Fantasy Football News & Views
Steelers | Pittsburgh may use two TEs in red zone Mon May 23, 09:24 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers TEs Ladarius Green and Jesse James may both be on the field at the same time in the red zone because of their height.Link to story
Ladarius Green player page
Jesse James player page
Panthers | Jake McGee to IR Mon May 23, 05:38 PM
Carolina Panthers TE Jake McGee (undisclosed) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, May 23, after being waived/injured Friday, May 20.
|Footballguys view: McGee is a sixth-year collegian the Panthers picked up as a college free agent out of the University of Florida. No word on the injury, but he was a long-shot to make it in the NFL anyway and this injury situation won't help.|
Giants | Will Tye could start Sun May 22, 01:40 PM
New York Giants TE Will Tye's pass-catching potential and athleticism make him the favorite to start at tight end in 2016 for the Giants, in the opinion of Jordan Raanan of NJ.com. TEs Larry Donnell, Matt LaCosse and Jerell Adams will also be competing.
|Footballguys view: Donnell may be listed as the starter on most depth charts right now, but that may not be the case when we get through training camp. Tye emerged last year, and his athleticism combined with solid route-running ability make him a TE2 with upside if he wins the starting job. In the final eight games of his rookie season, Tye was targeted 50 times for 34 receptions, 387 yards and 3 touchdowns.|
Larry Donnell player page
Buccaneers | Luke Stocker important to Tampa Bay Sat May 21, 03:14 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Luke Stocker is considered an invaluable part of the Buccaneers' offense, according to tight ends coach Jon Embree. 'He's a great pass protector, he's a good run blocker and he can be a threat in the passing game,' Embree said. 'He knows what everyone is supposed to do. There were a lot of times last year where he made things right. Maybe a play wasn't called right, or a formation, but he knew what was supposed to be done and he got it done.'
|Footballguys view: Stocker is third in the pecking order on the Bucs depth chart at TE behind Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Cameron Brate. From a fantasy lens, he's got little value as the other two are likely to be the primary pass-catchers at the position while Stocker is mainly used for blocking.|
Luke Stocker player page
Bills | Better year for Charles Clay? Sat May 21, 02:53 PM
Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay is expected to be more productive in his second season with the Bills, according to offensive coordinator Greg Roman. More looks his way and better health are considered to be two key factors in what Buffalo hopes to be a better season for Clay.
|Footballguys view: Fantasy owners need to take note here. Clay is currently going undrafted in 12-team PPR leagues, and he should certainly be able to outperform expectations after a disappointing year in 2015. Back with the Dolphins in 2013, Clay was the 7th-best fantasy TE with 69 catches, 759 yards and six touchdowns. The injury to Sammy Watkins, and the questionable talent behind Watkins at the WR position, could force Clay to get more than the 51 receptions he had last year.|
Charles Clay player page
Titans | Marcus Mariota comfortable with offense Fri May 20, 09:36 PM
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota has been more vocal this offseason, according to TE Delanie Walker, and he looks more comfortable with the offensive system and is making quicker decisions.
|Footballguys view: We are excited to see Mariota in year two as a pro. His athleticism and improved weapons around him should help him perform even better in 2016. From a fantasy lens, his production could be capped by the nature of this offense. Their "exotic smashmouth" offense should feature plenty of RBs DeMarco Murray and rookie Derrick Henry. That doesn't leave a lot for the passing game. He's a mid-range QB2 in 12-team fantasy leagues.|
Delanie Walker player page
Marcus Mariota player page
Panthers | Carolina makes roster moves Fri May 20, 06:56 PM
Free-agent WR LaRon Byrd (Redskins) and WR Tobais Palmer (Steelers) signed with the Carolina Panthers Friday, May 20. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed. The team also waived TE Andrew Bonnet and Waived/Injured TE Jake McGee (undisclosed).
|Footballguys view: Byrd is a player we've monitored in super deep dynasty leagues because of his strength and wingspan. He's bounced around to multiple teams already as a pro and is likely just a camp body for the Panthers.|
Eagles | Zach Ertz not worried about QB situation Thu May 19, 10:13 PM
Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz said he isn't going to run his routes any differently for QB Sam Bradford than he would for QB Carson Wentz.
|Footballguys view: Ertz topped 800 yards last season and could approach 1,00 this year. Hopefully he'll see more red zone work though, as he has to improve on his two touchdowns to be a real fantasy factor.|
Sam Bradford player page
Zach Ertz player page
Panthers | Greg Olsen not planning on slowing down Thu May 19, 09:45 PM
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen said he anticipates playing for several more years and plans on making it tough on any new tight end to take away his reps.
|Footballguys view: We see Olsen as a solid TE1 again this season and he's only going to benefit from the return of Kelvin Benjamin.|
Greg Olsen player page
Steelers | Make two roster moves Tue May 17, 05:54 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers TE David Reeves was waived Tuesday, May 17. Free-agent TE David B. Johnson (Chargers) was subsequently signed.David Johnson player page
Eagles | M.J. McFarland joins Eagles Tue May 17, 10:22 AM
Undrafted free-agent TE M.J. McFarland (UTEP) signed a three-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles Tuesday, May 17. QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson was released.
|Footballguys view: McFarland measures in at 6'5" 253 pounds. He began his career at Texas, and he played three seasons for the Longhorns compiling 19 receptions for 178 yards and three touchdowns. McFarland then transferred to UTEP, but he never played for the Miners after testing positive for a banned substance.|
McLeod Bethel-Thompson player page
Titans | Two waived Mon May 16, 06:04 PM
Tennessee Titans WR Rashon Ceaser and TE Kevin Greene were placed on no-recall waivers Monday, May 16.
Broncos | Virgil Green wants to prove himself Mon May 16, 02:47 PM
Denver Broncos TE Virgil Green said he wants to prove in training camp that he can be an every-down tight end. It was reported earlier that Green could have a bigger role in 2016.
|Footballguys view: Green is a better receiver than his career-high 12 receptions in 2016 shows. He was a reliable receiver for Colin Kaepernick in college at Nevada, but the Broncos have turned him into a strong blocking TE instead. Now, Green may be the lead TE for the Broncos in 2016 with only second-year TE Jeff Heuerman as his main competition. From a fantasy lens, we could see Green as a low-end TE2 if his production matches what Owen Daniels was able to get last year.|
Virgil Green player page
Broncos | Bigger role for Virgil Green? Mon May 16, 02:08 PM
Denver Broncos TE Virgil Green could see more opportunities in 2016 after a career-high 12 catches last season, according to Mike Klis of 9news.com.
|Footballguys view: Good! The Broncos finally need to use Green as a receiver after utilizing him for years as a blocker. Green is an underrated receiver who could be featured in the Gary Kubiak TE-friendly offense.|
Virgil Green player page
Panthers | Three UDFAs join Panthers Mon May 16, 10:26 AM
Undrafted free-agent WR Miles Shuler, RB Jalen Simmons and TE Braxton Deaver (Duke) were signed by the Carolina Panthers Monday, May 16, on three-year deals. CB Ras-I Dowling and WR Jenson Stoshak were released.Link to story
Ras-I Dowling player page
Titans | Two undrafted FAs land with Titans Mon May 16, 10:03 AM
Undrafted free-agent FB Sam Bergen (Rutgers) and WR Ben Roberts (Montana) signed with the Tennessee Titans Monday, May 16. TE Kevin Greene and WR Rashon Cease were cut.Link to story
Titans | Several players likely will be limited Sun May 15, 04:51 PM
Tennessee Titans C Brian Schwenke (ankle), LB Derrick Morgan (shoulder) and TE Anthony Fasano (shoulder) likely will be limited at the start of organized team activities.Link to story
Anthony Fasano player page
Derrick Morgan player page
Panthers | Braxton Deaver could earn spot Sun May 15, 03:26 PM
Undrafted free-agent TE Braxton Deaver (Duke) tried out for the Carolina Panthers at their two-day rookie minicamp. Head coach Ron Rivera said Deaver will be in consideration for one of the few remaining roster spots.
|Footballguys view: In rookie minicamp, Deaver has impressed the writers in attendance because of his consistent hands. Rivera said "We liked what he did. He assimilated nicely to our offense and seemed to understand and grip what we wanted to do mentally and did some good things athletically. He's going to be part of our discussion later today." Deaver caught 75 passes for 890 yards over his career with the Blue Devils.|
Chargers | Hunter Henry impressing Sat May 14, 03:11 PM
San Diego Chargers TE Hunter Henry has been dominant in team drills at the Chargers' rookie minicamp. The rookies will mix in with the veterans Monday, May 16.
|Footballguys view: Henry is an impressive player, so it's not a surprise that he's make a positive mark early in rookie minicamp. Antonio Gates is still the main TE for the Chargers, but he could get phased out at some point this year to make room for Henry in the offense. He reminds us of Jason Witten (Cowboys) because of his smooth athleticism and ability to work well on underneath routes.|
Titans | Derrick Henry impressing teammates Fri May 13, 09:24 PM
Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry is going to be a 'monster' for the offense, TE Delanie Walker said, and C Ben Jones said he 'can't wait' to see what Henry does behind Tennessee's improved offensive line.
|Footballguys view: Henry is a monster as he's huge, fast and physical when he builds a head of steam. The rookie is going to work in the Titans "Thunder and Thunder" backfield with veteran DeMarco Murray. Henry is a two-down thumper who reminds us of former Giants RB Brandon Jacobs.|
Delanie Walker player page
Chargers | Hunter Henry performs well Fri May 13, 05:53 PM
San Diego Chargers TE Hunter Henry showed sure hands and solid route running during practice Friday, May 13. Henry also worked on kick coverage during practice.
|Footballguys view: This wasn't a great TE class, but Henry was the best TE in the 2016 NFL draft. Just think Jason Witten (Cowboys) when considering what the rookie could be in the NFL. Antonio Gates isn't getting any younger, and Henry should take over as the lead TE at some point...perhaps even later this year.|
Titans | Delanie Walker contract details Thu May 12, 11:02 AM
Updating previous reports, Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker's new deal includes a $1 million roster bonus due Monday, May 16, and a $2.7 million guaranteed base this season, with up to $250,000 total in per-game roster bonuses. He has a $4.2 million base salary in 2017, fully guaranteed fifth day of league year, and up to $250,000 total in per-game roster bonuses. In 2018, he has a $500,000 roster bonus on fifth day of league year, a $5.4 million base and up to $250,000 total in per-game roster bonuses.
|Footballguys view: Walker picked a good time to top 1,000 yards for the first time in his ten year career. We think he has a shot to duplicate that, but see him as a TE2, as the offense matures past just dumping the ball to the tight end.|
Delanie Walker player page
49ers | Fast-paced minicamp for 49ers Wed May 11, 06:00 PM
San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly has already made an impression on his new team following minicamp. 'It's quicker, you're up to the line of scrimmage faster,' wide receiver Torrey Smith said. 'I actually like it because I'm usually the last person to jog back to the huddle anyway. Just get lined up, you can catch your break there and you can also catch the defense off guard.' TE Garrett Celek said the simplicity of the offense enables them to play faster. The offensive players said it will take some time to adjust to the new approach, but Celek said once it clicks it will be go, go, go.
|Footballguys view: We've heard all about this before and the results were mixed at best for the Eagles. Will it be different this time out? And what does it mean for Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick? We'll know very soon.|
Torrey Smith player page
Garrett Celek player page
Packers | David Grinnage released from IR Wed May 11, 05:50 PM
Green Bay Packers TE David J. Grinnage (undisclosed) was released from the Reserve/Injured list with an injury settlement Wednesday, May 11.Link to story
Colts | Mike McFarland to IR Wed May 11, 05:32 PM
Indianapolis Colts TE Mike McFarland (undisclosed) cleared waivers and reverted to the Colts' Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, May 11.Link to story
Lions | Brandon Pettigrew plans to be ready Tue May 10, 11:48 PM
Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (knee) said Tuesday, May 10, that he plans to be ready for the start of training camp.
|Footballguys view: Pettigrew is not a fantasy factor, although he could be. He's a big target who can make plays as a receiver, but Pettigrew is such a great blocker that he's often used in that capacity instead. Last year for the Lions, Pettigrew played in only eight games, catching seven passes for 67 yards. He is making his way back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee suffered back in December.|
Brandon Pettigrew player page
Packers | David Grinnage goes to IR Tue May 10, 08:20 PM
Green Bay Packers TE David J. Grinnage (undisclosed) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, May 10.
Falcons | Austin Hooper financials Tue May 10, 06:52 PM
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper's four-year rookie contract is worth $3.165 million and includes a $746,524 signing bonus.Link to story
Broncos | Anthony Norris waived Tue May 10, 06:04 PM
Denver Broncos TE Anthony Norris was waived Tuesday, May 10.Link to story
Colts | Make two roster moves Tue May 10, 05:19 PM
Free-agent QB Josh Woodrum (Giants) was claimed by the Indianapolis Colts Tuesday, May 10. TE Mike McFarland (undisclosed) was subsequently waived/injured. If McFarland clears waivers, he will be placed on the Colt's Reserve/Injured list.Link to story
Panthers | James Bradberry, Beau Sandland sign Mon May 9, 10:11 PM
The Carolina Panthers signed CB James Bradberry and TE Beau Sandland to their four-year rookie deals Monday, May 9.Link to story
Packers | Green Bay adds three players Mon May 9, 06:53 PM
Free-agent TE Casey Pierce (Lions) signed with the Green Bay Packers Monday, May 9. The team also signed undrafted free-agent RB Brandon Burks (Troy) and RB Alstevis Squirewell (Newberry College). Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
Buccaneers | Tim Brown let go Mon May 9, 06:41 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Tim Brown was waived Monday, May 9.
Packers | Two players waived Mon May 9, 06:35 PM
Green Bay Packers WR Dennis Parks was waived Monday, May 9. The team also waived/injured TE David J. Grinnage (undisclosed).
Jets | Make two roster moves Mon May 9, 05:20 PM
New York Jets RB Dri Archer was released Monday, May 9. Free-agent TE Jerome Cunningham (Giants) was subsequently claimed off waivers.Link to story
Dri Archer player page
Jerome Cunningham player page
Giants | Three waived Monday Mon May 9, 05:16 PM
New York Giants WR Ben Edwards (undisclosed) was Waived/Injured Monday, May 9. QB Josh Woodrum and TE Cedrick Lang were also waived.Link to story
Seahawks | Ronnie Shields, Tyler Slavin signed Mon May 9, 05:04 PM
The Seattle Seahawks signed TE Ronnie Shields and WR Tyler Slavin to undisclosed deals Monday, May 9. WR Jeff Fuller (undisclosed) was waived with an injury designation in a corresponding move.Link to story
Jeff Fuller player page
Buccaneers | Sign three players Mon May 9, 04:11 PM
Undrafted free-agents TE Tim Brown (West Chester), LB Tyson Coleman (Oregon) and DT Jontavius Morris (Western Kentucky) signed undisclosed deals with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Monday, May 9.Link to story
Jets | Adrien Robinson waived Mon May 9, 12:57 PM
New York Jets TE Adrien Robinson was waived Monday, May 9.
|Footballguys view: Super deep dynasty owners are pouring out a 40 oz. over this news. Robinson is another one in a long line of super-athletic TEs who don't develop at the pro level. After bouncing around from the Giants to the Jets, Robinson may find it difficult to latch on with another team.|
Adrien Robinson player page
Panthers | Scott Simonson has surgery Sun May 8, 04:58 PM
Carolina Panthers TE Scott Simonson (shoulder) underwent shoulder surgery this offseason, according to LB Luke Kuechly.Link to story
Titans | Delanie Walker receives extension Fri May 6, 06:44 PM
Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker signed a two-year contract extension Friday, May 6, worth $14.7 million. The deal includes $8.2 million in guaranteed money.
|Footballguys view: Walker was quietly a strong TE1 in 2015, with an especially strong performance in PPR leagues. He is arguably the #1 target in the Titans pass offense, but often available outside of the top five tight ends.|
Delanie Walker player page
Seahawks | Nick Vannett signs rookie contract Fri May 6, 12:24 PM
Seattle Seahawks TE Nick Vannett signed his rookie deal Friday, May 6.
|Footballguys view: Vannett doesn't have a lot of upside as a receiver, but he could have hidden skills because the Ohio State offense was not very robust in the passing game. He might push to start as early as 2017 if Jimmy Graham is never his old self again after tearing his patellar tendon last season.|
Redskins | Jordan Reed to work on blocking Thu May 5, 01:51 PM
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed said he's going to work on his blocking technique to clean up holding fouls.
|Footballguys view: We appreciate that Reed is trying to be a more well-rounded player. However, so long as he's healthy Reed will be a top fantasy asset at the TE position. Being a better blocker is great, but he's already proven that he can catch a bunch of passes and score touchdowns. His connection with QB Kirk Cousins makes him at least a top-10 fantasy TE in 2016, and he could easily be top-5 again this year.|
Jordan Reed player page
Redskins | Jordan Reed vital to Kirk Cousins Thu May 5, 12:51 PM
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed's presence on the field successfully skewed QB Kirk Cousins' numbers in 2015. In 421 pass plays with Reed on the field, Cousins threw for 7.7 yards per attempt with a 111.9 passer rating and 24 touchdowns to four interceptions. When Reed wasn't on the field, Cousins threw for 6.2 yards per attempt with five scores, seven interceptions and a 73.3 rating in 148 plays.
|Footballguys view: The advanced stats certainly show what you see on film. Reed is crucial to Washington's success through the air. Washington was 6-1 when Reed earned more than 65 receiving yards this season and 3-4 when the tight end went under that plateau.|
Kirk Cousins player page
Jordan Reed player page
Giants | Two Giants cut Thu May 5, 10:21 AM
New York Giants TE Jerome Cunningham and S G.J. Kinne were waived Thursday, May 5.
|Footballguys view: Both could latch on with other teams as camp bodies. Kinne could find a new home for a team that needs a camp arm.|
Jerome Cunningham player page
Redskins | Jordan Reed agrees to extension Thu May 5, 09:40 AM
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed is signing a five-year, $50 million extension Thursday, May 5, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Last year Reed finished the season as the no.2 fantasy tight end in standard-scoring leagues. If healthy, he could certainly finish near that spot again this year. He has a great connection with QB Kirk Cousins and can be a force in the red zone. Reed's deal reportedly contains $22 million in guaranteed money.|
Jordan Reed player page
Falcons | Austin Hooper to help in red zone Thu May 5, 09:06 AM
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper will help the Falcons in the red zone, where they ranked 17th in the league with a 54.7% conversion rate last season. Stanford tight ends coach Morgan Turner was most impressed with the red zone production Hooper had in a 41-31 win over USC. 'If you go back and watch the game, he goes up and on a corner route, high-points the ball over two DBs,' Turner said. 'He makes another catch when it's Cover 0; a contested catch. Both were in the red zone that got us down to the 1- and 2-yard lines. He's definitely a threat because he will make contested catches.'Link to story
Redskins | Sign Michael Cooper Wed May 4, 05:28 PM
Free-agent TE Michael Cooper (Indiana) was signed by the Washington Redskins Wednesday, May 4.
Seahawks | Waive five players Wed May 4, 05:25 PM
Seattles Seahawks RB Cameron Marshall, C Drew Nowak, TE Ronnie Shields, DE Josh Shirley and WR Tyler Slavin were waived Wednesday, May 4.
Lions | Waive Jordan Thompson Wed May 4, 05:16 PM
Detroit Lions TE Jordan Thompson (undisclosed) was waived with a failed physical designation Wednesday, May 4.