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Johnson goes back to Bengals

Draft Sharks - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 07:12

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that DE Michael Johnson has reached a deal with the Bengals. The reported 4-year contract returns Johnson to the team that drafted him back in 2009. After 5 years in Cincinnati, Johnson signed for big money with Tampa Bay last offseason as a free agent. Then he sprained an ankle in Week 1 and never seemed to get on track. If he can stay healthy, Johnson should boost a Bengals pass rush that Pro Football Focus graded worst in the league last year but 20th in 2013 (with Johnson aboard). Expect Johnson to win back his starting right DE job and present some solid IDP value. Dynasty IDP owners waiting for a DE Margus Hunt breakthrough will apparently have to keep waiting.

Vikings cut Jennings

Draft Sharks - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 17:12

The Vikings released WR Greg Jennings. After trading for Mike Wallace, it made sense for Minnesota to shed Jennings and his $8.9 million salary. They’ll move forward with Wallace, Charles Johnson, Cordarrelle Patterson and Jarius Wright as their top-4 WRs. The 31-year-old Jennings recorded a 59-742-6 line in 2014, placing him just 42nd in fantasy scoring (PPR) among WRs.  We’ll see where he lands, but don’t count on consistent fantasy value from Jennings in 2015.

Bush signs with 49ers

Draft Sharks - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 16:53

The 49ers signed RB Reggie Bush. Now 30, the former USC star is fresh off a year with just 550 yards from scrimmage – 2nd fewest of his career. He figures to handle plenty of passing down work behind 2nd-year RB Carlos Hyde. That certainly cuts into Hyde’s upside, but it’s worth noting that Bush isn’t the most durable RB. (He’s missed 7 games over the past 2 years.)  He’s best off as an RB3 in PPR leagues.

Vikings release Greg Jennings

Fantasy Football Today - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 10:45

Changes in the wide receiver corps

Less than 24 hours after the Vikings traded for Mike Wallace, the team released Greg Jennings. The Vikings signed Jennings to a five-year, $45 million contract two years ago. By releasing Jennings, the Vikings will free up at least $5 million in cap space. If they designate him as a post-June 1 cut, they can save $9 million in space but dead money will carry into 2016. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

FF Today's Take: Jennings lofty salary wasn't matching his production and he became expendable once the team traded for Mike Wallace. The Vikings will head into 2015 with Wallace and Charles Johnson as their top two wide receivers.

Reggie Bush agrees with 49ers

Fantasy Football Today - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 10:04

Didn't receive an offer from New England

Reggie Bush and 49ers reached agreement, per sources. Bush back in California. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FF Today's Take: Bush reportedly visited New England but never received an offer. He was hampered by an ankle injury last season and never had more than 12 carries in any game on his way to one of the worst seasons in his career (79-29-2; 40-253-0). He will likely serve as the third-down and two-minute drill back behind starter Carlos Hyde.

Chiefs keep Parker

Draft Sharks - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 09:48

Chiefs S Ron Parker has re-signed with the team for a reported 5 years and $30 million. Parker appeared to get plenty of interest on the open market, but the Chiefs will be better off for not letting him leave. Parker played multiple roles for the team last year, delivering his best IDP numbers as a cornerback. He seems likely to start at S in 2015, especially with Eric Berry's status uncertain because of cancer. Expect Parker to settle into the 20-30 range when our 2015 IDP rankings come out.

Brown to start?

Draft Sharks - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 09:41

ESPN's Paul Kuharsky said he believes Titans LB Zach Brown will start next season. He'll likely need to beat out veteran Wesley Woodyard for a job inside next to 2014 rookie Avery Williamson. Woodyard began last year as the play-caller and full-time player inside after signing as a free agent, but he gradually lost responsibilities to Williamson and playing time in general. Brown opened last year as a starter but suffered a season-ending torn pec in the 1st game. He delivered top-20 fantasy production as a 2012 rookie before taking a step back in 2013. Brown's speed will always give him scoring potential in IDP leagues.

Britt stays with Rams

Draft Sharks - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 17:53

Rams WR Kenny Britt has reached a new 2-year deal with the team. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Britt got $4.3 million guaranteed on a contract that could pay as much as $14 million. That seems like a lot for a guy who has never caught more than the 48 passes he hauled in last year. Britt also tallied 748 yards -- a 15.6-yard average -- and 3 TDs. It was good to see his big-play ability resurface in 2014, but it's tough to see his ceiling reaching nearly as high as it did when he looked like an ascending WR1 in Tennessee a few years ago. Britt looks like a late-round flier in a mediocre passing game for fantasy football owners. We'd still bet on Brian Quick as the higher-ceiling fantasy play there.

Mike Wallace heading to Minnesota in trade

Fantasy Football Today - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 17:00

Miami gets undisclosed draft pick

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - The Vikings on Friday announced they have traded for Mike Wallace, acquiring the receiver from the Dolphins for undisclosed compensation. (Vikings.com)

FF Today's Take: The Dolphins' recent acquisition of Kenny Stills paved the way for the team to send Wallace to Minnesota. The speedy wideout will turn 29 in August and still has plenty of talent to help a scrambler like Teddy Bridgewater in his first full season as a starter. Wallace immediately becomes the most appealing fantasy receiver in Minnesota but his inconsistency caps his value to that of a WR 2/3 in most formats.

Steelers sign former Panther DeAngelo Williams

Fantasy Football Today - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 16:32

Two-year deal

Running backs are all the rage right now, and Pittsburgh just scored a solid backup to add into their rotation. The longtime Panther, DeAngelo Williams, will head north and sign on with the Steelers. Williams announced the move on Twitter on Friday and the team added it's a two-year deal. (NFL.com)

FF Today's Take: This is a nice add for the Steelers if DeAngelo Williams overcomes the lower body injuries that saw him miss most of the 2014. A limited workload spelling Le'Veon Bell should help the former Panther be a useful player heading into the twilight of his career yet he is merely a handcuff option for fantasy purposes.

Roethlisberger and Steelers agree to extension

Fantasy Football Today - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 16:00

Big Ben cashes in on huge 2014 performance

(Reuters) - The Pittsburgh Steelers and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger agreed on a five-year contract extension on Friday that could see 'Big Ben' to the end of his career in the Steel City. With Roethlisberger entering the final year of an eight-year $102 million deal signed in 2008, the Steelers locked up their franchise player, assuring stability at the quarterback position. (Reuters)

FF Today's Take: Last season Ben Roethlisberger hit career milestones in several key statistics that also including a completion percentage above 66 percent for only the third time in his career. The increase in passing attempts should help Roethlisberger provide another nice fantasy season in 2015, just be leery of paying full price based on his career year.

Vikes acquire Wallace

Draft Sharks - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 15:28

The Dolphins on Friday traded WR Mike Wallace and a 7th-round pick to the Vikings for a 5th-round pick. The low-cost for a talented wideout heading into just his age-29 season shows just how much Miami wanted to get rid of him, and perhaps how wary other teams remain of the big contract he signed. Regardless, Wallace brings deep speed to a Minnesota team suddenly deep at wideout. The Vikings boast 2014's emergent Charles Johnson, Cordarrelle Patterson -- who's heading into just his 3rd year -- and veteran Greg Jennings. (We'll see if Wallace's arrival threatens Jennings' status.) For now, it's tough to find Wallace enough volume to climb beyond WR3 territory in fantasy football, but there's no clear #1 in Minnesota's WR pecking order. QB Teddy Bridgewater can only gain value from adding Wallace's big-play speed. The 2nd-year mean looks like a solid pick near the bottom of the top 12 at QB. We'll be very interested to watch this offense through the summer.

Steelers ink Williams

Draft Sharks - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 13:50

The Steelers have signed RB DeAngelo Williams.  Turning 32 in April, Williams averaged a career-worst 3.5 yards per carry this past season.  He's on his last legs and is just cheap insurance for Pittsburgh.  Williams figures to serve as the lead back during Le'Veon Bell's expected 2-game suspension but will be just a handcuff beyond that.

Big Ben gets new 5-year deal

Draft Sharks - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 13:47

The Steelers and QB Ben Roethlisberger have agreed to a new 5-year contract.  Big Ben had just 1 year left on his old deal but is now signed in Pittsburgh through the 2019 season.  He'll be 39 at that point.  Roethlisberger is coming off a brilliant 2014 campaign that saw him set career-highs with a 67.1% completion rate, 4,952 yards and 32 TDs.  With Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant and Le'Veon Bell at his disposal, he should post QB1 numbers again this season.

Bills sign Harvin

Draft Sharks - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 11:39

The Bills have signed WR Percy Harvin to a 1-year deal.  It's another intriguing addition to the Bills offense, but not a good landing spot for Harvin's fantasy value.  Buffalo figures to be 1 of the run-heaviest offenses in the league and still has a giant question mark at QB.  Plus, OC Greg Roman has no history of deploying a gadget-type WR like Harvin.  

C.J. Spiller joins Saints backfield

Fantasy Football Today - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 10:40

Saints continue roster overhaul

The New Orleans Saints have added free-agent running back C.J. Spiller, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Spiller will join a Saints backfield that already includes Mark Ingram, who recently re-signed with the team, and Khiry Robinson. (ESPN)

FF Today's Take: Given the Saints recent moves, their offensive philosophy is definitely shifting to a more run-oriented approach. Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills are gone while Ingram, Spiller and Robinson provide incredible dept at running back. The RBBC in New Orleans won't help Spiller's fantasy prospects however. He'll likely be more valued in PPR leagues.

Saints purge continues, Kenny Stills traded to MIA

Fantasy Football Today - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 09:53

Dolpins and Saints revamping receiving corps

The Saints are apparently willing to trade everyone. A league source tells PFT that the Saints are dealing wide receiver Kenny Stills to the Dolphins, in exchange for linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and a third-round pick. (ProFootballTalk)

FF Today's Take: Interesting move considering Stills is a relatively cheap player, scheduled to earn $585K this year and $675K next year. With this move, the Saints have now lost their top two receivers from last season (Jimmy Graham and Stills). It's been reported that Miami has shopped Mike Wallace but they've yet to find a trade partner for the veteran wideout.

Chandler signs with Patriots

Draft Sharks - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 09:22

The Patriots have signed TE Scott Chandler just 2 days after he was released by the Bills.  The 6'7, 260-pounder is a big target and decent blocker, but he offers very little playmaking ability.  New England obviously isn't a good landing spot for his fantasy value.  He'll likely be 3rd in line for TE targets behind Rob Gronkowski and Tim Wright.

Spiller lands in New Orleans

Draft Sharks - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 09:12

The Saints signed RB C.J. Spiller. The former Buffalo Bill appeared in just 9 games last year due to a broken collarbone. He proved ineffective when healthy, mustering only 3.8 YPC on 78 attempts. Buffalo drew criticism for their handling of Spiller, often utilizing his smallish frame between the tackles. But we’d expect more efficient usage with the Saints. Look for HC Sean Payton to hand Spiller the role left behind by Pierre Thomas. Over the past 4 years, Thomas averaged 53 catches per game. While Mark Ingram should continue to dominate the early-down work, Spiller's reception upside allows for RB2 (PPR) value. The departure of Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills certainly help raise Spiller's target floor.

Stills traded to Dolphins

Draft Sharks - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 08:52

The Saints have traded WR Kenny Stills to the Dolphins, according to multiple sources.  The purge continues in New Orleans, where Stills, Jimmy Graham and Ben Grubbs have been shipped out of town.  QB Drew Brees is left with Brandin Cooks, Marques Colston and not much else.  The Fins, meanwhile, pick up a cheap, 22-year-old (23 next month) who's been 1 of the most efficient WRs in the league over the past 2 seasons.  Stills has hauled in 70.9% of his targets and averaged 16.5 yards per catch.  Often miscast as only a downfield threat, Stills is actually a well-rounded receiver.  Per Pro Football Focus' Mike Clay, his 82% catch rate on targets 20 yards or less downfield is tops in the NFL since at least 2007.  QB Drew Brees deserves some credit for that, but it's also worth noting that Stills led all Saints pass-catchers last year by averaging 2.03 yards per route run.  This is a crazy-efficient WR who gives QB Ryan Tannehill's fantasy stock a nice boost.  Stills' probably takes a slight hit, but he's capable of WR3 production in Miami.