|Stefon Diggs looking to build off rookie season|
Minnesota passing attack trending up
By: Jake Gordon | May 18 2016, 7:00 pm
|EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — It was just over a year ago that Stefon Diggs was waiting for his named to be called during the 2015 NFL Draft. Now that Diggs is a year older and a year wiser, he said the frantic pace of practice has slowed down a bit. “You get more comfortable so you can play even faster,” he added. “I feel a lot better.” Diggs was one of a handful of wide receivers that met up with Teddy Bridgewater in Florida this offseason. “He definitely knows me (better),” Diggs said. “The more time we spend together, the more comfortable we’ll get with each other as far as thinking alike.”
FFToday's Take: Stefon Diggs won't anchor your receiving corps but he should lead the Vikings up and coming passing game. After catching nearly 62 percent of his targets as a rookie, Diggs is primed to see his targets climb over the century mark with an improved catch rate in Norv Turner's vertical passing attack. The addition of rookie Laquon Treadwell gives Minnesota their most talented receiving duo since Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin racked up a combined 2,102 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns in 2009.
|Cowboys ink RB Ezekiel Elliott|
Four-year deal for fourth overall pick
By: Doug Orth | May 18 2016, 4:33 pm
|IRVING, Texas (AP) -- Ezekiel Elliott has signed a four-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys that includes a $16 million signing bonus and is worth nearly $25 million overall for the Ohio State running back who was the fourth overall draft pick. (AP Sports)|
FFToday's Take: Elliott enters a backfield featuring Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden atop the depth chart so he may not see the field right away in 2016. Nevertheless, he arguably has more upside than anyone else the Cowboys have at the position and may only need a great preseason or an injury to put him in the mix for carries this year. Elliott's pedigree, draft position and firm grip on the "running back of the future" label in Dallas make him more attractive in dynasty formats where he could be among the top 15 at the position as soon as 2017.
|Is TE Virgil Green about to break out? |
Opportunity is now for veteran tight end
By: Jake Gordon | May 18 2016, 10:19 am
|Tight ends play a critical role in Gary Kubiak's offense. From blocking in the run game, to pass catching on the bootleg, to being primary receivers in the red area, the Denver Broncos offense will rely on tight ends producing regularly.
Entering 2016, the top of the TE depth chart has been overhauled. Owen Daniels has been released and Vernon Davis signed in Washington. The Broncos are now counting on Virgil Green, Jeff Heuerman and Garrett Graham to be first in line to produce.
With Kubiak's preference of playing two tight ends, there will be plenty of chances for the trio to prove they can provide more punch to the offense than the previous placeholders.
"With O.D. (Owen Daniels) being gone, there is a better chance," Green said of his opportunity as a pass-catcher, via the Denver Post. "I really want to, in training camp, show that I can be not just the pass guy, but just the every-down tight end guy."
FFToday's Take: The TE position is up for grabs in Denver and Virgil Green will compete with sophomore Jeff Heuerman and Garret Graham for the lion's share of the workload in a tight-end heavy system. All three have struggled to become NFL regulars but Green and Heuerman possess the most offensive upside of the trio and are worth watching throughout the pre-season. One or both of them could provide sneaky value to the bargain fantasy shopper.
|San Diego claims QB Mettenberger|
Titans had placed him on waivers a day earlier
By: Jake Gordon | May 17 2016, 5:43 pm
|The San Diego Chargers claimed QB Zach Mettenberger off waivers on Tuesday, bringing the 6-5, 224-pound former Tennessee Titan into the fold. To make room, the team waived QB Bryn Renner. (Chargers.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Chargers' current coaching staff features two of Zach Mettenberger's former coaches while he was in Nashville in Ken Whisenhunt and John McNulty. The familiarity should provide Mettenberger a solid shot to be Phillip Rivers' backup heading into the 2016 season as he battles incumbent Kellen Clemens. Mettenberger became more expendable in Tennessee after the team chose a more experienced quarterback, Matt Cassel, to serve as the primary backup to starter Marcus Mariota.
| Sammy Watkins has broken bone in foot|
With a screw inserted, he should be ready by training camp
By: Jake Gordon | May 16 2016, 4:38 pm
|WR Sammy Watkins suffered a broken small bone in his foot & had a screw inserted, source said. Should be ready for training camp. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Sammy Watkins' elite talent and lack of competition still provide plenty of fantasy upside as he enters his third year in the league. However, lower body ailments of the calf, hip and now foot should cast enough injury concern to make him a risky choice as your team's top receiver in 2016.
| Broncos' Sanchez has thumb surgery|
Only expected to be be out a week
By: Jake Gordon | May 16 2016, 4:00 pm
|ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- Mark Sanchez will miss the first few days of OTAs next week after undergoing surgery to repair a ligament in his left, non-throwing hand.
The Denver Broncos' new quarterback injured his left thumb in a weight room mishap on Thursday while participating in team-wide strength and conditioning work.
He underwent surgery Saturday in Vail, Colorado.
FFToday's Take: Not much to read into here as the team expects Mark Sanchez back in about a week. He will miss the start of OTAs but remains the favorite to open the season as the starter in Denver.
|Redskins and Cousins still talking long term deal|
QB accepted franchise tag in March
By: Jake Gordon | May 16 2016, 3:00 pm
|General manager Scot McCloughan has remained confident that the team will be able to work out a deal before then, but even if they don’t, he is optimistic it will happen eventually.
“We’re still talking,” McCloughan said on Monday at Ryan Kerrigan’s Leukemia Golf Classic. “Saw him this morning, still talking. It’s a positive situation. As you guys are well aware, we want him back, he wants to be here, we just got to work out a deal.
“It’s a big contract. It’s a position that’s very important to us and he wants to be in an organization he feels very passionate about. If it’s not July 15, don’t worry, we’ll figure it out.”
FFToday's Take: For anyone who didn't notice, Kirk Cousins threw for over 4100 yards in 2015 and had a combined 34 touchdowns against only 11 interceptions. He achieved those marks by notching a completion percentage just a tick under 70-percent. The real question for fantasy owners and GM Scot McCloughan is whether Cousins can sustain or even build off his excellent 2015 campaign or will he regress to being a league average signal caller.
| Amendola recovering from off-season surgeries|
Wide receiver's recovery timeline isn't yet clear
By: Jake Gordon | May 16 2016, 1:00 pm
|Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola is recovering from a pair of offseason surgeries that may impact the start of his 2016 season. Amendola underwent surgery to repair the left knee that gave him considerable trouble late last season, and he also had to remove a bone spur in his ankle, according to a source. Both surgeries occurred early this offseason. The timeline is still a concern because it’s far too early to know when Amendola will return at full strength, and the Patriots will not rush him back to the field until he is ready.
FFToday's Take: After Julian Edelman the list of receivers on the Patriots roster is full of unknowns. Danny Amendola hasn't been able to stay healthy for a full slate of games since 2010 but he has the skill set to be a useful fantasy contributor with New England if he can shed those worries by the time training camp opens and separate himself from lesser known commodities.
| Melvin Gordon still recovering from knee surgery|
By: Mike Krueger | May 10 2016, 8:00 am
|The Chargers running back participated in on-field drills Monday. Afterward, he acknowledged he is not yet 100 percent, still working back from a January knee procedure. Sources said that Melvin Gordon underwent microfracture surgery and was given a recovery timetable of four to six months. (San Diego Union Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: The 4-6 month timetable should allow him to compete fully in training camp and with the Chargers not addressing the running back position in free agency or the draft, it's safe to say they are comfortable with Gordon being ready for the regular season. Gordon, Danny Woodhead and Branden Oliver are scheduled to be the top three RBs on the depth chart.
|Justin Hunter could be odd man out|
Projecting the Titans WR group
By: Mike Krueger | May 9 2016, 8:45 am
|So if Tajae Sharpe - who caught 111 passes last season for Massachusetts - looks good, it could mean trouble for Justin Hunter. The former second-round pick missed almost half of last year and hasn’t caught as many as 30 passes in three years.
FFToday's Take: The Titans drafted the rookie Sharpe in the 5th round and assuming Rishard Matthews, Kendall Wright, Dorial Green-Beckham and Harry Douglas have roster spots locked up, Hunter could be on the outside looking in. While showing unique athleticism, Hunter has yet to crack 500 receiving yards in any of his three seasons.
|Sam Bradford expected to report today|
OTAs begin next week
By: Mike Krueger | May 9 2016, 8:00 am
|Connor Barwin told 94.1 WIP in Philly he received a text from Bradford saying the quarterback will report for Eagles voluntary workouts today, per Howard Eskin.
"He'll be here today. I talked to him. He'll be here this week -- he'll be here today," Barwin said. "I feel like I'm the Sam Bradford like news -- reporting for Sam. But yeah, he'll be here today."
FFToday's Take: Bradford's "holdout" will end prior to the Eagles OTAs which begin next week. He reportedly demanded a trade when the team traded in up in the draft to select QB Carson Wentz. Perhaps Bradford has come to his senses and realizes that doing the best he can for the Eagles in 2016 is the correct path.
|Redskins, Jordan Reed agree on extension|
5-years, 22 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | May 5 2016, 9:23 am
|Redskins TE Jordan Reed is signing a 5-year, $50 million extension, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Reed's battled injury concerns during his three-year career but remains a difference maker at the position when healthy. He finished 5th in fantasy points (standard scoring) among tight ends last season despite missing two games. He'll be a high-end TE1 in redraft leagues.
| Murray to still carry the load for Titans|
Head coach calls RB after Derrick Henry pick
By: Mike Krueger | May 2 2016, 8:30 am
|“You know, I talked with DeMarco Murray not long after we made the pick,” Mularkey said, assuring the running back that he remained among the team’s prized offseason acquisitions, and that he’d be heavily involved in the team’s game plan each week. “I told DeMarco, look, nothing has changed since we made the trade for you,” he said. “You’re still the guy that’s going to carry the load for us. When you need to take a break and come off the field there will be no letdown from the next one that comes in, whoever that is. (The Tennessean)|
FFToday's Take: The Titans have struggled to find a running game in recent years with Bishop Sankey and David Cobb both failing to make an impact. Taking the coach at his word it sounds like rookie Derrick Henry will be in a clear backup role and Murray is at least playing nice with his comments. Henry should be viewed a handcuff to Murray.
|Eagles not shopping Bradford|
Broncos mulling other options at QB
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 28 2016, 8:35 am
|Denver does not expect Philadelphia to trade Sam Bradford to Broncos or to any team, per sources. Broncos now mulling other QB options. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Bradford's request for a trade from the Eagles seems to be falling on deaf ears... as it should. It appears Bradford will be a bridge to rookie Carson Wentz, assuming Wentz is taken by the Eagles at No.2 in tonight's draft.
| Mulitple teams interested in moving up for Elliott|
Browns fielding offers for No.8 pick
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 27 2016, 9:50 am
|Trade spot to watch: Browns at No. 8. They've been having discussions with teams behind them who would want to come up for Ezekiel Elliott. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Dolphins (pick No.13), Bears (pick No.11) and the Giants (pick No.10) have all been rumored to be interested in the Ohio State running back. Tabbed as a "more explosive Doug Martin" by FFToday's Doug Orth, Elliott is a complete back that should have an immediate fantasy impact in 2016 no matter where he lands on draft day.
| No timeline for Rawls, Jimmy Graham return|
Seahawks key players rehabbing significant injuries
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 26 2016, 8:00 pm
|The recoveries from season-ending injuries for Seahawks players Thomas Rawls and Jimmy Graham have gone as planned but it remains too early to establish a set timeline for their return, coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday. “Everything’s going well, yeah,” Carroll said during the team’s annual pre-draft press conference. “Everything’s really in good shape. It’s just when they push to get back we are going to have to see what the timeline is, you know, so we can tell. It’s going good.” (Seattle Times)|
FFToday's Take: Rawls is coming off a broken ankle in mid-December while Graham suffered a torn patellar tendon in late November. Rawls is more likely to be ready for Week 1 as his injury requires a shorter rehab time. Expect both players to be limited in OTAs, minicamp and training camp.
|Brady's 4-game suspension reinstated by court|
Federal appeals court overturns ruling
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 25 2016, 11:46 am
|A federal appeals court has ruled that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady must serve a four-game Deflategate suspension imposed by the NFL, overturning a lower judge and siding with the league in a battle with the players union. The appeals ruling follows a September decision by Manhattan Judge Richard Berman that went against the league, letting Brady skip the suspension. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Patriots first four games are against Arizona, Miami, Houston and Buffalo. Expect Jimmy Garoppolo to get the start in those four games and for Brady to return to action Week 5 against the Browns.
|Sam Bradford wants out of Philadelphia|
Won't show up for off-season program
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 25 2016, 11:15 am
|Eagles have been informed Sam Bradford wants to be traded and he will not be showing up for their off-season program any longer, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Bradford just received a two-year deal for $24 million guaranteed ($36 potential) but now feels threatened by a rookie quarterback and wants to be traded. Geez. The Eagles have stated publically that Bradford will remain the starter in 2016 as they give Wentz a year to acclimate himself to the league.
| Bears, Dolphins, Cowboys interested in Elliott|
Bears, Dolphins kicked the tires on free agent RBs
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 22 2016, 9:10 pm
|Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott, the best running back in the draft, could be there at No. 11 for Chicago. Elliott is squarely on the Bears’ radar. He visited Halas Hall earlier this week and has said in several interviews that he’d love to play for the Bears because of running backs coach Stan Drayton, who recruited him to Ohio State and coached him. (Chicago Sun Times)|
FFToday's Take: Other reports suggest the Dolphins and Cowboys also have interest in the projected No.1 running back in this year's draft class and it wouldn't be a shock to see the Dolphins trade up from pick No.13 ahead of the Bears to take him if the Cowboys decide to go in a different direction with the fourth pick. Elliott is a three-down back and should have an immediate fantasy impact in 2016.
|Redskins land CB Josh Norman|
$50 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 22 2016, 9:00 pm
|All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman and the Washington Redskins have agreed to a five-year deal that could be worth as much as $75 million, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Friday.
The contract will include a guaranteed $50 million, according to the NFL Network, the most ever paid to a cornerback. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Norman's agent confirmed the deal without giving specific contract details. The surprise release of Norman by the Panthers on Wednesday caused quite the stir across the league. The Panthers cited an inability to come to terms on a long-term deal as the reason for the release. Norman fills a glaring need for a team that allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to wide receivers in 2015.
| Eagles grab No.2 pick from Browns|
Will quarterbacks go 1-2 in this year's draft?
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 20 2016, 1:44 pm
|Eagles have agreed to a trade with the Cleveland Browns to acquire the second-overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Eagles get: 2016 1st RD (#2), 2017 4th RD.
Browns get: 2016 1st RD (#8), 2016 3rd RD (#77), 2016 4th RD (#100), 2017 1st RD, 2018 2nd RD. (Eagles on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It's a big haul for the Browns and a steep price to pay for the Eagles who presumably will take QB Carson Wentz, assuming the Rams take Jared Goff at No.1. The Eagles signed Chase Daniel this off-season and re-signed Sam Bradford giving him $26 million guaranteed over two years.
|Broncos re-sign Ronnie Hillman|
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 18 2016, 5:00 pm
|Unable to generate much interest in the free-agent market, Ronnie Hillman returned to the Broncos after reaching a 1-year agreement on Monday.
Hillman was a 12-game starter and the Broncos’ leading rusher last season. He was the Broncos’ 1A running back while C.J. Anderson was 1B. (9 News in Denver)|
FFToday's Take: Even though Hillman "got the start" in numerous games last season the Broncos used a two-man committee approach with C.J. Anderson splitting time with Hillman in the backfield. It appears Anderson is now the flavor of the month in the Broncos backfield as he received a four-year deal while Hillman's one-year deal is worth significantly less money. Fantasy owners should favor Anderson at this point in time.
|Cowboys interested in Hoyer?|
At the right price
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 18 2016, 4:20 pm
|The Cowboys have only two backup quarterbacks on their roster, and Kellen Moore and Jameill Showers have a combined three games of experience.
They could have interest in Brian Hoyer “at the right price,” according to a source.
(Dallas Morning News)|
FFToday's Take: With Tony Romo battling shoulder injuries the last few seasons its wise for the Cowboys to have a veteran backup. However, Hoyer, who was released by Texans over the weekend, might opt for a team were he'd have a chance to compete for a starting job. The Jets are rumored to be interested in Hoyer also as they have yet to re-sign Ryan Fitzpatrick.
| Jamaal Charles expected to miss OTAs|
Should be ready for training camp
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 18 2016, 4:00 pm
|“Hopefully, I can be cutting coming up soon,” said Jamaal Charles, whose career 5.7-yard average per carry is the best for any running back since the AFL/NFL merger.
He expects to be ready to roll for the start of training camp in July, but probably won’t be cleared for contact during organized team activities later this spring.
“That’s too fast to do something only five months out of surgery,” Charles said.
Instead, he’ll work on mental reps, rehabbing the knee and gaining upper-body strength. (Kansas City Star)|
FFToday's Take: Charles is rehabbing from an ACL injury suffered October 13th against the Bears and said he hopes to begin cutting soon. While he's expected to miss OTAs he should be ready to roll coming training camp in July. The Chiefs have signed Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware to contract extensions.
|Percy Harvin calling it quits|
Retirement for the 27 year-old receiver
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 14 2016, 6:03 pm
|Wide receiver Percy Harvin has told the Buffalo Bills that he's retiring, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Thursday.
Harvin, 27, had played for three teams since the start of the 2014 season and has seen his production dip since posting career highs in catches (87) and receiving yards (967) for the Minnesota Vikings in 2011.
FFToday's Take: Since last October, Harvin's been on the fence about playing football. At the time, he was considering retirement due to a number of injuries including knee and hip ailments. The Bills voided the final two years of his deal making him a free agent. While Buffalo reportedly were open to bringing the 27-year old receiver back, it appears Harvin has chosen to end his career.
| Rams acquire No.1 pick from Titans|
Rams in position to get their QB of choice
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 14 2016, 10:34 am
|The Tennessee Titans have traded the No. 1 pick in the draft to the Los Angeles Rams in a blockbuster trade.
Tennessee will send the top selection along with its fourth- (No. 113) and sixth-round (No. 177) picks this year to the Rams in exchange for Los Angeles' first-round pick (No. 15), two second-round selections (Nos. 43 and 45) and a third-round pick (No. 76) in 2016. The Titans also will get the Rams' first- and third-round picks in 2017.
FFToday's Take: The Titans received a haul of draft picks including two second round picks this year and a first next year. With Case Keenum penciled in as the current "starter" the Rams are now in position to take a quarterback, with Jared Goff or Carson Wentz the likely targets. The NFL Draft is two weeks away.
| Goff over Wentz for Cleveland at No.2?|
Browns expected to take QB with second pick
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 13 2016, 9:45 am
|I believe Jared Goff will be drafted before Carson Wentz, barring a trade of the first-overall pick. And if new Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton gets his way, it will be Goff and not Wentz who that team uses with the second overall selection. (Jason La Confora - CBS Sportslin)|
FFToday's Take: La Confora is hearing that many in the Browns organization prefer Goff over Wentz but it's by no means a unanimous call. While the Browns are likely to take a QB with second pick, it sounds like the coaching staff prefers Goff while the scouts in the organization prefer Wentz. With roughly two weeks to go until the NFL Draft we can expect more stories like this that may or may not represent the true feelings of the organization.
|Patriots re-sign LeGarrette Blount|
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 12 2016, 10:56 am
|LeGarrette Blount re-signed with the Patriots this morning. He's back. (Jeff Howe on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Blount played in 12 games for New England last season averaging 4.3 yards per carry while scoring 7 TDs. He'll be a hit or miss RB3 in fantasy circles with rushing-only value in New England's short-to-intermediate passing attack.
|No decision yet on discipline for LeSean McCoy|
NFL review is ongoing
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 12 2016, 9:38 am
|NFL has reached no decision on potential pending discipline for Bills RB LeSean McCoy, per NFL official. Review is ongoing. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: A report yesterday indicated that McCoy isn't likely to face any discipline from the league for his involvement in a bar fight this past February. No charges are expected to be filed in the case and while the league has handed down suspensions in similar circumstances, it sounds like McCoy has a good chance of avoiding any league punishment.
|Josh Gordon's potential reinstatement delayed|
NFL wants 60-90 days of no red-flag tests
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 12 2016, 9:21 am
|Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Josh Gordon’s potential reinstatement will be delayed until the NFL has seen that he can go 60 to 90 days without a red flag drug test. Gordon, who is currently suspended and has been for more than a year, appeared to be close to reinstatement until someone leaked the news yesterday that he has failed another drug test. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: So you're telling me there's a chance. Gordon is teetering on his NFL career becoming history. He needs to submit clean, non-diluted samples for over the next three months in order to resume his career. Given his history, the chances of Gordon making a significant contribution in 2016 are shaky at best.
|Hightower re-joining Saints backfield|
Handcuff material for Ingram owners
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 8 2016, 11:45 am
|Running back Tim Hightower is re-signing with the New Orleans Saints, according to a source.
The two sides met last week and have agreed to initial terms on a new contract. Hightower played in eight games for New Orleans in 2016, rushing for 375 yards and four touchdowns. He also caught 12 passes for 129 yards.
FFToday's Take: Hightower filled in nicely for an injured Mark Ingram allowing the team to let Khiry Robinson move on in free agency. Even though Hightower is closing in on 30 years age, he spent three-plus years out of the league due to a knee injury. He'll be handcuff material for Ingram owners.
|Scott Chandler knee surgery, will miss 2016|
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 2 2016, 12:29 am
|Another knee surgery yesterday. This game gives and takes. This surgery will take me out of next season, and probably keep me from playing again. (Alissa Chandler on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Scott Chandler entered the league in 2007 and has spent time with the Chargers, Bills, Cowboys and most recently the Patriots. He worked out for the Colts earlier this off-season but it sounds like his career is over.
|Redskins sign TE Vernon Davis|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 31 2016, 12:10 pm
|The Washington Redskins have agreed to a one-year deal with veteran tight end Vernon Davis, a source told ESPN's John Keim on Thursday. Davis was acquired last November by the Denver Broncos, who gave up a sixth-round pick in April's draft as well as a sixth-round pick in 2017 in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers. He finished last season with 38 receptions for 395 yards between the two teams. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: While Davis has pass-catching ability the Redskins are likely more interested in his blocking ability as Jordan Reed will be featured as a receiving weapon in the offense. Davis' fantasy value is minimal unless he's thrust into a starting role due to a Reed injury.
|49ers won't release Kaepernick before deadline|
$11.9 million salary becomes guaranteed April 1st
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 31 2016, 9:27 am
|April 1 deadline, when Colin Kaepernick's $11.9 million salary becomes guaranteed, is moot. 49ers are not releasing him before then. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Kaepernick trade rumors have been running rampant for weeks now along side reports that the 49ers plan on keeping the 28 year-old quarterback. His 2016 salary becomes guaranteed on Friday and it appears that 49ers have no plans to release him today. The QB needy Broncos have interest in a trade, but want Kaepernick at a reduced salary. Even though he wants out, Kaepernick may be sticking with Chip Kelly in San Francisco in 2016.
|Green Bay signs TE Jared Cook|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 28 2016, 10:45 am
|The Packers have agreed to terms with eighth-year tight end Jared Cook, who will sign his contract Monday pending a physical, a league source confirmed. Although the Packers offered a two-year deal, the two sides eventually settled on a one-year deal could total $3.65 million with incentives, USA Today reported. (Green Bay Press Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: The Rams released Cook this off-season and he reportedly had interest from Atlanta, Chicago and Carolina. He'll play a complimentary role in the offense along with Richard Rodgers. It sounds like the Packers are wanting to feature the tight end more this season down the middle of the field. Even so, Cook's fantasy value will likely be hit or miss given the amount of weapons in the offense. He's on the TE2 radar for redraft leagues.
|Browns sign Robert Griffin, two-year deal|
Browns could still draft QB with No.2 pick
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 24 2016, 12:45 pm
|Robert Griffin III was sold on Cleveland as soon as his meeting with Browns head coach Hue Jackson and associate head coach Pep Hamilton was complete.
Griffin, a free agent, made it official Thursday when he signed with the Browns. “I'm excited about the opportunity to join the Dawg Pound and help build something here in Cleveland,” Griffin said. “Coach Hue and Pep, I had a great meeting with them. I really believe in what they preach and how they can help not only me as a player but this team win games and that's what we're all about."
FFToday's Take: ESPN is reporting this is a two-year deal. There's still a strong possibility the Browns take a quarterback with the No.2 pick. It's likely RGIII could start Week 1 even with a rookie QB in the mix but his fantasy value on a team lacking playmakers will be in the tank. He's nothing more than a QB2 for now.
|Eagles add Rueben Randle to receiving corps|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 23 2016, 5:00 pm
|Rueben Randle is switching teams in the NFC East, as the wide receiver has agreed to a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Randle had spent his first four NFL seasons with the New York Giants, who selected him in the second round of the 2012 draft out of LSU.
FFToday's Take: While inconsistent, Randle finished as a WR3 the last two seasons helped by his 8 touchdowns in 2015 (57-797-8) and respectable yardage total in 2014 (71-938-3). He'll likely be the third receiver in Philadelphia behind Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor and as a result, his fantasy value takes a hit. He's on the WR4/5 radar in redraft leagues.
|Bears sign TE Josh Hill to offer sheet|
Saints have 5 days to match
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 22 2016, 4:30 pm
|Bears have signed Saints TE Josh Hill to an offer sheet as a restricted free agent. New Orleans has 5 days to match. (Brad Biggs on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It's reportedly a three-year deal for the Saints tight end that never lived up to his early pre-season hype in 2015. Since Hill was an undrafted free agent, the Saints will get no draft pick compensation if they choose not to match the offer sheet. The Bears recently resigned Zach Miller as their starting tight end. Hill will be a player to keep an eye on as pre-season practices begin this Summer.
|Cowboys sign Alfred Morris|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 22 2016, 10:30 am
|Former Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris will sign a two-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys, his agent confirmed to ESPN.
The deal is for two years, worth up to $5.5 million, including $2 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
FFToday's Take: Morris rocketed into the league with a monstrous rookie season in 2012 (1613 yds, 13 TDs) but his production has slipped every year since. His 763 yards and 1 TD last season ranked him 45th among fantasy running backs as he struggled to fit into Jay Gruden's offense. The Cowboys should provide an upgrade to Morris' fantasy stock and he'll compete with Darren McFadden for snaps.
|Case Keenum will start for Rams|
Foles to be high-priced backup
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 21 2016, 10:39 am
|G.M. Les Snead, appearing Monday on NFL Network, said that Case Keenum will be the starting quarterback “at the beginning of the season.” It also creates a potentially awkward situation in the quarterback room, where Keenum will make roughly $3 million in 2016 and backup Nick Foles will make more than $12 million. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: Interesting comment from the Rams GM but it's still early in the off-season and much can happen before early September. Foles and perhaps a quarterback drafted in the first round (15th pick) could also be the Week 1 starter. In any case, the starting quarterback for the Rams can be avoided by fantasy owners.