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James White

NE -RB

17 hours ago

White set to become a factor?

NESN's Doug Kyed says Patriots RB James White has a clear path to a "defined role" in the 2015 offense. "Shane Vereen’s departure leaves the third-down role wide open, and White is the favorite to win that job," Kyed wrote Friday. White generated buzz last offseason after the Pats drafted him in Round 4, but then he touched the ball just 14 times all season while appearing in only 3 games. This year's backfield stands wide open behind LeGarrette Blount, though, after Vereen and Stevan Ridley left in free agency. White figures to see primary competition from Travaris Cadet for the 3rd-down role. Tyler Gaffney, Jonas Gray, Brandon Bolden and Dion Lewis -- plus FB James Develin -- round out the backfield on the offseason roster. Fantasy football owners should watch the competition with interest this summer. Vereen averaged 4.1 catches per game over the past 2 seasons, which projects to 66 over a full schedule.

Tyler Eifert

CIN -TE

18 hours ago

Eifert on track for training camp

Per Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com, TE Tyler Eifert (shoulder surgery) is “on pace to start the first day of training camp.”  The 24-year-old was always expected to be a full participant in camp, but it’s encouraging to see that he hasn’t suffered any setbacks. With plenty of targets up for grabs behind A.J. Green, there’s clear top 10 fantasy upside with Eifert.

Cordarrelle Patterson

MIN -WR

2 days ago

Don't forget about Patterson

Vikings HC Mike Zimmer has joined GM Rick Spielman in saying that WR Cordarrelle Patterson is having a good offseason. "He's really done well," Zimmer told FOX Sports North. "He's running routes good. He's working hard. So we just need him to continue to do those things and continue to keep getting consistent and keep improving. I've been impressed with the things that he's done." Patterson's super-letdown of a 2014 campaign for fantasy owners -- and the Vikings -- will keep him from shooting up anyone's 2015 draft board. The emergence of Charles Johnson and arrival of Mike Wallace also lower the ceiling on Patterson's volume. But he still brings impressive talent in a young pass offense with plenty of developing to do. Don't forget about Patterson if he stays on the board late in your 2015 fantasy football draft. And now might still be a good time to check on his trade price in your dynasty league.

Carlos Hyde

SF -RB

2 days ago

Hyde sitting out with leg issue

49ers RB Carlos Hyde missed Thursday's voluntary team workout because of a leg injury, but it doesn't appear to be serious. “He’s working through the leg,” HC Jim Tomsula said, per ESPN.com. “It’s nothing. I mean we got no big [injury], but we’re going to wait. We want you 100 percent. We’re doing this offseason thing and we’re doing things fast and we’re doing all those things, so we’re not going to push. It’s not the season, so we’re trying to treat that the right way.” We won't be concerned unless the issue starts to linger. The Niners have a mandatory minicamp June 9-11 but no other non-voluntary portions before training camp opens in July.

Marcell Dareus

BUF -DL

3 days ago

Dareus docked 1 game

Bills DL Marcell Dareus will miss the team's opener against the Colts. The league announced Thursday that he'll serve a 1-game suspension for last year's drug-possession arrest. Dareus apologized in an official statement and took responsibility for the situation, so an appeal doesn't seem to be in the works. The Buffalo D could certainly use him against Indy, but missing Dareus for 1 game doesn't alter the fantasy outlook for 1 of the league's best defenses.

Kelvin Benjamin

CAR -WR

3 days ago

Benjamin dealing with hamstring injury

According to the Charlotte Observer, Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin suffered a strained hamstring last week. He’s not expected to participate in next week’s OTAs, but the team is just playing it safe. Early drafters can still feel comfortable taking him as a borderline WR1.

Ray Rice

UNS -RB

3 days ago

Rice has charges dismissed

A judge dismissed domestic-violence charges against RB Ray Rice on Thursday, a move which merely marks Rice's completion of his agreed-upon treatment. We'll see if this largely symbolic step motivates any NFL team to give the former Raven a 2nd chance. Rice hasn't seemed to get close to such an opportunity to date, and it surely doesn't help that he played fairly poorly when last he took the field. We'll see where this situation goes.

Brandon Spikes

NE -LB

3 days ago

Spikes goes back to Pats

The Patriots reached a 1-year deal with LB Brandon Spikes on Thursday. The move is surprising only in that the team had clearly soured on him by the end of his initial New England run, and Spikes had negative words on his way out the door. But he had changed his tone over the past year and remains an effective 2-down player. Spikes helps the Patriots' depth and run defense but shouldn't emerge as more than a 4th LB for them heading into 2015. His lack of coverage ability would also sap Spikes of IDP value even if injury presses him into duty this year.

Derek Carr

OAK -QB

3 days ago

Carr's finger no big deal?

The agent for Raiders QB Derek Carr told the San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday that Carr's finger issue is a "nonstory." “It’s a very minor situation,” Tim Younger said, adding that his client will "probably" be throwing before the end of OTAs. Younger also said that Carr won't need any hand surgery. Getting Carr back onto the field soon would certainly help to allay any fears about slowing the development of a young offense. That said, fantasy owners shouldn't sweat this situation too much anyway. WR Amari Cooper looks like the only moderately attractive fantasy option in Oakland's 2015 passing game.

Ben Tate

UNS -RB

3 days ago

Cowboys checking out Tate

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports that RB Ben Tate will work out for the Cowboys on Thursday. Tate averaged an ugly 3.1 yards per carry with Cleveland last season before the Browns cut him in favor of its rookie duo (and because of a bad attitude). Tate then failed to stick with either Minnesota or Pittsburgh. Any RB who emerges as the Dallas starter will be worth a fantasy look this season, but we'd still like the upside on RB Joseph Randle much more than Tate's if the Cowboys were to sign him. The most interesting thing about this news, of course, is that Dallas doesn't appear set on its 2015 backfield. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: Rob Phillips of DallasCowboys.com reports that the team will work out "a group of WRs and RBs" Thursday but wouldn't confirm the names of any participants.

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