| Edge-rusher Shane Ray cited for pot|
Misdemeanor charge, court date set for June 30
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 27 2015, 7:38 pm
|SCOOP: Shane Ray cited for possession of marijuana this morning in Cooper County. Ray faces a misdemeanor charge and is to appear in court on June 30. (Brandon Kiley on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Yikes. Three days before the draft isn't a good time to be busted for pot. Once thought to be a top-ten pick, concerns over Ray's foot injury had cooled his draft momentum. This latest episode won't help matters and may cause Ray to slide into Day 2 of the draft.
|Redskins exercise QB RGIII's fifth-year option |
Team still undecided about long-term future
By: paul maland | Apr 27 2015, 3:45 pm
|The Redskins have opted to use the fifth-year option on struggling QB Robert Griffin III. Pegged as the tentative starter for the upcoming 2015 season, he is set to make $7 million in 2015 and $16 million in 2016. (Albert Breer on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: If the Redskins can find a way to replicate his 2012 rookie success, RGIII could hold immense fantasy value. However, with recent injuries and coaching criticism, his current fantasy value is slim to none.
|Titans sign Hakeem Nicks|
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 24 2015, 2:00 pm
|The receiver-needy Tennessee Titans have added veteran Hakeem Nicks on a one-year deal, the team announced Friday. Nicks joins a group that includes Kendall Wright, Justin Hunter and Harry Douglas. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Nicks filled the No.4 receiver role with the Colts last season and finished with 405 yards and 4 TDs, his worst season as a pro. He's likely going to find himself in a similar role in Tennessee behind Wright and Hunter. He's nothing more than a dart throw in the late rounds of your fantasy draft.
|Dolphins sign WR Greg Jennings|
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 22 2015, 6:10 pm
|NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Greg Jennings will sign a two-year, $8 million deal with the Dolphins, according to a source informed of the deal. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Dolphins have overhauled their receiving corps, getting rid of Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson while bringing in Kenny Stills, TE Jordan Cameron and now Jennings. Jennings is familiar with head coach Joe Philbin from their time in Green Bay and should serve as the No.3 receiver in the Dolphins offense behind Landry and Stills. He's in the WR4-5 range for redraft leagues.
| Colts' RB expected to be ready for training camp|
Vic Ballard coming off Achilles injury
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 22 2015, 6:00 pm
|Vick Ballard talked to reporters Wednesday for the first time since tearing his Achilles in training camp last season. He says he'll be ready for training camp. (Colts.com)|
FFToday's Take: Ballard said today that he dealt with Achilles pain during his rookie season in 2012 and this will be his first season he an play without pain since college. Frank Gore and Dan Herron currently sit above him on the depth chart but Ballard is someone to keep your eye on in the preseason.
|Antonio Brown wants new deal|
Brown skips start of voluntary conditioning program
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 20 2015, 9:45 am
|Steelers WR Antonio Brown seeking new deal. Won't attend offseason workouts, mulling holdout from minicamp, training camp, sources say. (Mike Garafola on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Brown is under contract for three more years and scheduled to make $6 million this season, $8.25 million in 2016 and $8.7 million in 2017. The Steelers rarely negotiate new contracts with players until they reach the final year of their contract so it's unlikely Brown will get his wish. The fantasy implications are nil until Brown misses training camp.
|Latimer struggled with playbook in year one|
Broncos expect big jump in year two
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 20 2015, 6:00 am
|"It took me too long to actually catch on," Cody Latimer said. "I was in the playbook, but I could have done even more. When I actually got it, it was too late. It was just way different (than college). I would know the play, then Peyton (Manning) would change it. Then I'd get to thinking too much and play slower." (Denver Post)|
FFToday's Take: A classic issue for receivers first year in the league. Latimer projects to play more this season now that Wes Welker has been released. Latimer is expected to play on the outside with Emmanuel Sanders in the slot on three wide receiver sets.
Gary Kubiak: "I think it's time for him to make a big jump, not just a little jump. Obviously his playing time is fixing to pick up, and it needs to pick up. We need him."
|Tebow, Eagles agree on one-year deal|
Eagles' offseason program begins Monday
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 19 2015, 6:00 pm
|Tim Tebow plans to sign a one-year deal Monday with the Eagles, a league source said Sunday night. Tebow is scheduled to arrive in Philadelphia in time to be in attendance for the start of the Eagles' offseason program Monday. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Tebow was in training camp with the Patriots in 2013 before being released in late August. The last time he played in the NFL came in 2012 with the Jets. He'll join Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley on the quarterback depth chart. If he makes the team, Tebow will be at best the third quarterback and have no fantasy value.
|Adrian Peterson to be reinstated on Friday|
Can fully participate in all team activities
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 16 2015, 2:25 pm
|Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will be reinstated effective Friday, at which point he will be able to fully participate in all team activities, the NFL announced Thursday. Peterson has been suspended from the league since Nov. 18. Peterson pleaded no contest on Nov. 4 to misdemeanor reckless injury charges after injuring his son while disciplining him last May.
FFToday's Take: Peterson met with Rodger Goodell earlier this month to discuss his situation which includes continued counseling and keeping his nose squeaky clean. Peterson and his representatives have been adamant about wanting out of Minnesota but the Vikings have him under contract for three years including this season for $12.75 million. Stay tuned...
|Gates expects a reduced role in 2015|
Admits he played more than expected in 2014
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 16 2015, 8:00 am
|“With injuries and whatnot, I played a little bit more than they expected me to play last season,” he says. “I was playing the whole game. How I feel next year, it depends on how much volume they have me doing. I’d like to come in on third-and-7s, red zones, those situations. That’s what my contribution is at anyway.” (SI.com)|
FFToday's Take: Antonio Gates finished second in fantasy points among tight ends last season thanks to twelve trips to the endzone and multiple injuries to Ladarius Green (hamstring, concussion, ankle). It's rare that you hear a player suggest that his snaps be reduced but it's a logical move if Gates wants to extend his career. Barring injury, we should see Green on the field more in 2015.
|Fred Jackson admits McCoy will be bellcow|
"I don't know what my role is going to be yet”
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 15 2015, 7:00 pm
|“I know they say they want him to be the ‘bell cow,’” Fred Jackson said Wednesday. “They want him to take the majority of the load. But I’m not going to make it easy for him. I’m not going to just hand it to him and say, ‘Here’s the job.’” (Buffalo News)|
FFToday's Take: Jackson went on to saw that he doesn't know exactly what his role will be but it's likely to be spelling LeSean McCoy and perhaps some third-down work. Jackson is 34 years old and was bothered by a groin injury last season. He'll need an injury to McCoy to have any significant fantasy impact in 2015.
|Forte not present at voluntary workout|
"I've always been there especially when it counts!”
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 13 2015, 7:00 pm
|Amid the buzz associated with the new regime at Halas Hall, Bears running back Matt Forte was conspicuously absent Monday for the beginning of the voluntary offseason program. Sources said Forte let it be known he would not be in attendance. The 29-year-old is entering the final year of his contract and has expressed a desire for an extension. (Chicago Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: For what it's worth, Forte tweeted: “Relax everybody.” “It's called voluntary W/O for a reason. I've always been there especially when it counts!” He's scheduled to make $8.2 million this season and it's likely the Bears aren't excited about giving a 29-year-old running back a lengthy contract extension. Expect Forte to be present for the Bears' mandatory minicamp in mid-June.
|Raiders expected to sign Michael Crabtree|
Veteran wideout sticking in the Bay Area
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 13 2015, 6:44 pm
|From @caplannfl and myself, Raiders expected to sign Michael Crabtree as soon as tonight. (Bill Williamson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: If true, Crabtree would join James Jones, Rod Streater, Andre Holmes and perhaps a top receiving rookie as weapons for young quarterback Derek Carr. Crabtree caught 68 passes for 698 yards and 4 TDs last season in San Francisco but has yet to regain his form from 2012 when he finished as fantasy's No.15 wide receiver. It's hard to imagine Crabtree making a meaningful fantasy impact in 2015 as the Raiders attempt to right the ship.
|Sanders expected to play more in the slot|
Role will change for Broncos receiver
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 13 2015, 5:30 pm
|The Broncos will feature a more balanced offense centered on a zone-blocking running attack. Emmanuel Sanders recognizes that his role could change. He expects to play in the slot when the Broncos use a three-wide-receiver set.
"I am comfortable there. I did it a lot in Pittsburgh (with the Steelers) and in college," Sanders said.
FFToday's Take: The Broncos are expected to run the ball much like they did the second half of 2014. Cody Latimer will play on the outside in three wide receiver sets, kicking Sanders inside. As a result, it's hard to imagine Sanders repeating his 2014 performance (101-1404-9) when he finished as fantasy's No.7 wideout. A WR2 value is realistic but his early ADP is likely to be higher based off last season's WR1 production.
|Le'Veon Bell gets 3-game suspension|
Steelers running back will appeal
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 9 2015, 11:00 am
|Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell has been suspended for the first three games of the regular season and fined an additional game check for violating the league's substance abuse policy, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Bell is appealing the suspension, the sources said.
FFToday's Take: We'll see if Bell's appeal is successful in reducing the amount of games he'll miss but for now his fantasy stock has taken somewhat of hit in re-draft leagues. He is still worthy of a first-round pick given his usage in the offense but you'll need to adjust your draft strategy, perhaps selecting his handcuff, DeAngelo Williams, a couple rounds earlier than normal.
|Ridley stays in AFC East, signs with Jets|
Six months removed from knee surgery
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 8 2015, 6:15 pm
|The New York Jets have poached another New England Patriots free agent in running back Stevan Ridley.
While it's not as big as the Darrelle Revis signing, Ridley's addition gives the Jets at least one running back with a 1,000-yard season on his resume.
FFToday's Take: Ridley joins Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell in a crowded Jets' backfield that will likely give fantasy owners fits this season. Ridley is coming off knee surgery after tearing his ACL last October and will likely be eased into training camp. He'll be a late-round pick in standard re-draft leagues.
|Blount gets one-game suspension|
Le'veon Bell likely to get two-game suspension
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 7 2015, 6:37 pm
|New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount has been suspended without pay for the 2015 regular-season opener, an NFL spokesman said Tuesday. Blount's suspension is for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: We knew Blount and former teammate Le'Veon Bell would both face suspensions after they were arrested last August for marijuana possession. Bell is likely to get a two-game suspension for his involvement in the matter. Both running backs are expected to be the lead runner for their respective teams in 2015 with Bell being a first round pick in most fantasy drafts, despite the looming suspension.
| Watkins had hip surgery before Super Bowl|
Injury suffered in Week 13
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 3 2015, 11:15 am
|Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins had offseason surgery in an area near his hip, sources told ESPN's Josina Anderson.
Watkins had the procedure done sometime before the Super Bowl for the injury that was suffered in a Week 13 win over the Cleveland Browns, according to sources. He had three catches for a season-low 11 yards in that game, but played every offensive snap.
FFToday's Take: Details about the procedure are sketchy so it's difficult to project whether or not the Bills No.1 wideout will miss any of the upcoming off-season workouts. The Bills have a voluntary minicamp scheduled for April 28-30.
|Texans sign WR Nate Washington|
AFC South receiver stays in the division
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 1 2015, 4:00 pm
|The Houston Texans signed veteran wide receiver Nate Washington on Wednesday.
Terms of the deal weren't announced. Washington, who will be 32 before the season starts, played the previous six seasons with the Tennessee Titans.
FFToday's Take: Washington and Cecil Shorts have been signed to fill the void of Andre Johnson. Washington has filled a secondary receiver role in Tennessee the last few years and his best season came in 2011 when posted 74 receptions, 1023 yards, 7 TDs. In Houston, he'll battle Shorts for targets but in fantasy, he will likely go undrafted.
|Bears add Jacquizz Rodgers to backfield|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 31 2015, 4:30 pm
|Jacquizz Rodgers has found a new gig.
The 25-year-old running back has signed a deal with the Chicago Bears, the team announced on Tuesday. Rodgers played his first four seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, who selected him in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
FFToday's Take: Matt Forte and Ka'Deem Carey lead the running back depth chart in Chicago. Rodgers is an asset out of the backfield as a receiver and is a better than average pass blocker given his smallish size (5-6, 196 lbs). His fantasy value is minimal unless Forte or Carey suffer an injury.
|Ravens sign Schaub for backup QB duties|
Will backup Joe Flacco
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 31 2015, 1:00 pm
|The Baltimore Ravens signed Matt Schaub to be their backup quarterback Tuesday. The Ravens did not disclose terms of the contract, but a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Schaub agreed to a one-year deal worth $3 million. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Schaub was released by Raiders after appearing in only two games last season, throwing for 57 yards and two interceptions. Schaub lost his starting gig to Derek Carr before the season ever started. He'll serve as a backup to Joe Flacco with Keith Wenning penciled in as the No.3 quarterback.
| Falcons expected to lose draft pick|
Penalty for piping in crowd noise
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 30 2015, 11:00 am
|The NFL is expected to suspend Falcons president Rich McKay from the competition committee and take a draft pick from Atlanta for piping crowd noise into its stadium over the past two years, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Fines could also be handed to the Falcons who have already admitted to cranking up crowd noise through stadium speakers while the opposing team was huddling on offense. Atlanta has the No.8 pick in the upcoming draft.
|Eagles add to receiving corps, sign Miles Austin|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 30 2015, 6:11 am
|The Eagles signed wide receiver Miles Austin to a one-year contract, according to a report by the NFL Network.
The report said Austin's deal is worth $2.3 million, with an additional $700,000 in incentives.
FFToday's Take: with Jeremy Maclin now in Kansas City, the Eagles are left with a void at receiver. Austin will join Jordan Matthews, Riley Cooper and Josh Huff in a receiving corps that will likely grow during the NFL Draft. Austin brings a veteran presence but comes with a boatload of injury risk, most notably of the hamstring variety. He's a WR5 until further notice.
|Panthers sign WR Jarrett Boykin|
Former Packer gets opportunity in Carolina
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 27 2015, 3:00 pm
|Jarrett Boykin, will play for Ricky Proehl, the Panthers' receivers coach, after signing a one-year deal with Carolina on Friday. He will compete for playing time in a receiving group that includes second-year wideout Kelvin Benjamin, veteran Jerricho Cotchery, recently reacquired Ted Ginn Jr., Philly Brown and Brenton Bersin.
FFToday's Take: Boykin saw his role reduced last year in Green Bay with the emergence of rookie Davante Adams. He will have a better opportunity for playing time in Carolina but with the passing offense going through Benjamin and tight end Greg Olsen, Boykin will be a long shot to make any kind of significant fantasy impact.
| Coughlin unsure if Cruz will be ready for Week 1|
Patellar tendon injury
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 25 2015, 1:14 pm
|Coughlin did not have anything new to say about Victor Cruz's recovery from a torn patellar tendon. He agreed with Cruz's personal goal that he'd be good to go by training camp, but said the team is "not gonna throw him to the wind, he'll work his way through." Coughlin added that he couldn't say with any confidence that Cruz would be ready for the first regular season game. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Cruz's injury is more significant than an ACL and typically requires a longer recovery time. Whenever he does hit the field in 2015, he will likely be less than 100 percent. GM Jerry Reese has already stated that he doesn't expect Cruz to make the same impact he made before the injury. Cruz tore his patellar tendon last October.
| Jordy Nelson had clean up procedure on hip|
McCarthy: "Nothing serious"
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 25 2015, 11:54 am
|Asked about WR Jordy Nelson being seen at a recent Milwaukee Bucks game on crutches, Packers coach Mike McCarthy acknowledged that the veteran had surgery at the end of the season.
Nelson was having some problems with his hip at the Pro Bowl and a decision was made to clean up the area. McCarthy said it wasn't serious.
"He had some post-season work done," McCarthy said during the NFC coaches' media breakfast Wednesday. "He'll be fine in a couple of weeks.
"I've seen him. I'm trying to think if it's six-to-eight weeks, but really he should answer that. But it's nothing serious." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)|
FFToday's Take: The 6-8 week timetable means Nelson should be in no danger of missing the team's OTAs or training camp. If he's limited, then we'll revisit the "it's nothing serious" comment from McCarthy. Nelson is coming off his best season a pro (98-1519-13) and will be on the WR1 radar in fantasy drafts this summer.
| Whisenhunt: "Mariota Day 1 starter"|
NFL Draft smoke screen?
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 24 2015, 11:00 am
|At first blush, hearing Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt say this at the annual AFC coaches breakfast Tuesday - "If (Marcus Mariota) comes to us at No. 2, he's definitely going to be the Day 1 starter" -- certainly makes us think the Zach Mettenberger era has come and gone. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Whisenhunt went on to say they were still in the process of evaluating the Oregon quarterback. It's certainly possible the Titans could take Mariota with second overall pick but this sounds like a head coach attempting to increase the value of his drafting position. The Titans have plenty of needs and are in a good spot to move down if a trade partner can be found.
|Tannenbaum comments on Wallace, Stills|
Dolphins management feels comfortable with Landry, Stills
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 23 2015, 1:45 pm
|"Mike Wallace contributed the last few years," Dolphins executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum said. "We felt once we had Kenny Stills, it was a good opportunity for [Wallace] in Minnesota. It gives him a chance to get a fresh start and for us with Kenny Stills in our offense and where we project him with Jarvis Landry we just thought it was the right fit to do that now. "He's (Stills) played in the league. He's had a fair amount of production. His production is what it is -- it's been good. It hasn't been prolific by any stretch but we felt for what we're asking that position to do there was explosiveness. And the routes he runs well were responsibilities we felt were pretty close to what we're going to do with our offense." (Miami Herald)|
FFToday's Take: The Dolphins saw an opportunity to get a younger, cheaper version of Wallace and took it. Given the comments, it's safe to assume that Landry, Stills and tight end Jordan Cameron will be the top targets for Tannehill in 2015.
|Dwayne Bowe agrees to terms with Browns|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 19 2015, 2:45 pm
|The Browns have agreed to terms on a two-year deal with former Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe, a league source confirmed for Northeast Ohio Media Group.
The eight-year veteran of the Chiefs, 30, visited the Browns Saturday and Sunday. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: This is a logical destination for Bowe as the Browns are void of receiving options with Josh Gordon facing a year-long suspension and TE Jordan Cameron now in Miami. Bowe's fantasy stats have declined every year since his high-water mark in 2010 where he posted 206.6 FPTs on a 72-1162-15 line. Bowe and Brian Hartline are penciled in as the top two receivers with Bowe's fantasy ceiling topping out as a WR3.
|Markus Wheaton has competition in Bryant|
Team high on Martavis Bryant heading into 2015
By: Jake Gordon | Mar 18 2015, 5:30 pm
|Offensive coordinator Todd Haley, who pushed hard for the Steelers to draft Martavis Bryant last year, called what Bryant was able to do during the second half of last season a “big thing” during a 30-minute Steelers Nation Unite ‘Weekly Huddle’ fan forum session on Wednesday.
“We are looking for him to come in and make a push against Markus Wheaton for that No. 2 spot and continue give us big-time production, specifically in the red area where a big target like that can make a big impact,” Haley said.
FFToday's Take: This should be a nice battle during training camp but it does appear Martavis Bryant is being pegged as the team's number two receiver opposite Antonio Brown. Meanwhile, Markus Wheaton's fantasy stock is fading after being a third round draft pick in 2013.
| Jermaine Gresham diagnosed with herniated disc|
Scheduled for surgery
By: Jake Gordon | Mar 18 2015, 4:46 pm
|Free agent TE Jermaine Gresham was diagnosed today with a herniated disc, source said. He’s scheduled for surgery tomorrow. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Fantasy owners are still waiting for Jermaine Gresham to break out. He finished 2014 on a high note by scoring five touchdowns over the season's final six weeks. Yet his back surgery will now keep him out of action for some if not all of the 2015 season.
|Bernard Pierce arrested for DUI|
Roster spot in jeapordy
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 18 2015, 10:40 am
|Ravens running back Bernard Pierce was arrested in Towson early Wednesday morning and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, police said.
Ravens team spokesman Chad Steele told The Baltimore Sun: "We are aware of the situation and learning more about it. We take these matters seriously." (Baltimore Sun)|
FFToday's Take: Pierce's fantasy value took a hit last season as he was playing behind Justin Forsett and Fitzgerald Toussaint most of the year. Ever since the Ray Rice incident, the Ravens have been strict with off-field conduct. DB Victor Hampton was arrested earlier this off-season on DWI charges and was released. Pierce could suffer the same fate.
|TE Charles Clay signs offer sheet with Bills|
Miami has five days to match
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 17 2015, 7:37 pm
|The Buffalo Bills’ courtship of Charles Clay feels like it’s lasted longer than a Kardashian marriage.
Whether the Miami Dolphins’ tight end actually gets hitched to the team wooing him is now up to his current employer. The Buffalo News learned Tuesday night that Clay has signed an offer sheet from the Bills. The Dolphins now have five days under the terms of the transition tag to decide whether they want to match the offer - which The News has learned is for five years and up to $38 million, with $20 million in guarantees - or let Clay go to their AFC East rivals. (Buffalo News)|
FFToday's Take: It's being reported that the Bills offer includes $24.5 million over the first two seasons which could make it difficult to match. The deal is rich enough that it's likely Miami will let Clay go and move forward with newly signed tight end Jordan Cameron. Clay was given the transition tag by the Dolphins but won't receive any compensation if he jets for Buffalo.
|Trent Richardson finds a home in Oakland|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 17 2015, 1:45 pm
|The Oakland Raiders will give Trent Richardson his third chance to make it in the NFL, as the team announced his signing Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed, but the former Alabama star running back will compete with Latavius Murray to be the Raiders' starting running back. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Richardson will battle for playing time with Murray and newly signed Roy Helu. It would be a shock if Richardson is anything more than a backup for Murray with Helu filling the third-down pass-catching role. For what it's worth Richardson is just 24 years old but sports a 3.3 yards per carry average for his career.
|Chargers pickup receiver Stevie Johnson|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 17 2015, 12:48 pm
|Free-agent wide receiver Steve Johnson agreed to a three-year contract with the San Diego Chargers on Tuesday. Johnson had visited the Chargers and Patriots since his release from the 49ers last week. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Chargers lost Eddie Royal to the Bears and were rumored to be interested in Andre Johnson before he signed with the Colts. Stevie had three-straight 1000-yd seasons in Buffalo but posted his worst stat line in five years (35-435-3) in the 49ers run-first offense. Johnson could push WR3 value but will battle for targets with Keenan Allen, Antonio Gates and newcomer Dontrelle Inman.
|Raiders release QB Matt Schaub|
Ponder and McGloin to battle for backup spot
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 16 2015, 5:00 pm
|In an unsurprising move the Oakland Raiders announced they have released quarterback Matt Schaub.
The Raiders traded a sixth-round pick for Schaub last offseason, but the 33-year-old lost the starting job to Derek Carr before the season even started. Schaub became even more expendable when the Raiders signed quarterback Christian Ponder last week. Ponder and Matt McGloin will now battle for the No. 2 gig behind Carr. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Things aren't looking up in your NFL career if you're cut for Christian Ponder. Schaub was the No.20 fantasy quarterback in 2012 but hasn't been the same player since. He'll have an outside chance at a backup job with another team but his fantasy value is nill until further notice.
|Cecil Shorts headed to Houston|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 16 2015, 3:15 pm
|Free-agent wide receiver Cecil Shorts has agreed to a two-year deal with the Houston Texans, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan.
Shorts, who visited with the Texans on Monday, will have a chance to start in Houston, who released longtime star receiver Andre Johnson last week. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: You can pencil in Shorts opposite DeAndre Hopkins in the Texans starting lineup. He's yet to back up his breakout performance in 2012 (55-979-7) and has developed the injury-prone tag thanks to nagging lower leg injuries. Shorts was bothered by a hamstring injury during camp last season and missed three games at the start of the season. With Hopkins expected to dominate targets, Shorts will be nothing more than a late-round flier in fantasy leagues this summer.
|Vikings release Greg Jennings|
Changes in the wide receiver corps
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 14 2015, 1:45 pm
|Less than 24 hours after the Vikings traded for Mike Wallace, the team released Greg Jennings.
The Vikings signed Jennings to a five-year, $45 million contract two years ago. By releasing Jennings, the Vikings will free up at least $5 million in cap space. If they designate him as a post-June 1 cut, they can save $9 million in space but dead money will carry into 2016. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Jennings lofty salary wasn't matching his production and he became expendable once the team traded for Mike Wallace. The Vikings will head into 2015 with Wallace and Charles Johnson as their top two wide receivers.
|Reggie Bush agrees with 49ers|
Didn't receive an offer from New England
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 14 2015, 1:04 pm
|Reggie Bush and 49ers reached agreement, per sources. Bush back in California. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Bush reportedly visited New England but never received an offer. He was hampered by an ankle injury last season and never had more than 12 carries in any game on his way to one of the worst seasons in his career (79-29-2; 40-253-0). He will likely serve as the third-down and two-minute drill back behind starter Carlos Hyde.
|Mike Wallace heading to Minnesota in trade|
Miami gets undisclosed draft pick
By: Jake Gordon | Mar 13 2015, 8:00 pm
|EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings on Friday announced they have traded for Mike Wallace, acquiring the receiver from the Dolphins for undisclosed compensation. (Vikings.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Dolphins' recent acquisition of Kenny Stills paved the way for the team to send Wallace to Minnesota. The speedy wideout will turn 29 in August and still has plenty of talent to help a scrambler like Teddy Bridgewater in his first full season as a starter. Wallace immediately becomes the most appealing fantasy receiver in Minnesota but his inconsistency caps his value to that of a WR 2/3 in most formats.