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Art Jones placed on IR

Thu, Sep 3rd 5:17pm EDT
By Jason Mullins

IND

Art Jones was placed on short term IR with the possibility to return mid-season. In his absence, rookie Henry Anderson looks to get a chance to fill the void left at the defensive tackle position. (Source: WISH TV)

Fantasy Impact: Depending on the development of Anderson, this could be a detrimental blow to the Colts' D this season. Anderson has played both positions in college and, if he can produce at a high level, should limit the impact of Jones' loss.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions


ESPN.com suggests that Rob Gronkowski is among the Patriots' players not expected to play in the team's preseason finale against the Giants on Thursday. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Rob Gronkowski has not played at all during the preseason as the Patriots want to keep Gronkowski healthy in the advance of the 2015 season. If he can stay healthy throughout the season he will easily be the top scoring tight end in fantasy.


Jared Abbredaris, after suffering a concussion early in camp and coming off a torn ACL from last year, finally returned to practice to in time for the final preseason bout with the Saints. "Good to get back out there on the field with the teammates," Abbrederis said. "It's been a long time since I've been out there." (Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Fantasy Impact: Abbredaris is a fan favorite in Wisconsin for his time with the Badgers, but he faces considerable odds with almost no practice time at a stacked position. If it were not for Jordy Nelson's injury, he may have already been released. But now he has a chance to make the 5th roster spot, even if its slight, at WR over Myles White. Its possible the Packers could keep 6 WRs but unlikely. At this point there is no fantasy impact here, just hope that the kid can succeed.


With fellow quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension having been nullified, per ESPN.com, Jimmy Garoppolo is no longer in line to start the Patriots' Sept. 10 regular-season opener against the Steelers. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Jimmy Garoppolo was in line to start the first four games of the season but with Brady no longer suspended, he will go back to being the team's No. 2 signal-caller. Garoppolo has lost any fantasy value he may have had.


Tom Brady is among the Patriots' starters not in line to see the field in Thursday's preseason finale against the Giants, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports. (Source: Jeff Howe on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It is not surprising that the Patriots would want to sit Tom Brady in a meaningless preseason game. Brady is now on track to start next Thursday's season opener against the Steelers and the team will want to keep him healthy.


Ego Ferguson slimmed down this off-season as he worked out three times a day which included some high-intensity boxing. He's been asked to switch over from DT to DE in Vic Fangio's 3-4 defense and with that he has dropped about 20 lbs. He played at 310 a year ago and is now at 290-295. (Source: Chicagobears.com)

Fantasy Impact: With that being said, Ferguson is penciled in as a starter opposite Jarvis Jenkins at DE while the DT spot should be manned by Jeremiah Ratliff if he returns by Week 4. For now rookie Eddie Goldman should be the man in the middle depending on if he can recover fully from the concussion he suffered last week. The Bears' defensive line is beat up to say the least and last year's second round pick, Ferguson has become very crucial to this defensive unit. Watch for an improved season from the LSU product.


Darren Urban doesn't believe Brittan Golden will make the Cardinals 53 man roster. (Source: Darren Urban, AZCardinals.com)

Fantasy Impact: Urban projects the Birds keeping five wide receivers, namely Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, John Brown Jaron Brown and J.J. Nelson. Citing injuries at tight end and the offensive line, he has Golden as the 6th wideout. Nelson has flashed more chemistry with Carson Palmer over the preseason, but outside of Fitz, Floyd and John Brown it's hard to see any fantasy appeal for J.J. or Jaron.

Category: Rumors


Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White is expected to participate in some activities next week with a pad on his surgically repaired elbow. (Source: Vaughn McClure, ESPN )

Fantasy Impact: Same old, same old from White. His injuries continue to linger, frustrating many owners who don't know when to expect a legitimate return. Draft him more as a mid WR3 with WR2 upside when healthy.

Category: Injury Updates


Cardinals WR Michael Floyd has taken an important next step in his recovery from his finger injury. Floyd has resumed catching passes. It remains to be determined when the WR will return to practice in a full capacity. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Floyd remains hopeful that he'll be able to return in time for Week 1. Still, his role in the offense is unknown considering the time he's missed and his disappointing 2014 season. The Cardinals WR situation will be one to monitor.

Category: Injury Updates


Giants WR Victor Cruz's status for Week 1 is "very much in doubt," according to Dan Graziano of ESPN. Cruz continues to recover from a calf injury. (Source: Dan Graziano)

Fantasy Impact: Cruz was a trendy pick considering the expected upside presented by the Giants' offense. However, given his injury history, Cruz is far from a safe pick. Our experts don't expect him to return value at his current ADP of WR No. 35.

Category: Injury Updates


Quarterback-turned-wide receiver Terrelle Pryor is expected to play in the Cleveland Browns' preseason finale against the Chicago Bears on Thursday night. (Source: ESPN Cleveland)

Fantasy Impact: Stop me if you have heard this one before. Pryor was "expected" to play last week, only to end up riding the pines the entire game. This week, however, he has been healthy enough to practice and should see a fair amount of snaps. His spot on the 53-man roster hangs in the balance, so he would do well to put on a show tonight.


Cleveland Browns starting quarterback Josh McCown is not expected to play in the team's final preseason game against the Bears in Thursday night's game. (Source: ESPN Cleveland)

Fantasy Impact: This should come as a surprise to no one, as McCown has already won over his teammates and coaches and has nothing left to prove as the team's starter. He is well ahead of Johnny Manziel at this point, but it isn't a guarantee he starts all 16 games this year. As for tonight's game, expect to see a heavy does of Thad Lewis under center.


Lorenzo Taliaferro is listed to miss the final preseason game due to sprained knee according to baltimoreravens.com writer Garrett Downing. (Source: Baltimore Ravens)

Fantasy Impact: While second on the depth chart behind Justin Forsett, it was not expected that we would see much of Taliaferro anyway this season. To add, it is noted that this injury could linger into the early weeks of the regular season as well. Highly talented RB Javorius Allen should slowly creep into the Baltimore RB2 role as the season progresses removing Lorenzo Taliaferro from any fantasy football talks.

Category: Injury Updates


Both Ben Roethlisberger and Mike Tomlin indicated that they will be relying on Darrius Heyward-Bey to pick up the slack during Martavis Bryant's suspension. (Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Fantasy Impact: A former third round pick for the Steelers, Coates has looked like a lost puppy during preseason action and may very well be a healthy scratch come Week 1.


The NFL's top wideout has agreed to convert $2 million of his $8.25 million 2016 salary into a signing bonus that can be prorated over the next two years. (Source: Ian Rapoport via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Good news for the interim as the Steelers and their best player have come to an agreement. They will need to revisit negotiations next summer if they wish to avoid any type of holdout. Expect Brown to sit out the preseason finale.


Ben Roethlisberger talks about how much confidence the Steelers have in Heyward-Bey after the time spent training in Georgia. (Source: Interviews via Steelers.com)

Fantasy Impact: 'Hey-Bey' has looked good throughout the summer and the preseason. He will bring a veteran presence to the field as he will step up during Martavis Bryant's absence due to suspension.


Emmanuel Sanders 'game ready'

Wed, Sep 2nd 10:20pm EDT
By John Muguerza

DEN

The Denver Broncos believe WR Emmanuel Sanders is finally healthy and game ready. (Source: Denverbroncos.com)

Fantasy Impact: After suffering a hamstring injury in early August the Broncos have been cautious with Sanders, holding him out most of training camp and the preseason. But now that Sanders is healthy, it's all systems go for the seventh highest standard scoring fantasy WR in 2014 (200.8 pts / 16 gms). Sanders current ADP is WR #12 and 33rd overall, according to FantasyPros.com.

Category: Injury Updates


The Dallas Cowboys have activated LB Rolando McClain from the PUP list. (Source: Todd Archer on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Rolando McClain is still facing a four game suspension for violating the leagues substance abuse policy, and is eligible to return week five against the reigning world champion New England Patriots. McClain had somewhat of a career resurgence last season as he was second on the team with 81 combined tackles, leading the Dallas LB core with Sean Lee (ACL) out the entire 2014 season. However McClain also dealt with his own injuries (concussions/knee) in 2014, missing three full games and leaving in the middle of others. Dallas will roster one of the more interesting defenses in the NFL if they can stay healthy, along with the return of suspended player DE Greg Hardy and McClain.


Against the Colts, Foles connected with Tavon for a 25-yard gain but was wiped out by an offensive pass interference call on Austin which should have been a no-call. (Source: Jim Thomas )

Fantasy Impact: Tavon was shut out this week, despite the long gain being called back. Bottom line, Tavon has flashed here and there but has yet to showcase a strong series in preseason. Once again he's a boom or bust player heading into the season and right now his value is that of an emergency flex option.

Category: Game Recaps


Joseph Randle missed today's Cowboys annual kickoff luncheon, due to a court appearance in Wichita, Kansas. There isn't much known on why Randle had to appear in court, but the Star-Telegram suggest it's probably due to a family law case, or a misdemeanor charge. The reason the Cowboys gave for Randle's absents was a "personal day." (Source: Star-Telegram )

Fantasy Impact: There isn't much fantasy impact behind this report, except for a reminder that Randle has had a troubled past. Randle is known mostly due to his famous failed underwear theft arrest, where he was caught trying to steal underwear and cologne from a mall department store in the middle of the 2014 season. Another more disturbing incident happened last February, where Randle was arrested on drug charges and was accused of domestic violence. The drug charges were later dropped and the domestic violence charges were never filed due to lack of evidence. Involving only football, if anything can be learned from these incidents it's that the Cowboys must believe in Randle's talent, otherwise he probably would've been cut by now. Randle has a current ADP of RB #19 and 55th overall, according to FantasyPros.com.

Category: Rumors