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Titans Beat: WR Kendall Wright is team's 'best player...by a good margin'

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 6:50pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Titans beat writer Paul Kuharsky:

Kendall Wright is the Titans' best player right now, by a good margin.

He’s caught everything thrown to him, by whichever quarterback, over whichever defender, against whatever coverage.

I like the Titans' overall weaponry. Justin Hunter, Nate Washington, Delanie Walker, Dexter McCluster and Bishop Sankey offer a nice serving plate of solid options in addition to Wright.

But Wright is 1A, very much at the top of the list, his name absolutely in capital letters.

Make them bold, too.

Fantasy Impact:

Wright caught 94 passes for 1,079 yards, but only found the endzone twice. He’s not likely to become a major force in the redzone, though new HC Ken Whisenhunt had success around the goal line with a similar player (Eddie Royal) in San Diego. Royal scored six of his eight TDs from inside the 15-yard line (typically on quick screens), so Whisenhunt may elect to use Wright in the same way.

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Chargers WR Malcom Floyd 'hasn't lost a step'

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 6:37pm

Chargers.com - [Full Article]

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com was asked who was impressing him the most at Chargers training camp: " I couldn’t be happier to write that the guy impressing me the most is Malcom Floyd. We all know the scary injury he suffered early last year, so no one really knew what to expect from M-80. What we’ve seen is a player who hasn’t lost a step and is routinely making his patented acrobatic catches and big plays. I asked Offensive Coordinator Frank Reich about Floyd last week, and he said the wideout looks like a 25-year old out there."

Fantasy Impact:

From 2010 to 2012, Floyd finished #36, #32 and #36 as the second or third option in San Diego. He returns from a neck injury at the age of 32 (turning 33 in September) and will likely start as the team’s WR2 opposite Keenan Allen. If he’s starting and can stay healthy (a rather big “if”), he should be fantasy-relevant once again in 2014.

Titans Beat: Big role for RB Dexter McCluster

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 1:42pm

The Tennesseean - [Full Article]

Titans beat writer Jim Wyatt projected the stats for the team's running backs:

Bishop Sankey: 980 rushing yards, 5 touchdowns; 27 catches, 287 yards, 2 touchdowns.

Shonn Greene: 523 rushing yards, 4 touchdowns; 17 catches, 136 yards, 0 touchdowns.

Dexter McCluster: 329 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns; 51 catches, 496 yards, 5 touchdowns.

Fantasy Impact:

When these projections are applied to our rankings, Sankey's numbers work out to #16 and #25 in standard and PPR, respectively. Greene (#39 and #44) and McCluster (#34 and #28) are also very fantasy relevant. Specifically, the McCluster projection is eye-opening. Wyatt is expecting McCluster to assume the full Danny Woodhead role in Ken Whisenhunt's offense. For perspective, Woodhead rushed for 429 yards and posted 605 receiving yards, while scoring eight total touchdowns. Wyatt is projecting McCluster for 825 total yards, or roughly 80 percent of Woodhead's total production. He's also projecting a 21 percent increase in rushing yards (1,514 vs. 1,832) and a 119 percent increase in receiving yards (420 vs. 919) for the Tennessee running backs when compared to last season.

We are more bullish on Sankey and bearish on McCluster mainly because we believe that Whisenhunt will realize that McCluster is not as good as Woodhead on passing downs, and will elect to use Sankey more in that role. McCluster does seem like a good late-round flier in PPR formats in the event that Whisenhunt stubbornly feeds him the ball.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 9:09am

National Football Post - [Full Article]

The Houston Texans have signed running backs Ronnie Brown and William Powell after cutting running back Andre Brown.

Brown has played for the Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles and San Diego Chargers. He rushed for 157 yards and a touchdown last season in San Diego.

Powell has played for the Arizona Cardinals. He rushed for 217 yards and caught 19 passes for 132 yards in 2012. He was cut and claimed off waivers by the Philadelphia Eagles before failing his physical.

Fantasy Impact:

Arian Foster is expected to be the RB1 if he can get back on the field. But now behind him are Jonathan Grimes and Alfred Blue, followed by Brown and Powell. The winner of the RB2 job is key to know here because Foster's injury woes could end up creeping up again this season...

Monday, August 11, 2014, 7:45pm

Chargers.com - [Full Article]

After setting two franchise rookie records by recording 1,046 yards and 71 catches in 2013, Chargers WR Keenan Allen is looking to take his game to the next level. A third-round draft pick last season, Allen made a name for himself as the Bolts’ primary receiver after the injury to Malcom Floyd. He finished his rookie season targeted 104 times for eight touchdowns.

With week four of training camp underway, Allen says his focus right now is not only on trying to improve individually, but also as a team.

“I’m just trying to keep building everyday and keep the chemistry strong,” Allen said. “Keep it going with the guys and just try to get better.”

Fantasy Impact:

Building chemistry is key to progress and avoid the dreaded sophomore slump; however, Allen is trying to improve his game physically as well. Averaging 6.2 yards after catch last season, the former Cal receiver said improving his speed is a main goal this camp. Allen also said he wants to be more of a leader. Ranked 11th on our WR list, we project him as a low-end WR1 and he's getting targeted in the early fourth round.

Monday, August 11, 2014, 5:28pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Texans turned to a group of young backs Saturday night, but looked at some old ones Monday.

According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans worked out three running backs Monday: Ronnie Brown, Brian Leonard and William Powell.

The Chargers let Brown walk as a free agent this offseason, and the 32-year-old also worked for the Patriots earlier this offseason.

The 30-year-old Leonard was solid last year for the Buccaneers, and has shown to be a veratile run-pass player. Powell has spent time with the Cardinals and Eagles.

Fantasy Impact:

The Texans have been without Arian Foster (hamstring), and they didn’t give free agent acquisition Andre Brown much work in the preseason opener, going with Jonathan Grimes, Alfred Blue and Dennis Johnson.

Chargers WR Malcom Floyd officially back

Monday, August 11, 2014, 11:36am

Chargers.com - [Full Article]

When Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd ran out of the tunnel Thursday night during the first preseason game against the Cowboys, the crowd at Qualcomm Stadium erupted.

While the fans couldn’t withhold their excitement, M-80 also had a hard time keeping his emotions in check.

“It felt good coming out of the tunnel,” he said. “I was very excited out there. I just had to contain myself.”

Fantasy Impact:

Floyd was medically cleared this offseason after sustaining a serious neck injury in week two of the 2013 season. He hasn’t missed a beat all training camp, participating in practices day after day. Floyd finished as a consistent WR3 from 2010-12, so there is some potential there as long as he can stay healthy and win the WR2 job. He's starting to trend up our receiver list but so far isn't seeing a lot of draft day action.

Ryan Mathews should continue to get goal line carries

Friday, August 8, 2014, 1:35pm

Alex Flanagan on Twitter - [Full Article]

Mike McCoy said right after Ryan Mathews fumbled on the goal line he told his RB he's going to keep feeding him the ball.

Fantasy Impact:

Mathews was so good last year, especially in the second half, but through his career has been victimized by injuries and costly fumbles. While it looks like he'll still get carries in deep, Donald Brown lurks as a potential candidate if fumbling becomes an issue again for Mathews.

Friday, August 8, 2014, 12:21pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Dallas Cowboys have talked about building their success around the offensive line, which means running the ball more.

Thursday’s preseason opener against the San Diego Chargers was a good start.

The final numbers look only pedestrian -- 23 carries, 92 yards -- but the first drive offered a bit of hope that what the line has done so far in training camp can carry over to when the games start for real Sept. 7 against the San Francisco 49ers.

The Cowboys ran the ball six times for 29 yards with the first-team offensive line on the field for one series, and that included a no gain on the first carry. Joseph Randle, who was starting while DeMarco Murray and backup Lance Dunbar rested, gained 50 yards on 13 carries.

Friday, August 8, 2014, 9:54am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chargers undrafted rookie free agent running back Branden Oliver looked like the real deal.

A 5-8 and 208 pound runner who starred at Buffalo, Oliver likely reminds you of another fan favorite -- former Chargers' running back Darren Sproles. He even wears the same No. 43 jersey. Oliver finished with 64 yards on seven carries, including a 16-yard touchdown.

Fantasy Impact:

Oliver showed quickness through the hole, the speed to get outside and an ability to finish runs, the story said. Unfortunately for him, he's at least behind Ryan Mathews, Donald Brown and Danny Woodhead who should get a bulk, if not all, of the the snaps as long as they are healthy.

Sorting out the Chargers' TE situation

Thursday, August 7, 2014, 10:20am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chargers tight end Ladarius Green appears to have taken another step in his development after showing the ability to create big plays last season.

While Green will be featured more in the offense, veteran Antonio Gates will remain the most targeted tight end on San Diego’s roster. Gates has been the most targeted receiver for the Chargers two of the last three seasons. While NFL observers believe he has lost a step, the 34-year-old Gates can still beat one-on-one coverage in the middle of the field, particularly in the red zone.

Fantasy Impact:

Green played 33% of snaps on the season, but played 40%+ in the final six games, indicating that the team likes what he brings to the table. He's still playing behind Antonio Gates, so it's surprising to see him going ahead of Gates in early fantasy drafts. He does have upside, but it's hard to see him posting TE1 numbers without an injury to Gates.

Chargers WR Malcom Floyd flashing 'sure hands' and 'playmaking ability' in camp

Thursday, August 7, 2014, 10:17am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The unexpected return of Malcom Floyd from a serious neck injury gives the Chargers a receiver who can stretch the field vertically opposite Keenan Allen. Floyd has flashed sure hands and playmaking ability in training camp.

Fantasy Impact:

From 2010 to 2012, Floyd finished #36, #32 and #36 as the second or third option in San Diego. He returns from a neck injury at the age of 32 (turning 33 in September) and will likely start as the team’s WR2 opposite Keenan Allen. If he’s starting and can stay healthy (a rather big “if”), he should be fantasy-relevant once again in 2014.

Titans RB Bishop Sankey doing well in pass protection

Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 11:21am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Titans RB Bishop Sankey is learning quickly how to be a pro, and he has shown a bit of everything the Titans said they expected when they made him the first running back selected in the draft. His first day in pads he looked like an experienced NFL-caliber pass protector. He has good vision and makes good decisions on when to go and when to cut. He also catches the ball well, can run inside and outside.

Fantasy Impact:

We’re projecting Sankey to be the clear RB1 in Tennessee after the Titans took him as the first back in the draft. He’s a versatile back who doesn’t have much competition for touches. The last 13 rookies who were the top drafted RB in their class and joined a backfield with a lackluster incumbent averaged 18.2 touches for 83.1 yards and 0.55 TD, or 11.6 fantasy points per game. That’s about what Ryan Mathews averaged as the #12 RB in 2013.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 1:15pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Asked if he thinks he can gain 1,000 yards this year, Colts RB Trent Richardson scoffed that his goals are a lot higher than that.

“A thousand is not the goal. For me, it’s personal. I’m going to keep it to myself. But a thousand is not it for me. It’s higher,” Richardson said, via the Indianapolis Star.

This year Richardson believes his greater understanding of the offense will allow him to play a greater role on the team.

“I can’t wait to be involved in the passing game, even if it’s just pass blocking,” Richardson said. “I’m trying to be a three-down back. It would be four if they let me play special teams.”

Fantasy Impact:

Richardson averaged a woeful 2.9 YPC after joining the Colts, but he blames the learning curve he faced after joining a new offense midseason. Since they gave up a first round pick for him, he’ll have the backing of this Colts regime, but OC Pep Hamilton wasn’t afraid to give more work to Donald Brown given the disparity in the quality of play between the two backs. The offseason has gone pretty well for T-Rich — Brown is now out of the way, but the Colts did re-sign Ahmad Bradshaw while Vick Ballard is back from a knee injury. As the #20 RB off the board in the 5th round, it appears that fantasy owners are expecting Richardson to post RB2 numbers. Even that may be a stretch given his career output.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 10:12am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chargers RB Donald Brown hasn't worked as a kick returner since his rookie season with the Colts, totaling one return for 21 yards. Before that, Brown served for a short time as a kick returner in college, averaging 23.3 yards a return on nine attempts at Connecticut in 2006. But Brown sits atop San Diego's depth chart, listed as the team's top kick returner heading into Thursday's game. In a crowded backfield with Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead, serving as San Diego's kick returner offers Brown another opportunity to get a few more touches during the game. "Whenever you're number is called you just try to make the most of it and roll with it," Brown said. "I just look forward to the challenge."

Fantasy Impact:

This is something for owners who play in return leagues to file away. Brown will have a complementary role in the offense backing up both Mathews and Woodhead and proved last season (for the Colts) that he can be a very productive player when given touches.