NFL Live Draft News 9-5-2015

Seattle Signs Veteran Running Back

The Seattle Seahawks added depth to their running back position with a one year contract given to former Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson.

Fred Jackson:

His numbers dipped during the 2014 campaign. He had 141 carries for 525 yards for just 3.7 yards per rush attempt. That was his worst yards per carry number in his career. Jackson had just two rushing touchdowns and fumbled the football five times. The question for Seattle is who will Jackson take carries away from.

Marshawn Lynch:

Following the Super Bowl winning year Lynch improved on his yards per carry average by a half yard over the 2013 campaign. The running back carried the ball 280 times for 1306 yards and a 4.7 yards per rush average. He had a career long 79 yard run plus his 13 rushing touchdowns in 2014 was a career high. Lynch is an underrated weapon in the passing game. Marshawn Lynch caught 37 balls last year for 367 yards and four touchdowns with 65 first down rushes. He average nearly 10 yards per reception and had 16 first down catches.

Robert Turbin:

He suffered a high ankle sprain and could miss the first five weeks of the season. The Seahawks are thinking of cutting the fourth year back out of Utah St. He had 74 carries last year and two touchdowns. He only averaged 4.2 yards per rush last year. It was an improvement over his 3.4 yards a carry in 2013. But with a healthy Fred Jackson available the Seahawks probably wouldn’t want to wait for Turbin to recover from his ankle sprain and just pencil in Jackson to backup Lynch.

Christine Michael:

The third year back from Texas A&M will try and beat out Fred Jackson for the backup role to Marshawn Lynch. In 2014 Michael had just 34 carries for 175 yards which amounted to a 5.1 yards per carry average. He had a 45 yard run that skewed the carry average a bit.

Jacksonville Announces Starting Running Back

T.J. Yeldon:

The rookie will get the start for the Jaguars in week one. His big issue in college was ball security as he fumbled the ball ten times.

Denard Robinson:

The former Michigan product has been converted from quarterback to running back with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He had 135 carries for 582 yards and four touchdowns which amounted to 4.3 yards a carry. Jaguars would like to see more production in the passing game as Robinson had 23 receptions but averaged only 5.4 yards per reception.

Toby Gerhart:

Gerhart is entering his sixth season in the NFL. He needs to improve greatly this year as he rushed it 101 times for just 326 yards which amounted to a poor 3.2 yards per rush average.

Miami Rookie Running Back Diagnosed with Cracked Rib

Jay Ajayi:

Ajayi had a nice game in the final preseason game with 66 rushing yards on nine rushing attempts. He suffered a cracked rib and could be a candidate for IR.

Browns Running Back Situation

Isaiah Crowell:

Head coach Mike Pettine is leaning towards Crowell to get the start in Week 1. In his rookie campaign with the Browns Crowell had 607 rushing yards on 148 carries with eight rushing touchdowns. He ran for 4.1 yards per carry last year.

Terrance West:

He enters his second season and will backup Crowell. West ran for 673 yards last year on 171 carries for 3.9 yards per carry. He had four touchdowns and 30 first down gains.

Browns Veteran Signee Could Have Trouble Making 53 Man Roster

Dwyane Bowe:

Bowe has been unimpressive in training camp. He has been listed as a starting wide receiver on the depth chart. Head coach Mike Pettine tried to diffuse rumors of a possible outright release of Bowe.

LeSean McCoy Update

LeSean McCoy:  There were media reports that McCoy would be ready for week one. He has been bothered by a hamstring injury in preseason. Later in the day he told the media to wait and see.

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Daily Fantasy Football News – 09-03-2015

The Buffalo Bills Running Back LeSean McCoy Injury

LeSean McCoy: The Bills running back had a hamstring problem this preseason and the fear is he may miss week one of the regular season. He had a major injury during the 2012 season when a concussion forced him to miss four games. The injury occurred in practice on August 18th. This came on the heels of Buffalo releasing veteran running back Fred Jackson. With not much depth in the wide receiver position the Bills were counting on their running game entering the 2015 campaign.

Tyrod Taylor: The Bills mobile quarterback was announced recently as the teams starter in week one.

Fred Jackson. He is no longer an option for Bills as following his release he is getting a physical with the Seattle Seahawks.

Boobie Dixon: The backup to McCoy has been nursing a calf injury. He has been listed as probable for the final preseason game on Thursday. Dixon is listed on the Bills depth chart as the backup to McCoy. He was a workhorse in his time with the Mississippi St Bulldogs. In his four years with the San Francisco 49ers he had very limited carries behind Frank Gore. What kept Dixon in the NFL were his abilities in special teams. He was outstanding in the punt and kickoff teams with an outstanding ability to fight blockers and the speed to reach the returner very quickly. In his one season in Buffalo in 2014 Dixon rushed for 432 yards on 105 carries and two touchdowns. That averaged out to 4.1 yards a carry. He hasn’t provided much production in the passing game during his career.

Karlos Williams: Another Bills option at running back is nursing an undisclosed injury. He is questionable for Thursday’s game. He is a rookie fifth rounder out of Florida St.

Bryce Brown: The fourth year back out of Kansas St was a seventh round pick of Philadelphia in 2012. He played in seven games for Buffalo in 2014 and ran 36 times for 126 yards with a poor 3.5 yards per carry average. He is a career 4.4 yards per carry runner with one productive year in 2012 with the Eagles.

Washington Redskins Veteran Wide Receiver Supports Kirk Cousins

Now that Washington has announced that Kirk Cousins will start in week one let’s take a close look at the fantasy value for his top passing targets.

Pierre Garcon: The sixth year wide receiver gave his full support for Kirk Cousins in his comments to the media on Wednesday. Garcon called Cousins a natural born leader. The talented wide out saw his production drop considerably in 2014 as he had just 68 receptions for 752 yards with five touchdowns. That was a drop of 37 receptions, 594 yards and two touchdowns from his numbers during the 2013 campaign. His 113 receptions and 1346 passing yards in 2013 was a career best.

DeSean Jackson: Pairing outside opposite of Garcon is eight year wide out DeSean Jackson. In his first season with Washington in 2014 Jackson saw his numbers decline considerably from his 2013 numbers he put up with Philadelphia. He caught 56 balls in 2014 for 1169 yards and six touchdowns. His receptions were down by 26 the yardage down by 263 yards and he had three fewer touchdowns than in 2013. But the biggest drop from 2013 was the number of first down catches. In 2013 Jackson had 60 first down plays to just 35 a season ago.

Andre Roberts: The six year veteran spent most of his year with Arizona as a third and fourth option. He is about the same in Washington. Last year with the Redskins he caught 36 balls for 453 yards and two touchdowns. The receptions and yardage were down a bit from his 2013 numbers in Arizona.

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