The Shiva Bowl (ID# 206824)
  • Lions beat writer talks Ameer Abdullah
    Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press believes the Lions envision second-round pick Ameer Abdullah as an eventual feature back.

    Advice: Abdullah's detractors see him as a Gio Bernard- or Shane Vereen-type scatback. Birkett believes the Lions feel Abdullah can handle a heavier workload, saying the Nebraska alum "has the potential to be the Lions’ primary running back." Birkett envisions Joique Bell opening the season as Detroit's lead runner, "at least early on," but states that "the job will be Abdullah’s before long." Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:59 pm
     
    Sun 1:05 pm @ SD
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    14.83 (122nd)
  • Montee Ball expected to see 7-8 carries/game
    The Denver Post's Troy Renck anticipates Montee Ball mixing in for "seven to eight" carries per game behind C.J. Anderson.

    Advice: Renck has Anderson ticketed for 18 carries a game. Before flopping last year following a preseason appendectomy, Ball averaged 4.66 yards per carry as a change-of-pace back behind Knowshon Moreno as a rookie in 2013. Ball's career YPC average currently stands at 4.18. Ball has been a fantasy disappointment through two NFL seasons, but he can be effective in a complementary role. He'll also offer handcuff appeal behind Anderson. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:52 pm
     
    Sun 1:25 pm vs Bal
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.26 (236th)
  • C.J. Anderson headed for 1,400-yard season?
    The Denver Post's Troy Renck believes C.J. Anderson "can roll for 1,400 yards" in the Broncos' zone-blocking scheme.

    Advice: 1,400 rushing yards would've ranked second in the league last season behind only DeMarco Murray (1,845). Renck describes Anderson as "a bowling ball with legs," and believes C.J. is "physically prepared for the grind" after improving his conditioning level this offseason. Renck projects Anderson to handle "18 carries per game" as the Broncos' "bellcow." 24-year-old Anderson is a fantasy first-rounder who often lasts until the second round of drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:44 pm
     
    Sun 1:25 pm vs Bal
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    25.09 (23rd)
  • Tice: Trent Richardson has 'lost some weight'
    According to Raiders OL coach Mike Tice, Trent Richardson shed weight this offseason, which helped some of his quickness to return.

    Advice: We've been pining for T-Rich to shed weight for years. It sounds like he's finally done so, and according to Tice it showed during the offseason program. "I thought the young man out of Alabama came on," said Tice. "He lost some weight, his quickness came around." Richardson is battling Roy Helu and Latavius Murray for snaps in Oakland's backfield. In all likelihood, Murray will be the Week 1 starter with Helu playing on passing downs. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:37 pm
     
    Sun 1:25 pm vs Cin
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.19 (2491st)
  • Christine Michael may be on bubble in Seattle
    ESPN Seahawks reporter Terry Blount believes Christine Michael is on the roster bubble.

    Advice: Blount suggests Michael could lose his roster spot to impressive UDFA Thomas Rawls, a physical runner who caught the coaching staff's attention at spring practices. The 62nd overall pick in the 2013 draft, Michael has special physical attributes and a 4.88 career YPC average, but has earned just 52 carries through two seasons and has never seemed to earn the coaches' trust. Still only 24 years old, Michael would certainly generate interest on waivers. The Seahawks might be able to get a late-round pick for him if he's made available for trade. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:06 am
     
    Sun 10:00 am @ StL
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.38 (2467th)
  • Stats show Brees has thrown better deep ball
    Drew Brees has improved his downfield accuracy over the last few seasons.

    Advice: According to ESPN Stats and Information, Brees completed just seven of 35 passes deeper than 40 yards with three touchdowns and five interceptions between 2009 and 2011. Over the last three seasons, he's 15-for-35 with seven touchdowns and no picks. With Kenny Stills gone, Brandin Cooks figures to be Brees' primary deep threat in 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:55 am
     
    Sun 1:05 pm @ Ari
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    44.39 (4th)
  • Jamison Crowder a threat to Andre Roberts?
    CSN Washington's Rich Tandler believes rookie Jamison Crowder could eventually overtake Andre Roberts as the team's primary slot receiver.

    Advice: It's just one beat writer's opinion but the drop-prone Roberts will definitely be on notice after a lackluster 2014 showing (36 catches, 453 yards). Even if Crowder isn't a factor on offense, the 22-year-old should carve a niche for himself in the return game. He's a near-lock to make the Redskins' 53-man roster. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:42 am
     
    Sun 10:00 am vs Mia
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.86 (2494th)
  • Johnson could benefit from Gates' suspension
    Antonio Gates' suspension could open up snaps for Stevie Johnson in the slot.

    Advice: The Chargers' two biggest slot threats last season were Eddie Royal and Gates. Royal signed with the Bears this offseason and Gates is serving a four-game PED suspension. Johnson had a tough time carving a role for himself behind Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis in San Francisco, but volume shouldn't be an issue in San Diego. Danny Woodhead and Ladarius Green will also see work in the slot. Raymond Summerlin covered this subject in greater detail in his article, Fantasy Fallout: Gates Banned, which you can find on the Rotoworld NFL page. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:25 am
     
    Sun 1:05 pm vs Det
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.02 (167th)
  • RG3 thriving under QBs coach Matt Cavanaugh
    Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he's seen growth in Robert Griffin III under new QBs coach Matt Cavanaugh.

    Advice: Last year, the quarterbacks coach position was filled by Gruden himself. Cavanaugh has been coaching in the league since 1995, winning a Super Bowl with the Ravens in 2000. "Bringing all that knowledge and experience, I think it’s helping everybody," said Griffin. As Griffin's fifth-year option for 2016 is not guaranteed, RG3 is entering a make-or-break season in Washington. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:24 am
     
    Sun 10:00 am vs Mia
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    32.16 (32nd)
  • Andre Williams expected to get goal-line carries
    Andre Williams is expected to be the Giants goal-line back.

    Advice: Williams mostly struggled in his jump from the ACC last year, but was effective in the red-zone with six touchdowns. After a nondescript OTAs, Williams will open training camp behind Rashad Jennings. The Giants want to use a three-man committee of Jennings, Williams, and pass-back Shane Vereen. An annual health risk, Jennings is coming off knee/ankle injuries and entering his age-30 season. Williams averaged 20 carries over the final month of 2014. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:41 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.16 (2039th)
  • Browns taking wait-and-see approach with Gordon
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Browns are "taking a wait-and-see approach" with suspended WR Josh Gordon.

    Advice: The Browns have Gordon under team control if he gets reinstated next year, but are open to trading him after consecutive suspensions and a team-imposed ban. Gordon dealt with conditioning and playbook issues in five appearances last season, averaging 60 YPG. Cleveland’s front-office/coaching staff isn't counting on Gordon returning to his 2013 form. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:39 pm
     
    Out
    Sun 10:00 am @ NYJ
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2098th)
  • Marcus Mariota draws raves for accuracy
    Marcus Mariota drew raves for his accuracy in offseason workouts.

    Advice: "Unbelievable accuracy," WR Harry Douglas said. "Marcus has done everything he needs to get the ball to his receivers." The Titans are expecting Mariota to improve their short passing game, where they ranked 24th in yards after the catch last year. Mariota's accuracy should be a big upgrade for slot WR Kendall Wright. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:39 am
     
    Sun 1:25 pm @ TB
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    32.31 (27th)
  • Matthews may struggle to find playing time
    Seahawks.com's John Boyle believes it will be a "tough challenge" for WR Chris Matthews to climb the depth chart.

    Advice: Despite his Super Bowl heroics, Matthews is still clearly behind Jimmy Graham, Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin on the target totem pole, and he could find himself behind rookie Tyler Lockett as well. At 6-foot-5, Matthews could be a good fit for the outside receiver role occupied by Kearse, but he will need a very strong training camp to earn a significant role early in the season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:59 am
     
    Sun 10:00 am @ StL
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.70 (1916th)
  • Andrew Quarless arrrested for gun offense
    Packers TE Andrew Quarless was arrested in Miami Saturday morning after allegedly firing a gun twice during an altercation.

    Advice: Quarless tried to flee the scene and hide the gun in a plant, but he was arrested and charged with discharging a firearm in public, a first-degree misdemeanor with penalties of up to one year in jail in Florida. No matter what happens in the legal system, Quarless is likely to face a significant suspension from the NFL. Nothing more than a mediocre talent, Quarless' days with the Packers could be finished. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:34 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.55 (237th)
  • Report: Cowboys and Dez Bryant nearing deal
    CBS Dallas-Fort Worth's Mike Fisher reports the Cowboys could announce a long-term deal with Dez Bryant as early as Monday.

    Advice: "The two sides having moved to such a negotiating comfort level," Fisher said, "that there is discussion about announcing a done deal following the July 4 weekend." Rumors of an imminent deal between Bryant and the Cowboys have been swirling for days, but we have yet to hear anything official from either camp. The two sides have until July 15 to hash out a long-term deal. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:46 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    19.68 (38th)
  • Cowboys believe Dez holdout threat is a bluff
    Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports the Cowboys believe unsigned franchise player Dez Bryant is bluffing about holding out and missing games.

    Advice: The two sides met Friday, and Cole reports "no progress" was made. Cole went as far as to say the Cowboys believe Bryant is having money problems and wouldn't be able to afford missing paychecks. Dallas isn't budging off the long-term offer it already made to Bryant and will either tell him to sign the deal or play out the season on the one-year, $12.82 million franchise tender. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:06 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    19.68 (38th)
  • Offset language holding up Mariota's contract
    Profootballtalk confirms offset language is the hold up with Marcus Mariota's rookie contract.

    Advice: This week's absurd "surfing clause" rumors have been put to rest. The Titans want to prevent Mariota from "double dipping" in the event he is released before the conclusion of his rookie contract, while Mariota is wisely avoiding caving. No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston agreed to offset language, but this should be a fight Mariota wins if he sticks to his guns. The Titans can't afford to let Mariota miss any time in camp. No. 3 overall pick Dante Fowler's deal does not include offset language. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:43 pm
     
    Sun 1:25 pm @ TB
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    32.31 (27th)
  • 'No truth at all' to Mariota surfing rumors
    ESPN's Paul Kuharsky reports there's "no truth at all" to rumors that an anti-surfing clause is the hold up in Marcus Mariota's rookie contract.

    Advice: With NFL "news" at its lowest ebb of the year, this is a "report" that's been making the rounds this week. Although teams often move to protect themselves against potentially-dangerous activities like surfing, we highly doubt this is the kink in the sides' prospective agreement. It's almost certainly a squabble over offset language. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:02 am
     
    Sun 1:25 pm @ TB
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    32.31 (27th)
  • Johnson developing good rapport with Rivers
    ESPN Chargers reporter Eric Williams singled out Stevie Johnson as a player who "developed a good rapport" with Philip Rivers during offseason work.

    Advice: Johnson is quietly set up nicely in San Diego. He'll be an upgrade in the old Eddie Royal slot role and will also back up 34-year-old (in September) Malcom Floyd. Royal was able to catch 109 passes for 1,409 yards with 15 touchdowns over the last two seasons. Williams calls Johnson the "X-factor" in the Chargers' wideout group. Rotoworld.com
    Jun 29, 5:18 am
     
    Sun 1:05 pm vs Det
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.02 (167th)
  • Report: Cowboys met with Dez Bryant's agent
    The Cowboys met with unsigned franchise player Dez Bryant's agent last week.

    Advice: With the deadline to sign franchise-tagged players less than three weeks away, the Cowboys are reopening talks with Bryant. It doesn't necessarily mean that a deal will get done. Bryant is threatening to miss regular-season games if he doesn't get a long-term contract. The Cowboys have until July 15 to extend him. Rotoworld.com
    Jun 27, 3:37 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    19.68 (38th)
  • Abdullah believes he can be three-down RB
    Lions rookie Ameer Abdullah is confident he could be a three-down running back in the NFL.

    Advice: "I came into this league hoping to get the opportunity to play running back on every down. I full-heartedly believe that is what my calling is," Abdullah said. "That's what I've done my whole life." With Joique Bell (Achilles', knee) coming off another limited offseason, Abdullah could become a "three-down" player as early as this season. No matter what, Abdullah looks poised to play a big role in the Lions' offense. Rotoworld.com
    Jun 27, 9:13 am
     
    Sun 1:05 pm @ SD
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    14.83 (122nd)
  • Crowder expected to be primary return man
    CSN Washington's Rich Tandler said "it will be a surprise" if rookie WR Jamison Crowder is not the Redskins' primary return man Week 1.

    Advice: Crowder had four punt return touchdowns and averaged 13.4 yards a punt return at Duke. Crowder's history as a kick returner is less stellar, but he should be given every opportunity to win that job as well. Washington was in the bottom half of the league in both kick and punt return average last season. Rotoworld.com
    Jun 27, 7:00 am
     
    Sun 10:00 am vs Mia
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.86 (2494th)
  • Browns have been in contact with Josh Gordon
    A Browns official has corresponded with suspended WR Josh Gordon this offseason.

    Advice: The Browns haven't completely given up on Gordon yet. Although his rookie contract was set to expire after this season, his suspensions have tolled the contract meaning he's still under team control at least through 2016. Gordon is eligible to apply for reinstatement in February. Rotoworld.com
    Jun 25, 5:39 am
     
    Out
    Sun 10:00 am @ NYJ
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2098th)
  • Dez Bryant does photo shoot for Wk 1 game
    Unsigned franchise player Dez Bryant participated in a Sunday Night Football photo shoot for the Week 1 game against the Giants.

    Advice: Publicly, Bryant is threatening to sit out this game if he doesn't get a long-term contract. No one is taking his threats seriously. Dez was in Dallas for minicamp, Jerry Jones has said there's "no doubt" his star wideout will be there and now Bryant is doing promotional work for the season opener. His one-year franchise tender is worth $12.82 million. Rotoworld.com
    Jun 25, 5:28 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    19.68 (38th)
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