Player News

Review the latest player news for a specified group of players.
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: 28 Position Rank: 15
% Started: 33.4 % Owned: 90.6
LaMichael James Mia - RB
News: James is expected to miss about a month with what'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: 486 Position Rank: 126
% 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: 80 Position Rank: 35
% Started: 3.6 % Owned: 35.2
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: 1018 Position Rank: 247
% Started: 0.0 % Owned: 0.1
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: 101 Position Rank: 56
% Started: 12.3 % Owned: 44.1
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: 1008 Position Rank: 244
% Started: 0.0 % Owned: 0.1
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: 1003 Position Rank: 243
% Started: 1.9 % Owned: 11.0
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: 47 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 93.7 % Owned: 99.8
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: 397 Position Rank: 102
% Started: 4.8 % Owned: 19.0
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: 75 Position Rank: 14
% Started: 38.8 % Owned: 90.7
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: 55 Position Rank: 19
% Started: 53.8 % Owned: 89.7
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: 118 Position Rank: 35
% Started: 29.7 % Owned: 73.1
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: 84 Position Rank: 39
% Started: 24.6 % Owned: 59.1
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: 72
% Started: 1.3 % Owned: 6.4
News: The Vikings selected Bridgewater in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, 32nd overall. (May 8)
Impact: The Vikings traded up from the 40th pick to get the player many considered the top quarterback in the draft. Like the Browns with Justin Gilbert and Johnny Manziel, the Vikings deserve credit for putting down the right bets and reeling in cornerstone prospects at both quarterback and on defense. Bridgewater and Anthony Barr in the same round is more than the Vikings could have asked for heading into Thursday. Matt Cassel might be able to hold off Bridgewater for a little while, but only a little while. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:45p ET)
Overall Rank: 244 Position Rank: 27
% Started: 2.6 % Owned: 8.5
Johnny Manziel Cle - QB
News: The Browns selected Manziel in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, 22nd overall. (May 8)
Impact: Cleveland traded up from the 26th pick to land Manziel, a selection we consider a huge steal. Waiting on a quarterback was risky, but the Browns played it right by gambling that their target would fall. Despite recent comments from coach Mike Pettine indicating that Brian Hoyer had at least a slight grip on the starting quarterback role in Cleveland, it's hard to see Hoyer holding off a player as dynamic as Manziel. If he earns the starting role, Manziel will have considerable fantasy upside with Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron to throw to. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 10:43p ET)
Overall Rank: 272 Position Rank: 33
% Started: 0.4 % Owned: 4.9
Brandin Cooks NO - WR
News: The Saints selected Cooks in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, 20th overall. (May 8)
Impact: The Saints traded up from pick No. 27, jumping ahead of Philadelphia (22) and Kansas City (23) to land Cooks. By reeling in the former Oregon State star, New Orleans secures a necessary speed boost on offense and a strong candidate to serve as the team's top big-play threat in 2013. Even with Jimmy Graham, Marques Colston and Kenny Stills stealing targets, Cooks is not a player to write off in redraft leagues this year. Although he likely won't be much of a red-zone factor at just 5-foot-10, 189 pounds, Cooks' burning speed and strong wideout skill set make him a threat to score from long distances. Cooks is unique in the New Orleans pass-catcher rotation due to the short and intermediate route upside he offers. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 10:24p ET)
Overall Rank: 208 Position Rank: 80
% Started: 4.0 % Owned: 21.4
News: The Giants selected Beckham in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, 12th overall. (May 8)
Impact: Beckham doesn't offer obvious WR1 upside at 5-foot-11, 198 pounds, but he has the athleticism and skill set to turn into a strong playmaker with the ability to eat up yardage both on deep routes and after the catch. Between Eli Manning's 2013 struggles and the targets stolen by Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle, Beckham might struggle to make an immediate fantasy impact with the Giants, but his long-term prospects hint at a Laveranues Coles-like trajectory. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:29p ET)
Overall Rank: 29 Position Rank: 16
% Started: 66.9 % Owned: 83.4
Eric Ebron Det - TE
News: The Lions selected Ebron in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, 10th overall. (May 8)
Impact: Finally, a selection that isn't shocking. The Lions needed a big, athletic pass catcher to provide a red-zone receiving threat opposite Calvin Johnson, and at 6-foot-4, 250 pounds with WR speed, Ebron fits that bill perfectly. In a pass-happy offense with plenty of targets to go around after Johnson and Golden Tate, Ebron could make an immediate fantasy impact if he earns a healthy play count right away. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:14p ET)
Overall Rank: 256 Position Rank: 46
% Started: 1.9 % Owned: 5.4
Mike Evans TB - WR
News: The Buccaneers selected Evans in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, seventh overall. (May 8)
Impact: The Buccaneers badly needed new wideout talent after trading Mike Williams to Buffalo, and Evans is an elite prospect at the position. This is a homerun pick as far as need and value go. Evans will almost certainly start alongside Vincent Jackson, and even in a potentially modest Josh McCown-led Tampa Bay passing game, Evans should provide immediate touchdown potential as a 6-foot-5, 231-pound beast with 4.53 speed and an unparalleled wingspan. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:59p ET)
Overall Rank: 26 Position Rank: 13
% Started: 54.3 % Owned: 90.1
Sammy Watkins Buf - WR
News: The Bills selected Watkins in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, fourth overall. (May 8)
Impact: Buffalo surprisingly moved up from the ninth pick to the fourth, previously owned by Cleveland, in order to land the consensus top wideout in the draft. An elite after-the-catch runner with burning speed, Watkins should make life easier for EJ Manuel as a reliable big-play threat on short routes. The landing spot is far from ideal for Watkins' fantasy prospects, as Manuel doesn't seem likely to engineer a prolific passing attack, but there is a realistic chance that Watkins could immediately serve as the team's top wideout over Robert Woods and Mike Williams. The selection of Watkins might signal the end of Steve Johnson's time with the Bills. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:37p ET)
Overall Rank: 67 Position Rank: 28
% Started: 30.1 % Owned: 87.2
Blake Bortles Jac - QB
News: The Jaguars selected Bortles in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, third overall. (May 8)
Impact: Bortles is a surprising selection at the third spot, as his stock reportedly had cooled off a bit relative to what it was in February. He will in any case stay in the state of Florida and give the Jags a new hope for a franchise quarterback, and hopefully an immediate upgrade over Chad Henne. Bortles won't run in the pros as much as he did at Central Florida, but he's a big quarterback (6-foot-5, 232 pounds) with the ability to find the end zone occasionally with his feet. He likely won't be very effective as a rookie passer, however, and his immediate fantasy value is limited further by the fact that he'll likely play in a fairly run-heavy offense. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:31p ET)
Overall Rank: 218 Position Rank: 26
% Started: 0.9 % Owned: 4.6
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