Fantasy Football News & Views
Cardinals | Drew Stanton could be limited Sun Apr 19, 09:49 AM
Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (knee) could be limited during offseason workouts since he is recovering from a knee injury, but he should be able to do some things during the workouts.
|Footballguys view: The Cardinals have no need to rush Stanton back. They'll ease him into action with a plan to have him near full strength at the start of training camp.|
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Jaguars | Denard Robinson fully healthy Sun Apr 19, 09:41 AM
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Denard Robinson said the foot injury he suffered during the season is completely healed and that he was cleared to do everything in February.
|Footballguys view: Robinson flashed some playmaking ability last year for the Jaguars. His 582 rushing yards were a career high, but lack of durability was a problem. Now, the Jaguars are likely to use Robinson as a change-of-pace back instead of a full-time bellcow back. Look for Jacksonville to select a running back in the 2015 NFL draft.|
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Browns | Zach D'Orazio works out Sun Apr 19, 03:18 AM
Akron WR Zach D'Orazio worked out for the Cleveland Browns Saturday, April 18.Link to story
Ravens | E.J. Scott invited to pro day Sun Apr 19, 02:39 AM
Wake Forest WR E.J. Scott was invited to the Baltimore Ravens' local prospect day.Link to story
Ravens | Invite Khari Lee to pro day Sun Apr 19, 02:27 AM
Bowie State TE Khari Lee has been invited to the team's pro day, which will be held prior to the NFL Draft.Link to story
Redskins | Crusoe Gongbay coming to pro day Sun Apr 19, 02:24 AM
New Mexico RB Crusoe Gongbay will attend the pro day for the Washington Redskins.Link to story
Redsklns | Adrian Coxson to attend pro day Sun Apr 19, 02:18 AM
Stony Brook WR Adrian Coxson will attend the Washington Redskins' pro day prior to the NFL Draft.Link to story
NFL | Austin Trainor works with three teams Sun Apr 19, 02:14 AM
West Georgia QB Austin Trainor had Pro Days with three teams, including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers.Link to story
Dolphins | Miami considering DeVante Parker? Sat Apr 18, 10:57 PM
Louisville WR DeVante Parker is an option for the Miami Dolphins with No. 14 pick in the first-round of the 2015 NFL Draft.Link to story
Jaguars | GM not forgetting Denard Robinson Sat Apr 18, 09:38 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Denard Robinson said he believes he should be the No. 1 running back in 2015, and general manager Dave Caldwell said he wouldn't forget about Robinson as he prepares for the 2015 NFL Draft.Link to story
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Broncos | Offense to be catered to Peyton Manning Sat Apr 18, 09:07 PM
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning won't be forced into a playbook that doesn't suit his gifts, according to head coach Gary Kubiak, and Kubiak added that it has been easy to mix his playbook with the playbook Denver used last season.Link to story
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Saints | Brandin Cooks set for big role Sat Apr 18, 07:24 PM
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks will be atop the depth chart with WR Marques Colston to enter the 2015 season.Link to story
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NFL | Todd Gurley checks out fine medically Sat Apr 18, 10:27 AM
Georgia RB Todd Gurley (knee) has been undergoing tests in Indianapolis Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18, on his surgically repaired knee and everything checked out fine, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Great news for Gurley and his draft stock here. Even with this knee injury, Gurley was going to be a first-round pick. Now, he could be picked earlier than some had though. He's a top-10 talent in this draft, and Gurley may come off the board somewhere around the Texans pick in the middle of the first round.|
NFL | Jaelen Strong medically cleared Sat Apr 18, 10:26 AM
Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong (wrist) underwent several medical tests during his visit with the Pittsburgh Steelers and has cleared by their doctors. The Steelers will send the results of his tests to other teams so he does not have to be re-checked in Indianapolis.
|Footballguys view: Good news for Strong here. He's one of our favorite receivers in this draft class, and Strong reminds some in the scouting community of Alshon Jeffery (Bears) or Anquan Boldin (49ers) because of his size/speed combination. He can win at the point of the catch, and this helps him immensely as a red-zone target.|
Raiders | Interest in Adrian Peterson Sat Apr 18, 03:31 AM
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is drawing interest from the Oakland Raiders.
|Footballguys view: That would be an upgrade for the Raiders. Earlier this offseason, they added Trent Richardson to compete with Latavius Murray for the starting job. Even though we like Murray (and had our heart broken by Richardson), Peterson would be an obvious choice as the lead back in Oakland. Throw the Raiders into the mix with the Cardinals and Cowboys as teams that are interested in acquiring the veteran supterstar.|
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Patriots | Todd Gurley will visit Sat Apr 18, 03:23 AM
Georgia RB Todd Gurley wlll visit the New England Patriots in the next week.
|Footballguys view: Wouldn't it be just like the Patriots to land the best back we've seen come out of college since Adrian Peterson? Gurley is a stud, there's no doubt about that and he could be a star at the pro level. A knee injury suffered last season (which checked out medically) may keep his draft stock in the teens or twenties of the first round.|
Ravens | Interest in Greg Jennings Sat Apr 18, 02:47 AM
Free-agent WR Greg Jennings (Vikings) has drawn interest from the Baltimore Ravens, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: Jennings continues to get some more interest on the open market. He's taking his time in choosing his next stop because more than a few teams want him. The Ravens are looking for more talent at wide receiver since losing Torrey Smith (49ers) in free agency.|
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Bears | Two prospects visit Sat Apr 18, 02:14 AM
Portland State OL Cornelius Edison and Colorado State QB Garrett Grayson visited the Chicago Bears this week.
|Footballguys view: Grayson is the player to highlight here. He does a good job of manipulating the defense with his eyes, and Grayson is a sound prospect in terms of athleticism and accuracy. He should be a second-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft.|
Lions | Tre McBride visits Sat Apr 18, 02:10 AM
William & Mary WR Tre McBride visited the Detroit Lions on Friday, April 17.
|Footballguys view: McBride can make difficult catches seem routine. Level of competition is a question mark for McBride, and he'll need to show better pad speed on the field.|
Colts | Andre Johnson joining teammates Sat Apr 18, 12:17 AM
Indianapolis Colts WR Andre Johnson said he plans on participating in an offseason program that begins Monday, April 20. 'I'm excited about it,' Johnson said. 'I'll actually be heading to Indy tomorrow. I'm excited about the opportunity. Can't wait to get it going. It'll be different, but at the same time, still football. I'll go in, just learn what I need to learn, learn my new teammates and try to fit in and help win games.'
|Footballguys view: It will be interesting to see how Johnson fits in with the Colts as an underneath target. For fantasy owners, Johnson should be considered a WR2 because of the offense and his quarterback.|
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Cardinals | Jaron Brown continuing to recover Fri Apr 17, 10:17 PM
Arizona Cardinals WR Jaron Brown (shoulder) has been rehabbing his injured shoulder and said he hopes to be back up to speed for OTAs.
|Footballguys view: Brown caught 22 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns last year for the Cardinals. When healthy, he'll continue to serve as a reserve receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and John Brown.|
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Rams | St. Louis hosts Brett Hundley Fri Apr 17, 09:56 PM
UCLA QB Brett Hundley worked out for the St. Louis Rams Friday, April 17.
|Footballguys view: Hundley is one of the most intriguing prospects in this draft class. He's crazy athletic and has a strong arm, reminding some in the scouting community of a young Randall Cunningham. Hundley holds onto the ball too long as a passer and needs to show improved ability to read defenses as he drops back.|
NFL | Chris Johnson working out Fri Apr 17, 07:46 PM
Free-agent RB Chris Johnson (shoulder) has been working out even though he was shot in the shoulder during a drive by shooting last month. Johnson has received interest from several teams.
|Footballguys view: Johnson's not the same player he used to be, and we can't imagine a bunch of teams lined up around the block for his services. At best, he should work as a speedy change-of-pace back.|
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Ravens | Four ERFAs re-sign Fri Apr 17, 04:52 PM
Baltimore Ravens exclusive rights free-agent TE Phillip Supernaw, SS Brynden Trawick, CB Rashaan Melvin and OT Ryan Jensen re-signed with the team Friday, April 17. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.Link to story
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Cowboys | Brett Hundley works out Fri Apr 17, 04:43 PM
UCLA QB Brett Hundley worked out privately for the Dallas Cowboys in California Thursday, April 16, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: Hundley is one of our favorite quarterbacks in the draft, but his projection in the NFL is all over the board. The positive: Hundley has a strong arm and is crazy athletic. The negative: He holds onto the ball too long and takes a lot of sacks. Hundley is worth picking up and developing because of his raw natural skill set. He should be a second-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft.|
Rams | Sean Mannion works out Fri Apr 17, 04:42 PM
Oregon State QB Sean Mannion was scheduled to work out for the St. Louis Rams Friday, April 17, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Mannion is a big pocket passer who should come off the board on the last day of the draft. He's no immediate starter, but Mannion does have some tools that some team may try to develop.|
49ers | Dorial Green-Beckham meets with SF Fri Apr 17, 04:29 PM
Oklahoma WR Dorial Green-Beckham recently met with the San Francisco 49ers, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: The 49ers need help at wide receiver, and Green-Beckham is a top-10 talent who could be available later in the draft because of off-field concerns. Green-Beckham is big, fast and physical at the point of the catch. Think of him in the same way you do Josh Gordon (Browns) both on and off the field.|
Bengals | CIN meets with Dorial Green-Beckham Fri Apr 17, 04:22 PM
Oklahoma WR Dorial Green-Beckham met with the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday, April 16, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: The Bengals don't care about character concerns. Green-Beckham has top-10 talent but off-field problems that caused him to bounce around in college will keep his draft stock down. We'll see if he can be a first-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft. Green-Beckham could be one of the best receivers in the game if he just stays out of trouble. In a lot of ways, he's similar to Josh Gordon (Browns).|
Dolphins | Miami to meet with Devin Smith Fri Apr 17, 03:10 PM
Ohio State WR Devin X. Smith is scheduled to meet with the Miami Dolphins before the 2015 NFL Draft, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: Smith's game is about speed, speed and more speed. His skill set is reminiscent of DeSean Jackson (Washington) because Smith can take the top off the defense with ease. He tracks the ball well over his shoulder and is a big-play threat.|
Steelers | Jaelen Strong visiting PIT Fri Apr 17, 03:00 PM
Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong is meeting with the Pittsburgh Steelers Friday, April 17.
|Footballguys view: Strong reminds us of Alshon Jeffery (Bears) or Anquan Boldin (49ers) because of his size and physical style of play. He can rip away contested catches from defenders, and this makes him a fine target when his team is near pay dirt. Look for Strong to be a late first- or early second-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft.|
Titans | Zach Mettenberger leading workouts Fri Apr 17, 02:41 PM
Tennessee Titans QB Zach Mettenberger has organized workouts with some of his teammates in Nashville this offseason.
|Footballguys view: At this time, Mettenberger is the lead quarterback for the Titans. That's awful for their chances this year, so don't be surprised if they make a trade to acquire a quarterback like Philip Rivers in the near future. The Chargers may want to move up and draft Marcus Mariota.|
Saints | Greg Jennings leaves NO Fri Apr 17, 12:41 PM
Free-agent WR Greg Jennings (Vikings) left his visit with the New Orleans Saints without a contract. Jennings is also considering the Carolina Panthers, Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars.
|Footballguys view: We think the Miami Dolphins might show some interest in Jennings as well. He's a seasoned veteran who is getting more than a few teams interested. Jennings will take his time and find the right deal (and the right fit) in the near future.|
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Vikings | Adrian Peterson may not work out Fri Apr 17, 12:28 PM
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said earlier this week that he's not sure if he'll participate in the team's offseason program. Minnesota is set to start their offseason workouts Monday, April 20, with a mandatory minicamp in June. Peterson can now participate in all team activities after being reinstated from the commissioner's exempt list Friday, April 17.
|Footballguys view: If Peterson wants out of Minnesota, then he won't show up to these activities. Now that he's free to play in 2015, the question remains where is he going to be? Regardless of a new team, same team, whatever team, Peterson has the talent and ability to be a first-round pick in fantasy leagues and an RB1 for your fantasy team.|
Adrian Peterson player page
Browns | Trevor Siemian to work out in CLE Fri Apr 17, 09:13 AM
Northwestern QB Trevor Siemian will work out with the Cleveland Browns Tuesday, April 21.
|Footballguys view: Why? Yes, the Browns need a quarterback but Siemian is not the answer. He's a camp arm at best in the NFL. Surprisingly, the Broncos have shown interest in him as well. This is the definition of SMH.|
Cardinals | Gabe Holmes visits Fri Apr 17, 03:16 AM
Purdue TE Gabe Holmes visited the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday, April 16.
|Footballguys view: Holmes is an interesting sleeper to keep an eye on in this poor class. A former basketball player, Holmes has the size/speed combination that will make teams drool. He has decent hands and is a good route-runner. Lack of experience at the position could keep him a priority free agent. Durability is also a concern after he missed the entire 2013 season due to a dislocated left wrist.|
NFL | Sean McGrath ends retirement Fri Apr 17, 02:57 AM
Free-agent TE Sean McGrath (Chiefs) has decided to end his retirement and return in 2015.
|Footballguys view: McGrath decided to retire from football last year due to personal issues. He spent all of last season on the reserve/did not report list for the Chiefs. Released by the Chiefs earlier this week, McGrath will now see if he can find a home before the start of training camp. We can't imagine the phone lines burning up with interest in him, but you never know.|
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Rams | St. Louis hosts Marcus Mariota Thu Apr 16, 06:17 PM
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota worked out for the St. Louis Rams Thursday, April 16.
|Footballguys view: Are the Rams just kicking tires or are they not sure about Nick Foles? Given Foles' 2014...that isn't a bad idea. The team could surprise some and actually be in the market for a quarterback...although next year's draft class is much better at the position.|
NFL | Jameis Winston sued for assault Thu Apr 16, 05:19 PM
Florida State QB Jameis Winston has been sued for sexual assault Thursday, April 16, stemming from an incident in 2012. The lawsuit includes charges of sexual battery, assault, false imprisonment and infliction of emotional distress.
|Footballguys view: So this is the issue with Winston - these sort of things keep cropping up. The question folks in the NFL have to ask themselves is, has he learned his lesson? A lot of his off-field issues were stupid, immaturity stuff. This case was and is not. So an NFL team looking to invest in him has to decide whether he will avoid these situations from here on out. From a football standpoint, Winston is a tremendous quarterback. Now the teams need to decide if he's a tremendous person as well.|
Vikings | No more punishment for Adrian Peterson Thu Apr 16, 02:51 PM
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will not receive any further suspension after he is reinstated from the commissioner's exempt list, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Assuming this is true, you can have the green light to draft him in fantasy leagues. Whether he is with the Vikings, Cowboys (Cardinals?) or elsewhere, he will put up another strong year of production. He's a top-10 fantasy option.|
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Broncos | Tre McBride, Keith Mumphery visit Thu Apr 16, 02:27 PM
William & Mary WR Tre McBride and Michigan State WR Keith Mumphery have met with the Denver Broncos this offseason.
|Footballguys view: The Broncos are just looking at potential depth at the wide receiver position here. McBride is looked at as a third rounder while Mumphery will likely be a late-round pick or priority free agent. Seems like Denver is looking at all levels for more receivers. Our very own Cecil Lammey was impressed by Mumphery at the East-West Shrine Game earlier this year. Mumphery showed good quickness in and out of his breaks, and he could work well as a return man too.|
Vikings | Adrian Peterson to be reinstated Thu Apr 16, 02:13 PM
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has been informed that he will be reinstated from the commissioner exempt list starting Friday, April 17.
|Footballguys view: Now the question is, where will he play? The Vikings want him back (so they say) but he's still upset about how they treated him. We'll ignore the irony there for a minute, and instead reiterate that he remains a top ten talent for fantasy no matter the team. Now we'll see if the Dallas Cowboys will pony up for his services. Trading for Peterson would likely take a king's ransom.|
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Packers | Andrew Quarless looking to improve Thu Apr 16, 02:10 PM
Green Bay Packers TE Andrew Quarless said he has been working on improving his game this offseason and believes he can be a productive part of the offense. 'I consider myself the top echelon of tight ends,' Quarless said. 'That's really where I see myself and that's really where I'm trying to take it. A couple other guys like (Rob Gronkowski) and a couple guys who are up there. I put myself in that bracket. That's definitely where I'm training to be.'
|Footballguys view: Quarless might be a little too excited about himself. He's athletic and talented, but has yet to show anything like "upper echelon" talent. We think he could be a solid TE2 for fantasy, and his ceiling is capped by the talented receivers on the roster.|
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Rams | Dorial Green-Beckham visits Rams Thu Apr 16, 02:08 PM
Oklahoma WR Dorial Green-Beckham visited with the St. Louis Rams in the first week of April.
|Footballguys view: Green-Beckham has a ton of talent but a penchant for trouble off the field. The Rams need receiver help, but they might want to pass on a guy who was kicked off a team and has had multiple incidents involving drugs. He has top-10 talent, but Green-Beckham may fall to the second round because of character concerns.|
Rams | St. Louis met with DeVante Parker Thu Apr 16, 02:07 PM
Louisville WR DeVante Parker met with the St. Louis Rams Wednesday, April 15. He is considered the third-best wide receiver in this year's draft behind Alabama WR Amari Cooper and West Virginia WR Kevin White. The Rams also had a pre-draft visit with Cooper in the first week of April, and White will visit with the Rams next week.
|Footballguys view: Now that the Rams have Nick Foles, they need to give him weapons. There is a good chance both Kevin White and Amari Cooper could be off the board by the time they pick at 10th overall. If that's the case, Parker is a good third option. Parker has good height, speed and great ball skills on deep targets. He'd be a potent weapon for Foles.|
Broncos | Jeremy Langford visits Thu Apr 16, 01:47 PM
Michigan State RB Jeremy Langford recently met with the Denver Broncos.
|Footballguys view: After a successful season from C.J. Anderson and with Montee Ball still around, Langford would be a potential backup first. Langford is strong in pass protection and catches the ball well. He isn't very shifty or elusive though and carried the ball a lot for the Spartans. He's a part-time player in the NFL and Langford is a mid-round pick at best.|
Browns | Cleveland meets with Amari Cooper Thu Apr 16, 12:55 PM
Alabama WR Amari Cooper has met with the Cleveland Browns this offseason. The Browns likely would have to trade up in first round of the 2015 NFL Draft if they want to select him.
|Footballguys view: Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on the Browns. Cleveland ignored the wide receiver position after learning Josh Gordon would be suspended last draft, but not now. Of course, if they want Cooper, they'll have to move up from 12. It won't be cheap but given how poor their wide receiver group is, it could be worth it.|
Seahawks | SEA cautious with Russell Wilson deal Thu Apr 16, 12:02 PM
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is in negotiations with the team on a long-term contract extension, but general manager John Schneider said the team will be cautious in what they offer Wilson for a new contract. Schneider will be mindful of the salary cap and the club's future. Wilson will make $1.5 million in 2015, but a new deal is expected to give him over $20 million a year and more than $100 million total.
|Footballguys view: The team knows that the bigger the contract the harder it will be to stay competitive the way they have been. They benefited heavily since Wilson was on a super-cheap rookie contract (and a third round one at that). They'll want to keep the contract on the low side, but Wilson's play over the last three years and his upside means they'll have to compensate him accordingly....and they cannot afford to do without him.|
Russell Wilson player page
Titans | Phillip Dorsett visiting Tennessee Thu Apr 16, 10:28 AM
Miami (Fla.) WR Phillip Dorsett is visiting the Tennessee Titans Thursday, April 16.
|Footballguys view: Phillip Dorsett has averaged more than 25 yards per catch since 2012 and can burn teams inside and out. Tennessee needs to keep building the offense for Zach Mettenberger, Philip Rivers or whomever ends up under center.|
Chargers | Antonio Gates wants to be dialed back Thu Apr 16, 09:09 AM
San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates said he doesn't want to play as many snaps in 2015 as he did last year. 'With injuries and whatnot, I played a little bit more than they expected me to play last season,' Gates said. 'I was playing the whole game. How I feel next year, it depends on how much volume they have me doing. I'd like to come in on third-and-7s, red zones, those situations. That's what my contribution is at anyway.'
|Footballguys view: Well, like death and taxes, one sure thing is the Chargers will tempt us with promises of more Ladarius Green and then tear it from us with cold, cruel hands. We'll have to see whether this develops into a real thing come the summer, and it's certainly a situation fantasy owners need to monitor. Green has a lot of ability, he just needs opportunity and he might have the break out fantasy season we've been waiting for if Gates is truly wanting to dial back his role.|
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Packers | Will look at Jordan Leslie Thu Apr 16, 02:57 AM
BYU WR Jordan Leslie will visit the Green Bay Packers prior to the NFL Draft, according to a league source.
|Footballguys view: The Packers are always looking for the next wide receiver to add to a talented group. It gives them leverage against free agents who might want more money than they would like to pay. Leslie played for UTEP for three years before moving to BYU for his last season.|