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ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. is fluent in the language of the NFL Draft.  He's been speaking it since the 1970s.  Kiper shared another lesson on all-things draft with an hour-long conference call on Thursday. Perhaps the most notable takeaway from the call was Kiper's opinion on Texas A&M's popular quarterback Johnny Manziel. The 2012 Heisman Trophy-winning player known as "Johnny Football," appears to be the top quarterback in this year's draft class. "When you talk to people in the league, he’s kind of the consensus No. 1 quarterback," said Kiper, who sees several teams being interested in taking the play-making quarterback in the top 10. "He is in the mix for Houston, Jacksonville, Cleveland, Oakland, Minnesota – all those teams need quarterbacks," Kiper said.

Kenny Vaccaro (hamstring) will not play for the Saints on Sunday.

The Saints have put more of an emphasis on defense in recent seasons, and Vaccaro is a big part of that. He has 153 tackles in two NFL seasons, and the Saints need him on the field in Week 1. The Saints play the Cardinals Week 1, and you probably shouldn't use the Saints D/ST even if Vaccaro plays. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Ravens coach was disappointed with rookie running back Buck Allen on Saturday night.

Allen has a chance to establish himself as Justin Forsett's backup with Lorenzo Taliaferro out, but he failed to step up Saturday night. Second-year pro Fitzgerald Toussaint could see some more work as a result. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Titans have cut Fernando Velasco on Sunday.

Velasco has played in 13 games, including seven starts, in his six-year NFL career. At 30 years old, this could be the end of the line for Velasco. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Caleb Thielbar has been designated for assignment by the Padres.

This move frees up the space for the Padres to claim Chris Rearick off waivers from the Rangers. Thielbar has a 2.74 career ERA in 98 2/3 big league innings, so this move is a bit puzzling. He will certainly catch on somewhere, but it may not be in the big leagues, and it may not be this season. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Padres claim Chris Rearick off waivers from the Rangers.

The Rangers claimed Rearick from the Padres less than a week ago, and now he is back. The 27-year-old has a 5.11 ERA and 1.77 WHIP in 44 innings in the minors this season. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Update: Arthur Jones will see a foot specialist after having an MRI on Sunday.

We should have an idea of Jones's prognosis after that meeting. The Colts begin the season with the Bills, Jets, Titans, Jaguars and Texans, and they should be very good for fantasy during that stretch regardless of Jones's availability. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Vidal Nuno will start for the Mariners on Monday.

Nuno takes the place of Felix Hernandez, who is getting skipped so the Mariners can keep him fresh. The Astros could be a decent stack against Nuno Monday, especially if Carlos Correa is able to go. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Felix Hernandez will have his next start skipped in an effort to keep him fresh.

Hernandez has thrown 2227 2/3 career innings, including 200+ innings in seven consecutive seasons. With the end of the season quickly approaching, this is probably the only time he will get skipped. His next start is scheduled for Sunday in Oakland, and he will be an attractive DFS option in that game.  Analysis: Steve Pimental

Astros hopeful Carlos Correa (hamstring) will be in Monday's starting lineup.

Correa has missed four consecutive games, and even if he misses Monday's game, he should be back soon. The Mariners have an off day Thursday, so weekly league players may want to consider other options in case Correa does not play Monday. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Devin Funchess (hamstring) was able to return to practice on Sunday.

Funchess is widely expected to get most of the targets that would have gone to Kelvin Benjamin this season. If he can practice all week and even play a bit in the final preseason game, it could go a long way towards making him a viable fantasy option early in the season. Analysis: Steve Pimental

A.J. Burnett is targeting a mid September return to the Pirates staff.

Burnett had a 2.11 ERA prior to the All-Star break, but he had three terrible starts before landing on the disabled list. He is available in a lot of leagues, and is worth picking up now to potentially get you two or three quality starts down the stretch. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Daniel Hudson's right index finger feels better and will test the amount of pressure he can put on it.

If all goes well, could be available Monday against the Rockies. Hudson could be a great source of holds down the stretch, though you may want to keep him on the bench until after Arizona's series in Colorado. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Tyler Wilson (oblique) will throw a simulated game on Tuesday.

Wilson was great this season after making his big league debut, with a 2.19 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 24 2/3 innings. If all goes well in his simulated game, he could be back with the Orioles in a couple of weeks. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Browns coach Mike Pettine said RB Duke Johnson is in the concussion protocol.

The starting running back gig in Cleveland is Johnson's for the taking, but instead he has suffered yet another setback. Johnson could still be a difference-maker for fantasy later in the season, but odds are he won't be startable for at least the first month of the season. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Phillies claimed LHP Ken Roberts off waivers from the Rockies and optioned Roberts to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Roberts had a 5.79 ERA and 1.61 in 9 1/3 innings with the Rockies this season. His numbers should look a bit better in Philadelphia, but not enough to really make a difference for the Phillies or for fantasy players. Analysis: Steve Pimental

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