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Gaffney out for season with knee injury

Draft Sharks - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 06:15

Panthers RB Tyler Gaffney will miss the entire 2014 season with a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee.  The injury occurred during Friday night's practice.  "It was on a running play," HC Ron Rivera said. "He ran a sweep coming out to our offensive left (side). He made a really nice cut. It was a bump and a little bit of a turn on the knee and he said he felt it pop."  It's worth noting that Gaffney carried an inhumane 486 times last season.  The 6th-round rookie arrived at camp 4th on the depth chart but already had a chance for increased reps with Jonathan Stewart sidelined with a bum hammy.  DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert are now Carolina's top-2 healthy RBs.

Shorts out "several weeks" with hamstring strain

Draft Sharks - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:50

Jaguars HC Gus Bradley announced that WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring) will be sidelined "several weeks" with a hamstring strain suffered on Friday.  Shorts also missed time this spring with a bum hammy.  He should be back in time for Week 1, but durability is becoming a major problem.  Shorts missed 2 games in 2012 and 3 this past year.  It's tough to feel comfortable with him as more than a WR4 in fantasy.  We'll see if rookie WRs Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson can take advantage of Shorts' absence over the next few weeks.

100 catches for Cruz?

Draft Sharks - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:45

Giants insider Jordan Raanan believes WR Victor Cruz has a chance to catch 100 balls this season.  He was on pace for 83 catches last year before suffering a season-ending injury in Week 14.  Cruz caught 86 balls in 2012 and 82 in 2011.  Now he's set to play the "Randall Cobb role" in OC Ben McAdoo's offense.  Cobb racked up 80 catches in his 2nd season and was on pace for 83 last year.  Cruz is just as talented as Cobb and doesn't have as much competition for targets.  Raanan says that Cruz will continue to be QB Eli Manning's "security blanket" and that the two are already "on the same page."  Consider Cruz a high-end WR2 with the potential to finish in WR1 territory this season, especially in PPR leagues.

Hunter has torn ACL

Draft Sharks - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:33

49ers RB Kendall Hunter suffered a torn right ACL in Friday's practice.  That knocks him out for the season.  Hunter will hit the 2015 free-agent market as a 25-year-old with a 4.6 career yards-per-carry average.  But he also has a torn ACL and torn Achilles (2012) on his resume.  San Francisco is now down to Carlos Hyde, Marcus Lattimore and LaMichael James behind Frank Gore on the depth chart.  Consider Hyde the strong favorite to win the #2 job -- and an intriguing bench stash in fantasy drafts.

Kendall Hunter tears ACL, out for the season

Fantasy Football Today - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 09:45

Injured during non-contact drill

Running back Kendall Hunter tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Friday at practice, the team confirmed Saturday morning. Candidates to fill the 49ers' No. 2 tailback job are LaMichael James, Carlos Hyde, Jewell Hampton and Marcus Lattimore, who's on the non-football-injury list but has been doing conditioning drills on a side field in camp. (San Jose Mercury News)

FF Today's Take: Hunter is a key part to the 49ers offense, able to spell Frank Gore on early downs as well as play on third downs in a receiving role. Hyde will be the favorite to become the No.2 running back but this injury might breathe some life into LaMichael James who had been rumored to be on the outs in San Francisco. Hunter averaged 80.5 touches the last two seasons.

Packers extend Nelson

Draft Sharks - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 08:36

The Packers signed WR Jordy Nelson to a 4-year extension worth $39 million, including $14.2 million guaranteed. It’s a well-earned raise. Nelson’s developed into Aaron Rodgers’ top target over the past few years, notching 30 TDs since 2011. He’s locked in as a WR1 in fantasy. Green Bay could now turn up the heat on negotiations with Randall Cobb, who enters the final year of his rookie contract.

Chancellor near return

Draft Sharks - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 07:50

Seahawks S Kam Chancellor began training camp on the sideline, but HC Pete Carroll told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that his starting SS should be back soon.  "Kam Chancellor is really close and ready to go," he said. "He's chomping at the bit to go. ... Both went through walkthroughs so they're close. We expect them back soon."  Chancellor's recovering from reportedly minor offseason hip surgery, so his field absence to start camp came as no surprise.  We don't love Chancellor as a fantasy option, but he has some upside beyond his standing in our 2014 IDP rankings.

Hunter injures knee

Draft Sharks - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:03

49ers RB Kendall Hunter left Friday's practice with a knee injury.  He was able to walk off the field under his own power, but the team is "concerned" about his status, according to ESPN.  Hunter is battling with Carlos Hyde and Marcus Lattimore for snaps behind Frank Gore.  A lengthy absence for Hunter would move Hyde up our RB Rankings.

Mitchell out with groin injury

Draft Sharks - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 05:38

Steelers S Mike Mitchell is opening training camp on the PUP after injuring his groin in a pre-camp workout.  ESPN's Scott Brown reports that the team expects Mitchell to miss just the 1st week of practice.  That scenario shouldn't set back the veteran safety too much, even though he's learning a new defense after arriving from Carolina.  But we'll be watching to make sure the groin doesn't become a recurring issue after his return.  Mitchell carries decent fantasy upside after a relative breakout with the Panthers last year.  We're not moving him down the 2014 IDP rankings just yet.  Mitchell's absence should give 2nd-year S Shamarko Thomas a chance to work with the starters.

Jackson hurts leg

Draft Sharks - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 04:17

Bills RB Fred Jackson left Friday night's practice with a lower leg injury, according to the team website.  Jackson reportedly walked off under his own power during team drills, which leads us to believe it's nothing serious.  We'll keep an eye out for further information, though Bills HC Doug Marrone doesn't like to share any more injury info than he needs to.  Any missed time for Jackson would create opportunity for Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon.

Ellington ready to be a "bell cow"

Draft Sharks - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:40

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians believes RB Andre Ellington is ready to be a "bell cow."  Ellington packed on a few pounds this offseason and has improved his strength, according to Arians.  It's just the latest instance of the Cardinals suggesting that Ellington will be a focal point of the offense this season.  If his body can hold up, he carries clear top-10 fantasy upside.

Kenny Stills leaves practice with quad injury

Fantasy Football Today - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:00

Had similar injury two weeks ago

Wide receiver Kenny Stills pulled up lame on a pass route and had to leave the field. Payton said it was a right quadriceps injury that flared up on the play. Payton said Stills had similar tightness two weeks ago. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

FF Today's Take: Still's left Friday's practice and is riding a stationary bike on the field this morning according to a report from Saints' columnist Larry Holder. Still is trying to land the No.2 wide receiver job ahead of rookie Brandin Cooks and Joe Morgan.

Vick Ballard likely out for the season

Fantasy Football Today - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 18:00

Torn Achilles, MRI pending

Two days into training camp and the Colts already are dealing with their first major injury. Running back Vick Ballard, only now returning from season-ending knee surgery last September, suffered what team owner Jim Irsay said is a likely torn left Achilles tendon during a non-contact drill Friday. (Indianapolis Star)

FF Today's Take: Ballard will have an MRI to confirm the diagnosis but it sounds like he will be lost for the season. He was active for one game in 2013 before suffering an ACL injury. Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw remain the top two options at running back for the Colts. Chris Rainey and Dan Herron are also on the roster.

Cecil Shorts bothered by nagging injuries

Fantasy Football Today - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:00

Pulled from practice due to tightness in hamstring

Receiver Cecil Shorts was pulled from practice because of tightness in his hamstring. Shorts' 2013 preseason was derailed by a strained calf and he was limited throughout the off-season program because of a similar injury. And today, he was held out of practice at the end with the hamstring problem. (Florida Times Union)

FF Today's Take: With Justin Blackmon suspended indefinitely, Ace Sanders serving a four-game suspension and two rookies likely to see significant playing time, the Jaguars will need Shorts on the field more than ever this season. Shorts' injury risk is growing by the day and something fantasy owners should take note of.

Ballard has torn Achilles

Draft Sharks - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:35

Colts RB Vick Ballard tore his Achilles in Friday's practice, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.  That'll almost certainly knock him out for the entire 2014 season, especially considering he tore his ACL last year.  Ballard's injury locks in Ahmad Bradshaw as Indy's #2 RB.  And if Trent Richardson doesn't get it going, Bradshaw could be the Colts' lead back by October.  Of course, Bradshaw has had trouble staying healthy, too.  Still, with an ADP outside the first 16 rounds, he's incredibly undervalued right now.  We'll see if his ADP climbs with this Ballard news.

Vick Ballard carted off with ankle injury

Fantasy Football Today - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:09

Colts RB injured in non-contact drill

Indianapolis Colts running back Vick Ballard was carted off the practice field today after what appeared to be a left ankle injury suffered while running a pass pattern. There was no contact involved with the injury. (Indianapolis Star)

FF Today's Take: Ballard tore his ACL early last season so this is yet another setback for the Colts running back looking to carve out a backup role behind Trent Richardson. We'll have more on the extent of Ballard's injury when details become available.

Manziel has "lost ground" in QB competition

Draft Sharks - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 11:37

Browns insider Mary Kay Cabot hears that QB Johnny Manziel has "lost ground" in the QB competition with Brian Hoyer.  Manziel got off to a good start in spring practices but "regressed" in minicamp, according to Cabot.  "Some in the organization attributed it to too much jet-setting and not enough dedication to the playbook," the report adds.  Of course, dedication to the game has been the biggest question mark with Manziel.  HC Mike Pettine reiterated that the starting QB job is open, but Hoyer opened camp atop the depth chart.  And Pettine said it will be a "tall task" for Manziel to win the job.  Hoyer now looks like the favorite to start Week 1.  But we'd still bet on Manziel starting more games this season.

Explaining my Andrew Luck love

KFFL News Feed - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 11:34

"Cory, dude, why so much love for Andrew Luck?" He explains why you should be focusing your draft attention toward Indy's rising stud.

Explaining my Andrew Luck luck

KFFL News Feed - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 11:34

"Cory, dude, why so much love for Andrew Luck?" He explains why you should be focusing your draft attention toward Indy's rising stud.

Greene ready for start of camp

Draft Sharks - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:09

Titans HC Ken Whisenhunt revealed that RB Shonn Greene (knee) will be ready to practice when training camp opens on Saturday.  Greene was sidelined all spring after undergoing knee surgery.  His 2014 role is completely up in the air.  We've heard everything from him opening the season as Tennessee's lead back to him being cut.  Our best guess for now is that Greene plays a short-yardage role behind starter Bishop Sankey, but we'll keep a close eye on the Titans backfield over the next month.