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  • Dunbar 'continues to be impressive' in camp
    The Dallas Morning News' Brandon George said Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar "continues to be impressive."

    Advice: A versatile back with dynamic ability, Dunbar has an opportunity to earn a decent-sized role in Dallas' offense. Demarco Murray is the unquestioned starter, but new Cowboys OC Scott Linehan oversaw a Lions' offense that had two players average over 13 touches a game in 2013. Dunbar may struggle to reach that mark, but 6-10 touches are well within reach even with Murray healthy. He is well worth a flier in the 14th round.
    Yesterday, 7:58 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.05 (280th)
  • Ogletree seeing time with first-team offense
    Lions WR Kevin Ogletree has "spent time" with the first-team offense during the first two days of training camp.

    Advice: Ogletree is competing with the likes of Kris Durham, Ryan Broyles, and Jeremy Ross for the third receiver role in Detroit. Though he seems like the front runner now, Ogletree will carry little fantasy value even if he wins the job. The Lions love to utilize their running backs in the passing game, and rookie TE Eric Ebron should see most of his snaps in the slot this season.
    Yesterday, 7:16 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2397th)
  • Ronnie Hillman holding down No. 2 RB job
    Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman "has usually been the second running back up" during camp.

    Advice: Montee Ball is the unquestioned starter in Denver, but the competition behind him is wide open. Despite C.J. Anderson being the crowd favorite to win the job, Hillman seems to be ahead at this point in camp. Hillman has all the tools to be an effective NFL back, but with four fumbles in only 140 career carries, he has to improve his ball security if he hopes to earn a role in Denver's offense. Hillman is currently going undrafted in standard fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 7:02 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.61 (1765th)
  • Toliver headed for second opinion on foot
    Bears WR Terrance Toliver is seeking a second opinion on his injured foot.

    Advice: Toliver has been sidelined a week with what the Bears fear could be a small fracture in his foot, which would likely end his season. A prototypical Bears' receiver at 6-5/204, Toliver is a dark horse to make the 53-man roster if his health cooperates.
    Yesterday, 6:54 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2425th)
  • Stepfan Taylor steps in for injured Ellington
    Stefan Taylor ran as the first-team running back at Cardinals' practiced Tuesday with Andre Ellington sidelined by a neck injury.

    Advice: Taylor is competing with veteran Jonathan Dwyer for the big-back role in coach Bruce Arians' offense. Dwyer was expected to have an edge since he worked with Arians when both were in Pittsburgh, but Arians' decision to run Taylor with the ones suggests he has a lead in the race. Whoever wins the job has limited touchdown potential.
    Yesterday, 6:23 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.49 (176th)
  • Stephen Hill looking 'healthy and confident'
    Jets WRs coach Sanjay Lal calls Stephen Hill "healthy and confident" through the first week of camp.

    Advice: "I think he's believing, and believing in himself - and it's starting to show," Lal said. "It's been the injuries that have hindered (him). ... He's taken the coaching the whole time. Now, he's able to do it physically, so it's just kind of coming together right now." It's notable, because Lal's comments come one month after he said he was "unsure" if Hill would ever break through because of his health. Hill remains a long-shot to make a fantasy impact this season, but the upside is still there. He's someone to monitor.
    Yesterday, 4:57 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.33 (2282nd)
  • Report: Colts 'aren't giving up' on Ballard
    The Indianapolis Star reports the Colts "aren't giving up" on Vick Ballard (Achilles', out for season), and that he'll get "another shot" in 2015.

    Advice: We'll see. Ballard was already talent-deficient before injuries wiped out his 2013-14, and he'll be a 25-year-old former fifth-round pick come next July. Ballard has averaged 3.9 yards on 224 career carries. He has no Dynasty value.
    Yesterday, 4:40 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.75 (246th)
  • Marshawn Lynch already up to $455K in fines
    Marshawn Lynch has accrued $455,000 in fines for his holdout.

    Advice: Lynch is drawing $30,000 in daily fines, while his sixth day of holding out on Tuesday triggered a $275,000 fine under terms of the CBA. Coach Pete Carroll has expressed a desire to come to a resolution. That will likely include forgiving Lynch's fines.
    Yesterday, 3:53 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.66 (28th)
  • S-Jax out indefinitely with hamstring injury
    Steven Jackson is out indefinitely with a left hamstring injury, but is expected to be ready for Week 1.

    Advice: Coach Mike Smith claimed Tuesday the injury isn't serious, but was vague on Jackson's timeline, only saying he's expected to be ready for Week 1. It's not the same hamstring that cost S-Jax four games in 2013, but it's up for debate whether that's good or bad news. No matter how serious, it's a big blow for a player who had reportedly looked "rejuvenated." It's a reminder that Jackson's advancing age (31) and recent health woes make him a dicey RB2. Rookie Devonta Freeman is worth a draft flier in all formats.
    Yesterday, 3:09 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.97 (70th)
  • Pete Carroll comments on Lynch's holdout
    Seahawks coach Pete Carroll commented on Marshawn Lynch's holdout Tuesday.

    Advice: "I love this kid," Carroll said. "I hope he will figure it out and it will all make sense and it will come to a resolution somewhere." Carroll's relatively soft comments suggest the Seahawks may be willing to throw their running back a contract bone, but it almost certainly wouldn't be anything more than a symbolic gesture. Whatever the end game is, we fully expect Lynch to report before Week 1.
    Yesterday, 1:45 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.66 (28th)
  • David Wilson (neck burner) undergoing tests
    David Wilson will undergo tests after suffering a neck "burner" in Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: NFL Network's Kimberly Jones reports the Giants "will be careful" with Wilson, which is probably the understatement of the century. It's extremely bad news for Wilson to have any issues with his surgically-repaired neck so soon after being cleared. If drafting early, make Wilson a late-round flier at your own risk.
    Yesterday, 1:25 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.01 (224th)
  • Seahawks TE McCoy injures Achilles' Tuesday
    Seahawks TE Anthony McCoy was carted off the field with a right Achilles' injury Tuesday.

    Advice: It's believed to be torn. McCoy tore his opposite Achilles' last May and missed the season. He's missed 30 games due to injury since being drafted in 2010. McCoy was the favorite for No. 3 tight end duties behind Zach Miller and Luke Willson.
    Yesterday, 12:51 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.28 (2164th)
  • Colts sign RB Phillip Tanner
    Colts signed RB Phillip Tanner.

    Advice: With Vick Ballard tearing his Achilles', Trent Richardson nursing a sore hamstring, and freshly-signed RB Davin Meggett going down in practice, the Colts needed depth behind Ahmad Bradshaw. Tanner, 26 next month, has 56 career carries for 149 yards (2.7 YPC) and two scores. He'll compete for a spot.
    Yesterday, 12:38 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2020th)
  • Arian Foster missing time at Texans camp
    Arian Foster is sidelined at Texans camp with what is believed to be a hamstring injury.

    Advice: Although the Texans insist Foster's injury is "minor," it's pretty troubling he's already missing time after battling hamstring woes over the years. "He's dealing with something," coach Bill O'Brien said. "He'll be fine. He'll be back. It's a minor deal. You know, it's a long season. He'll be out there."
    Yesterday, 12:26 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.49 (31st)
  • David Wilson exits practice with neck burner
    David Wilson left Tuesday's training camp practice early with a neck burner.

    Advice: A "burner" or "stinger" is an injury to the nerves in the neck or shoulder that produce a stinging sensation. Obviously, with Wilson, this is a major concern and not something to take lightly. Following practice, coach Tom Coughlin said "we were all praying" Wilson wouldn't suffer any setbacks. This qualifies as one. Recovery time can range, but WIlson won't be cleared to return until he's experiencing zero neck pain. We'll update Wilson when the Giants do.
    Yesterday, 12:18 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.01 (224th)
  • Dolphins UDFA TE Hoskins impressing at camp
    According to the Palm Beach Post, undrafted rookie TE Gator Hoskins has "emerged" at camp and the team may be forced to keep him.

    Advice: Coach Joe Philbin said he'll likely keep three-to-five tight ends. Charles Clay sits atop the depth chart, while the remainder of the pecking order is unsettled. Others in the mix are Michael Egnew, Dion Sims, and rookie Arthur Lynch. Egnew's spot is likely in the most danger, as he hasn't done much of anything in his two seasons. Hoskins is a "move" tight end and is worth monitoring in deeper Dynasty leagues with Charles Clay in the final year of his contract.
    Yesterday, 12:10 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1808th)
  • Mikel Leshoure reports at 242 pounds
    Mike Leshoure reported to training camp at 242 pounds.

    Advice: Leshoure played at 227 two seasons ago when he led the Lions in rushing, and was at 233 last year. He's always been a big back, but 242 is awfully heavy. Considering Leshoure was never overly explosive, the weight gain isn't a positive in our eyes. The Lions don't seem concerned. Coach Jim Caldwell believes Leshoure is in "very good shape." Leshoure's ticketed for No. 4 duties.
    Yesterday, 9:01 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.29 (2177th)
  • Colt Lyerla at bottom of depth chart in GB
    Packers undrafted rookie TE Colt Lyerla was relegated to the scout team on the third day of training camp.

    Advice: Lyerla is at the bottom of the depth chart in a group that includes seven tight ends. The good news for Lyerla is that the tight end spot in Green Bay is the most wide-open position on the team. Lyerla has all the measurables and talent to make a quick climb once the pads come on and preseason games get under way. It's a reminder that Lyerla is a classic boom-or-bust prospect.
    Yesterday, 8:29 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2217th)
  • Ray Rice 'sure looks good' at Ravens camp
    According to the Baltimore Sun, suspended RB Ray Rice "sure has looked good in training camp."

    Advice: Per beat writer Mike Preston, Rice had two long runs over the weekend where he "looked like the Rice of old," and "his cuts were excellent." It's hard to get overly bullish about Rice following a miserable 2013 campaign and now entering 2014 on suspension, but he'll be someone to track closely this preseason.
    Yesterday, 8:00 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2498th)
  • Ryan Williams a long shot for Cowboys 53?
    The Dallas Morning News considers RB Ryan Williams a "longshot" to make the Cowboys' 53-man roster.

    Advice: It's because Williams "is not a good special teams player." Williams isn't in the mix for Dallas' top-two running back jobs (DeMarco Murray, Lance Dunbar), and Joseph Randle made a special teams tackle in all four of his special teams appearances last season. If Williams outplays Randle as a running back, however, we still wouldn't rule out the Cowboys keeping four RBs on the roster.
    Yesterday, 7:52 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2479th)
  • Robert Woods listed as starter over Williams
    Robert Woods was listed as the first-team receiver opposite Sammy Watkins on the Bills' first training camp depth chart.

    Advice: Mike Williams is directly behind Woods, while Marquise Goodwin is backing up Watkins. Woods hasn't generated much fantasy hype, but qualifies as a sleeper to lead Buffalo in receptions this season. Watkins is talented, but a rookie, and Woods will play the "movement" wideout role in Doug Marrone's offense, running high-percentage routes at Z and slot receiver. He's a sleeper for 70 catches.
    Yesterday, 7:30 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.79 (157th)
  • Spiller listed as starter over Fred Jackson
    The Bills' first training camp depth chart listed C.J. Spiller as the starting tailback over Fred Jackson.

    Advice: Spiller did make ten "starts" to F-Jax's six last season, although Jackson finished with 253 touches compared to an injured Spiller's 235. Look for the pendulum to swing back toward a now-healthy Spiller in 2014. Jackson is still likely to open the season as a usable RB2/flex for as long as he stays upright. Spiller will be a high-ceiling, if volatile RB2 with weekly RB1 scoring upside.
    Yesterday, 7:27 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.04 (58th)
  • Browns RBs coach talks up Terrance West
    Browns RBs coach Wilbert Montgomery said rookie Terrance West "has some shades of Brian Westbrook."

    Advice: "He can break you down with his right leg. He can break you down with his left leg," Montgomery continued. "He has that Ricky Watters, Walter Payton, lure-you-to-sleep-on-the-sideline move that I can accelerate or play like I'm going to accelerate and come back inside. Those are traits I haven't seen in a while." High praise. However, this all came after Montgomery called Ben Tate "the guy" in the Cleveland backfield. The battle between the two is just beginning.
    Yesterday, 6:54 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.14 (162nd)
  • Jets confirm Ivory will be goal-line vulture
    Jets RBs coach Anthony Lynn confirmed Chris Ivory is the favorite to be the Jets' goal-line back this season.

    Advice: "If we were playing tomorrow, Chris Ivory would be on the goal line, obviously," Lynn said. "Sometimes in those situations you have an extra defender that you can't block, and you need a back that can take him on." Ivory weighs over 220 pounds and will serve as the short-yardage vulture while Chris Johnson operates as the Jets' lead back between the twenties. Ivory may still struggle for weekly start-ability in fantasy leagues barring a CJ?K injury.
    Yesterday, 6:31 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.09 (165th)
  • Aaron Dobson had screw inserted in foot
    Aaron Dobson had a screw permanently inserted in his foot during his March 10 surgery.

    Advice: The surgery was actually more significant than initially thought. It explains why Dobson has still yet to begin practicing despite originally receiving a 2-3 month recovery timetable. Dobson didn't even begin running until July. The Patriots are going to be careful with their second-year receiver. The injury red flags are there, and he remains on the active/PUP list. It's now a long-term concern.
    Yesterday, 6:12 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.44 (110th)
  • Texans sign Tim Cornett
    Texans signed RB Tim Cornett, formerly of the Cardinals.

    Advice: UNLV's all-time leading rusher, Cornett lasted just days in Cards camp after initially signing with Bruce Arians' club as an undrafted free agent. He offers plus measurables (4.48, 10'5" broad jump at 6'0/209), and is entering a prime landing spot with Arian Foster on the shelf, and Andre Brown as the lone established NFL player behind Foster. Monitor Cornett in deeper leagues.
    Yesterday, 5:36 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2054th)
  • Damaris Johnson unlikely to make Eagles
    Coach Chip Kelly recently stated in a radio interview that the Eagles don't have a single receiver on their roster under 190 pounds.

    Advice: They actually have two -- Damaris Johnson and Jeff Maehl -- but neither is expected to make the Eagles' 53. Hailed as a sleeper in some fantasy circles before last year, 175-pound Johnson managed two catches for 14 yards in 13 games. Kelly has emphasized increasing his team's size at wide receiver.
    Monday, 9:01 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.08 (2319th)
  • Steven Jackson 'looks rejuvenated'
    Steven Jackson reportedly "looks rejuvenated" early in camp.

    Advice: Jackson slogged his way through advancing age last season, averaging a pathetic 3.45 YPC. He insists the misery was due to nagging injuries and the Falcons seem to believe him. "We saw in the last couple of games the kind of running back Steven is before he got injured," coach Mike Smith said. "I like the other guys as well, and we're going to have multiplicity with our packages. But I'm very confident Steven Jackson is still an elite running back in the NFL." If the 31-year-old S-Jax can't rev it up this time, the Falcons shouldn't hesitate to give rookie Devonta Freeman a shot.
    Monday, 8:32 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.97 (70th)
  • Ray Rice does not appeal suspension
    Ray Rice did not appeal his two-game suspension.

    Advice: Rice is clearly in no position to try to get his ban shortened after the NFL let him off with a slap on the wrist. He'll miss Week 1 against the Steelers and Week 2 against the Bengals before getting back with the team on the Monday of Week 3. Bernard Pierce will handle feature back duties in the meantime.
    Monday, 5:54 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2498th)
  • Mike Pettine talks up Terrance West
    Browns coach Mike Pettine said rookie Terrance West has "shocked" him with his pass-catching ability, and "isn't far behind" Ben Tate.

    Advice: "I think Ben is probably going to be a little bit ahead of him just naturally in the protection part of it, but Terrance isn't far behind," were Pettine's words. West made noise during Sunday's practice in pass-catching periods. He caught 36 passes as a college senior, so it's not surprising West is showing well in that phase of the game early. Tate remains the slight favorite to start Week 1.
    Sunday, 1:18 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.14 (162nd)
  • Bills could trade C.J. Spiller before season?
    CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora suggests the Bills could trade C.J. Spiller before the season.

    Advice: It's hard to imagine because Spiller is Buffalo's best playmaker on a team very much in win-now mode. La Canfora's story also doesn't cite sources, hinting it's mere speculation. It's interesting nonetheless. Spiller is entering the final year of his contract. The Bills have expressed interest in signing him long term, but Spiller currently has no agent. "A trade market for Spiller could well develop over the next month," La Canfora wrote of Spiller, who was not drafted by current Bills GM Doug Whaley. The Bills have Fred Jackson, Bryce Brown, and Anthony Dixon behind Spiller.
    Sunday, 10:31 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.04 (58th)
  • Marshawn Lynch placed on reserve/DNR list
    Seahawks placed RB Marshawn Lynch on the Reserve/Did Not Report list.

    Advice: It's a procedural move and doesn't impact Lynch's status with the team. Lynch is holding out for a raise on his $5.5 million in salary and bonuses. He won't count toward Seattle's 90-man roster and can be activated at any time.
    Saturday, 5:19 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.66 (28th)
  • Phillip Tanner works out for Seahawks
    Free agent RB Phillip Tanner worked out for the Seahawks on Saturday.

    Advice: It's the first known interest in Tanner since he was non-tendered by Dallas in February. With Marshawn Lynch holding out, Tanner would be a camp body if signed. Seattle also visited with free agents William Powell and Orwin Smith.
    Saturday, 5:00 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2020th)
  • MRI confirms torn Achilles for Vick Ballard
    An MRI confirmed Vick Ballard suffered a torn Achilles during Friday's practice.

    Advice: He's done for the season. It's the second straight year-ending injury for Ballard after he missed all but one game of 2013 to ACL surgery. Ballard has one year remaining on his rookie deal and will attempt to return in 2015. The Colts haven't ruled out adding a veteran running back to replace Ballard.
    Saturday, 1:28 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.75 (246th)
  • David Wilson to be part of weekly gameplan
    The Newark Star-Ledger expects David Wilson to be part of the Giants' weekly game plan as long as he remains healthy.

    Advice: Wilson opened training camp as the second-team tailback behind Rashad Jennings, and has reportedly "looked explosive" in the receiving game. With the Giants moving to a West Coast offense, Wilson has an opportunity for a bigger role as a pass catcher in addition to change-of-pace duties. Rookie Andre Williams is expected to push Jennings for red-zone carries.
    Saturday, 12:20 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.01 (224th)
  • Carroll: Lynch holdout creates opportunity
    Coach Pete Carroll indicated the Seahawks have no intention of satisfying Marshawn Lynch's contract demands.

    Advice: It's not even entirely clear what Lynch's demands are, but he's skipping training camp and wants more money. "Just a couple of years back we made a big statement and made a big effort for him and we wish that he was with us now," said Carroll, referring to the four-year, $31 million deal Lynch signed in March of 2012. "But this is a tremendous opportunity for the guys getting their shot. Robert Turbin and Christine Michael, they're ready to go and really fired up about this opportunity and are going to try and take full advantage of it."
    Saturday, 9:05 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.66 (28th)
  • Report: Vick Ballard suffered torn Achilles
    ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Vick Ballard suffered a torn Achilles during Friday's training camp practice.

    Advice: It's terrible news for Ballard, who is now looking at another lost season after missing nearly all of 2013 to ACL surgery. Ballard was carted off the field Friday, and is currently undergoing an MRI. A limited athlete prior to his injuries, it's questionable whether Ballard will ever be able to make it back. The Colts will move forward with Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw as their top running backs. Dan Herron and Chris Rainey will compete for the No. 3 role.
    Friday, 3:20 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.75 (246th)
  • Vick Ballard to undergo MRI on ankle
    Colts RB Vick Ballard will undergo an MRI after injuring his left ankle during Friday's training camp practice.

    Advice: The extent is currently unclear, but Ballard had to be carted off the field on Friday. With Trent Richardson sitting out as a precaution, Ahmad Bradshaw worked as the Colts' starting tailback. Dan Herron was with the twos.
    Friday, 1:44 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.75 (246th)
  • Lynch's holdout seems unlikely to last
    ESPN's John Clayton predicted on NFL Live that Marshawn Lynch's holdout will last "five to six days at most."

    Advice: Clayton went as far as to say the Seahawks tentatively expect Lynch to report to training camp next week. Clayton also predicted the team will not satisfy Lynch's contract demands. Lynch is well compensated -- he's owed $5.5 million in salary and bonuses -- and he's a 28-year-old running back. The Seahawks aren't going to pay him with Christine Michael and Robert Turbin in reserve.
    Friday, 1:15 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.66 (28th)
  • Seahawks not surprised by Lynch holdout
    ESPN's Chris Mortensen stated on NFL Insiders the Seahawks are not surprised by Marshawn Lynch's training-camp holdout.

    Advice: Seattle just gave mammoth deals to Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman, and is trying to build a dynasty that doesn't involve paying big bucks to 28-year-old running backs. We don't see the team budging from its stance, but Lynch could very well cave once he begins racking up fines. "He'll be there at some point, I think," stated Mort. "The Seahawks are not surprised this is an issue."
    Friday, 12:05 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.66 (28th)
  • Vick Ballard suffers left ankle injury
    Colts RB Vick Ballard was carted off the field with a left ankle injury during Friday's practice.

    Advice: Ballard suffered the injury running a pass route, and could put no weight on the joint after getting up. We'll have another update when we know more.
    Friday, 11:42 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.75 (246th)
  • Chris Ivory returns to Jets practice
    Chris Ivory (hamstring) returned to Jets practice Friday.

    Advice: We found Ivory's hamstring tweak noteworthy on Thursday because he dealt with hamstring troubles for much of 2013 training camp, but we don't typically post in-practice injuries in July and August unless they are pretty clearly serious. Ivory is fine. He's an interesting late RB3/flex pick this year.
    Friday, 10:21 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.09 (165th)
  • Leshoure 'won't have any role' on offense's Justin Rogers doesn't envision Mikel Leshoure "having any role" in the Lions' offense "unless there's an injury."

    Advice: Reggie Bush, Joique Bell, and Theo Reddick are leaps and bounds ahead of Leshoure on the depth chart. The Lions claim Leshoure isn't being viewed as an afterthought, but we're not taking the bait. He's entering the final year of his rookie contract, and will likely ride the bench for much of it before entering free agency next spring. Leshoure just turned 24 in March.
    Friday, 8:03 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.29 (2177th)