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  • Jonathan Stewart - RB - Carolina Panthers
    Posted 3/25/17 11:37am ET

    Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart said he believes it would be a good thing if the Panthers selected a running back in the 2017 NFL draft because it would keep him fresher late in games.

    Huddle Up: Stewart should be the starting running back for the Panthers next season but could lose some carries if the team adds a rookie running back. He has rushed for at least 800 yards in each of the last three season and has 15 touchdowns in the last two years. He should be considered a No. 3 running back in most leagues and possibly a low-end No. 2 back in deeper leagues.

  • Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
    Posted 3/25/17 6:04am ET

    Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) said he is willing to wait to sign with a team because he is looking for the best fit for him and a chance to win the Super Bowl.

    Huddle Up: Peterson has not met with any teams at this point and has not been linked with a lot of teams, so owners will need to continue to monitor the situation. It is not known what role he will have with his new team, but he could be considered a No. 2 or No. 3 running back if he receives most of the carries.

  • Aaron Rodgers - QB - Green Bay Packers
    Posted 3/24/17 6:21pm ET

    Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers said he expects the offense to be 'really tough to stop' in 2017.

    Huddle Up: After a slow start to last season, Rodgers caught fire and ended up leading the NFL in touchdown passes. He is should be one of the first quarterbacks off the board in drafts.

  • Tony Romo - QB - Dallas Cowboys
    Posted 3/24/17 1:53pm ET

    Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo believes the Houston Texans and retirement are his options next season if he is released by the Cowboys, according to sources. The Denver Broncos are not pursing Romo, but they are not ruling out the possibility of signing him.

    Huddle Up: Romo is still part of the Cowboys at this point, but he likely will be released at some point this offseason. He would be the starting quarterback if he joins the Texans and could be a low-end No. 1 fantasy quarterback in 2017 if he plays for Houston.

  • Josh McCown - QB - New York Jets
    Posted 3/24/17 12:00pm ET

    New York Jets QB Josh McCown has not been assured that he will begin training camp as starter, and it is a decision which will be made by head coach Todd Bowles, according to general manager Mike Maccagnan.

    Huddle Up: The Jets are 'highly unlikely' to add another free-agent quarterback per Maccagnan, but he acknowledged drafting another one is a possibility. McCown should still be considered the odds-on favorite, but he will turn 38 in July and has never played a full season. In short, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg should expect to make starts this season. It's going to be hard for fantasy owners to find any value in this passing game in 2017.

  • Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
    Posted 3/24/17 11:42am ET

    Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) reportedly wanted more than $8 million in the first year of any contract he signed during the initial wave of free agency.

    Huddle Up: If true, this report explains the main reason AP is still unemployed. Eddie Lacy landed a one-year deal worth $5.5 million and Latavius Murray's three-year contract averages out to $5 million per year, and both are considerably younger and more useful in the passing game than Peterson. With a draft class heavy in talent at his position, the 32-year-old will likely need to cut his asking price in half to get a bite in free agency.

  • Josh Hill - TE - New Orleans Saints
    Posted 3/24/17 10:40am ET

    New Orleans Saints TE Josh Hill (fibula) is expected to start running soon, continuing his rehab from a broken fibula.

    Huddle Up: Hill was starting to push Coby Fleener for playing time prior to his injury, so his recovery is one to monitor this offseason. He's a low-end TE2 candidate at the moment, albeit one with fairly significant upside.

  • Kelvin Benjamin - WR - Carolina Panthers
    Posted 3/24/17 9:36am ET

    Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin's fifth year option for the 2018 season will be picked up, according to general manager Dave Gettleman.

    Huddle Up: Benjamin missed the entire 2015 season due to injury and faded after a strong start in 2016, but he's still the best receiver the Panthers have. He'll be two years removed from ACL surgery at the start of the 2017 season, although he needs a healthy Cam Newton to realize his full potential. If Newton is good to go by Week 1, Benjamin can be considered a fantasy WR3 with big upside.

  • Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
    Posted 3/24/17 9:34am ET

    Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) was reportedly close to making a visit with the Green Bay Packers before they decided his initial asking price was too high, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.

    Huddle Up: It's too bad, as Peterson would have been a nice fit as a powerful, early-down thumper for a Packers' attack who needs the element in their offense. Look for Green Bay to turn its attention to backs like Oklahoma's Samaje Perine and BYU's Jamaal Williams next month in the 2017 NFL Draft in order to fill the void. Peterson will almost certainly need the lower his asking price in order to get a job before training camp.

  • Michael Floyd - WR - New England Patriots
    Posted 3/24/17 9:22am ET

    Free-agent WR Michael Floyd (Patriots) is a 'long shot' to return to the New England Patriots after they acquired Brandin Cooks earlier this month, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

    Huddle Up: Floyd was sentenced to 24 days in jail and 96 days of home detention earlier this offseason as a result of his in-season extreme DUI, so the combination of that punishment and the Patriots' trade of Cooks doesn't leave much room for him. It looks like Floyd could be waiting until training camp before he finds a home, if even then.

  • Kelvin Benjamin - WR - Carolina Panthers
    Posted 3/24/17 6:41am ET

    Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin has a May 2 deadline for the team to pick up his fifth-year option, which figures to be around $8 million.

    Huddle Up: Benjamin had 10 fewer catches for 67 fewer yards and two fewer touchdowns last season than in his rookie year in 2014. It was a 63-941-7 line, which is not bad at all, but it puts him in the low-end WR2 range. Was this a microcosm of him returning from a torn ACL, or is Benjamin just not on the WR1 path he projected towards? This year will likely answer that. His yards per reception jumped more than a yard to 14.9 yards per catch, and he presents a solid choice as a midrange WR2.

  • Jonathan Stewart - RB - Carolina Panthers
    Posted 3/24/17 6:10am ET

    Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart signed a contract extension through the 2018 season Friday, March 24. Stewart had a cap figure of $8.25 million, and the extension was expected to reduce that in 2017.

    Huddle Up: The 30-year-old has been oft-injured, but he has been productive in the spurts he has been out there. His nine touchdowns last season were the most since 2009. However, there are rumblings the team is looking to draft a running back early in the 2017 NFL Draft, maybe Leonard Fournette, and that would reduce J-Stew's potential impact. He's a low-end RB2 for now, but that could dampen as the draft approaches.

  • Mark Sanchez - QB - Dallas Cowboys
    Posted 3/23/17 6:08pm ET

    Free-agent QB Mark Sanchez (Cowboys) is finalizing a deal with the Chicago Bears Thursday, March 23, according to a source.

    Huddle Up: Sanchez will serve as the backup to the unproven Mike Glennon, so it is possible Sanchez makes some starts. Even in that scenario, he wouldn't hold any fantasy value.

  • Kamar Aiken - WR - Indianapolis Colts
    Posted 3/23/17 3:53pm ET

    Indianapolis Colts WR Kamar Aiken said he was told 'there was going to be open competition in the receiving room' when deciding to sign with the team.

    Huddle Up: This indicates Aiken will have every opportunity to compete with the likes of former first-round draft pick Phillip Dorsett and Chester Rogers to be the No. 3 receiver in Indianapolis. The former Baltimore Raven blossomed during the 2015 season when pressed into action due to injuries, but was seemingly phased out of the offense this past year. He can be a valuable commodity in deeper formats if he has an active role in the Colts' high-powered offense.

  • Julio Jones - WR - Atlanta Falcons
    Posted 3/23/17 11:27am ET

    Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) is expected to be at full health in time for the start of training camp in late July. Jones was wearing a boot, but he appeared to be moving around well and was not using crutches. A minor procedure was performed on Jones' foot March 6 after he played with the injury for most of the second half of last season.

    Huddle Up: Jones will be primed for another top WR1 season once he's recovered. He finished as the WR6 last season despite missing two games. Jones is a consensus first-round pick and should be one of the first three wide receivers taken in fantasy drafts.

  • Adam Thielen - WR - Minnesota Vikings
    Posted 3/23/17 8:43am ET

    Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen signed a four-year deal worth $19.246 million with $6.746 million in the first year.

    Huddle Up: Thielen had a 69-967-5 year in 2016 as he emerged onto the fantasy radar. There will be some questions regarding whether he can build on it, but he's in the WR4 mix in fantasy.

  • Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
    Posted 3/22/17 7:22pm ET

    The Green Bay Packers have 'some' interest in a visit with free-agent WR Adrian Peterson (Vikings), but it is believed that might not happen until after the team can take stock of its roster following the draft, according to ESPN's Ben Goessling.

    Huddle Up: All things considered, Green Bay may actually be Peterson's best landing spot. The Oakland Raiders seem more inclined to pursue Marshawn Lynch, while the New York Giants run a more shotgun-heavy, one-back offense that has never been a good fit for him. With such a talented incoming draft class at his position, Peterson could easily be waiting for a training camp injury before he signs with a team.

  • Latavius Murray - RB - Minnesota Vikings
    Posted 3/22/17 3:54pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) underwent ankle surgery Wednesday, March 22, but is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. The Vikings knew Murray would need surgery before they sign him.

    Huddle Up: Murray likely will miss all of the offseason workouts but should be on the field for the first training camp practice. Murray should receive most of the touches in the running game next season and can be a No. 2 or No. 3 running back in fantasy leagues.

  • Dennis Pitta - TE - Baltimore Ravens
    Posted 3/22/17 6:50am ET

    Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta took a $2.5 million pay cut over the next two seasons. He will make $2.5 million in base salary in 2017 along with a $500,000 roster bonus. He was previously scheduled to earn $5.5 million. This gives Baltimore an additional $2.5 million in cap space in 2017 and 2018.

    Huddle Up: Pitta led all tight ends with 86 catches last year. Coming off of two serious hip injuries with his career in limbo, it was an outstanding feat. His 729 yards not withstanding, his 8.5 yards per catch and two touchdowns left a lot to be desired. He's a low-end TE1 in standard formats, but he'll receive a slight boost in PPR leagues entering his age-32 season.

  • Marshawn Lynch - RB - Retired
    Posted 3/21/17 9:42pm ET

    Retired RB Marshawn Lynch misses football and there's 'no question' about it, according to his agent Doug Hendrickson.

    Huddle Up: This could be another hint that Lynch is on his way back to the NFL after a year away from the game, but Hendrickson also contended that the former Seattle Seahawks is 'the kind of guy that can shift by the hour.' If the 30-year-old does return and winds up with the Raiders, he should immediately be someone of great interest to fantasy owners, especially considering how successful Oakland's offense was last season.

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