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Buck Allen showing off passing-game chops
Fourth-round RB well-suited for Marc Trestman's offense
By: Doug Orth | May 18 2015, 4:15 pm

Baltimore Ravens
One of the top reasons the Ravens selected rookie RB Javorius Allen in the fourth round of the NFL draft was his ability to catch passes out of the backfield. "We've seen Buck catch passes, we've seen Buck pass protect, so we know he can do it," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "He has done it out here and looks very smooth doing it. He's running the ball well. We haven't had any surprises." (Baltimore Sun)

FFToday's Take: Justin Forsett will turn 30 in mid-October, which obviously bodes well for Allen to become the starter at some point before 2017. Even if he merely operates as a change-of-pace back for the next two seasons, the USC product stands a great chance of being flex-worthy in an offense that lacks a significant and/or proven talent at receiver or tight end and a system that loves throwing the ball to its running backs. Allen should be Forsett's primary handcuff immediately and find his way into 5-8 touches per game.
Zimmer pleased with WR Patterson's offseason
HC praised third-year wideout's shape and attention to detail
By: Doug Orth | May 18 2015, 4:00 pm

Minnesota Vikings
“(Cordarrelle Patterson) is doing a good job in this offseason. He has been in better shape coming in, and he is doing a better job of running routes, of competing each and every down. I look forward to him coming on and I’m a big fan of his. We’re just trying to get him to realize all the little intricacies you have to do offensively in the NFL in order to be a great player.” (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

FFToday's Take: Coming off a highly-disappointing season in 2014, Patterson has been generating a lot of early buzz. He'll need to continue drawing similar praise from HC Mike Zimmer and OC Norv Turner in order to have any shot at earning back a starting job since Charles Johnson and Mike Wallace appear entrenched at the moment. Barring a lights-out training camp or an injury to Johnson or Wallace, Patterson appears destined to be a third receiver in Minnesota in 2015.
Injury Robert Turbin had offseason hip surgery
Likely ready for the beginning of training camp
By: Mike Krueger | May 14 2015, 4:00 pm

Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks running back Robert Turbin underwent offseason hip surgery, sources told FOXSports.com. The timetable for Turbin's return to the field is unknown. Turbin is penciled in to share carries with Christine Michael behind Marshawn Lynch in the upcoming season. (Fox Sports)

FFToday's Take: Additional reports indicate Turbin is likely to be ready for training camp and expected to play in 2015. Turbin will continue to fill in behind Lynch and also serve as the running back in Seattle's two-minute drill offense. He's a late-round flier in redraft leagues and will only have significant value if Lynch gets injured.
S. Jackson looking to catch on with playoff team
Rebuilding franchise not in running backs' plans
By: Mike Krueger | May 14 2015, 7:00 am

NFL
"I don't want to go to a team that is rebuilding and needs me to come on and teach guys how to be professional," Steven Jackson said. "I've done that. I want to be part of a winning team because when I do hang up my cleats, I can see a lot of people holding that over my head when a lot of it was out of my control." (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Jackson hasn't had many takers in free agency thus far and will likely need a camp injury to secure a spot on a contender. Jackson is 31-years old and averaged 3.6 yards per carry during his two seasons in Atlanta.
Chargers RB Melvin Gordon an early R.O.Y. favorite
Rookie Of The Year doesn't seem far-fetched for the feature back
By: paul maland | May 12 2015, 6:20 pm

San Diego Chargers
When selected with the 15th overall pick in the 2015 draft, he quickly became an early favorite to win Rookie of the Year honors. Danny Woodhead will cut into his 3rd down opportunities, but he remains the clear starter. (San Diego Union Tribune)

FFToday's Take: A productive offense with a veteran quarterback and a clear cut starting role makes Gordon a high-upside rookie fantasy pickup. Consider him a low-end RB1/high-end RB2.
NFL Draft Brady gets four-game suspension, deflategate
Patriots lose two draft picks inlcuding first-rounder in 2016
By: Mike Krueger | May 11 2015, 5:38 pm

New England Patriots
The NFL announced Monday that Tom Brady has been suspended without pay for four games for violating the NFL policy on the integrity of the game. The team will also be fined $1 million and will forfeit a 2016 first-rounder and 2017 fourth-round selection in the NFL Draft. (You can read full NFL statement here.) (NFL.com)

FFToday's Take: The hammer drops. Assuming an appeal doesn't reduce the suspension, Brady will be eligible to play in Week 6 against the Indianapolis Colts as the Patriots have a bye in Week 5. Jimmy Garoppolo will fill in from Brady during the first four games against Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Jacksonville and Dallas.
Patriots sign former Redskins' TE Fred Davis
One-year deal
By: Mike Krueger | May 11 2015, 7:54 am

New England Patriots
Former Redskins franchise TE Fred Davis and New England Patriots have reached agreement on a one-year deal, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Davis was suspended last season for violating the substance-abuse policy and was reinstated last week. The Patriots already have Scott Chandler and Tim Wright backing up Rob Gronkowski at the position so Davis will have his work cut out for him to even make the team out of training camp.
Injury Broncos rookie TE suffers torn ACL
Expected to miss the 2015 season
By: Mike Krueger | May 9 2015, 7:00 pm

Denver Broncos
Tight end Jeff Heuerman, the Broncos' third-round pick, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the Saturday afternoon rookie camp practice in the Broncos' fieldhouse. He is expected to miss the entire 2015 season. (DenverBroncos.com)

FFToday's Take: Head coach Gary Kubiak went on to say: “Jeff was going to be a big part of our team this year and he’s still going to be a big part of our team & organization in the future.” Owen Daniels and Virgil Green are currently atop the tight end depth chart in Denver.
NFL Draft Who is the Eagles No.1 wide receiver?
Nelson Agholor won't claim the throne, just yet
By: Mike Krueger | May 9 2015, 8:00 am

Philadelphia Eagles
Maclin is gone and the Eagles don't appear to have a No. 1 wide receiver waiting in the wings - although a case could be made for Jordan Matthews. More than likely, the numbers will be divvied up among a group that will include more than just receivers. Nelson Agholor is polished, he's fast, he's versatile, and he's smart. (Philly.com)

FFToday's Take: With Maclin now in KC, there's a big opportunity for Agholor to make an immediate impact, even though he won't acknowledge it just yet. He'll likely play most of his snapd in the slot during his first season, as did Jordan Mathews last year. Mathews finished the season with a 67-872-8 line, checking in as fantasy's No.24 wide receiver. Agholor has WR2 upside in redraft leagues.
Goodell's decision on Brady expected next week
Patriots QB expected to be suspended over DeflateGate
By: Mike Krueger | May 8 2015, 7:45 pm

New England Patriots
Roger Goodell's decision is expected to be announced next week and it is no longer a matter of if the NFL commissioner will suspend Tom Brady, but for how long he will suspend him. The feeling is the Wells Report supplied Goodell with enough ammunition to suspend Brady both for breaking the rules by ordering the deflation of footballs and by not cooperating with the investigation when he refused to turn over his cell phone to Wells’ investigators. (New York Daily News)

FFToday's Take: Speculation ranges anywhere from two games to a more lengthy suspension of 6-8 games. The Patriots face the Steelers on the opening Thursday night of season, then face Buffalo and Jacksonvile before travelling to Dallas in Week 5 to face the Cowboys on Sunday night. Brady's fantasy value, along with the fantasy value TE Rob Gronkowski and WR Julian Edelman are on hold.
Injury Dante Fowler out for the season with torn ACL
Jaguars rookie suffers injury one hour into minicamp
By: Mike Krueger | May 8 2015, 5:00 pm

Jacksonville Jaguars
Jaguars rookie Dante Fowler Jr., the No. 3 pick in the 2015 draft, tore his ACL on Friday when he went down less than an hour into the first day of rookie minicamp, the team announced. Fowler is expected to miss the entire 2015 season. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Brutal. A difficult way to begin your NFL career and a difficult day for the entire Jaguars organization. Fowler didn't sign his rookie deal yet, but he did sign a waiver which guarantees the Jaguars will negotiate in good faith as if the injury did not occur. Chris Clemons, Andre Branch and Chris Smith are candidates to fill Fowler's edge-rushing spot.
TE Fred Davis reinstated after year suspension
29-year-old free to sign with any team
By: Mike Krueger | May 7 2015, 8:15 am

Washington Redskins
Former Washington tight end Fred Davis, suspended indefinitely by the NFL in February 2014 under the substance-abuse policy, has been reinstated, PFT’s Mike Florio reports. The 29-year-old Davis is immediately free to sign with clubs. (ProFootballTalk)

FFToday's Take: Davis suffered an Achilles injury in 2012 and only caught seven passes in 2013. Tight end needy teams included Arizona, Buffalo, Atlanta and Cleveland to name a few. Davis was arrested for DUI in 2014.
NFL Draft Did the Colts draft T.Y. Hilton's replacement?
Phillip Dorsett has speed to burn
By: Mike Krueger | May 7 2015, 8:00 am

Indianapolis Colts
Competition in the Indianapolis Colts' wide receivers' room thickened last Thursday when the team used its first-round pick on one of its deepest positions. Suffice to say when Phillip Dorsett's name was called, many were surprised. Coming off the best season of his three-year career, T.Y. Hilton is entering the last year of his rookie contract. To be sure, a big payday awaits one of the league's most talented young wideouts. Whether or not that comes with the Colts remains to be seen. (Indianapolis Star)

FFToday's Take: With a logjam at receiver, it's unlikely the rookie Dorsett will make a big impact this season but if the Colts decided to let Hilton walk after 2015, Dorsett's value would be on the rise. "There's nothing I can do about that," Hilton said Wednesday of last week's draft pick. "That's who they picked. That's cool with me."
DeflateGate: NFL considering discipline for Brady
Ted Wells releases report on Deflategate
By: Mike Krueger | May 6 2015, 2:00 pm

New England Patriots
The NFL has found that it is probable that New England Patriots personnel deliberately deflated balls during the AFC Championship Game in January and that quarterback Tom Brady was "generally aware" of what was happening. "It is more probable than not that New England Patriots personnel participated in violations of the Playing Rules and were involved in a deliberate effort to circumvent the rules," the report said. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: ESPN went on to say that the NFL is considering discipline for Brady and the two equipment personnel directly involved and that discipline is "days" away. Head coach Bill Belichick had no part in deflating the footballs according to the report
TE John Carlson calls it a career
Seven-year veteran had a history of concussions
By: Mike Krueger | May 5 2015, 1:20 pm

Arizona Cardinals
Tight end leaves the game after one season in Arizona and seven NFL seasons. John Carlson signed as a free agent before the 2014 season. It’s the second straight year the Cardinals have lost a tight end to retirement. Last year in the middle of training camp, Jake Ballard, whose knees could no longer take the pounding of the game, called it a career. (ArizonaCardinals.com)

FFToday's Take: With Carlson's retirement, Troy Niklas becomes the favorite to lead the team in receiving from the tight end position with Darren Fells filling a secondary role. However, the Cardinals don't feature the tight end in their offense and as a result, Niklas will have very little fantasy value in 2015.
Raiders expected to release James Jones
Veteran spent one year in Oakland
By: Mike Krueger | May 4 2015, 7:00 am

Oakland Raiders
Veteran receiver James Jones is being released by the Raiders. The San Jose native received a phone call from general manager Reggie McKenzie on Sunday evening informing him of the news. Jones confirmed this information to CSN reporter Fallon Smith via text message. Jones had 73 recpetions for 666 yards and six touchdowns in 2014, in what will be his only season as a Raider. (CSNBayarea)

FFToday's Take: The addition of rookie Amari Cooper and the signing of Michael Crabtree have left Jones expendable. Jones has never topped 900 yards in his career but did score 14 TDs in 2012 while in Green Bay, finishing 16th among receivers in fantasy points. Cooper, Crabtree, Rod Streater and Andre Holmes sit atop the receiver depth chart in Oakland.
NFL Draft Eagles made substantial offer for No.1 pick
QB Sam Bradford and 1st pick in 2016 were offered
By: Mike Krueger | May 1 2015, 9:00 am

Philadelphia Eagles
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Eagles offered the following to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the first pick in the draft: the 20th pick in this year’s draft; Philly’s first-round pick in 2016; quarterback Sam Bradford; and another player on the roster. (ProFootballTalk)

FFToday's Take: Chip Kelly's interest in Marcus Mariota was widely reported and speculated on over the last couple months and it's likely a similar package was offered to the Titans for the No.2 pick. The Eagles now have to find a way to kiss and makeup with Sam Bradford who's likely going to be their quarterback in 2015.
NFL Draft Zac Stacy wants out of St. Louis
Drafting of Gurley doesn't sit well with Rams' RB
By: Mike Krueger | May 1 2015, 7:00 am

St. Louis Rams
After reports surfaced (via ESPN) that running back Zac Stacy wants out in the wake of the Todd Gurley selection, the Rams will meet with Stacy’s representatives on Friday. The arrival of Gurley pushes Stacy back to fourth string, and the team likes Trey Watts, an undrafted rookie last season out of Tulsa. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

FFToday's Take: Stacy posted a respectable 973 yards and 7 TDs in his rookie season (2013) but struggled last season and wasn't even a factor over the second half of 2014 as Tre Mason became the featured back. The Rams would do well to acquire a late-round draft pick for Stacy's services.
NFL Draft RB Todd Gurley goes to St. Louis at No. 10
The drafts most powerful rusher heads to the Rams
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 30 2015, 9:25 pm

St. Louis Rams
The St. Louis Rams have made Todd Gurley the first running back in recent history to be drafted in the first round. With the tenth overall pick, they gain a hard nosed rusher who will provide an instant starter if healthy. (2015 NFL Draft)

FFToday's Take: If healthy, Gurley has a chance to become an instant producer as Jeff Fisher's workhorse. With Zac Stacy and Isaiah Pead underwhelming, only Tre Mason stands in his way of fantasy starter material.
NFL Draft Bears use 7th overall pick on WR Kevin White
A loaded Bears receiving corps is joined by the speedy wideout
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 30 2015, 9:15 pm

Chicgao Bears
The Bears used the seventh overall selection on wide receiver Kevin White from West Virginia. At 6'3" and running a 4.35 40 yard dash time, he will be an instant impact player. His size and speed ratio makes him a nightmare for smaller corners. (2015 NFL Draft)

FFToday's Take: In fantasy terms, he projects as a high upside rookie. With the departure of Brandon Marshall, there will be plenty of balls to go around in this pass happy offense.
NFL Draft Philip Rivers trade rumors are dying
Chargers not expected to move up for Mariota
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 30 2015, 9:00 am

San Diego Chargers
The door on what would have been the biggest draft-day deal in Chargers history looks to be closed. And it's because Philip Rivers' championship window is still open. Barring a Bruce-Willis-is-dead-like plot twist, former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota will not be moving to San Diego. (San Diego Union Tribune)

FFToday's Take: There's been speculation over the last few weeks that the Chargers might move Rivers to the Titans in exchange for Tennessee's No.2 overall pick. It's been reported in recent days that the Chargers are attempting to sign Rivers to a contract extension. If a deal is going to be made for Tennessee's No.2 pick, it's likely to come from Cleveland or Philadelphia.
NFL Draft Bears listening to trade offers for TE Bennett
Bennett wants a new contract
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 29 2015, 1:09 pm

Chicgao Bears
Bears entertaining trade offers for Pro Bowl TE Martellus Bennett, per league sources. Bennett wants a new contract in Chicago or anywhere. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Bennett is coming of a career season (90-916-6) and finished second in targets (128) behind only Rob Gronkowski. New head coach John Fox understands Bennett's plus receiving skills but may not be enamored with his below-average blocking. Still, with Brandon Marshall now in New York, the Bears wouldn't likely pull the trigger unless they're very satisfied with the compensation.
NFL Draft Browns and Titans discussing trade options?
NFL Draft rumors heating up
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 29 2015, 1:05 pm

Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns have discussed trading with the Tennessee Titans to move up to the second spot in the NFL draft so the Browns can take quarterback Marcus Mariota, a source familiar with the discussions said Wednesday. The Browns, according to the source, made an offer to the Titans that includes the team's two first-round picks -- 12th and 19th overall. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: The Browns have drafted a quarterback in the first round in two out of the last three years (2012-Brandon Weeden; 2014-Johnny Manziel) and are obviously still searching for a stable player at the position. Conflicting reports from Tennessee say that no offer has been made. Expect more rumors based in fact and smokescreens to surface before the NFL Draft kicks off tomorrow.
Chris Polk joins Texans backfield
Eagles rescind restricted free agent offer
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 28 2015, 6:00 pm

Houston Texans
The Texans signed veteran running back Chris Polk on Tuesday. Polk, 25, was a restricted free agent who didn’t sign his tender with Philadelphia, and it was rescinded, making him an unrestricted free agent. (Houston Chronicle)

FFToday's Take: Polk played sparingly last season for the Eagles totaling 46 attempts for 172 yards. He did see action inside the redzone, scoring four TDs but wasn't fantasy relevant. Polk joins Alfred Blue and Jonathan Grimes as backups to Arian Foster. We'll wait and see if Houston decides to add a running back in the upcoming draft.
Vikings GM speaks firmly on Peterson rumors
"We have no interest in trading Adrian Peterson"
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 28 2015, 1:53 pm

Minnesota Vikings
"We can just end the Adrian Peterson stuff. Our position has not changed...we have no interest in trading Adrian Peterson." Rick Spielman (Vikings on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Vikings have held this stance for the entirety of the off-season and they don't appear to be budging. Peterson has made it clear he'd like to leave Minnesota but unless the Vikings are blown away with a trade offer this week, it's likely the talented running back will remain in a Vikings uniform.
NFL Draft Broncos eyeing a quarterback on Day 2?
Likely to take OL in Round 1
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 27 2015, 11:00 pm

Denver Broncos
It's a virtual certainty the Broncos will take one (quarterback) with one of their 10 draft picks. In fact, they must. Peyton Manning is 39 years old and he's returning to play for his 18th season. Although Manning has one more year, the 2016 season, left on his contract, this may be it. Osweiler is a fourth-year quarterback in the fourth year of his contract. That means he, too, may not be here next season. (NBC Denver)

FFToday's Take: The Broncos are likely to pick an offensive lineman with the No.28 overall selection but a quarterback prospect should be on their radar on Day 2 or 3. Garrett Grayson, Brett Hundley and Bryce Petty are the top QB prospects after Winston and Mariota.
NFL Draft Edge-rusher Shane Ray cited for pot
Misdemeanor charge, court date set for June 30
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 27 2015, 7:38 pm

NFL
SCOOP: Shane Ray cited for possession of marijuana this morning in Cooper County. Ray faces a misdemeanor charge and is to appear in court on June 30. (Brandon Kiley on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Yikes. Three days before the draft isn't a good time to be busted for pot. Once thought to be a top-ten pick, concerns over Ray's foot injury had cooled his draft momentum. This latest episode won't help matters and may cause Ray to slide into Day 2 of the draft.
Redskins exercise QB RGIII's fifth-year option
Team still undecided about long-term future
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 27 2015, 3:45 pm

Washington Redskins
The Redskins have opted to use the fifth-year option on struggling QB Robert Griffin III. Pegged as the tentative starter for the upcoming 2015 season, he is set to make $7 million in 2015 and $16 million in 2016. (Albert Breer on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: If the Redskins can find a way to replicate his 2012 rookie success, RGIII could hold immense fantasy value. However, with recent injuries and coaching criticism, his current fantasy value is slim to none.
Titans sign Hakeem Nicks
One-year deal
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 24 2015, 2:00 pm

Tennessee Titans
The receiver-needy Tennessee Titans have added veteran Hakeem Nicks on a one-year deal, the team announced Friday. Nicks joins a group that includes Kendall Wright, Justin Hunter and Harry Douglas. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Nicks filled the No.4 receiver role with the Colts last season and finished with 405 yards and 4 TDs, his worst season as a pro. He's likely going to find himself in a similar role in Tennessee behind Wright and Hunter. He's nothing more than a dart throw in the late rounds of your fantasy draft.
Dolphins sign WR Greg Jennings
Two-year deal
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 22 2015, 6:10 pm

Miami Dolphins
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Greg Jennings will sign a two-year, $8 million deal with the Dolphins, according to a source informed of the deal. (NFL.com)

FFToday's Take: The Dolphins have overhauled their receiving corps, getting rid of Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson while bringing in Kenny Stills, TE Jordan Cameron and now Jennings. Jennings is familiar with head coach Joe Philbin from their time in Green Bay and should serve as the No.3 receiver in the Dolphins offense behind Landry and Stills. He's in the WR4-5 range for redraft leagues.
Injury Colts' RB expected to be ready for training camp
Vic Ballard coming off Achilles injury
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 22 2015, 6:00 pm

Indianapolis Colts
Vick Ballard talked to reporters Wednesday for the first time since tearing his Achilles in training camp last season. He says he'll be ready for training camp. (Colts.com)

FFToday's Take: Ballard said today that he dealt with Achilles pain during his rookie season in 2012 and this will be his first season he an play without pain since college. Frank Gore and Dan Herron currently sit above him on the depth chart but Ballard is someone to keep your eye on in the preseason.
Antonio Brown wants new deal
Brown skips start of voluntary conditioning program
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 20 2015, 9:45 am

Pittburgh Steelers
Steelers WR Antonio Brown seeking new deal. Won't attend offseason workouts, mulling holdout from minicamp, training camp, sources say. (Mike Garafola on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Brown is under contract for three more years and scheduled to make $6 million this season, $8.25 million in 2016 and $8.7 million in 2017. The Steelers rarely negotiate new contracts with players until they reach the final year of their contract so it's unlikely Brown will get his wish. The fantasy implications are nil until Brown misses training camp.
Latimer struggled with playbook in year one
Broncos expect big jump in year two
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 20 2015, 6:00 am

Denver Broncos
"It took me too long to actually catch on," Cody Latimer said. "I was in the playbook, but I could have done even more. When I actually got it, it was too late. It was just way different (than college). I would know the play, then Peyton (Manning) would change it. Then I'd get to thinking too much and play slower." (Denver Post)

FFToday's Take: A classic issue for receivers first year in the league. Latimer projects to play more this season now that Wes Welker has been released. Latimer is expected to play on the outside with Emmanuel Sanders in the slot on three wide receiver sets. Gary Kubiak: "I think it's time for him to make a big jump, not just a little jump. Obviously his playing time is fixing to pick up, and it needs to pick up. We need him."
Tebow, Eagles agree on one-year deal
Eagles' offseason program begins Monday
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 19 2015, 6:00 pm

Philadelphia Eagles
Tim Tebow plans to sign a one-year deal Monday with the Eagles, a league source said Sunday night. Tebow is scheduled to arrive in Philadelphia in time to be in attendance for the start of the Eagles' offseason program Monday. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Tebow was in training camp with the Patriots in 2013 before being released in late August. The last time he played in the NFL came in 2012 with the Jets. He'll join Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley on the quarterback depth chart. If he makes the team, Tebow will be at best the third quarterback and have no fantasy value.
Adrian Peterson to be reinstated on Friday
Can fully participate in all team activities
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 16 2015, 2:25 pm

Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will be reinstated effective Friday, at which point he will be able to fully participate in all team activities, the NFL announced Thursday. Peterson has been suspended from the league since Nov. 18. Peterson pleaded no contest on Nov. 4 to misdemeanor reckless injury charges after injuring his son while disciplining him last May. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Peterson met with Rodger Goodell earlier this month to discuss his situation which includes continued counseling and keeping his nose squeaky clean. Peterson and his representatives have been adamant about wanting out of Minnesota but the Vikings have him under contract for three years including this season for $12.75 million. Stay tuned...
Gates expects a reduced role in 2015
Admits he played more than expected in 2014
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 16 2015, 8:00 am

San Diego Chargers
“With injuries and whatnot, I played a little bit more than they expected me to play last season,” he says. “I was playing the whole game. How I feel next year, it depends on how much volume they have me doing. I’d like to come in on third-and-7s, red zones, those situations. That’s what my contribution is at anyway.” (SI.com)

FFToday's Take: Antonio Gates finished second in fantasy points among tight ends last season thanks to twelve trips to the endzone and multiple injuries to Ladarius Green (hamstring, concussion, ankle). It's rare that you hear a player suggest that his snaps be reduced but it's a logical move if Gates wants to extend his career. Barring injury, we should see Green on the field more in 2015.
Fred Jackson admits McCoy will be bellcow
"I don't know what my role is going to be yet”
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 15 2015, 7:00 pm

Buffalo Bills
“I know they say they want him to be the ‘bell cow,’” Fred Jackson said Wednesday. “They want him to take the majority of the load. But I’m not going to make it easy for him. I’m not going to just hand it to him and say, ‘Here’s the job.’” (Buffalo News)

FFToday's Take: Jackson went on to saw that he doesn't know exactly what his role will be but it's likely to be spelling LeSean McCoy and perhaps some third-down work. Jackson is 34 years old and was bothered by a groin injury last season. He'll need an injury to McCoy to have any significant fantasy impact in 2015.
Forte not present at voluntary workout
"I've always been there especially when it counts!”
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 13 2015, 7:00 pm

Chicgao Bears
Amid the buzz associated with the new regime at Halas Hall, Bears running back Matt Forte was conspicuously absent Monday for the beginning of the voluntary offseason program. Sources said Forte let it be known he would not be in attendance. The 29-year-old is entering the final year of his contract and has expressed a desire for an extension. (Chicago Tribune)

FFToday's Take: For what it's worth, Forte tweeted: “Relax everybody.” “It's called voluntary W/O for a reason. I've always been there especially when it counts!” He's scheduled to make $8.2 million this season and it's likely the Bears aren't excited about giving a 29-year-old running back a lengthy contract extension. Expect Forte to be present for the Bears' mandatory minicamp in mid-June.
Raiders expected to sign Michael Crabtree
Veteran wideout sticking in the Bay Area
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 13 2015, 6:44 pm

Oakland Raiders
From @caplannfl and myself, Raiders expected to sign Michael Crabtree as soon as tonight. (Bill Williamson on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: If true, Crabtree would join James Jones, Rod Streater, Andre Holmes and perhaps a top receiving rookie as weapons for young quarterback Derek Carr. Crabtree caught 68 passes for 698 yards and 4 TDs last season in San Francisco but has yet to regain his form from 2012 when he finished as fantasy's No.15 wide receiver. It's hard to imagine Crabtree making a meaningful fantasy impact in 2015 as the Raiders attempt to right the ship.
Sanders expected to play more in the slot
Role will change for Broncos receiver
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 13 2015, 5:30 pm

Denver Broncos
The Broncos will feature a more balanced offense centered on a zone-blocking running attack. Emmanuel Sanders recognizes that his role could change. He expects to play in the slot when the Broncos use a three-wide-receiver set. "I am comfortable there. I did it a lot in Pittsburgh (with the Steelers) and in college," Sanders said. (Denver Post)

FFToday's Take: The Broncos are expected to run the ball much like they did the second half of 2014. Cody Latimer will play on the outside in three wide receiver sets, kicking Sanders inside. As a result, it's hard to imagine Sanders repeating his 2014 performance (101-1404-9) when he finished as fantasy's No.7 wideout. A WR2 value is realistic but his early ADP is likely to be higher based off last season's WR1 production.





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