Fantasy Football News & Views
Eagles | DeSean Jackson embracing leadership role (Sun Jun 16, 03:22 PM) [jump to this story]
Saints | Alvin Kamara has more to prove (Sun Jun 16, 02:15 PM) [jump to this story]
Cardinals | Greatness forecast for Kyler Murray (Sun Jun 16, 02:03 PM) [jump to this story]
Lions | Chris Lacy pushing for a spot Sun Jun 16, 11:55 PM
Detroit Lions WR Chris Lacy brings a combination of size and speed to the Detroit receiving corps and could make the 53-man roster as a 'depth receiver,' according to Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com.Link to story
Eagles | Marken Michel making noise Sun Jun 16, 11:49 PM
Philadelphia Eagles WR Marken Michel has spent some time with the first-team offense during spring practices and has shown the ability to stretch the field, according to Tim McManus of ESPN.com.Link to story
Colts | Mo Alie-Cox making strides Sun Jun 16, 11:34 PM
Indianapolis Colts TE Mo Alie-Cox has started to develop as a route runner, according to head coach Frank Reich. 'I have already seen some really key indicators to me,' Reich said. 'I mean, very tangible indicators that he can develop into a very good route runner as well. He is so long and big and they don't want to tackle him.'Link to story
Eagles | JJ Arcega-Whiteside the No. 4 option? Sun Jun 16, 08:55 PM
Philadelphia Eagles WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside is the clear No. 4 receiver, according to Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com, and Rosenblatt believes Arcega-Whiteside has 'potentially elite' ability in the red zone.Link to story
49ers | Dante Pettis turning heads Sun Jun 16, 08:37 PM
San Francisco 49ers WR Dante Pettis has impressed QB Jimmy Garoppolo and head Kyle Shanahan with his new physique and attention to detail. 'Dante's body is maturing,' Garoppolo said. 'He's coming out of breaks with power, he has speed.''He worked while he was away,' Shanahan said. 'He tried to get bigger. He worked more at his routes and he came here with the idea of 'Hey, I'm not just coming here to get better back in shape, I'm coming here to get better.''Link to story
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49ers | Garrett Celek on chopping block? Sun Jun 16, 08:24 PM
San Francisco 49ers TE Garrett Celek (back) 'faces some pretty big odds' to make the 53-man roster, according to Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area.Link to story
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Eagles | DeSean Jackson embracing leadership role Sun Jun 16, 03:22 PM
Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson has been embracing his role as a veteran and leader this offseason, according to Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com. The 32-year-old was present for all but one session of voluntary organized team activities (OTAs) practices. 'He's done everything we've asked him to do,' receivers coach Carson Walch said. 'He's been great in the meeting room. Some of our young guys sometimes are in awe seeing DeSean Jackson in our building.'
|Footballguys view: Jackson was a fantasy WR1 with Ryan Fitzpatrick last year, but it seems the fantasy community is still underestimating him. He has reportedly already developed excellent chemistry with Wentz and should be drafted a lot earlier than he is lasting right now.|
DeSean Jackson player page
Eagles | Philly will take it slow with Miles Sanders Sun Jun 16, 03:05 PM
Philadelphia Eagles rookie RB Miles Sanders will be brought along slowly in training camp, according to head coach Doug Pederson, after missing all of organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp due to a hamstring injury. 'I fully expect him to come in ready, come in healthy, ready to go,' Pederson said. 'We have to get him in the mix early. Definitely have to see exactly where he is mentally from all the mental reps that he took this spring, and slowly work him into the mix and see just how he can help us on game day.'
|Footballguys view: Sanders redraft stock has been hurt by his inability to practice and Jordan Howard's chances for relevance early in the season have gone up in direct proportion. Sanders may matter by the end of the season via injury to another Eagles back, pure talent, or the efficiency of the offense, but Howard might be the better redraft pick right now.|
Saints | Alvin Kamara has more to prove Sun Jun 16, 02:15 PM
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara will be tasked with an expanded role in 2019 with the departure of backfield mate Mark Ingram. 'I'm so anxious to see like, 'What else?'' Kamara said recently. 'You know what I'm saying? What else could I do? Where else could I line up? How else could I be successful? That's the best part of this profession for me. What's the next step you're going to take? 'Ok, he was good last year. How are you going to prove that you are what you are?''
|Footballguys view: Kamara has a shot to be the #1 overall fantasy running back with a larger role this year. He is in a very stable offense and probably has the least risk any of the top four backs.|
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Cardinals | Greatness forecast for Kyler Murray Sun Jun 16, 02:03 PM
Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray will enjoy immediate NFL success in the opinion of teammate David Johnson. 'He's going to be great,' Johnson said Wednesday, June 12 on Sirius XM Radio. 'It's going to be scary for D-linemen. I remember I was just talking to Chandler (Jones), he has to kind of hesitate when he chases [Murray] down. ... People are really underestimating his ability to throw. He can throw dimes and he can throw the ball down the field, he's been throwing it deep to Christian (Kirk), to those guys in the OTAs... these defenses are going to have to definitely practice against a scrambler like him.'
|Footballguys view: Murray has unprecedented fantasy potential with freedom as a runner and passer in a scheme that should keep defenses off balance, especially early in the season. Taking him among the top 10 quarterbacks isn't a reach.|
Texans | Bradley Roby limited by injury Sun Jun 16, 01:59 PM
Houston Texans CB Bradley Roby (undisclosed) has been sidelined most of the offseason by an undisclosed soft-tissue injury. 'He hasn't done much, so we'll just have to see (him) in training camp,' O'Brien said, via the Houston Chronicle.Link to story
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Rams | Jared Goff contract talks preliminary Sun Jun 16, 12:51 PM
Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff is in line for a new contract, and Rams general manager Les Snead told the Los Angeles Times on Friday, June 14, that the team has had 'preliminary discussions' with Goff's agent, Ryan Tollner, regarding a timeline for talks. Los Angeles Times, Rams G.M. Les Snead said Friday that the Rams have had 'preliminary discussions' with Tollner regarding a timeline for talks regarding Goff's deal.'(It's) nothing heavy,' Snead said of the communications. 'No heavy lifting.'Link to story
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Chargers | Mike Williams foresees expanded role Sun Jun 16, 12:26 PM
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams says he is preparing to take on an expanded role in 2019. 'We lost a big weapon in Tyrell (Williams), (so) a lot of people in the room have to step up,' Williams said Friday, June 14, on the the final day of the team's minicamp. 'I feel like me being the player that I am, I feel like I can do that... I feel like the role is going to change. I feel I'm going to get a lot more opportunities than I did last year. A lot more balls coming my way. I'm looking forward to it.'Link to story
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Browns | Kareem Hunt praised by ex-teammate Sun Jun 16, 12:13 PM
Cleveland Browns RB Kareem Hunt has drawn the praise of former Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce. 'I think so, without a doubt,' Kelce said Saturday, June 15, when asked if he believes the Browns are getting the best version of Hunt. '... I think you guys are getting an unbelievable athlete, somebody who can change the game with one or two carries, one or two touches and really give you a chance to win.'Link to story
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Giants | NYG could carry two QBs on roster Sun Jun 16, 11:16 AM
The New York Giants may decide to carry only two quarterbacks on their 2019 roster if the coaching staff is convinced that QB Daniel Jones would be able to capably fill in for QB Eli Manning when called upon. Previously, it had been believed that Kyle Lauletta and Alex Tanney would be fighting for the No. 3 quarterback spot on the roster but there's a possibility that neither player will make the team. If the Giants opt to keep three QBs, Tanney is believed to have a slight edge over Lauletta.Link to story
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Cardinals | Christian Kirk a quick study Sun Jun 16, 01:10 AM
Arizona Cardinals WR Christian Kirk is displaying a 'good feel' for the offense under new head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
|Footballguys view: Kirk has the highest ceiling of any receiver in what should be an explosive Cardinals offense. He has a chance to catch 100+ passes and become Kyler Murray's favorite in short order. Kirk should be on your short list of mid-round wide receiver targets.|
Christian Kirk player page
Bengals | Jacob Dolegala makes most of chance Sat Jun 15, 09:26 PM
Cincinnati Bengals QB Jacob Dolegala worked with the first-team offense during minicamp Thursday, June 13, completing 12 of his 17 passes during team drills and displaying a 'big arm,' according to Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com.Link to story
Bengals | Cody Core back on the field Sat Jun 15, 09:23 PM
Cincinnati Bengals WR Cody Core (elbow) has been able to participate in minicamp.
|Footballguys view: Core will be battling with Auden Tate, Josh Malone and UDFA Stanley Morgan for a roster spot that could be only a John Ross injury away from playing time. He has mainly been a special teams contributor since being selected in the sixth round in 2016.|
Cody Core player page
Packers | Javien Hamilton sitting out Sat Jun 15, 09:15 PM
Green Bay Packers CB Javien Hamilton (undisclosed) has been sitting out minicamp since suffering an injury.Link to story
Packers | Greg Roberts stuck on sidelines Sat Jun 15, 09:13 PM
Green Bay Packers LB Greg Roberts (undisclosed) has been unable to participate in minicamp because of an undisclosed injury.Link to story
Redskins | PUP list likely for Bryce Love Sat Jun 15, 06:33 PM
Washington Redskins RB Bryce Love (knee) likely will start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
|Footballguys view: Love fell to the fourth round of the 2019 NFL draft due to concerns that his knee injury could cause him to miss his rookie season. The latest reports out of Washington speculate that Love could be ready in mid-training camp...but that might be overly optimistic. We just hope he gets healthy. Love at full strength could be a dynamic player as a runner and receiver out of the backfield. We'll monitor him in deep dynasty formats.|
Eagles | Jalen Mills missed most of workouts Sat Jun 15, 05:37 PM
Philadelphia Eagles CB Jalen Mills (foot) did not do much during offseason workouts because he is still recovering from a foot injury.Link to story
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Eagles | Paul Worrilow missed practice time Sat Jun 15, 05:34 PM
Philadelphia Eagles LB Paul Worrilow (knee) missed a week of practice this offseason because of a knee injury.Link to story
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Seahawks | Three options for third-down back Sat Jun 15, 01:32 PM
Seattle Seahawks RBs C.J. Prosise, J.D. McKissic and Travis Homer will all be candidates for the third-down back role during training camp. Prosise and Homer did miss some time this offseason because of hamstring injuries.
|Footballguys view: McKissic might be considered the front-runner here. He's the one who hasn't battled the injury bug ...especially the way Prosise has. We'll watch this battle shake itself out in training camp.|
C.J. Prosise player page
Chiefs | Patrick Mahomes to focus on footwork Sat Jun 15, 11:28 AM
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes said that he would work on his footwork during the period between minicamp and training camp. He said that he misses many plays because his feet are in the wrong position and he relies too heavily on his arm.
|Footballguys view: Mahomes has the arm strength to make any throw from almost any platform. Falling back on that arm strength is something quarterbacks with big arms do all the time. Mahomes will work on his mechanics to enhance his accuracy. His completion percentage of 66.0 in 2018 ranked 23rd in the league.|
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49ers | Jason Verrett looking forward to training camp Sat Jun 15, 11:04 AM
San Francisco 49ers' CB Jason Verrett (Achilles') is expected to remain in the Santa Clara area during the break leading up to training camp and hopes to be able to return to the field when camp begins.
|Footballguys view: Verrett is great when healthy...and he struggles to stay on the field. He was unable to participate in OTAs and mandatory minicamp while recovering from a torn Achilles' tendon.|
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Colts | Jaydon Mickens tries out for Indy Sat Jun 15, 10:43 AM
Free-agent WR Jaydon Mickens (Jaguars) was on hand for the Indianapolis Colts' mandatory minicamp earlier this week on a tryout basis.Link to story
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Chiefs | KC signs three Sat Jun 15, 02:25 AM
The Kansas City Chiefs signed undrafted free agents FB Josh Caldwell (Northwest Missouri State) and OG Abdul Beecham (Kansas State) as well as free-agent LB D'Juan Hines (Browns) on Friday, June 14.Link to story
Rams | LA cuts Tyrell Thompson Sat Jun 15, 02:21 AM
Los Angeles Rams DT Tyrell Thompson was waived Friday, June 14.Link to story
Jaguars | Light work for Joshua Allen Fri Jun 14, 11:24 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars DE Joshua Allen (knee) was able to work on the side during practice Thursday, June 13.Link to story
Lions | Christian Jones nursing injury Fri Jun 14, 11:13 PM
Detroit Lions LB Christian Jones (undisclosed) did not practice Thursday, June 14.Link to story
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Colts | Thumb injury for Quincy Wilson Fri Jun 14, 10:58 PM
Indianapolis Colts CB Quincy Wilson (thumb) is currently dealing with a thumb injury, according to head coach Frank Reich.Link to story
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49ers | Richie James losing ground Fri Jun 14, 09:57 PM
San Francisco WR Richie James has fallen behind WR Trent Taylor for the starting slot receiver job during spring practices, in the opinion of Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area.
|Footballguys view: That sounds about right. Taylor has had some injury problems during his pro career, and that's kept him from playing a full 16-game season in two years with the 49ers. Now that he's healthy, Taylor seems to be learning from 49ers wide receiver coach Wes Welker. We should see this battle continue into the preseason.|
Trent Taylor player page
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49ers | Trent Taylor has found a mentor Fri Jun 14, 09:49 PM
San Francisco 49ers WR Trent Taylor said he has learned a lot by working with wide receivers coach Wes Welker this offseason.
|Footballguys view: We'll see if Taylor can take what he learns from Welker and apply it to the field. The 49ers will use him as their slot receiver once again in 2019. Taylor needs to stay healthy and establish a strong connection with returning QB Jimmy Garoppolo. He's got some dynasty value in deep leagues but Taylor is not getting drafted right now in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Trent Taylor player page
Rams | Gerald Everett making strides Fri Jun 14, 09:44 PM
Los Angeles Rams TE Gerald Everett has become a more complete tight end, according to head coach Sean McVay. 'I think the game's slowing down for him,' McVay said this week. 'I think you're just seeing a guy gain confidence, gain experience.'
|Footballguys view: Everett is a talented big-bodied receiving tight end who has flashed during his brief pro career. We'll see if he can be a more consistent part of the Rams high-powered passing game in 2019. Right now, Everett should only be seen by Fantasy GMs as a streaming option and he's currently not getting drafted in most 12-team PPR leagues.|
Gerald Everett player page
Cardinals | Christian Kirk picking up offense Fri Jun 14, 09:33 PM
Arizona Cardinals WR Christian Kirk has shown a 'good feel' for the offense, according to head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
|Footballguys view: Kirk should be able to thrive in the 'Air Raid' offense that Kingsbury is bringing to Arizona. The shorter passes can turn into long gains with Kirk's quickness and speed. His current ADP is WR35 (8.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Christian Kirk player page
Panthers | Curtis Samuel ready for next step? Fri Jun 14, 09:25 PM
Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel has been the 'MVP' of minicamp, according to Brendan Marks of the Charlotte Observer. 'His catch radius I think has improved,' head coach Ron Rivera said. 'I just think his overall game has improved.'
|Footballguys view: Pay attention to this type of drumbeat in the offseason. Samuel is a dangerous player who can make big plays with his speed and quickness after the catch. If the Panthers truly tap into his potential, then Samuel is a player Fantasy GMs are going to clamor for. He had only 47 touches in all of 2018, but he scored 7 touchdowns (5 receiving, 2 rushing), giving him a touchdown in every 6 touches. We're excited to see what he could do this year.|
Curtis Samuel player page
Bengals | John Ross still struggling Fri Jun 14, 09:14 PM
Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross has had issues with consistency during spring practices, according to Jay Morrison of The Athletic.
|Footballguys view: Ross may be having trouble picking up the new offense, at least those are some of the rumblings coming out of Bengals OTAs. He needs to stay healthy and produce in what is a make-or-break year for the former first-round pick. Ross has the speed to take the top of the defense, and his seven touchdowns in 2018 showcase how that's the case. He's a boom/bust end-of-the-bench player as the Bengals No. 3 wide receiver in 2019.|
John Ross player page
Panthers | Ian Thomas could be ready for camp Fri Jun 14, 08:38 PM
Carolina Panthers TE Ian Thomas (leg) hopefully will be ready for the start of training camp, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
|Footballguys view: The plan was for Thomas to be ready at some point in training camp. Whether or not he's ready to go right off the bat is undetermined at this time. Thomas should be fine for Week 1 of the regular season, and he's a valuable reserve tight end behind Greg Olsen. Thomas showed last year, when Olsen was out in Week 13 to Week 17, that he could be the tight end of the future. During that time, he caught a total of 25 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns.|
Ian Thomas player page
Lions | Isaac Nauta misses practices Fri Jun 14, 08:23 PM
Detroit Lions TE Isaac Nauta (undisclosed) did not participate in offseason workouts because of an undisclosed injury.
|Footballguys view: Nauta was a seventh-round pick of the Lions in the 2019 NFL draft. During his college career at Georgia, Nauta showed soft hands the ability to use his frame to shield smaller defenders away from the ball. He's not much after the catch, but he can be solid yet unspectacular as a receiver or blocker. Nauta is going to compete for the fourth tight end spot on the roster...if the team decides to keep that many at the position.|
Cowboys | Jourdan Lewis misses practice Fri Jun 14, 08:00 PM
Dallas Cowboys CB Jourdan Lewis (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, June 13, because of a tight hamstring.Link to story
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Chargers | Russell Okung's status uncertain Fri Jun 14, 07:52 PM
Los Angeles Chargers OT Russell Okung's (undisclosed) status for the start of training camp is uncertain at this point.Link to story
Colts | Al-Quadin Muhammad worked with starters Fri Jun 14, 07:22 PM
Indianapolis Colts DE Al-Quadin Muhammad received a lot of work with the first-team defense this offseason since DE Jabaal Sheard (undisclosed) was sidelined.Link to story
Steelers | Mike Hilton not considering holdout Fri Jun 14, 06:37 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers CB Mike Hilton said he has not considered holding out of training camp even though he has not signed his exclusive rights tender offer and is looking for a long-term deal.Link to story
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Colts | Bobby Okereke agrees to rookie pact Fri Jun 14, 04:57 PM
Indianapolis Colts third-round LB Bobby Okereke (Stanford) signed his four-year rookie contract with the team Friday, June 14. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.Link to story
Bills | Keith Towbridge scooped up by Buffalo Fri Jun 14, 04:53 PM
Free-agent TE Keith Towbridge (Titans) was claimed off waivers by the Buffalo Bills on Friday, June 14. TE Mik'Quan Deane was waived to make room on the roster for him.
|Footballguys view: Undrafted out of Louisville in 2017, Towbridge began his NFL career with the Bills. He spent most of his time on the Bills practice squad. Towbridge was with the Atlanta Legends in the AAF but when the league went belly up, the Titans ended up signing him. Now, Towbridge is back with the Bills and he's obviously no lock for the 53-man roster.|
Packers | Kapri Bibbs done in Green Bay Fri Jun 14, 04:44 PM
Green Bay Packers RB Kapri Bibbs was released Friday, June 14.
|Footballguys view: After Dexter Williams was drafted in the sixth round, Bibbs days were numbered. He's still a useful NFL back and should be on some teams' call list if injuries force them to add a back off of the street this offseason, including Green Bay's.|
Kapri Bibbs player page
Chargers | Trey Pipkins signs on dotted line Fri Jun 14, 04:24 PM
Los Angeles Chargers third-round OT Trey Pipkins (Sioux Falls) signed his four-year rookie contract with the team Friday, June 14.Link to story
Cowboys | Rico Gathers handed one-game ban Fri Jun 14, 04:19 PM
Dallas Cowboys TE Rico Gathers was suspended one game for violating the league's substance abuse policy Friday, June 14.
|Footballguys view: Gathers had basketball background tight end fantasy upside when he came into the league, but the Cowboys remolded him into a tackle-sized player and his movement skills suffered for it. This is third Cowboys player suspended this offseason after Randy Gregory and David Irving were placed on indefinite suspensions.|
Rico Gathers player page
Patriots | Michael Roberts trade falls through Fri Jun 14, 04:14 PM
Detroit Lions TE Michael Roberts reverted back to the team after his reported trade to the New England Patriots on Thursday, June 13, was rescinded. As a result, the Patriots will keep their 2020 seventh-round draft choice.Link to story
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