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Daily Fantasy Football News – August 30th and 31st
Kicker Garrett Hartley, of the Pittsburgh Steelers, got injured this Saturday in a preseason game against the Bills. He limped off the field clutching the back of his leg, in the first quarter and didn’t return. Following the game, Coach Mike Tomlin said that Hartley’s availability doesn’t “look positive in term of the opener”. It’s another bad break for the Steelers, who lost their original kicker Shaun Suisham for the entire season because of a torn ACL.
It didn’t take long to find a replacement to Hartley, as the Steelers traded for veteran kicker Josh Scobee of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Scobee played with the Jaguars since his inaugural season in 2004. The 33 year-old has converted 235 of 291 field goals for an 80.8% rating. Back in 2011, he tied for the most field goals over 50 yards in a game with 3, when he faced the Baltimore Ravens. Heinz Field is one of the most difficult stadium to kick in, so don’t expect an amazing season from the new Steelers kicker.
As for the Jaguars, they received a late round pick in the trade. They’ve put their faith in NFL newbie Jason Myers. The rookie kicker successfully scored 4 out of 5 attempted field goals in the preseason. He has connected on 24 of 38 attempts in his collegiate career. Don’t put your money on the rookie yet until he proves himself in the NFL.
In other news, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb left Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles, when he fell down on his shoulder in the first quarter of the game. It was feared that it could’ve been a broken collarbone, but an X-Ray confirmed it wasn’t the case. He will have more test coming up, to confirm for sure if it’s an A/C sprain. Be aware, this injury could affect his game in the beginning of the season. Once fully recovered, he should be considered a number one receiver.
In the game against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday, Rams running back Tre Mason tweaked his hamstring in the first quarter. But don’t worry, he’s still expected to be ready for week 1. ”It’s nothing too bad” Mason said. With the number 1 running back, Todd Gurley, out with an ACL injury, the second year man will get the nod on opening day against the Seattle Seahawk.
The Buffalo Bills have released long time running back Fred Jackson. They needed to make some space in their crowded back end pool. Jackson spent the last nine years in Buffalo. He has collected over a 1000 yards through receiving and the rushing in 5 of his last 6 seasons. In a statement sent by Bills general manager Doug Whaley, he said that Jackson “had an incredible career for this organization for the past 10 years”. Jackson still has a few good years in front of him. He could help a team in need of a experienced running back, like Tennessee or Dallas.
Coach Rex Ryan has made his choice, quarterback Tyrod Taylor will be the opening day starter for the Buffalo Bills. His athleticism and his running skill made him a better choice than Matt Cassel and E.J. Manuel. He could be an interesting fantasy option once running back LeSean McCoy and wide receiver Percy Harvin both come back from injury.
Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas his considering having surgery on his finger. The team’s top free-agent acquisition this past offseason will receive a second medical opinion Tuesday. He got injured in the first preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts. According to Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell, the often-injured Thomas will likely play by Week 4, if he decides to get the surgery done. This could lead to a return facing those same Colts. Fantasy owners should expect a lot more throws heading toward wide receiver Allen Robinson way, during Thomas potential absence.
The Oakland Raider have cut running back Trent Richardson. The 3rd overall pick in the 2012 draft has done nothing to warrant his place as a future standout in the NFL. He had a great rookie season in Cleveland, with 11 touchdowns, but that’s it. It all fell apart from there. The Alabama alum came in the Raiders training camp overweight and didn’t perform well in preseason, getting 42 yards in 15 carries. It’s highly unlikely he will find a starting job in the NFL anymore.
Wide receiver DeVante Parker made his return to the Miami Dolphins training camp on Monday, since undergoing surgery in June. He practiced at limited capacity though. It remains unclear if the first-round pick will be available for the opener. If he is, a slow start should be assumed. He could be a great receiver to quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Look for him to become an excellent addition to your fantasy team, at good price during the season..