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Dolphins release Brock Jensen and sign Seth Lobato

Today the Miami Dolphins signed Seth Lobato the team announced. Lobato was at the Colts training camp before getting released. The team released Brock Jensen in a corresponding move. There were several other moves made today as well.

@JaysonBraddock: Dolphins announce the signings of Seth Lobato, Brett Brackett, D’Aundre Reed. Team waived Brock Jensen, Davonte Wallace and Derrell Johnson

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John Abraham nailed with DUI arrest in Georgia

Cardinals Pro Bowl outside linebacker John Abraham was absent for the third straight day of training camp on Monday, a day it was learned the NFL’s active sacks leader was arrested and charged late last month for driving under the influence in Georgia.

Arrest reports in DeKalb County showed that John Antonio Abraham, 36, was detained, questioned and later charged with multiple counts, including DUI, on June 29.

This is never good, but at least people know why he was absent now.

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Formations Fantasy Football Review: Pittsburgh Steelers

Last year, Antonio Brown broke out of the Pittsburgh Steelers offense becoming a WR1. Ben Roethlisberger also continues to put up solid year after solid year. There are other players on this team that can help you as well both on offense and defense.

Star: Le’Veon Bell (RB)

13 Stats: 244 carries-860 yards-8 TDs, 45 catches-420 yards

Why He’s a Star: After overcoming an early injury, Bell put up decent numbers as a rookie. Even though LeGarrette Blount will steal some carries, Bell will be on the field most of the time. He also has value in PPR leagues because of his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. Bell should crack 1000 yards and put up 50 catches. He is a lower end RB1.

Avoid: LeGarrette Blount (RB)

13 Stats: 153 carries-769 yards-7 TDs (with NE)

Why to Avoid: After barely playing in 2012 with Tampa Bay, Blount resurrected his career with the Patriots in 2013. As the year progressed, he saw the field more and plowed his way to 7 touchdowns. He will steal some carries from Bell, but it’s doubtful he’ll rush for any more than 500 yards. Also, Bell will get many of the goal line carries, so 7 TDs again looks to be unrealistic.

Sleeper: Markus Wheaton (WR)

Why He’s A Sleeper: Wheaton did not play a lot as a rookie. He only had 12 targets and 6 catches. However, he has a chance to start opposite Antonio Brown this year. He is extremely fast and could see some points on reverses as well. I see good things for Wheaton. He’s a solid late round pickup with WR3 potential.

IDP to Watch: Ryan Shazier (LB)

13 Stats: N/A

Why: The first round pick from Ohio State is turning heads in Pittsburgh. After impressive mini-camps, Shazier looks to start next to Lawrence Timmons as inside linebackers in Pittsburgh’s 3-4 scheme. As well all know, ILB typically put up solid tackle numbers. Shazier has the potential to be a LB2/LB3.

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Formations Fantasy Football Review: San Diego Chargers

San Diego turned a lot of heads last year in the competitive AFC West. Phillip Rivers had a bounce back year and Ryan Matthews finally came into his own. What does 2014 hold for the Chargers?

Star: Keenan Allen (WR)

13 Stats: 71 catches-1053 yards-8 TDs

Why He’s a Star: The rookie from Cal started the year off slowly, but when he was given a chance, he ran with it. While quickly becoming a WR1, he put up excellent numbers for a rookie receiver. I’d expect with a year under his belt and more chemistry with Rivers that his catches and yards will increase. He may not surpass 8 TDs though. He’s a borderline WR1.

Avoid: Antonio Gates (TE)

13 Stats: 77 catches-872 yards-4 TDs

Why to Avoid: Gates put up a lot of catches and yards for a TE in 2013 but struggled in the TD department. Phillip Rivers now has more options with the above-mentioned Allen and tight end counterpart Ladarius Green. Also, San Diego has turned more into a rushing team with Ryan Matthews and newly arrived Donald Brown. Gates is possibly a TE2 and nothing more.

Sleeper: Ladarius Green (TE)

Why He’s A Sleeper: Green only had 17 catches last year, but he turned those catches into 376 yards. He has tremendous big play potential and will start to see the field just as much or more than Antonio Gates. Green should be a TE2 with the potential some weeks to put up TE1 numbers.

IDP to Watch: Manti Te’o (LB)

13 Stats: 41 tackles-20 assists

Why: Te’o garnered more headlines last year for a fake girlfriend rather than his play. He struggled with some injuries and missed three games. When he did play, he put up pedestrian stats. However, the former Notre Dame product has another year in the Charger system and may see some nickel and dime work. If this is the case, Te’o will be a LB3 with the possibility of being a LB2.

Send any fantasy football questions to @etalbot81 or @FormationsFF.

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Formations Fantasy Football Review: Seattle Seahawks

What can the Super Bowl champions do for an encore performance? They have most of their pieces back and look to make another run. There are many players on their team that can help you win your fantasy championship too.

Star: Russell Wilson (QB)

13 Stats: 3357 yards, 26 TD, 9 INT, 96 carries-539 yards-TD

Why He’s a Star: The third year QB is coming off of his second consecutive top-10 fantasy season. Seattle is usually a ground and pound team, but when Wilson has the chance to throw, he takes advantage of his opportunity. A huge plus for Wilson is his rushing ability. I believe he’ll be a top-10 QB in fantasy again.

Avoid: Marshawn Lynch (RB)

13 Stats: 301 carries-1262 yards-12 TDs, 36 catches-316 yards-2 TDs

Why to Avoid: Marshawn Lynch has been an absolute fantasy beast the past 3 seasons. He has rushed for over 1200 yards and at least 11 TDs in all 3 seasons. Those are fantastic numbers. However, Lynch has also had a great deal of carries and has gone through a great deal of wear and tear. In the offseason, Seattle’s coaches announced Christine Michael would be getting his fair share of carries this year. All of this is enough to scare me away from Lynch this year.

Sleeper: Christine Michael (RB)

Why He’s A Sleeper: As mentioned above, Seattle’s coaches want Michael to have more carries this year. He is superbly talented and has fresh legs. If he shows his full talent, he has a shot to steal at least 75-100 carries this year. If you draft Lynch early on, it would be very wise to draft Michael later.

IDP to Watch: Kam Chancellor (DB)

13 Stats: 65 tackles-34 assists-3 INTs

Why: Earl Thomas is always the Seattle safety you hear about. However, Kam Chancellor has quietly been putting up excellent numbers the past 3 seasons. The former 5th round selection is poised to have another great year. He is certainly a DB2 for your team.
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Formations Fantasy Football Review: New York Giants

The New York Giants had a down year in 2013 but hope to rebound in 2014. Eli Manning had a difficult year as well as many others on the offense. This is a new year and the Giants have players who can help your fantasy team.

Star: Victor Cruz (WR)

13 Stats: 73 catches-998 yards-4 TDs

Why He’s a Star: After 19 touchdowns between 2011 and 2012, Victor Cruz dipped down to only four last year. His targets, receptions, and yards also decreased in 2013 as well. However, I believe that Cruz will rebound under a new offensive coordinator and scheme. Cruz is a safe WR2 bet.

Avoid: Rashad Jennings (RB)

13 Stats: 163 carries-733 yards-6 TD, 36 catches-298 yards (in Oakland) Why to Avoid: Jennings is one of the hot names this offseason in fantasy football. He is coming off a career year in Oakland and seems to be the lead back with the Giants. There are some red flags though. Jennings has been little more than a career backup, is nearing his 30th birthday, and has a potentially healthy David Wilson and rookie Andre Williams lurking behind him. I would let someone else draft Jennings.

Sleeper: David Wilson (RB)

Why He’s A Sleeper: Last year was a disaster for David Wilson. He was the running back who was supposed to break out. However, a week one fumble shook his confidence and limited his playing time. When he did see the field, Wilson suffered a serious neck injury. If he is healthy, the former first round draft pick is the most talented running back on the roster. Wilson is worth a late round flier.

IDP to Watch: Jacquian Williams (LB)

13 Stats: 39 tackles-19 assists

Why: The numbers above are hardly eye-popping, but there’s more to Williams than that. Right now Williams is one of a dying breed: the three-down linebacker. In an ideal world Williams will not leave the field and rack up tackles. He is worth a stash at the end of your bench.

Send any fantasy football questions to @etalbot81 or @FormationsFF.

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