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  • 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 training 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. The speedy Wheaton has the ability to eclipse the 67-740-6 line Emmanuel Sanders posted as Roethlisberger's "X" last year. He's a prime sleeper. Rotoworld.com
    39 minutes ago
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.67 (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
    45 minutes ago
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.99 (231st)
  • 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
    11.63 (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
    6.52 (148th)
  • 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
    11.63 (36th)
  • Pierre Thomas expecting bigger pass-game role
    Pierre Thomas expects his pass-game role to expand this season.

    Advice: "I know my role is going to change a whole lot this year," he said. "I'm going to do more pass protection and route running." On paper, it makes sense as Darren Sproles and Lance Moore, who combined for 108 catches last year, are both gone. But Thomas already caught 77 balls last season, Khiry Robinson is underrated in the pass game and Brandin Cooks can do Sprolesian things. In reality, it's hard to see Thomas' box-score production making a significant leap, leaving him as a borderline RB2/3 in PPR formats. He'll turn 30 in December and averaged a career-low 6.7 yards per reception last year. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:32 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.23 (101st)
  • 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
    2.97 (1920th)
  • Washington will 'almost certainly' make team
    NJ.com believes UDFA WR Corey Washington will "almost certainly" make the final roster.

    Advice: The 6'4/215 Washington has come from tiny Newberry College to emerge as one of the stars of Giants camp. Per beat man Jordan Raanan, people inside the organization are intrigued by his unique ability to make plays in the air. We've seen that in each of the three preseason games, as Washington has posted a 7-116-3 line on seven targets. He'll likely open the season as the Giants' No. 5 wideout and should be on deep Dynasty radars. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:05 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2121st)
  • 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
    4.93 (205th)
  • Nate Burleson no lock to stick with Browns
    ESPN Cleveland isn't sure if Nate Burleson will make the Browns' final roster.

    Advice: 33-year-old Burleson has been bothered by a hamstring issue for a couple weeks now. Of course, the competition for roster spots in this wideout corps is not exactly fierce. The only locks are Josh Gordon, Andrew Hawkins and Miles Austin, leaving Burleson to battle guys like Charles Johnson, Travis Benjamin, Anthony Armstrong and Taylor Gabriel. It's hard to see the desperate Browns dumping a veteran leader with experience, even if Burleson will play a bit role. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:40 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.04 (1919th)
  • 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
    1.75 (1798th)
  • 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
    12.78 (23rd)
  • 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
    11.63 (36th)
  • Rex Burkhead dealing with sprained MCL?
    Bengals.com speculates RB Rex Burkhead may be dealing with an MCL sprain.

    Advice: Beat writer Geoff Hobson does acknowledge an MCL sprain can be a 2-8 week injury, although this would obviously be far better news than a torn ligament. Asked about Burkhead's knee this week, coach Marvin Lewis would only say it's "sore." Lewis did say Burkhead should be out of his knee brace "in a few days." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:03 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2010th)
  • Colts plan 'even distribution of targets'
    The Indianapolis Star expects a "more even distribution" of targets in the Colts' pass-catching corps this season.

    Advice: T.Y. Hilton finished 14th among NFL wideouts in targets last season, but might be lucky to finish top 20 in 2014. "It's week-to-week. It's all how they match up," is how GM Ryan Grigson described the Colts' target distribution. The Colts will use Hilton, Reggie Wayne, and Hakeem Nicks in three-wide sets, and Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener in two-tight end packages. Don't expect any member of this pass-catching corps to be a true target monster. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:51 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.09 (78th)
  • 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
    12.78 (23rd)
  • Knowshon Moreno says he's 'ready' to play
    Knowshon Moreno says he's "ready" for game action.

    Advice: Moreno appears to be fully recovered from his June knee scope. He broke off a 15-yard run at Wednesday's practice and "looked the best he's looked since returning," per the Miami Herald. Moreno also says he's gotten down to his ideal playing weight after reporting to OTAs too heavy. "I feel good," added Moreno. His status for Saturday's regular season dress rehearsal remains uncertain. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:07 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.35 (182nd)
  • Damien Williams struggling in preseason
    Dolphins UDFA RB Damien Williams has just 22 yards on 17 carries this preseason.

    Advice: We noticed Williams getting a taste of first-team action in Miami's second preseason game, although that was because Mike Gillislee, Knowshon Moreno, and Daniel Thomas were all inactive. "These next two weeks for him are going to be very important," coach Joe Philbin acknowledged of Williams' roster chances. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:05 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.26 (2570th)
  • 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
    11.63 (36th)
  • Packers UDFA TE Lyerla unclaimed on waivers
    Packers undrafted TE Colt Lyerla (knee) passed through waivers unclaimed and is now on injured reserve.

    Advice: Lyerla injured his knee earlier in training camp and was waived/injured Tuesday. He's an intriguing talent who could have drawn some looks on waivers. Considering he wasn't signed as a priority undrafted free agent, it's not a surprise he wasn't scooped up by another team. Lyerla will "redshirt" as a rookie. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:05 pm
    Injured Reserve
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1849th)
  • Broncos WR/PR Jordan Norwood tears ACL
    Broncos WR/PR Jordan Norwood tore his ACL in Wednesday's joint practice with the Texans.

    Advice: Norwood reportedly had a legitimate shot at making the 53-man roster as the Broncos' sixth wideout and punt returner. He caught 4-of-5 targets for 54 yards and a touchdown through two preseason games, but will now miss the year. Norwood, 28 next month, hasn't appeared in a regular season game since 2012. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:54 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2057th)
  • LaFell making his mark on special teams in NE
    Coach Bill Belichick praised Brandon LaFell for his work on special teams.

    Advice: Belichick has a fondness for players that can contribute in multiple areas. "I think he'll be able to carve out a role for himself here," Belichick said. "It might be a big one, I don't know, we'll see." LaFell has also started to gel with Tom Brady in the passing game. But his main contributions might not show up in the box score this season. LaFell is battling for the No. 3 or 4 receiver spot. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:13 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.83 (268th)
  • Eagles RB Polk dealing with torn hamstring
    Chris Polk revealed he suffered a Grade 2 partial tear of his hamstring on the second day of Eagles camp.

    Advice: He obviously hasn't practiced since, and won't play in Philly's regular season dress rehearsal. Polk admitted to feeling a "pop" in the hamstring, and plans to practice next week even if he's not fully recovered. The Eagles' trade for Kenjon Barner shows they're well aware their backfield is short on depth. Darren Sproles isn't really a ball-carrying option anymore. Michael Tucker and UDFA Henry Josey are next on the running back depth chart. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:16 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.43 (1790th)
  • Michael Crabtree: I was never healthy in '13
    Michael Crabtree admitted he wasn't healthy or himself in the eight games he played last season after returning from a torn Achilles'.

    Advice: "I was fast enough to be on the field," Crabtree said. "But I wasn't me." Crabtree revealed last week that his weight ballooned up to 230 pounds last season. He's back in shape, and says he "can't wait to get out there" this year. Crabtree is a big-time blow-up candidate as the 49ers' clear No. 1 receiver and Colin Kaepernick's go-to guy. There's value in his late-fourth-round ADP. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:23 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.02 (106th)
  • Calvin Johnson will be moved around a lot
    New OC Joe Lombardi said Calvin Johnson will be moved around the formation a lot this season.

    Advice: Perhaps losing Scott Linehan would be a concern for Calvin's stock if he wasn't gaining a creative Sean Payton disciple in Lombardi. Megatron will play inside, outside and go in motion in an effort to keep defensive attention off him. Still only 28 years old, he's a strong bet to go over 1,400 receiving yards for the fourth straight season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:36 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.31 (27th)
  • Brandon Marshall flying to NY every Tuesday
    Brandon Marshall will be flying to New York every Tuesday during the season to film Showtime's "Inside the NFL."

    Advice: It's not ideal for Marshall to be spending his off day taking two flights weekly, but we trust that it won't be a problem. He's still in the prime for wideouts at age 30, hasn't missed a game since 2010 and keeps his body in peak condition. "He asked me about it. I trust him to make decisions that are in the best interests of the team first," said coach Marc Trestman. "I know Brandon. I know he'll do that." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:33 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.22 (30th)
  • Moreno's conditioning is 'getting there'
    Coach Joe Philbin said he thinks Knowshon Moreno's conditioning is "getting there."

    Advice: Still coming off his lingering right knee injury, Moreno isn't in tip-top shape yet. It's put him in a very poor position to mount a challenge to Lamar Miller for the starting gig. We're expecting Moreno to be a change-of-pace back and pass-protection specialist in Week 1. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:54 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.35 (182nd)
  • Adrian Peterson not expected to play Saturday
    Adrian Peterson is not expected to play in Saturday's third preseason game.

    Advice: "I really don't see the need," coach Mike Zimmer said. Peterson didn't get any preseason carries last year either before rumbling for 1,266 yards and 10 touchdowns in 14 games. He's the No. 3 overall player on our board. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:21 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    14.99 (5th)
  • Kenjon Barner was getting abused in pass pro
    Kenjon Barner was reportedly "overmatched by nearly every linebacker and defensive back he lined up against" during Panthers camp.

    Advice: Barner added 15 pounds during the offseason, but still couldn't become adequate as a pass blocker. If he sticks with the Eagles, it will be largely due to his ability to contribute in the return game. Barner fell behind Fozzy Whittaker in Carolina and was going to get cut. Note that the Eagles won't even have to give up that seventh-round pick to the Panthers unless Barner is on the 46-man active roster for at least four games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:10 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.91 (2519th)
  • Chip on LeSean McCoy's turf toe: He's fine
    Coach Chip Kelly downplayed LeSean McCoy's "small version" of turf toe Tuesday.

    Advice: McCoy practiced in full Monday, a surefire sign that this ailment is nothing to worry about. If the Eagles' medical staff had any concern at all, they would have held him out as the regular season opener is more than two weeks away. "He's fine," Kelly said. "It's not as big of an issue as I think anybody has made it out to be. ... There's a lot of questions about a toe in August that I think is way overblown." Owners looking for protection can snag Chris Polk, although he has to get over his nagging hamstring injury soon to secure the backup job. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:12 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    15.46 (4th)
  • Colt Lyerla could be moved to fullback?
    Packers TEs coach Jerry Fontenot believes TE Colt Lyerla (knee, injured reserve) could eventually be moved to fullback.

    Advice: Fontenot believes the move would "certainly (seem) to fit his wheelhouse." It's bizarre to hear of a 6-foot-4 tight end with 4.61 speed potentially being moved to fullback, but it's a moot point for 2014, as Lyerla will miss the entire season. There's a chance Lyerla will be riding the pine for another team, as he's been exposed to waivers after being waived/injured on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:47 pm
    Injured Reserve
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1849th)
  • Eagles acquire RB/KR Barner from Panthers
    Eagles acquired RB/KR Kenjon Barner from the Panthers in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2015.

    Advice: The pick is likely contingent on Barner making the 53-man roster. Barner was on the outs in Carolina, but played for Eagles coach Chip Kelly at Oregon, and offers some badly needed depth at running back. His acquisition could be curtains for Chris Polk in Philly if Polk can't get healthy. Polk has missed the majority of camp with a hamstring injury. A 2013 sixth-rounder, Barner managed only six carries across eight games. He missed time with a foot issue. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:52 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.91 (2519th)
  • Rex Burkhead may have significant injury
    Bengals RB Rex Burkhead was spotted on crutches and in a knee brace at the team facility Monday.

    Advice: Beat writer Paul Dehner believes it "doesn't look good" for Burkhead, who left Saturday night's preseason game with a knee injury and didn't return. If Burkhead's injury is major -- and early indications point to that -- BenJarvus Green-Ellis' roster spot could be safe in Cincinnati. The alternative would be to carry just Jeremy Hill and Cedric Peerman behind Giovani Bernard. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:12 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2010th)
  • Report: 'Hope' for Crabtree ext. before Wk 1
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the 49ers have made progress with walk-year WR Michael Crabtree in long-term talks, and that there is "hope for a deal before the season."

    Advice: Per Rapoport, talks will be shelved if there's no deal before Week 1. Rapsheet also reports Crabtree is willing to go the incentive route for "top-end" receiver money. The ultimate question is whether Crabtree is willing to bet on himself after his injury-shortened 2013. If not, he'll almost certainly be coerced into a discount. We'd expect Crabtree to roll the dice and play out his deal. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:57 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.02 (106th)
  • Polk plans to practice at less than 100 per.
    Eagles RB Chris Polk (hamstring) plans to resume practicing next week even if he's not 100 percent.

    Advice: Polk believes his roster spot is in danger. "There's nothing guaranteed," Polk said Tuesday. "I wasn't drafted. I'm not LeSean McCoy, Nick Foles, I'm not guaranteed anything." It's an admirable, but risky, attitude. Polk would ultimately have more to lose than gain by practicing at less than 100 percent. The Eagles are unlikely to let him. Polk's injury has opened the door for second-year UDFA Matthew Tucker. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:14 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.43 (1790th)
  • Packers waive/injure UDFA TE Colt Lyerla
    Packers waived/injured TE Colt Lyerla.

    Advice: He'll revert to injured reserve if he clears waivers. It's far from a guarantee, as Lyerla is one of this season's highest-upside undrafted free agents. Standing in at 6-foot-4, 247 pounds with 4.61 wheels, Lyerla is a potential mismatch. He only went undrafted because of (admittedly serious) character concerns. Recovering from a torn PCL and MCL, Lyerla is staring at "at least" six weeks of rehab, and likely more. He'd have a fighting chance at a roster spot next year if the Pack can get him through waivers and on I.R. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:08 pm
    Injured Reserve
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1849th)
  • LaFell feeling more comfortable in Pats' O
    Brandon LaFell said he's feeling much more comfortable in the Patriots' offense after admittedly being "shell-shocked" at OTAs.

    Advice: LaFell has reeled in 4-of-7 targets for 45 yards and one touchdown through two preseason games and has been drawing praise from Tom Brady. Coach Bill Belichick has said he could have a "big" role. LaFell's locker is now situated right next to Brady, with youngster Aaron Dobson on the other side of the quarterback. LaFell's a strong blocker, but has displayed shaky hands in the past. He's battling for one of the spots behind Julian Edelman. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:36 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.83 (268th)
  • 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
    12.78 (23rd)
  • LeSean McCoy has 'small version of turf toe'
    LeSean McCoy is practicing through a "small version of turf toe."

    Advice: Whatever that means. "(Sunday) it was really, really hurting pretty bad," McCoy said Monday. "It felt a little better (Monday), so I went for it." X-rays and an MRI came back negative, so there's no real reason to worry, though it's possible McCoy will sit out this weekend's regular-season dress rehearsal as a precaution. It's something for fantasy owners to be aware of, but not fret over. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:46 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    15.46 (4th)
  • 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
    12.78 (23rd)
  • 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
    12.78 (23rd)
  • 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
    11.63 (36th)
  • Crabtree starts 49ers second preseason game
    Michael Crabtree started the 49ers' second preseason game, but failed to secure his lone target.

    Advice: This was Crabtree's 2014 preseason debut after missing just over a week of practice with a sore hamstring. The injury is no longer a concern. The primary takeaway from Sunday's appearance is that Crabtree is healthy. On a 49ers team that will likely have to throw more this year due to several key defensive losses, Crabtree is an inviting fantasy pick at his late-fourth-round ADP. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:26 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.02 (106th)
  • 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
    6.52 (148th)
  • 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
    11.63 (36th)
  • Damien Williams totals 66 yards, TD on Sat.
    Dolphins undrafted RB Damien Williams rushed for 20 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries in Miami's second preseason game, adding three catches for 46 yards.

    Advice: With all three of Knowshon Moreno, Daniel Thomas, and Mike Gillislee injured, Williams was the second running back through the rotation behind starter Lamar Miller. Williams is solidly-built at 5'11/221 and pounded his touchdown in from one yard out. Based on play, Williams is ahead of Thomas for a job. But we all know by now that the Dolphins love Thomas for some unknown reason. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:54 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.26 (2570th)
  • 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
    7.67 (111th)
  • Rex Burkhead leaves with knee injury
    Bengals RB Rex Burkhead left Saturday night's preseason game with a knee injury.

    Advice: Burkhead took a shot from big-hitting Jets rookie Calvin Pryor, and was quickly ruled out for the remainder of Saturday's affair. With Jeremy Hill (shoulder) also exiting early, BenJarvus Green-Ellis' roster spot has quickly become safe. The Bengals now have only Cedric Peerman healthy behind Gio Bernard. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:47 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2010th)
  • Knowshon Moreno (knee) ruled inactive
    Knowshon Moreno (knee) is inactive for Saturday night's preseason game.

    Advice: Moreno was cleared for contact Monday, but isn't ready for game action. Barring a setback, he should be available for Miami's regular-season dress rehearsal against the Cowboys next week. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:07 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.35 (182nd)
  • 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
    6.52 (148th)
  • Crabtree played at 230 late last season
    Michael Crabtree revealed that his weight ballooned to 230 pounds last season, after returning from his ruptured Achilles'.

    Advice: His ideal playing weight is 215. "I wasn't 100 percent," conceded Crabtree, who is a blowup-year candidate entering the last season on his rookie deal. Crabtree has resumed practicing in full after missing early-camp time with hamstring soreness. He's still underrated at his late-fourth-round fantasy ADP. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:23 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.02 (106th)
  • Calvin inactive for second preseason game
    Calvin Johnson (knee, finger) is inactive for Friday night's preseason game.

    Advice: The Lions have been managing Johnson's practice reps and will hold him out of their first two preseason games. He should be active for next week's dress rehearsal against Jacksonville. Kris Durham will replace Johnson in the lineup. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 5:39 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.31 (27th)
  • Packers considering options with UDFA Lyerla
    Packers UDFA TE Colt Lyerla will not require surgery for the torn MCL and PCL in his right knee.

    Advice: Lyerla will miss "multiple weeks," and is out for the remainder of camp. It's possible Lyerla could return this season if he avoids I.R., though he doesn't project as more than Green Bay's No. 4 tight end. The Packers could try stashing Lyerla on the practice squad and letting him rehab. A developmental move tight end with 4.61 speed, Lyerla should draw interest if exposed to waivers. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:19 pm
    Injured Reserve
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1849th)
  • Saints still expected to use 3-RB timeshare
    ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett continues to expect "a pretty even split" in New Orleans' three-man backfield.

    Advice: A New Orleans Times-Picayune story recently suggested Pierre Thomas had fallen down the depth chart, which may technically be true, but certainly doesn't mean he's lost his role. His snaps may actually increase this season with Darren Sproles gone, and neither Mark Ingram nor Khiry Robinson particularly adept in the passing game. Thomas remains a solid RB3 in standard leagues. You could sell him as a viable RB2/flex in PPR leagues, as well. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:14 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.23 (101st)
  • Nate Burleson battling hamstring injury
    Nate Burleson has missed the last couple days of practice with a hamstring injury, and is not expected to play in Monday night's preseason game against the Redskins.

    Advice: Burleson has been limited to riding a stationary bike on the side at practice. Though he's a veteran in a weak receiver corps, Burleson needs to get on the field. He's no lock to make the roster, especially if Miles Austin can stay healthy and Travis Benjamin and Charles Johnson emerge as playmakers outside. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:27 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.04 (1919th)
  • 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
    11.63 (36th)
  • 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
    2.97 (1920th)
  • Moreno starting to look like 'old self'
    Dolphins coach Joe Philbin believes Knowshon Moreno (knee) is "starting to look like kind of his old self," but is unsure if he'll suit up for Saturday's preseason game against the Bucs.

    Advice: Moreno was just cleared for contact on Monday, so it's unlikely he's ready for game action. He's trending in the right direction for the Dolphins' regular-season dress rehearsal against the Cowboys on August 23, however. That's a game Moreno can't afford to miss in his battle with Lamar Miller. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:58 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.35 (182nd)
  • Adrian Peterson sitting out Saturday
    Adrian Peterson is sitting out Saturday's preseason game against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Although 100 percent healthy, Peterson isn't expected to play this preseason. The Vikes are saving bullets for the regular season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:30 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    14.99 (5th)
  • Colt Lyerla dealing with severe knee injury
    Packers UDFA TE Colt Lyerla has a torn MCL and PCL in his right knee.

    Advice: The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel believes Lyerla could be headed to injured reserve or waived/injured. Despite his big name, Lyerla has little Dynasty value. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:16 am
    Injured Reserve
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1849th)
  • Michael Crabtree returns to Niners practice
    Michael Crabtree (hamstring) returned to 49ers practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: He wound up missing about a week and a half with "soreness" in the hamstring. Assuming Crabtree stays setback free, this shouldn't affect his regular season whatsoever. Not yet 26 years old, Crabtree piled up 61 catches for 880 yards and eight touchdowns across ten Colin Kaepernick starts in 2012, before last year's Achilles'-wrecked campaign. Crabtree's 16-game pace was 98-1,408-13. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:17 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.02 (106th)
  • UDFA Corey Washington making waves
    Undrafted rookie WR Corey Washington has "done some special things over the last week," according to OC Ben McAdoo.

    Advice: It's getting harder and harder to ignore the buzz on Washington, who is trying to pull a Victor Cruz and make the Giants out of tiny Newberry College. Washington does have intriguing measurables at 6'4/214 with 4.5s speed. And through two preseason games, he has four catches for 96 yards and two touchdowns. Washington has gone from camp body to underdog story. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:16 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2121st)
  • 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
    6.52 (148th)
  • Marshall fully healthy, clicking with Cutler
    Brandon Marshall had five catches for 31 yards on just 17 snaps in Saturday's preseason opener against the Eagles.

    Advice: Marshall had a rocky 2013 offseason, fighting a hip injury while adjusting to the new Marc Trestman offense. He still went off for 100-1,295-12 while playing in all 16 games for the third straight year. Now Marshall is fully healthy, has a year in the scheme under his belt, and we know Jay Cutler will pepper him with targets. The quiet offseason is a good thing for our No. 6 fantasy wideout. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:57 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.22 (30th)
  • Calvin Johnson playing like dominant self
    Calvin Johnson (knee, finger) has made "jaw-dropping plays essentially every day" at camp.

    Advice: Although the Lions are managing Johnson's reps in practice and held him out of the preseason opener, he's clearly over last year's nagging injuries. He's looked "impressive" while dominating defensive backs like he always does. Still just 28, there's no reason to think Johnson is going to regress this season. He's a tremendous bet to finish as a top-three wideout for the fourth straight season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:41 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.31 (27th)
  • Knowshon Moreno returns to team drills
    Knowshon Moreno (knee) participated in contact drills Monday for the first time since his scope.

    Advice: It was Moreno's first full-padded practice since Super Bowl week. He's reportedly in better shape than he was at OTAs and is having no trouble making sharp cuts. Ideally, the Dolphins will use him as a pass protector and receiving back while Lamar Miller handles the bulk of the early-down carries. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:26 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.35 (182nd)
  • Lighter McCoy looks 'better than ever'
    According to ESPN Eagles reporter Phil Sheridan, LeSean McCoy looks "better than ever."

    Advice: Now in his true prime at 26 years old, McCoy is playing with a top-3 offensive line and in a run-first scheme. He's dropped a few pounds off his '13 playing weight, reportedly gaining even more quickness and agility. "McCoy seems better at getting out into pass routes and catching the ball. He teases defenders who try to cover him," Sheridan said. McCoy is our No. 1 overall pick in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:10 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    15.46 (4th)
  • 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
    Monday, 4:01 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.52 (148th)
  • Chris Polk nursing bad hamstring
    Chris Polk missed the Eagles' preseason opener with a hamstring strain.

    Advice: He hasn't resumed practicing. Polk's inactivity led to more touches for Matthew Tucker, who played well but lost a fumble and then got hurt. Assuming Polk gets back soon, he'll open the season as LeSean McCoy's best fantasy handcuff. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:50 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.43 (1790th)
  • Kenjon Barner's roster spot in jeopardy?
    The Associated Press has "growing concern" over Kenjon Barner sticking on the final roster.

    Advice: It would be a bit of a surprise as Barner brings value as a possible return man and only needs to hold off Darrin Reaves for No. 4 running back duties. Still, the early part of Barner's career has not been promising. He earned just eight touches from scrimmage as a rookie while battling foot/ankle issues. Barner's pass protection has been an issue at camp. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 11, 8:04 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.91 (2519th)
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