Fantasy Football News & Views
NFL | Multiple teams interested in Malik Taylor Mon Apr 22, 09:43 PM
Ferris State WR Malik Taylor has received interest from the New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Los Angeles Rams, Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Chargers, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers and Houston Texans leading up to the 2019 NFL Draft.Link to story
Cowboys | Amari Cooper happy with chemistry with QB Mon Apr 22, 08:25 PM
Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper said he has natural chemistry with QB Dak Prescott and believes they can be more productive this upcoming season.
|Footballguys view: Cooper said he has been working out with Prescott this offseason to strengthen their chemistry. That should lead to better production and perhaps more consistent production for the Cowboys duo in 2019.|
Amari Cooper player page
Steelers | Coach expects more from James Washington Mon Apr 22, 08:00 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers WR James Washington will have a bigger role in the passing game in 2019, and head coach Mike Tomlin said he expects great things from Washington.
|Footballguys view: Washington has talent but didn't flash much as a rookie in 2018. He's got long arms and great ball-tracking ability which can be featured on big throws down the field. With Antonio Brown (Raiders) traded away, the Steelers are looking for talent to elevate at the wide receiver position behind JuJu Smith-Schuster.|
James Washington player page
Patriots | Champs meet with several WR prospects Mon Apr 22, 01:11 AM
Mississippi WR A.J. Brown, South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel, Arizona State WR N'Keal Harry and Baylor WR Jalen Hurd have taken or were scheduled to take pre-draft visits with the New England Patriots.Link to story
Patriots | New England interested in Mecole Hardman Sun Apr 21, 04:32 PM
Georgia WR Mecole Hardman had a pre-draft visit with the New England Patriots and also participated in a private workout with the team.Link to story
Cowboys | Dallas shows interest in Deebo Samuel Sat Apr 20, 12:18 PM
South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel had a pre-draft visit with the Dallas Cowboys and also participated in a private workout with the team on the South Carolina campus.
|Footballguys view: We could see Samuel as a late first- or early second-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft. Samuel is a bully on the field and can rip away contested catches from defenders. He's basically a running back after the catch and going to be exciting to watch as a pro. The Cowboys need more weapons in the WR corps behind Amari Cooper.|
NFL | Gary Jennings a big-play weapon? Fri Apr 19, 09:54 PM
West Virginia WR Gary Jennings said he knows how to use his combination of size and speed to create big plays. 'I love going for a big shot down the field,' Jennings said. 'However, I am able to go across the middle as well. I can create a lot of different mismatches all over the field.'
|Footballguys view: Jennings suffered a high ankle sprain last year for the Mountaineers and that lowered the numbers he had from the previous season, but make no mistake about it; this kid is dangerous with the rock. He can work as a possession receiver with great speed after the catch, and Jennings can also be used effectively as a return man. Jennings should go off the board as early as the third round and as late as the fifth round of the 2019 NFL draft.|
Ravens | Jordan Lasley working with QB Fri Apr 19, 09:24 PM
Baltimore Ravens WR Jordan Lasley spent time this offseason training with QB Lamar Jackson.
|Footballguys view: Lasley was a fifth-round pick of the Ravens coming out of UCLA in the 2018 NFL draft. He made the 53-man roster but was inactive for all of his rookie season last year. Lasley is going to compete with guys like Seth Roberts to be the no.4 wide receiver for the Ravens in 2019. We'll continue to monitor his progress in deep dynasty leagues.|
Jordan Lasley player page
Seahawks | No timetable for Doug Baldwin Fri Apr 19, 05:57 PM
Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin (hernia, knee, shoulder) is recovering from multiple surgeries, and there is no timetable for his return, according to general manager John Schneider.
|Footballguys view: Baldwin should be ready to go some time near training camp. His injury situation clouds his fantasy value but certainly the veteran can be a favorite target for QB Russell Wilson when healthy.|
Doug Baldwin player page
NFL | Marquise Brown a lock for the first round? Fri Apr 19, 03:56 PM
Oklahoma WR Marquise Brown is a 'surefire first-rounder,' according to Bleacher Report's Matt Miller, who spoke with multiple scouts and executives.
|Footballguys view: That's likely to be correct. Brown is dangerous in the open field and a weapon teams can feature because of his run-after-the-catch ability. He's going to be a fantasy asset to keep an eye on.|
Texans | Keke Coutee aiming to stay healthy Thu Apr 18, 09:46 PM
Houston Texans WR Keke Coutee said his main goal for the 2019 season is to be able to play all 16 games.
|Footballguys view: That would be nice. Coutee is a dangerous playmaker with the ball in his hands. The Texans need a threat other than DeAndre Hopkins to emerge...and stay healthy...in the passing game. Coutee will compete with Will Fuller for that role, even though Fuller is more of a no.2 WR and Coutee is more of a no.3 WR.|
Keke Coutee player page
Redskins | Paul Richardson reveals injuries Thu Apr 18, 09:35 PM
Washington Redskins WR Paul Richardson (shoulder) said the shoulder injury that ended his 2018 season prematurely involved multiple fractures to his clavicle and required a metal plate to be inserted during surgery.
|Footballguys view: Richardson is one of the most injury prone players in the league. He's talented, fast and can be a threat downfield but Richardson has been banged up quite a bit during his pro career and even dating back to his college days at Colorado.|
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Steelers | Marquise Brown would love to play for PIT Thu Apr 18, 06:29 PM
Oklahoma WR Marquise Brown said he would love to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers even though he is the cousin of Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown.
|Footballguys view: Breaking news; every rookie before the draft would love to play for any team in the league. Brown is dangerous after the catch and electric in the open field. He's set to be a first-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft and would love to play anywhere...even for the Steelers.|
Antonio Brown player page
Dolphins | DeVante Parker happy in Miami Thu Apr 18, 01:01 PM
MIami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker says he's happy the Dolphins retained him, saying he's fully healthy and ready for 'a fresh start.'
|Footballguys view: It was unusual and unexpected when the Dolphins extended Parker's contract this offseason. He's coming off a career low 24 catches for 309 receiving yards. The new coaching staff in Miami is willing to give him a chance. Parker has talent but has struggled with consistency and durability during his pro career.|
DeVante Parker player page
Texans | Will Fuller on track for opener Thu Apr 18, 12:26 PM
Houston Texans WR Will Fuller (knee) is fully anticipated to be ready for the Texans' regular-season opener, according to general manager Brian Gaine. 'Everything is trending in the right direction,' Gaine said Thursday, April 19. 'Everything is looking good.'
|Footballguys view: Fuller brings speed to stretch the field for the Texans offense when he's healthy. The talent is there but man alive does he get banged up a lot. We're excited that Fuller will be ready for the season opener in 2019 but there's also some trepidation given his injury history.|
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Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders present for minicamp Wed Apr 17, 10:44 PM
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) is present for minicamp, but he has either been working on a side field or doing no work as he makes his way back from an Achilles' injury. 'Everything we've been told and what he's said, he's progressing well,' head coach Vic Fangio said Tuesday, April 16.
|Footballguys view: Sanders is out there for the Broncos but he won't be at full strength until training camp...hopefully. Expect second-year pro Courtland Sutton to emerge as the no.1 wide receiver for the Broncos in 2019. When Sanders is healthy, he should serve as the second target in the passing game behind Sutton.|
Emmanuel Sanders player page
Steelers | Ryan Switzer at voluntary workouts Wed Apr 17, 10:39 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers WR/KR Ryan Switzer (ankle) is participating in the team's voluntary workouts this week, and was one of the first players in. He is taking part as he wants to get prepared for the 2019 season, and he enjoys the team bonding, too. 'I think it's big. I am learning more about them, they are learning more about who I am,' Switzer said.Link to story
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49ers | Hakeem Butler visits Wed Apr 17, 06:31 PM
Iowa State WR Hakeem Butler met with the San Francisco 49ers Tuesday, April 16, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Butler is one of the most heavily debated players in the 2019 NFL draft regardless of position. He should be a second-round pick but there's a chance some team takes a shot on him in the late first round. Butler is a big target, measuring in at 6'5" 227 pounds. He can push smaller defenders to the side and make plays on contested catches due to his size. Butler also has good run-after-the-catch ability and has good build up speed. We'll be grabbing him in all dynasty formats.|
NFL | Jon'Vea Johnson receives interest Wed Apr 17, 03:26 PM
Toledo WR Jon'Vea Johnson met with the Dallas Cowboys and Cleveland Browns leading up to the 2019 NFL Draft. He also worked out for the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears.
|Footballguys view: Johnson is an intriguing late-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft. He's impressed during the pre-draft process, recording a 4.40 40-yard dash at Toledo's pro day.|
Browns | Mekale McKay to meet with CLE Wed Apr 17, 03:21 PM
Free-agent WR Mekale McKay (AAF) is scheduled to meet with the Cleveland Browns in the near future.Link to story
49ers | Three prospects meet with 49ers Wed Apr 17, 01:31 PM
Baylor WR Jalen Hurd, Wyoming TE Tyree Mayfield and New Mexico State LB Terrill Hanks met with the San Francisco 49ers Tuesday, April 17.Link to story
Patriots | More on Demaryius Thomas' deal Wed Apr 17, 10:15 AM
Updating previous reports, New England Patriots WR Demaryius Thomas has a $1.2 million base salary and received a $150,000 signing bonus. His cap number is $2,906,250, and he can earn more through incentives.Link to story
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Cowboys | Two prospects meeting with Cowboys Wed Apr 17, 08:06 AM
Baylor WR Jalen Hurd and Eastern Michigan DE Maxx Crosby are visiting the Dallas Cowboys Wednesday, April 17.Link to story
Titans | Two meeting with Titans Wed Apr 17, 08:06 AM
Oklahoma WR Marquise Brown and Clemson DE Clelin Ferrell are meeting with the Tennessee Titans Wednesday, April 17.Link to story
Bengals | John Ross to get fresh start under new coach Tue Apr 16, 09:11 PM
Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross will get a clean slate to prove himself under new head coach Zac Taylor, who called Ross 'electric' during his college days.
|Footballguys view: There is no doubt, Ross has been a bust for two seasons with the Bengals. He's barely played (only appearing in 5 games) due to injury and only has 21 catches for 210 yards as a pro. Now, Ross did have a whopping seven receiving touchdowns in 2018 and that's a positive sign. Dynasty wise, we have not yet given up on Ross if the bench is deep enough. We'll see if he can stay healthy and produce at an expected level with this new Bengals staff in 2019.|
John Ross player page
Seahawks | David Moore inks tender Tue Apr 16, 05:22 PM
Exclusive rights free-agent WR David Moore signed a one-year contract worth $645,000 with the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday, April 16.Link to story
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Patriots | Demaryius Thomas financials Tue Apr 16, 05:10 PM
Updating a previous report, free-agent WR Demaryius Thomas (Texans) signed a one-year contract worth up to $6 million with the New England Patriots on Tuesday, April 16.Link to story
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Patriots | New England set to sign Demaryius Thomas Tue Apr 16, 04:50 PM
Free-agent WR Demaryius Thomas (Texans) reportedly agreed to terms on an undisclosed contract with the New England Patriots on Tuesday, April 16.
|Footballguys view: Reunited with Josh McDaniels in New England, Thomas will fit nicely in their short passing game...provided he makes the 53-man roster. The veteran is four months removed from the second Achilles' injury of his career and no lock for the start of the regular season.|
Demaryius Thomas player page
49ers | Two WRs visiting Niners Tue Apr 16, 09:45 AM
Mississippi WR A.J. Brown and South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel are visiting the San Francisco 49ers Tuesday, April 16.
|Footballguys view: The 49ers have the no.2 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft and neither of these wide receivers would be considered for that spot. Brown is likely a first-round pick but may go off the board in the teens or the twenties. Samuel might sneak into the end of the first round, but perhaps the 49ers are hoping he's there when they pick near the top of the second round.|
Redskins | Parris Campbell visiting Washington Tue Apr 16, 09:37 AM
Ohio State WR Parris Campbell is visiting the Washington Redskins Tuesday, April 16.
|Footballguys view: Campbell is dangerous with the rock. He's a quick, speedy and athletic playmaker who can score anytime he touches the ball. Campbell is not a finished product as a receiver but his athletic profile makes him an interesting player to project in the pros. He should be a late first- or early second-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft.|
Chargers | Travis Benjamin signs extension Tue Apr 16, 09:21 AM
Los Angeles Chargers WR Travis Benjamin agreed to a one-year extension Tuesday, April 16, through the 2020 season. His base salary reduced from $5.25 million to $1 million, which created $2.75 million in salary cap space. It also includes a $5.5 million signing bonus.
|Footballguys view: Benjamin should see more playing time with Tyrell Williams (Raiders) moving on in free agency. We'll see how the Chargers plan to use the speedy veteran receiver when we get into training camp and the preseason. Benjamin is unlikely to be much of a fantasy factor but we are monitoring this situation.|
Travis Benjamin player page
Seahawks | David Moore to sign tender Tuesday Tue Apr 16, 12:36 AM
Seattle Seahawks exclusive-rights free-agent WR David Moore is expected to sign his tender on Tuesday, April 16, a source said.Link to story
David Moore player page
Falcons | Julio Jones not at workouts Mon Apr 15, 10:39 PM
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones was not present for the start of offseason workouts Monday, April 15, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: He has indicated that he will participate in the mandatory workouts. Some more work with teammates is not a bad thing but Jones has worked with new Falcons OC Dirk Koetter before from 2012 to 2014.|
Julio Jones player page
Colts | Two RFAs sign tenders Mon Apr 15, 09:44 PM
Indianapolis Colts restricted free-agent WR Marcus Johnson and S Matthias Farley signed their one-year tender offers Monday, April 15. Financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
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Colts | Deon Cain likely to miss workouts Mon Apr 15, 09:37 PM
Indianapolis Colts WR Deon Cain (knee) likely will miss all of the offseason workouts but should be ready for training camp, according to general manager Chris Ballard.
|Footballguys view: We've heard this update from Ballard before. There are no known setbacks to Cain's recovery, so we should think he'll be back by training camp.|
Deon Cain player page
Rams | Six players re-signed Mon Apr 15, 08:23 PM
Los Angeles Rams restricted free-agent S Blake Countess signed his one-year tender Monday, April 15. Exclusive rights free-agents DE Morgan Fox, CB Dominique Hatfield, WR KhaDarel Hodge, WR JoJo Natson and CB Kevin Peterson also signed their one-year tenders. Financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
Giants | Corey Coleman under contract Mon Apr 15, 08:02 PM
New York Giants restricted free-agent WR Corey Coleman signed his one-year tender offer Monday, April 15. He is scheduled to make $2.025 million in 2019.
|Footballguys view: Coleman was a first-round pick for the Browns in the 2016 NFL draft, and he's struggled with consistency as a receiver. Last year in eight games for the Giants, Coleman had just five catches for 71 yards. He did make some plays as a returner and that might be his best role going forward.|
Corey Coleman player page
Raiders | Three ERFAs sign their tenders Mon Apr 15, 05:29 PM
Exclusive rights free agents Oakland Raiders WR Marcell Ateman, PK Daniel Carlson and OT Justin Murray signed their one-year tenders Monday, April 15.
|Footballguys view: We've got an appreciation for Ateman in dynasty formats. A seventh-round pick for the Raiders out of Oklahoma State in 2018, Ateman has size and ball skills that stand out. He's not a refined route runner and needs to consistently use his size to his advantage in order to maximize his potential as a pro. We'll continue to monitor him in deep dynasty leagues.|
Marcell Ateman player page
Daniel Carlson player page
Rams | Cooper Kupp expected to be ready for opener Mon Apr 15, 04:18 PM
Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp (knee) has yet to encounter a setback in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, and head coach Sean McVay said the goal is to have Kupp ready for the season opener, according to Ryan Kartje of the Orange County Register.
|Footballguys view: Kupp made it through eight games in 2018 before going down with injury. He's a key piece of the passing attack and makes for a nice addition if you play in PPR formats. The plan all along has been to have Kupp ready by the season opener.|
Cooper Kupp player page
49ers | Preston Williams meeting with San Fran Mon Apr 15, 03:25 PM
Colorado State WR Preston Williams is visiting with the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, April 14 and Monday, April 15.
|Footballguys view: Williams has a great size/speed combination and has drawn comparisons to Martavis Bryant because of his physical traits. Character concerns and poor pre-draft workout numbers will keep Williams from going on the first two days of the draft. He could sneak into the sixth or seventh round of the 2019 NFL draft, but Williams might be most likely to be a priority free agent after the draft.|
NFL | Buffalo to talk with Deebo Samuel Mon Apr 15, 03:13 PM
South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel is set to visit with the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday, April 17.
|Footballguys view: The Bills have the no.9 overall pick and that may be too high for Samuel...but he's unlikely to be on the board when they pick in the second round of the 2019 NFL draft. Samuel is fun to watch and is a bully on the field and after the catch.|
Ravens | Baltimore getting to know Marquise Brown Mon Apr 15, 02:03 PM
Oklahoma WR Marquise Brown is visiting with the Baltimore Ravens on Monday, April 15.
|Footballguys view: Brown is one of the most explosive players in this draft class. He's dynamic with the ball in his hands and simply electric in the open field. Brown is small, leading to durability concerns, but he's no doubt a weapon that could have a big impact at the pro level.|
49ers | N'Keal Harry visiting 49ers Mon Apr 15, 09:36 AM
Arizona State WR N'Keal Harry is visiting the San Francisco 49ers Monday, April 15.
|Footballguys view: Harry has the makings of a potential star in the NFL. He's considered one of the best receiving prospects in this draft class and should be a first-round pick. Harry is ultra competitive and does a good job of creating space when covered tightly. The 49ers have the no.2 overall pick and that's too high for Harry, despite his upside. They'd have to trade back into the first to secure his services but there's a small chance he'd be there when they pick in round two.|
Colts | Chester Rogers signs tender Mon Apr 15, 08:41 AM
Indianapolis Colts restricted free-agent WR Chester Rogers signed his second-round tender Monday, April 15.
|Footballguys view: Rogers was a restricted free agent and the second-round tender meant he was likely staying with the Colts. We should see him work as the slot receiver for the Colts this year with T.Y. Hilton and Devin Funchess on the outside.|
Chester Rogers player page
Bengals | Parris Campbell visiting Bengals Mon Apr 15, 08:11 AM
Ohio State WR Parris Campbell is visiting with the Cincinnati Bengals Monday, April 15.
|Footballguys view: The Bengals have the 11th overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft and Campbell could be an option for them there. He's a quick, speedy and athletic playmaker who can score anytime he touches the ball. Campbell is not a finished product as a receiver but his athletic profile makes him an interesting player to project in the pros.|
Ravens | D.K. Metcalf visiting Ravens Mon Apr 15, 08:03 AM
Mississippi WR D.K. Metcalf is visiting the Baltimore Ravens Monday, April 15.
|Footballguys view: Metcalf has a great size/speed combination and is one of the most physically impressive players at his position in the 2019 NFL draft. He should be a first-round pick and may be on the board when the Ravens pick at no.22 overall.|
Colts | High ceiling for Deon Cain Sun Apr 14, 10:17 PM
Indianapolis Colts WR Deon Cain (knee) has 'great upside,' according to general manager Chris Ballard.
|Footballguys view: We love Clemson receivers in dynasty formats, and Cain does have great upside if he can stay healthy and improve. Cain was a sixth-round pick out of Clemson in the 2018 NFL draft and his rookie season was cut short by a knee injury suffered in August. The Colts have revamped their WR corps this offseason, but Cain is one to keep tabs on as the pecking order at the position is established in training camp.|
Deon Cain player page
Texans | Will Fuller a near lock for Week 1? Sun Apr 14, 04:41 PM
Updating a previous report, Houston Texans WR Will Fuller (knee) will be at 10 months removed from tearing an anterior cruciate ligament when Week 1 begins. In the opinion of HoustonTexans.com's Drew Dougherty, he'll be 'stunned' if Fuller isn't on the field for Week 1.
|Footballguys view: Fuller may be on the field at that time but he may not be 100 percent. They will likely ease him into action once training camp hits in August. We'll see if Fuller can stay healthy and produce. Talent is not an issue with the young receiver, but he has yet to play a full 16-game season in three years as a pro.|
Will Fuller V player page
Giants | Sterling Shepard ready to step up Sat Apr 13, 10:07 PM
New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard said he is ready to be a leader in the locker room and on the field in 2019.
|Footballguys view: Shepard is the Giants no.1 wide receiver now that Odell Beckham Jr. has been traded away. They signed him to a new long-term deal with the idea that he could continue to improve on his career-best numbers Shepard posted in 2018. We should see him crack 1,000 receiving yards for the first time in 2019...and Fantasy GMs should consider Shepard a high-end WR3 this season.|
Sterling Shepard player page
Bengals | A.J. Green to take it easy Sat Apr 13, 09:39 PM
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) will likely be eased into action during OTAs, according to Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com.
|Footballguys view: Green made it through just nine games in 2018. The team is wise to ease him back into action as he continues to recover. As we get towards training camp, Green should be near full speed. We should also see him extended some time before the start of the regular season as Green is entering the final year of the contract he signed in 2015.|
A.J. Green player page