Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on June 13, 2013 @ 09:00:59 PDT



QB | Mark Sanchez | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets WR Santonio Holmes said he believes that QB Mark Sanchez will be the team's starter on Day 1, even though Sanchez is involved in a competition with rookie QB Geno Smith. "Coaches brought him back and they kept him on this team for a reason. He's a great leader and he's got great potential and he's excited about this season upcoming, and so am I." Holmes indicated that he restructured his deal to remain with the Jets because of Sanchez. "I think everybody believes in him," Holmes said "He wouldn't be here if anybody didn't believe in him. He's still wearing the same No. 6 jersey that he wore since the day he got drafted here, and I think the organization and even the team love him and we're going to continue supporting him."

QB | Matt Flynn | Oakland Raiders | Fantasy
Oakland Raiders QBs Matt Flynn, Tyler Wilson, Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin didn't fare well at their minicamp Tuesday, June 11. Many of their throws were batted down at the line of scrimmage, landed behind and over receivers, and were generally off the mark. No option distinguished himself from the others. Pryor said that since defenders weren't wearing pads, they were more upright, which made it easier to bat down throws.

QB | Robert Griffin III | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said the club doesn't have to eliminate the option running elements in order to protect QB Robert Griffin III (knee). Echoing his father, head coach Mike Shanahan, Kyle Shanahan contended that the read-option plays safeguard Griffin by taking steam out of opposing pass-rushers. Griffin was hurt on improvisational runs and merely needs to work on picking his spots to slide or throw the ball away when facing QB pressure. The younger Shanahan said that they might have to adapt more as defenses plan better for the system.

QB | Sam Bradford | St. Louis Rams | Transaction, Fantasy
St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford is working with the same offensive coordinator in consecutive seasons for the first time in his career, but plenty has changed about the team's offense. With RB Steven Jackson gone, offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer will now run the O through Bradford while trying to bust more big plays. "The speed that we have acquired and what we have on the outside now -- and even the inside -- it suits us more to spread it out and play more one-back this year," Bradford said. He also thinks defenses will have to design specific coverages for some of the speed weapons, a reversal from St. Louis' more predictable offense last season.

Rookie WR Tavon Austin is lining up in the slot, on the outside and in the backfield. Schottenheimer said Austin Pettis has had the strongest offseason of any Rams wideout. TE Jared Cook and WR Brian Quick deepen the amount of players that St. Louis hopes bolsters their red-zone potency.

QB | Russell Wilson | Seattle Seahawks | Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson ranked fourth among quarterbacks in rushing attempts last season, but he's more of a scrambler than pure runner, according to writer Mike Sando. He led the NFL in time spent in the pocket per pass play (3.12 seconds) and average time before passing (4.18 seconds). Wilson received more opportunities to run late in the season, when Seattle incorporated read-option plays on offense. Sando doesn't recall Wilson taking an especially hard hit other than one against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 14. In a conversation on ESPN Radio show "Mike & Mike," Wilson commented on how he views his responsibilities when on the move:

"To be honest with you, I don't really like running. I'd rather throw the ball to guys and let the true playmakers make the plays. ..."

QB | Josh Freeman | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman, entering his fifth season, has played for two head coaches and in three systems, with three offensive coordinators and four quarterbacks coaches. The passer is optimistic about how his offense will perform in Year 2 under offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan. "I think our comfort level is so much higher, and I speak for the entire offense," Freeman said. "It's just the communication. It's all functioning at a higher level. That comes with experience. Everybody is going to be on the same page, and we're not going to hinder ourselves."

New quarterbacks coach John McNulty places more emphasis on how many points the offense scores than things like Freeman's turnovers (17 in 2012, including 10 in a span of three games) and low completion percentage (54.8). "The payoff is more than the dink and dunk."

Freeman also stated that he doesn't feel added pressure even though he's entering the final year of his contract.

Running Back

RB | Lamar Miller | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller has spent all of camp as the starting running back, but RB Daniel Thomas has seen a few first-team repetitions.

RB | Willis McGahee | Free Agent | Transaction, Fantasy
The Denver Broncos released RB Willis McGahee.

RB | Steven Jackson | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson questioned the notion that a running back is officially toast at age 30. "This is not the '70s or '80s, when it was just hard-nosed football. The game has changed. As long as I can evolve with it, I'll be just fine." He's trying to fight off effects of age by going on a gluten-free diet.

RB | Ahmad Bradshaw | Indianapolis Colts | Injury, Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) was spotted with his right foot in a walking boot during minicamp practice Wednesday, June 12. He had surgery on the foot six months ago and continues to be brought along slowly in his recovery. He plans to be ready to go when Indy's training camp opens July 27. The Colts see him as more than an occasional contributor, but his role will be clarified the closer they get to Week 1.

RB | Danny Woodhead | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy lauded RB Danny Woodhead for his versatility and expects him to be in a lot of offensive packages this coming year.

RB | Daryl Richardson | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said the team is expected to use a committee approach in the backfield this year between Daryl Richardson, Isaiah Pead and Zac Stacy. The overall youth in the backfield is a concern in terms of pass protection. Stacy caught the ball well during a practice session Tuesday, June 11.

RB | Latavius Murray | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray (foot) is not participating in practice Wednesday, June 12, because of a foot injury.

RB | Le'Veon Bell | Pittsburgh Steelers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson said the team does not really have a running back depth chart at this point. "There really is no pecking order other than that's how we ended the season. Guys are jumping in accordingly and rotating themselves. There really is no rhyme or reason to it," Wilson said. RB Jonathan Dwyer will enter training camp as No. 1 on the depth chart because he finished last season there.

RB | Reggie Bush | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) tweaked his ankle during practice Wednesday, June 12, but was able to return.

RB | Jonathan Stewart | Carolina Panthers | Injury, Fantasy
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (ankles) continues to recover from offseason surgeries on both of his ankles and is sitting out the team's three-day minicamp this week as a result. Head coach Ron Rivera said that Stewart is recovering well but didn't say whether he'd be ready for training camp. "The hard part is any time you have both of them done -- whether it's two ankles, two knees, two hips, two shoulders, whatever -- it's going to be a while."

Wide Receiver

WR | Justin Blackmon | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon (groin) is sitting out the final day of minicamp Thursday, June 13.

WR | Stephen Hill | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets WR Stephen Hill struggled with drops during practice Wednesday, June 12, at minicamp. He dropped a pass in the end zone in a 7-on-7 drill, and had another blatant drop during a team drill. WR Santonio Holmes, who is mentoring the second-year receiver, expressed frustration about Hill in a news conference.

WR | Alshon Jeffery | Chicago Bears | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, June 12, as a precaution. Jeffery suffered a minor hamstring injury during organized team activities last week.

WR | Brandon Marshall | Chicago Bears | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall (hip) did not participate in practice Wednesday, June 12, because the team wants to be careful with him since he is recovering from hip surgery. He did participate in practice Tuesday, June 11. He expects to be 100 percent for training camp.

WR | Danny Amendola | New England Patriots | Fantasy
New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola has established himself as the team's No. 1 wide receiver by his performance during offseason workouts. He is shifty, quick and dynamic with the ball in space. He has also shown enough speed to stress a defense vertically. Amendola appears to have a clear rapport with QB Tom Brady.

Tight End

TE | Antonio Gates | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates, who turns 33 next week, has looked quick and fit in workouts this offseason. He's been using his height advantage against defenders in non-pads work.

TE | Aaron Hernandez | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez (shoulder) wasn't on the field for practice of mandatory minicamp Wednesday, June 12. He had been limited through previous practices.

Offensive Tackle

OT | Jason Peters | Philadelphia Eagles | Transaction
Philadelphia Eagles OT Jason Peters was arrested Wednesday, June 12, in Louisiana for drag racing and resisting a police officer by flight, authorities said. "We are aware of the reports that Jason Peters was arrested this morning in Louisiana," the team said in a statement. "We have been in contact with Jason and due to the legal nature of this matter, we will not have any further comment at this point."

Defensive Line

DL | Justin Smith | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers DE Justin Smith (triceps) is slated for triceps surgery this week, and his recovery could last two or three months. He should be ready for Week 1, but the San Francisco 49ers might have to acquire more depth along their defensive front because of concerns over how many years the 33-year-old Smith has left to play. He ranks in the league's top four defensive linemen in total snaps logged over the past two seasons.


LB | Dwight Freeney | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy is confident in OLB Dwight Freeney. There are concerns that Freeney is out of place if he's not a 4-3 defensive end, but McCoy said the veteran will fit in because San Diego often uses multiple looks on passing downs.

LB | Chad Greenway | Minnesota Vikings | Injury
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said LB Chad Greenway (knee) underwent successful knee surgery Wednesday, June 12. Frazier said Greenway should be ready for the start of training camp.

LB | Sean Weatherspoon | Atlanta Falcons | Injury
Atlanta Falcons LBs Sean Weatherspoon (knee) and Stephen Nicholas (hernia) are both expected to be ready for the team's mandatory minicamp that takes place next week. "I'm fairly confident that when we start our mandatory minicamp that both of those guys will be out there," Smith said. "They have done probably more workload over on the side with the trainers than what they would put in during a particular practice. We think they're real close. We want to make sure that they get another couple of days with the trainers before we bring them out."

Free Safety

FS | Craig Dahl | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers FS Craig Dahl said that when he was with the St. Louis Rams last year, they had a detailed scouting report on the San Fran offense that turned out to be quite successful. "We had a few tips off of film that we were able to differentiate between run and pass early," Dahl said. "It was a few different things. Some different personnel and alignment stuff really were the big keys, as far as our giveaways."

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