Fantasy Football News & Views
Steelers | Todd Haley will not return to Pittsburgh (Wed Jan 17, 12:39 PM) [jump to this story]
Steelers | Le'Veon Bell wants to remain in Pittsburgh (Tue Jan 16, 02:32 AM) [jump to this story]
Redskins | Chris Thompson feeling good (Tue Jan 16, 01:32 AM) [jump to this story]
Saints | Drew Brees expects to be re-signed (Tue Jan 16, 01:08 AM) [jump to this story]
Eagles | Jay Ajayi driven to avenge Miami decision Wed Jan 17, 11:52 PM
Philadelphia Eagles RB Jay Ajayi said that he's 'driven' to avenge the Miami Dolphins' decision to trade him earlier in the season and that he's trying to prove them wrong for shipping him out in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick. He added, 'I don't think it will be redemption until I win the Super Bowl. If we can get that done, then I'll have my redemption.'Link to story
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Dolphins | No hometown discount for Jarvis Landry Wed Jan 17, 11:51 PM
Updating a previous report, Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry does not plan on taking any sort of hometown discount, according to his agent, Damarius Bilbo. 'Absolutely not,' said Bilbo when asked about the issue. 'This may be Jarvis' first and last time to set himself up and his family up. He needs to strike and strike while the iron is hot.' Bilbo also mentioned that he is waiting on the Dolphins to respond to his contract proposal.Link to story
Jarvis Landry player page
Colts | DeAndre Smelter inks Reserve/Future deal Wed Jan 17, 10:28 PM
Free-agent WR DeAndre Smelter (49ers) signed a Reserve/Future contract with the Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday, Jan. 17.DeAndre Smelter player page
Patriots | Tom Brady 'should be OK' for Sunday Wed Jan 17, 10:22 PM
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's (hand) 'hand should be OK,' a source told Mike Reiss of ESPN.com. It could affect him 'slightly' but the belief is that he should be good overall for the Conference Championship game Sunday, Jan. 21, against the Jacksonville Jaguars.Link to story
Tom Brady player page
Saints | Delvin Breaux cleared for activities Wed Jan 17, 09:55 PM
New Orleans Saints CB Delvin Breaux (leg) has been cleared to participate in all football-related activities Wednesday, Jan. 17.Link to story
Delvin Breaux player page
Dolphins | Eric Studesville joins Miami coaching staff Wed Jan 17, 09:45 PM
Former Denver Broncos running backs coach Eric Studesville has joined the Miami Dolphins in the same role. Studesville and head coach Adam Gase were on the same staff in Denver under former head coaches Josh McDaniels and John Fox.Link to story
Titans | Marcus Mariota top play action passer in '17 Wed Jan 17, 09:24 PM
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota led all quarterbacks in passer rating on play action passes during the 2017 regular season, finishing with a 122.8 mark. Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins (118.7) and Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (117.4) finished second and third, respectively.Link to story
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Cardinals | James Bettcher competing for Arizona HC job Wed Jan 17, 08:42 PM
Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher is still a candidate for the team's head coaching vacancy. Since he's been with the Cardinals for five years, a second interview won't be necessary.Link to story
Texans | Jadeveon Clowney close to extension Wed Jan 17, 08:33 PM
Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney is expected to 'ultimately' land a new deal that could make him the highest paid non-quarterback in the NFL. He's due a fifth-year team option salary of $13.846 million in 2018 and general manager Brian Gaine said a contract extension is 'certainly on the horizon.'Link to story
Jadeveon Clowney player page
Cardinals | Arizona may talk with Steve Wilks again Wed Jan 17, 07:28 PM
Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks is expected to receive a second interview for the Arizona Cardinals head coaching position. The second meeting is expected to occur at some point this week.Link to story
Cowboys | Dallas expected to talk with two coaches Wed Jan 17, 07:19 PM
The Dallas Cowboys are scheduled to talk with former Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator John Pagano and former Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton about positions on their coaching staff.Link to story
Jets | Todd Haley may be OC candidate for Jets Wed Jan 17, 07:19 PM
Former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley is expected to be a candidate for the New York Jets vacant offensive coordinator position.
|Footballguys view: Haley and head coach Todd Bowles spent time together on the Cowboys and Jets coaching staffs in the past and Haley has been successful when he's not getting into personality conflicts. Haley should find a job soon even if the Jets pass on him.|
Cowboys | Dallas hire Sanjay Lal Wed Jan 17, 06:33 PM
The Dallas Cowboys have hired Indianapolis Colts wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal as their new wide receivers coach, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: Lal hasn't had a lot of success in stops with Oakland, Buffalo, the Jets, and the Colts, but he continues to get opportunities. Don't look for Dez Bryant to have a big bounceback season, at least not because of this hire.|
Titans | Steve Wilks' interview postponed Wed Jan 17, 06:32 PM
Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks was scheduled to interview for the Tennessee Titans head coaching position Wednesday, Jan. 17, but the interview has been delayed because of inclement weather, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Wilks will also be in consideration for the open head coach position with Arizona, where he is likely to interview for a second time this week, according to Kent Somers of AZCentral sports. The Panthers are likely to have two new coordinators next season.|
Patriots | Tom Brady undergoes X-rays Wed Jan 17, 05:51 PM
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (hand) underwent X-rays on his injured hand Wednesday, Jan. 17, but they did not show any structural damage, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: That he had to have X-rays means that the injury was not just a mere nick or bruise. The Jaguars are not the defense you want to be facing with a throwing hand that is less than 100%.|
Tom Brady player page
Patriots | Bernard Reedy re-signed Wed Jan 17, 05:46 PM
Free-agent WR Bernard Reedy (Patriots) re-signed with the New England Patriots Wednesday, Jan. 17. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also placed CB Jonathan Jones (undisclosed) on the Reserve/Injured list.Link to story
Cardinals | Arizona to talk with Keith Armstrong again Wed Jan 17, 05:38 PM
Atlanta Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong is scheduled to have a second interview with Arizona Cardinals for their head coaching position Friday, Jan. 19, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: Armstrong has piloted Falcons special teams units that usually among the top in the league. John Harbaugh went from special teams to head coach success and it appears the Cardinals think Armstong can too. With Mike Munchak out of the running, Armstrong is a top candidate, along with New England linebackers coach Brian Flores.|
Jets | Jeremy Bates may be OC candidate for Jets Wed Jan 17, 05:30 PM
New York Jets quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates is considered a strong candidate for the team's offensive coordinator position, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: Bates deserves a lot of the credit for Josh McCown's play, and he has had one previous offensive coordinator position under Pete Carroll with the Seahawks in 2010.|
Jets | Ben Turk signs with Jets Wed Jan 17, 05:29 PM
The New York Jets have signed P Ben Turk to a Reserve/Future contract Wednesday, Jan. 17. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Link to story
Jets | John Morton let go Wed Jan 17, 05:22 PM
New York Jets offensive coordinator John Morton will not return to the team next season, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: Morton's playcalling and unwillingness to take suggestions from head coach Todd Bowles were allegedly at the heart of this move. His pass-heavy approach was even called out by Matt Forte after a game. Jets quarterback coach Jeremy Bates, former Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley, and current Eagles quarterback coach John DeFillipo are all candidates to replace Morton.|
Bills | Buffalo signs Kelcie McCray to futures deal Wed Jan 17, 05:08 PM
The Buffalo Bills signed FS Kelcie McCray to a Reserve/Future contract Wednesday, Jan. 17. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Link to story
Jaguars | Wednesday practice report for Jaguars Wed Jan 17, 04:52 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars FS Tashaun Gipson (foot) and OL Patrick Omameh (illness) did not practice Wednesday, Jan. 17. SS Barry Church (shoulder) and DT Malik Jackson (ankle) were limited. LB Paul Posluszny (abdomen) participated fully.
|Footballguys view: The Jaguars have two banged up safeties heading into a game where they'll have to contain Rob Gronkowski. The Jaguars may instead ask one of their ultra-athletic linebacker duo to defend Gronk this weekend.|
Paul Posluszny player page
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Jaguars | Blake Bortles full go Wed Jan 17, 04:48 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (wrist) participated fully in practice Wednesday, Jan. 17.Link to story
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Jaguars | Leonard Fournette limited Wed Jan 17, 04:45 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday, Jan. 17.Link to story
Leonard Fournette player page
Patriots | Wednesday injury report for Patriots Wed Jan 17, 04:39 PM
New England Patriots DT Alan Branch (knee) and RB Mike Gillislee (knee) were limited in practice Wednesday, Jan. 17.
|Footballguys view: Gillislee could return this week to take a little off of Dion Lewis or Rex Burkhead's plate as an inside runner, but the restricted free agent signing has mostly been a bust for the team, and he's unlikely to have a playoff impact.|
Alan Branch player page
Mike Gillislee player page
Patriots | Rex Burkhead limited Wednesday Wed Jan 17, 04:37 PM
New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (knee) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Jan. 17.
|Footballguys view: Burkhead appeared close to a return last week despite being clearly limited by his knee injury in practice last week. The team has been using Dion Lewis on 20+ touches a game since Burkhead went down, which is not ideal, but workable since Lewis has been used sparingly at times earlier in the season.|
Rex Burkhead player page
Patriots | Tom Brady has limited practice Wed Jan 17, 04:32 PM
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (hand) was limited in practice Wednesday, Jan. 17.Link to story
Tom Brady player page
Steelers | Richard Mann retiring Wed Jan 17, 04:28 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers coach Richard Mann announced his retirement Wednesday, Jan. 17.
|Footballguys view: Mann has been around the NFL coaching ranks since the 80s and had a hand in Antonio Brown raising his game to a Hall of Fame level. There has been buzz around 2017 coaching intern Hines Ward as Mann's replacement.|
Broncos | Denver signs three players Wed Jan 17, 04:20 PM
Denver Broncos WR Kenny Bell, DL DeShawn Williams and OT Andreas Knappe were signed to Reserve/Future contracts Wednesday, Jan. 17.
|Footballguys view: Bell is a good blocking receiver with athleticism and a Matt Waldman favorite, but he hasn't been able to put it together long enough to stick on a roster for the long haul after being drafted in the fifth round of the 2015 draft by Tampa Bay.|
Kenny Bell player page
Vikings | Minnesota's Wednesday injury report Wed Jan 17, 04:10 PM
Minnesota Vikings DT Shamar Stephen (knee, ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Jan. 17. SS Andrew Sendejo (concussion) and CB Mackensie Alexander (ribs) were limited. S Anthony Harris (knee) and C Pat Elflein (shoulder) participated fully.
|Footballguys view: Sendejo seems to be on track to play Sunday night, but if he's not out there, the Vikings had excellent defensive games in both of his missed contests this year, including a 24-7 win over the Rams.|
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Anthony Harris player page
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Vikings | Adam Thielen misses practice Wed Jan 17, 04:06 PM
Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen (back) was absent from practice Wednesday, Jan. 17.
|Footballguys view: Thielen should be good to go for Sunday night's tilt with the Vikings, but it would obviously be better if he was fully healthy going into the game.|
Adam Thielen player page
Patriots | Tom Brady meets with medical staff Wed Jan 17, 03:52 PM
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (Achilles') missed his media session Wednesday, Jan. 17, because he was receiving treatment from the team's medical staff.
|Footballguys view: Brady has been added to the report with a right hand injury, but there are no indications that the injury is serious enough to affect his play.|
Tom Brady player page
Bears | Chicago bringing in Shane Toub Wed Jan 17, 03:44 PM
Former University of Illinois graduate assistant Shane Toub is being hired as an offensive quality control coach for the Chicago Bears. Toub is the son of former Kansas City Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub.
|Footballguys view: Toub was under Lovie Smith last year after his college playing career wound up in 2016.|
Dolphins | Kris Kocurek joining Dolphins Wed Jan 17, 03:32 PM
Former Detroit Lions defensive line coach Kris Kocurek has agreed to join the Miami Dolphins as their defensive line coach.
|Footballguys view: Kocurek has a lot of experience with the centerpiece of the Dolphins defensive line, Ndamukong Suh. He also came up under Jim Schwartz, who was a mentor to Dolphins head coach Adam Gase.|
Patriots | Malcolm Mitchell won't be activated Wed Jan 17, 03:22 PM
New England Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee) will not be activated from the Reserve/Injured list, according to a source. He will not be eligible to play again until next season.
|Footballguys view: Mitchell's knee never responded well enough to have an impact this year after a promising rookie campaign. The Patriots passing attack can support multiple fantasy relevant receivers, so Mitchell should still be stashed in all but the most shallow dynasty leagues.|
Malcolm Mitchell player page
Texans | Houston hiring Brad Seely Wed Jan 17, 03:12 PM
Former Oakland Raiders special teams coach Brad Seely is being hired by the Houston Texans for the same position, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: The Texans special teams play was an area they wanted to improve, and the team let Larry Izzo go after four years of being in charge of that unit. Seely was a special teams coach under Bill Belichick for ten years, including two with Texans head coach Bill O'Brien on the staff.|
Raiders | Oakland wants NaVorro Bowman back Wed Jan 17, 03:04 PM
Oakland Raiders impending free-agent LB NaVorro Bowman is wanted back by new defensive coordinator Paul Guenther. 'I think NaVorro is a prototype middle linebacker. I love smart guys who love playing football,' Guenther said of Bowman. 'Hopefully we can get him back in the fold and keep him a Raider.
|Footballguys view: The 49ers had run out of use for Bowman and he was granted his release in a stunning mid-season move. If he can remain a starter, Bowman will still have legs in IDP leagues.|
Navorro Bowman player page
Eagles | Wednesday injury report for Eagles Wed Jan 17, 02:41 PM
Philadelphia Eagles LB Dannell Ellerbe (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Jan. 17. CB Sidney Jones (hamstring) participated fully.Link to story
Dannell Ellerbe player page
Buccaneers | Doug Martin not returning? Wed Jan 17, 02:21 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin has 'no chance' of being on Tampa Bay's roster next season, in the opinion of the Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud.
|Footballguys view: Martin probably shouldn't have been on the roster this year. The team paid him over five million non-guaranteed dollars despite being unavailable for the first three games. Even with the endorsement of the team, he was the same unexciting back that he had been recently, and Martin was outperformed by Peyton Barber down the stretch. Martin will have to fight to be a backup next year.|
Doug Martin player page
Buccaneers | DeSean Jackson talks Jameis Winston Wed Jan 17, 02:09 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston needs to go back to having fun with football, according to WR DeSean Jackson. 'Go back to being comfortable [as] who he used to be. Go back to having fun,' Jackson said about his quarterback.
|Footballguys view: Jackson said Winston needs to stop trying to "impress the world". Winston seemed to be pressing at times, and his chemistry throwing deep to Jackson was non-existent. It could make Jackson a good sleeper for next season, likely to be overlooked in fantasy drafts.|
Jameis Winston player page
Steelers | Todd Haley will not return to Pittsburgh Wed Jan 17, 12:39 PM
Updating a previous report, the Pittsburgh Steelers will not renew the contract of offensive coordinator Todd Haley, according to sources. Quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner is believed to be the favorite to replace Haley.
|Footballguys view: The rift between Haley and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been in the news in recent days, and again during the press conference, when Roethlisberger was asked about the lack of quarterback sneaks in the loss to Jacksonville. The team chose Roethlisberger, which is not surprising. Haley should catch on somewhere as at least a position coach. His offenses have been successful with wildly different approaches to moving the ball in Arizona, Kansas City, and Pittsburgh. If Fichtner is hired in Pittsburgh, it's a sign of more of the same to come.|
Dolphins | Jarvis Landry seeking Davante Adams money Wed Jan 17, 11:26 AM
Miami Dolphins impending free-agent WR Jarvis Landry is believed to be seeking a contract similar to the one Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams received. Adams signed a four-year, $58 million deal with $32 million guaranteed.
|Footballguys view: Landry has outproduced Adams over the duration of their rookie contracts, so this shouldn't be difficult, as long as a team considers a shorter-range slot receiver valuable enough to pay like a #1. The Dolphins could franchise him, but they don't seem to value him enough to do that, even if it could allow them to recoup more in a trade than they would get as a compensatory pick.|
Jarvis Landry player page
Jaguars | Tashaun Gipson idle Wednesday Wed Jan 17, 10:28 AM
Jacksonville Jaguars FS Tashaun Gipson (foot) isn't expected to practice Wednesday, Jan. 17.Link to story
Tashaun Gipson player page
Jaguars | Leonard Fournette expected to practice Wed Jan 17, 10:27 AM
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) is expected to practice Wednesday, Jan. 17.
|Footballguys view: Fournette wasn't as explosive after his ankle injury as he was early on in the win over the Steelers, but the Patriots will likely still get a big dose of him in Foxboro.|
Leonard Fournette player page
Cardinals | Mike Munchak bows out of Cards race Wed Jan 17, 10:05 AM
Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak has declined a second interview with the Arizona Cardinals for their head coach vacancy.
|Footballguys view: This news is not easy to interpret, as Munchak doesn't sound like the leading candidate to replace Todd Haley as offensive coordinator, although he could have a larger role in the Steelers coaching staff in a different way. It could also speak to the unattractiveness of the Cardinals head coaching job, but then it seems odd that Munchak would even allow a first interview.|
Jets | Daylon McCutcheon won't return to Jets Wed Jan 17, 08:57 AM
New York Jets assistant defensive backs coach Daylon McCutcheon won't return in 2018.
|Footballguys view: McCutcheon was coached by Jets head coach Todd Bowles when both were with the Browns. He is leaving the team to be closer to his family in California. He primarily worked with corners. This is one of the few moves on a Jets coaching staff that was expected to have a lot of turnover this offseason, but outperformed expectations in 2017.|
Daylon McCutcheon player page
Saints | Zach Strief mulling retirement Wed Jan 17, 01:18 AM
New Orleans Saints OT Zach Strief has not decided whether he'll return for a 13th season in 2018.
|Footballguys view: The Saints have 2017 first-rounder Ryan Ramczyk, who was selected with a pick acquired in the deal for Brandin Cooks, so they won't have to sweat this too much if Strief decides to hang up his cleats. He has played with the Saints for his entire career, including their Super Bowl champion season.|
Texans | Jason Lowrey relieved of duties Tue Jan 16, 11:34 PM
The Houston Texans parted ways with director of football operations Jason Lowrey on Tuesday, Jan. 16, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: The Texans have a new GM, Brian Gaine, so Lowrey, who worked closely with former GM Rick Smith, was no longer needed.|
Seahawks | Seattle coaching changes official Tue Jan 16, 06:43 PM
The Seattle Seahawks officially hired offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. and offensive line coach Mike Solari Tuesday, Jan. 16. Defensive coordinator Kris Richard and linebackers coach Micheal Barrow were officially fired.
|Footballguys view: The Seahawks have cleaned house under head coach Pete Carroll. The Schottenheimer hiring is the most interesting from a fantasy perspective. We'll see if their new OC can create a ground game that was non-existent in 2017. That, plus working with QB Russell Wilson to protect him better.|
Jaguars | Walter Powell signed by Jaguars Tue Jan 16, 06:33 PM
Free-agent WR Walter Powell (Bills) was signed to the Jacksonville Jaguars' practice squad Tuesday, Jan. 16.