Fantasy Football News & Views
NFL | J'Marcus Webb suspended Sat Jan 21, 05:13 PM
Free-agent OT J'Marcus Webb (Seahawks) has been suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season, according to a source.Link to story
NFL | Jabrill Peppers declares for draft Tue Jan 10, 03:17 PM
Michigan S Jabrill Peppers has declared for the NFL Draft Tuesday, Jan. 10.
|Footballguys view: Peppers played linebacker and safety (among other positions) during his time with the Wolverines. He is incredibly athletic, versatile enough to return punts/kicks and can quickly eat up chunks of yards. He compares favorably to Cardinals S Tyrann Mathieu and should be a first-round pick.|
NFL | Deshaun Watson going pro Tue Jan 10, 12:05 PM
Clemson QB Deshaun Watson has announced he will enter 2017 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: After winning it all with Clemson on Monday night, Watson has nothing left to prove. A plus athlete, Watson is tough and proved that he can take big hits and stay aggressive as a passer. He's a first-round pick for sure, but after his performance in the title game we could see him as a top-5 pick or perhaps even number one overall.|
NFL | Mitch Trubisky declares for draft Mon Jan 9, 03:05 PM
North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky announced Monday, Jan. 9, that he will enter the NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Trubisky is going to be a first-round pick, and there's a chance he goes off the board in the top 10 of the 2017 NFL draft. When the pocket is clean, Trubisky has the ability to fire-back shoulder throws on deep targets. He played in a screen-heavy offense, but when given time Trubisky will look deep. Often late to respond to pressure, Trubisky doesn't have the arm to just sling passes into tight spots.|
NFL | Noah Brown to enter draft Sat Jan 7, 10:52 PM
Ohio State WR Noah Brown announced he will declare for the 2017 NFL Draft Saturday, Jan. 7.Link to story
NFL | JuJu Smith-Schuster declares for draft Sat Jan 7, 09:20 PM
Southern California WR JuJu Smith-Schuster declared for the 2017 NFL Draft Saturday, Jan. 7.
|Footballguys view: Smith-Schuster is automatically one of the best WRs in this draft class. We could see him going off the board in the late first round. He's a big (6'2" 220 pounds), physical receiver who can box out smaller defenders. Smith-Schuster does not possess elite speed, but he works hard and can win with size in the red zone.|
NFL | Elijah Hood declares for NFL Draft Sat Jan 7, 12:10 AM
North Carolina RB Elijah Hood announced Friday, Jan. 6, he will enter the 2017 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Hood changed his mind as late last year he indicated that he would stay in college. His draft stock might have been helped by another year in school, but running backs are like tires -- they only have so much tread. Hood will be entering the NFL off a down season. In 2015, Hood rushed for 1,463 yards and 17 touchdowns in 14 games. In 11 games this year, those numbers dropped to 858 yards and eight touchdowns. He's likely a fifth- or sixth-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft.|
NFL | Chris Godwin declares for NFL Draft Fri Jan 6, 02:02 PM
Penn State WR Chris Godwin announced he will forego his final season of collegiate eligibility and enter the 2017 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: One of the best pass-catchers in the country, Goodwin has caught 128 passes for 2,083 yards and 16 touchdowns over the past two seasons. Goodwin is not a large receiver, but at 6'1" 208 pounds he plays larger than his size. He lacks blazing speed, but Goodwin is a nuanced route-runner with great body control and strong hands. He should come off the board in the third or fourth round.|
NFL | Marlon Mack set to enter 2017 draft Fri Jan 6, 01:56 PM
South Florida RB Marlon Mack announced he will skip his final season of collegiate eligibility and enter the 2017 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Mack knows how to eat up chunks of yards. He's had 1,000 yards rushing each of his three seasons with the Bulls. With an aggressive rushing style, Mack can get to top speed in a hurry and push defenders out of the way with a devastating stiff arm. Mack is likely a third- or fourth-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.|
NFL | Joe Mixon declares for draft Thu Jan 5, 06:58 PM
Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon has declared for the NFL Draft Thursday, Jan. 5.
|Footballguys view: The problem for Mixon is his off-field incident from 2014, when he was suspended for the whole season for punching a woman in the face. Mixon has the ability to be a top back in the NFL, but that baggage is a problem. Early word is that several teams have scratched Mixon from their draft boards.|
NFL | Teryl Austin to interview with Rams, Chargers Tue Jan 3, 10:58 PM
Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin will meet with the Los Angeles Rams and the San Diego Chargers at the end of this week regarding both teams' coaching vacancies.
|Footballguys view: Austin is a well-respected coach who has been considered on the rise for some time. He did a good job with the Lions defense this year even though the unit had to work through some major injuries in 2016.|
NFL | A.J. Hawk calls it a career Tue Jan 3, 10:16 PM
Free-agent LB A.J. Hawk (Falcons) plans on filing retirement papers with the NFL, bringing his career to a close.Link to story
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NFL | Chip Kelly would take coordinator job Tue Jan 3, 07:21 PM
Former San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said he wants to continue coaching in the NFL and that he would be open to taking a job as an offensive coordinator.Link to story
NFL | John Ross declares for draft Mon Jan 2, 06:28 PM
University of Washington WR John Ross will forego his senior season and enter the NFL draft, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Ross is one of four WRs who could go in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft. Measuring in at 5'11" 190 pounds, Ross draws comparisons to DeSean Jackson (Washington). Like Jackson, Ross has speed to burn and can get on top of a defense in a hurry. Ross had two separate knee injuries in college, so lack of durability is a concern.|
NFL | Dalvin Cook enters 2017 draft Sat Dec 31, 03:22 PM
Florida State RB Dalvin Cook has announced that he is entering the 2017 NFL draft.
|Footballguys view: Cook is one of our favorite running backs in this draft class, and he's certainly a first-round pick. We think he's got a better all-purpose game than Leonard Fournette (LSU), although both should be premium picks and quality pros in the NFL. Neither back is quite Ezekiel Elliott, but they will be fantasy assets to look to for plenty of production in 2017.|
NFL | Calvin Johnson reiterates he's done Wed Dec 21, 10:42 AM
Former Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson reiterated Tuesday, Dec. 20, that he's not returning to play football.
|Footballguys view: We'd love to see Megatron back in the NFL, but that doesn't seem to be a possibility.|
Calvin Johnson player page
NFL | DeShone Kizer enters draft Mon Dec 12, 06:50 PM
Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer declared for the 2017 NFL draft Monday, Dec. 12, and will forgo his final two years of college eligibility.
|Footballguys view: Kizer can operate a deep passing game from out of the shotgun. He's got a big arm and good pass placement throwing downfield. Kizer is athletic enough to be a threat as a runner. His decision making needs work, but Kizer has the tools to be a first-round pick.|
NFL | Christian McCaffrey declaring for NFL Draft Tue Dec 6, 05:14 PM
Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey will declare for the NFL Draft, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: McCaffrey is one of the most exciting running backs in college football. As a pro prospect, we see him as a late first-round pick. He can help as a runner, receiver or return man for a team in need of playmakers. It wouldn't surprise us to see a team like the Patriots take a look at McCaffrey due to his versatility.|
NFL | Leonard Fournette given high praise Mon Dec 5, 03:07 PM
LSU RB Leonard Fournette has officially declared for the NFL Draft Monday, Dec. 5. Two anonymous high-level evaluators told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that Fournette is better than Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley. Fournette is considered by many pundits to be a top-five draft pick next year.
|Footballguys view: Fournette is one of our favorite RBs in college. He's a big, swift and physical running back who gets stronger as the game goes on. Fournette's size, speed, and power combination reminds some in the scouting community of Vikings RB Adrian Peterson.|
NFL | Sammie Lee Hill suspended again Tue Nov 29, 08:02 PM
Free-agent DT Sammie Lee Hill (Titans) has been suspended for up to a year, according to a source. He had already been suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy.Link to story
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NFL | Isaiah Pead's career is over Wed Nov 16, 02:26 AM
Free-agent RB Isaiah Pead (Dolphins) will not be able to resume his NFL career as a result of injuries suffered during a car accident Saturday, Nov. 12, according to comments made by Los Angeles Rams head coach Jeff Fisher.
|Footballguys view: We feel for Pead and his family and wish him a speedy recovery.|
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NFL | Isaiah Pead in critical condition Sat Nov 12, 12:08 PM
Free-agent RB Isaiah Pead (Dolphins) is in critical condition following an accident during the early morning on Saturday, Nov. 12. Pead was reportedly ejected from his vehicle after his car went through a metal guardrail and became airborne, striking several trees on the way down an embankment.
|Footballguys view: We're sending prayers and positive vibes to Pead and his family here.|
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NFL | Isaiah Pead reportedly in car accident Sat Nov 12, 10:20 AM
Free-agent RB Isaiah Pead (Dolphins) is reportedly in critical condition following a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 670 in Columbus, Ohio Saturday, Nov. 12.Link to story
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NFL | Two players no longer suspended Tue Nov 8, 08:04 PM
Free-agents WR Stephen Hill (Panthers) and RB Derrick Coleman (Seahawks) had their suspension lifted Tuesday, Nov. 8.Stephen Hill player page
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NFL | K'Waun Williams undergoes surgery Thu Nov 3, 01:34 PM
Free-agent CB K'Waun Williams (ankle) underwent ankle surgery Monday, Oct. 31, and will be sidelined for 12 weeks, according to a source.Link to story
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NFL | Taylor Mays no longer suspended Tue Nov 1, 07:40 PM
Free-agent FS Taylor Mays' (Bengals) suspension was lifted by commissioner Roger Goodell Tuesday, Nov. 1.Taylor Mays player page
NFL | J.J. Worton suspended six games Fri Oct 28, 02:24 PM
Free-agent WR J.J. Worton (Rams) has been suspended six games for violating the league's personal-conduct policy.Link to story
NFL | Stephen Hill suspended Tue Oct 25, 06:41 PM
Free-agent WR Stephen Hill (Panthers) has been suspended for the next two weeks by the NFL, according to a source.Link to story
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NFL | Teams expressing interest in Taylor Mays Tue Oct 25, 12:57 PM
Free-agent S Taylor Mays (Bengals) is starting to receive interest from teams as he nears the end of serving two four-game suspensions for violating the league's substance abuse policy, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Mays will be eligible to play after Week 8.Link to story
Taylor Mays player page
NFL | Greg Hardy pursuing MMA career Tue Oct 11, 01:13 PM
Free-agent DE Greg Hardy (Cowboys) has decided to pursue a career in mixed martial arts, according to a source.Link to story
Greg Hardy player page
NFL | Johnny Manziel suspension lifted Fri Oct 7, 03:40 AM
Free-agent QB Johnny Manziel (Browns) had his four-game suspension lifted by the National Football League on Thursday, Oct. 6. Manziel could still face disciplinary action from the NFL for his personal conduct in assaulting an ex-girlfriend.Link to story
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NFL | Greg Hardy arrested in Texas Mon Sep 26, 09:59 PM
Free-agent DE Greg Hardy (Cowboys) was arrested for possession of cocaine late Sunday, Sept. 25, in Texas. According to a police report he was pulled over because he did not use a turn signal. After granting permission to a vehicle search, police found a plastic baggie in a wallet in the center console. He was arraigned Monday, Sept. 26.Link to story
Greg Hardy player page
NFL | Manny Lawson suspended two games Fri Sep 16, 05:30 PM
Free-agent LB Manny Lawson (Bills) was suspended two games for violating the league's policy on domestic violence.Link to story
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NFL | Ray Rice releases training video Wed Sep 14, 11:06 PM
Free-agent RB Ray Rice (Ravens) released an extreme training video Tuesday, Sept. 13, showing him working out at a Connecticut gym. He was wearing a weighted vest and oxygen-deprivation mask, as well as showing his vertical leap and agility. He has not played in an NFL game since the 2013 season, but some believe there is a 'growing sense' the 29-year-old will get a shot to return this season. He vowed to donate every game check this season to programs focusing on education and prevention of domestic violence.
|Footballguys view: There are some who think Rice will get another chance in the NFL. That's a possibility, and it seems like something that could happen much more than it did a few months ago. There's some team who may at least bring Rice in for a workout.|
Ray Rice player page
NFL | Kenny Hilliard garnering interest Wed Sep 14, 01:33 PM
Free-agent RB Kenny Hilliard (Texans) is drawing interest from the Seattle Seahawks, Cincinnati Bengals and Arizona Cardinals, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: Hilliard is a natural runner with good instincts and vision on the field. There are more than a few RBs on the open market right now, but Hilliard has a few suitors.|
Kenny Hilliard player page
NFL | C.J. Spiller may have to wait Wed Sep 14, 10:17 AM
Free-agent RB C.J. Spiller (Saints) may have to wait to sign with a team because there aren't many running back spots open. Teams have openings for special teams. Spiller's salary for 2016 is being paid by the New Orleans Saints, which means he's likely to make the minimum with a new team.
|Footballguys view: We won't be adding Spiller to any fantasy roster if/when he's picked up. Even in dynasty leagues, we're not that thrilled by his prospects. Perhaps a situation will arise where Spiller can get his career back on track, but for now he'll have to wait.|
C.J. Spiller player page
NFL | Mike Neal still under review Wed Aug 31, 10:28 PM
Free-agent LB Mike Neal (Packers) fully cooperated with National Football League investigators during its look into human-growth hormone, or HGH. The four other players being investigated have been cleared, while Neal remains under review.Link to story
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NFL | Peyton Manning has no plans to play Tue Aug 30, 10:27 PM
Retired QB Peyton Manning (Broncos) has no plans to come out of retirement to play in the 2016 season, a source with knowledge of Manning's plans said Tuesday, Aug. 30.
|Footballguys view: Manning is enjoying his family in retirement. No matter what he does -- and he'll be able to do anything he wants -- we expect him to be quite successful.|
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NFL | T.J. Yates cleared to play Tue Aug 30, 04:09 PM
Free-agent QB T.J. Yates (Texans) has been fully cleared after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament last season, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: A team that could show interest in Yates is Denver -- especially if (when?) they cut Mark Sanchez. Yates came up under Gary Kubiak during his time in Denver. He knows the system, and Yates would give the Broncos a veteran presence behind starter Trevor Siemian and future starter Paxton Lynch.|
T.J. Yates player page
NFL | Prince Shembo punished for two games Tue Aug 30, 12:14 AM
The National Football League suspended free-agent LB Prince Shembo (Falcons) for the first two games this season, per a source Monday, Aug. 29.Link to story
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NFL | Sammie Lee Hill suspended Mon Aug 29, 07:42 PM
Free-agent DT Sammie Lee Hill (Titans) was suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: This won't help him latch on with another team. Hill hasn't drawn any interest on the open market since the Seahawks visited with him back in March.|
Sammie Lee Hill player page
NFL | Five interested in Karlos Williams Thu Aug 25, 12:18 PM
Free-agent RB Karlos Williams (Bills) is receiving interest from five teams, according to sources. Williams has already met with the New York Jets.
|Footballguys view: Teams (and Fantasy GMs) have to keep in mind that he is suspended for the first portion of the season. He'll miss four games to start the year, and that suspension will certainly cool the market for his services. Williams has the talent to be a good starter, but it appears he lacks self control. If Williams can change that, he could be an effective back in the NFL.|
Karlos Williams player page
NFL | Bacarri Rambo receiving interest Thu Aug 25, 12:11 PM
Free-agent FS Bacarri Rambo (Bills) has recovered from the injuries he suffered last season and is receiving interest from multiple teams.Link to story
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NFL | Devin Hester close to returning Wed Aug 24, 03:12 PM
Free-agent WR Devin Hester (toe) said he is close to being fully recovered from his offseason toe surgery. Hester said he would like to play one more season before he retires.Link to story
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NFL | Jeremy Mincey retires Tue Aug 23, 06:39 PM
Former Dallas Cowboys DE Jeremy Mincey announced his retirement Tuesday, Aug. 23. He did have offers from interested teams.Link to story
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NFL | Karlos Williams not claimed Mon Aug 22, 05:10 PM
Free-agent RB Karlos Williams (Bills) was not claimed off waivers and is now an unrestricted free agent, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Williams has what doctors call a bit of a weight problem. At this time, he needs to drop about 20 pounds to show that he's serious about playing football. Oh yeah -- he's also suspended the first month of the season. RB-needy teams should be interested in Williams, so long as he doesn't go 'fat guy in a little coat' during a workout.|
Karlos Williams player page
NFL | Karlos Williams expects to join new team Sun Aug 21, 11:25 AM
Free-agent RB Karlos Williams (Bills) fully expects to find a new team after he was released by the Buffalo Bills Saturday, Aug. 20, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: Williams showed too much last year to be on the waiver wire for long. He's got excellent speed and receiving ability for a big back. Even if he has to wait until his four game suspension is over, Williams will get signed somewhere - assuming that he has shown that he will keep himself in shape.|
Karlos Williams player page
NFL | William Beatty hopes to start Wed Aug 17, 02:34 PM
Free-agent OT William Beatty (Giants) hopes to find a starting job and will take his time before signing with a team, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: We're seeing a growing market for Beatty's services. He's linked to about five teams, and we expect him to sign in the near future. Beatty tore his pectoral muscle in May of 2015 and missed all of last season. He's healthy now and capable of starting for some team in need.|
NFL | Mike Neal might be suspended Mon Aug 15, 10:06 PM
Free-agent LB Mike Neal (Packers) is facing a suspension by Thursday, Aug. 25, if he does not comply with the National Football League's probe into performance-enhancing drugs. The suspension would be for conduct detrimental, and separate from any possible discipline he would face under the league's drug policies.Link to story
Mike Neal player page
NFL | Antonio Cromartie expects to find a team Mon Aug 15, 06:15 PM
Free-agent CB Antonio Cromartie (Jets) said he expects to sign with a team in the near future.Link to story
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