Fantasy Football News & Views
Redskins | Kyle Allen to compete for starting job? Tue Mar 31, 05:53 PM
Washington Redskins QB Kyle Allen said Tuesday, March 31, he expects to compete for a starting job for the 2020 season. 'I think that's an awesome opportunity,' he said.
|Footballguys view: The Panthers moved on from Allen because they signed Teddy Bridgewater in free agency. Allen is back with Ron Rivera but now in Washington. We'll see if his experience as a starter helps him push 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins for the starting job.|
Jets | NYJ may not be done at QB Tue Mar 31, 05:44 PM
The New York Jets may still look to add another backup QB in free agency after re-signing David Fales Tuesday, March 31, according to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.
|Footballguys view: That would be for the best. They've got Sam Darnold at the top of the depth chart but could use competition at the position for the backup job.|
Jets | David Fales back with Gang Green Tue Mar 31, 05:17 PM
Free-agent QB David Fales (Jets) re-signed with the New York Jets on a one-year deal Tuesday, March 31, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Fales is a veteran quarterback who knows what Adam Gase wants. He gets rid of the ball quickly but would not be much of an effective starter if he is thrust into the starting lineup due to injury.|
Colts | Daurice Fountain signs tender Tue Mar 31, 04:49 PM
Indianapolis Colts WR Daurice Fountain signed his contract tender for the 2020 season Tuesday, March 31.
|Footballguys view: We'll still keep an eye on Fountain in super crazy deep dynasty formats. When healthy, Fountain has good quickness and body control as a receiver.|
Bears | Nick Foles officially joins Bears Tue Mar 31, 04:27 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Nick Foles was officially acquired by the Chicago Bears Tuesday, March 31, in exchange for the No. 140 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: It's officially official now and Foles is with the Bears to compete for the starting job. We'll see if he can push Mitchell Trubisky out of that starting job in training camp.|
Nick Foles player page
Cardinals | Arizona looking at Zack Moss Tue Mar 31, 03:47 PM
Former Utah RB Zack Moss has been looked at by the Arizona Cardinals as an option for the 2020 NFL Draft, according to a source Tuesday, March 31.
|Footballguys view: Moss should be a second-round pick in the 2020 NFL draft. The Utes running back has size at 223 pounds and is tough to bring down as a runner. On 66 career catches, Moss broke 33 tackles and showed that he is dangerous in space with good moves. He's not a threat to break off big runs, but he is consistent and powerful. Moss could be a bellcow back at the pro level and has drawn comparisons to Kareem Hunt (Browns) by some in the scouting community.|
Cardinals | Arizona discussing DeAndre Hopkins' contract Tue Mar 31, 03:11 PM
Arizona Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins has had 'some conversations' with general manager Steve Keim regarding his contract, according to chairman Michael Bidwill Tuesday, March 31.
|Footballguys view: Hopkins has three years remaining on his deal and is going to get paid around $13 million annually. That's low for his skill set and production level that should continue with his new team. Reporters have speculated that Hopkins wants around $18-20 million per year, so you can see how far off the two sides are. Worst case scenario, Hopkins holds out for a new deal but chances of that seem low. We'll see if the Cardinals re-works his deal to get him more money.|
DeAndre Hopkins player page
Seahawks | Ed Dickson released Tue Mar 31, 02:25 PM
Updating a previous report, Seattle Seahawks TE Ed Dickson was released Tuesday, March 31, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: The team added Greg Olsen earlier this year and cramped the tight end room. The move to release Dickson saves Seattle almost $3 million in space against the 2020 salary cap.|
Ed Dickson player page
Jaguars | Improvisation part of Gardner Minshew's game Mon Mar 30, 11:44 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew was credited with a league-high 49 scrambles - designed pass plays in which the quarterback opted to run - in 2019.
|Footballguys view: Minshew can get rid of the ball quickly when a play goes as designed. When things fall apart, he does not hesitate to get on the move and tries to make something happen on the fly. With Nick Foles moved to the Bears, Minshew is the starter for now.|
Gardner Minshew player page
Seahawks | Russell Wilson put under pressure in 2019 Mon Mar 30, 11:18 PM
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson was blitzed 221 times - second-most in the league - and hurried an NFL-high 71 times in 2019.
|Footballguys view: This is one of the reasons why the Seahawks went out and added multiple players to their offensive line this offseason. Adding guys like B.J. Finney, Brandon Shell, Cedric Ogbuehi and Chance Warmack should help the Seahawks have a better offensive line.|
Russell Wilson player page
Bills | Isaiah McKenzie to Buffalo a done deal Mon Mar 30, 10:21 PM
Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills WR Isaiah McKenzie officially signed an undisclosed contract with the team Monday, March 30.
|Footballguys view: McKenzie is a gadget player who has found a home with the Bills. He'll work as a No.4 receiver and get some action on jet sweeps or screen passes.|
Isaiah McKenzie player page
Seahawks | Seattle officially adds Phillip Dorsett Mon Mar 30, 07:57 PM
Updating a previous report, Seattle Seahawks WR Phillip Dorsett's contract was officially processed by the league Monday, March 30.
|Footballguys view: Dorsett gives Seattle plenty of speed at the wide receiver position. He'll be competing for the No.3 spot on the depth chart behind Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf.|
Phillip Dorsett player page
Jaguars | Tyler Eifert, Lerentee McCray deals finalized Mon Mar 30, 07:44 PM
Updating previous reports, Jacksonville Jaguars TE Tyler Eifert and DE Lerentee McCray's contracts were officially processed by the league Monday, March 30.
|Footballguys view: Eifert can be a weapon for the Jaguars if he can stay healthy. We all know he has talent and is a red-zone threat, but we also all know that Eifert is hurt more than he is healthy. We'll see if a fresh start with the Jaguars helps him out.|
Tyler Eifert player page
Lerentee McCray player page
Texans | Houston signs two players Mon Mar 30, 05:44 PM
Updating previous reports, free-agent QB AJ McCarron (Texans) and S Jaylen Watkins (Chargers) officially signed with the Houston Texans Monday, March 30. Official terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: McCarron is going to resume his role as a backup to Deshaun Watson. We've seen what happens when he plays, so the Texans will not be in great shape if Watson has to miss time.|
AJ McCarron player page
Jaylen Watkins player page
Lions | Geremy Davis' deal official Mon Mar 30, 05:41 PM
Updating a previous report, free-agent WR Geremy Davis (Chargers) officially signed with the Detroit Lions Monday, March 30. Official terms of the contract were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: A sixth-round pick of the Giants in 2015, Davis is a reserve receiver and special teams player. The Lions won't be targeting him much on offense.|
Geremy Davis player page
Bills | Two players officially signed Mon Mar 30, 05:23 PM
Updating previous reports, free-agent RB Taiwan Jones (Texans) and LB Tyler Matakevich (Steelers) officially signed with the Buffalo Bills Monday, March 30. Official terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Jones has bounced between playing cornerback and running back during his pro career. He'll be working on the depth chart as a reserve runner and special teams player for the Bills.|
Taiwan Jones player page
Tyler Matakevich player page
Packers | Tyler Ervin's deal official Mon Mar 30, 04:21 PM
Updating a previous report, free-agent RB Tyler Ervin officially re-signed with the Green Bay Packers Monday, March 30. Official terms of the contract were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Ervin is a lightning quick back but he won't touch the ball much on offense. Instead, he'll work as a reserve player behind Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams, plus Ervin will play on special teams.|
Tyler Ervin player page
Panthers | Curtis Samuel not expected to be moved Mon Mar 30, 04:07 PM
Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel is not on the trade block and likely will not be moved this offseason, according to The Athletic's Joseph Person.
|Footballguys view: There was some speculation that Samuel could be on the move via trade. With the addition of Robby Anderson in free agency, the Panthers seem to have a new No.1 receiver. We think Samuel could be a fine fit with new starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Samuel is super quick and dangerous after the catch on short passes.|
Curtis Samuel player page
Vikings | Minnesota checks in with Jarius Wright Mon Mar 30, 03:51 PM
Free-agent WR Jarius Wright (Panthers) has received some interest from the Minnesota Vikings but is not expected to join the Vikings, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Wright played with the Vikings for six years after he was a fourth-round pick for them coming out of Arkansas in 2012. He'll be looking for work as a reserve receiver and special teams player.|
Jarius Wright player page
Lions | Marvin Jones sets big goal Mon Mar 30, 02:28 PM
Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones said he wants to catch at least 15 touchdowns this upcoming season.
|Footballguys view: Jones caught 10 touchdowns once in his career back in 2013 when he played for the Bengals. Catching 15 would be quite the career high total, and it would have to come with Matthew Stafford staying healthy for a full 16-game season.|
Marvin Jones Jr player page
Redskins | Dwayne Haskins to open camp as starter Mon Mar 30, 02:16 PM
Washington Redskins QB Dwayne Haskins will open training camp as the No. 1 quarterback but will have to compete for the job during the preseason, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
|Footballguys view: Kyle Allen was added for competition and he will push Haskins for the starting job. Haskins flashed as a rookie in 2019 but he was not picked by the current staff so he could have a short hook as the starter -- if he even wins the starting job in camp.|
Dwayne Haskins player page
Chargers | Bolts met with Justin Herbert Mon Mar 30, 01:13 PM
Oregon QB Justin Herbert has met with Los Angeles Chargers representation via video conference, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said Monday, March 30.
|Footballguys view: Herbert could be the pick for the Chargers with the No.6 overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft. They have Tyrod Taylor as their starter but he may not be a long-term solution. There is a chance that Herbert isn't even on the board at that time.|
Raiders | Justin Herbert meets with Las Vegas Mon Mar 30, 01:10 PM
Oregon QB Justin Herbert is scheduled for a video conference with Las Vegas Raiders representation Monday, March 30.
|Footballguys view: There is little chance that Herbert is still on the board by the time the Raiders pick at No.12 overall in the first round. Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota are there to compete for the starting job but there's a shot the Raiders add a rookie to the mix.|
Rams | Brandin Cooks not on the trade block Mon Mar 30, 10:29 AM
Los Angeles Rams WR Brandin Cooks is not on the trading block, according to two sources.
|Footballguys view: There was some buzz a couple of weeks ago that the Rams could be shopping Cooks. In fact, the reports speculated that Cooks had been on the trade block for most of the offseason but had no takers. It looks like he's not going anywhere and will stay with the Rams to stretch the field with his incredible speed.|
Brandin Cooks player page
Buccaneers | O.J. Howard ready to rebound? Sun Mar 29, 09:46 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard's 'eyes should light up' at the opportunity to play with QB Tom Brady, according to head coach Bruce Arians. 'You have a quarterback who throws to the tight end, go earn it and get balls thrown to you,' Arians said.
|Footballguys view: Arians doesn't feature tight ends in his offense. However, with Tom Brady at quarterback we could see a significant bunch of targets for Howard.|
O.J. Howard player page
Buccaneers | Competition for Ronald Jones? Sun Mar 29, 09:35 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones could face new competition for snaps on third down next season, according to head coach Bruce Arians. 'We'd love to have a pass-catching back,' Arians said.
|Footballguys view: Jones is not a great option for the Bucs as a top back. They need to add a back in the 2020 NFL draft, but at No.14 overall in the first round may not be the spot they select one.|
Ronald Jones II player page
Chargers | Donald Parham lands with Bolts Sun Mar 29, 09:13 PM
Free-agent TE Donald Parham (Redskins) signed a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Chargers.
|Footballguys view: Parham was undrafted out of Stetson college in 2019 but did latch on with Washington for a bit. He then played for the Dallas Renegades in the XFL. Parham is a huge (6'8") target but he is raw. Some in the scouting community compare him to Raiders TE Darren Waller. Like Waller, Parham will need time to fully develop.|
Donald Parham player page
Bills | Receivers did Josh Allen no favors in 2019 Sun Mar 29, 06:58 PM
Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen had a league-high 7.2 percent of his pass attempts dropped last season.
|Footballguys view: There's a reason why the Bills made a huge trade for WR Stefon Diggs. Allen should see more consistent help from his receivers this year, led by Diggs.|
Josh Allen player page
Browns | Deflections hurt Baker Mayfield in 2019 Sun Mar 29, 06:46 PM
Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield had a league-high 20 passes batted down at or behind the line of scrimmage in 2019.
|Footballguys view: Mayfield is short and that means his passes have a better chance of getting batted. He needs to lower that number in 2020 and the team needs to help him by designing plays that give him more wide open passing lanes.|
Baker Mayfield player page
Vikings | Kirk Cousins cozy in pocket last season Sun Mar 29, 06:25 PM
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins enjoyed a league-high average of 2.7 seconds in the pocket in 2019.
|Footballguys view: Cousins is set up by play-action passing in the Gary Kubiak offense. That type of comfort level in the pocket is helped by the design of the system.|
Kirk Cousins player page
Chiefs | Patrick Mahomes more comfortable in 2019 Sun Mar 29, 06:15 PM
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes was hurried 54 times in 2019 - a significant drop from a league-high 121 times in 2018.
|Footballguys view: Mahomes is playing at a level that few can match. That comfort level with the offense should just continue to get stronger with the more experience that he gets.|
Patrick Mahomes II player page
Dolphins | Ryan Fitzpatrick took a beating in 2019 Sun Mar 29, 06:01 PM
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was hit while passing a league-high 66 times last season - tied with New York Giants QB Daniel Jones for the most in the NFL.
|Footballguys view: The Dolphins are working on upgrading the offense as a whole, including the offensive line. They will have Fitzpatrick as a starting option but the team should also add a quarterback in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft. Someone like Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama) should be starting for them in the near future.|
Ryan Fitzpatrick player page
Daniel Jones player page
Ravens | Run-action important to Lamar Jackson Sun Mar 29, 05:48 PM
Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson executed a league-high 173 run-pass option (RPO) plays in 2019 - 65 more than second-place Kyler Murray (108). Jackson also ranked third in play-action pass attempts with 163.
|Footballguys view: Jackson is dangerous as a runner and a passer. Using run-action before passing helps freeze defenders who are so worried about Jackson's ability to run. This type of production should continue in 2020.|
Lamar Jackson player page
Broncos | Courtland Sutton hard to bring down Sun Mar 29, 05:34 PM
Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton led all receivers with 12 broken tackles on receptions in 2019. Pittsburgh Steelers WR Diontae Johnson, former Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins and Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp tied for second among receivers with nine.
|Footballguys view: Sutton is big, fast and physical. He had a breakout season as a sophomore in 2019 with 72 catches for 1,112 yards and six touchdowns. The best is still yet to come with Sutton as he did all that last year while working with three different (Joe Flacco, Brandon Allen, Drew Lock) quarterbacks last year. Expect him to be a favorite target of Lock with borderline WR1 production for Fantasy GMs.|
DeAndre Hopkins player page
Cooper Kupp player page
Courtland Sutton player page
Diontae Johnson player page
Falcons | Todd Gurley's hands betrayed him in 2019 Sun Mar 29, 05:30 PM
Atlanta Falcons RB Todd Gurley was charged with the dropped pass on a league-high 14.3 percent of his targets in 2019 as a member of the Los Angeles Rams. Denver Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay (12.5) and Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (11.1) were the only other qualified running backs with a drop rate of higher than nine percent.
|Footballguys view: Gurley got a one-year, 'prove it' deal with the Falcons. It would be great for him and the team if he could be more reliable as a target out of the backfield in 2020.|
Todd Gurley player page
Dalvin Cook player page
Phillip Lindsay player page
Patriots | Julian Edelman lacked sure hands last season Sun Mar 29, 05:16 PM
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman was charged with a league-high 13 drops in 2019 - five more than he had in 2018.
|Footballguys view: Edelman is going to have a different quarterback tossing him passes this year with Tom Brady gone to the Buccaneers. We'll see if he can be more sure-handed to help out the team's new starter.|
Julian Edelman player page
Jets | Le'Veon Bell got little help from line in 2019 Sun Mar 29, 05:12 PM
New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell (1.2) averaged 1.2 yards before contact per attempt in 2019 - tied with Benny Snell for the worst mark in the league among qualified rushers last season.
|Footballguys view: Bell is better than the numbers he posted last year. Now, he may not be the player he used to be when he was with the Steelers but Bell should be more productive in 2020, especially if he gets better blocking.|
Le'Veon Bell player page
Jaguars | O-line play hurt Leonard Fournette in 2019 Sun Mar 29, 05:11 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette finished fifth in the league among qualified rushers in fewest yards before contact per attempt (1.4) in 2019. Meanwhile, his three yards after contact per attempt was good for the third-best mark in the league.
|Footballguys view: Fournette had to do a lot of the work himself in 2019. That was because teams were stacking the line to stuff the run when QB Gardner Minshew (as a rookie) was thrust into the starting lineup. We'll see if the Jags O-Line can help Fournette out more this season with a more experienced Minshew under center.|
Leonard Fournette player page
49ers | San Fran RBs benefited from good blocking Sun Mar 29, 04:41 PM
San Francisco 49ers RBs Raheem Mostert (3.5) and Matt Breida (3.3) ranked first and second, respectively, in the league among running backs in average yards before contact per attempt last season.
|Footballguys view: The 49ers could plug-and-play at the running back position and produce last year. Expect that trend to continue this upcoming season with Mostert, Breida, Tevin Coleman and perhaps even Jerick McKinnon.|
Raheem Mostert player page
Matt Breida player page
Packers | Accuracy eluded Aaron Rodgers in 2019 Sun Mar 29, 04:30 PM
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was charged with a 'bad throw' on a league-high 21.2 percent of his passes in 2019.
|Footballguys view: Rodgers just launches passes from all sorts of platforms, so his 'bad throw' percentage is going to be a bit higher than some others. He is still going to be his type of quarterback, and that comes with some impossible throws he can make happen.|
Aaron Rodgers player page
49ers | Jimmy Garoppolo on point last season Sun Mar 29, 04:21 PM
San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo was 'on target' - defined as a throw that would have hit the receiver - on 80.7 percent of his passes in 2019 - the fourth-highest mark in the league.
|Footballguys view: Garoppolo should have been 'on target' to Emmanuel Sanders in the Super Bowl. Ugh...moving on. He's a smart and accurate quarterback who should be getting some help at the wide receiver position in the 2020 NFL draft.|
Jimmy Garoppolo player page
Buccaneers | Tom Brady off the mark a lot in 2019 Sun Mar 29, 04:14 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady was charged with 116 'bad throws' in 2019, six fewer than league leader Jameis Winston - his predecessor in Tampa Bay.
|Footballguys view: We'll see Brady can clean that up in his new offense. He's good at attacking underneath routes but Brady did grade out well when targeting players deep -- a hallmark of the Bruce Arians offense.|
Tom Brady player page
Jameis Winston player page
Cowboys | Dak Prescott plagued by drops Sun Mar 29, 04:05 PM
Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott was on the wrong end of an NFL-high 36 drops last season.
|Footballguys view: Prescott posted good numbers in 2019 and they would have been even better if his receivers didn't let him down. The franchise tagged player will be getting a new deal with the Cowboys in the near future that makes him the highest paid or near-highest paid quarterback in the league.|
Dak Prescott player page
Lions | Geronimo Allison stays in the division, joins Lions Sun Mar 29, 12:42 PM
Unrestricted free-agent WR Geronimo Allison (Packers) agreed to a one-year, $910,000 contract Sunday, March 29, and the deal includes a $137,500 signing bonus.
|Footballguys view: Allison is big and athletic, and now he gets a fresh start with the Lions. He's good at tracking the ball and has the body control to make plays near the sideline or the back of the end zone.|
Geronimo Allison player page
Patriots | Jarrett Stidham appears to be favorite for starting job Sun Mar 29, 09:19 AM
The New England Patriots' starting quarterback job appears to be QB Jarrett Stidham's to lose, according to Tom E. Curran of NBC Sports Boston. The team is not expected to pursue a mid-tier veteran quarterback this offseason.
|Footballguys view: Stidham had first-round tools and was projected as a top quarterback before his senior season at Auburn. He fell to the mid rounds of the draft where the Patriots scooped him up last year. Stidham is tough and accurate as a passer, but this leap to the starting lineup is going to be huge for the young quarterback. If Stidham is the Patriots starter, expect the team to help him out by running the ball and playing great defense.|
Jarrett Stidham player page
Dolphins | Jordan Howard completely healthy Sun Mar 29, 08:52 AM
Miami Dolphins RB Jordan Howard (shoulder) said he is completely recovered from the shoulder injury that bothered him at the end of the 2019 season.
|Footballguys view: Howard is going to be the grinder for the Dolphins offense. He can work well as a power option as a two-down back in 2020. His role limits his fantasy value, especially in PPR leagues but Howard should get enough carries (and his touchdowns will help) to be a RB2 or flex option for Fantasy GMs.|
Jordan Howard player page
Colts | Return to form for Philip Rivers? Sun Mar 29, 12:09 AM
Indianapolis Colts QB Philip Rivers 'might return to 2018 form' behind one of the league's top offensive lines, in the opinion of Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com.
|Footballguys view: That's something worth watching because the Chargers offensive line was one of the worst in the league last year. To get back to form, Rivers needs to cut down on interceptions. It should help that he'll have better protection when going back to pass this season.|
Philip Rivers player page
Saints | Emmanuel Sanders a good fit? Sat Mar 28, 11:59 PM
New Orleans Saints WR Emmanuel Sanders' ability to find openings in zone coverage makes him a good fit for head coach Sean Payton's system, according to Matt Bowen of ESPN.com.
|Footballguys view: Sanders is a great fit for the Saints. He should make for a fine target opposite of Michael Thomas in 2020.|
Emmanuel Sanders player page
Eagles | Philly counting on JJ Arcega-Whiteside Sat Mar 28, 09:35 PM
Philadelphia Eagles WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside 'needs to take a big jump' in 2020 now that he is fully healthy, according to general manager Howie Roseman.
|Footballguys view: The 2019 second-round pick from Stanford only played in 10 games as a rookie, compiling just 10 catches for 169 yards and one touchdown. The Eagles have a ho-hum (at best) wide receiver corps and could use more talent in the room. Arcega-Whiteside will be in for a role opposite of Alshon Jeffery in 2020.|
Texans | Randall Cobb better than ever? Sat Mar 28, 09:01 PM
Houston Texans WR Randall Cobb said he feels better than he has in at least five years after focusing on improving his hamstring strength during his time with the Dallas Cowboys.
|Footballguys view: That's cool but we'll believe it when we see it. Cobb had a resurgence last year with the Cowboys and now gets another new start in Houston. The team is going to be making up for the loss of DeAndre Hopkins and Cobb could have quite the role.|
Randall Cobb player page