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Landry getting 1st-team snaps

Draft Sharks - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:16

Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry has been rotating with WR Brandon Gibson as the 1st-team slot receiver in recent practices.  The rookie has been an offseason standout.  Gibson is still the favorite to open the season as Miami's #3 WR, but look for Landry to take over at some point.  Neither guy is worth rostering in redraft leagues.

Manziel struggling with playbook

Draft Sharks - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:14

Browns QB Johnny Manziel has struggled learning the playbook, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.  "Play calls were tough. Snaps under center. Protections," Rapoport tweeted.  It's no surprise for a QB who played in a spread offense and relied on improvisation in college.  Manziel has a significant transition to make at the next level.  We're still expecting him to take over at some point this season, but his passing numbers won't be reliable.  Rushing production could still make him an intriguing fantasy spot starter.

Peterson likely to sit out until Week 1

Draft Sharks - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:27

Vikings HC Mike Zimmer essentially ruled RB Adrian Peterson out of the final 2 preseason games. “Adrian and I have talked about it a little bit and I really don’t see the need," Zimmer said of AP’s exhibition participation. “We’re grabbing at the ball pretty good [in practice]. We’re not tackling him or anything. He’s doing a great job with the protections and the routes and obviously he runs really good.”  It's a wise approach to take with the 29-year-old RB.  He's locked in as a top 3 RB in fantasy drafts.

Brian Hoyer to start Week 1 for Cleveland

Fantasy Football Today - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:03

Hopefully a portion of the hype will die down

The Cleveland Browns have committed to start Brian Hoyer over rookie Johnny Manziel at quarterback to begin the 2014 season, the team announced Wednesday morning. (ESPN)

FF Today's Take: One of the more over-hyped stories in a decade has a conclusion. Although Hoyer will start the season under center, its only a matter of time before Manziel gets his chance. Both QBs are middling QB2s for fantasy purposes considering the lack of talent at the wide receiver and the expected run-heavy offense.

Kelly not concerned about McCoy's toe

Draft Sharks - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 06:32

Eagles HC Chip Kelly expressed no concern about RB LeSean McCoy's toe injury.  “No, he’s fine,” Kelly said. “He practiced full [Monday]. He’s fine. It’s not as big of an issue as I think anybody has made it out to be.”  Fantasy owners shouldn't be concerned, either, considering the fact that McCoy is practicing.  He remains the safest of the top-4 fantasy RBs.

Hoyer named starter

Draft Sharks - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:25

The Browns have named Brian Hoyer their starting QB.  Neither Hoyer nor Johnny Manziel impressed in the first 2 preseason games, so the veteran gets the nod.  It's a smart move because it'll be a lot easier to bench Hoyer in favor of Manziel than it would be the other way around.  We're still expecting to see the rookie under center by midseason, but this news makes Manziel undraftable in standard fantasy leagues.  We wouldn't bother with Hoyer, either.

Kaepernick played through foot injury

Draft Sharks - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 19:49

49ers HC Jim Harbaugh revealed earlier this offseason that QB Colin Kaepernick played through a foot injury last year.  Harbaugh admitted that the issue impact Kaepernick's mobility.  But he didn't provide any details.  Kaep did on Tuesday, explaining to reporters that he chipped a bone in his forefoot and ruptured a capsule in the ball of his foot in Week 2.  "It was something that was always there,” he admitted.  Kaepernick totaled just 63 rushing yards in his next 4 games.  Healthier over the 2nd half of the season, he averaged 35.2 rushing yards over his final 10.  This injury is just another reason to be excited about Kaep's 2014 fantasy outlook.  He has top-6 potential and can be had in the 7th or 8th round of most drafts.

Sturgis' job in danger

Draft Sharks - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 19:38

Dolphins K Caleb Sturgis has missed the majority of training camp with a groin injury.  He won't play in this weekend's preseason game, according to Fox Sports' Alex Marvez.  HC Joe Philbin confirmed on Monday that the team's starting kicker job is up for grabs.  John Potter, who's pushing for that job, nailed FGs of 48 and 51 yards in Miami's 2nd exhibition.  This is another situation to avoid in fantasy drafts -- along with the Cardinals, Redskins and Saints' kickers.

Eagles acquire Barner

Draft Sharks - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 18:59

The Eagles have shipped a conditional 7th-round pick to Carolina in exchange for RB Kenjon Barner.  The Panthers grabbed Barner in the 6th round of last year's draft but gave him just 8 total touches.  He was sitting 4th on Carolina's depth chart.  He'll be in the same place in Philadelphia, behind LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles and Chris Polk.  Continue to ignore Barner in redraft leagues.  He could become interesting as a change-of-pace back whenever Sproles leaves Philly, though.  Barner put up huge college numbers at Oregon under Eagles HC Chip Kelly.

Smith to start ... this week

Draft Sharks - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 18:39

Jets HC Rex Ryan declined to name his regular-season starter on Tuesday but confirmed that QB Geno Smith will start the team's 3rd preseason game.  That all but assures Smith of the in-season job, as the penultimate exhibition nearly always serves as a team's dress rehearsal for the regular season.  It has seemed obvious for a while that Smith leads the competition with Michael Vick.  He has gone a solid 14-of-19 passing for 131 yards through 2 games with no TDs and 1 INT.

Reece back at practice Tuesday

Draft Sharks - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:55

Raiders RB Marcel Reece (foot) was back at practice on Tuesday.  His X-ray and MRI on Monday evidently came back clean.  Reece has quietly finished among the top 44 PPR RBs in 2 straight seasons, so he's worth a look at the end of your best-ball drafts.

Watkins returns to limited practice

Draft Sharks - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:05

Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) returned to a limited practice on Tuesday.  He's still not back to 100%, but the fact that he was out there at all means his injury isn't serious.  Watkins should be a full-go for Week 1, and his fantasy stock is unaffected.  We're still not taking him at his current 5th-round ADP.

Carter demoted -- or is he?

Draft Sharks - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:41

The Cowboys worked LB Rolando McClain in the middle with the 1st team at Tuesday's practice and slid LB Justin Durant out to the weak side.  That put regular 1st-team WLB Bruce Carter on the sideline.  But does that mean he's being demoted?  “No, I don’t think so,” Carter said, via ESPN Dallas. “I just think we need depth. Especially Ro, he needs to get his reps at Mike. … So they’re just trying, I guess, to see what the rotations are going to be. I don’t know.”  We think Carter's in denial.  The Cowboys easily could have slid Durant to the strong side or off the field when getting McClain into the lineup, but they didn't.  They removed a guy who never matched his 2013 performance to his considerable talent or his coaches' considerable expectations.  It sure seems as though Dallas would prefer to not have to rely on Carter this year.  Whether he sticks with the 1st team or not through the rest of camp, Carter doesn't make for much of an IDP target in your fantasy football draft.  He began well out of starter range in our 2014 IDP rankings and has slid even further down this week.  Carter needs to give us reason for optimism at this point.  McClain and Durant, on the other hand, will be worth looks on sheer potential tackle volume if they stick in their Tuesday roles.  This is a bad defense that will be on the field a lot.

More receptions for Ingram?

Draft Sharks - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:01

Saints RB Mark Ingram's 23-yard receiving TD in last weekend's preseason game was the first receiving score of his NFL career.  Ingram expects more.  "I want to be involved in the pass game, run game, picking up pass pro. I want to be the most versatile player I can be," he said.  "I know I'm an all-purpose back, a complete back. I can do everything."  Ingram played WR in high school and caught 53 balls in his final 2 college seasons.  Playing in an offense with Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas, he's totaled just 24 receptions through 3 NFL seasons.  With Sproles gone, Ingram is easily capable of surpassing his career high of 11 in 2014.  Don't expect him to become a PPR dynamo, but an increased pass-catching role is another reason to like Ingram as a value pick at his 14th-round ADP.

Ball back on the field

Draft Sharks - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:56

Broncos RB Montee Ball (appendectomy) returned to the practice field on Tuesday -- just 15 days after going under the knife.  Ball is only taking part in individual drills, but he's obviously trending in the right direction.  With Denver's season-opener still over 2 weeks away, Ball should be ready in plenty of time.  We haven't moved him in our RB Rankings.

Montee Ball participating in non-contact practice

Fantasy Football Today - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:30

Broncos RB recovering from appendectomy

Although there has been no official word from the Broncos about Montee Ball's recovery from an appendectomy, reporters in Denver are passing along word that Ball is on the practice field for the Broncos today. The Broncos have a non-contact practice today, so Ball is just doing drills, but the fact that he's on the practice field suggests that he's making good progress in his recovery. (Pro Football Talk)

FF Today's Take: Ball is expected to be on the field for Week 1 but it remains to be seen if he will get any action in the Broncos remaining preseason games. Getting cleared for contact is the next step.

Beckham out again

Draft Sharks - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:42

Giants WR Odell Beckham reinjured his hamstring on Monday and is not practicing Tuesday.  This hammy has essentially kept him sidelined the entire offseason.  The rookie won't have a significant role at the start of the season and isn't worth rostering in redraft leagues.  Jerrel Jernigan figures to open the year as New York's #3 WR.

UPDATE: HC Tom Coughlin told reporters Tuesday afternoon that Beckham did not re-injure the hamstring but was sore Tuesday morning and thus sat out practice.  The team has already ruled Beckham out for Friday's preseason game.  Regardless of the exact details here, Beckham has turned into not much of a 2014 fantasy football draft prospect given all his missed time this summer.

MRI on Darnell Dockett reveals torn ACL & MCL

Fantasy Football Today - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:03

Dockett done for season, rookie Kareem Martin likely replacement

An MRI on Darnell Dockett's right knee revealed a torn ACL and MCL. The injury will require surgery & is season-ending. (Twitter)

FF Today's Take: It's tough break for Dockett, 33, and the Cards defense. While the veteran isn't the same pass rusher he was years ago, he was still a force up front. Third-round rookie Kareem Martin projects to fill in for Dockett, along with journeyman Frostee Rucker.

Browns undecided at starting QB

Fantasy Football Today - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 08:54

Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel still battling for No. 1

Coach Mike Pettine still hasn't made up his mind about his starting quarterback (Johnny Manziel or Brian Hoyer) for the Sept. 7 opener against Pittsburgh. (Peter King, Sports Illustrated)

FF Today's Take: It's hard to say who would be the better quarterback for fantasy purposes, since Hoyer had success last season but Manziel is likely the better athlete. In light of Manziel's most recent behavior, however, it seems Hoyer is more mature and has a better feel for the offense. Hoyer seems like the more logical choice.

Griffin needs to do a better job protecting himself

Draft Sharks - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 08:11

Redskins QB Robert Griffin took a big hit and made a couple awkward slides in Monday night's preseason game against the Browns.  The team wants him to do a better job protecting himself.  "It's something we have to continue to talk to him about — how important he is to this team and this franchise. When he gets out of the pocket, he needs to protect himself," HC Jay Gruden said. "He's had a habit in his career of being able to get himself out of those predicaments with his speed and his athleticism. But here it's a 16-game season, with the great talent across the league in the NFL, (and) he's got to pick his shots and learn how to get down a little bit better."  Injury is the biggest concern for RG3.  QB is so deep, though, that you can easily protect yourself if you roll with him as your starter.  When he's on the field, Griffin has clear top-5 upside.