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Greg Olsen joining the Seahawks, one-year deal
One year, $5.5 million in guaranteed money.
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 18 2020, 5:40 pm

Seattle Seahawks
Former Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen has agreed to terms on a deal with the Seattle Seahawks, the team announced Tuesday. Terms weren't released, but a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter the deal is for one year and worth $7 million, with $5.5 million in guaranteed money. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Olsen also took visits with Buffalo and Washington before choosing the Seahawks. It's a decent landing spot for Olsen's fantasy value but he's more of a high-end TE2 than a TE1. Jacob Hollister and Will Dissly (ACL) will begin the season in backup roles.
Injury Cam Newton may see the field in March
Panthers QB continues to rehab Lisfranc injury
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 17 2020, 5:00 pm

Carolina Panthers
As Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton continues to rehab a surgically-repaired Lisfranc injury on his left foot, a source with knowledge of the situation told The Athletic on Monday that the team believes he is likely to pass his physical/be cleared for some football activity in March. (The Athletic)

FFToday's Take: Lisfranc injuries are tricky to recover from which is why the Panthers are giving very little information about Newton's recovery and timeline. Even if he's cleared to do some work in March he'll likely be limited during OTAs in April and May. There is the chance that the Panthers could cut Newton once the league year begins in March. The team would save $19 million against the cap.
Redskins cut WR Paul Richardson, CB Josh Norman
Redskins cleaning house
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 14 2020, 11:30 am

Washington Redskins
Can confirm Paul Richardson is being released. This was not a surprise. Skins want to find a solid starting WR opposite Terry McLaurin. As of now, not a ton of options in FA. But did address this in a post last week. Believe @MikeGarafolo reported Richardson's release first. (John Keim on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: New head coach Ron Rivera is cleaning house and allows the Redskins to save $12.5 million against the cap on Josh Norman's contract. The release of Richardson will cause a $6 million hit in dead cap space. Washington is in search of a wide receiver to start opposite Terry McLaurin.
Bengals willing to trade Andy Dalton?
One year remaining on contract
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 12 2020, 1:41 pm

Cincinnati Bengals
From NFL Now: The #Bengals are willing to work with QB Andy Dalton on a trade, I'm told, a plan that has been communicated to him. This meshes with what exec Duke Tobin told me a few weeks ago that when decisions happen, "I'll be in contact with him." (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Bengals are expected to take quarterback Joe Burrow in the upcoming draft so it's no surprise that they're dangling his name in public letting the other teams know he's available for trade. Dalton can also be released without a cap hit. He got benched midway through the season but regained his starting job when Ryan Finley proved to be a less than ideal option.
Chargers, Rivers agree to part ways
Rivers moving on after 16 seasons
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 10 2020, 1:00 pm

NFL
End of an era: Los Angeles Chargers and QB Philip Rivers have mutually agreed that Rivers will enter free agency and not return to the team for the 2020 season. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: This has been the prevailing wisdom over the last few weeks, especially with Rivers picking up his family and moving them to Florida. Rumors of a Buccaneers - Rivers marriage continue as Tampa Bay reviews its desire to keep the turnover machine that is Jameis Winston.
Dez Bryant wants back in the league
31 year-old wants reunion in Dallas
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 7 2020, 10:00 am

NFL
Former Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant has repeatedly talked in recent weeks about priming for a return to the NFL with his old team as his preferred landing spot. “He has texted me that he would like to come back,” team vice president Stephen Jones said Thursday. Jones said the team has made no decision on Bryant as they are just starting to meet with coach Mike McCarthy about the personnel. (Fort Worth Star Telegram)

FFToday's Take: Bryant suffered a torn Achilles in 2018 and then sat out all of 2019 due to lack of interest from any team. At 31, it's conceivable he could return to the field but his role would likely be limited to redzone and third down opportunities.
Greg Olsen expected to visit Bills and Redskins
Olsen release from Carolina made official
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 3 2020, 6:45 pm

NFL
Former Panthers’ TE Greg Olsen will visit the Bills and Redskins this week, per source. Buffalo’s GM Brandon Beane used to be with Carolinas, as did Washington’s HC Ron Rivera. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Olsen's release from Carolina was made official today allowing him to take visits and sign with another club. Rivera is obviously very familiar with Olsen from their time together in Carolina. Olsen finished 2019 with 52 receptions, 597 yards and 2 TDs good enough for TE13 in PPR leagues.
LeSean McCoy expected to be inactive
Veteran RB out of favor in Kansas City
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 2 2020, 7:00 am

Kansas City Chiefs
#Chiefs RB LeSean McCoy is expected to be inactive today, with the team slated to choose more defensive depth instead. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: McCoy last played a meaningful snap in Week 5 (6 carries, 16 yards). His fumbling, unwillingness to change his running style that leads him to carrying the ball like a loaf of bread along with weakness in pass protection has allowed rookie Darwin Thompson to pass him on the depth chart. The Chiefs will lean on Damien Williams during Super Bowl LIV.
Panthers, Greg Olsen set to part ways
Retirement not an option yet
By: Doug Orth | Jan 30 2020, 8:00 pm

Carolina Panthers
The Carolina Panthers announced today that they have mutually agreed to part ways with TE Greg Olsen. The veteran of 13 seasons ranks fifth all-time among tight ends in both catches, with 718, and yards, with 8,444. The 34-year-old stands as the franchise's all-time leading tight end in terms of receiving yards (6,463), receptions (524) and 100-yard receiving games (10). He ranks second among franchise tight ends in receiving touchdowns (39) behind Wesley Walls (44) and third all-time in receiving yards and receptions behind Steve Smith and Muhsin Muhammad. (Panthers.com)

FFToday's Take: Olsen has struggled with injuries over the last three seasons and is definitely nearing the end of his distinguished career, but he was able to stay on the field often enough in 2019 to turn in a 52-catch campaign. The Athletic reported a few days ago FOX is ready to hire him as an analyst when his playing career is over. Ian Thomas is starting to look like an early sleeper for 2020, although his quarterback situation is among the potential obstacles in his way.
Sammy Watkins may sit out 2020?
WR says he's "in a different space right now"
By: Doug Orth | Jan 30 2020, 5:10 pm

Kansas City Chiefs
Sammy Watkins said he's considering many options - including one where he would sit out the 2020 season - as he contemplates his future with the Kansas City Chiefs. "If it suits me and my family and [meets] my needs, for sure. But I'm really in a different space right now. I don't know what I'm going to do. If we win it, I might chill out. I might sit out a year. You just never know. Not retiring, but I might just want to rest up and chill. I don't know," Watkins said. (ESPN - Adam Teicher)

FFToday's Take: It's hard to believe Watkins would walk away from the $14 million is scheduled to make in 2020 (assuming Kansas City doesn't choose to cut him), but it's also not improbable. Injuries have dogged him throughout his career, so a year away from the game to do everything possible to get right might be just what he needs. If Watkins decides to sit in 2020, Mecole Hardman's fantasy stock would rise dramatically.
Injury Trubisky has surgery to repair torn labrum
Typical recovery time is a couple of months
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 29 2020, 11:30 am

Chicgao Bears
Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky underwent surgery to repair the partially torn labrum in his left, non-throwing shoulder shortly after the conclusion of the regular season. The typical recovery time for a minor procedure such as this is a couple of months. (Jeff Dickerson on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Given the injury was to his non-throwing shoulder, the Bears quarterback should be fine for Spring workouts. Trubisky was a fantasy bust in 2019 finishing as the QB27 overall with 19 total touchdowns and only 3138 passing yards. He'll be a cheap QB2 in 2020 redraft leagues.
Injury George Kittle playing through torn labrum
Refuses to undergo surgery on 2018 shoulder injury
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 27 2020, 9:40 pm

San Francisco
George Kittle injured his right shoulder in a 2018 preseason game. He refuses to get it fixed. The 49ers tight end revealed on Pardon My Take podcast that he has played the past two seasons with a torn labrum, which is why he wears a gray protective sleeve. "So I dislocated my shoulder last year," Kittle said, "and my labrum is completely torn. So I don't get surgery on it - [The protective sleeve] basically helps me, so it doesn’t hurt all the time." He said there’s “no chance” he gets surgery on his shoulder. (PFT - Charean Williams)

FFToday's Take: Kittle is cut from a different cloth. The fact he has played 30 of 32 games with the injury is amazing in and of itself, but to do so while also playing at an All-Pro level is something entirely different. It's more likely than not he'll undergo surgery at some point down the road, but there appears to be no reason to worry about him for fantasy purposes if he doesn't.
Reports indicate LAC moving on from Philip Rivers
Rivers turned 38 in December
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 27 2020, 2:30 pm

Los Angeles Chargers
According to Jay Glazer, appearing on Fox’s “The Herd,” the Los Angeles Chargers have “moved on” from QB Philip Rivers. Nothing is official, but the report indicates that the Chargers will have a different starting quarterback in 2020. (Yahoo!)

FFToday's Take: With recent news of Rivers moving his family to Florida it's no surprise that we're seeing further reports of his disconnect with the Chargers. After limiting his interceptions the previous two seasons (12, 10), Rivers posted 20 INTs in 2019 with only 23 touchdowns, finishing 15th among all fantasy quarterbacks in Yahoo!'s default scoring. He'll likely be a one-year bridge quarterback in 2020.
Drew Brees expects to remain a Saint
"Not a matter if (a new contract) gets done, but when"
By: Doug Orth | Jan 23 2020, 11:15 pm

New Orleans
"That day comes for all of us" Saints QB Drew Brees on Eli Manning's retirement and his thoughts on his own future and getting over a third postseason heartbreak. (NFL Network - Jane Slater)

FFToday's Take: An impending free agent, Brees sounded confident in the interview that he'll play in 2020 and left little doubt that he expects to do so in New Orleans. The 41-year-old missed five games this season due to a thumb injury, although a strong finish allowed him to put up 27 touchdown passes. At an age where a falloff could be coming around the corner at any time, Brees should be considered a high-upside QB2 for fantasy purposes next season.
Amari Cooper wants to remain in Dallas
Finished with 79 catches in first full season as a Cowboy
By: Doug Orth | Jan 23 2020, 2:35 pm

Dallas Cowboys
Cowboys WR Amari Cooper says he hasn’t had any discussions with his agent about his contract but told me he wants to be in Dallas for a long time. Hasn’t spoken to new WR coach Adam Henry but says wants to get feedback from OBJ and Jarvis Landry. (NFL Network - Jane Slater)

FFToday's Take: Henry coached Beckham and Landry last season in Cleveland and a few years prior to that at LSU. Cooper fought through injuries for a good chunk of 2019, setting career-highs in both yards (1,179) and touchdowns (eight). The Cowboys also have to find a way to pay fellow impending free agents Dak Prescott and Byron Jones, but it seems more likely than not that Cooper will remain in Dallas.
Vikings name Gary Kubiak offensive coordinator
Served as team's assistant head coach/offensive adviser during 2019
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 23 2020, 12:15 pm

Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings are handing offensive coordinator duties to Gary Kubiak, multiple league sources confirmed to ESPN. Kubiak served as the team's assistant head coach/offensive adviser during the 2019 season. Kubiak will take over the role held by Kevin Stefanski since Week 15 of the 2018 season. Stefanski left Minnesota after 14 seasons to become the new head coach of the Cleveland Browns. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: The Vikings offense finished 8th in total points and had the third-highest overall run percentage (50.5%) with Kubiak filling an offense advisory role. Head coach Mike Zimmer indicated that the Vikings would using the same offensive system in 2020 meaning we can expect to see a lot of Dalvin Cook next season.
Eli Manning hangs it up after 16 seasons
Giants QB calls it a career
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 22 2020, 5:00 pm

New York Giants
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is retiring after 16 seasons and two Super Bowl MVPs. Manning, 39, steps away holding almost every passing record in team history and a pair of Super Bowl rings. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Manning got benched after Week 2 and filled in for an injured Daniel Jones in Weeks 14 and 15. He is set to be a free agent in February. His W-L record is a very mediocre 117-117 and while his two Super Bowl wins will get him Hall of Fame consideration, his uninspiring stats provide fuel for keeping him out of the Hall.
Anthony Weaver to run Houston's defense
Replaces Romeo Crennel
By: Doug Orth | Jan 20 2020, 7:00 pm

Houston Texans
Texans promoted their defensive line coach Anthony Weaver to their defensive coordinator, per league sources. He takes over job from Romeo Crennel. (ESPN - Adam Schefter)

FFToday's Take: It appears Crennel is at least partially being scapegoated for the Texans' inability to hold a 24-0 lead in the Divisional Round last week. Whatever the reason, Weaver will be tasked with getting more out of this defense in his first shot at running a defense. Houston desperately needs help in the secondary, so it will be interesting to see if a neophyte defensive coordinator with a defensive line background can work some magic there.
Injury Dislocated shoulder for Tevin Coleman
Could play in the Super Bowl
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 20 2020, 6:30 pm

San Francisco
Running back Tevin Coleman sustained a dislocated right shoulder and has a chance to return to action in the Super Bowl, #49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. Team awaiting MRI results. (Matt Maiocco on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Head coach Kyle Shanahan suggested that Coleman could play in the Super Bowl but they'll have to wait for the MRI results. Regardless, he'll likely be listed as questionable next week and expect Raheem Mostert to get the bulk of work at running back against the Chiefs.
Tampa Bay a landing spot for Philip Rivers?
Chargers QB moves family to Flordida
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 20 2020, 2:30 pm

Los Angeles Chargers
Hearing a lot of buzz about Tampa as a possible landing spot for Philip Rivers. As reported back in late November, he and the Chargers were likely headed to a parting of the ways. (Jason La Canfora on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: With Jameis Winston tossing 30 INTs in 2019 the Buccaneers have a decision to make on their free agent quarterback. If they choose to part ways, Rivers could be a one-year option as it seems he's played in last down in the powder blues. The Bucs could use the franchise tag on Winston which would come with a $27 million price tag.
Injury George Kittle to practice in full Thursday
Team managing ankle soreness from divisional round
By: Doug Orth | Jan 16 2020, 2:50 pm

San Francisco
49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said TE George Kittle was just dealing with some ankle soreness. Team wants to have him as close to full strength as possible Sunday. Kittle will practice in full today. (ESPN - Nick Wagoner)

FFToday's Take: Kittle wasn't needed much last week versus the Vikings, as Shanahan leaned heavily on the running game (47 attempts). This week could play out in a similar fashion if the 49ers' defense is as dominant as it was against Minnesota, but the likelihood is San Francisco will give Kittle a bit more work this week after he punished the Packers for 129 yards and a touchdown on six catches in the teams' Week 12 meeting.
Injury George Kittle misses practice Wednesday
Ankle injury
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 15 2020, 5:30 pm

San Francisco
#49ers injury report: DNP: DL Dee Ford (quadricep, hamstring), TE George Kittle (ankle) Limited: LB Kwon Alexander (pec) Full: RB Tevin Coleman (elbow), RB Raheem Mostert (calf) (Matt Barrows on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Kittle may have come out of Saturday's game against the Vikings with some ankle soreness but there's no indication right now that this is a serious injury. Kittle missed two games earlier this season with knee and ankle injuries.
Injury Travis Kelce limited on Wednesday
Hamstring injury
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 15 2020, 5:10 pm

Kansas City Chiefs
LeSean McCoy, Matt Moore, and Chris Jones did not practice today. Travis Kelce was limited. (Chiefs on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Kelce appeared to tweak his hamstring last week during the Divisional Round game against the Texans but continued playing on his way to a 10-134-3 line. He'll likely be limited the rest of the week but should be out there on Sunday against the Titans.
Larry Fitzgerald returning for 17th season
Began career in 2004
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 15 2020, 9:30 am

Arizona Cardinals
It’s official: Larry Fitzgerald returning in 2020 for season #17 w Cardinals. An 11-time Pro Bowler, NFL Man of the Year, Cards all-time leader in games played, catches, receiving yards, TDs & rec TDs. #2 all-time in NFL history behind only Jerry Rice in catches & rec yards. (Mark Dalton on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Fitz posted a 75-804-4 line in 2019 finishing as the WR35 in PPR leagues. He should have a similar role in 2020 unless one of the young receivers (Andy Isabella, KeeSean Johnson, Hakeem Butler) makes a leap during the pre-season.
John DeFilippo out as OC in Jacksonville
One-and-done yet again
By: Doug Orth | Jan 13 2020, 7:30 pm

Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars and OC John DeFilippo have mutually agreed to part ways. (Jaguars.com)

FFToday's Take: Most fans will see this move as a good thing, but one has to wonder if DeFilippo didn't have a small hand in getting a career year out of Leonard Fournette, play a pivotal role in D.J. Chark's breakout season or have something to do with Gardner Minshew being a quick study. Expect the Jags to go with a run-first play-caller this time, but it remains to be seen if he'll do any better than DeFilippo, who has lasted no more than one year in all three offensive coordinator stints.
More work for Marshawn Lynch today?
Can we trust Pete Carroll?
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 12 2020, 10:25 am

Seattle Seahawks
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll alluded to, expect to see more Marshawn Lynch today than we have in the last few weeks. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Carroll hinted earlier in the week that Lynch could see more work as he rounds into game shape but we've been burned before by Carroll's coach speak. Lynch had 12 touches in Week 17 and only 8 touches last week against the Eagles compared to Travis Homer's 15 touches in Week 17 and 12 touches during the Wild Card game. Lynch is probably the better fantasy play given his use around the goaline.
Injury Mark Ingram expected to play
Calf injury
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 11 2020, 9:22 am

Baltimore Ravens
#Ravens RB Mark Ingram is expected to play today vs. the #Titans, but his calf will be monitored for reinjury. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Ingram had a setback with his calf injury and was limited in practice this week. The risk of re-injury makes him a no touch in fantasy lineups this week and make Gus Edwards a deep flier for GPP lineups.
Injury Will Fuller a gametime decision
Groin injury
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 10 2020, 12:21 pm

Houston Texans
Bill O'Brien on Will Fuller: 'So far, so good. I think it's going to be a game-time decision' (Aaron Wilson on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Fuller has been battling a groin injury missing Week 17 and last week's Wild Card game against the Bills. He appears to be on track to play this week against the Chiefs but we won't know for sure until inactives come out 90 minutes before gametime.
Injury Vikings to be cautious with Adam Thielen
Needed stitches on ankle injury
By: Doug Orth | Jan 9 2020, 7:15 pm

Minnesota Vikings
Vikings WR Adam Thielen needed stitches for a bad cut on his ankle suffered in practice Wednesday, sources say. The initial prognosis was encouraging for his chances of playing Saturday against the #49ers, but they’re still gathering information and will proceed with caution. (NFL Network - Tom Pelissero)

FFToday's Take: He's listed as questionable on the team's final injury report, but a cut on an ankle - even a bad one - is probably a better fate than a sprain. In other words, he should be able to play. A bigger issue is a 49ers defense that is finally getting healthy. Thielen is a strong fantasy option regardless of the opponent, but this probably isn't the week to bet on him coming through in a big way.
Injury Mark Ingram limited Thursday
Questionable for divisional round
By: Doug Orth | Jan 9 2020, 7:10 pm

Baltimore Ravens
Harbaugh said that Mark Ingram was limited. “We’ll just have to see how it goes.” (The Athletic - Jeff Zrebiec)

FFToday's Take: Ingram has reportedly been very diligent with his rehab since his calf tightened on him last week, and the expectation is that the former Saint will give it a shot Saturday versus the Titans. If he doesn't, Gus Edwards should be considered a DFS staple and possesses huge upside. It's not crazy to believe Edwards is worth using in DFS regardless, as Baltimore probably will not push Ingram any more than it has to.
Injury Adam Thielen misses practice Thursday
Ankle injury
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 9 2020, 12:14 pm

Minnesota Vikings
Receiver Adam Thielen (ankle) watching warmups today, doesn’t look like he’s practicing. Stefon Diggs (illness) is back for #Vikings. (Andrew Krammer on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Thielen suffered a cut on his ankle yesterday that required stitches. He's expected to play Saturday against the 49ers but monitor updated tomorrow and Saturday morning.
Injury Stefon Diggs misses practice Wednesday
Illness
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 8 2020, 3:00 pm

Minnesota Vikings
Three #Vikings - Stefon Diggs (illness), Jayron Kearse (toe/knee) and Mackensie Alexander (knee) - unable to practice today. Adam Thielen limited with an ankle injury that popped up today. (Andrew Krammer on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Head coach Mike Zimmer was optimistic that Diggs would be ready to play on Saturday against the 49ers. In all likelihood, Diggs will be in his normal role this week.
Injury Mark Ingram misses practice Tuesday
Calf injury
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 7 2020, 1:46 pm

Baltimore Ravens
#Ravens RB Mark Ingram, not spotted at practice by reporters on the scene, was essentially full speed last week on his calf. But he felt some tightness, source said, and pulled back to avoid re-injury. He still has a chance to play the #Titans on Saturday. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: This is something to keep an eye on throughout the week leading up to Saturday's game between the Ravens and Titans. If Ingram were to somehow miss the game, Gus Edwards and Justice Hill would handle the running back duties with Edwards the more likely to find the endzone.
NFL Draft Tua Tagovailoa declares for the draft
Alabama QB expected to be high pick despite hip injury
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 6 2020, 7:00 pm

#Bama QB Tua Tagovailoa has announced that he’s declaring for the NFL Draft. He’s a likely first-rounder - even with the hip injury. (NFL Network - Ian Rapoport)

FFToday's Take: A November hip injury - similar to the one that ended Bo Jackson's career - almost certainly knocked Tagovailoa out of consideration for the top pick in the draft. Since then, however, he's reportedly received positive reports from his doctor and is eventually expected to make a full recovery. So long as Tagovailoa remains on a good path medically over the next three months, he could easily go inside the top 10 - if not the top 5 - in April's draft.
Marshawn Lynch expected to see more work
Limited to 18 snaps in Wild Card game
By: Doug Orth | Jan 6 2020, 6:55 pm

Seattle Seahawks
Pete Carroll said on @710ESPNSeattle just now that he thinks Marshawn Lynch is ready to handle more of a workload now that he has two games under his belt. (ESPN - Brady Henderson)

FFToday's Take: It stands to reason, as Seattle didn't bring back an icon like Lynch to continue using him in a relief/specialty role. With that said, Travis Homer played 44 of the 64 offensive snaps Sunday, so it would seem as though Carroll is leaning toward using a split backfield for however long they remain in the postseason.
Cowboys name Mike McCarthy head coach
Replaces Jason Garrett
By: Doug Orth | Jan 6 2020, 6:40 pm

Dallas Cowboys
Scoopage alert: the Dallas Cowboys have agreed to terms with Mike McCarthy to be their new head coach. Announcement and press conference expected later this week. (FOX Sports - Jay Glazer)

FFToday's Take: McCarthy was once considered a top offensive mind who generally got the most out of his quarterbacks. The former Packer coach famously spent last season out of the NFL embracing analytics and opening his mind to some of the newer offensive approaches in the NFL, so maybe we'll see a new-and-improved version. His hire should be considered a bit of an upgrade for this offense overall. It will be interesting to see if McCarthy can run a more balanced offense than he typically did in Green Bay.
Wade Phillips out as Rams DC
LB coach Joe Barry considered a favorite to replace him
By: Doug Orth | Jan 6 2020, 6:30 pm

Los Angeles Rams
Rams DC Wade Phillips has been informed he will not be retained, a person with knowledge of the situation said. (LA Times - Gary Klein)

FFToday's Take: It's hard to like this from a fantasy perspective, but HC Sean McVay is believed to want someone who is more willing to adapt to the opponent week-to-week rather than rely so heavily on his scheme. Hopefully, the Rams and higher than Barry, who hasn't had much statistical success in his two two-year stints in Detroit and Washington.
Injury Zach Ertz cleared to play
Rib and kidney issues
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 4 2020, 2:24 pm

Philadelphia Eagles
Here's some news eagles fans have been waiting to hear... looks like Zach Ertz has been cleared to play tomorrow .... per league source. (Derrick Gunn on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Ertz has been dealing with rib and kidney issues but looks like he's going to suit up. His presence takes the shine off Dallas Goedert and Joshua Perkins although it's hard to imagine Ertz getting a full workload.
Injury Will Fuller not expected to play
Groin injury
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 4 2020, 7:00 am

Houston Texans
It is still considered a very long shot for #texans WR Will Fuller (groin) to play vs the #bills per sources. (James Palmer on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Fuller's been spotted at practice this week but it sounds like he's going to miss Saturday's game against the Bills. Expect Keke Coutee and DeAndre Carter to pick up the slack. Neither are attractive DFS plays during Wild Card Weekend.
Injury Zach Ertz yet to be cleared for contact
Rib, lacerated kidney
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 3 2020, 1:43 pm

Philadelphia Eagles
From NFL Now: #Eagles RB Miles Sanders is good to go after praftice today, while TE Zach Ertz has not yet been cleared. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: It sounds like Miles Sanders will play this week while Ertz is trending towards being inactive on Sunday. We'll likely have a better indication of Ertz's true status on Saturday. If he sits, Dallas Goedert and Joshua Perkins would handle tight end duties and be vialbe DFS options.