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  Seahawks | Russell Wilson hasn't ruled out baseball    Fri Jul 3, 05:18 PM

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson said he would consider playing professional baseball in addition to professional football if he were traded to the Seattle Mariners.

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  Chargers | Ladarius Green likely will start    Fri Jul 3, 03:22 PM

San Diego Chargers TE Ladarius Green likely will be the starting tight end with TE Antonio Gates being suspended for the first four games of the season.

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  Cowboys | No progress in Dez Bryant talks    Fri Jul 3, 12:43 PM

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant has had no progress in contract talks with the team, according to sources. The Cowboys are not budging off their offer of a long-term deal with $20 million guaranteed initially and more guarantees later. The team believes Bryant is bluffing about missing a game or two in a holdout. The team also believes Bryant has financial issues and needs the money, according to the sources.

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  Cowboys | Concerns with Darren McFadden?    Thu Jul 2, 10:54 PM

Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden has topped 155 carries just twice in his seven years in the league, and he has averaged less than 3.5 yards per carry in each of the last three seasons.

Footballguys view: It's not impossible that McFadden hits in the Cowboys backfield, but it feels that way. Joseph Randle has been rocketing up boards, and the fantasy world is just starting to wake up to the potential of Lance Dunbar as the receiving back in Dallas. McFadden hasn't done enough to inspire confidence, but the Cowboys offensive line quality means we should monitor him even if we can't stomach spending a draft pick on him.

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  Titans | Dorial Green-Beckham a tough matchup?    Thu Jul 2, 10:38 PM

Tennessee Titans WR Dorial Green-Beckham was called a 'nightmare matchup for any cornerback at any level' by one of his former college coaches, Jay Norvell. 'He's not a finished product, but most players aren't,' Norvell said. 'So he's going to have to learn the pro game and that's a completely different game from college. But he's got some natural gifts that will help him in that game, and in some ways, the NFL is probably a better game for him than college football, just because of the bump rules and (less) contact and all of that. So there are some advantages he has. ... That's why they picked him.'

Footballguys view: Green-Beckham indeed has a rare combination of size/speed/athleticism and aggressiveness both before and after the catch. His game is still raw, but there are times that Demaryius Thomas looks pretty raw still to this day. Consider Green-Beckham an upside bench receiver who could play a big role if Justin Hunter hasn't improved from his immensely disappointing 2014.

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  Titans | Marcus Mariota contract update    Thu Jul 2, 06:50 PM

Updating previous reports, Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota's rookie deal is not being held up because of a supposed clause that would forbid him from surfing, according to a source. Mariota has not signed his contract yet due to differences in contract language, according Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

Footballguys view: The story probably only took root because contract delays for first round picks seem that absurd under the current CBA. Surely this will get done soon, as #3 pick Dante Fowler got his full guaranteed contact even after tearing his ACL in minicamp.

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  Saints | Josh Morgan has had good offseason    Thu Jul 2, 06:24 PM

New Orleans Saints WR Josh Morgan battled TE Benjamin Watson for most catches in practices this offseason.

Footballguys view: The Saints have two wide receivers set on the depth chart in Brandin Cooks and Marques Colston, but the rest of the depth chart is unsettled. Nick Toon is the returning #3 receiver, but he wasn't an impact player in his time on the field in 2014, which opens the door for Morgan, 2014 practice squad WRs Seantavius Jones and Brandon Coleman, and deep threat Joseph Morgan to seize a larger role in the offense. The #3 WR role probably won't be fantasy relevant, but the quality of the player could affect the value of Colston and tight end Josh Hill.

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  Chargers | Antonio Gates suspension update    Thu Jul 2, 04:26 PM

Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates has been suspended four games for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing drugs. It was previous reported that Gates had been suspended for substance abuse.

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  Chargers | Antonio Gates suspended    Thu Jul 2, 04:13 PM

San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates has been suspended four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Footballguys view: Philip Rivers should be just fine without Gates, thanks to the return of Danny Woodhead and Keenan Allen and addition of Stevie Johnson in the offseason. Perennial tease Ladarius Green has his foot firmly in the door now to show the Chargers what he can do with a larger snap count and target load. Green has been explosive in limited action in the past, so he could be a key to a hot start for TE streaming teams. Gates will certainly fall to the bottom, if not out of TE1 ranks. He'll miss almost 1/3 of the fantasy regular season and might not be trustworthy in his first game back, a potentially high-scoring, matchup against the Steelers in week 5.

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  Jets | Geno Smith to work out with teammates    Thu Jul 2, 01:14 PM

New York Jets QB Geno Smith said he will be working out with most of the offensive skill players in Chicago during the two weeks before the start of training camp. Smith said he expects to be the only quarterback at the workouts but that the other quarterbacks are welcome to attend.

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  Jaguars | Blake Bortles looking to improve    Thu Jul 2, 12:47 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles worked with throwing coach Tom House and former NFL QB Jordan Palmer this offseason in hopes of tightening his throwing motion and learning to use his whole body when he throws. He indicated his plan was to work out with WRs Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns leading up to training camp and work on his deep throws.

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  Jaguars | Blake Bortles dealt with injury in 2014    Thu Jul 2, 12:46 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (shoulder) dealt with a shoulder injury near the end of the 2014 season, which affected his ability to throw passes, according to general manager Dave Caldwell. Bortles did not need surgery during the offseason.

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  Ravens | Michael Campanaro on track    Thu Jul 2, 12:17 PM

Baltimore Ravens WR Michael Campanaro (quadriceps) has made quick progress in his rehab from an offseason quadriceps injury and expects to be ready for the start of training camp. Campanaro has been rehabbing at the team's facility and has started to run.

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  Jets | No vacation for Geno Smith     Wed Jul 1, 10:00 PM

New York Jets QB Geno Smith said he is already focusing on preparing his body and mind for the regular season, and the next step is to work out with WR Brandon Marshall.

Footballguys view: Smith has the aggressive downfield throwing mindset that should work in new offensive coordinator Chan Gailey's offense, and Marshall, Eric Decker, and Jace Amaro will give him a great set of big targets. The Jets offense should be more viable than last year, even if Ryan Fitzpatrick (who had his best success with Gailey in Buffalo) has to take over at some point.

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  Broncos | Demaryius Thomas was busy in 2014    Wed Jul 1, 09:43 PM

Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas' 184 targets last year were the most in the NFL.

Footballguys view: Thomas's targets could trend down a bit with the Broncos slowing down their offense under new head coach Gary Kubiak, but that should be offset by more red zone targets now that Julius Thomas is in Jacksonville. He's still worth a late first in PPR leagues.

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  Bears | Kevin White talking to Larry Fitzgerald    Wed Jul 1, 09:10 PM

Chicago Bears WR Kevin White sought advice from Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald at the NFL Rookie Symposium.

Footballguys view: Fitzgerald's advice has helped boost more than one career via his offseason camp. That White is seeking veteran mentorship is a good sign, but expect him to come along slower than the other first round WRs in fantasy leagues because of head coach John Fox's notorious disinclination to give rookies big roles.

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  Redskins | DeSean Jackson owns NFC East    Wed Jul 1, 08:59 PM

Washington Redskins WR DeSean Jackson caught nine passes for 243 yards and a score in two games against the Philadelphia Eagles last season, continuing a trend of big performances against NFC East opponents. 'I'm called a Cowboy killer,' Jackson said. 'They call me the Cowboy killer. I'm a Giants killer, I'm a Cowboys killer, now I'm an Eagles killer, too.'

Footballguys view: Jackson has remained a threat to be a top 10 WR play in any given despite the Washington QB and overall offense problems. He's a boom/bust high WR3 this year who could pay off if Robert Griffin III gets straightened out.

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  Rams | Nick Foles instilling confidence    Wed Jul 1, 08:09 PM

St. Louis Rams QB Nick Foles' command of the huddle is something that has been missing from the quarterback position in recent years, according to TE Jared Cook. 'Hopefully, he can make all of us better,' Cook said. 'This is something we've needed the past few years -- somebody to fill the mold, step in, grab the ram by the horns and say, 'Let's go, guys! This is our time!''

Footballguys view: Foles is certainly an upgrade from the likes of Austin Davis and Kellen Clemens, but with a questionable offensive line and WR/TE group that lacks star power, this team is still going to be run-heavy when they are successful at controlling the game and inconsistent when they are not. Foles has a ton of motivation playing for a long-term extension or free agent value depending on the Rams approach to his future, but there probably isn't any fantasy profit to be had here.

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  Packers | Richard Rodgers to see more snaps?    Wed Jul 1, 04:53 PM

Green Bay Packers TE Richard Rodgers could see more playing time in 2015, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. Rodgers played 528 snaps, while fellow TE Andrew Quarless played 695 snaps. Demovsky said he wouldn't be surprised if those numbers reversed this season.

Footballguys view: Even if it is Rodgers that gets more snaps this year, the Packers tight end position will not produce a fantasy relevant option. The wide receivers will dominate targets, and the team has good enough depth to keep wide receiver primary if one of the starters goes down. Rodgers was a curious third pick last year considering that he is not much of a blocker or athlete as a pass catcher.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson has nose for end zone     Wed Jul 1, 04:11 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has score double-digit touchdowns in every season of his eight-year NFL career. Last season is the exception as he only played in one game due to allegation of child abuse. When Peterson has played at least 12 games, he has scored at least 10 touchdowns. From 2007 to 2013, Peterson averaged 12.29 touchdowns per season.

Footballguys view: Peterson has taught us to not let typical human performances be the bounds of our expectations when it comes to his production. He hasn't had a good QB since Brett Favre in 2009, when Peterson scored 18 rushing touchdowns and set career highs in receptions and receiving yardage. He's worth considering at #1 overall.

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  Bengals | James Wright limited this offseason    Wed Jul 1, 03:53 PM

Cincinnati Bengals WR James Wright (knee) was not part of team activities this offseason. Wright is expected to be the No. 4 wide receiver behind WRs A.J. Green, Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu.

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  Redskins | Robert Griffin critiqued    Wed Jul 1, 03:29 PM

Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III's decision-making, fundamentals, footwork and his inability to find open receivers are all reasons why Griffin isn't good enough to be successful in the NFL, in the opinion of ESPN NFL analyst Mark Brunell.

Footballguys view: The franchise seems reluctant but resigned to starting Griffin to begin the season, and well, we'll see where it goes from there. He doesn't seem to have the support of head coach Jay Gruden, and only the repeated failures of once coveted backup Kirk Cousins has kept Griffin atop the depth chart. Colt McCoy could be the caretaker for this offense again yet. All of it adds up to every Washington fantasy option inspiring little enthusiasm at current ADP.

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  Raiders | Michael Crabtree adding leadership    Tue Jun 30, 09:32 PM

Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree received recognition from QB Derek Carr Tuesday, June 30, for his presence in the locker room. 'He's such a great teammate. I love the guy. I talk to him all the time. We're always talking about the game. We're always talking ball. We're always talking routes, concepts, and what we're going to do during the game, and hand signals, all those things. He is a football junkie. He's been a nice guy, a nice addition to our team,' said Carr.

Footballguys view: Crabtree wasn't exactly heralded for his locker room presence in San Francisco, but this offseason might have been a humbling experience for the one-time top 10 pick. He is only worth a very late round pick (if any at all) on a one year "prove it" deal in the unexciting Oakland offense.

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  Raiders | Amari Cooper draws praise from QB    Tue Jun 30, 09:31 PM

Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper drew praise from QB Derek Carr in an interview with 95.7 The Game Tuesday, June 30. 'He [Cooper] is ridiculous in and out of his breaks,' said Carr. 'His style of play is perfect for this league. He's good at getting on toes and creating separation. He's good at when the ball is in his hands making those fast-twitch movements to make a guy go one way so he can take it to the house. It's just little things that honestly people don't even notice,' Carr said.

Footballguys view: Cooper is probably the most attractive rookie wide receiver in redraft, but perhaps not the best value among rookie wide receivers. He should be better in PPR leagues, where he could approach 100 receptions if the Oakland pass offense remains relatively high volume for one piloted by an inexperienced starter. Touchdowns and big games might be harder to come back for Cooper until the offense clicks.

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  Cowboys | Lance Dunbar to have receiving role?    Tue Jun 30, 04:36 PM

Dallas Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar is expected to have the biggest impact of any of the running backs in the passing game, according to Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News.

Footballguys view: We'll have to see how this Cowboys backfield shakes out, but we think Dunbar is third in the pecking order. Joseph Randle should win the starting job with Darren McFadden playing as a backup. Even if he's the top receiving back in Dallas, we're projecting Dunbar to get about 25-30 catches in 2015.

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  Cowboys | No lead candidate at RB in Dallas?    Tue Jun 30, 04:07 PM

Dallas Cowboys RBs Darren McFadden, Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar are still battling each other for the starting running back position, according to running backs coach Gary Brown. 'I can't say who is going to be the lead dog right now, but those guys are going to compete and we're going to do what's necessary to win games,' Brown said.

Footballguys view: Brown was a pretty good running back for a brief time during his NFL career, and now he's in charge of one of the best rushing attacks in the league. No matter who is the starter, they'll be fantasy relevant behind that monstrous offensive line. We feel Randle ends up as the guy who comes out on top in this battle in training camp.

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  Browns | Three TEs to platoon for Browns?    Tue Jun 30, 02:58 PM

Cleveland Browns TEs Gary Barnidge, Rob Housler and Jim Dray could all end up taking over for TE Jordan Cameron, who is now with the Miami Dolphins. Head coach Mike Pettine said the three tight ends provide some diversity and can be used in different ways.

Footballguys view: We're intrigued by Cameron (so long as he's healthy) now that he's with the Dolphins, but this Browns TE situation is one to avoid. There's not much fantasy value from any of these guys--even from a dynasty perspective.

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  Seahawks | Russell Wilson will be ready to play    Tue Jun 30, 02:58 PM

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson said he will be ready to play this season whether he's making $25 million or $1.5 million. Wilson has expressed his desire to stay in Seattle and added that, when the time comes, he will let his play do the talking.

Footballguys view: If he made $25 million annually, it would be $3 million per year higher than Aaron Rodgers. The quarterback market is about supply and demand--and there's not enough good QBs out there. It may seem outlandish to predict that price tag for Wilson, but the market could bear that out.

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  Jets | Vote of confidence for Geno Smith    Tue Jun 30, 02:42 PM

New York Jets QB Geno Smith is improving year-by-year and has what it takes to be the quarterback of the future for the Jets, according to ESPN's Ron Jaworski. Jaworski said he has seen growth and improvement in Smith each year and that he just needs to perform on a consistent basis.

Footballguys view: Smith received a vote of confidence from the coaching staff earlier this year when OC Chan Gailey proclaimed that Smith was the starter. He finished last year with a bang (358 yards, three touchdowns), and Smith is hoping to carry that momentum over to this year. Gailey's spread concepts will help Smith look better, but he's nothing more than a low-end QB2 or QB3 for fantasy owners in 2015.

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  Eagles | Zach Ertz to see more snaps    Tue Jun 30, 12:29 PM

Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz is expected to see a sizable jump in snaps this season.

Footballguys view: This is something all fantasy owners need to monitor. Tight end talent is thin, but Ertz could be a solid TE1 for you this season. He's coming off the board at TE7 (7.10) in 12-team PPR leagues at this time. He could outperform that draft position if his snaps increase dramatically.

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  Lions | Joique Bell aiming for 1,200 yards    Tue Jun 30, 11:28 AM

Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell is aiming to become the franchise's second running back to rush for 1,000 yards since 2004. 'I'm going to rush for over 1,200 yards,' Bell said. 'That's the minimum. If I do less than that, I'll be surprised. I'll be disappointed. Anything more than that, I wouldn't be surprised at all.'

Footballguys view: Bell certainly has the skill set to get that mark in 2015, but there are some obstacles in his way. First, he's not healthy and there's no telling when he'll be ready to practice. He's coming back from both an Achilles' and knee injury, but the team plans for him to be ready at some point in training camp. Second, Bell is going to be splitting time in 2015. The Lions added electric rookie RB Ameer Abdullah in the 2015 NFL draft, and he's going to challenge Bell for the starting job. Abdullah may be best served as a change-of-pace back, but he's too good to keep on the bench. Bell is a RB3 for fantasy owners if he's the starter, and that role might not be as big as some think because of Abdullah's presence.

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  Seahawks | Tyler Lockett draws praise    Mon Jun 29, 10:05 PM

Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett has drawn positive reviews from WR Doug Baldwin, who feels the rookie out of Kansas State is 'going to be an impact player for us right off the bat.'

Footballguys view: You could easily make the argument that Lockett is their best wide receiver. He's lightning quick with the ball in his hands, and Lockett is a threat to score anytime he has the rock. He'll likely begin this season as the team's WR3 behind Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse. Throw in tight end Jimmy Graham (likely their top target), and there might not be enough action on a run-heavy team for Lockett to be fantasy relevant in re-draft leagues. However, as a late-round flier he's a perfect addition. Also, dynasty owners should be grabbing and stashing Lockett whenever possible.

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  Seahawks | Doug Baldwin wants to play special teams    Mon Jun 29, 10:03 PM

Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin said Monday, June 29, that he wants to contribute more on special teams. 'I want to help out more so on special teams in terms of on kickoff, punt return blocking, Baldwin said.

Footballguys view: Baldwin is a steady performer for the Seahawks, but he's no more than a WR5/WR6 for fantasy owners in re-draft leagues. We could see him snaring 50 passes with a few touchdowns in 2015. The Seahawks want to run the ball early and often, plus the addition of superstar tight end Jimmy Graham means fewer targets for wide receivers like Baldwin.

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  Panthers | Devin Funchess feels he is healthy    Mon Jun 29, 10:02 PM

Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess (toe) cited a toe injury for the reason his numbers were disappointing in his final season at the University of Michigan. 'We never got to see the full Devin Funchess at Michigan because I did play one season at wide receiver, and I was battling through an injury,' Funchess said Monday, June 29. Funchess said his toe injury was a torn ligament with some cracked bones and ruptured cartilage.

Footballguys view: It wasn't just the injury, it was Funchess looking lost on the field at times. He's big, but Funchess doesn't win at the point of the catch with consistency. We'll see if he can flourish as the Panthers WR2 this year opposite Kelvin Benjamin.

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  Chargers | Danny Woodhead looks to be healthy    Mon Jun 29, 10:01 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (ankle) missed 13 games last season due to a broken ankle, but he appeared fast and healthy in offseason work.

Footballguys view: An important note for fantasy owners here, especially PPR league players. Woodhead feels good after returning from the serious ankle injury he suffered early last season. His quickness and ability to make defenders miss in the open field is going to be utilized often when he's on the field as a change-of-pace back behind rookie Melvin Gordon. Woodhead should snare about 50 passes this year, and PPR owners should consider him a RB4 and occasional flex play in 2015.

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  Buccaneers | Mike Evans feels he was held back    Mon Jun 29, 10:00 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans is expected to play more on an island in 2015 as the 'X' receiver in Tampa Bay's new offense, which is the same role offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter created for Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones during Koetter's time with that organization. He said Monday, June 29, that the QB carousell of Josh McCown and Mike Glennon last year held him back, too, so he is excited about a potential breakout with QB Jameis Winston.

Footballguys view: All the people who doubt Evans can best the numbers he posted last year need to read this story. Yes, the 12 touchdown receptions could be difficult to duplicate--and touchdowns are always more difficult to project. However, he could easily get at least 10 touchdowns this year with more receptions and more yards. Winston is a serious upgrade and a more confident passer than McCown and Glennon combined. It's lazy analysis to say Evans will suffer in 2015 because of his rookie quarterback.

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  Broncos | Peyton Manning dealing with changes    Mon Jun 29, 05:46 PM

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning has been forced to deal with a new head coach, a new offensive coordinator, less practice time and more rest during offseason practices, new offensive linemen, a new starting tight end in TE Owen Daniels and not being able to practice with star WR Demaryius Thomas yet.

Footballguys view: The whole offseason is about change with Manning...and that could lead to better things with the Broncos--but perhaps not for fantasy owners. Manning is going to be running a more balanced system in 2015 with less emphasis on the passing game. Demaryius Thomas could see 100 catches again this year, but expect Emmanuel Sanders (101 catches in 2014) to drop to about 75 catches in 2015. Manning should be a low-end QB1 for fantasy owners this season.

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  Cowboys | Chris Boyd released from IR    Mon Jun 29, 05:29 PM

Dallas Cowboys WR Chris Boyd (undisclosed) was released from the Reserve/Injured list with an injury settlement Monday, June 29.

Footballguys view: Boyd could draw some interest on the open market if he's healthy. Undrafted out of Vanderbilt a year ago, Boyd is 6'4" 210 pounds and knows how to use his size to his advantage on the field. As a true freshman and sophomore, Boyd compiled 81 catches for 1,247 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns at Vandy.


  Jets | Brandon Marshall rejuvenated?    Mon Jun 29, 05:24 PM

New York Jets WR Brandon Marshall has been a positive influence since joining the Jets this offseason. Marshall has shown his athletic ability that has given him success in previous seasons and he has been a good teammate in the locker room as well. Additionally, Marshall has connections with new head coach Todd Bowles, who was part of the Dolphins' coaching staff when Marshall played in Miami.

Footballguys view: Marshall is on yet another team with the expectations of being the top receiver. He should provide Geno Smith with a quality veteran target in 2015, and fantasy owners should consider Marshall around where they always do. He's a WR2 with WR1 upside in certain matchups.

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  Eagles | Sam Bradford to be ready for training camp?    Mon Jun 29, 05:16 PM

Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford (knee) is expected to be in the final phase of his rehabilitation from a torn anterior cruciate ligament once training camp begins. Bradford's second ACL tear in as many seasons will require more time to recover and the Eagles may not have a grasp on how ready he is to play before the regular season begins.

Footballguys view: The Bradford/Foles trade was more than a bit odd. First, they have to pay around $11 million more for Bradford. Second, Bradford isn't healthy (kind of a big deal). Finally, there's a question about his remaining commitment to the game after he reportedly considered retirement after yet another knee injury. Bradford is accurate on short-to-intermediate routes, but his lack of durability has crushed his pro career. We're not certain things all of a sudden turn around now that he's in Philly.

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  Dolphins | Ryan Tannehill showing leadership    Mon Jun 29, 04:48 PM

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill considers himself a big leader in the Dolphins' organization. WR Kenny Stills said Tannehill has put the team on his shoulders and is letting them know that everyone must work hard every day to be successful.

Footballguys view: Tannehill took a big step forward last year, finishing as the 9th-best fantasy quarterback. This offseason, the Dolphins have put better weapons around him with the hopes that he's going to improve even more. Another 4,000 yards passing this year is quite possible, and Tannehill should throw 25-30 touchdowns in 2015. This makes him a low-end QB1 for fantasy owners.

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  Chargers | Keenan Allen losing weight    Mon Jun 29, 04:15 PM

San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen said he's been losing weight in order to play faster this season.

Footballguys view: A lighter and faster Allen is a more dangerous Allen. If healthy, he's got the ability to be one of the best receivers in the game today. His current ADP is WR21 (4.12) in 12-team PPR leagues, and he could easily outperform that draft slot as the Chargers top receiving threat.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson still confident    Mon Jun 29, 02:49 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson still believes he's the best running back in the NFL. This was in response to Peterson being named the 62nd best player on the NFL Network's top 100 players list.

Footballguys view: Peterson should be able to pick up where he left off after missing most of 2014. Fantasy owners should look at him the same as they've always done--he should be a top-5 pick in most every draft out there.

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  Jaguars | Marqise Lee to be No. 3 WR?    Mon Jun 29, 02:27 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Marqise Lee is slated to start behind WRs Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns, according to Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times Union.

Footballguys view: Lee was underwhelming as a rookie last year. He'll need to show better consistency as a pro if he's ever going to play up to his potential....but first, he needs to get healthy. Lee suffered a knee injury before OTAs and his status for training camp is up in the air.

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  Cowboys | Darren McFadden healthy, happy where he is    Mon Jun 29, 02:12 PM

Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden said he's excited to be with the Cowboys and feels like he's a rookie again. McFadden also said the injured hamstring that caused him to miss time this offseason is feeling great.

Footballguys view: McFadden should be happy where he is because of that monstrous offensive line in front of him. He's competing for the starting job with Joseph Randle in training camp. If McFadden stays healthy (always an issue), then he'll be able to put up a good fight for that job.

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  Vikings | OC high on Charles Johnson    Mon Jun 29, 01:40 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Charles X. Johnson appears to have everything it takes to produce in the NFL, according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner. 'He's got great work ethic, and he's a big, strong guy. He's a 218-pound receiver that can run. He's got everything you need to be a productive player in this league,' Turner said.

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners should be keeping an eye on Johnson in training camp and the preseason. Turner believes Johnson has completely recovered from the knee surgery he had last offseason. Johnson has been working at split end in three-receiver sets during offseason workouts. His current ADP is WR36 (7.11) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Chargers | Stevie Johnson has chemistry with QB    Mon Jun 29, 01:16 PM

San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson showed good chemistry with QB Philip Rivers during offseason workouts.

Footballguys view: All reports seem to indicate that Johnson is over the moon about his connection with Rivers. With Eddie Royal gone to the Bears, Johnson is set to take over as the team's WR3 behind Keenan Allen and Malcom Floyd. He's a great late-round flier to add as a WR6 for your fantasy squad.

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  Lions | Matthew Stafford to hold workouts    Mon Jun 29, 01:13 PM

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford will work out with WR Calvin Johnson and some of the other offensive players in Atlanta before the start of training camp. Stafford said the workouts would help the development of the offense.

Footballguys view: Lots of players around the league hold these types of workouts before training camp begins. We like the leadership shown by Stafford here, and it will be interesting to see if the added chemistry shows up in the regular season. Stafford is a low-end QB1 with upside.

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  Panthers | Big role for Devin Funchess?    Mon Jun 29, 11:28 AM

Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess impressed during offseason workouts and could have a big role in 2015. He played all three receiver positions, and his 6-foot-4 frame could create mismatches.

Footballguys view: The Panthers are hoping that Funchess can develop into a quality starting wide receiver opposite Kelvin Benjamin. The two have similar skill sets, but Benjamin was much further along as a wide receiver when he came out of Florida State last year. Funchess will body catch too many passes, and he lacks the "my ball" mentality that Benjamin has. We're intrigued by him as a developmental player but he'll probably only catch about 40 passes with a few touchdowns in 2015.

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  Seahawks | Russell Wilson wants to stay put?    Mon Jun 29, 12:00 AM

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson said the goal is to remain in Seattle for 'a really, really long time' when asked about his contract situation at the Russell Wilson Passing Academy Saturday, June 27.

Footballguys view: The reports of "Wilson's outta here" have been quite overblown. Do things seem dire right now in contract negotiations? Yeah, a bit--but things change quickly in the NFL. The Seahawks found a franchise-caliber quarterback in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft, and they've been able to build a champion due to his small salary. Now, it's time to pay up...and we still think Seattle finds a way to keep him around with a new long-term contract.

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