|Dolphins set to talk with Kenny Stills this week|
Free agent WR to command $12 million per year?
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 27 2017, 8:15 am
|According to sources familiar with the situation, the Dolphins this week hope to make a strong pitch to the wide receiver’s (Kenny Stills) representation in hopes of getting feedback that will suggest Stills will be re-signing with the team. The Stills camp is already aware of the receiver’s potential value in free agency. And the market is said to already be in the $12-million-a-year range, per sources.
FFToday's Take: If the $12 million per year leak (likely by Stills' agent) is true, then its likely the Dolphins would let him walk. Stills led the Dolphins with 9 TDs last season and was mainly used as a deep threat (42 catches, 726 yds). With DeVante Parker and Jarvis Landry under control it would make sense for the Dolphins to spend their money plugging other position holes.
|Chiefs sign RB C.J. Spiller|
Chiefs looking for help at RB
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 24 2017, 9:30 am
|Roster move: We have signed free agent running back C.J. Spiller. (Chiefs on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Spiller had 6 carries and 6 receptions last season and hasn't been a real fantasy factor since his 2013 season in New Orleans. That being said, the Chiefs are in need of some explosion at the running back position. Still, he's a longshot he'll make any kind of significant impact in 2017.
|Jets cut loose K Nick Folk|
Cost cutting move sends kicker into free agency
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 23 2017, 4:00 pm
|The Jets have released K Nick Folk, who ranks No. 2 on the franchise’s all-time points list with 729. Folk joined the Jets as a free agent on Feb. 23, 2010. Over the course of the next seven seasons, Folk connected on 175 field goals and his field goal percentage of (81.3) ranks highest of any Jets kicker with a minimum of 100 attempts.
FFToday's Take: Folk connected on 27 of 31 field goal attempts last season (87%) but never made it on fantasy radar finishing 20th among qualified kickers. He's a good bet to land somewhere else once free agency beings on March 9th.
| Teddy Bridgewater recovery update|
Still working to get his knee back to “functional”
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 23 2017, 2:00 pm
|Though it’s still unclear when Teddy Bridgewater will return, his diagnosis doesn’t sound promising. Vikings general manager Rick Spielman discussed Bridgewater’s recovery on Thursday, saying he hasn’t done any football activities yet and is still working to get his knee back to “functional.” (Fox Sports)|
FFToday's Take: It's not a good sign that Bridgewater has yet to do anything football related and points to Sam Bradford being the Vikings starting quarterback in 2017. The Vikings gave up a first round pick for Bradford back in September. Bradford ranked 24th in fantasy points per game among qualified quarterbacks in 2016.
|Jags expected to trade Julius for late-round pick|
Dolphins will fill hole at TE position
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 20 2017, 5:00 pm
|The Dolphins are acquiring TE Julius Thomas for a late-round 2017 draft pick. (Armando Salguero on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Thomas reportedly wants to reunite with coach Adam Gase and agreed to restructure his contract upon completion of the trade. The trade can't be set in stone until March 9th. Thomas should find himself in starting role but a couple years of battling injuries and inconsistent play should make fantasy owners leery. He'll be on the TE2 radar.
|Still a ways to go on Albert-Julius trade|
Dolphins, Jags discussing trade
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 20 2017, 8:35 am
|Dolphins-Jags have discussed Branden Albert-Julius Thomas trade, could happen, but as one source said this am, "We still have a ways to go." (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: There have been reports over the last few days that the Dolphins and Jaguars are discussing trading OL Branden Albert for Julius Thomas. The Dolphins have a hole at the tight end position and Thomas has yet to live up to expectations in Jacksonville. He hasn't surpassed 50 catches or 500 yards in a season since 2013. Trades can't be executed until the league year begins on March 9th.
|Darrelle Revis charged with four felonies|
Two men were left unconscious
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 16 2017, 10:00 pm
|Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis was charged with four felonies and a misdemeanor by Pittsburgh police on Thursday night stemming from his alleged involvement in a street altercation over the weekend that witnesses say left two men unconscious.
Police charged Revis with two felony counts of aggravated assault, one felony count each of robbery and conspiracy, and a misdemeanor count of terroristic threats. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Yikes. The incident reportedly occurred early Sunday morning and Revis required medical attention although the significance of his injuries are unclear. Revis is coming off an uninspiring season and is a candidate to be released by the Jets despite being owed $6 million in guaranteed money.
|Rashad Jennings, Victor Cruz cut by Giants|
Giants clearing cap space
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 13 2017, 2:00 pm
|The team released popular wide receiver Victor Cruz, the team announced Tuesday, marking the end of one of the more entertaining and improbable careers in Giants history.
The team also released running back Rashad Jennings. Cruz was due to earn $6.4 million in base salary in 2017 and $7.4 million in 2018 on his contract with the Giants. (Newsday)|
FFToday's Take: Cruz had a limited role in the Giants offense last season (30 rec, 586 yds, 1 TD)... his first season since tearing his patellar tendon in 2014. He'll hit the free agent market looking for a No.2 role but will likely have to settle for something less. Jennings saw his snaps decline to rookie Paul Perkins towards the end of 2016. Perkins as the inside track on lead RB duties for the Giants next season.
|Fitzpatrick officialy becomes a free agent|
Jets void option for 2nd year
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 11 2017, 7:00 am
|Ryan Fitzpatrick officially is a free agent. Again.
The contract the quarterback signed with the Jets last July was voided Friday, making him eligible to hit the free-agent market March 9.
Fitzpatrick, who turned 34 in November, technically signed a two-year contract after a five-month holdout last offseason. But the deal contained language that allowed the Jets to void the deal five days after Super Bowl LI, essentially making it a one-year, $12-million contract. (Newsday.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Jets will take a $5 million hit against the salary cap. Fitzpatrick had a disastrous 2016 season throwing 17 interceptions and only 12 TDs in 14 games. The Jets are a quarterback needy team with Christian Hackenberg, Bryce Petty and Geno Smith currently on the roster. The may look to free agency for a veteran stopgap in 2017.
|Carson Palmer confirms he'll play in 2017|
Veteran QB a go for his 15th season
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 9 2017, 4:00 pm
|After contemplating retirement for the past month, Carson Palmer informed the team on Thursday that he will play this upcoming season, his fifth with the Cardinals. After contemplating retirement for the past month, Carson Palmer informed the team on Thursday that he will play this upcoming season, his fifth with the Cardinals. (Arizona Republic)|
FFToday's Take: It was a longshot for Palmer to retire, especially after Larry Fitzgerald announced last week that he would be back in 2017. Palmer's salary ($15.5 million) becomes guaranteed on Friday. The Cardinals offense struggled in 2016 thanks to offensive line woes and poor play from WR Michael Floyd. Palmer finished 13th among fantasy quarterback in FPts per game.
|Falcons land Steve Sarkisian as new OC|
Alabama OC headed to Atlanta
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 7 2017, 12:30 pm
|The Atlanta Falcons have announced former Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian as their offensive coordinator, replacing new San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Sarkisian was the head coach of USC and Washington before serving as offensive consultant and coordinator for Alabama. This will be Sarkisian's first go around as an OC in the NFL and he lands in a high-powered offense with plenty of weapons.
|49ers hire Kyle Shanahan as head coach|
Club makes it official
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 6 2017, 6:00 pm
|The San Francisco 49ers announced on Monday that the team has agreed to terms with Kyle Shanahan to become the 20th head coach in franchise history. “The San Francisco 49ers are very fortunate to be able to bring in a coach of the caliber of Kyle Shanahan,” said 49ers General Manager John Lynch. (49ers.com)|
FFToday's Take: We've known this move was coming for weeks. Shanahan was named the AP Assistant coach of the year for his offensive work with the Falcons. Shanahan and new GM Lynch are both signed to six-year deals.
|Michael Floyd expected to be inactive|
A healthy scratch, other areas of need
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 5 2017, 8:00 am
|Barring an unexpected change, I'm told Patriots wide receiver Michael Floyd will be inactive for Super Bowl LI as the team doesn't have the luxury to carry five players at the position on the 46-man game-day roster. It needs the spots for other areas, such as special teams and goal-line situations. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Patriots will roll with Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola and Malcolm Mitchell at the wide receiver position.
|Landing Garoppolo atop Bears' priority list|
Expected to make "concerted effort" to land Pats backup QB
By: Doug Orth | Feb 2 2017, 6:40 pm
|The Chicago Bears will make a strong, concerted effort to acquire quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo from the Patriots, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. The Illinois native is far and away their top offseason priority. (CBS Sports)|
FFToday's Take: The Bears figure to receive competition from the Browns, Jets and 49ers among others in the quarterback market this spring, and Garoppolo could be considered the biggest catch of the bunch. The asking price for Garoppolo is expected to be somewhere in the range of a first- and a fourth-rounder, which is high for a fourth-year pro who has attempted 94 career passes. At that price, Chicago may be better trying its luck with a rookie like Mitch Trubisky or Deshaun Watson.
|Seattle duo to team up during offseason workouts |
Jimmy Graham to work out with Russell Wilson this offseason
By: Jake Gordon | Feb 1 2017, 9:23 am
|Last offseason, Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham was rehabbing a ruptured patellar tendon, and in his own words, learning how to walk again. This year, his plan is to continue to build chemistry with quarterback Russell Wilson. "Going through this offseason, being with Russ out there in California, you know, I'm going to fly out there and train with him and really get that chemistry down, because I wasn't able to do that with him last year," Graham told Dave Richard of CBSSports.com. "It's only going to get better."
FFToday's Take: Injuries in the backfield and on defense, forced Seattle to pass the football 78 more times during the 2016 regular season than they did during the 2015 campaign. Jimmy Graham will never see the same target load he received while playing in New Orleans but he proved that he can still be one of the best fantasy TEs in Seattle so long as he stays healthy.
| J.J. Watt cleared for football activities|
Believes he will be ready for OTAs
By: Jake Gordon | Feb 1 2017, 7:44 am
|JJ Watt happy he's been cleared for football. Said he'll be ready for OTAs. (John McClain viaTwitter)|
FFToday's Take: Newly promoted DC Mike Vrabel takes over a defensive unit that was already one of the best in the game. If J.J. Watt can figure out a way to remain healthy in 2017 he would pair with Jadeveon Clowney to bookend one of the scariest defensive lines in the NFL next season. Until OTAs however, IDP owners need to exercise patience before moving Watt back into elite fantasy status. He has now had three surgeries over the past two years (including two on his back) and isn't a lock to contribute at his typical MVP level.
|Browns to make a run at Garoppolo?|
Hue Jackson wants to improve the QB position
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 1 2017, 7:00 am
|Sources say the Browns' interest in Jimmy Garoppolo is real and that they'll try to trade for him depending on how their draft evaluations go over the next five weeks or so.
If the Browns decide to draft Mitch Trubisky or Deshaun Watson in the first round, they'll be much less likely to pursue the Patriots' backup -- but wouldn't rule it out. (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: It appears Cody Kessler and Robert Griffin III will have some company this upcoming season as head coach Hue Jackson seems intent on adding a quarterback through the draft or free agency. The Browns have the No.1 and No.12 pick in the draft giving them enough fire power to pull off a trade if need be.
| Jaylon Smith moving without issues|
Continues return from college ACL and LCL injuries
By: Doug Orth | Jan 30 2017, 5:45 pm
|Dallas Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith (torn ACL and LCL) continues to wear a brace to help lift his foot, but he is running and cutting without issues. He can play with the brace on his leg. Will it limit his effectiveness? There is no way of knowing, but if Smith can come close to the player he was at Notre Dame, then the Cowboys' defense will improve greatly. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Smith is a difference-making talent who might be available to play in 2017 if the nerve condition in his knee improves. That is far from a given, however. If he is cleared to play at some point and approaches the level he flashed at Notre Dame, he would become a mainstay in the middle of the Dallas defense and form a great duo with WLB Sean Lee.
| Melvin Gordon sat out Pro Bowl as a precaution|
Missed final three games of season with sprained PCL
By: Doug Orth | Jan 30 2017, 5:30 pm
|Melvin Gordon missed the final three games to a sprained posterior cruciate ligament. He finished with 254 carries for 997 yards and 10 touchdowns, adding 41 catches for 419 yards and two scores. By choosing a proactive approach Sunday, he ensured to be healthy when working to build off a breakout campaign. (San Diego Union-Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Gordon will enter the offseason fully healthy, which was not the story last season when he underwent microfracture knee surgery. Despite finishing just three rushing yards shy of 1,000, Gordon established himself as a three-down force once Danny Woodhead (ACL) was lost for the season. The Chargers hope to bring back Woodhead, but there is little doubt he will play a bit role behind Gordon, who should be in the discussion to be among the top-five RBs in fantasy drafts.
|Ty Montgomery to remain a running back|
Per HC Mike McCarthy
By: Doug Orth | Jan 26 2017, 7:30 pm
|Packers HC Mike McCarthy said RB Ty Montgomery will stick at RB. "He's a running back. He wants to change his number." (Ryan Wood on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It is anyone's guess as to whether or not this will make the position any less of a priority this offseason, but it would seem Green Bay has found its No. 2 running back at the very least. McCarthy reportedly wants Eddie Lacy back, but GM Ted Thompson may look to the draft to find an option that comes with fewer question marks.
| Clowney underwent minor knee surgery|
Left knee scope
By: Doug Orth | Jan 26 2017, 7:20 pm
|Texans DE Jadeveon Clowney is missing his first Pro Bowl because he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. As a rookie, Clowney underwent arthroscopic surgery and microfracture surgery on his right knee.
After being plagued by injuries his first two seasons, Clowney moved from outside linebacker to end this season and became a dominant force on the NFL's No. 1 defense. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: It's a minor surgery for most players but notable because Clowney has obviously had his fair share of knee injuries already. Expect the Texans to take it slow with him during offseason practices, but Clowney should have no problem being ready for training camp.
| Falcons to rest Julio Jones, Alex Mack this week|
Both players expected to play in Super Bowl
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 25 2017, 11:00 am
|Let's get our Julio Jones and Alex Mack injury updates out of the way for the week: Both the receiver and center will rest this week, coach Dan Quinn told WCGZ-FM in Atlanta on Wednesday.
"We're going to rest two players this week, that's Alex Mack and Julio, in preparation for them when we get down to Houston so they're able to participate in practices,'' Quinn said, via ESPN's Vaughn McClure.
FFToday's Take: Atlanta is simply taking advantage of the added time off to rest veterans Alex Mack and Julio Jones. Both players are expected to practice in full throughout next week.
|Dallas to exercise Zack Martin’s fifth-year option|
Two-time Pro Bowler was selected in 2014 first round
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 25 2017, 6:59 am
|Martin’s success means it is little surprise that Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said, via Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News, that the team will be exercising their option on his contract for the 2019 season. Jones called it a “big priority” to keep Martin around and the Cowboys will likely start the push for an extension at some point this offseason. Since the new Collective Bargaining Agreement came into effect in 2011, teams have had the right to exercise a fifth-year option on the contracts of their first-round picks after the player has wrapped up his third year in the NFL. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: This was a no-brainer for the Dallas Cowboys. Zack Martin was part of an offensive line that ranked second in the NFL in total rushing yards and tied for the seventh fewest QB sacks during the 2016 regular season. Already signed through the 2018 season, the Cowboys will explore an extension to his rookie pact during the offseason.
|Owner adamant that QB Kirk Cousins will be back|
Cousins played under franchise tag in 2016
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 24 2017, 10:17 pm
|Washington Redskins president Bruce Allen made it clear where the team stands when it comes to quarterback Kirk Cousins: Washington plans on him coming back. However, when asked on Sirius Radio Monday if he'd put it as a "10", on a scale of 1 to 10, that Cousins would return, Allen said, "Yeah. Kirk is our quarterback. He's played well the last two years. I know there's other speculation, but it doesn't come from the Redskins." Earlier in the day, at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, Redskins coach Jay Gruden echoed a similar refrain. He said he has texted with Cousins a couple of times in the offseason. And Gruden told reporters that "I totally anticipate him coming back to the Washington Redskins."
FFToday's Take: It looks like Kirk Cousins will eventually be given an extension to remain in Washington. Former OC Sean McVay's departure to the Rams will leave the Redskins and Cousins to do some retooling in 2017 and beyond but the bones of the offense should remains unchanged.
|Big Ben not ready to commit to 2017|
Steelers QB will evaluate his playing status
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 24 2017, 12:45 pm
|“I’m going to take this offseason to evaluate, to consider all options,” Ben told us. “To consider health, and family and things like that and just kind of take some time away to evaluate next season, if there’s going to be a next season.” When asked if he’s going to play next year, Ben simply said, “I’m going to take some time and evaluate with my family and just do a lot of praying about it and make sure it’s the right thing for me and my family.” (93.7 The Fan)|
FFToday's Take: Ben Roethlisberger has endured numerous injuries during his 13-year career but ultimately it would be surprise if he doesn't return to the Steelers in 2017. Roethlisberger finished 7th in fantasy points per game for qualifying quarterbacks in 2016.
| Ladarius Green wants to return|
Played only six games in first year of four-year contract
By: Doug Orth | Jan 23 2017, 7:05 pm
|TE Ladarius Green wants to return to the Steelers in 2017 and isn't contemplating retirement despite suffering concussion-related issues with two different NFL teams. Green averaged 16.9 yards per catch for the Steelers before missing the last five games after taking a hit in Cincinnati in Week 15. Concussion protocol kept Green out of Sunday's 36-17 AFC Championship Game loss to the New England Patriots.
"Frustrating season, but everybody has one. I hope it's the only one I have," Green said. "I'm going to go train as soon as I get home, and hopefully next season works out a lot better." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Green is a top-five NFL tight end in terms of talent, but his durability is a huge question mark. Regardless of whether he makes it through the spring and summer with no further injury issues, owners will probably be reluctant to invest anything more than a late-round pick into such an injury-plagued player in fantasy drafts. He'll be worth a flier if that is the case and can certainly be a TE1 in fantasy if he could ever put together a 16-game season.
|D-Jax a possibility for the Rams?|
LA has about $40 M in cap space
By: Doug Orth | Jan 23 2017, 6:55 pm
|The Rams enter the offseason with about $40 million in cap space and a desperate need -- once again -- to beef up at receiver. Alshon Jeffery is the major prize in free agency, and DeSean Jackson seems like a natural fit now that McVay, his former offensive coordinator with the Redskins, is with the Rams. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: With a clear need for a top receiver and so much cap space, the Rams will almost certainly land a top free-agent receiver, especially considering they don't have a first-round pick. Jackson is supposedly interested in a return to Philadelphia and getting older, while Jeffery hasn't shown much durability, so getting either one may be a mixed blessing. Kenny Britt is coming off his first 1,000-yard season, but LA would probably only want him back if he is agreeable to be a No. 2 receiver.
|Jamie Collins lands huge extension with Browns|
Four-year deal worth $50 million, $26 M guaranteed
By: Doug Orth | Jan 23 2017, 6:50 pm
|The contract extension for Browns LB Jamie Collins: 4 years, $50M, source said. $26M in guarantees. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Collins was traded from New England around midseason in part because the Patriots knew he was going to land a big contract and in part because they didn't care for his freelancing ways. The Browns have the cap space, so he'll be worth the contract in their mind if he simply lives up to his immense potential in new DC Gregg Williams' attacking defense.
| Ladarius Green expected to sit|
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 22 2017, 8:45 am
|For the Steelers, LB James Harrison (shoulder, triceps) should be good to go, while TE Ladarius Green (concussion, illness) shouldn't be. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Green was able to practice twice this week but just like the last four weeks he will sit on Sunday. Jesse James will serve as the Steelers tight end against the Patriots.
| Nelson, Adams expected to play for Pack|
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 22 2017, 8:30 am
|Green Bay Packers wide receivers Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison are all game-time decisions for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Atlanta Falcons but are expected to play, a source told ESPN's Ed Werder. Packers coach Mike McCarthy has indicated some or all of the players will be evaluated in pregame workouts before a final determination is made. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: We won't know for sure until gametime but it appears all three injured receivers could be active for today's game against the Falcons. Nelson will wear a Kevlar vest to protect his ribs. Given their status, it would be difficult for fantasy owners to trust anyone but Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb and TE Jared Cook in the passing game.
| McCarthy speaks on Packers receivers|
All three have a chance to play
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 20 2017, 12:30 pm
|On Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison: "All three of the receivers will be given every chance to play in the game," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "They have work to do particularly in the rehab. If we know tomorrow, we'll know tomorrow. If we know Sunday, we'll know Sunday. One or two of those guys are probably going to have to work out Sunday." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Jordy Nelson (ribs, illness), Davante Adams (ankle) and Geronimo Allison (hamstring) are shaping up to be gametime decisions. Nelson missed practice Friday with an illness.
|Paxton Lynch in mix for starting QB job|
Broncos leaving options open at QB
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 20 2017, 9:00 am
|With a new head coach and a new offensive staff in place in Denver, the Broncos have an opportunity to go in a new direction. According to Mike Klis of KUSA, the Broncos are prepared to give 2016 first-rounder Paxton Lynch a chance to win the starting job this offseason, and want to push him toward that goal. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: It makes sense for the new regime as Trevor Siemian proved to be a capable but not outstanding quarterback in 2016. There's been speculation that Tony Romo would like to play in Denver but there's been no indication that the Broncos are interested in the veteran QB.
|Rick Dennison set to become Bills' new OC|
Longtime Broncos OL coach/play-caller
By: Doug Orth | Jan 19 2017, 7:25 pm
|The Buffalo Bills have announced that the team has agreed to terms for Rick Dennison to become the team's offensive coordinator. (BuffaloBills.com)|
FFToday's Take: After flirting with Greg Olson initially, Buffalo lands a solid veteran play-caller in Dennison, who helped mold some of Denver's great offensive lines in the late 90s. He was the QB coach in Baltimore in 2014 when Tyrod Taylor was still Joe Flacco's backup, so perhaps Taylor will stick around after all. Dennison has been more of a run-oriented play-caller throughout his career, so LeSean McCoy owners should be fine with this hire.
|Raiders file paperwork to move to Las Vegas|
Owners (24-of-32) must approve move to become official
By: Doug Orth | Jan 19 2017, 2:10 pm
|The Oakland Raiders have filed paperwork to move to Las Vegas. Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak told The Associated Press on Thursday that he learned from Raiders officials that the team was asking NFL owners to approve the move. (AP)|
FFToday's Take: The franchise returned to Oakland in 1995 but have been based in California since their inception in 1960. It seems only a matter of time before the Raiders will officially call Las Vegas home, which will be a sad day for one of the strongest and most unique fan bases in the league. The Raiders will reportedly continue to play in Oakland for at least the next two seasons, so there figures to be plenty of awkward moments in the meantime.
| Julio Jones misses second straight practice|
Expected to play in NFC Championship
By: Doug Orth | Jan 19 2017, 2:05 pm
|Julio Jones (toe) won't practice for the second consecutive day today but says he'll be ready to go Sunday in the NFC Championship Game. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Reports concerning Jones' progress throughout the week will be important to track. If active, Jones is expected to see a lot of Ladarius Gunter, who gave up the bulk of Dez Bryant's 9-132-2 line last week. A mostly healthy Jones could easily match that production.
| Shoulder surgery for Andrew Luck|
Expected to be ready for training camp
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 19 2017, 10:00 am
|Andrew Luck recovering from successful outpatient surgery to fix right shoulder injury that had lingered since 2015. Will be ready for season! (Jim Irsay on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Further reports suggest that Luck will miss most of the off-season but should return to full throwing by mid-July. For now, fantasy can expect to be ready to go for Week 1. Luck was a top 5 fantasy quarterback in 2016.
| Davante Adams may not practice until Saturday|
Packers dealing with multiple WR injuries
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 18 2017, 2:00 pm
|What's the concern level for Packers WR Davante Adams and his left ankle injury? "We'll see," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "I'm curious to see him move. I don't think he'll practice until Saturday." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Packers are dealing with multiple injuries to their receiving corps as Jordy Nelson (ribs), Geronimo Allison (hamstring) and Adams missed practice on Wednesday. Nelson did practice on a limited basis but it would be surprise if he plays this weekend.
|Texans to promote Mike Vrabel to DC|
Announcement follows promotion of Romeo Crennel to Assistant HC
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 18 2017, 10:19 am
|The Houston Texans are promoting linebackers coach Mike Vrabel to defensive coordinator, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Romeo Crennel, the Texans' defensive coordinator for the past three seasons, will stay with the team as assistant head coach. His contract as defensive coordinator was set to expire next Tuesday.
FFToday's Take: This marks another weird turn for a coaching staff coming off a division title. Houston was able to keep Romeo Crennel by offering him a promotion to Assistant HC and will now back fill the DC position with former Patriots linebacker, Mike Vrabel, who played under Crennel. The duo have done well keeping the Texans defense amongst the best in the league despite the absence of J.J. Watt for most of the 2016 season.
|49ers expected to offer Kyle Shanahan HC job|
Second interview coming after NFC Championship game
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 18 2017, 8:31 am
|The San Francisco 49ers plan to offer their head-coaching job to Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan once Atlanta's season ends, sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter. Shanahan is interested in the job but is currently focused on Sunday's NFC Championship Game. The Falcons will host the Green Bay Packers. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Shanahan is expected to have interview number two with San Francisco next week. He's been the hottest name in head coaching circles for the last two weeks. Shanahan has been Atlanta's offensive coordinator the last two seasons and has been an offensive coordinator in the league since 2008.
| WR Chris Hogan avoids serious injury|
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 17 2017, 5:37 pm
|FOXBORO, Mass. — There’s good news on the Chris Hogan injury front. The Patriots receiver seems to have avoided a serious injury Saturday night, when he left New England’s 34-16 divisional-round win over the Houston Texans in the third quarter with a thigh injury.
“I’m feeling good,” Hogan said Tuesday. “I just had a little minor setback in the game, but I’m working back every single day and feeling better every day.”
FFToday's Take: Chris Hogan had four catches for 95 yards before being sidelined due to a thigh injury last week. He seems to be progressing with treatment and will likely be considered questionable entering this weekend's AFC Championship game. With fewer options available to fantasy owners this week, Hogan would be a flex consideration for DFS managers if cleared to play.