Fantasy Football News & Views
Chargers | Philip Rivers doesn't play Sun Aug 20, 11:41 PM
Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers was was held out of the preseason game against the New Orleans Saints Sunday, Aug. 20. QB Kellen Clemens started and completed 10 of his 17 pass attempts for 99 yards and rushed three times for 26 yards.Link to story
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Saints | Drew Brees sits out Sun Aug 20, 11:26 PM
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees was held out of the preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday, Aug. 20. QB Chase Daniel started and completed seven of his 12 pass attempts for 80 yards.Link to story
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Chargers | No running room for Melvin Gordon Sun Aug 20, 11:14 PM
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon rushed five times for eight yards in a 13-7 loss to the New Orleans Saints in the preseason Sunday, Aug. 20.Link to story
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Saints | Alvin Kamara shines Sunday Sun Aug 20, 10:54 PM
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara had five carries for 61 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown, and one catch for 22 yards against the Los Angeles Chargers in the preseason Sunday, Aug. 20.Link to story
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Buccaneers | O.J. Howard finding a rhythm Sun Aug 20, 10:31 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard showed improved chemistry with QB Jameis Winston during practice Sunday, Aug. 20, according to Mark Cook of PewterReport.com.Link to story
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Cowboys | Dak Prescott in sync with Dez Bryant Sun Aug 20, 10:08 PM
Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott said having WR Dez Bryant healthy all offseason has allowed their 'chemistry' to grow.Link to story
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Steelers | Rough start for Joshua Dobbs Sun Aug 20, 09:39 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Joshua Dobbs started the preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Aug. 20, completing 10 of his 19 passes for 70 yards and an interception.Link to story
Falcons | Matt Ryan sharp in brief stint Sun Aug 20, 09:33 PM
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan led a touchdown drive in his only series against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the preseason Sunday, Aug. 20, completing four of his six passes for 57 yards.Link to story
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Falcons | Terron Ward aiming to be No. 3 back Sun Aug 20, 09:28 PM
Atlanta Falcons RB Terron Ward had nine carries for 37 yards and a touchdown in a 17-13 preseason loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, Aug. 20, and RB Brian Hill had seven carries for 14 yards. Ward and Hill are competing for the third running back spot.Link to story
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Steelers | Martavis Bryant back on the field Sun Aug 20, 09:19 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant saw his first game action in 18 months, finishing with two catches for 20 yards in a 17-13 preseason win over the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Aug. 20.Link to story
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Bills | Anquan Boldin retires Sun Aug 20, 09:01 PM
Buffalo Bills WR Anquan Boldin announced Sunday, Aug. 20, that he has decided to retire from the NFL.
|Footballguys view: Boldin's fantasy outlook was getting interesting with Jordan Matthews hurt after Sammy Watkins was traded, but he didn't seem to be too interested in seeing where the Bills season was going. He could be signed later in the year by a contender if he is willing to come out of retirement.|
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Steelers | James Conner rushed for 98 yards Sun Aug 20, 07:37 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner rushed for 98 yards on 20 carries in the preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Aug. 20.
|Footballguys view: Conner's performance wasn't as good as his numbers, but at least he held up under a heavy workload. The Steelers could employ an RBBC if Le'Veon Bell goes down unless Conner distinguishes himself in the remainder of the preseason.|
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Jaguars | Leonard Fournette, T.J. Yeldon sit Sunday Sun Aug 20, 06:50 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars RBs Leonard Fournette (foot) and T.J. Yeldon (hamstring) did not participate in practice Sunday, Aug. 20.Link to story
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Vikings | Minnesota adds Mitch Leidner Sun Aug 20, 06:20 PM
Undrafted free-agent QB Mitch Leidner (Minnesota) signed with the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Aug. 20. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Link to story
Bills | Rory Anderson joins Buffalo Sun Aug 20, 06:12 PM
Free-agent TE Rory Anderson (Bears) signed with the Buffalo Bills Sunday, Aug. 20. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also waived/injured TE Jason Croom (ankle).Link to story
Ravens | Chris Matthews back at practice Sun Aug 20, 05:50 PM
Baltimore Ravens WR Chris Matthews (undisclosed) participated in practice Sunday, Aug. 20.Link to story
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Ravens | Danny Woodhead sits out again Sun Aug 20, 05:49 PM
Baltimore Ravens RB Danny Woodhead (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Sunday, Aug. 20.Link to story
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Ravens | Kenny Bell waived from IR Sun Aug 20, 05:29 PM
Baltimore Ravens WR Kenny Bell (hamstring) was waived from the Reserve/Injured list Sunday, Aug. 20.Link to story
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Chiefs | Patrick Mahomes throws for two TDs Sun Aug 20, 05:28 PM
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes went 10-for-14 for 88 yards and two touchdowns in the preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals Saturday, Aug. 19.
|Footballguys view: Mahomes was magnificent on a play outside of the pocket and showed abilities outside of play structure that Alex Smith hasn't shown in his career. The outlook of players like Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce in dynasty leagues continues to get brighter.|
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Titans | Corey Davis making progress Sun Aug 20, 05:17 PM
Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis (hamstring) is making progress in his recovery from a hamstring injury and has a chance to play in the final preseason game, according to head coach Mike Mularkey.Link to story
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Redskins | Jordan Reed activated Sun Aug 20, 05:12 PM
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (toe) was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list Sunday, Aug. 20.
|Footballguys view: Reed has been dropping steadily on draft boards since he was put on the PUP but at least this is a sign that the team expects him to be ready during the first month of the season. Hopefully, he'll play and look like his typical self next week. If so, he presents a potentially huge value in the fifth or later if he just plays 11-13 games and doesn't miss the fantasy playoffs.|
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Titans | Rishard Matthews misses preseason game Sun Aug 20, 05:03 PM
Tennessee Titans WR Rishard Matthews was excused from the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 19, because of personal reasons but should rejoin the team Monday, Aug. 21.Link to story
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Titans | Tajae Sharpe to work out Monday Sun Aug 20, 04:55 PM
Tennessee Titans WR Tajae Sharpe (foot) is scheduled to work out Monday, Aug. 21. He is still on the Physically Unable to Perform list, but head coach Mike Mularkey said Sharpe is close to returning to practice.Link to story
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Titans | Eric Decker may play in next game Sun Aug 20, 04:45 PM
Tennessee Titans WR Eric Decker (ankle) has a chance to play in the third preseason game, according to head coach Mike Mularkey.
|Footballguys view: This is a minor injury by most indications, but seeing Decker play next week would go a long way towards easing any concerns about the season opener against Oakland. All three of the Titans wide receivers have potential to be values, but Rishard Matthews is the healthiest (and latest drafted) right now.|
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Chiefs | Alex Smith has solid outing Sun Aug 20, 04:28 PM
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith went 8-for-9 for 83 yards and one touchdown in the preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals Saturday, Aug. 19.
|Footballguys view: Smith has had a good camp and preseason. He doesn't maximize the value of his targets, but he seems prepared to play about as well as he can this year. He's still on the fringe of draftable quarterbacks in typical leagues.|
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Chiefs | Charcandrick West surpasses 100-yard mark Sun Aug 20, 04:22 PM
Kansas City Chiefs RB Charcandrick West rushed for 113 yards on seven carries in the preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals Saturday, Aug. 19.
|Footballguys view: West is cementing his roster spot, but will likely be the third running back and could share that role with CJ Spiller.|
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Ravens | Joe Flacco ruled out for another week Sun Aug 20, 03:18 PM
Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco (back) will not return until Sunday, Aug. 27, at the earliest, according to ESPN's Jamison Hensley.
|Footballguys view: The Ravens offense is already having to deal with injury problems at wide receiver and tight end, in addition to less than optimal situations at center and right tackle. Flacco back issue might be enough to fade this whole offense, with the exception of Danny Woodhead, who would benefit the most of an inability to establish a downfield passing game.|
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Bills | Rod Streater in limbo Sun Aug 20, 03:11 PM
Buffalo Bills WR Rod Streater (leg) is uncertain whether or not he'll need surgery on the leg injury he suffered against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, Aug. 17.Link to story
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Bills | Jordan Matthews gets in individual work Sun Aug 20, 02:51 PM
Buffalo Bills WR Jordan Matthews (chest) was spotted in a helmet but was not in pads Sunday, Aug. 20, catching passes with the rest of his position group during individual work, according to WGR Sport Radio 550's Sal Capaccio.
|Footballguys view: Matthews will be limited for a bit as he recovers from a chest injury. The fit with the Bills pass offense isn't great and his fantasy value is dropping by the day.|
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Cowboys | Ezekiel Elliott could some snaps next week Sun Aug 20, 02:34 PM
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott might be available for 'a few snaps' in the team's third preseason game versus the Oakland Raiders on Saturday, Aug. 26, according to team owner Jerry Jones.Link to story
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Chiefs | C.J. Spiller making push for roster spot Sun Aug 20, 12:03 PM
Kansas City Chiefs RB C.J. Spiller 'looks like his old, blazing-fast self' and may force the team to for running backs on the 53-man roster, according to the Kansas City Star's Terez A. Paylor.
|Footballguys view: Spiller doesn't have fantasy relevance without multiple injuries in the Chiefs backfield, but if he is good enough to justify a roster spot, that's a reason to monitor him in deep dynasty leagues.|
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Jets | Christian Hackenberg gets a pass Sun Aug 20, 11:51 AM
Updating a previous report, New York Jets QB Christian Hackenberg went 2-of-6 for 14 yards against the Detroit Lions on Saturday, Aug. 19, but head coach Todd Bowles put most of the blame for the team's ineptitude on the offensive line.Link to story
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Eagles | LeGarrette Blount not guaranteed roster spot Sun Aug 20, 11:44 AM
Philadelphia Eagles RB LeGarrette Blount has struggled to get to the corner on off-tackle runs and has only nine carries for 17 yards through two preseason games, leading Matt Lombardo of NJ.com to conclude Blount may be among the team's cuts this summer.
|Footballguys view: Blount wasn't exactly impressive scoring 18 touchdowns last year - they were mostly a product of the Patriots offense dominance. It's difficult to make a strong case for drafting Blount at ADP.|
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Jaguars | DuJuan Harris joins Jacksonville Sun Aug 20, 11:34 AM
Free-agent RB DuJuan Harris (49ers) reportedly signed an undisclosed contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, Aug. 20.Link to story
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Eagles | Alshon Jeffery playing catch-up Sun Aug 20, 11:23 AM
Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery did not practice for about a week and a half during training camp in the preseason or participate in team drills, leading wide receivers coach Mike Groh to conclude Jeffery was 'behind' his teammates when it comes to his knowledge of the playbook.
|Footballguys view: Jeffery's ceiling is 2nd-3rd value based on past production, but his connection with Carson Wentz is crucial and this isn't a positive note. Zach Ertz could lead this team in targets out of the gate.|
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Broncos | Trevor Siemian the 'clear frontrunner' Sun Aug 20, 11:08 AM
Denver Broncos QB Trevor Siemian went 8-of-11 for 93 yards and a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday, Aug. 19, and appears to be the 'clear frontrunner' in the race to win the starting quarterback job in Denver.
|Footballguys view: This is bad news for the Denver offense insomuch as Siemian isn't going to add a lot of value with arm strength or improvisational plays. He's only worth looking at in superflex or 2QB leagues.|
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Dolphins | Isaiah Ford placed on injured reserve Sun Aug 20, 10:13 AM
The Miami Dolphins placed WR Isaiah Ford (knee) on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Aug. 19.Link to story
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Titans | Corey Davis still sidelined Sun Aug 20, 10:08 AM
Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis (hamstring) did not play in the preseason game against the Carolina Panthers Saturday, Aug. 20, and head coach Mike Mularkey said it is unlikely that he will play next week.
|Footballguys view: He could still return for the fourth preseason game, which would be very reassuring for this regular season outlook if he does it without incident. The Titans made Davis one of their starting two wide receiver after he missed most of the spring, so chances are they will do that again once he is healthy. He's a high ceiling pick in the mid-rounds.|
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Panthers | Brenton Bersin injures shoulder Sun Aug 20, 10:02 AM
Carolina Panthers WR Brenton Bersin (shoulder) did not return to the preseason game against the Tennessee Titans Saturday, Aug. 19, after sustaining a shoulder injury.Link to story
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Titans | Jalston Fowler has minor quad injury Sun Aug 20, 09:54 AM
Tennessee Titans FB Jalston Fowler (quadriceps) sustained a minor quadriceps bruise in the preseason game against the Carolina Panthers Saturday, Aug. 19.Link to story
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Vikings | Latavius Murray could play next Sunday Sun Aug 20, 09:34 AM
Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) is expected to play in the preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Aug. 27, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. He had missed both of the team's first two exhibition contests.
|Footballguys view: Murray has lost his place atop this backfield, and at this point he has to show his usefulness to have any kind of regular role. He could be a short yardage and goal line specialist, but he's not clearly worth a draft pick in typical leagues right now.|
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Texans | Bruce Ellington explodes for big game Sun Aug 20, 12:59 AM
Houston Texans RB Bruce Ellington caught four passes for 93 yards in a 27-23 win over the New England Patriots in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 19.
|Footballguys view: Ellington wasn't able to stick on a roster this summer, but all of the sudden has played himself into the slot receiver battle on the Texans wide receiver experience deficient roster. He doesn't have redraft value, but should be on your deep dynasty radar.|
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Texans | Tom Savage plays well Sun Aug 20, 12:50 AM
Houston Texans QB Tom Savage completed eight of his nine passes for 98 yards and a touchdown in a 27-23 win over the New England Patriots in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 19.
|Footballguys view: Savage is pedestrian, but better than Brock Osweiler. While Deshaun Watson's stats and highlights were gaudy, the conservative Texans will likely stick with Savage longer than we would want in fantasy. He could still be a lot better for DeAndre Hopkins than Osweiler was, although Savage riffed best with new addition Bruce Ellington in this one.|
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Patriots | Rex Burkhead steps up Sun Aug 20, 12:39 AM
New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead worked with the starters in a 27-23 loss to the Houston Texans in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 19, finishing with seven carries for 20 yards and three catches for 50 yards and a touchdown.
|Footballguys view: Burkhead was sensational on his touchdown catch, leaving a linebacker standing still and bursting into the open field for an easy score. If Mike Gillislee's hamstring remains a problem, Burkhead could be one of biggest steals of 2017 drafts.|
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Patriots | Tom Brady sharp Saturday Sun Aug 20, 12:29 AM
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady completed six of his nine passing attempts for 67 yards and a touchdown in 27-23 loss to the Houston Texans in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 19.Link to story
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Redskins | Jamison Crowder a popular target Sun Aug 20, 12:17 AM
Washington Redskins WR Jamison Crowder had two catches on a team-high five targets for eight yards in a 21-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers Saturday, Aug. 19.Jamison Crowder player page
Redskins | Quiet debut for Josh Doctson Sun Aug 20, 12:11 AM
Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson (hamstring) made his preseason debut Saturday, Aug. 19, and finished with one catch for 12 yards in a 21-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers, and John Keim of ESPN.com believes Doctson and QB Kirk Cousins need more time to work together to develop trust.
|Footballguys view: Doctson is more of a bench stash at this point, but a worthy one with his athletic talent, the Washington offense's ability to support three wide receivers, Jordan Reed's injury history, and Terrelle Pryor's lack of experience with Cousins. It will take patience, but don't give up on Doctson early as long as he is healthy.|
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Redskins | Kirk Cousins off the mark Sun Aug 20, 12:02 AM
Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins completed 14 of his 23 pass attempts for 144 yards and a touchdown in a 21-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers in the preseason Saturday. Aug. 19.
|Footballguys view: Perine doesn't look like he is completely on the same page as Terrelle Pryor and Josh Doctson. There is room for improvement and Jordan Reed is back, but it could be rough against Philadelphia in Week 1. The Rams and Raiders in Week 2 and 3 present more beatable opponents on defense.|
Kirk Cousins player page
Redskins | Samaje Perine runs well Sat Aug 19, 11:54 PM
Washington Redskins RB Samaje Perine had eight carries for 45 yards and one catch for 29 yards against the Green Bay Packers in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 19.
|Footballguys view: Perine is hearing the messages from the coaches and starting to think less and play better. With his latest ADP drop he can still be a great pick in leagues with long benches, which make being patient and having less waiver wire flexibility early less harmful.|
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Redskins | No running room for Rob Kelley Sat Aug 19, 10:33 PM
Washington Redskins RB Rob Kelley had nine carries for nine yards and one catch for five yards against the Green Bay Packers in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 19.
|Footballguys view: Kelley didn't get out of neutral but the Washington offense in general was an issue. Kelley is still cheap for a starting running back, but this only strengthens the notion that Samaje Perine will take over at some point.|
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