Fantasy Football News & Views
Lions | Kerryon Johnson done in Detroit Wed May 5, 07:53 PM
Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson was waived Wednesday, May 5, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Things change pretty quickly around here. A second-round pick in the 2018 NFL draft, Johnson struggled to stay healthy and impress with the Lions. He fell to the no.3 back last year and now gets a chance at a fresh start. The Lions move forward with D'Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams as their top two backs.|
Kerryon Johnson player page
Titans | Brian Hill joining Tennessee Wed May 5, 07:14 PM
Free-agent RB Brian Hill (Falcons) signed with the Tennessee Titans Wednesday, May 5, according to his agents. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.Link to story
Brian Hill player page
Patriots | Sony Michel's roster spot in danger? Wed May 5, 01:06 PM
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel could potentially lose his roster spot to fourth-round rookie Rhamondre Stevenson because the latter is more likely to be a factor on special teams, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.
|Footballguys view: The Patriots have a jam-packed backfield with Damien Harris, James White and Michel already on the roster. Michel, a first-round pick in 2018, saw his numbers go down in 2020 as he only appeared in eight games. He's got to stay healthy and impress if he wants to secure his spot on the 53-man roster. It sounds outlandish to hear that his roster spot may be in jeopardy but things change quickly around here and anything can happen.|
Sony Michel player page
Saints | New Orleans adding Stevie Scott Tue May 4, 04:38 PM
Undrafted free-agent RB Stevie Scott (Indiana) reportedly agreed to terms with the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, May 2.
|Footballguys view: Scott is a big-bodied running back with an nose for the end zone (30 rushing touchdowns in three seasons). He's a grinder who won't break off big runs but he is intent between the tackles.|
Bears | Chicago lands CJ Marable Tue May 4, 03:11 PM
Undrafted free-agent RB CJ Marable (Coastal Carolina) reportedly agreed to terms with the Chicago Bears on Sunday, May 2.
|Footballguys view: Marable is a compact runner who can make big plays in open space. He's more than a scatback, but he does have that type of skill set with quickness and agility in the backfield. Marable can also make plays as a receiver out of the backfield. He's an intriguing prospect for Fantasy GMs in crazy deep dynasty formats.|
Ravens | Nate McCrary signs with Ravens Tue May 4, 12:34 PM
Undrafted free-agent RB Nate McCrary (Saginaw Valley State) signed an undisclosed deal with the Baltimore Ravens.
|Footballguys view: McCrary is a track athlete who can make big plays happen. He scored 28 touchdowns in 33 games for SVSU and has good size at 225 pounds. In super crazy deep dynasty formats we'll see if he can latch on with the Ravens.|
Cowboys | Dallas signs several UDFAs Tue May 4, 01:07 AM
The Dallas Cowboys signed undrafted free agents RB JaQuan Hardy (Tiffin), WR Osirus Mitchell (Mississippi State), TE Artayvious Lynn (TCU), OL Braylon Jones (Houston), DL Austin Faoliu (Oregon) and LB Anthony Hines (Texas A&M) on Sunday, May 2.
|Footballguys view: Lynn is a big-bodied blocker who tested well at TCU's pro day. He could perhaps be asked to do more as a receiver than he was in college (22 career receptions, 2 touchdowns). Hardy was a productive back for Tiffin in 2019, showcasing a nose for the end zone and good play speed with little wasted motion as a runner.|
Raiders | Las Vegas adds eight UDFAs Tue May 4, 12:44 AM
The Las Vegas Raiders signed undrafted free agents RBs Trey Ragas (Louisiana-Lafayette) and Garrett Groshek (Wisconsin), WR Dillon Stoner (Oklahoma State), TE Matt Bushman (BYU), OT Devery Hamilton (Duke), DT Darius Stills (West Virginia), LB Max Richardson (Boston College) and DB TJ Morrison (Stony Brook) on Sunday, May 2.
|Footballguys view: Groshek originally went to Madison as a quarterback but converted to running back. He'll try to latch on with the Raiders as a power player. Ragas was a football legend in the state of Louisiana. He has a nose for the end zone and runs with natural instincts and vision. Ragas is a player we'll monitor in crazy deep dynasty formats.|
Colts | Marlon Mack in good shape to begin season Mon May 3, 10:06 PM
Indianapolis Colts RB Marlon Mack (Achilles) is 'ready to go' from the torn Achilles tendon he suffered in Week 1 of the 2020 season, according to general manager Chris Ballard.
|Footballguys view: Achilles' injuries are no longer as serious as they used to be. Recovery from that injury is better developed than in the past, and it sounds like Mack will be good to go for the season opener. We'll likely see him eased into action when training camp begins with an eye on him being available for Week 1.|
Marlon Mack player page
Broncos | Jeremy Cox gets the boot Mon May 3, 07:16 PM
Denver Broncos RB Jeremy Cox was released Monday, May 3.Link to story
Lions | Detroit agrees to terms with 11 UDFAs Mon May 3, 05:40 PM
Undrafted free-agent S D'Angelo Amos (Virginia), LB Tavante Beckett (Marshall), RB Rakeem Boyd (Arkansas), TE Jake Hausmann (Ohio State), C Drake Jackson (Kentucky), CB Jerry Jacobs (Arkansas), OG Tommy Kraemer (Notre Dame), WR Javon McKinley (Notre Dame), RB Dedrick Mills (Nebraska), CB AJ Parker (Kansas State) and TE Brock Wright (Notre Dame) agreed to terms with the Detroit Lions Monday, May 3. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.Link to story
Falcons | Atlanta adds 18 UDFAs Mon May 3, 01:44 PM
Undrafted free-agent OT Jack Batho IV (South Dakota School of Mines), DT Zac Dawe (Brigham Young), LB Dorian Etheridge (Louisville), OG Bryce Hargrove (Pittsburgh), RB Caleb Huntley (Ball State), LB Eli Howard (Texas Tech), S Dwayne Johnson (San Diego State), LB Kobe Jones (Mississippi State), CB Marcus Murphy (Mississippi State), OG Ryan Neuzil (Appalachian State), WR Antonio Nunn (Buffalo), S JR Pace (Northwestern), LB Alani Pututau (Adams State), TE John Raine (Northwestern), OG Joe Sculthorpe (North Carolina State), OT Keion Smith (Fayetteville State), LB Erroll Thompson (Mississippi State) and WR Austin Trammell (Rice) agreed to terms with the Atlanta Falcons Monday, May 3. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Huntley is an interesting running back to monitor. He's a strong runner with a low center of gravity and plenty of leg drive. Huntley wasn't proven as a receiver out of the backfield but he gives great effort anytime he touches the ball. The Falcons need running back help and Huntley could work his way onto the 53-man roster but as a priority free agent he's more likely to land on the practice squad.|
Marcus Murphy player page
Colts | Paul Perkins released Mon May 3, 11:09 AM
Indianapolis Colts RB Paul Perkins was released Monday, May 3.
|Footballguys view: Perkins was on the Colts practice squad in 2020 and didn't see any playing time. Some team in need of veteran experience will consider picking up the veteran three-down back.|
Paul Perkins player page
Seahawks | Rashaad Penny's option declined Mon May 3, 09:27 AM
Seattle Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny's fifth-year option was declined Monday, May 3.
|Footballguys view: Penny was overdrafted in the first round a few years ago and he's done little to prove that he can be the lead back some thought he could be coming out of San Diego state. Injuries have been his biggest problem in the NFL. He's got one more year left to prove himself with Seattle, working once again behind Chris Carson.|
Rashaad Penny player page
Jaguars | Travis Etienne may be third down back Sun May 2, 05:00 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Travis Etienne may initially be used as a third-down back but could also line up in the slot or as an outside receiver.
|Footballguys view: The pick of Etienne is interesting because the team already has James Robinson as their lead back. When you think of Etienne's big play ability and versatility then things make more sense. They could use Etienne as a slot receiver, wide receiver or running back. It would make a lot of sense for head coach Urban Meyer to utilize Etienne in a number of different ways.|
Saints | New Orleans adds 11 college FAs Sun May 2, 03:36 PM
Undrafted free-agent CB Bryce Thompson (Tennessee), CB Trill Williams (Syracuse), CB Lawrence Woods (Truman State), S Eric Burrell (Wisconsin), DT Josiah Bronson (Washington), LB Shaq Smith (Maryland), OG Mike Brown (West Virginia), OT Alex Hoffman (Carroll), P Nolan Cooney (Syracuse), RB Stevie Scott III (Indiana) and TE Dylan Soehner (Iowa State) agreed to terms with the New Orleans Saints Sunday, May 2. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.Link to story
Dolphins | Myles Gaskin on track to start Sun May 2, 12:31 PM
Miami Dolphins RB Myles Gaskin is the leading candidate to start at running back for the Dolphins in 2021 since the team did not select a running back early in the draft.
|Footballguys view: The Dolphins had three running backs in mind for the 2021 NFL draft. When Najee Harris, Travis Etienne and Javonte Williams were all plucked off the board they decided to go in a different direction. Gaskin is a good receiver out of the backfield but didn't do much as a runner in 2020. We'll see with a leading role if that leads to better production. He was the no.27 fantasy running back last year in standard scoring leagues. His current ADP is RB24 (4.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Myles Gaskin player page
Seahawks | Josh Johnson heading to Seattle Sat May 1, 09:44 PM
Undrafted free-agent RB Josh X. Johnson (Louisiana-Monroe) agreed to terms with the Seattle Seahawks Saturday, May 1.
|Footballguys view: Johnson is your typical compact runner who has a low center of gravity and is tough to bring down with arm tackles. He's got ability as a receiver and is known for jump cutting his way to daylight. We'll monitor him in super deep dynasty formats.|
Vikings | Minnesota adds A.J. Rose Sat May 1, 09:19 PM
Undrafted free-agent RB A.J. Rose (Kentucky) announced that he agreed to terms with the Minnesota Vikings Saturday, May 1.
|Footballguys view: Rose is a receiving back who can take advantage of holes as a runner with good burst to and through the line of scrimmage. He is not a tackle breaker but had no drops as a receiver over the last two seasons and put good film out there in terms of pass protection.|
Browns | Cleveland to sign Tre Harbison Sat May 1, 08:41 PM
Undrafted free-agent RB Tre Harbison III (Charlotte) agreed to terms with the Cleveland Browns Saturday, May 1. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Link to story
Colts | Deon Jackson joining Colts Sat May 1, 08:38 PM
Undrafted free-agent RB Deon Jackson (Duke) agreed to terms with the Indianapolis Colts Saturday, May 1, according to a source. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Jackson is a big back (220 pounds) with athleticism and power. He is more quick than fast but does a good job staying patient as a runner. Jackson had 14 fumbles over the last three seasons and needs to improve in pass protection if he wants to make it in the NFL.|
Football Team | Washington to sign Jaret Patterson Sat May 1, 07:40 PM
Undrafted free-agent RB Jaret Patterson (Buffalo) agreed to terms with the Washington Football Team Saturday, May 1, according to a source. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Patterson is a big play waiting to happen with a nose for the end zone (53 touchdowns in three seasons). He has great feet and doesn't stop them when contacted by a defender. Patterson is hard-charging as a runner but was not used much as a receiver (zero receptions in 2020) in college. Keep an eye on him in super deep dynasty leagues.|
Seahawks | Seattle adding BJ Emmons Sat May 1, 07:39 PM
Undrafted free-agent RB BJ Emmons (Florida Atlantic) agreed to terms with the Seattle Seahawks Saturday, May 1, according to a source. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Link to story
Raiders | Garrett Groshek agrees with Vegas Sat May 1, 07:22 PM
Undrafted free-agent RB Garrett Groshek (Wisconsin) agreed to terms with the Las Vegas Raiders Saturday, May 1, according to a source. Financial terms weren't disclosed.Link to story
Bengals | Pooka Williams agrees to terms Sat May 1, 07:13 PM
Undrafted free-agent RB Pooka Williams (Kansas) agreed to terms with the Cincinnati Bengals Saturday, May 1, according to a source. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Link to story
Falcons | Javian Hawkins plans to sign with Atlanta Sat May 1, 07:06 PM
Undrafted free-agent RB Javian Hawkins (Louisville) agreed to terms with the Atlanta Falcons Saturday, May 1, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Hawkins is a gap runner with good burst to and through the hole. He's a smaller back (185 pounds) and won't push the pile, but he's not timid about running between the tackles.|
Cowboys | Dallas adding Brenden Knox Sat May 1, 06:59 PM
Undrafted free-agent RB Brenden Knox (Marshall) agreed to terms with the Dallas Cowboys Saturday, May 1.
|Footballguys view: Knox is a slasher who loves to make quick-cutting moves as a runner - sometimes to a fault. He loves to dance but can make defenders look silly. Facing more disciplined players in the NFL, Knox is going to have to dance a little less. He provides value as a receiver out of the backfield, so Knox can play on all three downs. Keep an eye on him in super deep dynasty formats.|
Bengals | Joe Mixon set for three-down role Sat May 1, 05:00 PM
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon is set for a big workload in 2021, according to offensive coordinator Brian Callahan Saturday, May 1. 'I don't want Joe (Mixon) to leave the field, and I think he's up for that challenge.'
|Footballguys view: The Bengals did not make running back a priority in the 2021 NFL draft, so the backfield is Mixon, Mixon and more Mixon. With his large role being necessary to help out his young quarterback, Mixon is a RB2 with RB1 upside for Fantasy GMs this season. Mixon has a current ADP of RB17 (3.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Joe Mixon player page
Bengals | Chris Evans gets shot with Cincinnati Sat May 1, 04:32 PM
Michigan RB Chris Evans was selected in the sixth round (202nd pick) of the 2021 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals Saturday, May 1.
|Footballguys view: Evans is a hard-charging runner who can live between the tackles. He works hard and will work on special teams. Evans wasn't used much in college but profiles as a player who can make a roster as a reserve player.|
49ers | Eli Mitchell lands with San Francisco Sat May 1, 04:20 PM
Louisiana RB Eli Mitchell was selected in the sixth round (194th pick) of the 2021 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers Saturday, May 1.
|Footballguys view: The 49ers added Trey Sermon (Ohio State) earlier in the draft and now continue to revamp the room with Mitchell. He's got good footwork and can make lateral movements with ease. Mitchell bursts to and through the hole quickly and has subtle moves in the open field. He's not a power player despite his size and needs to improve his pass protection ability.|
Giants | Gary Brightwell scooped by Big Blue Sat May 1, 04:14 PM
Arizona RB Gary Brightwell was selected in the sixth round (196th pick) of the 2021 NFL Draft by the New York Giants Saturday, May 1.
|Footballguys view: Brightwell is a slashing running back who takes one step to get to top speed. He went to Arizona as a slot receiver but switched to running back after one season. Fumbles are a problem with him and he doesn't gain much after contact.|
Vikings | Kene Nwangwu selected 4th round Sat May 1, 02:11 PM
Iowa State RB Kene Nwangwu on Saturday, May 1, was selected in the fourth round (119th overall pick) by the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Nwangwu is a track star on the football field with explosive tendencies. His frame is maxed out at 210 pounds and he battled through injuries in college. Nwangwu is not a proven receiver out of the backfield but can work as a return man in the NFL.|
Panthers | Chuba Hubbard lands in Carolina Sat May 1, 01:18 PM
Oklahoma State RB Chuba Hubbard on Saturday, May 1, was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the fourth round (126th overall pick) of the NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Hubbard was an exciting college football running back. He's a hard-charging back who can stick his foot in the ground and bounce. Hubbard can make defenders look silly in the open field with his moves and is creative when stacking moves. He's struggled with fumbles (7) over the last two years and was banged up in 2020. Hubbard will work to establish himself as a trusted reserve behind Christian McCaffrey.|
Patriots | Pats draft RB Rhamondre Stevenson Sat May 1, 01:07 PM
University of Oklahoma RB Rhamondre Stevenson on Saturday, May 1, was selected by the New England Patriots in the fourth round (120th overall pick) of the NFL draft.
|Footballguys view: Stevenson is a big-bodied back who can run through arm tackles in the open field. He should thrive between the tackles but he runs a bit too upright for that. Stevenson has the running style of a smaller back and needs to embrace his natural size as a runner.|
Jets | Jets draft Michael Carter Sat May 1, 12:13 PM
North Carolina RB Michael Carter was selected by the New York Jets on Saturday, May 1, in the fourth round (107th overall pick) of the NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Carter is a big-play back who can attack a defense with speed. He is a sharp runner who can cut on a dime and work as a runner or receiver out of the backfield. Carter struggles in pass protection and will need to improve in that department if he wants to earn a larger role.|
49ers | Trey Sermon going to San Francisco Fri Apr 30, 10:58 PM
Ohio State RB Trey Sermon was selected by the San Francisco 49ers with the 88th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Sermon is a Matt Waldman favorite, and he's with the 49ers...a combination that makes him a must-add for Fantasy GMs in dynasty formats. He's a well-built back who makes decisive moves with the ball in his hand. Sermon was not utilized as a receiver out of the backfield much, so he'll have to prove that to the 49ers if he wants to earn a larger role.|
Broncos | Denver adds Javonte Williams Fri Apr 30, 07:26 PM
North Carolina RB Javonte Williams was selected by the Denver Broncos with the 35th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Williams is a powerful back who runs with natural violence and instinct for the position. He'll work in tandem with Melvin Gordon, but Williams could take over in the backfield because he's an upgrade over the veteran. Fantasy GMs should love Williams if he gets the lion's share of the workload.|
Chiefs | Kansas City adds Jerick McKinnon Fri Apr 30, 04:22 PM
Free-agent RB Jerick McKinnon (49ers) agreed to terms with the Kansas City Chiefs Friday, April 30, according to NFL Network's Peter Schrager. Terms of the contact were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: McKinnon is a threat to score from anywhere on the field. He's battled with knee injuries during the last few years and is no lock to make the 53-man roster.|
Jerick McKinnon player page
Jaguars | Jags land Travis Etienne Thu Apr 29, 11:17 PM
Clemson RB Travis Etienne was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the 25th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Etienne brings a big-play element to the Jaguars backfield. He joins college teammate Trevor Lawrence in the new look offense. Etienne's addition is bad news for James Robinson. Even though Etienne can be used as a slot receiver and receiving back, it does take touches and targets away from Robinson this season.|
Steelers | Pittsburgh drafts Najee Harris Thu Apr 29, 11:11 PM
Alabama RB Najee Harris was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 24th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: The Steelers needed running back help as James Conner moved on in free agency. Harris is a big-bodied back but he's more of a three-down back and less of a power back, despite weighing 230 pounds. He'll step into the starting role and lead back for the Steelers, which means he's got RB2 fantasy value.|
Giants | Saquon Barkley has option picked up Wed Apr 28, 05:50 PM
New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley had his fifth-year option picked up Wednesday, April 28, according to a source. He'll cost the team a fully-guaranteed $7.217 million against the salary cap in 2022.Link to story
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Giants | No setbacks yet for Saquon Barkley Wed Apr 28, 01:14 PM
New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley (knee) remains on track to be ready for the start of the 2021 season, according to sources, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.
|Footballguys view: Great news for the young back here. Barkley can still be one of the best in the game, and the Giants are counting on him to be the player he used to be. Fantasy GMs are taking Barkley at RB3 (1.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Saquon Barkley player page
Steelers | Pittsburgh intrigued by Trey Sermon Tue Apr 27, 03:54 PM
Ohio State RB Trey Sermon has convinced some in the Pittsburgh Steelers' organization that his playing style is similar to a young Le'Veon Bell, according to Pro Football Network's Tony Pauline.
|Footballguys view: There are a lot of mocks where the Steelers select a back in the first round. If they wait until Day 2 a guy like Sermon would make a lot of sense. Sermon can do it all as a running back and is a favorite of Matt Waldman. No matter where Sermon lands, we will be monitoring him from a fantasy football perspective.|
Steelers | Najee Harris destined for Pittsburgh? Tue Apr 27, 03:07 PM
Alabama RB Najee Harris is a 'perfect' fit for the Pittsburgh Steelers and a player multiple teams believe the Steelers will draft in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.
|Footballguys view: If the Steelers go with a running back in the first round then Harris could be that guy. He's a big back and doesn't rip off big plays but he's not the power player that some assume he is. Instead, he's more Josh Jacobs in terms of the way he plays and can also be used effectively as a receiver out of the backfield.|
Seahawks | D'Onta Foreman to work out Mon Apr 26, 04:30 PM
Free-agent RB D'Onta Foreman (Titans) is scheduled to work out for the Seattle Seahawks.
|Footballguys view: Foreman is a big bodied back who can grind down an opponent. The Seahawks are just updating their emergency list here as both Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny have been known to get banged up. Expect them to address the position at some point in the draft as well.|
D'Onta Foreman player page
NFL | Mid-sized chunk gains the norm for Najee Harris Sun Apr 25, 10:45 PM
Alabama RB Najee Harris rushed for at least 10 yards an FBS-best 93 times over the final two seasons of his college career - 15 more such runs over that span than any other player in college football - according to Pro Football Focus.Link to story
NFL | Najee Harris an elusive back Sat Apr 24, 10:34 PM
Alabama RB Najee Harris forced 100 missed tackles in 2020, giving him 21 more than any other player in college football.
|Footballguys view: Forcing missed tackles is different than breaking tackles, because last year's leader was Javonte Williams (North Carolina) with 75. Harris is a big back but he's more elusive than one would think for a man his size. He should go off the board in the first round of the 2021 NFL draft.|
Dolphins | Miami talks with top RB prospects Sat Apr 24, 04:25 PM
Alabama RB Najee Harris, Clemson RB Travis Etienne and North Carolina RB Javonte Williams have had multiple virtual meetings with the Miami Dolphins during the pre-draft process, according to sources.Link to story
Rams | Darrell Henderson to play second fiddle? Fri Apr 23, 10:02 PM
Los Angeles Rams RB Darrell Henderson will have a 'complementary' role in the backfield behind RB Cam Akers this season, according to Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic.
|Footballguys view: Akers should be a RB2 with upside for Fantasy GMs in 2021. Henderson is a high-value handcuff who can get some part-time work as a runner and receiver out of the backfield. Akers has a current ADP of RB15 (2.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Darrell Henderson player page
Bills | Travis Etienne an ideal fit in Buffalo Thu Apr 22, 01:30 PM
Clemson RB and 2021 NFL Draft prospect Travis Etienne would be an ideal first-round choice for the Buffalo Bills with the No. 30 overall pick, according to ESPN beat reporter Marcel Louis-Jacques. Etienne is a 'perfect fit' Louis-Jacques writes. 'Though it's difficult to argue the value of a running back versus a cornerback or defensive end at pick No. 30, a back could provide a more immediate impact for a team ready to win now,' he adds.
|Footballguys view: Etienne has speed, speed and more speed to his game. He could mix into the RBBC with the Bills with guys like Zack Moss and Devin Singletary. In fact, Etienne has a similar game to former Bills running back (former Clemson back too) C.J. Spiller.|