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Our Sigmund Bloom ranks the backup running back situations with an eye towards fantasy potential, starter injury risk, and cost in drafts. We've got two teams with "perfect storm" type situations for running backs that I bet the other owners in your league are overlooking. This plus much more.

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Footballguys staff members point out top players who they are avoiding this season. Fantasy Drafting isn't about vague labels like bust or sleeper. It's about finding value. In this article, you'll find the players (some very good players) who are being drafted like they're great players. And that will kill your draft. Find out who the FBG Staffers are passing on.

J. Footballguys Staff Faceoff: Top Players to Avoid
Footballguys staff members point out top players who they are avoiding this season. Fantasy Drafting isn't about vague labels like bust or sleeper. It's about finding value. In this article, you'll find the players (some very good players) who are being drafted like they're great players. And that will kill your draft. Find out who the FBG Staffers are passing on.

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. SD - WR Danario Alexander tears ACL
2. PHI - WR Arrelious Benn tears ACL
3. GB - WR Jordy Nelson has surgery
4. ATL - Mike P. Johnson suffers serious leg injury
5. SD - WR Vincent Brown practicing
6. PHI - Russell Shepard working with starters
7. GB - RB Eddie Lacy's workload increasing
8. MIA - Jonas Gray trying to state case
9. CLE - RB Trent Richardson unlikely to play Thursday
10. NYJ - RB Chris Ivory unlikely to play in preseason game
11. NYG - Best pass blocker to get bulk of RB work
12. NYJ - RB Chris Ivory doesn't top depth chart
13. BUF - Pleased with QB EJ Manuel
14. CHI - TE Leonard Pope turns heads
15. JAX - Two QBs listed as co-starters on depth chart
16. MIA - Two TEs likely vying for one spot
17. MIA - Chad Bumphis making case to stay
18. IND - WR Darrius Heyward-Bey back at practice
19. PHI - RB Felix Jones leaves practice
20. NYJ - CB Antonio Cromartie won't return kicks
21. DEN - TE Julius Thomas, TE Virgil Green have opportunities
22. NYJ - Coach praises QB Mark Sanchez
23. GB - More on WR Randall Cobb
24. NYG - WR Hakeem Nicks practicing
25. PHI - Lane Johnson working both sides
26. PHI - WR Riley Cooper listed as starter
27. PHI - Two sharing top TE spot
28. HOU - RB Ben Tate expected back tomorrow
29. NYJ - RB Joe McKnight arrested
30. NO - Younger WRs could get more chances
31. NO - WR Steve Breaston could be used as No. 3 WR
32. NO - WR Marques Colston practices
33. NYG - DE Jason Pierre-Paul running on the side
34. ATL - OLB Sean Weatherspoon out indefinitely
35. NYG - Have used some 3-4 looks in practice

SD - WR Danario Alexander tears ACL

Source: ESPN

Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers WR Danario Alexander (knee) suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in practice Tuesday, Aug. 6.

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Bad news for the Chargers here. Alexander has a long history of knee injuries dating back to his days in college at Missouri. In fact, he's had five surgeries on his left knee since his sophomore season. After having multiple problems with both knees Alexander's pro future is in jeopardy. The Chargers will move forward with Malcom Floyd, Vincent Brown, and rookie Keenan Allen (California) as their top WRs.

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PHI - WR Arrelious Benn tears ACL

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Jeff McLane

Philadelphia Eagles WR Arrelious Benn (knee) suffered a torn left anterior cruciate ligament in practice Tuesday, Aug. 6.

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This is the same ACL Benn tore back in 2010. Benn had some upside when he came into the league but these durability problems cloud his NFL future. Even when he's been healthy Benn has failed to impress on the field.

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GB - WR Jordy Nelson has surgery

Source: SI.com - Trey Scott

Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson (knee) has undergone surgery on his knee and will miss the rest of training camp, according to head coach Mike McCarthy. The club is hoping he'll be ready for the season opener, though.

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The wide receivers between the 12th and 25th spots on most boards are tight enough that this news should push Nelson down at least 5-10 spots even with only a small increase to his risk factor. The reality is that the risk of this being an issue again this year could be more than small. The Packers surely did not want this surgery to happen this close to the season. Jarrett Boykin will get first-team reps in his absence, but it's not really clear who would benefit most from any games that Nelson might miss. Aaron Rodgers' outlook continues to take hits.

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ATL - Mike P. Johnson suffers serious leg injury

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - D. Orlando Ledbetter

Atlanta Falcons OT Mike P. Johnson (leg) was carted off from practice after suffering a serious leg injury. Johnson left the team facility in an ambulance.

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Bad news for the Falcons here. If this is a season ending injury the team would turn to Lamar Holmes as the starter. He made only one appearance as a rookie after being a third-round pick in 2012.

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SD - WR Vincent Brown practicing

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune - Michael Gehlken

San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Brown (hamstring) is in full pads and participating in practice Tuesday, Aug. 6.

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Brown could become a favorite of QB Philip Rivers and has been standing out earlier this offseason. He's a sharp route runner with fantastic hands and concentration. With the loss of Danario Alexander, Brown has an opportunity to make some noise.

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PHI - Russell Shepard working with starters

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Jeff McLane

Philadelphia Eagles WR Russell Shepard is getting work with the first-team offense in practice Tuesday, Aug. 6.

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The Eagles will likely employ at least three tight ends, two running backs, and four wide receivers in the passing game. Shepard is a good stash in deep dynasty leagues to see what happens, because he is a talented, if raw, receiver, but his redraft impact is likely insignificant.

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GB - RB Eddie Lacy's workload increasing

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Tyler Dunne

The Green Bay Packers have increased RB Eddie Lacy's workload.

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Lacy is set to eventually be the Packers' starting RB in 2013. We'll see if he can win the job at the end of training camp. He's a bull between the tackles and can win collisions with ease. Lacy has a spin move he uses so often that his nickname in college was "circle button."

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MIA - Jonas Gray trying to state case

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins RB Jonas Gray (knee) spent last season on the team's Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list while recovering from a serious knee injury in college. The team kept him around, and now he is getting his chance to shine. He had seven carries for 41 yards in the team's first preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys.

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It's the first preseason game so we won't get overly excited about his dynasty prospects. If he keeps this up during the rest of his preseason then his dynasty stock will rise. Gray is a between the tackles banger with surprising burst at the second level.

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CLE - RB Trent Richardson unlikely to play Thursday

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns RB Trent Richardson (shin) did not participate in team drills Tuesday, Aug. 6, at practice, and he is unlikely to play in the team's preseason opener Thursday, Aug. 8, against the St. Louis Rams.

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This is only a precautionary move by the Browns as Richardson's shin injury is not believed to be serious. We'll likely see him worked into preseason action in week two and week three.

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NYJ - RB Chris Ivory unlikely to play in preseason game

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Jane McManus

New York Jets RB Chris Ivory (hamstring) is unlikely to play in the team's preseason game Friday, Aug. 9, thanks to a tweaked hamstring. RBs Mike Goodson and Joe McKnight (head) haven't been available in drills, either, so RB Bilal Powell has received a lot of the repetitions in training camp.

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No surprise here. Ivory is a talented RB but durability issues have plagued him over the course of his career. The team has to manage this hamstring injury carefully so it does not get re-aggravated. Ivory's current ADP is RB25 (4.12) in 12 team PPR leagues.

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NYG - Best pass blocker to get bulk of RB work

Source: ESPN.com - Dan Graziano

New York Giants RBs Andre Brown and David Wilson are battling for the No. 1 tailback job in training camp and the preseason. It is expected that whichever of these guys shows the most as a pass-blocked will get a bulk of the carries. 'You really can't play unless you can protect the quarterback,' head coach Tom Coughlin said Tuesday, Aug. 6. 'Fortunately, those two young men as well as our other running backs have had the opportunity to look at (former RB Ahmad Bradshaw's) film and get a better understanding of the complexities of our protection packages.'

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Brown has the edge here, and he could even have the majority of touches to open the season. His injury history and David Wilson's explosiveness seem to point to Wilson being the lead back sooner than later, and one with great upside. Consider this good news if you want to have a shot to get Wilson in the fourth round. He's a perfect RB3 pick because you don't have to count on him to start week 1.

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NYJ - RB Chris Ivory doesn't top depth chart

Source: New York Daily News - Manish Mehta

New York Jets RB Bilal Powell is listed as the team's starting running back on the first depth chart of the preseason released Monday, Aug. 5, while RB Chris Ivory (hamstring) is second.

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Powell is a plodder who offers little as a runner. Ivory has the ability to be a quality starter if he can stay healthy. Durability problems have plagued him throughout his pro career and this hamstring injury is holding him back now.

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BUF - Pleased with QB EJ Manuel

Source: The Buffalo News - Tim Graham

Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel split the snaps with QB Jeff Tuel in an intrasquad scrimmage Monday, Aug. 5, and after a slow start, the rookie Manuel settled in and showed well. Head coach Doug Marrone liked what he saw. 'I'm pleased with a couple of things,' Marrone said, 'just his demeanor coming back, obviously, from the start with the interceptions. I'm pleased that he led us on a two-minute drive. He's done that consistent. I think that's difficult to do.'

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Manuel is a football junkie who can't get enough of the game. He's always been known as a hard worker and now has his sights set on being the best pro he possibly can be. Manuel is competing with Kevin Kolb for the starting job and is seen as the QB of the future.

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CHI - TE Leonard Pope turns heads

Source: ESPNChicago.com - Michael C. Wright and Jeff Dickerson

Chicago Bears TE Leonard Pope impressed head coach Marc Trestman with a solid showing as a blocked during inside drills against the defensive linemen. 'I watched him out there today catching the ball. Certainly what we see is clear. We see a big man,' Trestman said Monday, Aug. 5.

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Pope has little fantasy value as he should primarily be used as a blocker with the Bears. Martellus Bennett will be their primary move TE and could finish the year as a top 10 fantasy TE. His current ADP is TE13 and he's coming off the board at 11.04.

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JAX - Two QBs listed as co-starters on depth chart

Source: The Florida Times-Union - Ryan O'Halloran

The Jacksonville Jaguars listed both QBs Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne as No. 1 quarterbacks in their first unofficial depth chart released Monday, Aug. 5.

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The Jaguars are keeping up with the trend of "co-starting" QBs. Gabbert has reportedly looked bad during training camp while Henne looks decent. We wouldn't be surprised to see the Jaguars turn to Henne as their starter in week one unless Gabbert looks great in the preseason.

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MIA - Two TEs likely vying for one spot

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins TEs Michael Egnew and Kyle Miller are each likely battling for one roster spot. The team likes Miller for his ability to find seams in the middle of the field, but he is considered an underdog against an improving Egnew.

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Egnew is a converted WR who has the athletic ability to get open down the field. He has a large wingspan and does a good job of catching passes at the highest point. Egnew needs to continue showing improvement as a blocker.

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MIA - Chad Bumphis making case to stay

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins WR Chad Bumphis is making his case to win a roster spot, and receivers coach Ken O'Keefe has told Bumphis all about how former WR Davone Bess (Browns) came to the team in a similar situation back in 2008. 'He said, 'Davone came in undrafted and was able to contribute',' Bumphis said. 'I said, 'That could be me.'' Bumphis had five grabs for 85 yards in the team's first preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys, and an error on a route resulted in an interception return for touchdown, too.

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Bumphis looked good in the team's first preseason game. He's competing for a backup job behind Brian Hartline, Mike Wallace, and Brandon Gibson.

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IND - WR Darrius Heyward-Bey back at practice

Source: The Indianapolis Star - Mike Chappell

Indianapolis Colts WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (knee) was able to return to practice Tuesday, Aug. 6.

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Heyward-Bey had an MRI on his knee that revealed no ligament damage. He's trying to get back to action where he's competing with second-year WR T.Y. Hilton for the starting job opposite Reggie Wayne.

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PHI - RB Felix Jones leaves practice

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer - Zach Berman

Philadelphia Eagles RB Felix Jones (hamstring) left practice Tuesday, Aug. 6, due to a hamstring injury. The severity is not yet known.

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We'll see how severe this is before getting too concerned about it. Jones has durability problems that have haunted him throughout his pro career. We'll see if he can shake this latest problem and get back on the practice field. Jones is competing with Chris Polk to be the Eagles' RB3 behind LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown.

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NYJ - CB Antonio Cromartie won't return kicks

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Jane McManus

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan said the team will not be using CB Antonio Cromartie to return kicks other than in an emergency.

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Cromartie is their top CB now that Darrelle Revis is with the Buccaneers. There's no need to risk an injury on a return to one of their defensive stars. We'll see guys like RB Joe McKnight and WR Clyde Gates as their kick returners.

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DEN - TE Julius Thomas, TE Virgil Green have opportunities

Source: The Denver Post - Mike Klis

Updating a previous item, Denver Broncos TEs Julius Thomas and Virgil Green are getting increased repetitions with the first-team offense in traning camp this week with TEs Joel Dreessen (knee) and Jacob Tamme (quadriceps) injured. Thomas was drafted in the fourth round in 2011, compared to the seventh round for Green. Thomas has been playing as a receiving tight end while Green has been playing more at the line of scrimmage. Thomas' blocking has improved since he was drafted, and he started with the No. 1 offense last weekend.

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Thomas has been a standout in camp most every day. Today he hauled in a one handed TD catch while SS Duke Ihenacho was draped over him in coverage. Thomas is a former Portland State basketball star with elite athleticism and the ability to create mismatches every time he's on the field. Green is doing a better job in practice after a rough start. Most of his drops early on might have been due to poor QB play from rookie Zac Dysert.

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NYJ - Coach praises QB Mark Sanchez

Source: New York Daily News - Seth Walder

New York Jets offensive coordinator Marty Morningwheg praised Mark Sanchez and said he has earned the start in the team's first preseason game Friday, Aug. 9. "He's had an outstanding training camp," the coordinator said. "Mark...this is his game. He'll start and go with the ones. And then certainly we'd like to get Geno in just a little bit with the ones, and then he'll take the twos."

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The battle between Sanchez and Geno Smith seems to have a different winner each day in training camp. We'll see this competition continue as we work through training camp and may not know a clear cut starter until before the start of the regular season.

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GB - More on WR Randall Cobb

Source: NFL.com - Ian Rapoport

Updating a previous report, Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb (biceps) did not participate in practice Tuesday, Aug. 6 with a biceps tendon issue. The injury is not believed to be serious.

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Cobb has the ability to catch 90 passes in the Packers offense this year. He's built great chemistry with QB Aaron Rodgers and can make big plays happen after the catch.

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NYG - WR Hakeem Nicks practicing

Source: New York Post - Paul Schwartz

New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks (groin) is practicing in full pads Tuesday, Aug. 6.

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He said he was going to, and he did. If he doesn't emerge from this practice with any setbacks or need for kid glove care going forward, then you should feel free to take him in the fourth round as your WR1/WR2. He'll be a value in the fifth or later if he can even play 12-14 games this year, assuming that most of them are at close to full speed.

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PHI - Lane Johnson working both sides

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer - Zach Berman

Philadelphia Eagles OT Lane Johnson was drafted the play right tackle, but he has been working on the left side in practice just in case he is needed. 'I think it's a good sign,' Johnson said. 'There's not very many people who can play both. The more practice I get playing left and right is going to help me if something happens to (OT Jason Peters).'

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If Michael Vick is the quarterback, the right tackle is the blindside protector, so Johnson might already be at the more important position.

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PHI - WR Riley Cooper listed as starter

Source: DelawareOnline.com - Martin Frank

Embattled Philadelphia Eagles WR Riley Cooper is listed as a starter on the initial preseason depth chart released by head coach Chip Kelly Monday, Aug. 5, ahead of the team's first preseason game.

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This is a great challenge for Kelly in his first camp. It sounds like he is going for the reconciliation route. It will be interesting to see if this comes again. We're hoping Cooper and his teammates will take the high road.

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PHI - Two sharing top TE spot

Source: DelawareOnline.com - Martin Frank

Philadelphia Eagles TEs James Casey and Brent Celek are each listed as starting tight ends on the team's initial preseason depth chart released Monday, Aug. 5.

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Casey is the "move" tight end, and more attractive for fantasy purposes, but still just a low TE2. Casey is only worth drafting in very deep or TE premium leagues, because rookie Zach Ertz will also see the field a lot, especially in the red zone. Ertz is still the option with the highest fantasy ceiling of the three.

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HOU - RB Ben Tate expected back tomorrow

Source: Houston Chronicle - Tania Ganguli

Houston Texans RB Ben Tate (groin) is expected back in practice Wednesday, Aug. 7.

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Tate has been missing time since Friday with this groin injury. With Arian Foster (calf) also sidelined the team is going to get a longer look at rookies Cierre Wood, Dennis Johnson, and Ray Graham.

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NYJ - RB Joe McKnight arrested

Source: New York Post - Brian Costello

New York Jets RB Joe McKnight was arrested last week in New Jersey after police discovered two outstanding warrants when he was stopped for speeding and changing lanes without signaling. McKnight failed to pay a $200 fine for failing to produce an insurance card in another town, and another unpaid $120 fine from a ticket for failing to observe a traffic signal.

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McKnight has enough to worry about on the field without this problem arising. He suffered a concussion in practice on Friday and has yet to return to practice.

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NO - Younger WRs could get more chances

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune - Mike Triplett

New Orleans WRs Saalim Hakim, Preston Parker, Kenny Stills, Andy Tanner and Nick Toon could each see bigger roles following the injury to WR Joe Morgan (knee), who is likely to miss at least a few weeks. However, the team values experience in the top three receiver roles, and it is believed veteran WR Steve Breaston will get a long look as the No. 3 first before any of the younger players.

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Toon is the player to watch here. If healthy Toon has good size and the wingspan to make plays in the red zone. Toon is not a quick twitch athlete and needs to be a more refined route runner if he wants to play up to his potential.

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NO - WR Steve Breaston could be used as No. 3 WR

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune - Mike Triplett

New Orleans Saints WR Steve Breaston could get a shot as the No. 3 wide receiver behind starting WRs Marques Colston (foot) and Lance Moore following the injury to WR Joe Morgan (knee).

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Breaston has the experience over other young WRs (like Nick Toon) on the Saints roster. He's not the same player he used to be but should be asked to run clear out routes deep to open things up underneath.

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NO - WR Marques Colston practices

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune - Larry Holder

New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston (foot) was removed from the physically unable to perform list and returned to practice for the first time since training camp began Monday, Aug. 5.

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Good news for the Saints here. Colston is a favorite target of Drew Brees and should perform like a top 15 fantasy WR if healthy. His current ADP is WR17 and he's coming off the board at 4.11 in 12 team PPR leagues.

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NYG - DE Jason Pierre-Paul running on the side

Source: New York Daily News - Ebenezer Samuel

New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul (back) was running on the side at practice Tuesday, Aug. 5. Pierre-Paul did not look fluid when running.

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Pierre-Paul will only be three months removed from surgery when the Giants kick off their regular season schedule. We'd expect the team to bring him along slowly and ease him into the lineup.

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ATL - OLB Sean Weatherspoon out indefinitely

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - D. Orlando Ledbetter

Atlanta Falcons LB Sean Weatherspoon (finger) is out indefinitely after severely dislocating a finger in practice Monday, Aug. 5, according to head coach Mike Smith.

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Clutching, grabbing, stripping the ball, using hands as a pass rusher, snagging interceptions - all of these important IDP skills could be affected by this "open" dislocation. Good thing for Weatherspoon that he has plenty of time to recover before the season. If we don't hear about any fractures, he should be safe to draft where you had before in the LB2 tier.

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NYG - Have used some 3-4 looks in practice

Source: ESPN.com - Dan Graziano

The New York Giants usually use a strict 4-3 defensive alignment, but they have used some 3-4 formations or hybrid looks that ask their defensive ends to stand up and either play outside linebacker or at least look as though they might. The idea is to confuse the opposing offense and possibly to be in better position to react to run-heavy, read-option offenses like the Washington Redskins have, and perhaps the Philadelphia Eagles will use. DE Mathias Kiwanuka played linebacker last season before moving back to defensive end, and he is someone who can fit into this hybrid system nicely.

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This could definitely affect our IDP matchups for the Giants against those read-option teams. We'll be watching to see if other teams follow their lead and mix up fronts to match up against the read option running game.

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