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Moore looks like the starter

Draft Sharks - 1 hour 27 min ago

Raiders OLB Sio Moore sits atop the "unofficial" depth chart at weak-side LB on the team's official website.  The last update to that page came on Aug. 25, the day before Moore returned to practice following a neck strain in the 3rd preseason game.  We haven't seen an official announcement from the team that Moore beat out Miles Burris for the job, but it sure seems like Moore's the guy.  He carries intriguing upside into his 2nd season, with strong ability as a tackler and pass-rusher.  Moore ranked among the team's best defenders when on the field as a rookie last year but saw his playing time limited by injuries.  Look at more as a late target in your IDP draft or a guy to watch on the waiver wire.

Ausberry back at practice

Draft Sharks - 1 hour 40 min ago

Raiders TE David Ausberry returned to practice on Monday.  He'd been out since undergoing knee surgery about 4 weeks ago.  Ausberry was the favorite for Oakland's starting job before going down but now figures to split time with TE Mychal Rivera.  It's a hands-off situation in fantasy.

Raiders will start Carr

Draft Sharks - 3 hours 28 min ago

The Raiders have announced QB Derek Carr as their Week 1 starter over Matt Schaub, according to Jay Glazer.  It's no shock after Carr put in a stellar preseason finale and Schaub spent August struggling with his arm strength.  Carr looks interesting as a long-term fantasy prospect, but we wouldn't want to trust him this season, even in a 2-QB format.  The Oakland pass-catching corps doesn't offer a ton of support/upside.

QB Derek Carr will start for Raiders Week 1

Fantasy Football Today - 4 hours 27 min ago

Veteran Matt Schaub passed over for rookie

Raiders players have been told that Derek Carr will be the starting quarterback over Matt Schaub, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports tweeted Monday. Schaub missed three days of practice leading up to the preseason finale against Seattle. Carr completed 11 of 13 passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns as the Raiders had touchdowns in all four of his possessions. Schaub was away from the facility Friday because of a "personal issue." (Inside Bar Area)

FF Today's Take: Schaub has been dealing with elbow tendinitis and coach Allen had indicated that he wanted to wait to evaluate Schaub today before making any decision on the starting quarterback job. Carr's hype is a little out of control and regardless of how the rookie looked in the final preseason game, he won't be a recommended fantasy option against the Jets in Week 1.

Griffin says they fixed it

Draft Sharks - 4 hours 43 min ago

Washington QB Robert Griffin III says the offense has worked through its preseason issues.  “We fixed what we had to fix in practice,” he told CSNWashington.com. “That’s for us to know and you guys to find out.”  Obviously, we can't really know how much truth there is to RG3's words until Sunday's regular-season debut.  But the star QB brings plenty of talent -- and plenty of supporting talent -- to be worth betting on in fantasy lineups against Houston.

Cowboys finally set LBs?

Draft Sharks - 4 hours 57 min ago

Cowboys OLB Bruce Carter told reporters Monday that he expects to start on the strong side and play the weak side in the nickel sub packages, according to the Dallas Morning News.  He also said Justin Durant will start on the weak side and Rolando McClain in the middle.  None is worth chasing in IDP leagues right now, but Carter's athletic ability and apparent 3-down role give him the most upside.

Welker cleared for individual drills

Fantasy Football Today - 6 hours 2 min ago

Has yet to be cleared for full-contact practices

On Monday, WR Wes Welker (concussion) returned to practice. He will participate in individual drills but has yet to be cleared to play in the team's season-opener Sunday night against the Colts, reports USAToday.com's Lindsay Jones. If all goes well, Welker will return to full-contact practices before he will be allowed to suit up against the Colts. The Broncos remain cautiously optimistic about those prospects. If Welker can't go, expect Emmanuel Sanders, signed this offseason, to step into his role. (CBS Sports)

FF Today's Take: Nine days ago, Welker suffered his third concussion in 10 months. From a fantasy perspective, the latest one turned Welker from a fairly safe WR2 in most formats into an incredibly high-risk WR3 whose career might be close to over. If he manages to play and avoid any more head trauma, he is a good bet for at least 80 catches. But that is a big if and one owners will have to weigh when drafting or trading for him.

Moreno the "clear lead back" in Miami?

Fantasy Football Today - 6 hours 7 min ago

OC suggests Lamar Miller needs to be more productive

The Dolphins wanted Lamar Miller to be their starter this season and wanted him to be productive. As it stands now, he's not either. Even if Miller is the player introduced with the starters - which he might not be - it is clear Knowshon Moreno is Miami's lead running back. Miller, who was the starter and unchallenged all preseason, has lost his job as Miami's lead back. "I've seen lots on the practice field that tells me where we're headed with Lamar and I feel very good about his ability to be productive," OC Bill Lazor said, "but if you're talking about the preseason games his production needs to improve." (Miami Herald)

FF Today's Take: Lazor is referring to Miller's 3.4 YPC in exhibition play, as compared to Moreno's 6.4. And to be clear, Lazor did not state Miller has lost his starting job. What those stats don't say is that all of Moreno's production came against Dallas' pitiful defense. The Dolphins are kidding themselves if they are counting on Moreno to carry their ground game, so like last year, expect Miller to be involved in a full-blown committee backfield until further notice.

Newton "still sore"

Draft Sharks - 6 hours 49 min ago

Panthers HC Ron Rivera admitted that QB Cam Newton (ribs) is "still sore."  Rivera did suggest that Newton is improving, though, and revealed that he was able to throw more on Monday than the team expected.  Newton is trying on different flak jackets to find one he's most comfortable in.  He's on track to play this weekend but clearly won't be at 100%.

Moreno looks like Miami's lead back

Draft Sharks - 6 hours 58 min ago

Dolphins OC Bill Lazor hinted that RB Knowshon Moreno will open the season as the lead back.  It was more what Lamar Miller didn't do this preseason than anything Moreno did.  "If you're talking about the preseason games, his production needs to improve," Lazor said of Miller, who averaged just 3.4 yards per carry in August.  "I have no doubts about how explosive and productive he can be in space. There might be some schemes that are a little bit different for him and the more reps he gets at them the more decisive he is from the backfield."  Miller and Moreno will both see plenty of action against the Patriots this weekend, but Moreno looks like the safer fantasy play.

Titans sign Succop, release Coons

Draft Sharks - 7 hours 10 min ago

The Titans have released rookie K Travis Coons and signed K Ryan Succop.  The Chiefs dumped Succop over the weekend to save money, but he's connected on an acceptable 81% of his FGs over the past 5 seasons.  You should be able to do better for your fantasy kicker, though.

Watkins practicing

Draft Sharks - 7 hours 38 min ago

Bills WR Sammy Watkins proved Monday that the rib injury he suffered in the preseason finale wasn't serious.  The rookie wideout joined his teammates at practice, which should certainly put him in line to start the regular season opener.  Prepare to use him as you normally would have in your fantasy lineup.

Gronkowski says he'll play Week 1

Draft Sharks - 9 hours 50 min ago

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski told reporters on Monday that he'll play against the Dolphins in Week 1.  "I'm ready to go," Gronk said.  "I'll be playing."  It sounds like he's been cleared by team doctors, despite being limited in practice all August.  Gronk will likely be on a snap count against Miami, but he'll be a must-start in fantasy.  In his 2013 debut, he played 51 of 79 snaps and racked up 114 yards on 8 catches.

Beckham could be out another 2-3 weeks

Draft Sharks - 10 hours 8 min ago

Giants HC Tom Coughlin said WR Odell Beckham (hamstring) "may be a couple, three weeks away" from practicing.  The rookie worked off to the side on Monday, but the G-Men are going to take it slow with their 1st-round pick after he experienced numerous setbacks with the hamstring.  Beckham is unlikely to make a tangible impact before the 2nd half of the season.  There's no reason to be rostering him in redraft fantasy leagues right now.

Rob Gronkowski says he's playing Week 1

Fantasy Football Today - 10 hours 58 min ago

Likely limited

Rob Gronkowski says he has green light to play in the regular-season opener. Gronk: "Definitely not [playing] every single snap. But just get out there, get my feet wet, whatever we game-plan this week, will be good." (Mike Reiss via Twitter)

FF Today's Take: It would be nice to hear Bill Belichick echo the same but that's doubtful to happen anytime soon. It appears that the Pats tight end will be on the field Week 1 and if even if he is limited, he's worthy of being in your lineup given his high touchdown rate.

West "inconsistent" in preseason

Draft Sharks - 13 hours 3 min ago

Browns HC Mike Pettine called RB Terrance West's preseason performance "inconsistent."  The rookie averaged just 2.7 yards per carry and lost a fumble.  "There were some times where he made plays, and then he made rookie mistakes some other times," Pettine said. "... He can catch the ball. He's shown that in camp. We're pleased with where Terrance is, but it's something ... he just needs to continue to get better."  West appeared to have a shot at Cleveland's starting job back in the spring, but he's faded since.  He might now need to be more concerned about holding off Isaiah Crowell for the #2 RB spot than pushing Tate for the starting job.

Smith gets 4-year extension

Draft Sharks - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 17:03

The Chiefs and QB Alex Smith have agreed to a 4-year, $68 million contract extension.  It tacks on to the final year of his current deal, keeping him in Kansas City through the 2018 season.  Smith will be making $15.2 million per year on average.  To put that in perspective, Bengals QB Andy Dalton's new deal is paying him $13.9 million per year.  That makes it seem like an overpay.  But Smith is a perfect fit for what the Chiefs want to do on offense, so it's tough to argue with the move.  Smith quietly finished 13th among QBs in fantasy points last season.  He'll be a viable matchup play in 2014.

DE McDonald could face suspension

Draft Sharks - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 16:55

49ers DE Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday morning on felony domestic violence charges.  That figures to put him in line for the league's new 6-game suspension for such offenses.  When the penalty might come is the big question at this point.  Losing McDonald would only further hurt a D that will be without OLB Aldon Smith for the 1st 9 games and NaVorro Bowman for half the season (as he recovers from an ACL tear).  Expect the Niners to get off to a slower start on defense than we're used to seeing.  It's tough to like them in fantasy right now -- especially against a talented Dallas offense in Week 1.

Chiefs, Alex Smith agree on four-year extension

Fantasy Football Today - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 16:15

$45 million in guaranteed money

The Chiefs have agreed to a new four-year contract extension with quarterback Alex Smith, a person with knowledge of the situation Sunday told The Star on Sunday. The agreement, which includes $45 million in guaranteed money, is a significant development for the Chiefs. Smith, 30, had one year left on a contract that is set to pay him $7.5 million before the extension, which was negotiated by agent Tom Condon, kicks in for 2015. (Kansas City Star)

FF Today's Take: The two sides have been working most of this off-season on a deal and now it has been reached. Smith is coming off a 23-touchdown, 8-interception season ranking him 16th among fantasy quarterbacks last season. He's a middle-of-the-road QB2 that will need to repeat his late-season numbers to be considered a QB1.

Browns release Johnson

Draft Sharks - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 12:06

The Browns have released WR Charles Johnson.  The intriguing size-athleticism prospect just didn't show enough in preseason action to earn a roster spot.  Johnson totaled just 6 catches and 65 yards in 115 preseason snaps.  He'll either get claimed by another team or land on Cleveland's practice squad.  Johnson is obviously off the redraft radar but remains an intriguing stash in dynasty.  The Browns' WR depth chart now reads Miles Austin, Andrew Hawkins, Travis Benjamin, Taylor Gabriel and LaRon Byrd.