Fantasy Football News & Views
Jets | Equal opportunity for Jets' quarterbacks (Tue May 23, 03:56 PM) [jump to this story]
Broncos | Trevor Siemian works with first team (Tue May 23, 02:06 PM) [jump to this story]
Rams | Jared Goff discusses progress (Tue May 23, 01:01 PM) [jump to this story]
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]
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
Browns | Larry Ogunjobi signs contract Thu May 18, 02:16 PM
Cleveland Browns DL Larry Ogunjobi signed his four-year rookie deal Thursday, May 18. Financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
Bills | Buffalo signs Tre'Davious White Thu May 18, 02:10 PM
Buffalo Bills first-round pick CB Tre'Davious White signed his four-year rookie deal Thursday, May 18. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: White is the 12th first round pick to come to terms with his team, and it's some good news on a day when one of their other picks - receiver Zay Jones - is dealing with a knee issue. The team needed to counteract losing Stephon Gilmore in free agency to the Patriots and White has the potential to be a very good corner for a long time.|
Browns| Howard Wilson won't need surgery Thu May 18, 01:58 PM
Cleveland Browns CB Howard Wilson (knee) will not need surgery on his fractured kneecap as originally thought. His recovery period is expected to be three to four months and he could return to the field by midseason.Link to story
Buccaneers | Jacquies Smith officially signs tender Thu May 18, 01:40 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers restricted free-agent DE Jacquies Smith officially signed his tender Thursday, May 18. Smith had previously drawn interest from the San Francisco 49ers, which is why he had not yet signed the tender.Link to story
Jacquies Smith player page
Jets | Jordan Leggett inks deal Thu May 18, 01:17 PM
New York Jets TE Jordan Leggett signed his four-year rookie contract Thursday, May 18. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: In a deep tight end class, this is an interesting guy. Leggett has great size for the position and new offensive coordinator John Morton comes from an offense which uses the tight end a lot. Leggett walks into a potentially good position in terms of possible offense and overall skill. The problem is twofold, though. First, he can be lazy and doesn't seem to have a consistent motor. Secondly, there's a position - don't know if you've heard of it - called quarterback which the Jets are constantly having trouble with. Without that under-appreciated spot being locked down with a solid option, no tight end can be expected to have a big impact.|
Colts | Grover Stewart signs with Colts Thu May 18, 01:09 PM
Indianapolis Colts DT Grover Stewart signed his four-year rookie contract Thursday, May 18. Financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
Colts | Malik Hooker signs Thu May 18, 11:58 AM
Indianapolis Colts S Malik Hooker, a first-round pick, signed his rookie four-year deal Thursday, May 18.
|Footballguys view: Hooker is the 11th first round pick to sign with his respective team. The Chargers' Mike Williams - seventh pick overall - is the highest pick to have signed so far. Hooker has great ball skills but his tackling leaves a bit to be desired, so he's not going to instantly help the run defense.|
Bills | Zay Jones injured Thu May 18, 11:34 AM
Buffalo Bills WR Zay Jones (knee), the team's second-round pick in 2017, suffered a knee injury Tuesday, May 16, which the team believes is a sprain. He'll miss some time.
|Footballguys view: It isn't a huge concern yet, but for a rookie every snap counts - even those when you're wearing shorts and a t-shirt. Jones has a lot of potential and given Sammy Watkins is always hurt (he's still hampered by his foot issues this week) he could have a big rookie season. He has to be healthy though.|
Bills | Several Bills out of OTA action Thu May 18, 11:30 AM
Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay (undisclosed), OT Cordy Glenn, C Eric Wood (leg), OT Cyrus Kouandjio (hip), WR Kolby Listenbee (hip), RB Jordan Johnson (undisclosed) and TE Blake Annen (undisclosed) are out of organized team activities Thursday, May 18.
|Footballguys view: It's too early to worry, and small, nagging injuries to guys getting back into shape aren't a shock. It's the Bills though, which feels like a snakebit franchise sometimes.|
Charles Clay player page
Kolby Listenbee player page
Bills | Sammy Watkins out of action Thu May 18, 11:30 AM
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) is not participating in the organized team activities Thursday, May 18.
|Footballguys view: This is our surprise face. Watkins has been around a lot so missing a glorified day camp isn't a big deal but the foot is something to watch. As rookie Zay Jones has now hurt his knee, Tyrod Taylor is going to be throwing to a lot of depth chart wannabes in the coming weeks.|
Sammy Watkins player page
Ravens | Tim Williams signs rookie deal Thu May 18, 10:54 AM
Baltimore Ravens LB Tim Williams, a third-round pick, signed his rookie four-year deal Thursday, May 18.Link to story
Chiefs | Tim Terry hired by Chiefs Thu May 18, 08:25 AM
Green Bay Packers assistant director of pro personnel Tim Terry was hired by the Kansas City Chiefs as director of pro personnel, according to a source.Link to story
Chargers | Rayshawn Jenkins signs contract Wed May 17, 08:02 PM
Los Angeles Chargers fourth-round draft choice S Rayshawn Jenkins signed his four-year deal with the Chargers Wednesday, May 17. Financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
Jaguars | Mike Morgan to work out for Jags Wed May 17, 07:41 PM
Free-agent LB Mike Morgan (Seahawks) is scheduled to work out for the Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday, May 18, according to a source.Link to story
Michael Morgan player page
Browns | Jason McCourty open to playing safety Wed May 17, 07:40 PM
Cleveland Browns CB Jason McCourty said he will initially play at cornerback but is open to moving to free safety and that defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has talked to him about the possibility.Link to story
Jason McCourty player page
Steelers | Pittsburgh makes roster moves Wed May 17, 06:35 PM
The Pittsburgh Steelers signed undrafted free-agent QB Bart Houston (Wisconsin) and free-agent WR Canaan Severin (Steelers) Wednesday, May 17. The team also waived QB Nick Schuessler and LB Akil Blount.
|Footballguys view: Houston played in 26 games for the Badgers and ended his career completing 125-for-192 passes (65.1 percent) for 1,540 yards and nine touchdowns. He's a high-percentage quarterback with the arm strength to make every throw in the NFL. Severin was added last year as an undrafted free agent out of Virginia. He's got the size (6'2" 215 pounds) and can make plays after the catch. Severin is not a speedy player and does struggle with separation. Both players are only worth monitoring in the deepest of deep dynasty leagues.|
Patriots | Rob Housler could return to NE Wed May 17, 06:12 PM
Updating a previous report, the New England Patriots released TE Rob Housler (hamstring) because he is dealing with a pulled hamstring, but the team could consider re-signing Housler once he is healed.
|Footballguys view: A third-round pick in 2011 (Cardinals), Housler was going to find it difficult to make the Patriots 53-man roster anyway. They've got plenty of talent at the position with Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen as the top two on the depth chart. Behind those two, guys like James O'Shaughnessy and Jacob Hollister are interesting receiving tight ends. Matt Lengel is a big-bodied blocker, rounding out the tight ends on the roster. Housler will get healed eventually, but the Patriots may have already moved on by that time.|
Rob Housler player page
Patriots | Rob Housler released Wed May 17, 05:19 PM
New England Patriots TE Rob Housler (undisclosed) was released Wednesday, May 17, with a failed physical designation.
|Footballguys view: Housler hasn't done much as a pro, and he was going to be hard pressed to make the final roster anyway.|
Rob Housler player page
Colts | Marlon Mack signs rookie deal Wed May 17, 05:18 PM
Indianapolis Colts fourth-round draft choice RB Marlon Mack signed his four-year contract with the Colts Wednesday, May 17. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Mack measures in at 5'11" 213 pounds, but he has the skill set of a smaller back. He can maneuver around defenders at the second level, and Mack has "Adios" speed when he gets to the corner. Mack runs blind between the tackles and looks to take the rock to the corner store too often as a runner. If utilized the correct way, Mack can certainly make plays as a part-time player. In 2017, the rookie from USF will compete for snaps behind starter Frank Gore.|
Steelers | JuJu Smith-Schuster signs contract Wed May 17, 04:38 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers second-round draft choice WR JuJu Smith-Schuster signed his four-year contract with the Steelers Wednesday, May 17. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Smith-Schuster may be the favorite to win the Steelers no.3 job at wide receiver (with Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant at no.1 and no.2 of course). The rookie from USC reminds some in the scouting community of Anquan Boldin because of his size, strength at the catch point and his run-after-the-catch ability. He'll compete with Sammie Coates for the third spot on the depth chart.|
Patriots | Pats work out Andrew Hawkins Wed May 17, 04:33 PM
Free-agent WR Andrew Hawkins (Browns) worked out for the New England Patriots Wednesday, May 17, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: The Patriots may just be updating their emergency list here. Hawkins would be a great fit on the Patriots with his quickness, agility and elusiveness after the catch. Released by the Browns earlier this year, Hawkins has been busy in college and recent got his degree from Columbia University with a 4.0 GPA. Congrats Hawk!|
Andrew Hawkins player page
Buccaneers | Jacquies Smith should be ready for season Wed May 17, 04:27 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Jacquies Smith (knee) is expected to be ready for the start of the 2017 season. Smith suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Week 1 last season.
|Footballguys view: The Bucs are hopeful that Smith can regain his form as a pass-rusher and work back onto the field as an important rotational player. Smith had 6.5 sacks in 2014 and 7.0 in 2015. Due to make almost $2 million this year, Smith will be an unrestricted free agent in 2018.|
Jacquies Smith player page
Buccaneers | Jacquies Smith signs tender Wed May 17, 04:24 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers restricted free-agent DE Jacquies Smith signed his one-year tender offer Wednesday, May 17, and is scheduled to make around $1.8 million.Link to story
Jacquies Smith player page
Falcons | Atlanta adds Cornelius Edison Wed May 17, 04:19 PM
Free-agent C Cornelius Edison (Bears) signed with the Atlanta Falcons Wednesday, May 17. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also waived WR Reginald Davis III.Link to story
Falcons | Andrew Garnder meets with Atlanta Wed May 17, 04:03 PM
Free-agent OT Andrew Gardner (49ers) met with the Atlanta Falcons Wednesday, May 17.Link to story
Bengals | Joshua Malone signs deal Wed May 17, 03:58 PM
Cincinnati Bengals fourth-round draft choice WR Joshua Malone signed his four-year deal with the Bengals Wednesday, May 17. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: While he's not quite Carl Pickens, Malone was an ascending talent during his days in college playing for the Tennessee Volunteers. In 2016, Malone was the top WR for Tennesse catching 50 passes for 972 yards and 11 touchdowns. Along with first-round pick John Ross, the Bengals have added some much-needed speed to the WR corps.|
Jaguars | Leonard Fournette signs contract Wed May 17, 03:57 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette signed his four-year deal with the Jaguars Wednesday, May 17, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Fournette can be a star at the pro level, and he's likely to be the centerpiece of the Jaguars offense. Most scouts compared him to Adrian Peterson because of his size/speed combination, and that's an accurate comparison. The Jaguars back should be one of the most fantasy relevant rookies in 2017, and he should be considered a RB1 for fantasy owners. His current ADP is RB16 (4.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Broncos | Carlos Henderson may be kick returner Wed May 17, 03:48 PM
Denver Broncos WR Carlos Henderson is expected to receive the first opportunity to win the kick returner job, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Jeff Legwold.
|Footballguys view: Don't get too carried away but he's a little bit Randall Cobb, a little bit Steve Smith and maybe there's even a dash of Hines Ward to his game. If that doesn't get you excited, then nothing will. Henderson's got great potential as a returner, but the rookie from Louisiana Tech could carve out a role as the no.3 WR in Denver behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. He's fierce after the catch and has the speed to take the top off the defense. A former running back, Henderson can stack moves on top of moves with the rock in his hands.|
Jets | Bryce Petty ready to compete Wed May 17, 03:19 PM
New York Jets QB Bryce Petty said he is ready to compete with QBs Josh McCown and Christian Hackenberg for the starting quarterback job and believes he can win the job.
|Footballguys view: Petty's Madden Ultimate Team has over a 90 rating, and he just got the 99 OVR Tom Brady Cover Reveal card (just look it up on MUTHead.com). The guy who said he can get better playing football by playing Madden has a chance to win the starting job in 2017. Yes, that's the sad state of the Jets QB situation. Don't look for fantasy gold with this team at this position. No matter who wins the starting job, we won't be recommending them as anything more than a "you forgot to take your backup QB and now they're all gone" addition.|
Bryce Petty player page
Jets | Chad Hansen contract details Wed May 17, 03:17 PM
Updating a previous report, New York Jets WR Chad Hansen signed a four-year deal worth $2.819 million. The deal includes a $419,648 signing bonus.
|Footballguys view: We wish the Jets had a better QB situation as Hansen is an interesting rookie to add in dynasty leagues. The Cal prospect reminded most in the scouting community of Allen Hurns (Jaguars) because of his size/speed combination. He should win the slot job behind outside starters Eric Decker and Quincy Enunwa in 2017.|
Colts | Clayton Geathers recovering from surgery Wed May 17, 03:02 PM
Indianapolis Colts S Clayton Geathers (neck) is not participating in the offseason workouts because he is recovering from neck surgery earlier this year. There is no timetable for his return at this point.Link to story
Clayton Geathers player page
Texans | Breno Giacomini may be option at RT Wed May 17, 02:56 PM
Houston Texans OT Breno Giacomini could compete with OT Chris Clark for the starting right tackle job during training camp.Link to story
Lions | Eric Ebron may receive extension Wed May 17, 02:42 PM
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron said he has talked with general manager Bob Quinn about a possible contract extension.
|Footballguys view: The Lions picked up Ebron's fifth-year option for 2018 in a no-brainer move earlier this offseason. Ebron's numbers as a receiver have gotten better each year he's been in the league. He's not a TD machine, and some of those red-zone looks could go to rookie Mike Roberts (noted TD hog from Toledo). Ebron's currently getting drafted at TE15 (12.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Eric Ebron player page
Browns | Charges against Caleb Brantley dropped Wed May 17, 02:41 PM
Cleveland Browns DT Caleb Brantley's battery charge in Florida has been dismissed because of insufficient evidence, according to the Florida State Attorney's Office.
|Footballguys view: Brantley could've been a second- or third-round pick but on April 13th, he was involved in a physical altercation with a woman that resulted in the woman being knocked unconscious. On the field, Brantley has a stout frame and can create interior pressure on the passer. He was a rotational player in college (never played in half of Florida's defensive snaps) for the Gators, and that role should continue in the pros.|
Falcons | Atlanta meeting with Sean Lissemore Wed May 17, 02:12 PM
Free-agent DT Sean Lissemore (Chargers) is meeting with the Atlanta Falcons Wednesday, May 17.
|Footballguys view: This is Lissemore's first known visit since the Chargers released him earlier this year. Going on 30, Lissemore has only played in eight games over the last two years and missed all of the 2016 season due to injury. The Falcons needed defensive line help this year and that's why they signed DT Dontari Poe and DE Jack Crawford in free agency, then they spent their first-round pick on Takkarist McKinley.|
Sean Lissemore player page
Bills | Patrick Lewis may be on bubble Wed May 17, 02:12 PM
Buffalo Bills C Patrick Lewis could be on the roster bubble during training camp because the team would save $1 million in salary cap space if he is released, in the opinion of the Buffalo News' Jay Skurski.Link to story