Fantasy Football Breaking News

  • Aaron Jones - RB - Green Bay Packers
    Posted 7/17/18 9:48pm ET

    Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones will end up as the team's starting running back this season in the opinion of USA Today Network Wisconsin's Stu Courtney.

    Huddle Up: Courtney cites Jones' talent, favorably comparing his stats to those of Minnesota's Dalvin Cook, and the endorsement of Aaron Rodgers as the reasons that Jones will eventually become Green Bay's RB1. Between his two-game suspension and durability concerns dating back to UTEP, however, Jones still carries plenty of downside. Consider him a mid-round stash candidate.

  • Brandin Cooks - WR - Los Angeles Rams
    Posted 7/17/18 12:13pm ET

    Los Angeles Rams WR Brandin Cooks signed a five-year contract extension Tuesday, July 17. Financial terms were not disclosed.

    Huddle Up: Cooks, Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods comprise an underrated wide receiver corps for the Rams. Unfortunately for Cooks, there may be too many mouths to feed for him to be viewed as more than a low-end WR2 to high-end WR3. He's more the latter in a PPR setup.

  • Larry Fitzgerald - WR - Arizona Cardinals
    Posted 7/17/18 11:15am ET

    Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald made it clear Tuesday, July 17, that as long as he is playing professional football he will be playing for the Cardinals. 'I've built a good life for myself down there. Playing in the same place for 15 years is a true blessing.'

    Huddle Up: Playing one's whole career - especially one as long as Fitzgerald's - is indeed rare in the modern NFL. Fitz hasn't lost a step either. At 34 years old he has averaged 108.3 catches for 1,131.3 yards and 7.0 touchdowns over the last three seasons. He's a solid PPR WR1 candidate even with a new quarterback and coaching staff.

  • Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
    Posted 7/17/18 10:29am ET

    Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is tentatively expected to skip training camp but report before the start of the regular season, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, who also stated Bell potentially missing games over his contract would be 'a shock.'

    Huddle Up: This would be the expected outcome since Bell did the same thing last season. Although owners do not want to hear it, Bell is perhaps the riskiest player going in the early first round of drafts this spring and summer. Not only could he change his mind at any time and choose not to report until midseason, but he is entering this season with a new coordinator and coming off a 400-touch season. Missing camp just heightens his risk for injury.

  • Austin Hooper - TE - Atlanta Falcons
    Posted 7/17/18 8:09am ET

    Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper said he is working to improve in the red zone. He stayed in Atlanta during the offseason to work with QB Matt Ryan. Head coach Dan Quinn said he's pumped about Hooper's potential in his third season.

    Huddle Up: Hooper has caught 10 of 14 targets with four touchdowns in the red zone in his career, but he has to be more consistent to be more than a TE2 in fantasy.

  • Rob Gronkowski - TE - New England Patriots
    Posted 7/17/18 6:38am ET

    New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is expected to report to the facility on time by July 25, according to a source.

    Huddle Up: Gronk is hoping to get a new deal, but the elite TE1 looks to be status quo for the season.

  • Larry Fitzgerald - WR - Arizona Cardinals
    Posted 7/17/18 6:19am ET

    Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald hinted that he isn't close to retiring. He still feels good, enjoys the competition and loves being around his teammates. He also said he's either playing for the Cardinals or retiring. 'It doesn't really matter about the age, it's about what you put into it and your mindset,' Fitzgerald said. 'Everybody kind of takes numbers and assumes this is when it's supposed to end. As an athlete, fortunately, you write your own script. If you still produce and you play at a high level, you kind of determine how long you want to play. If I can stay at a high level, I still keep destiny in my own hands.'

    Huddle Up: Fitz has tallied 100 catches and 1,000 yards in each of the last three seasons, and only Antonio Brown has matched that feat. He'll be 35 in August, but he's still a very good WR2 in fantasy.

  • Kenny Golladay - WR - Detroit Lions
    Posted 7/17/18 12:55am ET

    Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay has the potential to dominate, according to WR Golden Tate, who also referred to Golladay as a 'WR1 kind of guy.' He added: 'I saw freakish catches, man -- some real freakin' freakish catches. Kenny's still a young guy trying to figure it out, but he's moving at a great pace. If he can just keep the mentality he has coming in, he studies, and just tries to get better every day, I'm telling you, this guy can be dominant.'

    Huddle Up: Golladay has all the tools to be a successful NFL wide receiver. He was limited last year as a rookie due to injury, ultimately missing five games, but still managed to put up some decent numbers when he was on the field, hauling 28 catches for 477 yards and three touchdowns, with five of those receptions covering at least 40 yards. Golladay can potentially offer great value towards the end of fantasy drafts.

  • Cameron Meredith - WR - New Orleans Saints
    Posted 7/17/18 12:32am ET

    New Orleans Saints WR Cameron Meredith (knee) said that while he is still recovering from his knee injury and has been limited in team activities thus far, he is hopeful to be given the 'all clear' for training camp. 'On a scale of '1 to 10,' it's almost a 10? I haven't had a setback along the recovery process,' Meredith said of his injury. 'I'm gaining strength day by day, month by month. I'm excited to see how soon I can get back, but the main objective for me is to do as much as I can with the trainers to get ready for the season. My goal is to try and get back to training camp. As long as there aren't any setbacks or anything like that, it shouldn't be a problem.'

    Huddle Up: Even if he's not fully cleared for the start of training camp, it's looking more like Meredith can at least be ready by Week 1. Only two years ago -- his last healthy season -- Meredith led the Bears with 66 catches for 888 yards and four touchdowns. Being reunited with receivers coach Curtis Johnson in New Orleans should also help the 25-year-old potentially make a major impact in this high-powered offense, and thus, he's a great sleeper for 2018.

  • Julio Jones - WR - Atlanta Falcons
    Posted 7/16/18 11:33pm ET

    Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones attended QB Matt Ryan's annual offseason passing camp, per a Snapchat post by WR Calvin Ridley, who was also on hand. The other players that were in attendance included TEs Austin Hooper, Eric Saubert, WRs Justin Hardy, Mohamed Sanu, Marvin Hall, Russell Gage Jr. and Reggie Davis. Jones didn't attend the team's offseason program or mandatory minicamp and it's unknown if he'll be at training camp, which begins on Thursday, July 26.

    Huddle Up: Jones is seeking a new contract but it doesn't look that will be an issue that potentially costs him games once the season begins in less than two months. Even though he shockingly managed only three touchdowns a year ago, Jones remains one of the true elite WR1s in the game and should be treated as such in all fantasy drafts.

  • James Conner - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
    Posted 7/16/18 5:08pm ET

    Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner was 'very impressive during the spring' and 'really looks like he can be a solid every down running back in this league,' according to Mark Kaboly of The Athletic.

    Huddle Up: No one is going to confuse Conner for Bell, but everyone from Ben Roethlisberger to the coaching staff has sung the praises of the second-year back this year. With Bell likely done in Pittsburgh after this season, the 23-year-old's fantasy dynasty value just got a nice little boost. While he figures to have little to no redraft fantasy value if Le'Veon Bell doesn't hold out, Conner can make a strong case for being the most valuable handcuff in the league.

  • Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
    Posted 7/16/18 1:00pm ET

    Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell was not signed to a long-term deal prior to the deadline Monday, July 16. He will play on his $14.5 million franchise tag and is now slated to be a free agent in 2019.

    Huddle Up: Whether or not Bell holds out into the regular season remains to be seen, but it's unlikely that he would choose to forfeit millions of dollars by doing so. Assuming he does not hold out, he arguably remains the No. 1 fantasy football target.

  • Darren Sproles - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
    Posted 7/16/18 12:32pm ET

    Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles is expected to see the field less as he heads into his final NFL season, primarily due to the emergence of backup RB Corey Clement. Sproles should still be used consistently on special teams, however.

    Huddle Up: Sproles has been a PPR sleeper for the majority of his career, but he'll be playing third fiddle to Jay Ajayi and Clement in what he said will be his last year in the NFL. The 35-year-old Sproles still has gas left in the tank, but this car is only worth purchasing in later rounds of PPR leagues.

  • Jay Ajayi - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
    Posted 7/16/18 12:24pm ET

    Philadelphia Eagles RB Jay Ajayi is expected to see more touches in 2018 as he enters a contract year. In seven games with the Eagles a year ago, Ajayi averaged 10 carries per game.

    Huddle Up: The Eagles' backfield is crowded, but Ajayi will be the main guy as long as he is healthy and producing. Corey Clement and Darren Sproles will take away a lot of his PPR value, but Ajayi is a prime low-end RB2 to high-end RB3 candidate.

  • Blake Jarwin - TE - Dallas Cowboys
    Posted 7/16/18 12:15pm ET

    Dallas Cowboys TE Blake Jarwin was regularly targeted by QB Dak Prescott during organized team activities this offseason, specifically in red-zone scenarios. Prescott praised Jarwin for his ability to get open and Jarwin said he's glad to have already developed some chemistry with Prescott.

    Huddle Up: It's easy to be excited about a player in the offseason, but caution must be used. Jarwin will need to beat out Geoff Swaim and Rico Gathers for the starting tight end job. Even then, whoever takes over for Jason Witten will not be a reliable weekly fantasy starter.

  • Jordan Howard - RB - Chicago Bears
    Posted 7/16/18 9:19am ET

    Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard has rushed the ball 528 times over the last two seasons, which is the fifth-most rushes in the NFL during that span.

    Huddle Up: Howard has rushed for at least 1,100 yards in each of his first two seasons and will continue to receive plenty of touches. He can be a low-end No. 1 or a No. 2 running back in all fantasy leagues.

  • Aaron Rodgers - QB - Green Bay Packers
    Posted 7/16/18 8:15am ET

    Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, 34, said he wants to play until he's 40. 'I'd love to play to 40,' Rodgers said. 'I just think that number means a lot. Obviously, Tom (Brady) is kind of rewriting the book. Brett (Favre) had a good season when he turned 40. My goal is be able to move like I do or close to how I do and still be able to do that at 40 ? just because nobody's been able to do that and still move around the same. Steve Young's career was cut short in his late 30s. John (Elway,) the same - he didn't really move the same as when he was younger. So to be able to move the same way at 38, 39, 40 would be cool. That's my aim.'

    Huddle Up: Rodgers still has some durability concerns, but adding Jimmy Graham for the red zone should help his fantasy stock. He's one of the top options at the quarterback position in fantasy.

  • Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
    Posted 7/16/18 5:24am ET

    Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell negotiated all weekend, but parties aren't optimistic a long-term deal will get done. It's expected to go down to the wire Monday, July 16.

    Huddle Up: Nothing changes from a fantasy perspective if a deal doesn't get done. Bell remains an elite RB1 in fantasy.

  • George Kittle - TE - San Francisco 49ers
    Posted 7/15/18 8:14pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle should have 'no shortage of opportunities' in head coach Kyle Shanahan's offense, according to Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com, and Wagoner believes Kittle will benefit from having QB Jimmy Garoppolo throwing him the ball for the entire season.

    Huddle Up: Kittle was a surprise contributor as a rookie last year, finishing with 515 receiving yards. He managed 194 yards in the final three games, teasing what he and Garoppolo might be capable of. He's a low-end TE1 with upside.

  • Austin Hooper - TE - Atlanta Falcons
    Posted 7/15/18 7:11pm ET

    Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper's position coach, Wade Harman, has 'harped' on him about being more consistent this season, according to Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com.

    Huddle Up: Hooper enjoyed a sizeable jump in production between his rookie and sophomore campaigns, finishing with 526 yards in 2017. Low-end TE1 production isn't out of the question, but Hooper should be drafted as a solid TE2.

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