Fantasy Football Breaking News

  • Cam Newton - QB - Carolina Panthers
    Posted 8/28/14 10:25am ET

    Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ribs) said Wednesday, Aug. 27, that he will be ready for the regular season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers despite fracturing his ribs last week. 'There's no doubt in my mind,' Newton said.

    Huddle Up: It's been an eventful offseason for Newton, who was limited earlier in training camp following foot surgery and is now dealing with the cracked rib. But if he says he'll be ready to roll by Week 1, who are we to argue?

  • Matt Schaub - QB - Oakland Raiders
    Posted 8/27/14 10:45pm ET

    Oakland Raiders QB Matt Schaub (elbow) will be the team's starting quarterback in Week 1 against the New York Jets assuming his elbow is better and he can get in the requisite practice time, head coach Dennis Allen reiterated Wednesday, Aug. 27.

    Huddle Up: Schaub may be the starter but he'll be on a short leash. If Schuab can't move the Raiders' offense, rookie Derek Carr will be under center sooner rather than later.

  • Christine Michael - RB - Seattle Seahawks
    Posted 8/27/14 10:45pm ET

    Seattle Seahawks RB Christine Michael (hamstring) has been ruled out for the preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28, against the Oakland Raiders.

    Huddle Up: Michael ends the preseason behind Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin on Seattle's RB depth chart. If Lynch were to go down, Turbin and Michael would likely both get touches but Turbin would get first crack as the early-down back.

  • Josh Scobee - PK - Jacksonville Jaguars
    Posted 8/27/14 5:50pm ET

    Jacksonville Jaguars PK Josh Scobee (quadriceps) said he is not sure if will be able to play Week 1 because of his quadriceps injury. PK Kasey Redfern may make the final roster in case Scobee is not ready.

    Huddle Up: Just in case in you're not one to be fully alert when drafting your PK in the final round.

  • Christine Michael - RB - Seattle Seahawks
    Posted 8/27/14 5:50pm ET

    Seattle Seahawks RB Christine Michael is dealing with a hamstring injury.

    Huddle Up: Michael, who leads the Hawks with 145 total yards and 3 TDs this preseason, will not play in Thursday night's exhibition finale, and it's still a toss-up as to who really is Marshawn Lynch's true handcuff.

  • Dez Bryant - WR - Dallas Cowboys
    Posted 8/27/14 5:50pm ET

    Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant met with owner/general manager Jerry Jones Tuesday, Aug. 26, to discuss his contract situation, according to sources. The two sides have talked about a contract extension for months but no deal has been reached at this point. The biggest obstacle in the talks appears to be the guaranteed money included in the deal.

    Huddle Up: Bryant, who is 10th overall and 4th among WRs in terms of ADP, would like to get this resolved, and it sounds like the two sides are at least close. Expect an announcement before the team's Thursday night exhibition finale kicks off.

  • Josh Gordon - WR - Cleveland Browns
    Posted 8/27/14 3:37pm ET

    Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon's representatives are considering a lawsuit against the NFL which could seek an injunction to put the suspension on hold until the legal process takes it course, according to a source.

    Huddle Up: If you've already taken a late-round fantasy flier on Gordon, you certainly have nothing to lose in hoping for some sort of injunction, but overall, this is exactly what we need: More uncertainty, red tape and legal wrangling over the playing status of 2013's top wideout. You'll have no choice but to stay tuned.

  • Phillip Tanner - RB - Free Agent
    Posted 8/27/14 3:32pm ET

    The Dallas Cowboys will sign free-agent RB Phillip Tanner (Colts), according to sources.

    Huddle Up: Strictly a depth move here -- and likely a temporary one -- as reserves Joseph Randle (oblique) and Ryan Williams (groin) are dealing with injuries.

  • Zach Ertz - TE - Philadelphia Eagles
    Posted 8/27/14 3:32pm ET

    Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz is expected to be more involved in the passing game this season and has shown the confidence to be a solid pass catcher, according to tight ends coach Ted Williams. 'He's one of the best route-runners I've ever seen. He takes a lot of pride in that. He has a lot of confidence. He's hard to defeat, because he doesn't take defeat very well. He feels, 'You can't cover me,'' Williams said. Williams said the team can throw when they are in a two-tight end set and that Ertz can line up at tight end, in the slot or as an outside receiver.

    Huddle Up: Ertz came on down the stretch last season as a rookie and currently is the 11th TE being selected, on average, in fantasy drafts. He's definitely a TE to target if you're one of the last GMs to address the position in a 10- or 12-team league.

  • Cam Newton - QB - Carolina Panthers
    Posted 8/27/14 2:19pm ET

    Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (rib) said he fully expects to be ready to play Week 1.

    Huddle Up: The main fantasy concern is not Newton missing games, but cutting back on his rushing, which has been a key component of his three-straight top-5-ranked fantasy QB seasons.

  • Rob Gronkowski - TE - New England Patriots
    Posted 8/27/14 2:19pm ET

    New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) continues to make progress in his rehab but likely will sit out the final preseason game. Gronkowski is looking to be ready for the start of the regular season.

    Huddle Up: As anticipated, Gronk will not see the field in August, but, hey, why risk anyway? With Gronk, fantasy owners are either all in or they're completely staying away, and the former are counting on getting at least 12-14 games out of the no-holds-barred TE.

  • Knowshon Moreno - RB - Miami Dolphins
    Posted 8/27/14 2:19pm ET

    Miami Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno is expected to have more carries than Lamar Miller, in the opinion of beat reporter Omar Kelly.

    Huddle Up: In drafts held since Aug. 15, Miller (31st-highest ADP among RBs) is going two spots higher than Moreno, and that mirrors most fantasy expectations for the two backs as it's looking to be as close to a 50-50 timeshare as any RB situation in the league. Draft accordingly.

  • Josh Gordon - WR - Cleveland Browns
    Posted 8/27/14 2:01pm ET

    Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon will be suspended for the 2014 season after his appeal of the suspension was denied, according to a source. Gordon will be allowed to file for reinstatement after the 2014 season, but his representatives will look for other alternatives in this case. He also will not be allowed at the team's facility during his suspension. The team hoped it would be able to work with him during the time period.

    Huddle Up: Condolences to those re-draft league GMs who took a mid- or late-round gamble on Gordon. Cincy import Andrew Hawkins stands as our highest-ranked Browns WR, but he only rates bench status in all but the larger leagues at this point. Meanwhile, the stock of TE Jordan Cameron is higher than ever as should be the team's runaway leader in all receiving categories if he stays healthy.

  • Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
    Posted 8/27/14 10:10am ET

    Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will not be suspended or rendered inactive by the team following his preseason arrest. The collective bargaining agreement doesn't allow the team to suspend players for violations of the drug policy.

    Huddle Up: The Steelers found a way to discipline Santonio Holmes for a similar offense a couple years ago, but perhaps the league has closed that loophole. The upshot is that Bell owners have little reason to worry about him missing game action any time soon related to his recent arrest.

  • Knowshon Moreno - RB - Miami Dolphins
    Posted 8/27/14 10:10am ET

    Miami Dolphins RBs Lamar Miller and Knowshon Moreno split first-team snaps in practice the past two days, and head coach Joe Philbin said Tuesday, Aug. 26, that the job is open. However, he was more effusive and expansive discussing Miller than Moreno this week. 'I like everything Lamar has done since he's gotten here,' Philbin said. 'He's had an excellent offseason and camp. I like everything he's done since April 21.'

    Huddle Up: Best bet is that Miami's backfield takes on a committee approach, with Miller running as the lead dog right now. Given that the team will open the season with an entirely new offensive line, it may take a while for either Miller or Moreno to gain much fantasy traction.

  • Jordan Cameron - TE - Cleveland Browns
    Posted 8/27/14 10:10am ET

    Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (personal) was 'dealing with an issue' Monday, Aug. 25, and his absence from practice was not related to the sprained AC joint he suffered in his shoulder during an intrasquad scrimmage.

    Huddle Up: Here's hoping Cameron dealt with his issue in a manner that will allow him to return to practice on a regular basis, as right now he is the entirety of the Cleveland passing game.

  • Marques Colston - WR - New Orleans Saints
    Posted 8/27/14 10:10am ET

    New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston (undisclosed) came off the field during team drills Tuesday, Aug. 26, and talked with a trainer before watching the rest of practice from the sidelines.

    Huddle Up: The Saints have been extremely cautious with Colston this preseason in an effort to keep him healthy, so the hope is that taking him out of practice is more of a precautionary measure than something that fantasy owners will need to worry about heading into the regular season.

  • Golden Tate - WR - Detroit Lions
    Posted 8/27/14 10:10am ET

    Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate said he believes his numbers can go up this year despite moving from the top option in Seattle to the No. 2 option in Detroit. 'I think my numbers can be way better in this offense naturally how it's set up,' Tate said. 'I was coming from, you gotta think I was in the toughest division with the 49ers, Rams and Cardinals, defensively, with a run-heavy offense and now I'm going to a pass-happy offense where I'm on the same team as the best player in the league, one of the best players in the league who is going to draw a lot of attention, a lot of double coverage, which is going to leave me with a lot of single coverage with a lot of No. 2 and No. 3 cornerbacks.'

    Huddle Up: The Lions will throw the ball infinitely more than Tate's former team did in Seattle, so that alone should increase his opportunities. And while he's running as the WR2, playing Calvin Johnson's wingman should yield plenty of chances to face single coverage. In other words, fantasy owners should join Tate in expecting big--or at least improved--numbers this season.

  • Reggie Bush - RB - Detroit Lions
    Posted 8/26/14 11:55pm ET

    Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush will probably sit out the team's preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28, as head coach Jim Caldwell plans to give his veterans some extra rest.

    Huddle Up: Bush, who is currently the 16th RB being drafted, showed he was ready for the games that matter with an 86-yard scoring sprint in the exhibition win over the Jaguars last Friday night.

  • Nate Burleson - WR - Cleveland Browns
    Posted 8/26/14 11:55pm ET

    Cleveland Browns WR Nate Burleson (hamstring) took part in team drills Tuesday, Aug. 26, and could play in the team's preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28, according to head coach Mike Pettine.

    Huddle Up: The free-agent signee has been MIA so far this preseason and desperately needs to get in sync with his new offensive teammates.

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