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Around the NFL: Bad Penny

Headline writers, they're the worst. But Seattle's top draft pick, a curious selection from the get-go, will miss "some time" due to a hand injury that includes a broken finger. Considering he was working firmly behind Chris Carson anyway, and the season is just 26 days away, you can pretty much forget him starting in Week 1.   more »

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Trivia: August 15, 2018

Alfred Morris is joining the 49ers. In 2015 Morris ran for 751 yards but with only one touchdown. Who are the last three other running backs to run for that many yards without scoring any rushing touchdowns? All three, remarkably, started their careers with the same franchise. One was a first-round pick in 1993. One was a fourth-rounder in 1998. The most obscure made it as an undrafted player out of Massachusetts in 2001. answer »

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Around the NFL: 49ers sign Alfred Morris

I am an Alfred Morris fan. He made us look good back in 2012. He was just a sixth-round pick, but he worked his way up the depth chart in August. I remember a home game with the Colts, when they trotted him out with the first-unit offense and he really nailed down the starting job. We jacked him way up on our board, all of our subscribers drafted him, and he delivered big time, running for 1,613 yards and 13 TDs.  more »

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Around the NFL: Eagles wide receivers

Alshon Jeffery underwent offseason shoulder surgery and is currently on the PUP list. A report yesterday indicated he could stay there into the regular season, which would keep him out for the first six games, making him essentially undraftable. And increasing the value of the team's other pass catchers.   more »

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Viva Murillo!: Better Late Than Whenever

Some of you are the proud owners of a shiny new roster. Untested (and therefore undefeated), you probably have visions of the starters living up to their potential, the backups providing great depth and value, and your late-round fliers panning out. And maybe all that will happen. Unless you drafted Derrius Guice, of course. That was a wasted pick. Fortunately, Saquon Barkley's injury doesn't look serious. Jerick McKinnon is probably okay, too. But here's the problem: That was from just the first week of the preseason and some practices. What's going to happen over the next couple of weeks to derail your roster before you even play the first game? What's the point of drafting so early if you can't even play week 1 with the guys you wanted?   more »

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Trivia: August 14, 2018

What undrafted free agent running back caught 30 passes in the preseason in 2012? This player is still in the league. He has caught passes for five different teams in the last three years. answer »

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Podcast: August 13 episode of the Fantasy Index Podcast available now

Ian Allan and Justin Eleff run down Week 1 of the NFL preseason: fallout from the Derrius Guice injury (and several lesser injuries), players who impressed and failed to impress, what to watch for next. Sponsored by EZDraft.  more »

Factoid: Preseason rushing, part 2

As a followup, Yaesha Newman wanted to see how preseason stars tended to perform in the regular season. That is, when a running back is piling up yards in the practice game, is that a sign said player will be a star? (Should we all be using last-round picks on Chris Warren?)   more »

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System Status: Fantasy Index custom rankings issue has been resolved

Early this afternoon we experienced a technical problem that caused errors when customers attempted to display their custom rankings. We have resolved the problem, and the system is now operating ...  more »

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Around the NFL: Fast start for Barkley

When a rookie running back posts big numbers, can we look back at the preseason and agree that we should have seen it coming? Alvin Kamara and Ezekiel Elliott have ripped off big gainers in the preseason the last two years. But other rookies have finished with good numbers after looking pretty ordinary in the preseason.  more »

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Andy Richardson: Top-10 wideouts

Watching the exhibition games over the weekend, I took an interest in a couple of once highly regarded wide receivers whose careers have gotten off to slow starts. For one it's just one down season, for the other it's been several. Turns out that John Ross and Kevin White have something in common.   more »

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Trivia: August 13, 2018

What’s the only university that’s had four different running backs go over 2,000 run-rec yards in an NFL season? answer »

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Fantasy Index Cheat Sheet Update: The latest Fantasy Index Cheat Sheet is available now.

Get our latest rankings, analysis, projections, depth charts, and defensive player information...  more »

Around the NFL: Overlooked veterans

A couple of crusty old veterans caught my eye on the initial preseason games. Robert Turbin and Latavius Murray. Neither is what you would call a building-block player, but both might get some goal-line touches this year.   more »

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Factoid: D.J. Moore

D.J. Moore was somewhat surprisingly the first wide receiver drafted, Carolina's first-round pick in April. But he's been drawing positive press throughout training camp, and he looked very good in the exhibition opener: 4 catches for 75 yards.   more »

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