Sequoia Syndicate (ID# 173554)
  • Vikings officially place Bridgewater on I.R.
    Vikings placed QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season.

    Advice: Bridgewater suffered a completely torn ACL, dislocated knee, and other structural damage at Tuesday's practice. He's facing a lengthy rehab and isn't a lock to be ready for Week 1 next season. Shaun Hill will replace Bridgewater, but the Vikings could look outside the organization for another quarterback. Rotoworld.com 31 minutes ago
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1018th)
  • Steelers send Bruce Gradkowski to I.R.
    Steelers placed QB Bruce Gradkowski (hamstring) on injured reserve, ending his season.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for Zach Mettenberger. Gradkowski will miss his second straight season after spending all last year on I.R. His NFL career is likely over. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:44 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1124th)
  • Steelers take flyer on Zach Mettenberger
    Steelers claimed QB Zach Mettenberger off waivers from the Chargers.

    Advice: Mettenberger struggled in limited preseason snaps with San Diego, failing to play in either of the last two games. He was reportedly shopped to Dallas before getting cut. The Steelers are desperate for an upgrade behind Ben Roethlisberger, but Mettenberger isn't more than a rehab project. He'll be the No. 3 quarterback behind Landry Jones. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:24 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1031st)
  • Jets would listen to offers on Geno Smith
    ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini believes New York would listen to trade offers on Geno Smith.

    Advice: Smith is entering the final year of his contract and seems destined to leave New York even if he stays through this season. With the Vikings losing Teddy Bridgewater to a torn ACL and the Cowboys also in the market for an experienced backup, Smith could garner some interest. The Jets have four quarterbacks they'd like to keep, but it doesn't make sense to keep more than three. Smith won't fetch anything significant in a trade, but he'd walk for nothing in 2017. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:14 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.52 (464th)
  • Tyler Gaffney might not make Patriots' 53?
    The Boston Herald's Jeff Howe is "still not convinced" Tyler Gaffney will make the Patriots' 53-man roster.

    Advice: We won't find out for sure until this weekend, and even after that it's possible Gaffney could be cut for a waiver claim. "I could also see a scenario where Gaffney makes the initial 53 but Pats like someone better on the waiver wire and make a midweek change," wrote Howe. Gaffney worked with the first-team offense in the regular season dress rehearsal, but his skills are somewhat redundant with LeGarrette Blount's. Howe seems to think Gaffney is the 52nd or 53rd player on the Patriots' roster. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:33 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.88 (383rd)
  • Browns will only trade McCown for 'high pick'
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer confirms the Browns won't part with Josh McCown unless a team is willing to give up a "high pick."

    Advice: That price tag is rumored to be in the third round, although it's perhaps gotten steeper with multiple NFL teams losing quarterbacks recently. Ultimately, the Plain Dealer says the Browns are "unlikely" to part with McCown. As the Plain Dealer notes, McCown may be needed to make starts this year if Robert Griffin III gets hurt. (Griffin was sacked five times in one half of the Browns' third preseason game.) The Browns also view McCown as a valuable "mentor" to rehab project Griffin and third-round rookie Cody Kessler. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:16 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.70 (304th)
  • James Jones suggests he'd like to play for SF
    Free agent James Jones indicates he'd like to play for the 49ers.

    Advice: "It's just a waiting game for me right now," Jones said Wednesday after being released by the Chargers. "I just want to play football and stay home in the Bay Area." Two teams are located in the Bay -- the Raiders and 49ers. The Raiders aren't an option, but the 49ers might be a fit. The 49ers' wideout depth chart is laughably bad. Jones would probably be their best possession receiver. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:46 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (538th)
  • Jimmy Graham steadily progressing at practice
    Jimmy Graham (knee) has only been working "against air" in practices since being activated from the active/PUP list.

    Advice: Graham went through pregame warmups with his teammates ahead of the Seahawks' third preseason game, but he's yet to face any sort of contact in practice. "We like what we've seen, but we obviously need to continue to bring that along," OC Darrell Bevell said. Graham remains truly questionable for Week 1. He should be ready to go at some point in September. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:14 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.14 (159th)
  • Bills waive KOS Jordan Gay
    Bills waived K Jordan Gay.

    Advice: Gay was the Bills' kickoff specialist. Buffalo will move forward with the traditional setup of carrying only one kicker, with Dan Carpenter that man now. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:29 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1182nd)
  • Rishard Matthews getting slot work for Titans
    Rishard Matthews has been seeing increased reps in the slot with Kendall Wright (hamstring) still sidelined.

    Advice: "We are going to move him inside a little bit, give him a little more playing time in there with Kendall being out. So he has a little more on his plate," coach Mike Mularkey said. "I am really happy with Rishard. ... His blocking has been very good." Matthews is playing inside and out and figures to play heavy snaps right out of the gate. He and Tajae Sharpe appear to be the top-two receivers, followed up by Andre Johnson and Harry Douglas. Wright may not have a role upon return. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:30 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.37 (131st)
  • Steelers give Antonio Brown $4M raise for '16
    The Steelers and Antonio Brown agreed to a restructured contract, moving $4 million of his 2017 salary up to 2016.

    Advice: Brown was originally set to earn $6.25 million this season, but will now make a little north of $10 million. It's still a massive discount for the Steelers, as Brown would likely be the league's highest-paid receiver if he hit the open market. Brown has two seasons left on his contract, but this likely means a mega-extension will be coming his way next offseason at 28 years old. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:59 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    26.41 (5th)
  • Ebron '50-50' to play in Week 1?
    The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett believes Eric Ebron (ankle) is "50-50" to play in Week 1.

    Advice: Birkett did acknowledge his optimism grew when Ebron spoke to reporters recently. Many times, players who are in danger of missing significant time will be kept under wraps by teams and are discouraged from talking to the media. After missing so much of training camp, a slow start should be expected for Ebron. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:07 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.55 (173rd)
  • Kaepernick universally-hated in front offices
    After speaking with seven anonymous NFL front office members, Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman came away with the opinion that teams "truly, truly hate" Colin Kaepernick, and he may never play another down in the league.

    Advice: "I don't want him anywhere near my team," one front office executive said. "He's a traitor." Another team executive said, "He has no respect for our country. [Expletive] that guy." And according to one GM, "In my career, I have never seen a guy so hated by front office guys as Kaepernick." One executive said he'd rather resign than sign Kap. Freeman believes '90-95 percent' of teams feel this way, and he thinks it's possible Kap will be blackballed once/if he's cut by the 49ers. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:35 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.67 (342nd)
  • Patriots sign ST Slater to one-year extension
    Patriots signed ST/WR Matthew Slater to a one-year, $1.8 million extension through 2017.

    Advice: The deal includes a $600,000 signing bonus and $900,000 fully guaranteed. Slater played a total of 24 snaps on offense last season, with no more than four coming in a single game, but he's one of the elite special teams aces in the league. He's made five Pro Bowls for it. Slater turns 31 next month. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:18 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.23 (495th)
  • Vikes don't think QB Hill will last 16 games
    Appearing on NFL Network's Good Morning Football, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Matt Vensel reports the Vikings don't think they can "get by" with Shaun Hill for 16 games.

    Advice: Vensel believes the Vikings will look outside the organization for another quarterback, though he does report the team "likes" Taylor Heinicke, but Heinicke is on the NFI list after tearing up his foot in an off-field incident. He's not expected to be able to practice for another three weeks. The Vikings were one of the teams linked to Nick Foles before he signed with the Chiefs. It's possible they could try to pry Josh McCown away from the Browns for a mid-rounder. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:14 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.40 (51st)
  • Shaun Hill positioned to be Vikings starter
    Shaun Hill will open the season as the Vikings' starting quarterback.

    Advice: He should be grabbed in two-quarterback leagues, but nowhere else. 36 1/2 years old, Hill will spend much of his time under center executing handoffs to Adrian Peterson. Hill appeared in nine games (eight starts) with the 2014 Rams, completing 63.3 percent of his throws with an 8:7 TD-to-INT ratio and 7.2 YPA. The Vikings should be willing to take those rate stats and run with them if Hill can repeat. We wouldn't bet on Hill lasting 16 starts this year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:23 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.40 (51st)
  • Bridgewater suffers torn ACL, dislocated knee
    The Vikings announced Teddy Bridgewater suffered a completely torn ACL and dislocated knee at Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: This was the fear. Bridgewater also suffered "other structural damage," and he's obviously done for the season. The Vikings expect Bridgewater to make a full recovery, but when exactly he'll be healed is anybody's guess. It's going to be a long, lonely rehab for the 24-year-old (in November). Minnesota's playoff chances take a big hit, even if Bridgewater isn't scaring many defenses with his arm. He showed tangible signs of progress the past year. Veteran backup Shaun Hill is a big downgrade. Adrian Peterson will be relied on even more. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:22 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1018th)
  • Players noticeably affected by Teddy's injury
    NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Teddy Bridgewater's knee injury was "gruesome," and that his teammates were "noticeably affected."

    Advice: It sounds like we're dealing with a Kevin Ware/Paul George-type situation. An ambulance and paramedics were summoned when Bridgewater went down, with the paramedics being something longtime observers had never seen before at a Vikings training camp practice. Bridgewater isn't going to play this season. The question is fast becoming if he'll be ready for 2017. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:29 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1018th)
  • Vikes admit 'significant' Bridgewater injury
    Speaking Tuesday, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer confirmed Teddy Bridgewater's knee injury is "significant."

    Advice: Zimmer refused to formally announce that Bridgewater is out for the season, but seemed resigned to the fact. The Vikes will get official word after more testing. Anything from a torn ACL to torn patellar tendon is a possibility. Shaun Hill is now the starter, though the Vikings will be searching for more depth. Colin Kaepernick is the biggest name available, but his collapsed play, off-the-field distractions and salary are all significant hurdles to an acquisition. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:11 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1018th)
  • Patriots send Dion Lewis (knee) to PUP
    Patriots placed RB Dion Lewis (knee) on the reserve/PUP list.

    Advice: He will be eligible to return in Week 7, but it is unclear if he will be ready by then. After the team's Week 9 bye might be a more realistic target. Set to miss most of the fantasy year, Lewis does not need to be drafted in standard formats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:11 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (587th)
  • Bills place Marcus Easley on reserve/PUP
    Bills placed WR Marcus Easley (knee) on reserve/PUP.

    Advice: The special teamer is recovering from a dislocated and fractured knee. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:19 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1090th)
  • Steelers hide Ladarius away on reserve/PUP
    Steelers placed TE Ladarius Green (ankle, headaches) on the reserve/PUP list.

    Advice: It was the expected outcome even though no one really knows what's truly sidelining the fifth-year tight end. Green and the Steelers both claim it is his ankle, but his agent said earlier this month that his ankle was fine. The headache rumors have not been completely debunked. Considering just how up in the air the situation is, Green shouldn't be stashed in re-draft leagues. Jesse James will open the year as the Steelers' pass catcher at tight end. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:10 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (846th)
  • Torn hamstring sends Bruce Ellington to IR
    49ers placed WR Bruce Ellington on injured reserve with a torn hamstring, ending his season.

    Advice: Competing for a starting job, Ellington was an intriguing sleeper headed into training camp. His loss further thins San Francisco's embarrassingly-thin receiver corps, and means recently-acquired Jeremy Kerley could have to man the slot. Coach Chip Kelly has almost nothing to work with on offense. Now 25, Ellington will head into the final year of his rookie deal with all of 19 career catches. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:00 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.96 (376th)
  • Free agent T.J. Yates (ACL) fully cleared
    Free agent QB T.J. Yates has been fully cleared from his torn ACL.

    Advice: Yates went down in late-December. Now 29, Yates will try to get mid-season workouts for emergency No. 3 duties. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:49 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (589th)
  • Bridgewater suffers non-contact knee injury
    Teddy Bridgewater suffered a potentially serious non-contact left knee injury in Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Bridgewater went down in a heap, and his teammates immediately called for the trainer. According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, players were cursing and throwing their helmets. They gathered around Bridgewater in prayer. The scene was described as "complete shock." The Vikings canceled practice and an ambulance was summoned. Obviously, it has the looks of a potentially season-ending injury, which would be a devastating blow even considering Bridgewater's game-managing ways. Journeyman veteran Shaun Hill is the next man up on the depth chart. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:02 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1018th)
  • Marquez North amongst Rams' first cuts
    Rams waived WR Marquez North, K Taylor Bertolet, TE Benson Browne, DB Mike Caputo, DT Zach Colvin, OL Brian Folkerts, LB Darreon Herring, FB Zach Laskey, S Jordan Lomax, LS Jeff Overbaugh, WR David Richards, TE Jake Stoneburner, OL Jordan Swindle and QB Dylan Thompson.

    Advice: North was a "name" free agent, but spent training camp banged up. Getting waived now means he probably won't be stashed on the practice squad. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:36 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.85 (433rd)
  • Carlos Hyde gains first clearance
    Carlos Hyde (concussion) has been cleared for non-football activities.

    Advice: If he wakes up symptom-free on Wednesday, he will be officially cleared to resume practicing. Hyde's Week 1 status isn't a concern. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:14 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.17 (104th)
  • Chargers waive three more players
    Chargers waived RB Dreamius Smith, OT Tyler Johnstone and DT Zamir Carlis.

    Advice: Smith appeared in two games last season, but didn't notch a carry. Getting waived at this stage of the summer suggests he won't be stashed on the practice squad. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:53 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.30 (400th)
  • Javontee Herndon recovering from knee scope
    Chargers WR Javontee Herndon is recovering from a knee scope, and expected to miss the entire season.

    Advice: The return man was battling to be the No. 5 receiver. He'll likely be back to compete for one of San Diego's final roster spots in 2017. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:36 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.03 (330th)
  • Chargers cut ties with QB Zach Mettenberger
    Chargers waived QB Zach Mettenberger.

    Advice: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Chargers spoke with the Cowboys before making the move, so it is possible Dallas snatches Mettenberger off waivers. The Bengals and Giants could also be options after both put in claims when Mettenberger was waived in May. Despite a somewhat promising showing as a rookie, Mettenberger has not proven to be even a capable backup, losing his spot to undrafted rookie Mike Bercovici this preseason. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:55 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1031st)
  • Drew Brees, starters will play Thursday night
    Saints coach Sean Payton said Drew Brees and the starters will play the first quarter Thursday night.

    Advice: It is a surprising decision considering Brees has not played in a preseason finale since 2006, but Payton obviously believes his offense needs more work. Considering how poorly the offensive line has played this preseason, it could be a decision he comes to regret. Even if the starters see extensive snaps, it would not be surprising if Brees plays just one series or is held out altogether. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:41 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    31.43 (1st)
  • James Jones cut after 27 days with Chargers
    Chargers released WR James Jones.

    Advice: Jones was signed 27 days ago after Stevie Johnson's season-ending knee injury. He was expected to serve as the Bolts' No. 3 receiver, but Jones never got comfortable out west. Tyrell Williams is the overwhelming favorite to be San Diego's third receiver. Jones might get another shot with a different club in-season, but his playing days are numbered at 32 years old. He's been cut by the Chargers, Raiders, and Giants over the last two offseasons. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:20 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (538th)
  • 49ers could 'put Kaepernick on ice' for 2016?
    MMQB's Albert Breer believes there's a "realistic possibility" the 49ers put Colin Kaepernick "on ice" for all of the 2016 season.

    Advice: In doing so, the 49ers would protect themselves from Kaepernick potentially injuring himself, which would then result in Kap unlocking more guaranteed money in his contract if he suffers a severe injury. It would also mean Kaepernick wouldn't dress on game days, which wouldn't allow him to visibly protest anymore National Anthems. The Niners can save $16.9 million against the cap next offseason by designating Kap as a post-June 1 cut. In the "icing" scenario, rookie Jeff Driskel would likely serve as Blaine Gabbert's backup to open the year. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:01 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.67 (342nd)
  • Kaepernick to play in preseason finale
    Colin Kaepernick will play in the 49ers' preseason finale.

    Advice: Coach Chip Kelly said Kaepernick "needs the snaps." Kelly has also insisted that Kaepernick remains in the mix in the 49ers' starting quarterback battle. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:49 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.67 (342nd)
  • 49ers could save space from Kap's release
    Even though Colin Kaepernick's $11.9 million salary is fully guaranteed, the 49ers could save salary cap space by releasing him if Kaepernick signed with another team.

    Advice: As Profootballtalk's Mike Florio notes, the salary which Kaepernick would receive from the signing team would come off of San Francisco's cap. This at least gives them some incentive and excuse for parting ways with Kaepernick that isn't related to his sitting during the National Anthem. It's beginning to seem like not a matter of if but when Kaepernick is released by the Niners. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:16 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.67 (342nd)
  • Glazer: 49ers could release Colin Kaepernick
    FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reported Colin Kaepernick faces an "uphill battle" to make the 49ers' roster.

    Advice: Glazer said he would be "shocked" if Kaepernick lasted the entire season on the 49ers' 53, and suggested Kap "may not even be on (the roster) in the next two weeks." All of Kaepernick's $11.9 million salary is guaranteed, but he has created a toxic situation by refusing to stand for pre-game National Anthems, which is Kaepernick's right but is frowned upon to put it mildly by most observers. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:10 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.67 (342nd)
  • Kaepernick promises, 'I will continue to sit'
    Colin Kaepernick told reporters Sunday that he will "continue to sit" during pre-game National Anthems.

    Advice: This assumes Kaepernick is on an NFL roster this season, and attending games at all. While it is certainly within his rights to sit when the National Anthem is played, it has caused a P.R. nightmare in San Francisco and will remain one for as long as Kaepernick is showing up on Sundays. Other teams likely now view him as toxic. It's no secret Kaepernick is disliked by teammates, even prior to the National Anthem thing. Combined with his poor play, Kaepernick's protestation could become a career-threatening decision. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:14 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.67 (342nd)
  • Bridgewater sharp in regular season tuneup
    Teddy Bridgewater completed 12-of-16 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' third preseason game.

    Advice: He added a 22-yard scramble. Bridgewater was sharp despite missing recent practices due to arm fatigue, connecting with Stefon Diggs for 5-71 receiving on five targets and throwing a TD pass to Kyle Rudolph. The low-volume nature of Minnesota's passing offense is Teddy's biggest hurdle in the way of fantasy football impact. That could change if Adrian Peterson went down. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:56 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1018th)
  • Rishard does not see much work Saturday
    Rishard Matthews caught 1-of-2 targets for 19 yards in the Titans' third preseason game Saturday night.

    Advice: Matthews' one grab was good for a first down on 3rd-and-10 late in the first quarter, and he had an end-zone target bounce off his fingertips in the second. Still, he saw inconsistent work with the first-team offense, often times losing snaps to both Harry Douglas and Andre Johnson. It is possible Tennessee just wanted to get the vets work with the first-team offense, but it is a concerning development with Tajae Sharpe seemingly establishing himself as the No. 1 receiver. Matthews still should open the season as a starter, but his target upside suddenly appears much smaller. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:38 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.37 (131st)
  • Chip still claiming QB battle remains open
    49ers coach Chip Kelly continues to claim the team's quarterback competition remains open.

    Advice: Blaine Gabbert has done nothing to run with the job, but Colin Kaepernick has somehow done even less. All signs have pointed to Gabbert under center for the opener for weeks now. Kap has seemed checked out of San Francisco since last season, and has seen his on-field performance deteriorate at an alarming rate. All he's really accomplished this summer is setting off constitutional debates on Twitter. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:37 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.67 (342nd)
  • Browns expected to keep Josh McCown
    CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Browns are likely to keep Josh McCown.

    Advice: Dallas could use a veteran backup after losing Tony Romo for at least six weeks, but the Browns' asking price for McCown is too high. The Steelers are also expected to pass on McCown. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:05 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.70 (304th)
  • Kaepernick's base salary is guaranteed
    Colin Kaepernick's $11.9 million base salary became guaranteed when he was kept on the 49ers' roster through April 1.

    Advice: The 49ers also paid Kaepernick a $400,000 offseason workout bonus. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat's Grant Cohn has made a convincing case on Twitter that Kaepernick's release may be inevitable, but it would be a costly move for the 49ers. Dysfunction has reached new heights in San Francisco. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:27 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.67 (342nd)
  • Colin Kaepernick sits during national anthem
    Colin Kaepernick sat during the national anthem before Friday night's preseason game.

    Advice: This is a non-story, but it is something the 49ers could use against Kap if they decide to move on. "The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony," the team said in a statement to Pro Football Talk. "In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose to participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem." In response to the "controversy," Kaepernick told NFL Network's Steve Wyche he is "not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color." The real story is Kaepernick was dreadful on the field Friday night, almost guaranteeing he will open the season as a backup. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:46 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.67 (342nd)
  • Carlos Hyde suffers concussion Friday night
    Carlos Hyde suffered a concussion in the first half of the 49ers' preseason game Friday night.

    Advice: Hyde didn't get to play much with Colin Kaepernick because he left early with the brain injury. Hyde will now be placed into the NFL's concussion protocol. He has 15 days to receive clearance in time for Week 1 against the Rams. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:54 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.17 (104th)
  • Chip: We haven't talked releasing Kaepernick
    Asked Friday night if the 49ers have considered releasing Colin Kaepernick, coach Chip Kelly replied, "There's never been a conversation about cutting Colin Kaepernick."

    Advice: Kaepernick was downright dreadful in Friday night's preseason game, looking entirely uncomfortable in new coach Chip Kelly's offense. If the 49ers aren't going to start Kaepernick, they have three options -- trade him, pay him $12 million not to play, or grant Kaepernick his release. If the 49ers opt to keep Kap around, that $12 million figure will be an awfully large bullet to bite. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:42 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.67 (342nd)
  • Carlos Hyde's preseason: 15-85-1 rushing
    Carlos Hyde rushed four times for 30 yards in the 49ers' third preseason game.

    Advice: If the Niners put Hyde on ice for the preseason finale, he'll finish August with 85 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries (5.67 YPC). Hyde ripped off a 27-yard run on Friday night, setting up Quinton Patton's three-yard TD. Hyde managed three yards on his other four runs. Hyde is locked in as San Francisco's bellcow back. We'll be interested to see whether the 49ers' ineptitude cuts into Hyde's fantasy production. He's got plenty of ability in his own right. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:43 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.17 (104th)
  • 49ers lose WR/KR Ellington to hamstring pull
    49ers WR/KR Bruce Ellington suffered a strained hamstring in Friday night's preseason game.

    Advice: He missed the second preseason game with an ankle injury. Ellington's hamstring strain looked serious, as he walked gingerly off the field before being met by trainers on the sideline with a towel over his head. Ellington has mammoth opportunity, but he simply can't stay off the shelf. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:25 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.96 (376th)
  • Tyler Gaffney starts, rumbles for 35 yards
    Tyler Gaffney rushed nine times for 35 yards Friday night against the Panthers.

    Advice: Gaffney started the game over LeGarrette Blount and ended up splitting possessions with the veteran while the first-team offense was on the field. He took advantage of the opportunity, sprinting off the left side for a 14-yard gain on his first carry and opening a touchdown drive with a 15-yard scamper. Gaffney has steadily been earning work with the first-team offense, and he now looks like a legitimate threat to Blount's workload. He is worth a look late even in standard formats. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:08 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.88 (383rd)
  • Antonio Brown: 4-87-1 receiving in 8 minutes
    Antonio Brown secured 4-of-4 targets for 87 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers' third preseason game.

    Advice: Brown did all of his damage in just over eight minutes of action. The Steelers' offense cut through the Saints' barely-there defense like a hot knife in butter. Brown was Ben Roethlisberger's go-to guy as usual, dusting past Saints rookie CB De'Vante Harris on his 57-yard touchdown. Due to the Steelers' weapons shortage, Brown has the highest raw target projection in the league this season. He should be the consensus 1.01 fantasy pick. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:33 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    26.41 (5th)
  • Brees sharp in 3rd preseason game
    Drew Brees completed 9-of-12 passes for 78 yards and a touchdown in the Saints' third preseason game.

    Advice: He also had a 31-yard connection deep down the middle to Coby Fleener wiped out due to a holding call at the line of scrimmage. Brees was sharp as expected, connecting with Willie Snead for his 17-yard touchdown. Brees has a tough schedule this year, but we like him to record another top-five fantasy finish. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:27 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    31.43 (1st)
  • Ladarius Green 'holding out hope' for Week 1
    Steelers TE Ladarius Green (ankle, headaches) is "holding out hope" he'll be ready for Week 1, but acknowledges his rehab has gone "very slow."

    Advice: It's still unclear what Green is even "rehabbing." He's adopted the team's party line that he's not dealing with headaches, but his own agent has said it's not his ankle. It's a ridiculously-muddled situation, one that makes Green a no-go as anything other than a risk/reward TE2. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:32 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (846th)
  • Eric Ebron (ankle) not practicing Thursday
    Eric Ebron (ankle) did not practice Thursday.

    Advice: Ebron was in uniform for Tuesday's session but ultimately did not do much work. He was held out completely both Wednesday and Thursday. He is not going to play this week, but he still appears to be on track for Week 1. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:16 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.55 (173rd)
  • Teddy Bridgewater expected to start Sunday
    Teddy Bridgewater (shoulder) is expected to start Sunday against Chargers.

    Advice: Bridgewater caused a stir by sitting out the second preseason game and a few practices with a shoulder injury, but the issue was never serious. He returned to practice on Tuesday, and said he feels "very good." He will be fully healthy before Week 1. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:50 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1018th)
  • Brees reiterates Week 1 deadline for new deal
    Walk-year QB Drew Brees again said he will not negotiate a contract extension after the start of the regular season.

    Advice: "That’s always been my mindset and my approach," Brees said. "I hope that we can get something done between now and then." If something is going to happen, PFT's Mike Florio was told it will most likely happen next week. Brees is set to earn $20 million in the final year of his deal. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:25 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    31.43 (1st)
  • Geno Smith still ahead of Bryce Petty
    Geno Smith will function as the Jets' No. 2 quarterback for Saturday's preseason game against the Giants.

    Advice: Smith has faced competition from Bryce Petty throughout camp but it appears he's still in the driver's seat for backup duties behind starter Ryan Fitzpatrick. It would probably make life easier for the Jets if Petty wins the job over Smith, who could easily be traded or let go. If Smith holds off Petty, there's a real chance the Jets could open the year with four quarterbacks on their 53-man roster. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:44 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.52 (464th)
  • Eric Ebron gets in a light practice Tuesday
    Eric Ebron (ankle) dressed for practice Tuesday, but was held out of individual and team drills.

    Advice: In other words, Ebron was in uniform, but limited to side work. Either way, it's a sign that he's progressing on schedule. Ebron will probably miss the Lions' final two preseason games, but barring a setback, will be ready to roll for Week 1. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:36 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.55 (173rd)
  • Teddy Bridgewater resumes throwing
    Teddy Bridgewater (shoulder) has resumed throwing.

    Advice: Bridgewater missed last Thursday's preseason game, and was held out of practice over the weekend. He was limited to throws of roughly 15 yards in distance on Tuesday. The Vikings never even formally acknowledged that Bridgewater is/was hurt. It's not a concern for his Week 1 status, though he could miss this weekend's important third preseason game. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:32 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1018th)
  • Report: Ebron (ankle) expected to play Week 1
    ESPN's Adam Caplan reports Eric Ebron (ankle) is expected to play Week 1.

    Advice: Ebron has been sidelined since August 6 with what Caplan called a "pretty decent ankle sprain." Despite the severity of the injury, Caplan reports Ebron has a shot to play in the fourth preseason game, but it seems unlikely the Lions risk him in a throwaway contest. Even with the missed time, Ebron remains one of the most interesting upside-TE2 picks in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:22 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.55 (173rd)
  • Bruce Ellington resumes practicing
    Bruce Ellington (ankle) has resumed practicing at 49ers camp.

    Advice: Ellington tweaked his ankle in the 49ers' preseason opener and missed the second exhibition game. He remains the favorite for slot duties in San Francisco. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 1:11 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.96 (376th)
  • Mularkey 'really happy' with Rishard Matthews
    Titans coach Mike Mularkey said he is "really happy" with Rishard Matthews.

    Advice: "He ran some really good routes yesterday," Mularkey said of Matthews' performance in the second preseason game. "His blocking has been very good. Everybody always talks about the receiving end of things, but his blocking has been very good as well." All the preseason buzz has been about rookie Tajae Sharpe, but Matthews is still likely the No. 1 receiver. It would not be surprising if he finished the season as the second-most targeted Titan behind Delanie Walker. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 7:28 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.37 (131st)
  • Jets noncommittal on Geno Smith as No. 2 QB
    On Sunday, coach Todd Bowles was noncommittal on Geno Smith's job security as the Jets' No. 2 quarterback.

    Advice: "Until we make a change there won’t be (a change)," Bowles said. "Right now they’re all playing and we’re trying to see who sorts out what." Bryce Petty is coming off a big preseason game where he threw for 242 yards and two touchdowns in one half of action, albeit against the Redskins' backup defense. If Petty wins the No. 2 job, Smith could be placed on the trade block. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 5:27 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.52 (464th)
  • Report: Dion Lewis (knee) to miss 8-10 weeks
    The Boston Herald reports Dion Lewis' knee surgery will sideline him for 8-10 weeks.

    Advice: The procedure is viewed as "relatively minor," but was required following Lewis' ACL tear last November. He was presumably dealing with loose particles in the knee. A source told the Herald that Lewis still "has a good chance of playing in 2016," even if he is likely to open on the season on reserve/PUP. The Herald adds that James White "has had the best summer of his three-year career." Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 2:04 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (587th)
  • Ebron (ankle) expected to be ready for Week 1
    Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press gets the "sense" that Eric Ebron (ankle) will be ready for Week 1.

    Advice: Ebron still isn't practicing, but he was spotted jogging before catching passes from a JUGS machine on Sunday. Birkett says that was the first time he's seen Ebron run since the ankle injury on August 6. Ebron's ADP has fallen nearly two full rounds since he went down. He's a high-end TE2 pick in fantasy. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 1:59 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.55 (173rd)
  • Lewis' knee surgery a 'clean-up' operation
    Dion Lewis' second knee procedure will be a "clean-up" surgery.

    Advice: It's an important distinction and it leaves the door open for a return later this season. It's still likely Lewis will open 2016 on the reserve/PUP list, which would cost him at least the first six games. Receiving back James White will get a lot more usage with Lewis sidelined. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 9:56 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (587th)
  • Report: Dion Lewis needs 2nd surgery on knee
    The Boston Globe reports Dion Lewis needs a second surgery on his already surgically repaired knee.

    Advice: James White just got a lot more interesting. Lewis tore his ACL last November 8. Although he's been seen in the Patriots' locker room getting around normally and without a brace, Lewis' need for more surgery will almost certainly keep him on reserve/PUP for New England's first six games. The news makes Lewis a tough sell as a fantasy pick in normal-sized leagues. White is now worthy of serious consideration in the mid-to-late rounds of PPR drafts. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 9:09 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (587th)
  • Dion Lewis (knee) could still land on reserve/PUP
    ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss said Dion Lewis (ACL) starting the year on the reserve/PUP list will become a "stronger possibility" if he doesn't practice this week.

    Advice: Reiss believes coach Bill Belichick is considering having Lewis sit out the first six games of the regular season, which would give him almost a full calendar year to recover from a torn ACL. Lewis was on the field for New England's last spring practice but hasn't suited up for any of the team's training camp activities and remains on the active/PUP list. For what it's worth, Reiss doesn't expect the Patriots to pursue Karlos Williams, who was cut by the Bills last week. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 5:53 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (587th)
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