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Josh McCown

CLE -QB

8 hours ago

McCown the unchallenged starter?

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi says the Browns are "by all appearances, moving on" from QB Johnny Manziel as a potential starter. He says veteran QB Josh McCown "has been virtually anointed the starting quarterback without even the hint of a 'competition' in training camp." This, of course, remains the speculation of a beat writer until some coach calls McCown the unquestioned starter on the record. But Cleveland has indicated that McCown will be the guy at least early in 2015. Manziel has reportedly failed to impress on the field so far this offseason. He'll need to change that drastically to have any hope of seeing the field during the regular season. The whole situation remains ugly for fantasy football purposes.

Geno Smith

NYJ -QB

9 hours ago

Slash: Gailey's good for Geno

Former Steelers QB Kordell Stewart said this week that new Jets OC Chan Gailey is the right guy for Jets QB Geno Smith. "I guarantee you—I think Chan Gailey is going to put him in a position to make him understand himself," Stewart said, per NJ.com. "He has one of the strongest arms in the league, and he has good feet. So there's no reason why he can't have success." Stewart became Pittsburgh's starting QB in 1997 under then-OC Gailey and ran for 11 TDs to go with just-decent passing numbers. Gailey's use of Stewart, though, helped the offense rank 7th in scoring and 6th in yards, and the Steelers reached the AFC title game. We actually discussed Gailey's impact on Stewart -- and many other positive fantasy football situations through the years -- on this week's podcast. We agree with Stewart that Gailey's hire was good news for Smith and the rest of the Jets' offense. How good? We'll see as the group gets to work over the spring and into training camp.

David Johnson

ARI -RB

9 hours ago

Coach: Johnson similar to Forte

Cardinals RBs coach Stump Mitchell sounds pretty excited about rookie RB David Johnson already. "He's going to make Andre (Ellington) pick up his game when given the opportunity," Mitchell said on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM on Thursday. "He has excellent hands and he's a bigger target to throw the ball to. He's going to be a big piece of the puzzle before this season is said and done. He reminds me a lot of (Chicago RB) Matt Forte. You can put him outside and use him as a receiver and he's a good runner." HC Bruce Arians has said that Ellington will continue in his role from last year, but we'd expect Johnson to get a healthy share of the workload. Arizona had little in the way of worthwhile complements last year -- especially after Jonathan Dwyer got suspended -- and Ellington's diminutive frame and history of foot trouble make him an iffy workhorse. Johnson looks better as a receiver than runner on film, but we'll see if his size motivates the Cards to use him between the tackles and in short-yardage situations. He'll be a solid mid-round selection in fantasy football drafts as a reserve RB.

Kiko Alonso

PHI -LB

9 hours ago

Alonso's knee doing well

Eagles LB Kiko Alonso is excited about how good his repaired knee feels. “I honestly didn’t think I’d be doing this much,” Alonso told Philly.com on Friday. “I’ve just been going on how I feel, and it’s feeling really good.” Alonso reportedly practiced without restriction this week. Getting into full workouts so early can only help the new Eagle's conditioning as he gets used to Chip Kelly practices again. We'll see as we more toward and into training camp how Philly plans to use its crowd at ILB.

Tom Brady

NE -QB

9 hours ago

Brady appeal in June?

ESPN reports that we will finally get the appeal hearing for Patriots QB Tom Brady on June 23, and it could run until June 25 if necessary. According to the Boston Herald, the NFL could take up to a month more beyond that to announce it's decision. In the meantime, we'll have to put up with lots more "Deflategate" talk and project Brady as though he's going to miss 4 games.

Mike Evans

TB -WR

20 hours ago

Evans nursing minor hamstring injury

Bucs WR Mike Evans tweaked his right hamstring in Friday’s practice. There's not much to see here, as HC Lovie Smith confirmed that it’s a very minor injury. Evans suffered a left hamstring injury around this time last year, but it clearly didn’t hamper him in-season. After dropping a 68-1,051-12 rookie line, this 21-year-old is in the WR1 discussion.

Jordy Nelson

GB -WR

1 day ago

Nelson not yet practicing

Packers WR Jordy Nelson isn't joining OTA practices yet as he recovers from offseason hip surgery. According to Pro Football Talk, however, he's "not worried." It's too early, of course, for us to start worrying about Nelson's situation as well. But we'll be watching it through the rest of the offseason and into training camp. If he can get back onto the field by training camp and avoid setbacks, he'll remain 1 of the top WR targets in fantasy football drafts.

C.J. Anderson

DEN -RB

1 day ago

Anderson, Ball share 1st team snaps

Denver RBs C.J. Anderson and Montee Ball split 1st team snaps in OTAs on Thursday. Beat writer Mike Klis still calls Anderson the starter, but he’ll need a solid summer to keep Ball off of his tail. The Broncos aren’t going to just hand the job to Anderson, a 24-year-old with just 7 NFL starts under his belt – especially with a new coaching staff in town. HC Gary Kubiak has signaled that Anderson is the starter, though, and we fully expect him to earn that role. His performance over the last 6 weeks of 2014 placed him 2nd in fantasy scoring.

Peyton Manning

DEN -QB

2 days ago

Manning loses Clady

Broncos LT Ryan Clady tore his ACL in Wednesday’s practice. After being placed on IR, the 2-time All-Pro is out for all of the 2015 season. It’s a serious blow for Denver’s O-line, one that already lost guard Orlando Franklin in free agency. It’s worth noting that Peyton Manning’s record breaking 2013 surfaced despite getting only 2 games from Clady. (He missed most of the season with a foot injury.) Manning’s great at getting the ball out before pressure arrives – he’s taken no more than 21 sacks in a season since 2002. Still, his current O-line is shaping up as a real question mark. This news also puts a slight dent in C.J. Anderson’s outlook.

Sam Bradford

PHI -QB

2 days ago

Bradford to take field next week

Eagles HC Chip Kelly told reporters Thursday afternoon that QB Sam Bradford is "on schedule" in his return from last year's ACL tear and that he'll throw in 7-on-7 drills next week. Fantasy football owners everywhere, of course, anxiously await any preview of what this offense might be able to do in 2015. Kelly has coached both of his Philly teams into the league's top 5 in scoring so far, with Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Mark Sanchez and even Matt Barkley as his QBs.

UPDATE: Kelly also said that the starting QB job is up for grabs, with Bradford and Sanchez the obvious competitors. Bradford did throw to receivers on the side as the team worked out Thursday.

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