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  • Joseph Randle to see 10-15 carries per game?
    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram suggests Joseph Randle may open the season handling 10-15 carries per game "with (Darren) McFadden slightly below that."

    Advice: "At the end of the day, we’re both going to get carries however they decide to play it out," said McFadden. Both backs seem resigned to the fact that the Cowboys are committed to a running back by committee. Beat writer Drew Davison confirms none of Dallas' backs "has done enough to separate themselves from the pack." McFadden is shaping up as a dicey flex play to begin the year, while Randle will be toward the back end of RB2s. Lance Dunbar will eat into both players' production in the passing game, further muddying the situation. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:57 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.58 (67th)
     
  • Cardinals to give CJ2K 10-12 touches
    The Cardinals plan to give Chris Johnson "10 to 12 touches" in their preseason finale Thursday night.

    Advice: This may be Johnson's audition for a roster spot after he missed Arizona's last exhibition game with a hamstring injury. Andre Ellington and David Johnson are healthy, and the latter in particular has shown well in August. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:44 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.64 (2414th)
     
  • Carroll: We're not signing F-Jax yet
    Seahawks coach Pete Carroll called Fred Jackson's visit "not a signing."

    Advice: It sounds like the Seahawks were merely kicking the tires/updating their emergency list. No. 2 back Robert Turbin is dealing with a high-ankle sprain, and F-Jax would be a readymade replacement were Turbin unavailable for Week 1. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:37 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2050th)
     
  • Robert Turbin has high-ankle sprain
    Seahawks RB Robert Turbin is dealing with a high-ankle sprain.

    Advice: It helps explain the Seahawks' interest in free agent Fred Jackson. Coach Pete Carroll says a signing isn't imminent, suggesting the team was hosting F-Jax just to get up to speed in case Turbin isn't ready for Week 1. Marshawn Lynch's handcuff should be considered week to week, and highly questionable for the opener. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:33 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.83 (2399th)
     
  • Titans RB Cobb (calf) in a walking boot
    Titans RB David Cobb (calf) is in a walking boot, and remains week to week.

    Advice: Cobb is looking might shaky for Week 1. At this point, he's just an RB4/5 stash in re-draft leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:15 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.46 (1973rd)
     
  • Bill O'Brien unhappy with running game
    Texans coach Bill O'Brien expressed disappointment in the team's running game.

    Advice: "I think our running game, at times, has been decent, but it’s too inconsistent," O'Brien said. " I think there have been times where we see glimpses of what it can be, but we’ve got to be a lot more consistent." Alfred Blue has averaged 4.8 yards per carry this preseason, but that average is inflated by a long run in the first game. Blue has averaged 2.75 yards per carry the last two games, and every other Texans back is under 3.5 YPC. Blue should handle the early-down work as long as Arian Foster is sidelined, but he is not a inspiring fantasy option. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:35 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.92 (63rd)
     
  • CJ?K expected to play in preseason finale
    ESPN's Josina Anderson reports Cardinals RB Chris Johnson (hamstring) will play in Thursday's preseason finale.

    Advice: Coach Bruce Arians later confirmed the news. It's a sign Johnson's roster spot is far from assured. Johnson has barely practiced since signing two weeks ago, and Bruce Arians isn't the kind of coach who makes moves on faith. CJ has to show something to crack Arizona's running back corps. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:12 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.64 (2414th)
     
  • Patriots place FB James Develin on IR
    Patriots placed FB James Develin (broken tibia) on injured reserve.

    Advice: Develin suffered the injury in the third preseason game. He is done for the season. Develin was the only full back on the Patriots' roster. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:22 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2035th)
     
  • Devonta Freeman has most active practice day
    Falcons RB Devonta Freeman was the most active he had been since returning from a hamstring injury in Monday's practice.

    Advice: Freeman returned to practice two weeks ago, but had been limited to this point. Falcons coach Dan Quinn was clearly excited to get Freeman back. "He is a guy who has juice," Quinn said. "When you feel somebody on the field, he’s got that kind of explosion and ability. It was great to have him out there." It is unclear if Freeman will suit up for the fourth preseason game. He should enter the season in a timeshare with rookie Tevin Coleman. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:06 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.46 (69th)
     
  • Ravens showed interest in RB Fred Jackson
    The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci reported the Ravens showed interest in free agent RB Fred Jackson.

    Advice: Jackson appears poised to sign with the Seahawks, but the Ravens' reported interest could hint they are unhappy with Buck Allen as the backup to Justin Forsett. Allen has struggled this preseason and fumbled on his way into the end zone in the third preseason game. With Lorenzo Taliaferro (knee) sidelined for a least the first several weeks of the season, Baltimore may look to bring in veteran help at final cuts. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:32 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.05 (2545th)
     
  • Montee Ball squarely on the roster bubble
    9 News Denver's Mike Klis does not believe Broncos RB Montee Ball will make the final roster.

    Advice: Ball has been steadily falling down the depth chart all offseason and played behind Juwan Thompson in the third preseason game. Ball should get one more shot in the fourth preseason game to show his worth, but right now his job is anything but secure. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:36 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.17 (2536th)
     
  • Signs pointing to Stevan Ridley on PUP list
    Jets coach Todd Bowles hinted that RB Stevan Ridley (knee) will begin the season on the reserve/PUP list.

    Advice: "We have some quality running backs right now, and they’re all playing good," Bowles said, "so Ridley can take his time and get healthy." Ridley opening the season on the PUP should open a roster spot for Zac Stacy. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:54 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2108th)
     
  • Fred Jackson meeting with the Seahawks
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports free agent RB Fred Jackson will meet with the Seahawks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Rapoport said both sides expect a deal to get done. Cut by the Bills on Monday, Jackson would provide a veteran presence behind starter Marshawn Lynch, his former teammate in Buffalo and a player with whom he is reportedly close. Bringing in Jackson could signal the end of the line for Christine Michael. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:43 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2050th)
     
  • Joique Bell remains Lions' No. 1 running back
    MLive's Kyle Meinke said, "Joique Bell remains the Lions' No. 1 tailback — for now, at least."

    Advice: The for now is important. Bell struggled at the beginning of last season after an unhealthy offseason, and a similar start could see Bell fall behind Ameer Abdullah in the pecking order. For now, though, he still projects as the Week 1 starter in Detroit. Fantasy favorite Zach Zenner is well down the depth chart. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:19 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.02 (97th)
     
  • Chris Ivory the 'unquestioned starter'
    The New York Post said Jets RB Chris Ivory is the "unquestioned starter."

    Advice: Ivory's preseason usage has told the same story. He has dominated carries with the first-team offense, ceding just third-down work to Bilal Powell. With Stevan Ridley (knee) likely headed to the reserve/PUP and Zac Stacy not a real threat, Ivory is a great bet to surpass the 198 carries he saw last season. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:55 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.21 (56th)
     
  • Trent Richardson among Raiders' initial cuts
    Raiders waived RB Trent Richardson.

    Advice: Oakland will eat the $600,000 it guaranteed Richardson back in March. We figured the Colts' release of Richardson would serve as a swift kick in the pants for the former No. 3 overall pick, but he ended up reporting to Raiders camp overweight and didn't impress anyone in the organization this preseason, rushing for 42 scoreless yards on 15 carries (2.8 YPC) and breaking one measly tackle. Richardson is running out of chances, but we expect him to get one more. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:43 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2044th)
     
  • Montee Ball on the roster bubble with Broncos
    Montee Ball appears to be in danger of losing his roster spot in Denver.

    Advice: He won't be a part of Denver's first cuts, but he might not make it when the Broncos trim to 53 this upcoming weekend. Ball is squarely behind C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman, while Juwan Thompson is making a run to be Denver's No. 3 back. "Special teams is a big factor with him and Juwan," coach Gary Kubiak said. "We'll see. I'm fine with Montee." If Ball were cut on Saturday, he would go through the NFL's waivers process. "Right now it's C.J., Ronnie, then Juwan, then me," Ball acknowledged. "So I guess just what it is." Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:33 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.17 (2536th)
     
  • Joique Bell finally comes off active/PUP list
    Lions activated RB Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') from the active/PUP list.

    Advice: It's not a moment too soon for the 29-year-old veteran, who isn't facing heat from just change-of-pace back Ameer Abdullah, but early-down prospect Zach Zenner. Provided he's in game shape, Bell will be the Lions' primary chain mover in Week 1, but he can't afford a slow start like the one he had in 2014. Abdullah is talented enough to begin stealing work from the word go. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:37 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.02 (97th)
     
  • Possible Pats make a run at Fred Jackson?
    ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss wouldn't rule out the Patriots making a run at free agent Fred Jackson.

    Advice: Reiss isn't reporting the Pats are already displaying interest, but bases his guess on coach Bill Belichick's longtime affinity for his division rival, and the team's unsettled situation at running back. Ultimately, New England's backfield is probably already too crowded to add another cook to the kitchen. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:39 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2050th)
     
  • Payton: Marcus Murphy 'making this team'
    Saints coach Sean Payton said RB Marcus Murphy is "making this team."

    Advice: The rookie out of Missouri had 110 total yards against the Texans on Sunday. He is also one of the favorites to return kicks this season. Murphy making the roster could be bad news for veteran RB Tim Hightower. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:40 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.30 (2641st)
     
  • Rivers confirms Chargers will use RBBC
    Philip Rivers confirmed the Chargers will use a running back by committee.

    Advice: "As Coach has always said — I’m not saying anything out of the blue — it’s a running back by committee crew," Rivers said. "It’s going to be a team effort in that bunch. We’re going to need all of them to carry the load in the run game and to catch the ball out of the backfield." Melvin Gordon is still the favorite for early-down work, but he has struggled this preseason and will cede passing-down snaps to Danny Woodhead. Gordon is shaping up as a low-end RB2. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:36 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.61 (66th)
     
  • Report: Cowboys have no interest in Jackson
    The Dallas Morning News reports the Cowboys have no interest in free agent RB Fred Jackson "at this time."

    Advice: "At this time" is a very important part of the report. Reports have suggested the Cowboys are comfortable with their committee of Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar, but that could change if the trio struggles early in the season. Jackson went to high school in the Dallas area. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:32 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2050th)
     
  • Bills cut 34-year-old longtime RB Fred Jackson
    Bills released RB Fred Jackson.

    Advice: This one is a shocker. Jackson missed most of training camp with a hamstring injury, but showed he still had juice in his legs in the third preseason game, rushing five times for 48 yards and a touchdown. Releasing Jackson suggests the Bills are confident Karlos Williams (illness) and LeSean McCoy (hamstring) will be ready Week 1. An eight-year veteran, Jackson has been with Buffalo his entire career. He should get a long look from teams in need of veteran running back help. The Cowboys, Browns and Patriots could make some sense. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:17 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2050th)
     
  • Roy Helu gets 6 touches on Sunday night
    Roy Helu managed eight yards on four carries but caught two passes for 14 yards in the Raiders' third preseason game.

    Advice: Helu made his preseason debut after battling injuries early in camp. He worked with the first-team offense, but entered the game behind Latavius Murray and sharing time with Trent Richardson. T-Rich seems like a lock to not make the 53, which would solidify Helu as Murray's top backup. Whether Helu opens the season as Oakland's passing-down back remains to be seen, but he's the Raiders' best option in that role. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:57 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.21 (191st)
     
  • T-Rich's struggles continue
    Trent Richardson managed 19 yards on five carries in the Raiders' third preseason game, adding three catches for five yards.

    Advice: After Richardson's night was done, the San Francisco Chronicle's Vic Tafur guessed T-Rich has toted the rock for his final time as a Raider. Through three preseason contests, Richardson has 42 yards on 15 carries (2.80 YPC). Taiwan Jones, Roy Helu, and Marcel Reece all look like better options to back up Latavius Murray. T-Rich's one-year deal contains a $600,000 guarantee. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:07 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2044th)
     
  • Ellington struggles against Raiders
    Andre Ellington managed 19 yards on nine carries and eight yards on three receptions in the Cardinals' third preseason game.

    Advice: Ellington led backfield work with the first-team offense in this one, even executing on an early short-yardage run. He was spelled with the ones by rookie David Johnson, as Chris Johnson (hamstring) was inactive. The Cardinals seem determined to scale back Ellington's workload after he wore down on 20-plus touches per game last season. The Johnsons will play complementary roles behind Ellington. Ellington remains the lead back, but Arizona could end up running a two- or even three-way committee once the season gets rolling. On the ground, Ellington has managed 34 yards on 14 carries (2.43 YPC) this preseason. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:50 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.83 (50th)
     
  • Bears cut Daniel Thomas
    Bears released RB Daniel Thomas.

    Advice: Very clearly on his last NFL legs, Thomas failed to beat out Ka'Deem Carey and Sinorise Perry behind Jeremy Langford, Quizz Rodgers, and Matt Forte. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:17 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2061st)
     
  • Report: Cowboys RBBC approach 'not a bluff'
    According to Yahoo's Charles Robinson, the Cowboys' plan to use an RBBC backfield is "not a bluff," and the rotation will be a "committee in the purest NFL form."

    Advice: Per Robinson, "the Cowboys are adamant that their elite offensive line can be the glue that elevates a collection of parts into a greater whole." In other words, the Cowboys are banking on their O-Line and less on the talent of their backfield, which is questionable to be kind with Joe Randle, Darren McFadden, and Lance Dunbar vying for work. Had Saturday night's preseason game been a regular season one, Robinson believes the Cowboys "would have ridden McFadden's hot hand," despite Randle starting the game. Robinson guesses none of the Cowboys' backs will rush for more than 850 yards this season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:23 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.58 (67th)
     
  • Grimes plays briefly off the bench
    Jonathan Grimes rushed three times for 14 yards in the Texans' third preseason game.

    Advice: Grimes was the second Texans tailback through the rotation, playing behind Alfred Blue and ahead of both Chris Polk and Kenny Hilliard. Grimes played briefly with both the Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett groups before exiting so the Texans could get longer looks at Polk and Hilliard. Through three preseason games, Grimes has 13 carries for 41 yards and three catches for 22 yards. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:57 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.40 (236th)
     
  • Chris Johnson to miss preseason game
    Chris Johnson (hamstring) is not expected to play in Sunday night's third preseason game.

    Advice: Per ESPN's Josina Anderson, Johnson "is still having problems with his hamstring." Johnson returned to practice on Friday, but may have suffered a setback. Recent reports still have Johnson making the Cardinals' 53-man roster. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:22 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.64 (2414th)
     
  • Ingram effective before resting
    Mark Ingram rushed four times for 13 yards and caught a 12-yard pass in the Saints' third preseason game.

    Advice: Ingram was sharp on early outside-zone runs and caught a nifty screen pass on the Saints' opening drive, picking up a dozen. Ingram's increased role in the passing game has come to fruition this August, catching four balls for 57 yards over the last two exhibition games. Ingram is a low-end RB1 pick who could benefit in PPR if C.J. Spiller (knee) misses regular season time. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:25 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.88 (64th)
     
  • Fisher: Tre Mason is questionable for Week 1
    Rams coach Jeff Fisher said Sunday that Tre Mason (hamstring) is questionable for Week 1.

    Advice: Mason missed early-camp practice time with a hamstring injury. He resumed practicing recently, but aggravated the injury in Saturday night's preseason game. The Rams view the injury as "mild," but Mason needs to avoid setbacks to be available for Week 1 against Seattle. Benny Cunningham is the Rams' No. 3 running back behind Mason and Todd Gurley (ACL). Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:03 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.38 (124th)
     
  • Alfred Blue posts 4-12-1 rushing line
    Alfred Blue rushed four times for 12 yards and a touchdown in the Texans' third preseason game.

    Advice: Blue continued to operate as Houston's lead back and dove into the end zone from a yard out to cap the Texans' opening drive. The Texans gave Jonathan Grimes and Chris Polk work with the Brian Hoyer group also, however, which may hint they are planning on using something of a backfield rotation. Blue remains the favorite for early-down and goal-line work until Arian Foster returns. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:55 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.92 (63rd)
     
  • Harbaugh discusses Buck Allen's fumble
    Ravens coach John Harbaugh expressed frustration with rookie Buck Allen after Saturday night's goal-line fumble.

    Advice: Allen also ran poorly, managing 29 yards on 13 touches. He is averaging 2.69 yards per carry this preseason. "You have to hold on to the football," Harbaugh said. "It’s just not possible to put runners out there that fumble the football. He’s going to have other opportunities and chances going forward, and I really believe he’s going to be a very good player. But, he’s going to have to learn from that." Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:53 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.05 (2545th)
     
  • Whiz: Titans could look to add a running back
    Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said the team is open to signing another running back.

    Advice: "I'm sure we’ll look and see what else is out there," said Whisenhunt. "If there’s somebody that can help us—if we need that." None of the Titans' running backs have stood out this preseason and the team is likely to employ a committee in the early going. Sankey is the favorite for early-down work with Dexter McCluster mixing in on passing downs. David Cobb will have a role when he returns from his calf injury with Antonio Andrews and David Fluellen serving as backfield depth. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:25 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.48 (117th)
     
  • Caldwell: Joique Bell 'moving along really well'
    Lions coach Jim Caldwell said RB Joique Bell is "moving along really well" in his recovery from offseason knee and Achilles surgeries.

    Advice: Bell said he's made "good progress" though the Lions are still "playing it by ear." He hasn't suited up for any of the Lions' preseason games and has yet to resume practicing. Bell doesn't expect to be limited upon his return. Promising rookie Ameer Abdullah will have a role regardless of Bell's health. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:47 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.02 (97th)
     
  • Ballard dealing with another hamstring issue
    Colts RB Vick Ballard is dealing with another hamstring injury.

    Advice: Ballard suffered the injury on Thursday. It's "different" than the hamstring issue he dealt with earlier in camp. At this point, the injury-prone back is likely headed to injured reserve, and will eventually be released with a settlement. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:24 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.27 (2644th)
     
  • Montee Ball fourth in line at running back
    Montee Ball rushed four times for 11 yards and caught one pass for 20 yards in the Broncos' third preseason game.

    Advice: Ball played behind Juwan Thompson, who appears to have jumped him for the third spot on the depth chart. Already well behind Ronnie Hillman for the backup job, Ball has zero fantasy value heading into the season. He is not guaranteed to make the final roster. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:15 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.17 (2536th)
     
  • Branden Oliver scores 70-yard TD Saturday
    Branden Oliver rushed five times for 14 yards and scored the Chargers’ only touchdown in Saturday’s preseason loss to the Seahawks.

    Advice: Oliver broke a number of tackles on his way to a highlight reel touchdown in the third quarter. It was his only catch of the night. Melvin Gordon out-touched Oliver 18 to six and seems to be locked in as the Bolts’ early-down back. Oliver did an admirable job filling in for Ryan Mathews last year and should still get a few carries per game. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:10 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.30 (2526th)
     
  • Tre Mason dealing with 'mild' hamstring pull
    Tre Mason's right hamstring pull is "mild."

    Advice: Mason will sit out Thursday's preseason finale, but it sounds like he'll be ready to rock for Week 1, which is in exactly two weeks. With Todd Gurley expected to be eased in, Mason will offer some FLEX appeal in September, though he has a rough opening matchup in the Seahawks. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:06 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.38 (124th)
     
  • Gordon struggles in second preseason game
    Melvin Gordon posted just 34 yards on 16 carries in Saturday’s preseason loss to the Seahawks.

    Advice: He also caught two passes for seven yards. Gordon hasn’t found much separation this preseason (22 rushes for 45 yards), but it’s better to go through growing pains now than in September and October. Despite his lackluster preseason, Gordon should open the year getting most of San Diego’s early-down work with Danny Woodhead spelling him on passing downs. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:40 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.61 (66th)
     
  • Buck Allen backs up Justin Forsett
    Buck Allen rushed 12 times for 24 yards in the Ravens' third preseason game.

    Advice: He added one catch for five yards. Like the rest of the Ravens' running backs, Forsett struggled to find running room against the Redskins. He also committed a costly fumble on the goal line with less than ten seconds left in the first half. Allen now has 29 carries for 78 yards (2.69 YPC) this preseason. With Lorenzo Taliaferro (knee) sidelined, Allen will open the season as Justin Forsett's backup. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:08 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.05 (2545th)
     
  • Chris Ivory pounds the rock for 38 yards
    Chris Ivory picked up 38 yards on six rushes in Saturday’s preseason win over the Giants.

    Advice: Not a bad day at the office. Ivory did almost all of his damage on the opening drive, burning the G-Men for 35 yards on five touches. The Giants couldn’t get off their blocks fast enough and Ivory made them pay. Ivory remains a non-factor in the passing game but he’s gained enough momentum this preseason to warrant mid-round consideration. He’s certainly going to be the Jets’ preferred option on the goal line this season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:16 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.21 (56th)
     
  • Joseph Randle starts third preseason game
    Joseph Randle started the Cowboys' third preseason game, rushing six times for 15 yards.

    Advice: He added an eight-yard reception. Randle got the ball on four of Dallas' first six plays, and carried the mail for the majority of the first quarter. As expected, Lance Dunbar operated as his change-of-pace back. Darren McFadden got some work with the first-team offense, but not until Dallas' fourth series. Randle is clearly going to get the first shot on early downs as the Cowboys begin the tall task of replacing DeMarco Murray, but he's a boom-or-bust RB2 in a crowded backfield. He finishes the preseason with 13 carries for 45 yards (3.46 YPC). Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:26 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.58 (67th)
     
  • Tre Mason leaves games with hamstring issue
    Tre Mason was forced from Saturday's preseason game with a right hamstring injury.

    Advice: Mason took the rock four times for 12 yards before departing, adding two catches for an additional 19 yards. It's unclear how serious the issue might be. Mason has 15 days to get healthy for Week 1. Todd Gurley's backup/early-season fill-in finishes the preseason with nine carries for 24 yards. He's an RB3 with RB2 upside for the first month of the season. Gurley is going to be eased in. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:18 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.38 (124th)
     
  • Vick Ballard will not play on Saturday
    Colts RB Vick Ballard will not play in the team's third preseason game.

    Advice: Sidelined for almost two years by ACL and Achilles injuries, Ballard got his first action of the preseason last week. It is unclear why he is being held out, but he may have suffered a setback. Already a longshot for a roster spot, missing this game probably seals Ballard's fate. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:51 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.27 (2644th)
     
  • Fred Jackson shines in preseason debut
    Fred Jackson had five carries for 48 yards and a touchdown in Buffalo's third preseason game.

    Advice: Jackson was making his preseason debut after missing two weeks with a hamstring injury. He started with all four of Buffalo's running backs sidelined, but played only the first quarter. Jackson's biggest play was a 41-yard carry to open the game. Jackson is a good bet to open the season as LeSean McCoy's backup. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:13 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2050th)
     
  • David Cobb (calf) considered week-to-week
    Titans rookie RB David Cobb (calf) is week to week.

    Advice: Cobb should miss the rest of the preseason. He isn’t a lock to be ready for Week 1. Cobb is merely a late-round flier. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:36 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.46 (1973rd)
     
  • Trent Richardson on the roster bubble
    ESPN Raiders reporter Bill Williamson says Trent Richardson is on the roster bubble.

    Advice: Despite getting $600,000 guaranteed in the two-year deal he signed in March, Richardson appears to be in real danger of losing his job to undrafted rookie Michael Dyer. Richardson has just 23 yards on 10 preseason carries. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:51 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2044th)
     
  • Devonta Freeman not expected to play Saturday
    ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure said RB Devonta Freeman (hamstring) is unlikely to play in the third preseason game Saturday.

    Advice: Freeman returned to practice last week, so it is a bit concerning he is not healthy enough to play. Rookie Tevin Coleman (hamstring) is expected to play. He could put distance between himself and Freeman in the running back competition with a strong showing. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:10 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.46 (69th)
     
  • Chris Johnson could play on Sunday
    Chris Johnson (hamstring) has not been ruled out for Sunday's preseason game.

    Advice: Johnson returned to practice on Friday, but he was very limited. Johnson will test his hamstring with the trainer before the game to determine his status. Arizona could decide to play it safe with their new running back, but with the first-team unlikely to play much if at all in the fourth preseason game, this might be the last chance to get Johnson run with the starters before the regular season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:31 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.64 (2414th)
     
  • Patriots FB James Develin suffers broken leg
    Patriots FB James Develin suffered a broken tibia in the team's third preseason game.

    Advice: The injury was originally feared to be an Achilles injury. While the broken tibia diagnosis is better, it will still sideline Develin 6-8 weeks and perhaps knock him out for the whole season. The Patriots do not have another fullback on the roster. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:11 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2035th)
     
  • James Develin carted off
    Patriots FB James Develin was carted off the field with a leg injury in Friday night's preseason game.

    Advice: It's feared, initially at least, to be an Achilles' injury, though the secretive Pats only announced it as a "leg" ailment. After the Patriots cut Eric Kettani this past week, Develin is the lone fullback on the roster. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:22 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2035th)
     
  • Bishop Sankey: 6-17 against the Chiefs
    Bishop Sankey managed 17 yards on six carries in the Titans' third preseason game.

    Advice: He's at 77 yards on 20 runs (3.85 YPC) through three exhibition weeks. Sankey shared the backfield with Antonio Andrews to open the game, while David Cobb (calf) was scratched. Sankey fumbled in the first quarter, but the ball was recovered by rookie RT Jeremiah Poutasi. Another bad sign came when Andrews vultured a two-yard touchdown; Sankey doesn't profile well as a goal-line back, limiting his scoring ceiling if those runs are going to go to Andrews or Cobb this year. Sankey remains a capped-upside committee back on what's likely to be a losing Titans team. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:46 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.48 (117th)
     
  • Chris Johnson returns to Cardinals practice
    Chris Johnson (hamstring) returned to Cardinals practice on Friday.

    Advice: Johnson should be all systems go moving forward. He's competing for playing time in Arizona's backfield with David Johnson and Andre Ellington. We suspect Ellington will open the season as the Cardinals' lead back, but the coaching staff may ultimately opt to "ride the hot hand" in committee fashion. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:00 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.64 (2414th)
     
  • Chargers RBs coach praises Gordon's pass pro
    Chargers RBs coach Ollie Wilson said Melvin Gordon's pass-protection concerns are overblown.

    Advice: "When he matches up, he’ll put his head in and strike somebody," Wilson said. "He’s a big-bodied guy, and he’s long, so he keeps people off of him. I don’t see what people say, that he won’t pass protect. I’ve had no problem with it." Gordon didn't pass protect much in college, and has reportedly been hit-and-miss in that area this summer. But the Chargers don't seem concerned. Gordon will be an early-down workhorse for the Bolts, but Danny Woodhead and Branden Oliver will more than likely handle all of the pass-game work. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:56 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.61 (66th)
     
  • Cobb (calf) to miss Titans 3rd preseason game
    Titans rookie RB David Cobb suffered a calf injury and didn't travel with the team for Friday's third preseason game.

    Advice: Cobb is missing a big opportunity in the Titans' regular-season dress rehearsal against the Chiefs. After Bishop Sankey's big game against the Rams last week, he appears to have taken a couple steps ahead of Cobb on the depth chart. If he can tie another solid effort onto it tonight, Sankey will have a clear path to the starting job for Week 1. Cobb has become a mere late-round flier. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:45 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.46 (1973rd)
     
  • Ivory had best camp, 'primed for career year'
    ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini believes Chris Ivory is "primed for a career year."

    Advice: Cimini says 27-year-old Ivory has had his best camp in three years with the Jets and has clearly worked on his pass-game chops. Ivory is the crystal-clear lead dog in the Jets' backfield and could see "about 20 touches per week" with 3-4 looks in the passing game. Not only is Ivory the favorite for early-down duties between the 20s, he also has a stranglehold on goal-line work. Deservedly, Ivory's ADP has soared three full rounds into the fifth since the start of August. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:38 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.21 (56th)
     
  • Cowboys still expected to use RBBC approach
    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports no running back has separated himself at Cowboys camp, and the expectation is Dallas uses a committee approach.

    Advice: All three of Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden, and Lance Dunbar bring something different to the table. Randle and McFadden rely on quickness and speed, while Dunbar probably has the clearest path to an actual cemented role on offense as a "perfect fit" for the change-of-pace job. Randle is still the favorite to open the season as lead dog, but the Cowboys may rotate these guys in and out. Randle continues to have a far-too-rich-for-our-tastes third-round ADP. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:02 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.58 (67th)
     
  • CJ?K expected to make 53-man roster
    NFL.com reports Chris Johnson is expected to make the Cardinals' 53-man roster.

    Advice: Andie Hagemann reports CJ?K has "made a positive impression on his new teammates overall," and that he'll eventually "share the workload behind starter Andre Ellington." Johnson does seem likely to make the roster as veteran insurance for a young, injury prone running back corps, but David Johnson could send CJ to No. 3 status with another big game this weekend. CJ is missing Arizona's regular season dress rehearsal with a hamstring injury. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:08 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.64 (2414th)
     
  • Derek Carr excited by Roy Helu's potential
    Raiders QB Derek Carr said RB Roy Helu can help the team in a lot of ways.

    Advice: "He's very smart, so he's going to be great in protection," Carr said. "He's also a very good receiving back -- very good hands. He has a good feel in the screen game. There's a lot of things that he does really well." Helu has missed time in training camp with a hamstring injury, but he is back practicing and should open the season as the No. 2 behind Latavius Murray. With the Raiders likely to be trailing in a lot of games, Helu could have a bigger role than expected. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:30 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.21 (191st)
     
  • Del Rio calls out Helu and Moore
    Raiders coach Jack Del Rio called out RB Roy Helu (hamstring) and LB Sio Moore (hip) for missing practice time.

    Advice: Both finally resumed practicing Wednesday. It's been increasingly common for coaches this year to use the media in an effort to motivate injured players back into practice. Del Rio stated Helu and Moore are "clearly running short of time" to establish roles before Week 1. Moore has lost his starting job to Malcolm Smith. Helu is still the favorite to back up Latavius Murray. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:17 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.21 (191st)
     
  • Ivory: I've been working more in passing game
    Chris Ivory says he's been doing a "lot more" in the passing game this summer.

    Advice: "We did the same stuff with the last coordinator, but the ball wasn't getting to me as much," Ivory said. "Now it's getting to me more. Now, I guess, people can see I can catch the ball." Coach Todd Bowles has been impressed with Ivory's camp. "I knew he was a good player, (but) I didn't know he was as fast as he was," Bowles said. "He's got very good feet. Chris has got very good quickness." Ivory is never going to be Darren Sproles, but even a tiny uptick in receptions could put him squarely on the RB2 radar. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:13 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.21 (56th)
     
  • Gordon in line for 'ample' carries vs. SEA
    Melvin Gordon (ankle) is expected to get "ample" carries in Saturday's preseason game against the Seahawks.

    Advice: Gordon missed last week's game with an ankle issue after taking the rock six times for 11 yards in San Diego's exhibition opener. Gordon is locked in as the Bolts' early-down banger, and is an RB2 in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:02 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.61 (66th)
     
  • Joique expects to be healthy for Week 1
    Lions RB Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') expects to be "healthy" for the regular season.

    Advice: Bell has yet to practice this offseason coming off "minor" knee and Achilles' surgeries. Bell stumbled out of the gate after a similarly unhealthy offseason last year, but he is confident he can step in and be a workhorse when he is healthy. In reality, he will likely form an early-season committee with rookie Ameer Abdullah. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:45 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.02 (97th)
     
  • Montee Ball 'slumping' in training camp
    The Denver Post reports RB Montee Ball is being pushed by Juwan Thompson for the No. 3 spot on the depth chart.

    Advice: Ball has already been jumped by Ronnie Hillman, and it appears Juwan Thompson could be next. Ball has never flashed at the NFL level, and he has reportedly been "slumping" in training camp. His spot on the roster is not secure. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:21 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.17 (2536th)
     
  • Mark Ingram believes he's a 'three-down back'
    Mark Ingram wants to be used more in the passing game.

    Advice: "I know I'm a three-down back," said Ingram. "I take pride in being an every-down back, being a back that doesn't have to come off the field, being a back that can do everything that's asked of him within the scheme of the offense." Ingram has reportedly been "featured" in the passing game during practice and had three receptions in the second preseason game. C.J. Spiller will be the primary receiver out of the backfield when healthy, but Ingram has a decent shot to top 30 receptions for the first time in his career. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:22 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.88 (64th)
     
  • Chris Johnson injury less than expected
    Coach Bruce Arians has upgraded Chris Johnson's (hamstring) injury outlook to "day to day."

    Advice: The Cardinals originally feared Johnson's hamstring injury would sideline him 1-2 weeks. Johnson needs to get healthy just to hold off rookie David Johnson for the No. 2 back job behind Andre Ellington. David had a big second preseason week, showing well on traditional carries and catching two balls. Rotoworld.com Aug 24, 1:59 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.64 (2414th)
     
  • Joique (knee, Achilles') still not practicing
    Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') remains sidelined at Lions practice.

    Advice: Bell has spent the entire summer on active/PUP. At this point, he's not going to see any preseason action. Bell has 20 days to get ready for the Lions' opener. Whenever Bell returns, it will be to a committee with Ameer Abdullah, and perhaps even Theo Riddick. Rotoworld.com Aug 24, 12:10 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.02 (97th)
     
  • Stafford confirms Lions' will use RBBC
    Lions QB Matthew Stafford confirmed the Lions will use a running back by committee even when Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') is healthy.

    Advice: The writing has been on the wall all offseason. The only real question is how the workload will be divvied up. Ameer Abdullah was sparingly used in the Lions' second preseason game, but he should open the season as at least the 1B to Bell's 1A. Theo Riddick has earned praised for his running this preseason, but will be at best used as a passing-game specialist. Despite his rising ADP, Abdullah's upside makes him the back to own in Detroit. Rotoworld.com Aug 24, 9:53 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.02 (97th)
     
  • Randle admits he is still in a competition
    Joseph Randle admitted there is still a battle for snaps in the Cowboys' backfield.

    Advice: Darren McFadden started the second preseason game, gaining just four yards on three attempts. Lance Dunbar worked with the first-team offense as the passing down back, catching two passes for three yards. Randle had the best night of the three, but he did not see his first carry until after Tony Romo left the field. The Cowboys could have been sending a message to Randle by limiting his first-team reps, but his usage against the 49ers suggests Randle's hold on the starting job is tenuous at best. He is a risky pick in the third round. Rotoworld.com Aug 24, 7:53 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.58 (67th)
     
  • Sankey shines as Titans RB battle rages on
    Bishop Sankey rushed six times for 45 yards in the Titans' second preseason game Sunday night.

    Advice: Sankey showed niftiness and burst against the Rams' first-team defense before giving way to rookie David Cobb. Through two exhibition weeks, Sankey has 60 yards on 14 runs (4.29 YPC). Although those covering the team anticipate Cobb ending up with more carries, Sankey continues to hog starter's reps and has operated as the Titans' lead back in each of the first two preseason games. Cobb did mix in with the ones after Sankey was done for the night against St. Louis, but Sankey ultimately outplayed him. This backfield has RBBC written all over it. Rotoworld.com Aug 23, 6:45 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.48 (117th)
     
  • Joseph Randle plays in 2nd preseason game
    Updating a previous item, Joseph Randle did play in the Cowboys' second preseason game on Sunday night.

    Advice: It was reported Randle would be inactive due to his recurring oblique strain, but the third-year back got in some work off the bench. Randle played behind Darren McFadden, rushing seven times for 30 yards. McFadden started and managed four yards on three rushing attempts. So long as Randle can stay healthy, he'll remain the favorite for lead back work in Dallas. Rotoworld.com Aug 23, 6:32 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.58 (67th)
     
  • Cowboys hold Randle out of 2nd preseason game
    Joseph Randle (oblique) is sitting out Dallas' second preseason game.

    Advice: Darren McFadden will start. Randle's injury has been flaring up the past couple of weeks. While it's not a long-term concern, the injury is a reminder of Randle's extremely-limited NFL track record. Randle has just 105 career carries through two NFL seasons, yet his ADP is currently in the middle of the third round. He played four snaps in Dallas' two playoff games last January. Rotoworld.com Aug 23, 4:10 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.58 (67th)
     
  • Roy Helu to resume practicing
    Roy Helu (hamstring) is expected to resume practicing this week.

    Advice: The hamstring injury kept Helu out of Oakland's second preseason game. After signing a two-year, $4.1 million deal this offseason, Helu remains the favorite to back up Latavius Murray. Helu may siphon passing-down work from Murray. Rotoworld.com Aug 23, 2:40 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.21 (191st)
     
  • CJ2K out a week or two with pulled hamstring
    Chris Johnson will miss a week or two with a pulled hamstring.

    Advice: He suffered the injury at Thursday's practice and could be sidelined for the remainder of Arizona's preseason slate. It's been a tough offseason for Johnson, who was injured in a drive-by shooting and didn't sign with a team until August. He's hoping to be the Cards' No. 2 back behind starter Andre Ellington. Rotoworld.com Aug 23, 5:28 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.64 (2414th)
     
  • Andre Ellington logs two carries versus Bolts
    Andre Ellington ran the ball twice for 12 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Chargers.

    Advice: He ripped off an 11-yard run on the opening drive and only saw one more carry after that. He was targeted three times in the passing game but finished without a catch. Ellington is locked in as the No. 1 back ahead of veteran Chris Johnson and promising rookie David Johnson. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 9:47 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.83 (50th)
     
  • Trent Richardson again fails to shine
    Trent Richardson rushed five times for five yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Vikings.

    Advice: T-Rich has just 23 yards on 10 preseason carries (2.3 YPC). His roster odds are hanging on for dear life. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 9:27 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2044th)
     
  • Buck Allen totals 44 yards versus Eagles
    Buck Allen rushed six times for 19 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Eagles, adding two catches for 25 yards.

    Advice: Allen checked in midway through the second quarter, well after Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro. He now has 54 yards on 17 preseason carries (3.17 YPC). He's a firm No. 3 on the depth chart. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 8:52 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.05 (2545th)
     
  • Ballard rushes twice in long-awaited return
    Colts RB Vick Ballard rushed twice for four yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Bears.

    Advice: It was the injury-prone Ballard's first appearance of any kind since Week 1, 2013. With the Colts' running back corps deeper than it's been in recent seasons, Ballard appears to be a 53-man roster long shot. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 8:16 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.27 (2644th)
     
  • Jonathan Grimes totals 35 yards versus DEN
    Texans RB Jonathan Grimes rushed five times for 23 yards in Saturday's preseason game, adding two receptions for an additional 12 yards.

    Advice: Grimes was the first man off the bench behind fill-in starter Alfred Blue. He operated as a three-down back for the majority of the second quarter before giving way to Chris Polk and Kenny Hilliard. Grimes should get plenty of work in passing situations while Arian Foster (groin) rehabs. He has 10 carries for 27 yards through two preseason games, adding three catches for 22 yards. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 7:56 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.40 (236th)
     
  • Alfred Blue starts second preseason game
    Alfred Blue started Saturday's preseason game against the Broncos, rushing four times for 10 yards.

    Advice: Blue monopolized first-team work before giving way to Jonathan Grimes and Chris Polk. Neither Polk nor Grimes got a touch while starting QB Ryan Mallett was in the game. Blue is a replacement-level talent, but the Texans appear set to roll with him as their early-down back while Arian Foster (groin) is on the mend. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 7:50 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.92 (63rd)
     
  • Roy Helu sidelined with undisclosed injury
    Raiders RB Roy Helu has been sidelined over two weeks with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Helu missed his second straight preseason game on Saturday. The Raiders haven't offered up any details on their third-down back's injury. He should be considered questionable for next week's regular season dress rehearsal. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 4:37 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.21 (191st)
     
  • Vick Ballard cleared for second preseason game
    Vick Ballard (hamstring) is expected to play in Saturday’s preseason game.

    Advice: It’s Ballad's first appearance in almost two years after consecutive ACL and Achilles injuries. Ballard saw his most extensive action of training camp this week and should be close to 100 percent. He reportedly spelled Frank Gore with the first team. Ballard needs to prove he can stay healthy to secure a roster spot. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 12:38 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.27 (2644th)
     
  • Cobb expected to get more work than Sankey
    ESPN Titans reporter Paul Kuharsky expects David Cobb to finish the season with more carries than Bishop Sankey.

    Advice: Kuharsky cautions that Sankey, Dexter McCluster and even Antonio Andrews and Jalston Fowler will get work too, but he thinks Cobb will be the lead back. Cobb is expected to get an extended look in the second preseason game, and could jump Sankey on the depth chart as early as this week. Cobb is worth a shot in the eighth round. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 8:25 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.46 (1973rd)
     
  • Fred Jackson (hamstring) returns to practice
    Fred Jackson (hamstring) returned to practice on Saturday.

    Advice: Jackson has been sidelined since early August with a hamstring issue. Jackson's return should be a big boost to the Bills' running back corps, which is missing LeSean McCoy (hamstring), Karlos Williams (illness), Bryce Brown (hamstring) and Boobie Dixon (calf). Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 7:24 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2050th)
     
  • Freeman and Coleman 'getting close'
    Falcons coach Dan Quinn said RBs Devonta Freeman (hamstring) and Tevin Coleman (hamstring) are "getting close" to returning.

    Advice: Both players returned to practice this week, but they were held out of the second preseason game. Barring any setbacks, both should get carries during the regular season dress rehearsal. With not much time left to separate themselves, Freeman and Coleman look poised to open the season as a running back by committee. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 5:26 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.46 (69th)
     
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