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Broncos RB Royce Freeman's playing time could depend on blocking

Monday, August 20, 2018, 10:07am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Through Denver's two preseason games, Royce Freeman is the team's leading rusher, with 58 yards in limited duty. He also has the team's only two rushing touchdowns of the preseason.

He has shown vision, power and speed, but on two separate occasions in recent days, Broncos coach Vance Joseph finished a sentence about Freeman with “but we’ll see how he does in protections."

“I know that, too," Freeman said. “ ... It’s all technique, and I feel like it's just repetitions, repetitions. You can always polish things up. You can always be a little bit better at something. I feel like maybe you don’t get it right on the first time, but you keep doing it and doing it. It’s a big thing."

Related players: Devontae Booker

Fantasy Impact:

As Case Keenum put it in the story, the back is often the last line of defense, so any RB needs to be able to pass protect to remain on the field. It sounds like Freeman is picking things up according to another quote from Keenum in the story. We certainly see Freeman having the fantasy edge over Booker but it seems like Booker will get his share of work this season as well. We rank Freeman as our No. 29 RB.

Cardinals Christian Kirk battling for WR2 spot

Monday, August 20, 2018, 9:53am - [Full Article]

The Arizona Cardinals' search for a No. 2 wide receiver opposite Larry Fitzgerald is getting interesting.

Rookie Christian Kirk has turned heads. His four catches for 49 yards and a touchdown performance in Friday night's 20-15 preseason win over the New Orleans Saints coincides with Kirk's objective to make an immediate impact.

Fantasy Impact:

Kirk is a second-round pick and is noted for his route-running skills. The Cards are looking for a No. 2 WR option to pair with Larry Fitzgerald, but as the story noted, Kirk did his damage out of the slot on Friday, catching a 13-yard TD.

Bills RB LeSean McCoy (groin) not practicing Monday

Monday, August 20, 2018, 9:49am

Sal Capaccio on Twitter - [Full Article]

Bills RB LeSean McCoy has a sore groin and is not practicing today.

Fantasy Impact:

We're going to assume this isn't a big deal but certainly something to keep an eye on going forward. McCoy has fallen down our RB list to 26th because of the July 10 accusations of domestic violence. We continue to recommend a hands-off approach, at least until the middle rounds.

Bills QB Josh Allen works with first team Monday

Monday, August 20, 2018, 9:35am

Mike Rodak on Twitter - [Full Article]

Bills HC Sean McDermott said Josh Allen will work with the first-team offense in Monday’s practice and Nathan Peterman will run the second-team offense.

Related players: AJ McCarron

Fantasy Impact:

On Sunday, Peterman led the first team and Allen the second team. McDermott said it’s a rotation, Rodak continued in his tweet. The injury to McCarron (shoulder) seems more likely to open the door for Allen at this point, but the Bills QB rotation so far in camp has been a strange one, according to those who follow the team.

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 - [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.