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3 years agoJared Cook had 4 catches for 54 yards in his preseason appearance against the 49ers. Cook has been having a big training camp this year. It was not until last night that we got to see Cook and Rodgers in a live game. Cook and Rodgers displayed a nice connection including some big plays. There were a lot of questions over Cook’s usage in this offense heading into the preseason. With incumbent starter Richard Rodgers returning, it was unclear how many snaps Cook would get. Based on how this preseason is going it could be a pretty sizeable amount. Aaron Rodgers has clearly shown enthusiasm for the new signing. Jared Cook has improved his stock and is now a very solid sleeper candidate. Everyone should be looking to grab him in later rounds.--Tyger McGuigganSource: Tom Silverstein
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3 years agoEddie Lacy looked good during his preseason appearance against the 49ers. He ran the ball 7 times for 45 yards for a 6.7 YPC average. The starters were taken off the field early during the game. Based on Mike McCarthy’s previous preseason decisions and comments there was speculation that the starters would remain on the field through the 3rd Quarter. Instead most were taken off after the second drive. This is most likely due to a number of injuries amongst the Packers’ 2nd unit offensive line. Any injury to a starter would have been catastrophic. With the starting offensive line subbed out, McCarthy didn’t want to expose other starters to unnecessary hits. So Lacy’s limited usage shouldn’t be taken as a negative. Still it would have been nice to see how Lacy’s conditioning held up over the course of more prolonged usage. With a lot of unknowns remaining and an injury to starting FB Aaron Ripkowski, Lacy should be considered a late-2nd to mid-3rd round pick.--Tyger McGuigganSource: Associated Press
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3 years agoAaron Rodgers had a decent stat line in what will likely be his only preseason appearance this year. He went 6 for 9 for 60 yards and a TD. He also showed good chemistry with Jared Cook. But Rodgers did not dominate like he has in past preseason games. Many of the problems that plagued the Packers offense in 2015 were on display during their first drive. Rodgers couldn't find open receivers and attempted to dramatically extend plays which often led to incompletions. There are reasons not to read too much into this. Jordy Nelson did not play. Rodgers has also spent much of the past three weeks running the scout team offense. There should not be concern over Rodgers ability but this may be a sign that he isn’t fully prepared heading into Week 1. Rodgers is still one of the top 2 QBs heading into the draft season. But this preseason game shows that there is some risk when taking him early.--Tyger McGuigganSource: Bob McGinn
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3 years agoDuke Johnson picked up 22 yards on three carries and added one catch for nine yards in the Browns' third preseason game against Tampa Bay on Friday. Don't be concerned about the lack of touches as Johnson figures to be much more active in the passing game when the season begins. He is locked in as the team's third-down running back and has a chance to catch at least 60 balls this year as the team figures to be behind in games often this season. Expect head coach Hue Jackson to scheme ways to get Johnson lined up in mismatches against linebackers in coverage, leading to big gains through the air. He is a better option in PPR leagues than he is in standard formats.--Matt Terelle - RotoBaller
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3 years agoIsaiah Crowell had his most productive preseason outing on Friday night as he picked up 39 yards on eight carries, with a long rush of 13 yards. Crowell is locked in as the team's starting first and second-down back and is coming off the board around the eighth round in standard 12-team leagues. This makes him an excellent value as a reserve running back on your team. Just keep in mind that his production will often be tied to game script this season. He isn't likely to see much work when the Browns are far behind in games.--Matt Terelle - RotoBaller
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3 years agoCorey Coleman's preseason debut didn't go as planned on Friday night as he saw just two targets and was unable to haul in either of them. The Browns did take a deep shot to Coleman, but he got tangled up with the defender and was unable to make the grab. According to beat reporter Mary Kay Cabot, Coleman still has some catching up to do after missing the past few weeks with a hamstring injury. He is still worth drafting as a high-upside WR4 in season-long leagues as he could have a big start to the season while Josh Gordon is suspended.--Matt Terelle - RotoBallerSource: cleveland.com
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3 years agoJosh Gordon showed just how dominant he can be on Friday night as he hauled in two passes for 87 yards and a touchdown. Both catches came against Brent Grimes, Tampa Bay's top cornerback. Browns quarterback Robert Griffin and Gordon played together at Baylor back in 2010 and showed they still have a connection after all these years. While this game will likely send Gordon's ADP sky-rocketing, keep in mind he does still have to serve a four-game suspension at the beginning of the year, so don't go drafting him too early. He could be primed to have another All Pro-level season when he returns, however.--Matt Terelle - RotoBallerSource: cleveland.com
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3 years agoRobert Griffin's numbers from his third preseason game look solid at first glance as he passed for 119 yards and a touchdown on 8-of-14 passing. Upon further examination, however, Griffin did struggle on Friday night. He often held onto the ball too long, causing him to take five sacks. If you take away his two big completions to Josh Gordon, Griffin gained just 32 yards through the air. Don't expect to see much of Griffin in the Browns' fourth preseason game against the Bears next week. He is shaping up as a high-ceiling, low-floor pick in late rounds of fantasy drafts.--Matt Terelle - RotoBallerSource: cleveland.com
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3 years agoCoach Mike Mularkey has said on Wednesday that the Titans will "find ways" to get Derrick Henry on the field this season. The coach has already named free agent signing Demarco Murray the starter at running back. The move makes sense as the Titans invested a good amount of money in bringing in the veteran. But they also invested a high draft pick for Henry and he is the future. Henry has looked great in camp and in the preseason and will definitely find his way onto the field this year. Fantasy owners would be wise to invest a pick in the later rounds on Henry as he provides a ton of upside and could find himself in a big role if Murray gets hurt or struggles. And in Dynasty leagues, Henry is a must own.--John Aubin - RotoBallerSource: Terry McCormick on Twitter
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3 years agoIt certainly wasn’t pretty, but Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins put up some numbers during Friday night’s win over the Buffalo Bills. He completed just 12-of-23 passes for 188 yards, but he added three touchdowns, which turned out to be the difference. The first quarter was downright ugly for Cousins. He threw a terrible interception near the sideline as he tried to force the ball into coverage and his receivers let him down with numerous drops. However, the offense started to jive in the second quarter, as the QB was able to toss touchdowns to Ryan Grant, Pierre Garcon and Jordan Reed. As long as Cousins continues to develop on his 2015 campaign, with all of the weapons at his disposal and with how often Washington likes to throw the ball, Cousins could easily be a top-10 QB option this season.--Justin Lovell - RotoBallerSource: Master Tesfatsion - The Washington Post
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3 years agoIt was a tough night for Washington Redskins running back Keith Marshall, as he was injured on his first carry. The rookie had been given a great opportunity to play with the first-team starters Friday night, because of the injury to Matt Jones last week. Marshall and fellow rookie, Rob Kelley, split reps this week during practice with the starters, and were expected to each get a fair share against the Bills. However, in the first quarter, Marshall landed awkwardly on this left arm and immediately called to the sideline for medical attention. He was later diagnosed with a left elbow sprain. This news is quite troubling for Marshall, as now it is no longer guaranteed that he will make the 53-man roster. Washington is expected to add another back before the season begins, in addition to Jones, Kelley and third-down back Chris Thompson. As a result, Marshall could find himself without a job real soon and should not even be considered in fantasy henceforth.--Justin Lovell - RotoBallerSource: Redskins.com
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3 years agoWhile the Atlanta Falcons have had many deficiencies the last few seasons, kicker always seemed to be one of the few positions that did not need to be addressed. Matt Bryant has been with the Falcons since 2009 and until last season, had played in every game with the team. It was believed that rookie Nick Rose could potentially push Bryant off the roster but Rose lacked any consistency and was released a few days ago. With Bryant’s health still up in the air this season, the Falcons have signed Shayne Graham. Bryant is an injured, 41 year old kicker on a team that isn’t projected to make much noise. With the writing on the wall for Bryant, this once reliable fantasy kicker should be drafted only as a backup in all fantasy formats.--Chris Baldwin - RotoBallerSource: SBNation.com - The Falcoholic
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3 years agoThe Atlanta Falcons came into 2016 tied with the San Francisco 49ers for the toughest schedule in the NFL. The injury to Keanu Neal Thursday night, the Falcons first overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft, pushed the Falcons DST even further down the ADP list, into “undraftable” status. Neal’s minor knee injury will only cause him to miss an estimated three to four weeks; however, knee injuries are notorious for lingering throughout the season. Add the fact that Neal is a first round pick, and it goes without saying that the Falcons would plan to take his rehab at a slow pace. With Vic Beasley, 2015 first rounder, also struggling to make an impact, the Falcons DST is only safe to start in week 11; their bye week.--Chris Baldwin - RotoBallerSource: AtlantaFalcons.com
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3 years agoAfter getting into a scuffle with Rams cornerback Lamarcus Joyner, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin was ejected last week. As a result of the altercation, he’s been fined $9,115, with Joyner receiving the same punishment. Maclin made three catches for 38 yards prior to the incident as he prepares for another season as Kansas City’s top wideout. He should get significant playing time tomorrow afternoon against the Bears before resting in the team’s final preseason game. Maclin figures to be a solid second wide receiver options in most drafts, but not productive enough to break into the top tier.--Ricky Delgado - RotoBallerSource: NBC Sports
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3 years agoWhile running back Charcandrick West has been back out on the field and appearing to be recovering nicely, he has been ruled out of tomorrow’s game against the Chicago Bears. The second stringer has been dealing with an elbow injury and it appears the Chiefs simply don’t want to risk the injury being exasperated. West gained fantasy traction last year as he became the first alternative in the aftermath of Jamaal Charles’ season-ending injury. He would go on to rush for 634 yards and four touchdowns, while catching another touchdown and posting 214 receiving yards before getting injured himself. Regardless, expect him to see very little playing time in the preseason’s final game, if he gets any at all.--Ricky Delgado - RotoBaller