Player Notes

  • McCaffrey totals 72 yards, TD on five touches
    Christian McCaffrey rushed three times for 33 yards and one touchdown in the Panthers' second preseason game, adding two catches for 39 yards.

    Advice: The Panthers' offense barely saw the field in the first quarter due to a first-play fumble by Devin Funchess and then a Derek Anderson interception, but Jonathan Stewart played six of the first ten snaps, with McCaffrey getting the other four and the next five. McCaffrey ripped off numerous big plays in succession, first a 13-yard run up the gut followed by a 17-yard touchdown between the right guard and tackle. On the next drive, he took a screen 38 yards. McCaffrey's burst especially stands out. He's the real deal. McCaffrey's ADP has settled in the mid third round. Today, 1:56 pm
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  • Derrick Henry scores twice Saturday afternoon
    Derrick Henry rushed 16 times for 36 yards and two touchdowns in the Titans' second preseason game against the Panthers.

    Advice: DeMarco Murray rested for this one, so Henry played the bulk of the first half and was the clear focal point of the offense when Matt Cassel entered the game. Henry couldn't get much going on his first few runs, but he blew around the edge and stiff-armed two defenders on his 17-yard touchdown before later scoring from one yard away on fourth-and-goal. Henry added three catches for 17 yards. If Murray ever goes down, Henry will be a fantasy RB1. Today, 1:40 pm
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  • Mike Gillislee out for Saturday's game
    Mike Gillislee (hamstring) has been ruled out of Saturday's preseason game.

    Advice: Gillislee wasn't expected to play after not practicing the last two weeks. The missed time continues to be a concern for his early-season role. ESPN's Mike Reiss expects Rex Burkhead to pick up Gillislee's snaps. Today, 1:36 pm
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  • Paxton Lynch starting to heat up?
    The Denver Channel's Troy Renck reports Paxton Lynch "turned the corner" in practice this week.

    Advice: Lynch reportedly "looked comfortable" and made good decisions in joint practices against the 49ers. The offense looks to be slowing down for Lynch after an uneven start to training camp. There's a chance Lynch could move ahead of Trevor Siemian with a strong showing in Denver's second preseason game. Today, 12:50 pm
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  • Mariota carves up Panthers' ones on Saturday
    Marcus Mariota completed 6-of-8 passes for 61 yards and one touchdown in the Titans' second preseason game against the Panthers.

    Advice: Mariota played a pair of series, leading a field goal drive on the first before finishing the second off with a four-yard touchdown to Delanie Walker who was wide open on a corner route. Mariota's first pass was a 20-yard bullet on a deep in to rookie WR Taywan Taylor. On the next play, Mariota kept it on a read-option for a nine-yard run. Looking healthy off last year's broken fibula, Mariota has top-five fantasy QB upside with a now-loaded skill group. Today, 12:44 pm
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  • Report: Phillip Dorsett available for trade
    Appearing on the Rich Eisen Show, The Ringer's Mike Lombardi reported Colts WR Phillip Dorsett is available for trade.

    Advice: "He's available in trade," Lombardi said. "You can have him if you want him." The Colts would likely be willing to part with Dorsett for a late-round pick. Teams that gave Dorsett high draft grades in 2015 may come calling closer to final cuts. Dorsett was one of ex-GM Ryan Grigson's most egregious draft picks. Today, 12:38 pm
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  • DeMarco Murray likely to sit Saturday
    DeMarco Murray (hamstring) isn't expected to play in Saturday's preseason game.

    Advice: Murray was healthy enough to suit up, but didn't take part in pregame warmups. The Titans are taking it slow despite his return to practice. Derrick Henry will continue to rep with the starters. Today, 11:42 am
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  • Panthers to increase Cam's workload this week
    NFL Network's Tiffany Blackmon reports the Panthers will "increase" Cam Newton's workload this week.

    Advice: Newton is not going to play in the second preseason game, but the Panthers' don't seem to be worried about his Week 1 availability. Blackmon's source said it's "so far so good" with Newton's progress. Newton is a high-upside pick in fantasy drafts this season who will enjoy the addition of explosive first-round RB Christian McCaffrey. Today, 10:56 am
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  • Fournette (foot) expects to be ready Week 1
    Leonard Fournette (foot) expects to be ready for Week 1.

    Advice: This is good news for their workhorse back. Foot and ankle injuries clearly hindered Fournette's rushing ability in his last season at LSU, making this injury something to keep an eye on. Today, 9:53 am
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  • Marqise Lee expects to be ready for Week 1
    Jaguars WR Marqise Lee (ankle) says he expects to be ready for Week 1.

    Advice: This is a great sign for Lee, who was previously thought to have a high-ankle sprain. He is already out of a walking boot and no longer needs crutches. Lee was by far the most efficient player for the Jaguars on short passes last season and an important part of their offense. Today, 9:15 am
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  • Maxx Williams has a 40-yard catch Thursday
    Maxx Williams caught 2-of-3 targets for 48 yards in Thursday's second preseason game.

    Advice: Williams looked explosive on his 40-yard catch and run on a play-action bootleg. The former second-round pick has struggled to contribute early, but he recently received the support of coach John Harbaugh, who called him "a sneaky athlete." It is unclear if he is also a gritty gamer with a high football IQ. With not much at the position besides 36-year-old Ben Watson, Williams will have the opportunity to be the starting tight end if he continues to make big plays. Today, 9:05 am
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  • Manuel has 'taken lead' in backup competition
    ESPN's Paul Gutierrez reports E.J. Manuel has "taken a lead over Connor Cook" in the Raiders' backup quarterback competition.

    Advice: Coach Jack Del Rio points to Manuel "doing a little more" to deserve the backup role, but he went on to say the "race remains open though." Winning the backup job would be a step in the right direction for the former first-round pick. Today, 8:18 am
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  • Perine bounced back well after first game
    Redskins coaches like how Samaje Perine responded following a disappointing preseason opener.

    Advice: Perine fumbled, dropped a pass, and struggled in pass protection in his first NFL game, but he apparently bounced back with a strong week of practice. Still, the coaching staff wants to see how he reacts in another game situation Saturday night. Perine remains well behind Rob Kelley, but he still has time to close the gap. Today, 8:17 am
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  • Beat writer thinks Abdullah hits 1,000 yards
    ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein believes Ameer Abdullah will top 1,000 yards rushing this season if he stays healthy.

    Advice: The if he stays healthy sounds like a big qualifier after last season, but Abdullah played all 16 games as a rookie despite suffering a shoulder injury late in the year and did not have injury issues in college. Rothstein admits touchdowns could be a concern and Theo Riddick will steal work in the passing game, but 1,000 yards would still be an accomplishment after just 12 backs managed the feat last season. Abdullah does not have the upside of people like Doug Martin or Mark Ingram, but he is still a fine pick in the fifth round. Today, 8:01 am
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  • T.J. Yeldon dealing with hamstring injury
    T.J. Yeldon exited the second preseason game with a hamstring injury.

    Advice: The severity of the injury is not known, but it is another setback for a player who has struggled with injuries throughout his short career and sat out the entire offseason program with an ankle issue. Yeldon's spot as the third-down back is likely secure, but that could change if he is not able to get and stay healthy. Today, 7:48 am
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  • Chris Carson earns 1st-team preseason snaps
    Seahawks seventh-round RB Chris Carson turned six carries into 27 yards and one catch into 17 yards in Friday night's preseason game.

    Advice: While Eddie Lacy plodded his way to 23 yards on seven touches, Carson exploded for 44 yards on his seven opportunities and looked clearly to be the more determined downhill back. Carson essentially earned an RBBC with Lacy, playing 9-of-22 snaps with the Russell Wilson first-team offense compared to Lacy's 13 first-team plays. Carson has played himself onto the radar in re-draft leagues. Yesterday, 9:25 pm
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  • Kasen Williams shines with Seahawks' starters
    Kasen Williams caught 2-of-4 targets for 28 yards and one touchdown in the Seahawks' second preseason game.

    Advice: Building on his 4-119 line from last week, Williams ran exclusively with the Russell Wilson group, playing 11 of the first 15 snaps while making a 27-yard one-handed catch in Xavier Rhodes' coverage before then nabbing a one-yard touchdown on a fade. Williams could (should) have had another touchdown but dropped a 45-yarder that hit him in the belly. Williams is passing Jermaine Kearse for No. 4 receiver duties behind Doug Baldwin, Paul Richardson, and Tyler Lockett, and both Richardson and Lockett have big durability concerns. Yesterday, 9:17 pm
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  • Stefon Diggs has big first half vs. Seahawks
    Stefon Diggs caught 4-of-5 targets for 65 yards in the Vikings' second preseason game against the Seahawks.

    Advice: Minnesota's starters played the bulk of the first half. Diggs' big gain was a 39-yard catch-and-run where he got behind Earl Thomas, beating zone coverage. Diggs has had a quiet summer, sort of lurking in the tall grass, but he has massive upside, especially in PPR leagues as long as his health cooperates. Diggs is a legit talent who has 90-plus catches upside this season. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
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  • Bell's agent denies that a deal was in place
    Updating an earlier report, Le'Veon Bell's agent has denied that he had a deal in place with the Steelers ahead of the July 17 deadline for franchise players.

    Advice: It was reported that agent Adisa Bakari had negotiated a five-year extension with Pittsburgh before Bell nixed the deal but Bakari has since refuted that claim. "All stories to contrary are false," he said. The Steelers reportedly offered their star running back a deal worth at least $12 million annually, though Bell thought he could do better. Bell has yet to sign his $12.1 million franchise tender, which allows him to hold out without being fined. He should resurface ahead of Week 1. Yesterday, 12:39 pm
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  • Dan Carpenter working out for Jaguars
    Free agent K Dan Carpenter will work out for the Jaguars.

    Advice: This comes on the heels of a rough night for incumbent Jason Myers, who shanked a 40-yarder and also missed his lone PAT attempt in Thursday's preseason loss to Tampa Bay. Carpenter was released by Buffalo in March after converting just 19-of-25 attempts last year including 5-of-11 from beyond 40 yards. He wouldn't be an improvement on Myers. Yesterday, 10:10 am
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