NEWS & INTELLIGENCE FOR SERIOUS

FANTASY FOOTBALL

 OWNERS
fantasy football diehards header fantasy football diehards header fantasy football diehards header fantasy football diehards header fantasy football diehards header fantasy football diehards header fantasy football diehards header fantasy football diehards header fantasy football diehards header fantasy football diehards header fantasy football diehards header fantasy football diehards header
fantasy football logo fantasy football diehards home
footballdiehards.com logo football diehards logo middle football diehards gap
football diehards spacer spacer
 
8/1/2014
football diehards after today date
fantasy football nav
football diehards ads


Check out Tweets on NFL Draft! (Click Here)
(updated every five minutes!)
News and Views
Showing results 20 - 39 of 200   NEXT >>
Chris Johnson Still Convinced He Can Be NFL's Top Back (8/1 12:36 PT)

The Facts: Johnson believes he can reverse time, find the fountain of youth and pull his soon-to-be 29-year-old body to the mountaintop once again. Age is just a number, after all, and there’s nothing anyone can say to him that will alter his truth: He will be a great running back for the Jets this season. "These days, backs are only rushing for 1,100 or 1,200 yards,” Johnson told the Daily News. “So it’s not hard to be the top guy.” Reported by the New York Daily News

Diehards Line: As Daily News staffer Manish Mehta put it, "Egos die hard in the NFL, where everyone is a legend in his own mind. Johnson was the rare guy who walked on water five short years ago with a magical 2,000-yard season. He was something to behold back then, a human blur who probably had a jet-pack strapped to his back if anyone bothered to check underneath his jersey and pads. ..." But he's not that guy anymore. He's had 1,742 career carries and a noticeable decline in production. And he's still the most dynamic offensive weapon at Rex Ryan’s disposal in 2014. The Jets believe that rumors of his demise are premature. It'll be interesting to see how much difference there is between Johnson's bravado, the glowing early training camp reviews and the reality that will come when the snaps mean something come September.

Profile

Report: Slight Chance Of A Settlement On Josh Gordon's Suspension (7/31 10:19 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... With the hearing officer assigned to the appeal of Gordon’s suspension facing an all-or-nothing mandate, the player and the league have extra incentive to try to control the outcome via a negotiated compromise. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, a “slight chance” of a resolution exists.  Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: According to PFT's Mike Florio, any deal presumably would entail a suspension for Gordon that lasts less than a year. Florio went on to explain that if one side is less inclined to negotiate than the other, it’s possible that the hearing officer will send signals that it would be wise for that party to be more open-minded. Which could get a deal done during the hearing or after it. ... Either way, a ruling is expected fairly soon. The substance-abuse policy requires only that the decision be issued with a “reasonable time.” Stay tuned.

Profile

LeSean McCoy Down Five Pounds; Feels He'll Be Quicker This Year (7/31 8:25 PT)

The Facts: Last year, McCoy played somewhere in the 215-pound range. This year, he’s down to somewhere between 209-211 pounds. Those five-or-so pounds, McCoy said, make him feel different. “At a lighter [weight], I feel like I’m so much more effective,” McCoy said. “I looked at all my old film and saw how much quicker I was when I was 210 [pounds], 209. It’s a big difference. And I’m feeling like that again. I’ve always made plays. Even last year.” Reported by CSNPhilly.com

Diehards Line: No doubt about that. McCoy led the NFL with 1,607 rushing yards. He added 539 receiving yards and 11 total touchdowns. McCoy said he wanted to be “a little bulkier” a year ago. This season, he’s subscribing to a different notion: that “the quicker you are, the faster you are, the better.” As CSNPhilly.com suggests, McCoy has consistently been one of the most elusive running backs in the NFL regardless of size. Each year, he ranks among the league leaders in broken tackles by a running back. McCoy had 366 total touches last season. According to Football Outsiders, he had 51 broken tackles, which was second in the league, trailing only steamrolling running back Marshawn Lynch, who had 59. Among running backs with more than a 120 carries, McCoy was second in broken tackle rate at 13.9 percent. The year before, McCoy had 44 broken tackles, which tied him with Minnesota monster Adrian Peterson for the league lead. McCoy is still big enough, even at 209 pounds, to be physical with tacklers when necessary. For fantasy football owners, the fact McCoy is going the extra mile to gain an edge is good to hear.

Profile

Jamaal Charles Shows Off His Electrifying Moves; Teammate Pays The Price (7/31 7:02 PT)

The Facts: This time around, the jaw-dropping lateral ability of Charles appears to have cost the Kansas City Chiefs one of their own. HC Andy Reid told reporters on Thursday that safety Sanders Commings has undergone surgery to repair the broken ankle he suffered during Wednesday's practice, according to ESPN.com's Adam Teicher. Teicher tweeted Wednesday that Charles put an "open field move" on Commings that left the second-year safety stopped in his tracks.  Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: An injured Commings then had to be helped off the field. It's a tough loss for Kansas City's defense, which also saw Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry carted off the field Thursday with an ankle injury. Berry's injury doesn't appear to be serious, but the loss of Commings leaves the Chiefs thin at the back of their defense. ... That said, fantasy football owners expecting Charles to be the same kind of dangerous, big-play threat he was last year just got an indication that he will be.

Profile

Report: Seahawks Giving Marshawn Lynch A Bump In 2014 Salary (7/31 7:02 PT)

The Facts: Following up on today's big story. ... The Seahawks got their starting running back in camp today, and Lynch got something out of his brief holdout. A league source tells PFT that the Seahawks agreed to bump up Lynch’s base salary to persuade Lynch to report. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: Under Lynch’s previous contract, he was due to make a $5 million base salary this year, plus $500,000 in per-game roster bonuses, and he could have earned another $500,000 in incentives if he had rushed for 1,500 yards. Now, PFT's Michael David Smith reports, Lynch gets a base salary of $6 million (meaning the Seahawks effectively guaranteed the $1 million he previously would have had to earn), plus they’re taking $500,000 that he had been scheduled to get paid in 2015 and giving it to him now instead. In all, Lynch will make $6.5 million this year. The Seahawks also agreed not to enforce the fines that they were entitled to dock him from the work he has already missed. Smith is also hearing that the league office was pressuring the Seahawks to go after some of Lynch’s signing bonus money if he refused to report, but the Seahawks resisted that. Instead, as Smith summed up, "the Seahawks and Lynch reached a deal amenable to both sides, and Lynch is in camp, making more money in 2014 than he was scheduled to make under his old deal."

Profile

Kevin Ogletree Making A Run At Lions WR3 Spot (7/31 7:01 PT)

The Facts: Ogletree has been one of the standouts of the first few days of training camp. He has consistently been with the first group along with Golden Tate and Calvin Johnson, potentially giving him the inside track to not only a spot on the roster, but a decent role in an offense that should have a lot of passes to go around.  Reported by ESPN.com

Diehards Line: According to ESPN.com's Michael Rothstein, Ogletree caught the attention of OC Joe Lombardi early during spring workouts, but then journeyman wideout had an impacted wisdom tooth requiring surgery. The tooth was deep enough that Ogletree had all four wisdom teeth removed, forcing him to miss a week as he was starting to make an impact. Still, HC Jim Caldwell, who places an emphasis on sure-handed receivers, seems impressed with him early and confident enough to move the 6-1 Ogletree both inside to the slot and outside. In his career, Ogletree has a decent drop rate, dropping only 4.3 percent of his targets. That career number is the same as the NFL average in 2013. How he runs his routes has also caught the eye of coaches and Johnson, who specifically mentioned how smooth Ogletree’s routes are. Bottom line? Ogletree in a good position in a tight position battle with Kris Durham, Ryan Broyles and Corey Fuller.

Profile

Vincent Brown Missing Time With Injured Calf (7/31 7:00 PT)

The Facts: Brown missed his fifth straight practice Thursday because of a calf injury, and he wore a walking boot on his right foot during practice.  Reported by ESPN.com

Diehards Line: HC Mike McCoy did not provide an update on the injury, other than saying that Brown would be back in uniform when he’s healthy. “He has the same diagnosis that he has when he first injured it,” McCoy said. “And he’ll be out there when he’s ready to go. ..." Of course, fantasy football owners would argue, he hasn't really been ready to go when he's been healthy, either. We'll watch for signs that's changing, but nobody should get their hopes up too high at this point.

Profile

Reggie Wayne Feeling No Pain And Looking Like The Wayne Of Old (7/31 5:02 PT)

The Facts: It's been a step-by-step process as Wayne maneuvers through his 14th training camp, one that has unfolded seamlessly, like so many before it. Minus the attention created by his surgically-repaired right knee, that is. "Like I've been saying, so far, so good," Wayne said following Thursday morning's walkthrough. "I haven't had any problems, nothing out of the norm. I haven't had any pain. Nothing has set me back." Reported by the Indianapolis Star News

Diehards Line: According to Star staffer Mike Chappell, Wayne running routes and effortlessly snatching passes out of the air from Andrew Luck at training camp looks incredibly similar to the Wayne who did the same thing prior to tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Oct. 20 against Denver. "That's the way it looked to me," HC Pagano offered last week after watching Wayne go through his first full-squad work since having his knee repaired. "When you go back, you watch it live and then you go back and watch it on film. It's really incredible. ..." Wayne, 35, is attempting to become just the fourth player in NFL history to collect at least 1,000 receiving yards after his 36th birthday. He turns 36 Nov. 17. The others: Jerry Rice (three times), Jimmy Smith and Joey Galloway. If Wayne continues to look like the Wayne of old come September, fantasy football owners drafting him at his current ADP (WR43) are going to come out way ahead.

Profile

Michael Crabtree Missing Practice Time With Unspecified Injury (7/31 4:53 PT)

The Facts: Crabtree sat out during the 49ers' non-padded practice on Thursday one day after leaving the field early due to an apparent lower leg condition.  Reported by CSNBayArea.com

Diehards Line: Crabtree took part in individual and one-on-one drills during practice Wednesday afternoon. He did not sustain any noticeable injury. At one point early in practice, a 49ers athletic trainer tended to Crabtree as he sat on the ground. A short time later, Crabtree walked back to the 49ers’ locker room by himself. There is no word from the 49ers on Crabtree’s condition. Whatever it is doesn't sound serious. But we'll follow up as further details come to light.

Profile

Jace Amaro Struggling To Pick Up Scheme... And He Knows It (7/31 4:51 PT)

The Facts: Amaro is hearing a lot of voices these days. After dropping a pass Wednesday, the New York Jets' rookie tight end was razzed by a defensive player, who barked, "Can't catch a cold!" A couple of plays later, Amaro ran the wrong route and got an earful from OC Marty Mornhinweg, who chided him for not studying his playbook. Even mild-mannered quarterback Geno Smith seemed frustrated with the second-round pick. "A lot of people have high expectations for me," Amaro said. "Right now, I'm trying to figure it all out."  Reported by ESPN.com

Diehards Line: Amaro missed a day of practice, dealing with knee tendinitis, so maybe he was a little behind in terms of picking up the offense. But this was more than a one-day thing. Most of Amaro's growing pains are rooted in the X's and O's. At Texas Tech, he played in a relatively basic passing attack that used a numbering system, deployed almost exclusively as a flexed-out tight end. With the Jets, it's a sophisticated offense in which he's often required to be an in-line tight end. The systems, he said, are as different as Chinese and English. He admitted he was "confused" by a couple of route concepts in Wednesday's practice, adding, "I got some plays wrong." The Jets expect big things out of Amaro, whom they envision as a Rob Gronkowski-type tight end some day. But he has a long way to go to become the 100-catch receiver he expects to be.

Profile

Blake Bortles Making Progress, But Not Enough To Move Past Henne (7/31 3:42 PT)

The Facts: Bortles is still a long way from being the Jaguars' starting quarterback, but he has impressed his offensive coordinator with his progress. OC Jedd Fisch said Thursday morning that Bortles was productive during his time off between mini-camp and training camp and is developing a little faster than he anticipated. "I think that one of the things you always worry about is how does a guy handle something that he's never done before," Fisch said. Reported by ESPN.com

Diehards Line: Despite the impressions Bortles has made with the Jaguars' coaches, he is still not ready to challenge Chad Henne for the starting job. But Bortles spent a lot of time working with fourth-year veteran Ricky Stanzi and undrafted rookie Stephen Morris in June and July and he showed up last week with a deeper understanding of the offense, particularly with where he is supposed to go with the ball against certain coverages. "He's had OTAs and mini-camp and now he's got four weeks to figure out what is he going to do," Fisch said. "I thought he really prepared so he came back ahead of where I thought he was going to be. ..." That Bortles is making progress is good news for Dynasty owners who picked up the first-round pick in their rookie drafts.

Profile

Report: Marshawn Lynch To End Holdout In Next 24 Hours (7/31 2:06 PT)

The Facts: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Adam Caplan, Lynch is planning to end his holdout and is expected to report to Seattle's training camp in next 24 hours.  Reported by Twitter.com

Diehards Line: That's not a huge surprise. The Seahawks have made it clear they're not willing to veer from their team-building plan while Lynch's fines mount. It'll be interesting to see if the team is willing to forgive the fines and welcome Lynch back with open arms and overall good will. Schefter is reporting Lynch will not get a new deal or additional money, but Seattle could add some financial considerations to his current contract. ... Stay tuned.

Profile

Cordarrelle Patterson Back To Work And Back On Track (7/31 1:13 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... Patterson practiced fully for the first time this summer and looked unhindered by the foot injury that sidelined him for the first few practices. Reported by the Minneapolis Star Tribune

Diehards Line: According to the Star-Tribune, it didn’t take long for Patterson make his presence known. At the start of the team takeoff drill, a quick team activity before individual work, Patterson caught a pass from Matt Cassel and turned upfield. Worth noting, Sports Illustrated has an annual "Rising Stars' series, which profiles expected breakthrough athletes in multiple sports. Patterson is featured in that category in an upcoming issue. "If they say it, of course I'm going to agree with them,' Patterson said Wednesday at training camp. As the St. Paul Pioneer Press notes, it's anticipated by many Patterson will break out in his second season. Last year, he led the NFL in kickoff returns as a rookie with a 32.4 average but had more modest receiving stats with 45 catches for 469 yards. Patterson, though, was much more productive from scrimmage late in the season. That included scoring three touchdowns apiece on the ground and through the air in December and a game at Baltimore in which he had five catches for 141 yards. Based on Patterson's current MyFantasyLeague.com ADP of 13th among all WRs, that's the kind of production fantasy football owners are counting on from the get go this fall.

Profile

Ray Rice Speaks With Emotion In Addressing The Error Of His Ways (7/31 1:11 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... Rice didn't read a prepared statement from a cell phone this time. The running back addressed the media regarding his assault charge for the first time on his own and spoke with emotion about the mistakes he has made. "My actions that night were totally inexcusable. That night, I'm just (gonna) put it this way, that night I just replay over and over in my head. That's not me. My actions were inexcusable. That's something I have to live with the rest of my life," Rice said. Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: With his wife, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, and many teammates looking on, Rice stressed that his wife did "no wrong" and that she's "an angel." Rice, who was suspended by the NFL for the first two games of the season, has known his wife since high school. "The pain I'm talking about living with is that, is waking up every day and my daughter is two years old now, I have a little girl who's very smart, very intelligent," Rice said. "And one day she's gonna know the power of Google. And we have to explain that to her -- what happened that night. And I know that's not who I am as a man. ..." Rice said that he was in counseling, which is helping him to "interact with my inner self." Rice said that missing the first two games of the season is "going to hurt" because he won't be with his teammates. But he stressed he wanted to "own it" as a man and was not going to appeal any suspension. Rice said that telling his daughter someday about the incident would hurt more.

Profile

Julian Edelman On Track To Deliver Again In 2014? (7/31 1:10 PT)

The Facts: For those wondering about Edelman, Patriots.com's Andy Hart joined Comcast SportsNet's "Sports Tonight" to debate whether the receiver can duplicate his impressive 2013 season. "If he stays healthy," said Andy Hart. "I got to tell you, through the first five days I think he's been the best player on the field in training camp. … To me he just looks more confident, more expectant. Big time season, big time contract and not being injured, not trying to win a job."  Reported by Patriots.com

Diehards Line: Given his current MyFantasyLeague.com ADP (WR28), fantasy football owners paying fair market value for Edelman right now might get huge value again. Edelman's 105 receptions, 1,056 yards and six touchdowns in 2013 exceeded his total production from his first four seasons, and he played 16 games for the first time in his career. Indeed, Edelman filled a void that high-profile addition Danny Amendola could not. Of course, the Patriots cannot get by on just a 100-catch receiver working the slot. A healthy Rob Gronkowski would help. The emergence of a deep threat on the outside -- perhaps Aaron Dobson -- would too. But no matter what happens, it seems reasonable to expect Edelman to continue serving as a PPR monster again this season.

Profile

Josh Gordon Not On Hand For Thursday's Practice With Appeal Coming Friday (7/31 1:09 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... Thursday's Browns practice opened without a trace of the team's brightest star: Gordon. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that last year's league-leading wide receiver was not on hand as Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel slung passes to Cleveland's collection of pass-catchers. Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: The Browns gave no reason for Gordon's absence, but an appeal hearing on the wideout's potentially lengthy suspension for a positive drug test is slated for Friday in New York City. Gordon has participated in camp and drawn rave reviews for showing off the skills that helped him pile up 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns through the air during last autumn's breakout campaign. The Browns will know soon enough if Gordon will be part of the plan come September. ... Stay tuned.

Profile

Gruden Knows What He Has In Alfred Morris (7/31 1:08 PT)

The Facts: In the past two seasons, only one ball carrier has more rushing yards than the Morris, and that’s Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson. Despite this fact, most football experts don’t tend to list Morris as one of the top-tier running backs in the league. New HC Jay Gruden said he knows what he has in Morris, however, and said the Florida Atlantic product has had a great training camp so far, as he’s worked hard to add the passing game to his list of talents.  Reported by Redskins.com

Diehards Line: “Alfred is not flying under the radar in our eyes, that’s for sure,” Gruden said. “He’s had a great camp. He’s caught the ball very well too which is a pleasant surprise for us out of the backfield, so Alfred’s going to get his touches. ...” Gruden said he’ll utilize the running game to take pressure off quarterback Robert Griffin III and the team’s passing game, and Morris will be a key part of that strategy. “It’s a very important part of our offense with the nakeds and the play actions off of it,” the first-year head coach said. “We base our offense on the run game, so the effectiveness of Alfred Morris is going to take us a very, very long way.” Now if only the coach could make Morris more of a factor as a receiver out of the backfield.

Profile

Brian Hoyer Taking The First Team Reps But Competition With Manziel Ongoing (7/31 1:04 PT)

The Facts: HC Mike Pettine on Thursday called it a "knee-jerk reaction" to assume that Brian Hoyer has won the job after taking all the first-team reps to date. The coach promised that rookie Johnny Manziel would also work with the starters as part of a competition that still has a "long way to go," per Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer. Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: OC Kyle Shanahan acknowledged that neither quarterback is ahead of the other, saying, "I hope they make it easy for us." Pettine strongly hinted last week that Manziel would find his way onto the field just as a younger Colin Kaepernick did with the 49ers before moving ahead of Alex Smith. Shanahan confirmed as much on Thursday, telling reporters that even if Hoyer opens against the Steelers in Week 1, the Browns would have a Manziel subpackage ready to roll "right away. ..." As NFL.com summed up, :With a full helping of preseason games and plenty of practice time left, this one's far from over."

Profile

Tandon Doss Carted Off Practice Field Adding To List Of Injured WRs (7/31 12:59 PT)

The Facts: An injury-filled Jaguars practice today ended with Doss being carted off with an air cast on his right ankle. The Jaguars said Doss sustained a sprain (not a fracture) and would be re-evaluated on Friday. "You always think the worst; I started praying it wasn't a break," Doss told the T-U's Vito Stellino. "I was fortunate." Reported by the Florida Times-Union

Diehards Line: Doss was hurt near the sideline when he went down to catch a pass and was rolled into by linebacker Geno Hayes. Doss said he will have an MRI Friday to determine the sprain's severity. Doss is in line to be the Jaguars’ punt returner (because of Ace Sanders’ suspension) and worked with the first-team offense today at various times. Worth noting, rookie WR Allen Robinson was held out today with an injured hamstring. Of Robinson, HC Gus Bradley said: “We were pretty cautious – he felt a little bit of tightness so we held him out. We want to err on that side at this time of year.” Robinson missed most of the off-season with a hamstring injury. The Jaguars are again injury-riddled at receiver – Cecil Shorts (hamstring) remains out, Sanders is unavailable and now Robinson and Doss. ... Stay tuned.

Profile

Matt Schaub Looking Extremely Sharp Early In Camp (7/31 12:58 PT)

The Facts: following up on the ongoing story. ... Schaub is a 33-year-old quarterback coming off a train wreck of a season, but the early returns out of Oakland are positive. The Raiders starter "has been extremely sharp" in padded practices this week, according to plugged-in beat writer Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group. Teammates agree. "He's been very impressive, completing a lot of passes compared to what we were last year," wideout Rod Streater told reporters. "It's looking way better. His two-minute drive ended with a touchdown so I think we're way ahead of where we were last year." Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: McDonald cited a two-minute scoring drive on Wednesday that saw Schaub execute a patient 10-play drive with a collage of short passes and clock-chewing completions capped by a touchdown toss to Denarius Moore in the back of the end zone. ... As NFL.com's Marc Sessler suggests, Schaub is a short-term patch for a team eternally on the hunt for its savior under center. If he can keep the mistakes down, he'll enter the season as Oakland's starter and serve as the classic "bridge quarterback" to Derek Carr, who reigned as the top passer on the team's draft board and already has the confidence of Raiders heavies. Even if he secures the starting role in Oakland, however, fantasy football owners won't be in a hurry to draft Schaub. But if he delivers early, don't hesitate on the waiver wire.

Profile

Showing results 20 - 39 of 200   NEXT >>
fantasy football diehards top news stories
Rookie Watch – Odell Beckham TE
by Mike Beacom
football diehards staff photo
spacing
spacing
spacing
Drafting Jimmy Graham 1st Rd
by Marcella Surra
football diehards staff photo
spacing
spacing
spacing
Camp Battle – Carolina WR
by Mike Beacom
football diehards staff photo
spacing
spacing
spacing
College Fantasy Football TEs, Ks and Ds
by John Laub
football diehards staff photo
spacing
spacing
spacing
WR keep an eye on
by Chad Stapley
football diehards staff photo
spacing
spacing
spacing
spacing
:
Premium Content
August & FlashUpdate

E-mail:
Password:


 
Football Diehards | Order Now | Cheat Sheet | Player Capsules | fspnet.com | Privacy Policy | Message Board
©2004-2014 FANTASY SPORTS PUBLICATIONS, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.