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Draft Sharks - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 04:53
Bucs WR Mike Evans recently revealed that he trained with 7-time Pro Bowler Randy Moss this offseason. “It was just me and him,” Evans said. “I was up for there in North Carolina for about a week at the end of March. There’s a lot of knowledge there, man.” Evans isn't quite the athletic freak that Moss was, but he's an inch taller and has a similar vertical-style game. “Working with him, I think it will take my game to the next level," Evans added. After a 13th-place fantasy finish as a rookie, Evans has clear WR1 upside this season.
Draft Sharks - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 04:48
The Colts are asking WR Phillip Dorsett to learn all the WR positions. "I feel really great about the playbook. I learned most of it," Dorsett said. "Everything that they installed at OTAs and minicamp I've learned. All the positions: X, F, Y, Z. I learned them all. I love football and studying football, so it hasn't been really that hard for me." The 1st-round rookie is part of a crowded WR corps that features T.Y. Hilton, Andre Johnson and Donte Moncrief. The fact that Dorsett is learning all the WR positions could be an indication that the Colts see him as a backup to those other 3 guys this season. Or perhaps he'll push Moncrief for a spot in 3-WR sets. We'll see exactly how the roles shake out in this high-octane passing attack in training camp. For now, Dorsett looks like just a late-round flier in redraft fantasy leagues.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 08:34
Eagles RB DeMarco Murray has converted 36.5% of his carries from inside the 10-yard line into TDs over the past 2 seasons, according to NumberFire.com's Graham Barfield. That ranks 4th among all RBs and is 19 percentage points better than former Eagles RB LeSean McCoy. That's a big deal considering Philly has had the 3rd most rush attempts in the league from inside the 10 over the last 2 years. McCoy disappointingly scored just 5 TDs last season, but these metrics suggest that Murray is capable of doubling that total in 2015.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 08:11
Jaguars insider Mike DiRocco believes WR Allen Robinson has a "chance" to crack 1,000 receiving yards this season. DiRocco says Robinson will need improved play at QB, offensive line and the other skill positions to get there. All 3 are possible. By all accounts, Robinson was the best Jaguar this spring. "Robinson had numerous 'wow' catches and was the most impressive offensive player on the field [in OTAs and minicamp]," DiRocco writes. We currently have Robinson falling just short of 1,000 yards this season, but he's certainly capable of besting those projections.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 05:47
Falcons TE Jacob Tamme will head to training camp as the starter, according to insider Orlando Ledbetter. He'll need to hold off Tony Moeaki and Levine Toilolo for the job. Moeaki is the best athlete of the bunch but has never been able to stay healthy. Toilolo, a better blocker than receiver, caught just 31 balls as Atlanta's starter last year. Tamme has topped 20 catches just twice -- both with Peyton Manning -- and turned 30 in March. There's not a ton of upside here, but he could emerge as a matchup option if he hangs on to the starting job.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 05:25
Bucs insider Roy Cummings believes TE Tim Wright could steal some snaps from TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins this season. Wright, re-claimed by Tampa Bay after being released by New England, posted a 54-571-5 line for the Bucs as a rookie in 2013. And he looked good in limited action for the Pats last year. ASJ is the superior size/athleticism prospect but mustered just 21 catches in 9 games this past season. He remains the favorite to lead Bucs TEs in fantasy points this year, but there's a chance this turns into a committee situation. We're not betting on a true breakout campaign from Seferian-Jenkins in 2015.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 04:39
Patriots QB Tom Brady will meet with Commissioner Roger Goodell and other NFL officials in New York City today to appeal his 4-game suspension. Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the league is looking for Brady to "prove his innocence & present new information to Goodell, not just raise doubt." That likely means turning over the emails and phone records that he refused to give up while the investigation was going on. It's unclear how long the hearing will take -- a few hours or a few days -- or when a final decision on Brady's ban will be made. The Patriots and fantasy owners are hoping it at least comes before the start of training camp in about a month.
Fantasy Football Today - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 04:00
Cowboys RB ready to have career year
Joseph Randle led most of the individual drills throughout offseason workouts and regularly worked with the first-team offense. With a month to go before training camp, taking over as the lead back behind the Cowboys' talented offensive line appears to be Randle's job to lose. (Dallas Morning News)
FF Today's Take: Randle's competition currently includes Darren McFadden and Ryan Williams which is part of the reason why Randle's ADP currently sits at 4.04 (RB No.20) in twelve-team leagues. Assuming he can keep his head on straight, Randle has a chance to make a big fantasy impact in his third season.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 18:51
Vikings HC Mike Zimmer told the team website about LB Eric Kendricks, "I think he’s further ahead than most rookies." Zimmer then qualified his comments a bit, but it's clear that he's happy with how Kendricks is showing early. The rookie will have to tank this summer to lose the starting MLB job. Kendricks appears headed for a key role right away and some nice fantasy-scoring potential. Check our 2015 IDP rankings to see just how optimistic we are.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 18:32
According to Mike Wobschall of Vikings.com, "everyone is impressed with Mike Wallace." Beyond the speed that's obvious to anyone who has watched the veteran receiver, Wallace has reportedly showed strong leadership since arriving. "From his first practice through the mandatory minicamp, Wallace was consistently the last one off the field and by the end of the offseason program the group of WRs working with him after practice grew to double digits," Wobschall wrote. Coaches love that stuff, and that seems to work in the opposite direction from the attitude issues that got Wallace booted from Miami. HC Mike Zimmer has also enjoyed rekindling some of the old rivalry from when Wallace played for the Steelers and Zimmer coached the Bengals D. “I like Mike Wallace,” Zimmer said. “He’s got some fire and he comes up to me all of the time and says, ‘You can’t stop me today,’ and stuff like that. Hey, I like those guys that are competitors." If Wallace continues down this path, it can only help his role in an ascending offense. This will be a team to watch this summer.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 18:19
ESPN Bengals writer Coley Harvey said this week that TE Tyler Eifert has had a "strong spring." The 3rd-year player saw limited action as the team eases him back from the shoulder surgery and dislocated elbow of last season. Harvey said Eifert "caught virtually everything thrown his way during open practices" this spring. Opportunity certainly lies ahead of Eifert in 2015 after the team let TE Jermaine Gresham hit free agency. The receiver group also presents little proven talent beyond A.J. Green. We'll be quite curious to see how Eifert holds up to a more regular workload come the summer. He could certainly move up our rankings with a strong training camp.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 17:36
The NFL suspended RB Ahmad Bradshaw 1 game for violating the substance abuse policy. He was busted for pot possession back in February. That, plus the fractured fibula he suffered in November, has left Bradshaw's free-agent market ice cold. Perhaps that will change now that teams know his discipline. Despite turning 29 in March, Bradshaw ripped off 4.7 yards per carry last year. He's now topped 4.5 yards per carry in 3 straight seasons. Bradshaw could win a starting job in Dallas, Tennessee or Tampa Bay.
Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 17:00
Pleaded no contest to marijuana possession
Free-agent running back Ahmad Bradshaw, who pleaded no contest to marijuana possession in May, was suspended for one game by the NFL on Monday. Bradshaw played the past two seasons for the Indianapolis Colts but was released during the offseason. He would have to serve the suspension if he's signed by another team. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: Bradshaw hasn't found any takers on the free agent market this off-season. He was playing well for the Colts last season before breaking his leg in Week 11. The Colts appear set at the running back spot with Frank Gore, Dan Herron and rookie Josh Robinson.
Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 15:00
Pair worked together in Denver in 2008
The Bears got rid of a frequent Jay Cutler target this offseason when they traded WR Brandon Marshall to the Jets, but Cutler hasn't been left without any ties to his days in Denver. Eddie Royal signed with the team as a free agent, which reunites him with the man who was the quarterback during his rookie year with the Broncos in 2008. Royal got off to a fast start in his first year, catching 91 passes for 980 yards and five touchdowns. It was the only year that the two men worked together, but both remember it fondly and Royal says they're putting in the same work now that they did then to build the same chemistry. (Pro Football Talk)
FF Today's Take: As PFT states, Royal isn't going to match his rookie-year production with Alshon Jeffery, Martellus Bennett, Matt Forte and first-rounder Kevin White also on hand. However, one has to believe new HC John Fox and OC Adam Gase will be emphasizing more high-percentage throws from Cutler. To that end, NFL Media's Albert Breer tweeted the Bears "have big plans" for Royal.
Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 14:35
"Looks like a carbon copy of Shane Vereen"
In the battle of third-down backs, James White looks like a carbon copy of Shane Vereen. He's lined up in all the same places, and turned in some spectacular catches, particularly on wheel routes coming out of the backfield. He's made a few drops, but all in all, looks great. It's important to remember he also looked great last year at this time before falling off the map. Dion Lewis has earned praise on the field from Brady for his route-running. He's also been a primary kick returner in drills. He has some giddy-up in his step. Travaris Cadet, another free agent who was the third down back in New Orleans, has had some good moments. (Boston Herald)
FF Today's Take: Last Thursday, Boston Globe beat writer Ben Volin speculated that Cadet had a "leg up" on the job, which should tell owners just about everything they need to know about believing everything they read in the offseason. White should be considered as a slight favorite simply because the Patriots drafted him last year with the intention of him becoming the heir apparent to Vereen, but he'll need to carry his offseason performance into the preseason - something he was unable to do last year.
Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 14:30
Fully recovered from shoulder, elbow injuries
(Bengals TE Tyler Eifert) had a strong spring, too. He was being brought along a little slower (than WR Marvin Jones) mainly because coaches and trainers simply didn't want to run the risk of getting him hurt. He's fully recovered from late-season shoulder surgery, and his dislocated elbow has healed. Eifert looks healthy. He caught virtually everything thrown his way during open practices, and looked sharp in his routes. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: The Bengals insist they are playing it cautiously with Eifert, who was lost for the season with the elbow injury early in Week 1 after catching a pass on each of the team's first three series. With Jermaine Gresham no longer around, the No. 21 overall pick in 2013 could easily absorb the 62 catches he leaves behind and become an every-week fantasy TE1. Eifert and A.J. Green should be Andy Dalton's primary targets inside and outside the red zone, meaning Eifert could be poised for a top-10 season at his position if he can just stay healthy.
Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 14:10
"You don't hold back a thoroughbred"
Panthers GM Dave Gettleman, when asked if Cam Newton's extension will change how often he runs: "No. He's got to be Cam. You don't hold back a thoroughbred, you don't. I don't know if you watched the Belmont (Stakes). When (American) Pharoah came around that backstretch and that horse was nipping at his heels, the jockey let him go. He didn't whip him. He's just, 'Go baby!' And that's what a thoroughbred does. You don't change their game. ...You can't do it." (Charlotte Observer)
FF Today's Take: Newton was saddled with one of the worst depth charts at receiver last year and was rarely ever able to stay healthy, from his early-season rib injury to the back injury he suffered as a result of his November car accident. Once Newton got to feeling better, however, he averaged 9.5 carries for 53 yards and 0.5 rushing touchdowns over the final six games of the season (including playoffs). With his health and long-term status no longer an issue, Newton is a solid bet to finish among the top 5-8 fantasy quarterbacks this season.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 13:29
Bears QB Jay Cutler and WR Eddie Royal are working to rekindle the chemistry that helped both to career years back in 2008. Cutler racked up a personal-best 4,526 yards to go along with 25 TDs that season. Rookie Royal hauled in 91 balls for 980 yards and 5 TDs, finishing 16th among WRs in PPR points. Royal saw 129 targets that year -- a number he won't sniff with Alshon Jeffery, Martellus Bennett and Matt Forte in his huddle. But rookie WR Kevin White is off to a slow start. And if he continues to struggle, Royal could play a bigger role than anticipated. He's a nice end-game target in fantasy football drafts.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 13:21
Shortly after being cut by the Bengals last week, Terrell Pryor announced that he was switching positions from QB to WR. On Monday, the Browns scooped Pryor off waivers. Cleveland could certainly use WR help, and Pryor is a 6'5, 232-pounder with 4.4 speed who played a bit of WR at Ohio State. But changing positions as a pro is extremely difficult to do. Pryor will be fun to track this summer, but he remains a long shot for any fantasy value in 2015 or beyond.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 06:59
Redskins HC Jay Gruden notes that QB Robert Griffin looks more comfortable in the offense this offseason than he did last. “I think the transition for him into a new system last season was a little bit rocky for all of us,” Gruden said. “But when you have the same system going in for year two, I think he’s going to get better. You can see the progress every day that he makes, and it’s exciting to watch." We were reading stories about RG3 struggling in Gruden's scheme at this time last year, so even these spring puff pieces are encouraging. There's some bounce-back appeal here, especially considering Griffin's dirt-cheap 16th-round ADP. “Being the second year in the offense, I feel like we know a lot more than we did last year, and you know, for me as a player, you always have to be confident," RG3 said.