Fantasy Football News & Views
NFL | Brandon Spikes pleads guilty Thu Jul 2, 09:01 PM
Free-agent LB Brandon Spikes (Patriots) pleaded guilty to a hit-and-run Wednesday, July 1. The plea was meant to clear the road for a return to the NFL for Spikes.Link to story
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Cowboys | Morris Claiborne ready for camp? Sat Jun 27, 07:01 PM
Dallas Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne may be ready for the start of training camp. 'I think Claiborne has a real good chance to surprise,' owner Jerry Jones said recently, via the team's official website. Claiborne lost 30-40 pounds this offseason, after having surgery done on both of his knees.
|Footballguys view: The Cowboys declined his fifth-year option, but Claiborne is due $2.6 million (fully guaranteed) in the final year of his rookie deal. They'll bring him back cautiously as he returns from this serious injury. Claiborne has been a huge disappointment as a pro, and this is likely his last season with the Cowboys.|
Morris Claiborne player page
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.|
Josh Cribbs player page
NFL | Antoine Cason out for season Thu Jun 25, 02:58 AM
Free-agent CB Antoine Cason (foot) will miss the 2015 season due to surgery he underwent on Tuesday, June 23. Cason (Ravens) did not specify what type of surgery he had, but an Instagram post showed his right foot was heavily bandaged.
|Footballguys view: Cason was cut from the Ravens last season after the picked him up when the Carolina Panthers cut him. He has had multiple interceptions in every season he has played in the NFL, but struggled to produce otherwise.|
Antoine Cason player page
NFL | Ahmad Bradshaw back to full health Tue Jun 23, 01:36 PM
Free-agent RB Ahmad Bradshaw (leg) has been cleared to resume playing after suffering a fractured fibula last year.
|Footballguys view: With a one-game suspension already ruled upon, Bradshaw should start getting interest from a few teams as a pass-catching back. Bradshaw had eight touchdowns and 725 total yards in 10 games for the Indianapolis Colts in 2014.|
Ahmad Bradshaw player page
NFL | Ahmad Bradshaw suspended one game Mon Jun 22, 11:31 PM
Free-agent RB Ahmad Bradshaw (Colts) has been suspended one game for violation of the league's substance abuse policy. If he signs with a team he must sit out for the first week.
|Footballguys view: He's already been suspended one game, but Bradshaw is medically cleared after recovering from the fractured fibula he suffered last November. There could be a few teams in adding the veteran pass-catching back. Stay tuned.|
Ahmad Bradshaw player page
NFL | Chris Ogbonnaya retires Fri Jun 19, 11:21 AM
Free-agent RB Chris Ogbonnaya (Giants) announced his retirement Friday, June 19.
|Footballguys view: We'll miss "Silent G" on the Black Eyed Joe All-Nickname Team. He carved out a longer career in the pros than some thought he could.|
Chris Ogbonnaya player page
NFL | John Moffitt drawing interest Thu Jun 18, 10:58 PM
Free-agent OG John Moffitt unretired Wednesday, June 17, and cleared waivers Thursday, June 18. He is free to sign with a team of his choosing. The Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins, Tampa Buccaneers, New York Jets and Houston Texans are expected to show strong interest, according to Ross Jones of FOX Sports.Link to story
NFL | Terrelle Pryor to try WR Thu Jun 18, 09:26 PM
Free-agent QB Terrelle Pryor is going to give it a shot at playing wide receiver in the NFL. Some teams have already expressed an interest.
|Footballguys view: Finally! Pryor's career as a QB has gone bust in the NFL. However, he's big, fast and physical. We think he could play wide receiver or tight end in the NFL.|
Terrelle Pryor player page
NFL | Michael Vick selling himself to GMs Tue Jun 16, 09:28 PM
Free-agent QB Michael Vick remains without a job, but he tried selling himself to general managers Tuesday, June 16. '(I'm) a proven winner. I think that I've done a lot throughout the course of my career,' Vick began. 'I've proved that I can win games and play with some consistency and be a leader. I think those are the qualities that you want in a quarterback,' Vick said. When asked if has thought about this being the end of his career, Vick was in denial, 'Going through times like this you kind of think about it,' he said. 'I know I have been playing a long time. It's been 13 years. I know I still have a lot of football left in me. You never want to think of it in that regard,' said Vick.
|Footballguys view: The market has been cool for Vick's services. After a year with the Jets where he reportedly checked out of team meetings and practice, it's no surprise teams don't want to add the veteran quarterback. We'll see if an injury in training camp opens up the door for him to compete.|
Michael Vick player page
NFL | Justin Blalock retires Mon Jun 15, 01:53 PM
Free-agent OT Justin Blalock (Falcons) has decided to retire Monday, June 15.
|Footballguys view: Blalock was not generating much interest on the open market, so he's deciding to move on from football. Over eight seasons, Blalock started 125 games and was a decent guard at the pro level.|
NFL | Jason Campbell plans to retire Mon Jun 15, 12:57 PM
Free-agent QB Jason Campbell (Bengals) plans to retire this offseason.
|Footballguys view: Apparently, Campbell had turned down offers from the Raiders and the Bengals this offseason. A first-round pick out of Auburn in 2005, Campbell seemed to always get bounced from coaching staff to coaching staff early in his career. He finishes his time in the NFL with a record of 32-47, 16,771 passing yards, 87 touchdowns and 60 interceptions.|
Jason Campbell player page
NFL | Michael Vick work ethic questioned? Mon Jun 15, 08:05 AM
Free-agent QB Michael Vick (Jets) has not drawn a lot of interest from teams mainly because of his work ethic with the New York Jets. Indications are Vick barely looked at the Jets playbook and yielded many of his reps to QB Matt Simms in practice.
|Footballguys view: Shocking, we know. Sarcasm aside, it was clear that Vick had checked out last season. It's no surprise that he's getting no interest on the open market in this quarterback desperate league. Vick's playing days might be done.|
Michael Vick player page
Matt Simms player page
NFL | Evan Mathis receiving interest Sat Jun 13, 10:06 AM
Free-agent OG Evan Mathis (Eagles) has received interest from at least six teams since he was released but may not make a quick decision on his next team, according to his agent.
|Footballguys view: With this much interest, Mathis won't sign for a bargain price. Some teams that could be interested (like the Rams or the Broncos) may not be able to pay the kind of price Mathis could command. He was going to make $6.5 million this year from the Eagles.|
NFL | James Jones thinks he can help several teams Fri Jun 12, 03:20 PM
Free-agent WR James Jones (Raiders) said he believes he would be a fit with the Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars and Seattle Seahawks.
|Footballguys view: The Jaguars would be a good fit because new OC Greg Olson worked with Jones last year in Oakland. No matter where Jones lands, we're not overly excited by his fantasy potential this year.|
James Jones player page
NFL | Knowshon Moreno expected to miss season Wed Jun 10, 08:55 PM
Free-agent RB Knowshon Moreno (Dolphins) is not expected to play during the 2015 season because his knee isn't right.
|Footballguys view: We've likely seen the last of Moreno in the NFL. He was a first-round pick for the Broncos in 2009, but he never played up to his potential as a pro. Moreno flashed here and there, but injuries were always preventing him from producing at his expected level.|
Knowshon Moreno player page
NFL | Greg Childs may have torn Achilles' tendon Wed Jun 3, 10:33 PM
Free-agent WR Greg Childs (Achilles', knees) appears to have torn an Achilles' tendon Wednesday, June 3. Childs was recovering from dual torn patella tendons while a member of the Minnesota Vikings.
|Footballguys view: Childs has an injury history that reads like Infinite Jest. The dude just can't stay healthy, and his playing days in the NFL are likely done. His story will always read "what might have been."|
Greg Childs player page
NFL | Ray McDonald arrested Thu May 28, 02:34 PM
Free-agent DE Ray McDonald (Bears) was arrested Wednesday, May 27, for the second time in three days, this time for violating terms of his restraining order. He was arrested Monday, May 25, for physical assault on a female.
|Footballguys view: McDonald claimed that he had no idea there was a restraining order and was never served. If his career wasn't already done, it is now.|
Ray McDonald player page
NFL | Michael Vick resigned to mentor role? Thu May 28, 01:09 PM
Free-agent QB Michael Vick (Jets) still wants to start in the NFL, but he feels his foremost role is as a mentor and capable backup.
|Footballguys view: Yeah, he said that last season and then wasn't all that good at it. Plus, he was completely unprepared for being thrust in as a starter. There's a word for a quarterback who wants to teach but not really play - it's called a coach. We're guessing teams continue to be reluctant to pay a guy player-type money to coach.|
Michael Vick player page
NFL | Ray Rice's record cleared Thu May 21, 10:55 AM
Free-agent RB Ray Rice (Ravens) had his legal record cleared of the domestic violence charge after finishing a pretrial diversion program as part of the conditions of his sentencing for the 2014 legal matter.
|Footballguys view: This might clear his legal record, but his public reputation remains heavily tarnished. Will teams add Rice and take the public relations hit? Rice was struggling a bit before all this happened, how much does he have left in the tank? At this time, Rice has an ADP of RB65 (13.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Ray Rice player page
NFL | Potental 2016 free-agent WR class stout Wed May 20, 12:28 PM
The upcoming group of potential free-agent wide receivers includes four of the positions most dominant players, including Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant, Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas, Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green and Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones, according to Spotrac.com. All four players are engaging in contract discussions on some level with their current teams.
|Footballguys view: This is making the assumption that Bryant and Thomas don't sign new long-term contract before the July 15th deadline for franchise-tagged players. We think both Green and Jones could get franchise tagged next offseason if they don't get extended some time before then.|
Dez Bryant player page
Demaryius Thomas player page
A.J. Green player page
Julio Jones player page
NFL | Santana Moss not ready to retire Fri May 15, 07:07 PM
Free-agent WR Santana Moss (Redskins) is not ready to hang up his cleats and retire this offseason. 'I'm a free agent right now, you know how they do us old guys,' Moss said. 'I'm going on my 15th year. Right now my agent is talking with some teams to see what's going to be my best scenario. Right now I'm just chilling, just enjoying life, and enjoying this off time.' The Washington Redskins are unlikely to re-sign him, though, after drafting two wide receivers late in this year's draft.Link to story
Santana Moss player page
NFL | Steven Jackson wants to play for winner Thu May 14, 10:51 PM
Free-agent RB Steven Jackson (Falcons) said he would like to keep playing but will only do so for a contender. 'I want to be part of a winning team because when I do hang up my cleats, I can see a lot of people holding that over my head when a lot of it was out of my control,' Jackson said.
|Footballguys view: Jackson's fantasy value dwindled last year, but if a high-powered offense like New England or high-powered running game like Dallas brings him in, he could have fantasy relevance for one more year.|
Steven Jackson player page
NFL | Michael Vick hopes to sign with a team Thu May 14, 01:43 PM
Free-agent QB Michael Vick (Jets) has been working out in Florida over the past few weeks and hopes to sign with a team at some point this offseason.
|Footballguys view: It's unlikely anyone really takes a shot with Vick, and at best he'll end up a backup. Given that he could barely scare up the effort to prep for a game here or there with the New York Jets.|
Michael Vick player page
NFL | Ahmad Bradshaw pleads no contest Mon May 11, 12:50 PM
Free-agent RB Ahmad Bradshaw (Colts) pleaded no contest and paid a fine to settle a misdemeanor count of marijuana possession in Ohio. He paid $351 in fines under the plea agreement, and his Ohio driving privileges were suspended for six months. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league will review Bradshaw's case 'under our policies.'
|Footballguys view: This isn't going to help Bradshaw latch on with a team. It's a young man's game, and teams found plenty of talented running backs in the draft. Bradshaw's season was cut short last year in Week 11 with a broken leg. On the open market, Bradshaw has drawn zero interest.|
Ahmad Bradshaw player page
NFL | Fred Davis reinstated Thu May 7, 12:18 PM
Free-agent TE Fred Davis (Redskins) was reinstated by the NFL Thursday, May 7, and is allowed to sign with any team.
|Footballguys view: Davis was initially suspended indefinitely in early 2014 for repeated violations of the league's substance abuse policy. We'd be shocked to see multiple teams lined up to sign him on the open market. Davis is now 29 years old, and it's been a few years since he was actually productive in the NFL.|
Fred Davis player page
NFL | Ed Reed to announce retirement Wed May 6, 08:43 PM
Free-agent SS Ed Reed will officially announce his retirement from the National Football LEague in a press conference Thursday, May 7.Link to story
Ed Reed player page
NFL | La'el Collins can't re-enter draft Sat May 2, 11:44 PM
Louisiana State OT La'el Collins was not drafted in the 2015 NFL Draft, and according to NFL rules, he cannot re-enter the 2016 NFL Draft. He could still sign with a team as an undrafted free agent.
|Footballguys view: Collins can sign as a free agent, but that limits the amount of money he could get in his first contract. He was considered a lock to be a first-round pick, and it wouldn't have been a shock to see him selected in the top 10. Collins now has to prove his innocence before working his way back to the football field.|
NFL | La'el Collins goes undrafted Sat May 2, 06:38 PM
LSU OT La'el Collins was not selected Saturday, May 2, as the 2015 NFL Draft came to a close. Collins had said he would not sign with a team if selected after Friday, May 1.
|Footballguys view: As expected, given the issues around him and his demands. However he cannot enter the NFL Draft in 2016 unless the NFL and NFLPA make some sort of special exception. Had he been drafted and then declined to sign (like Bo Jackson in 1986) he could have re-entered the draft next season. Now he has to sign with a team and hope he can make up his money with a second contract.|
NFL | La'el Collins wants to be drafted Friday Fri May 1, 05:43 PM
Louisiana State OT La'el Collins will not sign a contract with a team if he is not selected in the second or third round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Collins would re-enter the draft next year if he does not sign a contract.
|Footballguys view: While his situation sucks if he was not involved in the murder of his ex-girlfriend, he's really in no position to make demands. If he pulls this stunt, it will hurt his stock next year as well, book it.|
NFL | Some teams worried about Leonard Williams Thu Apr 30, 08:33 PM
Southern California DE Leonard Williams (shoulder) was red flagged by some teams leading up to the draft because of a labrum issue in his shoulder.
|Footballguys view: He dropped but ended up with the Jets in one of the fiercest defensive lines in the NFL. Clearly they aren't worried about his shoulders and with all the talent they have they are protected if he gets hurt.|
NFL | La'el Collins has request denied Thu Apr 30, 05:05 PM
Louisiana State OT La'el Collins' request to pull out of the 2015 NFL Draft has been denied. Collins is currently being questioned regarding the death of a pregnant woman. He had hoped to pull from the draft in order to clear his name and then enter the supplemental draft.
|Footballguys view: Collins will be available for the draft but he has been removed from many boards. While he is cooperating with police, no team will be able to get a clear idea of what is going on and we could see him go undrafted.|
NFL | La'el Collins looking to be removed from draft Thu Apr 30, 02:30 PM
Louisiana State OT La'el Collins' agent is looking to pull Collins out of the 2015 NFL Draft in order to give him time to clear his name, according to sources. Collins would try to enter the supplemental draft if he is cleared. Most teams are looking for a police report that completely clears him from any wrongdoing before considering taking him in the draft.
|Footballguys view: Collins is dealing with an investigation into the death of a former girlfriend and while he isn't a suspect, teams are worried and some have removed him from their boards. He is hoping he can get added to the supplemental draft, which might give him enough to time allay team's fears. Sadly this would cause a lot of issues for the NFL and it isn't likely to happen.|
NFL | Wes Welker cleared to play Thu Apr 30, 01:33 PM
Free-agent WR Wes Welker (Broncos) has been cleared to continue his playing career by one of the top concussion doctors. Welker said he did well in all of the tests during his visit with the doctor. Welker is working out in Florida and waiting to sign with a team.
|Footballguys view: He might be cleared to play but everyone will be a bit wary of his concussion history. Fantasy owners should be as well and steer clear if he does play somewhere.|
Wes Welker player page
NFL | Tom Crabtree retires Thu Apr 30, 12:42 PM
Free-agent TE Tom Crabtree (Saints) has announced his retirement from professional football.
|Footballguys view: Crabtree had a lot of potential but never fully fulfilled it. Hopefully he doesn't retire from Twitter, where he has provided some interesting insight when he hasn't been on the field.|
Tom Crabtree player page
NFL | Shane Ray still receiving first-round interest Thu Apr 30, 12:18 PM
Missouri DE/LB Shane Ray is still receiving interest from teams with a first-round draft choice despite his off-field issues.
|Footballguys view: Ray wasn't impaired and was cooperative with the police. He also came out quickly and admitted his mistake and talked about improving his decisions. That probably went a long way towards smoothing things over with teams. His foot is a concern, but otherwise he is too talented to drop far.|
NFL | Bryce Petty expected in Round 2 Wed Apr 29, 11:31 PM
Baylor QB Bryce Petty appears to be firmly entrenched as a pick in the early second-round mix, although it would not be surprising to see him go in the late first round, as teams would get a fifth-year option.
|Footballguys view: Petty might be the third-highest rated quarterback on draft boards. He's got arm talent, but taking snaps, reading defenses and making stick throws are things he'll have to work on as a pro. He's a project at quarterback, but with a fifth-year option teams would be more willing to take a chance on him in the late first.|
NFL | Differing opinions on Nelson Agholor Wed Apr 29, 11:25 PM
There are differing opinions on Southern California WR Nelson Agholor. One person who has spoken to several league executives said draftniks seem more enamored with Agholor than some teams do.
|Footballguys view: Agholor's production as a pro (especially early) will come down to how a team uses him. We think his best fit is as a slot receiver where he can get a clean release off the line and get open underneath.|
NFL | Hau'oli Kikaha's knee is a concern Wed Apr 29, 11:24 PM
University of Washington LB Hau'oli Kikaha (knee) is not on the draft board for several teams due to concerns about his knee. He has torn his anterior cruciate ligament twice.
|Footballguys view: The opinions on Kikaha are all over the place. He's a productive player who racked up nearly 30 sacks over the last two years. The injuries are a concern, and there are teams who will take him completely off their boards.|
NFL | Devin Smith comparable to DeSean Jackson? Wed Apr 29, 08:17 PM
Former Ohio State WR Devin Smith has drawn some comparisons to Washington Redskins WR DeSean Jackson ahead of the 2015 NFL Draft Thursday, April 30. "Smith might not be quite as fast as [DeSean] Jackson, but he's very fast," says Lance Zierlein of NFL.com. 'He has the ability to track the ball deep and consistently take the top off a defense is very reminiscent of Jackson."Link to story
NFL | La'el Collins not attending draft Wed Apr 29, 04:16 PM
Louisiana State OT La'el Collins will not be present for the NFL Draft as he is meeting with police in Louisiana in attempt to clear his name regarding the death of a pregnant woman. Collins is not believed to be a subject; he is simply wanted for questioning.
|Footballguys view: Collins is either going to clear his name and keep his draft stock intact, or plummet when questions can not be answered definitely. We're guessing he'll still go in the first round, but awaiting some word on what results from the investigation.|
NFL | Shane Ray likely to fall in draft Tue Apr 28, 10:08 AM
Missouri DE Shane Ray is projected to fall from a mid-first-round pick into the latter portions of the first round after he was arrested for marijuana possession. ESPN financial expert Darren Rovell said it could cost Ray as much as $2 million guaranteed.
|Footballguys view: Some team near the end of the first round is going to get a helluva pass-rusher. Ray was arrested for possession, but make sure to note that's all it was for. This is not a hot drug test similar to what Randy Gregory (Nebraska) got popped for at the scouting combine. Gregory could still be a top-10 pick, and Ray could still go in the first round as well.|
NFL | P.J. Williams' DUI case dismissed Mon Apr 27, 01:27 PM
Florida State CB P.J. Williams' driving under the influence case has been dismissed, according to his lawyer.
|Footballguys view: This dismissed DUI didn't hurt his draft stock as much as his poor 40-yard dash (4.57) at the scouting combine. Williams can play press-man or press-bail coverage, and he's a physical corner who does not back down from a challenge. He's likely to be an early to mid second-round pick.|
NFL | Jalen Collins had surgery Mon Apr 27, 12:45 PM
Louisiana State CB Jalen Collins (foot) recently had surgery to fix an incomplete Jones fracture in his foot, which kept him from taking part in his school's pro day in March.
|Footballguys view: In recent weeks, we've seen Collins' draft stock take a tumble..and this injury is a big reason why. His surgery was expected to keep him out only for roughly three weeks. Collins might be a second-round pick, but some team could take him higher based on his potential.|
NFL | Torrian Wilson works out for two teams Mon Apr 27, 02:33 AM
Central Florida OT Torrian Wilson had a private workout with the New England Patriots and took part in the local prospect day for the Miami Dolphins.
|Footballguys view: Wilson may be listed as a tackle, but he's likely to move inside to guard at the pro level. UCF moved him to guard for the 2014 season, and scouts believe that's his best fit. He should be a late-round or undrafted selection.|
NFL | Arik Armstead an underachiever? Sun Apr 26, 10:14 PM
Oregon DE Arik Armstead was called a first-round talent that plays like a fourth-round by an NFL scout, and the same scout doesn't expect Armstead to have big sack numbers in the NFL.
|Footballguys view: This should come as no surprise to anyone who watched Armstead in college where he had only four sacks in three years. His draft stock is largely based on projection. At 6'7" 290 pounds, Armstead has the length to get after the quarterback and the power to create pressure. If coached up better, Armstead could thrive as a rotational player.|
NFL | Jay Ajayi taken off some boards Sun Apr 26, 09:51 AM
Boise State RB Jay Ajayi (knee) has been taken off the draft board by some teams because of how their medical staff evaluated him, according to several executives. One scout said he is not sure if Ajayi will be able to hold up after receiving a lot of work in college.
|Footballguys view: Bad news for one of our favorite backs here. Ajayi an do it all. We like his ability to run between the tackles, but he also has the burst to create big plays on the outside. Ajayi is also a fine receiver out of the backfield. He's a full-time back for the NFL, and he could be a featured back who doesn't come off the field because of his three-down ability. We'll see if he goes off the board in the second round (where we have him graded), or if he falls further.|
NFL | Garrett Grayson climbing boards Sun Apr 26, 08:55 AM
Former Colorado State QB Garrett Grayson has been climbing draft boards and could be selected in the first or second round. Grayson has drawn some comparisons to Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr.
|Footballguys view: Grayson is our third favorite quarterback in this draft class. He uses his eyes regularly to manipulate the defense, and he goes through his progressions quickly. Grayson can make accurate throws on the move or under pressure. At Colorado State, Grayson ran a pro-style system and was allowed to change plays at the line of scrimmage. Unlike other college quarterbacks who come out of spread systems, Grayson is used to huddling, used to working from under center and has plenty of experience deciphering defenses instead of just throwing to spots. He should be a late second- or early third-round pick.|
NFL | Five teams looking at Chris Polk Sun Apr 26, 02:54 AM
Free-agent RB Chris Polk (Eagles) is drawing interest from five NFL teams, according to sources. The teams were not disclosed, except to say one of the teams is from the NFC East.
|Footballguys view: As long as he's healthy, Polk should be attracting plenty of interest. He's a tough runner inside, but he's a fantastic receiver out of the backfield too. It wouldn't be a shock to see Polk become an effective starter. He'll likely have to work his way up the depth chart no matter where he ends up.|
Chris Polk player page
NFL | Amari Cooper makes more visits Sat Apr 25, 03:14 PM
Alabama WR Amari Cooper has visited the Chicago Bears, Washington Redskins, New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in addition to his other pre-draft visits. Cooper has visited every team drafting in the top 10 except for the Oakland Raiders.
|Footballguys view: Any one of these teams would be thrilled to have Cooper on the team. Cooper is our favorite receiver in this draft class because of his insane route-running ability. He plays with the savvy of a 10-year veteran, plus he has the size and quickness to get open against any coverage.|