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Cowboys 'very optimistic' Ezekiel Elliott ends holdout by Week 1
Dallas Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones remains "very optimistic" that the team will get a deal done with running back Ezekiel Elliott ahead of Week 1.
Jones says a deal can happen fast, coming together in just hours. Despite the positivity, Jones did also say that he does not expect an agreement to be reached soon because "there is not a lot of activity" going on between the two sides right now. Elliott is currently back in Cabo San Lucas continuing his training and workouts alongside Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk.
Elliott is still projected as numberFire's preseason RB4 with 1,879.2 total yards and 13.2 touchdowns in 2019.
Cowboys' Amari Cooper dealing with 'muscle strain' in his foot
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper is dealing with a muscle strain in his foot, according to Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones.
Cooper's injury has been described as plantar fasciitis and a strained heel as well. Whatever the injury is, the Cowboys do not appear to be worried even as Cooper will sit out all the preseason due to the ailment. If the wideout were to miss any time, Michael Gallup and Randall Cobb would be the biggest beneficiaries.
Cooper is projected for 85.1 catches, 1,176.9, and 8.5 touchdowns in 2019.
Cam Newton (foot sprain) expected to play Week 1 for Carolina
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been diagnosed with a mid-foot sprain but is expected to be able to play in Week 1 of the regular season.
Newtown suffered the injury during a sack in Thursday's preseason game. He was seen in a walking boot after the game but with over two weeks before the season opener, the Panthers remain optimistic.
numberFire's models project Newton as the QB5 in fantasy this season with 3,857.8 passing yards, 24.1 touchdowns, and 12.2 interceptions while adding 555.0 yards and 5.7 touchdowns on the ground.
Jaron Brown likely to start as Seattle's second receiver
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jaron Brown is "likely to be the Seahawks No. 2 WR."
Brown is preparing to start the season as the Seahawks' second receiver with teammates DK Metcalf and David Moore sidelined with injuries. Expect the 29-year old to play a lot of snaps until Metcalf can return.
Our models project Brown to haul in 29.6 receptions for 435.8 yards and 3.4 touchdowns on 47.3 targets.
Redskins' Jordan Reed placed in NFL concussion protocol
Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed has been placed in the NFL's concussion protocol, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Reed suffered a helmet-to-helmet hit from Falcons safety Keanu Neal in Thursday's preseason game, and he was evaluated for a concussion immediately. He's now in the concussion protocol without a timeline for release, and the oft-injured pass-catcher has caught another bad break. Should he be out for a prolonged period of time, veteran Vernon Davis would be in line for an increased role.
Our models currently project Reed for 57.32 catches, 570.51 yards and 3.39 touchdowns this season, though that could change if he's out long-term.
Bears' Anthony Miller (ankle) may be limited to start year
Chicago Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller (ankle) could be limited over the first few weeks of the season, speculates Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune.
Miller has been sidelined with a right ankle sprain since August 10 and he also missed OTAs and minicamp while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. The missed time has impeded the second-year wideout in terms of "getting the offense down" and timing with the quarterback, per head coach Matt Nagy. Miller led the Bears with 7 touchdown catches last season and finished second among rookies.
numberFire's models project Miller for 77.6 targets, 45.9 receptions, 620.1 yards, and 4.33 touchdowns this season. He's the WR55 in our preseason fantasy rankings.
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