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KFFL News Feed - Thu, 05/23/2013 - 17:47
When looking to the Denver Broncos, fantasy owners likely see nothing but profit and production. But the addition of Wes Welker may have a negative impact in the grand scheme.
KFFL News Feed - Wed, 05/22/2013 - 14:24
What does Michael Crabtree's potentially season-ending injury mean for the 49ers offense?
Fantasy Football Today - Wed, 05/22/2013 - 12:40
Eight-time Pro Bowler calls it a career
After 13 seasons in a Bears uniform, LB Brian Urlacher is retiring from the NFL. He announced his decision on his Twitter account on Wednesday. The Bears did try to re-sign Urlacher, offering him a one-year deal totaling $2 million. New Bears HC Marc Trestman even said that he told Urlacher that he wanted him to return. But the Bears announced on March 20 that a deal could not be reached. In the end, no other teams were seriously interested in the services of the 34-year-old. (Chicago Sun-Times)
FF Today's Take: While there is always a small chance that Urlacher could get lured out of retirement if/when a team suffers an injury during training camp, this looks to be the end of the road for him after his play dropped off significantly in 2012. An eight-time Pro Bowler and four-time first-team All-Pro selection, Urlacher stands a pretty good chance at seeing his bust in Canton in a few years if his playing days are over.
Fantasy Football Today - Wed, 05/22/2013 - 12:15
Likely out at least six months
Michael Crabtree suffered a torn Achilles tendon during OTAs Tuesday and will soon undergo what could be season-ending surgery, a person informed of the injury told USA TODAY Sports. The 49ers haven't commented yet on the injury, which used to be an automatic season-ender but has since become one that can sometimes be rehabbed in a matter of months - as Baltimore Ravens LB Terrell Suggs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE De'Quan Bowers did last year. Both players tore the tendon in the spring and returned to the field after starting the year on the physically unable to perform list. (USA Today)
FF Today's Take: Crabtree is coming off a breakout season in which he had career-highs in receptions (85), yards (1,105) and touchdowns (nine). The major difference between Crabtree and players like Suggs and Bowers is that Crabtree's position requires him to plant and cut much more. Anquan Boldin moves to the top of depth chart and stands to be a solid fantasy WR3 at the very least. This also means A.J. Jenkins will most likely be counted on more heavily after a disappointing rookie season.
Draft Sharks - Wed, 05/22/2013 - 04:38
WR Danny Amendola was at least partly familiar with the Patriots' offense before even signing with his new team. He spent 2011 in St. Louis with Josh McDaniels, who's now the OC in New England. "When Josh was in St. Louis, I got to know [the plays] pretty good," Amendola said. "It's a little more intricate out here, and it's something to grasp. I'm learning every day." The jump start on the playbook can only help Amendola as he looks to settle in with QB Tom Brady and the Pats. He's being counted on to play a significant role as the team's slot receiver.
Draft Sharks - Wed, 05/22/2013 - 01:04
The Raiders have signed veteran S Charles Woodson to a 1-year deal with a max value of $4.3 million. Woodson should easily win the FS job for the team that drafted him 4th overall way back in 1998. The fact that he chose Oakland over an offer from Denver supports that idea. Woodson consistently created turnovers as a CB in Green Bay, including 4 seasons of 7+ INTs. He missed 9 games last year, though, after making the full-time move to safety. He'll turn 37 in October and carry plenty of durability risk into the season. But Woodson has long proved a strong IDP candidate and looks draftable once again in 2013.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 05/21/2013 - 10:01
Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray is sidelined for the start of OTAs with what insider Calvin Watkins calls a "tweaked" hamstring. He did some rehab work off to the side on Tuesday and is expected to be back with the team next week. It's obviously a minor injury that shouldn't impact Murray this season. But it's worth mentioning considering this guy's durability problems. Murray entered the league with an "injury-prone" tag and has missed 9 games over his first 2 seasons. He'll be a risky pick in 2013 fantasy drafts -- albeit one with considerable upside.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 05/21/2013 - 06:31
Bills WR Stevie Johnson practiced with the team on Tuesday. He had previously been sidelined with a lower back injury. "It was great to see him," OC Nathaniel Hackett said. "He looks great in a uni. It was great to see him run some routes instead of being on the side. We've just got to work him back in." The back issue was never considered serious and shouldn't be an issue this season. Johnson has played in all of Buffalo's 48 games over the past 3 seasons.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 05/21/2013 - 05:47
Former NFLer Ross Tucker believes it's "ambitious" to believe Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski will need only 10 or 11 weeks to recover from surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back. Tucker underwent a similar procedure in 2004. "I was able to come back in 12 weeks, but I didn't feel right," Tucker said. "I didn't feel good, and it led to other issues. I partially tore my hamstring. I hurt my neck. I was not totally right 12 weeks later. I really didn't feel good or normal until a full year later. And even then, I'll maintain that I was never the same player." Scary stuff for Gronk's short and long-term outlooks. And remember that this will be his 2nd back surgery in the last 4 years. Gronk is expected to meet with doctors in 3-4 weeks to confirm that this latest surgery is needed. That already puts us into mid June. The regular season kicks off 13 weeks after that. Based on Tucker's timeline, Gronk won't be at 100% by then. We'll continue to track his status throughout the summer.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 05/21/2013 - 05:36
Despite the additions of Jason Campbell and Brian Hoyer, it's sounding more and more like Brandon Weeden is the strong favorite for Cleveland's starting QB spot. New OC Norv Turner spoke highly of Weeden on Monday. "Brandon is a one-year player in the NFL who did a lot more good things than people give him credit for," Turner said. "I like his composure, the way he competes, he's worked awfully hard. He's got to be one of the hardest-working guys on our team. So you look and say, 'Hey, you hope there's a big upside.' He's got a big arm. He's very intelligent. He makes good decisions. He throws the ball up the field the way we would like to, but he's very accurate underneath." Weeden would need to tank this summer to lose the starting gig. We'll see if he can up his game enough to get into the QB2 discussion.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 05/21/2013 - 05:33
HC Pete Carroll told the Tacoma News Tribune that Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is "a million miles ahead" of where he was last season. Carroll specifically mentioned Wilson's ball placement on deep throws and cadence at the line. A smarter Wilson should scare most of the league. He proved excellent in leading Seattle to the playoffs as a rookie but threw just 393 passes. Look for Seattle to let Wilson fling it much more, especially with WR Percy Harvin in town. Wilson looks like a perennial top 10 fantasy football QB going forward. He's also shaping up as a strong value in early drafting.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 05/21/2013 - 03:55
Bills beat writer Jay Skurski says rookie Robert Woods is "penciled in" as the team's #2 WR. We'd expect that to change to ink by mid-August. Woods was widely regarded as one of the most NFL-ready WRs in the rookie class. He started all 38 career games at USC, setting a school record with 252 catches. His competition for a starting job in Buffalo will come from the undersized T.J. Graham and Marquise Goodwin -- plus undrafted free agent Da'Rick Rogers. Rogers could be a threat long term but has a ways to go. Expect Woods to be in Buffalo's Week 1 starting lineup. We'd keep fantasy expectations in check, though. Stevie Johnson remains the clear-cut #1 WR. And the Bills passing game figures to struggle in a new offense and with a new QB.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 05/21/2013 - 03:10
HC Chip Kelly has said he'll let his QBs duel for the starting job. Still, most folks have assumed the post is Michael Vick's to lose. Well, QB Nick Foles opened with the 1st team on Monday and drew 21 total starter reps to Vick's 15, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. That's the opposite of what happened in Philly's last public workout. It's a reminder that we shouldn't declare a starter for the Eagles yet. We still believe Vick is likely to emerge. But Foles could deliver some value as a late-round flier either way in fantasy football drafts.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 05/21/2013 - 01:47
According to the Baltimore Sun, the Ravens think WR Deonte Thompson has the “inside track” for their #2 WR role. Thompson, 24, caught just 5 balls for 51 yards in 2012. But he brings an interesting skill set to the table as a home run threat. “I have athleticism and the ability to make big plays,” he said. “I'm fast, can stretch the field and have run the 40 in 4.23. I think the sky is the limit for me, but I still have to prove myself on the field.” HC John Harbaugh sounded less enthusiastic, saying he “could sneak in there” and that “the best player will play.” He’ll battle with Jacoby Jones, David Reed, LaQuan Williams and Tandon Doss for snaps alongside Torrey Smith. Smith, Ray Rice and Dennis Pitta will comfortably remain their most targeted options.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 05/21/2013 - 01:28
Cowboys QB Tony Romo underwent surgery last month to remove a cyst on his back. ESPN’s Adam Schefter says it “could” keep him out until training camp, but Romo believes he’ll be ready for June minicamp. He’s already been cleared to resume throwing. “If this was the regular season and I had to play next week, I could,” he said. “This is just about being smart. That’s why I did it now. This will have no effect on training camp. No way will it have an impact. And I still think there’s a good chance I’m on the field for mini-camp.” There’s cause for concern any time a back is involved, but this sounds like it was a truly minor procedure. And Romo, a 7-year starter, doesn’t need the practice time this spring. We’ll continue to track his status, but consider his 2013 fantasy outlook unaffected.