Fantasy Football News & Views
Giants | Looking at free agents Wed Oct 22, 02:49 AM
In their bye week, the New York Giants are working out several free agents. In addition to QB Terrelle Pryor, who was previously mentioned, other free agents include TE Tony Moeaki (Chiefs), RB Felix Jones (Steelers), RB Alex Green (Jets), WR Jonathan Baldwin (Chiefs), RB Dion Lewis (Browns), TE Ted Bolser (Redskins), PK Travis Coons (Titans), OL Jack Cornell (Raiders), P Jake Dombrowski (Harvard), PK Nate Freese (Lions), P Robert Malone (Redskins), G Antoine McClain (Saints), TE T.J. Williams (Packers) and LS Tyler Ott (Patriots).Link to story
T.J. Williams player page
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Tony Moeaki player page
Jon Baldwin player page
Dion Lewis player page
Alex Green player page
Terrelle Pryor player page
Jets | Four brought in for workouts Wed Oct 22, 02:35 AM
The New York Jets invited four players to work out recently, including free-agent FB Tony Fiammetta (Bears), DB Chris Prosinski (Jaguars), CB Johnny Adams (Raiders) and CB Marcus Cromartie (Chargers). ESPN reporter Adam Caplan initially reported the workouts of Fiammetta and Prosinski.Link to story
Tony Fiammetta player page
Chris Prosinski player page
Dolphins | Several players brought in to work out Wed Oct 22, 02:28 AM
The Miami Dolphins brought in five players for workouts recently, including free-agent DB Tommie Campbell (Titans), DB T.J. Heath (Browns), DB Curtis Marsh (Eagles), WR Derek Moye (Steelers) and CB DeMarcus Van Dyke (Chiefs).Link to story
Demarcus VanDyke player page
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Tommie Campbell player page
Bills | Two players work out Wed Oct 22, 02:23 AM
The Buffalo Bills recently worked out free-agent WR Eric Thomas (Troy) and P Michael Palardy (Raiders).Link to story
Vikings | Jerick McKinnon shows big-play ability Tue Oct 21, 11:48 PM
Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon has rushed for at least five yards on 22 of his 60 carries this season, amassing 245 yards on those 22 attempts.Link to story
Lions | Golden Tate making consistent impact Tue Oct 21, 11:28 PM
Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate is one of just two receivers to have at least five receptions in each of the first seven games of the season.Link to story
Golden Tate player page
Colts | Dwayne Allen becoming a red zone threat Tue Oct 21, 10:18 PM
Indianapolis Colts TE Dwayne Allen said he was not expecting to be as involved in the red zone as he has been this season. He has five touchdowns in seven games, and three of those scores have come on plays in the red zone.Link to story
Dwayne Allen player page
Cardinals | Carson Palmer close to 100% Tue Oct 21, 09:59 PM
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (shoulder) threw at team headquarters Tuesday, Oct. 21, and is 'real close' to 100% percent, according to head coach Bruce Arians.Link to story
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Cardinals | Troy Niklas doubtful for Week 8 Tue Oct 21, 09:24 PM
Arizona Cardinals TE Troy Niklas (ankle) is unlikely to play in Week 8, head coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday, Oct. 21.Link to story
Troy Niklas player page
Seahawks | Paul Richardson earns targets Tue Oct 21, 08:22 PM
Seattle Seahawks WR Paul Richardson caught four passes on five targets for 33 yards in Week 7. Richardson was targeted just once in the team's first five games.
|Footballguys view: Richardson is an exciting rookie for fantasy owners to keep tabs on. He has a skill set reminiscent of DeSean Jackson because his speed can get on top of the defense in the blink of an eye. We'll see if he can continue to earn a larger role going forward.|
Paul Richardson player page
Colts | Make several roster moves Tue Oct 21, 06:37 PM
The Indianapolis Colts signed free-agents RB Jeff Demps (Buccaneers) and Konrad Reuland (Jets) to their practice squad and released QB Dominique Davis and WR Chandler X. Jones from the practice squad Tuesday, Oct. 21.Link to story
Konrad Reuland player page
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Jeff Demps player page
Colts | Two released Tue Oct 21, 06:22 PM
Indianapolis Colts QB Dominique Davis and WR Chandler X. Jones were released Tuesday, Oct. 21.Dominique Davis player page
Buccaneers | Two signed Tue Oct 21, 06:20 PM
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed free-agent LB Mister Alexander (Texans) and RB Marcus Thigpen (Dolphins) to their practice squad Tuesday, Oct. 21.Marcus Thigpen player page
Mister Alexander player page
Browns | L'Damian Washington signs Tue Oct 21, 06:12 PM
The Cleveland Browns signed free-agent WR L'Damian Washington (Giants) to their practice squad Tuesday, Oct. 21.
Browns | Gerell Robinson re-signs Tue Oct 21, 06:02 PM
The Cleveland Browns re-signed TE Gerell Robinson to their active roster Tuesday, Oct. 21.Gerell Robinson player page
NFL | Six become free agents Tue Oct 21, 06:00 PM
Cleveland Browns RB Ray Agnew III and DT Jacobbi McDaniel, Denver Broncos LB Shaquil Barrett, Detroit Lions DB Jerome Couplin III, New Orleans Saints LB Todd Davis and St. Louis Rams WR Austin Pettis cleared waivers and became free agents Tuesday, Oct. 21.Austin Pettis player page
Seahawks | Brett Brackett claimed Tue Oct 21, 05:58 PM
The Seattle Seahawks claimed TE Brett Brackett off waivers from the Tennessee Titans Tuesday, Oct. 21.Brett Brackett player page
Buccaneers | Two waived Tue Oct 21, 05:56 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Solomon Patton and DE Scott Solomon were placed on no-recall waivers Tuesday, Oct. 21.
Seahawks | Rashaun Allen waived Tue Oct 21, 05:55 PM
Seattle Seahawks TE Rashaun Allen was placed on no-recall waivers Tuesday, Oct. 21.
Browns | Jonathan Krause waived Tue Oct 21, 05:53 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Jonathan Krause (undisclosed) was placed on no-recall waivers from the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Oct. 21.
Broncos | Brandon McManus not practicing Tue Oct 21, 05:34 PM
Denver Broncos PK Brandon McManus (groin) missed his second straight day of practice Tuesday, Oct. 21.Link to story
Broncos | Montee Ball out again Tuesday Tue Oct 21, 05:31 PM
Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball (groin) was not at practice for the second straight day Tuesday, Oct. 21.
|Footballguys view: There are some close to the team speculating the Broncos could be targeting a Week 11 return for Ball. That week, the Broncos travel to St. Louis to play the Rams. In the meantime, Ronnie Hillman is the lead back for Denver. We can recommend him as a high upside RB2 the way things have been going over the last two weeks.|
Montee Ball player page
Broncos | Tuesday practice report Tue Oct 21, 05:30 PM
Denver Broncos CB Omar Bolden (concussion) and LB Steven Johnson (ankle) did not practice Tuesday, Oct. 21. S Quinton Carter (hamstring), CB Chris Harris Jr. (knee), RB Juwan Thompson (knee) and S T.J. Ward (knee) practiced in full.Link to story
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Chris Harris player page
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Rams | Sign two to practice squad Tue Oct 21, 05:14 PM
The St. Louis Rams signed free-agent WRs Kadron Boone (Eagles) and Devon Wylie (49ers) to their practice squad Tuesday, Oct. 21.
|Footballguys view: Wylie was once an interesting prospect in dynasty leagues. He's been unable to stick on more than one roster despite having incredible natural ability. Wylie is quick, fast and agile--but he struggles staying healthy and with consistency. We're no longer interested in him...even in the deepest of deep dynasty leagues.|
Devon Wylie player page
Lions | Calvin Johnson must be 100 percent Tue Oct 21, 05:11 PM
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) will only return in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons if he's 100 percent healthy, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. 'It's not going to be a thing of degrees,' Caldwell said. 'When they say he's cleared, he's ready to go and he's feeling great, when they doctors say, OK, that's when it's going to happen. It's not going to be a whole lot of in between.' Johnson has missed six straight practices.
|Footballguys view: We're okay with the team holding out Johnson until he's fully ready to return. We saw him struggle with this ankle injury for a couple of weeks, and he just didn't look the same. Keep watching for Johnson's practice status each day.|
Calvin Johnson player page
Jaguars | Denard Robinson praised by coach Tue Oct 21, 04:13 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Denard Robinson was recently lauded by head coach Gus Bradley. Bradley said Robinson is extremely competitive and the drive to succeed and get better came from within for Robinson.
|Footballguys view: Robinson is the lead back for the Jaguars until further notice. His speed and explosiveness are quite noticeable when he gets to the second level of the defense. We can recommend him as a RB2/flex play in good matchups. Against tougher teams, it's best to consider Robinson more of a flex player for your fantasy team.|
Denard Robinson player page
Jaguars | Marcedes Lewis to practice soon? Tue Oct 21, 04:08 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars TE Marcedes Lewis (ankle) is expected to be able to practice next week. Lewis is on the short-term Reserve/Injured list with a high ankle sprain.
|Footballguys view: The Clay Harbor express will be ending soon. If you've picked up Harbor in free agency, you might want to get him in the lineup soon. When Lewis is back, Harbor will be a player you can move on from.|
Marcedes Lewis player page
Jets | Jeremy Kerley's extension official Tue Oct 21, 04:06 PM
New York Jets WR Jeremy Kerley officially signed a four-year, $16 million extension Tuesday, Oct. 21. Kerley will receive $5.4 million of guaranteed money. He has 22 catches for 201 yards and a touchdown this year.
|Footballguys view: Kerley was nearing the end of his rookie contract, and now he's locked up through the 2018 season. The Jets just acquired Percy Harvin last week, and they added Eric Decker in free agency earlier this year. Even though the future of their quarterback position is up in the air, the Jets are setting themselves up at wide receiver.|
Jeremy Kerley player page
Jaguars | Toby Gerhart progressing Tue Oct 21, 04:05 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart is progressing from a foot injury that has caused him to miss the last two games. His status will be updated Wednesday, Oct. 22.
|Footballguys view: Gerhart is progressing, but he's going to come back to a new role with the Jaguars. Denard Robinson has emerged as the featured runner with rookie Storm Johnson working as a part-time player. When healthy, Gerhart should take over for Johnson in that limited role.|
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Cardinals | Andre Ellington extremely productive Tue Oct 21, 03:58 PM
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington had 88 yards rushing and 72 yards receiving in Week 7, and only four players in franchise history since 1960 to have more yards from scrimmage than Ellington's 653 through six games. Ellington has also been playing with a partially torn tendon in his foot. Head coach Bruce Arians said Ellington will continue to sit out of practice on Wednesdays.
|Footballguys view: Ellington is one of the most explosive players in the game today. It's wise for the Cardinals to use him as much as possible. However, fantasy owners were upset that Stepfan Taylor (and not Ellington) scored a couple of touchdowns for the Cardinals in Week 7.|
Andre Ellington player page
Chargers | Ryan Mathews doesn't practice Tue Oct 21, 03:35 PM
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) did not practice Tuesday, Oct. 21, and is not expected to play Thursday, Oct. 23, against the Denver Broncos.
|Footballguys view: Mathews may not be back for another couple of weeks. We'll see Branden Oliver as the lead back for the Chargers on Thursday night.|
Ryan Mathews player page
Chargers | Donald Brown not practicing Tue Oct 21, 03:33 PM
San Diego Chargers RB Donald Brown (concussion) did not practice Tuesday, Oct. 21, and is not expected to play Thursday, Oct. 23, against the Denver Broncos.
|Footballguys view: This is not a good sign for Brown. The Chargers have a short week as they play the Broncos on Thursday night. It looks like we'll see Branden Oliver and Ronnie Brown in the backfield for the Chargers in Week 8.|
Donald Brown player page
49ers | Sign Josh Johnson Tue Oct 21, 02:57 PM
The San Francisco 49ers re-signed QB Josh X. Johnson to a one-year contract Tuesday, Oct. 21. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: He's on again, he's off again. This has been the role for Johnson during his time with the 49ers this season.|
Josh Johnson player page
Jets | Jeremy Kerley to sign extension Tue Oct 21, 02:36 PM
The New York Jets are expected to sign WR Jeremy Kerley to a four-year extension Tuesday, Oct. 21, according to a source. Financial details were not disclosed.Link to story
Jeremy Kerley player page
Dolphins | Make two roster moves Tue Oct 21, 02:29 PM
The Miami Dolphins signed free-agent WR LaRon Byrd (Cowboys) and re-signed DT Deandre Coleman Tuesday, Oct. 21.
|Footballguys view: Byrd is a huge target with a large wingspan. We're keeping an eye on him in super super deep dynasty leagues, but that's it.|
LaRon Byrd player page
Dolphins | Lamar Miller practicing with brace Tue Oct 21, 02:13 PM
Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (knee) practiced with a brace on his right knee Tuesday, Oct. 21.
|Footballguys view: Just keep an eye on this situation. Miller is the clear lead back for the Dolphins, and Daniel Thomas is his primary backup. Make sure Miller is practicing without incident due to this brace.|
Lamar Miller player page
Bills | C.J. Spiller placed on short-term IR Tue Oct 21, 02:10 PM
The Buffalo Bills placed RB C.J. Spiller (collarbone) on short-term Reserve/Injured Tuesday, Oct. 21.
|Footballguys view: Spiller won't be eligible to return until Week 16. That's the fantasy championship week for most fantasy leagues out there, but he's a risky player to hold onto. We'll see the Bills move forward with Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown in some form of RBBC with Spiller out. Fred Jackson will also return at some point (before Spiller).|
C.J. Spiller player page
Redskins | Not ruling out Robert Griffin Tue Oct 21, 02:06 PM
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) will not be ruled out for Week 8 against the Dallas Cowboys, but he has a long way to go in order to be ready, according to head coach Jay Gruden. Gruden said Griffin must be 100 percent in order to play.
|Footballguys view: Griffin would be a huge upgrade over Colt McCoy, but the team needs to be cautious here. We're not ruling it out...but we would be shocked to see Griffin play on Monday Night Football against the Cowboys in Week 8.|
Robert Griffin III player page
Browns | Johnny Manziel could play in Week 8 Tue Oct 21, 02:05 PM
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel could see some action in Week 8 against the Oakland Raiders, according to head coach Mike Pettine. However, Pettine said Monday, Oct. 20, that QB Brian Hoyer is still firmly entrenched as the team's starting quarterback. Hoyer completed a career-low 39 percent of his attempts against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 7 and threw for 215 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. He has completed only 41.3 percent of his passes in the last two weeks. Pettine blamed Hoyer's poor performance on the team's inability to run and set up play-action.
|Footballguys view: Fantasy owners need to be alert to this situation. The Manziel era is coming soon for the Browns. The 2014 first-round pick will get his shot as the starter if Hoyer continues to struggle.|
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Seahawks | Don't rule out bringing back Michael Robinson Tue Oct 21, 02:01 PM
The Seattle Seahawks could have interest in bringing back free-agent FB Michael Robinson. Head coach Pete Carroll did not rule out the the option of bringing back Robinson.Link to story
Michael Robinson player page
NFL | Ray Rice's appeal to be heard soon Tue Oct 21, 01:26 PM
Free-agent RB Ray Rice (Ravens) will have the appeal of his indefinite suspension from the NFL heard Nov. 5-6, according to media reports. A decision on whether commissioner Roger Goodell will testify at the hearing is expected to come this week.
|Footballguys view: If Rice's suspension is overturned and he is signed by a team, he could return this season.|
Ray Rice player page
Eagles | Darren Sproles back at practice. Tue Oct 21, 01:17 PM
Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles (knee) returned to practice Tuesday, Oct. 21.
|Footballguys view: Sproles is considered to be ahead of schedule in his recovery from an MCL injury. We'll need to see if he can practice later in the week. At this time, his status for the Week 8 game on Sunday against the Cardinals is up in the air.|
Darren Sproles player page
Giants | Terrell Pryor working out Tue Oct 21, 01:06 PM
Free-agent QB Terrelle Pryor (Seahawks) is working out for the New York Giants Tuesday, Oct. 21, according to a person familiar with the workouts. It appears as though Pryor is working out as a quarterback.
|Footballguys view: Pryor is an incredible athlete with a strong arm, but he's not accurate as a passer. The Giants are likely just updating their emergency list.|
Terrelle Pryor player page
Lions | Calvin Johnson resumes running Tue Oct 21, 01:03 PM
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) said he is back to running Tuesday, Oct. 21. Johnson sat out in Week 7 against the New Orleans Saints and appears to be trying to return sooner rather than later.
|Footballguys view: Watch Johnson's practice status to see if he's ready to play in Week 8. They play the Falcons this week, but then the Lions have a bye the week after that. It might be wise to let Johnson rest through the bye.|
Calvin Johnson player page
Bills | Phillip Tanner signing Tue Oct 21, 01:02 PM
The Buffalo Bills are signing free-agent RB Phillip Tanner (Cowboys) Tuesday, Oct. 21.
|Footballguys view: The Bills had sniffed around the league to find additional RB help. They make the move to add Tanner here, but there's little fantasy value from this transaction. While Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller are out, we'll see the team move forward with a RBBC featuring Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown.|
Phillip Tanner player page
Steelers | Martavis Bryant emerges as another WR option Tue Oct 21, 12:48 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant cut into WR Markus Wheaton's workload in Week 7 against the Houston Texans, and QB Ben Roethlisberger took three 'shot' plays down the field to Bryant. The team is unsettled at receiver behind WR Antonio Brown, with WRs Wheaton, Lance Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey fighting for targets. It was the first game in which Bryant was active this year.Link to story
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Colts | Reggie Wayne could miss a game or two Tue Oct 21, 12:45 PM
Updating previous reports, Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne's (elbow) injury isn't believed to be serious, but it could cause him to miss a game or two, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Head coach Chuck Pagano hasn't revealed the results of Wayne's MRI exams, however. Wayne said his injury wasn't serious after the Week 7 win. He finished the game against the Cincinnati Bengals with just four catches for 15 yards, and he had two drops. WR Hakeem Nicks could receive a heavier workload if Wayne needs some time to heal from his injury. Nicks had zero catches on one target against the Bengals after catching just two passes for 18 yards the previous week.
|Footballguys view: We're way more excited about rookie Donte Moncrief than we are Nicks. With Wayne out, we could see Moncrief get a real opportunity to impress in one of the league's more robust passing games. He's a big target who can make plays above the rim because of his size, wingspan and leaping ability. Fantasy owners in deeper leagues need to take a look at Moncrief.|
Reggie Wayne player page
Hakeem Nicks player page
Titans | Zach Mettenberger an option at QB? Tue Oct 21, 12:27 PM
Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker (thumb) will start at quarterback when he's healthy, according to head coach Ken Whisenhunt. QB Charlie Whitehurst has filled in for Locker twice this year, but buzz continues to mount for QB Zach Mettenberger, the team's sixth-round draft pick this year. "We're trying to get him better as we go, knowing with the way it's gone for us at quarterback this year that's something that could happen at any time," Whisenhunt said. Whisenhunt doesn't sound concerned about playing Mettenberger too soon, either.
|Footballguys view: The rookie has a rocket for a right arm...but he throws with little control. He also struggles when under duress--even a little bit of pressure will throw his game off. He's a big pocket passer but lacks the athleticism to keep plays alive with his feet.|
Charlie Whitehurst player page
Jake Locker player page
Bengals | A.J. Green's status up in the air Tue Oct 21, 12:09 PM
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) said his return from a toe injury is 'still up in the air' heading into Week 8 against the Baltimore Ravens. However, Green said he's making nice progress, and his toe feels much better. Green hasn't played since Week 5 against the New England Patriots. 'It's probably not going to be 100 percent,' Green said. 'I hope it's just manageable and I can get through the season and be fine and still play at a high level.'
|Footballguys view: The team is going to monitor Green as he works through the week of practice. This situation could go either way, so make sure to check back each day for practice status updates.|
A.J. Green player page
Texans | Andre Johnson moves up all-time list Tue Oct 21, 12:02 PM
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson had five catches for 77 yards in a Week 7 loss Monday, Oct. 20, to move past Hall of Famer Steve Largent and into 14th place on the all-time receiving yards list.Link to story
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