Fantasy Football News & Views
Panthers | Devin Funchess not expected back Sat Jan 19, 03:24 PM
Carolina Panthers impending free-agent WR Devin Funchess likely will not re-sign with the Panthers this offseason because of WR D.J. Moore's performance during the second half of the season.Link to story
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Broncos | Denver to look at Joe Flacco, Nick Foles? Sat Jan 19, 01:42 PM
Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco and Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles could receive interest from the Denver Broncos this offseason, in the opinion of 9News.com's Mike Klis.Link to story
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Colts | Indy adds Gabe Holmes Sat Jan 19, 01:19 PM
The Indianapolis Colts signed TE Gabe Holmes to a Reserve/Futures contract Saturday, Jan. 19. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Link to story
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Buccaneers | DeSean Jackson not expected back Sat Jan 19, 01:12 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson probably will not return to the Buccaneers next season even though head coach Bruce Arians hopes he stays on the roster, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.Link to story
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Raiders | Marshawn Lynch could play in 2019 Sat Jan 19, 11:43 AM
Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch, who will be a free agent in two months, said on HBO's 'Real Time with Bill Maher' that he is open to playing in 2019 under the right circumstances.Link to story
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Buccaneers | Jameis Winston made strides Fri Jan 18, 11:39 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston threw 11 interceptions in his first five games in 2018 and three interceptions over his final six games.Link to story
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Dolphins | Miami eyeing RB in draft? Fri Jan 18, 10:29 PM
Iowa State RB David Montgomery could be a target for the Miami Dolphins in the 2019 NFL Draft, according to Antwan Staley of DolphinsWire. Staley believes Montgomery's aggressive running style would fill the hole left behind when RB Frank Gore hits free agency in March.Link to story
NFL | Jalen Guyton turning pro Fri Jan 18, 09:58 PM
North Texas WR Jalen Guyton has entered the 2019 NFL Draft.Link to story
NFL | Jazz Ferguson going pro Fri Jan 18, 09:49 PM
Northwestern State WR Jazz Ferguson has entered the 2019 NFL Draft.Link to story
NFL | Jovon Durante headed to NFL Fri Jan 18, 09:40 PM
Florida Atlantic WR Jovon Durante has entered the 2019 NFL Draft.Link to story
Buccaneers | Cameron Brate had surgery Fri Jan 18, 09:20 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate (hip) had arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip, according to a source, and Brate is hoping to return for minicamp in June.Link to story
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Ravens | Possible homecoming for Tyrod Taylor? Fri Jan 18, 08:04 PM
Cleveland Browns impending free-agent QB Tyrod Taylor could consider the Baltimore Ravens a potential landing spot in free agency this offseason, according to ESPN's Jamison Hensley. Taylor made his only Pro Bowl in 2015 when new Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman called the plays with the Buffalo Bills, and Taylor spent the first four seasons of his NFL career with Baltimore before leaving for Buffalo in 2015.Link to story
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Chargers | GM open to Antonio Gates continuing in 2019 Fri Jan 18, 07:06 PM
Los Angeles Chargers TE Antonio Gates may only come back as the team's third tight end behind starter Hunter Henry and blocker Virgil Green, but general manager Tom Telesco indicated in the recent interview that he believes he will welcome back Gates for another season.
|Footballguys view: Gates wants to return and the Chargers are open to his return. It sounds like something they could make work later in the year. Gates doesn't need a bunch of offseason work so perhaps he's out of football until the summer.|
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Saints | NFC Championship injury report for Saints Fri Jan 18, 06:19 PM
New Orleans Saints WR Keith Kirkwood (calf) did not participate in practice Friday, Jan. 18, and has been ruled out for the NFC Championship game. OG Andrus Peat (hand), OT Ryan Ramczyk (shoulder) and C Max Unger (knee) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.Link to story
Saints | Benjamin Watson officially questionable Fri Jan 18, 06:17 PM
Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints TE Benjamin Watson (illness) was limited during practice Friday, Jan. 18, and is listed as questionable for the NFC Championship game.
|Footballguys view: Watson has been in the hospital with appendicitis for most of the week. Reports indicate Watson is out, so guys like Josh Hill and Dan Arnold would be asked to do more.|
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Chiefs | Sammy Watkins not on injury report Fri Jan 18, 04:26 PM
Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) fully participated in practice Friday, Jan. 18, and is not on the injury report for the AFC Championship game.
|Footballguys view: Watkins is good to go for Sunday's game against the Patriots. Even if he only gets a few targets, Watkins has big-play ability and is a player the Patriots certainly have to gameplan for.|
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Chiefs | Tyreek Hill on track to play Fri Jan 18, 04:22 PM
Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill (heel, thigh) fully participated in practice Friday, Jan. 18, and is not on the injury report for the AFC Championship game.
|Footballguys view: Hill has been a bit banged up during the playoffs but he still plays and performs at a high level. The weather may not be as extremely cold as originally thought and Hill's speed is a great asset for the Chiefs offense they should use early and often against the Patriots.|
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Chiefs | Spencer Ware ready to play Fri Jan 18, 04:17 PM
Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (hamstring) fully participated in practice Friday, Jan. 18, and is not on the injury report for the AFC Championship game.
|Footballguys view: Good news for Ware here. He's going to serve as the primary backup to Damien Williams and could get a few touches here and there.|
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Cowboys | Devin Smith receives futures deal Fri Jan 18, 04:08 PM
The Dallas Cowboys signed WR Devin Smith to a Reserve/Futures contract Friday, Jan. 18. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Smith was a second-round pick for the Jets out of Ohio State in 2015, but injuries derailed his career. He's only played in 14 games as a pro and was out of the league in 2018. Smith will be hard pressed to make the 53-man roster for the Cowboys.|
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Saints | Benjamin Watson to miss playoff game Fri Jan 18, 03:29 PM
New Orleans Saints TE Benjamin Watson (illness) will not play in the NFC Championship game because he is dealing with appendicitis, according to a source. Watson has avoided surgery at this point.Link to story
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Ravens | Tyrod Taylor an option for Ravens? Fri Jan 18, 03:18 PM
Cleveland Browns impending free-agent QB Tyrod Taylor could be an option for the Baltimore Ravens this offseason as a backup to QB Lamar Jackson, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley.
|Footballguys view: We could see that happening if the Ravens don't want Robert Griffin III back as the no.2 quarterback behind Jackson. Taylor had one of his better seasons when offensive coordinator Greg Roman was calling plays for him with the Buffalo Bills.|
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49ers | George Kittle set pace among TEs Fri Jan 18, 01:20 PM
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle set a single-season tight end record with 1,377 receiving yards in 2018 and was one of four tight ends to lead their teams in receiving yards. Kittle also paced all tight ends with six receptions of 40-plus yards.
|Footballguys view: Kittle finished as the no.2 fantasy tight end in 2018 behind only Travis Kelce. They'll continue to use him as a big part of the offense going forward and Fantasy GMs will be plucking Kittle in the second round of drafts in the summer.|
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Eagles | Dates looming on Nick Foles decision Fri Jan 18, 01:05 PM
Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles might have played his last game with the Eagles, and the first key date in that process arrives Feb. 10 -- one month before the start of the new league year -- when the Eagles must decide if they're going to pick up Foles' $20 million contract option for 2019. If so, Foles has five days to decide if he wants to void the option.
|Footballguys view: There's going to be a market for Foles once teams figure out what he could possibly had for. The speculation remains that the Eagles will tag and trade Foles. We'll see if that can happen or if Foles opts out. Stay tuned....and look for a team like Jacksonville to make a move for the veteran passer.|
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Buccaneers | DeSean Jackson yet to hear from Bucs Fri Jan 18, 12:23 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson said Thursday, Jan. 17, that he has yet to talk to new head coach Bruce Arians or anyone from the team about remaining in Tampa.
|Footballguys view: The writing has been on the wall with Jackson for some time and we don't expect the Bucs to retain his services. Jackson is entering the third year of a three-year, $33.5 million contract. We could see Jackson winding up back in Philadelphia if he is released. Also, watch for impending free agent John Brown perhaps landing with the Bucs and reuniting with Arians.|
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Chiefs | Patrick Mahomes aims to repeat feat Fri Jan 18, 12:07 PM
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes is one of four quarterbacks to post at least 350 passing yards, four touchdowns and a 110 passer rating in a game versus the New England Patriots since 2001.
|Footballguys view: The weather may not be extremely cold as originally thought. That's good news for Mahomes and the high-powered Chiefs offense. Mahomes threw for 352 yards and had four TDs with a 110.0 rating in a 43-40 loss at New England in Week 6.|
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Bears | Jordan Williams-Lambert signs with Bears Fri Jan 18, 11:26 AM
Free-agent WR Jordan Williams-Lambert (CFL) signed a Reserve/Future contract with the Chicago Bears Friday, Jan. 18. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Williams-Lambert was picked up as an undrafted free agent out of Ball State by the Saints in 2016. He spent time on their practice squad for a couple of years before being released and heading to Canada. Williams-Lambert is big, measuring in at 6'3" 225 pounds but he's not particularly athletic. If you're in a crazy deep dynasty league then monitor his progress to see if he can impress the Bears.|
Rams | C.J. Anderson ready to roll Thu Jan 17, 11:53 PM
Los Angeles Rams RB C.J. Anderson said he is the freshest running back in the league heading into a matchup with the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game. 'I look faster than everyone else, part of it because I'm fresh,' Anderson said.
|Footballguys view: Anderson was out of the league for a bit in the 2018 season after the Panthers decided to release him. He then signed with the Raiders for a week, only to never touch the ball and get released a week later. Anderson then got picked up by the Rams and he's had over 100-yards rushing in each of the three games he's played in for the team. Going up against the Saints in New Orleans is tough for any team, but we'll see if the Rams can grind them down on the ground with Anderson and starter Todd Gurley.|
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Buccaneers | Bruce Arians to help Jameis Winston? Thu Jan 17, 11:22 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston will benefit from having Bruce Arians as his head coach, according to retired QB Carson Palmer. 'It's probably the best thing that could've happen to Jameis at this point in his career,' Palmer said. 'Getting a guy like B.A. to come in and clean up some things technically. And really installing what he does best and that's push the ball down the field.'
|Footballguys view: That's the biggest task for Arians in 2019; see if Winston can have his career jump started and get the Bucs on track offensively. Arians is a 'quarterback whisperer' so we feel pretty good about his chances to get through to Winston. The biggest thing Arians should have to change is the number of turnovers Winston has as a passer. Both Arians and Winston love the deep passing game, but Arians needs to coach Winston on when/where to challenge a defense.|
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Redskins | Derrius Guice back on the field Thu Jan 17, 10:10 PM
Washington Redskins RB Derrius Guice (knee) posted a video of himself on social media running and doing other drills on the field.
|Footballguys view: In December of 2018, the Washington Post reported that an infection Guice's torn ACL required three additional knee surgeries. The 2018 second-round pick tore his ACL back in the preseason but has not had the smoothest of recoveries. The video is cool and a good sign, but we still think Guice is limited in OTAs this spring...if he's even a participant. We might not know much about his status until the start of training camp. Stay tuned.|
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NFL | LJ Scott out of Senior Bowl Thu Jan 17, 09:53 PM
Michigan State RB LJ Scott (ankles) pulled out of the Senior Bowl because of injuries to both ankles.
|Footballguys view: Scott could have used the Senior Bowl to elevate his draft stock. Measuring in at 6'1" 225 pounds, Scott saw his YPC numbers fall from a respectable 5.4 in 2016 to just 3.3 in 2018. Injuries plagued him during his final year with the Spartans and he only appeared in five games. We'll see if Scott can get healthy and put together a good performance at the Scouting Combine in early March.|
Seahawks | Amara Darboh still in Seattle's plans? Thu Jan 17, 09:39 PM
Seattle Seahawks WR Amara Darboh (shoulder) 'looks great,' head coach Pete Carroll said in his end-of-season news conference, and Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times believes Darboh will have another chance to make the 53-man roster in 2019.
|Footballguys view: A third-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft, Darboh missed all of the 2018 season. He was put on Injured Reserve back in September due to a knee injury that required surgery. AS a rookie in 2017, Darboh played less than 200 snaps in 16 games, catching only 8 passes for 71 yards. Dynasty GMs in deeper leagues might still be holding onto him but his stock is not high at this time.|
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Seahawks | C.J. Prosise on track for OTAs Thu Jan 17, 09:35 PM
Seattle Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise (abdomen) should be recovered in time to participate in the offseason program in April, head coach Pete Carroll said Monday, Jan. 14.Link to story
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Cardinals | Fewer receptions for David Johnson? Thu Jan 17, 09:22 PM
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson could see fewer targets in the passing game in head coach Kliff Kingsbury's offense, according to Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com.
|Footballguys view: An interesting situation to monitor here. In the article, Urban notes that while Kingsbury was coach at Texas Tech, no running back had more than 41 receptions in a single season. Johnson's fantasy stock already took a hit based on last year's performance.|
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Chargers | Extension possible for Melvin Gordon Thu Jan 17, 08:26 PM
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon will be entering the final year of his contract, but general manager Tom Telesco said Gordon is a candidate for a contract extension this offseason.Link to story
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Chargers | Philip Rivers in line for extension Thu Jan 17, 08:06 PM
Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers likely will have contract extension talks with the team this offseason, according to general manager Tom Telesco.
|Footballguys view: The Chargers are good to go so long as they have Rivers. They work diligently to find a good price for the veteran quarterback. Rivers said he would like to play several more seasons.|
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Saints | Thursday practice report for Saints Thu Jan 17, 07:51 PM
New Orleans Saints WR Keith Kirkwood (calf) did not participate in practice Thursday, Jan. 17. OG Andrus Peat (hand), OT Ryan Ramczyk (shoulder) and C Max Unger (knee) fully participated in practice.Link to story
Saints | Benjamin Watson out again Thu Jan 17, 07:47 PM
New Orleans Saints TE Benjamin Watson (illness) did not participate in practice Thursday, Jan. 17.Link to story
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Raiders | Jalen Richard expected back Thu Jan 17, 07:38 PM
Oakland Raiders restricted free-agent RB Jalen Richard is expected to return to the team next season.
|Footballguys view: Richard can stick with the Raiders for a good price. He'll once again serve as a backup or change-of-pace back for the Raiders.|
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Chiefs | Sammy Watkins fully practices Thu Jan 17, 05:38 PM
Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) fully participated in practice Thursday, Jan. 17.
|Footballguys view: Watkins can be a big play threat for the Chiefs. Even on limited snaps in extreme cold this Sunday, Watkins is a player the Patriots must gameplan for.|
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Chiefs | Full practice for Tyreek Hill Thu Jan 17, 05:34 PM
Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill (heel, thigh) fully participated in practice Thursday, Jan. 17.
|Footballguys view: The weather is going to be extremely cold but that may not slow down Hill. He's good to go for Sunday's game against the Patriots.|
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Chiefs | Spencer Ware takes part in practice Thu Jan 17, 05:13 PM
Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (hamstring) fully participated in practice Thursday, Jan. 17.
|Footballguys view: Ware should be good for the AFC Championship Game on Sunday. He's the backup to Damien Williams and might get some touches here and there.|
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Steelers | Janarion Grant tries out for Steelers Thu Jan 17, 04:43 PM
Free-agent WR Janarion Grant (Ravens) worked out for the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday, Jan. 17.Link to story
Seahawks | Seattle signs Paxton Lynch Thu Jan 17, 04:23 PM
Free-agent QB Paxton Lynch (Broncos) was signed to an undisclosed deal by the Seattle Seahawks Thursday, Jan. 17.
|Footballguys view: Lynch was a bust with the Broncos of epic proportions. A first-round pick in 2016, Lynch never could earn the starting job in Denver over backup-caliber QB Trevor Siemian. Lynch was out of football for the 2018 season but did workout for several teams. He'll get a chance to compete for the backup spot to Russell Wilson in 2019.|
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Patriots | Another big day for N.E. RBs? Thu Jan 17, 01:32 PM
New England Patriots RBs Sony Michel, James White and Rex Burkhead combined for 47 rushing attempts/targets and 254 yards from scrimmage in the divisional-round playoff win over the Los Angeles Chargers.
|Footballguys view: The Patriots are going to have a gameplan in place to take advantage of the Chiefs weaknesses on defense. The Chiefs surrendered the third-most total yards (2,709) to opposing running backs during the regular season.|
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Patriots | Tom Brady excels in cold Thu Jan 17, 01:02 PM
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is 24-4 playing in sub-30-degree weather and 5-1 when the temperature is below 20 degrees.
|Footballguys view: As Rick James would say, Tom Brady is 'cold blooded!' An arctic cold front in expected Sunday, Jan. 20, in Kansas City, Mo., where the Patriots will face the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game. We'll see how much the severe cold impacts the game on Sunday.|
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Bears | Anthony Miller not facing prolonged recovery Thu Jan 17, 01:06 AM
Chicago Bears WR Anthony Miller (shoulder) should not miss significant time during the offseason following his upcoming shoulder surgery, according to the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs, who believes Miller will be ready to go at or near the start of the team's offseason program.
|Footballguys view: Good news for the young receiver here. He injured the shoulder in Week 3 but was able to tough it out through 15 games in 2018. When Miller is ready to return, expect the Bears to take it easy on him and ease him back into action.|
Bears | Jordan Howard has little trade value? Thu Jan 17, 12:58 AM
Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard holds little value if the team decides to shop him around during the offseason, according to the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs, who points out Howard is in the final year of his rookie deal and that running back is one of the NFL's most replaceable positions.
|Footballguys view: Howard had less than 1,000 yards rushing in 2018, the first time in his career he's fell below that mark. He just missed that total with 935 rushing yards in 2018. We'll see if the Bears want to go with a more dynamic runner in 2019. Biggs believes Howard's greatest value in 2019 would be as depth for the Bears.|
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Saints | Paul Turner added to practice squad Thu Jan 17, 12:01 AM
Free-agent WR Paul Turner was signed to the New Orleans Saints practice squad Wednesday, Jan. 16. The team also released QB J.T. Barrett from their practice squad.Link to story
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Texans | DeAndre Hopkins was big part of offense Wed Jan 16, 11:26 PM
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins was targeted 163 times during the regular season while the second highest total on the team was 45 targets.
|Footballguys view: The headline can be filed under 'in other news, water is wet.' Hopkins is their passing game, and he's one of the best in the game. The team needs to keep feeding him the rock...and protect QB Deshaun Watson better...in 2019.|
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Texans | Brandon Weeden hopes to return Wed Jan 16, 11:25 PM
Houston Texans impending free-agent QB Brandon Weeden said he hopes to re-sign with the Texans this offseason.
|Footballguys view: The Texans had Weeden and Joe Webb behind Deshaun Watson this year. With Weeden potentially leaving in free agency, the Texans have to find some quarterback talent. They could always just have Weeden stick around for a good price.|
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