Dose: Busted Backfield

Dose: Busted Backfield
Chet Gresham goes through the preseason NFL fantasy football news with updates on Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount, Johnny Manziel and more.
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Bucs waived DE James Ruffin.

Aug 21 - 11:36 AM

Bucs signed G R.J. Mattes.

Aug 21 - 11:36 AM

Ben Roethlisberger thinks Markus Wheaton is "going to surprise a lot of people."

With Emmanuel Sanders gone, Wheaton has been running as the starting "X" for the entire offseason and into training camp. He's coming along nicely in his second NFL season, highlighted by a toe-tapping touchdown against the Bills last week. "He's definitely on the same page with Ben, and, anytime you're on the same page with Ben, there is a good opportunity," said teammate Antonio Brown. The speedy Wheaton has the ability to eclipse the 67-740-6 line Emmanuel Sanders posted as Roethlisberger's "X" last year. He's a prime sleeper.
Aug 21 - 11:33 AM

Larry Donnell remains the favorite to start at tight end Week 1.

It speaks more to the Giants' state of the position than Donnell's ability. A former UDFA out of Grambling, Donnell can't run and has three career catches. Expect him to rotate with Daniel Fells, Kellen Davis and Adrien Robinson. It's a fantasy black hole.
Source: NJ.com
Aug 21 - 11:27 AM

Drew Brees (oblique) is expected to play about a half in Saturday night's preseason game against the Colts.

Brees took some time to rest a strain in his side, but it was never a concern. He's back at practice and looking sharp. A fourth straight 5,000-yard season is very realistic.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 21 - 11:06 AM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount "probably face no more than a one-game suspension and that won't come anytime soon."

There's plenty of precedent here that will allow Bell and Blount to suit up for the entire season. In cases like this pending marijuana possession charge, the NFL waits for the legal process to play out before handing down discipline under the personal conduct policy. Lawyers won't have a problem delaying any proceedings. Note that Dwayne Bowe was caught with marijuana in a car last November, and didn't get hit with his one-game ban until last week.
Aug 21 - 10:42 AM

Jasper Brinkley started the first two preseason games at middle linebacker.

Brinkley appears to have his nose in front of Audie Cole for the starting job in base packages. "Jasper seems to be a little bit more communicative, and Audie seems to have a little more range," coach Mike Zimmer said. "As far as the running game, they're very close -- and (in) the passing game they're similar." Brinkley will be on a short leash if he does win the job, and may rotate out even on early downs. There are safer IDP situations out there to attack.
Aug 21 - 10:34 AM

The Tennessean says the goal-line fade to Justin Hunter has been "all but unstoppable" at camp.

"When the Titans get anywhere near the goal line, quarterback Jake Locker simply lofts a soft spiral toward the corner of the end zone," says beat man John Glennon. At 6-foot-4 with excellent ball skills and a sparkling 39.5-inch vertical, Hunter is a no-brainer target over the diminutive Kendall Wright. On his 30 career NFL catches (between preseason and regular season), he has an incredible eight touchdowns. Hunter is shaping up as a prime breakout candidate this season, especially in TD-heavy formats.
Aug 21 - 10:19 AM
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