Fantasy Football News & Views
Bengals | Tyler Eifert hopeful of Week 4 return (Fri Aug 26, 02:32 PM) [jump to this story]
Steelers | Le'Veon Bell will play Friday (Thu Aug 25, 12:42 PM) [jump to this story]
NFL | Five interested in Karlos Williams (Thu Aug 25, 12:18 PM) [jump to this story]
Lions | Detroit going no-huddle often (Thu Aug 25, 09:12 AM) [jump to this story]
Titans | HC vows to get Derrick Henry on field (Thu Aug 25, 12:54 AM) [jump to this story]
Eagles | Jordan Matthews promises to play Week 1 (Wed Aug 24, 08:15 PM) [jump to this story]
Lions | Golden Tate misses practice Sun Aug 21, 10:01 PM
Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate (undisclosed) did not practice Saturday, Aug. 20. He wouldn't mention the specifics of his injury, but he talked about playing in the preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens Saturday, Aug. 27.Link to story
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Eagles | Isaac Seumalo securing starting gig Sun Aug 21, 09:45 PM
Philadelphia Eagles OT Isaac Seumalo is improving with every snap at left guard, according to head coach Doug Pederson, and Pederson said Seumalo 'hasn't done anything to not be the starter.'Link to story
Browns | Josh Gordon starting to drop weight Sun Aug 21, 09:40 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon was about 10 pounds overweight after missing time with a quadriceps injury, but beat writer Mary Kay Cabot said the weight is already coming off now that he is back practicing.
|Footballguys view: It sounds like Gordon is not back even to his 2014 form, but we hope to see him in Week 3 of the preseason. He'll have four weeks off while he is suspended and will take a bit to ramp up, but this is a sign things are going in the right direction.|
Josh Gordon player page
Browns | Terrelle Pryor no fluke Sun Aug 21, 09:26 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor will continue to make big plays and score touchdowns during the regular season, according to beat writer Mary Kay Cabot, who noted Pryor beat Pro Bowl CB Desmond Trufant for a 50-yard against the Atlanta Falcons in the preseason.
|Footballguys view: Pryor deserves a late pick in drafts as the big play threat in the Browns offense while Josh Gordon is suspended. He has been the recipient of two excellent deep balls from Robert Griffin III in the preseason in very limited action.|
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Jets | Bryce Petty has chance to be backup Sun Aug 21, 09:14 PM
New York Jets QB Bryce Petty could push QB Geno Smith for the backup quarterback job, head coach Todd Bowles said Sunday, Aug. 21.Link to story
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Jets | NYJ wants to see Matt Forte in action Sun Aug 21, 08:32 PM
New York Jets RB Matt Forte could 'get a few snaps in' during next week's preseason game against the New York Giants if head coach Todd Bowles gets his wish, according to SNY reporter Ralph Vacchiano.
|Footballguys view: Forte is being given veteran deference by the Jets coaching staff. He has looked good in his return to practice and should be slated to start against Cincinnati in Week 1 whether he plays in the preseason or not.|
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49ers | Shaun Draughn suffered rib injury last week Sun Aug 21, 08:23 PM
San Francisco 49ers RB Shaun Draughn (ribs) missed his team's preseason game against the Denver Broncos on Saturday, Aug. 20, due to a rib injury he suffered during the teams' joint practices earlier in the week.Link to story
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Browns | Tramon Williams moving to slot CB Sun Aug 21, 07:56 PM
Cleveland Browns CB Tramon Williams has been moved to slot cornerback, essentially switching roles with CB Jamar Taylor, who will transition to the outside and is considered the frontrunner to start opposite CB Joe Haden.Link to story
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Broncos | Ronnie Hillman likely out in Denver Sun Aug 21, 07:47 PM
Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman has fallen to No. 3 on the depth chart, and 'it would be a surprise' if they elected to pay the remaining $1.4 million on his contract, according to 9News.com. reporter Mike Klis.
|Footballguys view: Devontae Booker appears to have the inside track for the backup job, but Kapri Bibbs has been building his status with the team and could figure into the mix too. Hillman should easily catch on elsewhere after Week 1 once injuries start to hit other team's backfields.|
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Seahawks | Thomas Rawls on track to start Week 1 Sun Aug 21, 07:38 PM
Updating a previous story, Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls (ankle) 'looks really good' and the general consensus is that he'll be ready for Week 1.Link to story
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Seahawks | Thomas Rawls to return in two weeks? Sun Aug 21, 06:52 PM
Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls (ankle) should return 'in a couple weeks', according to head coach Pete Carroll.
|Footballguys view: It doesn't sound like we'll get to see Rawls in the preseason. If we do it will be in the fourth preseason game, which would be better than nothing. It appears that Christine Michael will get a decent workload in the season opener against Miami and a chance to hold down enough of the work to keep Rawls in RB2 territory instead of the RB1 he was last year once he took over the job.|
Thomas Rawls player page
Eagles | Stephen Tulloch inks deal with Philly Sun Aug 21, 06:33 PM
The Philadelphia Eagles signed free-agent LB Stephen Tulloch (Lions) to a one-year deal reportedly worth up to $3 million, including $1.75 million guaranteed, on Sunday, Aug. 21.
|Footballguys view: Tulloch has a history with Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and he can provide depth at multiple linebacker positions.|
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Buccaneers | Seferian-Jenkins back on first team again Sun Aug 21, 06:27 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins has 'earned the right' to share first-team reps with TE Cameron Brate again, according to head coach Dirk Koetter.
|Footballguys view: This short-circuits a tight end situation that yielded eight scores last year. Brate has certainly earned a sizable role and should also get play in the red zone. Seferian-Jenkins is the superior talent, but he had to work his way out of the doghouse. Chances are neither will be reliable week-to-week, but together the Tampa tight ends will outproduce some TE1s.|
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Broncos | Denver signs Henry Melton Sun Aug 21, 06:02 PM
The Denver Broncos signed free-agent DT Henry Melton (Buccaneers) on Sunday, Aug. 21. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Link to story
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Cardinals | Tyrann Mathieu practicing Sunday Sun Aug 21, 05:52 PM
Arizona Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu (knee) is practicing with the team Sunday, Aug. 21, about 35 weeks after tearing his ACL.
|Footballguys view: The typical ACL recovery timeline is shrinking more and more (unless you're Dion Lewis). Mathieu got a big extension this offseason, and it looks like he could be ready to face Jimmy Garoppolo and the Patriots in Week 1.|
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Cardinals | John Brown cleared to return Sun Aug 21, 05:44 PM
Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown (concussion) was cleared to practice on Sunday, Aug. 21.
|Footballguys view: This is big as Brown's concussion absence was beginning to get to the worrisome stage. We want to see him play in Week 3 of the preseason, and certainly a second concussion this year will be a problem for Brown, but this news puts him close to his pre-injury ADP.|
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Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald back at practice Sun Aug 21, 05:33 PM
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) is practicing Sunday, Aug. 21 after sitting out the team's exhibition game against the San Diego Chargers on Friday, Aug. 19 with a slight MCL sprain.
|Footballguys view: Fitzgerald was never a worry even in the wake of this news. He generally plays well through injuries, and this one seems like a very minor issue.|
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Browns | Jamar Taylor getting a chance to start Sun Aug 21, 05:29 PM
Cleveland Browns CB Jamar Taylor is getting an opportunity to be 'one of our starting cornerbacks' and 'he's got to make the most of it', according to head coach Hue Jackson.Link to story
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Seahawks | Nick Vannett dealing with high-ankle sprain Sun Aug 21, 05:28 PM
Seattle Seahawks TE Nick Vannett (ankle) suffered a high-ankle sprain against the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, Aug. 18. Head coach Pete Carroll told reporters Sunday, Aug. 21, that has third-round rookie has 'responded well', but there is no timetable for his return.Link to story
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Lions | Eric Ebron likely for Week 1? Sun Aug 21, 05:13 PM
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (ankle) still has no timetable for a return, but there is some optimism he'll be 'ready to roll' by Week 1, according to Detroit Free Press writer Dave Birkett.
|Footballguys view: The mystery around Ebron's ankle injury isn't comforting, but it seems like it is not serious from all outward indications. At worst, it is probably a high ankle sprain, which would put him back on the field around Week 1 by the typical timeline. Ebron still needs to avoid re-injury upon return, and Anquan Boldin is playing well, so his value has taken a hit since the open of camp.|
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Bears | Jeremy Langford sheds boot Sun Aug 21, 04:44 PM
Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford (foot) is no longer wearing a walking boot.
|Footballguys view: As expected, the walking boot was a precaution and not a sign of an injury that could impact Langford through the rest of the preseason and possibly into the season. He has emerged as the #1 back in Chicago and merits a pick in the mid-rounds, especially for minimal running back starts to drafts.|
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Bengals | Brandon LaFell practicing Sunday Sun Aug 21, 04:37 PM
Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell (hand) participated in practice Sunday, Aug. 21. He caught balls during warmups.
|Footballguys view: This is a good sign that LaFell's hand injury won't keep him from playing Week 1 against the Jets. If LaFell can go it hurts Tyler Boyd's Week 1 sleeper train momentum a bit.|
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Titans | Kendall Wright could return soon Sun Aug 21, 04:27 PM
Tennessee Titans WR Kendall Wright (hamstring) may return to practice Wednesday, Aug. 24. He is questionable to play in Week 3 of the preseason.
|Footballguys view: Wright is just one of many viable targets in the Tennessee passing game, and as a slot receiver, he is unlikely to play a full complement of snaps in any given game. Add in this hamstring issue and it doesn't seem like he is worth drafting this year.|
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Browns | Jahwan Edwards signs with Browns Sun Aug 21, 04:19 PM
Free-agent RB Jahwan Edwards (Dolphins) signed with the Cleveland Browns Sunday, Aug. 21.Link to story
Dolphins | Mike Pouncey may miss opener Sun Aug 21, 04:17 PM
Miami Dolphins C Mike Pouncey (hip) could miss Week 1 of the regular season after suffering a hip injury against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 2 of the preseason.
|Footballguys view: Pouncey hasn't played in 16 games since 2012, and it looks like that streak will add another year. Anthony Steen was an undrafted free agent in 2014 and he has no NFL regular season experience, but he is slated to start for the Dolphins at center Week 1, when they go into Seattle.|
Texans | Nick Novak in concussion protocol Sun Aug 21, 04:11 PM
Houston Texans PK Nick Novak (concussion) is in the NFL's concussion protocol.
|Footballguys view: Novak has been competing with rookie UDFA Kai'mi Fairbairn and holding a lead, but if this concussion is an issue, it could be put his Week 1 status in jeopardy. You should probably just stay away from the Houston kickers with so many other options in fantasy drafts.|
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Giants | Victor Cruz will return Monday Sun Aug 21, 03:57 PM
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (groin) will return to practice Monday, Aug. 22, although it will not be a full practice. He could practice fully on Tuesday, Aug. 23, however, according to head coach Ben McAdoo.Link to story
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Browns | Andrew Hawkins practicing Sun Aug 21, 03:37 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Andrew Hawkins (hamstring) returned to practice Sunday, Aug. 21.Link to story
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Colts | Indy makes two roster moves Sun Aug 21, 03:12 PM
Indianaplis Colts TE Emil Igwenagu was waived Sunday, Aug. 21. Free-agent TE Mike Miller was re-signed.Link to story
Seahawks | Two roster moves for Seattle Sun Aug 21, 03:06 PM
Seattle Seahawks FB Jonathan Amosa was released Sunday, Aug. 21. Free-agent FB Will Tukuafu was re-signed.Link to story
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Patriots | James White thrives as receiver Sun Aug 21, 03:02 PM
New England Patriots RB James White was 18th among running backs last season with 54 targets despite playing in just 12 games. He caught 40 passes for 410 yards and four touchdowns.
|Footballguys view: White was a fantasy RB1 in PPR leagues last year after Lewis went out, but Julian Edelman was also sidelined and the team did not have a viable second tight end in the passing game. He's still at least worth a second half of the draft pick, and it won't be surprising if White is a startable PPR running with the Patriots early season schedule against stout fronts like Arizona, Miami, Houston, and Buffalo.|
Broncos | Paxton Lynch could start Sun Aug 21, 02:53 PM
Denver Broncos QB Paxton Lynch has not been ruled out for the starting job, according to head coach Gary Kubiak. 'He's always been in the mix,' Kubiak said. 'Everybody is in competition to play.'
|Footballguys view: This is more a sign of how Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian have not seized the job than a sign that Lynch has made leaps and bounds of improvement this summer. Sanchez is still probably the best bet to start, but only a slight favorite with the third preseason game likely deciding the starter unless Sanchez craters. Either way, whoever starts will be on a short leash.|
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Cardinals | Alex Okafor to play with injury Sun Aug 21, 02:28 PM
Arizona Cardinals LB Alex Okafor (biceps) plans to play this season even though he has a torn biceps tendon, according to sources.Link to story
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Jets | Quincy Enunwa sitting out Sun Aug 21, 02:19 PM
New York Jets WR Quincy Enunwa (concussion) is not participating in practice Sunday, Aug. 21.Link to story
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Jets | Two injured Jets on the field Sun Aug 21, 02:07 PM
New York Jets LB Erin Henderson (stinger) and CB Dee Milliner (arm) are participating in practice Sunday, Aug. 21.Link to story
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Jaguars | Roy Miller dealing with injury Sun Aug 21, 01:53 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars DT Roy Miller (quadriceps) is questionable for the rest of the preseason because of a quadriceps injury.Link to story
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Patriots | Dion Lewis expected to miss two months Sun Aug 21, 01:52 PM
Updating previous reports, New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis (knee) is expected to miss two months because of his second knee surgery and likely will start the 2016 season on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
|Footballguys view: Lewis could play a role down the stretch and we know that on a per touch basis, he is highly productive and efficient. He's worth a later pick in deep leagues where you can stash him, but in short bench leagues, it is difficult to justify carrying Lewis for two months and forgoing multiple waiver wire opportunities.|
Dion Lewis player page
Patriots | Sebastian Vollmer injury update Sun Aug 21, 01:25 PM
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots OT Sebastian Vollmer (hip) has not been able to practice because of a nagging hip injury, according to a source. Vollmer could start the regular season on the Physically Unable to Perform list or could be placed on the Reserve/Injured list.Link to story
Eagles | Philadelphia cuts four plays Sun Aug 21, 01:20 PM
Philadelphia Eagles RB Cedric O'Neal, WR T.J. Graham, WR Xavier Rush and C Bruce Johnson were released Sunday, Aug. 21.Link to story
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Broncos | Aqib Talib to do more during practice Sun Aug 21, 01:14 PM
Denver Broncos CB Aqib Talib (leg) is expected to increase his practice participation this week so he can play in the preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams Saturday, Aug. 27.Link to story
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Broncos | DeMarcus Ware to return to practice Sun Aug 21, 01:13 PM
Denver Broncos LB DeMarcus Ware (back) is expected to participate in practice this week but likely will sit out the final two preseason games. Ware said his back is feeling fine and has been physically ready to return for a while.Link to story
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Patriots | Dion Lewis may play in 2016 Sun Aug 21, 01:04 PM
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis (knee) is expected to have a chance to play in 2016 even though he will need to undergo another surgery.Link to story
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Patriots | Shaquille Mason to miss time Sun Aug 21, 12:54 PM
New England Patriots OG Shaquille Mason (hand) is dealing with a broken hand and there is no timetable for his return at this point, according to a source.Link to story
Patriots | Sebastian Vollmer may go on IR Sun Aug 21, 12:51 PM
New England Patriots OT Sebastian Vollmer (undisclosed) likely will be placed on the Reserve/Injured list, according to a source. Vollmer started training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list because of an undisclosed injury.
|Footballguys view: The Patriots offense struggled down the stretch when they lost key offensive linemen and skill players, including Vollmer. Marcus Cannon is likely the next man up at right tackle, with Ladarius Waddle as the swing tackle, although Waddle could push Cannon to start.|
Patriots | Dion Lewis needs another surgery Sun Aug 21, 12:42 PM
New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis (knee) will need to undergo another surgery on his knee, according to a source. There is no timetable for his return. Lewis originally tore his anterior cruciate ligament in November.Link to story
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Browns | Josh Gordon may practice Sun Aug 21, 12:37 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon (quadriceps) hopefully will be able to participate in practice this week, according to head coach Hue Jackson.
|Footballguys view: Hopefully we can see Terrelle Pryor, Corey Coleman, and Gordon on the field next week. The Browns could have a very dynamic pass offense if Robert Griffin III keeps his poise and distributes the ball well. Adding in Gary Barnidge at tight end and Duke Johnson as a receiver out of the backfield will only help.|
Josh Gordon player page
Browns | Coach wants Corey Coleman to play Sun Aug 21, 12:26 PM
Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson said he hopes WR Corey Coleman (hamstring) will be able to practice this week and said it is important for Coleman to play in the preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Friday, Aug. 26.
|Footballguys view: Coleman is still worth a pick as one of your first bench wide receivers, but if he can't play next week, it could be a slow start for the rookie. He could get a lot of targets in an offense that will have Terrelle Pryor and eventually Josh Gordon stretching out defenses. Coleman's absence has been long enough now that we have to worry about re-injury for his first few practices back.|
Corey Coleman player page
Ravens | Joe Flacco expected to play vs. Detroit Sun Aug 21, 12:08 PM
Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco (knee) has missed the first two preseason games but is expected to play in the preseason game against the Detroit Lions Saturday, Aug. 27.
|Footballguys view: All signs point to Flacco being ready to go for the season opener against the short-handed Bills defense. He should be a good streamer with the likely high volume of passes in Marc Trestman offense.|
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Dolphins | Xavien Howard to miss preseason game Sun Aug 21, 12:03 PM
Miami Dolphins CB Xavien Howard (knee) said he will participate in practice Sunday, Aug. 21, but will not be able to play in the preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, Aug. 25.Link to story
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Dolphins | Kenyan Drake may go on short-term IR Sun Aug 21, 11:40 AM
Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake (hamstring) may be a candidate for the short-term Injured Reserve list if the team wants to keep RBs Isaiah Pead and Damien Williams on the 53-man roster. Drake has missed most of training camp because of a hamstring injury.
|Footballguys view: Drake was injury-prone at Alabama, and it has carried over in the NFL before he has even had a chance to show his stuff. He might play a role by the end of the season, but it's beginning to look like Drake will be a minimal part of the rotation this year.|
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