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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.

Redskins RB Samaje Perine sprains ankle

Thursday, August 16, 2018, 9:35pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Redskins running back Samaje Perine sprained his ankle in Washington's second preseason game.

Fantasy Impact:

With Derrius Guice out for the season, Perine was in line to pick up a bigger load carrying the football. That may already be out the window depending on the severity of this injury. Rob Kelley will likely be the Redskins' early-down running back until further notice.

Jets beat expects QB Sam Darnold to start Week 1

Thursday, August 16, 2018, 3:43pm

NY Daily News - [Full Article]

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News expects Sam Darnold to be the Week 1 starter at quarterback. He stated it would "be an upset" for him to not start.

Fantasy Impact:

Josh McCown has been great for fantasy purposes, so this may not necessarily be a good thing for Jets skill players from that perspective. Still, it is likely the best long-term move for the Jets, who need to spark their franchise. No Jets quarterback is draftable right now in single-quarterback formats, but hopefully no matter who the starter is, they can continue to get the most out of wide receiver Robby Anderson.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger cleared after head injury

Thursday, August 16, 2018, 3:39pm

Gerry Dulac - [Full Article]

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is out of the concussion protocol and is "fine".

Fantasy Impact:

There was some holding of breathe after Roethlisberger took a shot to the head in practice this week, but it appears that all is well with the veteran passer. You may continue to draft Steeler receivers as normal.

Titans TE Delanie Walker being evaluated for injury

Thursday, August 16, 2018, 3:36pm

John Glennon - [Full Article]

Titans head coach Mike Vrabel said tight end Delanie Walker is being evaluated after suffering an injury in practice.

Fantasy Impact:

Vrabel said he will likely not update the media regarding the extent of the injury, so we will have to do some waiting to find out exactly what is going on. Walker paced the Titans with 111 targets in 2017. It would be a big blow to the offense if he were out for any length of time. Second-year player Jonnu Smith would stand to benefit most from his absence.

Broncos WR Carlos Henderson suspended one game

Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 5:32pm

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

Broncos wide receiver Carlos Henderson has been suspended without pay for the first game of the 2018 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

Fantasy Impact:

Henderson was a third-round pick of the Broncos last season, but may already be looking like a cut candidate as we approach September. Denver drafted both Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton in the 2018 NFL Draft, and each rookie wideout has impressed. Henderson is likely no higher than fifth on the depth chart.

49ers RB Jeremy McNichols running with the ones

Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 3:24pm

Matt Barrows - [Full Article]

The Athletic's Matt Barrows reports that "Jeremy McNichols has been the first 49ers running back on the field for every drill today".

Fantasy Impact:

This is particularly notable with the recent injuries to Jerick McKinnon and Matt Breida. It is also notable that McNichols appears to be ahead of 2017 table-banger Joe Williams. The 49ers' recent signing of Alfred Morris leaves some cloudiness in this backfield going forward, but the former Boise State star is someone worth keeping on watch lists for the time being.

Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny having surgery

Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 6:22am

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

Seahawks rookie running back Rashaad Penny is having surgery Wednesday morning to repair a broken finger. The expected recovery time is three to four weeks.

UPDATE: Adam Schefter reported that Penny "should be ready" by Week 1

Fantasy Impact:

This makes Penny questionable for the start of the season. If the rookie is unable to play in Week 1, the lead running back duties will likely fall upon Chris Carson, though someone like C.J. Prosise or J.D. McKissic could have a role on third down. Ultimately, this news could just make Penny a value in fantasy drafts.

Musgrave: Broncos TE Jeff Heuerman 'could be weapon for us'

Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 8:02pm

Denver Post - [Full Article]

Despite missing nine training camp practices with a nagging knee injury, Denver listed Jeff Heuerman as the No. 1 option. It appeared either a serious vote of confidence for a fourth-year pro with only 18 career receptions, or, an indictment of the remaining inexperience within the position group.

“If we can get (Heuerman’s) knee right,” OC Bill Musgrave said, “he could really be a weapon for us.”

Related players: Jake Butt

Fantasy Impact:

Heuerman practiced exclusively with the starters in team periods and seven-on-seven drills, the story went on to say. He run blocked off tackle against Von Miller. He cleared a path for tailback Devontae Booker on a sweep. He lined up in the backfield, on the edge, out wide at receiver and caught several passes from quarterback Case Keenum. The story added that Butt is more of a pass-catcher and route runner while Heuerman is more of an in-line blocker. But as the story said, Musgrave feels Heuerman can be a big weapon.

Raiders WR Martavis Bryant (migraines) misses practice

Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 7:52pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Raiders receiver Martavis Bryant missed a second day of practice with “really bad migraines,” Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.

The condition has plagued Bryant for years, per Tafur.

Related players: Amari Cooper, Jordy Nelson

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say coach Jon Gruden confirmed Monday that Bryant missed that day’s practice with “a headache.” Bryant made one catch for 18 yards on four targets in the Raiders’ preseason opener. He is on the second team behind Cooper and Nelson.