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Padres | Joaquin Benoit returning

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:00:42 -0700

San Diego Padres RP Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) could return to action as early as Friday, Aug. 22, and will "for sure" be back by Saturday, Aug. 23, according to manager Bud Black.

Buccaneers | Doug Martin the bell cow

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:51:18 -0700

Tampa Bay Buccaners RB Doug Martin was called the team's "bell cow" running back by head coach Lovie Smith.

FANTASY TIP: Smith continues to make it clear that Martin is his main back despite wanting to rotate in other backs more often this season. Meanwhile, a shoulder injury to Mike James and ankle surgery for Charles Sims should further ensure that Martin continues to receive a heavy workload and remains a potential RB1.

Bills | Sammy Watkins limited

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:15:43 -0700

Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) did not participate in team drills during practice Thursday, Aug. 21, and he has not been cleared to play in the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 23.

FANTASY TIP: Watkins has more than enough talent to produce like a WR3 as a rookie, but he continues to miss time that he could be using to develop a rapport with EJ Manuel. Missing time in the preseason won't destroy Watkins' value, but it could lead to a slower start than previously expected.

Rockies | Michael Cuddyer staying put?

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:04:02 -0700

Colorado Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer (hamstring) was placed on revocable waivers Sunday, Aug. 17, but was pulled off after experiencing hamstring tightness Tuesday, Aug. 19.

Steelers | Jason Worilds out

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:56:57 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers LB Jason Worilds (knee) left the team's preseason game with a right knee injury Thursday, Aug. 21, and will not return.

Jets | Dimitri Patterson limited

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:54:13 -0700

New York Jets CB Dimitri Patterson (leg) did not take part in team drills during practice Thursday, Aug. 21, and is questionable for the team's preseason game Friday, Aug. 22.

Steelers | Sean Spence exits

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:43:26 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers LB Sean Spence (knee) left the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 21, with a right knee injury and will not return.

Eagles | Arrelious Benn out

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:40:23 -0700

Philadelphia Eagles WR Arrelious Benn (head) left the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 21, and will not return.

Steelers | Martavis Bryant earns reps

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:35:54 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant saw snaps with the first-team during the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 21.

Cardinals | Three miss practice

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:25:52 -0700

Arizona Cardinals OT Max Starks (ankle), LB Kevin Minter (pectoral) and OG Jonathan Cooper (toe) did not practice Thursday, Aug. 21.

Cardinals | New role for Ed Stinson

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:22:52 -0700

Arizona Cardinals DE Ed Stinson served as the backup for DE Frostee Rucker during practice Thursday, Aug. 21.

Cardinals | Tyrann Mathieu looks sharp

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:16:05 -0700

Arizona Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu delivered several big hits during practice Thursday, Aug. 21, knocking WR Ted Ginn Jr. and RB Andre Ellington to the ground.

Saints | Two work on the side

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:10:28 -0700

New Orleans Saints CB Rod Sweeting (undisclosed) and LB Victor Butler (undisclosed) did conditioning work on the side with trainers during practice Thursday, Aug. 21.

Saints | Marcus Ball misses practice

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:07:19 -0700

New Orleans Saints SS Marcus Ball (undisclosed) missed practice Thursday, Aug. 21.

Saints | Brandin Cook returns

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:02:37 -0700

New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks (illness) returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday, Aug. 21, and he is questionable for the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 23, according to head coach Sean Payton.

FANTASY TIP: Cooks has assumed many of the duties that Darren Sproles had in New Orleans' offense, and he has the speed to deliver big plays whenever he touches the ball. Consistency could be an issue for a rookie in an offense that tends to spread the wealth, but his upside is tough to ignore, especially in PPR formats. Draft him as a fourth or fifth receiver, but he has a chance to become a viable flex option.

Eagles | Good news for LeSean McCoy

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:57:15 -0700

Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy's (thumb) X-rays on his right thumb came back negative, but he will not return to the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 21.

FANTASY TIP: It looks like McCoy avoided a serious injury. As the centerpiece of a high-powered offense, he should be one of the first players taken in any fantasy draft.

Eagles | Jeremy Maclin walks off

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:44:40 -0700

Philadelphia Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin (knee) walked off the field under his own power after falling and clutching his right knee during the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 21.

FANTASY TIP: Maclin has had multiple knee injuries in the past, but the fact that he was able to walk off is a good sign. If healthy he could be in for a big season with DeSean Jackson departing in the offseason. Consider him a WR3 with nice upside.

Eagles | LeSean McCoy exits

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:28:40 -0700

Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy (thumb) left the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 21, and went to the locker room for X-rays on his right thumb.

FANTASY TIP: Stay tuned for updates on his condition. McCoy is an option for the No. 1 overall pick in all formats, and a serious injury would have a major impact.

Braves | Alex Wood proving his worth

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:49:00 -0700

Atlanta Braves SP Alex Wood has a 1.89 ERA and .200 opponents' batting average in his last five starts. He has only two wins, despite pitching at least six innings and allowing two earned runs or fewer in each start over the span.

Steelers | Le'Veon Bell starts

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:45:49 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell started against the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday night as he waits for a possible suspension after being charged for driving under the influence and marijuana possession.

FANTASY TIP: Bell remains a low-end RB1 to high-end RB2 unless he does receive a suspension.