Dolphins MLB Raekwon McMillan tore the ACL in his right knee in Thursday night's preseason opener against the Falcons. That takes away a rookie Miami planned to start in the middle this season. According to The Miami Herald, Mike Hull is the next guy up in McMillan's spot. The rookie's injury will only make it easier for OLBs Kiko Alonso and Lawrence Timmons to stay on the field in all defensive packages. The Dolphins reportedly don't plan to move Alonso back to the middle, where he started last year. We'll see if that changes through the preseason, though.
The Dolphins have agreed to a 3-year extension with LB Kiko Alonso. The Miami Herald reports that it's a $28.8 million deal, while the Palm Beach Post reports that it includes $18.5 million in guarantees. That's all for a guy the Dolphins could have kept on a 1-year RFA deal. Miami's committed here. And the team clearly likes recent signee Lawrence Timmons as well. We'd bet on both filling 3-down roles, regardless of who settles into the middle and who plays the weak side. Both players carry top-24 IDP potential among LBs.
The Dolphins on Friday agreed to a 2-year, $12 million deal with LB Lawrence Timmons. That's starter money, but it's tough to see just how Miami envisions Timmons fitting. The Dolphins also placed a 1st-round tender on LB Kiko Alonso, which pretty much guarantees he won't get any other offers. Alonso manned the middle for Miami in 2016. Either Timmons or Alonso could shift outside in Miami's 4-3 base defense. We'll wait to learn more before projecting IDP values here.
Steelers ILB Lawrence Timmons had to go to the hospital after suffering a left shin injury in Sunday's loss at Philadelphia. He was back with the team after the game, though, and ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports he had a stent on the injured shin. That indicates some sort of bloodflow issue. Timmons reportedly indicated he'd be fine, however. We'll keep an eye on his status heading into Week 4 (and beyond) for IDP lineups. Vince Williams filled in after Timmons left.
The Steelers have ruled LB Ryan Shazier out for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. That'll make 4 straight games missed for his Week 2 shoulder injury and comes as a bit of a surprise after Shazier put in some limited practice time this week. We'll hope for a Week 7 return at Kansas City. Shazier's absence again increases the tackle upside for ILB Lawrence Timmons. Sean Spence will start in Shazier's place again, coming off a pair of good fantasy outings. We've added Spence to our Week 6 LB rankings, though the Cardinals have presented the worst matchup so far for LB scoring.
The Steelers have ruled LB Ryan Shazier out for Monday night's game against the Chargers. It'll be his 3rd straight contest on the sideline because of the shoulder injury he suffered in Week 2. Shazier's absence will raise the tackle ceiling significantly for ILB Lawrence Timmons.
The Steelers have ruled LB Ryan Shazier out for Sunday's game in St. Louis. Pittsburgh expects to use both Vince Williams and Sean Spence in Shazier's place. ILB Lawrence Timmons is the guy for IDP owners to focus on, though.
Steelers LB Lawrence Timmons told the team website over the weekend that his turf toe is out of the way and he'll be ready for the opener at New England. Timmons hasn't played since the preseason-opening Hall of Fame game but called himself a full participant now. He indicated the time off was more precautionary during the games that don't count. That's good news for IDP owners and the Pittsburgh defense, though the Steelers must show vast improvement before fantasy football owners should even give their team D a look.
The league has suspended Steelers OLB James Harrison for the Monday night game because of his helmet-to-helmet hit on Colt McCoy last Thursday. Harrison has a well-known history of fines for such infractions, and this move was expected. He can appeal the suspension, but that history makes it unlikely the ruling will change. And don't expect the review process to keep him eligible for the meeting with San Francisco. Lions DT Ndamukong Suh appealed his suspension 2 weeks ago and got a ruling before the next game. Jason Worilds is listed as Harrison's backup. He has been starting at LOLB, though, with LaMarr Woodley out. Chris Carter is listed as Woodley's backup, so perhaps those 2 will combine to fill in against the Niners. When Harrison and Worilds were both out earlier this season, though, ILB Lawrence Timmons moved out to ROLB (ineffectively). Whatever the team does, Harrison's absence will hurt the Steelers' team D outlook in fantasy.
Zeke's gone for a while (or is he); Sammy Watkins is gone from Buffalo; and we have a whole weekend of preseason action to break down. Lots to get to as fantasy football drafts approach ...3:08pm EDT 8/15/17 Read More
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