| Bilal Powell cleared from neck injury|
Free agent RB looking for work
By: Mike Krueger | May 8 2019, 9:00 am
|Long-time #Jets RB & now FA Bilal Powell was fully cleared from a neck injury that was once thought to threaten his career, teams were informed in a letter. Powell, who averaged 4.3 yards per rush last year, is healthy & says he’s “really looking forward to getting back to work.” (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Powell played in 7 games last season with the Jets but will need to fin a new home as the Jets have remade their running back group bringing in Le'Veon Bell and Ty Montgomery to go along with Elijah McGuire and Trenton Cannon. Powell is a reliable pass-catcher and should find a home at some point during training camp likely as a piece in a RBBC.
| No timetable for Emmanuel Sanders return|
Recovering from Achilles injury
By: Mike Krueger | May 8 2019, 7:00 am
|A day after running at full speed, Emmanuel Sanders declined to put a timetable on his return from an Achilles injury.
“We’ll see,” Sanders said Tuesday when asked if he expected to return in time for the start of training camp. “You know how the trainers are. We’re not going to put a date on anything. We’re just going to take it one day at a time. Hopefully I’m back out there by then, but if I’m not, I’m not going to rush it. I’m going to take my time and make sure I’m 100 percent by the time I get on the field.” (DenverBroncos.com)|
FFToday's Take: Sanders was injured on December 5th, 2018 and given the length of time it takes to fully recover from an Achilles injury it won't be a surprise if Sanders comes out to the gate slow to start the season. Hopefully he can begin practicing in full at some point during training camp.
|Isaiah Crowell out for the season, torn Achilles|
Will undergo season-ending surgery next week
By: Mike Krueger | May 1 2019, 8:00 am
|Raiders’ RB Isaiah Crowell tore his Achilles during a workout with the team Tuesday and is out for the season, per source. Crowell will undergo season-ending surgery next week. Brutal blow for a player who signed a one-year contract with Oakland. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Crowell was on a one-year deal so it won't be a surprise if the Raiders pickup another veteran RB on the free agent market. Rookie Josh Jacobs is expected to start and be the biggest fantasy asset in the backfield. Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and Chris Warren currently makeup the rest of the Raiders running back depth chart.
|Colts add RB Spencer Ware|
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 30 2019, 11:00 am
|The team added ground support Tuesday by signing veteran free agent Spencer Ware. The 5’10”, 229-pounder had visited the Colts prior to the draft. Jay Ajayi also visited Indy.
As is the case with most post-draft free-agent signings, Ware signed a one-year contract. According to NFL Network, the deal is for $1.305 million with incentives that could push the value to $2.05 million. (Indianapolis Star)|
FFToday's Take: The Colts backfield now consists of Marlon Mack, Nyheim Hines, Jordan Wilkins, Jonathon Williams and Ware. As long as they remain healthy, Mack and Hines will get the bulk of work out of the backfield making them the most fantasy relevant.
| Doug Baldwin considering retirement|
Seattle receiver dealing with a series of injuries
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 26 2019, 11:00 pm
|Doug Baldwin may have played his final down.
No official announcement has been made, but it’s no secret Baldwin has been dealing with a series of injuries. And though he continues to rehab at the Seahawks’ practice facility, the outlook seems ominous. “We know Doug is going to have a hard time,” he said, adding that Baldwin has brought up the idea of retiring to the team. “There’s a process we need to go through with Doug.” (Seattle Times)|
FFToday's Take: Baldwin has been battling numerous injuries over the last couple years including problems with his knees, shoulders and he recently had sports hernia surgery. The Seahawks drafted WR D.K. Metcalf late in the second round last night. Fantasy owners should prepare for a Baldwin retirement.
|Bills add to backfield with T.J. Yeldon|
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 22 2019, 9:00 am
|The team announced a two-year contract agreement with running back T.J. Yeldon on Monday. Yeldon, 25, is a former second-round draft pick of the Jaguars in 2015 who spent the first four years of his career in Jacksonville. His most prolific season as a rusher was as a rookie. He finished with 182 carries for 740 yards as Jacksonville’s primary back. (Buff)|
FFToday's Take: Yeldon has spent the last few seasons splitting carries in Jacksonville with Leonard Fournette and Chris Ivory. Yeldon becomes the youngest back in Buffalo but has to fight LeSean McCoy and the ageless Frank Gore for carries. That will result in Yeldon being a late-round flier or an undrafted free agent for fantasy owners to keep their eye on early in the 2019 season.
| Texans expect Will Fuller to be ready Week 1|
Missed nine games in 2018
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 18 2019, 12:15 pm
|When the Texans open the regular season against the New Orleans Saints, they expect speedy wide receiver Will Fuller to be on the field running routes.
Fuller is rehabbing from a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered last season against the Miami Dolphins.
"I expect when we kick off against New Orleans for him to be ready to go," Gaine said. "Everything is going well with Will, no setbacks. Everything trending in right direction. He's looking good." (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Fuller dealt with hamstring issues early during the 2018 season then suffered an ACL injury on October 25th. He's made a difference when on the field (11 TDs in 11 games with Deshaun Watson) but missed six games in 2017 and nine games last season due to injury. Ideally, the Texans would like to run out DeAndre Hopkins, Fuller and Keke Coutee as their three wide receiver set.
|Patriots sign WR Demaryius Thomas|
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 16 2019, 4:45 pm
|The #Patriots are giving former #Broncos and #Texans WR Demaryius Thomas a 1-year deal worth up $6M, source said. They discussed trading for him last year, signed him this year. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Thomas will be reunited with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. His coming off his second Achilles injury in December and won't be a lock to make the roster. The Patriots current wide receiver depth chart reads as Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett, Thomas, Bruce Ellington and Braxton Berrios.
|Carolina adds WR Chris Hogan|
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 12 2019, 11:30 am
|The Panthers have signed WR Chris Hogan, formerly with the New England Patriots. (Jourdan Rodrigue on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Hogan ends his three-year tenure with the Patriots where he had inconsistent success never topping 40 catches in a season. He'll join a Panthers team in need of wide receiver depth who plan to feature D.J. Moore and veteran tight end Greg Olsen in the passing game. Hogan should slide into a starter role but will have to battle Curtis Samuel for opportunities. He's a WR5 at best in redraft leagues.
|Jets add another RB: Ty Montgomery|
Will backup Le'Veon Bell
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 11 2019, 5:00 pm
|Jets are signing former Packers’ RB Ty Montgomery to a one-year deal, per source. Montgomery expected to be the back to Le’Veon Bell. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Montgomery split time with the Packers and Ravens and got lost in the shuffle in Baltimore competing for playing time with Gus Edwards, Kenneth Dixon and Javorius Allen. Montgomery will now fight for touches with Elijah McGuire and Trenton Cannon behind Le'Veon Bell. Montgomery won't have much fantasy value in 2019 unless Bell misses time.
|Leonard Fournette arrested for speeding|
Knowingly driving with a suspended license
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 11 2019, 2:15 pm
|Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette was arrested for speeding and knowingly driving with a suspended license, according to Jacksonville jail records.
Fournette paid a $1,500 bail and was admitted at 2:40 p.m. He’s likely to be released shortly. (Phillip Heilman on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Jags are giving no comment at this time. The charges are relatively minor but it's another bump in the road for the workhorse back. Fournette has dealt with numerous injuries in his brief two-year career causing him to miss 11 of 32 games. He finished as the RB10 in his rookie season of 2017.
|Patriots sign TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins|
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 10 2019, 1:30 pm
|Source: the Patriots have signed veteran TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins to a one-year deal. Great chance to be a factor in their passing game. (Field Yates on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: ASJ was reportedly deciding between the Patriots and Seahawks. With Jacob Hollister, Stephen Anderson, Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo currently making up the Pats tight end depth chart, it's possible ASJ could have a fantasy impact on the field. The Patriots however got along just fine in the passing game without utilizing the tight end last season as much as they had previous seasons when Gronkowski was in his prime.
|Ravens add former Raiders' WR Seth Roberts|
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 5 2019, 2:00 pm
|Ravens are signing former Raiders' WR Seth Roberts to a one-year deal, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Roberts was recently released by the Raiders who have sent wide receivers packing after the acquisition of Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams. Roberts joins the run-first Ravens which doesn't do much for his fantasy stock but he should get an opportunity for significant playing time given the lack of depth at the position in Baltimore. Currently, Roberts, Willie Snead and Chris Moore sit atop the Ravens depth chart.
|Lions add RB C.J. Anderson|
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 1 2019, 5:30 pm
|Former Rams’ RB C.J. Anderson reached agreement on a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions, per source. Chance to produce this season, then hit market again after this season. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Anderson turned in a stellar few weeks behind the Rams' powerful offensive line late last season, getting 20+ carries in Weeks 16 & 17 of the regular season and during the Divisional Round of the playoffs. With the Lions, he will backup Kerryon Johnson and give way to Theo Riddick on third downs making him a late-round speculative pick in redraft leagues this summer.
|Duke Johnson seeking trade from Cleveland|
Browns RB skips voluntary OTAs on Monday
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 1 2019, 5:00 pm
|Duke Johnson’s reps have asked the Browns to trade him, a league source told cleveland.com.
The Jets, Texans and Eagles have all been interested in Johnson ever since the Browns signed running back Kareem Hunt in February, a league source said. Other teams have inquired as well. In what appears to be a statement about not wanting to be here, Johnson was a no-show for the Browns’ voluntary offseason program Monday, coach Freddie Kitchens said. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: After being underutilized the majority of last season (only 87 touches) and seeing Kareem Hunt added this off-season, it appears Duke has had enough. There simply aren't enough footballs to go around with all the mouths to feed in Cleveland.
|Bears ship RB Jordan Howard to Eagles|
Boost for Mike Davis in Chicago
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 28 2019, 7:55 pm
|Bears trading RB Jordan Howard to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 6th-round pick in 2020 that can become a 5th-round pick, league source tells ESPN. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Howard is still just 24 years old and now moves to the Eagles who are known for their running back by committee approach. He should handle early-down work as long as he remains healthy, with Wendell Smallwood, Corey Clement and Josh Adams filling out the RB group. This move is also a boost for Mike Davis in Chicago who will split time with Tarik Cohen.
|Jordy Nelson calls it a career|
Former Packers WR hangs it up
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 27 2019, 10:00 am
|After more than a decade in the NFL, my brother, former #Packers & #Raiders WR @JordyRNelson is calling it a career. He’s stepping away from the game with more than 8,500 yards...72+ TD’s and as a SB Champion! I’m proud of him and happy for him and his family! #Ese’ #Respect (James Jones on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jordy Nelson did draw some interest this off-season after posting a 63-739-3 line last season with the Raiders. Nelson enjoyed four seasons over 1000 yards receiving with Packers scoring double digit TDs (15,13,14) in three seasons with Aaron Rodgers. Nelson will be 34 in late May.
|Jared Cook, Saints deal finally getting done|
$8M guaranteed in Year 1
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 26 2019, 11:45 am
|The deal between the #Saints and FA TE Jared Cook will be signed today. It’s a 2-year contract worth $15.5M, including $8M fully guaranteed in Year 1. A big weapon for coach Sean Payton’s offense and a really nice payday for the 32-year-old. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With the Raiders void of talent at the wide receiver position, Jared Cook turned in his best season as pro with 896 yards and 6 TDs in 2018. He now jumps to a better offense that featured Michael Thomas and running back Alvin Kamara in the passing game. Cook's pairing with the ultra-accurate Drew Brees is a blessing and secures his value as a low-end TE1 heading into 2019.
|Rob Gronkowski calls it a career|
Pats TE retires giving notice on Instagram
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 24 2019, 5:55 pm
|I will be retiring from the game of football today. I am so grateful for the opportunity that Mr. Kraft and Coach Belichick gave to me when drafting my silliness in 2010. Thank you for everyone accepting who I am and the dedication I have put into my work to be the best player I could be. But now its time to move forward. (Gronk on Instagram)|
FFToday's Take: After suffering numerous injuries during the course of his nine-year career, Rob Gronkowski looked noticeably slower in 2018 on his way to a 47-682-3 line. He'll go down as one of the greats at the position scoring double digit touchdowns in five separate seasons. The Patriots were reportedly interested in free agent Jared Cook but it appears he will be signing with the Saints in the near future.
| Injury woes continue for Doug Baldwin|
Sports hernia surgery could be in receiver's near future
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 20 2019, 4:00 pm
|Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin, who had knee and shoulder surgeries earlier this offseason, may be headed for even more work soon. Baldwin said in an appearance on KJR-AM 950 Wednesday with former teammates Cliff Avril and Jermaine Kearse that he has “more surgeries on the way, most likely.” NFL Network's Mike Garafolo then reported that Baldwin is scheduled to see sports hernia specialist Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia in April with surgery a possibility. Baldwin battled abdomen injuries during the 2018 season, when he had at least six different injuries. (Seattle Times)|
FFToday's Take: By his own admission it was a difficult year or Baldwin in 2018 playing in 13 games but not anywhere close to being 100 percent healthy. His 50-618-5 line was he worst output since 2012. If he does have hernia surgery, a typical two month recovery timeline would have him available in plenty of time for Week 1. However, given the injury concerns and being on the wrong side of 30, his days as a sneaky low-end WR1 are likely over.
|Randall Cobb finds new home in Dallas|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 19 2019, 5:20 pm
|On Tuesday, Dallas came to an agreement with former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb on a one-year contract. The team announced the deal Tuesday afternoon. Cobb posted a career-high 1,287 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014 with Green Bay. He then signed a four-year, $40 million extension with the Packers and his production has gone down nearly every season. SportsDay's Jon Machota confirms Cobb's deal with Dallas is worth $5 million. (SportsDay)|
FFToday's Take: With Cole Beasley moving to the Bills this off-season, the Cowboys had a need for a slot receiver. Cobb dealt with hamstring and concussion issues last season limiting him to nine games and a 38-384-2 line. He's not likely to be a fantasy difference maker in the Cowboys run-first offense battling for targets with Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and TE Jason Witten. Cobb will do well to return WR4 value in 2019.
|Rams agree to one-year deal with Blake Bortles|
Replaces Sean Mannion as backup to Jared Goff
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 18 2019, 7:45 pm
|Los Angeles has a new backup quarterback, as the club agreed to terms with former Jaguar Blake Bortles on a one-year contract. Bortles has played in 75 games (starting 73), completing 59.3 percent of his passes for 17,646 yards with 103 touchdowns and an 80.6 career passer rating. (TheRams.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Rams had Sean Mannion backing up Jared Goff last season so this gives them a more experienced backup in case Goff gets nicked up during the season. Bortles best fantasy season came back in 2015 when he finished as the QB3 with 4,428 yards and 35 passing TDs. He'll go undrafted in most redraft leagues in 2019.
|Dolphins find themselves a QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick |
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 17 2019, 2:30 pm
|Miami has its new starting quarterback. Dolphins reached agreement on a two-year deal with former Buccaneers’ QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, per source. Fitzpatrick now will join his third AFC East team, having already started for the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: After flirting with Teddy Bridgewater and trading Ryan Tannehill to the Titans, the Dolphins finally find a QB. Fitzpatrick will be a bridge until a Miami lands a young quarterback in the draft. Given the rebuilding mode going on, it's tough to value Fitzmagic as anything but a QB2 heading into 2019.
|Tyreek Hill being investigated for battery|
Incident resulted in broken arm for 3-year-old son
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 15 2019, 5:45 pm
|The Star has obtained a police report from the Overland Park Police Department about a battery incident that lists a juvenile as the victim. Hill’s fiancee, Crystal Espinal, is listed under “others involved. A source familiar with the situation said Tyreek Hill’s fiancee has been in contact with Overland Park police. The source said that the incident was against the couple’s 3-year-old son, resulting in a broken arm.
As of Friday afternoon, Hill had not been charged with a crime.
(Kansas City Star)|
FFToday's Take: Not good. If it becomes understood that Hill was the cause of his son's injury, it's likely he will face a suspension and/or be booted off the team. Hill pleaded guilty to domestic assault and battery by strangulation in 2015. Those chargers were dismissed in August 2018 and ordered to be expunged after he completed his probation requirements.
|Dolphins trade Ryan Tannehill to Titans|
Tannehill restructures deal with Tennessee
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 15 2019, 3:00 pm
|Full terms: The #Dolphins are receiving a 4th round pick in 2020 and the 2019 7th round pick, while the #Titans are getting a 6th in 2019 and Ryan Tannehill. Titans QB Ryan Tannehill’s new contract is for 1 year with $7M fully guaranteed, source said. It goes to $12M+ with playtime, other incentives. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It's been widely known that the Dolphins would be parting ways with their quarterback of the last seven years. Miami needs a fresh start at the position while Tennessee gets a veteran to backup Marcus Mariota who's dealt with various injuries during his four-year career. Miami was Blake Bortles and Ryan Fitzpatrick to choose from in the free agent market and will likely be searching for a QB in the upcoming draft where they have the 13th pick.
|Kareem Hunt gets 8-game suspension|
Will not appeal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 15 2019, 10:15 am
|The Browns will be without running back Kareem Hunt for the first eight games of the season, a league source told cleveland.com.
The NFL suspended Hunt for half the season for his incident in the hallway outside his downtown Cleveland apartment in Febuary of 2017 where he was captured on video shoving and kicking a woman. Hunt will accept the suspension and not appeal, the source said. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: Six to eight games was the prevailing wisdom on Hunt's suspension so this falls in line with expectation. With no appeal we have a grasp on how many games he'll be eligible to in 2019. Hunt's fantasy value is complicated by the fact that the team already has Nick Chubb who is capable of handling and every-down role. Still, Hunt's talent should make him fantasy worthy in the back half of the season. He'll be a late-round pick in leagues with at least 18 roster spots.
|Giants fill OBJ void with Golden Tate|
$23 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 14 2019, 4:45 pm
|Former Eagles' WR Golden Tate is signing with the NY Giants, per source. And here are the contract terms: Golden Tate to the Giants on a four-year, $37.5 million deal that includes $23 million fully guaranteed, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Giants had an obvious hole to fill at receiver with the trade of Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns. Tate isn't the dynamic threat, but he should walk right into the starting lineup and rack up a high reception total but could be lacking in yardage and TD totals given Eli Manning's declining skills and the mediocre outlook of the Giants offense.
|Jets part ways with RB Isaiah Crowell|
Owed $2 million on Friday
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 14 2019, 10:00 am
|The other shoe has dropped: The Jets have released Isaiah Crowell. They wipe $3M off of the cap. Stuck with $2M dead charge. It’s Le’Veon Bell’s gig now. #Jets (Rich Cimini on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The writing was on the wall once Le'Veon Bell was signed. $2 million of Crowell's $4 million salary was going to be guaranteed on Friday. This leaves Bell, Elijah McGuire and Trenton Cannon in the Jets backfield. Crowell will likely need to find a job in a committee backfield. Philadelphia maybe?
|Jaguars end the Blake Bortles era|
Jaguars will absorb a $16.5 million dead cap hit
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 13 2019, 7:45 pm
|Releasing Blake Bortles without a post-June 1 designation means the Jaguars will absorb a $16.5 million dead cap hit and save only $4.5 million. Bortles was guaranteed $6.5 million this year. He also was due a $1 million roster bonus on the fifth day of the 2019 league year (Sunday), but obviously will not receive that now. The Jaguars now have four quarterbacks under contract for 2019: Nick Foles, Cody Kessler, Tanner Lee, and Alex McGough. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: This move was expected early in the off-season as info leaked that Nick Foles was likely to become the next Jaguars QB. Bortles had his moments in Jacksonville but battled turnovers and slipped into a game-manager label that he could never shake. Miami is the only team looking for a starting quarterback at this point, giving Bortles few options. He'll likely have to settle for a backup job in 2019.
|49ers add RB Tevin Coleman|
Two-year, $10 million deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 13 2019, 5:51 pm
|49ers signing Tevin Coleman to a two-year, $10 million deal, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The league is finally learning, for the most part, that running backs shouldn't be given big money deals. Coleman is re-united with Kyle Shanahan from their days in Atlanta. Jerick McKinnon, Matt Breida and Raheem Mostert are currently on the roster so you have to wonder if McKinnon is on the way out or perhaps they will keep all four. This could end up being a nightmare for fantasy owners.
|Adrian Peterson re-signs with Redskins|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 13 2019, 2:45 pm
|The #Redskins are re-signing RB Adrian Peterson to a 2-year deal worth $8M, sources tell me and @MikeGarafolo. His career resurgence continues in Washington. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Peterson carried 251 times for 1042 yards and 7 TDs, chipping in 208 receiving yards and 1 TD through the air at 33 years of age. Derrius Guice is recovering from ACL surgery and doesn't have a specific timeline for return. Peterson will be a veteran fallback plan if Guice isn't ready to start the season.
|WR Tyrell Williams latest to join silver and black|
Stays in the AFC West
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 13 2019, 2:00 pm
|Former Chargers’ WR Tyrell Williams intends to sign with the Oakland Raiders, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Raiders have reshaped their wide receiver room by adding arguably the best wide receiver in the game and now Tyrell Williams. With Antonio Brown on the opposite side and Derek Carr at quarterback, it's tough to see Williams gaining much fantasy value although him being in the starting lineup will allow him to have weekly WR3 or Flex value in redraft leagues.
|Chargers agree with QB Tyrod Taylor|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 13 2019, 12:49 pm
|Source: The #Chargers agreed to terms with QB Tyrod Taylor on a 2-year deal. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Philip Rivers has played in every game since 2006 so Taylor's fantasy value is borderline zero given the ironman playing in front of him. With that said, should something unexpected happen to Rivers, Taylor will have good shot at streaming value given the Chargers' above average offense.
|Mark Ingram joins Ravens on 3-year deal|
Ravens led the league last season in rushing attempts
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 13 2019, 12:27 pm
|Former Saints’ RB Mark Ingram intends to sign a three-year, $15 million deal with the Baltimore Ravens, per @diannaESPN and me. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: There was some thought early this off-season that the Saints would retain Ingram in free agency but that thought went by the wayside once the Saints signed Latavius Murray. The Ravens run-heavy scheme with Lamar Jackson at quarterback should allow plenty of opportunities for Ingram to be valued as an RB2 heading into the 2019 season. The Ravens led the league last season with 547 rushing attempts.
|Le'Veon Bell takes off with the Jets|
$35 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 12 2019, 11:40 pm
|Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell plans to sign a four-year, $52.5 million contract with the New York Jets, a league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal includes $35 million guaranteed. Bell sat out the entire 2018 season on the franchise tag. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The 49ers were also interested in Bell's services but in the end, the Jets offered the most cash. Isaiah Crowell is due $2 million on Friday so it won't be a shock if he's released, leaving Bell, Elijah McGuire and Trenton Cannon in the backfield. Bell should be a workhorse in New York and will still be valued as an RB1 in fantasy but may not come with the same upside given the offensive downgrade from Pittsburgh.
|CLE pulls off blockbuster trade for Odell Beckham|
Giants get 1st and 3rd round picks, Jabrill Peppers
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 12 2019, 7:15 pm
|The #Browns have traded for #Giants WR Odell Beckham, sources say. The deal is done. I am not joking. Giants receive a first-round pick in 2019 (No. 17 overall), the Browns' second third-round pick this year and S Jabril Peppers, source tells ESPN. Browns get Odell Beckham Jr. (Mike Garafolo on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Whoa. The Browns have been reportedly after Beckham this off-season while the Giants have publicly stated they haven't been actively shopping the star receiver. Baker Mayfield now has a plethora of weapons on offense including Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, Beckham, Jarvis Landry and David Njoku. Let the hype begin. The Giants now own the 6th and 17th pick in the first round of the 2019 draft.
|Bills reshaping WR corps with J. Brown, Beasley|
Downfield throwing Josh Allen gets another deep threat
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 12 2019, 12:46 pm
|The #Bills are signing WR Cole Beasley, per @MikeGarafolo. First John Brown, now Beasley.
Cole Beasley gets $17 million over the first two years of his deal with Buffalo, $14.4 million guaranteed. The #Cowboys wanted him back, but didn't come strong enough with the offers. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Bills receiving corps gets another deep threat in Brown and a slot receiver in Beasley. With Robert Foster, Zay Jones and Isaiah McKenzie already on the roster, the Bills seems set at receiver. Brown got off to a hot start in Baltimore last season, scoring 4 TDs in his first seven games, but his stats suffered once Lamar Jackson took over at QB and the Ravens became a run-first team.
|DeVante Parker sticking with Miami|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 12 2019, 12:15 pm
|The #Dolphins are closing in on a new two-year contract with WR DeVante Parker, per league source. Chance for former first-round pick to capitalize on high potential with a new regime. (Tom Pelissero on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The deal is reportedly worth $13 million. Parker has been a bust ever since coming into the league a first round pick in 2015. He'll get a fresh start with a new coaching staff that also jettisoned their top receiver, Danny Amendola, from last season. It will be hard to trust Parker given he's repeatedly disappointed fantasy owners in the past but he's talented enough to crack the Fins starting lineup as long he is healthy.
|Saints agree with RB Latavius Murray|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 12 2019, 11:10 am
|Former Vikings’ RB Latavius Murray intends to sign a four-year deal with the Saints, per source.
A shakeup to RB market. It now means Mark Ingram not expected to return to New Orleans. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Saints get their big back to go along with Alvin Kamara, the only difference being Murray isn't nearly the pass catcher that Ingram has been. Murray should have some Flex appeal in New Orleans but this move doesn't boost his fantasy value as much as you might think. It's more of a win for Alvin Kamara who could see an even greater involvement in the passing, and to Dalvin Cook in Minnesota.
|Colts agree with Devin Funchess, one-year deal|
$10 million base salary
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2019, 7:00 pm
|The Indianapolis Colts’ initial step into the NFL’s free-agent waters landed a big wide receiver.
The team has agreed with Carolina wideout Devin Funchess on a 1-year deal that could be worth as much as $13 million, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. It includes a $10 million base salary and the ability for Funchess to earn another $3 million through incentives. (CBS4 Indianapolis)|
FFToday's Take: At 6-4, 225 the Colts have landed a big receiver opposite T.Y. Hilton. With only Chester Rogers, Deon Cain and Zach Pascal behind Hilton and Funchess, the Colts could stand to acquire more WR depth through free agency or the draft. Funchess could have some WR3 value if he's able to secure a starting gig on the outside with Hilton working the slot.