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Joique Bell ready for camp, "feeling 100%"

Fantasy Football Today - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 09:35

Cleared to run at full speed

Joique Bell said he'll report to training camp a few days before most of his teammates to test out his body. "I'm feeling 100 percent," Bell said. "I'm feeling great." A knee injury has sidelined Bell for the early portions of Detroit's offseason program. That hasn't stopped him from staying in shape. (

FF Today's Take: Bell has been cleared to run at full speed and is coming off his best season as a pro totaling 1197 combined yards and 8 touchdowns. He's an ideal RB2 especially in PPR leagues and is slightly undervalued with an ADP late in round five.

Janis has momentum heading to training camp

Draft Sharks - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 07:27

Packers WR Jeff Janis had a strong finish to spring practices, according to insider Mike Spofford.  HC Mike McCarthy said that the rookie is “everything we thought coming out of the draft.”  Janis attended Division II Saginaw Valley State but turned heads at the Combine by blazing a 4.42-second 40-yard dash at 6'3 and 219 pounds.  He's an extreme long shot to make a fantasy impact in 2014, but he's one of our favorite dynasty league sleepers from this year's draft class.

Mettenberger not a starting candidate in 2014

Draft Sharks - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 07:23

Titans QB Zach Mettenberger is not a candidate to start this season, according to insider Jim Wyatt.  The team is looking to develop the rookie this year in hopes of him being an option for the #1 or #2 job in 2015.  Remember that Mettenberger tore his ACL last November.  And while he has a big arm, his mechanics and pocket presence need fine-tuning.  As for this season, QB Jake Locker is entrenched as the starter, with QB Charlie Whitehurst as his backup.  We're intrigued by Locker as a late-round flier.  New Titans HC Ken Whisenhunt is something of a QB guru.  And Locker's athleticism gives him rushing upside.

Riddick to play a Sproles-ian role?

Draft Sharks - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 06:28

Lions QB Dan Orlovsky believes RB Theo Riddick will play a Darren Sproles-ian role in the team's new offense.  Sproles flourished the past 3 seasons in New Orleans, where Lions OC Joe Lombardi was part of the coaching staff.  Orlovsky predicts 50 catches for Riddick this season.  "He will because he’s going to have eight plays a game that are called for him," Orlovsky said. "He’s going to have eight passes a game, whether they’re screens, whether they’re one-on-ones, whether they’re checkdowns, where they’re going to be pass plays called for him. Walking away from the OTAs and minicamp, I don’t see him getting covered on more than one (of those plays)."  50 catches is obviously optimistic, but we could see Riddick carving out a role in Detroit this year.  The Saints deployed a 3-RB attack the past few years with Sproles, Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram.  The Lions could do the same with Riddick, Reggie Bush and Joique Bell.  It's tough to imagine Riddick seeing enough action to emerge as a reliable fantasy option.  But his presence could put a dent in Bush and/or Bell's numbers.

Romo "miles ahead" of last year in recovery

Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 13:45

Pleased with conditiioning after second back surgery

This is the second consecutive offseason in which QB Tony Romo is rehabilitating from back surgery. His work in these sessions has been limited, but he wasn't cleared to do anything in organized team activities or minicamp last year. "Miles ahead of last year," Romo said of his conditioning now compared to last June. "I don't think they're comparable. I think last year I was just starting around this point so this year I've had whatever months to kind of get myself into feeling like I can go." (Dallas Morning News)

FF Today's Take: With the Cowboys' defense expected to be among the worst in the NFL, Romo will need to be in tip-top shape in order to keep Dallas in games. The 34-year-old should be among the league leaders in attempts and yards in 2014 and has plenty of weapons at his disposal, so he could be a darkhorse pick to finish among the top five fantasy quarterbacks this season.

Polk may be in line for regular touches

Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 12:55

Eagles possibly looking to lessen reliance on McCoy

One of the few guys on offense who can expand his role in 2014 is Chris Polk, and given the success he had last year, I'd expect Polk to produce even more as LeSean McCoy's backup than Bryce Brown did last year. Even though the Eagles traded for Darren Sproles this offseason, they almost surely would put the ball in Polk's hands for most of the carries if LeSean McCoy got hurt. It wouldn't shock me if Polk averaged between six to eight touches per game this coming season. For a guy with 11 NFL carries, that's a hefty increase. (CSN Philly)

FF Today's Take: Polk made enough of an impression on the Eagles last year that they were willing to part with Brown. Even so, with McCoy and Sproles in front of him, the six to eight weekly touches probably represents Polk's ceiling than his 2014 if everyone stays relatively healthy. Nevertheless, Polk makes sense as the most likely handcuff for McCoy.

Can Theo Riddick become the next Sproles?

Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 12:40

Backup QB believes Riddick will catch 50 passes in 2014

Who takes the role of Darren Sproles - the shifty, multifaceted running back who can run the ball and make plays as a receiver in the open field - in Detroit? Backup QB Dan Orlovsky has an idea. His bold prediction: Theo Riddick will catch at least 50 passes. "This kid, he wasn't covered a single time in OTAs and minicamp," Orlovsky said. "If he doesn't have 50 catches this year, I'll be surprised. He's going to have opportunities and he's really talented at it." (Detroit Free Press)

FF Today's Take: With two very adept receivers ahead of him in Reggie Bush and Joique Bell, Riddick appears to be a longshot to fulfill Orlovsky's prediction. However, New OC Joe Lombardi saw the three-back system work well in New Orleans and is reportedly installing the same offense in Detroit that the Saints use. Bush also stated earlier in the offseason that Riddick is a more complete back now that he was at the same age. Riddick has the skill set to be fantasy-relevant in 2014.

Polk is the LeSean McCoy handcuff

Draft Sharks - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 09:32

Eagles insider Geoff Mosher believes RB Chris Polk would see "most of the carries" if RB LeSean McCoy goes down this year.  Philly added RB Darren Sproles in free agency, but he's too small to handle a feature role.  Polk has just 11 NFL carries to his name, but has scored 3 times and averaged 8.9 yards per carry.  He'd likely emerge as a fantasy starter in the event of a McCoy injury.  For more on Polk, check out Your Key to Fantasy Football Handcuffs.

Reduced workload for Gore?

Draft Sharks - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 17:43

49ers insider Bill Williamson projects about 220 carries for RB Frank Gore this season.  That's a healthy number -- it would have ranked 16th league-wide last year -- but also a significant drop from the 276 Gore racked up in 2013.  In fact, he hasn't dipped below 258 since 2010.  Despite ranking 8th in carries last season, Gore only finished 18th in PPR fantasy points.  A drop to 220 would make it tough for him to produce as more than a RB3 or flex.  Interestingly, we have Gore projected for 221 carries.

Does Watkins have A.J. Green-like rookie-year upside?

Draft Sharks - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 17:32

Bills insider Chris Brown believes Bengals WR A.J. Green's rookie year is a "good indicator" of what Bills WR Sammy Watkins could do this season.  Green posted a 65-1,057-7 line in his debut year, finishing as a top 17 WR across fantasy formats.  Of course, some scouts have called Watkins the best prospect to enter the league since Green.  Both guys were picked #4 in their respective drafts.  Watkins certainly possesses the upside to match Green's rookie-year production.  But fantasy owners shouldn't be counting on it.  Green's rookie season is more exception than rule.  And QB play could be a problem for Watkins.  We're avoiding him at his lofty 5th-round ADP.

More trouble for Josh Gordon

Fantasy Football Today - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 13:00

Browns' receiver charged with DWI

Police say Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was arrested and charged with driving while impaired after speeding down a street in Raleigh. Browns general manager Ray Farmer said the team is aware of Gordon's arrest and is disappointed. He didn't comment further. Gordon, 23, could be facing a one-season NFL suspension for another failed drug test. (ESPN)

FF Today's Take: Gordon's appeal on a one-year ban was set to be head later this month. With another apparent infraction, it's likely Gordon won't be seeing the field in 2014 and perhaps beyond. His fantasy stock is at an all time low- off the the re-draft radar and perhaps off the dynasty league radar very soon.

Fantasy Football Tidbits: Josh Gordon update, Arizona's tight ends

KFFL News Feed - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 12:33

We'll have to wait a bit longer for resolution on the Josh Gordon saga. Plus, Keith examines the continuously messy TE picture in Arizona.

Gordon arrested

Draft Sharks - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 12:00

Browns WR Josh Gordon was arrested and charged with DWI on Friday night in Raleigh, N.C., according to WKYC in Cleveland.  This likely ends any hope Gordon had of playing in 2014 (if there ever was hope).  It also calls the rest of his career into greater question.  The DWI indicates a total lack of awareness for the situation he has put himself in with the NFL.  A year off might be Gordon's last chance to "get it" or blow it.  In fantasy terms, it now becomes tougher to like trading for him in dynasty ... though his trade value figures to tumble even further if you're interested in taking a chance.

McVay: RG3 looks like he did in 2012

Draft Sharks - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 08:08

Redskins OC Sean McVay is convinced that QB Robert Griffin has recaptured his pre-injury form.  “I don’t think there’s any question: he looks explosive,” McVay said. “He looks like he is exactly what he was in the 2012 season. I think people underestimate when you have a brace on your knee how much that truly restricts you….So I think being able to take that off, he looks extremely explosive."  We've heard nothing but positive reports on RG3 this offseason.  We're just hoping his ADP stays in the 7th round.  There's clear top-5 potential here.

Patterson improving route running

Draft Sharks - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 08:04

Vikings QB Matt Cassel and OC Norv Turner have seen improvement this offseason in WR Cordarrelle Patterson's route running and ability to read defenses.  "I think that's huge for him, and any receiver, as you move forward," Cassel said.  "The key component, I think, is understanding defenses and how they're trying to attack you and how you work your different releases."  It's those finer points of the game that will determine whether Patterson is able to bust out in 2014.  There's no doubting his natural talent.  We'll be keeping a close eye on Patterson's progress in training camp and preseason action.  Of course, if he flashes in August, his ADP will only climb from its current mid-3rd-round status.

Falcons' Drew Davis placed on PUP list

Fantasy Football Today - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 07:00

Atlanta receiver will have procedure on his foot

The Atlanta Falcons today announced that they have placed wide receiver Drew Davis on the training camp physically unable to perform list. "Drew felt some discomfort in his foot at the end of minicamp," said Head Coach Mike Smith. "We decided to send him to the doctors for some evaluations and it was determined he had suffered an injury that would require a procedure. He recently had the procedure done and we expect him to miss around six weeks, which is why we have decided to place him on Training Camp PUP." (

FF Today's Take: Davis is no better than fourth and depth chart behind Julio Jones, Roddy White and Harry Douglas and missing six weeks of the pre-season isn't going to help him become fantasy relevant. He's off the fantasy radar even in the deepest of leagues.

RG3 talks up Reed

Draft Sharks - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 08:43

Redskins QB Robert Griffin is sky high on TE Jordan Reed.  "I think he's one of the most talented tight ends in the league," RG3 said. "He'll have an opportunity to show that. He's a guy that runs some of the best routes I've ever seen."  This comes just a week after OC Sean McVay talked up Reed's route running and said he'd be a "key player" in the offense.  There's no doubting Reed's 2014 fantasy upside.  But he comes with a lengthy concussion history.  And you'll need to pay up to land him.  Reed's 12-team ADP is sitting in the early 7th round.

Flacco impressed by Rice's spring

Draft Sharks - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 08:36

Ravens QB Joe Flacco likes what he saw from RB Ray Rice in spring practices.  "He’s definitely in good shape," Flacco said. "I don’t know if he’s any quicker or anything like that; you’ll have to ask him. I can say he definitely looks good and he’s running the ball well ... done a great job of pressing, cutting, getting in there and having the explosion afterward. He’s shown a lot."  Rice has reportedly dropped about 20 pounds to get back to 205.  We're waiting to get a look at him in preseason action, but we remain skeptical of his ability to bounce back in 2014.  His impending suspension doesn't help his fantasy value, either.

Helu's Redskins future "shaky"

Draft Sharks - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 06:41

Redskins insider Mike Jones believes the team's change of coaching staffs means RB Roy Helu's future is "shaky."  Helu was drafted in the 4th round of the 2011 draft by HC Mike Shanahan and crew.  New HC Jay Gruden hasn't said much about Helu or his role this offseason.  Jones believes Helu's experience gives him the early edge over Chris Thompson and Lache Seastrunk for the change-of-pace role but adds that Helu needs to make more plays and stay healthy.  We'll be keeping an eye on this situation when training camp opens in a few weeks.  Whoever wins Washington's #2 RB job could be worth stashing in PPR leagues.

Cruz in for a big season?

Draft Sharks - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 06:25

Giants insider Dan Graziano believes WR Victor Cruz could be even better in new OC Ben McAdoo's offense than he was in former OC Kevin Gilbride's.  McAdoo's scheme is "rooted in the idea of getting the ball in the hands of its playmakers -- close to the line of scrimmage, if need be -- and asking them to make plays with it," according to Graziano.  Cruz is plenty explosive with the ball in his hands.  He averaged just 3.6 yards after the catch last season, but posted marks of 4.1 and 7.3 the 2 previous seasons.  If QB Eli Manning can bounce back this year, Cruz could reemerge as a WR1 in fantasy football.  He's a fine value at his current late-3rd/early-4th-round ADP.