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  • LeGarrette Blount - RB - New England Patriots
    Posted 4/25/17 5:14am ET

    Free-agent RB LeGarrette Blount (Patriots) has mutual interest in the New York Giants, and that situation could heat up as we get close to the NFL draft.

    Huddle Up: The Giants still have a slew of backs, and they seemed to really like Paul Perkins late last season. Blount had a magical year in 2016, but he's unlikely to repeat those 18 touchdowns. He's more of an RB2 option in fantasy.

  • Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
    Posted 4/25/17 5:12am ET

    Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) has agreed to an undisclosed deal with the New Orleans Saints Tuesday, April 25.

    Huddle Up: Peterson isn't expected to be the lead back with Mark Ingram expected to serve in that role. However, Peterson's presence will hurt Ingram's fantasy prowess as no more than an RB2. As for AD, he's little more than an RB3 in this situation. Both backs have a lengthy injury history of late, and if one went down, the other would benefit in a big way.

  • Martavis Bryant - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
    Posted 4/24/17 10:04pm ET

    The Pittsburgh Steelers still have heard nothing from the league regarding WR Martavis Bryant's reinstatement from suspension days before the NFL Draft. According to general manager Kevin Colbert, the team now must 'operate under the assumption that, until he is here, he is not here.'

    Huddle Up: While that's unfortunate news for Pittsburgh, considering they might acquire wide receiver help in the draft before potentially learning that they'll get the suspended wide-out back for the season, this isn't as harmful to fantasy owners. There's still plenty of time for Bryant to return to the team leading up to next season, and if he is indeed back, he'll definitely be someone to watch, having a solid WR2 ceiling.

  • Mike Gillislee - RB - Buffalo Bills
    Posted 4/24/17 4:44pm ET

    New England Patriots RB Mike Gillislee is expected to receive a role like the one free-agent RB LeGarrette Blount (Patriots) had this past season.

    Huddle Up: Gillislee probably will receive a majority of the carries in the running game and likely will only see a few targets in the passing game. He was very successful in his limited playing time in 2017 and could be a No. 3 running back for fantasy owners.

  • LeGarrette Blount - RB - New England Patriots
    Posted 4/24/17 4:43pm ET

    Free-agent RB LeGarrette Blount (Patriots) likely will not re-sign with the New England Patriots this offseason after the Patriots signed RB Mike Gillislee.

    Huddle Up: Blount has been linked to a few teams but likely will have to wait until after the draft to sign with a team. He probably will be part of a committee with his next team but could still be a No. 3 running back in some leagues because of his touchdown potential.

  • Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
    Posted 4/24/17 1:56pm ET

    New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram would still be the lead running back even if free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) signed with the Saints, according to The New Orleans Advocate's Nick Underhill.

    Huddle Up: Ingram's stock would take a hit, but he will remain the Saints' most appealing fantasy running back if the Peterson signing does come to fruition. As stated earlier, Ingram and Peterson should be viewed as an RB2 and RB3, respectively, if they are both healthy and if Peterson signs.

  • Mike Gillislee - RB - Buffalo Bills
    Posted 4/24/17 1:05pm ET

    Buffalo Bills RB Mike Gillislee's two-year, $6.4 million offer sheet was not matched by the Bills, thus officially making him a member of the New England Patriots, according to a source.

    Huddle Up: The Patriots' backfield is officially a crapshoot. With Dion Lewis, James White and Rex Burkhead, among others, already in the mix, Gillislee's touches will be limited. Trying to figure out who Bill Belichick will utilize any given week could turn into regret.

  • Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
    Posted 4/24/17 12:41pm ET

    Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) is coming close to a deal with the New Orleans Saints that would pay him $3 million this year, according to sources. The deal is not done, but it is looking optimistic.

    Huddle Up: This move would definitely put a damper on Mark Ingram's fantasy value. Ingram has RB1 upside, but the addition of Peterson would put him into RB2 territory at least, although, Ingram could be used in more of a pass-catching role in this case. He has shown receiving prowess in previous seasons (96 catches the last two seasons). As for Peterson, he would be no more than an RB3 candidate at 32 years old and after missing nearly two full seasons in the last three years.

  • Jimmy Garoppolo - QB - New England Patriots
    Posted 4/23/17 5:14pm ET

    New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo 'isn't going anywhere,' according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

    Huddle Up: With Garoppolo slated for backup duty again in 2017, he won't have much fantasy value outside of keeper leagues.

  • Blake Bortles - QB - Jacksonville Jaguars
    Posted 4/23/17 4:13pm ET

    Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell said the team has not decided if they will pick up QB Blake Bortles' option this offseason.

    Huddle Up: The Jaguars have a few more weeks to decide on Bortles' option, but he will have to play better if he wants a long-term deal from the Jaguars. He has thrown 69 touchdowns and 51 interceptions in his three years in the NFL and should be considered a No. 2 quarterback in fantasy leagues in 2017.

  • Paul Perkins - RB - New York Giants
    Posted 4/23/17 2:48pm ET

    New York Giants RB Paul Perkins said his goal is to become a three-down running back for the Giants.

    Huddle Up: Perkins likely is considered the starting running back at this point, but the Giants are believed to be looking for another running back to pair with Perkins. He probably would be used more in the passing game if the Giants added another running back. Perkins probably can be considered a No. 3 running back in most fantasy leagues.

  • Jimmy Garoppolo - QB - New England Patriots
    Posted 4/23/17 11:27am ET

    New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo figures to be the target of several last-ditch trade attempts from the Cleveland Browns leading up to the start of the 2017 NFL Draft, but the Boston Herald's Karen Guregian considers a potential deal a 'long shot' that would require an 'overwhelming offer'.

    Huddle Up: The Patriots have stood firm all spring on Garoppolo and consider him more valuable than the 12th overall selection, while the Browns have shown no desire to trade the No. 1 overall pick, so don't expect a deal to happen between now and Thursday. Texas A&M's Myles Garrett remains the favorite for the top pick, although the Browns' front office and coaching staff is reportedly split between him and North Carolina's Mitchell Trubisky.

  • Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
    Posted 4/23/17 6:49am ET

    The New York Giants are one of several teams continuing to keep close tabs on free-agent RBs LeGarrette Blount (Patriots) and Adrian Peterson (Vikings), in the hopes that their salary demands will go down prior to the draft.

    Huddle Up: Neither Blount nor Peterson should be viewed as prominent RB1 options in most fantasy formats. Blount is 30 and unlikely to duplicate his 18-touchdown performance from last season regardless of where he lands, while Peterson is 32 and has sustained multiple major knee injuries over the last three years.

  • Taylor Gabriel - WR - Atlanta Falcons
    Posted 4/22/17 3:04pm ET

    Atlanta Falcons restricted free-agent WR Taylor Gabriel signed his one-year tender worth $2.81 million on Saturday, April 22.

    Huddle Up: Gabriel emerged as a big-play threat last season by scoring seven times on only 39 touches, including six touchdown catches. He's likely to remain the third receiver in Atlanta again this year behind Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu, but his role shouldn't change much even with the departure of former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. He's worth a look late in drafts.

  • Julius Thomas - TE - Miami Dolphins
    Posted 4/22/17 10:55am ET

    Miami Dolphins TE Julius Thomas told the Florida Times-Union recently this spring 'is probably the best I?ve ever felt' and that head coach Adam Gase's offense 'feels a lot like home'.

    Huddle Up: Gase was the offensive coordinator in Denver when Thomas posted back-to-back seasons of 12 receiving touchdowns, so the 28-year-old tight end certainly has reason to be optimistic if he is as healthy as he says he is. With Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills taking defensive attention away from him at receiver, Thomas could be poised for a nice rebound in 2017.

  • Mike Gillislee - RB - Buffalo Bills
    Posted 4/22/17 8:04am ET

    The Buffalo Bills have until Monday, April 24, to decide whether or not they plan on matching the two-year, $6.4 million offer from the New England Patriots for restricted free-agent RB Mike Gillislee.

    Huddle Up: There is some speculation the Bills are leaning toward matching the Patriots' offer after deciding almost immediately last year he would not do the same with then-RFA Chris Hogan. Buffalo probably also has no desire to lose a productive backup like Gillislee to its division rival just so he can come back and haunt the Bills twice a year for each of the next two seasons. If he remains a Bill, Gillislee would remain one of the top handcuffs in fantasy.

  • Isaiah Crowell - RB - Cleveland Browns
    Posted 4/21/17 4:28pm ET

    Cleveland Browns restricted free-agent RB Isaiah Crowell has not signed his tender offer at this point.

    Huddle Up: Crowell likely will be back with the Browns next season and could receive most of the carries. He finished the 2016 season with 952 yards and seven touchdowns and can be a No. 3 running back for fantasy owners next season.

  • Cam Newton - QB - Carolina Panthers
    Posted 4/21/17 12:36pm ET

    Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) is 'on schedule'' to be ready for training camp after having arthroscopic shoulder surgery on March 30, according to general manager Dave Gettleman.

    Huddle Up: Newton had a miserable season by his standards last season, although his offensive line and the bum shoulder didn't help him much in that regard. While a bounce-back year could be in order, the primary focus of the Panthers' offseason has been to cut down on the amount of punishment Newton receives, which should mean a decline in his number of rushing attempts. If that happens, Newton becomes more of a midrange fantasy QB1 instead of the elite one he was in 2015.

  • Derek Carr - QB - Oakland Raiders
    Posted 4/21/17 12:30pm ET

    Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie is optimistic about getting an extension for QB Derek Carr done before training camp, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Vic Tafur.

    Huddle Up: Carr echoed similar thoughts last week, so this should get done in a timely fashion. The 26-year-old missed the tail end of last season with a broken fibula but has been a full participant at OTAs. At the moment, he slots in as a midrange fantasy QB1 with upside.

  • C.J. Spiller - RB - Kansas City Chiefs
    Posted 4/21/17 11:19am ET

    Kansas City Chiefs RB C.J. Spiller has 'that speed and twitch back', according to general manager John Dorsey.

    Huddle Up: Spiller will turn 30 this summer and hasn't been a fantasy factor since 2013, bouncing around the league for much of the last two years. Perhaps he can push Charcandrick West for some snaps behind Spencer Ware in 2017, but it seems just as likely he won't make the team.

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