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Friday, July 18, 2014, 1:07pm

Chronicle-Telegram - [Full Article]

A date has been set for Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon to appeal his pending one-year suspension for violating the NFL’s illegal substance policy.

Gordon’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said he wasn’t permitted to reveal when the hearing will take place with league officials, but admitted it would occur “in the near future.”

Fantasy Impact:

We're expecting a minimum of an eight-game ban, but Gordon's recent DUI arrest isn't encouraging.

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Friday, July 18, 2014, 1:02pm

Cleveland News-Herald - [Full Article]

WR Miles Austin was held out of OTA and minicamp exercises. But when training camp opens on July 26, he said he will be ready to go to make his mark with the Browns.

Fantasy Impact:

The Browns will likely be without Josh Gordon for at least half the season, so there is opportunity for Austin to emerge as a go-to player in the offense if he can stay healthy. He's not a bad final round flier.

Friday, July 18, 2014, 12:42pm

The Tennesseean - [Full Article]

There were all kinds of questions about Titans QB Jake Locker's future following another significant injury. Many questions linger. He looked rusty as he limped through workouts in May, but in June he looked significantly better, moving and throwing well. The Titans hope he picks up in July where he left off in June.

Fantasy Impact:

Locker has averaged 15.1 FP in 16 career starts. That extrapolates to 241 points over a 16-game season, or about what Ryan Tannehill scored as the #16 QB in 2013. Health has been his biggest problem, but if he can stay upright, he could grow in Ken Whisenhunt’s offense.

Bradley: Toby Gerhart 'faster' than his tape
Friday, July 18, 2014, 12:29pm

Jacksonville.com - [Full Article]

A big key is getting more production from the starting running back position.

In is Toby Gerhart, replacing long-time face of the franchise Maurice Jones-Drew.

Bradley said this week Gerhart is faster than the coaches saw on tape, which will allow him to break more long runs.

Fantasy Impact:

Toby Gerhart has touched the ball 15+ times in seven career games and has averaged low-end RB1 numbers (12.6 FP) with that type of workload. The former Heisman candidate will start for the Jaguars and should see a lot of work in that role. Gerhart has fantasy RB2 potential as a lead back. For a more in-depth look at Gerhart's potential production, click here.

Friday, July 18, 2014, 12:21pm

Miami Dolphins - [Full Article]

Dolphins WR Mike Wallace prides himself on his work ethic.

That’s why, he says, he would stay on the field after spring practices catching passes from the Jugs machine long after his Dolphins teammates had walked off the field to conduct interviews or head inside the Doctors Hospital Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University to get out of the sun.

In fact, almost without fail, Wallace always was the last Dolphins player to finish his work after a practice. Wallace says it’s all about “getting the edge.”

Fantasy Impact:

Wallace finished the season as the #25 WR, but was an unreliable option for most of the year. Thanks to four touchdowns in his final six games, he averaged 10.8 FP in that span, which equates to low-end WR1-type numbers. We're not expecting that kind of production, though he should be a top-end WR3 if his late season surge continues into this season. The arrival of OC Bill Lazor should help; Wallace really seems to like the new offense.

Thursday, July 17, 2014, 8:54pm

Charlotte Observer - [Full Article]

Observation from a offseason throwing session involving QB Cam Newton and his receivers:

"At 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, Kelvin Benjamin has the most trouble with routes that force him to come back to the ball. He gets out of his cuts slower than most receivers because of his size, and he needs to work on his hips.

"Newton whistled at Benjamin after one route in which the rookie flailed his arm out just before making the cut. Newton re-enacted the motion to discourage Benjamin from doing it again."

Fantasy Impact:

While it's good to see that Newton is developing chemistry with his new receiving corps, the article also mentions that he still occasionally experiences a sharp pain when pushing off his surgically repaired ankle.

Thursday, July 17, 2014, 8:45pm

The Tennessean - [Full Article]

The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt on Titans RB Bishop Sankey: "Don't expect (Chris Johnson) in his heyday. Sankey will be the team's most productive running back, but others will cut into his stats. Dexter McCluster will get playing time, carries and catches. Shonn Greene should get a bunch of goal-line attempts unless he flames out in training camp; then Sankey's stock could really rise."

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.

Thursday, July 17, 2014, 8:43pm

Inside Bay Area - [Full Article]

49ers RB Marcus Lattimore (knee) was one of eight players placed on procedural injury lists upon reporting to 49ers training camp.

Fantasy Impact:

It's an indication that Lattimore is not yet fully recovered from knee surgery. The team's decision to draft Carlos Hyde has put a dent in Lattimore's dynasty stock.

Packers: 'Nothing going on' with Jermichael Finley
Thursday, July 17, 2014, 8:38pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

An NFL source told ESPN.com that Jermichael Finley's tweet ("Let's Try This Again. #GreenBay") did not mean the Packers had cleared Finley medically or were in negotiations with him. The source said "there’s nothing going on" with Finley and the Packers in terms of contract talks.

Finley last met with the Packers' medical staff on May 28 in what was described at the time by a source close to the situation as “a formality” because Finley had not checked in with the Packers recently.

According to USA Today, Finley was expected to undergo more tests this week. It is possible Finley's meeting with McKenzie is to review those results.

Fantasy Impact:

The Packer TE situation is up in the air, but whoever wins the job -- be it a re-signed Finley, rookies Richard Rodgers or Colt Lyerla, Brandon Bostick or Andrew Quarless -- will be fantasy relevant as a TE2 or even a low-end TE1.

McCoy: Philip Rivers will 'benefit' from new OC
Thursday, July 17, 2014, 8:33pm

Chargers.com - [Full Article]

While it’s clear Chargers QB Phillip Rivers flourished in last year’s system, HC Mike McCoy feels the promotion of Frank Reich will benefit the Chargers’ signal caller for 2014.

“With Frank as offensive coordinator, we will be able to maintain continuity on offense and help maximize the production by Philip and the entire unit,” McCoy said. “He has a great feel for the offense we have created and he has been a valuable asset to Philip.”

Fantasy Impact:

Rivers was written off by many after a substandard 2012 campaign, but he bounced back in a big way with a #5 finish in 2013. In fact, he has finished in the top 10 in five of his last six seasons. Malcom Floyd has been cleared to play, so the receiving corps will get a boost. The only concern is the loss of OC Ken Whisenhunt, who assisted Rivers in his bounce back season. He should be a good value in the later rounds for owners who want to wait on the position.

Thursday, July 17, 2014, 8:25pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Buccaneers beat writer Pat Yasinskas predicts that WR Mike Evans will crack the 1,000-yard mark:

"Evans steps into a great situation as the No. 2 wide receiver. He will start opposite Vincent Jackson, who will draw most of the attention from opposing defenses. That means there should be plenty of opportunities for Evans. His size should give him a big advantage in one-on-one matchups with cornerbacks."

Fantasy Impact:

We currently project Evans for 64 carries for 879 yards and five TDs, making him the #43 receiver on our board. Rookies are generally overdrafted, but Evans is in a great situation and could be starter-worthy (top 36) this season.

Thursday, July 17, 2014, 8:11pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

One of the biggest myths of the offseason has taken on a life of its own because coach Lovie Smith said a team needs more than one quality back. He is serious about that and there will be some sort of rotation. But the fact is Doug Martin still is the feature back and will get most of the carries. He just won’t get almost all the carries like he did under former coach Greg Schiano. There will be room for Charles Sims, Bobby Rainey, Mike James and Jeff Demps to compete for touches.

Fantasy Impact:

Martin was the #3 fantasy running back as a rookie, but his PPG dropped from #3 to #22 during his sophomore season. His stock has taken a hit due to the new regime in Tampa adding rookie Charles Sims to a stacked backfield that already includes Bobby Rainey and Mike James. He’s still going to be the RB1 for the Bucs but probably won’t see the 79.5% share of the carries that he received in his first 21 games. He’s still likely to be a high-end RB2 in both standard and PPR formats.

Thursday, July 17, 2014, 7:50pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The optimism surrounding David Wilson's recovery from neck surgery continues to mount as we gallop toward training camp.

Echoing general manager Jerry Reese's comments last month, New York Giants co-owner John Mara said at a YMCA donation ceremony on Thursday that the team plans for Wilson to be ready to play.

"We expect him to be playing ... all signs are he'll be ready to go," Mara told reporters, per Newsday's Tom Rock.

Wilson, who seems to always find the ire of coach Tom Coughlin, could play a big role as the change-of-pace back the Giants lack -- if he can stay healthy. Doctors will re-examine his neck on Monday -- the same day the Giants report to training camp.

Fantasy Impact:

We expect Rashad Jennings to carry the load for the Giants. Wilson could become his primary backup if he's deemed fully healthy.

Thursday, July 17, 2014, 7:44pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

49ers RB Carlos Hyde has looked great as a runner and receiver in the offseason. The second-round pick from Ohio State has a chance to make a big impact.

Thursday, July 17, 2014, 12:42pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Packers TE Richard Rodgers was perhaps the most impressive rookie in the offseason practices, making difficult catches look easy. One member of the team's personnel department predicted Rodgers would be the opening-day starter ahead of Andrew Quarless.

Fantasy Impact:

If that's the case, Rodgers will be a sleeper fantasy TE2-type in a potent Packers offense, but there are a lot of moving parts here.