Fantasy Football News & Views
Browns | Josh Gordon's ban upheld (Wed Aug 27, 12:38 PM) [jump to this story]
Redskins | No QB controversy in Washington (Mon Aug 25, 07:13 PM) [jump to this story]
Vikings | Matt Cassel to start (Mon Aug 25, 09:52 AM) [jump to this story]
Broncos | Wes Welker update (Sun Aug 24, 11:12 PM) [jump to this story]
Rams | Sam Bradford out for season (Sun Aug 24, 04:10 PM) [jump to this story]
Dolphins | Mike Gillislee on bubble Tue Aug 26, 10:25 AM
Miami Dolphins RB Mike Gillislee (hamstring) is on the bubble of making the team. He isn't practicing Tuesday, Aug. 26, and won't play in the final game preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28.
|Footballguys view: That all but seals his fate. Yet another Jeff Ireland pick by the wayside.|
Mike Gillislee player page
Chiefs | Three released Tue Aug 26, 10:22 AM
The Kansas City Chiefs released CB Damond Smith, OT Ryan McKee and CB Kevin Rutland.Link to story
Kevin Rutland player page
Dolphins | Daniel Thomas to play Tue Aug 26, 10:14 AM
Miami Dolphins RB Daniel Thomas (hamstring) will make his preseason debut in the final game Thursday, Aug. 28.
|Footballguys view: Thomas will be playing for his Dolphins life. Undrafted rookie Damien Williams has been looking worthy of a roster spot, so Thomas will have to impress to keep his South Beach address.|
Daniel Thomas player page
Bills | Jordan Palmer signs Tue Aug 26, 10:00 AM
The Buffalo Bills signed free-agent QB Jordan Palmer (Bears) to an undisclosed deal.
|Footballguys view: There's a real shot Palmer will see playing time this year with EJ Manuel's injury history and struggles in the NFL. The Browns holding the Bills first-round pick next year looks ideal.|
Jordan Palmer player page
Giants | Spencer Adkins cut Tue Aug 26, 09:56 AM
The New York Giants released LB Spencer Adkins.Link to story
Spencer Adkins player page
Ross Weaver player page
Vikings | Michael Higgins cut Tue Aug 26, 09:54 AM
The Minnesota Vikings released TE Michael Higgins.Link to story
Michael Higgins player page
Saints | Marques Colston feeling better Tue Aug 26, 09:47 AM
New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston said he feels much healthier this season after being plagued by a foot injury the last year or two. The team has limited his workload this preseason to keep him fresh for the season.
|Footballguys view: Colston had a stat line that included 48 catches and about 600 yards in eight games after his foot injury slowed him last year. He could be a real steal in the 6th/7th as a player who can approach strong WR2 numbers in the Saints offense.|
Marques Colston player page
Giants | Josh Brown wins job Tue Aug 26, 09:37 AM
New York Giants PK Josh Brown won the team's starting kicker job.Link to story
Josh Brown player page
Giants | Geoff Schwartz gets good news Tue Aug 26, 09:35 AM
Updating previous reports, New York Giants OG Geoff Schwartz (toe) will not require surgery and is week to week.
|Footballguys view: Good news for the Giants pass blocking, but they will still be without Schwartz to start the season. The new offensive scheme will emphasize getting the ball out quickly, and that becomes even more important with Schwartz sidelined.|
Giants | Brandon McManus cut Tue Aug 26, 09:10 AM
The New York Giants released PK Brandon McManus.
|Footballguys view: Josh Brown will be the Giants kicker again this season - at least at the beginning.|
Charles James player page
Bills | Thaddeus Lewis cut Tue Aug 26, 09:08 AM
The Buffalo Bills released QB Thaddeus Lewis.
|Footballguys view: Lewis was a game competitor for the Bills when pressed into duty last year, but his early knowledge of the offense and solid games have faded into a lack of confidence in him by the Buffalo staff. He could catch on elsewhere when injuries start to strike during the season.|
Thaddeus Lewis player page
Dolphins | Arthur Lynch ailing Tue Aug 26, 09:06 AM
Miami Dolphins TE Arthur Lynch (back) has been held out this preseason due to a back injury. He has been limited in practice but could land on Injured Reserve.Link to story
Raiders | D.J. Hayden to PUP Tue Aug 26, 09:03 AM
Oakland Raiders CB D.J. Hayden (foot) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
|Footballguys view: Hayden's career has been another black mark on Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie's record. The Raiders did at least trade down in the first round of the 2013 draft before taking Hayden, but it has gone about as you'd expect for a player that had massive medical concerns.|
D.J. Hayden player page
Steelers | Nine released Tue Aug 26, 08:36 AM
The Pittsburgh Steelers released RBs Miguel Maysonet, RB Jordan Hall, WR C.J. Goodwin, WR Kashif Moore, TE Eric Waters, FS Jordan Dangerfield, CB Devin Smith, DB Lew Toler and LB Vic So'oto.Link to story
Miguel Maysonet player page
49ers | Make roster moves Tue Aug 26, 12:18 AM
San Francisco 49ers waived QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson, FS D.J. Campbell, TE Kevin Greene, RB Jewel Hampton, P Colton Schmidt, LB Kion Wilson, WR Devon Wylie Monday, Aug. 25, and WR David Reed was released. FB Trey Millard and CB Keith Reaser were placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list, and DT Kaleb Ramsey was put on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list.Link to story
Kion Wilson player page
David Reed player page
McLeod Bethel-Thompson player page
Devon Wylie player page
Chiefs | Practice notes Tue Aug 26, 12:09 AM
Kansas City Chiefs SS Eric Berry (heel) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 25, and OT Eric Fisher (illness) missed practice.Link to story
Eric Berry player page
Chiefs | Jamaal Charles returns Tue Aug 26, 12:07 AM
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (foot) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 25, after missing the team's last two preseason games.Link to story
Jamaal Charles player page
Seahawks | Percy Harvin feeling healthy Mon Aug 25, 11:51 PM
Seattle Seahawks WR Percy Harvin said he feels as well as he has since his college days. 'I definitely feel a lot better,' Harvin said. 'I've got a lot more motion than I'm used to having. I can do a lot more cuts and just a lot of different motions that I wasn't able to do before.'
|Footballguys view: Harvin has been mostly under the radar this summer, which is good at least because he hasn't been hurt or limited in training camp. He's going off of the board as a WR2/WR3 in the fifth round, but as long as he gets the touches, Harvin will have elite WR1 upside every week.|
Percy Harvin player page
Packers | Three headed to IR? Mon Aug 25, 11:24 PM
Green Bay Packers WR Jared Abbrederis (undisclosed), OG Don Barclay (undisclosed) and DT B.J. Raji (biceps) are expected to be placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Aug. 26.
|Footballguys view: Not a kind preseason for the Packers, who can't seem to make it very long without an offensive tackle injury. Raji was a stalwart up front for Dom Capers' defense, so the Packers will lose some size on the defensive line.|
B.J. Raji player page
Jaguars | Trim roster Mon Aug 25, 11:08 PM
The Jacksonville Jaguars released CB Michael Harris, WR Ramses Barden, LB Allen Bradford, OG Antoine Caldwell, LB Josh Hull, RB Harvey Unga, SS Joseph Young and C Patrick Lewis Monday, Aug. 25. The team also waived LS Charley Hughlett and WR Kenny Shaw, and DT David Carter (knee) was waived with a waived/injured designation.
|Footballguys view: Barden has bounced around now after not living up to his size/athleticism combination and third-round pick status. If he can't catch on in Jacksonville's young and injured WR corps, then he is probably on his way out of the league for good.|
Ramses Barden player page
Josh Hull player page
Harvey Unga player page
Allen Bradford player page
David Carter player page
Titans | Several waived Mon Aug 25, 10:58 PM
The Tennessee Titans placed LB Kendrick Adams, CB Marc Anthony, DE Lanier Coleman, OT Kevin Danser, WR Julian Horton, RB Waymon James, CB Micah Pellerin, WR Jaz Reynolds, SS Hakeem Smith, WR Derel Walker and LB Jonathan Willard on no-recall waivers Monday, Aug. 25.Link to story
Dolphins | Two signed Mon Aug 25, 10:11 PM
The Miami Dolphins signed free-agent PK Jake Rogers (Redskins) and free-agent DT Cory Grissom (Chiefs) to undisclosed deals Monday, Aug. 25.
|Footballguys view: The Dolphins kicker situation is one to completely avoid in fantasy drafts this year.|
Broncos | Two placed on IR Mon Aug 25, 10:02 PM
Denver Broncos LB Jamar Chaney (undisclosed) and WR Jordan Norwood (undisclosed) were placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Aug. 25.Jordan Norwood player page
Jamar Chaney player page
Texans | Lonnie Ballentine to IR Mon Aug 25, 09:56 PM
Houston Texans FS Lonnie Ballentine (undisclosed) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Aug. 25.
49ers | Two placed on PUP list Mon Aug 25, 09:44 PM
San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) and TE Garrett Celek (back) were placed on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, Aug. 25.Link to story
Navorro Bowman player page
Garrett Celek player page
Dolphins | Mike Pouncey misses practice Mon Aug 25, 09:40 PM
Miami Dolphins C Mike Pouncey (hip) missed practice Monday, Aug. 25, because he was having his surgically repaired hip evaluated by a specialist. Sources familiar with the situation say the outcome of the evaluation was 'favorable,' and Pouncey is hoping to receive medical clearance to return to practice this week.
|Footballguys view: Pouncey is still going to likely miss some regular season games and the resulting Dolphins offensive line with five new starters (until Pouncey returns) is going to be a work in progress. The Patriots defense is going to be tough draw in week 1.|
49ers | Two placed on NFI Mon Aug 25, 09:33 PM
San Francisco 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore (knee) and OT Brandon Thomas (knee) were placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list Monday, Aug. 25.Link to story
Marcus Lattimore player page
Browns | Make roster moves Mon Aug 25, 09:25 PM
The Cleveland Browns placed OG Jeremiah Warren, OG Ryan Lee, CB Royce Adams, CB T.J. Heath, WR Tim Smith, WR, Anthony Armstrong, TE Martell Webb, TE Keavon Milton, DE Cam Henderson, LB Caleb McSurdy and LB Keith Pough on no-recall waivers Monday, Aug. 25. OT Randall Harris and WR Jonathan Krause were waived with a waived/injured designation, and RB Edwin Baker was waived with an injury settlement designation.
|Footballguys view: Baker had some decent moments last season, but Dion Lewis beat him out for the #3 running back job. His name could surface again in the future.|
Royce Adams player page
Edwin Baker player page
Caleb McSurdy player page
Keavon Milton player page
Dolphins | Two waived Mon Aug 25, 08:50 PM
The Miami Dolphins waived OT Steven Baker and SS Demetrius Wright Monday, Aug. 25.Link to story
Saints | Drew Brees misses practice Mon Aug 25, 08:44 PM
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (personal) missed practice Monday, Aug. 25, to be with his wife, who is expecting the couple's fourth child. The team did not comment on Brees' status for the team's preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28.Link to story
Drew Brees player page
49ers | Marcus Lattimore update Mon Aug 25, 08:14 PM
San Francisco 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore (knee) said he expects to start the season on the Non-Football Injury list and hopes to be activated after the first six weeks.
|Footballguys view: Lattimore was supposed to be practicing and playing by now. The odds are looking very long for this feel good story to have a good football outcome.|
Marcus Lattimore player page
Raiders | No concerns over Matt Schaub Mon Aug 25, 07:26 PM
Oakland Raiders QB Matt Schaub (elbow) is expected to start in Week 1 against the New York Jets, according to head coach Dennis Allen.
|Footballguys view: We're not worried about his elbow either....we're concerned with his lack of confidence and the lack of playmakers around him in the passing game. Allen is not worried about Schaub's injury and is holding firm with Schaub as the starter.|
Matt Schaub player page
Giants | Eli Manning to start Thursday Mon Aug 25, 07:21 PM
New York Giants QB Eli Manning and the rest of the starters will play around 15 to 18 snaps in the team's preseason finale against the New England Patriots Thursday, Aug. 28, according to head coach Tom Coughlin.
|Footballguys view: The team needs to improve their offensive performance. The Giants offense has struggled in the preseason, and Manning threw his first touchdown pass last week.|
Eli Manning player page
Broncos | Jordan Norwood to IR Mon Aug 25, 07:18 PM
Denver Broncos WR Jordan Norwood (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Aug. 25.
|Footballguys view: Norwood was the story of training camp for the Broncos. An unfortunate knee injury ends his comeback...and likely his career in the NFL.|
Jordan Norwood player page
Broncos | Cody Larsen waived Mon Aug 25, 07:16 PM
Denver Broncos DT Cody Larsen was waived Monday, Aug. 25.Link to story
Redskins | No QB controversy in Washington Mon Aug 25, 07:13 PM
Washington Redskins QBs Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins aren't involved in any kind of quarterback controversy, according to head coach Jay Gruden. The first-team offense has yet to score a touchdown in the preseason, and Cousins has somewhat outplayed Griffin so far.
|Footballguys view: Washington's offense has looked bad this preseason. We'll see if Gruden and company can turn things around in the regular season. It wasn't that long ago that Cam Newton looked terrible in the preseason as a rookie, only to set records in his first season.|
Robert Griffin III player page
Kirk Cousins player page
Jets | Jalen Saunders injury update Mon Aug 25, 07:02 PM
Updating a previous report, New York Jets WR Jalen Saunders (illness) suffered a seizure while driving his car, which caused his car accident, according to head coach Rex Ryan. Saunders said he feels 100 percent and is expected to play in the final preseason game.Link to story
Browns | Two players claimed Mon Aug 25, 06:39 PM
The Cleveland Browns have claimed OG Karim Barton and OG Donald Hawkins off waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles.Link to story
Chargers | Joe Kruger claimed Mon Aug 25, 06:35 PM
The San Diego Chargers have claimed DE Joe Kruger off waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles.Link to story
Joe Kruger player page
Bills | Sammy Watkins practices Mon Aug 25, 06:26 PM
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) fully participated in practice Monday, Aug. 25. Watkins said he will be able to play in the final preseason game if needed.
|Footballguys view: We'd be shocked if Watkins plays in the fourth preseason game. He might get a few reps, just to get him warmed up for the regular season. However, there's no need to risk aggravating his ribs injury in a meaningless preseason game. Week 4 of the preseason is reserved strictly for young players and guys fighting to hang onto the final roster.|
Sammy Watkins player page
Rams | Three get good injury news Mon Aug 25, 06:17 PM
St. Louis Rams OG Rodger Saffold (ankle), DT Michael Brockers (ankle) and DT Kendall Langford (ankle) did not suffer serious injuries during the third preseason game and may be able to play in the final preseason game, according to head coach Jeff Fisher.Link to story
Kendall Langford player page
Michael Brockers player page
Cardinals | Jonathan Cooper wants to play Mon Aug 25, 06:17 PM
Arizona Cardinals OG Jonathan Cooper (toe) said he wants to play in the final preseason game so he can get ready for the start of the regular season.
|Footballguys view: If Cooper is healthy, he can be one of the most dominant left guards in the game today. Getting Cooper healthy has been difficult. We'll see if they go ahead and play him in Week 4 of the preseason.|
49ers | Stevie Johnson should make team Mon Aug 25, 06:11 PM
San Francisco 49ers WR Stevie Johnson has a very good chance to make the 53-man roster, according to head coach Jim Harbaugh.
|Footballguys view: Johnson is a seasoned veteran who is back where he grew up in Northern California. He should work well as the team's WR3 behind Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin.|
Steve Johnson player page
49ers | Marcus Martin to miss time Mon Aug 25, 05:55 PM
San Francisco 49ers C Marcus Martin (knee) is expected to miss eight weeks because of a kneecap injury, according to a source.Link to story
Dolphins | John Potter waived/injured Mon Aug 25, 05:55 PM
The Miami Dolphins waived/injured PK John Potter (hip) Monday, Aug. 25.Link to story
John Potter player page
Dolphins | Brett Brackett sits Mon Aug 25, 05:52 PM
Miami Dolphins TE Brett Brackett (knee) did not practice Monday, Aug. 25.Link to story
Brett Brackett player page
Redskins | Brandon Meriweather suspended Mon Aug 25, 05:46 PM
Washington Redskins FS Brandon Meriweather has been suspended two games for his sixth violation of the player safety rules.
|Footballguys view: Nobody should be surprised by this news as Meriweather has a reputation as one of the dirtiest players in the league. His shot on Torrey Smith was just another mark against him in the eyes of the NFL.|
Brandon Meriweather player page
Redskins | Two miss practice Mon Aug 25, 05:45 PM
Washington Redskins LB Brian Orakpo (ankle) and CB Chase Minnifield (hamstring) did not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 25.Link to story
Brian Orakpo player page
Redskins | Phillip Thomas undergoes MRI Mon Aug 25, 05:40 PM
Washington Redskins SS Phillip Thomas (foot) is scheduled to undergo an MRI after he injured his surgically repaired foot during the third preseason game.Link to story
Phillip Thomas player page
Bengals | Five released Mon Aug 25, 05:31 PM
The Cincinnati Bengals released CB R.J. Stanford, DT Larry Black Jr., S Isaiah Lewis, PK Quinn Sharp and WR Ryan Whalen Monday, Aug. 25.
|Footballguys view: Perhaps Whalen could catch on with former Stanford teammates Griff Whalen (no relation), Coby Fleener and Andrew Luck in Indianapolis.|
R.J. Stanford player page
Ryan Whalen player page