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San Francisco 49ers 34-year old WR Anquan Boldin will be entering his 13th year in the NFL next Sunday. Boldin will be starting opposite of WR Torrey Smith who was acquired from the Baltimore Ravens in the offseason.

Fantasy Impact: Despite his age, Anquan Boldin hasn't missed a game for the 49ers in two years with the team. Boldin has hit the 1,000 receiving yard milestone in each of his two years with the 49ers, but you can most likely expect a decline in his numbers as another year passes him by.


Phil Taylor cut by Browns

Tue, Sep 1st 7:14pm EDT
By Matthew Terelle

CLE

In somewhat of a surprise, Phil Taylor was released by the Browns Tuesday afternoon. Taylor's salary will still be on the team's books in 2015 as it became guaranteed in March. (Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer )

Fantasy Impact: Taylor should have no problem catching on with another team, but he simply became expendable with the drafting of Danny Shelton. Taylor represented the last remaining draft pick that came over in the 2011 draft day trade that netted the Falcons Julio Jones.


The Bears claimed QB Zac Dysert off waivers from Denver on Tuesday and released UDFA Shane Carden. The third-year Miami (Ohio) product was stuck behind Peyton Manning and riser Brock Osweiler the past two seasons. (Source: Chicago Sun-Times)

Fantasy Impact: He completed 2-5 pass attempts for 45 yards this preseason. Clearly former Denver brass John Fox and Adam Gase, who are now current Bears coaches like what they see in Dysert. Dysert will have no problem beating out David Fales for the No. 3 spot and could be the No. 2 to open the year with Jimmy Clausen (concussion) in league protocal.

Category: Transactions


The Bears have placed Senorise Perry on season ending IR on Tuesday. The RB was serving to be a core special team option, but has suffered a foot injury. His performance on special teams looked to be his way to making the final 53-man roster. (Source: CBS Chicago)

Fantasy Impact: Senorise Perry was never going to be more than the fourth string running back. If he made the team it would only be for his special team ability. He would have had absolutely no fantasy value even if he made the team.

Category: Injury Updates


Nick Toon was cut by the Saints on Tuesday. (Source: Katherine Terrell - nola.com)

Fantasy Impact: Brandon Coleman's role continues to be defined as the starting WR opposite Brandin Cooks. Toon entered OTAs as the favorite for that role but was unable to impress in camp and ultimately lost his roster spot.

Category: Transactions


Patriots acquired WR/KR Jalen Saunders from the Saints in exchange for a conditional draft pick. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is a depth move for the Patriots with them getting hit hard at wide receiver with injuries. Jalen Saunders probably won't have much of a role on offense but may be used as a return man. He does not have any fantasy relevance at this time.


Brandon LaFell (foot) did not practice Monday, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports. LaFell remains on the Patriots' preseason PUP list, not to mention on a 53-man roster projection posted Monday on Patriots.com, though the possibility that the veteran wideout could open the coming season on the team's PUP list was offered up. (Source: Mike Reiss on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With fantasy drafts in full swing, many owners are wondering whether or not to draft Brandon LaFell. At this point it looks like a strong possibility that he ends up on the PUP list and will miss a good chunk of the season. Picking up Reggie Wayne and trading for Jalen Saunders also indicates that the Patriots are preparing for no LaFell at the beginning of the season.

Category: Injury Updates


According to Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal, Travis Coons has beaten out Carey Spear for the Cleveland Browns' starting kicker job. (Source: Akron Beacon Journal)

Fantasy Impact: Congratulations are in order for Coons if this is true, but he still shouldn't be rostered in all but the deepest leagues. The Browns offense likely won't generate many field goal attempts, leaving Coons as mere waiver wire fodder.


Entering his age 32 season and after taking a significant pay cut to stay in New Orleans, Colston appears to have been relegated to the slot receiver role. Sophomore Brandon Coleman is now starting outside WR opposite Cooks and has been praised as the camp MVP by HC Sean Payton.

Fantasy Impact: Colston's role is already being reduced, and he should not be relied on by fantasy owners as an every week WR3 as in year's past.

Category: Game Recaps


With C.J. Spiller recovering from a knee scope, Ingram has stepped in and looked natural catching the ball out of the backfield. He has caught four passes for 57 yards in the last two games and hauled in an impressive wheel route in the second game.

Fantasy Impact: If Spiller isn't ready by Week 1, Mark Ingram becomes their three-down RB and elevates to weekly RB1 status.

Category: Game Recaps


Coleman lined up opposite Brandon Cooks in two WR sets during the Saints' third preseason game, playing ahead of veteran slot WR Marques Colston. Coleman hauled in one pass for 27 yards during the game.

Fantasy Impact: Coleman could conceivably emerge as the Saints third receiving threat behind Cooks and Spiller. He's already pushing the aged Colston for playing time and should help replace Jimmy Graham in the red zone with his 6'6" frame. Consider Coleman as a late round flyer with your final fantasy draft picks.

Category: Game Recaps


ESPN Atlanta Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure has reported that WR Roddy White is expected to return next week with limited activity. (Source: Vaughn McClure expected to return next week)

Fantasy Impact: While Roddy White has been sidelined by a nagging elbow injury, we still expect him to be in the starting lineup Week 1 against the Eagles. A nice under-the-radar WR2/3 but be sure to monitor the elbow injury leading up to kickoff of Week 1.

Category: Injury Updates


Gary Kubiak has said that the Denver Broncos were expecting and hoping for more from their 2nd year wide receiver Cody Latimer. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: News like this is not usually good to see on a player. Cody should still be targeted in fantasy football drafts at the 11th round or later. Keep a close eye on Cody Latimer with opening week approaching.


Late Tuesday, the New York Jets announced that TE Jace Amaro will miss the season with a torn labrum. (Source: NY Daily News)

Fantasy Impact: Ranked as our ECR 28th TE, Jace Amaro did not have much value in most standard sized leagues (10-12) and was rarely drafted in most cases due to the lack of Jet offensive consistency. If on your roster look for a alternative right away.

Category: Injury Updates


The Dolphins have released punter Brandon Fields. Undrafted rookie free agent, Matt Darr, is the new starter. Last season Fields was the second highest paid punter in the league. He took a pay cut to help the team free up salary cap space. However, while the rookie from Tennessee cost even less, having a longer gross and net average than Fields in camp and preseason games likely made a difference too. (Source: Sun Sentinel)

Fantasy Impact: Even with the pay cut, Fields was going to earn over $3 million this season. We'll find out by Saturday if the Dolphins start anew at kicker as well or keep Caleb Sturgis.


Karlos Williams, who underwent an undisclosed procedure two weeks ago, was seen on the practice field Tuesday for the first time since then, working with strength and conditioning staff. (Source: Mike Rodak)

Fantasy Impact: It's a positive sign for the rookie, who is expected to be ready for the season opener. While he was away, his fantasy stock skyrocketed with the release of Fred Jackson, making him the clear handcuff to LeSean McCoy.

Category: Injury Updates


Kenjon Barner has had a pair of Punt Return touchdowns in three preseason games so far and Walter Thurmond has an interception return for a touchdown as well. 3 D/ST's touchdowns through 3 preseason games make the Eagles an interesting big play defense in 2015 (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Although they may give up a lot of yards and points each week, the Eagles defense overall might be a nice D/ST team to own based on their big play ability alone.


Marcus Smith has all the hype of a first round bust. That is even more the the case as he can't stay healthy and make it on the field to silent his doubters. He missed practice again on Monday and still remains a candidate for release. (Source: nj.com)

Fantasy Impact: It was important for Smith to get as much reps in this offseason and the opposite has happened for him as he has been battling injuries and remains sidelined. With all the depth and talent on the Eagles roster, Smith is going to have an uphill battle to crack the final 53 man roster.

Category: Injury Updates


Cleveland linebacker Barkevious Mingo was able to practice this past Monday for the first time since having his knee scoped on August 6. Head coach Mike Pettine later said he believes that Mingo is on pace to make his return by the season opener. (Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Fantasy Impact: Mingo has missed most of what was an important camp for him. He will likely come back in a situational role as fellow linebackers Scott Solomon and Nate Orchard have impressed so far in camp.

Category: Injury Updates


Thurmond continues to make plays for the Eagles secondary. He was an underrated free agency signing and has only helped to add depth to the Eagles defensive backs. After making the shift from CB to Safety, Thurmond has showed he deserves a role among the starting DB's. Thurmond returned an interception 28-yards for a touchdown against the Packers in the teams preseason game. (Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com)

Fantasy Impact: "It’s just another example of what he does in practice every day," defensive coordinator Bill Davis said of Thurmond. "He had at least an interception a day and he showed up the last couple of games. He’s always in the right spot, around the ball. He’s got a great feel for the game and tonight he was in the right place at the right time and took it to the house. Hopefully we’ll see more of that. "Those are the things we saw in him when we signed him. He has great vision and good football instincts. He sees the field well." He remains an under the radar pickup in deep IDP leagues.