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Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 12:55
Likely to see limited action in preseason
Five years removed from his 2,000-yard season with the Tennessee Titans, Chris Johnson starts over with the Jets, attempting to prove he's still CJ2K. His surgically-repaired knee, which sidelined him for the spring, will be a hot topic throughout camp. The last thing the Jets will want to do is tax Johnson, so look for a modified practice schedule - a "pitch count," as Rex Ryan likes to call it. It doesn't matter how many rushing yards he accumulates in the preseason; the objective is to make sure he's in peak condition for the Sept. 7 opener. (ESPN New York)
FF Today's Take: With Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell and possibly even Daryl Richardson in reserve, the Jets really have no reason to run Johnson into the ground. As the article points out at the end, only two other backs faced more eight-man boxes than Johnson last year, so opposing defensive coordinators still fear him. Still, Johnson should be in line for a shade over 200 carries, which should allow him to be a solid low-end RB2 option.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:18
The Packers offense is looking to play faster in 2014. HC Mike McCarthy wants to run 75 plays per game. That’d easily lead the league and probably isn’t realistic. Denver ran an NFL-high 72 plays per game last year. Green Bay averaged 67 plays per game. But that number climbed to 69 in games QB Aaron Rodgers finished. "Aaron Rodgers is a beast the way he plays the game, the way he attacks the defense, whether it's his cadence, his ability to recognize defenses to take advantage of a certain pressure, and then on top of it he's so well-rehearsed in this offense," McCarthy said. “Playing faster” has become the overused buzz term over the past couple offseasons, but the Packers certainly have the personnel to make it happen. More plays would obviously mean more fantasy upside for Rodgers, RB Eddie Lacy and WRs Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Jarrett Boykin.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:12
The Bills' coaching staff didn't quite seem to understand how to best utilize RB C.J. Spiller's diverse skill set last year. That's no longer the case, according to insider Chris Brown. OC Nathaniel Hackett is reportedly confident that he can maximize Spiller's talents. Buffalo even seemed to figure out Spiller late last season, when he totaled 420 rushing yards, 89 receiving yards and 1 TD over his final 5 games. We like Spiller as a bounce-back candidate, especially at his current 3rd-round price tag.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 05:07
Cardinals insider Josh Weinfuss believes TE Rob Housler is 4th on the depth chart heading to training camp. "He's just not the type of tight end head coach Bruce Arians prefers," Weinfuss writes. Housler is an athletic pass-catcher but doesn't offer much in the blocking department. Weinfuss believes the current pecking order at TE is John Carlson, Jake Ballard, Troy Niklas and then Housler. We just adjusted our projections for the Arizona TEs, but none of them are worth drafting in fantasy football right now.
Fantasy Football Today - Sun, 07/13/2014 - 11:00
Not the best fit for Arians offense
I'd say it's likely the Cardinals will carry four tight ends on the 53-man roster, but will the fourth be Robert Housler? That all depends on how he plays during training camp. I think he's sitting at No. 4 right now behind John Carlson, Jake Ballard and rookie Troy Niklas. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: Housler isn't exactly a good fit for Bruce Arians' scheme. The tight end isn't a high-catch, high yardage position in this offense. Housler led all Cardinal tight ends last season with 39 receptions and 454 yards. For now, Carlson would be considered the be fantasy option of the bunch but there are much better TE2's with upside to choose from.
Fantasy Football Today - Sun, 07/13/2014 - 08:00
Would likely split time if Murray goes down with an injury
He'll have the third-down back role. He has the ability to be a change of pace runner for DeMarco Murray. But does this mean he will see a huge role? Not necessarily because I think Murray will still be on the field for the bulk of the game. And if something happens to Murray, I think they would keep Lance Dunbar in the third down role, expand it a little, but use Joseph Randle or Ryan Williams, whoever wins the third back job, as the every-down back. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: The opinions of ESPN's Todd Archer who covers the cowboys are worth noting. Dunbar appears to be healed from his knee injury that occurred last November but it appears Murray will be getting the bulk of attention in this offense as long as he remains healthy. Dunbar will likely have more value in PPR leagues.
Draft Sharks - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 15:29
Bears QB Jay Cutler is feeling more comfortable in his 2nd season in HC Marc Trestman's offense. "Going into my ninth year, I think this is only the second or third time I've been in an offense multiple years," Cutler said. "We're still in the learning process, but guys have much more familiarity with what the concepts are and the formations and everything, so that's definitely going to be a help; less thinking and able to go fast." Cutler also mentioned that it helps to have the same core group of offensive players returning. Injuries got in the way of his 2013 season, but Cutler posted top-10 fantasy numbers in his 9 full games. He has upside even beyond that this year.
Draft Sharks - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 15:22
Cowboys insider Todd Archer believes RB Lance Dunbar's role would expand only "a little" in the event of a DeMarco Murray injury. Dunbar goes just 5'8, 188 pounds and isn't built for a feature-back role. If Murray goes down, Archer believes either Joseph Randle or Ryan Williams would become the "every-down back." Dallas only figures to keep 1 of those guys, making it an intriguing training camp battle to monitor.
Draft Sharks - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 15:17
Steelers WRs coach Richard Mann believes WR Lance Moore can "fill the void" left by WR Jerricho Cotchery. Cotchery garnered 76 targets last year, hauling in 46 balls for 602 yards and 10 TDs. We could see Moore matching those catch and yardage totals, but the 5'9, 190-pounder is a long shot to approach double-digit TDs. Moore will also need to hold off youngsters Martavis Bryant and Justin Brown for snaps.
KFFL News Feed - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 17:26
Cory discusses his thought process for handling bye weeks in relation to the quarterback position.
KFFL News Feed - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 16:45
A lot will be asked of James Jones as he returns home to Oakland. Keith says you shouldn't ask as much of him if he's on your fantasy squad.
Fantasy Football Today - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 13:50
Suspended by league for one year
The Colts have released receiver LaVon Brazill. The announcement is not surprising after the NFL suspended Brazill for at least a year on July 3 for violating the league's substance-abuse policy for the second time. Brazill was banned for the first four games of the 2013 season for violating the policy. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: Brazill's off-field issues have landed him out of the league and perhaps beyond his one-year suspension. T.Y. Hilton, Hakeem Nicks, Reggie Wayne and Da'Rick Rogers project to be Andrew Luck's top wide receivers this season.
Draft Sharks - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 10:08
Panthers QB Cam Newton will spend time throwing to his WRs next week. He only participated in a few 7-on-7 sessions this spring after undergoing ankle surgery. "We're just going to try to speed up the process ... just to work on timing and get that down pat before camp," WR Tiquan Underwood said. This is a good move by Newton and his brand-new WR corps. The group still has 2 months to build some chemistry before the season starts. We'll be keeping a close eye on the situation in training camp and preseason action. Newton sits 10th in our QB Rankings but could climb if he shows progress with his new WRs in August.
Fantasy Football Today - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 13:40
Under contract through 2015
Giving QB Matt Ryan all the protection in the world means nothing without playmakers catching the ball. That's why the Falcons have to lock up top receiver Julio Jones with a lucrative, long-term contract. Although Jones is coming off a significant foot injury, the Falcons are certain he'll return to his old explosive self. At his best, Jones is probably one of the top two receivers in the league, along with Calvin Johnson. Johnson makes $16 million per year; Jones will make $10,176,000 in 2015 as part of the option year. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: Jones' recovery figures to be one of the more-discussed subjects of training camp, but there is not debating that he is a top-five receiver when healthy. Despite questions about his foot going forward, it is unlikely he will slip much past his early-second round ADP in standard and PPR formats.
Draft Sharks - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 13:08
WR Andre Johnson has informed that Texans that he wants to play for another team, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That much was pretty clear when Johnson started skipping workouts this offseason. Rapoport says that 4 teams have inquired about trading for Johnson, but Houston has declined. That's not surprising because trading Johnson would cost the Texans $12 million in dead money. The most likely outcome here remains Johnson staying in Houston for at least 1 more season.
Draft Sharks - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 12:16
Bucs TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins expects to be ready to roll when training camp opens in a couple weeks. He underwent surgery in February to repair a stress fracture in his foot. "I feel really good. My foot feels really good," Seferian-Jenkins said. "I've been running routes, doing all the exercise and workout drills that they've asked me to do. I feel very comfortable and confident that I'll be ready to go when it comes to training camp." Between the foot problem and Washington's late graduation, Seferian-Jenkins wasn't able to practice much this spring. He has catching up to do when camp opens. The rookie won't be a fantasy option early on this season. We'll see if he can separate from fellow TEs Tim Wright and Brandon Myers as the year progresses. ASJ is clearly the most talented of the trio.
Draft Sharks - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 09:48
Colts TEs coach Alfredo Roberts recently talked up TE Dwayne Allen's well-rounded game. “(Allen) gives you a chance to do some other things. His skillset allows us to protect it up, or throw it or run it when we see the advantage," Roberts said. "He gives us an advantage because he can do some things in the backfield, do some things in-line where Coby [Fleener] we feel like has blossomed as an outside guy. It gives you a little more of a chance to be creative.” Allen finished his 2012 rookie campaign ranked 2nd among TEs in Pro Football Focus' overall grades. He ranked 9th in receiving, 2nd in pass blocking and 1st in run blocking. That well-rounded game makes Allen the favorite to lead Colts TEs in snaps. Fleener's presence could still leave Allen short of reliable fantasy value, though.
Fantasy Football Today - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 09:10
Informs team he'd like to be traded
Andre Johnson has informed the Texans he wants to play for another team in 2014, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. According to the report, four teams have shown interest in trading for Johnson, who is the Texans' all-time receiving leader in receptions, yards and touchdowns. (Houston Chronicle)
FF Today's Take: Johnson's displeasure with the direction of the team has been well documented over the last couple months. He skipped the offseason workouts and lost a $1 million bonus in the process. Johnson (33) is scheduled to make $10 million this season in Houston.