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Lions | Jed Collins to be traditional FB

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:20:24 -0700

The Detroit Lions are re-incorporating the traditional fullback into their new offensive scheme this season, and that's why they went out and signed FB Jed Collins.

Lions | Mikel Leshourse expected to compete

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:18:56 -0700

Detroit Lions RB Mikel Leshoure is currently believed to be the fourth tailback on the club behind RBs Reggie Bush, Joique Bell and Theo Riddick heading into training camp and the preseason, but general manager Martin Mayhew expects Leshoure to compete for snaps. The team will use an offense similar to the New Orleans Saints, and they occasionally used a fourth tailback.

FANTASY TIP: Leshoure has tumbled down the depth chart due to a rash of his own injuries, and the production of others while he was off the field. He appears to be in the plans still, but ever so slightly. From a fantasy perspective, he should be avoided on draft day unless injuries to others dramatically alter things during training camp and the preseason.

Lions | Theo Riddick might break into rotation

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:18:06 -0700

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick has the chance to break into the rotation at tailback, and he has drawn considerable praise from his teammates and coaches for his development this offseason. If he proves himself in training camp and the preseason, he could potentially fill a Darren Sproles-like role in the offense.

FANTASY TIP: Riddick is a deep sleeper heading into the season. Remember, he had just 13 offensive touches last season, so he is raw. But he could very well win the No. 3 tailback job in Motown, and might have an even bigger role if Reggie Bush or Joique Bell go down ahead of him.

Lions | Joique Bell expects to be ready

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:17:08 -0700

Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (nee) missed most of the offseason due to a knee injury, although he has said his condition is minor and he expects to be ready for the start of training camp next week.

FANTASY TIP: Bell gives the team one of the best 1-2 punches in the league with Reggie Bush. The duo became the first teammates in franchise history to join the 500/500 (rushing yards) club in the same season. Bell is a worth a look as a low-end RB2 flex fantasy option in most formats, with slightly more value in leagues which reward points per reception (PPR).

Cardinals | Deone Bucannon excited to compete

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:16:22 -0700

Arizona Cardinals S Deone Bucannon was not dropped into the starting lineup during offseason workouts, as the team has faith in FS Tony Jefferson and FS Rashad Johnson. He is excited to be back at training camp working to show the team what he can do on the field rather than just working out. "It's not really nervousness, it's more anxious," Bucannon said Wednesday, July 23. "You want to show everybody you can play and be a part of this team."

FANTASY TIP: Bucannon might not be at the top of the depth chart right now, but he is still expected to vault into a starting role by the time the regular season begins. For those in fantasy leagues which use individual defensive players (IDPs), take a wait-and-see approach to the rookie. If he starts, he could obviously rack up plenty of statistics.

Cardinals | Troy Niklas participates

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:15:56 -0700

Arizona Cardinals TE Troy Niklas (hand) has been cleared to participate in training camp, and was working Wednesday, July 23.

Cardinals | Dan Williams opens at top of depth chart

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:15:19 -0700

Arizona Cardinals NT Dan Williams will open training camp as the team's starting nose tackle with NT Alameda Ta'amu (knee) on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) list.

Browns | Johnny Manziel needs more dedication

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:14:37 -0700

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine thinks QB Johnny Manziel needs to increase dedication to earn the starting job. "I think he knows that in order to compete well, he's going to have to probably be more dedicated than ever."

FANTASY TIP: Brian Hoyer is believed to have the leg up in the competition for the starting signal caller job in Cleveland, but it is a wide open competition, too. If Manziel can win the job during training camp and the preseason, he would still be best used as a QB2 only for when your primary fantasy option has a difficult matchup or bye. The loss of WR Josh Gordon for an undetermined period hurts the value of whomever wins the job.

Royals | Eric Hosmer's hitting streak snapped

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:13:58 -0700

Updating a previous report, Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer (hand) was hitless in two at-bats with a sacrifice fly before departing early due to his hand injury. The hitless game snapped his 16-game hitting streak.

Rays | Yunel Escobar ejected

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:13:16 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays SS Yunel Escobar was ejected Wednesday, July 23, against the St. Louis Cardinals for arguing balls and strikes.

FANTASY TIP: If you were wondering why Escobar left early, at least it wasn't because of another nagging injury.

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Phillies | Ryan Howard's future in question

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:12:07 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard was held out of the lineup Wednesday, July 23, against the San Francisco Giants. Manager Ryne Sandberg suggested the first base spot "will be a day-to-day thing," and that Howard's huge contract will not dictate playing time. "It's about wins and losses out here," Sandberg said. "When the game starts, it's about winning the game and being productive and chipping in and doing the part and doing something to help win a game. If that means playing somebody else there and there's production right away - that's trying to win a baseball game." OF Darin Ruf made the start at first base with a left-handed pitcher on the hill for San Francisco. He played four of his past five games at Triple-A at first base, so the team appears to have been planning an unofficial platoon type situation.

FANTASY TIP: Fantasy owners cannot be pleased with the news, although it's hardly a surprise given Howard's low batting average. Fantasy owners knew what they were getting into before drafting Howard back in the spring. With the team out of contention, using some younger players in the lineup down the stretch wouldn't be surprising, so if you're a Howard owner, especially in daily leagues, picking up Ruf, and perhaps stashing Maikel Franco, is essential.

Orioles | Ubaldo Jimenez makes progress

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:04:31 -0700

Baltimore Orioles SP Ubaldo Jimenez (ankle) threw 35 pitches Wednesday, July 23, and he was able to do some running drills. Jimenez isn't sure what the next step in his recovery will be, but felt Wednesday was a step forward.

Orioles | Suk-yin Moon back on DL

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:04:02 -0700

The Baltimore Orioles placed SP Suk-min Yoon (elbow) on the 7-day disabled list at Triple-A Norfolk Wednesday, July 23, due to right elbow inflammation. The move is retroactive to Monday, July 21. He had been on the DL with a right shoulder impingement before returning to make one start.

Orioles | Kelvin De La Cruz lands on Triple-A DL

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:03:32 -0700

The Baltimore Orioles have placed P Kelvin De La Cruz (forearm) on the 7-day disabled list at Triple-A Norfolk Wednesday, July 23, due to a left forearm strain. The move is retroactive to Monday, July 21.

Orioles | Steve Johnson off DL at Norfolk

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:01:21 -0700

The Baltimore Orioles activated P Steven Johnson (shoulder) from the 7-day disabled list at Triple-A Norfolk Wednesday, July 23. He is currently on a 40-50 pitch limit, as he makes his way back from tendinitis in the right shoulder.

Mets | Buddy Carlyle outrighted

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:00:51 -0700

New York Mets P Buddy Carlyle cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Las Vegas Wednesday, July 23.

Athletics | Alberto Callaspo might return Sunday

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:00:21 -0700

Oakland Athletics 2B Alberto Callaspo (hamstring) might be back with the team as soon as Sunday, July 27, when he is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list, according to manager Bob Melvin.

Athletics | Jim Johnson the move?

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:59:50 -0700

Oakland Athletics RP Jim Johnson has not been a fit for the team this season, and the team would likely have to absorb much of the remaining portion of his $10 million salary to move him. The Miami Marlins might be one team interested in him.

Athletics | Josh Reddick to play against righties

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:59:19 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Josh Reddick (knee) is wearing a brace on his right knee, and said it will take some getting used to. He said it doesn't impede him and has not cost him any speed. Manager Bob Melvin said Wednesday, July 23, that Reddick will see his usual playing time, particularly against right-handed pitchers, with C Stephen Vogt and 1B Brandon Moss also factoring in. "There's a way to get all three of them out there," Melvin said.

Athletics | Unlikely to have interest in Darwin Barney

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:58:45 -0700

The Oakland Athletics are believed to be searching for a second baseman, but Chicago Cubs 2B Darwin Barney is not believed to be a target despite glowing words from former teammates SPs Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija. The team is looking for an offensive upgrade at the position, not necessarily a strong defensive player.