Fantasy Football News & Views
Rams | Amari Cooper visits St. Louis (Wed Apr 1, 04:30 PM) [jump to this story]
49ers | Colin Kaepernick learning (Wed Apr 1, 01:47 PM) [jump to this story]
Lions | Matthew Stafford to take more chances? (Wed Apr 1, 01:43 PM) [jump to this story]
NFL | Jameis Winston being watched by teams (Wed Apr 1, 01:05 PM) [jump to this story]
Redskins | Washington not giving up on RG3 (Mon Mar 30, 04:57 PM) [jump to this story]
Broncos | Demaryius Thomas will miss offseason program (Mon Mar 30, 02:12 PM) [jump to this story]
Eagles | Sam Bradford considered quitting (Mon Mar 30, 01:59 PM) [jump to this story]
Panthers | Stephen Hill may be an option Fri Mar 27, 11:33 AM
Carolina Panthers WR Stephen Hill may be an option in 2015, and head coach Ron Rivera said he's excited to see Hill in camp. 'With his size (6-4, 215) and speed and his ability to get vertical, if he can assimilate to what we do - and I think he will,' Rivera said. 'He seems to be a very smart man - he might be a guy that has an opportunity to contribute for us.'
|Footballguys view: Following in the footsteps of former Georgia Tech WRs Calvin Johnson and Demaryius Thomas, Hill has been a colossal bust. If the Panthers add him, it will only be as a reserve receiver.|
Stephen Hill player page
Bengals | Pat Sims contract update Fri Mar 27, 02:12 AM
Cincinnati Bengals DT Pat Sims has signed a one-year, minimum salary benefit deal with the team. Because he has played seven seasons, Sims' deal will be worth $870,000.Link to story
Pat Sims player page
Cardinals | Big season for Larry Fitzgerald? Thu Mar 26, 10:11 PM
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald and QB Carson Palmer were finally on the same page last season, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
|Footballguys view: Fantasy owners take note here. Fitzgerald could post decent fantasy numbers so long as Palmer stays upright. The Cardinals season fell apart last year after Palmer went down. They hope to avoid the same fate this season.|
Carson Palmer player page
Larry Fitzgerald player page
Patriots | Dont'a Hightower to miss several months Thu Mar 26, 07:52 PM
New England Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) will miss six to seven months after undergoing surgery on a torn right labrum.
|Footballguys view: Hightower's availability for the beginning of the regular season could now be in jeopardy. We could see the Patriots decide to put him on the PUP list to begin the season. If that happens, Hightower would be forced to miss the first six weeks of the regular season. After that time, the Patriots would have three weeks to decide whether or not to activate Hightower or put him on season-ending Injured Reserve.|
Donta Hightower player page
Rams | Brian Quick progressing Thu Mar 26, 06:49 PM
St. Louis Rams WR Brian Quick (shoulder) is making progress in recovering from a torn rotator cuff and separated shoulder he suffered last October. Head coach Jeff Fisher has described Quick's injuries as significant and has not disclosed any timetable in regards to Quick's return. Fisher did say that Quick is coming along after a difficult time during the early stages of rehabilitation.
|Footballguys view: Quick was such a disappointment for most of his career, but last season he started to flash his potential. Over the first five games of 2014, Quick had 21 catches and three receiving touchdowns. If healthy, Quick should be able to pick up where he left off.|
Brian Quick player page
Lions | Matthew Stafford to throw less? Thu Mar 26, 06:26 PM
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford won't be throwing more than he did last season, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. Caldwell said if the Lions are throwing a lot, it could very well mean they'll be playing catch up, something he wants to avoid.
|Footballguys view: We'll see if the Lions can have a more effective ground game this year--in addition to playing better defense so they don't fall behind. They have met with Georgia RB Todd Gurley, and he's an option for them in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft. Gurley reminds us of Marshawn Lynch, and he should be a star in the NFL. He would certainly be an asset for the Lions offense.|
Matthew Stafford player page
Bears | Jay Cutler to face open competition Thu Mar 26, 06:20 PM
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler will head into the offseason as the team's No. 1 quarterback on the depth chart, but head coach John Fox said there will be an 'open competition' at the quarterback spot between Cutler and QB Jimmy Clausen during training camp and offseason workouts. The current coaching staff and general manager Ryan Pace have nothing vested in Cutler, and they've made it clear that money isn't the sole driver of their decisions.
|Footballguys view: This is it for Cutler. If Fox and OC Adam Gase can't get him to play better, then the Bears are likely to move on next year. We're not expecting Cutler to turn it around, but it will be interesting to see how he responds to new coaching.|
Jay Cutler player page
Jimmy Clausen player page
Jets | Marcus Mariota in the mix for Jets? Thu Mar 26, 05:58 PM
Former Oregon QB Marcus Mariota would be hard for the New York Jets to pass on if he were still available at the sixth overall pick, according to ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.
|Footballguys view: We'll see if Mariota even makes it that far down the draft board. The Titans have interest with the second-overall pick, and there are a few teams behind the Jets that would like to trade up to get the Oregon passer.|
Cowboys | Nick Hayden re-signs Thu Mar 26, 05:39 PM
Dallas Cowboys DT Nick Hayden re-signed to an undisclosed deal Thursday, March 26.
|Footballguys view: A 16-game starter for the Cowboys last year, Hayden made 38 stops (17 solo). He'll be a regular on the defense this season as well.|
Buccaneers | Danny Lansanah signs tender Thu Mar 26, 05:36 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Danny Lansanah signed his one-year tender Thursday, March 26.
|Footballguys view: As an exclusive rights free agent, Lansanah didn't have much of a choice but to sign his tender. Lansanah played in 16 games last season, recording 81 tackles, three interceptions and 1.5 sacks.|
Giants | Shane Vereen adds another dimension for NY Thu Mar 26, 05:13 PM
New York Giants RB Shane Vereen gives the Giants something they didn't have last season -- a receiving threat out of the backfield. 'I see him in that regard as a pass receiver out of the backfield,' head coach Tom Coughlin said. Coughlin added that Vereen can protect the quarterback and is a capable runner.
|Footballguys view: Vereen has big-play ability, but don't try to use him as a full-time back. Good thing for the Giants, they'll be able to use Vereen as a change-of-pace back behind Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams in 2015. Vereen will have a bit of fantasy value in PPR leagues, but we'll have to see how the playing time is split between three backs before we get overly excited about his prospects.|
Shane Vereen player page
49ers | Jonathan Martin waived Thu Mar 26, 04:47 PM
San Francisco 49ers OT Jonathan Martin was waived Thursday, March 26.
|Footballguys view: Martin was likely someone who Jim Harbaugh brought in thinking he could do something with his former Stanford player. Martin appeared in 15 games with 9 starts for the 49ers last season. He's a decent player, but hasn't shown the talent most saw in college. He struggled in San Francisco and it could be tough to land yet another chance.|
Bengals | Pat Sims signs Thu Mar 26, 04:21 PM
Free-agent DT Pat Sims (Raiders) signed an undisclosed deal with the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday, March 26.
|Footballguys view: While active for every game, Sims rarely saw the field. At best he will be a rotational player for the Bengals, where he spent the first five years of his career.|
Pat Sims player page
Vikings | Two players released Thu Mar 26, 04:11 PM
Minnesota Vikings LB Justin Anderson and OG Jordan McCray were cut Thursday, March 26.
|Footballguys view: Well when you have Babatunde Aiyegbusi you have to make room somewhere! Well the Polish Phenom was likely not the reason either was cut. McCray was a practice squad level guy who has bounced around the NFL a little while. Anderson signed with the Giants after last year's draft, got hurt and then cut, but was brought back when Jon Beason got hurt. The Giants cut him late in November and he ended up with the Vikings, but he was never active.|
Vikings | Sign Babatunde Aiyegbusi Thu Mar 26, 04:09 PM
The Minnesota Vikings signed free-agent OT Babatunde Aiyegbusi to an undisclosed contract Thursday, March 26.
|Footballguys view: The Vikings need some offensive line depth and Aiyegbusi is an intriguing addition. Aiyegbusi never played a down of college football and has spent the last few years playing in the Polish American Football League and the Vikings (and a few other teams) are intrigued by his 6'8", 351 pound frame. The Vikings were impressed with how quickly he understood and executed drills and plays, but know he is tremendously raw. If he makes the team, expect a lot of practice squad time.|
Browns | Alex Mack may be limited this offseason Thu Mar 26, 01:58 PM
Cleveland Browns C Alex Mack (leg) said he may be limited during offseason workouts because his goal is to be ready for the start of the regular season.
|Footballguys view: They'll be careful with Mack until they have to have him on the field. There's no point in rushing him and they cannot afford to lose him again, as the line completely collapsed once he got hurt last year.|
Giants | Coughlin not worried about Eli Manning Thu Mar 26, 01:32 PM
New York Giants QB Eli Manning could play out the rest of his contract, but head coach Tom Coughlin didn't sound worried about Manning eventually receiving a contract extension in New York. 'I don't see that as being an issue,' Coughlin said when asked if the absence of an extension would become a distraction for Manning. 'Eli knows he's our guy.' The team brass appears willing to let Manning play out the final year of his contract he signed in 2009.
|Footballguys view: It's not really an issue for Coughlin in part because he has to know his time is limited as head coach. Like Manning, he's sort of in a 'prove it' season after missing the playoffs in back to back seasons.|
Eli Manning player page
Giants | NY optimistic on Victor Cruz Thu Mar 26, 01:17 PM
Updating a previous report, New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) 'looks really good and light,' according to head coach Tom Coughlin. Cruz started running last week six months after he tore the patellar tendon in his knee in Week 6. Coughlin projects Cruz to be available for the start of training camp, but he's unsure if Cruz will be ready for Week 1 of the regular season. However, the team remains cautiously optimistic about Cruz in 2015.
|Footballguys view: A healthy Victor Cruz and a second year Odell Beckham Jr would be a great combination. Until we see Cruz on the field practicing, we're not all in, but we do feel like his floor should be WR2 in this offense.|
Victor Cruz player page
Saints | Sean Payton high on C.J. Spiller Thu Mar 26, 01:11 PM
New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller received some praise from head coach Sean Payton after the team was surprised to be able to land him in free agency. 'His cutup is unbelievable,' Payton said of Spiller. 'And I'm not talking about last season because I think it became challenging, but you go back a couple of years and start looking at his screen reel, a sweep reel, a return reel.'
|Footballguys view: Spiller will fill in the Darren Sproles/Reggie Bush role and we actually think he could put up some nice PPR numbers while he's at it. Don't count on RB1 numbers, but some nice RB2 numbers are likely.|
C.J. Spiller player page
Saints | NO considered Reggie Bush Thu Mar 26, 01:08 PM
San Francisco 49ers RB Reggie Bush was considered by the New Orleans Saints before he agreed with the Niners, according to Saints head coach Sean Payton.
|Footballguys view: While Bush might have been a decent fit 'back home' we think the fit with the 49ers could be a good one as well. While we don't see him as an every down back, he should be a solid passing down back and accrue some nice PPR points as well. A low end RB2 or a good RB3 sound about right for Bush.|
Reggie Bush player page
49ers | Jim Tomsula high on Reggie Bush Thu Mar 26, 01:04 PM
San Francisco 49ers RB Reggie Bush still has the ability to be an every-down back, according to head coach Jim Tomsula. Tomsula said Bush is not a gadget player but does have the skill set to help on third downs.
|Footballguys view: Bush found himself the outside man looking in back in Detroit, but with the departure of Frank Gore, the Niners need help in the backfield. We're dubious of the idea he can still be an every down back, but he would be a big help in the backfield on passing downs at least.|
Reggie Bush player page
NFL | Marcus Mariota to go second overall? Thu Mar 26, 01:03 PM
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota will be selected with the second overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, in the opinion of an unnamed NFL general manager that is paying close attention to Mariota's market.
|Footballguys view: After going all in on Zach Mettenberger verbally early in the offseason, now it sounds as though the Titans could be interested in Mariota. He'd be an interesting fit, and Tennessee's offensive line would give him time to read the field, but he's still someone who would benefit from some time on the bench as he learns the league or a coach who will totally craft an offense around him. We're not sure if Ken Whisenhunt is that guy. Mariota's ability to scramble is intriguing, but he needs to work on his pocket progressions more. Whisenhunt has been able to help other quarterbacks along before - Mariota is different than he has had before as well though.|
NFL | Michael Sam runs 40 at combine Thu Mar 26, 12:03 PM
Free-agent DE Michael Sam (Cowboys) ran an official 4.99-second 40-yard dash at the NFL veterans combine Sunday, March 22, on his second attempt. His first attempt was recorded at five seconds flat. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.91 seconds at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine.
|Footballguys view: Sam is undersized but is a tremendous worker. Many people feel as though his best bet is to go to the CFL and prove himself there before returning to the NFL.|
Steelers | Darrius Heyward-Bey returns Thu Mar 26, 11:46 AM
Free-agent WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (Steelers) re-signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers Wednesday, March 26. Heyward-Bey signed a one-year deal with the team, but financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: We don't expect Heyward-Bey to do all that much, just as we didn't expect him to do much in his last few landing spots. Behind Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton and Martavis Bryant, there will be little for him to do and we wouldn't be shocked if he was gone by the end of camp.|
Darrius Heyward-Bey player page
Dolphins | Derrick Shelby signs tender Thu Mar 26, 11:46 AM
Miami Dolphins restricted free-agent DE Derrick Shelby signed his tender offer Wednesday, March 26. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Shelby is strictly a rotational guy, but a vital one. He's young, does a good job getting to the quarterback and has a lot of upside.|
Derrick Shelby player page
Lions | DET expecting Eric Ebron to improve Thu Mar 26, 11:31 AM
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron has been impressive with his offseason work, and the team is expecting him to take a significant step in his play next season, according to head coach Jim Caldwell.
|Footballguys view: Ebron was a guy who looked like he could have a huge role coming out of college, but he was lost in the shuffle behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. He also needs to haul in more of his targets, having caught only 25 of 47 chances. How large his role will be is hard to say with the players in front of him though, and if you draft him you have to understand Ebron's value could be limited to catching a smaller amount of targets than you'd like to see your tight end get.|
Eric Ebron player page
Lions | Stephen Tulloch will start Thu Mar 26, 11:12 AM
Detroit Lions LB Stephen Tulloch (knee) will be the starting middle linebacker when he is able to return from his torn anterior cruciate ligament. Tulloch is making good progress in his rehab but may sit out offseason workouts.
|Footballguys view: The Lions need to firm the middle up with the departure of Ndamukong Suh and have to hope that Tulloch is indeed fully healed and doesn't celebrate himself into another injury.|
Stephen Tulloch player page
Patriots | Jamison Crowder to meet Patriots Thu Mar 26, 08:23 AM
Duke WR/KR Jamison Crowder has a meeting set up with the New England Patriots within the next week.
|Footballguys view: The Patriots are always looking to upgrade their wide receivers and could use some help returning kicks as well.|
Ravens | P.J. Williams to visit Thu Mar 26, 07:59 AM
Florida State CB P.J. Williams will visit the Baltimore Ravens prior to next month's NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Williams is a cover corner who can play on an island, cover outside or from the slot,or come up and play man-press. He should go pretty high in the coming NFL draft.|
Cardinals | Lyle Sendlein wanted back Thu Mar 26, 07:53 AM
Free-agent C Lyle Sendlein (Cardinals) is wanted back on the team by the Arizona Cardinals. The team would likely offer a contract with a reduced cap number.
|Footballguys view: Sendlein will mostly be a backup as AQ Shipley played very well for the Colts in a handful of games last season as a center, as well as a few as a guard. Consider Sendlein as a cheap backup at best.|
Saints | Anthony Spencer visited team Thu Mar 26, 07:46 AM
Free-agent DE Anthony Spencer (Cowboys) visited the New Orleans Saints this week, but Saints head coach Sean Payton told reporters there have been no contract talks with Spencer.
|Footballguys view: Spencer has underachieved for a long time, but even so it's surprising how little interest there seems to be. Perhaps his asking price is high. More than likely he finds a home where he will rotate in on the edge, rather than a full time position.|
Anthony Spencer player page
Texans | Jadeveon Clowney continues to recover Thu Mar 26, 01:14 AM
Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) continues to recover from microfracture surgery on his knee. Head coach Bill O'Brien said Wednesday, March 25, that there is no timetable for Clowney's return, but the team hopes to get him on the field 'sometime during (training camp).'
|Footballguys view: After a disappointing first season because of his injury, Clowney and the Texans hope he starts to show some of the upside he had in college. The team continues to improve the defense, so he has plenty of players around him to pull attention away from him.|
Jadeveon Clowney player page
Texans | Xavier Su'a-Filo is candidate to start Thu Mar 26, 01:12 AM
Houston Texans OG Xavier Su'a-Filo is a candidate to start on the left side with OL Ben Jones moving to center to replace the departed C Chris Myers. Su'a-Filo has been a regular working out in Houston even though the offseason conditioning program doesn't start until April 20. 'He's in there every day working very hard, working in the weight room, because he wants to be good,' head coach Bill O'Brien said. 'I like his demeanor. I like where he is right now.'
|Footballguys view: They need to make sure the offensive line is ready to go, as they don't have a quarterback who is so mobile as to overcome a weak pocket. Su'a-Filo has impressed the team by attending workouts at the stadium and putting in a ton of hours.|
Texans | Looking to Vince Wilfork as mentor Thu Mar 26, 01:11 AM
One reason the Houston Texans signed veteran NT Vince Wilfork was to have him become a positive influence on NT Louis Nix, a third-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft who spent his first year on the reserve/injured list.
|Footballguys view: Nix has a lot of potential and Wilfork might help him with the transition, but there is certainly a good chance the veteran is also there to help out on the field if Nix struggles.|
Vince Wilfork player page
Louis Nix player page
Texans | George Godsey named OC Thu Mar 26, 01:11 AM
Houston Texans quarterbacks coach George Godsey has been promoted to offensive coordinator.Link to story
Texans | Patrick O'Hara might be promoted Thu Mar 26, 01:02 AM
The Houston Texans might promote offensive assistant coach Patrick O'Hara into the vacant quarterbacks job.Link to story
Seahawks | Tarvaris Jackson could be re-signed Thu Mar 26, 01:00 AM
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday, March 25, he is confident the team will be able to bring back free-agent QB Tarvaris Jackson. 'I think we'll still get that done,' Carroll said.Link to story
Tarvaris Jackson player page
Seahawks | Interested in Stephen Schilling Thu Mar 26, 12:57 AM
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll indicated Wednesday, March 25, that the team is interested in re-signing C Stephen Schilling. He would be added to a stable of candidates vying for the starting job, replacing the departed C Max Unger (Saints).Link to story
Seahawks | Trying to lure Kevin Williams back Thu Mar 26, 12:57 AM
The Seattle Seahawks are in talks with free-agent DT Kevin Williams, as they try to bring him back for at least one more season. Williams has been considering retirement.Link to story
Kevin Williams player page
Seahawks | Demarcus Dobbs will be brought back Thu Mar 26, 12:56 AM
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday, March 25, that free-agent DE Demarcus Dobbs will be re-signed.Link to story
Seahawks | Paul Richardson might not be ready Thu Mar 26, 12:40 AM
Seattle Seahawks WR Paul Richardson (knee) might not be ready for the start of the season, head coach Pete Carroll indicated Wednesday, March 25. Carroll did say Richardson's rehab was going well, but the nature of his rehab from a torn anterior cruciate ligament means the receiver might not be ready.Link to story
Paul Richardson player page
NFL | Randy Gregory had failed drug test Thu Mar 26, 12:39 AM
Nebraska LB Randy Gregory said Wednesday, March 25, that he tested positive for marijuana at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. Back in February at the combine, executives from two teams indicated to NFL Media that there were concerns about Gregory's off-the-field 'issues.'Link to story
Bears | Shea McClellin to work inside Thu Mar 26, 12:39 AM
Chicago Bears LB Shea McClellin will start inside at linebacker, head coach John Fox said Wednesday, March 25. Fox added that McClellin will also be worked outside as well.Link to story
Shea McClellin player page
Raiders | C.J. Wilson back with Oakland Wed Mar 25, 11:48 PM
The Oakland Raiders re-signed free-agent DT C.J. Wilson to a two-year contract Wednesday. March 25. His deal is for two years and $4.6 million.Link to story
C.J. Wilson player page
Chargers | Search for RB continues Wed Mar 25, 09:01 PM
The San Diego Chargers remain in search of a fourth option at running back after RB Ryan Mathews turned down their one-year contract offer in favor of signing with the Philadelphia Eagles earlier this offseason. The agent for Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was dismissive at the notion of any potential trade to the Chargers Wednesday, March 25. The Chargers seem likely to address the need via the NFL draft. Only RB Danny Woodhead, RB Branden Oliver and RB Donald Brown are under contract for 2015.Link to story
Danny Woodhead player page
Donald Brown player page
Jaguars | Blake Bortles endorsed by Gus Bradley Wed Mar 25, 08:39 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles received an endorsement from head coach Gus Bradley Tuesday, March 24. Speaking at the AFC Coaches Breakfast at the NFL Annual Meetings Tuesday, Bradley said Bortles has impressed since late last season in his approach. "I knew he was tough, but just how tough ... And how fast he would take over the team. The team really gravitates toward him offensively, defensively and special teams-wise, and I didn't know it would happen that fast," claimed Bradley.Link to story
Blake Bortles player page
Falcons | Sam Baker in line for LG spot Wed Mar 25, 06:33 PM
Atlanta Falcons OT Sam Baker (knee) is rehabbing a knee injury this offseason, but he could be in line for the starting spot at left guard in 2015.Link to story
Chiefs | Marcus Mariota a fit in KC? Wed Mar 25, 05:53 PM
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota would be a perfect fit for the Kansas City Chiefs and head coach Andy Reid, even if the team is committed to QB Alex Smith, in the opinion of NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. Kiper cites the success of former QB Donovan McNabb as Reid's quarterback with the Philadelphia Eagles. However, Mariota is expected to be gone when KC picks at 18 overall, and the Chiefs are unlikely to trade up to take him. Reid said he didn't have a chance to meet with Mariota, either.
|Footballguys view: Mariota would be a fit because he's essentially Alex Smith (if he plays up to his potential). There's no way the Chiefs could land him at their current spot, and they'd have to move up to get him. This is the team that hasn't won a game with a quarterback they've drafted since 1987 (Todd Blackledge).|
Alex Smith player page
Chiefs | KC wants a bigger Travis Kelce Wed Mar 25, 05:47 PM
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce played at roughly 250 pounds in 2014, but head coach Andy Reid wants Kelce to report bigger in 2015, and Reid thinks Kelce can pack on an extra 15 pounds without losing any of his speed or quickness. Kelce led the team in catches (67) and receiving yards (862) last season.
|Footballguys view: Kelce has a skill set similar to that of Rob Gronkowski (Patriots) because of his size and speed. Adding more size would help him stay durable, and it would make him tougher to bring down after the catch.|
Travis Kelce player page
Bears | Jay Cutler lacking confidence? Wed Mar 25, 05:01 PM
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler seemed to lack confidence last season, according to head coach John Fox. 'I think maybe he got to the point where he lacked confidence a year ago. To build that back up, it's going to take time, daily. It takes trust, like any relationship.'
|Footballguys view: Cutler lacks confidence, focus, leadership...and he'll fall back on bad habits at the drop of a hat. The Bears are giving him one more year to clean his act up, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see the two sides part ways after 2015 if things don't change.|
Jay Cutler player page