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Zach Ertz

PHI -TE

7 hours ago

Ertz still iffy for Week 1

Eagles TE Zach Ertz (groin) admitted on Thursday that he's still iffy for Week 1.  He underwent groin surgery a couple of weeks ago and has yet to get back on the field.  Ertz won't be a recommended fantasy play even if he's active for the opener against the Falcons.  He could still emerge as an upside TE1, though, making him worth a look at his 10th-round ADP.

DeVante Parker

MIA -WR

8 hours ago

Parker debuts in 4th preseason game

Dolphins WR DeVante Parker made his pro debut in the team's 4th preseason game on Thursday night.  He made 1 catch for 11 yards, but the stat line is much less important than the fact that Parker was able to get on the field.  It's confirmation that he's ready to go after June foot surgery.  The rookie missed a lot of the offseason and will likely play a limited role early on.  But he's capable of quickly climbing into a top 3 spot on the depth chart.  Parker is an intriguing bench stash.

Tom Brady

NE -QB

18 hours ago

Brady's 4-game ban overturned

Judge Richard Berman has ruled in favor of Patriots QB Tom Brady and overturned his 4-game suspension.  It means he'll be on the field for the season-opener against the Steelers next Thursday night and play a full 16-game season (barring injury).  Fantasy owners who have been rolling the dice on Brady in the 9th and 10th rounds of drafts should be pumped.  He now sits safely inside QB1 territory in our rankings, although his banged-up WR corps is still a concern.  TE Rob Gronkowski is also a winner here and makes even more sense anywhere in Round 1.  WR Julian Edelman also gets a bump up the rankings, despite his leg injury.

Darren Sproles

PHI -RB

18 hours ago

Eagles want Sproles more involved

Eagles OC Pat Shurmur reiterated that the team wants to get RB Darren Sproles more involved this year.  We heard the same thing from HC Chip Kelly earlier this offseason.  "We'd like to get him the ball steadily and consistently, and he certainly is a unique, outstanding player," Shurmur said. "We just need to make sure we get him the ball, and we have a plan to do that."  Sproles has hauled in 4 balls for 56 yards and a score in just 12 snaps over the past 2 preseason games.  Although he's still 3rd on the RB depth chart, Sproles could be just as much WR as RB for Philly this season.  He looks best in PPR best-ball leagues.

Brian Cushing

HOU -LB

1 day ago

Cushing feeling great

Texans LB Brian Cushing followed a disappointing 2014 season by having knee, wrist and ankle surgeries. That would seem to set him up as a poor IDP bet for the coming season -- but not if you listen to Cushing. "I'm moving like my old self, I'm feeling like my old self," he told the Houston Chronicle on Monday. "I'm not worried about my knee or other injuries or needing any slack or anything really holding me back. It's awesome." At full strength, Cushing can put up top-15 fantasy numbers among LBs. We're not betting on him returning to that level this year, given the myriad recent injuries. But we're moving him up the IDP rankings for the last weekend of drafting before the season starts. If Cushing goes down again, most leagues present solid, readily available replacement options.

Dallas Cowboys

DAL -DEF

1 day ago

Cowboys down to 3rd MLB

Dallas might have to go with LB Andrew Gachkar in the middle to open the season. Rolando McClain will start the year with a 4-game suspension, and Anthony Hitchens is dealing with a foot sprain. Hitchens might return in time for the opener, but if he doesn't, it'll be Gachkar's job. IDP owners shouldn't go picking up the former Charger. The situation could further add to weak-side LB Sean Lee's tackle upside. It certainly doesn't help a team D that already looked shaky at best.

Jeff Janis

GB -WR

1 day ago

Rodgers needs more consistency from Janis

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is looking for more consistency from WR Jeff Janis.  "Jeff will have some great days and some days where mentally he's making too many mistakes," Rodgers said.  He added that the "talent and athleticism are there" for Janis, but that doesn't mean much if he's not on the same page as his QB.  Ty Montgomery will open the season as Green Bay's #3 WR, but we're still not ruling out Janis taking over that spot at some point this year.  Both guys are intriguing late-round fliers.

LeSean McCoy

BUF -RB

1 day ago

McCoy might not be "fully ready" for opener

The Bills are concerned that RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) might not be "fully ready" for Week 1, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson.  That's not a major surprise considering the hamstring injury seemed relatively severe from the start.  "It's way too early to say whether (McCoy) will play or not," a Bills source told Anderson.  "He is doing a little bit more every day. But hell yes, I'm concerned about that. I can't say for sure he's going to be with us Week 1. I can't say that at all. It will take everything we got just to get him ready for game day, and then we get to game day (there's) no way he can be in great football shape. So I think he will be on a pitch count, I think at the very best."  We'll keep a close eye on Shady in the week leading up to next Sunday's opener against the Colts.  If he doesn't put in at least 1 full practice, though, he'll be a risky fantasy play.  The depth chart behind McCoy is murky, with Karlos Williams, Boobie Dixon and Bryce Brown in the mix.

Victor Cruz

NYG -WR

1 day ago

Cruz "very much in doubt" for Week 1

Giants WR Victor Cruz (calf) is "very much in doubt" for Week 1, ESPN's Dan Graziano said on SiriusXM Wednesday.  Cruz has been sidelined since mid-August with a calf strain that's caused swelling.  It's on the opposite leg in which he tore his patellar tendon last year, but it could certainly be related.  We've been avoiding Cruz all offseason because of that nasty knee injury.  His absence would open up a big opportunity for WR Rueben Randle.

Matt Jones

WAS -RB

1 day ago

Jones a "very integral part" of Redskins run game

Redskins HC Jay Gruden called RB Matt Jones a "very integral part" of the team's running game.  The rookie is being held out of the 4th preseason game -- a sign that Washington is happy with where he's at.  "We want to make sure we have him for 16 weeks and don’t burn him out," Gruden explained.  Alfred Morris will enter the season as the clear lead back, but Jones looks capable of eating into his workload.  Jones busted off 7 yards per carry this preseason, with some of that work coming with the 1st-team offense.

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