Making sense of Philly's TE situation, a PK change, and more

by KFFL Staff on August 15, 2013 @ 09:33:12 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Mark Sanchez | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
The New York Jets starting quarterback job appears to be QB Mark Sanchez's job to lose for now with QB Geno Smith (ankle) bothered by a sprained ankle.

Fantasy Tip: This probably doesn't mean a lot for fantasy purposes. Sanchez doesn't command a lot of value on draft day with the number of viable QB2's available. Smith figures to take over at some point, possibly early in the season.

QB | Tom Brady | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (knee) expects to play in the preseason game Friday, Aug. 16. He suffered a bruised left knee Wednesday, Aug. 14, when Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Adrian Clayborn bullrushed Patriots OT Nate Solder, who fell into Brady's knee.

QB | Christian Ponder | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder is expected to see a lot more game action in the second preseason game Friday, Aug. 16, against the Buffalo Bills. He attempted just two passes in the first game against the Houston Texans. "Hopefully play a lot more. I guess the plan is at least a quarter," Ponder said Wednesday, Aug. 14.

QB | Kevin Kolb | Buffalo Bills | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday, Aug. 14, that QB Kevin Kolb will start the preseason game Friday, Aug. 16, against the Minnesota Vikings.

Fantasy Tip: It isn't official, but all indications are that Kolb is well behind EJ Manuel for the starting job at this point. He'll need a tremendous game Friday, and more good showings in practice and future games to tilt things in his favor. Fantasy owners need not bother with Kolb at this point, but monitor the situation just in case he makes a comeback in the race.

QB | Ryan Tannehill | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said Wednesday, Aug. 14, that QB Ryan Tannehill and the starters will play at least one quarter Saturday, Aug. 17, in the preseason game against the Houston Texans, and then they would play more in the fourth game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

QB | Robert Griffin III | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (knee) received 16 snaps during team drills at practice Wednesday, Aug. 14.

Running Back

RB | James Starks | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers RB James Starks (illness) returned to practice Thursday, Aug. 15.

RB | Maurice Jones-Drew | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
The Jacksonville Jaguars plan to give RB Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) some carries in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 17, against the New York Jets. "I understand I haven't played in a while," Jones-Drew said Wednesday, Aug. 14. "Things have been going better than we thought. This is the right time to kind of take that next step."

Fantasy Tip: Jones-Drew has averaged more than 1,000 yards rushing and nine touchdowns per season in seven NFL seasons. He remains a No. 1 fantasy running back in all formats.

RB | Adrian Peterson | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is expected to see action sometime during the preseason, but head coach Leslie Frazier wasn't exactly sure when that will be. However, he did narrow it down to either the preseason game Friday, Aug. 16, against the Buffalo Bills, or the third preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers. "Between this week and next week would be the time we're going to play him, if we play him in the preseason," Frazier said Wednesday, Aug. 14. "We want to do something in these next couple of weeks."

Fantasy Tip: Fantasy owners don't mind seeing Peterson on the sidelines rather than risking injury in a meaningless game, but the preseason also helps to knock off any rust and get guys ready, even if they are superstars.

RB | Lamar Miller | Miami Dolphins | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Miami Dolphins have used an empty backfield setup with five players lined up as receivers, including WRs Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline, RB Lamar Miller, TE Dustin Keller and either WR Brandon Gibson or FB Charles Clay. The team even practiced with that grouping in goal line situations. "That surprised me and I'm on the team," Wallace said. "If we can do that, we'll keep catching teams off guard and get a lot of mismatches we want."

RB | Daniel Thomas | Miami Dolphins | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland praised RB Lamar Miller in a radio interview Wednesday, April 14, but also indicated the battle for the starting job is far from over. "I don't think it's just going to be Lamar's position. We've got a good running back in (RB Daniel Thomas) that's certainly making some noise," Ireland said. The GM said he feels Miller and Thomas will be a "pretty good one/two punch."

RB | Ryan Williams | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals RB Ryan Williams (knee) received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his injured knee around 10 days ago. Williams could return to practice in a gradual way if the injection helps his knee heal.

RB | Eddie Lacy | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy (hamstring) participated in practice Wednesday, Aug. 14. Lacy participated in individual drills and some team drills.

RB | Giovani Bernard | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard said he was unhappy with the way he played in the first preseason game and is looking to improve his game. "I wanted to do a little bit more," Bernard said. "I wanted to be a little bit more productive with the amount of touches that I had. For me, I just want to be able to kind of do everything on the field. I did miss a blitz pickup. That's the only thing really going through my mind. I'll get better at it. It's a day by day kind of process." Bernard rushed for 28 yards on 10 carries and caught three passes for 16 yards in the game.

RB | Montario Hardesty | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns RB Montario Hardesty (knee, thumb) will have arthroscopic knee surgery Thursday, Aug. 15. He also recently suffered a dislocated right thumb.

Fantasy Tip: It's uncertain how long Hardesty will be sidelined, but with a new regime in place which did not draft him, and Dion Lewis coming on strong and Brandon Jackson, Miguel Maysonet or Chris Ogbonnaya looking more than capable behind starter Trent Richardson, Hardesty's chances of winning a spot on the 53-man roster appear to be awfully remote at this point.


Fullback

FB | Jerome Felton | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings FB Jerome Felton (appendix) is expected to miss the remainder of the preseason after undergoing an emergency appendectomy Wednesday, Aug. 14, according to multiple league sources.

FB | James Casey | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles TE Brent Celek played in all 21 snaps with the first-team offense in the team's first preseason game, and he was used everywhere on the field and either blocked or ran passing routes. Celek started eight plays lined up as a halfback and four times lined up as a traditional tight end. He also was lined up four times in the slot, three times split out wide and twice in the backfield to the left of the quarterback in shotgun. "In this offense, you've got to know every position, and they can just interchange you anywhere," Celek said. "And it's fun. It's a new experience. You get to do different things. Guys like it." He stayed in to block on 11 plays.

TE James Casey didn't see a single snap with the first-team offense. TE Zach Ertz should see plenty of time, too, but his development as a blocker should keep Celek as the No. 1 tight end on the team. Ertz, who didn't run block much in college, will be asked to do plenty of that in the pros. Ertz blocked out of his formations and struggled in the preseason game. The three times there was a two-tight end set, Ertz was lined up in the slot with Celek either in-line or in the backfield. Celek, Ertz and Casey have lined up in three-tight end formations at times in practice, but it's unlikely the team will use many of those formations during the season.

Fantasy Tip: Celek and Ertz are really the only two tight ends that should be considered in fantasy circles. How Kelly uses them both will likely vary, and Ertz's struggles as a blocker might help him as a receiver if Chip Kelly decides to use Celek for blocking more. Regardless, they could be interchangeable and figure to give fantasy owners relying on them headaches on a weekly basis.


Wide Receiver

WR | David Nelson | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns WR David Nelson (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Aug. 14, and he will not play in the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 15, against the Detroit Lions.

WR | Da'Rick Rogers | Buffalo Bills | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Buffalo Bills might keep six wide receivers on their 53-man roster. WRs Stevie Johnson, Robert Woods, T.J. Graham and Marquise Goodwin are believed to be locks for the top four spots. That leaves WR Da'Rick Rogers battling QB/WR Brad Smith for the fifth receiver job, and WR Chris Hogan is also in the mix for that sixth spot.

WR | Chris Givens | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
St. Louis Rams wide receivers coach Ray Sherman said the team knows what WR Chris Givens can do as a deep threat, but want him to work in his intermediate routes because the team wants to use his speed on those routes. The team also had Givens add some muscle to help with his ability to get off press coverage as well as his blocking ability.

WR | Keenan Allen | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen (knee) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Aug. 14.

WR | A.J. Green | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (knee) is participating in practice Wednesday, Aug. 14. He has been mostly limited to individual drills.

WR | DeVier Posey | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak indicated WR DeVier Posey (Achilles') could come off the Physically Unable to Perform list as early as next week. Posey said he believes he could play Week 1.

Fantasy Tip: Posey is coming off a torn Achilles' tendon he suffered late last season and probably will be rusty when he returns to game action. He probably is not a target in fantasy drafts but could be a waiver wire target during the season if he plays well.

WR | Aldrick Robinson | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Washington Redskins WRs Pierre Garcon, Joshua Morgan, Santana Moss, Leonard Hankerson and Aldrick Robinson have appeared to lock up spots on the final roster.

Fantasy Tip: Garcon is the team's top receiver and should be considered as a solid to low-end No. 2 fantasy wide receiver this season. Morgan and Moss could be late-round options in deeper leagues, but there probably be higher upside players available.

WR | Malcom Floyd | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers WR Malcom Floyd (knee) had a second opinion for his knee injury Wednesday, Aug. 14, and the tests revealed no structural damage. The time he misses will depend upon how he feels.

Fantasy Tip: This is great news for Floyd's fantasy owners. He is expected to start opposite Vincent Brown, especially now that Danario Alexander (knee) is done for the season. Floyd won't be a top-end fantasy option, but he is a decent WR3/4 or flex option when healthy.

WR | Ryan Broyles | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz indicated Tuesday, Aug. 13, that WR Ryan Broyles (knee) has a new practice schedule. The team is trying to keep him fresh for the regular season, trying to limit any soreness in his surgically repaired knee. "We're flexible with his schedule, but he's been going about two days on and one day off now," Schwartz said.

Fantasy Tip: Broyles showed some glimpses of brilliance last season, and can be a valuable fantasy asset in the high-octane Detroit offense when he is healthy. He has been going off the board in the neighborhood of Rounds 10 through 12 in standard fantasy formats.

WR | Jeremy Ross | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers WR Jeremy Ross might make the 53-man roster due to his play on special teams, and not necessarily his play in the passing game. He has been a good tackler on special teams, and also appears to be the frontrunner for both kickoffs and punt returns, at least while WR Randall Cobb (biceps) is not 100 percent.

Fantasy Tip: Ross has no fantasy appeal in re-draft leagues, but could be somewhat valuable in those specialty leagues which reward individual return yardage if he lands both kickoff and punt return duties.


Tight End

TE | Coby Fleener | Indianapolis Colts | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Indianapolis Colts TE Coby Fleener (concussion) has been cleared to practice but will need to pass more tests in order to be able to play in the team's second preseason game.

TE | Brent Celek | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles TE Brent Celek played in all 21 snaps with the first-team offense in the team's first preseason game, and he was used everywhere on the field and either blocked or ran passing routes. Celek started eight plays lined up as a halfback and four times lined up as a traditional tight end. He also was lined up four times in the slot, three times split out wide and twice in the backfield to the left of the quarterback in shotgun. "In this offense, you've got to know every position, and they can just interchange you anywhere," Celek said. "And it's fun. It's a new experience. You get to do different things. Guys like it." He stayed in to block on 11 plays.

TE James Casey didn't see a single snap with the first-team offense. TE Zach Ertz should see plenty of time, too, but his development as a blocker should keep Celek as the No. 1 tight end on the team. Ertz, who didn't run block much in college, will be asked to do plenty of that in the pros. Ertz blocked out of his formations and struggled in the preseason game. The three times there was a two-tight end set, Ertz was lined up in the slot with Celek either in-line or in the backfield. Celek, Ertz and Casey have lined up in three-tight end formations at times in practice, but it's unlikely the team will use many of those formations during the season.

Fantasy Tip: Celek and Ertz are really the only two tight ends that should be considered in fantasy circles. How Kelly uses them both will likely vary, and Ertz's struggles as a blocker might help him as a receiver if Chip Kelly decides to use Celek for blocking more. Regardless, they could be interchangeable and figure to give fantasy owners relying on them headaches on a weekly basis.

TE | Fred Davis | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said TE Fred Davis (Achilles') likely will play around a half in the team's second preseason game. He said he is very encouraged with how Davis has looked during training camp.

Fantasy Tip: Davis is coming back from an Achilles' tendon injury but appears on track for the start of the regular season. He should be seen as a solid No. 2 fantasy tight end that could start against certain matchups.

TE | Dennis Pitta | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hip) is scheduled to meet with a hip specialist this week to determine if he has a chance to play at some point this season.

Fantasy Tip: Even if Pitta is able to play this season, it likely would not be until the second half of the regular season. Owners should not take him in their drafts and should not show interest in him until he is close to returning if he does play in 2013.

TE | Matt Veldman | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions TE Matt Veldman (leg) left practice early Tuesday, Aug. 13, due to an apparent lower leg injury, and he was seen after the session in the locker room wearing a walking boot.


Place Kicker

PK | Caleb Sturgis | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Miami Dolphins PK Caleb Sturgis has won the kicker job after the team decided to release PK Dan Carpenter.

Fantasy Tip: Even though he has won the job, Sturgis should not be more than a bye week replacement in fantasy leagues.

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