|Packers hoping to emulate Saints' RB rotation?|
HC promises RBBC approach in Green Bay to open season
By: Doug Orth | Jun 18 2018, 5:25 pm
|Packers HC Mike McCarthy certainly wasn't going to tip his hand when asked last week if he studied how the Saints used their backs and if it could be applicable to his offense.
"The fact of the matter is we're going to go running back by committee. But if one of them would emerge as that full-time guy then you have to have that ability to ... adjust to that. As far as planning and going into the season, that's why we're going about it that way. We feel like we've got three guys that have all done it, but they haven't done it over a long period of time, so I think it's just practical thinking from that position." (ESPN - Rob Demovsky)|
FFToday's Take: In other words, McCarthy will stick with a committee until someone from the group of Ty Montgomery, Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams proves he is deserving of more work than the others. Montgomery seems like a no-brainer pick to handle the majority of work in the passing game, while Jones makes the most sense as the early-down back who gives Green Bay some big-play ability. Williams may be the most dependable.
|Eric Ebron impressing his new team|
Colts looking to put a lot on former Lion TE's plate
By: Doug Orth | Jun 18 2018, 5:15 pm
|There have been numerous additions to a team that has turned over more than two-thirds of its players since January 2017. But TE Eric Ebron is one newcomer who looks as though he could be particularly impactful.
As Reich said, they team is not in pads and offseason practices can, at times, be fool’s gold. But Ebron has been among the more impressive Colts this offseason, and Reich seems poised to fully tap into Ebron’s versatile skill set. Reich and offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni are going to put lots on Ebron’s plate, and they firmly believe the free-agent pickup can handle it. (The Indianapolis Star)|
FFToday's Take: It wouldn't be terribly surprising if Ebron realized his potential in Indy, as he should have plenty of opportunity with T.Y. Hilton and Jack Doyle being the only established pass-catcher for an offense that will use a lot of two-tight sets. Ebron's propensity for drops and overall inconsistency have contributed greatly to his inability thus far to deliver on his talent, so if the Colts can help him there, he's got a chance to push for low-end starting status in fantasy.
|Foreman rehabbing from torn Achilles|
Full-go for the start of training camp?
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 17 2018, 8:00 am
|D'Onta Foreman ruptured his Achilles tendon in November while scoring a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals. It appears unlikely that Foreman will be full-go for the start of training camp. The Texans do expect him to play this season and are hopeful about his long-term outlook. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Foreman isn't a lock to be available Week 1 and even if he is, it's likely the Texans would ease him back into the mix. For now, Lamar Miller remains the No.1 back in Houston but could cede work to Foreman later in the year once healthy. Foreman was getting 10-12 touches per game serving as Miller's backup in 2017.
|Rashaad Penny gaining trust|
Rookie handing pass-blocking assignments well
By: Doug Orth | Jun 14 2018, 9:00 pm
|Seahawks coach Pete Carroll suggested Thursday (June 14) the team already trusts first-round RB Rashaad Penny in pass protection. (Seahawks.com)|
FFToday's Take: The surprise first-round pick was arguably the worst in his draft class when it came to picking up the blitz, and the fact Seattle has addressed the topic multiple times publicly suggests the team knows it is an issue. Penny may be nailing all of his assignments so far, but the answer to whether or not he's really improved until the pads come on. The draft capital the Seahawks spent on the rookie means he should lead the team in carries by a mile, making him a worthy RB2 candidate in most leagues.
|Kareem Hunt nursing hamstring injury|
Expected to be OK for training camp
By: Doug Orth | Jun 14 2018, 8:00 pm
|Reid says “Kareem Hunt will be okay” for start of training camp. Held out much of OTA and minicamp with hamstring injury. (Chiefs Digest - Matt Derrick)|
FFToday's Take: Hamstring injuries during the summer can sometimes lead to more hamstring injuries at the start of camp, but this appears to be the Chiefs exercising caution more than anything else. Reid has talked about getting Hunt more involved as a receiver in 2018 and keeping his workload roughly the same. If that end up being the case, Hunt should have no issue being a high-end RB1 once again.
|Austin Seferian-Jenkins primed for big role?|
Draws praise for work ethic and approach in Jacksonville
By: Doug Orth | Jun 14 2018, 6:30 pm
|Minicamp in one sense ended as it began, with a major theme being the potential impact on the offense of Austin Seferian-Jenkins. The veteran tight end signed with the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent in March, and he drew praise throughout OTAs and minicamp for his work ethic and approach learning a new system. He also has appeared in sync with Blake Bortles throughout the past month of off-field work and appears likely to an integral part of the offense next season. (Jaguars.com)|
FFToday's Take: ASJ averaged only 7.1 YPC last season, but the Jets rarely ever asked him to run the downfield routes that once made him such a highly touted prospect. The Jags have a ton of talent at receiver now and may not be able to give him the kind of volume he needs to become a fantasy TE1, but he seems like a good bet to top the 50-357-3 line he had in 13 games in 2017. Consider him a high-end TE2 in fantasy.
|Mahomes-Watkins connection is "real"|
FA receiver making early impression
By: Doug Orth | Jun 14 2018, 5:00 pm
|It’s been a consistent sight throughout offseason workouts, but the connection between second-year QB Patrick Mahomes and free agent WR Sammy Watkins is real, and it was once again on display Wednesday afternoon. After practice, Chiefs’ veteran WR Chris Conley said that Watkins is picking up the offense “as fast as anyone I’ve seen,” which is saying something. (Chiefs.com - B.J. Kissel)|
FFToday's Take: Watkins has always had a ridiculously high ceiling, but injuries in 2015 and 2016 as well as a late arrival to Rams' camp last year has made him something of a bust in the minds of fantasy owners. While Watkins will certainly have his share of down games in an offense that also features Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill and Kareem Hunt, he could also very easily emerge as the team's top playmaker in the passing game if he stays healthy. He's a steal at his current seventh-round ADP.
|Ju-Ju frustrated by knee injury|
Won't participate in minicamp
By: Doug Orth | Jun 13 2018, 2:02 pm
|JuJu Smith-Schuster's Year 2 leap will have to wait.
Smith-Schuster, 21, the NFL's youngest player to record 1,000 total yards in a season, is limited in Pittsburgh Steelers minicamp with what he calls a "frustrating" knee injury. Smith-Schuster won't disclose the nature of the injury but plans to be a full participant for training camp, which opens July 26. The Steelers have sidelined Smith-Schuster for all 11-man work in organized team activities and minicamp. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: It's good to hear Schuster is expected to participate in training camp but this situation should be monitored closely in case the knee injury lingers. After the trade of Martavis Bryant to Oakland during the draft, the Steelers are counting on their second-year wideout to be a big part of their offense in 2018. He's being valued as a mid-range WR2 in early fantasy drafts.
|DeMarco Murray declines workout for Saints|
Veteran RB waiting for the right opportunity
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 13 2018, 12:45 pm
|Saints reached out to RB DeMarco Murray to bring him to New Orleans for a workout today, but he preferred not to work out with a large group of RBs, per source. Murray still waiting for right opportunity and believes he is ready to make a significant contribution in 2018. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Saints have been kicking the tires on RBs this week including Tim Hightower, Jamaal Charles and Terrance West. With Mark Ingram set to serve a four-game suspension to start the year, it's possible New Orleans is updating their emergency list. Murray may not find a serious suitor until an injury happens during training camp.
|Andrew Luck threw a football|
First time throwing since last October
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 12 2018, 1:45 pm
|WATCH: #Colts' Andrew Luck throws for first time publicly since October. (CBS4 Indianapolis)|
FFToday's Take: It's true. Luck threw today for the first time since last October. The long rehab continues but at least Luck is moving in the right direction. He'll remain a huge fantasy risk until he begins throwing without restrictions.
|David Johnson to skip mandatory minicamp|
Contract negotiations ongoing
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 12 2018, 11:00 am
|Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson is skipping this week's mandatory minicamp in hopes of getting a new contract, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Tuesday. The two sides have been in discussions regarding a new contract and are hopeful a new deal will be reached before the start of the season. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Johnson joins fellow fantasy standout Julio Jones in skipping minicamp in hopes of a new deal. Johnson is heading into the final year of his rookie deal and scheduled to make $1.9 million.
|Tampa Bay likely to employ RBBC|
Ronald Jones, Peyton Barber, Charles Sims to be involved
By: Doug Orth | Jun 11 2018, 7:40 pm
|(Ronald Jones) will go into training camp with every expectation of adding the big-play threat that's been sorely missed in the last two years. He'll share the load with third-year pro Peyton Barber, and Charles Sims will have a chance to keep the third-down role he held last season. Jones understanding the offense and pass protection and all a running back must do beyond just running the ball is a major prerequisite to him gaining the full trust of his coaches. Establish that now, and he's in line for a larger role earlier in his rookie season. (Tampa Bay Times - Greg Auman)|
FFToday's Take: The faster Jones accomplishes the last part (understanding the offense and pass protection, etc.), the quicker he will emerge as the primary and perhaps every-down option in Tampa Bay. The Bucs have already said they envision Jones becoming a three-down back, and he possesses the kind of explosiveness the Bucs simply don't have otherwise. Jones may start out in a committee, but he seems like a pretty good bet to own the backfield before 2018 comes to a close.
|Denver to use 'heavy dose' of Devontae Booker?|
Local paper suggests Booker has secured meaningful role
By: Doug Orth | Jun 11 2018, 7:30 pm
|C.J. Anderson‘s departure to Carolina opens up plenty of carries in a backfield that should feature a heavy dose of Devontae Booker and a yet-to-be-determined second option. The Broncos added two rushers in the draft (Royce Freeman and David Williams), plus Phillip Lindsay as an undrafted free agent from Colorado. Second-year Bronco De’Angelo Henderson will also be in the mix. (The Denver Post)|
FFToday's Take: OC Bill Musgrave talked recently about how this year's offense will be drastically different than last year's. While it is quite possible Booker will begin the season as the 1A back to another player's 1B (likely Freeman), the third-year back hasn't done enough with his few chances to have anything locked up. Freeman should still be considered the favorite to emerge from this backfield and be no worse than a serviceable flex option for the bulk of the season.
|Julio Jones skipping mandatory minicamp|
Team releases statement on star wide receiver
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 11 2018, 4:00 pm
|"We have been in contact with Julio Jones and his representation. We will not discuss those conversations publicly except to say we feel they have been productive and constructive. We understand the concerns and thoughts from their perspective. Although not ideal, Julio informed us today he would not be attending mini-camp." (Atlanta Falcons)|
FFToday's Take: Jones skipped OTAs as well. It's rare these "holdouts" turn into a serious issue but it's something to monitor as the summer moves along. This doesn't affect Julio's fantasy value for now.
|Montgomery to have significant role in GB offense?|
Packers have 3 viable options at RB
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 11 2018, 8:00 am
|The Green Bay Packers coach still believes the receiver-turned-running back could be a matchup nightmare for defenses.
That's why even though Ty Montgomery has yet to prove he can avoid the injury bug, he appears to be set for another significant role in the offense. That much became evident during three weeks of OTA practices, in which Montgomery didn't appear to lose any ground to emerging running backs Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Montgomery played in only 8 games last season after suffering wrist and rib injuries. He offers better hands in the passing game which is why he'll continue to have a role in the offense as long as he remains healthy. This is shaping up to be a nightmare for fantasy owners as head coach Mike McCarthy has already admitted the team using a running back-by-committee approach.
|Tyler Lockett finally completely healthy|
"Obvious" WR was never quite right in 2017
By: Doug Orth | Jun 7 2018, 8:35 pm
|Tyler Lockett was everywhere Thursday as the Seahawks conducted a number of situational drills looking, finally, fully recovered from the devastating leg injury he suffered on Christmas Eve in 2016. Lockett returned to play all of last season, but HC Pete Carroll said it was obvious Lockett wasn’t quite 100 percent. But he is now, Carroll said, which could give the team’s receiving corps a significant boost. (The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta)|
FFToday's Take: With Seattle overhauling its roster in the offseason and letting players like Jimmy Graham and Paul Richardson pursue greener pastures, there are opportunities aplenty. Lockett has never lacked for talent, but he has yet to top his 51-664-6 line from his rookie year in 2015. He could shoot right past that if he really looks as healthy as this report suggests he is. He's easier worth a flier in the later rounds of most drafts.
|Julian Edelman facing 4-game suspension|
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 7 2018, 1:09 pm
|New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, league sources told ESPN on Thursday.
The suspension is currently under appeal as Edelman has taken "hundreds of tests" and has not tested positive before, a source told ESPN. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: While we wait for the appeals process to run it's course, we can speculate that Edelman will miss the first four games giving a boost to Chris Hogan and a mild bump to the plethora of other receivers and running backs currently on the Patriots roster. Edelman is coming a 2017 pre-season ACL injury but was expected to be ready for Week 1.
|Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis: 1A and 1B|
OC Matt LaFleur hints both RBs will be featured
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 5 2018, 2:15 pm
|Derrick Henry appears likely to serve on early downs and in short-yardage situations, and Dion Lewis as a receiving threat out of the backfield. But they could be interchangeable.
“Until you get the pads on and really get going through preseason, I look at them both as 1A and 1B,” LaFleur said. “I feel confident in both of those guys. They both bring a little bit different qualities to what they do. But I think we’ve got two really good backs that we’re excited about.” (The Tennessean)|
FFToday's Take: For the time being it appears Titans offensive coordinator Matt Lafleur envisions both Henry and Lewis seeing a good chunk of the RB workload which will cap the upside of both in fantasy land. Lewis is more adept in the receiving department making him more attractive in PPR leagues.
|Dalvin Cook cleared for team drills|
Lined up in backfield and WR during OTAs
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 5 2018, 2:00 pm
|Eight months after knee surgery, Dalvin Cook cleared another important milestone in his rehab from a torn ACL.
The running back was cleared at the beginning of the week to do some team drills during Vikings organized team activities. The Vikings had Cook lined up both in the backfield and at wide receiver during Wednesday’s practice, which was the third of the offseason open to reporters. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: While it's likely he will be limited once camp begins it appears Cook is on track to be ready Week 1. He's got the ability to flirt with RB1 status if he's not limited once the season begins. Latavius Murray will work in a backup role.
|Starting RB job in Miami up for grabs?|
Camp battle may be more "competition than coronation"
By: Doug Orth | Jun 1 2018, 9:30 pm
|The truth is Kenyan Drake might be the starter. Or Frank Gore might be the starter. Drake might get most of the carries. Or Gore might get most of the carries. Or the two will share the carries in an almost equal distribution of work. The Dolphins will determine the roles in training camp during what will be more a competition than coronation. And, here's the lightly considered thing: The Dolphins really, really like rookie Kalen Ballage so far. No, he's not ready to push the incumbent Drake or possible future Hall of Famer Gore aside. But people within the organization have been whispering that he might be a significant factor before the 2018 season is over. (Miami Herald - Armando Salguero)|
FFToday's Take: Drake should obviously still be considered the favorite, but Gore didn't sign with Miami to be a little-used backup. Ballage may be the most talented player of the bunch, but he'll need to play up to his impressive skill set and not give the coaches any reason to send him to the doghouse as was the case during his time at Arizona State. Barring injuries at the position, Drake is a poor bet to live up to his draft status (currently 3.12 in PPR) despite his obvious talent.
|Peyton Barber trimmed down over the winter|
Improved diet and focused on improving speed
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 1 2018, 9:10 pm
|Peyton Barber didn’t lose any weight. He just turned fat into muscle and looks more sleek and sculpted than ever. Bucs RB coach Tim Spencer has seen Barber become a tick faster and more agile this offseason.
"He's a pretty elusive big guy," Spencer said. "He is a very elusive big guy with quick feet and good vision, good hands - good everything. He's a good, solid football player. And obviously he does some (special) teams also, so he's a good football player. I like the way he runs." (Pewter Report)|
FFToday's Take: Barber figures to open camp as a starter, but how long he can hold off explosive rookie Ronald Jones is the question. A committee in which Barber is the main short yardage/goal line back to begin the season seems likely, although Jones doesn't get enough credit for his ability to run inside the tackles. The Bucs should be much better running the ball in 2018, so if Barber somehow is declared a surefire starter before Week 1, he would very much be in the RB3 - if not RB2 - discussion.
|Dez Bryant unlikely to sign before camp|
Reportedly has received "plenty of interest"
By: Doug Orth | Jun 1 2018, 9:00 pm
|Former Cowboys WR Dez Bryant is expected to remain free until the start of training camp, sources say, barring a big injury at his position. He has received plenty of interest, but he's being patient and selective. (NFL Network - Ian Rapoport)|
FFToday's Take: It wouldn't be a surprise if Bryant has received some interest, but this has the feel of an agent-driven report. Bryant reportedly wants a one-year "prove-it" deal as opposed to the multi-year one Baltimore offered a while back. The problem with waiting until camp is he will almost certainly be playing for or at the league minimum as few teams will have the space to add a $5 million-plus salary. At the moment, he's worth a late-round flyer at best in fantasy drafts.
|Seattle adds Brandon Marshall|
By: Doug Orth | May 29 2018, 3:40 pm
|WR Brandon Marshall’s one-year deal with the Seahawks has a maximum value of $2 million if incentives are hit, per source. (ESPN - Adam Schefter)|
FFToday's Take: Mashall's production fell off dramatically in the second and final year of his Jets' tenure and barely got off the ground in his only year with the Giants before suffering a season-ending ankle injury. Now 34, Marshall probably only needs to beat out Tanner McEvoy, Jaron Brown and Amara Darboh to have some degree of fantasy relevancy. With that said, he'll need to better than he's been to stick on the roster. Depending on how training camp goes, Marshall is likely worth a late-round flier at best.
|Marcedes Lewis signs with Packers|
Packers add depth at tight end
By: Mike Krueger | May 24 2018, 5:45 pm
|SAY cheese!! (Marcedes Lewis on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Marcedes Lewis will join Jimmy Graham and Lance Kendricks on the depth chart in Green Bay. Lewis has spent his entire career in Jacksonville (since 2006) with his best season coming in 2010 (58-700-10). He won't have any redraft value unless an injury occurs to Graham.
|Zay Jones has knee surgery|
Out remainder of spring, no timetable for return
By: Mike Krueger | May 24 2018, 9:36 am
|Bills HC Sean McDermott is at the podium now. Says WR Zay Jones had surgery last week on his knee, and he'll be out the remainder of the spring. No other timetable. "Best for us to get this done now." (Joe Buscaglia on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: McDermott went on to say that he doesn't expect the surgery to jeopardize Jones' season. Jones is the biggest name behind Kelvin Benjamin on the depth chart that also contains Andre Holmes and Jeremy Kerley. It's typically difficult for receivers to jump back in the mix after missing out a good portion of off-season workouts. This group is best avoided by fantasy owners outside of Benjamin.
|Luck hands off, doesn't throw at OTAs|
Luck’s goal: be throwing without restrictions by training camp
By: Mike Krueger | May 23 2018, 8:00 pm
|Are the Indianapolis Colts worried their $140 million quarterback still hasn’t incorporated throwing into his rehab from surgery on his right shoulder even though his target date for throwing without restrictions at the start of training camp looms?
Nope. “No, I’m not worried at all,’’ coach Frank Reich said after Wednesday’s Organized Team Activity (OTA). (Indianapolis Star)|
FFToday's Take: In order for Andrew Luck to be ripping it when camp opens at the end of July he's going to have start throwing in some capacity very soon. At this point fantasy owners should not be counting on Luck until he proves on the field that's he's fully recovered from his shoulder injury. For those with a "Do Not Draft" list, he should be firmly at the top.
|Hunter Henry tears ACL, out for the year|
Antonio Gates return?
By: Mike Krueger | May 22 2018, 9:00 pm
|The Los Angeles Chargers' offense suffered a crushing blow Tuesday, when talented tight end Hunter Henry tore the ACL in his right knee on the first day of OTAs.
Henry will get a second opinion Wednesday, but he's likely done for the year. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Brutal for the Chargers as Henry was expected to be a focal point in the offense, taking over for Antonio Gates as the starting tight end. Fantasy owners have lost a reliable TE1 for the upcoming season. Speaking of Gates, he remains unsigned and could be brought back to fill the void. Virgil Green is also on the roster. Keenan Allen will likely see a slight boost in targets even if Gates is brought back.
|Deshaun Watson throwing at OTAs|
Recovering from ACL injury
By: Mike Krueger | May 22 2018, 12:30 pm
|Texans QB Deshaun Watson at OTA has been throwing during drills at OTA (Aaron Wilson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Watson is recovering from a torn ACL suffered last November. He had surgery on 11/8/17. After a hot start in his rookie season, Watson will be closely watched by fantasy owners. Watson is scheduled to take part in training camp but he'll likely be brought along slowly in the hope he's ready for Week 1.
|Terrelle Pryor dealing with ankle injury|
By: Mike Krueger | May 22 2018, 11:30 am
|Source: New @NYJets WR Terrelle Pryor suffered another ankle injury this offseason. That's why he is not out here at OTAs. Remember: He dealt with ankle issues and had surgery last November in Washington. (Manish Mehta on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Pryor has been absent during the Jets OTAs. It's unclear if Pryor is having complications from his surgery repaired ankle last November or if this is a new injury. Either way, he's falling behind incumbents Robby Anderson, Jermaine Kearse and Quincy Enunwa.
|Julio Jones skips first day of OTAs|
Reportedly wants a new contract
By: Mike Krueger | May 21 2018, 11:15 am
|Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones did not attend the first session of the team’s organized training activities, which started today, according to a source with knowledge of the attendees.
The team would not comment on his absence and said that head coach Dan Quinn would address the situation on Tuesday during his regularly scheduled availability session.
(Atlanta Jounal Constitution)|
FFToday's Take: It's been reported that Jones wants a new deal so it's not a huge surprise that he's missing voluntary OTAs. The team’s mandatory minicamp begins June 12-14. Julio managed to finish 2017 as a top 10 fantasy wideout despite scoring only 3 TDs.
|Tom Brady to skip OTAs|
Has skipped all of the team's offseason program so far
By: Mike Krueger | May 21 2018, 7:30 am
|#Patriots QB Tom Brady will not be present today for OTAs, source said. The wait continues. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: While there's been some speculation about Brady's future, it's been reported that he will be spending more time away from the team this off-season and not expected to participate in a good portion of the OTAs. At this point, there is no reason to believe Brady won't be ready for Week 1.
|Dalvin Cook will be limited until training camp|
Ahead of schedule in rehab
By: Mike Krueger | May 20 2018, 8:30 pm
|Among other notes in there: Zimmer told me Dalvin Cook (ACL) is ahead of schedule in his rehab. Thinks he'll get work in OTAs, but will be limited until training camp. "We're excited about where he's at." #Vikings (Tom Pelissero on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Another year, another round of "ahead of schedule" updates on players rehabbing from injury. Cook tore his ACL week 4 of last season. It's good to hear he could see some action OTAs and it makes sense for the Vikings to limit his work until and even during camp if they so choose. Cook handled 75 percent of Vikings RB carries before his knee injury. He likely won't get a full workload to start the season but should lead the Vikings RBs in touches and fantasy production when it's all said and done.
|Terrance Williams has run-in with light pole|
Cowboys receiver arrested, public intoxication
By: Mike Krueger | May 19 2018, 1:00 pm
|Frisco police arrested Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams early Saturday morning for public intoxication, a Class C misdemeanor, after he crashed his Lamborghini into a light pole and left the scene of the accident. FPD located Williams near his residence riding an electric bicycle in the road, where he was arrested for Public Intoxication. (Star-Telegram)|
FFToday's Take: This won't help Williams secure his status among the mediocre group of Dallas receivers. Williams failed to find the endzone last season on 53 catches and 568 yards. He'll compete with Allen Hurns, Cole Beasley and rookie Michael Gallup for targets in 2018.
|Tanehill to get some work during OTAs?|
Miami QB coming off back-to-back ACL injuries
By: Mike Krueger | May 15 2018, 7:20 pm
|Miami Dolphins doctors, coaches and Ryan Tannehill will meet this week to decide how much work the quarterback will do during the onfield "organized team activity" sessions that begin next Tuesday and run into mid-June.
According to Dolphins sources the expectation is Tannehill - who missed the final month of 2016 with a partially torn ACL and all of last season when he further tore the same ligament - will be able to participate in the OTAs with little or no limitations.
FFToday's Take: Tanehill may get some work but it won't be surprising they limit his action when the team begins work on the field next Tuesday. Tanehill got a taste of Adam Gase's system in 2016 and has viable weapons at the skill positions (DeVante Parker, Danny Amendola, Kenny Stills) to not embarrass himself in the fantasy department. He should be considered a mid-range QB2 heading into the summer.
|Newsflash: David Johnson's good|
Cardinals HC Wilks praises RB on first day of OTAs
By: Mike Krueger | May 15 2018, 7:00 pm
|On Tuesday, the first day of organized team activities, coach Steve Wilks went out of his way to praise No. 31, David Johnson.
“I don’t want to get too excited,” Wilks said, “but David Johnson, he looked outstanding today. It’s good to have him back on there, just flying around. The things that he’s doing right now, it’s pretty exciting.” Johnson has been cleared all spring, but apparently made a special impression on Tuesday, the first time the Cardinals were allowed to use 11-on-11 drills in practice. (Arizona Republic)|
FFToday's Take: Johnson missed most of 2017 with a wrist injury but should be back among the fantasy running back elite in 2018. He'll have a new offensive system and players around him, including a fullback at times, but there's little doubt DJ will be the focal of the Cardinals offense.
|Linehan on Tavon Austin: "He's a receiver first"|
Cowboys "receiver" will also be used in backfield
By: Mike Krueger | May 12 2018, 10:00 pm
|"We'll use him for a lot of things, but he's a receiver first," Linehan said. "He's really, in a lot of ways, some of his skill set is as an outside receiver, which is really unique, but he can move around the slot. He can certainly have carries as well as catches from those positions. He can move in the backfield at times - he's done that his whole career - and if we get a matchup he can run a route that is typically run by a running back. (Sportsday)|
FFToday's Take: There's been recent discussion that Tavon Austin would be seeing the majority of his snaps at running back, but offensive coordinator Scott Linehan suggests that Austin will work primarily as a receiver. The Cowboys are looking for bodies to fill the hole in the offense left by Dez Bryant and Jason Witten. While Austin will help in that regard, its difficult to envision him being any kind of consistent fantasy performer.
|Role for Guice: first and second down|
Jay Gruden comments on rookie RB
By: Mike Krueger | May 10 2018, 10:00 am
|“He has some improvement to do in the pass pro, without a doubt, and I think he'll be the first one to tell you,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. “That’s something that sometimes in college, with only 20 hours of practice a week, some of the fundamentals as far as pass-blocking sometimes gets swept by.
“He's more of a first-, second-down banger. But I've seen him at his pro day catch the football. He can catch the football fine, but really, our role for him is quite easy to see. It’s first, second down.” (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Head coach Jay Gruden's comments on his rookie running back are telling. It appears Derrius Guice will be locked into a first and second down role with Chris Thompson assuming the majority of third-down work. This will cap Guice's upside but should still make him a viable RB2 for fantasy purposes.
|Colts WR2: Chester Rogers or Ryan Grant?|
Camp battle to watch
By: Mike Krueger | May 9 2018, 11:00 am
|Both Ryan Grant and Chester Rogers will soon be battling it out for the role of WR2 - aka T.Y. Hilton’s lead sidekick - in a revamped and redesigned Colts’ offense that’s desperate for some juice. Both wideouts have plenty to prove. Both, too, have plenty of opportunity. (Indianapolis Star)|
FFToday's Take: Both wide receivers will be dealing with the challenge of learning a new offensive scheme but the biggest hurdle for Rogers will be remaining healthy. He battled hamstring injuries last season limiting him to 10 games. Grant was signed as a free agent this off-season and had modest success last year in Washington (45-573-4). This will be a situation for fantasy owners to watch during training camp.
|Mark Ingram suspended 4 games|
Violating league policy on performance enhancing drugs
By: Mike Krueger | May 8 2018, 4:03 pm
|Mark Ingram is suspended the first four games for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs. (Nick Underhill on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Saints will be without one portion of their two-headed running attack to start the season. Ingram has posted back-to-back 1000-yard rushing seasons, scoring 22 TDs in the process. It's easy to speculate that Alvin Kamara may see an uptick in touches during the first quarter of the season. The Saints face TB, CLE, @ATL, @NYG to start the year.
|Panthers sign RB C.J. Anderson|
Carolina gets big back to complement McCaffrey
By: Mike Krueger | May 7 2018, 4:00 pm
|The Panthers had a vacancy for a traditional running back after not finding one in the draft, so they found a 1,000-yard rusher.
A league source tells PFT that the Panthers have signed veteran running back C.J. Anderson. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: The Panthers lost their early-down banger Jonathan Stewart in free agency to the Giants. Anderson notched his first 1000-yard season in 2017 but the Broncos never bought in to Anderson's game, releasing him this off-season. Despite the addition of Anderson, Christian McCaffrey will be the fantasy back to own in Carolina, especially in PPR leagues.