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  • Raiders cut WR Kenbrell Thompkins
    Raiders waived WR Kenbrell Thompkins.

    Advice: The former Patriots standout undrafted rookie from 2013 caught just 4-of-11 targets this preseason for 27 scoreless yards. He also dropped two passes. The Raiders have a ton of No. 3/4 receivers behind Amari Cooper, and Thompkins is one of the odd ones out. Neither big nor fast, Thompkins is a possession-type. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:17 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.35 (2652nd)
  • Josh Boyce was waived/injured
    Updating a previous item, Patriots waived/injured WR Josh Boyce.

    Advice: It was initially reported that Boyce was flat-out cut. Instead, he'll pass through waivers and head to the Patriots I.R. list, where he'll either miss the entire season or later be released with an injury settlement. It'll probably be the latter. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:15 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2283rd)
  • Josh Boyce amongst Patriots' initial cuts
    Patriots waived WR Josh Boyce, WR Jonathan Krause, TE Jimmay Mundine, DL Joe Vellano and LB Dekoda Watson.

    Advice: A 2013 fourth-rounder, it's the second year in a row Boyce hasn't survived through final cuts. Although Boyce ended up making one 2014 appearance, this should be the end of the line for his time with the Patriots. Boyce has serious speed, but has dealt with injuries, and never got in rhythm with Tom Brady. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:50 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2283rd)
  • Miami 'quietly hopeful' about Parker's status
    DeVante Parker (foot) resumed practicing Monday, and the Dolphins are "quietly hopeful" he'll be ready for Week 1.

    Advice: Parker's limited session on Monday was his first practice of any kind since his June operation. With only 13 days to get in game shape, Parker will undoubtedly be on a snap count for the opener, but he could be worked into the offense quickly. Parker remains worth stashing as a WR4/5. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:18 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.39 (1984th)
  • Steelers send Hartley to I.R.
    Steelers placed K Garrett Hartley on injured reserve, ending his season.

    Advice: Hartley suffered a severe hamstring injury in Pittsburgh's third preseason game. The Steelers have replaced him by trading for Josh Scobee. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:15 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2422nd)
  • Paul Richardson placed on PUP list
    Seahawks placed WR/KR Paul Richardson (ACL) on the reserve/PUP list.

    Advice: Coach Pete Carroll initially claimed Richardson might participate in camp after undergoing ACL surgery in late January, but Week 7 is his earliest possible return date. There's a good chance Richardson ends up spending the entire year on reserve/PUP. Although he was a second-round pick just 15 months ago, Richardson has basically zero Dynasty value. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:14 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2122nd)
  • Jordan Norwood has 7 preseason catches
    Broncos WR Jordan Norwood has seven catches for 67 yards this preseason.

    Advice: Norwood played extensively with the Peyton Manning group in Denver's third preseason game, replacing Emmanuel Sanders (hamstring) at slot receiver. When the Broncos' receiver crew is fully healthy, Sanders will man the inside in three-wide sets, with Demaryius Thomas and Cody Latimer aligning on the perimeter. Norwood is a crafty slot man, but he's low on talent as a 29-year-old former UDFA out of Penn State. He's just completing for a roster spot in Denver. Norwood missed all of 2014 with a torn ACL. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:45 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2133rd)
  • Sammy Watkins back at practice on Monday
    Sammy Watkins (glute) has resumed practicing.

    Advice: Watkins will be ready to go in 13 days against the Colts. Watkins is an explosive playmaker, but for now is only on the WR2 fringes. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:27 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.16 (97th)
  • Bills confirm Taylor as starting quarterback
    The Bills have confirmed Tyrod Taylor will be their starting quarterback.

    Advice: "It all comes down to the explosiveness Tyrod brings to us," were the words of coach Rex Ryan. Taylor is certainly explosive, but has lacked passing finesse going back to his days at Virginia Tech. He'll be someone the Bills try to hide, hoping for rushing yards and big plays. Taylor's legs put him on the QB2 radar, and leave him as an intriguing early-season possibility in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:22 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.52 (44th)
  • Jimmy Clausen dealing with concussion
    Bears No. 2 QB Jimmy Clausen has a concussion.

    Advice: Clausen should be ready for Week 1, but it means he'll miss valuable reps in Thursday's preseason finale. It's also a concern after Clausen was concussed on a vicious hit late last season. Clausen is one of the league's poorer backups, but he could end up making starts if Jay Cutler's career continues its downward trajectory. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:31 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.10 (2689th)
  • Texans moving on from DL McLeod
    Texans waived WR Alan Bonner, WR Travis Labhart, OT Bryan Witzmann, OG Cody White, OT Aaron Adams, LB Jason Ankrah, NT Chris Neild, WR Jace Davis and DL Cameron McLeod.

    Advice: It's the second straight season Bonner, a 2013 sixth-rounder, couldn't even survive until final cuts. Neild is an ex-seventh rounder who can't stay healthy. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:58 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2187th)
  • 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 Today, 10:39 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2048th)
  • 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 Today, 10:34 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.93 (1825th)
  • T.Y. Hilton suffered concussion Saturday
    Colts coach Chuck Pagano said WR T.Y. Hilton is in the league's concussion protocol.

    Advice: Hilton likely suffered the injury during the third preseason game, but he was not diagnosed until after the game. His status for Week 1 is unclear. The Colts open the season against the Bills in 13 days. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:56 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.50 (71st)
  • Gruden names Kirk Cousins starter for 2015
    Redskins coach Jay Gruden named Kirk Cousins the team's starting quarterback.

    Advice: Gruden said Cousins "is the best quarterback on our roster" and will be the starter for all of 2015. That may be the intention today, but nothing in the Redskins' recent history suggests they will slide through the entire season with one quarterback. Cousins owns a 59-percent career completion rate and has thrown 19 interceptions to 18 touchdowns in his three-year career. Robert Griffin III and even Colt McCoy could still make starts this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:46 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.31 (43rd)
  • Rivers confirms Chargers will use RBBC
    Philip Rivers confirmed the Chargers will use a running back by committee.

    Advice: "As Coach has always said — I’m not saying anything out of the blue — it’s a running back by committee crew," Rivers said. "It’s going to be a team effort in that bunch. We’re going to need all of them to carry the load in the run game and to catch the ball out of the backfield." Melvin Gordon is still the favorite for early-down work, but he has struggled this preseason and will cede passing-down snaps to Danny Woodhead. Gordon is shaping up as a low-end RB2. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:36 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.61 (66th)
  • Jameis Winston dealing with sprained ankle
    Bucs OC Dirk Koetter confirmed Jameis Winston is dealing with a sprained ankle.

    Advice: Koetter said the ankle is affecting his play, but he does not expect it to be a problem in the regular season. Winston suffered the injury in the second preseason game. He played well in that contest, but he struggled in the third exhibition game. Injured or not, up and down performances are what fantasy owners should expect from the rookie signal caller. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:30 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.98 (40th)
  • 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 Today, 9:18 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.78 (145th)
  • Rapoport expects Bills to cut a quarterback
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport expects the Bills to cut a quarterback after naming Tyrod Taylor their starter.

    Advice: Coach Rex Ryan has said the team would probably keep three quarterbacks, but he has been anything but forthcoming about his quarterbacks during the last month. E.J. Manuel seems like the obvious choice if Buffalo decides to release someone, but Matt Cassel's $4.75 million cap charge could earn him the boot. The Bills would get all of that $4.75 million off the cap by releasing Cassel. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:15 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.04 (2713th)
  • Bills going with Tyrod Taylor at quarterback
    Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reports the Bills have decided Tyrod Taylor will be their starting quarterback.

    Advice: ESPN's Adam Schefter hinted at this possibility earlier Monday. Taylor only attempted 35 regular season passes as Joe Flacco's backup in Baltimore for four seasons, but he offers the Bills a rushing dimension veteran Matt Cassel cannot match. That rushing ability should land Tyrod Taylor on the streaming radar as long as he holds the job. He has 108 yards and a touchdown on the ground this preseason. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:35 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.52 (44th)
  • 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 Today, 8:32 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2048th)
  • Chip Kelly says Tim Tebow more accurate
    Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Tim Tebow has become more accurate since he joined the team.

    Advice: Reports suggest Kelly has become enamored with the idea of using Tebow on offense, and him pumping up the quarterback in the week before cuts is a good sign Tebow will make the team. With the Eagles unlikely to keep four quarterbacks, this could be bad news for Matt Barkley. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:28 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2459th)
  • OC Olson calls out Lee for missing practice
    Jaguars OC Greg Olson called out sophomore WR Marqise Lee (hamstring) for missing practice.

    Advice: "He's to me like the albino tiger at the zoo," Olson said. "You get there and if you're lucky enough to get him to come out of the cage and see him, it's a good day." The analogy is not far off. Olson said he has only seen Lee three times in practice since he has been with the Jaguars, and Lee missed a lot of time his rookie year as well. Lee is well behind Allen Hurns on the depth chart, and he may have fallen behind rookie Rashad Greene as well. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:14 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.38 (1985th)
  • Wright trade has nothing to do with Ebron?
    DetroitLions.com's Tim Twentyman said the acquisition of TE Tim Wright had "nothing to do" with Eric Ebron.

    Advice: Several Lions' beat writers have expressed the same sentiment following the trade with most speculating Wright's acquisition has more to do with the organization's feelings towards Joseph Fauria. Detroit could decide to keep four tight ends, but with Ebron and Brandon Pettigrew locks, Wright and Fauria could be competing for one roster spot. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:06 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.94 (148th)
  • 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 Today, 7:46 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2464th)
  • 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 Today, 7:17 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2048th)
  • Bengals cut ties with WR Denarius Moore
    Bengals release WR Denarius Moore.

    Advice: There was some hope Moore could revive his career under Bengals OC Hue Jackson, who coach him to his best season in 2011. He was unimpressive in OTAs and minicamp, however, and has done next to nothing this preseason. Releasing Moore this early in the process will at least give him a shot to latch on with another team. Bengals also released/waived DT Kwame Geathers, LB Nico Johnson, DE Sam Montgomery, G Chris Jasperse, WR Desmond Lawrence and TE John Peters. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:52 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2236th)
  • John Phillips could see more passes
    ESPN Chargers reporter Eric D. Williams expects TE John Phillips to get more looks in the passing game with Antonio Gates suspended.

    Advice: Williams said Phillips could be a threat "particularly near the red zone." A guy with 35 career receptions in six seasons is not going to become a fantasy asset, but this news could suggest the Chargers are not completely sold on Ladarius Green solely taking over Gates' role. Green has been quiet this preseason. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:49 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.61 (1979th)
  • Ryan has not told quarterbacks his decision
    ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Bills coach Rex Ryan has not told any of his quarterbacks who will start Week 1.

    Advice: Ryan said he planned to make his decision on Sunday, but at this point he has yet to tell whomever won the competition they will be starting. Schefter said Tyrod Taylor has "mounting support" because Ryan knows how difficult it is to defend a dual-threat quarterback. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:45 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.52 (44th)
  • Report: Kirk Cousins named Week 1 starter
    ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini reports the Redskins have named Kirk Cousins as their Week 1 starter.

    Advice: Over the weekend Russini reported Washington planned to start Cousins Week 1. She has taken it a step further this time by saying the team was informed of the decision to start Cousins this morning. Russini's original report was questioned by other national reporters like the NFL Network's Albert Breer, so it will be interesting to see if this one gets any pushback. It is becoming clear Robert Griffin III's time in Washington is nearing its end. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:20 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.31 (43rd)
  • Bucs ship TE Tim Wright to Detroit for kicker
    Lions acquired TE Tim Wright from the Buccaneers in exchange for K Kyle Brindza.

    Advice: Wright's odyssey continues. After a breakout rookie campaign in Tampa Bay, Wright was acquired by the Patriots in a similarly timed trade last offseason. He struggled to make a consistent impact in New England and was waived in June. The Bucs claimed Wright off waivers but have now traded him for the second time in as many years. In Detroit, Wright will compete with Joseph Fauria for snaps behind Eric Ebron and Brandon Pettigrew. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:15 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1950th)
  • 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 Yesterday, 11:33 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.78 (145th)
  • Hartley (hamstring) doubtful for Week 1
    Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said K Garrett Hartley's availability for Week 1 against the Patriots "isn't looking good."

    Advice: He suffered a hamstring injury Saturday against Buffalo and is headed for an MRI. Hartley signed earlier this month after going down with a torn ACL. It's been a rough camp for Pittsburgh kickers. Free agent Jay Feely worked out with the Steelers on Friday and could be the team's best option with Hartley sidelined. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:31 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2422nd)
  • Gordon struggles in second preseason game
    Melvin Gordon posted just 34 yards on 16 carries in Saturday’s preseason loss to the Seahawks.

    Advice: He also caught two passes for seven yards. Gordon hasn’t found much separation this preseason (22 rushes for 45 yards), but it’s better to go through growing pains now than in September and October. Despite his lackluster preseason, Gordon should open the year getting most of San Diego’s early-down work with Danny Woodhead spelling him on passing downs. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:40 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.61 (66th)
  • Redskins' quarterback decision a group effort
    Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he will discuss his quarterback decision with GM Scot McCloughan, team president Bruce Allen and owner Daniel Snyder.

    Advice: Gruden added he had the final say in the quarterback decision, but if that were the case Robert Griffin III likely would not have been named the starter in February. Kirk Cousins was shaky in the third preseason game, but at this point he may offer Washington the best chance to win. Griffin may not be cleared from his concussion in time to play Week 1, so all of this may end up being a moot point. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:31 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.31 (43rd)
  • T.Y. Hilton notches three catches vs. Rams
    T.Y. Hilton caught 3-of-6 targets for 44 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Rams.

    Advice: Hilton was finding holes in the defense like it was the regular season. The Colts' shifty No. 1 receiver finishes the preseason with five grabs for 96 yards. Although the receiver corps has gotten considerably more crowded in Indy, Hilton remains a WR1. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:12 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.50 (71st)
  • Winston has uninspiring 3rd preseason game
    Jameis Winston completed just 6-of-15 passes for 90 yards and one interception in the Bucs' third preseason game Saturday night.

    Advice: It was another ugly night for Winston after he looked impressive in the Bucs' second preseason game last Monday evening. We're not going to overreact, however, as Winston was without No. 1 receiver Mike Evans (hamstring) and playing behind what has the looks of an awful offensive line. Winston's interception was all on him, though; he was under heavy pressure and staggering backward before throwing off his back foot into the middle of the field for an easy pick. After three preseason games, Winston is 23-of-47 for 311 yards, no touchdowns, and two interceptions. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:30 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.98 (40th)
  • Kirk Cousins shaky in preseason start
    Kirk Cousins completed 20-of-27 passes for 190 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the Redskins' third preseason game.

    Advice: Cousins looked scared in the pocket early in the game. His interception came on a screen pass when he forced the ball into a crowd, and he fumbled a snap on the first play of the next drive. He struggled with ball placement all night, and his touchdown came on a tipped ball which should have been intercepted. Cousins calmed down as the game wore on, and he was sharp two-minute touchdown drive to close out the first half. Even if Cousins opens the season as the starter, he should not be trusted in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:29 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.31 (43rd)
  • Bills to make decision on starting QB Sunday
    Rex Ryan said the Bills will make their decision on a starting quarterback Sunday.

    Advice: The Bills don't plan to announce their starter, but there should be some clarity by early next week. Tyrod Taylor remains the favorite to start, though E.J. Manuel has put himself in the conversation after throwing for 170 yards and two touchdowns in Buffalo's third preseason game. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:00 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.52 (44th)
  • Tyrod Taylor continues strong preseason
    Tyrod Taylor competed 12-of-13 passes for 122 yards in Buffalo's third preseason game, adding one carry for 20 yards and a touchdown.

    Advice: Taylor was the No. 3 quarterback through the rotation, but all three QBs played with the first-team offensive line. He showed good accuracy on all of his throws, and was able to go through his progressions from the pocket. Taylor did nothing to lose his lead on the Bills starting job, though E.J. Manuel also had a strong showing. Taylor is 24-of-31 for 266 yards (11.1 YPA), with 108 rushing yards and a touchdown through three preseason games. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:12 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.52 (44th)
  • Matt Cassel plays two series against Steelers
    Matt Cassel completed 6-of-7 passes for 38 yards in Buffalo's third preseason game.

    Advice: E.J. Manuel started, with Cassel the No. 2 quarterback through the rotation. Cassel nearly threw a pick-six on a tipped pass at the line of scrimmage, but managed to avoid making any other mistakes. The Bills can't be overly impressed with what the saw from Cassel. Cassel is 13-of-15 for 83 yards in two preseason appearances. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:44 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.04 (2713th)
  • 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 (2048th)
  • Report: No decision on Redskins' starter
    NFL Network's Albert Breer said the Redskins have yet to make a decision on their Week 1 starter.

    Advice: This negates a report from ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini, who said Kirk Cousins had been tabbed for Week 1. Russini spent several years covering the Redskins, so she is aa plugged in with the team as any national reporter. Robert Griffin III (concussion) may not be cleared to play by Week 1, which would make this all a moot point. The bigger point to take away from the last week is the Redskins' organization is about as dysfunctional as they come. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:42 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.31 (43rd)
  • Report: Skins to start Kirk Cousins in Week 1
    ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini reports the Redskins plan to start Kirk Cousins in Week 1 against the Dolphins.

    Advice: Russini made her bones as a D.C. reporter, so she is as plugged into the team as any national reporter. ESPN's Ed Werder reported GM Scot McCloughan is "determined to change team culture" and could decide to move on from Robert Griffin III. The mystifying situation surrounding Griffin's concussion may have given McCloughan a prime opportunity to cut ties. Cousins is the owner of a career 59-percent completion rate and has an 18:19 TD-to-INT ratio across 14 NFL appearances. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:14 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.31 (43rd)
  • Kirk Cousins will start third preseason game
    Redskins QB Kirk Cousins will start the third preseason game.

    Advice: Cousins has gotten most of the second-team reps ahead of Colt McCoy, so this is not that surprising. With Robert Griffin III (concussion) sidelined indefinitely, Cousins could open the season as the Redskins' starter. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:03 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.31 (43rd)
  • 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 Friday, 7:09 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.94 (148th)
  • 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 (145th)
  • Chargers RBs coach praises Gordon's pass pro
    Chargers RBs coach Ollie Wilson said Melvin Gordon's pass-protection concerns are overblown.

    Advice: "When he matches up, he’ll put his head in and strike somebody," Wilson said. "He’s a big-bodied guy, and he’s long, so he keeps people off of him. I don’t see what people say, that he won’t pass protect. I’ve had no problem with it." Gordon didn't pass protect much in college, and has reportedly been hit-and-miss in that area this summer. But the Chargers don't seem concerned. Gordon will be an early-down workhorse for the Bolts, but Danny Woodhead and Branden Oliver will more than likely handle all of the pass-game work. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:56 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.61 (66th)
  • Josh Boyce not expected to make 53-man roster
    ESPN's Mike Reiss doesn't expect WR Josh Boyce to make the Patriots' 53-man roster.

    Advice: With the signing of Reggie Wayne, Reiss has the Patriots keeping Julian Edelman, Wayne, Danny Amendola, and Aaron Dobson, while Brandon LaFell opens the year on reserve/PUP. Boyce, a 2013 fourth-rounder, has long been impressive in practice settings, but he had a nightmare of a preseason opener, dropping passes and showing zero chemistry with backup Jimmy Garoppolo. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:20 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2283rd)
  • 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 Thursday, 10:39 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.16 (97th)
  • 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 (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 Thursday, 5:56 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.16 (97th)
  • Parker to practice individually next week
    DeVante Parker (foot) is expected to begin practicing in individual drills next week.

    Advice: It's a step in the right direction for Parker, but reporter Armando Salguero acknowledges it's still too soon to know whether Parker will be ready for Week 1. Parker will be available for the game, but could be listed as an inactive. Assuming he avoids setbacks, we would not be surprised to see Parker in the Dolphins' starting lineup by late September or early October. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:56 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.39 (1984th)
  • Bills may rotate QBs in third preseason game
    The Bills could use all three of their quarterbacks with the first-team offense in Saturday’s preseason game.

    Advice: "I’m not going to tip my hand, but you are very intelligent," Rex Ryan said when asked if Buffalo would rotate quarterbacks. Most teams use the third preseason game as a regular season dress rehearsal, with the starters playing into the second half. The Bills using it as a deciding factor for their starting quarterback would be a concern from a chemistry standpoint. Buffalo’s offense has rarely played together this preseason, with LeSean McCoy, Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, and Percy Harvin all dealing with injuries. Tyrod Taylor is the favorite to start Week 1, but the Bills have been giving first-team practice reps to all three quarterbacks. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:39 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.52 (44th)
  • 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 (145th)
  • DeVante Parker (foot) now uncertain for Week 1
    First-round WR DeVante Parker (foot) is now uncertain if he'll be ready Week 1.

    Advice: Both the Dolphins and Parker's agent had been saying they fully expect Parker ready for the season opener, but with 18 days to go and Parker yet to begin cutting on his surgically-repaired foot, it's appearing less likely he'll be ready. Still, Parker is expected back at some point early in the season after being activated from the active/PUP list last week. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:46 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.39 (1984th)
  • Gordon in line for 'ample' carries vs. SEA
    Melvin Gordon (ankle) is expected to get "ample" carries in Saturday's preseason game against the Seahawks.

    Advice: Gordon missed last week's game with an ankle issue after taking the rock six times for 11 yards in San Diego's exhibition opener. Gordon is locked in as the Bolts' early-down banger, and is an RB2 in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:02 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.61 (66th)
  • DeVante Parker has yet to resume cutting
    DeVante Parker (foot) has yet to resume cutting.

    Advice: Parker was running "hard" in Tuesday's side work, but isn't ready for real practice. The No. 14 overall pick is in a race against time to get ready for Week 1. He has 19 days. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:23 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.39 (1984th)
  • 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 (97th)
  • Winston's ankle not considered a concern
    The ankle injury Jameis Winston appeared to suffer in the second preseason game is not considered serious.

    Advice: Winston appeared to twist his ankle while being sacked by Geno Atkins. He was visibly limping after the sack, but stayed in the game for the last play of the series. Winston did not play another snap after the series, but coach Lovie Smith said he could have if he was needed. He should be good to go for the third preseason game. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:07 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.98 (40th)
  • 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 (145th)
  • Winston much better in second preseason game
    Jameis Winston completed 8-of-13 passes for 90 yards in the Bucs' second preseason game Monday night.

    Advice: The Bucs' first-team offense was lightyears better than it was in the preseason opener, but still could only manage seven points on five possessions. The opening drive was absolutely perfect with Doug Martin carrying the offense down the field behind 57 yards on five carries. Winston topped it off with a one-yard touchdown run on a bootleg to the right. He still missed some throws high and was unable to hook up with Mike Evans on two deep shots. The offensive line also gave up too much pressure and ultimately forced Winston out of the game early in the second quarter after he appeared to hurt his ankle on a sack. Rotoworld.com Aug 24, 6:18 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.98 (40th)
  • Tim Wright not likely to make final roster
    ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas said TE Tim Wright will struggle to make the final roster.

    Advice: Wright always faced an uphill battle with Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Brandon Myers and Luke Stocker ahead of him on the depth chart, but he has not helped himself by struggling to make plays in camp. Wright will find plenty of takers if he ends up getting cut, but his breakout rookie campaign is feeling like a distant memory. Rotoworld.com Aug 24, 8:13 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1950th)
  • 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 (1825th)
  • Matt Cassel still favorite for starting job?
    WKBW's Joe Buscaglia still considers Matt Cassel the favorite for the Bills' starting job.

    Advice: Tyrod Taylor has been building steady momentum, but ace beat writer Buscaglia still thinks it's Cassel's job to lose. It sounds like the competition could come down to next week's preseason game. Speaking Saturday, coach Rex Ryan said it's a "high, high possibility" the team keeps three quarterbacks, meaning E.J. Manuel's roster spot is likely safe. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 3:28 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.04 (2713th)
  • Rex: No decision on starter for third game
    Bills coach Rex Ryan said the team has not decided who their starting quarterback will be for the third preseason game.

    Advice: The third preseason game is traditionally used as a dress rehearsal for the regular season, meaning the starter in that game would likely be the starter Week 1. Ryan has already said he plans to wait until the last minute to name a starting quarterback, so it is not surprising he has declined to name a starter for the rehearsal. Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor rotated first-team snaps in practice on Saturday, but Taylor remains the favorite to open the season as the starter. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 9:35 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.52 (44th)
  • Matt Cassel gets first-team reps Saturday
    Matt Cassel worked with the first-team offense in Saturday's practice.

    Advice: It appeared Tyrod Taylor had taken hold of the starting job after Cassel missed Thursday's preseason game, but the battle appears to still be going strong. This also could be a diversion technique from coach Rex Ryan, who said after Thursday's game he would not announce his starter until the last possible minute. Taylor remains the favorite to start Week 1. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 8:06 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.04 (2713th)
  • Fred Jackson (hamstring) returns to practice
    Fred Jackson (hamstring) returned to practice on Saturday.

    Advice: Jackson has been sidelined since early August with a hamstring issue. Jackson's return should be a big boost to the Bills' running back corps, which is missing LeSean McCoy (hamstring), Karlos Williams (illness), Bryce Brown (hamstring) and Boobie Dixon (calf). Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 7:24 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2048th)
  • 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 Aug 21, 3:04 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.78 (145th)
  • Melvin Gordon to miss preseason game
    Melvin Gordon (ankle) will miss the Chargers' second preseason game.

    Advice: Gordon has resumed practicing after a "minor" ankle injury, but the Chargers are opting to play it safe instead. Expect Branden Oliver and Donald Brown to get longer looks against the Cardinals. Coach Mike McCoy insisted Gordon would be ready to go were Saturday's contest a regular season affair. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 1:27 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.61 (66th)
  • Rex Ryan: I'm not going to name QB til Week 1
    Coach Rex Ryan said after Thursday night's second preseason game that he's decided not to name a starting quarterback until Week 1 against the Colts.

    Advice: "Yeah, I just decided that," Ryan said. "I'm not going to make that decision until we play Indy. Competitive reasons, whatever. Go for it. We don't need to tell them. Until the league makes us tell them, we can just go right up in there and say, 'We're not gonna say anything.' We may know. But why would we say any different? The quarterbacks that we're talking about, they're all three different. So plan for all three of them. And I think that's smart on our part." For those hoping Tyrod Taylor would be named the starter next week, it doesn't appear that will be the case. But deep down, Ryan has to believe Taylor is his best option. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 7:17 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.52 (44th)
  • 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 Aug 21, 6:51 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.78 (145th)
  • Cousins likely would've been Quinn's Jets QB
    The New York Daily News' Manish Mehta reports if the Jets had hired Dan Quinn as coach, they likely would have acquired Kirk Cousins to be their quarterback.

    Advice: That's because Quinn would've hired Kyle Shanahan as his OC with the Jets just like he did when he got the job with the Falcons. Per Mehta, Shanahan's plan didn't include Geno Smith, and Shanahan has an "affinity" for Cousins after he was the OC for the Redskins when Cousins was drafted. It's all moot now, but it's an interesting story nonetheless, especially after Smith's broken jaw. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 6:15 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.31 (43rd)
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