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  • Lions place WR Tate, DE Ansah on active/PUP
    Lions placed WR Golden Tate (undisclosed) and RE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) on the active/PUP list.

    Advice: We're not quite sure what is ailing Tate, but there's been no indication his absence will be long. Ansah is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and was fully expected to open camp on PUP. He'll be ready for Week 1.
    28 minutes ago
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.19 (120th)
  • Chiefs give Charles 2-year, $18.1M extension
    Chiefs signed RB Jamaal Charles to a two-year, $18.1 million contract extension through 2017.

    Advice: So much for that holdout. Charles is now the second-highest paid running back in the league behind Adrian Peterson and is locked up through his age-31 campaign. On his previous deal, Charles was scheduled to make $3.9 million in salary and bonuses this season. He'll now make $8.3 million in 2014. It's well deserved after Charles put the Chiefs' offense on his back and carried them to the playoffs in 2013. Charles is entering his age-28 season. He's a locked-in top-three fantasy back, along with Peterson and LeSean McCoy.
    Today, 1:39 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.92 (7th)
  • Giants 'concerned' with Beckham's hamstring
    Giants GM Jerry Reese admitted the team is concerned about first-round rookie WR Odell Beckham's "tweaked" hamstring.

    Advice: "He missed part of spring ball with a hamstring and he tweaked it yesterday. Obviously there is a concern," Reese said. Beckham first injured the hammy in the spring, and then re-tweaked it on his first route on the opening day of training camp Tuesday. Coach Tom Coughlin said after Wednesday's practice that he has no idea when Beckham will be back on the field. Rookie receivers tend to struggle in year one anyway, so any missed practice time for Beckham is a concern. Jerrell Jernigan ran with the starters in three-wide sets on Wednesday.
    Today, 1:33 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.74 (161st)
  • Bengals TE Gresham (back) opens camp on PUP
    Bengals placed TE Jermaine Gresham (back) on the active/PUP list.

    Advice: Gresham underwent hernia surgery in the spring and missed OTAs and minicamp. He's not quite ready, but should be considered day-to-day or week-to-week. Gresham is way off the fantasy radar with Tyler Eifert in the fold.
    Today, 1:30 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.14 (212th)
  • Sidney Rice hangs up cleats at 27 years old
    Sidney Rice has retired from the NFL after 7 seasons.

    Advice: Rice is just 27 years old, and theoretically should be in the prime of his career. But Rice has missed a total of 31 games in his seven seasons. He's reportedly retiring because of a history of concussions. Rice was knocked out a number of times in his playing career and also was trying to return from a torn ACL. What once looked like a promising career after an 83-catch, 1,312-yard, 8-touchdown 2009 season with the Vikings has ended in sad fashion. Rice caught a total of 243 passes for 3,592 yards and 30 scores. He went to one Pro Bowl.
    Today, 12:59 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.22 (201st)
  • Cardinals place Tyrann Mathieu on active/PUP
    Cardinals placed FS Tyrann Mathieu (knee) on the active/PUP list.

    Advice: Joining him is DT Alameda Ta'amu (knee). Mathieu said earlier in the month that he's running at 60-70 percent coming off ACL and LCL reconstruction. He's about eight months removed from the injury, and could be back for the opener. Coach Bruce Arians conservatively put Mathieu's return at October 1.
    Today, 12:38 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.32 (318th)
  • 49ers send ILB Navorro Bowman to active/PUP
    49ers placed ILB Navorro Bowman (knee) on the active/PUP list.

    Advice: As expected. Bowman is going to be sidelined throughout camp and the entire preseason. He's unlikely to return until Week 9, following San Francisco's Week 8 bye. Michael Wilhoite is the favorite to open the season in Bowman's starting spot next to Patrick Willis. Bowman shredded his ACL and MCL in the playoffs.
    Today, 12:26 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (671st)
  • Bears work out FAs TE Beckum, G Austin
    Free agent TE Travis Beckum worked out for the Bears on Wednesday.

    Advice: Chicago also had G Thomas Austin in for the tryout. Beckum, the 100th overall pick in the 2009 draft, spent three months on the Seahawks' roster over winter, but was cut before OTAs. He hasn't been the same since tearing his ACL when the Giants won their last Super Bowl. Beckum is nearing the end of the road.
    Today, 11:43 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1788th)
  • FA TE Fred Davis wanted for domestic violence
    Washington D.C. Police have asked for the public's help in locating suspended free agent TE Fred Davis, who is wanted for domestic violence.

    Advice: Details are scarce, but police say the simple assault happened on June 2 around 3 AM in the D.C. area. It's Davis' second run-in with the law since the season ended; he was booked for DUI in February. Davis, 28, is currently serving an indefinite NFL suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. His life has gone off the tracks since a breakout 2011 season.
    Today, 11:25 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1787th)
  • Daniel Fells working as Giants' starting TE
    Daniel Fells has been operating as the Giants' starting tight end through the first two days of training camp.

    Advice: Fells is the most experienced tight end in camp, as he's made 30 starts in 71 career appearances. However, he was out of the league last season and will turn 31 in September. The Giants may just be giving him the nod early on due to his experience, but it's something worth monitoring. Adrien Robinson has been tabbed the favorite to start at tight end all offseason. He ballooned up close to 290 pounds and reported to camp at 276. Whoever ends up manning tight end -- our money is still on Robinson -- won't be a recommended fantasy option.
    Today, 11:14 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2181st)
  • Browns get No. 8 pick CB Gilbert's deal done
    Browns signed No. 8 overall pick CB Justin Gilbert to a four-year contract.

    Advice: Cleveland and Gilbert were in a stalemate over offset language in his contract. The deal contains a fifth-year club option for 2018. Gilbert gets his contract done just in time for training camp. He's expected to open the season as the starter opposite Joe Haden. With Haden rounding into a shutdown corner, Gilbert is likely to be targeted heavily as a rookie. Buster Skrine will man the slot.
    Today, 10:37 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.71 (1620th)
  • Stephen Bowen to open camp on active/PUP
    DE Stephen Bowen (knee) will open camp on active/PUP.

    Advice: It's not a surprise as Bowen is 30 years old and less than eight months removed from microfracture surgery. The Redskins appear optimistic though, as they've kept him on the roster despite a $7 million cap charge.
    Today, 9:52 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.93 (860th)
  • Jason Hatcher will start camp on active/PUP
    RE Jason Hatcher (knee) will open camp on active/PUP.

    Advice: Hatcher is roughly five weeks into a 4-6 week rehab timetable he was slapped with following a knee scope. The Redskins won't press their $27 million man as they desperately need him pressuring the quarterback if they have any hope of improving last year's brutal defense.
    Today, 9:51 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.06 (688th)
  • David Wilson opens camp as 2nd-team RB
    David Wilson opened Giants camp as the second-team tailback.

    Advice: He was quickly installed directly behind Rashad Jennings, and ahead of Peyton Hills and rookie Andre Williams. Per the Giants' website, Wilson "looked dynamic as ever" in practice, "making cuts like his old self and still looks like one of the most athletic players on the field." Only 23 years old, Wilson has mouth-watering god-given gifts but football-playing deficiencies have removed him from the equation to start. He'll likely be a change-of-pace back this season.
    Today, 9:24 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.01 (224th)
  • Fisher: Tre Mason is a 'change of pace back'
    Rams coach Jeff Fisher labeled rookie Tre Mason as a "change-of-pace back" following May's draft.

    Advice: Mason could earn complementary carries off the bench this season, but rumors of him threatening bellcow Zac Stacy's starting job are unfounded. "Tre is a change-of-pace back," said Fisher. "Good zone runner, obviously the numbers speak for themselves. He was a guy we just couldn't pass up at that point." Pre-draft reports claimed Mason would need wrist surgery, but the Rams disagreed. "He may have to do something after the season but it was not a concern of ours, nor was it a concern of the doctors," Fisher said of the wrist.
    Today, 9:11 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.74 (247th)
  • Vernon Davis reports to Niners camp on time
    Vernon Davis has reported to 49ers training camp.

    Advice: Davis skipped the entire offseason program due to dissatisfaction with his $4.7 million salary, therefore forfeiting nearly $270,000 in bonuses. But with the chips down and the 49ers showing no signs of budging, he gives in and will avoid the $30,000 per day fines that come with missing camp. Now lacking leverage, Davis appears unlikely to get the raise he desires before Week 1 -- especially in light of the team-friendly deal Jimmy Graham was recently forced to accept.
    Today, 9:00 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.51 (118th)
  • Coaches ready to ride Eddie Lacy hard
    Packers RB coach Sam Gash said he's not worried about preserving Eddie Lacy's health.

    Advice: Gash has a 230-pound beast and is ready to use him. "This is the NFL, you're not going to play this game until you're 45 or 50," he said. "A lot of people, especially the media, try to make it out, 'He's got to last.' He'll last as long as he's meant to last." Lacy averaged 21.2 touches per game as a rookie, a number that could very well rise as he stays on the field for more third downs. Gash said he's seen no deficiencies at all in Lacy's pass protection.
    Today, 8:54 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.99 (51st)
  • Matt Forte among most durable RBs in NFL
    Matt Forte has played all 16 games in four of his six NFL seasons.

    Advice: Forte will turn 29 in December, but durability while taking on massive workloads is part of what makes him a "safe" top-five fantasy pick. A three-down back who fits perfectly in Marc Trestman's efficient offense, Forte piled up 74 catches and 289 carries last season while leading all running backs in snaps played. There's little reason to think anything will change this year. Our Evan Silva ranked Forte fourth overall in his July rankings, available at the link below.
    Today, 8:19 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    15.49 (15th)
  • Alan Branch failed his conditioning test, too
    Bills DT Alan Branch failed his conditioning test and is on the NFI list.

    Advice: Marcell Dareus' failed test grabbed the headlines, but Branch also couldn't complete the task. Both defensive tackles are expected to retake the test Thursday or Friday.
    Today, 8:09 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.27 (1090th)
  • Bernard Pierce likes the Kubiak zone scheme
    Bernard Pierce said he has a "knack" for new OC Gary Kubiak's kind of offense.

    Advice: Pierce was a disaster last season, slogging through 16 games at a pathetic 2.86 YPC. But he was battling a litany of injuries to his shoulder, hamstring, knee and toe. Now he's fully healthy, back near his ideal playing weight and Ray Rice is facing a suspension. Pierce's extremely impressive rookie tape has us willing to take a shot on a bounce-back campaign.
    Today, 7:36 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.65 (60th)
  • Falcons to fill TE job by a commitee
    The Falcons plan to fill Tony Gonzalez's production by committee.

    Advice: New starter Levine Toilolo is an in-line player not capable of doing Gonzoesque things. The Falcons will use three-wide sets as a base in an effort to highlight their strong wideout trio of Julio Jones, Roddy White and Harry Douglas. They'll also throw to passing backs Devonta Freeman and Jacquizz Rodgers more. Toilolo profiles as a red-zone specialist and low-volume player in terms of targets.
    Today, 7:01 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.01 (186th)
  • Jamaal Charles will begin holdout Wednesday
    According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Jamaal Charles will not report to Chiefs camp Wednesday barring a breakthrough in contract talks.

    Advice: Charles believes he's outplayed his current contract, and he's absolutely right after carrying the Chiefs' entire offense on his back during last year's run to the playoffs. He's set to make just $3.9M this season, 15th-most among running backs in the league. Now is the perfect time for Charles to dig his heels in and capitalize on the leverage he's earned on the field. The Chiefs are going to have to find a way to satisfy him, and talks are underway already.
    Today, 6:37 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.92 (7th)
  • Rob Gronkowski cleared to play, avoids PUP
    Rob Gronkowski (ACL/MCL) has been cleared by doctors and is not being placed on active/PUP.

    Advice: Considering Gronkowski is just 7 1/2 months removed from blowing out his knee, this qualifies as an impressive rehab. Avoiding the active/PUP list means Gronk will not be eligible for the reserve/PUP list to start the season, which would have cost him the first six regular season games. He'll likely be coddled a bit at camp, but this news puts him squarely on track for Week 1 and his fantasy ADP should skyrocket accordingly. Gronk's 16-game pace last season was 89-1,353-9, and he's scored 42 touchdowns in 50 career NFL games.
    Today, 5:58 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.06 (66th)
  • Browns happy with Miles Austin's health
    Coach Mike Pettine said the Browns "feel good about where Miles Austin is health wise."

    Advice: Austin could've used offseason reps learning a new offense in Cleveland, but sat out all of OTAs and minicamp for maintenance purposes. So the Browns will have to see if he has any gas left in the tank when they get camp underway this weekend. Austin looked done during his final days in Dallas. We'd rather target Jordan Cameron and Andrew Hawkins in fantasy drafts.
    Today, 5:53 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.97 (180th)
  • Exec: Andrew Quarless is a 'No. 2'
    An NFC North personnel man said he sees Andrew Quarless as a "No. 2."

    Advice: As in, a backup. Quarless rested during the offseason program, allowing rookie Richard Rodgers to shine. Now Quarless has a battle on his hands, and he doesn't have the skill set to blow anyone away in a competition. "He's not a good in-line blocker," the personnel man said. "He's better in space. His overall effort can be up and down. I don't think he's the most physically tough guy or the strongest guy at the point of attack." Quarless isn't on the re-draft radar.
    Today, 5:28 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.32 (207th)
  • Marqise Lee is 'pretty much cleared'
    Jaguars WR Marqise Lee (ankle) said he's "pretty much cleared."

    Advice: Lee missed the final chunk of the offseason program due to a sprain. He'll take it slow for a few days, but is expected to be unleashed when the pads go on for the first time Sunday. Lee is penciled in as the starter opposite Cecil Shorts.
    Today, 5:22 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.56 (133rd)
  • 'Surprise' if Vernon Davis doesn't report?
    ESPN 49ers reporter Bill Williamson believes it would be a "big surprise" if Vernon Davis continued his holdout through training camp.

    Advice: Williamson cites Davis' inconsistency throughout his contract quest, and admission that it wouldn't be the end of the world if a new deal couldn't be hammered out. CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco hinted last week that Davis will continue to hold out, so we may not get a definitive answer before practice starts.
    Yesterday, 4:54 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.51 (118th)
  • RapSheet confirms Charles mulling holdout's Ian Rapoport confirms Jamaal Charles is considering a holdout.

    Advice: There have been mixed reports amongst the local media, but Rapoport lends credence to CBS Kansas City's report that Charles won't show on Thursday. However, RapSheet is using cautious language, saying Charles "may not (report) at the start." There should be plenty of updates over the next 24 hours.
    Yesterday, 4:40 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.92 (7th)
  • Report: Jamaal Charles planning to hold out
    CBS Kansas City reports Jamaal Charles will hold out from training camp as he seeks a new contract.

    Advice: The T.V. station reports Charles is "prepared to hold out as long as it takes." CBS Kansas City is not a typical Rotoworld source, but the report certainly has a basis in reality. However, the Kansas City Star reports Charles is planning to report "regardless of whether an extension is in place." Coming off an MVP-caliber season, Charles is dramatically underpaid at $3.65 million between salary and bonuses, and is signed through only 2015. Running-back money has plunged in recent years, but Charles would earn considerably more on the open market. Chiefs camp begins Thursday. ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher reports the sides have had talks.
    Yesterday, 4:09 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.92 (7th)
  • Ravens RB Pierce cleared for training camp
    Bernard Pierce (shoulder surgery) has been "fully cleared" for training camp.

    Advice: With Ray Rice expected to draw a multi-game suspension, Pierce's clearance paves the way for him to open the season as the Ravens' early-down back. Listed at 230 pounds, Pierce also said he's down to 223. It can only help after a sluggish 2013. Despite last year's struggles, Pierce's role makes him well worth a mid-round flier in fantasy drafts.
    Yesterday, 1:21 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.65 (60th)
  • Giants rookie WR Beckham battling hamstring
    Giants first-round pick Odell Beckham battled a hamstring injury during the spring, and is unsure if it's back to 100 percent.

    Advice: Beckham did say the balky hammy is "feeling a lot better," though. It's notable because hamstring injuries can linger, especially for receivers, and Beckham appeared to pull up lame on a deep route on his first rep with the first-team offense in Tuesday's first practice of camp. Beckham is expected to be the No. 3 or 4 option in the Giants' passing game in year one, operating mostly as a field-stretcher to clear space for Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle.
    Yesterday, 11:33 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.74 (161st)
  • Bowman likely sidelined until Week 9
    According to the Sacramento Bee, the "smart money" is on ILB Navorro Bowman (ACL, MCL surgery) returning after the 49ers' Week 8 bye.

    Advice: Likely to open the season on reserve/PUP, Bowman could return in Week 7 in a best case scenario. As San Francisco's bye is the following week, however, Week 9 as a target date makes sense. The 49ers will hold a camp battle to choose Bowman's first-half replacement. Michael Wilhoite is the early favorite.
    Monday, 10:27 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (671st)
  • David Wilson says he's cleared for everything
    David Wilson (neck) tweeted Monday that he's been "cleared for everything."

    Advice: It's fantastic news for Wilson, whose career appeared to be in jeopardy following a Week 5 neck injury and subsequent surgery. Now he can focus on football again, an area he struggled badly with last season while getting blown up in pass protection, averaging 3.31 YPC and losing two fumbles. Still, there's more than enough natural running ability here for the Giants to unleash Wilson as an explosive early-down change of pace behind Rashad Jennings. Don't be surprised if Wilson ends up earning at least 6-8 carries as soon as Week 1.
    Monday, 7:02 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.01 (224th)
  • Gronk: 'I plan on playing the whole season'
    Rob Gronkowski (ACL/MCL) said Friday night that he anticipates playing a full season in 2014.

    Advice: "I'm planning on playing the whole season this year," said Gronk at his women's football clinic. Gronkowski played all 16 games his first two NFL seasons, but has missed 14 over the past two years. Gronk is expected to open camp on the active/PUP list as he's eased into football activities. If Gronk indeed makes it 16 games, he'll push Jimmy Graham to be fantasy's No. 1 tight end.
    Sunday, 10:10 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.06 (66th)
  • Sidney Rice competing for roster spot
    ESPN Seahawks reporter Terry Blount considers Sidney Rice the "odd man out" at receiver entering training camp.

    Advice: Blount left Rice off his initial 53-man roster projection. Rice doesn't contribute on special teams and has lost a considerable amount of explosion after numerous injuries. If he's not a top-three receiver, Rice doesn't bring much to the team. He's competing with rookie Kevin Norwood and special teamer Ricardo Lockette for a roster spot. Rice brings zilch to the table in terms of fantasy value.
    Sunday, 8:33 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.22 (201st)
  • Giants to use Odell Beckham as deep threat
    ESPN New York's Dan Graziano reports the Giants plan to use rookie Odell Beckham to "stretch out defenses" in a way that allows them to operate with quick-hitting options.

    Advice: Beckham would essentially be a decoy, running clearing routes for Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle. Graziano is skeptical Beckham will be able to beat press coverage and match up with physical corners, though "people around the league" think he can contribute right away. Beckham is the No. 54 receiver in Rotoworld's pre-camp rankings, with a projected 52/702/5 rookie-year line.
    Saturday, 6:06 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.74 (161st)
  • Bowman to be placed on PUP list next week
    49ers ILB Navorro Bowman (ACL, MCL surgery) will be placed on the active/PUP list when he reports to training camp next week.

    Advice: It's merely a procedural move, as Bowman is expected to open 2014 on the reserve/PUP list. Bowman is five months removed from knee surgery and targeting a midseason return.
    Saturday, 12:46 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (671st)
  • Gronkowski unsure if he'll open camp on PUP
    Rob Gronkowski (knee) said he doesn't know if he'll open training camp on the active/PUP list.

    Advice: Gronkowski was able to get in limited work during OTAs, but his availability for the start of camp remains in doubt. He's still a strong candidate to begin on the active/PUP list. Gronk has been rehabbing at the Patriots' facility for the last month. All signs continue to point toward him being ready for Week 1.
    Friday, 5:58 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.06 (66th)
  • Tre Mason to siphon 8-10 carries per game?
    ESPN Rams reporter Nick Wagoner guesses third-round pick Tre Mason could garner 8-10 carries per game as a rookie.

    Advice: Wagoner seems comfortable with his projection, noting "that means something like 140-160 carries" over the course of the year. Losing that many attempts would be a huge drain on Zac Stacy's fantasy value, as he is very much a volume-dependent commodity, having averaged under 3.9 YPC last season. In a chat with Rams fans, Wagoner later wrote he'd be "surprised" if Mason stole Stacy's starting job, but expects the rookie to "earn his way to plenty of carries as the season wears on." It's certainly a situation to monitor in training camp.
    Friday, 11:53 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.74 (247th)