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  • Le'Veon doesn't travel for 3rd preseason game
    Following Wednesday's marijuana and DUI arrest, Le'Veon Bell did not travel with the Steelers for Thursday night's third preseason game at Philadelphia.

    Advice: LeGarrette Blount did make the trip after being arrested as well. There could be some significance to this, but we're not adjusting our rankings yet, and may not at any point. The NFL tends to take a long time to hand down discipline, and Bell has no history of violating league policy. He was considered a high-character prospect coming out of Michigan State in the 2013 draft. It's entirely possible Bell will be available for the entire 2014 season with no adjustment to his role. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:41 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.63 (36th)
  • Colts to play aggressive passing offense?
    Coach Chuck Pagano seemed to hint that the Colts will lean toward an aggressive passing offense in hopes it will kick start their running game.

    Advice: "I think having the capability to do the other thing is going to open things up in the run game for us," said Pagano. Trent Richardson has two eight-yard gains in the preseason, and 16 yards on his other 12 carries. Both eight-yarders came on shotgun runs -- a passing formation. Richardson has been unsuccessful without room to operate, and pass-oriented sets might give him more space. From a personnel standpoint, Indy's roster strength is its QB and pass-catching corps. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:14 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    19.15 (6th)
  • Colts GM on TRich: 'Needs to answer the bell'
    Colts GM Ryan Grigson says Trent Richardson "needs to answer the bell" and be "accountable."

    Advice: Richardson gained eight yards on his first preseason carry, and has 26 yards on his last 13. "Trent, he needs to answer the bell and do his job to the best of his ability," said Grigson. "We're all accountable here. ... He's such a hard runner, we know how tough he is, but he's got to produce just like all these guys do on this final 53." If this was an outward expression of disappointment from Grigson, it'd be a first from the Colts' organization, which has propped up T-Rich at every opportunity since trading for him last September. Richardson's ADP has finally begun to dip. He's going late in the fifth round of standard drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:08 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.48 (94th)
  • Rex Burkhead dealing with sprained MCL?
    Bengals.com speculates RB Rex Burkhead may be dealing with an MCL sprain.

    Advice: Beat writer Geoff Hobson does acknowledge an MCL sprain can be a 2-8 week injury, although this would obviously be far better news than a torn ligament. Asked about Burkhead's knee this week, coach Marvin Lewis would only say it's "sore." Lewis did say Burkhead should be out of his knee brace "in a few days." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:03 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2010th)
  • Colts plan 'even distribution of targets'
    The Indianapolis Star expects a "more even distribution" of targets in the Colts' pass-catching corps this season.

    Advice: T.Y. Hilton finished 14th among NFL wideouts in targets last season, but might be lucky to finish top 20 in 2014. "It's week-to-week. It's all how they match up," is how GM Ryan Grigson described the Colts' target distribution. The Colts will use Hilton, Reggie Wayne, and Hakeem Nicks in three-wide sets, and Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener in two-tight end packages. Don't expect any member of this pass-catching corps to be a true target monster. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:51 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.09 (78th)
  • Andre Johnson shines in Texans-Broncos work
    Andre Johnson is "showing no signs of rust" after missing a chunk of Texans camp with a hamstring injury.

    Advice: Johnson reportedly showed up "all over the field" during Wednesday's Texans-Broncos joint practice and made one "incredible" catch in the back of the end zone. "He's a big part of what we're doing here," coach Bill O'Brien said. The No. 12 overall fantasy receiver a year ago, Johnson's ADP has dropped into the late fourth round. His QBs were Matt Schaub and Case Keenum in 2013. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:22 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.86 (60th)
  • Montee Ball may play in preseason finale
    After attending the Broncos-Texans joint practices, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora came away believing Montee Ball (appendectomy) could play in Denver's preseason finale.

    Advice: Per La Canfora, Ball is "doing a little bit more each day," and may ultimately make a "rapid" return. He donned full pads on Wednesday and worked individually with Peyton Manning during one period. "We will continue to upgrade that a little bit tomorrow," said coach John Fox. Ball's ADP is early in round two. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:19 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.78 (23rd)
  • Damien Williams struggling in preseason
    Dolphins UDFA RB Damien Williams has just 22 yards on 17 carries this preseason.

    Advice: We noticed Williams getting a taste of first-team action in Miami's second preseason game, although that was because Mike Gillislee, Knowshon Moreno, and Daniel Thomas were all inactive. "These next two weeks for him are going to be very important," coach Joe Philbin acknowledged of Williams' roster chances. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:05 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.26 (2570th)
  • Report: LeGarrette Blount arrested Wednesday
    LeGarrette Blount and Le'Veon Bell were arrested for possession of marijuana Wednesday.

    Advice: Bell was also popped for DUI. The two Steelers were reportedly in possession of 20 grams of marijuana and accompanied by a female, who was in possession of two grams. Blount has a checkered past from his college days, but he's mostly kept his nose clean in the NFL. Both Bell and Blount will be subject to a suspension once the case is resolved. It may not affect them in 2014. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:41 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.13 (245th)
  • Le'Veon busted for pot & DUI, Blount for pot
    Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were arrested for possession of marijuana Wednesday, while Bell was also booked for DUI.

    Advice: Bell and Blount allegedly had 20 grams of pot and were accompanied by a female, who was in possession of two grams. All three were said to be "cooperative," and admitted to the crimes. While this obviously isn't good news, it may have no affect on Bell or Blount's status for the 2014 season. Bell had zero off-field concerns coming out of Michigan State. Blount has a shaky track record. Both will be in line for potential suspensions once the case is resolved. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:33 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.63 (36th)
  • Rams waive/injure RB Isaiah Pead (torn ACL)
    Rams waived/injured RB Isaiah Pead (torn ACL).

    Advice: Pead tore his ACL while returning the opening kickoff last weekend against the Packers. If he clears waivers, he'll go to the Rams' injured reserve list. He's obviously out for the season, but the former second-round pick has two years left on his rookie contract. A claiming team would have him for 2015. For Pead's sake, it might be best to get claimed and get a fresh start in a new city. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:57 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1957th)
  • Colts waive RB Phillip Tanner
    Colts waived RB Phillip Tanner.

    Advice: Tanner's roster spot is being taken by RB David Fluellen, who was acquired from the Eagles on Wednesday. Tanner rushed for a pitiful four yards on eight carries in two preseason games, fumbling once. He's a fringe talent. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:40 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1972nd)
  • Eagles RB Polk dealing with torn hamstring
    Chris Polk revealed he suffered a Grade 2 partial tear of his hamstring on the second day of Eagles camp.

    Advice: He obviously hasn't practiced since, and won't play in Philly's regular season dress rehearsal. Polk admitted to feeling a "pop" in the hamstring, and plans to practice next week even if he's not fully recovered. The Eagles' trade for Kenjon Barner shows they're well aware their backfield is short on depth. Darren Sproles isn't really a ball-carrying option anymore. Michael Tucker and UDFA Henry Josey are next on the running back depth chart. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:16 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.43 (1790th)
  • Johnny Manziel struggling with the playbook
    Johnny Manziel is struggling -- and continues to struggle -- with the Browns' playbook.

    Advice: We all got a glimpse of it when Manziel was asked by Jon Gruden in a sit-down interview during Monday night's telecast to spit out a play from OC Kyle Shanahan's playbook. He stumbled over his words before eventually getting it out. It's to be expected from a rookie like Manziel, who is coming from a spread offense with simple, one-, two-, or three-word plays. Receiver Andrew Hawkins admitted the players in the huddle "are still helping him a little bit." Manziel can focus on the playbook as Brian Hoyer's backup. It's going to take time. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:17 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.32 (31st)
  • Texans rookie TE C.J. Fiedorowicz impressing
    ESPN Texans reporter Tania Ganguli observes third-round TE C.J. Fiedorowicz "can do everything."

    Advice: "Zero problems catching the ball," Ganguli added. The Texans and Broncos are holding joint practices this week, and Fiedorowicz continues to line up as the starting in-line tight end while getting red-zone work. He's an NFL-ready blocker and drew loose Rob Gronkowski comps coming out of Iowa. Coach Bill O'Brien plans to feature his tight ends. Fiedorowicz might be a waiver-wire favorite at some point. He's not yet worth drafting in standard-sized leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:32 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.21 (278th)
  • Jarvis Landry now rotating with Gibson
    Second-round rookie Jarvis Landry said he's now rotating in the slot position with Brandon Gibson.

    Advice: We always expected Landry to overtake Gibson and Rishard Matthews this year. It's a great sign that he's pushing so hard with two-plus weeks before Week 1. Landry isn't on the re-draft radar yet, but he could certainly find himself there before the year is up. He's an ideal slot man in the mold of Hines Ward, and Ryan Tannehill showed a penchant for targeting that position last year. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:25 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.29 (2501st)
  • Geno Smith has starting job locked up
    ESPN New York confirms Geno Smith will be the Jets' Week 1 starter.

    Advice: The Jets haven't made an official announcement yet, but it's only a matter of time. Geno has soaked up the vast majority of first-team reps in practice, started the first two preseason games and will start on Friday night. "When the coaches say, 'First-group offense,' we know who's walking in the huddle," WR David Nelson said Tuesday. "It's not something that needs to be said. He's the guy and we're moving forward." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:17 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    15.23 (45th)
  • Lavelle Hawkins dumped by Bucs
    Bucs released WR/KR Lavelle Hawkins.

    Advice: Hawkins' college connection to Bucs OC Jeff Tedford could only get him so far. The return man hasn't caught a pass in a game since 2012 while with the Titans. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:07 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2238th)
  • Chris Thompson to practice on limited basis
    Chris Thompson (ankle) will practice on a limited basis Wednesday.

    Advice: The oft-injured Thompson is nearing a return from his mild ankle sprain. He's well behind Roy Helu for third-down duties and is firmly on the roster bubble. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:50 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.43 (2554th)
  • Stephen Hill still behind David Nelson
    Stephen Hill remains behind David Nelson for No. 2 outside wideout duties.

    Advice: Hill's troublesome knees haven't been an issue in camp, but production has. He's played 70 snaps and run 37 routes through two preseason games, yet has just one catch for 17 yards. Hill is unlikely to be a factor behind Eric Decker and slot man Jeremy Kerley even if he can catch up to Nelson before Week 1. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:54 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.38 (2498th)
  • Calvin Johnson will be moved around a lot
    New OC Joe Lombardi said Calvin Johnson will be moved around the formation a lot this season.

    Advice: Perhaps losing Scott Linehan would be a concern for Calvin's stock if he wasn't gaining a creative Sean Payton disciple in Lombardi. Megatron will play inside, outside and go in motion in an effort to keep defensive attention off him. Still only 28 years old, he's a strong bet to go over 1,400 receiving yards for the fourth straight season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:36 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.31 (27th)
  • Brandon Marshall flying to NY every Tuesday
    Brandon Marshall will be flying to New York every Tuesday during the season to film Showtime's "Inside the NFL."

    Advice: It's not ideal for Marshall to be spending his off day taking two flights weekly, but we trust that it won't be a problem. He's still in the prime for wideouts at age 30, hasn't missed a game since 2010 and keeps his body in peak condition. "He asked me about it. I trust him to make decisions that are in the best interests of the team first," said coach Marc Trestman. "I know Brandon. I know he'll do that." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:33 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.22 (30th)
  • Jerry Jones: Randle has been outstanding
    Jerry Jones said Joe Randle is "really playing outstanding. That's not an exaggeration."

    Advice: Through two preseason games, Randle has rushed 20 times for 91 yards (4.55 YPC). He's ahead of Ryan Williams in their battle to stick as the third running back behind DeMarco Murray and Lance Dunbar. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:32 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.34 (2499th)
  • Adrian Peterson not expected to play Saturday
    Adrian Peterson is not expected to play in Saturday's third preseason game.

    Advice: "I really don't see the need," coach Mike Zimmer said. Peterson didn't get any preseason carries last year either before rumbling for 1,266 yards and 10 touchdowns in 14 games. He's the No. 3 overall player on our board. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:21 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    14.99 (5th)
  • Kenjon Barner was getting abused in pass pro
    Kenjon Barner was reportedly "overmatched by nearly every linebacker and defensive back he lined up against" during Panthers camp.

    Advice: Barner added 15 pounds during the offseason, but still couldn't become adequate as a pass blocker. If he sticks with the Eagles, it will be largely due to his ability to contribute in the return game. Barner fell behind Fozzy Whittaker in Carolina and was going to get cut. Note that the Eagles won't even have to give up that seventh-round pick to the Panthers unless Barner is on the 46-man active roster for at least four games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:10 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.91 (2519th)
  • Johnny Manziel will open season as backup
    Browns first-round QB Johnny Manziel will open the season as a backup to Brian Hoyer.

    Advice: Unlike fellow rookie Blake Bortles, Manziel was given a fair shot to win the starting gig. He didn't seize it, showing immaturity on and off the field while averaging just 4.74 yards per attempt in two preseason games. "We're confident that Johnny is going to have a great future, but felt that Brian still had a decided edge on him," coach Mike Pettine said. While it's somewhat disappointing Manziel couldn't beat out a 29-year-old (in October) journeyman coming off an ACL tear, the future will likely come sooner than later. A QB change could come immediately following the Week 4 bye, especially if the Browns start 0-3. Their first three games are at PIT, vs. NO and vs. BAL. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:33 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.32 (31st)
  • Hoyer beats Johnny Manziel for starting job
    The Browns named Brian Hoyer their Week 1 starter.

    Advice: "He was the clear leader from the beginning. We've maintained all along that if it was close, I would prefer to go with the more experienced player," explained coach Mike Pettine. Johnny Manziel was unable to close the gap, starting with off-field distractions during OTA season and culminating with a pair of uninspiring preseason performances. Hoyer, who will turn 29 in October and is coming off an ACL tear, will now serve as a bridge starter until the Browns deem Manziel ready. We suspect that will come as soon Week 5, as Cleveland faces Pittsburgh, New Orleans and Baltimore before its Week 4 bye. Hoyer will be a decided underdog in each of those games. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:18 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.38 (2650th)
  • Eagles acquire RB/KR Barner from Panthers
    Eagles acquired RB/KR Kenjon Barner from the Panthers in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2015.

    Advice: The pick is likely contingent on Barner making the 53-man roster. Barner was on the outs in Carolina, but played for Eagles coach Chip Kelly at Oregon, and offers some badly needed depth at running back. His acquisition could be curtains for Chris Polk in Philly if Polk can't get healthy. Polk has missed the majority of camp with a hamstring injury. A 2013 sixth-rounder, Barner managed only six carries across eight games. He missed time with a foot issue. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:52 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.91 (2519th)
  • Rex Burkhead may have significant injury
    Bengals RB Rex Burkhead was spotted on crutches and in a knee brace at the team facility Monday.

    Advice: Beat writer Paul Dehner believes it "doesn't look good" for Burkhead, who left Saturday night's preseason game with a knee injury and didn't return. If Burkhead's injury is major -- and early indications point to that -- BenJarvus Green-Ellis' roster spot could be safe in Cincinnati. The alternative would be to carry just Jeremy Hill and Cedric Peerman behind Giovani Bernard. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:12 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2010th)
  • Polk plans to practice at less than 100 per.
    Eagles RB Chris Polk (hamstring) plans to resume practicing next week even if he's not 100 percent.

    Advice: Polk believes his roster spot is in danger. "There's nothing guaranteed," Polk said Tuesday. "I wasn't drafted. I'm not LeSean McCoy, Nick Foles, I'm not guaranteed anything." It's an admirable, but risky, attitude. Polk would ultimately have more to lose than gain by practicing at less than 100 percent. The Eagles are unlikely to let him. Polk's injury has opened the door for second-year UDFA Matthew Tucker. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:14 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.43 (1790th)
  • Browns waiting on quarterback decision
    Coach Mike Pettine is willing to wait until after the Browns' third preseason game to name a starting quarterback.

    Advice: The team had been targeting Tuesday to make an announcement, but gained little clarity after both Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer struggled against the Redskins on Monday. Pettine did say he "(doesn't) sense a lot of division" amongst the coaching staff about who to name. That suggests it will be journeyman Hoyer over rookie Manziel. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:28 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.32 (31st)
  • Montee Ball doing individual drills Tuesday
    Montee Ball (appendectomy) returned to practice Tuesday.

    Advice: The Broncos are having a non-contact practice, so it's just individual drills. But it's still a step forward for Ball. He visited his doctor on Monday and hopes to gain clearance for normal work at some point this week or early next week. Don't look for Ball to play in Denver's third preseason game. Ball should be all systems go well before the Broncos take the field Week 1 against the Colts. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:14 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.78 (23rd)
  • Pettine still undecided about starting QB
    Coach Mike Pettine said he's still undecided about who the Browns' starting quarterback will be Week 1.

    Advice: Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel didn't make things easy for Pettine with their ugly performances Monday. "Neither guy really distinguished himself, and we'll have to go back and study the tape and figure out who to go with," Pettine said. Signs point toward Hoyer being the slight favorite, but his leash will be short if he indeed is named the starter. Pettine had originally planned to name the winner of the competition on Tuesday. He may wait another week. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:12 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.38 (2650th)
  • Manziel gives Redskins bench middle finger
    Johnny Manziel was caught on camera giving the Redskins' bench the middle finger during Monday night's preseason game.

    Advice: Following a third-quarter incompletion, Manziel flipped the bird and it immediately spread all over Twitter. Manziel said he had "words exchanged" with the Redskins all night, and CB Joe Haden defended his rookie quarterback, saying he took a lot of abuse from Washington's players and fanss Per Redskins FS Ryan Clark, what set off Manziel was Washington players telling him "this isn't college anymore, we're faster than you." Still, Manziel needs to keep his composure. It didn't sit well with coach Mike Pettine, and certainly won't win Manziel any points in the quarterback derby. "You have to be able to maintain your poise," Pettine said. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:52 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.32 (31st)
  • Hoyer unimpressive Monday vs. Redskins
    Brian Hoyer completed 2-of-6 passes for 16 yards in Cleveland's second preseason game against the Redskins on Monday night.

    Advice: Hoyer got the start and rotated every two series throughout the first half with Johnny Manziel. Hoyer was bad, missing a wide-open Andrew Hawkins in the end zone for a would-be touchdown and throwing at his receiver's feet on his first throw of the night. Luckily for Hoyer, Manziel was equally bad. Through two preseason games, Hoyer is 8-of-20 passing for 108 yards. If we were to guess, Hoyer is still in the lead to be the Browns' starter come Week 1. He'll likely get the start in the Browns' third preseason game later this week. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:54 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.38 (2650th)
  • Manziel, Hoyer both struggle badly on MNF
    Johnny Manziel completed 7-of-16 passes for 65 yards and one touchdown in Cleveland's second preseason game against the Redskins on Monday night.

    Advice: Brian Hoyer got the start and wasn't any better. He and Manziel both struggled throughout the first half, as they rotated every two series. The two combined to go 4-of-13 for 45 yards in the first half, and each had a QB rating under 45. Manziel played a couple series in the second half against the Redskins' backups, leading a 16-play touchdown drive that was finished off by a Dion Lewis eight-yard catch-and-run score. Manziel misfired on a number of passes in the first half. Coach Mike Pettine may want to get another look at these two before naming his starter. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:50 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.32 (31st)
  • Montee Ball has a Monday doc appointment
    Montee Ball (appendectomy) will visit his doctor Monday and hopes to gain clearance for practice.

    Advice: Ball is exactly two weeks removed from his surgery and has suffered no setbacks. He's unlikely to take any contact this week and is not expected to play in the third preseason game, but he remains firmly on track for Week 1. Ball's ADP has dipped slightly as a result of his surgery, going from 1.11 to 2.02. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:08 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.78 (23rd)
  • Montee Ball could resume practicing this week
    Montee Ball (appendectomy) said there's definitely a possibility he practices some this week.

    Advice: Ball hasn't had any setbacks since his August 4 surgery, saying he's made good progress. A return to practice this week -- even in a limited fashion -- would be big as he attempts to get his body right for Week 1. The Broncos open up the regular season three weeks from today against the Colts. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:02 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.78 (23rd)
  • Le'Veon played on 9-of-17 first-team snaps
    Le'Veon Bell played on 9-of-17 first-team snaps in Saturday night's preseason game against the Bills.

    Advice: Bell started and played on the first eight snaps before giving way to LeGarrette Blount for eight consecutive snaps. The duo mixed and matched more in the preseason opener, but that first-team snap count ended 7-6 in Blount's favor. For a second-round fantasy pick, Bell brings plenty of questions about both talent (3.52 YPC last year) and workload. He's admitted that Blount will "probably" get the goal-line work this season. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:38 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.63 (36th)
  • Isaiah Pead done for year with ACL tear
    Rams coach Jeff Fisher confirmed Sunday that RB Isaiah Pead has a torn ACL and will be lost for the season.

    Advice: Drop him in Dynasty leagues if you haven't already. The 2012 second-rounder had been reduced to special teams since falling to No. 4 on St. Louis' tailback depth chart. Pead will enter the last year of his rookie deal in 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:17 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1957th)
  • Bell expects Blount to get the goal-line work
    Le'Veon Bell said after Saturday night's preseason game that LeGarrette Blount will likely get the goal-line work this season for the Steelers.

    Advice: Coach Mike Tomlin said roles have yet to be determined. Bell and Blount were announced as co-starters before Saturday's exhibition tilt, and Tomlin stated last week that he sees Blount as more than a "red-zone, goal-line" back. Bell is currently being drafted as RB9 in the middle of the second round. A case could be made to bump him down a few slots, behind TD scorers Zac Stacy and Doug Martin. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:33 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.13 (245th)
  • Le'Veon Bell, Blount listed as co-starters
    The Steelers announced Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount as co-starters for Saturday night's preseason game.

    Advice: Bell played the first series and rotated with Blount throughout the first half, though neither played enough snaps to draw any conclusions about their usage. Blount was used in red-zone packages, and appears to be the preferred option in short-yardage situations. Bell remains the favorite to lead Pittsburgh in carries, but isn't going to handle the massive workload the Steelers gave him as a rookie. Bell has 35 total yards on eight touches though two preseason games. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:08 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.63 (36th)
  • Damien Williams totals 66 yards, TD on Sat.
    Dolphins undrafted RB Damien Williams rushed for 20 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries in Miami's second preseason game, adding three catches for 46 yards.

    Advice: With all three of Knowshon Moreno, Daniel Thomas, and Mike Gillislee injured, Williams was the second running back through the rotation behind starter Lamar Miller. Williams is solidly-built at 5'11/221 and pounded his touchdown in from one yard out. Based on play, Williams is ahead of Thomas for a job. But we all know by now that the Dolphins love Thomas for some unknown reason. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:54 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.26 (2570th)
  • Rex Burkhead leaves with knee injury
    Bengals RB Rex Burkhead left Saturday night's preseason game with a knee injury.

    Advice: Burkhead took a shot from big-hitting Jets rookie Calvin Pryor, and was quickly ruled out for the remainder of Saturday's affair. With Jeremy Hill (shoulder) also exiting early, BenJarvus Green-Ellis' roster spot has quickly become safe. The Bengals now have only Cedric Peerman healthy behind Gio Bernard. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:47 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2010th)
  • Geno Smith has solid game vs Bengals
    Geno Smith completed 10-of-13 passes for 98 yards and an interception in the Jets' second preseason game Saturday night, adding four carries for 20 yards and a touchdown.

    Advice: Smith led the Jets to three scoring drives, with both of the touchdowns coming against the Bengals' backups. He scored his touchdown on a read-option fake from one-yard out. Smith threw a bad pick on his third series on what appeared to be a mix-up with David Nelson, but it was an otherwise solid performance. Through two preseason games, Smith has completed 14-of-19 passes for 131 yards (9.4 YPA) with no touchdowns and an interception. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:10 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    15.23 (45th)
  • Trent Richardson still not producing
    Trent Richardson managed 21 yards on nine carries in the Colts' second preseason game Saturday night, adding a four-yard reception.

    Advice: He's now at 34 yards on 14 carries (2.43 YPC) through two exhibition affairs. We saw some praise on Twitter for Richardson's running against the Giants, but the production still isn't there. He remains an incredibly dicey fantasy investment. We did notice Richardson execute a strong first-quarter pass block. Pass protection has been one of Richardson's weaknesses to this point. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 5:30 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.48 (94th)
  • Luck goes for 89 yards & TD Saturday night
    Andrew Luck completed 12-of-18 passes for 89 yards and a touchdown in the Colts' second preseason game Saturday night.

    Advice: The Colts' first-team offense was generally on point, even with T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne resting. Luck hit Hakeem Nicks five times for 53 yards, and Griff Whalen for a five-yard score. With a deep pass-catching corps and dual-threat ability, Luck is a good bet to repeat as a top-eight fantasy QB1 this year. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 5:15 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    19.15 (6th)
  • Rams believe RB Isaiah Pead has torn ACL
    Coach Jeff Fisher said after Saturday night's preseason game the Rams believe RB Isaiah Pead has a torn ACL.

    Advice: The 50th overall pick in the 2012 draft, this should solidify Pead as a bust in St. Louis. He had been relegated to special teams after falling behind Zac Stacy, Benny Cunningham, and rookie Tre Mason on the running back chart. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:26 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1957th)
  • Isaiah Pead (knee) to undergo MRI Sunday
    Isaiah Pead will undergo an MRI Sunday on his knee.

    Advice: Per NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the "prospects aren't good." Pead left Saturday's game in the first quarter after suffering a non-contact knee injury. He could be headed to injured reserve. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:25 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1957th)
  • Isaiah Pead suffers leg injury
    Isaiah Pead was forced from Saturday's preseason game with a leg injury

    Advice: Pead got hurt on a kick return in the first quarter. It was a non-contact injury, so this has potential to be serious. Pead had to be helped off the field and was later carted to the locker room. The Rams should provide an update on his status after the game. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:43 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1957th)
  • Chris Thompson on Redskins roster bubble?
    CSN Washington believes RB Chris Thompson (ankle) will make the Redskins' final roster.

    Advice: Coach Jay Gruden recently expressed frustration at Thompson's inability to stay on the field, prompting speculation that his roster spot was in question. Thompson may be safe now, but that could change if he is unable play in Washington's third and fourth preseason games. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:18 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.43 (2554th)
  • Calvin inactive for second preseason game
    Calvin Johnson (knee, finger) is inactive for Friday night's preseason game.

    Advice: The Lions have been managing Johnson's practice reps and will hold him out of their first two preseason games. He should be active for next week's dress rehearsal against Jacksonville. Kris Durham will replace Johnson in the lineup. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 5:39 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.31 (27th)
  • Browns plan to name starting QB on Tuesday
    Browns coach Mike Pettine says Tuesday is the target date to name Cleveland's Week 1 starting quarterback.

    Advice: The Browns play the Steelers in Week 1. Pettine said a group consisting of OC Kyle Shanahan, QBs coach Dowell Loggains, and GM Ray Farmer will have say in naming the starter. PFT's Mike Florio also expects owner Jimmy Haslam to have some say, which could work in rookie Johnny Manziel's favor. The Week 1 starter will likely hinge on the performances of Brian Hoyer and Manziel in Monday's second preseason game. Cleveland visits Washington on MNF. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:54 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.32 (31st)
  • Pettine: QB decision won't be permanent
    Coach Mike Pettine conceded Friday the Browns' Week 1 starting quarterback won't necessarily be permanent.

    Advice: "I don't know if you can make a permanent commitment," Pettine said. "So much can change over the course of an NFL season." Brian Hoyer-Johnny Manziel still seems 50:50, but there are indications that the Browns have begun leaning back in Hoyer's direction, after Manziel showed up late to an early-week team meeting. It would make much more sense for the Browns to start Hoyer in Week 1 if they don't anticipate him being a permanent starter. Teams try to avoid benching rookies. Hoyer is a 28-year-old journeyman. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:06 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.38 (2650th)
  • Tomlin: Blount may be more than just RZ back
    Coach Mike Tomlin indicated LeGarrette Blount may be more than just a red-zone, goal-line back.

    Advice: "They're both going to get their share," Tomlin said of Blount and Le'Veon Bell. "We'll deal with that on a game-by-game basis based on the plan." In the preseason opener, Blount received two consecutive red-zone carries while also seeing a third-down rep. The Steelers have been hinting at a possible mix-and-match committee-style approach since signing Blount and drafting Dri Archer. Blount stealing goal-line and occasional work between the 20s from Bell would be a big hit to Bell's stock. He's hard to get behind as a first- or early-second round pick in fantasy drafts. Blount's value is great in the 11th. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:45 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.13 (245th)
  • Browns: QB decision could come next week
    The Browns could name their starting quarterback as early as Tuesday.

    Advice: The Browns play the Redskins on Monday evening. "I'm sure we'll sit down at some point next week, maybe more than likely later in the day on Tuesday and get our heads together and see what we come up with," coach Mike Pettine said. The earlier the Browns name their starting quarterback, the more likely it is to be Brian Hoyer over Johnny Manziel. The fact that Pettine is already talking about potentially reaching a decision next week doesn't bode well for Johnny Football. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:58 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.32 (31st)
  • Tomlin: Bell & Blount will 'get their share'
    Speaking Thursday, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount are "both going to get their share" of carries this season.

    Advice: It's an eye-opening comment, especially after Blount split first-team work with Bell in last weekend's preseason opener. While we're not afraid that Blount will supplant Bell as the Steelers' No. 1 back, perhaps Blount could find himself in the 10-12 carry range on a weekly basis instead of the 6-8 the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette projected in June. It's not a situation for Bell owners to take lightly. Blount is most likely to steal work near the goal-line despite the fact there's no real reason to believe he's a better short-yardage back than Bell. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:31 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.63 (36th)
  • Report: Manziel was late to team meeting Mon.
    ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Johnny Manziel was late to a team meeting on Monday.

    Advice: Mort is under the impression Manziel and a few other Browns rookies simply "misread the schedule," but it's believed Johnny Football was fined. Adam Schefter reported Thursday night that there "seems to be a feeling within the organization that Brian Hoyer wins" the Browns' starting job "in the event of a tie." Schefter believes Cleveland's second preseason game will essentially decide the battle, because all along the plan has been to pick a starter before the third exhibition game. There are no indications that Manziel's tardiness will play a role in coach Mike Pettine's quarterback decision. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:05 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.32 (31st)
  • Brian Hoyer to start second preseason game
    NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Browns will start Brian Hoyer in their second preseason game against the Redskins on Monday.

    Advice: The Browns have since confirmed. NFL Network originally reported that Johnny Manziel would get the start. It's somewhat irrelevant, as coach Mike Pettine has insisted both quarterbacks will get run with the first-team offense. Manziel was limited to time with the 2s and 3s in Cleveland's preseason opener. The Browns are making Johnny Football jump through every hoop in his quest to earn the starting job, but he's been on point thus far. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:51 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.38 (2650th)
  • Adrian Peterson sitting out Saturday
    Adrian Peterson is sitting out Saturday's preseason game against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Although 100 percent healthy, Peterson isn't expected to play this preseason. The Vikes are saving bullets for the regular season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:30 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    14.99 (5th)
  • Trent Richardson off to great start in camp?
    The Indianapolis Star's Stephen Holder says Trent Richardson is "off to a great start" at Colts training camp.

    Advice: The sample size was small, but T-Rich managed 13 yards on five carries in the Colts' exhibition opener, showing hesitance and lacking impressive first-step burst. Holder says it's been a different story on the practice field, where Richardson has reportedly run with "determination and decisiveness." T-Rich also claims he's healthier now than he was in each of his first two NFL training camps. Richardson offers lots of theoretical upside at his fifth-round ADP, but drafters need to be absolutely certain to handcuff him with Ahmad Bradshaw. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:20 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.48 (94th)
  • Jarvis Landry getting chance to return kicks
    Dolphins second-round WR Jarvis Landry is getting a chance to return kicks and punts.

    Advice: Miami would like somebody to unseat Marcus Thigpen as the return man so that it doesn't have to carry Thigpen on the 53-man roster as a strict returner. Landry is getting an opportunity and had a 48-yard punt return in the preseason opener. Landry is also in the mix for slot duties, though Brandon Gibson is the favorite. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:55 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.29 (2501st)
  • Brian Hoyer not on trade block for Browns
    Coach Mike Pettine insists the signing of Rex Grossman does not mean the Browns are shopping Brian Hoyer.

    Advice: There's been a rumor going around that the Texans and Browns have talked a Hoyer trade. It's easy to connect the dots; Texans coach Bill O'Brien and Hoyer spent time together in New England. The Houston Chronicle's John McClain reports the Texans "won't be trading for Hoyer." Grossman is a No. 3 quarterback, at best, anyway. Hoyer is still in the mix to start for Cleveland. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:37 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.38 (2650th)
  • Andre Johnson, Arian, Cushing back on field
    Andre Johnson (hamstring), Arian Foster (hamstring) and Brian Cushing (knee, leg) are participating in Wednesday's joint practice with the Falcons.

    Advice: Johnson, who was in pads Wednesday, ends up missing 15 days due to his strain. With an ADP in the late fourth round, he's currently a value pick as he preps for another target-heavy season -- this time from Ryan Fitzpatrick instead of Matt Schaub/Case Keenum. Foster's status will be worth watching closely as he's had recurring hamstring issues throughout his career. Cushing, who is now officially off active/PUP, will be ready for Week 1. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:49 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.86 (60th)
  • Stephen Hill 'all over the map' in camp
    Stephen Hill has been "all over the map in camp."

    Advice: Hill drew strong early reviews, but his play has apparently deteriorated. Geno Smith admitted Hill has had "some drops," while coach Rex Ryan changed the subject to Hill's blocking when asked about his progress as a pass catcher. Reporter Rich Cimini considers Hill New York's No. 4 receiver behind Eric Decker, Jeremy Kerley and David Nelson. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:05 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.38 (2498th)
  • Geno Smith to start versus Bengals Saturday
    Geno Smith will start the Jets' second preseason game against the Bengals on Saturday.

    Advice: There had been noise that Michael Vick may be gaining ground in what was thought to be a "competition" in name only, but that doesn't appear to be the case. ESPN New York's Rich Cimini still expects Smith to be named the starter, barring "injury or an epic meltdown." Cimini believes official word could come within the week. The Jets are all in on Smith for Week 1, but he won't have much room for error. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:49 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    15.23 (45th)
  • Manziel, Hoyer will both work with starters
    Coach Mike Pettine said Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer will both work with the starters in Cleveland's second preseason game against the Redskins.

    Advice: Manziel will start after Hoyer started the first preseason game. Pettine wants to "balance the reps" out between the two. It's uncertain whether Manziel and Hoyer will each play a quarter in the first half or if they'll simply rotate every other series or two. Pettine and QBs coach Dowell Loggains continue to insist there is no "leader" in the competition. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:57 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.32 (31st)
  • Marshall fully healthy, clicking with Cutler
    Brandon Marshall had five catches for 31 yards on just 17 snaps in Saturday's preseason opener against the Eagles.

    Advice: Marshall had a rocky 2013 offseason, fighting a hip injury while adjusting to the new Marc Trestman offense. He still went off for 100-1,295-12 while playing in all 16 games for the third straight year. Now Marshall is fully healthy, has a year in the scheme under his belt, and we know Jay Cutler will pepper him with targets. The quiet offseason is a good thing for our No. 6 fantasy wideout. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:57 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.22 (30th)
  • Calvin Johnson playing like dominant self
    Calvin Johnson (knee, finger) has made "jaw-dropping plays essentially every day" at camp.

    Advice: Although the Lions are managing Johnson's reps in practice and held him out of the preseason opener, he's clearly over last year's nagging injuries. He's looked "impressive" while dominating defensive backs like he always does. Still just 28, there's no reason to think Johnson is going to regress this season. He's a tremendous bet to finish as a top-three wideout for the fourth straight season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:41 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.31 (27th)
  • Skins frustrated with RB Thompson's injuries
    Coach Jay Gruden expressed frustration with RB Chris Thompson's inability to stay healthy.

    Advice: "It's disappointing," Gruden said. "He's got to figure out how to stay healthy." Thompson tore his ACL in October 2012 at Florida State, and landed on I.R. with a torn labrum in his shoulder last season. He's now dealing with a low-ankle sprain, causing him to miss the past five days. After a strong spring that had the team excited about Thompson, he's now on the roster bubble. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:33 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.43 (2554th)
  • Chris Polk nursing bad hamstring
    Chris Polk missed the Eagles' preseason opener with a hamstring strain.

    Advice: He hasn't resumed practicing. Polk's inactivity led to more touches for Matthew Tucker, who played well but lost a fumble and then got hurt. Assuming Polk gets back soon, he'll open the season as LeSean McCoy's best fantasy handcuff. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:50 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.43 (1790th)
  • O'Brien upbeat about Johnson & Foster
    Texans coach Bill O'Brien continued to express optimism Monday that Andre Johnson (hamstring) and Arian Foster (hamstring) will be back soon.

    Advice: Neither participated in Monday's practice, but both "put in hard work" on a side field. O'Brien thinks both could play in Houston's second preseason game. "I've spoken to both those guys," said the rookie coach. "They're doing better. It's a long season and our trainers are doing a great job with them. But it seems like they've improved and hopefully they can do something this week." Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:17 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.86 (60th)
  • Hoyer still ahead of Manziel on depth chart
    Brian Hoyer opened with the first-stringers at Monday's practice.

    Advice: Johnny Manziel hasn't passed Hoyer yet, as coach Mike Pettine confirmed the depth chart is unchanged. Expect the pair to rotate with the first-stringers this week before a starter for the second preseason game is named. All we know for sure right now is that Johnny Football has narrowed the gap considerably. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:35 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.38 (2650th)
  • Kenjon Barner's roster spot in jeopardy?
    The Associated Press has "growing concern" over Kenjon Barner sticking on the final roster.

    Advice: It would be a bit of a surprise as Barner brings value as a possible return man and only needs to hold off Darrin Reaves for No. 4 running back duties. Still, the early part of Barner's career has not been promising. He earned just eight touches from scrimmage as a rookie while battling foot/ankle issues. Barner's pass protection has been an issue at camp. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:04 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.91 (2519th)
  • King: Manziel has closed gap significantly
    SI's Peter King confirms Johnny Manziel has closed the gap on Brian Hoyer "significantly."

    Advice: King was reporting from Detroit, where both Manziel and Hoyer played reasonably well in the Browns' preseason opener. The tentative expectation is that Manziel will start the second preseason game and Mike Pettine will name his Week 1 starter before the third preseason game. "It's close," said Browns safety Donte Whitner. "I'd say [the locker room] is split about 50-50. We know they both can play." Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:51 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.32 (31st)
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