|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.
|Could the Giants trade Odell Beckham?|
Star receiver wants a contract extension
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 26 2018, 8:00 am
|New York Giants co-owner John Mara is not ruling out the possibility of trading receiver Odell Beckham Jr., or withholding a contract extension, in the wake of a viral social media video that was posted earlier this month.
Mara, speaking Sunday to reporters at the NFL owners meeting, said there is a "possibility" that the Giants will let Beckham play in 2018 on the final year of his rookie contract. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Giants owner left open the possibility of trading the star receiver saying "I can't answer that one way or the other. We're certainly not shopping him. Again, when you're coming off a season when you're 3-13 and played as poorly as we played, I wouldn't say that anyone is untouchable." Further reports suggest Beckham will not set foot on a field without a new contract extension. It would be difficult to see the Giants parting with their best offensive weapon but they recently shipped DE Jason Pierre-Paul to Tampa Bay.
|WR Allen Hurns signs 2-year deal with Cowboys|
Joins Deonte Thompson as recent FA WR signings by Dallas
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 23 2018, 1:00 pm
|The Cowboys are signing their second wide receiver in free agency, sources have confirmed.
Sources told SportsDay Cowboys insider Brandon George on Friday that Dallas has agreed to a 2-year deal with ex-Jaguars receiver Allen Hurns. (Dallas Morning News)|
FFToday's Take: Hurns was dumped by Jacksonville earlier this week and joins Deonte Thompson as recent free agent wide receiver signings by the Cowboys. Hurns has missed 11 games the last two seasons and failed to top 500 receiving yards in either season. He's a candidate to replace Terrance Williams as the No.2 wideout opposite Dez Bryant.
|Jets agree to terms with Terrelle Pryor|
Financial terms not disclosed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 22 2018, 11:00 pm
|The Jets agreed to terms with Terrelle Pryor on Thursday evening, according to a source, creating more competition in a crowded field at wide receiver.
Financial terms were not disclosed. (Newsday)|
FFToday's Take: Pryor burned out in Washington after one year, due to an ankle injury and simply being a poor fit in the offense. He situation in New York may not be any better given Josh McCown is the penciled in starter and the team is likely to take a rookie QB in the upcoming draft. Robby Anderson, Jermaine Kearse and Quincy Enunwa are currently sitting atop the depth chart. The team could save $5 million against the cap by releasing Kearse.
|Eagles sign veteran WR Mike Wallace|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 22 2018, 6:05 pm
|The Eagles have checked off their need for a veteran wide receiver.
But was it the right one?
The team announced on Thursday that they have agreed to terms with veteran wide receiver Mike Wallace, inking the 31-year receiver to a one-year deal. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Eagles traded Torrey Smith to Carolina earlier this off-season leaving a hole in their wide receiver corps. Wallace will attempt to fill the deep-threat role in Philadelphia but could be fourth in line for targets behind Zach Ertz, Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor.
|Dolphins sign Frank Gore|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 22 2018, 3:25 pm
|RB Frank Gore has signed a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins, per league source. (Armando Salguero on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Gore has racked up 250-plus carries in each of the last 7 years. It's hard to imagine him much of a fantasy impact at age 34 but we've been repeating the same analysis for the last two years. Considering he'll be splitting time with Kenyan Drake, Gore will need to find the endzone 7-9 times in order to be a viable RB2 this season.
|RB Mike Davis stays in Seattle|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 22 2018, 8:00 am
|RB Mike Davis agrees to one-year deal to stay with the #Seahawks, source said. He took some visits but decided to stay in Seattle where he flashed last year. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Davis got some run late in the season, peaking in Week 13 with 16 carries, 64 yards and 37 yards receiving finishing as the RB24 for the week. Seattle's running game was one to avoid last season and with Chris Carson still in the mix, and the potential of Seattle addressing the position in the upcoming draft, it's difficult to get excited about Davis for 2018.
|Jaguars release WR Allen Hurns|
$7 million saved against salary cap
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 20 2018, 11:00 am
|The Jacksonville Jaguars will release wide receiver Allen Hurns on Tuesday, a league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The move will save the team $7 million against the salary cap.
Hurns became expendable with the emergence of rookies Dede Westbrook and Keelan Cole in 2017. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Hurns originally signed a four-year, $41M deal back in 2016 which after his release turned out to be two-year, $16 million deal. Yet another reason why reports of average dollars per year mean absolutely nothing. Hurns has missed 11 games the last two seasons but should be able find a home relatively soon. The Jags will move forward with Marqise Lee, Dede Westbrook, Keelan Cole and Donte Moncrief at wide receiver.
| Jets move up to No.3 in NFL Draft|
Colts pick up extra 2nd round picks
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 17 2018, 11:00 am
|Huge trade: Jets acquired No. 3 overall pick from Colts for No. 6 overall pick, 37th overall pick, 49th overall pick and our 2019 2nd round pick. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This is a big haul for the Colts who drop down three spots to No.6 in draft plus acquire multiple 2nd round picks from the Jets. It appears the Jets want to make sure they get their hands on their quarterback of choice. They re-signed Josh McCown and signed Teddy Bridgewater, but obviously they're targeting a QB in the upcoming draft.
|Patriots sign RB Jeremy Hill|
Ankle injury limited Hill to 7 games last season
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 16 2018, 7:00 pm
|Source: the Patriots are signing former Bengals RB Jeremy Hill. (Field Yates on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Hill was a touchdown maker for the first three years of his career but failed to reach the endzone last season playing in only 7 games for the Bengals. The Patriots lost Dion Lewis (TEN) in free agency but still have James White, Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee meaning fantasy owners will be pulling their hair out each week trying to project touches for the New England backfield.
|Ravens swap out Ryan Grant for Michael Crabtree|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 16 2018, 5:00 pm
|The Baltimore Ravens reached a three-year agreement with Michael Crabtree on Friday.
Terms weren't disclosed but Crabtree received a three-year, $21 million deal, including $15 million in first two years and $11 million guaranteed ($7 million signing bonus), a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal could be worth up to $20 million in first two years. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Ravens had agreed with former Redskins' receiver Ryan Grant on a four-year contract but Grant failed a physical due to a foot injury. However, Grant has since been cleared by an independent doctor leading to speculation that the Ravens simply preferred Crabtree over Grant once Crabtree became available. In any case, Crabtree should be the Ravens primary option on the outside after the Ravens released Jeremy Maclin. Mike Wallace led Baltimore in receiving last year and finished as the WR38 in PPR leagues.
|Raiders sign Jordy Nelson, release Crabtree|
Two-year deal, $13 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 15 2018, 4:00 pm
|Jordy Nelson said his goodbyes to Green Bay less than 48 hours ago, and now he has his new team.
The former Packers wideout is headed to the Bay, signing with the Oakland Raiders, NFL Network's James Jones reported.
In a related move, Oakland is also cutting receiver Michael Crabtree, NFL Network's James Palmer reported. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Raiders have opted for 32 year-old Nelson over the 30 year-old Crabtree. Nelson's production took a dip last season to the tune of 482 yards, 6 TDs and 9.1 yards per catch. To make room for the addition, Crabtree was sent packing which saved Oakland $7.5 million. Nelson will serve as the No.2 receiver behind Amari Cooper but should be considered a WR4/5 for fantasy purposes.
|Raiders pick up RB Doug Martin|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 15 2018, 1:21 pm
|The #Raiders have agreed to terms with former #Bucs RB Doug Martin, source said. Jon Gruden locks in running back depth and Martin gets a second chance. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: There's been speculation that Oakland would release Marshawn Lynch but its seems likely that either Lynch, DeAndre Washington or Jalen Richard will be let go. Martin fell out of favor in Tampa Bay last season. He followed up his 2.9 yards per carry effort in 2016 with a repeat performance in 2017. His fantasy value is on the back burner for now until the Raiders make further moves at the position.
|Lions release TE Eric Ebron|
Perennial TE2 will get a fresh start
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 14 2018, 3:40 pm
|Unable to trade him and unwilling to pay his $8.25 million salary, the Detroit Lions have released tight end Eric Ebron.
The No. 10 pick of the 2014 draft, Ebron was a disappointment in his four NFL seasons.
He averaged just 46.5 catches per season and split time at the position with Darren Fells last year. (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: Ebron has been a TE2 since 2015 posting roughly 82 fantasy points per season in standard scoring leagues. Plagued by drops in college and the NFL, Ebron had a difficult time in Detroit but should resurface soon given his athletic ability and youth.
|Ravens release Jeremy Maclin|
$5 million in cap savings
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 14 2018, 3:00 pm
|The Ravens have released veteran wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, as Baltimore continues to shake up that unit.
Releasing Maclin brings $5 million in cap savings. He was going to count $7.5 million against the salary cap in 2018 and was reportedly due a $1 million roster bonus Friday. (BaltimoreRavens.com)|
FFToday's Take: Ravens have brought in John Brown and Ryan Grant in free agency to replace Maclin who has missed 8 games the last two seasons, averaged 42 catches, 488 yards and 2.5 TDs during that time. Maclin will be 30 in May and while he's struggled recently, he should find a home relatively soon, perhaps in Philadelphia.