Fantasy Football News & Views
Steelers | Le'Veon Bell unlikely to win appeal (Sat Jul 23, 02:27 PM) [jump to this story]
Saints | No talks between Saints, Drew Brees (Sat Jul 23, 11:46 AM) [jump to this story]
Cowboys | Ezekiel Elliott denies claims (Fri Jul 22, 12:37 PM) [jump to this story]
Texans | J.J. Watt underwent back surgery (Thu Jul 21, 09:26 PM) [jump to this story]
Bills | Kolby Listenbee has impressed Rex Ryan Sat Jul 23, 01:09 AM
Buffalo Bills WR Kolby Listenbee (hernia) has been explosive when on the field but needs to be healthy, head coach Rex Ryan said.
|Footballguys view: A sixth-round pick out of TCU, Listenbee's game is all about winning deep. He's got a decent size/speed combination, but it's his ball-tracking ability that makes him stand out. He's a dynasty prospect we're adding (in deep dynasty leagues) or at least monitoring (in standard dynasty leagues).|
Kolby Listenbee player page
Texans | Cecil Shorts the best option in slot? Fri Jul 22, 10:00 PM
Houston Texans WR Cecil Shorts is likely to open the year as the starting slot receiver, in the opinion of beat writer Tania Ganguli.
|Footballguys view: Shorts is best served as a slot receiver in the NFL. We'll see rookie Will Fuller and second-year pro Jaelen Strong compete to be the team's No.2 WR opposite DeAndre Hopkins. With new QB Brock Osweiler, we're excited to see what Hopkins can do. Any other target in this passing game is an unknown, making Shorts, Fuller or Strong all late-round fliers or waiver-wire speed dial guys.|
Cecil Shorts player page
Bills | Greg Salas could return punts Fri Jul 22, 09:52 PM
Buffalo Bills WR Greg Salas is being looked at as a potential punt returner in addition to competing for the No. 3 receiver job, head coach Rex Ryan said.Link to story
Greg Salas player page
NFL | Michael Vick committed to football Fri Jul 22, 09:34 PM
Free-agent QB Michael Vick (Steelers) said Thursday, July 21, he remains optimistic about playing in 2016 and wants to be able to make a contribution to a contender.
|Footballguys view: Vick is no longer the player he used to be...and he hasn't been for quite some time. Nobody has brought him in for a workout this offseason, so Vick's playing days might be done.|
Michael Vick player page
Cowboys | Darren McFadden eyeing preseason return Fri Jul 22, 09:29 PM
Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden (elbow) will have a scan on his broken elbow Monday, July 25, and he said hopes to return during the preseason.
|Footballguys view: McFadden's status becomes more important with the specter of league discipline now hanging over Ezekiel Elliott related to an alleged domestic violence incident. If McFadden isn't ready for Week 1, or if he has a setback in his conditioning to return to the field, Alfred Morris will be set up to be an early-season sleeper.|
Darren McFadden player page
Vikings | Charles Johnson on track to make team? Fri Jul 22, 09:15 PM
Minnesota Vikings WR Charles Johnson is likely competing with WR Moritz Boehringer for a spot on the roster, according to beat writer Matt Vensel, who also mentioned that Johnson had a strong spring while working mainly with the first-team offense.
|Footballguys view: Johnson created a ton of buzz last offseason, but was banged up and never followed through in the regular season. Boehringer has a ton of size/speed upside, but he has only played as high as semi-pro ball in Germany and is more likely a practice squad candidate.|
Charles Johnson player page
Moritz Boehringer player page
Panthers | Kawann Short to talk deal during camp Fri Jul 22, 08:26 PM
Carolina Panthers DT Kawann Short is expected to have contract extension talks with the Panthers during training camp, according to sources.Link to story
Kawann Short player page
Panthers | Robert McClain may see time at safety Fri Jul 22, 08:14 PM
Carolina Panthers CB Robert McClain could receive some snaps at safety during training camp so he can improve his versatility. McClain is expected to be on the roster bubble during camp.Link to story
Robert McClain player page
Panthers | Several Carolina WRs fighting for jobs Fri Jul 22, 08:13 PM
Carolina Panthers WRs Corey Brown, Stephen Hill, Brenton Bersin, Kevin Norwood and Damiere Byrd will compete for two roster spots during training camp.
|Footballguys view: Brown has some experience, but he plays a similar role to fellow Ohio State speedster Ted Ginn. Hill has the highest ceiling, but he is coming back from a torn ACL. Byrd has gotten some buzz and the team added Norwood during the season last year, so this is really a wide open competition.|
Stephen Hill player page
Brenton Bersin player page
Kevin Norwood player page
Corey Brown player page
49ers | Michael Wilhoite has chance to start Fri Jul 22, 07:51 PM
San Francisco 49ers LB Michael Wilhoite probably will enter training camp as the leading candidate for one of the inside linebacker jobs but will have to compete with LBs Gerald Hodges and Ray Ray Armstrong for the job. All three players could receive playing time during the season depending on the opponent.
|Footballguys view: The 49ers have competition for starting spots all over their roster, which isn't a great sign on a roster bereft of proven talent. The defense has plummeted since being comparable to the Seahawks a few short years ago.|
Michael Wilhoite player page
Gerald Hodges player page
Broncos | Justin Simmons should have role Fri Jul 22, 07:31 PM
Denver Broncos FS Justin Simmons is expected to be the No. 3 safety this season and should have a role in the dime defense.Link to story
Justin Simmons player page
Chargers | Travis Benjamin to be returner Fri Jul 22, 07:30 PM
San Diego Chargers WR Travis Benjamin will be the team's punt returner in 2016. Benjamin may not be used as a returner as often if he receives significant snaps at wide receiver.
|Footballguys view: Benjamin can break returns for touchdowns, so it adds a very slight bump in leagues that count return touchdowns and a more significant bump in leagues that count return yards. Benjamin still has a strong upside flex play and bye/injury wide receiver as the deep target replacement for Malcom Floyd.|
Travis Benjamin player page
Bears | Harold Jones-Quartey could start in 2016 Fri Jul 22, 06:47 PM
Chicago Bears S Harold Jones-Quartey is expected to receive the first chance to win the starting safety job opposite S Adrian Amos during training camp. S Deon Bush will also be a candidate for the starting job.
|Footballguys view: The uncertainty at the position doesn't reflect depth or quality on the roster. The Bears secondary is the weakness of the defense, with the front seven starting to come into shape. Look for them to be one of the best matchups to exploit for passing games unless Pernell McPhee, Lamarr Houston, Willie Young, and first-round pick Leonard Floyd can generate enough pass rush to mask the deficiencies.|
Adrian Amos player page
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Deon Bush player page
Redskins | Derek Carrier may go on PUP list Fri Jul 22, 06:46 PM
Washington Redskins TE Derek Carrier (knee) could start the regular season on the Physically Unable to Perform list because of the serious knee injury he suffered last season.Link to story
Derek Carrier player page
49ers | Two candidates for 49ers center job Fri Jul 22, 06:24 PM
San Francisco 49ers C Daniel Kilgore is the leading candidate for the starting center job, but he will have to compete with C Marcus Martin for the job during training camp.Link to story
49ers | Josh Garnett to work at both OG spots Fri Jul 22, 06:23 PM
San Francisco 49ers OG Josh Garnett is expected to receive snaps at left guard and right guard during training camp and will push for one of the starting guard jobs.
|Footballguys view: Garnett is a mauling physical run blocker, but he has some work to do in the passing game. He should help Carlos Hyde, at least for as long as the 49ers hang in games in any given week.|
Browns | Cleveland adds Nick Hayden Fri Jul 22, 06:03 PM
Free-agent DT Nick Hayden (Cowboys) signed with the Cleveland Browns Friday, July 22. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Link to story
Nick Hayden player page
Jaguars | Rashad Greene should be slot receiver Fri Jul 22, 05:50 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Rashad Greene is the leading candidate to be the team's top slot receiver in 2016. Greene is also expected to be the primary punt returner.Link to story
Rashad Greene player page
Jaguars | Allen Hurns to move around Fri Jul 22, 05:36 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Hurns will receive playing time as a slot receiver in addition to lining up as an outside receiver, according to wide receivers coach Jerry Sullivan.
|Footballguys view: Hurns will compete with Julius Thomas to be the #2 target behind Allen Robinson, with Marqise Lee and Rashad Greene also getting targets as the #3 and #4 receivers. Hurns will have trouble being a fantasy WR2 this year unless he has a high touchdown rate again and the Jaguars have to run a more wide open offense again because they are a losing team.|
Allen Hurns player page
Raiders | Taiwan Jones likely to keep returner job Fri Jul 22, 05:28 PM
Oakland Raiders RB Taiwan Jones likely will be the main kick returner in 2016 as long as he can stay healthy, according to special teams coordinator Brad Seely.
|Footballguys view: With the addition of DeAndre Washington, Jones will have to contribute on special teams and probably beat out Roy Helu to make the roster because the team also has Marcel Reece and Jamize Olawale as RB/FB tweeners.|
Taiwan Jones player page
Bears | Omar Bolden could return to Chicago Fri Jul 22, 05:27 PM
Free-agent S Omar Bolden (Bears) could re-sign with the Chicago Bears before the start of training camp.Link to story
Omar Bolden player page
NFL | John Kuhn waiting to sign Fri Jul 22, 05:14 PM
Free-agent FB John Kuhn (Packers) has been working out this offseason and is waiting for interested teams to call him. Kuhn said he would like to re-sign with the Green Bay Packers but does not know what will happen.Link to story
John Kuhn player page
Lions | Graham Glasnow not expected to start Fri Jul 22, 04:57 PM
Detroit Lions C Graham Glasgow is not expected to compete for the starting center job during training camp. The Lions would like to have Glasgow as a backup for his rookie season so he can learn the position.Link to story
Panthers | Ted Ginn could return kicks Fri Jul 22, 04:50 PM
Carolina Panthers WR Ted Ginn Jr. could be a candidate for the kick returner job during training camp and the preseason.
|Footballguys view: Ginn should also remain the #3 receiver. If Devin Funchess or Kelvin Benjamin go down, he could have fantasy relevance again.|
Ted Ginn player page
49ers | Tank Carradine may be pass-rush specialist Fri Jul 22, 04:49 PM
San Francisco 49ers DE Tank Carradine likely will be used as a pass-rush specialist this season when the team is in their nickel package. There is a chance that he could be in the starting lineup because of LB Aaron Lynch's suspension.
|Footballguys view: Lynch is one of the best players on the 49ers defense and clearly their best pass rusher. If Carradine doesn't take a big step forward this year, the lowly 49ers will have even more trouble putting resistance to opposing passing games with an inexperienced secondary and feeble pass rush.|
Cornellius Carradine player page
Bears | Omar Bolden released Fri Jul 22, 04:30 PM
Chicago Bears FS Omar Bolden was released Friday, July 22.Link to story
Omar Bolden player page
Colts | Arthur Jones suspended Fri Jul 22, 04:29 PM
Indianapolis Colts DE Arthur Jones has been suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing drugs.
|Footballguys view: Jones has been a free agent bust, playing only nine games in two years after signing a five year, 33 million dollar contract. 2015 third round pick Henry Anderson is recovering from a torn ACL and might not be ready for Week 1, so the Detroit Lions should have an excellent rushing matchup to open the season.|
Arthur Jones player page
Raiders | Oakland will have RT competition Fri Jul 22, 04:06 PM
Oakland Raiders OTs Austin Howard and Menelik Watson will compete for the starting right tackle job during training camp. Neither player appears to have an advantage in the competition entering camp.
|Footballguys view: Watson went down last summer with an achilles rupture and Howard, slated to start at guard, was a solid right tackle before he got hurt. This battle highlights the high quality of the Raiders line, with the best interior starters in the league and one of these two players giving them excellent depth at tackle, if not tackle and guard in Howard's case.|
Jaguars | Nic Jacobs can make team as backup Fri Jul 22, 04:03 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars TE Nic Jacobs appears to have a good chance to make the final roster as the backup to TE Marcedes Lewis.Link to story
Nic Jacobs player page
Jaguars | Ben Koyack has chance to make team Fri Jul 22, 04:02 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars TE Ben Koyack has a chance to make the 53-man roster if he is able to show better blocking and receiving skills during training camp.Link to story
Ben Koyack player page
Raiders | DeAndre Washington may have role early Fri Jul 22, 03:22 PM
Oakland Raiders RB DeAndre Washington likely receive a solid role in the offense because the coaching staff thinks he can contribute right away. He could be used as a third-down back that can run inside and be a receiver out of the backfield. Washington can be a compliment to RB Latavius Murray since they have different skills.
|Footballguys view: The Raiders seem far from sold on Murray, so Washington getting on the field at all will be something to watch. It's not difficult to picture Washington looking much better than Murray in initial burst and lateral agility, so he can stake a claim for more touches with success as a third-down back. Washington is a great running back target in the second half of your draft.|
DeAndre Washington player page
Vikings | Zach Line will face competition Fri Jul 22, 03:20 PM
Minnesota Vikings FB Zach Line appears to be the leading candidate for the starting fullback job but will have to compete with FB Blake Renaud for the job during training camp.Link to story
Zach Line player page
Vikings | Jerick McKinnon could see bigger role Fri Jul 22, 03:12 PM
Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon could be more involved in the passing game if he was able to improve his pass protection over the offseason. He is not expected to receive more than 75 to 100 carries this season.
|Footballguys view: If the Vikings run more out of the shotgun, he could be much better than Adrian Peterson in that role, and he has already shown his explosiveness as a receiver and runner late last year. McKinnon is an excellent back half of your draft pick, with potential flex worthy upside depending on his role, and RB1 upside if Peterson goes down.|
Jerick McKinnon player page
49ers | Anthony Davis' status uncertain Fri Jul 22, 03:11 PM
Retired OT Anthony Davis' representatives will not say if Davis will file for reinstatement and play for the San Francisco 49ers in 2016.
|Footballguys view: Davis seems to want to play again, but his enthusiasm about joining the 49ers is lukewarm. He has criticized the team publicly. If he does apply for reinstatement, it's hard to imagine him being a starter for the 49ers, but it is also hard to imagine the front office he called out working hard to find him a new home unless there's a team out there that suffers a key offensive line injury and finds themselves desperate. Chances are we won't see Davis in 2016.|
Eagles | Jonathan Krause released Fri Jul 22, 02:40 PM
Philadelphia Eagles WR Jonathan Krause was released Friday, July 22.Link to story
Bills | Stephon Gilmore to play out final year Fri Jul 22, 01:59 PM
Buffalo Bills CB Stephon Gilmore is set to play out the last year of his current deal in 2016, as contract extension talks haven't progressed.Link to story
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Seahawks | Michael Bennett unhappy with contract Fri Jul 22, 01:01 PM
Seattle Seahawks DE Michael Bennett is unhappy with his contract, saying he wants 'to be fairly compensated with the top guys in the league,' and believing that he's 'definitely one of the top five defensive ends.' He added: 'I'm just to the point where it's kind of like, if you don't think I'm valuable, then just get rid of me.' Bennett is set to make $5.5 million this year and $7 million next year.
|Footballguys view: The Seahawks are unlikely to give him more money with two years left on his deal, but next year they could compensate him for extra production under his current deal, like they did when they extended Marshawn Lynch.|
Michael Bennett player page
Cowboys | Ezekiel Elliott denies claims Fri Jul 22, 12:37 PM
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott was accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend Friday, July 22, but was not arrested, according to a police report filed in Ohio. The league will review the accusation under its personal conduct policy, but Elliott denied the accusations. The police report cites four witnesses who each said they did not see the assault take place.
|Footballguys view: Some reports are coming out that help Elliott, such as the police report having four witnesses who deny the alleged victim's claim. but the league will conduct their own investigation. It's very difficult to predict how the league will react to this news. Don't move Elliott down yet, but be open to changing that stance if more facts come out that paint him in a bad light in this incident. If Elliott does end up missing time at the beginning of the season, Alfred Morris would be better situated to benefit with Darren McFadden recovering from a broken elbow and a notorious slow healer.|
Ezekiel Elliott player page
49ers | Blaine Gabbert praised by Jerry Rice Fri Jul 22, 12:36 PM
Former San Francisco 49ers WR Jerry Rice praised QB Blaine Gabbert, who will be competing for the starting quarterback job with QB Colin Kaepernick in training camp. 'I had an opportunity to meet him, and you can just tell the confidence. He feels he has a legitimate chance of being the starter. Then you got Colin Kaepernick, and I don't know if they're gonna be able to, you know, that offense of Chip Kelly because he likes to get over the ball, he likes constant movement and all of that,' Rice said.
|Footballguys view: Nick Foles wasn't thought of much more highly than Gabbert is right now before he was a stud QB1 during his first season under Chip Kelly. Gabbert doesn't have Foles' supporting cast, but he does have a terrible team that will put him in catchup game scripts all year. We wouldn't draft Gabbert, but he could be a nice cheap DFS play for some matchups and part of a streaming quarterback approach, assuming he holds off Kaepernick.|
Blaine Gabbert player page
Colin Kaepernick player page
Steelers | Le'Veon Bell may face suspension Fri Jul 22, 09:53 AM
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is facing a four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's drug policy because of a missed test, according to sources. The appeals process is underway, and no announcement has been made. No date for Bell's appeal has been set, but it's expected to be heard before the start of the regular season. If it's not overturned, he would miss the first four games of the season.
|Footballguys view: Pittsburgh radio personality Mark Madden reported this rumor over a month ago, and it appears he has been vindicated. Bell will appeal, but we should rank him and the rest of the Steelers offense as if he'll miss the first four games. On the plus side, this will give Bell more time to get comfortable on his hopefully healed knee injury. He's still worth a third round pick at worst, and he may go in the second. DeAngelo Williams moves up to at least the 7th/8th round, if not 6th, on the strength of four elite projection RB games and the injury upside if Bell goes down again. Williams could also play a large enough role when Bell returns to still merit flex consideration.|
LeVeon Bell player page
Browns | Josh Gordon decision not imminent Fri Jul 22, 09:15 AM
Updating previous reports, Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has no timetable for a decision on his potential reinstatement, but one source said it isn't expected for at least six weeks.
|Footballguys view: Gordon's previous WR1 upside and young age of 25 makes him an enticing second half of the draft pick on the non-zero chance he plays this year. Still, there's no guarantee that he'll be in shape, play effectively, or even figure into the Browns plans. If the Browns learn he is reinstated right before the season, it is hard to imagine him playing a big role right away since he has been away from the team.|
Josh Gordon player page
Bills | Dezmin Lewis making strides Fri Jul 22, 08:41 AM
Buffalo Bills WR Dezmin Lewis has made huge strides from his rookie year to this season, according to offensive coordinator Greg Roman. 'He's here first thing in the morning,' Roman said. 'He's one of those guys that we started to take notice of before we even got on the field. What usually happens, what they do in the meetings, weight room, etc. carries over to the field. Those two are very interconnected. His play on the field has reflected that.'
|Footballguys view: The third wide receiver role for the Bills isn't a great place to look for fantasy gold, but if you are tracking this competition, Lewis should be considered the leader heading into camp. He's got fluid athleticism for his size and could help replace what the Bills lost when Chris Hogan signed with the Patriots.|
Dezmin Lewis player page
Texans | J.J. Watt could miss first month Fri Jul 22, 08:03 AM
Updating previous reports, Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt (back) could miss up to 10 weeks after his back operation, which would include the first month of the season, according to a source.Link to story
J.J. Watt player page
Bears | Charles Tillman to retire with Bears Fri Jul 22, 02:24 AM
Free-agent CB Charles Tillman (Panthers) will sign a one-day contract and retire with the Chicago Bears Friday, July 22.Link to story
Charles Tillman player page
Cardinals | Carson Palmer to improve in 2016? Fri Jul 22, 12:53 AM
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald expects 'better things' from QB Carson Palmer this season because of Palmer's understanding of head coach Bruce Arians' offensive system.
|Footballguys view: Palmer is almost always available outside of the top 6 quarterbacks. If all three of his top receivers can stay healthy this year, that and the added punch of David Johnson playing a larger role will make Palmer a profitable pick as a mid-late QB1.|
Carson Palmer player page
Larry Fitzgerald player page
Chargers | King Dunlap returning to form Fri Jul 22, 12:30 AM
San Diego Chargers OT King Dunlap showed renewed and good technique during offseason workouts, offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt said.Link to story
Chargers | Melvin Gordon seeks help for fumbling Thu Jul 21, 11:53 PM
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon worked with Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson this offseason to help fix his fumbling issues.
|Footballguys view: Getting help is good, but having a fumbling problem that requires help is not. Gordon didn't come close to living up to the hype in his rookie year and he's coming off of microfracture surgery. His best hope for fantasy relevance is an improved offensive line and the Chargers turning into a winning team that can manufacture run-friendly game scripts. Chances are Danny Woodhead will be the most valuable Chargers fantasy running back again this year.|
Adrian Peterson player page
Melvin Gordon player page
Packers | Jordy Nelson ahead of schedule Thu Jul 21, 11:41 PM
Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson (knee) appears to be ahead of the curve in his rehabilitation, and Nelson said he would have been able to play in the Super Bowl last year had the Packers qualified.
|Footballguys view: There's no reason to hesitate if you are targeting Nelson in the second. He has consistently been a strong WR1 as long as Aaron Rodgers is on the field. The whole Packers offense should be revived with his return.|
Jordy Nelson player page
Packers | Green Bay players asked about PEDs Thu Jul 21, 11:26 PM
Green Bay Packers LB Julius Peppers and LB Clay Matthews will be interviewed by the NFL regarding PED allegations from an Al-Jazeera America report, team president Mark Murphy confirmed Thursday, July 21.
|Footballguys view: The statements the reports were based on have since been recanted, but the NFL is going forward with their investigation. The NFLPA has criticized the investigation, which is highly unlikely to yield any punishment for the players involved, which include now retired QB Peyton Manning.|
Julius Peppers player page
Clay Matthews player page
Jaguars | Jacksonville not signing Greg Hardy Thu Jul 21, 10:16 PM
Updating a previous report, free-agent DE Greg Hardy (Cowboys) visited with and worked out for the Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday, July 21, but he will not be signed at this time, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: The Jaguars are the only known visit for Hardy since the Cowboys let him hit the open market. He's one of the more controversial players out there due to his behavior, and we don't think any team would add him unless they're really desperate. The Cowboys will barely be able to field a defense early this year due to injuries and suspensions, and even they have no interest in Hardy...or at least that's what reports indicate.|
Greg Hardy player page