Fantasy Football Breaking News

  • Jeremy Hill - RB - Cincinnati Bengals
    Posted 8/20/14 12:01am ET

    Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill (shoulder) returned to practice Tuesday, Aug. 19.

    Huddle Up: The second-round draft pick has shown some productive flashes with 11 touches for 65 yards this preseason, but things are far from settled in the Cincy backfield with incumbents Giovanni Bernard, BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Cedric Peerman all still in the mix for touches as well. See how Hill's week goes and if he's able to give it a go in Cincy's third preseason tilt Sunday night in Arizona.

  • Kenjon Barner - RB - Carolina Panthers
    Posted 8/19/14 11:35pm ET

    The Philadelphia Eagles acquired RB Kenjon Barner from the Carolina Panthers Tuesday, Aug. 19, for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2015. Barner was acquired by the team as a way to add depth in the backfield and in the return game, according to head coach Chip Kelly.

    Huddle Up: No surprise that Kelly has added another of his former Oregon standouts, but the speedy Barner won't be an offensive fantasy factor buried on the Philly RB depth chart -- just as he was in Carolina

  • Johnny Manziel - QB - Cleveland Browns
    Posted 8/19/14 11:35pm ET

    Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel's obscene gesture will play a factor in the competition for the starting quarterback job, according to head coach Mike Pettine.

    Huddle Up: Just another indication that Brian Hoyer will open the season as the Browns' starter.

  • Sammy Watkins - WR - Buffalo Bills
    Posted 8/19/14 11:35pm ET

    Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) returned to practice on a limited basis Tuesday, Aug. 19. Watkins said he could play in a game, but head coach Doug Marrone said he hasn't decided if Watkins will play in the team's next preseason game Saturday, Aug. 23.

    Huddle Up: The preseason hasn't gone as hoped for the fourth overall pick who has only 3 catches for 21 yards on 7 targets. Yet he's going into the season as the Bills' clear No. 1 WR and currently owns the 25th-best ADP among all wideouts.

  • Brett Keisel - DE - Pittsburgh Steelers
    Posted 8/19/14 8:10pm ET

    The Pittsburgh Steelers and free-agent DE Brett Keisel (Steelers) have agreed to an undisclosed deal, according to a source.

    Huddle Up: As had been rumored, the popular veteran will be back for a 13th season in the Steel City and likely will rotate in at the DE positions, spelling starters Cameron Heyward and Cam Thomas.

  • J.J. Watt - DE - Houston Texans
    Posted 8/19/14 8:10pm ET

    Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt believes he has outplayed his current contract and wants to sign an extension.

    Huddle Up: You know, Watt just might have a case after compiling the third-most sacks (36.5) and most passes knocked down (27) by a defensive lineman since entering the league in 2011. And, oh yeah, there's the 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award and two first-team All-Pro selections on his resume as well.

  • Eric Decker - WR - New York Jets
    Posted 8/19/14 8:10pm ET

    New York Jets WR Eric Decker (quadriceps) is expected to play in the team's preseason game Friday, Aug. 22.

    Huddle Up: Decker's preseason totals so far include 1 game played, 2 targets and 2 receptions for 12 yards. In other words, the free-agent signee can use a lengthy run with Geno Smith and the first-team offense Friday to get in sync.

  • Julio Jones - WR - Atlanta Falcons
    Posted 8/19/14 8:10pm ET

    Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones did not participate in practice Tuesday, Aug. 19.

    Huddle Up: No worries as it was simply a rest day for the WR, who caught 2 of his 4 targets for 20 yards last Saturday in his 2014 debut.

  • Rashad Jennings - RB - New York Giants
    Posted 8/19/14 5:41pm ET

    New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings is expected to get the bulk of the carries in Week 1, according to Dan Graziano.

    Huddle Up: Rookie Andre Williams is the only real threat to steal touches at the moment, leaving Jennings as a decent value at his current ADP of 26th among RBs.

  • Josh Gordon - WR - Cleveland Browns
    Posted 8/19/14 5:41pm ET

    Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon could have shown more effort on a couple plays during the team's Monday night game against the Washington Redskins, according to head coach Mike Pettine.

    Huddle Up: Quite possibly the WR's mind was more on his looming suspension, which likely -- hopefully -- will be announced this week.

  • Montee Ball - RB - Denver Broncos
    Posted 8/19/14 5:41pm ET

    Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball (appendix) has received full medical clearance, but did not participate in team drills Tuesday, Aug. 19.

    Huddle Up: This counters an earlier news item which said Ball was a practice participant Tuesday, but it sounds like the Broncos are taking the cautious road with their starting RB. Don't expect to see him in a game prior to the Sept. 7 regular-season opener.

  • Steven Jackson - RB - Atlanta Falcons
    Posted 8/19/14 5:41pm ET

    Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) is not participating in practice Tuesday, Aug. 19.

    Huddle Up: Jackson has been doing some work on the side but evidently still isn't ready to practice full-go. The NFL's active career rushing leader is currently being drafted as a low-end RB3 (36th-highest ADP), while rookie Devonta Freeman's draft stock keeps climbing.

  • Robert Griffin III - QB - Washington Redskins
    Posted 8/19/14 2:36pm ET

    Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III is dealing with a bruised thigh suffered in the preseason game Monday, Aug. 18. Griffin said it is 'nothing to worry about' but that he must improve his sliding. He was hit hard a few times after the end of some scrambles and took a cumbersome attempt at a slide. 'When he gets out of the pocket, he needs to protect himself,' said head coach Jay Gruden.

    Huddle Up: Yeah, we'd agree that RGIII's on-the-run decision making and sliding techniques could use some work after Monday night. Otherwise, his rebound season could hit another injury roadblock.

  • Josh Johnson - QB - San Francisco 49ers
    Posted 8/19/14 2:36pm ET

    After another poor outing by San Francisco 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert, sources indicate there has been some talk about QB Josh X. Johnson being moved to the No. 2 slot behind QB Colin Kaepernick.

    Huddle Up: Obviously no Niners' QB has been overly impressive this preseason with the team totaling all of 3 points in 2 outings, but Gabbert, the former 10th overall pick, has been particularly odious with 11 completions in 25 attempts for 60 yards and 2 picks. Johnson, meanwhile, is 8-of-11 for 72 yards and no picks and is trying to make his mark with his fourth team in as many seasons.

  • Montee Ball - RB - Denver Broncos
    Posted 8/19/14 2:23pm ET

    Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball (appendix) participated in drills with a helmet on Tuesday, Aug. 19.

    Huddle Up: Despite his appendectomy, Ball remains a hot commodity in fantasy drafts, and his return to the practice field two weeks after the procedure is welcome news to a number of fantasy GMs. It remains very iffy, though, that the Broncos will green light their No. 1 back to play in either of the two remaining preseason contests.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB - San Francisco 49ers
    Posted 8/19/14 2:23pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick said his left foot sustained a bone chip on the forefoot and a ruptured capsule on the ball in Week 2 of last season. In the following four games, he averaged fewer than 16 rushing yards per contest. The Niners tried to reduce risk for him any way possible until he was at full strength. His production on the ground increased as he healed, and San Francisco allowed him to do designed runs in the postseason.

    Huddle Up: Despite the issue, Kaepernick finished with the fourth-most rushing yards (524) among all QBs last season and he figures to be right up there again this fall -- a key component of his QB1 rank in almost all leagues.

  • Shonn Greene - RB - Tennessee Titans
    Posted 8/19/14 2:23pm ET

    Tennessee Titans RB Shonn Greene (knee) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 18. QB Charlie Whitehurst (finger) and OT Taylor Lewan (ankle) did not practice.

    Huddle Up: Greene is still vying to hold off highly touted second-round pick Bishop Sankey for the Titans' starting RB gig, and the veteran has had the better rushing stats this preseason, averaging 5.1 yards per rush on 13 attempts and finding the end zone once. Stay tuned . . .

  • Johnny Manziel - QB - Cleveland Browns
    Posted 8/19/14 2:23pm ET

    Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel could be fined for an obscene gesture he made toward the Washington Redskins' bench in the preseason game Monday, Aug. 18.

    Huddle Up: Win or lose, good night or bad night -- and Monday falls under the latter in both categories for the rookie -- Johnny Football never fails to generate headline and social-media buzz.

  • Odell Beckham Jr. - WR - New York Giants
    Posted 8/19/14 10:20am ET

    New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) caught a pass in 7-on-7 drills Monday, Aug. 18, and burst up the field. When he ran into a defender, he did an awkward hop and jogged very slowly to the sideline. He didn't take another repetition in practice that day. At times, he was seen flexing his leg.

    Huddle Up: Beckham is certainly not endearing himself to noted tough-guy Tom Coughlin with his fragility. Moreover, he's not getting reps in a Giants' offense that needs plenty of work before the lights come on for real. At this point it's tough to see the rookie making an immediate contribution, so if you're drafting him in a dynasty league patience will be the operative word.

  • Johnny Manziel - QB - Cleveland Browns
    Posted 8/19/14 9:11am ET

    Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer completed two of his six pass attempts for 16 yards during the team's preseason game Monday, Aug. 18, and QB Johnny Manziel completed seven of his 16 passes for 65 yards and a touchdown. Manziel was also sacked three times, and gave the middle finger to the Washington Redskins' bench.

    Huddle Up: Neither quarterback did themselves any favors in the battle to be the Browns' starter, which means they most likely default back to Hoyer. Johnny Football fans, you'll just have to wait.


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