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Rams "encouraged" by Quick's play

Draft Sharks - 1 hour 45 sec ago

Insider Phil Savage hears that the Rams are "encouraged" by WR Brian Quick's play in training camp.  "His production is beginning to match the raw size/speed," Savage adds.  Quick has reportedly been getting a lot of time with the 1st-team offense.  He's totaled just 29 catches through his first 2 seasons but is certainly capable of a 3rd-year breakout.  Quick entered the league as a raw prospect but goes 6'3, 218 pounds with plus athleticism.  We'll be keeping a close eye on him this preseason.

Jaguars love Cyprien

Draft Sharks - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 21:22

Jacksonville teammates and decision makers have heaped praise on 2nd-year Jaguars S Johnathan Cypriend.  “You look at him and he’s the type of kid that he can be the best in the NFL,” LB Paul Posluszny told The Associated Press this week. “He has that type of talent and that type of ability and he wants to do things the right way. He wants to be great, so it’s exciting to see because, for him, the sky's the limit."  Coaches have talked up Cyprien's skills since he arrived last spring, and we certainly see the fantasy upside here.  If you're a DS Insider, you already know how much we think of Cyprien from his place in our 2014 IDP rankings.

Bridgewater has "closed the gap"

Draft Sharks - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 19:39

NFL Network's Albert Breer believes Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater has "closed the gap" on QB Matt Cassel through the first week of training camp.  Bridgewater took reps with the 1st-team offense on Wednesday and will get time with the starters in the preseason.  Cassel is still considered the favorite to be under center for Week 1, but the Vikings are giving Bridgewater a fair shot to beat him out.  Our money is on the rookie leading the team in starts this season, but he's just a low-end QB2 in fantasy football.

Gordon's appeal is "all or nothing"

Draft Sharks - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 19:04

Pro Football Talk reports that Browns WR Josh Gordon's suspension appeal is "all or nothing."  In other words, if Gordon loses the appeal, he'll be suspended the entire season.  If he loses it, he'll be eligible to play all 16 games.  We're still expecting Gordon to be slapped with the full-year ban.  The other outcome would certainly send shock waves through the fantasy football world.  Gordon's hearing is this Friday.

Amaro still struggling

Draft Sharks - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 18:54

Jets TE Jace Amaro continues to struggle early in training camp.  On Wednesday, he dropped a pass, ran the wrong route a few plays later and got chewed out by the coaching staff.  "A lot of people have high expectations for me," Amaro said. "Right now, I'm trying to figure it all out."  The Jets were hoping for a significant 1st-year impact from the rookie, but it looks like his transition from Texas Tech's spread offense will take longer than expected.  Amaro certainly won't be an early-season fantasy option and might not be an asset all year.

Lawrence out 2+ months

Draft Sharks - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 16:18

ESPN Dallas reports that Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence suffered a broken right foot in Tuesday's practice. He'll have surgery Thursday and then miss 8-10 weeks.  The short end of that time frame would return the rookie after Dallas' Week 3 game.  Lawrence had been pushing Jeremy Mincey for right DE work with the 1st team.  With him out, Mincey stands as the favorite to start there.  Mincey slipped after looking like an ascending player as recently as 2011 in Jacksonville.  His position certainly carries some upside, though, as evidenced by left DE George Selvie last year in Dallas' version of the "Tampa 2" scheme.  IDP owners shouldn't draft the 30-year-old Mincey at this point, but keep him in mind as a potential waiver watch guy.

Marshall believes Cutler set for big season

Fantasy Football Today - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 15:54

MVP on horizon?

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) - Just five days into training camp Wednesday, Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall elevated quarterback Jay Cutler to an elite status usually reserved for Peyton Manning, Drew Brees or Tom Brady. Marshall first insisted during an interview with NFL Network that Cutler can be the MVP this season, and a few minutes later defended his belief, as well as the Bears quarterback. Marshall said Cutler is different not only from when the two broke in together in Denver in 2006, but also from last season when they played in coach Marc Trestman's offense for the first time. (usatoday.com)

FF Today's Take: Jay Cutler's fantasy prospects are high entering the 2014 season. He has never commanded an offense as stocked with talent in the huddle or sideline than the one he will lead this season. Brandon Marshall may just being talking up his good friend and quarterback, but Cutler's arrow is pointed up for owners willing to wait on the position.

Bills extend Jackson

Draft Sharks - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 13:27

The Bills signed RB Fred Jackson to a 1-year extension worth $2.6 million. The 33-year-old is now signed through the 2015 season. It’s an unexpected move from the Bills, but they must feel that Jackson has plenty left in the tank. It’s certainly possible he’ll remain effective through his age 34 season, as Jackson’s compiled a manageable 1,394 touches across 7 NFL seasons. Buffalo swung a draft-day trade for the Eagles' Bryce Brown, but C.J. Spiller can hit free agency next spring. This move at least provides the Bills with some veteran insurance. As for the 2013 season, we’re not drafting Jackson as anything more than a PPR RB3.

Bradshaw "looks fantastic"

Draft Sharks - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 13:09

Colts HC Chuck Pagano says RB Ahmad Bradshaw "looks fantastic" early in training camp.  "He has found the groove to make it," Pagano added.  "He's a football player, tough guy, hard nose. Love to see what we can get out of him."  It doesn't sound like Bradshaw is showing any ill-effects from last year's neck injury.  Vick Ballard's season-ending Achilles injury has Bradshaw locked in as the Colts' #2 RB.  And Trent Richardson doesn't have a stranglehold on the starting job after last year's disaster.  Bradshaw is an intriguing bench stash in fantasy leagues.

Richardson back at practice

Draft Sharks - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:09

Colts RB Trent Richardson (hamstring) was back at practice on Wednesday.  He ended up missing just a few days, which isn't a big deal by itself.  But Richardson needs to prove he can stay healthy this summer, in addition to improving his efficiency in the offense.  T-Rich's ADP is currently sitting at 5.08 in 12-team PPR drafts.  He's a risk/reward pick at that price.

Bostick getting "lots of work" with starters

Draft Sharks - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:34

Packers insider Rob Demovsky notes that TE Brandon Bostick got "lots of work" with the starters on Wednesday.  "I'd say he delivered," Demovsky added.  After practice, GM Ted Thompson said that the team is "excited about [Bostick's] progress."  Rookie TE Richard Rodgers created lots of buzz in spring practices, but his star has faded a bit early in camp.  The starting job in Green Bay remains wide open.  We'll continue to keep a close eye on it because the winner will be an intriguing WR2.

Wilson will be evaluated next week

Draft Sharks - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:23

Giants RB David Wilson's neck will be reevaluated on Monday (Aug. 4).  He'll be sidelined at least until then and will miss the team's preseason opener on Sunday night.  After undergoing neck surgery last January, he made it about 1 week in camp before suffering a setback.  We won't guess as to how long he'll be sidelined this time, but fantasy owners should only be drafting him as a late-round flier.

Fantasy Football Rankings: IDP

KFFL News Feed - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:20

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.

Sudfeld a possible starter?

Draft Sharks - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:15

Jets TE Zach Sudfeld has taken 1st team reps in training camp.  Per Rex Ryan, Sudfeld is "studying like nobody's business."  The 25-year-old received a ton of hype last offseason as a possible short-term fill-in for Rob Gronkowski. But he didn’t catch a single pass in a Pats uniform. Still, Jets rookie Jace Amaro has struggled all offseason, while Jeff Cumberland isn’t a special talent.  At 6’7, 260 pounds, Sudfeld certianly has the size to become a red zone threat.  We just added him to our 2014 TE rankings.

DeMarcus Ware not practicing

Fantasy Football Today - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:06

Bruised right leg

The last time DeMarcus Ware walked into Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sunday, he walked off with a limp. With rain drizzling on Wednesday, there was no chance that Ware was going to practice, given the cautious approach to his bruised right lower leg. (Denver Post)

FF Today's Take: It doesn't seem like the injury to Ware is too serious but the former Cowboy is no stranger to injury. The Broncos are being cautious and you should be as well.

RB David Wilson to sit out a week

Fantasy Football Today - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 08:00

Will have his neck examined on August 4th

David Wilson, according to the Giants, will not practice for the remainder of the week and will receive a follow-up examination on Aug. 4 at the Hospital for Special Surgery, the same place Wilson received extensive testing last night. Dr. Frank Cammisa, the doctor who performed his fusion surgery, will perform the exam. (NJ.com)

FF Today's Take: The Giants are being very cautious with Wilson (neck) as they should be. His fantasy value will be in limbo until we get the results of his tests on August 4th.

Ebron having issues catching the ball

Fantasy Football Today - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 07:45

Lions TE has a lot on his plate right now according to coach

The biggest knock on Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron through off-season workouts and the first two days of training camp has been an inordinate number of dropped passes that have negated his big-play ability. (Detroit Free Press)

FF Today's Take: Head coach Jim Caldwell explained away Ebron's drops as simply a rookie with too much on his plate on that he's "got a lot of things going through his mind right now". The problem is, a case of the dropsies was a red flag for Ebron coming out of college. As Doug Orth pointed out in Ebron's draft profile, Ebron had an 11 percent drop percentage in 2013, highest of all the top prospects at his position. His more of a dynasty prospect that redraft prospect at this point in his career.

Atkins returns

Draft Sharks - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 07:31

Doctors have cleared Bengals DT Geno Atkins to return to action, and the team has removed him from the PUP.  Atkins has been out since tearing his right ACL in Week 9 last season.  Expect the Bengals to bring him along slowly, especially considering the importance of Atkins as arguably the league's #1 interior pass-rusher.  If he's anywhere close to 100%, he'll provide a big boost to the Cincinnati defense and be worth a gamble in DT-specific slots on your fantasy football team.  His ceiling is much more limited for general DL use in the 2014 IDP rankings.

Arian Foster returns to practice

Fantasy Football Today - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 07:30

Texans RB missed two practices

But O'Brien willingly acknowledged Wednesday how important Arian Foster is to the team's success in 2014. The star running back resumed action after missing two practices due to injury. "We put him back in there (Wednesday) and he ran some plays, did a good job," O'Brien said. (Houston Chronicle)

FF Today's Take: The Texans were very hush-hush about Foster's injury and called it "minor". It's good to see him back on the practice field as he is expected to be a big part of the Texans offense this season.

Fantasy football busts and risky players for 2014

KFFL News Feed - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 07:00

There are different levels of fantasy football draft peril. Marshawn Lynch happens to be a bit more dangerous than most other shaky purchases.