Fantasy Football News & Views
Jets| NYJ sheds 11 from roster Sun Aug 28, 06:43 PM
The New York Jets released RB Lache Seastrunk, PK Ross Martin, OL Jesse Davis, C Kyle Friend, OG Jarvis Harrison, LB Deion Barnes, DT Shelby Harris, DE Helva Matungulu, RB Terry Williams, TE Jason Vander Laan and WR Kyle Williams.
|Footballguys view: With the release of Martin, Nick Folk is officially the winner of a kicker battle that was probably over weeks ago. Seastrunk's intriguing suddenness and elusiveness in the open field has failed to make a roster yet again.|
Kyle Williams player page
Lache Seastrunk player page
Panthers | Greg Olsen back at practice Sun Aug 28, 05:51 PM
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (back) returned to practice Sunday, Aug. 28.Link to story
Greg Olsen player page
Bears | Several Bears cut Sunday Sun Aug 28, 03:37 PM
Chicago Bears DL Keith Browner, WR Kieren Duncan, WR Derek Keaton, OT John Kling, RB Senorise Perry, WR Darrin Peterson, CB Joel Ross, TE Gannon Sinclair and OT Martin Wallace were released Sunday, Aug. 28.Link to story
Keith Browner player page
Senorise Perry player page
49ers | Two 49ers released Sun Aug 28, 03:09 PM
San Francisco 49ers OT Erik Pears and TE Busta Anderson were released Sunday, Aug. 28.Link to story
Panthers | Carolina makes some cuts Sun Aug 28, 01:42 PM
Carolina Panthers WR Avius Capers, TE Braxton Deaver and WR Miles Shuler were waived Sunday, Aug. 28.Link to story
Buccaneers | Tampa Bay makes roster moves Sun Aug 28, 01:25 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Andre Davis, RB Storm Johnson and TE Tevin Westbrook were waived Sunday, Aug. 28.
|Footballguys view: Johnson being cut could be a sign that rookie UDFA Peyton Barber has a shot to make the team as the Bucs fourth running back.|
Storm Johnson player page
Andre Davis player page
Colts | Indy waives several players Sun Aug 28, 01:21 PM
Indianapolis Colts WR Justin Berger, TE Mike Miller, RB Chase Price and WR Joshua Stangby were waived Sunday, Aug. 28.Link to story
Giants | Matt LaCosse needs surgery Sun Aug 28, 12:53 PM
New York Giants TE Matt LaCosse (knee) needs to undergo knee surgery but still has a chance to return at some point during the 2016 season, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: Larry Donnell and Will Tye will split the first-team tight end snaps and targets. LaCosse was having a good summer, which was going to make this situation even more difficult to predict in fantasy, but his unfortunate surgery reduces the factors to divide by by one. It will still lack clarity week to week if Donnell and Tye stay healthy.|
Matt LaCosse player page
Steelers | Pittsburgh cuts eight players Sun Aug 28, 10:42 AM
The Pittsburgh Steelers have released WR Isaac Blakeney, TE Michael Cooper, DT Khaynin Mosley-Smith, DE Giorgio Newberry, WR Levi Norwood, LB Mike Z. Reilly, CB Julian Whigham and LB Jordan Zumwalt.Link to story
Eagles | Chris Pantale suffers head injury Sun Aug 28, 10:09 AM
Philadelphia Eagles TE Chris Pantale (head) left the preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts Saturday, Aug. 27, in order to be evaluated for a head injury.Link to story
Chris Pantale player page
Titans | Delanie Walker leaves game early Sat Aug 27, 09:29 PM
Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker (illness) left the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 27, against the Oakland Raiders because he did not feel right, and could not catch his breath.Link to story
Delanie Walker player page
Ravens | Ben Watson suffers torn Achilles' Sat Aug 27, 07:39 PM
Baltimore Ravens TE Benjamin Watson (Achilles') left the field after only two plays Saturday, Aug. 27, against the Detroit Lions, and was later diagnosed with a torn Achilles', ending his season.
|Footballguys view: The Ravens have a collection of talented TEs behind Watson, but this is a key injury for that offense. Right now, both Dennis Pitta and Maxx Williams are banged up. That means Crockett Gillmore if the next man up.|
Ben Watson player page
Falcons | Atlanta parts ways with eight more players Sat Aug 27, 06:54 PM
The Atlanta Falcons waived OL Michael Huey, RB Gus Johnson, WR Leslie Jordan, TE Arthur Lynch, LB Ivan McLennan, QB Sean Renfree, DB Ryan White and DE Brandon Williams on Saturday, Aug. 27.Link to story
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Arthur Lynch player page
Gus Johnson player page
Dolphins | Miami cuts 11 players Sat Aug 27, 01:32 PM
The Miami Dolphins have released DB Akil Blount, C Ruben Carter, WR A.J. Cruz, LS Ryan DiSalvo, CB Brandon Harris, WR Matt Hazel, TE Gabe Hughes, PK Marshall Koehn, CB Albert Louis-Jean, OT Vinston Painter and WR Brandon Shippen.Link to story
Brandon Harris player page
Matt Hazel player page
Bills | Chris Gragg out for season Sat Aug 27, 10:21 AM
Buffalo Bills TE Chris Gragg (knee) suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during the preseason game against the Washington Redskins Friday, Aug. 26, and will miss the entire 2016 season.Link to story
Chris Gragg player page
Bills | Chris Gragg injures knee Fri Aug 26, 11:19 PM
Buffalo Bills TE Chris Gragg (knee) did not return against the Washington Redskins Friday, Aug. 26, after suffering a knee injury.Link to story
Chris Gragg player page
Saints | Michael Hoomanawanui carted off Fri Aug 26, 09:13 PM
New Orleans Saints TE Michael Hoomanawanui (leg) was carted off with a left leg injury against the Pittsburgh Steelers Friday, Aug. 26.Link to story
Michael Hoomanawanui player page
Panthers | Greg Olsen not playing Friday Fri Aug 26, 06:54 PM
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (back) will not play in the preseason game against the New England Patriots Friday, Aug. 26, because he is recovering from back spasms.
|Footballguys view: The Panthers are managing Olsen's back spasms with a lot of care and it should help his ability to stay on the field and stay effective this season. He's still the clear TE3 with Tyler Eifert missing at least three weeks to begin the season.|
Greg Olsen player page
Bills | Charles Clay will not play vs. Washington Fri Aug 26, 06:29 PM
Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay will not play in the preseason game against the Washington Redskins Friday, Aug. 26.
|Footballguys view: Clay has had knee and back issues to contend with, so the team is being careful with a player that they hope can contribute more to the passing game this year. Clay is a late round tight end with injury upside despite being in a low volume pass offense.|
Charles Clay player page
Bengals | Tyler Eifert hopeful of Week 4 return Fri Aug 26, 02:32 PM
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) is targeting Weeks 4-6 for his return from ankle surgery. He is hopeful it will come in Week 4.
|Footballguys view: Eifert's price already included a discount for missed early games, but perhaps not to this extent. He still projects as a top 5 tight end upon his return, perhaps as high as #3 at a tight end position that lost Ladarius Green during the preseason. If your rosters are large enough to keep Eifert until October without losing waiver wire flexibility, he could be a wise pick in the 8th-9th round when combined with a later sleeper tight end to cover the first 4-6 games.|
Tyler Eifert player page
Saints | Garrett Griffin to make preseason debut Fri Aug 26, 01:19 PM
New Orleans Saints TE Garrett Griffin (hamstring) will make his preseason debut Friday, Aug. 26, in the third game.Link to story
Buccaneers | Austin Seferian-Jenkins to play with ones Fri Aug 26, 01:12 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins will play with the first-team offense Friday, Aug. 26, in the third preseason game. Seferian-Jenkins says he's finally starting to figure out the mental aspect of the game and the need to be detail oriented and fundamentally sound at all times.
|Footballguys view: Seferian-Jenkins and Cameron Brate will most likely constitute a TEBC here, and one that could be very productive. For fantasy, this is still a problem, as timing the right start week-to-week will be difficult. If Brate or Seferian-Jenkins miss time with an injury, we'll revisit this as a good place to find value for a TE needy fantasy team.|
Austin Seferian-Jenkins player page
Saints | Coby Fleener not reliable enough Fri Aug 26, 10:16 AM
New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener hasn't been reliable enough catching passes and isn't on the same page with QB Drew Brees on some routes, according to beat writer Larry Holder. TE Josh Hill has been more involved in the passing game in recent practices.
|Footballguys view: Fleener has been the subject of many reports of up and down play like this one. He and Drew Brees are not clicking, and there are signs that he won't be as involved as his huge contract would suggest, at least at first. Fleener is being drafted near his ceiling as TE6 or TE7 off of the board, which appears to be too bold in light of these reports.|
Coby Fleener player page
Josh Hill player page
Dolphins | Jordan Cameron battling drops Fri Aug 26, 12:08 AM
Miami Dolphins TE Jordan Cameron has struggled with drops this preseason, and he dropped two passes in a 17-6 preseason win over the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, Aug. 25. At one point, QB Ryan Tannehill opted not to throw to an open Cameron.
|Footballguys view: Cameron looked slack and ill-suited to catch balls in traffic in this one. He was once an elite fantasy tight end, but at this point Cameron doesn't look like he is even worth a roster spot in fantasy leagues, even though the Dolphins appear to going pass-heavy and uptempo this year under new head coach Adam Gase.|
Jordan Cameron player page
Ryan Tannehill player page
Falcons | Five grabs for Austin Hooper Thu Aug 25, 11:43 PM
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper caught five passes for 50 yards in a 17-6 preseason loss to the Miami Dolphins Thursday, Aug. 25.
|Footballguys view: Most of Hooper's stats came later in the game. He could play a large role for a rookie tight end, splitting time with Jacob Tamme, but it is a very high bar to clear for him to be relevant in fantasy leagues this year.|
Austin Hooper player page
Steelers | Slow rehab for Ladarius Green Thu Aug 25, 06:17 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green (ankle) still hopes to be ready for Week 1, but acknowledged that the rehabilitation process is 'very slow.'
|Footballguys view: Green has to be labeled as an injury prone player. He's always been banged up...or at least it seems like it. Fantasy owners who considered him a sleeper after he signed with the Steelers earlier this year are now looking for 'lottery ticket' TEs elsewhere.|
Ladarius Green player page
Lions | Eric Ebron not on the field Thu Aug 25, 01:28 PM
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (ankle) is not participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 25.
|Footballguys view: That high ankle sprain is a concern. Given that the offensive temp is supposed to be faster than a speeding bullet, that's going to hurt Ebron and it will be much tougher to just play through. We'll keep watching this for the Week 1 impact. Ebron has been tracking with an ADP of TE18, 149th pick overall in drafts.|
Eric Ebron player page
Broncos | Three TEs in mix for roster spot Wed Aug 24, 10:11 PM
Denver Broncos TEs Manasseh Garner, Henry Krieger-Coble and John Phillips are competing for a roster spot behind TEs Virgil Green and oft-injured Jeff Heuerman (hamstring).
|Footballguys view: Green has really been featured in Broncos camp this year. He may be in line to catch 40 or more passes as the no.1 TE in a Gary Kubiak (TE friendly) offense. Heuerman can't stay healthy and has not been impressive when on the field. We think Phillips makes the team as a blocker and Krieger-Coble is put on the practice squad where he can add some weight.|
John Phillips player page
Broncos | Jeff Heuerman unlikely for Saturday Wed Aug 24, 10:10 PM
Denver Broncos TE Jeff Heuerman (hamstring) has missed most of the past week of practice due to a hamstring injury and he is unlikely to play in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 27, against the Los Angeles Rams. 'I'm concerned because we're counting on him a great deal, but more so his ability to stay healthy and stay on the field,' head coach Gary Kubiak said Wednesday, Aug. 24. 'Last year he went through the issues; he's had hamstring issues throughout OTAs. He was on a pretty good roll there, and here we go again.'
|Footballguys view: Heuerman is a player the team really likes...for whatever reason. He hasn't looked good on film since 2013 at Ohio State. He wasn't used much by the Buckeyes in 2014 and Heuerman missed all of his rookie season with the Broncos in 2015 due to a knee injury. He's been bothered by this hamstring problem since rookie minicamp and OTAs. When briefly healthy, Heuerman just hasn't looked like he belongs on an NFL field.|
Jeff Heuerman player page
Redskins | Derek Carrier may stay on PUP list Wed Aug 24, 04:19 PM
Washington Redskins TE Derek Carrier (knee) is making progress in his recovery from torn ligaments in his knee but may start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to head coach Jay Gruden.Link to story
Derek Carrier player page
Patriots | Rob Gronkowski back at practice Wed Aug 24, 03:32 PM
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (undisclosed) is participating in practice Wednesday, Aug. 24.
|Footballguys view: Fantasy owners can breathe a sigh of relief here. Gronkowski's injury -- whatever it was -- was minor and he should be good to go for the start of the regular season.|
Rob Gronkowski player page
Panthers | Ed Dickson returns Wed Aug 24, 09:30 AM
Carolina Panthers TE Ed Dickson (groin) returned to practice Wednesday, Aug. 24, after missing nearly two weeks with a groin injury.
|Footballguys view: If healthy, Dickson should be the primary backup to Greg Olsen. He's got little fantasy value even if he were to see extended playing time.|
Ed Dickson player page
Panthers | Ed Dickson nursing groin injury Wed Aug 24, 12:00 AM
Carolina Panthers TE Ed Dickson (groin) has missed the last week of practice due to a groin injury. He did individual work on the side during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 23, and is unlikely to play in the team's next preseason game on Friday, Aug. 26.Link to story
Ed Dickson player page
Bears | Zach Miller nearing return Tue Aug 23, 11:34 PM
Chicago Bears TE Zach Miller (concussion) was once again in a red jersey, which signifies no contact, during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 23, but is thought to be close to returning from the NFL's concussion protocol.
|Footballguys view: If healthy -- something that has been a problem for Miller during his pro career -- we think he could catch 50 passes this year for the Bears. That makes him a TE2 with some upside. Keep an eye on his return before you draft him late.|
Zach Miller player page
Saints | Coby Fleener still work in progress Tue Aug 23, 10:53 PM
New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener is still getting situation in his team's offense, and he continues to make adjustments. 'I'd say it's an ongoing progression,' head coach Sean Payton said Monday, Aug. 22. 'I think, man, there's some plays that are real good, and then there's some plays where we've got to be a little bit more detailed and that's something that I know he's got to work on.'
|Footballguys view: That's not what you want to hear about a player going off in the top 5 of his position. Right now, Fleener is getting drafted at TE5 (6.05) in 12-team PPR leagues. We'll see how he does this week in the dress rehearsal for the regular season. On paper, Fleener could be quite the valuable fantasy asset with the Saints.|
Coby Fleener player page
Packers | Jared Cook gets comfortable with QB Tue Aug 23, 09:56 PM
Green Bay Packers TE Jared Cook will play his first preseason game with QB Aaron Rodgers Friday, Aug. 26, against the San Francisco 49ers. The two have developed a rapport with one another since Cook came off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list Aug. 9.
|Footballguys view: This is a really good sign for Cook, the Packers offense and fantasy owners who want a lottery ticket TE late in their draft. Cook has amazing athletic ability -- he always has -- but the veteran TE has never truly played up to his potential. Perhaps, maybe, possibly, hopefully this can be the year he emerges because Cook is catching passes from one of the best QBs in the game.|
Jared Cook player page
Seahawks | Jimmy Graham gets day to rest Tue Aug 23, 09:32 PM
Seattle Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham (knee) was given the day off from practice Tuesday, Aug. 23, after what offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said had been four straight days of good work.
|Footballguys view: Graham's status for the start of the regular season is in question. The team has been -- and will continue to be cautious with him as he returns from one of the most devastating injury any football player can suffer. We're not expecting much from Graham this year (especially early), so only consider him a late-round TE2 for your fantasy team.|
Jimmy Graham player page
Titans | Craig Stevens retires Tue Aug 23, 05:35 PM
Tennessee Titans TE Craig Stevens retired Tuesday, Aug. 23, according to a source. Stevens had re-signed with the Titans to a one-year, $2 million contract in February.Link to story
Craig Stevens player page
Bears | Three more Bears sit Tuesday Tue Aug 23, 03:23 PM
Chicago Bears OG Kyle Long (shoulder), DT Jonathan Bullard (undisclosed) and TE Tony Moeaki (undisclosed) sat out practice Tuesday, Aug. 23.Link to story
Tony Moeaki player page
Vikings | Rhett Ellison activated Tue Aug 23, 11:33 AM
Minnesota Vikings TE Rhett Ellison (knee) was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list Tuesday, Aug. 23.
|Footballguys view: Wow. Ellison tore his patellar tendon in January, and to recover this much in eight months is amazing. He'll snare around 15-20 passes this year for the Vikings as a reserve TE if healthy. The team is deep at the position, so there's no need to rush him back even with his shocking recovery.|
Rhett Ellison player page
Lions | Eric Ebron on track for opener Tue Aug 23, 10:03 AM
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (ankle) is expected to play in Week 1, barring a setback, according to a source. Ebron has an outside chance at playing in the final preseason game.
|Footballguys view: Don't expect a lot from Ebron this year. Not only is he banged up too often to trust, but WR Anquan Boldin could take away some of the routes that Ebron could get targeted on.|
Eric Ebron player page
Jets | Two Jets miss practice Mon Aug 22, 07:56 PM
New York Jets TE Jace Amaro (groin) and Kenbrell Thompkins (groin) did not practice Monday, Aug. 22.Link to story
Kenbrell Thompkins player page
Jace Amaro player page
Patriots | Rob Gronkowski still out Mon Aug 22, 06:56 PM
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (undisclosed) has not practiced since Monday, Aug. 15, although he does not appear to be dealing with a serious ailment.
|Footballguys view: It's not serious, but we haven't seen him on the practice field in some time. Gronkowski should be ready for the start of the regular season, and he's once again a TE1 you can consider early in your draft.|
Rob Gronkowski player page
Patriots | Bear Pascoe released Mon Aug 22, 05:42 PM
New England Patriots TE Bear Pascoe was released Monday, Aug. 22.Bear Pascoe player page
Giants | Matt LaCrsse day-to-day Mon Aug 22, 05:40 PM
New York Giants TE Matt LaCosse (knee) is considered day-to-day because of a knee injury.
|Footballguys view: LaCosse had been making some plays in training camp according to beat writers covering Giants training camp. The Giants have a history of taking unknown TEs and getting production out of them. Undrafted out of Illinois in 2015, LaCosse has a chance to be in the mix for the starting job this season -- if healthy.|
Matt LaCosse player page
Panthers | Greg Olsen returns Monday Mon Aug 22, 03:51 PM
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (back) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 22. The extent of Olsen's participation was not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Olsen is on track for Week 1 of the regular season. Back injuries are nothing to mess around with, but the Panthers have been cautious while bringing Olsen back.|
Greg Olsen player page
Chargers | Jeff Cumberland placed on IR Mon Aug 22, 03:21 PM
San Diego Chargers TE Jeff Cumberland (Achilles') was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Aug. 22. CB Mike Lee took Cumberland's place on the active roster.Link to story
Jeff Cumberland player page
Bengals | Tyler Eifert to begin jogging Mon Aug 22, 12:34 PM
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) said he'll try to jog for the first time Monday, Aug. 22. Eifert said he has been running on a treadmill in the pool, and his ankle feels good. He has been lifting and receiving multiple treatments per day without setbacks.
|Footballguys view: Good signs for the talented TE, but his eventual return to the field is unknown. We don't think Eifert is going to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season. There's a chance he could be ready after missing a few games to start 2016. When he returns, Eifert will be a welcome addition to a Bengals passing game that needs weapons outside of WR A.J. Green. Eifert should be able to return to his TE1 production when at full strength. He has a current ADP of TE7 (7.11) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Tyler Eifert player page
Ravens | Dennis Pitta has broken finger Mon Aug 22, 12:20 PM
Updating previous reports, Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (finger) is sidelined due to a broken finger, and there is concern that he could need a screw inserted if he returns before it heals.
|Footballguys view: Another injury for Pitta. He's trying to come back from major hip problems, and now this finger issue will set him back a bit. The Ravens have a cluster of talented TEs with Ben Watson and second-year pro Maxx Williams leading the depth chart. Even if Pitta is healthy, we don't feel the veteran will make a fantasy impact in 2016.|
Dennis Pitta player page
49ers | Vance McDonald emerging as weapon Mon Aug 22, 12:01 AM
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald has caught five passes for 92 yards from QB Blaine Gabbert through two preseason games.
|Footballguys view: An important note for fantasy owners looking to wait on TE. The Chip Kelly offense regularly features the TE as the first read after the belly option with the RB. A QB like Blaine Gabbert should use McDonald early and often as a security blanket when looking to move the chains through the air. Catching 75 passes and finishing as a top-10 fantasy TE is not out of the question for McDonald.|
Blaine Gabbert player page
Vance McDonald player page