Fantasy Football Breaking News

  • Jordan Matthews - WR - Philadelphia Eagles
    Posted 4/21/17 9:28am ET

    Philadelphia Eagles WR Jordan Matthews could be available for trade at some point this year because 'he's going to expect more money than what he's worth,' according to Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski.

    Huddle Up: Despite his size, Matthews excels more in the slot than he does on the outside in an offense that isn't nearly as wide-open as former head coach Chip Kelly's was. Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith signed as free agents in March, so Matthews is unlikely to see any of his numbers from last year (73 catches, 804 yards and three touchdowns) increase in 2017.

  • Eric Ebron - TE - Detroit Lions
    Posted 4/21/17 9:09am ET

    Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron remains a candidate to have his fifth-year option worth more than $8 million picked up by the May 2 deadline, but general manager Bob Quinn has yet to make that decision.

    Huddle Up: Ebron has steadily improved over his first three years in Detroit, but he has still been a bit of a disappointment, especially considering Odell Beckham Jr. and Aaron Donald went two and three picks after him, respectively. Miami (Fla.) TE David Njoku has been a popular mock draft selection for the Lions this spring, perhaps in part because second-year position coach Al Golden recruited him to the Hurricanes.

  • James White - RB - New England Patriots
    Posted 4/21/17 6:48am ET

    Updating previous reports, New England Patriots RB James White's three-year extension is worth $12.69 million with $5.69 million guaranteed and a $4 million signing bonus.

    Huddle Up: These guys have a lot of running backs and only so many plays to go around. White made a strong case for Super Bowl MVP, and he, and Dion Lewis, have the most upside in the backfield that also includes Rex Burkhead and potentially Mike Gillislee. This could be a weekly mix and match, but White is a high-end RB3 right now.

  • Isaiah Crowell - RB - Cleveland Browns
    Posted 4/21/17 6:19am ET

    Cleveland Browns restricted free-agent RB Isaiah Crowell has yet to sign his tender, and the deadline to sign offer sheets with other teams was Thursday, April 20.

    Huddle Up: Crowell doesn't have a lot of leverage here as he doesn't accrue any service time and will be a restricted free agent again next offseason if he doesn't play. He had a career-high 4.8 yards per carry, 952 rushing yards (one off his career high in TDs with seven), 40 catches and 319 receiving yards. He'd be a low-end RB2 in fantasy.

  • Cam Newton - QB - Carolina Panthers
    Posted 4/20/17 7:54pm ET

    Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton said he played injured last year because he felt it was his duty as team captain.

    Huddle Up: Newton was a perennial top-five fantasy option at his position prior to last year's injury-plagued campaign. If he slips in drafts, he could end up being a good value pick in 2017.

  • Tyler Lockett - WR - Seattle Seahawks
    Posted 4/20/17 4:57pm ET

    Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett (leg) said he expects to be ready for training camp. He's 'itching to get going sooner' but said he will listen to the medical staff and keep the 'end game' in mind.

    Huddle Up: Lockett's disappointing 2016 came to an end in Week 15 after sustaining a broken leg. Before that, he didn't really do much to excite his fantasy owners, ending up with 41 catches for 597 yards and just one touchdown. Thus, it'll be hard to trust him as a fantasy starter going into the new campaign.

  • Cam Newton - QB - Carolina Panthers
    Posted 4/20/17 4:50pm ET

    Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) doesn't expect to be allowed to throw until late-June, but remains on track to be 'all-clear' by the time training camp opens a month later.

    Huddle Up: Newton will be seeking to follow up a season in which he was one of the biggest disappointments in all of fantasy football. Fortunately, it looks like he'll at least be healthy from the onset, and considering how he's descended draft boards everywhere, he could be a good value pick later on for owners.

  • Devonta Freeman - RB - Atlanta Falcons
    Posted 4/20/17 12:38pm ET

    Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman is expected to receive a contract extension, but a deal is not anticipated in the near future. It is not likely that the two sides will commence negotiations before training camp and negotiations could spill into the regular season. Freeman has one year remaining on his rookie contract.

    Huddle Up: Freeman undoubtedly deserves a big, new extension. He has averaged 1,587.5 total yards and 13.5 total touchdowns over the last two seasons and is comfortably in RB1 territory again this year. He has added value in PPR leagues.

  • Joe Flacco - QB - Baltimore Ravens
    Posted 4/19/17 11:53am ET

    Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco said he will continue to wear a knee brace in order to protect his surgically repaired knee.

    Huddle Up: Flacco threw for a career-best 4,317 yards in 2016 with 20 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He will not have Steve Smith next season but should have a decent receiving corps and several options at tight end. Owners in all leagues should consider Flacco as a low-end No. 2 quarterback.

  • Brock Osweiler - QB - Cleveland Browns
    Posted 4/19/17 10:33am ET

    Cleveland Browns QB Brock Osweiler will compete for the starting job in camp, according to executive vice president Sashi Brown.

    Huddle Up: Osweiler will presumably compete with Cody Kessler for the starting job, assuming the Browns don't select a quarterback on the first day of the draft next week. Regardless of whom Cleveland adds on offense in the draft, the winner of the quarterback competition will struggle to be anything more than than a low-end fantasy QB2.

  • Matthew Stafford - QB - Detroit Lions
    Posted 4/19/17 6:15am ET

    Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (finger) said his injured middle finger didn't require surgery, just rest, and it started to feel better in February. In the 12 games before the injury, Stafford completed 67.2 percent of his passes with 21 touchdowns and five interceptions. Over the final five games, including a playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks, he completed 59.6 percent with three touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

    Huddle Up: Stafford looked like a rejuvenated quarterback before the injury, and with his hot stretch at the end of 2015, there's enough of a sample size to give his performance merit. He's a midrange QB1 option in fantasy.

  • Derek Carr - QB - Oakland Raiders
    Posted 4/18/17 6:22pm ET

    Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr's (leg) surgically-repaired right fibula is healed enough to the point that he's able to be a full participant in the team's offseason training program, which began Monday, April 17. 'I've been running, jumping, throwing, cutting, everything,' Carr said. 'So I'm ready to rock. I'm ready to do absolutely everything. I did everything my teammates did today. I'll do everything my teammates will do tomorrow.'

    Huddle Up: Carr enjoyed an MVP-caliber season in 2017, registering 3,937 passing yards to go with a terrific 28/6 TD/INT ratio in 15 games. Overall, he finished with a shiny 96.7 QB rating, and it looks like he might be in a position to pick up where he left off based on his health going into OTAs. Carr looks like he can be fully trusted again as a QB1 entering the new campaign.

  • James White - RB - New England Patriots
    Posted 4/18/17 4:11pm ET

    New England Patriots RB James White agreed to a three-year contract extension Tuesday, April 18, according to a source. He is now signed through 2020. Financial terms were not disclosed.

    Huddle Up: The Patriots backfield is pretty stacked now with the likes of James White, Dion Lewis, Rex Burkhead and possibly Mike Gillislee, among others. Talk about a committee. This backfield could turn into a crapshoot if all these guys stay healthy. White and Lewis have the most upside, but they're all better fits for PPR leagues.

  • Carson Wentz - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
    Posted 4/18/17 10:56am ET

    Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz's elbow wasn't a problem during his rookie season, dispelling reports suggesting he dealt with soreness, he said during a Monday, April 17, press conference at the Eagles' NovaCare Complex.

    Huddle Up: Wentz threw 607 times in 2016, which was a Philly rookie record, but general soreness seems to be the issue here. Wentz has an upgraded cast of weapons and is on track for a strong 2017 fantasy season with QB1 considerations.

  • Mike Gillislee - RB - Buffalo Bills
    Posted 4/18/17 10:40am ET

    The New England Patriots have offered Buffalo Bills restricted free-agent RB Mike Gillislee a two-year, $6.4 million contract, according to a source. The first year of the deal is worth $4 million.

    Huddle Up: Interesting play. The Pats have moved on from LeGarrette Blount, for all intents and purposes, and it appears the Adrian Peterson intrigue has been shelved. Gillislee showed flashes of brilliance as a spell and situational back in 2016. He would be part of a committee in New England, as well. Think RB4 value for now.

  • Aqib Talib - CB - Denver Broncos
    Posted 4/18/17 9:38am ET

    Updating an ongoing story, Denver Broncos CB Aqib Talib will not be suspended for his alleged role in a 2016 shooting incident, according to a source. The NFL has closed its investigation.

    Huddle Up: While Talib isn't much of a fantasy contributor in his own right, this is great news for the overall worth of the Broncos defense as a fantasy unit. It surely did not need another major personnel hit this offseason. Denver has low-end No. 1 defense appeal in typical leagues.

  • Marshawn Lynch - RB - Retired
    Posted 4/18/17 9:32am ET

    Retired RB Marshawn Lynch (Seahawks) has an agreement in place to join the Oakland Raiders, if the Seattle Seahawks trade his rights. However, the deal may have a deadline of the 2017 NFL Draft. Oakland could move on if it drafts a power back, in the opinion of NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

    Huddle Up: As this story evolves, we'll keep you updated. An Oakland-employed Lynch would be a high-risk, high-reward RB2 in fantasy drafts.

  • Brock Osweiler - QB - Cleveland Browns
    Posted 4/17/17 9:54pm ET

    Cleveland Browns QB Brock Osweiler reported to team headquarters Monday, April 17, for the start of voluntary offseason workouts. Head coach Hue Jackson has not yet committed to Osweiler staying on the roster when the new season begins.

    Huddle Up: The Browns have gone on record of saying that they plan on dumping Osweiler, so this is a pretty surprising development. Even so, even if he does manage to remain with the team going into the upcoming campaign, he probably wouldn't be starting under center. Thus, he'll have no worth for fantasy owners.

  • Taylor Gabriel - WR - Atlanta Falcons
    Posted 4/17/17 8:54pm ET

    Atlanta Falcons WR Taylor Gabriel reported for organized team activities Monday, April 17, without yet signing his free-agent tender of $2.746 million. Other teams have until Friday, April 21, to sign Gabriel to an offer sheet, so it is possible he is just waiting until the last minute to see if he can generate any outside interest.

    Huddle Up: While he's waiting for such a scenario to play out just in case, it seems unlikely another team would surrender a second-round draft pick by signing the emerging wide-out to an offer sheet. Even so, Gabriel proved his worth last year by notching six touchdown receptions in his first year with the Falcons, tying him with Julio Jones for the team lead. He deserves a late-round flier in deep leagues for having an active role in Atlanta's explosive offense.

  • Cam Newton - QB - Carolina Panthers
    Posted 4/17/17 8:00pm ET

    Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) will be restricted from throwing throughout organized team activities, but he'll be able to participate in the two weeks of strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation that makes up Phase 1. He should also be able to take part in Phases 2 and 3, with the exception of anything that might put stress on his right shoulder.

    Huddle Up: Newton's coming off a season in which he registered by far the lowest quarterback rating of his career -- 75.8 -- while also rushing for a career-low 359 yards. In other words, he was one of the biggest disappointments in all of fantasy football last year. Even though he'll also be trying to come back from surgery, owners might be able to view him as a value pick later on in drafts, but he certainly no longer warrants an early selection like in years past.

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