Ravens RB Danny Woodhead is sidelined with a hamstring injury, according to the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec. It's unclear when Woodhead was hurt or how serious the injury is, but Zrebiec doesn't expect him to play the rest of the preseason. Hammy issues are always concerning, especially for a 32-year-old RB playing in a new offense. Woodhead is a risk/reward pick at his early-7th-round ADP.
Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell tweeted Tuesday night that he'll return to the team Sept. 1, the day after Pittsburgh's final preseason game. Missing all of training camp and the preseason certainly raises concern about Bell being in football shape and ready for a regular workload in the season. But his talent, situation and workload history plus the relative scarcity at RB keeps him at the top of fantasy football drafts.
Browns HC Hue Jackson announced that QB DeShone Kizer will start the 3rd preseason game against the Bucs on Saturday night. He's moved from 3rd in the pecking order in the 1st exhibition, to 2nd in game #2 and now 1st. Jackson stopped short of naming Kizer his regular-season starter, saying only he's "positioning himself well to earn the starting job." But if the rookie plays this weekend like he has in his first 2 outings, he'll be under center on September 10 against the Steelers.
Texans WR Jaelen Strong has been suspended 1 game for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The ban stems from his February 2016 arrest on marijuana charges. Strong is appealing the suspension but seems likely to miss the opener against the Jaguars. He was in line to start on the outside with WR Will Fuller sidelined. It's completely unclear who will be in that spot now. Braxton Miller is expected to remain in the slot. DeAndre Hopkins is the only Texans WR worth a roster spot in redraft leagues.
Giants WR Odell Beckham (ankle) could "potentially" miss the season opener against the Cowboys, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan and Dan Graziano. A separate source said it's "not out of the question he could miss a week or two of the regular season." The Giants have only announced that Beckham has a sprained ankle. We don't have any details on the location (high vs. low) or severity. “Odell has an ankle, and we’ll see how he responds to treatment," HC Ben McAdoo said Tuesday. We'll obviously be keeping a close eye on Beckham's progress over the next 18 days leading up to the Giants' opener. We shaved a bit off of his projections, but OBJ remains 3rd in the WR rankings.
Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake cleared the league concussion protocol Tuesday, his 2nd straight day back on the practice field. We'll watch for any setbacks, but Drake's fine to continue treating as you have been in fantasy football drafts.
Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise missed practice Monday and Tuesday because of a strained groin he suffered before the Saturday preseason game, according to The News-Tribune. HC Pete Carroll said a weekend MRI came back negative, but Prosise has reportedly tested the area only with some running on the side the past 2 days. When asked Tuesday if he's getting concerned about Prosise's dependability, run-game coordinator Tom Cable said, "I think we all are." Carroll had previously called out Prosise's lack of durability early this offseason. If his return from this latest issue lingers, then it could impact coaches' willingness to increase his touches. Prosise looks like the biggest talent in the Seattle backfield, but he'll need to get and stay healthy to capitalize on it. His 10th-round ADP, at least, gives him little risk as a fantasy football draft pick.
Giants DC Steve Spagnuolo says he has been pleased with MLB B.J. Goodson's play in coverage, according to NJ.com's James Kratch. "Very good. He runs real well," Spagnuolo said when asked about Goodson's coverage. "He’s embraced the whole thing, being a linebacker and taking command. I love the look in his eye." The DC further indicated that Goodson will stay on the field in sub packages, which he has been doing this summer. That's a big help to Goodson's IDP outlook, which looks strongest among Giants LBs -- and stronger than Giants LBs have looked for at least several years. He's an upside target late in fantasy football drafts who has taken a giant leap up our IDP rankings with more role certainty.
Raiders LB Cory James "seems set to play most every down at weakside linebacker," according to CSN Bay Area. James has reportedly been the constant, with a revolving door at MLB. Tyrell Adams, rookie Marquel Lee and free-agent addition Jelani Jenkins have all seen time there. Lee opened the 2nd preseason game in the middle but gave way to Jenkins before the 1st team left the field. The takeaway for IDP owners: Unless you play in a very deep league, don't bother with an Oakland MLB. We'll see what the 3rd preseason game reveals at the position.
MyFantasyLeague.com will be changing 49ers DL DeForest Buckner from a DE to a DT on Wednesday. If your IDP league doesn't split the 2 DL groups, then the change doesn't mean anything. But if you play with a DT-specific slot, then you should be aware of the change and the further value boost that Buckner gets. He delivered strong numbers as a rookie while playing a ton of snaps. Buckner has dealt with an ankle sprain this summer but carries as much upside as any fantasy DT when healthy -- now that Aaron Donald has moved to DE.
Texans OLB/DE Jadeveon Clowney hasn't practiced in "more than a week," according to ESPN's Sarah Barshop. But she adds that HC Bill O'Brien says Clowney is not injured. Clowney also missed Houston's 2nd preseason game. We'll be curious to see if he returns to the field this week or whether we get more info on the situation.
Broncos S T.J. Ward returned to a full practice Tuesday, according to NFL Network, 18 days after going down with a hamstring injury. Ward still has time to get ready for the 3rd preseason game and a little more than 2 weeks before the regular season begins. As long as he can avoid any setbacks or compensatory issues, Ward should remain a solid DB option for IDP owners in fantasy football drafts.
Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah was seen running on the side during Tuesday's practice, his 1st action in any open practice this summer, according to mLive's Kyle Meinke. Ansah has spent all of training camp on the PUP with an injury the team still has yet to disclose. HC Jim Caldwell and DC Teryl Austin said Tuesday that they're not worried about Ansah being ready for the regular season, though. We'll see when he actually returns to the field. Durability has been Ansah's biggest issue since he arrived in the league, including last year when a sprained ankle hampered him for most of the year.
The Cardinals on Tuesday activated LB Deone Bucannon off the PUP list, but he's not yet practicing. The team website reports that HC Bruce Arians wanted Bucannon active so that he could participate in walkthroughs, with the hope that the LB will be ready to practice next week. “We haven’t been counting on Deone,” Arians said. “That’s going to be a blessing (if he plays).” Bucannon has been out since spring ankle surgery and makes for a high-risk pick in IDP leagues.
The Patriots on Tuesday activated LB Dont'a Hightower off the PUP list. He had been sitting out with a right knee injury. New England re-signed him in the offseason to a multi-year deal, however, which included $19 million in guarantees. According to ESPN's Mike Reiss, Hightower was always believed to be on track for Week 1. His return coincided with LB Elandon Roberts returning to practice after missing a few days with a rib injury. Roberts had been calling the plays and wearing the green-dot helmet on defense recently, but Hightower's the more likely candidate for that role if he's at full health. We'll see what the playing time looks like in the 3rd preseason game this weekend. Neither makes for a strong IDP candidate, but Hightower carries a high weekly ceiling when fully healthy.
Patriots RB Mike Gillislee said he returned to a full practice Tuesday, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss. That marked the 1st time since early August, when Gillislee hit the sideline because of a hamstring issue that also bothered him in the spring. Rex Burkhead has generated slight buzz in Gillislee's absence, most notably catching a TD pass from Tom Brady in the 2nd preseason game. We'll see whether Gillislee takes the field for the 3rd pretend contest and/or whether we get any other indication of his role. He's been a risky pick for a while at his Round 6 ADP.
Jets RB Matt Forte put in a full practice Tuesday for the 1st time since suffering a Grade 1 hamstring injury back on July 31, according to NJ.com. Forte said he hopes to play in the team's Saturday night preseason clash with the Giants, though he conceded that will be up to HC Todd Bowles. The fact that it's a Grade 1 strain increases the likelihood that the team held Forte out this long in the name of playing it safe.
Packers RB Ty Montgomery (leg) returned to practice on Tuesday, according to insider Tom Silverstein. He ended up missing a few practices and the 2nd preseason game with the "soft-tissue" injury. RB Jamaal Williams failed to take much advantage in that exhibition, carrying 5 times for 15 yards. Montgomery remains the heavy favorite to operate as Green Bay's lead back this season.
A source tells NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that Giants WR Brandon Marshall will "be fine" after injuring his shoulder in Monday night's preseason game. We didn't notice Marshall get hurt -- and it never seemed like a serious concern. Consider his fantasy stock unaffected.
Colts HC Chuck Pagano admitted on Tuesday that there's still no timeline for QB Andrew Luck's return. We've heard whispers that Luck has resumed throwing, but he remains on the PUP list. The Indy Star's Stephen Holder notes that the team has just 6 practices after this week before their season-opener against the Rams. If Luck isn't activated from PUP by the end of this week, he'll be falling further down our QB Rankings.
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