Tue Sep 1, 06:51 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown received a $2 million signing bonus as part of the restructured contracts of Brown, TE Heath Miller and PK Shaun Suisham, according to sources. Brown's salary increased to $8 million from $6 million.
|Footballguys view: That will certainly help him get over having to restructure his contract already.The Steelers will hopefully use that cap money wisely, and help put the defense back together. Brown should be content which means his status as a WR1 in fantasy remains secure.|
Antonio Brown player page
Browns | Johnny Manziel doesn't need surgery Tue Sep 1, 06:31 PM
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel (elbow) said he does not need surgery on his sore elbow. The Browns also consulted with Dr. James Andrew for a second opinion on the elbow. Manziel said he needs to ice it and should be able to throw again next week. He added that he doesn't think the sore elbow will be a problem during the regular season.
|Footballguys view: Good news for the Browns here. Manziel has been bothered off and on by this elbow since his high school days. The team has said this isn't a serious issue before, and no surgery required means it will come down to soreness/pain management.|
Johnny Manziel player page
Raiders | Milton Williams released Tue Sep 1, 06:22 PM
Oakland Raiders WR Milton Williams was released Tuesday, Sept. 1.Link to story
Packers | Randall Cobb expects to be ready Tue Sep 1, 06:17 PM
Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb (shoulder) thinks his sprained right shoulder will be good to go to play in Week 1 against the Chicago Bears in 12 days. 'I don't plan on missing a game,' Cobb said. 'I'm doing everything in my power to get back before then.' However, there remains swelling in his shoulder, but he said he's doing much better than when he was injured in the preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles Saturday, Aug. 29. Cobb did not practice Tuesday, Sept. 1, but watched from the sidelines.
|Footballguys view: You hear that sound? That's a massive collection of Packers fans and fantasy owners breathing a collective sigh of relief. So long as there aren't any setbacks with this shoulder injury, Cobb should play Week 1 where he should be able to post WR1 numbers.|
Randall Cobb player page
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.
|Footballguys view: We all knew it was coming, and now it's finally official. Nelson will miss this season, and fantasy owners are heartbroken. Yes, Davante Adams should step up to replace him but he's not the talent that Nelson is. Overall, the Packers offense should be near what expectations are for them entering the season. Nelson will get a full year to recover from this injury, and we expect him to look like his old self next season in training camp.|
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 after the third week of the preseason before drafting. Already down at the end of the TE1 ranks, Thomas will slip now down to around a 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.
|Footballguys view: Zero surprise here. Dysert should be able to play right away for the Bears. He spent two years under head coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Adam Gase in Denver, so he knows the offense like the back of his hand. Dysert has a big arm, and he's athletic enough to keep plays alive with his feet. However, he struggles (just like he did in college) with consistency.|
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.
|Footballguys view: Thank you Lord, we've been waiting for this.|
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.
|Footballguys view: Watching him during the season it will be like he's pulled a disappearing act because Bruce Arians doesn't use his tight ends that much as pass-catchers. Gresham has little to no fantasy value in Arizona--even when he's at full strength.|
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.
|Footballguys view: Pryor is a helluva athlete, but this hamstring injury will likely keep him from making the final roster. We're intrigued by the idea of him playing wide receiver (since he wasn't going to make it as a quarterback), but we may have to wait to see him get another chance with a different team.|
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.
|Footballguys view: The slot receiver just didn't impress during his time with the Buccaneers. We like his ability to run routes, but Herron always had to "warm up" before showing consistent hands as a receiver. In games (and during the week of practice at the Senior Bowl), Herron would drop some easy passes early--then he would catch nearly everything late. With his speed and quickness, we imagine that Herron will find a spot with another team.|
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