Fantasy Football News & Views
Browns | Sign Timothy Flanders Mon Aug 3, 05:18 PM
Free-agent RB Timothy Flanders (Saints) signed with the Cleveland Browns Monday, Aug. 3.Link to story
Falcons | Leonard Hankerson impressing Mon Aug 3, 05:11 PM
Atlanta Falcons WR Leonard Hankerson has purportedly been the best wide receiver for the Falcons at training camp so far. Hankerson has shown great hands and made his presence known on the outside and over the middle.Link to story
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Browns | Sign Jalen Parmele Mon Aug 3, 04:50 PM
Free-agent RB Jalen Parmele (Cardinals) was signed by the Cleveland Browns Monday, Aug. 3.Link to story
Jalen Parmele player page
Broncos | Make two roster moves Mon Aug 3, 04:41 PM
Denver Broncos WR Kyle Williams (Achilles') was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Aug. 3. WR Corbin Louks was subsequently signed.Link to story
Kyle Williams player page
Titans | Committee to be used in TEN? Mon Aug 3, 04:37 PM
Tennessee Titans RBs Bishop Sankey and David Cobb could lead a running back by committee this season, according to ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky. RBs Antonio Andrews and Dexter McCluster would also be in the mix.Link to story
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Buccaneers | Austin Seferian-Jenkins still needs work Mon Aug 3, 04:21 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins still needs to improve his hands, according to Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune.Link to story
Austin Seferian-Jenkins player page
Eagles | DeMarco Murray being eased in? Mon Aug 3, 03:51 PM
Philadelphia Eagles RB DeMarco Murray hardly practiced Sunday, July 30, but it wasn't because he's not healthy. Murray said he is fine and is trying to do as much as he can for his new team.Link to story
DeMarco Murray player page
Redskins | Matt Jones day-to-day Mon Aug 3, 02:52 PM
Washington Redskins rookie RB Matt Jones (knee) is considered day-to-day with a sore knee.
|Footballguys view: Knee soreness is going to slow the Jones hype train down a bit. Some fantasy owners are expecting Jones to push Alfred Morris for fantasy relevance. We're not as excited about the rookie back as some. Morris is steady, and he should be Washington's leading rusher again this season. If healthy, Jones could play as a change-of-pace back behind Morris.|
Matt Jones player page
Cardinals | Andre Ellington not practicing Mon Aug 3, 02:21 PM
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (hamstring) will miss practice Monday, Aug 3, with a tightened hamstring.
|Footballguys view: Hamstring injuries are known to linger if not treated properly. We'll see Ellington back soon enough as the injury is not considered serious, according to head coach Bruce Arians.|
Andre Ellington player page
Cardinals | David Johnson injured Mon Aug 3, 02:16 PM
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (hamstring) is considered day-to-day with a hamstring injury.
|Footballguys view: Johnson is not a burner, but he does have great short-area quickness. This hamstring injury should slow him down for a few days. No word on the severity of the injury.|
David Johnson player page
Cardinals | Troy Niklas ready to practice Mon Aug 3, 02:15 PM
Arizona Cardinals TE Troy Niklas (hamstring) was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, Aug. 3. He is expected to be limited during his first few practices.
|Footballguys view: Too bad tight ends in Arizona are not fantasy relevant because Bruce Arians keeps them in to block.|
Troy Niklas player page
Cardinals | Jermaine Gresham activated Mon Aug 3, 02:00 PM
Arizona Cardinals TE Jermaine Gresham (back) was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, Aug. 3. He is expected to be limited during his first few practices.
|Footballguys view: Awesome....for fantasy owners it won't matter. Bruce Arians uses tight ends as extra blockers.|
Jermaine Gresham player page
Bears | Alshon Jeffery misses practice Mon Aug 3, 01:55 PM
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) did not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 3, because he suffered a sprained AC joint in his shoulder over the weekend.
|Footballguys view: Fantasy owners need to keep an eye on this situation. The team does not believe Jeffery's injury is serious. We'll know more about this injury in the near future.|
Alshon Jeffery player page
Bears | No timetable for Kevin White Mon Aug 3, 01:54 PM
Chicago Bears WR Kevin White (shin) is still on the Physically Unable to Perform list and there is no timetable for his return, according to head coach John Fox. Fox said he considers White day-to-day at this time.
|Footballguys view: The team is going to take it easy with their potential star rookie. On the PUP list during camp, the Bears can activate him at any time. If healthy, White could win the WR2 job opposite Alshon Jeffery this year. Right now, Eddie Royal is in that spot.|
Kevin White player page
Saints | Marques Colston sees more work Mon Aug 3, 01:36 PM
New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston (undisclosed) participated in some 7-on-7 drills during practice Monday, Aug. 3. Colston said he was taking things slow during practice since he started training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
|Footballguys view: Colston is a seasoned vet, and he doesn't need a ton of reps in the preseason. We'll see him do more as the season draws closer. Fantasy owners should realize that Colston isn't quite the same as he used to be. His current ADP is WR46 (10.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Marques Colston player page
Saints | Josh Hill sitting out Monday Mon Aug 3, 01:29 PM
New Orleans Saints TE Josh Hill (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 3, but was present at practice.
|Footballguys view: The fantasy shine has come off of Hill in recent weeks. The team offered Jermaine Gresham a contract before he decided to sign with the Arizona Cardinals. There are reports that also indicate the team will employ a tight-end-by-committee featuring both Hill and Ben Watson.|
Josh Hill player page
Bills | John Conner injured Mon Aug 3, 10:33 AM
Buffalo Bills FB John Conner (hamstring) will miss approximately a week with a hamstring strain.Link to story
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Raiders | Michael Crabtree stands out Mon Aug 3, 09:44 AM
Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree has been the star of the team's first three days of training camp, according to San Francisco Chronicle writer Vic Tafur, who categorized the wide receiver position as a team strength.
|Footballguys view: The Raiders have an interesting collection of wide receivers this year. Crabtree comes across the bay in free agency, and the team selected Amari Cooper in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft. Crabtree could catch 50 passes this year for the Raiders working the middle of the field. For fantasy purposes, we see him as a WR6 going undrafted in most leagues.|
Michael Crabtree player page
Bills | LeSean McCoy adjusting to having a FB Mon Aug 3, 09:20 AM
Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy is adjusting to having a fullback in front of him for the first time since college. Bills head coach Rex Ryan believes in a physical style of football that requires a lead blocker, in this case FB Jerome Felton.
|Footballguys view: McCoy is going to easily be faster than any fullback in front of him. He'll have to get used to patiently waiting and following his lead blocker before he gets to blast to the second level of the defense.|
LeSean McCoy player page
Bills | Buffalo's QB situation unclear Mon Aug 3, 09:06 AM
The Buffalo Bills likely wish they could mold QB Matt Cassel's experience with QB Tyrod Taylor's athleticism and QB EJ Manuel's measurables to create a starting quarterback, in the opinion of The Buffalo News writer Tyler Dunne. Cassel appears to be the leader in the clubhouse among the team's quarterbacks. Manuel continues to struggle in practice, and Taylor seems indecisive at times but shows athletic traits.
|Footballguys view: Cassel has the experience, but he's got little upside as a below average starter. Manuel was the first-round pick in 2013, but he's failed to play up to his potential. Taylor is super quick and fast, plus he has a rocket arm. However, Taylor is not polished as a passer.|
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EJ Manuel player page
Redskins | Matt Jones tweaks knee Sun Aug 2, 11:59 PM
Washington Redskins RB Matt Jones (knee) had to sit out the final portion of training camp Sunday, Aug. 2, after tweaking his knee.
|Footballguys view: We'll know more about Jones' knee when injury information is released. The rookie is a favorite of the coaching staff, and there are some who think he'll carve out a decent role behind Alfred Morris this year. We're not blown away by Jones' skill set, and we recommend keeping him on your waiver wire speed dial this year. Jones won't have much fantasy value unless Morris is hurt.|
Matt Jones player page
49ers | Colin Kaepernick inconsistent Sun Aug 2, 11:46 PM
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick started training camp sharp but made mistakes later in the day Sunday, Aug. 2.
|Footballguys view: I know you're all shocked from the headline. In all seriousness, Kaepernick's biggest problem is consistency. He is not going to revolutionize the quarterback position, and he could struggle to make the fantasy impact some are expecting in 2015. Add him as a QB2 with upside. His current ADP is QB18 (12.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Colin Kaepernick player page
49ers | Reggie Bush being rested Sun Aug 2, 11:36 PM
San Francisco 49ers RB Reggie Bush was held out of training camp for the second day in a row Sunday, Aug. 2. 'I'm not going to wait to see Reggie tired and (then) give him a break,' head coach Jim Tomsula said. 'He's been doing this for a long time. Our goal is to not get Reggie tired. He's in shape.'
|Footballguys view: The veteran is going to work as a change-of-pace back behind Carlos Hyde this year. He could be in line to catch a lot of dump passes from Colin Kaepernick this season. In PPR leagues, we see Bush as a RB4.|
Reggie Bush player page
49ers | Bruce Ellington impresses in camp Sun Aug 2, 11:27 PM
San Francisco 49ers WR Bruce Ellington was impressive as the No. 3 receiver during training camp Sunday, Aug. 2, catching a long touchdown from QB Colin Kaepernick and adding an acrobatic catch down the sidelines.
|Footballguys view: Ellington has the speed to get on top of the defense. He's a big play waiting to happen, and there could be at least a gadget role for him this season. Ellington can also be used as a return man because of his quickness and agility.|
Colin Kaepernick player page
Bruce Ellington player page
Cowboys | Dez Bryant involved in scuffle Sun Aug 2, 11:10 PM
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant was reportedly involved in an altercation with CB Tyler Patmon during training camp Sunday, Aug. 2.
|Footballguys view: We're not surprised here. Bryant is one of the most passionate players in the league. That passion sometimes spills over to altercations.|
Dez Bryant player page
Panthers | Carolina waives Stephen Hill Sun Aug 2, 07:53 PM
The Carolina Panthers waived WR Stephen Hill (knee) after he tore his anterior cruciate ligament Sunday, Aug. 2.
|Footballguys view: Hill was trying to make a comeback in the NFL after disappointing with the Jets and spending last year on the Panthers practice squad. The 2012 second-round pick might get another chance in the NFL, but it's also possible that his days as a pro are done.|
Stephen Hill player page
Browns | Terrelle Pryor to start at WR? Sun Aug 2, 07:46 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor took reps with the first-team offense during training camp Sunday, Aug. 2.Link to story
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Raiders | Trent Richardson's spot in jeopardy? Sun Aug 2, 07:37 PM
Oakland Raiders RB Trent Richardson is likely competing with RB Michael Dyer for a spot on the 53-man roster, and NFL.com's Ian Rapoport puts Richardson's chances of making the final roster at 50-50.
|Footballguys view: Dyer was once at the top of FBS football when he helped Cam Newton lead Auburn to a national title in 2010. After a 1,200-yard season for Auburn in 2011, off-field issues then caused him to transfer three times. He didn't play at either Arkansas State or Arkansas Baptist, but he finally got on the field for Louisville last year and rushed for 481 yards and five touchdowns last year. He's not explosive and not proven as a receiver out of the backfield. This is the guy that could push a former top-5 pick (2012) off the Raiders roster. That speaks volumes for where Richardson is at.|
Trent Richardson player page
Texans | Ryan Mallet works with first-team Sun Aug 2, 07:16 PM
Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallet worked with the first-team offense Sunday, Aug. 2, after QB Brian Hoyer worked with the first-team Saturday, Aug. 1. 'Whenever he (Bill O'Brien) feels like someone is ready to be named the starter that's what he'll do, and whatever way it goes, I have really a lot of trust and faith in him,' Hoyer said. 'Whatever he decides will be best for the team.'
|Footballguys view: The Texans have one of the worst quarterback situations in the league. Mallet is competing with veteran journeyman Brian Hoyer for the starting job. No matter who wins, the Texans aren't going to have a high-powered passing game in 2015.|
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Jets | Geno Smith leading QB battle Sun Aug 2, 07:05 PM
New York Jets QB Geno Smith and QB Ryan Fitzpatrick have not thrown interceptions thus far in training camp, but Smith is still the leading candidate to open the year as the starter.
|Footballguys view: Smith finished last year with a 358, three-touchdown performance against the Dolphins. This year, Smith will be working under new OC Chan Gailey and could work well in the spread system. Fitzpatrick had his best years under Gailey during their time together in Buffalo, and he's going to push Smith throughout training camp.|
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Steelers | Martavis Bryant has elbow infection Sun Aug 2, 03:53 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant (elbow) will undergo a procedure for an elbow infection that will cause him to miss the Hall of Fame Game Sunday, Aug. 9, against the Minnesota Vikings. He is expected to be sidelined for seven to 10 days because of an infection caused by an ingrown hair.
|Footballguys view: This just sounds painful. Bryant will be shut down for a week or so, but he's set to be ready for Week 3 of the preseason at the latest. The second-year pro makes for a nice WR3 with upside for fantasy owners.|
Martavis Bryant player page
Steelers | Jawon Chisholm signed Sun Aug 2, 03:09 PM
The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed rookie free-agent RB Jawon Chisholm (Akron).Link to story
Steelers | Ross Scheuerman waived Sun Aug 2, 03:00 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Ross Scheuerman (Achilles') was waived/injured Sunday, Aug. 2.Link to story
Steelers | Michael Egnew released Sun Aug 2, 02:52 PM
The Pittsburgh Steelers have released TE Michael Egnew.Link to story
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Panthers | Stephen Hill has ACL injury Sun Aug 2, 11:52 AM
Carolina Panthers WR Stephen Hill (knee) has an ACL injury, according to assistant head coach Steve Wilks Sunday, Aug. 2.
|Footballguys view: Bad news for a wide receiver trying to make a comeback of sorts in the NFL. Hill spent last year on the Panthers practice squad after washing out with the Jets. A second-round pick in 2012, Hill has a nice size/speed combination but he's never been able to put it together.|
Stephen Hill player page
Eagles | Sam Bradford has no restrictions Sun Aug 2, 11:50 AM
Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford (knee) has been cleared for 11-on-11 drills Sunday, Aug. 2, and head coach Chip Kelly told reporters the quarterback doesn't have any restrictions.
|Footballguys view: That's got to be considered a win after Bradford's offseason items were generally negative. He still has to beat Mark Sanchez in a QB competition that has gone under the radar so far in the NFL news churn. Bradford being fully cleared does give him no excuse to not clearly outplay Sanchez.|
Sam Bradford player page
Panthers | Paul Browning signs Sun Aug 2, 10:06 AM
The Carolina Panthers signed free-agent WR Paul Browning Sunday, Aug. 2. Browning is expected to take WR Stephen Hill's roster spot.
|Footballguys view: Hill's injury could be the end of a story that held a lot of promise and delivered few shining moments. Hill is poised to be the most prominent exhibit in the case against looking at measureables without context of football skills as the key to deciphering a player's future.|
Stephen Hill player page
Ravens | Marlon Brown considered day-to-day Sun Aug 2, 09:18 AM
Baltimore Ravens WR Marlon Brown (back) is regarded as day-to-day.Link to story
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Ravens | Breshad Perriman will need more time Sun Aug 2, 09:18 AM
Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman (knee) may take more time than the team initially hoped he'd need to recover from a bruised knee. The injury is still not regarded as long-term at this point.
|Footballguys view: These practices and reps could be the difference between a hot and slow start for a raw rookie like Perriman. There's no reason to move him down your board yet, but if this lingers and costs him preseason games, it can't be seen as a positive.|
Breshad Perriman player page
Redskins | Jordan Reed trying to shed label Sun Aug 2, 08:10 AM
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed is ready to shed the narrative that he is injury prone. Reed has missed a total of 12 games over his first two seasons in the NFL. 'Right now I'm staying positive and I feel like the injuries are in my past and I'm moving on,' Reed said. 'I just need to focus on maintenance of my body. I won't let nagging injuries catch up to me. I've made some changes, and I'll be ready,' said Reed.
|Footballguys view: Reed got a stem cell injection this offseason for his hamstring and knee issues. While it could help, it is not a good sign about Reed's injury outlook. Niles Paul was re-signed by Washington this offseason and could easily end up being the more valuable tight end for fantasy leagues.|
Jordan Reed player page
Cowboys | Joseph Randle polishing his game Sat Aug 1, 10:38 PM
Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle said he is working on his pass protection skills as he tries to improve on the intangibles he will need to win the starting running back job.
|Footballguys view: Randle is the frontrunner to win the starting job in Dallas, and that would make him a fine RB2 for fantasy owners. The Cowboys have an incredible offensive line, and Randle should have plenty of room to run.|
Joseph Randle player page
Redskins | Jamison Crowder making plays Sat Aug 1, 10:25 PM
Washington Redskins WR Jamison Crowder has stood out in training camp, and he was on the receiving end of a 50-yard pass from QB Kirk Cousins Friday, July 31. 'He has done a great job,' head coach Gruden said. 'He's very smart. He went to Duke and understands the passing game, understands route concepts. He has got good, strong hands, [is] very quick in and out of breaks. But he does have a role as a punt returner, for sure.'
|Footballguys view: The rookie from Duke has drawn comparisons to Eddie Royal because of his ability to make defenders miss in the open field. We're not expecting much from Crowder yet for fantasy purposes. The Washington QB situation has to play out before we get too excited about Crowder. Add him and monitor him in dynasty leagues.|
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Steelers | Pittsburgh loses two RBs Saturday Sat Aug 1, 08:45 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Josh Harris (shoulder) and RB Ross Scheuerman (Achilles') were unable to finish practice Saturday, Aug. 1.Link to story
Josh Harris player page
Chiefs | Jamaal Charles used in passing game Sat Aug 1, 08:27 PM
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles was emphasized in the screen game during practice Saturday, Aug. 1, and in one drill, nine straight passes were thrown to running backs.
|Footballguys view: The Chiefs didn't throw a touchdown to a wide receiver at all last year. The arrival of Jeremy Maclin should change that, but this team is still going to target Charles plenty as a receiver out of the backfield.|
Jamaal Charles player page
Chiefs | Jeremy Maclin stretching the field Sat Aug 1, 08:17 PM
Kansas City Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin caught a long pass from QB Alex Smith on the second play of training camp Saturday, Aug. 1, and he caught a few more deep balls during the day. 'We've got a new weapon,' Smith said. 'We've got to test it out a little bit. We've known for a while what we've got with him.'
|Footballguys view: That's what Maclin does. He's a vertical threat with the ability to make defenders miss after the catch. We like him as a high-end WR3 with upside for fantasy owners this year.|
Alex Smith player page
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Packers | Ty Montgomery shows versatility Sat Aug 1, 07:54 PM
Green Bay Packers WR Ty Montgomery was a standout in the team's first full-pads practice of training camp Saturday, Aug. 1. Montgomery showed his speed on an end around early in practice and as the No. 1 kickoff returner. He also made an acrobatic catch in which he out jumped fellow rookie CB LaDarius Gunter.
|Footballguys view: Stanford had a quality playmaker in Montgomery. He's got a powerful stride and can pull away from defenders with the ball in his hands. Montgomery is raw as a route-runner, and with 16 drops over the last three seasons his concentration needs to improve.|
Ty Montgomery player page
Titans | Hakeem Nicks plans to practice Sunday Sat Aug 1, 07:00 PM
Updating a previous story, Tennessee Titans WR Hakeem Nicks (leg) plans to practice Sunday, Aug. 2, after leaving the field Saturday.
|Footballguys view: We'll see how the old man's body responds to this leg injury. Nicks is currently running with the 1st-team offense, but we expect rookie Dorial Green-Beckham to take over on the outside at some point.|
Hakeem Nicks player page
Bears | Kevin White making progress Sat Aug 1, 06:06 PM
Chicago Bears WR Kevin White (shin) has been doing some cardio work, according to head coach John Fox Saturday, Aug. 1, and White is making progress.
|Footballguys view: White should end up as one of the best receivers in this draft class. He's fast, quick and can toy with defenders in the open field. This shin problem has slowed him down in camp, and this has slowed his development. He could end up as the WR2 opposite Alshon Jeffery in Chicago. Eddie Royal is best suited to play as their slot receiver.|
Kevin White player page
Titans | Hakeem Nicks goes to locker room Sat Aug 1, 06:05 PM
Tennessee Titans WR Hakeem Nicks left the field Saturday, Aug. 1, and was seen holding his hand to his right leg on his way to the locker room.
|Footballguys view: We'll know more about Nicks in the near future. He has been running with the first-team offense early on in Titans camp.|
Hakeem Nicks player page
Jets | Devin Smith has punctured lung Sat Aug 1, 05:58 PM
Updating a previous story, New York Jets WR Devin Smith (ribs) has a partially punctured lung to go along with broken ribs.
|Footballguys view: Holy cow. The hits just keep on coming. Smith is going to be around two months.|
Devin Smith player page