NFL PLAYER NEWS
Samaje Perine back on Washington coaches' good side
Washington rookie running back Samaje Perine has responded well in the week after his poor preseason opener, according to the running backs coach Randy Jordan.
Perine fumbled, dropped a pass, and struggled in pass protection in his first NFL game, but he apparently bounced back with a strong week of practice. Still, the coaching staff wants to see how he reacts in another game situation Saturday night. Perine remains well behind Rob Kelley, but he still has time to close the gap.
numberFire's algorithms expect Perine to rush 144.3 times for 517.6 yards and 4.51 touchdowns with 15.5 receptions for 113.5 yards and 0.61 touchdowns in 2017. He is the 42nd-ranked fantasy running back in our models while Kelley ranks 31st.
Lions' Ameer Abdullah a candidate for 1,000 yards in 2017
Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah will top 1,000 yards rushing this season if he stays healthy, ESPN reporter Michael Rothstein believes.
That's a pretty big qualifier after last season's foot injury, but Abdullah played all 16 games as a rookie despite suffering a shoulder injury late in the year and did not have injury issues in college. Rothstein admits touchdowns could be a concern and Theo Riddick will steal work in the passing game.
Our models project Abdullah for 723 rushing yards and 5.06 touchdowns on 156 carries, with 37 catches for 334 receiving yards and 1.32 air scores. That's just outside our top-20 fantasy projections for running backs this year.
T.J. Yeldon suffers hamstring injury in Jaguars' second preseason game
Jacksonville Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon exited the second preseason game with a hamstring injury.
The severity of the injury is not known, but it is another setback for Yeldon, who sat out the entire offseason program with an ankle issue. His spot as the third-down back is likely secure, but that could change if he is not able to get and stay healthy.
Our models project Yeldon as the 62nd-best running back for fantasy football, with 276 rushing yards and 1.25 touchdowns on 76 attempts, adding 24 catches for 182 receiving yards and 0.68 touchdowns.
Dalvin Cook hoards first-team touches for Vikings
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook rushed seven times for 40 yards, catching 1-of-3 targets for 10 yards in Friday's second preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks.
In a little over one half of football this preseason, Cook has touched the ball a whopping 17 times. Jerick McKinnon was back for this game but Cook was the starter and played every snap with the ones before McKinnon came on late in the first half. Cook is now going in the third round of single-season drafts.
numberFire's models currently rank Cook as fantasy football's RB28 this season. We project him to rush 148.2 times for 627.1 yards and 4.71 touchdowns while adding 35.3 receptions for 291.4 yards and 0.92 scores through the air.
Blake Bortles not out as Jaguars' starter, but competition is wide open
The Jacksonville Jaguars' starting quarterback job is "wide open," NFL Network's Tom Pelissero confirms.
Head coach Doug Marrone refused to commit to Bortles as the starter following Thursday's game, but it's "not a forgone conclusion" that he's out of a job, according to Pelissero. Jacksonville isn't expected to pursue any outside options, leaving Bortles and Chad Henne to compete for the Week 1 job.
Bortles is currently the 18th quarterback in our fantasy rankings this season. We project him to complete 57.6 percent of his 595.8 attempts for 3,731.8 yards with 25.55 touchdowns and 16.2 interceptions while adding 257.6 yards rushing and 2.30 scores on the ground.
Chris Carson outshines Eddie Lacy in Seahawks' second preseason game
Seattle Seahawks rookie running back Chris Carson turned six carries into 27 yards and one catch into 17 yards in Friday night's preseason game.
Nominal starter Eddie Lacy plodded his way to just 23 yards from scrimmage on seven touches. Carson essentially earned a committee spot with Lacy, playing 9-of-22 snaps with the first-team offense compared to Lacy's 13 first-team plays. While this performance and usage were intriguing, and it seems Carson has played himself onto the radar in single-season leagues, it must be noted that Thomas Rawls (ankle) was sitting this game out.
Our models project Lacy for 799 rushing yards and 5.00 touchdowns on 183 carries in 2017 while adding 23 catches for 168 yards, and 0.68 touchdowns. He is our RB25 in standard leagues this season.
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