Chiefs-49ers make a WR swap with modest fantasy implications

by KFFL Staff on August 19, 2013 @ 10:43:23 PDT



QB | Josh Freeman | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman will play substantially in the next preseason game, according to head coach Greg Schiano.

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QB | Blaine Gabbert | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert (thumb) has been named the starting quarterback. He's out for the remainder of the preseason with a hairline fracture in his thumb, however.

Fantasy Tip: Chad Henne will take the snaps Gabbert misses in the preseason. Gabbert doesn't hold a lot of fantasy value after a poor showing last year and the number of questions around him. Justin Blackmon is suspended to begin the year, and Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) is coming off a serious foot injury and is another year older. With the number of QB2's available, we'd avoid Gabbert unless he surges and has a good matchup.

QB | EJ Manuel | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone would not rule out QB EJ Manuel (knee) for Week 1 and said he would be willing to start Manuel even if he misses a few weeks of practice.

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Running Back

RB | Jamaal Charles | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (foot) said he isn't sure if he'll play in this week's preseason game. "Playing in the NFL you get weird injuries," Charles said. "This is one of the weird injuries I've had. It started in my foot and it traveled all the way to the top of my foot and now it's stuck in the middle of my right leg."

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RB | Johnathan Franklin | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Green Bay Packers RB Johnathan Franklin hasn't been impressive thus far in training camp. "He looks like his numbers," a personnel man said. "He's not a real impressive guy. He plays small, and he doesn't play fast. I kind of liked him in college because he was so productive. But if you didn't know he was a draft pick, you'd think he was a free agent."

Fantasy Tip: DuJuan Harris is listed as the team's starter on the depth chart in the preseason, but Eddie Lacy still figures to be the main man in the team's backfield to open the season. Franklin's stock is dropping behind the other two backs and probably isn't worth a draft pick at this point unless you're in a very deep league.

RB | Darren McFadden | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (shoulder) was limited by a shoulder injury Sunday, Aug. 18, in practice, but coach Dennis Allen said he does not believe the injury will keep him from playing Friday, Aug. 23, against the Chicago Bears.

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RB | Adrian Peterson | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said RB Adrian Peterson will play in the team's third preseason game but will not play into the third quarter.

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RB | Arian Foster | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Updating an earlier report, Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said RB Arian Foster's (back) back pain has gone into his legs.

Fantasy Tip: This is concerning news, and it could be related to a disk issue in his back. There is still time, but Ben Tate's value is on the rise.

Wide Receiver

WR | Stevie Johnson | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills WR Stevie Johnson (hamstring) said he can still feel his hamstring injury while running routes but still expects to play in the team's third preseason game. Johnson participated in practice Monday, Aug. 19, and appeared to have chemistry with QB Kevin Kolb.

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WR | Jonathan Baldwin | San Francisco 49ers | Transaction, Fantasy
The San Francisco 49ers acquired WR Jonathan Baldwin from the Kansas City Chiefs Monday, Aug. 19, in exchange for WR A.J. Jenkins.

Fantasy Tip: Baldwin has plenty of physical talent at the wideout position, but he just never put it all together with KC. He'll have a new opportunity with San Francisco, and they are desperately looking for someone to step up to help out Anquan Boldin as the main receiver with Michael Crabtree (Achilles') possibly lost for the entire season. Baldwin remains intriguing as late-round wide receiver depth.

WR | Domenik Hixon | Carolina Panthers | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Updating a previous item, Carolina Panthers WR Domenik Hixon (hamstring) returned to practice Sunday, Aug. 18. Hixon entered training camp battling for the team's No. 3 receiver spot but was sidelined the first two preseason games with a sore hamstring. RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle) and WR Armanti Edwards (hamstring) remain out of practice.

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WR | David Nelson | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns WR David Nelson (knee) said he has missed most of training camp because of a bone bruise in his right knee and not because of any setback in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

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WR | Victor Cruz | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (heel) has been diagnosed with a bruised heel after X-rays on his foot came back negative.

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WR | Torrey Smith | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens WR Torrey Smith (undisclosed) is sitting out of practice Sunday, Aug. 18. The reason is unknown, but he had his calf wrapped at practice the previous day.

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WR | Danario Alexander | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers WR Danario Alexander (knee) cleared waivers and was placed on Injured Reserve.

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WR | Kendall Wright | Tennessee Titans | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Tennessee Titans WR Kendall Wright (knee) is day to day with a sprained knee and won't play in the preseason game this week. The team is hopeful he'll be ready for Week 1. WR Damian Williams will have increased snaps in Wright's absence.

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WR | Wes Welker | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (ankle) suffered a sprained right ankle in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 17. He'll be evaluated Sunday, Aug. 18. According to a source, it's expected to be a "day-to-day situation." However, there's a chance it could be a "week-to-week" situation.

Fantasy Tip: Welker is a receiver that relies a lot on timing in his routes, and any missed time could hinder him entering the season. Stay tuned until we know more.

Tight End

TE | Delanie Walker | Tennessee Titans | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker (knee) has passed his physical and has been activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list.

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TE | Jordan Reed | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (foot) has recovered to the point where he should be able to play Monday, Aug. 19, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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TE | Jermichael Finley | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Green Bay Packers TE Jermichael Finley said he is focusing on being more aggressive with his yards after catches this season. "That's one of my focuses," Finley said. "To be the playmaker I want to be, I've got to catch the ball and then do something after it. So I've been working on that and it's all coming into place."

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TE | Coby Fleener | Indianapolis Colts | Injury, Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts TE Coby Fleener (knee) left the team's preseason game Sunday, Aug. 18, because of a mild knee sprain.

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TE | Heath Miller | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Heath Miller (knee) is expected to miss at least the first month of the regular season because he is still recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

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TE | Dustin Keller | Miami Dolphins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Dolphins TE Dustin Keller's (knee) knee injury could be career-threatening because the doctors fear that Keller suffered nerve damage in the knee.

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TE | Charles Clay | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay could receive a bigger role on offense this season because he is similar to TE Dustin Keller (knee) in terms of being a seam threat.

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Place Kicker

PK | Rian Lindell | Free Agent | Transaction, Fantasy
The Buffalo Bills released PK Rian Lindell. PK Dustin Hopkins will handle the kicking this season.

Fantasy Tip: Hopkins is a sneaky play early in the season before the bad weather hits. The offense will go as C.J. Spiller goes. They could have some firepower that could lead the Bills into field-goal territory often. Hopkins makes a good matchup play and worthy of watching on your waiver wire.

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