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Fantasy Football Today - Wed, 01/29/2014 - 06:30
Norv Turner to help with Vikings passing game
Norv Turner has a reputation for being a pass-first offensive coordinator, but that doesn't bother the star running back he's now going to be coaching with the Minnesota Vikings. "I'll tell you, our pass offense has really struggled in the past couple years," Adrian Peterson told USA TODAY Sports in a phone interview Monday. "I think (Turner) is going to be the perfect guy to come in and get us on the right path." (USA Today)
FF Today's Take: To say that the Vikings passing game has struggled in recent years is an understatement. Moving on from Christian Ponder would be a step in the right direction. The Browns finished 11th in passing yards per game (253) under Turner in 2013.
Fantasy Football Today - Wed, 01/29/2014 - 06:00
Recovering from partial ACL tear
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Morgan looked like he had a clear shot at the No. 3 spot when the team entered training camp last summer. However, he didn't get that chance. Morgan would be diagnosed with a partial ACL and meniscus tear in August that immediately landed him on injured reserve, the second time in his three-year career that he'd miss a season due to a knee injury. (New Orleans Times Picayune)
FF Today's Take: Kenny Stills took over the deep threat role in the Saints passing game and finished with 20 yards per catch - the highest average in the league. Morgan, a restricted free agent, is five months into his rehab and should be a participant in training camp come July.
Fantasy Football Today - Tue, 01/28/2014 - 08:20
Former Detroit OC Scott Linehan expected to join staff
The Dallas Cowboys will have their third offensive playcaller in as many years with Scott Linehan joining the coaching staff as passing game coordinator, a source told ESPN Senior NFL Insider Chris Mortensen. The former Lions offensive coordinator took part in Monday's team meetings, sources said, but the team has not made an official announcement. (Dallas Morning News)
FF Today's Take: This will be Tony Romo's third offensive playcaller in three seasons. Current OC Bill Callahan is expected to retain his job meaning there may be too many chefs in the Cowboys' offensive kitchen in 2014. DeMarco Murray became more involved towards the end of the season but Linehan's pass-happy approach may derail Murray's fantasy momentum in 2014.
Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 14:25
Torn meniscus; expected to recover in a month
Titans RB Chris Johnson is scheduled to have surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. Johnson called the procedure "minor" and the recovery time is expected to be roughly a month. "It's nothing major," Johnson said. "People don't know I been playing with it since Week 3 of the season." Johnson rushed for 1,077 yards and six touchdowns in 2013. (The Tennessean)
FF Today's Take: Johnson's durability has been underrated for some time because his performance has become so inconsistent in recent years. With a scheduled base salary of $8 million in 2014, there's a strong chance he has played his last snap with the Titans after telling The Tennessean last month he has no plans to take a pay cut. That would leave Shonn Greene and a likely draft pick/free agent to serve as the team's main ballcarriers in 2014.
Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 14:20
Dealt with flu for most of last week
Matt Prater is coming around. Prater, who battled a virus last week and was kept away from the team, was at practice Monday. Last week, the Broncos didn't practice Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. Prater was too ill to practice with the team Thursday, Friday and Saturday. "I got some kind of flu or something," Prater said. "It started to come on Tuesday night. When I woke up Wednesday morning, I felt like I got run over by a truck." (Denver Post)
FF Today's Take: Prater should be cleared well in advance of the Super Bowl. Including the playoffs, Prater has made 30 of his 32 field-goal attempts (93.8 percent) this season and produced 93 touchbacks on 124 kickoffs (75 percent).
Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 14:00
Team also brings along ex-Texan OC to be QB coach
Baltimore Ravens HC John Harbaugh announced Gary Kubiak as his new offensive coordinator Monday. Kubiak is bringing Rick Dennison with him to be the quarterbacks coach. Dennison served as Kubiak's OC for the past four years in Houston. The Ravens still have an offensive vacancy at running backs coach. The hiring of Kubiak is a late shift from what media reports suggested. Over the weekend, reports indicated that Harbaugh was deciding between Ravens WR Coach Jim Hostler and former Houston Texans and Washington Redskins OC Kyle Shanahan. (baltimoreravens.com)
FF Today's Take: The Ravens have utilized their fair share of zone-blocking runs over the last three seasons, so the transition should be smooth. It's hard not to like this hire since Kubiak guided a number of top-10 offenses in Houston before the bottom fell out for the Texans in 2013. He will replace Jim Caldwell, who became the new coach in Detroit. Dennison made his name as an OL coach and has never coached quarterbacks before, making his hire a bit more puzzling.
Fantasy Football Today - Sat, 01/25/2014 - 12:00
Broncos kicker expected to be fine for Super Bowl
Denver Broncos head coach John Fox said he saw Matt Prater at the team's facility Saturday morning, but elected to send the ailing kicker home for a third consecutive day. Prater did not participate in the Broncos' practice Saturday because of a virus and did not practice with the team this week. Fox said Prater was sent home, in part, for him to recover and in part to prevent any other players from getting sick. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: The Broncos are likely being overly cautious with this situation in an effort to keep the rest of the team healthy. Expect Prater to be back with the team next week and kick in the Super Bowl.
Fantasy Football Today - Fri, 01/24/2014 - 11:00
Seattle receiver has passed concussion tests
For the third time this season, receiver Percy Harvin is ready to play after missing time because of injuries. Harvin cleared concussion protocol this week and has been cleared to play in the Super Bowl. (Seattle Times)
FF Today's Take: Harvin has battled hip and concussion injuries this season resulting in only two games played for the star receiver. Harvin has all but admitted his hip is still not 100% buy he is healthy enough to play in the 2013 Super Bowl.
Fantasy Football Today - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:30
Replaces Rob Chudzinski
The Cleveland Browns on Thursday afternoon reached a deal and named fiery former Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine their seventh full-time head coach in the new era. Casting a wide net, the Browns interviewed 10 candidates over the past 25 days. The Browns flew Pettine to Cleveland on Thursday afternoon for a third meeting and finalized the deal shortly thereafter. (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)
FF Today's Take: Pettine replaces Rob Chudzinski, who was fired Dec. 29 after going 4-12 in his inaugural season, causing many Browns to question the team's direction and helping to make a less attractive job for any number of reasons. Regardless of how messy the search was, Cleveland found a quality candidate. Pettine, who runs a 3-4 defense, is a solid defensive mind and will have two first-round picks, plenty of cap space to sign free agents and six Pro Bowlers to work with right away.
Fantasy Football Today - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:20
Expected to make full recovery in six weeks
Adrian Peterson had surgery (Thursday) with Dr. William Meyers at the Vincera Institute in Philadelphia, Pa. Dr. Meyers was able to successfully repair Adrian's adductor muscle while also doing a compartmental release. Adrian is expected to make a full recovery in approximately six weeks. (Vikings.com)
FF Today's Take: Peterson underwent reconstructive knee surgery in the 2012 offseason, a sports hernia operation in 2013 and now this surgery. It is hardly ideal, but Peterson's healing powers have become legendary, so it is unlikely this most recent surgery will be an issue come training camp. The 28-year-old will be working in Norv Turner's offense next season, meaning he could post some prolific numbers in 2014.
Fantasy Football Today - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 04:00
Expected to play in Super Bowl
Seattle Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin was a full participant in practice Wednesday. He is expected to play in the Super Bowl, which will be only his third game of the season. Harvin suffered a concussion in the divisional playoff game against the New Orleans Saints on Jan. 11, and didn't make it through the mandatory concussion protocol in time to play in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: Barring a setback, Harvin is expected to play in the Super Bowl next Sunday. It's been a lost season for the Seattle wideout who signed a six-year, $67 million deal last off-season. He'll be a high fantasy rebound candidate in 2014.
Fantasy Football Today - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 17:20
Surgery should happen soon
Update: I've also learned that Vikings RB Adrian Peterson needs & has opted for surgery on his groin in the very near future. (Josina Anderson via Twitter)
FF Today's Take: There's no definitive date but with Peterson not playing in the Pro Bowl, surgery could come at anytime. An "off" season for Peterson still landed him 6th among fantasy running backs and AP was one of only five qualifying running backs to average 15+ fantasy points per game. Peterson will be a top five fantasy pick in 2014.
KFFL News Feed - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 07:00
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Fantasy Football Today - Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:45
Won't affect his status for 2014
Frank Gore suffered a broken right ring finger. Harbaugh said he isn't sure when the injury occurred and that he didn't know it had happened until after the game. (San Jose Mercury News)
FF Today's Take: Gore should be fine for the 2014 off-season as this injury is considered minor. Gore finished 13th among fantasy running backs with 1128 yards and 9 TDs.