Fantasy Football News & Views
Packers | Aaron Rodgers extension not close (Fri Jul 20, 05:02 PM) [jump to this story]
Colts | Andrew luck cleared for training camp (Fri Jul 20, 02:25 PM) [jump to this story]
Patriots | Julian Edelman won't take case to court (Fri Jul 20, 09:13 AM) [jump to this story]
Vikings | Kyle Rudolph excited to work with OC Fri Jul 20, 10:07 PM
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph said he's looking forward to working with offensive coordinator John DeFilippo because of DeFilippo's success with tight ends.Link to story
Kyle Rudolph player page
Vikings | Bigger role for David Morgan? Fri Jul 20, 09:56 PM
Minnesota Vikings TE David Morgan II is 'expected to take a step forward' this season, according to Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Krammer believes Morgan could be more involved as a receiver.Link to story
Vikings | Tyler Conklin, Blake Bell competing Fri Jul 20, 09:51 PM
Minnesota Vikings TE Tyler Conklin and TE Blake Bell are in competition for the No. 3 tight end job and a spot on the Week 1 roster, in the opinion of Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.Link to story
Blake Bell player page
Broncos | Two backs on the bubble in Denver Fri Jul 20, 09:40 PM
Denver Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay and RB David Williams are likely competing for one roster spot, according to Ryan O'Halloran of the Denver Post.Link to story
Ravens | Lamar Jackson being worked in Fri Jul 20, 09:36 PM
Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson was on the field at the same time as QB Joe Flacco for a few plays during training camp Thursday, July 19.Link to story
Joe Flacco player page
Cardinals | Two likely PUP candidates Fri Jul 20, 08:27 PM
Arizona Cardinals TE Jermaine Gresham (Achilles') and DE Markus Golden (knee) probably will start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Both players are optimistic about their availability for Week 1.Link to story
Jermaine Gresham player page
Markus Golden player page
Chiefs | Armani Watts saw time with starters Fri Jul 20, 07:11 PM
Kansas City Chiefs FS Armani Watts received snaps with the first-team defense during offseason workouts when the team needed an extra safety.Link to story
Chiefs | Dorian O'Daniel should see playing time Fri Jul 20, 07:10 PM
Kansas City Chiefs LB Dorian O'Daniel is expected to receive playing time on special teams and defensive subpackages during his rookie season.Link to story
Broncos | Jordan Taylor several weeks away Fri Jul 20, 06:49 PM
Denver Broncos WR Jordan Taylor (hip) is expected to remain sidelined until next month because of his hip surgeries.
|Footballguys view: Taylor is going to find it difficult to make the team if he's sidelined for training camp and most of the preseason. He's been a reserve fan favorite in training camp for years, but Taylor has not done enough to earn much playing time. The Broncos added two more receivers (Courtland Sutton, DaeSean Hamilton) in the 2018 NFL draft, further cramping the depth chart at the WR position.|
Jordan Taylor player page
Titans | Adoree' Jackson bulks up Fri Jul 20, 06:12 PM
Tennessee Titans CB Adoree' Jackson added muscle this offseason, which should help him in run support and while defending receivers.
|Footballguys view: Jackson is already one of the most athletic players on the Titans if not in the entire league. A 16-game starter last year as a rookie, Jackson can also be used as the team's primary return man and even as an offensive player in certain packages. Entering his second year, Jackson is one of the most important defenders on the Titans roster.|
Adoree Jackson player page
Bears | Two Bears not on practice field Fri Jul 20, 06:09 PM
Chicago Bears CB Sherrick McManis (hamstring) and WR Josh Bellamy (illness) did not participate in practice Friday, July 20.
|Footballguys view: Undrafted (Chiefs) out of Louisville in 2012, Bellamy has been with the Bears since 2014. He had a career highs in receptions (24) and receiving yards (376) in 2017 but may find duplicating those numbers to be difficult. The Bears added plenty of talent through free agency (Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, Bennie Fowler) and the draft (Anthony Miller) this offseason and those acquisitions push Bellamy down the pecking order.|
Sherrick McManis player page
Josh Bellamy player page
Bears | Danny Trevathan misses practice Fri Jul 20, 06:09 PM
Chicago Bears LB Danny Trevathan (hamstring) did not participate in practice Friday, July 20, because of a hamstring injury.
|Footballguys view: Trevathan is a talented but oft-injured veteran linebacker. New Bears head coach Matt Nagy emphasized the team does not need to rush any of their injured players back into action. We'll see if Trevathan can get out there later in training camp as hamstring injuries can linger if not given enough time to properly heal.|
Danny Trevathan player page
Patriots | Marquis Flowers has good chance to make team Fri Jul 20, 05:43 PM
New England Patriots LB Marquis Flowers has a good chance to make the 53-man roster because of his special teams play. He also showed good athleticism and speed as a dime linebacker last season.
|Footballguys view: Flowers started two games for the Patriots late last season. He signed a one-year deal to stay in New England back in March, but he should mostly be counted on as a special teams asset in 2018.|
Marquis Flowers player page
Patriots | Andrew Jelks on Retired list Fri Jul 20, 05:39 PM
New England Patriots OT Andrew Jelks was placed on the Reserve/Retired list Friday, July 20.Link to story
Packers | Aaron Rodgers extension not close Fri Jul 20, 05:02 PM
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has not made any meaningful progress in contract extension talks with the Packers, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Rodgers current contract expires after the 2019 season, and the Packers should try to lock up the future Hall of Fame quarterback ASAP. He's due around $40 million combined over the next two seasons, a price tag that makes him underpaid in this current quarterback market. Turning 35 years old in December, Rodgers has expressed a desire to play until he's 40. Even though an extension is not close, a deal is still expected to be done before Week 1 of the regular season.|
Aaron Rodgers player page
Colts | Chris McCain will be at camp Fri Jul 20, 04:30 PM
Indianapolis Colts DE Chris McCain will be at training camp even though he is dealing with a legal issue in California, according to general manager Chris Ballard. Ballard said the team will allow the legal process to play out.
|Footballguys view: Back in June, McCain was charged with misdemeanor battery against a woman. McCain was arraigned this week on two misdemeanor battery charges. He pleaded not guilty and was ordered by court to stay minimum of 100 yards away from alleged victim. The next hearing is scheduled for August 21st.|
Chris McCain player page
Colts | Anthony Castonzo dealing with injury Fri Jul 20, 04:26 PM
Indianapolis Colts OT Anthony Castonzo (hamstring) suffered a slight hamstring strain while training and is considered questionable for the start of training camp.
|Footballguys view: Castonzo suffered a slight hamstring strain during offseason training. He could begin camp on the PUP list but there's not a huge question about his status for Week 1 of the regular season.|
Colts | Clayton Geathers recovering from surgery Fri Jul 20, 04:16 PM
Indianapolis Colts S Clayton Geathers (knee) is recovering from offseason knee surgery and is currently around 80 to 85 percent, according to general manager Chris Ballard.
|Footballguys view: Geathers missed 11 games last year due to a neck injury. He's now trying to come back from this knee injury and is going to begin training camp on the PUP list.|
Clayton Geathers player page
Ravens | Marshal Yanda could play now Fri Jul 20, 04:09 PM
Baltimore Ravens OG Marshal Yanda (shoulder) could play if the team had a game today, but the Ravens want to be cautious with him since he is recovering from shoulder surgery, according to head coach John Harbaugh.
|Footballguys view: Yanda is considered week-to-week as he recovers from the shoulder surgery he had back in January. An ankle injury last year ended Yanda's season in Week 2 but reports out of Baltimore indicate the ankle is not the problem. It seems like the team is wisely being cautious and Yanda should be ready to go for the season opener.|
Ravens | Mark Andrews back on field Fri Jul 20, 04:08 PM
Baltimore Ravens TE Mark Andrews (undisclosed) participated in practice Friday, July 20. Andrews sat out Thursday, July 19, because of a soft-tissue injury.
|Footballguys view: That didn't take long. Andrews was out on Thursday but back in action on Friday. The rookie from Oklahoma converted from wide receiver to tight end when he was a junior and he was a favorite target of Baker Mayfield for the Sooners. We're excited about his dynasty prospects, but we'll have to see how the depth chart shapes up as Andrews will be competing with fellow rookie Hayden Hurst and veteran blocking tight end Nick Boyle in training camp.|
Ravens | Vince Mayle activated Fri Jul 20, 04:04 PM
Baltimore Ravens TE Vince Mayle (ankle) passed his physical Friday, July 20, and has been activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list.Link to story
Vince Mayle player page
Colts | Clayton Geathers, Malik Hooker to go on PUP Fri Jul 20, 03:46 PM
Indianapolis Colts SS Clayton Geathers (knee) and FS Malik Hooker (knee) are expected to begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.Link to story
Clayton Geathers player page
Malik Hooker player page
Colts | Marlon Mack, Erik Swoope cleared Fri Jul 20, 03:42 PM
Indianapolis Colts RB Marlon Mack and TE Erik Swoope have been cleared for the start of training camp, according to Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star.
|Footballguys view: Mack, a fourth-round pick out of South Florida in 2017, is expected to begin camp as the lead back for the Colts. He's going to face tough competition for the top spot from two rookies, Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins. Once Robert Turbin returns from his four-game suspension, there's another body added to the mix. Mack has the highest current ADP of any Colts running back (RB31, 6.10) with Hines (RB45, 10.06) and Wilkins (RB58, 13.12) trailing behind him.|
Erik Swoope player page
Marlon Mack player page
Jaguars | Dante Fowler Jr. suspended for opener Fri Jul 20, 03:28 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars DE Dante Fowler Jr. was suspended without pay for the first game of the 2018 season for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy on Friday, July 20.
|Footballguys view: This suspension stems from an arrest last summer. "We were informed today of Dante's one-game suspension and we will abide by the league's ruling," Jaguars VP of football operations Tom Coughlin said in a press release. "We'll work to get Dante ready to play when he is able to return." Fowler's fifth-year option was not picked up by the Jaguars this year meaning he's set to hit free agency in 2019.|
Dante Fowler Jr player page
Lions | Brandon Barnes done in Detroit Fri Jul 20, 03:11 PM
Detroit Lions TE Brandon Z. Barnes was waived from the Reserve/Injured list Friday, July 20.Link to story
Colts | Andrew luck cleared for training camp Fri Jul 20, 02:25 PM
Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck will have no limitations with his surgically repaired shoulder and is 'good to go' for training camp, according to general manager Chris Ballard, who added Luck will take occasional days off but is fully healthy.
|Footballguys view: Luck is finally healthy after two years of dealing with this problematic shoulder injury. He'll work with the starters, get some rest days here and there but by avoiding the PUP list it seems like Luck will be ready to go for Week 1 of the regular season. The Colts and Fantasy GMs are hopeful we see the Luck of old in 2018.|
Andrew Luck player page
Ravens | Hayden Hurst misses practice Friday Fri Jul 20, 02:05 PM
Baltimore Ravens TE Hayden Hurst (undisclosed) sat out practice with a minor soft-tissue 'issue' Friday, July 20. Head coach John Harbaugh told reporters he was 'not concerned' about the ailment.
|Footballguys view: Hurst sat out Friday while fellow rookie tight end Mark Andrews sat out on Thursday. Andrews was back on Friday, and we'll monitor the progress of both rookie tight ends...but only for dynasty purposes. It usually takes tight ends time to develop and produce at the pro level.|
Bears | Allen Robinson looking like old self Fri Jul 20, 01:54 PM
Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson worked out with quarterbacks, rookies and players rebounding from injuries a few days before the rest of their teammates reported to training camp early this week.
|Footballguys view: Great news for the Bears and Fantasy GMs here. All the reports about Robinson have been positive leading up to training camp, and we're excited to see what he looks like with his new team in the preseason. The veteran wide receiver has shown enough to make QB Mitchell Trubisky believe Robinson has fully recovered from last year's ACL surgery.|
Allen Robinson player page
Jets | ArDarius Stewart facing suspension Fri Jul 20, 11:35 AM
New York Jets WR ArDarius Stewart is facing a two-game suspension for a potential violation of the NFL policy on performance-enhancing drugs, according to sources. The test was positive for a diuretic or masking agent. The suspension has not been announced and a league spokesman had no comment.
|Footballguys view: There are plenty of things to like about Stewart's skill set and the second-year pro has 'tremendous long-term potential,' according to Jets wide receivers coach Karl Dorrell. Stewart is eligible to return in Week 3 of the regular season, but he can practice through training camp and participate in all the preseason games. He'll need to show well in order to stick around on a jam-packed Jets WR corps.|
ArDarius Stewart player page
Patriots | Julian Edelman won't take case to court Fri Jul 20, 09:13 AM
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman won't take his four-game suspension to federal court as he has decided not to file suit, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: Earlier this month, Edelman's appeal of his four-game suspension was denied by the NFL. He's going to miss the first month of the season and Edelman has seen his ADP fall because of this suspension. Edelman is going off the board at WR30 (6.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Julian Edelman player page
Packers | Jimmy Graham to primarily line up outside? Fri Jul 20, 12:59 AM
Green Bay Packers TE Jimmy Graham will likely split out wide as a receiver much more often than in-line as a traditional tight end this season, according to USA Today Network Wisconsin's Aaron Nagler.
|Footballguys view: Graham may have lost a step but the Packers should use him early and often...and in multiple ways. Fantasy GMs are excited about the Aaron Rodgers to Graham connection in 2018. That's why Graham has a current ADP of TE4 (5.06) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Jimmy Graham player page
Broncos | Royce Freeman a capable receiver Thu Jul 19, 11:04 PM
Denver Broncos RB Royce Freeman 'catches the ball well,' according to head coach Vance Joseph.
|Footballguys view: In four years at Oregon, Freeman caught 79 passes in the Ducks fast break offense. Freeman, a third-round pick in the 2018 NFL draft, is competing to be the starting back for the Broncos in training camp. His main competition, Devontae Booker, is a fantastic receiver but struggles as a runner. So long as Freeman can prove himself in pass protection, the rookie has a great chance to be the lead back on a team that wants to run the ball early and often.|
NFL | Eli Rogers close to signing Thu Jul 19, 10:57 PM
Free-agent WR Eli Rogers (Steelers) posted on social media Thursday, July 19, that he plans to sign with a team within the next few days.
|Footballguys view: Earlier this year, the Steelers did not tender Rogers as a restricted free agent, making him an unrestricted free agent. He's recovering from a knee injury suffered last year and could return to the Steelers at a lower price. We'll see if the Steelers bring him on board again as veteran depth behind Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster and rookie James Washington.|
Eli Rogers player page
Texans | Deshaun Watson at full speed Thu Jul 19, 10:28 PM
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson (knee) said he will be a 'full-go' when training camp begins.
|Footballguys view: Great news for the Texans and Fantasy GMs here. Watson has been ahead of schedule in his recovery for quite some time, so it's not a surprise to see this report. The Texans should be careful with Watson through training camp and the preseason with the plan to have him out there Week 1 of the regular season.|
Deshaun Watson player page
Cardinals | Christian Kirk to have small role? Thu Jul 19, 10:01 PM
Arizona Cardinals WR Christian Kirk is not in the mix for the No. 2 receiver job, according to Mike Jurecki of 98.7 Arizona, and Jurecki believes either WR Chad Williams, WR JJ Nelson or WR Brice Butler will win the job.
|Footballguys view: It's a bit disappointing for Fantasy GMs excited about the rookie from Texas A&M. We love his dynasty stock, but Kirk may not be making much of an impact as a rookie. Larry Fitzgerald is the no.1 wide receiver for the Cardinals but the depth chart is wide open behind him. Williams is considered to be a favorite for the no.2 job, while Nelson and Butler are speedy veterans who can stretch the field. The quick rookie, Kirk was taken in the second round of the 2018 NFL draft, may have to wait for a large opportunity.|
Brice Butler player page
J.J. Nelson player page
Chad Williams player page
Cardinals | Bigger role for Chad Williams? Thu Jul 19, 09:54 PM
Arizona Cardinals WR Chad Williams looks more confident and comfortable this offseason and is one of the players in the mix for the No. 2 receiver job, in the opinion of Mike Jurecki of 98.7 Arizona.
|Footballguys view: A third-round pick out of Grambling State in the 2017 NFL draft, Williams only played 98 snaps as a rookie. This year, Williams could win the starting job opposite Larry Fitzgerald and have a breakout season. Williams is a physical receiver with the concentration, body control and quickness to excel on different route concepts.|
Chad Williams player page
Jets | Robby Anderson poised for big year? Thu Jul 19, 09:39 PM
New York Jets WR Robby Anderson is set to 'explode' and become a 'more complete player' in 2018, according to wide receivers coach Karl Dorrell.
|Footballguys view: Anderson had his breakout year in 2017, snaring 63 catches for 941 yards and seven touchdowns. So long as he stays healthy (and stays out of trouble), Anderson could improve slightly on those numbers as the Jets no.1 wideout. His current ADP is WR41 (9.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Robby Anderson player page
Jets | Chad Hansen making strides Thu Jul 19, 09:32 PM
New York Jets WR Chad Hansen took 'some really good steps forward' over the spring, according to wide receivers coach Karl Dorrell.
|Footballguys view: A fourth-round pick out of Cal in the 2017 NFL draft, Hansen was known as a quarterback friendly target who can make plays after the catch. At 6'2" 202 pounds, Hansen has the size/speed combination to be a difficult matchup for defenders. He needs to improve as a route runner if he's going to develop fully as a pro. As a rookie, Hansen caught nine passes for 94 yards and is a bit buried on the depth chart for his second season.|
Chad Hansen player page
Jets | Still hope for ArDarius Stewart Thu Jul 19, 09:25 PM
New York Jets WR ArDarius Stewart has 'tremendous long-term potential,' according to wide receivers coach Karl Dorrell.
|Footballguys view: A third-round pick out of Alabama in the 2017 NFL draft, Stewart will work with a fever that few can match. He's known as a hustler who will grind and push himself more than others. We'll see if the second-year pro can make an opportunity in 2018 in the Jets passing game. Stewart is competitive and can run a good route to get open consistently. That could make him a favorite target of rookie QB Sam Darnold. We'll be watching in the preseason to see who Darnold favors targeting. Stewart may be at the end of the depth chart for the Jets in 2018 (fifth or sixth at the position) but we're intrigued by his dynasty prospects.|
ArDarius Stewart player page
Saints | Two Saints WRs on roster bubble? Thu Jul 19, 09:22 PM
New Orleans Saints WRs Brandon Coleman and Tommylee Lewis are potentially on the roster bubble, according to Nick Underhill of The Advocate. With the team adding more depth at the position 'capable of laying down blocks in the running and screen games,' Coleman may have to re-prove himself, while Lewis will have to show he's the best kick returner in camp to make the team. Lewis has done a 'fine' job since latching on two years ago, but Underhill explains that 'the talent on this team is too thick for fine to cut it.'
|Footballguys view: Lewis and Coleman are about as opposite as you can be when you play the same position. Coleman is a huge receiver, measuring in at 6'6", but he's never lived up to his potential as a red zone target. Lewis is a small (5'7" 168 pounds) receiver who needs to make the team based on his special teams skill as a return man. Neither one has a ton of fantasy value, even in deep dynasty leagues.|
Brandon Coleman player page
TommyLee Lewis player page
Jets | Jordan Leggett over knee issue Thu Jul 19, 08:13 PM
New York Jets TE Jordan Leggett is past the knee issues that cost him all of the 2017 season, according to tight ends coach Jimmie Johnson. 'We are excited about him,' Johnson said of Leggett. 'He doesn't worry about his knee. He has those issues behind him now. So now, we can move forward and get back to playing football.'
|Footballguys view: A fifth-round pick out of Clemson in 2017, Leggett is your classic move tight end as he moved all around the formation in college and went all out to snare passes. Leggett has good size (6'5" 258 pounds) but needs better desire to improve his pass blocking ability. He missed all of his rookie season due to a knee injury suffered in the preseason finale. Leggett is in line to be the top tight end for the Jets in 2018, but even with this possibility we don't see a lot of fantasy value here.|
Jordan Leggett player page
Vikings | Mike Hughes contract update Thu Jul 19, 05:43 PM
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings CB Mike Hughes' four-year contract is worth $9.87 million. The deal includes a $5.256 million signing bonus.
|Footballguys view: Hughes was a one-year starter at UCF after transferring from North Carolina (with a JUCO stop mixed in). During his final collegiate season, Hughes showed the mirror skills to be an effective cover corner. Measuring in at 5'10" 189 pounds, Hughes is not going to excel at press coverage. However, he can move fluidly and quickly as a corner and provides additional value as a return man on special teams.|
Bears | Kyle Long to avoid PUP Thu Jul 19, 05:14 PM
Chicago Bears OG Kyle Long (elbow, neck, shoulder) is ready for the start of training camp and will avoid the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to head coach Matt Nagy.
|Footballguys view: A solid and healthy offensive line is key to Mitch Trubisky's improvement the season. So Long coming back healthy is a big deal.|
Redskins | Josh Norman's base salary drops Thu Jul 19, 05:12 PM
Washington Redskins CB Josh Norman's 2018 base salary has dropped from $13.5 million to $13.3 million because he did not participate in 90 percent of the team's organized team activities, according to a source.Link to story
Josh Norman player page
Redskins | Trent Williams sees drop in salary Thu Jul 19, 04:54 PM
Washington Redskins OT Trent Williams' 2018 base salary has dropped from $10 million to $9.85 million because he did not participate in 90 percent of the team's organized team activities, according to a source.Link to story
Ravens | Greg Senat to miss time Thu Jul 19, 04:52 PM
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens OT Greg Senat (undisclosed) is expected to be sidelined for one to three weeks because of an undisclosed injury, according to head coach John Harbaugh.Link to story
Ravens | Mark Andrews injury update Thu Jul 19, 04:50 PM
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens TE Mark Andrews (undisclosed) missed practice Thursday, July 19, because of a soft-tissue injury, according to head coach John Harbaugh.
|Footballguys view: Andrews isn't a big draw for Fantasy GM's, but is someone to watch long-term. The tight end position in Baltimore is not clear, but it also doesn't look like a great place to mine for Fantasy production this year.|
Titans | Two Titans expected to compete for ILB job Thu Jul 19, 04:16 PM
Tennessee Titans LBs Will Compton and Rashaan Evans are expected to compete for one of the starting inside linebacker job during training camp.Link to story
Will Compton player page
Falcons | Atlanta, Julio Jones to talk next offseason Thu Jul 19, 04:14 PM
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones will not receive a new deal at this point, but the Falcons have told Jones that they will work on his contract situation next offseason, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: That doesn't mean they'll do anything for him, but it might be enough to get him into camp, ego intact. Jones just had his fourth season in a row with more than 80 catches and 1,400 yards. His touchdown total has dropped steadily since 2015 but despite that, Jones continues to deserve his receiver ADP of No. 4. The lack of scores does explain his overall ADP of 13, however.|
Julio Jones player page
Browns | Joel Bitonio expects to be LG Thu Jul 19, 03:33 PM
Cleveland Browns OG Joel Bitonio said he is open to trying to play left tackle but that the plan is for him to play left guard.
|Footballguys view: Bitonio is one of the better centerpieces on a line which lost Alex Mack and Joe Thomas over the last few years. He's never been a Hall of Famer at the position, but he's been a guy they could depend on and who can both open up run lanes as well as block on pass plays. Considering the potential talent around the Browns offense, offensive line is a critical position to watch during this training camp.|