Fantasy Football Breaking News

  • Melvin Gordon - RB - Los Angeles Chargers
    Posted 1/17/19 5:26pm ET

    Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon will be entering the final year of his contract, but general manager Tom Telesco said Gordon is a candidate for a contract extension this offseason.

    Huddle Up: Gordon was limited to 12 games this season because of injuries but still posted 885 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. He also recorded 490 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns. Gordon should be the starting running back for the Chargers for years to come and can be a No. 1 running back in fantasy leagues in 2019.

  • Philip Rivers - QB - Los Angeles Chargers
    Posted 1/17/19 5:06pm ET

    Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers likely will have contract extension talks with the team this offseason, according to general manager Tom Telesco. Rivers said he would like to play several more seasons.

    Huddle Up: Rivers finished in the top 10 in passing touchdowns, passing yards and completion percentage this season. He likely will have most of his weapons back in 2019 and can be a low-end No. 1 quarterback next season.

  • Ben Watson - TE - New Orleans Saints
    Posted 1/17/19 4:47pm ET

    New Orleans Saints TE Benjamin Watson (illness) did not participate in practice Thursday, Jan. 17.

    Huddle Up: Watson probably can still play even if he does not practice this week, but people will know more about his status in the next few days. He is not a big part of the passing game and can be avoided in fantasy leagues.

  • Jalen Richard - RB - Oakland Raiders
    Posted 1/17/19 4:38pm ET

    Oakland Raiders restricted free-agent RB Jalen Richard is expected to return to the team next season.

    Huddle Up: Richard likely will not take over the starting job in 2019 but should continue to be a solid receiver out of the backfield for the Raiders. He can be considered a late-round option in point-per-reception leagues next season.

  • Sammy Watkins - WR - Kansas City Chiefs
    Posted 1/17/19 2:38pm ET

    Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) fully participated in practice Thursday, Jan. 17.

    Huddle Up: Watkins returned to the lineup last week and caught six passes for 62 yards. He should see a solid amount of targets this week against the New England Patriots and can be a No. 2 fantasy receiver.

  • Tyreek Hill - WR - Kansas City Chiefs
    Posted 1/17/19 2:34pm ET

    Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill (heel, thigh) fully participated in practice Thursday, Jan. 17.

    Huddle Up: Hill has been the team's top offensive weapon this season even though he has been dealing with injuries. He will continue to receive plenty of touches this week and should be a No. 1 receiver in all fantasy leagues.

  • Spencer Ware - RB - Kansas City Chiefs
    Posted 1/17/19 2:13pm ET

    Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (hamstring) fully participated in practice Thursday, Jan. 17.

    Huddle Up: Ware appears to have a good chance to play against the New England Patriots, but owners will need to monitor the situation. He will be a risky fantasy option if he plays but can still be at least a flex option.

  • Rex Burkhead - RB - New England Patriots
    Posted 1/17/19 10:32am ET

    New England Patriots RBs Sony Michel, James White and Rex Burkhead combined for 47 rushing attempts/targets and 254 yards from scrimmage in the divisional-round playoff win over the Los Angeles Chargers. The Kansas City Chiefs, the Patriots' opponent in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, Jan. 20, surrendered the third-most total yards (2,709) to opposing running backs during the regular season.

    Huddle Up: Among other things, the Patriots are notorious for relentlessly attacking an opponent's weakness, and with the New England pass-catching corps not in top shape (no Josh Gordon, a diminished TE Rob Gronkowski) look for plenty of work again for Michel, White & Co., on Sunday.

  • Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
    Posted 1/17/19 10:02am ET

    New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is 24-4 playing in sub-30-degree weather and 5-1 when the temperature is below 20 degrees. An arctic cold front in expected Sunday, Jan. 20, in Kansas City, Mo., where the Patriots will face the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game.

    Huddle Up: Brady threw for 340 yards and a TD and ran for another score when the Pats outlasted the Chiefs 43-40 in Week 6. But that was a home game, and the Chiefs' underrated defense allows an average of 17.2 fewer points at home than on the road, so that's perhaps the biggest reason to temper your expectations for a big Brady statistical outing Sunday at Arrowhead.

  • Anthony Miller - WR - Chicago Bears
    Posted 1/16/19 10:06pm ET

    Chicago Bears WR Anthony Miller (shoulder) should not miss significant time during the offseason following his upcoming shoulder surgery, according to the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs, who believes Miller will be ready to go at or near the start of the team's offseason program.

    Huddle Up: Biggs also mentioned he thought Miller could double his receptions and receiving yards in Year 2, which would put him in the neighborhood of 70 catches and 900 yards -- solid production assuming he continues to make things happen in the red zone. There's more upside with Miller than anyone else in the Bears receiving group, and he could emerge as a legit weekly starter if he continues to develop.

  • Jordan Howard - RB - Chicago Bears
    Posted 1/16/19 9:58pm ET

    Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard holds little value if the team decides to shop him around during the offseason, according to the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs, who points out Howard is in the final year of his rookie deal and that running back is one of the NFL's most replaceable positions. Biggs believes Howard's greatest value in 2019 would be as depth for the Bears.

    Huddle Up: While Howard's nine TDs were nice, his deficiencies in the passing game made him a less-than-ideal fit in Matt Nagy's offense, and it seems his days in the Windy City are numbered despite logging 250 carries last year. With his yardage and yards per carry dropping every year, Howard's value entering next season remains in flux.

  • DeAndre Hopkins - WR - Houston Texans
    Posted 1/16/19 8:26pm ET

    Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins was targeted 163 times during the regular season while the second highest total on the team was 45 targets.

    Huddle Up: Hopkins was targeted at least 10 times in 11 regular season games this season and received 10 targets in the playoff game. He will continue to be the main option in the Texans passing game and should be a No. 1 receiver in all leagues. Hopkins could even be the first receiver off the board.

  • Antonio Brown - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
    Posted 1/16/19 6:39pm ET

    Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown has not been the topic of trade talks at this point, according to owner Art Rooney II. Rooney said Brown staying with the Steelers is still an option but not many signs are pointing that way at this time.

    Huddle Up: The Steelers probably will have trade talks with teams closer to the start of the new league year, so people should keep an eye on the situation. Brown is still one of the better receivers in the NFL and can be a No. 1 receiver in fantasy leagues.

  • Ben Watson - TE - New Orleans Saints
    Posted 1/16/19 5:51pm ET

    New Orleans Saints TE Benjamin Watson (illness) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Jan. 16.

    Huddle Up: Watson has been held to one catch in five of the last seven games and is not a big part of the passing game. He probably should be avoided in all fantasy leagues this week.

  • Spencer Ware - RB - Kansas City Chiefs
    Posted 1/16/19 2:44pm ET

    Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (hamstring) put in a limited practice Wednesday, Jan. 16.

    Huddle Up: Ware's lack of good health has paved the way for Damien Williams to break out in Kansas City's backfield. Even if Ware is healthy enough to play, he won't see the same workload he did at the end of the regular season.

  • Sammy Watkins - WR - Kansas City Chiefs
    Posted 1/16/19 2:40pm ET

    Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) was a full practice participant Wednesday, Jan. 16.

    Huddle Up: Watkins surprised many last week as he tallied six catches for 62 in his return. He can't be relied on for consistent production, but he's a decent flex consideration for those in DFS contests.

  • Tyreek Hill - WR - Kansas City Chiefs
    Posted 1/16/19 2:36pm ET

    Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill (thigh, heel) participated fully in practice Wednesday, Jan. 16.

    Huddle Up: Hill is the key weapon for the Chiefs this weekend. He torched the New England Patriots for seven catches, 142 yards and three touchdowns when they played in the regular season. Weather will be a bigger factor this time around, but Hill will still be factored heavily into the game plan.

  • Todd Gurley - RB - Los Angeles Rams
    Posted 1/16/19 1:56pm ET

    Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) will be limited in practice all week despite his knee being fine, according to head coach Sean McVay.

    Huddle Up: Gurley played just fine in his return to the gridiron last week, running for 115 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. He and C.J. Anderson have suddenly formed a dynamic duo in the Rams' backfield, but Gurley remains the top threat.

  • Nick Foles - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
    Posted 1/16/19 12:00pm ET

    Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles is expected to be of interest to the Jacksonville Jaguars this offseason. Jaguars new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo is already familiar and connected with Foles as he served as the Eagles offensive coordinator from 2016 to 2017.

    Huddle Up: Foles to the Jaguars would make a lot of sense with Blake Bortles not cutting it, Foles deserving a starting gig and the DeFilippo connection. As for fantasy purposes, it would be safer to draft Foles as a QB2 if he did land in Jacksonville or elsewhere, although he does have a QB1 ceiling.

  • Cam Newton - QB - Carolina Panthers
    Posted 1/15/19 5:19pm ET

    Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) is not guaranteed to play at all in 2019 as the team considers all of its options regarding his injured shoulder. Per ESPN.com's David Newton, the organization has been in discussions with medical personnel on the best plan to strengthen the shoulder - whether that's with rest or another surgery. A surgery opens the possibility Newton could miss a season - just as Andrew Luck did in 2017 - after undergoing surgery on his throwing shoulder.

    Huddle Up: It sounds as if missing all of 2019 is only a worst-case scenario, but the fact it is even on the table this early in the offseason is concerning. Kyle Allen played well in the regular-season finale and could conceivably be asked to fill in, but Carolina will probably try hard to secure a capable placeholder in free agency or spend a relatively early pick in the draft at quarterback to protect itself. At this point, it's probably best if fantasy owners assume the worst and hope for good news sometime this summer.

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