Fantasy Football News & Views
Cowboys | Ezekiel Elliott denies claims (Fri Jul 22, 12:37 PM) [jump to this story]
Steelers | Le'Veon Bell may face suspension (Fri Jul 22, 09:53 AM) [jump to this story]
Texans | J.J. Watt underwent back surgery (Thu Jul 21, 09:26 PM) [jump to this story]
Browns | Josh Gordon meets with commish (Thu Jul 21, 12:54 PM) [jump to this story]
Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald feels great (Thu Jul 21, 12:46 PM) [jump to this story]
Seahawks | Tyler Lockett could take step forward (Thu Jul 21, 02:51 AM) [jump to this story]
Rams | Todd Gurley ready for first full camp Wed Jul 20, 10:30 PM
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) will be close to two full years removed from an anterior cruciate ligament injury, and conventional wisdom says players generally do not get back to full strength until two years after the injury. He will go through his first full training camp, and running backs coach Skip Peete said there is no limit to what Gurley can accomplish in his second NFL season.
|Footballguys view: Gurley has the skill set to be the best RB in the NFL...this year. Fantasy owners should consider him a top-2 RB in any format, and Gurley should go off the board in the mid-first round at the latest. He's going to be the centerpiece of the Rams offense...especially while they get rookie QB Jared Goff up to speed in the pros.|
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Rams | Trio of defenders to have bigger roles Wed Jul 20, 10:29 PM
Los Angeles Rams LB Mark Barron, DE William Hayes and CB Trumaine Johnson are each new starters and will be taking on bigger roles heading into the new season.Link to story
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Rams | Tyler Higbee might have big chance Wed Jul 20, 10:29 PM
Los Angeles Rams TE Tyler Higbee might see plenty of opportunities sooner rather than later, and some in the organization feel he might be the team's best pass-catching tight end on the roster.
|Footballguys view: Higbee is an athletic move TE who can attack the seam of a defense. The rookie can create mismatches on the field, and it will be interesting to see if he can quickly forge a bond with fellow rookie Jared Goff. He's not going to get picked up in re-draft leagues, but he's a dynasty prospect we are intrigued by.|
Tyler Higbee player page
Rams | Two safeties battling to start Wed Jul 20, 10:28 PM
The Los Angeles Rams plan to look at FS Cody Davis and S Christian Bryant as replacements for FS Rodney McLeod (Eagles). The duo rotated with the first-team defense during organized team activities (OTAs). The team might also have interest in free-agents FS Dashon Goldson (Redskins) and SS Donte Whitner (Bills) if Bryant and Davis do not pan out.Link to story
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Rams | Alec Ogletree could elevate defense Wed Jul 20, 10:27 PM
Los Angeles Rams LB Alec Ogletree (ankle) was on the verge of a breakout season last year before suffering an ankle injury. Beat writer Nick Wagoner says Ogletree brings a level of athleticism and speed to his new position that could help elevate the defense to the lofty expectations it has had the past couple of seasons.Link to story
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Rams | All eyes on Jared Goff Wed Jul 20, 10:27 PM
The Los Angeles Rams are hopeful QB Jared Goff will win the starting job sooner rather than later and he likely will, according to beat writer Nick Wagoner. However, his development through training camp and the preseason will be critical in shaping the team's expectations and season.
|Footballguys view: We like Goff a lot and will be interested to see how he develops as a pro. He makes quick decisions and has no problem staying in the pocket under duress to make a field-flipping throw. We would like to see him lead receivers a little better, and his size (6'4" 215 pounds) does make us a bit concerned about his durability. As a rookie, we can only recommend Goff as a QB3 for fantasy owners. However, we love his dynasty upside and won't be surprised if he's a top-12 QB someday.|
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Cardinals | Two new starting safeties in Arizona? Wed Jul 20, 10:26 PM
Arizona Cardinals SS Tyvon Branch is likely to serve as a starter for the regular season opener. He is expected to replace the departed Rashad Johnson (Titans). FS Tony Jefferson is likely to start with FS Tyrann Mathieu (knee) targeting the Week 1 opener, but anything but a certainty.Link to story
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Cardinals | Tyrann Mathieu targeting Week 1 Wed Jul 20, 10:25 PM
Arizona Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu (knee) enters training camp on the mend for the second time in three years. He suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in Week 15 last year. He has surgery and is targeting a Week 1 return. He may not see any contact until then, and the team likely will be very careful with him to get the type of impact this season he had last season.Link to story
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Cardinals | Red Bryant in jeopardy in Arizona? Wed Jul 20, 10:25 PM
Arizona Cardinals DT Red Bryant was a veteran with experience who helped plug the run last season. However, he might lose his job in the defensive line rotation for a number of reasons. The team has too much depth, as DLs Rodney Gunter progressed better than expected, Corey Peters (Achilles') is returning from injury and Xavier Williams proved he could be a suitable backup to plug the run.Link to story
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Cardinals | Robert Nkemdiche impressive so far Wed Jul 20, 10:24 PM
Arizona Cardinals DT Robert Nkemdiche was impressive during organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp. He has the skill set and talent of a top-five pick, but teams were scared off by an off-field incident in December 2015 while he was with the University of Mississippi. He has explosiveness, quick hands and quick feet who is likely to be the team's newest starting defensive lineman.Link to story
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Cardinals | Arizona has battle at center spot Wed Jul 20, 10:23 PM
Arizona Cardinals C A.Q. Shipley enters training camp as the incumbent and presumptive starter, but he will have competition from rookie C Evan Boehm, the team's fourth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.Link to story
Cardinals | Chandler Jones to benefit from secondary Wed Jul 20, 10:22 PM
Arizona Cardinals LB Chandler Jones give the team a top-notch pass rusher, perhaps the best since veteran John Abraham in 2013. Jones is younger than Abraham and DE Dwight Freeney, who had eight sacks last season. Jones will be helped by having one of the league's best secondaries behind him and two-time Pro Bowler DE Calais Campbell working next to him.Link to story
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Buccaneers | Jameis Winston struggled in red zone Wed Jul 20, 08:23 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston completed only 42% of his passes in the red zone in 2015, which was the second worst red-zone efficiency among quarterbacks.
|Footballguys view: That's part of the reason why WR Mike Evans struggled to duplicate his TD total of 2014 last year. He had nine fewer TD receptions in his second season compared to what he compiled as a rookie. If Winston becomes more efficient in the red zone, then Evans will see his numbers increase. We could see Evans bouncing back this year with eight or so TDs.|
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Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater worked with receivers Wed Jul 20, 08:13 PM
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater worked out with some of the wide receivers and tight ends on the roster in April and July in order to build chemistry with his teammates.
|Footballguys view: Bridgewater is one of our favorite young QBs in the game today. He's not likely to be much of a fantasy asset due to the Vikings run-heavy offense. Bridgewater is a low-end QB2 for fantasy owners in 2016.|
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Vikings | Laquon Treadwell should fit offense Wed Jul 20, 08:12 PM
Minnesota Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell should be the physical, chain-moving receiver that offensive coordinator Norv Turner has been looking for over the last few seasons. Turner was happy with Treadwell's instincts and route running during offseason workouts. Treadwell said the Vikings' offense is similar to the one he played in college, where he was asked to run short and intermediate routes.
|Footballguys view: Treadwell lacks blazing speed, but he does a good job of setting up his routes and getting open against all sorts of different coverage. His hands, body control and concentration give him the skill set to become QB Teddy Bridgewater's favorite target. The Vikings are going to feature a run-heavy offense with RB Adrian Peterson, but when they go through the air it's Treadwell who could be the primary target. We like him as a WR4 with upside for fantasy owners.|
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Steelers | DeAngelo Williams feeling great Wed Jul 20, 07:43 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams said he has recovered from the foot injury he suffered last season and is in the best shape he has been in his life.
|Footballguys view: Fantasy owners need to be considering Williams in drafts...even if you don't own Le'Veon Bell. Williams proved last year that he had plenty in the tank and could be a top RB in fantasy football. This year, Williams has a current ADP of RB40 (9.01) in 12-team PPR leagues. He's a great player to take a chance on right before other 'handcuff' RBs start coming off the board.|
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Saints | Jairus Byrd should be healthy for camp Wed Jul 20, 07:21 PM
New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd (knee) should be able to participate in most of training camp and the preseason games. He missed a majority of the offseason workouts because of his injury.Link to story
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Giants | Eli Apple may not see much time early Wed Jul 20, 07:16 PM
New York Giants CB Eli Apple may not receive significant playing time early in the season because CBs Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins will be the starting cornerbacks, and the nickel back job does not appear be a natural fit for Apple.Link to story
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Cowboys | J.J. Wilcox could be on bubble Wed Jul 20, 06:50 PM
Dallas Cowboys FS J.J. Wilcox is coming off a disappointing 2015 season and could be pushed by S Byron Jones and SS Barry Church for playing time this season. Wilcox is scheduled to count $1.8 million against the salary cap, which may be too expensive for the team.Link to story
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Saints | Two Saints rookies sidelined Wed Jul 20, 06:49 PM
New Orleans Saints DE D.J. Pettway (undisclosed) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, July 20. OT Avery Young (undisclosed) was placed on the Non-Football Injury list.Link to story
Chargers | San Diego to have competition for CB job Wed Jul 20, 06:25 PM
San Diego Chargers CBs Brandon Flowers and Casey Hayward will compete for one of the starting cornerback jobs during training camp.
|Footballguys view: It's a three-corner league in today's pass-happy NFL. Flowers has plenty of experience, but he's not quite the player he used to be. Both players will receive meaningful playing time no matter who wins the competition.|
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Raiders | Roy Helu may be on bubble Wed Jul 20, 06:10 PM
Oakland Raiders RB Roy Helu (hip) may be on the roster bubble during training camp because RBs DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard have similar skill sets to Helu. Helu also missed all of the offseason workouts because of his hip injury.
|Footballguys view: We could see the Raiders moving on from Helu if the young RBs show well in camp and the preseason. We really like Washington here. He's a compact runner who was among the leaders in the FBS in rush-yards-after-contact-per-rush average (for 1,000-yard rushers) at 2.7 yards. Washington is dangerous in space and can be used effectively as a receiver out of the backfield.|
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Cardinals | Chris Clemons could be in legal trouble Wed Jul 20, 06:09 PM
Arizona Cardinals SS Chris D. Clemons may be facing assault charges after the Scottsdale Police Department recommended to the city's prosecutors that he be charged. Clemons allegedly punched a woman outside a Scottsdale nightclub in May.
|Footballguys view: There could be a lot of trouble brewing for Clemons. The investigators will find out what exactly happened then make any decision about potential charges. After that, the league should step in with discipline.|
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Broncos | Devontae Booker may be third-down back Wed Jul 20, 05:38 PM
Denver Broncos RB Devontae Booker could receive playing time early in the 2016 season as a third-down back because of his pass-catching ability.
|Footballguys view: Booker is a great receiving back, and we like to describe him as a three-down back in waiting. We should see C.J. Anderson carry the load on the ground, but don't be surprised if Booker gets a few looks on passing downs. Anderson is a RB2 for fantasy owners, and Booker is a valuable handcuff who should go off the board in the 10th round or so.|
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Texans | Devon Still on track to start Wed Jul 20, 05:13 PM
Houston Texans DE Devon Still is considered the leading candidate to start at defensive end opposite DE J.J. Watt this season.
|Footballguys view: With Jared Crick (Broncos) moving on in free agency, the Texans have to find a new starter. Still was out of the league last year, but he's built to stand strong on the defensive line.|
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Titans | Marcus Mariota needs to hold onto ball Wed Jul 20, 05:12 PM
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota fumbled the ball 10 times in 2015, and the team lost six of those fumbles. Mariota said his ball security was something he wanted to work on this offseason.
|Footballguys view: Mariota is one of the most exciting young QBs in the league, but he needs to hold onto the rock. We don't see the Titans running away from any opponent, so ball-security is incredibly important as opportunities may be limited compared to others offenses. He's a low-end QB2 for fantasy owners in 2016.|
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Steelers | Sean Davis has chance to start Wed Jul 20, 04:53 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers SS Sean Davis performed well during offseason workouts and should have a good chance to win the starting strong safety job during training camp. Davis will have to compete with FS Robert Golden and SS Shamarko Thomas for the job.
|Footballguys view: The Steelers needed help at the position, and that's why they added Davis in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft. He's not great in coverage, but he can play close to the line of scrimmage as a patrolman against the run.|
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Steelers | Jesse James may see more work in camp Wed Jul 20, 04:52 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Jesse James is expected to receive significant snaps during the early part of training camp because TE Ladarius Green (knee) likely will be eased back into practice.
|Footballguys view: Green has always been a player with production that doesn't match his potential. He's not starting out his Steelers career on a great note with this knee injury. That could open the door for James. A fifth-round pick out of Penn State last year, James is a huge target with a large wingspan. We'll see how James and Green do this year replacing the retired Heath Miller.|
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Bears | Dalyn Williams cut Wed Jul 20, 04:39 PM
Chicago Bears QB Dalyn Williams was waived Wednesday, July 20.Link to story
Browns | Alvin Bailey may have lead for RT job Wed Jul 20, 04:22 PM
Cleveland Browns OT Alvin Bailey will receive the first chance to win the starting right tackle job, but OTs Michael Bowie, Shon Coleman and Spencer Drango will also compete for the job.Link to story
Jets | Sheldon Richardson will not be limited Wed Jul 20, 04:19 PM
New York Jets DE Sheldon Richardson will receive his normal snaps during training camp even though he has been suspended for the first game of the 2016 season. Richardson was limited during training camp last season and said his conditioning was an issue after he served a four-game suspension.
|Footballguys view: Richardson is one of the more disruptive players in the league at his position. With only a one-game ban, the Jets would be wise to get him up to speed with a normal amount of reps in camp.|
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Jets | Two Jets RBs to compete for No. 3 job Wed Jul 20, 04:07 PM
New York Jets RBs Zac Stacy (leg) and Khiry Robinson (leg) will compete for the No. 3 running back job during training camp, but Robinson may have an edge because the team does not believe he has reached his full potential yet.
|Footballguys view: Robinson is the player to highlight here. He's a swift runner who can build a head of steam, and Robinson has a nose for the end zone. With Matt Forte's struggles near paydirt, we could see Robinson become the goal-line back for the Jets.|
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Jets | Jordan Jenkins may start in 2016 Wed Jul 20, 04:06 PM
New York Jets LB Jordan Jenkins will have a good chance to start at strongside linebacker in Week 1 if he is able to handle the mental aspect of the game.
|Footballguys view: There's a reason why the Jets picked up Jenkins in the third round of the 2016 NFL draft. He's got a large wingspan and the ability to put opposing QBs under duress often. Adding Jenkins only enhances the team's already-strong front seven.|
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Bears | Chicago adding Amini Silatolu Wed Jul 20, 03:42 PM
Free-agent OG Amini Silatolu (Panthers) agreed to a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears Wednesday, July 20, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
Cardinals | Steve Keim happy with D.J. Humphries Wed Jul 20, 03:32 PM
Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said he is happy with the progress OT D.J. Humphries made during the offseason workouts. Keim said Humphries has improved his strength as well as his technique and footwork. Humphries is expected to start at right tackle in 2016.Link to story
Cardinals | Calais Campbell may receive extension Wed Jul 20, 03:29 PM
Arizona Cardinals DE Calais Campbell is a player that the Cardinals would like to sign to a contract extension. General manager Steve Keim said there is no timetable for a possible extension for Campbell.
|Footballguys view: The Cardinals don't have much cap room to work with, but investing in Campbell would be a wise move. The team is likely to deal with FS Tyrann Mathieu first, then we'll see if Campbell can get a new big-money deal.|
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Cardinals | Evan Mathis should be ready Wed Jul 20, 03:29 PM
Arizona Cardinals OG Evan Mathis (ankle) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, according to general manager Steve Keim.Link to story
Cardinals | Some Arizona players may be on PUP list Wed Jul 20, 03:15 PM
Arizona Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu (knee), DT Frostee Rucker (ankle) and LB Zack Wagenmann (foot) appear to be candidates to start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list. General manager Steve Keim said three or four players likely will be placed on the PUP list.
|Footballguys view: The PUP list to start training camp is not a big deal. Players on the list can be activated at any time.|
Frostee Rucker player page
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Bills | Several Bills players may be limited Wed Jul 20, 03:10 PM
Buffalo Bills DT Kyle Williams (knee), WR Kolby Listenbee (hernia), WR Marcus Easley (knee), OT Seantrel Henderson (illness) and CB Stephon Gilmore (shoulder) may be limited at the start of training camp because of injuries.Link to story
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Bills | Dan Carpenter will be in competition Wed Jul 20, 03:09 PM
Buffalo Bills PK Dan Carpenter will have to compete with PK Marshall Morgan for a spot on the 53-man roster even though he agreed to restructure his contract this offseason.Link to story
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Jets | Important year for Jace Amaro Wed Jul 20, 02:34 PM
New York Jets TE Jace Amaro is the projected starter for the Jets after he missed all of last year with a shoulder injury. He has worked hard on his blocking and believes he's improved in that area. However, he must earn the trust of offensive coordinator Chan Gailey and head coach Todd Bowles. The Jets tight ends combined for just eight catches on 23 targets in 2015.
|Footballguys view: Amaro seems to be in another make-or-break year. He's physically talented, but that potential has never translated to production in the NFL. We can't imagine he gets more than 30 or so catches this year if he stays healthy. There's just not much there with Amaro.|
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Jets | Muhammad Wilkerson will be ready Wed Jul 20, 02:33 PM
New York Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson (leg) said he will be ready for the season opener but can't predict when he'll be available in training camp. He is recovering from a broken right leg suffered in the season finale in 2015.
|Footballguys view: That's good news for Wilkerson, but we don't think the Jets will have him do much in the preseason. Monitor his status leading up to the regular season. With Wilkerson on the field, the Jets are going to be a tough defense to run against. Remember that when considering RBs going up against them. In 2015, the Jets gave up only 83.4 rushing yards per game--a mark good for 2nd in the NFL.|
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NFL | Amini Silatolu visits multiple teams Wed Jul 20, 01:26 PM
Free-agent OT Amini Silatolu (Panthers) has visited with the Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers.Link to story
Texans | Will Fuller not expected to start Wed Jul 20, 11:47 AM
Houston Texans WR Will Fuller isn't expected to start in Week 1, but his role should increase as the season progresses, according to beat writer Tania Ganguli.
|Footballguys view: The Texans selected Fuller in the first round of the 2016 NFL draft for good reason. He's a player with the speed to get by defenders in the blink of an eye. Fuller can use differing speeds to lull CBs to sleep, then turn on the jets to burn them. He needs to show better concentration at times as Fuller will sometimes try to do too much as he's worried about after the catch before securing the pass. We like his developmental upside for dynasty owners.|
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Patriots | LeGarrette Blount on the bubble? Wed Jul 20, 10:51 AM
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount's (hip) roster spot isn't a given, but there shouldn't be any issues if he returns from his season-ending hip injury and runs hard.
|Footballguys view: Doesn't it feel like Blount is on the bubble almost every year? He'll continue to grind down defenses with his powerful rushing style, but Blount is not as fantasy relevant as Dion Lewis. Expect the Patriots to lean on their rushing attack over the first four games of the year while Tom Brady is suspended. That could mean more work for Blount. We see him as a RB4 for fantasy owners in 2016.|
LeGarrette Blount player page
Bills | Shaq Lawson's timetable cloudy Wed Jul 20, 10:23 AM
Buffalo Bills LB Shaq Lawson (shoulder) could miss half the season, or possibly the entire season, according to ESPN's Louis Riddick. However, a source told WGR 550's Sal Capaccio, Lawson isn't expected to miss that much time. The source also said a definitive timetable hasn't been set for Lawson.
|Footballguys view: Lawson had shoulder surgery back in May, and the timetable for recovery should be about six months. We wouldn't be surprised to see the talented rookie put on the PUP list to begin the regular season. We'll learn more about this as training camp goes on.|
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Dolphins | DeVante Parker may see single coverages Wed Jul 20, 09:45 AM
Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker could face a lot of one-on-one coverages with WR Jarvis Landry likely to command double coverage in the slot.
|Footballguys view: Parker should be able to take advantage of those situations. He's an ascending player in a great offense with Adam Gase taking over for the Dolphins. We like Parker as a WR3 with upside in 2016. His current ADP is WR32 (6.06) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
DeVante Parker player page
Broncos | Shane Ray adds to arsenal Wed Jul 20, 09:44 AM
Denver Broncos DE/LB Shane Ray has added a couple of power maneuvers to his speed-rushing skill set this offseason. Ray could play a larger role with LB DeMarcus Ware's role expected to change at age 33.
|Footballguys view: We think Ray could get 5-7 sacks this year for the Broncos. Ware is going to be a part-time player, and that opens the door for guys like Ray and Shaq Barrett. The Broncos moved up to get Ray in the first round of the draft last year, and he flashed amazing potential as a rookie in 2015. One thing is certain, there is no shortage of pass-rushers in Denver.|
DeMarcus Ware player page
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Buccaneers | Jameis Winston drops 20 pounds Wed Jul 20, 08:54 AM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston has dropped 20 pounds this offseason, according to his farther, Antonor.
|Footballguys view: Winston has always been a bit bulky as a QB, and losing some of his 'happy weight' could improve his stamina. We're anxious to see if Winston takes that next step in his second year as a pro. The upside is through the roof with this guy, and we love the weapons around him in the Bucs' passing game. Winston is a low-end QB2 for fantasy owners in 2016.|
Jameis Winston player page
Lions | Marvin Jones to be under microscope Wed Jul 20, 02:48 AM
Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones will be under the microscope during training camp and the preseason as the team sees how fluid he looks in a system that could reward his skill set.
|Footballguys view: The Lions need all the help they can get at the WR position after Calvin Johnson retired, and that's why they went out and added Jones. He's a smooth athlete with the ability to get on top of a defense in a hurry. Golden Tate is the team's primary WR for 2016, but we think Jones could perform like a WR3 for fantasy owners.|
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