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Panthers | Cam Newton cleared

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:35:00 -0700

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) was cleared for practice, according to general manager David Gettleman.

FANTASY TIP: It is good news that Newton will be out there for the start of training camp with all the new faces at wide receiver. Still, with the questions regarding that receiving group, and his own health, Newton should be considered a QB2 for fantasy players.

Rockies | Asked for Kevin Gausman in Jorge De La Rosa talks

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:27:21 -0700

The Colorado Rockies asked for Baltimore Orioles SP Kevin Gausman during trade talks involving Rockies SP Jorge De La Rosa. One source said a Baltimore insider called it a "non-starter."

FANTASY TIP: Don't blame them. Gausman has big upside, while JDLR's skills have been pitching on thin ice for many of the last few seasons. Either of these pieces, however, would be a prime FAAB target after the trade deadline if they switch locales.

Jets | Geno Smith getting most of the first-team snaps

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:23:37 -0700

New York Jets QB Geno Smith is receiving most of the first-team snaps in practice Thursday, July 24. Smith took 13 first-team snaps, and QB Michael Vick took four first-team snaps.

FANTASY TIP: Even if Smith wins this job, he is not a draft worthy option at this point. Consider him a QB3 at best.

Yankees | Scouted Ian Kennedy

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:22:55 -0700

San Diego Padres SP Ian Kennedy was scouted by the New York Yankees in Chicago Wednesday, July 23. The Yankees are trying to trade for a starting pitcher.

FANTASY TIP: Full circle for the former Bomber? He's a much different, improved pitcher than he was in his early Yanks days, but anyone who would go from PETCO Park to Yankee Stadium deserves added risk to their fantasy value. Still, if this happens, AL-only players should be willing to stake a high FAAB crossover bid that he has enough skills to overcome his would-be new home park.

Buccaneers | Mark Barron ready to take the field

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:19:13 -0700

Tampa Bay Buccaneers SS Mark Barron (undisclosed) is ready to take the field, according to head coach Lovie Smith.

Mets | Wilmer Flores on the way

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:17:44 -0700

New York Mets SS Wilmer Flores will join the club in Milwaukee Thursday, July 24. A corresponding roster move will be announced at a later time.

FANTASY TIP: This probably has to do with Ruben Tejada's head injury from Wednesday. Flores is an NL-only add and someone worth a last-ditch roster spot in deep mixed games.

Tigers | Joel Hanrahan a long shot to join club

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:16:53 -0700

Detroit Tigers RP Joel Hanrahan (elbow) is "highly unlikely" to pitch for the big league club this year, according to general manager Dave Dombrowski.

Buccaneers | Dashon Goldson ready to take the field

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:13:06 -0700

Tampa Bay Buccaneers FS Dashon Goldson (foot) is ready to take the field, according to head coach Lovie Smith.

Buccaneers | Carl Nicks excused from practice

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:12:16 -0700

Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Carl Nicks (toe) was excused from practice Thursday, July 24, according to head coach Lovie Smith. Smith is not sure when Nicks will return to the team.

Phillies | Ryan Howard sitting, platoon likely

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:11:48 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard is not in the lineup Thursday, July 24, against a right-handed pitcher. Manager Ryne Sandberg wants to get 1B Darin Ruf's feet wet after his recent call-up, but he also said that he's planning on using a platoon more frequently moving forward.

FANTASY TIP: Ruf should be added in NL-only and some deep mixed games. Howard is looking more droppable in mixed leagues by the day.

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Cowboys | Place Amobi Okoye on NFI list

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:08:59 -0700

Dallas Cowboys DT Amobi Okoye (undisclosed) on the Non-Football Illness list Thursday, July 24.

Cowboys | Place Anthony Spencer on PUP list

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:08:27 -0700

Dallas Cowboys DE Anthony Spencer (knee) was placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list Thursday, July 24.

Cowboys | Place Ronald Leary on PUP list

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:07:36 -0700

Dallas Cowboys OG Ronald Leary (undisclosed) was placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list Thursday, July 24.

Patriots | Rob Gronkowski limited

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:03:18 -0700

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, July 24. He worked for an hour and 15 minutes before watching the rest of the activities. He didn't participate in 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 drills.

FANTASY TIP: He's still a top-3 option at the position when healthy, but the fact he's cleared for workouts doesn't make him any safer this far away from Week 1.

Ravens | Aaron Ross tears Achilles'

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:48:28 -0700

Baltimore Ravens CB Aaron Ross (Achilles') has torn his Achilles' tendon.

Yankees | Derek Jeter sitting

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:38:43 -0700

New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter is receiving the day off Thursday, July 24, because it's a day game following a night game.

FANTASY TIP: Remove him from any daily-transaction lineups, if you're still playing him there.

Jaguars | Justin Blackmon arrest details

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:19:25 -0700

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon was pulled over at 6:22 p.m. local time Wednesday, July 23, leading up to his arrest for possession of marijuana. Police said Blackmon "openly admitted to smoking a blunt while driving."

FANTASY TIP: This string of poor judgment calls doesn't bode well for Blackmon's long-term future in the NFL.

Bills | Marcell Dareus could thrive

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:16:12 -0700

Buffalo Bills DT Marcell Dareus looks like a good fit in defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz's scheme and could have a big year if his off-field issues can be remedied.

FANTASY TIP: Dareus is an IDP consideration on draft day -- Schwartz knows how to get production out of a defensive line -- but beware potential league discipline for Dareus. Buffalo's D remains on the fringe of being starter-worthy.

Jaguars | Blake Bortles' mechanics need fixing

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:11:40 -0700

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles' lower-body mechanics likely will be revised. Bortles' flaw has been over-reliance on his right arm when throwing; he doesn't use his legs enough. A "redshirt year will help," according to Albert Breer.

FANTASY TIP: With Chad Henne in line to take snaps in Week 1 and hold the job for an extended period when healthy, Bortles is a project that will need plenty to go right in order to produce for fantasy players in 2014. He's an attractive dynasty piece, though, because of his athleticism.

Yankees | Mark Teixeira DL decision coming

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:07:06 -0700

New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (lat) will know whether he's going on the disabled list Friday, July 25, according to manager Joe Girardi.

FANTASY TIP: Plan ahead. We're betting he lands on it given how notorious slow he has healed in recent years.