Hail Mary (ID# 334498)
  • 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 16 minutes ago
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2053rd)
     
  • Chris Polk struggles in preseason game
    Texans RB Chris Polk rushed 11 times for 22 yards in Sunday night's third preseason game.

    Advice: Polk was the Texans' No. 3 back in this one, playing behind Alfred Blue and Jonathan Grimes, but still seeing some work with the Brian Hoyer offense. Through three preseason games, Polk has 87 yards on 28 carries (3.11 YPC), adding six catches for 55 yards. The Texans may run something of an RBBC until Arian Foster returns, mixing in Polk for a handful of touches per game. Rotoworld.com 26 minutes ago
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.26 (2523rd)
     
  • Cowboys believe McFadden 'best of the bunch'
    Yahoo! Sports' Charles Robinson reports the Cowboys believe Darren McFadden is the "best of the bunch" at running back.

    Advice: Robinson reports the Cowboys are committed to a running back by committee, but he added Dallas would have likely ridden McFadden's hot hand on Saturday night had it been a regular season game. Owner Jerry Jones has talked up Joseph Randle all offseason, but it appears McFadden has a real chance to lead the team in touches if he can stay healthy. The uncertainty surrounding the situation makes Randle un-draftable in the fourth round. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:29 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.23 (187th)
     
  • 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 Today, 4:23 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.18 (48th)
     
  • 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 Today, 3:57 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.40 (233rd)
     
  • Vikings waive RB Joe Banyard
    Vikings waived RB Joe Banyard.

    Advice: An undrafted free agent in 2012, Banyard is a talented runner but has spent most of his career on Minnesota's practice squad. He did get offensive snaps in nine games last season, gaining 88 yards on 21 carries (4.2 YPC). Banyard should latch on with another team. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:54 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2046th)
     
  • 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 Today, 3:22 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.25 (1981st)
     
  • Travaris Cadet squarely on roster bubble
    ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss believes RB Travaris Cadet will not make the final roster.

    Advice: Cadet was in the third-down running back battle early in camp, but a hamstring injury cost him the first three preseason games. With Dion Lewis shining, Cadet will struggle to make a push even if he can get healthy in time for the final game. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:17 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.75 (2602nd)
     
  • 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 Today, 2:25 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.88 (64th)
     
  • Joey Iosefa amongst Bucs' first cuts
    Bucs waived RB Joey Iosefa, RB Dominique Brown, DT Quayshawne Buckley, OL Antoine Everett, LS Brandon Hartson, S Kimario McFadden, P Karl Schmitz, CB Al-Hajj Shabazz, DE George Uko and DE Jamal Young.

    Advice: The Bucs still need to waive/release five more players before Tuesday afternoon's deadline to get down to 75. Iosefa was the No. 231 overall pick of the draft, but getting waived at this stage of the summer suggests he isn't a candidate for the practice squad. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:09 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2080th)
     
  • 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 Today, 2:03 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.38 (123rd)
     
  • 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 Today, 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 Today, 1:53 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.05 (2539th)
     
  • Browns still open to idea of adding Ray Rice
    Speaking Sunday, Browns coach Mike Pettine refused to rule out signing free agent Ray Rice.

    Advice: With Duke Johnson in the concussion protocol, the Browns are short at running back. It's the second time Pettine has passed up the opportunity to say the team isn't interested in Rice. Although Rice is now 28 and coming off a year where he didn't play, he leads a barren running back "market." Rice's addition would further muddle a backfield where the pecking order has been anything but clear. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:18 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2061st)
     
  • Pettine confirms Duke Johnson in protocol
    Browns coach Mike Pettine confirmed Sunday that Duke Johnson was concussed in Saturday night's preseason game.

    Advice: "No update," Pettine said. "He will be in the league’s concussion protocol. We’ll know more when the week goes on." Johnson missed much of camp with a hamstring injury and is now already back on the shelf. Also nicked up frequently at Miami (FL), Johnson is trending in the wrong direction for fantasy owners who had hopes he might assume a legit feature back job in Cleveland. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:57 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.86 (135th)
     
  • Fitzgerald Toussaint's stock is dropping
    Ravens RB Fitzgerald Toussaint didn't see the field in Saturday's preseason game against the Redskins.

    Advice: Beat writer Jeff Zrebiac is taking this as a sign Toussaint has fallen behind Terrence Magee on the Ravens' running back depth chart. Magee has averaged 5.1 yards per carry this preseason compared to only 3.4 for Toussaint. Neither one figures to see much playing time this year behind starter Justin Forsett and complementary backs Lorenzo Taliaferro and Buck Allen. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:45 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.12 (2660th)
     
  • 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 Today, 7:25 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.48 (120th)
     
  • Zach Zenner to get 'a few carries here and there'
    ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein expects RB Zach Zenner to play on special teams and get a "few carries here and there" if he makes the roster.

    Advice: Zenner has piled on 162 rushing yards in three preseason appearances. He's likely done enough to secure a roster spot ahead of George Winn, though his workload won't be significant enough to warrant fantasy consideration. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:59 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.52 (2620th)
     
  • 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 Today, 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 Yesterday, 9:24 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.27 (2636th)
     
  • 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 Yesterday, 9:15 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.87 (2389th)
     
  • Ronnie Hillman gains 35 yards on five rushes
    Ronnie Hillman gained 35 yards on five carries in the Broncos' third preseason game.

    Advice: He added two catches for three yards. Hillman has established himself as the clear No. 2 in Denver, though he served in just a change-of-pace role with the first-team offense. Hillman will not steal enough carries from C.J. Anderson to have standalone value, but he will be a hot commodity if Anderson goes down. Hillman now has 155 yards on 21 carries (7.38 YPC) this preseason. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:10 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.04 (262nd)
     
  • 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 Yesterday, 9:10 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.30 (2519th)
     
  • 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 Yesterday, 9:06 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.38 (123rd)
     
  • Colts RB Josh Robinson suffers concussion
    Colts RB Josh Robinson rushed five times for four yards before departing Saturday's preseason game with a concussion.

    Advice: To make matters worse, Robinson's head injury came on a play where he committed a soft, soft fumble. Andrew Luck put the ball right in his belly, but Robinson flat dropped it. Despite the miscue, the sixth-rounder remains the favorite for No. 3 duties behind Frank Gore and Dan Herron. He'll finish the preseason with 28 carries for 109 yards and a touchdown. Robinson is better than Zurlon Tipton. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:02 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.44 (2509th)
     
  • 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 Yesterday, 8:08 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.05 (2539th)
     
  • Darren McFadden totals 43 yards vs. Vikings
    Darren McFadden rushed four times for 37 yards in Saturday's preseason game, adding a six-yard reception.

    Advice: McFadden was the third back in the game after Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar, but all of his touches came with Tony Romo on the field. DMC looked fast, finding the edge with ease. He ripped off gains of three, 13, six and 15. Of course, looking good has been the exception, not the rule, for DMC since 2011. He remains squarely in the mix for significant carries in Dallas' backfield. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:43 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.23 (187th)
     
  • Gio Bernard plays limited role behind Hill
    Giovani Bernard had five touches for 15 yards in the Bengals' third preseason game.

    Advice: Bernard rotated with the first team, playing only in passing situations. He lost all goal-line work to Jeremy Hill, and doesn't have a consistent role on third downs due to blocking limitations. Bernard has just 10 carries for 19 yards through three preseason games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:31 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.36 (86th)
     
  • 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 Yesterday, 6:26 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.18 (48th)
     
  • 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 Yesterday, 6:18 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.38 (123rd)
     
  • Duke Johnson suffers concussion on Saturday
    Duke Johnson suffered a concussion in the Browns' third preseason game Saturday night.

    Advice: Johnson was seeing his first action of the preseason after sitting out the first two exhibitions with a pulled hamstring. He didn't last long, however, as Johnson took a thundering hit in the first quarter. Johnson had a real chance to earn a significant role, but has been unable to stay on the field. With so much uncertainty, the Browns' backfield is a situation to avoid before the late rounds of drafts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:55 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.86 (135th)
     
  • Duke Johnson being evaluated for concussion
    Duke Johnson exited Saturday's third preseason game and is being evaluated for a concussion.

    Advice: Getting his first action of the preseason after missing the first two with a hamstring injury, Johnson got the start for the Browns in the all-important dress rehearsal. His time in the game was quick, however, as he left in the first quarter. While in the lineup, all three Browns running backs, including Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West, mixed in on the opening series. This is looking like a situation to completely avoid until the mid-to-late rounds of fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:03 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.86 (135th)
     
  • Duke Johnson set to lead Browns in touches?
    ESPN's Adam Caplan expects Duke Johnson to lead the Browns' backfield in touches if he stays healthy.

    Advice: This is the sense we've started to get as Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West have sleepwalked through the preseason. Both the coaching staff and local media have spent a good deal of the summer talking the third-rounder up, while he has a hold on third-down duties no matter what happens between now and Week 1. With Crowell and West working to cancel each other out, Johnson could start encroaching on their supposed early-down territory. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:24 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.86 (135th)
     
  • 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 Yesterday, 3:51 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.27 (2636th)
     
  • Josh Robinson expected to open year as No. 3 back
    Colts.com’s Kevin Bowen views rookie Josh Robinson as the No. 3 running back.

    Advice: Dan Herron is Frank Gore’s backup, but Robinson has shown enough this preseason to move ahead of Vick Ballard. The Colts would figure to use a committee if Gore went down, with Robinson a candidate for short-yardage/inside work. Robinson will make Ballard or Zurlon Tipton expendable. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:50 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.44 (2509th)
     
  • 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 Yesterday, 7:31 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.25 (1981st)
     
  • Zach Zenner's roster spot 'should be assured'
    MLive's Kyle Meinke said Lions RB Zach Zenner's roster spot "should be assured."

    Advice: Zenner shined once again in the Lions' third preseason game, putting up 85 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. He even saw work with the first-team offense. Zenner is battling George Winn for a roster spot, though Detroit could decide to keep both as insurance on Joique Bell's (knee, Achilles) health. Zenner has two total touchdowns and 222 total yards in three preseason games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:49 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.52 (2620th)
     
  • Zenner works with 1s, posts 8-85-1 stat line
    Zach Zenner rushed eight times for 85 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' third preseason game.

    Advice: The highly impressive undrafted rookie dominated in this one, playing extensively with the first-team offense in the Joique Bell role, while Ameer Abdullah mixed in. Zenner ripped off eight yards on his first carry, and six on the next before breaking off scampers of 41 and 21 yards, flashing his long-run ability. Zenner also made a tackle in punt coverage, and has locked up a 53-man roster spot as arguably the star player of the Lions' preseason. Through three exhibition contests, Zenner has 162 yards on 25 carries (6.48 YPC) and tonight's three-yard touchdown, plus a 6-60-1 receiving line. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:51 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.52 (2620th)
     
  • 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 (120th)
     
  • 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
    3.25 (1981st)
     
  • 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
    11.18 (48th)
     
  • 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
    3.25 (1981st)
     
  • Duke Johnson looks explosive in practice
    Browns coach Mike Pettine said rookie RB Duke Johnson has looked "explosive" in practice.

    Advice: Pettine has called the next two weeks "big" for the rookie runner, who missed most of training camp with a hamstring injury. Johnson appears healthy now, and he should play a big role in the Browns' third preseason game. Johnson should open the season as the third-down back, and he could push Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell for more. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:14 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.86 (135th)
     
  • 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
    2.87 (2389th)
     
  • Kubiak: Ronnie Hillman deserves more reps
    Coach Gary Kubiak said RB Ronnie Hillman "deserves more reps."

    Advice: A report on Monday called Hillman the "1B runner behind C.J. Anderson." Kubiak's statement seems to confirm Hillman has jumped the "slumping" Montee Ball on the depth chart. Anderson is still the starter in Denver, but it has become clear Hillman will have a role as a change of pace option. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:18 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.04 (262nd)
     
  • 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
    3.25 (1981st)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Duke Johnson primed for 'real big' role?
    ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi expects third-round RB Duke Johnson to have a "real big" role if he can stay healthy.

    Advice: The Browns have been alluding to it all summer, but it's grown more likely as Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West have dawdled through the preseason. Johnson missed a ton of practice time with a hamstring issue, but all will be forgotten if he puts on a show in this weekend's regular season dress rehearsal. At the very least, Johnson will be Cleveland's third-down back in Week 1. Rotoworld.com Aug 24, 11:21 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.86 (135th)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Darren McFadden does not feel behind
    Cowboys RB Darren McFadden said he does not feel behind after missing the first couple weeks of training camp.

    Advice: McFadden started the second preseason game, gaining four yards on three carries. He has also seen first-team reps in practice, suggesting he could be pushing Joseph Randle for the starting job. He will have a role if he can stay healthy. Rotoworld.com Aug 24, 8:51 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.23 (187th)
     
  • Ronnie Hillman now '1B' to C.J. Anderson?
    9News' Mike Klis said Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman is now the "1B runner behind C.J. Anderson."

    Advice: Hillman has been electric this preseason, averaging 7.5 yards on his 16 carries. The hot start has allowed Hillman to blow past Montee Ball on the depth chart, and it appears he is in a position to steal carries from Anderson as well. Hillman has struggled before when given big workloads and lacks the ideal size to be a true feature back, but he is a great change of pace option who can rip off big chunk plays. If Anderson falters, Hillman has the talent to pick up the slack. Rotoworld.com Aug 24, 8:42 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.04 (262nd)
     
  • 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
    11.18 (48th)
     
  • Duke Johnson will be used heavily in 3rd game
    Browns OC John DeFilippo said he expects rookie RB Duke Johnson to have a significant role in the third preseason game.

    Advice: Considering the third preseason game is often viewed as a regular season dress rehearsal, this could point to a large regular season role for the rookie. Terrance West shined in the second preseason game, but neither he nor Isaiah Crowell has impressed as receivers. Johnson was one of the best receiving backs in this year's class. Rotoworld.com Aug 24, 7:40 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.86 (135th)
     
  • 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 (120th)
     
  • McFadden struggles in preseason debut
    Darren McFadden started the Cowboys' second preseason game Sunday night, but managed four yards on three carries.

    Advice: He had a four-yard run and was stuffed on his other two attempts. DMC added a three-yard reception before giving way to Joseph Randle. The Cowboys still intend to utilize a three-way running back committee, but Randle is their best option on early downs. McFadden is a stiff, declining back at age 28. Rotoworld.com Aug 23, 6:34 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.23 (187th)
     
  • 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
    11.18 (48th)
     
  • 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
    11.18 (48th)
     
  • 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
    3.25 (1981st)
     
  • 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 (2539th)
     
  • Josh Robinson totals 67 yards versus Bears
    Colts sixth-round RB Josh Robinson rushed 13 times for 61 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Bears, adding a six-yard reception.

    Advice: All of Robinson's touches came after halftime with the deep reserves, but it was still a nice night. The rookie back now has 105 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries (4.56 YPC) through two preseason games. He's done enough to secure a roster spot, and is likely making Vick Ballard expendable. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 8:17 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.44 (2509th)
     
  • 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 (2636th)
     
  • Ronnie Hillman solid in second preseason tilt
    Ronnie Hillman broke out for 54 yards on eight carries in Saturday's preseason game against the Texans.

    Advice: That gives Hillman 120 yards on 16 carries this preseason. As good as he's looked with the ball in his hands, Hillman has been even better in pass protection, routinely laying defenders out to give Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler more time in the pocket. He's surged past Montee Ball and is now in the driver's seat for backup carries behind starter C.J. Anderson. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 8:10 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.04 (262nd)
     
  • Chris Polk totals 54 yards versus Broncos
    Texans RB Chris Polk rushed seven times for 36 yards in Saturday's preseason game, adding three catches for 19 yards.

    Advice: They're nice numbers, but Polk was a distant No. 3 behind Alfred Blue and Jonathan Grimes. The journeyman 2012 undrafted free agent has 17 carries for 65 yards through two preseason games. He's tacked on six grabs for 55 yards. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 7:59 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.26 (2523rd)
     
  • 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 (233rd)
     
  • 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)
     
  • 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 (2636th)
     
  • Pettine: Next two weeks big for Duke Johnson
    Browns coach Mike Pettine said the next two weeks are big for rookie RB Duke Johnson.

    Advice: Johnson has spent the last three weeks mostly on the sidelines, but he did see some practice time on Saturday. Terrance West had a good day in the second preseason game, but neither he nor Isaiah Crowell has taken advantage of Johnson's missed practice time. The missed time likely means Johnson will open the season on the wrong side of a timeshare, but his role could grow if Crowell and West continue to disappoint in the regular season. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 9:50 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.86 (135th)
     
  • Zach Zenner focusing on special teams plays
    Lions RB Zach Zenner said he wants to "make an impact on special teams."

    Advice: Showing well on special teams would go a long way to securing Zenner a spot on the final roster. George Winn, Zenner's main competition for a roster spot, is an important special teams player for the Lions. If Zenner hopes to beat him out, he needs to show he can be useful in more than just the backfield. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 6:48 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.52 (2620th)
     
  • Joseph Randle returns to practice
    Joseph Randle (oblique) returned to Cowboys practice Friday.

    Advice: He took first-team reps. Randle's oblique has become a recurring concern, but isn't a significant injury. Randle remains Dallas' best option at lead back, but he's expected to lose touches to Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 10:53 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.18 (48th)
     
  • Beat writer leaves Zenner off 53-man roster
    MLive.com's Kyle Meinke left undrafted rookie RB Zach Zenner off his Lions 53-man roster projection Friday morning.

    Advice: Meinke's colleague and fellow Lions beat writer, Justin Rogers, however, has Zenner making the squad. It's really going to come down to if the Lions value George Winn's special teams ability over Zenner's feature-back upside. Zenner leads the Lions in rushing after two preseason games and has flashed as a runner, pass catcher, and in blitz pickup. He'd be awfully tough to cut. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 9:36 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.52 (2620th)
     
  • Cowboys RB Randle aggravates oblique injury
    Joseph Randle is doubtful for Sunday's preseason game after aggravating his oblique injury in Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Randle is now in a race against time to get cleared for Dallas' third preseason game, where depth charts are traditionally finalized. "It’s the same thing I had earlier," Randle said. "It flared up on me again. ... It’s just something we have to keep fighting through." Randle's absence comes just as Darren McFadden (hamstring) is finally healthy enough to get reps with the first team. Randle is an extremely risky investment at his current third- to fourth-round ADP. Rotoworld.com Aug 20, 9:01 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.18 (48th)
     
  • Zenner totals 81 yards, score vs. Redskins
    Zach Zenner rushed four times for 22 yards in Thursday's preseason game, adding five catches for 59 yards and a touchdown.

    Advice: The undrafted rookie out of South Dakota State continues his march toward a roster spot. Zenner could have had an even bigger night, but had a 39-yard run called back by a holding penalty. Zenner doesn't mess around, getting the ball and moving. He now has 136 total yards on just 22 touches through two preseason games. Zenner could really make a case for himself in next week's regular season dress rehearsal against the Jaguars. Keep him stashed in Dynasty leagues. Rotoworld.com Aug 20, 7:13 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.52 (2620th)
     
  • Duke Johnson sitting out Thursday's game
    Browns RB Duke Johnson (hamstring) is sitting out Thursday's preseason game.

    Advice: Johnson returned to practice last Saturday, but the Browns will play things safe with his hammy. Johnson should be ready to rock for next week's regular season dress rehearsal. Rotoworld.com Aug 20, 3:51 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.86 (135th)
     
  • Mark Ingram getting work in the passing game
    ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett said RB Mark Ingram has been "featured" in the passing game once or twice a practice.

    Advice: With C.J. Spiller out, the Saints are giving Ingram a larger role in the passing offense. That will likely change once Spiller returns, but it is an important nugget to keep in mind if Spiller is forced to miss any time this year. Ingram had 36 of the 156 targets Saints' running backs saw last season. Rotoworld.com Aug 20, 9:50 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.88 (64th)
     
  • Palmer: CJ?K a 'really, really good fit'
    Carson Palmer called newly-signed RB Chris Johnson a "really, really good fit" for the Cardinals' offense.

    Advice: "This is the kind of scheme that he can get put in certain situations where he has a mismatch," Palmer said. "We have a bunch of guys outside you’ve got to worry about and you’ve got to worry about him splitting the gap and taking it all the way." Palmer may be giving the aging Johnson too much big-play credit. Johnson has just nine runs of 20-plus yards the last two seasons and has zero of more than 50 yards. Still, this is another indication Johnson will be given a real shot to earn carries in the Cardinals' backfield. Rotoworld.com Aug 20, 5:18 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.25 (1981st)
     
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