Not a lot of news today; calm before the storm and all that, but let's discuss what we can. Alright, let's jump in:
Bill O'Brien confirmed Monday that Arian Foster is ahead of schedule in his return from a groin injury sustained Aug. 3. O'Brien told reporters to expect Foster back "sooner rather than later." This is clearly a boon to the 29-year-old's fantasy value, but be sure not to overrate him based on this news. He will certainly miss at least a few games, but it's clearly worth nudging Foster up the draft board now that we know he could be back on the field in the first quarter of the season.
- Nobody wants Montee Ball. Well, no one wanted to claim him on waivers, as the former second-round pick continues to have a rough go of it in his bid to be an NFL player. Ball will most likely latch on somewhere, if for no other reason than his pedigree as a former second-round pick, but don't expect to see Ball be fantasy relevant this season (or ever).
- Panthers head coach Ron Rivera has named Corey "Philly" Brown and Ted Ginn his starting receivers for Week 1's matchup with the Jags. Ginn is what he is: a deep threat who's unlikely to provide any value in fantasy outside of leagues that reward return yards. However, Brown is an intriguing guy to watch in deeper leagues, as he also is extremely fast, but is talented enough to develop into more than just a burner. In an offense that's aching for receiving talent, Brown is a nice upside play in deep leagues, especially now he is in the starting lineup.
- In a related note, Rivera also implied that rookie wideout Devin Funchess is threatening the starters for playing time. Funchess has been the only Carolina WR to garner any real attention in fantasy this season, and does have the highest upside of any of the healthy receivers on the roster. But Funchess was not fully healthy for a lot of the preseason, and has yet to force his way into the lineup despite being more physically gifted than the current starting WRs. Ultimately, Funchess is the best bet of the Carolina receivers to make a big fantasy impact this season, but it appears it may take him more time than some people hoped.
- Travis Kelce was back at practice on Sunday and is "good to go" for Week 1, according to Andy Reid. Kelce is returning from a minor preseason ankle sprain, so it's heartening for his owners to see him back out on the field and ready for game action. Assuming there are no setbacks with Kelce's ankle this week, you can feel good about starting him in Week 1.
- Mike Evans didn't practice Monday, as the receiver continues to recover from a hamstring issue that's been bothering him for a few weeks. Bucs coach Lovie Smith is refusing to comment on Evans' injury to the Tampa media until Wednesday, when the practice participation reports are released. The Bucs are playing this situation very close to the vest, which make me nervous, so keep an eye on the practice reports and be ready with a Week 1 fill-in, just in case.