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Bryant back at practice

Draft Sharks - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 10:40

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (hamstring) returned to practice on Thursday.  He ended up missing about 2 weeks.  Bryant looked "fantastic" in his return, according to insider Bryan Broaddus.  The hammy isn't a concern.  Bryant remains an elite WR1 worth considering in the back half of Round 1.

Still no timetable for Perriman's return

Draft Sharks - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 10:29

Ravens HC John Harbaugh admitted Thursday that there's still no timetable for WR Breshad Perriman's return.  The rookie has been sidelined since the 1st day of training camp back in late July.  It's killed his chances of opening the season with a significant role -- assuming he's even ready by Week 1.  Perriman could still be a fantasy asset later on this year, but he's only worth drafting in double-digits rounds as a bench stash.  WR Kamar Aiken is the favorite to open the season as Baltimore's starter opposite Steve Smith.

Manuel to start Saturday

Draft Sharks - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 09:42

The Bills announced Thursday that QB EJ Manuel will start Saturday's exhibition game against the Steelers. HC Rex Ryan reportedly said Manuel has "earned the shot," but he also said Tyrod Taylor and Matt Cassel would see 1st-team snaps as well. This competition's probably not over, but we'd still bet on Taylor emerging as the Week 1 starter -- barring a strong finish to the preseason by Manuel. Of course, if you're in the position of having to bet on the Bills QB, then it might be time to re-evaluate.

Galette done for season

Draft Sharks - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 08:34

Washington OLB Junior Galette tore his left Achilles' tendon near the end of Wednesday's practice. ESPN's John Keim reports that Galette faces a 6-to-8-month rehab. Second-year man Trent Murphy is the next guy up in Galette's place opposite OLB Ryan Kerrigan. A quick emergence from rookie Preston Smith would certainly help, though. Washington's D looks likely to remain among the league's weaker units. Murphy and Smith will need to prove that they bring some IDP intrigue before you should bother with them.

Niners send Brooks away

Draft Sharks - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 08:23

The 49ers on Thursday sent OLB Ahmad Brooks home from Denver, where they've been holding joint practices with the Broncos. This comes in the wake of sexual-battery charges against Brooks stemming from a December 2014 incident at the home of former teammate Ray McDonald (who has been indicted on rape charges). The Niners must now decide what to do with Brooks, and GM Trent Baalke said in a statement the team is "in communication with the NFL." Barring a dismissal of this charge, it's hard to imagine this embattled organization welcoming back a player who previously faced assault charges for punching a woman in the face when he played for the Bengals. At least for now, the Niners are now missing both projected OLB starters. They released Aldon Smith earlier this month. Corey Lemonier, Aaron Lynch and rookie Eli Harold look like the top candidates to replace Smith and Brooks. And it's only getting tougher to like the team defense at all.

Panthers won't use more read-option

Draft Sharks - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 05:57

Panthers HC Ron Rivera doesn't plan on using more read-option this season, despite the loss of WR Kelvin Benjamin.  “I don’t think we’re going to do any more than we’ve done in the past,” Rivera said.  That's obviously bad news for Newton.  After averaging 126.5 carries, 723.5 yards and 11 rushing TDs in his first 2 seasons, those numbers have dropped to 107-562-5.5 over the last 2 years.  Newton could top those latter numbers in 2015 even without more read-option.  But he'd need to approach the 2011-2012 averages to pay off his current 7th-round price tag.  Avoid Newton at that ADP.

Taylor running the read-option

Draft Sharks - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 05:35

Bills insider Tyler Dunne reports that OC Greg Roman has "trained Tyrod Taylor in the read-option" this offseason.  Roman ran the read-option with QB Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco and figures to do the same in Buffalo if Taylor is under center.  Taylor's athleticism is his greatest strength -- and it's also what could make him a sneaky spot-start option in fantasy this year.  The read-option would also be good news for RB LeSean McCoy's value.

Helu needs to earn a role

Draft Sharks - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 18:59

Raiders RB Roy Helu has fallen behind after missing most of training camp with a hamstring injury.  “Right now, he’s got to create a role,” HC Jack Del Rio said. “Right now, he’s been on the shelf and been unable to do anything for us.”  Helu has had trouble staying healthy, missing 16 games over his first 4 NFL seasons.  But if he can stay on the field, he shouldn't have any trouble beating out Trent Richardson and Michael Dyer for the #2 spot on the depth chart.  That role will make Helu a potential PPR asset and a valuable handcuff behind the unproven Latavius Murray. 

Bucs sign Barth

Draft Sharks - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 18:48

The Bucs signed K Connor Barth on the same day he was released by the Broncos.  Consider him the favorite to beat out K Patrick Murray, but you should avoid both guys in fantasy drafts for now.

K Barth agrees to rejoin Bucs

Fantasy Football Today - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 18:30

Tampa showing little faith in Pat Murray

TAMPA, Fla. - Connor Barth is coming back to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The place-kicker took to Twitter to announce he has agreed to terms with the team with which he has spent most of his NFL career. (ESPN.com)

FF Today's Take: The Buccaneers moved quickly to improve their kicking situation after Pat Murray missed an extra point a few days earlier. Connor Barth was cut by Denver earlier today and now rejoins the team that he kicked for during the 2009-12 seasons. Tampa Bay's offense will need to show marked improvement in order for Barth to crack the top ten fantasy kickers in 2015.

Roy Helu Jr. returns to practice

Fantasy Football Today - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 18:00

Del Rio not handing him a role just yet

Running back Roy Helu Jr. returned to practice Wednesday after missing most of training camp. Helu has missed all but a couple of days of training camp with a hamstring injury. He was expected to be the team's third-down running back, but Del Rio wasn't in the mood to give him that title Wednesday. "Right now, he's got to create a role," Del Rio said. "Right now, he's been on the shelf and been unable to do anything for us." (SFGate.com)

FF Today's Take: Roy Helu (hamstring) has plenty of upside in the new look Oakland offense. Once up to full speed he'll be competing for carries against starter Latavius Murray and Trent Richardson. Murray has not proved himself over a full slate of games and Trent Richardson has been underwhelming in each of the past two seasons. Helu's pass-catching skills make him a natural fit for third down snaps. Consider him a late round flier in PPR leagues and somebody to keep an eye on in standard scoring.

Rodgers calls for young WRs to 'make the jump'

Fantasy Football Today - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 15:46

Third wideout an important role within the offense

Aaron Rodgers wants to see more. More plays, more crispness and more consistency from the young receivers on the roster who are moving up in the pecking order following Jordy Nelson's season-ending injury. "The third receiver is going to get some opportunities," Rodgers said. "We have a talented two-headed run game, a great offensive line. We're going to have great balance this year." (Packers.com)

FF Today's Take: The Packers seem to be fine with allowing the talent currently in camp to fill the void created by Jordy Nelson's injury. Aaron Rodgers can make an unknown receiver a weekly fixture in fantasy lineups so it will be worth monitoring the battle for the last two receiver openings over the next two weeks. With Davante Adams moving from third to second on the depth chart, Ty Montgomery is the front runner to secure the third spot.

Johnny Manziel unlikely to play vs. Bucs

Fantasy Football Today - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 15:12

Misses practice again Wednesday

Johnny Manziel missed practice again with a sore throwing elbow on Wednesday. Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine said there was no structural damage to the quarterback's elbow, but added it's looking like Manziel will miss Saturday's preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, per the team's official website. "He's still experiencing a little soreness," Pettine said. "It hasn't bounced back. Err on side of caution." (NFL.com)

FF Today's Take: Josh McCown will enter the year as the team's starter with Johnny Manziel waiting in the wings to take over the starting gig. Now being kept out of action with a sore elbow, Manziel's fantasy stock remains relatively low for 2015. He has looked much better in the pocket and his effective scrambling capabilities add to his fantasy appeal if given a shot this year.

Edelman unsure if he'll be cleared for Week 1

Fantasy Football Today - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 15:00

Leg injury

The Patriots wide receiver remains uncertain if he'll suit up against Pittsburgh after suffering a leg injury at the start training camp. Since injuring the leg on Aug. 2, Edelman has been limited to mental reps while awaiting medical clearance from team doctors. The "feeling," according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, is that the seventh-year pass-catcher is close to returning. (NFL.com)

FF Today's Take: Teammate Brandon LaFell is a candidate to land on the PUP list to open the year so the team will be extremely cautious with Julian Edelman's return. News casting doubt on his Week 1 availability will likely see his fantasy stock fall even further over the coming week. With a suppressed draft day price tag and a high target option, Edelman represents a moderate mid round risk worth taking in PPR formats. However, his value in traditional leagues does not present nearly as much upside and should see him fall into the sixth round or later.

Manziel to rest elbow

Draft Sharks - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 12:04

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Browns QB Johnny Manziel "will likely shut down his sore elbow for a while." A Wednesday MRI reportedly showed no structural damage, but HC Mike Pettine said the team wants to be cautious. Manziel is expected to miss Saturday's 3rd exhibition game, and the team reportedly might sign another QB. This doesn't yet look like a long-term issue for this season, but it inhibits a guy who had been outperforming starter Josh McCown through 2 preseason games. We'll be interested to see how Manziel's elbow responds to the rest.

Parker uncertain for Week 1

Draft Sharks - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 09:57

Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (foot) admitted Wednesday that he's not sure if he'll be ready for Week 1.  He's yet to return to practice since undergoing foot surgery almost 3 months ago.  Parker has resumed running but still isn't cutting.  The rookie was never going to be an early-season fantasy option after missing so much of the offseason, but it seems like his timeline has been pushed even further back.  He's a risk/reward pick at his 11th-round ADP.

Broncos release K Connor Barth

Fantasy Football Today - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 07:41

Brandon McManus has likely won the kicking job

To make room for two-time Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis, the Broncos on Wednesday released kicker Connor Barth, the team announced. Barth took over as the team's starting kicker in the last five weeks of the season last season and made 15 of his 16 field-goal attempts and all 15 PATs. The move means Brandon McManus has likely won the kicking and kicking-off job for the Broncos. (Denver Post)

FF Today's Take: Fantasy owners that have already drafted Barth can safely drop him for McManus. Barth's short kickoffs ultimately doomed his roster spot. McManus struggled last season making only 69 of his kicks (9 for 13) before losing his job but has showed well thus far in camp.

Broncos dump Barth

Draft Sharks - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 06:20

The Broncos have released K Connor Barth, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.  They needed to make room for the recently signed G Evan Mathis.  It's still a surprising move, though, considering Barth nailed 15 of 16 FG attempts in 5 games with Denver last year.  Brandon McManus, who Barth replaced, is now back atop the depth chart.  McManus went just 9 of 13 on FGs last season.  Despite the Broncos' high-scoring offense, McManus is a shaky fantasy option.

Ivory expects to be more involved in pass game

Draft Sharks - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 16:27

Jets RB Chris Ivory expects to be more involved in the passing game this season.  "I'm doing a lot more in this camp," Ivory said of his receiving role.  "We did the same stuff with the last coordinator [Marty Mornhinweg], but the ball wasn't getting to me as much. Now it's getting to me more. Now, I guess, people can see I can catch the ball."  Ivory has just 23 career catches, but 18 came last year.  He averaged a solid 7.7 yards per catch and dropped just 1 ball, per Pro Football Focus.  Don't expect him to turn into a PPR stud this season, but Ivory could set a new career-high in catches under OC Chan Gailey.  Ivory caught all 3 of his targets in New York's 2nd preseason game.

Steelers sign Vick

Draft Sharks - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 16:16

The Steelers have signed QB Michael Vick to a 1-year deal.  He'll replace QB Bruce Gradkowski, who was placed on IR with shoulder and finger injuries.  Vick appeared in 10 games for the Jets last season, completing just 52.9% of his passes and averaging 5.0 yards per attempt.   He'll only see the field in Pittsburgh if QB Ben Roethlisberger gets hurt.  Big Ben hasn't missed a game since 2012.