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Draft Sharks - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 12:05
The Ravens on Tuesday traded DL Haloti Ngata to the Lions. Barring a change in scheme, Ngata should play DT in Detroit's 4-3 front. That slight change helps his IDP value in leagues that separate DTs and DEs. Ngata has been an inconsistent, down-the-list fantasy producer overall, though. He also turned 31 in January.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 11:59
The Saints have traded TE Jimmy Graham to the Seahawks. A 4th-rounder is also heading to Seattle, while the Saints pick up G Max Under and the 31st overall pick in April's draft. It's rare to see a transcendent talent in his prime get traded, but the Saints are in salary cap hell and trading Graham gets him off the books after this season. It's obviously still a huge loss for the passing game, which will now need bigger contributions from its WRs. Brandin Cooks, Kenny Stills and Marques Colston are winners here. The Seahawks, meanwhile, get the big-time offensive weapon they've been looking for. It's a huge upgrade for QB Russell Wilson's fantasy stock. Graham will be the focal point of Seattle's passing game but takes a hit as he moves from a pass-heavy offense to a run-first outfit. We'll have more on this blockbuster trade in a feature article.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 09:35
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Titans have reached a 4-year, $24 million deal with S Da'Norris Searcy. That's clearly starter money for a guy who had trouble getting into and then staying in the lineup in Buffalo. Searcy did earn strong grades from Pro Football Focus for his play in 2014, though, and has flashed cross-category scoring potential for IDP owners. Look for Searcy to play SS next to Michael Griffin and probably land in DB2 territory when our 2015 IDP rankings come out.
Fantasy Football Today - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 09:33
Wants to be a No.1 or No.2 receiver
Former Falcons receiver Harry Douglas has agreed to terms on a three-year deal with the Titans, according to sources familiar with the situation. (The Tennessean)
FF Today's Take: Douglas said he wanted the opportunity to be a No.1 or No.2 receiver. He'll fight for targets with Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter and likely fill the slot role on a team that hasn't placed a top 30 fantasy wide receiver since 2011.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 09:04
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Titans have reached a 3-year deal with free-agent WR Harry Douglas. The 30-year-old (31 in September) spent most of his 7 years in Atlanta as the #3 wideout, filling in as a starter when Julio Jones or Roddy White went down. In Tennessee, Douglas could climb the depth chart in a shaky WR corps. That said, if Justin Hunter develops and Kendall Wright continues to be at least solid, then Douglas will provide depth in a lower-volume, less explosive passing game. At this point, we're not interested in his fantasy stock.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 08:57
Free-agent RB Shane Vereen is expected to ink a deal with the Giants when the market officially opens at 4 pm ET today. He heads from 1 crowded backfield to another. The G-Men have Andre Williams as a between-the-tackles pounder and Rashad Jennings as a more well-rounded back. Vereen figures to slide into a similar role as he played in New England as a pass-catching specialist. It's a disappointing landing spot for a guy we were hoping to see get a bigger ball-carrying role. That could still happen longer-term, though. Jennings turns 30 later this month.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 08:39
Free-agent RB Frank Gore is now expected to sign with the Colts. He's currently on his way to Indy on owner Jim Irsay's plane. The deal is reportedly similar to what the Eagles were offering: 3 years and $12 million with $7.5 million guaranteed. We'll hold off on considering this official until the contract is signed, but it sure looks like Gore will be teaming up with Andrew Luck. The soon-to-be 32-year-old would project as the Colts' lead back, potentially ceding passing-down work to Dan Herron.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 08:21
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Colts "are signing" former Eagles OLB Trent Cole. Philly tried to restructure the veteran's contract before releasing him this offseason but couldn't reach agreement. Indy, meanwhile, watched 5th-round rookie OLB Jonathan Newsome lead the team with 6.5 sacks in 2014. The Colts address an obvious need, even with Robert Mathis expected to return. We'll be interested to see how the roles shake out, but Cole looks like an early favorite to start. Your IDP league will need to heavily favor sacks and other pressure stats to make him valuable in fantasy football, though.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 07:33
The Jets and RB Bilal Powell have agreed to a new deal, according to insider Manish Mehta. Powell drew interest from the Bills but decides to return to the team that drafted him back in 2011. Although he doesn't offer much in the running game (3.9 career yards per carry), Powell is a plus receiver. That could lead to a bigger role in new OC Chan Gailey's spread offense. Powell is still unlikely to come into much fantasy football value.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 06:56
Multiple outlets report that S Tyvon Branch has agreed to a 1-year, $2 million deal with the Chiefs. The Raiders released the 28-year-old last month after he missed 13+ games for the 2nd straight season. The injury history clearly scared plenty of potential suitors, given the fairly small contract Branch settled for. He had previously visited the Colts and would have been part of a weak safety market in free agency. If Branch can stay healthy, he should fight for a starting job and provide some IDP value. He has shown top-5 upside in the past.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 05:34
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the Jets will release WR Percy Harvin today. That's not a surprising revelation now that the team has 2 other high-priced receivers on the roster in Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall. Assuming he signs elsewhere, the new team would mark Harvin's 4th in 4 seasons. That's not a good sign for his locker-room impact, because the talent has always been there. A healthy Harvin will always present fantasy intrigue, however, so we'll be quite interested to see where he lands this time.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 05:00
The lack of public support for QB Jay Cutler from the front office has been the biggest story line in Chicago this offseason. But ESPN's Chris Mortensen hears that the Bears are fully planning on having Cutler under center this season. In fact, Mort adds that the coaching staff has been designing a playbook to "accentuate Cutler's strengths." Despite his warts, the Bears have come to the realization that Cutler is their best option at the position. We're still expecting more commitment to the run under new HC John Fox, though. That, plus the loss of WR Brandon Marshall, leaves Cutler in QB2 territory.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 21:19
The Baltimore Sun reports that the Seahawks have agreed to a deal with CB Cary Williams. Perhaps it's telling that Seattle let Byron Maxwell walk in free agency and then signed the guy that Philly released. Playing across from Richard Sherman certainly wouldn't hurt Williams' IDP outlook. Assuming this gets finalized, look for Williams among our top 50 projected fantasy DBs for 2015.
UPDATE: ESPN reports it's a 3-year deal worth $18 million.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 19:02
Vikings RB Matt Asiata signed a 1-year deal Monday to avoid restricted free agency. The small new contract indicates that he wouldn't have drawn much interest from other suitors. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that he chose an "incentive-laced" deal over the $1.54 million RFA tender. Minnesota will be better off if Asiata plays a smaller role in 2015.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 18:59
Giants MLB Jon Beason agreed to a restructured contract on Monday, likely taking less money to stick around. That keeps him a candidate to start in the middle for the Giants in 2015, but he might need to fight off Jameel McClain for the job. Either way, we're not too interested in the oft-injured veteran for IDP purposes.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 18:55
Yahoo! Sports' Charles Robinson reports that Jacksonville has reached a deal with free-agent TE Julius Thomas, reportedly worth about $9 million per year. That sure seems like overpaying for a guy who has lost at least 2 games to injury in each of his 4 seasons. Jake Davidow of SportsInjuryPredictor.com pointed to the ankle Thomas fractured early in his career as a potential recurring trouble spot. Thomas has managed consecutive 12-TD seasons and will head into his age-27 campaign in 2015. We certainly expect a significant dip in his fantasy value moving from Peyton Manning to Blake Bortles, but the move at least helps the Jags QB by giving him another talented pass-catcher.
Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 16:45
Former Miami receiver returns home
The Browns' newest wide receiver, Brian Hartline. (Cleveland Browns on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: The deal is reportedly worth $6 million over two years. Hartline was released by Miami making him free to sign with any team before free agency begins on Tuesday. Hartline had two 1,000-yard receiving seasons in 2012 and 2013 but is moving to a fantasy black hole in Cleveland. He is currently the No.1 receiving option with Josh McCown and the rehabbing Johnny Manziel on the depth chart at quarterback.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 15:46
WR Brian Hartline has agreed to a deal with the Browns, according to insider Dustin Fox. It's an uninspiring landing spot for an uninspiring player. Hartline has a couple of 1,000-yard seasons under his belt but has just 12 TDs across 6 NFL seasons. He currently looks like Cleveland's #1 WR, so the targets should be there. But QB play is a major question mark. We won't be drafting Hartline as anything more than a fantasy backup this summer.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 15:25
Free-agent RB Frank Gore is having 2nd thoughts about signing with the Eagles, according to both NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and ESPN's Adam Schefter. Philadelphia has reportedly already started targeting other RBs in case Gore heads to Indy. We'd like his fantasy prospects a bit better with the Eagles due to scheme and offensive line talent. But the Colts would make him the lead back in an offense that finished 6th in points this past year. Gore would have a good chance at retaining weekly-starter fantasy value in Indy or Philly. We should find out his new home within the next 48 hours.
Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 14:52
RB re-considering his options, Colts back in the mix
Free agent shocker: Frank Gore reconsiders potential/pending deal with the Eagles, I'm told. With negotiations still ongoing - no deals are final - keep an eye on the Colts for the coveted services of RB Frank Gore. (Ian Rapoport)
FF Today's Take: It should serve as a reminder to all of those who reported that a deal was complete, or would be signed on Tuesday, to be more responsible in their reports and analysis. In any case, it sounds like the Colts are back in the mix for Gore's services. Should Gore find himself in Indianapolis he would likely be the lead back in a two-man RBBC with Dan Herron.