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C.J. Anderson


6 hours ago

1,400 yards for Anderson?

Broncos insider Troy Renck threw out a prediction of 1,400 rushing yards for RB C.J. Anderson this season.  Renck calls Anderson "a bowling ball with legs" and believes he'll be "physically prepared for the grind" this year.  Anderson had some conditioning issues last season but still rolled up 767 yards on a 4.8 per-carry average over the final 8 games.  Our 2015 projection for Anderson isn't quite as lofty as Renck's, but 1,400 yards certainly isn't out of the question.

Christine Michael


7 hours ago

Michael on the roster bubble?

ESPN's Terry Blount believes RB Christine Michael is on the roster bubble heading to training camp.  The 2013 2nd-rounder boasts an elite combination of size and athleticism but has yet to carve out a significant role in Seattle.  Michael has totaled just 52 carries for 254 scoreless yards through 2 NFL seasons.  Blount adds that the 'Hawks are high on undrafted rookie RB Thomas Rawls, who could push Michael off the roster.  "He needs to do everything right in camp or he might find his days in Seattle have ended," Blount writes of Michael. "Maybe the Seahawks could trade him for a late-round pick if they decide Rawls is the better option."  A fresh start elsewhere might be best for Michael.  He's still worth holding in keeper and dynasty leagues.

Ameer Abdullah


7 hours ago

Lions view Abdullah as "primary RB"

The Lions view Ameer Abdullah as a "primary RB," according to insider Dave Birkett.  That's an important distinction because some draftniks considered the 5'9, 205-pounder more of a change-of-pace back in the pros.  Of course, the fact that Detroit spent the 54th overall pick of this spring's draft on Abdullah was a good indication that they believe he can be a lead back.  The rookie has since drawn rave reviews in OTAs and minicamp.  We project Abdullah to lead the Lions backfield in touches and fantasy points this season.

Jason Pierre-Paul


17 hours ago

JPP hurt in fireworks accident reports that Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul needed hospital treatment for hand injuries suffered in a fireworks accident over the weekend. According to the report: "Pierre-Paul has severe burns on his palm and tips of three fingers, and one finger is being tested for nerve damage. He didn't lose any fingers, and doctors believe there will be no permanent damage or disfigurement of his hands." The injuries may not impact his career, but the incident surely won't sit well with a head coach who gets mad at players for not getting healthy quickly enough, fumbling and not arriving at team meetings early. JPP's apparent decision to handle fireworks seems particularly stupid when you factor in that he's not currently under contract. The Giants, of course, franchised him this offseason, but Pierre-Paul has avoided signing the tender so far while seeking a long-term deal. We'll see where things go from here and whether his hands are ready for the start of training camp.

Dwayne Bowe


1 day ago

Bowe looking to be "TD man"

Browns WR Dwayne Bowe is planning to take over for WR Josh Gordon as the team's "TD man" this season.  "It's my job to do that in this offense and I believe I can do that," he added. Bowe, of course, was part of a Chiefs WR corps last year that didn't score a single TD. In fact, Bowe has totaled just 13 scores in 4 seasons since his 15-TD 2010 campaign.  It's tough to get excited about his scoring upside on a Browns offense that figures to be 1 of the worst in the league.  Bowe will need heavy volume to be a 2015 fantasy football asset.

Andrew Quarless


1 day ago

Quarless arrested for firing gun

Packers TE Andrew Quarless was arrested in Miami early Saturday morning for firing a gun after getting into an argument with a group of women.  He tried to flee the scene but was eventually tracked down by the cops.  We'll see how the legal system handles the situation, but Quarless is very likely facing a suspension from the league.  Expected to serve as Green Bay's #2 TE this season behind Richard Rodgers, Quarless was well off the fantasy football radar anyway.  The news makes Rodgers a bit more intriguing, but you should still only treat him as a low-end TE2.

Deone Bucannon


2 days ago

Bucannon in line to start?

Cardinals S Deone Bucannon was working with at the strong spot with the 1st team in spring workouts. DC James Bettcher told the team website that he has yet to decide on the starters at some positions -- including SS -- but the early nod to last year's 1st-round pick suggests he's the favorite. Bucannon proved wildly productive as a college safety and could still play some LB in nickel packages. That role would keep him in the middle of the action and can only help his tackle numbers. Unless he has a bad summer and lets Tony Jefferson pass him on the depth chart, Bucannon looks like at least a DB2 for IDP fantasy football leagues this year. Look for him to climb our 2015 IDP rankings.

Blake Bortles


3 days ago

Bortles dealt with "dead arm" last year

Jaguars HC Gus Bradley recently revealed that QB Blake Bortles was dealing with "dead arm" down the stretch last season.  He experienced inflammation and had to cut back on practice reps.  Bortles also suffered a toe injury in December that impacted his footwork.  The injuries at least partly explain his ugly 50.4% completion rate and 4.8 yards-per-attempt average in the final 4 games.  Bortles posted a 62.3% completion rate and 6.7-yard average in his first 10 games.  Neither the shoulder nor the toe required surgery, and Bortles is at 100% heading to training camp.  With a year of experience under his belt and an improved supporting cast, there's plenty of potential for a big leap in 2015.  Bortles is an intriguing QB2 available in the final few rounds of drafts.

Ladarius Green


3 days ago

Green gets 4-game audition for starting job

Chargers insider Eric Williams confirms that TE Ladarius Green will slide into the starting spot while TE Antonio Gates serves his 4-game suspension to open the 2015 campaign.  It's a huge opportunity for a supremely gifted athlete.  The 6'6, 240-pounder boasts 4.5 speed, a 34.5-inch vertical and is averaging 16.4 yards per catch through 3 NFL seasons.  With Gates resting, Green got a bunch of 1st-team work this spring and made some "spectacular catches," per Williams.  He'll be an intriguing play in both season-long and DFS for those first 4 weeks.  San Diego opens with the Lions, Bengals, Vikings and Browns.

Antonio Gates


4 days ago

Gates gets 4-game suspension

Chargers TE Antonio Gates has been suspended 4 games for violating the NFL's Substance Abuse Policy.  Gates admitted to taking "supplements and holistic medicines" this offseason to recover, although he claims he didn't know they contained banned substances.  The 4-game suspension obviously puts a sizable dent in the fantasy outlook of a guy who was looking like 1 of the better values at TE.  Gates was going in the 10th round of 12-team PPR drafts prior to the news.  We'll see how far his ADP drops.  He could still end up as a solid target as a probable TE1 over the final 12 games.  Meanwhile, uber-athlete Ladarius Green becomes an intriguing spot starter while Gates is out.  And a strong performance then could earn him a bigger role the rest of the way.  WRs Keenan Allen, Stevie Johnson and Malcom Floyd also figure to see a few extra targets those first 4 games.  QB Philip Rivers' stock takes a small hit.

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