| Jordy Nelson returns to individual drills|
Expected to be ready for camp on July 30
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 10 2015, 3:38 pm
|All along, the plan for Jordy Nelson was to be full-go by the start of the Green Bay Packers' training camp on July 30. Nelson took another step in that direction this week, when he practiced for the first time since his offseason hip surgery. The Pro Bowl receiver took part in individual drills during Wednesday's organized team activities (OTAs). (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Nelson sat out of team drills but is apparently on schedule with his rehab. Nelson is coming off a career year (98-1519-13) and will have WR1 value in fantasy drafts. His current ADP sits at 2.07 (WR No.7) in 12-team leagues.
| Joique Bell expected to be ready for camp|
Minor clean up procedures on knee and Achilles
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 10 2015, 2:30 pm
|Running back Joique Bell hasn’t participated in OTAs this spring as he continues to rehab from offseason surgery. Bell should be ready to go by the time training camp starts. (DetroitLions.com)|
FFToday's Take: Offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi hinted that Bell will be eased into training camp as he comes off "minor clean up" procedures on his knee and Achilles in late January. Minor or not, it's still surgery and it's a situation to watch once training camp begins. The Lions drafted RB Ameer Abdullah in the second round of the NFL Draft.
| TE Troy Niklas to have ankle surgery Thu.|
Same ankle he injured late last season
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 10 2015, 1:17 pm
|TE Troy Niklas set for minor surgery tomorrow on the ankle which bothered him last year. Expected to be ready for training camp. (Kyle Odegard on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The tight end position in the Cardinals offense has been a fantasy wasteland and it's not getting better anytime soon. With John Carlson's retirement and now Niklas' recurring ankle issues, the Cardinals may peruse the waiver wire for free agent help.
|Malcom Floyd to retire following 2015 season|
Chargers WR confirms retirement talk
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 9 2015, 6:10 pm
|The Chargers wide receiver reaffirmed Tuesday he will retire after the 2015 season. This long has been the plan for Malcom Floyd, who will turn 34 in September and is entering the final year of his contract. "I have four kids now," Floyd said. "I'm barely getting any time with them. I've got to go home and rest." (San Diego Union Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Floyd is entering his 12th NFL season coming off his best fantasy year with a 52-856-6 stat line in 2014 good for 29th among fantasy wideouts. He'll flirt with WR4 value this season and is worthy of a late-round flier in re-draft leagues.
|Seahawks re-sign backup QB Tarvaris Jackson|
Terms of the contract weren’t disclosed
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 9 2015, 9:18 am
|One of the subtly important questions that had been hanging over the Seahawks is answered.
Tarvaris Jackson, Russell Wilson’s backup the past two seasons, re-signed with the Seahawks on Tuesday
FFToday's Take: Let's just hope Russell Wilson stays healthy. Jackson has been shaky at best during his NFL career and hasn't played any meaningful snaps since 2011. He knows the offensive system in Seattle which allows him to keep a job in the league. He'll serve as Wilson's backup and contain no fantasy value.
| OBJ sidelined until training camp?|
Hamstrings continue to be an issue for second-year WR
By: Doug Orth | Jun 8 2015, 6:10 pm
|My sense is that Odell Beckham Jr. may not be back on practice field until training camp. Not worth pushing his tight (right) hamstring in June. (Kim Jones on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Last year, OBJ missed the entire offseason and first four games with a torn left hamstring. This year, his right hamstring is giving him trouble. "I think he's just trying to be smart and doesn't want to push this thing any further than he has to," Eli Manning told reporters. "After what we went through last year, we don't want him missing training camp or any games next season." Consider Beckham's inactivity precautionary for now, but stay tuned.
| Bradford's health appears to be improving|
"A little more mobile" in latest round of OTAs
By: Doug Orth | Jun 8 2015, 6:00 pm
|Sam Bradford (ACL) continued to progress in terms of how much he did in practice and looked a little more mobile than he had in the first two weeks of OTAs. Bradford told reporters after practice that he still couldn’t definitively say that he would be 100 percent ready for the start of training camp.
As for how the other quarterbacks performed, Mark Sanchez had another Mark Sanchez-practice, in that he looked substantially better than he did a year ago this time. Sanchez took all the first-team reps. (Philadelphia Inquirer)|
FFToday's Take: HC Chip Kelly has promised a legitimate competition, although one would have to think a healthy Bradford would win anything close to a tiebreaker with Sanchez. Regardless, this is good news for the ex-Jet, who appears to be making good progress from the shoulder injury that claimed his 2013 season and may have still affected him during his nine-game run in relief of Nick Foles last year.
|Hopkins likely to be ready for training camp|
Continuing rehab from February wrist surgery
By: Doug Orth | Jun 8 2015, 5:30 pm
|DeAndre Hopkins hasn't practiced in OTAs as he rehabs. O'Brien thinks he'll be ready for training camp, but isn't sure exactly when. (Tania Ganguli on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Chalk this up in the better-safe-than-sorry category for the Texans. After HC Bill O'Brien went so far as to call him "one of the best in the league" in early May, Hopkins is poised for another huge step forward after breaking out to the tune of 76-1,210-6 last year despite the presence of Andre Johnson (85 catches in 2014) and less-than-desirable quarterback play. Johnson is now a Colt and the combination of Cecil Shorts and Jaelen Strong doesn't figure to fill that void, so Hopkins could easily push 90-100 receptions.
|Abdullah has caught Stafford's eye in OTAs|
Rookie RB has "great hands" and "good feel for route-running"
By: Doug Orth | Jun 8 2015, 5:15 pm
|It’s tough this time of year to see the true impact rookie RB Ameer Abdullah will have on the Lions’ offense in 2015. The team drafted him in the second round of the draft last month to be a big-play threat in their offense and potentially a return man on special teams. Without pads, it’s tough to truly measure his ability, but count QB Matthew Stafford in as an early fan.
“I think as a runner he has great balance,” Stafford said after a recent OTA practice. “He’s obviously a low-to-the-ground guy. He seems to hide pretty well behind there and he’s got good vision. Out of the backfield, catching the ball, he’s great. He’s got great hands. He has a good feel for route running." (detroitlions.com)|
FFToday's Take: Joique Bell has yet to participate in on-the-field activities this offseason as he continues to rehab from surgeries to his knee and Achilles, opening the door for Abdullah to take some first-team reps along with third-year back Theo Riddick. The No. 54 overall pick is slated to be the team's primary kick returner, but it seems only a matter of time before he is leading a backfield committee given his competition. Abdullah should easily hold flex value in fantasy leagues this season.
|Perriman showing good hands in Ravens' OTAs|
Ravens' rookie WR had history of drops in college
By: Doug Orth | Jun 8 2015, 4:25 pm
|Breshad Perriman's (sub-4.3) speed makes him the perfect candidate to replace burner Torrey Smith. But there’s the biggest knock on Perriman since he was drafted: the drops. The only thing is he hasn’t shown that to be a problem since he’s been with the Ravens. There were reports he dropped a ball in rookie camp three weeks ago, but there haven’t been any since.
“So, we’ve all talked about the drops, [but] we haven’t seen that in practice so far,” CSNBaltimore.com’s Clifton Brown said. “That’s a good sign. The Ravens looked at this guy up and down before the draft and were convinced that dropping the football was not going to be a problem for him at the NFL level." (baltimoreravens.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Ravens keep hoping that Smith would evolve into an all-around receiver, but to no avail. The early indications are that Perriman, who dropped nearly 14 percent of the catchable passes thrown his way at Central Florida in 2014, can become that receiver. Perriman's emergence and ability to limit his drops are key to an offense that will be taking more deep shots this year under new OC Marc Trestman. If the No. 26 overall pick can control his drops, he stands a great chance at being a very good fantasy WR3 as a rookie.
|Cowboys sign RB Lache Seastrunk|
Dallas searching for answers at RB position
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 8 2015, 10:35 am
|The Dallas Cowboys are adding another running back to their 90-man roster as they continue to search for the right mix to replace DeMarco Murray. The Cowboys are signing former Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk, who had a standout high school career at Temple. Seastrunk will compete for a roster spot against Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden, Lance Dunbar and Ryan Williams.
The Cowboys are expected to release undrafted rookie running back Synjyn Days out of Georgia Tech.
(Dallas Morning News)|
FFToday's Take: Despite the team putting on a good face, there's still some uncertainty surrounding the running back position in Dallas. Randle and McFadden are the atop the depth chart but neither inspire confidence or security at the position. Seastrunk in no lock to make the final roster
| Kelvin Benjamin still out with hamstring injury|
He's missed all OTA sessions
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 8 2015, 9:54 am
|Kelvin Benjamin still not practicing with that hamstring injury. (Joe Person on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It's still early in the pre-season so there's no need to panic, but hamstring injuries can linger and become a nagging issue for many months. It's something to monitor as we roll towards training camp in late July.
| Surgery for Dolphins WR DeVante Parker|
Left foot injury puts rookie on the back burner
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 5 2015, 10:27 am
|Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker had left foot surgery this morning at Doctor's Hospital in Coral Gables.
He will not participate in the team's minicamp and will miss the start of training camp but will be ready for the start of the regular season, per a team source.
FFToday's Take: Parker's fantasy prospects for 2015 have taken a big hit. How much he's able to participate in camp will be key as it's typically difficult for rookie receivers to make a significant impact, especially when the position group is stacked like it is in Miami. Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills and veteran Greg Jennings sit atop the depth chart. Parker is off the re-draft league board for now.
|Payton: Saints will be creative with Spiller|
Signed to four-year, $16 M contract in March
By: Doug Orth | Jun 4 2015, 5:00 pm
|Following Thursday's OTA practice, coach Sean Payton reemphasized that the Saints will attempt to devise ways to get C.J. Spiller the ball "in space":
"He's got a unique skill set. He has good speed, he understands what to do in the passing game (and) he'll provide versatility. He can do a handful of things pretty well. It's up to us to find ways to get him the ball in space." (neworleanssaints.com)|
FFToday's Take: With Payton's creativity and Mark Ingram's injury history, Spiller represents a huge upside pick after disappointing fantasy owners for most of his five years in Buffalo. Spiller is essentially a bigger version of Darren Sproles and should thrive in that role - even if New Orleans is more run-heavy than usual this year - making him a good bet to outperform his current ADP of 4.11 in PPR formats. Ingram should lead the team in carries, but it should come as no surprise if Spiller paces the team in touches.
|Garcon to become top target in Washington?|
Switched roles with DeSean Jackson in practice Thursday
By: Doug Orth | Jun 4 2015, 4:15 pm
|Pierre Garcon appears to have switched wide receiver positions and spent the bulk of the day playing the ‘Z’ rather than the ‘X.’ He used to line up on the left, and now is split out to the right. Coaches plan to make a greater point of getting Garcon the ball, and this is part of the plan. DeSean Jackson lined up at the ‘X’ today. (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: This could be little more than offsesaon tinkering, but is noteworthy when combined with the news of the Redskins' wishes to get Garcon more involved. Jackson played the same 'Z' role A.J. Green was used in while Gruden was in Cincinnati, so the fantasy ramifications of a permanent switch could be substantial for both players. At the very least, it is a situation fantasy owners need to keep an eye on throughout the summer.
|Murray, Mathews to divide workload|
Former 1,000-yard rushers likely to split carries in Philly
By: Doug Orth | Jun 4 2015, 3:50 pm
|The Eagles plan on dividing the rushing workload between running backs DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews, a far cry from past years when LeSean McCoy carried the load. Eagles OC Pat Shurmur revealed the plan Wednesday although he declined to put a percentage on the way touches would be divvied up.
“They’re two really fine players,” Shurmur said at a coaches availability. “They’re two guys that have been starters in places that they’ve been and they’re going to come here and kind of share the role.” (Delaware County Times)|
FFToday's Take: Given the fact that part of HC Chip Kelly's uptempo offensive approach is about keeping the same defenders on the field play after play, he needs a pair of backs like Murray and Mathews to keep the other player fresh. Murray figures to be the leading rusher by a significant margin when all is said and done this year. However, it should come as no surprise if he tops out around 250 carries while Mathews ends up with around 150 carries if both players stay healthy. Both players could flirt with RB1 or flex value depending on the matchup and their injury status.
|Dion Lewis in mix to replace Vereen|
Figures to battle Cadet, White for pass-catching role
By: Doug Orth | Jun 4 2015, 12:00 am
|Random thought: In competition among pass-catching RBs, four-year veteran Dion Lewis should not be overlooked. (Mike Reiss on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Lewis has been a bit of a journeyman (Eagles, Browns and Colts) thus far in his NFL career, usually getting injured about the time he looked to be on the verge of establishing a role. James White was drafted last year to eventually replace Shane Vereen and was the talk of the offseason before failing to impress in the preseason. Travaris Cadet is an explosive receiver out of the backfield, but recorded only 11 carries in three years in New Orleans. White should be the favorite, but he'll need to impress the Patriots in the preseason this time around.
|De'Anthony Thomas seeing more reps at WR|
Sits in with receivers during positional meetings
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 3 2015, 7:20 am
|Perhaps in a nod to his limitations as a running back, the Kansas City Chiefs made a subtle shift with De'Anthony Thomas when offseason practice started last week.
Thomas now works in practice with the wide receivers and goes to their positional meetings. He worked with the running backs last season as a rookie.
FFToday's Take: At 5-8 and 176 lbs, Thomas is a speed guy, so it makes sense to move out of harms way in pass-protection. Thomas had more receptions (22) than rushes (15) last season so it sounds like that trend will continue. He's off the fantasy radar until his volume increases.
|Jags OC speaks about T.J. Yeldon|
Rookie will likley be lead back in Jacksonville
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 3 2015, 7:15 am
|Greg Olson: “He was a playmaker and he played big in big games. He’s a very knowledgeable, intelligent player at the running back position and Alabama runs a Pro-Style offense and we were able to see him do things protection-wise and route running-wise and blocking [-wise] that will translate to this level of football. … [Playing every down] would be asking a lot of any player. I wouldn’t put it past him. He’s another real self-starter and hard worker.” (Florida Times Union)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like T.J. Yeldon will begin the season getting the majority of the early-down workload with Toby Gerhart spelling the rookie on third-downs. Yeldon could be used as a workhorse by mid-season but his fantasy upside will be capped by the mediocre nature of the Jags offense. Yeldon's current ADP is Round 5.06 (RB26) in standard scoring leagues.
| Bowe tweaks knee, not considered serious|
Likely back next week
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 3 2015, 7:00 am
|Receiver Dwayne Bowe threw a minor scare into the Browns Tuesday when he went up for a pass, got tangled up with a defender and came up limping about midway through the two-hour OTA practice. Coach Mike Pettine said it's nothing major. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: Bowe may miss the OTA scheduled for Thursday but it's likely he'll back in a action next week. Browns have mandatory minicamp scheduled for June 16-18. Bowe is expected to lead the Browns in receiving this year and will likely be a bargain in fantasy drafts coming off a zero-TD campaign in 2014.
|D-Mac determined to prove he is not a bust|
RB coach impressed so far with ex-Raider
By: Doug Orth | Jun 1 2015, 5:05 pm
|Darren McFadden’s seven-year run with the Oakland Raiders was mostly a disappointment. He had one 1,000-yard season, played in a full season just once and did not average better than 3.4 YPC in any of his final three seasons in Oakland.
"He wants to prove that he wasn’t the bust that people are talking about," said RB coach Gary Brown. "We are going to give him the opportunity to prove that. ... I like what I see. I can’t wait to see him in pads."
Joseph Randle and McFadden split the first-team work, such as it is in OTAs. McFadden took the first turns in individual drills, but that might have more to do with experience than pecking order. (ESPN Dallas)|
FFToday's Take: McFadden last played in a zone-running scheme with Oakland in 2012 and averaged only 3.3 YPC, although Brown likely believes Dallas' offensive line will help the 27-year-old back perform better this time around. His long and well-chronicled injury history - usually hamstring-related - is another reason fantasy owners believe Randle will win this competition eventually, but it is unlikely any final decision on the depth chart will be made until early-to-mid August. Ryan Williams could also work himself into the mix with a healthy camp as well.
|Coleman, Freeman "battling for it" in Atlanta|
Freeman stands atop depth chart for now
By: Doug Orth | Jun 1 2015, 4:45 pm
|Falcons HC Dan Quinn noted Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman are “absolutely battling for (the right to start at running back in Week 1),” and, at present, it’s difficult to forecast how the situation will unfold. For now, as Coleman eases his way into the organization, Freeman remains at the top of the depth chart. Regardless of how the carries are distributed, Freeman has the tools needed to be a valuable asset in the passing game. A big reason why the Falcons like Coleman is his knowledge of the zone-blocking scheme. As a senior at Indiana, he darted for more than 2,000 yards. New OC Kyle Shanahan’s system will look a lot like the one Coleman studied at Indiana, at least from his perspective. (atlantafalcons.com)|
FFToday's Take: It should come as no surprise if Coleman and Freeman end up sharing carries at the beginning of the season, but as Shanahan's hand-picked selection with experience running behind a zone-blocking line, it would be a bit of an upset if Coleman didn't eventually take the lead role at some point in 2015. Shanahan's system is usually very fantasy-friendly, so owners need to keep an eye on how this situation evolves over the summer.
|Pats appear confident in Garoppolo|
Perhaps best Brady backup in recent memory
By: Doug Orth | Jun 1 2015, 4:30 pm
|Prior to organized team activities, the Patriots' coaching staff (seemed to exude confidence) that if the team has to turn to 2014 second-round pick Jimmy Garoppolo early in the season should Tom Brady's suspension not be overturned, they would still be competitive. Friday only reinforced that thought. There's obviously a long way to go (the real football starts when pads come on), but when I think of all the backups to Brady in recent memory, I'm not sure there's one who has as much promise as Garoppolo at this point. (ESPN Boston)|
FFToday's Take: Even if Brady is able to knock off a game or two from his season-opening four-game suspension, this is a nugget to file away. ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss points out the second-year man has been sharp in terms of receiving the play-call, getting everyone lined up properly, making checks and then delivering the ball on time and accurately. Garoppolo cannot be expected to replicate Brady's stats during his absence, but he should end up being a serviceable fill-in for however long Brady is forced to sit out.
| Jordan Reed has knee procedure, out until camp|
Injury-prone label continues
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 1 2015, 9:46 am
|Jay Gruden said Jordan Reed had a "little procedure" on his knee. Will be ready for training camp. (John Keim on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Sounds like the Redskins tight end has some sort of scope on his knee. Reed has been wearing the injury-prone label for quite some time and comes with an immense amount of risk in fantasy drafts. He has TE1 upside when healthy.
| Victor Cruz: "I’m about 80 percent there"|
Giants wideout has been running routes for two weeks
By: Mike Krueger | May 28 2015, 10:30 am
|Victor Cruz is getting close.
“I’m about 80 percent there. I think it’s just a matter of continuing to build the strength for the last leg of it,” Cruz told The Post on Wednesday after the Giants’ first OTA practice. “I’ve been running some routes for about two weeks now, and there’s been no pain, no swelling or anything like that, which are all good signs.”
(New York Post)|
FFToday's Take: Cruz suffered a patellar knee injury last October which is difficult to recover from. Fantasy owners shouldn't count on Cruz making a significant contribution until mid-season. Training camp and his will give us a better idea of how close he is to contributing on the field.
| Sammy Watkins limited during OTAs|
Bills wideout recovering from hip surgery
By: Mike Krueger | May 28 2015, 9:00 am
|Sammy Watkins did not participate in any 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 drills, recovering from his offseason hip procedure. However, he was often near the offensive huddle, listening to plays, and helping call out coverages. With Watkins out and no Marquise Goodwin, I saw a lot of Robert Woods working outside, with Chris Hogan in the slot.
(WGR 550 Sports Radio)|
FFToday's Take: Goodwin has had trouble leaving Texas due to the flood situation in that area and hasn't been to OTA's. It's likely Watkins will be limited until training camp begins in late July. Watkins upside is capped at WR2 value thanks to mediocre quarterback play and a run-first offense.
|Joseph Randle eyeing a starting RB role in Dallas|
Could Randle be the Demarco Murray successor?
By: paul maland | May 27 2015, 6:25 pm
|With DeMarco Murray now in Philly, the only thing that stands in the way of Joseph Randle and a starting job is free agent addition Darren McFadden. Early signs point to Randle having an edge on the job. After watching Murray put up 1,845 yards and 13 touchdowns last season, Randle stated that he felt like "there was a lot of meat left on the bone". (Cowboys Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Rushing behind the best offensive line unit in the NFL, Murray owners cashed in fantasy gold in 2014. Randle is licking his chops looking at the plentiful workload. However, even if he wins the starting gig he would merely be the leader of the dreaded RBBC. Regardless, whoever starts behind that offensive line gets a major fantasy boost and is worthy of an RB2 status.
| Jordan Reed misses first OTA with knee soreness|
Injury watch already under way for Redskins tight end
By: Mike Krueger | May 26 2015, 7:00 pm
|Jordan Reed missed Tuesday’s practice because he had started experiencing soreness in his knee, and the team sent him to have it further examined. (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: Reed has a long injury history and has yet to play in more than 11 games in season in his brief two-year career. He's a dynamic talent at his position with TE1 upside but the injury flag will devalue his fantasy stock.
| DGB aggravates hamstring injury|
May miss the rest of OTAs this week
By: Mike Krueger | May 26 2015, 3:55 pm
|Titans rookie wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham re-aggravated a hamstring strain on Tuesday and may miss OTAs for the remainder of this week. It's been a bit of a difficult start for Green-Beckham, the team's second-round draft pick, as he initially strained his hamstring in rookie mini-camp and missed last week's OTAs as well. (The Tennessean)|
FFToday's Take: Hamstring injuries can be tricky an chronic so this situation warrants watching as the pre-season continues. The Titans coaching staff has seen very little of DGB on the field. The Titans have Kendall Wright, Justin Hunter, Harry Douglas and Hakeem Nicks on the wide receiver depth chart.
| Demetrius Harris undergoes 2nd foot operation|
Screw inserted to help promote healing
By: Mike Krueger | May 26 2015, 1:47 pm
|Demetrius Harris had surgery last year after breaking foot. Andy Reid said doctors went back in to insert another screw to promote healing. (Adam Teicher on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Harris is an athletic pass-catching tight end that dealt with a foot injury last November. Reid went on to say that he was optimistic Harris could return before training camp beings in late July. The Chiefs signed former Packers' tight end Ryan Taylor last week. Harris is off the fantasy radar until he proves he can stay healthy.
| Marqise Lee week-to-week after knee injury|
Second-year receiver off to a rough start
By: Mike Krueger | May 26 2015, 10:49 am
|Jaguars HC Gus Bradley says WR Marqise Lee (knee) is week to week. Injured knee in Phase 2 of offseason program.. (John Oehser on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The extent of the knee injury is unknown at this time but Lee isn't doing himself any favors as off-season practices begin. He's been penciled in as a starter opposite Allen Robinson but will have to shed the "injury-prone" label before fantasy owners trust him. Lee was bothered by hamstring and ankle injuries last season.
|Peterson won't participate in voluntary OTA's|
Still wants to be traded
By: Mike Krueger | May 24 2015, 11:30 pm
|Running back Adrian Peterson will not be in attendance Tuesday at Winter Park when the Vikings begin their first week of voluntary organized team activities. He instead will remain in Texas, according to multiple reports. The first time that Peterson — and the rest of his Vikings teammates — are required to show up at Winter Park is next month’s mandatory minicamp. If he opts to skip those workouts, the Vikings can choose to fine him. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Other reports suggest that Peterson still wants to be traded and is considering sitting out upcoming mandatory workouts. Peterson remains under contract with the Vikings and is scheduled to make $12.75 million this season. Peterson has skipped voluntary workouts in the past.
|Bills wouldn't mind if McCoy led NFL in carries|
RB coach would like to cut Fred Jackson's 2014 load in half
By: Doug Orth | May 21 2015, 5:25 pm
|LeSean McCoy has led the NFL with 626 carries over the past two years and will be 27 at the start of the season. RB coach Anthony Lynn, though, is confident he can handle a similar workload going forward. “I talk to the guys all the time about Curtis Martin. This guy led the league in rushing his ninth year," Lynn said. “I’d love to see him get that many rushes.”
While Lynn would like to see McCoy’s workload stay the same, he’d prefer if Fred Jackson’s was scaled back. Jackson played 548 snaps last season, a number Lynn said he’d like to see cut in half. “I think he wore down a little bit at the end of the season,” Lynn said. “ (Buffalo News)|
FFToday's Take: Given the E.J. Manuel/Matt Cassel/Tyrod Taylor quagmire at quarterback, it would probably be best if Buffalo let McCoy carry the ball as often as possible. Jackson is little more than a McCoy handcuff at this point. Lynn also spoke about the need for Bryce Brown, who is away from the team dealing with a personal matter, to return so the Bills' new coaching staff knows what they are working with there. One year after Buffalo traded for him to be its future feature back, Brown is edging closer to the roster bubble.
|Andre Johnson primed for huge role with Colts|
Big things expected from former Texan
By: Doug Orth | May 21 2015, 5:00 pm
|The Houston Texans were pretty direct with Andre Johnson before parting ways with their all-time great. They wanted him to accept a lesser role, crazy as that might sound for a receiver with seven 1,000-yard seasons. But after watching just a single practice in Indianapolis, it's clear the Colts do not share that opinion. Johnson is not only getting the starter's treatment, he's also showing himself capable of playing a variety of roles. Johnson was featured extensively in the slot on Wednesday, a spot that gives the Colts numerous options in the routes he can run. Johnson showed himself adept at working between the hash marks, and that's an area where the Colts could use some help. (Indianapolis Star)|
FFToday's Take: Andrew Luck is by far the best quarterback Johnson has played with in his career, while the threat of T.Y. Hilton and Phillip Dorsett going deep should be enough to open things up underneath. It should come as no surprise if AJ pushes the 100-catch mark once again and/or tops 10 touchdowns for the first time in his career.
|Joseph Randle favorite to lead RBBC in Dallas|
RBBC will limit fantasy upside of Dallas' backfield
By: Jake Gordon | May 20 2015, 11:00 pm
|Question: It seems to me that there is a growing perception that Joseph Randle is the lead for most carries among the committee of running backs. This seems to be a reasonable assumption based on his one-cut skill set aligning better to the Cowboys running scheme as opposed to the other backs. Would you agree with that assessment?
Rainer Sabin: Yes. I agree with that. Plus, he has played more regularly in this particular system and behind this line before.
(Dallas Morning News)|
FFToday's Take: After a year in which Demarco Murray helped many a fantasy manager win their league title, the Cowboys' backfield has become a risky bet for 2015. Heading into the year, Joseph Randle seemingly has the slight edge to be the most productive runner but the fact remains that there will be plenty of mouths to feed, including free agent signees Darren McFadden and Ryan Williams.
| Raiders QB Carr will not need surgery|
Should be throwing again by June
By: Jake Gordon | May 20 2015, 8:41 pm
|“It’s a very minor situation,” Tim Younger [Derek Carr's agent] said Wednesday. “I think he’s probably going to be throwing before the end of” offseason team activities. (San Francisco Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Though Derek Carr's agent has downplayed the injury to his client, the fact remains that Oakland's quarterback is dealing with an injury on his throwing hand and will not be able to contribute on the field in drills as OTAs begin.
|Geno Smith the unquestioned starter for Jets|
No QB controversy for Jets entering 2015
By: Jake Gordon | May 20 2015, 5:43 pm
|FLORHAM PARK — There will be no Jets quarterback competition this summer: offensive coordinator Chan Gailey on Wednesday said Geno Smith would be the team's starter heading into the regular season.
"Right now, Geno's the starter," Gailey said. "Unless something happens—an injury, or something like that, that you don't perceive, that's how we anticipate it going."
FFToday's Take: Although veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was brought in to be a capable backup, HC Todd Bowles is sticking to his plan by naming Geno Smith his starting quarterback. Geno Smith finished the 2014 regular season averaging a paltry 180 passing yards per game. New OC Chan Gailey will be tasked with getting more out of the Jet's passing game this season.
|Mixed reactions regarding new PAT rules|
Extra points become 33-yard attempts
By: Jake Gordon | May 19 2015, 8:00 pm
|In an attempt to make point-after-touchdown attempts more exciting, NFL owners voted on Tuesday to move extra-point kicks to the 15-yard line from the 2-yard line, extending the 20-yard extra points to 33-yarders. Two-point conversion attempts will remain at the 2-yard line, but defenses will be allowed to score by blocking a PAT or intercepting a two-point conversion and running it back. (Denver Post)|
FFToday's Take: The new PAT distance will be a factor in leagues that subtract points for missed and it adds another scoring opportunity for defense/special teams units. These changes may only factor into a dozen of games but it does give the elite fantasy kickers a little more value heading into the 2015 season.
| QB Derek Carr may need surgery on finger|
Right ring finger
By: Jake Gordon | May 19 2015, 3:00 pm
|Raiders QB Derek Carr has right ring finger injury that may require surgery. OTAs in question but optimistic about training camp, per source. (Chris Mortensen via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Regardless of whether the Raiders' quarterback needs surgery this injury shouldn't impact his status for the regular season but will limit his preparation heading into his second season.
|49ers DE Justin Smith calls it a career|
Loss of 14-year vet latest in a series of offseason departures
By: Doug Orth | May 18 2015, 8:30 pm
|Justin Smith, the iron-clad backbone of the 49ers’ standout defense in recent years, retired Monday, citing a familiar culprit when it comes to ending the careers of 30-something linemen: wear and tear.
Smith follows ILBs Patrick Willis and Chris Borland, who retired within a week of each other in March. Smith’s announcement represents another major loss for the 49ers, who went to the playoffs from 2011 through 2013 largely because of the stout play by Smith, Willis and the rest of the defensive front seven. (Sacamento Bee)|
FFToday's Take: Although Smith never recorded a double-digit sack season, he will go down as one of the league's all-time best "5-techniques" because he was an elite run-stopper who quite frequently tied up two blockers and let players like Aldon Smith rack up huge sack numbers. Although Darnell Dockett and first-rounder Arik Armstead will be in the mix to replace Smith, owners should knock the Niners' defense down another peg after this news.