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Colts sign Andrew Luck through 2021
Five-year contract extension
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 29 2016, 4:09 pm

Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts today announced their franchise quarterback has signed a five-year contract extension through the 2021 season, a deal that will make him the highest paid player in league history, according to an NFL source. (Indianapolis Star)

FFToday's Take: Andrew Luck was getting ready to enter his contract season but owner Jim Irsay had publically stated his desire to get an agreement done before training camp. Luck struggled last season completing just 55 percent of his passes and throwing 12 interceptions in seven games before missing the second half of the season with a lacerated kidney. He's a QB1 rebound candidate.
Doug Baldwin signs four-year extension
$24.25 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 28 2016, 8:00 pm

Seattle Seahawks
Seahawks' WR Doug Baldwin's new four-year extension with Seattle is worth north of $11 million per year, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The deal is reportedly worth $24.25 million guaranteed and extends through the 2020 season. Baldwin was set to enter the final season of his contract and is coming his best season as a pro (78-1069-14). Touchdown regression is surely coming but with the offense expected to feature Russell Wilson, Baldwin is a solid WR2 in redraft leagues.
QB Trevone Boykin charged with assault
Seattle QB faces arraignment on Aug. 1st for December incident
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 28 2016, 4:20 pm

Seattle Seahawks
Seahawks rookie quarterback Trevone Boykin was charged with misdemeanor assault this week in connection with an incident on Dec. 31 in San Antonio. Bexar County (Texas) Court records show that Boykin will face arraignment on the charge on Aug. 1. The Seahawks open training camp on July 30. According to multiple reports at the time, Boykin was arrested after he was thrown out of a bar and then allegedly struck a police officer. (Seattle Times)

FFToday's Take: The league was aware of this incident prior to the draft and it likely caused Boykin to go undrafted in April. Boykin stated: “It probably had some effect, but like I said I’ve moved forward, pushed past it and surrounded myself with better people,” he said. “I’m doing better things and I’m excited for coach (Pete) Carroll to call me and bless me with this opportunity.” According to the team, Boykin is still expected to be the backup behind Russell Wilson.
Amari Cooper "excellent" in spring practices
"Clear growth" between second-year WR and QB Derek Carr
By: Doug Orth | Jun 27 2016, 6:00 pm

Oakland Raiders
WR Amari Cooper received praise for his performance during the Raiders offseason program. The second-year receiver was excellent in practices open to the press, working in precision with QB Derek Carr. There’s clearly growth between passer and receiver, but Cooper himself has a spring in his step. He’s confident, comfortable with the Raiders and his place in the NFL. “I’m a lot more comfortable. I feel like I have a great feel of what it’s like to be a pro. I like my progress so far,” Cooper said. (CSN Bay Area)

FFToday's Take: Cooper committed 20 drops per Pro Football Focus and battled through a foot injury that nearly landed him on injured reserve, but those issues were about the only negatives during what was a stellar rookie season. While Michael Crabtree will remain a key part of the passing attack, Cooper is an excellent bet to build upon his 72-1,070-6 line in 2015 and should be considered a low-end WR1 in most leagues.
Stephen Anderson impressed in spring workouts
Texans UDFA boasts 4.58 speed, 38-inch vertical
By: Doug Orth | Jun 27 2016, 5:45 pm

Houston Texans
During the NFL draft, TE Stephen Anderson got passed over despite a series of impressive workouts and a productive collegiate career. Anderson capitalized on the absence of veteran TE C.J. Fiedorowicz and Ryan Griffin to take on a heavy workload during offseason practices. Although undersized at 6-2, 230 pounds, the former wide receiver has 4.58 speed in the 40-yard dash and a 38-inch vertical leap. "He's come out and really put in a great effort every day. He's picked up things very quickly and, on top of that, he's got great athleticism. He's got good hands," Texans TE coach John Perry said. (Houston Chronicle)

FFToday's Take: The Texans finished second-to-last in fantasy points at the tight end position in 2015, so they'll gladly welcome a player with Anderson's athleticism. The UDFA still has some work to do to secure a roster spot and rookie tight ends are notorious for not producing as rookies, so redraft owners can probably sit tight. Dynasty owners should take note, however, as Anderson checks a lot of boxes in regards to becoming a worthwhile fantasy tight end down the road.
Tyler Lockett front-and-center in Seahawks' plans
HC Pete Carroll: "He's going to get a lot of stuff happening his way&a
By: Doug Orth | Jun 27 2016, 5:30 pm

Seattle Seahawks
(Russell Wilson and Tyler Lockett have) been working together for much of the offseason to make sure (last year's) near-misses turn into conversions in 2016. "(Lockett is) right in the middle of all our planning and all of our preparation. You have to deal with him in our offense. He’s going to be moved around to a lot. ... He can do everything. ... Once we got a hold of the kind of dynamic player that he is, we used the heck out of him, and he’s going to get a lot of play time, a lot of stuff happening his way. Really helps (Doug Baldwin), really helps (Jermaine Kearse). Those guys are great complements," HC Pete Carroll said. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: It is hard not to read into Carroll's last comment about Baldwin and Kearse being "great complements", as it appears he is suggesting Lockett - and not Baldwin - will be the focal point of the passing game. For the time being, owners should treat Carroll's assertion as him getting caught up in promoting his young wideout. Nevertheless, Lockett stands a great chance to blow right past his 51-664-6 line last season and serve as a quality WR3 in all leagues.
Sterling Shepard to be an instant-impact player
Second-rounder among impressive rookie WRs for Giants
By: Doug Orth | Jun 27 2016, 5:20 pm

New York Giants
The Giants used the spring to assess their wide receiving corps and came away impressed. Sterling Shepard appears to be an instant-impact player and all is going well with Victor Cruz's rehab. There also appears to be some youngsters (led by Darius Powe and Roger Lewis) that have potential. Adding a veteran such as Anquan Boldin, Andre Johnson, Roddy White or James Jones might not be the move this time around, unless Cruz or one of the younger receivers suffer some sort of setback. (NJ.com)

FFToday's Take: Shepard is being drafted in the middle of the 11th round at the moment in PPR leagues, which makes him an absolute steal given his pro readiness and the path he has to roughly 70 receptions this season. His value is sure to spike as training camp and preseason games roll around, so early drafters should take advantage of the discount. Barring injury, he should be a very solid WR3 in all leagues as a rookie.
HC Dan Quinn discusses 2-point conversion
“Sometimes, it’s gut”
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 26 2016, 6:00 pm

Atlanta Falcons
Falcons coach Dan Quinn isn’t sure going for two-point conversions all the time is a sound football concept. “How many things are they going to do from the 2-yard line?’” Quinn said. “You score 50 touchdowns. What 50 two-point plays are you running from there?” “Like most things, knowing when you have an advantage, take it,” Quinn said. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

FFToday's Take: Some of the more dynamic offenses in the league (Pittsburgh, Green Bay, New Orleans) have openly discussed the idea of going-for-two more this season. The Falcons attempted 3 two-point conversions last season (38 TDs) and it sounds like Quinn will be leaning more on the conservative side in this discussion meaning no significant benefit for the Falcons offensive skill players can be assumed.
Tarvaris Jackson released on bond
Charged with aggravated assault
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 25 2016, 7:00 am

Seattle Seahawks
Tarvaris Jackson, the Seahawks’ backup quarterback the past three seasons but currently a free agent, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly pulling a gun on a woman reported to be his wife early Friday morning. (Seattle Times)

FFToday's Take: The Seahawks seem to ready to move forward with Trevone Boykin as their backup quarterback to Russell Wilson and this story will only help cement their move. After having a gun pointed at her, Jackson's wife reportedly replied, “You better be accurate because you ain’t accurate on the field.” Ouch.
Lions HC Caldwell talks up WR T.J. Jones
Third-year receiver getting pre-camp hype
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 24 2016, 1:00 pm

Detroit Lions
“TJ really has got to take another step forward,” head coach Jim Caldwell said. “He’s a guy that does a lot of things well. “He can return for you. He’s got return ability. But then also, he’s got a little scat back ability. He can catch screens for you. He can take off and go when he gets a seam. We really expect him to come forward and be a little bit more of a prominent threat.” (DetroitLions.com)

FFToday's Take: T.J. Jones is currently sitting fourth on the wide receiver depth chart behind Golden Tate, Marvin Jones and Jeremy Kerley. Even with the Lions needing to replace production from Calvin Johnson, Jones in all likelihood would need an injury to a receiver higher on the depth chart in order to become fantasy relevant. He's a late-round dart throw / free agent type in redraft leagues.
Injury Steelers release K Shaun Suisham
Suffered setback in ACL recovery
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 24 2016, 9:10 am

Pittburgh Steelers
The Steelers released kicker Shaun Suisham with a failed physical designation. He suffered a setback in his recovery from a torn ACL. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Chris Boswell will assume kicking duties for the Steelers. With the offense more than willing to go for two after touchdowns, fantasy owners can ignore Boswell on draft day.
Gase pushing Tannehill to his "breaking point"
HC pleased with QB's education in his system
By: Doug Orth | Jun 23 2016, 5:00 pm

Miami Dolphins
During practice, (new HC Adam) Gase likes to put Ryan Tannehill and the other quarterbacks in a bunch of difficult situations: 4th and 10, facing unexpected blitzes and anything they could possibly encounter in a game. “He puts a lot of pressure on you ... makes practice hard,” rookie QB Brandon Doughty said. “I thought during practice he would say, ‘The blitz is coming to the right, let’s check this.’ He doesn’t give you much, which is good, because he’s not going to be out there on game day.” As Gase noted last week, “I put a lot on [Tannehill’s] plate. It’s almost to the point where it’s probably too much this fast. I want to see where the breaking point is. He’s been doing a good job of responding.” (Miami Herald)

FFToday's Take: The bad: Tannehill is learning his third offensive system going into his fifth pro season. The good: Gase is a huge upgrade from Mike Sherman or Bill Lazor, he is as good with quarterbacks as any coach in the league, and he trusts his quarterbacks to audible, which is something Tannehill hasn't been allowed to do. With the weapons he has in place now and solid coaching, Tannehill could very easily be a top-10 quarterback this season.
Abdullah to carry most of the load for Lions?
4.7 YPC over the second half of the season
By: Doug Orth | Jun 23 2016, 4:45 pm

Detroit Lions
(Ameer Abdullah is) going to get every opportunity to carry most of the load for the Lions’ rushing attack. He averaged 4.7 yards per carry the second half of last season when the offensive line simplified some blocking schemes and played more consistently. The Lions should be better upfront as a run-blocking unit with (Taylor) Decker at left tackle, (Laken) Tomlinson with a year under his belt, (Larry) Warford in better shape and (Riley) Reiff moved over to right tackle. That should benefit Abdullah and the run game. (detroitlions.com)

FFToday's Take: Although Abdullah is still recovering from January shoulder surgery, he is expected to be ready for camp and offers the same kind of huge upside he did last summer. Theo Riddick will still absorb most of the backfield's snaps on passing downs, but the rest of the roles on this team are open for the taking for the second-year back. He makes sense as a low-end RB2 with room to move up from there should he secure goal-line carries in addition to early-down work.
Will DeAndre Washington have a significant role?
Raiders giving rookie reps with first team
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 22 2016, 8:00 pm

Oakland Raiders
"Latavius did have to carry a majority of the load, so it will help," offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said of adding a complementary back. "I think we have a really good stable of runners right now. Someone will emerge." (East Bay Times)

FFToday's Take: The Raiders made it clear this off-season they were interested in improving their running back depth. The only acquisition they made was adding rookie DeAndre Washington who could be inline for a significant role, perhaps forming a RBBC with Latavius Murray. Murray's not likely to duplicate his numbers from last season if Washington can prove he's capable at this level. Washington is worthy of a late-round pick in redraft leagues.
Injury Arian Foster hungry to regain 2012 form
At least three teams reportedly have interest
By: Doug Orth | Jun 20 2016, 3:50 pm

NFL
Arian Foster expects to be healthy for training camp and is "hungry" to regain his 2012 form, according to a source. At least three teams have recently inquired about Foster, who tore his Achilles in late October. The Texans released the tailback in March. But Foster, 29, is inching closer to a return and is evaluating potential fits, including teams with dual-threat running back capabilities. Foster visited the Miami Dolphins this offseason but has otherwise kept a low profile. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Foster is coming up on eight months since suffering his most recent injury. Considering his injury history, track record for slow healing, age (turns 30 in August) and the usual recovery time for Achilles' injuries, it is highly unlikely the ex-Texan will ever find his "form" again, much less in 2016. No matter where he ends up, he should be considered nothing more than a very high-risk RB3 - and even that might be a stretch.
Demaryius Thomas distracted last season
Missed 2015 offseason due to contract standoff
By: Doug Orth | Jun 20 2016, 3:40 pm

Denver Broncos
Demaryius Thomas said earlier this offseason that 2015 was “the worst of my past four years,” citing a high number of drops as a reason why his performance fell short of where he wanted it to be. During an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio, Thomas talked some more about feeling like he fell short last season. Thomas didn’t work with the Broncos during the offseason because he was trying to work out a long-term deal after getting the franchise tag and said criticism after he signed his new deal got to him while he was also adjusting to the news that his mother would be released from prison, all of which added up to too much noise in his head. (Pro Football Talk)

FFToday's Take: Despite his second straight 100-catch and fourth consecutive 1,000-yard receiving season, Thomas was considered a disappointment by most as his touchdowns dropped from 11 to six and he finished third in the league in drops. Thomas should still be considered among the best receivers in the league, but perhaps more of a low-end WR1 than an elite WR1 with so much uncertainty at quarterback and in a more balanced offense than he has been in over the previous four seasons.
Injury Dennis Pitta could be "significant contributor"
TE has not played since September 2014
By: Doug Orth | Jun 20 2016, 3:30 pm

Baltimore Ravens
Dennis Pitta was one of the more active and productive offensive players for the past couple of weeks (of offseason practices). Pitta is moving well and caught just about everything thrown in his direction. He’s always going to be at risk of reinjuring his hip, but for now, Pitta feels good and looks like he can be a significant contributor. (Baltimore Sun)

FFToday's Take: At first glance, the Ravens appear to have an overload at tight end. but Crockett Gillmore (shoulder), Maxx Williams (inexperience) and free-agent addition Ben Watson (will turn 36 the season) all bring their own flaws to the table. Pitta was once Joe Flacco's favorite target, and although faces long odds of getting back to 100 percent and carries significant injury risk, it's not unthinkable he could be useful in fantasy again if he can stay healthy.
Injury Watkins goal: be ready for training camp
Foot injury
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 20 2016, 7:00 am

Buffalo Bills
"For training camp, I think I'll definitely be available," Watkins told TSN.ca. "I might sit out two or three days. It's all about how I feel within those days. The goal is to come back and be prepared for training camp." Sammy Watkins suffered a broken bone in his foot this offseason and had a screw inserted in April. (NFL.com)

FFToday's Take: Watkins went on to say there is no specific timetable for his return. Watkins is a key piece to the Bills offense and he's capable of posting WR1 numbers when healthy. He posted a 60-1047-9 line in 12 games last season including four 100-plus-yard games in his last six. His current ADP sits at WR18 (3.10) in 12-team redraft leagues.
Injury Josh Doctson expected to be ready for camp
Left Achilles injury
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 15 2016, 9:00 pm

Washington Redskins
The offseason practice season came and went without the Redskins having gotten much of a look at top draft pick Josh Doctson, who injured his left Achilles’ tendon during rookie minicamp, then missed the next four weeks while receiving treatment. Wide receivers coach Ike Hilliard dismissed any reasons for concern, saying that he expects Doctson to be ready for training camp and to work his way into the mix quickly. (Washington Post)

FFToday's Take: Doctson is a talented rookie but it may be difficult for him to carve out a significant fantasy role with DeSean Jackson and TE Jordan Reed ahead of him in the gameplan pecking order. He's a WR5 with upside who could jump in value if Pierre Garcon and/or Jackson suffer an injury.
Injury Steve Smith won't play in preseason games
Recovering from Achilles injury
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 15 2016, 6:42 pm

Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh told NFL.com that the plan is to bring Steve Smith Sr. back slowly from a season-ending Achilles injury and will hold out the veteran wide receiver for the entire preseason. Smith will be limited to only route-running in training camp, Harbaugh said. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: It's a no-brainer game plan for the 37-year-old receiver to take it easy during the preseason. Smith suffered his Achilles injury on November 1st last season. His current ADP is WR32, early seventh-round, in 12-team redraft leagues.
Injury No torn ACL for Breshad Perriman
Could be ready to go for training camp, Week 1
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 14 2016, 10:26 am

Baltimore Ravens
Ravens' WR Breshad Perriman does not have a torn ACL and "will be fine for the season", per source. Received stem-cell injection today. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Good news for Perriman and the Ravens. Perriman had arthroscopic surgery Tuesday, receiving a stem-cell injection in the joint. There is currently no timetable for his return but it sounds like he should be available for training camp and Week 1.
Injury DeVante Parker still sidelined
Rehab work not related to foot issue
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 14 2016, 9:47 am

Miami Dolphins
DeVante Parker (not the foot) is also not practicing today. (Armando Salguero on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Parker was doing rehab work off the side during the Dolphins OTA on Tuesday. The team insists Parker's absence is not related to his foot issues which hampered him a year ago. Parker is a trendy upside pick in redraft leagues with new head coach Adam Gase at the helm.
Injury Broken bone in elbow for Darren McFadden
Surgery today, expected to miss 2 months
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 14 2016, 1:00 am

Dallas Cowboys
Darren McFadden's push to hold off rookie Ezekiel Elliott and retain the starting running back job entering the season has suffered a severe setback. McFadden underwent surgery for a broken right elbow Tuesday morning and is expected to miss at least two months. Head coach Jason Garrett announced that the club anticipates that McFadden will return in training camp and there's a possibility he'll be ready for the opener on Sept. 11 against the New York Giants. (Dallas Morning News)

FFToday's Take: As if the hype train for rookie Elliott wasn't moving fast enough, it should pickup steam after this news. With McFadden not expected to be back until some time during training camp it shoule give the rookie Elliott some more practice time with the first team.
RBBC in Philly?
Eagles have depth at the RB position
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 12 2016, 7:00 am

Philadelphia Eagles
“Well, you go in thinking that one guy can handle the load,” Pederson said. “If that's Ryan, he can handle all the stuff and the pounding. But with the guys we have, with the depth we have at that position, Darren is obviously a big part of that and now with Wendell [RB Wendell Smallwood] coming on, I think it could be a little bit of a running back by committee.” (CSN Philly)

FFToday's Take: Ryan Mathews is clearly the lead back of the committee but the depth the Eagles have a the position means Ryan Mathews value is likely capped at an RB2 level. Darren Sproles and perhaps Kenjon Barner will also eat into Mathews workload.
Injury Breshad Perriman suffers knee injury
Partially torn ACL in left knee
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 11 2016, 8:00 pm

Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Breshad Perriman suffered a partially torn ACL in his left knee and will visit Dr. James Andrews on Monday to determine if Perriman needs potential season-ending surgery, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter and Jamison Hensley. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: This is a bad break for Perriman who missed last season with a right knee injury (PCL) suffered in training camp. In all likelihood, Perriman will miss a good chunk of the season if not all of it. He's off the fantasy radar leaving Steve Smith, Mike Wallace and Kamar Aiken as Baltimore's top three receivers.
4-year contract extension for Keenan Allen
Deal expected to be signed next week
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 11 2016, 7:00 am

San Diego Chargers
The San Diego Chargers have agreed to terms with wide receiver Keenan Allen on a four-year contract extension. Allen was on the final year of his rookie contract. The deal is expected to be finalized and signed next week. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Allen (67-725-4) was on his way to a WR1 finish before suffering a lacerated kidney last season during Week 8. His ADP currently sits at WR12 (3.01) in standard scoring leagues and WR9 (2.05) in PPR leagues.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins tossed from practice
Tampa Bay Times
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 9 2016, 1:40 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bucs tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins walked off the field in the middle of Thursday's voluntary OTA practice, sent off by first-year head coach Dirk Koetter. "I did send him off," Koetter said. "That's between me and him. ... You guys are making more of it than you need to." Koetter was asked about the play immediately before Seferian-Jenkins was sent off, and he said that the third-year tight end "didn't know what he was doing." (Tampa Bay Times)

FFToday's Take: It sounds like this was a teaching moment for the young tight end and shouldn't be viewed as anything more until we here otherwise. ASJ is boom or bust fantasy TE with low-end TE1 upside.
Injury Ameer Abdullah expected to be ready for camp
Shoulder injury
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 6 2016, 11:49 am

Detroit Lions
Bob Quinn said Ameer Abdullah (shoulder) will be ready for the start of training camp, Brandon Pettigrew (knee) will not. (Dave Birkett on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Abdullah had shoulder surgery back in January but GM Quinn believes the second-year back will ready for camp in July. The Lions had 354 rushing attempts last season, tied for the 31st in the league. Only Miami (344) had fewer attempts and that philosophy isn't expected to change anytime soon keeping Abdullah's ceiling at a RB2 level.
Injury Jared Cook has "very minor" foot surgery
Expected to be ready for training camp
By: Doug Orth | Jun 3 2016, 6:53 pm

Green Bay Packers
If this were October, Jared Cook would be on the field Sunday, playing in a game. This is not the middle of October; it’s the first week of June. So Cook, the Packers lone free-agent acquisition this offseason, had a “very minor” foot surgery this week, a source confirmed to USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin. The procedure was considered a preventative operation. The Packers wanted to be cautious. Cook is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, a source said. (Green Bay Press Gazette)

FFToday's Take: Sounds like Cook won't be able to build any on-field chemistry with Rodgers until training camp. Not an ideal situation for the pass-catching specialist at tight end but not something that will knock his fantasy value down unless the rehab lingers into mid-August.
Bradford remains No.1 QB in Philadelphia
Pederson: "I think he's done an outstanding job"
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 3 2016, 5:30 pm

Philadelphia Eagles
Doug Pederson said the Eagles' quarterback depth chart remains unchanged. Sam Bradford is the No. 1 quarterback and will be the starter when the season begins. Chase Daniel is No. 2, and rookie Carson Wentz is the No. 3 quarterback. "I've said that from day one," Pederson said. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Despite recent discussion of "open competition" the job is Bradford's to lose and unless he shows terribly during the pre-season he will be the starter Week 1. Given the new system and Bradford's limited ability, he's nothing more than a QB2 in redraft leagues.
Hurns signs extension with Jaguars
$20 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 2 2016, 6:30 pm

Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars have locked up Allen Hurns with a long-term deal. The wideout signed a four-year extension the team announced. According to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, the deal is worth $40 million and includes $20 million in guarantees. (NFL.com)

FFToday's Take: Hurns scored 10 touchdowns as the Jaguars turned into a pass-happy team in 2015. He's being overdrafted currently as the No.25 receiver off the board in standard redraft leagues as his touchdown number is likely to decline. He's more of a WR3 than a WR2.
Injury Browns TE Gary Barnidge has hernia surgery
Expected to be ready for training camp
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 2 2016, 10:21 am

Cleveland Browns
Amid an offseason where the Browns have added five rookie wide receivers, one of their best pass catching options will miss time due to a sports hernia surgery. Tight end Gary Barnidge will miss the rest of the team's offseason program but should return for the start of training camp, head coach Hue Jackson told reporters on Thursday. (NFL.com)

FFToday's Take: With one of the weakest and youngest receiving corps in the league, Barnidge may be the team's most reliable weapon in the passing game this season. Assuming he doesn't have any setbacks he should be fine for training camp and Week 1. Barnidge is mid-level TE1 in redraft leagues.
Jets, Fitzpatrick no closer to deal
Stalemate continues
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 1 2016, 6:27 am

NFL
Despite chatter over past week, Jets and Ryan Fitzpatrick are not any closer to a deal. Salary stalemate continues. And could for a while. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Fitzpatrick is reportedly upses with the amount of money being offered. With no other viable alternatives on the market, its likely the Jets and Fitz will agree on a deal. Until then, his fantasy value along with the values of Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker remain on hold.
Injury Benjamin limited to individual drills during OTAs
Rehabbing ACL injury
By: Mike Krueger | May 31 2016, 5:00 pm

Carolina Panthers
Kelvin Benjamin did mostly individual work Tuesday, running routes “on air” - as Panthers coach Ron Rivera called it - rather than against actual defensive backs. That will come. The training staff is not going to rush back the team’s No. 1 wide receiver nine months after surgery. “You take it slow and then you build up,” Benjamin said. “So you’re basically coming out and you walk some routes. Then you start jogging. Then you’re full speed eventually. So it’s just trusting it and getting that confidence.” (Charlotte Observer)

FFToday's Take: It appears Benjamin will begin seriously testing his knee during training camp at the end of July. “I’m not where I want to be, but I’m still getting there,” Benjamin said. “It’s just getting that football wind back.” Benjamin is being drafted in the middle of the third round, WR15 in early redraft leagues. He's on the radar for WR2 value.
Injury Foster: "I probably need another month"
Recovering from Achilles injury
By: Mike Krueger | May 26 2016, 7:00 am

NFL
Arian Foster is at a crossroads in his career. Arian says he is at peace as he works his way back from the Achilles tear that cut his last season with the Texans 12 games short. "I probably need another month to get where I am, the person everyone is use to seeing," Arian said. "I can definitely play but I need another month to be where I want to be and be at that pro-bowl lever I can be at." (ABC 13)

FFToday's Take: Foster has received interest from a couple teams during free agency including Miami but will wait to sign until he's closer to 100 percent healthy. Foster struggled rushing the ball in his four games last season (2.6 ypc) but made his fantasy success in the receiving department with 227 yds and 2 TDs.
Browns to lean on running game in 2016
Hue Jackson is a run-first head coach
By: Mike Krueger | May 26 2016, 6:00 am

Cleveland Browns
"We are going to be a run-oriented football team, everything starts with the run game, our offensive line and our backs. As coach told us, we are going to be a physically dominant, running football team." Jackson's offenses his last two seasons in Cincinnati and during the 2010 and 2011 seasons in Oakland were all in the top ten in rushing attempts per game. Jackson broke into the league as a running backs coach in 2001 with Washington. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

FFToday's Take: It's a no-brainer for the Browns who have limited and inexperienced talent at quarterback and receiver. Fantasy owners wanting to take a chance on Browns players should focus on TE Gary Barnidge and running backs Isaiah Crowell, Duke Johnson and avoid the receiver position.
Injury Ladarius Green sitting out OTAs
Recovering from ankle surgery
By: Mike Krueger | May 25 2016, 10:00 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
The former San Diego Chargers tight end Ladarius Green has been limited to mental reps at the start of organized team activities because of offseason ankle surgery he had before signing with the Steelers in March. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: The expectation is that Green will be ready for the start of training camp but it's a situation to monitor. Green is expected to be the primary pass-catching tight end for a high-powered Steelers offense. Jesse James will see increased reps in Green's absence.
Injury Tyler Eifert to have ankle surgery
Could miss three months
By: Mike Krueger | May 24 2016, 1:51 pm

Cincinnati Bengals
When Tyler Eifert left the Pro Bowl in a walking boot following an injury to his left ankle the initial diagnosis and estimates for his recover were promising. The Enquirer has learned from multiple league sources that the 25-year-old tight end will undergo what was deemed a "minimal procedure" on that ankle soon. A three month recovery is anticipated. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

FFToday's Take: This procedure puts Eifert's Week 1 status in doubt. The Bengals have lost Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu in free agency and are now struggling to field viable weapons for Andy Dalton. A.J. Green and Eifert are expected to be the top two options in the passing game. Assuming Eifert can return by Week 1 he'll come at a nice discount in redraft leagues.
Browns cut WR Brian Hartline
Browns roster overhaul continues
By: Mike Krueger | May 23 2016, 1:23 pm

Cleveland Browns
After selecting four receivers in the 2016 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns cut ties with a veteran. The Browns released wideout Brian Hartline on Monday, according to the team. Hartline compiled 523 yards on 46 receptions, with two touchdowns in 12 games last season, his only year in Cleveland. (NFL.com)

FFToday's Take: Fantasy owners will be avoiding Browns receivers due to lack of name recognition and while one may emerge as fantasy worthy it will be difficult to predict who may emerge. First-round pick Corey Coleman will likely have the highest ADP during the Summer drafting season. Hartline will likely catch-on with a team needing a No.3 or No.4 receiver
Charles Clay likely to be more involved in 2016
OC pleased with TE's ability as a receiver and blocker last year
By: Doug Orth | May 23 2016, 12:10 am

Buffalo Bills
In weekly film analysis during the season, Buffalo coaches saw numerous instances where Charles Clay was open or in single coverage and Tyrod Taylor didn't look in his direction, even though Clay had a higher rate of receptions on his routes (15.4, per ESPN) than fellow tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Tyler Eifert. That's something OC Greg Roman and quarterbacks coach David Lee are setting out to change through offseason workouts and training camp. Clay also needs to be healthier than he was in 2015, when he had a knee and calf issues on top of the back injury that ended his season prematurely. (Buffalo News)

FFToday's Take: Roman has gone on record to say Clay will be more productive in 2016 than he was last year (51 catches, 528 yards and three touchdowns), and that could especially be the case if Sammy Watkins has any kind of setback with his foot injury. For now, treat Clay as a low-end TE1 with considerable upside, likely to be limited mostly by the run-heavy nature of the Bills' offense.