Fantasy Football News & Views
Vikings | Kyle Rudolph the go-to guy in red zone Sun Feb 26, 10:57 PM
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph was targeted 24 times in the red zone in 2016, ranking first among tight ends and second overall.Link to story
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Raiders | DeAndre Washington showed explosiveness Sun Feb 26, 10:18 PM
Oakland Raiders RB DeAndre Washington averaged 5.4 yards per carry in 2016 and was tied for sixth in the NFL with seven runs of 20-plus yards on 87 carries.Link to story
DeAndre Washington player page
Panthers | Darrel Young could start Sun Feb 26, 08:33 PM
Carolina Panthers FB Darrel Young is the most experienced fullback on the roster heading into the 2017 season.Link to story
Darrel Young player page
Ravens | Kyle Juszczyk wants to stay Sun Feb 26, 08:18 PM
Baltimore Ravens impending free-agent FB Kyle Juszczyk said he would like to remain with the franchise if the two sides can work out the right deal.Link to story
Kyle Juszczyk player page
Bills | LeSean McCoy gives fan a scare Sun Feb 26, 07:51 PM
Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy sent out a tweet Sunday, Feb. 26, which said, 'Buffalo was so special.' However, a source with knowledge of the situation said that the tweet referred to an autograph signing and not McCoy's future with the team.
|Footballguys view: Nothing to see here people. McCoy should once again have a large role as the centerpiece of the Bills offense.|
LeSean McCoy player page
Cowboys | No decision on Tony Romo's future Sun Feb 26, 07:35 PM
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Saturday, Feb. 25, that no decision has been made on QB Tony Romo's status for 2017.
|Footballguys view: The team would like to trade him, but it's unlikely they get another team to give up anything for the veteran quarterback. The Cowboys are likely to release Romo at some point this offseason. When that happens, expect the frontrunners for his services to be the Texans, Broncos and Chiefs....in that order.|
Tony Romo player page
Dolphins | Julius Thomas expendable due to blocking woes Sun Feb 26, 02:45 PM
Miami Dolphins TE Julius Thomas wore out his welcome with the Jacksonville Jaguars in part due to his limitations as a blocker, according to a source, which called Thomas' blocking 'non-existent'.
|Footballguys view: That sounds about right. Thomas hasn't developed as a blocker, and at this point of his pro career he never will. The Dolphins didn't trade for him to blast open holes as a blocker. Instead, the Dolphins want Thomas because of his receiving ability and threat to score in the red zone.|
Julius Thomas player page
Raiders | Latavius Murray expected to leave Oakland Sun Feb 26, 02:43 PM
Impending free-agent RB Latavius Murray is unlikely to return to the Oakland Raiders when he officially hits the open market next month.
|Footballguys view: The Raiders should add a big back in the 2017 NFL draft. They already have Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington to work as receiving backs or change-of-pace backs. They'll have to find a lead ball-carrier, and one who is likely larger than Richard and Washington.|
Latavius Murray player page
Broncos | Denver to discuss Tony Romo is released Sun Feb 26, 01:40 PM
The Denver Broncos are expected to 'at least discuss' Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo if he is released, according to 9News Denver's Mike Klis.
|Footballguys view: Romo's best landing spots are either in Denver or Houston....or maybe Kansas City. The Cowboys want someone to trade for Romo, but they are unlikely to get any offers. Instead, they'll negotiation his release making him free to sign anywhere.|
Tony Romo player page
Jets | Door open for Geno Smith to return? Sun Feb 26, 01:05 PM
Impending free-agent QB Geno Smith may be a candidate to serve as the veteran, low-cost bridge quarterback for the New York Jets in 2017, according to ESPN.com's Rich Cimini.
|Footballguys view: The market isn't going to be white-hot for Smith's services this offseason. He could stay with the team to be the lead guy while a rookie is groomed to take over. The Jets may want to go after Tyrod Taylor first and foremost, but guys like Smith or Mike Glennon could be options as brige-QBs going forward.|
Geno Smith player page
Raiders | Latavius Murray could still return to OAK Sun Feb 26, 11:48 AM
Although the Oakland Raiders are expected to let RB Latavius Murray reach free agency, the door will remain open for a possible return to the organization after he tests the market, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: It's a strong RB class in the 2017 NFL draft, so perhaps the Raiders would want to keep Murray around. His all-purpose skill set is going to generate quite a bit of interest. He may be out of the Raiders price range quickly.|
Latavius Murray player page
Lions | Golden Tate overcame slow start Sun Feb 26, 12:22 AM
Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate averaged 3.4 catches, 6.1 targets and 26.8 yards per game over the first five games of 2016, but he posted per-game averages of 6.7 catches, 9.5 targets and 85.7 yards over the final 11 games.Link to story
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Broncos | Demaryius Thomas remains consistent Sun Feb 26, 12:04 AM
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas ranked in the top 15 in the NFL in both receptions and receiving yards in 2016, and he has caught at least 90 passes and topped 1,000 yards in each of the last five years.Link to story
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Seahawks | Steady growth for Doug Baldwin Sat Feb 25, 11:26 PM
Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin finished the 2016 season with 94 catches on 126 targets for 1,128 yards, all career highs, and it was the fourth consecutive season he has improved in all three categories.Link to story
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NFL | Joshua Malone has No. 2 WR potential Sat Feb 25, 11:02 PM
Tennessee WR Joshua Malone has No. 2 receiver potential because of his 'size to play big in the red zone' and 'big-play ability,' according to an AFC college scouting director.Link to story
NFL | Scout high on Malachi Dupre Sat Feb 25, 10:50 PM
LSU WR Malachi Dupre is a potential No. 2 receiver in the NFL, according to an AFC college scouting director.Link to story
NFL | Dalvin Cook a complete back Sat Feb 25, 10:45 PM
Florida State RB Dalvin Cook is a 'more complete' and 'more skilled' running back than LSU RB Leonard Fournette, according to Lance Zierlein of NFL.com.
|Footballguys view: Cook is the best all-purpose back in this draft class. He's not Ezekiel Elliott (Cowboys), but he's the closest thing we have in this draft.|
NFL | Leonard Fournette in rare company Sat Feb 25, 10:37 PM
LSU RB Leonard Fournette has 'elite size and speed,' according to Lance Zierlein of NFL.com, and Zierlein compared Fournette to Bo Jackson, Herschel Walker and Eric Dickerson.
|Footballguys view: So long as Fournette checks out medically at the combine (ankle problems), we may see him as the first back taken off the board. Fournette is powerful when he builds a head of steam. He's fast in a straight line, but he is not going to break ankles in the open field.|
NFL | Red flags for Mitch Trubisky? Sat Feb 25, 10:29 PM
North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky's quiet demeanor has some scouts questioning his leadership abilities.
|Footballguys view: Trubisky has plenty of question marks, but that may not prevent him from being a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft. With limited starting experience, Trubisky has mechanical issues that need to be cleared up if he's going to play up to his potential as a pro. You could see Trubisky go off the board with the 3rd-overall pick (Chicago Bears).|
Eagles | Carson Wentz works out with WR prospects Sat Feb 25, 10:17 PM
Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz worked out with California WR Chad Hansen and Eastern Washington WR Cooper Kupp.Link to story
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Broncos | Trevor Siemian optimistic Sat Feb 25, 09:45 PM
Denver Broncos QB Trevor Siemian (shoulder) is out of his sling and is optimistic he will be ready for OTAs, but an exam next month will help determine an exact timetable for his return.
|Footballguys view: Siemian's recovering from a major shoulder injury, and it may take 4-6 months to recover. That puts his availability for OTAs in question. It's an open competition for the Broncos this year between Siemian and 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch. If Siemian is set back by this injury, it could give Lynch a head start in the competition.|
Trevor Siemian player page
Jets | Jay Cutler a longshot for NYJ? Sat Feb 25, 09:37 PM
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler isn't likely to end up with the New York Jets, according to beat writer Rich Cimini.
|Footballguys view: The Jeremy Bates and Brandon Marshall connections make Cutler an interesting option for the Jets. Their future quarterback is unknown, but Cutler may not be the lock that some think he is for their 2017 season.|
Jay Cutler player page
NFL | Josh McCown to consider several factors Sat Feb 25, 06:22 PM
Free-agent QB Josh McCown (Browns) said he wants to join a team that he feels like has a chance to win if he is going to be a backup in 2017. He also indicated that location will be a factor because wants to see his children play football.
|Footballguys view: McCown isn't going to win with the Browns. However, he could stay with the team due to location and fit. McCown could serve as a bridge quarterback as the Browns groom a rookie or young player to take his place. They may add Jimmy Garoppolo via trade, and if they do then perhaps McCown would move on from Cleveland.|
Josh McCown player page
Cardinals | Darren Fells may not get tender Sat Feb 25, 03:15 PM
Arizona Cardinals restricted free-agent TE Darren Fells may not receive a tender offer this offseason, but the team could try to sign him at a lower price if he is non-tendered.
|Footballguys view: The Cardinals don't really use the tight end position in Bruce Arians' offense. Over the course of the 2016 season, Fells only had 14 catches for 154 yards and one touchdown.|
Darren Fells player page
Eagles | Jamaal Charles an option for Eagles? Sat Feb 25, 02:42 PM
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles could be an option for the Philadelphia Eagles if he is released by the Chiefs, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Tim McManus.
|Footballguys view: The move would make sense for both sides. The Eagles will be looking to add at running back this offseason and Charles has worked with head coach Doug Pederson when Pederson was the offensive coordinator of the Chiefs.|
Jamaal Charles player page
Bills | Robert Woods still open to returning Sat Feb 25, 10:22 AM
Buffalo Bills impending free-agent WR Robert Woods remains open to re-signing with the Bills, although he wants the club's quarterback situation to be resolved before he makes a final decision.
|Footballguys view: Woods has a good connection with Tyrod Taylor, but at this time it's unknown if Taylor will return in 2017. Taylor has been medically cleared after groin surgery earlier this year, so the Bills would be able to release him rather than pay $27.5 million guaranteed over the next two seasons. Woods may find himself playing elsewhere in 2017.|
Robert Woods player page
NFL | Chad Kelly may still attend combine Sat Feb 25, 12:32 AM
Mississippi QB Chad Kelly is focused on preparing for his pro day workout on April 2 but could still travel to the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine despite not having an invite, according to his agent.
|Footballguys view: He was invited, then uninvited to the 2017 Scouting Combine in what is an unusual story. Per new NFL guidelines; draft-eligible prospects will not be permitted to participate in any aspect of the Combine if a background check reveals a conviction of a felony or misdemeanor involving violence or use of a weapon, domestic violence, sexual offense and/or sexual assault. Kelly pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct on what was deemed a non-criminal charge in January 2015 following an altercation nine months earlier outside a bar in Buffalo.|
Vikings | Adrian Peterson confused by doubters Sat Feb 25, 12:07 AM
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he perplexed by those who question whether or not he can bounce back in 2017.
|Footballguys view: Peterson has the ultimate confidence in his ability, so it's no shock that he would be surprised by those who doubt him. We've learned to never doubt Peterson as he's come back from injuries/setbacks before. However, Father Time never loses and age could be finally catching up with the veteran running back.|
Adrian Peterson player page
Bills | Robert Woods happy with role Fri Feb 24, 11:29 PM
Buffalo Bills impending free-agent WR Robert Woods said he would have no problem continuing to serve as the No. 2 option behind WR Sammy Watkins in Buffalo's passing attack.Link to story
Robert Woods player page
Sammy Watkins player page
Cowboys | No slump for Dak Prescott? Fri Feb 24, 11:05 PM
Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott isn't going to suffer a sophomore slump, according to New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, and Payton said Prescott plays with a calmness that should continue to benefit him.Link to story
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Bears | Jay Cutler has support Fri Feb 24, 11:00 PM
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler can still play at a high level, according to free-agent QB Josh McCown, and McCown said Cutler just needs to find the right situation for his skill set.Link to story
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Vikings | Minnesota believes in Laquon Treadwell Fri Feb 24, 10:40 PM
Minnesota Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell has the skill set and determination to succeed, according to general manager Rick Spielman, and Spielman said he believes in his heart Treadwell will be a good player for the franchise.Link to story
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Rams | Pharoh Cooper could be returner Fri Feb 24, 07:38 PM
Los Angeles Rams WR Pharoh Cooper could be used as a kick returner next season if the team does not re-sign impending free-agent RB Benny Cunningham.Link to story
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Browns | Terrelle Pryor may get transition tag Fri Feb 24, 07:09 PM
Cleveland Browns impending free-agent WR Terrelle Pryor could receive the transition tag this offseason. The two sides are trying to work out a long-term deal, but the team has not given Pryor an indication on what they will decide.Link to story
Terrelle Pryor player page
Steelers | Not much progress between PIT Le'Veon Bell Fri Feb 24, 06:47 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent RB Le'Veon Bell has not made much progress in contract talks with the Steelers and likely will receive the franchise tag if the two sides are not able to reach an agreement before the deadline.Link to story
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Redskins | Washington interested in Kenny Britt Fri Feb 24, 06:20 PM
The Washington Redskins are showing interest in Los Angeles Rams impending free-agent WR Kenny Britt. Britt would be interested in the Redskins if QB Kirk Cousins is their starting quarterback, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: Washington should lose both DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon in free agency, so they'll need to find a replacement. Britt is coming off the first 1,000-yard season of his career and could provide Washington with a vertical threat.|
Kenny Britt player page
Bengals | Rex Burkhead may not be back with CIN Fri Feb 24, 06:08 PM
Cincinnati Bengals impending free-agent RB Rex Burkhead probably will not re-sign with the Cincinnati Bengals unless he receives a bigger role in the offense, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Katherine Terrell.
|Footballguys view: The Bengals won't have that larger role for him on offense until/unless something happens with Gio Bernard or Jeremy Hill. With this strong RB class in the draft, we can't imagine teams falling all over themselves to sign Burkhead.|
Rex Burkhead player page
49ers | San Francisco adds DeAndre Carter Fri Feb 24, 05:16 PM
Free-agent WR DeAndre Carter (Patriots) signed a two-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers Friday, Feb. 24. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Watch for Carter in deep dynasty leagues. Kyle Shanahan is going to build an explosive offense (eventually) with the 49ers, and Carter could be a part of that. In fact, his game is somewhat similar to that of Taylor Gabriel (Falcons). Keep that in mind when combing the waiver wire in dynasty formats.|
Vikings | No talks between Vikings, Adrian Peterson Fri Feb 24, 05:10 PM
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said he has not talked with RB Adrian Peterson at this point but will not make a decision on Peterson's contract until he talks with him and his agent. Spielman said the team will make a decision before the start of free agency.
|Footballguys view: They're not going to bring him back with a price tag of $18 million in 2017. If he agrees to a massively restructured deal then perhaps Peterson will still be with the Vikings next season. Let's just say we're not counting on it.|
Adrian Peterson player page
Redskins | Washington to talk to own FAs at combine Fri Feb 24, 03:28 PM
The Washington Redskins have yet to engage in talks with any of its players with expiring contracts - a list that includes impending free agents WR Pierre Garcon, WR DeSean Jackson, TE Vernon Davis, DE Chris Baker. However, multiple sources report the Redskins expect to meet with the representatives of their impending free agents at the NFL Scouting Combine next week.
|Footballguys view: We think out of those players listed, only Davis will return to Washington. Baker, Jackson and Garcon might quickly get out of Washington's price range.|
Vernon Davis player page
DeSean Jackson player page
Pierre Garcon player page
Chris Baker player page
Broncos | Trevor Siemian likely out until camp Fri Feb 24, 03:02 PM
Denver Broncos QB Trevor Siemian (shoulder) is unlikely to practice fully until training camp as he recovers left shoulder surgery, according to Brandon Stokley of 104.3 The Fan.
|Footballguys view: The Broncos believe that Siemian will be ready to go by the start of OTAs, but we think the young QB won't be near 100 percent. He's recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, and the recovery time is anywhere from 4-6 months. That means he could be ready for OTAs (likely limited), or he could miss out on OTAs and minicamp to get ready for training camp.|
Trevor Siemian player page
Cardinals | Jeremy Ross returns to Arizona Fri Feb 24, 02:44 PM
The Arizona Cardinals re-signed WR Jeremy Ross to a one-year contract Friday, Feb. 24. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Ross is an end-of-the-bench receiver who can help as a return man. He'll be on the bubble and is no lock for the 53-man roster.|
Jeremy Ross player page
Patriots | Rob Gronkowski confident in Week 1 return Fri Feb 24, 01:56 PM
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back) told ESPN's Cari Champion on Friday, Feb. 24, he has 'no doubt' he will be ready for the start of the 2017 season.
|Footballguys view: Gronkowski is coming back from yet another back injury, but all signs point to him being on track for a healthy return in Week 1. We'll know more about his situation as the regular season opener draws near.|
Rob Gronkowski player page
Jaguars | Blake Bortles not a lock to start? Fri Feb 24, 01:26 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles did not receive a full commitment to remain the starter from Vice President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin on Friday, Feb. 24.
|Footballguys view: What are they going to do, start Chad Henne? We need to see Bortles re-dedicate himself to the game after a massively disappointing 2016 season.|
Blake Bortles player page
Redskins | Josh Doctson running drills Fri Feb 24, 11:33 AM
Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson (Achilles') was doing drills at the team's facility Friday, Feb. 24.
|Footballguys view: Doctson didn't get to flash as a rookie due to this injury. Washington will need him to play up to his potential in 2017. The team is likely to lose both WRs DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon in free agency. Doctson will have a great opportunity to earn a sizable role this season.|
Josh Doctson player page
Chiefs | C.J. Spiller signs with KC Fri Feb 24, 10:08 AM
Free-agent RB C.J. Spiller (Jets) signed an undisclosed contract with the Kansas City Chiefs Friday, Feb. 24.
|Footballguys view: Spiller can work as a change-of-pace back for the Chiefs. We should see the Chiefs utilize a RBBC with Spencer Ware as the lead back. Spiller is no lock to make the team, but if he does then he'll work into that RBBC in a reserve role.|
C.J. Spiller player page
Bills | Terrelle Pryor an option for Bills? Fri Feb 24, 09:57 AM
Cleveland Browns impending free-agent WR Terrelle Pryor could be atop the Buffalo Bills' wish list in free agency.
|Footballguys view: The Browns shouldn't let Pryor hit the open market. They may not use the franchise tag on him, but we could see a new long-term deal done before the start of the new league year. Pryor wants to stay in Cleveland, and he's the best part of their offense. The math here is pretty simple.|
Terrelle Pryor player page
NFL | Davis Webb ready to prove himself Fri Feb 24, 12:12 AM
California QB Davis Webb said he 'can spin the rock better than anybody in the country' and plans to separate himself from the competition at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine.
|Footballguys view: Webb's been generating a lot of buzz over the last couple of weeks. He didn't do much to help his draft stock during the week of practice at the Senior Bowl, and it seems like the recent hype around him is a bit of hyperbole. Webb is mechanically sound from his footwork all the way up to his release point. However, a majority of his completions came within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage. His decision making and accuracy beyond that is quite poor. This system QB is likely to be a mid-round pick.|
Browns | Patrick Mahomes likes Cleveland Thu Feb 23, 11:56 PM
Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes said he wants to be drafted as high as possible and believes Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson has a 'great thing going' and has the franchise heading in the right direction.
|Footballguys view: Mahomes is an option for the Browns in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft. He's not worth the first pick overall, but we could see him going somewhere in the middle of the round. The Browns own the 12th-overall pick which they got from the Eagles last year.|
Chiefs | Tyler Bray eyes backup job Thu Feb 23, 11:21 PM
Kansas City Chiefs QB Tyler Bray said he is eager to compete for the backup quarterback job in 2017, and general manager John Dorsey said Bray has 'deep knowledge' of the offense and the 'arm talent' to succeed.
|Footballguys view: Bray has a big arm, but his accuracy, decision making and anticipation have always been a huge work in progress.|
Tyler Bray player page