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Raiders waived running back Trent Richardson. It’s been all downhill for Richardson after what appeared to be a promising start his rookie season. He reported to Raiders camp overweight and didn’t do much to make a good impression. There’s a chance that he will get another shot with another team, but his chances are running out. At this time, he has no fantasy value in any formats.
Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton is in the league's concussion protocol, per ESPN.com. At this time he is considered questionable for the start of the season. The NFL is strict with concussion protocols, but he does have 13 days before the start of the season. We will keep an eye on his status heading into the season. For now, continue draft Hilton as a low-end WR1 / high-end WR2.
The Bills have confirmed Tyrod Taylor will be their starting quarterback to start the season. "It all comes down to the explosiveness Tyrod brings to us," said coach Rex Ryan. Taylor isn’t a good passer but is able to make up for that with his legs. He should only be considered in two QB leagues and could make an interesting cheap option in DFS. In redraft one QB leagues, he’s best left on the waivers.
Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas suffered a broken hand and will need surgery. He’s expected to miss 4-5 weeks. He will be getting a second opinion on Tuesday, but for the time being it appears he will miss some time. This injury can officially put the injury prone label on Thomas. He’s no longer considered a TE1 heading into the season because of the time he’s expected to miss. You can take him as a TE2 with upside. Clay Harbor will likely start in his place in the early weeks of the season.
Kirk Cousins was named the Redskins starting quarterback. This news comes after Robert Griffin suffered a concussion. Despite RG 3 potentially being ready for week 1, the Redskins decided to name Cousins the starter. It appears that the RG3 era is coming to an end in Washington. Cousins has a big arm, but turns the ball over too much. If he could cut back on the turnovers, he could actually be a viable fantasy option. You can add him in two QB formats r draft him as a speculative back up QB.
Martavis Bryant has been suspended 4 games for violating the leagues substance-abuse policy. The Pittsburgh Steelers were looking to build off of their strong season last year and looked promising to be putting together a very strong "offensive" team. But now they will start the season with their star RB Le'Veon Bell out for games 1 and 2 to start the season and now are down Big Ben's #2 option at WR. Bryant put together a solid season last year with 8 touchdowns and was highly touted among the fantasy world to be a high potential sleeper this year. Now fantasy goers will look to Markus Wheaton who has been highly talked up this pre-season to pick up the slack that Bryant will be leaving off the field the first 4 weeks. Let's all hope that this was just a mistake by Bryant and not the first offense of many as we have seen in talented wide receivers such as Josh Gordon and Justin Blackmon.
You know that question that each Defensive coordinator in the NFL ask themselves when they face the Green Bay Packers? Yep that is right, "How do you slow down Aaron Rodgers?". Well taking away is number 1 option in Jordy Nelson would be a start and for every other team in the NFL that happened on Sunday afternoon. Jordy Nelson will miss the entire 2015 season after tearing his right ACL. Nelson has missed a total of 5 games in his career with the Green Bay Packers, proving as a very reliable piece for Aaron Rodgers and fantasy goers each and every year. What is next for the Green Bay Packers? The Packers and fantasy owners drafting soon will turn to Randall Cobb who will look to add on his 126 targets for 91 receptions last year along with 12 TD's. Cobb will for sure be the #1 target of arguably the best quarterback in the league in Aaron Rodgers. While Nelson is lost for all in the 2015 season look for not only Cobb to continue his surge as a top WR in the game but Davante Adams to capitalize on sure volume to fill a huge void left with Nelsons injury.