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  • Victor Cruz 'ready to go' for training camp
    Victor Cruz (calf, knee) is "ready to go" for the start of training camp.

    Advice: Cruz was limited to individual drills at minicamp. The Giants will monitor his reps early, but he’s close to fully recovered. Cruz should get most of his preseason snaps in the slot, with rookie Sterling Shepard starting opposite Odell Beckham. 52 minutes ago
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.77 (262nd)
  • Panthers Considering Ginn on kick returns
    The Panthers could use Ted Ginn on kick returns.

    Advice: With Kelvin Benjamin returning, Ginn doesn’t project for more than a deep threat role. The Panthers want to use special teams to get him more touches. Ginn should also remain Carolina’s punt returner. Today, 6:12 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.85 (254th)
  • Todd Bowles says Geno Smith can be starter
    Coach Todd Bowles thinks Geno Smith can be the Jets’ starter.

    Advice: "I think Geno can be a good starter, but he’s got to prove it in training camp like everybody else," Bowles said. "He’s been in the system a year. We’ll see what he does." It’s not more than coachspeak, but the Jets have thrown support behind Smith all offseason. Despite a standstill in contract talks, Ryan Fitzpatrick remains likely to be the Week 1 starter. Yesterday, 6:04 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.64 (74th)
  • Seattle could still add veteran quarterback
    ESPN Seahawks reporter Sheil Kapadia wouldn’t be surprised if Seattle adds a veteran quarterback.

    Advice: The Seahawks like Trevone Boykin as Russell Wilson’s backup, but want to see how he does at training camp. Seattle hasn’t been connected to any quarterbacks since Tarvaris Jackson’s arrest. Outside of Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jimmy Clausen, Charlie Whitehurst, T.J. Yates, and Michael Vick are the top free agents. Yesterday, 5:05 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2357th)
  • Jaguars TE Jacobs a lock for final roster
    The Florida Times Union considers TE Nic Jacobs a lock for the 53-man roster.

    Advice: Jacobs has been shut down since OTAs with a wrist injury. He’s fully expected to be ready for training camp. Jacobs is Jacksonville’s top inline blocker behind Marcedes Lewis. Yesterday, 4:21 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1858th)
  • Lions UDFA Cole Wick could push to start
    The Detroit Free Press believes UDFA TE Cole Wick could push to start.

    Advice: Wick put on a show at offseason workouts, but this is more of a bold prediction. Eric Ebron has never been a full-time starter, and the Lions have snaps to fill with Brandon Pettigrew sidelined. Wick’s role is worth tracking this preseason. Yesterday, 3:07 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1833rd)
  • Joe Flacco (ACL) ready for training camp
    Joe Flacco avoided the active/PUP list to begin training camp.

    Advice: Just as expected. Flacco tore his ACL and MCL in Week 11 last year, but his recovery progressed ahead of schedule and he resumed throwing without restrictions after OTAs. "He looks 100 percent to me," Kamar Aiken observed earlier this month. "Looks the exact same." Flacco isn't a sexy fantasy pick, but he has a favorable early-season schedule and last year's Ravens led the NFL in pass attempts. Flacco is a sneaky bet to finish this year as a low-end QB1. Yesterday, 3:06 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.30 (36th)
  • Trent Richardson officially placed on PUP
    Ravens placed RB Trent Richardson (knee) on the active/PUP list.

    Advice: Richardson is recovering from a June scope. The Ravens could stash him on reserve/PUP to open the season. Richardson is behind Justin Forsett, Buck Allen, Lorenzo Taliaferro, Kenneth Dixon, and Terrance West on the depth chart. Yesterday, 1:10 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.39 (2581st)
  • Smith placed on active/PUP list
    Ravens placed WR Steve Smith Sr. (Achilles') on the active/PUP list.

    Advice: He's eligible to come off this list at any time, but will have to receive medical clearance first, before passing a conditioning test. Smith turned 37 in May and is coming off a ruptured Achilles' tendon. Beat writers seem to believe Smith will be ready for Week 1, but that will not be determined until late August. Yesterday, 12:50 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.27 (126th)
  • Breshad Perriman (knee) opens camp on PUP
    Ravens placed WR Breshad Perriman (knee) on the active/PUP list.

    Advice: Perriman avoided reconstructive surgery, but doesn't have a set timetable to return. The Ravens expect him to be available "at some point" in training camp. Perriman should be considered questionable for Week 1. Yesterday, 12:49 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.35 (147th)
  • Devin Smith (ACL) likely to open year on PUP
    Devin Smith (knee) is expected to open the season on reserve/PUP.

    Advice: Smith is seven months into his ACL rehab. He’s doubtful for Week 1, and the Jets can free roster space from stashing him. Smith’s injury should lock Quincy Enunwa into three-wide sets. Yesterday, 11:55 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.84 (257th)
  • Quincy Enunwa favorite for No. 3 duties
    Jets WR Quincy Enunwa is the favorite for the No. 3 receiver job.

    Advice: Enunwa played 537 snaps as a hybrid WR/TE last year. With Devin Smith (ACL) sidelined, Enunwa projects for a similar role to open this season, though Jace Amaro’s return might cut into Enunwa’s slot targets. Yesterday, 11:39 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.11 (2499th)
  • McAdoo thinks Williams primed for bounce back
    Giants coach Ben McAdoo reportedly believes Andre Williams is poised for a bounce-back season.

    Advice: If he means bounce back as into the backfield for a loss, he may have a point. The owner of a career 3.2 yards-per-carry average, Williams should not be taking work from Rashad Jennings or fifth-round rookie Paul Perkins. Yesterday, 11:04 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.00 (2522nd)
  • Giants optimistic Cruz can return to form
    The New York Daily News' Ralph Vacchiano reports the Giants are optimistic Victor Cruz "can return to his old form."

    Advice: Vacchiano warned to buy into that optimism "at your own risk" before adding anything the Giants get from Cruz this season "would be a bonus." Cruz has not played a snap since October of 2014 and barely got in any work during the offseason program. Even if he is able to stay healthy, he will be at best the No. 3 option in the passing game behind Odell Beckham and rookie Sterling Shepard. Cruz is a low-upside fantasy gamble. Yesterday, 10:53 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.77 (262nd)
  • Keyarris Garrett destined for practice squad
    The Charlotte Observer's Jonathan Jones believes undrafted rookie Keyarris Garrett is "destined" for the practice squad.

    Advice: Garrett somewhat surprisingly went undrafted despite leading the nation in receiving last season and tearing up the Combine at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds. He failed to impress during the offseason program, however, and appears to be buried on the depth chart. Garrett is still a hold in Dynasty formats, but it does not look like he will make a rookie impact. Yesterday, 9:59 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1911th)
  • Corey Brown 'should' make the final roster
    The Charlotte Observer's Jonathan Jones says Panthers WR Corey Brown "should make the team."

    Advice: If he does, that leaves at most two spots for Stephen Hill (knee), Brenton Bersin, Kevin Norwood, and Damiere Byrd. Hill was reportedly showing well last offseason before tearing his ACL, and he has enough physical upside to warrant a spot on the roster. Unless one of the top three suffers an injury, there is not going to be any fantasy value to be found in this lot. Yesterday, 9:55 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.25 (2431st)
  • De'Anthony Thomas is on the roster bubble
    The Kansas City Star's Terez Paylor reports Chiefs WR/RB De'Anthony Thomas is on the roster bubble.

    Advice: Paylor says the addition of fifth-rounder Tyreek Hill could put Thomas "in a tough spot." ESPN's Adam Teicher agrees, saying it is unlikely the Chiefs keep both Hill and Thomas. A gadget player at his best, Thomas has played in just 22 games through two NFL seasons. He needs to stay healthy in camp to have any shot at a roster spot. Yesterday, 9:26 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2038th)
  • Spencer Ware 'caught lots of passes in OTAs'
    The Kansas City Star's Terez Paylor reports Spencer Ware "caught lots of passes in OTAs."

    Advice: This is potentially bad news for Charcandrick West, who seemed more likely than Ware to handle passing-down work when Jamaal Charles needs a breather. ESPN's Adam Teicher already labeled Ware the No. 2 behind Charles, and it looks like that could be the case in the passing game as well. Ware is a much better late-round flier than West. Yesterday, 9:20 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.69 (2430th)
  • Report: Le'Veon Bell missed 'several' tests
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Le'Veon Bell's potential four-game suspension is the result of "several" missed drug tests.

    Advice: Rapoport added the Steelers have known about the potential suspension "for some time." Bell is planning to appeal, but his chances for success seem slim if it is true he missed multiple tests. DeAngelo Williams will be a sure-fire RB1 as long as Bell is sidelined. Yesterday, 9:04 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    15.61 (9th)
  • Drew Brees, Saints haven't talked since March
    Walk-year QB Drew Brees said he and the Saints have not seriously discussed a contract extension since March.

    Advice: Brees is set to count $30 million against the cap in the final year of his deal. With free agency all but wrapped up, the Saints do not have much incentive to lower his cap charge with an extension, and it does not appear they are terribly concerned about Brees bolting next spring. Brees has said he will not discuss a new deal during the season, giving the two sides around a month and a half to work something out. It would still be surprising if Brees entered the season without a new deal, but it is clearly not out of the question. Yesterday, 8:33 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    20.75 (6th)
  • Harbaugh: Terrance West has done 'great job'
    Ravens coach John Harbaugh said RB Terrance West did a "great job" during the offseason program.

    Advice: "I would say he's in the best shape of his life," Harbaugh said. "I think he's really done a good job with improving on this spring, and I can't wait to see him in training camp." Harbaugh's comments jibe with what beat reporters observed this spring. West faces an uphill climb to fantasy relevance in a loaded backfield, but it looks like he has the inside track on a roster spot. Yesterday, 8:09 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2247th)
  • Beat writer likes what he's seen from Wright
    TitansOnline's Jim Wyatt said he "liked what [he] saw from Kendall Wright this offseason."

    Advice: Coach Mike Mularkey said he is "expecting a lot" from Wright in May, but there was not much chatter about the fifth-year receiver's performance during the offseason program. With Dorial Green-Beckham seemingly falling out of favor, Wright could establish himself as one of the primary targets in the passing game. Basically undrafted in standard leagues, he could prove something of a value. Yesterday, 7:09 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.73 (163rd)
  • Hue Jackson 'has drawn up plays' for Pryor
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Terry Pluto reports Browns coach Hue Jackson "has drawn up plays" for WR Terrelle Pryor.

    Advice: Pluto says the plays are designed to get the ball in Pryor's hands and "let him run." With a receiver corps devoid of playmaking ability outside of rookie Corey Coleman, Jackson is making the right call by attempting to use Pryor's game-breaking traits to full effect. Now the former quarterback just needs to show well enough in camp to earn the role. In addition to Pryor, the Browns should be looking to utilize sophomore RB Duke Johnson's talents in the passing game. Yesterday, 7:01 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.70 (2517th)
  • Greg Salas 'on the short list' for No. 3 job
    The Buffalo News believes Bills WR Greg Salas is "on the short list" for the No. 3 job.

    Advice: Salas looked to be the favorite earlier this offseason, but Dez Lewis earned nothing but praise for his performance during OTAs and minicamp. Unless sixth-rounder Kolby Listenbee (hernia surgery) shows extremely well in camp, the No. 3 job should come down to those two. Even if he does not win an offensive role, Salas' punt-return ability could earn him a roster spot. Yesterday, 5:57 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.04 (2440th)
  • Raiders 'certainly hope' Washington nabs role
    CSN Bay Area's Scott Bair reports the Raiders "certainly hope" fifth-round RB DeAndre Washington wins a role in camp.

    Advice: The most likely role for the Texas Tech product is on passing downs, but he will have to prove he can handle himself in pass protection to win the job. Washington could also take away some of the early-down work from Latavius Murray, who the Raiders have publically expressed frustration with all offseason. Washington should be given every shot to earn a role. Whether the fifth-round rookie takes advantage will be a story to watch throughout camp. Friday, 10:55 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.35 (198th)
  • DeAngelo Williams set to start Weeks 1-4
    DeAngelo Williams is expected to be the Steelers' starting running back in the first four games of the season.

    Advice: This is due to Le'Veon Bell's latest substance abuse violation. In the nine games he played start to finish last season, Williams led all NFL running backs in touches per game (22.9), touchdowns (11), and snaps played. Assuming Bell's suspension stands -- and we'd be stunned if it didn't -- Williams will start at the Redskins in Week 1, versus the Vontaze Burfict-less Bengals in Week 2, at Philadelphia in Week 3, and versus Kansas City in Week 4. Friday, 7:21 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.93 (1747th)
  • Bombshell: Le'Veon facing 4-game suspension
    ESPN's Dan Graziano reports Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

    Advice: Pittsburgh radio personality Mark Madden was first on this over a month ago, and the rumor appears to be true. Madden received word that Bell skipped a drug test, which in the eyes of the NFL is the same as failing a test. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Bell skipped "drug tests," plural. Bell will obviously appeal it, but it sounds like he's not going to be available the first month of the season. Knock him down several pegs in the fantasy rankings, as he's now clearly behind David Johnson, Todd Gurley, Adrian Peterson, and Ezekiel Elliott. Look for DeAngelo Williams to do the heavy lifting in September, with Antonio Brown becoming even more of the focal point of the offense. Friday, 6:22 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    15.61 (9th)
  • Joe Flacco (ACL) throwing with no limitations
    Joe Flacco (ACL) is throwing without restrictions.

    Advice: Flacco was held out of OTAs, but has been working with WR Kamar Aiken the last couple weeks. "He looks 100 percent to me," Aiken said. "Looks the exact same." Aiken’s comments fall in line with previous reports. Flacco should be full-go for the start of training camp. Wednesday, 4:04 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.30 (36th)
  • Spencer Ware No. 2 back, not Charcandrick
    ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher considers Spencer Ware the team's No. 2 back behind Jamaal Charles.

    Advice: Although Charcandrick West made flashier plays, Ware severely outperformed him last season and is a better stylistic complement to Charles as a between-the-tackles pounder. There is a conceivable scenario in which Ware could offer some standalone value this year, especially if he handles short-yardage and goal-line work. Ware is a better late-round dart throw than West in fantasy drafts. Tuesday, 9:42 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.69 (2430th)
  • Flacco plans to practice on first day of camp
    Joe Flacco (ACL) reiterated he plans to participate in the first practice of training camp.

    Advice: Flacco said the same thing in June, and nothing has happened in the interim to change his mind. The Ravens might try to take it slow with their franchise quarterback right out of the gate, but it now looks like he will see plenty of snaps in the preseason. He should easily be 100 percent before Week 1. Monday, 8:56 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.30 (36th)
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