Fantasy Football News & Views
NFL | Bradley Chubb an elite prospect Fri Feb 16, 11:01 PM
North Carolina State DE Bradley Chubb is 'a top-five pick all day' in the 2018 NFL Draft, according to Chad Reuter of NFL.com.Link to story
NFL | Billy Price is NFL ready Fri Feb 16, 10:58 PM
Ohio State OG Billy Price is one of the 'plug-and-play interior lineman' in the 2018 NFL Draft, according to Chad Reuter of NFL.com.Link to story
NFL | Harrison Phillips a safe pick Fri Feb 16, 10:53 PM
Stanford DT Harrison Phillips is one of the safest prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft, according to Chad Reuter of NFL.com, and Reuter compared Phillips to Buffalo Bills DT Kyle Williams.Link to story
NFL | Johnny Manziel joining Spring League Wed Feb 14, 10:26 AM
Free-agent QB Johnny Manziel (Browns) will report to the Spring League March 28, and the season ends April 15.Link to story
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NFL | Johnny Manziel working on comeback Tue Feb 13, 01:07 AM
Free-agent QB Johnny Manziel (Browns) said in an interview with 'Good Morning America' that aired on Monday, Feb. 12, that he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder 'about a year ago' and has been taking medication for it. He has stopped drinking and said his goal is to make it back to the NFL. Manziel added that he's been working out and trying to convince a team to give him a second chance. 'I don't know what kind of comeback it will be,' he said. 'But I know I want to get back on a football field to what brought me so much joy in my life and it makes me happy doing as my job.'
|Footballguys view: Manziel failed to make an impact on the field and his life fell apart off the field, so he was quickly bounced from the league. If he's clean and sober, there might be a team interested in giving him a chance at a comeback. If not, Manziel would be a star attraction in the XFL...but he'd have to wait until the 2020 launch.|
Johnny Manziel player page
NFL | Vontae Davis cleared Mon Feb 12, 01:27 PM
Free-agent CB Vontae Davis (groin) has been medically cleared after undergoing core muscle surgery near the end of the regular season, according to a source. Davis is expected to receive interest from teams before the start of free agency.
|Footballguys view: Davis is no longer the player he used to be and hasn't played a full 16-game season since 2015. He'll draw some interest on the open market, but we can't see him getting a ton of guaranteed money in a new deal. More likely, Davis will have to sign some sort of 'prove it' deal.|
Vontae Davis player page
NFL | Sam Darnold the top QB in draft? Sat Feb 10, 11:30 PM
Southern California QB Sam Darnold is 'the guy that you can be comfortable with building a franchise around' in the 2018 NFL Draft, according to an NFL executive.
|Footballguys view: Darnold has intriguing upside and could be the no1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft. Mechanically he's inconsistent but that's something that should change with coaching and time. Darnold has no problem taking chances with the ball and can attack a defense vertically.|
NFL | Scouts high on Mark Walton Sat Feb 10, 10:16 PM
Miami RB Mark Walton is being compared to Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman by NFL scouts.
|Footballguys view: Walton is currently seen as a fourth- or fifth-round pick in the 2018 NFL draft. A season ending ankle injury cut his 2017 short, and durability concerns are his biggest question mark. Walton has the ability to score from anywhere on the field, and he's dangerous in space. Freeman is a comparison by some, but we think he's more Gio Bernard (Bengals).|
NFL | James Daniels ready for the NFL Fri Feb 9, 10:58 PM
Iowa C James Daniels has good size, power and quickness, according to an NFC executive. 'He would come in and challenge for best center in our division right away,' the executive said.Link to story
NFL | Kalen Ballage's stock set to rise Fri Feb 9, 10:50 PM
Arizona State RB Kalen Ballage will be a 'hot name' following the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine, according to an NFC director of college scouting. 'Nobody will be talking about him until he gets to the Combine, where he will lift well, run well and jump out of the stadium,' the director said.
|Footballguys view: Ballage was impressive during the week of practice at the Senior Bowl. He's a big-bodied running back who is swift with the ball in his hands. Ballage looks good as a receiver out of the backfield too. At this time, Ballage is considered a fifth-round pick but his stock could rise with a strong performance at the combine.|
NFL | Influx of ACL tears in 2017 Tue Feb 6, 06:31 PM
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson (knee) and Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (knee) were two of the most notable NFL players to suffer torn anterior cruciate ligaments last season. In total, 63 players suffered such injuries, the most since 2013.
|Footballguys view: It's an interesting stat no doubt. Plus, it highlights the need for depth at multiple positions. As stars and starters get hurt, those teams that want to advance (see Eagles) need to have quality players as reserves.|
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NFL | Mike Tice eyeing retirement? Mon Feb 5, 11:33 PM
Former Oakland Raiders offensive line coach Mike Tice is reportedly contemplating retirement.
|Footballguys view: Tice has worked under Jack Del Rio as the OL coach with the Raiders over the last three years. If he retires, he'll have plenty of time for all the steak and shrimp he can eat.|
NFL | Marcus Davenport a top prospect? Sun Feb 4, 10:13 PM
Texas-San Antonio DE Marcus Davenport has 'great size and ability' and is a 'first-round guy' in the 2018 NFL Draft, according to Mike Mayock of NFL.com.Link to story
NFL | Harrison Phillips the total package Sun Feb 4, 10:05 PM
Stanford DT Harrison Phillips has a 'nice combination of power and some quickness' and is going to be a 'heck of a player' in the NFL, according to Mike Mayock of NFL.com.Link to story
NFL | Isaiah Wynn's stock on the rise Sun Feb 4, 09:53 PM
Georgia OT Isaiah Wynn (labrum) worked at guard during Senior Bowl practices and was dominant in drills despite playing with a torn labrum, according to Mike Mayock of NFL.com, and Mayock called Wynn the 'most intriguing guy' at the Senior Bowl.Link to story
NFL | First-half numbers nearly at 500 yards for QBs Sun Feb 4, 08:29 PM
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is 12 for 23 for 276 yards in the first half, while Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles is 13 for 22 for 215 yards.Link to story
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NFL | Mike Tice may retire Sun Feb 4, 12:37 PM
Former Oakland Raiders offensive line coach Mike Tice said he is considering retirement.Link to story
NFL | John Fox receiving coaching offers Sun Feb 4, 10:46 AM
Former Chicago Bears head coach John Fox is reportedly mulling over several assistant coaching offers, as well as an opportunity to join the media, according to FOX Sports NFL insider Jay Glazer.
|Footballguys view: Fox is a good defensive coach, and the defense wasn't really the problem in Chicago. He could be an excellent addition to any defensive staff.|
NFL | Troy Fumagalli a weapon at next level? Sat Feb 3, 11:39 PM
Wisconsin TE Troy Fumagalli is a matchup nightmare, according to Mike Mayock of NFL.com, and Mayock compared Fumagalli to Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz.
|Footballguys view: Fumagalli lacks rare speed, power, or athleticism among receiving tight ends, but he is a sure route runner and hands catcher. He'll be a contributor as a receiving tight end, but he might not as foundational in his offense as Ertz.|
NFL | Arden Key tough to evaluate Sat Feb 3, 11:27 PM
Louisiana State LB Arden Key is one of the toughest prospects to evaluate in the 2018 NFL Draft, according to an NFL executive. 'We had guys who had huge grades on him coming into the season and they plummeted during the season,' the executive said. 'We're still trying to sort him out.'
|Footballguys view: He has tantalizing upside as an edge rusher with length, explosion, and bend, but Key hasn't been reliable, aware or physical enough to get near the most out of his talent. He's a boom/bust pick.|
NFL | Josh Allen boom or bust? Sat Feb 3, 11:21 PM
Wyoming QB Josh Allen has no 'middle ground' in his evaluations, according to an NFL executive. 'We've got enormously high grades and really low grades for him,' the executive said.
|Footballguys view: He's a set of rare traits and abilities without the consistency to get the most out of the tools at this point. All quarterbacks have a big leap to the NFL, and the hope is that he can iron out the wrinkles while keeping the big play mentality intact. He'll be a first-round pick in any event.|
NFL | Rasheem Green not NFL ready? Sat Feb 3, 11:15 PM
Southern California DT Rasheem Green has a high ceiling but isn't strong enough to handle NFL competition yet, according to an AFC scout. 'He probably would have been a top-10 pick next year,' the scout said. 'He's not strong enough to handle NFL guys yet, so this year might be a redshirt year for him. He's going to be a dude when it all comes together.'
|Footballguys view: Green is a DE/DT tweener, but projects as a core defensive line presence with versatility and the ability to hold up against the run and be a force in the pass rush. He should go off the board in the second round.|
NFL | Shaquem Griffin invited to combine Sat Feb 3, 10:23 PM
Central Florida LB Shaquem Griffin was a late invite to the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine.
|Footballguys view: Griffin not being invited in the first place was a mistake, and it's good to see the league rectify it. He has only one hand because of a birth defect, but his energy, awareness, and nose for the ball will fit in on Sundays, even if its as a backup and special teams ace.|
NFL | Nick Mangold to retire? Sat Feb 3, 09:47 PM
Free-agent C Nick Mangold is likely to retire, in the opinion of Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com.Link to story
NFL | Nick Mangold unsure about playing status Thu Feb 1, 06:11 PM
Free-agent C Nick Mangold (foot) said his foot is starting to feel better, but he is not sure if he will play in the NFL next season.Link to story
NFL | Victor Cruz not ready to retire Wed Jan 31, 07:55 PM
Free-agent WR Victor Cruz (Bears) said he hopes to play in the NFL next season.Link to story
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NFL | Aaron Williams retires Wed Jan 31, 10:41 AM
Former Buffalo Bills FS Aaron Williams announced his retirement Wednesday, Jan. 31.Link to story
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NFL | Sony Michel can do it all Sun Jan 28, 11:52 PM
Georgia RB Sony Michel reminds Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com of Kansas City RB Kareem Hunt, and Jeremiah believes Michel is capable of making a similar impact in the NFL.
|Footballguys view: Michel has one of the best profiles as a pass catcher of any of the top 5-7 backs, and teams will seek to employ him the way Alvin Kamara and Christian McCaffrey have been used by their teams. He also has a lot of tread left on his tires after sharing with Nick Chubb and Todd Gurley during his career at Georgia. He'll be a first-round pick in dynasty rookie drafts, the only question is how high.|
Kareem Hunt player page
NFL | Christian Kirk the next Golden Tate? Sun Jan 28, 11:41 PM
Texas A&M WR Christian Kirk reminds Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com of Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate because of his elusiveness after the catch, and Jeremiah believes Kirk can make a similar impact.
|Footballguys view: Kirk's fantasy value will be subject to the team he lands on. In a more pass heavy offense, he could be a target hog and approach Tate or Jarvis Landry's fantasy value, but in a more balanced offense and varied pass offense like the one the Rams use, his value will be lower.|
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NFL | High ceiling for Calvin Ridley Sun Jan 28, 11:28 PM
Alabama WR Calvin Ridley is more than a deep threat and will be 'a top-tier No. 2 wideout' in the NFL, according to Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com.
|Footballguys view: Ridley could be an outstanding fantasy receiver with a big arm quarterback or one who can extend plays with an eye for the deep ball. Will Fuller has similar strengths and had a huge breakout with Deshaun Watson.|
NFL | Vita Vea to make quick impact? Sun Jan 28, 11:14 PM
Washington DT Vita Vea is a more athletic version of Detroit Lions DT Haloti Ngata, according to Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com, and Jeremiah believes Vea should 'quickly emerge as a Pro Bowl player.'
|Footballguys view: Vea is slated to be a top 20 pick in a strong class of defensive tackles. He should fit in any scheme and be a foundational player up front.|
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NFL | Minkah Fitzpatrick suited for safety Sun Jan 28, 11:06 PM
Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick has the versatility to play any position in the secondary, according to Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com, but Jeremiah believes Fitzpatrick is a bigger version of Arizona Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu and is best suited to play safety in the NFL.
|Footballguys view: Fitzpatrick's quality and versatility are going to be hugely valued as personnel package flexibility and matchups become more important every year. He could be the first non-quarterback drafted and shouldn't fall out of the top 7.|
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NFL | Tremaine Edmunds one of draft's best? Sun Jan 28, 10:53 PM
Virginia Tech LB Tremaine Edmunds has 'outrageous' upside and 'All-Pro' potential, according to Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com.
|Footballguys view: Edmunds has ideal size and athleticism and can contribute in all aspects of a linebacker's game. He could crack the top ten, which is about as high as any off-ball linebacker goes in the modern NFL.|
NFL | Mike Gesicki making plays Sat Jan 27, 11:50 PM
Penn State TE Mike Gesicki displayed 'excellent' ball skills during Senior Bowl practices, according Joe Marino of FanRagSports.com.
|Footballguys view: This tight end class might not have one prospect that is worth as much as any of the top three from 2017, but it is still deep at the top and should produce plenty of NFL contributors. If Gesicki lands in a good passing game, he could be a second-round pick in dynasty rookie drafts.|
NFL | Will Hernandez a first-round prospect? Sat Jan 27, 11:43 PM
UTEP OG Will Hernandez has a 'great chance' to be a first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft after an impressive showing in Senior Bowl practices, according to Eric Gelko of Sporting News.
|Footballguys view: Hernandez is absolute mauler in a power run game and he is very good at anchoring in pass protection for someone his power and bulk. The Jaguars would be a perfect fit for his abilities.|
NFL | Allen Lazard shows off upside Sat Jan 27, 11:28 PM
Iowa State WR Allen Lazard used his size and catch radius to make several 'whoa' catches during Senior Bowl practices, according to Dane Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com.
|Footballguys view: Lazard has the height and length teams love at wide receiver, but he needs to become more consistent and skilled. He's probably a third-day prospect who might even end up on a practice squad.|
NFL | James Washington stands out Sat Jan 27, 10:49 PM
Oklahoma State WR James Washington separated himself from the other receivers at the 2018 Senior Bowl, according to Dane Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com.
|Footballguys view: Washington doesn't have ideal size, but he has the arm length of a big receiver, and a big play mentality. He has a chance to be the first receiver off of the board, but he is best suited to be a #2 on Sundays.|
NFL | Arrow pointing up for Jaylen Samuels Sat Jan 27, 10:35 PM
North Carolina State RB Jaylen Samuels looked 'natural' as a route runner and receiver during Senior Bowl practices, according to Eric Galko of Sporting News, and Galko believes Samuels will continue to improve his stock throughout the pre-draft process.
|Footballguys view: The league is embracing running backs that don't excel at traditional I-back running but add value in the passing game. Samuels has enough versatility to appeal to teams that want to flexibility to their personnel packages, even though he won't be one of the most fantasy friendly backs in this deep class.|
NFL | Braxton Berrios built for the slot Sat Jan 27, 09:51 PM
Miami WR Braxton Berrios is 'the ultimate slot receiver,' according to Bucky Brooks of NFL.com, and Brooks called Berrios a more explosive version of Dallas Cowboys WR Cole Beasley.
|Footballguys view: Slot-only receivers don't usually go until the third day, but their importance is growing. Baltimore, Indianapolis, Miami (assuming Jarvis Landry leaves in free agency), Chicago and Denver among others could use a quality slot receiver.|
Cole Beasley player page
NFL | DJ Chark puts himself on NFL radar Sat Jan 27, 09:46 PM
Louisiana State WR DJ Chark finished with five catches for a game-high 160 yards in the Senior Bowl Saturday, Jan. 27, and had 'everyone talking' by the end of the week of practices, according to Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com.
|Footballguys view: Chark is a classic vertical receiver who might not be versatile but adds a much needed element for some pass offenses. He could be an early second day pick and one of the top drafted receivers in a class that lacks a true #1.|
NFL | Darius Leonard draws lofty comparison Sat Jan 27, 09:43 PM
South Carolina State LB Darius Leonard registered a game-high 14 tackles during the Senior Bowl Saturday, Jan. 27, and Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com compared Leonard to Jacksonville Jaguars LB Telvin Smith.
|Footballguys view: The NFL is shifting towards lighter, faster linebackers who might have been negatively tagged as safety/linebacker tweeners in previous years. Leonard is coming into the league at the right time and should be on IDP dynasty league rookie draft radars.|
Telvin Smith player page
NFL | Rashaad Penny shows versatility Sat Jan 27, 09:37 PM
San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny tallied 64 rushing yards and 73 receiving yards and a touchdown during the Senior Bowl Saturday, Jan. 27, and Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com believes Penny has positioned himself as a second-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Penny had a long catch and run score on an extended play and showed great speed for his NFL starter solid build. He's one of many backs who could go on the second day and immediately have a fantasy relevant role.|
NFL | Marcus Davenport shines at Senior Bowl Sat Jan 27, 09:33 PM
Texas-San Antonio DE Marcus Davenport scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery during the Senior Bowl Saturday, Jan. 27, and he was 'unstoppable' during the practices leading up to the game, according to Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com.
|Footballguys view: Davenport proved to be a better gamer than practice player and also was much better standing up than with his hand on the ground this week. Some of his rawness can be chalked up to coming from UT-San Antonio. If a team was considering him in the first round coming into this week, he probably is still seen that way after how his week ended up in Mobile.|
NFL | Kyle Lauletta boosts draft stock Sat Jan 27, 09:28 PM
Richmond QB Kyle Lauletta was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2018 Senior Bowl Saturday, Jan. 27, completing eight of his 12 pass attempts for 198 yards and three touchdowns.
|Footballguys view: Lauletta was a favorite sleeper among Senior Bowl quarterbacks for some draft analysts and this performance will cement that. While this class could have as many as 5 or 6 first round quarterbacks. Lauletta and fellow Senior Bowl standout Mike White (Western Kentucky) lead a second tier that could produce a few future starters.|
NFL | Josh Allen delivers in Senior Bowl Sat Jan 27, 09:14 PM
Wyoming QB Josh Allen completed nine of his 13 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns during the Senior Bowl Saturday, Jan. 27.
|Footballguys view: Allen made touch passes that haven't always been easy for him on film. He had an uneven week of practice according to some reports, but any team that was sold on Allen will have his improvement throughout the week to hang their hats on. He is very much in play early in the first round.|
NFL | Josh Allen's stock still high Fri Jan 26, 10:01 PM
Wyoming QB Josh Allen's accuracy issues during Senior Bowl practices haven't scared off NFL teams, according to multiple NFL personnel executives. 'You have to be honest that it's there, but he can still make throws that none of the other guys in this quarterback class can make,'' said one personnel executive.Link to story
NFL | Baker Mayfield meets with teams Fri Jan 26, 02:41 PM
Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield said he has had extensive meetings with the New Orleans Saints, Buffalo Bills, New York Jets and Miami Dolphins at the 2018 Senior Bowl.
|Footballguys view: The Saints seem like an obvious fit with their success starting another short quarterback Drew Brees and the need for a post-Brees plan. The Bills are obvious because it doesn't seem like Tyrod Taylor is a long term answer. The Jets have one of the most glaring holes at quarterback in the league. Miami is the interesting team here with Ryan Tannehill still entrenched as the starter despite missing 2017 with an ACL tear.|
NFL | Isaiah Wynn to miss Senior Bowl Fri Jan 26, 02:12 PM
Georgia OT Isaiah Wynn (labrum) participated in practice this week but will not play in the 2018 Senior Bowl because he has been dealing with a torn labrum. He is scheduled to undergo surgery next week but is expected to be ready for training camp.
|Footballguys view: Wynn had a very good week in Mobile during practices and certainly has endeared himself to teams that like players who can perform when hurt. He'll likely kick inside to guard in the pros, but might get into the first round anyway.|
NFL | Darius Phillips to miss Senior Bowl Thu Jan 25, 05:08 PM
Western Michigan CB Darius Phillips (ankle) will not be able to play in the 2018 Senior Bowl because of an ankle injury.Link to story
NFL | Baker Mayfield's Senior Bowl status uncertain Thu Jan 25, 04:40 PM
Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield would not say if he will play in the 2018 Senior Bowl but appears to happy with the way he has performed during practices.
|Footballguys view: The game is less important than the practices, which is why most GMs, coaches and analysts are gone by Thursday night. Mayfield showed a lot this week, and impressed in interviews by all accounts. There's a long way to go but he could be a high draft pick this April.|