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Bell suspended 3 games

Draft Sharks - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 05:40

Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has been suspended 3 games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.  This falls right in the middle of the 2-4 game ban we were expecting.  Bell is appealing the decision but is unlikely to get it changed after pleading guilty to DUI in February.  A popular candidate to go #1 overall in 2015 fantasy drafts had he played 16 games, Bell now figures to drop a few spots.  RB DeAngelo Williams is the favorite to serve as Pittsburgh's lead back for those first 3 weeks.  We'll see who his opponents will be when the schedule is released later this month, but he'll likely be just a low-end RB2 while Bell is out.

Holmes signs tender

Draft Sharks - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 17:42

Raiders WR Andre Holmes has signed his restricted free-agent tender. That means he'll spend at least 2015 in Oakland, though the two sides could work out a different deal if they want. Holmes tied Mychal Rivera for 2nd on the team in targets last season, according to Pro Football Reference numbers, and could remain a significant part of the passing game in 2015. But many believe the Raiders will spend the 4th overall pick on 1 of the draft's top wideouts. Oakland has also met with free-agent WR Michael Crabtree. The fact that no other team signed Holmes to an offer sheet despite an original-round tender that would have required no compensation if the Raiders didn't match tells us not to expect too much from him going forward.

Ridley stays in AFC East, signs with Jets

Fantasy Football Today - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 15:15

Six months removed from knee surgery

The New York Jets have poached another New England Patriots free agent in running back Stevan Ridley. While it's not as big as the Darrelle Revis signing, Ridley's addition gives the Jets at least one running back with a 1,000-yard season on his resume. (ESPN)

FF Today's Take: Ridley joins Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell in a crowded Jets' backfield that will likely give fantasy owners fits this season. Ridley is coming off knee surgery after tearing his ACL last October and will likely be eased into training camp. He'll be a late-round pick in standard re-draft leagues.

Ridley signs with Jets

Draft Sharks - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 15:14

RB Stevan Ridley is set to sign with the Jets, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.  It's a curious decision by both sides since New York already has a power back in Chris Ivory.  Ridley, of course, is currently recovering from a torn ACL suffered last October.  The fact that the Jets felt comfortable signing him is an indication that his rehab is going well.  We'll see how new OC Chan Gailey plans to divvy carries between Ridley and Ivory.  The Jets could also still add a change-of-pace type back in the draft.

Peterson "highly unlikely" to face another suspension

Draft Sharks - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 19:09

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is "highly unlikely" to face another suspension.  That's been the expectation all along after AP was essentially banned for 15 games last year.  Peterson met with Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday and is eligible to be reinstated on April 15th.  All signs point to him being on the field for Week 1.  The question remains whose uniform he'll be wearing.  Rapoport hears that if a Peterson trade goes down, it'll likely happen during the NFL Draft.

Blount suspended 1 game

Draft Sharks - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 15:42

Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount has been suspended 1 game for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.  This stems from the August incident when Blount and Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell were arrested for marijuana possession.  Charges against Blount were dropped after he completed 50 hours of community service, which is likely why he was suspended for only 1 game.  Bell, meanwhile, pled guilty to DUI and is still expected to be suspended for 2-4 games.  Blount remains the favorite for lead-back duties in New England over the final 15 contests.

Blount gets one-game suspension

Fantasy Football Today - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 15:37

Le'veon Bell likely to get two-game suspension

New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount has been suspended without pay for the 2015 regular-season opener, an NFL spokesman said Tuesday. Blount's suspension is for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. (ESPN)

FF Today's Take: We knew Blount and former teammate Le'Veon Bell would both face suspensions after they were arrested last August for marijuana possession. Bell is likely to get a two-game suspension for his involvement in the matter. Both running backs are expected to be the lead runner for their respective teams in 2015 with Bell being a first round pick in most fantasy drafts, despite the looming suspension.

Broncos believe Daniels will make "significant impact"

Draft Sharks - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 11:11

The Broncos believe TE Owen Daniels will make a "significant impact" in 2015, according to insider Jeff Legwold.  Daniels inked a 3-year, $12 million deal with Denver this offseason.  It'll be his 10th consecutive season playing under HC Gary Kubiak, so he's obviously familiar with the offense.  Daniels will turn 33 this coming November but still posted a decent 48-527-4 line last year.  He looks like the current favorite to operate as the Broncos' primary pass-catching TE in 2015, although Legwold does say that the team is looking for TE Virgil Green to do "more in the passing game."  We'll be keeping a close eye on Denver's TEs this summer because there's lots of fantasy production to be had.

Bengals add Moore

Draft Sharks - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 12:18

The Bengals have inked WR Denarius Moore to a 1-year deal.  The former Raider mustered just 12 catches for 115 scoreless yards last season.  But he averaged a 43-685-6 line over his first 3 years.  That included a 33-618-5 rookie line under current Bengals OC Hue Jackson.  Moore, still only 26 years old, is an intriguing addition for a Cincinnati offense in need of big-play guys behind A.J. Green.  But he's a long shot for fantasy value.  Moore figures to open the season as the #4 WR behind Green, Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones.

Browns already done with Manziel?

Draft Sharks - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 05:43

ESPN's Chris Mortensen suggested that the Browns have essentially already moved on from QB Johnny Manziel.  "Manziel’s name barely even came up in conversation" when the staff put together the offseason program, Mort added.  Manziel, of course, was abysmal in limited rookie-year action and then checked into rehab earlier this offseason.  He's expected to re-join the team within the next week, but he sounds like a long shot to win the starting job.

Ravens owner: "We absolutely need a TE"

Draft Sharks - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 04:59

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti didn't mince words when addressing his team's current TE depth chart.  “We absolutely need a TE," Bisciotti said.  That obviously doesn't inspire confidence in the fantasy outlooks of Dennis Pitta and Crockett Gillmore.  Bisciotti said he's "praying" for Pitta to return from last year's hip injury but wouldn't commit to having him this season.  Biscotti believes Gillmore could catch "30-40 balls," but that's a relatively tame projection from an owner.  We'll see what Baltimore is able to add to the position over the next few months.  There's not much left available on the free-agent market, and it's a shallow rookie TE class.

Report: Crabtree turned down Miami offer

Draft Sharks - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 07:50

The Miami Herald reports that the Dolphins were willing to pay free-agent WR Michael Crabtree nearly $3 million for 2015 but that Crabtree passed on the offer. Given the still-early timing, it's certainly understandable for each side to feel no urgency in this case. Crabtree has met with a quiet market, and Miami's in decent shape at WR with a strong rookie class still to come in the draft. If the Dolphins did make this offer, however, it shows that they'd like to add another starting-type wideout to the corps now led by Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills. We'll be quite interested to see who winds up joining those WRs and new TE Jordan Cameron.

Watkins won't do much before training camp

Draft Sharks - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 08:44

Bills WR Sammy Watkins isn't expected to do much before training camp after undergoing surgery to repair a "slight hip laberal tear" in early February, according to insider Vic Carucci.  Watkins has resumed jogging and will "work out lightly" when the team's offseason program begins next week, per Carucci.  He won't take part in OTAs in May but is tentatively expected to be ready for the start of training camp.  The missed time isn't good news for a young receiver in a new offense with (likely) a new QB.

Watkins had hip surgery before Super Bowl

Fantasy Football Today - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 08:15

Injury suffered in Week 13

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins had offseason surgery in an area near his hip, sources told ESPN's Josina Anderson. Watkins had the procedure done sometime before the Super Bowl for the injury that was suffered in a Week 13 win over the Cleveland Browns, according to sources. He had three catches for a season-low 11 yards in that game, but played every offensive snap. (ESPN)

FF Today's Take: Details about the procedure are sketchy so it's difficult to project whether or not the Bills No.1 wideout will miss any of the upcoming off-season workouts. The Bills have a voluntary minicamp scheduled for April 28-30.

Watkins had hip surgery

Draft Sharks - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 08:12

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports that Bills WR Sammy Watkins underwent hip surgery earlier this offseason. Watkins injured the hip in Week 13 but didn't miss any time. The procedure was likely relatively minor, but durability is a concern for Watkins heading into his 2nd pro season. Besides the hip, he dealt with groin and rib issues as a rookie.

Bucs trade Goldson

Draft Sharks - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 06:23

Washington has acquired S Dashon Goldson and a 7th-round pick from the Bucs for a 6th-round selection. The minuscule price makes it clear that Tampa was simply done with the bad contract and underperforming player. But Goldson will likely compete for a starting spot in a Washington secondary that has struggled at safety since Sean Taylor's 2007 murder. Goldson has delivered usable IDP value at times in the past and might crack the top 30 DBs in our 2015 IDP rankings if he wins a job.

Saints bring back Morgan

Draft Sharks - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 19:15

The Saints surprisingly re-signed WR Joe Morgan on Thursday to a 1-year deal. It's a surprise because the team waived Morgan in December after suspending him earlier in the year. Morgan's a loose cannon but also a dangerous deep threat. If he can keep it together through offseason workouts and training camp, he could make for an interesting flier at times. We'll wait to see how this WR corps actually stacks up for the regular season before projecting any real fantasy football value for Morgan, though.

Dolphins sign Freeman

Draft Sharks - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 18:55

The Dolphins on Thursday signed QB Josh Freeman to a 1-year contract, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Freeman remains a noteworthy name as a former 1st-round pick and multi-season starter for the Bucs. But he spent 2014 out of football after losing the Tampa job in 2013 and then getting picked up and dumped by the Vikings. It's unlikely that Freeman makes any impact with the Dolphins, who already have apparent long-term starter Ryan Tannehill in place and Matt Moore locked in as his backup. We'll be interested, at least, to see if Freeman can show anything this summer.

Miller adds 8 pounds

Draft Sharks - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 05:09

Dolphins RB Lamar Miller has put on 8 pounds this offseason, currently tipping the scales at 225 pounds.  Miller averaged 5.1 yards per carry last year but ranked just 14th among RBs with 216 totes.  He's gearing up for a bigger workload in 2015, but we hope the added weight doesn't hurt his speed and quickness.  It'll be something to monitor in training camp and preseason action.

Cunningham will remain 3rd-down back

Draft Sharks - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 05:04

Rams RB Benny Cunningham is expected to serve as the team's 3rd-down back again in 2015.  "He’s just really good out of the backfield," HC Jeff Fisher said. "He’s probably the better protector of the three."  Pro Football Focus actually graded Cunningham worse in pass blocking than both Tre Mason and Zac Stacy.  Cunningham was St. Louis' best receiving RB, though, according to PFF.  He hauled in 45 of 49 targets (91.8%) for 352 yards (7.8 YPC).  Mason, meanwhile, totaled just 16 catches on 25 targets in 12 games.  He'll struggle to break into RB1 territory as long as he's losing passing-down work to Cunningham.