|D.K. Metcalf impressing with his mind|
Russell Wilson praises rookie's football intelligence
By: Doug Orth | Jun 24 2019, 8:55 pm
|Leading up to and immediately after the NFL Draft, D.K. Metcalf was perhaps known just as much for his hulking physique as he was for what he did on the field at Ole Miss. But this spring, he was more than merely a physical specimen. Russell Wilson pointed to Metcalf's football knowledge when asked what about the rookie wide receiver has stood out most.
"Everybody knows about his ability to run and everything else, and jump and catch and all that. .. But I think more than anything else, it's his brain and how he processes information and how quickly he understands it. He's really intelligent. He really understands the game really well. He takes coaching really well. He gets extra work. He's a legit pro wide receiver. He's everything that everybody was talking about in terms of what he's capable of and more," Wilson said. (ESPN - Brady Henderson)|
FFToday's Take: There's no question Metcalf has done well to build an early rapport with Wilson, but he still has questions to answer regarding his durability and ability to run precise routes. With Tyler Lockett expected to be the clear top option in the passing game and Seattle's run-heavy offense likely to remain the focal point of the offense, Metcalf is not a good bet to be consistent enough to live up to his current 8.10 ADP.
|Tyreek Hill to meet with NFL this week|
Multiple interviews with different league officials in Kansas City
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 24 2019, 3:00 pm
|Investigators from the National Football League will conduct “multiple interviews” with Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill this week, according to two sources close to the situation.
The interviews indicate the NFL is ready to move forward and make a decision on Hill’s future in football. Two weeks ago, Sports Radio 810 reported that neither Hill or Espinal was responsible for their three-year-old son’s broken arm, but they both told authorities they disciplined their child with their hands and a belt. (810 WHB)|
FFToday's Take: Sounds like the league an Hill will finally meet and begin to move this process forward. It sounds like once the two sides meet that a resolution and potential punishment could come before training camp begins at the end of next month.
| Michel progressing quickly from knee scope|
Expected to be ready for training camp
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 23 2019, 8:28 am
|Multiple sources say that Sony Michel is progressing quickly since his most recent arthroscopic knee surgery and has been running full tilt. The 2nd year RB has also been spending considerable time at @TB12sports like so many before - and after - have/will. (Michael Giardi on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Michel missed minicamp with knee issues but is expected to be ready for training camp. Michel racked up 209 carries last season as an early-down pounder in New England's offense but the drafting of Damien Harris could ding Michel's workload knocking him off his RB2 status in Non-PPR leagues in 2019. The Patriots have plenty of depth at the position including James White and Rex Burkhead.
| TE Jake Butt expected to be ready for camp|
Coming off 3rd ACL injury
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 22 2019, 8:00 pm
|TE Jake Butt said he’ll be ready for training camp. Had ACL and meniscus surgery in October. Most important part of this story is @JakeButtTE having ACL canal widened to help prevent injury in the future. they’be addressed root cause. Far more significant than ACL repair. (Ryan O'Halloran on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Butt sustained his latest ACL injury last Sept. 27, his third ACL injury overall. Butt will likely be limited in camp but has some weekly TE streamer value if he's able to stay healthy this season. He'll have to fight for targets with rookie TE Noah Fant.
|Redskins RB coach on Guice/Peterson|
"Ideally, you'd like to see a 50-50 or 60-40 [split]"
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 19 2019, 7:00 am
|The Redskins can use two backs like this on a regular basis -- with Chris Thompson serving as a third-down back. But the every-down role will be manned by Derrius Guice and Adrian Peterson. "They're both different, but they're both explosive," Jordan said. "Ideally, you'd like to see a 50-50 or 60-40 [split]. But the thing is, all those guys can play on first, second or third down. Ultimately, if Guice is healthy, he would be the top back. That's why the Redskins drafted him in the second round. But they also will need Peterson. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Guice has some hurdles to overcome in training camp as he's recovering from an ACL injury, but if healthy, he should end up being the 1A to Peterson's 1B. Still, this may be a situation that frustrates fantasy owners during the season if the two are used in a 60-40 or 50-50 split as Redskins RB coach Randy Jordan suggests. Guice is currently going in round 5 of most 12-team redraft leagues with Peterson being drafted in round 10.
| "Arthritic component" in Todd Gurley's knee|
Trainer confirms previous reports, insists "not one thing has changed"
By: Doug Orth | Jun 17 2019, 7:30 pm
|Todd Gurley is dealing with arthritis in his knee after months of speculation, according to Travelle Gaines, who has trained Gurley for three years. Gaines suggested "not one thing has changed" in regards to his client and that "our routine has worked, he's been strong, he's been in great shape, he's done well." Gaines went on to say the decision this offseason to have Gurley drop six pounds and trim his body fat from 10 percent to seven was not due to injuries and more to accentuate his speed. The trainer also said "it's never been told to me" that the Rams plan on decreasing Gurley's workload come Week 1. (Yahoo! Sports)|
FFToday's Take: This news is sure to sink Gurley's ADP a bit more, but should it? Many owners have decided to take the arrival of Darrell Henderson as a sign the Rams are preparing for the worst. However, there's been no indication from the Rams that Henderson will be anything more than a change-of-pace back. It's worth wondering how Gurley has embarked on such a rigorous training program if his knee isn't in decent shape. Gurley still seems worth the risk in drafts, especially if he is still on the board in the early part of the second round.
|Dante Pettis showing "marked improvement"|
WR has added muscle, more comfortable in offense
By: Doug Orth | Jun 17 2019, 7:15 pm
|Jimmy Garoppolo and HC Kyle Shanahan are among those who have noticed marked improvement in Dante Pettis ahead of his second NFL season.
“Dante’s body is maturing. He’s coming out of breaks with power, he has speed. It doesn’t look like he’s moving very fast, but he really is. It’s a weird thing for a quarterback to get used to. He’s different than most guys running,” Garoppolo said.
“He worked while he was away. He tried to get bigger. He worked more at his routes and he came here with the idea of ‘Hey, I’m not just coming here to get better back in shape, I’m coming here to get better.’” (NBC Sports Bay Area)|
FFToday's Take: George Kittle figures to be the primary option in the passing game, yet any fantasy owner who employed Pettis down the stretch last season knows there is room for at least one very viable receiver in this Shanahan-led passing attack. The 49ers added Deebo Samuel and Jalen Hurd among others this spring, but Pettis should be able to hold off the group for at least a year and perhaps more if he has improved as much as Garoppolo and Shanahan say he has.
|Dwayne Haskins has shot at starting QB job|
Gruden calls Haskins a "wild card"
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 14 2019, 7:00 am
|Dwayne Haskins' flashes produce moments of joy, other throws let them know Haskins needs more seasoning.
But with spring practices completed, they've seen enough to know that this year's 15th overall pick is a serious contender for the starting job. "Oh, for sure," Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. "I'd be silly not to. He's put enough out there on tape to say he deserves a shot, without a doubt." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Gruden went on to call Haskins a "wild card". With only Colt McCoy and Case Keenum, to beat out, it's likely Haskins will at least makes some starts this season even if he doesn't land the job out of training camp.
|David Montgomery showing off versatility|
Rookie RB lauded for route-running skills
By: Doug Orth | Jun 13 2019, 9:00 pm
|(David Montgomery's) versatility has been impressive in practice. Because the team has yet to put on pads, though, the Iowa State alum hasn’t been able to showcase the slashing running style that earned him a third-round draft selection.
“We always knew he had great hands. You don’t know how great of a route runner a college back is, but he’s a really good route runner," HC Matt Nagy said. (Chicago Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: New OC Mark Helfrich also is a believer, as he told the story of someone comparing Montgomery to Matt Forte after the draft. While there are obvious differences, it's an apt comparison in that both backs may not be special in any one area but are very good at just about every area a running back needs to be. Expect Montgomery's current 4.04 ADP in PPR leagues to shoot up by at least one round by the time drafts really start rolling in August.
|Dallas Goedert ready to become a star?|
Drumbeat continues for second-year TE
By: Doug Orth | Jun 13 2019, 8:55 pm
|(Dallas Goedert) made waves during his rookie camp, but the tight end looks capable of making a second-year leap into stardom. He’s that good. (Philadelphia Inquirer)|
FFToday's Take: Goedert has been the focus of several glowing offseason reports, but he is also stuck behind a 100-catch tight end named Zach Ertz. With that said, HC Doug Pederson has hinted at using more two-tight sets for a while and Goedert's emergence would be more than enough reason to make it happen. Goedert should be rostered in most leagues in 2019 and would become a must-start if Ertz is sidelined for any length of time.
| Sony Michel has knee scoped|
Expected to return for training camp
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 12 2019, 2:00 pm
|Running back Sony Michel missed the final portion of the Patriots offseason workout program due to a knee scope, according to a source. Should be ready for training camp. (Jeff Howe on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Michel has missed the June workouts and now we know why. Michel has a history with knee injuries but this doesn't appear to be a serious issue. Rookie Damien Harris has been picking up extra reps in Michel's absence which can only help his development.
|Eagles sticking with RBBC|
RB coach discusses committee approach
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 11 2019, 8:00 am
|“We haven’t had that one guy since (LeSean McCoy). To have the type of backfield we have now, we’re going to share the ball and these guys understand that. We talk about if you’re going out there and your number is called, you just go out there and do the best you can during that play. Don’t worry about the course of the game … just take advantage of your number being called during that time ... These guys understand. It’s something we’ve been doing for a while.” (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Running backs coach Duce Staley continues to preach the committee approach and unless the position endures significant injury it's going to be tough for fantasy owners to peg the most worthy fantasy running back in any given week. Jordan Howard has received praise for his pass-catching chops in minicamp and rookie Miles Sanders, Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood all figure to have their opportunities during the course of the season.
|Kyle Rudolph sticking in Minnesota|
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 11 2019, 1:00 am
|Vikings are giving veteran TE Kyle Rudolph a four-year, $36 million extension that locks him into Minnesota, per source. Rudolph not going anywhere, except back to the Vikings. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Vikings lock up their starting tight end but they are also hoping to get some salary cap relief in the deal. Rudolph has been a low-end TE1 the last couple seasons thanks to a lack of a true No.3 receiver in Minnesota, but the drafting of TE Irv Smith could eat into Rudolph's fantasy value in 2019.
| Julio Jones limited with foot injury|
Rehabbing foot injury
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 10 2019, 9:32 am
|Falcons coach Dan Quinn just told me that WR Julio Jones and LB Deion Jones will not participate in drills. Both are rehabbing foot injuries. (D. Orlando Ledbetter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jones has a history with foot injuries but this doesn't appear serious and likely maintenance and a precaution for the Falcons star receiver. Even if he misses most of minicamp, he should be fine for training camp. Julio will be a top WR pick in fantasy drafts this summer
| Travis Kelce expected to be ready for camp|
Chiefs' TE will miss minicamp
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 8 2019, 9:30 am
|As he has throughout organized team activities, or OTAs, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce watched Thursday’s workout from the sideline. And that likely will be his vantage point when mandatory mini-camp begins next Tuesday.
But coach Andy Reid said Thursday that should be the extent of Kelce’s absence.
“I don’t think (he’ll participate) next week,” Reid said. “I think you’ll probably see him in training camp.”
(Kansas City Star)|
FFToday's Take: Kelce is roughly about five months removed from ankle surgery which put him in a boot for a few weeks afterward. Unless there's a setback Kelce should be ready to go for camp. He's in the conversation as the No.1 overall fantasy tight end along with George Kittle and Zach Ertz.
|Bilal Powell back with Jets|
Jets overloaded at RB
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 8 2019, 7:00 am
|Free-agent running back Bilal Powell, who played with the New York Jets from 2011 to 2018, is reuniting with the team. Powell's career appeared to be in jeopardy last season after a serious neck injury. Some in the organization wondered whether Powell would play again. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Jets currently have too many running backs with Le'Veon Bell, Ty Montgomery, Elijah McGuire, Trenton Cannon and now Powell on the depth chart. It's likely one of McGuire or Cannon will not make the final 53. Bell is currently the only fantasy asset worth your attention.
|Tyreek Hill back by training camp?|
Criminal case against Chiefs' WR no longer active
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 7 2019, 2:00 pm
|No signs Tyreek Hill’s status changes before next week’s minicamp, but barring further developments, there‘s every reason to believe he’ll be back with the #Chiefs for training camp. @nflnetwork (Tom Pelissero on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: According to the Johnson County District Attorney, the criminal case against Hill is not an active investigation. Hill has been suspended by the Chiefs and could still face discipline by the league. The timeline for any suspension notification could be lengthy given the league doesn't want to interfere with any investigation from child protective services. Hill could be re-instated by the team prior to training camp but still carries significant risk for fantasy owners.
|Patriots release TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins|
Wants to take a month off for personal reasons
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 4 2019, 2:15 pm
|The Patriots have informed veteran TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins that they are releasing him, per league source. (Field Yates on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: ASJ reportedly wants to take a month off for personal reasons. The Patriots are currently left with Ben Watson (4-game suspension), Matt LaCosse, Stephen Anderson and Ryan Izzo at tight end. Fantasy owner can avoid the Pats TE position for the time being.
|Duke Johnson confirms trade request|
Reported for minicamp on Monday
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 4 2019, 2:00 pm
|Reuniting with the Browns hasn't caused Duke Johnson to rethink his trade request.
The versatile veteran running back insisted Tuesday he still wants to be traded and nothing can be done to change his mind. "Me being upset and me still wanting to be traded is not going to stop me from coming out here and performing at a high level." (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: Duke skipped the voluntary portion of the Browns workouts but did report to minicamp on Monday. Johnson claims the Browns put him on the trading block a month before his request to be traded. With Kareem Hunt serving an 8-game suspension the Browns could use Johnson's services during the first half of the season.
| Luck sits again with strained calf|
T.Y. Hilton, Parris Campbell out also
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 4 2019, 11:15 am
|Still no Andrew Luck today. Doesn’t look like T.Y. Hilton, Rock Ya-Sin or Parris Campbell are practicing today either.
Frank Reich will have updates later today. (George Bremer on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Luck is missing time with strained calf. While this doesn't appear to be a serious issue, the hope is Luck will be available once training camp begins.
| Marquise Lee won't return until after camp begins|
Recovering from ACL injury
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 4 2019, 11:00 am
|McCardell on Marqise Lee coming back from ACL injury: “He’s probably a couple weeks into training camp before he’ll be back.” (Phillip Heilman on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: WRs coach Keenan McCardell doesn't expect Lee to back until after training camp begins. It's likely one of the reasons the team signed Terrelle Pryor to a one-year contract earlier this week. McCardell went on to call Lee the "alpha dog" of the WR room. It will be hard for fantasy owners to get on board with Lee given the lack of time he'll have to develop chemistry with new QB Nick Foles.
| Cam Newton throws a football|
Expected to be ready for training camp
By: Mike Krueger | May 30 2019, 7:30 pm
|Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has begun throwing a regulation-sized football, a league source told the Observer on Thursday night.
It’s another step in the rehabilitation process for Newton, after he had a second offseason shoulder surgery on his throwing arm this spring.
Newton has not thrown overhand during the public workouts available to media so far this spring.
FFToday's Take: Big news here at the end of May. Newton is recovering from another off-season shoulder surgery and is expected to be ready for training camp in July barring any setback. He had a similar surgery back in March of 2017. Newton was a fringe QB1 last season finishing 14th in total fantasy points scored by quarterbacks but 7th in FPts per game.
|Jags to sign WR Terrelle Pryor|
5th team in
By: Mike Krueger | May 30 2019, 8:00 am
|The #Jaguars are expected to sign veteran WR Terrelle Pryor, source said. He worked out yesterday & the team quickly offered. The deal should be done today, with Pryor getting another chance to make his mark. He spent time with Jax OC John DeFilippo when both were in Cleveland. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Pyror has bounced around the league with stops in Oakland, Seattle, Kansas City, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Washington, N.Y. Jets, Buffalo and now Jacksonville. His athleticism makes him an intriguing prospect but even with a suspect receiving corps, its highly unlikely he will make a significant impact on the Jags roster.
|Lamar Jackson to run less in 2019?|
Averaged 17 rushing attempts in 2018
By: Mike Krueger | May 29 2019, 11:00 pm
|Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said Wednesday night that the vision of the organization is to build the team around Lamar Jackson and to decrease the rushing attempts for its young franchise quarterback. "I think you'll be pleasantly surprised that Lamar is not going to be running 20 times a game," Bisciotti said in his first public comments in more than a year. "That's not what this offense is about." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Jackson set an NFL record for rushing attempts by a QB (147) last season but it sounds like the plan is to scale back his running in 2019. Jackson had double-digit rushing attempts in every regular season game he started including two games with at least 20 attempts. Jackson completed just 58.2 percent of his passes last season.
| Trey Burton undergoes sports hernia surgery|
Expected to be ready for training camp
By: Mike Krueger | May 29 2019, 2:00 pm
|Bears head coach Matt Nagy tells us TE Trey Burton underwent sports hernia surgery in the offseason but the hope is he’s ready to return by training camp. (Jeff Dickerson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Burton didn't live up to his hype last season but still managed a mid-range TE1 finish thanks to the lack of depth at the position. Unless he experiences a setback, he'll be in the TE1 conversation in 2019.
|Four-game suspension for Pats TE Ben Watson|
By: Mike Krueger | May 26 2019, 7:00 am
|A Facebook post by Patriots TE Benjamin Watson explains how he knew his decision to return to the NFL would include a four-game suspension, and he shares the context of the situation in detail. (Mike Reiss on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: According to Watson, he took the banned substance after he finished last season and before he realized he wanted to return to the league in 2019. The Pats are trying to rebuild their tight end position post-Rob Gronkowski. Watson's early-season absence will give more reps for Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Stephen Anderson and Matt LaCosse.
| Tyler Kroft breaks foot on first day of OTAs|
Bills searching for starter at TE
By: Mike Krueger | May 21 2019, 11:30 am
|New #Bills TE Tyler Kroft, and presumed starter, sustained a broken foot on the first day of OTAs and will have surgery to fix it. (Joe Buscaglia on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Kroft was penciled in as the starting tight end for the Bills after signing with the club as a free agent this off-season. A 3-4 month recovery time will cause him to miss most of if not all of training camp. He's now a no-touch in fantasy drafts. The Bills are left with Jason Croom and two rookies (Dawson Knox, Tommy Sweeney) atop the TE depth chart.
| Bilal Powell cleared from neck injury|
Free agent RB looking for work
By: Mike Krueger | May 8 2019, 9:00 am
|Long-time #Jets RB & now FA Bilal Powell was fully cleared from a neck injury that was once thought to threaten his career, teams were informed in a letter. Powell, who averaged 4.3 yards per rush last year, is healthy & says he’s “really looking forward to getting back to work.” (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Powell played in 7 games last season with the Jets but will need to fin a new home as the Jets have remade their running back group bringing in Le'Veon Bell and Ty Montgomery to go along with Elijah McGuire and Trenton Cannon. Powell is a reliable pass-catcher and should find a home at some point during training camp likely as a piece in a RBBC.
| No timetable for Emmanuel Sanders return|
Recovering from Achilles injury
By: Mike Krueger | May 8 2019, 7:00 am
|A day after running at full speed, Emmanuel Sanders declined to put a timetable on his return from an Achilles injury.
“We’ll see,” Sanders said Tuesday when asked if he expected to return in time for the start of training camp. “You know how the trainers are. We’re not going to put a date on anything. We’re just going to take it one day at a time. Hopefully I’m back out there by then, but if I’m not, I’m not going to rush it. I’m going to take my time and make sure I’m 100 percent by the time I get on the field.” (DenverBroncos.com)|
FFToday's Take: Sanders was injured on December 5th, 2018 and given the length of time it takes to fully recover from an Achilles injury it won't be a surprise if Sanders comes out to the gate slow to start the season. Hopefully he can begin practicing in full at some point during training camp.
|Isaiah Crowell out for the season, torn Achilles|
Will undergo season-ending surgery next week
By: Mike Krueger | May 1 2019, 8:00 am
|Raiders’ RB Isaiah Crowell tore his Achilles during a workout with the team Tuesday and is out for the season, per source. Crowell will undergo season-ending surgery next week. Brutal blow for a player who signed a one-year contract with Oakland. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Crowell was on a one-year deal so it won't be a surprise if the Raiders pickup another veteran RB on the free agent market. Rookie Josh Jacobs is expected to start and be the biggest fantasy asset in the backfield. Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and Chris Warren currently makeup the rest of the Raiders running back depth chart.
|Colts add RB Spencer Ware|
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 30 2019, 11:00 am
|The team added ground support Tuesday by signing veteran free agent Spencer Ware. The 5’10”, 229-pounder had visited the Colts prior to the draft. Jay Ajayi also visited Indy.
As is the case with most post-draft free-agent signings, Ware signed a one-year contract. According to NFL Network, the deal is for $1.305 million with incentives that could push the value to $2.05 million. (Indianapolis Star)|
FFToday's Take: The Colts backfield now consists of Marlon Mack, Nyheim Hines, Jordan Wilkins, Jonathon Williams and Ware. As long as they remain healthy, Mack and Hines will get the bulk of work out of the backfield making them the most fantasy relevant.
| Doug Baldwin considering retirement|
Seattle receiver dealing with a series of injuries
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 26 2019, 11:00 pm
|Doug Baldwin may have played his final down.
No official announcement has been made, but it’s no secret Baldwin has been dealing with a series of injuries. And though he continues to rehab at the Seahawks’ practice facility, the outlook seems ominous. “We know Doug is going to have a hard time,” he said, adding that Baldwin has brought up the idea of retiring to the team. “There’s a process we need to go through with Doug.” (Seattle Times)|
FFToday's Take: Baldwin has been battling numerous injuries over the last couple years including problems with his knees, shoulders and he recently had sports hernia surgery. The Seahawks drafted WR D.K. Metcalf late in the second round last night. Fantasy owners should prepare for a Baldwin retirement.
|Bills add to backfield with T.J. Yeldon|
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 22 2019, 9:00 am
|The team announced a two-year contract agreement with running back T.J. Yeldon on Monday. Yeldon, 25, is a former second-round draft pick of the Jaguars in 2015 who spent the first four years of his career in Jacksonville. His most prolific season as a rusher was as a rookie. He finished with 182 carries for 740 yards as Jacksonville’s primary back. (Buff)|
FFToday's Take: Yeldon has spent the last few seasons splitting carries in Jacksonville with Leonard Fournette and Chris Ivory. Yeldon becomes the youngest back in Buffalo but has to fight LeSean McCoy and the ageless Frank Gore for carries. That will result in Yeldon being a late-round flier or an undrafted free agent for fantasy owners to keep their eye on early in the 2019 season.
| Texans expect Will Fuller to be ready Week 1|
Missed nine games in 2018
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 18 2019, 12:15 pm
|When the Texans open the regular season against the New Orleans Saints, they expect speedy wide receiver Will Fuller to be on the field running routes.
Fuller is rehabbing from a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered last season against the Miami Dolphins.
"I expect when we kick off against New Orleans for him to be ready to go," Gaine said. "Everything is going well with Will, no setbacks. Everything trending in right direction. He's looking good." (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Fuller dealt with hamstring issues early during the 2018 season then suffered an ACL injury on October 25th. He's made a difference when on the field (11 TDs in 11 games with Deshaun Watson) but missed six games in 2017 and nine games last season due to injury. Ideally, the Texans would like to run out DeAndre Hopkins, Fuller and Keke Coutee as their three wide receiver set.
|Patriots sign WR Demaryius Thomas|
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 16 2019, 4:45 pm
|The #Patriots are giving former #Broncos and #Texans WR Demaryius Thomas a 1-year deal worth up $6M, source said. They discussed trading for him last year, signed him this year. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Thomas will be reunited with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. His coming off his second Achilles injury in December and won't be a lock to make the roster. The Patriots current wide receiver depth chart reads as Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett, Thomas, Bruce Ellington and Braxton Berrios.
|Carolina adds WR Chris Hogan|
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 12 2019, 11:30 am
|The Panthers have signed WR Chris Hogan, formerly with the New England Patriots. (Jourdan Rodrigue on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Hogan ends his three-year tenure with the Patriots where he had inconsistent success never topping 40 catches in a season. He'll join a Panthers team in need of wide receiver depth who plan to feature D.J. Moore and veteran tight end Greg Olsen in the passing game. Hogan should slide into a starter role but will have to battle Curtis Samuel for opportunities. He's a WR5 at best in redraft leagues.
|Jets add another RB: Ty Montgomery|
Will backup Le'Veon Bell
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 11 2019, 5:00 pm
|Jets are signing former Packers’ RB Ty Montgomery to a one-year deal, per source. Montgomery expected to be the back to Le’Veon Bell. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Montgomery split time with the Packers and Ravens and got lost in the shuffle in Baltimore competing for playing time with Gus Edwards, Kenneth Dixon and Javorius Allen. Montgomery will now fight for touches with Elijah McGuire and Trenton Cannon behind Le'Veon Bell. Montgomery won't have much fantasy value in 2019 unless Bell misses time.
|Leonard Fournette arrested for speeding|
Knowingly driving with a suspended license
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 11 2019, 2:15 pm
|Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette was arrested for speeding and knowingly driving with a suspended license, according to Jacksonville jail records.
Fournette paid a $1,500 bail and was admitted at 2:40 p.m. He’s likely to be released shortly. (Phillip Heilman on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Jags are giving no comment at this time. The charges are relatively minor but it's another bump in the road for the workhorse back. Fournette has dealt with numerous injuries in his brief two-year career causing him to miss 11 of 32 games. He finished as the RB10 in his rookie season of 2017.
|Patriots sign TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins|
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 10 2019, 1:30 pm
|Source: the Patriots have signed veteran TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins to a one-year deal. Great chance to be a factor in their passing game. (Field Yates on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: ASJ was reportedly deciding between the Patriots and Seahawks. With Jacob Hollister, Stephen Anderson, Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo currently making up the Pats tight end depth chart, it's possible ASJ could have a fantasy impact on the field. The Patriots however got along just fine in the passing game without utilizing the tight end last season as much as they had previous seasons when Gronkowski was in his prime.
|Ravens add former Raiders' WR Seth Roberts|
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 5 2019, 2:00 pm
|Ravens are signing former Raiders' WR Seth Roberts to a one-year deal, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Roberts was recently released by the Raiders who have sent wide receivers packing after the acquisition of Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams. Roberts joins the run-first Ravens which doesn't do much for his fantasy stock but he should get an opportunity for significant playing time given the lack of depth at the position in Baltimore. Currently, Roberts, Willie Snead and Chris Moore sit atop the Ravens depth chart.