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Aaron Dobson, WR, NEP7/21/2014 8:54:00 PM
Description: Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson will begin training camp on the active/PUP list, according to Field Yates of ESPN.
Insight: Dobson had surgery on his foot this offseason and was expected to be back for minicamp, but he's taken much longer than expected. He should be back before the end of the preseason. The 22-year-old has the potential to turn into New England's No. 1 receiver in his second season and he comes with an 11th-round ADP. No other New England receiver has Dobson's combination of size and speed.
Matt Cassel, QB, MIN7/21/2014 4:18:00 PM
Description: Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel is expected to be the starter for Game 1, according to former Vikings beat reporter and USA Today's Tom Pelissero.
Insight: Whether he keeps the job all season is another story, but the veteran should get the nod early on.
David Wilson, RB, NYG7/21/2014 4:14:00 PM
Description: Giants running David Wilson (neck) tweeted he's been medically "cleared for everything."
Insight: Wilson will likely be a change-of-pace back and home-run threat behind workhorse Rashad Jennings.
Bishop Sankey, RB, TEN7/20/2014 1:00:00 PM
Description: According to the Tennessean, the Titans plan on using a running back by committee this season.
Insight: We're guessing they'll move away from that quickly once they see the difference between Bishop Sankey and Shonn Greene. Dexter McCluster will be involved, but more as a pass-catcher in the role Danny Woodhead occupied last season for the Chargers under new Tennessee coach Ken Whisenhunt. Woodhead had 182 touches, but there were still 311 touches left for Ryan Mathews. Sankey will likely lead the backfield in touches, but with Greene looming as a touchdown vulture a 39.3 ADP is a little high for the rookie.
Jimmy Clausen, QB, CHI7/18/2014 9:29:00 PM
Description: ESPN.com's Michael C. Wright says that Jimmy Clausen "appears poised to unseat" Jordan Palmer for the backup QB job.
Insight: Clausen hasn't thrown a pass in the NFL since his rookie year in 2010, when he had a 3/9 TD/INT ratio and a .525 completion percentage. But remember that Josh McCown was a journeyman with a 37/44 TD/INT prior to putting up a 13/1 TD/INT and a .665 completion percentage in Bears coach Marc Trestman's offense last season. Bears starter Jay Cutler has missed 13 games over the past four years.
Zac Stacy, RB, STL7/18/2014 9:01:00 PM
Description: Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com predicts rookie running back Tre Mason will get 8-10 carries per game for the Rams this season.
Insight: Zac Stacy saw 249 carries across his 12 starts in 2013, or 20.8 per game, and St. Louis really didn't use a backup much during that stretch. Mason stealing 8-10 carries per game would be devastating to Stacy's fantasy value unless the Rams plan to run the ball more than they did last season (St. Louis averaged 24.25 non-quarterback runs per game). We expect Stacy to still see around 17 touches per game and all the goal-line work, so his 27.1 ADP in fantasyfootballcalculator.com mock drafts is reasonable.
Ben Tate, RB, CLE7/18/2014 8:52:00 PM
Description: Vic Carucci of clevelandbrowns.com expects rookie running back Terrance West to push Ben Tate for the starting job in training camp.
Insight: The Browns signed Tate this offseason and drafted West in the third round. Tate backed up Arian Foster the past three years in Houston and had 1,992 yards and 10 touchdowns on 421 carries (4.7 ypc) and is the favorite to win the job. The Browns are expected to be a run-heavy team this season following Josh Gordon's expected suspension, so both Tate and West could see enough carries to make them fantasy options.
Frank Gore, RB, SFX7/17/2014 3:31:00 PM
Description: According to ESPN's John Clayton, 49ers running back Frank Gore could see 50 fewer carries in 2014 than he did last year.
Insight: Earlier this month, ESPN NFC West blogger Bill Williamson projected Gore to get 220 carries, 56 fewer than the 276 he had last season. Gore no longer contributes in the passing game so he'll be no more than a low-end RB2 with just 220 carries.
Eddie Lacy, RB, GBP7/17/2014 3:23:00 PM
Description: According to ESPN.com, the Packers wants Eddie Lacy to be able to stay on the field for all three downs to maintain a quick pace.
Insight: Lacy touched the ball 319 times last season (284 carries, 35 receptions) even though he really played just 14 games (he left after one carry due to a concussion in Week 2). Green Bay probably won't have him run the ball 20 times a game again with Aaron Rodgers healthy, but he could catch more passes. Over 16 games, Lacy should handle the football at least 320 times.
David Wilson, RB, NYG7/17/2014 1:58:00 PM
Description: According to Tom Rock of Newsday, Giants co-owner John Mara said the team expects David Wilson (neck) to be medically cleared to play this season.
Insight: "We expect him to be playing ... all signs are he'll be ready to go," Mara said. Wilson has burned fantasy owners two years in a row and was terrible in 2013 even before his serious neck injury. He'll be a change-of-pace back and home-run threat behind workhorse Rashad Jennings if he's healthy in 2014.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, GBP7/16/2014 4:43:00 PM
Description: Packers coach Mike McCarthy and QB Aaron Rodgers both want to run 75 plays a game in 2014, according to ESPN.com.
Insight: The Packers ranked 11th in the NFL with an average of 67.125 plays per game last year and the Broncos were first with 72.25, so 75 plays is ambitious. Still, we like that Green Bay plans to push the pace. That will help Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Eddie Lacy all live up to their lofty ADPs.
C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF7/16/2014 4:37:00 PM
Description: According to buffalobills.com, C.J. Spiller is likely to touch the ball 20 times per game "if the offense is operating at peak efficiency."
Insight: The Bills also said last year that Spiller would get the ball until he threw up and then gave him 15.7 touches per game, so we aren't buying he's going to be a 320-touches-per-year guy even if he's 100 percent healthy. Fred Jackson is still around to steal third-down work and goal-line carries and the Bills added Bryce Brown in case the 33-year-old Jackson finally hits a wall. At most, Spiller will get 275 touches this season. He's being drafted 16th among running backs on fantasyfootballcalculator.com, so while he's not as risky as last season he still a high-risk, high-reward option.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN7/16/2014 4:34:00 PM
Description: The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner Jr. expects BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Rex Burkhead to battle for one roster spot in camp.
Insight: Giovani Bernard and rookie Jeremy Hill are guaranteed spots and Dehner thinks Cedric Peerman is as well because he plays on special teams. Even if Green-Ellis makes the team, he won't see the field much and shouldn't be drafted in any leagues.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA7/16/2014 4:25:00 PM
Description: Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times predicts Marshawn Lynch will still be the focal point of the Seahawks' offense in 2014 but that he'll lose a few carries per game to Christine Michael.
Insight: Lynch averaged 18.8 carries per game last season and Condotta predicts he'll be around 15-16 this year which will put him at 240-256 for the entire season. Lynch will still get all the goal-line work so he shouldn't drop out of the first round in fantasy drafts.
Dwayne Bowe, WR, KAN7/15/2014 11:02:00 AM
Description: We like that Chiefs wideout Dwayne Bowe will come into camp in better shape than previous seasons, according to a USA Today report.
Insight: Bowe will be 30-years-old this season and we hope he has finally realized he can't slide through on just his talent anymore after the 57-catch, 673-yard, five TD performance of last season. He's still the best receiver on the Kansas City roster.
Titus Young, WR7/15/2014 11:02:00 AM
Description: More bad news for the troubled wideout. He was arrested July 9 in Los Angeles and charged with battery with serious bodily injury, according to a Detroit Free Press report.
Insight: Its a shame that he could never get his life together, because he had talent. His NFL football career is over.
Jermichael Finley, TE, GBP7/15/2014 10:55:00 AM
Description: Former Packers tight end Jermichael Finley has yet to find a landing spot in 2014.
Insight: Finley has had trouble finding a new team since undergoing offseason neck surgery. Fantasy owners know he's never lived up to the hype, but he should find a job somewhere this season, though he may have to wait until training camp injuries take their toll.
Jimmy Graham, TE, NOS7/15/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: The Saints and tight end Jimmy Graham have come to an agreement on a four-year deal.
Insight: His fantasy owners can relax now as the tight end won't have to hold out. He's the highest paid tight end which is right for the best tight end in football. Even at less than 100 percent he caught 86 balls for 1,215 yards and a league-leading 16 TDs last season. Hard as it may be to believe, those numbers could rise in 2014.
Jackie Battle, RB, TENCold7/15/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Tennessee running back Jackie Battle should have zero fantasy value this season as he's been moved to fullback, according to Jim Eyatt of The Tennessean.
Insight: Battle was a viable handcuff candidate in previous stops with Kansas City and San Diego, but isn't likely to touch the football much in 2014. The Titans have three running backs in Bishop Sankey, Shonn Greene and multi-position Dexter McCluster for that role.
Andre Johnson, WR, HOU7/10/2014 3:13:00 PM
Description: Texans receiver Andre Johnson wants out of Houston, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Insight: Johnson (109 catches, 1,407 yards, five touchdowns in 2013) posted another good season despite the obvious problems the team had at quarterback last season and at 33-years-old apparently doesn't want to go through a rebuilding period.
Jordan Todman, RB, JAC7/10/2014 10:49:00 AM
Description: Jaguars back running back Jordan Todman is expected to be the team's kick returner this season.
Insight: Barring injury to starter Toby Gerhart we don't see much fantasy value for Todman even with return yardage added to the mix.
Tanard Jackson, S, TEN7/10/2014 10:45:00 AM
Description: Washington safetyTanard Jackson has been suspended indefinitely for violating the league's Substance Abuse Policy.
Insight: At this point, with multiple suspensions on his resume, he may never play in the NFL again.
Brandon Bolden, RB, NEPCold7/10/2014 10:36:00 AM
Description: New England running Brandon Bolden may not make the Patriots 53-man roster this season, according to a Boston Globe report by Erik Frenz.
Insight: Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen figure to be the workhorses out of the backfield both running and receiving and should eat up most of departed LeGarrette Blount's 153 carries. The reporter believes James White, Roy Finch and James Develin will make the roster.
Andre Johnson, WR, HOU7/9/2014 8:09:00 PM
Description: When asked if he'll be at training camp, Texans receiver Andre Johnson told Marcus Smith of NFL Network "hopefully" and added "we'll see what happens."
Insight: Johnson (109 catches, 1,407 yards, five touchdowns in 2013) expressed his desire to be traded because he doesn't want to go through another rebuild with the Texans. He'll likely be with Houston when the season starts and is a bargain at his ADP of 46.6 (fantasyfootballcalculator.com).
Aaron Dobson, WR, NEP7/8/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: According to masslive.com, "there is now optimism" that Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson (foot surgery) will be ready for the start of training camp.
Insight: Dobson had surgery on his foot this offseason and was expected to be back for minicamp, but he's taken much longer than expected. He would have had the surgery sooner but the team thought he would heal naturally. Dobson first suffered the injury in Week 12 last year, missed three games, aggravated the injury in the last regular season game and sat out until the AFC Championship. The 22-year-old has the potential to turn into New England's No. 1 receiver in his second season and he comes with a 12th-round ADP.
Joique Bell, RB, DET7/8/2014 9:53:00 PM
Description: Lions running back Joique Bell (knee) has gained clearance to run at full speed, according to mlive.com.
Insight: "I'm feeling 100 percent," Bell said. "I'm feeling great." Bell sat out OTAs and minicamp due to a knee injury he's been dealing with since last season. The 27-year-old had 1,197 yards from scrimmage and eight touchdowns on 219 touches (166 carries) last season. He's expected to have closer to a 50 percent split of the touches with Reggie Bush this season after Bush had 277 touches in 14 games a year ago.
Frank Gore, RB, SFX7/7/2014 9:53:00 PM
Description: ESPN.com's 49ers blogger Bill Williamson projects Frank Gore will get 220 carries in 2014.
Insight: That would be a decrease of 56 carries from last season. If he receives just 220 carries, Gore would have to increase his ypc from 4.1 to 4.6 to rush for 1,000 yards for the eighth time in the last nine years. San Francisco drafted Carlos Hyde in the second round this year and has stashed Marcus Lattimore since last year while he recovered from a serious knee injury. Because Gore no longer contributes in the passing game -- he had 51 catches per season from 2006-2010 but 61 catches total in Jim Harbaugh's three years as 49ers coach -- he would have a difficult time returning RB2 value with 220 carries.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, NEP7/7/2014 9:52:00 PM
Description: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is expected to be ready to play in Week 1 of the NFL season, according to patriots.com.
Insight: Gronkowski tore his ACL and MCL against Cleveland in Week 14. When healthy, Gronkowski is as good as any tight end in the league, but he's had at least eight surgeries in his career and missed 14 games the past two years.
Josh Gordon, WR, CLE7/5/2014 3:33:00 PM
Description: Browns receiver Josh Gordon has reportedly been arrested for DWI in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Insight: If Gordon was hoping to catch a break from the league concerning his upcoming suspension he's certaining not behaving like a man who cares about his NFL future. Fantasy owners should not plan on Gordon stepping onto the field during the 2014-15 season.
Jordan Reed, TE, WAS7/4/2014 2:37:00 PM
Description: Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III called tight end Jordan Reed "one of the most talented tight ends in the league."
Insight: Reed certainly is talented, but comes with a couple of caution flags. He's a huge concussion risk and the addition of wideout DeSean Jackson will steal targets. Jackson's speed could also give the tight end more room to work.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, MIN7/4/2014 2:25:00 PM
Description: Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson has dramatically improved his route running and defense recognition, according to quarterback Matt Cassel.
Insight: Patterson should be the star of the passing game and may not need gadget plays to get the ball. The multi-talented Patterson had three rushing touchdowns, two kick return scores and four TD receptions last year, but may be able to produce from a standard playbook in 2014.
Brandon Pettigrew, TE, DETCold7/4/2014 2:06:00 PM
Description: Detroit tight end Brandon Pettigrew apparently can see the handwriting on the wall and is "embracing" his role as a blocker, says Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: Pettigrew isn't the player he once was and the addition on rookie Eric Ebron should make Pettigrew a non-factor for fantasy owners.
Dion Jordan, DE, MIA7/3/2014 8:55:00 PM
Description: Dolphins DE Dion Jordan has been suspended four games for PEDs.
Insight: Both the No. 3 and No. 4 picks (Jordan and Lane Johnson) in the 2013 NFL Draft have been popped for performance-enhancing drugs in the past week. Jordan had just two sacks as a rookie and was rumored to be on the trade block this offseason. This won't help his standing in Miami.
Kiko Alonso, LB, BUFHot7/2/2014 7:50:00 PM
Description: Buffalo Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso has been diagnosed with a torn ACL, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Insight: Alonso suffered the injury while working out in Oregon. The 2013 second-round pick had 159 tackles, two sacks, four interceptions, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble as a rookie and is a huge loss for an up-and-coming defense.
Julius Thomas, TE, DEN7/2/2014 4:09:00 PM
Description: Denver tight end Julius Thomas says the Broncos will use him "a lot more creatively" in 2014 because he's more familiar with OC Adam Gase's system, according to foxsports.com.
Insight: Thomas caught 65 passes for 788 yards and 12 touchdowns in just 14 games last season and the Broncos will look to him to replace some of the production they lost with Eric Decker's departure. He played just one season of college football at Portland State and thinks he's just scratching the surface of his potential. He should be drafted as a top-three tight end in all leagues.
Jimmy Graham, TE, NOS7/2/2014 4:05:00 PM
Description: An arbitrator has ruled that the Saints can franchise tag Jimmy Graham as a tight end.
Insight: Graham took 67 percent of his snaps last season from out wide or in the slot and wide receivers who are tagged receive $5.277 million more than tight ends. Fantasy owners should be happy with the ruling, as Graham will now definitely retain his precious tight-end eligibility.
Delanie Walker, TE, TEN7/1/2014 9:23:00 PM
Description: Titans tight end Delanie Walker said he's "looking to catch 80 balls this year." SOURCE: titansonline.com
Insight: In his first season with the Titans, Walker caught 60 passes for 571 yards and six touchdowns in 15 games, so him catching 80 catches isn't as much of a stretch as it seems. New Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt worked with Antonio Gates in San Diego last year and compared Walker to Gates in January. Walker is going undrafted in 12-team mocks on fantasyfootballcalculator.com, but he could be a low-end TE1.
Kevin Kolb, QB, BUF7/1/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: Free agent quarterback Kevin Kolb hurt any chances of latching on for the upcoming season after being arrested for boating while intoxicated last weekend.
Insight: Stops in Philadelphia, Arizona and Buffalo have proven he can't lead an offense to the playoffs, so at this point we expect his career is pretty much over.
Felix Jones, RB, PIT7/1/2014 10:48:00 AM
Description: Former Cowboys and Steelers running back Felix Jones is not on any rosters at the moment, but still wants to play football, he told Tulsa World.
Insight: Jones isn't likely to catch on until some injuries pile up and even then we still wouldn't expect him to be fantasy worthy.
Eric Ebron, TE, DET7/1/2014 10:44:00 AM
Description: Detroit rookie tight end Eric Ebron has been learning more than just the one position and recently told the Ross Tucker Football Podcast he expected to line up in the slot half the time.
Insight: The Lions have a number of options in front of Ebron, namely Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Brandon Pettigrew and Reggie Bush out of the backfield, so we don't believe he'll be a viable fantasy option this season, but in 2015-16 he certainly should be.
Andre Ellington, RB, ARI6/29/2014 4:09:00 PM
Description: Darren Urban from the Cardinals official website predicts Andre Ellington will get 20-22 touches per game.
Insight: Arizona coach Bruce Arians said last month that he expects Ellington to get 25-30 touches per game this season, which was an outrageous exaggeration, and it would be shocking if he averaged 20-22 touches per game as Urban is projecting. It would put the 5-foot-9 running back in the 320-350 territory, which would be close to what Marshawn Lynch, Jamaal Charles, Matt Forte and LeSean McCoy saw last season. Ellington will likely be closer to 15 touches per game than 22.
Chris Johnson, RB, NYJ6/28/2014 10:02:00 PM
Description: Jets running backs coach Anthony Lynn said that the team is "going to have to be strategic" in how it uses Chris Johnson to "keep him fresh so that he can be the explosive guy that I know that he can be." SOURCE: nj.com
Insight: Lynn said earlier this month that the Jets would use a hot-hand situation at running back. Johnson averaged 298 carries the past five seasons, but he may not reach 220 carries this year with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell also getting touches.
Eddie Lacy, RB, GBP6/28/2014 9:46:00 PM
Description: According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the Packers coaching staff "would like to lessen the burden" on Eddie Lacy in 2014.
Insight: Lacy carried the ball 284 times and caught 35 passes in 2013 even though he really played just 14 games (he left Week 2 after one carry due to a concussion and missed Week 3). He played through a badly sprained ankle late in the year. Even if his carries are cut down by three to four per game, he'll still end up in the 250-270 range while catching 30-40 passes.
Ben Tate, RB, CLE6/28/2014 9:43:00 PM
Description: Browns coach Mike Pettine says the team will use a "running back by committte" in 2014. SOURCE: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Insight: "I think in the AFC North, you have to be running back by committee," Pettine said. "You'd like to have a guy that can carry most of the load, but also be able to alternate guys." With one-back proponent Kyle Shanahan in the fold as offensive coordinator, free-agent signee Ben Tate looked to be in a great situation after backing up Arian Foster for a few years, but third-round pick Terrance West is going to be more involved than anyone expected.
Brandon Flowers, CB, SDC6/24/2014 9:26:00 PM
Description: Brandon Flowers has reached a one-year deal with San Diego. SOURCE: Jason La Canfora, CBS Sports
Insight: Flowers was cut by Kansas City earlier this month. Flowers made 68 tackles last year en route to his first Pro Bowl appearance.
Richard Rodgers, WR, GBP6/23/2014 9:45:00 PM
Description: The Packers OTAs and minicamp have given ESPN's Rob Demovsky the impression that rookie Richard Rodgers could have the inside track to be the team's starting tight end. Rodgers was the 98th overall pick this year.
Insight: Andrew Quarless hasn't practiced at all this offseason for an undisclosed reason after finishing last season healthy and Rodgers has taken advantage. If he can prove to be an effective blocker in training camp, Rodgers could take the job. However, he wouldn't be more than a low-end TE1 in 12-team leagues because Green Bay spreads the ball around so evenly.
Carlos Hyde, RB, SFX6/23/2014 9:40:00 PM
Description: ESPN's Bill Williamson says that San Francisco rookie running back Carlos Hyde "is likely to get a chance at playing time right away."
Insight: Hyde reportedly has shined as a runner and receiver so far in practice. However, he's unlikely to carry fantasy value as a rookie unless Frank Gore gets hurt. After dealing with injuries early in his career, Gore has proven to be ultra reliable the last three years, though he is now 31 years old and rushed for a career-low 4.1 yards per carry last season. The team also has Kendall Hunter and Marcus Lattimore, who is attempting to come back from the devastating knee injury he suffered in 2012, in the backfield.
Knowshon Moreno, RB, MIA6/23/2014 9:36:00 PM
Description: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno is expected to miss four-to-five weeks due to knee surgery.
Insight: That would give Moreno enough time to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season, but it will put him further behind Lamar Miller in the competition to be the starter. There wasn't expected to be any competition after Miami signed Moreno, but Moreno showed up a little out of shape and has been running mostly with the second team. Both players are going to be iffy fantasy options, especially with how bad the Dolphins' offensive line was last season.
Bernard Pierce, RB, BAL6/23/2014 1:50:00 PM
Description: The Baltimore Sun says Ravens backup running back Bernard Pierce (rotator cuff surgery) is the favorite to be the opening day starter.
Insight: The Ravens' running game is a mess. Pierce is coming off shoulder surgery, Ray Rice is expected to receive a multi-game suspension and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro is dealing with legal issues of his own. Justin Forsett is also in the mix.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, MIN6/23/2014 1:42:00 PM
Description: Vikings veteran wideout Greg Jennings said it will be young receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, not Jennings, that will be the focal point of the passing game in 2014.
Insight: The multi-talented Patterson had three rushing touchdowns, two kick return scores and four TD receptions last year. When he develops his receiving skills, he's going to be a top-five fantasy wide receiver. That could be sooner rather than later if Minnesota can fix their quarterback situation.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, GBP6/23/2014 1:35:00 PM
Description: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that despite turning 30-years old and coming off an injury-filled season he will still run the football when needed.
Insight: That's good news for fantasy owners. Rodgers is no Michael Vick, or for that matter Colin Kaepernick, Cam Newton or RGIII, but he still averages 4.7 ypc when he runs (18 career TDs).
Knowshon Moreno, RB, MIA6/20/2014 11:10:00 AM
Description: NBC Sports reported that Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno may need left knee surgery.
Insight: We expected Moreno to win the top spot after a big year in Denver last season (1,038 yards rushing, 13 total TD), but this could explain why he was working with the second team. If true, and there is no confirmation at this time, Lamar Miller's fantasy value would take a giant leap forward.
Latavius Murray, RB, OAK6/19/2014 10:01:00 PM
Description: Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson said the team is "looking for big things" from second-year running back Latavius Murray, according to csnbayarea.com.
Insight: "He’s shown, to me, the biggest upside right now in what we’ve seen thus far, if he can stay healthy," Olson said. The 6-foot-3, 223-pound Murray, who ran a 40-yard dash of 4.38 seconds, missed his rookie year with an ankle injury. He's behind Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew on the depth chart but could get a shot later this season and is someone to watch in dynasty leagues.
Montee Ball, RB, DEN6/19/2014 5:11:00 PM
Description: According to Jeff Legwold of espn.com, Broncos running back Montee Ball is making huge strides as a receiver.
Insight: Knowshon Moreno had 241 carries and 60 catches last season as Denver's starter. Ball's value could be even better than expected if the Broncos get him 40-50 catches in addition to the 250-270 carries we expect him to get.
Johnathan Franklin, RB, GBP6/19/2014 5:07:00 PM
Description: Packers running back Johnathan Franklin's career is over due to a neck injury. He suffered the injury in Week 12 last season.
Insight: Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Franklin will "not be back with us," and Franklin went on Twitter later to announce he has been ruled out from playing in the NFL again. Franklin was a fourth-round pick last year and rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries in Week 3 last year while Eddie Lacy was out with a concussion. However, he had just four rushing yards in his other 10 games.
Brandin Cooks, WR, NOS6/18/2014 9:22:00 PM
Description: According to USA Today, Saints QB Drew Brees brought up rookie receiver Brandin Cooks when asked how New Orleans will replace Darren Sproles this season.
Insight: "Even though Darren Sproles played the running back position, we were creative with him," Brees said. "We did a lot of things with him out of the backfield. We'd split him out. We'd throw him screens. We'd do all kinds of stuff with him. So, that role can be filled by maybe even a receiver. Hey, we go out in the draft and get a guy in Brandin Cooks out of Oregon State -- an explosive player, great speed, great talent, tremendous young man, loves to learn, loves the game of football. From all indications, this guy can do a lot of things for us, and he's eager to fill a role that we need him to on offense." Cooks has a 98.9 ADP in fantasyfootballcalculator.com mock drafts, 40th among receivers, but he has a strong chance to end up as the top rookie wideout in 2014.
Eric Wright, CB, SFX6/18/2014 11:28:00 AM
Description: 49ers cornerback Eric Wright has announced his retirement from the NFL. SOURCE: Mike Garafolo, Fox Sports 1
Insight: Wright is only 28 so this news is a little surprising. He's never been to a Pro Bowl but Wright has been a productive player throughout his career, logging 15 interceptions and 367 tackles over seven seasons.
T.J. Yates, QB, HOU6/17/2014 8:44:00 PM
Description: The Texans have released quarterback T.J. Yates. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL.com
Insight: Prior to getting cut, Yates had fallen to fourth on the team's QB depth chart behind Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tom Savage and Case Keenum. Yates should find a backup job somewhere but he won't have fantasy value.
Reggie Wayne, WR, IND6/17/2014 8:26:00 PM
Description: The Colts expect to have receiver Reggie Wayne (knee) back for the start of training camp, according to Phillip Wilson of the Indianapolis Star.
Insight: Coach Chuck Pagano said he would be "shocked" if that didn't happen. Wayne tore his ACL last October and missed OTAs, but he's been cleared for football activities. Draft the 35-year-old as a WR3 due to his age and lack of touchdowns the past three years (11 TDs in 39 games).
Dallas Clark, TE, IND6/17/2014 8:11:00 PM
Description: Dallas Clark has decided to hang up his cleats.
Insight: Clark played for three teams in his 11 seasons. His best season came in 2009 when he reeled in 100 catches for 1,106 yards and ten touchdowns. He'll officially retire as a Colt on Wednesday.
Johnny Manziel, QB, CLE6/17/2014 7:59:00 PM
Description: Johnny Manziel and the Browns have agreed on a four-year contract.
Insight: The contract includes an option for a fifth season. Manziel will enter training camp as Brian Hoyer's backup though we suspect he'll do enough to win the starting job.
Andre Johnson, WR, HOU6/17/2014 7:48:00 PM
Description: As expected, Houston wideout Andre Johnson was not present for the start of minicamp. SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
Insight: Johnson (109 catches, 1,407 yards, five touchdowns in 2013) is hoping for a trade, though the Texans don't seem willing to accomodate him. This standoff could last well into training camp.
Lamar Miller, RB, MIA6/17/2014 7:12:00 PM
Description: According to the Miami Herald, Dolphins running back Lamar Miller "remains clearly ahead" of Knowshon Moreno in the competition for the starting job.
Insight: Free agent acquisition Knowshon Moreno showed up to OTAs out of shape and has been working with the second team. Miller appears to have a realistic shot at starting the season opener but Moreno's presence will limit Miller's value.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA6/17/2014 6:24:00 PM
Description: Seattle halfback Marshawn Lynch arrived to mandatory minicamp Tuesday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
Insight: Lynch didn't show up to voluntary OTAs because he wants to rework his contract and there was even a report from Rapoport last week that he was mulling retirement. According to ESPN, Lynch believes the Seahawks will negotiate with him in good faith because he showed up to minicamp. With Seattle OC Darrell Bevell mentioning that he wanted to use a committee at running back this season and a contract dispute looming, Lynch could be a riskier pick than expected in fantasy leagues.
Vernon Davis, TE, SFX6/17/2014 2:34:00 PM
Description: San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis did not show up for the team's mandatory minicamp despite earlier reports that he would. He also sat out OTAs last month because of his contract dispute. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: The two-time Pro Bowler won't hit free agency until 2016 but after seeing Colin Kaepernick's new deal, he feels he deserves a raise. Only time will tell if the 49ers feel the same way.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, HOU6/17/2014 2:30:00 PM
Description: Houston QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was named the starter by coach Bill O'Brien.
Insight: Considering O'Brien's other options, this isn't much of an announcement. It's also the reason star wideout Andre Johnson isn't happy. We're expecting a huge workload for running back Arian Foster.
Heath Miller, TE, PIT6/17/2014 12:42:00 PM
Description: Steelers tight end Heath Miller looks healthy again, according to his quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Insight: Miller played 14 games last season, but never looked like the tight end we have become familiar with after 2013 ACL surgery. He's one of Ben Roethlisberger's favorite targets and should rebound in 2014.
Mike Goodson, RB, NYJ6/17/2014 11:56:00 AM
Description: Jets running back Mike Goodson (torn ACL/MCL) is a no-show at mandatory minicamp according to Rich Cimini of ESPN.
Insight: Goodson doesn't figure to get much work this season anyway, as he's well down the depth chart. He's more likely to be cut that have any fantasy value this season.
Chris Johnson, RB, NYJ6/16/2014 1:55:00 PM
Description: Jets running back Chris Johnson will have first shot, but its likely to be a "go with the hot hand situation" according to RB coach Anthony Lynn.
Insight: That makes this situation a lot different than the one he had in Tennessee where he was definitively the No. 1 guy. In six seasons with the Titans the fewest attempts he saw were 251 in his rookie season. Johnson will battle with Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell and Daryl Richardson for reps.
DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL6/16/2014 1:47:00 PM
Description: Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray set personal records for rushing attempts (217), rushing yards (1,124), rushing touchdowns (9) , receptions (53) and receiving yards (350) in 2013-14.
Insight: Two factors made it possible. Murray started and played in 14 games, the most in his three professional seasons and the Cowboys didn't re-sign Felix Jones. Dallas doesn't have a No. 2 back to challenge Murray on their roster, so if healthy, Murray should be able to reproduce last year's fantasy totals.
Aaron Dobson, WR, NEP6/16/2014 1:40:00 PM
Description: New England wide receiver Aaron Dobson (foot surgery in March) appears to be behind schedule, according to Nick Underhill of MassLive.com.
Insight: Dobson is likely to sit out the Patriots' next minicamp. He could still be ready for Week 1, but the second-year receiver will be behind the other wideouts who are working everyday.
Vernon Davis, TE, SFX6/15/2014 4:18:00 PM
Description: 49ers tight end Vernon Davis will participate in the team's mandatory minicamp next week. He sat out OTAs last month because of a contract dispute. SOURCE: ESPN
Insight: Davis probably still isn't thrilled with his contract but he also doesn't want to get fined. The two-time Pro Bowler won't hit free agency until 2016.
Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN6/15/2014 4:06:00 PM
Description: The Broncos have offered Pro Bowl receiver Demaryius Thomas a five-year contract extension. SOURCE: Nate Lundy, 104.3 The Fan
Insight: Thomas is entering the final year of his rookie contract and Denver's priority is obviously to lock him up long-term. He's finished fourth in the league in receiving yards each of the last two seasons.
Vince Young, QB, CLE6/14/2014 9:30:00 PM
Description: Quarterback Vince Young has decided to call it a career.
Insight: Young won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award in 2006 and appeared on the cover of Madden 08, but he never lived up to the hype. He made just three starts after the Titans cut him following the 2010 season and will finish with 8,964 passing yards, 46 touchdown passes, 51 interceptions, 1,458 rushing yards and 12 rushing scores in 60 games. Despite the pedestrian numbers, Young went 31-19 in his 50 career starts.
Tyrann Mathieu, S, ARI6/13/2014 9:08:00 PM
Description: Arizona cornerback Tyrann Mathieu is aiming to return on October 1st. He suffered a torn ACL and MCL late last season. SOURCE: AZCardinals.com
Insight: That would put Mathieu on track to play Week 5 against Denver. He's coming off an impressive rookie season that included 68 tackles and two interceptions.
Chris Houston, CB, DET6/13/2014 9:02:00 PM
Description: The Lions have released cornerback Chris Houston. SOURCE: Detroit Free Press
Insight: Houston had toe surgery a month ago and has been slow to recover. He's logged at least one interception in each of his last six seasons.
Jon Beason, LB, NYG6/13/2014 8:56:00 PM
Description: New York linebacker Jon Beason will miss time with a torn ligament in his right foot. SOURCE: New York Daily News
Insight: He also has a fractured sesamoid bone. These injuries usually take up to three months to heal from so it's a longshot that Beason will be ready for Week 1 against the Lions.
Jadeveon Clowney, LB, HOU6/13/2014 8:53:00 PM
Description: Houston linebacker Jadeveon Clowney underwent hernia surgery on Thursday but is still hoping to be ready for the start of training camp. SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
Insight: That gives him about five weeks to recover. The No. 1 pick in last month's draft recently signed a four-year contract.
Brandon Flowers, CB, KAN6/13/2014 4:26:00 PM
Description: Pro Bowl cornerback Brandon Flowers has been released by Kansas City.
Insight: It appears the Chiefs were trying to free up some cap space. Flowers should have no trouble finding another job before the season starts.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, SFX6/12/2014 8:55:00 PM
Description: San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick won't be charged in connection with a suspicious incident that took place in Miami earlier this offseason.
Insight: Investigators were unable to find evidence of any wrongdoing on Kaepernick's part. It appears life can go on as usual for Kaepernick, who just signed a six-year extension to become one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL.
Maurkice Pouncey, C, PIT6/12/2014 8:49:00 PM
Description: Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey has agreed to a five-year, $44 million contract extension. SOURCE: NBC's Pro Football Talk
Insight: That makes him the highest-paid center in the NFL. Pouncey tore his ACL early last season but is expected to be ready for Week 1.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA6/12/2014 8:44:00 PM
Description: Seattle halfback Marshawn Lynch isn't happy about his contract situation and is considering sitting out next week's mandatory mini-camp.
Insight: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport even said retirement could be an option for Lynch. This would be a massive blow to the Seahawks and fantasy owners alike. Lynch logged 1,257 yards on 301 carries last season while leading Seattle to its first Super Bowl. He's only 28.
Von Miller, LB, DEN6/12/2014 4:36:00 PM
Description: Denver linebacker Von Miller (torn ACL) has not been particpating in all drills, but believes he's on pace to be ready for Week 1, according to a Denver Post report.
Insight: Miller injured the ACL in December and is trying to copy the Adrian Peterson timetable to return for the opener in 2014-15.
Jon Beason, LB, NYG6/12/2014 2:50:00 PM
Description: Giants linebacker Jon Beason was carted off the field Thursday with a right foot injury, according to a nj.com report.
Insight: He was acquired by New York in a trade with Carolina last season. Beason is expected to be the defensive captain and the heart of the defense, so any long-term injury would be devastating.
Sean Lee, LB, DAL6/12/2014 2:46:00 PM
Description: Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee had surgery on his torn left ACL Thursday.
Insight: Lee suffered the injury on the first day of OTAs Tuesday. Dallas, who finished last in the NFL in yards allowed last season already lost Jason Hatcher and DeMarcus Ware for financial reasons. This doesn't bode well for the Cowboys.
Tony Scheffler, TE, DET6/11/2014 8:19:00 PM
Description: Former Broncos and Lions tight end Tony Scheffler is calling it quits after eight NFL seasons. SOURCE: Associated Press
Insight: Scheffler suffered his third concussion last year before getting cut by Detroit He'll finish his career with 258 catches, 3,207 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns in 107 games.
Sean Weatherspoon, LB, ATL6/10/2014 9:07:00 PM
Description: Atlanta linebacker Sean Weatherspoon has suffered a ruptured Achilles. He'll miss the entire 2014 season. SOURCE: Vaughn McClure, ESPN
Insight: Knee and foot injuries limited Weatherspoon to seven games last season. Even when healthy, which hasn't been the case in quite some time, Weatherspoon has had a tendency to miss tackles. This injury certainly won't help him going into free agency next season.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA6/10/2014 8:14:00 PM
Description: Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said last week that the team would use a "running back by committee" in 2014, but he backtracked from that comment Monday, according to beat writer John Boyle.
Insight: Bevell said he meant that he would be using a committee in OTAs rather than during the season. Marshawn Lynch has handled an average of 329 touches the last three seasons but may drop to 285 this year as the team gets 2013 second-round pick Christine Michael more involved.
Jordan Matthews, WR, PHI6/10/2014 8:13:00 PM
Description: Eagles rookie receiver Jordan Matthews, the No. 42 overall pick in the 2014 draft, is reportedly shining at OTAs.
Insight: Jimmy Kempski of the Philadelphia Inquirer said Matthews has "looked like the best receiver on the team" and added that "it hasn't been close." His colleague Jeff McLane said Matthews has yet to drop a pass. This will be an interesting situation to watch, as the Eagles had one of the best offenses in the NFL last season and released No. 1 wideout DeSean Jackson in March. Matthews will be competing with Jeremy Maclin, who is coming off an ACL tear, and Riley Cooper, who may have hit his ceiling with 835 yards and eight touchdowns last year, for targets.
Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN6/10/2014 8:06:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati tight end Jermaine Gresham is not participating in OTAs because he underwent hernia surgery, according to Field Yates of ESPN.
Insight: Gresham and Tyler Eifert combined for 86 catches, 903 yards and six touchdowns last season but canceled each other out for fantasy purposes. The same thing will probably happen this year.
Julio Jones, WR, ATL6/10/2014 8:03:00 PM
Description: According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Falcons receiver Julio Jones (foot) is hoping to be back by Week 1 of the regular season.
Insight: He had to have season-ending foot surgery after five games in 2013. Prior to the injury, Jones was finally reaching his enormous potential and had accumulated 580 yards and two touchdowns on 41 catches, a pace of 131 receptions and 1,856 yards per 16 games.
Doug Martin, RB, TAM6/10/2014 8:02:00 PM
Description: According to the Tampa Bay Times, Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith indicated Tuesday that he has a high opinion of running back Doug Martin but understands the need for more than one back.
Insight: Bucs OC Jeff Tedford said last week that he believes in alternating running backs. "I think you have to alternate,'' Tedford said. "Even when we had two 1,000-yard rushers (at California), J.J. Arrington was a 2,000-yard rusher and and we had a couple times guys had 1,000 yards apiece. But I don’t believe that one back can carry the load. It's just too physical. I think you probably need to have two to three guys to bring different things to the table. But I think you at least need to have two to be able to spell them here and there and keep them healthy and that type of thing." Bobby Rainey and Mike James both played well last season when Martin was out with a shoulder injury, and the team drafted receiving back Charles Sims in the third round this year. Martin saw 368 touches as a rookie and was on pace for 371 last year before his season-ending injury. He'll probably be closer to 300 this year.
Christine Michael, RB, SEA6/10/2014 11:11:00 AM
Description: We believe Seahawks second-year running back Christine Michael should overtake Robert Turbin for the backup role to Marshawn Lynch.
Insight: Unless Marshawn Lynch gets hurt or has more legal issues, Michael shouldn't have much fantasy value this season, but keeper league owners should keep an eye on him as he looks like a more explosive option/handcuff than Robert Turbin.
Daniel Thomas, RB, MIACold6/10/2014 11:04:00 AM
Description: Miami running back Daniel Thomas will struggle just to make the Dolphins roster this season and shouldn't have any fantasy value barring an injury to Lamar Miller or Knowshon Moreno.
Insight: A second round selection in 2011, Thomas has never lived up to expectations. He rushed 109 times for 406 yards and four touchdowns last season, but will have to work hard in training camp to beat out Mike Gillislee and Damien Williams just to make the team.
Eli Manning, QB, NYG6/10/2014 10:55:00 AM
Description: Giants QB Eli Manning has been a full participant in OTAs and again said he feels 100 percent healthy, according to a New York Daily news report.
Insight: Manning had ankle surgery two months ago. We don't expect the ankle to be an issue, but the Giants have installed a new offense this year under new OC Ben McAdoo which will take a while to learn, so Manning may get off to a slow start.
Ace Sanders, WR, JAC6/8/2014 3:45:00 PM
Description: Now that second-round picks Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson are in the mix at wide receiver, Ace Sanders' roster spot with the Jaguars could be in jeopardy. SOURCE: Ryan O'Halloran, Florida Times Union
Insight: Sanders had a respectable rookie season (51 catches, 484 yards, one touchdown) but at 5-foot-7 and 178 pounds, he doesn't match up well against bigger defensive backs. Justin Blackmon's absence might ultimately be what allows Sanders to keep his job.
Derek Carr, QB, OAK6/8/2014 3:38:00 PM
Description: Second-round draft pick Derek Carr will have a chance to compete for the Raiders' starting quarterback job this season. SOURCE: Albert Breer, NFL.com
Insight: Matt Schaub, acquired from Houston in a trade this offseason, is the current No. 1 on Oakland's QB depth chart. However, Carr was excellent in his final year at Fresno State (50 TD, 8 INT, 5,082 passing yards) and should challenge Schaub every step of the way. This situation may not be resolved until deep into training camp.
Jadeveon Clowney, LB, HOU6/6/2014 6:56:00 PM
Description: The Texans have signed No. 1 draft pick Jadeveon Clowney to a four-year, $22.3 million contract.
Insight: Clowney was a defensive end in college but he'll switch to linebacker to accomodate defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel's new scheme. Clowney and 2012 Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt will give opposing QBs all they can handle next season.
Vincent Brown, WR, SDC6/6/2014 12:12:00 PM
Description: Chargers receiver Vincent Brown will apparently be the No. 4 receiver because he is so versatility, according to beat writer Michael Gehlken.
Insight: Malcom Floyd, Eddie Royal and Keenan Allen will play the X, Y,Z spots, respectively, with Brown playing the utility role. It likely kills any fantasy value.
Mike Wallace, WR, MIA6/6/2014 12:04:00 PM
Description: Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace will apparently move around in the formation this season as opposed to last year when he lined up on the right side 90 percent of the time, according to a Palm Beach Post report.
Insight: Wallace finished the season with 73 receptions for 930 yards five touchdowns, but more was expected of him. He may be a much better fantasy value in 2014 with expectations lowered.
Lamar Miller, RB, MIA6/4/2014 9:33:00 PM
Description: According to the Miami Herald, Dolphins running back Lamar Miller has been taking a lot of snaps with the first team.
Insight: Free agent acquisition Knowshon Moreno showed up to OTAs out of shape and dropped a pass Wednesday at practice. Moreno has plenty of time to get on track and will probably start the season opener, though Miller could remain involved if he impresses this preseason. Moreno shouldn't be drafted as more than a 12-team league flex option this season.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, SFX6/4/2014 4:15:00 PM
Description: The Niners and quarterback Colin Kaepernick have agreed to a six-year, $126 million extension with $61 million of that guaranteed. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL.com
Insight: Accuracy was a bit of an issue for Kaepernick last season (58.4 completion percentage) but he still finished the year with 21 touchdowns and over 3,000 passing yards. He's always been a good runner, averaging six yards per carry on 157 career rushes. With Kaepernick under center, San Francisco should once again be one of the top teams in the NFC.
Sam Bradford, QB, STL6/4/2014 12:18:00 PM
Description: Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (knee surgery) is expected to be ready to participate in the team's minicamp this week. Source: Chris Wesseling, NFL.com.
Insight: With a vote of confidence from head coach Jeff Fisher behind Bradford, the QB appears ready to return to action seven months after tearing the ACL in his left knee. Prior to his injury, Bradford threw for 1,687 yards, 14 touchdowns and four interceptions in seven games. While Bradford has struggled to live up to expectations, he's more than capable of delivering gaudy numbers if healthy, so definitely keep an eye on his progress this offseason.
Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS6/4/2014 12:15:00 PM
Description: According to USA Today's Jim Corbett, Robert Griffin III "looks like a different quarterback" without his knee brace.
Insight: Griffin wasn't up to snuff last season but that's understandable after he rushed back from ACL surgery. Now that Griffin is finally healthy, he should be a top-ten quarterback. Washington receivers Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson will also benefit from Griffin's resurgence.
Danny Amendola, WR, NEP6/4/2014 12:10:00 PM
Description: This could be Danny Amendola's final year in New England if he doesn't get his act together. SOURCE: Boston Globe
Insight: The Patriots are prepared to cut ties with Amendola if he doesn't show significant improvement this season. Amendola was brought in to replace Wes Welker but didn't come anywhere close to Welker's level of production, catching just 54 passes for 633 yards. You won't have to pay top-dollar for him on draft day.
David Wilson, RB, NYG6/4/2014 12:09:00 PM
Description: Giants running back David Wilson (neck) has not yet been medically cleared to participate in training camp after an MRI and exam Wednesday morning. Source: Mike Garafolo, FOX Sports 1.
Insight: Garafolo reported that Wilson will have another checkup before the start of camp, at which point the Giants are hoping he is medically cleared to play. It's a frustrating situation for Wilson and hopeful fantasy owners alike as the once-promising back averaged only 3.3 yards per carry and lost two fumbles in five games before his season-ending injury.
Tyler Eifert, TE, CIN6/3/2014 8:03:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati tight end Tyler Eifert won't participate in OTAs. SOURCE: Bengals.com
Insight: He's dealing with a shoulder injury though the severity is unknown. Eifert (39 catches, 445 yards, 2 TD in 2013) was unable to distance himself from Jermaine Gresham last season and the two figure to split playing time again in 2014.
James Jones, WR, OAK6/3/2014 2:46:00 PM
Description: Former Green Bay Packers receiver James Jones should have the No. 1 wideout spot locked up in Oakland, but a big question to be answered in Raiders' camp will be who starts across from him?
Insight: Denarius Moore, Rod Streater, Andre Holmes and Greg Little will compete for the job. We like Moore if he can stay healthy with Streater as the primary backup.
Knowshon Moreno, RB, MIA6/3/2014 2:42:00 PM
Description: Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno has been running with the second team in OTAs, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
Insight: We expect Moreno to eventually win the top spot. Though Moreno had the best season of his career in 2013 (1,038 yards rushing, 13 total TD), he'll face a lot more players at the line this year with Ryan Tannehill under center. Fantasy owners who only consider last year's numbers will likely overbid for him on draft day.
Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, OAK6/3/2014 2:36:00 PM
Description: Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden will compete for the starting job in Oakland, though both backs should see a reliable workload.
Insight: Of course that's until one of the two injury-prone backs goes down with the inevitable injury. The key question, therefore, is which one will get hurt first?
Rob Gronkowski, TE, NEP6/3/2014 2:32:00 PM
Description: New England tight Rob Gronkowski is making progress, but there is no timetable for the talented tight end's return. SOURCE: Ben Volin, Boston Globe
Insight: Gronkowski tore his ACL and MCL against Cleveland in Week 14. The hope is that he'll be ready for training camp later this summer. When healthy, Gronkowski is as good as any tight end in the league.
Bruce Irvin, DE, SEA6/3/2014 9:28:00 AM
Description: Seahawks DE/LB Bruce Irvin had a hip procedure, but tweeted that he should be ready for training camp, according to beat writer Bob Condotta.
Insight: The Seattle linebacking corps, once a weakness, is deep and talented, so Irvin will have to be completely healthy if he wants to start this season. He missed four games due to a suspension in 2013 and wasn't much of a factor in the Seahawks Super Bowl run.
Brian Urlacher, LB, CHI6/2/2014 8:28:00 PM
Description: The Cowboys have looked into signing former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher. SOURCE: Ed Werder, ESPN
Insight: Dallas is looking to replace Sean Lee, who went down a torn ACL last week at practice. Urlacher retired last year and to our knowledge is not considering a comeback. We're guessing nothing will come of this.
Jermichael Finley, TE, GBP6/2/2014 8:22:00 PM
Description: Former Packers tight end Jermichael Finley visited with the Patriots last week. SOURCE: Adam Caplan, ESPN
Insight: Finley has had trouble finding a new team since undergoing offseason neck surgery. The Patiots are known to be looking for tight end depth after hosting Dustin Keller earlier this offseason. This could be a good fit if Rob Gronkowski (torn ACL) has to miss the start of the season.
Will Hill, S, NYG6/2/2014 12:57:00 PM
Description: Giants safety Will Hill has been waiver.
Insight: Hill was suspended three times since entering the league in 2012. That includs a six-game suspension for 2014 due to a violation of the substance abuse policy. He has plenty of talent, but the Giants have found him simply too undependable to build around.
Johnny Manziel, QB, CLE5/31/2014 8:19:00 PM
Description: Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan sees similarities between Johnny Manziel and Robert Griffin III. SOURCE: ESPN
Insight: Shanahan, of course, coached Griffin during his first two seasons in Washington. Manziel's unique blend of speed and throwing accuracy makes him an interesting fantasy prospect.
Josh Freeman, QB, NYG5/30/2014 8:57:00 PM
Description: The Giants cut QB Josh Freeman on Friday.
Insight: Freeman didn't even make it to training camp with New York. He's experienced a rapid downfall that began in Week 15 of 2012. Including that game, he's completed 48.8 percent of his passes and recorded a 4/13 TD/INT ratio in his last seven NFL games.
Josh Gordon, WR, CLE5/30/2014 8:42:00 PM
Description: According to wkyc.com, Browns receiver Josh Gordon was issued a speeding ticket for going 74 mph in a 60-mph zone and his passenger was given a citation for possession of marijuana on May 25.
Insight: Obviously not a good move for a guy who is facing a one-year suspension for failing a drug test for marijuana and is hoping the NFL shows some leniency when it hears his appeal.
Daryl Washington, LB, ARI5/30/2014 2:40:00 PM
Description: Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington has been suspended for one year after violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
Insight: He had previously been suspended four games after being arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault last May.
Jairus Byrd, S, NOS5/29/2014 8:30:00 PM
Description: New Orleans free safety Jairus Byrd underwent back surgery on Thursday. SOURCE: Katherine Terrell, New Orleans Times-Picayune
Insight: It's only a minor procedure and he should be ready for the start of training camp in a couple months. Since making his debut with Buffalo in 2009, Byrd has 356 tackles, 22 interceptions and 11 forced fumbles. He signed a six-year deal with the Saints back in March.
Vernon Davis, TE, SFX5/29/2014 8:17:00 PM
Description: Niners tight end Vernon Davis won't be attending OTAs as he seeks a new contract. SOURCE: Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area
Insight: We've seen this before and rarely does it end well. The two-time Pro Bowler is set to earn $4.7 million in 2014. By sitting out OTAs, Davis will forfeit a $200,000 workout bonus. He caught 58 passes for 850 yards and 13 touchdowns last season.
Doug Baldwin, WR, SEA5/29/2014 8:13:00 PM
Description: Doug Baldwin's new deal with the Seahawks will pay him $13 million over the next three seasons. SOURCE: Louis Riddick, ESPN
Insight: The hope is that Baldwin will be a good complement to starters Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin. With that said, the Seahawks are a run-first team, which means we wouldn't expect Baldwin to exceed the 73 targets he saw in 2013.
Malcom Floyd, WR, SDC5/28/2014 3:55:00 PM
Description: San Diego receiver Malcom Floyd (neck) said he has been cleared for contact, according to Michael Gehlken of the Union-Tribune.
Insight: Floyd suffered a career-threatening neck injury on Sept. 15 last season. A doctor determined that Floyd isn't at greater risk of a spinal injury if he continues playing. With Floyd out, rookie Keenan Allen stepped up as Philip Rivers' No. 1 target and had 1,000 yards. If Floyd returns this season, he'll compete with Eddie Royal and Vincent Brown for the No. 2 receiver job, though he won't have much fantasy value with veteran Antonio Gates and 23-year-old Ladarius Green around at tight end and Danny Woodhead catching balls out of the backfield.
David Wilson, RB, NYG5/28/2014 3:45:00 PM
Description: Giants running back David Wilson (neck) is participating in OTAs.
Insight: The Giants expect Wilson to have full-contact clearance by training camp. Wilson averaged just 3.3 ypc and lost two fumbles in five games before suffering a season-ending neck injury. New York signed Rashad Jennings away from Oakland as insurance for Wilson.
Josh Gordon, WR, CLE5/28/2014 3:44:00 PM
Description: According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Browns receiver Josh Gordon was already in Stage 3 of the NFL's substance-abuse program when he failed his latest drug test.
Insight: Stage 3 is the highest level of the program and requires multiple violations to reach. A violation by a player in Stage 3 results in a minimum suspension of one year.
Sean Lee, LB, DAL5/27/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Sources told Ed Werder of ESPN that Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee has been told his MRI confirmed a torn ACL in his left knee. The team will provide an official diagnosis Wednesday.
Insight: Lee suffered the injury on the first day of OTAs Tuesday. He's been one of the top inside linebackers in football when healthy but often has been injured going back to college. He tore his right ACL at Penn State and has sustained a dislocated wrist, sprained toe, strained neck and torn left ACL in four years in the NFL. Dallas finished last in the NFL in yards allowed last season and had to let Jason Hatcher and DeMarcus Ware go due to salary cap issues. Now they'll be without Lee for the entire year.
Sean Lee, LB, DAL5/27/2014 6:38:00 PM
Description: According to the Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys believe linebacker Sean Lee suffered a torn left ACL during the first day of OTAs on Tuesday.
Insight: Lee had to be helped off the field by trainers on Tuesday. He's been one of the top inside linebackers in football when healthy but often has been injured going back to college. He tore an ACL at Penn State and has sustained a dislocated wrist, sprained toe and strained neck in four years in the NFL. Dallas finished last in the NFL in yards allowed last season and had to let Jason Hatcher and DeMarcus Ware go due to salary cap issues.
Andre Ellington, RB, ARI5/27/2014 3:27:00 PM
Description: Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Monday that Andre Ellington is the team's No. 1 back and expects him to get 25-30 touches per game, according to Mike Jurecki of foxsports910.com.
Insight: The Cardinals keep publicly wavering on Ellington's role for 2014 -- first GM Steve Keim said that the team planned to use a multi-back offense, then Arians said the Cardinals want to build the offense around Ellington, then the coach said the team would monitor his workload and now he's projecting him to get 400-480 touches. Keep in mind LeSean McCoy led the NFL with 366 touches in 2013 and that Ellington is 5-foot-9 and 199 pounds. Look for the 25-year-old to actually get between 250-275 touches (200-220 carries, 40-60 catches).
Markus Wheaton, WR, PIT5/25/2014 9:59:00 PM
Description: According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, WR Markus Wheaton is expected to take the departed Emmanuel Sanders' place at X-receiver in the starting lineup.
Insight: Lance Moore will replace Jerricho Cotchery in the slot and may actually see more playing time in two-receiver sets than Wheaton. Sanders had 67 receptions, 740 yards and six touchdowns on 112 targets in the X-receiver role last season, while Cotchery had 46 catches, 602 yards and 10 touchdowns on 76 targets. Antonio Brown (110 rec, 1,499 yards, 8 TDs) will be back as Ben Roethlisberger's No. 1 target.
Ryan Broyles, WR, DET5/25/2014 9:59:00 PM
Description: Lions receiver Ryan Broyles is closing in on a full recovery from a ruptured Achilles tendon, according to mlive.com.
Insight: Broyles suffered a catastophic injury in each of the last three years -- two ACL tears and a ruptured Achilles. He didn't see many targets when he was active last season, even when Nate Burleson was out with a fractured arm. Burleson signed with the Cleveland Browns, but Detroit inked Golden Tate to a big contract and drafted tight end Eric Ebron 10th overall. While his recovery is a good story, Broyles won't have any fantasy value this year.
T.J. Ward, SS, DEN5/23/2014 8:31:00 PM
Description: A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Broncos safety T.J. Ward. SOURCE: CBS4 in Denver
Insight: He's wanted for his role in a nightclub altercation that took place in Denver earlier this month. Ward was a second-team All-Pro selection in 2013. This will be his first season in Denver after spending the last four years with Cleveland.
Doug Baldwin, WR, SEA5/23/2014 7:36:00 PM
Description: The Seahawks and Doug Baldwin are discussing terms on a new contract extension. SOURCE: John Boyle, Everett Herald
Insight: Baldwin caught all five passes that came his way in Seattle's Super Bowl victory over Denver. With Golden Tate out of the picture (he signed a five-year deal with the Lions), Baldwin could be in for a breakout season in 2014.
Ray Rice, RB, BAL5/23/2014 7:24:00 PM
Description: According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the Ravens are preparing to be without running back Ray Rice for at least the first three games of the season. Rice is probably facing a suspension for his offseason assault arrest.
Insight: Rice held a press conference Friday to apologize for his behavior. The suspension knocks Rice down a peg while lifting Bernard Pierce's value.
Kyle Orton, QB, DAL5/22/2014 10:33:00 PM
Description: Cowboys QB Kyle Orton has told the team he plans to retire. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL.com
Insight: Orton completed 30-of-46 passes for 358 yards and two touchdowns last year in his only start of the season. The 31-year-old has played for four different teams during his eight seasons in the league.
Aldon Smith, LB, SFX5/22/2014 9:20:00 PM
Description: Niners linebacker Aldon Smith pleaded no contest to weapon charges and a DUI.
Insight: A suspension is on the way. According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, he could be banned half the season. Smith is extremely talented but he won't ever reach his full potential until he conquers some of his off-the-field demons.
Arian Foster, RB, HOU5/22/2014 9:11:00 PM
Description: The Texans would like to use Arian Foster more in the passing game next season. SOURCE: MyFoxHouston.com
Insight: Foster has good hands for a halfback, averaging 405.3 receiving yards per season since 2010. Opting for shorter passes could also improve Ryan Fitzpatrick's completion percentage. It's a win/win for everyone.
Andre Johnson, WR, HOU5/22/2014 9:05:00 PM
Description: Texans receiver Andre Johnson is expected to skip the team's upcoming mandatory minicamp. SOURCE: NFL.com
Insight: It's pretty clear Johnson wants out of Houston. But unfortunately, it's not up to him. The star wideout is under contract until 2017 and the team has no obligation to trade him. Unless another team is willing to take on most of Johnson's remaining $29 million salary, he's unlikely to be dealt.
Ray Rice, RB, BAL5/22/2014 8:57:00 PM
Description: ESPN's Chris Mortenson expects Baltimore running back Ray Rice to face some sort of suspension for his arrest earlier this offseason.
Insight: This further clouds what was already a puzzling fantasy situation. If anything, the looming suspension helps Bernard Pierce's value heading into the season. Of course, that's assuming Pierce is fully recovered from offseason rotator cuff surgery.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA5/22/2014 8:47:00 PM
Description: Despite logging 300+ carries in each of his last two seasons, the Seahawks have no plans to reduce Marshawn Lynch's workload in 2014. SOURCE: Seahawks.com
Insight: Lynch has shown a remarkable level of resilience the last few seasons but eventually the huge workload is bound to catch up with him. Hopefully that doesn't happen in 2014 but fantasy owners need to be prepared.
Blake Bortles, QB, JAC5/22/2014 11:50:00 AM
Description: Quarterback Blake Bortles, the No. 3 overall selection, could end up sitting for a majority or all of the upcoming season.
Insight: Adam Schefter is reporting that the Jaguars want Chad Henne to play all 16 games this season and have Bortles watch the action from the sidelines. The team may be afraid of repeating what happened with Blaine Gabbert in 2011, who started 14 games in his rookie season and never developed.
Chad Henne, QB, JAC5/22/2014 11:45:00 AM
Description: The Jaguars would like veteran QB Chad Henne to start all 16 games next season. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: The team may be afraid of repeating what happened with Blaine Gabbert in 2011, who started 14 games in his rookie season and never developed. Still, it's hard to believe the Jags would take Blake Bortles third overall and then sit him for his whole first season. We should gain more clarity on this subject when training camp opens in late July.
Josh Gordon, WR, CLE5/21/2014 10:33:00 AM
Description: ESPN's Adam Schefter expects Josh Gordon's suspension to last the entire 2014 season.
Insight: That's not what fantasy owners want to hear. Gordon (87 catches, 1,646 yards, 9 TD in 2013) has filed an appeal but it sounds like the Browns are expecting the worst. His absence cerainly clouds quarterback Johnny Manziel's fantasy value heading into his rookie season.
Mike Glennon, QB, TAM5/21/2014 10:26:00 AM
Description: Despite early indications that Josh McCown would take over as the starter, Bucs QB Mike Glennon has "opened up some eyes" within the organization and could compete for the starting job. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Glennon (19 TD, 9 INT in 2013) did an admirable job last season filling in for Josh Freeman and he could have an even better year in 2014 with Mike Evans to throw to. With that said, head coach Lovie Smith has always been a big believer in the veteran McCown. It's unclear who will start Week 1 and it may not be until deep into training camp.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN5/21/2014 10:19:00 AM
Description: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Bengals are leaning toward keeping veteran running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis despite drafting Jeremy Hill in the second round.
Insight: Green-Ellis will be third on Cincinnati's halfback depth chart behind Hill and last year's second round pick Giovani Bernard. Green-Ellis could still vulture a handful of touchdowns for the Bengals but we're not counting on a breakout year for the 28-year-old.
Ray Rice, RB, BAL5/21/2014 10:12:00 AM
Description: Ravens running back Ray Rice has agreed to participate in a pretrial-intervention program. As long as he completes the program, Rice will not have to face trial for allegedly assaulting his wife earlier this offseason. SOURCE: ESPN
Insight: The arrest still goes on Rice's permanent record but without the conviction. Rice is coming off a dismal season (3.1 yards per carry) and it's possible he could also be facing a suspension. Once a consensus first-rounder, Rice's fantasy stock has never been lower.
Greg Little, WR, OAK5/19/2014 8:30:00 PM
Description: The Raiders claimed Greg Little off waivers from the Browns, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Insight: Little was cut by Cleveland even though Josh Gordon is facing suspension. The 24-year-old has good size and speed but has never displayed reliable hands in his three NFL seasons. He won't make a fantasy impact with the Raiders or any other franchise.
Malcom Floyd, WR, SDC5/19/2014 8:23:00 PM
Description: San Diego receiver Malcom Floyd (neck) is expected to play in 2014, according to the Union-Tribune.
Insight: Floyd suffered a career-threatening neck injury on Sept. 15 last season. A doctor determined that Floyd isn't at greater risk of a spinal injury if he continues playing. "The doc said ... I'm at risk just like anybody else," Floyd said Monday. "There's not really a worry." With Floyd out, rookie Keenan Allen stepped up as Philip Rivers' No. 1 target and had 1,000 yards. If Floyd returns this season, he'll compete with Eddie Royal and Vincent Brown for the No. 2 receiver job, though he won't have much fantasy value with veteran Antonio Gates and 23-year-old Ladarius Green around at tight end and Danny Woodhead catching balls out of the backfield.
Doug Martin, RB, TAM5/19/2014 4:22:00 PM
Description: Buccaneers choice of West Virginia RB Charles Sims in the third round could take a bite out of starter Doug Martin's fantasy value, particularly his pass-catching numbers.
Insight: Sims is a excellent receiving back, who caught 203 passes for 2,108 and 11 touchdowns, in four years with the Mountaineers.
Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI5/19/2014 4:18:00 PM
Description: It looks like Jay Cutler's top receiving target Brandon Marshall is staying put.
Insight: Marshall just agreed to a three-year, $30 million extension. He's caught at least 100 balls in each of his last four seasons with Cutler at quarterback, including 100 receptions for 1,295 yards and 12 TDs last season.
Ryan Williams, RB, DAL5/18/2014 4:32:00 PM
Description: Former Cardinals second-round pick Ryan Williams has reached terms with Dallas on a new contract. SOURCE: Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas
Insight: He doesn't figure to see much playing time with DeMarco Murray, Lance Dunbar and possibly Joseph Randle ahead of him on the depth chart. At age 24, there's still time for Williams to resurrect his career. We're just not sure he'll see enough touches to make an impact in Big D.
Daryl Richardson, RB, NYJ5/18/2014 2:47:00 PM
Description: The Jets claimed running back Daryl Richardson off waivers from the Rams on Friday.
Insight: Richardson was waived Thursday. St. Louis handed him the starting job following the departure of Steven Jackson, but he averaged just 3.1 ypc and lost the job to Zac Stacy. He's not guaranteed to make the Jets roster, as New York has Chris Johnson, Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell on the roster.
Robert Mathis, LB, IND5/16/2014 8:19:00 PM
Description: Indianapolis Colts LB Robert Mathis has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy.
Insight: Mathis had 19.5 sacks in 2013 and finished as the runner-up to Luke Kuechly for Defensive Player of the Year. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Mathis tested positive for a male fertility drug that is on the NFL's list of banned substances.
Greg Little, WR, CLE5/16/2014 11:38:00 AM
Description: Browns receiver Greg Little was waived, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Insight: Considering the Browns are desperate for receivers and just signed the likes of Miles Austin and Earl Bennett they must really hate Little. Little's receptions and yardage had dropped over the past two seasons after a solid rookie compaign in 2011.
Earl Bennett, WR, CLE5/15/2014 9:57:00 PM
Description: The Browns have signed former Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett. SOURCE: Jake Jones, KFBB-TV Montana
Insight: Bennett had a promising rookie season in 2009 (717 yards, 2 TD) but has seen his yardage total drop each of the last four seasons. Going to Cleveland won't improve his already minimal fantasy value.
Daryl Richardson, RB, STL5/15/2014 7:01:00 PM
Description: St. Louis has cut ties with running back Daryl Richardson. SOURCE: Adam Caplan, ESPN
Insight: Richardson had a solid rookie season (475 rushing yards, 4.8 yards per carry) but couldn't get anything going in his sophomore campaign (215 yards, 3.1 ypc). The Rams are expected to go with Zac Stacy on early downs with rookie Tre Mason filling a third down/change of pace role. Isaiah Pead and Benny Cunningham are also on the roster.
Miles Austin, WR, CLE5/15/2014 6:56:00 PM
Description: Former Cowboys wideout Miles Austin has caught on with the Browns.
Insight: With Josh Gordon (suspension) likely lost for the season, Cleveland needed to address their wide receiver situation. Austin was useless in Dallas last season (24 catches, 244 yards, zero touchdowns) but maybe a change of scenery will be good for him.
Aaron Hernandez, TE5/15/2014 6:14:00 PM
Description: Ex-Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been indicted on two more counts of first degree murder. These charges stem from a May 2012 incident in Boston. SOURCE: Boston Globe
Insight: Hernandez is already in jail awaiting his trial after being charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd last June. It may take years for all the legal implications to get sorted out but it's pretty much a certainty that Hernandez will be spending the rest of his life behind bars.
Cody Latimer, WR, DEN5/14/2014 4:44:00 PM
Description: According to Vic Lombardi of cbsdenver.com, Broncos rookie receiver Cody Latimer will compete for a starting job this season.
Insight: Denver signed Emmanuel Sanders after losing Eric Decker to free agency, but perhaps the sure-handed Latimer (one drop on 119 targets in college last season) can beat him out in training camp. He'll still be behind Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas and Wes Welker on the Broncos receiving hierarchy if he does, but the Broncos offense was prolific enough last year to make fantasy starters out of its top-four receiving options and running back.
Andre Johnson, WR, HOU5/13/2014 7:37:00 PM
Description: Andre Johnson doesn't sound convinced about his future in Houston. SOURCE: Tania Ganguli, ESPN
Insight: He's decided not to attend OTAs or mini-camp. Johnson (109 receptions, 1,407 yards, 5 TD) won't be a free agent until 2017 so he'd have to ask for a trade in order to leave Houston.
Ryan Mallett, QB, NEP5/13/2014 7:33:00 PM
Description: The Texans are no longer interested in acquiring New England quarterback Ryan Mallett. SOURCE: John McClain, Houston Chronicle
Insight: Instead, Houston took a flyer on Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage in the fourth round of last week's draft. Until the Pats can find a willing trade partner, Mallett will continue to backup future Hall of Famer Tom Brady.
Greg Hardy, DE, CAR5/13/2014 7:27:00 PM
Description: Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy has been arrested for a domestic violence incident involving his girlfriend. SOURCE: WSOC Charlotte
Insight: He's due in court Wednesday at 9 a.m. Hardy's 15 sacks last season were a career-high. If charges are filed, Hardy may be looking at a fine or even a suspension.
Joe Haden, CB, CLE5/13/2014 6:59:00 PM
Description: Joe Haden became the highest-paid cornerback in NFL history Tuesday when the Browns signed him to a five-year, $68 million contract extension. SOURCE: NBC Sports
Insight: Richard Sherman is still getting more annually ($14.35 million to Haden's $13.6 million) but Haden's deal includes more guaranteed money ($45 million to Sherman's $40 million). Haden intercepted four passes last season en route to his first Pro Bowl selection.
Cam Newton, QB, CAR5/13/2014 6:43:00 PM
Description: Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle surgery) is out of his walking boot and ready to begin his rehab work, according to Steve Reed of the Associated Press.
Insight: Newton was given a four-month timetable when he had left ankle surgery in mid-March. He's not expected to resume practicing before training camp, but his health won't be a concern when the season starts. Newton's supporting cast, however, may be an issue after Steve Smith signed with the Ravens and LT Jordan Gross retired. The Panthers drafted 6-foot-5 receiver Kelvin Benjamin out of Florida State with the 28th-overall pick in the 2014 draft, but he may not be ready to make an immediate impact.
Eli Manning, QB, NYG5/13/2014 6:38:00 PM
Description: According to the New York Daily News, Giants QB Eli Manning said he feels 100 percent healthy, even though "the trainers tell me I'm not."
Insight: Manning had ankle surgery a month ago. Giants GM Jerry Reese said two weeks ago that Manning is "out for the spring," but Manning said his goal is to be ready for the team's first OTA on May 28.
Ben Tate, RB, CLE5/12/2014 8:52:00 PM
Description: With Josh Gordon facing a lengthy suspension, the Browns will use a run-first offense in 2014. SOURCE: Pat McManamon, ESPN
Insight: Last season, the Browns led the NFL in passing attempts. This year, they might lead it in rushing attempts. Tate, a backup for his entire tenure in Houston, should be in for a special season as long as he can stay healthy.
Johnny Manziel, QB, CLE5/12/2014 8:46:00 PM
Description: According to Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, Johnny Manziel will serve as Brian Hoyer's backup quarterback during his rookie season. SOURCE: ESPN's SportsCenter
Insight: Nice try. It's good the Browns are trying to keep Manziel's ego in check but come on. Season ticket sales in Cleveland are at an all-time high and Manziel's jersey is flying off the shelves. If anyone other than Johnny Football starts Week 1 we'd be shocked.
Josh Gordon, WR, CLE5/12/2014 8:38:00 PM
Description: Peter King of Sports Illustrated believes Josh Gordon's suspension will fall somewhere in the range of 8-to-16 games.
Insight: Even if the ban is reduced to eight games on appeal, Gordon will still be missing a significant chunk of the season. Drug issues have followed Gordon throughout his career as this is the fifth drug test he's failed since college.
Vince Young, QB, CLE5/12/2014 8:34:00 PM
Description: The Browns have already cut quarterback Vince Young.
Insight: That leaves Cleveland with just four quarterbacks on its roster: Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer, Tyler Thigpen and Connor Shaw. Young hasn't played a snap since 2011 and at this point it would be surprising to ever see him play in the NFL again.
Stedman Bailey, WR, STL5/12/2014 8:20:00 PM
Description: Rams receiver Stedman Bailey will be suspended for the first four games of next season after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. SOURCE: Nick Wagoner, ESPN
Insight: He'll be back for Week 6 against the 49ers. Bailey caught only 17 passes as a rookie. None of them went for touchdowns.
Ryan Williams, RB, ARI5/12/2014 8:15:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals have parted ways with running back Ryan Williams. SOURCE: Darren Urban, AZCardinals.com
Insight: Williams has only played in five NFL games since Arizona drafted him 38th overall in the 2011 Draft. Wherever the 24-year-old ends up, we doubt he'll ever be a consistent fantasy contributor.
Jordan Lynch, RB, CHI5/12/2014 8:06:00 PM
Description: After going undrafted, Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch was quickly scooped up by the Bears. SOURCE: Adam Caplan, ESPN
Insight: He'll try his hand at running back. Lynch has adequate size (6-foot, 216 pounds) but his speed (4.76 40-yard dash) is below average for the position.
Shane Vereen, RB, NEP5/11/2014 9:08:00 PM
Description: New England halfback Shane Vereen still isn't fully recovered from the broken wrist he suffered early last season. SOURCE: Mike Reiss, ESPN Boston
Insight: Perhaps that's why the team used its fourth-round draft pick on Wisconsin running back James White. Vereen, White, Brandon Bolden and Stevan Ridley will all be in the mix for carries now that LeGarrette Blount has signed with Pittsburgh.
Shonn Greene, RB, TEN5/11/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: Tennessee halfback Shonn Greene is coming off right knee surgery and will miss all of OTAs. SOURCE: Jim Wyatt, Nashville Tennessean
Insight: That gives rookie Bishop Sankey a head start over Greene as the two try to learn Ken Whisenhunt's new offense. With Chris Johnson now in New York, the Titans' backfield is up for grabs. For what it's worth, Greene rushed 77 times for 295 yards and four touchdowns during the 2013 campaign.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, MIN5/11/2014 6:05:00 PM
Description: Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that he "hopes" Teddy Bridgewater will emerge as the team's starting quarterback next season.
Insight: Minnesota's other option at QB is the eternally mediocre Matt Cassel so it shouldn't be much of a contest. Expect Bridgewater, the 2012 Big East Offensive Player of the Year, to be the Vikings' Week 1 starter.
Michael Sam, DE, STL5/11/2014 5:24:00 PM
Description: St. Louis used its final pick of the 2014 draft on Missouri defensive end Michael Sam.
Insight: Sam, who was taken 249th overall, is the first openly gay player to be drafted. Despite being named SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year last season, Sam will have a lot to prove following his disappointing showing at the NFL Draft Combine three months ago.
Stevie Johnson, WR, SFX5/11/2014 5:19:00 PM
Description: The Bills were able to trade wide receiver Stevie Johnson to the 49ers in exchange for a fourth-round pick in next year's draft. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: The writing was on the wall for Johnson after the team drafted Clemson wideout Sammy Watkins with the fourth overall pick on Thursday night. With Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree both ahead of him on the team's wide receiver depth chart, Johnson (52 catches, 597 yards, 3 TD in 12 games last season) doesn't figure to be an appealing fantasy option in 2014.
Justin Blackmon, WR, JAC5/10/2014 6:05:00 PM
Description: According to the Florida Times Union, Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell confirmed Friday that the team has "moved on" from receiver Justin Blackmon "for this year."
Insight: Jacksonville's actions on Friday -- selecting WRs Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson in the second round of the NFL Draft -- spoke loud and clear for Caldwell. Blackmon was suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season and again for the final eight for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. His second suspension is indefinite and his reinstatement isn't a given. In the four games he played, Blackmon had 415 receiving yards and a touchdown on 29 catches.
Bryce Brown, RB, BUF5/10/2014 6:00:00 PM
Description: The Eagles traded running back Bryce Brown to the Buffalo Bills for a conditional 2015 fourth-round draft pick.
Insight: Brown struggled to provide Philadelphia with a consistent backup running back to star rusher LeSean McCoy in 2013, which is one of the reasons McCoy had to carry the ball 314 times. Philadelphia then acquired Darren Sproles in the offseason. Brown will serve as a third-stringer to Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller in 2014.
Jarvis Landry, WR, MIA5/9/2014 9:29:00 PM
Description: The Dolphins have taken receiver Jarvis Landry out of LSU with the 63rd-overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Insight: Landry doesn't have great speed (ran 4.77 40) or size (5-11, 205), but he does have excellent hands, toughness and route-running ability. He could replace Brandon Gibson, who is coming off surgery to repair a torn left patellar tendon, as Miami's slot receiver as a rookie if he has a good camp.
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, NEP5/9/2014 9:19:00 PM
Description: The New England Patriots may have found Tom Brady's successor in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft Friday night. They took Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo 62nd overall.
Insight: The pick of Garoppolo may also signal that New England will trade backup Ryan Mallett. The Texans were rumored to be close to acquiring Mallett on Thursday but the deal never went down, and New England denied that Mallett is available.
Allen Robinson, WR, JAC5/9/2014 9:16:00 PM
Description: Penn State receiver Allen Robinson is going to Jacksonville with the 61st-overall pick in the 2014 draft.
Insight: The Jaguars took USC WR Marqise Lee earlier in the second round after picking QB Blake Bortles third overall in the first round. The selection of two receivers in Round 2 should tell you all you need to know about Justin Blackmon's status with the team.
Carlos Hyde, RB, SFX5/9/2014 9:04:00 PM
Description: Running back Carlos Hyde went 57th overall to the 49ers in the 2014 draft.
Insight: Hyde went third among running backs after Bishop Sankey (54th to Tennessee) and Jeremy Hill (55th to Cincinnati), but he may be the best back in the draft. He'll join a crowded backfield in San Francisco behind Frank Gore and Marcus Lattimore, who missed all of 2013 after suffering a catastrophic knee injury in college.
Cody Latimer, WR, DEN5/9/2014 8:58:00 PM
Description: The Denver Broncos traded up to 56th overall in the 2014 draft to take receiver Cody Latimer out of Indiana.
Insight: Latimer has great hands and should turn into a reliable target for Peyton Manning. However, he'll start off 2014 as the team's No. 5 target behind Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Emmanuel Sanders and Julius Thomas.
Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN5/9/2014 8:55:00 PM
Description: The Cincinnati Bengals took RB Jeremy Hill 55th overall in the 2014 draft.
Insight: Cincinnati also took a running back in the second round last year (Giovani Bernard). At 6-foot-1, 233 pounds, Hill will provide a big-bodied complement to Bernard and may take away fantasy value from Bernard if he gets goal-line carries. BenJarvus Green-Ellis' days in Cincinnati are probably numbered.
Bishop Sankey, RB, TEN5/9/2014 8:49:00 PM
Description: The Titans made Bishop Sankey the first running back off the board in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Insight: Sankey went 54th overall, the latest the draft's first running back has ever been taken. Tennessee was in the market for a running back after releasing Chris Johnson. The 5-9, 209-pound Sankey has a good chance to start from Day 1 ahead of Shonn Greene.
Paul Richardson, WR, SEA5/9/2014 8:44:00 PM
Description: The Seattle Seahawks took WR Paul Richardson with the 45th-overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Insight: The 6-0, 175-pounder out of Colorado was projected to go later in the draft. He'll serve as a deep threat for Seattle.
Troy Niklas, TE, ARI5/9/2014 8:39:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals have selected tight end Troy Niklas out of Notre Dame with the 52nd-overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Insight: Niklas is a converted DE/OLB who is more of a blocking tight end. He's unlikely to have much fantasy value in 2014.
Jace Amaro, TE, NYJ5/9/2014 8:33:00 PM
Description: The New York Jets took tight end Jace Amaro with the No. 49 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Insight: Tight ends Kellen Winslow and Jeff Cumberland combined for 57 catches on 87 targets for 786 yards and six of New York's 13 passing TDs last season. The 6-5 Amaro should start right away for the Jets, who have fortified their offense with Eric Decker, Chris Johnson and Amaro this offseason.
Jordan Matthews, WR, PHI5/9/2014 8:00:00 PM
Description: The Eagles traded up to 42nd overall in the 2014 NFL Draft to select Vanderbilt receiver Jordan Matthews.
Insight: Eagles coach Chip Kelly needed a receiver after the team cut DeSean Jackson, and he wanted one with good size. Matthews is 6-foot-3 and had huge hands and set SEC all-time records with 262 catches and 3,759 yards. He should be a factor as a rookie, but we expect Jeremy Maclin to be Nick Foles' No. 1 target.
Marqise Lee, WR, JAC5/9/2014 7:53:00 PM
Description: The Jacksonville Jaguars grabbed former USC WR Marqise Lee with the 39th-overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Insight: ESPN's Britt McHenry reported Wednesday that the Jaguars are "not expecting Justin Blackmon at all for 2014" after Blackmon was suspended indefinitely last year for violating the substance-abuse policy a second time. With No. 3 overall pick QB Blake Bortles and Lee, Jacksonville's offense is set up for the future. However, Lee may not have that much fantasy value in 2014 even if Blackmon isn't reinstated, as Cecil Shorts is still in the fold.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, TAM5/9/2014 7:48:00 PM
Description: The Buccaneers picked tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins with the 38th-overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Insight: Seferian-Jenkins was the second tight end taken after Eric Ebron. Tim Wright caught 54 passes for 571 yards and five touchdowns for Tampa Bay last year, but he's just 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds. The Bucs wanted more beef in the middle of the field and got it in the 6-5, 262-pound Seferian-Jenkins. Tampa Bay selected 6-5 receiver Mike Evans in the first round to pair with 6-5 Vincent Jackson, so Josh McCown is going to have some big targets to throw to in 2014.
Derek Carr, QB, OAK5/9/2014 7:28:00 PM
Description: With the 36th-overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders selected QB Derek Carr out of Fresno State.
Insight: His brother David went No. 1 overall to the Houston Texans in 2002. Carr, who is athletic and has a big arm, will likely open the season as a backup to Matt Schaub.
Josh Gordon, WR, CLE5/9/2014 6:19:00 PM
Description: According to ESPN's Outside the Lines, Browns receiver Josh Gordon could face a season-long suspension after failing a second drug test, this time for marijuana.
Insight: Cleveland was feeling good after the team drafted QB Johnny Manziel with the 22nd-overall pick Thursday night, but it didn't last. Gordon was suspended the first two games last year for using cough syrup that contained codeine, a banned substance in the NFL, and he was also suspended from Baylor's football team for failing a drug test for marijuana in 2011. He he ended up breaking out with 87 catches, 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns in 14 games last season.
Blake Bortles, QB, JAC5/9/2014 11:16:00 AM
Description: Despite picking Blake Bortles No. 3 overall at Thursday night's NFL Draft, the Jaguars are expected to start Chad Henne Week 1 against Philadelphia. SOURCE: Florida Times Union
Insight: Even if that happens, Henne will probably be on a short leash. Bortles, like most young quarterbacks, is a bit raw but that doesn't mean he won't be thrown into the fire early. Whether Bortles will be able to make meaningful fantasy contributions right away is a different story.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, MIN5/9/2014 10:37:00 AM
Description: Minnesota closed out the first round by taking Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater with the 32nd pick. SOURCE: Tom Pelissero, USA Today
Insight: Bridgewater comes with plenty of question marks; he was diagnosed with an abnormal heartbeat at his pre-draft physical and he didn't have a very good pro day. But with the last pick of the first round, the reward outweighed the risk for Minnesota, a team that desperately needed a playmaker on offense. Bridgewater may be a work in progress but he's also an intriguing fantasy possibility.
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR5/9/2014 10:34:00 AM
Description: Carolina filled its void at wide receiver by selecting Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin with the 28th pick at Thursday's NFL Draft.
Insight: Benjamin is best known for scoring the game-winning touchdown against Auburn in the National Championship. At 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, Benjamin should be a red zone favorite of Cam Newton's next season.
Brandin Cooks, WR, NOS5/9/2014 10:27:00 AM
Description: The Saints added another weapon to their offense Thursday by taking Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks with the 20th pick in the draft.
Insight: Cooks won the Biletnikoff Award as college football's top receiver last season. He may be a bit undersized at 5-foot-10, but Cooks' 4.33 40 time was one of the fastest at this year's combine. With Drew Brees throwing to him, Cooks has tremendous fantasy upside.
Johnny Manziel, QB, CLE5/8/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Cleveland drafted former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel with the 22nd pick in Thursday's NFL Draft.
Insight: This was reminiscent of the 2005 Draft when Aaron Rodgers fell to the Packers at pick No. 24 after being hyped as a potential No. 1 pick. It's not a bad landing spot for Manziel as he already has an established wide receiver in Josh Gordon and a productive tight end in Jordan Cameron. Of course, he'll need to beat out Brian Hoyer for the starting job first.
Mike Evans, WR, TAM5/8/2014 9:00:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay has selected Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans with the seventh pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Insight: He gives the Buccaneers a second receiving threat opposite three-time Pro Bowler Vincent Jackson. Evans has excellent size and should be a solid target for Josh McCown in the red zone. He was the second Texas A&M player taken in the draft behind Jake Matthews, who was taken sixth overall by the Falcons.
Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF5/8/2014 8:50:00 PM
Description: Buffalo traded up to draft Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins with the fourth pick in Thursday night's NFL Draft.
Insight: This was originally supposed to be Cleveland's pick. Watkins finished fifth in FBS last season with 1,464 receiving yards in 13 games. Having Watkins to throw to will make E.J. Manuel's life a lot easier.


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