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Draft Sharks - 2 hours 20 min ago
Bengals WR Marvin Jones put in only limited workouts when the Bengals opened OTAs Tuesday. "I'm good. I just have to clear the physical," Jones said afterward, per ESPN.com. Sounds good, but Jones failed the physical last week that would have cleared him for full practice. It's only noteworthy in May because he missed all of last season with foot and ankle injuries. Jones will need to prove this summer that he's all the way back and that we can count on him to stay on the field. More likely, however, he'll remain a late-round option in your fantasy football draft with sizable injury risk. Iffy status for Jones could help the outlooks for TE Tyler Eifert, WR Mohamed Sanu and even RB Giovani Bernard by potentially leaving targets on the field.
Draft Sharks - 2 hours 24 min ago
Broncos rookie DE Shane Ray sat out Wednesday's start of OTAs with the toe injury that hampered him through the predraft period. But HC Gary Kubiak told The Denver Post that he expects the 1st-round pick to hit the field as early as next week. The Broncos don't need Ray to become a starter right away, so this toe thing shouldn't be much of an issue for his IDP outlook or the team defense in fantasy.
Draft Sharks - 2 hours 44 min ago
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson released a statement to ESPN on his situation Wednesday, and he's apparently not trying to move out of Minnesota: "The reason I’m not attending OTAs has nothing to do with wanting to be traded. It’s about securing my future with the Vikings. It’s business, not personal and I understand that firsthand. Go Vikings.” OK. Perhaps it's finally time to move on from the trade speculation. Of course, we'll see what happens if the 2 sides can't agree on the money to "secure" his future. In the meantime, go on treating Peterson as a Viking and Jerick McKinnon as a handcuff in early drafting.
Draft Sharks - 2 hours 51 min ago
When the Falcons opened OTAs Tuesday, RB Devonta Freeman ran with the 1st team while rookie RB Tevin Coleman stuck with the 2nd team. ESPN's Vaughn McClure pointed out that Coleman "got plenty of chances to carry the ball and catch" passes. He also deemed Freeman "as impressive as he was this time last year, save for one drop." It's way too early, of course, to treat this as an indicator of the regular-season depth chart. Teams tend to defer to incumbents in these situations and make rookies earn their playing time. We still expect a split workload between the 2 talented young backs. The situation will be among the most interesting for fantasy football owners to track through the summer.
Fantasy Football Today - 5 hours 13 min ago
Could Randle be the Demarco Murray successor?
With DeMarco Murray now in Philly, the only thing that stands in the way of Joseph Randle and a starting job is free agent addition Darren McFadden. Early signs point to Randle having an edge on the job. After watching Murray put up 1,845 yards and 13 touchdowns last season, Randle stated that he felt like "there was a lot of meat left on the bone". (Cowboys Twitter)
FF Today's Take: Rushing behind the best offensive line unit in the NFL, Murray owners cashed in fantasy gold in 2014. Randle is licking his chops looking at the plentiful workload. However, even if he wins the starting gig he would merely be the leader of the dreaded RBBC. Regardless, whoever starts behind that offensive line gets a major fantasy boost and is worthy of an RB2 status.
Draft Sharks - 7 hours 36 min ago
Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) remains on track to play Week 1 vs. Dallas. "Things are going well," Cruz said Wednesday. "I'm running more routes and patterns, feeling more confident all the time in that regard. Same schedule. Just going to take it slow for now." The veteran started running routes roughly 2 weeks ago and hasn’t encountered any setbacks. Still, he's a major question mark coming off such an ugly patellar injury. Cruz isn't someone we're targeting in early drafts.
Draft Sharks - 8 hours 6 min ago
Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (leg) practiced in team drills for the first time on Wednesday. HC Todd Bowles interestingly touted “competition” at the QB spot a week after OC Chan Gailey anointed Geno Smith the starter. Smith’s still in the driver’s seat, but he won’t be handed the Week 1 gig. We’ll track this situation throughout the summer.
Draft Sharks - 9 hours 59 min ago
Bills RB LeSean McCoy missed practice on Wednesday with a minor neck injury. “He’s got a little thing like in his neck or something like that, it’s not serious but it’s one of those things where we don’t need him out there,” HC Rex Ryan said. This certainly doesn't alter McCoy's outlook as a workhorse RB. He's safe to draft in Round 1.
Draft Sharks - 10 hours 7 min ago
Titans HC Ken Whisenhunt wants RB Bishop Sankey to play between 215 and 220 pounds this season. Listed at 209, that would be a 6 to 11 pound increase for the 2nd year RB. It’s tough to see the extra mass helping his speed. Regardless, Sankey will need a strong offseason to hold off rookie David Cobb for touches. We’re likely looking at a timeshare here.
Draft Sharks - 11 hours 10 min ago
Lions beat writer Dave Birkett observed several drops from TE Eric Ebron in OTAs. It’s a concern after Ebron recorded 4 drops on 29 “catchable” passes last year, per Pro Football Focus. There’s plenty of time for the 22-year-old to improve, but shaky hands are a reminder that he's unlikely to really bust out in 2015. He still projects as the #3 target behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate.
Fantasy Football Today - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 16:00
Injury watch already under way for Redskins tight end
Jordan Reed missed Tuesday's practice because he had started experiencing soreness in his knee, and the team sent him to have it further examined. (Washington Post)
FF Today's Take: Reed has a long injury history and has yet to play in more than 11 games in season in his brief two-year career. He's a dynamic talent at his position with TE1 upside but the injury flag will devalue his fantasy stock.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 15:03
Dolphins OC Bill Lazor praised QB Ryan Tannehill at OTAs. “I'm very happy with how his offseason went and the time we got to spend with him," Lazor said. “Ryan is an extremely hard worker. He's a very intelligent guy. And he wants to do it right. I don't know that you can script a better formula for a guy to be successful. That's how he's approached it. And I'm really proud of how far he's gone in the offseason.” Tannehill’s fresh off a season with 4,045 yards and 27 TDs. He lost Charles Clay and Mike Wallace over the spring, but Miami upgraded his weaponry with Jordan Cameron, Kenny Stills, DeVante Parker and Greg Jennings. Entering year 4 on the upswing, Tannehill’s clearly a QB1.
Fantasy Football Today - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 12:55
May miss the rest of OTAs this week
Titans rookie wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham re-aggravated a hamstring strain on Tuesday and may miss OTAs for the remainder of this week. It's been a bit of a difficult start for Green-Beckham, the team's second-round draft pick, as he initially strained his hamstring in rookie mini-camp and missed last week's OTAs as well. (The Tennessean)
FF Today's Take: Hamstring injuries can be tricky an chronic so this situation warrants watching as the pre-season continues. The Titans coaching staff has seen very little of DGB on the field. The Titans have Kendall Wright, Justin Hunter, Harry Douglas and Hakeem Nicks on the wide receiver depth chart.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 12:20
Titans WR Dorial Green-Beckham suffered a strained hamstring in rookie mini-camp. On Tuesday, he re-aggravated that injury. "He felt a little pull," HC Ken Whisenhunt said. "You walk that line of saying, `OK, get back in there.' But if you pull it, you lose him for all the OTAs. You don't want him missing any more time because you want him in there. We pulled him (out of practice), but I think he'll be all right." Whisenhunt added that the 2nd round pick needs to lose “a little bit of weight.” After sitting out all of last year, DGB’s slow start isn’t surprising. He remains more interesting in dynasty than in redraft.
Fantasy Football Today - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 10:47
Screw inserted to help promote healing
Demetrius Harris had surgery last year after breaking foot. Andy Reid said doctors went back in to insert another screw to promote healing. (Adam Teicher on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: Harris is an athletic pass-catching tight end that dealt with a foot injury last November. Reid went on to say that he was optimistic Harris could return before training camp beings in late July. The Chiefs signed former Packers' tight end Ryan Taylor last week. Harris is off the fantasy radar until he proves he can stay healthy.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 10:38
According to Jags HC Gus Bradley, WR Marqise Lee is “week to week” with a knee injury. A hamstring injury cost Lee 3 games as a rookie, while a variety of ailments hampered him at USC in 2013. Durability is a concern entering 2015. The 23-year-old still projects as the #2 WR alongside Allen Robinson, but he’s not a likely breakout candidate. Lee’s an unexciting WR4 in fantasy.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 08:01
Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports that the Cowboys have reached a deal with WR A.J. Jenkins. The 2012 first-round pick of the Niners proved such a bust, of course, that San Francisco traded him to Kansas City in summer 2013 for fellow Round 1 bust Jonathan Baldwin. After Jenkins caught just 17 passes over the past 2 years for the WR-needy Chiefs, we see no reason to expect him to make an impact in Dallas. Perhaps this is a sign, however, that the Cowboys aren't satisfied with their WR depth -- especially with Dez Bryant yet unsigned beyond 2015.
Fantasy Football Today - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 07:49
Second-year receiver off to a rough start
Jaguars HC Gus Bradley says WR Marqise Lee (knee) is week to week. Injured knee in Phase 2 of offseason program.. (John Oehser on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: The extent of the knee injury is unknown at this time but Lee isn't doing himself any favors as off-season practices begin. He's been penciled in as a starter opposite Allen Robinson but will have to shed the "injury-prone" label before fantasy owners trust him. Lee was bothered by hamstring and ankle injuries last season.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 16:32
The Associated Press reported Monday that Patriots QB Tom Brady's appeal of his 4-game suspension won't take place by Wednesday's deadline. The collective bargaining agreement says an appeal must happen within 10 days of the punishment being announced, but the commissioner's office and player's association can agree to push it back. The sooner Brady's status can be finalized the better, of course, for fantasy football owners.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 16:29
The Bears on Monday released DE Ray McDonald shortly after police arrested him in California on domestic violence and child endangerment charges. According to ESPN.com, officers said McDonald "physically assaulted the victim while she was holding a baby." The former 49er, of course, remains involved in an open domestic-violence case where a pregnant ex-girlfriend alleged that he assaulted her. McDonald hasn't faced charges in that case, and the league said his involvement hadn't so far violated the personal-conduct policy. The 31-year-old will have a tough time catching on with another team now after the Bears took a risk -- and some heat -- in signing him as a free agent. The Niners dumped McDonald in December. The Chicago D now must come up with another answer at DE in Vic Fangio's 4-3 front. Perhaps Lamarr Houston -- initially viewed as an OLB candidate -- could get a look up front instead. We'd like his IDP value much better there.