Fantasy Football Player News
Posted: 11/18/2015 10:09am et
Arizona Cardinals OG Mike Iupati (neck) has been cleared for the Week 11 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Head coach Bruce Arians said Iupati suffered a double stinger.
Huddle Up: After the scary sight of Iupati being placed on a backboard and taken from the field in an ambulance, it's great news that he's been cleared to return. The Arizona ground game is thrilled as well.

Posted: 11/16/2015 12:19pm et
New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was fired Monday, Nov. 16, according to two sources.
Huddle Up: In the least surprising move ever, the Saints finally fired Ryan. The Saints rank last in the league in both yards and points allowed and are on pace to give up the most touchdown passes in NFL history. You have to wonder how much longer being Buddy's son gets Rob work.

Posted: 10/19/2015 12:57pm et
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) is expected to play Monday, Oct. 19, against the Philadelphia Eagles, barring a pre-game setback. z
Huddle Up: Owners who waited on Beckham obviously need to have him in their lineups if he's active. Beckham could be in line for a big game against a struggling Eagles' pass defense.

Posted: 10/18/2015 10:41pm et
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) remains questionable to play in the Week 6 game against the Philadelphia Eagles, but at least he was able to travel with the team for the game. He did not practice at all this week, but he still is hopeful of playing Monday, Oct. 19.
Huddle Up: It's good news for Beckham's chances of playing against the Eagles. Beckham remains a gametime decision but there's a good chance he'll be in the lineup.

Posted: 10/17/2015 1:22pm et
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) did not participate in practice Saturday, Oct. 17, and is listed as questionable for the Week 6 game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Huddle Up: Beckham, Jr. will be a game-time decision this week. The big problem for fantasy owners is he plays on Monday. Owners need to have another option ready in case Beckham is inactive.

Posted: 10/15/2015 11:13am et
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel will see 'the majority of reps' in practice this week with QB Tyrod Taylor (knee) dealing with a sprained medial collateral ligament, head coach Rex Ryan said Wednesday, Oct. 14.
Huddle Up: Taylor hasn't been ruled out for this weekend, but it looks as if Manuel will take the bulk of reps leading up to the game. Plus, a mobile quarterback with a bum knee isn't actually mobile, is he?

Posted: 10/12/2015 3:12pm et
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) is dealing with a hamstring injury, but the team hopes he will be able to practice on at least a limited basis this week, according to head coach Tom Coughlin.
Huddle Up: Beckham re-entered the game Sunday night for the Giants' final final drive but his status for Monday night won't be known until later in the week. Rueben Randle is also dealing with a hamstring injury, so the Giants could be thin at receiver versus the Eagles this week.

Posted: 9/9/2015 9:30am et
Atlanta Falcons OG Andy Levitre restructured his deal and is due $23.25 million through 2018 instead of $27.3 million. He has no guaranteed money past 2015. His 2015 salary was reduced from $6.5 million to $1.5 million with a $5.5 million signing bonus.
Huddle Up: Levitre signed his big deal with the Titans but never quite fit there; we'll see if Atlanta is a better schematic fit. If the Falcons get Buffalo-era Levitre it will be a huge boost to their retooled offensive line.

Posted: 9/9/2015 9:30am et
New Orleans Saints C Max Unger restructured his contract to convert $3 million of his $4.5 million base salary into a signing bonus Wednesday, Sept. 9. It created $1.5 million in cap room.
Huddle Up: Unger's addition upgrades the Saints line and positions them well as they transition to a more ground-oriented offense. Of course, the additional protection he affords Drew Brees doesn't hurt, either.

Posted: 8/31/2015 8:34am et
Oakland Raiders OT Menelik Watson (Achilles') said on Twitter that he is out for the season with a ruptured Achilles.
Huddle Up: Watson's loss is a blow to the rejuvenated Raiders offense, though they do have an experienced replacement in Austin Howard.

Posted: 8/10/2015 2:59pm et
Cleveland Browns OT Joe Thomas (knee) suffered a knee injury during practice Monday, Aug. 10, but head coach Mike Pettine does not believe the injury is serious.
Huddle Up: Thomas has never missed a game in his NFL career and this injury appears to be minor. Thomas is the anchor of the Browns' rushing attack.

Posted: 7/27/2015 3:22pm et
Carolina Panthers OT Jonathan Martin (back) has chosen to retire. Martin will need surgery on his injured back.
Huddle Up: Martin is only 25. Martin was the 42nd overall pick by the Dolphins in 2012 but struggled in the NFL. Still, the loss of Martin leaves Carolina thin at the tackle position heading into the season.

Posted: 6/13/2015 1:50pm et
Free-agent OG Evan Mathis (Eagles) has received interest from at least six teams since he was released but may not make a quick decision on his next team, according to his agent.
Huddle Up: Mathis was not a fit with Chip Kelly, but the two-time Pro Bowl guard still has something left in the tank and should be able to find work sooner rather than later.

Posted: 3/23/2015 2:35pm et
Free-agent WR Nathan Slaughter (Jaguars) agreed to terms on an undisclosed deal with the Arizona Cardinals Monday, March 23.
Huddle Up: Slaughter is the first signing to come out of the veterans' combine held last week. He'll have an uphill battle for relevancy in a crowded Arizona receiving corps.

Posted: 2/2/2015 10:29am et
Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn reached an agreement to become head coach of the Atlanta Falcons Monday, Feb. 2. According to a source, it's a five-year deal.
Huddle Up: Quinn to the Falcons was one of the worst-kept secrets of the past two weeks. However, just think how interesting this might have become had Atlanta had a handshake agreement with Seattle's other coordinator prior to the late-game play-calling brain fart in the Super Bowl.

Posted: 1/21/2015 5:47pm et
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel could benefit from new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, according to Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr. Carr said DeFilippo will do great with Manziel, adding that DeFilippo has worked with a running quarterback before in Kansas City Chiefs QB Terrelle Pryor.
Huddle Up: Addressing the Browns' quarterback issues will be DeFilippo's first order of business, and he comes with a ringing endorsement from Carr. The Browns may make the decision easier by opting not to re-sign free agent Brian Hoyer, but DeFilippo will still need to get much, much more out of Johnny Football than we saw this season.

Posted: 1/21/2015 12:44pm et
Former Oakland Raiders quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo will be hired as the Cleveland Browns' offensive coordinator. The deal has not officially been completed, but it's expected to be done by the end of the week, according to a source. DeFilippo hasn't called plays at the NFL level yet but did so at San Jose State.
Huddle Up: The Browns' fourth OC in as many years will elicit a giant "who?" from football fans. He'll inherit Johnny Manziel, maybe Brian Hoyer, a couple very good rookie running backs, and the headache that is Josh Gordon. Good luck with all that.

Posted: 1/21/2015 12:44pm et
Former Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson was hired by the Jacksonville Jaguars to be their offensive coordinator Wednesday, Jan. 21.
Huddle Up: Olsen is known as a quarterbacks guy, and Job One for him in Jacksonville will be to turn Blake Bortles from a first-round pick into an elite quarterback.

Posted: 1/19/2015 10:44am et
Former San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio was not offered the DC job with the Washington Redskins following his interview on Sunday, Jan. 18.
Huddle Up: Seemed like the Redskins were heading down the path towards Fangio; now we'll have to wait and see who they add to Jay Gruden's staff to handle the defense.

Posted: 1/19/2015 10:44am et
Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is expected to be hired by the Atlanta Falcons for their head coaching position after the Super Bowl. Quinn and new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan planned to be a package deal.
Huddle Up: The Falcons will have an opportunity to talk to Quinn this week with the Seahawks off before picking up Super Bowl preparation, but they can't make anything official. However, with the younger Shanahan in place as Atlanta's OC, you can expect a wink-wink handshake agreement that will move Quinn south following the big game.

Posted: 1/14/2015 6:48pm et
The San Francisco 49ers are set to promote defensive line coach Jim Tomsula to head coach. The two sides are ironing out the details.
Huddle Up: Tomsula was the team's interim head coach for one game prior to Jim Harbaugh being hired. His players love him, and he gets along with the current San Francisco front office unlike their recently deposed coach. Whether that will result in the team returning to the NFC championship game remains to be seen.

Posted: 1/14/2015 6:48pm et
Cincinnati Bengals RB James Wilder Jr. signed a Reserve/Future contract Wednesday, Jan. 14.
Huddle Up: Doesn't look like Hue Jackson is getting any of these open head coaching jobs, which means the Bengals will be run-heavy again next season. And that means Wilder could stick as a depth guy behind Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard.

Posted: 1/14/2015 12:37pm et
Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles will be hired by the New York Jets for their head coaching position, a source involved in the process said Tuesday, Jan. 13. He is expected to officially sign a four-year deal Wednesday, Jan. 14.
Huddle Up: Bowles extends the Jets' string of defensive-minded head coaches to six, but while the cupboard is not necessarily bare he doesn't inherit nearly the same level of defensive talent he worked with in Arizona. On the bright side, he's used to trying to overcome lackluster quarterback play.

Posted: 1/12/2015 5:58pm et
San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman has agreed to become the Buffalo Bills new offensive coordinator, according to a source. Roman is expected to travel to Buffalo Monday, Jan. 12, and sign a contract.
Huddle Up: Roman's work with the run-first 49ers should serve him well in Buffalo, where quarterback questions abound but the ground game has been solid. For better or for worse, don't expect much to change with the Bills' attack.

Posted: 1/7/2015 3:26pm et
Philadelphia Eagles OG Evan Mathis was added to the Pro Bowl Wednesday, Jan. 7. Mathis is replacing New Orleans Saints OG Jahri Evans, who is not able to participate due to injury.
Huddle Up: Nice for Mathis to get some recognition, as he's consistently been one of the best guards in football.

Posted: 1/7/2015 3:26pm et
Florida State QB Jameis Winston will forego his junior and senior seasons to enter the 2015 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: This news should surprise no one. Winston is generally considered the most pro-ready quarterback in this year's draft class, but there will be some concerns about his character after the many red flags raised during his tenure at Florida State.

Posted: 1/7/2015 3:26pm et
The Oakland Raiders are interested in possibly hiring Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan as their offensive coordinator, sources said Tuesday, Jan. 6. Shanahan will consider a lateral move in the offseason due to friction between coaches and the front offices, sources said.
Huddle Up: There are few situations where a move to the Raiders would be viewed as a step up, but in Oakland Shanahan would get a stable quarterback situation and some intriguing talent in Latavius Murray, Andre Holmes and Mychal Rivera.

Posted: 1/5/2015 4:27pm et
The Buffalo Bills interviewed Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn for their head coaching vacancy Sunday, Jan. 4. Quinn also interviewed with the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Jan. 4, for their head coaching position.
Huddle Up: Busy day for Quinn, who is one of the hotter candidates for one of the six head coaching openings in the league. He'll turn his immediate attention back to the Seahawks' playoff game, but he's taken advantage of his window of opportunity to make an impression.

Posted: 12/30/2014 2:13am et
Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer was fired Monday, Dec. 29, according to a source.
Huddle Up: No surprise that Marc Trestman's OC is given the gate; expect much of the rest of the staff to follow suit, as the Bears' defense was even worse than the offense in 2014.

Posted: 12/26/2014 11:22am et
South Carolina RB Mike X. Davis told reporters that his Independence Bowl appearance Saturday, Dec. 27, would be his final game at South Carolina. He plans on declaring for the 2015 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: With a solid performance in the bowl game Saturday Davis will join former Heisman winner George Rogers as the only backs in Gamecocks history with multiple 1,000-yard seasons. Where he fits into a draft that in recent years has devalued the running back position remains to be seen.

Posted: 12/26/2014 11:22am et
Miami RB Duke Johnson is expected to announce his declaration for the 2015 NFL Draft shortly, according to several sources.
Huddle Up: Johnson holds several "U" records, including career rushing and all-purpose yards, and after breaking his ankle last season has come back to threaten Willis McGahee's single-season rushing record as well. He's likely to be a second-day pick in a draft that has been more inclined to wait on the running back position in recent years.

Posted: 12/24/2014 11:08am et
Atlanta Falcons RB Jerome Smith was signed to the 53-man roster Wednesday, Dec. 24.
Huddle Up: This feels like an insurance move, though adding a running back might also be a sign that Steven Jackson's quad injury is more serious than originally thought.

Posted: 12/22/2014 9:02am et
The Cleveland Browns may look to upgrade the quarterback position in the offseason despite the presence of QB Johnny Manziel. League sources have said Browns general manger Ray Farmer has long been fascinated by Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, who is widely expected to be a top-five pick in the 2015 draft. Cleveland owns the 14th and 19th picks in the first round.
Huddle Up: It would be admitting the Manziel pick was a bust after just more than one game of evidence were the Browns to trade up for Mariota, but there wasn't much to like about Manziel's showing so the Browns may just pull the trigger. Brian Hoyer is a free agent; they could opt to bring him back instead, though he wasn't necessarily the answer either.

Posted: 12/19/2014 10:38am et
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford is headed to the Canadian Football League as head coach of the British Columbia Lions. Tedford, who missed the season due to health issues, has agreed in principle to a deal.
Huddle Up: Tedford was unable to have much of an impact on the Bucs' offense in his first season as OC due to health issues. We're glad those are resolved and wish him well north of the border.

Posted: 12/16/2014 10:43am et
Free-agent RB Zach Bauman (Cardinals) will sign with the Arizona Cardinals.
Huddle Up: The Cards have some running back issues, but Bauman isn't likely the solution fantasy owners are looking for.

Posted: 12/10/2014 9:12pm et
University of Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon has elected to forgo his senior year of eligibility and declare for the 2015 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: The 6-1, 215-pound Gordon is a bigger version of Jamaal Charles. Gordon has blazing speed and underrated power between the tackles. His one negative is Gordon has lost six fumbles this season - which is the most in the nation. Obviously he'll need to correct his fumbling problems to stay on the field in the NFL but Gordon projects as a first-round pick in this year's draft.

Posted: 12/8/2014 10:34am et
Montreal Alouettes WR Duron Carter will hold a 'Pro Day' sometime in January for interested teams to watch him work out. Carter then plans to visit with various squads.
Huddle Up: Cris Carter's kid has been tearing up the CFL and would like a shot at the big time. Not unlike his father, Carter was a bit on the immature side during his first run through the league but has grown up and could be an impact fantasy player sooner rather than later. The Colts and 49ers are believed to be among the teams highly interested in the younger Carter's services.