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  • Packers expected to add a veteran receiver
    The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Tom Silverstein expects the Packers to sign a veteran receiver.

    Advice: Silverstein mentions three ex-Packers: free agent WR Jarrett Boykin -- who was released by the Panthers on Tuesday -- Giants WR James Jones, and Lions WR Jeremy Ross. Boykin caught just three passes for Green Bay in 2014. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:39 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2173rd)
     
  • Matt Jones to have offensive role as rookie
    The Redskins envision Alfred Morris and Matt Jones as a "physical tandem" in the backfield.

    Advice: Jones has cut up the preseason, averaging 6.95 YPC on 20 carries. He hits the hole with such explosiveness as a powerful downhill runner that the Redskins have been forced to give him back-to-back rest days to open up practice this week. Jones hasn't passed Morris on the depth chart, but the Redskins will use him plenty this year, giving him some standalone value as an RB4. If Morris were to get hurt, Jones would come into play as a high-end RB2. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:27 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.60 (227th)
     
  • Report: Bills discussing cutting Matt Cassel
    WGR 550 Buffalo's Sal Cappacio reports the Bills are "having internal debate" on whether or not to release QB Matt Cassel.

    Advice: Cassel has had an up-and-down six months in Buffalo, going from struggling badly to having a so-so training camp and preseason. Meanwhile, Tyrod Taylor has lit Buffalo on fire with his legs and earned the starting job. E.J. Manuel has performed in the preseason with a 146.9 passer rating, giving him the edge over Cassel. Releasing Cassel would save the Bills $4.75 million against the cap. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:54 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.06 (2713th)
     
  • DeMarco Murray to only get 225-250 carries?
    The Philadelphia Inquirer "guesses" that DeMarco Murray will finish the season with "225-250 carries."

    Advice: Beat writer Jeff McLane estimates Ryan Mathews at "100-125," and Darren Sproles at 50. At the high end of McLane's projections, Eagles backs would combine to finish the season at 425 carries, one year after LeSean McCoy, Chris Polk, and Sproles combined for 415. It's a reasonable projection, but the Eagles are very likely to run more this season than they did in 2014. While it's quite clear Murray won't approach last year's workload in Dallas, he is the obvious lead back in Philadelphia and should still exceed 300 touches if he stays healthy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:32 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.70 (30th)
     
  • 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 Yesterday, 2:57 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.58 (67th)
     
  • Chris Matthews back at Seahawks practice
    Seahawks WR Chris Matthews (shoulder) has resumed practicing.

    Advice: Matthews was running as Seattle's No. 3 wideout before spraining an AC joint in the preseason opener. His absence amounted to more first-team offensive reps for impressive rookie Tyler Lockett. It's now unclear whether Matthews will have a role on offense when the regular season begins. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:48 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.00 (2562nd)
     
  • 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 Yesterday, 2:44 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.64 (2414th)
     
  • Julius Thomas undergoing surgery on Wednesday
    Julius Thomas will undergo surgery on his injured finger Wednesday.

    Advice: NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Thomas could be sidelined a month. That's in line with what GM David Caldwell said on Monday. Caldwell essentially ruled Thomas out for Weeks 1-3, calling Week 4 "realistic." Thomas is a tough sell as anything more than a TE2. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:11 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1924th)
     
  • Randall Cobb expects to be ready for Week 1
    Randall Cobb (shoulder) expects to be ready for Week 1.

    Advice: "I don't plan on missing a game," Cobb said. "I'm doing everything in my power to get back before then." The Packers are notoriously cautious with injuries, but most signs point toward Cobb being ready to go in 12 days against the Bears. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:04 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.01 (41st)
     
  • Kenny Bell dealing with hamstring issue
    Bucs rookie WR Kenny Bell is dealing with a hamstring injury.

    Advice: Bell has been sidelined since Friday. Bell expressed optimism about testing the hamstring out in practice on Tuesday, but coach Lovie Smith shot it down, saying "You don't come back from hamstring injuries that quick." A fifth-rounder out of Nebraska, Bell is battling Louis Murphy for snaps behind Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:14 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.61 (2625th)
     
  • Chargers waive/injure four players
    Chargers waived/injured WR Torrence Allen, CB Chris Davis, S Gordon Hill and OG Melvin Meggs.

    Advice: All four players should pass through waivers unclaimed, and revert to injured reserve. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:53 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2310th)
     
  • Case Keenum to be Nick Foles' backup
    Case Keenum will be the Rams' No. 2 quarterback.

    Advice: Keenum has beaten out Austin Davis for the right to back up Nick Foles. With the Rams using (wasting?) a third-round pick on Sean Mannion, Davis will probably be waived. Keenum has some raw playmaking ability, but is prone to streaks of wildness/total ineffectiveness. He's a second-tier backup. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:42 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2477th)
     
  • Justin Hunter expected to play on Thursday
    Titans WR Justin Hunter is expected to play in Thursday's preseason finale.

    Advice: It's confirmation that he's nowhere near the first-team offense. Hunter's roster spot doesn't appear to be in danger, but he's not going to be a factor in the Titans' offense any time soon. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:19 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.47 (2583rd)
     
  • 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 Yesterday, 11:15 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.46 (1973rd)
     
  • Rex: Dan Carpenter 'needs to kick better'
    Speaking Tuesday, Bills coach Rex Ryan said K Dan Carpenter "needs to kick better."

    Advice: Carpenter converted 34-of-38 field goal attempts in 2014, but is just 2-of-4 this summer. He's also missed an extra point. Carpenter's Week 1 roster spot is secure, but he can't afford a slow start. The Bills are keeping Jordan Gay as a kickoff specialist. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:00 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.71 (259th)
     
  • Jace Amaro (shoulder) surprisingly sent to IR
    Jets placed TE Jace Amaro (shoulder surgery) on injured reserve, ending his season.

    Advice: The 23-year-old tight end has a torn labrum. He suffered the injury in the Jets' preseason opener. It's a bitterly disappointing end to what needed to be a big season for a player who underwhelmed as a rookie. Now Amaro will enter his third camp next summer on the hot seat after being the No. 49 overall pick of last year's draft. Jeff Cumberland and Kellen Davis are the next men up on the depth chart. It's a sorry group. Amaro is an end-of-bench type in Dynasty leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:26 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1892nd)
     
  • 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 Yesterday, 10:12 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.64 (2414th)
     
  • Roddy White expected to return next week
    ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure said Roddy White (elbow) will return to "some activity" next week.

    Advice: White underwent elbow surgery a little more than a week ago. The expectation was White would ready by Week 1, but it is concerning he will return to just "some" activity next week. Even if the elbow heals, White will require sporadic drainings of his knee throughout the season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:10 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.42 (126th)
     
  • Randall Cobb expected to be ready for Week 1
    Fox Sports reported Packers WR Randall Cobb will be able to play Week 1.

    Advice: Cobb injured himself in the third preseason game. A source told Fox Sports all "indicators" are Cobb will be able to play in the regular season opener. With Jordy Nelson (ACL) done for the year, Cobb has a chance to better his career highs in catches (91) and receiving yards (1,287) set last season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:16 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.01 (41st)
     
  • Funchess (hamstring) able to practice Tuesday
    Panthers rookie WR Devin Funchess (hamstring) practiced on Tuesday.

    Advice: There was some concern after Funchess aggravated his hamstring injury in practice Monday, but he appears to be fine. Funchess could play in the fourth preseason game. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:48 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.78 (146th)
     
  • Ravens officially put TE Dennis Pitta on PUP
    Ravens placed TE Dennis Pitta on the reserve/PUP list.

    Advice: This means Pitta will definitely miss the first six games, but it would be surprising if he played this season. Baltimore also waived G/T De'Ondre Wesley and T Darryl Baldwin to reach the 75-man roster limit. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:37 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1888th)
     
  • Titans get roster down to 75 players
    Titans waived/released TE Tevin Westbrook, DT Toby Johnson and S Josh Aubrey.

    Advice: Tennessee also placed WR Andrew Turzilli (ankle) and LB Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil (hamstring) on injured reserve. These moves put the Titans' at the 75-man roster limit. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:17 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1855th)
     
  • Riley Cooper does not have a preseason catch
    Eagles WR Riley Cooper has yet to catch a pass this preseason.

    Advice: Cooper has started all three preseason games, but he has been nonexistent in the passing game. A blocking specialist, Cooper will not make an offensive impact even if he keeps his starting job all season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:54 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.90 (2403rd)
     
  • Matt Barkley will start fourth preseason game
    Eagles QB Matt Barkley will start the team's fourth preseason game.

    Advice: This suggests Barkley is ahead of Tim Tebow in the battle for the third quarterback spot, but coach Chip Kelly may think Tebow's versatility makes him more valuable. Barkley could help his trade value with a good showing. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:49 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2502nd)
     
  • Panthers release WR Jarrett Boykin
    Panthers released WR Jarrett Boykin.

    Advice: The acquisition of Kevin Norwood from Seattle on Monday likely sealed his fate. Boykin caught 49 passes with the Packers in 2013 but has struggled to find playing time since. Being cut by a receiver-needy team like the Panthers is not a great sign for his NFL future. Carolina also cut S Robert Lester. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:49 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2173rd)
     
  • 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 Yesterday, 6:36 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.17 (2536th)
     
  • 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 Yesterday, 5:19 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.02 (97th)
     
  • Jeremy Kerley's roster spot is safe
    The Newark Star-Ledger believes Jets WR Jeremy Kerley's roster spot is safe.

    Advice: Kerley has lost his slot job to Quincy Enunwa, but he still should have a role in four-wide sets and on special teams. Also working is Kerley's favor is his contract. Signed to a four-year deal with $3 million guaranteed last year, cutting Kerley would cost the Jets $800,000 on the 2015 salary cap. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:07 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.97 (2397th)
     
  • Jags GM hopes Julius Thomas returns by Week 4
    Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell called Week 4 a "realistic" return target for Julius Thomas (hand surgery).

    Advice: Thomas has already been essentially ruled out for the first three games of the season. It sounds like returning in Week 4 against the Colts would be a best case scenario. Expect Allen Robinson to be a target monster in the meantime, and for Allen Hurns to also see a bump in early-season usage. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:20 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1924th)
     
  • Julius Thomas (finger) likely to miss 4-5 wks
    Julius Thomas is expected to require surgery on his broken hand, and will be sidelined 4-5 weeks.

    Advice: Specifically, Thomas needs surgery on a finger tendon. For what it's worth, Thomas is getting a second opinion on Tuesday. He can safely be ruled out for Weeks 1-3, and is highly questionable for Week 4. Considering Thomas' injury history, it's not a guarantee he'll be back for Week 5. It's a major concern for the Jags' entire offense, as Thomas' presence won't be commanding attention in the red zone as Blake Bortles looks to build on his big summer. Clay Harbor is the next man up at tight end. Already a low-end TE1, the injury-prone Thomas is firmly a TE2 for the final week of drafting. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:33 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1924th)
     
  • 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 Monday, 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 Monday, 11:37 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.02 (97th)
     
  • Funchess aggravates hamstring in practice
    Panthers rookie WR Devin Funchess aggravated his hamstring injury in Monday's practice.

    Advice: Funchess was able to finish the session, but he was spotted with the trainer after practice. Expected to serve as the "X" receiver with Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) done for the year, Funchess needs to get and stay healthy. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:18 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.78 (146th)
     
  • Rapoport expects Bills to cut a quarterback
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport expects the Bills to cut a quarterback after naming Tyrod Taylor their starter.

    Advice: Coach Rex Ryan has said the team would probably keep three quarterbacks, but he has been anything but forthcoming about his quarterbacks during the last month. E.J. Manuel seems like the obvious choice if Buffalo decides to release someone, but Matt Cassel's $4.75 million cap charge could earn him the boot. The Bills would get all of that $4.75 million off the cap by releasing Cassel. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:15 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.06 (2713th)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Justin Hunter has caught 2-of-9 targets
    Titans WR Justin Hunter has caught 2-of-9 targets (22 percent) this preseason.

    Advice: It is a very small sample size, but it is a concern considering Hunter has caught a Stephen-Hill like 43 percent of his targets through two seasons. Hunter has reportedly shown well in training camp this season, but that improvement has yet to be seen in games. Hunter will struggle to find the field if he cannot become more consistent. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:11 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.47 (2583rd)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Randall Cobb escapes with sprained AC joint
    Randall Cobb's MRI revealed only a sprained AC joint in his shoulder.

    Advice: Cobb admitted he feared a broken collarbone when he left holding his arm with the injury, but it's a mere sprain, or partial tear. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport calls Cobb's injury "minor," but acknowledges there's still "no word" on whether Cobb will be ready for Week 1. It sounds like a day-to-day injury. We like Cobb's chances of being all set for Opening Day against the Bears. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:08 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.01 (41st)
     
  • Devin Funchess returns to practice
    Devin Funchess (hamstring) returned to Panthers practice on Sunday.

    Advice: Funchess resumed practicing last week, but sat out Carolina's third preseason as a precaution by a team that already lost Kelvin Benjamin to I.R. The Panthers are counting on more than expected from Funchess and can't risk a pre-season injury aggravation. It'll be interesting to see whether the Panthers let Funchess play in their preseason finale. That game is Thursday night. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:33 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.78 (146th)
     
  • Boykin competing with Bersin for last spot
    Panthers beat writer Joseph Person doesn't think WR Jarrett Boykin will make the 53-man roster.

    Advice: He expects the Panthers to keep five wideouts with Boykin as the odd man out. Person said Boykin has put pressure on Brenton Bersin for the last spot but the coaches "seem to prefer" Bersin. Boykin has logged nine catches for 93 yards this preseason. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:43 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2173rd)
     
  • 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)
     
  • X-rays negative on Randall Cobb's shoulder
    X-rays on Randall Cobb's injured shoulder came back negative.

    Advice: He'll have more tests Sunday but it looks like he's going to be okay. Cobb got hurt on his third play from scrimmage Saturday against the Eagles. At first he thought he broke his collarbone but that wasn't the case. "I just caught the ball and was going down to the ground, and I had a guy land on top of me," said Cobb. "It's not what we think it could've been." Cobb isn't sure if he'll be ready for Week 1 against Chicago. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:23 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.01 (41st)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Report: Cobb (shoulder) avoids serious injury
    NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Randall Cobb's shoulder injury is believed to be minor.

    Advice: Per Rapsheet, Cobb is believed to have escaped with a minor sprain. It's the best possible news for the Packers, who couldn't afford even a short absence from their new No. 1 receiver. As it is, Cobb now has 14 days to get ready for Week 1, and should be ready to roll as a WR1 against the Bears. Cobb's status will be updated sometime in the next 24-48 hours. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:58 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.01 (41st)
     
  • Matt Jones sees field after Chris Thompson
    Matt Jones rushed seven times for 57 yards in the Redskins' third preseason game.

    Advice: He added one catch for 17 yards. Jones had much more success against the second-team defense than Alfred Morris had against the first, but he ran clearly behind Alf in this game and saw the field after Chris Thompson as well. Jones has the talent to put pressure on Morris, but he has not climbed him on the depth chart yet. Jones has 139 yards on 20 carries (6.95 YPC) this preseason. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:14 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.60 (227th)
     
  • DeMarco Murray plays one quarter vs Packers
    DeMarco Murray had six carries for 28 yards in Saturday's third preseason game.

    Advice: Murray lost some first-team work to Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles, who scored the Eagles first touchdown. He remains the clear starter, but won't come close to 449 touches he saw last year. Murray has appeared in just two preseason games, rushing for 45 yards on 11 carries (4.0 YPC) and one touchdown. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:40 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.70 (30th)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Randall Cobb leaves game with shoulder issue
    Randall Cobb suffered a shoulder injury in the Packers' third preseason game.

    Advice: Cobb injured his shoulder trying to make a catch on the opening series. He was immediately take to the locker room, and is likely done for the game. The Packers can't afford to lose Cobb after Jordy Nelson's season-ending torn ACL. Ty Montgomery and Jeff Janis will get an extended look in three-wide sets. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:22 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.01 (41st)
     
  • Matt Cassel plays two series against Steelers
    Matt Cassel completed 6-of-7 passes for 38 yards in Buffalo's third preseason game.

    Advice: E.J. Manuel started, with Cassel the No. 2 quarterback through the rotation. Cassel nearly threw a pick-six on a tipped pass at the line of scrimmage, but managed to avoid making any other mistakes. The Bills can't be overly impressed with what the saw from Cassel. Cassel is 13-of-15 for 83 yards in two preseason appearances. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:44 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.06 (2713th)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Jets coaching staff down on Jeremy Kerley
    ESPN New York confirms the Jets coaching staff has downgraded Jeremy Kerley.

    Advice: Reporter Rich Cimini suggests Kerley may have been "coasting" after signing a new contract, with a minor Achilles injury costing him part of OTAs. With Devin Smith sidelined, Kerley has been playing behind Chris Owusu and Quincy Enunwa in three-wide sets. Kerley’s guaranteed base-salary should secure his roster spot, but 2015 is looking like his last year with the Jets. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:27 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.97 (2397th)
     
  • Julius Thomas still expected to play Week 1
    Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said "everything points to" Julius Thomas (hand) playing Week 1.

    Advice: The Jags have always been confident Thomas will be ready Week 1, but it is good to hear he has not suffered any setbacks. SS Johnathan Cyprien (hand) is also expected back by the opener. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:20 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1924th)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Justin Hunter fails to make impact
    Justin Hunter was held without a catch in Tennessee's third preseason game.

    Advice: Hunter played exclusively with the second team, with Hakeem Nicks starting opposite Kendall Wright. All four of his targets came on deep routes. Hunter has just two catches for 14 yards through three preseason games. Hunter isn't a recommended late-round flyer. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:05 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.47 (2583rd)
     
  • Funchess held out of third preseason game
    Devin Funchess (hamstring) won't play in the Panthers third preseason game.

    Advice: It's a missed opportunity for Funchess, who has yet to put anything on tape as Carolina's X receiver. Funchess wasn't cleared after going through pregame warmups. Corey Brown, Ted Ginn, and Jerricho Cotchery will play in three-wide sets. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:30 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.78 (146th)
     
  • Charge against Titans WR Hunter gets reduced
    The felony assault charge against Titans WR Justin Hunter has been reduced to a misdemeanor.

    Advice: Hunter was arrested July 3 at a Virginia Beach bar. He was originally charged with "felony malicious wounding", but is now "only" facing allegations of misdemeanor assault and battery. It's well within the realm of possibility that Hunter beats the lesser charge, or that it's further reduced in court. Hunter goes back before the judge this upcoming Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:34 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.47 (2583rd)
     
  • 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)
     
  • 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)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Murray does not expect to rotate series
    DeMarco Murray said he does not expect to rotate series with Ryan Mathews.

    Advice: "I don't think it will be alternating series," Murray said. "But [Mathews] is a quality back, great guy, works extremely hard. I'm sure he'll get his fair share of touches. But I don't know how the rotation will be yet, we haven't touched on it." Murray started the second preseason game, but Mathews scored a touchdown on the first drive after subbing in for Murray. Murray scored a touchdown on the next possession. Murray will not see close to his workload from last season, but he should see enough touches to remain an RB1. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:10 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.70 (30th)
     
  • Rivera hints Funchess will replace Benjamin
    Panthers coach Ron Rivera hinted the team is planning on rookie WR Devin Funchess replacing Kelvin Benjamin (ACL).

    Advice: "The thing we’re waiting for is for Devin to be healthy and get him out on the football field," Rivera said. "He runs a lot of the same type of routes. He’s almost as imposing a target as Kelvin and the biggest thing with him is the confidence that he plays with as he develops." OC Mike Shula said the plan is to replace Benjamin with a committee, but it sounds like Funchess will get most of the snaps in Benjamin's old "X" position. The jury is still out on if Funchess can be an effective wide receiver in the NFL, but volume alone could make him a value at his WR38 draft price. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:47 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.78 (146th)
     
  • Panthers to replace Kelvin Benjamin by committee
    Panthers OC Mike Shula said the Panthers will likely replace Kelvin Benjamin "by committee."

    Advice: "Eventually there might be a guy that emerges," Shula added. It suggests the Panthers don’t view Devin Funchess as ready to replace Benjamin, though Funchess remains the favorite to open the year at X receiver. Corey Brown and Ted Ginn played with the first team in Saturday’s preseason game, but are deep threats that struggle at the short/intermediate levels. Greg Olsen projects to lead the Panthers in early-season targets. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:30 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.78 (146th)
     
  • Flacco doesn't know if Pitta will play
    Joe Flacco admits he "does not know" whether Dennis Pitta (hip surgeries) will play this season.

    Advice: Pitta will open 2015 on the reserve/PUP list, and it's unclear whether he'll be cleared to play thereafter. "I really can't answer that question because I just don't know," said Flacco, who is Pitta's best friend on the team. Crockett Gillmore is expected to open the season as the Ravens' starting tight end. Rookies Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle are competing behind him. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:41 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1888th)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Funchess (hamstring) gets in limited practice
    Panthers WR Devin Funchess (hamstring) returned to practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: He was limited to individual drills. With Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) sidelined for the entire season, Funchess needs as many snaps as he can get with the first-team offense. It would be a boost if he can play in the third preseason game. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:29 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.78 (146th)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Amaro's recovery a 'really slow process'
    Jets TE Jace Amaro's recovery from a sprained shoulder is going slower than expected.

    Advice: "Every day it’s been getting better. It’s just a really slow process," said Amaro. "It’s just frustrating. I just want to get out there and be able to play." Originally expected back for the regular season opener, it now appears Amaro could miss regular season games. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:24 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1892nd)
     
  • 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 Monday, 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 Monday, 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 Monday, 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 Monday, 7:53 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.58 (67th)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Roddy White to undergo surgery on his elbow
    Roddy White will undergo surgery on his troublesome right elbow, but is expected back for Week 1.

    Advice: The surgery is being called "minor," and the expectation that White will still be healed by Opening Day comes via coach Dan Quinn. Still, the injury is another indication that White's body seems to be breaking down. He also requires sporadic drainings of his knee and has been banged up in each of the last two seasons. White turns 34 years old this November. Leonard Hankerson stands to benefit with more first-team reps the rest of camp. Rotoworld.com Aug 23, 1:42 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.42 (126th)
     
  • Cimini: Jace Amaro on the hot seat for Jets
    ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini said second-year tight end Jace Amaro is "on the hot seat."

    Advice: Cimini added that Amaro has "a lot to prove after a so-so rookie season." Unfortunately there isn't much Amaro can do to improve his stock while he's out with a sprained shoulder. Red flags were raised a few weeks ago when Amaro was listed as the third-string tight end on the Jets' preseason depth chart. Rotoworld.com Aug 23, 7:38 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1892nd)
     
  • Jarrett Boykin draws 12 targets against Miami
    Panthers WR Jarrett Boykin was targeted a game-high 12 times in Saturday's preseason game against the Dolphins.

    Advice: He caught six passes for 53 yards with his longest gain going for 17 yards. Boykin was pretty much an afterthought for the Panthers until Kelvin Benjamin went down with a torn ACL last week. Though it's unlikely Boykin will emerge as a fantasy weapon, his chances of making the 53-man roster have improved immensely now that Benjamin is out for the year. Rotoworld.com Aug 23, 7:20 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2173rd)
     
  • 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)
     
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