Fantasy Football Breaking News

  • Andrew Luck - QB - Indianapolis Colts
    Posted 2/20/18 3:24pm ET

    Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) is still rehabilitating his throwing shoulder, but head coach Frank Reich hopes his star quarterback is healthy enough to participate in organized team activities.

    Huddle Up: Luck had a 2017 to forget under the vague protection of Jim Irsay and company. He should be able to return at full health this season and the new coaching staff should be a breath of fresh air. If he is 100% then he's worth the risk of drafting as a No. 1 fantasy quarterback again.

  • Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
    Posted 2/20/18 1:00pm ET

    Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent RB Le'Veon Bell is expected to receive the franchise tag again this offseason. That tag is worth $14.5 million. He and the Steelers would still be able to accomplish a long-term deal.

    Huddle Up: Bell looks to be the highest-paid running back in the NFL if/when that long-term contract is reached. The bottom line is that Pittsburgh isn't going to let Bell hit the free-agent market. Suffice it to say Bell is arguably the player to select with the No. 1 overall pick in redraft leagues.

  • Doug Martin - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Posted 2/20/18 8:19am ET

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin was released Tuesday, Feb. 20. The Bucs will save $6.75 million. Due to the structure of his contract, the team will absorb no dead money on their salary cap.

    Huddle Up: Other than a resurgence in 2015, Martin has been a perennial fantasy disappointment after a monster rookie season. Those are the only two seasons he has managed to play at least 12 games. He's 29 and could be an interesting piece of a committee. Monitor where he lands for a potential RB3 grab.

  • Kirk Cousins - QB - Washington Redskins
    Posted 2/20/18 7:00am ET

    Updating previous reports, Washington Redskins impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins could receive an offer from the New York Jets that would give him $60 million guaranteed in the first year of the contract, according to a league source.

    Huddle Up: Cousins will be at worst a midrange QB1 option next season, but the Jets don't offer a lot of upside if he lands there.

  • Kirk Cousins - QB - Washington Redskins
    Posted 2/20/18 6:59am ET

    Updating previous reports, Washington Redskins impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins could receive an offer from the New York Jets with a fully guaranteed contract, according to sources.

    Huddle Up: Cousins will be at least a midrange QB1 in fantasy next season, but signing with the Jets wouldn't provide the most upside.

  • Delanie Walker - TE - Tennessee Titans
    Posted 2/19/18 11:22pm ET

    Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker reached the 800-yard mark for the fourth consecutive season in 2017. He's the only tight end to reach that plateau even once in franchise history. In addition, he became the fourth player in the history of the Titans to record five consecutive seasons with at least 60 receptions.

    Huddle Up: Arguably the most underrated tight end in all of pro football, Walker is never mentioned among the uppermost top tier at his position, but perhaps he should be given his notable consistency. This past season, Walker tied for third among tight ends in catches with 74 and also finished third in targets (111) and fourth in yards (807). He'll remain a TE1 going into next year.

  • Derrick Henry - RB - Tennessee Titans
    Posted 2/19/18 8:56pm ET

    Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry ranked third in the NFL - among players who recorded at least 175 carries - with 4.09 yards gained after defenders closed within one yard of him in 2017, according to Next Gen Stats. Henry decisively cleared 3.7 yards gained after close in five games, but he fell under that mark in all the others.

    Huddle Up: Henry's inconsistency in making defenders miss from short range - or powering through those tackle attempts - is actually a bit troubling for a 247-pound back with impressive straight-line athleticism. The Titans figure to benefit from a chance at offensive coordinator as a whole - Matt LaFleur was hired to replace Terry Robiskie - and DeMarco Murray is a candidate for release this offseason, both of which could enable Henry to reach the ceiling he has displayed at times during his first two NFL seasons.

  • Dion Lewis - RB - New England Patriots
    Posted 2/19/18 8:33pm ET

    New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis ranked second in the NFL - among players who recorded at least 175 carries - with 4.44 yards gained after defenders closed within one yard of him in 2017, according to Next Gen Stats.

    Huddle Up: The impending free agent took on a heavy workload down the stretch once Mike Gillislee landed in the doghouse and Rex Burkhead got hurt, proving himself as a very capable every-down back. The Patriots surprisingly chose to back off of Lewis and give more work to James White down the stretch, but the former isn't going to lack for suitors on the open market if he makes it there. Almost regardless of where he lands, he should be a solid RB2 for fantasy purposes.

  • Kareem Hunt - RB - Kansas City Chiefs
    Posted 2/19/18 8:10pm ET

    Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt led the NFL - among players who recorded at least 175 carries - with 4.63 yards gained after defenders closed within one yard of him in 2017, according to Next Gen Stats.

    Huddle Up: This should come as no surprise to any of his owners, as Hunt routinely used exceptional balance and power to keep his feet after he got past the first level of defenders. Spencer Ware's return in 2018 could make a repeat of his league-leading rushing campaign unlikely, but Hunt has all the makings of being the next great Andy Reid running back.

  • C.J. Anderson - RB - Denver Broncos
    Posted 2/19/18 3:33pm ET

    Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson could be pursued by the Miami Dolphins again if he were to be released by the Broncos. Dolphins head coach Adam Gase and new running backs coach Eric Studesville both coached Anderson in Denver and Miami gave Anderson an offer just two years ago before it was matched by the Broncos.

    Huddle Up: It's a potentially sensible move, but Anderson needs to be released first. Kenyan Drake would still have the most potential in Miami's backfield, but Anderson would certainly hurt his fantasy ceiling. This is all conjecture at this point, but stay tuned as free agency approaches.

  • Alex Smith - QB - Washington Redskins
    Posted 2/19/18 1:30pm ET

    Washington Redskins impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins could theoretically be franchise tagged by the Redskins, but if that were to occur then Cousins would not entertain a long-term deal with his new team and he would make a whopping $34 million under the tag. If Cousins did not immediately sign the tag, he could not be traded anyway. Furthermore, the Redskins would not be able to do much else in free agency and also just traded for Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith.

    Huddle Up: Tagging Cousins makes no sense from Washington's perspective, especially considering the recent acquisition of Smith. Cousins will be playing in a new city in 2018 and the Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos, New York Jets and Cleveland Browns are the most realistic suitors. Cousins will be a QB1 option wherever he plays, although Minnesota is his best-case scenario on paper.

  • Darren Fells - TE - Detroit Lions
    Posted 2/19/18 12:37pm ET

    Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron will not be released as he enters the 2018 season under his fifth-year option. Ebron will be guaranteed $8.25 million when the new league year begins. The inconsistent tight end's presence will limit playing time for fellow TEs Darren Fells and Michael Roberts.

    Huddle Up: Ebron came on late in the 2017 season and narrowly missed finishing as a TE1. If he can maintain good health and have a better start to the season then there is a chance Ebron can achieve TE1 status. Don't bet on it, though.

  • LeGarrette Blount - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
    Posted 2/19/18 11:46am ET

    Philadelphia Eagles impending free-agent RB LeGarrette Blount wants to return to the Eagles, he told NFL Network during an interview.

    Huddle Up: Blount will be playing in an age-32 season in 2018. He mustered only two rushing TDs in 2017's regular season but found paydirt in each of the three playoff games for Philly. The Eagles have a lot of talented bodies and may opt for a cheaper, more versatile rotation. Assuming Blount returns, he's merely fantasy roster depth in the waning rounds of a draft.

  • Allen Robinson - WR - Jacksonville Jaguars
    Posted 2/19/18 11:25am ET

    Updating an ongoing story, Jacksonville Jaguars impending free-agent WR Allen Robinson (knee) is expected to receive the franchise tag, if no long-term deal can be reached.

    Huddle Up: Robinson is too talented for the blossoming Jaguars to let walk. Provided his knee isn't a problem, consider him as a WR2 in most formats.

  • Kirk Cousins - QB - Washington Redskins
    Posted 2/19/18 7:34am ET

    Washington Redskins impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins will have heavy pursuit from the New York Jets, who are prepared to pay 'whatever it takes' to land him, according to sources.

    Huddle Up: Cousins will be an upper-level QB1 wherever he lands, but the Jets might be one of the worst landing places for him in fantasy next season.

  • Kirk Cousins - QB - Washington Redskins
    Posted 2/19/18 7:19am ET

    Washington Redskins impending free-agent Kirk Cousins is favored to sign with the Denver Broncos, in the opinion of SI.com's Peter King.

    Huddle Up: Cousins has been on the fringe of an elite fantasy quarterback the last couple of years without a lot around him. If he went to Denver to throw to established receivers, he could firmly entrench himself in the top-five at the position.

  • Allen Robinson - WR - Jacksonville Jaguars
    Posted 2/18/18 7:25pm ET

    Jacksonville Jaguars impending free-agent WR Allen Robinson will likely take precedent over impending free-agent WR Marqise Lee when it comes to contract negotiations, according to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com.

    Huddle Up: Robinson is coming off a knee injury, but while Lee showed some potential last year, Robinson has the much higher ceiling. Wherever Robinson ends up, he will have WR2 potential. Lee is likely a bench option for fantasy owners.

  • A.J. McCarron - QB - Cincinnati Bengals
    Posted 2/18/18 7:12pm ET

    Cincinnati Bengals impending free-agent QB AJ McCarron's 'ceiling is that of a solid game manager,' according to a scout.

    Huddle Up: Being a game manager might not translate to fantasy stardom, but McCarron could be a serviceable fantasy backup if he lands a starting gig for 2018.

  • A.J. McCarron - QB - Cincinnati Bengals
    Posted 2/18/18 6:41pm ET

    Cincinnati Bengals impending free-agent QB AJ McCarron will likely command a contract for 'at least' as much as the three-year, $45 million contract Chicago Bears QB Mike Glennon signed last year, according to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com.

    Huddle Up: McCarron is an unknown commodity, but if he can land a starting gig for 2018, he will be worth a look as a low-end QB2.

  • Bilal Powell - RB - New York Jets
    Posted 2/18/18 6:30pm ET

    New York Jets RB Bilal Powell is viewed by the coaching staff as a complementary back, according to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com.

    Huddle Up: There is a good chance Matt Forte will be released, but it sounds like Powell wouldn't see much of an increase in his workload. He should still have value as a potential flex play in PPR formats, but his ceiling appears limited.

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