|Jets sign Dri Archer to reserve/future deal|
New York looking to get faster on offense
By: Jake Gordon | Feb 3 2016, 8:10 pm
|FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- The New York Jets have signed speedy running back-kick returner Dri Archer to a reserve/future contract. The versatile Archer, who has also played wide receiver, was a third-round draft pick by Pittsburgh out of Kent State in 2014. He was waived by the Steelers last November. Jets coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan recently said they want the team to be faster next season, and Archer fills the bill. (AP-Sports)|
FFToday's Take: New York's backfield may undergo a makeover this offseason. The team is expected to watch Chris Ivory get his raise from another organization, and Steven Ridley and Bilal Powell are UFAs. Zac Stacy is signed through the 2016 season but isn't part of the team's long term plans. This is one backfield fantasy owners will need to monitor throughout the offseason.
|Peyton Manning will need hip surgery in future|
Nothing imminent as Peyton downplays his latest health concerns
By: Jake Gordon | Feb 3 2016, 5:55 pm
|On Wednesday, Peyton Manning revealed that he eventually needs to undergo hip replacement surgery, according to a doctor who was kind enough to break the news to the aging quarterback. (CBSSports.com)|
FFToday's Take: Peyton Manning downplayed this report by deeming it something he will need to do at "age 52" but the fact remains that he will be another year older and his body is clearly wearing down. Nonetheless, there are certainly going to be NFL teams interested in him if he is physically able to play the position in 2016.
| Who will be the QB in Cleveland?|
Rookie QB class may need time to develop
By: Jake Gordon | Feb 3 2016, 2:02 pm
That's the question at quarterback (again) for the Cleveland Browns now that they have made it clear they will move on from Johnny Manziel in March.
To answer the question, remember the words of owner Jimmy Haslam the evening of the season finale: "We do have the No. 2 pick in the draft."
There are three quarterbacks considered worthy of a high draft pick. The Browns could stay at No. 2 and take one, or they could trade down and hope to take one.
FFToday's Take: Jared Goff, Paxton Lynch and Carson Wentz headline the QB Class of 2016. All three possess quality long-term potential but will require a bit of development before being adopted as useful fantasy signal callers. The more conservative approach for the Browns will be to turn their attention to a useful stopgap veteran via free agency or trade while they develop a rookie chosen outside the first round.
|Kaepernick wants out of San Francisco|
QB prefers New York as landing spot
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 2 2016, 5:40 pm
|The Daily News has learned that embattled 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick wants out of San Francisco after a forgettable 2015 that included on-field struggles that resulted in a benching midway through the season and a coaching change after it. The Jets are his preferred destination, according to sources. (New York Daily News)|
FFToday's Take: Even though San Francisco just signed Kaepernick to a new deal last season, the structure of the contract doesn't guarantee Kaepernick's 2016 salary (11.9 million) until April 1st, meaning he could be traded or released. The Jets have stated they are interested in re-signing Ryan Fitzpatrick so this move seems unlikely at this time. Stay tuned...
|TE Zach Miller wants big contract|
Reportedly seeking $5 million per year
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 2 2016, 1:45 pm
|here have been some robust pay days for tight ends since the end of the season and while those deals are out of the realm of what Zach Miller could command, the veteran is still seeking a big contract. Miller, who had a breakout second half of the season for the Chicago Bears, is asking for $5 million per year in a new contract, sources with knowledge of the situation told the Tribune. Unless that target figure drops in negotiations, it’s difficult to imagine a deal getting done before he becomes an unrestricted free agent in March. (Chicago Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: A veteran, Miller didn't sniff the regular season from 2012-2014 and now wants a sizeable pay increase after seven-week resurgence while Martellus Bennett was hurt. The Bears were rumored to be shopping Bennett last off-season so there is some merit for the club bringing Miller back, but it would likely be at a lower price than Miller and his agent are currently floating.
| Arian Foster cleared for light running|
Recovering from Achilles injury
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 2 2016, 1:00 pm
|In another step of progress in his recovery from a torn Achilles tendon, Texans veteran running back Arian Foster has been cleared to jog by doctors. The four-time Pro Bowl runner turns 30 in August. He tore his Achilles in October against the Miami Dolphins. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Foster will hit the dreaded 30-year-old mark in August and has always been a big injury risk for fantasy owners but he's also been a big producer when on the field. He's entering the final year of his contract, rehabbing from a significant injury but and isn't a lock to be back with Houston in 2016.
|Gates wants to stay in San Diego|
Chargers TEs set to be free agents
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 2 2016, 7:00 am
|Antonio Gates spent all 13 years of his NFL career in San Diego. It would be a major upset if there isn't a 14th.
The Chargers want Gates back. He wants to retire a Charger, and all indications are he isn't ready for retirement yet.
"This is the type of team I would love to finish my career with. To make a long story short, I'd love to finish my career here. I know one thing: we're going to fight despite whatever we're going through. We'll see how it goes." (San Diego Union-Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Gates and Ladarius Green will be unrestricted free agents if they are not re-signed by March 9. Gates was suspended the first four games of 2015 and posted his lowest output since 2003. If's he's back with the Chargers he'll be on the low-end TE1 radar in fantasy drafts this Summer.
|Ivory done in New York?|
Ran for AFC-high 1,070 yards in 2015
By: Doug Orth | Feb 1 2016, 7:50 pm
|Chris Ivory's appearance in the Pro Bowl on Sunday night may have been his final game in a New York Jets uniform. He will be an unrestricted free agent next month, and the indicators suggest he will sign elsewhere. Ivory is coming off his most productive season, including an AFC-best 1,070 rushing yards, but there are three factors working against his return: his age (28 next month), his late-season decline, and the Jets' tight salary cap situation. The Jets have seven starters heading to free agency, and Ivory probably is no higher than fourth on the priority list. With only $14 million in projected cap space (a loose projection at this point), there's no way to retain every good player. (ESPN New York)|
FFToday's Take: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, DE Muhammad Wilkerson and NT Damon Harrison are the three players that some expect to be higher on the priority list than the ex-Saint. Ivory is expected to seek at least $4 million per year and should have a fairly robust market for his services, even in what should be a good crop of free-agent runners - one that might include Doug Martin, Lamar Miller and Matt Forte.
|Peyton has told friends he intends to retire|
Has yet to tip his hand publicly, however
By: Doug Orth | Feb 1 2016, 7:40 pm
|In a not-so-private moment, Broncos QB Peyton Manning told Patriots HC Bill Belichick that 2015 may be Peyton’s last rodeo. In much more private moments, Manning reportedly has been more definitive.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Manning has told close friends that he’ll retire after Super Bowl 50. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: This doesn't qualify as breaking news, but rather another reminder that one of the all-time greats will probably be playing his last game on Sunday. The 18-year veteran will turn 40 next month and his body appears to be breaking down after an injury-plagued season in 2016. Win or lose in Super Bowl 50, it will likely mark the end of the road for the five-time NFL MVP. As such, one of Denver's top offseason priorities will likely be locking up Brock Osweiler long-term.
|Spiller a good bet to remain on the roster?|
Will be cheaper to keep than to cut prior to June 1
By: Doug Orth | Feb 1 2016, 7:25 pm
|C.J. Spiller's first year in New Orleans was a flop, partly because of a minor knee surgery he underwent during training camp. But if the Saints cut him before June 1, he will actually count more against the cap ($5.3 million) than if they keep him. So there's a good chance they'll give him another summer to regain his spark. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: With Mark Ingram, Spiller, Khiry Robinson and Tim Hightower among others on the roster, the expectation is the Saints will be able to "downsize" at running back this season. There is still much mystery as to why Spiller became such an afterthought in his first year in New Orleans. An injury-free offseason will be huge for Spiller, who could be a late-round fantasy value this summer if he is able to seize the Darren Sproles/Pierre Thomas role many thought he might earn last year.
|Calvin Johnson tells Lions he plans to retire|
Club holding out hope he returns
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 31 2016, 5:19 pm
|Detroit Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson told his family and a close circle of friends before last season that 2015 would be his final year in the NFL, and he delivered the same message to coach Jim Caldwell the day after the regular season ended, sources told ESPN. The Lions have not given up hope that Johnson could change his mind, but one person who knows Johnson well said, "He's pretty content with his decision."
FFToday's Take: We heard reports earlier this month that Johnson may hang up his cleats and it appears it may actually happen. Johnson has had back to back down seasons for his standards, battling various ankle and leg injuries. Though he was inconsistent, Johnson finished 10th among fantasy receivers in 2015.
| Rodgers knee surgery considered minor|
"Cleanup of an old injury"
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 29 2016, 11:30 pm
|Aaron Rodgers underwent knee surgery within days of the team's Jan. 17 playoff loss to the Arizona Cardinals, he confirmed to ESPN on Friday night. One source described the surgery as a minor scope and a "cleanup of an old injury."
Rodgers told ESPN that he is "doing well" and "recovering on schedule."
FFToday's Take: Rodgers won't be playing in the Pro Bowl as a result of the surgery but he should be ready for off-season workouts in April. Rodgers had his worst fantasy season since taking over as the Packers starter in 2008 (minus his injury-shortened 2013 season) but he still managed to finish 12th among fantasy quarterbacks in 2015. He'll be a QB1 in drafts next summer.
|Chargers staying in San Diego for 2016|
Could be in L.A. in 2017
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 29 2016, 7:34 pm
|Chargers chairman Dean Spanos said Friday that the team will stay in San Diego for the 2016 season but has an agreement with the Rams to move to Los Angeles if a long-term stadium solution to remain in the city isn't worked out. The Chargers have a one-year window that ends on Jan. 15, 2017, to move to Los Angeles as the second team at the Inglewood project, which is set to be completed by the 2019 season. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Spanos has stated that he wants to remain in San Diego and will attempt to work out their stadium issues with the city but having an agreement in place with the Rams gives the indication the team will likely relocate to Los Angeles in 2017. Stay tuned...
|Chiefs, Kelce agree on 5-year contract extension|
$20.02 million in guaranteed money
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 29 2016, 1:30 pm
|Travis Kelce signed a contract extension that makes him the NFL’s second-highest paid player at his position. Sources familiar with the agreement told The Star that Kelce’s contract was for five years and $46 million, including $20.02 million in guaranteed money. The maximum value of the contract could reach $50 million.
(Kansas City Star)|
FFToday's Take: Not a bad week for Kelce who's set to meet 50 women (one from each state) in his recently announced dating show and now pocket's $20 million from a new contract extension. Kelce has posted back to back 800-yard, 5-TD seasons finishing as the 8th best fantasy TE each of the last two seasons. His usage remains secure for 2016 making him a viable top 5 target in drafts next Summer.
|Matt Jones no lock to be clear-cut 2016 starter|
Fumbling issues among things rookie RB needs to correct
By: Doug Orth | Jan 28 2016, 7:15 pm
|If (Alfred Morris) goes, the Washington Redskins won’t hand the position to Matt Jones. From what I have heard they like Jones but they are not sure that he will be able to fix everything he needs to fix between now and September. He’s a part of the team’s future but he’s not necessarily the 2016 workhorse running back. (CSN Washington)|
FFToday's Take: Jones is in an interesting spot as a player that showed enough that the team made little effort to re-sign Morris, but didn't earn enough trust from HC Jay Gruden to take the job full-time outright either. Jones' main concern at the moment is ball security; he has the requisite skill-set and size (6-2, 230) to handle a full load if that gets corrected. Depending on how the draft/free agency shakes out, Jones has a better chance than not of being Washington's featured back in 2016.
| Braxton Miller "well-advanced" as a WR|
Played QB his first four years at Ohio State
By: Doug Orth | Jan 28 2016, 7:00 pm
|Cowboys OC Scott Linehan on Ohio State’s Braxton Miller: “I feel like he’s well-advanced at the receiver position. Give his coaches credit." (Brandon George on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This is an interesting tweet for at least two reasons: 1) the Cowboys are coaching Miller's North squad in the Senior Bowl and 2) Miller is less than one year into his transition from college quarterback. Some draft analysts have offered a loose comparison to Randall Cobb, although Miller is about three inches taller and 10-15 pounds heavier. Miller doesn't figure to have much impact as a rookie as he continues to hone his craft at receiver, but makes for an intriguing dynasty-league stash.
| Panthers LB Thomas Davis suffers broken arm|
Vows to play in Super Bowl 50
By: Doug Orth | Jan 25 2016, 7:10 pm
|Thomas Davis could play in Super Bowl 50 despite suffering a broken arm in Sunday's NFC Championship Game win. The Carolina Panthers linebacker underwent surgery early Monday morning and coach Ron Rivera told reporters that Davis could play in two weeks. It's possible we could see Davis play in Super Bowl 50 with a large Rob Gronkowski-like brace on his injured arm. Davis was hurt during the second quarter of the Panthers' 49-15 win over the Arizona Cardinals. The veteran linebacker held his arm as he walked off to the locker room, and was later seen on the sideline with his arm in a sling. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Davis wasn't missed all that much Sunday as Arizona committed turnover after turnover in the second half, but the veteran is an emotional leader as well as one of the best sideline-to-sideline tacklers in the NFL. The linebacking duo of Davis and Luke Kuechly is the best tackling tandem in the NFL. The Broncos' running game would get a slight boost if Davis isn't able to make it back, although Carolina is about as deep at linebacker as any team in the league.
|Eagles sign Ertz to 5-year extension|
$20 million in guarantees
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 25 2016, 10:43 am
|The Philadelphia Eagles locked down Zach Ertz.
The team announced the tight end inked a five-year contract extension on Monday, keeping him in Philadelphia through 2021.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the extension is worth $42.5 million, with $20 million in guarantees, which makes Ertz the fourth-highest paid tight end in average and guaranteed money, per a source. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Ertz finished 10th among tight ends in fantasy scoring despite only scoring two touchdowns on the season. He picked up his play at the end of the season averaging 112 yards and 8 receptions in his last four games. He'll be a low-end TE1 heading into 2016.
|Marshawn Lynch leaning towards retirement?|
Seattle GM speaks on Lynch
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 22 2016, 11:54 am
|John Schneider on ESPN Seattle on Marshawn Lynch: "I'm under the impression he is leaning towards retirement." (Bob Condotta on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It's not all that surprising as retirement talk surrounded Lynch last off-season. Lynch had his worst season as a pro in 2015 playing in only seven games and scoring three touchdowns. His unwilling to get on the team bus for the Seahawks wildcard game and huge cap hit in 2016 may lead to his release if he doesn't retire. Thomas Rawls is waiting in the wings.
| Stewart practices in full, probable for Sunday|
Panthers' RB ready to roll
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 22 2016, 10:55 am
|Running back Jonathan Stewart (ankle), defensive tackle Dwan Edwards (foot) and running back Fozzy Whittaker (ankle) were full participants in Friday’s practice and are probable for the game. (Charlotte Observer)|
FFToday's Take: Stewart sprained his ankle last week and was limited on Thursday but is expected to start against Arizona in the NFC Championship game. Stewart leads all running backs in fantasy points during the playoffs thanks to his two-TD 106-yd effort against Seattle. He'll be an RB2 option behind David Johnson during championship week.
| Broncos CB Chris Harris to be game-time decision|
By: Doug Orth | Jan 21 2016, 6:20 pm
|The Broncos listed 11 players on their Wednesday injury report and all of them were full participants in their first training session of the week. Not all of them are a sure thing to play against the Patriots on Sunday, however.
During an appearance on ESPN, Broncos GM John Elway said that CB Chris Harris will be a game-time decision on Sunday afternoon. Harris has been dealing with a shoulder injury for the last few weeks and said after last Sunday’s game that he was playing with one arm due to the injury. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Harris played 75 percent of the snaps on defense last weekend, which was a season low for him. His presence is going to be more important this weekend than most since he is Denver's top slot cornerback - a job title that means he'll be responsible for guarding Julian Edelman the majority of time he is on the field.
| RB Stewart expected to play Sunday|
Panthers being cautious with ankle injury
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 20 2016, 5:35 pm
|The Carolina Panthers are taking necessary precaution with running back Jonathan Stewart.
Stewart did not take part in practice on Wednesday, three days after sustaining an ankle injury in second half of the Panthers' Divisional Round victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Panthers coach Ron Rivera told reporters the team expects Stewart to be ready for Sunday's NFC Championship Game.
FFToday's Take: Jonathan Stewart is a key cog in the Panthers' offense so it isn't surprising to see him being held out of practice following his first game action in over a month. HC Ron Rivera's vote of confidence in him playing this week should help ease concerns over the severity of Stewart's ankle injury and make Stewart one of the most attractive fantasy options heading into the weekend.
|Browns' Josh Gordon applies for reinstatement |
Suspended for violating substance abuse program
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 20 2016, 4:15 pm
|CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Suspended All-Pro receiver Josh Gordon could be back with the Cleveland Browns soon.
He's applied for reinstatement to the NFL from his indefinite ban under the substance-abuse policy, a league source told cleveland.com.
FFToday's Take: Josh Gordon has a long way to go before he is cleared to return to the NFL, however this was the first step towards officially starting the process. As a Stage 3 offender Gordon is serving an indefinite suspension of at least one year. Fantasy owners should keep the former Pro-Bowl wideout on their radar in preparation for the 2016 season and check back in April for a clearer picture on his playing status.
|Rams' Gurley named NFL rookie of the year|
Finished season as the NFL's third leading rusher
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 20 2016, 1:00 am
|Named to the Pro Bowl last month, the honors continue to roll in for Rams running back Todd Gurley. He was named NFL rookie of the year, and also the NFL offensive rookie of the year Tuesday by the Pro Football Writers of America. (STLToday.com)|
FFToday's Take: Todd Gurley lived up to expectations once he finally made it back onto the field. Gurley's ten touchdowns in thirteen games is arguably the most impressive fantasy stat from his rookie year. A case can and will be made for Gurley to be amongst top fantasy running backs in both redraft and dynasty formats heading into 2016.
| Jordy Nelson ahead of schedule on ACL rehab|
"Looks great" five months after suffering year-ending injury
By: Doug Orth | Jan 18 2016, 8:55 pm
|McCarthy also commented on Jordy Nelson. The Packers wide receiver suffered a significant right knee injury in the Packers preseason matchup versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was out for the season.
Mike McCarthy said he fells that Nelson will come back next season better than ever. The coach said Nelson is “so far ahead with rehab,” and that he “looks great.” (Fox6now.com)|
FFToday's Take: While Nelson's absence wasn't the only problem Green Bay faced on offense this year, it proved to be the hardest one to overcome. Randall Cobb disappointed as the lead receiver while Davante Adams failed to live up to Aaron Rodgers' expectations during a injury-ruined sophomore season. Nelson will be 31 in May and is coming off a major knee injury, but he will be over 12 months into his recovery by next September. He should be considered a WR2 with upside in 2016.
|McCarthy calls out Lacy for being too heavy|
"He cannot play at the weight he played at this year"
By: Doug Orth | Jan 18 2016, 6:55 pm
|Packers coach Mike McCarthy has put RB Eddie Lacy on notice. "He's got a lot of work to do," McCarthy said. "His offseason last year was not good enough and he never recovered from it. He cannot play at the weight he played at this year." (Rob Demovsky on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Lacy has walked a fine line between being a big back with nimble feet and just being a big back for most of his three seasons in the league. James Starks is a free agent the Packers haven't shown much interest in retaining and will be 30 in February, so Green Bay may look to address the position via the draft. Lacy will be in a contract year in 2016, so it should come as little shock if he returns to fantasy prominence if he can get his conditioning back in order.
|Eagles make it official, Pederson head coach|
Eagles hire Chiefs offensive coordinator
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 18 2016, 2:55 pm
|Doug Pederson was officially announced as the new coach of the Eagles on Monday.
Pederson, 47, will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday. He replaces Chip Kelly, who was fired Dec. 29, five days before the Eagles' final regular-season game.
FFToday's Take: Pederson has been the Chiefs offensive coordinator for the past three seasons and was formerly the quarterbacks coach in Philadelphia under Andy Reid. Kansas City Quarterbacks coach Matt Nagy is inline to become the next offensive coordinator for the Chiefs while Pederson's staff in Philadelphia remains in question.
| Jonathan Stewart "tweaks" ankle|
Injury not related to previous foot sprain
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 18 2016, 12:55 pm
|Coach Ron Rivera just told reporters that running back Jonathan Stewart came through yesterday’s game in good shape, and that the “tweak” he felt yesterday was his ankle being rolled up on rather than an aggravation of the foot sprain that kept him out of the last four weeks. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: An earlier report suggested that perhaps re-injured his sprained foot which kept him out of action since Week 14. Stewart led all fantasy running backs in the divisional round with 111 combined yards and two scores. He'll be a top option along with David Johnson on Sunday.
|Rob Gronkowski expected to play|
Knee, back injuries
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 16 2016, 5:04 am
|#Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee, back) will play today vs. #KCChiefs, per @KimJonesSports & me. He'll be in pain, but he'll play. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like Gronk will be at less than 100 percent for this game. Just how limited he will be, if it all, remains to be seen. Anytime he steps on the field he is an elite fantasy option at the position but temper your expectations today.
| Gronk, Edelman, Amendola all questionable|
Gronkowski dealing with back and knee injuries
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 15 2016, 4:30 pm
|#Patriots injury report: Gronk (knee/back), Edelman (foot), Vollmer (ankle), Chandler Jones (abdomen/toe) all listed QUESTIONABLE (Ben Volin on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Rob Gronkowski reportedly got an injection in his knee on Thursday for pain relief and is also dealing with a back injury. It looks like he's headed for a gametime decision. Given the secretive nature of the Patriots we'll need to wait for the inactive list on Saturday to be sure, but it's a good bet that Gronk, Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola will all be active. Their effectiveness is the bigger question.
| "Good chance" Lynch plays on Sunday|
Seattle RB gets on the bus
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 15 2016, 4:05 pm
|Pete Carroll on Marshawn Lynch: "Bags are packed." Will he play? "There's a really good chance." (Danny O\'Neil on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Lynch did board the team bus today so he's one step closer to the field. After what happened last week, Carroll can't guarantee Lynch will play so this the best confirmation we are going to get. In a week were David Johnson is the only safe RB play on the board, Lynch will be the next closest thing and should see anywhere from 15-20 touches.
| Antonio Brown ruled out|
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 15 2016, 10:33 am
|Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has been ruled out for Sunday's playoff game at Denver.
Brown could not get over the concussion protocol hump.
FFToday's Take: The Steelers will be without their best receiver and likely their best running back (DeAngelo Williams) when they take on the Broncos this Sunday. Martavis Bryant, Markus Wheaton and Darrius Heyward-Bey will be the starting wideouts. Both Bryant and Wheaton will be viable fantasy options but tough to trust with Ben Roethlisberger questionable to play.
| No practice for injured Steelers' offensive stars|
Roethisberger, Brown and Williams appear questionable at best
By: Doug Orth | Jan 14 2016, 6:40 pm
|QB Ben Roethlisberger and WR Antonio Brown were not full participants in practice for the second day in a row, but that could change tomorrow. The plan for Roethlisberger (shoulder separation) all along was to not participate fully in practice until Friday, the last full practice before Sunday’s divisional playoff game in Denver. Brown, though, has not been cleared to practice after sustaining a concussion in the wild-card playoff victory in Cincinnati. Meantime, RB DeAngelo Williams (foot) still has not practiced since being injured in the season finale against Cleveland and is not expected to play in Denver. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: In terms of likelihood to play this week, it appears the order at the moment is Roethlisberger, Brown and then Williams. The Steelers are hopeful Brown can be cleared from the concussion protocol program and play even if he doesn’t practice. Friday figures to be a big day in determining his status. Making matters worse for fantasy purposes, Pittsburgh plays in the last of the four playoff games this weekend. The Denver defense is shaping up to be a great play.
| Gronk receives injection in ailing right knee|
Patriots believe he'll be ready for Divisional Round
By: Doug Orth | Jan 14 2016, 6:30 pm
|New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski spent part of Thursday in a Boston hospital getting treatment on his injured right knee which included an injection, according to a source familiar with the procedure.
The Patriots believe Gronkowski will play in Saturday's divisional-round playoff game against the visiting Kansas City Chiefs, but will ultimately need to see how Gronkowski feels on game day. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: DFS and fantasy playoff league owners have slight reason for concern since Gronkowski has missed two of the last three practices, getting in only an limited session in between Wednesday. He did play 55 of 60 snaps in Week 17, however, and should be expected to play. Although he has proven to be nearly matchup-proof, the combination of his knee and the Chiefs' stellar defense versus tight ends should be enough to steer most of the fantasy public away from using him this weekend.
|Bucs promote OC Dirk Koetter to Head Coach|
Helped oversee 4,000-yard season from rookie QB Jameis Winston
By: Doug Orth | Jan 14 2016, 6:25 pm
|The Bucs are hiring OC Dirk Koetter as their new head coach and it will be finalized soon, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Koetter's name emerged as a potential replacement to Lovie Smith soon after the coach was fired last week. He was interviewed on Tuesday for the job.
The offensive coordinator has been widely praised for his work with No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston and running a balanced offense attack with Doug Martin, the NFL's No. 2 rusher in 2015. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Koetter has been an offensive coordinator at three different stops since his last head-coaching gig at Arizona State in 2006. He oversaw Maurice Jones-Drew's best years in Jacksonville, guided the Atlanta Falcons' offense to two top-10 finishes in total offense in three years before coaxing a fifth-place finish from the Bucs in his first year as a play-caller in Tampa. His presence is good news for all of the Bucs' skill-position players, especially Winston and Mike Evans.
|Report: Eagles to name Doug Pederson Head Coach|
Former QB and Eagles assistant under Andy Reid
By: Doug Orth | Jan 14 2016, 6:15 pm
|The Eagles will hire former quarterback and assistant coach Doug Pederson as head coach in a nod by owner Jeffrey Lurie to the success and environment that the team had under Andy Reid. An NFL source confirmed the hiring Thursday.
Pederson has been Reid's offensive coordinator with the Kansas City Chiefs for the last three seasons. Before going to Kansas City, he was Reid's quarterbacks coach in Philadelphia after starting as a quality control coach. They must wait for the Chiefs to be eliminated from the postseason to bring him to Philadelphia. (Philly.com)|
FFToday's Take: Pederson isn't a splashy hire by any stretch, but his work in Kansas City - along with Reid - during the Chiefs' 11-game winning streak without Jamaal Charles probably helped him seal the deal as much as his background with the Eagles. Pederson has generally run conservative offenses in his relatively short time as an assistant, which means DeMarco Murray could resume his workhorse ways in 2016.
|49ers hire Chip Kelly as head coach|
Former Eagles coach remains in NFL
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 14 2016, 1:54 pm
|The San Francisco 49ers have hired Chip Kelly to be their next head coach, the team announced Thursday. Kelly joins the 49ers after three seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, whom he led to the playoffs once before being fired with one game remaining in the 2015 season. He was 26-21 overall with Philadelphia. Kelly rose to fame for his offensive style during four seasons and a 46-7 record as coach at Oregon.
FFToday's Take: Many thought Kelly's time in the NFL had come to close but the former Eagles coach will move to west coast and take over a franchise in a messy situation. The 49ers are coming off a disastrous season that included countless retirements and season-long injuries. Kelly's hiring may signal life for QB Colin Kaepernick who could become a viable fantasy option in Kelly's up-tempo offense.
|Giants to hire Ben McAdoo as Head Coach|
New York stays in house to replace Tom Coughlin
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 13 2016, 8:33 pm
|The Giants are hiring Ben McAdoo to replace Tom Coughlin, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, per a source. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: The combination of Ben McAdoo overseeing the offense, Odell Beckham, Jr. making great catches and a porous defense helped Eli Manning set a career highs in pass attempts, completions and touchdown passes during the 2015 season. With McAdoo taking over head coaching duties the offense should remain relatively unchanged heading into the 2016 season.
| Seattle's Lynch practices in full Wednesday|
Status for Sunday still up in the air
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 13 2016, 8:30 pm
|RENTON, Wash. (AP) -- Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was a full participant in practice on Wednesday, but coach Pete Carroll cautioned that was no indication whether he would play in the NFC divisional playoff game at Carolina on Sunday. (AP Sports)|
FFToday's Take: Fantasy owners will need to check back for updates on Marshawn Lynch's game status throughout the week after he somewhat unexpectedly decided himself that he wasn't quite ready to return to action against the Vikings a week ago. Lynch is being evaluated daily and is slated to practice in full all week.
|Browns name Hue Jackson as Head Coach|
Johnny Manziel not in Cleveland's future plans?
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 13 2016, 6:57 pm
|The Cleveland Browns have named former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson as their next head coach. Jackson's hiring appears to mean the end of quarterback Johnny Manziel in Cleveland. A source close to the situation told ESPN Giants reporter Dan Graziano that the topic of Manziel was discussed at length in meetings between Jackson and Browns ownership. In those discussions, Jackson indicated he would prefer the organization move on from Manziel if he were to become head coach, and he was told that would not be a problem. (ESPN.com)|
FFToday's Take: After spending the bulk of his pro coaching career in Cincinnati, Jackson will stay in Ohio to help revitalize the Cleveland Browns. It seems that Jackson will finally get a fair shot as a head coach after new management in Oakland decided to let him go following his first and only season as head coach in 2011. The offense is in dire need of a facelift after Johnny Manziel headlines have plagued the team from the moment he was drafted. Until the new coaching staff upgrades the quarterback position, however, Cleveland's offensive players will remain a tough sell for fantasy owners in 2016.