L.C.S. League Yr 2 (ID# 695968)
  • Bills GM 'went rogue' releasing Fred Jackson
    According to the Buffalo News' Tim Graham, Bills GM Doug Whaley "went rogue" in releasing Fred Jackson.

    Advice: Making roster decisions is what general managers are paid to do, so this shouldn't come as a groundbreaking decision, but typically the GM will consult the coaching staff. Apparently, Whaley didn't even discuss the matter with coach Rex Ryan. Reality is the Bills paid LeSean McCoy top dollar to be their new bellcow, and Whaley drafted Karlos Williams and handpicked Bryce Brown last season in a draft-day trade. Jackson has since come after Whaley a bit via the media, saying the GM was the "one person in the organization I haven't gotten honesty from." Jackson's release saved the team over $2 million. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:28 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2050th)
  • Sammie Coates is behind Darrius Heyward-Bey
    The Steelers are not expected to turn to third-round pick Sammie Coates for a prominent role during Martavis Bryant's suspension.

    Advice: Both Ben Roethlisberger and coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that the Steelers are counting on special teamer Darrius Heyward-Bey to "pick up the slack," and not Coates. Coates has generally looked lost this preseason, and could end up an early-season game-day scratch even with Bryant serving a four-game ban. As for the Steelers, it seems more likely they'll use more two-tight end sets than lean heavily on Heyward-Bey in the passing game. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:39 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.93 (1824th)
  • Broncos believe Sanders is game ready
    The Broncos believe Emmanuel Sanders is game ready despite missing a large chunk of training camp with a hamstring injury.

    Advice: He's resumed practicing at full speed. "I think we went about it the right way," coach Gary Kubiak said of the Broncos' conservative approach with Sanders' hamstring. "There has been no setbacks. He's had good work." Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:27 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.27 (59th)
  • Chris Matthews back at Seahawks practice
    Seahawks WR Chris Matthews (shoulder) has resumed practicing.

    Advice: Matthews was running as Seattle's No. 3 wideout before spraining an AC joint in the preseason opener. His absence amounted to more first-team offensive reps for impressive rookie Tyler Lockett. It's now unclear whether Matthews will have a role on offense when the regular season begins. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:48 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.00 (2562nd)
  • Cardinals to give CJ2K 10-12 touches
    The Cardinals plan to give Chris Johnson "10 to 12 touches" in their preseason finale Thursday night.

    Advice: This may be Johnson's audition for a roster spot after he missed Arizona's last exhibition game with a hamstring injury. Andre Ellington and David Johnson are healthy, and the latter in particular has shown well in August. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:44 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.64 (2414th)
  • Chiefs TE Kelce has 'slightly' sprained ankle
    Travis Kelce dropped out of Monday's practice with a "slight" ankle sprain.

    Advice: Kelce missed Tuesday's session. We don't usually post such minor injury situations on Rotoworld, but have seen people freaking out about Kelce on Twitter. Coach Andy Reid stated after Tuesday's practice that Kelce has a "slightly" sprained ankle, and it is not of the high variety. Reid added that Kelce would be able to play if the Chiefs had a regular season game this week. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:12 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.34 (73rd)
  • Julius Thomas undergoing surgery on Wednesday
    Julius Thomas will undergo surgery on his injured finger Wednesday.

    Advice: NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Thomas could be sidelined a month. That's in line with what GM David Caldwell said on Monday. Caldwell essentially ruled Thomas out for Weeks 1-3, calling Week 4 "realistic." Thomas is a tough sell as anything more than a TE2. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:11 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1924th)
  • Manziel describes elbow injury as tendinitis
    Johnny Manziel describes his elbow injury as "tendinitis," and says it's something he's dealt with since his freshman year of college.

    Advice: Manziel also reveals he received a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews, but that the famed orthopedic surgeon didn't recommend surgery. Both Manziel and coach Mike Pettine expect him to be ready to back up Josh McCown in Week 1. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:56 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.05 (2715th)
  • Bears claim QB Zac Dysert off waivers
    Bears claimed QB Zac Dysert off waivers from the Broncos.

    Advice: Dysert played for coach John Fox and OC Adam Gase in Denver, but spent 2014 on the practice squad. He's insurance against backup Jimmy Clausen's concussion. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:50 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2467th)
  • Maxx Williams will be ready for Week 1
    Ravens TE Maxx Williams (undisclosed) will be ready for Week 1.

    Advice: Williams missed last weekend's regular season dress rehearsal. "He's practicing, so he should be there for Denver," coach John Harbaugh said. "We just want to protect him from the bumps." Williams has had an unimpressive summer, but his potential role puts him on the TE2 radar. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:37 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.70 (181st)
  • Kenny Bell dealing with hamstring issue
    Bucs rookie WR Kenny Bell is dealing with a hamstring injury.

    Advice: Bell has been sidelined since Friday. Bell expressed optimism about testing the hamstring out in practice on Tuesday, but coach Lovie Smith shot it down, saying "You don't come back from hamstring injuries that quick." A fifth-rounder out of Nebraska, Bell is battling Louis Murphy for snaps behind Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:14 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.61 (2625th)
  • Case Keenum to be Nick Foles' backup
    Case Keenum will be the Rams' No. 2 quarterback.

    Advice: Keenum has beaten out Austin Davis for the right to back up Nick Foles. With the Rams using (wasting?) a third-round pick on Sean Mannion, Davis will probably be waived. Keenum has some raw playmaking ability, but is prone to streaks of wildness/total ineffectiveness. He's a second-tier backup. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:42 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2477th)
  • Carroll: We're not signing F-Jax yet
    Seahawks coach Pete Carroll called Fred Jackson's visit "not a signing."

    Advice: It sounds like the Seahawks were merely kicking the tires/updating their emergency list. No. 2 back Robert Turbin is dealing with a high-ankle sprain, and F-Jax would be a readymade replacement were Turbin unavailable for Week 1. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:37 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2050th)
  • Justin Hunter expected to play on Thursday
    Titans WR Justin Hunter is expected to play in Thursday's preseason finale.

    Advice: It's confirmation that he's nowhere near the first-team offense. Hunter's roster spot doesn't appear to be in danger, but he's not going to be a factor in the Titans' offense any time soon. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:19 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.47 (2583rd)
  • Johnny Manziel (elbow) still not throwing
    Johnny Manziel (elbow) has yet to resume throwing.

    Advice: As expected, he'll miss Thursday's preseason finale. It's a missed opportunity to put something good on film, but Manziel's odds of making starts this years have more to do with Josh McCown's early-season effectiveness than anything else. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:11 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.05 (2715th)
  • Jace Amaro (shoulder) surprisingly sent to IR
    Jets placed TE Jace Amaro (shoulder surgery) on injured reserve, ending his season.

    Advice: The 23-year-old tight end has a torn labrum. He suffered the injury in the Jets' preseason opener. It's a bitterly disappointing end to what needed to be a big season for a player who underwhelmed as a rookie. Now Amaro will enter his third camp next summer on the hot seat after being the No. 49 overall pick of last year's draft. Jeff Cumberland and Kellen Davis are the next men up on the depth chart. It's a sorry group. Amaro is an end-of-bench type in Dynasty leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:26 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1892nd)
  • CJ?K expected to play in preseason finale
    ESPN's Josina Anderson reports Cardinals RB Chris Johnson (hamstring) will play in Thursday's preseason finale.

    Advice: Coach Bruce Arians later confirmed the news. It's a sign Johnson's roster spot is far from assured. Johnson has barely practiced since signing two weeks ago, and Bruce Arians isn't the kind of coach who makes moves on faith. CJ has to show something to crack Arizona's running back corps. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:12 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.64 (2414th)
  • Roddy White expected to return next week
    ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure said Roddy White (elbow) will return to "some activity" next week.

    Advice: White underwent elbow surgery a little more than a week ago. The expectation was White would ready by Week 1, but it is concerning he will return to just "some" activity next week. Even if the elbow heals, White will require sporadic drainings of his knee throughout the season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:10 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.42 (126th)
  • Jaguars will keep using two tight ends
    Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said the team will keep using two tight ends despite the hand injury to Julius Thomas.

    Advice: Even with Thomas out this preseason, the Jaguars have continued to use two tight ends in their base formation. This is good news for Clay Harbor, who should slot into Thomas' spot while he is out the first three weeks of the season. Harbor averaged 3.5 catches a game while Marcedes Lewis was sidelined last season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:49 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.04 (1826th)
  • Jimmy Graham being heavily used as blocker
    According to Pro Football Focus, Jimmy Graham has been used as a run blocker on 36.5 percent of his 52 preseason snaps.

    Advice: Graham was used as a run blocker on 27.1 percent of his snaps in New Orleans last season. Seattle threw the ball 200 fewer times than the Saints last season, meaning Graham is almost certain to see fewer than the 138 targets he has averaged the last four seasons. He has the touchdown upside to make up for the lost volume, but he is being over-drafted in the third round. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:43 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.45 (72nd)
  • 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)
  • Emmanuel Sanders expected to play Week 1
    Emmanuel Sanders (hamstring) is expected to play Week 1.

    Advice: Sanders ran routes at full speed in 7-on-7 drills in his return to practice Monday. He is not expected to play in the fourth preseason game, but he will be good to go for the regular season opener. Sanders will not be targeted as heavily in Gary Kubiak's offense, but he is still a solid WR2. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:24 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.27 (59th)
  • Titans get roster down to 75 players
    Titans waived/released TE Tevin Westbrook, DT Toby Johnson and S Josh Aubrey.

    Advice: Tennessee also placed WR Andrew Turzilli (ankle) and LB Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil (hamstring) on injured reserve. These moves put the Titans' at the 75-man roster limit. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:17 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1855th)
  • Matt Barkley will start fourth preseason game
    Eagles QB Matt Barkley will start the team's fourth preseason game.

    Advice: This suggests Barkley is ahead of Tim Tebow in the battle for the third quarterback spot, but coach Chip Kelly may think Tebow's versatility makes him more valuable. Barkley could help his trade value with a good showing. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:49 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2502nd)
  • 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
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2498th)
  • Montee Ball squarely on the roster bubble
    9 News Denver's Mike Klis does not believe Broncos RB Montee Ball will make the final roster.

    Advice: Ball has been steadily falling down the depth chart all offseason and played behind Juwan Thompson in the third preseason game. Ball should get one more shot in the fourth preseason game to show his worth, but right now his job is anything but secure. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:36 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.17 (2536th)
  • Signs pointing to Stevan Ridley on PUP list
    Jets coach Todd Bowles hinted that RB Stevan Ridley (knee) will begin the season on the reserve/PUP list.

    Advice: "We have some quality running backs right now, and they’re all playing good," Bowles said, "so Ridley can take his time and get healthy." Ridley opening the season on the PUP should open a roster spot for Zac Stacy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:54 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2108th)
  • Fred Jackson meeting with the Seahawks
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports free agent RB Fred Jackson will meet with the Seahawks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Rapoport said both sides expect a deal to get done. Cut by the Bills on Monday, Jackson would provide a veteran presence behind starter Marshawn Lynch, his former teammate in Buffalo and a player with whom he is reportedly close. Bringing in Jackson could signal the end of the line for Christine Michael. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:43 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2050th)
  • Joique Bell remains Lions' No. 1 running back
    MLive's Kyle Meinke said, "Joique Bell remains the Lions' No. 1 tailback — for now, at least."

    Advice: The for now is important. Bell struggled at the beginning of last season after an unhealthy offseason, and a similar start could see Bell fall behind Ameer Abdullah in the pecking order. For now, though, he still projects as the Week 1 starter in Detroit. Fantasy favorite Zach Zenner is well down the depth chart. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:19 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.02 (97th)
  • Jeremy Kerley's roster spot is safe
    The Newark Star-Ledger believes Jets WR Jeremy Kerley's roster spot is safe.

    Advice: Kerley has lost his slot job to Quincy Enunwa, but he still should have a role in four-wide sets and on special teams. Also working is Kerley's favor is his contract. Signed to a four-year deal with $3 million guaranteed last year, cutting Kerley would cost the Jets $800,000 on the 2015 salary cap. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:07 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.97 (2397th)
  • Jags GM hopes Julius Thomas returns by Week 4
    Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell called Week 4 a "realistic" return target for Julius Thomas (hand surgery).

    Advice: Thomas has already been essentially ruled out for the first three games of the season. It sounds like returning in Week 4 against the Colts would be a best case scenario. Expect Allen Robinson to be a target monster in the meantime, and for Allen Hurns to also see a bump in early-season usage. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:20 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1924th)
  • Montee Ball on the roster bubble with Broncos
    Montee Ball appears to be in danger of losing his roster spot in Denver.

    Advice: He won't be a part of Denver's first cuts, but he might not make it when the Broncos trim to 53 this upcoming weekend. Ball is squarely behind C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman, while Juwan Thompson is making a run to be Denver's No. 3 back. "Special teams is a big factor with him and Juwan," coach Gary Kubiak said. "We'll see. I'm fine with Montee." If Ball were cut on Saturday, he would go through the NFL's waivers process. "Right now it's C.J., Ronnie, then Juwan, then me," Ball acknowledged. "So I guess just what it is." Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:33 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.17 (2536th)
  • Julius Thomas (finger) likely to miss 4-5 wks
    Julius Thomas is expected to require surgery on his broken hand, and will be sidelined 4-5 weeks.

    Advice: Specifically, Thomas needs surgery on a finger tendon. For what it's worth, Thomas is getting a second opinion on Tuesday. He can safely be ruled out for Weeks 1-3, and is highly questionable for Week 4. Considering Thomas' injury history, it's not a guarantee he'll be back for Week 5. It's a major concern for the Jags' entire offense, as Thomas' presence won't be commanding attention in the red zone as Blake Bortles looks to build on his big summer. Clay Harbor is the next man up at tight end. Already a low-end TE1, the injury-prone Thomas is firmly a TE2 for the final week of drafting. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:33 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1924th)
  • Emmanuel Sanders back at practice on Monday
    Emmanuel Sanders (hamstring) has resumed practicing.

    Advice: Sanders didn't appear to be full go on Monday, but he's fully on track for the opener. Last year's WR7 will begin the year as a mid-range WR2 as the Broncos feel out new coach Gary Kubiak's system. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:54 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.27 (59th)
  • Joique Bell finally comes off active/PUP list
    Lions activated RB Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') from the active/PUP list.

    Advice: It's not a moment too soon for the 29-year-old veteran, who isn't facing heat from just change-of-pace back Ameer Abdullah, but early-down prospect Zach Zenner. Provided he's in game shape, Bell will be the Lions' primary chain mover in Week 1, but he can't afford a slow start like the one he had in 2014. Abdullah is talented enough to begin stealing work from the word go. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:37 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.02 (97th)
  • Possible Pats make a run at Fred Jackson?
    ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss wouldn't rule out the Patriots making a run at free agent Fred Jackson.

    Advice: Reiss isn't reporting the Pats are already displaying interest, but bases his guess on coach Bill Belichick's longtime affinity for his division rival, and the team's unsettled situation at running back. Ultimately, New England's backfield is probably already too crowded to add another cook to the kitchen. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:39 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2050th)
  • PIT drafted Coates as insurance for Bryant
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the Steelers drafted Sammie Coates as insurance for Martavis Bryant (suspended).

    Advice: The Steelers have reportedly been aware of Bryant impending four-game suspension since the spring. That fact helps to explain the selection of Coates and the depth chart position of Markus Wheaton. Coates could have a limited role while Bryant is sidelined, but he is not on the redraft radar. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:34 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.93 (1824th)
  • 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)
  • Report: Cowboys have no interest in Jackson
    The Dallas Morning News reports the Cowboys have no interest in free agent RB Fred Jackson "at this time."

    Advice: "At this time" is a very important part of the report. Reports have suggested the Cowboys are comfortable with their committee of Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar, but that could change if the trio struggles early in the season. Jackson went to high school in the Dallas area. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:32 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2050th)
  • Broncos waive Zac Dysert, 10 others
    Broncos waived QB Zac Dysert.

    Advice: Dysert was beaten out by rookie Trevor Siemian. Denver also waived/released ILB Reggie Walker, CB Tevrin Brandon, G Andre Davis, TE Joe Don Duncan, P Spencer Lanning, S Ross Madison, TE Jake Murphy, RB Jeremy Stewart and OLB Chase Vaughn. After placing rookie TE Jeff Heuerman on injured reserve, Denver needs to make four more roster moves ahead of Tuesday's deadline. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:46 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2467th)
  • Bills cut 34-year-old longtime RB Fred Jackson
    Bills released RB Fred Jackson.

    Advice: This one is a shocker. Jackson missed most of training camp with a hamstring injury, but showed he still had juice in his legs in the third preseason game, rushing five times for 48 yards and a touchdown. Releasing Jackson suggests the Bills are confident Karlos Williams (illness) and LeSean McCoy (hamstring) will be ready Week 1. An eight-year veteran, Jackson has been with Buffalo his entire career. He should get a long look from teams in need of veteran running back help. The Cowboys, Browns and Patriots could make some sense. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:17 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2050th)
  • Justin Hunter has caught 2-of-9 targets
    Titans WR Justin Hunter has caught 2-of-9 targets (22 percent) this preseason.

    Advice: It is a very small sample size, but it is a concern considering Hunter has caught a Stephen-Hill like 43 percent of his targets through two seasons. Hunter has reportedly shown well in training camp this season, but that improvement has yet to be seen in games. Hunter will struggle to find the field if he cannot become more consistent. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:11 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.47 (2583rd)
  • Chris Johnson to miss preseason game
    Chris Johnson (hamstring) is not expected to play in Sunday night's third preseason game.

    Advice: Per ESPN's Josina Anderson, Johnson "is still having problems with his hamstring." Johnson returned to practice on Friday, but may have suffered a setback. Recent reports still have Johnson making the Cardinals' 53-man roster. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:22 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.64 (2414th)
  • 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)
  • Caldwell: Joique Bell 'moving along really well'
    Lions coach Jim Caldwell said RB Joique Bell is "moving along really well" in his recovery from offseason knee and Achilles surgeries.

    Advice: Bell said he's made "good progress" though the Lions are still "playing it by ear." He hasn't suited up for any of the Lions' preseason games and has yet to resume practicing. Bell doesn't expect to be limited upon his return. Promising rookie Ameer Abdullah will have a role regardless of Bell's health. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:47 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.02 (97th)
  • Montee Ball fourth in line at running back
    Montee Ball rushed four times for 11 yards and caught one pass for 20 yards in the Broncos' third preseason game.

    Advice: Ball played behind Juwan Thompson, who appears to have jumped him for the third spot on the depth chart. Already well behind Ronnie Hillman for the backup job, Ball has zero fantasy value heading into the season. He is not guaranteed to make the final roster. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:15 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.17 (2536th)
  • Graham not on some page with Wilson Saturday
    Jimmy Graham secured two of his five targets for 24 yards in Saturday’s preseason game against the Chargers.

    Advice: There was no touchdown dunk in this one as the Seahawks struggled to move the chains on offense. Russell Wilson was uncharacteristically shaky, missing Graham high on one pass and underthrowing him on another. Graham’s workload isn’t going to be the same as it was in New Orleans but he’s still a matchup nightmare inside the red zone. His current ADP is in the early third round. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:48 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.45 (72nd)
  • Maxx Williams will not play Saturday
    Ravens rookie TE Maxx Williams will not play in the team's third preseason game.

    Advice: Williams has been practicing all week in a non-contact jersey with an undisclosed injury. Sitting out hurts Williams' chances of opening as a consistent contributor, but he could grow into a big role as the season progresses. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:01 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.70 (181st)
  • Fred Jackson shines in preseason debut
    Fred Jackson had five carries for 48 yards and a touchdown in Buffalo's third preseason game.

    Advice: Jackson was making his preseason debut after missing two weeks with a hamstring injury. He started with all four of Buffalo's running backs sidelined, but played only the first quarter. Jackson's biggest play was a 41-yard carry to open the game. Jackson is a good bet to open the season as LeSean McCoy's backup. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:13 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2050th)
  • Jets coaching staff down on Jeremy Kerley
    ESPN New York confirms the Jets coaching staff has downgraded Jeremy Kerley.

    Advice: Reporter Rich Cimini suggests Kerley may have been "coasting" after signing a new contract, with a minor Achilles injury costing him part of OTAs. With Devin Smith sidelined, Kerley has been playing behind Chris Owusu and Quincy Enunwa in three-wide sets. Kerley’s guaranteed base-salary should secure his roster spot, but 2015 is looking like his last year with the Jets. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:27 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.97 (2397th)
  • Julius Thomas still expected to play Week 1
    Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said "everything points to" Julius Thomas (hand) playing Week 1.

    Advice: The Jags have always been confident Thomas will be ready Week 1, but it is good to hear he has not suffered any setbacks. SS Johnathan Cyprien (hand) is also expected back by the opener. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:20 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1924th)
  • Chris Johnson could play on Sunday
    Chris Johnson (hamstring) has not been ruled out for Sunday's preseason game.

    Advice: Johnson returned to practice on Friday, but he was very limited. Johnson will test his hamstring with the trainer before the game to determine his status. Arizona could decide to play it safe with their new running back, but with the first-team unlikely to play much if at all in the fourth preseason game, this might be the last chance to get Johnson run with the starters before the regular season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:31 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.64 (2414th)
  • Justin Hunter fails to make impact
    Justin Hunter was held without a catch in Tennessee's third preseason game.

    Advice: Hunter played exclusively with the second team, with Hakeem Nicks starting opposite Kendall Wright. All four of his targets came on deep routes. Hunter has just two catches for 14 yards through three preseason games. Hunter isn't a recommended late-round flyer. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:05 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.47 (2583rd)
  • Travis Kelce making big plays in preseason
    Travis Kelce secured three balls for 42 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs' third preseason game.

    Advice: "Zeus" found the end zone from eight yards out on a tough throw by Alex Smith, who was on his game in a major way tonight against a talent-deficient Titans defense. An absolute bully after the catch, Kelce now has 63 yards on just four catches over Kansas City's last two preseason games. Kelce has a mediocre floor, but offers upside to finish as this year's No. 3 fantasy tight end. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:07 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.34 (73rd)
  • 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)
  • Charge against Titans WR Hunter gets reduced
    The felony assault charge against Titans WR Justin Hunter has been reduced to a misdemeanor.

    Advice: Hunter was arrested July 3 at a Virginia Beach bar. He was originally charged with "felony malicious wounding", but is now "only" facing allegations of misdemeanor assault and battery. It's well within the realm of possibility that Hunter beats the lesser charge, or that it's further reduced in court. Hunter goes back before the judge this upcoming Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:34 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.47 (2583rd)
  • Chris Johnson returns to Cardinals practice
    Chris Johnson (hamstring) returned to Cardinals practice on Friday.

    Advice: Johnson should be all systems go moving forward. He's competing for playing time in Arizona's backfield with David Johnson and Andre Ellington. We suspect Ellington will open the season as the Cardinals' lead back, but the coaching staff may ultimately opt to "ride the hot hand" in committee fashion. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:00 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.64 (2414th)
  • CJ?K expected to make 53-man roster
    NFL.com reports Chris Johnson is expected to make the Cardinals' 53-man roster.

    Advice: Andie Hagemann reports CJ?K has "made a positive impression on his new teammates overall," and that he'll eventually "share the workload behind starter Andre Ellington." Johnson does seem likely to make the roster as veteran insurance for a young, injury prone running back corps, but David Johnson could send CJ to No. 3 status with another big game this weekend. CJ is missing Arizona's regular season dress rehearsal with a hamstring injury. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:08 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.64 (2414th)
  • Emmanuel Sanders expected back at practice
    Emmanuel Sanders (hamstring) is expected to resume practicing next week.

    Advice: Per reporter Mike Klis, Sanders will be a "full participant." Sanders is a mid-range WR2 in the Broncos' new-look offense. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:41 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.27 (59th)
  • 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)
  • Browns shelve Manziel for rest of preseason
    The Browns are expected to shut down Johnny Manziel (elbow soreness) for the rest of the preseason.

    Advice: An MRI on Manziel’s elbow showed no structural damage, but the Browns plan to hold him out of the final two preseason games. "I see it as a minor setback," coach Mike Pettine said. "If this was the regular season, it might be a different story." With Connor Shaw sidelined, the Browns will likely add a quarterback behind Josh McCown and Thad Lewis. Manziel should be cleared before Week 1, but this hurts his chances of making early-season starts. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:55 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.05 (2715th)
  • 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)
  • Emmanuel Sanders (hamstring) still sidelined
    Emmanuel Sanders (hamstring) remains sidelined at Broncos practice.

    Advice: He's missed the past 19 days and has obviously yet to appear in a preseason game. At this point, Sanders is highly unlikely to play at all this preseason. Hamstring injuries have a tendency to linger, but neither the Broncos nor any of the beat writers have expressed concern for Sanders' Week 1 availability. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:31 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.27 (59th)
  • Joique expects to be healthy for Week 1
    Lions RB Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') expects to be "healthy" for the regular season.

    Advice: Bell has yet to practice this offseason coming off "minor" knee and Achilles' surgeries. Bell stumbled out of the gate after a similarly unhealthy offseason last year, but he is confident he can step in and be a workhorse when he is healthy. In reality, he will likely form an early-season committee with rookie Ameer Abdullah. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:45 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.02 (97th)
  • 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)
  • Montee Ball 'slumping' in training camp
    The Denver Post reports RB Montee Ball is being pushed by Juwan Thompson for the No. 3 spot on the depth chart.

    Advice: Ball has already been jumped by Ronnie Hillman, and it appears Juwan Thompson could be next. Ball has never flashed at the NFL level, and he has reportedly been "slumping" in training camp. His spot on the roster is not secure. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:21 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.17 (2536th)
  • Amaro's recovery a 'really slow process'
    Jets TE Jace Amaro's recovery from a sprained shoulder is going slower than expected.

    Advice: "Every day it’s been getting better. It’s just a really slow process," said Amaro. "It’s just frustrating. I just want to get out there and be able to play." Originally expected back for the regular season opener, it now appears Amaro could miss regular season games. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:24 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1892nd)
  • 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
    2.64 (2414th)
  • Browns don't want Manziel to change motion
    The Browns believe Johnny Manziel's three-quarter release is what's causing his elbow pain, but they don't want him to change his throwing motion.

    Advice: "I think that’s an advantage that he has," coach Mike Pettine said. "There are times he’ll change his arm angle to make a throw. If you stick with your traditional throwing motion, the ball (might) get knocked down (in some situations)." Impressed with Manziel's summer, the Browns are hopeful he'll be ready for this weekend's regular season dress rehearsal. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:32 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.05 (2715th)
  • Joique (knee, Achilles') still not practicing
    Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') remains sidelined at Lions practice.

    Advice: Bell has spent the entire summer on active/PUP. At this point, he's not going to see any preseason action. Bell has 20 days to get ready for the Lions' opener. Whenever Bell returns, it will be to a committee with Ameer Abdullah, and perhaps even Theo Riddick. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:10 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.02 (97th)
  • Stafford confirms Lions' will use RBBC
    Lions QB Matthew Stafford confirmed the Lions will use a running back by committee even when Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') is healthy.

    Advice: The writing has been on the wall all offseason. The only real question is how the workload will be divvied up. Ameer Abdullah was sparingly used in the Lions' second preseason game, but he should open the season as at least the 1B to Bell's 1A. Theo Riddick has earned praised for his running this preseason, but will be at best used as a passing-game specialist. Despite his rising ADP, Abdullah's upside makes him the back to own in Detroit. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:53 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.02 (97th)
  • OC: Johnny Manziel 'new guy' this season
    Browns OC John DeFilippo said QB Johnny Manziel is a "new man" this season.

    Advice: He added the sophomore's understanding of the game has changed drastically. Josh McCown appears locked in as the Browns' Week 1 starter, but he was dreadful in Tampa Bay last season and looked bad in the second preseason game. It remains likely Manziel gets starts this season. Manziel is currently sitting out practice due to soreness in his elbow. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:43 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.05 (2715th)
  • Roddy White to undergo surgery on his elbow
    Roddy White will undergo surgery on his troublesome right elbow, but is expected back for Week 1.

    Advice: The surgery is being called "minor," and the expectation that White will still be healed by Opening Day comes via coach Dan Quinn. Still, the injury is another indication that White's body seems to be breaking down. He also requires sporadic drainings of his knee and has been banged up in each of the last two seasons. White turns 34 years old this November. Leonard Hankerson stands to benefit with more first-team reps the rest of camp. Rotoworld.com Aug 23, 1:42 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.42 (126th)
  • Sammie Coates hauls in 54-yard bomb
    Sammie Coates caught two passes for 60 yards in the Steelers' third preseason game.

    Advice: We saw the good and bad from Coates in this game. He got three steps on rookie Packers CB Quinten Rollins in the third quarter, but a badly thrown ball allowed Rollins to recover and hold Coates to a 54-yard gain. Coates also dropped two passes, the second of which was a bad concentration drop with no defender around. Coates oozes physical upside, but he will be no better than fourth on the depth chart when the season begins. Rotoworld.com Aug 23, 1:35 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.93 (1824th)
  • Johnny Manziel out with 'elbow discomfort'
    Johnny Manziel left Sunday's practice with discomfort in his throwing elbow.

    Advice: He missed practice with a similar injury on August 13. Manziel is expected to sit out a few days but coach Mike Pettine said he doesn't "anticipate it being anything serious." The second-year quarterback has had a decent preseason, completing 17-of-29 passes for 160 yards and one touchdown. Rotoworld.com Aug 23, 9:24 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.05 (2715th)
  • Cimini: Jace Amaro on the hot seat for Jets
    ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini said second-year tight end Jace Amaro is "on the hot seat."

    Advice: Cimini added that Amaro has "a lot to prove after a so-so rookie season." Unfortunately there isn't much Amaro can do to improve his stock while he's out with a sprained shoulder. Red flags were raised a few weeks ago when Amaro was listed as the third-string tight end on the Jets' preseason depth chart. Rotoworld.com Aug 23, 7:38 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1892nd)
  • CJ2K out a week or two with pulled hamstring
    Chris Johnson will miss a week or two with a pulled hamstring.

    Advice: He suffered the injury at Thursday's practice and could be sidelined for the remainder of Arizona's preseason slate. It's been a tough offseason for Johnson, who was injured in a drive-by shooting and didn't sign with a team until August. He's hoping to be the Cards' No. 2 back behind starter Andre Ellington. Rotoworld.com Aug 23, 5:28 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.64 (2414th)
  • Maxx Williams has three-catch night vs. PHI
    Maxx Williams caught 3-of-4 targets for 25 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Eagles.

    Advice: Williams spent time with both the first- and second-team offenses. Williams reportedly hasn't been making many plays in practice, but is up to 5/61 through two preseason games. The talented rookie is on the TE2 radar. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 9:31 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.70 (181st)
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