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Fantasy Football Today - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 04:00
Browns to name starting QB by 3rd preseason game
Q: So the target date for naming a starter is still up in the air? A: "Yeah, it's definitely still up in the air. It could be sooner, and that's something we're going to discuss in that meeting. It'll be before the third preseason game. I just don't have a date. I don't know if I'll set a date and kind of paint ourselves into a date, but it will be sooner than the third preseason game." (Akron Beacon Journal)
FF Today's Take: Browns coach Mike Pettine wants to have his starting QB named before the most important preseason game. Brian Hoyer appears to be the frontrunner at the moment but Johnny Manziel has more than a fighting chance to win the job during camp. Without Josh Gordon in the mix, its hard to envision either one of these QBs as more than a backup for your fantasy team.
Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 14:00
Question marks at WR figure to make him go-to option
There are three reasons for Jordan Cameron to be the most popular Browns player in fantasy leagues. One, his breakout 2013 season signaled his maturity as an NFL playmaker. Two, the team's sorry situation at wideout makes Cameron a No. 1 read in the passing game. Three, he's playing to secure his future financially in his contract year. The key to Cameron's 2013 season was keeping himself on the field and out of the trainer's room. If he can do it again, he will lead the team in receptions, yards and touchdown catches. (ESPN Cleveland)
FF Today's Take: Cameron represents something of a double-edged sword for fantasy owners in 2014. Will the fact that he is the No. 1 option in the passing game allow him to post receiver-like numbers? Or will the bevy of double teams, physical coverage, schemes or the Browns' run-heavy offense bring his production down? He should be a solid fantasy TE1 option in all redraft leagues, but his case is not as open-and-shut as it appears on the surface without Josh Gordon around.
Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 13:45
Rookie Bridgewater nipping at his heels
Matt Cassel, a 10th-year veteran with 68 NFL starts, is the heavy favorite to start entering camp after re-signing on a two-year, $10.5 million contract in March. But Teddy Bridgewater got some first-team reps during offseason practices and acquitted himself well. The Vikings report to camp Thursday, but Bridgewater arrived early to work with teammate Kyle Rudolph, among others, at Arizona Cardinals star Larry Fitzgerald's annual workouts at the University of Minnesota. (USA Today)
FF Today's Take: HC Mike Zimmer has said he won't name a starter early in camp. Cassel may be a better fit for OC Norv Turner's vertical-based offense and the presumptive Week 1 starter, but Bridgewater is a good bet to take over the starting job at some point during the season because he is a much better decision-maker. With the plethora of weapons in Minnesota and Turner calling the shots, the winner of this race is well-positioned to be a solid QB2 in fantasy.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 07:13
Giants RB David Wilson (neck) tweeted on Monday morning that he's been "cleared for everything." Now that he's over that major hurdle, we'll see if he can stay healthy and show progress with his pass protection and ball security. Wilson's big-play ability would certainly provide a spark for the G-Men, but we're only expecting him to play a change-of-pace role behind starter Rashad Jennings. In fact, Wilson's clearance could turn Jennings into an even bigger value in fantasy drafts. His ADP currently sits in the 7th round. We'll see if it tumbles further.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 07:05
Cardinals insider John Weinfuss expects RB Andre Ellington to receive goal-line carries only on "a few occasions." Weinfuss believes RBs Stepfan Taylor and Jonathan Dwyer will get the majority of the short-yardage work. Ellington is set to operate as Arizona's feature back this season, but the team doesn't want to wear down the 5'9, 199-pounder. Losing goal-line work obviously puts a cap on Ellington's upside, but his combination of big-play and pass-catching ability still gives him the potential to finish as a top-10 fantasy RB.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 06:50
Bengals insider Geoff Hobson believes RB Jeremy Hill could see around 200 carries this season. RBs Gio Bernard and BenJarvus Green-Ellis combined for 390 carries last year. Bernard will see more than the 170 he finished the 2013 campaign with, but Cincy also figures to run more under OC Hue Jackson. That means Hill could approach Green-Ellis' 2013 total of 220. The rookie is flying under the fantasy radar right now with an ADP in the 12th round.
Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 05:57
Giants' RB thinks he's ready for football action
Just got cleared ..... cleared for everything now the story continues. (David Wilson via Twitter)
FF Today's Take: David Wilson (neck) took to Twitter to announce he's been cleared for football activities. It sounds like Wilson will be able to participate in training camp and if all goes well, will be a compliment to Rashad Jennings once the season begins. Wilson is an explosive player and should start creep up ADP rankings as the summer goes on.
Fantasy Football Today - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 09:45
A mix of veterans and rookies will fill the void
The main question on offense for 2014 was previously a team strength, that of wide receiver. After losing three of their top four receivers as free agents since March 2013, the Steelers have filled in with a combination of veteran free agents and rookie Martavis Bryant. Two-time Pro Bowler Antonio Brown, 26, is the constant, the star, and hopes to become their new leader. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
FF Today's Take: The departure Emmanuel Sanders (DEN) and Jerricho Cotchery (CAR) leaves a big void that is projected to be filled by a combination of Lance Moore, Markus Wheaton and Bryant. Antonio Brown is deserving of low-end WR1 status and there's room in this offense for another receiver to be fantasy relevant but it's quite possible none of the three offseason additions will equal Cotchery's WR30 or Sanders' WR35 ranking from last season.
Draft Sharks - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 09:34
Jags OC Jedd Fisch confirmed that RB Toby Gerhart will be a “workhorse.” “Toby has the ability to do it all,” Fisch added. “He can catch it well. He can pass protect well, and he’s going to be in the game a lot — third down, base downs, short-yardage, passing downs.” Gerhart has just 276 career carries across 4 NFL seasons. That includes only 10 games of double-digit attempts. The coaching staff loves that his body hasn’t taken much punishment, though, and they’re fully expected to unleash him in 2014. Jacksonville’s subpar offense might limit the upside, but Gerhart's still a fantasy RB2 on volume alone.
Draft Sharks - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 06:31
The Washington Post reports that designed rushes for Robert Griffin are “likely to be curtailed” with Jay Gruden running the offense. RG3’s legs won’t go unutilized, but the coaching staff is expected to emphasize his development as a pocket passer. Fortunately, even with a new OC in town, the offenses’ transition should be a smooth one. “I think having two years’ experience running an offense, a pro-level offense, West Coast type, this is very similar,” RG3 said during offseason practices. “So it’s not been as tough as you might think. But all the concepts translate over. They might be called something different. But the reads are similar. It’s just about the philosophy of the coach. Jay has a little bit different philosophy. We’ll find out what that is on Sundays.” Griffin’s highly unlikely to match the 120 rushing attempts he had in 2012. A lack of designed running plays only helps his chances of playing 16 games, though. And of course, Griffin’s elite weaponry allows for high-end upside. He remains a desirable target in fantasy drafts.
Draft Sharks - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 18:27
Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean believes “all signs point to a big year” from Titans TE Delanie Walker. The former 49er finished 2013 with a solid 60-571-6 line. But it could have been even better, as he was limited in OTAs last year with a knee injury and began training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Now fully healthy, Wyatt expects Walker to finish in the “60-catch neighborhood” again in 2014. We'd add that Walker has a great chance at improving his 9.5 yards-per-catch mark from last season. There’s TE1 appeal here, although he's best suited as 1 part of a fantasy committee.
Draft Sharks - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 17:35
Per Raiders insider Scott Bair, QB Matt Schaub will start 16 games if “all goes according to plan.” The coaching staff is reportedly confident in a bounce-back season from Schaub. They also want to develop rookie QB Derek Carr slowly, despite an impressive offseason from the Fresno State product. Carr remains a decent bet to start games in 2014, but a lack of weapons make both QBs avoidable in redraft leagues.
KFFL News Feed - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 09:19
Cory takes a closer look at what you can expect from Indianapolis wide receiver T.Y. Hilton after all of the changes on offense for the Colts.
Draft Sharks - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 18:24
Insider Vic Carucci believes it “wouldn’t be the least bit surprising” if RB Terrance West ends up earning the Browns’ starting job. Carucci adds that he could see West “at least getting a significant number of carries.” Ben Tate is still viewed as the favorite to start entering training camp. But an impressive West has clearly closed the gap over the past few months. Carucci builds a strong case for the rookie, citing his power and fit in a zone-blocking scheme. The Browns figure to emphasize the run under new OC Kyle Shanahan, too. There’s room for both RBs to attain fantasy value, but West is currently the better value in 2014 drafts.
Fantasy Football Today - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 15:00
Rookie West could push Tate during training camp
Ben Tate enters camp as at least a slight favorite to win the starting job. Tate had every reason to assume he was a shoo-in to become the Browns' No. 1 back because at the time there was no one approaching his talent level on the team. That dramatically changed when the Browns made Terrance West their third-round draft pick and added Isaiah Crowell as an undrafted free agent. West quickly emerged as a formidable challenger for the starting role. (ClevelandBrowns.com)
FF Today's Take: The Browns figure to be a run-heavy team this season so even if West carves out a significant role with Tate in a RBBC situation there will still be plenty of opportunities for both. If West continues to impress during training camp, Ben Tate's current ADP of mid-fifth-round will continue to slide.
Fantasy Football Today - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 12:00
Rams beat reporter suggests 8-10 carries per game
"Hard to say right now but I think putting him (Tre Mason) in the eight to 10 carry per game range is probably about right. That means something like 140-160 carries. That's assuming health of course. Obviously, Stacy had some nagging injury issues in 2013. If that happens again, Mason's role expands." (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: Rams beat reporter Nick Wagoner suggested a limited role for Mason in a Friday chat. If Mason does carve out even an 8-10 touch role, it will have a negative effect on Zac Stacy's value bumping him down to low-end RB2 territory.