Philip Rivers is determined to rebound, Mason Crosby saves his job, and more

by KFFL Staff on August 29, 2013 @ 10:13:32 PDT



QB | Philip Rivers | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers does not believe his mechanics need to be corrected and admitted to being irritated by all of the criticism surrounding the notion.

"The thing that's gotten to me this offseason is, 'Who's going to fix Philip?'" Rivers said. "That phrase, I almost laugh it off. That drives me nuts, really. There's no question I'm responsible for some of the plays and some of the games we haven't won. I'm not going to shy away from that. But we can go sit in there and watch a lot of tape from last year, and I'll ask you, 'What do you want to fix?' It's just about eliminating some of the bad plays."

Rivers has committed 47 turnovers in the past two seasons but should improve with the team's emphasis on the short-passing game and an improved offensive line. He's a midrange backup with the potential to warrant starting consideration if he gets back on track.

QB | Terrelle Pryor | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
In the opinion of Bay Area News Group's Jerry McDonald, Oakland Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor could win the starting job if he avoids committing turnovers and displays leadership skills in the team's fourth preseason contest. With Matt Flynn (arm) has a sore right throwing arm, Pryor will remain on the field for an extended period.

McDonald noted that the playbook changes when Pryor is in the game instead of Flynn. More and more, Pryor is looking like the Week 1 starter. Heck, Oakland could use a mobile QB if their offensive line is going to be weak. Pryor has QB3 appeal in those fake leagues that warrant you tucking away a second backup; he could be one of the biggest risers in fantasy if he puts it all together.

QB | Geno Smith | New York Jets | Fantasy
The New York Jets have decided not to play QB Geno Smith in the final preseason game.

Running Back

RB | Peyton Hillis | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Depth Chart Tidbit
The battle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers backup running back position behind RB Doug Martin is close between RBs Brian Leonard, Mike James and Peyton Hillis. If the Buccaneers chose to only keep three running backs, Hillis could be the odd man out, according to Pat Yasinskas of

RB | Jonathan Stewart | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (ankles) has grimaced in pain, even after slight exertion. It's possible that he could miss the entire season.

Obviously, this increases the value of DeAngelo Williams, who becomes a high-end RB3 and in some cases a RB2, and rookie Kenjon Barner in deeper leagues. Until there is more clarity on Stewart, he is still worth a late round pick in the case that he is able to get back into the lineup this year.

RB | Ahmad Bradshaw | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton is expected to use a running-back-by-committee approach this season with RBs Ahmad Bradshaw, Vick Ballard and Donald Brown getting plenty of work.

Running back committees are not the best thing for fantasy owners, but it looks like the Colts are going that route. Bradshaw likely is the most valuable out of the three and should be seen as a No. 3 running back or flex option. Ballard should be a No. 4 or No. 5 running back on fantasy teams while Brown probably should not be taken in drafts.

Wide Receiver

WR | Brandon Marshall | Chicago Bears | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall (hip) tweeted that he would be ready for Week 1.

WR | Jordan Norwood | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Transaction, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Kevin Ogletree will open the season as the No. 3 wide receiver, and Tiquan Underwood will be No. 4. Both are considered ahead of newly acquired Jordan Norwood on the depth chart.

The third receiver in this offense hasn't been a big fantasy factor in recent years outside of the occasional desperation play, so fantasy drafters shouldn't worry about how this plays out yet.

WR | Earl Bennett | Chicago Bears | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, the Chicago Bears likely would not be able to trade WR Earl Bennett (concussion) at this point because he is still recovering from a concussion he suffered earlier this month.

WR | Roddy White | Atlanta Falcons | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said the team hopes WR Roddy White (ankle) will be available to play Week 1.

Owners likely will know more about White's Week 1 status next week when the team practices. It does not appear like he is dealing with a major injury at this time. White should still be every-week starter despite the injury. Harry Douglas could be more playing time early because of White's injury and should be a flex play in most leagues. Douglas will have more value in point-per-reception leagues.

WR | Sidney Rice | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said WR Sidney Rice (knee) will not play in the final preseason game but will be ready for the start of the regular season.

Tight End

TE | Zach Miller | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said TE Zach Miller (foot) is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a foot injury and will play in the final preseason game.

Place Kicker

PK | Mason Crosby | Green Bay Packers | Transaction
Green Bay Packers PK Mason Crosby has restructured his contract. His base salary went from $2.4 million to $800,000, which will be fully guaranteed if he's on the roster Sept. 7. He can make up the $1.6 million reduction in roster and performance bonuses. The final two years on his deal weren't altered.

PK | Lawrence Tynes | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers PK Lawrence Tynes (toe) is not responding at all to treatment for a severe staph infection in his toe, according to his wife Amanda.

"I hear my husband is responding 'well,' to treatment. LOL! He's NOT responding at all yet. This is our #bucslife," she posted on Twitter.

As previously reported, Tynes could take weeks and even months to recover, so it is time to cross him off your cheat sheets.

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