Fantasy Football Breaking News

  • Ameer Abdullah - RB - Detroit Lions
    Posted 7/25/16 1:54am ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (shoulder) did not appear on the team's physically unable to perform (PUP) list, suggesting he will be a full-go for training camp following offseason shoulder surgery.

    Huddle Up: Good news for the second-year back, who's set to take over as the Lions' No. 1 back this season. Sustained health, though, remain a concern for the 5-8, 198-pound back.

  • Tyler Eifert - TE - Cincinnati Bengals
    Posted 7/25/16 1:54am ET

    Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert is reportedly progressing as planned following right ankle surgery on May 27, according to a league source.

    Huddle Up: Probably about as good as can be hoped for at this point, although that still likely means the tight end will miss some games early in the season. We'll know more as Cincy's camp and preseason progress.

  • Geno Smith - QB - New York Jets
    Posted 7/25/16 1:54am ET

    New York Jets QB Geno Smith remains in line to start with the contract impasse between the organization and free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. Head coach Todd Bowles said he is confident in Smith as the starter. 'I think Geno can be a good starter, but he's got to prove it in training camp like everybody else,' Bowles said. 'It's not just about the quarterback position. You got to have a team around that position to play ball, but he's been in the system a year. He has a better grasp of it going into training camp and we'll see what he does.'

    Huddle Up: What else can Bowles say at this point with the Fitzpatrick impasse dragging out far longer than expected? If only the fantasy owners of Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker could share the same outlook.

  • Amari Cooper - WR - Oakland Raiders
    Posted 7/25/16 8:42am ET

    Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper said he has a better idea of where QB Derek Carr wants to go with the football this season, and Carr said he is able to throw the ball to Cooper earlier because he knows where Cooper will be. Cooper has appeared more relaxed this season, and retired WR Jerry Rice said Cooper's attitude will help him avoid the drops that hurt him at times as a rookie.

    Huddle Up: Sounds like things are lining up for Cooper to take the next step, building on a solid rookie season and teaming with Carr to present one of the league's up-and-coming tandems.

  • Isaiah Crowell - RB - Cleveland Browns
    Posted 7/25/16 8:42am ET

    Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell could reach 1,000 rushing yards this year, according to beat writer Mary Kay Cabot, and Cabot believes Crowell is going to receive a 'bulk' of the carries this season.

    Huddle Up: Hue Jackson is the coach, so you know there will be a high volume of carries. If you slot Crowell in the Jeremy Hill role and Duke Johnson playing the part of Giovani Bernard from Jackson's last stop as OC in Cincinnati, Crowell should see the larger portion of a 60/40 split in carries. He'll need to be better than last year's 3.8 yards per carry to reach the 1,000-yard mark, but all indications are he'll be given the opportunity to do so.

  • Carson Palmer - QB - Arizona Cardinals
    Posted 7/24/16 12:45pm ET

    Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald expects 'better things' from QB Carson Palmer this season because of Palmer's understanding of head coach Bruce Arians' offensive system.

    Huddle Up: We can appreciate Fitz's positive outlook, but it'll be the 36-year-old Palmer's fourth season in Arians' system now, and he'll doing well to even approach his career-high numbers (4,671 yards, 35 TD passes) of last season when he finished fifth among fantasy QBs.

  • Dennis Pitta - TE - Baltimore Ravens
    Posted 7/24/16 1:01pm ET

    Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hip) has been cleared to participate in the start of training camp.

    Huddle Up: Pitta, who's only played in seven games since the end of the team's 2012 Super Bowl season, still faces a huge uphill climb to resume his career, and if he does, it'll create even more of a TE jumble for the Ravens with Benjamin Watson, Maxx Williams and Crockett Gillmore currently topping the depth chart.

  • Breshad Perriman - WR - Baltimore Ravens
    Posted 7/24/16 1:01pm ET

    Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman (knee), WR Steve Smith (Achilles') and RB Trent Richardson (knee) have been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

    Huddle Up: No surprise with the veteran Smith, who tore his Achillies in the second half of last season, but it's beyond frustrating for Perriman, the 2015 first-round pick who's beginning his second pro season much like his first.

  • Darren McFadden - RB - Dallas Cowboys
    Posted 7/24/16 1:01pm ET

    Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden (elbow) will have a scan on his broken elbow Monday, July 25, and he said hopes to return during the preseason.

    Huddle Up: McFadden is hoping to return earlier than originally expected, but regardless, top-pick Ezekiel Elliott remains the Cowboys' projected top back and workhorse.

  • Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
    Posted 7/24/16 1:09pm ET

    Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is unlikely to have a successful appeal for his pending four-game suspension due to the NFL's stringent policies. The results of the appeal are expected before the regular season starts. Additionally, Bell missed several drug tests resulting in the suspension, as opposed to the originally reported one missed test, according to sources.

    Huddle Up: Once in the top-overall-pick conversation, Bell needs to be downgraded on draft boards yet again. However, if you have -- or can get -- backup DeAngelo Williams, you can afford to draft Bell early and ride Williams early.

  • Duke Johnson - RB - Cleveland Browns
    Posted 7/24/16 1:09pm ET

    Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson will line up at wide receiver at times during the season because the team likes to find different ways to throw passes to Johnson.

    Huddle Up: No surprise as Johnson caught 61 passes last season as a rookie -- ranking fourth among RBs -- and the Browns and new coach Hue Jackson are going to have to be creative in getting their best players the most snaps -- even if it means using Isaiah Crowell at RB and Johnson as a pass-catcher in the same formation.

  • Devontae Booker - RB - Denver Broncos
    Posted 7/24/16 1:21pm ET

    Denver Broncos rookie RB Devontae Booker could be put in a third-down role right away thanks to his pass-catching prowess.

    Huddle Up: With C.J. Anderson penciled in as the Broncos' No. 1 back, the arrival of the fourth-round rookie isn't good news for Ronnie Hillman. Booker definitely deserves consideration late in drafts, particularly in PPR formats.

  • Cole Wick - TE - Detroit Lions
    Posted 7/24/16 1:21pm ET

    Detroit Lions TE Cole Wick looked 'spectacular' in offseason practices and could be in line to push TE Eric Ebron for a starting job if he can carry over that momentum into training camp, according to Detroit Free Press reporter Carlos Monarrez.

    Huddle Up: Wick is a name to remember in dynasty drafts to be sure, but if nothing else, the offseason showing of the undrafted rookie should be lighting a fire under the first-round pick Ebron, who had his moments last season with 47 catches for 537 yards and five TDs but has yet to develop into the over-the-middle threat the Lions drafted him to be.

  • DeAndre Hopkins - WR - Houston Texans
    Posted 7/24/16 1:29pm ET

    Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins said he is not looking for a 'certain range' for his next contract but wants to be paid what he is worth. General manager Rick Smith said he is hopeful Hopkins will be around for a long time.

    Huddle Up: Hopkins still has two more years left on his 4-year, $7.6 million deal, but the Texans will have to ante up sooner rather than later if the wideout has another season close to his breakout year (111-1,521-11) in 2015.

  • Victor Cruz - WR - New York Giants
    Posted 7/24/16 1:29pm ET

    New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee, calf) has made good progress in his recovery, and there is optimism he can return to his pre-injury form. He expects to be ready for the start of training camp.

    Huddle Up: Cruz only has played in six games (all in 2014) over the last seasons, but a return close to previous form would be bad fantasy news for rookie Sterling Shepard in particular. Keep a close eye on Cruz in camp.

  • Ezekiel Elliott - RB - Dallas Cowboys
    Posted 7/22/16 1:31pm ET

    Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott was accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend Friday, July 22, but was not arrested, according to a police report filed in Ohio. The league will review the accusation under its personal conduct policy, but Elliott denied the accusations. The police report cites four witnesses who each said the assault did not take place.

    Huddle Up: Not the pre-training camp headlines the fourth-overall pick and projected fantasy stud needed to generate as the rookie is encroaching into no-tolerance territory in the new NFL. Elliott appears clear initially, but let's see what develops.

  • Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
    Posted 7/22/16 1:31pm ET

    Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is facing a four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's drug policy because of a missed test, according to sources. The appeals process is underway, and no announcement has been made. No date for Bell's appeal has been set, but it's expected to be heard before the start of the regular season. If it's not overturned, he would miss the first four games of the season.

    Huddle Up: Yikes, another season, another potential blow for Bell, who already has missed 13 games over his first three seasons due to injuries and suspensions. This obviously would knock Bell out of RB1 territory, and cause backup DeAngelo Wulliams' fantasy stock to soar. Most definitely stay tuned ...

  • Josh Gordon - WR - Cleveland Browns
    Posted 7/22/16 1:44pm ET

    Updating previous reports, Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has no timetable for a decision on his potential reinstatement, but one source said it isn't expected for at least six weeks.

    Huddle Up: In other words, if you're taking a late-round flyer on Gordon somehow playing this year, it is as advertised: A late-round flyer.

  • Kamar Aiken - WR - Baltimore Ravens
    Posted 7/22/16 1:44pm ET

    Baltimore Ravens WRs Steve Smith and Mike Wallace are projected as the two starting wide receivers for Baltimore, according to ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley.

    Huddle Up: Aiken took advantage of injuries and absences to burst onto the scene with 75 catches for 944 yards and five TDs last season but now with Smith, Wallace and 2015 injured first-rounder Breshad Perriman all now in the mix, the Baltimore fantasy-WR picture suddenly has grown much cloudier.

  • Matt Forte - RB - New York Jets
    Posted 7/22/16 1:44pm ET

    New York Jets RB Matt Forte should receive plenty of rest this season with RBs Bilal Powell and Khiry Robinson also in the mix.

    Huddle Up: The new free-agent acquisition will still see the lion's share of the work, but his days as a sure-fire RB1 appear to be over.

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