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Twins | Kurt Suzuki has potential suitors

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:46:50 -0700

Minnesota Twins C Kurt Suzuki is the subject of trade interest by several teams, including the Baltimore Orioles and St. Louis Cardinals.

FANTASY TIP: Both lost big-name catchers in Matt Wieters (elbow) for the rest of the season and Yadier Molina (thumb) for at least a big chunk of the remainder. Suzuki would receive an upgrade at either potential destination and would be a valuable league-crosser, even with his BA likely to drop a little.

Red Sox | Will Middlebrooks raking

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:43:46 -0700

Boston Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks (finger) is 9-for-28 with three home runs in his seven games of rehab at Triple-A Pawtucket. This may be opening up the Red Sox's third-base position for him when Middlebrooks returns.

FANTASY TIP: Middlebrooks is a decent deep-mixed speculation, but note that the Sox's picture will be crowded with Xander Bogaerts and, on some days, Brock Holt lining up there.

Yankees | Ink Chris Capuano

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:43:07 -0700

The New York Yankees signed RP Chris Capuano and selected him to the 25-man roster. In a corresponding move, they designated Chris Leroux for assignment.

Jets | Geno Smith dominates first-team reps

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:32:24 -0700

New York Jets QB Geno Smith logged three-quarters of the first-team practice reps for the second straight day on Friday, July 25.

FANTASY TIP: He's holding off Michael Vick but still will have to show marked improvement as we inch closer to fantasy drafts. For those willing to throw a late stab on him, they could be rewarded with stronger week-to-week value, or simply will move on with little consequence.

Texans | Andre Johnson wants to end career with Texans

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:26:25 -0700

Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson said "That's the plan" when asked if he wants to finish his career with the team. He feels confident with the direction of the team after meeting with the front office. Johnson ended his holdout this week.

FANTASY TIP: The 33-year-old is locked in as a mid- to low-range WR2, with stronger cred in PPR leagues, even with the uncertainty at quarterback. His future value is murky, though, with his age and the club's offensive changes.

Jaguars | Cecil Shorts exits practice

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:24:22 -0700

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring) did not finish practice Friday, July 25, because of a hamstring injury.

FANTASY TIP: Any long-term injury coming out of this would be devastating for an already challenged Jags offense. Stay tuned as we'll have more on this story.

Cardinals | Kolten Wong sitting

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:21:18 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong is not in the lineup Friday, July 25.

FANTASY TIP: Left-hander Travis Wood is on the mound for the Chicago Cubs, so Wong, who has had a revival at the plate lately, is taking a seat. Expect similar platoon decisions for the rest of the season.

Nationals | Make roster moves

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:20:41 -0700

The Washington Nationals placed RP Matt Purke (elbow) on the 60-day disabled list. They also reinstated OF Eury Perez (foot) from the disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Syracuse.

Giants | Jon Beason aiming for preseason opener

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:16:43 -0700

New York Giants LB Jon Beason (foot) is hopeful he can play in the preseason opener. He's running in water as part of his rehab.

FANTASY TIP: Beason was a revelation as he stayed healthy for the Giants last year. He's a big IDP contributor when on the field and could be a bench addition or more (depending on his recovery) when drafts come around. The Giants are a matchup DT still.

Ravens | Lardarius Webb exits

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:03:14 -0700

Baltimore Ravens CB Lardarius Webb (undisclosed) ran off the field under his own power for treatment of an injury early in practice Friday, July 25, and hasn't returned. The injury didn't appear serious.

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Eagles | Excuse Keelan Johnson from camp

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:59:28 -0700

Philadelphia Eagles S Keelan Johnson was excused from training camp Friday, July 25, as he deals with his arrest for assaulting an Arizona police officer.

Dolphins | Ryan Tannehill and Mike Wallace connect

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:44:28 -0700

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill and WR Mike Wallace connected on a deep throw on the first day of training camp Friday, July 25. According to Omar Kelly, the two connected on one deep ball in five weeks during last year's camp activities.

FANTASY TIP: A positive note from someone paid to watch such things. Bill Lazor's new offense and another year of experience between the two could lead a fantasy rebound for both this season, making them fine buy-low candidates.

Giants | Brandon Belt update

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:43:19 -0700

San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belt (head) still feels no improvement regarding his concussion symptoms and is expected to see a specialist in San Francisco, even though he said he wasn't sure if he would.

FANTASY TIP: This sounds like a long healing process for Belt. He may not return until mid- to late August.

Indians | Michael Bourn doesn't have a timetable

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:40:13 -0700

Cleveland Indians OF Michael Bourn (hamstring) has no definitive timetable in his recovery from his strained left hamstring. He played catch in the outfield Thursday, July 24.

FANTASY TIP: This could last at least another week. And for someone whose value is typically driven by stolen bases, the time it'll probably take for him to get back into shape doesn't bode well for his late-season contributions.

49ers | Stevie Johnson impresses

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:32:40 -0700

San Francisco 49ers WR Stevie Johnson (hamstring) looked healthy in Day 1 of training camp. QB Colin Kaepernick raved about Johnson's quickness and deceptiveness that fuel his ability to create separation.

FANTASY TIP: Johnson's fantasy prospects in this crowded receiving corps don't bode well for his week-to-week consistency in terms of numbers. He's a WR4 most weeks, with more upside depending on the matchup. But his presence improves this passing game as a whole, giving Kap more cred as a top-10 fantasy QB.

Phillies | Ryan Howard won't be released

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:25:19 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard is not a candidate to be released, according to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., but that a straight platoon arrangement is possible. Amaro anticipates Howard being with the team next year at spring training.

FANTASY TIP: Howard, however, will lose playing time to Darin Ruf, which strips away much of his already tenuous mixed-league value. Howard is the subject of trade talks, so maybe a better situation will help him recover.

Redskins | Robert Griffin III in sync with Andre Roberts

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:51:12 -0700

Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III and WR Andre Roberts are displaying good chemistry in practice Friday, July 25.

FANTASY TIP: Roberts is a WR5 with upside. Griffin is a weak QB1 or a solid QB2.

Dolphins | Shelley Smith the front runner at center

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:41:08 -0700

Updating an earlier report, Miami Dolphins OG Shelley Smith was told he's the guy at center shortly before camp. Smith said he has never started at center at any level.

Saints | Kenny Stills pulls up lame

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:40:53 -0700

New Orleans Saints WR Kenny Stills (hamstring) pulled up lame on a deep route in practice Friday, July 25, and is being examined by trainers.

Ravens | Will Hill signs

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:37:27 -0700

The Baltimore Ravens signed free-agent FS Will Hill (AFL) to an undisclosed deal. He's suspended for the first six games.