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Deadline for players to opt-out of season 4 pm ET, Thursday
NFL and NFLPA have resolved all outstanding issues
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 3 2020, 9:10 pm

NFL
NFL players were just notified the deadline to opt out of the 2020 season is 4 p.m. Thursday — and the annual drug testing window opens Friday, per sources. The NFL and NFLPA have resolved all outstanding issues on the side letter to the CBA making changes for the 2020 season, per source. Still subject to final review by the union, but the deal the sides agreed to 10 days ago is now in writing. (Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: There's been a total of 39 players opt-out as of August 2nd but only a few notable names specific for fantasy purposes including Damien Williams, Devin Funchess and Marqise Lee. Fantasy owners will need to pay special attention to depth charts and their rankings this season and COVID-19 matters will create causing a great deal of ripple effects on NFL team rosters.
49ers sign TE Jordan Reed
One-year deal
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 3 2020, 2:45 pm

San Francisco
Former Washington Football Team Pro Bowl TE Jordan Reed reached agreement on an incentive-laden, one-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers, sources tell ESPN. Reed is 30, has a history of concussions, but when healthy - as he is now - he is one of the game’s elite tight ends. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: We heard last month that a few teams were interested in Reed and now the oft-injured tight end has found a landing spot. Due to various injuries, Reed's playing time has been limited in his career including missing all of the 2019 season. The team is in talks with fellow tight end George Kittle on a new contract but discussions seem to be at a standoff. Reed is off the fantasy radar unless something happens to Kittle.
Injury Matthew Stafford placed on COVID-19 list
Lions QB one of eight players placed on list so far
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 1 2020, 4:27 pm

Detroit Lions
The #Lions have placed QB Matthew Stafford on the COVID-19 list, per the wire. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: We can expect more of these designations as we go through training camp. We've got a tracker going here at the site with everyone placed on the COVOD-19 list as well as those players that have opted-out for the season. As a reminder, players are placed on the list because they either tested positive or have been in close contact with an infected person.
Antonio Brown gets eight-game suspension
Takes effect Week 1
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 31 2020, 2:26 pm

NFL
Antonio Brown's eight-game suspension takes effect Week 1, regardless of whether he's on a roster -- and could be extended if further violations are found related to an ongoing civil suit in Florida, per source. So AB is sidelined at least through Week 8, and potentially longer (Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Brown has made various retirement statements over the last year but we now have some clarity on his potential availability. A team may take a chance on him but giving his outstanding legal issues and suspension most fantasy owners can move on from him as a late-round dart throw.
Bucs sign LeSean McCoy to one-year deal
Bucs add depth at running back
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 30 2020, 5:53 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Veteran RB LeSean McCoy reached agreement on a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, per @rosenhaussports. “He’s very excited to play with established vets like Brady and Gronk in trying to win another championship,” Rosenhaus said. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The deal is reportedly for the veteran minimum, just over $1 million. McCoy will add depth behind Ronald Jones and rookie Ke'Shawn Vaughn (COVID-19 list). McCoy (32) fell out of favor in Kansas City last season playing in 13 games finishing with 101 carries, 456 yards, 4 TDs, and a 28-181-1 line through the air. This signing does take the fantasy shine of Jones and Vaughn.
Injury Kenny Golladay, T.J. Hockenson land on COVID-19 list
5 Lions players placed on COVID-19 list
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 29 2020, 5:40 pm

Detroit Lions
Some COVID-19 additions for the #Lions: Kenny Golladay And T.J. Hockenson are on the reserve list. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Both players will need to get multiple positive COVID tests before being allowed back at camp. Both are relevant in fantasy football and depending on your view, this could be a help or hindrance to their fantasy value. Golladay is hovering around WR7 in PPR leagues while Hockenson is a late-round flier (TE14) with upside.
Injury Damien Williams opts-out of the 2020 season
Chiefs depth at RB takes a hit
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 29 2020, 4:47 pm

Kansas City Chiefs
The #Chiefs have announced that RB Damien Williams informed the team of his decision to opt out for the 2020 season. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: If the Clyde Edwards-Helaire hype wasn't high enough, it's about ready to hit the moon. In addition to CEH, the Chiefs have DeAndre Washington, Darwin Thompson, and Darrel Williams. The Chiefs may consider a veteran free agent but could easily begin the season with these four RBs. Edwards-Helaire will be pushing into RB1 territory in redraft leagues. DeAndre Washington can enter your radar in the late rounds.
Injury Packerse' Devin Funchess opts-out of 2020 season
Allen Lazard gets a fantasy bump
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 28 2020, 5:30 pm

Green Bay Packers
Packers WR Devin Funchess has opted out of the 2020 NFL season, per source. (Field Yates on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Packers made one move to their receiving corps this off-season, signing the former Carolina Panther to a one-year $2.5 million deal. He was likely looking at a role among the top three receivers in the Packers offense. Green Bay can bring him back on the same contract next season. Allen Lazard gets a fantasy bump and can be considered in the late rounds of your drat.
Injury Eagles' Marquise Goodwin opts-out of 2020 season
Eagles wide receiver depth takes a hit
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 28 2020, 12:47 pm

Philadelphia Eagles
Source: #Eagles speedy WR Marquise Goodwin plans to opt-out for the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns. He has informed the team, who traded for him during the draft. Goodwin has a 5-month daughter after his wife previously had three miscarriages. Family is the most important. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: It was going to be tough for Goodwin to have a significant role in the offense but his decision places more significance on DeSean Jackson to remain healthy. Goodwin has missed 12 games over the last two seasons due to injury.
Injury Ke'Shawn Vaughn lands on COVID-19 list
Bucs rookie RB expected to have big role in 2020
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 27 2020, 5:27 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bucs rookie RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn is on the Reserve/COVID19 list as submitted to the NFL today. It means Vaughn either tested positive for COVID19 or has been in close contact with an infected person. Teams are not permitted to disclose whether a player is in quarantine or have tested positive. (Rick Stroud on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: We'll be seeing more and more of these reports as player begin receiving their test results. Stroud does go on to mention that "Vaughn is expected to have a big role in the Bucs offense with RB Ronald Jones but this will further delay his development".
49ers restructure Raheem Mostert's contract
No trade or holdout
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 27 2020, 1:56 pm

San Francisco
49ers and RB Raheem Mostert restructured his contract. There will be no trade nor holdout. “Happy we got things worked out and looking forward to him having another great season there,” said Mostert’s agent, @TesslerSports. “Thanks to the organization for taking care of him.” (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Mostert, through his agent, leaked to the media on July 8th that he wanted a trade out of San Francisco. With a new deal in place it appears Mostert will assume his role in the 49ers running back by committee approach along side Tevin Coleman. He's currently going in the middle of Round 5 in most redraft leagues.
Bears trade TE Adam Shaheen to Dolphins
Bears will get a conditional sixth-round pick
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 25 2020, 7:00 pm

Chicgao Bears
The Bears were done with tight end Adam Shaheen a while ago. Now they’re making it official. The team is trading Shaheen to the Dolphins for a conditional sixth-round pick, a source said Saturday. It ends his exasperating run with the Bears after they drafted him in the second round in 2017. (Chicago Sun Times)

FFToday's Take: Shaheen has been a bust in Chicago totaling 16 catches, 249 yards and 4 TDs in three years with the team. Rookie Cole Kmet was drafted this season and will work with Jimmy Graham and Demetrius Harris in the tight end room. This move doesn't affect Mike Gesicki's fantasy value much at all.
Dalvin Cook expected to report to training camp
Holdout threat doesn't result in new deal
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 25 2020, 1:19 pm

Minnesota Vikings
Zimmer said he expects Dalvin Cook to report to camp on Tuesday in spite of his camp pledging a holdout back in June until her reaches a contract extension because Cook told him he would be. (Courtney Cronin on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Cook threatened to hold out unless he received a contract extension. Doesn't sound like that's going to happen. Cook should be considered an RB1 going in the first round of most fantasy drafts.
Injury Alex Smith cleared for football activities
Tibia and fibula fracture in 2018
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 24 2020, 7:12 pm

Washington Redskins
Washington quarterback Alex Smith, who suffered a devastating tibia and fibula fracture in 2018, has received clearance from his surgical team to return to full football activity. Smith is going through COVID-19 testing and expects to report Monday to the team's facility, where he will undergo a team physical. Once there, the team is expected to determine the next steps for Smith's eventual participation in training camp. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: What a remarkable story. Smith has spent over year and half recovering from his gruesome leg injury. It's unclear exactly what his role will be with the team in 2020 but it can be argued he has more skills than Dwayne Haskins. A lack of a normal training camp is likely going to limit his chance of winning the starting QB job.
Sean McVay hints at RB by committee approach
"We’ll go with the hot hand or whoever really expresses himself"
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 21 2020, 9:00 am

Los Angeles Rams
The Rams are making the transition from having a true workhorse back to likely utilizing more of a committee approach in the backfield this year. “I think it’ll just naturally work itself out. I think if you look at that success San Fran had last year with that running back-by-committee approach,” McVay said on The Helliepod. “What I thought Kyle (Shanahan) and their players did a great job of is, ‘Hey, we’re going to have an open-mind approach, we’re going to be committed to trying to have some balance and then we’ll go with the hot hand or whoever really expresses himself as deserving of the carries.” (Rams Wire)

FFToday's Take: With no pre-season games and a minimal training camp, its going to be difficult for fantasy owners to get a firm handle on the RB to own in this group. Cam Akers is currently the most valued, going as the RB28 in PPR leagues. Darrell Henderson, Malcolm Brown and John Kelly are in also in the mix.
NFL officially sets date for training camp: July 28th
Discussions on protocols between the league and the players continue
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 18 2020, 10:40 am

Kansas City Chiefs
#Chiefs QBs and rookies and #Texans rookies are the first scheduled to report Monday. All other clubs can have rookies report as early as Tuesday, with vets for all 32 clubs due in camp July 28. (Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: July 28th has long been the rumored starting date for training camp but now it's official. The Chiefs and Texans rookies can report on Monday July 20th as they are scheduled to open the season on Thursday night, Week 1. Discussions about protocols between the league and the players continue.
Titans get deal done with Derrick Henry
Four years, $25.5 guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 15 2020, 4:07 pm

Tennessee Titans
Titans and RB Derrick Henry is signing a four-year, $50 million contract that includes $25.5 million guaranteed, source tells ESPN. In one off-season, the Titans keep both Henry and Ryan Tannehill on long-term deals. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: It was reported just yesterday that a deal wasn't likely but the July 15th deadline spurred action and allowed Henry to get a couple years of security. Henry (25) is coming off a monster season and will be the focal point of the Titans offense heading into 2020. He's a RB1 target in fantasy drafts in the middle of Round 1.
Kenny Stills arrested at a protest for Breonna Taylor
Charged with felony intimidating participant in legal process
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 15 2020, 9:30 am

Houston Texans
Texans' Kenny Stills charged with felony intimidating participant in legal process, misdemeanor disorderly conduct, criminal trespass for peaceful protest outside home of Attorney General Daniel Cameron, demanding action for Breonna Taylor case, per Louisville Courier-Journal (Aaron Wilson on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Texans are aware of the situation but haven't yet made a comment. It remains to be seen whether this situation will lead to some kind of suspension from the league.
Injury WR Kelvin Harmon out with torn ACL
Washington WR looks forward to 2021
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 14 2020, 11:30 am

Washington Redskins
#Redskins WR Kelvin Harmon tore his ACL while training prior to camp, sources say. The promising former sixth rounder, who had 30 catches for 365 yards last season as a rookie, now has eyes on 2021. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Harmon was used sparingly during his rookie season posting a 30-365-0 line in a less than ideal Washington offense. This should create more opportunities for rookie Antonio Gandy-Golden but it's hard to get excited about the fantasy prospects of a rookie wide receiver in this offense. Terry McLaurin and Steven Sims are the only options fantasy owners should consider.
Derrick Henry not expected to get long-term deal
July 15th deadline for franchise player long-term contracts
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 14 2020, 8:00 am

Tennessee Titans
Titans and Derrick Henry are not expected to reach a long-term deal by Wednesday deadline for franchise players, per source. Henry is scheduled to make $10.27M this season and become a free agent in off-season. Any franchise deals by Wednesday will be an exception, not the rule. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Henry signed his tender offer and hasn't made any noise about a holdout so it appears he will report to camp without any disruption. Henry's coming off a monster fantasy season (303-1540-16; 18-206-2) where he finished as the RB5 in PPR leagues.
Three teams interested in TE Jordan Reed?
Tight end wants to play in 2020
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 13 2020, 2:12 pm

Washington Redskins
One name to watch as teams gear up for training camp: FA TE Jordan Reed. The former Washington play-maker has three teams interested and plans to play in 2020. A potential low-risk, high-reward signing. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: This sounds like an agent trying to pump up his client for the best possible deal. It's not out of the question that teams would be interested in Reed's talent but his injury history is part of the reason he's still available on the market. Reed has never played a full 16-game schedule since joining the league in 2013.
Washington announces team name change
Redskins name and logo to be retired
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 13 2020, 9:00 am

Washington Redskins
The Washington Redskins announced Monday that they will be retiring their nickname and logo after completing a thorough review that began on July 3. "Today, we are announcing we will be retiring the Redskins name and logo upon completion of this review," the team said in a statement. "Dan Snyder and Coach (Ron) Rivera are working closely to develop a new name and design approach that will enhance the standing of our proud, tradition rich franchise and inspire our sponsors, fans and community for the next 100 years." (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Apparently a new name has already been decided but trademark issues are still pending. The team has held their current nickname for 87 years. Earlier this month, sponsors begin pushing for a name change but reportedly a change has been in the works for weeks.
Raheem Mostert wants out of San Francisco
Mostert's agent announces trade request on Twitter
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 8 2020, 7:00 pm

San Francisco
#49ers running back Raheem Mostert has requested a trade, according to his agent, Brett Tessler. After months of unproductive talks with the 49ers about fairly adjusting Raheem Mostert's contract (which paid him for special teams) we have requested a trade. Disappointing that it would come to this for a guy who led all NFL RBs in YPC & helped lead them to the Super Bowl. (Matt Maiocco on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Mostert played in 15 games last season finishing as the RB26 in PPR leagues. A key cog in the 49ers running game, Mostert split time with Tevin Coleman (RB39). It's rumored that some accelerators in his contract were tied to "starts" and not production which may be the cause of some frustration as Mostert rarely "started" any games last season. The 49ers traded Matt Breida back in April to Miami.
Chiefs reach 10-year extension deal with Patrick Mahomes
Should be richest contract in history
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 6 2020, 3:00 pm

Kansas City Chiefs
Patrick Mahomes’ 10-year -- 10-year! -- contract extension that ties him to Kansas City through the 2031 season will be the richest contract in NFL history. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: This sounds like an attention grabbing headline leaked by the agent. The extension would keep Mahomes a Chief through the 2031 season but we know contracts in the NFL are all about the guarantees. We should learn the details soon, and it's sure to be a high-water mark for the league in terms of guaranteed money.
David Njoku wants out of Cleveland
Wants a trade prior to training camp
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 3 2020, 2:23 pm

Cleveland Browns
1/2 Browns’ TE David Njoku and his agent Drew Rosenhaus asked today for the team to trade him. The Browns told Njoku they would like to keep him, but Rosenhaus told them he’s intent on a trade. They want a trade before training camp. About David Njoku’s trade request today to the Browns, agent Drew Rosenhaus said: "It is in David's best interest to find a new team at this time." (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Browns signed former Atlanta tight end Austin Hooper this off-season which spurred speculation that Njoku could be on the outs. For their part, the Browns are saying publicly they want to keep Njoku whom they drafted back in 2017. Njoku missed 12 games last season due to a wrist injury. His fantasy stock remains in limbo until he lands with a new team.
NFL may scrap Weeks 1 & 4 from preseason schedule
Week 1 preseason games currently scheduled for August 13th
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 1 2020, 3:22 pm

Arizona Cardinals
NFL to announce on Thursday (if not sooner) that Week One and Week Four of the 2020 preseason will be scrapped. (ProFootballTalk)

FFToday's Take: A shortened pre-season schedule has been up for debate given the current pandemic. We should get confirmation from the NFL soon. This is another reminder to fantasy owners that rookies are going to have few opportunities to gain chemistry with their offense. That fact should be considered when constructing your 2020 rankings.
NFL Draft Patriots lose 3rd-round pick for filming Bengals sideline
Fined $1.1 million
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 28 2020, 8:12 pm

New England Patriots
NFL has handed down these penalties to the Patriots for their television crew filming the Bengals-Browns game in December, sources tell @MikeReiss. - 1.1 million in club fines. - of 2021 third-round pick. - Patriots’ TV crews not allowed to shoot games during 2020 season. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Makes you wonder if the Patriots announced the Cam Newton signing today just to mitigate the bad press from this penalty. Their inability to video means the technically can't cheat in the same manner this season.
Patriots sign Cam Newton, one-year deal
Low-risk high-reward for Patriots
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 28 2020, 7:54 pm

New England Patriots
Former NFL MVP Cam Newton has reached agreement on a one-year, incentive-laden deal with the New England Patriots, league sources tell @mortreport and me. Newton now will step into the mix to try to help replace former Patriots’ QB Tom Brady. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Given the inexperience at quarterback in New England, this was a likely landing spot for Newton. However, his market has been cold as ice, allowing the Patriots to sign the veteran to team-friendly deal. With the exception of 2015, Newton's passing stats have been relatively average but his rushing prowess, especially around the goaline has made him a fantasy threat. The weak receiving corps in New England won't do him any fantasy favors in 2020.
NFL cancels Cowboys/Steelers Hall of Fame game
Hall of Fame ceremony postponed
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 25 2020, 7:00 am

Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys-Pittsburgh Steelers preseason opener at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 6 is being canceled and the Hall of Fame's enshrinement ceremony on Aug. 8 is being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, league sources told ESPN. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: With most teams expected to report to training on July 28th, it's no surprise that the standalone Hall of Fame has been canceled. It's likely the pre-season scheduled is going to be shortened to two games meaning more cancellations are expected.
Dak Prescott signs franchise tender
Two sides have until July 15th to work out long-term deal
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 22 2020, 4:11 pm

Dallas Cowboys
Dak Prescott has signed his franchise tender, a source confirmed. He’s expected to be at camp. The Cowboys and Prescott have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal. If one isn’t finalized by then, Dak will play the 2020 season under a fully-guaranteed $31.4 million contract. (Jon Machota on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Reports leaked out over the weekend that Prescott would sign his tender on Monday. As a result, we don't have to worry about the quarterback showing up for camp while the two sides work to strike a long-term deal. The sticking point seems to be the length of the contract (four or five years).
Josh Gordon applies for reinstatement
Working out in Seattle area
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 18 2020, 3:00 pm

Seattle Seahawks
Receiver Josh Gordon has officially applied to the NFL for reinstatement, a necessary step in his attempt to continue to play, according to several reports Thursday. Gordon was indefinitely suspended by the NFL on Dec. 16 for violating the league’s policies on both performance enhancing drugs and substances of abuse after having played five games for the Seahawks. (Seattle Times)

FFToday's Take: Gordon's suspension in 2019 was the 7th of his NFL career. He's hoping to get some clarification on his status soon and be available for training camp at the end of July. A reunion with Seattle is a possibility but a likely suspension and risk of relapse makes him an extremely risky fantasy pick.
Injury Deebo Samuel suffers broken foot, surgery today
Jones fracture
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 18 2020, 2:52 pm

San Francisco
#49ers WR Deebo Samuel suffered a broken foot on Tuesday during a throwing session with teammates in Nashville and will be having surgery today, I’m told. It is a Jones fracture, and he should be able to be on the field early in the season. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Not good. Samuel could easily miss the next three months which makes him a candidate to begin the season on the PUP list. The 49ers lost Emmanuel Sanders to free agency and now sport a depth chart of Kendrick Bourne, Brandon Aiyuk, Jalen Hurd and Dante Pettis. Samuel finished as the WR31 in PPR leagues last season.
Giants Kicker Aldrick Rosas arrested on hit and run charge
Re-signed as a restricted free agent for $3.3 million this offseason
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 16 2020, 2:42 pm

New York Giants
New York Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas was arrested and jailed for misdemeanor hit-and-run and driving on a suspended license, according to a California Highway Patrol incident report. Alcohol impairment is believed to be a factor in the crash. Witnesses saw Rosas driving erratically over the double yellow lines and at a speed estimated to be 100 mph when he ran a red light and hit a Ford pickup truck. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Rosas was sent to the hospital for minor injuries after the cops picked him up on the side of the road. He had fled the vehicle on foot after the accident. This is the kind of incident that could cost him his job. Rosas was unusable last season as a fantasy kicker (K30) despite playing all 16 games.
49ers give Kyle Shanahan new six-year deal
Replaces previous six-year deal
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 15 2020, 5:00 pm

San Francisco
San Francisco is rewarding head coach Kyle Shanahan with a new six-year contract that replaces the three years he had remaining on his deal and ties him to the 49ers through the 2025 season, league sources told ESPN. Shanahan has helped remake the franchise, leading it to an NFC championship last season. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Shanahan is quickly becoming one of the best playcallers in the game, scheming big plays on offense. His offense is run-oriented with a dominant tight end that has difficulty supporting two fantasy wide receivers on a weekly basis.
Injury Several players test positive for Covid-19
Cowboys & Texans
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 15 2020, 11:58 am

Dallas Cowboys
Several #Cowboys players & several #Texans players have tested positive for COVID-19 recently, sources tell me & @TomPelissero. None of the players are believed to have been in their team facilities. The teams followed proper health protocols. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: We're certain to hear more of these reports as we move along in the pre-season. The key point is how teams and the league deal with positive cases. It's unclear what data points and protocols surrounding positive tests the league has put in place and how that will affect games on the field. We should know more closer to the beginning of training camp.
Injury Sony Michel recovering from foot surgery in May
Unclear if he'll be ready for training camp
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 12 2020, 7:46 am

New England Patriots
New England Patriots starting running back Sony Michel is recovering from surgery on his foot in May, according to sources. The surgery was viewed as more maintenance-based to help relieve discomfort that Michel had been experiencing. How Michel progresses will ultimately determine whether he starts training camp on the physically unable to perform list. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Michel has a history of knee troubles but did play in all 16 games last season. He's finished as the RB31 and RB34 the last two seasons in PPR leagues. If Michel missed any time, Damien Harris would likely step into his offensive role.
Injury Gurley passes physical with Falcons
Averaged about 17 touches per game last season
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 9 2020, 8:15 am

Atlanta Falcons
After having an agreement with Atlanta for nearly two months, Todd Gurley finally was able to fly to Atlanta, where he took and passed his Falcons physical Monday, per source. With his physical behind him, Gurley now can focus on his preparation for a bounce-back season. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Gurley has battle knee and ankle problems the past couple seasons which led the Rams to reduce his role slightly has season on his way to finishing as the RB14 in PPR leagues. He'll be the lead back for the Falcons but is more of an RB2 than RB1.
Dalvin Cook will holdout unless new deal is struck
Cook has one year, $1.3 million left on his contract
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 8 2020, 5:39 pm

Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings Pro Bowl running back Dalvin Cook no longer will participate in any team-related activities until and unless he receives what he determines to be a "reasonable" deal, a source said Monday. "He's out," a source told ESPN. "Without a reasonable extension, he will not be showing up for camp or beyond." (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Cook is in the final year of his deal and typically these things have a way of working themselves out before any games are missed. However, with Le'Veon Bell and Melvin Gordon both missing games over the last two years due to contract disputes, Cook's stance carries risk for fantasy owners. Alexander Mattison and Mike Boone are capable backups that give the Vikings added leverage in this situation.
Injury Henry Ruggs injured in moving accident
Dad says he's OK
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 1 2020, 4:00 pm

Oakland Raiders
Las Vegas Raiders rookie receiver Henry Ruggs III, the team's top draft pick, suffered a cut to his thigh recently while moving things into a trailer, his father told AL.com on Monday. "He was trying to move a trailer or something -- move furniture or something -- and the trailer just kind of pinned him against a car or a wall or something," Henry Ruggs Jr. said. "He's pretty much OK, I'm about to go out there and see him in a little bit. It was just like a little open wound on his leg, a little incision. Like something had stuck him right there on his thigh a little bit." (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: This doesn't sound serious and the Raiders are not commenting at this time. Ruggs is expected to crack the starting lineup in his rookie season.
Seahawks bring in RB Carlos Hyde
One-year deal
By: Mike Krueger | May 22 2020, 5:53 pm

Seattle Seahawks
Former Texans’ RB Carlos Hyde reached agreement with the Seattle Seahawks, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Hyde will turn 30 this and play in a backup role to Chris Carson as Rashaad Penny (knee) is expected to begin the season on the PUP list. The same one-year deal was reportedly offered to Devonta Freeman but he turned it down. Hyde is coming a 1000-yard season in Houston finishing as the RB28 in PPR leagues. He'll be a late-round flier in redraft leagues.