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Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Arian Foster has a calf strain, he will be on crutches for a few days but will be back in time for training camp.

I've been reading tweets from other fantasy writers advising people to "avoid Arian" on draft day, and I think that's crazy. While I wouldn't use a top 3 pick on Foster this year, I would still consider him a first round pick in the same category as Lynch, Martin or Richardson.ANALYST: Brad Costilo

Judge Kyle in Minnesota, has ordered the Tom Brady/NFLPA lawsuit against the NFL be moved to the Manhattan court where the NFL filed.

The story that will not end continues and the move to a Manhattan court is an apparent victory for the NFL. Unless something changes, Brady will serve a four-game suspension and provides little fantasy value at this point.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Luke Kuechly says he is "not too concerned" about getting a long-term contract worked out with the Panthers. He wants to stay in Carolina though.

There doesn't seem to be any sense of urgency to complete a long-term deal with the middle linebacker as he is under contract with the Panthers through the end of the 2016 season. Kuechly had another impressive season in 2014 finishing with 153 total tackles and a career-high three sacks. The 24-year-old is once again a top five option in IDP leagues and should reward fantasy owners heavily in 2015.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Vikings activate defensive tackle Shamar Stephen off the injured list for training camp.

Stephen has been dealing with a sore knee, but the second-year defensive tackle is ready to get his season started. The seventh-round pick in 2014 started three games as a rookie and finished with 23 total tackles, but should get a more expanded role in the Vikings defensive line rotation this season.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Rick Wagner (Lisfranc foot sprain surgery) and Jeremy Zuttah (hip surgery) are both practicing on the first day of training camp for the Ravens.

This is great news for Joe Flacco, Justin Forsett and the rest of the Ravens offense as Wagner and Zuttah helped anchor Baltimore's offensive line in 2014. Flacco was only sacked 19 times last year after being sacked 48 times in 2013 and the turnaround can be attributed to Wagner and Zuttah. The entire Ravens offense is primed for a huge fantasy breakout with the addition of Marc Trestman as the offensive coordinator.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Kelvin Benjamin (hamstrings) says he's 100 percent healthy.

Benjamin is primed for a huge fantasy season and should be on every fantasy owners radar on draft day. Benjamin was reportedly overweight during the Organized Team Activities, but the second-year Panthers wide receiver proclaims he is ready to rock. After finishing his rookie campaign with 73 catches, 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns, it is very reasonable to expect all of those numbers to increase as Benjamin became a favorite of Cam Newton throughout the 2014 season. Benjamin should enter the season as a top-20 fantasy wide receiver.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Dennis Pitta (hip) and S Terrence Brooks (knee) remain on the PUP list.

This is not shocking as both Pitta and Brooks have a good chance to start the season on the PUP list as well. The Ravens are going to be extra careful with Pitta as he tries to return from his second hip surgery. Pitta can safely be avoided as a tight end target in fantasy drafts. Crockett Gillmore and rookie Maxx Williams will battle throughout training camp to become the starting tight end for the Ravens.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Albert Pujols is the only player in MLB history to have 13 30-HR seasons within first 15 seasons of his career.

Pujols has been the model of consistency in his career and the future Hall of Famer will set a few more records before he finally calls it quits. After a few down seasons, the 35-year-old first baseman has put up an impressive slash line of .260/.323/.539 with 30 homeruns and 64 RBIs. Pujols should continue to help fantasy owners for the remainder of the season.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Lardarius Webb was absent from the Ravens first day of training campThursday.

Webb battled through injuries last season for the Ravens secondary, but appeared to be healthy throughout Organized Team Activities. Webb should be fine throughout training camp and head into the season as the starting corner opposite of Jimmy Smith to help give the Ravens secondary a boost after finishing 23rd in the NFL in yards per game last year.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Cardinals have traded LHP prospect Rob Kaminsky to the Cleveland Indians for IB/OF Brandon Moss.

Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday re-injured his right quad on July 29 and is expected to be placed on the disabled list which leaves a glaring hole in the lineup. The trade of Moss should provide a lift for St. Louis as the left-handed hitting outfielder has 15 homeruns on the season. Moss has a batting average of .217 and an on base percentage of .288, but could see an uptick in both moving to a better lineup. As for Kaminsky, the 20-year-old lefty is currently in Single-A with an ERA of 2.09, a WHIP of 1.16 and a 79:28 K:BB ratio.  Analysis: Phil Backert

LeGarrette Blount failed Wednesday’s team-mandated conditioning test before the start of camp after completing just 12 of 20 runs, according to the Boston Globe.

Blount is already suspended for Week 1 due to his off-season arrest and apparently showed up to training camp in not the best shape. Blount hasn't always made the best decisions throughout his career and showing up to camp out of shape despite being the lead back and facing a one-game suspension is just another example. However, Blount has the entire month of August to get his body in shape and should be inserted as the starting back in Week 2 which makes him a viable option this season in fantasy.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Ravens running back Lorenzo Taliaferro got leaner, quicker this offseason.

Taliaferro will start the season as the primary backup to Justin Forsett and could get goal line carries for the Ravens this season. The second-year running back doesn't hold much fantasy value at this point unless there is an injury to Forsett.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Jarius Wright has been working as the slot receiver between Mike Wallace and Charles Johnson during training camp.,

Wright became more involved in the Vikings offense towards the end of last season which was highlighted by a 123 yard performance and a touchdown on four catches in Week 14 against the Jets. With the addition of Wallace and the return of Adrian Peterson, it's hard to put much stock into Wright's fantasy value heading into the season at this point.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Last summer, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo didn't practice more than two straight days while the team was in training camp, because of his surgically repaired back. The Cowboys will have a plan for Romo's back this summer, but the quarterback will set it.

Romo also sat out throughout the week during the regular season in 2014 and had a very productive season throwing for 3,705 yards and 34 touchdowns. The 35-year-old has mentioned multiple times this was one of his better off-seasons because he could train for the season instead of rehabbing an injury. With the loss of DeMarco Murray, Romo will be asked to throw the ball more which could lead to more fantasy points. Fantasy owners can safely draft Romo again as their QB 1.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Andre Ethier went 2-for-3 with a double, one RBI and one run scored against the Athletics on Wednesday.

Ethier has really been struggling of late as he is now slashing .188/.235/.250 with just one RBI over his last 16 at-bats as he continues to receive most of his playing time strictly against right-handed pitchers. Unless he finds a way to produce like he did at times in the first half he should remain benched in most formats for the time being.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

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