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  • Taylor Gabriel - WR - Atlanta Falcons
    Posted 4/22/17 3:04pm ET

    Atlanta Falcons restricted free-agent WR Taylor Gabriel signed his one-year tender worth $2.81 million on Saturday, April 22.

    Huddle Up: Gabriel emerged as a big-play threat last season by scoring seven times on only 39 touches, including six touchdown catches. He's likely to remain the third receiver in Atlanta again this year behind Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu, but his role shouldn't change much even with the departure of former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. He's worth a look late in drafts.

  • Julius Thomas - TE - Miami Dolphins
    Posted 4/22/17 10:55am ET

    Miami Dolphins TE Julius Thomas told the Florida Times-Union recently this spring 'is probably the best I?ve ever felt' and that head coach Adam Gase's offense 'feels a lot like home'.

    Huddle Up: Gase was the offensive coordinator in Denver when Thomas posted back-to-back seasons of 12 receiving touchdowns, so the 28-year-old tight end certainly has reason to be optimistic if he is as healthy as he says he is. With Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills taking defensive attention away from him at receiver, Thomas could be poised for a nice rebound in 2017.

  • Mike Gillislee - RB - Buffalo Bills
    Posted 4/22/17 8:04am ET

    The Buffalo Bills have until Monday, April 24, to decide whether or not they plan on matching the two-year, $6.4 million offer from the New England Patriots for restricted free-agent RB Mike Gillislee.

    Huddle Up: There is some speculation the Bills are leaning toward matching the Patriots' offer after deciding almost immediately last year he would not do the same with then-RFA Chris Hogan. Buffalo probably also has no desire to lose a productive backup like Gillislee to its division rival just so he can come back and haunt the Bills twice a year for each of the next two seasons. If he remains a Bill, Gillislee would remain one of the top handcuffs in fantasy.

  • Isaiah Crowell - RB - Cleveland Browns
    Posted 4/21/17 4:28pm ET

    Cleveland Browns restricted free-agent RB Isaiah Crowell has not signed his tender offer at this point.

    Huddle Up: Crowell likely will be back with the Browns next season and could receive most of the carries. He finished the 2016 season with 952 yards and seven touchdowns and can be a No. 3 running back for fantasy owners next season.

  • Cam Newton - QB - Carolina Panthers
    Posted 4/21/17 12:36pm ET

    Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) is 'on schedule'' to be ready for training camp after having arthroscopic shoulder surgery on March 30, according to general manager Dave Gettleman.

    Huddle Up: Newton had a miserable season by his standards last season, although his offensive line and the bum shoulder didn't help him much in that regard. While a bounce-back year could be in order, the primary focus of the Panthers' offseason has been to cut down on the amount of punishment Newton receives, which should mean a decline in his number of rushing attempts. If that happens, Newton becomes more of a midrange fantasy QB1 instead of the elite one he was in 2015.

  • Derek Carr - QB - Oakland Raiders
    Posted 4/21/17 12:30pm ET

    Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie is optimistic about getting an extension for QB Derek Carr done before training camp, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Vic Tafur.

    Huddle Up: Carr echoed similar thoughts last week, so this should get done in a timely fashion. The 26-year-old missed the tail end of last season with a broken fibula but has been a full participant at OTAs. At the moment, he slots in as a midrange fantasy QB1 with upside.

  • C.J. Spiller - RB - Kansas City Chiefs
    Posted 4/21/17 11:19am ET

    Kansas City Chiefs RB C.J. Spiller has 'that speed and twitch back', according to general manager John Dorsey.

    Huddle Up: Spiller will turn 30 this summer and hasn't been a fantasy factor since 2013, bouncing around the league for much of the last two years. Perhaps he can push Charcandrick West for some snaps behind Spencer Ware in 2017, but it seems just as likely he won't make the team.

  • Jordan Matthews - WR - Philadelphia Eagles
    Posted 4/21/17 9:28am ET

    Philadelphia Eagles WR Jordan Matthews could be available for trade at some point this year because 'he's going to expect more money than what he's worth,' according to Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski.

    Huddle Up: Despite his size, Matthews excels more in the slot than he does on the outside in an offense that isn't nearly as wide-open as former head coach Chip Kelly's was. Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith signed as free agents in March, so Matthews is unlikely to see any of his numbers from last year (73 catches, 804 yards and three touchdowns) increase in 2017.

  • Eric Ebron - TE - Detroit Lions
    Posted 4/21/17 9:09am ET

    Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron remains a candidate to have his fifth-year option worth more than $8 million picked up by the May 2 deadline, but general manager Bob Quinn has yet to make that decision.

    Huddle Up: Ebron has steadily improved over his first three years in Detroit, but he has still been a bit of a disappointment, especially considering Odell Beckham Jr. and Aaron Donald went two and three picks after him, respectively. Miami (Fla.) TE David Njoku has been a popular mock draft selection for the Lions this spring, perhaps in part because second-year position coach Al Golden recruited him to the Hurricanes.

  • James White - RB - New England Patriots
    Posted 4/21/17 6:48am ET

    Updating previous reports, New England Patriots RB James White's three-year extension is worth $12.69 million with $5.69 million guaranteed and a $4 million signing bonus.

    Huddle Up: These guys have a lot of running backs and only so many plays to go around. White made a strong case for Super Bowl MVP, and he, and Dion Lewis, have the most upside in the backfield that also includes Rex Burkhead and potentially Mike Gillislee. This could be a weekly mix and match, but White is a high-end RB3 right now.

  • Isaiah Crowell - RB - Cleveland Browns
    Posted 4/21/17 6:19am ET

    Cleveland Browns restricted free-agent RB Isaiah Crowell has yet to sign his tender, and the deadline to sign offer sheets with other teams was Thursday, April 20.

    Huddle Up: Crowell doesn't have a lot of leverage here as he doesn't accrue any service time and will be a restricted free agent again next offseason if he doesn't play. He had a career-high 4.8 yards per carry, 952 rushing yards (one off his career high in TDs with seven), 40 catches and 319 receiving yards. He'd be a low-end RB2 in fantasy.

  • Cam Newton - QB - Carolina Panthers
    Posted 4/20/17 7:54pm ET

    Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton said he played injured last year because he felt it was his duty as team captain.

    Huddle Up: Newton was a perennial top-five fantasy option at his position prior to last year's injury-plagued campaign. If he slips in drafts, he could end up being a good value pick in 2017.

  • Tyler Lockett - WR - Seattle Seahawks
    Posted 4/20/17 4:57pm ET

    Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett (leg) said he expects to be ready for training camp. He's 'itching to get going sooner' but said he will listen to the medical staff and keep the 'end game' in mind.

    Huddle Up: Lockett's disappointing 2016 came to an end in Week 15 after sustaining a broken leg. Before that, he didn't really do much to excite his fantasy owners, ending up with 41 catches for 597 yards and just one touchdown. Thus, it'll be hard to trust him as a fantasy starter going into the new campaign.

  • Cam Newton - QB - Carolina Panthers
    Posted 4/20/17 4:50pm ET

    Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) doesn't expect to be allowed to throw until late-June, but remains on track to be 'all-clear' by the time training camp opens a month later.

    Huddle Up: Newton will be seeking to follow up a season in which he was one of the biggest disappointments in all of fantasy football. Fortunately, it looks like he'll at least be healthy from the onset, and considering how he's descended draft boards everywhere, he could be a good value pick later on for owners.

  • Devonta Freeman - RB - Atlanta Falcons
    Posted 4/20/17 12:38pm ET

    Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman is expected to receive a contract extension, but a deal is not anticipated in the near future. It is not likely that the two sides will commence negotiations before training camp and negotiations could spill into the regular season. Freeman has one year remaining on his rookie contract.

    Huddle Up: Freeman undoubtedly deserves a big, new extension. He has averaged 1,587.5 total yards and 13.5 total touchdowns over the last two seasons and is comfortably in RB1 territory again this year. He has added value in PPR leagues.

  • Joe Flacco - QB - Baltimore Ravens
    Posted 4/19/17 11:53am ET

    Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco said he will continue to wear a knee brace in order to protect his surgically repaired knee.

    Huddle Up: Flacco threw for a career-best 4,317 yards in 2016 with 20 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He will not have Steve Smith next season but should have a decent receiving corps and several options at tight end. Owners in all leagues should consider Flacco as a low-end No. 2 quarterback.

  • Brock Osweiler - QB - Cleveland Browns
    Posted 4/19/17 10:33am ET

    Cleveland Browns QB Brock Osweiler will compete for the starting job in camp, according to executive vice president Sashi Brown.

    Huddle Up: Osweiler will presumably compete with Cody Kessler for the starting job, assuming the Browns don't select a quarterback on the first day of the draft next week. Regardless of whom Cleveland adds on offense in the draft, the winner of the quarterback competition will struggle to be anything more than than a low-end fantasy QB2.

  • Matthew Stafford - QB - Detroit Lions
    Posted 4/19/17 6:15am ET

    Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (finger) said his injured middle finger didn't require surgery, just rest, and it started to feel better in February. In the 12 games before the injury, Stafford completed 67.2 percent of his passes with 21 touchdowns and five interceptions. Over the final five games, including a playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks, he completed 59.6 percent with three touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

    Huddle Up: Stafford looked like a rejuvenated quarterback before the injury, and with his hot stretch at the end of 2015, there's enough of a sample size to give his performance merit. He's a midrange QB1 option in fantasy.

  • Derek Carr - QB - Oakland Raiders
    Posted 4/18/17 6:22pm ET

    Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr's (leg) surgically-repaired right fibula is healed enough to the point that he's able to be a full participant in the team's offseason training program, which began Monday, April 17. 'I've been running, jumping, throwing, cutting, everything,' Carr said. 'So I'm ready to rock. I'm ready to do absolutely everything. I did everything my teammates did today. I'll do everything my teammates will do tomorrow.'

    Huddle Up: Carr enjoyed an MVP-caliber season in 2017, registering 3,937 passing yards to go with a terrific 28/6 TD/INT ratio in 15 games. Overall, he finished with a shiny 96.7 QB rating, and it looks like he might be in a position to pick up where he left off based on his health going into OTAs. Carr looks like he can be fully trusted again as a QB1 entering the new campaign.

  • James White - RB - New England Patriots
    Posted 4/18/17 4:11pm ET

    New England Patriots RB James White agreed to a three-year contract extension Tuesday, April 18, according to a source. He is now signed through 2020. Financial terms were not disclosed.

    Huddle Up: The Patriots backfield is pretty stacked now with the likes of James White, Dion Lewis, Rex Burkhead and possibly Mike Gillislee, among others. Talk about a committee. This backfield could turn into a crapshoot if all these guys stay healthy. White and Lewis have the most upside, but they're all better fits for PPR leagues.

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