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Draft Sharks - Wed, 05/15/2013 - 01:35
Packers RB Alex Green admits that he rushed back from his 2011 torn ACL this past season. He was never at 100%. "I came back, I got close to it, but once I got close, then I had a couple setbacks," Green said. "I was never really quite where I wanted to be, but I made great strides in the off-season. I'm definitely getting ready for this year." Green appeared in 12 games last year, averaging a miniscule 3.4 yards per carry. He was scratched for the Packers' playoff loss to the 49ers. With Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin added to the backfield, Green will be fighting for a roster spot with DuJuan Harris and James Starks. All 3 guys are off the fantasy radar at this point.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 05/14/2013 - 15:29
Bills WR Stevie Johnson has been unable to participate in this week's minicamp because of a back strain suffered in April. “I feel very comfortable with what Stevie has done in the past," HC Doug Marrone said. "It’s more important to get him healthy and get him well than it is to push him to get on the field." Johnson seems to always be dealing with some sort of nagging injury. But he hasn't missed a single game the past 3 seasons. As long as he's ready for training camp, the back won't be a concern.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 05/14/2013 - 15:23
Bears RB Matt Forte caught a career-low 44 balls in 2012. He expects his role in the passing game to grow this year under new HC Marc Trestman. "I would expect (to be used more in the new offense)," Forte said. "Coach Trestman I think he said he watched a lot of film on me and has seen me run different routes. So we'll get back to catching the ball out of the backfield like we did the prior years." Forte also mentioned that he'll be split out wide in certain packages this year. Forte averaged 56 in his first 4 NFL seasons. Expect him to be back around that mark in 2013.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 05/14/2013 - 13:44
Chargers OLB Melvin Ingram tore his left ACL in practice today. That's a huge blow to a defense that allowed OLBs Shaun Phillips and Antwan Barnes to walk in free agency this offseason. A 1st-round pick in 2012, Ingram would have carried breakout and IDP sleeper potential into the 2013 season. Now, the Chargers will likely need to comb the open market for pass-rush help. The top remaining outside sack candidates on the team look like Jarret Johnson and Larry English. Johnson has always been a better run defender than pass-rusher. English has been a bust since San Diego made him a surprise 1st-round pick in 2009. He has racked up nearly as many injuries as sacks with the Chargers. English is in the final year of his rookie contract. The best free-agent chance to take looks like John Abraham, who began his career as a 3-4 OLB with the Jets before playing all 4-3 DE in Atlanta. Losing Ingram dims the outlook for the San Diego team D in your fantasy league as well.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 05/14/2013 - 06:18
Rams HC Jeff Fisher confirmed that rookie Tavon Austin will be used in a variety of roles in 2013. “He’s very talented," Fisher said. "We drafted him because he’s got receiver skills, run skills, return skills. We think we can use him in all those areas. We’re going to try to get the ball to him as often as we can, however we do that." We're expecting Austin to see about 10 offensive touches per game, in addition to special teams action. That type of workload would give him tons of fantasy potential.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 05/14/2013 - 06:14
Michael Vick is widely considered the favorite to win the Eagles' starting QB job this summer. And he opened minicamp with the 1st-team offense. But QB Nick Foles also took a "significant number of snaps" with the starters, per insider Zach Berman. HC Chip Kelly said Vick and Foles split the 1st-team reps evenly. Matt Barkley and Dennis Dixon didn't see any. "We're just trying to get reps off and trying to get film and look at it," Kelly said. "It's May 13 and we've got a long ways to go before we ever set a depth chart or do anything like that." Vick remains the leader in the clubhouse -- thanks to his mobility and $7.5 million contract. But if he struggles to get comfortable in Kelly's offense, Foles is capable of snapping up the starting gig.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 05/14/2013 - 06:08
Titans QB Jake Locker says his surgically repaired non-throwing shoulder “feels like its back to normal." He expects to be cleared for contact before training camp kicks off in late-July. Barring a setback, the shoulder won't be an issue this season. Locker's durability remains a question mark, though. So does his accuracy. We'll see if he can up his game in 2013. He's an impressive athlete and is surrounded by a promising trio of WRs in Kenny Britt, Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter. There's plenty of fantasy upside here.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 05/14/2013 - 06:04
49ers RB Frank Gore turns 30 today. That number is often a death knell for RBs. Especially ones with Gore's injury history and career workload. That adds meaning to GM Trent Baalke's recent comments about his ideal backfield. "I'm a big believer -- we are big believers -- in a three-headed approach," Baalke said. "In other words, having a group of backs that bring to the table something a little bit different than the other one so you can do a lot of different things. But also having those backs be able to do enough things the same so you don't become so predictable on game day." The 49ers have been building depth in their backfield lately, adding Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James and Marcus Lattimore in the last 3 drafts. If Gore can avoid the cliff, he'll remain San Fran's lead back in 2013. And a burgeoning offense and elite offensive line will help his cause. But he might not see the 250+ carries he's received the past 2 seasons.
Fantasy Football Today - Tue, 05/14/2013 - 05:45
Felix Jones agrees to a one-year deal
Former Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones has agreed to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles on a one-year deal, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Tuesday. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: Jones will have a tough time making a fantasy impact in Philadelphia with Bryce Brown and LeSean McCoy ahead of him on the depth chart. He does possess good receiving ability which will be a plus in Chip Kelly's offense.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 05/14/2013 - 02:38
Redskins RB Alfred Morris believes he "left a lot of yards on the field last year." That's a bold statement considering he finished 2nd in the NFL with 1,606 rushing yards. "Looking back on film, a lot of it was my aiming points in certain runs, or I was too tight and I couldn't get outside," Morris explained. "Being more patient with my cutbacks -- I tended to cut back too soon." Morris should be a better player in his 2nd go-around, but it's tough to see him posting another 1,600-yard season. He probably won't receive the 335 carries he did last year. And if QB Robert Griffin isn't the same rushing threat, Morris will have trouble matching last year's 4.8 yards-per-carry average.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 05/14/2013 - 02:16
Ravens TE Dennis Pitta signed his $2 million 2nd-round restricted tender. Both sides will now work to hammer out a long-term deal. That might not materialize until after the season, but there’s no doubt Baltimore wants him back. Turning 28 in June, Pitta set career highs in receptions (61), yards (669) and TDs (7) in 2012. He went on to dominate the playoffs, posting another 14 grabs, 163 yards and 3 scores. CBS’ Jason La Canfora recently named him a breakout candidate, predicting he could, “easily hit double-digit TDs and push 1,000 yards receiving.” It’s optimistic, but not far-fetched.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 05/14/2013 - 02:14
The Bucs will reportedly let Michael Smith and Mike James compete for the backup RB job. James is a rookie power back, while Smith, an undersized speedster, enters his 2nd year. Both guys were late-round picks. They’d likely share carries in the event of an injury to Doug Martin. We wouldn’t bother grabbing either guy as a handcuff. There’s still a chance the cap-flush Bucs sign a veteran like Ahmad Bradshaw.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 05/14/2013 - 02:13
CBS’ Jason La Canfora expects Rams TE Jared Cook to assume the role of departed WR Danny Amendola. Cook can push a defense vertically, and he’ll also provide relief as a safety valve. At 6’5, 250 pounds, Sam Bradford has a capable TE for the first time in his career. Tavon Austin might enter September as the favorite to lead the team in targets. But Cook’s raw talent and increased workload will still carry top-8 upside.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 05/14/2013 - 02:09
We finally have some insight into Titus Young’s reckless behavior. His father spoke to the media on Monday, revealing that Titus suffers from a brain condition – one that’s caused by his brain being compressed into the front of his skull. According to Richard Young, Titus’ condition worsened after he suffered a concussion in 2011. He hasn’t helped himself by neglecting to take the necessary medication. Football will be on the backburner in 2013, as the 23-year-old look to get his life back on track. Dynasty owners can safely cut him loose.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 05/14/2013 - 01:17
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE The Eagles signed RB Felix Jones to a 1-year deal. It’s a fine move from a real-life standpoint. Jones has never been short on ability, instead struggling to remain healthy. His career yards per carry stands at 4.8, but he posted a personal-worst mark of 3.6 in 2012. Jones is also a rock-solid pass catcher, with 107 grabs over the past 3 years. LeSean McCoy is locked in as Philly's feature back, so Jones will battle with Bryce Brown for the #2 spot on the depth chart. The Eagles are loading up the backfield. If the defense cooperates and gets off the field, this team could lead the league in rushing attempts. That means there could be 8-12 carries per game for Jones. We'll see how the backfield shapes up this summer. As ESPN's Adam Schefter notes, veteran RBs Ahmad Bradshaw, Brandon Jacobs, Michael Turner, Cedric Benson and Peyton Hillis remain available.
Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 05/13/2013 - 14:45
Stanton and Lindley will backup Carson Palmer
The Arizona Cardinals on Monday cut quarterback Brian Hoyer, who had been tendered at a second-round level, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: With the acquisition of Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton, Hoyer became expendable. Ryan Lindley is currently the teams third string QB. Hoyer played in two games last season, throwing for 330 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 05/13/2013 - 08:30
Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (Lisfranc) said Monday that he's "making progress" in his rehab and is now running at three-quarter speed. It sounds like he's on track for training camp. And barring a setback, he'll be in the starting lineup for Week 1. But the fact that MJD is still in rehab mode 5 months after undergoing surgery is a reminder of how serious Lisfranc injuries are. We'll be keeping a close eye on him this summer. For now, consider Jones-Drew a risk/reward RB2 in fantasy drafts.