Fantasy Football News & Views
Chargers | Philip Rivers in line for extension (Thu Jan 17, 08:06 PM) [jump to this story]
Bears | Jordan Howard has little trade value? (Thu Jan 17, 12:58 AM) [jump to this story]
Steelers | No Antonio Brown trade talks yet (Wed Jan 16, 09:39 PM) [jump to this story]
Jaguars | Jacksonville could pursue Nick Foles (Wed Jan 16, 03:00 PM) [jump to this story]
NFL | Mike Smith retires Tue Jan 15, 09:06 AM
Former Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said on Sirius XM Tuesday, Jan. 15, that he has no desire to coach again.Link to story
Chargers | LA Chargers sign seven to futures deals Tue Jan 15, 02:38 AM
Free-agent DE Patrick Afriyie, LB Tre'Von Johnson, QB Cardale Jones, WR Justice Liggins, TE Vince Mayle, WR Andre Patton and CB Arrion Springs signed futures contracts with the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday, Jan. 14.
|Footballguys view: He's a quarterback, so we'll keep an eye on Jones in crazy deep dynasty formats. He's got a big arm and some mobility but he's done little to impress in the pros. We'll see if that can change as he continues to develop with the Chargers.|
Vince Mayle player page
Cardale Jones player page
Dolphins | Miami to hire Marvin Allen as assistant GM Tue Jan 15, 01:57 AM
Buffalo Bills national scout Marvin Z. Allen is set to become the assistant general manager of the Miami Dolphins soon, according to league sources.Link to story
Bills | Robert Foster in rare air as a rookie Tue Jan 15, 01:43 AM
Buffalo Bills WR Robert Foster led the NFL with 20 yards per catch (minimum 25 receptions) and is one of only four players since 2015 to record three 100-yard receiving games in their rookie season.
|Footballguys view: Undrafted out of Alabama in 2018, Foster took some time before he made an impact. It was Week 10 of the 2018 season when Foster burst onto the scene with a three-catch, 105-yard performance. He is a big play target who finished his rookie season with 27 catches for 541 receiving yards and three touchdowns.|
Chiefs | Two defenders day-to-day Mon Jan 14, 10:26 PM
Kansas City Chiefs SS Eric Berry (heel) and LB Dorian O'Daniel (ankle, calf) are considered day-to-day.Link to story
Eric Berry player page
Dorian O'Daniel player page
Chiefs | Decision on Laurent Duvernay-Tardif soon Mon Jan 14, 10:20 PM
Kansas City Chiefs OT Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (leg) has been practicing few a few weeks, and the Chiefs will have to decide if he will be activated from the Reserve/Injured list or miss the rest of the season by Tuesday, Jan. 15.Link to story
Chiefs | Spencer Ware day-to-day Mon Jan 14, 10:15 PM
Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (hamstring) is considered day-to-day because of his hamstring injury, according to head coach Andy Reid.
|Footballguys view: Hamstring injuries can linger and Ware has certainly been bit by the injury bug in recent weeks. Even if he's healthy, Ware would only be a backup to Damien Williams in the Chiefs backfield.|
Spencer Ware player page
Vikings | Klint Kubiak officially hired Mon Jan 14, 09:19 PM
Updating a previous report, the Minnesota Vikings have hired Denver Broncos offensive assistant Klint Kubiak as their quarterbacks coach.
|Footballguys view: Klint is the son of Gary Kubiak, Super Bowl winning coach and new offensive advisor for the Vikings. We should see Klint rise up the coaching ranks in a similar fashion to how Kyle Shanahan did the same thing (son of a Super Bowl winning coach) years ago.|
Klint Kubiak player page
Vikings | Minnesota adds Brian Pariani to staff Mon Jan 14, 09:14 PM
The Minnesota Vikings have hired former Denver Broncos tight ends coach Brian Pariani as their new tight ends coach.
|Footballguys view: Pariani is part of the "Kubiak Crew" the Vikings hired this week. He'll be in charge of TE Kyle Rudolph and getting the most out of his targets from QB Kirk Cousins.|
Colts | Deon Cain may push for starting job Mon Jan 14, 08:56 PM
Indianapolis Colts WR Deon Cain (knee) could be an option for the No. 2 receiver job next season if he can recover from his torn anterior cruciate ligament.
|Footballguys view: Cain was a very intriguing prospect last year coming out of Clemson, and that's why the Colts selected him in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL draft. Measuring in at 6'2" 205 pounds, Cain has a great size/speed combination. He gets into his routes quickly and looks to be smooth in and out of his breaks. If he's healthy and plays up to his potential, Cain can be a capable no.2 receiver. Dynasty GMs need to keep an eye on him.|
Deon Cain player page
Seahawks | Jamie Meder receives futures deal Mon Jan 14, 08:21 PM
The Seattle Seahawks signed DE Jamie Meder to a Reserve/Futures contract Monday, Jan. 14. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Link to story
Jamie Meder player page
Eagles | Philly signs 10 to futures deals Mon Jan 14, 08:07 PM
The Philadelphia Eagles signed LB Asantay Brown, C Anthony Fabiano, OG Kaleb Johnson, CB Jeremiah McKinnon, WR Braxton Miller, WR Dorren Miller, DE Joe Ostman, RB Donnel Pumphrey, CB Chandon Sullivan and TE Will Tye to Reserve/Futures contracts Monday, Jan. 14. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Braxton Miller was a third-round pick of the Texans in the 2016 NFL draft but he failed to develop as a receiver. He's incredibly athletic and can be a weapon on offense. We'll stubbornly monitor him but only in super deep dynasty formats. Pumphrey and Tye are worth keeping an eye on in those leagues as well.|
Will Tye player page
Braxton Miller player page
Donnel Pumphrey player page
Giants | Two signed to futures contracts Mon Jan 14, 07:54 PM
The New York Giants signed OG Chad Slade and DE Avery Moss to Reserve/Futures contracts Monday, Jan. 14. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.Link to story
Avery Moss player page
Patriots | Ryker Mathews joins Patriots Mon Jan 14, 07:50 PM
The New England Patriots signed OT Ryker Mathews to a Reserve/Futures contract Monday, Jan. 14. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Link to story
Chargers | Los Angeles adds Ty Long Mon Jan 14, 07:28 PM
The Los Angeles Chargers signed P Ty Long to a Reserve/Futures contract Monday, Jan. 14. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Link to story
Cowboys | Dallas signs seven to futures deals Mon Jan 14, 07:24 PM
The Dallas Cowboys signed OT Jake Campos, RB Jordan Chunn, CB Treston Decoud, CB Donovan Olumba, LB Kyle Queiro, DT Aziz Shittu and OG Cody Wichmann to Reserve/Futures contracts Monday, Jan. 14. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Measuring in at 6'1" 235 pounds, Chunn is a big back to monitor in crazy deep dynasty leagues. While in college at Troy he showed the ability to handle a large workload and a big nose for the end zone (47 rushing TDs in college). He's actually a better receiver than some think a big man would be (84 receptions for Troy).|
Eagles | Brandon Graham hopes to return Mon Jan 14, 07:13 PM
Philadelphia Eagles impending free-agent DE Brandon Graham said he hopes to re-sign with the Eagles this offseason.Link to story
Brandon Graham player page
Cowboys | Travis Frederick to return for OTAs? Mon Jan 14, 06:38 PM
Dallas Cowboys C Travis Frederick (illness, shoulder) could be healthy enough to participate in the Cowboys' offseason program, according to head coach Jason Garrett. Frederick is dealing with Guillain-Barre syndrome - an auto-immune disorder that caused him to miss all of the 2018 season. Furthermore, Frederick is recovering from recent surgery on a torn labrum. He is now focused on regaining strength and conditioning.Link to story
Saints | Mark Ingram wants to stay Mon Jan 14, 06:00 PM
New Orleans Saints impending free-agent RB Mark Ingram has expressed his desire to remain with the team that drafted him eight years ago.
|Footballguys view: Ingram had back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons in 2016 and 2017 but 2018 saw him play in only 12 games due to a suspension. He finished the 2018 regular season with 138 carries for 645 rushing yard and six touchdowns. Ingram said he loves the team, the organization and the city.|
Mark Ingram II player page
Cardinals | Arizona hires James Saxon Mon Jan 14, 05:37 PM
Former Pittsburgh Steelers running backs coach James Saxon was hired by the Arizona Cardinals for the same position Monday, Jan. 14.Link to story
49ers | Kris Kocurek joins San Francisco Mon Jan 14, 05:33 PM
Former Miami Dolphins defensive line coach Kris Kocurek was hired by the San Francisco 49ers for the same position Monday, Jan. 14, according to a source.Link to story
Steelers | Shaun Sarrett takes over offensive line Mon Jan 14, 05:28 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach Shaun Sarrett will take over as the offensive line coach with Mike Munchak leaving for the Denver Broncos.Link to story
Redskins | Washington wants Jamison Crowder back Mon Jan 14, 05:13 PM
Washington Redskins impending free-agent WR Jamison Crowder, despite his struggles and injury concerns, could demand a contract worth at least $8 million this offseason. Nonetheless, head coach Jay Gruden wants to try to retain Crowder. 'There is really not anything that Jamison can't do,' Gruden said. 'You look at his size and say he's little, but he plays big. He's got great quickness in intermediate routes, can separate, has good hands, he's tough, he's physical in the running game.'
|Footballguys view: Crowder could stay with the team for a good price. While talented, Crowder has been oft-injured as a pro and that might keep the market for his services somewhat cool. Crowder played better later in the year, but he was hampered by an ankle injury that caused him to miss seven games.|
Jamison Crowder player page
NFL | Kyler Murray declares for draft Mon Jan 14, 03:32 PM
Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray announced Monday, Jan. 14, that he will forego his senior season to enter the 2019 NFL Draft. The decision is not set in stone, however, as Murray can still choose to pursue professional baseball.
|Footballguys view: This is the way he has been leaning for quite some time. Murray, the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner, is electric with the ball in his hands and can make crazy off-platform passes seem like good ideas. He's small, measuring in at 5'10" 195 pounds but he can run and throw on the run with accuracy. Murray is likely to be a first-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft.|
Colts | Three players signed by Colts Mon Jan 14, 03:23 PM
The Indianapolis Colts signed S Isaiah Johnson (Buccaneers), CB D.J. Killings (Packers) and WR Jordan Veasy (Jaguars) to Reserve/Futures deals Monday, Jan. 14.Link to story
Chiefs | Sammy Watkins unscathed Mon Jan 14, 03:14 PM
Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) said his foot feels fine following the Chiefs' divisional playoff win, according to head coach Andy Reid.
|Footballguys view: The Chiefs were able to get Watkins on the field for the Divisional Round against the Colts where he finished with six catches for 62 yards. Watkins is sore from playing, but his foot injury did not worsen.|
Sammy Watkins player page
Bears | Chicago could move on from Cody Parkey Mon Jan 14, 02:43 PM
Chicago Bears PK Cody Parkey is signed through the 2021 season, but general manager Ryan Pace told reporters Monday, Jan. 14, that he knows the team has to get better at the kicker position and will make sure there is competition at that spot in 2019.Link to story
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Bears | Chicago unsure about pursing Kareem Hunt Mon Jan 14, 02:30 PM
Free-agent RB Kareem Hunt (Chiefs) reportedly spoke to Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy by phone one week ago, but the team remains noncommittal on the idea of pursuing Hunt at this point, according to Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com.
|Footballguys view: We'll have a better feel about the potential interest in Hunt once the length of his suspension is revealed. Hunt is currently undergoing investigation for three off-field incidents, including the one that got him booted from the Chiefs in the 2018 season.|
Kareem Hunt player page
Saints | Andrus Peat playing in pain Mon Jan 14, 02:17 PM
New Orleans Saints OG Andrus Peat (hand) underwent surgery on the broken hand he suffered in the regular-season finale and played 'through serious pain' in the NFC Division Round against the Philadelphia Eagles, according to a source.Link to story
Colts | Jacoby Brissett unlikely to get traded Mon Jan 14, 02:09 PM
Indianapolis Colts QB Jacoby Brissett appears unlikely to be traded during the offseason, as general manager Chris Ballard admitted Monday, Jan. 14, that 'it would take somebody doing something that would blow me away, and it has to be the right thing for the kid, too.'
|Footballguys view: Ballard revealed he turned down offers for Brissett during the 2018 season. The Colts have Brissett under contract through the 2019 season, so they may not be trading him now...but that doesn't mean he might not be available before the 2019 trade deadline.|
Jacoby Brissett player page
Bears | Anthony Miller to have shoulder surgery Mon Jan 14, 02:05 PM
Chicago Bears WR Anthony Miller (shoulder) will undergo surgery on his left shoulder at some point during the offseason, according to general manager Ryan Pace.
|Footballguys view: Miller fought this shoulder problem for most of his rookie season in 2018. He finished the year with 33 catches for 423 yards and seven touchdowns. His future is bright in the pros, especially as he'll continue to build chemistry with QB Mitchell Trubisky.|
Saints | Sheldon Rankins suffers torn Achilles' Mon Jan 14, 01:44 PM
Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints DT Sheldon Rankins (Achilles') was diagnosed with a torn Achilles' tendon Monday, Jan. 14. He is done for the season and expected to have surgery later in the week.
|Footballguys view: A first-round pick out of Louisville in the 2016 NFL draft, Rankins was a big presence in the middle of the Saints defensive line. It's a blow to the team as they continue to march forward in the playoffs. Rankins will undergo surgery then begin the long road to recovery. This Achilles' injury puts his availability for the start of the 2019 regular season in question.|
Sheldon Rankins player page
NFL | TJ Hockenson bolting for NFL Mon Jan 14, 01:07 PM
University of Iowa TE TJ Hockenson announced his intention to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft on Monday, Jan. 14.
|Footballguys view: This means two Iowa tight ends will be available in the 2019 NFL draft because Noah Fant also declared. While Fant is seen as a first-round pick, Hockenson might be a mid-round pick. He caught 49 passes for a team-best 760 yards and six touchdowns as a redshirt sophomore.|
NFL | Amani Hooker going pro Mon Jan 14, 01:01 PM
University of Iowa S Amani Hooker announced his intention to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft on Monday, Jan. 14.Link to story
49ers | Antonio Brown eyeing trade to San Fran? Mon Jan 14, 12:29 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown wants to join the San Francisco 49ers 'really badly,' according to Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, who spoke with 95.7 The Game during an interview Monday, Jan. 14.
|Footballguys view: The 49ers could certainly use a talent like Brown at the wide receiver position. Rice and Brown have reportedly 'often communicated in the past' and did so during a FaceTime chat Sunday, Jan. 13. Any team interested in Brown is going to have to surrender a second-round pick (at least) to the Steelers. Brown has a cap hit of $22.1 million in 2019 with $21.1 million remaining in dead money on his current contract.|
Antonio Brown player page
Jaguars | Gary Kubiak to meet with Jaguars Mon Jan 14, 10:54 AM
Denver Broncos senior personnel advisor Gary Kubiak will interview for the Jacksonville Jaguars' offensive coordinator post Tuesday, Jan. 15.Link to story
Jaguars | John DeFilippo interviewed with Jaguars Mon Jan 14, 10:39 AM
Former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo interviewed with the Jacksonville Jaguars for their offensive coordinator post.
|Footballguys view: DeFilippo was fired by the Vikings in December and just wasn't a good fit with Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer. The Jaguars are looking for some more creativity on offense and that's why they're looking at DeFilippo.|
Browns | Three hired by Browns Mon Jan 14, 10:35 AM
Former Arizona Cardinals running backs coach Stump Mitchell was hired by the Cleveland Browns Monday, Jan. 14, as running backs coaching/run-game coordinator. Ryan Lindley was hired as quarterbacks coach, and Jody Wright was hired as special assistant to the head coach.Link to story
Ryan Lindley player page
Cowboys | Scott Linehan likely to return Mon Jan 14, 09:53 AM
Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan is likely to return for 2019, according to head coach Jason Garrett.
|Footballguys view: Many Cowboys fans will be upset about this. The Cowboys offense showed improvement once WR Amari Cooper was added via trade. That being said, they should still look for assistants who can shake things up in Linehan's predictable system.|
Dolphins | Jim Caldwell joining Dolphins staff Mon Jan 14, 09:42 AM
Former Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell is expected to join the Miami Dolphins' staff, but he may not join as offensive coordinator.
|Footballguys view: Caldwell has a ton of experience which should come in handy for Brian Flores (who is set to be their new head coach). We should see Caldwell in some sort of advisory role with the Dolphins adding a younger coordinator too.|
Colts | Indy hands out eight futures contracts Mon Jan 14, 02:01 AM
The Indianapolis Colts signed QB Phillip Walker, WRs Krishawn Hogan and Steve Ishmael, TE Billy Brown, OLs Antonio Garcia and De'Ondre Wesley, LB Anthony Winbush and DT DeShawn Williams to Reserve/Future contracts on Sunday, Jan. 13.
|Footballguys view: Undrafted out of Marian University in 2017, Hogan is one player we've been monitoring in crazy deep dynasty formats. He's fought through injuries as a pro, but Hogan has a nice size/speed combination at 6'3" 223 pounds.|
Krishawn Hogan player page
Raiders | Oakland hires Brentson Buckner Mon Jan 14, 01:20 AM
The Oakland Raiders hired Brentson Buckner (Buccaneers) as their defensive line coach on Sunday, Jan. 13.Link to story
Brentson Buckner player page
Browns | Cleveland hiring Todd Monken as OC Mon Jan 14, 12:08 AM
The Cleveland Browns are hiring Todd Monken (Buccaneers) as their offensive coordinator, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
|Footballguys view: Monken did a good job of calling plays for the Buccaneers for most of last season. He teams up with new head coach Freddie Kitchens to give the Browns some offensive punch in 2019. We'll see if Monken gets to call plays for Baker Mayfield and company on offense or if Kitchens wants to do that this season.|
Broncos | Jake Butt eyeing training camp Sun Jan 13, 11:37 PM
Denver Broncos RB Jake Butt (knee) said he will be fully healthy by training camp at the latest. 'I'm progressing and I have goals,' Butt said. 'I want to at least be doing something during OTAs. I feel really good.'
|Footballguys view: Butt now has three major knee injuries (two in college, one in the pros) that he's come back from. He's a fine 'Y' tight end when healthy but he has struggled to stay healthy in two seasons with the Broncos. Dynasty GMs know the medium reward of Butt staying healthy also comes with the likelihood that he might never be the player he could've been due to these knee problems.|
Jake Butt player page
Eagles | Broken ribs for Alshon Jeffery? Sun Jan 13, 10:03 PM
Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery (ribs) was playing with broken ribs against the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Divisional Round Sunday, Jan. 13, according to OT Lane Johnson.
|Footballguys view: Jeffery toughed it out for the playoffs but came up short on Sunday. Signed through 2021, Jeffery has plenty of time to heal in the offseason. He's set to be the Eagles top outside wide receiver once again in 2019.|
Alshon Jeffery player page
NFL | Mack Wilson turning pro Sun Jan 13, 09:51 PM
Alabama LB Mack Wilson announced Sunday, Jan. 13, that he will forgo his senior season and enter the 2019 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Wilson now makes seven Alabama players who are entering early to the NFL. He's considered one of the top inside linebackers in this class. Wilson finished the 2018 season with 71 tackles, two interceptions and seven quarterback hurries.|
Chargers | Antonio Gates open to 2019 return Sun Jan 13, 09:33 PM
Los Angeles Chargers TE Antonio Gates said he wants to return in 2019 if the Chargers will have him back.
|Footballguys view: Gates is certainly not the player he used to be and is in the twilight of his pro career. In 2018, Gates had the second-lowest catch total in a single season (28) but he did finish with 333 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He still has great chemistry with QB Philip Rivers and could stick around in a similar role for next season. Gates is set to be an unrestriced free agent in 2019.|
Antonio Gates player page
Saints | Keith Kirkwood scores in playoff win Sun Jan 13, 09:14 PM
New Orleans Saints WR Keith Kirkwood caught both of his targets for eight yards and a touchdown in a 20-14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the Divisional Round Sunday, Jan. 13.Link to story
Eagles | Torn Achilles' for Brandon Brooks Sun Jan 13, 09:07 PM
Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Eagles OG Brandon Brooks (Achilles') suffered a torn Achilles' tendon against the New Orleans Saints Sunday, Jan. 13.Link to story
Saints | Benjamin Watson quiet in win Sun Jan 13, 08:48 PM
New Orleans Saints TE Benjamin Watson finished with one catch for 12 yards in a 20-14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the divisional round Sunday, Jan. 13.Link to story
Ben Watson player page