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Rivers signs extension

Draft Sharks - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 04:37

The Chargers announced late Saturday a 4-year extension with QB Philip Rivers. The deal will reportedly average $21 million a year and includes $65 million in guarantees. That should end any speculation of Rivers finishing his career anywhere else. The veteran looks like a solid value in 2015 fantasy football drafts, with upside well into the top 10.

Ellington looks healthy in preseason opener

Draft Sharks - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 18:24

Cardinals RB Andre Ellington missed time earlier this month with a hamstring injury.  But he looked completely healthy in Saturday night's preseason opener.  Playing 1 series with the starting offense, Ellington turned a short catch into a 57-yard gain and plunged in a 2-yard TD.  He totaled 5 touches on the drive.  Ellington remains 1 of the biggest injury risks in fantasy football, but he'll boast big weekly upside whenever he's on the field this year.

Demaryius Thomas likely to play against HOU

Fantasy Football Today - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 16:20

Kubiak pleased with progress

Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said he's pleased with Demaryius Thomas' progress after he missed the offseason workouts because of contract negotiations. Kubiak said the starting receiver will play Saturday in Houston. How much will be determined by the coaches later this week. "I think he's ready to go play as long as Peyton (Manning) plays," Kubiak said. He said Manning will probably play through at least part of the second quarter. (Denver Post)

FF Today's Take: Demaryius Thomas is ready for game action and figures to lead the Broncos receiving corps again in 2015. With Emmanuel Sanders' nagging hamstring woes, Thomas should be Peyton Manning's top target right out of the gates this season.

McFadden ready to practice

Draft Sharks - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 13:53

Cowboys RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) has been activated from the PUP list and will resume practicing.  He missed over 2 weeks of training camp and the 1st preseason game.  But RB Joseph Randle has also missed time with an injury of his own, so the starting job is still up for grabs.  We're just not betting on McFadden doing enough to win it.

Cobb will play with starters in preseason

Draft Sharks - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 13:38

Titans RB David Cobb will get 1st-team reps at some point this preseason.  “Based on what you saw Friday night, I certainly think Cobb deserves that, we’ll work him in,” HC Ken Whisenhunt said “The young man had to get in shape first. That’s been a process just because of the [offseason] quad injury.  But he did a really nice job and we’ll move him up in the rotation as the weeks progress.”  The rookie was Tennessee's best RB in the opener, busting off 53 yards on 11 carries.  Bishop Sankey is still the favorite to open the season as the lead back, but Cobb is capable of beating him out for those honors.

Amaro "week to week" with shoulder sprain

Draft Sharks - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 13:15

Jets TE Jace Amaro is "week to week" with a sprained shoulder suffered in the preseason opener, according to HC Todd Bowles.  Amaro is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season, but this hurts his chances of carving out a significant Week 1 role -- especially considering the Jets are installing a new offense under OC Chan Gailey.  Amaro might be a spot-start candidate this season, but he's not worth drafting.  

Spiller had knee surgery

Draft Sharks - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 12:17

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Saints RB C.J. Spiller underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday.  Spiller is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season, per Schefter.  Injuries have been a problem for Spiller throughout his first 5 NFL seasons, but he's actually never had a significant knee issue.  Still, the missed time isn't good news for a guy trying to settle into a new offense.  We'll track his recovery over the next month, but Spiller will probably end up as a risky early-season fantasy play.  If he's not ready by Week 1, it'd likely mean a bigger role for RB Khiry Robinson behind starter Mark Ingram.

Spiller had arthroscopic knee surgery Friday

Fantasy Football Today - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 12:09

Expected back for Week 1

Saints' C.J. Spiller underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Friday in Pensacola, Fla, but is expected back for regular-season opener, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FF Today's Take: It's never a good thing to hear the word "surgery" but it sounds like this was a clean up procedure on the knee which shouldn't keep the Saints running back out for long. Spiller however has a significant injury history and as a result his early 4th-round ADP in PPR leagues is likely to slip in the coming days which could represent a nice buying opportunity in re-draft leagues next weekend.

"No concern" about Anderson's ankle

Draft Sharks - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 11:13

The Broncos have "no concern" about the ankle RB C.J. Anderson tweaked in Friday night's preseason contest, according to insider Cecil Lammey.  "Wouldn't be surprised if he practices Monday," Lammey adds.  We'll keep an eye on Anderson, but don't move him in your fantasy football rankings.

Jags "optimistic" Thomas will be ready for Week 1

Draft Sharks - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 11:10

The Jaguars remain "optimistic" that TE Julius Thomas will be ready for Week 1, according to insider Ryan O'Halloran.  Thomas is dealing with a fracture to the top side of his hand and is currently in a cast.  He'll miss the rest of training camp and the preseason, which isn't ideal for a guy learning a new offense and working with a new QB.  It doesn't sound like Thomas is a lock to be ready for the start of the season, either.  Draft him only as a low-end TE1 -- albeit with upside.

Blount back at practice

Draft Sharks - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 10:16

Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount (knee) returned to practice on Saturday.  He ended up missing just 1 week with the minor knee injury.  Blount should see some action in New England's next 2 preseason games.  He remains the heavy favorite to serve as the team's lead runner this year -- after he serves his 1-game suspension.  Blount is a strong value at his 9th-round price tag.

Bears' rookie wideout out with stress fracture

Fantasy Football Today - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 10:00

Kevin White to miss at least six games

As it turns out, Chicago Bears rookie Kevin White won't be ready for the regular season as the team had previously hoped. In fact, White may not see the field in 2015 whatsoever. White has a stress fracture in his left shin and that a setback in White's recuperation from that injury will now force the receiver into surgery. Whether White will rehabilitate from that surgery fast enough to play late in 2015 remains to be seen. (Chicago Tribune)

FF Today's Take: That thud you hear is the sound of White's fantasy value in redraft leagues. White will be placed on the PUP list once the season begins, meaning he will miss at least the first six games of the season. Alshon Jeffery (calf), Eddie Royal and TE Martellus Bennett will be the top three receiving options for Jay Cutler. WR Marquess Wilson will also be in the mix for targets.

Jaguars will "divide carries"

Draft Sharks - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 09:31

The Jaguars will "divide carries" this season between RBs T.J. Yeldon, Toby Gerhart and Denard Robinson, according to ESPN's Mike DiRocco.  Virtually every team "divides carries" to some extent nowadays, but Yeldon's 2015 fantasy value is very volume dependent.  He's not a dynamic back and he's not playing for a top-notch offense.  DiRocco notes that both Gerhart and Robinson have seen more work with the 1st team in camp so far.  We're still expecting Yeldon to lead this backfield in carries and total touches, but consider him more of a low-end RB2 for now.

Randle has more knee trouble

Draft Sharks - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 09:24

Giants WR Rueben Randle missed practice time last week with knee tendinitis and lasted just 3 plays before limping off in Friday night's preseason opener.  "I'm all right," he said. "It's just getting the knee tendinitis under control. That's what we have to figure out. How to keep it from flaring up at certain times. I have to see what is causing the problem and fix it. That's all I can do."  Randle has been dealing with the issue since high school, according to insider Jordan Raanan.  The Giants will consider shutting him down for a bit to get the knee issue under control.  There's still no concern that Randle won't be ready for Week 1, but this is a situation to keep a close eye on.

White needs shin surgery

Draft Sharks - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 08:31

Bears WR Kevin White will undergo surgery on his troublesome shin, GM Ryan Pace announced on Saturday.  The rookie will have a rod inserted into his tibia to address a stress fracture he suffered in OTAs.  White had been rehabbing the injury but had a setback this week, per ESPN's Josina Anderson.  He'll be placed on the PUP list, which will cost him at least the first 6 games of the regular season.  And there's reportedly a chance that White doesn't play at all this year.  He's not worth rostering in redraft leagues.  The big fantasy winner here is WR Eddie Royal, who's had a strong offseason and is now the favorite for #2 WR duties.  WR Marquess Wilson will also see more playing time, but we'll need to see more from him before considering him a viable fantasy option.

3 RBs rotate with Giants' 1st-team O

Draft Sharks - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 06:34

RBs Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen and Andre Williams all rotated in with the Giants' 1st-team offense in Friday night's preseason opener.  In 4 series, Rashad Jennings tallied 2 carries and 2 catches, Andre Williams carried twice and caught 1 ball, and Shane Vereen had 2 carries.  It looks like the Giants want all 3 guys involved this season.  That could make them tough to rely on in fantasy lineups.  

Cobb outplays Sankey in preseason opener

Draft Sharks - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 06:25

Titans RB David Cobb clearly outplayed RB Bishop Sankey in Friday night's preseason  opener.  The rookie took 11 carries for 53 yards.  Sankey managed just 15 yards on his 8 totes.  It's certainly worth noting that Cobb didn't get into the game until the 2nd half and got all of his work with the 2nd and 3rd-team offenses.  Sankey ran exclusively with the 1s.  But Cobb looked like Tennessee's best RB in this one.  We'll see if he can continue to push Sankey for playing time.

Green shows well in preseason opener

Draft Sharks - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 06:14

Broncos TE Virgil Green hauled in 5 balls for 45 yards and a score in Friday night's preseason opener against the Seahawks.  It was an encouraging showing for a guy who's spent most of his first 4 seasons blocking.  All of Green's grabs came with the 2nd-team offense, which confirms that he's still behind TE Owen Daniels on the depth chart.  But a couple more performances like we saw against Seattle could earn Green a significant early-season role.  He's an elite athlete who's worth monitoring over the next few weeks.

Matthews has sprained shoulder

Draft Sharks - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 06:07

Seahawks WR Chris Matthews suffered a sprained shoulder in Friday night's preseason opener, according to insider Danny O'Neil.  Matthews caught 1 ball for 8 yards before exiting, mixing in a bit with the 1st-team offense.  He's certainly in the mix for a regular-season role, but any missed time won't help.  We'll see how long the shoulder injury keeps him out.

Julius Thomas has "stable fracture" in hand

Fantasy Football Today - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 03:32

Expected to be back for Week 1

Jags' HC Gus Bradley said TE Julius Thomas has "stable fracture" in back of his hand, will miss preseason but should be back for opener. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FF Today's Take: Thomas is an injury risk for fantasy owners and on the second offensive snap of the game, the risk became reality. He's been overvalued this entire off-season because of his high TD totals in Denver but won't have the same offensive luxury in Jacksonville. Let others gamble on Thomas in your draft.