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Raiders' Incognito suspended 2 games over personal conduct

Fri Jul 12 4:48pm ET

Oakland Raiders guard Richie Incognito (64) warms up during an official team activity at the NFL football team's headquarters in Alameda, Calif., Tuesday, May 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)


NEW YORK (AP) Oakland Raiders guard Richie Incognito has been suspended without pay by the NFL for the first two games of the regular season for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

Incognito pleaded guilty in April to disorderly conduct in Scottsdale, Arizona, after being accused of threatening employees at a funeral home where his father's body was being held.

The Raiders signed Incognito in May. He sat out last season in retirement.

The 36-year-old Incognito has played 11 years in the NFL, making the Pro Bowl four times. He is a leading contender to start at left guard in Oakland.

But he has also been suspended for bullying former Miami teammate Jonathan Martin, allegedly made racist slurs to an opponent during a playoff game in January 2018 and has had two run-ins with police since he retired following the 2017 season.

Incognito is eligible to participate in offseason and preseason practices and games. He may return to the Raiders' active roster on Sept. 16.

Player Notes
Patrick Chung Aug 22 2:00pm ET

New England Patriots strong safety Patrick Chung was indicted on a cocaine-possession charge earlier this month, according to assistant attorney Keith Cormier. Chung knowingly possessed cocaine on July 25 in New Hampshire where he owns a home. He's scheduled to appear in court next Wednesday and will be facing a suspension at some point in 2019. The 32-year-old veteran defensive back had 84 tackles, half a sack, one fumble recovery and one interception in 15 games for the Pats last season. Losing him for any amount of time will take away a valuable veteran in the secondary. New England's defense has streaming appeal in the right matchups, but they fall outside of RotoBaller's top-12 fantasy defensive units to begin the year.

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Keke Coutee Aug 22 1:50pm ET

Houston Texans wide receiver Keke Coutee (ankle) is still out with his sprained ankle. It's now fair to wonder if Coutee will even be ready for Week 1 or how effective he might be early in the year if he does suit up. The second-year wideout is quickly developing a reputation for being injury-prone and a slow healer. The 22-year-old is electric when healthy, catching 28 passes for 287 yards (10.3 average) and a score in six games in his rookie season. Coutee is currently ranked as RotoBaller's No. 44 fantasy wideout worth taking in the middle rounds, but his stock will continue to drop if he doesn't get back on the field soon. Will Fuller would be the main beneficiary if Coutee wasn't ready for the regular season opener.

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JuJu Smith-Schuster Aug 22 12:50pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who ranked among the NFL leaders in receptions and yards in 2018, is now the team's top target with Antonio Brown gone, and he wants to evolve to become more of a dangerous deep threat. Being able to catch the deep balls down the field, those go balls, those free balls that they send down the field where Ive got to go make those plays, Smith-Schuster said. Thats what Ive focused on a lot, catching the ball over the shoulder and being able to be a threat on the outside. He led the team with 111 catches for 1,426 yards and five catches of 40 yards or longer, ranking in the top six in the NFL in all three categories. The big question is whether Smith-Schuster will be as productive without Brown in the fold, but most fantasy owners think he will, as he's going on average early in the second round of drafts.

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Amari Cooper Aug 22 12:40pm ET

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper (foot) said he's confident he'd be effective if he had to play in the regular season. Real effective, Cooper said from his locker at the Star on Tuesday. Im not really worried. He's dealing with plantar fasciitis, something that he's had experience with before. Cooper has been seeking treatment the last two weeks, and he rated his pain on Tuesday as a three on a scale from one to 10. The team is hoping he will practice next Monday or Tuesday but will "still be a little deliberate with him," head coach Jason Garrett said. Cooper is confident he can perform if he's forced to play through the injury, but fantasy owners will be a little more hesitant now to take him as a high-end WR2. If his injury lingers into the start of the season, it could mean more work for Michael Gallup and Randall Cobb.

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Richard Rodgers Aug 22 12:10pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Richard Rodgers will be forced to miss several weeks due to a foot injury. Rodgers is just a depth option behind starters Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert (who will both see plenty of the field thanks to Philly's two-tight end sets.) Rodgers was only going to see consistent playing time if one of those two were injured, and even then he'd be a massive downgrade. His absence won't make much of a difference in the fantasy football world.

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Freddie Kitchens Aug 22 12:00pm ET

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr (hip) is not expected to play in his team's third preseason game on Friday. Beckham has been dealing with a hip pointer since August 6 and unlikely to play any preseason snaps ahead of the regular season. The star wideout is likely to be fine for the regular-season opener as the Browns are just being extra cautious with Beckham. Most of the other starters are expected to play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday, with head coach Freddie Kitchens stating that playing time will be determined on a "player-by-player" basis. Continue to target Beckham as a rock-solid WR1 in fantasy drafts.

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Giorgio Tavecchio Aug 22 10:00am ET

Atlanta Falcons kicker Giorgio Tavecchio has struggled this preseason, hitting just four of his seven field-goal attempts. However, he has converted all three extra-point attempts. Tavecchio took over the team's kicking job for veteran Matt Bryant last year, giving him some big shoes to fill. Atlanta should have a strong offense this year and Tavecchio could be a solid sleeper kicker to target if he can put things together.

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Devonta Freeman Aug 22 9:50am ET

Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman only saw six snaps and one carry in the team's last preseason game against the Jets, but tonight's game against the Redskins should be different. Freeman is coming off knee, groin and sports hernia surgery and only played in two games last year. Falcons head coach Dan Quinn discussed the importance of getting Freeman some game action this week, so look for Freeman to be heavily featured early on in Thursday's game before giving way to backups Ito Smith and Qadree Ollison.

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Josh Allen Aug 22 9:40am ET

While several teams have yet to see their starting quarterbacks on the field this preseason, Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen has started both of his team's first two preseason games and has relished the opportunity. Allen was quoted saying there's nothing like live reps and also said that "The teams getting better and Im getting better." Through two games, Allen is 15-for-22 for 168 yards. He's yet to throw either a touchdown or an interception. He'll make his third start of the preseason on Friday against the Lions.

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Michael Crabtree Aug 22 1:10am ET

The Arizona Cardinals officially signed free-agent wide receiver Michael Crabtree to a one-year deal on Wednesday. The 31-year-old will have to prove himself to make the roster in the next two weeks, but he does offer some intrigue in head coach Kliff Kingsbury's offense if he sticks around, although he'll have to compete with rookies Andy Isabella and Keesean Johnson. Crabtree will help replace rookie Hakeem Butler (hand), who could miss the rest of the season. The veteran had 54 catches for 607 yards and three touchdowns for Baltimore in 2018. You shouldn't be drafting him in standard leagues, but keep an eye on Crabtree's role if he makes the final squad. Trent Sherfield is also in the fold as well.

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Anthony Miller Aug 22 1:10am ET

Chicago Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller (ankle) hasn't practiced since Aug. 10 due to a sprained ankle and also missed most of the team's work at organized team activities and minicamp while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. The 24-year-old has plenty of potential but could start off slow in 2019 because of his lack of practice due to injuries in the offseason. He needs more time to learn the nuances of head coach Matt Nagy's offense and must become more detailed as a route runner. The biggest challenge is the timing with the quarterback, Nagy said Wednesday. Thats the No. 1 challenge. Temper expectations with Miller to begin the season. His fantasy stock is falling, and he's not even a lock to be ready for Week 1.

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Nick Chubb Aug 22 1:00am ET

Cleveland Browns running backs coach Stump Mitchell talked up running back Nick Chubb on Wednesday. "I think hes going to be special like he was last year," said Mitchell. "Hell be used a little more in the passing game than he was last year. Nick just continues to improve on the skillset that he has, and I think he has a fantastic skillset." In a rising offense as the lead back that could see more work catching passes in his second season, Chubb has low-end RB1 appeal. The 23-year-old had 192 carries for 996 yards and eight touchdowns in his rookie season and caught 20 passes for 149 yards and two more scores. Chubb could lose some playing time on passing situations once Kareem Hunt returns from suspension in the second half of the season, but it shouldn't make him any less appealing.

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Justice Hill Aug 22 12:30am ET

Baltimore Ravens rookie running back Justice Hill caught a short pass from quarterback Lamar Jackson and darted upfield, causing two Eagles defenders to collide in Monday's joint practice. Hill is the Ravens leading rusher after the first two weeks of the preseason, amassing 82 yards on 20 carries. According to the Baltimore Beatdown, Hill forced a missed tackle on nine of 12 touches in Baltimore's Week 2 game against Green Bay. Hill's running style is intriguing; he's lightning-fast, he breaks tackles and he can catch the ball well. The first-year back currently sits fourth on the Ravens depth chart and likely won't see a ton of touches at the start of the season, but keep him on your radar toward the end of your drafts. He's being picked up in the 12th round of most drafts and poses as an exciting sleeper to handcuff to Mark Ingram.

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Michael Crabtree Aug 21 11:19pm ET

The Arizona Cardinals are closing in on signing free-agent wide receiver Michael Crabtree, according to sources. The Cards released former first-rounder Kevin White on Wednesday, and it looks like Crabtree is who they'll replace him with. It remains to be seen how Crabtree might fit in head coach Kliff Kingsbury's offense behind Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk, but the veteran wideout should make Arizona's offense more versatile and give them another weapon. He had 54 grabs for 607 yards and three touchdowns last year with Baltimore in a run-first offense. Crabtree is a nice red-zone option, but he'll have to battle for targets with rookies Andy Isabella and Keesean Johnson.

Justin Tucker Aug 21 11:00pm ET

Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker has been a top-five fantasy option for the last five years and holds the crown as the most accurate field goal kicker in NFL history. "I think we've got an if it ain't broke, don't try to fix it type of situation going on here," Tucker told the media after Tuesday's practice. Drafting a top kicker in your leagues might not win you the championship, but drafting one who has made 89.7 percent of his field goals in his seven seasons will obviously help. If you happen to catch the run for kickers at the right time in your drafts, Tucker is the best kicker you should be looking to target.

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Sam Darnold Aug 21 10:30pm ET

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold had another solid practice Wednesday as he prepared for what will likely be his last preseason action Saturday vs the Saints. Darnold completed 10 of his first 11 passes in team drills Wednesday and also threw four straight touchdowns in red-zone drills, a major area of weakness in his rookie season. Head coach Adam Gase said the starters will play the first half plus one series in the team's third preseason game Saturday so this is the best look fantasy owners will get at the sophomore QB before drafts. Darnold has been having a strong camp and has higher upside than a lot of the other quarterbacks expected to be drafted as backups in fantasy.

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Chris Boswell Aug 21 10:20pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Chris Boswell has had the cards stacked against him this preseason. After hitting just 13 of 20 field goals and only 43 of 48 extra point attempts in 2018, head coach Mike Tomlin was very vocal that he was going to test Boswell this preseason. However, the fifth-year kicker knows there's nothing wrong with a challenge. "It does bring out the best in everybody. Well see where it goes, he said. The team brought in rookie Steven Wright from UCF to challenge Boswell this preseason. However, the incumbent has answered all doubts, hitting both field goal attempts, including a 47 yarder, along with all three extra point attempts. If your fantasy league utilizes kickers, you can leave Boswell in the player pool on draft day, but if he proves he is capable of hitting the necessary kicks, he could be a solid streamer after the first few games.

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Taylor Bertolet Aug 21 10:20pm ET

New York Jets kicker Taylor Bertolet is making a strong first impression on his new team. Bertolet was signed only a few days ago after Chandler Catanzaro abruptly retired but has already made an impression on the team. Bertolet went 4-for-4 on field goals during team drills connecting from 44, 40, and twice from 33 yards away. Bertolet won't be one of the top kickers drafted, but if he keeps this up could be worth a look on a Jets team that finished 30th in the NFL in red-zone conversion rate last season.

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Devin Bush Aug 21 10:10pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier has been impressed with rookie linebacker Devin Bush, who the Steelers traded up to get with the 10th overall pick. "I think he's going to make a lot of splash for us. He's going to be a big-time player for us," Shazier said. Shazier continues to make progress in his recovery from a spinal injury he suffered in 2017, but he will not play this year. Bush is the inside linebacking presence that Pittsburgh needs in order for their defense to return to the elite ranks among the NFL. They have the potential to become fantasy relevant this year, but fantasy owners can probably wait and see.

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Vance McDonald Aug 21 10:00pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Vance McDonald won't be the full-time tight end, according to offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner. In an interview with Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com, the Steelers' OC said "He's never going to play the full game. That's never going to happen." Of course, this could be coach talk and McDonald ends up sees the majority of the time at tight end. His only real competition at the position is Xavier Grimble, who was undrafted out of USC and has just 22 career receptions. Don't look into this too much as the veteran McDonald is without a doubt the top dog at this position in Pittsburgh. His ADP has jumped up into the 7th round, which is fair for a player who should command 80-plus targets this year.

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