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Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said he is trying to extend the contract of CB Jimmy Smith.

Smith put up a solid season last year as he recorded 58 tackles (49 solo), two interceptions, two forced fumbles, and 16 pass defenses. He's been incredibly consistent since first joining the Ravens in the 2011 draft and Newsome would certainly be wise to try and keep him around longer.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Adeiny Hechavarria exited Wednesday's game versus the Braves with a left hamstring injury.

It looked like Hechavarria tweaked his hamstring while trying to beat out a bunt single. We won't know more until after the game and we hear from the Marlins' manager Dan Jennings. Check back for more details.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

Bills running back LeSean McCoy has been sitting out the last two weeks with a hamstring injury, but the team has indicated that it’s confident McCoy will be good to go when the regular season starts.

You just have to hope and pray that all this is not smoke and mirrors coming out of Buffalo. All the reports are saying that the Bills are just being extra cautious with their star tailback and he'll be fine come Week 1. You should closely monitor the situation as we draw closer. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Stephen Strasburg will throw a bullpen session on Wednesday.

We saw Strasburg play catch on Tuesday with no reports on any pain. That's a step in the right direction and now we have to wait and see how he reacts to a bullpen session on Wednesday before he is cleared to make his next scheduled start. The Nationals took precautions with Tanner Roark to make sure he only threw two innings for Double-A Harrisburg on Monday in case he was needed to start. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Akeem Davis (hamstring) is not expected to play Thursday.

The Redskins are expected to keep five safeties as a part of their 53-man roster. Davis looks to be that fifth safety right now because of his excellent special teams play. The Skins would like to see him play but the hamstring injury will keep him out. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Nick Markakis is not in the Braves starting lineup Wednesday.

Markakis is getting the day off and the Braves have decided to put Adonis Garcia in right field this afternoon. Garcia will bat fifth in the lineup against the Marlins' Adam Conley. His price tag of only $2300 on Fanduel is enticing given the fact that he's 1/2 against Conley with a home run. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Colts DL Arthur Jones needs ankle surgery to repair torn ligaments, sources said. He’s a candidate for IR/designated to return, at best.

This would be a big blow to the Colts defense. He is a key to their success on the defensive front. Jones suffered the injury on Saturday night in the Colts third preseason game against the Rams. The team and Jones have been back and forth about what kind of timeline he would have for returning to the field. If Jones is placed on the IR/Designated to return list then he will be forced to miss half the regular season. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Texans trade TE Khari Lee to the Bears for a 6th-round pick in 2017.

This comes on the heels of the Texans trading a seventh-round pick in 2016 to the Broncos for Chris Clark an offensive lineman. The most impactful thing that Lee has done in his career thus far is do a spot on impression of his former Head Coach Bill O’Brien on the show Hard Knocks. He'll provide tight end depth on the Bears behind Martellus Bennett.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

The Texans released Jeff Tarpinian.

This former Iowa Hawkeye linebacker was a long shot to make the Texans roster and now will have to search for new employment.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

Victor Cruz is considered very doubtful for Week 1.

While recovering form his horrific knee injury suffered last season, Cruz went down with a mild calf strain in the middle of August and has continued to linger. Cruz was an iffy fantasy target this year already due to the knee injury and with the latest setback, fantasy owners can safely avoid the Giants receiver as there will be better options to target in the later rounds of drafts.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Head coach John Fox has no idea if Alshon Jeffrey will play Week 1.

This has been one of the most bizarre storylines this preseason as Jeffery was labeled “day-to-day” when he first injured his calf in the middle of August and on September 2 there is still no timetable for his return. The Bears weren’t concerned about rookie wide receiver Kevin White until it was announced he could miss the entire season with a stress fracture in his shin. Fantasy owners are hopeful this isn’t the same situation and the Bears are just being overly cautious with their star receiver and he will be ready to suit up when the regular season begins.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Andrelton Simmons has returned to the Braves lineup Wednesday.

Simmons has been out the last two games for the Braves with inflammation in his right ankle. Simmons may be a wizard with the glove at shortstop, but he provides no fantasy value as his offense continues to be a struggle. The 25-year-old has a slash line of .265/.331/.342 with only three stolen bases this season.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Giancarlo Stanton will test his hand Wednesday. I fall goes well, he will play in a rehab game tonight.

Stanton didn’t feel 100 percent during his first rehab game on September 1 and his target date of Friday appears very unlikely at this point. The recovery from the broken hamate bone has been very slow, but hopefully his wrist responds well to swinging the bat today. It’s hard to give a fantasy outlook on Stanton until it is known when he will return to the Marlins lineup, but the games continue to dwindle and there are no signs of when Stanton will return.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Keenan Lewis had hip surgery Tuesday, sources say. He’s out 4-6 weeks.

The Saints secondary has had a few injuries that have tested their depth during the preseason and now they receive terrible news involving their number one cornerback. The Saints were hopeful to improve on their defense that finished 28th in points allowed, but will now have to replace a player in Lewis who ended last year with 41 tackles and two interceptions. The Saints defense appears to be a team that fantasy owners will want to exploit once again throughout the season.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Randall Cobb does not plan on missing a game. "I'm doing everything in my power to get back, but we still don't know the severity of the shoulder injury. It's definitely is a lot better then what we all thought it was in the beginning. Cobb said.

The optimism by Cobb is very encouraging, but not knowing the severity of the injury at this point is a little alarming. Cobb could still play in Week One even if he doesn’t practice all week leading up to the Packers first game. There is no reason to doubt this injury isn’t minor and fantasy owners should have confidence starting Cobb and drafting the pass catcher as their number one receiver.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Toronto Argonauts acquire CFL rights to Justin Blackmon.

This does not mean Blackmon will play for the Argonauts. Under the “Ricky Williams rules” that was implemented nearly a decade ago, any player suspended by another professional football league will be ineligible to play in the CFL. Until Blackmon’s indefinite suspension is lifted by the NFL, Blackmon will continue to be out of work.  Analysis: Phil Backert


DFS MLB Pitching Coach - September 2, 2015 |
Howard Bender

DFS MLB Pitching Coach - September 2, 2015

Howard Bender takes an in-depth look at the numbers and the match-ups to help you decide whether the time is right to invest heavily or if bargain-hunting is the way

MLB Umpire Report: September 2 |
Austin Taggart

MLB Umpire Report: September 2

A daily ranking of the MLB home plate umpires from most pitching friendly to least pitching friendly to help build your daily fantasy baseball lineups.

DFS PGA Playbook - Deutsche Bank Championship |
Drew Phelps

DFS PGA Playbook - Deutsche Bank Championship

Drew Phelps explores every Fairway, reads every Green and uses all of his DFS Golf experience to uncover his top fantasy plays for Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston in Norton, MA.

DFS MLB Playbook: September 2nd |
Ted Schuster

DFS MLB Playbook: September 2nd

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Training Camp Report: Preseason - Week 3 |
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Training Camp Report: Preseason - Week 3

Dom Murtha recaps and breaks down the storylines, positional battles, and draft busting injuries from each Week 3 preseason game.

Overrated Fantasy Basketball Players |
Mark Kaplan

Overrated Fantasy Basketball Players

Mark Kaplan brings the heat about the most overrated players in fantasy basketball.

DFS MLB Playbook: September 1st  |
Ted Schuster

DFS MLB Playbook: September 1st

Ted Schuster pours over all of the statistics, splits and matchups to uncover the very best DFS MLB players for today's contests

FantasyAlarm MLB Player Rankings: September |
Ray Flowers

FantasyAlarm MLB Player Rankings: September

Ray Flowers gives his final Player Rankings update for the the 2015 season with the September 1st update. More than 500 players are ranked by our in-house expert

Filling the Void: Atlanta RBs |
Ray Flowers

Filling the Void: Atlanta RBs

The Falcons drafted their runner of the future in 2014. They then went out and drafted another running back of the future in 2015. With a new OC in the stable, will the Falcons commit more deeply to the run in 2015, and who will emerge from the options?

Daily Trends: September 1, 2015 |
Ray Flowers

Daily Trends: September 1, 2015

A series of minor moves were made by the Giants, Dodgers, Cubs & Royals as all teams added outfielders in their attempt to boost their squads down the stretch.