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  • Amendola goes 1-25 in preseason game
    Danny Amendola caught one pass for 25 yards in the Patriots' third preseason game.

    Advice: He operated as New England's slot receiver while Reggie Wayne and Aaron Dobson worked outside. Keep in mind Brandon LaFell and Julian Edelman are on the shelf. Still, Amendola could open the season as one of the Pats' top-three receivers, along with Wayne and Edelman. The tentative expectation is that LaFell's foot injury will send him to reserve/PUP, costing him six games. Rotoworld.com 34 minutes ago
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.27 (2529th)
     
  • Corey Brown continues to struggle with drops
    Corey Brown managed one catch for five yards on seven targets in the Panthers' third preseason game.

    Advice: It was a disastrous game for Brown, who dropped a touchdown for the second consecutive week. He also had a bad drop on a third-down pass. Brown is the favorite to start opposite Devin Funchess in two-wide sets, but isn't a recommended late-round flyer. Brown has two catches for 14 yards through three preseason games. Rotoworld.com 42 minutes ago
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.01 (203rd)
     
  • Golden Tate up to 169 yds, 2 TDs in preseason
    Golden Tate caught three balls for 91 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' third preseason game.

    Advice: He's up to 169 yards and two TDs on the preseason. Tate operated as Detroit's No. 1 wideout with Calvin Johnson resting, and secured a 62-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to kick off the scoring against Jacksonville. Tate torched Jags second-year slot CB Aaron Colvin on the play. Tate lacks WR1 upside so long as Megatron is healthy, but is a high-floor fantasy WR2. Rotoworld.com 51 minutes ago
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.85 (108th)
     
  • Delanie Walker held catchless in debut
    Delanie Walker was held without a catch in the Titans' third preseason game.

    Advice: It was Walker's first preseason appearance after missing two games with a thumb injury. Walker is on the back-end TE1 radar in a weak year for tight ends. He projects to open the season behind only Kendall Wright for targets. Rotoworld.com 55 minutes ago
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.06 (109th)
     
  • Ebron doesn't play in preseason game
    Eric Ebron surprisingly did not play in the Lions' third preseason game.

    Advice: No reason was given. We'll hope to get one from coach Jim Caldwell by Saturday morning. Ebron has two catches for 26 yards so far this preseason. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:09 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.94 (149th)
     
  • Chiefs WR Maclin continues red-hot preseason
    Jeremy Maclin caught seven balls for 65 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs' third preseason game.

    Advice: He caught all seven of his first-half targets. The Chiefs got on the board quickly with a 29-yard dart into good coverage complete to Maclin from a surprisingly-aggressive Alex Smith. For the second straight game, Maclin was fed the football creatively and showed outstanding chemistry with his quarterback on a variety of routes. If the Chiefs keep manufacturing ways for Maclin to get the football, he'll be a value pick in the sixth and seventh round of drafts. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:02 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.40 (87th)
     
  • Stafford lights up Jags D for 2 TD passes
    Matthew Stafford completed 11-of-15 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns in the Lions' third preseason game.

    Advice: Stafford got the Lions' scoring started on a 62-yard bomb to Golden Tate for a touchdown, making a beautiful throw. His next TD was complete to Corey Fuller, who started in place of a resting Calvin Johnson. Stafford isn't quite a QB1 from a fantasy-draft standpoint, but should very much be in the mix for QB1 numbers with Megatron back healthy, Tate adding complementary playmaking ability, and more versatility in Detroit's backfield this year. The Lions do still need more from second-year TE Eric Ebron. Through three preseason games, Stafford has a 156.3 quarterback rating and 3:0 TD-to-INT ratio. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:00 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.04 (34th)
     
  • Hakeem Nicks exits with leg injury
    Titans WR Hakeem Nicks was forced from the team's third preseason game with a leg injury.

    Advice: Nicks got his left leg caught underneath him while being tackled from behind late in the second quarter. He struggled to put weight on the leg as he hopped off the field. Nicks had two catches for 19 yards before being forced from the game. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:56 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.45 (238th)
     
  • Jamaal Charles held to five touches vs Titans
    Jamaal Charles had three carries for 26 yards in Kansas City's third preseason game.

    Advice: He added two catches for 15 yards. The Chiefs barely played Charles this preseason in an effort to keep him healthy. He remains a strong bet for 250-plus touches as the centerpiece of Kansas City's offense. Charles should be drafted a top-five fantasy pick. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:55 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.52 (19th)
     
  • J-Stew: 7-12 rushing in preseason game
    Jonathan Stewart managed 12 yards on seven carries in the Panthers' third preseason game.

    Advice: Stewart didn't get much room between the tackles, but broke outside for 11 yards on a late first-quarter run to get Carolina in scoring position. Stewart operated as the Panthers' every-down back with the Cam Newton offense, and will open the season as a true bellcow. Stewart belongs in the fourth round of 12-team drafts. Cuff him with rookie Cameron Artis-Payne. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:52 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.13 (60th)
     
  • Albert Wilson exits with shoulder injury
    Albert Wilson left Friday's preseason game with a shoulder injury.

    Advice: Wilson went down after making a 16-yard catch on the opening drive. The Chiefs are listing his return as questionable, but he's likely done for the game. Wilson's injury gives rookie Chris Conley a chance to play opposite Jeremy Maclin. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:34 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.93 (1822nd)
     
  • Dez Bryant will miss final two preseason games
    Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Dez Bryant (hamstring) will sit out the final two preseason games.

    Advice: "I’m not sure we’re satisfied that it’s necessary for him to extend that [hamstring]," Jones said. "We don’t have to have him. That’s the way I look at it." Coach Jason Garrett said Bryant could be cleared for Saturday's dress rehearsal, but there's no reason for Dallas to risk a setback. Bryant will be all systems go for Week 1. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:10 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.22 (35th)
     
  • Chris Johnson returns to Cardinals practice
    Chris Johnson (hamstring) returned to Cardinals practice on Friday.

    Advice: Johnson should be all systems go moving forward. He's competing for playing time in Arizona's backfield with David Johnson and Andre Ellington. We suspect Ellington will open the season as the Cardinals' lead back, but the coaching staff may ultimately opt to "ride the hot hand" in committee fashion. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:00 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.25 (1981st)
     
  • Raiders OC praises Latavius Murray
    Raiders OC Bill Musgrave praised Latavius Murray's hands, body, agility, and vision Thursday.

    Advice: "He’s made very positive impressions," Musgrave said. "He has been working a lot on his hands so he can be a good receiver out of the backfield. He’s got great vision." The Murray buzz was in full-force earlier this offseason but has quieted down since camps opened, suggesting his value peaked pretty early. But Murray has done nothing to relinquish his spot atop the depth chart. Roy Helu has been hurt, and Trent Richardson hasn't stood out. It's possible Murray opens the year getting all the early-down work and even some pass-game reps. His ADP has risen to the middle of the third round where he's being taken as RB16. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:47 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.18 (57th)
     
  • 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 Today, 6:02 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.18 (48th)
     
  • Albert Wilson having 'mostly quiet' summer
    ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher reports WR Albert Wilson has been "mostly quiet in training camp and the preseason."

    Advice: Wilson generated some buzz with a nice finish to 2014, but has only two catches for 15 yards through two preseason games. He's been the subject of relatively few "puff pieces" from Chiefs practice since the beginning of OTAs. Wilson isn't a bad WR5 flier in 14-team leagues, but his upside is limited with Jeremy Maclin and Travis Kelce set to dominate targets in the Chiefs' passing game. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:11 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.93 (1822nd)
     
  • CJ?K expected to make 53-man roster
    NFL.com reports Chris Johnson is expected to make the Cardinals' 53-man roster.

    Advice: Andie Hagemann reports CJ?K has "made a positive impression on his new teammates overall," and that he'll eventually "share the workload behind starter Andre Ellington." Johnson does seem likely to make the roster as veteran insurance for a young, injury prone running back corps, but David Johnson could send CJ to No. 3 status with another big game this weekend. CJ is missing Arizona's regular season dress rehearsal with a hamstring injury. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:08 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.25 (1981st)
     
  • Dez Bryant (hamstring) back at practice
    Dez Bryant (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday.

    Advice: The Cowboys have been taking it painfully slow with Bryant since he strained his hamstring on August 6. He will be all systems go for the regular season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:55 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.22 (35th)
     
  • Chris Johnson injury less than expected
    Coach Bruce Arians has upgraded Chris Johnson's (hamstring) injury outlook to "day to day."

    Advice: The Cardinals originally feared Johnson's hamstring injury would sideline him 1-2 weeks. Johnson needs to get healthy just to hold off rookie David Johnson for the No. 2 back job behind Andre Ellington. David had a big second preseason week, showing well on traditional carries and catching two balls. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:59 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.25 (1981st)
     
  • Randle admits he is still in a competition
    Joseph Randle admitted there is still a battle for snaps in the Cowboys' backfield.

    Advice: Darren McFadden started the second preseason game, gaining just four yards on three attempts. Lance Dunbar worked with the first-team offense as the passing down back, catching two passes for three yards. Randle had the best night of the three, but he did not see his first carry until after Tony Romo left the field. The Cowboys could have been sending a message to Randle by limiting his first-team reps, but his usage against the 49ers suggests Randle's hold on the starting job is tenuous at best. He is a risky pick in the third round. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:53 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.18 (48th)
     
  • 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 Sunday, 6:32 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.18 (48th)
     
  • Cowboys hold Randle out of 2nd preseason game
    Joseph Randle (oblique) is sitting out Dallas' second preseason game.

    Advice: Darren McFadden will start. Randle's injury has been flaring up the past couple of weeks. While it's not a long-term concern, the injury is a reminder of Randle's extremely-limited NFL track record. Randle has just 105 career carries through two NFL seasons, yet his ADP is currently in the middle of the third round. He played four snaps in Dallas' two playoff games last January. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:10 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.18 (48th)
     
  • CJ2K out a week or two with pulled hamstring
    Chris Johnson will miss a week or two with a pulled hamstring.

    Advice: He suffered the injury at Thursday's practice and could be sidelined for the remainder of Arizona's preseason slate. It's been a tough offseason for Johnson, who was injured in a drive-by shooting and didn't sign with a team until August. He's hoping to be the Cards' No. 2 back behind starter Andre Ellington. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:28 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.25 (1981st)
     
  • Latavius Murray rushes for TD versus Vikes
    Latavius Murray rushed four times for 20 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Vikings.

    Advice: Murray looked great. The backs behind him, not so much. The breakout candidate is now up to 55 yards on only 10 preseason totes (5.5 YPC). Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:26 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.18 (57th)
     
  • Corey Brown held catchless vs Miami
    Corey Brown was held without a catch in the Panthers second preseason game.

    Advice: Brown started opposite Ted Ginn in two-wide sets. He had a drop on the second drive, and couldn’t come up with a would-be 28-yard touchdown. Panthers beat writers expect Brown to open the season as Carolina's No. 2 wideout, but he isn't more than a late-round flyer. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:58 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.01 (203rd)
     
  • Corey Brown showing improved route running
    The Panthers' official website said WR Corey Brown "has improved his route-running and his understanding of the offense."

    Advice: Primarily a deep threat his rookie year, it would help Carolina if Brown could turn into a more complete receiver following the season-ending ACL injury to Kelvin Benjamin. Brown's only target in the preseason opener was a deep shot, but his usage in what is expected to be a start this week will be something to watch. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:14 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.01 (203rd)
     
  • Jamaal Charles goes 3-7 against Seahawks
    Jamaal Charles caught three passes for seven yards in the Chiefs' second preseason game Friday night.

    Advice: He didn't receive a carry, resting while Knile Davis took the beating. Although it didn't result in many yards, it was nice to see Charles heavily involved in the Chiefs' screen game. His receiving usage dipped sharply last year, battling an early-season high ankle sprain and never fully getting going there after leading all NFL running backs in pass-game targets the season before. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:30 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.52 (19th)
     
  • Maclin: 3-22-1 against Seahawks
    Jeremy Maclin caught three balls for 22 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs' second preseason game, adding an eight-yard carry.

    Advice: Maclin looked quick and explosive working the sideline against Seattle's boundary corners. He saw a goal-line target early in the second quarter, but couldn't secure it following a big hit by Seahawks S Steven Terrell over the middle. Plays later, Maclin lined up in the backfield next to Alex Smith in the shotgun and beat a linebacker for a three-yard TD. Maclin played a variety of roles and motioned all over the field, perhaps indicating the Chiefs plan to manufacture ways to get him the football. Maclin is priced quite affordably this year in drafts with fantasy owners fearing the effect Smith will have on his numbers. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:01 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.40 (87th)
     
  • Joseph Randle returns to practice
    Joseph Randle (oblique) returned to Cowboys practice Friday.

    Advice: He took first-team reps. Randle's oblique has become a recurring concern, but isn't a significant injury. Randle remains Dallas' best option at lead back, but he's expected to lose touches to Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:53 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.18 (48th)
     
  • Cowboys RB Randle aggravates oblique injury
    Joseph Randle is doubtful for Sunday's preseason game after aggravating his oblique injury in Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Randle is now in a race against time to get cleared for Dallas' third preseason game, where depth charts are traditionally finalized. "It’s the same thing I had earlier," Randle said. "It flared up on me again. ... It’s just something we have to keep fighting through." Randle's absence comes just as Darren McFadden (hamstring) is finally healthy enough to get reps with the first team. Randle is an extremely risky investment at his current third- to fourth-round ADP. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:01 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.18 (48th)
     
  • Maclin expects more deep balls this season
    Jeremy Maclin expects the Chiefs to throw it down the field more often this season.

    Advice: "It may not be bombs over Baghdad every play," Maclin said. "But is that something we can do? Do we want to do more of it? Yes, we do." According to Pro Football Focus, Alex Smith attempted just 24 passes of more than 20 yards last season. Maclin had 34 targets of longer than 20 yards by himself. Maclin's presence should force the ultra-conservative Smith to push the ball downfield more, but it is unlikely to become a big part of the Chiefs' offensive attack. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:26 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.40 (87th)
     
  • Palmer: CJ?K a 'really, really good fit'
    Carson Palmer called newly-signed RB Chris Johnson a "really, really good fit" for the Cardinals' offense.

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

    Advice: The Lions want to play faster this year after averaging 65.3 plays a contest last season. With not much on the depth chart behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, Ebron could be the beneficiary of the couple extra plays Detroit is likely to run each game. He is a very interesting TE2. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:13 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.94 (149th)
     
  • Arians indicates RB job open to competition
    Coach Bruce Arians "left open the possibility" that Chris Johnson could emerge as the Cardinals' "featured tailback."

    Advice: Arians also suggested Johnson could play himself off the roster, but he certainly sounds open to utilizing Johnson heavily if it's warranted. "If he wins it," said Arians, referring to Arizona's starting job. "I'm open to anything once you win it." Arians is planning on a truly merit-based backfield distribution, and stopped short Tuesday when given an opportunity to anoint Andre Ellington the Cardinals' starter. The Cardinals also got SPARQy third-round pick David Johnson back into the mix at Tuesday's practice. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:18 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.25 (1981st)
     
  • Cowboys to use RBBC method?
    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram continues to refer to the Cowboys' backfield as a "running back by committee."

    Advice: Beat writer Charean Williams indicates the Cowboys have resisted making meaningful running back additions because they want to give the Joseph Randle-Darren McFadden-Lance Dunbar triumvirate every opportunity to succeed. Team observers have projected Randle to handle 15 touches per game, McFadden to handle ten touches per game, and Dunbar to see 5-8 per game. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:42 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.18 (48th)
     
  • Cardinals aren't promising CJ?K roster spot
    Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says Chris Johnson hasn't been promised a roster spot, and that his role will be determined by how he fares in the preseason.

    Advice: The Cardinals' website expects CJ?K to be a "part of the rotation" at running back, but the ever-blunt Arians isn't willing to issue any public assurances. However, Arians also allowed for any possibility, including Johnson earning No. 1 duties. Johnson's 2014 play certainly doesn't warrant an automatic roster spot, but Andre Ellington's fragility and David Johnson's rawness means CJ will almost certainly make the team. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:18 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.25 (1981st)
     
  • Chris Johnson to be 'part of rotation' in AZ
    The Cardinals' website expects Chris Johnson to be "part of the rotation" in Arizona's backfield.

    Advice: Beat writer Darren Urban confirms Andre Ellington remains the "starter," but expects the Cards to keep five running backs. They'll be Ellington, Chris and David Johnson, short-yardage back Robert Hughes, and possibly Kerwynn Williams (or Stepfan Taylor). Urban did not guess at the carry distribution, but the Johnsons are clear and present threats to Ellington's workload. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:01 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.25 (1981st)
     
  • Johnson's contact for the veteran mininmum
    Chris Johnson's new deal with the Cardinals is worth $870,000.

    Advice: Johnson has to rush for 1,300 yards and make the Pro Bowl to reach the $2 million number quoted at signing. Johnson has not done either of those things since 2010. With no signing bonus and only $400,000 guaranteed, this is a low risk contract for the Cardinals. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:53 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.25 (1981st)
     
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