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Carlos Hyde impresses in Browns' second preseason game

Cleveland Browns running back Carlos Hyde rushed 9 times for 64 yards and a touchdown in Friday's preseason game versus the Buffalo Bills.

What It Means:

Hyde ripped off a pair of long runs including a 26-yard dash in the first quarter. He also capped off the first drive with a 4-yard touchdown run. Hyde looked strong after playing just 3 snaps in the preseason opener last week, further solidifying his position as starting back for at least Week 1.

Our models project Hyde for 762.4 rushing yards, 191.8 receiving yards, and 5.4 total touchdowns on 212.3 total touches in 2018.

nfl 16 hours and 50 minutes

Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes completes 8-of-12 passes, tosses 69-yard touchdown on Friday

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes completed 8-of-12 passes for 138 yards, an interception, and a 69-yard touchdown pass to Tyreek Hill against the Atlanta Falcons on Friday.

What It Means:

Of course it was to Hill. That combination is going to cause havoc for defensive coordinators all season. Mahomes is known for his arm, and boy did he prove it; he released the touchdown pass from his own 25, and Hill caught it at the Atlanta 6 before waltzing into the end zone.

Mahomes is currently numberFire's 23rd ranked quarterback for the 2018 season. We project him for 3,314.4 passing yards, 23.0 passing touchdowns, 13.6 interceptions, and 234.2 rushing yards.

Source: NFL

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A.J. McCarron will start in Friday's preseason game for Buffalo

Buffalo Bills quarterback A.J. McCarron will start in Friday's preseason game versus the Cleveland Browns.

What It Means:

Nathan Peterman made the start in the preseason opener but will work with the third-unit as McCarron gets his shot to win the starting job on Friday. Josh Allen is expected to come in after McCarron on Friday.

Our models project McCarron for 2,004.3 yards, 11.4 touchdowns, and 7.0 interceptions on 290.0 pass attempts in 2018.

Source: Buffalo Bills

nfl 18 hours and 51 minutes

Chargers' Melvin Gordon looking to take his game to the next level in 2018

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is not satisfied with his career-year in 2017 and wants to make "defenses pay" In 2018.

What It Means:

Gordon has been putting in extra work this offseason as he wants to step up his game and be mentioned in the elite running back class, with the likes of Todd Gurley and Le'Veon Bell. He is approaching 2018 with the right mindset, according to head coach Anthony Lynn, and is ready to be the Chargers workhorse once again this season.

Our models project Gordon for 1,709.0 total yards and 10.7 touchdowns on 350.9 total touches this season. He is numberFire's fifth-ranked running back for 2018.

Source: Chargers.com

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Giants' Eli Manning not expected to play on Friday night

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is not expected to play in Friday's preseason game against the Detroit Lions.

What It Means:

Manning and Odell Beckham stayed on the field after warmups to put in some extra work, a reliable indicator the duo will not suit up on Friday. The Giants likely want to see extended run from Kyle Lauletta and Davis Webb as the two battle out for the job as Manning's backup this season.

Our models project Manning to finish as the 22nd-best QB in fantasy with 3,845.9 passing yards, 27.4 touchdowns, and 15.3 interceptions on 609.0 pass attempts in 2018.

Source: Jordan Raanan, ESPN

nfl 19 hours and 42 minutes

Julio Jones expected to sit out Falcons' preseason game on Friday

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is not expected to play in Friday's preseason game versus the Kansas City Chiefs.

What It Means:

Jones was seen on the field warming up with his teammates but it appears the Falcons will play it safe and sit out their star wideout for a second straight game this preseason. He is expected to see some reps next week versus the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Our models project Jones for 98.6 catches, 1,541.5 yards, and 7.7 touchdowns in 2018. He is numberFire's number three ranked WR in fantasy behind Antonio Brown and DeAndre Hopkins.

Source: Vaughn McClure, ESPN

nfl 20 hours and 6 minutes

Panthers' Cam Newton could see extended run in Friday's preseason game

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton could play the entire first half in Friday's preseason game against the Miami Dolphins.

What It Means:

Newton could use additional playing time as he adjusts to new offensive coordinator Norv Turner's playbook. He saw limited snaps in the preseason opener -- missing on both his pass attempts -- but could play as much as a whole half on Friday, depending on how well the first-team offense plays.

Our models project Newton for 3,314.1 passing yards, 21.7 touchdowns, and 12.1 interceptions while rushing for 742.1 yards and 5.5 touchdowns. He is numberFire's sixth-ranked QB in fantasy this year.

Source: Panthers.com

nfl 20 hours and 12 minutes

Tyler Lockett (toe) will not play on Saturday for the Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett (toe) will not play in Saturday's preseason contest against the Los Angeles Chargers.

What It Means:

Lockett is dealing with a sore toe, but the coaching staff is not concerned. Lockett enters 2018 as the Seahawks' number two receiver and could see a more significant role in the offense in Week 1 if Doug Baldwin is not ready to play.

Our models project Lockett as the WR68 in fantasy with 45.1 catches, 553.9 yards and 2.8 touchdowns in 2018.

Source: John Boyle, Seahawks.com

nfl 20 hours and 20 minutes

Dalvin Cook could split Vikings' rushing load with Latavius Murray

According to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Minnesota Vikings running backs Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray could "split a good bit of the rushing load" this season.

What It Means:

The Vikings' coaching staff has said it's too early to think about the workload split but insists Cook and Murray will both be factors in the offense this season. With Cook coming off a torn ACL, it would make sense for Minnesota to play it safe with his workload to start the year. The presence of Murray limits the ceiling of Cook in fantasy this year, leaving him as a borderline RB1.

Our models project Murray as the 12th-best back in fantasy with 1,117.1 rushing yards, 309.6 receiving yards and 9.1 touchdowns on 300.1 touches in 2018.

Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press

nfl 20 hours and 31 minutes

Ravens' Joe Flacco having "best training camp of his career"

Sources have told ProFootballTalk that Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is having 'far and away' the best training camp of his career.

What It Means:

Flacco's game has seemed to be on the decline over the last couple of years, and with Baltimore investing a first-round pick on a quarterback (selecting Lamar Jackson 32nd overall), Flacco needs this strong showing to lock up his starting job.

numberFire's models account for Flacco playing a full 16 games in 2018, and we project him for 3718.9 yards, 19.9 touchdowns and 16.3 interceptions on 348.3-of-594.1 passing.

Source: ProFootballTalk

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