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  • 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)
     
  • Miles Austin 'hasn't stood out' in camp
    The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Miles Austin "hasn't stood out enough" in Eagles camp.

    Advice: The 10th-year veteran is no higher than fourth on the depth chart, and could begin the year as low as fifth or sixth. Austin could be an early-season inactive if coach Chip Kelly doesn't see a role for him on special teams. Austin still has fine hands, but has lost a step or three since his prime. He should remain well off the re-draft radar this season. Austin's $2.5 million salary ($1 million guaranteed) will probably ensure his place on the 53-man roster. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:47 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.12 (2589th)
     
  • Rashad Greene could open year as No. 3 WR
    Fifth-rounder Rashad Greene could begin the season as the Jaguars' No. 3 receiver.

    Advice: Marqise Lee remains week to week with a hamstring injury, and Greene has come on after a slow start to camp. "(He's) making strides," said WRs coach Jerry Sullivan. "He has a lot of tools and we like what we see." Greene missed the Jags' first preseason game before catching two passes for 14 yards in the second. Regardless of Greene's Week 1 title, his biggest rookie contributions should come on special teams. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:36 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.59 (2576th)
     
  • '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 Yesterday, 4:49 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2450th)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Breakout year coming from Markus Wheaton?
    ESPN Steelers reporter Jeremy Fowler is expecting a breakout year from Markus Wheaton.

    Advice: Wheaton was tabbed for a breakout last season, but instead limped to a 53/644/2 line as he was soundly out-played by Martavis Bryant. With Bryant suspended for the season's first four games, however, Wheaton is getting another shot with the first-team offense. Wheaton has been getting puffed up by his teammates and local media all summer. He's worth a WR4 flier. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:03 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.19 (94th)
     
  • Martavis Bryant locked in as No. 2 receiver
    Markus Wheaton is locked in as the Steelers' No. 2 receiver following Martavis Bryant's four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

    Advice: Bryant's impending ban explains why the Steelers have gone to great lengths to talk Wheaton up this summer, and why he was running well ahead of Bryant in last week's preseason game. The No. 79 overall pick of the 2013 draft, Wheaton has been thoroughly underwhelming through the first two years of his NFL career, but his role puts him on the WR3 fringes to begin the season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:51 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.19 (94th)
     
  • Karlos Williams spotted at team facilities
    Bills RB Karlos Williams (undisclosed operation) was spotted at team facilities on Thursday.

    Advice: Per reporter Mike Rodak, the fifth-round rookie was walking with a "slight limp." The Bills have yet to disclose what necessitated an emergency operation, but it was possibly appendicitis. Williams won't play in the preseason, but coach Rex Ryan has expressed confidence he'll be ready for Week 1. Williams had been making a push for No. 2 duties, but will now be no higher than No. 3, and quite possibly lower. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:02 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.12 (2584th)
     
  • 'No timetable' for Breshad Perriman's return
    Speaking Thursday, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said there's "no timetable" for Breshad Perriman's (sprained PCL) return, and that his recovery gone slower than expected.

    Advice: Perriman should miss the entire preseason, and is looking mighty questionable for Week 1. It's a disaster for a team with no receiver depth to speak of. It should ensure Marlon Brown's roster spot. If you're drafting this weekend, Perriman should be treated as a boom-or-bust WR4. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:51 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.24 (192nd)
     
  • Robert Woods missing third preseason game
    Robert Woods (hip) will miss Saturday's preseason game.

    Advice: Woods has resumed practicing, but the Bills won't risk an aggravation in an exhibition tilt, even as they look to find their starting quarterback. Especially considering Buffalo's situation under center, Woods isn't more than a WR5, and even that might be pushing it. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:41 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.31 (247th)
     
  • Sammy Watkins will miss 3rd preseason game
    Sammy Watkins (glute) will sit out Saturday's regular season dress rehearsal against the Steelers.

    Advice: It's a disappointment for a player who has been the star of Bills camp, but he's fully expected to be ready for Week 1. Watkins needs to pick up fewer nicks and bruises as an NFL sophomore. He's not off to a good start. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:39 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.16 (96th)
     
  • 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 Yesterday, 10:31 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2450th)
     
  • Tevin Coleman will play on Saturday
    Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (hamstring) will play in Saturday's game against the Dolphins.

    Advice: Coleman missed the Falcons' first two exhibition contests. Coleman has a shot at a big role this season, but has set himself way behind by missing the majority of camp. As of now, he's not a realistic RB3 for the season's first month. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:27 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.31 (69th)
     
  • Marquess Wilson still not practicing
    Bears WR Marquess Wilson (hamstring) remained sidelined Thursday.

    Advice: It's a major disappointment for a player the Bears need to step up in the absence of Kevin White, as Wilson is now all but certain to miss this weekend's regular season dress rehearsal. Wilson is shaping up as a dart throw WR5/6 in re-draft leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:21 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.87 (214th)
     
  • 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 Yesterday, 6:47 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.79 (145th)
     
  • Sammy Watkins was training camp MVP
    The Buffalo News called WR Sammy Watkins the Bills' "August MVP."

    Advice: Tyler Dunne said Watkins was the best player on the field in camp and easily beat No. 1 CB Stephon Gilmore on multiple occasions. All reports on Watkins this preseason have been glowing, and it appears he has taken a step forward in his first NFL offseason. The problem for Watkins' fantasy value was never his talent, though. On a low-volume passing offense with an unsettled quarterback situation, it will be difficult for Watkins to consistently produce WR2 numbers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:56 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.16 (96th)
     
  • Agholor will be 'second-most productive' WR
    The Philadelphia Inquirer said the "expectation" is rookie Nelson Agholor will be the "second-most productive receiver on the team."

    Advice: The most productive will be Jordan Matthews, around whom observers of the team believe the passing offense will be built. Though he is not officially starting yet, Agholor has a higher ceiling than Riley Cooper and Josh Huff. He should pass both on the depth chart soon enough, and he is a good bet to finish the year with the second-most targets on the team. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:46 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.25 (130th)
     
  • Aaron Rodgers held out rest of preseason?
    Aaron Rodgers saw limited snaps in Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky sees this as a sign Rodgers may not play in the team's third preseason game. Green Bay lost Jordy Nelson in their second preseason game and will be without three of their starting offensive linemen this week. With Scott Tolzien sidelined by a concussion, Brett Hundley and Matt Blanchard would carry the quarterback load if Rodgers sits. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:40 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    20.76 (1st)
     
  • 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
    6.79 (145th)
     
  • Breshad Perriman (knee) still not practicing
    Ravens first-round WR Breshad Perriman (sprained PCL) remains sidelined.

    Advice: It means Perriman is all but certain to miss this weekend's regular season dress rehearsal. Sidelined since July 30, the No. 26 overall pick is now poised to enter Week 1 with essentially zero camp and preseason reps to his name. It strains belief that he'll be ready to start opposite Steve Smith Sr., putting Kamar Aiken on the spot. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:19 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.24 (192nd)
     
  • Sammy Watkins still nursing glute injury
    Sammy Watkins (glute) remains sidelined at Bills practice.

    Advice: Watkins missed last week's preseason game, and is day to day. It's not a major issue, but a reminder that the wiry wideout dealt with a variety of minor ailments as a rookie. Watkins will be healthy long before Week 1. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:49 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.16 (96th)
     
  • 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
    6.79 (145th)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Roethlisberger now trusts Wheaton?
    ESPN Steelers reporter Jeremy Fowler believes it's "obvious" that Markus Wheaton has earned the trust of Ben Roethlisberger.

    Advice: Wheaton and Big Ben were all too often not on the same page last year, resulting in a difficult second NFL season for Wheaton. In the second preseason game, however, Wheaton caught three balls for 42 yards and a touchdown and continued to play well ahead of Martavis Bryant, who was still playing in the third quarter with the starters resting. Wheaton offers upside at his 11th-round ADP, while Bryant is a potential trap in the top-five rounds. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:55 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.19 (94th)
     
  • Marquess Wilson sitting out on Monday
    Bears WR Marquess Wilson (hamstring) isn't practicing Monday.

    Advice: The Bears have claimed Wilson's injury isn't "overly serious," but are committed to providing misleading injury information under new coach John Fox. For now, Wilson should be considered day to day, and questionable for this weekend's important preseason game. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:30 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.87 (214th)
     
  • Aaron Rodgers had wrist/forearm wrapped
    Aaron Rodgers had his right wrist and forearm heavily wrapped on the sidelines of the team's second preseason game.

    Advice: Rodgers left the game after taking a safety late in the first quarter. There have been no reports of an injury, and the wrap could just be to alleviate fatigue in his throwing arm. The Packers lost Jordy Nelson to an ACL tear on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:27 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    20.76 (1st)
     
  • Wheaton plays ahead of Bryant, posts 3-42-1
    Markus Wheaton caught three passes for 42 yards and a touchdown against the Packers Sunday.

    Advice: Wheaton opened the game with the starters and played ahead of Martavis Bryant in two-wide sets on the opening drive. Wheaton saw the same number of targets as Antonio Brown, and he would have been 4-for-4 had Ben Roethlisberger not missed him badly on a sideline throw. Wheaton may not finish the season in the starting lineup, but it certainly appears he will start it there. He is worth a shot at his WR52 ADP. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:37 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.19 (94th)
     
  • Aaron Rodgers efficient but takes safety
    Aaron Rodgers completed 4-of-5 passes for 57 yards in the Packers' second preseason game.

    Advice: Rodgers was sharp on the first drive of the game, easily leading the offense down the field for an Eddie Lacy touchdown. A great special teams play by the Steelers buried the Packers offense on the one-yard line on Rodgers second and final series, however, and he took a safety three plays later. Rodgers is now 15-for-24 for 174 yards through two preseason games. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:02 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    20.76 (1st)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Bears downplay Marquess Wilson's injury
    The Bears don't think Marquess Wilson's hamstring injury is "overly serious."

    Advice: It's worth noting that the Bears have basically pledged not to share accurate injury information this season. Either way, Wilson said "I'm good" to reporters. He should be considered day to day, and questionable for next week's regular season dress rehearsal. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:58 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.87 (214th)
     
  • Nelson Agholor has four-catch night vs. BALT
    Nelson Agholor caught 4-of-5 targets for 49 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Ravens.

    Advice: Agholor's fifth target was a drop. Spending time with both the first- and second-team offense, Agholor flashed his exceptional quicks every time he touched the ball. Simply better than Josh Huff and Riley Cooper, Agholor should ascend to first-team status by Week 1. He has eight catches for 106 yards and a touchdown through two exhibition tilts. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:35 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.25 (130th)
     
  • Marquess Wilson exits with hamstring injury
    Marquess Wilson left Saturday's preseason game with a hamstring injury.

    Advice: Wilson initially stayed in the game, but was replaced by Josh Bellamy in the second quarter. He had two catches for 18 yards on three targets before going down. Losing Wilson would be another blow to Chicago's receiving depth. Wilson should be considered day to day. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:06 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.87 (214th)
     
  • Robert Woods (hip) returns to practice
    Robert Woods (hip) returned to practice Saturday.

    Advice: The Bills held Woods out of their second preseason game, but his hip injury was never a concern. Sammy Watkins (glute) also returned to practice. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:34 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.31 (247th)
     
  • Rex confirms the Bills plan to keep three QBs
    Bills coach Rex Ryan said there is a "high possibility" the Bills keep three quarterbacks.

    Advice: This is great news for E.J. Manuel, who is well behind Tyrod Taylor and Matt Cassel on the depth chart. The Bills' website reported the team feels "there's still some ceiling to be reached" for Manuel. That may be true, but it has to be concerning Manuel was easily beaten by two "talents" like Cassel and Taylor in camp. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:43 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2450th)
     
  • Bills expected to keep three quarterbacks
    The Bills are expected to keep three quarterbacks.

    Advice: Tyrod Taylor and Matt Cassel are Buffalo’s top two quarterbacks. The Bills reportedly feel "there’s still some ceiling to be reached" with E.J. Manuel and plan to carry him as their No. 3. Manuel has worked exclusively with the backups in two preseason games, completing 13-of-22 passes (59.1 percent) for 188 yards and two touchdowns. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:02 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2450th)
     
  • Devin Funchess still a work in progress
    Panthers WR coach Ricky Proehl stopped short of saying rookie Devin Funchess is ready to step into the No. 1 receiver role.

    Advice: "He’s got the physical tools. The process now has quickened," Proehl said. "He’s got to play physical and play to his size. That’s what we’re working on." Funchess rarely played to his size at Michigan, managing four TDs in his final season. The Panthers are counting on him to play the high-volume X role, but his learning curve remains a concern. Funchess still offers WR2 upside, and should be acquirable in the ninth and tenth rounds of 12-team drafts. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:04 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.79 (145th)
     
  • Panthers confident Funchess can be new No. 1
    Coach Ron Rivera expressed confidence in second-round rookie Devin Funchess as the Panthers' new No. 1 receiver following Kelvin Benjamin's torn ACL.

    Advice: "He knows two positions, and obviously he’ll concentrate on Kelvin’s and work to handle that spot for us," Rivera said of Funchess. "You want to have a big, quality receiver, and Devin gives us that still." Funchess is sidelined with a minor hamstring injury at the moment, but is expected back next week when he'll start gobbling up all the reps at X receiver he can handle. Funchess ran mostly with the second-team offense in the preseason opener, but made a nice sideline catch for a big gain and was close to reeling in a long touchdown. His ADP has already risen two full rounds since Benjamin's injury and will continue to climb. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:51 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.79 (145th)
     
  • Karlos Williams will be ready for Week 1
    Bills coach Rex Ryan is confident fifth-round RB Karlos Williams (illness) will be ready for Week 1.

    Advice: The Bills have yet to disclose the nature of Williams' malady, but there's little reason to doubt their Week 1 assertion. Williams had been trending toward No. 2 status behind LeSean McCoy, but it could default to veteran Fred Jackson with the rookie likely to miss the rest of camp and the preseason. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:22 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.12 (2584th)
     
  • Bills missing loads of skill talent vs. CLE
    Bills WRs Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods and Percy Harvin are inactive for Thursday's preseason game against the Browns.

    Advice: It means Tyrod Taylor and Matt Cassel aren't going to have many weapons to work with as they jostle for the No. 1 job. Watkins is day to day with "soreness in his glute." Woods is battling an unknown (minor) ailment. Harvin has a hip issue. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:47 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.16 (96th)
     
  • Funchess focusing on 'X' receiver duties
    Panthers WR Devin Funchess will focus more on "X" duties following Kelvin Benjamin's season-ending injury.

    Advice: Funchess had been spending time as the "Z" and slot man, but the Panthers will now focus on turning him into Benjamin's direct replacement. It's an assignment Funchess probably isn't ready for as a rookie. He didn't play nearly as big as his 6-foot-4 frame at Michigan, and showed questionable speed in pre-draft workouts. Still, Funchess' enormous opportunity makes him a WR3 pick with WR2 upside. He's a virtual lock for 100-plus targets. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:41 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.79 (145th)
     
  • Ravens rookie WR Perriman has sprained PCL
    Ravens first-round WR Breshad Perriman is dealing with a sprained right PCL.

    Advice: Speaking two days ago, coach John Harbaugh said Perriman's MRI came back "normal," but a sprained PCL would certainly qualify as an abnormality. Perriman has been out since the first practice of camp, and remains without a firm return date. It's looking increasingly likely he'll miss the entire preseason. For now, we don't have reason to doubt Perriman's Week 1 status, but that could change. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:49 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.24 (192nd)
     
  • Coleman and Freeman game-time decisions
    Falcons coach Dan Quinn said RBs Tevin Coleman (hamstring) and Devonta Freeman (hamstring) are game-time decisions for Friday night's game against the Jets.

    Advice: Both players returned to practice on Monday after lengthy absences. Holding them out of the second preseason game would be the safe call, but the Falcons need to see what each player can do on the field. Without much time left to separate themselves in the competition, Freeman and Coleman will likely open the season in a timeshare. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:18 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.31 (69th)
     
  • Funchess (hamstring) will miss preseason game
    Panthers rookie WR Devin Funchess (hamstring) will not play in the second preseason game.

    Advice: Funchess had a big wrap around his leg at practice on Thursday. Coach Ron Rivera did not sound too concerned about the injury, but the Panthers need to get Funchess all the reps he can handle following Kelvin Benjamin's season-ending knee injury. Funchess could be back in practice on Monday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:18 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.79 (145th)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Devin Funchess gets bump post-Benjamin
    Rookie Devin Funchess' fantasy stock is on the rise after the Panthers lost Kelvin Benjamin to a torn ACL.

    Advice: We wouldn't bet against GM Dave Gettleman exploring the trade market, but for now Funchess is locked into essentially the same role Benjamin played last year. He'll have to sink or swim as Carolina's go-to receiver, with only Jerricho Cotchery, Corey/Philly Brown, and Ted Ginn as legitimate complementary options. A 12th- and 13th-round pick to this point, don't be surprised if Funchess' fantasy Average Draft Position begins to creep into the single-digit rounds. Greg Olsen also should benefit with more targets. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:47 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.79 (145th)
     
  • 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)
     
  • M. Wheaton expected to start over M. Bryant
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette expects Markus Wheaton to open the season starting over Martavis Bryant.

    Advice: Bryant is far-and-away the superior talent, but Ben Roethlisberger is pulling for Wheaton to have a "breakout" year, and by all accounts Wheaton has had a solid training camp. Bryant will remain the big-play specialist, while Wheaton handles slot receiver duties in three-wideout sets. Wheaton's talent remains a question mark, but he's worth a shot at his late-round fantasy ADP. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:08 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.19 (94th)
     
  • Karlos Williams expected to be ready for Wk 1
    Bills RB Karlos Williams (illness) will be sidelined "at least" two weeks after undergoing an undisclosed operation, but is expected to be ready for Week 1.

    Advice: The word that Williams should be ready for the Bills' opener against the Colts comes from coach Rex Ryan, who called Williams' injury "sensitive." The Bills haven't shed any light on the nature of Williams' ailment. His health has taken on increased importance as the Bills await MRI results on LeSean McCoy's hamstring. Fred Jackson remains sidelined with a hamstring issue of his own. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:55 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.12 (2584th)
     
  • Breshad Perriman's MRI comes back 'normal'
    Ravens coach John Harbaugh confirms Breshad Perriman's (knee) MRI came back normal, but that the first-rounder is still dealing with swelling.

    Advice: Harbaugh called the rookie wideout's injury a sprain. It's unclear when Perriman might return to preseason action, but his Week 1 status doesn't yet appear to be in doubt. The Ravens would undoubtedly like Perriman to be ready for the team's regular season dress rehearsal on August 29. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:43 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.24 (192nd)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Ravens sent Breshad Perriman for MRI on knee
    The Ravens sent first-round pick Breshad Perriman for an MRI on his "bruised and strained" knee on Monday.

    Advice: The Ravens have become increasingly frustrated with Perriman's slower-than-anticipated recovery, which has lasted since the first day of training camp. The good news is Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports Perriman's MRI results were "normal," and he should resume practicing "in a week or so." Perriman's Average Draft Position has begun to descend rapidly, potentially setting him up to be a value pick in the ninth round of 12-team drafts. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:49 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.24 (192nd)
     
  • Bills RB Karlos Williams likely out 'weeks'
    The Buffalo News reports hospitalized RB Karlos Williams will likely be sidelined for multiple "weeks."

    Advice: It is still unclear what Williams is dealing with, but the issue is reportedly "serious." Williams was making a push for the No. 2 running back job before getting injured. Fred Jackson (hamstring), Bryce Brown (hamstring) and Boobie Dixon (calf) are also sidelined. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:13 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.12 (2584th)
     
  • 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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