GRIDIRON GANG VI (ID# 102863)
  • Joe Philbin still 'encouraged' by WR Gibson
    Dolphins coach Joe Philbin remains "encouraged" by the way Brandon Gibson has returned from last year's patellar tendon tear.

    Advice: "I think he's a quarterback-friendly guy," Philbin said Thursday. "He's got very good hands and he's smart. He can read coverages, understands the leverage." Philbin's comments should put to rest the talk that Gibson might get left off the 53-man roster. Although he's now rotating with rookie Jarvis Landry in the slot, Gibson can still be considered Miami's No. 3 receiver. Rotoworld.com
    44 minutes ago
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.96 (188th)
  • Kenny Britt sitting with a shoulder 'ding'
    Kenny Britt will sit out this weekend's preseason game against the Browns with a shoulder "ding."

    Advice: He suffered the injury against the Packers last weekend. It likely means that Britt's preseason is over, as starters don't typically run in the fourth affair. Britt finishes August with one catch for five yards, but appears to be the Rams' de facto No. 1 receiver. Still only 26 (next month), he's worth a flier as a WR5/6 despite his horrid 2013 in Tennessee. Rotoworld.com
    50 minutes ago
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.22 (123rd)
  • Robert Woods 'MVP' of Bills training camp
    BuffaloBills.com calls Robert Woods the MVP of training camp.

    Advice: Woods ran with the second team in the Bills' first two preseason games before being elevated to the first team in Sammy Watkins' absence last weekend. He'll open the season behind Watkins and Mike Williams on the depth chart, but is going to get plenty of run in three-receiver sets. We's a WR4/5 for fantasy purposes. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:47 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.20 (223rd)
  • Stevie Johnson not a lock for No. 3 duties
    CSN Bay Area doesn't consider WR Stevie Johnson a lock to win the 49ers' No. 3 job.

    Advice: Johnson is facing tougher than expected competition from fellow veteran Brandon Lloyd. Per reporter Matt Maiocco, Johnson has yet to develop chemistry with Colin Kaepernick. Maiocco believes Johnson would have to take a pay-cut from his $3.925 million salary if he can't nail down No. 3 duties. In that scenario, Johnson could be best off calling the 49ers' bluff and hitting the open market. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:32 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.98 (1790th)
  • Isaiah Pead clears waivers, heads to I.R.
    Rams RB Isaiah Pead (torn ACL) has cleared waivers, and reverted to injured reserve.

    Advice: Pead is under contract through 2015, but didn't show enough through his first two years in the league for a team to take a chance on him as he recovers from a major knee injury. Pead will be on the outside looking in of the 53-man roster next summer. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:03 pm
    Injured Reserve
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1956th)
  • Derek Carr sitting out third preseason game
    Derek Carr (ribs) will sit out Friday's preseason game against the Packers.

    Advice: It's a major missed opportunity for the second-round signal caller, who could have put heat on struggling starter Matt Schaub with a strong performance in the Raiders' regular-season dress rehearsal. Schaub is now all but guaranteed to be under center come Week 1. Carr will probably still make starts sooner rather than later. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:55 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    64.26 (2654th)
  • Steelers: We're serious about no-huddle
    The Steelers insist they're committed to running more no-huddle offense this season.

    Advice: "We practice it all the time," C Maurkice Pouncey said. "It's big for us," were the words of Antonio Brown. "(It's) going to be a key for us this year to get things going fast and catch defenses off-balance and let Ben (Roethlisberger) pick and read his reads, and it gives us the opportunity to play fast." The Steelers' pledges to run more no-huddle used to ring hollow, but they should be serious this time after it helped turn around their 2013. It's not outside the realm of possibility that Roethlisberger matches last year's top-eight fantasy finish. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:29 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    995.86 (34th)
  • Patriots waive two players
    Patriots waived TE D.J. Williams and DT Marcus Forston.

    Advice: Williams had been sidelined for over two weeks with a leg injury. We suppose his release could be a vote of confidence in Rob Gronkowski's health, but Williams was always a roster long-shot. One month shy of his 26th birthday, Williams hasn't caught a pass since 2012. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:04 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.23 (2476th)
  • Falcons reunite with WR Eric Weems
    Falcons signed WR Eric Weems, formerly of the Bears.

    Advice: Weems was released by the Bears last Saturday. Weems spent the first five years of his career in Atlanta, and could round out the Falcons' receiver corps as a linchpin special teamer. The news comes the same day the Falcons revealed Drew Davis (foot) will begin the year on the PUP list. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:49 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.26 (2606th)
  • Jamaal Charles back at Chiefs practice Thurs.
    Jamaal Charles (bruised foot) returned to Chiefs practice Thursday.

    Advice: Charles will sit out Saturday's preseason game against the Vikings, but is over his dorm-room "injury." As you were. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:40 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.94 (3rd)
  • PIT letting NFL handle Bell/Blount discipline
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the Steelers plan to let the league "handle any disciplinary measures" following Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount's Wednesday arrest.

    Advice: In other words, they won't be suspended any time soon. The NFL's wheels of justice move slowly. As previously reported, both players are suiting up for Thursday's preseason game. Coach Mike Tomlin believed it would be a "reward" to suspend players for an exhibition game. What a ringing endorsement for the preseason. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:17 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.43 (36th)
  • Carroll: RB Michael 'most improved player'
    Speaking Thursday, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll called Christine Michael the "most-improved player on the team."

    Advice: They're well-timed comments for fantasy owners, as Michael has been running as the Seahawks' No. 3 running back this summer. Carroll's remarks are a reminder that the Seahawks remain bullish on their 2013 second-rounder. Michael's game is not as well-rounded as Turbin's at the moment, but he boasts rare raw-rushing ability. Michael could still make a 2014 impact. Dynasty-league owners have to remain patient. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:08 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.68 (2303rd)
  • Drew Davis (foot) to begin year on PUP list
    Falcons WR Drew Davis (foot surgery) will begin the year on the reserve/PUP list.

    Advice: The earliest he can return is Week 7. Davis went under the knife shortly after minicamp. He'll return as the Falcons' No. 4 or 5 receiver, and without fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:52 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2102nd)
  • Owen Daniels still out with 'leg soreness'
    Ravens TE Owen Daniels remains sidelined indefinitely with "leg soreness."

    Advice: Daniels has now been sidelined a week, and will miss Saturday's regular-season dress rehearsal. The Ravens initially insisted Daniels was just "resting," but there's something else at play. ESPN's Jamison Hensley reported earlier this month that Daniels had "no burst getting off the line," and was having trouble "getting separation in training camp." It's quite possible Daniels isn't over the broken leg that wrecked his 2013. He's no threat to Dennis Pitta's target totals. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:35 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.75 (272nd)
  • Emmanuel Sanders returns to practice
    Emmanuel Sanders (thigh) returned to practice Thursday.

    Advice: Sanders now has a chance to suit up for Saturday night's third preseason game against the Texans. He didn't see a target while playing 21 snaps in his only preseason performance so far, the opener. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:50 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.48 (101st)
  • Greg Olsen to play on Friday vs. Patriots
    Greg Olsen (calf) is expected to play in Friday's preseason game against the Patriots.

    Advice: Olsen sat out last week's game as a precaution. The low-upside back-end TE1 will likely stay out there as long as Cam Newton does Friday night. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:19 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.57 (83rd)
  • Tomlin plans to play Blount, Bell Thursday
    Coach Mike Tomlin plans to play both Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles.

    Advice: It confirms Tomlin isn't overly concerned with the marijuana-related incident that went down Wednesday afternoon. He said that jobs will be decided in this game, and the whole team shouldn't suffer from the running backs' silly mistake. Even if the NFL does want to slap a one-game suspension on Bell or Blount, they wouldn't do so until the case makes its way through the legal system. That is unlikely to happen before the season is over. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:11 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.36 (233rd)
  • Big Ben: Wheaton will surprise people
    Ben Roethlisberger thinks Markus Wheaton is "going to surprise a lot of people."

    Advice: With Emmanuel Sanders gone, Wheaton has been running as the starting "X" for the entire offseason and into camp. He's coming along nicely in his second NFL season, highlighted by a toe-tapping touchdown against the Bills last week. "He's definitely on the same page with Ben, and, anytime you're on the same page with Ben, there is a good opportunity," said teammate Antonio Brown. Speedy Wheaton has the ability to eclipse the 67-740-6 line Sanders posted as Roethlisberger's "X" last year. He's a prime sleeper. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:33 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.72 (111th)
  • Larry Donnell favored to start Week 1 at TE
    Larry Donnell remains the favorite to start at tight end Week 1.

    Advice: It speaks to the Giants' state of the position. A former UDFA out of Grambling, Donnell can't run and has three career catches. Expect him to rotate with Daniel Fells, Kellen Davis and Adrien Robinson. It's a fantasy black hole. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:27 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.45 (232nd)
  • Any discipline for Le'Veon won't come soon
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount "probably face no more than a one-game suspension and that won't come anytime soon."

    Advice: There's plenty of precedent here that will allow Bell and Blount to suit up for the entire season. In cases like this pending marijuana possession charge, the NFL waits for the legal process to play out before handing down discipline under the personal conduct policy. Lawyers won't have a problem delaying any proceedings. Note that Dwayne Bowe was caught with marijuana in a car last November, and didn't get hit with his one-game ban until last week. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:42 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.43 (36th)
  • Goal-line fade to Justin Hunter 'unstoppable'
    The Tennessean says the goal-line fade to Justin Hunter has been "all but unstoppable" at camp.

    Advice: "When the Titans get anywhere near the goal line, quarterback Jake Locker simply lofts a soft spiral toward the corner of the end zone," says beat man John Glennon. At 6-foot-4 with excellent ball skills and a sparkling 39.5-inch vertical, Hunter is a no-brainer target over the diminutive Kendall Wright. On his 30 career NFL catches (between preseason and regular season), he has an incredible eight touchdowns. Hunter is shaping up as a prime breakout candidate this season, especially in TD-heavy formats. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:19 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.21 (145th)
  • Le'Veon Bell pays own way to Philly
    Le'Veon Bell paid his own way to Philadelphia and has joined his teammates for Thursday night's preseason game.

    Advice: LeGarrette Blount did not have to go to the hospital to get his blood drawn on suspicion of DUI, so he did get to the team charter on time Wednesday following the afternoon incident. It's unclear if either running back will be suiting up against the Eagles. Regardless, we're not expecting this case to be adjudicated in time to affect their playing status for this season. Dwayne Bowe was caught in a similar spot with marijuana in November, and his one-game ban wasn't handed down until last week. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:02 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.43 (36th)
  • Peyton Hillis still not back at practice
    Peyton Hillis (foot, ankle) has been out of practice for more than two weeks.

    Advice: Hillis is in a battle with Michael Cox and Kendall Gaskins for the third running back spot behind Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams. He won't win the job without getting back on the field soon. The painfully slow Hillis has averaged 3.58 YPC over his last 319 NFL carries. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:16 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.96 (2300th)
  • Miles Austin will start if he's healthy
    Miles Austin remains penned in as a starting outside receiver.

    Advice: While Josh Gordon is suspended, Austin will be the No. 1 outside receiver. That alone makes him a sleeper, but expectations should be held in check. Austin has been ineffective even when on the field over the last few years, and the Browns are going to play a Ground 'N Pound ball control style. Austin has played on 36 preseason snaps and produced one catch for 13 yards on three targets. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:45 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.93 (198th)
  • Bucs playing far more 12 than last year
    The Bucs have used "12" personnel on 32 percent of their preseason snaps, well above the NFL average of 21 percent.

    Advice: Last year, the Bucs used two-tight end sets less than 10 percent of the time, according to Football Outsiders. The Lovie Smith regime has come in and made the position a priority, drafting Austin Seferian-Jenkins 38th overall and signing Brandon Myers. At 6'5/262 with unique leaping ability, ASJ has a real shot to emerge as the No. 3 target for Josh McCown -- especially in the red zone. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:26 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.81 (1923rd)
  • No package of plays for Manziel off bench
    Coach Mike Pettine said there are no plans to develop a package of plays for Johnny Manziel off the bench.

    Advice: Pettine has no intention to go down a Michael Vick/Donovan McNabb path with Manziel and Hoyer. It makes sense, as Johnny Football's running skills are far better suited to improvisation than script. Pettine declined to tip his hand as to when Manziel will make his NFL debut. "You could see a scenario where he doesn't play this year, and then there are other scenarios that are absolutely possible as well. It's hard to tell," the first-year coach said. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:01 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    27.30 (2657th)
  • Montee Ball does some 7-on-7 work
    Montee Ball (appendectomy) did some 7-on-7 work with the starters Wednesday.

    Advice: Ball just returned to practice Tuesday, yet is already making quick progress. With more than two weeks to go before Week 1, his status is not in doubt. We may even get a look at Ball for some limited work in the fourth preseason game. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:57 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.88 (20th)
  • Le'Veon doesn't travel for 3rd preseason game
    Following Wednesday's marijuana and DUI arrest, Le'Veon Bell did not travel with the Steelers for Thursday night's third preseason game at Philadelphia.

    Advice: LeGarrette Blount did make the trip after being arrested as well. There could be some significance to this, but we're not adjusting our rankings yet, and may not at any point. The NFL tends to take a long time to hand down discipline, and Bell has no history of violating league policy. He was considered a high-character prospect coming out of Michigan State in the 2013 draft. It's entirely possible Bell will be available for the entire 2014 season with no adjustment to his role. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:41 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.43 (36th)
  • Montee Ball may play in preseason finale
    After attending the Broncos-Texans joint practices, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora came away believing Montee Ball (appendectomy) could play in Denver's preseason finale.

    Advice: Per La Canfora, Ball is "doing a little bit more each day," and may ultimately make a "rapid" return. He donned full pads on Wednesday and worked individually with Peyton Manning during one period. "We will continue to upgrade that a little bit tomorrow," said coach John Fox. Ball's ADP is early in round two. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:19 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.88 (20th)
  • Report: LeGarrette Blount arrested Wednesday
    LeGarrette Blount and Le'Veon Bell were arrested for possession of marijuana Wednesday.

    Advice: Bell was also popped for DUI. The two Steelers were reportedly in possession of 20 grams of marijuana and accompanied by a female, who was in possession of two grams. Blount has a checkered past from his college days, but he's mostly kept his nose clean in the NFL. Both Bell and Blount will be subject to a suspension once the case is resolved. It may not affect them in 2014. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:41 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.36 (233rd)
  • Le'Veon busted for pot & DUI, Blount for pot
    Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were arrested for possession of marijuana Wednesday, while Bell was also booked for DUI.

    Advice: Bell and Blount allegedly had 20 grams of pot and were accompanied by a female, who was in possession of two grams. All three were said to be "cooperative," and admitted to the crimes. While this obviously isn't good news, it may have no affect on Bell or Blount's status for the 2014 season. Bell had zero off-field concerns coming out of Michigan State. Blount has a shaky track record. Both will be in line for potential suspensions once the case is resolved. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:33 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.43 (36th)
  • Rams waive/injure RB Isaiah Pead (torn ACL)
    Rams waived/injured RB Isaiah Pead (torn ACL).

    Advice: Pead tore his ACL while returning the opening kickoff last weekend against the Packers. If he clears waivers, he'll go to the Rams' injured reserve list. He's obviously out for the season, but the former second-round pick has two years left on his rookie contract. A claiming team would have him for 2015. For Pead's sake, it might be best to get claimed and get a fresh start in a new city. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:57 pm
    Injured Reserve
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1956th)
  • Johnny Manziel struggling with the playbook
    Johnny Manziel is struggling -- and continues to struggle -- with the Browns' playbook.

    Advice: We all got a glimpse of it when Manziel was asked by Jon Gruden in a sit-down interview during Monday night's telecast to spit out a play from OC Kyle Shanahan's playbook. He stumbled over his words before eventually getting it out. It's to be expected from a rookie like Manziel, who is coming from a spread offense with simple, one-, two-, or three-word plays. Receiver Andrew Hawkins admitted the players in the huddle "are still helping him a little bit." Manziel can focus on the playbook as Brian Hoyer's backup. It's going to take time. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:17 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    27.30 (2657th)
  • Johnny Manziel will open season as backup
    Browns first-round QB Johnny Manziel will open the season as a backup to Brian Hoyer.

    Advice: Unlike fellow rookie Blake Bortles, Manziel was given a fair shot to win the starting gig. He didn't seize it, showing immaturity on and off the field while averaging just 4.74 yards per attempt in two preseason games. "We're confident that Johnny is going to have a great future, but felt that Brian still had a decided edge on him," coach Mike Pettine said. While it's somewhat disappointing Manziel couldn't beat out a 29-year-old (in October) journeyman coming off an ACL tear, the future will likely come sooner than later. A QB change could come immediately following the Week 4 bye, especially if the Browns start 0-3. Their first three games are at PIT, vs. NO and vs. BAL. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:33 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    27.30 (2657th)
  • Browns waiting on quarterback decision
    Coach Mike Pettine is willing to wait until after the Browns' third preseason game to name a starting quarterback.

    Advice: The team had been targeting Tuesday to make an announcement, but gained little clarity after both Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer struggled against the Redskins on Monday. Pettine did say he "(doesn't) sense a lot of division" amongst the coaching staff about who to name. That suggests it will be journeyman Hoyer over rookie Manziel. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:28 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    27.30 (2657th)
  • Montee Ball doing individual drills Tuesday
    Montee Ball (appendectomy) returned to practice Tuesday.

    Advice: The Broncos are having a non-contact practice, so it's just individual drills. But it's still a step forward for Ball. He visited his doctor on Monday and hopes to gain clearance for normal work at some point this week or early next week. Don't look for Ball to play in Denver's third preseason game. Ball should be all systems go well before the Broncos take the field Week 1 against the Colts. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:14 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.88 (20th)
  • Manziel gives Redskins bench middle finger
    Johnny Manziel was caught on camera giving the Redskins' bench the middle finger during Monday night's preseason game.

    Advice: Following a third-quarter incompletion, Manziel flipped the bird and it immediately spread all over Twitter. Manziel said he had "words exchanged" with the Redskins all night, and CB Joe Haden defended his rookie quarterback, saying he took a lot of abuse from Washington's players and fanss Per Redskins FS Ryan Clark, what set off Manziel was Washington players telling him "this isn't college anymore, we're faster than you." Still, Manziel needs to keep his composure. It didn't sit well with coach Mike Pettine, and certainly won't win Manziel any points in the quarterback derby. "You have to be able to maintain your poise," Pettine said. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:52 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    27.30 (2657th)
  • Manziel, Hoyer both struggle badly on MNF
    Johnny Manziel completed 7-of-16 passes for 65 yards and one touchdown in Cleveland's second preseason game against the Redskins on Monday night.

    Advice: Brian Hoyer got the start and wasn't any better. He and Manziel both struggled throughout the first half, as they rotated every two series. The two combined to go 4-of-13 for 45 yards in the first half, and each had a QB rating under 45. Manziel played a couple series in the second half against the Redskins' backups, leading a 16-play touchdown drive that was finished off by a Dion Lewis eight-yard catch-and-run score. Manziel misfired on a number of passes in the first half. Coach Mike Pettine may want to get another look at these two before naming his starter. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:50 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    27.30 (2657th)
  • Carr (concussion) already back at practice
    Derek Carr (concussion) has been cleared to resume practicing.

    Advice: It's suspiciously quick clearance after Carr was concussed in Saturday's preseason game, but so it goes. Carr was practicing with extra padding on his injured ribs. Despite the ailments, Carr is now on track to suit up for Friday's regular-season dress rehearsal against the Packers. Carr could put more heat on Matt Schaub with a strong showing in Green Bay. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:05 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    64.26 (2654th)
  • Jamaal Charles (foot) day to day
    Jamaal Charles (bruised foot) is day to day, and could be held out of Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Charles suffered the injury in the process of moving out of the Chiefs' training camp dorm. Although coach Andy Reid has copped to "some concern" initially, X-rays and an MRI both came back negative. Even if Charles is held out of this week's regular-season dress rehearsal, there's no reason for him to fall out of the top three in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:04 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.94 (3rd)
  • Emmanuel Sanders battling minor thigh issue
    Emmanuel Sanders sat out Sunday's preseason game against the 49ers due to a minor thigh injury.

    Advice: Sanders did play in the preseason opener, failing to see a target on 20 snaps. But he missed some practice time leading up to that one, and sat out some more sessions last week. We should get a much better look at Sanders in Saturday night's third preseason contest. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:16 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.48 (101st)
  • Montee Ball has a Monday doc appointment
    Montee Ball (appendectomy) will visit his doctor Monday and hopes to gain clearance for practice.

    Advice: Ball is exactly two weeks removed from his surgery and has suffered no setbacks. He's unlikely to take any contact this week and is not expected to play in the third preseason game, but he remains firmly on track for Week 1. Ball's ADP has dipped slightly as a result of his surgery, going from 1.11 to 2.02. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:08 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.88 (20th)
  • Montee Ball could resume practicing this week
    Montee Ball (appendectomy) said there's definitely a possibility he practices some this week.

    Advice: Ball hasn't had any setbacks since his August 4 surgery, saying he's made good progress. A return to practice this week -- even in a limited fashion -- would be big as he attempts to get his body right for Week 1. The Broncos open up the regular season three weeks from today against the Colts. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:02 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.88 (20th)
  • Le'Veon played on 9-of-17 first-team snaps
    Le'Veon Bell played on 9-of-17 first-team snaps in Saturday night's preseason game against the Bills.

    Advice: Bell started and played on the first eight snaps before giving way to LeGarrette Blount for eight consecutive snaps. The duo mixed and matched more in the preseason opener, but that first-team snap count ended 7-6 in Blount's favor. For a second-round fantasy pick, Bell brings plenty of questions about both talent (3.52 YPC last year) and workload. He's admitted that Blount will "probably" get the goal-line work this season. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:38 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.43 (36th)
  • Greg Olsen inactive for preseason game
    Greg Olsen (calf) is inactive for the Panthers' second preseason game Sunday night.

    Advice: The injury is believed to be minor, but has caused Olsen to miss a few practices and now this exhibition. Look for Brandon Williams to get a ton of run against the Chiefs. Williams starred in the Panthers' preseason opener. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:37 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.57 (83rd)
  • Isaiah Pead done for year with ACL tear
    Rams coach Jeff Fisher confirmed Sunday that RB Isaiah Pead has a torn ACL and will be lost for the season.

    Advice: Drop him in Dynasty leagues if you haven't already. The 2012 second-rounder had been reduced to special teams since falling to No. 4 on St. Louis' tailback depth chart. Pead will enter the last year of his rookie deal in 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:17 pm
    Injured Reserve
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1956th)
  • Jamaal Charles held out as precaution
    The Chiefs are holding Jamaal Charles out of their second preseason game with a bruised foot.

    Advice: His absence is precautionary. It'll give us a look at Knile Davis, a second-year back with big-time measurables who scored four TDs in two spot appearances last season. Charles should be 100 percent for the third preseason game. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:14 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.94 (3rd)
  • Whisenhunt throws shade on Justin Hunter
    Despite Justin Hunter's breakout 4-111-2 performance in the Titans' second preseason game, coach Ken Whisenhunt stated Hunter "has still got a lot of work to do."

    Advice: "There are a lot of things, from route depth to discipline on his releases, where even though he made some big plays last night, those have got to become more consistent," Whisenhunt said Saturday. We'd like to see Hunter move ahead of Nate Washington on the Titans' depth chart, but he's only playing in three-receiver sets at the moment. He remains squarely on the fantasy breakout radar. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:46 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.21 (145th)
  • Bell expects Blount to get the goal-line work
    Le'Veon Bell said after Saturday night's preseason game that LeGarrette Blount will likely get the goal-line work this season for the Steelers.

    Advice: Coach Mike Tomlin said roles have yet to be determined. Bell and Blount were announced as co-starters before Saturday's exhibition tilt, and Tomlin stated last week that he sees Blount as more than a "red-zone, goal-line" back. Bell is currently being drafted as RB9 in the middle of the second round. A case could be made to bump him down a few slots, behind TD scorers Zac Stacy and Doug Martin. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:33 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.36 (233rd)
  • Le'Veon Bell, Blount listed as co-starters
    The Steelers announced Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount as co-starters for Saturday night's preseason game.

    Advice: Bell played the first series and rotated with Blount throughout the first half, though neither played enough snaps to draw any conclusions about their usage. Blount was used in red-zone packages, and appears to be the preferred option in short-yardage situations. Bell remains the favorite to lead Pittsburgh in carries, but isn't going to handle the massive workload the Steelers gave him as a rookie. Bell has 35 total yards on eight touches though two preseason games. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:08 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.43 (36th)
  • Wheaton impresses in second preseason game
    Markus Wheaton had two catches for 15 yards and a touchdown in Saturday night's preseason game against the Bills.

    Advice: Wheaton started opposite Antonio Brown and finished with four targets. His touchdown came on an impressive post-corner route in the back of the end zone over Stephon Gilmore. Wheaton has breakout appeal as the starting X receiver in Todd Haley's offense, which is expected to feature more no-huddle looks. He's currently a value pick at his 12th-round ADP. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:47 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.72 (111th)
  • Robert Woods continues strong preseason
    Robert Woods had three catches for 49 yards in Saturday night's preseason game against the Steelers.

    Advice: With Sammy Watkins out, Woods worked with the starters after playing with the second team in the first two exhibition games. He was targeted six times, and showed good YAC ability on a 30-yard pass from E.J. Manuel in the second quarter. Chris Hogan also rotated with the first team, but finished with no catches on two targets. There isn't much more Woods can do to prove he belongs in the Bills' three-wide sets. Woods has at least 30 yards receiving in all three of Buffalo's preseason games. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:09 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.20 (223rd)
  • Big Ben tosses 2 TDs in 2nd preseason game
    Ben Roethlisberger completed 8-of-11 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns in Pittsburgh's second preseason game against the Bills on Saturday.

    Advice: Big Ben's first score went to Antonio Brown, who roasted the Bills secondary for a 76-yard visit to the end zone. Roethlisberger then found speed demon Markus Wheaton for a 16-yard touchdown. Through two preseason games, Big Ben is 9-of-13 passing for 174 yards (13.3 YPA) and the two scores. Expected to be given more freedom to run the no-huddle for the entirety of the season, Big Ben has QB1 potential and is a prime target for late-round QB drafters. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:01 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    995.86 (34th)
  • Rams believe RB Isaiah Pead has torn ACL
    Coach Jeff Fisher said after Saturday night's preseason game the Rams believe RB Isaiah Pead has a torn ACL.

    Advice: The 50th overall pick in the 2012 draft, this should solidify Pead as a bust in St. Louis. He had been relegated to special teams after falling behind Zac Stacy, Benny Cunningham, and rookie Tre Mason on the running back chart. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:26 pm
    Injured Reserve
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1956th)
  • Bears release WR Eric Weems
    Bears released WR/KR Eric Weems.

    Advice: It's the corresponding move for the Santonio Holmes signing. Weems was tried out as the Bears' No. 3 receiver in last week's preseason opener, but struggled mightily. A pure special teams player, he'll look to sign with another team for the veteran minimum. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:35 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.26 (2606th)
  • Isaiah Pead (knee) to undergo MRI Sunday
    Isaiah Pead will undergo an MRI Sunday on his knee.

    Advice: Per NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the "prospects aren't good." Pead left Saturday's game in the first quarter after suffering a non-contact knee injury. He could be headed to injured reserve. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:25 pm
    Injured Reserve
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1956th)
  • Kenny Britt dings up shoulder on Saturday
    Kenny Britt caught one pass for five yards in St. Louis' second preseason game versus Green Bay on Saturday.

    Advice: Britt was targeted twice on the afternoon; Sam Bradford missed a wide-open Britt down the right sideline for what would have been a gain of 30-plus yards. Britt started opposite Brian Quick. Tavon Austin manned the slot. Britt played two series but injured his left shoulder on his five-yard catch. He remained on the sideline with an ice pack on the dinged up shoulder. It doesn't appear serious. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:17 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.22 (123rd)
  • Isaiah Pead suffers leg injury
    Isaiah Pead was forced from Saturday's preseason game with a leg injury

    Advice: Pead got hurt on a kick return in the first quarter. It was a non-contact injury, so this has potential to be serious. Pead had to be helped off the field and was later carted to the locker room. The Rams should provide an update on his status after the game. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:43 pm
    Injured Reserve
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1956th)
  • Derek Carr suffers concussion against Lions
    Raiders rookie QB Derek Carr left the team's second preseason game with a concussion.

    Advice: Originally thought to be a rib injury, coach Dennis Allen confirmed the rookie was concussed. He will have to pass the league's concussion protocol before returning to the field. Carr has completed 19-of-32 passes for 183 yards with one touchdown and one interception this preseason. After originally inserting Carr with the first-team offense -- following an abysmal outing by Matt Schaub -- Carr was concussed behind Oakland's second-team offensive line. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:05 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    64.26 (2654th)
  • Derek Carr exits late with rib injury
    Derek Carr completed 9-of-16 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown in Friday's preseason game before being removed in the fourth quarter with a rib injury.

    Advice: Carr outperformed Matt Schaub, who threw his first interception of the preseason. He played deep into the second half, but was removed after getting shaken up on a hit by Larry Webster. Carr has completed 19-of-32 passes for 183 yards (9.6 YPA) through his first two preseason appearances. With Schaub struggling, Carr could make starts early in 2014. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:15 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    64.26 (2654th)
  • C-Mike plays behind Turbin, totals 52 yards
    Christine Michael rushed eight times for 45 yards in Seattle's second preseason game on Friday night.

    Advice: He added one catch for eight yards. Michael saw fewer touches than Robert Turbin and played into the fourth quarter. With Turbin looking as sharp as ever this August, Michael may be falling behind in Seattle's No. 2 running back derby. Michael has 15 carries for 61 yards (4.1 YPC) and a touchdown through two preseason games. The coaching staff seems to prefer Turbin. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:47 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.68 (2303rd)
  • Justin Hunter explodes for 4-111-2 vs. Saints
    Justin Hunter turned five targets into 111 yards and two touchdowns on four receptions in the Titans' second preseason game Friday night.

    Advice: Hunter caught a four-yard TD pass from Jake Locker with the first team, and turned a crossing route thrown by rookie Zach Mettenberger into a 64-yard foot-race touchdown with the twos. The Titans have gone to great lengths to motivate sophomore breakout candidate Hunter, even forcing him to wear a "JAG" shirt to practice last week. The 23-year-old has been dubbed "this year's Alshon Jeffery" by Mike Clay of Rotoworld and Pro Football Focus. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:56 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.21 (145th)
  • Browns plan to name starting QB on Tuesday
    Browns coach Mike Pettine says Tuesday is the target date to name Cleveland's Week 1 starting quarterback.

    Advice: The Browns play the Steelers in Week 1. Pettine said a group consisting of OC Kyle Shanahan, QBs coach Dowell Loggains, and GM Ray Farmer will have say in naming the starter. PFT's Mike Florio also expects owner Jimmy Haslam to have some say, which could work in rookie Johnny Manziel's favor. The Week 1 starter will likely hinge on the performances of Brian Hoyer and Manziel in Monday's second preseason game. Cleveland visits Washington on MNF. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:54 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    27.30 (2657th)
  • Tomlin: Blount may be more than just RZ back
    Coach Mike Tomlin indicated LeGarrette Blount may be more than just a red-zone, goal-line back.

    Advice: "They're both going to get their share," Tomlin said of Blount and Le'Veon Bell. "We'll deal with that on a game-by-game basis based on the plan." In the preseason opener, Blount received two consecutive red-zone carries while also seeing a third-down rep. The Steelers have been hinting at a possible mix-and-match committee-style approach since signing Blount and drafting Dri Archer. Blount stealing goal-line and occasional work between the 20s from Bell would be a big hit to Bell's stock. He's hard to get behind as a first- or early-second round pick in fantasy drafts. Blount's value is great in the 11th. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:45 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.36 (233rd)
  • Eric Weems held without catch vs. Jaguars
    Running as the Bears' No. 3 receiver in Thursday's preseason game against the Jaguars, Eric Weems was held without a catch.

    Advice: Weems made his presence felt by losing a fumble on a first-quarter kick return. The Bears' No. 3 receiver spot is going to be a fantasy wasteland until Marquess Wilson (collarbone) returns. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:35 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.26 (2606th)
  • Browns: QB decision could come next week
    The Browns could name their starting quarterback as early as Tuesday.

    Advice: The Browns play the Redskins on Monday evening. "I'm sure we'll sit down at some point next week, maybe more than likely later in the day on Tuesday and get our heads together and see what we come up with," coach Mike Pettine said. The earlier the Browns name their starting quarterback, the more likely it is to be Brian Hoyer over Johnny Manziel. The fact that Pettine is already talking about potentially reaching a decision next week doesn't bode well for Johnny Football. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:58 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    27.30 (2657th)
  • Tomlin: Bell & Blount will 'get their share'
    Speaking Thursday, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount are "both going to get their share" of carries this season.

    Advice: It's an eye-opening comment, especially after Blount split first-team work with Bell in last weekend's preseason opener. While we're not afraid that Blount will supplant Bell as the Steelers' No. 1 back, perhaps Blount could find himself in the 10-12 carry range on a weekly basis instead of the 6-8 the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette projected in June. It's not a situation for Bell owners to take lightly. Blount is most likely to steal work near the goal-line despite the fact there's no real reason to believe he's a better short-yardage back than Bell. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:31 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.43 (36th)
  • Report: Manziel was late to team meeting Mon.
    ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Johnny Manziel was late to a team meeting on Monday.

    Advice: Mort is under the impression Manziel and a few other Browns rookies simply "misread the schedule," but it's believed Johnny Football was fined. Adam Schefter reported Thursday night that there "seems to be a feeling within the organization that Brian Hoyer wins" the Browns' starting job "in the event of a tie." Schefter believes Cleveland's second preseason game will essentially decide the battle, because all along the plan has been to pick a starter before the third exhibition game. There are no indications that Manziel's tardiness will play a role in coach Mike Pettine's quarterback decision. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:05 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    27.30 (2657th)
  • Peyton Hillis hopes to return next week
    Peyton Hillis (foot, ankle) is hoping to resume practicing by Monday.

    Advice: He'll need to in order to ensure his roster spot. Provided he can get healthy, Hillis is ticketed for No. 3 duties behind Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams. Hillis averaged an anemic 3.4 yards across 73 carries for the Giants last season. The G-Men could ultimately opt to replace him with a free agent. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:31 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.96 (2300th)
  • Brandon Gibson could lose roster spot
    According to the Miami Herald, "some NFL people" continue to believe Brandon Gibson isn't a lock for the Dolphins' 53-man roster.

    Advice: It makes sense from a dot-connecting standpoint; Miami used a second-round pick on Jarvis Landry, who plays the same slot position as Gibson. A holdover from the failed Jeff Ireland regime, Gibson will count $3.7 million versus the cap if the Fins keep him, but just $2 million if they move him. We wouldn't be shocked to see the Dolphins keep Rishard Matthews over Gibson at final cuts. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:25 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.96 (188th)
  • Kenny Britt says knee is finally 100 percent
    Kenny Britt says he's finally fully recovered both physically and mentally from his 2011 ACL tear.

    Advice: Britt was on his way to NFL superstar status when he blew out his knee three weeks into the 2011 season. He should have been back to 100 percent by 2013 at the absolute latest, but a well-chronicled lack of maturity likely contributed to his slow progress. Still just 25 and now reunited with Jeff Fisher, Britt is having a monster training camp and is penned in as the Rams' No. 1 receiver. His ADP has crept into the 11th round. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:31 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.22 (123rd)
  • Justin Hunter lighting up Titans practice
    According to the Nashville Tennessean, "not a practice goes by" without highlight-reel catches from second-year WR Justin Hunter.

    Advice: Reporter Jim Wyatt's observation comes one day after Titans WRs coach Shawn Jefferson made Hunter wear a jersey with "JAG" on the back, standing for "Just Another Guy." Hunter's physical talent is undeniable. If he takes a step forward in attitude and effort, he's a breakout year waiting to happen. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:41 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.21 (145th)
  • Michael still behind Turbin on depth chart
    Christine Michael remains the No. 3 running back on the Seahawks' latest unofficial depth chart.

    Advice: The Seahawks are making Michael earn his leap ahead of Robert Turbin. Michael technically came off the bench behind Turbin in Saturday's preseason opener, but still got run with the first-team offense, and was the more-impressive back. We remain much higher on Michael's talent than Turbin's, and consider Michael Marshawn Lynch's likely handcuff. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:12 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.68 (2303rd)
  • Manziel, Hoyer will both work with starters
    Coach Mike Pettine said Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer will both work with the starters in Cleveland's second preseason game against the Redskins.

    Advice: Manziel will start after Hoyer started the first preseason game. Pettine wants to "balance the reps" out between the two. It's uncertain whether Manziel and Hoyer will each play a quarter in the first half or if they'll simply rotate every other series or two. Pettine and QBs coach Dowell Loggains continue to insist there is no "leader" in the competition. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:57 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    27.30 (2657th)
  • Justin Hunter getting 'JAG' punishment
    Coach Ken Whisenhunt called out Justin Hunter in a team meeting for not making a play in Saturday's preseason opener, and WRs coach Shawn Jefferson made Hunter wear "JAG" on his jersey nameplate at practice.

    Advice: Jefferson has been all over Hunter since the Titans drafted him with the 34th pick in last year's draft. It can be characterized as tough love. The Titans know Hunter can be as good as he wants to be. In NFL terms, "JAG" stands for "Just Another Guy." Hunter's taking it in stride. The sophomore ran behind Nate Washington Saturday, but saw plenty of action in three-wide sets and should overtake Washington in due time. Hunter is a prime breakout candidate. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 11, 4:01 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.21 (145th)
  • Brandon Gibson looking healthier in practice
    Dolphins coach Joe Philbin believes Brandon Gibson (patellar tendon) has been looking healthier in practice.

    Advice: "(He's starting to) remind us more of the player we saw on film last year," Philbin said Monday. Gibson has been full go in camp, and was the starting slot receiver in Friday night's preseason opener. Barring a setback, he'll be Ryan Tannehill's No. 3 receiver behind Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 11, 1:47 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.96 (188th)
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