Fantasy Football Breaking News

  • Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
    Posted 2/22/17 11:43am ET

    Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (groin) is not scheduled to undergo groin surgery at this time even though he met with doctors after the season, according to a source. Bell probably would have had surgery by now if it was necessary.

    Huddle Up: Bell likely will rehab the injury during the offseason and could be limited during workouts but should be fine for training camp. He probably will receive the franchise tag from the Steelers or sign a long-term contract. He continues to be one of the best running backs in the NFL and should be a weekly starting option in fantasy leagues.

  • Derek Carr - QB - Oakland Raiders
    Posted 2/22/17 11:19am ET

    Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (leg) said he is close to fully recovered from the fractured fibula he suffered during the regular season, according to OT Donald Penn.

    Huddle Up: Carr could be limited during some of the offseason workouts but should be a full participant when training camp starts. He was tied for seventh in the NFL with his 28 touchdowns and finished with 3,937 yards and only six interceptions. He will have several weapons to work with in the passing game and can be a No. 1 quarterback in fantasy leagues.

  • Jay Cutler - QB - Chicago Bears
    Posted 2/22/17 8:30am ET

    Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (shoulder) has been rehabbing and working out following shoulder surgery, and he's expected to receive medical clearance by March.

    Huddle Up: Cutler is aging and has been injury prone in his career. He'll likely don a new uniform next season, but he's a QB2 in fantasy without a lot of upside.

  • Jay Cutler - QB - Chicago Bears
    Posted 2/22/17 6:46am ET

    Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler has drawn some interest from the New York Jets, who like his moxie and arm talent. Jets quarterback coach Jeremy Bates worked with Cutler in his younger days with the Denver Broncos, and he has always been a big believer in him.

    Huddle Up: Cutler is aging and coming off of major shoulder surgery. He has very little upside as a QB2.

  • Julius Thomas - TE - Jacksonville Jaguars
    Posted 2/22/17 6:00am ET

    Miami Dolphins TE Julius Thomas passed his physical with the club Tuesday, Feb. 21.

    Huddle Up: Thomas will be in a familiar system he thrived in with the Denver Broncos, and he has a quarterback that has a knack of throwing to tight ends. It could be a great spot for him if he can stay healthy. He's a bounce-back pick as a TE2.

  • Tyrod Taylor - QB - Buffalo Bills
    Posted 2/22/17 5:27am ET

    Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor (groin) was medically cleared following last month's groin surgery, according to a team source. He has a $27.5 million option bonus due March 11.

    Huddle Up: Taylor is unlikely to see that bonus and probably won't remain with the club. He has been a decent dual threat at the position, but he'll have to land in the right situation. Even then, he's a high-end QB2 in fantasy.

  • Joe Flacco - QB - Baltimore Ravens
    Posted 2/21/17 10:53pm ET

    Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco would become the player with the highest salary cap figure in the NFL for 2017 should Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo get cut or traded this offseason. Flacco is scheduled to count $24.55 million against the cap.

    Huddle Up: Flacco is coming off two straight unspectacular seasons, as while he did register a career high in passing yards (4,317) in 2016, the fact remains he had just 20 touchdowns versus 15 interceptions, while the year prior, he had 14 touchdowns compared to 12 picks in 10 games. Certainly, Flacco has to step up his game considerably if he wants to enter the QB1 discussion again.

  • Kyle Rudolph - TE - Minnesota Vikings
    Posted 2/21/17 8:46pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph led all tight ends this past season with 132 targets, converting that into career highs in receptions (83) and yards (840). He also registered seven receiving touchdowns.

    Huddle Up: It's understandable if most owners were not aware of this. Luckily for Rudolph, he could be on track for a similarly heavy workload next year, as his role in the offense undoubtedly increased once star running back Adrian Peterson went down with injury. Peterson might not return to Minnesota, and if he's out of town, Rudolph should ideally pick up where he left off as one of Sam Bradford's most dependable targets in the passing game.

  • DeSean Jackson - WR - Washington Redskins
    Posted 2/21/17 7:07pm ET

    Washington Redskins WR DeSean Jackson said that if he leaves the team in free agency, he wants to play with a 'great quarterback.' When asked about QB Kirk Cousins, he referred to him as 'great' as well.

    Huddle Up: Jackson has also been linked to the Eagles and Buccaneers, both led by young quarterbacks who have the potential to be great one day, but with Jackson entering the latter portion of his career, he might prefer to stick with a more established option like Cousins. Despite being 30 years old, Jackson proved this past season he still has more than enough left in the tank, and can still offer solid value depending on where he ends up in 2017.

  • Martellus Bennett - TE - New England Patriots
    Posted 2/21/17 4:49pm ET

    New England Patriots impending free-agent TE Martellus Bennett will test the free-agent market. Based on his asking price, he could be with a different team next season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

    Huddle Up: Bennett will likely be the most coveted free-agent tight end this offseason, so he's bound to receive some attractive offers from teams other than the Patriots. Bennett was hindered by Rob Gronkowski in 2016, when Gronk was healthy, but he has proven to be a capable starter. He scored three touchdowns in one game even with Gronk active. Wherever Bennett plays and/or starts, he has TE1 potential.

  • Russell Wilson - QB - Seattle Seahawks
    Posted 2/21/17 3:53pm ET

    Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson became the fastest quarterback to win 50 games in NFL history. Wilson has started for the Seahawks since the first game of his rookie season in 2012 and has not missed a game since then. He is tied with Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan for the most wins in a quarterback's first five seasons (56).

    Huddle Up: Wilson struggled with injuries through the first several games of last season, but his toughness prevailed. Despite throwing just 21 touchdowns, Wilson still achieved QB1 status, partly thanks to his running ability. As long as he remains healthy, Wilson should be drafted as a QB1.

  • Jay Cutler - QB - Chicago Bears
    Posted 2/21/17 3:25pm ET

    The Chicago Bears are actively seeking a trade for QB Jay Cutler, according to ESPN's Jeff Darlington.

    Huddle Up: Cutler has undeniably been a disappointment for the Bears after being given a big contract. Cutler has dealt with plenty of injuries over the course of his tenure in Chicago, but even when he's been on the field he has not played well. Wherever Cutler plays, he shouldn't be starting on fantasy squads.

  • Aaron Rodgers - QB - Green Bay Packers
    Posted 2/21/17 2:14pm ET

    In 2016, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers became the fourth quarterback in NFL history to have multiple seasons of 40 or more touchdown passes.

    Huddle Up: Peyton Manning, Dan Marino and Drew Brees are the other quarterbacks to accomplish the feat. Rodgers has been one of the most consistent and successful quarterbacks in NFL history, and he has shown no signs of slowing down either. There was more pressure on Rodgers with Eddie Lacy and James Starks sidelined for the better part of last season, but he was up to the task, as usual. As is the case every offseason, Rodgers should be one of the first quarterbacks taken in fantasy drafts.

  • 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.

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