Fantasy Football News & Views
Chargers | Hunter Henry still hoping for extension (Sun May 24, 10:16 AM) [jump to this story]
Cowboys | Dak Prescott reportedly wants four-year deal (Sun May 24, 09:35 AM) [jump to this story]
Chargers | Henry Henry among metric's elite (Sat May 23, 02:38 PM) [jump to this story]
Bills | Gabriel Davis putting in work Mon May 25, 10:51 AM
Buffalo Bills fourth-round pick WR Gabriel Davis has been in California working with QB Josh Allen recently. He was previously in Florida running routes with WR John Brown.Link to story
Colts | Jacob Eason focused on consistency Mon May 25, 09:10 AM
Indianapolis Colts fourth-round pick QB Jacob Eason had a tendency to force passes into tight windows in college because he has such a strong arm. Those windows close quicker in the NFL, and Eason knows he has to work on consistency and avoid tunnel vision locking on receivers. 'I think his arm talent was probably the best in the draft as far as quarterbacks go,' head coach Frank Reich said. 'What I liked about his arm talent is he can throw it on a rope, he can throw it long, he can throw with touch, he can change the speed on the ball and he can deliver from different arm angles.'Link to story
Eagles | Dallas Goedert busy in 2019 Sun May 24, 11:22 PM
Philadelphia Eagles TE Dallas Goedert played more snaps in 2019 than all but nine other tight ends.Link to story
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Eagles | Greg Ward in line to start? Sun May 24, 11:04 PM
Philadelphia Eagles WR Greg Ward Jr. is 'the top option' for the slot receiver role in 2020, according to to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com.Link to story
Eagles | Zach Ertz on a record pace Sun May 24, 10:12 PM
Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz's 525 receptions are the most by a tight end in NFL history through their first seven seasons.Link to story
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Saints | Jared Cook delivered big plays Sun May 24, 09:54 PM
New Orleans Saints TE Jared Cook scored a career-high nine touchdowns in 2019 while averaging 16.4 yards per catch and logging 15 receptions of at least 20 yards.Link to story
Jared Cook player page
Bears | Ted Ginn Jr. the No. 3? Sun May 24, 09:34 PM
Chicago Bears WR Ted Ginn Jr. has the 'slight edge' over WR Javon Wims and WR Cordarrelle Patterson for the No. 3 receiver role, according to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com, but Rosenthal doesn't believe any of them will play 'starter' snaps.Link to story
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Lions | Not much difference between Detroit WRs? Sun May 24, 07:54 PM
Detroit Lions WRs Kenny Golladay amassed 35 catches on 62 targets for 640 yards and seven touchdowns with Matthew Stafford as his quarterback in 2019. Meanwhile, Marvin Jones tallied 42 receptions on 57 targets for 535 yards and six TDs prior to Stafford getting hurt.Link to story
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Broncos | Courtland Sutton's splits with Drew Lock Sun May 24, 07:45 PM
Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton caught 22 of his 40 targets for 280 yards and two touchdowns in five games with Drew Lock as the starting quarterback in 2019. In his 11 other games, Sutton hauled in 50 of his 84 targets for 832 yards and four TDs.Link to story
Courtland Sutton player page
Redskins | Steven Sims got it done late last season Sun May 24, 07:27 PM
Washington Redskins WR Steven Sims was one of only 16 wide receivers to amass at least 20 catches over the final four weeks of 2019. Of that group, his four touchdowns were tied with Cooper Kupp for the second-highest total in that timeframe.Link to story
Steelers | Diontae Johnson finished with a bang Sun May 24, 07:21 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Diontae Johnson tallied 23 catches over the final four weeks of 2019 - good for the eighth-best total by a wide receiver in that span.Link to story
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Bengals | Joe Mixon poured it on after the bye Sun May 24, 07:00 PM
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon rushed for 817 yards following the team's Week 8 bye. Only Derrick Henry ran for more yards (959) over that same span, while no back topped Mixon's 177 rushing attempts.Link to story
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Jets | Jamison Crowder excelled with Sam Darnold Sun May 24, 06:38 PM
New York Jets WR Jamison Crowder caught 70 of his 107 targets for 758 yards and six touchdowns in the 13 games Sam Darnold was able to play in 2019. In three games without Darnold, Crowder tallied eight receptions on 15 targets for 75 yards and zero scores.Link to story
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Texans | Deshaun Watson hits his mark with regularity Sun May 24, 06:05 PM
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson was on target with 72.5 percent of his throws in 2019 - tied for the fourth-best mark by a quarterback with at least 300 pass attempts.
|Footballguys view: It's not just about being on target. Watson also does a good job of leading his receivers and throwing a catchable ball. It will be interesting to see the Texans passing game without superstar WR DeAndre Hopkins in 2020.|
Deshaun Watson player page
Vikings | Kirk Cousins made it easy for his receivers Sun May 24, 05:49 PM
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins threw a catchable ball 78.8 percent of the time in 2019 - tied for the third-best mark by a quarterback with at least 300 pass attempts.
|Footballguys view: The play-action passing game from a Gary Kubiak offense helps. It also helps that Cousins usually gets rid of the ball on time and does not have to rush his throws. They traded away Stefon Diggs this offseason to the Bills, but they added a wide receiver in the first round when they selected Justin Jefferson out of LSU. We'll see how Jefferson works out with Cousins in 2020.|
Kirk Cousins player page
Steelers | Steven Nelson stingy in coverage Sun May 24, 05:34 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers CB Steven Nelson allowed completions on only 29 of 62 throws in his coverage in 2019. The resulting 46.8 catch rate by receivers in his coverage was the third-lowest mark allowed by a cornerback who was targeted at least 60 times.Link to story
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Rams | Jared Goff kept clean last season Sun May 24, 05:11 PM
Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff was sacked on only 3.3 percent of his 662 dropbacks in 2019 - the second-lowest mark for a quarterback with at least 615 dropbacks in a season since 2015.
|Footballguys view: Goff needs to do a better job with so little pressure getting home. He threw 10 fewer touchdowns in 2019 than he did in 2018 and he threw more interceptions last year than the previous season. The team is going to be a volume-based passing attack again this year and a more efficient/improved Goff would help them greatly.|
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Packers | Little middle ground for Aaron Rodgers in 2019 Sun May 24, 04:56 PM
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers led the league with 109 pass attempts behind the line of scrimmage and ranked second in attempts of at least 20 yards with 102. Conversely, he finished 15th in attempts between zero and 10 yards (236) and 18th on throws between 10 and 20 yards (100).
|Footballguys view: Rodgers does a good job of attacking all three levels of the field as a passer. He was a QB1 for Fantasy GMs last year and should perform at a similar level this season.|
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Panthers | Joey Slye packed a punch with his foot Sun May 24, 04:48 PM
Carolina Panthers PK Joey Slye converted eight of his 11 field-goal attempts from 50-plus yards in 2019, tying him with Matt Bryant for the second-highest total in a season since Justin Tucker went 10-for-10 in 2016.Link to story
Bears | Khalil Mack makes QBs antsy Sun May 24, 04:31 PM
Chicago Bears DE/LB Khalil Mack has pressured the quarterback a league-high 395 times in the last five seasons, 10 more than second-place Von Miller (385) and 24 more than third-place Cameron Jordan (371) over that span.Link to story
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Seahawks | Russell Wilson exceptional downfield Sun May 24, 04:19 PM
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson was accurate on 17 of his 26 passes (65.4 percent) that traveled 31 or more yards downfield and five of his six passes that traveled at least 41 yards (83.3 percent) in 2019, making him the most accurate passer in the league on such throws. Wilson also finished second in passes that traveled at least 35 yards in the air (60 percent).
|Footballguys view: Calling Wilson accurate on deep passes is selling him short. It's not about getting the ball on target but it's also about pass placement, throwing with anticipation and leading his receiver to maximize yards after the catch. Wilson does all that and it's what helps him stand out as a passer at the pro level.|
Russell Wilson player page
Cardinals | Kyler Murray on point on deep throws Sun May 24, 04:08 PM
Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray was accurate on seven of his 10 passes that traveled more than 35 yards downfield in 2019, making him the most accurate passer in the league on such throws. Murray also finished second in passes that traveled at least 31 yards in the air (64.3 percent) and fourth in attempts of at least 41 yards (50).
|Footballguys view: These are strong numbers for a rookie in the NFL. Murray has even better weapons around him this season with the trade for superstar WR DeAndre Hopkins. We should see similar or even improved numbers in this metric for the 2020 season.|
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Packers | Jonathan Garvin under contract Sun May 24, 03:23 PM
Green Bay Packers seventh-round draft choice LB Jonathan Garvin signed a four-year contract with the Packers Sunday, May 24. Financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
Buccaneers | Three likely to compete for No. 3 WR job Sun May 24, 03:05 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WRs Justin Watson, Scott Miller and Tyler Johnson are expected to compete for the No. 3 receiver job during training camp.
|Footballguys view: The Buccaneers have Mike Evans and Chris Godwin at the top of the depth chart. Add in three talented tight ends like Rob Gronkowski, O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate and you can see how the no.3 receiver may not get a lot of looks. Watson and Miller have varying levels of pro experience while Johnson is a rookie. A fifth-round pick out of Minnesota, Johnson is limited athletically but knows how to use his frame and strength to win contested catches. We'll see this battle shake out in training camp.|
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Panthers | Efe Obada may have chance to start Sun May 24, 03:01 PM
Carolina Panthers DE Efe Obada may receive the chance to compete for one of the starting defensive end jobs during training camp, in the opinion of NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal.Link to story
Steelers | Olasunkanmi Adeniyi in line for bigger role Sun May 24, 02:24 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers LB Olasunkanmi Adeniyi is the leading candidate to be the primary backup at both outside linebacker spots.Link to story
Browns | Two WRs could return punts Sun May 24, 02:18 PM
Cleveland Browns WRs JoJo Natson and Donovan Peoples-Jones will be candidates for the punt returner job.
|Footballguys view: Peoples-Jones had plenty of punt return experience in college at Michigan, including a couple that were returned for touchdowns. He's got build-up speed on the football field but his strength to break tackles might help him stand out.|
Broncos | KJ Hamler may be returner Sun May 24, 02:18 PM
Denver Broncos WR KJ Hamler may be asked to return some kicks and punts this upcoming season but likely will not have the role on a full-time basis because of his role in the offense.
|Footballguys view: Hamler has elite-level speed and that's one of the many reasons why the Broncos drafted him. He can change direction without losing much speed which makes him dangerous as a return man or a slot receiver. He'll be the no.3 receiver for the Broncos behind Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy.|
Broncos | Two will compete for LS job Sun May 24, 02:04 PM
Denver Broncos LS Jacob Bobenmoyer and LS Wes Farnsworth will compete for the long snapper job during training camp.Link to story
Jets | David Fales may make roster Sun May 24, 01:25 PM
New York Jets QB David Fales could make the final roster if QB Joe Flacco (neck) is not cleared for the start of the season. QB James Morgan is expected to be the No. 3 quarterback in 2020, so the Jets may have to keep four quarterbacks on the roster.
|Footballguys view: Fales knows the system because he's played under Gase since their days with the Dolphins. He was with the Lions in training camp last year but was released at final cuts and landed with the Jets for most of the 2019 season.|
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Patriots | Gunner Olszewski rehabbing at facility Sun May 24, 01:18 PM
New England Patriots WR Gunner Olszewski (ankle, hamstring) has been rehabbing at the team's factility after missing most of the 2019 season because of ankle and hamstring injuries.
|Footballguys view: Olszewski is a special teams prospect only. We'll see if he can stand out in that department and win a spot on the 53-man roster.|
Patriots | Dalton Keene could work at FB Sun May 24, 01:06 PM
New England Patriots TE Dalton Keene may receive playing time at fullback moving forward. FB Danny Vitale said he has been helping Keene learn the position better.
|Footballguys view: Keene was one of the most versatile tight ends in this draft class. He was a high school quarterback and running back. In college at Virginia Tech, the third-round pick played tight end, H-back, fullback and could line up in the slot. The Patriots should be able to use him in a number of different ways.|
Patriots | Joejuan Williams to be more versatile Sun May 24, 01:05 PM
New England Patriots CB Joejuan Williams has been asked to start working at safety in addition to cornerback so he can be used in multiple situations.Link to story
Chargers | Hunter Henry still hoping for extension Sun May 24, 10:16 AM
Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry said that he is 'fine' playing under the franchise tag for the 2020 season, although he would still like to agree to a long-term contract extension with the team. Henry said that contract talks have already taken place, although there have been no recent discussions.
|Footballguys view: Henry has signed his tender, so he's under a one-year, $10.6 million contract for the 2020 season. He's incredibly talented but has trouble staying healthy. We'll see how his injury history plays into contract negotiations. The NFL deadline for players with franchise tags to sign long-term deals is July 15.|
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Cowboys | Dak Prescott reportedly wants four-year deal Sun May 24, 09:35 AM
Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott reportedly is interested in a four-year contract extension, while the team is interested in a five-year contract, according to a source. A potential deal could make Prescott No. 1 or No. 2 among NFL quarterbacks in either average salary or guaranteed money.
|Footballguys view: The deal is going to be near or at the top of the quarterback charts...until the Chiefs sign Patrick Mahomes to a long-term deal. Deals get done at deadlines in the NFL, and that is coming up in mid-July. The two sides seem to be open to getting something done and as we get closer to the deadline we should see something happen.|
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Jets | Bilal Powell finished with Gang Green? Sat May 23, 10:57 PM
Free-agent RB Bilal Powell's (Jets) chances of re-signing with the New York Jets likely ended when RB Frank Gore was signed, according to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com.
|Footballguys view: That's no surprise. Powell is a veteran back who can contribute as a runner or receiver out of the backfield. We'll see if he can latch on with a new team around training camp.|
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Rams | Lofty comparison for Cam Akers Sat May 23, 09:44 PM
Los Angeles Rams RB Cam Akers 'does everything well,' according to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com, and Rosenthal compared Akers to retired RB Matt Forte.
|Footballguys view: Akers is a good all-purpose running back but he's not the level of player that Forte was coming out of Tulane years ago. We like Akers contact balance and ability to run through arm tackles. However, he's not as natural a receiver as you'd like and does struggle with passes outside his frame. Ball security is also an issue. He's a good back but will likely be working in a RBBC with Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson in 2020.|
Lions | Big season cut short for Matthew Stafford Sat May 23, 09:28 PM
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford was on pace for 4,998 yards and 38 touchdowns when his 2019 season ended prematurely because of a back injury.
|Footballguys view: Stafford is healthy now and looking for a bounce-back season. He's got talented weapons around him in the passing game and the backfield looks much better with the addition of rookie D'Andre Swift. Stafford has QB1 potential for Fantasy GMs in 2020. His current ADP is QB13 (10.02) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Matthew Stafford player page
Cardinals | Heavy workload for Kenyan Drake? Sat May 23, 09:11 PM
Arizona Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake 'could pass 350 touches if he stays healthy' in 2020, in the opinion of Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com.
|Footballguys view: That would be a career high for Drake and might be a bit too high to project 350 for his touches number. Something around 250-270 touches sounds about right given the fact that the Cardinals have multiple weapons to feature in the offense. Drake should catch around 50 passes, so give him about 200 carries and he could be plenty productive. In fact, the space that he may be working with this year because of the weapons at wide receiver could really opens things up for Drake.|
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Rams | Bobby Evans may push for starting job Sat May 23, 08:54 PM
Los Angeles Rams OT Bobby Evans may push OT Rob Havenstein for the starting right tackle job during training camp, in the opinion of NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal.Link to story
Cardinals | Devon Kennard may be on track to start Sat May 23, 08:35 PM
Arizona Cardinals LB Devon Kennard appears to be the leading candidate to start at outside linebacker opposite LB Chandler Jones this upcoming season, in the opinion of NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal.Link to story
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Browns | Olivier Vernon may start in 2020 Sat May 23, 08:13 PM
Cleveland Browns DE Olivier Vernon appears to be the leading candidate for the starting defensive end job opposite DE Myles Garrett.Link to story
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Lions | Danny Amendola working out with NFL QBs Sat May 23, 07:38 PM
Detroit Lions WR Danny Amendola said he has been working out with New York Giants QB Colt McCoy and Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield this offseason since they all live in the same area.
|Footballguys view: Players are doing what they can where they are to get workouts in during this coronavirus pandemic. Amendola could catch around 60 passes again (would be the fourth year in a row around that number) this season with Matthew Stafford slinging the rock.|
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Jets | Trevon Wesco may see time at FB Sat May 23, 07:30 PM
New York Jets TE Trevon Wesco could receive some snaps at fullback this upcoming season, in the opinion of the New York Post's Brian Costello.Link to story
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Jets | Kyle Phillips could see time at OLB Sat May 23, 07:24 PM
New York Jets DE Kyle Phillips could receive some playing time at outside linebacker this upcoming season since he had some success at the position last season.Link to story
Jets | Patrick Onwuasor may asked to rush quarterback Sat May 23, 07:13 PM
New York Jets LB Patrick Onwuasor may be used as a blitzer in defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' scheme because he has had success in the role in the past.Link to story
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Patriots | Two undrafted QBs to fight for No. 3 job Sat May 23, 06:56 PM
New England Patriots QBs Brian Lewerke and J'Mar Smith will be competing for the No. 3 quarterback job during training camp. The Patriots likely will sign one to the practice squad if they decide to only keep two quarterbacks on the active roster.
|Footballguys view: Lewerke is an interesting prospect to keep an eye on in crazy deep dynasty formats. He's got good size, athleticism and arm strength but he never took his college career to the next level after showing potential back in 2017. Lewerke needs mechanical improvement as a passer to throw with better accuracy and pass placement. He also needs to show better as a leader and throw with improved anticipation.|
Seahawks | Travis Homer may be third down back Sat May 23, 06:26 PM
Seattle Seahawks RB Travis Homer's role in the offense is uncertain at this point, but he could be a candidate for the third down back role.
|Footballguys view: Homer might get some looks on passing downs, but the signing of Carlos Hyde certainly pushes him down the depth chart. We'll see how he can compete in training camp and what kind of role the Seahawks envision for him.|
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NFL | Everson Griffen waiting to sign Sat May 23, 06:11 PM
Free-agent DE Everson Griffen (Vikings) has not signed with a team at this point in part because he has not been able to visit with any teams, according to the The Athletic's Chad Graff.Link to story
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Lions | Jason Huntley to be mixed in Sat May 23, 05:49 PM
Detroit Lions RB Jason Huntley should contend for a rotational role in 2020, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. General manager Bob Quinn compared Huntley to the type of player of J.D. McKissic.
|Footballguys view: Huntley was a fifth-round pick in the 2020 NFL draft out of New Mexico State. He can make big plays as a runner, receiver or kick returner. Huntley has quickness and incredible burst with the ball. He's not a big back and won't have much success running between the tackles. However, he can be used on outside runs or screen passes...plus he could line up in the slot. Huntley should work into the mix with fellow rookie D'Andre Swift as likely the lead runner (if he beats out Kerryon Johnson).|