Fantasy Football News & Views
Vikings | Dalvin Cook a red zone monster in 2020 Mon Mar 1, 08:00 PM
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook ran for 13 of his 16 rushing touchdowns inside the red zone in 2020 - the second-highest total in the league - according to Pro Football Focus.Link to story
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Saints | Alvin Kamara got it done in the red zone Mon Mar 1, 07:49 PM
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara scored a league-high 16 rushing touchdowns inside the red zone in 2020, according to Pro Football Focus.Link to story
Alvin Kamara player page
Eagles | Three Eagles ERFAs tendered Mon Mar 1, 12:37 PM
Philadelphia Eagles LB Alex Singleton, WR Greg Ward Jr. and RB Boston Scott were tendered as exclusive-rights free agents Monday, March 1. As such, they can only negotiate with the Eagles.Link to story
Boston Scott player page
Saints | Alvin Kamara picks up chunks in passing game Sun Feb 28, 11:27 PM
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara has tallied 58 catches of at least 15 yards since entering the league in 2017 - the most by any running back over that span - according to Pro Football Focus.
|Footballguys view: Kamara is dangerous in space, something the Saints do a really good job of highlighting in their offense. Who knows how the QB situation will work out this offseason, but we do know that Kamara will continue on as a great threat for the Saints offense.|
Alvin Kamara player page
Seahawks | Chris Carson still improving Sun Feb 28, 08:50 PM
Seattle Seahawks impending free-agent RB Chris Carson averaged a career-high 4.8 yards per carry and a career-best 3.1 receptions per game in 2020.
|Footballguys view: The word is Seattle may be moving on from Carson. Injuries are a concern but he should be able to generate a healthy market for his services.|
Chris Carson player page
Patriots | James White's numbers plummeted Sun Feb 28, 08:20 PM
New England Patriots impending free-agent RB James White's 375 receiving yards in 2020 were the fewest since his rookie season when he appeared in three games, and his 49 receptions and 62 targets were his lowest totals since 2014.
|Footballguys view: We'll see if White moves on to the Buccaneers in free agency. It would make sense given how much QB Tom Brady loved throwing to him and respected him as a teammate.|
James White player page
Colts | Nyheim Hines targeted a ton Sat Feb 27, 11:58 AM
Indianapolis Colts RB Nyheim Hines was third among running backs in the league with 77 targets in 2020.
|Footballguys view: Good! Hines needs to be targeted that much or more going forward. The Colts have Jonathan Taylor as a lead back and Hines can work as a change-of-pace back behind him. Fantasy GMs in PPR leagues know how valuable a player like Hines can be given his role.|
Nyheim Hines player page
Rams | Cam Akers struggled with efficiency Fri Feb 26, 10:40 PM
Los Angeles Rams RB Cam Akers ranked 11th in rushing yards over the final five weeks of the season, but his 4.0 yards per carry in that stretch were the fewest among players ranked in the top 20 in rushing.
|Footballguys view: That number, 4.0 yards per carry, shows how teams were drilling down on the Rams rushing attack. It's not a terrible number, but it is lower than Akers had earlier in the season. He should benefit from the arrival of veteran QB Matthew Stafford. The new QB should take a lot of pressure off the ground game.|
Texans | David Johnson may return Fri Feb 26, 07:02 PM
Houston Texans RB David Johnson could return to the team next season if he is willing to restructure his contract, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: Expect a lot of changes with the Texans this offseason, but Johnson could stay if the price is fixed. Johnson is currently scheduled to count $8.512 million against the salary cap in 2021, and the team would save $6.9 million if they cut him at this point.|
David Johnson player page
Texans | Duke Johnson released Fri Feb 26, 12:49 PM
Houston Texans RB Duke Johnson on Friday, Feb. 26, was released by the team.
|Footballguys view: The move saves the Texans around $5 million in cap space as they are in full rebuild mode. Johnson is a seasoned veteran back who should find a home with a team in need of a change-of-pace back.|
Duke Johnson Jr player page
NFL | Javonte Williams an explosive back Thu Feb 25, 10:17 PM
North Carolina RB Javonte Williams led the country with 76 missed tackles on running plays and ranked second with 27 rushes of 15-plus yards in 2020.
|Footballguys view: Williams might be the best back in this draft class. He's a well-rounded player who can win with contact balance and power. Williams can work well in pass-protection and he's a good receiving option. We could see him go off the board in the first round or early second round of the 2021 NFL draft.|
NFL | Javian Hawkins has talked with multiple teams Thu Feb 25, 08:40 PM
Louisville RB Javian Hawkins said he has talked with scouts from the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants, Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Rams, Arizona Cardinals, New Orleans Saints, Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills and Atlanta Falcons. He said he has several virtual meetings scheduled for March.
|Footballguys view: Hawkins is a big-play back and incredibly electric with the ball in his hands. He's not seen as a full-time or featured back at the pro level. Hawkins should be a late-round pick in the 2021 NFL draft.|
Bears | Ryan Nall receives new deal Thu Feb 25, 07:48 PM
Chicago Bears exclusive rights free-agent RB Ryan Nall agreed to terms on a new contract with the Bears Thursday, Feb. 25. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: The 'Wrecking Nall' sticks with the Bears as a reserve back and special teams player. He'll serve as a backup to David Montgomery once again in 2021.|
Ryan Nall player page
Colts | Marlon Mack continues rehab Thu Feb 25, 05:56 PM
Indianapolis Colts impending free-agent RB Marlon Mack (Achilles) is rehabbing his injured Achilles tendon at the team's facility.
|Footballguys view: Mack is set to be a free agent when the new league year begins. The team wants to bring him back and that's sounds like a real possibility. They'll have a backfield led by Jonathan Taylor, and Nyheim Hines will get plenty of work as a receiving back. If Mack returns, it will be in a role behind those two.|
Marlon Mack player page
Buccaneers | LeSean McCoy plans to continue playing Thu Feb 25, 05:12 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers impending free-agent RB LeSean McCoy said he plans to play next year and will look to sign with a contending team or a team where he can work with younger running backs.
|Footballguys view: McCoy has won two Super Bowl rings in back-to-back seasons. He's not the player he used to be, but some team out there might want him on the roster for veteran depth.|
LeSean McCoy player page
Rams | Coach sees Cam Akers as every down back Thu Feb 25, 03:46 PM
Los Angeles Rams RB Cam Akers is an every down running back in the NFL, according to head coach Sean McVay.
|Footballguys view: Akers can be a three-down back so long as he stays healthy. The Rams need to use him more as a receiver going forward as Akers only had 11 catches as a rookie in 2020. He finished the year as the no.40 fantasy running back (standard-scoring leagues) but only played 11 games. With a full season and more usage as a receiver out of the backfield, Akers could post top-10 numbers.|
Seahawks | Alex Collins returning to Seattle Wed Feb 24, 05:10 PM
Free-agent RB Alex Collins (Seahawks) signed an undisclosed contract with the Seattle Seahawks Wednesday, Feb. 24.
|Footballguys view: Collins is a seasoned veteran but more of a backup-caliber running back. He'll compete for a spot on the depth chart, likely near the bottom, in training camp.|
Alex Collins player page
Raiders | Josh Jacobs forcing missed tackles Wed Feb 24, 02:11 PM
Las Vegas Raiders RB Josh Jacobs is only one of two running backs that has forced at least 50 missed tackles in each of the last two seasons.
|Footballguys view: Jacobs is a powerful back, and defenders make 'business decisions' when facing him in a one-on-one situation. They'll take bad angles so they don't get trucked...or they just end up getting ran over by Jacobs. He'll continue to post these type of numbers in 2021 and beyond.|
Josh Jacobs player page
Titans | Derrick Henry good at avoiding tackles Wed Feb 24, 01:44 PM
Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry is only one of two running backs that has forced at least 50 missed tackles in each of the last two seasons.
|Footballguys view: He's good at avoiding tackles, and he's good at making tacklers avoid him. Those bad angles come from the power that Henry runs with. We're excited to see his hard-charging ways continue this season.|
Derrick Henry player page
Dolphins | Miami, Aaron Jones have mutual interest Wed Feb 24, 12:23 AM
Impending free-agent RB Aaron Jones (Packers) reportedly has the Miami Dolphins among the teams he is willing to consider in free agency, and a league source confirms the team is also interested in signing Jones, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
|Footballguys view: Jones is arguably the best running back who is coming up in free agency. The Dolphins need a quality rushing attack to complement QB Tua Tagovailoa, and Jones could be that guy. We'll see if Miami is willing to pay the hefty price tag that Jones could get on the open market in a couple of weeks.|
Aaron Jones player page
Texans | Buddy Howell re-signed Tue Feb 23, 06:07 PM
Houston Texans restricted free-agent RB Buddy Howell signed a one-year contract worth less than the $2.133 million tender Tuesday, Feb. 23.Link to story
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Rams | Thomas Brown promoted within coaching staff Tue Feb 23, 06:00 PM
Los Angeles Rams running backs coach Thomas Brown was elevated to assistant head coach Tuesday, Feb. 23.Link to story
Thomas Brown player page
Texans | Dontrell Hilliard signs new deal Mon Feb 22, 03:46 PM
Houston Texans RB Dontrell Hilliard signed a new one-year contract with the Texans Monday, Feb. 22, worth $1.25 million, according to a source. The deal includes $200,000 in guaranteed money.Link to story
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Packers | Jamaal Williams hopes to re-sign Mon Feb 22, 03:30 PM
Green Bay Packers impending free-agent RB Jamaal Williams said he hopes to re-sign with the Packers this offseason but is ready to test the free-agent market if he does not return.
|Footballguys view: Williams has plenty of power to his game and he can work well as a receiver out of the backfield. The Packers have him and Aaron Jones set to hit free agency, but they have A.J. Dillon to take over in the backfield if one or both do not return.|
Jamaal Williams player page
Eagles | Corey Clement likely to go Mon Feb 22, 11:16 AM
Philadelphia Eagles impending free-agent RB Corey Clement is not expected to re-sign with the Eagles.
|Footballguys view: Clement can be a good reserve back somewhere else. He can make plays as a runner or receiver out of the backfield. The Eagles have Miles Sanders as their lead back and backup Boston Scott is good too. Without Clement on the roster, expect the Eagles to make a move for a running back ...likely in the 2021 NFL draft.|
Corey Clement player page
NFL | Travis Etienne a receiving threat Sun Feb 21, 07:53 PM
Clemson RB Travis Etienne's 588 receiving yards in 2020 were more than he recorded in his first three collegiate seasons combined.
|Footballguys view: Etienne made a concentrated effort to improve as a receiver during his college career. His speed, burst and acceleration make him a big play just waiting to happen anytime he touches the rock. Expect Etienne to be one of the first, if not the first, running backs selected in the 2021 NFL draft.|
Bills | Taiwan Jones may return Sun Feb 21, 03:24 PM
Buffalo Bills impending free-agent RB Taiwan Jones could re-sign with the Bills this offseason because of his ability to play to play special teams.Link to story
Taiwan Jones player page
Saints | Alvin Kamara terrific after catch Sun Feb 21, 02:15 PM
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara recorded 734 yards after the catch this season, which led the NFL.
|Footballguys view: The Saints are among the best in the league when it comes to utilizing running backs in the passing game. Kamara is dangerous in space and should continue producing like this in 2021 and beyond.|
Alvin Kamara player page
Ravens | J.K. Dobbins delivered big plays Sat Feb 20, 09:34 PM
Baltimore Ravens RB J.K. Dobbins led all rookies with eight rushes of 20-plus yards in 2020, according to Pro Football Focus.
|Footballguys view: Dobbins is only going to get better as his pro career churns on. The rookie averaged a healthy 6.0 yards per carry in 2020, and he finished the year as the no.20 fantasy running back in standard-scoring formats. He's got the ability to be a RB1 for Fantasy GMs and he's in the run-heavy offense to do just that in 2021 and beyond.|
Chargers | Austin Ekeler tops in YAC Sat Feb 20, 01:11 PM
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler leads all players with 1,432 yards after the catch since the start of the 2019 season, according to Pro Football Focus data.
|Footballguys view: Ekeler is one of the most dangerous weapons in the league. He posted these numbers even though he missed six games in the 2020 season. Expect Ekeler to be a featured part of the Chargers offense under new OC Joe Lombardi.|
Austin Ekeler player page
49ers | Raheem Mostert logged fastest run Sat Feb 20, 11:51 AM
San Francisco 49ers RB Raheem Mostert had the quickest top speed in the NFL last season with a carry he touched 23.09 mph, according to Next Gen Stats. He also had the second-fastest top speed at 22.73 on a different carry last season.
|Footballguys view: Mostert obviously has speed to burn. The 49ers will continue using him as their big-play back, but expect them to add talent to the running back room this offseason through the draft or free agency...or both.|
Raheem Mostert player page
Colts | Jonathan Taylor in rare company Fri Feb 19, 02:13 PM
Indianapolis Colts Jonathan Taylor in 2020 became the fifth rookie running back since 2000 to finish his first season with at least 1,100 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns while averaging at least five yards per carry.
|Footballguys view: Taylor only showed us the tip of the iceberg in terms of what he can do at the pro level. Expect his production to continue to grown, and Taylor could end up as one of the top-rushing backs in the league. The team could implement more RPO looks with new QB Carson Wentz under center.|
Broncos | Melvin Gordon could get moved? Fri Feb 19, 01:32 AM
Denver Broncos RB Melvin Gordon is slated to have the sixth-highest salary cap charge ($8.969 million) on the roster in 2021 if the team doesn't attempt to avoid some of the guaranteed money on his contract due to his DUI arrest during the 2020 season that could result in a three-game suspension, according to ESPN.com's Jeff Legwold.
|Footballguys view: The Broncos rushing attack needs to be better. Gordon is a player who struggles to stay healthy and doesn't create enough on his own as a runner. We'll see if/when he gets suspended for the DUI last fall, and we'll see if the Broncos just release him and move on. Phillip Lindsay is a restricted free agent and may move on as well.|
Melvin Gordon III player page
NFL | Travis Etienne a home run hitter Thu Feb 18, 11:11 PM
Clemson RB Travis Etienne is 'a big-play threat in the mold of Jamaal Charles and Chris Johnson,' according to Bucky Brooks of NFL.com.
|Footballguys view: Etienne finishes his college career as the ACC's all-time leading rusher. He is a disciplined runner who is hard-charging when he sees the hole open up in front of him. Etienne has done great work improving as a receiver out of the backfield and is largely graded as a first-round pick.|
NFL | Michael Carter could carve out role Thu Feb 18, 11:01 PM
North Carolina RB Michael Carter has the all-around skills to become a 'change-of-pace back' at the next level, according to Bucky Brooks of NFL.com.
|Footballguys view: Carter is a dangerous player in space. He can make defenders look silly in the open field as a runner or receiver out of the backfield. Carter is not great at pass-blocking so he'll need to improve in that department if he wants to get on the field as a rookie in 2021.|
NFL | Jermar Jefferson talks with several teams Thu Feb 18, 05:44 PM
Oregon State RB Jermar Jefferson recently had virtual meetings with the San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts.
|Footballguys view: Jefferson is a creative runner with some size. He'll break off a 'dead leg' or spin move to create space as a runner, and he's got a gear to get outside if need be. Jefferson is willing between the tackles and can push the pile. He's also a good receiving option out of the backfield. Many see him as a mid-round pick in the 2021 NFL draft.|
NFL | Jaret Patterson receiving solid interest Wed Feb 17, 02:23 PM
Buffalo RB Jaret Patterson has recently had virtual meetings with the Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, Los Angeles Chargers, New England Patriots and New York Jets.
|Footballguys view: Patterson has a low center of gravity and that helps him run through contact. He has a nose for the end zone, and even though he's not a burner there is another gear he can get to in the open field. Most see Patterson as a late-round pick in the 2021 NFL draft.|
49ers | San Francisco wants Kyle Juszczyk back Wed Feb 17, 01:41 PM
San Francisco 49ers impending free-agent FB Kyle Juszczyk is a player the 49ers will try to re-sign this offseason, according to general manager John Lynch.Link to story
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Chiefs | Six reserves see contracts expire Tue Feb 16, 06:09 PM
Kansas City Chiefs P Dustin Colquitt, WR Marcus Kemp, RB Elijah McGuire, QB Matt Moore, G Patrick Omameh and WR Tajae Sharpe had their practice squad contracts expire Tuesday, Feb. 16.Link to story
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Saints | Alvin Kamara a handful in open space Mon Feb 15, 08:45 PM
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara has forced a league-high 79 missed tackles on receptions since entering the league in 2017, according to Pro Football Focus.
|Footballguys view: Kamara is ultra quick and can use his incredible foot frequency to make defenders miss in the open field. Expect more of the same in 2021.|
Alvin Kamara player page
Dolphins | Matt Breida not expected back Mon Feb 15, 04:41 PM
Miami Dolphins impending free-agent RB Matt Breida is not expected to re-sign with the Dolphins this offseason, according to ESPN.com's Cameron Wolfe.
|Footballguys view: Breida didn't do much for the Dolphins in 2020, playing just 152 snaps and only compiling 254 yards rushing. He'll look to find work somewhere else, likely as a part of a committee. The Dolphins are expected to be in the running back market this offseason.|
Matt Breida player page
Buccaneers | Ronald Jones to have pin removed Mon Feb 15, 01:24 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones (finger) is scheduled to have the pin removed from his pinky Tuesday, Feb. 16.
|Footballguys view: Jones will be good to go for offseason workouts. The Buccaneers want to bring back impending free agent Leonard Fournette, so we may see an encore season of Jones/Fournette in 2021.|
Ronald Jones II player page
Dolphins | Myles Gaskin explosive in passing game Sun Feb 14, 10:48 PM
Miami Dolphins RB Myles Gaskin caught 41 of his 47 targets in 2020, and his 9.5 yards per reception were tied for the most among running backs with 20 or more receptions.
|Footballguys view: We'll see what the Dolphins do at the running back position this offseason. If they add a free agent like Aaron Jones, then that would limit the production of Gaskin. If they don't add a bellcow back like Jones, then Gaskin would be in the mix for the lead role in the backfield.|
Myles Gaskin player page
Chiefs | Anthony Sherman willing to take discount Fri Feb 12, 03:44 PM
Kansas City Chiefs impending free-agent FB Anthony Sherman said he would be willing to take less money in order to re-sign with the Chiefs.Link to story
Anthony Sherman player page
Buccaneers | Tampa Bay signs trio of players Fri Feb 12, 01:13 PM
Free agent RB C.J. Prosise (Buccaneers), DT Sam Renner (Rams) and C Donell Stanley on Friday, Feb. 12, signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Link to story
C.J. Prosise player page
Broncos | New mindset for Phillip Lindsay Thu Feb 11, 09:17 PM
Denver Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay said he was thrown off mentally last year by the signing of RB Melvin Gordon. 'This year I am going to take a different approach,' Lindsay said. 'I was in battle mode. Everything caught me off guard with my teammate Melvin coming in. You can burn yourself out like that.'
|Footballguys view: Lindsay is a restricted free agent, and his future with the Broncos is up in the air. They could put an original-round tender on him, which gives them the right of refusal if someone signs him to a deal. As an undrafted free agent, the Broncos would receive nothing in return if Lindsay is signed away. After back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, Lindsay struggled with injuries and fit in the Pat Shurmur offense.|
Phillip Lindsay player page
Buccaneers | Leonard Fournette would like to return Thu Feb 11, 06:52 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers impending free-agent RB Leonard Fournette said he would like to re-sign with the Buccaneers this offseason but does not know what will happen during the offseason.
|Footballguys view: Fournette was cast off from the Jaguars last year and he wanted to land with a contender. The Buccaneers added him and he was a key player for them down the stretch as they won the Super Bowl. He should be in line to stick around with them in 2021. If they can work a deal out, then Fournette will continue to split time with Ronald Jones in the backfield.|
Leonard Fournette player page
Lions | Big role coming for D'Andre Swift Wed Feb 10, 06:19 PM
Detroit Lions RB D'Andre Swift is expected to be more involved in the passing game in 2021, according to offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn. Running backs coach Duce Staley anticipates Swift seeing 25-plus touches per game and playing all three downs. 'You can get 18 carries and seven touches as far as receptions and you have 25 touches, which is what you want from your star back. When I look at D'Andre, I do think he's a three-down back and like I said, he has some special traits I can't wait to get my hands on, so I'm excited about that,' Staley said.
|Footballguys view: With the new coaching regime in Detroit, we are going to see a shift in philosophies on offense. Gone is the Matthew Stafford-led offense and in it's place will be a Swift-led offense and an emphasis on the rushing attack. Swift has a ton of talent and if he stays healthy then we could see him post RB1 numbers for Fantasy GMs in 2021.|
D'Andre Swift player page
49ers | Two receive one-year extensions Mon Feb 8, 04:12 PM
San Francisco 49ers QB Josh Rosen and RB Austin Walter signed one-year contract extensions with the 49ers Monday, Feb. 8. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Rosen sticks around with the team, and that's interesting but only from a deep dynasty perspective. He'll have more time with Kyle Shanahan and that's a good thing for a former first-round pick who flamed out with the Cardinals and the Dolphins.|
Josh Rosen player page
Dolphins | Aaron Jones an option for Miami? Mon Feb 8, 03:43 PM
Green Bay Packers impending free-agent RB Aaron Jones would be open to signing with the Miami Dolphins if he does not return to the Packers, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Jones is set to hit free agency, and the Packers may not be able to afford him. We should see Jones get plenty of interest on the open market. The Dolphins could use a player like him to carry the load in the backfield.|
Aaron Jones player page