Fantasy Football News & Views
Steelers | Joshua Dobbs signs contract (Mon May 22, 04:38 PM) [jump to this story]
NFL | Gary Barnidge has talked to multiple teams (Mon May 22, 04:01 PM) [jump to this story]
Bengals | Giovani Bernard will be limited at OTAs (Mon May 22, 03:50 PM) [jump to this story]
Raiders | Derek Carr to have extension by training camp? (Mon May 22, 02:57 PM) [jump to this story]
Bears | Victor Cruz happy with Chicago visit Fri May 19, 05:40 PM
Free-agent WR Victor Cruz (Giants) said he had an extremely positive visit with the Chicago Bears earlier this week.Link to story
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Dolphins | Mike Pouncey expected to be limited Fri May 19, 04:46 PM
Miami Dolphins C Mike Pouncey (hip) is expected to be limited during training camp and may not play in any preseason games because of his hip.
|Footballguys view: The Dolphins will continue to monitor Pouncey's hip, even when the games count. He is likely to practice sparingly during the regular season in hopes that he will be ready for each Sunday.|
Dolphins | Miami not adding Nick Mangold Fri May 19, 04:38 PM
The Miami Dolphins have no intention in signing free-agent C Nick Mangold (Jets) at this time, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: Mangold will likely get a job somewhere, but he may have to wait until injuries start to happen in training camp. He's only had one visit in free agency (Ravens) and is still recovering from ankle surgery.|
NFL | Cody Wallace receiving interest Fri May 19, 04:29 PM
Free-agent C Cody Wallace (knee) is receiving interest from the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints. Wallace said he is still recovering from the knee injury he suffered during the 2016 season.Link to story
Buccaneers | Tampa Bay did not consider Colin Kaepernick Fri May 19, 04:28 PM
Free-agent QB Colin Kaepernick (49ers) was not considered as an option for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when they decided to sign QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: We could see Kaepernick wind up in Seattle as a backup behind Russell Wilson. The Bucs wanted a veteran to compete with Ryan Griffin to be the backup behind Jameis Winston.|
Colin Kaepernick player page
Browns | Cleveland claims Chris Barker Fri May 19, 04:13 PM
New England Patriots OG Chris Barker was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Browns Friday, May 19. The Browns also waived DT Gabe Wright.Link to story
Packers | Josh Jones signs contract Fri May 19, 04:13 PM
Green Bay Packers second-round draft choice S Josh Jones signed his four-year contract with the Packers Friday, May 19. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Jones is an intimidating player who thrives on playing close to the line of scrimmage. Last year for the Wolfpack of NC State, Jones led the team with 109 tackles (four for loss) and three interceptions, also breaking up eight passes. He loves the violence of hitting, but Jones will have to show better in coverage at the pro level.|
Colts | Tarell Basham signs rookie deal with Indy Fri May 19, 04:10 PM
Indianapolis Colts third-round pick DE Tarell Basham signed his four-year rookie contract Friday, May 19. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed.
|Footballguys view: Basham has the size (6'4" 269 pounds) and heart that scouts love. He's a player who gives full effort on the field on every snap, and the nuances of his game are developing in the right direction. Basham has the length, burst and strong hands to be disruptive as a pass rusher. He does lack a ton of moves when getting after the quarterback, but that can be taught at the pro level. The rookie from Ohio has starter's upside if he continues to develop.|
Browns | Caleb Brantley inks deal with Cleveland Fri May 19, 04:07 PM
Cleveland Browns sixth-round pick DT Caleb Brantley signed his four-year rookie contract Friday, May 19. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed.
|Footballguys view: Brantley has the strength to be a force in the middle of the defensive line. He can work outside at end and help contain the run, but he also can move inside to tackle and stack up double teams if need be. The rookie from Florida will work as a rotational player behind Danny Shelton in 2017.|
Titans | KJ Maye let go Fri May 19, 04:04 PM
Tennessee Titans WR KJ Maye was waived Friday, May 19.Link to story
Titans | Tennessee adds two to roster Fri May 19, 03:57 PM
Free-agent WR Darius Jennings (Browns) and undrafted free-agent FB Joe Bacci signed undisclosed deals with the Tennessee Titans on Friday, May 19.
|Footballguys view: Undrafted out of Virginia in 2015, Jennings has bounced around to four different teams during his pro career. Jennings is fast and athletic, but he needs improved concentration as a receiver. He would work as a returner for the Titans if they want him to.|
Seahawks | Seattle expects to run more often in 2017 Fri May 19, 03:50 PM
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said this week the Seahawks will run the ball more often this season. The team added Eddie Lacy to a backfield that already had a pair of injury-prone players in C.J. Prosise and Thomas Rawls.
|Footballguys view: That's good news for Lacy and company. Lacy comes over from Green Bay in free agency this offseason, and he needed a fresh start. After two years of strong production with the Packers, the last two years have seen the big back struggle through weight problems and injuries. If healthy, over 1,000 yards rushing and 7-9 rushing touchdowns is possible with his new team. Fantasy owners are drafting Lacy at RB20 (5.01) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Eddie Lacy player page
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C.J. Prosise player page
Bears | Chicago inks Adam Shaheen Fri May 19, 03:42 PM
Chicago Bears second-round pick TE Adam Shaheen signed his four-year rookie contract Friday, May 19. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed.
|Footballguys view: He was called "Baby Gronk" leading up to the draft, and Shaheen was certainly a favorite of Draft Twitter. The Ashland prospect dominated the Division II level, and he did it with a size/speed combination rarely seen at that level. Shaheen measures in at 6'7" 280 pounds, and he says he got big in college eating Chipotle. He'll work behind Zach Miller this year, but Shaheen is one of our favorite rookie TEs to add in dynasty leagues.|
Bills | Dion Dawkins signs rookie deal with Buffalo Fri May 19, 03:06 PM
Buffalo Bills second-round pick OT Dion Dawkins signed his four-year rookie contract Friday, May 19. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Dawkins has the length and strength to play outside at tackle, and his athleticism isn't a problem. He's got some things to work on as a pro, as technique and hand placement are issues for the rookie from Temple.|
Texans | Deshaun Watson unsure he'll start Week 1 Fri May 19, 03:02 PM
Houston Texans first-round pick QB Deshaun Watson admitted he has 'no idea' if he'll be the Week 1 starter.
|Footballguys view: Watson will compete with Tom Savage to be the Texans starter this year. Capable of making big plays at the brightest moments, Watson should be able to win the job provided he can effectively take care of the ball. He'll challenge a defense but that has led to some costly interceptions. His transition from the spread/shotgun attack at Clemson to a pro-style attack with the Texans will take some time.|
49ers | Ran Carthon added to San Fran's front office Fri May 19, 02:07 PM
Former Los Angeles Rames director of pro personnel Ran Carthon was hired to the same post by the San Francisco 49ers on Friday, May 19.Link to story
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Browns | Myles Garrett financials Fri May 19, 01:54 PM
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett's four-year rookie contract is worth $30.4 million and is fully guaranteed. The deal also reportedly includes a $20.25 million signing bonus.Link to story
Cowboys | Colin Kaepernick not on Dallas' radar Fri May 19, 01:54 PM
Free-agent QB Colin Kaepernick (49ers) is reportedly 'not a fit' for the Dallas Cowboys, according to ESPN's Todd Archer.
|Footballguys view: The Cowboys will go with Kellen Moore as the backup behind Dak Prescott. They better hope Prescott doesn't get hurt as Moore would offer them little as the starter.|
Colin Kaepernick player page
Patriots | Agent denies Tom Brady's concussion rumors Fri May 19, 01:38 PM
Updating an ongoing story, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady was not diagnosed with a concussion last season, according to his agent.
|Footballguys view: Brady's wife, Gisele Bundchen, claimed Brady had a concussion last year even though he was never listed with one on the injury report. The Patriots have never listed Brady with a concussion.|
Tom Brady player page
Lions | Teez Tabor hoping to be ready for camp Fri May 19, 01:04 PM
Detroit Lions second-round pick CB Teez Tabor (hamstring) is still rehabbing the strained hamstring he suffered in his final pre-draft workout last month, although he expects to be cleared by start of training camp, according to the team's website.Link to story
Browns | Cleveland wraps up Myles Garrett deal Fri May 19, 12:20 PM
Cleveland Browns first-round pick DE Myles Garrett signed his four-year rookie contract Friday, May 19. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed.
|Footballguys view: The number one overall pick from Texas A&M reminds many in the scouting community of Julius Peppers because of his size/strength combination. Under defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, Garrett should be able to wreak havoc off the edge as a rookie.|
Buccaneers | Ryan Fitzpatrick terms Fri May 19, 11:13 AM
Updating an earlier report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Ryan Fitzpatrick received a one-year, $3 million deal.Link to story
Ryan Fitzpatrick player page
Giants | Adam Bisnowaty signs Fri May 19, 10:21 AM
New York Giants OT Adam Bisnowaty, a sixth-round pick, signed his rookie four-year contract Friday, May 19.Link to story
Buccaneers | Ryan Fitzpatrick signs with Tampa Fri May 19, 10:14 AM
Free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Jets) has agreed to an undisclosed contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Friday, May 19.
|Footballguys view: When they lost Mike Glennon (Bears) in free agency, the Bucs had only Ryan Griffin as the primary backup to Jameis Winston. Fitzpatrick certainly wasn't "Fitzmagic" last year with the Jets...in fact, he was downright horrible. He'll compete with Griffin to wear a ballcap and hold a clipboard in 2017.|
Ryan Fitzpatrick player page
Bills | Reggie Ragland doing drills Fri May 19, 09:47 AM
Buffalo Bills LB Reggie Ragland (knee) participated in individual drills in organized team activities Thursday, May 18.Link to story
Reggie Ragland player page
49ers | Kedric Golston works out for 49ers Fri May 19, 09:41 AM
Free-agent DT Kedric Golston (Redskins) worked out for the San Francisco 49ers, according to a source.Link to story
Kedric Golston player page
Panthers | Carolina claims Toby Johnson Fri May 19, 02:29 AM
The Carolina Panthers claimed DT Toby Johnson off waivers from the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, May 18. In a corresponding move, LB Kyle Kragen was released.Link to story
Ravens | Chris Wormley signs contract Fri May 19, 02:26 AM
Baltimore Ravens DT Chris Wormley, one of the team's third-round selections, signed his rookie contract Wednesday, May 17.Link to story
Rams | Cooper Kupp opens eyes Thu May 18, 11:29 PM
Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp stood out in rookie minicamp, according to head coach Sean McVay, and McVay praised Kupp for his consistency.
|Footballguys view: Kupp should be opening eyes, as he's really a talented player. Coming out of Eastern Washington, Kupp looks like Eric Decker because of his hands and route-running ability. He was a productive slot receiver in college, but he could move outside in the pros too.|
Chargers | Keenan Allen already up to speed Thu May 18, 11:21 PM
Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen (knee) is already running routes at full speed in practice, and he said Tuesday, May 16, that he surprised himself with how well he is able to compete.
|Footballguys view: Good news for the Chargers here. We all know Allen is incredibly talented when healthy...but it's the staying healthy part that is a problem for him. He's only played in nine games over the last two years combined. When healthy, Allen can be a fantasy factor and the favorite target of QB Philip Rivers. Expect the team to ease him along during OTAs with the idea that he could fully participate when training camp starts.|
Keenan Allen player page
Chargers | Mike Williams dealing with back issue Thu May 18, 11:20 PM
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) is dealing with some soreness in his lower back and won't be rushed back to practice, according to head coach Anthony Lynn.
|Footballguys view: Williams was a top-10 pick in the 2017 NFL draft, and he reminds some in the scouting community of Plaxico Burress. He's big, has a large wingspan and can win at the catch point regularly. Expect the team to take it easy on him as he deals with this back injury.|
Raiders | Derek Carr eyeing extension Thu May 18, 10:30 PM
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr wants to work out a contract extension this offseason, and general manager Reggie McKenzie said he is confident that a deal will be agreed upon. 'We're going to do everything to make sure this contract gets done,' McKenzie said.
|Footballguys view: This is the biggest no-brainer in the history of Earth. Sign Carr to a big money deal, do it as soon as you can, and smile while you write the check. Carr is one of the best young quarterbacks in the league, and he's made the Raiders into a Super Bowl contender. They should get this contract out of the way so it doesn't become a distraction.|
Derek Carr player page
Eagles | LeGarrette Blount likes new QB Thu May 18, 10:19 PM
Philadelphia Eagles RB LeGarrette Blount said QB Carson Wentz is 'one of those guys you want to build a team around' and 'has the potential to be a really special player.'
|Footballguys view: Wentz is a player that the whole staff...and now a new teammate...are excited to work with. He struggled as his rookie season went on last year, but now Wentz has better weapons around him. The addition of WRs Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith should help him stay consistent as a passer.|
LeGarrette Blount player page
Carson Wentz player page
Steelers | Jesse James to be No. 1 tight end Thu May 18, 10:00 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Jesse James will be the 'main guy' at the tight end position this year, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.
|Footballguys view: At 6'7" 261 pounds, James can be a red-zone force...if not more...for the Steelers in 2017. He caught 39 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns last year, but in the postseason James caught 10 passes for 131 yards in the Divisional Round and AFC Championship Game. He moves into the top spot with the release of Ladarius Green.|
Jesse James player page
Vikings | Michael Floyd to practice soon Thu May 18, 09:49 PM
Minnesota Vikings WR Michael Floyd will begin practicing next week after having the remainder of his 96-day house arrest transferred from Arizona to Minnesota, according to a league source.
|Footballguys view: Floyd is back home in Minnesota, and it might be the answer after hitting rock bottom last year with this "extreme DUI" that caused him to be under house arrest. If healthy and motivated, Floyd can push for a role behind Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen.|
Michael Floyd player page
Bengals | Jox Mixon's versatility praised Thu May 18, 09:34 PM
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon's versatility will make it harder for defenses to know what the offense is doing, according to QB Andy Dalton.
|Footballguys view: Mixon has drawn comparisons to Le'Veon Bell (Steelers) because of his versatility. We see him as a full-time back and certainly a strong fantasy asset. The Bengals will have to hammer out the touches in the backfield between Mixon, Gio Bernard and Jeremy Hill.|
Andy Dalton player page
Buccaneers | Mike Evans pumped for DeSean Jackson Thu May 18, 09:19 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans said it will be 'awesome' to play with WR DeSean Jackson, and he believes they 'could be one of the best tandems in the league.'
|Footballguys view: Evans is a tremendous receiver and Jackson - even if the current version is a shadow of the younger one - should draw sufficient attention to give Evans more room to produce yards and touchdowns. Add in another year of experience for Jameis Winston and Evans' value continues to trend upward.|
DeSean Jackson player page
Mike Evans player page
Broncos | Jamaal Charles not a lock for roster Thu May 18, 09:09 PM
Denver Broncos RB Jamaal Charles has a 50 percent chance to make the 53-man roster, according to beat writer Mike Klis.
|Footballguys view: Charles suffered a meniscus injury in the same right knee that had ACL surgery after a season-ending injury in 2015 and ended up having surgery on both knees after his 2016 ended. He should be ready for training camp, but how ready will that be? It feels like he's going to be behind the eight ball with CJ Anderson and Devontae Booker having plenty of time to get used to the offense. Charles hasn't really been great the last few seasons anyway and we think he's on the wrong side of his career and is likely destined for a minimal role in Denver.|
Jamaal Charles player page
Seahawks | Eddie Lacy has more incentives Thu May 18, 05:58 PM
Seattle Seahawks RB Eddie Lacy can earn $1.3 million if he rushes for at least 1,200 yards this season. Rushing for a minimum of 800 yards will cash him in for $250,000, 900 yards will be $500,000, 1,000 yards will be $750,000 and $1,100 yards would earn him $1 million.
|Footballguys view: Lacy has plenty of reasons not to be overweight this year, and we'll see if he can stay on track in 2017. He has already gained $55,000 for not exceeding 255 pounds.|
Eddie Lacy player page
Patriots | New England waives one, signs two Thu May 18, 05:42 PM
New England Patriots OG Chris Barker was waived Thursday, May 18, while undrafted free-agent TE Sam Cotton (Nebraska) and rookie DE Deatrich Wise Jr. were signed to undisclosed deals.
|Footballguys view: Cotton is a player we'll watch, but only in the deepest of deep dynasty leagues. He's all potential after only collecting 17 passes for 185 yards and three touchdowns during four seasons with the Cornhuskers. He's got a dash of A.J. Derby (Broncos) to his game.|
Cardinals | Arizona signs Chad Williams Thu May 18, 05:36 PM
Arizona Cardinals WR Chad Williams signed his four-year rookie deal Thursday, May 18. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Williams performed well against lower-level competition at Grambling State, but he has talent that was on full display at the Senior Bowl earlier this year. He was heavily targeted in the Grambling offense and has crazy body control to pull in passes above his head or near the sideline. He needs work on his route-running ability, and adjusting to low passes is something else that needs attention.|
Steelers | JuJu Smith-Schuster to have slot role? Thu May 18, 05:30 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers rookie WR JuJu Smith-Schuster has the size and ability to serve as a successful slot receiver if that's where the Steelers want him to play, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler.
|Footballguys view: Smith-Schuster has some great hands and catch radius, and looks like he has the makings of a solid possession receiver. Scouts regularly compared Smith-Schuster to Anquan Boldin because of his aggression at the catch point. That slot WR role could give him more production than expected with the newly reinstated Martavis Bryant, Eli Rogers and Darrius Heyward-Bay around fighting for the scraps Antonio Brown leaves behind.|
Ravens | Breshad Perriman building chemistry Thu May 18, 05:16 PM
Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman is developing a rapport with QB Joe Flacco. Perriman feels like he has a rhythm with Flacco now after working out with his quarterback for several weeks this offseason. 'We've been working every day running routes,' Perriman said. 'I feel like it's been paying off and we're getting on the same page.'
|Footballguys view: Good news for the Ravens here. Flacco desperately needs weapons and the Ravens didn't help him out during the draft. So a guy like Perriman, who showed well in college, could be in for a lot of targets if he elevates his game.|
Breshad Perriman player page
Patriots | James Ferentz signed by Patriots Thu May 18, 04:55 PM
Free-agent C James Ferentz (Broncos) was signed to an undisclosed deal by the New England Patriots Thursday, May 18.Link to story
49ers | San Francisco hosting Cedric Reed Thu May 18, 04:47 PM
Free-agent DE Cedric Reed (Bills) is working out for the San Francisco 49ers Thursday, May 18.Link to story
Bills | Zay Jones signs rookie deal Thu May 18, 04:38 PM
Buffalo Bills WR Zay Jones signed his four-year rookie contract Thursday, May 18. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Jones is currently sidelined with a knee issue, but should be ready for camp. A productive receiver in college who looked faster at the Senior Bowl than was expected, Jones could be a solid producer across from Sammy Watkins. Jones also has the potential to replace Watkins if the Bills let the veteran walk as a free agent next offseason.|
Texans | Houston hires Jimmy Raye III Thu May 18, 04:09 PM
Former Indianapolis Colts vice president of football operations Jimmy Raye III was hired by the Houston Texas Thursday, May 18, as the assistant general manager, according to a source.Link to story
Steelers | Pittsburgh signs Terrell Watson Thu May 18, 03:27 PM
Free-agent RB Terrell Watson (Eagles) signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday, May 18.
|Footballguys view: Watson is a big running back who looks like he should run with power. He also has a history of fumbling problems, and he runs too upright between the tackles. Watson is likely just a camp body.|
Terrell Watson player page
Steelers | Ladarius Green released Thu May 18, 03:19 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green was released Thursday, May 18.
|Footballguys view: Not a shock given his concussion and ankle issues that held him to only six games last year. Green has always had the potential to do more, but he's been mostly a tease for fantasy owners. His future in the NFL may be coming to a close due to health problems. It will be interesting to see who the Steelers bring in to compete with Jesse James.|
Ladarius Green player page
Broncos | Decision-making big for Denver quarterbacks Thu May 18, 02:36 PM
Denver Broncos QBs Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch will need to make good decisions in order to win the starting position, according to head coach Vance Joseph. 'The guy who makes great decisions with the football, not turning the ball over, and the guy who lets his teammates play for him, that's the guy I want to lead our football team,' Joseph said. '[Decisions-making] is the biggest factor in this decision I'm going to make.'
|Footballguys view: We think VP John Elway and Joseph would be leaning towards Lynch, but he has to prove he deserves the job. Both quarterbacks made some boneheaded plays last year and the Broncos cannot afford to waste another year with those same issues plaguing them. The other wild card is Chad Kelly. Mr Irrelevant 2017 may have more pure skill than either of the other quarterbacks, but he needs to prove he is healthy and be more poised and less 'Outlaw Country' off the field. Kelly is unlikely to be in the mix this year, but in 2018 he could make more of a push if Siemian/Lynch don't overly impress.|
Trevor Siemian player page
Paxton Lynch player page