| Dixon injury worse than expected, out for the year|
Medial meniscus repaired today - not trimmed
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 25 2017, 5:15 pm
|Source: Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon will be out for the season. He had his medial meniscus repaired today - not trimmed. Out 4-5 months. Brutal (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Tough blow for Dixon and the Ravens. His initial recovery tine was set at 6-8 weeks but now he will miss the entire season. The Ravens will look to Terrance West, Danny Woodhead and are brining in Bobby Rainey for a workout. West and Woodhead will get a bump in our next projections and rankings update.
| Kenneth Dixon tears meniscus|
Ravens RB will have surgery, miss about 6-8 weeks
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Jul 25 2017, 1:13 pm
|NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Kenneth Dixon suffered a tear in his meniscus, according to a source informed of the situation. He'll have surgery today. The Baltimore Sun first reported the news.
FFToday's Take: Dixon was already slated to miss the first four games of the season due to suspension for violating the league's performance enhancing drug policy, so this isn't a major development as he wasn't high on too many cheatsheets anyway. This does, however, add to the job security of Terrance West and Danny Woodhead and inches them a spot or two up the draft boards.
|Greg Olsen to play out contract with Panthers|
TE hoping to avoid being "distraction" as team enters camp
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Jul 25 2017, 11:35 am
|NFL Network reporter Tiffany Blackmon (@tiffblackmon) on Twitter: "Greg Olsen says he's going to play out his contract, told us after Gettleman was fired he did not want to be a further distraction..." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Despite stymied contract negotiations that helped oust Dave Gettleman as GM, Olsen is now accepting his current contract. Olson is one of the most reliable components in the Carolina offense and one of the NFL's top tight ends. He's a top 5 fantasy TE.
|RGIII working out for Chargers|
Beleaguered QB still looking for a shot
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Jul 25 2017, 8:30 am
|Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) on Twitter: "RGIII scheduled to work out Tuesday for LA Chargers, per league source. Been training in Florida with former Browns asst. Pep Hamilton."
He's looking to supplant Kellen Clemens as the Chargers' backup QB. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This is actually Robert Griffin III's first known visit and workout since he was released by the Browns on March 10. Schefter tweeted that Griffin has been working out down in Florida with ex-Colts and Stanford OC Pep Hamilton. RGIII has likely exhausted all of his fantasy value but could be in a god spot to revive his career in Los Angeles, even if it starts as a backup.
|Wendell Smallwood to have significant role in 2017|
Eagles RB still part of committee, but primed for more touches
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Jul 25 2017, 8:22 am
|Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) on Twitter: "I think Smallwood will have a pretty significant role this year. They like him." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Wendell Smallwood is a compact back who could eat into the workloads of Darren Sproles and LeGarrette Blount in Philly, especially if either struggles or gets injured. This is generally a situation to avoid in fantasy, but Smallwood may be worth a snag in super-deep formats if he keeps getting it done during camp.
|Marcus Mariota playing lighter in 2017|
Titans QB down to 215 pounds
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Jul 25 2017, 8:15 am
|Despite the Titans' recommendations for him to play at 225-230 pounds, Marcus Mariota is listening to his trainer Ryan Flaherty and hoping to avoid injury by playing at 215 pounds this season. (Oregon Live)|
FFToday's Take: "I have always told Marcus that I thought he should play at 215 pounds because I felt like he was the fastest at that weight," Flaherty told reporter Paul Kuharsky. "The No. 1 injury QBs suffer in the NFL is AC sprain and that's from getting hit. I told him that they can't hit what they can't catch so he should think about playing at a weight where he is his fastest.
This should have little effect on his fantasy numbers, outside the possibility of a few more rushing yards.
|Marshawn Lynch to see around 200 carries?|
Beast Mode may replicate Latavius Murray's workload
By: Doug Orth | Jul 24 2017, 8:20 pm
|How much does Marshawn Lynch have left in his 31-year-old body after taking a year off? The depth at running back means he won’t have to shoulder a huge load. Something in the range of the 195 carries Latavius Murray had last year should suffice, perhaps less if both DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard see an increase. (The Mercury News)|
FFToday's Take: For some reason, early drafters seem to have assumed Lynch would be a featured back, taking him in the middle of the second round on average. The Raiders were obviously happy with the arrangement last season, outside of Murray's inefficiency, so it would be surprising if the Raiders ran Lynch into the ground, especially after a year off. Owners should consider him as a RB2 at best somewhere in the fourth-round area.
|Travis Kelce cleared for training camp|
Underwent shoulder surgery in February
By: Doug Orth | Jul 24 2017, 4:50 pm
|Travis Kelce will not start camp on PUP. (NFL.com - James Palmer)|
FFToday's Take: Three of Kelce’s 100-yard games occurred in the four games Jeremy Maclin missed last season. Kelce has been the target on at least 21.8 percent of the team's passes over each of the last two seasons, and it is hard to imagine that number going down with Maclin in Baltimore now. If Kelce could ever find the end zone with a bit more regularity (his career high is five touchdowns), he would probably overtake Rob Gronkowski as the most valuable tight end in fantasy football.
|DeMarco Murray fully healthy|
Recovered from early-June finger surgery
By: Doug Orth | Jul 24 2017, 4:40 pm
|DeMarco Murray said his ring finger is healed and he's ready to roll. (104.5 The Zone - Paul Kuharsky)|
FFToday's Take: It was a "minor" procedure for an injury Murray said he suffered in Week 2 last season. Despite entering his age-29 season, Murray appears primed for another huge season despite the presence of Derrick Henry thanks to a vastly improved supporting cast. With one of the league's best offensive lines paving the way, Murray is a solid pick in the second round of fantasy drafts.
| Luck to begin training camp on active/PUP list|
Should be removed at some point during preseason
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 24 2017, 1:46 pm
|Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will begin training camp this weekend on the physically unable to perform list, first-year general manager Chris Ballard revealed Monday. Luck won’t be able to practice until he’s removed from the list, which Ballard said he expects will happen at some point during the preseason. (Indianapolis Star)|
FFToday's Take: Luck has started to throw which is good news but the uncertainty surrounding his timetable for being fully cleared is cause for concern. For what its worth, the team still believes he's on track to being under center Week 1.
| Eifert and Gio ready for camp?|
Bengals hope two offensive stars will be cleared to particiapte
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 24 2017, 10:00 am
|It seems an annual rite of summer to wonder about the health of Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert, but the 2015 Pro Bowler has said all along he should be ready to participate fully in training camp and all indications are that will be the case when camp opens.
Surprisingly, running back Giovani Bernard looks like he’ll be cleared to participate as well come Friday after rupturing his left anterior cruciate ligament just eight months ago. (Cincinnati Enquirer)|
FFToday's Take: Both are said to be on schedule with their rehab and it sounds like they will be ready but likely limited when camp begins for the Bengals on Friday. Earlier reports suggested Bernard may miss a couple games to start this season.
|Ryan Mathews still unable to practice|
Ealges will likely release RB once healthy
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 23 2017, 2:00 pm
|Ryan Mathews is still on the roster and likely to remain there into August, a source close to the situation said Sunday. Mathews won’t be on the field Monday. He is still recovering from neck disk surgery, and his surgeon doesn’t want to revisit the matter until sometime next month, the source said. (Philly.com)|
FFToday's Take: Mathews neck injury suffered late last season will cause him to miss at least the early portions of camp. Given the situation its likely Mathews will be released once he's able to pass a physical as no injury settlement would be due. Despite his presence on the Eagles roster, Mathews is off the fantasy radar.
|Duke Johnson the next slot receiver in Cleveland?|
Beat reporters anticipate elevated receiving role for Duke
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 23 2017, 10:00 am
|Hue Jackson will have to plan his passing attack around his wideouts, his top two tight ends in Seth DeValve and David Njoku, and his all-purpose back in Duke Johnson, who has been lining up as a slot receiver. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: With Corey Coleman and Kenny Britt likely to hold down the two outside receiving spots, there's speculation among the Browns beat reporters that Johnson could replace Andrew Hawkins as the primary slot receiver. Johnson's rushing attempts dropped from 104 in 2015 to 74 in 2016. Increased time in slot would boost Johnson's value in PPR leagues where's he's currently being drafted in Round 10.
| Mike Williams disputes severity of back injury|
"That was some false information being released"
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 23 2017, 7:00 am
|Los Angeles Chargers first-round pick Mike Williams is denying reports that he might need season-ending back surgery. "I'm good. Everything good. The back situation. That was some false information being released," he said. "I don't know who released it but everything is good." (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Williams sat out the off-season program after suffering a herniated disc in his back. Reports last week suggested he might need surgery to correct the problem. How much he participates in training camp will give us a better indication of his true health. He's on the backburner as a potential WR5.
|Cowboys kicking the tires on RBs|
Ronnie Hilliman, Dernard Robinson in for workouts
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 21 2017, 2:37 pm
|Source: in addition to Denard Robinson, the Cowboys worked out RB Ronnie Hillman on Thursday. (Field Yates on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Cowboys are getting prepared for a Zeke Elliott suspension by bringing in Robinson and Hillman for a workout. If either is signed, they would be nothing more than depth behind Elliott and Darren McFadden.
|Boldin to visit Bills on Monday|
Former Lions WR still looking for a home
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 21 2017, 2:00 pm
|Source: Free-agent WR Anquan Boldin will visit the Buffalo Bills on Monday. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Boldin has kept a low profile this off-season but has expressed his interest to be in the "right situation". Now that training camps are getting ready to start, Boldin is ramping his interest in finding a new home.
|Seth DeValve still generating hype|
Second-year TE poised to break out in 2017?
By: Doug Orth | Jul 20 2017, 7:25 pm
|Seth DeValve caught plenty of folks’ attention throughout the spring and appears poised to have a significant role in Cleveland’s offense. He was hamstrung a bit at this time last year because of a handful of injuries that limited his practice time. He dealt with an injury in season, too, but still came away with a couple of bright moments, including his 25-yard touchdown catch against the Ravens.
“The proof will be obviously when we put the pads on, but he is ahead of where he was a year ago,” TE coach Greg Seamon said. (ClevelandBrowns.com)|
FFToday's Take: For those counting, the team website is jumping on the same wagon HC Hue Jackson, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Akron Beacon-Journal helped start with DeValve's strong showing this spring. Owners in deeper leagues should watch him closely, as Cleveland will need to throw the ball and lacks a plethora of high-end receiving options.
| Keenan Allen flashing pre-injury form|
QB: "Looks as good as he did before he got hurt"
By: Doug Orth | Jul 20 2017, 7:20 pm
|Keenan Allen, who also missed eight games with a lacerated kidney in 2015, was working on the field with the team during OTAs this spring and Rivers said he doesn’t think anyone will notice a difference in the wideout’s play.
“I really think he looks as good as he did before he got hurt,” Rivers said on The Rich Eisen Show. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Owners shouldn't expect to hear anything different from Rivers regarding Allen. Each ACL rehab is its own separate case and Allen theoretically should be in good shape for the season opener considering his ACL tear happened in Week 1 last year. With that said, most ACL patients struggle to gain trust in their knee until the second year, which was the case with Kelvin Benjamin last year. He should be treated as a high-risk, high-reward WR2 in fantasy in 2017.
|Chris Johnson back in Arizona|
CJ2K signs one-year deal
By: Doug Orth | Jul 20 2017, 7:10 pm
|Cardinals are giving 31-year-old RB Chris Johnson a one-year deal. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Johnson was limited to four games in 2016 but led the team in rushing in 2015. With only Kerwynn Williams and Andre Ellington behind David Johnson, the Cardinals were wise to bring back a veteran they were familiar with and capable of handling the load for a game or two should David Johnson get sidelined for any length of time. He won't be the greatest handcuff in the world by any stretch, but he should be considered semi-valuable insurance for any DJ owner.
| Mike Williams not a candidate for surgery?|
Rookie WR's herinated disc "improving"
By: Doug Orth | Jul 20 2017, 7:00 pm
|Surgery was on the table 3-4 weeks ago (for Mike Williams' herinated disc). Two sources with direct knowledge say it is NOT on the table now. Williams is improving. (NFL.com - Ian Rapoport)|
FFToday's Take: The Tyrell Williams bandwagon has hit its first speed bump. Mike Williams sounds like he is destined to open training camp on the active/PUP list, but he may be able to go Week 1 after all. He wasn't necessarily expected to make a huge rookie-year impact anyway, so owners in smaller leagues can probably leave on the waiver wire for now.
|Geronimo Allison suspended one game|
Violating the NFL's substance abuse policy
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 19 2017, 3:45 pm
|Geronimo Allison, the Green Bay Packers' second-year receiver who made a surprising contribution as a rookie, was suspended for the first game of the regular season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, the league announced Wednesday. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Allison is fighting for the Packers No.4 receiving job behind Nelson, Adams and Cobb. He will only come into fantasy relevance if he cracks the top 3 receiving group. He's a late-round flier on the of the best passing offenses in the league.
| Chargers Mike Williams may need back surgery|
Second epidural given for herniated disk
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 19 2017, 3:27 pm
|The Los Angeles Chargers are still hoping to avoid it, but first-round pick Mike Williams might need back surgery on his herniated disk that would end his rookie season, league sources tell ESPN. The team still is hoping that Williams will respond positively to the second epidural but also knows there's a real chance he will not and his rookie year will be over before it begins. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Bad news for the rookie wideout. It sounds like the best case scenario is for him to get back on the practice field at some point during training camp. Even if he does, he's missed so much time it would be a minor miracle for him to contribute in any meaningful fantasy way in 2017. Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin would be the biggest benefactors if Mike Williams were to miss significant time.
|Jags to workout TE Gary Barnidge|
Ex-Brown tight end looking for work
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 19 2017, 1:49 pm
|Former Cleveland Browns tight end Gary Barnidge is scheduled to visit and workout for the Jaguars on July 25, a league source told First Coast News on Wednesday. (First Coast News)|
FFToday's Take: Barnidge was released by the Browns earlier this off-season but hasn't received much interest. The Jags could use tight end help with Marcedes Lewis and Mychal Rivera atop the depth chart. Barnidge blew up in 2015 with a 79-1043-9 line fell back to earth in 2016 with just 612 yards and 2 TDs. The Ravens are also a fit for the veteran's services.
|Talkin' Bears wide receivers|
Wheaton pegged for deep threat role
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 19 2017, 8:00 am
|The Bears intend for Wheaton to be their deep threat, filling a role that was pegged for White before he suffered multiple broken bones in his left leg. Victor Cruz will compete with Kendall Wright for the slot receiver job. (Chicago Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Cameron Meredith missed most of the Spring with a torn ligament in his thumb but the Bears are hoping he will be ready for training camp. Meredith, Kevin White and Markus Wheaton who got $5 million guaranteed from the Bears earlier this off-season are considered locks for the roster. Ultimately, White and Meredith are the only names fantasy owners should give consideration to.
|Mike Glennon to remain starter all season?|
Mitchell Trubisky not expected to push veteran
By: Doug Orth | Jul 17 2017, 6:50 pm
|For those just tuning back in after last year's 3-13 finish - this is not an open quarterback competition. It's not veteran Mike Glennon versus second-overall pick Mitchell Trubisky with coach John Fox dangling the car keys between them. It's Glennon's job on Day 1, and the team plans for the depth chart to remain stacked that way. All season, in fact. Until further notice, Glennon's grip on the job remains strong because he is the only one of the two trained in an NFL offense. (Chicago Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: It's the right approach given how raw Trubisky is, but it remains to be seen if the Bears will have the conviction to stick to it like so few teams before them have. At the very least, Glennon should give this offense - specifically Cameron Meredith and Jordan Howard - a decent shot to match or exceed its production from last season. Glennon is a low-end QB2 for fantasy purposes.
|Danny Woodhead winning over Ravens|
Flacco makes comparison to Ray Rice in the passing game
By: Doug Orth | Jul 17 2017, 6:40 pm
|Danny Woodhead looked as elusive as ever during the Baltimore Ravens' offseason. While the Ravens are excited about what their new weapon can do after the reception, everyone has been more impressed with what Woodhead has done before the catch.
"Really, ever since we lost Ray Rice, we haven't had a type of back that’s quite like how Ray was and quite like how Danny is in the passing game," quarterback Joe Flacco said. "They just have a very good feel for when they're open and how to get open, how to sit in holes, how to find my eyes, and you can already see that." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: From 2009-13, no running back caught more passes than Rice, who averaged 67 receptions a season during that span, and that is considered one of the primary reasons why Baltimore outbid the Broncos and Chargers to secure his services. It should come as no surprise if Woodhead pushes for 70-plus catches given the fact the Ravens lost players like Steve Smith, Dennis Pitta and Kyle Juszczyk in the offseason. Owners could easily make a case Woodhead will be a top-20 PPR back this fall.
|Panthers fire Dave Gettleman|
Carolina GM canned after four seasons
By: Doug Orth | Jul 17 2017, 6:30 pm
|Carolina Panthers owner/founder Jerry Richardson announced Monday that general manager Dave Gettleman has been relieved of his duties. (Panthers.com)|
FFToday's Take: While NFL teams have no problem handing out pink slips, it is extremely unusual for executives to receive them at any point of the year unless it is right after the end of the season. There is speculation the reason Gettleman was let go was because he either wasn't interested or wasn't making any progress on extensions for a pair of Richardson's favorites in Thomas Davis and Greg Olsen.
|Ezekiell Elliott headed for more trouble?|
Allegedly involved in bar disturbance
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 17 2017, 9:30 am
|More information regarding Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s alleged involvement in what Dallas police called a “disturbance” at a bar on Sunday night has begun to filter out. The police said a 30-year-old man told them he had been assaulted, but did not know who did it. TMZ also spoke to someone identified as “Sgt. Williams” from the Dallas police who said that a friend of the alleged victim also identified Elliott as the assailant and a social media post from Sunday night carried the same message with some NSFW language. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Elliott's off-field issues are becoming increasingly worrisome for fantasy owners. The Cowboys running back may already be facing a short suspension for a domestic issue last summer and could face a longer suspension if he's found to be at fault in the skirmish last night.
|Texans' D'Onta Foreman arrested|
Marijuana possession and unlawful weapon charges
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 16 2017, 9:00 am
|Texans rookie running back D'Onta Foreman, the third-round pick from the University of Texas, was arrested early Sunday morning in Austin on possession of marijuana and unlawful weapon charges. "We are aware of the situation involving D'Onta Foreman, and we are gathering more information," the Texans said. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Foreman has been ticketed with the backup role in the Texans running game behind Lamar Miller. More info to come...
|Michael Floyd suspended 4 games|
Violating the NFL's substance abuse policy
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 14 2017, 4:10 pm
|Source: Vikings WR Michael Floyd has been suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season. (Field Yates on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It's the Friday NFL news dump. Floyd violated his house arrest by failing alcohol tests which Floyd attributed to drinking kombucha tea. Floyd can return to the team on October 2nd ahead of Week 5 and is eligible to play during the preseason.
|Rams' WR Mike Thomas suspended 4 games|
Performance enhancing substances
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 14 2017, 4:00 pm
|Rams WR Mike Thomas suspended without pay 4 games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances, #NFL announced. (Adam Caplan on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Thomas saw very little playing time in his rookie season catching 3 passes on 17 targets. He's a fantasy afterthought behind Robert Woods, Tavon Austin, Cooper Kupp and Pharoh Cooper.
|Zeke to face 1-2 game suspension?|
NFL investigation is ongoing
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 14 2017, 2:00 pm
|ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that although the investigation is still ongoing, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is bracing for a short suspension stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident in 2016. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Schefter went on to say that there's a growing sense that a 1-2 game suspension may occur in the coming weeks for the Cowboys starting running back. Nothing is official on this situation, but its enough to give fantasy owners drafting in the top three some pause. Darren McFadden is Elliott's backup.
|George Kittle making an impression|
GM John Lynch: "He's exceeded our expectations."
By: Doug Orth | Jul 10 2017, 6:00 pm
|George Kittle could very well be an impact player as a rookie. You keep hearing his name for a reason. The tight end’s play during minicamp earned himself some publicity. GM John Lynch continued to build the excitement around Kittle during a phone interview with KNBR.
“He’s really flashed. He’s got some suddenness to him in his movements. He catches the ball extremely well. George gives us something we don’t have as a playmaker down in the red zone. He is that guy who can win 1-on-1. He can impose his will and out-athlete people. He’s exceeded our expectations,” Lynch said. (49ers.com)|
FFToday's Take: Kittle turned heads at the NFL Combine with a 4.52 40-yard time and was one of the best all-purpose tight ends in the 2017 draft. Although his odds of contributing in fantasy in Year 1 are slim due to the history of rookie tight ends and the talent surrounding him in San Fran, the firth-round pick has a bright future and needs to be owned in dynasty leagues.
|Ebron digging his fit in 2017 offense|
TE "overly excited" about how he will be used
By: Doug Orth | Jul 10 2017, 5:45 pm
|Eric Ebron: The way they are going to go about using me this year has me "overly excited." It's going to be fun for me. (Sirius XM NFL Radio)|
FFToday's Take: This isn't the first time he has spoken out about how much "fun" he is going to have, and he isn't unreasonable to think that. Ebron seems to be the most likely candidate to replace the bulk of the 95 targets - including an eye-popping 22 in the red zone - Anquan Boldin is leaving behind. After disappointing owners in each of his first three seasons, he is a very good candidate to break into the mid-TE1 ranks this season.
|Jeremy Hill still in the RB mix|
The forgotten man in the Bengals backfield will still have a role
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 7 2017, 10:00 am
|I don’t see Jeremy Hill going anywhere in this the last year of his deal after head coach Marvin Lewis’ fiery defense of him during the offseason. Hill is going to be far from invisible, at least at the start of things with Giovani Bernard coming off of ACL surgery and second-rounder Joe Mixon learning the ropes. Hill figures to always be a presence inside the 5. (Bengals.com)|
FFToday's Take: Geoff Hobson from Bengals.com was answering a reader's question in his opinion above. Hobson went on to note that Mixon may start the season as the third-down back given Gio's injury with a lot of split time between Hill and Mixon until one emerges. With Mixon being the superior talent he's the favorite to lead the Bengals' RBs in fantasy points when it's all said and done.
|Jonathan Stewart's role not changing|
Veteran 30-year-old still expected to see bulk of the carries
By: Doug Orth | Jul 6 2017, 5:00 pm
|Christian McCaffrey brings so much to the table. He’s got terrific instincts to run between the tackles, can produce big plays in the screen game, has experience operating out of the wildcat and can even line up at wide receiver spots with his polished route-running and natural pass-catching ability.
Everyone from HC Ron Rivera to RB coach Jim Skipper has insisted that Jonathan Stewart’s role will not change. And Stewart himself has made it clear he’s not at all concerned. The punishing 240-pound runner will continue to see the bulk of the carries. (Panthers.com)|
FFToday's Take: Stewart has become an insane value pick in the ninth (standard) and 10th (PPR) rounds, largely because early drafters seem to believe McCaffrey will be the clear starter right away and do-it-all back for Carolina. While McCaffrey is the future and the centerpiece of the Panthers' new offense, Stewart isn't going to go away after signing an extension in March. Owners should be thrilled to land him as an RB4 as a player capable of 200 carries yet again and 8-10 touchdowns.
|Gillislee likely to fill Blount role|
Expect fantasy frustation with the Pats RB position
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 4 2017, 9:16 am
|The Patriots will still have James White, Dion Lewis, Burkhead and possibly D.J. Foster at running back, so it won't all fall on Mike Gillislee. But Gillislee projects as the most likely running back to fill the void left by Blount, who is now with the Eagles. It's a big opportunity for him. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Mike Reiss is speculating but he covers the Pats on a daily basis and offers great insight into the team. With Gillislee going late in Round 5 of 12-team mocks, fantasy owners are favoring him over James White (12.05) and Rex Burkhead (14.05). With so may RB options, it will be difficult to peg the weekly fantasy value of any Pats running back.
|Eagles "high" on Mack Hollins|
Team impressed by fourth-round WR, former UDFA
By: Doug Orth | Jul 3 2017, 6:10 pm
|Two reasons why Eagles cut Dorial Green-Beckham: Team high on second-year WR Marcus Johnson (really strong offseason) and rookie Mack Hollins. (Adam Caplan on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Hollins and Johnson also play special teams, which gave them an advantage over DGB. The Eagles added Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith to a receiving corps that already had Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor, so Philly was running out of room at a position where teams usually keep only five players. Hollins isn't going to make a big impact as a rookie, but his size (6-4, 221) gives him a chance to occupy the big receiver role in this offense in 2018 should Jeffery leave at the end of the season.
|Eagles part ways with Dorial Green-Beckham|
Agree to terms with QB Dane Evans
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 30 2017, 11:05 am
|Eagles released WR Dorial Green-Beckham. (Jeff McLance on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Eagles ramped up their receiving corps in free agency by adding Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith to the mix. With Nelson Agholor holding down the fourth spot, DGB would have been fighting for a roster spot in camp. He posted 36 catches for 392 yards and 1 TD last season but his catch rate was less than 50% (74 targets).
|Latavius Murray to see bulk of goal-line work?|
Scored nine of his 12 TDs inside the 5 last year
By: Doug Orth | Jun 29 2017, 5:40 pm
|Latavius Murray might not lead the team in carries this year, but even if he is technically a backup, he figures to assume a critical role for the Vikings offense. In 2016, there were 25 occasions when the Vikings ran the ball on third or fourth down within three yards of the first-down marker, according to Pro Football Reference. They converted on only 13 of those plays, averaging a pathetic 1.36 yards per carry.
In 2016, his final season in Oakland, Murray scored a dozen touchdowns, nine from inside the 5-yard line. In those short-yardage situations on third and fourth down, he converted on 13 of 18 tries, averaging 4.9 yards. (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Despite Murray's three-year, $15 million contract, rookie Dalvin Cook is considered the heavy favorite to open the season as the starting running back. While Murray will not have one of the best offensive lines in the league to run behind anymore, he is certainly an upgrade over Matt Asiata in short-yardage and goal-line situations. The former Raider warrants RB5 consideration in most leagues this summer.