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Bengals re-signed LB Rey Maualuga to a two-year contract.

DC Mike Zimmer gets his wish. Coming off a rocky 2012, Maualuga's market never heated up. His only visits were to the Giants and Arizona. One of the league's worst interior linebackers last season, Maualuga will move to the strong side after WLB Vontaze Burfict made a convincing case to become the Bengals' franchise middle linebacker. Meanwhile, Bengals owner Mike Brown continues to sit on the largest salary cap stash in football, but has only re-signed cheap in-house free agents Maualuga, Rob Geathers, and Wallace Gilberry. We can't forget about Mike Nugent the kicker and Clark Harris the long snapper. Brown's hilariously obsessive cheapskating should surprise no one, though. He does it every year.
Mon, Mar 18, 2013 11:08:00 AM

Bears waived WR Tanner Gentry.

A popular summer sleeper, Gentry was added to the 53-man roster after Week 1, and caught two passes in his Week 2 debut against the Bucs. His release is a disappointment for owners who took a flier in Dynasty leagues. It's a bit of a surprise from the receiver-desperate Bears, who will try to stash Gentry back on the practice squad.
Sep 19 - 3:05 PM

The Chicago Tribune reports ex-Bears and Panthers CB Charles "Peanut" Tillman is training to join the FBI.

The FBI wouldn't confirm it, but the Tribune's report is based on "multiple individuals, including a "high-ranking law enforcement source." Prospective agents must be no younger than 37 upon the time of their appointment. Tillman turns 37 next February. We wish Tillman success in his career changeup.
Sep 19 - 3:00 PM

James Harrison has played just four snaps through the Steelers' first two games.

Even with some injuries to their front seven, the Steelers have kept 39-year-old Harrison glued to the sideline. "We know what James is capable of," coach Mike Tomlin said. "James will ready himself, and there will be a time in the season when we’ll call on his services, and he’ll deliver and deliver in a big way." Harrison was excellent in 2016, generating consistent heat. Right now, the Steelers would apparently rather go with their younger players. Perhaps they view Harrison as an ace in the hole, or perhaps he started to look his age in the offseason.
Sep 19 - 2:40 PM

Panthers placed TE Greg Olsen on injured reserve with a broken foot.

Olsen underwent surgery on his broken right foot Tuesday. He's dealing with a "Jones" fracture. Julio Jones, Marvin Jones, Sammy Watkins and the NBA's Kevin Durant have all dealt with "Jones" fractures in recent years. The Panthers believe Olsen will return this season. He's eligible to practice after six weeks, and game action after eight. Ed Dickson takes over as the Panthers' starter. He won't be more than a low-end TE2 for fantasy purposes.
Sep 19 - 2:26 PM

Rashard Higgins is listed as a starter on the Browns' unofficial depth chart.

Team released depth charts do not mean much, but Higgins did play 54-of-71 snaps against the Ravens, 12 more than Kenny Britt. He also turned 11 targets into seven catches for 95 yards. Just promoted off the practice squad on Saturday, there is a risk Higgins recedes into the background even with Corey Coleman (hand) likely headed to injured reserve, but he is worth an add in all leagues.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Higgins is an intriguing GPP option this week against a Colts team that looks like an ideal pass funnel defense to pick on. After facing Todd Gurley and the Cardinals RBs sans David Johnson, the Colts have limited runners to 2.5 ypc (2nd). At the same time, they've allowed 308 passing yards per game (29th) and 9.8 ypa (31st). With the Browns ground game off to a slow start, averaging 3.3 ypc (24th), Higgins could be given ample opportunity to produce against a weak secondary.
Sep 19 - 10:33 AM

Jerry Jones said Dak Prescott (ankle) will be ready for Week 3.

"He is going to be able to play Monday," Jones said. There never seemed to be much concern about Prescott's status, but it is still good to hear. Prescott will be a low-end QB1 against the Cardinals on Monday night.
Sep 19 - 10:16 AM

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said the team has to be "careful" with Chris Thompson.

"He's not the biggest guy in the world. We don't want him to get 20-25 carries a game and get a lot of pounding on that body," Gruden said. "So we'll try to expand his role a little bit, but we don't want to go too crazy with him." Fantasy owners are understandably excited after Thompson scored three highlight-worthy touchdowns in the first two games, but he has just 13 touches total so far this year. Unless his role increases dramatically, which it does not sound like it will, he is likely to be overvalued on the waiver wire.
Source: ESPN
Sep 19 - 10:04 AM

Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports Corey Coleman (broken hand) is expected to be placed on injured reserve.

That would cost the receiver at least eight weeks. Coleman was able to come back after just six weeks from a broken hand last season, but this one required surgery, perhaps extending the timetable. Kenny Britt would seem like the No. 1 receiver with Coleman sidelined, but he seems like he does not want to even be on the field right now. Rashard Higgins may end up emerging as the go-to option.
Sep 19 - 9:37 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Jordy Nelson (quad) is "50-50" for Week 3 against the Bengals.

Nelson has avoided a serious injury, but it is still possible he is forced to miss a game. The news for Randall Cobb's shoulder injury is even better, and it does not sound like he will miss any time. Despite the scare on Sunday night, the Packers' receiver corps appears to still be intact.
Sep 19 - 7:56 AM

Brandon Marshall caught 1-of-5 targets for 17 yards in the Giants' Week 2 loss to the Lions.

Marshall was held without a catch on one target in the first half and was stopped at the one-yard line on his lone grab in the third quarter. He later committed a flat-out brutal drop down the sideline on a play where he had a step on the cornerback for what should have been a gain of 30-plus yards. Marshall has no connection with Eli Manning right now and has just two catches for 27 yards through two games. He's closer to being droppable than usable in fantasy.
Sep 18 - 11:43 PM

Ameer Abdullah rushed 17 times for 86 yards in the Lions' Week 2 win over the Giants.

The Lions haven't had a 100-yard rusher in a game since Reggie Bush in 2013. Abdullah came close with his career-best 86 on Monday, but he came up limping and grabbing his ankle after breaking off a 34-yarder late in the fourth quarter. He likely would have gotten to 100 if he'd been able to stay in. That seems to be the story of Abdullah's career, however. Abdullah played 29-of-62 snaps and dominated the rushing attempts again. He remains an RB3 due to his lack of red-zone and receiving work. Abdullah will get the Falcons at home in Week 3.
Sep 18 - 11:33 PM




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