Fantasy Football News & Views
Bengals | Giovani Bernard in more two-back sets Thu Jun 30, 10:19 AM
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard could be used in more two-back sets with RB Jeremy Hill to make up for the loss of TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) early in the season.Link to story
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Cowboys | Darren McFadden story revised Wed Jun 29, 12:38 PM
Updating previous reports, Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden (elbow) said he was injured in a slightly different way than the team, who said McFadden was injured trying to save his cell phone, released to the public. McFadden said his phone was in his hand, but he slipped down and fell on the elbow. He said he still has a few weeks in a brace after June 14 surgery, and it's possible he could miss the season opener.
|Footballguys view: He didn't fumble the cell phone! That's McFadden's story and he's sticking to it. No matter the real cause of the fall, McFadden's status for the beginning of the regular season is up in the air. No matter as the Cowboys are going to force-feed rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott the rock in 2016. Veteran Alfred Morris will be Elliott's backup with McFadden down.|
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Giants | Orleans Darkwa playing catch-up Tue Jun 28, 10:21 PM
New York Giants RB Orleans Darkwa (leg) missed the entire spring practice sessions due to a lower leg injury, and that set him back in the pecking order among the team's tailbacks. He is expected to battle RB Andre Williams for the No. 3 job, while RB Bobby Rainey is also in the mix. The team invested a fifth round pick on RB Paul Perkins, so he is expected to make the team, too.
|Footballguys view: It's likely to come down to Darkwa vs Williams for a roster spot...and we'd take Darkwa 10 times out of 10. He's a patient runner who could get on the field for the Giants they get inside the 20-yard line. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on the Giants backfield as it's a bit of a mess, but make sure to keep Darkwa on the waiver-wire speed dial just in case.|
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Giants | Andre Williams fighting for spot? Tue Jun 28, 04:35 PM
New York Giants RBs Andre Williams and Orleans Darkwa are likely competing with each other for a roster spot, according to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post.
|Footballguys view: The Giants backfield is a bit of a mess right now. Rashad Jennings should be the starter, but he should split time with Shane Vereen. Rookie Paul Perkins has a bit of Jamaal Charles (Chiefs) to his game and might find his way onto the field as a change-of-pace back. Williams is a two-down back with build-up power and he's not as sure in short-yardage situations as he needs to be. We'll be watching this entire RB corps closely during camp, but Williams is only relevant for dynasty owners at this time.|
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Seahawks | Zac Brooks full go Tue Jun 28, 04:08 PM
Seattle Seahawks RB Zac Brooks (undisclosed) appeared to be full healthy Tuesday, June 28, despite being limited with an undisclosed injury at times this offseason.
|Footballguys view: Brooks is an explosive player who can quickly get to top speed. The seventh-round pick will be in the mix for a reserve spot on the roster and will likely have to contribute on special teams to make the 53-man squad. Brooks is not creative as a runner and his best features come through as a receiver out of the backfield.|
Seahawks | C.J. Prosise needs good camp Tue Jun 28, 03:57 PM
Seattle Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise is going to need to have a really good training camp, according to head coach Pete Carroll. Carroll implied that Prosise has been somewhat of a disappointment this offseason, but he did take note of Prosise's athleticism and skill set.
|Footballguys view: A hip injury has slowed the rookie during OTAs and minicamp. Prosise was the first one of three RBs selected by the Seahawks in the 2016 NFL draft. A converted WR from Notre Dame, Prosise was the starting RB for the Fighting Irish for only one season. He's got smooth athleticism in the open field, but Prosise needs to learn better timing as a runner. Too often in college he would be too patient waiting for blocks to develop, and thus he would not maximize the yardage gained on the ground. We'll see if he can impress in training camp.|
Cowboys | Ezekiel Elliott could see big workload Tue Jun 28, 03:28 PM
Dallas Cowboys rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott could receive 280 to 300 carries in his rookie season, in the opinion of David Helman of dallascowboys.com.
|Footballguys view: That number should make fantasy owners drool. The rookie RB has the upside to be one of the best in the game, and Elliott should make an immediate (and huge) impact in the NFL. The only RB to get 300 carries last year was Adrian Peterson (Vikings), and the next closest starter was Doug Martin (Buccaneers) at 288 carries. Elliott will be the centerpiece of the Cowboys offense in 2016, and he could easily finish the year as a top-5 fantasy RB. His current ADP is RB6 (2.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Steelers | Le'Veon Bell targets third preseason game Tue Jun 28, 10:07 AM
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) is optimistic to be ready by the third preseason game.
|Footballguys view: Bell may actually be ready to play at that time, but the Steelers may not want to risk anything by playing their superstar back in an exhibition game. If he does play in Week 3 of the preseason, we'd imagine that Bell would play a limited number of snaps. The plan is to have him ready for Week 1 of the regular season. At this time, things seem to be on track.|
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Bears | Jeremy Langford dropped passes Mon Jun 27, 04:43 PM
Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford led all running backs in drop rate last season, with eight of 30 catchable targets hitting the ground.
|Footballguys view: Langford is going to have to do better than that if he wants a three-down role with the Bears this season. With Matt Forte (Jets) moving on in free agency, the Bears are looking to Langford as their lead back. However, we should see all-purpose back Ka'Deem Carey mixed in (especially since he's a good receiver) and rookie Jordan Howard may be the best pure runner on the team's roster. It's looking like a three-headed RBBC for the Bears this year, so fantasy owners should consider Langford a RB3 in 2016.|
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Redskins | Two Redskins rookies may not make team Mon Jun 27, 02:09 PM
Washington Redskins rookie RB Keith Marshall and rookie QB Nate Sudfeld were left off the 53-man roster projection by Mike Jones of The Washington Post.
|Footballguys view: We'll be watching both rookies closely. Marshall has the ability to be a quality starter if he can only stay healthy. A former star for the Georgia Bulldogs, Marshall suffered a knee injury that set him back for a couple of seasons. He's fast, agile and able to make defenders miss with ease. Sudfeld is a tall pocket passer with a strong arm. If these two rookies don't make the 53-man roster, we think both could stick as practice squad players i 2016.|
Rams | Los Angeles hoping for explosive offense Sat Jun 25, 10:38 PM
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley will be the focal point of the offense, offensive coordinator Rob Boras said, but head coach Jeff Fisher said the ball will be spread around a little more to try to generate explosive plays.
|Footballguys view: Gurley is going in the mid-first round, and he has a chance to be the most valuable player in fantasy leagues this year. He should take over a larger role in the passing game, and he is likely to be even more impressive physically now that he is well over one year removed from his ACL tear.|
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Lions | Zach Zenner fully recovered Sat Jun 25, 02:15 PM
Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner (ribs, lung) has appeared to be fully recovered from his rib and lung injuries last season.
|Footballguys view: Zenner should be considered a slight favorite over Stevan Ridley and seventh-round pick Dwayne Washington for the power runner roster spot. If he wins the job, Zenner will have draftable value as the most likely option on traditional goal line running plays and closer when the Lions have a lead.|
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49ers | Carlos Hyde buying into offense Fri Jun 24, 09:19 PM
San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde said he is excited about head coach Chip Kelly's offensive system and believes it will allow him to showcase all his abilities.
|Footballguys view: Hyde hasn't ever been a back that is used heavily in the passing game, and backup Shaun Draughn is better suited for the role. Still, he should be among the highest volume backs in the league when it comes to carries, and even a modest total like 25-30 catches could have him flirting with RB1 status if he stays healthy and Chip Kelly continues to run more plays than any other offense.|
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Steelers | Brandon Johnson joins Pittsburgh Fri Jun 24, 04:26 PM
Undrafted free-agent RB Brandon L. Johnson (Penn State) signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers Friday, June 24. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Link to story
Titans | Antonio Andrews stepping up Thu Jun 23, 11:53 PM
Tennessee Titans RB Antonio Andrews has responded well to the added competition of RB DeMarco Murray and RB Derrick Henry, head coach Mike Mularkey said.
|Footballguys view: Andrews powerful running style and low center of gravity makes him a useful back in an "exotic smashmouth" approach. While the Titans don't have the money or draft capital invested in him that they have in Demarco Murray and Derrick Henry, Andrews has momentum and a chip on his shoulder. We will hear from him again, but it might not be this year in Tennessee.|
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Lions | Ameer Abdullah to carry the load? Thu Jun 23, 09:42 PM
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah averaged 4.7 yards per carry in the second of last season, and beat writer Tim Twentyman believes Abdullah will be given the opportunity to be the lead back in 2016.
|Footballguys view: "Lead back" for the Lions will still include Theo Riddick catching 70-80 passes out of the backfield and a downhill runner like Zach Zenner or Stevan Ridley handling some of the work between the tackles. Abdullah has upside as a seventh round pick, but it is still capped by the RBBC nature of his backfield.|
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NFL | Reggie Bush has received interest Thu Jun 23, 02:19 PM
Free-agent RB Reggie Bush (49ers) has received calls from two teams, but he hasn't made a decision on where he'll play in 2016.
|Footballguys view: Bush was a non-factor in 2015 and he has only appeared in 16 games over the last two seasons. He would have to land in a plum situation opened up by injury to even get on our radar this year.|
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Lions | Ameer Abdullah focused on little things Thu Jun 23, 11:22 AM
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (shoulder), who is expected to be ready for training camp, is focused on the little things in improving as a player. 'I feel like I showed some flashes last year, but in this league you can't show flashes,' Abdullah said. 'You have to be consistent. That definitely had a lot to do with growing pains. It also had a lot to do with me being immature as a player coming straight from college and not understanding what kind of preparation and mental focus it took for such a long amount of time. I know I have a lot to give to this team and a lot to give to this league. I know I can be a good back, but it starts with those little things I mentioned earlier.'
|Footballguys view: Abdullah struggled with fumbles and uneven usage last year. The rookie, like the rest of the offense, improved with the addition of offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, so if Abdullah can get consistent usage, including in the passing game, he could deliver on his seventh round ADP. Theo Riddick should still lead the backfield in receptions, and another back could take the short yardage work and lead the team in rushing touchdowns.|
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Raiders | DeAndre Washington might shine Thu Jun 23, 01:28 AM
Oakland Raiders RB DeAndre Washington spent some time with the first-team offense during the team's minicamp, although there has been nothing guaranteed about Washington's role going forward. Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave see Washington as a player who can do a little bit of everything, plus help out on special teams.
|Footballguys view: The Raiders are not sold on Latavius Murray long-term, and maybe even short-term. Washington is a dynamic back with a lot of juice in his legs who could excel when the team spreads the field like his college offense did at Texas Tech. There is a chance that Washington pushes his way into a Giovani Bernard/Jeremy Hill arrangement with Murray this year, so take that into account when ranking Raiders backs.|
Raiders | Roy Helu expected to be ready for camp Thu Jun 23, 01:27 AM
Oakland Raiders RB Roy Helu (hip) did not participate in the team's offseason program as he recovered from offseason hip surgery, but head coach Jack Del Rio said Wednesday, June 22, that he expects Helu to be ready to go for training camp.
|Footballguys view: Helu will be fighting fifth-round pick DeAndre Washington for a receiving back role. While Helu has had his moments over the years, his inability to stay healthy has kept him from getting a long-term foothold in his backfield.|
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Saints | NOLA backup RB spots up for grabs Wed Jun 22, 11:39 PM
New Orleans Saints RBs Travaris Cadet, Daniel Lasco, Marcus Murphy are likely to jockey for the spots behind RBs Mark Ingram, Tim Hightower and C.J. Spiller. Murphy and Lasco benefit special teams, with Murphy as a return man and Lasco for coverage. Cadet might also crack the roster as a runner, receiver and return man, and the final spot might come down to Cadet and Murphy and who is hotter in training camp and the preseason.
|Footballguys view: Murphy has receiving ability and could vie for the role CJ Spiller has been lackluster in so far in New Orleans. Lasco is a SPARQ freak who has top-end athleticism, but an injury-marred 2015 caused him to drop in the draft. Cadet has the most experience in the offense and could be the most productive in a receiving role. It looks like Tim Hightower will be the handcuff to Mark Ingram no matter who wins this fourth running back spot.|
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Titans |DeMarco Murray in better situation Wed Jun 22, 07:32 PM
Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray believes Tennessee's offensive system is a better fit for him than the Philadelphia Eagles' offense. 'It's strictly downhill and that's what I've been accustomed to my entire life,' Murray said. 'Nothing against last year or what happened, it just didn't work out, but I'm very excited about this upcoming season.'
|Footballguys view: Murray was flummoxed by a Philadelphia running game that asked for more first step burst from him. A downhill running game does suit him, but it could limit the amount of read option calls for Marcus Mariota, because that requires the running back to take the carry from a standstill instead of with a head of steam. Derrick Henry will also do best in a downhill system, so while this enhances Murray, it also gives Henry a good chance to outplay him or at least be the hotter hand at times.|
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Ravens | Coach praises Terrance West Wed Jun 22, 11:57 AM
Baltimore Ravens RB Terrance West looked quick and fast during organized team activities, according to head coach John Harbaugh, and Harbaugh also praised West's improvements without the ball in his hands.
|Footballguys view: West seems to have salvaged his career in Baltimore after failed stops in Cleveland and Tennessee. He could make the team as their 4th back if he can beat out Lorenzo Taliaferro and Trent Richardson, who is sidelined with knee surgery. If the Ravens cut West, he should draw interest from another team.|
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Patriots | Donald Brown embracing opportunity Wed Jun 22, 11:13 AM
New England Patriots RB Donald Brown led all running backs with 19 receptions in Patriots minicamp, and he is taking advantage of the opportunity to contribute in any way possible. His most likely path to a role is as the top backup to RB LeGarrette Blount. Brown is not considered a lock to make the team, according to Mark Daniels, of the Providence Journal. New England would carry a $300,000 salary cap charge if Brown is released.
|Footballguys view: Brown is the kind of versatile back the Patriots can make good use of, but they already have Dion Lewis and James White to play in the passing game, and Brown's strength is not as an inside runner. He might have to present something more compelling than Brandon Bolden's special teams ability to make the team, and that's only if the team doesn't sign Arian Foster later this summer. The team has been linked to Foster by multiple stories and they will likely take a look at him when he is back to full speed.|
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Buccaneers | More touches for Charles Sims? Wed Jun 22, 02:05 AM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims is expected to see more carries in 2016, in the opinion of PewterReport.com's Mark Cook.Link to story
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NFL | Another felony charge for Joseph Randle Wed Jun 22, 01:15 AM
Free-agent RB Joseph Randle (Cowboys) has added another felony charge to the two he's already facing. He made an alleged threat against a Sedgwick County (Kan.) Jail deputy while incarcerated for two other pending felony cases, according to court and sheriff's office records.Link to story
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Vikings | Adrian Peterson not worried about age Tue Jun 21, 06:33 PM
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson thinks his body can hold up as long as he wants to play in the NFL, but he doesn't know how much longer he wants to go through the rigors of the NFL. 'Training camp, going through the grind, OTAs and all that, that will definitely be the deciding factor,' Peterson said. 'Physically, I'll be good. It's just mentally, like with OTAs, I'm out there practicing, I'm going, I'm putting in work. But it's so repetitive that it's more suited toward the young guys and getting them into the system. It gets kind of boring.'
|Footballguys view: Age is just a number when it comes to a player like Peterson. He's been able to show almost superhuman ability on the field--and when recovering from major injuries. Peterson is around 6,500 yards short of the all-time rushing record held by Hall of Fame RB Emmitt Smith. It wouldn't be outrageous to see him come close to that number over the next five years or so. Peterson may still have plenty left in the tank.|
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Eagles | Kenjon Barner on the bubble Tue Jun 21, 02:10 AM
Philadelphia Eagles RB Kenjon Barner is on the bubble as RB Byron Marshall projects as a younger version of him.
|Footballguys view: Both Barner and Marshall played college football at Oregon. Marshall is a 'tweener slot receiver/speed running back who is electric with the ball in his hands. The rookie is coming back from a serious ankle injury that ended his final season for the Ducks after only a few games. We'll see this battle shake out in training camp. Lots of fantasy owners will be dialed into the RB competition behind Ryan Mathews as the starter has a long injury history.|
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49ers | Two RBs looking to move up order Tue Jun 21, 01:13 AM
San Francisco 49ers RB DuJuan Harris saw extended reps in the offseason, and he and RB Kelvin Taylor will be looking to move up the depth chart. Currently Harris and Taylor are behind RBs Carlos Hyde and Shaun Draughn in the pecking order.
|Footballguys view: Harris is a good all-purpose back, but injuries and inconsistencies have plagued his pro career. Taylor, son of former Jaguars star RB Fred Taylor, is a tough player who is willing to run between the tackles. The rookie never fumbled in his college career at Florida but needs to show better patience and anticipation of cut-back lanes if he wants to play up to his potential as a pro.|
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49ers | Shaun Draughn in line for big role Tue Jun 21, 01:11 AM
San Francisco 49ers RB Shaun Draughn's ability to catch passes brings some versatility to the offense, and beat writer Michael Wagaman predicts Draughn will see plenty of playing time.
|Footballguys view: Draughn isn't a name that screams fantasy value. The 49ers will lead the way with Carlos Hyde, and he should be the centerpiece of the rushing attack...if not the entire offense. Hyde is going off the board at RB18 (4.07) in 12-team PPR leagues, and Draughn is not getting drafted. Fantasy owners should keep him on the waiver-wire speed dial just in case something happens to Hyde, but we're not predicting much fantasy value for him if Hyde is healthy.|
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49ers | Carlos Hyde sits atop depth chart Tue Jun 21, 01:10 AM
San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde is expected to keep the top spot in the backfield as long as he can stay healthy.
|Footballguys view: Volume and number of snaps is the name of the game with Chip Kelly. Hyde is going to be the lead back in a Kelly system that is going to run as many plays as possible. The inside/outside zone-read option could be good for Hyde. A disappointing fantasy player, Hyde could put up RB2 numbers this season. His current ADP is RB18 (4.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Bills | Karlos Williams has gained weight Tue Jun 21, 01:09 AM
Buffalo Bills RB Karlos Williams was carrying extra weight during minicamp, and said he ate so his pregnant fiancÚ wouldn't feel bad. He has plenty of time to get into shape, but he'll need to be in top form to hold off hungry RBs Mike Gillislee, James Wilder Jr. and Jonathan Williams.
|Footballguys view: So it wasn't the devil that made him do it, but instead devil's food cake? Williams needs to get in shape and prove that he's the best backup option behind LeSean McCoy. We love rookie RB Jonathan Williams, and he may end up being the better option...especially if Karlos Williams can't stay in shape and stay healthy.|
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Texans | Tyler Ervin should be ready for camp Mon Jun 20, 07:25 PM
Houston Texans RB Tyler Ervin (quadriceps) missed some time this offseason because of a quadriceps injury but should be ready for the start of training camp.
|Footballguys view: Ervin has incredible speed, quickness and agility. He's able to change direction without losing much speed, and Ervin is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. The rookie is going to compete to be a change-of-pace back behind starter Lamar Miller.|
Colts | Head coach praises Josh Ferguson Mon Jun 20, 05:57 PM
Indianapolis Colts RB Josh Ferguson is a man of many talents, according to head coach Chuck Pagano. 'He's smart. He picks things up in a hurry. He's very, very athletic,' Pagano said. 'He's a great receiver out of the backfield. We can split him wide, we can displace him formationally. He's a mismatch out in space. He's got juice. He can go. He's got great vision.'
|Footballguys view: Ferguson is a lightning quick rusher who can work well as a receiver out of the backfield. The rookie from Illinois could work his way up the depth chart behind starter Frank Gore. Make sure to add Ferguson--or at least monitor him--in deep dynasty leagues.|
Broncos | Ronnie Hillman the favorite for backup Mon Jun 20, 05:37 PM
Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman is still ahead of RB Devontae Booker to back up RB C.J. Anderson, according to Andrew Mason of denverbroncos.com. RB Kapri Bibbs will also compete with Hillman and Booker for backup duties.
|Footballguys view: Hillman led the team in rushing last year, but they let him hit the free agent market where he got very little interest. The Broncos brought back Hillman, but only after they paid C.J. Anderson with a much larger deal. Hillman has speed, but in the postseason it was Anderson who led the league in rushing. Anderson should be the team's bellcow, and Hillman is no lock to be his primary backup.|
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NFL | Arian Foster expects to be ready Mon Jun 20, 05:15 PM
Free-agent RB Arian Foster (Texans) anticipates being healthy enough to participate in training camp, according to a source. Foster is eager to regain his 2012 form, but he has not been signed yet despite at least three teams having had interest in him.
|Footballguys view: The Dolphins, Patriots and Seahawks could be the three teams most interested in Foster. He's supposedly able to pass a physical right now, but Foster may not be able to get on a new team until training camp hits. Wherever he goes, Foster will be a player fantasy owners need to monitor as he could still be an effective starter if healthy.|
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49ers | Kendall Gaskins re-signs with 49ers Mon Jun 20, 04:45 PM
Free-agent RB Kendall Gaskins re-signed to a two-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers Monday, June 20. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Undrafted out of Richmond in 2013, Gaskins has bounced around to four different teams during his time in the NFL. He got into four games last year for the 49ers and had 16 carries for 38 yards with eight catches for 69 yards in those regular season appearances.|
49ers | Two players may miss 49ers' final roster Mon Jun 20, 02:18 PM
San Francisco 49ers WRs DeAndre Smelter and RB Mike Davis were left off the 53-man roster projection, according to ESPN.com's Michael Wagaman.
|Footballguys view: Davis is a player we've been monitoring in dynasty leagues. Carlos Hyde is the starter with the 49ers, and veteran Shaun Draughn should be his primary backup. If Davis wants to make the team, he'll have to prove that he's more valuable than DuJuan Harris or rookie Kelvin Taylor.|
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Ravens | Trent Richardson considered a long shot Mon Jun 20, 01:24 PM
Baltimore Ravens RB Trent Richardson (knee) is a long shot to make the 53-man roster, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley.
|Footballguys view: No surprise here. Richardson has a new focus as he stares at a future that doesn't include football. The 3rd-overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft has bounced around the league and been one of the biggest busts in NFL draft history. He had a sore hamstring in minicamp, and now it's been revealed that Richardson needs arthroscopic surgery for a preexisting injury to his knee. We'd be shocked if he makes the Ravens 53-man roster.|
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Ravens | Terrance West pushing for spot Mon Jun 20, 12:54 PM
Baltimore Ravens RB Terrance West is leaner and more explosive after he worked himself into the best shape of his career. He made some cuts over the past couple of weeks that he probably couldn't last year. If he continues to improve, it'll be hard to cut him.
|Footballguys view: Justin Forsett is the clear-cut starter, but behind him there's a group of RBs--including West--competing for the primary backup spot. We'll be watching West in training camp and the preseason, but we think rookie Kenneth Dixon may be the best of the backs after Forsett.|
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Broncos | Devontae Booker to push for RB2 Mon Jun 20, 08:45 AM
Denver Broncos RB Devontae Booker (knee) ran well after he recovered from a torn meniscus and appears poised to push RB Ronnie Hillman for the No. 2 running back job.
|Footballguys view: Booker is a talented all-purpose back. He can make his living between the tackles, is tough to bring down with arm tackles and he's a fantastic receiver out of the backfield. The Broncos are unlikely to use a RBBC this year with C.J. Anderson getting a contract that makes him the third-highest paid RB in 2016. Booker has starter's upside, but fantasy owners should consider him a three-down-back-in-waiting to begin the season. With Anderson's injury history, Booker is a must-handcuff.|
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Colts | Frank Gore wants 1,000 yards Sun Jun 19, 03:10 PM
Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore is eyeing the 1,000-yard mark in 2016 at 33 years old. Gore is more determined this year after just missing 1,000 rushing yards last season at 967 yards. 'I just have to start taking care of my body, eating healthy, start training to get myself ready and to try to go get it,' Gore said.
|Footballguys view: The Colts improved their offensive line this offseason for two reasons. First (and most importantly), the team needed to protect QB Andrew Luck much better in 2016. Second, the team wants to run the ball more effectively. They haven't had a 1,000-yard rusher since 2007, but Gore has a chance to eclipse that mark if he stays healthy. Gore was only 33 yards short of 1,000 in 2015, but a better offensive line (and a healthy Luck) could help him improve the 3.7 yards-per-carry average he had last season.|
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Dolphins | Jay Ajayi could catch more passes Sat Jun 18, 03:08 PM
Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi said he's been working on new routes, acknowledging that head coach Adam Gase's offensive system implements the running backs more in the passing game. Ajayi said he didn't have as many routes last year as he does this year.
|Footballguys view: Ajayi came out of Boise State and was known as a fine all-purpose back. His last year in college (2014), Ajayi caught 50 passes for 535 yards and four TDs. He should be used more as a receiver...and likely as the team's primary ball-carrier in 2016. We'll see how rookie Kenyan Drake mixes in as a change-of-pace back. Ajayi should be considered a low-end RB2 or high-end RB3 for fantasy owners. His current ADP is RB24 (5.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Colts | Josh Ferguson impressing in OTAs Fri Jun 17, 10:10 PM
Indianapolis Colts RB Josh Ferguson has impressed with his quickness in workouts, and head coach Chuck Pagano called him a 'mismatch' in space and 'not just a third-down back.'
|Footballguys view: We're not surprised, and Ferguson is a dynasty prospect we have an appreciation for. During his college career at Illinois, Ferguson was known as a quick all-purpose back. Earlier this year at the East-West Shrine Game practices, Ferguson was also impressive with his quickness, foot frequency and ability to make defenders miss. The Colts have an interesting group of young RBs behind starter Frank Gore. If Gore goes down with an injury, we'll see if Ferguson or someone like Trey Williams could get more playing time.|
Jaguars | T.J. Yeldon the third-down back? Fri Jun 17, 09:33 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon's improvement in pass protection was praised by offensive coordinator Greg Olson, and beat writer Ryan O'Halloran believes Yeldon is being slotted for the third-down back role while RB Chris Ivory will handle more of the carries on early downs.
|Footballguys view: It's going to be interesting to see how Jacksonville splits the touches between these two RBs. Right now, fantasy owners believe Ivory has a bit more value than Yeldon. Ivory has an ADP of RB33 (7.08) while Yeldon is right behind him at RB34 (8.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Chiefs | Jamaal Charles will not be rushed Fri Jun 17, 07:38 PM
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) was able to participate in some drills during minicamp, but head coach Andy Reid said the team will not rush Charles back to the lineup.
|Footballguys view: The Chiefs are being wisely cautious here. Charles is likely to be a RB1 for fantasy owners when healthy, but he's no longer a top-5 player at his position if Charcandrick West gets used a bit more. West proved last year that he can be dangerous with the rock in his hands, and there are rumblings that he's going to have a role on offense...even though Charles is going to be back. Charles has a current ADP of RB7 (2.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Dolphins | Jay Ajayi to work on pass catching Fri Jun 17, 05:38 PM
Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi said he will work on improving his route running and his pass catching skills during the next month.
|Footballguys view: The Dolphins have been looking for an upgrade at the RB position most of the offseason. They added Kenyan Drake in the 2016 NFL draft, but he may only be a change-of-pace back behind Ajayi. Coming out of Boise State, Ajayi was seen as an all-purpose back so improving his ability as a receiver shouldn't be that difficult. We see him as a low-end RB2 or RB3 for fantasy owners this year.|
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Seahawks | Christine Michael drops weight Fri Jun 17, 05:14 PM
Seattle Seahawks RB Christine Michael said he lost around eight pounds this offseason and feels a little quicker. He currently weighs 217 pounds.
|Footballguys view: The weight loss makes for a nice story, but would be even better is if Michael would actually play up to his potential as a pro. The Seahawks added three RBs in the 2016 NFL draft, so Michael's fantasy value could plummet quickly if one or more of those backs move past him on the depth chart. Currently, Michael would have to be considered the primary backup behind starter Thomas Rawls.|
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Raiders | Oakland exploring options in return game Thu Jun 16, 11:16 PM
Oakland Raiders CB T.J. Carrie is currently the frontrunner to return punts and RB Taiwan Jones is the favorite to return kickoffs, special teams coordinator Brad Seely said, but WR Joe Hansley, RB DeAndre Washington and WR Jaydon Mickens have also been receiving reps.
|Footballguys view: Jones should be able to get the job done. However, we want to see Washington touch the ball as much as possible. He could push Latavius Murray for touches as a RB, but Washington has the electric skill set to be a good returner as well.|
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Saints | New Orleans backfield taking shape Thu Jun 16, 07:45 PM
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram is the lead running back for the Saints, while RB Tim Hightower appears to be the backup, according to Larry Holder of The New Orleans Times-Picayune. RB C.J. Spiller holds the No. 3 spot.
|Footballguys view: Ingram has come into his own, and we think he's a borderline RB1/RB2 and we could see him tipping 1,000 yards this year. Hightower finally got back into the league after some knee issues, but will be limited to whatever Ingram doesn't pick up. That means Hightower is unlikely to have any value save as a handcuff. Spiller might be the third back but he's going to have more work than Hightower, since he brings a little more variety to the table. Consider him only as depth though, as we don't expect him to do enough to warrant more than a bye-week fill-in, and his value is around RB7.|
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