Fantasy Football Breaking News

  • Spencer Ware - RB - Kansas City Chiefs
    Posted 1/17/19 2:13pm ET

    Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (hamstring) fully participated in practice Thursday, Jan. 17.

    Huddle Up: Ware appears to have a good chance to play against the New England Patriots, but owners will need to monitor the situation. He will be a risky fantasy option if he plays but can still be at least a flex option.

  • Rex Burkhead - RB - New England Patriots
    Posted 1/17/19 10:32am ET

    New England Patriots RBs Sony Michel, James White and Rex Burkhead combined for 47 rushing attempts/targets and 254 yards from scrimmage in the divisional-round playoff win over the Los Angeles Chargers. The Kansas City Chiefs, the Patriots' opponent in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, Jan. 20, surrendered the third-most total yards (2,709) to opposing running backs during the regular season.

    Huddle Up: Among other things, the Patriots are notorious for relentlessly attacking an opponent's weakness, and with the New England pass-catching corps not in top shape (no Josh Gordon, a diminished TE Rob Gronkowski) look for plenty of work again for Michel, White & Co., on Sunday.

  • Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
    Posted 1/17/19 10:02am ET

    New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is 24-4 playing in sub-30-degree weather and 5-1 when the temperature is below 20 degrees. An arctic cold front in expected Sunday, Jan. 20, in Kansas City, Mo., where the Patriots will face the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game.

    Huddle Up: Brady threw for 340 yards and a TD and ran for another score when the Pats outlasted the Chiefs 43-40 in Week 6. But that was a home game, and the Chiefs' underrated defense allows an average of 17.2 fewer points at home than on the road, so that's perhaps the biggest reason to temper your expectations for a big Brady statistical outing Sunday at Arrowhead.

  • Anthony Miller - WR - Chicago Bears
    Posted 1/16/19 10:06pm ET

    Chicago Bears WR Anthony Miller (shoulder) should not miss significant time during the offseason following his upcoming shoulder surgery, according to the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs, who believes Miller will be ready to go at or near the start of the team's offseason program.

    Huddle Up: Biggs also mentioned he thought Miller could double his receptions and receiving yards in Year 2, which would put him in the neighborhood of 70 catches and 900 yards -- solid production assuming he continues to make things happen in the red zone. There's more upside with Miller than anyone else in the Bears receiving group, and he could emerge as a legit weekly starter if he continues to develop.

  • Jordan Howard - RB - Chicago Bears
    Posted 1/16/19 9:58pm ET

    Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard holds little value if the team decides to shop him around during the offseason, according to the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs, who points out Howard is in the final year of his rookie deal and that running back is one of the NFL's most replaceable positions. Biggs believes Howard's greatest value in 2019 would be as depth for the Bears.

    Huddle Up: While Howard's nine TDs were nice, his deficiencies in the passing game made him a less-than-ideal fit in Matt Nagy's offense, and it seems his days in the Windy City are numbered despite logging 250 carries last year. With his yardage and yards per carry dropping every year, Howard's value entering next season remains in flux.

  • DeAndre Hopkins - WR - Houston Texans
    Posted 1/16/19 8:26pm ET

    Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins was targeted 163 times during the regular season while the second highest total on the team was 45 targets.

    Huddle Up: Hopkins was targeted at least 10 times in 11 regular season games this season and received 10 targets in the playoff game. He will continue to be the main option in the Texans passing game and should be a No. 1 receiver in all leagues. Hopkins could even be the first receiver off the board.

  • Antonio Brown - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
    Posted 1/16/19 6:39pm ET

    Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown has not been the topic of trade talks at this point, according to owner Art Rooney II. Rooney said Brown staying with the Steelers is still an option but not many signs are pointing that way at this time.

    Huddle Up: The Steelers probably will have trade talks with teams closer to the start of the new league year, so people should keep an eye on the situation. Brown is still one of the better receivers in the NFL and can be a No. 1 receiver in fantasy leagues.

  • Ben Watson - TE - New Orleans Saints
    Posted 1/16/19 5:51pm ET

    New Orleans Saints TE Benjamin Watson (illness) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Jan. 16.

    Huddle Up: Watson has been held to one catch in five of the last seven games and is not a big part of the passing game. He probably should be avoided in all fantasy leagues this week.

  • Spencer Ware - RB - Kansas City Chiefs
    Posted 1/16/19 2:44pm ET

    Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (hamstring) put in a limited practice Wednesday, Jan. 16.

    Huddle Up: Ware's lack of good health has paved the way for Damien Williams to break out in Kansas City's backfield. Even if Ware is healthy enough to play, he won't see the same workload he did at the end of the regular season.

  • Sammy Watkins - WR - Kansas City Chiefs
    Posted 1/16/19 2:40pm ET

    Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) was a full practice participant Wednesday, Jan. 16.

    Huddle Up: Watkins surprised many last week as he tallied six catches for 62 in his return. He can't be relied on for consistent production, but he's a decent flex consideration for those in DFS contests.

  • Tyreek Hill - WR - Kansas City Chiefs
    Posted 1/16/19 2:36pm ET

    Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill (thigh, heel) participated fully in practice Wednesday, Jan. 16.

    Huddle Up: Hill is the key weapon for the Chiefs this weekend. He torched the New England Patriots for seven catches, 142 yards and three touchdowns when they played in the regular season. Weather will be a bigger factor this time around, but Hill will still be factored heavily into the game plan.

  • Todd Gurley - RB - Los Angeles Rams
    Posted 1/16/19 1:56pm ET

    Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) will be limited in practice all week despite his knee being fine, according to head coach Sean McVay.

    Huddle Up: Gurley played just fine in his return to the gridiron last week, running for 115 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. He and C.J. Anderson have suddenly formed a dynamic duo in the Rams' backfield, but Gurley remains the top threat.

  • Nick Foles - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
    Posted 1/16/19 12:00pm ET

    Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles is expected to be of interest to the Jacksonville Jaguars this offseason. Jaguars new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo is already familiar and connected with Foles as he served as the Eagles offensive coordinator from 2016 to 2017.

    Huddle Up: Foles to the Jaguars would make a lot of sense with Blake Bortles not cutting it, Foles deserving a starting gig and the DeFilippo connection. As for fantasy purposes, it would be safer to draft Foles as a QB2 if he did land in Jacksonville or elsewhere, although he does have a QB1 ceiling.

  • Cam Newton - QB - Carolina Panthers
    Posted 1/15/19 5:19pm ET

    Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) is not guaranteed to play at all in 2019 as the team considers all of its options regarding his injured shoulder. Per ESPN.com's David Newton, the organization has been in discussions with medical personnel on the best plan to strengthen the shoulder - whether that's with rest or another surgery. A surgery opens the possibility Newton could miss a season - just as Andrew Luck did in 2017 - after undergoing surgery on his throwing shoulder.

    Huddle Up: It sounds as if missing all of 2019 is only a worst-case scenario, but the fact it is even on the table this early in the offseason is concerning. Kyle Allen played well in the regular-season finale and could conceivably be asked to fill in, but Carolina will probably try hard to secure a capable placeholder in free agency or spend a relatively early pick in the draft at quarterback to protect itself. At this point, it's probably best if fantasy owners assume the worst and hope for good news sometime this summer.

  • Cam Newton - QB - Carolina Panthers
    Posted 1/15/19 2:46pm ET

    Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton's (shoulder) offseason recovery remains unclear as team owner David Tepper admitted he has 'no idea' if Newton will have surgery.

    Huddle Up: Newton's rushing numbers were down in 2018 - including a career-low four rushing touchdowns - but his passing statistics were better. He even completed a career-high 67.9% of his attempts. His rushing ability will always have him in QB1 territory.

  • Michael Thomas - WR - New Orleans Saints
    Posted 1/15/19 2:13pm ET

    New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas is just the fourth player since 1970 to achieve multiple playoff games with at least 130 receiving yards.

    Huddle Up: Thomas led his position in catches in the regular season (125) and has kept it going in the playoffs. Drew Brees may not play much longer, but Thomas will be a WR1 candidate no matter who his quarterback is.

  • Travis Kelce - TE - Kansas City Chiefs
    Posted 1/15/19 2:07pm ET

    Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce is just the fifth tight end since 1999 to achieve multiple 100-yard playoff games.

    Huddle Up: Kelce's value is sky high as long as Patrick Mahomes is on the field. He was the No. 1 fantasy tight end in both PPR and standard scoring and deserves to be the first tight end selected in 2019 fantasy drafts.

  • Tyler Boyd - WR - Cincinnati Bengals
    Posted 1/15/19 11:59am ET

    Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd (knee) is about two weeks away from being fully recovered from his sprained medial collateral ligament.

    Huddle Up: When they're full go, Boyd and A.J. Green form one of the best wide receiver duos in the NFL. Boyd broke out in his third season to the tune of 1,028 yards and seven touchdowns in 14 games. He's on the WR2 radar heading into the offseason.

  • Adam Vinatieri - PK - Indianapolis Colts
    Posted 1/15/19 11:36am ET

    Indianapolis Colts impending free-agent PK Adam Vinatieri may return to the Colts if the Colts have their way, according to a source.

    Huddle Up: Vinatieri has been historically accurate and consistent, but he's avoided No. 1 fantasy kicker numbers for two consecutive years now. Even if he's brought back in one of the league's best offenses, there are plenty of better options at kicker.

  • Nick Foles - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
    Posted 1/15/19 10:14am ET

    Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles is a player the team would like to have return even though Foles can buy out of the final year of his contract if the Eagles pick up his 2019 option. 'We would love to keep Nick Foles,' Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the team's year-end news conference. 'You talk about a guy we've drafted here and grown incredibly close with. Certainly, as we go into the substance of those discussions, no question ... we'd love to keep him.'

    Huddle Up: With the Eagles already saying earlier Tuesday that they remain fully committed to Carson Wentz as their starting quarterback, Foles appears to be luxury who will become too expensive to retain. The ideal situation for Philly might be retaining or placing the franchise tag on Foles and then find a team willing to to pay the price in a trade.

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