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Garrett Downing of BaltimoreRavens.com reports that Ladarius Webb is having is best training camp in years, which bodes well for the team's defense. Webb has thrived since returning to his role as starting nickel back. Downing reports that Webb has impressed the coaching staff with how well he’s performed. “He’s having the best camp he’s had in a while,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said. “I really love the way he’s playing, love his attitude, everything about what he’s doing, leadership-wise is part of it, but he’s doing it by example. He’s doing it by the way he practices and the way he plays every single day.”

Fantasy Impact: With a litany of questions surrounding the offense, the defense will need veterans like Webb to step up in a big way. The Ravens defense has impressed thus far, and if the rebuilt secondary can carry this momentum into the regular season, this unit could be a sleeper pick worth grabbing in the later rounds. Early matchups against top receivers like Cincinnati's A.J. Green are a legitimate cause for concern, but subsequent games against the Browns, Jags, Bears, and Titans (and Browns again) make the Ravens defense worthy of consideration.

Category: Game Recaps


Cleveland Browns linebacker Tank Carder was ruled out for the year on Tuesday after injuring his ACL during the New York Giants on Monday night.

Fantasy Impact: Carder was expected to be the Browns' starting inside linebacker this season but instead will go for surgery to repair his ACL. Joe Schobert shows next on the team's depth chart at middle linebacker and could be a decent investment in deep IDP leagues.

Category: Injury Updates


Mike Gillislee was present for the start of Patriots practice on Tuesday, August 22nd. It's unclear how much he participated. (Source: Mike Reiss on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gillislee has been slowed by a hamstring injury all summer, and Patriots beat reporter Mike Reiss notes that a sense of urgency is picking up with just 16 days until the regular season opener. Rex Burkhead has looked great in relief of Gillislee. Both backs remain risky, high upside fantasy picks.


Deone Bucannon, who opened the preseason on the PUP list, has been activated and cleared to begin football activities. (Source: Bleacher Report)

Fantasy Impact: This is huge news for Arizona's defense, which was getting dangerously thin at the linebacker position. While Bucannon will only initially partake in walkthroughs and not immediately resume practice, this is a step in the right direction for him being available for Week One. Expect the Cardinals to ease him back into practice in effort to avoid any setbacks.

Category: Injury Updates


Wayne Gallman showcased his dual-threat ability in the second half against the Cleveland Browns. The rookie from Clemson finished with 22 yards on five carries, two receptions for 20 yards, and one fumble.

Fantasy Impact: Gallman showed improvement from preseason game one to two and even debuted a new number, going from 30 to 22. The rookie is in a crowded backfield however and could find himself behind several veterans. He will have a chance to improve his stock throughout preseason but needs to perform without mistakes, such as the botched hand-off he had that led to a turnover late in the game.

Category: Game Recaps


Jesse James is expected to enter the season as the Steelers' starting tight end. (Source: Steelers.com)

Fantasy Impact: James topped the depth chart following the release of disappointment Ladarius Green, and nothing has changed that this preseason. Xavier Grimble was expected to push James, but Grimble hasn't performed consistently this preseason. James may catch a few touchdowns, but he won't see the targets to be a fantasy-relevant TE this season.


John Ross is expected to have a limited role in the Bengals' offense early in the season. (Source: Paul Dehner Jr. on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This isn't surprising considering Ross is a rookie. The report indicates that the Bengals could create special packages for the speedster, which also wouldn't be surprising given Ross' wheels. Considering the investment, Ross will become more involved, but it likely won't be right out of the gate.


Jacksonville signed defensive free agents Calais Campbell, Barry Church and A.j. Bouye to accompany an already promising defensive unit.

Fantasy Impact: There is no shortage of talent on this side of the ball for Jacksonville. Jalen Ramsey and Bouye will form one of the best, if not the best, outside cornerback tandem in the NFL. Campbell will join Malik Jackson to form a talented interior defensive line, with Telvin Smith and Paul Pozluszny anchoring the linebacking corps. After already ranking 9th in yards allowed last season, this unit will look to generate more turnovers, as they finished dead-last in interceptions in 2016 with only seven.

Category: Game Recaps


Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said Tom Savage "is our starter."

Fantasy Impact: O'Brien later went on to say that Savage has had a good camp thus far. We'll see how long Savage can hold onto the starting job with first-round pick Deshaun Watson waiting in the wings.


Evan Engram hauled in 3-of-4 targets for 32 yards in the New York Giants' 10-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns Monday night.

Fantasy Impact: Engram is a talented receiving tight end, but will have limited appeal in season-long leagues barring injuries in the deep New York receiving corps. Keep him on your radar in dynasty leagues, as tight ends take some time to really develop.

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Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson is suggesting there is no need to question running back LeGarrette Blount's roster security and that he will be "a big part" of the team's offense in 2017. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Blount, who was amongst NJ.com's Matt Lombardo's list of players who could be cut by the Eagles before the start of the regular season, appears to have nothing to worry about in terms of his job security. Pederson implied that he could have a significant role in 2017, which likely cements his value entering fantasy draft season. At his current consensus RB26 ADP, Blount has enough upside to be targeted around the seventh round. However, don't expect another monster year like he had with New England in 2016. Although he is not likely to match or come anywhere close to his 18 touchdowns, the 7-to-9 range is not too far fetched. He is fully expected to enter 2017 as the Eagles RB1 and will likely handle goal line work as well.

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Paul Perkins finished with six carries for ten yards against the Browns. His longest rush was 16 yards.

Fantasy Impact: You read that correctly. Perkins totaled -5 yards on his other five carries, as he was hit at or behind the line of scrimmage consistently. His one long run showed a nice cutback and burst of speed into the second level. While Perkins seems a clear starter and his volume is probably safe, the Giants have a subpar run blocking unit that will hurt Perkins from an efficiency standpoint. He's a high floor but low ceiling pick this year that shouldn't be viewed as much more than a flex option or maybe a low-end RB2 (if you don't believe in some of the others ranked higher) with very little upside. Perkins is likely to be a frustrating asset this year.

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Eli Manning went 10-for-14 with only 80 passing yards, but zero interceptions, and zero touchdowns in Monday's preseason Week 2 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Fantasy Impact: The Giants and Manning are looking to have a big year with the addition of receiver Brandon Marshall opposite Odell Beckham Jr and rookie tight end Evan Engram. Unfortunately, Beckham and Marshall both left the game with injuries, so the fantasy outlook for Manning may have taken a bit of a stepback barring any major injury news on those two. With everyone healthy though, Manning projects to be a quality fantasy quarterback for the 2017 season.

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Shane Vereen carried twice for 16 yards Monday night as the Giants fell to the Cleveland Browns 10-6 in preseason action.

Fantasy Impact: Vereen will see plenty of work as a pass-catcher for New York this season. He remains a value at the end of PPR drafts.

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Lorenzo Jerome, who signed with San Francisco as an undrafted free agent, was never expected to make a push for the starting lineup. Due to injuries he has taken full advantage of the opportunity and has impressed. Jerome played the most snaps with the first team defense in the week two preseason loss to Denver and has made a name for himself. (Source: 49ers.com)

Fantasy Impact: With the injury to Jimmy Ward, who is slotted to start at free safety week 1, causing him to miss all but one practice so far in training camp it has forced the 49ers to look elsewhere. Jerome has been solid in both games so far and has excelled in camp, making it harder and harder for the 49ers to just put Ward right back in. If Jerome can beat out Ward for the starting free safety he will have value in IDP leagues. Free safety is the most important part of the 49ers new defense and is expected to be all over the field. He will be a low end DB2 should he start with potential to move up the ranks with how often teams figure to throw on San Francisco this year.


Corey Coleman had two receptions for 29 yards in the Browns 10-6 win over the Giants on Monday night.

Fantasy Impact: Coleman is currently the 48th ranked WR according to Fantasypros ECR, and has an ADP of 119. Coleman has high expectations, as a first-round pick last season, but has some competition with the addition of teammate Kenny Britt. Coleman is a fine late-round pick in drafts.

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Kenny Britt had one reception for eight yards in the Cleveland Browns 10-6 win over the Giants Monday night.

Fantasy Impact: After a career year with the Rams last year, 1,002 yards and five touchdowns, Britt looks to have a similar season with the Browns this season. Britt is a good late-round value in fantasy drafts, ranked as the 102nd player according to Fantasypros ECR, but going with an ADP of 121st.

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Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase said offensive guard Kraig Urbik will likely miss Week 1 due to a knee injury.

Fantasy Impact: Urbik's status for a good portion of the season is now in question as he could be headed for surgery. Right tackle Ja'Wuan James has been dealing with a shoulder injury that has kept him out of practice for the majority of training camp, while center Mike Pouncey is also coming back from an injury. According to Pro Football Focus, Miami's offensive line was ranked 30th in run blocking in 2016 largely due to health issues, so it's not a good sign to see so many injuries before the start of the regular season. Ajayi will continue to be drafted as a high-risk/high-reward RB1.

Category: Injury Updates


Carolina Panthers rookie RB Christian McCaffrey rushed three times for 33 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 39 more yards versus the Tennessee Titans on Saturday, Aug. 19.

Fantasy Impact: McCaffrey took a counter run and beat everyone to the edge on a 17-yard score before adding a 38-yard catch-and-run on a screen pass the following possession. The rookie's explosion is as advertised, and about the only thing that may keep him from being a league-winning player this year is if Jonathan Stewart can play 16 games again. McCaffrey should be a high-end RB2 even in a committee with elite RB1 upside if/when Stewart needs to miss games.

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J.P. Holtz led all Browns TEs with seven yards against the Giants, coming on his only reception.

Fantasy Impact: Good for him, however, nothing to see here for fantasy owners. Holtz might not have a job in a few weeks, which is unfortunate. If he does make the roster, it won't be to see the field.

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