Fantasy Football Breaking News

  • Kenyan Drake - RB - Miami Dolphins
    Posted 2/22/18 11:24pm ET

    Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake ranked as the third-most elusive running back under an NFL 'Next Gen Stats' metric that measured yardage gained after defenders got within a yard of the ball-carrier. Drake finished third (4.55 yards), behind only New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara (4.76) and Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt (4.63).

    Huddle Up: Drake definitely showed something special last year after the team jettisoned Jay Ajayi right before the trade deadline. Overall, the second-year tailback rushed for 644 yards on 133 rush attempts -- good for an impressive 4.8 yards per carry -- to go with three touchdowns. He also accumulated 32 catches in the passing game for 239 yards and one receiving score. Assuming he's the full-time starter next year, Drake is looking like a solid RB2.

  • Allen Robinson - WR - Jacksonville Jaguars
    Posted 2/22/18 3:21pm ET

    Jacksonville Jaguars impending free-agent WR Allen Robinson said he has not had contract extension talks with the Jaguars since last year's training camp.

    Huddle Up: Robinson is expected to receive the franchise tag this offseason, so he should be back with the Jaguars for at least one more season. Owners in most fantasy leagues should consider Robinson a No. 2 or No. 3 fantasy receiver in 2018 if he is healthy.

  • Sam Bradford - QB - Minnesota Vikings
    Posted 2/22/18 2:52pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent QB Sam Bradford wants to play next season.

    Huddle Up: Several teams will be looking for a quarterback this season, but it is not known if Bradford will be able to find a starting job. He would only be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback next season if he starts for a team.

  • Gary Barnidge - TE - Free Agent
    Posted 2/22/18 1:36pm ET

    Free-agent TE Gary Barnidge (Browns) said plans to play in 2018 and will look for the right opportunity during free agency. He said he received interest this past season but did not like the offers from teams.

    Huddle Up: Barnidge should receive some interest this offseason since he recorded 1,655 yards and 11 touchdowns in his last two seasons with the Browns. Owners should monitor the situation because Barnidge could be at least a No. 2 fantasy tight end depending on his team.

  • Julius Thomas - TE - Miami Dolphins
    Posted 2/22/18 1:17pm ET

    Miami Dolphins TE Julius Thomas will be released this offseason, according to sources. The team will save $6.6 million in salary cap space with the move.

    Huddle Up: Thomas was able to play in 14 games this season and finished with 388 yards and three touchdowns. He may be able to find a starting job with a team this offseason but should only be considered a No. 2 fantasy running back.

  • Tyrod Taylor - QB - Buffalo Bills
    Posted 2/22/18 1:09pm ET

    The Buffalo Bills are not planning to release QB Tyrod Taylor at this time and are open to paying his $6 million roster bonus in March. The team could still try to trade Taylor this offseason depending on what they do at the position.

    Huddle Up: Taylor was benched during the season but regained the job and finished with 2,799 passing yards, 14 touchdowns and four interceptions. He has also rushed for at least 425 yards in each of the last three years with 14 rushing touchdowns during that span. There is a good chance that Taylor starts for a team in 2018 but would only be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback.

  • Isaiah Crowell - RB - Cleveland Browns
    Posted 2/22/18 12:08pm ET

    Cleveland Browns impending free-agent RB Isaiah Crowell is not expected to be retained. ESPNCleveland.com's Tony Grossi believes the Browns' starting running back in 2018 will be a high draft pick.

    Huddle Up: Grossi is obviously implying that the Browns will be drafting Saquon Barkley with one of their two top-four draft picks. Assuming that comes to fruition, Duke Johnson will maintain his pass-catching role. Barkley would garner low-end RB1 to high-end RB2 consideration while Johnson would remain in RB2 territory in PPR leagues.

  • DeSean Jackson - WR - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Posted 2/22/18 11:24am ET

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson's case involving his vehicle that was allegedly found wrecked will bullets and marijuana is inactive. Tampa police said there were no witnesses or evidence to place the driver behind the wheel at the time of the wreck.

    Huddle Up: Jackson is coming off a down year, but it was a down year for the Buccaneers offense as a whole in 2017. It didn't help that Jackson missed two games. If he can keep himself beyond reproach and stay healthy he has WR2 upside in standard leagues. It's best to draft him as a flex, though.

  • Adam Vinatieri - PK - Indianapolis Colts
    Posted 2/22/18 8:24am ET

    Indianapolis Colts impending free-agent PK Adam Vinatieri (Colts) agreed to a one-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts Thursday, Feb. 22. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

    Huddle Up: If Andrew Luck (shoulder) is healthy, the offense should receive enough of a boost to put Vinatieri back in the low-end PK1 conversation in fantasy.

  • Matt Bryant - PK - Atlanta Falcons
    Posted 2/22/18 6:31am ET

    Atlanta Falcons impending free-agent PK Matt Bryant said there is mutual interest in returning to the Falcons.

    Huddle Up: Bryant was a top-10 kicker in fantasy last season, and he'd return to the same low-end PK1 area if he returns to Atlanta.

  • Eli Rogers - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
    Posted 2/21/18 11:31pm ET

    Pittsburgh Steelers WR Eli Rogers (knee) said he's off crutches as of Wednesday, Feb. 21.

    Huddle Up: Rogers has flashed some potential since entering the league in 2016, but the reality is it's hard to see him becoming a meaningful fantasy player with how loaded the Steelers are on offense. In 14 games this past season, the former Louisville standout registered just 18 catches on 36 targets for 149 yards and a score. He doesn't need to be drafted in just about all leagues based on his current situation.

  • Tyler Eifert - TE - Cincinnati Bengals
    Posted 2/21/18 10:44pm ET

    Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert is 'unlikely' to be re-signed by the team, according to Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer, who believes someone would be willing to pay up for his services, even if it's on a 'prove-it' type deal.

    Huddle Up: Eifert's situation has been one of the more unfortunate ones in all of pro football over the last several years. When healthy, he's proven to be a legitimate TE1, even making the Pro Bowl during the 2015 campaign. However, health has been his biggest bugaboo, as he's played more than half a season only twice in five years, and was limited to just two games in 2017. He may be worth the risk, though, given his notable talent.

  • Drew Brees - QB - New Orleans Saints
    Posted 2/21/18 9:19pm ET

    New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees' representatives are expected to meet with the team at the upcoming NFL Scouting Combine 'to try to hammer out what is potentially a short-term deal,' according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. It is expected that the two sides find 'common ground' on deal that will fall between $20 million and $25 million annually.

    Huddle Up: Brees has already stated his desired to remain with the Saints, whom he wants to end his career with, so this isn't a surprise. The future Hall-of-Fame quarterback is still very much at the top of his game after registering a 103.9 passer rating last season. He ultimately finished with 4,334 yards, 23 touchdowns and just eight interceptions, while completing an NFL-record 72 percent of his passes. He's a no-brainer QB1.

  • Alshon Jeffery - WR - Philadelphia Eagles
    Posted 2/21/18 4:56pm ET

    Updating previous reports, Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) will miss at least six months and likely will miss the entire preseason but is expected to be ready for Week 1, according to a source. His surgery was to repair a full tear of his rotator cuff.

    Huddle Up: Owners will need to monitor the situation during the offseason and training camp to see if he will be in any danger of missing Week 1. He played very well in his first season with the Eagles and can be a No. 2 fantasy receiver if he is healthy.

  • Josh Gordon - WR - Cleveland Browns
    Posted 2/21/18 3:12pm ET

    Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon will be an exclusive rights free agent this offseason because he did not play in enough games this season for an accrued season.

    Huddle Up: Gordon will not be allowed to talk with other teams, so he will be with the Browns for at least one more seasons. He recorded 335 yards and one touchdown in five games this season and should be a focal point in the passing game in 2018. He can be at least a No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues.

  • Jarvis Landry - WR - Miami Dolphins
    Posted 2/21/18 2:19pm ET

    Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry is believed to be looking for a contract similar to the four-year, $58 million contract Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams recently signed. The Dolphins have offered Landry a contract worth around $13 million per season, according to a source.

    Huddle Up: The Dolphins have placed the franchise tag on Landry but may look to trade him at some point. Landry has been a solid receiver over the last several years and can be a No. 3 fantasy receiver next season even if he is traded.

  • Ben Roethlisberger - QB - Pittsburgh Steelers
    Posted 2/21/18 1:23pm ET

    Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger's touchdown to interception ratio on passes of at least 20 yards in home games last season was 8:1. The ratio for such passes in road contests plummeted to 1:3. His passer rating on such passes at home was 117.1 compared to 47.6 on the road.

    Huddle Up: There is credence to home-field advantage and the impact it has on the human psyche, and vice versa in hostile environments on the road. Game scripts obviously play a big role in the frequency and length of passes, too. Roethlisberger is a borderline No. 1 fantasy quarterback, but keep in mind that Big Ben, and players in general, may have a harder time finding success on the road.

  • Trevor Siemian - QB - Denver Broncos
    Posted 2/21/18 12:43pm ET

    Denver Broncos QB Trevor Siemian is expected to be on the trading block this offseason as the Broncos look to add at the position via free agency and/or the draft.

    Huddle Up: Siemian was never able to find his groove in 2017. When he was healthy he was prone to turn the ball over much too often. Perhaps a team like the Arizona Cardinals would be willing to part with a late-round pick since Denver's former offensive coordinator, Mike McCoy, now serves in the same role in Arizona. Nonetheless, Siemian is not a starting fantasy quarterback.

  • Frank Gore - RB - Indianapolis Colts
    Posted 2/21/18 12:12pm ET

    Indianapolis Colts impending free-agent RB Frank Gore is not expected to be re-signed. Gore will turn 35 years old this offseason but still wants to play. He is just 75 yards shy of reaching fourth on the NFL's all-time rushing list.

    Huddle Up: Gore is nearing the end of his road in the NFL, but he's not completely washed up. At worst he can be used in short-yardage and goal-line situations. That being said, he is at best a late-round flex for fantasy purposes, wherever he plays.

  • Alshon Jeffery - WR - Philadelphia Eagles
    Posted 2/21/18 11:50am ET

    Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery's (shoulder) surgery for his torn right rotator cuff could keep him sidelined until the preseason. As reported earlier, Jeffery suffered the injury last offseason, but the pain and discomfort were not so severe to keep Jeffery from playing.

    Huddle Up: Jeffery has several months to recover from the surgery, but the fact that he may miss the preseason is cause for concern. If he runs into one setback there's a good chance he will miss regular season time. He has low-end WR1 to high-end WR2 upside when fully healthy.

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