FFL 2015 (ID# 285420)
  • Trestman keeping Kubiak's offense in place
    Ravens OC Marc Trestman promised Baltimore's offense will remain rooted in the running game.

    Advice: Replacing balanced-to-run-heavy OC Gary Kubiak, Trestman has a pass-happy background but is insistent on keeping Kubiak's scheme based on the personnel in place. "Ravens football starts with the running game, and that doesn't mean you're not going to throw the ball," Trestman said. "But the emphasis here is we want to be a great running football team, and we have the players to do that. So, that's where we start." The Ravens have a top-five offensive line and will keep Kubiak's zone-running scheme, in which Justin Forsett flourished last season, ranking fifth in the NFL in rushing yards. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:07 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    18.59 (57th)
     
  • John Fox discusses Kevin White's situation
    Bears coach John Fox insisted Saturday that first-round pick Kevin White (shin) is "making progress" while on the active/PUP list.

    Advice: White is dealing with some sort of shin injury while also working to improve his cardio, which essentially means he's out of shape. "It’s fair to say he is doing (cardio work) at some level, some phase," Fox said. "He’s making progress." White has missed multiple practices now since Bears camp started. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:01 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.29 (150th)
     
  • Juwan Thompson in mix to be Broncos No. 2 RB
    Second-year RB Juwan Thompson is reportedly challenging for the Broncos' No. 2 running back job.

    Advice: Thompson averaged 5.0 yards on 54 carries as an undrafted rookie out of Duke last season, scoring three touchdowns. He's reportedly putting heat on Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman behind C.J. Anderson. "Forty (Thompson's number) looked unbelievable today," coach Gary Kubiak said after Saturday's practice. "He's built for what we do." It's time to add Thompson in all Dynasty leagues and put him on the re-draft sleeper radar. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:48 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.13 (2579th)
     
  • Duke Johnson running with 3rd-team offense
    Rookie Duke Johnson was running with the Browns' third-team offense before tweaking his hamstring in Saturday's training camp practice.

    Advice: He's been behind Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West. "I'll be alright," Johnson said after the injury. "I've experienced much worse. I just felt something in my hamstring, stopped for precautionary reasons. We're going to take a look at it today." The Browns don't seem concerned, but Johnson needs to get back on the practice field to make up ground on the depth chart. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:32 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.26 (142nd)
     
  • Early-camp standout: Saints' Brandon Coleman
    Saints second-year WR Brandon Coleman has "consistently looked good" early in camp, and is reportedly "separating himself from the pack."

    Advice: The "pack" consists of Seantavius Jones, Josh Morgan, Joe Morgan, and others. A mammoth target at 6-foot-6, 225, Coleman has been likened to Marques Colston by coach Sean Payton. Colston is being eased into training camp, so Coleman has handled some first-team reps. We'll be keeping an eye on Coleman and whether he's able to challenge Nick Toon for the No. 3 receiver job. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:55 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.71 (2461st)
     
  • Beat writers favor Freeman over Coleman
    D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution believes Devonta Freeman has the "upper hand" in the Falcons' running back competition, "right now."

    Advice: Falcons beat writers unanimously consider Freeman the early favorite over Tevin Coleman, but this one is going to go down to the wire. The fact that Coleman handled first-team reps at Saturday's practice suggests the Falcons will seriously consider starting him. Still, this backfield seems headed for a committee, perhaps with Antone Smith also involved, and behind a weak offensive line. It could be a frustrating fantasy situation unless Coleman or Freeman clearly pulls away. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:48 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.56 (108th)
     
  • Dolphins claim WR Cobi Hamilton off waivers
    Dolphins claimed WR Cobi Hamilton off waivers from the Bengals.

    Advice: Hamilton spent the last two seasons on Cincinnati's practice squad. The 2013 sixth-round pick has never appeared in an NFL game. Hamilton will give Miami depth with DeVante Parker sidelined. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:05 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2235th)
     
  • Maxx Williams impressing early in Ravens camp
    Maxx Williams has shown good route running at training camp.

    Advice: Williams struggled with OC Marc Trestman's scheme and his protections during OTAs. There aren’t high expectations for him as a rookie, but it would be a disappointment if he didn’t beat out Crockett Gillmore. Dennis Pitta (hip) is expected to open the year on reserve/PUP. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:11 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.66 (159th)
     
  • Storm Johnson expected to return next week
    Storm Johnson (illness) expects to return to practice next week.

    Advice: Johnson opened training camp on the active/NFI list, but is considered day to day. He's at risk of getting cut after disappointing at OTAs. Johnson is competing with UDFA Corey Grant and Bernard Pierce for the final running back spot. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:58 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2029th)
     
  • Jaguars haven't had contact with Justin Blackmon
    Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said he hasn’t had any contact with suspended WR Justin Blackmon.

    Advice: Multiple offseason reports suggest Blackmon was denied reinstatement by the NFL. Blackmon is currently set to miss an unprecedented 40 games on indefinite suspension. An elite on-field talent, Blackmon’s career has been derailed by multiple Stage 3 violations. The Florida Times-Union believes it’s "uncertain" if Blackmon will return in 2016. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:25 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2284th)
     
  • Michael Crabtree impressing on first day of camp
    Michael Crabtree "had the look of a playmaker" on the first day of training camp.

    Advice: "He stood out today, made some nice catches," coach Jack Del Rio said. "Mike's a proven player. I don't think we have to worry much about Mike." There's speculation Crabtree isn't a lock to start Week 1, but he's unlikely to be pushed by Rod Streater. Crabtree should be behind only Amari Cooper for targets. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:26 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.76 (170th)
     
  • Devin Smith (ribs) expected to miss 4-6 weeks
    Jets rookie WR Devin Smith (ribs) is expected to be sidelined 4-6 weeks.

    Advice: He'll miss all of training camp and the preseason. Smith is dealing with a punctured lung in addition to broken ribs, putting his Week 1 status in serious question. He'll be behind Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, and Jeremy Kerley when he returns, making Smith an unlikely early-season contributor. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:10 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2203rd)
     
  • Melvin Gordon struggling with pass protection
    The Union-Tribune San Diego's Kevin Acee says rookie RB Melvin Gordon is struggling with pass protection in Chargers camp.

    Advice: Most rookies struggle in pass pro, but Gordon's issues are compounded by his lack of experience as a receiver. With Danny Woodhead on the roster, there is little reason for the Chargers to put Gordon in passing situations in which he is unlikely to succeed. Gordon will get all of the early-down work for San Diego, but he is unlikely to be heavily involved in the passing game this season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:10 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    18.91 (55th)
     
  • Duke Johnson tweaks hammy at practice
    Browns rookie RB Duke Johnson tweaked his hamstring during practice Saturday.

    Advice: Johnson had the leg wrapped in ice on the sidelines during practice, but he did not sound worried. He likely will not miss more than a few days. Johnson remains the heavy favorite for passing-game work in the Browns' backfield. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:08 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.26 (142nd)
     
  • Lance Dunbar will be involved in the offense
    ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer said RB Lance Dunbar "will finally become a viable part of the offense."

    Advice: An explosive back with Shane Vereenian skills, Dunbar has the passing-game chops to form a dynamic partnership with presumed starter Joseph Randle. With Darren McFadden already sidelined by injuries, Dunbar could end up with the second most snaps in the Cowboys' backfield. He is an interesting flier in deeper PPR leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:12 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.45 (242nd)
     
  • Fisher talks Gurley's recovery
    Coach Jeff Fisher said Friday the Rams are "very, very encouraged" with Todd Gurley's (ACL) recovery, but acknowledged Gurley is "not 100 percent" or ready to play in football games.

    Advice: "Todd did a great job on the conditioning test," Fisher said. "He's not 100 percent. He's not ready to play in a game right now. ... We'll just kind of add things as we move forward." Gurley has been limited to individual drills so far in training camp. We might see him play in the third preseason game. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:11 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    14.81 (83rd)
     
  • Jets rookie WR Devin Smith has fractured ribs
    Second-round WR Devin Smith suffered broken ribs in the first practice of Jets camp and may miss all of the preseason.

    Advice: Smith has been hospitalized with the painful injury. It should be emphasized that Smith broke multiple ribs, not just one. The injury occurred while Smith was "making a leaping catch" in Friday's practice. The 37th pick in this year's draft, Smith was going to compete for third receiver duties with Jeremy Kerley behind Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. While we didn't have high hopes for Smith's re-draft league prospects, so much lost practice time in OC Chan Gailey's system may prevent Smith from making any meaningful early-season impact. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:36 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2203rd)
     
  • Gurley limited to individual drills early on
    Todd Gurley (knee) is participating in individual drills early in Rams training camp.

    Advice: Per ESPN Rams reporter Nick Wagoner, there is "no timetable" for Gurley to begin practicing in 11-on-11s. In the meantime, Tre Mason will operate as St. Louis' first-team back with Benny Cunningham mixing in on passing downs. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch expects Mason to open 2015 as the lead ball carrier. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:21 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    14.81 (83rd)
     
  • Brandon Coleman getting lots of early targets
    Saints WR Brandon Coleman has seen "a lot of throws" early in training camp, while mixing in with both the starters and backups.

    Advice: Beat writer Mike Triplett hints Coleman has pulled ahead of Seantavius Jones in their battle for snaps. Coleman still needs to gain ground on Nick Toon and/or Marques Colston to become a 2015 fantasy factor, however. Coming out of Rutgers in 2014, Coleman ran a 4.56 forty at 6-foot-6 and 225 pounds. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:46 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.71 (2461st)
     
  • Bengals waive WR Cobi Hamilton
    Bengals waived WR Cobi Hamilton.

    Advice: A 2013 sixth-round pick out of Arkansas, Hamilton was never much of a receiving prospect and didn't make enough special teams noise to earn a game-day roster spot. The 24-year-old should generate scant interest on waivers. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:22 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2235th)
     
  • Todd Gurley will be eased into training camp
    ESPN's Nick Wagoner expects Todd Gurley (knee) to be limited to individual drills at the start of camp.

    Advice: Although Gurley surprisingly avoided active/PUP, GM Les Snead has said the team will be "cautious" with its first-round back. The Rams' official website believes there's a "possibility" Gurley starts Week 1, but gives the edge to Tre Mason. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:05 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    14.81 (83rd)
     
  • Falcons believe Freeman fits new run scheme
    According to ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini, the Falcons believe Devonta Freeman is the "right" fit in first-year OC Kyle Shanahan's scheme.

    Advice: Russini suggests Freeman could be headed for a "big year." Russini makes no mention of flashy rookie Tevin Coleman, whom Atlanta drafted in the third round. Russini is a former Washington D.C.-area reporter and may have connections to Shanahan, who formerly coordinated the Redskins' offense. Most signs continue to point to a Coleman-Freeman committee in Atlanta's backfield. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:58 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.56 (108th)
     
  • Kevin White's shin injury not a big deal
    Coach John Fox downplayed Kevin White's shin injury Thursday.

    Advice: White's shin has been nagging for a while and Fox won't reveal exactly what is wrong. "He is day to day. It is not a long-term thing. It's a shin. Something that shouldn't be long-term," Fox said. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:34 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.29 (150th)
     
  • Devonta Freeman keeps edge for starting job
    Devonta Freeman will open training camp as the Falcons' first-team back, ahead of third-round pick Tevin Coleman.

    Advice: The linked article below discusses how Freeman believes his pass-catching ability will ultimately give him the edge on Coleman. Coleman was not a deficient receiver in college, however, and was one of the best pass-protecting backs in the 2015 draft class. Freeman also pass protected well at Florida State, but struggled mightily there as a rookie. Coleman offers a far-higher ceiling in fantasy, but we don't see Freeman fading away. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:26 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.56 (108th)
     
  • Crabtree not seen as lock to start Week 1
    CSN Bay Area's Scott Bair suggests Michael Crabtree is not a lock to start in Week 1.

    Advice: A reclamation signing by the Raiders, Crabtree inked a Hakeem Nicksonian one-year, $3 million deal this offseason. Bair suggests Crabtree could be pushed in training camp by Rod Streater, who led Oakland in receiving in 2013 before missing most of 2014 to injury. Crabtree is an unlikely 2015 fantasy contributor. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:48 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.76 (170th)
     
  • Chargers sky-high on Melvin Gordon
    Chargers OC Frank Reich says his early impressions of first-round pick Melvin Gordon are "incredibly, incredibly positive."

    Advice: "You can see he has great vision. You can see he has great patience," Reich observed. "And he's just got great physical ability. ... I don't want to say too much because he's got to do it. But I'm just very excited about him, like off-the-charts excited." The 15th pick in the draft, Gordon offers double-digit TD upside as the lead runner in a proficient offense and is priced reasonably at a third-round ADP. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:55 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    18.91 (55th)
     
  • Kevin White (shin) opens Bears camp on PUP
    Bears placed WR Kevin White (shin) on active/PUP.

    Advice: White has been battling the shin issue for a while now, as he also sat out all of minicamp. It doesn't sound overly serious, but White is missing important time with the offense. The Bears want him to get his conditioning up before sending him in to compete with Marquess Wilson and Eddie Royal for snaps. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:17 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.29 (150th)
     
  • Jaguars place Storm Johnson on active/NFI
    Jaguars placed RB Storm Johnson on the active/NFI list.

    Advice: Johnson missed some OTAs due to a back injury, but the Jags don't have to disclose the injury that's now keeping him out. It's also possible Johnson reported out of shape and couldn't pass his physical. A seventh-round draft pick in 2014, Johnson is on the roster bubble behind T.J. Yeldon and Denard Robinson. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:48 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2029th)
     
  • Brandon Coleman 'on the rise' at Saints camp
    ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett reports WR Brandon Coleman is "playing faster and more at ease" this summer after struggling as a rookie.

    Advice: Coleman had a tough time adjusting to the speed of the NFL as a priority UDFA last year, dropping passes on a daily basis. He was part of the Saints' final cuts and spent his entire rookie year on the practice squad. Coleman is competing with Joe Morgan, Josh Morgan and Seantavius Jones for two roster spots. Triplett calls Coleman a player "on the rise" who could become a red-zone threat. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:42 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.71 (2461st)
     
  • Justin Forsett's catch total could double
    The Baltimore Sun agrees that Justin Forsett's catch total "could potentially double" under new OC Marc Trestman.

    Advice: ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley wrote almost the exact same thing in June. As the Sun notes, Trestman's running backs have averaged 72 catches for roughly 600 yards per season. Forsett finished his breakout 2014 with 44 grabs. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:59 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    18.59 (57th)
     
  • Maxx Williams started slow at spring practice
    Ravens second-round pick Maxx Williams "didn't get off to the fastest start" at spring practices.

    Advice: Williams admitted to struggling to digest OC Marc Trestman's playbook, and the Baltimore Sun is projecting Crockett Gillmore as the Ravens' Week 1 starter at tight end. The Sun writes the Ravens "might need to temper expectations" for Williams in his first year. Fantasy owners should heed this advice. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:54 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.66 (159th)
     
  • 'Possibility' Todd Gurley starts Week 1
    The Rams' official website believes there's a "possibility" Todd Gurley (knee) starts Week 1.

    Advice: Gurley's outlook has improved considerably after he avoided the PUP list to begin camp, but writer Myles Simmons still believes it's "more probable" Tre Mason starts Week 1 than Gurley. Simmons points toward coach Jeff Fisher's usual conservatism with rookies as evidence. Regardless of who starts Week 1, it's looking more and more likely that Gurley has a big role by the end of September. His health is farther along than was previously expected. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:17 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    14.81 (83rd)
     
  • Todd Gurley beginning camp on active roster
    Updating an earlier item, Rams RB Todd Gurley (ACL) will begin training camp on the active roster.

    Advice: It means Gurley is ineligible for the reserve/NFI list, which would have cost him the first six games of the season. It's a major surprise after the Rams insisted all offseason they would take things slow with the No. 10 overall pick. It still doesn't guarantee Gurley will be ready for Week 1, but he's trending in that direction. Gurley's Week 1 status will be confirmed if he suits up for preseason action. Expect Gurley's ADP of RB20 to climb. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:17 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    14.81 (83rd)
     
  • Todd Gurley passes conditioning test
    Speaking in a Tuesday radio interview, Rams GM Les Snead said RB Todd Gurley (ACL) has passed his conditioning test, and should progress to football activities "soon."

    Advice: This doesn't change the fact that Gurley will open camp on the active/NFI list, but he's progressing as the Rams hoped. Gurley is expected to begin participating in individual drills sooner rather than later. ESPN's Nick Wagoner believes Gurley will avoid the reserve/NFI list, which would cost him the first six games of the season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:48 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    14.81 (83rd)
     
  • Rams rookie Gurley to avoid reserve/PUP list?
    ESPN's Nick Wagoner expects Todd Gurley (ACL) to be back before the Rams' Week 6 bye.

    Advice: Wagoner calls predictions of the Rams holding Gurley until Week 7 "too far flung." The No. 10 overall pick is going to open camp with some individual drills and gradually progress toward full-team work. Gurley still has a chance to suit up Week 1, which will be roughly 10 months after his ACL tear at Georgia. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:20 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    14.81 (83rd)
     
  • Browns don't envision Duke Johnson as starter
    According to the Akron Beacon Journal, the Browns are "not relying on (Duke) Johnson to be their starter right away."

    Advice: Beat writer Nate Ulrich says the Browns would like Johnson "to eventually develop into the (lead-back) role," but he won't open the season as Cleveland's first-team back. The Browns are intrigued with Johnson's receiving skills, however, and he remains set up for a large role. The team has repeatedly likened Johnson to Giovani Bernard, who had 226 touches as a rookie in 2013. Rotoworld.com Jul 24, 11:32 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.26 (142nd)
     
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