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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting the Washington Redskins have activated tight end Jordan Reed (toe) from the PUP list Sunday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Reed, who has dealt with a toe injury since early August, was activated from the PUP list Sunday. He is eligible to resume practicing this week. This is outstanding news for a player with injury concerns. When healthy is a top three fantasy tight end and should be targeted as such in upcoming drafts.

Eric Ebron did not practice at all last week while nursing a hamstring injury he suffered three weeks ago.

Fantasy Impact: The narrative has always been that Ebron was poised to be a breakout tight end in the league at any time, but poor performance and injuries have plagued that hope. While Ebron continues to miss time, his fantasy stock trends downward and Darren Fells becomes the most likely candidate to see increased playing time.

Bruce Ellington caught 4 of his 5 targets for 93 yards in the Texans preseason victory over the Patriots.

Fantasy Impact: The Texans are very thin at wide receiver right now with injuries piling up, so Ellington drew the surprise spot start. He was only signed to the team 8 days ago. He repeatedly made big plays, and especially big plays after the catch. It's unlikely that Ellington will put up big fantasy numbers, however, it is a situation to monitor given that Will Fuller is likely out for the first two months of the season.

Emmanuel Sanders sat out the Broncos' second preseason game with a sore shoulder.

Fantasy Impact: Sanders landed hard on the shoulder earlier this week during joint practices with the 49ers. By all accounts, it is not at all serious, and had there been a meaningful game today, Sanders likely would have played, but the Broncos saw no reason to risk one of their best offensive assets in the game tonight. Fantasy owners should continue to draft Sanders as a WR2/WR3 in drafts.

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Marqise Lee (ankle) told the media he is "confident he'll be ready to roll" for Week 1 of the regular season. (Source: Around the NFL on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Although Lee, who is dealing with an ankle injury, may be shut down for the remainder of the preseason, he told the press he should be ready to go for the season opener against Houston. Fully expected to see an expanded role in the offense in 2017, Lee could finally be in store for his breakout year. However, since Blake Bortles is struggling, Chad Henne could very well open the year as the Jaguars' starting quarterback, which may actually hurt Lee's value in the end -- Bortles is an atrocious "real football" signal caller but is productive in fantasy. Still, at his current WR81 ADP, his upside outweighs the risk at that draft position.

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (foot) told the media he "expects" to be ready for Week 1. "That's nothing to worry about," Fournette said via Friday. (Source: Around the NFL on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Fournette, who is nursing a foot injury suffered earlier in the preseason, told the press he should be good to go for Week 1. However, since he dealt with a similar injury last season at LSU, this could be worth monitoring, especially if it lingers. Regarded as the top rookie rusher entering the upcoming fantasy football campaign for most of the offseason, Fournette's stock could begin to fall. Between a minor injury, a questionable offensive line and inconsistent passing game, it wouldn't shock me if Dalvin Cook and/ or Christian McCaffrey winds up being selected ahead of Fournette in fantasy drafts held closer to the start of the regular season.

DE Takkarist McKinley (shoulder) has been cleared to play Sunday. Recovering nicely from a recent shoulder surgery, he will make his debut in Pittsburgh. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: This is great news for fantasy owners, McKinley should provide big returns for anyone who drafted him.

Luke Kuechly (ribs) has sore ribs and will not suit up for precautionary reasons. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: LB Kuechly doesn't need to practice and fantasy owners should not worry at this point. It is early preseason and rest won't hurt the likelihood he'll be a top fantasy play in IDP leagues.

Rob Gronkowski isn't expected to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Texans, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports. (Source: Boston Herald)

Fantasy Impact: Expect Gronkowski to be held out of the whole preseason. That would actually make fantasy owners happy as a healthy Gronk going into the season will put some points on the board.

Coby Fleener is still not practicing during the Saints' joint practice with the Chargers leading up to this week's preseason tilt between the teams.

Fantasy Impact: With the disastrous first season in New Orleans still fresh in our minds, this is the last thing we want to see leading in to 2017. With the amount of money given to Fleener, it is put up or shut up time for him, meaning this is most likely his last season with the team as the Saints look to make the most of the time they have left with Drew Brees. If Fleener is truly injured, Josh Hill could be a nice late round flier in drafts.

Baltimore Ravens beat writer Jamison Hensley is reporting quarterback Joe Flacco (back) will remain sidelined with a back injury. (Source: Jamison Hensley on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Flacco, who has yet to participate in a training camp practice as he is dealing with a back injury, will miss at least another week of football activities. Although he is fully expected to miss the preseason, the Ravens believe Flacco will be ready for Week 1 of the regular season. Per reports, the earliest Flacco is expected to resume practicing is August 27, exactly two weeks before the regular season opener against the Bengals.

Cam Newton has been more active in practice since being limited by a sore shoulder resulting from his offseason surgery; however, it is unclear if he is going to play Saturday against the Titans in the Panthers' preseason game. (Source: The Charlotte Observer)

Fantasy Impact: Newton is still limited but he seems to be making progress.

Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Danny Shelton injured his knee at practice and is being called week-to-week with the injury. He will not be available for the team's second preseason game this Monday against the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: Shelton is coming off a solid season in 2016 in which he racked up 59 tackles. His absence will leave a big hole in the middle of the team's defensive line as the Browns are counting on him to anchor the unit this season. Some reports stated that Shelton could be out 3-6 weeks with the injury.

Rueben Foster injured his shoulder yesterday at practice, but proclaimed that he was fine after being checked out by medical staff. He was a limited participant in today's practice. He has officially been diagnosed with a mild AC joint sprain. (Source: Bleacher Report )

Fantasy Impact: Normally a mild sprain isn't anything to be concerned about but this is the same shoulder that he had surgery on in the off-season and caused him to slide in the draft. It is being reported that the injury is different than what caused his surgery but it still is concerning and is definitely worth monitoring.

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians confirmed that wide receiver John Brown's (quad) sickle cell issue slows down his recovery process. "That's a fact," Arians said via On having to wait for Brown's return to the field, Arians said: "I don’t have any choice. If he can’t run he can’t play. Now, if he can’t run long enough (after he returns), you’ve got to replace him.” (Source: Darren Urban on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Arizona's wide receiver corps has been the center of question marks in recent days. After publicly announcing he wasn't happy with the unit's performance outside of Larry Fitzgerald, Arians deemed Jaron Brown the team's WR2, ahead of John Brown and J.J. Nelson. As for John Brown, he told the press he is not yet fully healed and is not going to "rush back." Although he is practicing, expect the team to take the cautious approach with him for the remainder of the preseason.

Cody Latimer told a local news outlet that he has been dealing with a sore patella tendon issue for the past year. The issue has acted up recently and may hold him out of the Broncos' second preseason game. (Source: Troy Renck on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's not clear exactly what's causing Latimer's injury, but one has to wonder if some sort of corrective procedure is called for, considering how long the issue has allegedly been plaguing him. In any case, this is just another reason for fantasy owners in all formats to continue to ignore Latimer. If the issue lingers, Latimer could be a roster casualty prior to the start of the season.

Delvin Breaux (fibula) will be out at least six weeks with a broken fibula. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: CB Breaux was looking like a prime cornerback play as a Saints' starter. Fellow cornerback P.J. Williams could be next man in line for an increase in snaps in a starting role. Marshon Lattimore is a lock on the other side.

When Pete Carroll was asked by beat writer Gregg Bell on whether or not Paul Richardson would be ready for Week 1, Carroll said that they were stunned to see him on the practice field today and that he'll definitely be ready for Week 1. (Source: Gregg Bell on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is massive for Richardson, who hasn't been able to stay healthy over the last few years. Even when he was healthy, the Seahawks continued to trot out Jermaine Kearse. That all changed this training camp, as Richardson was running with Doug Baldwin as the No. 1 and No. 2 options. In the first preseason game, Richardson only played three snaps before he injured his shoulder, but he saw two targets on those snaps that netted two catches for 30 yards. If you saw the catch he was hurt on, it was of the highlight variety, showing his willingness to go all-out, even in a meaningless game. The former second-round draft pick has a chance to deliver WR3 value if he can get on the field in two-wide receiver sets. He's free in fantasy drafts right now.

Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott told the media wide receiver Jordan Matthews (chest) is "hopeful" he could return "sooner than later." (Source: Vic Carucci on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Matthews, who is dealing with a chip fracture in his sternum, could miss extended time with this most recent injury. However, both the Bills and Matthews are hoping he'll return to the field in time for the regular season. Although he needs the reps to get acclimated with the offense and to build a rapport with Tyrod Taylor, we may not see the injured receiver again until the regular season.

Kenyan Drake suffers concussion

Tue, Aug 15th 4:55pm EDT
By Brian Ruiz


After seeing Jay Ajayi return from his concussion, the Miami Dolphins have Kenyan Drake suffer a concussion to continue what has been a terrible lead up to the season. (Source: Adam Beasley Miami Herald)

Fantasy Impact: Kenyan Drake has plenty of time before the season begins to recover but concussions are not injuries to be taken lightly.