Fantasy Football News & Views
Rams | Brandin Cooks fitting in Fri May 25, 10:43 PM
Los Angeles Rams WR Brandin Cooks and QB Jared Goff connecting in the passing game has 'become the norm' during OTAs, according to Myles Simmons of TheRams.com.Link to story
Brandin Cooks player page
Jared Goff player page
Chiefs | Chris Conley moving well Fri May 25, 10:03 PM
Kansas City Chiefs WR Chris Conley (Achilles') showed some 'burst' during OTAs Thursday, May 24, according to Pete Sweeney of ArrowheadPride.com.Link to story
Chris Conley player page
Jaguars | DJ Chark contract update Fri May 25, 07:21 PM
Updating a previous report, Jacksonville Jaguars WR DJ Chark's four-year deal is worth around $4.5 million.Link to story
Jaguars | DJ Chark signs rookie deal Fri May 25, 04:54 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars second-round draft choice WR DJ Chark signed a four-year deal with the Jaguars Friday, May 25. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Chark's game is all about speed, speed and more speed. He can fly down the field and collect deep passes but his ball-tracking skill needs better consistency. The Jagaurs have a top trio at wide receiver with Keelan Cole, Dede Westbrook and Marqise Lee. The rookie from LSU is going to compete for a spot on the depth chart behind those three.|
Jaguars | Keelan Cole staying relevant Fri May 25, 03:27 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Keelan Cole made 'several impressive catches' Friday, May 25, according to Mike Kaye of First Coast News. Kaye believes this is evidence QB Blake Bortles has built on the chemistry he showed with Cole last season.
|Footballguys view: Cole is a big-play receiver who can go long and gather in the rock. Last year, the undrafted rookie from Kentucky Wesleyan snared 42 passes for 748 yards and three touchdowns. As part of the top trio of pass-catchers in Jacksonville, we could see Cole duplicate those numbers in 2018.|
Blake Bortles player page
Ravens | Joe Flacco talks up Michael Crabtree Fri May 25, 01:38 PM
Baltimore Ravens WR Michael Crabtree was called 'the guy' by QB Joe Flacco when the latter was asked about chemistry with his new receivers following an OTA session on Thursday, May 24.
|Footballguys view: The Ravens overhauled their WR corps this offseason, and Crabtree was the biggest 'get' for them at the position. He's a quarterback's best friend as Crabtree can run drag routes to get open and still has the ability to be dangerous after the catch. Expect Crabtree to be a security-blanket target for Flacco in 2018. His current ADP is WR26 (5.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Michael Crabtree player page
Saints | Cameron Meredith getting some work in Fri May 25, 12:17 PM
New Orleans Saints WR Cameron Meredith (knee) participated in some individual drills during OTAs on Thursday, May 24.
|Footballguys view: This matches what Saints head coach Sean Payton has been saying about Meredith behind ahead of schedule. Meredith suffered an ACL injury in the third preseason game last year and missed the entire 2017 season. There's no need for the Saints to push him much until training camp gets here.|
Cameron Meredith player page
Patriots | Kenny Britt could make an impact Fri May 25, 02:49 AM
New England Patriots WR Kenny Britt stood out the most among the team's receivers during OTAs, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss, who also believes Britt has a good shot to make the team and have an impact offensively.
|Footballguys view: We always listen to whatever Reiss has to report about the Patriots. Britt made it through nine games with the Browns last year before requesting his release in early December. The Patriots picked him up a few days later, but he barely played for them and was inactive for the Super Bowl. We'll see how he can fit into a WR corps that gets Julian Edelman back this year, in addition to having guys like Chris Hogan and Jordan Matthews competing for targets.|
Kenny Britt player page
Patriots | Cordarrelle Patterson a lock? Fri May 25, 02:02 AM
New England Patriots WR Cordarrelle Patterson is a lock to make the 53-man roster because of his size and special teams ability, in the opinion of ESPN's Mike Reiss.
|Footballguys view: Patterson has failed to live up to expectations as a receiver during his pro career. His best attributes can be seen on special teams.|
Cordarrelle Patterson player page
Bears | Kevin White not setting goals Thu May 24, 10:47 PM
Chicago Bears WR Kevin White said he isn't worried about his fifth-year option being declined and believes 'anything' is possible for him this season.
|Footballguys view: White's pro career has been marred by injury in a big way. A first-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft, White has only appeared in five games as a pro. His trademark speed from college may be a thing of the past after multiple injuries. White is going to face more and better competition this year after the Bears made moves in the draft and free agency to upgrade the position.|
Kevin White player page
Dolphins | Leonte Carroo fighting for spot Thu May 24, 10:31 PM
Miami Dolphins WR Leonte Carroo is competing with WR Isaiah Ford, WR Malcolm Lewis and WR Rashawn Scott for the No. 6 receiver spot, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, and Jackson believes all four players could end up being cut.Link to story
Leonte Carroo player page
Isaiah Ford player page
Lions | Two injured players not on field Thu May 24, 06:14 PM
Detroit Lions WR T.J. Jones (shoulder) and S Tavon Wilson (biceps) did not participate in organized team activities Thursday, May 24.Link to story
Tavon Wilson player page
T.J. Jones player page
Cardinals | Christian Kirk signs deal Thu May 24, 03:53 PM
Arizona Cardinals second-round draft choice WR Christian Kirk signed a four-year contract with the Cardinals Thursday, May 24. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: The Cardinals haven't had much luck with new wide receivers, and Larry Fitzgerald will retire soon. Perhaps Kirk can work out for them as the rookie from Texas A&M has a knack for getting open and making plays after the catch. Kirk will come along with new quarterback Josh Rosen too, which should help with chemistry and perhaps the young receivers development.|
Ravens | John Brown not at workouts Thu May 24, 03:35 PM
Baltimore Ravens WR John Brown (personal) was not present for organized team activities Thursday, May 24, because of a personal issue.
|Footballguys view: Since 2015 when Brown top thousand yards this production has declined every year. We're not seeing an uptick in his future right now, so he looks like he's going to be no more than a bye week wide receiver with almost no upside.|
John Brown player page
Saints | Cameron Meredith ahead of schedule Thu May 24, 01:32 PM
New Orleans Saints WR Cameron Meredith (knee) is way ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, according to head coach Sean Payton. Payton added that the Saints have a 'clear vision' on how they want to use their new receiver.
|Footballguys view: Meredith will likely be featured in three-wide sets, which in the New Orleans offense could produce some decent numbers and make him a reasonable bye week filler with upside. He's got a current ADP of WR44 (10.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Cameron Meredith player page
Bills | Kelvin Benjamin full go at OTAs Thu May 24, 01:03 PM
Buffalo Bills WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) is a full participant and off to a good start at organized team activities, according to head coach Sean McDermott.
|Footballguys view: The team needs him on point with Zay Jones (knee) out for the summer. There's not a lot of value in this offense (not named LeSean McCoy), especially with the questionable quarterback group, but Benjamin could be the one bright spot in the passing offense.|
Kelvin Benjamin player page
Cowboys | Tavon Austin a jack of all trades Thu May 24, 12:12 PM
Dallas Cowboys WR Tavon Austin will be implemented into the offense in a variety of ways, according to QB Dak Prescott. Austin can line up in the backfield, play X and Z wide receiver or line up in the slot.
|Footballguys view: This has been done before, and while it works enough to be OK for actual NFL play, it doesn't work when it comes to fantasy games. Austin continues to be a guy we will likely pass on due to lack of production.|
Tavon Austin player page
Bills | Zay Jones has surgery Thu May 24, 10:46 AM
Buffalo Bills WR Zay Jones (knee) had knee surgery Thursday, May 24, and will miss the remainder of the offseason program.
|Footballguys view: That's not great, especially with new quarterbacks he needs to get used to. The team better hope Kelvin Benjamin steps up this year because there is precious little there to work with, for either A.J. McCarron or Josh Allen.|
Zay Jones player page
Packers | Geronimo Allison may be No. 3 WR Wed May 23, 11:22 PM
Green Bay Packers WR Geronimo Allison appears to be the leading candidate for the No. 3 receiver job entering organized team activities.Link to story
Geronimo Allison player page
Packers | QB does not expect Dez Bryant with GB Wed May 23, 11:17 PM
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers said he does not expect the Packers to sign free-agent WR Dez Bryant (Cowboys) this offseason.Link to story
Dez Bryant player page
Titans | Rishard Matthews has minor injury Wed May 23, 10:24 PM
Tennessee Titans WR Rishard Matthews (undisclosed) is dealing with a minor undisclosed injury but should return to the field before offseason workouts end.Link to story
Rishard Matthews player page
Browns | Two rookies back on the field Wed May 23, 09:49 PM
Cleveland Browns CB Denzel Ward (hip) and WR Antonio Callaway (toe) participated in organized team activities Wednesday, May 23. Both players suffered injuries during rookie minicamp.Link to story
Jets | Jonah Trinnaman joins Jets Wed May 23, 09:26 PM
Free-agent WR Jonah Trinnaman (Cardinals) signed with the New York Jets Wednesday, May 23. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Link to story
Dolphins | Albert Wilson moving around Wed May 23, 09:10 PM
Miami Dolphins WR Albert Wilson said he has lined up as an outside receiver as well as a slot receiver during organized team activities.
|Footballguys view: We'd feel a bit better about Wilson this year if he wasn't competing with Danny Amendola for the no.3 WR spot behind DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills. Not a lot of fantasy value here, especially with Ryan Tannehill coming back from injury to start at quarterback.|
Albert Wilson player page
Buccaneers | Tampa Bay signs Bernard Reedy Wed May 23, 03:26 PM
Free-agent WR Bernard Reedy (Patriots) was signed to an undisclosed deal by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wednesday, May 23. WR Thomas Sperbeck (undisclosed) was waived with an injury designation in a corresponding move.
|Footballguys view: Reedy has bounced around the league, and was with the Buccaneers during the 2016 and 2017 seasons. He'll compete for a roster spot at the WR position and can contribute as a return man.|
Bears | Anthony Miller penciled in at the slot Wed May 23, 11:18 AM
Chicago Bears WR Anthony Miller is earmarked to be the slot receiver in the offense.
|Footballguys view: Miller was a featured player in the Memphis offense over the last two years, and he's got plenty of experience working outside or in the slot. The rookie is a crafty route runner with the body control to adjust to poorly thrown passes. He's not the biggest, fastest or strongest receiver but Miller is savvy and could become a favorite target for QB Mitchell Trubisky.|
Chiefs | Kansas City signs Davon Grayson Wed May 23, 12:07 AM
The Kansas City Chiefs signed free-agent WR Davon Grayson Wednesday, May 16.Link to story
Chiefs | Jordan Smallwood let go Wed May 23, 12:05 AM
Kansas City Chiefs WR Jordan Smallwood was released on Wednesday, May 16.Link to story
Buccaneers | Mike Evans wants to improve Tue May 22, 06:36 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans is focused on improving his awareness and his yards after catch heading into his fifth season. 'I've got another hurdle to jump over, and I think I'll be much better this year,' Evans said. 'I've got to do better in [yards after catch], and I think if I do, I'll be the most complete receiver.'
|Footballguys view: Evans had a down season in 2017 with QB Jameis Winston playing banged up. Last year, Evans fell from the no.2 fantasy WR to the no.22 fantasy WR in standard-scoring leagues. With a healthy Winston and a focused Evans, we should see him back around the top 10 at his position. Evans has a current ADP of WR9 (2.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Mike Evans player page
Browns | CLE signs two rookies Tue May 22, 05:32 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Antonio Callaway and DE Chad Thomas signed their four-year rookie contracts Tuesday, May 22. Financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
Raiders | Amari Cooper leaves OTAs Tue May 22, 04:00 PM
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper (hamstring) left organized team activities early Tuesday, May 22, with a hamstring ailment, according to head coach Jon Gruden.
|Footballguys view: Jon Gruden called it a 'little twing in his hamstring'...whatever that means. It doesn't sound serious, but it is disappointing given how much Cooper is banged up with nagging ailments. They'll wisely be cautious with this injury.|
Amari Cooper player page
Falcons | Julio Jones will be at minicamp Tue May 22, 03:10 PM
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones is expected to be present at minicamp after skipping organized team activities, according to head coach Dan Quinn.
|Footballguys view: OTAs are voluntary, and Jones is seeking a 'correction' to his current contract situation. Minicamp is mandatory, and that is the time when Jones will show up. A superstar and centerpiece of their passing game, the Falcons should be willing to work with Jones even though he has three years remaining on his current deal.|
Julio Jones player page
Packers | Numerous Packers absent from OTAs Tue May 22, 02:39 PM
Green Bay Packers WR Trevor Davis (hamstring), WR Colby Pearson (hamstring), LB Clay Matthews (knee), LB Nick Perry (ankle), OG Lane Taylor (ankle), OT Bryan Bulaga (knee), TE Emanuel Byrd (hamstring), S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (undisclosed) and CB Tramon Williams (undisclosed) did not participate in organized team activities Tuesday, May 22.Link to story
Tramon Williams player page
Clay Matthews player page
Nick Perry player page
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix player page
Trevor Davis player page
Packers | Davante Adams not practicing Tue May 22, 02:32 PM
Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams (hamstring) did not participate in organized team activities Tuesday, May 22.
|Footballguys view: This is just a precaution for the veteran receiver. Adams said himself after practice that the hamstring injury is no big deal.|
Davante Adams player page
Broncos | Several Broncos not at OTAs Tue May 22, 02:08 PM
Denver Broncos TE Troy Fumagalli (undisclosed), OT Jared Veldheer (ankle), OG Ronald Leary (undisclosed), WR Jordan Taylor (hip) and DT Clinton McDonald (shoulder) are not participating in organized team activities Tuesday, May 22.
|Footballguys view: Fumagalli had a sports hernia surgery after the Senior Bowl earlier this year. Broncos head coach Vance Joseph didn't seem too concerned about the rookie tight end missing voluntary work. "He's not really cleared to play yet, so we're being smart there." Joseph said.|
Clinton McDonald player page
Jordan Taylor player page
Patriots | Julian Edelman puts in limited work at OTAs Tue May 22, 01:09 PM
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (knee) fielded punts and took part in some individual drills but did not participate in any team drills during OTAs on Tuesday, May 22.
|Footballguys view: Edelman tore his ACL last August and missed the 2017 season because of it. They'll continue to keep him limited until we get to training camp and the preseason. Coming back from injury, Edelman has a current ADP of WR25 (5.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Julian Edelman player page
Giants | Russell Shepard contract update Tue May 22, 12:46 PM
New York Giants WR Russell Shepard signed a one-year, $1.3 million contract worth up to $2 million in incentives Monday, May 21. CB Tim Scott was waived to make room for Shepard on the roster.Link to story
Russell Shepard player page
Jets | Quincy Enunwa gets some work in during OTAs Tue May 22, 12:31 PM
York Jets WR Quincy Enunwa (neck) was spotted running routes on air during OTAs on Tuesday, May 22.
|Footballguys view: A good sign for the veteran receiver who missed all of the 2017 season due to this neck injury. Reports speculate he could be ready for full participation at the start of training camp.|
Quincy Enunwa player page
Jets | Terrelle Pryor injured Tue May 22, 11:42 AM
New York Jets WR Terrelle Pryor (ankle) suffered another ankle injury this offseason, and he's not participating in organized team activities Tuesday, May 22.
|Footballguys view: No word on whether this is the same ankle that held Pryor back last year for Washington. He signed a one-year deal with the Jets to prove he can play consistently at a high level. Pryor had over 1,000 yards receiving with the Browns in 2016, but last year in Washington he only mustered 240 yards receiving through nine games.|
Terrelle Pryor player page
Panthers | Curtis Samuel taking part Tue May 22, 09:28 AM
Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (ankle) is participating in organized team activities Tuesday, May 22.
|Footballguys view: A second-round pick in 2017, Samuel only made it through nine games as a rookie. He's raw as a route runner but when healthy Samuel can be one of the most athletic players on the field. We'll see how he can improve during his second season in the pros.|
Curtis Samuel player page
Rams | Josh Reynolds recovering from torn labrum Mon May 21, 09:01 PM
Los Angeles Rams WR Josh Reynolds (shoulder) underwent offseason shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum he suffered on a special teams play in the fourth quarter of the Wild Card loss to the Atlanta Falcons in January.
|Footballguys view: A fourth-round pick out of Texas A&M in 2017, Reynolds ran 153 routes as a rookie, was targeted 24 times and caught 11 passes for 104 yards and one touchdown. When healthy, Reynolds is going to compete for a spot on the depth chart behind Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp.|
Josh Reynolds player page
Giants | Russell Shepard inks deal with NY Giants Mon May 21, 08:06 PM
Free-agent WR Russell Shepard (Panthers) signed an undisclosed deal with the New York Giants on Monday, May 21.
|Footballguys view: Shepard is more athlete than wide receiver, and he's got only 47 catches for 634 yards and four touchdowns during his five-year pro career. He did have a career high of 23 catches with the Buccaneers back in 2016, but last year with the Panthers Shepard snared only 17 passes. The Giants are stacked at the position, so Shepard has his work cut out if he wants to make the 53-man roster.|
Russell Shepard player page
Colts | Kolby Listenbee reverts to IR Mon May 21, 06:14 PM
Indianapolis Colts WR Kolby Listenbee (undisclosed) reverted to the Reserve/Injured list Monday, May 21, after being waived/injured.Kolby Listenbee player page
Lions | Detroit adds Chris Lacy Mon May 21, 04:23 PM
The Detroit Lions claimed WR Chris Lacy off waivers from the New England Patriots Monday, May 21.Link to story
Patriots | Julian Edelman practices Monday Mon May 21, 04:11 PM
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (knee) participated in organized team activities Monday, May 21.
|Footballguys view: His level of participation may not have been that much as Edelman was expected to sit out OTAs. He had surgery to repair his ACL in September 2017 and many thought he'd just wait until training camp to get back out there. The Patriots WR corps has some changes this offseason, but Edelman should continue as one of Tom Brady's favorite targets.|
Julian Edelman player page
NFL | Jonah Trinnaman to work out for teams Mon May 21, 01:56 PM
Free-agent WR Jonah Trinnaman (Cardinals) is scheduled to work out for the New York Jets and Green Bay Packers this week. The Packers will work him out as a cornerback.Link to story
Saints | Tre'Quan Smith signs deal Mon May 21, 01:25 PM
New Orleans Saints third-round draft choice WR Tre'Quan Smith signed a four-year deal with the Saints Monday, May 21. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: While in college at UCF, Smith drew comparisons to Allen Robinson (Bears) in the scouting community. Smith has strong hands and the concentration to win against tight coverage - especially in the red zone as noted by his 13 receiving touchdowns in 2017. While not a burner, Smith can accelerate quickly and presents a large target for his quarterback. Smith is buried on the depth chart right now, and he's competing for the 4th spot at the WR position behind Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn and Cameron Meredith. We love his upside in dynasty formats.|
Falcons | Julio Jones misses workout Mon May 21, 01:19 PM
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones was not present for organized team activities Monday, May 21, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Signed through the 2020 season, Jones is reportedly seeking an 'update' to his contract status. He's the centerpiece of the Falcons passing game, so we could see the team work to get their superstar more money. Jones is on the books for $10.5 million in 2018.|
Julio Jones player page
Bills | Jeremy Kerley top option for slot Mon May 21, 12:23 PM
Buffalo Bills WR Jeremy Kerley will enter offseason workouts as the leading candidate for the slot receiver job but will compete with WRs Ray-Ray McCloud and Austin Proehl for the job.
|Footballguys view: That was to be expected when Kerley signed with the Bills in mid-April. He'll compete to be the team's slot receiver while also contributing as a return man. There's not much fantasy value for the slot receiver (no matter who wins the job) in Buffalo.|
Jeremy Kerley player page
Cowboys | Michael Gallup signs Mon May 21, 11:49 AM
Dallas Cowboys third-round pick WR Michael Gallup signed his rookie four-year deal Monday, May 21. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Gallup is an exciting rookie WR for fantasy owners to monitor. He's capable of making crazy catches seem routine, and Gallup has no problem working the sidelines or the back of the end zone. Without Dez Bryant, the Cowboys are looking for a no.1 receiver and that could eventually be Gallup. He's currently a favorite late-round pick with a current ADP of WR67 (14.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.|