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Saints RB Tim Hightower 'best bet' to back up Mark Ingram

Sunday, July 17, 2016, 5:20pm

The Advocate - [Full Article]

Tim Hightower seems like the best bet to back him up. It would be hard to envision C.J. Spiller not making the team, but he needs to prove he can still be productive.

Fantasy Impact:

Given the fact that Ingram has missed 12 games over the last three years due to injury, Hightower is one of our favorite late-round attrition plays. Hightower averaged 24.0 touches for 114 yards and 1.0 TD over the final four games last year with Ingram sidelined.

Sunday, July 17, 2016, 12:08am

Kansas City Star - [Full Article]

Chiefs WR Albert Wilson is still learning how to set defenders up and needs to do a better job of making tough catches, but the 5-foot-9, 200-pounder is good with the ball in his hands, which is why he saw plenty of time in the slot during offseason workouts and seemed to get stronger as camp went on.

“That’s been a new role for him,” Smith said. “That’s a big plate there when you move inside, that’s a lot on your shoulders — especially mentally — and he’s handled it. Been good there, too.”

Related players: Chris Conley

Fantasy Impact:

Chris Conley will presumably start opposite Maclin on the outside with Wilson manning the slot.

Mo Wilkerson's deal may lead to Jets re-signing QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

Saturday, July 16, 2016, 11:43am

NY Post - [Full Article]

‪NFL salary cap expert ‬Joel Corry suggests Mo Wilkerson’s 2016 cap relief deal could free up cap room for a one-year deal with Ryan Fitzpatrick because the Jets had $3.425 million of space before the deal.

Offer Fitzpatrick one year for $12 million and the opportunity to bet on himself.

That part of the Jets’ three-year, $24 million offer was always a no-brainer for Fitzpatrick to sign if only because he has no other suitors.

Fantasy Impact:

FitzMagic was the #11 fantasy quarterback last season. It was his first finish in the top 12, though he was the #13 QB in 2011, playing for then-HC (and current-OC) Chan Gailey in Buffalo. It’s clear that with these two, the sum of the parts is greater than the whole, and given the weapons would have at his disposal -- Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and now Matt Forte -- Fitzpatrick will once again be a threat to finish with QB1 numbers, assuming he re-signs.

Bills RB Karlos Williams suspended for four games for substance abuse

Friday, July 15, 2016, 2:06pm

Buffalo Bills - [Full Article]

The Buffalo Bills experienced a shortage at running back due to injury last summer in training camp. On Friday the club learned they’ll be short a ball carrier due to a league-imposed suspension come the regular season.

Running back Karlos Williams was served with a four-game suspension for violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. The team issued the following statement in the wake of the discipline handed down by the NFL.

Fantasy Impact:

While this certainly puts a damper on his season-long outlook, Williams played well enough as a rookie to have the inside track on the backup job when he returns in October. Last year, Williams found the end zone in eight of his 11 games, but only averaged 6.9 touches in the eight games he played alongside LeSean McCoy. He averaged 15.1 FP (PPR) in the three games that McCoy missed, so he’s a high-upside handcuff provided he doesn't lose the job while sidelined.

Patriots QB Tom Brady ends his Deflategate legal battle

Friday, July 15, 2016, 1:20pm

CNBC.com - [Full Article]

Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady end his legal battle with National Football League to get a new hearing on his "Deflategate" suspension, he wrote on his Facebook page on Friday.

"It has been a challenging 18 months and I have made the difficult decision to no longer proceed with the legal process," Brady wrote, thanking his supporters. "I'm going to work hard to be the best player I can be for the New England Patriots and I look forward to having the opportunity to return to the field this fall."

Fantasy Impact:

If Brady's ADP drops into the 8th-10th round, savvy drafters can use the Angry Tom Strategy again and draft Brady along with a late-round quarterback to "get by" for the first four weeks. Last year, we were targeting Carson Palmer, but it turned out to be a non-issue since Brady was able to play in the first month of the season. This year it looks like Tyrod Taylor is the best value in the 12th-14th rounds. Jimmy Garoppolo would be a solid option as well. Our projections have assumed he'd miss four games for months, so they will remain relatively unchanged. We're not too worried about Julian Edelman and Dion Lewis, since Garoppolo has a tendency to check down to the shorter pass. Rob Gronkowski should be fine as well, since he can make so many plays after the catch.

Bills rookie RB Jonathan Williams arrested for DWI

Thursday, July 14, 2016, 1:35pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Buffalo Bills rookie running back Jonathan Williams was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated by Fayetteville (Arkansas) police early Thursday morning, according to a police report obtained by NFL Media.

Fantasy Impact:

There was some concern about Karlos Williams showing up to camp overweight, but Williams' arrest is a setback/distraction that might keep him from overtaking Williams, who played terrific as a rookie. Williams' ADP has been slipping, but he looks like one of the best attrition plays in the league if he can lose the extra weight quickly.

Carr: Raiders WR Seth Roberts 'consistently winning' his routes

Thursday, July 14, 2016, 1:16pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

Seth Roberts knows his role and how to thrive in it. He's expected to be the Raiders slot receiver in 2016, a role earned last year and kept with a solid campaign that featured 32 receptions 480 yards, five touchdowns and several clutch catches.

Who could forget the game-winning touchdowns caught against Baltimore and Tennessee? He was a red zone target, clearly trusted by Derek Carr to make big plays even with Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree on the pitch.

Big plays didn’t build chemistry with his quarterback. Consistency was the key there.

“I always go back and study last year’s film, one thing I continued to see over and over again is when he was man-to-man, he won his route,” Carr said. “That is huge. And he’s not just winning, he’s creating separation.”

“We don’t number our receivers but when he comes in, he’s the third guy in,” Carr said. “When you have that and the third corner guarding him or a safety coming down guarding him and have that guy consistently winning, it just opens up so many things. … It just takes pressure off of everybody. His role is huge, then you put a guy like (Andre Holmes), knowing the big play ability he has and you put Seth next to him, now safeties and defensive coaches have to make decisions because Seth continues to win on his routes.”

Fantasy Impact:

Roberts finished as the #62 WR in PPR formats as a 24-year-old rookie. He's a player to consider on the waiver wire if anything were to happen to Amari Cooper or Michael Crabtree.

Packers Beat: WR Jeff Janis figures to get 'more opportunities' than last year

Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 8:15pm

Journal-Sentinel - [Full Article]

No matter what happens with Davante Adams, the Packers figure to give third-year man Jeff Janis more opportunities than a year ago.

Janis was a forgotten man much of 2015, as McCarthy elected to play Adams instead. But Janis delivered one of the most memorable playoff performances in team history, with seven receptions for 145 yards and two touchdowns — including a 41-yard Hail Mary touchdown reception on the final play of regulation — in Green Bay's overtime loss to Arizona in the divisional playoffs. Janis finished with the third most receiving yards in Packers' playoff history, and his two touchdown receptions tied eight other players for second place in that category.

Janis (6-3, 219) has almost identical measurables to Nelson (6-3, 217). Janis also ran the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds at the 2014 NFL combine and has a vertical jump of 371/2 inches.

The Packers haven't had a burner outside since Javon Walker (4.38) more than a decade ago. If Janis proves this summer that his route running and knowledge of the offense are up to speed, he could add an element that Green Bay's offense desperately needs.

"When he can stop thinking so much and react more, you see the athletic ability," Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said of Janis. "He's obviously gifted very well with his athleticism, his jumping ability and his speed. He just needs to get to a level where he's not thinking as much and his instincts take over."

Fantasy Impact:

This headline is not saying much, since Janis barely played last year, but he appears poised to pass Adams on the depth chart if he has a good camp.

NFL won't suspend Bills RB LeSean McCoy for his role in nightclub brawl

Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 12:17pm

Vic Carucci - [Full Article]

The NFL will not take any action against Bills RB LeSean McCoy for role in nightclub brawl, league spokesman told me..

Fantasy Impact:

This was the last outstanding piece of information about this situation -- would the NFL take any action? It appears that they won't. Last year, McCoy finished #17 in standard formats and #19 in PPR, but was a low-end RB1 in both formats on a per game basis since he only played 12 games. He averaged 19.6 touches for 98.9 total yards per game, and should continue to see that type of workload as he enters his age 28 season.

Colts RB Robert Turbin charged with marijuana possession

Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 12:14pm

Cache Valley Daily - [Full Article]

Drug possession charges have been filed against former Utah State football player Robert Turbin, who was reportedly found in possession of marijuana, during a traffic stop in Logan.

Logan City Police Capt. Curtis Hooley said an officer pulled over a black Audi Friday night, near 950 N. 200 W. after the car ran a stop sign.

“The officer made a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, who was Robert Turbin,” said Hooley. “Upon contact, the officer immediately smelled the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle.”

Related players: Josh Ferguson

Fantasy Impact:

This further enhances the prospects that rookie Josh Ferguson will be the primary backup to Frank Gore in Week 1.

Appeals court denies Tom Brady's request for rehearing, remains suspended

Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 9:50am

Albert Breer - [Full Article]

The second circuit court of appeals has denied Tom Brady's request for a rehearing. His recourse now: Appeal to the supreme court.

Fantasy Impact:

Given his ADP, the fantasy community has mostly ignored Brady's suspension, probably assuming that he would get it overturned again and play in the first month of the season. But for that to happen, he'll have to come to some settlement with the league (unlikely) or appeal the Supreme Court, who may or may not elect to hear his case. There isn't much time for that process to play out, though the court could stay his suspension if they elect to hear his case. For now, it does look like Brady will miss the first four games of the season. If his ADP drops in to the 9th or 10th round, he'll once again be a candidate for the Angry Tom Strategy, which worked beyond expectations last year. Jimmy Garoppolo will be under center for the first quarter of the season, and Brady's absence will have a negative impact on all of the Patriots' skill position players. Our rankings have assumed that Brady would miss four games since news of the reinstatement of his suspension broke.

Ravens Beat: RB Justin Forsett enters the camp as the 'clear lead dog,' 'his job to lose'

Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 12:13am

Baltimore Ravens - [Full Article]

Coming off a broken arm that cut his season short last year, Ravens RB Justin Forsett returned to summer workouts as the clear lead dog. He’s healthy once again and just two years removed from a Pro Bowl season. Still, Forsett will have to fend off talented younger competition, especially after his average yards per carry dropped from 5.4 yards in 2014 to 4.2 yards last season. He has to prove himself once again, but it’s his job to lose.

Fantasy Impact:

Forsett's YPC (4.25) was better than Javorius Allen's (3.75), but the rookie showed good receiving chops, hauling in 45 catches for 353 yards and two touchdowns. Allen was the #6 RB in standard formats (#3 in PPR) from Week 11 to Week 17, while Forsett was sidelined with a wrist injury. Forsett was #17 in standard and #12 in PPR through the first 10 weeks. According to HC John Harbaugh, the two will compete for touches in 2016. Rookie Kenneth Dixon is another potential headache for Forsett owners.

Saints Beat: 1,200 yards is 'the floor' for WR Brandin Cooks

Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 12:10am

New Orleans Advocate - [Full Article]

Nick Underhill on WR Brandin Cooks:

I would set the floor at 1,200 yards. I think he could even flirt with 1,500 if he has a couple big games. I think that having other weapons like Michael Thomas and Coby Fleener should help open things up for him. Fleener is a guy that can draw safety help, and Cooks was almost unguardable last season against single-high coverage. If that remains true, Cooks should be freed up for a few more shot plays.

Fantasy Impact:

1,200 yards would push Cooks into WR1 territory in both formats. The Saints spread the ball around, and the last receiver to crack the 1,200-yard mark was Marques Colston in 2007. Jimmy Graham cracked it twice in five seasons.

Bills RB Karlos Williams gained 'maybe 20-25 pounds' of baby weight

Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 11:56pm

Buffalo News - [Full Article]

Bills RB Karlos Williams showed up overweight in minicamp, maybe by 20-25 pounds. Even Rex Ryan said the Bills would need to set a realistic weight-loss goal for Williams by Day One of training camp, which probably means he’ll be starting practice conditioning on the sideline.

Fantasy Impact:

We're not worried about Williams' RB2 role being secure. He averaged 5.56 YPC and found the end zone nine times on 104 touches. He has weekly flex appeal and could post RB1-type numbers if anything were to happen to LeSean McCoy.

Browns aren't planning to cut RB Isaiah Crowell after insensitive Instagram post

Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 11:45pm

Cleveland.com - [Full Article]

The Browns have no plans to cut Isaiah Crowell, but they made it clear that actions must speak louder than words when it comes to his apology for an Instagram post depicting a police officer being stabbed in the neck by a person in a black hood.

Crowell posted the photo on Wednesday after the fatal shooting of two black men by police, one in Minnesota and one in Louisiana. But he took it down after a few minutes and issued an apology Monday through the Browns.

With racial tensions running high in the country in the wake of the fatal shootings of five police officers in Dallas on Thursday many fans and some media, including ESPNCleveland's Bruce Hooley, have called for Crowell's immediate dismissal by the Browns.

They currently have no plans to do that, but stressed in a statement that he must back up his words with action.

Fantasy Impact:

Crowell came into the league with various off-the-field missteps and he showed poor judgment here. It appears that the team is going to stand behind him for now, though the Cleveland PD has threatened to boycott Browns games if Crowell doesn't "make it right."

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