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Broncos trade for McManus

Draft Sharks - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:27

The Broncos have traded a 7th-round pick to the Giants in exchange for K Brandon McManus.  Denver needs a kicker for the first 4 games with Matt Prater suspended.  It looks like McManus is their guy.  The rookie nailed his only 2 preseason FG attempts, 46-and 47-yarders, and has a booming leg.  He drilled a 75-yarder in practice, according to the New York Times' Bill Pennington.  McManus will be an intriguing fantasy spot starter kicker for Denver's high-powered offense.  The Giants, meanwhile are sticking with K Josh Brown.

Broncos trade for McManus

Draft Sharks - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:27

The Broncos have traded a 7th-round pick to the Giants in exchange for K Brandon McManus.  Denver needs a kicker for the first 4 games with Matt Prater suspended.  It looks like McManus is their guy.  The rookie nailed his only 2 preseason FG attempts, 46-and 47-yarders, and has a booming leg.  He drilled a 75-yarder in practice, according to the New York Times' Bill Pennington.  McManus will be an intriguing fantasy spot starter kicker for Denver's high-powered offense.  The Giants, meanwhile are sticking with K Josh Brown.

Schefter: Pats not worried about Gronk

Draft Sharks - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:00

There's been talk that the Patriots' trade for TE Tim Wright means they're worried about TE Rob Gronkowski's status.  ESPN's Adam Schefter says that's not the case.  "Gronk in good spot," Schefter tweets.  "This provides depth, options."  Last we heard, Gronkowski is 50-50 for Week 1.  Today's trade doesn't move him up or down our TE Rankings.

Schefter: Pats not worried about Gronk

Draft Sharks - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:00

There's been talk that the Patriots' trade for TE Tim Wright means they're worried about TE Rob Gronkowski's status.  ESPN's Adam Schefter says that's not the case.  "Gronk in good spot," Schefter tweets.  "This provides depth, options."  Last we heard, Gronkowski is 50-50 for Week 1.  Today's trade doesn't move him up or down our TE Rankings.

Mankins traded to Tampa for Wright and a pick

Draft Sharks - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:49

Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reports that the Patriots and Bucs have agreed to a trade that will send OG Logan Mankins to Tampa in exchange for TE Tim Wright and a draft pick.  Mankins is a 6-time Pro Bowler, including each of the past 5 years, and finished 18th in Pro Football Focus' 2013 rankings.  He's a huge upgrade for the Bucs.  His arrival is especially good news for RB Doug Martin.  But Wright looks like the biggest winner here.  He turned in a promising rookie season, totaling 571 yards and 5 TDs on 54 grabs.  He had fallen to 3rd on Tampa's depth chart, though, and wasn't looking like a fantasy option.  Now he joins a Patriots team that loves to get the TEs involved in the passing game.  Wright could play a significant Week 1 role if TE Rob Gronkowski isn't ready.  Even when Gronk plays, Wright could emerge as a poor man's Aaron Hernandez.  Consider him an intriguing late-round flier in your fantasy draft.

Update: The draft pick the Patriots are getting is a 4th-rounder in 2015.

Mankins traded to Tampa for Wright and a pick

Draft Sharks - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:49

Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reports that the Patriots and Bucs have agreed to a trade that will send OG Logan Mankins to Tampa in exchange for TE Tim Wright and a draft pick.  Mankins is a 6-time Pro Bowler, including each of the past 5 years, and finished 18th in Pro Football Focus' 2013 rankings.  He's a huge upgrade for the Bucs.  His arrival is especially good news for RB Doug Martin.  But Wright looks like the biggest winner here.  He turned in a promising rookie season, totaling 571 yards and 5 TDs on 54 grabs.  He had fallen to 3rd on Tampa's depth chart, though, and wasn't looking like a fantasy option.  Now he joins a Patriots team that loves to get the TEs involved in the passing game.  Wright could play a significant Week 1 role if TE Rob Gronkowski isn't ready.  Even when Gronk plays, Wright could emerge as a poor man's Aaron Hernandez.  Consider him an intriguing late-round flier in your fantasy draft.

Update: The draft pick the Patriots are getting is a 4th-rounder in 2015.

Patriots acquire TE Tim Wright from Buccaneers

Fantasy Football Today - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:37

New England gives up G Logan Mankins

The Patriots have traded longtime Patriots guard Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for tight end Tim Wright and a fourth round draft pick, the team confirmed. (Boston.com)

FF Today's Take: Wright finished 13 among fantasy tight ends last season and should fit well into the Patriots offense as they look to replace the void left by Aaron Hernandez. Rob Gronkowski (knee) and Michael Hoomanawanui are both dealing with injuries. Wright's fantasy value was non-existent in Tampa but he'll move into the TE2 discussion thanks to a change of scenery.

DuJuan Harris pushing Starks for No. 2 RB

Fantasy Football Today - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 09:50

Packers RB coach: "It's anyone's guess" who backs up Lacy

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Bob McGinn writes that DuJuan Harris has made a push for the Packers' No. 2 running back job, and "it's anyone's guess" if it's Harris or James Starks. "That's a question that has yet to be determined," said RBs coach Sam Gash. Harris lost a fumble in the second preseason game, but exploded for 98 yards on 14 touches in Friday's dress rehearsal against the Raiders. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

FF Today's Take: Harris and Starks are in a pretty even battle for the backup job, but Starks is a complete back with experience who's earned the praise of scouts and fantasy pundits. For now, he's still the smart handcuff for Eddie Lacy owners, and Harris is just a deep-league flier.

Harvin will be "unleashed"

Draft Sharks - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:42

NFL insider Ian Rapoport believes WR Percy Harvin will be “unleashed” this season. Rapoport recently observed Seahawks practice and noted that unlike last year, Harvin’s participated in some back-to-back sessions. It’s certainly encouraging to see the 26-year-old at full health, as he appeared in just 1 game last season. He’s also built some momentum this preseason with 7 catches for 92 yards. An ADP in Round 4 has us staying away, but Harvin's clearly capable of posting top 15 fantasy totals. He remains a boom-or-bust player.

Harvin will be "unleashed"

Draft Sharks - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:42

NFL insider Ian Rapoport believes WR Percy Harvin will be “unleashed” this season. Rapoport recently observed Seahawks practice and noted that unlike last year, Harvin’s participated in some back-to-back sessions. It’s certainly encouraging to see the 26-year-old at full health, as he appeared in just 1 game last season. He’s also built some momentum this preseason with 7 catches for 92 yards. An ADP in Round 4 has us staying away, but Harvin's clearly capable of posting top 15 fantasy totals. He remains a boom-or-bust player.

Hill's days in New York numbered?

Draft Sharks - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:37

Jets WR Stephen Hill had an up-and-down training camp.  He's caught just 2 of 6 preseason targets for 29 yards.  It sounds like the Jets are ready to cut ties with the former 2nd-round pick.  ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the team has been trying to trade Hill all summer.  (Not surprisingly, they haven't been able to find a taker.)  And insider Rich Cimini confirms that Hill's roster spot is in jeopardy.  He might be playing for his job in Thursday's preseason finale.  Hill is obviously off the redraft radar and is no longer an exciting stash even in dynasty leagues.

Hill's days in New York numbered?

Draft Sharks - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:37

Jets WR Stephen Hill had an up-and-down training camp.  He's caught just 2 of 6 preseason targets for 29 yards.  It sounds like the Jets are ready to cut ties with the former 2nd-round pick.  ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the team has been trying to trade Hill all summer.  (Not surprisingly, they haven't been able to find a taker.)  And insider Rich Cimini confirms that Hill's roster spot is in jeopardy.  He might be playing for his job in Thursday's preseason finale.  Hill is obviously off the redraft radar and is no longer an exciting stash even in dynasty leagues.

As expected, Rams RB Stacy atop depth chart

Fantasy Football Today - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:27

Benny Cunningham slated for backup, Tre Mason third

Isaiah Pead is officially on injured reserve, leaving Zac Stacy, Cunningham, Mason, Chase Reynolds and possibly Trey Watts as the Rams RBs. Watts performed well against Cleveland and will get another chance against Miami. (ESPN)

FF Today's Take: The devastating loss of Sam Bradford leaves Shaun Hill as the Rams QB, which means Zac Stacy is likely to be the centerpiece of the offense, as he was down the stretch in 2013. He's a borderline RB1/2 with plenty of upside.

Lattimore to hit NFI list

Draft Sharks - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 17:07

Niners RB Marcus Lattimore said Monday that he expects to begin the season on the non-football injury list, according to beat writer Matt Barrows.  The designation -- the same way he opened 2013 -- will deactivate him for at least the 1st 6 weeks.  Lattimore said he hopes to be activated after that, but his recovery from the major knee injury in his final college season is obviously still ongoing.  Lattimore has been off the redraft radar in fantasy football leagues.  It's fair to consider dumping him in your dynasty league at this point, too, if you need the roster spot.  It's an unfortunate situation for a big-time talent.

Lattimore to hit NFI list

Draft Sharks - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 17:07

Niners RB Marcus Lattimore said Monday that he expects to begin the season on the non-football injury list, according to beat writer Matt Barrows.  The designation -- the same way he opened 2013 -- will deactivate him for at least the 1st 6 weeks.  Lattimore said he hopes to be activated after that, but his recovery from the major knee injury in his final college season is obviously still ongoing.  Lattimore has been off the redraft radar in fantasy football leagues.  It's fair to consider dumping him in your dynasty league at this point, too, if you need the roster spot.  It's an unfortunate situation for a big-time talent.

Ridley's roster spot in danger?

Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 14:45

Low snap total in last preseason game raises question

The Patriots are always good for a surprise, and we've had our antenna up at this position since early July. If there's a surprise, we'll play a hunch at this spot with Stevan Ridley, whose low snap total Friday (11 snaps) in a "dress rehearsal" game caught the eye. Meanwhile, Roy Finch lands on the practice squad. (ESPN)

FF Today's Take: Ridley is making just a shade over $750,000 in the final year of his contract and the Patriots' best inside runner, but HC Bill Belichick detests fumbling - one of a few areas in which Ridley has struggled. Rookie James White hasn't overwhelmed during the preseason, but was the talk of training camp. Ultimately, Ridley should remain on the roster, but owners need to be aware his leash will be very short.

Watkins no longer limited at practice

Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 13:25

Missed Bills' last preseason contest with rib injury

Buffalo HC Doug Marrone said that Sammy Watkins (ribs) practiced Monday without any limitations. Presumably, this means Watkins will be healthy and ready to play in Week 1. Watkins practiced last week, but he was limited and he didn't play vs. the Buccaneers in preseason game No. 3. (CBS Sports)

FF Today's Take: The injury and the Bills' reluctance to throw the ball downfield this preseason has effectively quieted the offseason buzz on Watkins. Still, the No. 4 overall pick is one of the more complete receivers to enter the league in recent years and should be able to perform at a low-end WR3 level in 2014 - even if QB E.J. Manuel fails to show much improvement - thanks to his unique run-after-catch skills.

Pierce diagnosed with concussion

Draft Sharks - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 13:19

Ravens HC John Harbaugh announced that RB Bernard Pierce has been diagnosed with a concussion.  Harbaugh classified it as "mild," which jibes with Pierce's tweet that he's "fine."  But head injuries are unpredictable, no matter how mild.  Pierce has 13 days to get cleared ahead of Baltimore's season opener.  Tentatively expect him to be out there, but we'll continue to track his status.

Pierce diagnosed with concussion

Draft Sharks - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 13:19

Ravens HC John Harbaugh announced that RB Bernard Pierce has been diagnosed with a concussion.  Harbaugh classified it as "mild," which jibes with Pierce's tweet that he's "fine."  But head injuries are unpredictable, no matter how mild.  Pierce has 13 days to get cleared ahead of Baltimore's season opener.  Tentatively expect him to be out there, but we'll continue to track his status.

Steven Jackson back at practice Monday

Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 13:10

Missed 27 days with hamstring injury

The Falcons got some great news from Steven Jackson as he returned to practice on Monday. His return now puts him on track to be in the game September 7th, which is good news for those worried about the team's short-yardage struggles. What is less clear is whether he'll be ready for a full workload in that game, but the Falcons have suggested all along they anticipated he'd be back in action against the Saints. (Yahoo)

FF Today's Take: Keep this recovery time in mind for Jackson, who was a top-15 back over the final five weeks of last season. At his mid-seventh (standard) and mid-eighth (PPR) round ADP, Jackson stands a great chance to be a mid-round steal for fantasy owners if he can stay healthy. That's a big if for a player with a long list of soft-tissue injuries, however. Regardless, he will be worthy of flex consideration at the very least when he sees the field this fall.