Fantasy Football News & Views
Raiders | Marshawn Lynch will decide after draft Mon Mar 25, 04:49 PM
Free-agent RB Marshawn Lynch (Raiders) will make a decision on whether or not to retire following the NFL Draft, according to Oakland Raiders general manager Mike Mayock. The Raiders have already said they would welcome Lynch back.
|Footballguys view: We'll see if Lynch wants to continue playing for one more year. The Raiders are still in Oakland and that may be tempting for Lynch to stay and give the local fans something to cheer for before the team moves to Las Vegas in 2020.|
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Buccaneers | Blaine Gabbert back to Florida? Mon Mar 25, 04:02 PM
Free-agent QB Blaine Gabbert (Titans) is expected to be signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the near future, according to Greg Auman of The Athletic.
|Footballguys view: Gabbert can be the backup to Jameis Winston in 2019. His playing style should mesh with Bruce Arians offense and the downfield passing we expect Tampa to use early and often this season.|
Blaine Gabbert player page
Eagles | Jay Ajayi in touch with Eagles Mon Mar 25, 03:34 PM
Free-agent RB Jay Ajayi (Eagles) has kept in contact with the Philadelphia Eagles despite having a good meeting with the Indianapolis Colts recently.
|Footballguys view: There's no rush for Ajayi to sign with a team right now. He is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season wherever he plays, despite recovering from a torn left anterior cruciate ligament.|
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Texans | D'Onta Foreman dropping weight Mon Mar 25, 12:20 PM
Houston Texans RB D'Onta Foreman (Achilles) is reportedly 'much leaner' than he was during his first two NFL seasons and is currently 'a few pounds shy' of the 235-pound weight at which he was listed on the roster in 2018.
|Footballguys view: Foreman appeared in just one game in the 2018 season, rushing seven times for minus-1 yard. The Texans have been optimistic about his return from the Achilles' injury that limited him in 2018. They have Lamar Miller as their lead back, but he's in the final year of his contract with the team. Foreman could earn a large role if he can stay healthy and impress on the field.|
D'Onta Foreman player page
49ers | Jerick McKinnon sticking around Mon Mar 25, 12:04 PM
San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon (knee) will remain on the roster past April 1 and 'fits' into the team's plan for the 2019 season, according to general manager John Lynch.
|Footballguys view: McKinnon's future with the team was certainly a question mark when the team went out and added Tevin Coleman in free agency while also giving Raheem Mostert a new three-year deal. We should see McKinnon compete with Coleman for the top spot on the depth chart. On April 1st, $3.7 million on McKinnon's 2019 salary becomes guaranteed.|
Jerick McKinnon player page
Jets | Two Jets retained Mon Mar 25, 11:53 AM
Free-agent TE Neal Sterling (Jets) and LB Brandon Copeland (Jets) were re-signed by the New York Jets Monday, March 25, on undisclosed deals.Link to story
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Patriots | Rob Gronkowski's door still open? Mon Mar 25, 09:59 AM
Former New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said Monday, March 25, that if Patriots QB Tom Brady called Gronk and said the team needed him at some point next year, he could come back to play a few games.
|Footballguys view: We just hope this isn't the end for Gronkowski. Perhaps he gets away from the game, starts feeling healthier and misses Brady. Don't be surprised if Fantasy GMs in deep leagues stash Gronkowski as a last-round pick (like they did with Barry Sanders or Calvin Johnson) just hoping he will play again.|
Rob Gronkowski player page
Lions | Dontrelle Inman visiting Detroit Mon Mar 25, 09:58 AM
Free-agent WR Dontrelle Inman (Colts) will visit the Detroit Lions Monday, March 25.
|Footballguys view: It would be an interesting destination for Inman because there's no clear-cut path to playing time. The Lions added Danny Amendola earlier this offseason to be their no.3 wideout behind Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones. If added, Inman would be fourth-string at the position. We'll see if he just ends up going back to the Colts.|
Dontrelle Inman player page
Jets | Jamison Crowder excited for offense Sun Mar 24, 10:59 PM
New York Jets WR Jamison Crowder said he is excited to play in head coach Adam Gase's offense because of how it utilizes slot receivers.
|Footballguys view: Crowder had a disappointing 2018 season, missing time due to injury and finishing the year with a career-low 29 catches for 388 receiving yards. He should be excited to be working with a bright offensive mind like Gase. Crowder could catch around 50 passes in this offense and put up WR4 or deep flex numbers for Fantasy GMs in 2019.|
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Steelers | Contract in the works for Ben Roethlisberger Sun Mar 24, 10:50 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger's contract talks are 'still ongoing,' according to general manager Kevin Colbert. 'This is probably his last contract as an NFL player, so it's significant,' Colbert said.
|Footballguys view: It wasn't that long ago that rumblings about Roethlisberger retiring were swirling around....now he could get an extension for a few more years. Roethlisberger is the clear leader in Pittsburgh and the team has rid themselves of the perceived problems (Antonio Brown) around him. It's on Roethlisberger to continue playing at a high level despite losing an incredible talent like Brown. If healthy, Roethlisberger should post QB1 numbers for Fantasy GMs once again this season.|
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Redskins | Colt McCoy had leg surgery Sun Mar 24, 10:31 PM
Washington Redskins QB Colt McCoy (leg) had surgery on his right leg, but he is expected to be ready when offseason programs begin.
|Footballguys view: McCoy is going to be competing with Case Keenum for the starting job in Washington this year. This leg surgery sounds minor but we'll see if it actually sets him back a bit in the upcoming competition.|
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Patriots | Rob Gronkowski announces retirement Sun Mar 24, 06:06 PM
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement from the NFL Sunday, March 24.
|Footballguys view: That's a wrap for one of the best to ever play the game at his position. Gronkowski was flat out dominant when healthy and is certainly bound for the Hall of Fame, likely as a first-ballot nominee. Fantasy GMs loved him as a TE1 for years and now the Patriots have a huge hole at the position. Guys like Jacob Hollister, Matt LaCosse and Stephen Anderson will compete for the starting job...and the Patriots should be looking to add a top tight end in the draft.|
Rob Gronkowski player page
NFL | Jeremy Maclin retires Sun Mar 24, 05:40 PM
Free-agent WR Jeremy Maclin (Ravens) announced his retirement Sunday, March 24.
|Footballguys view: Maclin was out of the league last year so this is not a surprise. He was one of the top big-play receivers in the NFL back in 2014 and 2015.|
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Broncos | Denver to meet with four top QB prospects Sun Mar 24, 04:32 PM
Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray, Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins, Missouri QB Drew Lock and Duke QB Daniel Jones will have official visits with the Denver Broncos before the 2019 NFL Draft, according to general manager John Elway.
|Footballguys view: Lock and Jones have been linked to the Broncos in various publications before and after the Scouting Combine. With the no.10 overall pick they could be looking for the heir apparent to the newly-acquired Joe Flacco. We think they go in a different direction (ILB) with their first-round pick in 2019 but we'll see if they fall in love with one of these top prospects.|
NFL | Several teams met with two WVU receivers Sun Mar 24, 04:29 PM
West Virginia WRs Gary Jennings and David Sills met with the Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions earlier this week.Link to story
Giants | Will Grier meets with Giants Sun Mar 24, 04:27 PM
West Virginia QB Will Grier said he had a meeting with the New York Giants Thursday, March 21.
|Footballguys view: Grier is seen as a 'riser' in this draft class. With a skill set similar to that of Andy Dalton when he came out of TCU, Grier could work his way into the end of the first round. If he's there in the early second round (and the Giants didn't take Dwayne Haskins 6th overall), then perhaps he could be groomed as the next guy in line after Eli Manning's days with the Giants are done.|
Broncos | Phillip Lindsay unlikely for minicamp Sun Mar 24, 12:08 PM
Denver Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay (wrist) is unlikely to be ready for the team's draft-week bonus minicamp as he recovers from wrist surgery, head coach Vic Fangio said Sunday, March 24.
|Footballguys view: This is something to monitor as we get towards training camp. Lindsay may not do anything until August, giving Royce Freeman a chance to make a positive impression during OTAs and minicamp. Lindsay was phenomenal as a rookie, being the first undrafted rookie to be named to the Pro Bowl on offense. We'll see if he can get healthy, stay healthy and avoid a sophomore slump in 2019.|
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NFL | Clay Harbor eyeing comeback Sun Mar 24, 11:37 AM
Free-agent TE Clay Harbor (Saints) is attempting an NFL comeback and also appears to be open to changing his position to fullback.
|Footballguys view: He has resumed training in the hopes of earning a workout with a team this offseason. Harbor plans to move on if he has not been signed by the time training camps open.|
Clay Harbor player page
Eagles | Vinny Papale to try out for Philadelphia Sun Mar 24, 09:13 AM
Delaware WR Vinny Papale will receive a tryout with the Philadelphia Eagles during their local prospect day April 17. His father, Vince, was a wide receiver for the Eagles from 1976 to 1979.Link to story
Buccaneers | Jameis Winston adding weight Sun Mar 24, 01:47 AM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston, who is listed at 6-foot-4 and 231 pounds, intends to add muscle during the offseason and wants to play at 250 pounds in 2019.'I'm getting it. I'm going to play bigger this year. I'm about 250. Yeah. A solid 250. It's just about hydration and being at the peak body, too,'' Winston said.
|Footballguys view: Winston has one year to prove himself under new head coach Bruce Arians. It has the makings of a good fit if Winston can improve his downfield passing (a hallmark of an Arians offense) and cut down on his turnovers.|
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Redskins | Adrian Peterson wants more in 2019 Sat Mar 23, 11:06 PM
Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson called his 2018 season 'decent' and believes he is capable of more in 2019.
|Footballguys view: We'll see if Peterson gets the opportunity to do more in 2019. Washington has Derrius Guice, a sensational running back when healthy, to compete with Peterson to be the lead back. Guice missed all of his rookie season in 2018 due to a knee injury, and he's had quite a few complications trying to come back from those surgeries in the following months. If Guice is healthy, he could turn Washington's backfield into a RBBC...and a frustration for Fantasy GMs.|
Adrian Peterson player page
NFL | Malcolm Mitchell to retire Sat Mar 23, 01:25 PM
Free-agent WR Malcolm Mitchell (Patriots) said he plans to retire from professional football.Link to story
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Broncos | Denver to work out Clayton Thorson Sat Mar 23, 01:06 PM
Northwestern QB Clayton Thorson is scheduled to have a private workout with the Denver Broncos, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Thorson is an athletic passer who has a nose for the end zone as a runner. He can work underneath routes but lacks the velocity to be a deep thrower consistently. Most think he's a third- or fourth-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft.|
Seahawks | Record numbers for Russell Wilson? Fri Mar 22, 10:37 PM
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson could make as much as $40 million per year on his next contract, according to Bucky Brooks of NFL.com.
|Footballguys view: Wilson has one year remaining on his current contract. The Seahawks are going to have to make him one of the highest -- if not THE highest -- paid quarterbacks in the NFL. There's just no way around it, and we feel the sooner they get the deal done the better.|
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Rams | C.J. Anderson not returning to LAR? Fri Mar 22, 09:39 PM
Free-agent RB C.J. Anderson (Rams) said on his Twitter feed that his time with the Los Angeles Rams 'was fun' and that he enjoyed the opportunity.
|Footballguys view: Malcolm Brown's return ended Anderson's short but memorable run for the Rams. We know he can still play, but his services still don't seem to be in demand.|
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Cowboys | Allen Hurns falling out of favor? Fri Mar 22, 09:37 PM
Dallas Cowboys WR Allen Hurns will likely see fewer opportunities next season after the signing of WR Randall Cobb, in the opinion of Kate Hairopoulos of The Dallas Morning News.
|Footballguys view: Hurns may not even make the team since he comes with a somewhat pricy four million dollar salary. Hurns best fit was in the slot, and now Cobb provides a better player, albeit one that has as much trouble staying healthy (or more) than Hurns.|
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Raiders | Oakland signs Mike Glennon Fri Mar 22, 05:28 PM
Free-agent QB Mike Glennon (Raiders) signed with the Oakland Raiders Friday, March 22. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Glennon replaces AJ McCarron, who signed with Houston. The Raiders could (some might argue should) still add another quarterback in the draft.|
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NFL | Drew Lock's stock on the rise? Fri Mar 22, 03:15 PM
University of Missouri QB Drew Lock 'demonstrated impressive ball placement in different situations' and impressed with his 'ability to adjust and just push the ball downfield with velocity while rolling out of the pocket' during his pro day workout Thursday, March 21. As a result, ESPN Todd McShay believes Lock could easily start drawing 'more top-10 buzz.'
|Footballguys view: Lock is a first round wild card with Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins seemingly locked in as the top two quarterbacks on the board. He could have a draft day fall, although a strong pro day will help lower the chances of that happening.|
49ers | San Fran gives Chris Gragg a look Fri Mar 22, 03:07 PM
Free-agent TE Chris Gragg worked out recently for the San Francisco 49ers, according to Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area.Link to story
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Chiefs | Anthony Sherman staying in K.C. Fri Mar 22, 12:56 PM
Kansas City Chiefs FB Anthony Sherman will sign a one-year deal to remain with the team, according to a report Friday, March 22.Link to story
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Falcons | Julio Jones closing in on extension Fri Mar 22, 12:24 PM
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones and the team is closing in on a contract extension that would pay him $20 million a year over a four- or five-year deal, according to a source. Jones also would receive $50-60 million in new guarantees.
|Footballguys view: The Falcons are avoiding any drama with their long-time #1 receiver. He should retire a Falcon if he plays to the end of his new extension.|
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Rams | Malcolm Brown staying with Rams Fri Mar 22, 09:22 AM
Los Angeles Rams restricted free-agent RB Malcolm Brown's two-year, $3.25 million offer sheet by the Detroit Lions was matched by the Rams Friday, March 22. He'll receive a $100,000 signing bonus and $1 million guaranteed.
|Footballguys view: This was an easy call, as the two-year deal is actually cheaper on a per year basis than his restricted free agent tender. The Rams probably don't need to make another move at running back unless they are worried about Todd Gurley's knee.|
Malcolm Brown player page
Ravens | Robert Griffin III re-ups with Ravens Fri Mar 22, 08:20 AM
Free-agent QB Robert Griffin III (Ravens) re-signed with the Baltimore Ravens Friday, March 22, on a two-year deal. Financial terms weren't disclosed, and the deal is pending a physical.Link to story
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NFL | Emanuel Hall runs routes Thu Mar 21, 10:20 PM
Missouri WR Emanuel Hall (groin) ran routes at Missouri's pro day Thursday, March 21.Link to story
Steelers | Jake McGee, others hit free agency Thu Mar 21, 10:10 PM
The Pittsburgh Steelers did not tender offers to TE Jake McGee, S Malik Golden, OG Joseph Cheek and LB Keith Kelsey, making all four players unrestricted free agents.Link to story
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Buccaneers | O.J. Howard staying sharp Thu Mar 21, 09:57 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard (ankle) spent time running routes and catching passes from Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes Thursday, March 21.
|Footballguys view: Howard is poised for a breakout year now that Desean Jackson and Adam Humphries have moved on. He should be drafted as Top 5-7 tight end this year.|
O.J. Howard player page
Bears | Jordan Howard the odd man out? Thu Mar 21, 09:39 PM
Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard is unlikely to have a role in the offense if he remains with the team in 2019, in the opinion of Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
|Footballguys view: Mike Davis could be the #2 and leave Howard out in the cold with no trade market materializing for the Bears once #1 back. Howard is only 24 and might be in a buy low moment in dynasty leagues if he can find a team that wants to make more use of his talents than the Bears do right now.|
Jordan Howard player page
NFL | Elijah Holyfield's times disappoint again Thu Mar 21, 09:34 PM
Georgia RB Elijah Holyfield was timed between 4.76 and a 4.89 seconds in his 40-yard dash during Georgia's pro day Wednesday, March 20.Link to story
Redskins | Jordan Reed working out with teammates Thu Mar 21, 09:25 PM
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (toe) has been working out with teammates this offseason, according to RB Adrian Peterson.
|Footballguys view: Reed will be a fantasy afterthought this year, but perhaps with a fully healthy offseason he could be a promising late round pick as a high volume target in a limited pass offense.|
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Chargers | Hunter Henry set for OTAs Thu Mar 21, 09:17 PM
Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry (knee) is expected to be ready for the start of OTAs, according to general manager Tom Telesco.
|Footballguys view: Henry should be ready to play a much larger part in the offense this year with Tyrell Williams gone.|
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Rams | Cooper Kupp remains on track Thu Mar 21, 09:08 PM
Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp (knee) said his recovery is where it is 'supposed to be' at this point in the process.
|Footballguys view: Kupp had surgery in November and should be ready for the start of the season. If he can open training camp off of the PUP list, that will be a win for his recovery timeline.|
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Chiefs | Alan Cross meets with KC Thu Mar 21, 08:23 PM
Free-agent TE Alan Cross (Buccaneers) met with the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this week.Link to story
Patriots | Stephen Gostkowski talking with Pats Thu Mar 21, 06:54 PM
Free-agent PK Stephen Gostkowski (Patriots) is making progress in contract talks with the New England Patriots. Gostkowski has also received interest from other teams.Link to story
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Rams | Decision on Malcolm Brown expected soon Thu Mar 21, 06:07 PM
Los Angeles Rams restricted free-agent RB Malcolm Brown signed an offer sheet with the Detroit Lions, and general manager Les Snead said the Rams likely will decide by Friday, March 22, if they will match the offer to Brown.Link to story
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Cardinals | Ricky Seals-Jones signs tender Thu Mar 21, 04:47 PM
Arizona Cardinals TE Ricky Seals-Jones signed his exclusive-rights tender Thursday, March 21.
|Footballguys view: Seals-Jones could become a more interesting fantasy commodity if Kyler Murray goes #1. He had a down 2018 but so did the rest of the Arizona offense. Things can't get any worse.|
Ricky Seals-Jones player page
Ravens | Robert Griffin contract update Thu Mar 21, 03:54 PM
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens QB Robert Griffin III was re-signed to a two-year deal Thursday, March 21. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Griffin will back up Lamar Jackson and allow the Ravens to have a running threat as their #2, although one not nearly as durable as Jackson.|
Robert Griffin III player page
Ravens | Baltimore keeps Robert Griffin Thu Mar 21, 03:33 PM
Free-agent QB Robert Griffin III (Ravens) was re-signed to an undisclosed deal by the Baltimore Ravens Thursday, March 21.
|Footballguys view: Griffin stays as the backup to Lamar Jackson. He's the veteran experience the Ravens need behind their second-year starter.|
Robert Griffin III player page
NFL | Drew Lock a busy man Thu Mar 21, 03:19 PM
Former Missouri QB Drew Lock will add the New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Los Angeles Chargers and Detroit Lions to his list of pre-draft visits.
|Footballguys view: Lock could be a top-10 pick in the 2019 NFL draft. He's got a strong arm and can make off-platform throws. Lock's footwork needs work and his arm mechanics are inconsistent, leading to accuracy problems. Some in the scouting community compare him to Derek Carr (Raiders).|
Falcons | Justin Hardy stays in Atlanta Thu Mar 21, 03:07 PM
Free-agent WR Justin Hardy (Falcons) was re-signed to a one-year deal by the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, March 21. Financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
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Jaguars | James O'Shaughnessy stays put Thu Mar 21, 02:51 PM
Free-agent TE James O'Shaughnessy (Jaguars) was re-signed to an undisclosed deal by the Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday, March 21.
|Footballguys view: He visited with the Steelers but did not sign a deal. He returns to Jacksonville to fill the same role he did last year for the Jaguars. O'Shaughnessy appeared in 14 games last year with the Jaguars and caught a career-high 24 passes for 214 receiving yards.|
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