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Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 14:05
TE continuing comeback from ACL, MCL tears
TE Rob Gronkowski taking another step in his progression, participating in 11-on-11 drills for first time. Lot of balls thrown his way. (Mike Reiss on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: It's been a summer full of mostly positive news in Gronkowski's recovery, but he still remains one of the biggest injury risk-reward players in fantasy. He is unlikely to take a snap in the preseason and still questionable for Week 1, although getting the Patriots to update his status in that regard figures to be useless. Gronk's current ADP is in the middle of the third round.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 13:15
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski participated in 11-on-11 drills on Monday for the first time this offseason, according to insider Mike Reiss. "Lot of balls thrown his way," Reiss wrote. It's another step in the right direction for Gronk. At the same time, he's getting his 1st full-squad action with just 20 days until New England's season opener. He's far from a lock to be ready for that game.
Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:25
Injury to Bears WR opens door for Santonio Holmes
Veteran WR Santonio Holmes has a good chance to be more than a stopgap for the Chicago Bears if he shows enough over the next couple weeks to make the roster. Marquess Wilson - the smooth, speedy offseason standout who had been in line for the Bears' No. 3 receiver job - is likely to be sidelined until at least midseason. Wilson broke his collarbone in three places when he was injured in practice two weeks ago. He had surgery Aug. 5 and the initial timeline for recovery was set at 12 to 14 weeks. (USA Today)
FF Today's Take: It's not a crippling blow to the Bears' high-powered offense, but it is a notable one. Wilson figured to be able to stretch the field and make teams think twice before overcommitting to Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Holmes' career has been sidetracked due to injury, although he has a great opportunity to contribute if he can nail down the No. 3 job in Chicago. He's off the redraft radar for now, but don't forget about him either.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:23
USA Today's Tom Pelissero hears that Bears WR Marquess Wilson (collarbone) is expected to be out 12-14 weeks. That's much different than the 6-8 week timetable we expected. The issue, Pelissero reports, is that Wilson broke his collarbone in 3 separate places. It'll knock him out until mid to late November. Wilson is no longer worth rostering in redraft leagues. Santonio Holmes has a great opportunity to win Chicago's #3 WR job. That spot would leave him short of reliable fantasy value, but he'd become interesting if Brandon Marshall or Alshon Jeffery went down.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:17
Packers HC Mike McCarthy announced that TE Brandon Bostick suffered a "lower leg injury" in Saturday's preseason game. He won't need surgery but will be out "a couple weeks." That kills any chance Bostick had at winning the Week 1 starting job. That spot now figures to go to TE Richard Rodgers, who has worked with the 1st-team offense in each of Green Bay's first 2 preseason games. Rodgers is an intriguing late-round flier in fantasy drafts thanks to his situation.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:09
Raiders QB Derek Carr is on the practice field on Monday. He's wearing some extra chest padding, but neither the rib injury nor concussion he suffered over the weekend is a major concern. Carr has outplayed QB Matt Schaub this preseason, completing 19 of 32 passes (59.4%) for 183 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT. The veteran still figures to get the Week 1 nod, but we'll see the rookie at some point this season. Neither guy is worth rostering in redraft fantasy leagues.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 11:32
Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee) returned to practice on Monday. He missed 2 weeks of camp and Miami's first 2 preseason games. It's unclear if Clay will be cleared for the 3rd exhibition, but he should be ready for Week 1. He remains a borderline TE1 in fantasy.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 11:28
Chiefs HC Andy Reid revealed that RB Jamaal Charles suffered his foot injury moving out of his dorm room when the Chiefs broke camp last week. "He came down a grassy slope there and just kind of rolled his foot over on the curb," Reid said. "It was that simple. That was it. He went up to [trainer Rick Burkholder] ... he was hurting that night and the next day he woke up and he was feeling a little bit better and he's feeling better today. We're optimistic about it. Initially there was some concern. He had all the stuff done on it, the X-rays, the MRIs and all that done on it. Everything is clear." A few Draft Sharks staffers have offered to help Charles move out next summer in exchange for a signed jersey. As for the foot injury, we'll keep an eye on it. But for now, consider Charles' fantasy stock unaffected.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 10:48
Titans RB Shonn Greene was in full uniform for Monday's practice. He hyperextended his knee in last weekend's preseason game, but the injury obviously isn't a concern. Greene has started each of Tennessee's last 2 preseason games and looked surprisingly good on his way to a 5.5 yards-per-carry average. We're still expecting rookie Bishop Sankey to take over as Tennessee's lead back, but that might not happen before Week 1.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 10:41
Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin (hamstring) returned to practice on Monday. OC Pat Shurmur suggested that he'd be limited, but just the fact that he's out there means that hamstring is close to 100%. Maclin hasn't suffered any significant injuries this offseason, but the combination of a few minor issues after last year's torn ACL has us a bit concerned. Maclin is a risk/reward pick at his 6th-round ADP.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 10:38
Eagles RB LeSean McCoy sat out Sunday's practice with a sore toe. His underwent an X-ray and MRI, which both came back clean. McCoy was back on the practice field on Monday. Toe injuries can be tough, but this one doesn't seem like anything that will impact McCoy's 2014 performance. Continue drafting him within the first few picks of fantasy drafts.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 10:35
Vikings QB Matt Cassel will start the team's 3rd preseason game. That's the regular-season dress rehearsal, making Cassel a near lock to be under center for Week 1. Rookie Teddy Bridgewater turned in a brilliant performance this past weekend, but Cassel has done nothing to lose the starting job. He's completed 77% of his passes with 1 TD and 0 INTs. We're not betting on Cassel hanging on to the starting job all year, but he could be a streaming option early in the season. After a tough Week 1 matchup against the Rams, he'll play in 5 straight potential shootouts (vs. NE, at NO, vs. ATL, at GB, vs. DET).
Draft Sharks - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 09:56
Bucs insider Rick Stroud suggests that TE Tim Wright's roster spot could be in jeopardy. HC Lovie Smith conceded that Wright has been struggling. "He hasn't played as well as he should be playing," Smith said. "He's dropped some balls. If you've been watching him at practice, he's dropped balls. He's a big part of what we want to do with the two-receiver, two-tight end set. Tim hasn't blocked as well inside." Wright has fallen behind TEs Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Brandon Myers on the depth chart. We'll bet on him making the final roster, but Wright isn't worth drafting in fantasy.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 08:49
Rams RB Tre Mason allowed a pair of sacks in his 2nd preseason outing. “Yeah, I think that’s one of the biggest challenges for the position,” HC Jeff Fisher said afterward. “To learn how to play without the football. Guys have run skills, can carry the ball and run, and do those kind of things. But it’s playing without the football. It’s protection. Tre needs to keep working on it.” Pass protection is usually the biggest hurdle for rookie RBs to clear, especially for guys like Mason who come from spread offenses. This guy is an electric runner, but he won't get on the field if the Rams can't trust him to protect QB Sam Bradford. Mason is behind both Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham on the depth chart right now. He's not worth rostering in redraft leagues until that changes.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 04:10
Bills WR Sammy Watkins came away from Saturday's game with bruised ribs, the team announced. There's no indication yet how long Watkins might sit out, but don't be surprised if Buffalo keeps him sidelined through the 3rd preseason game to allow the injury to heal. The rookie has done nothing but impress so far and doesn't need to show much more before the real games begin. Draft Watkins as you would have before the injury.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 04:03
Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles missed the team's 2nd preseason game Sunday night while resting a bruised foot. ESPN.com's Adam Teicher indicated the team isn't worried about the injury and plans to get Charles back on the field for Saturday night's 3rd exhibition. This minor ailment shouldn't alter your draft strategy for Charles at all. RB Knile Davis carried 9 times for just 30 yards (3.3 per rush) in Charles' absence.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 03:57
49ers S Antoine Bethea sustained a concussion in Sunday's 2nd preseason game. He said via Twitter on Sunday night that he's "doing well." The team gave no indication of the injury's severity but has said that it expects Bethea to be ready in time for the Sept. 7 season opener, according to CSN Bay Area. Treat Bethea as you normally would have in your IDP draft, though Niners safeties have not been terrific fantasy options since HC Jim Harbaugh arrived.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 03:44
Eagles HC Chip Kelly may or may not have indicated interest in trading QB Mark Sanchez when talking to reporters Sunday. "What are you giving me?" Kelly responded to a trade question from a reporter, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I mean, we'll listen to anything for anybody. We're not going to just bury our head in the sand and say no, but it better be a pretty good deal in terms of what it is. We need him, in terms of how he's playing right now, how we can function and what we're doing. And I've always said you need to have two quarterbacks." Kelly has a way of answering matter-of-factly, more so than many other coaches in the league. And this was certainly a sensible response. It gains interest, though, because of Sanchez's strong summer so far. He has gone 18-of-22 passing through 2 preseason games for 196 yards, 2 TDs and an INT. That included an 11-of-12 outing against the Patriots on Friday in which his only incompletion was a pick by Pats S Duron Harmon. We'd still bet against Sanchez moving anywhere, but it would be interesting to see if any team would come calling should a starter go down. At the least, Sanchez's nice camp and preseason positions him as a potential waiver-wire add should Eagles QB Nick Foles get hurt.
Draft Sharks - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 20:41
Bills RB Fred Jackson played 26 snaps to C.J. Spiller's 12 in Saturday night's preseason game. He also topped Spiller in total touches, 13-6, and continues to lead the way in 3rd-down and goal-line situations. Does this mean that the 2 should switch spots in your 2014 fantasy football rankings? No. Spiller has never had the look of a 300-touch back, and the run-heavy Bills will have plenty of work to support both players. The biggest question might be how much of the passing-game work Spiller gets once the games turn real. We'll see if this week's 2nd-to-last exhibition continues the trends that have emerged to this point. We'll still bet on Spiller delivering as a fantasy starter in his contract year, though. And Jackson continues to look like a strong draft value at an ADP that has yet to climb out of the double-digit rounds on MyFantasyLeague.com.