Fantasy Football Breaking News

  • Julio Jones - WR - Atlanta Falcons
    Posted 7/18/18 10:30pm ET

    Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones was recently informed that the team had not budgeted to renegotiate Jones' contract in 2018 and have no plan to give him a raise for the upcoming season, according to The Athletic's Jeff Schultz. The Falcons did promise to renegotiate after the season, however, and hope that Jones will report to training camp on time.

    Huddle Up: This is surely not what Jones wanted to hear, but the ball is now firmly in his court. Does he report, play out 2018 and hope the team keeps its word? Or does he sit out and try to leverage a Falcons team with championship aspirations to the negotiating table? We'll know more on July 26, which is when veterans are due to report. For the time being Jones has to be considered as a solid WR1 based on a lengthy history of top-level production.

  • Rex Burkhead - RB - New England Patriots
    Posted 7/18/18 6:34pm ET

    New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead has a good chance to enter the season as the No. 1 option for the team from a traditional running back perspective.

    Huddle Up: Burkhead probably will lead the team in carries this season and should also see some work in the passing game. He can be a No. 2 or No. 3 running back in most fantasy leagues if he is the top option at running back.

  • Derrius Guice - RB - Washington Redskins
    Posted 7/18/18 5:48pm ET

    Washington Redskins SS D.J. Swearinger predicted that RB Derrius Guice 'will be a Pro Bowler,' while adding, 'He will be one of the top three rushers in the league this year. For sure. No doubt in my mind about that.'

    Huddle Up: Swearinger will be entering his seventh year in the league and is one of the team's captains, so his glowing commentary does hold at least a little bit of water. The problem is it's still unknown what Guice's workload will be out of the gate, with the Redskins also having Chris Thompson, Samaje Perine and Rob Kelley. Guice is worth targeting regardless, though, for his incredibly high ceiling, being capable of notching RB1 production.

  • Jermaine Kearse - WR - New York Jets
    Posted 7/18/18 5:06pm ET

    New York Jets WR Jermaine Kearse is not on the roster bubble despite speculation that the club may move on from him, according to Brian Costello of the New York Post. Costello also believes Kearse can be a 'major player' in offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates' offense.

    Huddle Up: The speculation of the Jets possibly dumping Kearse was fueled by their added depth at the wide receiver position, but it doesn't seem like that will happen. Kearse actually registered career highs across the board in receptions (65), targets (103) and yards (810) in his first year with the Jets, while also tying his high for touchdowns (five) in a season. He may have something to offer owners as a WR3.

  • Randall Cobb - WR - Green Bay Packers
    Posted 7/18/18 3:54pm ET

    Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb (ankle) confirmed Wednesday, July 18, that he'll be able to take part in training camp -- this despite being spotted in a 'boot cast' in June. However, Cobb said he is not sure if there will be any restrictions until he talks to the training staff.

    Huddle Up: Cobb is years separated from his prime but he still has value to offer fantasy owners as long as Aaron Rodgers is the one throwing him the football. Even with Rodgers missing more than half the season last year, Cobb managed to put up serviceable numbers in 2017, logging 66 catches for 653 yards and four scores in 15 games. He can be targeted as a fine WR3 option.

  • Joe Flacco - QB - Baltimore Ravens
    Posted 7/18/18 12:34pm ET

    Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco 'got a lot of good work in' with his wide receivers last week, according to WR Willie Snead.

    Huddle Up: Flacco hasn't usually been one to go the extra mile during the offseason, so it's reassuring to see him make the effort to build better chemistry with his receivers. There is an underrated crop of pass-catchers in Baltimore, but Flacco has proven time and again that he is not a reliable starting fantasy quarterback and he could eventually be overtaken by talented rookie Lamar Jackson.

  • Shane Vereen - RB - Free Agent
    Posted 7/18/18 8:39am ET

    Free-agent RB Shane Vereen (Giants) signed an undisclosed deal with the New Orleans Saints Wednesday, July 18.

    Huddle Up: Vereen looks to be depth for Mark Ingram's four-game suspension. Vereen could spell Alvin Kamara on third down, and he can be a short-term RB5 in PPR leagues.

  • Jordan Matthews - WR - New England Patriots
    Posted 7/18/18 6:35am ET

    New England Patriots WR Jordan Matthews is considered a lock to make the team, according to beat writer Mike Reiss.

    Huddle Up: It seems trivial to even consider him not making a depleted roster with a suspended Julian Edelman, but Matthews' fantasy stock has plummeted. He just turned 26 and still has the potential to be a WR3 in fantasy at a WR4 or WR5 price.

  • 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.

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