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Giants add Jones

Draft Sharks - 1 hour 32 min ago

WR James Jones has inked a 1-year deal with the Giants.  He chose the G-Men over the Eagles, Chiefs, Seahawks and Bengals, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Jones is familiar with OC Ben McAdoo's offense after spending his first 7 NFL seasons with him in Green Bay.  That time included 3 seasons of 50+ catches, 2 of 780+ yards and a 14-TD 2012 campaign.  Jones caught a personal-best 73 balls in Oakland last year but averaged an ugly 9.1 yards per catch.  At 31, he's past his prime but should still provide the Giants with a reliable possession option.  New York likely views him as insurance for the rehabbing Victor Cruz.  Jones could provide some spot-start fantasy appeal if Cruz, Odell Beckham or Rueben Randle miss time.

Eifert proclaims he is "100 percent"

Fantasy Football Today - 2 hours 15 min ago

Dealt with shoulder and elbow injuries in 2014

Tyler Eifert says he is 100 percent for the first time since beginning of 2014 OTAs. (Paul Dehner on Twitter)

FF Today's Take: There are a handful of tight ends that have the ability to be this year's Travis Kelce and Eifert is one of those players. A healthy season from the third-year Notre Dame product would give Andy Dalton a much-needed second option whenever defenses sell out to stop A.J. Green. Eifert is usually available until the final rounds and has fantasy TE1 upside, so he's a low-cost and high-upside pick this summer.

Darren McFadden placed on active/PUP list

Fantasy Football Today - 2 hours 25 min ago

Hamstring injury

The search for DeMarco Murray's replacement will go on without Darren McFadden practicing at the start of training camp. On Thursday, he was placed on the active/physically unable to perform list with a hamstring injury. McFadden's body has routinely betrayed him since his NFL career was launched in 2008. McFadden suffered 15 injuries in his first six seasons that caused him to miss 29 games. (Dallas Morning News)

FF Today's Take: Former McFadden owners probably aren't surprised by this development since most of the 15 injuries McFadden suffered in Oakland were to his hamstring. With many evaluators suggesting McFadden lost some of his explosiveness during his final days in Oakland, it would seem Joseph Randle's grip on the right to replace Murray is tightening. The Cowboys have reportedly been in contact with Chris Johnson in recent days, for what it is worth.

Jordy Nelson "looks like he hasn't missed a beat"

Fantasy Football Today - 2 hours 30 min ago

Packers WR had offseason hip surgery

Packers HC Mike McCarthy on Jordy Nelson's recovery from hip surgery: "Jordy's so consistent. Looks like he hasn't missed a beat." (Rob Demovsky on Twitter)

FF Today's Take: Good news for Aaron Rodgers' top receiver, who had his fair share of doubters as a 30-year-old coming off "minor" hip surgery. Even with the presence of Randall Cobb and likely emergence of Davante Adams, a healthy Nelson should once again be among the top 10 receivers in fantasy.

Eifert says he's 100%

Draft Sharks - 8 hours 6 min ago

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert declared himself 100% healthy for the start of training camp.  He added that he feels better than he has at any time since 2014 OTAs.  Eifert was bothered by a bad shoulder last offseason, suffered a dislocated elbow in Week 1 and then underwent shoulder surgery this offseason.  Durability is a concern, as is Cincinnati's run-heavy offense.  Eifert will probably need to emerge as the #2 option in the passing game to emerge as a reliable weekly fantasy starter this season, but that's plenty possibility with Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu behind A.J. Green on the WR depth chart.

McFadden PUPed with hamstring injury

Draft Sharks - 8 hours 24 min ago

Here's the least surprising news you'll hear all day: Cowboys RB Darren McFadden will open training camp on the PUP list with a hamstring injury.  He missed time early this offseason with hammy trouble but got back on the field for June minicamp.  It looks like he suffered a setback between then and now.  McFadden, of course, has had major durability problems since entering the league.  He's missed 29 games over 7 seasons with a variety of injuries.  We'll see how long the latest sidelines him for.

Randle gets love from owner

Draft Sharks - 8 hours 30 min ago

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones talked up RB Joseph Randle on Wednesday.  "We have a player (in Randle) that has the potential -- and we based that on, not on what he did at Oklahoma State or how we drafted him, but by literally being a teammate around here for the last two years -- but he has the potential to be the kind of back that would step in there and be your No. 1 back," Jones said. "If he were not here, then I wouldn't feel as good as we go into the season and what might happen."  There's no doubt that Randle is the current favorite to open the season as Dallas' lead back.  The questions are whether he can hold off RBs Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar, and just how many touches he'll get.  Jones later suggested that Randle and McFadden could form a committee.  "That's the kind of back -- if you add those two together -- we had in (DeMarco) Murray," Jones said.

West gets 1st starter reps in camp

Draft Sharks - 8 hours 38 min ago

Browns RB Terrance West took the first starter reps in training camp on Thursday.  He'll rotate with RBs Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson throughout August, but this is confirmation that West remains in the competition for the starting job -- and might even be in the lead.  Fantasy drafters haven't been giving West any love, pushing his ADP into the 13th round.  Crowell and Johnson are going in the 5th and 7th, respectively.  West is easily the best value among the 3.

Nelson on the field for start of camp

Draft Sharks - 10 hours 40 min ago

Packers WR Jordy Nelson (hip) was on the field and practicing on the 1st day of training camp Thursday.  He missed the majority of the offseason after undergoing hip surgery, but he returned to individual drills in June minicamp and appears at or close to 100% now.  Unless he suffers a setback in August, consider the hip a non-issue.  Nelson is fairly priced at his current 2.06 ADP.

Crabtree not a lock for a starting job

Draft Sharks - 11 hours 20 min ago

Raiders insider Scott Bair suggests that WR Michael Crabtree could lose a spot in the starting lineup to WR Rod Streater in training camp.  Crabtree's name is bigger than his game at this point.  Numerous injuries have sapped his explosion, resulting in a 10.3 yards-per-catch average last season.  Bair does call Crab the "clear favorite" to win the battle but adds, "don't sleep on Streater."  Limited by a fractured foot to just 3 games last year, Streater is now 100% healthy.  And he posted a 60-888-4 line back in 2013.  We'll keep an eye on this battle, but neither guy is likely to emerge as more than a spot starter for your fantasy squad.

White not worried about knee

Draft Sharks - 12 hours 15 min ago

Falcons WR Roddy White has reportedly dealt with some left knee trouble this offseason, but he downplayed it to ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure this week. White said he merely had the knee drained before minicamp, a procedure he also had last offseason and which cost him just 2 days of practice. “If I get my knee drained on a Monday, I can practice on Wednesday,” White said. “It’s not an issue where I’m going to miss a game, because it’s such a small issue. I’m not worried about it — not at all.” Neither of the 2 games he missed last season related to the knee, though he has lost games to ankle and hamstring injuries within the past 2 years. We'll keep an eye on the veteran's health through camp and the preseason. Expect the 33-year-old to miss at least a game or 2 in 2015.

Blount fails conditioning test

Draft Sharks - 12 hours 25 min ago

The Patriots on Wednesday placed RB LeGarrette Blount on the non-football injury list after he failed the team's conditioning test. Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reports that every player had to complete a 50-yard sprint 20 times, each within 8 seconds, and that Blount could only handle 12. This seems like a slight conditioning issue for the big back and one likely to resolve quickly. Don't knock him down your draft board at all. Of course, any practice time he misses will leave opportunities on the field for the other RBs competing for various roles at Patriots camp. It'll be an interesting backfield to watch throughout August -- especially with Blount suspended for Week 1.

Reed ready for the start of camp

Draft Sharks - 12 hours 26 min ago

Redskins TE Jordan Reed (knee) has been medically cleared for the start of training camp.  He missed most of the offseason after undergoing left knee surgery.  Durability remains a major issue for a guy who's missed 12 games over the past 2 seasons with hamstring, quad, knee and head injuries.  But Reed remains in the thick of his prime at 25 years old and has averaged 4.8 catches and 48.2 yards per game over his first 2 NFL seasons.  Reed has a shot to post TE1 numbers whenever he's on the field this year.  That makes him a sweet value at his 13th-round ADP.

Wright opens camp as slot receiver

Draft Sharks - 12 hours 36 min ago

Vikings WR Jarius Wright will open training camp as the team's slot receiver.  “The best things that Jarius did were when he was in the slot,” HC Mike Zimmer said. “We keep working him outside, but we know he has big value for us in the slot as well.”  Wright ran just 23.5% of his routes from the slot last season but hauled in 8 of 10 targets for 130 yards.  He's been incredibly efficient no matter where he's lined up over the past 3 years, posting a 63.8% catch rate and 14.8 yards per reception.  Still, Wright will be tough to trust in fantasy lineups as the 3rd or 4th pass-catching option in an offense that will funnel through RB Adrian Peterson.  The other takeaway here is that WR Cordarrelle Patterson is sitting 4th on the depth chart.  He won't be a fantasy factor as long as he's in that role.

Cards stick Gresham on PUP

Draft Sharks - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 18:52

The Cardinals placed TE Jermaine Gresham on the PUP Wednesday, a day after signing the free agent. Gresham had back surgery in March. He can come off the list whenever he's ready, though staying on into the regular season would cost at least 6 games. TE Troy Niklas also landed on the active/non-football injury list with hamstring trouble. That follows a right ankle issue that cost him the final day of minicamp this spring and offseason surgery on the left ankle that "removed a tightrope," according to ESPN.com. Bottom line for fantasy owners: Don't draft a Cardinals TE.

Bell headed for PUP

Draft Sharks - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 18:38

ESPN's Michael Rothstein reports that Lions RB Joique Bell will begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list. That's no big surprise after offseason knee and Achilles' tendon surgeries. It might get in the way of Bell reaching his stated goal of 1,200 rushing yards, though. Any time the veteran misses only creates more opportunities for exciting rookie RB Ameer Abdullah to flash his ability.

Niners take Hyde off NFI list

Draft Sharks - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 18:35

Just a day after putting RB Carlos Hyde on the non-football injury list, the Niners have already removed him. That clears the 2nd-year back to open camp with the team. It's still not clear whether the same "muscle pull" -- as Jim Tomsula described it to ESPN.com -- from May initially landed Hyde on the list. But we should at least start finding out right away just how ready he is to take over for Frank Gore.

White battling a bum knee

Draft Sharks - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 13:58

Falcons WR Roddy White revealed that he had his knee drained prior to minicamp. White had the same knee drained last offseason, per beat writer Vaughn McClure. "It's not a concern to me because it's just like a little irritation,'' White said Wednesday. "My cartilage in my knee is not smooth. It's kind of rippled. You can elect to have surgery, but I just decided not to because I'm not a surgery guy. I just don't want to do it." White revealed even more about the possibility of going under the knife. "They [doctors] gave me the option two years ago to have surgery," he said. "They said they would have to slice off the top of my cartilage, and I was like, 'I don't want to do that.' I don't want them to keep shaving my cartilage off until there's no more cartilage. Then you start to get arthritis.'' The 34-year-old is expected to be a full participant in training camp. But there’s definitely some risk with a guy who’s missed 5 games – and clearly declined – over the past 2 seasons. He looks like a WR3 at best.

Mason expected to get majority of early-season carries

Draft Sharks - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 11:57

Rams insider Jim Thomas expects RB Tre Mason to get the "lion's share" of the early-season carries.  "The last thing the Rams want to do is rush [RB Todd Gurley] back," Thomas explains.  Gurley passed his conditioning test earlier this week but still hasn't joined full-squad practices.  His early-season role will depend on how much progress he makes over the next 6-and-a-half weeks.  The rookie remains a risk/reward pick at his late-4th-round ADP.  Mason, meanwhile, could be a viable fantasy starter early on.  But you'll need to spend a 7th or 8th-rounder to land him.

White starts camp on active/PUP list

Draft Sharks - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 11:44

Bears WR Kevin White (shin) has been placed on the active/PUP list to begin training camp.  He suffered the injury late in OTAs and has been off his feet for the past month, GM Ryan Pace said.  There's no timetable for White's return to the field.  It's not an ideal scenario for a somewhat-raw rookie WR who's expected to play a significant role this season.  White's absence opens the door for WRs Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson to earn more playing time.