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Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid told the media that RB Charcandrick West (elbow) will not play in Saturday's preseason contest against the Chicago Bears. (Source: Terez Paylor on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: West is getting reacclimated in Kansas City's practices as he was sidelined with a minor elbow injury for over a week. He will not suit up in Saturday's preseason tilt against Chicago but will likely play in the finale on September 1 versus Green Bay barring any further setbacks.

Category: Injury Updates


Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid told the media that RB Jamaal Charles (knee) will not play in Saturday's preseason contest against the Chicago Bears. (Source: Terez Paylor on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It is no surprise that Charles will not play against the Bears. He was activated from the PUP list last week and was just recently a full participant in practice. There is a good chance that Charles sits out the preseason finale as well, however, he is expected to be a full-go for Week 1 of the regular season.

Category: Injury Updates


Outside linebacker and former sixth-overall pick Barkevious Mingo has been traded by the Cleveland Browns to the New England Patriots, according to reports. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: No word yet on what the Browns received in return, but it is likely no more than a mid-round pick. Mingo has failed to live up to his draft pedigree, notching only seven sacks in three years with the Browns. Still, the Patriots have struck oil with less talented players than Mingo. He will help provide some juice to a Patriots' pass rush that is lacking.

Category: Transactions


Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron missed Thursday's practice - the second straight practice he's missed since getting in a limited practice on Tuesday. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Still recovering from an ankle injury, Ebron is not going to play this week, but should still be on track for Week 1.

Category: Injury Updates


After being in a walking boot following last week's preseason game and being limited in practice all week, running back Jeremy Langford was not limited on Thursday, he was a full participant. (Source: Jeff Dockerson via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Langford showed great bounce back from Week 1 to Week 2 of preseason games, so it is a good sign he has recovered quickly from this injury. He is expected to get a heavy workload from the Bears this season, plan on him being a solid option for fantasy leagues.

Category: Injury Updates


Colin Kaepernick believes that he should be the 49ers starting QB this year. He feels he has a legitimate chance to beat out Blaine Gabbert. (Source: SFChronicle.com)

Fantasy Impact: Remember the days when Kap was the second coming of Steve Young? Now he's trying to beat out BLAINE GABBERT for a starting role. Kap has been slowed by injuries this off-season, so hopefully he can get back to form and show that he really should be the starter.


Stevan Ridley released by Lions

By Anthony Cervino   Thu, Aug 25th 10:38am EDT

DET

The Detroit Lions have released RB Stevan Ridley on Thursday. (Source: Dave Birkett on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Lions appear content with entering the 2016 season with Zach Zenner as their No. 3 running back behind Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick. Zenner will also serve as Detroit's short-yardage back in the upcoming campaign with Riddick assuming the role as their primary receiver out of the backfield. For Ridley, he could attempt to catch on with another organization, however, he may have to wait until the season gets under way to find another job in the NFL.

Category: Transactions


J.J. Watt to return 'soon'

By Anthony Cervino   Thu, Aug 25th 8:02am EDT

HOU

Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt (back) wrote a cryptic message on his Instagram account that says "soon." It is safe to say that it is in regards to his return from back surgery that has kept the pass rusher sidelined since late July. Last weekend, head coach Bill O'Brien told the media that Watt is making "a lot of progress on his rehab" from the procedure but his status for the season opener remains uncertain. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Watt is in danger of missing the first game of his five-year career in Week 1. The pass rusher is reported to have a 6-to-10 week recovery timeline from his surgery which would sideline him into the month of September and force him to miss multiple contests. Houston's D/ST should be viewed as a top five unit in the upcoming fantasy football campaign that will likely repeat their success of 2015.

Category: Injury Updates


The Kansas City Chiefs have released WR Mike Williams on Wednesday. (Source: BJ KIssel on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Williams is a six-year veteran in the NFL and will once again attempt to resurrect his stalled career with a new organization. Even if Williams catches on somewhere else in 2016, he will not likely have fantasy relevance in the upcoming campaign.

Category: Transactions


Braxton Miller did not practice Wednesday, Alex Del Barrio of CBS Houston reports. Houston head coach Bill O'Brien downplayed it, telling reporters that Miller's day off was "a little rest day," suggesting he'll be available for this week's preseason game against the Cardinals. (Source: CBS.com)

Fantasy Impact: Miller, a third-round pick, has been making a name for himself with the Texans. The rookie has seven catches for 69 yards in two preseason games and looks to have jumped Cecil Shorts on the depth chart. He may not make an immediate impact on the team but is someone to keep an eye on in deeper leagues as he could get a shot sometime this season.

Category: Injury Updates


Rob Gronkowski (undisclosed) returned to practice Wednesday after missing the previous nine days. (Source: Mike Reiss on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There were different reports on Gronkowski's injury which is not surprising coming from the usually tight lipped Patriots. But it looks like the tight end is back and practicing which is good news for Gronk owners. Do not be surprised if the team avoids playing him in the remaining two preseason games. There is no reason to risk injury before the season starts.

Category: Injury Updates


Derek Watt has been showing his versatility this preseason for the Chargers and his coaches are impressed. Along with serving as the team's starting fullback, Watt has played on all four special teams units for San Diego. “I’ve been very pleased with the physical part of the run game,” Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt said. “With a guy that’s 237 pounds who played fullback in college, it’s a position where you can’t find guys anymore." (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Watt's has no current fantasy value and should remain undrafted in all leagues. His more immediate impact will be helping open running lanes for RB's Melvin Gordon and Danny Woodhead.

Category: Rumors


ESPN is reporting that Sean Payton had good things to say about C.J. Spiller, stating Spiller "had some juice" in Saturday's preseason game against the Texans. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Pass-catching running backs have always done surprisingly well in the Saints' backfield (see: Pierre Thomas), and the article does go on to highlight Spiller's "elusiveness and cutting ability." However, it is still tough to be excited by a 29-year-old running back coming off knee surgery whose "juice" attributed to two carries and three yards (along with three catches for 16 yards receiving). Spiller has some name recognition, but Payton's comments seem to be about boosting the morale of a veteran and should not be considered a fantasy endorsement.


Cardinals receiver John Brown did not practice on Wednesday, due to a headache. Brown only cleared the League concussion protocol on the 22nd of August. (Source: Darren Urban on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: August is shaping up to be a lost month for Brown, and reports of a headache so soon after a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a concussion are very troubling. This is potentially serious real life issue, but it also adds to the appeal of Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd.

Category: Injury Updates


Bennie Fowler had the brace on his elbow removed and did some running today. Head coach Gary Kubiak is hopeful that he will be ready for their week one match up against Carolina. (Source: Troy Renck on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Fowler had been having a good preseason prior to fracturing his elbow on August 12th, but the Broncos' WR depth chart is murky behind entrenched starters Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. A third-year undrafted free agent, Fowler is probably a long shot to become a fantasy-relevant player. He should be left on the waiver wire for the time being.

Category: Injury Updates


C.J. Prosise (hamstring) will take the field for the first time in Seattle's home preseason game against Dallas on Thursday. (Source: Bob Condotta on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's a big step for Prosise, who has been tumbling down draft boards due to the mostly positive reports surrounding Thomas Rawls and the emergence of Christine Michael. For now, he's not much more than a late-round PPR flier. That could change if he closes out the preseason with a bang.

Category: Injury Updates


Thomas Rawls (ankle) will miss Seattle's home preseason game against Dallas on Thursday. However, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll also said "I have no hesitation in telling you he's going to play in the opener." (Source: Bob Condotta on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ideally, we'd like to see Rawls get a few carries in the preseason to see for ourselves that he can move well. There's still a chance that could happen, but we won't know until next week. Either way, Rawls looks to be the Week 1 starter as of this moment.

Category: Injury Updates


Ian Rapoport reports that the New England Patriots have traded center Bryan Stork to the Washington Redskins for an undisclosed conditional draft pick. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The condition for the pick likely hinges on whether Stork is kept on the 53-man roster by the Redskins this season, but more information should come out in the next few hours. Stork has a history of concussions, which is what prompted the Patriots to originally say they would release him, only to then go and trade him to the Redskins. If healthy, Stork is a capable a starter, and the Redskins sorely need help along the line after two disappointing preseason games. Stork could provide a slight boost to the prospects of starting running back Matt Jones.

Category: Transactions


Free agent prize LB Danny Trevathan has been dealing with a hamstring since last Thursday's preseason clash with New England. On Wednesday, he returned to practice on a limited basis. (Source: Zach Zaidman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Bears need Trevathan manning the middle of the field to be the most effective unit. He has had a past filled with injuries, but when healthy he is one of the top guys at his position in the league. Expect him to be back for the Week 1 road opener in Houston.

Category: Injury Updates


"The goal is to obviously play Aaron (Rodgers) and play our guys," head coach Mike McCarthy said before Tuesday's practice. "But we'll evaluate today's practice and we'll have that meeting tomorrow." (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The only impact this has for current owners and prospective owners of Aaron Rodgers is whether or not he makes it through his short preseason stint with a full bill of health. But it should be interesting to see him back on the field with Jordy Nelson, who missed last season with a torn ACL, and to see how comfortable he is with his new toy, Jared Cook. Green Bay will be careful not to show too much in the preseason but this will likely be the only chance to see physical proof of how Jared Cook, Jordy Nelson, and the rest of the crew are meshing with their all-star quarterback before the season starts.