Fantasy Football News & Views
Chiefs | Spencer Ware active in passing game Sat Jul 23, 08:50 PM
Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware caught lots of passes in OTAs, according to beat writer Terez A. Paylor.Link to story
Spencer Ware player page
Giants | Andre Williams drawing praise from coach Sat Jul 23, 05:30 PM
New York Giants RB Andre Williams is poised for a bounce-back year in the opinion of head coach Ben McAdoo.
|Footballguys view: We doubt that happens. Williams is a large RB but he lacks the power he should have for a player his size. The Giants RB situation is a mess, but starter Rashad Jennings could perform like a RB3 (at least) for fantasy owners.|
Andre Williams player page
Ravens | Ravens players placed on PUP list Sat Jul 23, 03:30 PM
Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith (Achilles'), WR Breshad Perriman (knee) and RB Trent Richardson (knee) were placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Saturday, July 23.Link to story
Steve Smith player page
Trent Richardson player page
Breshad Perriman player page
Steelers | Le'Veon Bell unlikely to win appeal Sat Jul 23, 02:27 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is unlikely to have a successful appeal for his pending four-game suspension due to the NFL's stringent policies. The results of the appeal are expected before the regular season starts. Additionally, Bell missed several drug tests resulting in the suspension, as opposed to the originally reported one missed test, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: Drug tests in the NFL are largely intelligent tests. It goes without saying, missing a drug test was not wise. Bell will see his ADP fall with this news (a third-rounder now--most likely), while backup DeAngelo Williams will rise to around a sixth- or seventh-round pick.|
LeVeon Bell player page
NFL | John Kuhn wants to join contender Sat Jul 23, 12:07 PM
Free-agent FB John Kuhn (Packers) said he would like to sign with a Super Bowl contender if he is not able to re-sign with the Green Bay Packers.
|Footballguys view: It's sad that Kuhn isn't with the Packers, but we could see him latch on with another team at some point before the regular season. The fullback is a dying position, so only a small handful of teams would be interested.|
John Kuhn player page
Browns | Duke Johnson to line up at WR Sat Jul 23, 10:56 AM
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson will line up at wide receiver at times during the season because the team likes to find different ways to throw passes to Johnson.
|Footballguys view: We like it! Johnson is the type of player who needs the rock in his hand as much as his body can hold up. He's not a big back, but Johnson is explosive and tough to bring down in the open field. Johnson has a current ADP of RB23 (5.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Duke Johnson player page
Packers | James Starks a red-zone weapon? Sat Jul 23, 01:43 AM
Green Bay Packers RB James Starks' ability on screen passes makes him a weapon in the red zone, running backs coach Ben Sirmans said.
|Footballguys view: Keep this in mind when considering Eddie Lacy for your fantasy team. Starks is a valuable handcuff for Lacy owners, and he's coming off the board late in 12-team PPR league drafts (RB57 13.10). Lacy is currently RB9 in drafts (2.12), but realize that Starks is going to have at least a limited role...and maybe a role larger than some think.|
James Starks player page
Packers | Eddie Lacy must impact passing game Sat Jul 23, 01:31 AM
Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy will be pushed into the passing game, according to running backs coach Ben Sirmans, but Sirmans said Lacy will have to beat man coverage. Last year, RB James Starks played 68 more snaps than Lacy and caught 27 more passes.
|Footballguys view: Lacy had a career-low 187 carries last year as conditioning and stamina problems seemed to hold him back. That's why he did P90X to get into fantastic shape this offseason. The Packers will have an explosive offense, and things should open up even more for the ground game with WR Jordy Nelson returning to full health. Fantasy owners believe in Lacy at this time, and he's getting drafted as RB9 (2.12) in 12-team PPR leagues. He's been a top-10 fantasy back for two of his three years in the league, but last year he fell to 24. We'll see if he can regain his form in 2016.|
James Starks player page
Eddie Lacy player page
Cowboys | Darren McFadden eyeing preseason return Fri Jul 22, 09:29 PM
Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden (elbow) will have a scan on his broken elbow Monday, July 25, and he said hopes to return during the preseason.
|Footballguys view: McFadden's status becomes more important with the specter of league discipline now hanging over Ezekiel Elliott related to an alleged domestic violence incident. If McFadden isn't ready for Week 1, or if he has a setback in his conditioning to return to the field, Alfred Morris will be set up to be an early-season sleeper.|
Darren McFadden player page
Raiders | Taiwan Jones likely to keep returner job Fri Jul 22, 05:28 PM
Oakland Raiders RB Taiwan Jones likely will be the main kick returner in 2016 as long as he can stay healthy, according to special teams coordinator Brad Seely.
|Footballguys view: With the addition of DeAndre Washington, Jones will have to contribute on special teams and probably beat out Roy Helu to make the roster because the team also has Marcel Reece and Jamize Olawale as RB/FB tweeners.|
Taiwan Jones player page
NFL | John Kuhn waiting to sign Fri Jul 22, 05:14 PM
Free-agent FB John Kuhn (Packers) has been working out this offseason and is waiting for interested teams to call him. Kuhn said he would like to re-sign with the Green Bay Packers but does not know what will happen.Link to story
John Kuhn player page
Raiders | DeAndre Washington may have role early Fri Jul 22, 03:22 PM
Oakland Raiders RB DeAndre Washington likely receive a solid role in the offense because the coaching staff thinks he can contribute right away. He could be used as a third-down back that can run inside and be a receiver out of the backfield. Washington can be a compliment to RB Latavius Murray since they have different skills.
|Footballguys view: The Raiders seem far from sold on Murray, so Washington getting on the field at all will be something to watch. It's not difficult to picture Washington looking much better than Murray in initial burst and lateral agility, so he can stake a claim for more touches with success as a third-down back. Washington is a great running back target in the second half of your draft.|
DeAndre Washington player page
Vikings | Zach Line will face competition Fri Jul 22, 03:20 PM
Minnesota Vikings FB Zach Line appears to be the leading candidate for the starting fullback job but will have to compete with FB Blake Renaud for the job during training camp.Link to story
Zach Line player page
Vikings | Jerick McKinnon could see bigger role Fri Jul 22, 03:12 PM
Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon could be more involved in the passing game if he was able to improve his pass protection over the offseason. He is not expected to receive more than 75 to 100 carries this season.
|Footballguys view: If the Vikings run more out of the shotgun, he could be much better than Adrian Peterson in that role, and he has already shown his explosiveness as a receiver and runner late last year. McKinnon is an excellent back half of your draft pick, with potential flex worthy upside depending on his role, and RB1 upside if Peterson goes down.|
Jerick McKinnon player page
Cowboys | Ezekiel Elliott denies claims Fri Jul 22, 12:37 PM
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott was accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend Friday, July 22, but was not arrested, according to a police report filed in Ohio. The league will review the accusation under its personal conduct policy, but Elliott denied the accusations. The police report cites four witnesses who each said they did not see the assault take place.
|Footballguys view: Some reports are coming out that help Elliott, such as the police report having four witnesses who deny the alleged victim's claim. but the league will conduct their own investigation. It's very difficult to predict how the league will react to this news. Don't move Elliott down yet, but be open to changing that stance if more facts come out that paint him in a bad light in this incident. If Elliott does end up missing time at the beginning of the season, Alfred Morris would be better situated to benefit with Darren McFadden recovering from a broken elbow and a notorious slow healer.|
Ezekiel Elliott player page
Steelers | Le'Veon Bell may face suspension Fri Jul 22, 09:53 AM
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is facing a four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's drug policy because of a missed test, according to sources. The appeals process is underway, and no announcement has been made. No date for Bell's appeal has been set, but it's expected to be heard before the start of the regular season. If it's not overturned, he would miss the first four games of the season.
|Footballguys view: Pittsburgh radio personality Mark Madden reported this rumor over a month ago, and it appears he has been vindicated. Bell will appeal, but we should rank him and the rest of the Steelers offense as if he'll miss the first four games. On the plus side, this will give Bell more time to get comfortable on his hopefully healed knee injury. He's still worth a third round pick at worst, and he may go in the second. DeAngelo Williams moves up to at least the 7th/8th round, if not 6th, on the strength of four elite projection RB games and the injury upside if Bell goes down again. Williams could also play a large enough role when Bell returns to still merit flex consideration.|
LeVeon Bell player page
Chargers | Melvin Gordon seeks help for fumbling Thu Jul 21, 11:53 PM
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon worked with Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson this offseason to help fix his fumbling issues.
|Footballguys view: Getting help is good, but having a fumbling problem that requires help is not. Gordon didn't come close to living up to the hype in his rookie year and he's coming off of microfracture surgery. His best hope for fantasy relevance is an improved offensive line and the Chargers turning into a winning team that can manufacture run-friendly game scripts. Chances are Danny Woodhead will be the most valuable Chargers fantasy running back again this year.|
Adrian Peterson player page
Melvin Gordon player page
NFL | Ray Rice would donate entire salary Thu Jul 21, 10:03 PM
Free-agent RB Ray Rice said that if he gets a chance to return to the NFL this season, he would donate his entire salary to organizations with programs focusing on education and prevention of domestic violence and supporting survivors and their families. 'Me donating my salary is something that'll be from the heart for me,' Rice stated. 'I only want to play football so I can end it the right way for my kids and for the people that really believed in me. But I know there are a lot of people affected by domestic violence, and every dollar helps. It's raising awareness.'
|Footballguys view: Second chances are the American way....but we don't think Rice will get that chance. Perhaps some team out there would take a look at him (maybe teams who missed out on Arian Foster?), but we doubt we ever see Rice in an NFL uniform again.|
Ray Rice player page
NFL | Ray Rice willing to give up salary Thu Jul 21, 06:02 PM
Free-agent RB Ray Rice (Ravens) will donate his salary to organizations with programs focusing on education and prevention of domestic violence if he is given another chance in the NFL.
|Footballguys view: We believe in second chances and could see him get another shot, given that out of the three players suspended back in 2014 Rice is the one who truly seems sorry and is trying to have a positive impact around domestic violence. Unfortunately he's just not a great runner anymore, which means his chances are not likely coming any time soon.|
Ray Rice player page
Bills | Buffalo hasn't pursued Fred Jackson Thu Jul 21, 05:00 PM
Free-agent RB Fred Jackson (Seahawks) has not received interest from his former team in the Buffalo Bills yet.
|Footballguys view: We don 't know that we expect him to, though they may still want to add some bodies to back up LeSean McCoy. Mike Gillislee hasn't shown us enough to feel good about and Jonathan Williams is exciting, but a rookie who recently was popped for a DWI. We're not sure Jackson has anything much left in the tank though as he looked just so-so in carries last year with the Seahawks.|
Fred Jackson player page
Jets | Lots of rest for Matt Forte Thu Jul 21, 04:42 PM
New York Jets RB Matt Forte should receive plenty of rest this season with RBs Bilal Powell and Khiry Robinson also in the mix.
|Footballguys view: Forte will see a lot of touches in 2016 but with Powell re-signed, he should also stay fresh throughout the season. We believe he will put up solid RB2 numbers this year.|
Matt Forte player page
Bilal Powell player page
Khiry Robinson player page
Vikings | Adrian Peterson has to adapt to shotgun Thu Jul 21, 10:41 AM
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will be part of a more shotgun-centric offense this season, and he struggled to run out of the gun early last year. The team shifted its offense to run more plays under center afterwards. Peterson vowed to become a better receiver this offseason.
|Footballguys view: At 31 it's unlikely that Peterson will become great receiving the ball or blocking on pass downs, but the effort is admirable. We did hear this last season as well, though but as Vensel points out, they had to move out of the shotgun because Peterson couldn't handle it and was visibly unhappy. Peterson is an easy RB1 in fantasy anyway, so receiving the ball is gravy. We're not counting on it happening much more than usual though.|
Adrian Peterson player page
Eagles | Ryan Mathews not a great fit in offense Thu Jul 21, 02:58 AM
Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Mathews isn't a great fit in head coach Doug Pederson's offense as he wants to move his backs around to create mismatches for opposing defenses in the passing game.
|Footballguys view: The continuing legacy of GM/coach Chip Kelly is wonderful for the rest of the NFC East. We'll see how on target Kempski is with this analysis, and still think Mathews could be a solid RB2, in part because the only other potential every down back is rookie Wendell Smallwood. If Mathews does end up a bad fit though, having Smallwood as a handcuff would be smart as he will probably get second crack at Mathews' role.|
Ryan Mathews player page
Seahawks | Thomas Rawls will be eased back Thu Jul 21, 02:49 AM
Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls (ankle) is making his way back from a fractured left ankle that included ligament damage in mid-December. He is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, but he will be eased back into action. That will also give the coaching staff a closer look at rookie RBs Alex Collins and C.J. Prosise.
|Footballguys view: Rawls is an RB2 mostly by virtue of being the guy left holding the rock when Marshawn Lynch retired on Twitter. He's no lock to hold the job and you can't exactly feel the confidence from Seattle when they draft not one, not two but three running backs in the 2016 draft. CJ Prosise is the darling of the rookie set but don't sleep on Alex Collins as well. Consider our RB2 ranking a "soft" ranking, and keep a close eye on Prosise/Collins this August.|
Thomas Rawls player page
C.J. Prosise player page
Alex Collins player page
Bills | Mike Gillislee expected to be No. 2 Thu Jul 21, 02:48 AM
Buffalo Bills RB Mike Gillislee is expected to be the team's No. 2 running back even if the team signs another running back. The job is Gillislee's to lose.
|Footballguys view: We don't expect this to stick, as Gillislee is a shaky runner. Jonathan Williams should leapfrog him in camp, but does it really matter as long as LeSean McCoy is healthy? Probably not. Take Gillislee or Williams as a handcuff late if you want them at all. This is McCoy's team and he is a solid RB2 with upside.|
Mike Gillislee player page
49ers | Bruce Miller could help out at TE Thu Jul 21, 02:23 AM
San Francisco 49ers FB Bruce Miller is learning the nuances of the tight end position, but he has good hands and can also help out on special teams. He might be used the No. 3 tight end behind TEs Garrett Celek and Vance McDonald.
|Footballguys view: We don't expect much more than blocking from the tight ends, so even adding Miller makes no real difference.|
Bruce Miller player page
Garrett Celek player page
Vance McDonald player page
Eagles | Wendell Smallwood to work on protection Thu Jul 21, 02:00 AM
Philadelphia Eagles RB Wendell Smallwood needs the most work in pass protection, which will be an area the team needs to trust him in to play him in the regular season. He has shown the ability to be a weapon as a receiver.
|Footballguys view: If he can do that, he could see a lot more playing time. Many are saying Ryan Mathews is a poor fit for the offensive scheme in Philadelphia, while Smallwood is not only a better fit but is a guy this new regime brought in, unlike Mathews. Right now Matthews is a decent RB2, but this bears watching. Smallwood isn't a guy to roster as more than a handcuff, but his value could rise with a solid camp, especially if Mathews struggles.|
Wendell Smallwood player page
Rams | Todd Gurley ready for first full camp Wed Jul 20, 10:30 PM
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) will be close to two full years removed from an anterior cruciate ligament injury, and conventional wisdom says players generally do not get back to full strength until two years after the injury. He will go through his first full training camp, and running backs coach Skip Peete said there is no limit to what Gurley can accomplish in his second NFL season.
|Footballguys view: Gurley has the skill set to be the best RB in the NFL...this year. Fantasy owners should consider him a top-2 RB in any format, and Gurley should go off the board in the mid-first round at the latest. He's going to be the centerpiece of the Rams offense...especially while they get rookie QB Jared Goff up to speed in the pros.|
Todd Gurley player page
Steelers | DeAngelo Williams feeling great Wed Jul 20, 07:43 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams said he has recovered from the foot injury he suffered last season and is in the best shape he has been in his life.
|Footballguys view: Fantasy owners need to be considering Williams in drafts...even if you don't own Le'Veon Bell. Williams proved last year that he had plenty in the tank and could be a top RB in fantasy football. This year, Williams has a current ADP of RB40 (9.01) in 12-team PPR leagues. He's a great player to take a chance on right before other 'handcuff' RBs start coming off the board.|
DeAngelo Williams player page
Raiders | Roy Helu may be on bubble Wed Jul 20, 06:10 PM
Oakland Raiders RB Roy Helu (hip) may be on the roster bubble during training camp because RBs DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard have similar skill sets to Helu. Helu also missed all of the offseason workouts because of his hip injury.
|Footballguys view: We could see the Raiders moving on from Helu if the young RBs show well in camp and the preseason. We really like Washington here. He's a compact runner who was among the leaders in the FBS in rush-yards-after-contact-per-rush average (for 1,000-yard rushers) at 2.7 yards. Washington is dangerous in space and can be used effectively as a receiver out of the backfield.|
Roy Helu player page
DeAndre Washington player page
Broncos | Devontae Booker may be third-down back Wed Jul 20, 05:38 PM
Denver Broncos RB Devontae Booker could receive playing time early in the 2016 season as a third-down back because of his pass-catching ability.
|Footballguys view: Booker is a great receiving back, and we like to describe him as a three-down back in waiting. We should see C.J. Anderson carry the load on the ground, but don't be surprised if Booker gets a few looks on passing downs. Anderson is a RB2 for fantasy owners, and Booker is a valuable handcuff who should go off the board in the 10th round or so.|
Devontae Booker player page
Jets | Two Jets RBs to compete for No. 3 job Wed Jul 20, 04:07 PM
New York Jets RBs Zac Stacy (leg) and Khiry Robinson (leg) will compete for the No. 3 running back job during training camp, but Robinson may have an edge because the team does not believe he has reached his full potential yet.
|Footballguys view: Robinson is the player to highlight here. He's a swift runner who can build a head of steam, and Robinson has a nose for the end zone. With Matt Forte's struggles near paydirt, we could see Robinson become the goal-line back for the Jets.|
Zac Stacy player page
Khiry Robinson player page
Patriots | LeGarrette Blount on the bubble? Wed Jul 20, 10:51 AM
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount's (hip) roster spot isn't a given, but there shouldn't be any issues if he returns from his season-ending hip injury and runs hard.
|Footballguys view: Doesn't it feel like Blount is on the bubble almost every year? He'll continue to grind down defenses with his powerful rushing style, but Blount is not as fantasy relevant as Dion Lewis. Expect the Patriots to lean on their rushing attack over the first four games of the year while Tom Brady is suspended. That could mean more work for Blount. We see him as a RB4 for fantasy owners in 2016.|
LeGarrette Blount player page
Lions | Ameer Abdullah continues to recover Wed Jul 20, 02:47 AM
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (shoulder) is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery to repair his labrum, but the team expects him to be ready for training camp. He has ascended to the No. 1 spot on the team's depth chart and will be tasked with a significant amount of pass protection, which isn't ideal given his smallish frame.
|Footballguys view: Abdullah is the lead back for the Lions, but they have an interesting backfield and the way the touches are split will impact all within. Theo Riddick is a fantastic receiver, and they should use him as the pass-catching back. Either Stevan Ridley or Zach Zenner is going to be the power back, and goal-line touches could go to one of these two. Abdullah is electrifying but his size limitations means he'll be splitting time in order to stay fresh. We see him as a high-end RB3 for fantasy owners.|
Ameer Abdullah player page
Dolphins | Miami didn't want to lose Arian Foster Tue Jul 19, 10:02 PM
Miami Dolphins RB Arian Foster (Achilles') impressed the team in a workout Monday, July 18, and one source said he 'looked good.' The team wanted to move quickly to sign him before he had a chance to board a flight and work out for the Detroit Lions.
|Footballguys view: After missing out on C.J. Anderson (Broncos) and Chris Johnson (Cardinals), the Dolphins wanted to get their man....this time. Foster is set to compete with Jay Ajayi for the starting job in 2016.|
Arian Foster player page
Packers | John Kuhn unlikely to be re-signed Tue Jul 19, 06:33 PM
Free-agent FB John Kuhn (Packers) appears to be in the Green Bay Packers' rearview mirror and is not expected to re-sign. FB Aaron Ripkowski is expected to take over starting fullback duties.
|Footballguys view: We'll miss the chants of "KUHN!!1!" from Packers fans in 2016. The fullback is a dying position in the NFL, but there's a few teams that could have interest in Kuhn under certain circumstances.|
John Kuhn player page
Aaron Ripkowski player page
Chiefs | Spencer Ware considered the backup Tue Jul 19, 06:14 PM
Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware is viewed as the backup running back behind RB Jamaal Charles, according to ESPN.com's Adam Teicher. Teicher did say that Ware and RB Charcandrick West would both play if Charles was injured.
|Footballguys view: Ware is a talented runner who could easily carry the load for the Chiefs if necessary. We feel West is going to play a role--at least as a change-of-pace back behind Charles. If something were to happen to Charles, Ware could take over as the lead back with West continuing his valuable part-time play.|
Jamaal Charles player page
Spencer Ware player page
Charcandrick West player page
Colts | Backup running back unclear in Indy Tue Jul 19, 05:40 PM
Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore is the unquestioned starter for the Colts, but his backup remains to be seen. ESPN.com's Mike Wells did mention RB Josh Ferguson first for the position, however.
|Footballguys view: Ferguson is a nice sleeper rookie RB to consider. He was a good all-purpose back in college at Illinois, and our very own Cecil Lammey reported positive things about Ferguson during the week of practice for the East-West Shrine Game earlier this year. Ferguson is more quick than fast, and he doesn't waste time dancing in the backfield. He's electric with the ball in his hands, but he's not much of a bruiser. We like him as a receiver out of the backfield too. Keep his name in mind when considering backup Colts RBs. In 2015, 37.2 percent of Ferguson's carries went for five yards or more.|
Frank Gore player page
Josh Ferguson player page
Colts | Fewer touches for Frank Gore? Tue Jul 19, 05:32 PM
The Indianapolis Colts want RB Frank Gore to have a lightened workload in 2016, according to ESPN.com's Mike Wells.
|Footballguys view: This is an important note for fantasy owners. We could see Gore's carries fall from the 260 he had in 2015 with the Colts. Instead, he may only get around 200 carries as the team tries to keep him fresh. We like the veteran RBs consistency and see him as a RB3 for fantasy owners in 2016.|
Frank Gore player page
Seahawks | Alex Collins will compete immediately Tue Jul 19, 05:15 PM
Seattle Seahawks rookie RB Alex Collins is expected to compete right away for playing time as an early-down running back, according to Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times.
|Footballguys view: A fifth-round pick of the Seahawks this year, Collins was one of our favorite RBs in this draft class. Collins is a one-speed runner, but he's swift and can build up a head of steam. He's got the quickness to make defenders miss, and his foot frequency allows him to change direction without losing much speed. Seattle added three RBs via the 2016 NFL draft this year, and it will be interesting to see how things shake out behind Thomas Rawls.|
Alex Collins player page
Browns | Raheem Mostert in the mix Tue Jul 19, 05:01 PM
Cleveland Browns RB Raheem Mostert is considered to be firmly in the mix to make the final roster. RBs Glenn Winston and Terrell Watson also have a good chance to make the cut, according to Patrick Maks of clevelandbrowns.com.
|Footballguys view: Mostert was undrafted out of Purdue in 2015, and he's been on four teams during his short time in the NFL. If he makes the 53-man roster his main role will come as a kick returner. He lacks the bulk for a large workload but has decent agility and speed.|
Glenn Winston player page
Raheem Mostert player page
Terrell Watson player page
Dolphins | Arian Foster plays well versus division Tue Jul 19, 04:03 PM
Miami Dolphins RB Arian Foster has fared well against the AFC East in his career. In 10 games, Foster has totaled 12 touchdowns and averaged 105 total yards per game.
|Footballguys view: Cool...that's a nice bit of history but it doesn't mean Foster is going to get 100 yards and a TD every time he plays within the division. We like Foster's fit in the Adam Gase offense. The spread formations should help the veteran runner see wide rushing lanes to take advantage of. We'll have to see how the split between Foster and Jay Ajayi goes before getting too excited about either prospect.|
Jets | Khiry Robinson set for goal-line role? Tue Jul 19, 01:29 PM
New York Jets RB Khiry Robinson (leg) could be utilized as a short-yardage and goal-line back this season.
|Footballguys view: Robinson has determination when he runs, and the team could save some wear and tear on starter Matt Forte. Last year with the Bears, Forte had 21 carries inside the 10-yard line but was only able to score four rushing touchdowns from inside that distance. Last year for the Saints, Robinson scored the same amount of touchdowns but on only six carries from inside the 10.|
Khiry Robinson player page
Titans | DeMarco Murray likely to run often Tue Jul 19, 09:58 AM
Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray is expected to be the team's workhorse in 2016.
|Footballguys view: The Titans want to run the ball as much as possible with their 'exotic smashmouth' offense which features both Murray and rookie Derrick Henry. The system is a better fit for Murray than what he had with the Eagles, but fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to produce like he did when he was with the Cowboys. Instead, consider Murray a low-end RB2 with upside. Murray has a current ADP of RB20 (5.02) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
DeMarco Murray player page
Cowboys | Lance Dunbar ready by end of camp? Tue Jul 19, 09:47 AM
Updating previous reports, Dallas Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (knee) hasn't been totally ruled out to return during training camp, and he's ahead of schedule in his rehab.
|Footballguys view: Cool...and he still won't see the field that often in 2016. The Cowboys are going to use rookie Ezekiel Elliott as their workhorse back, and he may push upwards of 300 carries in 2016. Dunbar's a decent change-of-pace back, but we can't imagine his role being large enough to be fantasy relevant.|
Lance Dunbar player page
Dolphins | Kenyan Drake likely to be No. 3 Mon Jul 18, 10:01 PM
Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake is likely to be slotted No. 3 on the depth chart behind RBs Jay Ajayi and Arian Foster unless the team keeps four backs to include RB Damien Williams. He had some moments in the offseason program, but not enough to suggest he was ready to be a reliable No. 2 back, thus the signing of Foster. Head coach Adam Gase wants a back capable of playing all three downs, because he prefers to substitute backs for an entire series, instead of during a series.
|Footballguys view: Drake is a speedy rookie, and a player we are quite interested in for all of our dynasty teams. He has good foot frequency, and Drake has the ability to create his own space with deceptive speed and quickness. He's not the biggest back, but he's a willing inside runner. Even though he won't push the pile, we like Drake's ability to turn small holes into large gains. We'll see if he can translate his game to the pros. Think of him like a Ronnie-Hillman-plus player in the Gase system.|
Kenyan Drake player page
Dolphins | Damien Williams is hardest hit Mon Jul 18, 10:00 PM
Miami Dolphins RB Damien Williams was the hardest hit by the addition of RB Arian Foster, as Williams slips from No. 2 to likely No. 3 on the depth chart with the potential to not even make the team unless they keep four backs. That's because RB Kenyan Drake figures to be No. 3 on the depth chart even if Williams is kept.
|Footballguys view: There's just not going to be much there for Williams if he makes the 53-man roster. We see a RBBC with Foster and Ajayi as the top two backs. Drake is a speedy player who could be used in a change-of-pace role.|
Damien Williams player page
Dolphins | Arian Foster declares his health Mon Jul 18, 10:00 PM
Miami Dolphins RB Arian Foster (Achilles') said Monday, July 18, that he is fully healthy after suffering a ruptured Achilles' tendon last season. He said he still feels like a Pro Bowl-caliber player and intends to show that. 'I don't have any expectations. Just coming here to compete and help the squad out however I can,' Foster said.
|Footballguys view: Foster may not be the player he used to be, but he could win the starting job for the Dolphins. Even if he's the starter, we feel the Dolphins should mix in Jay Ajayi to help keep Foster fresh. The Adam Gase offense utilizes spread formations, so Foster--or any RB--is going to have large rushing lanes to take advantage of.|
Arian Foster player page
Packers | Eddie Lacy back working out Mon Jul 18, 07:35 PM
Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy has reunited with trainer Tony Horton, the P90X founder, this summer. Lacy spent two months with Horton earlier this year after Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said Lacy 'cannot play at the weight he was at (last) year.' Lacy was 15 to 18 pounds lighter in April. 'Eddie will be fine,' McCarthy said in May. 'I believe he'll hit the target that we're all looking for when the lights come on.'
|Footballguys view: Lacy is going to be rocked up this year, and his 'fat Eddie Lacy' days may be behind him. We'll see if the p90X version of Lacy is lighter and quicker as a runner. We'll also see if he has better stamina because of the lost weight. Lacy is going to be the lead back for the Packers in an explosive offense. Fantasy owners should consider him a low-end RB1 in 2016.|
Eddie Lacy player page
Dolphins | Jay Ajayi still likely to start Mon Jul 18, 06:26 PM
Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi is expected to enter training camp as the starting running back, in the opinion of The Palm Beach Post's Andrew Abramson.
|Footballguys view: We're not so sure that's going to be the case, but Ajayi should get the first shot at the top job. The Dolphins have done almost everything they possibly could to add more talent to the RB position, and Ajayi will now have to beat out veteran addition Arian Foster for the starting gig. If healthy, Foster's starting experience and natural skill set would be a perfect fit for the Adam Gase offense. Watch this battle in training camp.|
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