|Doug Baldwin expected to start opposite Harvin|
Expected to fill void left behind by Golden Tate
By: Doug Orth | Jun 5 2014, 5:00 pm
|Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell, asked who will replace WR Golden Tate, said Doug Baldwin will move to the “X” or split end position this year, while also still playing some inside. Percy Harvin will play primarily the "Z", or flanker, spot. He also said of Sidney Rice that they “really like what he’s looking like” and that he will also play outside. (Seattle Times)|
FFToday's Take: Tate caught 64 passes for 898 yards and five scores last year, which is roughly the ceiling for just about any receiver in the run-heavy Seahawks' offense. Baldwin has recorded at least 50 receptions in two of his three seasons despite being the third option in the passing game at times, so he clearly has a rapport with QB Russell Wilson. He should be considered a decent, but low-upside WR4 in fantasy.
|SEA to use running back by committee in 2014|
OC has high praise for Christine Michael
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 4 2014, 11:00 pm
|Bevell had high praise for the play so far of Christine Michael saying “we are really excited right now, what he’s done” and noted that Michael has improved particularly at “the details” of the position. Bevell also said that Michael could have a greater role this season and that could lead to having more of a “running back by committee” approach in 2014. (Seattle Times)|
FFToday's Take: Speaking at an event Wednesday night, Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell dropped the RBBC term on a select group of fans. If this statement holds true, it will have a significant impact on Marshawn Lynch's fantasy stock. Lynch has been a workhorse for the Seahawks the last three seasons, averaging 300 carries and 11 touchdowns during that span. Michael is a must-handcuff for any Lynch owner.
|Kapernick signs six-year extension with 49ers|
$61 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 4 2014, 8:33 pm
|Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers struck a deal Wednesday on a six-year contract extension including a record $61 million guaranteed. "I really expect a real breakout year for Colin. Athletically, he looks bionic," Harbaugh said during the organized team activity last week. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Kaepernick's deal is structured so that other players such as wideout Michael Crabtree, guards Mike Iupati and Alex Boone and tight end Vernon Davis, will have room to sign new deals themselves. It's a big payday for a non-Super Bowl winning QB but a team friendly deal at the same time. With a healthy Crabtree and the addition of Steve Johnson to the receiving corps, Kaepernick's fantasy stock is on the rise.
|Giants' RB Wilson not cleared for contact|
Will be re-evaluated prior to training camp
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 4 2014, 2:34 pm
|David Wilson’s wait continues, but today he took another significant step closer toward a full return to the football field. “There has been significant progress and healing since David had the fusion,” said Dr. Russell Warren, the Giants’ team physician. “But the reality is it has only been four and one-half months since the surgery. We anticipate that when David is re-evaluated at the start of training camp he will be cleared at that point.” (Giants.com)|
FFToday's Take: Giants training camp begins July 21st so that will be our next check-in point on Wilson. The Giants have added Rashad Jennings and rookie Andre Williams to the running back mix and have kept plodder Peyton Hillis... for now. Wilson is arguably more talented than any of the Giants RBs but he's likely headed for a timeshare with Jennings and Williams when he gets medical clearance.
|Mike Wallace in "better spirits" this season|
Knowshon Moreno running behind Lamar Miller in camp
By: Doug Orth | Jun 2 2014, 5:40 pm
|Mike Wallace is in clearly better spirits this year. One reason is that he loves Bill Lazor’s offense and the flexibility it gives him to change where he lines up. Mike Sherman wouldn’t permit him to do that last year, and Wallace said today that as a result, opposing defenses knew exactly where he was going to be.
Knowshon Moreno continues to work primarily with the second team, with Lamar Miller taking a lot of first team snaps. Moreno dropped a pass today and Joe Philbin conceded that his conditioning could be better. (Miami Herald)|
FFToday's Take: Wallace languished last season under Sherman, who refused to move him across the formation and used him mostly as a glorified clear-out receiver. It appears as if Lazor wants to use the ex-Steeler in the same way the Eagles used DeSean Jackson in 2013. As for Moreno, Miller is a superior talent, so the free-agent signee cannot afford a negative first impression - especially considering he is on a one-year deal.
|Maclin injures knee and back in practice|
WR recovering from right ACL surgery in 2013
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 2 2014, 4:50 pm
|The practice fields at the NovaCare Complex became suddenly quiet when Jeremy Maclin fell to the ground and ignored chiding from the defense to get up. The jokes stopped once Maclin grabbed his left knee. It wasn’t "the" ACL knee, but to see the wide receiver go down during a non-contact drill - although there was some contact - had to be a frightening moment for the Eagles. But Maclin quickly smiled and chuckled when LeSean McCoy ran over and said something and just seconds later bounced up from the turf and walked back to the huddle. He said afterward that he was OK. (Philadelphia Inquirer)|
FFToday's Take: Given Maclin's recent injury history, the Eagles had every right to be scared here. As long as he is healthy, Maclin belongs in the low-end fantasy WR2 discussion as he assumes the spot in the offense left behind by DeSean Jackon. Philadelphia added Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews in the draft, likely in part to have some quality depth if Maclin suffers another serious injury.
|Julio Jones on schedule for training camp|
Team on "pins and needles" as WR recovers from foot injury
By: Doug Orth | Jun 2 2014, 2:55 pm
|Falcons HC Mike Smith reiterated how Julio Jones is on schedule for training camp. Falcons WR coach Terry Robiskie is cautiously optimistic about his return, although not seeing the receiver do any type of on-field work at this point would appear to be a cause for concern.
"We'll be watching him a little bit kind of standing on pins and needles," Robiskie said.
Robiskie watched his top two receivers get bit with injury bug last season. Besides Jones, No. 2 receiver Roddy White endured ankle and hamstring issues that limited his effectiveness for a good part of the season. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: White also missed the start of OTAs while mourning the death of his younger brother, so his status for the remainder of the offseason remains unclear. Injuries wrecked havoc on the Falcons' offense last year, but a healthy Jones and White together comprise one of the league's most dynamic receiving duos. With White set to turn 33, the 25-year-old Jones will be counted upon to be the game-changer in the offense.
|Jags rookie WRs sidelined with injuries|
Lee day-to-day, Robinson could miss rest of offseason
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 2 2014, 2:45 pm
|Jaguars second-round receivers Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee sat out the team’s organized team activity workout today because of injuries.
Lee is day to day with an ankle injury sustained last week - he did side-field work and did not seem to be bothered by his wrist injury (also last week). Robinson, though, could be out for the rest of the off-season program after being injured last Wednesday. (Florida Times-Union)|
FFToday's Take: Yahoo Sports reported last week that Robinson was running behind Cecil Shorts at "X" (split end) while Lee was spending most of his time at "Z" (flanker), so Robinson's redraft stock had already taken a sizable hit before this news that he could miss the rest of the offseason. Lee's injury does not sound overly serious and he should be expected to enter training camp as the starter opposite Shorts.
|Cowboys LB Sean Lee likely out for season|
By: Doug Orth | May 31 2014, 7:30 pm
|Sean Lee never has played a full season, missing 18 games in his career. A strained hamstring and a sprained neck kept him out of five games last season, with the Cowboys starting three players at middle linebacker in Lee’s absences. Ernie Sims, Justin Durant and DeVonte Holloman all filled in for Lee at various times last year. The Cowboys expect to be without Lee for all of 2014 after their defensive leader and middle linebacker tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, according to sources. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)|
FFToday's Take: Rookie Anthony Hitchens took all the first-team reps at middle linebacker on Wednesday. HC Jason Garrett also mentioned Holloman and Durant as possible fill-ins at the position. Regardless of who winds up filling the position, Dallas goes from a below-average defense with Lee to a dreadful defense without him, meaning the Cowboys should be a juicy matchup for fantasy owners this season.
|Josh Freeman waived by Giants|
Former Bucs QB last about six weeks with team
By: Doug Orth | May 31 2014, 7:25 pm
|The Giants are only three days into OTAs and already the backup quarterback position is taking shape, without Josh Freeman in the picture. Freeman, a first-round pick by the Bucs in 2009, was waived on Friday, ending his six-week tenure with the team.
On one occasion when Freeman did get on the field during Thursday's OTAs, the Giants were unable to get aligned properly and never ran a play. Freeman was immediately pulled in favor of Curtis Painter. (Newark Star-Ledger)|
FFToday's Take: The end may be near for the 26-year-old Freeman, who is only two years removed from throwing 27 touchdown passes and posted a 25:6 touchdown-to-interception ratio in his second year in the league. Given his relative youth and past production, it is likely he will get at least one more chance, but questions about his off-field and work ethic habits are starting to catch up to him.
|WR Josh Gordon in trouble again|
Caught for speeding; passenger cited for possession of marjuana
By: Doug Orth | May 31 2014, 7:10 pm
|Already in trouble with the NFL for a reported failed drug test, Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon was issued a speeding ticket over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. According to the citation, Gordon's 2014 grey Mercedes-Benz SUV was clocked going 74 miles an hour in a 60-mile-per-hour zone on May 25. Gordon's passenger was issued a citation for possession of marijuana in an amount under 200 grams during the traffic stop. (WKYC)|
FFToday's Take: Gordon is quickly digging himself a deep hole, one in which he may not be able to get out of with his series of poor off-field decisions. Gordon, as many will remember from draft weekend, is already subject to an indefinite suspension for a failed drug test and missed the Browns' first two games last season because of a drug-related suspension. The Browns' top three receivers after Gordon are Miles Austin, Earl Bennett and Andrew Hawkins.
|Will Stacy have to fight off Mason in camp?|
Both backs excelled in yards after contact in 2013
By: Doug Orth | May 30 2014, 4:45 pm
|Zac Stacy started 12 games for St. Louis in 2013 as a rookie and had 250 carries for 973 yards and seven touchdowns, plus caught 26 catches for 141 yards and a touchdown. Where Stacy really excelled was gaining yards after contact. According to Pro Football Focus, Stacy averaged the sixth-most yards after contact (2.45) among running back that took at least half of their team’s attempts last season. According to the 2013 Charting Project, third-round rookie RB Tre Mason had 349 yards after contact on 240 attempts (1.45). (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: Mason recently stated the coaching staff told him he will get a chance to start following the draft. Given Mason's current shortcomings in the passing game - blocking as well as receiving - it would seem the rookie will only be an early-down "breather" back for Stacy. The team is also high on Benny Cunningham as well, meaning the Rams would probably opt for a committee approach if Stacy is injured at any point in 2014.
|Cards LB Washington suspended for season|
Substance abuse policy violation
By: Doug Orth | May 30 2014, 4:30 pm
|In a blow to what was one of the best defenses in the league last season, the NFL has suspended linebacker Daryl Washington for at least a year, it was announced Friday. In a statement released by his agent, Washington acknolwedged the violation was related to marijuana use.
The suspension is for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy, the same reason Washington was suspended for four games last year, and unrelated to Washington’s recent plea bargain for an assault charge. The suspension begins immediately.
FFToday's Take: In 12 games in 2013, Washington had 81 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions. With his absence, the Cardinals are now without the two inside linebackers who played the vast majority of the time in 2013. Karlos Dansby signed with Cleveland as a free agent back in March. He will be replaced by second-year man Kevin Minter. Veteran Larry Foote figures to step into Washington’s role, which will be a significant downgrade for the defense.
|Maclin filling DeSean Jackson's old role|
Eagles not holding oft-injured WR back in workouts
By: Doug Orth | May 30 2014, 4:20 pm
|Eagles HC Chip Kelly believes Jeremy Maclin can provide enough production, and he hasn't been shy about pumping him up. Asked if the 26-year-old Maclin could be his No. 1 receiver, Kelly said: "Doesn't matter. He's the No. 1 guy today."
Last year, the coach emphasized that there wasn't a passing pecking order. But the Eagles want to see how Maclin can handle the pressure of being the team's top downfield option. The Eagles aren't holding Maclin back in workouts. He has lined up on the right in DeSean Jackson's old spot opposite Riley Cooper. (Philadelphia Inquirer)|
FFToday's Take: Coming off his second ACL surgery, Maclin should not be expected to pick right up where Jackson left off in 2013, but the Eagles probably don't need him to produce at that level either with rookie Jordan Matthews now in the fold. Regardless, Maclin should be the clear-cut No. 1 receiver in this offense and should be a strong fantasy WR3 at the very least this season.
|Jeremy Hill running ahead of Law Firm at OTAs|
Giovani Bernard taking first-team snaps
By: Doug Orth | May 27 2014, 3:15 pm
|Second-round pick Jeremy Hill lined up as the second team running back behind Giovani Bernard. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, the starter the last two years, had no comment. (Bengals.com)|
FFToday's Take: Many believe Green-Ellis is a lock to remain a Bengal in the final season of his contract, but that may not be the case. Bernard is the clear starter and Hill will be his powerful complement for the foreseeable future. Cincinnati loves what Cedric Peerman brings on special teams, meaning Law Firm may be in a battle with 2013 sixth-rounder Rex Burkhead (another young player the team likes) at a position where most teams carry no more than four players.
|Ravens rookie RB Taliaferro arrested|
Charged with two misdemeanors after taxicab incident
By: Mike Krueger | May 27 2014, 2:50 pm
|Baltimore Ravens fourth-round draft pick Lorenzo Taliaferro was arrested early Saturday morning. According to the Williamsburg Police Department, officer J.A. Wagner observed a group get into a cab and said he heard yelling and cursing among the group. Taliaferro reportedly left the scene after breaking a window, but was located about a block away. He was charged with being drunk in public and destruction of property, both misdemeanors. (Virginia Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: Given Ray Rice's incident involving his then-fiancee in a casino earlier this offseason (and likely multiple-game suspension), Bernard Pierce's recovery from shoulder surgery and Taliaferro's arrest, the Ravens are hurting at running back at the moment. At this rate, Baltimore may be forced both Justin Forsett and Cierre Wood, neither of whom should make the team under normal circumstances.
|Andre Johnson skips first day of OTAs|
WR still undecided about his future, direction of team
By: Doug Orth | May 27 2014, 2:35 pm
|Andre Johnson, just as he said wouldn’t, didn’t show up at the Houston Texans first organized team activities of 2014. CBS Radio reports that Johnson has only missed training with the Texans one other time since his draft in 2003 when he held out for contract reasons for a few days.
In mid-May, Johnson told a group of reporters that he wonders if the Texans organization is still the place for him to be. He also did not attend the team's mini-camp a few weeks ago, although he was in Houston. (KHOU)|
FFToday's Take: Johnson has been the consummate pro for 12 years, but is less than pleased that Houston didn't make more of an effort to secure a more highly-touted quarterback this offseason. Johnson is unlikely to get traded even if he demands one because doing so would leave the Texans with nearly $12 M of dead money on their cap. Expect Johnson to return and maintain his status as a top 10-15 fantasy receiver with either Ryan Fitzpatrick or rookie Tom Savage.
|Romo to be on pitch count during OTAs|
Rehab from back surgery going well
By: Mike Krueger | May 22 2014, 1:38 pm
|"I'm getting close," Tony Romo said. "We're just going to be smart during the OTAs and have a little bit of a pitch count but we're going to go out there each day and try to do all that we can. The guys are working hard and doing great and I think we're going to be ready." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Romo has been pacing himself after his back surgery in December but seems to be on track for participating fully in training camp. Former Lions' offensive coordinator Scott Linehan will be calling plays this season for the Cowboys. Linehan was the pass-happy OC in Detroit from 2009-2013.
|Lions going up-tempo in 2014|
OC Joe Lombardi bringing over pieces of Saints playbook
By: Mike Krueger | May 22 2014, 8:30 am
|First-year Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, an offensive assistant with the Saints for seven seasons, said after he was hired that his playbook is a combination of ideas he brought from New Orleans, leftovers from the Lions’ last offense, and things Caldwell and others have added from previous stops. One tenet of the system, and something the Lions have stressed repeatedly in their off-season practices, is playing at a fast pace in order to control the tempo of the game. (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: The Lions have the skill position players to shatter previous offensive team records if they can quicken the pace the way Chip Kelley did with the Eagles a year ago. Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush, Joique Bell and Golden Tate can all be fantasy stars in Lombardi's new offense.
|Hoyer taking first team reps at Cleveland OTAs|
Starting QB competition between Hoyer and Maziel
By: Mike Krueger | May 21 2014, 1:21 pm
|The wunderkind (Johnny Manziel) is taking third-team repetitions at quarterback for the Browns at OTAs behind former Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer and Tyler Thigpen. With a new coaching staff for everyone involved, he’ll have plenty of opportunities to win the starting job in 2014. The Browns just don’t want Manziel to think he doesn’t have to work for it, something Pettine and Shanahan have every right to guard against. (Boston.com)|
FFToday's Take: It's no surprise the veteran Hoyer (ACL) is first in line during practice over the rookie Manziel. Head coach Mike Pettine has stated the job is up for grabs. We likely won't get a feel for outcome of this competition until mid-August.
|Opportunity for Giants' TE Adrien Robinson|
Penciled in as starter
By: Doug Orth | May 21 2014, 9:00 am
|After two seasons, tight end Adrien Robinson has ZERO career receptions. Robinson's currently at 270 pounds after rededicating himself this offseason. His goal is to play this season at 265.
The weight loss can be partially attributed to what the Giants want from their tight ends in coordinator Ben McAdoo's new offense. Robinson said they'll be asked to run more routes and doing it from a bunch of different spots on the field. They'll also have more opportunities to catch the football. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: With Brandon Myers leaving for Tampa Bay, the starting tight end position is open in New York. Robinson will get first crack at the job but must show he's committed to the game before being a featured player in the Giants offense. He'll be on the fantasy radar as a TE2.
|Raiders pickup former Browns WR Greg Little|
Released by Cleveland on Friday
By: Mike Krueger | May 19 2014, 6:14 pm
|The Oakland Raiders claimed wide receiver Greg Little off waivers Monday.
An inconsistent player whose flashes of excellence were often overshadowed by crucial drops and off-field drama, Little was released by the Cleveland Browns on Friday. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Little has been plagued by drops and inconsistency during his three-year career along with off-field issues. He won't have much fantasy value in Oakland looking up at James Jones, Rod Streater, Denarius Moore and Andre Holmes on the depth chart.
|Marshall signs three-year contact extension|
Bears wideout will give $1 million to benefit mental health care
By: Mike Krueger | May 19 2014, 11:00 am
|Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall has a three-year, $30 million contract extension with the team and even signed the deal on national television.
Marshall signed the contract on ABC's "The View" on Monday and tweeted that he will donate $1 million to benefit mental health care. He had one season left on his current contract for $10 million. He will get $23 million guaranteed with his new deal, a source told ESPN.com's Michael C. Wright. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: This deal will keep Marshall in Chicago through the 2017 season. He's posted back to back top 200-point fantasy seasons and is poised to make it a third. As the No.1 receiver in the Bears offense, Marshall has averaged 109 catches 1401 yards and 11.5 touchdowns over the last two seasons. He's a WR1 in all formats.
|Cowboys add RB Ryan Williams|
Former Cardinals' RB was released Monday
By: Mike Krueger | May 17 2014, 8:00 pm
|Ryan Williams wasn’t out of work for long. The former Arizona running back has agreed to terms with the Cowboys after being cut by the Cardinals last Monday. Williams went through a workout Saturday that Dallas head coach Jason Garrett called “impressive.” (Dallas Morning News)|
FFToday's Take: Williams has battled injuries for most of his young three-year career, appearing only in five games. He adds depth to the Cowboys running back position and will battle for snaps with Lance Dunbar and Joseph Randle.
|Rams release RB Daryl Richardson|
Turf toe injury hampered running back in 2013
By: Mike Krueger | May 16 2014, 9:00 am
|From the moment the Rams drafted Auburn running back Tre Mason in Round 3 a week ago, you knew either Daryl Richardson or Isaiah Pead was in trouble. The Rams released Richardson on Thursday. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)|
FFToday's Take: Richardson (7th round pick) began the 2013 season as the Rams starter at running back but a turf toe injury in Week 1 derailed his season. The drafting of Mason signaled the end of the line for one of the Rams backs and Richardson's number was called.
|Browns shakeup wide receiver corps|
Sign Austin, Bennett, release Little
By: Mike Krueger | May 16 2014, 7:00 am
|The three starting receivers from last season might all be out for 2014: Little and Davone Bess have been released and Josh Gordon is facing an indefinite suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy for at least the third time. In their place are veterans Miles Austin and Earl Bennett, who were signed as free agents on Thursday, and Andrew Hawkins and Nate Burleson, who were signed in March and April, respectively. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: Little was a 2nd-round pick in 2011 but had a case of the dropsies during his time in Cleveland. Austin finds himself with a golden opportunity as the Browns have a shaky depth chart at wide receiver. However, Austin has been plagued during his career with hamstring injuries and had very little interest as a free agent this off-season. He'll be on the WR5 radar with extreme injury risk.
|WR Stedman Bailey hit with 4 game suspension|
Rams receiver eligilbe to play in Week 6
By: Mike Krueger | May 12 2014, 6:04 pm
|St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey has been suspended for the first four games of the 2014 season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Bailey will be eligible to return to the field after the team's game against Philadelphia on Oct. 5. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Bailey will miss the first five weeks of the season as the Rams have a bye in Week 4. The Rams are thin at receiver but this suspension kills any fantasy momentum that Bailey had. He's at best, a mid-season waiver wire addition in redraft leagues.
|Cardinals cut ties with RB Ryan Williams|
Inactive for all 16 games last season
By: Mike Krueger | May 12 2014, 3:58 pm
|Running back Ryan Williams is no longer in Cardinals coach Bruce Arians' doghouse.
That's because Williams was one of four players released on Monday, the team announced. Williams, a second-round pick in 2011, was by the most notable of the three. His three years with the Cardinals were filled with injuries. He missed his rookie season with a torn right patella tendon. He suffered a season-ending shoulder injury five games into his second season. (AZCentral)|
FFToday's Take: Williams injured his knee in training camp last season and never made it back on the field. He's now eligible to be claimed on waivers by any team.
|Browns cut QBs Vince Young, Alex Tanney|
Sign quaterback Tyler Thigpen
By: Mike Krueger | May 12 2014, 3:20 pm
|Vince Young's tenure with the Cleveland Browns lasted less than two weeks.
Four days after drafting Johnny Manziel, the Browns released the 30-year-old Young. The Browns also released defensive back Brandon Hughes, defensive lineman Brian Sanford, quarterback Alex Tanney and running back Fozzy Whittaker. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Browns did some Spring roster cleaning today to make way for incoming rookies and undrafted free agents. Young sat out all of 2013 just signed with the Browns on May 1st. Brian Hoyer (ACL) is expected to battle Manziel for the starting QB job during training camp.
|Shonn Greene to miss OTAs after knee surgery|
Rookie Bishop Sankey second on depth chart
By: Mike Krueger | May 11 2014, 5:38 pm
|Titans running back Shonn Greene recently underwent surgery on his right knee, according to sources familiar with the situation, and is expected to be held out the remainder of the team's organized team activities this offseason. Greene is expected to be back for the start of training camp in late July. (The Tennessean)|
FFToday's Take: This sounds like a minor procedure but it's still worth noting as it's the same than caused Greene to miss five games in 2013. The Titans drafted Bishop Sankey in the second round of this year's draft. He currently sits atop the fantasy rookie running back rankings as the next in line on the Tennessee RB depth chart.
|Falcons expected to use more 3-WR sets|
Atlanta to use a more traditional TE now that Gonzalez is gone
By: Mike Krueger | May 11 2014, 3:10 pm
|“There’ll be a change in the type of tight end we’ll have on our roster,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “We’ll have a ‘Y’ tight end, where he’ll be an inline player (lined up tight to the formation). They won’t be moving around nearly as much as what we call a ‘F.’ Tony Gonzalez was more of a ‘F’ tight end than a ‘Y’ tight end.” (Atlanat Journal Constitution)|
FFToday's Take: Levine Toilolo is expected to be the Falcons starter at TE but don't expect him to put up Gonzalez-like numbers. He'll be used more as a blocker than Gonzalez ever was, meaning the Falcons are likely to focus the aerial attack on Julio Jones, Roddy White and Harry Douglas. Douglas is on the fantasy radar as a WR4.
| Bryce Brown adds depth to Bills backfield|
Spiller and Jackson heading into contract years
By: Mike Krueger | May 11 2014, 7:00 am
|The Philadelphia Eagles traded running back Bryce Brown to the Buffalo Bills on Saturday. In return for Brown, the Bills will receive a conditional 2015 fourth-round pick that can become a 2016 third-round pick. The Bills and Eagles also swapped 2014 seventh-round selections as part of the deal. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Bryce Brown gives the Bills insurance for Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller who are both entering the final year of their contracts. Jackson's age (33) means he likely won't be re-signed in Buffalo next season. Brown's fantasy value remains on hold as the third running back on the Bills depth chart.
|Josh Gordon facing season-long suspension|
Reportedly tested positive for marijuana
By: Mike Krueger | May 9 2014, 6:30 am
|Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is facing a season-long suspension after another failed drug test months ago, this time for marijuana, sources told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" on Friday. Two sources told "Outside the Lines" on Friday that Gordon's latest violation is the result of marijuana being found during a drug test. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Gordon served a two-game suspension last season but still led the league in receiving with 1646 yards and led all fantasy receivers averaging 16.2 FPts per game. To say this a big blow to the Browns offense would be an understatement. If the report is true, the Browns will likely be looking for help early in Round 2 of tonight's draft.
| Stevie Johnson headed to San Francisco|
Bills receive conditional 4th round pick in 2015
By: Mike Krueger | May 9 2014, 3:05 am
|The Buffalo Bills will trade wide receiver Steve Johnson to the San Francisco 49ers for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2015, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
The pick can become a third-rounder based on Johnson's performance. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Bills picked rookie WR Sammy Watkins in the first round last night and with the addition of Mike Williams (TB) during the off-season, the Bills are ready to move on from their veteran wideout. This is a downward move for Stevie's fantasy value as he'll have to compete for targets with Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis. Watkins, Williams and Robert Woods now sit atop the Bills depth chart at wide receiver.
| Texans asking price for the No. 1 pick|
GM Rick Smith wants to move down
By: Mike Krueger | May 8 2014, 10:31 am
|Rick Smith has made it perfectly clear that the Texans are interested in trading the No. 1 overall pick in tonight’s first round.
And here’s what the Texans’ general manager is asking for, according to our John McClain. 1. Swap first-round picks this year
2. A second- and third-round pick this year
3. A first-round pick in 2015 (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: That's a steep price but a trade would also depend on what team is trading up. In 2012, The Redskins paid a big price to move up from pick No. 6 to pick No. 2 to acquire QB Robert Griffin III. The Redskins gave up No. 6, a 2012 second-rounder, plus first-rounders in 2013 and 2014. GM Rick Smith's desire to move out of the top pick will likely push his asking price down as we get closer 8 pm ET.
| Jacksonville interested in Manziel at pick No. 3?|
More draft speculation
By: Mike Krueger | May 7 2014, 9:31 am
|Word's spreading among media here that Manziel is going to Jacksonville at 3. (John McClain via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Smokescreen or not, it's fun to discuss the possibility. Jacksonville currently has Chad Henne starting under center and are widely considered to be looking for a QB in the upcoming draft. They've also been linked to WR Sammy Watkins and LB Khalil Mack at pick No. 3.
|Romo throws during Tuesday workout|
Dallas QB recovering from back surgery
By: Mike Krueger | May 7 2014, 9:00 am
|At this point, the quarterback (Tony Romo) is about five months removed from back surgery and recovering well, by all accounts – going as far as throw in team workouts on Tuesday. “We feel good about Tony’s health, first-hand, medically. His back is everything that we want it to be at this time,” Jones said. (DallasCowboys.com)|
FFToday's Take: There's been quite a bit of talk about the Cowboys interest, or lack there of, in drafting a QB this week. The Cowboys obviously aren't tipping their hand. Romo (34) is expected to be ready for training camp in July.
| Chiefs looking at quarterback in first round?|
Alex Smith entering final year of contract
By: Mike Krueger | May 5 2014, 11:16 am
|Team that will consider a 1st-round QB: The Chiefs. Negotiations with Alex Smith aren’t progressing well. Must keep long-term options open. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Keep in mind, it's draft week and the time of year when misinformation is commonplace. It's quite possible the Chiefs are leaking this news in attempt to improve their draft position, likely by trading down, or to send a message to Alex Smith's agent. Smith is entering the final year of his contract.
|Spiller, Jackson entering into contract years|
Bills have decisions to make at RB position
By: Mike Krueger | May 4 2014, 9:00 pm
|Chief among those (issues) is the long-term future at running back, where both C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson are headed into the final year of their contracts. The Bills have performed their due diligence in looking at running backs during the pre-draft process, hosting six prospects at One Bills Drive. (Buffalo News)|
FFToday's Take: Jackson (34) will almost certainly be allowed to walk at the end of this season while an attempt to keep Spiller (27) should be expected. The market for running backs is on the decline as teams are unwilling to issue big days to the position but Spiller could sign a deal similar to Chris Johnson's ($4 million per). Expect negotiations to pick up after the draft.
| Raiders interest in TE position is minimal|
Head coach likes Rivera as foundation piece
By: Mike Krueger | May 4 2014, 7:00 pm
|While Nick Kasa remains an unknown commodity, head coach Dennis Allen recently included Mychal Rivera in a list of foundation pieces. The team’s interest in draftable tight ends should be minimal, unless they are a good blocker and could make a quick impact on special teams. (CSN Bay Area)|
FFToday's Take: Rivera's best game last season was a five-catch 54-yard performance at Houston. Even if the Raiders choose to bypass the top tight ends in the upcoming draft, Rivera will have nothing more than low-end TE2 fantasy value in 2014.