Fantasy Football News & Views
Dolphins | Jarvis Landry can improve (Tue May 31, 11:28 AM) [jump to this story]
Panthers | Kelvin Benjamin moving well (Tue May 31, 10:18 AM) [jump to this story]
Jets | Eric Decker, Brandon Marshall back (Tue May 31, 10:13 AM) [jump to this story]
Redskins | Kirk Cousins staying prepared (Tue May 31, 05:54 AM) [jump to this story]
Eagles | Carson Wentz off to fast start (Tue May 31, 05:48 AM) [jump to this story]
Saints | Coby Fleener could help in red zone (Mon May 30, 03:58 PM) [jump to this story]
Lions | Film different for Matthew Stafford (Mon May 30, 02:30 PM) [jump to this story]
Packers | Two roster moves made Thu May 26, 05:33 PM
Green Bay Packers QB Ryan X. Williams was waived Thursday, May 26. Undrafted free-agent QB Marquise X. Williams (North Carolina) was subsequently signed.
|Footballguys view: Much like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, this just gives the guy in charge of the roster something to do. Ultimately, it is unlikely either gentleman is on the roster come the end of August.|
Texans | Braxton Miller signs rookie deal Thu May 26, 05:29 PM
Houston Texans WR Braxton Miller signed his four-year rookie deal Thursday, May 26. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: We love Miller's size and athleticism but he is very raw and no better than third on the target list, assuming he can beat out Jaelen Strong. Rumors have the coaching staff frustrated with Strong, so there's a chance. Still, Miller is exceptionally raw, especially with only a year of college ball at receiver under his belt.|
Lions | Tim Wright waived Thu May 26, 05:11 PM
Detroit Lions TE Tim Wright (undisclosed) was waived/injured Thursday, May 26.Link to story
Timothy Wright player page
Titans | Justin Hunter in better shape Thu May 26, 04:44 PM
Tennessee Titans WR Justin Hunter is up to 209 pounds from the 203 pounds he played at least year thanks to aggressive workouts and a diet change.
|Footballguys view: He probably won't end up as a starter, but his size and speed have always made him intriguing as a pro prospect. Watch how this plays out in case he surprises, but we expect Kendall Wright, Rishard Matthews and Dorial Green-Beckham to get most of the targets.|
Justin Hunter player page
Broncos | Denver QB competition open Thu May 26, 03:43 PM
Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak said Tuesday, May 25, that competition is open at quarterback in organized team activities. However, QB Mark Sanchez's experience gives him the clear edge over QBs Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch despite not having started a season opener since 2012. Sanchez must perform in training camp to hold the other two young QBs off. If he wins the job, Sanchez must limit turnovers during the season to keep the job.
|Footballguys view: As we knew it would be. We think that Sanchez will get the nod, as Lynch has a longer way to go and Siemian, while familiar with the offense, isn't more than a third-string quarterback. The weapons that are there for whomever gets the nod are impressive, with Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders on the outside to throw to. That said, we don't know we'd like anyone here as more than a QB3 as the Broncos are going to be one of the most run-heavy teams in the league.|
Mark Sanchez player page
Chiefs | Jeremy Maclin suffers ankle injury Thu May 26, 03:27 PM
Kansas City Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin (ankle) injured his ankle in practice Thursday, May 26, according to head coach Andy Reid. Reid said Maclin's injury is of no concern, though.
|Footballguys view: They'll be careful with him, and we'll watch this for improvement or further problems, but we're not too worried. He should be a solid WR2 in fantasy this season.|
Jeremy Maclin player page
Browns | Terrelle Pryor much improved Thu May 26, 03:07 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor said he is much improved as a receiver compared to where he was last year. '(I'm) 10 times (better than last year),' Pryor said after an OTA practice. 'I look at the film and it amazes me, and I give that to (receivers coach Al) Saunders, because just sitting there and doing the extra meeting time with him and him really breaking down certain routes to me and how he wants them run, it's awesome.' At 6-4, Pryor towers over most cornerbacks. He's playing with confidence in practices and is showing full effort.
|Footballguys view: That's good, but he still has a ways to go. He's transitioning from quarterback, so the slow improvement isn't a shock. We think Cleveland holds onto him because of the size and athleticism, but it could be some time before he is relevant as a fantasy option.|
Terrelle Pryor player page
Broncos | Brandon Marshall had finger surgery Thu May 26, 03:00 PM
Denver Broncos LB Brandon M. Marshall (finger) had surgery on his right index finger, which explains why he's been limited in organized team activities.
|Footballguys view: The surgery isn't slowing down contract negotiations. We'll see Von Miller get a new long-term deal from the Broncos before we see Marshall get a new (and well-deserved) contract. The team put a second-round tender on the talented linebacker earlier this year, but he has not signed it. Marshall is at OTAs on good faith (and with a waiver to participate).|
Brandon Marshall player page
Ravens | Michael Campanaro dealing with injury Thu May 26, 02:59 PM
Baltimore Ravens WR Michael Campanaro (calf) is dealing with a calf injury during organized team activities.
|Footballguys view: That's not good for a guy who really needed to step up this year. He's been hurt for a while, and is considered injury prone, so this just feeds into that narrative. We're not feeling too good about his chances of making the roster, forget producing anything.|
Mike Campanaro player page
Ravens | Trent Richardson has hamstring issue Thu May 26, 02:52 PM
Baltimore Ravens RB Trent Richardson (hamstring) is dealing with a hamstring injury Thursday, May 26, that he suffered last week.
|Footballguys view: Richardson has never recovered from whatever happened to him in Cleveland, and while there is room for him to make some inroads into the carries of the players ahead of him, we don't trust him. An injury in minicamp isn't changing our mind.|
Trent Richardson player page
Ravens | BAL disciplined for violations Thu May 26, 02:33 PM
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was fined, and the team will forfeit one week of organized team activities sessions for a violation of offseason work rules. The Ravens were cited for using full pads at a session in rookie minicamp in May.Link to story
Titans | Kevin Dodd had stress fracture Thu May 26, 02:03 PM
Updating an earlier report, Tennessee Titans LB Kevin Dodd (foot) learned in rookie camp that he had a stress fracture in his fifth metatarsal, and he had a screw inserted into his foot. He's expected back for training camp.
|Footballguys view: Dodd was an early second-round pick for a reason. His length/strength combination have made scouts compare him to Michael Bennett (Seahawks). Dodd is relentless in his pursuit of the QB, and when healthy he should bolster the Titans burgeoning pass rush.|
Panthers | Kelvin Benjamin back at practice Thu May 26, 01:51 PM
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) is back at practice in organized team activities Thursday, May 26, for the first time since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in training camp last year. Carolina is likely to ease him back into work, though, after he totaled 1,008 receiving yards and nine touchdowns as a rookie.
|Footballguys view: We're all about the Benjamin, who we are excited to see in this offense again. It was pretty potent without him and his production in his rookie season was outstanding. It's a good combination and right now we can see him as a solid WR2 for fantasy owners.|
Kelvin Benjamin player page
Saints | Jairus Byrd on the sidelines Thu May 26, 01:46 PM
New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd (knee) was out of practice Thursday, May 26, and working on the side with trainers.
|Footballguys view: Things were supposed to be different for Byrd when he signed with the Saints. Instead, this knee injury has slowed him down. He is rehabbing the same knee that has bothered him the last two years and should be ready for training camp.|
Jairus Byrd player page
Saints | Brandin Cooks out of practice Thu May 26, 01:46 PM
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks (undisclosed) is out of practice Thursday, May 26, and working on the side with trainers.
|Footballguys view: We're not worried about this, though we never love to see a player on the sidelines...even in OTAs. Cooks looks poised to put up WR2 numbers this year and have his second straight 1,000-yard season.|
Brandin Cooks player page
Titans | DeMarco Murray looks explosive Thu May 26, 01:43 PM
Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray has received praise from both head coach Mike Mularkey and QB Marcus Mariota during organized team activities this week. 'I certainly liked some of the cuts I saw,' Mularkey said. 'Even without pads on, those were cuts he wasn't going to get touched on. It was going to be an explosive run. You can tell when a play is going to work and not work.'
|Footballguys view: Murray is saying and doing all the right things in the wake of the drafting of rookie Derrick Henry, and it looks like the result is a continued status at the top of the food chain. We're not expecting superb fantasy numbers this year, but he should serve as a second or third fantasy back in the Titans "exotic smashmouth" backfield.|
DeMarco Murray player page
Jets | Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker absent Thu May 26, 01:39 PM
New York Jets WRs Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker are both not in attendance for organized team activities this week. Head coach Todd Bowles downplayed their absence, but Decker stayed away because he's upset that the Jets have yet to re-sign QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. The reason for Marshall's absence is unclear.
|Footballguys view: There's a lot of confusion about this, as we have conflicting reports about the absences and there is something about this that feels self-perpetuation rather than true. That said, this should have no impact on the Jets' plans. If they let players dictate policy, the team will be a disaster, guaranteed.|
Brandon Marshall player page
Eric Decker player page
Jets | Geno Smith receiving first-team reps Thu May 26, 01:38 PM
New York Jets QB Geno Smith is receiving first-team repetitions ahead of QBs Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg during organized team activities. However, the coaching staff hasn't defined the specific positions on the depth chart for the quarterbacks.
|Footballguys view: As he should. Unless one of the other two are a revelation, or Smith is a disaster, he's the starter. This could also change if (when?) Ryan Fitzpatrick gets signed, in which case Geno Smith might not even stay with the team. The Jets quarterback situation is cloudy, and we don't know what to expect from Smith in Chan Gailey's offense. He has some upside but precipitous downside.|
Geno Smith player page
Titans | Kevin Dodd undergoes surgery Thu May 26, 01:34 PM
Tennessee Titans LB Kevin Dodd (foot) underwent foot surgery Thursday, May 26, but he should return for training camp.Link to story
Cowboys | Ezekiel Elliott must earn starting job Thu May 26, 01:20 PM
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott must compete to earn a starting role this year, according to running backs coach Gary Brown. Elliott was drafted fourth overall by the Cowboys and will compete with RBs Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris. 'It's a lot faster pace,' Elliott said. 'The game moves so much faster. Yesterday, I'm not going to lie, I was a little bit shell-shocked. But today I came out. I was a little bit more prepared and was more ready mentally so it was a little bit easier for me.'
|Footballguys view: We think this is all just posturing. Elliott is an incredible talent and the moment he gets the playbook under control, we can't imagine him as a second or part-time back. It might take a while, but we think he overtakes McFadden and Morris.|
Darren McFadden player page
Alfred Morris player page
NFL | Arian Foster a month away from usual form Thu May 26, 01:17 PM
Free-agent RB Arian Foster (Achilles') said he would need about a month to get to where he needs to be physically. 'I probably need another month to get where I am, the person everyone is used to seeing,' Foster said. 'I can definitely play but I need another month to be where I want to be and be at that pro-bowl level I can be at.'
|Footballguys view: We don't know where he'll end up, if anywhere and so we have no idea what his value is. You have to wait and see what the situation is in his new "home." Put our chips on the Miami Dolphins as the team to sign Foster. However, the Patriots, Seahawks, Lions and even the Chargers could be interested.|
Arian Foster player page
Broncos | Ty Sambrailo to return to action soon Thu May 26, 12:52 PM
Denver Broncos OG Ty Sambrailo (shoulder) could be cleared for activities as soon as next week as he makes the transition from tackle to guard. He is currently doing walkthroughs and individual work.Link to story
Lions | Ameer Abdullah had offseason surgery Thu May 26, 12:29 PM
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (shoulder) had surgery to fix a torn labrum in his shoulder in January and could miss the rest of the offseason, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Abdullah led the team in rushing last year with 597 yards. He's said to be ahead of schedule in his rehab, but the Lions are being cautious with him until training camp. Abdullah is expected to be the starting running back in 2016.
|Footballguys view: Abdullah played through the injury in December, and likely won't take part in any of the offseason program, perhaps even camp. We expect a decent season from him this year, but he might start off a bit slow because he'll have missed so much work. This whole season, Abdullah will likely split time with at least Theo Riddick. That's been cooked into his current ADP of RB30 (7.02) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Ameer Abdullah player page
Saints | Drew Brees won't negotiate in season Thu May 26, 12:28 PM
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees, who said he hasn't had contract extension talks in two months, will not negotiate a new contract during the 2016 season. He doesn't plan to miss any offseason activities, whether a deal gets done or not.
|Footballguys view: Brees is looking for one more payday, as he's definitely towards the end of his career. We think he has a very good 2016, and we're glad he'll be in camp regardless of the contract issue.|
Drew Brees player page
NFL | Wes Welker undecided about playing Thu May 26, 09:59 AM
Free-agent WR Wes Welker (Rams) said he's still weighing his options and hasn't decided if he'll play in 2016.
|Footballguys view: Welker has had a lot of concussions and we would rather see him healthy and with a good quality of life down the road than another 20 catches. It's good he's taking his time with a critical decision, but we think he's better off hanging up the cleats for good.|
Cowboys | Ezekiel Elliott working with second team Thu May 26, 01:59 AM
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has been working with the second-team offense during organized team activities this week. RB Darren McFadden has been working with the starting offense.
|Footballguys view: He'll be on first team once he gets on top of the playbook, and behind this offensive line he could be a powerhouse in both the NFL and fantasy.|
Darren McFadden player page
Jets | Eric Decker unhappy with Jets Wed May 25, 10:49 PM
New York Jets WR Eric Decker is skipping organized team activities this week because he is upset that the team has not re-signed free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick at this point, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: There's a lot of confusion here as there are other conflicting reports that he had the vacation scheduled. It's a silly gesture if this is true, as the tail doesn't wag the dog in the NFL. Clearly Fitzpatrick isn't worth what he wants, as nobody even sniffed him in free agency.|
Eric Decker player page
Redskins | Kendall Fuller on the field Wed May 25, 10:35 PM
Washington Redskins CB Kendall Fuller (knee) participated in team drills during organized team activities Wednesday, May 25.Link to story
Redskins | Niles Paul practices Wed May 25, 10:29 PM
Washington Redskins TE Niles Paul (ankle) participated in team drills during organized team activities Wednesday, May 25.
|Footballguys view: Paul is stuck behind Jordan Reed if Reed is healthy, as the latter had 952 yards and 11 touchdowns in just 14 games. Paul missed all of last season after he had a gruesome ankle injury but is already well ahead of his rehab schedule.|
Niles Paul player page
Redskins | Josh Doctson limited Wed May 25, 10:15 PM
Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson (Achilles') was limited during organized team activities Wednesday, May 25, because of a sore Achilles' tendon.
|Footballguys view: Some see him as a threat to Pierre Garcon's job, but he'll have to prove he can handle the load. Rookie wide receivers struggle with an NFL playbook, which is why they are very dangerous to rely on in year one.|
Redskins | Chris Thompson likely to miss workouts Wed May 25, 10:14 PM
Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson (shoulder) likely will not participate in any of the offseason workouts because he is still recovering from shoulder surgery.
|Footballguys view: We think he will be a nice change of pace for Matt Jones, though Jones will still probably get the bulk of the work. Still, we saw Thompson carry the load a bit last season, so if Jones falters, Thompson becomes more valuable. He's certainly a solid handcuff for Jones owners.|
Chris Thompson player page
Jets | No talks between Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jets Wed May 25, 09:31 PM
Free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Jets) has not had contract talks with the New York Jets over the last few weeks, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Forget the whole "OTA holdout" drama, most of which is nonsense. The simple breakdown is this: nobody in the NFL wants Fitzpatrick, certainly not at whatever inflated price he wants. He and the Jets will get a deal done and it won't break the bank. The only way this goes differently is if some quarterback gets hurt in the near future.|
Ryan Fitzpatrick player page
Titans | Dorial Green-Beckham lauded by Mariota Wed May 25, 07:30 PM
Tennessee Titans WR Dorial Green-Beckham impressed QB Marcus Mariota at organized team activities Tuesday, May 25. Mariota called Green-Beckham a stud and said he's gifted physically. 'Hopefully we can find ways to get him the football and let him do this thing,' Mariota said. Head coach Mike Mularkey said a bigger role for Green-Beckham hinges on his grasp of the playbook after the second-year receiver struggled with route-running last year. 'I think he knows that's a point of emphasis for him,' Mularkey said. 'He'll have a lot to say on whether he's that guy or not.'
|Footballguys view: Green-Beckham's issues were mostly off the field, so we're not surprised he's looking good on it. We think he's still a year or so away from having a big fantasy impact, but watch his progress this season as an indicator as to when he will finally reach his potential.|
Dorial Green-Beckham player page
Vikings | B.J. Dubose suffers torn ACL Wed May 25, 07:17 PM
Minnesota Vikings DT B.J. Dubose (knee) suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during organized team activities Wednesday, May 25, according to a source. He is expected to miss all of the 2016 season.Link to story
Vikings | Full health for Phil Loadholt Wed May 25, 06:39 PM
Minnesota Vikings OT Phil Loadholt (Achilles') said he is fully healthy and moving around well after his first practice of organized team activities Wednesday, May 25. Loadholt suffered a torn Achilles' tendon last season.
|Footballguys view: The Vikings are hoping he can be up to speed again in time for the season. They missed him terribly last year and Teddy Bridgewater needs better protection.|
Falcons | Waive Cody Elenz Wed May 25, 06:05 PM
Atlanta Falcons OL Cody Elenz was waived Wednesday, May 25.Link to story
Colts | Le'Raven Clark signs Wed May 25, 05:58 PM
Indianapolis Colts second-round pick OT Le'Raven Clark signed his four-year rookie contract Wednesday, May 25. Financial terms were undisclosed.
Bengals | Sign Andrew Bonnet Wed May 25, 05:51 PM
Free-agent FB Andrew Bonnet (Panthers) was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals Wednesday, May 25.
Buccaneers | C.J. Wilson waived Wed May 25, 05:48 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB C.J. X. Wilson was waived from the Reserve/Retired list Wednesday, May 25.
Bengals | Jon Brown waived Wed May 25, 05:44 PM
Cincinnati Bengals PK Jon Brown (undisclosed) was waived/injured Wednesday, May 25.
Raiders | Andre Debose placed on IR Wed May 25, 05:28 PM
Oakland Raiders WR Andre Debose (undisclosed) reverted to the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, May 25, after being waived/injured Tuesday, May 24.Link to story
Andre Debose player page
Titans | Add Jerome Cunningham Wed May 25, 05:09 PM
Free- agent TE Jerome Cunningham (Jets) was claimed by the Tennessee Titans Wednesday, May 25.Link to story
Jerome Cunningham player page
Broncos | Sign Adam Gotsis Wed May 25, 04:47 PM
Denver Broncos second-round pick DT Adam Gotsis signed his four-year rookie deal Wednesday, May 25. Financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
Bears | Kevin White is full-go Wed May 25, 04:07 PM
Chicago Bears WR Kevin White (shin) has not been limited during organized team activities. White said he is trying to use as much energy as he can and run as fast as he can after not playing at all in 2015.
|Footballguys view: The Bears have big plans for White across from Alshon Jeffery and with the attention Jeffery gets, White could be in for a nice production total this season. He'll still have a decent learning curve though, as he missed all of his rookie season last year.|
Kevin White player page
Eagles | Rueben Randle out a couple weeks Wed May 25, 03:48 PM
Philadelphia Eagles WR Rueben Randle (gallbladder) is fine, according to a source, but he is extremely sore and will be out two to three weeks while he recovers from having his gallbladder removed, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: That sets his chances to have an impact on the team back quite a bit, as he needs to get more familiar with the offense. He's mired behind Nelson Agholor and Jordan Matthews, so we're not too excited for his prospects.|
Rueben Randle player page
Redskins |Two linebackers hurting Wed May 25, 03:37 PM
Washington Redskins LB Junior Galette (Achilles') will be out until training camp while he recovers from his Achilles' injury, according to head coach Jay Gruden. Gruden also said that LB Perry Riley (foot) is in a walking boot and is having his injured foot rechecked after feeling soreness.Link to story
Perry Riley player page
Junior Galette player page
Redskins | Niles Paul has added weight Wed May 25, 03:34 PM
Washington Redskins TE Niles Paul appears to have bulked up this offseason as the Redskins started organized team activities this week. Paul gained at least 20 pounds last offseason but lost all of that weight while sitting out due to his ankle injury.
|Footballguys view: Paul is a good reserve TE for Washington, but he's not going to do much so long as Jordan Reed is healthy. With Vernon Davis behind Reed, Paul is not a number three TE.|
Niles Paul player page
Cowboys | Tony Romo feeling great Wed May 25, 03:26 PM
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (collarbone) isn't worried about his long-term future and thinks he can play four or five more years. He also said he feels 'ahead of the game' in his offseason work. Quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson said Romo has looked 'phenomenal' in offseason workouts.
|Footballguys view: The Cowboys need to be ready just in case Romo goes down again. He's great when healthy, and the Cowboys can win a lot of games with Romo in the lineup. However, he seems to always be banged up and the team struggles without him. They selected Dak Prescott in the draft this year to groom as a potential QB of the future.|
Tony Romo player page
Redskins | DeSean Jackson not at workouts Wed May 25, 03:26 PM
Washington Redskins WR DeSean Jackson has not participated in voluntary workouts this week, but he has visited the Redskins.
|Footballguys view: This doesn't sound like a big deal. There are some veterans who just decide to workout on their own as the voluntary portion of the offseason continues. Head coach Jay Gruden said Jackson knows what kind of shape he has to be in and does expect him to participate in other voluntary workouts.|
DeSean Jackson player page
Cowboys | Dez Bryant to have X-rays Wed May 25, 03:18 PM
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (foot) will have more X-rays on his injured right foot soon, and he hopes to participate more as the offseason progresses.
|Footballguys view: Fantasy owners need to monitor Bryant as he continues to recover from this injury. Bryant admitted that he needs to be patient during his recovery, but said he feels great. He did participate in the early part of organized team activities Wednesday, May 25, before his rehabilitation.|
Dez Bryant player page