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  Lions | Theo Riddick praised, confident     Tue Jul 29, 07:49 PM

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick possesses intensity, hustle, desire and toughness, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. Riddick added that his versatility enables him to pressure defenses from the backfield.

Footballguys view: More of the consistent drumbeat about Riddick here. He's been constantly impressing this entire offseason. This gives us confidence that Riddick is more than a "training camp star." He'll serve as the third back for the Lions behind Reggie Bush and Joique Bell.

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  Seahawks | Marshawn Lynch fined    Tue Jul 29, 06:44 PM

Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch has been fined $275,000 for missing his sixth straight day of training camp, per collective bargaining agreement rules.

Footballguys view: Lynch is getting some real bad advice here. He's got little leverage in the situation, and it seems like the Seahawks are not going to budge. We can't imagine Lynch getting the raise he wants, but there's no end to this holdout in sight.

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  Jets | Chris Johnson feeling good    Tue Jul 29, 06:33 PM

New York Jets RB Chris Johnson (knee) said he feels good now that he's been able to move laterally in practice.

Footballguys view: The Jets are going to give Johnson some time off during camp. There's no need to have the veteran out there every day grinding. This move (in addition to using Chris Ivory as a change of pace) could help keep Johnson fresh in 2014.

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  Giants | David Wilson to go for tests    Tue Jul 29, 06:27 PM

New York Giants RB David Wilson (neck) will undergo tests after suffering a 'burner' in practice Tuesday, July 29. The team 'will be careful' with Wilson.

Footballguys view: You're damn right they'll be careful. Neck injuries have ended several careers in the NFL. The team is hoping that Wilson can make a comeback from the neck injury he sustained last year.

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  Falcons | Steven Jackson has hammy issue    Tue Jul 29, 06:16 PM

Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) injured his hamstring Monday, July 28, which is why he wasn't practicing Tuesday, July 29. Head coach Mike Smith said Jackson will be ready for the team's first game.

Footballguys view: Without Jackson on the practice field, guys like Jacquizz Rodgers and rookie Devonta Freeman will get more of an opportunity. We've seen what Rodgers is--decent receiver and change of pace back--but Freeman is the one to watch here. He is built low to the ground, has a powerful lower body and he's quick enough to get to the second level of the defense in the blink of an eye. See if he can take this opportunity and run with it.

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  Cardinals | Andre Ellington to return Wednesday    Tue Jul 29, 06:14 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (neck) will return to practice Wednesday, July 30, after sitting out Tuesday, July 29.

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  Falcons | Steven Jackson not practicing    Tue Jul 29, 04:20 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson was not at practice Tuesday, July 29. There was no indication of an injury, but stay tuned.

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  Titans | Shonn Greene leaves practice    Tue Jul 29, 04:16 PM

Tennessee Titans RB Shonn Greene left practice with a trainer Tuesday, July 28. Greene missed time this offseason with a right knee injury, but this could be something different.

Footballguys view: Greene may be squarely on the roster bubble this year. Fantasy owners are salivating at the idea of rookie Bishop Sankey being the lead back for the Titans without Greene taking away any touches. Sankey's ADP is RB20 (4.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Steelers | Sign Josh Harris    Tue Jul 29, 04:07 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed undrafted free-agent Josh D. Harris (Wake Forest) Tuesday, July 28. Per NFL rules, UDFA deals are three years in length. Financial details were not disclosed.

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  Colts | Sign Phillip Tanner    Tue Jul 29, 03:29 PM

The Indianapolis Colts signed RB Phillip Tanner (Cowboys) Tuesday, July 29. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: With Vick Ballard (Achilles') lost for the year, the Colts needed additional help at the running back position. Tanner is an intent runner between the tackles, but is no more than third on the depth chart right now behind Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw.

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  Giants | David Wilson suffers neck burner    Tue Jul 29, 03:20 PM

Updating a previous report, New York Giants RB David Wilson (neck) left practice with a neck burner Tuesday, July 29.

Footballguys view: Coming back from a neck injury is tricky. For every Peyton Manning, there's multiple players like Eric Dickerson, Sterling Sharpe or Al Wilson who had to stop playing football. We'll see if Wilson can get back out there during practice in the near future.

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  Giants | David Wilson exits early    Tue Jul 29, 02:53 PM

New York Giants RB David Wilson (undisclosed) left practice early Tuesday, July 29.

Footballguys view: Uh-oh. Wilson is coming back from a neck injury that has cut into his pro career. He doesn't need any more injury woes. Check back to see if this is something minor or more serious.

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  Cardinals | Andre Ellington sits    Tue Jul 29, 02:39 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (neck) is not participating in practice Tuesday, July 29.

Footballguys view: Neck injuries are tricky to deal with. We'll see if Ellington can get back to practice soon. He's set to be the team's lead back in 2014, and he has good fantasy value as a RB2 with upside. His current ADP is RB13 (3.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Jets | Bilal Powell leaves practice early    Tue Jul 29, 01:14 PM

New York Jets RB Bilal Powell (hamstring) did not finish practice Tuesday, July 29.

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  Colts | Ahmad Bradshaw looking good    Tue Jul 29, 01:13 PM

Indianapolis Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw has been consistent so far in camp, and he's not showing any limitations with his neck, which caused him to miss the final 13 games of last season. 'He looks fantastic,' head coach Chuck Pagano said. 'He has found the groove to make it. We know how tough Ahmad is. We know how he's wired, so I'm not going to be pulling back on the reins. He's one of those guys we have to protect them from themselves. It will take care of itself. He's not one of those guys that will think about what he went through.'

Footballguys view: Bradshaw is looking good while camp reports seem to indicate that Trent Richardson is struggling a bit. The Colts would like Richardson to be "the man" in 2014 with Bradshaw as a change-of-pace back. We'll see if Bradshaw can carve out a larger role this year than some people think.

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  Steelers | Dri Archer lining up everywhere     Tue Jul 29, 12:54 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Dri Archer has been lining up at both running back and wide receiver in practice. Archer said he could line up anywhere on the offense except at quarterback.

Footballguys view: Archer is going to be Todd Haley's version of Dexter McCluster (Titans). Haley worked to involve McCluster when he was OC with the Chiefs. Archer may have a few exciting plays for the Steelers this year, but his fantasy value is very low.

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  49ers | Alfonso Smith contract update    Tue Jul 29, 11:39 AM

Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers RB Alfonso Smith signed a one-year deal. The financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: The 49ers had to add running back help with LaMichael James banged up (wrist) and Kendall Hunter (knee) out for the year.

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  Jets | Alex Green exits again    Tue Jul 29, 10:47 AM

New York Jets RB Alex Green (chest) returned to practice Tuesday, July 29, but is in the trainers' tent for evaluation again.

Footballguys view: Green is working for a reserve spot with the Jets this year. He needs to stay healthy if he wants to beat out guys like Daryl Richardson or Bilal Powell.

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  49ers | One signed, one cut    Tue Jul 29, 10:37 AM

The San Francisco 49ers signed free-agent RB Alfonso Smith (Cardinals) to an undisclosed deal and waived/injured OT Fou Fonoti (undisclosed).

Footballguys view: Smith is a decent all-purpose back, but he's essentially a camp body for the team. With LaMichael James (wrist) banged up, and Kendall Hunter (knee) out for the year, the 49ers needed to add depth at the position. These injuries are opening up an opportunity for guys like Carlos Hyde and Jewel Hampton (and Marcus Lattimore if healthy) behind Frank Gore.

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  Jets | Chris Ivory likely to be goal line back    Tue Jul 29, 09:45 AM

New York Jets RB Chris Ivory is likely to be the team's goal line back, according to running backs coach Anthony Lynn.

Footballguys view: An important note for fantasy owners here. The Chris Johnson/Chris Ivory RBBC will be interesting to watch unfold this year. It's a difficult situation for fantasy owners to navigate, but the questions are already priced into their average draft position. Johnson has a current ADP of RB26 (5.08) and Ivory has an ADP of RB53 (13.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Texans | Two signed, one cut    Tue Jul 29, 08:37 AM

The Houston Texans signed free-agent RB Tim Cornett (Cardinals) and OT Mike Farrell (Broncos) to undisclosed deals. LB Ricky Sapp was waived.

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  49ers | Marcus Lattimore not yet cleared    Mon Jul 28, 11:27 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore (knee) has not been cleared to practice yet due to lingering concerns about his surgically repaired right knee. However, he appears close to joining his teammates.

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners will have to be patient here. Lattimore's lack of clearance is a bit of a concern as he's well over a year removed from the injury. If he doesn't get healthy and show that he can be the back he used to be, Lattimore's pro career may be categorized as "what might have been."

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  49ers | Alfonso Smith joining team    Mon Jul 28, 11:26 PM

The San Francisco 49ers are expected to announce the signing of free-agent RB Alfonso Smith (Cardinals) Tuesday, July 29.

Footballguys view: The team needs healthy reinforcements with RBs Kendall Hunter (knee) likely out for the season, and RB LaMichael James (elbow) out at least a month.

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  Bills | Anthony Dixon No. 3 back on depth chart    Mon Jul 28, 10:05 PM

Buffalo Bills RB Anthony Dixon was listed as the No. 3 back on the team's first official depth chart with RB Bryce Brown listed as the No. 4 back.

Footballguys view: Interesting note here. The Bills traded for Brown, and he could be the lead back next year if C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson move on in free agency after this year. Dixon is a running back/fullback 'tweener and has decent power between the tackles. We'll see if he can hold off Brown during the rest of camp.

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  Eagles | Two sit out practice    Mon Jul 28, 06:10 PM

Philadelphia Eagles RB Chris Polk (undisclosed) and OG Julian Vandervelde (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Monday, July 28.

Footballguys view: Polk fell out of the 2012 draft because of medical concerns, so you never like to see him on the injury report and missing practice. Undrafted rookies David Fluellen and Henry Josey could get some increased reps while Polk is out.

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  Patriots | Claim Tyler Gaffney    Mon Jul 28, 04:59 PM

The New England Patriots claimed RB Tyler Gaffney (Panthers) on waivers Monday, July 28.

Footballguys view: Those tricky Patriots are always one to watch in seemingly footnote-level transactions like this one. They obviously saw something they like in Gaffney and will stash him away for next year, when Stevan Ridley becomes a free agent. They did something similar with TJ Moe and Mark Harrison last year, although neither worked out.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson excited about offense    Mon Jul 28, 04:50 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he is looking forward to playing in the team's new offense because it is more versatile than the one the team had been using for the last several seasons. 'Let's call it what it is: I thought in the past, we've been predictable,' Peterson said. 'I'm sure you guys wrote stories about us being predictable the past seven years. You won't be able to write that story this year. That's pretty much all I'm saying. You won't be able to do that, because this offense is so versatile.'

Footballguys view: Norv Turner usually makes great use of his most talented players. Peterson fits the bill, and the QB play should also improve. It's not crazy to take Peterson #1 overall this year, but he did wear down last year and is getting to the point in his career where most mortal backs slow down.

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  Chiefs | De'Anthony Thomas impresses in return game    Mon Jul 28, 04:31 PM

Kansas City Chiefs RB De'Anthony Thomas was compared to WR Devin Hester with his ability to make the first person miss in the return game, according to special teams coach Dave Toub.

Footballguys view: Thomas should be on the radar of return yardage league players. If he can combine return duties with a Dexter McCluster-esque role in the offense, he'll be a valuable RB in that format.

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  Redskins | Evan Royster misses practice    Mon Jul 28, 04:30 PM

Washington Redskins RB Evan Royster (hamstring) did not participate in practice Monday, July 28, because of a strained hamstring. He was able to do some light work on the side with the trainers.

Footballguys view: Royster might be a fight for a roster spot with Chris Thompson, who has been drawing praise from the coaching staff. He needs to be out on the field.

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  Cowboys | Ryan Williams appears to be a longshot     Mon Jul 28, 02:52 PM

Dallas Cowboys RB Ryan Williams looks to be a longshot for the final roster, because he is not a good special teams player and would have to help on special teams if he is in a reserve role.

Footballguys view: We love the natural talent that Williams showed when he came out of Virginia Tech years ago. However, they call the league "Not For Long" for a reason. Williams is certainly on the bubble in Cowboys camp this year. We're afraid that Williams career will always be remembered as "what might have been?"

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  Texans | Arian Foster sits    Mon Jul 28, 02:31 PM

Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (hamstring) did not practice Monday, July 28. Foster had his hamstring stretched during practice Sunday, July 27.

Footballguys view: Foster is a seasoned pro who doesn't need a zillion reps in training camp. The Texans are wise to take it easy on the veteran given his importance to the team--and his history with injuries.

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  Chargers | Danny Woodhead financials    Mon Jul 28, 02:07 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead's two-year extension is worth $7.25 million, including a $3 million signing bonus and salaries of $750,000, $1.5 million and $2 million, respectively.

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  Chargers | Donald Brown making plays    Mon Jul 28, 02:07 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Donald Brown has broken a few long runs during training camp.

Footballguys view: Brown is certainly a player to handcuff to Ryan Mathews in deeper leagues. He'll play a reserve role if Mathews stays healthy. However, if (when?) Mathews gets banged up Brown could take over as a quality starter. His current ADP is RB63 (14.06) in 12-team PPR leagues. In shallow leagues, keep Brown on the waiver wire speed dial and get ready to jock block the Mathews owner if you can.

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  Steelers | Le'Veon Bell to sit out    Mon Jul 28, 02:03 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (hamstring) will not practice Monday, July 28, due to a hamstring injury.

Footballguys view: It's a smart move for the Steelers here. Bell is set to be their lead back in 2014, and he could see around 300 carries and 45 catches. Hamstring injuries are known to linger if not given enough time to properly heal. Just let Bell rest and give more opportunities for guys like LeGarrette Blount behind him.

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  Buccaneers | Two released    Mon Jul 28, 01:37 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released RB Brendan Bigelow and WR Quintin Payton.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson could sit out preseason    Mon Jul 28, 01:10 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson does not need to play in the preseason to show something to the coaching staff, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. Zimmer said Peterson could get a few carries during the preseason if Peterson asks to play.

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  Titans | Looking for Shonn Greene to lose weight    Mon Jul 28, 01:05 PM

Tennessee Titans RB Shonn Greene needs to lose five to ten pounds during training camp, according to the coaching staff.

Footballguys view: Greene is coming off of knee surgery, so this isn't as bad as the typical "out of shape" camp report, but Greene certainly is doing nothing to hold off second-round pick Bishop Sankey while he is just trying to drop weight. Undrafted rookie Antonio Andrew is a name to remember if Greene struggles to get to where the coaches want him to be, and journeyman Jackie Battle could also play a larger role.

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  49ers | Frank Gore unlikely to play in preseason    Mon Jul 28, 12:47 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore is unlikely to play in the preseason this year. RBs Carlos Hyde and Jewel Hampton have both looked good so far during training camp. The injuries to RBs Kendall Hunter (knee) and LaMichael James (elbow) have left the team thin at the running back position. RB Marcus Lattimore isn't practicing yet due to physical limitations and not the mental side of his recovery from a significant knee injury in college.

Footballguys view: Carlos Hyde's ADP will go up in the wake of these recent injuries, but Gore will still be the lead back for this team. He's a solid third RB you can get as late as the 7th round, and his value may be closer to a high floor/low ceiling RB2.

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  Eagles | LeSean McCoy, Trent Cole involved in fight    Mon Jul 28, 12:36 PM

Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy and LB Trent Cole squared off in a fight during training camp Sunday, July 27. 'Next thing you know, they're on the ground scuffling,' LB Brandon Graham said. 'It was just a friendly thing, you know. They're always competing and talking stuff to each other. It was just one of those things.' The fight was broken up before any damage was done.

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  Ravens | Ray Rice doesn't appeal    Mon Jul 28, 09:45 AM

Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice did not appeal his two-game suspension.

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  Colts | Chris Rainey cut for disciplinary reasons    Mon Jul 28, 09:43 AM

Updating an earlier report, the Indianapolis Colts released RB Chris Rainey for a violation of team rules.

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  Colts | Chris Rainey cut    Mon Jul 28, 08:49 AM

The Indianapolis Colts released RB Chris Rainey.

Footballguys view: The Colts just lost running back Vick Ballard and Rainey had earned praise from head coach Chuck Pagano, so this is curious. Rainey was a character risk going back to his days at Florida, so an off the field issue could be the cause of this sudden release.

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  Redskins | Tim Hightower at practice    Mon Jul 28, 03:17 AM

Former Washington Redskins RB Tim Hightower, who suffered a torn ACL in 2011 and a subsequent infection, was spotted at Washington Redskins camp in the past few days. Hightower was medically cleared by doctors two months ago and wants to come back to the game.

Footballguys view: With running back injuries piling up early in camp, Hightower could certainly get a look somewhere by the end of August. He seemed to be at his best in a zone-blocking running game.

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  Texans | Arian Foster leaves practice    Mon Jul 28, 12:39 AM

Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (undisclosed) left practice early Sunday, July 27, but the injury does not appear to be serious.

Footballguys view: Foster owners can breathe now, but this moment reminds us about Andre Brown's significant injury upside and even late-round pick Alfred Blue's chances of getting on the deep dynasty radar in the event of a Foster injury this year.

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  Jets | Chris Johnson a full participant    Sun Jul 27, 09:43 PM

New York Jets RB Chris Johnson (knee) fully participated in practice Sunday, July 27. It appears Johnson will be limited or get the day off every third practice.

Footballguys view: Not a big deal here. There are many veterans who get some time off during training camp. Johnson will be the lead back for the Jets this year if healthy. His current ADP is RB26 (5.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Bills | Evan Rodriguez could see time at TE    Sun Jul 27, 09:15 PM

Buffalo Bills FB Evan Rodriguez could receive practice time at tight end because of the injuries to TEs Scott Chandler (groin), Tony Moeaki (hamstring) and Chris Gragg (cramps).

Footballguys view: Rodriguez can do both. He's big, agile and a good receiver. We can't see the switch being permanent, but Rodriguez is more like an H-back than he is a true fullback.

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  49ers | LaMichael James may be ready for Week 1    Sun Jul 27, 08:24 PM

Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers RB LaMichael James (elbow) likely will miss the entire preseason but should be ready for the start of the regular season.

Footballguys view: That sounds about right. James is trying to make the roster as a reserve runner and special teams player. We'll see if he can look like his old self by the time the season starts.

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  Ravens | Bernard Pierce drops weight    Sun Jul 27, 08:21 PM

Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce said he weighed 248 pounds after he underwent shoulder surgery this offseason but currently weighs 222 pounds.

Footballguys view: Pierce looked sluggish last year, so the lower weight could help him be more explosive. He'll be the lead back for the Ravens while Ray Rice serves his two-game suspension.

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  49ers | LaMichael James dislocates elbow    Sun Jul 27, 07:49 PM

Updating an earlier report, San Francisco 49ers RB LaMichael James (elbow) suffered a dislocated elbow Sunday, July 27.

Footballguys view: Another blow for the 49ers' backfield here. They already lost Kendall Hunter for the season due to a knee injury. Without James on the field, a guy like Jewel Hampton will get a larger opportunity. We've always had an appreciation for Hampton is super deep dynasty leagues. Rookie Carlos Hyde should be the primary backup behind Frank Gore this year.

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  Dolphins | Want Lamar Miller in LeSean McCoy role    Sun Jul 27, 07:43 PM

Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller will be used much like Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy was last season.

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners need to realize the Dolphins are using an up-tempo offense like Chip Kelly uses in Philadelphia. New offensive coordinator Bill Lazor was the QB coach for the Eagles in 2013. Miller could emerge as a fine RB3 (with RB2 upside) for your fantasy team this year, but you can get him for a good value pick right now. His current ADP is RB34 (7.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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