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  • Matt Forte among most durable RBs in NFL
    Matt Forte has played all 16 games in four of his six NFL seasons.

    Advice: Forte will turn 29 in December, but durability while taking on massive workloads is part of what makes him a "safe" top-five fantasy pick. A three-down back who excels in Marc Trestman's efficient offense, Forte piled up 74 catches and 289 carries last season while leading all running backs in snaps played. There's little reason to think anything will change this year. Our Evan Silva ranked Forte fourth overall in his July rankings, available at the link below.
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  • Bernard Pierce likes the Kubiak zone scheme
    Bernard Pierce said he has a "knack" for new OC Gary Kubiak's kind of offense.

    Advice: Pierce was a disaster last season, slogging through 16 games at a pathetic 2.86 YPC. But he was battling a litany of injuries to his shoulder, hamstring, knee and toe. Now he's fully healthy, back near his ideal playing weight and Ray Rice is facing a suspension. Pierce's extremely impressive rookie tape has us willing to take a shot on a bounce-back campaign.
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  • Jamaal Charles will begin holdout Wednesday
    According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Jamaal Charles will not report to Chiefs camp Wednesday barring a breakthrough in contract talks.

    Advice: Charles believes he's outplayed his current contract, and he's absolutely right after carrying the Chiefs' entire offense on his back during last year's run to the playoffs. He's set to make just $3.9M this season, 15th-most among running backs in the league. Now is the perfect time for Charles to dig his heels in and capitalize on the leverage he's earned on the field. The Chiefs are going to have to find a way to satisfy him, and talks are underway already.
    Today, 6:37 am
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  • Vick Ballard (ACL) ready to go for Colts
    Vick Ballard (ACL) said he's passed a physical and been medically cleared.

    Advice: Ballard tore his ACL in a Week 2 practice last season, so he's had significantly more rehab time than someone like Rob Gronkowski. Ballard expects to be on the field from Day 1 of training camp, at least on a limited basis. He'll fight with Ahmad Bradshaw for complementary reps at first, but could be called upon for a bigger role if Trent Richardson can't improve on his 2013 train wreck.
    Today, 6:21 am
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  • Martin's workload expected to be scaled back
    The Tampa Tribune says Doug Martin will see fewer touches under Lovie Smith than he saw while playing for Greg Schiano.

    Advice: Martin is the clear-cut starter, but he's not expected to get near the 23.0 touches per game he saw over the last two seasons. The Lovie regime used a top-70 pick on passing back Charles Sims, Mike James returns from his ankle injury and new OC Jeff Tedford has stated his desire to use a committee. Look for Martin to get most of the carries (but not all) and lose some receptions, leaving him with around 16-18 touches per game. He's still in the back-end RB1 mix.
    Today, 5:43 am
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  • Pettine talks up West-Tate camp battle
    Coach Mike Pettine indicated the Ben Tate-Terrance West running back battle "might ... be the best competition" of Browns training camp.

    Advice: The Browns see Tate-West as a battle to start; not a situation where veteran Tate is being handed the job. "The best competition might be Ben Tate and our guy Terrance West from Towson, who I really like," were Pettine's words. With Browns camp under a week away, Tate's fantasy ADP stands at the mid to late fifth round, while West is often available early in round eight. With an up-in-the-air depth chart, we'd prefer to gamble on the cheaper of the two Cleveland backs.
    Yesterday, 9:13 pm
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  • Ryan Mathews headed into final Bolts season?
    ESPN Chargers reporter Eric Williams believes walk-year RB Ryan Mathews could be headed into his final season in San Diego.

    Advice: This is quite possible, but Williams' reasoning is based on the fact that the Chargers now have Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown locked up long term. While both are useful players, neither has the early-down talent Mathews' possesses. If Mathews can stay healthy for the second-consecutive year, there's a good chance he'll be back with the Bolts in 2015. Mathews turns 27 in October.
    Yesterday, 7:00 pm
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  • Marcus Lattimore could practice 'very soon'
    ESPN's Bill Williamson reports Marcus Lattimore (knees, NFI) is "fine," and could practice "very soon."

    Advice: In Williamson's estimation, the 49ers are simply being careful with their second-year back, who hasn't played since his second devastating knee injury in as many years ended his college career in 2012. Lattimore won't be hidden away on the reserve/NFI list for the second-consecutive year, but there have been strong indications he's nowhere near the player he was before his injuries.
    Yesterday, 5:24 pm
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  • Giants to use '3-back rotation' this season?
    The Bergen Record's Art Stapleton suggests the Giants may use a "three-back rotation" involving Rashad Jennings, David Wilson, and rookie Andre Williams this season.

    Advice: They also have Peyton Hillis and Michael Cox on the roster. Stapleton believes the theoretical three-headed monster could help "keep Jennings fresh," as the career backup will be 29 1/2 years old in Week 1, and has never handled more than 163 carries in a season. (He's also never played 16 games.) In this scenario -- based on the first practice of Giants camp -- Jennings would be the starter and lead back, Wilson would come off the bench to change the pace, and hammerhead power back Williams would vulture short-yardage work.
    Yesterday, 4:51 pm
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  • RapSheet confirms Charles mulling holdout's Ian Rapoport confirms Jamaal Charles is considering a holdout.

    Advice: There have been mixed reports amongst the local media, but Rapoport lends credence to CBS Kansas City's report that Charles won't show on Thursday. However, RapSheet is using cautious language, saying Charles "may not (report) at the start." There should be plenty of updates over the next 24 hours.
    Yesterday, 4:40 pm
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  • Report: Jamaal Charles planning to hold out
    CBS Kansas City reports Jamaal Charles will hold out from training camp as he seeks a new contract.

    Advice: The T.V. station reports Charles is "prepared to hold out as long as it takes." CBS Kansas City is not a typical Rotoworld source, but the report certainly has a basis in reality. However, the Kansas City Star reports Charles is planning to report "regardless of whether an extension is in place." Coming off an MVP-caliber season, Charles is dramatically underpaid at $3.65 million between salary and bonuses, and is signed through only 2015. Running-back money has plunged in recent years, but Charles would earn considerably more on the open market. Chiefs camp begins Thursday. ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher reports the sides have had talks.
    Yesterday, 4:09 pm
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  • Bolts' Donald Brown ticketed for 'grunt work'
    FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports Donald Brown is ticketed for "grunt work" in San Diego.

    Advice: The word comes straight from GM Tom Telesco. That is not to say Brown will receive zero touches, but Ryan Mathews will remain the Bolts' primary grinder, with Danny Woodhead monopolizing passing-down looks. Brown will be tasked with picking up blitzes and other dirty work. We wouldn't expect more than 5-6 touches per game. He does make for a slightly intriguing deeper-league handcuff.
    Yesterday, 3:46 pm
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  • Danny Woodhead signs extension through 2016
    Chargers signed RB Danny Woodhead to a two-year contract extension through 2016.

    Advice: Financial terms are not yet available, though Woodhead is currently scheduled to make $1.75 million this season. That figures to be bumped up. Heading into his age-29 campaign, Woodhead set new career highs with 76 catches and 106 carries in 2013. He'll remain the Bolts' primary passing-down back this season. Ideally, Woodhead is an RB3/flex in PPR leagues.
    Yesterday, 3:31 pm
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  • Texans part ways with FB Brad Smelley
    Texans waived FB Brad Smelley.

    Advice: Smelley has just four NFL appearances to his name, but had been atop the Texans' depth chart late last season. It's possible he wasn't 100 percent healthy after tearing his calf in Week 16. Sixth-round rookie Jay Prosch is now the Texans' lead blocker.
    Yesterday, 1:29 pm
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  • Ravens RB Pierce cleared for training camp
    Bernard Pierce (shoulder surgery) has been "fully cleared" for training camp.

    Advice: With Ray Rice expected to draw a multi-game suspension, Pierce's clearance paves the way for him to open the season as the Ravens' early-down back. Listed at 230 pounds, Pierce also said he's down to 223. It can only help after a sluggish 2013. Despite last year's struggles, Pierce's role makes him well worth a mid-round flier in fantasy drafts.
    Yesterday, 1:21 pm
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  • Andre Williams working as Giants GL back
    Fourth-round pick Andre Williams worked with the Giants' first-team goal-line offense at Tuesday's opening training camp practice.

    Advice: He opened camp ahead of Peyton Hillis. Williams is a north-south runner who attacks the hole with authority, making him a natural short-yardage back. Rashad Jennings and David Wilson will earn their keep between the 20s, but Williams vulturing TD chances would be a big blow to Jennings' stock. If Williams secures goal-line duties, he immediately propels himself onto the re-draft radar. We're in the early stages of summer, but it's something to watch closely.
    Yesterday, 11:50 am
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  • DUI charges dismissed vs. Spencer Ware
    DUI charges against Seahawks FB/RB Spencer Ware have been dismissed.

    Advice: The 2013 sixth-round pick was popped for DUI in January. On Friday, a judge ruled the arresting officer "lacked reasonable suspicion of DUI at the time he initiated the traffic stop." A favorite of Rookie Scouting Portfolio's Matt Waldman coming out of LSU, Ware figures to see more carries this preseason after spending last year at fullback. He's a deep sleeper in a deep backfield.
    Monday, 12:14 pm
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  • PFF gives Helu outstanding pass-pro marks
    Pro Football Focus has rated Roy Helu as a top-five running back in pass protection in two of his first three NFL seasons.

    Advice: Helu missed most of 2012. He was PFF's No. 5 pass-protecting back as a 2011 rookie, and No. 3 overall last year behind Frank Gore and Maurice Jones-Drew. The Washington media has suggested Helu could lose the job to Chris Thompson or rookie Lache Seastrunk. We see either scenario as highly unlikely. With a 4.26 YPC career average, Helu is as trusty as No. 2 NFL backs come.
    Monday, 11:33 am
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  • Rashad Jennings remains Giants starter
    The NY Daily News' Ebenezer Samuel confirms Rashad Jennings remains the Giants' top running back despite David Wilson's medical clearance.

    Advice: Jennings is a capable three-down performer who excels in areas where Wilson is deficient, like pass blocking and ball security. Wilson does give the G-Men more of a big-play threat, although Samuel anticipates the 2012 first-round pick sticking to "spurts and select situations." Wilson is likely to open the season as the change-of-pace complement to lead runner Jennings.
    Monday, 10:23 am
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  • Joe McKnight starts camp on active/PUP
    Chiefs placed RB Joe McKnight (knee) and CB Demarcus Van Dyke (hamstring) on active/PUP.

    Advice: McKnight is expected to be activated within the next couple weeks, but he'll start off on the wrong foot as he tries to secure a roster spot. The ex-Jet spent last year on the street. The speedy Van Dyke will need to get healthy as he looks for a special teams role.
    Monday, 8:54 am
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  • Report: Darrel Young's job is safe
    A source tells CSN Washington that FB Darrel Young's job is safe.

    Advice: Young's roster spot wasn't thought to be in danger because of talent -- he's among the league's top lead-blockers. It was a question mark because Jay Gruden rarely used a traditional fullback in Cincy, instead employing two-tight end sets in his pass-first scheme. Keeping Young is further evidence that the Redskins are going to at least attempt to stick with the Mike Shanahan scheme when they do run the ball.
    Monday, 7:53 am
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  • David Wilson says he's cleared for everything
    David Wilson (neck) tweeted Monday that he's been "cleared for everything."

    Advice: It's fantastic news for Wilson, whose career appeared to be in jeopardy following a Week 5 neck injury and subsequent surgery. Now he can focus on football again, an area he struggled badly with last season while getting blown up in pass protection, averaging 3.31 YPC and losing two fumbles. Still, there's more than enough natural running ability here for the Giants to unleash Wilson as an explosive early-down change of pace behind Rashad Jennings. Don't be surprised if Wilson ends up earning at least 6-8 carries as soon as Week 1.
    Monday, 7:02 am
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  • Weinfuss: Ellington to get some short-yardage
    ESPN Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss believes Andre Ellington will get the call in short-yardage on a "few occasions."

    Advice: Weinfuss is actually optimistic on Ellington's short-yardage ability, saying the 199-pounder is "capable" of being a "workhorse" there. We're not sure we agree, but more importantly we don't think Bruce Arians agrees. One way the Cardinals can lessen Ellington's workload while still keeping him as a feature back is by giving big backs Jonathan Dwyer and Stepfan Taylor the short-yardage work. How Arians handles goal-line packages will be worth watching closely at camp.
    Monday, 5:43 am
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  • Beat writer: Hill will certainly break out
    ESPN Bengals reporter Coley Harvey thinks Jeremy Hill will "certainly" break out this season.

    Advice: The Bengals wasted no time installing Hill as their power complement to Giovani Bernard, moving the second-round rookie ahead of BenJarvus Green-Ellis at the beginning of the offseason program. He's going to get plenty of work as new OC Hue Jackson attempts to implement a Seahawks or 49ers-esque kind of scheme. Hill's ADP is currently in the Round 9-11 range, but that will rise sharply if BJGE can't beat out Rex Burkhead for a roster spot.
    Monday, 5:25 am
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  • Joe McKnight underwent knee scope
    Chiefs RB Joe McKnight underwent arthroscopic knee surgery following minicamp.

    Advice: If you didn't previously know ex-Jet McKnight was on the Chiefs' offseason roster, now you do. We suspect he'll open training camp on the active/PUP list, and be activated a week or two in. McKnight will be battling for a roster spot.
    Sunday, 1:25 pm
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  • Andre Williams needs 'a lot more work'
    ESPN New York's Dan Graziano said, "Everything I heard about (Giants rookie RB Andre) Williams in spring practices indicated he needed a lot more work."

    Advice: Williams is a north-south runner that has surprising speed once he breaks into the second level. He leaves a lot to be desired in the passing game, however, and it is likely that aspect of his game that requires the work. Unless he shows aptitude as a pass blocker, he will find playing time hard to come by his rookie year.
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