FFL 2015 (ID# 285420)
  • Stephen Hill busted with drug paraphernalia
    WSOCTV Charlotte reports Panthers WR Stephen Hill was cited for a drug paraphernalia charge after a routine traffic stop.

    Advice: The drug paraphernalia charge isn't extreme by any means, but Hill is a guy who can't afford any off-field problems after he's been an extreme disappointment on it. The former second-round pick of the Jets had reportedly been a revelation in Panthers spring practices. Hill doesn't have a history of trouble with the law. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:52 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2058th)
     
  • Bengals OC: We're going to open it up this year
    Bengals OC Hue Jackson said, "We're going to open it up a little bit more this year and be who I think we can be."

    Advice: "We're going to open Pandora's box more," Jackson said. "We tickled it a little bit last year. ... It's a chess match, and whoever is not afraid to pull the trigger, pull the trigger. And I'm not afraid, so let's go." The potential for this offense is through the roof and vastly undervalued in fantasy because of the perception of Andy Dalton. But Dalton was playing with a short deck last season where Mohamed Sanu was his No. 1 receiver in a number of games. With A.J. Green, Marvin Jones and Tyler Eifert healthy and Jeremy Hill entering year two, Cincinnati is going to put up points. Dalton, whose 33-TD season in 2013 has seemingly been forgotten, will have his fair share of top-10 fantasy weeks this year. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:03 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    21.13 (56th)
     
  • Could Bengals be interested in Reggie Wayne?
    ESPN Bengals reporter Coley Harvey thinks free agent Reggie Wayne "might make for a nice addition" in Cincinnati.

    Advice: Following the loss of WR James Wright (knee) to injured reserve on Tuesday, the Bengals are in the market for some depth at the position. Wayne could bring a veteran presence to a receiving corps whose oldest player is Brandon Tate at 27. Wayne could then slide in as the No. 3/4 receiver and play for a contender. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:41 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2253rd)
     
  • Browns NT Taylor not a lock to make the team
    Browns NT Phil Taylor isn't considered a lock to make the 53-man roster.

    Advice: The former 21st overall pick saw his starting job disappear when the Browns drafted NT Danny Shelton. Desmond Bryant and Randy Starks are projected to flank Shelton. Taylor is making his way back from a 2014 knee injury that required a clean-up procedure and forced him to miss OTAs and minicamp. The Browns would just be eating Taylor's $5.477 million salary if he were to be cut. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:27 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.29 (698th)
     
  • Travis Benjamin may be odd man out for Browns
    The Chronicle-Telegram's Scott Petrak considers Travis Benjamin the early odd man out in the Browns receiving corps.

    Advice: Benjamin is a seldom-used deep threat who must show he can return kicks to make the team. Last season, Benjamin disappointed as a return man, averaging just 21 yards on kick returns and 2.4 yards per punt return while grading out as PFF's worst returner. Benjamin is pint-sized at 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:20 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.18 (2508th)
     
  • Jets to use second-year TE Amaro at H-back
    The Jets will use second-year TE Jace Amaro as an H-back.

    Advice: Jeff Cumberland projects to fill in as the traditional inline tight end. Amaro has the athleticism to move around the formation and make plays with the ball in his hands. But he'll need to show in camp that he's corrected his drops issue that plagued him as a rookie. If so, Amaro has a chance to catch 50-60 passes in OC Chan Gailey's spread. Amaro hurt his back at OTAs and missed minicamp. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:04 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.22 (168th)
     
  • Lions CB Lawson (foot) says he's 100 percent
    Lions CB Nevin Lawson (foot) said he's 100 percent healthy.

    Advice: Lawson dislocated his foot and ankle in Week 2 of his rookie season and spent the rest of the year on I.R. He sat out the entire spring as well, but now says he's pain-free and running full speed. Lawson is small-ish at 5-foot-9 and 192 pounds and will compete for snaps inside in sub-packages. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:46 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.60 (1682nd)
     
  • Tom Brady fires back: They have zero evidence
    Suspended QB Tom Brady wrote on Facebook Wednesday morning, "I am very disappointed by the NFL’s decision to uphold the 4 game suspension against me. I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either."

    Advice: "...To try and reconcile the record and fully cooperate with the investigation after I was disciplined in May, we turned over detailed pages of cell phone records and all of the emails that Mr. [Ted] Wells requested," Brady continued. "...There is no "smoking gun" and this controversy is manufactured to distract from the fact they have zero evidence of wrongdoing. I authorized the NFLPA to make a settlement offer to the NFL so that we could avoid going to court and put this inconsequential issue behind us as we move forward into this season. The discipline was upheld without any counter offer. I respect the Commissioner's authority, but he also has to respect the CBA and my rights as a private citizen. I will not allow my unfair discipline to become a precedent for other NFL players without a fight." Brady also explained his "destroyed" cell phone in his response, saying he simply replaced an old, broken Samsung phone with a new iPhone 6. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:30 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2391st)
     
  • Fins have had no contract talks with Vernon
    The Dolphins have had no contract talks with contract-year RE Olivier Vernon.

    Advice: Vernon is entering his age-24 season and the final year of his rookie deal. He's recorded 18 sacks over the past two seasons and plays above-average run defense. Vernon is expected to command Cameron Jordan money -- five years and $55 million with $33.5 million guaranteed -- at the very least and may be a candidate for the Dolphins' franchise tag. Miami may have to choose between on-the-rise Vernon or aging veteran LE Cameron Wake next offseason. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:40 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.86 (410th)
     
  • NFL offered Brady 2 games for guilty admission
    PFT's Mike Florio reports the NFL offered suspended QB Tom Brady a two-game reduction on his four-game suspension in exchange for a guilty admission.

    Advice: Per Florio's source, Brady had to admit to having knowledge of whatever ball men John Jastremski and Jim McNally were doing to the footballs, admit to failing to cooperate with the Ted Wells investigation and then apologize. Brady's ban would have then dropped to at least two games and possibly one. It appears Brady is dead-set on taking the NFL to court to get his suspension wiped out completely or he's going to take the heat and sit the four games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:55 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2391st)
     
  • Zimmer high on Eric Kendricks
    Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said second-round pick Eric Kendricks was "ahead of most rookies" at minicamp in June.

    Advice: The brother of Eagles ILB Mychal Kendricks, Eric played in a pro-style defense under Jim Mora at UCLA and has a chance to be an every-down player at Mike linebacker in Zimmer's scheme as a rookie. To play in sub-packages, Kendricks will likely have to show better coverage skills than WLB Chad Greenway in practice. Kendricks offers immediate LB2 upside in IDP leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:51 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.32 (917th)
     
  • Rams' site: Mason most likely to start Week 1
    The Rams' official website expects Tre Mason to "still play a significant role" in 2015, and believes it's "more probable" Mason starts Week 1 than Todd Gurley.

    Advice: Writer Myles Simmons believes Gurley will be brought along slowly, and reminds that coach Jeff Fisher "almost always likes to be conservative with rookies." This is true, but the fact that Gurley is avoiding the PUP list to begin camp — and therefore the season — suggests an early-season return, and a big role along with it. Even if he makes a few early-season starts, Mason is best regarded as an RB3/handcuff. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:12 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    20.02 (45th)
     
  • Darnell Dockett cleared for training camp
    49ers DE Darnell Dockett (ACL) has been cleared for training camp.

    Advice: Dockett tore his ACL last August. Headed into his age-34 campaign, Dockett figures to be brought along slowly even though he's avoided the PUP list. Not the pass rusher he once was, Dockett is unlikely to come close to the 890 snaps he played for Arizona in 2013. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:34 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.24 (1124th)
     
  • Report: Brady settlement was on the table
    NFL Network reports the sides were "moving close" to a settlement that would have reduced Tom Brady's suspension to one game, but that the league refused to "seal" the records.

    Advice: For its part, the NFLPA called the report "rubbish." In a searing and vitriolic statement Tuesday afternoon, the players association also officially announced it would be appealing Brady's suspension to federal court. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:41 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2391st)
     
  • Tom Brady 'definitely' seeking injunction
    The New York Daily News reports Tom Brady will "definitely" file for an injunction to stay his four-game suspension while the legal process plays out.

    Advice: The league has already sought to "confirm" Brady's suspension in federal court, while Brady is prepared to file a lawsuit of his own. We're nowhere near the end of this melodrama, which has been given the gravity of an international incident. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:09 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2391st)
     
  • Leg up: NFL asks feds to confirm Brady's ban
    Bloomberg's Scott Soshnick reports the NFL has asked the U.S. District Court in Manhattan to "confirm" Tom Brady's four-game suspension.

    Advice: In other words, they're suing Brady before he can sue them. Brady's 2014-15 decision to slightly under-inflate his footballs has resulted in an all-out war with the league. The SportsBusiness Journal's Daniel Kaplan speculates the league's suit is designed to get the matter out of judge David Doty's jurisdiction in Minnesota. Doty has often been a thorn in the NFL's side. Brady's case is looking a bit shaky amidst the revelation he intentionally destroyed his phone on the day of his meeting with investigator Ted Wells. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:37 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2391st)
     
  • NFL upholds Tom Brady's four-game suspension
    The league has upheld Tom Brady's four-game suspension.

    Advice: After a summer of waffling, commissioner Roger Goodell has decided to hold firm on Brady's shockingly-severe punishment. It means the matter is now headed to federal court, where Brady will sue the league. Brady will reportedly "seek an injunction that will allow him to play while his case works its way through the courts." Buried in the league's statement was confirmation that Brady destroyed his cellphone, apparently on the same day he met with investigator Ted Wells. Reading the reports, "Deflategate" sometimes comes across as a matter of national security instead of the silly sports controversy that it is. As it stands right now, Jimmy Garoppolo will be starting against the Steelers, Bills, Jaguars and Cowboys. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:34 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2391st)
     
  • Coates 'has got work to do' to earn snaps
    After attending the start of Steelers camp, Yahoo's Charles Robinson came away believing rookie Sammie Coates "has got work to do."

    Advice: Coates has reportedly missed time with "hamstring issues," something that wasn't previously reported. The injury doesn't sound serious, but Robinson believes it's clear Coates is far behind Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton. "It's going to take a lot of progress and maybe an injury for Coates to get some real opportunities this year," Robinson wrote. Barring a fast progression in camp, Coates may open 2015 as a healthy game-day scratch. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:38 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.96 (2481st)
     
  • Philbin open to more carries for Lamar Miller
    Dolphins coach Joe Philbin says the team is open to giving Lamar Miller more carries in 2015.

    Advice: Miller notoriously failed to hit 20 carries in any game last year, despite averaging an explosive 5.09 yards per tote in one of the NFL's most efficient rushing offenses. Miller did handle 19 carries in each of Miami's final two games, however, and Philbin left the door open for Miller to be treated more like a workhorse this year. "I would tell you I’ve never been in a meeting where I’ve said to [OC] Bill [Lazor] or [RBs coach] Jeff Nixon or the offensive line coaches (that) ‘Lamar can’t carry the ball 20 times a game. He can’t do it,’" Philbin insisted. "I’ve never heard that. That’s never come out of my mouth. ... I would tell you, if he’s cranking and he got it 24 times a game and he’s healthy and he’s fast and he’s explosive, it doesn’t bother me one bit." If Philbin stays true to his word, Miller will offer high-end RB1 upside after finishing 2014 as fantasy's No. 9 overall back. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:28 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    18.60 (54th)
     
  • Schefter: Brady, NFL still talking settlement
    Sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter that Tom Brady and the NFL were still discussing a settlement as of Tuesday morning.

    Advice: It remains highly unlikely the two sides will reach an agreement before Patriots training camp opens Thursday. Stephen A. Smith is "hearing" the four-game ban will be upheld within the next 24-48 hours, which is the no-brainer outcome given Roger Goodell's stance on the matter. Of course, none of this matters too much as Brady is widely expected to challenge the NFL in court. He will "seek an injunction that will allow him to play while his case works its way through the courts," per ESPN. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:39 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2391st)
     
  • Rumor: NFL will uphold Brady's ban shortly
    Appearing on ESPN, Stephen A. Smith said the NFL will announce Tom Brady's four-game suspension has been upheld within the next 24-48 hours.

    Advice: Stephen A. is not the kind of media personality we like to cite for breaking news. But Adam Schefter also opined similarly Tuesday morning, saying the NFL doesn't feel "inclined to budge much" and adding he expects the suspension to stay at four games. Making an announcement before the Patriots open training camp Thursday is only fair. Brady and the NFLPA won't go down without a fight though, as they'll likely sue the NFL in court and try to get Brady on the field Week 1. Roger Goodell knew that, giving him zero incentive to look weak and reduce the ban. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:08 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2391st)
     
  • Terrance West fell down depth chart at OTAs
    Terrance West appeared to surrender reps to Duke Johnson and Shaun Draughn during OTAs and minicamp.

    Advice: The Browns have said they want to ride the hot hand at running back this season. It's going to be very difficult for West to get that hot hand if he's fourth in line behind Isaiah Crowell, Johnson and Draughn. West had a rocky rookie year, often looking average on the field and getting in the coaches' doghouse off it. The Browns used a third-round pick on Johnson in May. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:16 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.17 (257th)
     
  • Report: NFLPA and NFL talking on Brady case
    Sources tell FOX Sports the NFLPA and the NFL had an "open line of communication" in recent days regarding a potential settlement of Tom Brady's case.

    Advice: Despite the negotiations, we'd still be surprised if a settlement is reached. Brady won't accept missing any games and Roger Goodell is petrified of looking weak on discipline. Meanwhile, Brady was at the team facility Monday morning getting ready for Thursday's first day of camp. It's been five weeks since Brady formally appealed his four-game suspension. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:20 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2391st)
     
  • Report: IND, Ravens most vocal Brady critics
    Speaking in a Friday radio interview, ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio said the Ravens and Colts are the "two most vocal" teams lobbying the league not to reduce Tom Brady's four-game suspension.

    Advice: In other words, the Pats' most bitter rivals, and the two clubs they vanquished en route to Super Bowl XLIX. "(By reducing the suspension), you’re angering some of the hardcore owners out there," SalPal said. "(Those and others) in the AFC who believe the Patriots have gotten away with murder for years and have not been publicly punished properly." Commissioner Roger Goodell shouldn't consider the wishes of other teams when considering Brady's punishment, but that doesn't mean he won't. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:05 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2391st)
     
  • Dolphins haven't rode Miller hard in past
    Lamar Miller never got 20 carries in a game last year and only went over 15 carries in 6-of-16 games.

    Advice: Miller was highly productive, averaging a gaudy 5.08 YPC, catching 38 balls and scoring nine total touchdowns. But he was handed the ball just 13.5 times per game even though the Dolphins only had pitiful Daniel Thomas and Damien Williams as backups in the wake of Knowshon Moreno's injuries. Now the staff has talented Jay Ajayi to pound between the tackles, giving them another excuse not to turn Miller into a bellcow. We're not expecting more than 13-15 carries per game this year either. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:04 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    18.60 (54th)
     
  • Texans, Ravens not interested in Reggie Wayne
    The Texans are not interested in free agent WR Reggie Wayne.

    Advice: As expected, the "report" from WRTV in Indianapolis has no legs. The Texans, who didn't want anything to do with a declining Andre Johnson, surely don't want Wayne. They're going to go to battle with Cecil Shorts and rookie Jaelen Strong opposite rising stud DeAndre Hopkins. The Ravens are also expected to pass despite their thin receiving corps. The agent for Wayne has done his best to drum up interest, but his client remains a poor bet to play in the NFL again. Wayne, 36 and coming off three surgeries in the last 20 months, has nothing left. Rotoworld.com Jul 20, 7:45 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2253rd)
     
  • Ravens shoot down Reggie Wayne rumor
    The Ravens are not expected to pursue free agent WR Reggie Wayne.

    Advice: A weak "report" came from an Indianapolis television station saying the Ravens were among four teams showing interest in the 36-year-old Wayne. It didn't take long for it to get shot down. Even though the Ravens only have Breshad Perriman and Marlon Brown behind aging Steve Smith, they know Wayne has nothing left. Rotoworld.com Jul 20, 6:43 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2253rd)
     
  • Report: Four teams show interest in Wayne
    According to WRTV-6 in Indianapolis, the Patriots, Ravens, Texans and Packers are among the teams showing interest in free agent Reggie Wayne.

    Advice: This sounds like an agent-driven leak designed to drum up interest for a client. In reality, we'd be surprised if any of these teams were seriously considering the 36-year-old Wayne. He was brutally inefficient despite playing with Andrew Luck last season and has undergone three surgeries (ACL, triceps, knee) in the last 20 months. The only way this makes sense is if the Texans or Ravens see Wayne as a mentor for rookies Jaelen Strong and Breshad Perriman, respectively. The Packers and Patriots don't have room for Wayne in their wideout corps. Rotoworld.com Jul 20, 4:24 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2253rd)
     
Internet Explorer 8 is no longer supported by Yahoo Fantasy. Please download a supported browser.