Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on July 31, 2013 @ 07:07:57 PDT



QB | Matt Flynn | Oakland Raiders | Fantasy
Oakland Raiders QB Matt Flynn has been the most impressive of all three quarterbacks in training camp so far, outplaying QBs Terrelle Pryor and Tyler Wilson. Flynn has started only two games in five seasons in the NFL. Flynn has taken the majority of first-ream repetitions and is earning the trust of teammates with his play. "It's kind of playing out about like I expected. Matt Flynn has been pretty consistent," head coach Dennis Allen said. "Those guys are doing exactly what we want them to do, keep competing and keep playing. Don't worry about the depth chart, just keep getting better."

Pryor is a dual threat as a quarterback, but he's been inconsistent throwing the ball and is working to improve his mechanics. "I found out that I was leaving my chest open a lot so it was making me late," Pryor said. "So when I was coming down to throw with my left arm, my right arm was saying it's time to go, the timing wasn't right. He kind of helped me with that. It's definitely helping shoot the ball a lot more and better. My thing looking in the mirror last year was I need to be more accurate."

QB | Tony Romo | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) will get the day off from practice Tuesday, July 30.

QB | Robert Griffin III | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (knee) will wear a knee brace the entire season, but he said he doesn't expect it to restrict him when he plays. His knee has been feeling so good that often times he'll forget to put the brace on. "I don't worry about my leg anymore, I just play football, and that's a sign that you're getting ready," he said. Griffin could wear the brace for the rest of his career, too, but he'll decide on if he'll use it further after this season. He's been held out of 11-on-11 drills in the first few days of training camp as a precaution.

Running Back

RB | DuJuan Harris | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said Tuesday, July 30, that RB DuJuan Harris (knee) will be sidelined another two to three weeks.

RB | Johnathan Franklin | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy puts a high value on pass protection, so RB Johnathan Franklin needs to improve his blocking if he wants to see more of the field. He has looked impressive running the ball, but he was reportedly overmatched Tuesday, July 30, in practice on a one-on-one drill which called for the running back to block a blitzing linebacker. "I felt like the outside linebackers clearly got the best of the running backs today," McCarthy said. "We were too high. We weren't sitting down. We didn't have our head up. So it'll be good tape to watch. So that's a drill I'm sure we'll do again."

RB | Joseph Randle | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle (thumb) showed well in the team's scrimmage, and is off to a good start in training camp, according to head coach Jason Garrett. Still, Randle is behind RB Lance Dunbar for the race for the backup job to RB DeMarco Murray, and RB Phillip Tanner has reportedly been more consistent as well.

RB | Dion Lewis | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns RB Dion Lewis has started working with the second-team offense, and he has turned heads with his speed, moves and catching ability. Lewis has been seeing more work with RB Montario Hardesty (hamstring) sidelined with a hamstring injury.

RB | Latavius Murray | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray (foot), WR Jacoby Ford (undisclosed) and OG Lucas Nix (undisclosed) were not taking part in practice Tuesday, July 30. WR Conner Vernon, DT Stacy McGee and OG Alex Parsons suffered undisclosed injuries during practice.

RB | Eddie Lacy | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy didn't reveal his exact weight, but he said his coaches have had no problem with his weight or conditioning during training camp after a picture was released Monday, July 29, that made him look bigger than normal and out of shape. "I'm at a weight where I'm comfortable at and the coaching staff feels as though they're comfortable where I'm at," Lacy said. "So as far as that's concerned, we're all on the same page."

RB | Adrian Peterson | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is looking to break former Dallas Cowboys RB Emmitt Smith's career rushing record, and he said he expects to break the record in 2017. Peterson's goal is to reach 2,500 yards this season after finishing with 2,097 yards last year. Peterson said he expects to surpass Smith's 18,355 career yards in Week 16 of 2017. Peterson is currently at 8,849 yards for his career.

RB | Arian Foster | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith is not worried that RB Arian Foster's (calf) injury will linger into the regular season. "We want to make sure that he is totally 100 percent ready. So he's very close," Smith said. "We are just making sure that he is ready to go when we let him loose. We are being cautious and taking that slowly, but I have no worries that that is going to be something that he is going to have to deal with." The team placed Foster on the Physically Unable to Perform list as a precaution.

RB | Chris Johnson | Tennessee Titans | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson figures to be busy this season, even if he loses some carries to RB Shonn Greene in short-yardage situations. "I never really get any short-yardage plays, so it doesn't really matter," Johnson said. Johnson has said his top priority of making the playoffs, and the last time the team did that, Johnson split carries with RB LenDale White. So Johnson is willing the share the load somewhat.

RB | Ahmad Bradshaw | Indianapolis Colts | Injury, Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) said Tuesday, July 30, that he expects to be back in a couple of weeks. As a veteran, he said he doesn't necessarily need preseason reps to get ready for the regular season.


FB | Henry Hynoski | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants FB Henry Hynoski (knee) said he is going to do everything he can to be ready to play in Week 1. "I'm gonna do everything in my power to get back for the first game -- that's my goal, that's my intention," Hynoski said Tuesday. "But ultimately that decision is not up to me. I just want to get back to playing football at the earliest possible date. Everything's going well in my rehab, making advances and strides every day, and I'm just excited with my progress and I know the trainers are happy where I'm at too."

Wide Receiver

WR | Michael Crabtree | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree (Achilles') might be looking for a late November or early December return, if he is able to come back and play this season.

WR | Jonathan Baldwin | Kansas City Chiefs | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs WR Jonathan Baldwin hasn't stood out during the early part of training camp, and will need to show something in the preseason. He is trying to hold off WR Donnie Avery for the starting job opposite WR Dwayne Bowe.

WR | Marques Colston | New Orleans Saints | Injury, Fantasy
New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston (foot) remains on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, but head coach Sean Payton said Tuesday, July 30, that Colston is making progress. Colston might be able to start practicing soon.

WR | Armanti Edwards | Carolina Panthers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Carolina Panthers WR Armanti Edwards worked with the first-team offense during practice Tuesday, July 30, with WR Steve Smith resting. Edwards, a converted college quarterback, has been slow to develop into a receiver. However, the team isn't giving up on him just yet.

WR | Percy Harvin | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Breaking, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Seattle Seahawks WR Percy Harvin (hip) posted on his official Twitter account Tuesday, July 30, that he requires surgery for his hip. The estimated recovery time is three to four months, according to a source close to Harvin. He could go on the Physically Unable to Perform list and return at some point this season.

WR | Josh Gordon | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon (knee) was scolded during practice Monday, July 29, for not finishing plays or running after the catch. Gordon is battling patellar tendinitis, and perhaps was favoring his leg. However, he also has reportedly been the last receiver into position drills, and he has yet to work with QB Brandon Weeden and QB Greg Little after practice, despite the fact that Little and Weeden have worked on routes after every single session so far.

WR | Sidney Rice | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks WR Sidney Rice (knee) will not be having surgery on his knee, and head coach Pete Carroll doesn't expect Rice to miss any preseason or regular season games this year.

WR | Dez Bryant | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (hip) didn't need an MRI exam for his sore hip, and the team is saying his injury is not serious.

WR | Quinton Patton | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers WR Quinton Patton (finger) remains in a non-contact jersey due to a broken finger.

WR | Hakeem Nicks | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks (groin) was in pads and taking part in individual drills Tuesday, July 30.

WR | Joe Morgan | New Orleans Saints | Fantasy
New Orleans Saints WR Joe Morgan is battling WRs Nick Toon, Kenny Stills and Courtney Roby for the No. 3 wide receiver spot in training camp behind WRs Marques Colston and Lance Moore.

WR | Donte' Stallworth | Washington Redskins | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Washingotn Redskins have their top four receiver spots set with WRs Pierre Garcon, Joshua Morgan, Santana Moss and Leonard Hankerson at the top of the depth chart. That leaves WR Donte' Stallworth (hamstring) and WR Aldrick Robinson battling for scraps as the fifth, and possibly sixth, wide receivers. Stallworth has fallen behind some due to a hamstring injury suffered Friday, July 26. WRs Devery Henderson and Dezmon Briscoe are also in the mix for jobs.

WR | Aldrick Robinson | Washington Redskins | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Washingotn Redskins have their top four receiver spots set with WRs Pierre Garcon, Joshua Morgan, Santana Moss and Leonard Hankerson at the top of the depth chart. That leaves WR Donte' Stallworth (hamstring) and WR Aldrick Robinson battling for scraps as the fifth, and possibly sixth, wide receivers. Stallworth has fallen behind some due to a hamstring injury suffered Friday, July 26. WRs Devery Henderson and Dezmon Briscoe are also in the mix for jobs.

WR | Roddy White | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White worked out with Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald during the offseason. "Any time you get around guys like that around the NFL that you want to compete with and that you want to show them what you can do, they push you to the limit and you get out here and get ready to go," White said.

WR | LaVon Brazill | Indianapolis Colts | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts WR LaVon Brazill admitted he made a mistake in the offseason, and he now has a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy to start the season as a result. Brazill said he needs to decide between "money and marijuana." That isn't his only battle. He is also vying for the fourth receiver spot behind WRs Reggie Wayne, Darrius Heyward-Bey and T.Y. Hilton, so his roster spot isn't necessarily a given.

WR | Danny Amendola | New England Patriots | Fantasy
New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola has proven to clearly be the most polished receiver on the field. If he can remain healthy, he should catch 100 balls this season. "He's a very good receiver," coach Bill Belichick said. "He can play outside, play inside. He can run after the catch, has returned kicks. Has good ball skills. Good concentration. Tough kid. We're excited to have him and we'll see how it all fits together. I know the quarterbacks are gaining a lot of confidence in his route-running and catching ability."

Tight End

TE | Fred Davis | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins TE Fred Davis (Achilles') has flashed great speed and burned safeties on two separate impressive catches in camp. He said he feels great and has no soreness.

TE | Vernon Davis | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis took no snaps on the perimeter and just one from the slot during practice Tuesday, July 30.

TE | Coby Fleener | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano praised TE Coby Fleener for his strong start to training camp. "He's a mismatch. He's a handful for these guys," Pagano said.

TE | Niles Paul | Washington Redskins | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Washington Redskins TE Niles Paul expects to get reps in the return game, but said Tuesday, July 30, the battle for the kick returner job is going to be a "tough competition."

Place Kicker

PK | Shayne Graham | Cleveland Browns | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns PKs Brandon Bogotay and Shayne Graham are both competing for the starting job, but neither is excelling at training camp so far. Head coach Rob Chudzinski had a kicking competition before practice Monday, July 29, to see who would work with the first team, and apparently the competition wasn't pretty. Accuracy has been a problem for both kickers, missing frequently so far.

PK | Kai Forbath | Washington Redskins | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Washington Redskins PK Kai Forbath said Tuesday, July 30, that the addition of PK John Potter to the 90-man roster has served as major motivation for him to improve his kickoffs.

Defensive Line

DL | Mario Williams | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills DE Mario Williams (foot) was in full pads, but left the field with a strength coach Wednesday, July 31.

DL | Dwan Edwards | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy
Carolina Panthers DT Dwan Edwards, C Ryan Kalil and WR Steve Smith were missing from practice Tuesday, July 30, but they were simply being given a day to rest and it was not due to any type of injury.

DL | Gerald McCoy | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy arrived at training camp 10 pounds lighter than what the team expected. The weight loss was by design and should make McCoy even quicker.


LB | Jon Beason | Carolina Panthers | Injury, Fantasy
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle) and LB Jon Beason (knee) missed practice again Tuesday, July 30.

LB | Spencer Adkins | Free Agent | Transaction, Fantasy
The Baltimore Ravens released LB Spencer Adkins Tuesday, July 30.

LB | Josh McNary | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
The Indianapolis Colts reinstated LB Josh McNary from the Reserve/Military list Tuesday, July 30.


CB | DeAngelo Hall | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Washington Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall (ankle) had an MRI reveal sprained ligaments in the back of his ankle, and he could miss up to a couple of weeks.

Free Safety

FS | Ed Reed | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Houston Texans FS Ed Reed (hip) said he still has "tightness and soreness" constantly in his hip and isn't to the point where he can run at 100 percent. He's been doing rehab activities such as pulling a sled, backpedaling and working on starting and stopping. "I'm opening the hip up and stuff like that, but at some point it kind of grabs," he said. "So I've just got to get that scar tissue out and that edema out and everything. Once that that subsides, I can have a better timeline." The team isn't worried if Reed will need to miss preseason games.

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