Fantasy Football Breaking News

  • 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.

  • Ameer Abdullah - RB - Detroit Lions
    Posted 4/17/17 7:48pm ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) began the team's offseason program on time Monday, April 17. It's the first time he will go through this after missing last year's offseason work while rehabbing from shoulder labrum surgery. He's still 'getting there' in regards to his injury, but added that he's 'at a really good spot.'

    Huddle Up: Entering his third season, Abdullah has already been through an assortment of injuries, missing all but two games a year ago. Before going down, he showed some glimpses of what made him a second-round draft pick in 2015, rushing for 101 yards on 18 carries in just six quarters before tearing a ligament in his left foot. With Theo Riddick still around getting a good chunk of work out of the backfield, it's hard to trust Abdullah as a fantasy option going into 2017.

  • Tyler Eifert - TE - Cincinnati Bengals
    Posted 4/17/17 7:04pm ET

    Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) said that while his back 'feels great' after offseason surgery, he doesn't know if he'll be ready in time for training camp. 'I don't know,' Eifert stated. 'I'll have to see how I'm feeling and go from there. I've still lost a lot of strength with the nerve issues and all of that stuff. Just working through some of that. Once I get my strength back I'll be fine.'

    Huddle Up: Only about a week ago, it seemed Eifert would indeed be healthy enough by the time training camp rolls around, but now his status looks to be up in the air. It's definitely concerning, considering the 26-year-old missed eight games last season, but hopefully it doesn't affect his status going into Week 1. He's still worth the investment in drafts as a TE1 for his mega potential to lead all players at his position.

  • Andrew Luck - QB - Indianapolis Colts
    Posted 4/17/17 4:16pm ET

    Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) said he first injured his shoulder during an early season game in 2015. Luck said he made the decision to undergo surgery and does not have a timetable for his return.

    Huddle Up: Owners will need to keep an eye on the situation because Luck likely will not do anything until training camp at the earliest. Luck is one of the better quarterbacks when he is healthy and can be a No. 1 quarterback in all fantasy leagues, but owners may want a strong backup in case Luck is not ready.

  • Cairo Santos - PK - Kansas City Chiefs
    Posted 4/17/17 2:49pm ET

    Kansas City Chiefs restricted free-agent PK Cairo Santos signed his exclusive rights tender Monday, April 17.

    Huddle Up: Santos has been one of the better kickers in the NFL the last two years. Kickers should be selected in the latest rounds of fantasy drafts, but Santos deserves to be one of the first kickers drafted.

  • Willie Snead - WR - New Orleans Saints
    Posted 4/17/17 2:05pm ET

    New Orleans Saints WR Willie Snead participated in organized team activities Monday, April 17, despite not yet signing his exclusive rights tender. Snead is not permitted to sign with any other team as the Saints did offer him the required one-year tender worth $615,000.

    Huddle Up: Snead took somewhat of a backseat to Brandin Cooks and Michael Thomas last year, but he may be called on more in 2017 with Cooks gone. Snead has quietly produced just under 1,900 yards in his two season with the Saints. He's an under-the-radar flex consideration in standard leagues.

  • Jay Cutler - QB - Free Agent
    Posted 4/17/17 1:53pm ET

    Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler is likely to retire, according to's Jeff Dickerson. Dickerson said he would be surprised if Cutler doesn't hang up his cleats.

    Huddle Up: It would be a tough pill to swallow for Cutler after such a tumultuous tenure in Chicago, but retirement is probably in his best interest. Both sides can move on from their mutual failures and focus on the future. Even if Cutler does return, he's no longer fantasy relevant except for possibly serving as a bye-week replacement here and there.

  • Charcandrick West - RB - Kansas City Chiefs
    Posted 4/17/17 12:58pm ET

    Kansas City Chiefs RB Charcandrick West has lost 10 pounds this offseason but is as strong as he was last year. He is optimistic that he'll be able to be more explosive in 2017.

    Huddle Up: West will likely back up Spencer Ware as long as Ware is healthy, although they could make up a formidable committee. West was a big help to Ware and the Chiefs with Jamaal Charles sidelined last season. He'll be one of the top handcuff options in 2017 fantasy drafts.

  • Travis Kelce - TE - Kansas City Chiefs
    Posted 4/17/17 12:29pm ET

    Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (shoulder) is not expected to be completely healthy before the start of training camp, although he may participate in some light activities, according to head coach Andy Reid. Kelce underwent shoulder surgery earlier this offseason.

    Huddle Up: The Chiefs may take it easy with their star tight end so as to not risky any aggravation. If he avoids any setbacks along the way, he should be full go before the regular season commences. Kelce deserves to be one of the first three tight ends drafted in 2017 after being the top scoring fantasy tight end last season.

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