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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

TB -DEF

2 hours ago

Bucs set on front 4?

According to Pewter Report, the Buccaneers "look set on their starting front four" on defense, with Jacquies Smith and George Johnson at end and Gerald McCoy and Clinton McDonald inside. Smith flashed with 6.5 sacks over the final 9 games last season, while Johnson delivered 6 sacks in part-time duty with the Lions after 0 over the previous 4. McCoy ranks among the league's top DTs and led the Bucs with 8.5 sacks last season, while McDonald stepped up to produce 6 top-12 fantasy weeks among D-linemen. There's some fantasy-sleeper potential here, though it's an unproven line overall for Bucs team purposes.

Robert Mathis

IND -LB

3 hours ago

Mathis to start on PUP

Colts HC Chuck Pagano told reporters after Sunday's walkthrough that OLB Robert Mathis will open training camp on the PUP list. "It would be stupid on our part just to say, ‘OK, hey you’re healthy, you’ve been cleared, throw him to the wolves,’" Pagano said, per Scout.com. "We have to be very, very smart with Robert." Mathis is 34 and coming off a torn Achilles' tendon. We'll be quite curious to see how soon he gets activated and whether he can begin the regular season as a full-time player. We'd bet on at least some sort of rotation and don't expect the vet to jump back to his pre-injury double-digit sack status. You'll find very modest expectations for Mathis in our 2015 IDP rankings. We'll see if he can show something this summer to alter that outlook. Any missed regular-season time for Mathis could only help the upside of OLBs Trent Cole and Jonathan Newsome.

Justin Forsett

BAL -RB

3 hours ago

Trestman emphasizes run game

New Ravens OC Marc Trestman told ESPN.com that it's an "overblown perception" that he's necessarily pass-heavy with his offensive approach. He says he has schemed to his teams' strengths, and Baltimore's starts on the ground. “Ravens football starts with the running game, and that doesn’t mean you’re not going to throw the ball,” Trestman said, via ESPN.com. “But the emphasis here is we want to be a great running football team and we have the players to do that." Trestman's Bears ranked 24th and 30th in the league in rushing attempts the past 2 years, but that team had a pair of #1-type WRs, a strong receiving TE and perhaps the league's best receiving RB. We're already on board with RB Justin Forsett in 2015 fantasy football drafts. If Trestman does lean run more, it could help reserves Lorenzo Taliaferro and Buck Allen find more regular touches. Cowboys OC Scott Linehan -- for what it's worth -- gave an example last year of a traditionally pass-heavy coach who can lean way in the other direction if the situation merits. For now, we're not altering our projections for the Ravens offense at all, though.

Markus Wheaton

PIT -WR

5 hours ago

Wheaton the Steelers' #2 WR?

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger suggested that Markus Wheaton remains the team's #2 WR.  "We're in 2-WRs (sets), he's our #2 and we're asking him to play outside," Big Ben said.  "When we go 3 WRs we ask him to move inside."  Roethlisberger obviously hasn't been reading the clippings on WR Martavis Bryant's impending breakout 2015 season.  Bryant remains a strong bet to out-produce Wheaton this year, but if he truly stays 3rd on the depth chart and isn't an every-down player, he'll struggle for week-to-week consistency.  This will be a situation to keep a close eye on over the next month. Wheaton could end up as a value pick at his ADP is he retains the #2 spot.  Big Ben named Wheaton his team's "breakout player of the year."

Trent Richardson

OAK -RB

7 hours ago

Richardson 50-50 to make Raiders roster

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Raiders RB Trent Richardson has a 50% chance to make the final roster.  Latavius Murray, Roy Helu and Marcel Reece are locks.  Richardson is probably battling with Michael Dyer and Taiwan Jones for 1 roster spot.  He's not off to a good start, landing on the NFI list to open training camp.  T-Rash is not worth drafting in any fantasy league right now.

Andre Ellington

ARI -RB

7 hours ago

20 touches per game for Ellington?

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians is looking to get RB Andre Ellington 20 touches per game this season.  Arians said around this time last year that Ellington would see 25-30 per game.  He ended up averaging 22.  Twenty per game is more reasonable for a 5'9, 199-pounder.  Ellington might even be better off with a bit less than that.  The takeaway here, though, is that Arizona still views him as its feature back, despite the addition of rookie RB David Johnson.  A healthy Ellington has high-end RB2 upside, especially in PPR leagues.  

Terrelle Pryor

CLE -WR

7 hours ago

Pryor impressing at WR

Terrelle Pryor is off to a good start as he transitions to WR at Browns camp.  He's drawn praise from teammates and coaches.  "He's very very talented and talent wins football games," WR Joker Phillips said.  "He's all in. He knows the system. Just have to teach him our techniques."  Pryor got some 1st-team reps in Sunday's practice, which is both a testament to his ability and a reminder of Cleveland's crappy WR group.  Pryor has a long way to go before being a factor at WR for the Browns or your fantasy team, but he's certainly worth monitoring.  His SPARQ score, which factors in size and athleticism, is in the 66th percentile among WRs.

Duke Johnson

CLE -RB

8 hours ago

Johnson will be out "a little while"

Browns RB Duke Johnson (hamstring) will be out "a little while," HC Mike Pettine said. It sounds like the rookie is dealing with something a bit more serious than a minor, "day-to-day" hamstring injury.  We'll see when he's able to get back on the field, but the missed time won't help Johnson's push for a significant early-season role.  He remains overvalued at his 7th-round ADP.

Devin Smith

NYJ -WR

8 hours ago

Smith out 4-6 weeks

Jets WR Devin Smith is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with the 3 fractured ribs and punctured lungs suffered in practice on Friday.  The short end of that timetable would have Smith back in time for the final preseason game.  The long end would cost him the regular-season opener.  Either way, Smith is missing valuable camp reps.  The rookie won't be an early-season fantasy factor.

Sam Bradford

PHI -QB

12 hours ago

Bradford takes 1st-team reps

Eagles QB Sam Bradford (knee) took every 1st-team rep in Sunday's 1st training camp practice.  That included 11-on-11 work.  It means that Bradford is close or at 100% after last year's torn ACL and the clear favorite for Philly's starting job.  That gives him top-10 fantasy upside in Chip Kelly's fast-paced offense.  Bradford's durability problems are almost completely negated by his cheap ADP.

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