Fantasy Football News & Views
Eagles | DeSean Jackson embracing leadership role (Sun Jun 16, 03:22 PM) [jump to this story]
Saints | Alvin Kamara has more to prove (Sun Jun 16, 02:15 PM) [jump to this story]
Cardinals | Greatness forecast for Kyler Murray (Sun Jun 16, 02:03 PM) [jump to this story]
Cowboys | Connor McGovern agrees to terms Wed Jun 12, 02:07 PM
Dallas Cowboys third-round draft choice OG Connor X. McGovern agreed to terms on a four-year deal with the Cowboys Wednesday, June 12. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: McGovern is a road grader as a run blocker and a work in progress as a pass protector. He's got the strength and intimidating mindset to push guys around in the middle of the line. McGovern, a third-round pick out of Penn State, has been missing time in OTAs and minicamp due to a chest injury. When healthy, McGovern is going to push for a starting job as a rookie.|
Jaguars | Quincy Williams signs rookie deal Wed Jun 12, 12:40 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars third-round pick LB Quincy Williams signed his rookie contract Wednesday, June 12. Financial terms weren't disclosed on the four-year deal.
|Footballguys view: Graded by some to be a late-round pick, the Jaguars like Williams enough to take him in the third round of the 2019 NFL draft. The younger brother of No. 3 overall pick Quinnen Williams, Quincy is an athletic tackling machine who has WILL skill set in the NFL. He's been getting some first-team reps in practice this offseason, and the Jaguars may have been ahead of the curve when it comes to evaluating the young linebacker.|
Chiefs | Mitchell Schwartz signs extension Wed Jun 12, 11:24 AM
Kansas City Chiefs OT Mitchell Schwartz signed a one-year extension Wednesday, June 12, through the 2021 season. Schwartz's one-year extension is worth $11.255 million and both years are fully guaranteed.
|Footballguys view: It's an interesting move for the Chiefs since Schwartz had two years remaining on his contract. Now signed through 2021, Schwartz should continue to play at a high level at right tackle. He's never missed a snap in his career and is one of the best in the game at his position.|
Bears | Chris Blewitt waived Wed Jun 12, 09:26 AM
Chicago Bears PK Chris Blewitt was waived Wednesday, June 12.Link to story
Titans | Jeffery Simmons not rushing back Wed Jun 12, 09:23 AM
Tennessee Titans DT Jeffery Simmons (knee) said he's not rushing back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. 'If I don't play this year, I'm fine with it,' Simmons said. 'But my goal is to get healthy on my time and on this team's time. There's no time limit and when I can come back. Every day I come to work, I'm putting my mindset, you know, 'I want to get back today.' That's how I come to work every day and try to get better.'
|Footballguys view: Simmons had the makings of a top-10 pick before sustaining this knee injury before the combine. The Titans selected him No. 19 overall in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft with the idea that he might need a redshirt year as a rookie. It sounds like Simmons is okay with that, and the Titans certainly are going to ease him along at the correct pace.|
Packers | Kevin King update Wed Jun 12, 02:18 AM
Green Bay Packers CB Kevin King (shoulder) is expected to be ready for training camp.
|Footballguys view: A second-round pick out of Washington in the 2017 NFL draft, King has never played a full 16-game season in his career (17 games total in two seasons). The Packers won't push him as he returns from the shoulder injury that limited his 2018 season to just six games. He should start opposite Jaire Alexander when healthy.|
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Colts | Jordan Wilkins fighting for roster spot Tue Jun 11, 09:58 PM
Indianapolis Colts RBs Jordan Wilkins, Jonathan Williams and Spencer Ware are vying to be Marlon Mack's 'mixer,' according to head coach Frank Reich.
|Footballguys view: Things change pretty quickly around here. It wasn't that long ago that Wilkins was thought of as a sleeper pick in the Colts jam-packed backfield and now he's fighting for a roster spot. One spot we think he should earn by the way, but Wilkins dynasty stock has certainly taken a hit. Mack is the main back for the Colts and Nyheim Hines can work as a change-of-pace back. We think the Colts keep Wilkins around, but he may not get much playing time unless there's an injury in front of him on the depth chart.|
Spencer Ware player page
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Colts | Decreased role in store for Nyheim Hines? Tue Jun 11, 09:48 PM
Indianapolis Colts RB Nyheim Hines' role could be affected 'a little bit' by the arrival of WR Parris Campbell, according to head coach Frank Reich.'And yeah, with Parris (Campbell) in the slot that could affect Nyheim a little bit. It would ultimately, probably affect him a little bit, but that is a good thing. We will just continue to fine tune and by game plan, I think that is one of the things that we've done well is figure that out week-to-week how to apply the personnel against the defense that we're playing,' Reich said.
|Footballguys view: Keep an eye on this situation in training camp and the preseason. Hines was targeted 81 times in 2018 as a rookie, snaring 63 passes for 425 yards and two touchdowns. However, out of those 63 catches only 12 of them came from the slot. If he does lose some slot routes to Campbell, the Colts could easily make up for that with other touches or receptions with Hines in the backfield. Hines has deep flex appeal in PPR leagues because of his receiving ability. His current ADP is RB49 (11.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Steelers | Diontae Johnson impresses his quarterback Tue Jun 11, 09:40 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Diontae Johnson was reportedly quite impressive during organized team activities, capturing the attention of QB Ben Roethlisberger by flashing sticky hands.'The one thing I noticed was he caught every ball I threw to him. I even threw him some bad balls on purpose, throw some high, behind him, just to see if he would catch them. And he caught every one. It was impressive,' Roethlisberger said Tuesday, June 11.
|Footballguys view: Johnson may remind his quarterback of a young Emmanuel Sanders. That's a good comparison when considering what Johnson can be in the NFL. He's got the speed, fearlessness and big-play ability that Sanders brought to the field for the Steelers (and now for the Broncos). We're excited about Johnson in dynasty formats.|
Seahawks | Mike Iupati hurts foot in practice Tue Jun 11, 09:25 PM
Seattle Seahawks OG Mike Iupati (foot) suffered a sprained foot during organized team activities Thursday, June 6, and will not participate in a mandatory minicamp as a result.Link to story
Seahawks | Marquise Blair dealing with injury Tue Jun 11, 09:01 PM
Seattle Seahawks S Marquise Blair (hamstring) is dealing with a hamstring injury, according to head coach Pete Carroll.Link to story
Seahawks | Ben Burr-Kirven recovering from surgery Tue Jun 11, 08:58 PM
Seattle Seahawks LB Ben Burr-Kirven (hernia) is recovering from sports hernia surgery he had six weeks ago, according to head coach Pete Carroll.Link to story
49ers | Joe Staley limited Tue Jun 11, 08:49 PM
San Francisco 49ers OT Joe Staley (pectoral) was limited during practice Tuesday, June 11, because of a pectoral strain.Link to story
Cardinals | Taryn Christion taking part in minicamp Tue Jun 11, 08:42 PM
Free-agent QB Taryn Christion (Seahawks) is participating in the Arizona Cardinals minicamp this week on a tryout basis.Link to story
Chargers | Russell Okung does not practice Tue Jun 11, 08:39 PM
Los Angeles Chargers OT Russell Okung (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Tuesday, June 11, because of an undisclosed injury.Link to story
Saints | New Orleans makes roster moves Tue Jun 11, 08:31 PM
Free-agent WR Chad Hansen (Broncos) signed with the New Orleans Saints Tuesday, June 11. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also placed LB Chase Hansen (undisclosed) on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list and waived CB David Simmons Jr.
|Footballguys view: Hansen was a fourth-round pick for the Jets in the 2017 NFL draft but he's bounced around the league since then. He's a decent route runner and has good body control but has not latched on anywhere just yet...and it's doubtful he does that now. The Saints do have a high-powered passing attack, so any player in that is going to get our attention...and Hansen does but only in super crazy deep dynasty formats.|
Chad Hansen player page
Panthers | Carolina signs Sione Teuhema Tue Jun 11, 08:24 PM
Free-agent LB Sione Teuhema (AAF) signed with the Carolina Panthers Tuesday, June 11. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also waived DT T.J. Barnes.Link to story
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Vikings | Drew Kaser to try out Tue Jun 11, 08:15 PM
Free-agent P Drew Kaser (Raiders) is scheduled to try out for the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday, June 12.Link to story
Packers | Josh Jones reports for minicamp Tue Jun 11, 08:09 PM
Green Bay Packers S Josh Jones (hamstring) reported for minicamp this week but is not expected to participate because of a hamstring injury. Jones skipped most of the offseason workouts because he is looking for a trade or his release.Link to story
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Eagles | Mack Hollins limited Tuesday Tue Jun 11, 07:33 PM
Philadelphia Eagles WR Mack Hollins (groin) participated in individual drills during practice Tuesday, June 11.Link to story
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Cowboys | PUP list likely for DeMarcus Lawrence Tue Jun 11, 07:23 PM
Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence (shoulder) likely will start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list. The team believes Lawrence will be ready for Week 1.
|Footballguys view: No surprise here. Lawrence has been recovering from shoulder surgery and there's a chance he is ready for the start of the regular season. If there are any snags in his recovery, Lawrence might not be able to get onto the field until September or October. We'll know more about Lawrence's recovery in the month of August.|
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Cowboys | Byron Jones likely to be PUP candidate Tue Jun 11, 07:22 PM
Dallas Cowboys CB Byron Jones (hip) likely will start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list but hopes to be on the field at some point during camp. The Cowboys are confident that Jones will be ready for Week 1.Link to story
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Cowboys | Allen Hurns to be limited Tue Jun 11, 07:16 PM
Dallas Cowboys WR Allen Hurns (ankle) will participate in individual drills during minicamp this week.
|Footballguys view: It's a good sign for Hurns as he recovers from the ankle injury that knocked him out of the Wild Card Round last year. We should see him out there as a full participant at some time during training camp.|
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Cowboys | Connor McGovern to miss minicamp Tue Jun 11, 07:15 PM
Dallas Cowboys OG Connor X. McGovern (pectoral) will not participate in the minicamp this week because of a pectoral strain. Head coach Jason Garrett said McGovern will not need surgery.Link to story
Raiders | Denzelle Good still sidelined Tue Jun 11, 07:02 PM
Oakland Raiders OG Denzelle Good (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Tuesday, June 11. Good missed a majority of the offseason workouts because of an injury.Link to story
Colts | Malik Taylor trying out for Indy Tue Jun 11, 06:46 PM
Free-agent WR Malik Taylor (Buccaneers) is participating in the Indianapolis Colts minicamp this week on a tryout basis.Link to story
Texans | Bradley Roby back on the field Tue Jun 11, 06:44 PM
Houston Texans CB Bradley Roby (undisclosed) participated in practice Tuesday, June 11. Roby missed some offseason workouts because of an undisclosed injury.Link to story
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Ravens | Cyrus Jones sidelined Tue Jun 11, 06:33 PM
Baltimore Ravens CB Cyrus Jones (undisclosed) has missed all of the offseason workouts because of an undisclosed medical issue. He is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.Link to story
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Bills | Three RBs see time with starters Tue Jun 11, 06:22 PM
Buffalo Bills RBs LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore and Devin Singletary all received snaps with the first-team offense during practice Tuesday, June 11.
|Footballguys view: McCoy is still the lead back (for now) but the team is ready to move on if he falters. They could use more of Gore and/or Singletary in an effort to keep McCoy fresh in 2019. McCoy has a current ADP of RB41 (9.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Frank Gore player page
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Bills | Robert Foster misses practice Tue Jun 11, 06:12 PM
Buffalo Bills WR Robert Foster (foot) did not participate in practice Tuesday, June 11, because of a foot injury. Head coach Sean McDermott said the injury does not appear to be serious.
|Footballguys view: Foster splashed onto the scene last year as an undrafted free agent out of Alabama. The injury is not serious, so we'll be watching Foster closely to see if his chemistry with Josh Allen can continue to grow stronger in 2019.|
Bills | Dawson Knox standing out Tue Jun 11, 05:54 PM
Buffalo Bills TE Dawson Knox has made a 'strong argument' that he has done the most to help himself during offseason work this spring, according to WKBW's Joe Buscaglia. According to Buscaglia, Knox has taken advantage of his opportunity with the first team to build an 'excellent little rapport' with QB Josh Allen.
|Footballguys view: The Bills have already had a couple of injuries at the tight end position this offseason, thus opening the door for the rookie from Ole Miss. Knox has drawn comparisons to Kyle Rudolph (Vikings) because of his size and athletic ability. We'll see if he can continue to build strong chemistry with Allen during training camp and the preseason.|
Packers | Green Bay promotes Richmond Williams Tue Jun 11, 05:48 PM
Green Bay Packers pro scout Richmond Williams was named the team's director of pro personnel Tuesday, June 11.Link to story
Rams | Todd Gurley downplays knee issue Tue Jun 11, 05:35 PM
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) told reporters Tuesday, June 11, that he is 'fine' and 'doing the same kinds of things he's always done in the offseason. He also suggested the torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered in college was a 'bigger problem' for him coming out of college than his current issue.
|Footballguys view: Gurley may think he's 'fine' but Fantasy GMs are not feeling the same way. There is a ton of hesitation (for good reason) when it comes to selecting Gurley with a top-10 fantasy pick. We are hearing the team could use Darrell Henderson or Malcolm Brown a little bit more to give Gurley a breather. There are also reports about Gurley's role being smaller than it has been in the past. Oh yeah, Gurley is unlikely to play in the preseason too. Gurley has superstar talent but we'll have to see what the news brings for him and the offense in training camp. Stay tuned.|
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Chargers | Jerry Tillery inks rookie pact Tue Jun 11, 05:20 PM
Los Angeles Chargers first-round DL Jerry Tillery (Notre Dame) signed his four-year rookie contract Tuesday, June 11. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Tillery was a near-perfect pick for the Chargers in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft. Measuring in at 6'6" 295 pounds, Tillery is a huge presence in the middle and tough to move inside. He should immediately upgrade the Chargers run defense in 2019.|
Colts | Eric Ebron moving at full speed Tue Jun 11, 05:14 PM
Indianapolis Colts TE Eric Ebron (groin) was spotted running routes at full speed during mandatory minicamp Tuesday, June 11, after missing most of spring routes following offseason groin surgery.
|Footballguys view: We learned in mid-May that Ebron had gone under the knife, and this news is a good sign for his recovery. It looks like the veteran tight end should be a full go for training camp later this summer. Ebron is going off the board at TE7 (6.07) in current 12-team PPR drafts.|
Eric Ebron player page
Redskins | Washington inks Ashton Lampkin Tue Jun 11, 05:01 PM
Free-agent DB Ashton Lampkin (Chiefs) signed an undisclosed contract with the Washington Redskins on Tuesday, June 11. LB DeMarquis Gates was waived in a corresponding move.Link to story
Raiders | Oakland adds two, subtracts two Tue Jun 11, 04:53 PM
Free-agent WR Montay Crockett (Jaguars) and CB Isaiah Langley signed undisclosed contracts with the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday, June 11. DBs Makinton Dorleant and Montrel Meander were waived in corresponding moves.
|Footballguys view: Undrafted out of Georgia Southern in 2017, Crockett has already bounced around to a few different teams. He also spent some time with the Atlanta Legends of the now-defunct AAF. Crockett is known for his 4.3 speed but clearly hasn't impressed enough to stay with a team...and he will be a long-shot to make the Raiders 53-man roster.|
49ers | Mike McGlinchey should be ready for camp Tue Jun 11, 04:46 PM
San Francisco 49ers OT Mike McGlinchey (knee) did not practice Tuesday, June 11, in order to undergo a scheduled platelet-rich plasma treatment on his knee. He is expected to be cleared in time to participate in training camp.Link to story
49ers | Jimmy Garoppolo on track for training camp Tue Jun 11, 04:46 PM
San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) continues to participate in individual and seven-on-seven drills and appears as though he will be ready for the start of training camp, according to ESPN's Nick Wagoner.
|Footballguys view: Garoppolo made it three games in 2018 before going down with this knee injury. He has been limited in practice but is trending in the right direction. This seems like a make-or-break season for Garoppolo and the 49ers. He's got to stay healthy and play the franchise quarterback he was supposed to be when the team traded for him.|
Jimmy Garoppolo player page
Eagles | JJ Arcega-Whiteside making good impression Tue Jun 11, 04:39 PM
Philadelphia Eagles WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside has enjoyed a 'pretty strong offseason program,' in the opinion of NJ.com's Mike Kaye.
|Footballguys view: One common theme coming out of Eagles camp (when it's not about DeSean Jackson tearing it up) is about the rookie Arcega-Whiteside. Usually these reports indicate that Arcega-Whiteside is standing out in the red zone. We've heard that Carson Wentz and Nate Sudfeld have no fear targeting the rookie wideout in tight windows. The Eagles have a jam-packed WR corps, so we'll have to see if Arcega-Whiteside can carve out a role in training camp and the preseason.|
49ers | Deebo Samuel dealing with hip tweak Tue Jun 11, 04:31 PM
San Francisco 49ers WR Deebo Samuel (hip) did not participate in minicamp practice Tuesday, June 11, after tweaking his hip recently.
|Footballguys view: We'll see if Samuel can get back from this injury quickly. Some are reporting this as a groin injury. We'll know more as practice continues.|
49ers | Garrett Celek recovering from back surgery Tue Jun 11, 03:36 PM
San Francisco 49ers TE Garrett Celek (back) recently underwent back surgery and is expected to need two months to recover, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan.
|Footballguys view: Celek had back issues back in 2014 when he was limited to just three games. He also finished the 2018 season with a concussion that he is still recovering from in the concussion protocol. Celek might be cleared some time towards the end of August.|
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Titans | Delanie Walker, Jonnu Smith not at minicamp Tue Jun 11, 02:30 PM
Tennessee Titans TEs Delanie Walker (ankle) and Jonnu Smith (knee) were not at mandatory minicamp Tuesday, June 11.
|Footballguys view: Back in May, Walker declared himself around 85 percent healthy. He was cleared for 7-on-7 drills during OTAs but the team doesn't want to rush things. Walker will be eased into training camp and at this time his Week 1 status is not in doubt. Smith was lost in 2018 with a torn MCL in Week 14. The Titans are taking the same approach with him and will ease him back into action as the season draws near.|
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Jets | NY Jets part ways with Neal Sterling Tue Jun 11, 02:23 PM
New York Jets TE Neal Sterling was released Tuesday, June 11.Link to story
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Colts | Indy locks up Luke Rhodes long-term Tue Jun 11, 02:16 PM
Indianapolis Colts LS Luke Rhodes signed a four-year contract extension worth $4.85 million that will keep him with the team through the end of the 2023 season Tuesday, June 11. The deal includes $1.259 guaranteed.Link to story
Saints | Cameron Meredith a no-go Tuesday Tue Jun 11, 02:08 PM
New Orleans Saints WR Cameron Meredith (knee) was at practice but did not participate Tuesday, June 11.
|Footballguys view: The reports were already out there that Meredith would not participate in minicamp. His knee injury limited him to just six games in 2018 and has been rather difficult to come back from. Even though he took a $2.1 million pay cut earlier this offseason, Meredith is no lock for the 53-man roster.|
Cameron Meredith player page
Ravens | Tony Jefferson logs limited practice Tue Jun 11, 02:03 PM
Baltimore Ravens S Tony Jefferson (ankle) practiced in a limited fashion for the first time this spring during mandatory minicamp Tuesday, June 11.Link to story
Tony Jefferson player page
Panthers | Cam Newton throws in minicamp Tue Jun 11, 01:50 PM
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) threw to stationary targets Tuesday, June 11, during the team's minicamp practice. It was the first time Newton has thrown passes publicly since undergoing shoulder surgery in January. 'If you go back and look at a lot of things that happened before he started having shoulder issues, you can see the improvement, you can see the footwork, you can see the whole development of him,'' coach Ron Rivera said. 'As the shoulder started to go, then you saw everything fall by the wayside. Now you get an opportunity to go back, rework those things, do the things he needs to do to improve. He's done a great job.'
|Footballguys view: Another day and more positive news about Newton here. A healthy Newton is a dangerous Newton and a player Fantasy GMs want to add in drafts of all formats. Newton has QB1 upside but is currently going off the board in the mid-QB2 tier. If he performs well in the preseason, we could see his ADP climb into the low-end QB1 range.|
Cam Newton player page
Eagles | Miles Sanders sidelined with injury Tue Jun 11, 01:08 PM
Philadelphia Eagles RB Miles Sanders (hamstring) will be held out of the team's mandatory minicamp this week due to a lingering hamstring injury, head coach Doug Pederson said Tuesday, June 11.
|Footballguys view: No surprise here. Sanders has missed all of the Eagles offseason workouts, voluntary or mandatory, due to his hamstring injury. The injury was called 'minor' at first but it seems to be a little more than that. We'll see if the rookie can get healthy, stay healthy and perform as a change-of-pace back for the Eagles behind Jordan Howard.|
Colts | Andrew Luck to miss minicamp Tue Jun 11, 01:03 PM
Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (calf) will sit out the team's minicamp this week with a calf strain, head coach Frank Reich announced Tuesday, June 11.
|Footballguys view: Luck was supposed to be dealing with a low-grade strain. It sounds like the Colts are being wisely cautious with their franchise quarterback. We'll see if Luck can fully participate in training camp when it kicks off later this summer. He is expected to be ready.|
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