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Riddick up, Leshoure down on Lions depth chart

Draft Sharks - 42 min 37 sec ago

Lions RB Theo Riddick was one of the hottest names in June, drawing praise from teammates and coaches.  Beat writer Kyle Meinke believes the "Riddick hype is for real" and that he could play a "Darren Sproles-like role in the offense."  Remember that new Lions OC Joe Lombardi worked with Sproles in New Orleans for the past 3 seasons.  It's tough to see the Lions supporting 3 fantasy assets at RB considering all their other weapons, though, so for now we're not betting on Riddick coming close to Sproles' recent production.  But we'll be keeping an eye on him in camp and preseason action.  Meanwhile, Riddick's ascension has left RB Mikel Leshoure at #4 on the depth chart.  "Leshoure's battle for touches will be an uphill one," Meinke writes. Leshoure needs a trade out of Detroit to have a shot at 2014 fantasy value.

Charles gets contract extension, RB headed to camp

Fantasy Football Today - 6 hours 5 min ago

Two-year contract extension

Jamaal Charles and the Chiefs have struck a deal, source says. He's heading to camp now. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)

FF Today's Take: That was quick. Just 45 minutes after the deadline to report to camp, a new contract extension has been agreed to by the Chiefs and their star running back. The first training camp practice is scheduled for Thursday.

Rice retires

Draft Sharks - 6 hours 20 min ago

WR Sidney Rice has retired.  He cited a lengthy concussion history as the reason for hanging up his cleats.  Rice also tore his ACL last year.  The 27-year-old ends his NFL career with 243 catches, 3,592 yards and 30 TDs in 81 games.  He exploded for an 83-1,312-8 line in his 3rd season but never topped 50 catches or 748 yards again.  Seattle will move forward with Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood as its top 5 WRs.

WR Sidney Rice retires from NFL

Fantasy Football Today - 6 hours 29 min ago

Injuries the main reason for Rice's retirement

Sidney Rice walked away from what has been his life and into a new chapter of his life on Wednesday. "I've hit the ground a number of times. I have quite a few injuries. It's something I've always battled through and came back from. But I just figure at this point I have the rest of my life ahead of me and I want to be able to function and do things later down the road." (Seahawks.com)

FF Today's Take: Rice battled a number of ailments including concussions and knee injuries during his brief career. His best season was in 2009 when he caught 83 passes for 1312 yards and 8 touchdowns as a member of the Vikings. The Seahawks will move forward with Percy Harvin and Doug Baldwin as their top two wideouts. Jermaine Kearse should see an increase in opportunities as a result of Rice's retirement.

Jamaal Charles doesn't report to camp Wed.

Fantasy Football Today - 6 hours 34 min ago

Chiefs' RB considered a training camp holdout

The Chiefs' 3 p.m. CT reporting deadline has passed and Jamaal Charles is not in camp, making him a holdout. First practice is Thurs. p.m. (Adam Teicher via Twitter)

FF Today's Take: One of best running backs in the game is seeking more money. Charles is under contract through 2015 but wants a new deal based on prior production. He's underpaid relatively to others at his position but the league-wide trend is not pay running backs. The Chiefs signed Charles to a six-year deal worth close to $28 million back in 2010. This is no time for fantasy owners to panic. It's hard to imagine this situation resulting in Charles missing any regular season games even if the "holdout" lasts well into training camp.

Beckham has "tweaked" hammy

Draft Sharks - 6 hours 49 min ago

Giants WR Odell Beckham sat out Wednesday's practice with what HC Tom Coughlin called a "tweaked" hamstring.  Beckham also missed time this spring with hamstring trouble.  It doesn't sound like a serious issue, but hamstrings can be tricky.  And the missed practice time is bad news for a rookie.  You certainly shouldn't be counting on Beckham as a fantasy starter early on this season.

Fells running as starting TE

Draft Sharks - 8 hours 6 min ago

Giants TE Daniel Fells has played with the 1st-team offense in the first 2 days of training camp.  More than anything, that's a knock against TE Adrien Robinson, who failed to stand out in spring practices.  Fells is a 6-year vet who has never topped 391 yards in a season.  He won't be a fantasy option even if he wins New York's starting job.  Robinson remains the most intriguing candidate because of his size and athleticism.  But unless he shows signs of progress, avoid this situation in fantasy drafts.

Vernon Davis reports to camp

Fantasy Football Today - 9 hours 49 min ago

49ers tight end ends offseason holdout

Tight end Vernon Davis ended his offseason holdout and reported to 49ers training camp on time Wednesday. Davis skipped June's mandatory minicamp and earlier offseason workouts in hopes of a better contract. His deal expires after the 2015 season. (San Jose Mercury News)

FF Today's Take: Davis' "holdout" was flimsy from the beginning given that fact that he would incur $30K in daily fines for every day missed and he had no leverage. Davis is currently under contract through 2015. He remains a mid-range TE1.

Davis reports for start of camp

Draft Sharks - 9 hours 55 min ago

49ers TE Vernon Davis reported for the start of training camp.  He's looking for a new contract, and there were on-and-off rumors all offseason that he'd hold out of camp.  That's a non-issue now.  Davis remains an elite pass-catching TE, but we're not expecting him to match last year's big 52-850-13 line.

Wayne cleared for training camp

Draft Sharks - 10 hours 43 sec ago

Colts WR Reggie Wayne (knee) has been cleared for the start of training camp.  He tore his ACL in October, resumed running in January and was cleared to get back on the field in April.  It's been a smooth rehab process, but we remain skeptical about a 35-year-old Wayne returning to his elite 2012 form.  Throw in a deep Colts pass-catching corps, and we're not drafting Wayne as more than a WR3.  The good news is that he's lasting into the 9th and 10th round of most fantasy drafts.  He's a fine value there.

Lacy will be busy

Draft Sharks - 10 hours 17 min ago

The Packers are prepping RB Eddie Lacy for a “workhorse” role, per beat writer Pete Dougherty.  That term tends to get tossed around too much.  But there’s little doubt that Lacy will fit the description in 2014, especially with Johnathan Franklin (neck) out for the year.  "This is the NFL -- you're not going to play this game until you're 45 or 50," said new RB coach Sam Gash. "A lot of people, especially the media, try to make it out, 'He's got to last.' He'll last as long as he's meant to last.”  Gash went on to praise Lacy’s agility, balance and pass protection.  After handling 319 touches last year across 15 games, the 24-year-old is a serious candidate for 350 touches in 2014.  Lacy’s a clear-cut 1st round pick in fantasy drafts.

Cruz: New offense "enhances my skills"

Draft Sharks - 11 hours 49 min ago

Giants WR Victor Cruz believes he's a good fit in new OC Ben McAdoo's offense.  “It enhances my skills,” he said. “Anytime a receiver can get the ball in his hands quicker, it’s beneficial."  Cruz is one of the more dangerous after-the-catch receivers in the league.  New York's new offense will take advantage of that.  It's also worth noting that Cruz said the system is "definitely a little bit more pass happy than the offense we’ve had in the past."  We love Cruz to bounce back from his disappointing 2013 season.

Gronk cleared for start of training camp

Fantasy Football Today - 12 hours 10 min ago

Will not be placed on PUP list

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been cleared to play by doctors and will not be placed on the active/physically unable to perform list to open training camp, coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday. (ESPN)

FF Today's Take: Gronkowski had knee on January 9th making this a very quick return to the practice field. It's likely he will be limited in camp but this puts him on schedule to play Week 1. Gronk and Brady's ADP will rise on this news but the injury history (knee, forearm, back) of the talented tight end should be red flag to fantasy owners.

Fantasy Football Rankings: IDP

KFFL News Feed - 12 hours 20 min ago

If you play in a fantasy football league with Individual Defensive Players, keep our rankings for defensive linemen, linebackers and defensive backs at your side.

Ballard cleared for camp

Draft Sharks - 12 hours 51 min ago

Colts RB Vick Ballard (knee) has been cleared for the start of training camp.  He's now over 10 months removed from tearing his ACL.  Ballard should be at or close to 100% by the time Week 1 rolls around.  He's battling with RB Ahmad Bradshaw for playing time behind RB Trent Richardson.  We like a healthy Bradshaw to win out there.  Ballard is a ho-hum talent who is averaging just 3.9 yards per carry through 2 NFL seasons.

Gronkowski avoids PUP list

Draft Sharks - 13 hours 2 min ago

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) has avoided the PUP list to start training camp.  It's worth noting that Gronk opened camp last year on the PUP, so it's safe to assume he's healthier this time around.  About 7-and-a-half months removed from tearing his ACL and MCL, Gronk is still likely to be limited in camp.  We still might not see him in the preseason.  But his odds of being ready for Week 1 look better now than they have all offseason.  Gronk is still one of the riskiest picks in the early rounds of fantasy drafts, but the upside is undeniable.  He's averaged more PPR fantasy points per game than Jimmy Graham (19.2 to 17.8) over the past 3 seasons.  We just bumped Gronk up our 2014 TE Rankings.

Pierce a full go for start of camp

Draft Sharks - 13 hours 14 min ago

Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (shoulder) has been cleared to practice with "no restrictions" in training camp.  "My shoulder definitely got a lot better," he added.  Pierce is the favorite to open the season as Baltimore's lead back with RB Ray Rice facing a suspension.  We'll have a better idea of Pierce's fantasy value when we find out how long Rice will be banned.  But even now, Pierce is a fine target at his current 11th-round ADP.

Jones cleared for camp, will be limited

Draft Sharks - 13 hours 37 min ago

Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) has been cleared to take the field when training camp kicks off on Friday. It'll be his first work with the full squad since suffering his foot injury last October. He was limited to running off to the side all spring. The team will still monitor his reps in camp, though. "He will be limited in terms of his snaps," HC Mike Smith said. "Our number-one goal is to make sure that we've got everybody as healthy as we possibly can be, but we know that we have to get these guys some work together and reps. Julio will be out there participating in practice right from the start." Atlanta has played it safe with Jones' rehab from the start and won't change now. He's still on track to be a full go for Week 1 and will bring huge fantasy upside whenever he's on the field. But Jones carries a bit too much risk for us to jump on board at his current 1.11 ADP.

Top 16 fantasy football breakout players for 2014

KFFL News Feed - 13 hours 55 min ago

Toby Gerhart's new opportunity should mean big things in 2014.

Atkins begins on PUP

Draft Sharks - 14 hours 16 min ago

Bengals DT Geno Atkins is beginning training camp on the active/PUP list. The team can activate its star interior pass-rusher at any point, but this move should remind fantasy owners that Atkins is coming off an ACL tear. Expecting him to get right back to his previous performance level wouldn't be fair, at least until he shows it on the field. We're not pushing Atkins too high up the 2014 IDP rankings at this point. There are safer -- and similar-upside -- options even for DT-specific roles in your IDP league.