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Braves | Jason Heyward out

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:55:16 -0700

Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (back) is out of the starting lineup Tuesday, July 29. He left the game Monday, July 28, with lower back soreness and is considered day-to-day.

FANTASY TIP: Remove Heyward from your daily leagues. Given his injury history, scouting a short-term replacement is advised.

49ers | Ahmad Brooks revises contract

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:50:27 -0700

San Francisco 49ers LB Ahmad Brooks restructured his contract to give the team $2 million more in cap space, according to a source.

Cubs | Neil Ramirez's DL stint update

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:48:05 -0700

Updating a previous report, Chicago Cubs RP Neil Ramirez's (triceps) disabled list stint is retroactive to Saturday, July 26.

Cowboys | Sean Lee optimistic about health

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:44:06 -0700

Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee (knee) thinks he will return from his torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee completely healthy. Lee is with the team in California for his rehab, and it's possible he could travel with the team for road games in the regular season. "He's doing his rehab to get himself ready, but he's completely integrated with our football team," head coach Jason Garrett said. "I can't think of a better guy to be in that role. He just embraces every chance he gets to be that much better."

Seahawks | Marshawn Lynch fined

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:44:00 -0700

Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch has been fined $275,000 for missing his sixth straight day of training camp, per collective bargaining agreement rules.

FANTASY TIP: The Seahawks seem to be fine waiting for Lynch to end his holdout. They have capable backups in Christine Michael and Robert Turbin. It would behoove Lynch to end his holdout soon and get back to maintaining his RB1 status.

Athletics | Coco Crisp update

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:43:39 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (neck) could play when he rejoins the team, according to trainer Nick Paparesta.

FANTASY TIP: Trainer optimism is one thing, but Crisp's injury history is another entirely. Continue to check back as we monitor the situation.

Royals | Jason Vargas throws simulated game

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:43:03 -0700

Kansas City Royals SP Jason Vargas (appendix) threw four innings in a simulated game Tuesday, July 29. He could return this weekend, according to manager Ned Yost.

FANTASY TIP: Check Vargas' availability in your league. He is a viable option in the majority of formats, at least in favorable matchups.

Browns | Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer not the answer?

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:37:36 -0700

Cleveland Browns QBs Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer may not be the team's answer at quarterback, according to NFL Media's Charley Casserly. Casserly said the Browns' answer at the position is more likely to be found in one of its two first-round picks next season.

FANTASY TIP: Obviously this is subjective speculation. We'll have to see what transpires during the season. Manziel and Hoyer remain unreliable fantasy options at this point, though, Manziel does have more potential.

Giants | Odell Beckham Jr. expected to miss a week

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:35:23 -0700

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) is expected to be out at least another week, although tests on his hamstring came back negative Tuesday, July 29. The Giants are hoping Beckham can be a playmaker at receiver in their new West Coast offense. He'll compete for a starting spot against WR Jerrel Jernigan.

FANTASY TIP: Beckham's injury doesn't look to be too serious, but he'll miss valuable repetitions during training camp as a rookie. Beckham has speed and upside, but there will be plenty of inconsistency in a new offense and with Eli Manning chucking him the pigskin.

Jets | Chris Johnson feeling good

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:33:06 -0700

New York Jets RB Chris Johnson (knee) said he feels good now that he's been able to move laterally in practice.

FANTASY TIP: Johnson seems to be progressing nicely and remains a solid RB2 option in all scoring formats, even with RBs Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell sharing time.

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Royals | Eric Hosmer returns

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:28:29 -0700

Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer (hand) is in the starting lineup Tuesday, July 29, against the Minnesota Twins.

FANTASY TIP: Hosmer has only played in one of the last seven games, but his statistics suggest he has missed the majority of the season. Keep plugging Hosmer in your lineups, unless you have better options. He is a solid hitter.

Giants | David Wilson to go for tests

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:27:30 -0700

New York Giants RB David Wilson (neck) will undergo tests after suffering a "burner" in practice Tuesday, July 29. The team "will be careful" with Wilson.

FANTASY TIP: The Giants and Tom Coughlin are praying that this burner doesn't equate to a significant setback for Wilson. If it's significant, Wilson's season may be over before it began. Obviously, he's a big risk if you're drafting in the coming days. Rashad Jennings' value will go up even more if Wilson's injury proves costly.

Cardinals | Patrick Peterson contract update

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:24:47 -0700

Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson's new contract deal has progressed, but there are still two obstacles in the way of finalizing the deal, according to a source.

Athletics | Coco Crisp's MRI results

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:24:30 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp's (neck) MRI exam showed "no changes" in his neck, and the team expects to know more when they return home from their road trip.

FANTASY TIP: The news on Crisp is good, but he's not completely out of the woods just yet. There's still a possibility that he'll need to go on the disabled list if he doesn't recover soon. Stay tuned.

Blue Jays | Danny Valencia to play some 1B

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:23:00 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays 3B Danny Valencia will also play some first base, according to manager John Gibbons. Valencia played first base in college in 2004.

Giants | Brandon Belt plays catch

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:22:37 -0700

San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belt (concussion) played catch Tuesday, July 29. It marked Belt's first baseball activity since suffering a concussion Saturday, July 19.

FANTASY TIP: Concussions are tricky injuries to predict and put a timetable on. Continue to check back for additional updates on Belt's health.

Seahawks | Two leave practice

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:21:09 -0700

Seattle Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner (calf) and OG James Carpenter (calf) left practice Tuesday, July 29, with calf injuries. Head coach Pete Carroll did not think either injury was serious.

Tigers | Nick Castellanos update

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:20:26 -0700

Updating a previous report, Detroit Tigers 3B Nick Castellanos (finger) was scratched from the lineup with a bruised right index finger Tuesday, July 29, and he's day-to-day.

FANTASY TIP: Remove Castellanos from your lineup and check back tomorrow to see if he's able to return.

Falcons | Steven Jackson has hammy issue

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:16:11 -0700

Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) injured his hamstring Monday, July 28, which is why he wasn't practicing Tuesday, July 29. Head coach Mike Smith said Jackson will be ready for the team's first game.

FANTASY TIP: This is not what you want to see from an aging running back entering his age-31 season. Jacquizz Rodgers and Devonta Freeman could have heavy workloads if S-Jax continues to be bugged by nagging injuries all year long.

Cardinals | Andre Ellington to return Wednesday

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:14:37 -0700

Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (neck) will return to practice Wednesday, July 30, after sitting out Tuesday, July 29.