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Draft Sharks - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 08:24
The Patriots released 2013 4th-round WR Josh Boyce. The 5'11, 205-pounder posted impressive marks at last year's Combine but hasn't been able to translate that athleticism to the NFL field yet. Boyce will likely get claimed on the waiver wire. New England will open the season with Julian Edelman, Aaron Dobson, Danny Amendola, Kenbrell Thompkins and Brandon LaFell as the top 5 WRs.
Draft Sharks - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:23
NJ.com reports that Eagles K Cody Parkey has beaten out incumbent Alex Henery for the job. Philly traded RB David Fluellen for Parkey earlier this month, and he hit 3-of-3 FGs Thursday night in the final preseason contest. That included boots of 53 and 54 yards. The team has yet to officially announce Henery's cut, but Parkey's former Auburn teammate Corey Lemonier -- now an OLB with the Niners -- tweeted congratulations to Parkey on making the team. If your fantasy football draft is today, assume Parkey is the Philly kicker.
Update: The Eagles have announced that they cut Henery.
Fantasy Football Today - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:15
Isaiah Crowell makes team as third running back
The Browns have cut running back Chris Ogbonnaya, a league source tells cleveland.com. With tailback Dion Lewis being cut earlier in the day, that leaves rookie running back Isaiah Crowell as the third running back for now. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
FF Today's Take: It's not out of the question that the Browns would bring in another veteran running back, but for now Terrance West and Crowell are the immediate backups to Ben Tate. Crowell rumbled for 102 yards and a TD on the 13 carries Thursday night, locking himself into a roster spot.
Draft Sharks - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:14
The Browns have released WR Nate Burleson. The fact that he couldn't make this roster tells you all you need to know about what Burleson has left to offer. His NFL career is likely over. Miles Austin and Andrew Hawkins will open the season as Cleveland's top 2 WRs. Burleson's release makes WR Charles Johnson a more intriguing sleeper.
Draft Sharks - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 06:50
The Redskins released RBs Lache Seastrunk, Chris Thompson and Evan Royster. Seastrunk was a 6th-round pick this May and averaged 4.8 yards per carry this preseason. He's still raw but has intriguing upside. Washington will attempt to stash him on the practice squad, but don't be surprised if Seastrunk is claimed by another team. Roy Helu is now locked in as the Redskins' #2 RB and is a viable late-round flier in PPR leagues. Silas Redd is the #3 RB.
Fantasy Football Today - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 04:29
Evan Royster, Lache Seastrunk and Chris Thompson
The Washington Redskins resumed roster cuts on Saturday morning, releasing running backs Evan Royster, Lache Seastrunk and Chris Thompson, according to people with knowledge of the situation. (Washington Post)
FF Today's Take: Seastrunk is a candidate for the practice squad and will likely land there if no other team claims him. This move mean undrafted free agent Silas Redd has made the team and will operate as the third running back behind Alfred Morris and Roy Helu. Redd lead the team this preseason in rushing with 157 yards on 34 carries.
Draft Sharks - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 20:10
The Bills have signed QB Kyle Orton. The 31-year-old completed 33 of 51 passes for 398 yards, 2 TDs and 2 INTs in place of QB Tony Romo in last year's season finale. Orton is still an upper-end backup. And if the Bills are being real with themselves, Orton probably gives them a better chance to win than QB E.J. Manuel. Buffalo will certainly roll with last year's 1st-round pick to open the season. It wouldn't be a shock to see Orton under center at some point, though.
Fantasy Football Today - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 20:00
Orton not ready to retire just yet
The Buffalo Bills have agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent quarterback Kyle Orton, a source told ESPN.com. Buffalo was in search of a veteran backup behind struggling starting quarterback EJ Manuel. Earlier this week the Bills signed Jordan Palmer and promptly released him, which paved the way for Orton. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: The Cowboys released the veteran quarterback in July and while Orton had kicked around the possibility of retirement but in Buffalo he has more than a punchers chance of playing given the uneven play of Manuel this preseason. Jeff Tuel remains on the roster but if a change is made from Manuel during the year it's likely Orton that will get call.
Draft Sharks - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 18:57
Titans HC Ken Whisenhunt says he's "seen growth" from RB Bishop Sankey this month. "He’s gotten better, obviously, at his exchanges with the quarterbacks," Whiz said. "His course on his footwork has improved. His vision is good. He’s seeing the holes well. His protection, he’s done a nicer job with that as he’s gone through it, so from a young guy that you’re trying to get prepared to contribute during the season, you’ve seen growth, you’ve seen him moving along with that, and that’s what you needed to see." It sounds like Sankey is getting close to making his move up the depth chart. We're still expecting him to lead the Titans backfield in carries this year. But all indications are that he'll open the season as the lesser half of a committee with RB Shonn Greene. Both guys will be risky Week 1 fantasy options.
Draft Sharks - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 18:50
The Seahawks have released QB Terrelle Pryor. He was always the underdog in the battle against Tarvaris Jackson for the backup job. Pryor remained uneven as a passer this preseason, completing just 53.8% of his throws with 1 TD and 2 INTs. But he did show well in the finale, going 11-for-17 for 134 yards and a score. He also racked up 97 yards and 1 TD on 16 carries (6.1 YPC). Pryor's raw tools give him a good chance to land on another roster. Pro Football Talk has already mentioned that the Sam Bradford-less Rams might be interested in Pryor.
Draft Sharks - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:59
The Star-Ledger reports that the Giants expect MLB Jon Beason to practice Monday. It would be his 1st full workout with the team since suffering a foot fracture in the spring and would seem to put him on track for the team's Monday-night opener. We moved Beason way up our 2014 IDP rankings recently and consider him an attractive sleeper for your fantasy football draft this weekend. It'll be risky to start him right away in fantasy, but Beason should be in for solid -- potentially strong -- tackle numbers in the middle of a shaky defense and between a pair of new starting OLBs.
Draft Sharks - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:19
The league has suspended Niners LB Aldon Smith 9 games for violating the league substance abuse policy. Setting aside that it's more than 4 times longer than Ray Rice's suspension ... the ban will likely leave the Niners D without it's top pass-rusher and most productive ILB (NaVorro Bowman) for at least half the season. That's why we've been hands-off with the normally strong Niners team defense in fantasy football drafts this summer. If you have room to stash Smith in your sack-friendly IDP league, though, he could be a steal on draft day or off the waiver wire. He'll be back for the all-important playoff stretch of the fantasy season, and the team will likely return him to a full role as soon as he prove ready. Dan Skuta and Corey Lemonier are the top candidates to fill in while Smith is out.
Fantasy Football Today - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:16
Bengals release running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis
The moment running back Jeremy Hill was selected in the second round of this year's draft, the writing appeared to be on the wall for veteran BenJarvus Green-Ellis. That was confirmed Friday when the team opted to release him. (Cincinnati Enquirer)
FF Today's Take: We figured this was coming and the Bengals made it official today. BJGE, 29, was set to make $3 million this year. Cedric Peerman and Rex Burkhead will make the final roster as backups to Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill. Green-Ellis may catch on with another team but he's not likely to be a fantasy factor in 2014.
Draft Sharks - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:12
The Bucs have released K Connor Barth. He missed all of last season with an Achilles injury and was due $2 million in 2014. The moves leaves Tampa with K Patrick Murray atop the depth chart. The undrafted free agent has nailed both of his FGs this preseason, from 27 and 35 yards out. We might still see the Bucs add a veteran such as Jay Feely or Rob Bironas. Avoid the situation in fantasy drafts.
Draft Sharks - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 11:17
The Bengals have released RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis. We knew this move was a possibility all offseason. Green-Ellis averaged just 3.4 yards per carry last year, and the Bengals spent a 2nd-round pick in May's draft on RB Jeremy Hill. The rookie's strong showing in last night's preseason finale likely sealed Green-Ellis' fate. Green-Ellis might get a look elsewhere but won't be a fantasy factor. Hill is now locked in as Cincinnati's #2 RB and is likely looking at 10+ carries per game.
Draft Sharks - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:26
Bills WR Sammy Watkins' rib injury is not serious, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "Sounds like the Bills dodged serious injury with Watkins - again," Rapoport tweeted. "Reinjured his ribs yesterday, but should be good to go." The recurring nature of this injury is still a concern. So is the fact that Watkins has caught just 3 balls for 21 yards this preseason. He'll be a shaky fantasy starter to open the season.
Draft Sharks - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:23
Giants WR Rueben Randle admits that he's still struggling to get his timing down with QB Eli Manning. "Now it's just timing. We just have to make sure we're going to communicate, make sure we're on the same page with the timing," Randle said. "It's not concepts or running the right routes. It's about timing and not getting my head around when the quarterback is getting to throw." Randle has caught just 3 of 10 targets this preseason. His chemistry with Manning is clearly still an issue. Randle has fantasy upside as a former 2nd-round pick who's locked into a starting role. But he'll be tough to trust in fantasy lineups early on.