Fantasy Football News & Views
Lions | Detroit offense tougher for defenses? (Tue Jun 21, 08:50 PM) [jump to this story]
Bears | Alshon Jeffery makes progress on deal (Tue Jun 21, 12:38 PM) [jump to this story]
Bills | Tyrod Taylor has high expectations (Tue Jun 21, 01:08 AM) [jump to this story]
NFL | Arian Foster expects to be ready (Mon Jun 20, 05:15 PM) [jump to this story]
Broncos | Devontae Booker to push for RB2 (Mon Jun 20, 08:45 AM) [jump to this story]
Bills | Seantrel Henderson wants to add weight Fri Jun 24, 05:56 PM
Buffalo Bills OT Seantrel Henderson (illness) was down to 306 pounds during minicamp because of his multiple surgeries but is looking to weigh 325 to 330 pounds when he starts playing again.Link to story
Saints | Kyle Wilson placed on IR Fri Jun 24, 04:54 PM
New Orleans Saints CB Kyle Wilson (undisclosed) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Friday, June 24. The team also signed free-agent DE C.J. Wilson (Lions). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Link to story
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Steelers | Brandon Johnson joins Pittsburgh Fri Jun 24, 04:26 PM
Undrafted free-agent RB Brandon L. Johnson (Penn State) signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers Friday, June 24. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Link to story
Titans | Dorial Green-Beckham optimistic Fri Jun 24, 04:20 PM
Tennessee Titans WR Dorial Green-Beckham said he is happy with how he performed during offseason workouts and expects to be more productive in 2016 because he is more comfortable.Link to story
Dorial Green-Beckham player page
Broncos | Von Miller talks dormant Fri Jun 24, 02:22 PM
Denver Broncos LB Von Miller hasn't had contract discussions with the team since early June, according to sources. Miller is under the team's control for 2016 via the franchise tag.
|Footballguys view: The Broncos have until July 15 to negotiate a long-term deal under the CBA, but the team had set an earlier deadline to get the deal done that coincided with the negotiations coming to a halt. Denver could rekindle talks at the deadline, but if they can't finish a deal, Miller could hold out instead of playing under the 14.129 million franchise tag.|
Von Miller player page
Browns | Joe Schobert signs rookie deal Fri Jun 24, 01:55 PM
Cleveland Browns LB Joe Schobert signed his rookie four-year contract Friday, June 24.
|Footballguys view: Schobert doesn't have gaudy athletic traits, but he was highly productive at Wisconsin. He can get after the passer and drop into coverage with equal aplomb, but Schobert is not a power player and might fit best at inside linebacker in a 3-4.|
NFL | Shaun Suisham retires Fri Jun 24, 01:13 PM
Free-agent PK Shaun Suisham (Steelers) has retired Friday, June 24, due to his knee injury.Link to story
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Steelers | Shaun Suisham cut Fri Jun 24, 10:05 AM
Pittsburgh Steelers PK Shaun Suisham was released Friday, June 24. PK Chris Boswell enters training camp as the likely starter.
|Footballguys view: Boswell was first in the league in field goal attempts and makes per game last year, and he was second to only Stephen Gostkowski in scoring per game. He deserves to go in the top five kickers despite the Steelers hints that they might go for two as much as or more than any team in the league this year.|
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Redskins | Kirk Cousins talks going nowhere Fri Jun 24, 02:21 AM
Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins has had discussions about a long-term deal over the last week, but talks continue to go nowhere. He's expected to play 2016 on the $19.95 million franchise tender.
|Footballguys view: Washington is smart to wait before committing what will likely be at least 40-50 million dollars guaranteed and a contract value over 100 million. Cousins' fantasy outlook is enhanced by the extra motivation to earn a life-changing contract. He is severely undervalued at an ADP of QB18.|
Kirk Cousins player page
Titans | Antonio Andrews stepping up Thu Jun 23, 11:53 PM
Tennessee Titans RB Antonio Andrews has responded well to the added competition of RB DeMarco Murray and RB Derrick Henry, head coach Mike Mularkey said.
|Footballguys view: Andrews powerful running style and low center of gravity makes him a useful back in an "exotic smashmouth" approach. While the Titans don't have the money or draft capital invested in him that they have in Demarco Murray and Derrick Henry, Andrews has momentum and a chip on his shoulder. We will hear from him again, but it might not be this year in Tennessee.|
DeMarco Murray player page
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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph not lacking confidence Thu Jun 23, 09:56 PM
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph said he feels he is the best all-around tight end in the NFL, and he added that the position is about more than catching passes and running routes.
|Footballguys view: Rudolph has looked sluggish in recent years, and 2015 fifth-round pick Mycole Pruitt should secure a larger role in the passing game this year. The one thing going in his favor is improvements on the offense line that will allow him to run more pass routes. Still, the Vikings pass offense is low volume and not a fertile soil for fantasy development. Even though Rudolph is high on himself, we wouldn't look at him until the end of fantasy drafts, if at all.|
Kyle Rudolph player page
Lions | Ameer Abdullah to carry the load? Thu Jun 23, 09:42 PM
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah averaged 4.7 yards per carry in the second of last season, and beat writer Tim Twentyman believes Abdullah will be given the opportunity to be the lead back in 2016.
|Footballguys view: "Lead back" for the Lions will still include Theo Riddick catching 70-80 passes out of the backfield and a downhill runner like Zach Zenner or Stevan Ridley handling some of the work between the tackles. Abdullah has upside as a seventh round pick, but it is still capped by the RBBC nature of his backfield.|
Ameer Abdullah player page
49ers | Will Redmond signs four-year deal Thu Jun 23, 07:12 PM
San Francisco 49ers CB Will Redmond signed a four-year deal Thursday, June 23. Financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
Cardinals | Corey Peters may start at nose tackle Thu Jun 23, 05:48 PM
Arizona Cardinals DT Corey Peters (Achilles') is slated to start at nose tackle this season if he is healthy, in the opinion of Darren Urban of azcardinals.com. Head coach Bruce Arians, though, did say Peters would be ready by training camp. DT Rodney Gunter will compete for the spot as well.Link to story
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NFL | Curtis Lofton hopes to play Thu Jun 23, 04:45 PM
Former Oakland Raiders LB Curtis Lofton (ankle, knee) underwent offseason surgery on his ankle and knee, but he hopes to continue playing in 2016.
|Footballguys view: Lofton is more of a downhill thumper than a versatile linebacker, and his surgeries probably won't help his case. He will likely have to wait for an injury to a starter before he gets a call.|
Curtis Lofton player page
NFL | Reggie Bush has received interest Thu Jun 23, 02:19 PM
Free-agent RB Reggie Bush (49ers) has received calls from two teams, but he hasn't made a decision on where he'll play in 2016.
|Footballguys view: Bush was a non-factor in 2015 and he has only appeared in 16 games over the last two seasons. He would have to land in a plum situation opened up by injury to even get on our radar this year.|
Reggie Bush player page
Lions | Ameer Abdullah focused on little things Thu Jun 23, 11:22 AM
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (shoulder), who is expected to be ready for training camp, is focused on the little things in improving as a player. 'I feel like I showed some flashes last year, but in this league you can't show flashes,' Abdullah said. 'You have to be consistent. That definitely had a lot to do with growing pains. It also had a lot to do with me being immature as a player coming straight from college and not understanding what kind of preparation and mental focus it took for such a long amount of time. I know I have a lot to give to this team and a lot to give to this league. I know I can be a good back, but it starts with those little things I mentioned earlier.'
|Footballguys view: Abdullah struggled with fumbles and uneven usage last year. The rookie, like the rest of the offense, improved with the addition of offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, so if Abdullah can get consistent usage, including in the passing game, he could deliver on his seventh round ADP. Theo Riddick should still lead the backfield in receptions, and another back could take the short yardage work and lead the team in rushing touchdowns.|
Ameer Abdullah player page
Redskins | Takoby Cofield could challenge for O-line Thu Jun 23, 07:29 AM
Washington Redskins OT Takoby Cofield could challenge for a spot on the active roster at left tackle with OT Trent Williams and OT Ty Nsekhe.Link to story
Raiders | DeAndre Washington might shine Thu Jun 23, 01:28 AM
Oakland Raiders RB DeAndre Washington spent some time with the first-team offense during the team's minicamp, although there has been nothing guaranteed about Washington's role going forward. Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave see Washington as a player who can do a little bit of everything, plus help out on special teams.
|Footballguys view: The Raiders are not sold on Latavius Murray long-term, and maybe even short-term. Washington is a dynamic back with a lot of juice in his legs who could excel when the team spreads the field like his college offense did at Texas Tech. There is a chance that Washington pushes his way into a Giovani Bernard/Jeremy Hill arrangement with Murray this year, so take that into account when ranking Raiders backs.|
Raiders | Roy Helu expected to be ready for camp Thu Jun 23, 01:27 AM
Oakland Raiders RB Roy Helu (hip) did not participate in the team's offseason program as he recovered from offseason hip surgery, but head coach Jack Del Rio said Wednesday, June 22, that he expects Helu to be ready to go for training camp.
|Footballguys view: Helu will be fighting fifth-round pick DeAndre Washington for a receiving back role. While Helu has had his moments over the years, his inability to stay healthy has kept him from getting a long-term foothold in his backfield.|
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Giants | Owa Odighizuwa shines in spring Thu Jun 23, 01:25 AM
New York Giants DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa worked on the interior of the defensive line during spring practices, working alongside DT Johnathan Hankins in nickel pass-rushing defenses. His role might be similar to how the team used DE-LB Mathias Kiwanuka.
|Footballguys view: Odighizuwa is more of a linear power rusher than a bendy speed rusher, so this makes sense. Jason Pierre-Paul should be back to full speed and much more accustomed to using his fireworks-marred hand, and Olivier Vernon will give him the best running mate at defensive end that he has had in a while. The Giants pass rush is getting closer to the glory days of their Super Bowl seasons.|
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Dolphins | Backup nickel job up for grabs Thu Jun 23, 01:24 AM
Miami Dolphins CB Jordan Lucas said Wednesday, June 22, that he worked both on the boundary and in the slot over the past month. He is battling CBs Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Tyler Patmon for the backup nickel job behind projected starter CB Bobby McCain.Link to story
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Dolphins | Jakeem Grant works in return game Thu Jun 23, 01:24 AM
Miami Dolphins WR Jakeem Grant never returned a punt at Texas Tech, but he has been returning them in offseason practices, and said Wednesday, June 22, that he is quickly getting the hang of it.Link to story
Dolphins | Leonte Carroo to shed weight Thu Jun 23, 01:18 AM
Miami Dolphins WR Leonte Carroo made a favorable impressive on the coaching staff during the team's offseason program. He said Wednesday, June 22, that his first priority is losing weight. 'I'm 217 now, trying to get down to 210,' Carroo said. 'You become faster when you shed some pounds. I don't have any bad weight on me. That's what I was at the combine. Why not be as fast and explosive as I can be?'
|Footballguys view: Carroo is a rugged receiver with speed who could push Kenny Stills for playing time by the end of the season. DeVante Parker has had a history of foot issues, so Carroo could also see more playing time if Parker struggles to stay healthy. Keep him on your rookie redraft waiver wire watch list.|
Saints | Brandon Coleman has stiff competition Wed Jun 22, 11:40 PM
New Orleans Saints WR Brandon Coleman needs a strong training camp and preseason to secure his roster spot, as the team drafted a similar type of receiver in WR Michael Thomas.
|Footballguys view: Another beat writer predicted that Coleman would hold off Thomas and become the third wide receiver, but Thomas had a tremendous spring and riffed with Drew Brees from the word go, so Coleman might be unnecessary. If the Saints let him go, he should get interest from other teams, as Coleman's size/speed combination is hard to find, and "big slot" types are getting more use around the league.|
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Saints | Austin Johnson's job security unclear Wed Jun 22, 11:40 PM
New Orleans Saints FB Austin Johnson is the only fullback on the roster currently. He has been on and off the roster recently, and his status heading into the season hinges on whether the team decides they need a fullback.Link to story
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Saints | NOLA backup RB spots up for grabs Wed Jun 22, 11:39 PM
New Orleans Saints RBs Travaris Cadet, Daniel Lasco, Marcus Murphy are likely to jockey for the spots behind RBs Mark Ingram, Tim Hightower and C.J. Spiller. Murphy and Lasco benefit special teams, with Murphy as a return man and Lasco for coverage. Cadet might also crack the roster as a runner, receiver and return man, and the final spot might come down to Cadet and Murphy and who is hotter in training camp and the preseason.
|Footballguys view: Murphy has receiving ability and could vie for the role CJ Spiller has been lackluster in so far in New Orleans. Lasco is a SPARQ freak who has top-end athleticism, but an injury-marred 2015 caused him to drop in the draft. Cadet has the most experience in the offense and could be the most productive in a receiving role. It looks like Tim Hightower will be the handcuff to Mark Ingram no matter who wins this fourth running back spot.|
Travaris Cadet player page
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Saints | Garrett Grayson needs to show progress Wed Jun 22, 11:38 PM
New Orleans Saints QB Garrett Grayson will have to earn the No. 3 job and show some real progress to keep him roster spot. He will be slotted behind QBs Drew Brees and Luke McCown. Since the team invested a third-round pick on Grayson last year as a developmental project, he is likely to stick around.
Dolphins | Adam Gase pushing Ryan Tannehill Wed Jun 22, 10:18 PM
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill has a new head coach in Adam Gase, and the man in charge is trying to extract more from his signal caller. Gase's approach - besides extremely detailed teaching - also includes pushing Tannehill to his limits but also giving him more freedom than he has ever had. 'I put a lot on (Tannehill's) plate. It's almost to the point where it's probably too much this fast. I want to see where the breaking point is. He's been doing a good job of responding,' Gase said last week.
|Footballguys view: Tannehill has a chance to take another step with a head coach that got great football out of Peyton Manning and Jay Cutler at much later junctures in their careers. Clyde Christensen is the offensive coordinator and also a quarterback-centric coach. The Dolphins don't have much proven in the running game, but they have a good array of targets and Tannehill. He is going outside of the top 15, and sometimes outside of the top 20, making Tannehill part of the deepest fantasy quarterback class we have ever seen.|
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Titans |DeMarco Murray in better situation Wed Jun 22, 07:32 PM
Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray believes Tennessee's offensive system is a better fit for him than the Philadelphia Eagles' offense. 'It's strictly downhill and that's what I've been accustomed to my entire life,' Murray said. 'Nothing against last year or what happened, it just didn't work out, but I'm very excited about this upcoming season.'
|Footballguys view: Murray was flummoxed by a Philadelphia running game that asked for more first step burst from him. A downhill running game does suit him, but it could limit the amount of read option calls for Marcus Mariota, because that requires the running back to take the carry from a standstill instead of with a head of steam. Derrick Henry will also do best in a downhill system, so while this enhances Murray, it also gives Henry a good chance to outplay him or at least be the hotter hand at times.|
DeMarco Murray player page
Bills | Tyrod Taylor may get in-season extension Wed Jun 22, 06:50 PM
Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor and the Bills are both open to an in-season extension, according to a source. Talks have been ongoing through the offseason, but an extension is not expected before the season starts.
|Footballguys view: The Bills know Taylor can demand at least 10-12 million a year as a starting quarterback, and they need to see that he can stay healthy and effective over more than one season before committing that. It's a smart move from a money standpoint, but every game that Taylor plays well will increase what he is due on his next contract. This can only help him for fantasy, where he is going as a backup quarterback, but one that can score in the top 7-10 in any given week because of his running ability.|
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Falcons | Matt Ryan working on feet Wed Jun 22, 06:09 PM
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan has been working on increasing his comfort level with the offense this offseason. Ryan has worked in front of a mirror to try to get his feet in the right position to be able to throw the ball the way he wants to and to improve the timing of the play. He is able to watch his feet closely this way and can make sure everything is aligned correctly before dropping back.
|Footballguys view: Ryan had one of the worst years of his career in 2015, and he is going to have to rely on Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman again to power the passing game unless Mohamed Sanu is a lot better than advertised. Ryan is no longer among the QB1 or even upper QB2 ranks and he is not worth drafting in the top 15-18 quarterbacks this year.|
Matt Ryan player page
Seahawks | Russell Wilson has made strides Wed Jun 22, 05:31 PM
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson has made a clear step ahead this offseason, according to head coach Pete Carroll. 'His command is all-time. His ability to move defenders with his eyes to set up some things, he's consistently doing that, almost unconsciously, he's so clued in,' Carroll said. 'We saw him throw the ball all over the field throughout the offseason and he's been strong and accurate and really precise about stuff. He has had a great offseason.'
|Footballguys view: Wilson was arguably a league winner in the second half of the season last year after a slow start to the campaign. While the Seahawks won't have a high volume pass offense, Wilson has shown the efficiency and running ability to be an elite fantasy quarterback without throwing even 500 passes in a season. He deserves to go in the top five fantasy quarterbacks this year.|
Russell Wilson player page
Chiefs | Receiver depth still unsettled Wed Jun 22, 04:43 PM
Kansas City Chiefs WRs Albert Wilson, Chris Conley, Rod Streater, De'Anthony Thomas and Tyreek Hill will all compete for playing time behind WR Jeremy Maclin. Head coach Andy Reid liked what he saw from Wilson and Conley during offseason workouts, though.
|Footballguys view: Travis Kelce is really the #2 receiver for the Chiefs, or perhaps 2B with Jamaal Charles as a 2A. The team could pass more with Justin Houston possibly sidelined for a good part of the season, but any wide receiver other than Maclin would only amount to the fourth option in a somewhat conservative passing game. Conley could be a deep threat and he's an athletic freak, so he's the one to watch in deep dynasty leagues.|
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DeAnthony Thomas player page
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Bears | Marquess Wilson could start on PUP list Wed Jun 22, 04:04 PM
Chicago Bears WR Marquess Wilson (foot) is expected to begin the regular season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. Wilson would not be eligible to return until Week 6 if he is placed on the PUP list to start the season. WRs Josh Bellamy and Cameron Meredith were the first two names mentioned by Biggs who could play more if Wilson is sidelined.
|Footballguys view: Bellamy is a core special teamer who could get more playing time with Wilson out. If there's any fantasy overflow to have here, it will more likely fall to tight end Zach Miller or slot receiver Eddie Royal. Seventh round pick Daniel Braverman could buy a temporary roster spot if Wilson starts the year on the PUP.|
Josh Bellamy player page
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Bengals | Donte Whitner being recruited to CIN Wed Jun 22, 01:11 PM
Free-agent SS Donte Whitner (Browns) is being recruited by Cincinnati Bengals LB Karlos Dansby to sign with the Bengals.
|Footballguys view: Whitner was not brought back by the Browns, but he might stay in the division. The Bengals have an opening at safety that may come down to a battle between the inexperienced Shawn Williams, who did start four games last year and 2015 sixth round pick Derron Smith.|
Karlos Dansby player page
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Ravens | Coach praises Terrance West Wed Jun 22, 11:57 AM
Baltimore Ravens RB Terrance West looked quick and fast during organized team activities, according to head coach John Harbaugh, and Harbaugh also praised West's improvements without the ball in his hands.
|Footballguys view: West seems to have salvaged his career in Baltimore after failed stops in Cleveland and Tennessee. He could make the team as their 4th back if he can beat out Lorenzo Taliaferro and Trent Richardson, who is sidelined with knee surgery. If the Ravens cut West, he should draw interest from another team.|
Terrance West player page
NFL | DeMeco Ryans wants to play Wed Jun 22, 11:17 AM
Free-agent LB DeMeco Ryans (Eagles) hopes to sign with a team for 2016, but he is prepared if his career comes to an end.Link to story
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Patriots | Donald Brown embracing opportunity Wed Jun 22, 11:13 AM
New England Patriots RB Donald Brown led all running backs with 19 receptions in Patriots minicamp, and he is taking advantage of the opportunity to contribute in any way possible. His most likely path to a role is as the top backup to RB LeGarrette Blount. Brown is not considered a lock to make the team, according to Mark Daniels, of the Providence Journal. New England would carry a $300,000 salary cap charge if Brown is released.
|Footballguys view: Brown is the kind of versatile back the Patriots can make good use of, but they already have Dion Lewis and James White to play in the passing game, and Brown's strength is not as an inside runner. He might have to present something more compelling than Brandon Bolden's special teams ability to make the team, and that's only if the team doesn't sign Arian Foster later this summer. The team has been linked to Foster by multiple stories and they will likely take a look at him when he is back to full speed.|
Donald Brown player page
Buccaneers | More touches for Charles Sims? Wed Jun 22, 02:05 AM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims is expected to see more carries in 2016, in the opinion of PewterReport.com's Mark Cook.Link to story
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NFL | Another felony charge for Joseph Randle Wed Jun 22, 01:15 AM
Free-agent RB Joseph Randle (Cowboys) has added another felony charge to the two he's already facing. He made an alleged threat against a Sedgwick County (Kan.) Jail deputy while incarcerated for two other pending felony cases, according to court and sheriff's office records.Link to story
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NFL | Davone Bess arrested after standoff Wed Jun 22, 01:15 AM
Free-agent WR Davone Bess (Browns) has been arrested after a standoff with police at his suburban Phoenix home. Police say Bess fled a traffic stop early Monday, June 20. He is being held on one felony count each of endangerment, flight and failure to stop for a police officer.
|Footballguys view: It has been a somewhat quiet offseason on the NFL police blotter, but the troubles for Bess and Joseph Randle have reminded us how turbulent life after football can be for some players.|
Davone Bess player page
Jets | Christian Hackenberg not expected in '16 Wed Jun 22, 01:14 AM
New York Jets QB Christian Hackenberg struggled with his accuracy in offseason workouts, and appeared methodical with his footwork while also making poor decisions. Beat writer Rich Cimini notes the rookie showed his arm strength, though, especially on deep balls. He needs to develop consistency. Hackenberg is not expected to play in 2016.
|Footballguys view: Hackenberg is not ready to assume any kind of responsibility for this team, so they might have to carry four quarterbacks. 2015 fourth-round pick Bryce Petty is not ready to even be the backup, leaving Geno Smith as the only quarterback on the roster who can be trusted in game situations. Even if Ryan Fitzpatrick is signed as we expect, Smith will need to stay on as the backup.|
Jets | Dexter McDougle not jumping out Wed Jun 22, 01:14 AM
New York Jets CB Dexter McDougle did not do anything wrong during the offseason workouts, but he also did not jump out. The team has five experienced cornerbacks, so beat writer Rich Cimini believes McDougle needs a strong training camp and preseason to avoid being the latest draft pick to be cut.Link to story
Jets | NYJ excited about Deion Barnes Wed Jun 22, 01:13 AM
New York Jets LB Deion Barnes spent his rookie season on the practice squad, but he has made big improvement during the offseason. The coaches are excited about his progress, and he has a legitimate chance to make the 53-man roster.Link to story
Jets | Lorenzo Mauldin to play every down Wed Jun 22, 01:13 AM
New York Jets LB Lorenzo Mauldin had a strong rookie campaign, and the team expects him to be an every-down players in 2016.
|Footballguys view: The Jets defensive line has been one of the strongest in the league for a while, but they have struggled to find edge rushers to take advantage of that strength. Maudlin has a chance to break through this year and should be considered a sack-heavy IDP league sleeper.|
Lorenzo Mauldin player page
Bengals | Brandon LaFell feeling comfortable Wed Jun 22, 01:10 AM
Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell is feeling confident with QB Andy Dalton, and two continue to build rapport. 'I've been working with (Dalton) for a little over two months now so we've got the timing down and it's been showing in practice every day,' LaFell said Tuesday, June 21.
|Footballguys view: LaFell could open the season as key target in the Bengals pass offense if Tyler Eifert isn't ready for Week 1 after offseason ankle surgery. He was a non-factor last year after a leg injury landed him on the PUP to begin the season, but LaFell was a strong producer in 2014 for New England. He might not be worth a draft pick, but keep LaFell on your early season waiver wire speed dial with all of the opportunity in the Bengals passing game.|
Brandon LaFell player page
Lions | Detroit offense tougher for defenses? Tue Jun 21, 08:50 PM
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford believes his offense will be tougher to defend without former WR Calvin Johnson. Stafford said defenses won't know who the Lions will go to on offense, whereas most of the time in previous years Johnson was their go-to guy.
|Footballguys view: Yeah, we'll believe it when we see it. How can you lose a top WR in the game and be BETTER on offense? We'll be skeptical about this, but at least Stafford is showing confidence as he moves forward without Johnson. Golden Tate and Marvin Jones will be the top two wideouts for the Lions in 2016. We see Tate as a low-end WR2 while Jones is more of a low-end WR3 for fantasy owners. The current ADP for Tate is WR22 (4.04) while Jones is at WR41 (9.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Calvin Johnson player page
Matthew Stafford player page
Vikings | Bridgewater, Kyle Rudolph connecting Tue Jun 21, 08:30 PM
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater said he and TE Kyle Rudolph talk about how they can improve when they're not on the field. Bridgewater also said Rudolph studies the plays from a quarterback's perspective. The young quarterback has learned to trust his tight end more, too, and Bridgewater has counted on Rudolph to come through.
|Footballguys view: As Bridgewater continues to develop as a pro QB, he should be more efficient as a passer. We see Bridgewater as a low-end QB2 in this run-heavy offense. Rudolph is always a key piece in the Vikings passing game but only a TE2 for fantasy owners.|
Kyle Rudolph player page
Teddy Bridgewater player page
Seahawks | Head coach lauds Tyler Lockett Tue Jun 21, 08:07 PM
Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett is one of the hardest working players ever, according to head coach Pete Carroll. Carroll said Lockett is a starter, much more than just a special teams player.
|Footballguys view: There's no denying it....we love Lockett. His speed, quickness and elusiveness made him a special player in college at Kansas State. We only saw the tip of the iceberg last year during Lockett's rookie season when he snared 51 passes for 664 yards and six touchdowns. Throw in Lockett's electric ability as a return man and you have a valuable fantasy asset. He's a big part of the Seahawks burgeoning passing game, and we see Lockett as an exciting WR3/flex play (with upside) for fantasy owners. There's always been a dash of Antonio Brown (Steelers) to his game, and we may see Lockett emerge as the WR1 for the Seahawks by the end of the 2016 season.|
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