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  • Nick O'Leary doesn't look like he belongs
    WKBW Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia believes sixth-round TE Nick O'Leary "would likely have been released by now" if he wasn't a draft pick.

    Advice: Per Buscaglia, O'Leary "could be confused with any of the undrafted free agents on the roster" at Bills camp. He's currently behind Charles Clay, MarQuies Gray, Matthew Mulligan, and Chris Gragg on the depth chart. Small, short armed, and slow, O'Leary might not even make it onto Buffalo's practice squad. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:51 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.15 (2565th)
     
  • Cowboys interested in RBs that get cut
    Cowboys VP Stephen Jones called running back "a position of interest" for Dallas once NFL teams turn in their final cuts.

    Advice: Joseph Randle's grip on Dallas' lead-back job appears to be fading, while the Cowboys should be fully aware of Darren McFadden's lengthy injury history. No. 3 back Lance Dunbar has spent three years in the NFL and never totaled more than 30 rushing attempts. The Cowboys missed out on running backs in the draft and could turn to the NFL waiver wire for increased depth. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:19 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.58 (67th)
     
  • Gresham ruled out for preseason finale
    Jermaine Gresham (hamstring) won’t play in Thursday’s preseason finale.

    Advice: Gresham will miss the entire preseason recovering from back surgery and a hamstring issue. With Troy Niklas also sidelined, Darren Fells is locked in as Arizona’s Week 1 starter. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:25 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.94 (1833rd)
     
  • Titans want red-zone role for Green-Beckham
    The Titans want to use Dorial Green-Beckham as a red-zone threat.

    Advice: "It’s something you try to simulate, but a lot of times you can’t guarantee the coverage you’re going to get," coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "So all we can do is try to prepare him in practice. When you get to the season, it’s about matchups." Green-Beckham was held out of last week's dress rehearsal with an ankle injury. He hasn't played with the first team during the preseason, but remains a high-upside late-round flyer. Green-Beckham will open the season behind Kendall Wright, Harry Douglas, and Hakeem Nicks. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:01 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.16 (2546th)
     
  • Joseph Randle misses event for court date
    Joseph Randle was an unexpected absence from the Cowboys' kickoff luncheon on Wednesday because he had to be in Kansas "for a court appearance."

    Advice: Per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Randle's trip to Wichita "was not related" to a February incident where his ex-girlfriend alleged domestic violence, and was "likely" due to "either a family law case, or a misdemeanor charge." The Cowboys told reporters Randle's absence Wednesday was "for personal reasons." Rotoworld.com Today, 3:46 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.58 (67th)
     
  • Ka’Deem Carey not lock for final roster
    The Chicago Tribune doesn’t consider Ka’Deem Carey a lock for the 53-man roster.

    Advice: Carey has been playing behind Jacquizz Rodgers and Jeremy Langford throughout the preseason. He isn’t guaranteed a spot as the No. 4 running back. Carey’s lack of special teams value is working against him. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:38 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.40 (2631st)
     
  • Packers WR Janis 'hasn't won over' Rodgers
    Packers second-year WR Jeff Janis is behind rookie Ty Montgomery because Janis "hasn't fully won over his quarterback yet."

    Advice: Trust is critical between pass catchers and their quarterbacks. Aaron Rodgers apparently doesn't yet trust Janis enough for him to have a significant role in Green Bay's offense. "Jeff will have some great days and some days where mentally he's making too many mistakes," Rodgers said. "The talent and athleticism is there. We just need to see from all those guys battling for those two spots just some more consistency." Janis has a higher ceiling than Montgomery, but needs to start climbing the depth chart to make any 2015 fantasy noise. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:37 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.77 (2411th)
     
  • Ty Montgomery favorite for 3rd receiver job
    Third-round pick Ty Montgomery is still considered to have the "upper hand" for Green Bay's No. 3 receiver job.

    Advice: Playing outside at Z receiver, Montgomery is coming off a third preseason game where he posted a 2-71 receiving line working in three-wide sets alongside Randall Cobb and Davante Adams. Montgomery is very clearly ahead of Jeff Janis, who "hasn't fully won over" Aaron Rodgers. Montgomery is a worthy late-round flyer in re-draft leagues, with an up arrow on his Dynasty value. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:33 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.61 (179th)
     
  • Blake Bortles improved mechanics in offseason
    ESPN Jaguars reporter Michael DiRocco attributes Blake Bortles’s strong preseason to improved mechanics.

    Advice: Bortles had major accuracy and pocket-presence issues as a rookie, throwing 17 INTs and taking a league-high 55 sacks. His improved footwork has led to a 65 percent completion rate and only two sacks in three preseason games. A second-year leap from Bortles would be an upgrade for Allen Robinson and T.J. Yeldon. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:29 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    15.82 (39th)
     
  • Brees has 'comfort level' with WR Coleman
    Drew Brees said he has "a great comfort level" with Brandon Coleman.

    Advice: Coleman started the third preseason game over Marques Colston, relegating Colston to the slot in three-wide sets. Coleman's exact role in the Saints' offense remains to be seen. He has just one catch for 27 yards this preseason. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:25 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.96 (166th)
     
  • Dolphins coach high on TE Dion Sims
    Coach Joe Philbin views Dion Sims as a starting-caliber tight end.

    Advice: "He can do a lot of different jobs; is coming along nicely," Philbin said. Jordan Cameron remains the No. 1 tight end, but could lose work to Sims on run downs. Coming off his disappointing 2014, Cameron has done nothing this preseason, catching two passes for six yards. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:32 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.03 (1827th)
     
  • NFLPA files grievance on Thompson's behalf
    The NFLPA has filed a grievance on behalf of free agent TE Taylor Thompson.

    Advice: Thompson was cut by the Titans back in June, but he claimed he was hurt and the Titans failed to release him with an injury settlement, as they believed he was healthy. Thompson now needs knee surgery, and the NFLPA is backing him. Thompson suspected back in June that he needed microfracture knee surgery. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:28 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1872nd)
     
  • Victor Cruz 'very much in doubt' for Week 1
    ESPN Giants reporter Dan Graziano confirmed Victor Cruz (calf, knee) is "very much in doubt" to play in Week 1.

    Advice: Cruz admitted Tuesday that his availability is in question, and at this point we'd bet against him suiting up Week 1 at Dallas. Rueben Randle would handle No. 2 duties behind Odell Beckham, with Preston Parker in the slot. Cruz has no timetable for return. He's an unlikely fantasy contributor in 2015. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:07 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.89 (139th)
     
  • Panthers sign QB Anderson to 2-year extension
    Panthers signed QB Derek Anderson to a two-year, $5 million extension through 2017.

    Advice: Anderson, 32, made two starts for the Panthers last season, leading the team to a 2-0 record while Cam Newton was hurt. Across those two starts and parts of three other games, Anderson completed 65-of-97 passes (67 percent) for 701 yards and a 5:0 TD:INT ratio. He's one of the better backups with a rocket arm. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:08 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.13 (2688th)
     
  • Bills concerned McCoy won't be ready Week 1
    Coach Rex Ryan expressed some doubt whether LeSean McCoy (hamstring) will be ready Week 1.

    Advice: "I hope," Ryan said. "If not then the next man has to step up. So we will see. If he is not ready to go, he won’t be in there." According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, McCoy is dealing with a "small tear" in the hamstring and "it tore in a spot where it couldn't have been any better." McCoy has done next to nothing at practice the past two weeks, as he's only able to perform light footwork, agility, and cardio. If McCoy can't suit up Week 1, it'll be Karlos Williams, Bryce Brown, and Anthony Dixon, though Williams is recovering from an injury of his own. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:27 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.92 (28th)
     
  • Bears acquire rookie TE Lee from Texans
    Bears acquired TE Khari Lee from the Texans in exchange for a 2017 sixth-round pick.

    Advice: Lee was an All-American at D-2 Bowie State and signed with the Texans as an undrafted free agent. He didn't impress at his Pro Day, however, displaying subpar athleticism with a 5.05 forty and 9-foot-7 broad jump. Lee caught 5-of-6 preseason targets for 71 scoreless yards. The Bears like him as an inline blocker. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:44 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1937th)
     
  • E.J. Manuel expected to beat out Matt Cassel
    E.J. Manuel is expected to open the season as the Bills' No. 2 quarterback.

    Advice: He's earned it with a phenomenal preseason. Manuel has completed 20-of-30 passes (66.7 percent) for 358 yards (11.9 YPA) and a 4:0 TD:INT ratio. GM Doug Whaley still "strongly supports" Manuel, whom Whaley picked 16th overall in 2013. Matt Cassel is expected to be released by Saturday afternoon. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:58 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2455th)
     
  • Packers expected to add a veteran receiver
    The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Tom Silverstein expects the Packers to sign a veteran receiver.

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

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

    Advice: Cassel has had an up-and-down six months in Buffalo, going from struggling badly to having a so-so training camp and preseason. Meanwhile, Tyrod Taylor has lit Buffalo on fire with his legs and earned the starting job. E.J. Manuel has performed in the preseason with a 146.9 passer rating, giving him the edge over Cassel. Releasing Cassel would save the Bills $4.75 million against the cap. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:54 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.06 (2713th)
     
  • Joseph Randle to see 10-15 carries per game?
    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram suggests Joseph Randle may open the season handling 10-15 carries per game "with (Darren) McFadden slightly below that."

    Advice: "At the end of the day, we’re both going to get carries however they decide to play it out," said McFadden. Both backs seem resigned to the fact that the Cowboys are committed to a running back by committee. Beat writer Drew Davison confirms none of Dallas' backs "has done enough to separate themselves from the pack." McFadden is shaping up as a dicey flex play to begin the year, while Randle will be toward the back end of RB2s. Lance Dunbar will eat into both players' production in the passing game, further muddying the situation. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:57 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.58 (67th)
     
  • Fox 'terse and non-specific' about Jeffery
    Bears coach John Fox was "terse and non-specific" when asked about Alshon Jeffery's calf injury on Tuesday.

    Advice: Jeffery hasn't practiced since August 11. Fox's Tuesday attitude is alarming on its face, but the Bears' new head coach has already made it clear he thinks he doesn't owe anyone anything when it comes to injury information. Fox views the trivial details of his team as top secret information to be protected in a bunker. It's always concerning when a player misses nearly three weeks of practice, but there's still no compelling reason to believe Jeffery won't be ready for Week 1. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:25 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.67 (42nd)
     
  • Funchess (hamstring) able to practice Tuesday
    Panthers rookie WR Devin Funchess (hamstring) practiced on Tuesday.

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

    Advice: This means Pitta will definitely miss the first six games, but it would be surprising if he played this season. Baltimore also waived G/T De'Ondre Wesley and T Darryl Baldwin to reach the 75-man roster limit. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:37 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1888th)
     
  • Riley Cooper does not have a preseason catch
    Eagles WR Riley Cooper has yet to catch a pass this preseason.

    Advice: Cooper has started all three preseason games, but he has been nonexistent in the passing game. A blocking specialist, Cooper will not make an offensive impact even if he keeps his starting job all season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:54 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.90 (2403rd)
     
  • Ravens showed interest in RB Fred Jackson
    The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci reported the Ravens showed interest in free agent RB Fred Jackson.

    Advice: Jackson appears poised to sign with the Seahawks, but the Ravens' reported interest could hint they are unhappy with Buck Allen as the backup to Justin Forsett. Allen has struggled this preseason and fumbled on his way into the end zone in the third preseason game. With Lorenzo Taliaferro (knee) sidelined for a least the first several weeks of the season, Baltimore may look to bring in veteran help at final cuts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:32 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.05 (2545th)
     
  • Cruz less certain he will play in Week 1
    Victor Cruz (calf) is no longer certain he will play in Week 1.

    Advice: He's sitting out Thursday's preseason finale. "Nothing’s been set in stone in terms of playing that first week or not playing that first week," Cruz said. "I’m still excited for Week 1. That’s still the goal. That’s still the plan in my opinion." Cruz has been sidelined by a "minor" calf strain since mid-August and is not expected to practice this week. Cruz was already a risky fantasy bet coming off a devastating knee injury. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:25 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.89 (139th)
     
  • Vikings waive/injure QB Mike Kafka
    Vikings waived/injured QB Mike Kafka.

    Advice: He will revert to injured reserve once he passes through waivers. Depending on the severity of the injury, Kafka could be released with an injury settlement. This transaction gets the Vikings down to 75 players. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:52 am
    Injured Reserve
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2498th)
     
  • Panthers release WR Jarrett Boykin
    Panthers released WR Jarrett Boykin.

    Advice: The acquisition of Kevin Norwood from Seattle on Monday likely sealed his fate. Boykin caught 49 passes with the Packers in 2013 but has struggled to find playing time since. Being cut by a receiver-needy team like the Panthers is not a great sign for his NFL future. Carolina also cut S Robert Lester. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:49 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2173rd)
     
  • Victor Cruz (calf) says Giants being cautious
    Victor Cruz said the Giants are just being cautious with his strained calf.

    Advice: Cruz said the swelling has gone down. It would be a surprise if Cruz played in the final preseason game, but it sounds like he could be ready for Week 1. Coming off a devastating knee injury and now a preseason calf concern, Cruz is a risky bet to contribute this season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:26 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.89 (139th)
     
  • Funchess aggravates hamstring in practice
    Panthers rookie WR Devin Funchess aggravated his hamstring injury in Monday's practice.

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

    Advice: Coach Rex Ryan has said the team would probably keep three quarterbacks, but he has been anything but forthcoming about his quarterbacks during the last month. E.J. Manuel seems like the obvious choice if Buffalo decides to release someone, but Matt Cassel's $4.75 million cap charge could earn him the boot. The Bills would get all of that $4.75 million off the cap by releasing Cassel. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:15 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.06 (2713th)
     
  • Report: Cowboys RBBC approach 'not a bluff'
    According to Yahoo's Charles Robinson, the Cowboys' plan to use an RBBC backfield is "not a bluff," and the rotation will be a "committee in the purest NFL form."

    Advice: Per Robinson, "the Cowboys are adamant that their elite offensive line can be the glue that elevates a collection of parts into a greater whole." In other words, the Cowboys are banking on their O-Line and less on the talent of their backfield, which is questionable to be kind with Joe Randle, Darren McFadden, and Lance Dunbar vying for work. Had Saturday night's preseason game been a regular season one, Robinson believes the Cowboys "would have ridden McFadden's hot hand," despite Randle starting the game. Robinson guesses none of the Cowboys' backs will rush for more than 850 yards this season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:23 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.58 (67th)
     
  • Brandon Coleman catches 27-yard pass
    Brandon Coleman caught one pass for 27 yards in the Saints' third preseason game.

    Advice: Coleman ran with the Saints' first-team offense in two-wide sets, playing ahead of Marques Colston, who entered for three-wide packages at slot receiver. Coleman's lowlight was a drop on a pass from Luke McCown. His highlight was a 27-yard second-quarter gain on a deep crosser. Coleman is a legitimate threat to Colston's playing time, but his snap share remains somewhat unclear, and Coleman's lack of preseason production is a slight concern. He has one catch on four targets through three exhibition games. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:30 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.96 (166th)
     
  • Harbaugh discusses Buck Allen's fumble
    Ravens coach John Harbaugh expressed frustration with rookie Buck Allen after Saturday night's goal-line fumble.

    Advice: Allen also ran poorly, managing 29 yards on 13 touches. He is averaging 2.69 yards per carry this preseason. "You have to hold on to the football," Harbaugh said. "It’s just not possible to put runners out there that fumble the football. He’s going to have other opportunities and chances going forward, and I really believe he’s going to be a very good player. But, he’s going to have to learn from that." Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:53 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.05 (2545th)
     
  • Giants don't expect Cruz to practice this wk
    Giants coach Tom Coughlin does not expect Victor Cruz (calf) to practice this week.

    Advice: The Giants insist the injuries aren't related, but Cruz is coming back from a torn patellar tendon, an injury that frequently leads to "compensation" injuries in other areas of the body. Cruz has no known timetable for return. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:50 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.89 (139th)
     
  • Devin Funchess returns to practice
    Devin Funchess (hamstring) returned to Panthers practice on Sunday.

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

    Advice: He expects the Panthers to keep five wideouts with Boykin as the odd man out. Person said Boykin has put pressure on Brenton Bersin for the last spot but the coaches "seem to prefer" Bersin. Boykin has logged nine catches for 93 yards this preseason. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:43 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2173rd)
     
  • Buck Allen backs up Justin Forsett
    Buck Allen rushed 12 times for 24 yards in the Ravens' third preseason game.

    Advice: He added one catch for five yards. Like the rest of the Ravens' running backs, Forsett struggled to find running room against the Redskins. He also committed a costly fumble on the goal line with less than ten seconds left in the first half. Allen now has 29 carries for 78 yards (2.69 YPC) this preseason. With Lorenzo Taliaferro (knee) sidelined, Allen will open the season as Justin Forsett's backup. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:08 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.05 (2545th)
     
  • Jeff Janis impresses in expanded role
    Jeff Janis had three catches for 72 yards and a touchdown in the Packers' third preseason game.

    Advice: Janis was behind Ty Montgomery in three-wide sets, but saw an expanded role after Randall Cobb went down. The Packers played Janis deep into the second half, with his touchdown coming on a 27-yard pass from Matt Blanchard. Cobb's shoulder injury has potential to create an opportunity for Janis. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:50 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.77 (2411th)
     
  • Ty Montgomery impresses in third preseason game
    Ty Montgomery caught two passes for 71 yards in Saturday's preseason game.

    Advice: Montgomery started over Jeff Janis in three-wide sets. He played into the third quarter, but made a 52-yard catch against the Eagles first-team defense. With Randall Cobb leaving early with a shoulder injury, there's potential for Montgomery to have a big early-season role. Montgomery has four catches for 99 yards through three preseason games. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:36 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.61 (179th)
     
  • Matt Jones sees field after Chris Thompson
    Matt Jones rushed seven times for 57 yards in the Redskins' third preseason game.

    Advice: He added one catch for 17 yards. Jones had much more success against the second-team defense than Alfred Morris had against the first, but he ran clearly behind Alf in this game and saw the field after Chris Thompson as well. Jones has the talent to put pressure on Morris, but he has not climbed him on the depth chart yet. Jones has 139 yards on 20 carries (6.95 YPC) this preseason. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:14 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.60 (227th)
     
  • Joseph Randle starts third preseason game
    Joseph Randle started the Cowboys' third preseason game, rushing six times for 15 yards.

    Advice: He added an eight-yard reception. Randle got the ball on four of Dallas' first six plays, and carried the mail for the majority of the first quarter. As expected, Lance Dunbar operated as his change-of-pace back. Darren McFadden got some work with the first-team offense, but not until Dallas' fourth series. Randle is clearly going to get the first shot on early downs as the Cowboys begin the tall task of replacing DeMarco Murray, but he's a boom-or-bust RB2 in a crowded backfield. He finishes the preseason with 13 carries for 45 yards (3.46 YPC). Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:26 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.58 (67th)
     
  • Matt Cassel plays two series against Steelers
    Matt Cassel completed 6-of-7 passes for 38 yards in Buffalo's third preseason game.

    Advice: E.J. Manuel started, with Cassel the No. 2 quarterback through the rotation. Cassel nearly threw a pick-six on a tipped pass at the line of scrimmage, but managed to avoid making any other mistakes. The Bills can't be overly impressed with what the saw from Cassel. Cassel is 13-of-15 for 83 yards in two preseason appearances. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:44 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.06 (2713th)
     
  • E.J. Manuel looks good in preseason start
    E.J. Manuel completed 7-of-8 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns in Buffalo's third preseason game.

    Advice: Manuel started and played the first two series, throwing a 67-yard touchdown to a wide-open Charles Clay. He re-entered the game in the third quarter and immediately threw a second touchdown. Manuel is now 20-of-30 passing for 358 yards and four touchdowns through three preseason games. The Bills starting quarterback will likely come down to Manuel or Tyrod Taylor. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:02 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2455th)
     
  • Dorial Green-Beckham doesn't see snaps
    Dorial Green-Beckham didn’t play any snaps in the Titans third preseason game.

    Advice: Green-Beckham was active after missing time with an ankle injury, but didn’t see the field. Coach Ken Whisenhunt views Green-Beckham as a work in progress, limiting his chances of making an early-season impact. The Titans slowplayed Bishop Sankey for 29-year-old Shonn Greene last year, and appear to be doing the same with DGB. Harry Douglas and a broken-down Hakeem Nicks are expected to open the year opposite Kendall Wright. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:39 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.16 (2546th)
     
  • Blake Bortles continues solid preseason
    Blake Bortles completed 20-of-29 passes for 245 yards and a touchdown in Jacksonville's third preseason game.

    Advice: He added four carries for 38 yards. Bortles made some nice throws to Allen Hurns, including a 13-yard play-action touchdown. He would have had another touchdown, but Allen Robinson dropped a pass in the end zone. Bortles has put together a solid preseason, competing 39-of-60 passes for 461 yards and a touchdown through three games. Bortles has potential as a streaming option in redraft leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:42 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    15.82 (39th)
     
  • Funchess held out of third preseason game
    Devin Funchess (hamstring) won't play in the Panthers third preseason game.

    Advice: It's a missed opportunity for Funchess, who has yet to put anything on tape as Carolina's X receiver. Funchess wasn't cleared after going through pregame warmups. Corey Brown, Ted Ginn, and Jerricho Cotchery will play in three-wide sets. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:30 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.78 (146th)
     
  • Bills not putting stock in third preseason game
    Rex Ryan "isn’t putting much stock" in the third preseason game.

    Advice: "About as much stock as I put in the other ones. I don’t say ‘here is the dress rehearsal.’ It’s not that this game is more important. I don’t look at it that way." E.J. Manuel is starting the third preseason game, but isn’t a serious contender for the Week 1 job. Tyrod Taylor and Matt Cassel will rotate with the first team. The No. 2 quarterback through Buffalo’s rotation should ultimately be more telling on who the Bills plan to start. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:13 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2455th)
     
  • Cowboys still expected to use RBBC approach
    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports no running back has separated himself at Cowboys camp, and the expectation is Dallas uses a committee approach.

    Advice: All three of Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden, and Lance Dunbar bring something different to the table. Randle and McFadden rely on quickness and speed, while Dunbar probably has the clearest path to an actual cemented role on offense as a "perfect fit" for the change-of-pace job. Randle is still the favorite to open the season as lead dog, but the Cowboys may rotate these guys in and out. Randle continues to have a far-too-rich-for-our-tastes third-round ADP. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:02 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.58 (67th)
     
  • 'Nothing' indicates Manuel in starting mix
    The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci believes there's been "nothing at camp that indicates" E.J. Manuel is a serious contender for the Bills' starting job.

    Advice: This has been the consensus all summer long, making it all the more baffling that coach Rex Ryan has decided Manuel will start this weekend's regular season dress rehearsal over Tyrod Taylor and Matt Cassel. The most sensible theory is that Ryan is trying to throw the Colts off before Week 1, but Ryan has to know presumptive starter Taylor needs all the preseason reps with the 1s he can get. Perhaps the Bills believe Manuel could generate trade interest with a decent showing. Whatever the reasoning, it's hard to understand. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:49 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2455th)
     
  • Victor Cruz (calf) sitting out on Saturday
    Victor Cruz (calf) will miss Saturday's preseason game against the Jets.

    Advice: It means Cruz will miss the entire preseason. Coming back from a devastating knee injury, Cruz remains on track for Week 1. He's in the WR3 conversation. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:09 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.89 (139th)
     
  • Bills still 'optimistic' about Shady's status
    The Bills remain "cautiously optimistic" LeSean McCoy (hamstring) will be ready for Week 1.

    Advice: Coach Rex Ryan isn't prone to tall tales with injury updates, so it's a bit concerning he hasn't moved on to outright guaranteeing Shady will be ready for the opener against Indy in 17 days. McCoy's status should be updated multiple times over the next two weeks. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:45 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.92 (28th)
     
  • Manuel named starter for third preseason game
    E.J. Manuel will start Saturday's preseason game against the Steelers.

    Advice: With Tyrod Taylor and Matt Cassel locked in a tight battle, coach Rex Ryan is going with a player who's been a distant No. 3 all summer for his team's regular season dress rehearsal. Ryan did add he expects all three quarterbacks to spend time with the first-team offense. It's quite possible Ryan has already settled on his starter — with Taylor being the favorite — and Manuel is merely a diversionary tactic for the Colts, who are coming to Buffalo in Week 1. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:31 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2455th)
     
  • Alshon Jeffery not practicing on Thursday
    Alshon Jeffery (calf) remained sidelined Thursday.

    Advice: It means he's likely to miss Saturday's Week 1 tune up. Jeffery should be ready to rock for Week 1, which is in 17 days. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:22 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.67 (42nd)
     
  • Rivera hints Funchess will replace Benjamin
    Panthers coach Ron Rivera hinted the team is planning on rookie WR Devin Funchess replacing Kelvin Benjamin (ACL).

    Advice: "The thing we’re waiting for is for Devin to be healthy and get him out on the football field," Rivera said. "He runs a lot of the same type of routes. He’s almost as imposing a target as Kelvin and the biggest thing with him is the confidence that he plays with as he develops." OC Mike Shula said the plan is to replace Benjamin with a committee, but it sounds like Funchess will get most of the snaps in Benjamin's old "X" position. The jury is still out on if Funchess can be an effective wide receiver in the NFL, but volume alone could make him a value at his WR38 draft price. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:47 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.78 (146th)
     
  • Rodgers 'not sure' whom 3rd receiver will be
    Aaron Rodgers "isn't quite sure" who will take over as the Packers' new third receiver.

    Advice: While beat writers seem convinced the job will go to rookie Ty Montgomery, Rodgers' uncertainty suggests the door is still open for vertical-stretching sophomore Jeff Janis. ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky confirms the No. 3 battle will come down to Janis and Montgomery only. Rodgers did acknowledge the need for an additional wideout to step up. "There's going to be some one-on-ones outside, and we look for matchups," Rodgers explained. "So that third guy could get the matchup and is going to need to produce." The Packers ran three-receiver formations on over 70 percent of their 2014 offensive plays. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:08 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.77 (2411th)
     
  • Panthers to replace Kelvin Benjamin by committee
    Panthers OC Mike Shula said the Panthers will likely replace Kelvin Benjamin "by committee."

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

    Advice: Pitta will open 2015 on the reserve/PUP list, and it's unclear whether he'll be cleared to play thereafter. "I really can't answer that question because I just don't know," said Flacco, who is Pitta's best friend on the team. Crockett Gillmore is expected to open the season as the Ravens' starting tight end. Rookies Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle are competing behind him. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:41 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1888th)
     
  • Nick O'Leary isn't guaranteed roster spot
    Bills coach Rex Ryan admits sixth-round TE Nick O'Leary isn't guaranteed a roster spot.

    Advice: O'Leary was a star catching passes from Jameis Winston in college, but is no higher than No. 4 on the depth chart. O'Leary has severe athletic limitations, and isn't much of a run blocker. He could be a better fit for the practice squad than 53-man roster. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:00 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.15 (2565th)
     
  • Montgomery running as No. 3 receiver Tuesday
    Ty Montgomery was operating as the Packers' No. 3 receiver in Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: With the Packers in a three-wide set, Montgomery lined up opposite Davante Adams while Randall Cobb manned the slot. It confirms Montgomery is getting the first crack to replace Jordy Nelson over Jeff Janis. Although Janis is a favorite of the Twitter metrics crowd, the Packers believe he's too inconsistent for a bigger role on offense. Janis could theoretically still overtake Montgomery with strong performances in Green Bay's final two preseason games, but a third-round pick, Montgomery is getting the benefit of the doubt. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:48 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.61 (179th)
     
  • Victor Cruz confirms calf is the issue
    Victor Cruz confirmed he is dealing with inflammation in his calf.

    Advice: Cruz said he should be good to go by the season opener, but any missed time is concerning coming off a devastating knee injury. Coach Tom Coughlin said he would like to get Cruz involved in the third preseason game, but that appears unlikely. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:55 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.89 (139th)
     
  • Funchess (hamstring) gets in limited practice
    Panthers WR Devin Funchess (hamstring) returned to practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: He was limited to individual drills. With Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) sidelined for the entire season, Funchess needs as many snaps as he can get with the first-team offense. It would be a boost if he can play in the third preseason game. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:29 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.78 (146th)
     
  • Bears insist Jeffery (calf) only 'day to day'
    Bears coach John Fox said Alshon Jeffery (calf) is day to day.

    Advice: "When they clear him medically and we feel that’s the smartest thing to do, he’ll be out there," Fox said. The Bears consistently hid the truth about Kevin White's shin injury, so it is difficult to take Fox's injury analysis with anything but a grain of salt. Still, all reports about the injury have indicated it is minor, and there is not yet any reason to be worried about Jeffery's regular season status. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:13 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.67 (42nd)
     
  • Janis too 'inconsistent' to be Packers WR3?
    The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel suggests second-year WR Jeff Janis has been too "inconsistent" to take over as the Packers' third receiver.

    Advice: Janis has flashed serious big-play ability through his first two NFL preseasons, but he did drop a pass in Sunday's second preseason game, and also fumbled away a punt. Beat writer Tom Silverstein acknowledges Janis "would be the ideal replacement" for Jordy Nelson from a body-type standpoint in three-receiver sets. We're still not ruling out Janis beating out Ty Montgomery. Both should get boatloads of preseason snaps from here on out. Rotoworld.com Aug 24, 2:51 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.77 (2411th)
     
  • Ty Montgomery to become Packers No. 3 WR?
    The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel expects third-round pick Ty Montgomery to take over as the Packers' third receiver after Jordy Nelson's ACL tear.

    Advice: Jeff Janis replaced Jordy on the outside in Sunday's preseason game, but the Journal-Sentinel apparently believes Montgomery is ahead of Janis on the depth chart. Beat reporter Tom Silverstein writes he expects Janis to compete with Myles White and a host of others for the final few game-day roster spots. Janis vs. Montgomery should really be a camp battle for the rest of August and early September. Both should get a ton of snaps in the remaining exhibition games. Rotoworld.com Aug 24, 2:43 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.61 (179th)
     
  • Whisenhunt: Green-Beckham a work in progress
    Coach Ken Whisenhunt indicated rookie Dorial Green-Beckham remains a work in progress entering the Titans' third preseason game.

    Advice: Green-Beckham has flashed big time on the field, ripping off a 32-yard gain in the Titans' preseason opener and catching four balls for 40 yards in the second exhibition week. Whisenhunt, however, noted that Green-Beckham cost the team a 37-yard gain with a miscue on Sunday night and says Green-Beckham is "still finding his way" and "has some catching up to do." Green-Beckham did run with the ones a bit on Sunday. He's climbing the ladder. Rotoworld.com Aug 24, 1:24 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.16 (2546th)
     
  • Randle admits he is still in a competition
    Joseph Randle admitted there is still a battle for snaps in the Cowboys' backfield.

    Advice: Darren McFadden started the second preseason game, gaining just four yards on three attempts. Lance Dunbar worked with the first-team offense as the passing down back, catching two passes for three yards. Randle had the best night of the three, but he did not see his first carry until after Tony Romo left the field. The Cowboys could have been sending a message to Randle by limiting his first-team reps, but his usage against the 49ers suggests Randle's hold on the starting job is tenuous at best. He is a risky pick in the third round. Rotoworld.com Aug 24, 7:53 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.58 (67th)
     
  • Joseph Randle plays in 2nd preseason game
    Updating a previous item, Joseph Randle did play in the Cowboys' second preseason game on Sunday night.

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

    Advice: Darren McFadden will start. Randle's injury has been flaring up the past couple of weeks. While it's not a long-term concern, the injury is a reminder of Randle's extremely-limited NFL track record. Randle has just 105 career carries through two NFL seasons, yet his ADP is currently in the middle of the third round. He played four snaps in Dallas' two playoff games last January. Rotoworld.com Aug 23, 4:10 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.58 (67th)
     
  • Jeff Janis inefficient against Steelers
    Jeff Janis caught 3-of-7 targets for 25 yards in the Packers' second preseason game.

    Advice: Janis had a bad drop on a third down, but he made up for it with back-to-back nine yard receptions on the very next drive. Janis was the first wide receiver off the bench when Jordy Nelson was forced from the game with a torn ACL, and he should be considered the favorite for snaps next to Davante Adams and Randall Cobb in three-wide sets. He is a great late-round flier, though his ADP is sure to skyrocket in the coming days. Rotoworld.com Aug 23, 1:20 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.77 (2411th)
     
  • Jarrett Boykin draws 12 targets against Miami
    Panthers WR Jarrett Boykin was targeted a game-high 12 times in Saturday's preseason game against the Dolphins.

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