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August 30
05:53 PM
N Burleson (FA)

Burleson Bounced Out By Browns
The Browns brought in receiver Nate Burleson to help, but apparently he couldn't and the team has released him.

Fantasy Spin:
It was just 2012 when he hauled in 73 balls for 757 yards so this is a quick drop out of favor. He should find a job somewhere.
August 29
06:57 PM
B Green-Ellis (FA)
G Bernard (CIN)

Green-Ellis Cut By Bengals
Fantasy owners don't have to worry about BenJarvus Green-Ellis taking carries from Giovani Bernard or Jeremy Hill as he was cut Friday from the 53-man roster.

Fantasy Spin:
Giovani Bernard and rookie Jeremy Hill have shown in preseason they can get the job done and both have solid fantasy value. Bernard is the starter and is even more valuable in PPR leagues, but Hill is going to get plenty of work.
01:28 PM
M Schaub (OAK)

Schaub May Not Be Ready For Week 1
Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub has been dealing with elbow soreness and a solid run by rookie Derek Carr has put put Schaub's Week 1 start in jeopardy.

Fantasy Spin:
Schaub has completed just 24-of-47 (51.1%) for 218 yards (4.6 ypa) with zero touchdowns and one interception this season. At this point I'd rather my fantasy roster had Carr over Schaub.
12:01 PM
M Bryant (PHI)

Martavis Bryant Sufferes Shoulder Sprain

Pittsburgh wideout Martavis Bryant suffered a right AC shoulder sprain in the final exhibition game, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.



Fantasy Spin:

Bryant was well down the depth chart and not on fantasy radar screen. It's Antonio Brown and a bunch of question marks headed by Markus Wheaton, Lance Moore and the always under-producing Darrius Heyward-Bey.

11:58 AM
J Hill (CIN)

Rookie Jeremy Hill Looked Dominant In 4th Preseason Game

Bengals running back Jeremy Hill rushed 20 times for 90 yards and caught all six of his targets for 70 yards in Cincinnati's preseason finale Thursday.



Fantasy Spin:

Hill was impressive as the every-down back with Gio Bernard resting. He did leave the game with an elbow injury but returned to action. We are still unsure how Hill will be used, so he is not worth starting Week 1, but he looks to be at least a very capable handcuff.

11:56 AM
S Watkins (BUF)

Sammy Watkins Dealing With Rib Injury...Again

Buffalo rookie receiver Sammy Watkins left Thursday's preseason finale with a rib injury.



Fantasy Spin:

Watkins suffered the injury on a slant pattern where quarterback E.J. Manuel "stared him down" and then over threw him by "a good yard and a half". It's unclear if this is a reaggravation of his previous injury or if this is a new rib injury for Watkins. The receiver suffered bruised ribs in the last preseason game.

03:01 AM

Tim Wright Heavily Involved In Patriots 4th Preseason Game
Patriots tight end Tim Wright caught 4-of-6 targets for 43 yards in Thursday's preseason finale against the Giants.

Fantasy Spin:
Wright worked with the second-team offense and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. The new Patriots tight end has enough talent to earn more playing time with the starters, but as of Week 1, he is just one of many potential targets for Tom Brady.
01:24 AM
W Welker (DEN)

Looks Like Welker Will Play Week 1
Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker ran some routes on the field before Denver's preseason finale on Thursday but still has multiple evaluations to clear in concussion protocol before he can be cleared to play Week 1 according to Jeff Legwold of ESPN.

Fantasy Spin:
Welker is on the right track in terms of returning to the field and its a great sign he felt well enough to fly with the team but like Legwold reported, the receiver has a long way to go. Stay tuned.
August 28
05:05 PM
T Gonzalez (FA)

Give It Up: Gonzo Staying Retired
Former Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez reiterated that he didn't want to play anymore in response to a question from Ben Volin of the Boston Globe.

Fantasy Spin:
Gonzalez did say he had inquires from a number of teams in the offseason. He'll finish his 17-year career with 1,325 receptions for 15,127 yards and 111 TDs. He would probably still be a fantasy starter if he came back even at age 38.
August 27
05:00 PM
J Gordon (CLE)

Gordon Still Hasn't Filed Suit Against The NFL
The NFL arbitrator upheld Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon's one-year suspension according to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports 1.

Fantasy Spin:
Gordon will miss the entire season. Unless you are starting a dynasty league, he is obviously a waste of a pick.
04:56 PM
C Newton (CAR)

"No Doubt" Cam Newton Plays Week 1
According to the Charlotte Observer's Joe Person, Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said there's "no doubt" Cam Newton will play Week 1 despite his rib injury.

Fantasy Spin:
Newton has a hairline fracture in a few of his ribs, but normally, quarterbacks can play through this type of injury. Rivera also added that the zone-read will still be in play despite the injury. All good signs for Newton, but we will keep an eye on the situation the next week and a half.
02:54 PM
Z Ertz (PHI)

Zach Ertz Caps Off Strong Camp
Eagles tight ends coach Ted Williams told the Philadelphia Inquirer that Zach Ertz is "one of the best route-runners I've ever seen."

Fantasy Spin:
Fellow tight end Brent Celek remains the starter, but Chip Kelly used two-tight end sets 20 percent more often in the last eight games of 2013 than in the first eight games and should continue to use more this season. Celek has also developed into a great blocking tight end, so at the position, Ertz should see a majority of the targets. He is a low-end TE1 that can provide some excellent value and upside in a late round.
01:42 PM
L Miller (MIA)

Lamar Miller Gets Big Praise From Head Coach
The Miami Herald speculates that Lamar Miller has the edge over Knowshon Moreno for the starting running back job.

Fantasy Spin:
Head coach Joe Philbin has been praising Miller all week saying statements such as, "I like everything Lamar has done since he's gotten here. He's had an excellent offseason and camp." Miller and Moreno have split the first-team carries, but Miller is supposed to be the guy for Week 1 and Moreno will move into the third down role.
01:30 PM
L Bell (PIT)
L Blount (PIT)

Steelers Won't Suspend Bell or Blount
Steelers beat writer Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the Steelers are not going to impose a team suspension on either Le'Veon Bell or LeGarrette Blount.

Fantasy Spin:
Bouchette listed two reasons why the Steelers will not suspend their running backs for their marijuana arrest. 1. Pittsburgh cannot afford to miss both running backs for even a game because they have absolutely no depth after Bell and Blount. 2. Team-imposed suspensions for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy are against the league's collective bargaining agreement. Therefore, only the NFL can suspend Bell and Blount, but the word is that still won't happen until after the season. Fantasy owners have been afraid to draft Bell too early since his arrest, so he can provide some tremendous value in the third or fourth round, but he is also still worthy of a second round selection.
01:40 AM

Patriots Trade For TE Tim Wright
The Patriots have acquired Tim Wright and a 2015 fourth-round pick from the Buccaneers for Logan Mankins.

Fantasy Spin:
The deal clears up cap space for New England and gives its offense more flexibility. Wright is light for a tight end at 220 pounds but he may be able to serve in Aaron Hernandez' old role as the move tight end. He had 54 catches for 571 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie. It's unnecessary to target Wright in fantasy right now but he's another guy who will see targets. The Patriots receiving hierarchy is unclear after Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman.

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