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Brown shows up for workouts

Draft Sharks - 4 hours 6 min ago

If Steelers WR Antonio Brown was considering a holdout, it looks like he's decided against it.  Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Brown was in attendance for Monday's team workout.  He's still reportedly looking for a new deal, but it doesn't look that that will impact his offseason routine.  Brown has been coming off the board in the middle of Round 1 in April MFL10 drafts.

Nicks joins Titans

Draft Sharks - 4 hours 55 min ago

WR Hakeem Nicks has inked a 1-year deal with the Titans.  He drew hardly any interest in free agency, which isn't a major surprise.  Nicks has totaled just 7 TDs over the past 3 seasons and averaged a career-low 10.7 yards per catch in 2014.  He's still only 27, but it looks like a multitude of lower-body injuries have sapped his explosiveness.  The good news is that he joins a relatively wide-open Titans WR corps.  Kendall Wright is locked into a starting spot, but Nicks figures to battle with Justin Hunter for the other.

Spielman 'excited' about Patterson

Draft Sharks - 5 hours 49 min ago

Vikings GM Rick Spielman told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he likes the way WR Cordarrelle Patterson has approached this offseason. “There’s no question about the physical ability there. I think Cordarrelle has really grown up a lot,” Spielman said. “I know what he has done this offseason dedicating himself to being the best receiver he can be, and how serious he is taking that, we’re very excited about the future with Cordarrelle.” Patterson's monstrously disappointing 2014 will scare off many fantasy owners this summer. He's going 62nd among WRs in MFL 10 drafting on MyFantasyLeague.com so far, with an ADP in the middle of Round 14. The presence of Charles Johnson, Mike Wallace and Kyle Rudolph will also cap the volume upside. But Patterson's the most talented wideout on the team, and it's important to remember this will be just the 3rd season for a player who entered the league raw. He could turn into a late-round steal in your fantasy football draft.

Eagles set Polk free

Draft Sharks - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 03:40

The Eagles on Friday rescinded their restricted free-agent offer to RB Chris Polk. That makes the 25-year-old an unrestricted free agent and takes 1 player out of the crowded Philly backfield. The Eagles could still draft an RB in a later round next week, but DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews will clearly lead the rushing attack, with Darren Sproles reprising his primarily pass-catching role. Polk could make for a decent committee piece in the right situation. He has averaged 4.7 yards per carry through 3 pro seasons.

Titans sign Hakeem Nicks

Fantasy Football Today - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 11:00

One-year deal

The receiver-needy Tennessee Titans have added veteran Hakeem Nicks on a one-year deal, the team announced Friday. Nicks joins a group that includes Kendall Wright, Justin Hunter and Harry Douglas. (ESPN)

FF Today's Take: Nicks filled the No.4 receiver role with the Colts last season and finished with 405 yards and 4 TDs, his worst season as a pro. He's likely going to find himself in a similar role in Tennessee behind Wright and Hunter. He's nothing more than a dart throw in the late rounds of your fantasy draft.

Bell's knee "getting back close to 100%"

Draft Sharks - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 14:35

Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell says the knee he injured in last year's season finale is "getting back close to 100%."  The injury was only reported as a hyperextension, but the fact that Bell still isn't at full strength 4 months later means there might have been more to it.  Still, there's no reason to expect the knee to be an issue in 2015 -- especially since Bell is suspended for the first 3 games of the season.

NFL suspends Hardy 10 games

Draft Sharks - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 09:36

The NFL on Wednesday announced a 10-game suspension for Cowboys DE Greg Hardy for "conduct detrimental to the league." The move comes under a disciplinary code that wasn't in place when Hardy allegedly assaulted his ex-girlfriend last summer. That could make his appeal interesting. If he does miss the 1st 10 games, it's going to be tough to draft the top-shelf pass rusher in most IDP leagues. That would also keep DE among Dallas' top needs heading into next week's NFL Draft. We'll see where this situation goes.

Chiefs want Smith to be more aggressive

Draft Sharks - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 08:05

The Chiefs want QB Alex Smith to be "more of a risk-taker" this season, according to insider Adam Teicher.  Smith has long been known as a game-manager, dink-and-dunk type of passer.  That was certainly the case last year.  Per Pro Football Focus, Smith attempted just 27 passes 20+ yards downfield in 2014.  That ranked 37th league-wide.  (There are only 32 teams in the NFL.)  In WR Jeremy Maclin and TE Travis Kelce, Kansas City has a couple of guys that can stretch the field.  More aggressive play from Smith might mean more a lower completion rate and more INTs.  But it would also likely help his passing and TD totals.  It'd be a net gain for his fantasy football value.

Fitzgerald doesn't expect big numbers

Draft Sharks - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 05:33

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald says "it's not possible" for him to put up big numbers in his role in HC Bruce Arians' offense. "I just don’t have the opportunities down the field. I’m more inside, I move the chains a lot more. So in terms of putting up the big numbers, it will be difficult."  Fitz has averaged 11.6 and 12.4 yards per catch, respectively, in his 2 seasons under Arians.  Those are his 3rd and 4th lowest marks of his 11-year career.  We're sure Arians' system has played a part in that, but the 31-year-old Fitzgerald has also lost a step or 2.  Consider him no more than a low-upside WR3 in 2015 fantasy drafts.

Dolphins sign WR Greg Jennings

Fantasy Football Today - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 15:10

Two-year deal

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Greg Jennings will sign a two-year, $8 million deal with the Dolphins, according to a source informed of the deal. (NFL.com)

FF Today's Take: The Dolphins have overhauled their receiving corps, getting rid of Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson while bringing in Kenny Stills, TE Jordan Cameron and now Jennings. Jennings is familiar with head coach Joe Philbin from their time in Green Bay and should serve as the No.3 receiver in the Dolphins offense behind Landry and Stills. He's in the WR4-5 range for redraft leagues.

Colts' RB expected to be ready for training camp

Fantasy Football Today - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 15:00

Vic Ballard coming off Achilles injury

Vick Ballard talked to reporters Wednesday for the first time since tearing his Achilles in training camp last season. He says he'll be ready for training camp. (Colts.com)

FF Today's Take: Ballard said today that he dealt with Achilles pain during his rookie season in 2012 and this will be his first season he an play without pain since college. Frank Gore and Dan Herron currently sit above him on the depth chart but Ballard is someone to keep your eye on in the preseason.

Jennings signs with Dolphins

Draft Sharks - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 14:57

The Dolphins have inked WR Greg Jennings to a 2-year, $8 million deal.  He reunites with HC Joe Philbin, who was with Jennings in Green Bay for 6 years.  The 31-year-old is past his prime, averaging just 12.2 yards per catch with the Vikings over the past 2 seasons.  But Jennings also totaled 127 grabs across those campaigns.  He's still a reliable receiver and is a nice addition to a young Dolphins WR corps.  Jennings figures to slot in as the #3 WR behind Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills, though, limiting his fantasy appeal.

Bortles working on mechanics

Draft Sharks - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 05:02

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles spent part of the offseason working with QB mechanics guru Tom House, whose other clients include Tom Brady and Drew Brees.  “Tightening mechanics,” Bortles said the pair worked on. “Throwing with not just all arm, using the whole body and figuring out how to do that. Having a checklist and being able to say it was a bad throw and this is what went wrong and this is how you fix it.”  It's an encouraging sign from a guy who completed just 58.9% of his passes with 11 TDs and 17 INTs as a rookie.  Greg Cosell opined earlier this offseason that Bortles "lost his technique" last year and needs to go "back to basics."  It appears he's doing that.  Bortles still has big strides to make before we can consider him a reliable fantasy asset.  But he has the athleticism and supporting cast to become at least a strong matchup play this year.

Brown "mulling" a holdout

Draft Sharks - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 07:52

Steelers WR Antonio Brown is not present for the start of the team's offseason workout program and is "mulling" a training camp holdout, according to Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo.  Brown inked a 6-year, $43 million deal back in 2012 but is now just the 13th highest-paid WR in terms of annual salary.  He ranks 2nd and 3rd, respectively, in catches and yards over the past 3 seasons.  We'll keep an eye on the contract squabble, but it won't impact Brown's fantasy outlook unless it extends into training camp.  He's spent 5 years with QB Ben Roethlisberger and 3 in OC Todd Haley's offense.

Antonio Brown wants new deal

Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 06:45

Brown skips start of voluntary conditioning program

Steelers WR Antonio Brown seeking new deal. Won't attend offseason workouts, mulling holdout from minicamp, training camp, sources say. (Mike Garafola on Twitter)

FF Today's Take: Brown is under contract for three more years and scheduled to make $6 million this season, $8.25 million in 2016 and $8.7 million in 2017. The Steelers rarely negotiate new contracts with players until they reach the final year of their contract so it's unlikely Brown will get his wish. The fantasy implications are nil until Brown misses training camp.

Latimer struggled with playbook in year one

Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 03:00

Broncos expect big jump in year two

"It took me too long to actually catch on," Cody Latimer said. "I was in the playbook, but I could have done even more. When I actually got it, it was too late. It was just way different (than college). I would know the play, then Peyton (Manning) would change it. Then I'd get to thinking too much and play slower." (Denver Post)

FF Today's Take: A classic issue for receivers first year in the league. Latimer projects to play more this season now that Wes Welker has been released. Latimer is expected to play on the outside with Emmanuel Sanders in the slot on three wide receiver sets. Gary Kubiak: "I think it's time for him to make a big jump, not just a little jump. Obviously his playing time is fixing to pick up, and it needs to pick up. We need him."

Tebow headed to Philly

Draft Sharks - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 15:56

FOX's Jay Glazer reports that the Eagles will sign QB Tim Tebow on Monday. Philly worked the "QB" out on March 16 and were said to be trying to trade QB Matt Barkley. That has yet to happen. Perhaps Chip Kelly has some plan for how to use Tebow, because rostering him as a 3rd or 4th QB doesn't make a whole lot of sense. The former Bronco and Jet has proved that he's not very good at NFL quarterbacking. There's no fantasy intrigue to this move right now, but it'll be an interesting situation for the summer ... although not nearly as interesting as ESPN will treat it.

Tebow, Eagles agree on one-year deal

Fantasy Football Today - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 15:00

Eagles' offseason program begins Monday

Tim Tebow plans to sign a one-year deal Monday with the Eagles, a league source said Sunday night. Tebow is scheduled to arrive in Philadelphia in time to be in attendance for the start of the Eagles' offseason program Monday. (ESPN)

FF Today's Take: Tebow was in training camp with the Patriots in 2013 before being released in late August. The last time he played in the NFL came in 2012 with the Jets. He'll join Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley on the quarterback depth chart. If he makes the team, Tebow will be at best the third quarterback and have no fantasy value.

Robinson was cleared in February

Draft Sharks - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 09:30

Jaguars RB Denard Robinson received full medical clearance from last year's foot sprain in February.  The Week 14 injury ended his 2014 campaign but shouldn't be an issue this season.  Robinson flashed during a 4-game stretch from Weeks 7-10 last year, tallying 389 yards and 4 TDs on 72 carries (5.4 YPC).  He faded over the next 3 weeks, though, averaging just 2.8 yards per carry.  Jacksonville made a run at DeMarco Murray in free agency and will likely add a RB in the draft.  How early they do so will tell us how confident the Jags are in Robinson going forward.

Woodhead ready for offseason program

Draft Sharks - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 09:19

Chargers RB Danny Woodhead will be a full-go for the team's offseason program after breaking his leg last September.  “I feel really, really good,” he said. “I really do. As far as the injury goes, that is something I’m not even thinking about. I’m thinking about trying to get better."  Woodhead finished 12th among RBs in PPR points back in 2013 on the strength of a 76-605-6 receiving line.  He caught 5 balls in his 2 full games last season.  San Diego will likely add a RB in the draft, but Woodhead is a good bet to retain pass-catching duties in 2015.  He's a value pick at his current 15th-round ADP in MFL10 drafts.