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With Carlos Hyde missing Thursday's voluntary OTA with an undisclosed leg injury, Kendall Hunter took the 1st team snaps at RB and "looked smooth". (Source: The San Jose Mercury News)

Fantasy Impact: Lets curb our enthusiasm on Hunter, as he's a mere 10 months removed from an ACL tear, and has struggled with knee injuries in the past. When he's been healthy, the results have been there, as he's the owner of a impressive 4.6 YPC average over his 262 career carries. If Carlos Hyde were to miss time, Hunter would figure into a three-man committee with Reggie Bush and rookie Mike Davis, his path to fantasy value would involve getting out of San Fran.

Category: Injury Updates


2nd year RB Carlos Hyde was held out of practice Thursday with an undisclosed leg injury. When asked about Hyde's absence, Jim Tomsula stated “(Hyde's) working through the leg. It’s nothing," Tomsula said. "We want you 100 percent. We’re doing this offseason thing and we’re doing things fast and we’re doing all those things, so we’re not going to push. It’s not the season, so we’re trying to treat that the right way.” (Source: The San Jose Mercury News)

Fantasy Impact: While is disconcerting that the 49ers have reverted to an NHL style disclosure system of injury reporting, and Hyde tweeted cryptically "Trust in God's timing" , this is most likely nothing. An injury scare could drive down the price on a player slated to be a rare three down contributor on an offense that still possesses two of the best run-blocking tackles in the NFL and a read option threat in Colin Kaepernick. Hyde is currently FantasyPros consensus #28 player and 13th ranked RB. If Hyde can keep Reggie Bush off the field, he figures to receive enough volume to finish as a low-end RB1.

Category: Injury Updates


Louis Delmas ahead of schedule

Thu, May 21st 10:05pm EDT
By Brian Ruiz

MIA

During an interview Reshad Jones claimed that Louis Delmas was well ahead of schedule from his ACL surgery. He said that Delmas was already running and cutting and doing everything with the team. He also joked that Delmas is not human as he is recovering at a great pace. (Source: Sun Sentinel )

Fantasy Impact: Louis Delmas' greatest asset is his reliability in the secondary. This frees up Jones to play at a near elite level. If the duo can come back and improve on their past season, then the Dolphins defense should be a great stream defense to start the season and a possible every week start with Suh added into the mix.


Reggie Bush told his coaches that he would like to return punts this year, something he hasn't done since the 2011 season. (Source: CSN Bay Area)

Fantasy Impact: Reggie Bush is an exciting player to watch and can be an elite punt returner, but I think the 49ers will er on the side of caution. Bush has been a bit injury prone and I doubt they'll want to launch their shiny new toy into a running wall of defenders. This is something to keep an eye on.


The Miami Dolphins feel that Ndamukong Suh could have a very positive impact on the younger players in the locker room. Primarily, they want Suh to take Jordan Phillips under his wing to aid the talented but sometimes unmotivated DT. So far, Suh has missed most of the voluntary team activities as he did in Detroit. (Source: Palm Beach Post)

Fantasy Impact: The Dolphins don't seem to mind, seeing as Suh managed to show up in great shape for the mandatory activities in Detroit despite working by himself. However, they appear to want Suh to be prepared to be an immediate leader on the defense. Regardless, Suh should have a major impact on his new team, and without a doubt give his teammates plenty of one-on-one matchups.


Bruce Ellington was unable to practice today, due to a strained hamstring. (Source: Matt Maiocco on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With Ellington out, Quinton Patton stepped up and put in a good practice. Neither of these guys will be worth drafting unless there are injuries to the 49ers receiving corps.


A New Jersey judge dismissed domestic violence charges against Ray Rice on Thursday after the former Baltimore Ravens running back completed his pretrial intervention program. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: It remains to be seen whether any NFL team is willing to touch Ray Rice, so for now his fantasy relevance remains at zero.


Cowboys working out Ben Tate

Thu, May 21st 2:56pm EDT
By Matt Muller

PIT

The Cowboys are working out Ben Tate. Tate has rushed for 2,363 yards on 540 carries in his four seasons with four teams, most recently with the Browns in 2014. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: It's unclear what Tate's role would be, even if he is signed by the team. This was a crowded backfield already between Darren McFadden, Joseph Randle, Lance Dunbar and Ryan Williams. We will need to see who makes the final 53-man roster before any conclusions can be taken from this. Tate was a promising sleeper going into the 2014 season as the favorite to be the Browns' lead back, but he was sidelined by injuries, and later, poor performance.


Antone Smith preparing for 2015

Thu, May 21st 2:40pm EDT
By Justin Dade

ATL

Antone Smith had quite the season going last year until he suffered a broken leg November 16th against Carolina. Smith is now getting ready for the 2015 season as likely the 3rd back on the depth chart once again. Smith stated on Tuesday that “I’m up and running. I’m almost full force, but not quite where I need to be. In time, that will take care of itself.” (Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution )

Fantasy Impact: Smith was a hot fantasy topic last season for awhile, but all of that was gone after the injury. He's a fantastic gunner on special teams for the Falcons, and will likely be used once again in special packages hoping for explosive plays. Don't expect too much out of Smith this season as he will likely be competing for touches with rookie Tevin Coleman, and second year man Devonta Freeman.

Category: Injury Updates


NFL.com's Chris Wessling has Chris Matthews penciled in as the Seahawks #3 WR. Wessling went on to state "By way of his size and wingspan, Super Bowl hero Chris Matthews may have the edge on Paul Richardson and third-round pick Tyler Lockett." (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: While Matthews may seem like a shoo-in for the 3rd WR spot after a 4-109-1 outing in the Super Bowl, there is a legitimate chance he doesn't make it out of training camp. With only two WRs as roster locks in Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett, Matthews is going to have to outshine Jermaine Kearse, Kevin Norwood, and Ricardo Lockette to have a spot on the final 53. Further complicating matters is the status of 2014 2nd round pick Paul Richardson, who may start the year on the PUP list. Needless to say, Seattle's WR rotation is going to take some time to shake out. Matthews is a slight hold in dynasty formats, and irrelevant in redraft leagues at this time.

Category: Rumors


Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan will miss the beginning of the the team's OTAs next week after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. (Source: CSN Washington)

Fantasy Impact: It's about time he got it taken care of. He was suffering from discomfort and soreness in that left knee for a while. He should be definitely back before the preseason since the 26-year-old's injury isn't serious. The team's best defender has yet to miss a game in his four-year career.

Category: Injury Updates


WR Jaron Brown, who's season was ended by a broken scapula in the Cardinals playoff loss to the Panthers, "looked healthy and quick catching passes during drills." (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: While Brown isn't going to be fantasy relevant barring a spate of injuries, this is good news for the Cardinals passing attack. If Brown is fully recovered, look for him to regain his position as the Cardinals 4th WR. Brown has zero fantasy value at this time, but his return is a small boost to QB Carson Palmer.

Category: Injury Updates


Will Hill likes to hit people

Thu, May 21st 1:57am EDT
By Stacie Rigby

BAL

Baltimore Ravens strong safety Will Hill is looking forward to the 2015 season. He wants to hit people. Hill signed his $1.542 million tender offer earlier this year. He recorded 42 tackles in eight games last season. (Source: Baltimore Sun)

Fantasy Impact: Hill has noticeably added some upper body muscle to his 6'1" frame. It seems as though the offseason workouts are paying off. Hill will be competing for a starting spot against the former first rounder Matt Elam. Elam had a disappointing 2014 season and was the lowest-graded player on the Ravens defense, per PFF. Although Hill had some previous offseason issues, he appears to be on the straight-and-narrow now. He will probably get the starting spot. I would start Hill before Elam or Brynden Trawick.

Category: Transactions


When interviewed after the Cardinals OTA's, 2nd year TE Troy Niklas stated that "It's awesome, I've been waiting for this for a while, to get out here," he said. "It feels good to be healthy and just be in the offense." (Source: arizonasports.com)

Fantasy Impact: It's good to hear that Niklas was able to recover from various ankle injuries that scuttled the 2nd round pick's rookie season. A 6-6, 270 pound target, Niklas has the size to be a red-zone dominator, but Arizona TEs as a whole only accounted for 50 catches, 588 yards, and one touchdown. He's someone to monitor in deep dynasty formats, but at this time he has zero redraft value.

Category: Injury Updates


Bruce Arians stated that the competition for the Cardinals #3 QB job was "wide-open." (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Thomas had nothing but praise piled upon him in his first year, but the bar has seemingly been raised in year two. Thomas has zero redraft value, and if players like Chandler Harnish and Phillip Sims are competing with Thomas, his dynasty value is on shaky ground.

Category: Rumors


Byron Maxwell accepted a 6-year $63 million dollar offer from the Eagles to be the leader in their secondary. The Eagles have struggled at the CB position over the last few seasons and they made it a priority to fix that problem in Free Agency with making a splash and signing the best available CB that was on the market at the time. (Source: Bleacher Report)

Fantasy Impact: Maxwell stepped up for the Seahawks the past two seasons and was a big play maker in the teams success in making it to two straight Super Bowls. He will be a leader in the Eagles secondary and will have every opportunity to give the defense a boast with his leadership and play on the field. He may have been one of the biggest signings in all of the offseason but yet still seems to be an afterthought.


The Eagles parted ways with Nate Allen who was last years starting Free Safety and that has opened up the depth chart to find a new starter for the team in 2015. Earl Wolff looks to be the early favorite to win the starting role along side Malcolm Jenkins. (Source: Bleacher Report)

Fantasy Impact: The depth chart is thin at the FS position so Wolfe will likely battle rookie Jaylen Watkins for the role in camp. Wolfe had a decent rookie season in 2013 with the Eagles recording 36 tackles and adding an interception in 11 games played. 2014 he only appeared in 7 games but spent those in a backup role. Look for him to come out fighting in camp to make a name for himself.


When the Eagles drafted Marcus Smith 26th overall in the 2014 draft they were expecting more than zero tackles in the 9 games he played in. To his credit he only saw the field for 74 snaps and was never really given an opportunity to perform. (Source: nj.com)

Fantasy Impact: Connor Barwin had some kind words for Smith stating that "physically, he looks different. He Gained 15 pounds, he put on a lot of muscle". "He's one of the stronger guys on our defense now. He took the offseason and did what he needed to do, which was get bigger, stronger." Time will tell for Marcus Smith but at this point we need to stay clear of him in IDP leagues until he finds the field more consistently.


The Redskins thought that David Amerson had regressed last season due to inconsistent play. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: He has the skills to start in the NFL, but it's looking like he won't get that chance this season with DeAngelo Hall healthy and the emergence of Chris Culliver. Bashaud Breeland's leadership and drive would likely compel the team to make him their nickel in 2015. The team has acknowledged that Amerson became more knowledgeable about the game and his position, while being more dedicated to learning his craft. However, his play did not reflect that. He still gambled too often and relied solely on his instincts regularly. He is only 23 and is entering his third season, but his development hasn't gone the way the team expected after his promising rookie year. He surrendered too many big plays and his meager two interceptions mean that he failed to make many big plays of his own.


When talking to the media about whether he would accept backing up Alfred Morris, Matt Jones said, "We will compete." He later commented, "I will compete with anybody who's in front of me." (Source: Washington Times)

Fantasy Impact: Alfred Morris is the starting back without a doubt, but Matt Jones will not accept anything less than being an NFL starter it seems. Jones is the most versatile running back the Redskins have had since Clinton Portis. His 6-foot-2, 231-pound frame is ideal for tough, smashmouth football, but he can also be a threat in the receiving game too. He also has a chip on his shoulder after rushing for just 817 yards and six touchdowns in 11 games at Florida since he was heavily rotated in and out. He has something to prove, but his selection doesn't necessarily mean that Alfred Morris will have a reduced role at all. Morris has more rushing yards over the last three years than any other running back. However, Jones is bigger than Morris, and he's likely more agile, a better receiver and a better pass blocker than Morris also. Regardless, the only chance Jones has at significant playing time this season is dependent upon whether Jones can run the ball well. That remains to be seen, so for the moment Morris is locked in as a RB2 until further notice. Jones is only worth drafting as a Morris handcuff if he can win the third-down back job.