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Pirates | Looking for southpaw reliever

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:31:27 -0700

The Pittsburgh Pirates are looking to trade for a left-handed reliever at the trade deadline, according to sources.

Browns | No contract talks with Brian Hoyer

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:18:07 -0700

The Cleveland Browns have not had any contract talks with QB Brian Hoyer after the two sides exchanged proposals earlier in the offseason. There are no talks planned.

Jets | Ras-I Dowling getting tests on foot issue

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:15:20 -0700

New York Jets CB Ras-I Dowling (foot) is getting tests done on a foot issue Tuesday, July 29.

Jets | Bilal Powell leaves practice early

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:14:50 -0700

New York Jets RB Bilal Powell (hamstring) did not finish practice Tuesday, July 29.

Jets | David Nelson leaves practice early

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:14:15 -0700

New York Jets WR David Nelson (groin) left practice early Tuesday, July 29.

FANTASY TIP: Obviously something to keep an eye on. Check back later when there is an update from the team.

Colts | Ahmad Bradshaw looking good

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:13:03 -0700

Indianapolis Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw has been consistent so far in camp, and he's not showing any limitations with his neck, which caused him to miss the final 13 games of last season. "He looks fantastic," head coach Chuck Pagano said. "He has found the groove to make it. We know how tough Ahmad is. We know how he's wired, so I'm not going to be pulling back on the reins. He's one of those guys we have to protect them from themselves. It will take care of itself. He's not one of those guys that will think about what he went through."

FANTASY TIP: Bradshaw is an interesting fantasy option. He's extremely risky because of his health, but if he enters the season fully healthy and Trent Richardson continues to be bothered by injuries or poor performance, Bradshaw could easily usurp him as the top back for the Colts. Bradshaw's stock is slowly rising right now.

Seahawks | Taylor Price to IR

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:02:22 -0700

The Seattle Seahawks placed WR Taylor Price (undisclosed) on the Injured Reserve Tuesday, July 29, and also released CB Chandler Fenner and OG Bronson Irwin and signed free-agent WR Randall Carroll (Vikings) to an undisclosed deal.

Giants | Odell Beckahm Jr. to miss first preseason game

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:58:46 -0700

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) will not play in the team's preseason game Sunday, Aug. 3.

FANTASY TIP: This is not a surprise as Beckham Jr. has not practiced much at all to this point in training camp.

Steelers | Dri Archer lining up everywhere

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:54:58 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Dri Archer has been lining up at both running back and wide receiver in practice. Archer said he could line up anywhere on the offense except at quarterback.

Yankees | Not looking at Justin Masterson

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:54:40 -0700

Cleveland Indians SP Justin Masterson is not on the radar of the New York Yankees as the trade deadline approaches, although they continue to look for starting pitching upgrades. It's a gamble to trade for Masterson, since he has been on the disabled list with an inflamed right knee and will be making his first start back Friday, Aug. 1, a day after the deadline.

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Redskins | Pierre Garcon injury minor

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:42:45 -0700

Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins WR Pierre Garcon (hamstring) could return to practice Wednesday, July 30, after suffering a minor hamstring injury in practice. "I'll be good," Garcon said. "No need to really rush it, or trying put everything to the wall right now. It is the first week of training camp."

FANTASY TIP: Not a surprise that the team would be cautious with Garcon this early in camp. This does not sound like something to be concerned with.

Browns | Will be active in WR market

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:35:57 -0700

The Cleveland Browns are expected to be active in exploring free-agent wide receivers. Their receiving corps doesn't have much size outside of likely suspended WR Josh Gordon. WRs Miles Austin and Nate Burleson have long injury histories. Cleveland may pursue CFL standout Duron Carter, son of Hall of Famer Cris Carter.

FANTASY TIP: Andrew Hawkins could be a candidate to emerge out of the slot, but he's anything but tall. We wouldn't throw much at any of the non-Gordon wideouts until Cleveland finalizes its roster and depth chart.

Giants | Odell Beckham Jr. injury update

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:27:22 -0700

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) said tests taken Monday, July 28, revealed blood in the hamstring. Beckham said he felt good when he entered training camp.

FANTASY TIP: Beckham still has some work to do to get back on the field. The good news is that it is early in training camp and Beckham will still have plenty of time to get back in the mix.

Red Sox | Jon Lester's demands didn't lead to trade talk

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:22:49 -0700

Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester's agent denied a report that claimed that Lester's representatives told the Red Sox what it would take to sign him, which led the team to consider trading him. The report said Lester was seeking "a competitive offer consistent with the market" and speculated that would be in the range of $22 million to $24 million per year. Lester remains firm on his desire to wait until after the season to discuss a contract extension.

Red Sox | Andres Torres released

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:22:09 -0700

Boston Red Sox OF Andres Torres was released Monday, July 28.

Royals | Liam Hendriks optioned

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:19:59 -0700

Kansas City Royals SP Liam Hendriks was optioned to the minors Monday, July 28.

Dodgers | Barry Enright signs

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:19:39 -0700

Free-agent SP Barry Enright (Phillies) signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday, July 28.

Browns | Brian Hoyer faring better than Johnny Manziel

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:18:45 -0700

Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer (knee) is outperforming rookie QB Johnny Manziel so far in camp, and the starting quarterback job has been Hoyer's job to lose, as observed by Jason La Canfora. Hoyer looks crisper with his mental speed, including actions in the huddle, at the line and during plays. Hoyer is not gun-shy as his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament continues "to wow the Browns," according to La Canfora. Manziel also has acted somewhat guarded around his new teammates.

FANTASY TIP: Neither will be a desirable fantasy starting option if Cleveland can't make up for the likely loss of Josh Gordon, possibly for the season. Hoyer's performance in 2013 gives him the initial edge unless Manziel turns things around in a drastic way. That being said, Hoyer is nothing more than a desperation QB2 and, ideally, a third you can tuck away in a deep game.

Rangers | Yu Darvish relying more on slider

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:11:37 -0700

Texas Rangers SP Yu Darvish has relied much more on his breaking pitches so far in the second half of the season. In his start against the New York Yankees Monday, July 28, he threw his slider 34 percent of the time. In his start against the Toronto Blue Jays to start the second half, he threw the pitch 35.9 percent of the time.

FANTASY TIP: Darvish didn't have his best stuff against the Yanks Monday, but he still managed to pick up the win and fan eight hitters. That's what aces do: They excel when they don't have their best stuff.

Rangers | Nick Tepesch needs to throw bullpen

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:10:30 -0700

Texas Rangers SP Nick Tepesch (knee) will need to throw a bullpen session before he will be cleared to make his next start against the Cleveland Indians Friday, Aug. 1.