Fantasy Football News & Views
Packers | Aaron Jones wants to stay with Packers (Wed May 27, 04:20 PM) [jump to this story]
Jets | Le'Veon Bell looking forward to new OL (Wed May 27, 03:44 PM) [jump to this story]
Raiders | Derek Carr working out with teammates (Wed May 27, 03:32 PM) [jump to this story]
Texans | Will Fuller got it done when he was healthy Wed May 27, 09:21 PM
Houston Texans WR Will Fuller finished with 670 receiving yards in 2019 - the second-highest total for a player who played fewer than 12 games last season - although more than half of that total (357 yards) came in two of his 11 contests.Link to story
Will Fuller V player page
Giants | Golden Tate did a lot in little time Wed May 27, 09:11 PM
New York Giants WR Golden Tate produced 676 receiving yards in 2019 - the highest total for a player who played fewer than 12 games last season.Link to story
Golden Tate player page
NFL | Jadevon Clowney willing to wait Wed May 27, 08:53 PM
Free-agent DE Jadeveon Clowney (Seahawks) is in no rush to sign with a team at this point, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.Link to story
Jadeveon Clowney player page
Seahawks | No surgery for Duane Brown Wed May 27, 08:44 PM
Seattle Seahawks OT Duane Brown (biceps) said he did not need to undergo surgery on the biceps injury he dealt with during the 2019 season.Link to story
Redskins | Adrian Peterson will have a role Wed May 27, 07:54 PM
Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson will have a role in the offense this upcoming season, according to offensive coordinator Scott Turner.
|Footballguys view: Peterson will have the role of lead back if Derrius Guice cannot stay healthy again. If Guice is able to stay healthy, then Peterson gives the team some power as a part-time back who would work in short-yardage and goal-line situations.|
Adrian Peterson player page
Chargers | Chris Harris learning multiple positions Wed May 27, 07:34 PM
Los Angeles Chargers CB Chris Harris Jr. said he has been learning both the outside cornerback spot as well as the nickel back position during offseason meetings.Link to story
Chris Harris Jr player page
Browns | Baker Mayfield working on footwork Wed May 27, 07:31 PM
Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield said he has been working on a change to his footwork that offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt asked him to try out. He said he is getting more comfortable with the new footwork.
|Footballguys view: Mayfield had a disappointing sophomore season in 2019. The Browns have built a better offensive line around him and he's got upgraded weapons in the passing game. That should help him have a bounce-back season (along with improved footwork) in 2020.|
Baker Mayfield player page
Ravens | Lamar Jackson to work out with teammates Wed May 27, 06:43 PM
Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson is scheduled to work out with some of his teammates next week, according to WR Miles Boykin.
|Footballguys view: Jackson's going to keep his game sharp. He's developing as a passer and still the most dangerous runner in the league...at any position. Jackson has a current ADP of QB2 (2.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Lamar Jackson player page
Jets | Vyncint Smith may be top option to return kicks Wed May 27, 06:13 PM
New York Jets WR Vyncint Smith is considered the leading candidate for the team's kick returner job this upcoming season. He averaged 29.9 yards per return last season on 10 returns.
|Footballguys view: Smith has good straight-line speed, so putting him as the kick returner makes sense. With talent added to the WR room this offseason in free agency and the draft, special teams is Smith's best bet to make the final roster.|
Jets | Braxton Berrios expected to return punts Wed May 27, 06:09 PM
New York Jets WR Braxton Berrios is expected to be the team's punt returner this upcoming season. He averaged 11.4 yards per punt return last season, which ranked second in the NFL.
|Footballguys view: Berrios is a very quick player who can make defenders miss in a small space. He could get some limited looks as a slot receiver from time to time as well.|
Braxton Berrios player page
Jets | Braden Mann on track to make roster Wed May 27, 06:08 PM
New York Jets P Braden Mann likely will make the final roster since the team waived P Ian Berryman.Link to story
Titans | Two draft picks officially signed Wed May 27, 05:55 PM
Updating previous reports, Tennessee Titans fifth-round draft choice DT Larrell Murchison and seventh-round draft choice S Chris Jackson officially signed four-year contracts with the Titans Wednesday, May 27. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.Link to story
Dolphins | Raekwon McMillan may see limited time Wed May 27, 05:25 PM
Miami Dolphins LB Raekwon McMillan may only be on the field on running downs and would not be on the field if the team uses only two linebackers.Link to story
Raekwon McMillan player page
Dolphins | Two likely to compete for No. 3 DT job Wed May 27, 05:19 PM
Miami Dolphins DTs Raekwon Davis and Zach Sieler are expected to compete for the No. 3 defensive tackle job during training camp.Link to story
Browns | Jadeveon Clowney has offer from Cleveland Wed May 27, 04:47 PM
Free-agent DE Jadeveon Clowney (Seahawks) has received the most lucrative contract offer from the Cleveland Browns, but Clowney has not accepted the offer at this point, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
|Footballguys view: Reports indicate that Clowney has received multiple offers from the Browns, Seahawks and Titans but has yet to pick a new team. We'll see him sign somewhere before the start of training camp unless someone comes out with a larger offer before then.|
Jadeveon Clowney player page
Steelers | Diontae Johnson played with injury Wed May 27, 04:38 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (groin) said he played most of the 2019 season with a groin injury and had to undergo surgery in February to repair the injury. He has not received full clearance to train at this point but hopes to be cleared in a few days.
|Footballguys view: Johnson did a fantastic job as a rookie in 2019. His production was even more impressive considering he wasn't playing with QB Ben Roethlisberger past Week 2. Roethlisberger is back and that should boost the entire passing game, including Johnson as the no.2 receiver opposite of JuJu Smith-Schuster.|
Diontae Johnson player page
Colts | Parris Campbell healthy Wed May 27, 04:31 PM
Indianapolis Colts WR Parris Campbell said he has been running routes at full speed for the last two months and has recovered from all of the injuries he dealt with during the 2019 season.
|Footballguys view: Campbell had to deal with hand and foot injuries last year as a rookie and it limited his production. He played in only seven games as a result of those injuries. Healthy now, we're interested to see how quickly he can build chemistry with new starting QB Philip Rivers. Campbell has the burst and speed to make big plays anytime he touches the ball.|
Parris Campbell player page
Packers | Aaron Jones wants to stay with Packers Wed May 27, 04:20 PM
Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones said he wants to spend his entire career with the Packers. Jones' agent said the two sides have talked about a new contract and will continue to negotiate.
|Footballguys view: A fifth-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft, Jones is in the final year of his rookie contract. He's got a cap hit around $2.2 million in 2020. A new deal would likely make him one of the highest-paid running backs in the league. The Packers selected Boston College RB A.J. Dillon in the second round of the 2020 NFL draft and he's a big-bodied banger but not the all-purpose threat that Jones is.|
Aaron Jones player page
Titans | Chris Jackson agrees to terms Wed May 27, 04:19 PM
Tennessee Titans seventh-round draft choice S Chris Jackson agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Titans Wednesday, May 27. Financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
Jets | Quincy Enunwa hopes to play again Wed May 27, 04:12 PM
New York Jets WR Quincy Enunwa (neck) said he hopes to play in the NFL again, but it will be up to the doctors to decide if he will be cleared to play.Link to story
Quincy Enunwa player page
Jets | Le'Veon Bell looking forward to new OL Wed May 27, 03:44 PM
New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell said he is looking forward to playing behind the team's offensive line this upcoming season after they added several new linemen during the offseason, according to ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler.
|Footballguys view: Bell should have better blocking in 2020 with the revamped offensive line. That should help him be more productive as a runner and receiver out of the backfield. Reports indicate the Jets could reduce his workload slightly to keep him fresh. That means Fantasy GMs should concider Bell a low-end RB2 with upside. His current ADP is RB20 (3.11) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Le'Veon Bell player page
Bills | A.J. Epenesa expected to be backup Wed May 27, 03:41 PM
Buffalo Bills DE A.J. Epenesa likely will be a backup at defensive end this upcoming season, according to head coach Sean McDermott. McDermott said the team would also like to use Epenesa as a pass rusher at defensive tackle, but Epenesa may not have enough time to learn both positions in 2020.Link to story
Raiders | Derek Carr working out with teammates Wed May 27, 03:32 PM
Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr has been working out with some of his teammates at a Las Vegas Park, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal's Rochelle Richards. WR Zay Jones, WR Hunter Renfrow and TE Darren Waller are among the players working out with Carr.
|Footballguys view: Carr will have to compete for the starting job in training camp. The Raiders went out and added Marcus Mariota in free agency to compete for the top spot on the depth chart. Carr has chemistry with receivers who were on the team last year like the ones he's working out with, and that should give him an edge in the competition.|
Derek Carr player page
Saints | Anthony Chickillo to work at DE Wed May 27, 03:24 PM
New Orleans Saints LB Anthony Chickillo will be playing defensive end in the team's 4-3 defensive alignment.Link to story
Anthony Chickillo player page
Saints | James Hurst joins Saints Wed May 27, 03:07 PM
Free-agent OT James Hurst (Ravens) agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the New Orleans Saints Wednesday, May 27. Financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
Jets | Ian Berryman waived Wed May 27, 10:58 AM
New York Jets P Ian Berryman was waived Wednesday, May 27.Link to story
Chiefs | L'Jarius Sneed to play multiple roles Wed May 27, 10:07 AM
Updating previous reports, Kansas City Chiefs fourth-round pick CB L'Jarius Sneed, who was drafted as a safety, will play cornerback and on special teams. He ran a 4.38 40-yard dash, which was the quickest of the Chiefs' draft picks.Link to story
Jaguars | More on Josiah Scott's role Wed May 27, 09:17 AM
Updating a previous report, Jacksonville Jaguars fourth-round pick CB Josiah Scott said the team asked him to play nickel back and on special teams his rookie season.Link to story
Redskins | Kendall Fuller rattled QBs as a rusher Tue May 26, 11:50 PM
Washington Redskins CB Kendall Fuller hurried the quarterback on 28.6 9 percent of his pass rushes as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019 - the third-highest rate among cornerbacks with at least 20 pass rushes. Additionally, his pressure rate of 38.1 percent was also the third-highest mark among cornerbacks with at least 20 pass rushes.Link to story
Kendall Fuller player page
Jets | Brian Poole made QBs take notice Tue May 26, 11:33 PM
New York Jets CB Brian Poole hurried the quarterback on 33.3 percent of his pass rushes in 2019 - the third-highest rate among all defensive backs with at least 20 pass rushes. Additionally, his pressure rate of 40.7 percent was also the third-highest mark among all defensive backs with at least 20 pass rushes.Link to story
Brian Poole player page
Bengals | Vonn Bell brought the heat in 2019 Tue May 26, 11:18 PM
Cincinnati Bengals S Vonn Bell hurried the quarterback on 37.9 percent of his pass rushes as a member of the New Orleans Saints in 2019 - the highest rate among all defensive backs with at least 20 pass rushes. Additionally, his pressure rate of 41.4 percent was the second-highest mark among all defensive backs with at least 20 pass rushes.Link to story
Vonn Bell player page
Ravens | No shortage of pass rushes for Chuck Clark Tue May 26, 11:03 PM
Baltimore Ravens S Chuck Clark finished in a tie for first among defensive backs with 78 pass rushes in 2019. He also rushed the passer on 18.1 percent of his 432 passing snaps - the highest percentage by any defensive back in the league with at least 20 rush opportunities.Link to story
Chuck Clark player page
Steelers | Mike Hilton gets after the quarterback Tue May 26, 10:50 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers CB Mike Hilton ranked fifth among defensive backs with 50 pass rushes in 2019. His 50 pass rushes were the most of any NFL cornerback.Link to story
Mike Hilton player page
Jets | Jamal Adams no stranger to rushing the QB Tue May 26, 10:26 PM
New York Jets S Jamal Adams finished in a tie for first among defensive backs with 78 pass rushes in 2019. His sack percentage of 8.3 was also the best among defensive backs with more than 50 pass rushes.Link to story
Jamal Adams player page
Falcons | Throwing to Calvin Ridley pays off Tue May 26, 10:09 PM
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley hauled in 63 of 75 catchable targets and scored seven touchdowns in 2019. Additionally, Atlanta quarterbacks enjoyed a passer rating of 114.7 when throwing in his direction - the 11th-best passer rating for any receiver or tight end with at least 50 targets. The passer rating mark was lower than it was when Ridley was a rookie in 2018; he finished eighth among receivers and tight ends with at least 50 targets at 119.9.
|Footballguys view: If healthy, Ridley should be in line for over 100 targets in a season for the first time in his career. Ridley's touchdown rate is among the highest in the NFL over the past two seasons. His game makes him a flex-worthy player each week for Fantasy GMs in 2020.|
Calvin Ridley player page
Packers | Allen Lazard kind to his quarterback Tue May 26, 09:43 PM
Green Bay Packers WR Allen Lazard corralled 35 of his 43 catchable targets and scored three touchdowns in 2019, contributing to a passer rating of 115.6 when Aaron Rodgers threw in his direction. The passer rating mark ranked ninth in the league among receivers and tight ends with at least 50 targets.
|Footballguys view: The big-bodied former Iowa State receiver had a breakout season in 2019 with 35 catches for 477 yards and three touchdowns. He needs to be more consistent with his targets and his role within the offense to be more fantasy relevant. We'll see if he can win the no.2 job opposite of Davante Adams. He'll compete with free agent signing Devin Funchess and 2019 disappointment Marquez Valdes-Scantling for playing time.|
Redskins | QB uncertainty didn't affect Terry McLaurin Tue May 26, 09:33 PM
Washington Redskins WR Terry McLaurin hauled in 58 of 67 catchable targets and scored seven touchdowns as a rookie in 2019. Additionally, quarterbacks enjoyed a passer rating of 115.8 when throwing in his direction - the eighth-best passer rating for any receiver or tight end with at least 50 targets.
|Footballguys view: Washington had problems at the quarterback position last year but that didn't stop McLaurin from enjoying a fine rookie season. He was the lone bright spot in that passing game and we're excited to see what he can do for an encore this season. McLaurin already has chemistry with QB Dwayne Haskins, and the 2019 first-round pick should be the starting quarterback for Washington this year...if he can beat out Kyle Allen in camp. McLaurin is a WR2 with upside for Fantasy GMs.|
Terry McLaurin player page
Texans | Kenny Stills got it done with limited chances Tue May 26, 09:16 PM
Houston Texans WR Kenny Stills caught 40 of 45 catchable targets and scored four touchdowns in 2019. Additionally, quarterbacks enjoyed a passer rating of 124.1 when throwing in his direction - the fifth-best passer rating for any receiver or tight end with at least 50 targets.
|Footballguys view: Stills should have continued importance in the Texans passing game. It will be interesting to see how they look without superstar WR DeAndre Hopkins on the field. That could mean more targets for Stills in 2020 who could have deep flex appeal in 2020.|
Kenny Stills player page
Saints | QBs felt good throwing to Jared Cook Tue May 26, 08:58 PM
New Orleans Saints TE Jared Cook caught 43 of 52 catchable targets and scored a career-high nine touchdowns in 2019. Additionally, quarterbacks enjoyed a passer rating of 137.0 when throwing in his direction - the best passer rating for any receiver or tight end with at least 50 targets.
|Footballguys view: Throwing to Cook makes good things happen...especially in the Saints offense. He's always been athletically gifted but Cook flourished last year in his first season in New Orleans. He's a TE1 for Fantasy GMs and could end up as a top-5 player at his position in 2020.|
Jared Cook player page
Jets | Sam Darnold Needs Improvement Tue May 26, 08:30 PM
New York Jets QB Sam Darnold was accurate on 52 percent of his throws that traveled more than five yards downfield in 2019. Every other qualified quarterback was 57.1 percent accurate on similar throws.
|Footballguys view: Darnold needs to have more time to throw and he needs to be more accurate when he does. The Jets made moves in the draft (Denzel Mims) and free agency (Breshad Perriman) to boost the passing game. We'll see if further development and these new weapons help Darnold play better in 2020.|
Sam Darnold player page
Falcons | Julio Jones still a playmaking machine Tue May 26, 08:10 PM
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones has recorded 286 receptions that have resulted in first downs or touchdowns since 2016, according to Pro Football Focus. Jones trailed only Michael Thomas (299) for the most over that span.
|Footballguys view: Jones is still a dominant player, although Fantasy GMs do gripe that he doesn't score enough touchdowns. As the Falcons passing game continues to develop we'll still see Jones at the top of the charts.|
Julio Jones player page
Saints | Michael Thomas blazing an impressive trail Tue May 26, 08:04 PM
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas has recorded an NFL-best 299 receptions that resulted in first downs or touchdowns since entering the league in 2016, according to Pro Football Focus.
|Footballguys view: His Twitter handle says it all 'Can't Guard Mike' and that's the truth. Thomas has some help in the WR room this year as the team went out and added veteran Emmanuel Sanders in free agency. We'll see Thomas continue to dominate in 2020.|
Michael Thomas player page
Colts | Parris Campbell to play more in slot Tue May 26, 07:55 PM
Indianapolis Colts WR Parris Campbell will play more in the slot in 2020, according to head coach Frank Reich Tuesday, May 26. 'I'm super pumped about Parris and his upside,' Reich said.
|Footballguys view: Campbell was limited to just seven games as a rookie in 2019 and we're interested to see how he meshes with veteran QB Philip Rivers. He's got big-play ability with the speed and burst to score from anywhere on the field. If healthy, Campbell could be worth a 'what the heck' flex in certain matchups.|
Parris Campbell player page
Jaguars | Offense to be tailored to Gardner Minshew Tue May 26, 07:33 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew will have the offense tailored to him in 2020, according to offensive coordinator Jay Gruden. 'It's my job to make it mesh, to take on the personality of our quarterback - and for him to understand what we're trying to get accomplished on play-to-play, game-to-game, week-to-week basis is going to be critical,' Gruden said. ... 'Now, it's just a matter of him getting some general knowledge of our offense and me figuring out what he likes, what he doesn't like - what makes him tick - and go from there.'
|Footballguys view: The Jaguars have to do what they can to get the best out of Minshew. They brought in Mike Glennon, but he's not real threat to the starting position. The dirty secret in the NFL is that it's all about fit. Gruden is a seasoned coach who knows that and will work to get the best out of his young quarterback.|
Gardner Minshew player page
NFL | Josh Johnson waiting on NFL to call Tue May 26, 07:13 PM
Free-agent QB Josh Johnson (XFL) wants to return to the NFL for the 2020 season and is patiently waiting for his chance. 'I think about it every day,' said Johnson. 'I'm waiting for the opportunity call from the NFL. ... One thing I've learned in the NFL, trying to stick around (requires) patience. You never know when an opportunity is going to come. So I just have to stay ready, and don't let nothing bring it down because I might get the call at Week 1 or I might get the call at Week 16.' Johnson played for 13 NFL teams across 12 seasons before joining the LA Wildcats of the now-bankrupt XFL.
|Footballguys view: Johnson has played for around half the teams in the league. They've seen what he can do and certainly have his number. He could latch on with a new team sometime around training camp or the start of the regular season.|
Josh Johnson player page
Seahawks | Carlos Hyde to complement Chris Carson Tue May 26, 06:59 PM
Seattle Seahawks RB Carlos Hyde is expected to complement RB Chris Carson with early-down work in 2020, according to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.
|Footballguys view: That sounds about right. The Seahawks needed someone to back up Carson with former first-round pick Rashaad Penny expected to be placed on the PUP list to begin the regular season. Hyde is coming off a 1,000-yard season with the Texans in 2019 and has a running style similar to that of Carson.|
Carlos Hyde player page
Texans | Duke Johnson to benefit from full offseason Tue May 26, 06:27 PM
Houston Texans RB Duke Johnson will gain a better understanding of the offense during his first full offseason with the team, according to offensive coordinator Tim Kelly. 'A lot of this stuff that we're covering right now, it's the first time (Johnson and David Johnson) really being able to kind of hear it in-depth and it's really, really good.'
|Footballguys view: Johnson can be utilized as a runner and receiver out of the backfield. He'll be a change-of-pace back behind starter and lead back David Johnson. Duke Johnson has some deep flex appeal in PPR leagues because of his ability as a receiving back.|
Duke Johnson Jr player page
Jets | Joe Flacco expects to miss first few weeks Tue May 26, 05:59 PM
New York Jets QB Joe Flacco (neck) said Tuesday, May 26, on SiriusXM NFL Radio he won't be ready for the season opener following offseason surgery. 'I can't speak to exactly when I'm going to be ready, but it will not be Day 1,' Flacco said. Rich Cimini of ESPN expects Flacco to debut for the Jets in mid-September.
|Footballguys view: The Jets picked up Flacco as veteran insurance behind Sam Darnold. He won't be ready for the start of the regular season but may avoid the PUP list. Flacco did not impress last year with the Broncos, so don't expect much if he's pressed into duty with the Jets.|
Joe Flacco player page
Saints | Noah Spence has torn ACL Tue May 26, 05:33 PM
Updating a previous story, New Orleans Saints DE Noah Spence (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list Tuesday, May 26, due to a torn ACL suffered while preparing for training camp.Link to story
Saints | Noah Spence placed on NFI list Tue May 26, 05:26 PM
New Orleans Saints DE Noah Spence was placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list Tuesday, May 26.Link to story