|Fred Davis suspended indefinitely|
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 19 2014, 4:00 pm
|Fred Davis continues to be his own worst enemy.
The Washington Redskins tight end has been suspended indefinitely without pay for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. The suspension begins immediately. This marks the second time Davis has been hit with a drug-related suspension. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Davis was suspended four games in 2011 meaning this is his third strike in the substance abuse program. He's a free agent heading into 2014 but he'll be lucky to get a contract given the off-field concerns. He's off the fantasy radar until further notice.
|2nd round pick for Cousins?|
Redskins open to trading backup QB
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 19 2014, 12:50 pm
|The Washington Redskins want a second-round pick in the NFL draft if they are going to trade backup quarterback Kirk Cousins, according to a person familiar with the team’s planning. It also is not known if Redskins officials will remain adamant about wanting to receive a second-round choice for Cousins or if the team ultimately might be willing to part with him for a lesser compensation package. (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: Cousins was a fourth-round pick in 2012 and new coach Jay Gruden has stated that Robert Griffin III is the starting quarterback. Cousins has stated that he would be open to a trade and the chance to start with another team. Ideally, the Redskins should keep Cousins for another season given RGIII's ups and downs and injury history, however given the number of QB-needy teams, a trade could easily be made for the 2nd-round compensation the Redskins are asking for.
| Cowboys win coin flip, will pick 16th|
Ravens will pick 17th in upcoming draft
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 19 2014, 9:00 am
|The Dallas Cowboys won a coin flip with the Baltimore Ravens, giving them the No. 16 overall pick in the NFL draft in May.
The Ravens will have the No. 17 pick. The coin flip occurred Wednesday morning at the NFL draft combine in Indianapolis. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The draft order is now set. This is the highest pick the Ravens have had since 2008 (#18 - Joe Flacco).
|Tony Gonzalez headed to CBS set|
Former TE will replace Shannon Sharpe and Dan Marino
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 18 2014, 1:00 pm
|The retiring Tony Gonzalez, who left open the possibility of playing again in a recent ESPN The Magazine story, closed the door on such talk by joining CBS Sports as an NFL analyst, the network announced Tuesday. The future Hall of Fame tight end will be part of CBS' pregame show, "The NFL Today," and will contribute across multiple CBS platforms including "Inside the NFL" on Showtime and CBS Sports' Sunday pregame show, "That Other Pregame Show." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Gonzalez will be replacing Shannon Sharpe and Dan Marino on the "NFL Today" Sunday pregame show. Gonzalez left the door cracked for a potential return in 2014 but it appears his focus will be media driven for now.
|Roddy White arrested, failure to appear|
Didn't show in court on a traffic charge
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 18 2014, 9:15 am
|Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White was arrested in Gwinnett County early Tuesday on a failure to appear warrant, jail records show. White allegedly failed to appear in court on a traffic charge. The Gwinnett sheriff’s website shows an outstanding warrant for White on a charge of “non-transparent material on windows.” (Atlanta Journal Constitution)|
FFToday's Take: Too much tint on the windows and not showing up to court landed White in the slammer. This is obviously a minor incident and it shouldn't affect White's playing time in 2014.
|Newton wants long-term deal|
...but won't hold out for new contract
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 17 2014, 5:30 pm
|"Hopefully I will be able to get that long-term deal because Charlotte is a place that I can call home.” Cam Newton is among the top priorities for the team this offseason, along with defensive end Greg Hardy, followed by the team’s other 20 unrestricted free agents. Newton is set to earn nearly $3.4 million in 2014 with a cap hit of just more than $7 million. (Charlotte Observer)|
FFToday's Take: Newton's rookie deal was a four-year, $22 million contract in 2011. While a contract extension this off-season would be optimal for both parties, Newton has stated that he won't hold out of training camp for a new deal.
|Ravens and Pitta far apart|
Team has until March 3rd to use franchise tag
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 17 2014, 5:00 pm
|The Ravens are in active talks with tight end Dennis Pitta, but remain “far apart” on numbers, according to sources. Unless that financial gap is bridged during a two-week window to use the franchise tag that began Monday and ends with an NFL deadline of March 3, a source predicted that the Ravens will designate Pitta as their franchise player.
FFToday's Take: If franchised, Pitta could argue that he should be tagged as WR and not a TE which would increase his tag compensation some $5 million. One way or another, Pitta will likely be playing for the Ravens in 2014 and will be a focal part of the offense with low-end TE1 fantasy appeal.
|Lions release Nate Burleson|
Set to count more than $7.5 million against the cap
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 13 2014, 8:00 pm
|The Lions released Nate Burleson and veteran safety Louis Delmas on Thursday in cost-saving moves that freed up $11.5 million in much-needed cap space. He was set to count more than $7.5 million against the cap because of previous contract restructures, and at 32 was coming off two injury-riddled seasons. (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: Burleson missed seven games last season with a broken arm but still finished second on the team in receptions by a wide receiver with 39. Dallas and Tampa Bay are rumored to be interested in Burleson's services.
| Finley expected to be cleared|
Free agent TE
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 13 2014, 8:00 am
|As free agency nears, Jermichael Finley and his agent remain hopeful the tight end will be cleared to play football again relatively soon. Joseph Maroon, the neurosurgeon who performed surgery on the Green Bay Packers tight end’s bruised spine, informed them that there’s a "99.9%" chance the fusion will fully heal. At that point, agent Blake Baratz said this week, Maroon would clear Finley for "full football activity."
(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)|
FFToday's Take: Dr. Maroon believes sometime in the next 4-8 weeks Finley's neck should fully heal. Finley will be one of the top tight ends available on the free agent market although some teams may shy away given the seriousness of his injury. The Packers aren't expected to re-sign him. free agency begins March 11th.
|Boldin back in San Francisco?|
49ers wide receiver is a free agent
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 13 2014, 7:52 am
|As for other FAs, I’m told 49ers want WR Anquan Boldin back and the feeling is mutual. I’d expect something to get done to keep him. (Ian Rapaport via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Boldin is set to be a free agent come March 11th but staying in San Fransisco would make sense for both parties. Boldin is coming off his best season since 2009 finishing 2013 with 85 catches, 1179 yards and 7 TDs and ranked 15th among wide receivers with 161 FPts. He is 33 years old.
|Weeden wants out of Cleveland|
5-15 record with the Browns
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 12 2014, 7:00 am
|Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden reportedly wants out of Cleveland.
NFL Network's Michael Silver reported on NFL Total Access Tuesday that two sources told him Weeden wants out "given the turmoil within the coaching staff and the lack of support from the most recent front office, he’s looking for a fresh start, a clean slate, a place where he can show that he has the talent to be a productive player in this league.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: Weedend has 5-15 record with the Browns and with all the shakeup in the front office it's no wonder he wants a new beginning. The Browns are moving forward with Brian Hoyer and will likely take a quarterback in this year's draft. Weeden is likely to get cut at some point during the off-season.
|Cassel opts out of contract|
Vikings QB becomes a free agent
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 8 2014, 9:00 am
|Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel officially opted out of the final year of his two-year contract today, Pro Football Talk reported, citing a league source. By exploring the free agent market, Cassel stands to get a long term contract for more money. The Vikings could still re-sign him when free agency begins March. 8. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Cassel signed a two-year deal prior to last season and not surprisingly, become the teams starter after Christian Ponder's inadequate play. The Vikings may re-sign Cassel as a veteran but they will likely add a young QB before the preseason begins. The Vikes have the No.8 pick in this year's draft.
| Alexander has another knee surgery|
Chargers wideout had 2nd ACL surgery
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 7 2014, 7:00 am
|Danario Alexander devoted months to knee rehab, working to return from an August injury as soon as possible.
It won't happen as soon as first hoped.
The Chargers wide receiver recently underwent additional surgery to repair the right knee injury that ended his 2013 season, sources said. (San Diego Union Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: The follow up procedure done in January makes Alexander questionable for training camp. He's scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in March. Alexander has now had two operations on his right knee and five operations on his left. It's safe to say that his career in the NFL is on shaky ground.
|Gonzalez ready to call it quits?|
Might be open to a return for the stretch run
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 6 2014, 8:00 pm
|In the interview, Tony Gonzalez also suggests at one point that he’d be open to a possible return next season, if the Falcons are 9-2 in November. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Gonzalez's retirement talk at the end of the 2012 season was laughable. This past season, we all took him more seriously but it appears he still isn't quite done with his work on the field. It's still a long shot that would suit up in 2014 but the fact that he's leaving the door cracked means he's not fully committed to retirement.
|Seahawks likely to cut Sidney Rice|
Teams needs resources to resign key defensive players
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 4 2014, 4:30 pm
|How can Seahawks sign Golden Tate & Michael Bennett with Thomas & Sherman extensions? Likely to cut Sidney Rice, ask Zach Miller to cut pay. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Seahawks have a number of players to resign and releasing Rice and asking Miller to reduce his $7 million salary cap number would be a step in the right direction. The Seahawks would save roughly $7.3 against the cap but cutting Rice.
|Fitzgerald restructures contract|
Reduces cap hit in 2014
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 4 2014, 3:00 pm
|Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald tweeted on Tuesday afternoon that he had signed a restructured contract, and two NFL sources said the new deal lowers his 2014 salary cap number by nearly $10 million. Fitzgerald was scheduled to make $12.75 million in salary in 2014. Additional cap space was created by converting most of that to a guaranteed bonus, which will be prorated over the remaining five years of the contract. (AZ Central)|
FFToday's Take: This move helps clear cap space for the Cardinals next season but the bigger story is Fitz's cap number for 2015 which grows to over $23 million.
|Kirk Cousins open to trade|
QB has told Redskins management he wants to start
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 2 2014, 9:00 am
|With the Washington Redskins making it clear that Robert Griffin III is their starting quarterback, backup Kirk Cousins is open to being traded, league sources told ESPN. Cousins believes he is ready to start and already has had discussions with the Redskins' hierarchy, which declared Griffin as their starter last month. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: It's no surprise Cousins wants the opportunity to start but the Redskins should be happy with having Cousins in a backup role as insurance for RGIII. the Browns would be a logical landing spot for the QB given that former Redskins OC Kyle Shanahan has just landed in Cleveland.
|Browns to hire Kyle Shanahan as OC|
Former OC of Redskins headed to Cleveland
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 1 2014, 8:00 pm
|The Cleveland Browns will hire Kyle Shanahan as their new offensive coordinator, sources confirmed to ESPN.
Shanahan had been the offensive coordinator for the last four seasons under his father, Mike Shanahan, with the Washington Redskins. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Shanahan offensive philosophy features a strong "X" receiver and tight end. Andre Johnson / Owen Daniels in Houston and Pierre Garcon / Jordan Reed were beneficiaries of the Shanahan offense. This is good news for the fantasy prospects of Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron. The big question in Cleveland will be what rookie QB competes with Brian Hoyer for the starting job in 2014.
| Jaguars eyeing QB in 2014 draft|
Owner not shy about draft intentions
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 31 2014, 1:30 pm
|Jaguars owner Shad Khan told the Times-Union's Ryan O'Halloran that the quarterback position could be addressed multiple times in May's draft, possibly with the third-overall pick. "Everybody knows we're going to draft a quarterback, maybe two," Khan said.
(Florida Times Union)|
FFToday's Take: The Jaguars have eight picks in the first five rounds of the draft so they are positioned to take multiple quarterbacks if they desire. Chad Henne is likely to be retained as a veteran backup with Blaine Gabbert being the odd man out and no better than the third QB.
|Welker not retiring if DEN wins SB48|
WR "still having fun"
By: Doug Orth | Jan 30 2014, 3:50 pm
|Wes Welker has no plans of stopping any time soon. Even though he's 32 years old, Welker believes he still has some seasons left in his tank. While ending his career with a Super Bowl win would be ideal, he said he's enjoying the game too much to quit, regardless of what happens in Sunday's game.
“Of course it would be a good way to end it, but I am still having fun,” Welker told reporters covering the Super Bowl. “I am still enjoying the game. I feel good, and as long as I am out there having fun, I will continue to play.” (National Football Post)|
FFToday's Take: Ever since John Elway made it popular to ride off into the sunset about 15 years ago, there has been a strong push for 30-somethings that might be nearing the end to do the same. Put Welker in the same crowd as Peyton Manning, who said he would only retire this offseason if his annual physical revealed a degenerative condition in his neck following his multiple neck surgeries nearly two years ago.
| Bernard Pierce has shoulder surgery|
4-5 month recovery time
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 30 2014, 9:30 am
|Ravens backup running back Bernard Pierce underwent successful right shoulder surgery today at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia to repair his rotator cuff, his agent told The Baltimore Sun.
Pierce is expected to require four to five months of rehabilitation and is expected to make a full recovery.
FFToday's Take: Pierce was bothered by his shoulder injury through much of the season as the Ravens running game was non-existent, finishing 30th in the league. Pierce averaged 2.9 yards per carry. Given his timetable, he should be available for training camp in July.
|Mike Williams dedication in question |
Tampa wideout fined over 200K during 2013
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 30 2014, 9:00 am
|One particular Buccaneer’s postings on Instagram really concerned the team during this past football season, and nearly cost him his roster spot. Fresh off signing a six-year, $40.25-million contract extension in the summer of 2013, wide receiver Mike Williams was placed on injured reserve in Week 9 with a torn hamstring. Since his injury, Williams has documented his partying and his new career as a rapper for all the public to see on his Instagram account.
FFToday's Take: Williams reportedly racked up 200K in fines for missing rehab assignments and team meetings in 2013. The Bucs tailored Williams' contract so he can be released this off-season if they believed his dedication to football wasn't adequate. Now that a new regime is in place, he may get the benefit of the doubt and chance to rededicate himself during off-season workouts.
|Spiller "rarely looked like himself"|
Former scout shares opinion on Spiller
By: Doug Orth | Jan 30 2014, 12:00 am
|ESPN NFL insider Matt Williamson regarding C.J. Spiller:
"I think he's capable of being one of the best multi-purpose weapons in the league. But I think he's closer to Percy Harvin than he is to Adrian Peterson...He rarely looked like himself (in 2013), and I don't think he's all of the sudden forgotten how to be fast, explosive, and I think he's entering the prime of his career and just never looked super healthy to me. In spurts he did, but [not] for a couple of games in a row." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Spiller ran into a brutal stretch of run defenses to open the season and was never the same after a Week 4 high-ankle sprain. The fourth-year player is one season removed from a 1,200-yard season and 6.0 YPC, so it is not as if Spiller isn't a running back. Still, Fred Jackson is the more trusted third-down and goal-line option, so Spiller's fantasy upside will be capped for as long as both backs are healthy.
|Moreno may not be back with Broncos|
Free agent RB set to be a free agent
By: Doug Orth | Jan 29 2014, 1:20 pm
|Just said on @nflnetwork: Broncos don’t expect to be able to sign RB Knowshon Moreno back for 14. He’s a free agent. Should hit the market. (Ian Rapaport via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Moreno is in the process of finishing his best season as a pro and will be 27 this summer. The Denver RB has enjoyed playing in a historical offense and will likely cash in during the free agent period this off-season. If Moreno moves on, Montee Ball will quickly jump into low-end RB1 territory in 2014 redraft leagues.
|Peterson happy with new OC|
Norv Turner to help with Vikings passing game
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 29 2014, 9:30 am
|Norv Turner has a reputation for being a pass-first offensive coordinator, but that doesn't bother the star running back he's now going to be coaching with the Minnesota Vikings.
"I'll tell you, our pass offense has really struggled in the past couple years," Adrian Peterson told USA TODAY Sports in a phone interview Monday. "I think (Turner) is going to be the perfect guy to come in and get us on the right path." (USA Today)|
FFToday's Take: To say that the Vikings passing game has struggled in recent years is an understatement. Moving on from Christian Ponder would be a step in the right direction. The Browns finished 11th in passing yards per game (253) under Turner in 2013.
| Saints missed Joe Morgan's speed|
Recovering from partial ACL tear
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 29 2014, 9:00 am
|New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Morgan looked like he had a clear shot at the No. 3 spot when the team entered training camp last summer. However, he didn't get that chance. Morgan would be diagnosed with a partial ACL and meniscus tear in August that immediately landed him on injured reserve, the second time in his three-year career that he'd miss a season due to a knee injury. (New Orleans Times Picayune)|
FFToday's Take: Kenny Stills took over the deep threat role in the Saints passing game and finished with 20 yards per catch - the highest average in the league. Morgan, a restricted free agent, is five months into his rehab and should be a participant in training camp come July.
|Cowboys have a new playcaller|
Former Detroit OC Scott Linehan expected to join staff
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 28 2014, 11:20 am
|The Dallas Cowboys will have their third offensive playcaller in as many years with Scott Linehan joining the coaching staff as passing game coordinator, a source told ESPN Senior NFL Insider Chris Mortensen.
The former Lions offensive coordinator took part in Monday's team meetings, sources said, but the team has not made an official announcement. (Dallas Morning News)|
FFToday's Take: This will be Tony Romo's third offensive playcaller in three seasons. Current OC Bill Callahan is expected to retain his job meaning there may be too many chefs in the Cowboys' offensive kitchen in 2014. DeMarco Murray became more involved towards the end of the season but Linehan's pass-happy approach may derail Murray's fantasy momentum in 2014.
|Chris Johnson to undergo knee surgery|
Torn meniscus; expected to recover in a month
By: Doug Orth | Jan 27 2014, 5:25 pm
|Titans RB Chris Johnson is scheduled to have surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. Johnson called the procedure “minor” and the recovery time is expected to be roughly a month.
“It’s nothing major,” Johnson said. “People don’t know I been playing with it since Week 3 of the season.”
Johnson rushed for 1,077 yards and six touchdowns in 2013. (The Tennessean)|
FFToday's Take: Johnson's durability has been underrated for some time because his performance has become so inconsistent in recent years. With a scheduled base salary of $8 million in 2014, there's a strong chance he has played his last snap with the Titans after telling The Tennessean last month he has no plans to take a pay cut. That would leave Shonn Greene and a likely draft pick/free agent to serve as the team's main ballcarriers in 2014.
|Prater returns to practice Monday|
Dealt with flu for most of last week
By: Doug Orth | Jan 27 2014, 5:20 pm
|Matt Prater is coming around. Prater, who battled a virus last week and was kept away from the team, was at practice Monday.
Last week, the Broncos didn't practice Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. Prater was too ill to practice with the team Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
"I got some kind of flu or something," Prater said. "It started to come on Tuesday night. When I woke up Wednesday morning, I felt like I got run over by a truck." (Denver Post)|
FFToday's Take: Prater should be cleared well in advance of the Super Bowl. Including the playoffs, Prater has made 30 of his 32 field-goal attempts (93.8 percent) this season and produced 93 touchbacks on 124 kickoffs (75 percent).
|Ravens hire Kubiak as new OC|
Team also brings along ex-Texan OC to be QB coach
By: Doug Orth | Jan 27 2014, 5:00 pm
|Baltimore Ravens HC John Harbaugh announced Gary Kubiak as his new offensive coordinator Monday. Kubiak is bringing Rick Dennison with him to be the quarterbacks coach. Dennison served as Kubiak’s OC for the past four years in Houston. The Ravens still have an offensive vacancy at running backs coach.
The hiring of Kubiak is a late shift from what media reports suggested. Over the weekend, reports indicated that Harbaugh was deciding between Ravens WR Coach Jim Hostler and former Houston Texans and Washington Redskins OC Kyle Shanahan.
FFToday's Take: The Ravens have utilized their fair share of zone-blocking runs over the last three seasons, so the transition should be smooth. It's hard not to like this hire since Kubiak guided a number of top-10 offenses in Houston before the bottom fell out for the Texans in 2013. He will replace Jim Caldwell, who became the new coach in Detroit. Dennison made his name as an OL coach and has never coached quarterbacks before, making his hire a bit more puzzling.
| Prater sent home with illness|
Broncos kicker expected to be fine for Super Bowl
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 25 2014, 3:00 pm
|Denver Broncos head coach John Fox said he saw Matt Prater at the team's facility Saturday morning, but elected to send the ailing kicker home for a third consecutive day. Prater did not participate in the Broncos' practice Saturday because of a virus and did not practice with the team this week. Fox said Prater was sent home, in part, for him to recover and in part to prevent any other players from getting sick. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Broncos are likely being overly cautious with this situation in an effort to keep the rest of the team healthy. Expect Prater to be back with the team next week and kick in the Super Bowl.
| Harvin cleared to play|
Seattle receiver has passed concussion tests
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 24 2014, 2:00 pm
|For the third time this season, receiver Percy Harvin is ready to play after missing time because of injuries. Harvin cleared concussion protocol this week and has been cleared to play in the Super Bowl. (Seattle Times)|
FFToday's Take: Harvin has battled hip and concussion injuries this season resulting in only two games played for the star receiver. Harvin has all but admitted his hip is still not 100% buy he is healthy enough to play in the 2013 Super Bowl.
|Browns hire Pettine to be next HC|
Replaces Rob Chudzinski
By: Doug Orth | Jan 23 2014, 4:30 pm
|The Cleveland Browns on Thursday afternoon reached a deal and named fiery former Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine their seventh full-time head coach in the new era. Casting a wide net, the Browns interviewed 10 candidates over the past 25 days. The Browns flew Pettine to Cleveland on Thursday afternoon for a third meeting and finalized the deal shortly thereafter.
FFToday's Take: Pettine replaces Rob Chudzinski, who was fired Dec. 29 after going 4-12 in his inaugural season, causing many Browns to question the team's direction and helping to make a less attractive job for any number of reasons. Regardless of how messy the search was, Cleveland found a quality candidate. Pettine, who runs a 3-4 defense, is a solid defensive mind and will have two first-round picks, plenty of cap space to sign free agents and six Pro Bowlers to work with right away.
| Peterson undergoes groin surgery|
Expected to make full recovery in six weeks
By: Doug Orth | Jan 23 2014, 4:20 pm
|Adrian Peterson had surgery (Thursday) with Dr. William Meyers at the Vincera Institute in Philadelphia, Pa. Dr. Meyers was able to successfully repair Adrian’s adductor muscle while also doing a compartmental release. Adrian is expected to make a full recovery in approximately six weeks. (Vikings.com)|
FFToday's Take: Peterson underwent reconstructive knee surgery in the 2012 offseason, a sports hernia operation in 2013 and now this surgery. It is hardly ideal, but Peterson's healing powers have become legendary, so it is unlikely this most recent surgery will be an issue come training camp. The 28-year-old will be working in Norv Turner's offense next season, meaning he could post some prolific numbers in 2014.
| Harvin returns to practice Wednesday|
Expected to play in Super Bowl
By: Doug Orth | Jan 23 2014, 7:00 am
|Seattle Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin was a full participant in practice Wednesday.
He is expected to play in the Super Bowl, which will be only his third game of the season. Harvin suffered a concussion in the divisional playoff game against the New Orleans Saints on Jan. 11, and didn't make it through the mandatory concussion protocol in time to play in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Barring a setback, Harvin is expected to play in the Super Bowl next Sunday. It's been a lost season for the Seattle wideout who signed a six-year, $67 million deal last off-season. He'll be a high fantasy rebound candidate in 2014.
| AP expected to have groin surgery|
Surgery should happen soon
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 22 2014, 8:20 pm
|Update: I've also learned that Vikings RB Adrian Peterson needs & has opted for surgery on his groin in the very near future. (Josina Anderson via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: There's no definitive date but with Peterson not playing in the Pro Bowl, surgery could come at anytime. An "off" season for Peterson still landed him 6th among fantasy running backs and AP was one of only five qualifying running backs to average 15+ fantasy points per game. Peterson will be a top five fantasy pick in 2014.
| Broken right ring finger for Gore|
Won't affect his status for 2014
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 21 2014, 3:45 pm
|Frank Gore suffered a broken right ring finger. Harbaugh said he isn't sure when the injury occurred and that he didn't know it had happened until after the game. (San Jose Mercury News)|
FFToday's Take: Gore should be fine for the 2014 off-season as this injury is considered minor. Gore finished 13th among fantasy running backs with 1128 yards and 9 TDs.
|Lions hire Joe Lombardi as OC|
Former QB coach of the Saints
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 21 2014, 1:00 pm
|A week after hiring a head coach in Jim Caldwell who worked closely with Peyton Manning for 10 seasons, the Lions tabbed Joe Lombardi, the quarterbacks coach for Drew Brees the last five years, to be their next offensive coordinator. Lombardi, the grandson of Hall of Fame former Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi, worked closely with Brees in his most prolific seasons with the New Orleans Saints. (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: The Lions now have a new head head coach and OC for the 2014 season and are making a huge push to give Matthew Stafford all the help he needs to succeed. Stafford has been a top ten fantasy quarterback the last three seasons and ranked 4th at his position this year with 4647 yards and 31 total TDs.
|Vikings hire Norv Turner as OC|
Replaces Bill Musgrave
By: Doug Orth | Jan 20 2014, 5:30 pm
|The Vikings have struck a deal with Norv Turner to become the offensive coordinator under head coach Mike Zimmer.
The offense should be in expert hands under Turner, who has 38 years of coaching experience. Turner spent last season as the Browns offensive coordinator after six years serving as the Chargers head coach. Cleveland also dealt with issues at quarterback last season but still finished 11th in pass offense. (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: It's hard to put in words how much of an upgrade Minnesota made by replacing Musgrave with Turner. For example, it took Musgrave most of the season to give rookie Cordarrelle Patterson enough snaps for him to make an impact somewhere else besides special teams. However, Turner's arrival means great things for Adrian Peterson and Kyle Rudolph. Turner's hiring is a definite boon to the fantasy fortunes of every Viking.
|Texans hire Crennel as DC|
Returns after one-year absence
By: Doug Orth | Jan 20 2014, 5:20 pm
|The Texans have hired Romeo Crennel to serve as the team’s defensive coordinator, according to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com.
Crennel, 66, didn’t coach this season after he was fired as coach of the Chiefs in 2012. He went 4-15 in Kansas City after taking over for Todd Haley, and he was 24-40 in four seasons as head coach of the Browns. (SI.com)|
FFToday's Take: Crennel takes over a Texans defense that was tied for 24th in the league with 26.8 points allowed per game, but seventh in yards allowed. Crennel hasn't done well in his two opportunities as a head coach, but has fared pretty well as a DC when that was his only job. He represents one of the better options to replace Wade Phillips and will stick with his 3-4 defense. In related news, new HC Bill O'Brien will call the plays in 2014.