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Martin still a "fantasy force"

Draft Sharks - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 06:28

ESPN's Pat Yasinskas penned a post touting Bucs RB Doug Martin's 2014 fantasy value.  Yasinskas believes Martin will once again be a "fantasy force" this season.  "[Mike] James and [Bobby} Rainey aren’t quite in Martin's class and that means the rotation isn't going to split up the carries too much," Yasinskas writes.  "Martin still will get the bulk of the carries and he’s shown he can produce in fantasy and real life."  Yasinskas adds that the Bucs might run even more under the new coaching staff than they did under former HC Greg Schiano.  And mixing in James and Rainey will "help keep Martin fresh."  Martin probably won't reach the 368 touches he totaled in 2012, but he shouldn't have trouble topping 300 this year.  That'll put him in the RB1 mix.

Smith arrested for making bomb threat

Draft Sharks - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 06:06

49ers LB Aldon Smith was arrested at Los Angeles Airport after allegedly yelling "bomb" near the security gate.  Smith reportedly got upset that he was randomly selected for additional screening.  Police claim Smith became "belligerent and uncooperative" with TSA.  Sources also note the pass-rushers "appeared to be drunk."  That, of course, has been a major issue for Smith.  He's been arrested for DUI twice since entering the league in 2011 and missed 5 weeks for rehab this past year.  Smith is also still facing illegal weapons charges from a 2012 incident at his home.  Neither the 49ers nor fantasy owners can be counting on Smith this coming season.

2014 NFL Draft: RB outlook

KFFL News Feed - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 11:44

Cory continues to break down the 2014 NFL Draft by addressing the running back position.

Giants worried Manning is in decline

Draft Sharks - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 06:54

ESPN's Dan Graziano hears that some in the Giants organization are questioning whether QB Eli Manning is "a player in decline."  The numbers certainly support that notion.  Manning's completion rate sunk for the 3rd straight year in 2013.  His 57.5% mark was his worst since 2007.  His 3,818 passing yards were his fewest since 2008.  His 18 TDs were his fewest as a full-time starter, and his 27 INTs were a career high.  Manning turned 33 in January, will be in a new offense in 2014 and is now rehabbing a surgically repaired ankle.  He has a long road back to QB1 territory.  We're not betting on him getting there.

2014 NFL Draft: QB outlook

KFFL News Feed - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 14:37

Cory outlines the notable quarterback prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft and talks about their long-term projections.

Griffin has fixed mechanics

Draft Sharks - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 09:39

Redskins QB Robert Griffin has spent time this offseason working on his mechanics with QB guru Terry Shea.  RG3's footwork and release point were off last year, likely as a result of those 2012 knee injuries.  He suffered big drops in his completion rate, yards-per-attempt average and TD-to-INT ratio.  "He looked 100% healthy," Shea said. "I didn't let up on him and, boy, he kept coming — and he reminded me of the old Robert Griffin that I knew coming out of Baylor for those eight-10 weeks we worked together in 2012.  He could have very easily lost it given the year he had. I put him through a gantlet of drills. And Robert made all the throws, showing great skills. It sure appeared to me that he took that next step as a pocket passer."  Another year removed from the knee injuries and with WR DeSean Jackson now at his disposal, Griffin is a prime bounce-back candidate in 2014.

Gronkowski's rehab on track

Draft Sharks - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 09:31

NFL Network's Albert Breer reports that Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) is "right where he should be" in his recovery from last December's torn ACL.  Gronk underwent reconstructive surgery on January 9th, giving him 9 months to get ready for Week 1.  He'll begin jogging "soon," per Breer, but is unlikely to do anything in OTAs.  We'll see if he can get on the field at all during training camp or the preseason.  Gronk will once again be a risk/reward pick in fantasy drafts this summer.

Fantasy Football Tips: Bengals, Vikings offenses on the rise

KFFL News Feed - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 13:24

Coordinator and scheme changes in Cincinnati and Minnesota bode well for their top players.

Foster will be ready for OTAs

Draft Sharks - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 17:40

Texans RB Arian Foster (back) confirmed that he'll be ready for the start of OTAs.  He underwent a back surgery in November that he says "wasn't as major as it sounded."  He was medically cleared in mid-March.  Back issues can be tricky, so Foster will be worth monitoring this summer.  His combination of age and workload make him an injury risk in 2014, but he'll remain a 3-down workhorse as long as he's on the field.

Dolphins add receiver Damian Williams

Fantasy Football Today - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 16:52

No.4 wideout

The Miami Dolphins added depth to their receiver group by signing free-agent Damian Williams Thursday to a one-year, $800,000 contract, a source told ESPN.com. Williams, 25, is a former third-round pick of the Tennessee Titans in 2010. He caught a career-low 15 receptions for 178 yards in 10 games last season. (ESPN)

FF Today's Take: Williams adds depth behind Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline with and outside chance of winning the third wide receiver spot over Brandon Gibson. Very little fantasy value here unless an injury occurs to one of the starters.

Six week recovery time for Eli Manning

Fantasy Football Today - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 12:52

Sprained ankle still giving Giants QB trouble

Eli Manning will undergo an arthroscopic procedure on his left ankle. The Giants quarterback sustained a high ankle sprain during the season finale against the Redskins and, according to a post on the team's web site, is still "experiencing some discomfort" during the start of his offseason prep work. He is expected to be out for at least six weeks. (NJ.com)

FF Today's Take: Manning isn't expected to participate in the off-season program which begins April 21st but should be available once mini-camp begins in late June. Manning was sacked more than any other QB last season but has been very durable during his career. He's played in every game since 2005.

Panthers add Dickson

Draft Sharks - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:52

The Panthers have signed TE Ed Dickson.  Since posting a 54-528-5 line for the Ravens in 2011, Dickson has totaled just 46 grabs, 498 yards and 1 score the past 2 seasons.  He finished 55th in Pro Football Focus' 2012 TE rankings and dead last in 2013.  Dickson will step in as Carolina's #2 TE behind Greg Olsen.  Ben Hartsock played that role last year and saw just 324 snaps and not a single target.  Dickson won't be a fantasy factor this season, despite Carolina's WR shortage.

Manning needs ankle surgery

Draft Sharks - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:45

Giants QB Eli Manning will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle this afternoon.  He suffered a high-ankle sprain in last season's finale but was hoping rest would heal it up.  “I went through the recovery and rehab after suffering the sprain,” Manning explained. “I was still experiencing some discomfort as I began my normal offseason preparation, and after consultation, we felt the right thing was to have Dr. Anderson clean out the ankle."  Recovery is expected to take 6 weeks, which puts Manning back on the field in mid-May.  He should be a full go for training camp, but the missed time isn't good for a player coming off a wretched season and forced to learn a new offense under OC Ben McAdoo.  Manning will be no better than a mid-range QB2 in 2014 fantasy football drafts.

Kaepernick involved in possible sexual assault

Draft Sharks - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:14

TMZ reports that 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is being investigated for a possible sexual assault.  The incident occurred at a hotel in Miami earlier in April.  The case is reportedly in its "beginning stages" and no charges have been filed against Kaep.  "The 49ers organization is aware of the recent media report regarding Colin Kaepernick and is in the process of gathering the pertinent facts," GM Trent Baalke said.  We'll continue to track this story.  Kaepernick doesn't have any previous run-ins with the law on his record.

Colin Kaepernick being investigated

Fantasy Football Today - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:10

Very few details at this time

Police said Thursday that 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is the subject of an investigation in South Florida. No charges have been filed against Kaepernick, but TMZ Sports reported Thursday that investigators were looking into an alleged sexual assault that occurred at a hotel in Miami earlier this month. "The 49ers organization is aware of a report regarding Colin Kaepernick and are gathering facts," said 49ers general manager Trent Baalke, in a statement. (San Jose Mercury News)

FF Today's Take: There are other reports that 49ers WR Quinton Patton and Seahawks WR Ricardo Lockette are also being investigated. It appears the investigation is in its early stages. More details to come...

Bush ok with reduced role

Draft Sharks - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 07:41

Lions RB Reggie Bush is willing to accept a reduced role in 2014.  The new coaching staff -- led by HC Jim Caldwell and OC Joe Lombardi -- is bringing a more traditional offense to Detroit.  Expect to see more power running and 2-back sets after the team signed FB Jed Collins.  The Lions also handed RB Joique Bell a new 3-year, $9.3 million deal.  “We had a pretty good rotation going last (season), so, you know, we did some pretty special things with that,” Bush said. “It can only go up from there, even if the workload is less for both of us, that’s only going to help us toward the end of the season, help us to stay healthy and probably play a little bit stronger and better toward the end of the season.”  Lombardi is bringing the Saints offense to Detroit.  That means Bush might head back to more of a change-of-pace, pass-catching role that he played in New Orleans.  Bell would be the early-down pounder.  It's entirely possible that Bell leads the 2014 Lions in carries.  Bush will carry much more fantasy value in PPR leagues.

Broyles cleared for workouts

Draft Sharks - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 12:42

Lions WR Ryan Broyles (Achilles) has been cleared for the start of voluntary workouts this week.  He's about 5-and-a-half-months removed from rupturing his Achilles in a Week 8 game against the Cowboys.  That followed a torn right ACL in 2012, which followed a torn left ACL in 2011.  The Achilles is actually an even tougher injury to return from, although it looks like Broyles is making a speedy recovery.  We'll keep an eye on his progress this summer, but neither the Lions nor fantasy owners can be counting on him in 2014.

Wayne expects to be cleared by late April

Draft Sharks - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 06:20

Colts WR Reggie Wayne (knee) expects to be fully cleared by April 25th.  That'd be a little over 6 months after he went down with a torn ACL.  "I'm way ahead of schedule," Wayne said. "I feel great."  He resumed running in late April and expects to be a full-go for training camp.  By all indications, Wayne's rehab has gone smoothly.  But we remain skeptical of a 35-year-old WR returning from such a serious injury.  He'll also have more competition for targets in 2014 with WR Hakeem Nicks' arrival and TE Dwayne Allen's return.  Consider Wayne just a WR3 option for your fantasy squad.

Thomas still sidelined with bum shoulder

Draft Sharks - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 06:13

Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas remains sidelined with the shoulder injury he suffered in the Super Bowl.  There are some reports that he separated the shoulder, but that hasn't been confirmed by the team.  Thomas wasn't able to attend the passing workouts organized by QB Peyton Manning at Duke this week.  There's a chance that Thomas will remain limited in OTAs, but the team expects him to be a full-go for training camp, according to insider Jeff Legwold.  As long as that's the case, they'll be no reason to worry about Thomas' 2014 fantasy outlook.  He's posted back-to-back seasons of 90+ catches, 1,400+ yards and 10+ TDs.

Reggie Wayne rehab update

Fantasy Football Today - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 15:29

Expected to be cleared April 25th

Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne expects to be cleared to return to football activities April 25, six months after he had surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. "I'm way ahead of schedule," Wayne said on 1260-AM WNDE's Query and Schultz Show on Tuesday afternoon. "I will be ready before training camp. I don't think coach (Chuck) Pagano will take the leash off until training camp (but) I can't wait. (Indianapolis Star)

FF Today's Take: Wayne (35) is defying the age - production odds at his position by having a stellar 2012 season (106 rec, 1355 yards, 5 TDs) and a respectable 2013 (7 games, 39 rec, 508 yards, 2 TDs) before tearing his ACL. Expected to be on the field Week 1, he'll be a key target for Andrew Luck and the Colts offense but shouldn't be counted on as WR1 given his age and the relative short recovery time from his injury.