Fantasy Football News & Views
Dolphins | Jay Cutler shining Monday (Mon Aug 21, 11:42 AM) [jump to this story]
Chiefs | Alex Smith the guy (Mon Aug 21, 11:42 AM) [jump to this story]
Steelers | Le'Veon Bell expected after preseason Week 3 (Mon Aug 21, 09:41 AM) [jump to this story]
Cardinals | Marquis Bundy waived Fri Aug 18, 08:06 PM
Arizona Cardinals WR Marquis Bundy was waived Friday, Aug. 18.
Dolphins | Isaiah Ford waived/injured Fri Aug 18, 08:05 PM
Miami Dolphins WR Isaiah Ford (knee) was waived/injured Friday, Aug. 18, according to a source.Link to story
Isaiah Ford player page
Packers | Beau Sandland released Fri Aug 18, 07:54 PM
Green Bay Packers TE Beau Sandland (knee) was released Friday, Aug. 18, after the two sides reached an injury settlement.Link to story
Beau Sandland player page
Redskins | Kendal Thompson waived from IR Fri Aug 18, 07:33 PM
Washington Redskins WR Kendal Thompson (undisclosed) was waived from the Reserve/Injured list Friday, Aug. 18, after the two sides reached an injury settlement.Link to story
Giants | Eli Apple limited Fri Aug 18, 07:30 PM
New York Giants CB Eli Apple (ankle) was limited during practice Friday, Aug. 18.Link to story
Eli Apple player page
Giants | Dwayne Harris, Darius Powe sit Friday Fri Aug 18, 07:30 PM
New York Giants WRs Dwayne Harris (upper body) and Darius Powe (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Friday, Aug. 18.Link to story
Dwayne Harris player page
Giants | Two receivers join Giants Fri Aug 18, 07:25 PM
Free-agent WR Canaan Severin (Steelers) and WR Ed Eagan (Bills) signed with the New York Giants Friday, Aug. 18. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed. The team also waived/injured WRs Keeon Johnson (foot) and Kevin Snead (hamstring).Link to story
Bears | Jordan Howard dealing with eye injury Fri Aug 18, 07:07 PM
Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard (eye) suffered a corneal abrasion during the team's walkthrough Friday, Aug. 18, and did not travel with the team for their preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals.
|Footballguys view: Howard basically got poked in the eye. A painful injury at the time it happens, but it's not one that should keep him out for long. The Bears believe Howard's injury is minor.|
Jordan Howard player page
Chargers | Dan Feeney could still start Fri Aug 18, 07:00 PM
Los Angeles Chargers OG Dan Feeney has received some snaps with the first-team offense at right guard during training camp and is still a candidate for the starting job, according to head coach Anthony Lynn.Link to story
Chargers | Kenjon Barner not expected to play Fri Aug 18, 06:47 PM
Los Angeles Chargers RB Kenjon Barner (concussion) was limited during practice Friday, Aug. 18, but is not expected to play in the preseason game against the New Orleans Saints Sunday, Aug. 20.
|Footballguys view: Barner is trying to make the Chargers as a reserve runner. He's buried on the depth chart right now and won't be able to impress if he doesn't get cleared in the concussion protocol.|
Kenjon Barner player page
Chargers | Several Chargers miss practice Fri Aug 18, 06:44 PM
Los Angeles Chargers TE Sean McGrath (knee), TE Jeff Cumberland (leg) and CB Casey Hayward (hamstring) did not participate in practice Friday, Aug. 18.Link to story
Jeff Cumberland player page
Casey Hayward player page
Sean McGrath player page
Chargers | Russell Okung limited Friday Fri Aug 18, 06:43 PM
Los Angeles Chargers OT Russell Okung (leg) was limited to individual drills during practice Friday, Aug. 18, after he missed practice Thursday, Aug. 17.
|Footballguys view: Okung is the new blind-side protector of QB Philip Rivers. Head coach Anthony Lynn said Okung probably would be able to play if it were the regular season.|
Steelers | Antonio Brown to sit out again Fri Aug 18, 06:16 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown will not play in the preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Aug. 20.
|Footballguys view: Brown is getting time off as the team prepares him for the start of the regular season. He's arguably the best WR in the league and fantasy owners should be considering him in the first round of any draft regardless of format.|
Antonio Brown player page
Steelers | Ryan Shazier back on the field Fri Aug 18, 06:11 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers LB Ryan Shazier (hamstring) was limited during practice Friday, Aug. 18. He has missed most of training camp because of his hamstring injury.Link to story
Ryan Shazier player page
Steelers | Joshua Dobbs could move up depth chart Fri Aug 18, 06:11 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Joshua Dobbs has a chance to earn the No. 2 quarterback job, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
|Footballguys view: This probably has as much to do with Landry Jones development flatlining as it does with Dobbs being ahead of the curve. With Ben Roethlisberger's injury history, the #2 for the Steelers is likely to see the field this year.|
Patriots | Rob Gronkowski likely will sit out Fri Aug 18, 05:48 PM
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski probably will not play in the preseason game against the Houston Texans Saturday, Aug. 19, according to a source.Link to story
Rob Gronkowski player page
Patriots | Tom Brady expected to play Fri Aug 18, 05:43 PM
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is expected to play in the preseason game against the Houston Texans Saturday, Aug. 19, according to a source.Link to story
Tom Brady player page
Patriots | LaAdrian Waddle has concussion Fri Aug 18, 05:42 PM
New England Patriots OT LaAdrian Waddle (concussion) suffered a concussion during the team's joint practices with the Houston Texans.Link to story
Bills | E.J. Gaines could start Fri Aug 18, 04:59 PM
Buffalo Bills CB E.J. Gaines has a chance to win the starting right cornerback job, according to head coach Sean McDermott.Link to story
E.J. Gaines player page
Bills | Coach confident in Tyrod Taylor Fri Aug 18, 04:58 PM
Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor will start the third preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens, and head coach Sean McDermott said he has all the confidence in the world in Taylor. Taylor will receive all of the first-team work against the Ravens and is expected to be the starting quarterback in Week 1.Link to story
Tyrod Taylor player page
Dolphins | DeVante Parker compared to Alshon Jeffery Fri Aug 18, 04:45 PM
Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker is comparable to Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery but with more speed, according to QB Jay Cutler.
|Footballguys view: Cutler is a bold thrower who will give a receiver a chance to win 50-50 balls, which is not a big part of Ryan Tannehill's game. Parker's outlook is improving and he might be worth drafting ahead of Jarvis Landry at this point.|
Alshon Jeffery player page
DeVante Parker player page
Rams | Two Rams receivers waived Fri Aug 18, 04:18 PM
Los Angeles Rams WR C.J. Germany and Justin Thomas were waived Friday, Aug. 18.Link to story
Dolphins | Chris Pantale suffers concussion Fri Aug 18, 04:10 PM
Miami Dolphins TE Chris Pantale (concussion) is going through the concussion protocol after he suffered a concussion during the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 17.Link to story
Chris Pantale player page
Bills | Jason Croom suffers injury Fri Aug 18, 04:09 PM
Buffalo Bills TE Jason Croom (ankle) suffered an ankle injury during the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 17.Link to story
Bills | Colt Anderson misses preseason game Fri Aug 18, 04:07 PM
Buffalo Bills FS Colt Anderson (foot) was not able to play in the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 17, because he re-injured his foot before the game.Link to story
Colt Anderson player page
Bills | Rod Streater has toe injury Fri Aug 18, 04:05 PM
Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills WR Rod Streater (toe) suffered a toe injury during the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 17. The severity of the injury is not known at this point, and he will be reevaluated Friday, Aug. 18.Link to story
Rod Streater player page
Steelers | James Conner set to make debut Fri Aug 18, 03:42 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) is scheduled to play against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Aug. 20. Head coach Mike Tomlin expects to give Conner as much work as possible.
|Footballguys view: If Conner can hold up in the last three preseason games, he should lock up the backup job behind LeVeon Bell which was golden for fantasy football when DeAngelo Williams (still unsigned) held it.|
James Conner player page
Jaguars | Jacksonville to take a look at Patrick Murray Fri Aug 18, 03:22 PM
Free-agent PK Patrick Murray (Saints) will work out for the Jacksonville Jaguars this weekend, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.Link to story
Patrick Murray player page
Falcons | Devonta Freeman will rest against Steelers Fri Aug 18, 03:12 PM
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (concussion) will not play against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Aug. 20. Head coach Dan Quinn said Freeman's condition is not serious.Link to story
Devonta Freeman player page
Falcons | Julio Jones to sit Saturday Fri Aug 18, 03:00 PM
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) will not play against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Aug. 20.Link to story
Julio Jones player page
Steelers | Le'Veon Bell turned down huge five-year offer Fri Aug 18, 02:49 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell, who has yet to report to training camp, reportedly turned down a five-year contract extension averaging more than $12 million per year annually that his agent and the team had agreed upon right before the July 17 NFL deadline for franchise players to sign long-term deals.
|Footballguys view: The Steelers can always franchise him again next year, but if Bell is intent on moving on unless he gets a huge deal, they could move on, too. Bell staying healthy is crucial to preserving his long-term value on the market. Hold onto those James Conner dynasty shares.|
LeVeon Bell player page
Panthers | Cam Newton progressing Fri Aug 18, 02:28 PM
Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) is 'throwing more each day and feels fine,' according to a source. He is reportedly on track to play in the team's next preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, Aug. 24, however.Link to story
Cam Newton player page
Buccaneers | Brent Grimes suffered nasty cut on leg Fri Aug 18, 02:22 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Brent Grimes (shin) required 20 stitches to close a laceration on his right shin suffered during an exhibition game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, Aug. 17.Link to story
Brent Grimes player page
Panthers | Cam Newton to sit against Tennessee Fri Aug 18, 01:51 PM
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) will not play versus the Tennessee Titans on Saturday, Aug. 19. Head coach Ron Rivera made the decision after the second of two joint practices against the Titans on Thursday, Aug. 17, and Newton did not throw in team drills during either practice.
|Footballguys view: There haven't been any glaring signs that the Panthers are worried about Newton, but if he can't go in the third preseason game, it might lower our expectations for him in his great matchup against the 49ers to open the season.|
Cam Newton player page
Jets | Bilal Powell to suit up Saturday Fri Aug 18, 01:20 PM
New York Jets RB Bilal Powell (neck) expected to play against the Detroit Lions on Saturday, Aug. 19, while RB Matt Forte (hamstring) will not.
|Footballguys view: Forte's hamstring could give Powell the starting job to open the season. Powell was a solid to strong RB1 when Forte was a non-factor last year, but that was on a Jets team that didn't seem to be playing for next year already.|
Matt Forte player page
Bilal Powell player page
Jaguars | Dan Carpenter to visit Jacksonville Fri Aug 18, 01:11 PM
Free-agent PK Dan Carpenter (Bills) will work out for the Jacksonville Jaguars this weekend, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.
|Footballguys view: Jason Myers has been too inconsistent for the team to trust. They might not keep Carpenter if Myers improves, but he is definitely a few steps out on the plank.|
Dan Carpenter player page
Bears | Chicago inks Kelvin Sheppard Fri Aug 18, 01:09 PM
Free-agent LB Kelvin Sheppard (Giants) signed an undisclosed contract with the Chicago Bears on Friday, Aug. 18. To make room for him on the roster, LB Hendrick Ekpe was waived.Link to story
Kelvin Sheppard player page
Ravens | Jeremy Zuttah back with Baltimore Fri Aug 18, 01:05 PM
Baltimore Ravens C Jeremy Zuttah (49ers) signed an undisclosed two-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens on Friday, Aug. 18. To make room for him on the roster, the Ravens waived/injured WR Kenny Bell.
|Footballguys view: Zuttah wasn't good enough for the 49ers, but he might start for the Ravens after they let him walk this offseason. While it could improve their line, it's still a sign that they are going to be weak at center this year.|
Kenny Bell player page
Patriots | Derek Rivers has torn ACL Fri Aug 18, 11:35 AM
Updating an earlier report, New England Patriots LB Derek Rivers (knee) suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and sprained his lateral collateral ligament, according to the initial MRI. He'll receive a second opinion before having surgery.Link to story
NFL | Zach Orr retires again Fri Aug 18, 11:14 AM
Free-agent LB Zach Orr (Ravens) announced his retirement Friday, Aug. 18.Link to story
Zach Orr player page
Seahawks | Tramaine Brock lands one-year deal Fri Aug 18, 10:13 AM
Updating a previous report, Seattle Seahawks CB Tramaine Brock signed a one-year deal with no guaranteed money. He has a $900,000 base salary and an $80,000 roster bonus.Link to story
Tramaine Brock player page
Patriots | Derek Rivers' season may be over Fri Aug 18, 09:47 AM
Updating previous reports, New England Patriots LB Derek Rivers (knee) is feared to have suffered a season-ending knee injury, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: Rivers was supposed to help this team get over the loss of Rob Ninkovich, Chris Long and Jabaal Sheard. Kony Ealy isn't having a great summer either. The Patriots pass rush could be a problem this year if Dont'a Hightower can't stay healthy.|
Giants | Keeon Johnson has surgery Fri Aug 18, 08:06 AM
New York Giants WR Keeon Johnson (foot) had surgery on his broken foot suffered Thursday, Aug. 17, and he's expected to go on the Reserve/Injured list.Link to story
Jaguars | T.J. Yeldon injures hamstring Fri Aug 18, 02:42 AM
Jacksonville Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon (hamstring) suffered a left hamstring strain in the first quarter and did not return against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, Aug. 17. Yeldon finished with two carries for two yards.
|Footballguys view: Yeldon might not be guaranteed a roster spot after Corey Grant carried over his impressive Week 17 from last year to the preseason opener last week.|
T.J. Yeldon player page
Bills | Tyrod Taylor still the starter Fri Aug 18, 02:12 AM
Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor will remain atop the depth chart, according to post-game comments from head coach Sean McDermott Thursday, Aug. 17. Taylor struggled badly during the team's preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
|Footballguys view: The dreaded vote of confidence does not ensure that Taylor will remain the starter for long on a team that is looking to next year. Taylor could also be dangled as a trade target.|
Tyrod Taylor player page
Ravens | Maxx Williams makes an impression Fri Aug 18, 02:10 AM
Baltimore Ravens TE Maxx Williams had two catches for 48 yards, including a 40-yard grab, against the Miami Dolphins on Thursday, Aug. 17. It was the best that Williams has looked all summer, according to ESPN's Jamison Hensley.
|Footballguys view: Williams rumbled through the defense on his catch and run, and should provide more than Ben Watson or Nick Boyle can, although that might not be enough to be fantasy relevant. The 23-year-old is showing that he should be rostered in dynasty leagues.|
Maxx Williams player page
Jaguars | Blake Bortles not a lock to start Thu Aug 17, 11:50 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said QB Blake Bortles has to earn the starting quarterback job and indicated QB Chad Henne has a chance to take the job. Marrone said he is looking for the best person to lead the offense.
|Footballguys view: That Marrone is saying this after two preseason games is a sign that Bortles is in trouble. Henne is looking like the Week 1 starter unless Bortles turns this around.|
Chad Henne player page
Blake Bortles player page
Jaguars | Allen Robinson has solid performance Thu Aug 17, 11:45 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Robinson caught five passes for 40 yards in the preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, Aug. 17.
|Footballguys view: Robinson was wide open and missed by Blake Bortles in the most memorable play from the game. He could get a new starter by Week 1, which can't hurt his outlook.|
Allen Robinson player page
Jaguars | Dede Westbrook finishes with 131 yards Thu Aug 17, 11:39 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook caught six passes for 131 yards in the preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, Aug. 17.
|Footballguys view: Westbrook was a late-game star again this week. He is looking like a good bet to be in the top three receivers for this team next year, if not start. Allen Hurns is overpaid and Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee will be both free agents.|
Dede Westbrook player page
Buccaneers | Mike Evans catches five passes Thu Aug 17, 11:31 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans caught five passes for 57 yards in the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday, Aug. 17.Link to story
Mike Evans player page