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Lions RB Theo Riddick was one of the hottest names in June, drawing praise from teammates and coaches.  Beat writer Kyle Meinke believes the "Riddick hype is for real" and that he could play a "Darren Sproles-like role in the offense."  Remember that new Lions OC Joe Lombardi worked with Sproles in New Orleans for the past 3 seasons.  It's tough to see the Lions supporting 3 fantasy assets at RB considering all their other weapons, though, so for now we're not betting on Riddick coming close to Sproles' recent production.  But we'll be keeping an eye on him in camp and preseason action.  Meanwhile, Riddick's ascension has left RB Mikel Leshoure at #4 on the depth chart.  "Leshoure's battle for touches will be an uphill one," Meinke writes. Leshoure needs a trade out of Detroit to have a shot at 2014 fantasy value.  We just updated our projections for both Leshoure and Riddick.

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5 hours ago

WR Sidney Rice has retired.  He cited a lengthy concussion history as the reason for hanging up his cleats.  Rice also tore his ACL last year.  The 27-year-old ends his NFL career with 243 catches, 3,592 yards and 30 TDs in 81 games.  He exploded for an 83-1,312-8 line in his 3rd season but never topped 50 catches or 748 yards again.  Seattle will move forward with Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood as its top 5 WRs.

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Giants WR Odell Beckham sat out Wednesday's practice with what HC Tom Coughlin called a "tweaked" hamstring.  Beckham also missed time this spring with hamstring trouble.  It doesn't sound like a serious issue, but hamstrings can be tricky.  And the missed practice time is bad news for a rookie.  You certainly shouldn't be counting on Beckham as a fantasy starter early on this season.

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Giants TE Daniel Fells has played with the 1st-team offense in the first 2 days of training camp.  More than anything, that's a knock against TE Adrien Robinson, who failed to stand out in spring practices.  Fells is a 6-year vet who has never topped 391 yards in a season.  He won't be a fantasy option even if he wins New York's starting job.  Robinson remains the most intriguing candidate because of his size and athleticism.  But unless he shows signs of progress, avoid this situation in fantasy drafts.

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49ers TE Vernon Davis reported for the start of training camp.  He's looking for a new contract, and there were on-and-off rumors all offseason that he'd hold out of camp.  That's a non-issue now.  Davis remains an elite pass-catching TE, but we're not expecting him to match last year's big 52-850-13 line.

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Colts WR Reggie Wayne (knee) has been cleared for the start of training camp.  He tore his ACL in October, resumed running in January and was cleared to get back on the field in April.  It's been a smooth rehab process, but we remain skeptical about a 35-year-old Wayne returning to his elite 2012 form.  Throw in a deep Colts pass-catching corps, and we're not drafting Wayne as more than a WR3.  The good news is that he's lasting into the 9th and 10th round of most fantasy drafts.  He's a fine value there.

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9 hours ago

The Packers are prepping RB Eddie Lacy for a “workhorse” role, per beat writer Pete Dougherty.  That term tends to get tossed around too much.  But there’s little doubt that Lacy will fit the description in 2014, especially with Johnathan Franklin (neck) out for the year.  "This is the NFL -- you're not going to play this game until you're 45 or 50," said new RB coach Sam Gash. "A lot of people, especially the media, try to make it out, 'He's got to last.' He'll last as long as he's meant to last.”  Gash went on to praise Lacy’s agility, balance and pass protection.  After handling 319 touches last year across 15 games, the 24-year-old is a serious candidate for 350 touches in 2014.  Lacy’s a clear-cut 1st round pick in fantasy drafts.

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Giants WR Victor Cruz believes he's a good fit in new OC Ben McAdoo's offense.  “It enhances my skills,” he said. “Anytime a receiver can get the ball in his hands quicker, it’s beneficial."  Cruz is one of the more dangerous after-the-catch receivers in the league.  New York's new offense will take advantage of that.  It's also worth noting that Cruz said the system is "definitely a little bit more pass happy than the offense we’ve had in the past."  We love Cruz to bounce back from his disappointing 2013 season.

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12 hours ago

Colts RB Vick Ballard (knee) has been cleared for the start of training camp.  He's now over 10 months removed from tearing his ACL.  Ballard should be at or close to 100% by the time Week 1 rolls around.  He's battling with RB Ahmad Bradshaw for playing time behind RB Trent Richardson.  We like a healthy Bradshaw to win out there.  Ballard is a ho-hum talent who is averaging just 3.9 yards per carry through 2 NFL seasons.

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Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) has avoided the PUP list to start training camp.  It's worth noting that Gronk opened camp last year on the PUP, so it's safe to assume he's healthier this time around.  About 7-and-a-half months removed from tearing his ACL and MCL, Gronk is still likely to be limited in camp.  We still might not see him in the preseason.  But his odds of being ready for Week 1 look better now than they have all offseason.  Gronk is still one of the riskiest picks in the early rounds of fantasy drafts, but the upside is undeniable.  He's averaged more PPR fantasy points per game than Jimmy Graham (19.2 to 17.8) over the past 3 seasons.  We just bumped Gronk up our 2014 TE Rankings.

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Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (shoulder) has been cleared to practice with "no restrictions" in training camp.  "My shoulder definitely got a lot better," he added.  Pierce is the favorite to open the season as Baltimore's lead back with RB Ray Rice facing a suspension.  We'll have a better idea of Pierce's fantasy value when we find out how long Rice will be banned.  But even now, Pierce is a fine target at his current 11th-round ADP.

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Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) has been cleared to take the field when training camp kicks off on Friday. It'll be his first work with the full squad since suffering his foot injury last October. He was limited to running off to the side all spring. The team will still monitor his reps in camp, though. "He will be limited in terms of his snaps," HC Mike Smith said. "Our number-one goal is to make sure that we've got everybody as healthy as we possibly can be, but we know that we have to get these guys some work together and reps. Julio will be out there participating in practice right from the start." Atlanta has played it safe with Jones' rehab from the start and won't change now. He's still on track to be a full go for Week 1 and will bring huge fantasy upside whenever he's on the field. But Jones carries a bit too much risk for us to jump on board at his current 1.11 ADP.

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13 hours ago

Bengals DT Geno Atkins is beginning training camp on the active/PUP list. The team can activate its star interior pass-rusher at any point, but this move should remind fantasy owners that Atkins is coming off an ACL tear. Expecting him to get right back to his previous performance level wouldn't be fair, at least until he shows it on the field. We're not pushing Atkins too high up the 2014 IDP rankings at this point. There are safer -- and similar-upside -- options even for DT-specific roles in your IDP league.

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The Chargers signed RB Danny Woodhead to a 2-year extension on Tuesday.  The new deal locks him in with San Diego through the 2016 season.  "Danny is an integral part of our offense," GM Tom Telesco said when announcing the new deal.  Woodhead likely received a slight raise here, but the move is a sign that he'll continue to play a key role as San Diego's passing-down back.  Woodhead is a long shot to match last year's 76-605-6, but he can still be an asset in PPR fantasy leagues.  He checks in at #33 in our PPR RB Rankings.

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21 hours ago

Jaguars WR Ace Sanders has been suspended 4 games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.  He's allowed to practice in training camp and play in the preseason, but it's unclear if he'll do so.  Sanders revealed that he's taking a leave of absence to address his off-field issues.  It's unclear how long that will last.  “I've decided to go seek help and get that attention,” Sanders said. “I should be fine ... I think I'll come back and be ready to play."  Expected to be Jacksonville's #4 WR this season, Sanders was off the fantasy radar even before this suspension.

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Both NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and CBS Kansas City are reporting that Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles is considering holding out of training camp.  He's signed for the next 2 seasons and is scheduled to make $3.65 million in 2013 and $5.75 million in 2014.  Still only 27, Charles certainly has a claim for more money after last year's 1,980-yard, 19-TD showing.  We'll see if he shows when Chiefs camp kicks off on Thursday.  For now, we're not altering Charles' 2014 projections.  But a lengthy holdout would knock him down our rankings.

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The talk around Giants camp all offseason has had RB Rashad Jennings serving as a 3-down back this year.  Then RB David Wilson received medical clearance.  Then Twitter was abuzz on Tuesday when word broke that RB Andre Williams was receiving goal-line work with the 1st-team offense.  Now insider Art Stapleton believes the Giants could deploy a "3-back rotation, especially to keep Jennings fresh."  Jennings, of course, has never served a full season as a lead back.  His career high in carries stands at 163.  Jennings remains the heavy favorite to lead the G-Men in carries and touches this year, but he might lose change-of-pace work to Wilson and goal-line work to Williams.  We just bumped Jennings down our RB Rankings a tad and will continue to monitor the situation.

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Texans insider Tania Ganguli reports that WR Andre Johnson was at the team's stadium on Monday.  Insider Jerome Solomon expects Johnson to report for the start of training camp later this week.  This has been the most likely scenario all along.  Johnson's age and contract make him nearly impossible to trade, and he was never going to sit out the season.  He's currently a nice value at his current 4th-round ADP.  We'll see how high that climbs when he reports to camp.

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