Fantasy Football Breaking News

  • Dalvin Cook - RB - Minnesota Vikings
    Posted 4/24/18 5:48pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (knee) has been doing some work on the field since spring drills began April 16, and athletic trainer Eric Sugarman confirmed his recover from a torn left ACL in Week 4 last season is going well. 'Dalvin?s knocked the rehab out of the park. He?s done a great job. He?s been here every day since the injury occurred post-surgery. He?ll participate in (organized team activities and minicamp) on a limited basis. ? Hopefully when he gets to training camp ? he?ll be a participant just like everybody else,' Sugarman said.

    Huddle Up: Cook will likely go in the late first round of many fantasy drafts this spring and summer, but he has to be considered one of the favorites to perform like an early first-round pick. The Vikings upgraded at quarterback in the offseason with Kirk Cousins and the defense should remain among the best in the league, so volume should not be an issue. Consider him a strong RB1 option.

  • Rob Gronkowski - TE - New England Patriots
    Posted 4/24/18 3:32pm ET

    New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski announced Tuesday, April 24, that he will be playing in 2018, as expected.

    Huddle Up: Not a big surprise, but there have been reports throughout the offseason that Gronk could retire. Since he is returning, he should be regarded as the No. 1 fantasy tight end, per usual.

  • Cameron Meredith - WR - Chicago Bears
    Posted 4/24/18 3:01pm ET

    Chicago Bears WR Cameron Meredith (knee) is recovering well and might be able to participate in minicamp, according to head coach Sean Payton.

    Huddle Up: Meredith has promising prospects in one of the most prolific offenses in the NFL, but he'll have to stay on the field. If he can maintain good health he has WR3 upside.

  • DeVante Parker - WR - Miami Dolphins
    Posted 4/24/18 12:46pm ET

    Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker's fifth-year option was exercised, as expected, Tuesday, April 24.

    Huddle Up: Many thought Parker would break out last season, which he didn't, but his 2018 campaign is tailor made for a breakout with Jarvis Landry now out of the picture. As Miami's No. 1 wide receiver, he'll have WR2 upside but is a safer draftee as a WR3.

  • Paul Perkins - RB - New York Giants
    Posted 4/24/18 11:54am ET

    New York Giants RB Paul Perkins (pectoral) suffered a pectoral injury while training and was seen with his arm in a sling Tuesday, April 24.

    Huddle Up: Perkins is on the outside looking in in the Giants' backfield after squandering his opportunity to start last year. Jonathan Stewart and Wayne Gallman figure to be most prominently used, but that could obviously change if New York selects Saquon Barkley in the draft.

  • Mike Williams - WR - Los Angeles Chargers
    Posted 4/24/18 9:16am ET

    Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams told the team's website he feels '100 percent' after dealing with a back issue for the majority of his rookie season in 2017.

    Huddle Up: The Chargers' depth chart is still pretty stacked at receiver and Keenan Allen is still Philip Rivers' top option, but Los Angeles can find a sizable role for Williams if he can stay on the field this season. While he may not to produce enough to be a regular fantasy starter as a NFL sophomore, he should be able to begin displaying the talent that made him the No. 7 overall selection in last year's draft.

  • Odell Beckham - WR - New York Giants
    Posted 4/24/18 8:22am ET

    Updating an ongoing story, New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle) will absolutely be part of the team in 2018, according to head coach Pat Shurmur.

    Huddle Up: That doesn't solve the contract dispute or some of the other things behind the scenes, so it's too early to consider this a done deal. OBJ will be an elite WR1 option as long as he's healthy.

  • Odell Beckham - WR - New York Giants
    Posted 4/24/18 7:31am ET

    New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle) will go through the walkthrough Tuesday, April 24, at voluntary workouts, but he's not 100 percent to practice, according to a source.

    Huddle Up: He should be ready for training camp, but it remains to be seen if he'll take part due to his desire for a new contract. OBJ is an elite WR1 wherever he plays as long as he's healthy.

  • Antonio Gates - TE - Los Angeles Chargers
    Posted 4/24/18 5:24am ET

    Free-agent TE Antonio Gates (Chargers) hasn't had any recent contact with the Los Angeles Chargers, according to general manager Tom Telesco. The chances are slim that he re-signs with the team.

    Huddle Up: Gates is about to turn 38 and doesn't have much sizzle left on the fantasy burner. Perhaps he could be a TE2 in the right spot.

  • Jimmy Garoppolo - QB - San Francisco 49ers
    Posted 4/23/18 11:13pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo started holding weekend throwing sessions with his teammates, in which wide receivers, running backs and tight ends are invited. He held the first one with the 49ers on Saturday, April 21, with WR Pierre Garcon among those who showed up. 'It kind of gets us away from the coaches and everything, allows me to talk to the receivers about specific things,' Garoppolo said. 'Talking through routes, concepts -- how they see it vs. how I see it -- it just gets us on the same page.'

    Huddle Up: What is there not to love about Jimmy G? The former heir apparent to Tom Brady has just been absolutely tremendous in every regard since being acquired by the 49ers midway through last season and is shaping up to be one of the more prized QB1 options out there. Don't be afraid to reach for Garoppolo, as you have to figure with a full offseason alongside his new teammates under his belt, the sky is his limit.

  • O.J. Howard - TE - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Posted 4/23/18 11:00pm ET

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard has the potential to 'take a big leap' in his second year, according to head coach Dirk Koetter, who added that 'there are so, so many little things that he can do better.'

    Huddle Up: Howard registered 26 catches for 432 yards and six scores across 14 ballgames in his rookie campaign before missing the final two with an ankle injury. Other than his touchdowns, more was expected from the 2017 first-round draft pick, but as Koetter said, if he improves on the little things, there could be an immense jump from Howard. That being said, it's worth at least having him on fantasy rosters as a TE2 just for his high ceiling alone.

  • Melvin Gordon - RB - Los Angeles Chargers
    Posted 4/23/18 3:58pm ET

    Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon's fifth-year option is being picked up Monday, April 23, according to general manager Tom Telesco.

    Huddle Up: When Gordon is at full health he's one of the most dangerous multip-purpose running backs in the NFL. He deserves to be one of the first half dozen players drafted at his position.

  • Dez Bryant - WR - Dallas Cowboys
    Posted 4/23/18 3:21pm ET

    Free-agent WR Dez Bryant (Cowboys) will not be signed by the Baltimore Ravens in light of the signing of WR Willie Snead, as expected.

    Huddle Up: This was expected. Bryant may have to wait until at least draft weekend before he knows what colors he'll be wearing next. He has low-end WR1 to high-end WR2 status depending on where he plays.

  • Tyrell Williams - WR - Los Angeles Chargers
    Posted 4/23/18 1:01pm ET

    Los Angeles Chargers restricted free-agent WR Tyrell Williams signed his tender Monday, April 23, according to a source.

    Huddle Up: Williams was a bust last year as Keenan Allen stayed healthy and essentially monopolized the Chargers' passing game. More so, Mike Williams is returning from an injury-riddled rookie year and could only make matters worse for his fellow Williams. Don't view Tyrell Williams as more than a late-round flier.

  • Amari Cooper - WR - Oakland Raiders
    Posted 4/23/18 12:10pm ET

    Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper's fifth-year option was officially exercised Monday, April 23. His contract is now extended through 2019.

    Huddle Up: Cooper is coming off a disappointing season, but his ceiling remains in low-end WR1 to high-end WR2 territory.

  • Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
    Posted 4/23/18 10:22am ET

    Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said there is no update in terms of the long-term contract talks with RB Le'Veon Bell.

    Huddle Up: The two sides have until the middle of July to reach a long-term agreement, so owners should monitor the situation. Bell likely would sit out until the start of the regular season if he does not get a new contract. He is one of the best option in fantasy leagues and should be a top five pick in all leagues as long as he is playing.

  • Willie Snead - WR - New Orleans Saints
    Posted 4/23/18 7:48am ET

    New Orleans Saints restricted free-agent WR Willie Snead's offer sheet with the Baltimore Ravens will not be matched by the Saints, a source said.

    Huddle Up: Snead could slot in as the WR2 with John Brown in the slot. Snead has always shown potential, but he failed to put it together in New Orleans. The upside isn't as high in the Ravens offense, but he could see a lot of targets. He'll peg as a WR5 with potential for more.

  • Dak Prescott - QB - Dallas Cowboys
    Posted 4/22/18 6:44pm ET

    The Dallas Cowboys will try to make QB Dak Prescott more productive in 2018 by making some 'tweaks' to the offense, according to executive vice president Stephen Jones.

    Huddle Up: Prescott regressed last year after his impressive rookie campaign, and while he should have a full season of Ezekiel Elliott this time around, his receiving corps is full of question marks. He's a QB2 at this point.

  • Amari Cooper - WR - Oakland Raiders
    Posted 4/22/18 6:29pm ET

    Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper is expected to have his fifth-year option picked up soon, according to a source.

    Huddle Up: After back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns to begin his career, Cooper finished with just 680 yards last season. Injuries were apparently part of the problem, and as the clear go-to target in Oakland's passing game, Cooper could rebound in 2018 and recapture his WR2 form.

  • Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
    Posted 4/22/18 1:16pm ET

    New England Patriots QB Tom Brady and TE Rob Gronkowski are expected to return to the team in 2018 despite their absences from voluntary workouts this month, per a source with 'knowledge of the situation' according to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio.

    Huddle Up: It's possible both men are making their displeasure of the team's decision to remove their trainer from the premises at Gillette Stadium, although neither Brady nor Gronkowski have confirmed that. The Patriots would be wise to target their successors in this week's draft, but the 40-year-old Brady has repeatedly said he hopes to play until he's 45. Gronkowski is more likely to retire sooner given how many injuries he has suffered in his career, but it still seems highly unlikely we've seen the last of him on the gridiron.

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