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  • Report: Montee Ball will play Saturday night
    The Denver Post's Mike Klis reports Montee Ball (appendectomy) will make his preseason debut against the Texans Saturday.

    Advice: Ball was cleared for full participation in practice Monday, and returned to 11-on-11 drills during Thursday's practice. He was not expected to make his debut until the fourth preseason game, but recovered faster than anticipated. It's great news for fantasy drafters. We wouldn't expect Ball to handle more than a few carries, but his activity is confirmation Ball has fully recovered. He projects as the clear feature back in Denver's juggernaut attack. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:06 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.12 (20th)
  • Chris Polk back at practice Saturday
    Eagles RB Chris Polk (hamstring) returned to practice Saturday.

    Advice: Polk has been out since the second day of camp with a partial hamstring tear. In his absence, UDFAs Matthew Tucker and Henry Josey have put in solid performances, pushing Polk squarely onto the roster bubble. A good showing in the fourth preseason game would go a long way in securing Polk's roster status. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:12 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.43 (1791st)
  • Cowboys unlikely to keep Ryan Williams?
    ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer does not believe RB Ryan Williams will make the final roster.

    Advice: Williams has been impressive this preseason (65 yards on 13 carries with seven receptions), but he has been outplayed by second-year back Joseph Randle. Unless the Cowboys decide to keep four running backs, Williams will likely be cut. Finally healthy, Williams will have no shortage of suitors if he hits the open market. He's still only 24 years old. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:13 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.14 (2616th)
  • B.J. Cunningham cut by the Eagles
    Eagles waived WR B.J. Cunningham.

    Advice: A sixth-round pick in 2012, Cunningham has zero career catches in two regular season appearances. He may latch on somewhere else, but his chances of making any meaningful impact are slim and none. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:17 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2076th)
  • Zach Miller manages 1 catch against Bears
    Zach Miller caught one pass for seven yards in Friday night's preseason game against the Bears.

    Advice: He secured his lone target. Primarily a blocker in Seattle's offense, Miller has two receptions this preseason and is nowhere near the fantasy radar. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:05 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.66 (196th)
  • Shaun Draughn struggles against SEA backups
    Bears RB Shaun Draughn rushed four times for four yards in Friday night's third preseason game at Seattle.

    Advice: Draughn operated as Chicago's No. 2 back in each of the first two exhibition weeks, but the Bears gave rookie Ka'Deem Carey the backup nod in this one. It's abundantly obvious Chicago wants Carey to grab the reigns there, and Draughn did nothing to help himself against the Seahawks' backup defenders. On the preseason, Draughn has eight carries for 39 yards, and three catches for 22 yards. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:03 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.23 (2505th)
  • Cecil Shorts held without catch in debut
    Cecil Shorts was held without a catch in his preseason debut.

    Advice: Shorts rotated with Allen Hurns in two-wide sets and didn't appear fully healthy. He finished with two targets in the passing game. Shorts offers WR3 value in the eleventh round of fantasy drafts, but comes with red flag injury risks. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:45 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.81 (108th)
  • Robert Turbin remains Seahawks No. 2 RB
    Robert Turbin rushed six times for 26 yards and caught a four-yard pass in Seattle's third preseason game Friday night against the Bears.

    Advice: He has 112 yards on 22 carries in the preseason. Turbin rotated with Christine Michael against Chicago after Marshawn Lynch handled Seattle's first drive. Michael was the primary back in the red zone and showed well in blitz pickup. As C-Mike is Seattle's most talented runner, Turbin should be feeling the heat. We suspect Turbin and Michael would form something of a timeshare in the event of a Lynch injury, making the Seahawks' starter fairly difficult to handcuff. Turbin may be the more complete back, but Michael would be the higher-ceiling option. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:33 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.56 (2472nd)
  • C-Mike has nice night against the Bears
    Christine Michael rushed eight times for 28 yards and caught 3-of-3 targets for 36 yards and a touchdown in the Seahawks' third preseason game.

    Advice: He was the third Seahawks back to enter, behind Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin. Michael and Turbin both got first-team run after Lynch departed, however, with C-Mike handling deep red-zone carries toward the end of Seattle's second drive. Perhaps most promisingly, Michael executed on a first-quarter blitz pickup of Lance Briggs. There are no questions about Michael's running ability, but he still needs to polish the finer points of his game. He fumbled in each of the Seahawks' first two preseason affairs, but displayed ball security on Friday night and was very active in the passing game, which has historically been a weakness for C-Mike. He's a high-upside Dynasty stash, albeit with injury-dependent re-draft value. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:30 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.63 (2303rd)
  • Doug Baldwin posts 2-23 line against Bears
    Doug Baldwin secured 2-of-2 targets for 23 yards in the Seahawks' third preseason game Friday night against the Bears.

    Advice: Baldwin played in three-wide formations with Jermaine Kearse and Percy Harvin, but just so happened to be the quietest member of the trio in this game. Playing Golden Tate's old role at "X" receiver, Baldwin will run lower-percentage routes than Percy Harvin, and score fewer touchdowns than jump-ball specialist Jermaine Kearse. We see Baldwin as a low-ceiling fantasy flier. Baldwin has four catches for 43 yards through three exhibition affairs. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:28 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.67 (140th)
  • Gray rushes for 20 yards on nine carries
    Jonas Gray rushed for 20 yards on nine carries in the Patriots' third preseason game.

    Advice: Gray saw some work with the first-team offense on Friday night. A big (5-foot-10, 225), powerful back, Gray could function as the power runner in New England's offense if Stevan Ridley falters. Gray has 30 carries for 130 yards this preseason. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:26 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2023rd)
  • Jermaine Kearse goes 4-63-1 vs. Bears
    Jermaine Kearse secured 4-of-5 targets for 63 yards and a touchdown in the Seahawks' third preseason game Friday night versus Chicago.

    Advice: Kearse was targeted in the red zone in the first quarter, but couldn't secure Russell Wilson's throw. He rebounded for a 12-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter. As Percy Harvin and Doug Baldwin are limited from a size standpoint, 6-foot-1, 207-pound Kearse is a solid bet to lead the Seahawks' wideout corps in TD catches this year. Kearse has five catches for 74 yards and the touchdown through three preseason games. He's in the WR5 hunt. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:21 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.09 (194th)
  • Ryan Broyles continues strong preseason
    Ryan Broyles caught three passes for 44 yards in the Lions' third preseason game Friday night

    Advice: Broyles worked exclusively with the second- and third-team offenses, playing behind Kevin Ogletree and Kris Durham. He's now led the Lions in receiving in consecutive weeks and should have the inside track on a roster spot. Broyles isn't on the re-draft radar. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:19 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.22 (2609th)
  • Russell Wilson caps red-hot August with 3 TDs
    Russell Wilson completed 15-of-20 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed four times for 23 yards and a third score in the Seahawks' third preseason game Friday night against the Bears.

    Advice: After engineering a touchdown drive capped by Marshawn Lynch's seven-yard score to open the game, Wilson did the same on each of the Seahawks' next three possessions, executing on a seven-yard keeper, tossing a 12-yard score to Jermaine Kearse, and finding Christine Michael for a seven-yard touchdown catch in the corner of the end zone. Wilson has been terrific this preseason, completing an incredibly efficient 30-of-39 throws for 360 yards, two TDs, no turnovers, and adding three rushing scores. Wilson has finished as a top-11 fantasy quarterback in each of his first two NFL seasons. He's still only 25. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:19 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    17.48 (19th)
  • Greg Little gets some first-team reps Friday
    Greg Little caught one pass for six yards in Friday's preseason game against the Packers.

    Advice: Little was Oakland's No. 4 receiver behind James Jones, Rod Streater and Denarius Moore. He got a few first-team reps on Friday, but predictably did very little with them. Through three preseason games, Little has three catches for 54 yards. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:00 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.20 (2622nd)
  • Eagles RB Chris Polk's roster spot in danger
    Following Thursday night's third preseason game, coach Chip Kelly noted that Chris Polk (hamstring) better be looking over his shoulder.

    Advice: Polk hasn't played at all this preseason with a slightly torn hamstring. While he's been out, UDFAs Matthew Tucker and Henry Josey have been running the ball well behind LeSean McCoy. The Eagles also traded for Kelly favorite Kenjon Barner. Polk's roster spot is in danger after he opened training camp as the heavy favorite for No. 2 ball-carrying duties behind McCoy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:00 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.43 (1791st)
  • Carroll: RB Michael 'most improved player'
    Speaking Thursday, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll called Christine Michael the "most-improved player on the team."

    Advice: They're well-timed comments for fantasy owners, as Michael has been running as the Seahawks' No. 3 running back this summer. Carroll's remarks are a reminder that the Seahawks remain bullish on their 2013 second-rounder. Michael's game is not as well-rounded as Turbin's at the moment, but he boasts rare raw-rushing ability. Michael could still make a 2014 impact. Dynasty-league owners have to remain patient. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:08 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.63 (2303rd)
  • Montee Ball does some 7-on-7 work
    Montee Ball (appendectomy) did some 7-on-7 work with the starters Wednesday.

    Advice: Ball just returned to practice Tuesday, yet is already making quick progress. With more than two weeks to go before Week 1, his status is not in doubt. We may even get a look at Ball for some limited work in the fourth preseason game. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:57 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.12 (20th)
  • Montee Ball may play in preseason finale
    After attending the Broncos-Texans joint practices, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora came away believing Montee Ball (appendectomy) could play in Denver's preseason finale.

    Advice: Per La Canfora, Ball is "doing a little bit more each day," and may ultimately make a "rapid" return. He donned full pads on Wednesday and worked individually with Peyton Manning during one period. "We will continue to upgrade that a little bit tomorrow," said coach John Fox. Ball's ADP is early in round two. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:19 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.12 (20th)
  • Eagles RB Polk dealing with torn hamstring
    Chris Polk revealed he suffered a Grade 2 partial tear of his hamstring on the second day of Eagles camp.

    Advice: He obviously hasn't practiced since, and won't play in Philly's regular season dress rehearsal. Polk admitted to feeling a "pop" in the hamstring, and plans to practice next week even if he's not fully recovered. The Eagles' trade for Kenjon Barner shows they're well aware their backfield is short on depth. Darren Sproles isn't really a ball-carrying option anymore. Michael Tucker and UDFA Henry Josey are next on the running back depth chart. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:16 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.43 (1791st)
  • Polk plans to practice at less than 100 per.
    Eagles RB Chris Polk (hamstring) plans to resume practicing next week even if he's not 100 percent.

    Advice: Polk believes his roster spot is in danger. "There's nothing guaranteed," Polk said Tuesday. "I wasn't drafted. I'm not LeSean McCoy, Nick Foles, I'm not guaranteed anything." It's an admirable, but risky, attitude. Polk would ultimately have more to lose than gain by practicing at less than 100 percent. The Eagles are unlikely to let him. Polk's injury has opened the door for second-year UDFA Matthew Tucker. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:14 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.43 (1791st)
  • Montee Ball doing individual drills Tuesday
    Montee Ball (appendectomy) returned to practice Tuesday.

    Advice: The Broncos are having a non-contact practice, so it's just individual drills. But it's still a step forward for Ball. He visited his doctor on Monday and hopes to gain clearance for normal work at some point this week or early next week. Don't look for Ball to play in Denver's third preseason game. Ball should be all systems go well before the Broncos take the field Week 1 against the Colts. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:14 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.12 (20th)
  • Shaun Draughn has solidified No. 2 spot?
    ESPN Bears reporter Michael C. Wright says Shaun Draughn "appears to have solidified the No. 2 spot."

    Advice: In an important note for Matt Forte handcuffers, Draughn has beaten out unimpressive rookie Ka'Deem Carey. However, it's unlikely Draughn would be a true feature back if Forte went down. He's averaged 3.73 YPC in his career and been waived by both the Chiefs and Ravens in the last two seasons. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:49 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.23 (2505th)
  • Montee Ball has a Monday doc appointment
    Montee Ball (appendectomy) will visit his doctor Monday and hopes to gain clearance for practice.

    Advice: Ball is exactly two weeks removed from his surgery and has suffered no setbacks. He's unlikely to take any contact this week and is not expected to play in the third preseason game, but he remains firmly on track for Week 1. Ball's ADP has dipped slightly as a result of his surgery, going from 1.11 to 2.02. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:08 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.12 (20th)
  • Montee Ball could resume practicing this week
    Montee Ball (appendectomy) said there's definitely a possibility he practices some this week.

    Advice: Ball hasn't had any setbacks since his August 4 surgery, saying he's made good progress. A return to practice this week -- even in a limited fashion -- would be big as he attempts to get his body right for Week 1. The Broncos open up the regular season three weeks from today against the Colts. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:02 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.12 (20th)
  • Cecil Shorts (hammy) back at practice Sunday
    Cecil Shorts (hamstring) returned to practice Sunday.

    Advice: As expected. Shorts dressed out for practice Friday, but returned to 11-on-11 work this morning in hopes of getting some work in the Jaguars' third preseason game. Shorts missed the better part of a month with his strained hamstring. Don't expect the Jaguars to push him too hard, as Shorts has been prone to lower-body, soft-tissue injuries. He comes with plenty of risk. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:19 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.81 (108th)
  • Ryan Broyles making strong roster push
    Ryan Broyles caught two passes for 42 yards in the Lions' second preseason game Friday night.

    Advice: Broyles showed nice open-field ability, turning a two-yard pass into a 34-yard gain late in the first half. He now has a team-high 69 yards receiving on five catches this preseason. Finally healthy, Broyles is making a strong push for a roster spot in Detroit. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:26 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.22 (2609th)
  • C-Mike plays behind Turbin, totals 52 yards
    Christine Michael rushed eight times for 45 yards in Seattle's second preseason game on Friday night.

    Advice: He added one catch for eight yards. Michael saw fewer touches than Robert Turbin and played into the fourth quarter. With Turbin looking as sharp as ever this August, Michael may be falling behind in Seattle's No. 2 running back derby. Michael has 15 carries for 61 yards (4.1 YPC) and a touchdown through two preseason games. The coaching staff seems to prefer Turbin. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:47 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.63 (2303rd)
  • Robert Turbin rushes for 81 yards, TD
    Robert Turbin had 12 carries for 81 yards and a touchdown in Seattle's second preseason game Friday night.

    Advice: Marshawn Lynch was active, but didn't have any carries. Turbin got the majority of work between the tackles with the first team, while Christine Michael operated in a pace-change role. Turbin's touchdown came on a goal-line carry from one-yard out. Turbin also had an impressive stiff arm on a 47-yard run in the first quarter. He has 96 yards on 16 carries through two exhibition games. A more complete player, Turbin is making a serious run to become Seattle's locked-in No. 2 back over Michael. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:28 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.56 (2472nd)
  • Russell Wilson has big preseason game
    Russell Wilson completed 11-of-13 passes for 121 yards and rushed four times for 31 yards with two touchdowns in Seattle's second preseason game Friday night against the Chargers.

    Advice: We were surprised Pete Carroll let Wilson play essentially the entire first half, but he was sharp and stayed healthy. The Seahawks' offense moved the ball with ease against the Chargers' first-team defense, and Wilson had one lofted touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin negated on replay. He converted the score himself on a scramble. Wilson has been a top-11 fantasy quarterback in each of his first two NFL seasons. His ceiling is limited by Seattle's run-based approach, but Wilson should continue to be a steady fantasy performer this year. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:34 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    17.48 (19th)
  • Cecil Shorts (hamstring) to practice Sunday
    Cecil Shorts (hamstring) will return to practice Sunday.

    Advice: Shorts pulled his hamstring at the beginning of training camp and missed the Jaguars' first two preseason games. He needs to find a way to stay on the field. Shorts has battled numerous soft-tissue injuries in his legs the past two seasons, making him hard to trust as anything more than a WR3 in fantasy. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:04 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.81 (108th)
  • Draughn takes rock five times for 45 yards
    Running as the Bears' clear No. 2 back, Shaun Draughn rushed three times for 33 yards in Thursday's preseason game, adding two catches for 12 yards.

    Advice: Draughn replaced Matt Forte on the Bears' third series, and finished out the first half. Draughn looked slippery and quick, but has never been impressive in the regular season. Nevertheless, he's clearly ahead of Ka'Deem Carey and Michael Ford right now. It's possible he'll open the season as Forte's No. 2. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:14 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.23 (2505th)
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