Fantasy Football News & Views
Broncos | Phillip Lindsay could return punts Fri May 25, 11:34 PM
Denver Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay is seeing time as a punt returner during OTAs.Link to story
Chiefs | Spencer Ware not on the field Fri May 25, 09:56 PM
Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (knee) did not participate in OTAs Thursday, May 24.Link to story
Spencer Ware player page
Steelers | James Conner up to speed Fri May 25, 09:49 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (knee) has been practicing during OTAs, and TE Jesse James said Conner looks more confident this year. 'He's running fast, running every ball to the end zone,' James said. 'He looks good.'Link to story
James Conner player page
Lions | Kerryon Johnson set for big role? Fri May 25, 09:31 PM
Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson and LeGarrette Blount were 'no doubt' the top two running backs during OTAs Thursday, May 24, according to Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com.Link to story
LeGarrette Blount player page
Eagles | Corey Clement hopes for bigger role Fri May 25, 06:40 PM
Philadelphia Eagles RB Corey Clement said he hopes to be more involved in the offense this upcoming season. 'I definitely want to get more touches, more carries, more catches out of the backfield this year. I want to be more of a key contributor. I don't think that's being greedy. I have a job to do and that's to put this team in the best position possible [to win],' Clement said.
|Footballguys view: Clement should compete with Darren Sproles for the receiving back/change-of-pace role in Philadelphia. Jay Ajayi should be the lead ball-carrier for the Eagles in 2018.|
Corey Clement player page
Bears | Jordan Howard to be factor in passing game? Fri May 25, 01:21 PM
Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard is working on some issues to help him become a better receiver out of the backfield, according to new running backs coach Charles London, who mentioned hand placement, focus and concentration and hand-eye coordination as some of the areas he is hoping to see improvement.
|Footballguys view: This is something that has been reported more than once this offseason. Howard is putting in the work, and he's doing that to be more involved in Matt Nagy's offense. He's good for around 25 catches per year, and even with his extra work to be a better receiver those numbers might not move that much for Howard in 2018. The Bears can always use Tarik Cohen as a dynamic receiver out of the backfield.|
Jordan Howard player page
Steelers | Another lengthy holdout for Le'Veon Bell? Thu May 24, 09:03 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is not expected to report to camp before he did a year ago, which was just prior to Week 1 of the 2017 season, while still holding out for a long-term deal. Bell wants to be 'by far the highest-paid running back' in the league.
|Footballguys view: Bell did this same thing last year when he was franchise tagged. Fantasy owners dealt with a lengthy holdout last year, and they should be ready to do the same thing again this season.|
LeVeon Bell player page
Bills | LeSean McCoy limited Thursday Thu May 24, 03:04 PM
Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (illness) was limited during organized team activities Thursday, May 24, because of an illness.
|Footballguys view: This is nothing that should impact his season naturally considering how early on it is. McCoy is likely to be one of the top fantasy backs in football again this year, since the Bills are likely to be running an awful lot with either an inexperienced or rookie quarterback under center.|
LeSean McCoy player page
Saints | Mark Ingram to report to minicamp Thu May 24, 01:40 PM
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram is expected to report to the mandatory three-day minicamp in June despite being suspended for the first four games of the regular season, according to head coach Sean Payton.
|Footballguys view: We're going to see just how much of a load Alvin Kamara can carry, aren't we? He's going to be featured and then some while Ingram is out suspended. Kamara is a top ten overall fantasy pick at this point in the offseason.|
Mark Ingram player page
Dolphins | Frank Gore will be limited Wed May 23, 09:03 PM
Miami Dolphins RB Frank Gore likely will not participate in many team drills during offseason workouts, according to head coach Adam Gase.
|Footballguys view: Gore is a seasoned pro and doesn't need a ton of reps. The Dolphins should use Kenyan Drake as their lead back and receiving option out of the backfield. Behind Drake, Gore should compete with rookie Kalen Ballage for playing time.|
Frank Gore player page
Browns | Duke Johnson optimistic for extension Wed May 23, 08:40 PM
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson said that he is in discussions with the team about a contract extension and he's 'very optimistic' the two sides will come to an agreement.
|Footballguys view: A third-round pick in 2015, Johnson is in the final year of his rookie contract. Johnson has around a $2.1 million cap hit in 2018, and the change-of-pace back could stay with the team after this year to continue his role. Carlos Hyde and rookie Nick Chubb will compete for the lead ball-carrier spot on the Browns in 2018.|
Duke Johnson player page
49ers | Jerick McKinnon settling in nicely Tue May 22, 08:08 PM
San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon caught several passes out of the backfield from Jimmy Garoppolo and looked 'very comfortable,' according to the Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows.
|Footballguys view: McKinnon in a Kyle Shanahan offense could mean great things for fantasy owners. We could see him getting over 1,000 yards on the ground, and it's not outlandish to think he could catch 50-plus catches for the 49ers offense. His current ADP is RB14 (2.11) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Jerick McKinnon player page
Bills | Aaron Green waived Tue May 22, 07:32 PM
Buffalo Bills RB Aaron Green (undisclosed) was waived from the Reserve/Injured list with an injury settlement Tuesday, May 22.Aaron Green player page
Texans | Four Texans sitting out OTAs Tue May 22, 02:47 PM
Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee), DE J.J. Watt (leg), RB D'Onta Foreman (Achilles') and DE Joel Heath (knee) did not participate in organized team activities Tuesday, May 22.
|Footballguys view: Foreman is going to push Lamar Miller for the starting job...eventually. Right now, he's still recovering from his Achilles' injury. The team remains hopeful he will be cleared in time for training camp.|
J.J. Watt player page
Jadeveon Clowney player page
DOnta Foreman player page
Eagles | Two Eagles absent Tue May 22, 10:35 AM
Philadelphia Eagles DE Michael Bennett and RB Darren Sproles are absent from organized team activities Tuesday, May 22.
|Footballguys view: Sproles is recovering from a torn ACL, and when healthy he could be in for a larger-than-expected role with the team. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson didn't seem too concerned about this duo missing voluntary work. "I don't have a lot of concern as far as their ability to help us win games because they're veteran players and they know how to get themselves ready to go." Pederson said.|
Darren Sproles player page
Michael Bennett player page
Vikings | Dalvin Cook ahead of schedule Mon May 21, 06:45 PM
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (knee) is ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation process. Head coach Mike Zimmer believes Cook will see work during organized team activities, but he will be limited until training camp.
|Footballguys view: Great news for the Vikings here. Cook can be the engine to the Vikings offense in 2018 and fantasy owners are excited about his prospects in year two of his career. He has a current ADP of RB10 (2.01) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Dalvin Cook player page
Steelers | Le'Veon Bell unlikely for OTAs Mon May 21, 01:15 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell still has not signed his franchise tender offer and is not expected to participate in organized team activities.
|Footballguys view: No surprise here. Franchise tagged for the second year in a row, Bell is looking for a long-term contract with the Steelers. Reports indicate talks have broken off, but the two sides have until mid-July to get something done. If no contract agreement can be reached by that time, expect Bell to hold out into training camp and the preseason.|
LeVeon Bell player page
Ravens | Kenneth Dixon participating Mon May 21, 12:40 PM
Baltimore Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon (knee) has been participating in offseason workouts and should be ready for organized team activities.
|Footballguys view: Dixon is coming back from a torn meniscus that cost him the entire 2017 season. He'll compete for a spot on the depth chart behind lead back Alex Collins.|
Kenneth Dixon player page
Eagles | Jay Ajayi played limited role in postseason Sun May 20, 03:50 PM
Philadelphia Eagles RB Jay Ajayi played fewer than half the team's snaps in the playoffs, according to NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal.
|Footballguys view: Without LeGarrette Blount, the Eagles are looking for more opportunities in the backfield. That means Ajayi is up next, but the Eagles have a cramped backfield. We'll likely see him as the main ball-carrier, but we could see someone like Darren Sproles as their primary receiving back.|
Jay Ajayi player page
Eagles | Donnel Pumphrey faces uphill climb Sat May 19, 10:23 PM
Philadelphia Eagles RB Donnel Pumphrey (hamstring) missed the 2017 season with a torn hamstring and will be fighting for a roster spot this summer. NJ.com's Eliot Shorr-Parks believes it is silly to write off Pumphrey after just 26 preseason carries, because the 2017 rookie looked dynamic at times in practice and bulked up, per reports. Even still, Pumphrey faces an uphill battle to make the final roster.
|Footballguys view: The FBS all-time leading rusher is only 179 pounds. Even if he's gained weight, Pumphrey simply lacks the body armor to hold up to the NFL beating. That being said, if he works as a part-time player then there's enough ability to be worth consideration. The Eagles are stacked at the running back position and that certainly hurts Pumphrey's chances of making the team. He can play slot receiver, so perhaps that extra bit of versatility will keep the 2017 fourth-round pick on the roster.|
Donnel Pumphrey player page
Eagles | Darren Sproles to have a large role? Sat May 19, 10:13 PM
Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles (knee) will have a big role in the offense, despite being 34 years old and coming off of a torn anterior cruciate ligament, in the opinion of Eliot Shorr-Parks, of NJ.com. Sproles was not signed to be a feel-good story, according to Shorr-Parks, and it would not be a surprising to see the veteran near or even atop the depth chart.
|Footballguys view: Keep this in mind late in your fantasy drafts. Sproles is quite capable as a receiver and could get 50-plus catches if healthy and things line up for him to have this large role in 2018. Jay Ajayi should be the team's leading ball-carrier, but Sproles can be featured as a runner in space and receiver out of the backfield.|
Darren Sproles player page
Jets | Thomas Rawls not guaranteed spot Fri May 18, 06:43 PM
New York Jets RB Thomas Rawls will have to win a spot on the 53-man roster during training camp because there is no guaranteed money in his contract if they decide to release him.Link to story
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Lions | Ameer Abdullah unlikely to contribute much Fri May 18, 12:24 PM
Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson and LeGarrette Blount are expected to receive much of the early-down work with Theo Riddick playing a third-down role, potentially leaving Ameer Abdullah potentially as a game-day inactive or on the roster bubble, according to Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com.
|Footballguys view: And what a mess this seems to be. This looks like a full-blown committee, which could limit every single back's value. We'll have to watch how this shakes out, but it looks grim for fantasy owners.|
LeGarrette Blount player page
Theo Riddick player page
Ameer Abdullah player page
Redskins | Chris Thompson in line for big role? Thu May 17, 10:44 PM
Washington Redskins RB Derrius Guice will likely be the starter according to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com, but Rosenthal said it 'wouldn't be a surprise' if RB Chris Thompson ended up playing more snaps this year.
|Footballguys view: Thompson catches the ball well, and is a much better pass protector. So with the, not-terribly-mobile-but-not-a-statue Alex Smith under center, Washington may decide Thompson is the better bet to protect their quarterback. Guice should get plenty of carries, but Thompson may be a sneaky player to target in this offense.|
Chris Thompson player page
Ravens | Baltimore committed to Alex Collins? Thu May 17, 09:59 PM
The Baltimore Ravens' decision not to select a running back in the 2018 NFL Draft is a sign that they are comfortable with RB Alex Collins as their starter, according to Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com.Link to story
Alex Collins player page
Texans | Lamar Miller to open year as starter? Thu May 17, 09:52 PM
Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller will likely keep his roster spot and open the year as the starter because RB D'Onta Foreman (Achilles') is still recovering, according to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com.Link to story
Lamar Miller player page
DOnta Foreman player page
Buccaneers | Charles Sims will have specific role Thu May 17, 05:49 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims is expected to be a third-down back this upcoming season because of his ability to pass protect and catch the ball out of the backfield, according to offensive coordinator Todd Monken.
|Footballguys view: Sims had his shot to be the team's lead back in 2015 and those days are gone. Now, rookie Ronald Jones could emerge as the top running back for the Bucs. Jones is electric with the ball in his hands and can be dangerous as a runner or receiver out of the backfield. Sims is not as explosive with the ball but he is reliable and there's a spot for that....a spot with limited (little?) fantasy value but there is a spot.|
Charles Sims player page
Cowboys | Dallas works out several players Thu May 17, 04:18 PM
Free-agent QB Trevor Knight (Falcons), WR Keyarris Garrett (Panthers) and WR Taj Williams (Seahawks) and undrafted free-agent RB Sherman Badie (Tulane) worked out for the Dallas Cowboys Thursday, May 17. The Cowboys are not expected to sign any of the players at this time.
|Footballguys view: Undrafted out of Texas A&M (Oklahoma transfer) in 2017, Knight bounced around on two teams (Cardinals, Falcons) last year. Knight is athletic and strong enough to break some tackles as a runner, but his accuracy as a passer is a work in progress. We'll see if he can latch on with another team since the Cowboys seem to be passing on him at this time.|
Keyarris Garrett player page
Cardinals | David Johnson with lofty goals Thu May 17, 10:54 AM
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (wrist) said his wrist feels great, and he's aiming for 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards.
|Footballguys view: Only two backs in NFL history (Roger Craig, Marshall Faulk) are members of the 1,000/1,000-club. Johnson certainly could be the next in line. With Mike McCoy running the Cardinals offense in 2018, we should see Johnson get plenty of work as a runner and receiver out of the backfield. With Sam Bradford (or rookie Josh Rosen) starting at quarterback, Johnson makes for a great relief-valve target. Fantasy owners can trust him as one of the top picks off the board in any draft/any format.|
David Johnson player page
Bears | Coach excited about Tarik Cohen Wed May 16, 11:33 PM
Chicago Bears RB Tarik Cohen is a player that head coach Matt Nagy is excited to work with this upcoming season. 'You see how he is in the meeting rooms -- he listens to the play and when he comes out here how serious he is and he knows how to have fun. He's a player that for me, you get giddy about,' Nagy said.
|Footballguys view: Nagy is one of the most creative offensive minds in football. He'll find a way to use Cohen, perhaps with some plays/formations that he used Tyreek Hill in during his time running Kansas City's offense.|
Tarik Cohen player page
Seahawks | Rashaad Penny signs rookie deal Wed May 16, 06:41 PM
Seattle Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny signed his four-year rookie deal on Wednesday, May 16.
|Footballguys view: Behind Saquan Barkley (Giants), Penny may be the best all-purpose back in this draft. At 220 pounds, Penny has the size to handle a big workload. He can run between the tackles but isn't a traditional bulldozer inside. Penny instead is a fluid runner who can string together multiple moves to create his own space. He's also a good receiver out of the backfield. After having a mess of a backfield for a couple of years, the Seahawks are hoping Penny can be their centerpiece at the position. Fantasy owners are drafting Penny at RB27 (6.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Jaguars | Terrance West visiting Jaguars Wed May 16, 11:55 AM
Free-agent RB Terrance West (Ravens) is visiting with the Jacksonville Jaguars Wednesday, May 16.
|Footballguys view: West has three teams (Jaguars, Colts, Eagles) interested in his services at this time. Coming off a season where he averaged a career-low 3.5 yards per carry, West isn't going to be handed any easy path to playing time. Certainly the Jaguars would only use him for veteran depth behind starter Leonard Fournette. If added, West would compete with guys like Corey Grant and T.J. Yeldon for pecking order on the depth chart.|
Terrance West player page
Bills | Aaron Green reverts to IR Tue May 15, 07:42 PM
Buffalo Bills RB Aaron Green (undisclosed) reverted to the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, May 15, after being waived/injured.Aaron Green player page
Rams | Nick Holley signed by Rams Tue May 15, 07:37 PM
Undrafted free-agent RB Nick Holley (Kent State) was signed by the Los Angeles Rams Tuesday, May 15.
|Footballguys view: A fifth-year senior for the Golden Flashes, Holley saw each of his last three seasons in college cut short by injury. He suffered a torn ACL back in September in a loss to Marshall. The converted quarterback is just trying to turn heads and perhaps make the practice squad.|
Rams | Larry Rose claimed by Rams Tue May 15, 05:16 PM
The Los Angeles Rams claimed RB Larry Rose off waivers from the Tennessee Titans Tuesday, May 15.
|Footballguys view: Rose was one of the most productive players in the history of New Mexico State. At 5'11" 195 pounds, Rose has good all-around talent. He never matched his production in 2015 when he rushed for over 1,500 yards, but Rose was steady as a receiver. He snared 133 passes during his four years in college. Rose is a long-shot to make the 53-man roster, but we'll always monitor a player like this in the deepest of deep dynasty leagues.|
Colts | Terrance West visits Colts Tue May 15, 04:47 PM
Free-agent RB Terrance West (Ravens) visited the Indianapolis Colts Tuesday, May 15, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: The Colts already have six backs on the roster, but they are lacking in experience at the position...especially after adding Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins in the 2018 NFL draft. West appeared in only five games last year and averaged a career-low 3.5 yards per carry. He's gotten little interest other than a workout for the Eagles about a week ago. The Colts may just be updating their emergency list here.|
Terrance West player page
Falcons | Terrence Magee waived Tue May 15, 04:10 PM
Atlanta Falcons RB Terrence Magee was waived Tuesday, May 15. Free-agent DB Jason Hall (Seahawks) was signed in a corresponding move.
|Footballguys view: Magee has bounced around to a few different teams as a pro. In three years he only has five career carries...and he may find it difficult to latch on with another team now that he's on the open market.|
Rams | LA Rams sign two, cut two Tue May 15, 01:15 PM
The Los Angeles Rams signed DT Dalton Keene and S Charles Williams to undisclosed contracts Tuesday, May 15. FB Sam Rogers and RB Lenard Tillery were waived to make room on the 90-man roster.Link to story
Broncos | De'Angelo Henderson involved in accident Mon May 14, 03:17 PM
Denver Broncos RB De'Angelo Henderson (undisclosed) was hospitalized with minor injuries Monday, May 14, after being an accident victim in a high-speed police chase. He is present at the team facility and will be ready for organized team activities next week.
|Footballguys view: Thank goodness Henderson was able to walk away from this accident. He's competing for a reserve spot with the Broncos. Right now, Royce Freeman and Devontae Booker should compete for the starting job. Henderson will be competing with Phillip Lindsay for a backup or change-of-pace job.|
DeAngelo Henderson player page
Saints | Adrian Peterson open to Saints return Mon May 14, 02:23 PM
Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Cardinals) said he would be open to signing with the New Orleans Saints this offseason even though things did not work out between the two sides last season.
|Footballguys view: It's just an odd fit...just like it was last year. The Saints have left the door open to a return for Peterson and now he's open with it as well. Peterson didn't fit the Saints offense and was traded away last October.|
Adrian Peterson player page
Giants | Two players join Giants Mon May 14, 01:58 PM
Free-agent WR Alonzo Russell (Cardinals) and undrafted free-agent RB Robert Martin (Rutgers) signed with the New York Giants Monday, May 14. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.Link to story
Titans | Tennessee cuts two players Mon May 14, 01:19 PM
Tennessee Titans QB Tyler Ferguson and RB Larry Rose were waived Monday, May 14.Link to story
Bills | Zach Olstad joins Bills Mon May 14, 12:34 PM
Undrafted free-agent FB Zach Olstad (Winona State) signed with the Buffalo Bills Monday, May 14. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also waived/injured RB Aaron Green (undisclosed).Link to story
Aaron Green player page
Buccaneers | Ronald Jones to play every down? Sun May 13, 09:56 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones has been catching a variety of passes during rookie minicamp and will have the opportunity to play in space and line up as a receiver in head coach Dirk Koetter's offense.
|Footballguys view: Jones has the type of ability that puts him on the field on all three downs. He can be a dangerous runner with the speed to score from anywhere. Jones can also be used as a receiver out of the backfield, but he can also line up in the slot if need be. It may not take long for him to ascend to the top of the depth chart for the Bucs.|
Bengals | Three skill players among latest UDFA signings Sun May 13, 06:50 PM
The Cincinnati Bengals have signed RB Quinton Flowers (South Florida), TE Jordan Franks (Central Florida), and RB Ray Lawry (Old Dominion) as unrestricted free agents.Link to story
Rams | John Kelly to be the backup? Sat May 12, 11:41 PM
Los Angeles Rams RB John Kelly's versatility as a receiver makes him a better candidate to be the backup to RB Todd Gurley than RB Malcolm Brown, according to Lance Zierlein of NFL.com.
|Footballguys view: Kelly had 37 catches last year for the Volunteers and can stay on the field all three downs if need be. He's violent as a runner and will use his stiff arm to create space for himself. Kelly is not creative or elusive with the ball in his hands, and has more of a 'no nonsense' style of running the ball. We'll see how he compares to Brown (more of a power back) in the Rams battle for backup running back.|
Malcolm Brown player page
Saints | Jonathan Williams to fill the void? Sat May 12, 10:49 PM
New Orleans Saints RB Jonathan Williams was one of the players head coach Sean Payton mentioned when discussing who will step up while RB Mark Ingram is serving his suspension.
|Footballguys view: A fifth-round pick out of Arkansas in 2016, Williams lasted only one season with Buffalo. He spent 10 weeks on the Broncos practice squad in 2017 before getting dumped, but the Saints then scooped him up and kept him on the active roster. With Ingram suspended the first month of the year, we'll see if Williams can come through on the potential he still has.|
Saints | Alvin Kamara won't be overworked Sat May 12, 10:42 PM
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara won't be overworked during RB Mark Ingram's suspension, according to head coach Sean Payton. 'By all means, we don't want to sit there and run the tread off the back with him early in the season because this thing it's a marathon, 16 games,' Payton said.
|Footballguys view: Kamara is going to have a larger role in 2018, especially with Mark Ingram suspended the first four games of the year. We'll see him maintain a large role even when Ingram comes back in Week 5. The Saints will continue to use a rotation of backs behind Kamara, likely led by Jonathan Williams while Ingram is out.|
Mark Ingram player page
Alvin Kamara player page
Colts | Nyheim Hines turning heads Sat May 12, 09:51 PM
Indianapolis Colts RB Nyheim Hines has displayed an impressive ability to catch the ball, according to head coach Frank Reich.
|Footballguys view: Hines should be turning heads as he's got the 'wow' factor when touching the ball as a runner or receiver. He's got the ability to be moved all over the formation as Hines is a running back but can play slot receiver as well. Expect the Colts to mix him into the offense, making him an interesting flier pick in deep PPR leagues with 'what the heck' flex potential.|
Broncos | Steady role for Royce Freeman? Sat May 12, 09:29 PM
Denver Broncos RB Royce Freeman will have a chance to become a '1B' back to RB Devontae Booker, according to Mike Klis of 9News.com.
|Footballguys view: Notice how Klis is reporting a '1B' situation. That's accurate at this time as Booker should be the lead back for the Broncos to begin training camp. However, we think Freeman is just a better talent and could overtake Booker for the lead job. We'll watch this unfold in camp as the Broncos look to replace former 1,000 yard rusher C.J. Anderson.|
Devontae Booker player page