Fantasy Football News & Views
Giants | Odell Beckham absent Thursday (Thu May 25, 11:44 AM) [jump to this story]
Redskins | Josh Doctson impressing (Thu May 25, 11:38 AM) [jump to this story]
Dolphins | Jarvis Landry participating (Thu May 25, 11:10 AM) [jump to this story]
Jets | ArDarius Stewart contract details Fri May 26, 03:00 AM
Updating a previous report, New York Jets WR ArDarius Stewart's four-year contract is worth $3.25 million.Link to story
Jets | New York signs Corey White Fri May 26, 02:58 AM
The New York Jets signed free-agent DB Corey White (Bills) Thursday, May 25.Link to story
Corey White player page
Vikings | Michael Floyd contract info Fri May 26, 02:37 AM
Minnesota Vikings WR Michael Floyd's one-year deal that contains no guaranteed money, according to ESPN's Ben Goessling. That means the team has no financial commitment to Floyd should he fail to make the final cut.Link to story
Michael Floyd player page
Bills | Zay Jones injury update Fri May 26, 02:03 AM
Buffalo Bills WR Zay Jones (knee) is 'progressing well,' according to head coach Sean McDermott. Jones' status remains week-to-week.Link to story
Vikings | Dalvin Cook fitting in Thu May 25, 11:50 PM
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook isn't working with the first-team offense yet but is fitting in nicely, according to offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. 'He's a very instinctive runner,' Shurmur said. 'He'll get his foot down and gets up the field. He's actually pretty instinctive when it comes to who to block in pass protection and he catches the ball extremely well.'Link to story
Eagles | Carson Wentz talks up Alshon Jeffery Thu May 25, 11:21 PM
Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz said he loves what WR Alshon Jeffery brings to the table and is looking forward to developing chemistry with the receiver. 'He plays on time, he knows what he's doing, his catch radius is impressive,' Wentz said 'That's the first thing that jumps out at me. I'm just looking forward to continuing to build that relationship.'Link to story
Alshon Jeffery player page
Carson Wentz player page
Browns | DeShone Kizer works with third-team Thu May 25, 11:01 PM
Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer worked mainly with the third-team offense during OTAs Wednesday, May 24, but he did rotate in with the starters.Link to story
Browns | Brock Osweiler eyeing starting gig Thu May 25, 10:52 PM
Cleveland Browns QB Brock Osweiler worked mainly with the second-team offense Wednesday, May 24, but he said his expectation is to start.Link to story
Brock Osweiler player page
Steelers | James Conner nursing sore hamstring Thu May 25, 10:42 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (hamstring) has not been participating in OTAs because of a pulled hamstring.Link to story
Panthers | Devin Funchess remains out Thu May 25, 10:37 PM
Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess (ankle) remained out of drills during OTAs Thursday, May 25.Link to story
Devin Funchess player page
Jets | Brisly Estime let go Thu May 25, 10:29 PM
The New York Jets waived/injured WR Brisly Estime (Achilles') after he tore his Achilles' in OTAs.Link to story
Steelers | Joshua Dobbs to be backup QB? Thu May 25, 10:09 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Joshua Dobbs is likely to beat out QB Landry Jones for the backup quarterback job, according to former NFL executive Mark Dominik.Link to story
Landry Jones player page
NFL | Justin Gilbert facing ban Thu May 25, 10:04 PM
Free-agent CB Justin Gilbert (Steelers) will be suspended for the first four weeks of the 2017 season, according to a source.Link to story
Justin Gilbert player page
Raiders | Amari Cooper wants more Thu May 25, 09:35 PM
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper said he can have 'a lot more production' and is working to be 'dominant' this season.Link to story
Amari Cooper player page
Panthers | Coach defends Kelvin Benjamin Thu May 25, 09:22 PM
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin has been facing unfair criticism, according to head coach Ron Rivera, and Rivera said Benjamin has 'looked great' on the field.Link to story
Kelvin Benjamin player page
Vikings | Ifeadi Odenigbo inks deal Thu May 25, 05:55 PM
Minnesota Vikings DE Ifeadi Odenigbo signed his four-year rookie contract Thursday, May 25. Financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
Saints | Michael Thomas has put on weight Thu May 25, 05:47 PM
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas has added some extra weight this offseason, increasing from 210 pounds to 220 pounds.
|Footballguys view: The added weight should help Thomas absorb the punishment of the NFL. It may also help him push around defenders that will be much smaller. With Brandin Cooks (Patriots) gone, Thomas should once again finish as a top-10 fantasy WR (he was 9th last year in standard leagues).|
Michael Thomas player page
Broncos | Demaryius Thomas feels better than ever Thu May 25, 05:29 PM
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas said he's feeling the best he's felt in his entire career.
|Footballguys view: Thomas was not himself last year as he struggled through hip problems and an injury he sustained on the first play in Week 1 of 2016. A healthy Thomas in a Mike McCoy offense crafted to help him be dominant, means the veteran could bounce back as a top-15 fantasy WR in 2017 (he was 18th in standard leagues last year).|
Demaryius Thomas player page
Giants | Odell Beckham will be at minicamp Thu May 25, 04:47 PM
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. is not participating in voluntary workouts, but he will 'for sure' attend minicamp June 13.
|Footballguys view: Voluntary workouts are not high on his priority list, but when the work becomes mandatory expect Beckham to be there. It's not a big deal as some are making it out to be....but hanging around Johnny Manziel will do that sort of thing.|
Odell Beckham Jr player page
Buccaneers | Justin Evans signs deal Thu May 25, 04:26 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers S Justin Evans signed his four-year rookie deal Thursday, May 25. Financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
Ravens | Breshad Perriman impressing at OTAs Thu May 25, 04:13 PM
Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman is making his mark at organized team activities. TE Dennis Pitta said no one on the Ravens is making more plays at OTAs than Perriman.
|Footballguys view: Perriman is a player to watch so long as he can stay healthy. A first-round pick in 2015, Perriman missed his rookie season due to a knee injury. Last year (also a bit banged up), Perriman had 33 catches for 499 receiving yards and three touchdowns. He's worth taking a late-round flier on just because of his size/speed combination and the lack of proven WRs not named Mike Wallace in Baltimore.|
Breshad Perriman player page
Ravens | Maxx Williams also had surgery Thu May 25, 04:05 PM
Baltimore Ravens TE Maxx Williams (knee) underwent knee surgery this offseason, according to head coach John Harbaugh. Williams is recovering well and is expected to be ready for training camp.
|Footballguys view: A second-round pick in 2015, Williams has seen his pro career held back by injuries and inconsistencies. He'll be ready for camp (most likely) but the Ravens are stacked at the position. Williams will compete for targets with Ben Watson, Dennis Pitta and Crockett Gillmore.|
Maxx Williams player page
Ravens | C.J. Mosley had shoulder surgery Thu May 25, 04:00 PM
Baltimore Ravens LB C.J. Mosley (shoulder) underwent shoulder surgery this offseason and is being held out of organized team activities, according to head coach John Harbaugh. There are no long-term concerns, however.Link to story
C.J. Mosley player page
Jets | ArDarius Stewart signs rookie deal Thu May 25, 03:45 PM
New York Jets WR ArDarius Stewart signed his four-year rookie contract Thursday, May 25. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Eric Decker and Quincy Enunwa are the top two receivers in a passing offense which is terrifying for all the wrong reasons. Stewart has the chance to contribute immediately, but that doesn't stand for much, given how bad the offense has the potential to be. Long term, though, Stewart has the talent to contribute when they actually put together an offense.|
Cardinals | Arizona signs Budda Baker Thu May 25, 03:40 PM
Arizona Cardinals S Budda Baker signed his four-year rookie contract Thursday, May 25. Financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
Dolphins | Ryan Tannehill is at full health Thu May 25, 03:24 PM
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (knee) said he is 100 percent healthy now after recovering from his anterior cruciate ligament injury last season.
|Footballguys view: That's critical, as is the healthy offensive line. Tannehill needs to be more consistent though, and really show us he can reach the potential he's flashed in the past. He has all the weapons he could ask for and a scheme which should fit him very well. Now Tannehill has to prove he can be the main man. We're iffy on his prospects even with so much talent around him.|
Ryan Tannehill player page
Patriots | Rob Gronkowski cleared to take field Thu May 25, 03:12 PM
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back) has progressed well enough that he has been cleared to take the field for organized team activities.
|Footballguys view: We're not really worried about Gronkowski, and we think he might have returned quicker last season had Tom Brady not been suspended. He should remain the top fantasy tight end again this season.|
Rob Gronkowski player page
Vikings | Rodney Adams signs contract Thu May 25, 02:44 PM
Minnesota Vikings WR Rodney Adams signed his four-year rookie deal Thursday, May 25. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Given how slowly young receivers move through the ranks in Minnesota, we're likely to hear from Adams in about eight years if ever. A speedster, Adams could be helpful if Stefon Diggs is injured.|
Vikings | Laquon Treadwell impressing coordinator Thu May 25, 02:36 PM
Minnesota Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell is having a good offseason so far, according to offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. Treadwell has been 'on point' from a mental standpoint. He has done well route-running, catching the ball and blocking, too. Shurmur said he's pleased with the progress Treadwell has made from a year ago.
|Footballguys view: All this is great and we're happy to hear it. However, as Han Solo would say (and we're paraphrasing, so pardon us) but good in shorts and a T-shirt is one thing. Good against the living? That's something else. We're looking to see him perform against actual defenses before we get too carried away. Add in the fact that he has to claw past Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen and we're thinking Treadwell's impact could remain on the low side.|
Laquon Treadwell player page
Bears | Victor Cruz joins Bears Thu May 25, 02:22 PM
Free-agent WR Victor Cruz (Giants) is signing a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears Thursday, May 25. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Cruz actually could have an impact with the Bears if he has even an ounce of gas left in the tank. Kevin White is always hurt and other than Markus Wheaton, there's nobody else there who seems like they have promise behind White and Cameron Meredith. Mind you, Cruz looked done last season with the New York Giants, so buyer beware.|
Victor Cruz player page
Dolphins | Koa Misi remains sidelined Thu May 25, 02:09 PM
Miami Dolphins LB Koa Misi (neck) still has 'some time' before he can practice, according to head coach Adam Gase. Misi continues to recover from last season's neck injury and subsequent surgery.Link to story
Koa Misi player page
Bills | Eric Wood back at practice Thu May 25, 02:01 PM
Buffalo Bills C Eric Wood (leg) participated in organized team activities Thursday, May 25. Additionally, OG Vladimir Ducasse started at right guard in place of OG John Miller (hip).Link to story
Seahawks | Colin Kaepernick wants to be in Seattle Thu May 25, 01:46 PM
Free-agent QB Colin Kaepernick (49ers) said he wants to be with the Seattle Seahawks and doesn't mind backing up QB Russell Wilson. His meeting with the Seahawks went very well, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: We think this would be a great fit. On the field, the offense plays to Kaepernick's strengths and would help cover some of his weaknesses. Off the field, Seattle is a generally liberal town and his kneeling - which he isn't even doing anymore - won't cause much angst.|
Colin Kaepernick player page
Bills | Charles Clay's knee a concern Thu May 25, 01:37 PM
Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay's (knee) ailing knee continues to be an issue. Head coach Sean McDermott said the knee is a concern to the Bills and something they'll keep an eye on going forward. Clay has participated in drills, but the Bills are taking a cautious approach with his workload.
|Footballguys view: Clay's never been a fantasy force, so the wider impact of this is negligible, but it does throw the Bills offensive plans a bit askew, as they liked to use Clay as a blocker and in shorter down and distance. We'll keep watching this, and it's possible they acquire another player. Gary Barnidge could be a solid fit here and he is available. It's a signing that would work better in the NFL than in fantasy though, as the Bills just don't lean on their tight end a ton.|
Charles Clay player page
Bills | Buffalo signing Gerald Hodges Thu May 25, 01:14 PM
Free-agent LB Gerald Hodges (49ers) is signing a one-year deal with the Buffalo Bills Thursday, May 25. Financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
Gerald Hodges player page
Giants | Two Giants released Thu May 25, 01:07 PM
New York Giants FS Rahim Moore and LB Ishaq Williams were released Thursday, May 25.Link to story
Rahim Moore player page
Giants | Odell Beckham absent Thursday Thu May 25, 11:44 AM
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. was absent from voluntary workouts again Thursday, May 25.
|Footballguys view: He's very busy hanging out with Johnny Manziel and signing Nike contracts. Listen, Beckham Jr has the timing with Eli Manning down. Skipping OTAs won't hurt that. But the optics are less than awesome considering our last two impressions of him were 1) a boat trip right before a 2) playoff game he was terrible in. We hope Beckham Jr has grown up as his talent is undeniable and the only thing stopping him is himself.|
Odell Beckham Jr player page
Redskins | Josh Doctson impressing Thu May 25, 11:38 AM
Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson (Achilles') has been impressive in organized team activities, according to head coach Jay Gruden. 'The big thing for him is the confidence in his Achilles', and I think he's got that right now,' Gruden said. 'The past two days he's looked better and better. It looks like he can run down the field. He made a good catch down the sideline today and (he has) strong hands, we know that about him.'
|Footballguys view: Doctson had tweeted out he was close to 100 percent back in March, so this is continued good news. A lot of folks thought he was the best receiver in the 2016 NFL Draft, but his Achilles injury hurt his draft stock. With DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon gone, Doctson only has Terrelle Pryor to jump over for a significant amount of targets. He'll start behind Jordan Reed and Jamison Crowder in terms of target distribution, but that can change with a solid preseason.|
Josh Doctson player page
Dolphins | Jarvis Landry participating Thu May 25, 11:10 AM
Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry is participating in organized team activities Thursday, May 25.
|Footballguys view: We're happy to see him in the fold and ready to go. We once again expect great things from Landry in terms of yards, but are hoping he manages to find the end zone more often. We're also hoping Ryan Tannehill finally has it all click and the offensive line gives him to find Landry more in the red zone.|
Jarvis Landry player page
Titans | Marcus Mariota participating Thu May 25, 10:52 AM
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota (leg) took part in the first 10 organized team activities Tuesday, May 23. He did everything in the walkthrough, individual drills and in 7-on-7 drills. "It felt great," Mariota said after practice. 'Four months ago I wasn't sure I was going to be able to participate in OTAs, and being able to do some of the drills,' Mariota said. 'I was very happy and very grateful. It was fun to be out there with the guys, and I enjoyed it.'
|Footballguys view: That's promising as it feels like the only thing holding Mariota back from a big 2017 is his recovery from the fractured right fibula which ended his season. He may not play much this preseason, but we're expecting him to be ready to go for camp and the regular season and feel like he could be a top option in fantasy for 2017.|
Marcus Mariota player page
Raiders | Marshawn Lynch not participating Thu May 25, 09:25 AM
Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch isn't participating in organized team activities, but he has been present this week getting acquainted with teammates.
|Footballguys view: We love the idea of Lynch behind this offensive line, but if Derek Carr is healthy the Raiders will throw the ball a lot, which could limit Lynch's upside. He's also had a year off of football, so what shape he's in and how he handles transitioning back into things will also impact his numbers. That said, if Lynch is motivated as he has been in Seattle, he could have a really nice season and will face few stacked boxes.|
Marshawn Lynch player page
Falcons | Alex Gray signs with Atlanta Thu May 25, 08:22 AM
Free-agent TE Alex Gray, a former English professional rugby player, signed with the Atlanta Falcons on an undisclosed deal Thursday, May 25.
|Footballguys view: The NFL is trying to expand international appeal, so four teams will carry an additional overseas player on their practice squads during the 2017 season as part of a new International Player Pathway program. Gray is fast, can change direction without losing much speed and of course he's tough after grinding through the game we call rugby. In super super deep dynasty leagues, he's an interesting player to follow.|
Cardinals | Jaron Brown progressing nicely Thu May 25, 12:53 AM
Arizona Cardinals WR Jaron Brown (knee) participated in a portion of OTAs on Tuesday, May 23, and Wednesday, May 24, taking part in individual drills while sitting out team activities. Brown suffered a season-ending torn ACL last October.Link to story
Jaron Brown player page
Vikings | Laquon Treadwell running with the first team Thu May 25, 12:36 AM
Minnesota Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell has reported the run with the first-team offense alongside Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen during OTAs, according to Minneapolis Star Tribune's Matt Vensel.
|Footballguys view: The Vikings brought Treadwell along slowly, and they could do that because Diggs and Thielen were so good. It's going to be hard for Treadwell to push his way into the mix but we like what he brings to the table but he has to show more consistency and better execution than he did last season and now has Michael Floyd to compete with as well.|
Laquon Treadwell player page
Bears | Kevin White working on basics Thu May 25, 12:28 AM
Chicago Bears WR Kevin White has spent the last few months working to align his stride after a stress fracture in his left tibia ruined his rookie season and a left fibular spiral fracture and severe ankle ligament damage cost him 12 games last season, according to the Chicago Tribune's Rich Campbell.
|Footballguys view: White has a lot to catch up on after missing his rookie season in 2015. A first-round pick in 2015, White needed to refine his route-running ability coming out of college...and that's still the case. He should be considered a potentially high upside WR5 for fantasy owners. White will compete for targets with Cameron Meredith in the starting lineup.|
Kevin White player page
Cowboys | Dak Prescott taking the next step Wed May 24, 11:53 PM
Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott has emerged as a more vocal leader entering his second season, and quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson recently said he's seen nothing from Prescott that should worry anyone about the reigning rookie of the year taking his foot off the gas.
|Footballguys view: The Cowboys kept things somewhat simple for Prescott last year, and he'll have to expand what he does this year. They'll still hammer the ball with Ezekiel Elliott and set up play action passing with Prescott. If he's well protected, Prescott can produce consistently at QB1 levels each week.|
Dak Prescott player page
Chargers | Branden Oliver impressive in OTAs Wed May 24, 11:17 PM
San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver has caught the attention of QB Philip Rivers this spring.
|Footballguys view: Oliver hurt his Achilles' last August and missed the 2016 season. It sounds like he's back to full strength as Rivers was raving about him in OTAs. Oliver will compete with guys like Kenneth Farrow and Kenjon Barner to be the change-of-pace back behind Melvin Gordon.|
Branden Oliver player page
Chiefs | C.J. Spiller finally healthy? Wed May 24, 10:26 PM
Kansas City Chiefs RB C.J. Spiller reportedly looks as 'healthy and spry as he has in years,' according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Spiller's 1,000 yard season (2012) is a distant memory, and he certainly hasn't looked like his old self in years. If he's back to full strength, there's no guarantee the veteran will make the final roster. Spiller is going to compete with Charcandrick West for the no3 spot on the depth chart behind Spencer Ware and Kareem Hunt.|
C.J. Spiller player page
Browns | Cleveland adds Ryan Grigson to front office Wed May 24, 10:10 PM
Former Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson was hired by the Cleveland Browns as a senior personnel executive Wednesday, May 24.
|Footballguys view: Grigson failed during his five years as GM of the Colts, but he goes to Cleveland to reunite with VP of Player Personnel Andrew Berry. He was Berry's boss in Indy, but now things will be the other way around. Grigson has plenty of experience in the scouting community and that should come in handy for the Browns.|
Dolphins | Jay Ajayi set for huge workload? Wed May 24, 10:02 PM
Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi could get as many as 350 rushing attempts if the running back stays healthy and plays all 16 games, according to head coach Adam Gase.
|Footballguys view: Ajayi had a breakout season last year in 2016 with 260 carries for 1,272 yards and eight rushing touchdowns but he didn't really get going until Week 6 against the Steelers. The clear starter from day one this year, Ajayi has a real chance to improve on his numbers from 2016. Fantasy owners should consider him a RB1 with the upside to be a top-5 guy at the position. His current ADP is RB9 (2.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Jay Ajayi player page