Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on August 2, 2013 @ 10:00:56 PDT



QB | Andy Dalton | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton had a great rhythm in the first two days of training camp but forced throws into coverage over the next few practices. "The way he's commanded the offense, he knows it's his team now," WR A.J. Green said.

QB | Michael Vick | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick won the quarterback competition by a long shot over QB Nick Foles in practice Wednesday, July 31. Vick connected with WR DeSean Jackson on two long touchdown scores. Vick tossed three TDs on the day and had some nice scrambles. Foles looked average and QB Matt Barkley struggled. Foles threw an interception and Barkley was only 8-for-16 with a touchdown pass and interception. Foles has held onto the ball too long and has been indecisive.

QB | Robert Griffin III | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (knee) completed only seven of 14 passes in seven-on-seven drills during practice Wednesday, July 31. He threw two interceptions and had three passes dropped. He did not appear to plant his back leg firmly as in previous days, but it is not known if it was because of the rain or another reason.

QB | Mark Sanchez | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez showed his experience in practice Thursday, Aug. 1. Sanchez went 10-for-16 with two touchdown passes, an interception and a sack during Thursday's practice. QB Geno Smith was much more tentative in practice, especially in goal line situations.

QB | Alex Smith | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson gave QB Alex Smith high praise, calling him the best quarterback in the NFL. "Ultimately, every team has to have a quarterback," Pederson said. "I think we have the best in the league." "There are a lot of great ones," Pederson said, "but over time, Alex has proven he can get it done. He's a sharp guy, he brings a wealth of knowledge, he's experienced, he's a proven winner the last couple of years, and he needs a team to embrace him."

Running Back

RB | Joe McKnight | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Jets RB Joe McKnight (undisclosed) left practice early Friday, Aug. 2.

RB | Ben Tate | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate (groin) said his groin tightened up Friday, Aug. 2, and he left practice early. He hopes to return to practice Sunday, Aug. 4, after the off day.

RB | Arian Foster | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (calf) will come off the Physically Unable to Perform list and begin practicing Sunday, Aug. 4.

RB | Chris Johnson | Tennessee Titans | Injury, Fantasy
Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Aug. 1, because of ankle soreness. Head coach Mike Munchak said he expects Johnson to play in the first preseason game.

RB | Ronnie Hillman | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman has a firm hold on the No. 1 running back position to this point in training camp over RBs Montee Ball and Knowshon Moreno. "How it moves forward - we don't know enough about Montee Ball yet," head coach John Fox said. "We know what style he has. I've been very impressed with his football character. And you do find out pretty fast at that position."

Moreno is third on the depth chart, but he is expected to get his share of touches in Week 1 against the Baltimore Ravens. The Broncos eventually want Ball to become their featured back, and they hope he can develop into a 15-to-20 carry running back, but it's unclear when exactly that might happen.

RB | Brandon Bolden | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots RB Brandon Bolden (ankle) is not participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 1.

RB | David Wilson | New York Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
New York Giants RBs David Wilson and Andre Brown are listed as co-starters at running back on the team's first depth chart. Wilson is also listed as the main kick returner.

RB | Chris Ivory | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan said he hopes RB Chris Ivory (hamstring) will return to the practice field soon. "I hope to get him out there soon... I thought it would be progressing a little bit better than it has," Ryan said.

RB | Ryan Williams | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals RB Ryan Williams (knee) is not participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 1.

Wide Receiver

WR | Riley Cooper | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles WR Riley Cooper was excused from all team activities Friday, Aug. 2, as he seeks counseling for recent off the field actions.

WR | Mike Williams | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating an earlier report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano said WR Mike Williams (hamstring) left practice Friday, Aug. 2, due to a minor hamstring injury.

WR | Hakeem Nicks | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks (groin) said he wouldn't categorize his groin issue as an injury, and he expects to be back in a day or two.

WR | Stevie Johnson | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Fantasy
Updating an earlier report, Buffalo Bills WR Stevie Johnson (hamstring) is undergoing an MRI on his hamstring Friday, Aug. 2.

WR | Robert Woods | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Buffalo Bills WR Robert Woods has impressed the team with his polish. "When he came into OTAs and even out here for training camp, he looks like a 10-year veteran," general manager Doug Whaley said.

WR | Sidney Rice | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks WR Sidney Rice (knee) returned from Switzerland after receiving treatment on his knee. He won't require surgery and should return early in the preseason.

WR | Brandon Marshall | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall said he plans to play at 235 pounds, which is about 5 pounds heavier than he's accustomed to playing. Marshall said he added the weight to try to break tackles and improve his yard-per-catch ratio. "The thing that separates me, the thing that I can be the best at is breaking tackles and getting upfield," Marshall said. "So I'm focused on getting stronger, especially my hip, my waist down area and maybe playing with a few extra pounds. I played since my freshman year in college at 230. This year I'm going to play at 235. I'm lean like I was in college at about 6.3 percent body fat, ready to rock and roll."

WR | Golden Tate | Seattle Seahawks | Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks WR Golden Tate has been the most impressive player in training camp showing big-play ability.

WR | Andrew Hawkins | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals WR Andrew Hawkins (ankle) is not expected to miss more than two weeks because the ankle injury he suffered during practice Thursday, Aug. 1. He is not expected to travel with the team to Atlanta for joint practices and a preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons.

WR | Mike Wallace | Miami Dolphins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace (groin) said he has been dealing with a groin injury but hopes to play in the Hall of Fame Game Sunday, Aug. 4. He said he does not believe the injury is serious.

WR | Vincent Brown | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Brown (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Aug. 1, but appeared to running better on a side field.

WR | Julian Edelman | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
The New England Patriots have activated WR Julian Edelman (foot) from the Physically Unable to Perform list. Edelman is participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 1.

WR | DeSean Jackson | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson (undisclosed) left practice early Thursday, Aug. 1.

Tight End

TE | Jermaine Gresham | Cincinnati Bengals | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Cincinnati Bengals plan to use more two-tight end sets this season with TEs Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert. Eifert would be the the receiving tight end in those sets.

Offensive Tackle

OT | Jonathan Martin | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Miami Dolphins LT Jonathan Martin allowed three sacks to DE Olivier Vernon Thursday, Aug. 1, and two sacks to DE Dion Jordan the previous day. Martin said his biggest focus is improving his hand placement and balance.

Defensive Line

DL | DeMarcus Ware | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Ware is using a Segway to get around the team's complex in Oxnard, Calif., during training camp in order to save his legs for the season. "When it's off time, it's off time," Ware said. "I'm kicking my feet back up on the Segway and getting to where I need to go and not walking."


LB | James Harrison | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals LB James Harrison is exceeding expectations as he transitions from an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense to Cincinnati's 4-3 defense. "He's exceeded my expectations, to be honest with you. Typically, that transition is a little more difficult. Shoot, we're finding a lot of things for him to do. The coverage part was what I was a little worried about. But he's doing things really well. We'll find a lot of ways to use him in all kinds of different packages," defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer said.

LB | NaVorro Bowman | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (groin) has missed practice the last two days because of a groin injury.


CB | Darrelle Revis | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Darrelle Revis (knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Aug. 2, as he had a scheduled day off.

Free Safety

FS | Ed Reed | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans FS Ed Reed (hip) isn't close to practicing.

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