Fantasy Football Breaking News

  • JuJu Smith-Schuster - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
    Posted 8/11/17 4:28pm ET

    Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (head) left the preseason game early Friday, Aug. 11, and is being evaluated for a concussion.

    Huddle Up: Owners will need to keep an eye on the situation to see if Smith-Schuster will miss time because of a concussion. He is competing for the slot receiver job but may be the No. 4 receiver if he misses extended time. He could be a No. 5 receiver in some leagues if he is the slot receiver for the Steelers.

  • Giovani Bernard - RB - Cincinnati Bengals
    Posted 8/11/17 3:39pm ET

    Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (knee) and WR John Ross (shoulder) will not play in the preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Friday, Aug. 11.

    Huddle Up: Both players are coming back from surgeries and likely will play later in the preseason. Bernard will be part of a committee at running back and may be used as more of a receiver out of the backfield. He could be considered a No. 4 running back in point-per-reception leagues. Ross should be used as a deep threat in the passing game this season and could be a No. 5 receiver in some leagues.

  • Jonathan Williams - RB - Buffalo Bills
    Posted 8/11/17 3:34pm ET

    Buffalo Bills RB Jonathan Williams (hamstring) participated in practice Friday, Aug. 11, even though he suffered a hamstring injury during the first preseason game.

    Huddle Up: Williams appears to be on track to be the No. 2 running back for the Bills this season. He will only see limited touches as long as LeSean McCoy is healthy and probably should only be selected as a possible handcuff to McCoy.

  • Martavis Bryant - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
    Posted 8/11/17 2:45pm ET

    Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant is not expected to play in the preseason game against the New York Giants Friday, Aug. 11, according to sources.

    Huddle Up: Bryant is allowed to play in preseason games but has not practiced with the team yet, so he is more likely to play in the second preseason game. He is a risky option for fantasy owners because of his off-field issues but can be a No. 2 or No. 3 fantasy receiver because of his big-play ability.

  • Doug Baldwin - WR - Seattle Seahawks
    Posted 8/11/17 2:33pm ET

    Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin (leg) will not play in the preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday, Aug. 13, but he will be fine, according to head coach Pete Carroll.

    Huddle Up: Baldwin probably will return to practice at some point next week and will be fine for the start of the regular season. He has posted at least 1,000 yards in each of the last two seasons and has 21 touchdowns over those two years. Owners should see him as a No. 2 receiver in all fantasy leagues.

  • Sammy Watkins - WR - Los Angeles Rams
    Posted 8/11/17 2:24pm ET

    Los Angeles Rams general manager Les Snead said the team is interested in signing WR Sammy Watkins to a long-term contract since he is entering the last year of his contract. The two sides have not had contract talks at this point.

    Huddle Up: Watkins should be the No. 1 receiver for the Rams this season but is still a risky option because of his injury history. He has joined another team that likes to run the ball, but he should receive a solid amount of targets in the passing game. He can be considered a No. 2 receiver in most fantasy leagues.

  • Braxton Miller - WR - Houston Texans
    Posted 8/11/17 1:51pm ET

    Houston Texans WR Braxton Miller (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Friday, Aug. 11, because of the injury he suffered during the first preseason game. Miller's injury is not considered to be serious.

    Huddle Up: Miller is expected to have a bigger role in the passing game with Will Fuller sidelined. He only had 99 yards and one touchdown on 15 catches last season but likely will improve on those stats. Miller can be a late-round flier in fantasy drafts this season.

  • Joe Flacco - QB - Baltimore Ravens
    Posted 8/11/17 1:22pm ET

    Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco (back) is expected to return to practice at some point during the preseason but will not play in any of the preseason games. The team said that Flacco is making good progress in his rehab and should be ready to play in Week 1.

    Huddle Up: Flacco has about a month before the start of the season, so he should have a good amount of practice time before he plays in a game. He will have a decent receiving corps to work with this season and also has Danny Woodhead out of the backfield. He should be considered a low-end No. 2 quarterback in most fantasy leagues.

  • Ezekiel Elliott - RB - Dallas Cowboys
    Posted 8/11/17 12:44pm ET

    Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott and his representatives released a statement announcing their intentions to appeal the six-game suspension handed to him Friday, Aug. 11 for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.

    Huddle Up: As it stands currently, Elliott is expected to be suspended until Week 8 - an Oct. 29 game against the Washington Redskins. Speculating about how much his suspension could be reduced at this point would be foolish, but there is definitely a chance of it happening. Risk-taking owners can use this opportunity to get Elliott on the cheap, as even a two-game reduction would make it more palatable for him to go on the second round of fantasy drafts. Expect plenty more updates in the coming days and weeks.

  • Dalvin Cook - RB - Minnesota Vikings
    Posted 8/11/17 12:17pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings rookie RB Dalvin Cook has impressed the team with his receiving skills throughout the spring and during training camp. '(Cook's work in the passing game has) been tremendous throughout (training) camp, and I think it?s something that we noticed pretty early on during (spring drills). He continued to show it throughout the camp, and I think he?s going to be a valuable asset, not only in the run game, but I think we?re going to be able to utilize him in the pass game,' quarterback Sam Bradford said.

    Huddle Up: Cook was bottled up as a runner in his preseason debut Thursday (five carries, 13 yards), but his four catches for 30 yards bodes in just over a quarter of work is a tangible sign Minnesota likes what he can do as a receiver. He is an incredibly explosive rusher to boot, so he should have no problem breaking off a few long runs during the season even if his line only shows a modest improvement over last year. Cook should be viewed as a high-end RB2 in all formats.

  • Jordan Matthews - WR - Buffalo Bills
    Posted 8/11/17 10:32am ET

    Philadelphia Eagles WR Jordan Matthews was traded along with a 2018 third-round selection to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for CB Ronald Darby on Friday, Aug. 11.

    Huddle Up: The writing has been on the wall regarding Matthews' imminent departure for a while, as Nelson Agholor has been one of the stars of training camp and the offseason in general. Agholor will most likely absorb Matthews' slot role while Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith start on the outside. The Eagles also addressed their woeful secondary by landing Darby, who looked like an up-and-comer as a rookie before disappointing as a sophomore in 2016.

  • Jordan Matthews - WR - Philadelphia Eagles
    Posted 8/11/17 10:22am ET

    Philadelphia Eagles WR Jordan Matthews was traded along with a 2018 third-round selection to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for CB Ronald Darby on Friday, Aug. 11.

    Huddle Up: The Bills wasted no time filling the void left behind by the trade of Sammy Watkins. Matthews should have no problem securing a starting job opposite rookie Zay Jones in Buffalo, while Anquan Boldin gives the team a viable option out of the slot in a part-time role. Since it remains to be seen whether or not Tyrod Taylor (or the Bills' offense) can support two starting fantasy receivers, Jones and Matthews could easily settle in as low-end starters in three-receiver leagues.

  • Sammy Watkins - WR - Buffalo Bills
    Posted 8/11/17 10:16am ET

    Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins was traded along with a 2018 sixth-round pick to the Los Angeles Rams for CB E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second-round selection on Friday, Aug. 11.

    Huddle Up: The Bills did not take advantage of their ability to pick up the fifth-year option on Watkins this spring, and it turns out it won't be a problem for them after all. Instead, they will likely move forward with rookie Zay Jones and the newly acquired Jordan Matthews as their starting receivers. Jones should now be considered a quality WR3 option in fantasy, while Matthews will likely settle in as a WR4, at least initially.

  • E.J. Gaines - CB - Los Angeles Rams
    Posted 8/11/17 10:00am ET

    Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins was traded along with a 2018 sixth-round pick to the Los Angeles Rams for CB E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second-round selection on Friday, Aug. 11.

    Huddle Up: The Rams desperately needed a lead receiver and they will get one with the injury-prone Watkins, who will reunite with Robert Woods in Los Angeles and play the DeSean Jackson role in new head coach Sean McVay's offense. Watkins' arrival gives Jared Goff a fighting chance to be a quality fantasy quarterback as well. Watkins should still be considered no better than a high-upside WR2 given his durability issues.

  • Ezekiel Elliott - RB - Dallas Cowboys
    Posted 8/11/17 9:13am ET

    Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended six games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, according to a source. Elliott is expected to file an appeal and has three business days to do so, and a hearing must be scheduled within 10 days of receipt of the notice, according to Article 46 of the collective bargaining agreement.

    Huddle Up: With the Cowboys' bye landing on Week 6, Elliott will not unable to play until Week 8 against the Washington Redskins, pending the appeal. For fantasy football purposes, Elliott should now drop out of the first round of draft and perhaps into the third round or later, while backup Darren McFadden could be considered a low-end RB1 for however long Elliott must sit out should his suspension be reduced.

  • Rob Kelley - RB - Washington Redskins
    Posted 8/11/17 6:57am ET

    Washington Redskins RB Rob Kelley is safe atop the depth chart for the time being, in the opinion of beat writer Rich Tandler.

    Huddle Up: Samaje Perine had a rough preseason debut, and it doesn't appear he's anywhere close to sniffing the top spot ahead of Kelley. Kelley doesn't offer a lot in the receiving department, but he figures to be a tough runner worthy of an RB2 selection in non-PPR leagues. He's an RB3 in PPR formats.

  • Eric Ebron - TE - Detroit Lions
    Posted 8/11/17 6:41am ET

    Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) returned to practice Friday, Aug. 11.

    Huddle Up: For all the headaches he has caused fantasy owners with his propensity for injury, Ebron still has a lot of upside. He's a low-end TE1, which still presents quite a bit of room for draft day profit.

  • Ezekiel Elliott - RB - Dallas Cowboys
    Posted 8/11/17 6:29am ET

    Updating an ongoing story, Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is expected to be suspended, as one league source characterized the suspension as 'definite.' NFL Network's Jane Slater has also heard the length is closer to the six-game benchmark.

    Huddle Up: A decision could come Friday, Aug. 11, or it could trickle into next week. There is also an appeals process, which as we learned with Tom Brady the last two years, could prolong the process. A four-to-six-game ban would heavily diminish Elliott's fantasy stock and promote Darren McFadden to potentially an RB3. Zeke would be an RB2 commodity, and you'd need to secure a safe RB3 to use in his place in the meantime.

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