Posted: 4/30/2017 7:12pm et
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara will be used to create mismatches in the passing game, according to general manager Mickey Loomis. 'To fill that role with a player of his caliber, we're pretty excited about it,' Loomis said 'Obviously, we were. That's why we traded up to get him.'
Huddle Up: With Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram also in the backfield, Kamara is likely to be relegated to passing downs in 2017. He is worth a late-round flier in PPR formats, but his real value is in keeper leagues.
Posted: 4/30/2017 6:53pm et
Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay has the skills to play outside or inside, according to general manager Bob Quinn, but Quinn said Golladay will probably start on the outside while he learns the offense.
Huddle Up: Golladay has all the physical tools to be a matchup problem for defenses, but there could be a decent learning curve as he adjusts to an NFL offense. Still, the Lions sound committed to having him involved, so he is worth a speculative stash in dynasty formats.
Posted: 4/30/2017 5:26pm et
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook was kicked out of a 15-minute interview at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine.
Huddle Up: Add this to the list of off-the-field concerns for the explosive slot receiver. There's no denying Westbrook's talent, but with all the other red flags, he is only worth a flier in dynasty leagues.
Posted: 4/29/2017 7:13pm et
Buffalo Bills QB Nathan Peterman's accuracy and timing of his throws and his 'ability to work under center' stood out, according to head coach Sean McDermott. 'It's not something you see often in the college game,' McDermott said.
Huddle Up: Coming from a pro-style offense, Peterman could make a quicker transition to the NFL game than a lot of rookies. Tyrod Taylor is running the show in Buffalo for now, but Peterman could have his chance in a couple of years. He is worth stashing in dynasty formats.
Posted: 4/29/2017 12:01pm et
The Buffalo Bills selected Pittsburgh QB Nathan Peterman with the No. 171 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Saturday, April 29.
Huddle Up: As long as Tyrod Taylor remains healthy and in favor, Peterman is an afterthought in 2017. He should battle Cardale Jones for the backup role and enter the mix for 2018 when Taylor's deal offers an out. When Peterman is given a shot, he has the tools to develop into a serviceable fantasy starter.
Posted: 4/29/2017 11:56am et
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Boise State RB Jeremy McNichols with the No. 162 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Saturday, April 29.
Huddle Up: McNichols was highly productive at Boise State and brings an electric style to the Buccaneers. Doug Martin's future is in question, but this backfield has ample talent that presumably will begin ahead of McNichols. The rookie probably will play a special teams role in 2017, barring injuries around him, and attempt to earn a spot in 2018's backfield rotation.
Posted: 4/29/2017 11:09am et
The Denver Broncos selected Michigan TE Jake Butt (knee) with No. 145 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Saturday, April 29.
Huddle Up: It's unlikely we see Butt on the field in 2017, but his future is bright. Denver has several bodies at the position, so the rookie can take his time recovering from an ACL tear. He's a promising player in the long haul.
Posted: 4/29/2017 11:04am et
The Indianapolis Colts selected South Florida RB Marlon Mack at No. 143 in the 2017 NFL Draft Saturday, April 29.
Huddle Up: Mack is a big play waiting to happen and can be flex all over the field. He brings a dynamic quality to the Colts' backfield that Frank Gore doesn't offer. There could be a sizeable role for this rookie given Gore's age and Mack's talents. Check him out in 2017 drafts as a fifth back or risky fourth.
Posted: 4/29/2017 10:51am et
The New York Giants selected Clemson RB Wayne Gallman with the No. 140 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Saturday, April 29.
Huddle Up: Gallman is quicker than fast and will come in to compete for touches with Shane Vereen and Paul Perkins. The rookie brings size (6-foot, 215 pounds) and a slashing running style to the backfield. He could emerge as a viable fantasy play and deserves attention late in single-year drafts.
Posted: 4/29/2017 10:39am et
The Green Bay Packers selected BYU RB Jamaal Williams at No. 134 in the 2017 NFL Draft Saturday, April 29.
Huddle Up: It is believed Williams will compete right away with Don Jackson and Christine Michael for a role in the backfield. Given Williams' size of 6-foot, 212 pounds, he could be the thunder to Ty Montgomery's lightning. Watch Williams during training camp and preseason play for clarity on his fantasy role. He could surprise as a fringe flex choice.
Posted: 4/29/2017 9:37am et
The Washington Redskins selected Oklahoma RB Samaje Perine with the No. 114 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Saturday, April 29.
Huddle Up: Perine will compete for touches, but he could be fast-tracked with reports of Matt Jones being on the trade block. Perine is a big-bodied back at 5-11, 233 pounds, and could slide into the conversation of No. 4 fantasy back in upcoming drafts. Presumed starter Rob Kelley enters a make-or-break situation.
Posted: 4/29/2017 9:26am et
The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Oklahoma WR Dede Westbrook with the No. 110 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Saturday, April 29.
Huddle Up: Westbrook comes with off-the-field concerns but was insanely productive at Oklahoma. He's a slot receiver in the NFL and will vie for touches as a rookie. Look for designed plays around the line to give him the ball in space. Nevertheless, he doesn't warrant a draft spot in single-year formats.
Posted: 4/28/2017 9:58pm et
The Tennessee Titans selected TE Jonnu Smith with the 100th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Smith has good athleticism for a tight end, but the Titans added multiple receivers early in the draft and Delanie Walker is ahead of him at the tight end spot. He is a speculative add in keeper leagues.
Posted: 4/28/2017 9:48pm et
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate is a 'heck of a player' and will still be involved in the offense despite the addition of TE O.J. Howard, according to general manager Jason Licht. 'In our offense and a lot of offenses in today's day and age, you have two tight ends,' Licht said.
Huddle Up: Brate will undoubtedly lose targets to Howard and DeSean Jackson, and his chances of being a TE1 in 2017 have disappeared. That being said, his impact in the red zone could keep him in the TE2 conversation.
Posted: 4/28/2017 9:25pm et
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes was being targeted by the New Orleans Saints with the 11th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: The Chiefs moved up and grabbed Mahomes, who will now be groomed by Andy Reid. He won't have fantasy value in redraft leagues in 2017, but he has tons of arm talent and QB1 upside. Stash him in keeper formats.
Posted: 4/28/2017 9:08pm et
Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt's 'contact balance' and running style stood out, according to general manager John Dorsey.
Huddle Up: Hunt has the tools to challenge for the starting gig as a rookie or at least share carries with Spencer Ware. Grab him in the later rounds in redraft leagues, and he is worth considering in the first round in rookie drafts.
Posted: 4/28/2017 8:54pm et
The Seattle Seahawks selected WR Amara Darboh with the 106th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Darboh doesn't have any elite traits, and at best, he could become a third receiver in the NFL. He doesn't need to be drafted at this point.
Posted: 4/28/2017 8:47pm et
The Pittsburgh Steelers selected RB James Conner with the 105th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Conner fits the mold of a Pittsburgh back, and he is the likely handcuff for Le'Veon Bell owners.
Posted: 4/28/2017 8:22pm et
The Arizona Cardinals selected WR Chad Williams with the 98th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Williams lands with a Cardinals team that could use another quality receiver, and playing with Larry Fitzgerald should only help his development. He could be a sneaky stash candidate in keeper formats.
Posted: 4/28/2017 8:15pm et
The Denver Broncos selected WR Carlos Henderson with the 82nd pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Henderson has the speed and agility to be a matchup problem out of the slot, and he could become Denver's No. 3 receiver in short order. Grab him in keeper formats.
Posted: 4/28/2017 8:12pm et
The Detroit Lions selected WR Kenny Golladay with the 96th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Golladay has an intriguing combination of size and speed, but he is a project. You can file the name away, but even in keeper formats, he is a bit of a reach.
Posted: 4/28/2017 8:00pm et
The Houston Texans selected RB D'Onta Foreman with the 89th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Lamar Miller struggled to stay healthy as Houston's workhorse, and Foreman should step in and spell him as a rookie. More importantly, his size and power could lead to some touches around the goal line, making Foreman a late-round target in redraft leagues and a solid second-round option in rookie drafts.
Posted: 4/28/2017 7:49pm et
The Kansas City Chiefs selected RB Kareem Hunt with the 86th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Hunt has the tools to be a three-down back, and he could be one of the bigger fantasy surprises from this draft class. He is a sleeper candidate in redraft leagues and someone to draft aggressively in keeper formats.
Posted: 4/28/2017 7:46pm et
The New York Giants selected QB Davis Webb with the 87th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Webb needs time to develop, and he will have just that while learning from Eli Manning. Webb won't play for a while, but with all the young weapons the Giants have on offense, Webb is a player worth stashing in dynasty formats.
Posted: 4/28/2017 7:39pm et
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected WR Chris Godwin with the 84th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Godwin needs to work on his route running, but he has the physical tools to develop into an NFL starter. He is worth stashing in keeper formats, but it will probably be a couple of years before he makes an impact for fantasy owners.
Posted: 4/28/2017 7:29pm et
The New York Jets selected WR ArDarius Stewart with the 79th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Stewart is an explosive, versatile receiver, and he has the tools to become a No. 2 receiver for the Jets. However, a lot of pieces have to fall into place, starting with the quarterback situation in New York. Stewart is a high-upside stash candidate in keeper leagues, but he doesn't need to be selected in redraft leagues.
Posted: 4/28/2017 7:15pm et
The Tennessee Titans selected WR Taywan Taylor with the 72nd pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.
Huddle Up: The Titans keep adding weapons for Marcus Mariota, and Taylor has the ability to play in the slot or outside. Don't count on Taylor helping your fantasy teams in 2017, but he should be stashed in all keeper formats. He has WR2 potential.
Posted: 4/28/2017 7:00pm et
The Los Angeles Rams selected WR Cooper Kupp with the 69th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Kupp has the potential to become a dangerous slot receiver, but he is going to need time to develop, and the quarterback situation for the Rams won't help matters. He is worth a look in the second round of rookie drafts, but he can be left on the waiver wire in redraft leagues.
Posted: 4/28/2017 6:54pm et
The New Orleans Saints selected Alvin Kamara with the 67th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Kamara joins a prolific offense but a crowded backfield that also features Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram. If Kamara proves his worth, he could become the lead back in a couple of years, but his value is mainly in keeper leagues for now.
Posted: 4/28/2017 6:39pm et
The Pittsburgh Steelers selected WR JuJu Smith-Schuster with the 62nd pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster is a polished, physical receiver, and he could eventually become a reliable possession option for the Steelers. He is no more than a late-round lottery ticket in redraft leagues, but his long-term upside makes him worth a late first-round pick in rookie drafts.
Posted: 4/28/2017 5:47pm et
The Cleveland Browns selected Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer with the No. 52 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Kizer could be a starting option for the Browns as soon as this season, but owners should avoid him in 2017 even if he starts. Owners in keeper leagues may consider him as a late-round option because he could become a No. 1 fantasy quarterback in the future.
Posted: 4/28/2017 5:34pm et
The Cincinnati Bengals selected Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon with the No. 48 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Mixon has dealt with some off-field issues but was considered one of the better running back prospects in the draft. He probably will share playing time with Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard as a rookie and can be a late-round pick in fantasy drafts. He should be a solid pick in keeper leagues because he can be at least a No. 2 running back as soon as 2018 since Hill will be a free agent next offseason.
Posted: 4/28/2017 5:24pm et
The Chicago Bears selected Ashland TE Adam Shaheen with the No. 45 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Shaheen may have a limited role in the passing game as a rookie since Zach Miller is on the roster. Owners in all leagues probably can avoid Shaheen in drafts this season. He could have some value in keeper leagues but probably will not make a big impact.
Posted: 4/28/2017 5:17pm et
The Los Angeles Rams selected South Alabama TE Gerald Everett with the No. 44 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Everett probably will see limited targets as a rookie and can be avoided in most fantasy leagues this season. He could be an option for owners in keeper leagues because he has a chance to become a low-end No. 1 tight end down the road.
Posted: 4/28/2017 4:56pm et
The Minnesota Vikings selected Florida State RB Dalvin Cook with the No. 41 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Cook should have a role in the offense as a rookie even though the team has Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon on the roster. Cook can be a No. 4 running back in drafts in 2017 and should be a popular pick in keeper leagues since he has a chance to be at least a No. 2 running back in upcoming years.
Posted: 4/28/2017 4:56pm et
The Carolina Panthers selected Ohio State WR Curtis Samuel with the No. 40 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Samuel likely will be used as a slot receiver and will take over the role that Ted Ginn Jr. used to handle. He will have some value in standard leagues this season but will not be a weekly starting option. Owners in keeper leagues should consider him a No. 3 receiver or flex option in the future.
Posted: 4/28/2017 4:43pm et
The Buffalo Bills selected East Carolina WR Zay Jones with the No. 37 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Jones may have a chance to compete for a starting job during training camp, so owners will need to monitor his situation. He could be a late-round pick in fantasy drafts in 2017 if he has a solid role in the passing game. He will have more value in keeper leagues since he has a chance to be a weekly flex option.
Posted: 4/28/2017 9:04am et
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey drew a comparison to the Hall-of-Famer Curtis Martin from general manager Dave Gettleman shortly after the team selected him Thursday, April 27. 'It doesn?t happen very often. The best tackle-box runner I?ve ever seen is Curtis Martin out of Pitt. Christian is right there with him. Running in that tackle box takes unique vision and unique quickness, and he?s got it. Curtis Martin had it, and he had a great career ? a Hall of Fame career ? and this kid?s got those kind of skills,' Gettleman said.
Huddle Up: One gets the sense Carolina sees McCaffrey as a feature back down the road, as Martin ran for 14,101 yards in 11 seasons. McCaffrey is likely to start out his career in the back end of a committee with Jonathan Stewart and will probably be considered the team's slot option as well as its top punt returner. McCaffrey will not lack for work, although it might take him a year or two before he gets the high-volume offensive role fantasy owners desire. Regardless, he should make for a fine flex option as a rookie.
Posted: 4/27/2017 10:31pm et
New York Giants TE Evan Engram will be used 'in a variety of ways,' according to head coach Ben McAdoo. GM Jerry Reese also said the team viewed Engram as someone that could 'line up anywhere.'
Huddle Up: Reese called Engram a 'weapon,' and it's not like the G-Men have any bond fide stars outside of Odell Beckham. Even though Sterling Shepard should be improved in Year 2, there will be opportunities for Engram to make an impact. It's unlikely to be enough to hold more than TE2 value, but there's legitimate upside with Engram.
Posted: 4/27/2017 10:06pm et
Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross (shoulder), who underwent labrum surgery following the NFL Combine, indicated he'd be cleared to practice in July, and head coach Marvin Lewis said he should be ready to go near the start of the season.
Huddle Up: There were whispers that Ross' stock was sliding entering the draft due to a history of medical issues -- he missed all of 2015 with ACL and meniscus injuries, and he previously underwent microfracture surgery -- but the Bengals felt his speed and potential were too great to pass up. Now they'll cross their fingers and hope he can stay healthy. There's undeniable potential opposite A.J. Green, but it seems like a lot to ask for Ross to heal up and then beat out holdovers Tyler Boyd and Cody Core. Still, he has some late-round potential.
Posted: 4/27/2017 9:37pm et
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey will be used in a similar capacity to his time at Stanford, according to head coach Ron Rivera, who also indicated McCaffrey will serve as a punt returner.
Huddle Up: Position flexibility and versatility are the name of the game with McCaffrey, who figures to line up all over the field and be heavily involved in the running, passing and return games. He's well positioned to flourish as a rookie and will draw a lot of interest early in drafts with his value spiking in PPR formats.
Posted: 4/27/2017 8:31pm et
The Cleveland Browns selected Miami (Fla.) TE David Njoku with the No. 29 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Thursday, April 27.
Huddle Up: Njoku should have a role in the passing game right away because the Browns do not have a great receiver corps. He probably should be considered a No. 2 tight end in fantasy drafts this upcoming season but can become a starting fantasy tight end in a few years.
Posted: 4/27/2017 7:51pm et
The New York Giants selected Mississippi TE Evan Engram with the No. 23 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Thursday, April 27.
Huddle Up: The Giants has not received a lot of production from the tight end position over the last few years, but Engram can become a solid contributor in the passing game. He should be considered a No. 2 fantasy tight end for 2017 but can be popular in keeper leagues because of his potential to become a No. 1 tight end.
Posted: 4/27/2017 7:32pm et
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Alabama TE O.J. Howard with the No. 19 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Thursday, April 27.
Huddle Up: The Buccaneers have added another weapon in their passing game with Howard, but he may not start right away with Cameron Brate on the roster. He can be considered a low-end No. 2 tight end in 2017, but he should be a solid pick in keeper leagues since he has the potential to be a starting fantasy tight end in a few years.
Posted: 4/27/2017 7:10pm et
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey has 'elite skills,' according to general manager Dave Gettleman. 'So much value there,' Gettleman said. 'He was a guy we targeted.'
Huddle Up: McCaffrey will have an immediate role as both a runner and a receiver in Carolina. He is no worse than a flex play as a rookie, and he'll have even more value in PPR formats. In rookie drafts, he should be in consideration for the top pick.
Posted: 4/27/2017 6:36pm et
The Houston Texans selected Clemson QB Deshaun Watson with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Thursday, April 27.
Huddle Up: Watson should have a chance to compete with Tom Savage for the starting quarterback during training camp, so owners will need to keep an eye on the situation. Watson would be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback if he wins the starting job but will have more value in keeper leagues since he has a chance to become a starting fantasy quarterback in the future.
Posted: 4/27/2017 6:21pm et
The Kansas City Chiefs selected Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Thursday, April 27.
Huddle Up: Mahomes should sit on the bench for a few years since he played in a spread offense during college and needs to learn an NFL offense. He will not have much value in most standard leagues but should be an option in keeper leagues because he has a chance to be a No. 1 fantasy quarterback in the future.
Posted: 4/27/2017 6:16pm et
The Cincinnati Bengals selected Washington WR John Ross with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Thursday, April 27.
Huddle Up: Ross will compete for playing time with Tyler Boyd and Cody Core during training camp and probably will see most of his playing time on special teams as a rookie. He could have a role as a deep threat during the season. He should be considered a No. 5 receiver in the short term but can become a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver in the long term.
Posted: 4/27/2017 6:07pm et
The Carolina Panthers selected Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Thursday, April 27.
Huddle Up: McCaffrey should have a solid role in the offense right away with the Panthers because of his ability to catch the ball. He probably will also receive a few carries each game. McCaffrey will be a valuable pick in point-per-reception leagues because of his receiving skills.
Posted: 4/27/2017 6:07pm et
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette's ideal playing weight is around 230 pounds, according to executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin, and Coughlin said he doesn't have any questions about Fournette being able to play all three downs.
Huddle Up: While it's encouraging to hear Fournette talked about as a three-down back, he will likely lose some touches to either Chris Ivory or T.J. Yeldon, and Jacksonville's offensive line isn't an elite unit. Consider him a low-end RB2 or RB3 for now.