Fantasy Football News & Views
Jaguars | Allen Hurns looking to improve (Sat May 27, 03:29 PM) [jump to this story]
Browns | DeShone Kizer to work with throwing coach (Sat May 27, 03:02 PM) [jump to this story]
Rams | Robert Woods eyeing lead receiver role (Sat May 27, 01:00 PM) [jump to this story]
Eagles | Carson Wentz stronger heading into Year 2 (Sat May 27, 12:53 PM) [jump to this story]
Lions | No rush for Theo Riddick to return Sun May 28, 11:21 AM
Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick (wrist) is unlikely to do much at OTAs as the team has a history of bringing back established players from injury slowly, per ESPN's Michael Rothstein.Link to story
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Patriots | Dion Lewis' roster spot likely safe Sun May 28, 11:08 AM
New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis still has a spot on the club despite the additions of Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead this offseason, likely as a kickoff returner and reserve running back who will play 15 to 20 snaps per game, but ESPN's Mike Reiss.Link to story
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Jets | Austin Seferian-Jenkins slims down Sun May 28, 09:33 AM
New York Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins is down to 260 pounds, after being in the mid-280s for much of the 2016 season, according to agent Brian Fettner. He has been an active participant in the team's offseason conditioning program and has been working out with a fitness guru in Las Vegas.Link to story
Austin Seferian-Jenkins player page
Vikings | Marcus Sherels could return kickoffs Sun May 28, 09:12 AM
Minnesota Vikings CB Marcus Sherels, who already serves as the club's punt returner, is a candidate to return kickoffs in 2017. Rookie WRs Rodney Adams and Stacy Coley are also under consideration for the job.Link to story
Eagles | Rodney McLeod contract altered Sun May 28, 03:00 AM
Philadelphia Eagles FS Rodney McLeod had his contract altered last week. The team will save $2.4 million in cap space by converting $3.225 million of his salary into a bonus.Link to story
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Colts | T.Y. Hilton in rare company Sun May 28, 12:40 AM
Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton's 5,861 receiving yards through his first five seasons rank in the top 10 in NFL history, but Hilton said he is still focused on improving. 'Leave no stone unturned,' Hilton said. 'I work on everything - footwork, speed work. Just continue to train everything - my hands, eye-hand coordination.'Link to story
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Bengals | Cody Core dedicated to improving Sun May 28, 12:30 AM
Cincinnati Bengals WR Cody Core said he dedicated himself to eating better and training during the offseason and was able to add muscle without losing his speed.Link to story
Saints | Coby Fleener more prepared for 2017 Sun May 28, 12:16 AM
New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener said already understanding the terminology of the offense will be a big advantage in his second season with the Saints. 'So being able to revamp and feel comfortable going out there and not having to worry about what play call is gonna come up is a huge benefit,' Fleener said.Link to story
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Eagles | Torrey Smith to return to form? Sun May 28, 12:04 AM
Philadelphia Eagles WR Torrey Smith will look more like the receiver he was with the Baltimore Ravens, according to beat writer Tim McManus.Link to story
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Broncos | Carlos Henderson picking up offense Sat May 27, 11:38 PM
Denver Broncos WR Carlos Henderson is 'swimming' when it comes to learning the offensive schemes, offensive coordinator Mike McCoy said Thursday, May 25.Link to story
Dolphins | Drew Morgan shining in OTAs Sat May 27, 10:44 PM
Miami Dolphins WR Drew Morgan was able to repeatedly create separation and make catches during practice Thursday, May 25.Link to story
Steelers | T.J. Watt seeing time with starters Sat May 27, 10:35 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers LB T.J. Watt has been seeing some reps at right outside linebacker with the first-team defense during OTAs.Link to story
49ers | NaVorro Bowman returning to form Sat May 27, 10:12 PM
San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (Achilles') is back performing at full speed during OTAs, and head coach Kyle Shanahan said Bowman looks like the same player he has watched on tape.Link to story
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Redskins | Terrelle Pryor focused on chemistry Sat May 27, 09:55 PM
Washington Redskins WR Terrelle Pryor said he is spending as much time as possible with QB Kirk Cousins in order to build trust, and head coach Jay Gruden said the relationship between Pryor and Cousins off the field in translating to success on the field.Link to story
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Lions | Marvin Jones more comfortable Sat May 27, 09:51 PM
Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones said he is a lot more comfortable with offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter's system entering this season after struggling to master the offense last year.Link to story
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Redskins | Terrelle Pryor working out the kinks Sat May 27, 09:22 PM
Washington Redskins WR Terrelle Pryor said the offense was a little sloppy when OTAs began but is improving thanks to a total team effort. 'We're getting better, and we're a long ways away, but I think tomorrow is going to be a brighter day.'Link to story
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Eagles | Derek Barnett impressing teammates Sat May 27, 09:14 PM
Philadelphia Eagles DE Derek Barnett is 'definitely going to help' the defense, according to DE Brandon Graham, and OT Lane Johnson said Barnett can 'bend the edge really well.'Link to story
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Jaguars | Dante Fowler expects more success in 2017 Sat May 27, 08:19 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars DE Dante Fowler is optimistic two years removed from his ACL surgery that he's ready to take a big step forward in 2017.Link to story
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Redskins | Kirk Cousins upbeat about extension talks Sat May 27, 06:38 PM
Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins recently characterized his talks about a contract extension as 'really positive' and appears content with whatever happens leading up to the July 15 league deadline for franchise-tagged players to hammer out a long-term deal, according to the Washington Post's Liz Clarke.
|Footballguys view: Cousins has had the franchise tag each of the last two years. Washington needs to sign him to an extension or risk losing him on the open market in 2018. A team like the 49ers would likely be willing to pay Cousins the $20 million annually he'll command in free agency.|
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Packers | Ty Montgomery continuing his RB education Sat May 27, 06:16 PM
Green Bay Packers RB Ty Montgomery admits he was running on instincts for most of last year following his position change from wide receiver, but he feels much more comfortable after a full offseason at his new position.
|Footballguys view: Montgomery is atop the depth chart at running back for the Packers, but he'll have better competition behind him this year. Rookie Jamaal Williams (BYU) was the team's fourth-round pick, and he's got the ability to be a grinder in the mold of a Jordan Howard (Bears). Fellow rookie Aaron Jones (UTEP) should compete for touches in the backfield as well.|
Ty Montgomery player page
Vikings | Jerick McKinnon bigger, better in 2017? Sat May 27, 06:03 PM
Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon trained with former teammate Adrian Peterson in Houston during the offseason and weighs 211 pounds, up from 200 a season ago. McKinnon is reportedly not only stronger, but faster as well.
|Footballguys view: McKinnon is kind of the forgotten man in the Vikings backfield. With the addition of free agent Latavius Murray and rookie Dalvin Cook, McKinnon will have more competition for touches. We'll see how this RBBC shakes out in training camp, but most expect Cook to emerge as the leader at some time this season.|
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Seahawks | Nothing close between SEA, Colin Kaepernick Sat May 27, 04:39 PM
Free-agent QB Colin Kaepernick (49ers) is not close to an agreement with the Seattle Seahawks at this point even though they had a nice visit.
|Footballguys view: Kaepernick only wants to play for the Seahawks, so it seems like something could be done at a later date. It makes sense for both sides as Seattle needs an upgrade over Trevone Boykin as the primary backup behind Russell Wilson.|
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Steelers | Alejandro Villanueva may walk away? Sat May 27, 04:20 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers exclusive rights free-agent OT Alejandro Villanueva could consider walking away from football if he does not receive a long-term contract from the Steelers, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler.
|Footballguys view: Villeanueva has an interesting situation. He's an ERFA, so Villanueva can sign a tender worth around $615,000. That's significantly less than starting left tackles make, but the Steelers own his rights for two years as Villanueva is set to be a restricted free agent in 2018. We'll see if the two sides can come together on an extension that properly compensates the veteran left tackle.|
Jaguars | Allen Hurns looking to improve Sat May 27, 03:29 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Hurns said he knows he has to play better than he did in 2016 and has been working to improve during the offseason. Hurns has added some weight but has cut his body fat. He has also worked on improving his change of direction during routes and has been strengthening his legs to help avoid hamstring injuries.
|Footballguys view: Fantasy owners would like to see him get back to the numbers he posted a couple of years ago. In 2015 he had 64 catches for 1,031 yards and 11 touchdowns. Hurns finished as the 15th fantasy wide receiver that year, but fell to 75th in 2016 as his numbers fell off and he only made it through 11 games. His current ADP of WR66 (14.05) in 12-team PPR leagues cooks in the risk associated with his up-and-down career so far.|
Allen Hurns player page
Browns | DeShone Kizer to work with throwing coach Sat May 27, 03:02 PM
Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer plans to work with throwing coach Tom House leading up to training camp.
|Footballguys view: Kizer needs the work and may be a long way from starting for the Browns. They drafted him with the idea that he could potentially be a franchise quarterback. Kizer is big, athletic and has a strong arm...but he needs work as a passer. Too often his mechanics suffer under pressure, and Kizer has a tendency to give away where he's going with the ball with his eyes. The physical tools are certainly there with the Notre Dame prospect, but he needs more savvy and refinement to his game before he can be a quality starter at the NFL level.|
Jets | Kelvin Beachum not limited Sat May 27, 02:57 PM
New York Jets OT Kelvin Beachum (knee) said he is been at full speed during offseason workouts and that he believes he is body is ready for the 2017 season.Link to story
Bears | Three Bears kick returner options Sat May 27, 02:49 PM
Chicago Bears RB Tarik Cohen, RB Benny Cunningham and WR Deonte Thompson are expected to compete for the kick returner job during training camp.
|Footballguys view: Cohen may be the most exciting player to watch here. Nicknamed "Tarik the Freak" in college at North Carolina A&T, Cohen has some Darren Sproles (Eagles) to his game because of his compact build (5'6" 179 pounds) and incredible foot frequency.|
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Bears | Eddie Jackson expected to be returner Sat May 27, 02:48 PM
Chicago Bears S Eddie Jackson is expected to enter training camp as the leading candidate for the punt returner job.Link to story
Texans | Jeff Allen slimmer and trimmer in 2017 Sat May 27, 01:27 PM
Houston Texans OG Jeff Allen dropped 21 pounds this offseason as a result of dramatically changing his approach to his conditioning, according to the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson.Link to story
Rams | Robert Woods eyeing lead receiver role Sat May 27, 01:00 PM
Los Angeles Rams WR Robert Woods is determined to be a 'No. 1 receiver,' according to the Los Angeles Times' Gary Klein.
|Footballguys view: Woods is out to prove that he's more than a decent no2 wide receiver in the NFL. That's the role he played in Buffalo behind Sammy Watkins, but with his new team Woods will have a chance to be the main man. We see him as a low-ceiling WR1 for the Rams, especially since they made moves in the draft to add pass-catching talent like WR Cooper Kupp, WR Josh Reynolds and TE Gerald Everett. Projecting Woods to catch around 60-ish passes is fair, but that doesn't make him much of a fantasy asset. Woods is getting drafted as a late-round flier (WR73, 14.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Robert Woods player page
Eagles | Carson Wentz stronger heading into Year 2 Sat May 27, 12:53 PM
Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz is noticeably stronger and appears to be throwing the ball better than he did as a rookie, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane.
|Footballguys view: Wentz is throwing tighter spirals out at Eagles camp per beat writers covering the team. He also seems more comfortable and confident as he enters his second season as a pro. Wentz has way better pass-catchers around him this year as the team made an emphasis to add talent in the offseason. He should be looked at as a low-end QB2 in 2017, but we wouldn't be surprised to see Wentz finish around QB15 when all is said and done.|
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Jets | Josh McCown expected to be Week 1 starter Sat May 27, 12:43 PM
New York Jets QB Josh McCown is the 'heavy favorite' to be named the starting quarterback even though the team plans on having an open competition, giving McCown, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg an equal amount of practice reps, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini.
|Footballguys view: That's the way it should shake out, but with the Jets you just never know. Hackenberg has been impressive at Jets camp according to reports, but given what he looked like last year we have to take that with a grain (block?) of salt. Fantasy owners should watch this play out in training camp and publicly shame anyone in their league that adds one of these QBs to their roster. No matter who wins the job, only QB3 value should come from it.|
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Saints | Hau'oli Kikaha limited during OTAs Sat May 27, 11:21 AM
New Orleans Saints DE Hau'oli Kikaha (knee) is participating in part of the OTAs that began this week, although he did not participate in full-team sessions.Link to story
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Cardinals | Robert Nkemdiche making strong impression Sat May 27, 11:18 AM
Arizona Cardinals DL Robert Nkemdiche has 'changed ... for the good', according to teammate and veteran DE Frostee Rucker. Nkemdiche began showing up at the team's facility to work out shortly after the end of last season and he is among the defensive linemen getting in extra technique and conditioning work after the coaches head inside following that day's OTA.
|Footballguys view: Nkemdiche has a ton of natural talent, but last year as a rookie he only made it through five games and had his work ethic called into question by head coach Bruce Arians. With DE Calais Campbell (Jaguars) leaving in free agency, the Cardinals defense need Nkemdiche to start playing up to his potential.|
Robert Nkemdiche player page
Lions | Jake Rudock impressive at OTAs Sat May 27, 09:37 AM
Detroit Lions QB Jake Rudock has bulked up to 215 pounds and impressed head coach Jim Caldwell during organized team activities Thursday, May 25, with stronger, crisper throws than last year. 'He's thrown the ball better,' Caldwell said. 'Not to say that he was throwing it poorly before, but he's better.'
|Footballguys view: Rudock is competing with rookie Brad Kaaya to be the primary backup behind Matthew Stafford in 2017. A sixth-round pick out of Michigan in 2016, Rudock lacks a strong arm but he makes up for it with good rhythm as a passer. He can throw with touch and stays confident with the blitz around him. We're watching his progress in dynasty leagues.|
Saints | Josh LeRibeus works out at center Sat May 27, 09:31 AM
New Orleans Saints OG Josh LeRibeus took snaps with the first-team offense at center during organized team activities Thursday, May 25, while C Max Unger (foot) continues to recover from surgery to repair a space in the Lisfranc area of his foot. In addition to LeRibeus, OT Senio Kelemete and C Jack Allen could also see time at center during Unger's absence.Link to story
Steelers | Martavis Bryant works with first-team Sat May 27, 12:27 AM
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant worked with the first-team offense during OTAs and 'looked great on the field while showing a more mature demeanor,' according to a team source.
|Footballguys view: Most fully expect Bryant to win the starting job opposite Antonio Brown in 2017. Coming back from his suspension, Bryant will have to get back into football shape and stay clean in order to play up to his potential this year. He's a boom/bust fantasy propect this year, and Byrant is getting drafted at WR26 (5.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Redskins | Kirk Cousins working on timing Sat May 27, 12:11 AM
Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins is still adjusting to throwing jumps ball and back-shoulder fades to WR Terrelle Pryor, according to head coach Jay Gruden.
|Footballguys view: It will only take some time for Cousins to get used to his new target. DeSean Jackson (Buccaneers) and Pierre Garcon (49ers) left in free agency, so it will likely be Pryor playing as his top WR option in 2017. Pryor has a current ADP of WR20 (4.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Terrelle Pryor player page
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Texans | DeAndre Hopkins learning from Wes Welker Fri May 26, 11:40 PM
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins said it has been great learning from assistant coach Wes Welker.
|Footballguys view: Welker was a fine route runner during his time in the NFL. Hopkins is a different type of wide receiver from what Welker used to be, but he can still learn about setting up routes and getting open from the former Pro Bowler. With better QB play in 2017, Hopkins should get back to his expected level of production after a down season in 2016.|
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Chiefs | Tyler Bray could remain backup QB Fri May 26, 11:11 PM
Kansas City Chiefs QB Tyler Bray will have a chance to remain the backup quarterback despite the presence of QB Patrick Mahomes, head coach Andy Reid said Thursday, May 25.
|Footballguys view: Bray has a big arm but struggles with control (think a poor man's version of Derek Anderson). Mahomes is the future of the franchise, but he should sit this year behind Alex Smith with the idea that he'll take over in 2018. Bray is a career backup, and we're a bit surprised he's been able to hang on this long in KC.|
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Dolphins | Laremy Tunsil ready to play left tackle Fri May 26, 11:01 PM
Miami Dolphins OT Laremy Tunsil said he learned a lot playing left guard last season but is happy to be switching back to left tackle because it is his 'natural spot.'Link to story
Buccaneers | Nick Folk pushing Roberto Aguayo Fri May 26, 10:04 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers PK Nick Folk connected on all five of his field goal attempts during OTAs Friday, May 26, and Roberto Aguayo made at least four of his five attempts.Link to story
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Eagles | Nelson Agholor turning a corner Fri May 26, 09:57 PM
Philadelphia Eagles WR Nelson Agholor has benefited from the offseason additions to the receiving corps, according to head coach Doug Pederson. 'As I've said all along, competition, man, sharpens you,' Pederson said Tuesday, May 23. 'And that's what I've seen from Nelson. He's done a great job already this spring.'
|Footballguys view: A first-round pick in 2015, Agholor has been a bust as a pro. Even if he's better in 2017, Agholor is still fourth (at best) on the depth chart behind Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith and Jordan Matthews.|
Nelson Agholor player page
Patriots | Rob Gronkowski looks like old self Fri May 26, 09:46 PM
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back) has been a full participant in drills during voluntary workouts, and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said Gronkowski has been 'involved in everything' and 'looks like Gronk.'
|Footballguys view: Great news for the Patriots, and great news for fantasy owners. Everyone knows that if he's healthy then Gronkowski will perform like a top flight fantasy tight end.|
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Browns | DeShone Kizer being groomed to start? Fri May 26, 09:27 PM
Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer said he has been glued to head coach Hue Jackson, and Jackson said he has to find out more about Kizer than any of the other quarterbacks on the roster. 'He's not going to get too far away from me, I know that,' Jackson said. 'He's done a good job. He just has to keep getting better. He's improved from day to day.'
|Footballguys view: Kizer is big, strong and athletic...but man is he raw as a passer. Too often Kizer will lock onto his initial read and try to press throws in that have no business being thrown. He doesn't read his progressions as quickly as he can, and Kizer seems hesitant at times when he passes. The potential is there...but Kizer needs a year or two of grooming before he'll truly be ready to be a starter.|
Lions | Detroit adding Matt Asiata Fri May 26, 08:13 PM
Free-agent RB Matt Asiata (Vikings) agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions Friday, May 26, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Asiata joins a Lions backfield to give them another power option behind Zach Zenner. Ameer Abdullah is likely the lead back, but he's not built to be a grinder in the NFL. That's where Zenner comes in...and oh yeah, Theo Riddick will still be a fine pass-catching option for the Lions in 2017. Asiata is no lock for the final roster.|
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Redskins | Fabian Moreau contract details Fri May 26, 08:02 PM
Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins CB Fabian Moreau's four-year contract is worth $3.339 million. The deal includes a $825,392 signing bonus.Link to story
Buccaneers | Justin Evans contract details Fri May 26, 07:32 PM
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers S Justin Evans' four-year contract is worth $5.199 million. The deal includes a $1.921 million signing bonus.Link to story
Seahawks | Malik McDowell signs contract Fri May 26, 07:30 PM
Seattle Seahawks second-round draft choice DT Malik McDowell has signed a four-year contract worth $6.955 million. The deal includes a $3.198 million signing bonus.
|Footballguys view: McDowell is a big-bodied defender with the length to disrupt the quarterback from multiple spots on the line. Don't look at his numbers from college as they're not that impressive, but the potential with McDowell to be a solid pro is there. We'll see if he can take to pro coaching as questions from college about his work ethic and motor abound. He'll serve as a rotational player for the Seahawks.|
Dolphins | Charles Harris contract update Fri May 26, 07:29 PM
Updating a previous report, Miami Dolphins first-round draft choice DE Charles Harris' four-year contract is worth $10.522 million. The deal includes a $6.026 million signing bonus.Link to story