|Jason Witten ends retirement, back with Cowboys|
“The fire to compete and play this game is just burning too strong”
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 28 2019, 12:45 pm
|Although he retired from the NFL last May, the future Hall of Famer is coming back to the Cowboys for what will be his 16th pro season. Jason Witten will return to the field and officially sign a contract with the Cowboys, who retained his rights when he was placed on the NFL’s Reserve/Retired list. “The fire inside of me to compete and play this game is just burning too strong,” Witten said in a statement. (DallasCowboys.com)|
FFToday's Take: Witten's time in the Monday Night booth comes to and end. The Cowboys struggled to get production from the tight end position with Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz. While Witten certainly has a name factor his last season in the league landed him as the TE9 with a 63-560-5 line. Given the state of the position, he'll be on the TE2 radar in fantasy.
|Lamar Miller expected to be lead RB in 2019|
GM Brian Gaine confirms Miller will start
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 28 2019, 11:30 am
|The Texans plan to have veteran Pro Bowl running back Lamar Miller remain their lead back in 2019.
"Yes," general manager Brian Gaine said at the NFL scouting combine when asked if Miller is going to be the starter. Miller is entering the final year of a four-year, $26 million contract and is due a $5.5 million nonguaranteed base salary. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: There has been speculation that the Texans might be interested in Le'Veon Bell, but the team isn't fueling those rumors. Miller battled rib and ankle injuries last season on his way to a low-end RB2 fantasy finish with 211 carries, 973 yards, 5 TDs; 25 catches, 163 rec yds, and 1 TD. We should see more of D'Onta Foreman after he spent most of last season recovering from his torn Achilles.
|Veach on Damien Williams: It's his job to lose|
Chiefs GM talks up running back
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 28 2019, 11:00 am
|Chiefs GM Brett Veach: The starting RB job is Damien Williams’ job to lose (Brooke Pryor on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Chiefs gave Williams a two-year contract extension in late December so all signs point to him being a big part of the Chiefs running game in 2019. It won't be a shock if another RB is added to the mix this offseason but Williams is definitely part of their plans.
|Gus Edwards will have competition|
Harbaugh: Gus is right now our No.1 running back
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 27 2019, 4:00 pm
|John Harbaugh on Gus Edwards: "Gus is right now our No. 1 running back going in, and I expect him to build on that. We're going to put some competition in there for him, too. We'll see how he responds to it." (Jamison Hensley on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Edwards is an exclusive rights free agent meaning he'll most likely be with the team in 2019 and appears to be penciled in as the starter at the moment. The Ravens will likely continue their run-first ways with Lamar Jackson at quarterback but Edwards needs to improve in the passing game if he wants to be a true workhorse back. He'll carry RB3/Flex value heading into redraft leagues this summer.
| Jack Doyle recovering from hip surgery|
Goal is to be ready for training camp
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 27 2019, 2:30 pm
|Jack Doyle had hip surgery. Doing fine. Shooting for training camp (Mike Chappell on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Doyle was bothered by a hip injury much of last season playing in only six games allowing Eric Ebron to become a fantasy force at a weak position. With hip injuries being concerning, Doyle's fantasy stock will be depressed in 2019.
|49ers use franchise tag on K Robbie Gould|
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 26 2019, 11:00 am
|Kicker Robbie Gould, one of the first free agents signed by the San Francisco 49ers when coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch took over in 2017, will be around for at least one more season after he received the team's franchise tag on Tuesday.
He is the first player to receive the franchise designation this offseason. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Gould is 37 years old but doesn't show any signs of slowing down. He's kicked 30+ field goals three out of the last four years finishing as the K8 and K3 the last two seasons. Gould received the non-exclusive tag meaning he can seek other offers but the 49ers have the option to match.
|Ravens release WR Michael Crabtree|
Had just 13 receptions in final seven games
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 25 2019, 2:00 pm
|Ravens informed veteran WR Michael Crabtree that he is being released today, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Ravens offense turned run-heavy when Lamar Jackson took over at quarterback making all their receivers an afterthought in fantasy. Crabtree had just 13 receptions in the final seven games during the regular season. Crabtree will turn 32 in mid-September.
|Steelers won't use tag on Le'Veon Bell|
RB will be an unrestricted free agent
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 20 2019, 1:00 pm
|Le'Veon Bell will be a free agent.
The Pittsburgh Steelers will not place a franchise or transition tag on the All-Pro running back, general manager Kevin Colbert told local reporters on Wednesday.
"Le'Veon is still a great player," Colbert said. "We can't afford to use any other type of tags. Le'Veon will be an unrestricted free agent at the start of the new league year." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: There were some rumblings earlier in the off-season that the Steelers might use the transition tag on Bell but that was an unlikely scenario. The Steelers will receive a 2020 compensatory pick that could be worth as high as a third-round selection. For now, James Conner and Jaylen Samuels sit atop the Steelers running back depth chart.
|Bucs sign RB Andre Ellington|
Sat out 2018 season
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 19 2019, 5:00 pm
|The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed running back Andre Ellington, who previously played most of five seasons under Bruce Arians with the Arizona Cardinals. (Buccaneers.com)|
FFToday's Take: Both Ellington and Bucs head coach Bruce Arians were out of the league last season. Ellington had his best fantasy season in 2015 racking up 46 catches, 395 yards and 2 TDs out of the backfield. The Bucs running back group should seem some changes with Jacquizz Rodgers is an unrestricted free agent and Peyton Barber a restricted free agent. Still, Ellington will be on the fringe of fantasy value if he makes the team.
|Cardinals sign TE Charles Clay|
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 19 2019, 11:40 am
|Former Bills’ tight end Charles Clay is signing a one-year deal worth up to $3.25 million that includes a $350,000 signing bonus with the Arizona Cardinals, per source. Clay was heading into the last year of a 5-year $38 million deal signed in 2015. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Clay was released by the Bills last Friday and joins Jermaine Gresham as the only two tight ends under contract with Ricky Seals-Jones an exclusive-rights free agent and likely to return. New head coach Kliff Kingsbury hasn't been known to favor the tight end in his offense but we'll get a better idea of his scheme during minicamp and training camp.
|Jaguars decline option on Austin Seferian-Jenkins|
Tight end becomes a free agent
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 18 2019, 4:30 pm
|Jaguars announced they are not picking up the option for TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, which was for $4m.
Contract language was: option had to be exercised on or before 22nd day prior to 1st day of 2019 league year, which was today.
He'll be a free agent on 3/13. (Adam Caplan on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: ASJ was part of the 2018 dumpster fire at the tight end position accumulating 11 catches for 90 yards and 1 TD in five games before missing the rest of the season with a core muscle injury. James O'Shaughnessy and Blake Bell are also free agents, meaning Jacksonville will be addressing the position via free agency or the draft.
|Cowboys decline option on WR Terrance Williams|
Becomes unrestricted free agent
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 18 2019, 3:00 pm
|Source: Cowboys decline option on Terrance Williams' contract, making him unrestricted free agent. (Jon Machota on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Williams fell down the depth chart last season and eventually landed on IR in early October with a foot injury. He was also suspended three games for violating the leagues substance abuse policy. The Cowboys will save $2.25 million against the cap with this move.
|Offield concerns for Benglas RB Mark Walton|
Battery, misdemeanor marijuana possession
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 18 2019, 1:00 pm
|Mark Walton, the former University of Miami star football player and current Cincinnati Bengal, was arrested on a battery charge over the weekend. Turns out, it was his second arrest this year in South Florida. Court records show that Walton, 21, was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession on Jan. 16 in North Miami-Dade, a case that had gone previously unreported. (Miami Herald)|
FFToday's Take: These incidents could cost Walton some playing time in 2019. The battery charge stems from an argument and scuffle with a woman in which Walton snatched a cell phone out of her hand. Walton served as the Bengals third running back last season behind Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard, rushing for 34 yards on 14 attempts.
|Bills release TE Charles Clay|
A healthy scratch the final two weeks of 2018
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 15 2019, 10:00 pm
|With the Friday release of Charles Clay, the Bills will have more flexibility to decide how to handle the position going forward. If Cook is out of the Bills’ price range, there are expected to be plenty of cheaper options. Baltimore’s Maxx Williams is a former second-round draft pick who never reached his potential with the Ravens, but is still young (24) and might need a fresh start. Then there’s the Cincinnati trio of Tyler Eifert, Tyler Kroft and C.J. Uzomah - all of whom are scheduled for unrestricted free agency in March. (Buffalo News)|
FFToday's Take: Clay is coming of his worst fantasy season in the NFL (21-184-0) as the Bills schemed the tight end position out of the off-season when Josh Allen took over at quarterback. Clay missed a few games due to a hamstring injury and has battled knee issues throughout his career. He'll try and catch on as backup in 2019 while the Bills move forward with a cheaper free agent or rookie.
|Ravens set to trade Joe Flacco to Broncos|
Deal can't be completed until March 13th
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 13 2019, 11:00 am
|The Baltimore Ravens have an agreement in principle to trade former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco to the Denver Broncos, league sources told ESPN on Wednesday.
The trade cannot be officially processed until the new NFL league year begins March 13. When the deal is completed, it likely will be for a mid-round pick, sources told ESPN. When the deal is completed, the Ravens will save $10.5 million in cap space. However, they will carry $16 million in dead money on their 2019 cap. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: John Elway has recently made comments that the Broncos will be looking to improve their quarterback situation in 2019. Whether Flacco is an improvement over Case Keenum remains to be seen. Keenum has one year remaining on his deal in Denver, including $7 million guaranteed. The Broncos have the 10th pick in the upcoming draft. This move also locks in Lamar Jackson as the starting QB in Baltimore.
|Antonio Brown says it's time to move on|
Steelers star wideout thanks SteelerNation for 9 years
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 12 2019, 12:32 pm
|Thank you SteelerNation for a big 9 years...time to move on and forward.......... #NewDemands (Antonio Brown on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Antonio Brown has certainly lived up to the stereotype of a diva wide receiver. He missed team meetings and practices in the final week of the season leading up to his de-activation in Week 17. He's reportedly requested a trade and the Steelers seem willing to accommodate but have to navigate some serious cap and money issues in order to ship Brown to a new destination.
|Texans cut Demayrius Thomas|
Recovering from Achilles injury
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 12 2019, 11:00 am
|The Texans are cutting veteran wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly.
Thomas is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon.
He has been rehabilitating from his injury in Houston.
Thomas is due a $14 million nonguaranteed base salary that will be off of the Texans' books. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Thomas (31) wants to play in 2019 but given he tore his Achilles in Week 16, he's unlikely to make any kind of fantasy impact next season. The Texans will move forward with DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller (ACL) and Keke Coutee as their top three receivers.
|Browns sign Kareem Hunt to one-year deal|
RB remains on commissioner's exempt list
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 11 2019, 2:00 pm
|A man of second chances, the Browns general manager has signed former Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt to a one-year deal despite the fact he was captured on video kicking and shoving a woman at a downtown Cleveland hotel in February. Dorsey, who drafted Hunt in the third round of the 2017 draft out of Toledo when Dorsey was GM of the Chiefs, signed him to a one-year deal worth about $1 million, depending on how many games he's suspended for in 2019. He's due to be a restricted free agent after the season. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: Hunt remains on the commissioner's exempt list for now and will be facing some kind of suspension from the league. Hunt is also under league investigation for two other incidents. This move puts a wet blanket on the fantasy value of running back Nick Chubb who became a RB1 in Cleveland during the back half of 2018 and finished as the RB15 overall. However, the value of Hunt and Chubb will depend largely on the length of Hunt's suspension.
|Steelers to use transition tag on Le'Veon Bell?|
Move is unlikely but could facilitate trade
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 7 2019, 11:00 am
|The Steelers might still place the transition tag on running back Le’Veon Bell, but it is likely with the intention of trading him and not because they want him for another season, according to sources. But sources indicate coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert do not want to go through a third consecutive year of dealing with Bell’s disruptive situation and have no desire to sign him to a long-term deal or place the transition tag on him with the intention of keeping him for one more season. Ideally, the Steelers would find a team interested in Bell, place the transition tag on him, sign him and trade him to that interested team the same day. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: The Steelers are exploring all options in an effort to get the most in return for Bell but this scenario seems unlikely given the cold nature of the relationship between Bell and the team. Bell would have to cooperate with the Steelers and would run the risk of getting stuck on a one-year deal with his new team.
|Nick Foles buys his freedom for $2 million|
Eagles could franchise the backup QB for $25 million
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 5 2019, 8:00 pm
|Sources: #Eagles QB Nick Foles is, in fact, buying back his freedom for $2M, voiding the new and final year of his contract. Now, he’s a free agent... unless Philly hits him with the roughly $25M franchise tag. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Eagles picked up the $20 million option on Nick Foles earlier in the day but that was just a formality as Foles was able to opt out of the deal for $2 million. The Eagles could use the franchise tag on the backup QB in hopes of trading him but the likelihood of that happening is slim. Given the leagues' thirst for quarterbacks, Foles should land a starting gig with another team in 2019.
| Greg Olsen plans to play in 2019|
Rwo years left on contract
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 5 2019, 4:00 pm
|Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, who has two years left on his contract, has no plan to walk away from football after missing half of his last 32 regular-season games with a foot injury. If anything, he’s more committed to getting back to his Pro Bowl level of play. “My plan right now, I’m in every day doing my foot rehab, trying to get this thing finally back to where I was used to,’’ Olsen said on Tuesday at Bank of America Stadium. “It seems like it’s been a long time since it was. Yeah, that’s what I’m preparing for and that all starts with getting my foot right." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Olsen has been bothered by foot ailments the last two seasons playing in only 16 games over that span. Even if he's cleared for 2019, he'll be hard to trust as a TE1 given his age (33) and recent injury history. Ian Thomas did an adequate job filling in for Olsen the final five weeks of 2018.
|Dolphins announce Brian Flores as head coach|
Dolphins in rebuild mode
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 4 2019, 2:45 pm
|New England Patriots defensive play-caller Brian Flores will lead the Miami Dolphins into a new era as their head coach, the team announced Monday. He will replace Adam Gase, who was fired on Dec. 31. The New York Jets hired Gase as head coach 12 days later.
Flores takes over a team that seems headed for somewhat of a rebuild as owner Stephen Ross alluded to after firing Gase. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: This deal has been in the works for some time but couldn't be announced until the Patriots run in the playoffs was complete. Flores has been the de-facto defensive coordinator for New England this season. The Dolphins will be in rebuild mode and are expected to move on from quarterback Ryan Tannehill and don't project to make any big moves in free agency.
| No workhorse role for Gurley in Super Bowl LIII|
Rams want C.J. Anderson back in 2019
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 3 2019, 9:00 am
|Based on a variety of factors, including his knee and his conditioning, Todd Gurley and former free-agent pickup C.J. Anderson are expected to split carries. That was the case in the NFC title game win over the Saints, and it should be the case on Sunday. According to Rams running backs coach Skip Peete, they essentially told Gurley this two Sundays ago. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Gurley could lead the Rams in rushing and be the better fantasy back but it won't be because he's getting all the carries. The Rams insist that Gurley is 100 percent healthy but it's hard to buy that line of thinking. He's had plenty of time to get his conditioning to a level to play the majority of snaps. IF the Rams are simply going to transition to a two-man committee, this will but a damper on Gurley's fantasy value in 2019.
|Kellen Moore tabbed as new Cowboys OC|
QB coach in 2018
By: Doug Orth | Jan 31 2019, 3:05 pm
|The #Cowboys named Kellen Moore as their new offensive coordinator and named Jon Kitna as their quarterbacks coach. Moore replaces Scott Linehan and is expected to call the plays. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This announcement isn't a surprise given the fact team owner Jerry Jones said the team wasn't looking at any outside candidates, but that doesn't mean it isn't surprising a 29-year-old with one year of coaching experience as a position coach will be calling the shots for "America's Team." Moore and Kitna are well-respected for their football minds, but the Cowboys really only have HC Jason Garrett to turn to for help on the staff if Moore struggles early.
|Jets won't go all-out to land Le'Veon Bell|
Former Steelers RB sat out 2018
By: Doug Orth | Jan 31 2019, 3:00 pm
|Le’Veon Bell would be the weapon that Sam Darnold desperately needs, but it’d be foolish to believe that he’s a slam dunk to land in green-and-white. The Jets will not break the bank in free agency for the dynamic playmaker, according to sources.
That doesn’t mean they won’t make a fair and competitive offer. It simply means that they aren’t handing over a blank check for his services. (New York Daily News)|
FFToday's Take: The Daily News' Manish Mehta mentions the Jets, Buccaneers, Eagles, Raiders and perhaps the Dolphins as potential fits for Bell. The reality is that Bell, who reportedly turned down a five-year, $70 million last summer that included $33 million in guarantees, will be lucky to come anywhere close to those marks in free agency after a year away from the game. Bell should resume workhorse status wherever he lands, but he may be a low-end RB1 outside of the Steelers' fantasy-friendly offense.
|Jimmy Graham expected to stick with GB in 2019|
Due a $5M roster bonus on 3/15
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 29 2019, 2:00 pm
|A non-Super Bowl tidbit: When the #Packers prepare for the offseason, they do so with the belief that TE Jimmy Graham will be back for 2019, source said. He’s due a $5M roster bonus on 3/15, and the expectation now is they pay it and he returns. Another season with Aaron Rodgers. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Graham finished as the TE12 in PPR leagues with a 55-636-2 line in a weak year for the position but was largely a TE2 value on a weekly basis. He was held to three or fewer catches in ten games but did manage to play all 16 games for the third straight season. At age 32, Graham is going to be a high end TE2 value in 2019 drafts if only for his association with Aaron Rodgers.
| A.J. Green to shed walking boot in about a week|
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 29 2019, 1:00 pm
|The Cincinnati Bengals star wideout said the boot, required after surgery following a season-ending toe injury, will be gone in about a week.
"Next step is I put on a shoe and I start bending it back more and moving it more," Green said. "The biggest thing is it's the offseason and we have time. We don't have to rush anything. The biggest thing is getting range of motion back." (Cincinnati Enquirer)|
FFToday's Take: A.J. Green originally injured his toe in Week 8 then tried to return in Week 13 but only played a quarter before heading to the sidelines. His post-surgery recovery time was estimated to be 3-4 months which should give him plenty of time to be ready for training camp at the end of July.
|Brown hasn't closed the door on returning to PIT|
Steelers exploring trade options
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 27 2019, 2:00 pm
|More on Antonio Brown: The #Steelers are exploring trade options, but Brown hasn’t closed the door on returning. He’s maintained a steady dialogue with some in the organization he’s close with to express that sentiment. Still, he should draw significant interest on the market. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: There's been rumblings that Brown is interested in playing for the 49ers which isn't a surprise given they have the third most available cap space of any team heading into 2019, plus San Francisco has a need at the position. Brown's status will be an on-going saga during the NFL off-season.
| Redskins believe Alex Smith will miss 2019|
Smith faces long rehab process from broken leg
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 27 2019, 12:54 pm
|One storyline to follow for 2019: The #Redskins are planning as if they won’t have QB Alex Smith next season, sources say. They believe he’ll miss the entire season with his broken leg issues and are acting accordingly. If he’s ready, they will be pleasantly surprised. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Smith broke his leg on November 18th, 2018 suffering both compound and spiral fractures. He had to endure multiple surgeries due to infection so it's no surprise his 2019 season will likely be lost. The Redskins will need to rethink their quarterback approach and will likely target a veteran in free agency. They have also have the 15th pick in the upcoming draft.
| Newton gets procedure done on right shoulder|
2nd shoulder surgery since March 2017
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 24 2019, 6:00 pm
|Quarterback Cam Newton underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his right shoulder Thursday.
The procedure was successfully performed by Panthers team physician Dr. Pat Connor. Newton’s rehabilitation process will begin immediately.
Newton missed the final two games of the 2018 regular season with shoulder soreness. (Panthers.com)|
FFToday's Take: Newton is expected to be ready for training camp but this is the second shoulder procedure since March of 2017. This latest procedure is reportedly a clean up operation which should come with a shorter recovery time than his previous rotator cuff operation. Newton played in 14 games and finished as the QB7 in fantasy points per game.
|Door still open on Antonio Brown return?|
Team president believes it can mend fences with star WR
By: Doug Orth | Jan 24 2019, 2:45 pm
|Art Rooney II isn’t closing the door on Antonio Brown returning to the Pittsburgh Steelers. In fact, the door may be open a little wider than in previous weeks. On a conference call with fans Wednesday, the Steelers president indicated the team can mend its fractured relationship with Brown, who has not returned calls from players, coaches and even Rooney since he skipped team meetings and a walkthrough in the final week of the season. “There are a lot of factors we have to take into account on it,” Rooney said. “We’d have to sit down with Antonio and understand where he is and make sure he understands where we are. There is some work to do before we figure that out.” (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)|
FFToday's Take: Two weeks ago, Rooney said it was “hard to envision” Brown returning to the Steelers. Last week, he said there weren’t “many signs” that Brown would apologize to the team for his behavior. The likelihood here is that Pittsburgh sent out some feelers about what Brown's trade value and didn't like the answers. Brown is due a $2.5 million roster bonus on March 17, so it wouldn't be surprised if the two sides are stuck with each other in 2019 if no deal has been reached by then.
|Roethlisberger, Steelers talking extension|
Turns 37 in March
By: Doug Orth | Jan 24 2019, 2:30 pm
|Steelers President Art Rooney II joined Steelers Nation Unite members on Wednesday afternoon for his annual season-ending edition of “The Huddle.” He discussed a wide variety of topics during the 20-minute call, including future of Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh.
“Ben has one more year left on his existing contract and we’ve already started talking to him and his representative about extending that contract. ... He’s still, I would say, close to being in the prime of his career,” Rooney said. (Steelers.com)|
FFToday's Take: Roethlisberger is coming off a season in which he threw for the seventh-most yards in NFL history (5,129) and a career-high 34 touchdown passes, so it's not a surprise extension talk has replaced Big Ben's usual pondering about retirement. Pittsburgh and Antonio Brown will need to make nice with each other this offseason if Roethlisberger hopes to repeat his success in 2018, but Big Ben should remain firmly in the QB1 discussion regardless.
|Cardinals re-sign Larry Fitzgerald|
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 23 2019, 9:30 am
|Larry Fitzgerald's NFL career is not over.
The Arizona Cardinals announced Wednesday that the future Hall of Fame receiver will return for his 16th NFL season by signing a one-year contract. Fitzgerald, who turns 36 in August, has debated retirement the past several offseason but has consistently said Arizona would be the only organization he'd play for in the NFL. Despite his age, Fitzgerald still led the Cards with 69 receptions, 734 yards receiving and six touchdown catches in 2018. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Fitzgerald played all 16 games in 2018 but was saddled with an inept offense much of the season. He finished as the WR30 in PPR leagues with a 69-734-6 line. New head coach Kliff Kingsbury will be tasked with jump-starting the offense in 2019 with Josh Rosen at quarterback. Fitz will be lingering in WR3/4 territory once early best ball drafts get going this Spring.
| Gurley says he's not injured|
Played 32 snaps in NFC Conference Championship
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 21 2019, 8:15 am
|The Rams' star running back stood on the sideline with his helmet on throughout most of the game and hardly appeared in action as backup C.J. Anderson rushed for 44 yards on 16 carries.
"I was sorry as hell today," Gurley said after the game. "I was sorry. So, C.J. did his thing and the whole team did its thing." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Todd Gurley touched the ball five times making it difficult to believe he's not injured in some fashion. Yes, he didn't play well, but he's head and shoulders a better player than fellow running back C.J. Anderson. Gurley played only 32 snaps allowing Anderson to rush 16 times for 44 yards. Gurley will have two weeks to get ready for the Super Bowl.
|Drew Brees expected to return in 2019|
One year left remaining on his contract
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 21 2019, 8:00 am
|Drew Brees, who turned 40 on Tuesday, hopes to still be playing at age 41.
When asked how positive he is that he will be back for a 19th season, the New Orleans Saints quarterback said, "I feel pretty positive." He later said more definitively that, "I plan on being here next year and making another run at it." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Brees has one year left remaining on his contract and coming off season where he threw 32 touchdowns to only five interceptions finishing as the fantasy QB9 on the season. A strong running game and lack of outside weapons outside of Michael Thomas put a lid on the ceiling were used to seeing from Brees, but he'll still be a quality QB1 heading into 2019.
|Multiple teams interested in Kareem Hunt|
Will face league discipline
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 20 2019, 11:45 am
|Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy said this past week that his team would not rule out the possibility of signing Kareem Hunt, and it turns out he's not alone.
Multiple teams have expressed interest in Hunt, and it now appears the former Chiefs running back will have a job "sooner rather than later," one league source told ESPN. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The outcry from fans and the media for the Chiefs to release Kareem Hunt won't reach the same peak when he signs with a new team this off-season. It's no surprise a number of teams are interested in Hunt's services. He's one of the better running backs in the league. Hunt will face league discipline and will likely miss some games but he will have some fantasy value in 2019.
| Eric Berry, Spencer Ware taken off injury report|
Ware returns from hamstring injury
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 18 2019, 4:30 pm
|Eric Berry will play for Chiefs on Sunday. He has no injury designation on their final injury report.
The same goes for Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Spencer Ware. They will play. The only Chiefs who won't be available because of injury is LB Dorian O'Daniel. (Adam Teicher on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Ware's availability cuts into the ceiling of Damien Williams but we still expect Williams to see the bulk of the running back work for the Chiefs against the Patriots. Ware missed the last three games of the regular season and the Divisional Round playoff game with a hamstring injury.
|Lions settle on Darrell Bevell to run offense|
Served as Seahawks' OC from 2011-17
By: Doug Orth | Jan 17 2019, 10:55 pm
|The Detroit Lions announced today that they have hired Darrell Bevell as the team’s offensive coordinator. Bevell comes to Detroit after most recently spending seven seasons (2011-17) with the Seattle Seahawks as the club’s offensive coordinator. (detroitlions.com)|
FFToday's Take: Former OC Jim Bob Cooter was a holdover from the previous staff, so he was always likely to be considered expendable if the offense failed to perform well in 2018. In theory, Bevell will fulfill Patricia's edict to run the ball more often, although the former Seahawks' play-caller also got accused of calling too many passing plays toward the end of his time in Seattle. If Bevell does commit again to the ground game, Kerryon Johnson figures to benefit the most from his hire.
| Chiefs getting healthy ahead of AFC Championship|
Spencer Ware, Eric Berry among those practicing fully
By: Doug Orth | Jan 17 2019, 10:30 pm
|BR Spencer Ware (hamstring) and RB Laurent Duvernay-Tardif were limited in Wednesday’s practice but were upgraded today.
And with S Eric Berry getting in a second straight day of full participation, he looks like he’s ready to go against the Patriots. (Pro Football Talk - Darin Gantt)|
FFToday's Take: Ware has been sidelined since Week 14. Damien Williams has emerged as the clear lead back in Kansas City, but the threat of Ware stealing even a handful of touches could put a sizeable dent in Williams' fantasy upside. Berry's return figures to be bad news for Rob Gronkowski this weekend, as the Chiefs made a habit of using him to shadow tight ends when he was last healthy in 2016. Given their struggles against tight ends in his absence, the Chiefs figure to ask him to resume that role.
| J.J. Watt gets cleanup work done on knee|
Bothered by knee discomfort throughout last season
By: Doug Orth | Jan 17 2019, 10:20 pm
|J.J. Watt had a minor knee cleanup following the season, source said. Sounds like he’s fine now, just some maintenance on an injury that bothered him during the season. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This news is notable because it is Watt, who missed 13 games in 2017 with a tibial plateau fracture. However, he is coming off a 16-sack season, so this appears to be a non-issue. Owners should expect another high-impact season from the five-time All-Pro, who turns 30 in March.