Fantasy Football News & Views
Jets | No vacation for Geno Smith Wed Jul 1, 10:00 PM
New York Jets QB Geno Smith said he is already focusing on preparing his body and mind for the regular season, and the next step is to work out with WR Brandon Marshall.Link to story
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Broncos | Demaryius Thomas was busy in 2014 Wed Jul 1, 09:43 PM
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas' 184 targets last year were the most in the NFL.Link to story
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Bears | Kevin White talking to Larry Fitzgerald Wed Jul 1, 09:10 PM
Chicago Bears WR Kevin White sought advice from Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald at the NFL Rookie Symposium.Link to story
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Redskins | DeSean Jackson owns NFC East Wed Jul 1, 08:59 PM
Washington Redskins WR DeSean Jackson caught nine passes for 243 yards and a score in two games against the Philadelphia Eagles last season, continuing a trend of big performances against NFC East opponents. 'I'm called a Cowboy killer,' Jackson said. 'They call me the Cowboy killer. I'm a Giants killer, I'm a Cowboys killer, now I'm an Eagles killer, too.'Link to story
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Bengals | James Wright limited this offseason Wed Jul 1, 03:53 PM
Cincinnati Bengals WR James Wright (knee) was not part of team activities this offseason. Wright is expected to be the No. 4 wide receiver behind WRs A.J. Green, Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu.Link to story
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Raiders | Michael Crabtree adding leadership Tue Jun 30, 09:32 PM
Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree received recognition from QB Derek Carr Tuesday, June 30, for his presence in the locker room. 'He's such a great teammate. I love the guy. I talk to him all the time. We're always talking about the game. We're always talking ball. We're always talking routes, concepts, and what we're going to do during the game, and hand signals, all those things. He is a football junkie. He's been a nice guy, a nice addition to our team,' said Carr.
|Footballguys view: Crabtree wasn't exactly heralded for his locker room presence in San Francisco, but this offseason might have been a humbling experience for the one-time top 10 pick. He is only worth a very late round pick (if any at all) on a one year "prove it" deal in the unexciting Oakland offense.|
Michael Crabtree player page
Raiders | Amari Cooper draws praise from QB Tue Jun 30, 09:31 PM
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper drew praise from QB Derek Carr in an interview with 95.7 The Game Tuesday, June 30. 'He [Cooper] is ridiculous in and out of his breaks,' said Carr. 'His style of play is perfect for this league. He's good at getting on toes and creating separation. He's good at when the ball is in his hands making those fast-twitch movements to make a guy go one way so he can take it to the house. It's just little things that honestly people don't even notice,' Carr said.
|Footballguys view: Cooper is probably the most attractive rookie wide receiver in redraft, but perhaps not the best value among rookie wide receivers. He should be better in PPR leagues, where he could approach 100 receptions if the Oakland pass offense remains relatively high volume for one piloted by an inexperienced starter. Touchdowns and big games might be harder to come back for Cooper until the offense clicks.|
Amari Cooper player page
Seahawks | Tyler Lockett draws praise Mon Jun 29, 10:05 PM
Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett has drawn positive reviews from WR Doug Baldwin, who feels the rookie out of Kansas State is 'going to be an impact player for us right off the bat.'
|Footballguys view: You could easily make the argument that Lockett is their best wide receiver. He's lightning quick with the ball in his hands, and Lockett is a threat to score anytime he has the rock. He'll likely begin this season as the team's WR3 behind Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse. Throw in tight end Jimmy Graham (likely their top target), and there might not be enough action on a run-heavy team for Lockett to be fantasy relevant in re-draft leagues. However, as a late-round flier he's a perfect addition. Also, dynasty owners should be grabbing and stashing Lockett whenever possible.|
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Seahawks | Doug Baldwin wants to play special teams Mon Jun 29, 10:03 PM
Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin said Monday, June 29, that he wants to contribute more on special teams. 'I want to help out more so on special teams in terms of on kickoff, punt return blocking, Baldwin said.
|Footballguys view: Baldwin is a steady performer for the Seahawks, but he's no more than a WR5/WR6 for fantasy owners in re-draft leagues. We could see him snaring 50 passes with a few touchdowns in 2015. The Seahawks want to run the ball early and often, plus the addition of superstar tight end Jimmy Graham means fewer targets for wide receivers like Baldwin.|
Doug Baldwin player page
Panthers | Devin Funchess feels he is healthy Mon Jun 29, 10:02 PM
Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess (toe) cited a toe injury for the reason his numbers were disappointing in his final season at the University of Michigan. 'We never got to see the full Devin Funchess at Michigan because I did play one season at wide receiver, and I was battling through an injury,' Funchess said Monday, June 29. Funchess said his toe injury was a torn ligament with some cracked bones and ruptured cartilage.
|Footballguys view: It wasn't just the injury, it was Funchess looking lost on the field at times. He's big, but Funchess doesn't win at the point of the catch with consistency. We'll see if he can flourish as the Panthers WR2 this year opposite Kelvin Benjamin.|
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Buccaneers | Mike Evans feels he was held back Mon Jun 29, 10:00 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans is expected to play more on an island in 2015 as the 'X' receiver in Tampa Bay's new offense, which is the same role offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter created for Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones during Koetter's time with that organization. He said Monday, June 29, that the QB carousell of Josh McCown and Mike Glennon last year held him back, too, so he is excited about a potential breakout with QB Jameis Winston.
|Footballguys view: All the people who doubt Evans can best the numbers he posted last year need to read this story. Yes, the 12 touchdown receptions could be difficult to duplicate--and touchdowns are always more difficult to project. However, he could easily get at least 10 touchdowns this year with more receptions and more yards. Winston is a serious upgrade and a more confident passer than McCown and Glennon combined. It's lazy analysis to say Evans will suffer in 2015 because of his rookie quarterback.|
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Cowboys | Chris Boyd released from IR Mon Jun 29, 05:29 PM
Dallas Cowboys WR Chris Boyd (undisclosed) was released from the Reserve/Injured list with an injury settlement Monday, June 29.
|Footballguys view: Boyd could draw some interest on the open market if he's healthy. Undrafted out of Vanderbilt a year ago, Boyd is 6'4" 210 pounds and knows how to use his size to his advantage on the field. As a true freshman and sophomore, Boyd compiled 81 catches for 1,247 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns at Vandy.|
Jets | Brandon Marshall rejuvenated? Mon Jun 29, 05:24 PM
New York Jets WR Brandon Marshall has been a positive influence since joining the Jets this offseason. Marshall has shown his athletic ability that has given him success in previous seasons and he has been a good teammate in the locker room as well. Additionally, Marshall has connections with new head coach Todd Bowles, who was part of the Dolphins' coaching staff when Marshall played in Miami.
|Footballguys view: Marshall is on yet another team with the expectations of being the top receiver. He should provide Geno Smith with a quality veteran target in 2015, and fantasy owners should consider Marshall around where they always do. He's a WR2 with WR1 upside in certain matchups.|
Brandon Marshall player page
Chargers | Keenan Allen losing weight Mon Jun 29, 04:15 PM
San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen said he's been losing weight in order to play faster this season.
|Footballguys view: A lighter and faster Allen is a more dangerous Allen. If healthy, he's got the ability to be one of the best receivers in the game today. His current ADP is WR21 (4.12) in 12-team PPR leagues, and he could easily outperform that draft slot as the Chargers top receiving threat.|
Keenan Allen player page
Jaguars | Marqise Lee to be No. 3 WR? Mon Jun 29, 02:27 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Marqise Lee is slated to start behind WRs Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns, according to Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times Union.
|Footballguys view: Lee was underwhelming as a rookie last year. He'll need to show better consistency as a pro if he's ever going to play up to his potential....but first, he needs to get healthy. Lee suffered a knee injury before OTAs and his status for training camp is up in the air.|
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Vikings | OC high on Charles Johnson Mon Jun 29, 01:40 PM
Minnesota Vikings WR Charles X. Johnson appears to have everything it takes to produce in the NFL, according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner. 'He's got great work ethic, and he's a big, strong guy. He's a 218-pound receiver that can run. He's got everything you need to be a productive player in this league,' Turner said.
|Footballguys view: Fantasy owners should be keeping an eye on Johnson in training camp and the preseason. Turner believes Johnson has completely recovered from the knee surgery he had last offseason. Johnson has been working at split end in three-receiver sets during offseason workouts. His current ADP is WR36 (7.11) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Charles Johnson player page
Chargers | Stevie Johnson has chemistry with QB Mon Jun 29, 01:16 PM
San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson showed good chemistry with QB Philip Rivers during offseason workouts.
|Footballguys view: All reports seem to indicate that Johnson is over the moon about his connection with Rivers. With Eddie Royal gone to the Bears, Johnson is set to take over as the team's WR3 behind Keenan Allen and Malcom Floyd. He's a great late-round flier to add as a WR6 for your fantasy squad.|
Steve Johnson player page
Lions | Matthew Stafford to hold workouts Mon Jun 29, 01:13 PM
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford will work out with WR Calvin Johnson and some of the other offensive players in Atlanta before the start of training camp. Stafford said the workouts would help the development of the offense.
|Footballguys view: Lots of players around the league hold these types of workouts before training camp begins. We like the leadership shown by Stafford here, and it will be interesting to see if the added chemistry shows up in the regular season. Stafford is a low-end QB1 with upside.|
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Panthers | Big role for Devin Funchess? Mon Jun 29, 11:28 AM
Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess impressed during offseason workouts and could have a big role in 2015. He played all three receiver positions, and his 6-foot-4 frame could create mismatches.
|Footballguys view: The Panthers are hoping that Funchess can develop into a quality starting wide receiver opposite Kelvin Benjamin. The two have similar skill sets, but Benjamin was much further along as a wide receiver when he came out of Florida State last year. Funchess will body catch too many passes, and he lacks the "my ball" mentality that Benjamin has. We're intrigued by him as a developmental player but he'll probably only catch about 40 passes with a few touchdowns in 2015.|
Devin Funchess player page
Colts | Donte Moncrief could be returner Sun Jun 28, 01:30 PM
Indianapolis Colts WR Donte Moncrief is a candidate to return kicks this season, according to special teams coach Tom McMahon.
|Footballguys view: The Colts wide receivers corps is a bit stacked right now, so getting Moncrief on the field for returns makes a ton of sense. With Andre Johnson and T.Y. Hilton in the lineup, it's possible Moncrief could end up with a lot less targets--especially with rookie Phillip Dorsett thrown in the mix at WR3. So the Colts would naturally try to utilize Moncrief's abilities in other ways. This helps GMs a little bit in leagues that give you points for returns but he's still no more than a WR5.|
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Vikings | Adrian Peterson working out Sun Jun 28, 01:29 PM
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has been working out with RB Jerick McKinnon and WR Mike Wallace since offseason workouts ended.
|Footballguys view: You like to hear this, especially in the cases of McKinnon and Wallace. Peterson's workout ethic is pretty epic, so hopefully that will rub off on both players. McKinnon is a guy to watch, as there is a chance Peterson may be closing out his time in Minnesota, and McKinnon could be his eventual replacement. For this year, McKinnon is no more than a handcuff for Peterson, perhaps an RB4. Wallace was a bit of a stiff in Miami, but could do well in Minnesota if he applies himself. We see him as a WR3 right now, although his ceiling and floor are both a bit beholden to the development of Teddy Bridgewater. Peterson is, naturally a solid RB1.|
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Jets | Devin Smith struggling to adjust Sat Jun 27, 10:48 PM
New York Jets WR Devin Smith struggled to adjust to the multiple spots and routes he had to learn to run during offseason workouts, according to wide receivers coach Karl Dorrell.
|Footballguys view: This isn't a huge shock, though the Jets are likely disappointed since they were thinking he might steal targets from Jeremy Kerley. This is why we don't bet on certain rookie wide receivers in fantasy football though - the learning curve is very steep even for the best of them. Right now we see Smith as no better than a WR6 and he's going undrafted according to recent ADP data.|
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Panthers | Corey Brown expanding his game Sat Jun 27, 09:42 PM
Carolina Panthers WR Corey Brown has developed into more than just a deep threat, according to TE Greg Olsen. 'Last year at this time, Corey was a guy where we said, 'Wow, he's fast.' This year he is a receiver,' Olsen said. 'The guy can play. He's not just a one-trick pony, a guy who is just going to run deep. He has a lot of natural instinct to him. He has a good feel.'
|Footballguys view: The artist formerly known as Philly Brown showed some promise as a receiver in 2014 (36 targets for 21/296/2 receiving). The Panthers won't have a world-class passing attack, but Brown will be in the mix as a backup option.|
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Cowboys | Dez Bryant's agent meets with 'Boys Sat Jun 27, 04:25 PM
The agent for Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant met face-to-face with the team for the first time in nearly four months, per sources. Bryant hasn't yet signed his $12.823 million franchise tender, and he has a deadline of July 15 to agree to a long-term deal. After that date Bryant will need to play out the season under the tender and the two sides could discuss an extension after the season.
|Footballguys view: Deals get done at deadlines in the NFL. We're about a couple of weeks away from the mid-July deadline for franchise-tagged players to agree to new long-term deals. We'll have a better feeling about Bryant (and Demaryius Thomas) when the deadline is a few days away.|
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Jets | Jeremy Kerley to return punts? Sat Jun 27, 03:00 PM
New York Jets WR Jeremy Kerley is the favorite to be the punt returner for the Jets this season, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN.com.
|Footballguys view: Kerley's receptions and receiving yards have dropped each of the last three seasons. With Brandon Marshall added to the passing game this offseason, Kerley's numbers will continue to be low. His main impact should come as a return man.|
Jeremy Kerley player page
Broncos | Cody Latimer likes the offense Fri Jun 26, 09:14 PM
Denver Broncos WR Cody Latimer said he has made an effort to develop more chemistry with QB Peyton Manning and has dedicated himself to learning head coach Gary Kubiak's playbook. 'It's much easier to catch on. It gives you time to play fast; you don't have to think so much,' Latimer said. 'Not as many adjustments in this offense. Once you know what you're doing out of the huddle, you stick with that. No changing on the run.'
|Footballguys view: Fantasy owners should appreciate the high dynasty value of Latimer. He's got the natural talent to be a top-25 receiver in the NFL, but this offense is going to limit his production as the Broncos WR3. Latimer is going to play a larger role than he did last year as a rookie, but he's still behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Re-draft owners should have Latimer on the waiver wire speed dial, or they can take him as a late-round flier.|
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Giants | Victor Cruz continues to make progress Fri Jun 26, 08:49 PM
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) will have to participate in a mandatory conditioning drill at the start of training camp and believes he could pass it now. Cruz still has not worked with QB Eli Manning on route running or timing drills.
|Footballguys view: We've heard nothing but great things about Cruz this offseason. His recovery seems to be on track, and the team is hopeful he can be ready for the start of the regular season. Expect Cruz to be limited in training camp as they ease him back into action.|
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Bills | Percy Harvin looking to improve Fri Jun 26, 06:49 PM
Buffalo Bills WR Percy Harvin said he has been working with wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal this offseason in hopes of becoming a more complete wide receiver. 'I feel that it's time for me to put it all together,' Harvin said. 'I feel like I have the coaching staff and support here in Buffalo to get that done. The owners here are unbelievable. Everything here spells success for me. The world has yet to see me explode like I'm about to.'
|Footballguys view: Harvin has always had talent, but his production hasn't really matched his potential. We're not expecting him to breakout this season on a run-heavy Bills team. The quarterback situation in Buffalo also doesn't give us much confidence. His current ADP is WR38 (10.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Eagles | Nelson Agholor learning offense Fri Jun 26, 04:41 PM
Philadelphia Eagles WR Nelson Agholor said he worked as an outside receiver during offseason workouts but is learning the other receiver spots as well since the team uses different formations. 'I play right side outside, right now, but I'm continuing to learn conceptually the whole deal, because that is how we work here. It's by formation and different people will be in different formations. And that's how we sugar coat what we do...That's just the game of football nowadays. It's about window dressing some of your staple concepts and that's what we'll do,' Agholor said.
|Footballguys view: Agholor has the ability and opportunity to be an impact player in 2015. The rookie from USC is dangerous when running routes over the middle. He can gain separation before his break, and Agholor can pull away from defenders after the catch. Fantasy owners should consider him a WR3 with WR1 upside this season. His current ADP is WR32 (7.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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NFL | Joshua Cribbs could retire Fri Jun 26, 03:22 PM
Free-agent WR Joshua Cribbs (Colts) would like to resume his playing career but is open to retiring.
|Footballguys view: Cribbs isn't the same player he used to be, but there might be a team that wants to sign him as a return specialist. Teams that have shown some interest include the Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs.|
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Seahawks | Jermaine Kearse likely for every down Fri Jun 26, 12:26 PM
Seattle Seahawks WR Jermaine Kearse is likely to be an every-down receiver for the team in 2015. He is a versatile receiver that excels at blocking.
|Footballguys view: Kearse may be an every-down player for the Seahawks, but he's not much of a fantasy factor. The Seahawks have added plenty of talent to the weapons in the passing game. Doug Baldwin will start on the outside opposite Kearse, and the team will also feature tight end Jimmy Graham. We also want to see how rookie Tyler Lockett is used in this offense.|
Jermaine Kearse player page
Panthers | Kelvin Benjamin's weight gain overblown Thu Jun 25, 03:50 PM
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin's reported weight gain this offseason is being overblown, according to general manager Dave Gettleman. Gettleman expects Benjamin to be ready to go for training camp next month. A team source said Benjamin, who played at 245 pounds as a rookie last year, showed up to workouts in April nine pounds overweight. 'It really is much ado about nothing. Right now he's only five pounds off his playing weight. That's it,' Gettleman said after the team wrapped up their three-day minicamp. Benjamin has had weight problems before, as he took a redshirt year in college after being 20 pounds overweight. He had 73 catches for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014, but he missed 10 of 14 practices during organized team activities and minicamp with injuries to both his hamstrings.
|Footballguys view: We suspected this all along. Guys show up with a little bit of bad weight after the offseason and it makes the papers. Benjamin is set to be Cam Newton's favorite target again this season, and he'll build off the experience he gained last year as a rookie. We like Benjamin's current ADP of WR16 (3.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Cowboys | Dez Bryant sheds positive light on opener Thu Jun 25, 02:41 PM
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant was present for a Sunday Night Football photo shoot for Week 1 Tuesday, June 23.
|Footballguys view: While Bryant may not get the long-term contract he wants, we could see him playing this season on his one-year $12.8 million franchise tender. If he does end up holding out, it may not go past a week or two of training camp.|
Dez Bryant player page
Jaguars | Rashad Greene to work in slot Wed Jun 24, 10:46 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Rashad Greene is expected to work as the team's top slot receiver. He has impressive teammates with suddenness and his football acumen.
|Footballguys view: Greene was a big factor for Jameis Winston at Florida State, and should do the same for Blake Bortles and the Jacksonville Jaguars. He's buried deep on the depth chart, a rookie, and in an offense which is still being rebooted. This makes Greene not worth more than a late-round flier for fantasy owners. That may change a little if Marqise Lee cannot get off the trainers table....stay tuned.|
Rashad Greene player page
Jaguars | Ace Sanders on roster bubble? Wed Jun 24, 10:46 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Ace Sanders is a question mark for a spot on the 53-man roster. His spot is likely dependent on his winning the punt return job.
|Footballguys view: Sanders hasn't shown all that much during his time in the NFL, so this isn't a shock. However, ESPN.com camp reports indicate that Sanders has been the talk of the Jaguars OTAs. He's reportedly catching everything thrown his way and looks dangerous in the open field. Even if Sanders is the WR3 in Jacksonville, he's a non-factor for most fantasy owners.|
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Jaguars | Marqise Lee working way back Wed Jun 24, 10:45 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Marqise Lee (knee) suffered a knee injury before organized team activities (OTAs), and he will need to catch up to quickly establish a Week 1 role.
|Footballguys view: The Jaguars are hoping Lee can stay healthy this year but this knee injury doesn't bode well. Already he has developed a reputation as a guy who gets hurt a lot--though missing minicamp was more likely the team being cautious. That said, fantasy GMs need to be cautious as well. Right now, he is going undrafted and before we make a move--on even a late-round selection of Lee--we need to see him in training camp.|
Marqise Lee player page
Bengals | Marvin Jones is fully recovered Wed Jun 24, 09:02 PM
Cincinnati Bengals WR Marvin Jones (ankle, foot) did not play in 2014 due to multiple foot and ankle issues, but he is healthy and was impressive in organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp.
|Footballguys view: Jones is a deep threat who had last season blown up by injuries. The Bengals are very excited to have him back, and he should excel across from A.J. Green. He certainly can do more against single coverage than Mohamed Sanu. We see him as a WR5 or WR6 (about his current ADP) but he has the potential to produce at a higher level. In 2013, Jones finished the year as the 21st-best fantasy wide receiver.|
Marvin Jones player page
Bengals | Mohamed Sanu in mix to start Wed Jun 24, 09:01 PM
Cincinnati Bengals WR Mohamed Sanu is in the mix to start opposite WR A.J. Green, but with WR Marvin Jones (ankle, foot) healthy Sanu will have plenty of competition.
|Footballguys view: Sanu had a lot of issues holding onto the ball last season (he has seven dropped passes last year, tied for third-most in 2014) and is going to have a hard time beating out Marvin Jone--if Jones is healthy. Right now, he's going undrafted in early drafts and we wouldn't take him as more than a late-round flier.|
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Browns | Cleveland in contact with Josh Gordon Wed Jun 24, 05:34 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has been in contact with an official from the team this offseason, according to a source. Gordon is serving a one-year suspension for multiple violations of the NFL's drug and alcohol policy but is allowed to be in contact with a front office member.
|Footballguys view: Gordon has wasted his talent--and he's wasting time that he could be starring in the NFL. When he's not suspended, Gordon is one of the best receivers in the game. He served a 10-game suspension last year, came back and looked great for the first couple of games, then he was suspended by the team again for the season finale in Week 17. His contract with Cleveland is up after the 2015 season, and he's set to be a restricted free agent. Who knows if Cleveland will be interested in bringing him back after all they've endured with Gordon.|
Josh Gordon player page
Ravens | Kamar Aiken has chemistry with QB Wed Jun 24, 04:31 PM
Baltimore Ravens WR Kamar Aiken showed a very good chemistry with QB Joe Flacco during offseason workouts and will be a candidate for one of the starting wide receiver jobs during training camp.
|Footballguys view: Steve Smith is still starting, but the other starter is up in the air after Torrey Smith bolted to the 49ers in free agency. Aiken could be that guy, but he'll have to prove himself in training camp. He'll have to beat out his old college teammate at UCF, Ravens 2015 first-round pick Breshad Perriman. We like Aiken, but we're putting our chips on Perriman to win the job.|
Kamar Aiken player page
Redskins | Pierre Garcon may have bigger role Wed Jun 24, 02:13 PM
Washington Redskins WR Pierre Garcon could be featured more often in the passing game this season based on the offseason workouts. Garcon often lined up to the right of the quarterback during the workouts even though he has been used mostly on the left side. Head coach Jay Gruden said he was impressed with Garcon's work this offseason.
|Footballguys view: As a "Z" receiver, Garcon will be lined up off the ball. This helps him get into his routes quicker, and it also sets him up for a quick WR screen if the DB covering him is playing off. Garcon could outplay his current ADP of WR43 (9.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Steelers | PIT has two candidates for No. 2 WR job Wed Jun 24, 01:30 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers WRs Markus Wheaton and Martavis Bryant are expected to compete for the No. 2 wide receiver job during training camp. Both players performed well during offseason workouts.
|Footballguys view: This competition could go either way. Bryant is a big deep target with a large wingspan and leaping ability to win at the point of the catch. Wheaton is a fantastic route-runner who can get open on underneath routes. No matter who wins, we expect Bryant to be the more fantasy relevant player.|
Markus Wheaton player page
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Steelers | Martavis Bryant may be red zone target Wed Jun 24, 01:29 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant could be targeted in the red zone more often this season since he is 6-foot-4. Bryant had four receptions in the red zone last season and all of the catches were for touchdowns.
|Footballguys view: Bryant "may be red-zone target" this year? Ha! He's CERTAINLY going to be targeted in the red zone as much as possible. His yards per catch (21.1) ranked 1st in the NFL along with his longest catch (94 yards) also ranking at the top in the league. Bryant's 18.04 air yards per target ranked 1st in the NFL. He's a deep target with the ability to play above the rim near pay dirt. Fantasy owners are taking him off the board at WR25 (5.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Martavis Bryant player page
Giants | Rueben Randle draws praise Wed Jun 24, 10:44 AM
New York Giants WR Rueben Randle was the best receiver on the field by a wide margin during spring practices, in the opinion of beat writer Jordan Ranaan. Randle consistently made catches downfield and in traffic.
|Footballguys view: Please note that Odell Beckham Jr. missed plenty of practice time nursing a minor hamstring injury. Also note that Victor Cruz isn't back from his serious knee injury yet. It's good that Randle is making the most of his opportunity, but he's WR3 for the Giants when those other two are healthy.|
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Raiders | Rod Streater looking explosive Tue Jun 23, 09:20 PM
Oakland Raiders WR Rod Streater (foot) appears to be back from a foot injury which curtailed his 2014 season, and his explosiveness was back in minicamp.
|Footballguys view: In 2013, Streater finished the season as the 33rd-best WR in fantasy football. He snared 60 catches for 888 yards and four receiving touchdowns. This season, Streater is looking to get back on track. With rookie (and potential superstar) Amari Cooper on the outside opposite Michael Crabtree, we could see Streater as a "speed" slot receiver. The Raiders may be playing from behind a lot this year, putting the passing game in the spotlight more than some think. If Streater keeps impressing in training camp, keep him on your waiver wire speed dial.|
Rod Streater player page
Raiders | Andre Holmes being pushed for job Tue Jun 23, 09:20 PM
Oakland Raiders WR Andre Holmes is believed to be the No. 4 receiver on the depth chart, but expect a strong push from WR Kenbrell Thompkins, who had a strong minicamp.
|Footballguys view: We've always had a soft spot for Thompkins as he has amazing natural talent. This is a battle in training camp that only fantasy owners in deep dynasty leagues should monitor.|
Andre Holmes player page
Steelers | Sammie Coates wants to be all-around WR Tue Jun 23, 07:39 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates said he wants to show he can be a multi-dimensional wide receiver and not just a deep threat. 'I'm just trying to do everything I can to showcase I'm an all-around guy who can play anywhere,' Coates said.
|Footballguys view: Big, fast and raw are the best ways to describe Coates. The rookie from Auburn has tremendous natural talent, athleticism and body control. He also has a history of dropping too many passes. In college, Coates had a drop rate of 19.1 percent--a terrible stat which shows his lack of focus. He's inconsistent in his play speed and needs a lot of work before he's an effective pro. Coates has ability (and lots of it)....he just needs to refine and sharpen his game.|
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Raiders | Amari Cooper looking to improve Tue Jun 23, 07:22 PM
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper said he is looking to improve his play and wants to help the team win games. 'I want to prove that I can be a player to who brings it every day,' Cooper said. 'The goal is to own my craft and sharpen my blade every day. I want what's best for my teammates, so we can all come out and have a great season.'
|Footballguys view: Cooper was our favorite receiver in this year's draft class. He can run crisp routes and get open with ease. Cooper is fearless running routes over the middle and he's got the speed to be a threat after the catch. He's got the upside to eventually be one of the best receivers in the game.|
Amari Cooper player page
Buccaneers | Mike Evans works out with Randy Moss Tue Jun 23, 05:51 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans said he worked out with former NFL WR Randy Moss for a week this offseason.
|Footballguys view: Fantasy owners should be excited by Evans this season. He splashed onto the scene last year and finished as the 11th-best fantasy WR in 2014. There's no reason to think his numbers couldn't be as good--or perhaps even better--this season. Yes, he'll be catching passes from a rookie QB and that is scary to some. However, Jameis Winston is not afraid to throw into coverage and Evans is the type of receiver who can regularly win at the point of the catch. We're fine with Evans' current ADP of WR12 (3.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Colts | Phillip Dorsett wants to be a playmaker Tue Jun 23, 04:08 PM
Indianapolis Colts WR Phillip Dorsett said he wants to be a playmaker for the team this season. 'I consider myself a playmaker,' Dorsett said. 'I want to be able to earn their trust and be a guy that they can look to to make a big play and make a play anytime. I just want to earn their trust and that's it right now.' Dorsett said he has learned all of the receiver positions and is ready for the start of training camp.
|Footballguys view: Dorsett is a playmaker. He can fly down the field and take the top off the defense regularly. Dorsett does a good job of tracking passes over his shoulder, and he does a good job of disguising when deep passes are incoming. We love his upside, but we're curious about his role this year. Dorsett is behind T.Y. Hilton and Andre Johnson on the depth chart. He'll compete with Donte Moncrief to be the team's WR3 in 2015.|
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