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  • Eli Manning - QB - New York Giants
    Posted 2/21/17 12:58pm ET

    New York Giants QB Eli Manning has two to three quality years left in the eyes of the Giants, according to Bob Glauber of Newsday. Glauber added that New York has already started to point out a decline in Manning's play. Manning is signed through 2019 with salaries of $13 million, $10.5 million and $11.5 million, respectively, over the next three years. His contract also includes a no-trade clause and $5 million roster bonuses due on the third day of the 2018 and 2019 league years.

    Huddle Up: Manning is still producing at a high level. He has thrown for at least 4,000 yards and 25 touchdowns in each of the past three seasons. Nevertheless, age will eventually get the best of him, as it did with his brother. Manning deserves to be drafted in QB2 territory going forward.

  • Mike Tolbert - RB - Carolina Panthers
    Posted 2/21/17 10:44am ET

    Carolina Panthers FB Mike Tolbert was released by the team Tuesday, Feb. 21.

    Huddle Up: The move clears $1.725 million in cap space for Carolina, which appears set to go with either former Washington Redskin Darrel Young or Devon Johnson. Although he earned three Pro Bowl nods in five seasons with the Panthers, they never did use the 31-year-old much as a receiver. Tolbert should find another employer in relatively short order, but his days as a fantasy asset are well in the rear-view mirror.

  • Tyrod Taylor - QB - Buffalo Bills
    Posted 2/21/17 10:14am ET

    Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor may not end up going anywhere after all, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, who said there is 'better chance than not' Taylor remains with the Bills.

    Huddle Up: Taylor will have suitors should he hit the market and is not open to a contract restructure, so Buffalo is either going to swallow hard on committing $30.75 million to him over the next two years or move on without him. A return seems the most likely outcome because the Bills know what they have in Taylor and new offensive coordinator Rick Dennison has worked with him before. Even in a slightly more wide-open offense than what he's had in his first two years with Buffalo, Taylor could flirt with low-end QB1 status.

  • Brandin Cooks - WR - New Orleans Saints
    Posted 2/21/17 9:38am ET

    New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks is 'absolutely' expected to remain with the team in 2017, according to head coach Sean Payton.

    Huddle Up: Cooks made a few waves during the season after complaining about his reduced role, but the Saints predictably have little interest in breaking apart one of the league's better receiving trios, along with Michael Thomas and Willie Snead. The fourth-year wideout has scored 17 touchdowns over his last two seasons and should remain a solid WR2 in fantasy.

  • Laquon Treadwell - WR - Minnesota Vikings
    Posted 2/21/17 9:11am ET

    Minnesota Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell was dogged by lower-body injuries all year long and finished his rookie season with only one catch for 15 yards. Nevertheless, offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is hopeful the receiver can eventually prove he was worth the No. 23 overall pick last spring. (Treadwell) is going to be like any young player that's going from year one to year two. This is going to be an offseason that is very critical. ? He came in and kind of had little nagging things that kind of kept him from full-time early. ? He did well when he got in the game, he didn't get targeted often, but he blocked well and he competed. That's really the starting point for any young player,' Shurmur said.

    Huddle Up: Treadwell doesn't turn 22 until mid-June, so it is far too early to be overly concerned about his long-term prospects just yet. He dealt with foot, hamstring and ankle injuries throughout the year, which ultimately cost him enough time to build any kind of trust or history with Sam Bradford or Shurmur. With Charles Johnson and Cordarrelle Patterson both set to hit free agency next month, there will be an opportunity for Treadwell to get plenty of reps. For now, however, he is only worth consideration in dynasty leagues.

  • DeSean Jackson - WR - Washington Redskins
    Posted 2/21/17 8:48am ET

    Washington Redskins impending free-agent WR DeSean Jackson could receive interest from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to sources. Jackson has a rapport with QB Jameis Winston.

    Huddle Up: Jackson would benefit from elite receiver Mike Evans anchoring one side. D-Jax just turned 30, and he is a better option in non-PPR formats. In such, he'd make a low-end WR3.

  • Jay Cutler - QB - Chicago Bears
    Posted 2/21/17 7:53am ET

    Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler is of no interest to the Arizona Cardinals.

    Huddle Up: Cutler is aging and coming off of major shoulder surgery. His upside is pretty minimal as a QB2 wherever he lands.

  • Kirk Cousins - QB - Washington Redskins
    Posted 2/21/17 6:41am ET

    Washington Redskins impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins, who could potentially receive the franchise tag at $23.9 million, would account for 35 percent of the team's salary cap with CB Josh Norman ($20 million) and OT Trent Williams ($15.1 million).

    Huddle Up: Cousins' numbers were on par, in some places better, than his breakout 2015 campaign. He has proven to be a solid fantasy option in the low-end QB1 range.

  • Kirk Cousins - QB - Washington Redskins
    Posted 2/20/17 9:36pm ET

    Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins will not sign a long-term deal prior to the March 1 deadline when the club can apply the franchise tag, according to 'a source with knowledge of the situation.'

    Huddle Up: Well, even if that is the case, the Redskins can still lock up Cousins over the long haul by turning a potential franchise tag into a long-term contract, and the deadline for that would be July 15. Either way, it looks like Cousins will be entering his sixth straight campaign in a Washington uniform, and after another fabulous showing in 2016, he'll have low-end QB1 potential.

  • Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
    Posted 2/20/17 2:55pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings RBs Adrian Peterson and/or Jerick McKinnon could see increased usage in 2017 with offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. Shurmur wants to improve the offense as a whole, but he said the key and focal point of the offense will be to do a better job in the running game.

    Huddle Up: Peterson's future with the Vikings remains unclear, but either he or McKinnon could be better used next season, with Matt Asiata remaining in a change-of-pace and passing role. No matter who Peterson plays for in 2017, drafting him will be playing with fire considering he's missed almost two full seasons in the past three years.

  • Julius Thomas - TE - Jacksonville Jaguars
    Posted 2/20/17 2:24pm ET

    Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas is being traded to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a late-round 2017 draft pick Monday, Feb. 20.

    Huddle Up: The departure of Thomas means Marcedes Lewis and Ben Koyacek are likely the top candidates to take over the starting job, at least for now. The Jaguars could obviously add a tight end via free agency or the NFL Draft. If nothing changes, neither Lewis nor Koyacek should be drafted as TE1s.

  • Julius Thomas - TE - Jacksonville Jaguars
    Posted 2/20/17 2:16pm ET

    Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas is being acquired by the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a late-round 2017 draft pick Monday, Feb. 20.

    Huddle Up: Thomas has really come down to earth after two 12-touchdown seasons with the Denver Broncos. Injuries have plagued him throughout his career, too. The Dolphins are hoping for the Thomas of old with this trade, and he could be a valuable receiving threat, particularly in the red zone. That being said, expectations should be tempered. It's safer to draft Thomas as a backup fantasy tight end after he missed seven games last season.

  • Marcus Mariota - QB - Tennessee Titans
    Posted 2/20/17 1:23pm ET

    In 2016, Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota became the seventh player in NFL history to throw for at least 6,000 yards and rush for at least 600 yards in his first two seasons combined.

    Huddle Up: Mariota appears to be the real deal, although his running ability may get him into trouble. He's already missed five games in his first two years. Even so, he's a low-end QB1 to high-end QB2 consideration for next season's fantasy drafts.

  • Rishard Matthews - WR - Tennessee Titans
    Posted 2/20/17 1:15pm ET

    Tennessee Titans WR Rishard Matthews posted career highs in catches (65), receiving yards (945) and touchdowns (9) last season. The 65 catches were tied for the team lead, while his nine touchdowns were the most on the Titans.

    Huddle Up: Matthews eventually cemented himself as the No. 1 receiver in Tennessee. He should maintain that status in 2017, especially with Kendall Wright heading for free agency. Don't expect as good of a season from Matthews, but he should still be drafted in the low-end WR2 to high-end WR3 territory.

  • Carlos Hyde - RB - San Francisco 49ers
    Posted 2/20/17 10:01am ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde scored six times as a rusher in September and October, but he failed to find the end zone on the ground after that, settling instead for three receiving touchdowns over that time. In addition, five of Hyde's rushing scores came against NFC West division rivals.

    Huddle Up: Four of his rushing TDs came in games decided by 15 points or more, so there is a flukish component to his final line. Hyde ran for 394 yards on 63 carries in December alone after rushing for 449 yards on 109 attempts in September and October combined. There's no question Hyde thrived in Chip Kelly's up-tempo, shotgun-heavy offense, but he should maintain similar fantasy value as the likely unquestioned workhorse in new head coach Kyle Shanahan's running back-friendly offense.

  • Julius Thomas - TE - Jacksonville Jaguars
    Posted 2/20/17 9:38am ET

    Updating previous reports, Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas is no longer a part of the trade package designed to acquire Miami Dolphins OT Branden Albert.

    Huddle Up: There could be any number of reasons for this development, although the most likely are the Jaguars got cold feet or reasoned Thomas was worth more than the late-round pick they are reportedly giving up now to get Albert. Although a trade has reportedly been agreed to, expect more updates in the hours and days ahead before the trade can be officially consummated. If Thomas remains in Jacksonville, he's a high-end TE2 at best.

  • Jay Cutler - QB - Chicago Bears
    Posted 2/20/17 9:18am ET

    Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler is expected to be released this offseason, and the MMQB's Peter King 'wouldn't be shocked' if he ends up with the Arizona Cardinals to serve as the backup for Carson Palmer.

    Huddle Up: It would be very surprising for Cutler to accept a backup job with so many teams in need of a starter, although the fit in Arizona makes a lot of sense. Head coach Bruce Arians' offense loves to go downfield and Cutler still has one of the stronger arms in the league. From Cutler's perspective, he'd get a chance to resurrect his value somewhat by working with one of the better offensive minds in the league. Regardless of where he lands, Cutler will be nothing more than a middling QB2 in fantasy.

  • Tyler Eifert - TE - Cincinnati Bengals
    Posted 2/19/17 7:05pm ET

    Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert had five touchdowns in eight games in 2016, and he has 18 touchdowns in 21 games over the last two seasons combined.

    Huddle Up: Injuries keep derailing Eifert, but when he is on the field, he is a monster in the red zone. Even with the injury risk, he is worth the gamble as a midrange TE1.

  • Travis Kelce - TE - Kansas City Chiefs
    Posted 2/19/17 6:52pm ET

    Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce ranked second in the NFL with 655 yards after catch in 2016, and he was the only tight end to rank in the top 15 in the category.

    Huddle Up: Kelce possesses rare athleticism for the tight position, and he has seen his receptions, targets and yards all increase in each of his first three years. You can make a strong argument that Kelce is the safest TE1 heading into 2017.

  • Latavius Murray - RB - Oakland Raiders
    Posted 2/19/17 6:07pm ET

    Oakland Raiders impending free-agent RB Latavius Murray will have interest from multiple teams, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan, and Caplan believes the market for Murray could make it difficult for Oakland to re-sign him.

    Huddle Up: Murray has been the workhorse for Oakland the last two years, and if he returns, he should be a high-floor, volume-based RB2.

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