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Patriots RB Rex Burkhead returns to practice

Sunday, August 19, 2018, 7:04pm

Kevin Duffy on Twitter - [Full Article]

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead is back at practice.

Fantasy Impact:

Reports last week said Burkhead had a tear in his knee but it looks like he's going to be able to play through the injury. Burkhead is our No. 20 ranked RB in PPR leagues. His ADP is two-to-three rounds after guys like Joe Mixon and Lamar Miller, who are ranked close to Burkhead, so he's a potentially great value in drafts.

Saints Beat: Team seems to be giving RB Mark Ingram heavy workload

Sunday, August 19, 2018, 4:37pm

Times-Picayune - [Full Article]

Ingram will serve a four-game suspension to start the season for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy. From watching training camp and the first two preseason games, it seems the Saints are preparing Ingram just as they would if he were available for the start of the season.

Ingram had seven carries in each of the first two preseason games, a stark contrast to 2017 when he had four total in the entire preseason with all coming in the third exhibition.

Related players: Alvin Kamara, Terrance West, Jonathan Williams, Shane Vereen

Fantasy Impact:

While Kamara should get a heavy workload with Ingram out, the story said HC Sean Payton always likes to use multiple backs, so chances are someone else could emerge and have fantasy value while Ingram is suspended.

Bills QB A.J. McCarron to get second opinion on shoulder

Sunday, August 19, 2018, 4:29pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

Buffalo Bills quarterback AJ McCarron is getting a second opinion to determine the severity of an injury to his throwing shoulder.

Related players: Josh Allen, Nathan Peterman

Fantasy Impact:

HC Sean McDermott said he could not provide an update on McCarron because tests on his right shoulder were not “totally conclusive.” Other reports say it was a broken collarbone. The injury opens the door for Allen to perhaps win the starting job.

Redskins to host RB Adrian Peterson Monday

Sunday, August 19, 2018, 4:24pm

Ian Rapoport on Twitter - [Full Article]

The Redskins are hosting veteran RB Adrian Peterson, sources tell me and Mike Garafolo. The Pro Bowler is an intriguing option for Washington.

Related players: Rob Kelley, Samaje Perine, Byron Marshall, Jamaal Charles, Orleans Darkwa

Fantasy Impact:

The Skins hosted Jamaal Charles and Orleans Darkwa on Sunday and are looking to add running backs with all the injuries they are suffering, including to Perine and Marshall, who are dealing with ankle issues.

Eagles QBs Carson Wentz, Nick Foles to split first-team reps

Sunday, August 19, 2018, 4:21pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

Though Carson Wentz has not yet been cleared for full contact, he'll "jump back into some team drills" Sunday, according to HC Doug Pederson. In doing so, he'll split first-team reps with Nick Foles, who will practice despite suffering a shoulder strain Thursday. Wentz recently acknowledged that his Week 1 availability will be a close call, but the franchise signal-caller continues to progress well and his status for the Eagles' opener ultimately figures to be determined by the team's medical staff.

Fantasy Impact:

It's looking like both QBs will be good to go for Week 1 at this point, and if that's the case, Wentz will get the nod. Wentz isn't expected to play in the preseason. Foles' preseason shoulder injury obviously wasn't all that serious

Jets Beat: QB Sam Darnold 'trending toward' starting Week 1

Sunday, August 19, 2018, 4:15pm

Rich Cimini on Twitter - [Full Article]

Jets QB Sam Darnold got the bulk of the reps. Again. He’s trending toward Week 1 starting job.

Related players: Teddy Bridgewater, Josh McCown

Fantasy Impact:

Cimini said it seems obvious Darnold will start this week's preseason game based on all of his reps. He thinks the only way things change is if Darnold regresses against the Giants.

Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas dealing with wrist injury

Sunday, August 19, 2018, 4:11pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

NFL teams have no obligation to disclose injury information during the preseason. The Broncos opted to do so on Saturday night, in connection with the fact that veteran receiver Demaryius Thomas did not play.

“He’s got a sore wrist,” coach Vance Joseph told reporters after the game. “It happened in practice I think on Thursday and he couldn’t go tonight.”

Related players: Courtland Sutton, DaeSean Hamilton, Carlos Henderson

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to speculate Thomas could end up being the subject of trade talks, mostly because the team has a group of very young receivers in Sutton, Hamilton and Henderson they seem to feel pretty good about. The injury doesn't appear to be serious.

Jackson: 'There's a chance' Browns WR Josh Gordon ready for Week 1

Sunday, August 19, 2018, 10:10am

Cleveland.com - [Full Article]

The Browns are hoping Josh Gordon will be ready to roll when the Steelers come to town for the opener Sept. 9.

"There's a chance,'' coach Hue Jackson said on a conference call Saturday. "Obviously, we're just going to take it one step at a time. His focus is going to be on meetings and conditioning, and then we'll just kind of go from there. Hopefully, we can get him up and running by the first game."

Fantasy Impact:

The story said Gordon returned to the Browns on Saturday from a treatment program at the University of Florida. He was subsequently placed on the active/non-football injury list. It means he can start practicing as soon as his medical team gives him the green light. In the meantime, he can attend meetings and conditioning sessions. The story went on to say an NFL spokesman said there is no timetable for the next steps.

Bears TE Adam Shaheen has low ankle sprain

Sunday, August 19, 2018, 10:00am

Ian Rapoport on Twitter - [Full Article]

It looked nasty, but the ankle injury for Bears TE Adam Shaheen wasn’t nearly as bad as it appeared. Source said Shaheen suffered a low-ankle sprain based on initial tests.

Related players: Trey Burton, Dion Sims

Fantasy Impact:

Shaheen had to be carted off but seems fortunate it's not a more serious injury. Rapoport added more tests are coming, but if everything holds, he wouldn’t be ruled out to play Week 1.

Browns WR Josh Gordon announces his return

Saturday, August 18, 2018, 3:25pm

Josh Gordon on Twitter - [Full Article]

Josh Gordon issued a statement on Twitter, saying in part:

"As I humbly return to being a member of this team with an opportunity to get back to playing this game I love, I realize in order for me to reach my full potential my primary focus must remain on my sobriety and mental well-being. Let's get to work!"

UPDATE via Tom Pelissero: "Since #Brown WR Josh Gordon is still in jointly negotiated substance abuse program, he’s subject to certain conditions. Per @NFLprguy: “This part of the process. Can attend meetings, do conditioning. Can go to practice but not participate. No timetable on next step.”

Related players: Jarvis Landry, Tyrod Taylor

Fantasy Impact:

Josh Gordon has faced a long road to get back. He played five games last season but then was not present to this point for the start of Browns camp and the preseason. In his return last season after about three years away from the NFL, Gordon played the final five weeks of the regular season. He averaged 11.5 PPR points per game, WR26 over that span (Week 13-17) on a per game basis. Jarvis Landry will eat into his target share undoubtedly, and Gordon's ADP remains in the fourth-to-fifth-round range. You're paying for closer to his ceiling at that price with a low floor.

Bills QB A.J. McCarron has hairline fracture of collarbone

Saturday, August 18, 2018, 12:30pm

Vic Carucci - [Full Article]

Bills QB AJ McCarron suffered a hairline fracture of the collarbone in the first quarter of Friday's preseason game versus the Browns, The Buffalo News has learned.

Fantasy Impact:

First-round pick Josh Allen and Nathan Peterman will now compete to start at quarterback in Buffalo in what appears to be an underwhelming passing attack for fantasy purposes.

Patriots rookie OL Isaiah Wynn out for season

Friday, August 17, 2018, 12:35pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Patriots rookie offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn tore his Achilles on Thursday against the Eagles and will miss the 2018 season.

Fantasy Impact:

This is a big blow to a Patriots offensive line that also lost Nate Solder in free agency. With Tom Brady entering his age 41 season, protecting him will be more important than ever. A slow start to 2018 is possible for New England's offense with so many moving pieces both up front and at the skill positions.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead dealing with a 'slight tear' in knee

Friday, August 17, 2018, 12:31pm

Jeff Howe - [Full Article]

Jeff Howe reports that running back Rex Burkhead is dealing with a "slight tear" in his knee. The injury was described as minor and Howe stated Burkhead likely would have played in the team's second preseason game against the Eagles had it been a regular season game.

Fantasy Impact:

This is not a huge red flag right now, but serves as a reminder of Burkhead's knee issues from last season. With Sony Michel dealing with some knee issues of his own, we could see a higher early-season workload for James White. One of Mike Gillislee or Jeremy Hill could also be in the mix on early downs.

49ers RB Jerick McKinnon out until Week 1

Friday, August 17, 2018, 12:28pm

Brian Murphy - [Full Article]

49ers general manager John Lynch said that Jerick McKinnon will be out until Week 1 against the Vikings.

Fantasy Impact:

McKinnon suffered a calf injury last weekend, and while it is not considered to be serious, the 49ers are taking no chances with their free-agent acquisition at running back. McKinnon is likely fine, but will be setting career-highs in touches this season. This may not be the last time we see him pop up on the injury report.

Packers RB Jamaal Williams injures ankle

Thursday, August 16, 2018, 9:43pm

Michael Cohen - [Full Article]

Packers running back Jamaal Williams left Green Bay's second preseason game with an ankle injury.

Fantasy Impact:

The severity of the injury is unknown, but with Aaron Jones already suspended for the first two games of the season, the Packers could find themselves thin at running back to open the year if this is serious. Ty Montgomery figures to handle most of the workload if both Williams and Jones are out.