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Baltimore Ravens have decided to waive rookie wide receiver Cam Worthy on Wednesday and sign former Carolina Panther's safety Tom Nelson. Worthy injured his right foot during the OTA's in June. (Source: Baltimore Ravens )

Fantasy Impact: Worthy played college football at East Carolina and 55 receptions for 1,016 yards with four touchdowns last season (ESPN). According to NFL.com, he lacks the quickness and athleticism to be a top ranking WR. The Ravens are deep in the WR department so he should not be missed.

Category: Injury Updates


Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reported that wide receivers Andrew Hawkins and Dwayne Bowe ran with the first-team offense during 11-on-11 drills to start training camp. (Source: Nate Ulrich on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hawkins is starting off on the right foot in his quest to improve upon last season's 63-824-2 stat line, though he will have to fend off Bowe, Brian Hartline, Taylor Gabriel and possibly Terrelle Pryor for targets. Arguably the team's best receiver, he is worth a look in the later rounds of PPR leagues.


Converted wide receiver Terrelle Pryor has reportedly been fitting right in during position drills at training camp. (Source: Mary Kay Cabot on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It is only the first day of camp for the Cleveland Brown and there is no tackling yet, but it is a positive sign regardless. Pryor has the athleticism to make a name for himself at WR, especially amongst the lackluster group of receivers currently employed by the Browns. He should be stashed in all dynasty formats, but the real test won't come until pads go on.

Category: Rumors


LeGarrette Blount was placed on the non football injury list yesterday. According to Ben Volin today: "Heard that LeGarrette Blount didn't pass the conditioning test yesterday. Had to run 20 sprints of 50 yards under 8 seconds each, only did 12. (Source: @BenVolin)

Fantasy Impact: LeGarrette Blount picked the wrong time to fail a conditioning test as patience with Coach Belichick is sure to be increased with the Tom Brady distraction. Although every camp it seems someone fails the conditioning test right away, Blount will have to surely improve on his 12 sprints. The Patriots backfield continues to be a fantasy nightmare as there is never a clear cut guarantee.


The Washington Redskins have cleared TE Jordan Reed (knee) for the start of training camp. (Source: Mike Jones on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There's little question around Reed's talent, but he hasn't been able to put it together for fantasy purposes, largely due to his health. While some of our experts believe he has TE1 upside, he carries a lot of questions due to his injury history and the competition for targets he faces from Niles Paul. Still, he could be a nice risk/reward pick as your team's TE2.

Category: Injury Updates


Chicago Bears WR Kevin White will start training camp on the team's physically unable to perform list. The rookie WR continues to recover from a shin injury that caused him to miss portions of offseason workouts. (Source: Chicago Football)

Fantasy Impact: The injury isn't expected to cause White to miss time during the regular season, but it could delay his development. While rookie WRs shined last year, there is going to be a steep learning curve for White as he prepares for his freshman campaign. A majority of our experts like him far less than his current ADP of WR33.

Category: Injury Updates


ESPN reporter Mike Triplett expects Hill's role to increase with the Saints, just not on the same level as Jimmy Graham. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Triplett just dumped a bucket of cold water on every Fantasy owner who thought they would get big production from Hill. Benjamin Watson will also play a big role in the Saints offense, so temper your expectations. Look for Hill to put up similar fantasy points to Jeremy Shockey when he played for the Saints (50/600/6 TDs).


New York Jets RB Stevan Ridley will open training camp on the team's physically unable to perform list. Ridley continues to recover from a knee injury. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Ridley's knee is expected to delay his start, but if he's able to get healthy he could push Chris Ivory as the Jets' primary RB. Even so, Ridley's upside is capped considering Ivory's presence and the concerns surrounding the Jets' offense. A majority of our experts currently like him more than his ADP of RB65.

Category: Injury Updates


Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell will start training camp on the team's physically unable to perform list. Bell continues to recover from injuries that required surgery this offseason. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: It's a bit strange that the injuries have yet to be specifically named, as Bell missed the entire offseason due to the operation. Despite Reggie Bush departing, Bell has to battle rookie Ameer Abdullah for carries. It's still to be determined if Bell will be ready for the start of the season, but he's being taken as the No. 25 RB based on ADP at this point. It's certainly a situation to monitor.

Category: Injury Updates


"White said there is a strong possibility he will have the knee drained again at some point before the conclusion of the season. He missed two games last season, but neither was due to the knee." (Source: Vaughn McClure, ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Although White is optimistic about his knee, owners should be concerned leading into the preseason. His age and knee problems present major issues related to White's current ADP of the 30th WR off the board. He simply cannot explode off the ball like he used to. Advice: pass on him for now in drafts at his current value.

Category: Injury Updates


Titans' LB Brian Orakpo says that he is feeling 100 percent heading into training camp. After missing nine games in 2014 due to a torn pectoral muscle, Orakpo says he's healthy and ready to "rock and roll." (Source: The Tennessean)

Fantasy Impact: A healthy Brian Orakpo is a perfect fit for Dick LeBeau's blitzing style of defense. Look for Orakpo to approach double digit sacks in 2015.

Category: Injury Updates


Conley left practice early on Wednesday due to a knee strain. Coach Andy Reid stated “We’ll check and see exactly what it is here,” Reid said. (Source: Kansas City Star)

Fantasy Impact: Conley is believed to be the favorite to win the starting wide receiver spot next to Jeremy Maclin. Hopefully, this is just a minor injury and he won't miss much time. He has tremendous upside, and should be a player you target in the later rounds of your draft.

Category: Injury Updates


The Dallas Cowboys have improved the talent around the defense at nearly every major position, and may have the leagues most interesting defensive unit. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: After a terrible 2013 season where Dallas gave up a league worst 413 Yds/G, the Cowboys started off 2014 losing future Hall of Fame DE DeMarcus Ware to free agency and star LB Sean Lee to an ACL injury. However, the Cowboys would go on to surprise most by showing major improvement under new DC Rod Marinell. In the 2015 off-season Dallas added pass rushing talent by signing DE Greg Hardy and drafting pass rush specialist Randy Gregory. The Cowboys also addressed their biggest weakness in the secondary by drafting athletic freak CB Byron Jones in the 1st round of the 2015 draft. But as far as fantasy players are concerned this is still a defense to avoid. Considering both Hardy and LB Rolando McClain will each be serving four game suspensions to start the season, and 2014 sack leader DE Jeremy Mincey is currently holding out of training camp. The Dallas defense also has a tough start to the schedule playing five of the top eleven offenses of 2014 (NYG, PHI, ATL, NO, NE). But if the defense can stay healthy and survive an onslaught of top offenses, the Cowboys may be a sleeper D weeks 10-17. During this stretch the Dallas D will be playing only two top fifteen scoring offenses of 2014 season (MIA, GB)


Troy Niklas will open Cardinals camp on the PUP list, according to Kent Somers. Niklas is suffering from ankle and hamstring injuries. (Source: Kent Somers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Cardinals PUP list is where all the cool tight ends hang out, with Jermaine Gresham also on it. Niklas struggled to stay healthy in 2014, and 2015 isn't off to a great start. He's behind Gresham when both are healthy (!), and while tight ends have limited fantasy appeal in a Bruce Arians offense, back ups have even less.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions


A couple of nice shots from Day 2 of training camp in Latrobe, PA. Shazier is coming off of a 2014 in which he missed 4 games for knee injury and 4 more games later in the season with a high ankle sprain. (Source: Ryan Shazier on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This young dynamo delivers a lot of talent and affords the Pittsburgh defense a lot of flexibility. The former No.15 overall pick was drafted alongside Baltimore Ravens rookie C.J. Mosley who went on to Pro Bowl honors last year, so the talent is there for sure. Expect the play maker to have a great year in 2015.


This video is a great look at the serious work the 2nd year Steelers wide receiver put in this off-season. Bryant looks to put up great numbers this season opposite the show stopper, Antonio Brown. (Source: YouTube - Offseason workout video of Martavis Bryant)

Fantasy Impact: There are divided opinions on what kind of season we can expect from Bryant. Last year he missed 6 games before unloading his talents on opposing defenses to the tune of 48 targets, 26 receptions for 549 yards (avg 21.1yds per catch) and 8 touchdowns. Even if this young speedster regresses in 2015, a reasonable expectation is 95 targets, 60 receptions for 952 yards and 10 touchdowns. Definite WR2.


Jerry Jones expresses confidence that Joseph Randle can step in and be "the No. 1 back." (Source: Charean Williams on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: The fact that Dallas didn't sign RB Chris Johnson or a bigger name than UDFA Gus Johnson, shows how much confidence they have in Randle. Until the Cowboys sign some real competition to beef up the RB core, Randle will compete with injury prone vet Darren McFadden, scatback Lance Dunbar and UDFA Gus Johnson. Whoever the starting Dallas RB is will have major upside, considering they will be running behind an elite offensive line in a weak defensive division. Randle is currently RB 21 off the board and has an ADP of 61st overall, according to FantasyPros.com.

Category: Rumors


Carlos Hyde has been taken off the NFI list and is now cleared for the 49ers camp on Saturday. (Source: Cam Inman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Things were looking real good for Hyde when Frank Gore didn't return, but now it looks like it may be a platoon backfield. Reggie Bush and Bruce Miller will take touches away from Hyde this season, but mostly in the pass catching variety.


Cardinals cut Alfonzo Dennard

Wed, Jul 29th 5:07pm EDT
By Neil Dutton

ARI

Alfonzo Dennard, the former Patriots cornerback, has been released by the Cardinals, as per Mike Jurecki. He was claimed off waivers in May following his release by New England. (Source: Mike Jurecki on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The release leaves the Cardinals a little light at cornerback behind Patrick Peterson and Jeraud Powers. Tyrann Mathieu remains the top IDP option from this secondary.

Category: Transactions


Newly signed tight end Jermaine Gresham will start his Cardinals career on the PUP list, as per Mike Jurecki. (Source: Mike Jurecki on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Only signed a week ago, and coming off surgery, this move was to be expected. Gresham should be fit when the live bullets start firing, but any tight end in a Bruce Arians is going to have limited appeal in fantasy...unless your league is ludicrously deep.

Category: Injury Updates