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Fantasy Football Today - Sun, 03/23/2014 - 17:00
Treated and released
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams was hospitalized after being stabbed in the thigh Sunday afternoon in his Tampa home. Williams' brother is suspected in the stabbing and is being sought by police. The Tampa Bay Times reported Williams was treated for a relatively minor laceration at St. Joseph's Hospital and released. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: The injury doesn't appear serious but Williams' off-field issues are a concern. There's a pattern here and it's disturbing. No one is bigger than this football team," new Bucs coach Lovie Smith said in February. "He has to understand that." Despite signing a six-year, $40.25 million contract at the beginning of last season, Williams needs to get on a better path if he wants to have a long career in the NFL.
KFFL News Feed - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 17:02
Michael Vick has his shot to regain a starting gig in the NFL. Can he win the job in NY?
Fantasy Football Today - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 06:00
Texans to get late-round pick
The Oakland Raiders will trade a late-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft to the Houston Texans in exchange for quarterback Matt Schaub, a league source told ESPN. Schaub, who has a $14.5 million salary-cap figure and a $10 million base salary for 2014, became expendable when the Texans signed former Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to a two-year deal Thursday night. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: The Raiders currently have Terrelle Pryor, Matt McGloin and Trent Edwards on the roster. Oakland had been rumored to be QB shopping with their No. 5 draft pick but this move will cast some doubt on which position they'll take with their top pick. Houston is also QB shopping with their No.1 overall selection.
Fantasy Football Today - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 18:15
Bengals sign veteran QB to one-year deal
The Bengals were looking for a veteran to backup Andy Dalton. They found one with a connection to the program in Jason Campbell. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported late Wednesday night Cincinnati signed the former Browns quarterback to a one-year deal to play behind Andy Dalton. (Cincinnati.com)
FF Today's Take: Campbell is familiar with offensive coordinator Hue Jackson from their time in Oakland. Campbell comes from Cleveland where played roughly half the 2013 season, throwing 11 TDs and 8 INTs.
Fantasy Football Today - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 17:00
85.7 % for his career
In cutting kicker Rob Bironas, the Titans are hoping to get a younger, stronger leg while saving a good chunk of money under the salary cap as well. Bironas connected on 85.7 percent of his attempts (239 of 279) over his nine seasons with Tennessee. (The Tennessean)
FF Today's Take: Bironas was set to make around $3 million this season. His average length of kickoff has dropped in recent years. The Titans will likely go with an young, unproven kicker in 2014 but aren't expected to select one in the upcoming draft.
KFFL News Feed - Tue, 03/18/2014 - 16:46
Some free-agent acquisitions make fantasy footballers excited, while others ... meh, not so much. Even if the signing may not be a sexy move, the player could still provide fantasy utility.
Fantasy Football Today - Tue, 03/18/2014 - 15:00
49ers and Patriots have inquired
The Eagles might not be actively shopping DeSean Jackson but they're picking up the phone and listening to offers. The team has taken inquiries from the 49ers and Patriots, Gunn has learned from a league source, and notified the Pro Bowl wideout early last week that it's not shopping him but is listening to potential suitors. Also according to the source, the Eagles are seeking at least a third-round pick. (CSNPhilly.com)
FF Today's Take: Jackson had his best year as a pro in Chip Kelly's offense registering 82 catches, 1332 yards and 9 TDs and ranking 10th among fantasy wide receivers with 187.4 FPts. Jackson's me-first attitude might rub coach Kelly the wrong way but it also makes him difficult to deal... along with his contract. Jackson is owed $10.25 million in base salary in 2014.
Fantasy Football Today - Tue, 03/18/2014 - 13:00
Carolina QB will have ankle surgery
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will undergo ankle surgery Wednesday, the team confirmed Tuesday. According to the team, the recovery will take up to four months, which coincides with the start of training camp. (Charlotte Observer)
FF Today's Take: Newton battled an ankle issue during the latter stages of the 2013 season. Rest did not cure the situation so surgery to "tighten up the ligaments" is now on the table. The timetable should allow for Newton to be back on the field for the start of training camp but he'll miss valuable time with whatever receivers the Panthers add to the roster between now and then.
Fantasy Football Today - Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:30
Browns get new slot receiver
Former Bengals wide receiver Andrew Hawkins waited six long years to become a Brown, but better later than never. The Bengals announced Tuesday that they decided not to match the Browns offer to the restricted free agent. The Browns pursued him in free agency this year to fill the slot role vacated by recently-released Davone Bess. (Cleveland.com)
FF Today's Take: The Browns front-loaded their offer, including a $3.8 million signing bonus and $10.8 million over the first two years causing the Bengals not to match. Hawkins is a nice addition for the Browns who need someone to take pressure off of Josh Gordon and TE Jordan Cameron. Depending on how the QB situation shakes out, Hawkins can have WR4 value in the Browns offense.
Fantasy Football Today - Tue, 03/18/2014 - 09:45
Recevier returns to Giants
In their plan to reload for the future, the Giants have welcomed back an old friend from the past. Mario Manningham, the team's former third-round pick will return to the team on a one-year deal, according to a person familiar with the situation. After leaving for San Francisco on a two-year, $7.375 million deal following the team's 2011 Super Bowl run, Manningham played in just 18 games, and scored just one touchdown. He ended both seasons on injured reserve with knee issues. (NJ.com)
FF Today's Take: Manningham has been off the fantasy radar during his time in San Francisco due to injuries. Back with Giants, he'll add depth to a receiving corps that just lost Hakeem Nicks to the Colts. Manningham will have minimal fantasy value in WR5 territory as he slides in behind Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle on the depth chart.
Fantasy Football Today - Tue, 03/18/2014 - 09:25
Free agent running back James Starks has re-signed with the Green Bay Packers on a two-year deal, a source confirmed late Monday night. Through hamstring, toe and knee injuries, the 2010 seventh-round pick has been a rugged, productive back in Green Bay. When healthy, he's a decisive, slashing runner Mike McCarthy values. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
FF Today's Take: Starks has had trouble staying healthy but will return to the Pack in a backup role behind Eddie Lacy and will be first off the bench ahead of Johnathan Franklin. Starks received interest from a couple other teams including the Steelers who are looking for a change of pace back behind Le'Veon Bell.
Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:30
Former Packers' WR joins Raiders
The Raiders added a productive veteran to their wide receiving corps Monday with the addition of James Jones. Jones, 29, played seven seasons for Green Bay, catching 310 passes for 4,305 yards and and 37 touchdowns as a target for both Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. (Inside Bay Area)
FF Today's Take: Jones will likely crack the starting lineup but his fantasy value remains steady given the punchless offense and lack of a proven QB in Oakland. Rod Streater led the team in receiving last season with 60 receptions and 888 receiving yards.
Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:00
Former Browns QB headed to Dallas
The Cowboys added another quarterback to their roster Wednesday, signing Brandon Weeden to a two-year contract, multiple sources confirmed. Weeden, who also talked with Baltimore and Cincinnati last week, will make $570,000 in 2014 and $660,000 in 2015. Cleveland, the team that released him earlier this month, still owes Weeden $2.1 million in guaranteed money. (Dallas Morning News)
FF Today's Take: The 30 year-old QB may backup Tony Romo (back) as Kyle Orton, who remains under contract, is contemplating retirement. The Cowboys carried only two quarterbacks last season. Weeden will only have significant fantasy value if Tony Romo is injured during 2014.
Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 03/17/2014 - 09:30
The Seattle Seahawks have re-signed kicker Steve Hauschka to a three-year contract worth $9.1 million, sources confirmed Monday. The deal includes $3.3 million in guaranteed money, according to sources. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: Hauschka finished 4th among fantasy kickers in 2013 with 143 FPts. He'll be a solid K1 in 2014.
Fantasy Football Today - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 23:45
The Denver Broncos have signed wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders to a three-year contract, the team announced. Sanders' deal is worth $18 million, with $6 million guaranteed, the receiver said in a text to ESPN's Josina Anderson. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: The Broncos would like Sanders to be able to play both in the slot and the outside receiver position. He'll replace Eric Decker and has WR2 upside in the Broncos offense. Sanders reportedly had agreed to terms with Chiefs but continued shopping his services, a tactic that is causing a stir among front office types around the league.
Fantasy Football Today - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 12:15
The Browns filled the void they've had at running back since they traded Trent Richardson last season by signing former Texans running back Ben Tate on Saturday. The deal is for two years and worth about $7 million, sources told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
FF Today's Take: The Browns have basically been without a running back since they traded Trent Richardson to the Colts. Tate battled a rib injury last season but will be penciled in as the Week 1 starter with only Dion Lewis (broken leg), Edwin Baker and Fozzy Whitaker round out the Browns running back group. Tate will have RB2 fantasy upside.
Fantasy Football Today - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 12:10
Led team in receiving last season
Julian Edelman agreed to return to the New England Patriots on Saturday after testing the open market. Edelman had re-signed with the Patriots last offseason, taking a one-year deal worth a shade over $1 million if he reached all incentives (which he did). (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: The Pats needed to get this deal done and they did. Edelman led the Patriots last year with 105 receptions, 1056 yards and 6 TDs and finished 18th among fantasy wideouts. He likely won't repeat those numbers in 2014 without injuries to other key members of the Pats receiving corps. He's a WR3 with WR2 potential in PPR leagues.
Fantasy Football Today - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:45
Charlie Whitehurst will backup Jake Locker
The Titans have officially informed QB Ryan Fitzpatrick he's been released. (Jim Wyatt via Twitter)
FF Today's Take: Charlie Whitehurst was signed earlier this week and will be the backup to Jake Locker. Fitzpatrick started nine games last season and shouldn't have a difficult time catching on with a new team considering the lack of depth in the QB free agent class. Fitzpatrick is 31 years old.
Fantasy Football Today - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 05:21
Four-year, $16-million deal, $8 million guaranteed
Brandon Pettigrew agreed to a four-year, $16-million deal with the Lions on Thursday that includes $8 million guaranteed. He's en route to Detroit this morning to take a physical and sign his contract. (Detroit Free Press)
FF Today's Take: Pettigrew has been on a slippery slope downward the last two seasons and fell to 41 catches, 416 yards and 2 TDs in 2013. With all the receiving weapons in Detroit, Pettigrew will check in as a low-end TE2 for 2014.
Fantasy Football Today - Wed, 03/12/2014 - 18:00
Former Steelers RB signs with Cardinals
Defensive end Al Woods signed with the Tennessee Titans, halfback Jonathan Dwyer signed with the Arizona Cardinals and tight end David Johnson signed with the San Diego Chargers. (Post Gazette)
FF Today's Take: Dwyer and Bruce Arians are connected through their time spent with the Steelers so this signing is one of familiarity. The Cardinals were in need of another running back after Rashard Mendenhall decided to retire. Dwyer is expected to backup Andre Ellington in 2014.