Giants HC Ben McAdoo is "very optimistic" that WR Victor Cruz will be able to play in Saturday's preseason game. Cruz missed the first 2 exhibitions with a groin injury. “I’m ready,” Cruz said Thursday. “Obviously it’s been a long time coming … This one is crossing so many hurdles, so many barriers … To me, this game is bigger than just a game.” We're curious to see how Cruz looks in his 1st game action since October of 2014, but we're still not interested in drafting him at this point.
Cardinals WR John Brown returned to practice on Thursday, per insider Darren Urban. That's encouraging news after Brown sat out with headaches Wednesday -- just a few days after returning from a concussion. It looks like he's back in the clear now, but we'll continue to keep a close eye on him.
Broncos QB Trevor Siemian has won the starting job, according to ESPN's Jeff Legwold. That certainly looked like the case when HC Gary Kubiak announced that Siemian would start the 3rd preseason game, but this report is more concrete. It's a surprising outcome considering Siemian's resume. He's a former 7th-round pick who completed just 58.9% of his passes with 27 TDs and 24 INTs in 4 years at Northwestern. Siemian has yet to attempt a regular-season NFL pass and has averaged just 6.3 yards per attempt with 0 TDs and 1 INT in 2 preseason contests this year. He's nowhere near the fantasy radar and makes WRs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders scary picks. We're expecting rookie QB Paxton Lynch to take over at some point this year. QB Mark Sanchez isn't even guaranteed a roster spot.
Broncos TE Jeff Heuerman is sidelined with a hamstring injury and is "unlikely" to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Rams, according to the Denver Post's Cameron Wolfe. Heuerman missed all of 2015 with a torn ACL and has been dealing with hamstring trouble all offseason. HC Gary Kubiak said he's still "a few days" from getting back on the field. Meanwhile, Virgil Green continues to look more and more locked in as Denver's starting TE. He's a recommended late-round target.
The Lions have released RB Stevan Ridley. He mustered just 3.0 yards per carry on 9 preseason totes. Ridley's departure locks in Zach Zenner as Detroit's #3 RB -- and potential goal-line back. He's worth a look late in drafts, especially in non-PPR or TD-heavy formats. Rookie RB Dwayne Washington has had a strong preseason and now looks like a better bet to make the team.
Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said Wednesday that he has "no hesitation saying [RB Thomas Rawls] will play in season opener." Rawls put in his 1st full practice of the offseason on Sunday but won't play in Seattle's 3rd exhibition. We'll see about the 4th. He remains the team's lead back but is a candidate to be eased in a bit at the start of the season, especially with RB Christine Michael looking so good.
Bears RB Jeremy Langford (foot) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday, according to insider Jeff Dickerson. Langford missed a few days of work with what always looked like a minor injury. We'll see if he plays in Chicago's 3rd exhibition, but we've seen enough to feel comfy with him as a RB2. Langford has averaged 5.2 yards per carry on 12 attempts through 2 exhibitions.
Cardinals WR John Brown missed Wednesday's practice with a headache, HC Bruce Arians said. This comes just 3 days after Brown returned from a nearly 3-week concussion-related absence. This certainly looks like a setback, but we'll be on the lookout for more information. If you're drafting in the meantime, consider Brown a risk/reward WR3.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski returned to practice on Wednesday, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Gronk missed 8 days with a still undisclosed injury. It never seemed serious, and it's a non-issue now barring a setback. We'll see if he plays in New England's 3rd preseason game on Friday night, but Gronkowski remains fantasy football's #1 TE regardless.
Browns WR Corey Coleman is “officially over” his hamstring injury, per team insider Tony Grossi. Coleman missed the 1st two preseason games, but he’ll suit up for Friday’s matchup with Tampa Bay. For now, he's a fringe WR3 with the upside for more.