Friday, August 4, 2017


-One after starting QB Ryan Tannehill pulled up lame during an early running play in practice, the Miami Dolphins have already begun preparations in terms of finding his possible replacement which is nothing but an ominous sign for his health.  Specifically, the Dolphins reached out to free agent QB Jay Cutler and are preparing Matt Moore to be the starter for 2017.  While head coach Adam Gase shed no new light on Tannehill's health, multiple reports are saying he will undergo ACL/MCL surgery on his knee which was partially torn a year ago.

-Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce sat out practice with some swelling in his knee on Friday but so far head coach Andy Reid does not seem concerned.  The only thing here is that Kelce does have a history of knee trouble and so this bears at least some watching the next few days.  While Kelec is held back by limited arm of QB Alex Smith, he is in our opinion the number 3 tight end on the fantasy football board behind Rob Gronkowski and Greg Olson.

-Still no official diagnosis on second-year New York Giants wideout Sterling Shepard and his sprained ankle.  The Giants want to know if it is a high or low ankle sprain which of course would dictate how long Shepard would be out.  Either way, Shepard is really just a backup WR 4 in 2017 fantasy football due to the arrival of Brandon Marshall.

-Reports out of Tennessee suggest that backup RB  Derrick Henry could double his 2016 rookie yardage which no doubt is not the news anyone who owns DeMarco Murray want to hear.  Murray is still expected to be the starter but the concern here is that Henry will eat into the workload of his teammate and also steal goal-line work.

-The Cincinnati Bengals running back situation is becoming quite the puzzle.  Just a day after one reporter covering the team said rookie Joe Mixon would get 20-plus touches a game, another reporter on Friday said Jeremy Hill would start.  Mixon has immense upside and could have an Ezekiel Elliott-like debut if he gets the workload, while Hill has shown the last two seasons that he is nothing but an ineffective plodding runner.  Clearly Mixon is the one to own here.

-Concern for Indianpolis Colts wideout Donte Moncrief who came down with a sprained AC joint in his shoulder on Friday; bringing back bad memories of the memories of all the games he missed a season ago.  Moncrief hs very solid PPR WR 3 value if he can stay healthy but his latest health woe and the shaky status of QB Andrew Luck make us leery.

-Rave reviews all around for Kansas City WR/RB/KR Tyreek Hill who is becoming quite the pass catcher out of the backfield for the team in early practices.  Hill is the perfect player for Alex Smith given the fact the veteran QB does not like to throw it deep and we can see 80 catches being a possibility here if Hill can stay healthy.  That may be a big challenge for the smallish dynamo so don't reach too high in the draft.

The Colts coaching staff is talking up rookie back Marlon Mack and that should pique the interest of the fantasy football community considering the very old and now quite shaky Frank Gore is the only thing standing in front of him.  Mack is a good athlete with nice agility which should make him an upside late round pick but he has to vault over not only Gore but also Robert Turbin before he can make a meaningful role for himself in the offense.

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