Fantasy Football Breaking News

  • Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
    Posted 7/15/18 11:04am ET

    Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell 'wants to get the deal done' ahead of the July 16 deadline for signing players on the franchise tag to a long-term extension, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.

    Huddle Up: Both sides have expressed optimism in recent days, but unless the Steelers are willing to reset the market - and then some - for running backs, it seems unlikely there will be an agreement reached in just over 24 hours. As dynamic as Bell is, it doesn't make a ton of sense to give him the megadeal he desires as he comes off a 400-plus touch season. Based on the recent history of running backs coming off such high-usage seasons, Bell is a prime candidate to disappoint owners in 2018.

  • Royce Freeman - RB - Denver Broncos
    Posted 7/14/18 9:33pm ET

    Denver Broncos RB Royce Freeman will be given every opportunity to earn the starting job, according to retired SS Steve Atwater.

    Huddle Up: Freeman will have to contend with Devontae Booker, but Booker hasn't exactly shown much upside. Don't be surprised if Freeman ends up handling a lot of early-down work. He's a RB3 candidate in redraft leagues and is locked in as a first-round prospect in rookie drafts.

  • DeVante Parker - WR - Miami Dolphins
    Posted 7/14/18 6:26pm ET

    Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker has been a 'different guy' this offseason and is playing with a sense of urgency, according to wide receivers coach Benjamin Johnson.

    Huddle Up: Fantasy owners have been waiting on a breakout year from Parker since he entered the league, and if he can just stay healthy, it could finally happen in 2018. He has enough upside to take a chance on as a WR3.

  • Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
    Posted 7/14/18 12:21pm ET

    Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has made some progress in long-term contract talks with the Steelers, but it is still uncertain whether the two sides will reach a deal before the July 16 deadline.

    Huddle Up: Bell is facing the deadline for the second straight year, so owners should monitor the situation to see if he will receive a new deal. He likely will hold out until the start of the regular season if he has to play on the franchise tender. Bell is still one of the top performers in fantasy football and will be a top five pick in all drafts.

  • Christian Kirk - WR - Arizona Cardinals
    Posted 7/13/18 9:11pm ET

    Arizona Cardinals WR Christian Kirk has an opportunity to make an immediate impact as an 'underneath threat' in the passing attack, according to Nick Shook of

    Huddle Up: Kirk could be the No. 2 option in the passing game behind Larry Fitzgerald as soon as this year. He's worth adding as a WR5 in redraft leagues, and he is a potential first-round pick in rookie drafts.

  • Quincy Enunwa - WR - New York Jets
    Posted 7/13/18 2:21pm ET

    New York Jets WR Quincy Enunwa likely will be used as a slot receiver this season with WRs Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse as the outside receivers, in the opinion of the New York Post's Brian Costello.

    Huddle Up: Enunwa is coming off a neck injury but should be ready to participate in training camp. He played well before the injury but could see his targets drop a bit because of the other receivers on the roster. He has a chance to be a late-round pick in drafts that can be used against favorable matchups.

  • Corey Davis - WR - Tennessee Titans
    Posted 7/13/18 8:08am ET

    Updating previous reports, Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis (undisclosed) starred during the early part of offseason work before he was shut down due to an undisclosed injury. He caught the ball with ease in traffic and went up for spectacular catches. The team will be counting on him to make a big leap in his second year.

    Huddle Up: Davis has to prove he can stay healthy after he was limited to 11 games last season and already had an issue in offseason work. Monitor him in training camp, and he could easily slip into the WR3 discussion.

  • Calvin Ridley - WR - Atlanta Falcons
    Posted 7/12/18 8:45pm ET

    Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley will have the opportunity to 'make an immediate impact,' according to Herbie Teope of, and Teope believes Ridley will take advantage of single coverage from opposing defenses.

    Huddle Up: With Julio Jones drawing plenty of attention, Ridley should have a chance to break loose for some big plays. He should be selected in first round of rookie drafts, and he's worth the gamble as a WR4 in redraft formats.

  • Tre'Quan Smith - WR - New Orleans Saints
    Posted 7/12/18 7:46pm ET

    New Orleans Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith has 'handled the install well' during spring practices, according to head coach Sean Payton. 'I think he's a quick study,' Payton said. 'He's big and he's doing a good job.'

    Huddle Up: Drew Brees has made a lot of receivers relevant over the years, and Smith is worth a third-round flier in rookie drafts. He can be left alone in redraft leagues for now.

  • Kerryon Johnson - RB - Detroit Lions
    Posted 7/12/18 7:36pm ET

    Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson heads into training camp with a 'good chance' to earn the lead role, in the opinion of Nick Shook of

    Huddle Up: Even if Johnson enters the season as the starter, he won't be an every-down back just yet. LeGarrette Blount will likely earn some touches, and Theo Riddick is penciled in for passing downs. Johnson looks like a RB4 with upside in redraft leagues, and he could be worth a late first-round pick in rookie drafts.

  • Anthony Miller - WR - Chicago Bears
    Posted 7/12/18 7:20pm ET

    Chicago Bears WR Anthony Miller's ability to run routes that 'set the angle for the quarterback' made him stand out during the draft process, according to head coach Matt Nagy. 'Any time you can see a route that relates to what you do as an offense, you kind of tag that,' Nagy said.

    Huddle Up: Miller is in the mix to open the year as the starting slot receiver. He could be worth a flier as a WR5 in redraft leagues, and he's a must-own rookie in dynasty formats.

  • Will Fuller - WR - Houston Texans
    Posted 7/12/18 6:53pm ET

    Houston Texans WR Will Fuller impressed retired WR Andre Johnson with his speed. 'Man, he's flying,' Johnson said. 'He ran a few routes in practice the day I was there, and I was like, 'Wow.''

    Huddle Up: Fuller's 2017 season ended prematurely because of an injury, but not before he hauled in seven touchdowns. If he and Deshaun Watson stay healthy this year, Fuller should make enough big plays to deliver WR3 production.

  • Mitchell Trubisky - QB - Chicago Bears
    Posted 7/12/18 4:45pm ET

    Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky has had 'the training wheels taken off,' according to OG Kyle Long, who added that Trubisky is 'going to be able to do some things creatively and get to showcase his skills' as a result.

    Huddle Up: Part of that reasoning should also have to do with the Bears adding a new head coach who is also an offensive guru, Matt Nagy, and that can certainly open things up for Trubisky and the offense as a whole. The talented young quarterback figures to make a leap in his second year and may even vault up to QB1 value by the end of the campaign.

  • Isaiah Crowell - RB - New York Jets
    Posted 7/12/18 11:22am ET

    New York Jets RB Isaiah Crowell probably will not be an every-down back for the Jets this season even though he believes he can handle the role, in the opinion of the New York Post's Brian Costello. RBs Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire likely will be on the field for passing downs.

    Huddle Up: Crowell is on track to receive most of the carries this season and should be the team's main running back. He should be considered a No. 2 or No. 3 running back in most standard leagues but will not be as valuable in point-per-reception leagues.

  • Dion Lewis - RB - Tennessee Titans
    Posted 7/12/18 10:07am ET

    Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry is expected to serve as the lead running back in 2018. He will split time with RB Dion Lewis, but Henry has been working to improve his receiving and pass protection in order to stay on the field more.

    Huddle Up: Henry may be the 'lead' back, but a 50-50 split in touches between him and Lewis isn't out of the question at all. They already comprise one of the most formidable running back duos in the NFL and should both be regarded as an RB2, although Lewis does have more appeal in PPR leagues.

  • Chris Ivory - RB - Buffalo Bills
    Posted 7/12/18 8:46am ET

    Buffalo Bills RB Chris Ivory would be the first option at the position if RB LeSean McCoy is not available.

    Huddle Up: Shady is embattled in an off-the-field issue, and there's always the chance that the league acts. Due to previous litmus tests, McCoy's situation will probably drag out long enough to avoid ramifications before the beginning of the season. Ivory is on the apex between RB3 and RB4 status in fantasy.

  • Bilal Powell - RB - New York Jets
    Posted 7/11/18 4:09pm ET

    New York Jets RB Bilal Powell's production this season is expected to drop 'dramatically,' according to Brian Costello of the New York Post. That's mostly based on Powell likely getting fewer opportunities due to the team adding RB Isaiah Crowell and his anticipated durability. RB Elijah McGuire may also have an increased role as well.

    Huddle Up: These are very valid points, as Powell was able to break out in the recent past thanks to injuries to Chris Ivory and Matt Forte. In the case of Crowell, though, the four-year veteran has played in all possible 64 games since entering the NFL, which will absolutely cut into any potential workload for Powell. Thus, owners shouldn't value him too highly this year.

  • LeSean McCoy - RB - Buffalo Bills
    Posted 7/10/18 11:22am ET

    Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy has been accused of beating a woman, her son and a dog and for using performance-enhancing drugs. The claims were made against McCoy Tuesday, July 10, but McCoy quickly denied them in a statement on his Instagram account. 'For the record, the totally baseless and offensive claims made against me today on social media are completely false,' McCoy stated. 'Furthermore, I have not had any direct contact with any people involved in months.' The Bills are investigating the alleged incident.

    Huddle Up: If true, McCoy's football career could be all but over, and whether or not this is resolved before the regular season remains to be seen. He was already a risky fantasy pick considering his age, workloads over the years and the fact that defenses will be honed in on him given Buffalo's weak supporting cast. If vindicated, McCoy is a low-end RB1 to high-end RB2 option, but the latter is more realistic.

  • Jordan Howard - RB - Chicago Bears
    Posted 7/10/18 10:51am ET

    Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard is expected to be the team's feature back per comments made by head coach Matt Nagy this spring, but Nagy also made it clear he plans to 'keep the door spinning' in the rotation, according to Dan Wiederer of The Chicago Tribune.

    Huddle Up: Given the expected improvement in the Bears' passing game, Howard's rushing attempts will almost certainly decline from the 276 he had in 2017. This report is just further evidence Tarik Cohen is primed for a substantial role. With that said, Howard is the only 'big back' Chicago has and has proven to be a very good runner, so he's going to get the work at the goal line in what should be a much better offense this season. He may come with more volatility than usual, but he's still a solid RB2 option.

  • Odell Beckham - WR - New York Giants
    Posted 7/10/18 10:13am ET

    New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. reportedly ran routes at full speed and 'seemed to be his old self' last month at mandatory minicamp, according to teammate Eli Manning.

    Huddle Up: The Giants still have the small matter of resolving Beckham's contract situation, as it appears the two sides could be headed toward a showdown. Assuming he is on the field and can stay healthy this season, Beckham should be drafted as a top-five receiver with the upside to lead his position in fantasy scoring.

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