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Jamaal Charles KC - RB
News: Charles, who is dealing with a bruised foot, will be held out of Sunday's preseason contest against the Panthers for precautionary reasons, BJ Kissel of kcchiefs.com reports. (Aug 17)
Impact: We'll monitor Charles' status in the coming days, but at first glance, this doesn't appear to be a major concern for the Chiefs' star running back, per Adam Teicher of ESPN.com. With Charles out, the likes of Knile Davis, Cyrus Gray, De'Anthony Thomas and Charcandrick West are in line to handle the team's rushing duties Sunday. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:30p ET)
Overall Rank: 2 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 99.4 % Owned: 100.0
Dwayne Bowe KC - WR
News: Bowe (finger) has been suspended for one game and will miss the Chiefs' season opener against the Titans, ESPN.com reports. The report notes that the suspension stems from a Nov. 10, 2013 incident in which the wideout was pulled over in Riverside, Mo., for speeding and possession of marijuana. (Aug 15)
Impact: Bowe, who has been hampered in training camp by a finger issue, will thus be eligible to return to action in Week 2 against the Broncos, at which time, he should resume his starting wideout duties for the Chiefs. In the team's opener, NFL.com suggests that Junior Hemingway is a candidate to start opposite Donnie Avery in Bowe's place. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:32p ET)
Overall Rank: 109 Position Rank: 41
% Started: 5.3 % Owned: 80.3
Marvin Jones Cin - WR
News: The Bengals hope that Jones (foot) will be ready to play following their Week 4 bye, NFL Network's Albert Breer reports. (Aug 11)
Impact: Jones was diagnosed with a broken foot Monday afternoon, which is expected to keep him out for several weeks. There was a previous risk of him beginning the 2014 season on the PUP list, but this report suggests that the Bengals don't plan on going that route. This is actually good news for owners who drafted Jones, as a PUP tag would mean a mandatory absence for the team's first six games. He'll now target a return on Oct. 5 against New England, but that will depend largely on the recovery of his surgically-repaired foot. Mohamed Sanu should see additional reps in the absence of Jones, while tight ends Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert may also see extra balls thrown their way when top wideout A.J. Green is buried in coverage. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:22p ET)
Overall Rank: 182 Position Rank: 70
% Started: 1.5 % Owned: 46.6
Johnny Manziel Cle - QB
News: The Browns coaching staff will meet Sunday to discuss when Manziel will get reps with the starters, the Akron Beacon-Journal reports. (Aug 2)
Impact: Manziel has worked with the second-team offense thus far, but it makes sense for Cleveland to give him at least a portion of the first-team reps. The rookie reportedly outplayed Brian Hoyer on Saturday, but a single practice isn't all that meaningful in the grand scheme of things. Far more significant are the comments made by head coach Mike Pettine after Saturday's practice. According to Pettine, "When camp began, Brian was [with] the ones because we had to put somebody out there with the ones. But they were truly competing against each other, and at some point we will mix the units. I think that it's all part of our evaluation process." (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:39p ET)
Overall Rank: 158 Position Rank: 24
% Started: 2.1 % Owned: 30.9
Steven Jackson Atl - RB
News: Jackson was excused from Tuesday's practice due to a left hamstring injury, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Coach Mike Smith is optimistic that he will be available for Week 1 of the regular season. (Jul 29)
Impact: It was an injury to the right hamstring that cost Jackson four games last season, with the historically-durable back finishing with the lowest rushing total and average yards per carry of his career. Despite his coach's encouraging outlook, it's difficult to bank on Jackson reemerging as a 1,000-yard rusher as he enters his age-31 season. In addition to the injury concern that will likely result in an abbreviated training camp along with last season's decline in productivity, Jackson may lose carries during the upcoming season to backup Jacquizz Rodgers and rookie Devonta Freeman, both of whom have significantly less tread on their tires. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 6:29p ET)
Overall Rank: 64 Position Rank: 27
% Started: 33.1 % Owned: 92.8
David Wilson NYG - RB
News: Wilson (neck) went to the hospital after exiting Tuesday's practice with a burner, receiving "a battery of tests and a complete workup", ESPN's Dan Graziano reports. (Jul 29)
Impact: The Giants are gravely concerned that Wilson aggravated the neck injury that cost him 11 games in 2013, potentially putting his status for the upcoming season on thin ice. It's especially troubling that the neck issue resurfaced during a non-contact drill, when Wilson ran into the back of an offensive lineman. At this point, the Giants can only hold their breath and hope for good results from the tests, but suffice to say, Wilson likely won't see the practice field for at least a few days, even in a best-case scenario. Wilson's absence will pave the way for Peyton Hillis and Andre Williams to warrant a longer look in camp behind presumptive starter Rashad Jennings. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:03p ET)
Overall Rank: 1008 Position Rank: 244
% Started: 0.1 % Owned: 1.3
Kelvin Benjamin Car - WR
News: Benjamin, who bumped knees with another player during Sunday's practice, is slated to undergo an MRI on his left knee, the Associated Press reports. (Jul 28)
Impact: Steve Reed of the Associated Press suggests that Benjamin's MRI is not expected to reveal a serious issue, but coach Ron Rivera is expected to address the wideout's injury after Monday's practice, which Benjamin is not attending. The first-rounder has reportedly looked good while working with the Panthers' starters early on in training camp, so the team is no doubt hoping that Benjamin's injury is nothing major, given his projected role in the team's retooled receiving corps. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 10:50a ET)
Overall Rank: 115 Position Rank: 44
% Started: 5.3 % Owned: 72.4
LaMichael James SF - RB
News: James is expected to miss about a month with what NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports is a dislocated elbow. (Jul 27)
Impact: With Marcus Lattimore currently on the non-football injury list and Kendall Hunter having torn his ACL, the 49ers' running back ranks continue thin out, which leaves Frank Gore and rookie Carlos Hyde as the team's top two healthy backfield options at the moment. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 7:50p ET)
Overall Rank: 472 Position Rank: 123
% Started: 0.0 % Owned: 0.1
Cecil Shorts III Jac - WR
News: Shorts (hamstring) is expected to miss the first few weeks of training camp, Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports. (Jul 26)
Impact: After dealing with various injuries the past two seasons, Shorts tweaked his hamstring at the very beginning of training camp. While the issue isn't considered to be all that serious, the fourth-year wideout enters 2014 with a number of concerns. Not only is he stuck in what figures to be a poor offense, but Shorts is coming off a disappointing campaign, while the Jaguars drafted both Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee in the second round of May's draft. Having said all that, Shorts has shown impressive big-play ability at times, and he's easily the Jaguars' most experienced wide receiver. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:27p ET)
Overall Rank: 92 Position Rank: 33
% Started: 7.0 % Owned: 78.4
Kendall Hunter SF - RB
News: Hunter has been diagnosed with a torn ACL, CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reports. (Jul 26)
Impact: MRI results confirmed the 49ers' worst fears, ruling Hunter out for the entire 2014 season. Rookie second-round pick Carlos Hyde and 2013 fourth-round pick Marcus Lattimore (knee/hamstring) will likely be asked to fill the void behind Frank Gore. With the 49ers favoring a run-heavy approach and already expected to utilize multiple running backs, Hyde has an excellent opportunity. There's a much higher degree of uncertainty concerning Lattimore, who has yet to prove that he's fully recovered from the devastating knee injury he suffered back at South Carolina in 2012. LaMichael James and Jewel Hampton round out the depth chart at running back, and while the 49ers seemingly wanted James to focus on the return game, Hunter's injury may change that sentiment. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:21p ET)
Overall Rank: 1010 Position Rank: 245
% Started: 0.1 % Owned: 0.5
Fred Jackson Buf - RB
News: Fred Jackson left Friday's practice early with a lower leg injury, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports. (Jul 25)
Impact: It's not clear how serious the injury is, but he went to the locker room with the training staff after sustaining the injury. Consider him day-to-day for now, while we await word of the exact nature of the injury. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:57p ET)
Overall Rank: 86 Position Rank: 34
% Started: 23.3 % Owned: 90.3
News: Patterson is day-to-day with a foot injury. (Jul 25)
Impact: He was held out of practice Friday, and the while the injury is considered minor, it's definitely something owners should keep an eye on until he is back on the practice field. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 6:32p ET)
Overall Rank: 75 Position Rank: 27
% Started: 33.8 % Owned: 94.7
Vick Ballard Ind - RB
News: Ballard has a torn Achilles, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports. (Jul 25)
Impact: He was carted off the field earlier Friday, and this is certainly the worst possible outcome for Ballard and the Colts. He was in the mix at running back, but it's now a distinct two-man competition between Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw. Ballard will likely miss the entire 2014-15 season, and this bolsters the value of the Colts' other main running backs. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 6:18p ET)
Overall Rank: 219 Position Rank: 71
% Started: 0.0 % Owned: 0.5
Ray Rice Bal - RB
News: Rice will be suspended for the first two games of the 2014 season as a result of his Feb. 15 aggravated assault charge, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. (Jul 24)
Impact: After Rice and his wife met with commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday, the league decided a two-game banishment was appropriate given the contrition the running back had shown since an altercation with his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City casino. With Rice out of the picture for the first two weeks of the regular season, the Ravens will attempt to get by with either Bernard Pierce, Justin Forsett or rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro as their primary runner. However, given Rice's tenure in the Ravens backfield, look for him to reclaim the starting job after he's completed his suspension. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 10:32a ET)
Overall Rank: 83 Position Rank: 33
% Started: 14.9 % Owned: 94.2
Jamaal Charles KC - RB
News: Charles has inked a two-year extension with the Chiefs, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. (Jul 23)
Impact: The report indicates that the deal makes Charles the second-highest paid running back in the league, with his contract with the Chiefs now running for the next four seasons. Moreover, the agreement sets the stage for Charles to join his teammates for training camp. As the 2014 campaign approaches, Charles is entrenched as the Chiefs' lead running back and a top-tier fantasy option at the position. After holding up well over the past two seasons, Charles' durability is much less of a concern than it was on the heels of the 2011 season, in which he was limited to two games due to a torn ACL. Still, it's not the worst idea for those who invest a first-round pick on Charles to look into securing his backup, Knile Davis. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:06p ET)
Overall Rank: 2 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 99.4 % Owned: 100.0
Rob Gronkowski NE - TE
News: According to coach Bill Belichick, Gronkowski (knee) has been medically cleared to play, the Patriots' official site reports. (Jul 23)
Impact: Gronkowski's recovery from the torn ACL and MCL that he suffered last Dec. 8 has evidently gone smoothly and he'll avoid placement on the Patriots' PUP list to start training camp. After working with the team's medical staff (as opposed to on-field activities) during the team's OTAs and mini-camp, we'd expect the Patriots to ease Gronkowski back into action as camp progresses, but in the absence of any setbacks, Wednesday's news puts the star tight end in line to be available for Week 1. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 10:41a ET)
Overall Rank: 38 Position Rank: 3
% Started: 82.9 % Owned: 99.6
Jimmy Graham NO - TE
News: Graham signed a four-year, $40 million contract with the Saints on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. (Jul 15)
Impact: The deal includes $21 million in guarantees, but more importantly, Graham exceeded the franchise threshold ($7.035 million in 2014) for tight ends on a yearly basis. The 27-year-old can now focus the remainder of his prime stretching defenses and using his massive 6-7, 265 frame to outduel the opposition. Over the past three seasons, he's averaged 90 receptions (on 142.3 targets) for 1,169 yards and 12 touchdowns, while missing only a single contest. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 10:40a ET)
Overall Rank: 8 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 99.5 % Owned: 100.0
Josh Gordon Cle - WR
News: Gordon was arrested Saturday morning on a DWI charge in Raleigh, North Carolina, Akron Beacon Journal writer Nate Ulrich reports. (Jul 5)
Impact: Gordon's already stunning descent continues to worsen. This development will obviously damage his chances of avoiding a 16-game suspension for the 2014 season, and the league might prepare even more punishment for Gordon in light of this arrest. Gordon seems unable to help himself, failing college drug tests at both Baylor and Utah and earning two- and 16-game suspensions in the NFL in just two seasons before adding this latest infraction. Hopefully he sees the light and stops wasting his remarkable talents. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:04p ET)
Overall Rank: 1015 Position Rank: 365
% Started: 1.3 % Owned: 24.0
Knowshon Moreno Mia - RB
News: Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel suggests that the arthroscopic procedure that Moreno is slated to undergo on his left knee will likely sideline the running back for 5-to-6 weeks. (Jun 23)
Impact: The report, which adds that Moreno's knee needs to be "cleaned up," indicates that his upcoming procedure isn't expected to be invasive. While this is obviously a setback with regard to his chances of claiming the Dolphins' No. 1 running back assignment, the estimated timetable for his recovery would present him with an opportunity to make a case for the job during the preseason. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 6:24p ET)
Overall Rank: 71 Position Rank: 28
% Started: 43.0 % Owned: 93.9
News: Kaepernick and the 49ers agreed upon a six-year extension with $61 million guaranteed Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. (Jun 4)
Impact: The true figures have yet to emerge, but the guaranteed money is the largest haul in NFL history. Considering incentives, Kaepernick can earn up to $126 million total during the deal, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. However, on a more important note, the services of the 26-year-old quarterback have now been secured by the 49ers through the likely prime years of his career. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 4:26p ET)
Overall Rank: 66 Position Rank: 12
% Started: 41.6 % Owned: 96.2
Jeremy Hill Cin - RB
News: The Bengals selected Hill in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, 55th overall. (May 9)
Impact: That's two running backs in a row. Cincinnati evidently envisions a long-term two-back system between Hill and Gio Bernard, with Hill serving as the power source and Bernard offering the big-play ability. At around 230 pounds with above average athleticism for his size, it shouldn't take long for Hill to make BenJarvus Green-Ellis irrelevant. Hill might lead the Bengals in rushing touchdowns this year. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:55p ET)
Overall Rank: 125 Position Rank: 45
% Started: 2.0 % Owned: 45.9
Bishop Sankey Ten - RB
News: The Titans selected Sankey in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, 54th overall. (May 9)
Impact: Sankey is the first running back off the board. He should make an immediate impact in a Tennessee offense that otherwise has just Shonn Greene and Dexter McCluster as noteworthy running back options. A very good athlete with strong receiving skills, it's fair to compare Sankey to Gio Bernard of Cincinnati. A rookie year impact similar to Bernard's 2013 season might be within reach. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:48p ET)
Overall Rank: 48 Position Rank: 23
% Started: 38.1 % Owned: 94.7
Jordan Matthews Phi - WR
News: The Eagles selected Matthews in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, 42nd overall. (May 9)
Impact: Matthews was extremely productive in the SEC, dominating the last two and a half years despite catching passes from mediocre Vanderbilt quarterbacks. At 6-foot-3, 212 pounds with big hands and a well-documented strong work ethic, Matthews is a nice long-term fit for Philadelphia. With Jeremy Maclin playing on a one-year deal, Matthews should be very highly ranked in rookie dynasty drafts. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 7:57p ET)
Overall Rank: 143 Position Rank: 57
% Started: 1.1 % Owned: 10.6
Josh Gordon Cle - WR
News: Gordon is facing a season-long suspension from the NFL after failing a second drug test a few months back, ESPN's Outside the Lines reports. Gordon and his agent Drew Rosenhaus declined to comment on the matter, but Rosenhaus said that the information was "not true." (May 9)
Impact: The suspension hasn't been handed down officially from the league, but it's a potentially huge blow to the rebuilt Cleveland offense if Gordon is in fact going to be suspended for the entire 2014 regular season. Gordon reportedly received a letter during the winter informing him of a failed drug test, and a subsequent letter in April that informed him that he has a right to appeal. The failed drug test is reportedly for marijuana, which caused Gordon to be suspended twice during his time at Baylor. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 6:15p ET)
Overall Rank: 1015 Position Rank: 365
% Started: 1.3 % Owned: 24.0
Stevie Johnson SF - WR
News: Johnson was traded to the 49ers on Friday for a conditional 2015 fourth-round pick, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. (May 9)
Impact: The trade comes less than 24 hours after Buffalo selected receiver Sammy Watkins with the fourth overall pick in the draft. It appears Johnson, who signed a five-year, $36.25 million deal in 2012, is simply the odd-man out of a receiving corps featuring Robert Woods and new addition Mike Williams, in addition to Watkins. Johnson also reportedly clashed with coach Doug Marrone, leading to the notion that he would be the first to go should the team select a receiver in the draft. Coming off of a disappointing season in which he caught 52 passes for 597 yards and three touchdowns, Johnson joins a 49ers offense that ranked 30th in passing yards last season. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:08p ET)
Overall Rank: 132 Position Rank: 53
% Started: 1.1 % Owned: 8.6
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