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  • Broncos RBs coach impressed with Hillman
    Broncos RBs coach Eric Studesville has been impressed with Ronnie Hillman's camp.

    Advice: "From when we started this spring in April forward, he has been unbelievable," Studesville said of Hillman. "He's a completely different guy in the best possible way and I'm just excited about what he's doing." Studesville's praise comes two days after reported that Hillman, and not C.J. Anderson, has been running as the No. 2 behind Montee Ball. It will be a battle to monitor closely in the preseason, but Hillman's draft pedigree should give him a leg up.
    Today, 5:08 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.61 (1765th)
  • SEA giving Marshawn Lynch $1.5 million raise
    Profootballtalk reports Marshawn Lynch has agreed to a $1.5 million raise for 2014.

    Advice: Lynch won his holdout, after all. His salary will increase from $5 million to $6 million, while he's getting a $500,000 "signing bonus." He's now up to $6.5 million guaranteed for 2014. In addition, the Seahawks will not collect Lynch's $495,000 in fines. The Seahawks freed up $1 million by guaranteeing Lynch's per-game roster bonuses. The signing bonus money is coming out of his 2015 salary. It's a nice increase, but also perhaps a nod to the fact that Lynch won't be back at his scheduled $5.5 million salary next year. The fact that Seattle was willing to give Beast Mode a $1.5 million raise to end a seven-day holdout is a fairly strong indication that his workload won't be scaled back much this season.
    Today, 4:36 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.66 (28th)
  • Knowshon Moreno still not practicing
    Knowshon Moreno (knee scope) has yet to practice at Dolphins camp.

    Advice: We haven't had a Moreno update in six days, while Lamar Miller has dominated first-team reps at Fins camp. On Thursday, Moreno "continued rehab work on the side with the strength and conditioning staff." Moreno is a shaky handcuff for Miller at this point. He doesn't seem to have a timetable to return.
    Today, 4:33 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.37 (125th)
  • G-Men expected to use committee RB approach
    The Newark Star-Ledger expects the Giants to employ a running-back-by-committee approach this season, despite David Wilson's career-threatening neck injury.

    Advice: The Giants' offseason certainly suggests they want to use more than one back. They signed Rashad Jennings, re-signed Peyton Hillis, drafted Andre Williams, and return sophomore Michael Cox. "I think we have some talented guys at that spot," coach Tom Coughlin said. "Rashad has done well. I think the young kid (Williams) has come along the more we have given him to do. Michael Cox has had his spots." Jennings' fantasy Average Draft Position currently sits at the end of round four. Frank Gore, deservedly, recently leapfrogged Jennings in ADP.
    Today, 4:29 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.11 (67th)
  • Marshawn Lynch officially reports to camp
    Marshawn Lynch has officially reported to Seahawks camp.

    Advice: The Seahawks didn't blink, and Beast Mode lost his resolve after only a week. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Seattle is expected to add "some financial concessions to (Lynch's) contract," but it's likely just the forgiveness of his massive fine. Lynch's holdout was so short that it shouldn't affect his Week 1 preparation. He remains a solid second-round pick in re-draft leagues.
    Today, 2:19 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.66 (28th)
  • F-Jax's extension contains no guaranteed $
    Fred Jackson's one-year, $2.6 million extension includes no guaranteed money.

    Advice: In other words, there's no real risk for the Bills. It's a symbolic gesture for a team leader, and an affordable option if F-Jax turns in a strong 2014. Heading into his age-33 campaign, there's no guarantee Jackson is back in Buffalo for 2015.
    Today, 2:03 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.10 (90th)
  • Giants 'surprised' if Wilson plays again
    A source close to the situation told ESPN's Dan Graziano the Giants would be "very surprised" if David Wilson (neck) played for them again.

    Advice: Graziano is essentially confirming an report that Wilson "needs a miracle" to continue his career. Wilson will be re-checked by his surgeon Monday after suffering a neck burner on the heels of spinal fusion surgery. "As soon as I saw him walk off the field, I started to hurt," said starting RB Rashad Jennings. "Someone who's been working as hard as he has to get back on the field, when he has a little setback, it's frustrating as a friend, a brother and a teammate."
    Today, 12:53 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.01 (224th)
  • Marshawn Lynch admits defeat, ending holdout
    ESPN reports Marshawn Lynch is ending his holdout, and will report to Seahawks camp in the next 24 hours.

    Advice: Lynch's ill-fated holdout is over after less than a week. The only "concession" he'll receive from the Seahawks is likely the forgiveness of his nearly $500,000 in fines. Going by how half-hearted and ill-conceived Lynch's holdout was, it's quite possible he simply wanted an extra week's vacation. Although Lynch is expected to lose work to talented backup Christine Michael this season, he remains in the RB1 conversation. He shouldn't slip past the teens in drafts.
    Today, 12:04 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.66 (28th)
  • LeSean McCoy 5-7 pounds lighter this season
    LeSean McCoy reported to camp 5-7 pounds lighter.

    Advice: Shady said he feels "much more explosive," and "wanted to do it for (Chip Kelly's) offense." Standing in at 5-foot-11, McCoy still tips the scales at over 200 pounds. He's fantasy's No. 1 overall player this season.
    Today, 12:00 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    14.82 (20th)
  • James White gets goal-line reps on Thursday
    Patriots fourth-round RB James White took goal-line reps in Thursday's practice.

    Advice: It's a few reps in only one practice, but it's clear coach Bill Belichick was serious when he talked up White as a three-down talent. White should be given every opportunity to beat out Brandon Bolden for No. 3 duties, which would give him vulture appeal behind fumbler Stevan Ridley.
    Today, 11:47 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.97 (2095th)
  • 49ers compare Carlos Hyde to Frank Gore
    The 49ers have compared second-round RB Carlos Hyde's work ethic and understanding of the game to Frank Gore's.

    Advice: "Carlos gets football, understands football," coach Jim Harbaugh said, paraphrasing OC Greg Roman. "It's natural for him to understand the game, similar to Frank Gore. And we're seeing those things, and both are very good signs and bode well for us." Harbaugh has always been the rah-rah type, but it's a lofty comparison for him to make. The Niners clearly have faith in Hyde as Gore's backup. He's looking like a strong fantasy pick at his 10th-round ADP.
    Today, 11:16 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.41 (1855th)
  • Giovani Bernard looking good in camp
    OC Hue Jackson said Giovani Bernard has had an "outstanding camp" so far.

    Advice: Bernard's first training camp as the unquestioned starter is going well. "He's so explosive, he can catch the ball, he's a tough son of a gun. He protects. He blocks," Jackson said. With Jackson installing a run-based offense, we could easily see 400 total carries for Bernard and power complement Jeremy Hill. Gio is also going to be a huge factor as a receiver.
    Today, 8:24 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.73 (52nd)
  • Khiry Robinson showing well in pass pro
    Khiry Robinson's blitz pickup skills have been "impressive" at Saints camp so far.

    Advice: Improving in pass protection is crucial if Robinson wants to steal some snaps from Pierre Thomas. He's a far better receiver than ex-Saint Chris Ivory, even though he hasn't gotten to show it yet. If Robinson can take a nibble out of Thomas' passing-game work and a nibble out of Mark Ingram's power-game reps, he'll have a decent role. There's flier appeal here in deeper formats.
    Today, 8:16 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.42 (266th)
  • Lorenzo Taliaferro's dropped by prosecutors
    Lorenzo Taliaferro's misdemeanor destruction of property and public drunkenness case has been dropped by prosecutors.

    Advice: Taliaferro didn't even have to attend his court hearing Thursday. The fourth-round rookie is competing with Justin Forsett and Cierre Wood for time behind Bernard Pierce and Ray Rice.
    Today, 7:58 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.96 (193rd)
  • Report: David Wilson (neck) 'needs a miracle'
    A source tells that David Wilson (neck) "needs a miracle" to return to the field.

    Advice: Wilson sustained a burner during Tuesday's practice, just a few months after undergoing spinal fusion surgery. His NFL career is now in serious jeopardy. The Giants are not expecting Wilson to get good news when he meets with his surgeon on Monday, leaving them with Andre Williams, Peyton Hillis and Michael Cox behind starter Rashad Jennings.
    Today, 7:29 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.01 (224th)
  • C.J. Anderson drops 20 pounds
    C.J. Anderson has dropped his weight from 234 pounds at minicamp to roughly 215 pounds now.

    Advice: Anderson was reportedly sluggish during the offseason program, and people within the Broncos thought he wouldn't keep a roster spot at that weight. So now he's slimmed down and is looking like he did last year, when he made the squad as UDFA. Anderson is our favorite Montee Ball handcuff as long as he beats out Juwan Thompson and Brennan Clay.
    Today, 6:36 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.51 (147th)
  • Montee Ball showing well early in camp
    Montee Ball performed well through the first week of training camp.

    Advice: Ball has reportedly "shown vision in the run game, decisiveness in his cuts and consistent, quality work in the passing game." ESPN's Broncos reporter says the second-year back is "poised for a big season" and suggests 250 carries. We also know he's going to get all the goal-line work in the game's most explosive offense and is a solid pass-catcher as well. Ball is currently ranked as fantasy's No. 8 running back in our online Draft Guide.
    Today, 6:28 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.26 (34th)
  • RBs coach: Freeman to be really good receiver
    Falcons RBs coach Gerald Brown said Devonta Freeman is "going to be a really good receiver for us."

    Advice: Freeman has reportedly shown "flashes" of every-down ability so far in camp, something we're watching very closely. Steven Jackson, already over the hill and a poor candidate to make it through the season, is currently sidelined by a multi-week hamstring pull. Note that Rotoworld's NCAA prospect guru Josh Norris was especially high on Andre Ellington and Zac Stacy last year. This year, his No. 1 running back in the draft was Freeman.
    Today, 6:12 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.96 (227th)
  • Belichick says James White is a 3-down back
    Coach Bill Belichick sees fourth-round RB James White as a three-down back.

    Advice: White was pegged as a "passing back" by some coming out of Wisconsin, but the Patriots don't see it that way. "He does a good job in the passing game and in the running game -- both inside and outside," said Belichick. "... I think he has the ability to compete on all three downs." White is shaping up as the primary backup to both Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen.
    Today, 6:05 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.97 (2095th)
  • David Wilson tweets he is 'fine'
    Giants RB David Wilson (neck) tweeted he passed all his physical examinations and was "fine."

    Advice: Wilson left practice Tuesday after suffering a neck "burner." He will sit out the rest of the week before being reevaluated on August 4. Despite the clean bill of health, it is clear Wilson's neck will be a concern for the rest of his career. He is not worth a redraft pick.
    Yesterday, 4:25 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.01 (224th)
  • Fred Jackson signs 1-year, $2.6M extension
    Bills signed RB Fred Jackson to one-year, $2.6 million extension through 2015.

    Advice: The extension comes as somewhat of a surprise. The NFL's oldest running back at 33, Jackson is now signed for roughly $5.24 million over the next two seasons. The arrival of Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon -- as well as a healthy C.J. Spiller -- will almost certainly prevent Jackson from getting the 252 touches he saw last season, but this contract suggests he will remain a big part of a run-first offense. He is well worth selecting as an RB2/flex at his ninth-round ADP.
    Yesterday, 1:12 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.10 (90th)
  • David WIlson (neck) to be reevaluated Aug. 4
    David Wilson (neck) will sit out the rest of the week and be reevaluated August 4.

    Advice: Wilson left Tuesday's practice early with a neck burner. He underwent initial tests yesterday, and it's been determined that he won't play in Sunday's preseason opener versus the Bills. Wilson will be looked at Monday by Dr. Frank Cammisa, the doctor who performed his neck surgery. The Giants are going to be extremely careful here. We don't advise using a re-draft pick on Wilson.
    Yesterday, 7:01 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.01 (224th)
  • Hillman holding down Broncos No. 2 RB job
    Ronnie Hillman "has usually been the second running back up" during Broncos camp.

    Advice: Montee Ball is the unquestioned starter, but the competition behind him is wide open. Despite C.J. Anderson being the crowd favorite to win the job, Hillman is ahead at this point in camp. With four fumbles in only 140 career carries, he still has to improve his ball security if he hopes to earn coaching-staff trust. Hillman is currently going undrafted in standard fantasy leagues. We still like Anderson as a better late-round stab if you're handcuffing Ball. GM John Elway has repeatedly referred to Hillman as a "change of pace" back," while bowling-ball Anderson has some similarities to Zac Stacy.
    Tuesday, 7:02 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.61 (1765th)
  • Marshawn Lynch already up to $455K in fines
    Marshawn Lynch has accrued $455,000 in fines for his holdout.

    Advice: Lynch is drawing $30,000 in daily fines, while his sixth day of holding out on Tuesday triggered a $275,000 fine under terms of the CBA. Coach Pete Carroll has expressed a desire to come to a resolution. That will likely include forgiving Lynch's fines.
    Tuesday, 3:53 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.66 (28th)
  • Pete Carroll comments on Lynch's holdout
    Seahawks coach Pete Carroll commented on Marshawn Lynch's holdout Tuesday.

    Advice: "I love this kid," Carroll said. "I hope he will figure it out and it will all make sense and it will come to a resolution somewhere." Carroll's relatively soft comments suggest the Seahawks may be willing to throw their running back a contract bone, but it almost certainly wouldn't be anything more than a symbolic gesture. Whatever the end game is, we fully expect Lynch to report before Week 1.
    Tuesday, 1:45 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.66 (28th)
  • David Wilson (neck burner) undergoing tests
    David Wilson will undergo tests after suffering a neck "burner" in Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: NFL Network's Kimberly Jones reports the Giants "will be careful" with Wilson, which is probably the understatement of the century. It's extremely bad news for Wilson to have any issues with his surgically-repaired neck so soon after being cleared. If drafting early, make Wilson a late-round flier at your own risk.
    Tuesday, 1:25 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.01 (224th)
  • David Wilson exits practice with neck burner
    David Wilson left Tuesday's training camp practice early with a neck burner.

    Advice: A "burner" or "stinger" is an injury to the nerves in the neck or shoulder that produce a stinging sensation. Obviously, with Wilson, this is a major concern and not something to take lightly. Following practice, coach Tom Coughlin said "we were all praying" Wilson wouldn't suffer any setbacks. This qualifies as one. Recovery time can range, but WIlson won't be cleared to return until he's experiencing zero neck pain. We'll update Wilson when the Giants do.
    Tuesday, 12:18 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.01 (224th)
  • RBs coach suggests 260-300 touches for Gio
    Bengals RBs coach Kyle Caskey hinted at 260-300 touches for Gio Bernard this season.

    Advice: Bernard had 226 touches last season. This year, he's the clear-cut No. 1 back and Hue Jackson is installing a run-based scheme. "You don't necessarily have to hand it off and say, 'Hey, Gio got 260 touches last year out of the backfield.' Maybe he gets 260 to 300 touches but he gets them some other way," Caskey said. "Maybe he gets 200 out of the backfield but he catches 100 passes or however it is. We'll find a way to get the ball to him."
    Monday, 9:44 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.73 (52nd)
  • Carlos Hyde trending up early in camp
    Second-round RB Carlos Hyde has shown well early in camp.

    Advice: We thought Hyde would play a role as a rookie, but recent developments have made him a crucial piece. Kendall Hunter (ACL) is done for the year, LaMichael James (elbow) is out 4-6 weeks, Marcus Lattimore (knee) still can't practice and Frank Gore is 31 years old. Hyde is worth a long look at his late 10th-round ADP.
    Monday, 6:48 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.41 (1855th)
  • James White gaining buzz early in camp
    According to, fourth-round RB James White "is quickly becoming one of the camp's top phenoms and is the team's leading rookie."

    Advice: White is getting plenty of first-team reps in both the Stevan Ridley power role and the Shane Vereen passing back spot. It's reportedly "clear" that he has "exceptional skills and moves with the confidence of a veteran" as he runs ahead of Brandon Bolden. White is on our flier radar.
    Monday, 5:38 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.97 (2095th)
  • Eagles RBs racking up catches in camp
    Eagles running backs are racking up an "absurd" number of receptions early in camp.

    Advice: Last year, Darren Sproles was fourth among running backs with 71 catches and LeSean McCoy was 12th with 52. Both backs dominate one-on-one matchups with linebackers, so it's a no-brainer for Chip Kelly to scheme to them. McCoy's three-down plus goal-line role along with his pass-game chops in a dynamic offense make him our No. 1 overall fantasy player.
    Sunday, 3:39 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    14.82 (20th)
  • Marshawn Lynch placed on reserve/DNR list
    Seahawks placed RB Marshawn Lynch on the Reserve/Did Not Report list.

    Advice: It's a procedural move and doesn't impact Lynch's status with the team. Lynch is holding out for a raise on his $5.5 million in salary and bonuses. He won't count toward Seattle's 90-man roster and can be activated at any time.
    Saturday, 5:19 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.66 (28th)
  • David Wilson to be part of weekly gameplan
    The Newark Star-Ledger expects David Wilson to be part of the Giants' weekly game plan as long as he remains healthy.

    Advice: Wilson opened training camp as the second-team tailback behind Rashad Jennings, and has reportedly "looked explosive" in the receiving game. With the Giants moving to a West Coast offense, Wilson has an opportunity for a bigger role as a pass catcher in addition to change-of-pace duties. Rookie Andre Williams is expected to push Jennings for red-zone carries.
    Saturday, 12:20 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.01 (224th)
  • Carroll: Lynch holdout creates opportunity
    Coach Pete Carroll indicated the Seahawks have no intention of satisfying Marshawn Lynch's contract demands.

    Advice: It's not even entirely clear what Lynch's demands are, but he's skipping training camp and wants more money. "Just a couple of years back we made a big statement and made a big effort for him and we wish that he was with us now," said Carroll, referring to the four-year, $31 million deal Lynch signed in March of 2012. "But this is a tremendous opportunity for the guys getting their shot. Robert Turbin and Christine Michael, they're ready to go and really fired up about this opportunity and are going to try and take full advantage of it."
    Saturday, 9:05 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.66 (28th)