Fantasy Football News & Views
Cowboys | No charges against Ezekiel Elliott (Wed Jul 19, 06:18 PM) [jump to this story]
Panthers | Cam Newton working with teammates (Wed Jul 19, 02:41 PM) [jump to this story]
Ravens | Breshad Perriman impressing (Wed Jul 19, 09:56 AM) [jump to this story]
Lions | Internal optimism for Matthew Stafford deal (Wed Jul 19, 09:18 AM) [jump to this story]
Chiefs | Tamba Hali feeling disrespected Sat Jul 22, 07:09 PM
Kansas City Chiefs LB Tamba Hali fired off a series of tweets on Saturday, July 22, questioning his lack of playing time toward the end of the season and whether or not the Chiefs need him anymore.
|Footballguys view: 2014 first-rounder Dee Ford is more central in the team's plans at this point. The central part of Hali's argument with the team is only playing seven snaps in the playoff loss to Pittsburgh. Hali was also "not pleased" with the dismissal of GM John Dorsey earlier this month. We'll see if the team changes his role or otherwise does something to address his concerns.|
Tamba Hali player page
Cardinals | Tevin Floyd lands in Arizona Sat Jul 22, 06:19 PM
Undrafted free-agent LB Tevin Floyd signed an undisclosed contract with the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday, July 22. The Cardinals also released C Lucas Crowley.
|Footballguys view: Floyd is an undrafted free agent who will try to catch on as a backup. The Cardinals don't have a lot of depth at the position after their top three. Jarvis Jones is a candidate to make the team in a backup OLB spot, but he hurt himself in a conditioning run test to open camp and will miss a few days.|
Jaguars | Jalen Ramsey, Aaron Colvin placed on PUP list Sat Jul 22, 06:15 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars CBs Jalen Ramsey (core) and Aaron Colvin (undisclosed) were placed on the preseason Physically Unable to Perform list Saturday, July 22.
|Footballguys view: Ramsey had core muscle surgery late in the offseason, so this isn't a surprise. The Jaguars defense is one of the strongest in the league and they should have the cornerstone of their secondary back soon. Colvin missed the offseason with a lower leg injury, but should also be ready to go soon.|
Aaron Colvin player page
Jalen Ramsey player page
Cardinals | Carson Palmer will not play in HOF game Sat Jul 22, 06:06 PM
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer will be held out of the Hall-of-Fame game on Thursday, August 3, against the Dallas Cowboys in Canton, Ohio.
|Footballguys view: Palmer is the key to the Cardinals season, so there's no reason to take any unnecessary risks with him in the preseason. We should get a good look at Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert is the preseason opener.|
Carson Palmer player page
Cowboys | No plans to sign backup RB Sat Jul 22, 03:44 PM
Despite working out RB Ronnie Hillman and RB Denard Robinson, the Dallas Cowboys do not plan on signing either back 'at this time.'
|Footballguys view: The Cowboys might be keeping their running back call list up to date in preparation for the possibility that Ezekiel Elliott misses significant time due to a suspension, but if they aren't signing anyone, there is no imminent sign that they know of a big suspension coming.|
Denard Robinson player page
Ronnie Hillman player page
Cardinals | Jarvis Jones placed on non-football injury list Sat Jul 22, 03:40 PM
Arizona Cardinals LB Jarvis Jones (quadriceps) was placed on the active non-football injury list on Saturday, July 22.
|Footballguys view: Jones was a first-round bust with the Steelers. He's trying to make the most of a fresh start with the Cardinals, but this isn't the new beginning he was looking for. According to the team he tweaked a quad in a run test but should be back in a few days.|
Jarron Jones player page
Cowboys | David Irving set to rejoin team at camp Sat Jul 22, 01:20 PM
Dallas Cowboys DE David Irving is set to rejoin the team at training camp in Oxnard, Calif., after missing a conditioning run and physicals at the Cowboys' facility Friday, July 21.
|Footballguys view: This is good news after his unexpected absence. He'll be a big part of the team's defensive line rotation beginning in Week 5.|
Chargers | Melvin Gordon stayed busy in 2016 Sat Jul 22, 01:11 PM
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon accepted 213 of the 234 carries handed out to running backs from Week 3 through 13 after Danny Woodhead was lost for the season in Week 2 and before Gordon got hurt early in Week 14.
|Footballguys view: The Chargers don't have a strong complement to Gordon, so he should have a huge workload again this year. If Branden Oliver is over his achilles, he could have a smaller version of the role Woodhead had last year before getting hurt, but there is no clear handcuff to Gordon in Chargers backfield.|
Melvin Gordon player page
Colts | Frank Gore holding off Father Time Sat Jul 22, 12:35 PM
Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore, who turned 34 in May, finished with 66.2 percent of the team's carries in 2015 and 64.5 percent of the team's rushing attempts in 2016.
|Footballguys view: Gore was a mid RB2 last year and kept from doing more because Robert Turbin vultured eight touchdowns last year. Turbin isn't going anywhere and fourth-round pick Marlon Mack will also play a role in the backfield. Gore has a solid floor, but a limited ceiling.|
Frank Gore player page
Steelers | Le'Veon Bell a workhorse in 2016 Sat Jul 22, 12:27 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell was suspended for the first three games of the 2016 season, but once he returned, he received 85.6 percent of the team's carries and 21.6 percent of the team's targets over the final 13 games of the regular season.
|Footballguys view: No team rides one running back more than the Steelers. Even backup DeAngelo Williams was given enough work to be a strong RB1 when Bell was out in recent years. If third-round pick James Conner can lock down the job, he'll be one of the few handcuffs worth owning in every league.|
LeVeon Bell player page
Bengals | A.J. Green targeted heavily before injury Sat Jul 22, 12:21 PM
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green saw a 32.3-percent target share in Weeks 1 through 10 before he was lost for the season with a hamstring injury.
|Footballguys view: Green was living up to his first-round and often top five ADP last year before his injury. If Tyler Eifert and John Ross stay healthy, he might not be targeted quite as often, but he is still worth a first-round pick this year.|
A.J. Green player page
Redskins | Terrelle Pryor destined for Pro Bowl? Sat Jul 22, 11:08 AM
Washington Redskins WR Terrelle Pryor may be new to the receiver position, but former position coach Al Saunders would be 'shocked if he isn't in the Pro Bowl,' according to ESPN.com's John Keim.
|Footballguys view: Pryor has the size/speed/skill profile of a #1 receiver, even if he didn't get the reception of a #1 on the open market this offseason. Jordan Reed should still be at the top of pecking order for targets, but if Reed can't stay healthy, Pryor has a chance to outperform his ADP and potentially be a WR1 because of the high volume and efficient pass offense he plays in.|
Terrelle Pryor player page
Cardinals | David Johnson reports to camp lighter Sat Jul 22, 09:48 AM
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson has slimmed down to 223 pounds and said that he feels more comfortable and wants to play at this weight.
|Footballguys view: Johnson is ready for an inordinate load as a runner and receiver. If John Brown stays healthy and plays a larger role it might cut down on Johnson's targets, but there is a still a good argument for him to be a top two pick this year.|
David Johnson player page
Bears | Mitchell Trubisky deal contains offset language Sat Jul 22, 09:24 AM
Updating a previous report, Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky's four-year rookie contract contains partial offsets, meaning that a portion of his deal is guaranteed if he is cut before it expires, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: You never want to hear that a team is planning on a #2 overall pick not working out, but this is probably more to reflect how the league is quarterback thirsty, and even if Trubisky busts spectacularly before his rookie deal is over, someone will give him a second chance.|
Cowboys | David Irving a no-show for training camp Sat Jul 22, 08:38 AM
Dallas Cowboys DE David Irving was not present for the team's conditioning run and physicals at their training complex Friday, July 21, according to multiple sources. He could be fined $40,000 for missing the reporting date for training camp, based on the league's collective bargaining agreement.
|Footballguys view: Irving is a huge talent on the defensive line, but he will be suspended for the first four games of the season. They'll need him later in the season.|
Packers | Jamaal Williams the power back? Sat Jul 22, 12:30 AM
Green Bay Packers RB Jamaal Williams said he 'likes to bruise' and believes he can help wear down defenses in the third and fourth quarters of games.
|Footballguys view: Ty Montgomery is the de facto starter, but Williams is the best "big back" on the Packers roster. He could be a LeGarrette Blount light to help the team close out games now that Eddie Lacy is in Seattle. He's a late-round flier to watch in camp.|
Colts | Donte Moncrief starred in the spring Sat Jul 22, 12:16 AM
Indianapolis Colts WR Donte Moncrief was the star of spring practices, according to general manager Chris Ballard.
|Footballguys view: Moncrief has the measureables and experience to be a strong #2 target for Andrew Luck, but he missed multiple games due to injury last year, and the team didn't use him often as a field stretcher. He has a chance to greatly outperform his mid-round ADP, but still hasn't put it together yet.|
Donte Moncrief player page
Browns | Taylor McNamara could grab spot Sat Jul 22, 12:03 AM
Cleveland Browns TE Taylor McNamara made several nice catches during spring practices, according to Andrew Gribble of ClevelandBrowns.com, and Gribble believes McNamara could grab a spot on the 53-man roster with a strong preseason.
|Footballguys view: First-round pick David Njoku and 2016 fourth-round athlete Seth Devalve will be the top two tight ends after Gary Barnidge was released, but there is probably at least one spot at the position up for grabs in training camp, and it sounds like McNamara is situating himself to claim it.|
Jets | Quincy Enunwa could play outside Fri Jul 21, 11:57 PM
New York Jets WR Quincy Enunwa could move to the outside this season because of the lack of depth at the position.
|Footballguys view: Enunwa got off to a hot start in the slot last year and never looked back, but now with Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall gone, he will have to shoulder a huge load in the questionable Jets passing game. He's the most valuable receiver on the roster, but just how valuable and whether he'll matter for fantasy leagues is yet to be seen.|
Quincy Enunwa player page
Bills | LeSean McCoy doesn't plan to slow down Fri Jul 21, 11:27 PM
Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy said he still feels young and owes his longevity to his ability to avoid big hits.
|Footballguys view: McCoy looked like he was slowing down in his last year with Chip Kelly in Philadelphia, but he has been keying one of the best running games in the league the last two years in Buffalo. He's a solid late first-round pick in drafts.|
LeSean McCoy player page
49ers | Joe Williams pushing for playing time Fri Jul 21, 10:44 PM
San Francisco 49ers RB Joe Williams has 'put himself into a position to compete for a significant role' heading into training camp, according to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.
|Footballguys view: There has been a steady trickle of takes that seem to put Carlos Hyde's supremacy in the backfield in question, even before the draft. San Francisco's running back position will be one of the most interesting to watch in training camps this year, with Williams as the hand-picked new regime back and Hyde as the incumbent and talented if frequently banged up returning back.|
49ers | Bruce Ellington has something to prove Fri Jul 21, 09:36 PM
San Francisco 49ers WR Bruce Ellington must stay healthy and prove himself to the new coaching staff in order to earn a role in the offense, according to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.
|Footballguys view: Ellington has a higher ceiling than presumptive starting slot wideout Jeremy Kerley, but rookie fifth-round pick Trent Taylor is also a promising young slot receiver and could take Ellington's roster spot if he can't stay healthy this summer.|
Bruce Ellington player page
49ers | Marquise Goodwin in line to start Fri Jul 21, 09:26 PM
San Francisco 49ers WR Marquise Goodwin is expected to be the No. 2 receiver this season, according to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.
|Footballguys view: The 49ers wide receiver group is a work in progress with only Pierre Garcon entrenched as the #1. Aldrick Robinson will play a role along with Goodwin as a field stretcher, and Jeremy Kerley is the favorite in the slot. There should be a decent amount of production to spread around in an offense that will be playing from behind a lot with a high volume passer at the helm in Brian Hoyer.|
Marquise Goodwin player page
Cardinals | Chris Johnson will have a role Fri Jul 21, 09:14 PM
Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson will be on the field at the same time as RB David Johnson on occasion, head coach Bruce Arians said Friday, July 21. 'We've had it in the plan every year and one of the two always gets hurt all the damn time,' Arians said. 'But we'll have some two-back stuff with he and David back there'
|Footballguys view: Johnson is set up as a clear handcuff to David Johnson, although he's not the same receiving back that he used to be. Kerwynn Williams was strong in limited duty last year and would play a role if the starter went down.|
Chris Johnson player page
David Johnson player page
Saints | Two Saints LBs may compete for one spot Fri Jul 21, 08:27 PM
New Orleans Saints LBs Manti Te'o and Stephone Anthony may compete for one roster spot during training camp if all of the linebackers stay healthy during the preseason, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Mike Triplett.
|Footballguys view: Both were highly drafted and once considered future stars, but Te'o and Anthony are now struggling just to stay on a roster. It might be time to move on in dynasty IDP leagues.|
Manti Teo player page
Stephone Anthony player page
Bills | Reggie Ragland has target weight Fri Jul 21, 08:26 PM
Buffalo Bills LB Reggie Ragland said his playing weight is not allowed to be over 255 pounds or he will be fined $600 for every pound he is over that target weight. He said he currently weighs 250 pounds.Link to story
Reggie Ragland player page
Cardinals | Evan Boehm top option at RG Fri Jul 21, 07:42 PM
Arizona Cardinals C Evan Boehm is considered the team's starting right guard, according to head coach Bruce Arians.Link to story
Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater may start season on PUP list Fri Jul 21, 07:06 PM
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) likely will start the regular season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Ben Goessling.
|Footballguys view: We've been saying this for weeks. Not only do they want to be super cautious with the future of their franchise, there's a monetary aspect to this. They are unlikely to keep Sam Bradford around due to the massive cap hit he represents next year, and if Bridgewater does not play this season they can preserve the fifth year of his contract. That gives them another year at a cheap price and more time to build up the offense of line and the rest of the offense to help Bridgewater out.|
Teddy Bridgewater player page
Packers | Vince Biegel should be ready for Week 1 Fri Jul 21, 07:05 PM
Green Bay Packers LB Vince Biegel (foot) may not be ready for the start of training camp but should be ready for the start of the regular season.Link to story
Bears | Kyle Fuller could be on trading block Fri Jul 21, 06:39 PM
The Chicago Bears may look to trade CB Kyle Fuller during the preseason, in the opinion of ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson.
|Footballguys view: That would be a sign that the Bears really are doing a full reboot. Fuller has generally played well, but they may be looking to rebuild the entire defense which, given its success rate is very low, might not be a bad idea.|
Kyle Fuller player page
Bears | Danny Trevathan a PUP candidate Fri Jul 21, 06:37 PM
Chicago Bears LB Danny Trevathan (knee) may begin the regular season on the Physically Unable to Perform list because of his knee injury, in the opinion of ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson.Link to story
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Bears | Zach Miller's spot in question? Fri Jul 21, 06:31 PM
Chicago Bears TE Zach Miller (foot) could be released during training camp if he is not able to return from his foot injury, in the opinion of ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson.
|Footballguys view: Not that Miller has much competition but am injury is enough to cost him his job it seems. We are avoiding the tight ends here regardless of who wins the job.|
Zach Miller player page
Cardinals | Chris Johnson contract update Fri Jul 21, 06:24 PM
Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson will receive a base salary of $1 million in his one-year contract. He is scheduled to receive $200,000 in guaranteed money and can make more with incentives.
|Footballguys view: He's your handcuff for David Johnson, but nothing more barring injury.|
Chris Johnson player page
Bears | Jeremy Langford may be on bubble Fri Jul 21, 06:23 PM
Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford will be on the roster bubble during training camp and is expected to compete with RB Ka'Deem Carey for a roster spot, in the opinion of ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson.
|Footballguys view: Jordan Howard is the only guy you should be looking at here and our opinion reflects his ADP as 7th running back taken and 12th player taken overall in early drafts. That said we don't expect Carey to beat out Langford, as we've seen a little more from him and not from Carey.|
KaDeem Carey player page
Jeremy Langford player page
Cowboys | Dez Bryant misses conditioning run Fri Jul 21, 05:33 PM
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (illness) was three hours late for his conditioning run Friday, July 21, and did not run. Bryant said he has been dealing with a sinus infection and headaches recently and apologized to the coaching staff for being late.
|Footballguys view: We aren't terribly worried about this and the Cowboys wont be either. With Ezekiel Elliott potentially suspended, Bryant could be in line for an early season bump. We will know more when we have more information about any punishment the league hands down. Regardless, we expect Bryant to be one of the top receivers in fantasy again this year.|
Dez Bryant player page
Cardinals | Jarvis Jones may miss a few days Fri Jul 21, 05:20 PM
Arizona Cardinals LB Jarvis Jones (quadriceps) suffered a quadriceps injury during the run test Friday, July 21, and may miss a few days of practice, according to head coach Bruce Arians.Link to story
Jarron Jones player page
Cardinals | Deone Bucannon will be placed on PUP list Fri Jul 21, 05:20 PM
Arizona Cardinals LB Deone Bucannon (ankle) will start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to head coach Bruce Arians.Link to story
Deone Bucannon player page
Patriots | Duron Harmon missed workouts Fri Jul 21, 05:07 PM
New England Patriots FS Duron Harmon (ankle) did not participate in offseason workouts because he is recovering from offseason ankle surgery. He appears to be close to returning but his status for the start of training camp is uncertain.Link to story
Duron Harmon player page
Dolphins | Eric Smith going on PUP list Fri Jul 21, 04:21 PM
Miami Dolphins OT Eric Smith (undisclosed) will be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.Link to story
Dolphins | Mike Pouncey to have hip examined Fri Jul 21, 04:20 PM
Miami Dolphins C Mike Pouncey (hip) will have his surgically repaired hip examined next week to see if he will be cleared to participate in practice when training camp begins. He has not suffered any setbacks during his rehab and both the team and Pouncey are expecting positive results from the exam.
|Footballguys view: The Dolphins need him to be 100% if the line is to rebound from last seasons poor showing.|
Bengals | William Jackson fully healthy Fri Jul 21, 04:03 PM
Cincinnati Bengals CB William Jackson III said he is completely recovered from the torn pectoral muscle he suffered last season.Link to story
NFL | No Ezekiel Elliott discipline this weekend Fri Jul 21, 03:00 PM
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott will not learn of any potential discipline from the league Friday, July 21, or over the weekend, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
|Footballguys view: The best hope for the Cowboys is they hear before the start of camp so they can plan for the opening week or two. We don't expect a long suspension, if one at all. Given how mercurial the league is in levying penalties, your guess is as good as ours. If he misses just a game or two, you can survive it though and he remains a strong choice for your first pick if he is available.|
Ezekiel Elliott player page
Ravens | Baltimore sends two to PUP list Fri Jul 21, 02:56 PM
Baltimore Ravens WR Michael Campanaro (toe) and CB Tavon Young (knee) on the Physically Unable to Perform list on Friday, July 21.Link to story
Mike Campanaro player page
Tavon Young player page
Cowboys | Dallas takes a look at Ronnie Hillman Fri Jul 21, 02:55 PM
Free-agent RB Ronnie Hillman (Vikings) worked out with the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday, July 20.
|Footballguys view: Hillman has never returned to the level of play he showed during a nice 2015 in Denver. Even if Ezekiel Elliott is suspended for a game or two, Hillman will be stuck behind Alfred Morris.|
Ronnie Hillman player page
Ravens | Griff Whalen inks deal with Baltimore Fri Jul 21, 02:46 PM
Updating a previous report, free-agent WR Griff Whalen (Chargers) signed an undisclosed deal with the Baltimore Ravens on Friday, July 21.
|Footballguys view: Whalen is going to be buried on the depth chart. This is camp depth and nothing more.|
Griff Whalen player page
Panthers | Cam Newton still on the mend Fri Jul 21, 02:33 PM
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) may not be 100 percent healthy going into camp, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
|Footballguys view: Expect them to be cautious with Newton because without him this offense is in real trouble. His ADP of 69 overall, 7th quarterback off the board is more about the shaky talent around him than it is him or his injury, and if healthy (and if the line is improved) we think he could outperform that. Right now, though, caution is a good thing.|
Cam Newton player page
Bills | Anquan Boldin to visit Monday Fri Jul 21, 02:17 PM
Free-agent WR Anquan Boldin (Lions) is scheduled to meet with the Buffalo Bills on Monday, July 24.
|Footballguys view: An interesting signing if it happens, and it could hurt rookie Zay Jones' stock a bit. While Boldin's better days are behind him, he is a good enough possession receiver that we could see Tyrod Taylor leaning on him quote a bit. He would also be good insurance against yet another Sammy Watkins foot injury.|
Anquan Boldin player page
Titans | Marcus Mariota ready to roll Fri Jul 21, 01:49 PM
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota (leg) has done 'everything' for the last two weeks and will arrive at training camp in a week planning to play at 215 pounds, roughly 10 pounds lighter than his usual weight.
|Footballguys view: We love the sound of this. Given he was on a tear last year before his injury, we have a lot of faith this will be a great season for him. Early drafts have him as the 13th quarterback off the board and we think that makes sense. Expect his ADP to rise as we see him in action in August.|
Marcus Mariota player page
Cowboys | Dallas kicking the tires on Denard Robinson Fri Jul 21, 01:44 PM
Free-agent RB Denard Robinson (Jaguars) worked out with the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday, July 20.Link to story
Denard Robinson player page
Giants | Will Tye could be on trading block Fri Jul 21, 01:38 PM
New York Giants TE Will Tye could be made available via trade late this summer as long as the rest of the position group stays healthy, according to ESPN.com's Jordan Raanan.
|Footballguys view: We're not expecting teams to line up. Tye has had moments, but unless the Giants are willing to take very little - maybe a pack of gummy worms and part of a six pack of soda - expect him to be cut rather than traded.|
Will Tye player page