|Marcedes Lewis signs with Packers|
Packers add depth at tight end
By: Mike Krueger | May 24 2018, 5:45 pm
|SAY cheese!! (Marcedes Lewis on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Marcedes Lewis will join Jimmy Graham and Lance Kendricks on the depth chart in Green Bay. Lewis has spent his entire career in Jacksonville (since 2006) with his best season coming in 2010 (58-700-10). He won't have any redraft value unless an injury occurs to Graham.
|Zay Jones has knee surgery|
Out remainder of spring, no timetable for return
By: Mike Krueger | May 24 2018, 9:36 am
|Bills HC Sean McDermott is at the podium now. Says WR Zay Jones had surgery last week on his knee, and he'll be out the remainder of the spring. No other timetable. "Best for us to get this done now." (Joe Buscaglia on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: McDermott went on to say that he doesn't expect the surgery to jeopardize Jones' season. Jones is the biggest name behind Kelvin Benjamin on the depth chart that also contains Andre Holmes and Jeremy Kerley. It's typically difficult for receivers to jump back in the mix after missing out a good portion of off-season workouts. This group is best avoided by fantasy owners outside of Benjamin.
|Luck hands off, doesn't throw at OTAs|
Luck’s goal: be throwing without restrictions by training camp
By: Mike Krueger | May 23 2018, 8:00 pm
|Are the Indianapolis Colts worried their $140 million quarterback still hasn’t incorporated throwing into his rehab from surgery on his right shoulder even though his target date for throwing without restrictions at the start of training camp looms?
Nope. “No, I’m not worried at all,’’ coach Frank Reich said after Wednesday’s Organized Team Activity (OTA). (Indianapolis Star)|
FFToday's Take: In order for Andrew Luck to be ripping it when camp opens at the end of July he's going to have start throwing in some capacity very soon. At this point fantasy owners should not be counting on Luck until he proves on the field that's he's fully recovered from his shoulder injury. For those with a "Do Not Draft" list, he should be firmly at the top.
|Hunter Henry tears ACL, out for the year|
Antonio Gates return?
By: Mike Krueger | May 22 2018, 9:00 pm
|The Los Angeles Chargers' offense suffered a crushing blow Tuesday, when talented tight end Hunter Henry tore the ACL in his right knee on the first day of OTAs.
Henry will get a second opinion Wednesday, but he's likely done for the year. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Brutal for the Chargers as Henry was expected to be a focal point in the offense, taking over for Antonio Gates as the starting tight end. Fantasy owners have lost a reliable TE1 for the upcoming season. Speaking of Gates, he remains unsigned and could be brought back to fill the void. Virgil Green is also on the roster. Keenan Allen will likely see a slight boost in targets even if Gates is brought back.
|Deshaun Watson throwing at OTAs|
Recovering from ACL injury
By: Mike Krueger | May 22 2018, 12:30 pm
|Texans QB Deshaun Watson at OTA has been throwing during drills at OTA (Aaron Wilson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Watson is recovering from a torn ACL suffered last November. He had surgery on 11/8/17. After a hot start in his rookie season, Watson will be closely watched by fantasy owners. Watson is scheduled to take part in training camp but he'll likely be brought along slowly in the hope he's ready for Week 1.
|Terrelle Pryor dealing with ankle injury|
By: Mike Krueger | May 22 2018, 11:30 am
|Source: New @NYJets WR Terrelle Pryor suffered another ankle injury this offseason. That's why he is not out here at OTAs. Remember: He dealt with ankle issues and had surgery last November in Washington. (Manish Mehta on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Pryor has been absent during the Jets OTAs. It's unclear if Pryor is having complications from his surgery repaired ankle last November or if this is a new injury. Either way, he's falling behind incumbents Robby Anderson, Jermaine Kearse and Quincy Enunwa.
|Julio Jones skips first day of OTAs|
Reportedly wants a new contract
By: Mike Krueger | May 21 2018, 11:15 am
|Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones did not attend the first session of the team’s organized training activities, which started today, according to a source with knowledge of the attendees.
The team would not comment on his absence and said that head coach Dan Quinn would address the situation on Tuesday during his regularly scheduled availability session.
(Atlanta Jounal Constitution)|
FFToday's Take: It's been reported that Jones wants a new deal so it's not a huge surprise that he's missing voluntary OTAs. The team’s mandatory minicamp begins June 12-14. Julio managed to finish 2017 as a top 10 fantasy wideout despite scoring only 3 TDs.
|Tom Brady to skip OTAs|
Has skipped all of the team's offseason program so far
By: Mike Krueger | May 21 2018, 7:30 am
|#Patriots QB Tom Brady will not be present today for OTAs, source said. The wait continues. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: While there's been some speculation about Brady's future, it's been reported that he will be spending more time away from the team this off-season and not expected to participate in a good portion of the OTAs. At this point, there is no reason to believe Brady won't be ready for Week 1.
|Dalvin Cook will be limited until training camp|
Ahead of schedule in rehab
By: Mike Krueger | May 20 2018, 8:30 pm
|Among other notes in there: Zimmer told me Dalvin Cook (ACL) is ahead of schedule in his rehab. Thinks he'll get work in OTAs, but will be limited until training camp. "We're excited about where he's at." #Vikings (Tom Pelissero on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Another year, another round of "ahead of schedule" updates on players rehabbing from injury. Cook tore his ACL week 4 of last season. It's good to hear he could see some action OTAs and it makes sense for the Vikings to limit his work until and even during camp if they so choose. Cook handled 75 percent of Vikings RB carries before his knee injury. He likely won't get a full workload to start the season but should lead the Vikings RBs in touches and fantasy production when it's all said and done.
|Terrance Williams has run-in with light pole|
Cowboys receiver arrested, public intoxication
By: Mike Krueger | May 19 2018, 1:00 pm
|Frisco police arrested Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams early Saturday morning for public intoxication, a Class C misdemeanor, after he crashed his Lamborghini into a light pole and left the scene of the accident. FPD located Williams near his residence riding an electric bicycle in the road, where he was arrested for Public Intoxication. (Star-Telegram)|
FFToday's Take: This won't help Williams secure his status among the mediocre group of Dallas receivers. Williams failed to find the endzone last season on 53 catches and 568 yards. He'll compete with Allen Hurns, Cole Beasley and rookie Michael Gallup for targets in 2018.
|Tanehill to get some work during OTAs?|
Miami QB coming off back-to-back ACL injuries
By: Mike Krueger | May 15 2018, 7:20 pm
|Miami Dolphins doctors, coaches and Ryan Tannehill will meet this week to decide how much work the quarterback will do during the onfield "organized team activity" sessions that begin next Tuesday and run into mid-June.
According to Dolphins sources the expectation is Tannehill - who missed the final month of 2016 with a partially torn ACL and all of last season when he further tore the same ligament - will be able to participate in the OTAs with little or no limitations.
FFToday's Take: Tanehill may get some work but it won't be surprising they limit his action when the team begins work on the field next Tuesday. Tanehill got a taste of Adam Gase's system in 2016 and has viable weapons at the skill positions (DeVante Parker, Danny Amendola, Kenny Stills) to not embarrass himself in the fantasy department. He should be considered a mid-range QB2 heading into the summer.
|Newsflash: David Johnson's good|
Cardinals HC Wilks praises RB on first day of OTAs
By: Mike Krueger | May 15 2018, 7:00 pm
|On Tuesday, the first day of organized team activities, coach Steve Wilks went out of his way to praise No. 31, David Johnson.
“I don’t want to get too excited,” Wilks said, “but David Johnson, he looked outstanding today. It’s good to have him back on there, just flying around. The things that he’s doing right now, it’s pretty exciting.” Johnson has been cleared all spring, but apparently made a special impression on Tuesday, the first time the Cardinals were allowed to use 11-on-11 drills in practice. (Arizona Republic)|
FFToday's Take: Johnson missed most of 2017 with a wrist injury but should be back among the fantasy running back elite in 2018. He'll have a new offensive system and players around him, including a fullback at times, but there's little doubt DJ will be the focal of the Cardinals offense.
|Linehan on Tavon Austin: "He's a receiver first"|
Cowboys "receiver" will also be used in backfield
By: Mike Krueger | May 12 2018, 10:00 pm
|"We'll use him for a lot of things, but he's a receiver first," Linehan said. "He's really, in a lot of ways, some of his skill set is as an outside receiver, which is really unique, but he can move around the slot. He can certainly have carries as well as catches from those positions. He can move in the backfield at times - he's done that his whole career - and if we get a matchup he can run a route that is typically run by a running back. (Sportsday)|
FFToday's Take: There's been recent discussion that Tavon Austin would be seeing the majority of his snaps at running back, but offensive coordinator Scott Linehan suggests that Austin will work primarily as a receiver. The Cowboys are looking for bodies to fill the hole in the offense left by Dez Bryant and Jason Witten. While Austin will help in that regard, its difficult to envision him being any kind of consistent fantasy performer.
|Role for Guice: first and second down|
Jay Gruden comments on rookie RB
By: Mike Krueger | May 10 2018, 10:00 am
|“He has some improvement to do in the pass pro, without a doubt, and I think he'll be the first one to tell you,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. “That’s something that sometimes in college, with only 20 hours of practice a week, some of the fundamentals as far as pass-blocking sometimes gets swept by.
“He's more of a first-, second-down banger. But I've seen him at his pro day catch the football. He can catch the football fine, but really, our role for him is quite easy to see. It’s first, second down.” (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Head coach Jay Gruden's comments on his rookie running back are telling. It appears Derrius Guice will be locked into a first and second down role with Chris Thompson assuming the majority of third-down work. This will cap Guice's upside but should still make him a viable RB2 for fantasy purposes.
|Colts WR2: Chester Rogers or Ryan Grant?|
Camp battle to watch
By: Mike Krueger | May 9 2018, 11:00 am
|Both Ryan Grant and Chester Rogers will soon be battling it out for the role of WR2 - aka T.Y. Hilton’s lead sidekick - in a revamped and redesigned Colts’ offense that’s desperate for some juice. Both wideouts have plenty to prove. Both, too, have plenty of opportunity. (Indianapolis Star)|
FFToday's Take: Both wide receivers will be dealing with the challenge of learning a new offensive scheme but the biggest hurdle for Rogers will be remaining healthy. He battled hamstring injuries last season limiting him to 10 games. Grant was signed as a free agent this off-season and had modest success last year in Washington (45-573-4). This will be a situation for fantasy owners to watch during training camp.
|Mark Ingram suspended 4 games|
Violating league policy on performance enhancing drugs
By: Mike Krueger | May 8 2018, 4:03 pm
|Mark Ingram is suspended the first four games for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs. (Nick Underhill on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Saints will be without one portion of their two-headed running attack to start the season. Ingram has posted back-to-back 1000-yard rushing seasons, scoring 22 TDs in the process. It's easy to speculate that Alvin Kamara may see an uptick in touches during the first quarter of the season. The Saints face TB, CLE, @ATL, @NYG to start the year.
|Panthers sign RB C.J. Anderson|
Carolina gets big back to complement McCaffrey
By: Mike Krueger | May 7 2018, 4:00 pm
|The Panthers had a vacancy for a traditional running back after not finding one in the draft, so they found a 1,000-yard rusher.
A league source tells PFT that the Panthers have signed veteran running back C.J. Anderson. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: The Panthers lost their early-down banger Jonathan Stewart in free agency to the Giants. Anderson notched his first 1000-yard season in 2017 but the Broncos never bought in to Anderson's game, releasing him this off-season. Despite the addition of Anderson, Christian McCaffrey will be the fantasy back to own in Carolina, especially in PPR leagues.
|Saints release TE Coby Fleener|
Two years into five-year deal
By: Mike Krueger | May 7 2018, 1:00 pm
|The New Orleans Saints have released tight end Coby Fleener just two years into his five-year, $36 million contract, a source confirmed. The news was first reported by the Boston Globe's Ben Volin. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Fleener saw his role decrease in 2017 (22-295-2), before missing the final six games with a concussion. The Saints signed veteran Ben Watson in the off-season who will likely start with Josh Hill filling a backup role.
|Hue Jackson insists Tyrod Taylor is starting QB|
Browns complete first minicamp practice
By: Mike Krueger | May 5 2018, 11:00 am
|Hue Jackson is determined to keep Baker Mayfield Mania reined in.
After the No. 1 pick's first rookie minicamp practice on Friday -- one in which he showed off his accuracy and nimble feet -- Jackson tried to temper the enthusiasm for his prized rookie. Jackson re-iterated what he's been saying: Taylor is the starter and there's not an open competition in camp.
"I'm not going to back off of this,'' he said. "We can keep writing this narrative, Tyrod Taylor's the starting quarterback of this football team, and that won't change." (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: Alrighty then. These kind of questions will keep popping up when a select a quarterback with the first pick in the draft. For now, fantasy owners can assume Taylor will begin the season under center but that doesn't guarantee he will keep the job for the duration of the season. However, given the offensive weapons and the hope that Hue will stay away from Todd Haley and let him do his thing, Taylor has QB2 fantasy value in Cleveland.
|Jason Witten retiring from NFL|
Will join MNF broadcast
By: Mike Krueger | May 3 2018, 8:00 am
|Jason Witten is retiring from the Dallas Cowboys and joining ESPN as an analyst for Monday Night Football, multiple sources told ESPN on Thursday. He has informed owner and general manager Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett of his decision. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: News of Witten's retirement broke last week, but the Cowboys tight end has been contemplating his decision ever since. Witten will join the Monday Night Football broadcast and leave a vacant hole at the tight end position for the Cowboys. The Cowboys drafted tight end Dalton Schultz this past weekend and currently have Geoff Swaim, Rico Gathers, and Blake Jarwin (UDFA) on the depth chart.
|Rams trade Tavon Austin to Cowboys|
Cowboys revamping receiving corps
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 28 2018, 2:40 pm
|New #Cowboys WR Tavon Austin took a paycut in March, paving the way for a trade. He now has a $5M guaranteed and can earn an additional $3M in incentives. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Rams received a 6th round pick from Dallas in return. Once the Rams signed Brandin Cooks this off-season, Austin's days were numbered. The interesting note of this move is Austin gobbled up 58 rushing attempts last season, which should leave additional opportunities for Rams' RBs namely Todd Gurley.
|Jason Witten headed to broadcast booth|
Will join ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcast team
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 27 2018, 12:30 pm
|Jason Witten is planning to retire after 15 years to join ESPN's new Monday Night Football broadcast team as a lead analyst but will meet today with owner Jerry Jones before making his decision final, per sources. (Chris Mortensen on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Witten played his entire career in Dallas since coming into the league in 2003. He posted four 1000-yard seasons (2007,2009,2010,2012) and finished as the top fantasy tight end in 2007 and 2010. His longevity and consistency will likely land him in the Hall of Fame.
|Raiders looking to move WR Seth Roberts|
Signed a three-year deal last off-season
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 27 2018, 10:09 am
|Probably tomorrow, but the #Raiders would definitely like to move WR Seth Roberts for a draft pick. Per sources. (Vic Tafur on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Raiders acquired Martavis Bryant in a draft day trade and added former Packer Jordy Nelson in free agency leaving Roberts the odd man out. Roberts signed a three-year deal with Oakland last off-season but apparently John Gruden isn't a fan. Roberts found the endzone 5 times in each of his first two years in the league but hasn't been real fantasy factor in Oakland.
|Steelers trade Martavis Bryant to Raiders|
Pittsburgh receives 3rd round pick
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 26 2018, 10:00 pm
|The Pittsburgh Steelers traded wide receiver Martavis Bryant to the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night for a third-round draft pick. The talented but enigmatic Bryant had asked to be traded out of Pittsburgh last September, and Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said Thursday that Oakland had been "on this for a while" when asked about the deal. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Steelers got a 3rd round pick (79 overall) from Oakland. Bryant was originally drafted in the 4th round back in 2014 by Pittsburgh. Bryant is a big-play threat but has lacked consistency in his three seasons on the field and has already been suspended a full season (2016) for drug violations. The Raiders would be wise to kick Jordy Nelson into the slot and let Amari Cooper and Bryant work outside.
|Bucs re-sign RB Charles Sims|
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 26 2018, 10:45 am
|Buccaneers are re-signing RB Charles Sims to a 1-year deal. (Adam Caplan on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Sims has been with Tampa Bay for four years with his best season coming in 2015 (529-0, 561-4). He's been a part-time player doing most of his fantasy damage out of the backfield in the receiving game. with Peyton Barber and Jacquizz Rodgers atop the depth chart, the Bucs could target a running back in this year's draft.
| Baker Mayfield to the Browns at No.1?|
Mayfield to the Browns picking up steam
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 26 2018, 10:45 am
|Browns continue to keep the decision on their No. 1 pick a secret, but there is a mounting belief from HCs and GMs around the league that Cleveland will take Baker Mayfield. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Reports can be extremely misleading this time of year as GMs use the media to float smokescreens to hide their true intentions. It's likely the Browns use the No.1 pick on a quarterback but which QB gets selected remains a mystery. Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold or Josh Allen are the most likely options.
| Josh Allen or Baker Mayfield for the No.1 pick?|
Browns reportedly cool on Sam Darnold
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 25 2018, 10:30 am
|A day before the draft, it could be down to Josh Allen or Baker Mayfield at No. 1 overall for the Browns, league sources tell cleveland.com.
The Browns have given strong consideration to all of the four top quarterbacks in the draft -- Allen, Mayfield, Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen -- but the choices seem to be narrowing to the cannon-armed passer from Wyoming and the Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma, the sources say. Many experts still believe the Browns will draft Sam Darnold Thursday night, but sources say the Browns have cooled on the USC passer in recent days and that Allen and Mayfield have surpassed him. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: Rumors of Cleveland's interest in Baker Mayfield have picked up steam over the last week. It's almost a lock that the Browns will take a quarterback with the first pick but exactly which one remains a guessing game. The NFL Draft kicks off Thursday night.
|Gronk announces he'll play in 2018|
Met with coach Belichick on Tuesday
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 24 2018, 6:29 pm
|I met with coach today and informed him I will be back for the 2018 season with the Pats. I have been working out, staying in shape and feel great. Looking forward to another championship run. (Rob Gronkowski on Instagram)|
FFToday's Take: There have been whispers that Rob Gronkowski has been considering retirement and this announcement somewhat confirms that the Pats TE has at least contemplated his future. Gronk's value is more concerning for those of you in dynasty or keeper leagues.
|Ravens sign Willie Snead to offer sheet|
Saints have 5 days to match
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 20 2018, 9:37 am
|Saints’ RFA WR Willie Snead is signing a two-year offer sheet worth up to $10.4 million with the Baltimore Ravens today, per source. Saints will have five days to match it. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With the Saints adding Cameron Meredith and re-signing Brandon Coleman earlier this off-season it won't be surprising if the Saints don't match the Ravens offer. With only Michael Crabtree and John Brown atop the depth chart in Baltimore, Snead should have a shot at more consistent playing time.
|Broncos release RB C.J. Anderson|
Move opens up $4.5 million
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 16 2018, 10:39 am
|Running back C.J. Anderson had planned to use trade talk as motivation. He’ll now have even more motivation.
Per a league source, the Broncos will be releasing Anderson. (ProFootball Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Anderson was reportedly told of his release prior to team meetings this morning. The Broncos have been shopping Anderson and even had a tentative agreement with the Dolphins earlier this off-season before Miami backed out of the deal. Anderson topped 1000 rushing yards for the first time in his career last season, finishing 17th in fantasy points among RBs (standard scoring), and 21st in FPts/G. The Broncos are left with Devontae Booker and De'Angelo Henderson atop their running back depth chart. Adding a rookie RB in the upcoming draft is certainly a possibility.
|Cowboys pull the trigger, release Dez Bryant|
Bryant was due $12.5 million in 2018
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 13 2018, 12:35 pm
|Dez Bryant's storied run with the Dallas Cowboys has come to a sudden end.
The team on Friday released the veteran wideout. Bryant was due $12.5 million in 2018, a base salary attached to a weighty $16.5 million cap hit. He stated publicly all offseason that he held no intentions of taking a pay cut. In the end, Dallas never offered Bryant a pay cut, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: A combination of Bryant's salary, cap hit and declining skills likely led to this decision. With Allen Hurns, Cole Beasley and Terrance Williams at the top of the depth chart, the Cowboys will likely be looking for some WR help in the upcoming draft. Bryant (29) should fine a new home relatively quickly. Where? How about... Carolina, Green Bay, Indianapolis, San Francisco or Washington.
|Dez and Jerry to meet by Friday|
Cowboys WR stuck with $16.5 million cap number
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 11 2018, 3:00 pm
|Dez Bryant's future with the Dallas Cowboys could be determined by Friday.
A source confirmed a report from the team's flagship network, 105.3 The Fan, that Bryant is scheduled to meet with owner and general manager Jerry Jones by the end of the week, a week or so later than Jones initially had hoped but three days before the Cowboys officially begin their offseason program. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Bryant has a $12.5 million salary this upcoming season and there's been speculation he could be released given his high cap number ($16.5 million). Bryabt finished with a 69-839-6 line in 2017 ranking 29th in FPts/G (PPR) among receivers that played 10 games or more. Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson have been added to the receiving corps this off-season.
|Saints sign WR Cameron Meredith|
Bears decline to match Saints' offer sheet
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 11 2018, 2:00 pm
|The Chicago Bears declined to match the New Orleans Saints' two-year, $10 million offer sheet to restricted free-agent wide receiver Cameron Meredith on Wednesday.
Meredith confirmed the news during an appearance on ESPN 1000's Waddle and Silvy Show. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Saints offered Meredith a two-year deal last Thursday giving the Bears 5 days to match the offer and keep Meredith a Bear for 2018. Coming off ACL and MCL injuries in 2017, the Bears decided to let Meredith walk. Chicago has added Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel to their receiving corps this off-season but could be seeking WR help in the upcoming draft. Meredith will likely fight for opportunities as the No.2 wide receiver option with Ted Ginn Jr.
|Patriots sign WR Jordan Matthews|
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 5 2018, 8:00 pm
|Patriots are signing former Bills’ WR Jordan Matthews to a one-year deal, per source. Healthy now, so could be a real factor. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Patriots recently parted ways with Brandin Cooks so it only makes sense they would bring in some more options prior to camp. Matthews had a lost year in 2017, battling knee and ankle issues which had surgery on late in the year. It will be tough for me to make a meaningful impact given the plethora of options at slot receiver in New England.
|Ravens sign Robert Griffin III|
QB last played in 2016
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 4 2018, 11:45 am
|The Baltimore Ravens have reached a one-year agreement with quarterback Robert Griffin III, providing an experienced backup to Joe Flacco.
The Ravens initially brought in Griffin to throw to receivers in a recent workout. That led to another meeting with team officials and eventually an agreement late Tuesday. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: RGIII was last seen on the field back in 2016 posting a 866-2-3 line for the Cleveland Browns. He sustained a shoulder injury in Week 1 of that season limiting him to five games. He may have competition for backup duties as it won't be shock if the Ravens draft a quarterback in the upcoming draft.
| Pats ship Brandin Cooks to Rams|
New England gets first round pick, No. 23 overall
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 3 2018, 5:49 pm
|Patriots are trading WR Brandin Cooks and a fourth-round pick to LA Rams for the 23rd overall pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft and a sixth-round pick, league sources told ESPN. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Rams have certainly made a splash this off-season acquiring DBs Marcus Peters, Aquib Talib, DL Ndamukong Suh and now Cooks who will replace Sammy Watkins in the offense. This move gives the Patriots two first-round picks in the upcoming draft (No.23 and No.31). Cooks finished 9th in standard scoring and 14th in PPR scoring among wide receivers in 2017. The Patriots had 69 more pass attempts than the Rams so it may be difficult for Cooks to repeat his low-end WR1 stats from last season.
|WR Brice Butler headed to Arizona|
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 2 2018, 6:00 pm
|FA WR News...Brice Butler #DuffleBag will be signing a 2-Year Deal with the @AZCardinals (James Jones on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The deal is yet to be finalized but unless there's a snag, the former Cowboys wideout will be playing for the Cardinals in 2018. Butler struggled to get consistent playing time since being drafted by Oakland in 2013. His 15-317-3 line last season in Dallas including 21.5 yards per catch. He'll have a decent opportunity in Arizona to see the field with only Larry Fitzgerald and J.J. Nelson ahead of him on the depth chart.
|Chargers sign QB Geno Smith|
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 2 2018, 11:30 am
|Chargers gave QB Geno Smith a one-year deal, per source. Smith and Cardale Jones will back up Philip Rivers. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Smith spent last season with the Giants appearing in two games throwing for 212 yards and 1 TD. He'll compete with Cardale Jones for the backup position behind ironman Philip Rivers. Rivers has played in every game since 2006.
|Jets sign RB Thomas Rawls|
Joins crowded backfield in New York
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 30 2018, 3:10 pm
|The Jets have signed running back Thomas Rawls. (New York Jets)|
FFToday's Take: Rawls posted a fine rookie season (830-4) but has only played in 18 games over the last two seasons thanks to various injuries. The Jets currently have Bilal Powell, Isaiah Crowell and Elijah McGuire in the backfield making it difficult for Rawls to carve out a significant role in the offense. The Jets ranked 17th in rushing attempts (427) last season.
|Vikings sign WR Kendall Wright|
Will compete for No.3 wide receiver role
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 30 2018, 3:00 pm
|The Minnesota Vikings have signed free-agent wide receiver Kendall Wright, it was announced Saturday. The Vikings were able to bolster a position of need on their list of offseason priorities. Minnesota cut veteran Jarius Wright two weeks ago due to concerns over salary-cap space. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Wright spent last year in Chicago racking up 614 yards and 1 TD on 59 receptions. He'll compete with Laquon Treadwell for the No.3 spot in the Vikings offense. It will be difficult for Wright to carve out any significant fantasy value without an injury to either Stefon Diggs or Adam Thielen.