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Cardinals | Michael Floyd shows off versatility

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:33:24 -0700

Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd scored two touchdowns in team drills Tuesday, July 29. Floyd beat CB Patrick Peterson deep for his first score and outmuscled CB Justin Bethel for his second.

FANTASY TIP: Floyd seems to be putting it all together, and all signs point to a big year. He has WR2 potential.

Orioles | Not pursuing Kurt Suzuki

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:29:11 -0700

Minnesota Twins C Kurt Suzuki is not a trade target of the Baltimore Orioles, a source said Tuesday, July 29.

Cardinals | Stepfan Taylor works with first-team

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:23:50 -0700

Arizona Cardinals RB Stepfan Taylor worked with the first-team offense in place of RB Andre Ellington (neck) Tuesday, July 29. Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com believes the move means that Taylor is ahead of RB Jonathan Dwyer in the battle for the No. 2 RB job.

FANTASY TIP: Should Ellington go down with an injury during the year or prove unable to handle the bulk of the carries, it looks like Taylor could be the back to grab. Keep his name in mind heading into the season.

Pirates | In the mix for Jon Lester?

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:22:35 -0700

Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester could be on the move to the Pittsburgh Pirates, a team which is viewed as a dark-horse candidate in the pre-trade deadline sweepstakes, according to a major league source. One name at the center of the talks is Double-A switch-hitting prospect OF Joshua Bell, according to sources. The Los Angeles Dodgers are another team believed to be in the running for Lester's service.

FANTASY TIP: The Boston pitcher was scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday, July 30. Other teams pursuing a frontline starter are the Baltimore Orioles, Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals and Seattle Mariners. The Milwaukee Brewers are in that club, too, although a report earlier said they are not in on Lester.

Phillies | Cole Hamels deal seems unlikely

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:20:41 -0700

Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels is not expected to be traded before the July 31 non-waiver deadline. According to a source, a trade of Hamels is the "least likely" of all the deals the Phillies are considering.

Falcons | Jake Matthews impressing QB

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:15:12 -0700

Atlanta Falcons OT Jake Matthews has impressed QB Matt Ryan during training camp. "I think Jake, his size and he's very strong, very athletic," Ryan said Tuesday, July 29. "And he's smart. I think that's a great combination. When you talk about a guy who is drafted early and is going to be a cornerstone of the organization for a long time to come, it's a great combination to have."

Brewers | Not in on Jon Lester

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:13:25 -0700

Updating a previous report, the Milwaukee Brewers are not believed to be in the mix to acquire Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester.

Mariners | Still working on Josh Willingham

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:12:44 -0700

Minnesota Twins OF Josh Willingham remains a target for the Seattle Mariners, and the two sides continue to talk, a source said Tuesday, July 29.

Red Sox | Jon Lester scratched for Wednesday

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:11:21 -0700

Updating a previous report, Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester has been scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday, July 30, as a deal appears imminent. SP Brandon Workman will pitch in his place.

FANTASY TIP: There is no official word on where Lester might be going, if he is in fact going. Milwaukee is not believed to be a destination, while Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Seattle have been mentioned as potential landing spots, among others. When it is official, we'll keep you abreast and note the fantasy implications the move carries.

Bears | Dale Moss signed

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:56:08 -0700

The Chicago Bears signed free-agent WR Dale Moss (Panthers) to a one-year deal Tuesday, July 29. The financial terms were not disclosed.

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Dolphins | OC wants faster tempo

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:47:26 -0700

Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor said he wants the offense to play at a faster tempo this season. "I'm trying to get them out of the huddle faster," Lazor said. "And sometimes it's uncomfortable. Sometimes it's uncomfortable for the line to make the calls that quickly. The quarterback might want them to settle in and to make the calls. We don't want it. We want to go. Every single day it's a push. They know it, they understand it. They also understand it's hard, and they're trying. I'll keep pushing."

FANTASY TIP: If Lazor is successful in his attempt to speed up the offense, it could mean a few extra fantasy points for Miami's main weapons, but nothing significant enough to impact where players should be drafted.

Giants | Charles James could make roster as punt returner

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:37:42 -0700

New York Giants CB Charles James could make the roster as a punt returner as a result of injuries to RB David Wilson (neck) and WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) and poor play by CB Jerrel Jernigan. Jernigan dropped three punts in practice Tuesday, July 29.

Royals | Interested in John Lackey?

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:34:55 -0700

The Kansas City Royals have inquired about Boston Red Sox SP John Lackey, but Boston is said to be seeking a sizable return.

Royals | Joe Saunders released

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:34:23 -0700

The Kansas City Royals released SP Joe Saunders from Triple-A Omaha Tuesday, July 29.

FANTASY TIP: Saunders was tuned up for a 6.75 ERA in four outings for the Storm Chasers. He might latch on with another organization, but his days as a useful fantasy option are in the rear-view mirror.

Red Sox | Jon Lester still listed to start Wednesday

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:29:45 -0700

Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester is still listed as the probable pitcher for Wednesday, July 30, against the Toronto Blue Jays. Manager John Farrell said Tuesday, July 29, that SP Brandon Workman will start if Lester is dealt.

FANTASY TIP: Lester is a very risky play for those in daily fantasy leagues, and fantasy leagues in general. It's possible he could be moved between now and 7pm ET Wednesday, or at the very least he part of trade discussions where he is scratched as a precaution. Daily fantasy owners will want to steer clear of him just to be on the safe side.

Titans | Michael Preston checked for concussion

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:29:12 -0700

Tennessee Titans WR Michael Preston (head) was on the ground for an extended period of time after a collision with CB Winston Wright Tuesday, July 29. Preston was later checked for a concussion.

Red Sox | Henry Owens on fire at Double-A

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:29:04 -0700

Boston Red Sox SP Henry Owens is the first 14-game winner in Double-A Portland history.

FANTASY TIP: Owens could be on the fast track to either Triple-A Pawtucket, or perhaps even the big club, if the team trades John Lackey, Jon Lester, or both, before the July 31 trade deadline. He has had an impressive season, and has emerged as a strong stash candidate in AL-only fantasy leagues and long-term keeper formats.

Rays | Still deciding if David Price will stay or go

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:26:56 -0700

The Tampa Bay Rays are still trying to determine if they will trade or keep SP David Price. General manager Andrew Friedman continues to talk to clubs, and one rumor has the St. Louis Cardinals trading SP Shelby Miller, OF Oscar Taveras and a first-round pick to the Rays for Price.

FANTASY TIP: The Rays are just four games out of a playoff spot thanks to an amazing run back to contention, but some executives feel the GM could move Price if it benefits the team more long term. For Price, his fantasy value will not change much unless he goes to a hitter-friendly park, as he pitches for a good team, and would be going to a contender. Either way, he is certain to get plenty of run support while racking up many wins and plentiful strikeouts.

Rams | Brian Quick shines in practice

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:25:16 -0700

St. Louis Rams WR Brian Quick hooked up with QB Sam Bradford on a couple of deeps balls in team drills Tuesday, July 29, and has enjoyed a strong camp overall, according to ESPN.com's Nick Wagoner.

FANTASY TIP: Quick has yet to live up to his draft position, but it looks like he could be developing into Bradford's go-to target. He is at least worth a late-round flier in fantasy drafts.

Rams | Tre Mason works with first-team

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:21:13 -0700

St. Louis Ram RB Tre Mason saw received some snaps with the first-team Tuesday, July 29, with RB Zac Stacy receiving a majority of the work with the first-team.

FANTASY TIP: Mason could end being a nice change-of-pace back for the Rams, but Stacy is set to receive a bulk of the carries. Consider Stacy a solid RB2 this season.