We scour the news around the NFL to bring you what matters most to you and your dynasty team: the most current news on players, both superstars and the relative unknowns, and analysis to decipher the respective situations. These are many of the major stories and not meant to be an exhaustive look at all the recent happenings around the league.
On Saturday, Field Yates tweeted, “Source: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers officially returned to practice today. He’s eligible to play as soon as Week 15. The team has 21 days to activate him to the roster.” Rodgers could be vital for some fantasy in the playoffs. After the victory over Tampa Bay, Sunday, Green Bay is in the playoff chase. Adding Rodgers and Aaron Jones back in the lineup could make the Packers dangerous. The other positive is the poor state of the Green Bay defense should result in high scoring games down the stretch.
Many tongues were wagging earlier in the week when the Giants benched Eli Manning for Geno Smith. The outrage was not because Manning has played great this season because he has not. But, the curious part of the move was a) the timing and b) for Smith and not rookie Davis Webb. If benching Manning is the plan, why not do it earlier? And, if the team wants to replace the veteran who led the Giants to two Super Bowl berths, why not see what you have in Webb. At the end of the day, this is a clear signal that Manning will be gone at the end of the year, just like as coach McAdoo and general manager Reese were sent packing on Monday. The latter has not drafted well at all and McAdoo looks out of his depth on the sidelines. Adding fuel to the fire was Ian Rapoport tweeting on Saturday, “With #Giants QB Eli Manning’s options suddenly open for 2018, his dad Archie tells me: “Eli might say, ‘I’ve had enough.’” Retirement is an option.” At this point, there is little that would surprise but this smells of a father, who used the media to threaten a holdout if not traded to begin his career, using his voice to force his son’s departure from New York. As reported by beat reporter, Jordan, Raanan, Manning told reporters Sunday, "I plan on playing next year." Fantasy owners will need to decide how much the younger Manning brother has left in the tank. If still believing in talent, then Manning makes a great buy-low opportunity as he will likely head to a beneficial situation. The Giants will draft his replacement this coming spring. The new general manager and head coach will want to choose the next quarterback and face of the franchise.