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Yankees | Carlos Beltran sitting

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:09:19 -0700

New York Yankees OF Carlos Beltran (elbow) is not in the lineup Thursday, Aug. 21. OF Zelous Wheeler is starting in his place at designated hitter.

FANTASY TIP: Beltran probably will sit at least the next few days as he recovers from his elbow setback.

Steelers | Le'Veon Bell travels for game

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:07:50 -0700

Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell traveled on his own for the team's third preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Bell did not travel on the team charter after he was arrested for driving under the influence and marijuana possession Wednesday, Aug. 20.

FANTASY TIP: Bell likely will face a punishment at some point because of the arrest, but it may not occur this season. Owners should still consider Bell as a starting running back that likely will start coming off the board in the second round.

Steelers | LeGarrette Blount may see ban

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:02:32 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers RB LeGarrette Blount could face a one-game suspension for his arrest stemming from a marijuana possession charge. However, the suspension may not be rendered anytime soon.

FANTASY TIP: Blount's fantasy stock is unchanged unless the team invokes a suspension.

Steelers | Le'Veon Bell may face ban

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:00:49 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell could face a one-game suspension for his arrest stemming from DUI and marijuana possession charges. However, the suspension may not be rendered anytime soon.

FANTASY TIP: Bell's fantasy stock is unchanged unless the team invokes a suspension.

Saints | Pierre Thomas in pass game

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:53:50 -0700

New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas said he expects to do more route running and assist in pass protection as his role is expected to change this season.

FANTASY TIP: Thomas is third on the depth chart and may have some slight value in PPR leagues in good matchups. However, he doesn't have much fantasy value in standard leagues.

Dolphins | Shelley Smith at RG

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:44:47 -0700

Miami Dolphins OG Shelley Smith is expected to start at right guard this season after experimenting at center and left guard.

Angels | David Freese warming up

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:39:22 -0700

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3B David Freese is hitting .344 since July 31, and he moved up to the sixth spot in the order Wednesday, Aug. 20. SS Erick Aybar was dropped in the order.

FANTASY TIP: Freese has just two homers and nine RBIs in 103 at-bats since the All-Star break. While his average has climbed, he still isn't producing enough to warrant much consideration in mixed leagues. Aybar has hit just .209 since the break and doesn't have much mixed-league value either.

Bills | Sammy Watkins suits up

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:33:48 -0700

Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) is in full pads for practice Thursday, Aug. 21.

FANTASY TIP: It's a good sign for Watkins, who probably needs to play in the third preseason game for his WR3 fantasy stock to avoid taking a hit.

Cowboys | One in, one out

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:31:03 -0700

Dallas Cowboys CB B.W. Webb (undisclosed) is out of practice Thursday, Aug. 21. CB Sterling Moore (groin) returned to practice.

Vikings | Three to sit out

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:28:16 -0700

Minnesota Vikings LB Gerald Hodges (knee), CB Jabari Price (arm) and DT Linval Joseph (calf) will not play in the third preseason game. All three have missed practice this week.

Vikings | Adrian Peterson sits out

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:25:09 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson missed practice Wednesday, Aug. 20, due to an unspecified personal matter.

FANTASY TIP: The situation shouldn't limit Peterson's preseason work, which is usually limited to begin with. His fantasy stock is unchanged.

Vikings | Chad Greenway sits

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:23:05 -0700

Minnesota Vikings LB Chad Greenway (wrist) missed practice Wednesday, Aug. 20, and has been bothered by a sore right wrist. An MRI and X-rays were negative. Greenway sprained and later broke the wrist last season, and the team is being cautious.

Packers | Two behind

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:16:12 -0700

Green Bay Packers LB Carl Bradford and CB Demetri Goodson are buried on the depth chart at their respective positions. Bradford could be the eighth outside linebacker on the depth chart, and Goodson could be the sixth cornerback.

Cowboys | Anthony Hitchens works MLB

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:00:41 -0700

Dallas Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens took snaps at middle linebacker with LBs Justin Durant and Bruce Carter on each side.

Cowboys | Tony Romo returns

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:46:20 -0700

Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) returned to practice Thursday, Aug. 21.

FANTASY TIP: The team continues to monitor his repetitions this preseason, so expect him to be in and out during the week.

Cowboys | Rolando McClain returns

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:44:35 -0700

Dallas Cowboys LB Rolando McClain (cramps) returned to practice Thursday, Aug. 21.

Cardinals | Jon Jay extends to 12

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:40:30 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals OF Jon Jay extended his hitting streak to 12 games Wednesday, Aug. 20.

FANTASY TIP: He's hitting .514 (18-for-35) during the streak and can be used as your fifth outfielder or utility player while he's this hot.

Eagles | DeMeco Ryans playing less

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:30:37 -0700

Philadelphia Eagles MLB DeMeco Ryans has had his snaps reduced this preseason, and he only played 15 snaps in the second preseason game. LBs Najee Goode and Emmanuel Acho have struggled in place of him. Ryans is expected to play a bit more in the third preseason game.

Angels | Garrett Richards' season over?

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:23:31 -0700

Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Garrett Richards (knee) is likely to miss the rest of the season with what is believed to be a torn patellar tendon in his left knee. If he requires surgery, as expected, he'll have a six-month recovery window.

FANTASY TIP: Wade LeBlanc and Randy Wolf are possibilities to replace him in the Halos' rotation. LeBlanc has a 4.00 ERA and 1.38 WHIP at AAA, but he has 116 K's in 123 2/3 innings. He'd be a decent AL-only add, whereas Wolf would serve as AL roster depth.

Padres | Joaquin Benoit may land on DL

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:05:04 -0700

San Diego Padres CL Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) may land on the 15-dayd disabled list with a sore right shoulder. The team could wait a few more days before making a decision.

FANTASY TIP: Kevin Quackenbush is expected to fill in for Benoit. Pick him up in all leagues if you need a short-term saves fix. Dale Thayer and Alex Torres could also fill in on occasion and are NL-only targets.