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Jones the Redskins' best RB?

Draft Sharks - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 18:43

"Matt Jones is better than Alfred Morris."  That was a blunt tweet from ESPN's Louis Riddick during Saturday night's Redskins-Ravens preseason game.  Jones finished that one with 7 carries for 57 yards, plus a 17-yard catch.  He's now up to 20 carries for  139 yards this preseason -- an impressive 6.95 yards per carry.  RB Alfred Morris, meanwhile, has mustered just 3.1 YPC.  Morris has operated as the clear lead back, but Jones has mixed in with the 1st team.  The rookie certainly looks capable of stealing some early-down work from Morris this season.  That adds risk to Morris' outlook.

Williams hurts knee

Draft Sharks - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 17:40

Jets DE Leonard Williams left Saturday night's game early with a knee injury. The fact that the team deemed him "questionable" to return tells us it's not serious. We'll see what the full diagnosis says, though. Williams faces big opportunity given DE Sheldon Richardson's uncertain situation. Richardson will already miss the 1st 4 games because of a drug suspension and might yet face further discipline thanks to a July arrest.

UPDATE: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Jets have deemed Williams' injury a bone bruise. That would seem to put him in line to play in the regular-season opener.

Dalton hurts neck but OK

Draft Sharks - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 17:37

Bengals QB Andy Dalton got checked for a neck injury on the sideline Saturday night after 3 straight goal-line rushing attempts. He didn't return to the game after that series, but HC Marvin Lewis said at halftime that his QB is fine. Looks like nothing to worry about here.

Bell no lock for Week 1

Draft Sharks - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 17:34

Lions RB Joique Bell continues to progress in his return from offseason knee surgery, MLive.com reports, but he won't play at all in the preseason and is not guaranteed to return in time for the regular-season opener. "It's based off how I feel," Bell said. "As of right now, I'm still playing it by ear. We'll see what happens next week." Bell has played all but 1 game for the Lions over the past 3 years, so they don't need to see anything particular from him in preseason game action. It's also tough to expect him to return to a full role, though, without at least some full practice time before the season. We'll see how the next couple of weeks go. Bell's an OK chance to take at his current mid-8th round ADP but too iffy to be a target in fantasy football drafts.

Johnson sustains concussion

Draft Sharks - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 16:58

Browns RB Duke Johnson suffered a concussion in Saturday night's preseason game. He finished with 1 carry for 4 yards and 1 catch for 1 yard.  Johnson was making his debut after missing most of the summer with a hamstring injury.  All the missed time will make the rookie impossible to trust in fantasy lineups early this season.  He's still capable of carving out a significant role later in the year, though.

Cobb leaves with shoulder injury

Draft Sharks - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 16:25

Packers WR Randall Cobb headed to the locker room early in Saturday night's game against the Eagles, appearing to favor his right arm or shoulder after a Philly defender fell on him. Needless to say, a significant injury here would not only take away another WR1 from fantasy owners but further chip away at a Green Bay offense already down Jordy Nelson. We'll all be watching this situation closely.

Update: The Packers announced that Cobb has a shoulder injury.  We'll keep an eye out for more details.

Branch out a while

Draft Sharks - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 16:19

Jaguars DE Andre Branch suffered an MCL sprain Friday night and could miss a "significant" amount of time, according to The Associated Press. That makes it hard to draft the yet-unproven young player in pretty much any IDP redraft format. Chris Clemons should lead Jacksonville's "Leo" position again if he can get and stay healthy.

Another Steelers kicker hurt

Draft Sharks - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 15:27

Steelers K Garrett Hartley suffered a left hamstring injury during a kickoff in Saturday's game at Buffalo. It's not yet clear how serious the injury is, but even a week of inactivity could push Pittsburgh to move on to the next option. Hartley already played his way out of 2 previous NFL stops. At the very least, you should not draft him this weekend.

Jones gets 5-year extension

Draft Sharks - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 15:07

The Falcons and WR Julio Jones agreed to a 5-year, $71.25 million extension with $47 million guaranteed.  That's more annual and guaranteed money that WRs Demaryius Thomas and Dez Bryant got with their new deals earlier this offseason.  Jones is now locked up in Atlanta through 2020.  The former 6th overall pick has had some durability issues but is a difference-maker when on the field.  Jones ranks 3rd league-wide -- ahead of both Thomas and Bryant -- in receiving yards per game over the last 4 seasons.

Thomas still on track for Week 1

Draft Sharks - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 14:25

Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (hand) remains on track to be ready for the season opener, according to HC Gus Bradley.  Thomas has missed valuable practice time and the last 2 preseason games but should return as a key part of Jacksonville's passing game.  Note that Jags TEs combined for 12 catches in Friday night's exhibition.  Thomas projects as a lower-end TE1 but is a bit overvalued at his 7th-round ADP.

Cobb "week-to-week" with calf injury

Draft Sharks - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 14:16

Titans RB David Cobb is "week-to-week" with his calf injury, according to insider Jim Wyatt.  It sounds like the rookie is dealing with more than a minor tweak.  Cobb missed the 3rd preseason game and seems unlikely to play in the 4th.  He won't be a reliable early-season fantasy option but could still take over as Tennessee's lead back at some point this year.  Cobb is still worth a look in the double-digit rounds as a bench stash.

Washington going with Cousins?

Draft Sharks - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 07:32

ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini reported via Twitter Saturday morning, "Sources say the plan is not only to start Kirk Cousins tonight in Baltimore, but also week 1 against Miami." That comes after a goofy situation with Robert Griffin's concussion where the team deemed him cleared to return before an independent doctor said RG3 needed more time. The Washington QBs look like a situation to avoid if you're drafting today or any time over the next couple of weeks. As for the surrounding offensive players, Cousins proved last year that he can put up numbers in HC Jay Gruden's offense. He'll be worth DFS consideration, though we probably wouldn't use him Week 1 against a talented Dolphins defense.

Kirk Cousins may start Week 1

Fantasy Football Today - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 07:03

Kirk Cousins getting the call

Sources say the plan is not only to start Kirk Cousins tonight in Baltimore, but also week 1 against Miami. (Dianna Marie Russini)

FF Today's Take: Robert Griffin III suffered a head injury/concussion last week and this may have opened the door for a changing of the guard at the quarterback position. If Cousins plays well tonight against Baltimore, expect to see him under center Week 1. Griffin is off the fantasy radar until further notice.

Ansah expects to be back Week 1

Draft Sharks - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 06:24

Lions DE Ziggy Ansah sat out Friday's game against the Jaguars after missing practice all week. The Detroit Free Press reports that he said after the game that he felt "good" but wouldn't specify the injury. "I'm just taking it day by day," Ansah said. "Hopefully by (the regular-season opener) I should be fine." Ansah suffered an ankle injury in the 2nd exhibition game against Washington, so we're assuming that's what's keeping him out. We'll certainly be watching for updates to Ansah's status as the season draws closer. He brings breakout potential in your IDP league but has had trouble staying healthy through 3 pro years. We're not knocking him down our IDP rankings just yet, but don't reach too far to land Ansah ahead of the solid options sitting right behind him.

Time for Latimer to show it

Draft Sharks - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 04:06

The Broncos remain happy with 2nd-year WR Cody Latimer, according to ESPN.com's Jeff Legwold, but HC Gary Kubiak would like to see a bit more over the final 2 preseason weeks. "You just want to see him making plays," Kubiak said this week. "He's a hard worker. He does the right thing. He's in the right place, but it's time for him to start making plays on the ball, coming up with big plays. The good news with him is he has worked as basically a starter from OTAs through [training] camp and everything. Everything's in place for Cody to grow up and have a big year. I like the way he works, [he] just needs to keep coming." Emmanuel Sanders' hamstring issues have afforded extra starter reps and present potential opportunity if they recur. We'll be quite interested to see if Latimer can step up. He's an intriguing shot to take in the double-digit rounds of your fantasy football draft.

Robinson has minor injury

Draft Sharks - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 04:02

Saints RB Khiry Robinson has missed practice all week with an undisclosed injury and isn't expected to play Sunday against the Texans, according to ESPN.com's Mike Triplett. The issue is reportedly minor, however, and won't affect Robinson's status for the regular season. A healthy Robinson is no more than a deep fantasy reserve as long as Mark Ingram and C.J. Spiller are on the field, though.

Branch hurts left knee

Draft Sharks - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 03:14

Jaguars DE Andre Branch hurt his left knee in Friday night's game against the Lions and will have an MRI on Saturday. “We’ve got our fingers crossed on that one,” HC Gus Bradley said, per Jacksonville.com. “We’ll see. I know he was walking around a little bit in the training room.” Branch has stepped into the "Leo" pass-rushing role with rookie Dante Fowler out for the year and veteran DE Chris Clemons missing most of the spring and summer. We'll update Branch's situation when we see a diagnosis.

Brown has tough night

Draft Sharks - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 19:22

Titans LB Zach Brown missed some tackles in Friday night's game against the Chiefs. Afterward, HC Ken Whisenhunt called them "unacceptable," according to Jim Wyatt of Titans Online. Brown has the physical ability to deliver strong numbers to IDP lineups, but he entered the league with concerns about his tackling and will likely come off the field before fellow ILB Avery Williamson in some sub packages this season. That chips away at his fantasy upside. Brown's an upside reserve, but Williamson's a better IDP bet.

Hitchens out for preseason

Draft Sharks - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 19:10

Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens has been out since Aug. 15 with a bruised foot, and the Dallas Morning News reports that he won't get back onto the field until the end of the preseason. Hitchens had been in a walking boot but got out this week and still appears to be on track to start in the middle for the Cowboys. He's an OK shot to take as an IDP reserve but not a player to get excited about at this point.

Butler feeling good

Draft Sharks - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 18:53

Chargers LB Donald Butler told the San Diego Union-Tribune that he's feeling good. "Definitely, I feel a lot better than I did last year," he said. "I think that's the key thing overall." That follows a summer in which others have noticed him moving better. All Butler really needs to do is stay on the field for 3 downs and stay healthy to deliver some fantasy value. He has shown some big-play chops but has also played 16 games just once in 5 years since being drafted. Consider Butler as an upside reserve in IDP, but he brings a lot of risk as anything earlier.