Player Notes

  • Ballard dealing with another hamstring issue
    Colts RB Vick Ballard is dealing with another hamstring injury.

    Advice: Ballard suffered the injury on Thursday. It's "different" than the hamstring issue he dealt with earlier in camp. At this point, the injury-prone back is likely headed to injured reserve, and will eventually be released with a settlement. Yesterday, 9:24 pm
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  • Montee Ball fourth in line at running back
    Montee Ball rushed four times for 11 yards and caught one pass for 20 yards in the Broncos' third preseason game.

    Advice: Ball played behind Juwan Thompson, who appears to have jumped him for the third spot on the depth chart. Already well behind Ronnie Hillman for the backup job, Ball has zero fantasy value heading into the season. He is not guaranteed to make the final roster. Yesterday, 9:15 pm
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  • Branden Oliver scores 70-yard TD Saturday
    Branden Oliver rushed five times for 14 yards and scored the Chargers’ only touchdown in Saturday’s preseason loss to the Seahawks.

    Advice: Oliver broke a number of tackles on his way to a highlight reel touchdown in the third quarter. It was his only catch of the night. Melvin Gordon out-touched Oliver 18 to six and seems to be locked in as the Bolts’ early-down back. Oliver did an admirable job filling in for Ryan Mathews last year and should still get a few carries per game. Yesterday, 9:10 pm
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  • Ronnie Hillman gains 35 yards on five rushes
    Ronnie Hillman gained 35 yards on five carries in the Broncos' third preseason game.

    Advice: He added two catches for three yards. Hillman has established himself as the clear No. 2 in Denver, though he served in just a change-of-pace role with the first-team offense. Hillman will not steal enough carries from C.J. Anderson to have standalone value, but he will be a hot commodity if Anderson goes down. Hillman now has 155 yards on 21 carries (7.38 YPC) this preseason. Yesterday, 9:10 pm
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  • Tre Mason dealing with 'mild' hamstring pull
    Tre Mason's right hamstring pull is "mild."

    Advice: Mason will sit out Thursday's preseason finale, but it sounds like he'll be ready to rock for Week 1, which is in exactly two weeks. With Todd Gurley expected to be eased in, Mason will offer some FLEX appeal in September, though he has a rough opening matchup in the Seahawks. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
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  • Colts RB Josh Robinson suffers concussion
    Colts RB Josh Robinson rushed five times for four yards before departing Saturday's preseason game with a concussion.

    Advice: To make matters worse, Robinson's head injury came on a play where he committed a soft, soft fumble. Andrew Luck put the ball right in his belly, but Robinson flat dropped it. Despite the miscue, the sixth-rounder remains the favorite for No. 3 duties behind Frank Gore and Dan Herron. He'll finish the preseason with 28 carries for 109 yards and a touchdown. Robinson is better than Zurlon Tipton. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
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  • Buck Allen backs up Justin Forsett
    Buck Allen rushed 12 times for 24 yards in the Ravens' third preseason game.

    Advice: He added one catch for five yards. Like the rest of the Ravens' running backs, Forsett struggled to find running room against the Redskins. He also committed a costly fumble on the goal line with less than ten seconds left in the first half. Allen now has 29 carries for 78 yards (2.69 YPC) this preseason. With Lorenzo Taliaferro (knee) sidelined, Allen will open the season as Justin Forsett's backup. Yesterday, 8:08 pm
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  • Dan Herron totals 35 yards versus Rams
    Dan Herron rushed nine times for 25 yards in Saturday's preseason game, adding a 10-yard reception.

    Advice: Herron started and carried the mail as the Colts rested Frank Gore. Herron is locked in as Gore's backup, but his work could be sporadic, as Gore has a three-down skill-set. Herron is an excellent handcuff, but not a standalone option in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 8:08 pm
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  • Matt Asiata rushes for 2 yards versus Dallas
    Matt Asiata rushed three times for two yards in Saturday's preseason game.

    Advice: He added two catches for an additional 13 yards. Provided he sits out Thursday's finale, the fantasy folk hero finishes the summer with 15 carries for 60 yards. He caught eight passes for 57 additional yards. Asiata is a firm third on the depth chart behind Adrian Peterson and Jerick McKinnon. Yesterday, 7:25 pm
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  • Chris Ivory pounds the rock for 38 yards
    Chris Ivory picked up 38 yards on six rushes in Saturday’s preseason win over the Giants.

    Advice: Not a bad day at the office. Ivory did almost all of his damage on the opening drive, burning the G-Men for 35 yards on five touches. The Giants couldn’t get off their blocks fast enough and Ivory made them pay. Ivory remains a non-factor in the passing game but he’s gained enough momentum this preseason to warrant mid-round consideration. He’s certainly going to be the Jets’ preferred option on the goal line this season. Yesterday, 7:16 pm
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  • Shane Vereen totals 39 yards on six touches
    Shane Vereen netted nine yards on three carries while also grabbing three catches for 30 yards in Saturday’s preseason loss to the Jets.

    Advice: Most of Vereen’s receiving output came on a 19-yard catch that was aided by great edge blocking. Vereen certainly has the chops to be a useful fantasy contributor but his inconsistent usage makes him a tough sell at his current ninth-round ADP. For fantasy purposes, he’s the least appealing of the Giants’ three primary backfield options. Yesterday, 7:12 pm
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  • DeMarco Murray plays one quarter vs Packers
    DeMarco Murray had six carries for 28 yards in Saturday's third preseason game.

    Advice: Murray lost some first-team work to Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles, who scored the Eagles first touchdown. He remains the clear starter, but won't come close to 449 touches he saw last year. Murray has appeared in just two preseason games, rushing for 45 yards on 11 carries (4.0 YPC) and one touchdown. Yesterday, 6:40 pm
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  • Lance Dunbar gets one carry vs. Vikings
    Lance Dunbar operated as Joseph Randle's change-of-pace back in Saturday's preseason game, rushing once for one yard.

    Advice: Dunbar's lone touch came on Dallas' second series. He entered the game before Darren McFadden, though DMC got more touches. McFadden got work with Tony Romo still in the game. The way things have set up, Randle should carry the mail in Week 1 with Dunbar and McFadden taking turns changing the pace. Dunbar could eventually come into value, but he's unlikely to make much a fantasy impact in September. Yesterday, 6:39 pm
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  • Gio Bernard plays limited role behind Hill
    Giovani Bernard had five touches for 15 yards in the Bengals' third preseason game.

    Advice: Bernard rotated with the first team, playing only in passing situations. He lost all goal-line work to Jeremy Hill, and doesn't have a consistent role on third downs due to blocking limitations. Bernard has just 10 carries for 19 yards through three preseason games. Yesterday, 6:31 pm
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  • Lamar Miller totals 53 yards in tuneup
    Lamar Miller rushed for 22 yards on six carries in Saturday's third preseason game.

    Advice: He also caught all five of his targets for another 31 yards. Through three preseason games, Miller has rushed for 59 yards on 12 carries (4.91 YPC) and reeled in seven passes for 69 yards. With Ryan Tannehill loving to check down and work the short-to-intermediate parts of the field, Miller will get his fair share of targets. Currently being drafted as RB12, we like Miller in standard and PPR formats. Yesterday, 5:45 pm
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  • David Cobb (calf) considered week-to-week
    Titans rookie RB David Cobb (calf) is week to week.

    Advice: Cobb should miss the rest of the preseason. He isn’t a lock to be ready for Week 1. Cobb is merely a late-round flier. Yesterday, 12:36 pm
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  • Trent Richardson on the roster bubble
    ESPN Raiders reporter Bill Williamson says Trent Richardson is on the roster bubble.

    Advice: Despite getting $600,000 guaranteed in the two-year deal he signed in March, Richardson appears to be in real danger of losing his job to undrafted rookie Michael Dyer. Richardson has just 23 yards on 10 preseason carries. Yesterday, 9:51 am
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  • Zach Zenner's roster spot 'should be assured'
    MLive's Kyle Meinke said Lions RB Zach Zenner's roster spot "should be assured."

    Advice: Zenner shined once again in the Lions' third preseason game, putting up 85 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. He even saw work with the first-team offense. Zenner is battling George Winn for a roster spot, though Detroit could decide to keep both as insurance on Joique Bell's (knee, Achilles) health. Zenner has two total touchdowns and 222 total yards in three preseason games. Yesterday, 5:49 am
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  • Dion Lewis totals 32 yards and a touchdown
    Patriots RB Dion Lewis rushed three times for 12 yards and caught four passes for 20 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' third preseason game.

    Advice: Jimmy Garoppolo hit Lewis on a slant in the fourth quarter for a nine-yard touchdown. The diminutive running back was split out wide right on the play, and has lined up in various spots this preseason. Lewis did not get any run until the second half, but he once again made use of his playing time. He now has 80 total yards and two touchdowns in two preseason games. Yesterday, 5:42 am
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  • Patriots FB James Develin suffers broken leg
    Patriots FB James Develin suffered a broken tibia in the team's third preseason game.

    Advice: The injury was originally feared to be an Achilles injury. While the broken tibia diagnosis is better, it will still sideline Develin 6-8 weeks and perhaps knock him out for the whole season. The Patriots do not have another fullback on the roster. Yesterday, 5:11 am
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