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Rashard Higgins Hopes To Remain With Browns

Free-agent wide receiver Rashard Higgins told Cleveland.com that he hopes to remain with the Cleveland Browns but he has yet to receive an offer from the team. Higgins is slated to become a free-agent when the new league year opens but the Browns are waiting to see what the salary cap for 2021 is before making offers to their pending free-agents. Higgins is well-regarded in Cleveland but the team already has over $30 million tied up in the contracts of Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry for 2021, so it is questionable whether they would want to commit more money to the position by bringing Higgins back. Higgins caught 37 passes for 599 yards and four TDs in 2020 and should have little trouble finding a team willing to add him as their No. 3 receiver if the Browns choose not to re-sign him.

Source: Cleveland.com

2021-02-27 09:56:36


Texans Release Nick Martin Friday

The Houston Texans released center Nick Martin on Friday. Martin carried an $8.75 million salary cap hit for the 2021 season. With the release of Martin and running back Duke Johnson, the Texans are around the $20 million mark after the moves, with the salary cap projected near the stated floor of $180 million, per Over The Cap. Martin started 62 games over the last four seasons after he was selected in the second round of the 2016 draft and signed a three-year, $33 million deal in 2019, which included more than $18 million guaranteed. He was owed $7.25 million in 2021 and will have a dead-money charge of $2.5 million. The 27-year-old missed his entire rookie season due to a foot injury.

Source: NFL.com - Nick Shook

2021-02-26 19:16:13


Julian Edelman Wants To Return In 2021

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (knee) wants to play in 2021, but he continues to rehab from a knee injury he suffered last season and it remains to be seen if he'll be able to play from a physical standpoint. The 34-year-old veteran played in just six games in 2020 because of his knee ailment and failed to find the end zone for the first time in his career since 2011. His return would be a big boost for a New England offense that will also have a huge hole to fill at quarterback if they don't bring Cam Newton back. However, even if Edelman returns, it's unknown how effective he'll be after coming off that knee injury. He'll be more of a late-round flier if he's healthy, and the team's QB situation will play heavily into his fantasy value.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-02-26 14:59:32


Texans Release Duke Johnson

The Houston Texans released running back Duke Johnson on Friday, according to a source. Johnson was set to have a salary cap hit of more than $5 million, so the team will move on instead. After playing in all 16 games in his first season with Houston in 2019 while carrying the ball 83 times for 410 yards and two touchdowns -- he also caught 44 passes for 410 yards and three more scores -- Johnson played in only 11 games in 2020 and had 77 carries for 235 yards and a TD while adding 28 catches for 249 yards and another score. The 27-year-old spent four years in Cleveland before a trade sent him to Houston in 2019. The Texans could also decide to cut David Johnson after acquiring him from the Cardinals in the swap that included All-Pro wideout DeAndre Hopkins when former head coach Bill O'Brien was still calling the shots.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-02-26 12:57:48


Nate Solder Plans To Play In 2021

New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder, who opted out of the 2020 season because of concerns for his family with COVID-19, intends to play in 2021 if the situation is right. Solder was considered a high-risk opt-out and his contract tolled. He's scheduled to make $10 million in 2021 while costing $16.5 million against the salary cap. The Giants are expected to meet with the veteran tackle once they know the official salary cap number for 2021. The 32-year-old was the team's starting left tackle in 2018 and 2019 and spent the previous seven seasons with the Patriots, where he won two Super Bowls. New York would save $6 million if they release Solder and $10 million if they made it a post-June 1 cut. Andrew Thomas, the fourth overall pick last year, progressed at left tackle as the season progressed.

Source: ESPN New York - Jordan Raanan

2021-02-26 11:53:05


Sean McVay Sees Cam Akers As Every-Down Back

Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay said he thinks running back Cam Akers can be an "every-down back." Akers got off to a slow start in his rookie season after being taken with the 52nd overall pick in the draft while being hampered by an injury that reduced his playing time. But Akers stepped up in Week 11 by carrying the ball 29 times for 171 yards against the Patriots and in the playoffs with a 28-carry, 131-yard, one-touchdown performance. The 21-year-old from Florida State averaged 21.5 carries and 2.8 targets per game while playing over 60 percent of the snaps in the last four regular season games. He became the team's go-to back down the stretch and should see the majority of backfield touches in 2021 with Matthew Stafford now at quarterback. Consider Akers a low-end RB1 with upside heading into his sophomore season.

Source: NFL.com - Nick Shook

2021-02-26 11:46:45


Steelers Set Deadline To Restructure Ben Roethlisberger

The Pittsburgh Steelers and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger have committed to tweaking his contract to allow him to come back for the 2021 season. The first day of the new league year is Wednesday, March 17, which is the opening of free agency and also when teams must be compliant with the 2021 salary cap. That means that the deadline for the Steelers and Big Ben to get a new deal worked out is March 17. "His arm, I would say, is as strong or almost as strong as ever, so I think he's certainly capable of getting the job done," president Art Rooney II said. The 39-year-old threw for 3,803 yards, 33 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 2020, but age and injury concerns will make him a shaky QB1 option for fantasy managers in what will likely be his last season.

Source: Steelers.com - Bob Labriola

2021-02-26 11:39:29


Dont'a Hightower, Patrick Chung, Marcus Cannon To Return

New England Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower, safety Patrick Chung and offensive tackle Marcus Cannon, who all opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19, are planning to return in 2021, according to sources. All three are in a good place physically. Without them last year, New England finished 27th in yards per game and points scored per game while also finishing 15th in yards allowed per game in 2020. As a result, the Patriots missed the playoffs in their first season without quarterback Tom Brady for the first time since the 2000 season. They still have plenty of holes to fill in order to make a return to the postseason, including under center, but getting Hightower, Chung and Cannon back is a good first step as we approach the start of the new league year in March.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-02-26 11:28:49


Chris Godwin Says He'd Play On Franchise Tag

Tampa Bay Buccaneers impending free-agent wide receiver Chris Godwin would love to return to the Buccaneers and said he'd be willing to play on the franchise tag in 2021. The four-year pro wouldn't be ecstatic about that outcome, but he'd be willing to accept the tag should the team go in that direction. Godwin was a key contributor during Tampa's Super Bowl run last season after being a third-round pick in 2017. Wide receivers are projected to earn $16.43 million on a 2021 franchise tag ($14.26 million on the transition tag), according to Over the Cap. The 25-year-old would prefer a little more long-term security, but he's also willing to sacrifice a few dollars to play for a contender. After catching 81 passes for 1,072 yards and eight touchdowns in 2020, Godwin will remain a highly coveted fantasy wideout if he sticks in Tampa with quarterback Tom Brady.

Source: NFL.com - Grant Gordon

2021-02-25 23:21:29


Orlando Brown Exploring Trade Possibilities

The representatives for Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Orlando Brown have started to explore trade possibilities as he looks for a full-time spot at left tackle, according to a source. The Ravens value the three-year starter and Pro Bowler but are aware of his plans and are open to discussions about his future. Baltimore drafted Brown in 2018 to play right tackle opposite left tackle Ronnie Stanley, but Stanley suffered a fractured and dislocated ankle in Week 8 last year after signing a five-year extension in October. In his place, Brown had a 76.4 Pro Football Focus grade and earned his second straight Pro Bowl selection in the final 10 regular season and playoff games. Brown was a third-round pick and can become a free agent after the 2022 season.

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

2021-02-25 21:56:31


Quinnen Williams Doesn't Want To Be Traded

New York Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams said he'd "be disappointed" if the team traded him this offseason to the Houston Texans in a package to acquire quarterback Deshaun Watson. The third overall pick of the 2019 draft has been the subject of trade rumors for months. "I really want to be a Jet for life. I like New York, and I want to play in New York," Williams said. The 23-year-old improved in 2020 with seven sacks, 10 tackles for loss, 14 QB hits and two forced fumbles after disappointing in his rookie season. Williams is hoping to continue improving under defensive-minded head coach Robert Saleh. As of right now, the Texans front office remains steadfast in not dealing Watson, but that could change in the coming weeks.

Source: CBS Sports - Zach Gelb

2021-02-25 17:36:41


Corey Linsley Doesn't Expect To Be Back

Green Bay Packers impending free-agent center Corey Linsley said that he feels his departure is coming in free agency. "We're not closing the door for anything," Linsley said. "Obviously we'd never do that for any team, especially the Packers, but yeah it definitely feels weird. Looks like all signs are pointing towards snapping the ball somewhere else next year." Pro Football Focus rated Linsley, who will turn 30 in July, as the best center in football last year. The Packers currently sit around $11 million over the salary cap, and Linsley is likely to command a salary that would put him among the top-10 centers in the NFL. His departure on the offensive line would be bad news for quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who won the MVP in 2020.

Source: SiriusXM NFL Radio

2021-02-25 17:27:47


Texans Still Unwilling To Talk Deshaun Watson Trade

The Houston Texans remain unwilling to talk about quarterback Deshaun Watson with other teams, with some clubs resorting to leaving voicemails with their trade offers, according to sources. Watson spoke with head coach David Culley recently, but the two have yet to meet in person. The 25-year-old franchise signal-caller hasn't backed off his demands to be dealt, but the Texans aren't budging. This situation will continue to be the biggest offseason storyline as we head into the new league year next month. Even without All-Pro wideout DeAndre Hopkins as his top receiver in 2020, Watson finished as the No. 4 fantasy QB behind Josh Allen, Kyler Murray and Aaron Rodgers. He could land in a better situation if he's ultimately traded, but even if he stays in Houston, Watson will be a top-tier, dual-threat fantasy quarterback.

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

2021-02-25 17:23:00


Bears Re-Sign Ryan Nall

The Chicago Bears re-signed running back Ryan Nall to an undisclosed deal on Thursday. In his second season with the Bears in 2020, Nall had 67 yards and a touchdown on just 11 touches (three carries, eight receptions) in 16 games. He was scheduled to become a restricted free agent next month, but he'll remain in Chicago for the 2021 season as depth behind David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen. The 25-year-old went undrafted out of Oregon State before signing with the Bears, and he has just five carries for eight yards and eight catches for 67 yards and one touchdown in his first two NFL seasons. It would take several injuries in Chicago's backfield for Nall to see a significant boost in playing time.

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

2021-02-25 17:17:03


Titans Shopping Isaiah Wilson

The Tennessee Titans have shopped first-round offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson this offseason, according to sources. The team is open to trading the former Georgia star after he played in only a handful of snaps in one game for the Titans in his rookie season after being taken with the 29th overall pick in the first round of last year's draft. The 22-year-old ended the 2020 season on the Non-Football Injury list after dealing with a couple of off-the-field incidents. Tennessee drafted Wilson hoping that he would take over for Jack Conklin on the offensive line after he left in free agency. General manager Jon Robinson called Wilson out recently, and Wilson responded by hinting on social media that his time in Tennessee was over. Perhaps he'll have better luck in his second season with another team.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-02-25 16:34:47


Titans Releasing Adam Humphries

The Tennessee Titans are releasing wide receiver Adam Humphries on Thursday, according to a source. The move saves the Titans around $4.47 million in salary cap space for the upcoming 2021 season. Humphries, who is still only 27 years old, was a big-ticket signing two years ago for Tennessee, but he caught only 60 passes (82 targets) for 602 yards and four touchdowns in 19 games (four starts) for the team in the last two seasons. He played in only seven games due to injury in 2020 and caught 23 passes for 228 yards and two scores. The New England Patriots were interested in Humphries two years ago, and they could be interested again as they look to beef up their receiving corps after failing to make the playoffs for the first time since 2000.

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

2021-02-25 16:30:07


Russell Wilson Hasn't Demanded A Trade

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has not demanded a trade, according to his agent, Mark Rodgers. Wilson wants to stay in Seattle and has a no-trade clause, but if a trade were considered, the only teams he would play for would be the Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Las Vegas Raiders or Chicago Bears. Another reason a trade is unlikely: Wilson has a pre-June 1 dead salary cap number of $39 million ($7 million in savings). He also carries a post-June 1 dead cap number of $13 million in 2021 ($19 million saved) and $26 million dead cap number in 2022. The 32-year-old has made the Pro Bowl in seven of his nine seasons in the NFL and was on pace to be the MVP in 2020 before Seattle's offense crumbled in the second half. Wilson is ultimately expected to remain with the Seahawks and mend his relationship with them, but it's not out of the realm of possibility that he's traded. He's likely to remain a top-tier QB1 no matter where he's playing in 2021.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-02-25 15:21:18


John Lynch Endorses Jimmy Garoppolo As Starting QB

San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch said that quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo remains in the team's plans as the starter under center. Lynch said that there wasn't any doubt that Garoppolo would be the team's starter in 2021 if he's healthy. There have been questions as to whether the Niners would go in a different direction at the position since Garoppolo has only had one fully healthy season after the team traded for him. In that one healthy season, he led the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2019. The team is 22-8 with him and 6-17 without him. The 29-year-old signal-caller was more of a product of a creative offense under head coach Kyle Shanahan than anything in 2019, though, and he'll be an unattractive QB2 coming off another injury-marred season in 2021 fantasy drafts.

Source: FullPressCoverage.com - Clark Judge

2021-02-25 13:26:32


Broncos Release Jurrell Casey Thursday

The Denver Broncos released defensive tackle Jurrell Casey on Thursday, according to a source. Denver acquired Casey in a trade with the Tennessee Titans before the 2020 season, but he played in just three games before he landed on Injured Reserve for the rest of the year due to a serious biceps injury. He's entering his age-31 season, and his release will free up $12 million against the salary cap for the 2021 season. The five-time Pro Bowler will most certainly latch on with another team as he tries to bounce back in 2021. Casey hasn't played a full season since 2017, but he recorded 168 solo tackles and 30 sacks for the Titans from 2015-19 in his run of five straight Pro Bowls in Tennessee. If healthy, Casey still has what it takes to be a difference-maker for his next squad.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-02-25 12:39:13


J.J. Watt Has Offers From Multiple Teams

Free-agent defensive lineman J.J. Watt has received contract offers from multiple teams, according to league sources. The largest offer on the table is believed to be worth between $15 million and $16 million. The Cleveland Browns are one of the teams interested in the pass-rusher, but it's unclear if they have submitted an offer to the five-time Pro Bowler. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year was released by the Houston Texans earlier this month after a decade-long run with the team. Around a dozen teams, including the Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans and Buffalo Bills, expressed interest in Watt shortly after his release. The soon-to-be 32-year-old ranked 15th out of 119 qualified pass-rushers in pass-rush win rate in 2020. Watt has been slowed by injuries in recent seasons, but he can still make a huge impact with any team that signs him.

Source: ESPN - Dianna Russini

2021-02-25 12:25:27


LeSean McCoy Wants To Keep Playing

Tampa Bay Buccaneers impending free-agent running back LeSean McCoy, who has won two Super Bowl rings in the last two years with the Chiefs and Buccaneers despite playing a single snap in either championship game, wants to continue playing in 2021. McCoy is unlikely to return to Tampa, but he wants to play for a contender if he's to keep lacing up his cleats on Sundays. The veteran back had 101 carries for 465 yards and four touchdowns for the Chiefs in 2019, but he ran the ball only 10 times for the Buccaneers last season in a tertiary role behind Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones II. It's fair to wonder if the 33-year-old has anything left in the tank, and if he does continue playing next season, it'll likely remain in a backup role. McCoy won't be on the fantasy radar entering 2021.

Source: NFL.com - Nick Shook

2021-02-25 12:13:04


Alex Collins Re-Signs With Seattle

The Seattle Seahawks re-signed running back Alex Collins to an undisclosed deal on Wednesday. Originally a fifth-round pick by the Seahawks in 2016, Collins played in 11 games as a rookie before he was cut in 2017. He rushed for 973 yards in 2017 with the Baltimore Ravens but was injured in 2018 and was waived in 2019 when he was arrested for marijuana and handgun possession. The 26-year-old ran the ball 18 times for 77 yards (4.3 yards per carry) and two touchdowns in just three games (one start) in 2020 in his return to the team that drafted him. Even though both Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde are set to be free agents next month, Collins will likely represent running back depth in 2021 behind the likes of Rashaad Penny, Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas.

Source: Pro Football Talk - Josh Alper

2021-02-25 00:27:18


L.J. Collier Has Surgery Tuesday

Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman L.J. Collier (ankle) said that he underwent an ankle scope on Tuesday. "Just had to get my ankle cleaned out a little bit," Collier said. "It was a quick procedure. I'm in a boot now, so it really wasn't that bad, man. Got to let everybody know I'm straight." The second-year pro played in 16 games for the Seahawks in 2020 but racked up only 22 combined tackles (16 solo) and three sacks. Collier, 25, was a first-round pick out of TCU in 2019 and had only three tackles in 11 games (no starts) his rookie season as he fought through injuries. Collier has yet to realize his true potential at the next level, but he could take the next step if he can get past injuries.

Source: NFL.com

2021-02-25 00:20:35


Giants Sign Jonotthan Harrison

The New York Giants signed 29-year-old defensive lineman Jonotthan Harrison to an undisclosed contract on Wednesday. The former Colts and Jets center was on the Buffalo Bills practice squad during the 2020 season. The veteran spent three seasons with the Colts after being an undrafted rookie out of the University of Florida, and he appeared in 44 games (23 starts), including 10 starts during his rookie season. Harrison joined the Jets in 2017 and spent three years there as well. He appeared in eight games (one start) in 2017 before playing in all 16 games in 2018. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound lineman made 10 starts in 16 games for New York in 2019.

Source: NFL.com

2021-02-25 00:12:53


Tom Brady Expected To Be Ready By June

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said that quarterback Tom Brady (knee) is expected to be ready to participate in team drills by June after he had surgery on his knee this month. The 43-year-old had minor cleanup surgery on his knee after winning his seventh Lombardi trophy by beating the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV. He will return for the final year of his two-year deal in 2021, and the Buccaneers are now considering a contract extension for the GOAT after he didn't show any signs of slowing down in 2020. With most of the team's offensive weapons expected to return next season, Brady should continue to have a high floor as at least a midrange QB1 for fantasy managers.

Source: NFL.com

2021-02-24 23:41:26


Texans Release Eddie Vanderdoes

The Houston Texans released defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes on Wednesday. The 26-year-old opted out of the 2020 season due to concerns over COVID-19 after playing in three games for the Texans in 2019, collecting eight tackles while playing 78 defensive snaps and two special teams snaps. Vanderdoes was originally drafted in the third round out of UCLA in 2017 by the Raiders, playing in 16 games (13) starts in his rookie season while tallying 18 combined tackles (two for loss) and two QB hits. But he suffered a torn ACL in Week 17 that season and missed all of the 2018 campaign before being released by Las Vegas in 2019. He was due $990,000 in 2021, and his release won't trigger a dead-money hit against the salary cap.

Source: Texans PR

2021-02-24 17:47:36


Marcus Mariota A Candidate To Be Released?

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Marcus Mariota has generated a lot of trade interest around the league this offseason, but the maximum value of his contract has been an issue for interested teams. He's due a little over $10 million in 2021, but he has incentives in his deal that could allow him to make an additional $12 million. As a result, trade interest in Mariota has dried up considerably, and there's a chance that he could be outright released by Las Vegas. The Raiders have made it clear that Derek Carr is their guy under center, so it looks like Mariota will be the one on the move this offseason. The 27-year-old looked really good in place of an injured Carr late last season and he still has some dual-threat capabilities, but Mariota would likely be just a bridge QB for any interested teams.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-02-24 15:42:17


Mitchell Schwartz To Undergo Back Surgery

Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz (back) announced on his Twitter page on Wednesday that he's undergoing back surgery after the injury kept him from playing in the team's Super Bowl run in this year's playoffs. The 31-year-old said the recovery process won't be too long this offseason, so he should be expected to be ready for training camp and the start of the 2021 regular season. He played in just six games in 2020, the first season of his career in which he didn't start all 16 games. Kansas City's offensive line was a patchwork unit in front of quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the Super Bowl without Schwartz and left tackle Eric Fisher, and it was a key to their downfall in the big game.

Source: Mitchell Schwartz on Twitter

2021-02-24 13:11:25


Jason Pierre-Paul Undergoes Knee Cleanup

Tampa Bay Buccaneers pass-rusher Jason Pierre-Paul (knee), who was in and out of practice last season due to a knee injury, underwent a minor knee cleanup procedure on Wednesday. Despite the nagging knee injury, Pierre-Paul played in all 16 regular season games in 2020 and earned his third career Pro Bowl selection by racking up 55 tackles (34 solo), seven tackles for loss, 14 QB hits, a career-high two interceptions, six passes defensed, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 9.5 sacks. JPP finished as the top-scoring IDP defensive lineman for a nasty Buccaneers defensive line that ultimately disrupted Patrick Mahomes and single-handedly won Super Bowl LV. If healthy next season, Pierre-Paul will be a very attractive D-lineman in IDP formats yet again.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-02-24 11:41:30


Buccaneers Could Discuss Extension With Tom Brady

Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said that the team could approach quarterback Tom Brady about a contract extension as he heads into the final year of his two-year deal with the team. Like Licht said, the 43-year-old GOAT didn't appear to slow down at all in 2020 on his way to winning his seventh Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl LV over the Kansas City Chiefs. Brady is defying all expectations as he ventures into uncharted territory in terms of playing into his 40s, and it looks like he might play up until he's 45 at this point. While Father Time will get to him eventually, Brady remains healthy and productive for a Tampa Bay team with plenty of offensive weapons, so he'll at least be a midrange QB1 heading into the 2021 season.

Source: Rich Eisen Show

2021-02-24 11:35:43


JuJu Smith-Schuster Wants To Stay In Pittsburgh

In an interview with TMZ.com, wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster stated that he wants to remain with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The impending free-agent said, "At the end of the day, I want to have my legacy in Pittsburgh and retire there. I don't want to leave." While Smith-Schuster doesn't seem to be in a hurry to get out of town, it is worth noting that the Steelers are already over the salary cap and will have a hard time finding room to keep him around. Despite JuJu's sentiments toward Pittsburgh, it is more likely that he will be wearing a different uniform for the 2021 season while the Steelers move forward with Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool as their top two wideouts.

Source: TMZ.com

2021-02-24 11:19:49


Dez Bryant Wants To Play Two More Seasons

Baltimore Ravens impending free-agent wide receiver Dez Bryant said he wants to play two more seasons, but he won't be doing it in Baltimore. "I realized quick Baltimore wasn't the place for me," Bryant wrote on Twitter. "No bad blood. That's their way of doing things so you gotta respect it." The 32-year-old made a return in 2020 after sitting out for two seasons, and he finished with six catches for 47 yards and two touchdowns in six games. He finished as the team's No. 4 wideout for the worst passing offense in the league and lacked explosiveness on the field. Bryant played a total of 129 snaps (21.5 per game). The three-time Pro Bowler was held without a catch in Baltimore's two playoff games and is unlikely to see much of a market in free agency. In the right situation, Bryant could have a bigger role, but it's more of a long shot in 2021.

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

2021-02-23 22:56:54


Alex Smith Wasn't A Part Of Washington's Plans

Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith, who won Comeback Player of the Year in 2020 after returning from a gruesome leg injury two years prior, said that very few people in the organization "actually thought I could do this." "When I decided to come back, I definitely threw a wrench in the team's plan. They didn't see it, didn't want me there, didn't want me to be a part of it, didn't want me to be on the team, the roster, didn't want to give me a chance," Smith said. Although the veteran didn't light up the box scores, he went 5-1 in his six starts and helped Washington win the AFC East. It remains to be seen if Washington wants the 36-year-old back in 2021, but if Smith does return, he'll likely have to prove himself again in a competition with Kyle Allen and Taylor Heinicke. From a fantasy perspective, managers should look elsewhere when searching for their QB.

Source: GQ.com - Clay Skipper

2021-02-23 21:44:13


Ben Roethlisberger's Agent: QB Will Be Starter In Pittsburgh In 2021

According to Ryan Tollner, the agent for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the Pittsburgh Steelers want the quarterback to return as their starter for the 2021 season. Tollner told ESPN beat reporter Aditi Kinkhabwala that he expects the Steelers to contact him soon in regards to restructuring his contract, which currently has over a $40 million cap hit for the upcoming season. Of Roethlisberger, Tollner stated, "The fire burns strong and there is still plenty of gas left in the tank." This puts to rest speculation that the Steelers could move on with a different starting quarterback under center for the 2021 season, speculation that was partially fueled by general manager Kevin Colbert's comments in a press conference last week. Even with Big Ben expected back, the team could look to address adding their quarterback of the future in the offseason, either in the NFL draft or via free agency.

Source: Aditi Kinkhabwala on Twitter

2021-02-23 18:50:43


Texans Releasing Senio Kelemete

The Houston Texans are releasing versatile veteran offensive lineman Senio Kelemete on Tuesday, according to the league's transaction wire. The move will create around $1.5 million in salary cap space. The 30-year-old has started 42 games in his career. The Texans also released linebacker Peter Kalambayi on Tuesday. Kelemete, a fifth-round pick by the Arizona Cardinals in 2012 out of the University of Washington, has spent eight years in the NFL with Arizona, New Orleans and Houston. The 30-year-old played in 14 games in 2020, starting five of them. Kelemete has extensive experience at both right and left guard in his career and will be looking to latch on with another team to provide quality offensive line depth.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-02-23 17:03:42


Chris Godwin Likely To Be Franchise Tagged By Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin is likely to be franchise tagged by the team this offseason. The team wants Godwin back- and he wants to return, though he made it clear that he is seeking a long-term payday. The window to tag players opened on Tuesday, but the Buccaneers will likely work towards an extension first before utilizing the more team-friendly $15.8 million tag. Even if Godwin is tagged, the two sides can continue to work on a long-term agreement up until mid-July. The 24-year-old wideout was a Pro Bowler in 2019- and while he took a step back in 2020 due to injuries, he was still Tom Brady's favorite target when on the field, as evidenced by his 7.2 targets per game in the regular season and playoffs combined, the best of any Bucs' pass-catcher.

Source: Pewter Report

2021-02-23 14:55:32


Isaiah Wilson Says He's Done With Titans

Tennessee Titans right tackle Isaiah Wilson, the team's first-round draft pick (29th overall) last year, was put on notice by general manager Jon Robinson last week after he failed to live up to expectations in his rookie season. Wilson wrote on Twitter on Monday night that he is "done with football as a Titan" before deleting it soon after. He played just four snaps in 2020 and was put on the Non-Football Injury list in December. Wilson was also on the COVID-19 list twice, once in training camp and once in October. The 22-year-old from Georgia also had a couple of run-ins with the law off the field. Wilson was signed to a four-year, $11.6 million deal last August. The Titans would have a $5.4 million salary cap charge if they release him.

Source: ESPN.com - Turron Davenport

2021-02-23 12:02:19


Kenyan Drake Open To Anything In Free Agency

Arizona Cardinals impending free-agent running back Kenyan Drake, who is coming off his best season (955 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns), is open to anything as he approaches free agency next month. "There are gonna be several different circumstances that I guess I'll come together with my team to kind of deliberate with exactly who we feel will be the best fit. But right now, I feel like anything is up in the air," Drake said. The 27-year-old had 1,598 rushing yards, 18 rushing TDs and 308 receiving yards in 23 games (21 starts) in Arizona. With Chase Edmonds still with the Cardinals, they could choose to pair him with a cheaper option and let Drake walk. Staying with the Cardinals rising offense would probably be best for Drake's fantasy value as an RB1, but he could land in another favorable position on the open market. Stay tuned.

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

2021-02-23 11:55:53


Kawann Short Drawing Interest On Open Market

Free-agent defensive tackle Kawann Short said that he's receiving interest after he was released by the Carolina Panthers last week. "We had a few teams reach out, but none set in stone," Short said. "We're really trying to narrow it down to see what's the best fit for me, the best fit for my family." The eight-year veteran said that the Panthers would be interested in re-signing him to a short-term deal if he doesn't find anything to his liking elsewhere. The second-rounder was a Pro Bowler twice and racked up 32.5 sacks in his first six seasons with Carolina, but he's played in just five games since 2018 due to injuries and had just 10 tackles and no sacks in that span. The 32-year-old will likely have to sign a prove-it deal on the open market.

Source: SiriusXM NFL Radio

2021-02-23 11:49:03


K.J. Wright Won't Take Hometown Discount

Seattle Seahawks impending free-agent linebacker K.J. Wright said "it makes absolutely no sense" to take a hometown discount as he heads into free agency next month. "I do way too much on the football field to take a discount," said Wright. He was the only player in the league last year to hit double digits in both tackles for loss (11) and passes defensed (10), while also having a pair of sacks and an interception at age 31. Wright made $6.75 million per season on his 2014 contract extension and $7.75 million per year on the two-year deal he signed in 2019. Seattle is tight against the salary cap, though, so it remains to be seen if they can meet Wright's asking price, and they will likely want to see more of Jordyn Brooks, who was drafted 27th overall to eventually replace Wright. The 31-year-old is Seattle's longest-tenured player as a fourth-rounder in 2011. He's third on the team's all-time tackles list.

Source: ESPN.com - Brady Henderson

2021-02-22 22:42:24


Tyler Eifert Expected To Become Free Agent

The Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to decline the team option for tight end Tyler Eifert, according to a source. Eifert was expected to earn a little under $5 million for the 2021 season if his option had been picked up, but he'll become a free agent instead. The oft-injured tight end managed to play in 15 games in Jacksonville in 2020, but he caught just 36 passes on 60 targets for 349 yards and two touchdowns in one of the worst offenses in football. The 30-year-old could be productive in the right situation, so his fantasy value heading into 2021 will depend entirely on where he lands and whether he'll have a shot to be a team's top pass-catching tight end. But because of his extensive injury history, Eifert is unlikely to be anything more than an upside low-end TE2.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-02-22 21:33:54


Kemah Siverand Arrested For Street Racing

Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Kemah Siverand, who was signed to a futures contract last month after spending the second half of 2020 on the practice squad, was arrested early Saturday after a street-racing incident in Houston. The 24-year-old was one of three drivers arrested, and he was charged with felony evading arrest after he "initially stopped for officers, then continued to drive another mile before stopping." Siverand was waived by the Seattle Seahawks in August after he was caught trying to sneak a woman into a training camp hotel. He went undrafted out of Oklahoma State. After being released by Seattle, Siverand signed to the Raiders practice squad on Oct. 27 and inked his futures deal on Jan. 5. The young defensive back could find himself without a team again soon.

Source: ESPN.com - Paul Gutierrez

2021-02-22 18:12:34


Eagles Will Release Alshon Jeffery

The Philadelphia Eagles plan on releasing wide receiver Alshon Jeffery when the new league year begins in March. With a much younger wideout corps expected for 2021, the move has been obvious for quite a while. Philadelphia also officially released veteran pass-catcher DeSean Jackson on Monday after he said the team was releasing him last week on his Instagram account. Jeffery is heading into his age-31 season and hasn't played in a full season since 2017 due to various injuries. He managed to play in just seven games (two starts) in 2020, catching just six of his 13 targets for 115 yards and a touchdown. A Pro Bowler in 2013 with the Bears, Jeffery's fantasy value has fallen off a cliff the last several years, and he's unlikely to be in play for fantasy managers this fall.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-02-22 16:26:01


Jamaal Williams Prefers To Stay With Green Bay

Green Bay Packers impending free-agent running back Jamaal Williams would prefer to stay with the Packers for the rest of his career. "I'm thinking about free agency, but I'd really love to just be a Packer all my life if I could," Williams said. Williams and Aaron Jones, who is also set to be a free agent, combined for 1,609 of the team's 2,118 rushing yards in 2020. With the salary cap shrinking, it's more likely that both backs move on in free agency rather than return to Green Bay. To this point, the Packers have shown more interest in re-signing Jones than Williams. The 25-year-old has 1,985 rushing yards, 10 touchdowns, 4.0 yards per carry and 122 catches for 961 yards and eight touchdowns through the air in his four seasons in Green Bay. He could be a fantasy sleeper if he leaves Green Bay and sees more playing time elsewhere in 2021.

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

2021-02-22 16:21:22


Texans Re-Sign Dontrell Hilliard

The Houston Texans are re-signing running back/kick returner Dontrell Hilliard to a one-year deal worth $1.25 million on Monday, according to a source. Hilliard, who was set to become a restricted free agent, will receive $200,000 guaranteed. The soon-to-be 26-year-old played in seven games with the Cleveland Browns and Texans in 2020, but he was mostly a special teams player, as he carried the ball only nine times (all with Cleveland) for 48 yards. Hilliard didn't see a carry or a pass thrown his way in just two games played for the Texans last season. In four seasons in the NFL, he has 22 carries for 97 yards (4.4 yards per attempt) and two rushing touchdowns while catching 22 passes for 199 yards. Hilliard will provide depth behind David Johnson, Duke Johnson and Buddy Howell.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-02-22 15:48:47


Derek Carr Likely To Stay, Marcus Mariota Likely Gone?

It's looking more likely that Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr will remain with the team in 2021, while backup Marcus Mariota has been the subject of trade calls. Mariota is due $10 million in the final year of his contract and would probably get a chance to return to a starting gig under center in the NFL if he is dealt to another team. The Raiders remain committed to Carr under head coach Jon Gruden, which is why it's unlikely that Mariota will remain with the black and silver. The 27-year-old Mariota looked really good in relief of an injured Carr against the division-rival Chargers late in the season and he still can make things happen with his legs, but he'd merely be a low-end QB2 if he's traded and winds up starting for another organization in 2021.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-02-22 15:11:12


Kenny Golladay A Strong Candidate For Franchise Tag

Detroit Lions impending free-agent wide receiver Kenny Golladay is a prime candidate to be slapped with the franchise tag in the coming weeks if the two sides can't reach a long-term contract extension, along with Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin. Golladay played in only five games due to injury in 2020, posting 338 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 20 receptions. But he had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in the two seasons prior, including an NFL-high 11 touchdowns in his Pro Bowl season in 2019. The 27-year-old has averaged 16.8 yards per catch in his four-year career in Detroit, which is the second-highest mark in the league since he entered the league in 2017. If healthy, Golladay has WR1 upside, but he'll be taking throws from Jared Goff instead of Matthew Stafford if he remains in Detroit in 2021 and beyond.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-02-22 14:40:15


Mike Tomlin Diagnosed With COVID-19

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and is away from the team facility, according to sources. A team spokesman said that members of the coaching and personnel staffs were sent home last week after a couple positive COVID-19 tests surfaced. The Steelers had at least three players -- running back James Conner, tight end Vance McDonald and cornerback Joe Haden -- and a staff member test positive for COVID-19 during the regular season. Tomlin's diagnosis is the first notable positive test from the team since the offseason began. It's unclear what, if any, symptoms the head coach is experiencing, but he'll obviously be quarantined from other members of the team's staff and personnel.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-02-22 14:32:39


Mike Iupati Hanging Up His Cleats

Long-time NFL offensive lineman Mike Iupati, who played the last two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, has decided to retire from football. "My body was telling me it was time to close the door," Iupati said. The 33-year-old played 11 seasons in the NFL. Along the way, he was selected to the Pro Bowl four times. The former Idaho product played in just 10 games in his final season with Seattle and dealt with chronic neck issues, which were a big reason he has decided to step away from the game he loves. Iupati made four consecutive Pro Bowls from 2012 to 2015 (three years with the 49ers and one with Cardinals), and he was also a first-team All-Pro selection in 2012. He was the 17th overall pick in the first round of 2010 by San Francisco.

Source: The Spokesman-Review - Peter Harriman

2021-02-22 13:24:51


David Andrews Wants To Stay In New England

New England Patriots impending free-agent center David Andrews said he "would love to stay" with the team in 2021 and beyond. Left guard Joe Thuney will also be a free agent, but he played last year on the franchise tag and could become too expensive for the Patriots as one of the best guards in the league. The 28-year-old Andrews has been with the team for six seasons since signing as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia. He's played in 72 career games (69 starts) and has won two Super Bowls with the Patriots. The team's offensive line struggled in 2019 when Andrews was out with blood clotting, showing just how important Andrews is to the offense. New England must also find out who they will use at quarterback in 2021, but retaining Andrews could be a high priority as well.

Source: NBC Sports Boston - Jacob Camenker

2021-02-22 12:52:52


Cam Newton Has No Plans To Retire

New England Patriots impending free-agent quarterback Cam Newton said he has no plans to retire. "I can't go out like that. I hear all of that talk. My pride won't allow me to do it. There aren't 32 guys better than me," Newton said. He began his first and potentially last year in New England averaging 238 passing yards per game with two touchdowns, two interceptions and four rushing touchdowns in the first three games. But then he tested positive for COVID-19 and averaged just 161.9 passing yards with six TDs and eight interceptions in his final 12 starts. The 31-year-old broke the franchise record for QB rushing yards (592) and can still be a dual-threat signal-caller, but it remains to be seen if a team will give him a chance at a starting gig in 2021.

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

2021-02-22 12:38:10


Jets Not Making A Decision On Sam Darnold Yet

The New York Jets plan to complete their evaluations of the top quarterbacks, including Pro Days and interviews, in the NFL draft before making any final decisions on quarterback Sam Darnold, according to sources. The Jets have received real trade interest in Darnold, but they want to get the full QB picture first. New York's offensive line was better in 2020, but the 23-year-old was still wildly mediocre and missed four games due to injury. He threw for 2,208 yards on 364 attempts (59.6 completion percentage) with just nine touchdown passes and 11 interceptions. If Darnold is to remain the team's starter under center, Gang Green needs to get him better weapons to work with if he's to see any real improvement. But at this point after three years of game tape, Darnold is an unattractive low-end QB2 in need of a change of scenery.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-02-22 12:30:23


Steelers Tweak Cameron Heyward's Contract

The Pittsburgh Steelers did a basic conversion to restructure defensive lineman Cameron Heyward's contract, according to a source, and he'll still make $10.5 million for the 2021 season. A roster bonus and base were converted to a signing bonus, which created around $7 million in salary cap space for the cap-challenged Steelers. Pittsburgh ranks No. 28 in the NFL in terms of projected salary cap space heading into the start of the new league year next month. Heyward finished the 2020 season tied for 25th in overall IDP points among defensive linemen, tied with Denver's Bradley Chubb. Heyward finished the regular season with 30 tackles (24 assists), one interception and four sacks. The four-time Pro Bowler will look to bounce back in 2021 after recording a combined 17 sacks in 2018-19.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-02-22 12:23:52


Ravens Running Back Coach Heads To Michigan

Baltimore Ravens running back coach Matt Weiss has been hired as the quarterbacks coach for the University of Michigan, where he'll work under Jim Harbaugh, the brother of Ravens head coach Jim Harbaugh. This is the second position coach to leave the Ravens this offseason, but with offensive coordinator Greg Roman back, don't expect to see Baltimore's strong run game take a step back in 2021, even with Weiss gone.

Source: Ian Rapoport

2021-02-21 20:07:32


Hunter Henry Open To Anything In Free Agency

Los Angeles Chargers impending free-agent tight end Hunter Henry said that he's "open to whatever" when he hits free agency next month after playing the 2020 season on the franchise tag. Henry caught 60 passes for 613 yards and four touchdowns last year, but his yards-per-catch mark was the lowest of his career. He'll likely command a deal similar to the one that Austin Hooper received from the Browns last offseason. The Chargers will have a little over $23 million in salary cap space without Henry in the fold, so they will have room to re-sign him on a deal around $10 million per season. The 27-year-old will be the top tight end on the market, and his fantasy value would be the highest as a TE1 if he were to stay in LA with quarterback Justin Herbert, who was the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2020.

Source: SiriusXM NFL Radio

2021-02-20 12:13:00


Panthers Free Up Notable Salary Cap Space

The Carolina Panthers released Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kawann Short on Wednesday and defensive end Stephen Weatherly, safety Tre Boston and punter Michael Palardy on Friday, clearing $19.9 million in salary cap space this week. The moves improved the team's cap space to $28.473 million heading into the start of free agency next month. Carolina's cap space was around $8.5 million after the 2020 season, but they cleared $8.66 million with the release of Short, $5.906 million with Weatherly, $3.55 million with Boston and $1.787 million with Palardy. Even before Boston's release, the Panthers led the NFL with $22.6 million in dead money. It's big for a team looking to upgrade at quarterback -- they made an offer for Matthew Stafford and plan to make a strong run at Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson if they grant his wish and trade him.

Source: ESPN.com - David Newton

2021-02-20 00:00:32


Packers Release Christian Kirksey, Rick Wagner

The Green Bay Packers released linebacker Christian Kirksey and offensive tackle Rick Wagner on Friday, according to general manager Brian Gutekunst. Kirksey started all 11 regular season games in which he appeared in during his one season with the team, and he finished tied for second on the team with 78 tackles (47 solo). He had the second-most tackles (281) in the NFL from 2016-17 with Cleveland, including a career-best 143 in 2016. Kirksey should land on his feet pretty quickly for the 2021 season. Wagner also played in just one season in Green Bay and appeared in 16 games (nine starts), including both playoff games. He helped the Packers rank tied for second in the league in sacks allowed (21) last season.

Source: Packers.com

2021-02-19 17:09:16


DeSean Jackson Will Be Released

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson announced that he will be released on his Instagram on Friday. Jackson was due $9 million in non-guaranteed salary for the 2021 season. The speedy yet oft-injured deep threat said that he still wants to play at the age of 34. Jackson's second stint with the Eagles was forgettable, as he had just 23 catches for 395 yards and three touchdowns in eight games due to injuries over the last two seasons. He was brought back to be a field-stretching option for Carson Wentz (now with the Colts) in 2019, but he missed most of the season due to injury and the Eagles brought in more receiver help through the draft. The Eagles will incur $5.8 million in dead money in 2021 by releasing Jackson, while saving $4.85 million. Wherever he lands, he'll be a boom/bust deep threat as a big injury risk on top of it.

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

2021-02-19 17:02:03


Cardinals Might Take A Swing On J.J. Watt

Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim acknowledged that the team might "take a swing" on adding free-agent sack master J.J. Watt this offseason. The former three-time Defensive Player of the Year turns 32 years old next month and may have lost a step, but he'll be highly coveted on the open market after the Houston Texans released him last week. Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who played with Watt in Houston, is already trying to recruit Watt to the desert. While Arizona would probably love to bring Watt into the fold, things could get tricky with the lowered salary cap in 2021. Watt is no longer one of the first defensive players off the board in IDP leagues, as he's been limited by injuries in three of the last five seasons and had just nine sacks in 2019 and 2020 combined.

Source: The Arizona Republic - Bob McManaman

2021-02-19 15:57:35


Cardinals Won't Cut Chandler Jones

Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said that the team has no intentions of releasing edge rusher Chandler Jones (biceps) in a cost-cutting move with the 2021 salary cap expected to drop. The 31-year-old has a $20.8 million salary cap hit this year in the final year of his deal. If anything, the Cardinals seem more inclined to work out a contract extension with the outside linebacker, who has been among the league's top sack producers since joining the league in 2012. Jones missed the final 11 games last season due to a torn biceps. He had 10 tackles and just one sack through the first five games of 2020 before his injury, but Jones could easily bounce back in the desert in 2021 as a top IDP linebacker if he remains in Arizona.

Source: The Arizona Republic - Bob McManaman

2021-02-19 15:40:38


Marvin Jones Jr. Chasing A Super Bowl In Free Agency

Detroit Lions impending free-agent wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. said that "nothing's off the table" as far as where he plays in 2021, but a chance to win a Super Bowl is high on his list of priorities. That makes a return to the rebuilding Lions unlikely. Jones had his only 1,000-yard receiving season in 2017 when he led the team with 1,101 yards and the NFL in yards per catch (18). He led the Lions with 76 catches, 978 yards and nine touchdowns in 2020. Jones will turn 31 next month and is expected to be one of the top pass-catchers available in free agency when it begins on March 17. With Jones likely to leave and Danny Amendola and Kenny Golladay also free agents, Detroit has just one receiver under contract -- Quintez Cephus -- who caught a pass for them last year. However, Golladay is a prime candidate for the franchise tag.

Source: Detroit Free Press - Dave Birkett

2021-02-19 11:41:38


Cardinals Owner Bullish On Kliff Kingsbury, Steve Keim

Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill was disappointed with the team's finish last season when they missed out on the playoffs, but he liked the progress that the team showed under head coach Kliff Kingsbury in his second season while looking at things from a big-picture perspective. Bidwill thinks the team is in position to take another step forward in 2021 under Kingsbury and general manager Steve Keim. Arizona is in better financial shape than most teams because star quarterback Kyler Murray is still on his rookie deal. "There are other teams that are going to be moving around because they're going to lose talent. I'm very bullish on 2021 for both Kliff and for Steve," Bidwill said. Bidwill wants to see Murray take the next jump in his career in his third season.

Source: AZCardinals.com - Kyle Odegard

2021-02-19 11:30:42


Panthers Release Tre Boston Friday

The Carolina Panthers informed starting safety Tre Boston of his release on Friday, according to a source. With the move, the Panthers will clear around $3.5 million against the salary cap. The 28-year-old was third on the team with 95 tackles during the 2020 season, and he also recorded an interception, a sack and two fumble recoveries. In his seven seasons in the NFL with the Panthers, Cardinals and Chargers, the 28-year-old has 429 tackles, 15 interceptions (one touchdown), 42 passes defensed, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and three sacks in 104 games (76 starts). A fourth-round pick by Carolina in the 2014 draft out of North Carolina, Boston should be able to latch on with another team on the open market this offseason.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-02-19 11:15:06


Raiders Sign David Irving

The Las Vegas Raiders signed defensive lineman David Irving to an undisclosed deal on Thursday, according to the league's transaction wire. The former Cowboy played in just two games for the Raiders in 2020 and had four combined tackles. Prior to that in four seasons with Dallas, the 27-year-old had 36 total tackles (17 for loss), 30 QB hits, a fumble recovery and 12.5 sacks in 37 games (10 starts). Irving spent most of last season on the Raiders practice squad, but they decided to bring him back as a low-risk depth signing for their defensive line. The former Iowa State product can be ignored in IDP leagues for 2021.

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

2021-02-18 17:19:04


Falcons Release Ricardo Allen, Allen Bailey

The Atlanta Falcons released starting safety Ricardo Allen and defensive end Allen Bailey on Thursday, according to a source. The Falcons will save $6.25 million against a tight salary cap by cutting Allen. The 29-year-old is a leader when he's on the field, but he played in only 12 games in 2020 and missed all but three games due to injury in 2018. Allen recorded 25 tackles last season and does have four interceptions the last two seasons with Atlanta. Bailey, who will turn 32 in March, has been a steady veteran on the defensive line the last two years, but the Falcons are looking for more in the pass-rush department after he compiled just 2.5 sacks in 31 games (nine starts) in 2019 and 2020.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-02-18 13:25:51


Steelers RB Room Likely To Undergo Massive Overhaul

The Pittsburgh Steelers running back room is likely in for a massive overhaul this offseason after the team's top four running backs combined for just 1,230 rushing yards in 2020. James Conner, who will be a free agent, had 721 yards in 13 games and averaged 4.3 yards per carry with six touchdowns. He averaged just 2.87 yards after contact, per Pro Football Focus. General manager Kevin Colbert acknowledged on Wednesday that the team's ground game must improve. It was a combination of injuries and inefficient play along the offensive line, as they ranked 31st in run blocking last year. Center Maurkice Pouncey retired and Alejandro Villanueva, Matt Feiler and Zach Banner are all entering free agency. Pittsburgh will also be in a salary cap crunch, so it'll be interesting to see how they address their RB room and the offensive line.

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

2021-02-18 12:18:57


Eagles Agree To Trade Carson Wentz To Colts

The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to trade quarterback Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday in exchange for a 2021 third-round pick and a conditional 2022 second-round pick that could turn into a first-rounder, according to league sources. Wentz had the worst season of his career in 2020 and was benched in favor of rookie Jalen Hurts late in the season as a result. He'll reunite with head coach Frank Reich in Indy after the two worked together in Philadelphia. Hopefully for Wentz's fantasy managers in dynasty/keeper leagues, Reich can return the former second overall pick in 2016 to prominence. However, the Colts are more of a run-first team and aren't exactly flush with receiving talent, plus T.Y. Hilton is a free agent. Wentz could benefit from the change of scenery, but he'll be a low-end QB2 in single-year leagues in 2021 with a lot to prove. Back in Philly, this trade signals the beginning of the Hurts era for the Eagles.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-02-18 11:57:39


Buccaneers Want To Retain Their Free Agents

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians hopes that the allure of winning another championship in 2021 can pull most of the team's impending free-agents back for another season. That includes players like wide receiver Chris Godwin, defensive end Shaquil Barrett, linebacker Lavonte David, tight end Rob Gronkowski, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and running back Leonard Fournette. "It's usually the money... if it's close, I think our guys really want to stay," Arians said. The presence of quarterback Tom Brady should entice veterans looking to chase a ring at the end of their careers, and he could also help keep a number of players in Tampa. The Bucs might franchise tag Godwin for around $16 million, as he's one of the top wideouts slated for free agency this offseason. Of all the team's free agents, Godwin is the least likely to leave.

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

2021-02-18 11:40:23


NFL Increases Minimum Salary Cap To $180 Million

The NFL said on Thursday that the salary cap floor has been increased from $175 million to $180 million following talks with the NFL Players Association, according to sources informed of the situation. As the league stated in their memo, this isn't the final salary cap for the 2021 season, it just increases the minimum salary cap by $5 million per team. The expectation is that the salary cap will fall significantly from 2020's $198.2 million budget because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be a big change after years of the salary cap increasing by tens of millions of dollars each season, but the new floor mitigates some of that decrease. Until the official salary cap is set, teams won't know exactly how much room they'll have to maneuver through free agency.

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

2021-02-18 11:31:52


Titans Continuing To Monitor Adam Humphries

The Tennessee Titans say they're "continuing to monitor" wide receiver Adam Humphries (concussion), who last played in Week 12 against the Browns. The fact that Humphries still seems to be suffering from the concussion he initially suffered on November 1st against Cincinnati is a bad sign. Hopefully, Humphries is eventually cleared and is able to return to the field, though it might not be for Tennessee, as the Titans could save almost $7 million on the cap if they released Humphries as a post-June 1st release.

Source: Titans Insider - Terry McCormick

2021-02-18 01:23:12


49ers Likely To Part With Richard Sherman

San Francisco 49ers impending free-agent cornerback Richard Sherman said that "it's been made pretty clear" that the team doesn't plan on re-signing him this offseason. The 49ers have 30 unrestricted free agents and just over $13.1 million in salary cap space for the 2021 season, which factors into the decision to let the All-Pro defensive back walk. They are also looking to give top-of-the-market deals to left tackle Trent Williams and All-Pro linebacker Fred Warner. It's not a surprise to Sherman, who was limited to a career-low five games in 2020 due to a calf injury. He's had lingering issues with his lower leg since tearing his Achilles in 2017 and will turn 33 in March. The five-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro wants to play for two more years, but it'll have to be somewhere other than San Francisco.

Source: The Sacramento Bee - Chris Biderman

2021-02-17 23:25:09


Pittsburgh GM Won't Commit To Ben Roethlisberger As Starter

Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert would not commit to Ben Roethlisberger as the team's starting quarterback for the 2021 season after being asked about the signal-caller's status several times during a press conference on Wednesday. Colbert stated, "As we sit here today, Ben is a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He reiterated to us that he wants to continue to play. We told him we have to look at this current situation." While this doesn't rule Roethlisberger out as the team's quarterback, Colbert was given a chance to endorse Big Ben as the starter and passed on the opportunity. The Steelers signed Dwayne Haskins Jr. earlier in the offseason but he isn't expected to be the team's starter heading into next year. The Steelers are over the salary cap this offseason and will be hard-pressed to improve the team via free-agency in March, meaning that chances are likely that Roethlisberger is the team's QB come kickoff in 2021.

Source: Brooke Pryor on Twitter

2021-02-17 14:20:11


Hayden Hurst Could Thrive In New Falcons Offense

Atlanta Falcons tight end Hayden Hurst could be a beneficiary of new head coach Arthur Smith's offensive scheme in 2021. Hurst was a popular breakout pick heading into last season's fantasy drafts- it didn't exactly work out that way- though he still had a fine season, totaling career-highs in every receiving category and developing a nice rapport with quarterback Matt Ryan in the process. Smith's offenses in Tennessee often delivered a healthy share of targets to the tight end position- a combined 118 to Jonnu Smith and Anthony Firkser last season- utilizing the play-action passing game. Hurst may go under-the-radar in drafts this fall but has the tools to thrive in the Falcons' new offense, which could make him a value pick.

Source: Jason Butt

2021-02-17 13:28:09


Ndamukong Suh Wants To Return In 2021

Tampa Bay Buccaneers impending free-agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh clearly wants to return to the team in 2021 and play with quarterback Tom Brady again after winning Super Bowl LV over the Chiefs. "My goal is to come back and have an opportunity to go win another championship," Suh said. After 11 years in the league, Suh remains passionate about football and thinks he's still an elite pass-rusher. The 34-year-old is a five-time Pro Bowler and three-time first-team All-Pro in his 11 years in the league. While Suh isn't a standout in IDP leagues, he did record six sacks in his second season in Tampa last year, his most since 2014. He may not be dominant in the trenches anymore, but he certainly has provided a big boost for the Bucs pass rush and run defense the last two years.

Source: MMQB - Albert Breer

2021-02-17 12:58:11


Alex Smith Thinks He Has Room For Growth

Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith, last year's Comeback Player of the Year, appeared in eight games (six starts) and completed 66.7 percent of his passes while going 5-1 after nearly losing his leg due to injury in 2018. Smith strained the calf in the same leg late in the season, but it was unrelated to his previous injury, and he sounds invigorated heading into the offseason. The veteran signal-caller has yet to make a decision on his future in the NFL, but he sounds enthusiastic. "I still feel like I've got a lot of room for growth on the field, based off what happened this last year," Smith said. But even if the 36-year-old returns in 2021, he won't be guaranteed a starting job, and there will be competition among Kyle Allen and Taylor Heinicke. Smith's comeback story was a great one in 2020, but he won't be much of a fantasy option if he returns and wins the starting gig in Washington.

Source: NFL.com - Nick Shook

2021-02-17 12:44:47


Titans Put Isaiah Wilson On Notice

Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson put last year's first-round pick, offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson, on notice during a virtual news conference on Tuesday. Wilson played just four snaps in 2020 despite being the 29th overall pick in the draft. "We put him on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list and haven't spoken to him since. He's going to have to make a determination on whether he wants to do what it takes to play pro football. That will be on him," Robinson said. The right tackle also went on the COVID-19 list twice and had some run-ins with the law. The 6-foot-6, 350-pounder impressed the Titans during the pre-draft process, but there looks to be some buyer's remorse on Tennessee's side after Wilson's disappointing first season. The 22-year-old has a lot of work to do to regain the team's trust heading into his sophomore season in 2021.

Source: ESPN.com - Turron Davenport

2021-02-17 12:08:34


Titans Reach Out To J.J. Watt

Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson said that he has reached out to free-agent pass-rusher J.J. Watt's, and "it's early in the stages" when it comes to Watt deciding where he'll play after being released by the Houston Texans last Friday. The Titans would like to add the All-Pro to their defensive line, but they'll need to clear the necessary salary cap space in order to do so this offseason. A first-round pick in 2011, Watt will turn 32 in March and his best days in the NFL are likely behind him, but he can still be productive when healthy and could help the Titans Defense take the next step. Watt is a five-time Pro Bowler and five-time All-Pro, but injuries have taken a toll on him in recent years. He had 16 sacks back in 2018 but has just nine combined sacks the last two seasons for Houston.

Source: NFL.com - Nick Shook

2021-02-17 11:50:28


Trevor Lawrence Undergoes Successful Surgery

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (shoulder) underwent successful left shoulder surgery on Tuesday to fix the labrum in his non-throwing shoulder. Doctors expect Lawrence to be 100 percent healthy for training camp this summer. He has dealt with issues in his left shoulder for the past couple of years, but he should be completely healthy before his rookie season in the NFL. Lawrence held a throwing session for NFL scouts last Friday and looked great. The Clemson product is looking at four to five months of rehab from the surgery, but he's still expected to go No. 1 overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the draft. The 21-year-old will have weapons around him if he lands with the Jags and could immediately have high-end QB2 value with upside in single-year fantasy leagues.

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

2021-02-17 11:41:48


Bears, Allen Robinson II Haven't Talked Extension

The Chicago Bears and impending free-agent wide receiver Allen Robinson II haven't had talks about a contract extension since last September, which means that the franchise tag will likely be in play for the 2021 season. A-Rob has topped the 1,000-yard mark in each of the last two seasons in Chicago and has scored 13 touchdowns despite shoddy quarterback play. He had 1,250 of the team's 3,925 total passing yards last season, more than 31 percent. The 27-year-old said last week that he's "open to everything on the table," with the franchise-tag window opening on Feb. 23 and running through March 9. If Robinson is tagged, he's expected to earn between $16-17 million in 2021. With Chicago's situation under center still less-than-ideal, Robinson's fantasy stock would rise if he left Chicago for a better situation, but he'll remain a low-end WR1 if he sticks with the Bears.

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

2021-02-16 15:20:59


Adrian Peterson Wants To Play Until He's 40

Detroit Lions impending free-agent running back Adrian Peterson said that he wants to play until he's 40 years old and wants to break Emmitt Smith's all-time rushing record while also winning a Super Bowl ring. "I'm just going to keep playing, I'm going to keep playing, trying to chase a championship," Peterson said. "And God's willing, within the process of doing that I'm able to catch Emmitt and pass him." Peterson is heading into his age-36 season and still needs 3,536 yards to pass Smith. He'll have to average 884 yards per season for the next four years to break Smith's mark, which would require nearly 200 carries per year at his career average of 4.6 yards per carry. It's unlikely to happen, but AD continues to truck along and will look for a situation that can provide him with as many touches as he can handle in 2021. It's unlikely that he'll find a gig as anything more than a complementary back, making him a very low-ceiling and unattractive fantasy RB.

Source: NFL.com - Nick Shook

2021-02-16 14:10:56


Panthers Releasing Kawann Short

The Carolina Panthers are releasing two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kawann Short on Tuesday after eight years with the team, according to a source. Short was a second-round selection back in 2013 and earned a five-year contract extension in 2017, but he's been mostly an afterthought on the defensive line for most of the four seasons since his extension. He has played in just five games due to recurring shoulder issues after making his second Pro Bowl in 2018. Sixth-rounder Bravvion Roy filled in for Short in 2020. The Panthers will take on $11 million in dead salary cap space with the move but will save $8.6 million of the $19.6 remaining on Short's cap number. The 32-year-old will have to take less money on the open market and prove that he's healthy with a new club.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-02-16 12:41:31


Dolphins Sign Jason Sanders To Five-Year Extension

The Miami Dolphins are signing kicker Jason Sanders to a five-year, $22 million contract extension on Tuesday that includes $10 million guaranteed and ties him to the team through the 2026 season, according to a source. The All-Pro is one of the league's top kickers after making 36 of his 39 field-goal attempts in 2020, with a long of 56 yards. Sanders was the only every-day kicker in the NFL last year to make all of his extra-point tries, making all 36 of them. He's Miami's all-time leader in field-goal percentage (86.5) and has converted 77 of his 89 career attempts. A seventh-round selection in 2018, Sanders is now fourth in the league in per-year average in terms of salary. While Miami's quarterback situation is a bit shaky after Tua Tagovailoa struggled in his rookie season, the Dolphins offense should be good enough to make Sanders a strong fantasy kicker in 2021.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-02-16 12:34:04


J.J. Watt Considering Joining The Browns

Free-agent J.J. Watt is "seriously considering" joining the Cleveland Browns, according to a story published on Cleveland.com. The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year was released by the Houston Texans last week and is reportedly looking for a market-value contract and a chance to play for a Super Bowl contender. With plenty of cap space and coming off a surprising run in the playoffs, Cleveland is in a position to check both of those boxes for the star defender. The Browns are also in need of a pass-rusher to pair with Myles Garrett after Olivier Vernon tore his Achilles' tendon at the end of the 2020 season Cleveland was also very interested in the services of Jadeveon Clowney last offseason and was prepared to offer him a large contract, although Clowney was not interested in coming to Cleveland. The Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, and several other teams have shown interest in Watt's services over the past week.

Source: Cleveland.com

2021-02-16 11:00:45


Chiefs Will Try To Re-Sign Sammy Watkins

The Kansas City Chiefs will try to re-sign wide receiver Sammy Watkins this offseason, according to Adam Teicher of ESPN. Watkins is coming off his worst NFL season, as injuries limited him to 10 games. He caught 37 passes for 421 yards and two touchdowns. His 42.1 yards per game was the second-lowest number of his career. It's hard to believe Watkins has now played seven NFL seasons and also hard to believe the Chiefs would be thrilled to bring him back as their No. 2 receiver. But with Mecole Hardman not looking like a No. 2 guy, it might be better to keep a solid player like Watkins instead of worrying about free agency and the draft.

Source: ESPN - Adam Teicher

2021-02-15 12:43:44


Shane Steichen Named Eagles Offensive Coordinator

The Philadelphia Eagles named Shane Steichen as their new offensive coordinator on Thursday. Steichen was formerly the Los Angeles Chargers offensive coordinator and worked with head coach Nick Sirianni in LA. There's no guarantee that quarterback Carson Wentz will be around, but second-year QB Jalen Hurts is an intriguing youngster to work with under center. Sirianni's staff will also include quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson, offensive quality control coach Alex Tanney, defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon and special teams coordinator Michael Clay. Tanney, a journeyman backup quarterback, just retired from the NFL on Tuesday. Steichen helped Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert win Offensive Rookie of the Year, so he could do wonders for Hurts as well.

Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com

2021-02-12 00:09:03


Seahawks Receiving More Calls On Russell Wilson

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has been outspoken about his displeasure with the team in the last week, and it's led to increased interest around the league. Seattle has received calls at an increasing rate in recent days. Wilson is entering the third year of a five-year deal that pays him an average of $35 million per year and includes a $32 million salary cap number in 2021 and a no-trade clause. He had a big voice in the hiring of new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron. But his offense crumbled down the stretch and he was unhappy with the offensive line. Seattle has no plans to trade Wilson, but his relationship with the team has become a bit rocky, so it wouldn't be unrealistic to think that the signal-caller could force his way out. The 32-year-old is still a dynamic QB and was the MVP front-runner in the first half of the season, so he should be a high-end QB1 in Seattle or elsewhere in 2021.

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero

2021-02-11 23:59:29


Raiders To Release Tyrell Williams

The Las Vegas Raiders plan to release wide receiver Tyrell Williams at the start of the new league year next month, according to a source. Williams missed all of the 2020 season with a shoulder injury that required surgery. But he's turning just 29 years old on Friday and should be fully healthy in two to three weeks. He caught 42 passes for 651 yards and six touchdowns in 14 games for Oakland back in 2019. Williams currently accounts for the fifth-highest salary cap number on the team's roster for 2021 at $11.6 million, and Las Vegas can save around $1 million by releasing him. He could face a cold market with the salary cap lowered around the league, but Williams could be a WR4/5 if he's healthy in 2021 and lands in the right situation.

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

2021-02-11 22:04:17


Tom Brady To Have Surgery On His Knee

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (knee) will have a minor surgical procedure on his knee, with head coach Bruce Arians calling the surgery "a clean-up." The 43-year-old seven-time Super Bowl champion dealt with some knee discomfort for most of the 2020 season and will have it cleaned up this offseason. Brady had a brace on his left knee in the Super Bowl and went 21-for-29 for 201 yards and three touchdowns to earn Super Bowl LV MVP honors. The GOAT just keeps defying expectations and has gone where no NFL player has gone yet in terms of continued elite success over the course of an entire career. Brady should have most of his weapons back in 2021 and plans to return, making him a QB1 after throwing for 4,633 yards, 40 touchdowns and only 12 interceptions during the regular season.

Source: Tampa Bay Times - Rick Stroud

2021-02-11 21:32:06


Shaquil Barrett Looking To Break The Bank

Tampa Bay Buccaneers impending free-agent pass-rusher Shaquil Barrett, who played the 2020 season under the franchise tag, feels that he's earned a big contract this offseason after helping the team win Super Bowl LV. "I'm most definitely looking forward to getting a long-term deal done..." Barrett said. "I feel like it's time for me to break the bank now, and I most definitely want to do that to be able to set my family up better and most definitely going to keep producing, so it's not like anything is going to fall off." Barrett was a rotational player in Denver for five years before putting up a league-high 19.5 sacks in 2019. The 28-year-old had eight more sacks in 2020 and added four in the playoffs. A second franchise tag in 2021 would cost Tampa around $19 million. Paired with Jason Pierre-Paul, Barrett helped Tampa's defense become fantasy relevant the last two seasons.

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

2021-02-11 15:14:54


Broncos Defense Releases A.J. Bouye

The Denver Broncos released cornerback A.J. Bouye on Thursday. Bouye missed the last four games of the 2020 season due to a six-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. The 29-year-old will be suspended for the first two games of the 2021 season as well. The release frees up $11.7 million against the team's salary cap, and they'll have just under $31 million worth of space overall heading into the offseason. Denver must still decide on whether to pick up the options on linebacker Von Miller and safety Kareem Jackson. The Broncos sent a fourth-round pick to the Jaguars last March to acquire Bouye, but he was inconsistent and also missed four games with a shoulder injury and another game due to a concussion. Bouye finished with just 21 tackles and no interceptions in seven games.

Source: ESPN.com - Jeff Legwold

2021-02-11 14:18:41


D'Andre Swift Could Be Workhorse Back In Detroit

Detroit Lions running back D'Andre Swift, who led the team with 10 touchdowns as a rookie and finished second with 521 rushing yards despite missing three games with migraine headaches, could see his role increase under new offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn and assistant head coach/running backs coach Duce Staley in 2021. Both Lynn and Staley believe Swift can be a "three-down back" capable of handling 20-plus touches per game. Swift had to work alongside Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson last year and didn't become the starter until Week 10, averaging only 13.2 touches per game. If the Lions stay true to their plans for Swift in his sophomore season, he will have a clear path to RB1 production behind a strong offensive line. Swift was also tied for third in Detroit last year with 46 receptions.

Source: Detroit Free Press - Dave Birkett

2021-02-11 14:06:35


Vikings Renegotiate Riley Reiff's Contract

The Minnesota Vikings renegotiated left tackle Riley Reiff's contract and gave him a $1 million signing bonus to make up for the $1 million playing-time incentive that he narrowly missed out on in 2020 after he sat out the regular season finale while on the COVID-19 list, according to a source. It's a nice gesture from Vikings ownership for a player that has been with the team for the last four seasons. A first-round pick (23rd overall) of the Detroit Lions in 2012, the 32-year-old has been extremely durable in his career and has never played fewer than 13 games in a single season. Reiff will continue to protect quarterback Kirk Cousins' blind side in 2021 for an offense that was among the best in the NFL in 2020.

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

2021-02-11 11:28:36


Kyle Allen Should Be Recovered By April

Washington Football Team quarterback Kyle Allen (ankle) continues to make progress in his rehab from a dislocated ankle and is expected to be fully recovered by April. Allen was able to complete 69 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and a 99.3 rating in his four starts last season before his season-ending injury. Washington has exclusive rights to Allen for the 2021 season, so he should be back with the team. With the future of Alex Smith unknown, the 24-year-old Allen could open next season as the team's starter, with Taylor Heinicke backing him up. Washington won't be the most attractive place to search for a QB in fantasy, however, because there will be plenty of competition under center, especially if Smith returns for another season.

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

2021-02-11 11:23:41


Orlando Brown Wants To Be Traded

Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Orlando Brown wants to be traded, according to sources. Brown has made known his desire to only play left tackle. He filled in and shined at the position when he replaced Ronnie Stanley last season and only wants to play for a team that will play him at his preferred spot. Brown was a third-round pick of the Ravens out of Oklahoma in the 2018 draft. The 24-year-old has played in all 16 games in each of his three seasons, and he's started all 16 games each of the last two years. On top of it, he has been a Pro Bowler in 2019 and 2020, so the Ravens would need a big haul in a trade package to make it worthwhile to deal him away. Baltimore's run-first style makes their offensive line, including Brown, extremely valuable.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-02-10 11:19:51


Washington Agrees To Extension With Taylor Heinicke

The Washington Football Team agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension worth $8.75 million for quarterback Taylor Heinicke on Wednesday, according to sources. There are also incentives in the deal based on how many games Heinicke starts. The move gives them some security at the position, but it doesn't mean that Washington won't be in on the quarterback market this offseason with Alex Smith's future still up in the air. The 27-year-old's performance in the wild-card loss to the Buccaneers in the playoffs -- he threw for 328 yards in an impressive performance against the eventual Super Bowl champions -- is what earned him this extension. Heinicke has played in just eight games (one start) in three NFL seasons, though, so he's likely to be the backup in Washington in 2021.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-02-10 11:14:05


Marcus Mariota Receiving Trade Interest

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Marcus Mariota is receiving legitimate trade interest from teams around the league, as is quarterback Derek Carr. The Raiders don't seem to have a ton of interest in trading Carr, but Mariota impressed some teams with a great relief appearance for the Raiders late in the season against the Chargers in a game in which Carr was injured. The former first-round pick is still just 27 years old and went 17-for-28 for 226 yards and a touchdown while also running the ball nine times for 88 yards and a score against the Bolts. He's due a base salary of $10.625 million in 2021. Could Mariota be the next Ryan Tannehill? Only time will tell, but Mariota could be an intriguing late-round QB2 in deeper leagues if he's starting in Las Vegas or elsewhere in 2021.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-02-09 21:46:43


Alex Tanney Hangs Up His Cleats

New York Giants quarterback Alex Tanney, who threw just 15 passes in two games over his nine-year NFL career, is retiring from the NFL on Tuesday. The 33-year-old re-signed on Jan. 4 and had spent most of the last three seasons as a backup to Eli Manning and Daniel Jones. He entered the league as a rookie free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012 and also had short stints with the Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans (twice), Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts before joining the G-Men in 2018. Tanney replaced Manning in 2019 when he made the final start and appearance of his career. He spent all of the 2020 season on New York's practice squad.

Source: Giants.com - Michael Eisen

2021-02-09 16:46:55


Russell Wilson Frustrated With Offensive Line

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson said he's frustrated with the team's offensive line and being hit too much. "I've definitely been hit. I've been sacked almost 400 times. So we've got to get better. I've got to find ways to get better too. I'm frustrated with getting hit too much," Wilson said. He was sacked the third-most times of any qualifying QB last year, being sacked 47 times for a loss of 301 yards. Wilson and the offense struggled late in the year, and he was sacked five times in the wild-card loss to the Rams. Without a first-round pick in 2021, the Seahawks might have to hit the free-agent market to improve their offensive line heading into next season. Despite all the pressure that Wilson has faced, he's remained a high-end QB1 for fantasy managers. If he can get more protection up front, he'll be that much better.

Source: ESPN.com - Brady Henderson

2021-02-09 16:30:30


Vikings Signing Greg Joseph

The Minnesota Vikings are signing former Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Greg Joseph to an undisclosed deal on Tuesday, according to a source. Joseph was on Tampa's practice squad for most of the 2020 season, including the Super Bowl, with the Bucs often blocking other teams from signing him. The 26-year-old kicked in two games for the Tennessee Titans in 2019 and made all nine of his extra points but didn't attempt a single field goal. He was released by Tennessee before the 2020 season when they signed veteran Stephen Gostkowski. Prior to 2019, Joseph made 85 percent of his 20 field-goal attempts with Cleveland in 2018. He's being brought in to compete with Dan Bailey, who made just 15 of his 22 field-goal tries (career-low 68.2 percent) last year.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-02-09 14:53:51


Russell Wilson Wants To Be Involved In Personnel Decisions

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson said he wants to have a more prominent voice in the team's day-to-day operations in regards to personnel decisions. "I want to be involved," Wilson said. "At the end of the day, it's your legacy, your team's legacy. It helps to be involved more. That dialogue should happen more often." Wilson used Tom Brady's situation in Tampa and how the team added players that he trusted as an example. The star quarterback has asked before to be more involved in the hiring process of offensive coaches, so this isn't exactly new for Wilson. He also petitioned for Seattle to add receiver Antonio Brown before the Bucs signed him for the 2020 season. It remains to be seen if Wilson will get his wish, but he remains a high-end QB1 for fantasy managers despite the offense falling off late last season after a scorching-hot start.

Source: Dan Patrick Show - Andrew Perloff

2021-02-09 11:51:07


Patrick Mahomes To Have Surgery Wednesday

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (toe) will have surgery on Wednesday to fix a torn plantar plate in his foot, which is also known as turf toe, according to a source. The rehab will be for several months, but Mahomes is expected to make a full recovery. Noted foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson will perform the surgery. While Mahomes played through the injury in the playoffs, it was a significant ailment and it was clear that he was not 100 percent when he tried to tuck the ball and run. The 25-year-old former MVP will be fully ready for training camp and the 2021 season. His battered offensive line didn't give him much of a chance in the Super Bowl loss to the Buccaneers, but Mahomes will be motivated to put that performance past him next season. Mahomes is still the best quarterback in the NFL from a pure athleticism standpoint and should be the first signal-caller selected in fantasy drafts this fall.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-02-09 11:32:56


Packers Name Joe Barry As Defensive Coordinator

The Green Bay Packers named Joe Barry as their new defensive coordinator on Monday and promoted Maurice Drayton to special teams coordinator. Barry has been an NFL assistant for 19 seasons and served as the assistant head coach/linebackers coach for the Los Angeles Rams from 2017-20. The Rams ranked second in the league in that span in sacks (192), tied for second in takeaways (104) and interceptions (63), seventh in overall defense (329.9 yards per game) and ninth in scoring defense (21.5 points per game). LA led the league in scoring defense and overall defense last year, so the Packers should be in capable hands. Green Bay was tied for 10th in sacks (41), tied for 21st in fumble recoveries (seven), tied for 17th in interceptions (11), eighth in passing yards (237.1 yards per game) and 14th in rushing yards (112.9 yards per game).

Source: Packers.com

2021-02-08 23:43:27


Richard Sherman Wants To Play Two More Years

San Francisco 49ers impending unrestricted free-agent cornerback Richard Sherman, who will turn 33 years old in March, said he wants to follow through with his original plan of playing in the NFL until he's 35. Sherman earned his fifth Pro Bowl selection and made the second-team All-Pro squad in 2019 with San Fran, but he appeared in just five games due to a calf injury in 2020. The veteran doesn't expect to re-sign with the 49ers, though, given their many free agents and lack of salary cap space. Sherman mentioned the Las Vegas Raiders as a potential designation, with new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley working with Sherman in Seattle in 2011-12. The 32-year-old can bring a veteran presence to any secondary and can still be successful when healthy, but he's past his days of being one of the best lockdown corners in the league.

Source: ESPN.com - Nick Wagoner

2021-02-08 23:32:31


Carson Wentz Trade Isn't Imminent

It was reported over the weekend that a trade of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was coming in the next few days, with the Chicago Bears one of the most aggressive teams. The Indianapolis Colts are also believed to be interested. However, nothing is imminent as of Monday and the Eagles are waiting for a deal that they believe is worth it. One possibility, although unlikely, is that they do not receive an offer to their liking and keep Wentz for the 2021 season. The expectation is that he'll be traded and that Jalen Hurts will begin next year as the Eagles starting signal-caller. The 28-year-old had the worst season of his career in 2020 and was benched in favor of the rookie Hurts down the stretch. While he's still on the right side of 30 and is athletic enough to be a starter in the NFL, Wentz has some work to do to get back in the good graces of fantasy managers. Perhaps a change of scenery will be the spark that he needs.

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

2021-02-08 16:21:30


Vikings Promote Klint Kubiak To Offensive Coordinator

The Minnesota Vikings are promoting Klint Kubiak to offensive coordinator on Monday, according to sources. Head coach Mike Zimmer wanted to keep the Kubiak offense in place after Klint's father, Gary, retired following the 2020 season as the offensive coordinator. The 33-year-old will take over for his father after coaching the team's quarterbacks for the last two years. Andrew Janocko, who coaches wideouts last season, is expected to become the quarterbacks coach, while Keenan McCardell, who coached receivers in Jacksonville from 2017-20, will hold the same position with Minnesota. Zimmer thought the team's offense was the most explosive one he's had in his seven seasons with the team, which makes sense why he'd want to keep a similar identity under the Kubiak name. The Vikings finished fourth in total offense and 11th in scoring in 2020.

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

2021-02-08 14:18:53


Seahawks Not Interested In Trading Russell Wilson

A couple of teams have called the Seattle Seahawks to inquire about quarterback Russell Wilson's availability, but there's no chance that the Seahawks will deal their star quarterback. Wilson and the Seattle offense stalled in the second half of the 2020 season after a scorching-hot start in which Wilson was the MVP front-runner. The 32-year-old also struggled in the wild-card loss to the division-rival Rams in the playoffs, completing just 40.7 percent of his passes against the No. 1 defense in the league. The seven-time Pro Bowler finished the regular season with 4,212 yards, a career-high 68.8 completion percentage, a career-high 40 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He also added 513 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground. While Wilson and the offense struggled to finish the season, they're expected to be more balanced and possibly even more explosive in 2021. He'll remain a high-end QB1.

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo, Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport

2021-02-08 14:12:17


Raiders Considering Trading Derek Carr?

Teams have been calling the Las Vegas Raiders to gauge interest in trading for quarterback Derek Carr, and the Raiders appear open to considering it in some form or fashion, at least right now and as long as they can replace him with someone on the same level. Teams think that the Raiders are open to dealing either Carr or Marcus Mariota. They guaranteed backup Nathan Peterman $1 million in 2021, which could be a sign they'll part with a QB. Carr threw for a career-high 4,103 yards with 27 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 2020 and was Pro Football Focus' ninth highest-rated signal-caller. The 29-year-old had a solid season for Las Vegas, but he still wasn't much more than a midrange QB2 with occasional streaming appeal in the right matchups. The Raiders have some young and exciting pieces around Carr, but a change of scenery might be in store for him.

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo, Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport

2021-02-08 14:04:48


Chris Godwin Expected To Return To Bucs

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers don't want impending free-agent wide receiver Chris Godwin going anywhere. The Buccaneers are expected to work on a long-term deal with Godwin, and the franchise tag is available as well. Godwin was quiet in the 31-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV with just two catches for nine yards, but he had 65 receptions for 840 yards and seven touchdowns during the regular season in just 12 games in 2021. With future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady returning for another season, Godwin should continue to have WR2 upside for fantasy managers if he returns either on a long-term extension or the franchise tag. In 14 games without Brady in 2019, Godwin had a career-high 86 catches for 1,333 yards and nine visits to the end zone.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-02-08 13:54:31


Eric Bienemy Expected To Reach New Deal With Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs and offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy are expected to reach a new agreement in the coming weeks after Bienemy didn't land any of the open head-coaching positions around the league. There was outside interest in Bienemy as an offensive coordinator, but those who were exploring that possibility became aware that he would only leave KC for a head-coaching job. Bienemy wants to become a head coach, and sources close to him have wondered if he will look to the college ranks for that opportunity rather than wait for an NFL job. However, it looks like he'll sign a deal that will keep him as the offensive coordinator for one more season before he waits for the next head-coaching cycle. The Chiefs offense was stifled by a strong Buccaneers pass rush in Super Bowl LV, but we have a feeling they'll be one of the best offenses in the league again in 2021.

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

2021-02-08 13:38:21


Cowboys Pushing For Dak Prescott Contract Extension

The Dallas Cowboys will make a push to sign quarterback Dak Prescott (ankle) to a long-term contract before the March 9 deadline for applying the franchise tag, according to sources. It's a sign that the Cowboys are confident in Prescott's recovery from multiple surgeries on his fractured ankle. If an extension isn't worked out, Dallas would use the franchise tag on Prescott for a second time at a cost of around $37.7 million to keep him from hitting free agency. Prescott underwent a second surgery in early December to strengthen his deltoid ligament, clean out the ankle and make it structurally sound around two months after his initial procedure. It should accelerate his overall recovery, and he's now walking without issues, doing weight-bearing exercises and is expected to be ready before the 2021 season begins. The Cowboys are expected to offer him a nine-figure contract that would put him among the league's highest-paid players. Despite his season-ending injury last year, Prescott should remain a high-upside QB1 for Dallas in 2021.

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport

2021-02-08 13:28:30


Rob Gronkowski Mulling His Future

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski said he will take a few weeks to decide on his future, but if he does return for another season, it will be with the Buccaneers. Gronk was quarterback Tom Brady's favorite weapon in the 31-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV, as he caught six of his seven targets for 67 yards and two touchdowns in the big game. Brady said he will be returning for the final year of his two-year contract, so that alone may be the deciding factor for the 31-year-old to return for another season. Gronkowski will be a free agent this March, but it shouldn't take much for the two sides to work something out if he wants another crack at a ring in 2021. Gronk had 45 catches for 623 yards and seven touchdowns during the regular season and would enter next season as a low-end TE1 if he pairs up with Brady yet again.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-02-08 13:19:56


Buccaneers Defense Dominates In Super Bowl Win

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense put together a dominant performance in their Super Bowl victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Tampa Bay recorded three sacks and two interceptions, allowing just nine points to perhaps the league's best offense. The unit pressured Patrick Mahomes countless times and hit him eight times, as they made the star signal-caller uncomfortable throughout. Shaquil Barrett registered four quarterback hits and a sack. Linebacker Devin White led the way with 12 tackles and an interception, capping off an excellent sophomore campaign. This should be a top unit to roster in fantasy drafts next year.

Source: ESPN

2021-02-07 23:49:14


Rob Gronkowski Catches Two Touchdowns In Super Bowl Win

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski caught six of a team-high seven targets in a 31-9 win over the Chiefs. Gronkowski was quiet as a pass-catcher for the playoffs before this but rose to the occasion, hauling in two red-zone scores from Tom Brady. The 31-year-old caught 45 passes for 623 yards and seven touchdowns, finishing as a top-10 tight end even after taking an entire year off. Gronkowski wants to be back in Tampa next year- it's safe to assume Brady wants him back- and will probably be on the low-end TE1 radar, even with a healthy O.J. Howard presumably returning to the lineup.

Source: ESPN

2021-02-07 23:40:23


Antonio Brown Catches Touchdown In Super Bowl Victory

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown hauled in five of six targets for 22 yards and a score in a 31-9 Super Bowl victory over the Chiefs. Brown played much better in his second Super Bowl appearance, as he found the end zone in the first half to extend Tampa Bay's lead. The veteran wideout signed a one-year deal to rejoin forces with Tom Brady this year- and you have to think he'll be back next year, especially if the Buccaneers are unable to retain Chris Godwin. Brown's days as an elite WR1 are probably over, but he could certainly still have solid fantasy value with Tom Brady throwing him passes.

Source: ESPN

2021-02-07 23:32:19


Chris Godwin Held To Nine Receiving Yards

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin caught just two passes for nine yards in a 31-9 win over Kansas City. Godwin had been on a roll coming into the game, though part of the reason for his ineffectiveness was the game script, as Tampa Bay was virtually in the lead the whole game. The star receiver missed four games with various injuries, though he still managed an 800-yard, seven-touchdown season. Godwin will be a free agent as he heads into his age-25 season- and while Tampa Bay intends to keep him, it may not be financially possible. Depending on where he ends up, Godwin should be valued no lower than a high-end WR2 for 2021 fantasy drafts, as he's just a season removed from an 86-1333-9 stat-line.

Source: ESPN

2021-02-07 23:18:53


Mike Evans Records Just One Catch

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans caught just one pass for 31 yards in Super Bowl win over the Chiefs. Evans was quiet in this one, though he wasn't really needed, considering his team was in front the whole game. The 27-year-old enjoyed another good season, despite sharing the field with Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown, as he exceeded 1000 yards receiving for the seventh straight time. He was also a red-zone beast, setting a career-high in touchdowns with 13. Evans may have been a bit touchdown-dependent at times, but he hovered around fringe WR1 value all year long- and should be valued as such in drafts next season, as he's been remarkably consistent from year-to-year.

Source: ESPN

2021-02-07 23:08:46


Ronald Jones II Rushes For 61 Yards In Super Bowl Win

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II carried the ball 12 times for 61 rushing yards in a 31-9 win over Kansas City. Jones looked good from the minute he touched the ball- his first carry went for 13 yards- though he took a backseat to Leonard Fournette. Injuries hampered him in the playoffs, but this was the best season of his young career, as he set new highs in carries, rushing yards, and rushing touchdowns. Jones will be just 24 next season as he enters the last year of his rookie contract with a chance to be "the guy" in Tampa Bay, especially if the team parts ways with Fournette.

Source: ESPN

2021-02-07 22:59:50


Leonard Fournette Totals 135 Yards And A Score

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette handled 20 total touches, turning them into 135 scrimmage yards and a score en route to a 31-9 win over the Chiefs. Fournette was the complete package for Tampa Bay in the Super Bowl, as he was breaking tackles and finding the holes as a runner, and catching passes out of the backfield. The Super Bowl performance capped off a great postseason for the 26-year-old- he exceeded 100 scrimmage yards in three of the four games- and scored in all four. Fournette went from being waived by the Jaguars to being a key contributor for a championship-winning team. That will be quite the feather in his cap when he becomes a free agent this offseason, though he's no sure thing to return in Tampa Bay.

Source: ESPN

2021-02-07 22:53:08


Tom Brady Tosses Three Touchdowns, Wins Seventh Super Bowl

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady completed 21 of 29 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns in the Super Bowl victory over Kansas City. Brady had plenty of time behind his offensive line and proceeded to pick apart the Chiefs Defense, finding old friend Rob Gronkowski for two scores and new friend Antonio Brown for the other. The win gives Brady his seventh Super Bowl title- and fifth Super Bowl MVP- as he showed few signs of slowing down after a 4,633-yard, 40 touchdown performance in the regular season. With a year left on his deal, the 43-year-old should continue to be a great performer in fantasy football, especially if the Buccaneers can keep the star-studded offense relatively intact this offseason.

Source: ESPN

2021-02-07 22:36:47


Clyde Edwards-Helaire Picks Up 64 Yards In Super Bowl 55 Loss

Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed the ball nine times for 64 yards versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl 55. He also caught both of his targets for 23 yards. The rookie had a strong start to the second half with a 26 yard run, but the Chiefs trailed the entire game and that limited his usage on the evening. Edwards-Helaire had an up and down rookie campaign, but is projected to enter next season as the teams top option out of the backfield. He will have RB2 value heading into next years draft.

Source: NFL.com

2021-02-07 22:24:15


Tyreek Hill Hauls In Seven Balls In Super Bowl 55

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill caught seven balls for 73 yards on 10 targets versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the teams Super Bowl 55 loss. Hill also rushed the ball one time for five yards. Hill put together a nice performance, but it wasn't enough to beat a strong Bucs defense. The Cheetah put together his best season of his career and will enter next year as a WR1 for fantasy managers. Hill will be one of the safer options with Patrick Mahomes throwing him the ball and being part of an explosive offense that features him alongside tight end Travis Kelce.

Source: NFL.com

2021-02-07 22:23:34


Travis Kelce Has A Strong Performance In Super Bowl 55

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce continued his record setting year with another dominant performance in the teams Super Bowl 55 loss versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Kelce caught 10-of-14 targets for 133 yards and now has the most receptions and yards in postseason history for a tight end. The leagues top tight end did his part on Sunday, but it wasn't enough to help the Chiefs win their second consecutive Super Bowl. Kelce broke numerous records this season and will enter next year as one of the top offensive players for fantasy managers.

Source: NFL.com

2021-02-07 22:21:11


Patrick Mahomes Fails To Throw A Touchdown In Super Bowl 55

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes struggled mightily in the teams Super Bowl 55 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Mahomes failed to throw a touchdown on the evening for the first time in his career and it was also the first time in his career that he lost to an opposing team by double digit points. Mahomes was only 20-for-40 for 212 yards and two interceptions. He also rushed the ball five times for 33 yards. Mahomes was chased all night by a tough Bucs defense and playing behind a banged upoffensive line didn't help the former MVP. Mahomes may have had a dismal night, but he remains one of the best at his position and will be one of the top options for fantasy managers heading into next year.

Source: NFL.com

2021-02-07 22:20:01


Jameis Winston Leader To Be Next Saints Quarterback

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network is reporting that quarterback Jameis Winston is the early leader to take the reins from Drew Brees and become the New Orleans Saints starter in 2021. Winston threw just 12 attempts this season and backed up Brees and Taysom Hill, but Winston has a much better arm than Hill and seems to be the better long-term fit. The former No. 1 overall pick does have a turnover problem, but maybe head coach Sean Payton can scheme that out of him. Winston would be a very appealing fantasy sleeper pick if he does earn this job.

Source: Ian Rapoport

2021-02-07 11:00:46


Cowboys Will Sign Or Tag Dak Prescott

The Dallas Cowboys intend to do one of two things with quarterback Dak Prescott: sign him to a long-term deal or franchise tag him. Prescott missed most of the 2020 season with an ankle injury but looked like an elite quarterback before the injury. Dallas can't afford to let him go, and it appears they're set to do what they can to ensure that he's at least a Cowboy for one more season. Prescott comes with injury concerns but is a top-five fantasy quarterback for 2021.

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

2021-02-07 10:57:01


Texans Standing Firm On Not Moving Deshaun Watson

The Houston Texans are reportedly standing firm in their goal to not trade quarterback Deshaun Watson, with the hopes that he'll play for the team in 2021. But considering Watson still hasn't spoken with head coach David Culley, things are still not looking great. Adding to the issues is that the quarterback trade market appears to be heating up, and if the Texans want to get the most value they can for Watson, they'd ideally need to get on the phone and get a trade done in the next few weeks. If they miss out on that window and Watson still won't report to the team once we get close to the season, this issue will be even bigger.

Source: Ian Rapoport

2021-02-07 10:54:24


Teams Inquiring About Sam Darnold Trade

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold could be on the move, with multiple teams reaching out about trading for the former No. 3 overall pick. The Jets pick second in this year's draft, which would give them their pick of two sought-after QB prospects in Ohio State's Justin Fields and BYU's Zach Wilson. There's also rumors swirling about a Deshaun Watson trade. All that has teams circling on Darnold, though there's no guarantee that the Jets end up moving him. In 12 games this season, Darnold averaged just 184 passing yards per game and completed under 60 percent of his passes.

Source: Adam Schefter

2021-02-07 10:50:39


49ers Will Tender Offer To Josh Rosen

The San Francisco 49ers will tender an offer to quarterback Josh Rosen, who they picked up late in the 2020 season off the Tampa Bay practice squad. The 10th-overall pick in 2018, Rosen's now on his fourth team in three seasons and isn't a lock to even make the final roster in San Fran next season, much less to challenge for actual playing time. Whatever promise Rosen offered when he was drafted is essentially gone now and if he can't make the final 53-man roster next season, it'll be time to drop him in even the deepest dynasty leagues.

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

2021-02-07 10:47:19


Patrick Mahomes Expected To Have Offseason Toe Surgery

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is expected to have offseason surgery on his foot to help repair the turf toe injury he suffered against the Browns. Mahomes is a full-go for Sunday's Super Bowl and showed in the AFC Championship Game that the injury isn't going to keep him from posting huge numbers, but it's something to be aware of heading into the game.

Source: Ian Rapoport

2021-02-07 10:43:06


Sammy Watkins Expected To Play Super Bowl

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins (calf) is expected to play Sunday in the Super Bowl against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It'll be his first appearance since the regular season. The Chiefs have some elite top-end weapons for quarterback Patrick Mahomes, but beyond that, they've struggled to figure out just who the No. 2 receiver is. With Watkins out for so long, it's likely he'll be behind Mecole Hardman in the pecking order, so don't invest too heavily in Watkins in DFS, though there is some potential value there.

Source: Adam Schefter

2021-02-07 10:40:33


Antonio Brown, Cameron Brate Expected To Be Active

Both Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (knee) and tight end Cameron Brate (back) are expected to play in Sunday's Super Bowl against the Kansas City Chiefs. Neither are guaranteed to have major roles in this game on a crowded Bucs offense, but Brown in particular has some DFS appeal as a cheaper pivot off of one of the team's higher-priced wideouts. If Brown's knee issue really has cleared up, we should see the freshest version of the veteran wideout that we've seen lately.

Source: Adam Schefter

2021-02-07 10:37:40


David Njoku Has No Comment About Future With Browns

Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku declined to comment on his future with the team when he made an appearance on the Jim Rome show on Friday. When asked if he wants to be back with the Browns, Njoku stated, "I'm not going to answer that right now. I have no comment towards that at this moment." Njoku requested a trade out of Cleveland a few times last season after the team signed free-agent Austin Hooper and drafted Harrison Bryant in the previous offseason. After finishing the season with a solid performance against the Kansas City Chiefs in the playoffs, he is heading into the final year of his contract and is due $6.013 million in 2021. That sum doesn't fully guarantee until March 17. It isn't out of the question that Njoku is in a different uniform by the time training camp opens in the summer.

Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer

2021-02-06 12:43:23


Daniel Kilgore Cleared For Super Bowl LV

Kansas City Chiefs center Daniel Kilgore has been cleared to play in Super Bowl LV against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, according to a source. Kilgore spent the week on the league's Reserve/COVID-19 list because of a high-risk close contact with the team's barber. He tested negative all week and is now good to go for the big game. Wide receiver Demarcus Robinson, who was also a high-risk close contact, was cleared on Friday. While Kilgore has been more of a backup offensive lineman for the Chiefs, his availability is great news for a Kansas City offensive line that will be without left tackle Eric Fisher (Achilles) against Tampa. Still, the Chiefs beat up O-line will be tested against a strong Buccaneers defensive front led by pass-rushers Jason Pierre-Paul and Shaquil Barrett.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-02-06 12:21:43


Saints Renegotiate Drew Brees' 2021 Salary

The New Orleans Saints renegotiated quarterback Drew Brees' contract to free up nearly $24 million in salary cap space for the 2021 season, according to a league source. Brees is dropping his salary to the minimum, which is another big hint that he's leaning toward retirement after his season ended with a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Head coach Sean Payton said he expects an official announcement from the 42-year-old future Hall of Famer in the next week or two. Brees missed time with broken ribs and a punctured lung in 2020 and also dealt with other nagging injuries throughout the season. It's been widely expected that he will hang up his cleats. New Orleans wants to re-sign Jameis Winston to potentially take over for Brees under center in 2021, but Taysom Hill is also in the fold.

Source: Overthecap.com

2021-02-05 22:14:55


Trevor Lawrence To Undergo Shoulder Surgery

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (shoulder), the projected No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft, will throw for NFL teams on Feb. 12 instead of taking part in his school's pro day next month. After Feb. 12, he will undergo surgery to fix the labrum in his left (non-throwing shoulder). Doctors are confident that Lawrence will be recovered in time for training camps in July. It's something to keep an eye on as we approach the NFL offseason and the NFL draft. It's widely expected that the Jacksonville Jaguars will use the No. 1 overall pick on Lawrence and make him their franchise QB. With great size, mobility and a cannon for an arm, the Clemson product will be the top dynasty/keeper selection this year and should be considered a QB2 with upside in his rookie year, as he'll be expected to start right away.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-02-05 16:17:53


Buccaneers Defense At Full Strength For Super Bowl

Tampa Bay Buccaneers safeties Jordan Whitehead (shoulder) and Antoine Winfield Jr. (ankle) and linebacker Lavonte David (hamstring) have been removed from the final injury report for Super Bowl LV and will be active on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Winfield missed the NFC Championship game but will be back against Kansas City. Having both Winfield and Whitehead is excellent news as the Bucs defense tries to figure out a plan to slow down Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. The 22-year-old rookie has been impressive in 2020 and has shown excellent playmaking skills. David, arguably one of the best all-around linebackers in the game, was never really in danger of missing the Super Bowl while dealing with a minor injury. Tampa's nasty defensive line must keep Mahomes in the pocket and make him uncomfortable to have a shot at winning this game.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-02-05 14:02:37


Antonio Brown, Cameron Brate Questionable For Big Game

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (knee) and tight end Cameron Brate (back) are both officially questionable for Super Bowl LV against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Brown returned to a full practice on Thursday after missing the NFC Championship and being ruled doubtful for the Super Bowl just a week ago. Brate was pulled from practice on Thursday out of an abundance of caution, so both players should be able to play on Sunday. Brown caught just one pass for 10 yards in the Divisional Round win over the Saints but had a touchdown in the wild-card round. Both he and Brate will be touchdown-dependent fantasy sleepers for Super Bowl LV. Brate has been behind Rob Gronkowski all season long, but he did find the end zone against the Packers in the NFC Championship.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-02-05 13:57:33


Sammy Watkins Questionable For Super Bowl LV

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins (calf) had a full practice on Friday but is listed as questionable for Super Bowl LV against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Watkins is optimistic about playing in the big game despite not having played since tweaking his calf in Week 16. The 27-year-old had just 37 receptions on 55 targets for 421 yards and a career-low two touchdowns in 10 games during the regular season. Watkins had a big role in KC's Super Bowl run a year ago in the postseason, but the Super Bowl this year will be his first postseason game this season if he's active. With Demarcus Robinson also cleared of COVID-19 protocols, it's hard to imagine Watkins being a big producer against Tampa on Sunday.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-02-05 13:52:30


Jason Garrett Expected To Return As Offensive Coordinator

New York Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett is expected to return for the 2021 season after the team finished 31st in total offense and points scored in 2020, according to a source. However, there will be potential internal alterations when it comes to the responsibilities of those on staff. Quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski, wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert and tight ends coach Freddie Kitchens could have increased responsibility. The Giants are also looking for a new offensive line coach. The belief is that stability for quarterback Daniel Jones -- he's had two offensive coordinators in his two seasons -- and the offense could be valuable. The 54-year-old Garrett must show improvement in Year 2 and will need to gel better with head coach Joe Judge to keep his job past 2021. Getting running back Saquon Barkley (knee) back healthy will be a huge boost.

Source: ESPN New York - Jordan Raanan

2021-02-05 12:17:29


Vikings Confident In Kirk Cousins

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said the team remains confident in quarterback Kirk Cousins after signing him to a two-year contract extension just last season. "Kirk's our guy," Zimmer said. "You know, he had a terrific year this year. We were fourth in the league on offense." Cousins actually had one of his best seasons in 2020, finishing with career-highs in passing touchdowns (35) and total touchdowns (36) while throwing for over 4,000 yards for the fifth time in his career on 516 attempts (67.6 completion percentage). With one of the best running backs in the league in Dalvin Cook, rising young receiver Justin Jefferson and wideout Adam Thielen in the fold, Cousins has plenty of weapons around him to allow him to remain productive in 2021. While the 32-year-old isn't the sexiest fantasy pick, he should at least carry low-end QB1 value into fantasy drafts this fall.

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

2021-02-05 12:08:28


Tyreek Hill The Most Explosive Player In Football

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill creates big plays with rare athletic traits in the NFL, which has allowed him to transform KC's offense to a historic level. The first-team All-Pro receiver is the most explosive offensive player in the NFL because he gets elite burst off the line of scrimmage, has a second gear to separate from defensive backs and has top-end speed. Hill is the only player in football who can consistently go from 0 to 10 mph in less than one second, earning him the nickname Cheetah. He averages a top speed of 15.70 mph on crossing routes, the best figure among the 64 players with the most crossing routes. The 26-year-old reached a maximum speed of more than 20 mph on a league-high 11 offensive touches and 22 routes run during the regular season. Hill torched the Buccaneers secondary for over 200 yards in the first 15 minutes of their Week 12 meeting. While it's unlikely that he'll do that again this Sunday, it's clear why Hill is the most expensive and most coveted fantasy wideout for Super Bowl LV.

Source: Next Gen Stats - Keegan Abdoo and Mike Band

2021-02-05 11:58:51


Demarcus Robinson Cleared To Practice Friday

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson, who was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday because of a close contact with a barber who tested positive for the virus, has been cleared to practice on Friday, according to a source. Robinson has tested negative for COVID-19 every day this week and is now eligible to play in Super Bowl LV against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. The 26-year-old didn't have a single target in the win over the Bills in the AFC Championship, and he caught just one pass for 14 yards in the Divisional Round win over the Browns. Robinson had 45 receptions for 466 yards and three touchdowns in 16 regular season games, but he's just a deep DFS sleeper for the Super Bowl. He's also more unattractive with Sammy Watkins (calf) likely to make his first postseason appearance this season.

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

2021-02-05 11:47:29


Cameron Brate Plans To Play In Super Bowl

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate (back) was pulled from practice on Thursday out of an abundance of caution, according to a source. As of now, Brate plans on playing in Super Bowl LV against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Mid-week additions to the injury report are usually never a good sign, but it sounds as though the Bucs were just being extremely cautious with the 29-year-old ahead of this Sunday's big game. Brate took a back seat to Rob Gronkowski during the 2020 season, but he continues to chip in here and there with big catches and has 11 catches for 149 yards and a touchdown in three postseason games this year. He should be active against Kansas City but will be just a deep DFS sleeper if he can find the end zone this Sunday.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-02-04 21:26:17


Rob Gronkowski Has Some DFS Appeal In The Super Bowl

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski has nearly been an every-down player for his team during their playoff run. Unfortunately, Gronkowski's production hasn't matched his playing time, as he's only compiled two catches for 43 scoreless yards in the Buccaneers' three playoff victories. However, Tampa Bay may need more from the veteran tight end as a pass-catcher on Sunday, particularly if Cameron Brate (back), who popped up on Thursday's injury report, is limited or unable to go. Gronkowski had a 100-yard game in the regular-season meeting against the Chiefs and is no stranger to the Super Bowl. Fire him up as a solid, cost-effective option to Travis Kelce.

Source: ESPN

2021-02-04 19:08:06


Chris Godwin A Safe Option Against Chiefs

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin has been the apple of Tom Brady's eye down the stretch and in the playoffs. Godwin has seen at least seven targets in each of his last five games, exceeding 79 receiving yards in four of them. That's the type of volume fantasy managers can depend on when they're trying to build lineups- and Godwin could potentially see even more usage in the Super Bowl with Antonio Brown (knee) banged up. Those who opt to play Godwin will have to pay a fairly hefty price, but he'll be well worth it as the safest option of the Bucs' trio of star wideouts, even against an underrated Chiefs' secondary.

Source: ESPN

2021-02-04 18:51:24


Mike Evans A Solid Start On Super Bowl Sunday

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans has caught a touchdown in each of his last two games heading into the Super Bowl against Kansas City. Evans has also seen at least eight targets in two of his last three contests, so Tom Brady has certainly been looking his way more than any other pass-catcher not named Chris Godwin. With Antonio Brown (knee) banged up, Evans could be relied upon heavily once again. In a game that could turn into a back-and-forth affair, Evans' red zone prowess makes him an appealing DFS option in the big game.

Source: ESPN

2021-02-04 18:29:54


Ronald Jones II A Great Play Against Kansas City

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II gets a favorable matchup against the Chiefs' run defense in the Super Bowl. Jones was dealing with a quad injury for a couple of weeks but has had extended time to rest the ailment, meaning he should be at full strength for the big game. The 23-year-old had four 100-yard games in the regular season and finished the year with three scores in his final three games, things that aren't being baked into his DFS price ahead of the Super Bowl. While Fournette will likely operate as the "1" in the 1-2 punch with Jones, the latter's attractive DFS price and upside make him a great DFS play against the Chiefs and their 21st-ranked run defense.

Source: ESPN

2021-02-04 18:16:24


Leonard Fournette An RB2-Type Option For The Super Bowl

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette had a quiet season for his team but has been rolling in the playoffs. Fournette has handled at least 17 touches in each of the Buccaneers' three playoff games and has exceeded 100 scrimmage yards in two of those contests. He's also found the end zone six times in as many games. Fournette has actually seen fewer touches since Ronald Jones II returned to the lineup- the latter is more cost-effective for building lineups around. Still, Tampa Bay will want to establish the ground game against the Chiefs' run defense- which ranked 21st during the regular season- and we could see a 1-2 punch of Fournette and Jones, with Fournette likely seeing a slight carry edge. He'll be the more expensive back for DFS, but Fournette is playing good football right now and should be able to deliver for fantasy managers.

Source: ESPN

2021-02-04 17:41:59


Tom Brady A Good Option Against Chiefs

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady will suit up in his 10th Super Bowl on Sunday against the Chiefs. Brady owns 18 career touchdowns against six interceptions in the big game and has thrown for at least 250 yards and two scores in four of his last five Super Bowls. While Tampa Bay likely doesn't want to get into a back-and-forth affair with the Kansas City offense, it may be unavoidable, given that the latter unit has scored 30-plus points in all but one of their seven playoff games with Patrick Mahomes under center. Brady likely won't outproduce Mahomes, but he's playing well enough right now to be a solid option worth building lineups around.

Source: ESPN

2021-02-04 17:20:13


Raiders Bring Nathan Peterman Back

The Las Vegas Raiders re-signed quarterback Nathan Peterman to a one-year contract extension on Thursday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Peterman will stick around as a developmental signal-caller for the Raiders behind Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota in 2021. The 26-year-old was selected in the fifth round (171st overall) by the Buffalo Bills back in 2017. He played in eight games (four starts) for Buffalo in 2017-18 and had 548 yards on 68-for-130 passing with three touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Peterman got into only one game for Las Vegas last season and completed three of his five attempts for 25 yards. He will strictly be quarterback depth for the Raiders next season.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-02-04 17:09:31


Cameron Brate Lands On Injury Report Thursday

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate (back) landed on the injury report on Thursday after being a limited participant in practice due to a back injury. Mid-week injuries are usually never promising, but the fact that Brate was able to practice at all might mean that he will still be able to play in Super Bowl LV against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. The 29-year-old's practice status on Friday will give us a better read. Brate has been overshadowed by Rob Gronkowski in Tampa, but he's been crucial in the postseason, catching 11 of his 16 targets for 149 yards and a touchdown in three playoff games this year. Gronkowski will be more attractive against Kansas City in the big game as a touchdown-dependent tight end if Brate is forced to sit or has his snaps limited.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-02-04 16:19:02


Antonio Brown Does More In Practice

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said that wide receiver Antonio Brown (knee) and safeties Jordan Whitehead (shoulder) and Antoine Winfield Jr. (ankle) took part in practice on Thursday and "ran around pretty good." Brown and Whitehead were listed as doubtful for the Super Bowl on last week's injury report, but they have made progress this week and could suit up on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Winfield was limited after missing the NFC Championship. The Bucs secondary will need both players if they hope to slow down KC's high-octane offense. Tampa will monitor the swelling in Brown's knee as we head into Friday. The veteran wideout missed the NFC Championship but has 59 yards and a touchdown in two postseason games, albeit on just three receptions. Brown will be a shaky boom/bust fantasy wideout in Super Bowl LV.

Source: NFL.com

2021-02-04 15:23:51


Demarcus Robinson, Daniel Kilgore Have Tested Negative

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson and center Daniel Kilgore have tested negative for COVID-19 every day since they were deemed high-risk close contacts after their barber tested positive for the virus, according to sources. As long as both players continue to test negative, Robinson can rejoin the team on Friday and Kilgore on Saturday before Super Bowl LV against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Robinson was KC's third leading receiver during the regular season, while Kilgore has been a spot starter amid injuries to the team's offensive line. Robinson will be a boom/bust DFS play in the big game if he's active, and his presence would be bad news for those hoping that Sammy Watkins (calf) will return and make a surprise impact in his first postseason game this season.

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

2021-02-04 13:34:15


Cardinals Signing Cole McDonald

The Arizona Cardinals are signing former Tennessee Titans seventh-round quarterback Cole McDonald on Thursday, according to a source. McDonald will give the Cardinals more depth at the QB position. The 22-year-old was a two-year starter at Hawaii and racked up 7,454 passing yards and 65 touchdowns in college. He also ran for 901 yards and 11 touchdowns at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds. The Cardinals currently have Chris Streveler and Brett Hundley behind starter Kyler Murray at the position. McDonald has yet to play a down in a regular season NFL game and he'll be purely depth for the Cardinals under center.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-02-04 12:30:12


Teams Calling About Carson Wentz Trade

Teams have started calling the Philadelphia Eagles about a potential trade for quarterback Carson Wentz, according to sources. However, the Eagles are in no rush to trade Wentz and currently intend for him to return in 2021 under new head coach Nick Sirianni. But they have fielded calls and general manager Howie Roseman will always listen. It's unclear what the asking price for Wentz might be after Detroit just acquired two first-round picks, a third-rounder and Jared Goff for Matthew Stafford. The Colts will always be linked to Wentz because of their need for a QB and his familiarity with head coach Frank Reich. Trading Wentz before his $10 million roster bonus is due on March 19 would give Philly a more manageable dead-money charge of $33.8 million for 2021. Wentz has not formally requested a trade, but his relationship with the team is strained after he was benched in favor of rookie Jalen Hurts last season.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo

2021-02-04 11:14:10


Antonio Brown Expected To Be Limited Wednesday

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (knee) is expected to be limited in practice on Wednesday, according to a source. Brown didn't practice at all last week and was listed as doubtful for Super Bowl LV against the Kansas City Chiefs last Friday, but he's slowly making progress and could still play in the big game this Sunday. The 32-year-old injured his knee in the Divisional Round win against the Saints and was inactive against the Packers in the NFC Championship. Brown has just three receptions this postseason, but he has gained 59 yards and scored a touchdown on those three grabs and has found the end zone five times in his last six games played. Still, he'll be a risky DFC choice in the Super Bowl against an underrated Chiefs pass defense this weekend if he's active.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-02-03 12:59:09


Sammy Watkins, Le'Veon Bell Expected To Practice

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins (calf) and running back Le'Veon Bell (knee) are both expected to practice on Wednesday. Defensive backs Rashad Fenton (foot) and L'Jarius Sneed (concussion), who were listed as questionable last week, are also expected to be on the practice field. Watkins is optimistic about playing in the Super Bowl this Sunday against the Buccaneers despite having not played since tweaking his calf in Week 16. The 27-year-old was a key performer for KC in last year's Super Bowl run, but he's much too risky to rely on in DFS if he makes his return this weekend. Bell is also expected to play, but he was inactive in the AFC Championship win over the Bills and will probably see only scraps behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams if he's active this Sunday in the big game.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-02-03 12:21:35


Saquon Barkley Not Setting Timetable For Return

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (knee) said that his surgically repaired knee is doing well, but he won't set a target date for his return to action. The 2018 Offensive Rookie of the Year tore his right ACL in Week 2 and missed the rest of the 2020 season. Unless he suffers some sort of setback, Barkley should be ready for Week 1 of the 2021 season. He had 1,441 scrimmage yards in 2019 but missed three games with a high-ankle sprain. The 24-year-old was a top-three fantasy selection after his first two impressive seasons, but fantasy managers will be more spooked about his knee injury in 2021, which could make him an excellent value pick in the first couple rounds of drafts. We'll continue to keep a close eye on Barkley's progress through the spring and summer months.

Source: The Associated Press

2021-02-03 11:49:16


Ryan Fitzpatrick Intends To Return For 17th Season

Miami Dolphins impending free-agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick completed a career-high 68.5 percent of his passes for 2,091 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions in nine appearances in 2020, and the 38-year-old journeyman QB said he wants to play in a 17th season. With the quarterback market so in flux heading into this offseason, there could be a decent amount of suitors looking for a veteran signal-caller like Fitz to help bridge the gap to a young QB. Fitzpatrick has played for eight NFL teams in his 16 years, and he could make it nine teams with the Dolphins moving forward with Tua Tagovailoa. While the grizzled veteran can spin magic here and there, he's not a viable fantasy starter in single-QB leagues if he gets another chance somewhere else next season.

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

2021-02-03 11:34:16


Falcons Not Expected To Trade Matt Ryan, Julio Jones

The Atlanta Falcons are not expected to trade quarterback Matt Ryan this offseason, according to sources. "The Falcons have not had any trade conversations about Ryan or their star wide receiver Julio Jones. And every expectation is both players are going to be on the roster in 2021," NFL Network's Tom Pelissero said. New head coach Arthur Smith plans to run a similar offense to the one Kyle Shanahan used when Ryan won MVP in 2016. Atlanta would be on the hook for more than $44 million in dead money in 2021 if they traded Ryan before June 1. Atlanta may decide to take Ryan's heir-apparent at No. 4 overall in the draft, but the 35-year-old signal-caller is expected to stay put for at least another season. Ryan and Jones got it going to end the regular season and could be in line for bounce-back campaigns under Smith in 2021. Consider Ryan a midrange QB1 heading into next season.

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

2021-02-02 16:44:30


Tom Brady Has Struggled Against Steve Spagnuolo's Defenses

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has struggled against defenses run by Steve Spagnuolo, who is the defensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs. Brady had his second-worst Super Bowl outing when the 18-0 Patriots were upset by the Giants in Super Bowl XLII when Spagnuolo was New York's defensive coordinator. The future Hall of Fame QB is also 2-3 in his career (including the playoffs) against Spagnuolo as a defensive coordinator, including 0-2 with four touchdowns and three interceptions against him as KC's D coordinator. The Chiefs Defense has allowed 24 or fewer points in four straight playoff games, their longest streak in the postseason. But Tampa is the second team to score 30-plus points in all three games leading to the Super Bowl. Brady was much less effective against the blitz in the first meeting between these teams in Week 12, so expect KC's defense to blitz plenty while disguising their looks.

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

2021-02-02 15:32:13


Antonio Brown Still Not Ready

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said that all of the players took part in "a bonus day" on Tuesday where the team walked through 40 to 50 plays, but Arians said that wide receiver Antonio Brown (knee) and safeties Antoine Winfield Jr. (ankle) and Jordan Whitehead (knee, shoulder) are "still not ready to go." Brown and Whitehead were listed as doubtful on the injury report last Friday, while Winfield was questionable. All three still have a chance at facing the Chiefs this Sunday in Super Bowl LV, but they'll have to ramp things up in practice this week to have a shot. Brown was injured in the Divisional Round win over the Saints and did not play in the NFC Championship as a result. If he suits up on Feb. 7, the 32-year-old will be much more risky as a DFS option as the No. 3 wideout behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Scotty Miller had a long touchdown reception in the win over the Packers with Brown sidelined.

Source: NFL Network - Sara Walsh

2021-02-02 13:43:14


Dolphins Name Co-Offensive Coordinators

The Miami Dolphins are naming running backs coach Eric Studesville and quarterbacks coach George Godsey as co-offensive coordinators, according to sources. The two coaches will combine to do the job and were both strong internal candidates to earn promotions. Studesville was working with quarterbacks and calling plays during the Senior Bowl last week. Godsey also has play-calling experience and worked closely with rookie Tua Tagovailoa last season. Studesville began his NFL coaching career in 1997 and has coached running backs for the Bears, Giants, Bills and Broncos. Both Studesville and Godsey will be tasked with helping Tagovailoa improve in his sophomore season after a bumpy debut in 2020 in which he was benched twice for veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-02-02 12:14:20


Jacob Eason Says He's Ready To Start

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacob Eason, the 122nd pick in the fourth round of the 2020 draft, didn't play at all in his rookie season while sitting behind Philip Rivers and Jacoby Brissett. But Rivers has hung up his cleats and Brissett is entering free agency, and Eason thinks he's ready for the starting job if the Colts will give it to him. "It's realistic as soon as possible," Eason said. However, general manager Chris Ballard said that the team isn't ready to even commit to Eason as a backup in 2021 despite the fact that they were pleased with his rookie development. The Colts simply haven't seen enough of Eason, especially since the preseason was canceled due to COVID-19. The 23-year-old from Washington could get his chance eventually, but Indy is likely to bring in a proven signal-caller in 2021. Eason isn't a bad stash in dynasty/keeper leagues, though.

Source: Indianapolis Star - Jim Ayello

2021-02-02 11:50:05


George Kittle Backs Jimmy Garoppolo

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle has plenty of confidence that quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is the right man for the job under center in San Francisco. "I still believe in Jimmy G. I think we can win a Super Bowl with him. I think he's a fantastic quarterback," Kittle said. Garoppolo missed 10 games in 2020 due to a high-ankle sprain and played in only three games in 2018 due to injury. The Niners went 13-3 and reached the Super Bowl when Jimmy G was healthy in 2019, but he's also shown inconsistent play. But it's not just Kittle that has faith in the 29-year-old, as the 49ers coaching staff also believes in Garoppolo. While there are plenty of rumors that San Fran wants to make a big move to replace Garoppolo at QB this offseason, don't be surprised if he returns as the starter. But Garoppolo has been mostly a game manager when healthy, meaning that he doesn't have a ton of upside as a QB2 for fantasy managers.

Source: FOX Sports - Peter Schrager

2021-02-02 11:39:06


Sammy Watkins Optimistic About Playing In Super Bowl

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins (calf) told reporters that he's optimistic that he'll be able to play in the Super Bowl against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Sunday despite being listed as questionable. Watkins hasn't played a game yet this postseason and also sat out the Week 17 regular season finale after suffering a calf injury in Week 16. His absence has led to more work for wideout Mecole Hardman, who had two catches for four yards and a touchdown and one carry for 50 yards in the win over the Bills in the AFC Championship. Hardman also caught all four of his targets for 58 yards in the Divisional Round win over Cleveland. If the 27-year-old Watkins is active, he could be on a snap count, which makes him extremely risky for fantasy purposes, especially since he hasn't played in four weeks. Hardman remains the more attractive boom/bust DFS piece.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-02-02 11:28:02


Chiefs Put Demarcus Robinson, Daniel Kilgore On COVID-19 List

The Kansas City Chiefs placed wide receiver Demarcus Robinson and center Daniel Kilgore on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday due to close contact with individuals who tested positive for the virus, according to a source. Both players could be available to play in the Super Bowl this Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but they'll need to test negative throughout the week. With offensive tackle Eric Fisher already ruled out and tackle Mitchell Schwartz unlikely to play as well, losing Kilgore would be another big blow to Kansas City's offensive line against a nasty Tampa defensive line. The Buccaneers Defense must get pressure on Patrick Mahomes if they hope to slow him down. Robinson has just one catch for 14 yards in two playoff games, but if he's unable to play this weekend, Mecole Hardman will become even more attractive as a boom/bust DFS play.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-02-01 16:36:35


Tom Brady Would Consider Playing Past 45

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, who is preparing to play in his 10th Super Bowl at the age of 43, said he's open to playing past 45 years of age. Brady's 5,493 passing yards this year, including the playoffs, are the fourth-most in his career in his first season with Tampa. His 4,633 passing yards in the regular season were his fifth-most in his career, and his 34 completions on passes of 20 or more air yards were the most in the league in 2020 and the most of his career. Brady will have one more year left on his contract with the Bucs in 2021 and has enjoyed his new environment and learning a new offense. The future Hall of Famer won't be as attractive as Patrick Mahomes in DFS for the Super Bowl, but he could still put up big numbers and will be in the low-end QB1 conversation if he comes back for another season with the Buccaneers in 2021.

Source: ESPN.com - Jenna Laine

2021-02-01 16:21:25


Lavonte David's Injury Is Minor

Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David (hamstring), who was listed as questionable on last Friday's injury report for Super Bowl LV against the Kansas City Chiefs on Feb. 7, will play this Sunday in the big game. "You'd have to shoot him to keep him out of this game," head coach Bruce Arians said, deeming David's injury minor. With both safeties Antoine Winfield Jr. (ankle) and Jordan Whitehead (knee, shoulder) up in the air to play, the Buccaneers Defense needs all of their other starters to be on point in order to try and slow down the Chiefs high-scoring offense, especially after their secondary was torched by quarterback Patrick Mahomes and wide receiver Tyreek Hill in their meeting in the regular season. David is one of the best all-around linebackers in the NFL and will be key if Tampa is able to pull the upset against Kansas City.

Source: NFL.com

2021-02-01 14:31:15


Antonio Brown, Antoine Winfield Jr. Getting Closer

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (knee) and rookie safety Antoine Winfield Jr. (ankle) are "getting close" to being able to suit up in the Super Bowl against the Kansas City Chiefs on Feb. 7. Brown was listed as doubtful last Friday, while Winfield received a questionable tag ahead of the Super Bowl. It's too early to tell if safety Jordan Whitehead (knee, shoulder), who is doubtful, will be able to play. All three players were inactive in the win over the Packers in the NFC Championship game. Brown and Winfield were expected to play early last week, but the fact that neither player practiced all of last week put their statuses in question. Barring setbacks, it sounds like they'll be active, but Brown's injury will make him a shaky DFS play as the third wideout behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Scotty Miller and rookie Tyler Johnson took on expanded roles with Brown out in the NFC Championship.

Source: NFL.com

2021-02-01 14:25:55


Carson Wentz, Jalen Hurts To Compete In 2021?

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni hinted on Monday that the team could feature a quarterback competition between Carson Wentz and Jalen Hurts this summer. "A core value, is competition," Sirianni said. "That's competition everywhere. Everybody is going to compete." It remains a mystery if Wentz will even be on the roster, and it is unknown if he even wants to remain with the Eagles after being benched in favor of Hurts last season. Philly would take on $34 million in dead salary cap money if they were to move Wentz. The 28-year-old had his worst season in 2020 and had beef with former head coach Doug Pederson, which is part of the reason why the Eagles fired the former coach. But even if Wentz sticks around in 2021, he won't be guaranteed the starting gig after Hurts gave this offense a spark late last season. Wentz won't be a redraft option in early fantasy football drafts, and his dynasty/keeper stock has taken a big hit.

Source: 94WIP - Eliot Shorr-Parks

2021-02-01 12:19:57


Packers Say Aaron Rodgers Will Be Back In 2021

Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said "there's no doubt about it" that quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be back with the team in 2021. "You're talking about the guy who's going to win the MVP of the league. We're not in this position without him," LaFleur said. The head coach also said he thinks Rodgers will be a Packer "for a long time." General manager Brian Gutekunst also echoed those sentiments about Rodgers. The presence of Jordan Love, who the Packers traded up to take in the first round of last year's draft, will continue to raise questions about the 37-year-old's future. The expected MVP of the 2020 season will be back in 2021, but 2022 might be a different story, especially if Rodgers doesn't play as well next season. But after the incredible year he had this past year, fantasy managers will be much more willing to pull the trigger on him as an unquestioned QB1.

Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette - Ryan Wood

2021-02-01 11:51:31


Jared Goff Heading To Detroit

Quarterback Jared Goff has been dealt to the Detroit Lions in a deal that saw quarterback Matthew Stafford dealt to the Rams. Goff is coming off a rough 2020 season that saw him throw for his fewest touchdowns since his rookie season, plus throw 13 interceptions. He heads to a situation where he should still have some solid receiving targets, but where he won't get the same volume of work that he was getting with head coach Sean McVay. Goff should be the starting quarterback in Detroit, but his fantasy outlook in Detroit isn't as bright as it was with the Rams. Goff still likely has value as a fantasy QB2, but it would be surprising to see him end up approaching the top-12 numbers he's posted earlier in his career.

Source: Adam Schefter

2021-01-30 22:17:39


Matthew Stafford Traded To Rams

The Detroit Lions are trading quarterback Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for quarterback Jared Goff, two future first-round picks, and a future third. Los Angeles is clearly betting that Stafford can get the team over the hump and win them a Super Bowl. It's not a bad bet when you factor in that Goff threw for six fewer touchdowns and three more interceptions than Stafford last season and that Stafford will have some solid weapons around him. Stafford's situation is a clear improvement over last year, as he'll have a great offensive mind in Sean McVay coaching him. He's thrown for 30 or more touchdowns just twice in his career, but a third time could be coming. Consider Stafford a high-end QB2 with QB1 upside at this point.

Source: Adam Schefter

2021-01-30 22:11:54


Matthew Stafford Trade Talks Getting Heavy

Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell said that trade talks for quarterback Matthew Stafford have gotten "hot and heavy." With Detroit taking a long-term approach to their current rebuild, they decided after the season that they would be parting ways with Stafford. The 33-year-old veteran considers the Los Angeles Rams as a viable contender in his trade market, but it could be complicated considering current LA quarterback Jared Goff's contract. While the Lions will surely trade Stafford before he's due a $10 million roster bonus on March 21, a trade could happen before the Super Bowl. He threw for 4,084 yards, 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in what will be his last season in Detroit after 12 seasons. There's not much upside at this point in his career for fantasy purposes, but Stafford could be an attractive high-end QB2, depending on where he lands.

Source: Detroit Free Press - Dave Birkett

2021-01-30 13:14:56


Texans Have Decision To Make On J.J. Watt

The Houston Texans have a decision to make on pass-rusher J.J. Watt, but the sense that the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo are getting is that it might make more sense somewhere other than Houston. Watt has been the face of the franchise for the last decade, but his situation has been overshadowed of late by quarterback Deshaun Watson after he officially requested a trade. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year will turn 32 years old in March and will be entering the final year of his deal. He's set to make $17.5 million in 2021 but is coming off another disappointing season. If the All-Pro pass-rusher has played his last down with the Texans, a split might be welcomed. "It doesn't seem like the Texans, who have a new regime in, would reset the table and give him a long-term extension," Garafolo said. Even with Watt in the fold, Houston's defense has been a poor option for fantasy managers, so they'll certainly be one to avoid if he moves on.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-30 13:02:59


Matthew Stafford Considers Rams A Potential Landing Spot

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford considers the Los Angeles Rams a contender in his trade market, according to sources. The Rams have explored the possibility of trading for Stafford, although it's unknown what they can do with current quarterback Jared Goff's long-term deal on the books. Cutting Goff would cost LA $65.2 million in dead money and trading him would cost $22.2 million. New Detroit general manager Brad Holmes was a long-time Rams executive before being hired earlier this month. The Lions are looking for fair market value for Stafford, who is the franchise leader in every major passing category. Trading Stafford will mean $19 million in dead money for the Lions in 2021, saving them $14 million in salary cap space. He also has a $10 million roster bonus due on March 22, the fifth day of the new league year. Stafford has thrown for 45,109 yards, 282 touchdown and 144 interceptions in his career.

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

2021-01-29 18:43:46


Lavonte David, Antoine Winfield Jr. Questionable Against Chiefs

Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David (hamstring) and rookie safety Antoine Winfield Jr. (ankle) are both listed as questionable for the Super Bowl against the Kansas City Chiefs on Feb. 7. Pass-rusher Jason Pierre-Paul (knee) was removed from the injury report after practicing all week. David and Winfield didn't practice all week, so they'll have to make big improvements next week in order to have a shot at playing in the big game. David is one of the best all-around linebackers in the game, so the Buccaneers can ill-afford to lose him on the big state against the high-scoring Chiefs offense. He tallied 82 tackles, 1.5 sacks, six passes defensed, one interception, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries during the regular season. Winfield has also been a big-time playmaker for the team's secondary in his rookie season. He's hoping to return to the field after sitting out of the NFC Championship.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-29 18:36:44


Antonio Brown Doubtful To Play In Super Bowl

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (knee) and safety Jordan Whitehead (knee, shoulder) are listed as doubtful to play in the Super Bowl against the Kansas City Chiefs on Feb. 7. Brown and Whitehead both missed practice all week, so they'll have to make big improvements next week in order to have a shot at playing. Brown was injured in the Divisional Round win over the Saints and barely played in the second half before sitting out in the win over the Packers in the NFC Championship game. Scotty Miller benefitted with two catches for 36 yards and a touchdown against Green Bay, while rookie Tyler Johnson was more involved as well. Miller and Johnson should continue to see more opportunities against the Chiefs on Feb. 7 behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin if Brown cannot suit up.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-29 18:31:12


Mike Pettine Won't Return As Defensive Coordinator

Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine's contract is expiring and he will not return for the 2021 season, according to a source. The Packers also parted ways with special teams coordinator Shawn Mennenga two days ago. Green Bay's D gave up four touchdowns in the NFC Championship loss to the Buccaneers, including a 39-yard passing touchdown just before halftime, and got very little pressure on Tom Brady. Pettine also came under fire in last year's NFC Championship against the 49ers, when the defense allowed Raheem Mostert to run for 220 yards. The Packers Defense finished the season seventh in passing defense (221.2 yards allowed per game) and tied for 13th in scoring (23.1) and rushing defense (112.8). They also tied for 10th in sacks (41) and ranked in the bottom seven in takeaways (18).

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

2021-01-29 18:10:00


Clyde Edwards-Helaire Good To Go For Super Bowl

Kansas City Chiefs rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle, hip), who was questionable going into the AFC Championship game against the Bills last weekend, was removed from the injury report for the Super Bowl against the Buccaneers on Feb. 7. Edwards-Helaire was limited in practice on Wednesday but was able to get in full sessions on Thursday and Friday. The 21-year-old suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 15 and returned in the win over Buffalo, rushing the ball only six times for seven yards. He'll remain risky in the Super Bowl against a Tampa defense that allowed the second-fewest fantasy points per game to running backs in the regular season, including just eight rushing TDs. Darrel Williams will remain involved and Le'Veon Bell (knee) is expected to play, but CEH should see a more substantial workload with another full week to get closer to full strength.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-29 16:35:03


Le'Veon Bell, Sammy Watkins Questionable For Super Bowl

Kansas City Chiefs running back Le'Veon Bell (knee), wide receiver Sammy Watkins (calf) and cornerbacks Rashad Fenton (foot) and L'Jarius Sneed (concussion) are listed as questionable for the Super Bowl against the Buccaneers. Bell and Watkins didn't practice on Friday after being limited in practice earlier in the week. However, both players are expected to play on Feb. 7 with another full week to recover from their injuries. Bell had just two carries for six yards in the Divisional Round win over the Browns, but he didn't play in the AFC Championship and will be a poor DFS choice behind rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams against Tampa. Watkins hasn't played since Week 16 of the regular season and will similarly be a weak roll of the dice in fantasy formats if he's active on Super Sunday. Mecole Hardman is a much better boom-or-bust option in KC's high-scoring offense.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-29 16:29:29


Texans Have Zero Interest In Trading Deshaun Watson

Houston Texans general manager Nick Caserio said that the team has "zero" interest in trading quarterback Deshaun Watson, despite the fact that the quarterback formally requested a trade on Thursday. "Organizationally, I just want to reiterate our commitment to Deshaun Watson," Caserio said on Friday. Caserio and new head coach David Culley are saying that Watson remains part of the future of the organization, but only time will tell if that's the case. The futures of Caserio and Culley will likely be tied to whether Watson remains with the organization, but the signal-caller is unhappy and has leverage with a full no-trade clause. Watson is an explosive and athletic dual-threat quarterback and should remain a top-five fantasy quarterback no matter where he is playing in 2021, but his future will be the top offseason storyline to follow.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-29 15:06:40


Ravens, Nick Boyle Agree On Two-Year Extension

The Baltimore Ravens and tight end Nick Boyle agreed to a two-year, $13 million extension on Friday that will keep him around through the 2023 season. The deal includes $10.5 million fully guaranteed upon signing. Boyle suffered a season-ending knee injury in the Week 10 loss to the Patriots. He finished the 202 campaign with only 14 receptions on 17 targets for 113 yards and two touchdowns. The 27-year-old former fifth-round pick in 2015 had a career-high 31 catches on 43 targets for 321 yards and two touchdowns in 2019, but he remains primarily a blocking tight end and is one of the best in the league. Boyle will stick around in Baltimore for at least a few more seasons, but he's of little fantasy interest with Mark Andrews being the team's primary pass-catching threat at the position on a run-first squad.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-29 14:35:42


Titans Defense To Be Run By Shane Bowen

The Tennessee Titans announced on Friday that they will promote outside linebackers coach Shane Bowen to defensive coordinator. The Titans also announced that they promoted Luke Steckel to tight ends coach, Ryan Crow to outside linebackers coach and Matt Edwards to assistant special teams coach. The Titans also hired Kenechi Udeze as assistant defensive line coach. Bowen called the defensive plays during the 2020 season when the Titans didn't officially have a defensive coordinator on staff. Tennessee ranked 28th in total defense (398.3 yards allowed per game) and 24th in scoring defense (27.4 points per game), which was the weak link in an otherwise strong season for the Titans. The team can continue to build around defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons and All-Pro safety Kevin Byard, but they'll need help around them to take the next step.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-29 12:59:02


Maxx Crosby Played Through Multiple Injuries

Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby (hand, shoulder) led the team in sacks in each of his first two seasons with 17 in 2019 and 2020 combined. But he said that he played this last season (all 16 games) with a labrum tear in his shoulder and a metal plate in his hand. Crosby underwent surgery to fix both injuries after the season and should be back after a four-month recovery period. The fourth-round pick from Eastern Michigan has been one of the most productive players for the Raiders defense. He's recorded 86 tackles (30 for loss), five passes defensed and four forced fumbles in the last two seasons, proving to be a model of consistency for a lackluster Raiders D. Crosby finished the 2020 season ranked No. 39 among defensive lineman in overall fantasy points.

Source: Maxx Crosby on Twitter

2021-01-29 12:27:13


Mac Jones Meets With Patriots, Saints, Texans

Alabama quarterback Mac Jones met with the New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints and Houston Texans during his rounds of Senior Bowl interviews this week. The 6-foot-3, 217-pound quarterback has been the most impressive of the six QBs at the Senior Bowl, according to an area scout for an AFC team. Jones is projected to be a borderline first-round pick, ranking 33rd overall in NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah's initial top-50 rankings. Jones threw for 4,500 yards with 41 touchdowns and only four interceptions in 13 games in 2020. The Pats, Saints and Texans could all be looking for QBs in this year's draft, with Houston potentially trading away a disgruntled Deshaun Watson after he publicly requested a trade this week. Jones rolled his ankle in practice on Thursday and is unsure if he'll actually play in the Senior Bowl on Saturday.

Source: NFL.com - Chase Goodbread

2021-01-29 12:19:17


Lovie Smith To Become Texans Defensive Coordinator

The Houston Texans are hiring Lovie Smith as their new defensive coordinator on Friday. Smith spent the last five years at the University of Illinois, but he was fired after finishing with a record of 17-39. He was the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when he was last in the NFL, going 8-24 in two seasons. Smith was the defensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams in 2001 when he turned their defense around and made a name for himself. He then led the Chicago Bears to three playoff appearances, including an NFC title and Super Bowl appearance. Houston's defense finished 32nd in rushing yards allowed per game, 30th in yards allowed per game and 27th in points allowed per game in 2020, so Smith has a big task ahead of him.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-29 12:09:37


Willie Gay Jr. Won't Play In Super Bowl

Kansas City Chiefs rookie linebacker Willie Gay Jr. (knee) will not play in Super Bowl LV after undergoing surgery to fix a torn meniscus in his knee, according to a source informed of the situation. Gay will be on a four-month recovery timetable but should be ready in time for the start of the 2021 regular season. The 22-year-old from Mississippi State was selected with the 63rd overall pick in last year's draft and started eight of 16 regular season games, recording 39 tackles (three for loss), one sack, three passes defensed and one forced fumble. Gay hadn't appeared in a game for the Chiefs in the postseason, but his loss is a notable one for Kansas City's depth in the big game against Tampa Bay.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-29 11:45:36


Titans To Promote Todd Downing To Offensive Coordinator

The Tennessee Titans are expected to promote tight ends coach Todd Downing to offensive coordinator, according to a source. The last time the Titans made an internal promotion of a tight ends coach, it was former offensive coordinator Arthur Smith, who is now the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons. Downing was also the offensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders in 2017 and directed an offense led by quarterback Derek Carr. Under Smith last season, Tennessee's offense was tied for the second-best offense in the NFL in terms of yards per game and was fourth-best in points per game. The good news for Downing is he'll be getting running back Derrick Henry, quarterback Ryan Tannehill and wide receiver A.J. Brown back in 2021, so the Titans offense should be relatively strong yet again.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-29 11:39:35


Clyde Edwards-Helaire A Full Participant Thursday

Kansas City Chiefs rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle, hip), offensive tackle Mike Remmers (groin) and guard Andrew Wylie (ankle) were all full participants in practice on Thursday after being limited on Wednesday. Edwards-Helaire returned in the AFC Championship win over the Bills last weekend and should be good to go for the Super Bowl against the Buccaneers on Feb. 7. The 21-year-old had only six carries for seven yards and caught one pass for no gain in the win over Buffalo, but he could be a bigger part of the game plan against Tampa with two more weeks to get closer to full strength after a high-ankle sprain kept him out since Week 15. CEH will be the more popular DFS pick in the big game, but Darrel Williams will continue to be involved and will have sleeper appeal at a lower cost. Edwards-Helaire ran the ball 181 times for 803 yards and four rushing touchdowns in 13 regular season starts.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-28 16:37:45


Panthers To Be Aggressive In Pursuit Of Deshaun Watson

The Carolina Panthers will be aggressive in their pursuit of Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, who officially requested a trade on Thursday. "Don't sleep on the Carolina Panthers," NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said. "They are a team that I'm told is going to be aggressive in potentially acquiring Deshaun Watson." Adding the 25-year-old signal-caller to a roster that already includes All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey would be very exciting. Carolina has sent strong signals already this offseason that they want to upgrade on Teddy Bridgewater after he was inconsistent in 2020. And with the eighth overall pick in the draft, the Panthers could offer a decent package to the Texans. The Jets, Dolphins, Bears and Colts, among others, could come calling for Watson, who is a top-five QB in the league.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-28 15:30:44


Ben Roethlisberger Wants To Return In 2021

Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II said that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has told the team that he wants to return in 2021. However, the Steelers cannot afford Roethlisberger's $41.2 million salary cap hit. But if the two sides can agree to a contract alteration for the 2021 season, Roethlisberger is expected to return. Big Ben will turn 39 years old in March and looked like an aging quarterback near the end of his career during the 2020 season. The six-time Pro Bowler finished last year with 3,803 passing yards with a 65.6 completion percentage, 33 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He played in only two games in 2019 due to a season-ending elbow injury that required surgery. It's still not a certainty that Roethlisberger returns, but if he does, his declining skill set will make him a low-upside QB2.

Source: The Athletic - Mark Kaboly

2021-01-28 14:51:13


Deshaun Watson Officially Requests Trade

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson officially requested a trade from the team, according to league sources. Watson actually requested a trade weeks ago. The Texans hired a new head coach in David Culley on Thursday, but it will not change Watson's mind. The star signal-caller signed a four-year, $156 million extension with the team in September. Houston has insisted that they have no interest in trading him, but Watson owns the leverage and can force the team's hand by withholding his services. The 25-year-old also has a no-trade clause, so he can essentially pick where he wants to go. Watson is a top-five QB, so any trade to land him would require quite a massive package. This will be the top storyline of the NFL offseason, with Watson potentially becoming even more attractive as a top-five fantasy QB, depending on where he ends up.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-01-28 12:09:21


Texans To Hire David Culley As Head Coach

The Houston Texans are working toward a deal for Baltimore Ravens assistant head coach David Culley to become their next head coach. The Texans offered Culley the job on Wednesday night, and he will accept it. The Ravens will receive two third-round compensatory draft picks for the hiring of a minority coach. Although Culley is an offensive-minded coach, Houston offensive coordinator Tim Kelly will remain in his position. The Texans are also targeting Josh McCown and Lovie Smith for spots on the coaching staff. The 65-year-old Culley will become the third active black head coach and the fifth minority head coach. He's a veteran of 27 seasons coaching in the NFL and was Baltimore's assistant head coach/passing coordinator/wide receivers coach the last two years. Culley will look to navigate a Texans organization that is having a tumultuous offseason, as their franchise quarterback, Deshaun Watson, has requested a trade.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-28 12:01:59


Colts Would Like To See T.Y. Hilton Return

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said that he would love to have impending free-agent wide receiver T.Y. Hilton return in 2021. The 31-year-old had 56 catches, 762 receiving yards and five touchdowns in 15 games for the Colts in 2020. The four-time Pro Bowler had a stretch from 2013-16 where he had four straight seasons of 1,000 yards receiving, but he's been in decline the last two years, combining for 101 receptions, 1,263 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2019 and 2020. Losing Andrew Luck under center certainly didn't help and Hilton's decline in production has certainly hurt his fantasy stock heading into the 2021 season, but he did have a three-week stretch from Week 12 to Week 14 where he reminded us of the Hilton of old. He's unlikely to be anything more than a WR3 for fantasy managers next season, but it will depend on whether he stays in Indy and who the quarterback is, or where he winds up in free agency if he departs.

Source: NFL.com - Nick Shook

2021-01-27 17:36:12


Jason Witten Retiring Again

Las Vegas Raiders tight end Jason Witten is retiring from the NFL and plans to sign a one-day contract to retire as a member of the Dallas Cowboys in March when his deal with the Raiders expires. The 38-year-old played 16 seasons for the Cowboys and spent the 2020 campaign with the Raiders. No tight end in history has played more than his 271 career games, with only Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez recording more catches and yards at the position. Witten was a third-round pick in 2003 and developed into one of the best tight ends in history. The 11-time Pro Bowler is the Cowboys all-time leader in receptions (1,215) and yards (12,977) and is second in touchdown catches (72). Witten had four 1,000-yard seasons and played in a team-record 255 games, including a franchise-record 245 starts. The future Hall of Famer missed just one game in his career due to a broken jaw as a rookie.

Source: ESPN Dallas - Todd Archer

2021-01-27 17:07:15


Saints Not Going Into Rebuilding Mode

New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis knows it will be a "daunting" offseason if the team has to replace quarterback Drew Brees, who is expected to retire, but Loomis made it clear that the club isn't going into rebuilding mode after winning the last four NFC South titles. The Saints could also be close to $100 million over the salary cap. There is no official word yet on whether Brees will retire, but the Saints plan on waiting for his decision before deciding on how they will approach the position in 2021 and beyond. Quarterback Jameis Winston, safety Marcus Williams, defensive end Trey Hendrickson, defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins and tight end Jared Cook are all scheduled to be free agents. But the Saints could save at least $13.5 million in cap space if Brees retires. They could also consider a blockbuster trade to free up cap space and add draft picks like they did in the past with Jimmy Graham and Brandin Cooks.

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Triplett

2021-01-27 15:14:23


Bills Unlikely To Make Any Blockbuster Moves

The Buffalo Bills will have very little wiggle room and are unlikely to make any big free-agent signings or trades this offseason with a projected salary cap space of less than $2 million (with a projected cap of $180 million). "We'll fill in here and there some holes, but I would not anticipate any blockbuster moves of Stefon Diggs type, or some of the moves we made the year before in free agency," general manager Brandon Beane said Wednesday. Buffalo will hope to retain some of their players this offseason while continuing to build through the draft as they hope to catch the Kansas City Chiefs in 2021. According to Spotrac, the Bills are expected to have the 19th-most cap space heading into next season, and they'll have the 30th overall pick in the first round after not having one in 2020 because of the Diggs trade.

Source: NFL.com - Nick Shook

2021-01-27 15:07:26


Jared Goff, John Wolford To Compete This Summer

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff has 45 wins since 2017 (second-most behind Tom Brady), but he was wildly inconsistent in 2020, and the Rams are expected to have an open quarterback competition between Goff and John Wolford during training camp this summer, according to sources. Wolford was much more mobile and added a new dynamic to LA's offense late in the regular season when Goff's thumb was injured, so they will give him another chance to impress this summer. If Goff isn't traded and remains with the Rams, he'll have to show more explosiveness and limit the turnovers in order to keep his starting job. The former first overall pick had his moments in 2020, but he just wasn't consistent enough for fantasy managers and did very little with his legs. If he wins the job in training camp, he'll be a middling QB2 target in fantasy drafts.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-27 13:31:57


Bud Dupree Ahead Of Schedule In Rehab

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree (knee), who tore his ACL in a Week 12 win over the Ravens on Dec. 2, said that he plans to be ready for training camp and is ahead of schedule in his rehab. "I'm feeling great right now," Dupree said. The star pass-rusher had eight sacks and 31 tackles before suffering the season-ending injury and had formed a two-headed pass-rushing monster with teammate T.J. Watt. After Dupree's injury, Pittsburgh's defense fell off the rest of the way. The 27-year-old played the 2020 season on the franchise tag for $15.828 million and will hit the free-agent market this offseason. The Steelers are unlikely to tag Dupree again, as they are projected to be well over the 2021 salary cap. Dupree should be in play in IDP leagues, if he's healthy, wherever he winds up playing next season.

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

2021-01-27 11:41:19


Bruce Arians Won't Retire If He Wins The Super Bowl

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said he doesn't plan on retiring from the NFL if he wins Super Bowl 55 over the Kansas City Chiefs. "Hell no. I'm going for two. If the Glazers will have me back," Arians said. The 68-year-old already retired following the 2017 season with the Arizona Cardinals due to medical concerns, but returned to coach the Buccaneers in 2019 after a year away from the game. If Arians were to retire, he'd likely leave the head-coaching job in the capable hands of either defensive coordinator Todd Bowles or offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. But with future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady on a two-year deal with Tampa, Arians might see things out for one more season in 2021.

Source: Tampa Bay Times - Rick Stroud

2021-01-27 11:34:02


Jordan Whitehead Not Ruled Out For Super Bowl

Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Jordan Whitehead (shoulder), who is dealing with labrum and additional shoulder issues he suffered during the NFC Championship win over the Green Bay Packers, has not been ruled out for the Super Bowl against the Kansas City Chiefs, according to a source. Whitehead is going to try and play, but his practice status will be something to keep an eye on next week. The Buccaneers Defense, particularly their secondary, is going to need all the help they can get in order to try and slow down the Chiefs high-flying offensive attack. Standout rookie Antoine Winfield Jr., who missed the NFC Championship, is expected to return, so that's a plus for the Bucs defense. Whitehead had 74 combined tackles (nine for loss), two interceptions, two sacks, and a fumble recovery in 16 regular season games for Tampa.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-27 11:27:51


Seattle Planning To Hire Shane Waldron As Offensive Coordinator

The Seattle Seahawks are planning to hire Los Angeles Rams passing-game coordinator Shane Waldron as their offensive coordinator, according to a source. Waldron will take over for Brian Schottenheimer in Seattle. This is also notable for the Rams, as they are losing Waldron, Brandon Staley, Brad Holmes, Ray Agnew, Joe Barry and Aubrey Pleasant as assistant coaches this offseason. Head coach Pete Carroll said he'd like Seattle's offense to get back to more of a run-first approach next season, which is part of the reason why they parted ways with Schottenheimer after the offense crumbled in the second half after putting up huge passing numbers earlier in the year. Waldron was the Rams pass-game coordinator for the last three seasons, and he'll work closely with quarterback Russell Wilson to find out why he regressed late in the 2020 season.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-01-26 23:36:13


Jeff Wilson Jr. Returning To 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers re-signed restricted free-agent running back Jeff Wilson Jr. to a one-year deal on Tuesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The 25-year-old has 974 rushing yards in his three seasons with San Francisco and posted career- and team-highs of 126 carries, 600 yards and seven touchdowns in 2020. He saw more playing time throughout the year due to injuries to Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman, but Wilson also played in just 12 games (three starts) due to ailments of his own. He finished with 733 total yards and 10 touchdowns. Wilson could have a bigger role to begin the year next to Mostert, as both Coleman and Jerick McKinnon could leave in free agency. If Wilson is sharing backfield touches only with Mostert, he'll be an RB3/flex with more upside in PPR formats.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-26 23:27:12


Kyle Rudolph Not Willing To Take Pay Cut

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph expressed unhappiness with his role in the offense over the last two seasons and isn't willing to accept a pay cut heading into the 2021 season. Rudolph went from being the team's second- or third-leading receiver from 2015-18 to being an afterthought in the passing attack. The Vikings would gain $5.1 million in salary cap space if they were to release Rudolph, and they are projected to be $12.8 million over the cap. He has three years remaining on his deal, so they could also look to restructure his deal. The 31-year-old played in just 12 games in 2020 and finished the year on Injured Reserve with a Lisfranc sprain in his foot, while fellow tight end Irv Smith finished third in receiving with 365 yards and five touchdowns. Rudolph had 28 catches on 35 targets last season, his lowest output since 2014. With Smith on the rise, Rudolph is off the fantasy radar in redraft leagues heading into 2021 if he remains in Minnesota.

Source: ESPN.com - Courtney Cronin

2021-01-26 22:20:44


Brian Flores Not Worried About DeVonta Smith's Size

Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores said that Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith's size -- he's listed at just 175 pounds on Alabama's roster -- is not a concern. "If you're a good player -- I mean, you can nitpick all you want about a guy's size -- good players are good players are good players," Flores said. Flores is coaching Smith's national team in the Senior Bowl this week. Smith won't practice or play this week due to a finger injury he sustained in the national championship against Ohio State, but the young pass-catcher is arguably one of the most productive college football wideouts and won the 2020 Heisman Trophy Award. He's an excellent route-runner with incredibly strong hands and could be an option for Miami at No. 3 overall in the draft, although he's expected to go a little later in the top 10 of the first round.

Source: NFL.com - Chase Goodbread and Daniel Jeremiah

2021-01-26 22:09:18


Chargers To Build Offense Around Justin Herbert

Los Angeles Chargers head coach Brandon Staley and offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi plan to build the Chargers offense in 2021 around second-year quarterback Justin Herbert. But Herbert will also be learning a new offense with a new head coach and offensive coordinator in just his second season. The Oregon product finished sixth in passing yards (4,336), 10th in touchdown passes (31), 12th in passer rating (98.3) and had only 10 interceptions in his rookie season. "He has a skillset that is elite," Lombardi said. "It appears that there's nothing that he can't do. He has an incredibly strong arm, good accuracy and he is very athletic." Herbert's 31 passing touchdowns was the most for a rookie QB. With his arrow pointing firmly upward, the 22-year-old will be a midrange QB1 with upside in 2021.

Source: NFL.com - Nick Shook

2021-01-26 20:20:10


Teams Asking About Matthew Stafford

Teams are already reaching out to the Detroit Lions to initiate trade talks to figure out what it will cost to acquire quarterback Matthew Stafford, according to sources. With a new general manager in place and a new coaching staff for 2021 and beyond, it was reported last weekend that the Lions have mutually agreed to part ways with Stafford, so teams are already reaching out for the 32-year-old. Stafford missed eight games due to injury in 2019, but he was able to play a full 16 games this season despite dealing with multiple injuries. He finished the year with 4,084 yards on a 64.2 completion percentage with 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Stafford doesn't have a ton of upside at this stage of his career, but the 2014 Pro Bowler could offer some nice value in fantasy drafts in 2021, depending on where he winds up. Stay tuned.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-01-26 16:51:49


Rams Non-Committal On Jared Goff

Los Angeles Rams general manager Les Snead was non-committal on quarterback Jared Goff's future when asked if Goff might not be on the team next season. "Not going to get into specifics on those. That's the beautiful mystery of the future. Jared Goff is a Ram at this moment. It's way too early to speculate," Snead said. The Rams could add a veteran at the position to push Goff in 2021 if he's still on the roster. While Goff wasn't terrible last season -- 67 completion percentage, 20-13 touchdown-to-interception ratio and a passer rating of 90 -- he was too inconsistent in both real life and fantasy. It's unclear who Goff will be playing for in 2021, but if he stays in LA, he'll be a midrange QB2 for fantasy managers unless proven otherwise.

Source: The Associated Press - Greg Beacham

2021-01-26 16:26:08


Nick Mullens Has Successful Elbow Surgery

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens (elbow) underwent successful elbow surgery in late December, according to a source. The damage wasn't as extensive as initially feared and did not require Tommy John surgery. Mullens is expected to be 100 percent recovered for the start of training camp. It's great news for the 25-year-old, as Tommy John surgery would have likely kept him out for most, if not all, of the 2021 season. He was forced into eight starts with Jimmy Garoppolo injured last season, throwing for 2,437 yards, 12 touchdowns and 12 interceptions for a QB rating of 84.1 in 10 overall games. Mullens will be a restricted free agent in 2021, but if he returns to San Francisco, he'll continue to hold the clipboard for Jimmy G.

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

2021-01-26 16:11:42


DeVonta Smith Declines Measurements At Senior Bowl

Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith, the 2020 Heisman Trophy winner and one of the top prospects in the 2021 NFL draft, declined to be weighed or measured for height at the Senior Bowl weigh-in on Tuesday. However, he plans to do so at Alabama's pro-day workout this spring. He was listed at 6-foot-1, 175 pounds during the season, and his size is his lone scouting concern heading to the next level. Smith has 9 3/8-inch hands, 31 1/3-inch arms and a wingspan of 78 1/2. The talented pass-catcher injured a finger in the national championship game against Ohio State and will not compete in practices or the game this week. Smith caught 117 passes for 1,856 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior and is projected to be a top-10 pick in the first round because of his exceptional route-running skills and strong, sure hands.

Source: NFL.com - Chase Goodbread

2021-01-26 14:07:09


Packers Say They Won't Let Aaron Rodgers Leave

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was uncertain about his future with the team after the NFC Championship loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday, but chief executive officer Mark Murphy said the team won't let him go. "There's no way in heck Aaron is not gonna be on the Packers," Murphy said. "He's going to be the MVP of the league, might have had his best year ever, he's our unquestioned leader, and we're not idiots." Rodgers is 37 years old and has three years left on his deal after the Packers drafted his expected successor, Jordan Love, in the first round last year. Green Bay won't take on a huge dead salary cap number in 2021, but they could go in another direction in 2022 when his number drops to $17.2 million. After his MVP season, Rodgers isn't going anywhere just yet and will be more expensive in 2021 fantasy drafts as a QB1 than he was heading into the 2020 season.

Source: NFL.com - Nick Shook

2021-01-26 13:57:25


Antonio Brown, Antoine Winfield Jr. Expected To Be Ready

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (knee) and rookie safety Antoine Winfield Jr. (ankle) are expected to be ready to play in the Super Bowl against the Kansas City Chiefs on Feb. 7, according to sources. Both players missed the NFC Championship win over the Packers. Brown was injured in the Divisional Round against the Saints and played just a handful of snaps in the second half. The 32-year-old had five touchdowns in his last five games and will be a touchdown-dependent fantasy play in the Super Bowl. His return could mean fewer looks for Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Scotty Miller. Winfield was injured in practice late last week and was unable to play on Sunday. His return to Tampa's secondary will be a welcomed addition as the Bucs attempt to slow down KC's high-flying aerial attack with Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce.

Source: ESPN - Dianna Russini

2021-01-26 11:34:55


Le'Veon Bell, Sammy Watkins Expected To Play In Super Bowl

Kansas City Chiefs running back Le'Veon Bell (knee) and wide receiver Sammy Watkins (calf) are expected to be ready to play in the Super Bowl against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Feb. 7, according to sources. Both players were inactive for the AFC Championship win over Buffalo. Watkins played in just 10 games during the regular season and also missed time with a sore hamstring and didn't play in either of KC's playoff games. He finished the regular season with 37 catches for 421 yards and two touchdowns and will be a boom/bust dart throw in DFS for the big game. Mecole Hardman will be a much more attractive play than Watkins. Bell had 254 rushing yards in nine games for the Chiefs and will likely see scraps behind rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams against Tampa.

Source: ESPN - Dianna Russini

2021-01-26 11:29:31


Buccaneers Defense Must Slow Down Chiefs Aerial Attack

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense was shredded by Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill in the first quarter of their Week 12 matchup, as Hill went off for 203 yards on seven catches and two touchdowns. Cornerback Carlton Davis was left on an island with Hill, and it didn't yield pretty results. "We'll help a little bit more than we did in that ballgame," Bucs head coach Bruce Arians said. Tampa's D allowed 462 yards passing to quarterback Patrick Mahomes and three touchdowns. Hill finished with 269 yards and three touchdowns on 13 catches (only 59 yards in the second half). Tight end Travis Kelce had eight catches for 82 yards. With offensive tackles Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz out, Bucs pass-rushers Shaquil Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul must get pressure on Mahomes to have a chance at getting last year's Super Bowl MVP out of his rhythm.

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

2021-01-25 16:20:31


Cole Beasley Played Through Broken Fibula

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley (leg) suffered a broken fibula in the Week 16 game against the New England Patriots. Beasley sat out the regular season finale in Week 17 before catching 14 passes for 145 yards in three postseason games against the Colts, Ravens and Chiefs. "It was bad the first game I played but after that, you take a few meds and suck it up," Beasley said with a chuckle. The injury wasn't a full break, but Beasley said it was painful in the wild-card win over the Colts. The 31-year-old veteran hauled in seven of his nine targets for 88 yards in the AFC Championship loss to the Chiefs on Sunday. Beasley set career-highs in catches (82), targets (107), receiving yards (967) and yards per catch (11.8) while visiting the end zone four times in 15 regular season games in 2020. He'll be back as Josh Allen's most trusted third-down weapon in 2021 and will be more expensive in PPR leagues as a result of his career-best season.

Source: WGR 550 - Sal Capaccio

2021-01-25 16:11:39


Ravens Think Lamar Jackson Deserves Extension

Baltimore Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said that the team could reach a long-term contract extension with quarterback Lamar Jackson this offseason, and the GM plans to speak to the reigning NFL MVP in the next 10 days. Jackson just finished his third season and will command at least $40 million per season on an extension. He's scheduled to make $1.77 million in 2021 on the final year of his rookie deal, which currently ranks 25th among QBs in base salary. "[He] certainly deserves a contract," DeCosta said. Jackson has won more games (30) than any other QB since he took over as the team's starter in 2018 and became the fastest QB in history to reach 30 regular season wins (37 games). Jackson is also the first in NFL history to produce 5,000 yards passing and 2,500 yards rushing in his first three seasons. The young signal-caller has been more effective with his legs than his arm and has won just one playoff game, but Jackson should be locked up long term in Baltimore and will be a top-five fantasy QB yet again in 2021.

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

2021-01-25 16:01:02


Colts Agree With Marcus Brady As Offensive Coordinator

The Indianapolis Colts agreed to terms with quarterbacks coach Marcus Brady on Monday as their new offensive coordinator, according to sources. Brady will take over for Nick Sirianni, who was hired as the Eagles head coach. The former Montreal Alouettes offensive coordinator is a rising young coach in the NFL. Brady spent the last three years with Indy, first as an assistant quarterbacks coach before moving to QBs coach. He'll be one of only four black offensive coordinators in the NFL, joining new Lions offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn, Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy. Brady played at Cal State Northridge and in the Canadian Football League until 2009. The Colts are very high on Brady, but with Philip Rivers announcing his retirement, it's unclear who will be under center for Indianapolis in 2021.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-25 12:09:05


Eagles Name Shane Steichen As Offensive Coordinator

The Philadelphia Eagles agreed to terms with former Los Angeles Chargers offensive coordinator Shane Steichen on Monday as their new offensive coordinator, according to a source. Steichen was key in the development of rookie quarterback Justin Herbert in 2020. New head coach Nick Sirianni and Steichen worked together with the Chargers for four years until Sirianni left for the Colts in 2018. Steichen started coaching in the NFL in Cleveland in 2013 as a quality control coach. He left for San Diego the following season and was their quality control coach for 2014-15. The 35-year-old took over the Chargers offense last season and helped nurture Herbert to a record-setting rookie season. Steichen will try and help Carson Wentz rebuild after the worst season of his career.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-25 12:00:52


Joe Lombardi To Become Chargers Offensive Coordinator

New Orleans Saints quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi is expected to become the new offensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Chargers, according to sources. New head coach Brandon Staley played under Lombardi for one year at Mercyhurst University in 2005 when Lombardi was the offensive coordinator. Lombardi is the grandson of Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi and was the offensive coordinator for the Lions in 2014-15, but he was fired after a 1-6 start in his second year. He started his NFL career as a defensive assistant with the Falcons in 2006 before being hired by the Saints as an offensive assistant in 2007. Lombardi spent 12 seasons working with head coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees in New Orleans and has also tutored QBs Teddy Bridgewater, Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston in recent seasons. He'll be tasked with working with Justin Herbert, who became the youngest QB in history to throw 30 touchdowns in his rookie season.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-01-25 11:55:03


Chargers Hiring Renaldo Hill As Defensive Coordinator

The Los Angeles Chargers are hiring Denver Broncos defensive backs coach Renaldo Hill as their new defensive coordinator on Monday, according to sources. Hill worked with head coach Brandon Staley in Denver in 2019 and played in the league for a decade. Staley said last week that he will be making the defensive play calls in his first season as head coach in LA. Hill will be replacing Gus Bradley, who left to become the defensive coordinator for the Las Vegas Raiders. Hill will help oversee a defense that ranked 10th in the NFL last year and features three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Joey Bosa, rookie linebacker Kenneth Murray Jr. and standout safety Derwin James, who missed all of 2020 with a knee injury.

Source: NBC Sports Boston - Albert Breer

2021-01-25 11:48:25


Aaron Rodgers Uncertain About Future

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was uncertain about his future after the team's 31-26 loss to the Buccaneers in the NFC Championship on Sunday. The 37-year-old is expected to win the MVP this year and is under contract through the 2023 season via the $134 million extension he signed in 2018. But the Packers also drafted Jordan Love, Rodgers' possible replacement, in the first round last year. Rodgers threw 48 touchdowns and only five interceptions in the regular season in 2020, but he also became the first QB in NFL history to lose four straight appearances in a conference championship. If Green Bay were to move on from Rodgers this offseason, they'd save just $4.76 million on the salary cap and would have $31.556 million in dead money. Rodgers may be contemplating retirement, but the Packers want him back and he'd be a high-end QB1 if he does return after going 33-for-48 for 346 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the loss to Tampa to end the season.

Source: ESPN.com - Rob Demovsky

2021-01-25 11:43:31


Eric Fisher Tears Achilles In AFC Championship

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said that left tackle Eric Fisher (Achilles) suffered a torn Achilles in the AFC Championship win over the Bills on Sunday, according to a source. Fisher faces a long road to recovery, while the Chiefs will head to their second straight Super Bowl without their standout offensive lineman. It's a big blow to Kansas City's offensive line and the protection of star quarterback Patrick Mahomes heading into the Super Bowl against a nasty Tampa defensive line. Pass-rushers Shaquil Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul were instrumental in pressuring and sacking Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the NFC Championship. They'll need to get pressure on Mahomes to have a chance to slow down KC's high-flying offense in the big game.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-25 11:34:17


Tyreek Hill Leads The Chiefs With 172 Receiving Yards

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill put together another strong performance on Sunday versus the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Championship Game. Hill caught nine of his 11 targets for a team high 172 yards against the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Championship Game. Hill wasn't able to get a touchdown in this contest, but he was dominant nonetheless. Hill has had a phenomenal season and he will look to keep that going versus a tough Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense in Super Bowl 55. He remains one of the best at his position and will be a top option for those participating in DFS.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-24 22:21:17


Mecole Hardman Scores A Touchdown In AFC Championship Game

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman had himself a day versus the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Championship Game. Hardman had a rough start to the contest by dropping a punt that would lead to a Bills touchdown, but salvaged his day by catching two of his three targets for a 3-Yard touchdown and four total yards on the evening. He also picked up 50 yards on his lone carry. Hardman is an exciting player, but remains a shaky play for managers with the Chiefs having so many options on offense. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins (calf) also sat out this contest and his return would factor into Hardman's snap count. Hardman is always capable of breaking a big play and he will look to do that versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl 55.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-24 22:19:42


Travis Kelce Continues To Set Records

Kansas City Chiefs tight end had a monster night versus the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Championship Game. Kelce has been setting all kinds of records this season and he has now jumped Rob Gronkowski for the most receiving yards in a season that includes the postseason for a tight end. Kelce had 13 catches on 15 targets for 118 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Kelce remains the top option with wide receiver Tyreek Hill for the Chiefs and he should be expected to play a big role in the Super Bowl versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Kelce remains the top tight end option in the league and he will be one of the safer options in DFS.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-24 22:18:34


Patrick Mahomes Leads Chiefs To Super Bowl 55

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes helped lead his two to their second consecutive Super Bowl with a victory against the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Championship Game. Mahomes was his usual self and completed 29 of his 38 pass attempts for 325 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed the ball five times for five yards. Mahomes is now the only player in NFL history to reach three straight championship games before the age of 26 and will now go to his second straight Super Bowl. Mahomes is putting up legendary numbers in his young career and he will square off against Tom Brady and a tough Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense for the chance to win his second Super Bowl ring in two weeks.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-24 22:17:38


Darrel Williams Leads Chiefs Backfield In AFC Championship Game

Kansas City Chiefs running Darrel Williams rushed the ball 13 times for 52 yards and a touchdown versus the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Championship Game. Williams has performed well with Clyde Edwards-Helaire sidelined, but the rookie returned on Sunday and figures to play a bigger role in the future. Williams will also have to compete with Le'Veon Bell (knee) who was inactive on Sunday and could return for the Super Bowl. The Chiefs are a pass heavy team and will face a tough Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense Super Bowl 55. That will make Williams a risky option in DFS.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-24 22:16:01


Clyde Edwards-Helaire Scores A Touchdown In Return

Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire scored a touchdown in his return to action versus the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Championship Game. The rookie player a minor role on Sunday with Darrel Williams being the featured back and Le'Veon Bell (knee) inactive. CEH picked up just seven yards on six carries and caught one of his two targets for zero yards, but it was good to see him return to action for the first time since injuring his ankle and hip in Week 15. Edwards-Helaire will now have two weeks to rest up before facing a tough Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense in the Super Bowl and he should be avoided in DFS for that contest.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-24 22:14:29


Buccaneers Defense Puts Together Strong Performance

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense played another strong game in a 31-26 win over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game. Tampa Bay sacked Aaron Rodgers five times, forcing one interception and a fumble in the huge win. The Buccaneers' pass rush was fueled by two players- linebacker Shaquil Barrett, who had three sacks and four quarterback hits, and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who had two sacks. Rising star Devin White led the team in tackles with 15, as he was a thorn in the side of the Packers' offensive plans all game long. Tampa Bay's defense will have its hands full in the Super Bowl against either Patrick Mahomes or Josh Allen, though this unit is playing some excellent football at the right time.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-24 19:45:03


Cameron Brate Catches Touchdown In Win Over Packers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate played a key role in another playoff victory for his team. Brate produced just 19 total yards, though he caught a third-quarter touchdown that helped extend the Buccaneers' lead to 28-10. The Harvard product exceeded 50 yards just once in the regular season but has accomplished the feat twice in Tampa Bay's three playoff wins. Tom Brady clearly has a trust for Brate as a pass-catcher, something that appears likely to continue as Tampa Bay prepares to be the first team to host and play in the Super Bowl.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-24 19:36:46


Rob Gronkowski Musters One Catch Against Green Bay

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski caught just one pass for 29 yards in his team's 31-26 win over the Packers. Gronkowski went catch-less through three quarters before picking up 29 yards on a screen pass in the fourth quarter, setting up Tampa Bay for a field goal. The former Patriot has nearly been an every-down player for the Buccaneers in the playoffs but has done little as a pass-catcher, as he's taken a backseat to fellow tight end Cameron Brate. No stranger to the big game, Gronkowski will get a chance to redeem himself in the Super Bowl.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-24 19:31:08


Scotty Miller Scores Huge First-Half Touchdown

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Scotty Miller saw extended playing time with Antonio Brown (knee) sidelined and made the most of it. Miller caught two passes for 36 receiving yards and a touchdown in the NFC title game victory. He came up with a huge play at the very end of the first half, hauling in a 39-yard bomb from Tom Brady with just seconds left until halftime. Miller has shown a knack for making big plays when given the playing time, as he has three scores this year of 30 yards or more. His services may not be needed in the Super Bowl if Antonio Brown (knee) is healthy.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-24 19:25:30


Chris Godwin Has 100-Yard Day In Win Over Packers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin enjoyed a strong game in Sunday's NFC title game win over Green Bay. Godwin hauled in five of a team-high nine targets for 110 receiving yards. He came up with a huge, 52-yard grab that led to a Leonard Fournette touchdown in the first half. Godwin has exceeded 70 receiving yards in four of his last five contests and has led the Buccaneers in targets in each of their three playoff wins. While Antonio Brown (knee) will have a good chance of returning in time for the Super Bowl, Godwin should remain Brady's top target for the big game in Tampa Bay.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-24 19:16:44


Mike Evans Produces 51 Yards And A Touchdown In Victory

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans caught three of eight targets for 51 yards and a touchdown. Most of Evans' production came in the first half, as he found himself free of Jaire Alexander's coverage on the first series of the game. He beat corner Kevin King in the end zone for a score, his 15th total touchdown of the season- including the playoffs. He did struggle with some drops, though he'll get a chance to rectify that in the Super Bowl. Tampa Bay will await the winner of the Chiefs-Bills game.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-24 19:09:52


Ronald Jones II Stifled In NFC Title Game Win

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II was stifled by the Green Bay defense, though his team will still be advancing to the Super Bowl. Jones carried the ball 10 times but produced just 16 yards, as he failed to find any room to run on the Packers' front. He's taken a backseat to Leonard Fournette during the playoffs, though the coaching staff seems committed to keeping this backfield as somewhat of a split. Jones should be well-positioned for a bounce-back performance in the Super Bowl regardless of opponent, as both the Bills and Chiefs have had their struggles stopping the run.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-24 19:03:22


Allen Lazard Totals 62 Yards In Defeat

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard caught three passes for 62 yards in the team's 31-26 loss to the Buccaneers in the NFC Championship Game. Lazard saw six targets in the game and made some nice contributions as the Packers played from behind most of the game. Lazard got off to a solid start this season but injuries prevented him from taking his game to another level. The 25-year-old finished the regular season with 33 receptions for 451 yards with three touchdowns. But the Packers head into the offseason still looking for a true complementary receiver to produce alongside star receiver Davante Adams. Whether Lazard can step into that role will depend on his development during the offseason.

Source: Green Bay Packers

2021-01-24 18:57:20


Leonard Fournette Totals 74 Yards And A Touchdown

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette carried the ball 12 times for 55 rushing yards and a touchdown in a 31-26 win over the Packers. Fournette added five catches for 19 yards. The star back delivered a highlight-reel touchdown in the first half, bouncing a run to the outside and pulling off an impressive spin move en route to the end zone. He's been very productive for Tampa Bay during their playoff run- averaging 20.7 touches and 104.3 scrimmage yards per game along with three scores in three contests. Fournette should continue to operate as the 1a to Ronald Jones II's 1b when Tampa Bay plays in the Super Bowl.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-24 18:54:47


Robert Tonyan Held To 22 Yards

Green Bay Packers tight end Robert Tonyan caught four passes for only 22 yards in the team's 31-26 loss to the Buccaneers in the NFC Championship Game. Tonyan led the NFL in the regular season, among tight ends, with 11 touchdowns but was held in check in this game. The Packers tried to get Tonyan on the run with some bootleg passes but the Buccaneers did an excellent job tackling on the edges. The 26-year-old enjoyed a breakout campaign but could be over-valued heading into the offseason due to touchdown-regression next season.

Source: Green Bay Packers

2021-01-24 18:50:32


Tom Brady Reaches 10th Super Bowl In Win Over Packers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady completed 20 of 36 passes for 280 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions in a 31-26 win over the Packers. Brady was excellent in the first half, as he tossed two beautiful touchdowns, one to Mike Evans and the other a deep ball to Scotty Miller with just seconds left on the clock in the second quarter. The veteran signal-caller did have to contend with drops again, but he himself was a bit off in the second half, as he threw three picks. Still, it was a good enough performance for Brady to reach his 10th Super Bowl, this time in new threads. Tampa Bay will become the first team to host the big game and play in it, as they await the winner of Buffalo and Kansas City in the AFC title game.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-24 18:46:48


Marquez Valdes-Scantling Comes Up Huge In NFC Title Game

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling caught four passes for 115 yards and one touchdown in the Packers 31-26 loss to the Buccaneers in the NFC Title Game. With Tampa Bay focusing on stopping star receiver Davante Adams, Valdes-Scantling stepped up early and often. The 26-year-old got the Packers on the board by catching a 50-yard bomb from quarterback Aaron Rodgers for a touchdown. Valdes-Scantling would come up with some huge chunk plays in the second half as Green Bay played from behind. Valdes-Scantling scored six touchdowns during the regular season but inconsistency plagued his fantasy value all year. Green Bay will continue to look to find a receiver that can produce consistently alongside Adams next season. Whether that can be Valdes-Scantling will be something to monitor.

Source: Green Bay Packers

2021-01-24 18:46:33


Davante Adams Scores Touchdown In Crushing Loss

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams caught nine passes for 67 yards with one touchdown in the team's 31-26 loss to the Buccaneers in the NFC Championship Game. Tampa Bay did all it could to contain Adams and, for the most part, did a solid job. But Adams is too talented to be shut down for long and picked up his 20th (regular season and playoffs combined) touchdown of the season. The elite receiver was able to move the chains on some smaller receptions but was unable to truly bust out. Adams finished the regular season with 115 receptions for 1,374 yards and 18 touchdowns.. He then backed that up with 18 receptions and two touchdowns in two playoff games. Adams will sit atop the fantasy charts among wide receivers heading into the offseason.

Source: Green Bay Packers

2021-01-24 18:41:21


Aaron Jones Leaves Game Against Tampa Bay

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones (chest) left the team's NFC Championship Game against the Buccaneers and did not return. Jones posted only 27 rushing yards in the first half of the game and became involved in a game-swinging moment at the end of the second quarter. The talented back caught a pass from Aaron Rodgers, turned up field and fumbled the ball at midfield. Jones was injured on the play and the Buccaneers picked up a crucial touchdown before the half. The 2020 Packers will be remembered for its passing attack but Jones posted 10-plus total touchdowns for the second straight season. Jones heads into the offseason as a free agent and returning to the Packers next season is certainly up in the air moving forward.

Source: Green Bay Packers

2021-01-24 18:37:12


Aaron Rodgers Comes Up Short In NFC Title Loss

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 33-of-48 passes for 346 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the Packers 31-26 loss to the Buccaneers in the NFC Championship Game. Rodgers may be heading towards an MVP award this season and he played that way most of this game. The veteran shook off a couple of shaky early drives to connect with Marquez Valdes-Scantling for a 50-yard touchdown to get the Packers on the board. Rodgers took five sacks in the game but kept making plays, delivering two passing touchdowns in the third quarter to keep the game close. The biggest question mark heading into the offseason will be, however, why head coach Matt LaFleur elected to kick a field goal in the final minutes with the Packers in the red zone and a chance to tie the game. The game was in the hands of a quarterback who posted 50-plus touchdowns during the regular season and playoffs and now LaFleur's decision will certainly come with criticism. What cannot be debated is the performance Rodgers has displayed all season long and is back in the top-five category among fantasy passers heading into the offseason.

Source: Green Bay Packers

2021-01-24 18:31:42


Travis Kelce Is Strong DFS Play In AFC Title Game

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce is significantly more expensive in DFS than the other tight ends on Sunday's slate, but with the Buffalo Bills allowing the eighth-most fantasy points in the regular season to the position, it makes sense to pay up for Kelce. That's not even factoring in his regular-season game against them in which Kelce caught five passes for 65 yards and two touchdowns. The veteran tight end had 11 regular season touchdown receptions plus another score in the playoff opener against Cleveland.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-24 14:25:27


Tyreek Hill Is A Top DFS Play Sunday

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill only had 20 receiving yards in the first meeting between the Chiefs and the Buffalo Bills, but his role has continued to expand since that game. He's been targeted 10 or more times in seven of the last 10 games and is the highest upside wide receiver play on Sunday's Championship Game slate. While the Bills Defense will offer a little more trouble for Kansas City than Cleveland did last week, Hill's connection with quarterback Patrick Mahomes is impossible to ignore when building a lineup.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-24 14:17:31


Kevin King Active For Packers Defense

Green Bay Packers cornerback Kevin King (back) will be active for the NFC Championship game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday despite being listed as questionable to play. King popped up on the injury report on Friday, which is usually never a good sign, but he will be active. The 25-year-old missed the team's Week 6 loss to these same Buccaneers. Top cornerback Jaire Alexander should be matched up with Tampa's No. 1 wideout in Mike Evans for most of the game, which could leave King left to defend Scotty Miller or rookie Tyler Johnson with Antonio Brown (knee) out. The Packers Defense allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing receivers, so Tom Brady and the Bucs passing attack will have their work cut out for them minus Brown.

Source: NFL Network - Stacey Dales

2021-01-24 13:55:14


Antoine Winfield Jr. Out For Buccaneers Defense

There was early optimism that Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie safety Antoine Winfield Jr. (ankle) would play in the NFC Championship against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, but he has been ruled out, according to sources. Winfield suffered an ankle injury in practice late in the week and wasn't able to overcome it. A key playmaker in Tampa's secondary, his absence is a clear downgrade to the Buccaneers Defense as they look to slow down quarterback Aaron Rodgers for the second time this season. Rodgers went just 16-for-35 for 160 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions in the 38-10 loss to the Bucs back in Week 6. It'll be tough for Tampa to hold him down like that again on Sunday, especially with the talented rookie safety not in the fold.

Source: NFL Network - James Palmer

2021-01-24 13:49:02


Davante Adams Is Strong Play Against Bucs

While the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense has been really good and even shut the Packers down earlier this season, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams is simply too good to downgrade too much in this matchup. He was targeted 10 times the last time these teams faced, catching six passes for 61 yards. It was one of just three games this season where he didn't find the end zone. Adams is one of the NFL's most consistently good wideouts, and while his floor might be lower than normal this week, his ceiling remains very high. Don't be overexposed to him in DFS, but don't ignore Adams on this slate.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-24 13:48:32


Aaron Jones Could Struggle In NFC Title Game

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones is a strong fantasy option most weeks, but Sunday's NFC Championship game against Tampa could be one of those games where you don't want Jones in your lineup. His worst game of the season came against Tampa when he was held to just 15 rushing yards on 10 carries. He found the end zone that week, but with Tampa allowing the second-fewest fantasy points per game this year to the position, you're probably going to be betting on a touchdown to get any value from Jones this week. There are better DFS plays, even on a two-game slate.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-24 13:41:57


Aaron Rodgers Is Risky Play Against Tampa

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers doesn't have an easy matchup in the NFC Championship Game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but his performance this season makes him a solid fantasy play still on this week's two-game slate. Rodgers threw multiple touchdown passes in all but two regular-season games, though one of those games was against Tampa. In that Week 6 meeting, Rodgers completed a season-low 45.71 percent of his passes with no touchdowns and two interceptions. It was by far the worst Rodgers has played. But that memory might make DFS players pivot off of him more than usual, which could pay dividends for those who do play the veteran passer.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-24 13:37:56


New Head Coach Won't Alter Deshaun Watson's Thinking

The Houston Texans head-coaching hire is not expected to change quarterback Deshaun Watson's thinking and he is still expected to want out of Houston, according to sources. The rift started last year when Houston dealt All-Pro wideout DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals for running back David Johnson, and the gap widened early this offseason when the Texans didn't consult Watson before hiring general manager Nick Caserio, as they said they would. The 25-year-old signal-caller has a full no-trade clause in his contract and is reportedly interested in playing for the Dolphins, but it's unclear if Houston as any interest in actually dealing him. This storyline surrounding Watson will be one to watch this offseason, as the top-five fantasy QB could even increase in value heading into 2021 if he lands in a better situation.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-01-24 13:17:57


Eagles Hire Jonathan Gannon As Defensive Coordinator

The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to terms with Indianapolis Colts defensive backs coach Jonathan Gannon to be their next defensive coordinator, according to sources. Gannon worked with new Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni in Indianapolis. Gannon was with the Colts as their defensive backs coach since 2018, so he worked with Sirianni for the last three seasons. Under Gannon's help in 2020, Indianapolis' defense had the No. 8 defense in the NFL, and he played a huge role in developing young defensive backs such as Xavier Rhodes, Rock Ya-Sin, Kenny Moore, Khari Willis and Julian Blackmon. Gannon was an assistant defensive backs coach for the Vikings for four seasons prior to joining the Colts. His first job in the NFL was in 2007 as a defensive assistant with the Falcons.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-24 13:11:50


Antoine Winfield Jr. Trending Toward Playing

Tampa Bay Buccaneers stud rookie safety Antoine Winfield Jr. (ankle) suffered an ankle injury in practice late in the week and is questionable to play on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game, but right now he's leaning toward being active. Winfield is a true game-time decision and will be tested in pre-game workouts. The 22-year-old has been a big part of Tampa's rise defensively in 2020, so losing him for this big game against Aaron Rodgers and company would be a big downgrade to the Buccaneers Defense if you were planning on running with them in fantasy lineups this weekend. Winfield had a big forced fumble in the Divisional Round win over the Saints and recorded 94 combined tackles, one interception, six passes defensed, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and three sacks during the regular season.

Source: NFL Network - James Palmer

2021-01-24 13:02:09


Buccaneers Want Antonio Brown Back In 2021

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers would like to bring wide receiver Antonio Brown back for the 2021 season after taking a chance on him with a one-year contract this season, according to a source. Brown won't play in the NFC Championship against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, but the 32-year-old managed 45 catches for 483 yards and four touchdowns in eight regular season games in 2020. He's also had three receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown in two playoff games this year. Both Brown and Chris Godwin are set to become unrestricted free-agents this offseason. Brown could be even more attractive to fantasy managers next year if he re-signs with the Bucs and Godwin goes elsewhere, as he'd be the No. 2 behind Mike Evans, and quarterback Tom Brady has already shown that Brown has been one of his favorite targets in the passing game.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-24 12:54:50


Patrick Mahomes Diagnosed With Turf Toe

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (toe) was diagnosed with turf toe on his left foot, according to sources. It's an injury that affected his preparation for the AFC Championship game against the Buffalo Bills more than his time in the concussion protocol. Mahomes was cleared from his concussion and will play against the Bills, but his toe limited his effectiveness on the field last week against Cleveland and in practice this week. He'll be re-evaluated after the season by a foot specialist to determine if he'll need surgery on his toe. The 25-year-old All-Pro will be much more risky based on his DFS price this weekend if he's not 100 percent healthy because of his injured toe, especially if he isn't able to scramble as much and create off-script plays with his legs.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-24 12:48:47


Chiefs Not Optimistic About Sammy Watkins

The Kansas City Chiefs will test wide receiver Sammy Watkins (calf) in pre-game workouts, but the team doesn't sound optimistic that he'll be able to play against the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Championship game on Sunday. He'll be a true game-time decision and is extremely hard to trust for fantasy managers, even if he's active. Watkins was limited in practice this week, but he hasn't played since Week 16 and was already an extremely inconsistent fantasy option in a loaded Chiefs offense. The 27-year-old will be an unattractive boom/bust fantasy wideout if he's able to play against Buffalo. If he misses another game, pass-catchers Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson will have more big-play appeal down the field, with Hardman being the preferred DFS play.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-01-24 12:42:18


Le'Veon Bell Not Expected To Play

The Kansas City Chiefs will likely be without running back Le'Veon Bell (knee) in the AFC Championship against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, according to a source. Bell wasn't able to practice this week and should not be in any fantasy lineups for championship weekend. The good news for the Chiefs is that they are expected to be getting rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle, hip) back in the fold. The impressive rookie hasn't played since Week 15 against the Saints, but he did have a season-high 26 carries for 161 yards rushing in the Week 6 win over the Bills, so he should be heavily involved in the game plan if he's active. However, Darrel Williams should also be involved and will be a nice low-cost DFS sleeper against Buffalo on Sunday. Make sure to remove Bell from any of your lineups.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-01-24 12:37:27


Lions Hiring Anthony Lynn As Offensive Coordinator

The Detroit Lions will be hiring former Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn as their next offensive coordinator, according to sources. Lynn had other options, but he wanted to work with new head coach Dan Campbell and defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn, who played for the Cowboys when Lynn coached in Dallas. The 52-year-old Lynn was with the Chargers from 2017 to 2020 and went 33-31. Prior to that, he was the offensive coordinator in Buffalo in 2016. Lynn was the running backs coach in Dallas in 2005 when Campbell was a tight end. Lynn had the best rushing offense in Buffalo in 2016, as the team averaged 164.4 yards per game and 5.35 yards per carry. With the Lions moving on from Matthew Stafford this offseason, Lynn will likely be working with a new QB, but second-year back D'Andre Swift will be in good hands in an offense that will likely lean heavily on the ground attack.

Source: ESPN.com - Dan Graziano

2021-01-24 12:30:19


Chiefs Expect To Have Clyde Edwards-Helaire Against Bills

The Kansas City Chiefs expect to have running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle) for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Buffalo Bills, though backup running Le'Veon Bell (knee) isn't expected to play. Edwards-Helaire should see the highest share of touches out of this backfield, but we could see head coach Andy Reid using Darrel Williams more in this game. CEH had 161 rushing yards in the first meeting of these teams, while Williams found the end zone on one of his six carries. The Chiefs running game isn't likely to be as effective Sunday, but both players have some solid DFS upside.

Source: Adam Schefter

2021-01-24 10:59:30


Matthew Stafford And Lions Will Part Ways

The Detroit Lions and quarterback Matthew Stafford will reportedly part ways this offseason, with Detroit exploring trade options for the former No. 1 overall pick. The Lions will likely look to take a rookie quarterback early in April's draft, something that will likely limit the overall effectiveness of their passing attack. As for Stafford, teams like the 49ers and Colts could be interesting landing spots that would see Stafford's fantasy arrow trending up.

Source: Adam Schefter

2021-01-24 00:18:13


Tramon Williams Could Make History Sunday

Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams was elevated from the practice squad to the active roster on Saturday, and he's now on track to become the first player in NFL history to play for two different teams in the same postseason. Williams started the playoffs with the Ravens before signing with the Packers. More importantly, Williams' elevation to the active roster could be a sign that cornerback Kevin King (back), who is questionable for the NFC Championship game against the Buccaneers, won't be available on Sunday. King landed on the injury report on Friday and didn't practice, so he could be on the wrong side of questionable. Losing King would be a downgrade for Green Bay's defense against a Tampa offense that has plenty of aerial weapons, even with Antonio Brown (knee) not playing.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-01-23 17:14:04


Kenny Stills To Be Active For AFC Championship

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Kenny Stills has been promoted from the practice squad to the active roster for the AFC Championship game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. The Bills signed Stills to their practice squad after he was cut by the Houston Texans late in November, and he was initially brought on for wide receiver depth when Cole Beasley injured his knee in Week 16. The 28-year-old has not played in a game since Week 11 with Houston, but he could have a small role if rookie Gabriel Davis (ankle), who is questionable for Sunday, is unable to play. Stills' elevation from the practice squad could be a sign that Buffalo doesn't expect Davis to play. Isaiah McKenzie could also have a slightly larger role behind Stefon Diggs, John Brown and Cole Beasley if Davis is inactive.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-23 17:09:58


Bashaud Breeland Will Play For Chiefs Defense

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland (concussion) has cleared the league's concussion protocol and has no game status for Sunday. He will play in the AFC Championship against the Buffalo Bills. It's good news for a Chiefs secondary that will be trying to slow down All-Pro wide receiver Stefon Diggs and breakout quarterback Josh Allen as they try to secure back-to-back trips to the Super Bowl. The 29-year-old Breeland was hit with a four-game suspension during the regular season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, but he still managed to record 38 combined tackles, two interceptions, nine passes defensed, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in 11 games in 2020. KC's defense allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts this year, so they'll need Breeland in order to contain Buffalo's passing game.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-23 12:49:56


Dawson Knox Avoidable Versus Chiefs

Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox has shown some signs of life in the second half of the season. However, the Bills still don't have a significant role for him in the offense. Last week, Knox hauled in two receptions for 18 yards in the win over the Baltimore Ravens. He has been playing better lately, but is still the fourth or fifth option in this offense. It's unlikely that he gets enough targets to make a significant impact versus the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-23 12:05:23


Gabriel Davis Too Risky To Trust

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Gabriel Davis (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's playoff matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs. He was able to get in some limited work late this week, but it sounds like the team is still unsure if he'll suit up. His absence could mean more targets for Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley (knee), and possibly Isaiah McKenzie gets more involved. DFS players might want to stay away from Davis even if he does suit up for this game. It doesn't sound like he'll be 100 percent healthy, so it's unlikely he puts up productive numbers.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-23 12:02:13


Cole Beasley Could Be A Risky Choice

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley (knee) was removed from the injury report ahead of Sunday's matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs. This is great news considering Beasley has been dealing with lingering knee issues for a few weeks. It's unclear if Beasley will be limited at all for this matchup. He finished with a goose egg last week versus the Baltimore Ravens. Beasley does have plenty of upside, but might be too risky for DFS players this weekend.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-23 11:49:35


John Brown Has Sneaky Value

Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown surprisingly had a solid game against the Baltimore Ravens last week. He hauled in eight receptions for 62 yards in the win. Brown has battled injuries all season long, but plays well when he's actually on the field. The Kansas City Chiefs are likely going to do everything in their power to slow down Stefon Diggs. That means, Brown could be against some below average defenders, which could mean he has a solid game. DFS players should highly consider using Brown for this matchup since he has plenty of upside.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-23 11:46:11


Stefon Diggs Has Fantastic Value Against Chiefs

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs continues to put up video game numbers and it seems like no defense has an answer for him. Last week, Diggs hauled in eight receptions for 106 yards and one touchdown in the win over the Baltimore Ravens. Honestly, it seems like Diggs goes over 100 receiving yards in just about every game. He'll continue to see plenty of targets versus the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend. He should be considered a must-have DFS option.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-23 11:39:04


Devin Singletary Not An Ideal Option

Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary remains the workhorse lead back for this offense while Zack Moss (shoulder) is sidelined. However, Singletary didn't see many carries during the victory over the Baltimore Ravens last week. He rushed seven times for 25 yards and hauled in three receptions for 12 yards through the air. It's unlikely that his production increases by much against the Kansas City Chiefs. Maybe there's some low-end appeal here, but it's tough to imagine Singletary finding much room to run on Sunday.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-23 11:30:57


Josh Allen Remains Elite Streaming Option

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen is one win away from a ticket to the Super Bowl. Last week, he threw for 206 yards with one passing touchdown in the win over the Baltimore Ravens. Allen is a dual threat quarterback that has been lighting up opposing defenses all season long. The Kansas City Chiefs are not exactly a bad defense, but Allen hasn't shown any signs of slowing down. He'll remain a top tier DFS option for the playoff games this weekend.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-23 11:24:53


Kevin King Questionable For Packers Defense

Green Bay Packers cornerback Kevin King (back) is listed as questionable for the NFC Championship game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Defensive lineman Kingsley Keke (concussion) was ruled out. King popped up on the injury report on Friday and did not practice. Mid-week additions to the injury report are usually never a good sign, especially this late in the week. Jaire Alexander will likely be matched up against Mike Evans on one side of the field this weekend, but a King absence could benefit Scotty Miller or rookie Tyler Johnson the most in Tampa's passing attack with veteran Antonio Brown (knee) already ruled out. Chris Godwin could also have a big game for the Bucs out of the slot.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-22 22:10:06


Buccaneers Defense A Risk-Reward Option

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense prepares to face Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game. Tampa Bay had a strong showing against the Saints last week, creating four takeaways, though they didn't register a sack. They will need to put more pressure on Rodgers than they did Brees, or they'll have a long day. If the Buccaneers follow their Week 6 formula- they sacked Rodgers four times and intercepted him twice- they'll be in a great position to win, as well as delivering for fantasy managers who turn to them.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-22 19:05:57


Cameron Brate Looks To Keep Rolling

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate is playing well heading into a playoff matchup with Green Bay. Brate has at least 50 receiving yards in each of his last two games and has seen 11 targets in that span. However, he's been out-snapped by Rob Gronkowski in both playoff wins, which makes it hard to trust him fully. Both tight ends could have good games, with Gronkowski being more of a touchdown favorite- and Brate more of a between-the-20s guy.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-22 18:58:47


Rob Gronkowski A Solid Option Against Green Bay

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski takes on the Packers in the NFC Championship game on Sunday. Gronkowski has been out-produced by his teammate Cameron Brate lately, but the former has been on the field far more than the latter. The former Patriot also saw the same amount of targets as Brate last week and even had a touchdown catch fall just out of his reach. Both players could have good games, but Gronkowski is due for a strong performance- and he's no stranger to big games. Bet on Gronkowski seeing more looks with Antonio Brown (knee) sidelined against Green Bay, a team who allowed a 5-78-1 line to the big tight end in Week 6.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-22 18:41:35


Bears Hire Sean Desai To Run Their Defense

The Chicago Bears are hiring Sean Desai as their new defensive coordinator on Friday, according to sources. He'll become the first person of Indian descent to become a coordinator in the NFL. Desai will be replacing Chuck Pagano at the position after he announced his retirement following the conclusion of the 2020 season. Desai had previously been working as the team's safeties coach, originally joining the Bears franchise in 2013 as a quality control assistant. He was promoted to safeties coach in 2019, so he has familiarity with Chicago's defense for the last seven years. The Bears Defense has plenty of potential to improve in 2021 under Desai, but they'll need more out of pass-rushers Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks up front.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-22 17:14:50


Antoine Winfield Jr. Questionable For Buccaneers Defense

Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie defensive back Antoine Winfield Jr. (ankle) is listed as questionable for the NFC Championship game against the Packers after missing practice on Friday. The 22-year-old safety practiced in full on Thursday, so this is definitely something to keep an eye on as Sunday's big game approaches. Losing the talented defensive back would be a downgrade for the Buccaneers Defense in fantasy in an already tough matchup against Aaron Rodgers and company. Winfield had a combined 94 tackles (64 solo), one interception, six passes defensed, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and three sacks in 16 regular season games. He also had a big forced fumble in the win over the Saints in the Divisional Round last weekend.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-22 16:34:14


Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Sammy Watkins Questionable

Kansas City Chiefs running backs Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle, hip) and Le'Veon Bell (knee), wide receiver Sammy Watkins (calf) and cornerbacks Bashaud Breeland (shoulder) and Rashad Fenton (foot) are all questionable for the AFC Championship against the Bills. Bell missed practice the last two days, while the others were limited in practice all week, so Bell is the only one on the wrong side of questionable. Edwards-Helaire is expected to play, but he's been out since Week 15 and could lose valuable touches to Darrel Williams, especially if Bell is inactive. Still, the 21-year-old rookie would have the most fantasy upside as the likely leader of this backfield against Buffalo. Watkins has been out since Week 16 and will be a risky boom/bust fantasy pass-catcher if he suits up for the first time this postseason. His presence would be bad news for Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-22 16:27:35


Scotty Miller In Line For More Targets

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Scotty Miller may have a bigger role in the NFC Championship game against the Packers. Miller saw more playing time last week when Antonio Brown (knee) left the field with an injury, hauling in a 29-yard reception. Now, Brown has been ruled out- while Tyler Johnson could be a factor in the passing game, the coaching staff appears to favor Miller a bit more. The 23-year-old has exceeded 70 receiving yards in four games this year, as he and Tom Brady showed nice chemistry on passes downfield. Miller does have some risk, but he is a low-cost option with decent upside against the Packers this week.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-22 16:21:30


Gabriel Davis Questionable For AFC Championship

Buffalo Bills rookie wide receiver Gabriel Davis (ankle) and defensive tackle Vernon Butler (quadriceps) are both questionable for the AFC Championship against the Chiefs on Sunday. Both players missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday before getting in a limited session on Friday, so they'll have a chance to be active this weekend. If healthy, the rookie wideout will serve in four-receiver sets alongside Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley and John Brown. The 21-year-old fourth-round pick has been serviceable for the Bills this year with 35 receptions (62 targets) for 599 yards and seven touchdowns in the regular season, but he whiffed on four targets last week and has just four catches for 85 yards in the two postseason games. As the fourth wideout in a stacked Bills offense, it's hard to expect Davis to produce much if he plays. Isaiah McKenzie would see an expanded role if Davis is inactive.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-22 16:20:54


Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley, Tyler Bass Off Final Injury Report

Buffalo Bills wide receivers Stefon Diggs (oblique) and Cole Beasley (knee) will not have injury designations heading into Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Chiefs. Kicker Tyler Bass (hand) is also off the final injury report after practicing in full all week. Diggs has been fighting through an oblique injury late in the season, but it hasn't slowed him down one bit, as the 27-year-old All-Pro has 14 catches on 20 targets for 234 yards and two touchdowns in the two playoff games against the Colts and Ravens. Diggs led the league in receptions (127) and receiving yards (1,535) during the regular season and is worth the high DFS price against KC. Beasley likely won't be 100 percent the rest of the way, but he'll remain a trustworthy third-down weapon for Josh Allen. Beasley could be even more attractive on Sunday if rookie Gabriel Davis (ankle) is limited or inactive.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-22 16:14:36


Patrick Mahomes Clears Concussion Protocol

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (concussion) said that he has been cleared from the league's concussion protocol, which makes him good to go for the AFC Championship against the Bills on Sunday. He was on the practice field on Friday, and head coach Andy Reid said that Mahomes took all of the snaps in Wednesday's practice and most of them on Thursday. The All-Pro signal-caller didn't actually suffer a blow to the head when he was forced to leave the Divisional Round against the Browns, so it was expected all along that he'd be available this weekend. The 25-year-old might be a tad bit more risky given his high DFS price against Buffalo, but Mahomes should be all systems go and has as much upside as any QB this weekend among Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Josh Allen.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-22 14:27:20


Buccaneers Defense Activates Vita Vea

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are officially activating defensive tackle Vita Vea (leg) from Injured Reserve on Friday, and he will be eligible to play in the NFC Championship game against the Packers on Sunday, according to a source. Vea has been out of action since fracturing his leg in Week 5, but he'll be in the trenches for Tampa's strong defensive front in an effort to slow down quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense. Rakeem Nunez-Roches has been holding down the fort at defensive tackle with Vea out this year. We wouldn't be surprised if Vea is limited in how many snaps he can play in his first game back, though, so don't be surprised if Nunez-Roches continues to play a big role. Either way, it's a slight upgrade for a Buccaneers Defense that has a tall task ahead of them at Lambeau Field.

Source: FOX Sports - Peter Schrager

2021-01-22 13:22:01


Dirk Koetter Retires From Coaching

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach and recent Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter announced on Friday that he is retiring from coaching in the NFL. Koetter joined the NFL ranks after years at the college level, joining the Jaguars in 2007 as their offensive coordinator until 2011. He then moved to Atlanta as the offensive coordinator from 2012-14. Koetter was the offensive coordinator in Tampa in 2015 before becoming the head coach for three seasons, where he had a 19-29 record with no playoff appearances. He has called plays for the Falcons the last two seasons, but the 61-year-old has decided to step away for good after initially considering retirement when the Buccaneers fired him as head coach.

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

2021-01-22 13:10:09


Antonio Brown Ruled Out For NFC Championship Game

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (knee) has been ruled out for the NFC Championship game against the Packers. Brown's knee injury that he suffered in the divisional round win over the Saints wasn't deemed serious- though he was unable to take the practice field on Wednesday and Thursday. While head coach Bruce Arians said that his star wideout wouldn't need to practice to play, he also noted this morning that the knee would swell from the team's flight to Green Bay, so playing him wouldn't make much sense. Fellow wideouts Tyler Johnson and Scotty Miller will take on a larger role in the offense. Miller makes for a potential value DFS play, as he and Tom Brady showcased the ability to make big plays down the field earlier this season.

Source: Rick Stroud

2021-01-22 12:38:54


Drew Brees Played Through Foot, Shoulder Injuries

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees' (foot, shoulder) wife Brittany revealed that the 42-year-old signal-caller was playing through a torn rotator cuff and a torn fascia in his foot. "He's as courageous and as tough a player as I've ever been around," head coach Sean Payton said, via The New Orleans Times-Picayune. Brees' injuries likely played a part in his struggles pushing the ball downfield, and he threw three interceptions in what will be the final game of his storied career in the Divisional Round loss to the Buccaneers. He has yet to make his retirement official, but it's expected to come eventually, especially after playing through other injuries that we didn't know about. If this is the end, Brees will go down in NFL history as one of the greatest to ever play the position.

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

2021-01-22 11:47:30


Vance McDonald Announces Retirement

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Vance McDonald announced his retirement from the NFL on Friday. McDonald was a second-round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers in 2013. He spent four years with the Niners before being traded to Pittsburgh shortly before the 2017 season. McDonald played in 101 career games (77 starts) and finished with 181 catches for 2,036 yards and 15 touchdowns. In his four years with the Steelers, McDonald reeled in 117 passes for 1,170 yards and eight touchdowns in 53 games (47 starts). His best season came in 2018, when he caught 50 passes for 610 yards (12.2 yards per catch) and four touchdowns. The 30-year-old dealt with his fair share of injuries in eight seasons. His retirement will save the team $5.2 million in salary cap space heading into the 2021 season.

Source: Steelers.com - Teresa Varley

2021-01-22 11:41:12


Washington Hires Martin Mayhew As General Manager

The Washington Football Team hired San Francisco 49ers executive Martin Mayhew to serve as their new general manager on Thursday. Marty Hurney, who was previously reported as becoming the next GM, will be appointed to a high-ranking front-office role. Mayhew has been an NFL executive since 2001 and will step into his second stint as GM, with his first coming with the Lions in 2008. He remained in that position until 2015. Mayhew then took over as the New York Giants director of football operations before moving to San Francisco in 2017 as the team's senior personnel executive for two seasons. He became vice president of player personnel in 2019. Mayhew was a cornerback in the NFL for the Bills, Washington and the Buccaneers from 1988-96 and won a Super Bowl with Washington in 1992.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-21 21:33:10


Patrick Mahomes Trending In The Right Direction

Things are trending in the right direction for Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (concussion) to play in the AFC Championship against the Bills on Sunday. Mahomes was limited in practice for the second straight day on Thursday and took the majority of the snaps on offense, a good sign that he didn't suffer a setback after practicing on Wednesday. The hope is that he's a full participant in practice on Friday, which means he'd likely be on his way toward being cleared from the league's protocol before Sunday. The 25-year-old former MVP will be a tad more risky at his elevated DFS price against Buffalo coming off a head injury that knocked him out of the Divisional Round game against the Browns, but Mahomes should put up numbers in what could be a high-scoring affair this weekend as long as he doesn't suffer another head injury.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-21 21:26:40


Jaguars Expected To Hire Darrell Bevell As Offensive Coordinator

The Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to hire Darrell Bevell as their new offensive coordinator, according to sources. Several teams were trying to hire Bevell after he finished the 2020 season as the Detroit Lions interim head coach. The 51-year-old was the offensive coordinator in Detroit the last two years, with the team averaging 22.5 points per game and 348.5 total yards per game in his two seasons at the helm. Bevell became the Seahawks offensive coordinator in 2011, 11 seasons after breaking into the NFL as an assistant quarterbacks coach with Green Bay. He made back-to-back trips to the Super Bowl with Seattle in 2013-14 and won one championship. His biggest task will be working with a likely rookie quarterback -- expected to be Clemson's Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 overall selection in the draft -- to mold Jacksonville's offense to the young signal-caller's strengths.

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

2021-01-21 21:14:35


Chris Godwin An Excellent Play In The NFC Championship Game

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin is poised for a great showing against the Packers in the NFC Championship game. Godwin has 19 targets in the Buccaneers' two playoff games, a mark that leads the team. He could be in line to receive more work than usual, as Mike Evans will likely have to deal with star corner Jaire Alexander and Antonio Brown (knee) is a game-time decision. The drops have been an issue for Godwin in the postseason, but Tom Brady's trust in him hasn't wavered. He won't be as pricey as Stefon Diggs or Davante Adams, but he could provide similar production, making him a great DFS value play this week.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-21 17:52:41


Mike Evans Faces Tough Matchup On Sunday

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans will likely face off with Packers' star corner Jaire Alexander in the NFC title game. This is fresh off of being held to one catch by Marshon Lattimore- though his lone reception was a touchdown. Evans and Alexander went toe-to-toe in Week 6, with Alexander following him on 76 percent of the routes, holding him to zero catches, per Pro Football Focus. Evans is talented enough to beat any corner, but this is legitimately a matchup to fear. He should be faded in DFS tournaments this weekend.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-21 17:41:45


Ronald Jones II Has Upside Against Green Bay

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II (quadriceps) said he's "good" after returning last week from a quadriceps injury in a win over New Orleans. Jones has since gotten in two limited practice sessions and seems poised to be out there again on Sunday against Green Bay. While he's likely looking at a timeshare with Leonard Fournette, Jones has the upside to be the better valued running back this weekend in DFS. He only had 13 carries last week but ran hard against the Saints' stingy run defense- it's also worth noting that he had 20+ carries in a game three times this season, one of which was against the Packers. Jones is riskier than Fournette but could provide more bang for your buck, especially if he runs like he did last week.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-21 17:33:31


Leonard Fournette Looks To Keep Rolling Against Packers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette has been on a roll in the playoffs. With fellow back Ronald Jones II (quadriceps) battling injury, Fournette has taken the reins of the backfield with 45 total touches in his last two games, the most for him in any two-game stretch this season. Jones seems to be getting healthier, but expect Fournette to have the slight carry edge if it turns into a timeshare. Green Bay's run defense has tightened up in the second half of the season, though it's still not a matchup to fear. Don't expect 20+ touches again, but Fournette could have himself a solid day against the Packers.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-21 17:14:11


Gary Kubiak Officially Retires

Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator officially announced his retirement on Thursday after 25 seasons of coaching in the NFL. He was hired in Minnesota in 2019 to be the team's assistant head coach/offensive advisor, serving as the offensive coordinator in 2020. The 59-year-old was leaning toward retirement after the season, but he has made it official. The Vikings will have their sixth offensive coordinator in eight seasons in 2021. The team ranked fourth in yards per game (393.3) and finished 11th in points at 26.9 per game in 2020 under Kubiak. Quarterback Kirk Cousins had a career year and running back Dalvin Cook made Pro Bowls each of the last two seasons. Kubiak will retire with four Super Bowl rings to his name -- one as Denver's head coach, back-to-back titles in 1997-98 as Denver's offensive coordinator and his first Super Bowl ring in 1994 as the 49ers quarterbacks coach.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-21 16:48:49


Tom Brady A Dependable Option Against Packers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has led his team on a six-game winning streak all the way up to Aaron Rodgers' doorstep at Lambeau Field for the NFC title game. Brady is playing some of the best football of his career in those six games, a stretch that includes the playoffs, where he's thrown for 580 passing yards, four passing scores, and one rushing touchdown against two of the league's better overall defenses. Tampa Bay may try to attack the Packers with the ground game, a formula that helped lead to their Week 6 blowout win. Brady might not provide the upside that the other quarterbacks on the slate can deliver, but he's been a safe, dependable option. That should continue on Sunday against Green Bay.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-21 16:43:09


Rams Hire Raheem Morris As Defensive Coordinator

The Los Angeles Rams officially hired Raheem Morris to be their next defensive coordinator on Thursday. Morris will be replacing Brandon Staley, who was hired as the Chargers head coach last Sunday. The 44-year-old will bring 18 years of NFL coaching experience on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. He served as the interim head coach of the Falcons for their final 11 games in 2020. Morris was with Atlanta the last six seasons. He was the youngest head coach in the league in 2009 when he was hired by the Buccaneers. Morris started his NFL coaching career as a defensive quality control coach for Tampa in 2002 and was promoted to assistant defensive backs coach in 2004. He worked with head coach Sean McVay a combined four seasons with the Bucs and Washington. Morris will take over a nasty defense led by All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald. The Rams D will likely be the first fantasy unit off the board in 2021 drafts.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-21 15:08:47


Jeff Ulbrich To Run Jets Defense

The New York Jets are hiring Jeff Ulbrich as their defensive coordinator, and he will call plays on defense for the Jets in 2021. Ulbrich started last year as the Atlanta Falcons assistant head coach and linebackers coach, and he was promoted to defensive coordinator when Raheem Morris took over as the interim head coach in October. In six seasons as the team's linebackers coach, Ulbrich mentored players like Deion Jones, De'Vondre Campbell and Foye Oluokun. He was a third-round pick of the 49ers in 2000, recording 488 career tackles, six forced fumbles, 5.5 sacks and two interceptions with San Francisco from 2000-09. Head coach Robert Saleh and Ulbrich coached together in 2011 with the Seahawks under Pete Carroll.

Source: FOX Sports - Peter Schrager

2021-01-21 14:38:02


Antonio Brown To Be Game-Time Decision Against Packers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (knee) hasn't practiced yet this week and will be a game-time decision for the NFC Championship against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, according to head coach Bruce Arians. Brown is still being listed as day-to-day, but fantasy managers should consider him very questionable to suit up this weekend. Even if the 32-year-old veteran does play, he'll be a risky touchdown-dependent option and will be at risk of seeing fewer snaps in an offense with plenty of pass-catching weapons. He'll need to get in at least a limited practice on Friday to have a chance at playing. Rookie Tyler Johnson and Scotty Miller should see more opportunities behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin if Brown is inactive against the Packers.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-21 14:26:38


Eagles Hiring Nick Sirianni As Next Head Coach

The Philadelphia Eagles are hiring Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni as their next head coach on Thursday, according to sources. Sirianni spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Kansas City Chiefs, five seasons with the Los Angeles Chargers and the past three years with the Colts. The Colts went 4-12 and ranked 30th in the league in points and 31st in yards in 2017, the year before Sirianni joined Indy. In the last three years, the Colts ranked fifth, 16th and ninth in scoring under the 39-year-old and made the playoffs twice. Sirianni becomes the Eagles second-youngest head coach and the fourth straight offensive-minded head coach under owner Jeffrey Lurie. He's also the team's seventh straight head coach with no previous head-coaching experience, and one of his primary jobs will be to see if the team can salvage their relationship with quarterback Carson Wentz and turn him around after the worst season of his career.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-01-21 14:18:18


Steelers Planning To Sign Dwayne Haskins

The Pittsburgh Steelers are planning to sign former first-round quarterback Dwayne Haskins on Thursday, according to sources. Haskins is meeting with Steelers coaches right now and a deal should be hammered out if all goes well. He was cut by the Washington Football Team in late December after just 13 starts in less than two years. Haskins also visited the Carolina Panthers. Ben Roethlisberger's future is in doubt after a rough second half of the season, and the Steelers didn't upgrade their quarterback room of Mason Rudolph and Joshua Dobbs last year. Despite struggling in his first two years, Haskins has a strong arm, but poor mechanics and struggles to read defenses have led to inconsistent play so far. A change of scenery and proper coaching could turn things around for Haskins, but he'll still be off the fantasy radar in redraft leagues in 2021.

Source: NBC Sports Boston - Albert Breer

2021-01-21 14:07:08


Jaguars Defense Adding Joe Cullen As Coordinator

Former Baltimore Ravens defensive line coach Joe Cullen is joining the Jacksonville Jaguars and new head coach Urban Meyer as the team's defensive coordinator, according to sources. Cullen becomes the third defensive assistant to leave the Ravens Defense since the 2020 season ended, joining Mike Macdonald and Jesse Minter. He had spent the last five seasons with the Ravens and will return to the Jaguars after serving as a defensive line coach from 2010-12 with them. It will be Cullen's first job as a defensive coordinator in the NFL after being a D coordinator at Richmond and Indiana. Jacksonville's defense ranked 31st in sacks (18) and 29th in fumble recoveries (five) while allowing the second-most points (492), ninth-most passing yards per game (270.1) and third-most rushing yards per game (153.3) in 2020.

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

2021-01-21 14:00:52


Le'Veon Bell Added To Injury Report

Kansas City Chiefs running back Le'Veon Bell (knee) was added to the injury report and did not practice on Thursday. Linebacker Willie Gay (ankle) also missed his second straight practice this week. Mid-week additions are usually not a good sign, but the Chiefs might just be giving the veteran Bell a little extra rest ahead of the AFC Championship tilt against the Bills on Sunday. Bell's practice status on Friday will be telling. The 28-year-old just hasn't looked like his old self in KC while mainly splitting touches with rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire, but Bell hasn't really taken advantage of CEH's injury late in the season. He carried the ball just two times for six yards in the Divisional Round against the Browns and has just nine carries for 36 yards in two games with Edwards-Helaire sidelined. It's looking like the rookie will return against Buffalo, too, which makes Bell one to avoid in fantasy lineups.

Source: The Athletic - Nate Taylor

2021-01-21 13:52:38


Patrick Mahomes Practicing Again

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (concussion) is practicing again on Thursday with a helmet. Rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle, hip), wide receiver Sammy Watkins (calf) and cornerbacks Bashaud Breeland (concussion, shoulder) and Rashad Fenton (foot) are also practicing. Mahomes might be limited again on Thursday, but he appears to be making good progress in the league's concussion protocol after clearing some steps initially on Monday. While he's not officially out of the protocol, the 25-year-old is expected to suit up in the AFC Championship against the Bills on Sunday after leaving the Divisional Round with a concussion. Mahomes will be a bit more risky at a high DFS price this weekend, but he did throw for 225 yards and two touchdowns against Buffalo earlier this year and could easily go off if he's past his concussion issues from a week ago.

Source: The Athletic - Nate Taylor

2021-01-21 13:47:05


Steelers Defense To Retain Coordinator Keith Butler

The Pittsburgh Steelers are retaining defensive coordinator Keith Butler for at least one more season, according to a source. The 64-year-old has been with the team since 2003 and in his role as the defensive coordinator since 2015. Pittsburgh's defense was a top-five unit in 2020, finishing first in total QBR (55.9) and sacks (56). However, they began to fall apart in the final month of the season. They allowed 111.4 rushing yards per game and 4.31 yards per carry after being the best run defense in the first half of the year. They ranked third in the NFL in passing yards per game (194.4) and yards per attempt (5.91). Losing linebackers Devin Bush and Bud Dupree to injuries during the season was a big reason why Pittsburgh's defense wasn't as strong to close out the year. Despite the disappointing finish, this unit should be a top target for fantasy managers late in drafts in 2021.

Source: ESPN.com - Brooke Pryor

2021-01-21 11:40:28


John Harbaugh Defends Run-Heavy Approach

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said on Wednesday that he's "not apologizing" for quarterback Lamar Jackson's style of play or the team's run-first approach on offense. Baltimore scored just three points in the Divisional Round loss to the Bills, and offensive coordinator Greg Roman received criticism for what looked like a simplistic passing attack. The Ravens finished last in the NFL in passing for the first time since 2003. Harbaugh points out that they finished seventh in scoring in 2020, averaging 29.3 points per game. While Baltimore doesn't air the football out like other teams, they've also led the league in rushing each of the last two years, and Jackson has been a big part of that. Despite his limitations as a passer, Jackson remains a high-end QB1 for fantasy managers entering the 2021 season. Running back J.K. Dobbins will only see his stock rise as well in one of the NFL's most run-heavy offenses heading into his second season.

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

2021-01-21 11:33:56


Bills Defense Has Improved Late In The Season

The Buffalo Bills Defense has improved dramatically since their Week 11 bye, allowing only 17.1 points per game, fewer than 340 total yards per game and just a 35.1 third-down conversion rate since Week 12. Buffalo's D held the Baltimore Ravens to just three points and 340 total yards in the their win in the Divisional Round last weekend. The Bills defense made a point to limit big plays in their Week 6 loss to the Chiefs. They held wide receiver Tyreek Hill to three catches for 20 yards and tight end Travis Kelce to five catches for 65 yards and two touchdowns. KC carried the ball 46 times for 245 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Buffalo will have their hands full again and will probably be avoided in most DFS formats this weekend, making them mostly a contrarian play if Patrick Mahomes (concussion) is active.

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

2021-01-21 11:26:05


Dwayne Haskins To Visit With Steelers

Former Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins has a visit with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday, according to sources. Haskins could represent potential quarterback depth and upside. The free agent and former first-round pick also had a recent visit with the Carolina Panthers after being cut by Washington after their Week 16 loss. Although Ben Roethlisberger is expected to return for another season in 2021 following a disappointing end to their season, the Steelers could use more depth behind Big Ben and Mason Rudolph, with Joshua Dobbs being the other signal-caller currently on the roster. The 23-year-old Haskins has struggled mightily in his two seasons in the NFL, and he hasn't helped himself with some off-field issues. He's hoping to rehabilitate his image and eventually get another shot with a new organization.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-21 11:16:45


Ronald Jones II, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin Practice Wednesday

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II (quadriceps) and wide receivers Mike Evans (knee) and Chris Godwin (quadriceps) were all limited participants during Wednesday's practice. Jones was able to practice in a limited fashion last week before ultimately suiting up against the Saints, while Evans' and Godwin's reps are being managed as precautions. Jones has a good matchup against Green Bay's front, though he and Leonard Fournette are trending towards a timeshare after head coach Bruce Arians described them as a "1-2 punch." Meanwhile, Evans will likely tango with star corner Jaire Alexander on the outside, as tough a matchup as any. Godwin is due for a rebound performance after dropping a surefire touchdown last week and could see more targets if Evans struggles and Antonio Brown (knee) is banged up.

Source: Greg Auman

2021-01-20 18:42:01


Antonio Brown Unable To Practice On Wednesday

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (knee) was listed as a non-participant for Wednesday's practice. Brown sustained the knee injury during the divisional-round win over the Saints, with Tampa Bay officially listing him as day-to-day. The veteran wideout will look to ramp up his activity during Thursday and Friday's sessions to give him a chance at suiting up against Green Bay in the NFC title game. Fellow wideouts Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson- who both made big plays in the victory over New Orleans- would be in line to receive more targets if Brown isn't healthy enough to play.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-20 18:18:15


Stefon Diggs Gets In Limited Practice

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs (oblique) remains on the injury report and was a limited practice participant on Wednesday. Diggs has been battling an oblique injury late this season, but it hasn't really slowed him down at all. The NFL's leader in receptions and receiving yards in 2020, the 27-year-old has 14 catches on 20 targets for 234 yards and two touchdowns in the team's two playoff tilts against the Colts and Ravens this year. Diggs was able to haul in six of his eight targets for 46 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Chiefs back in Week 6 in a 26-17 loss. With quarterback Josh Allen having a breakout season under center, Diggs has been one of the most valuable fantasy wideouts this season, and that shouldn't change in the AFC Championship this Sunday.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-20 16:30:52


Gabriel Davis Misses Practice On Wednesday

Buffalo Bills rookie wide receiver Gabriel Davis (ankle) and defensive tackle Vernon Butler (quadriceps) both missed practice on Wednesday. Davis injured his ankle in the Divisional Round win over the Ravens last Saturday night. As of right now, the impressive 21-year-old should be considered questionable to play against the Chiefs in the AFC Championship on Sunday, but keep an eye on his practice status through the rest of the week. He was unable to haul in any of his four targets against Baltimore's defense last week after going for four catches and 85 yards in the wild-card win over Indianapolis the week prior. He's hard to trust for consistent production behind Stefon Diggs, John Brown and Cole Beasley. If Davis can't play this weekend, Isaiah McKenzie could see an expanded role.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-20 16:24:25


A.J. Dillon Should Practice Wednesday

Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said that rookie running back A.J. Dillon (quadriceps) "should be out there a little bit today" at practice. Meanwhile, offensive tackle Jared Veldheer remains in the COVID-19 protocols, while running back Tyler Ervin (foot) will not practice. Dillon's injury doesn't appear to be very serious, so he should have a good shot at suiting up on Sunday in the NFC Championship against the Buccaneers, but keep an eye on his practice status the rest of the week. If the 22-year-old is limited at all or is inactive, Jamaal Williams would take on a much bigger role as the backup behind lead-back Aaron Jones. Dillon carried the ball six times for 27 yards in the Divisional Round victory over the Rams last weekend.

Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette - Ryan Wood

2021-01-20 16:18:57


Ronald Jones II Says He's Good

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II (quadriceps) said he's all good and is already feeling better than last week when he was questionable heading into the Divisional Round against the Saints. Jones couldn't get loose during pre-game warmups before the wild-card win against Washington and didn't play at all in that contest, but he returned last Sunday and carried the ball 13 times for 62 yards in the 30-20 win over New Orleans. However, he saw four fewer carries than Leonard Fournette. The 23-year-old appears to be close to full health at this point, but his workload should be a concern for those that roster him in the NFC Championship, as Jones and Fournette appear headed for a 50-50 split in touches. Fournette had five catches on six targets for 44 yards and a touchdown against the Saints, too, while Jones missed his only aerial target.

Source: NFL Network - James Palmer

2021-01-20 16:14:28


Vita Vea Has A Chance To Play Sunday

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said on Wednesday that defensive tackle Vita Vea (ankle), who has been out since Week 5 with a fractured ankle, looked good after taking part in the team's walkthrough practice. Arians thought that Vea had a chance to return after watching him run in a pool around three weeks ago. Vea was designated to return from Injured Reserve on Monday, but it remains to be seen if he'll come off IR by Sunday to play in the NFC Championship against the Packers. If the 25-year-old is able to suit up against Green Bay, Rakeem Nunez-Roches, who has handled nose-tackle duties in Vea's absence, will move back to more of a rotational role along Tampa's strong defensive line.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-20 15:59:58


Patrick Mahomes, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Sammy Watkins Practice

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (concussion, toe), rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle, hip) and wide receiver Sammy Watkins (calf) all took part in practice on Wednesday, but head coach Andy Reid said that Thursday's practice is the big day. Mahomes was a full participant and took all of the snaps, a very positive sign that he'll be ready for the AFC Championship against the Bills. He remains asymptomatic and is expected to increase his activities throughout the week, barring a setback. Edwards-Helaire hasn't played since Week 15 and could see his snaps limited if he's active this Sunday, making him a boom/bust fantasy option. Watkins hasn't played since Week 16 and has been hit-or-miss all year (mostly miss), making him a dart throw in DFS if he's active against Buffalo.

Source: The Kansas City Star - Sam McDowell

2021-01-20 15:53:07


Saquon Barkley, Odell Beckham Jr. To Rehab Together

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (knee) and Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (knee) are both recovering from torn ACLs and plan to get together to rehab and train in the offseason. Barkley had surgery on his right knee on Oct. 30, while Beckham needed left knee surgery on Nov. 10. The 23-year-old Barkley will eventually take his rehab/training to the West Coast, where OBJ is stationed. The two have been close friends since Barkley was drafted by the Giants in 2018, and they remained close after Beckham was traded the following year. While Barkley and Beckham will fall in fantasy drafts in 2021 because of their injuries, they could become value picks in the early rounds if they fall far enough.

Source: ESPN New York - Jordan Raanan

2021-01-20 11:56:33


Bengals Must Protect Joe Burrow Better

Newly acquired Cincinnati Bengals offensive line coach Frank Pollack said the team's No. 1 priority going into 2021 is to keep quarterback Joe Burrow upright and off the Injured Reserve. Burrow had been sacked 32 times at the time of his season-ending left knee injury in Week 11, which was the third-most in the league. He had taken 72 hits entering his final game, which was tied for the most by a rookie QB in his first nine games since 2000. Burrow saw pressure on 146 of his 453 dropbacks in 10 games. The Bengals allowed an AFC North-high 215 pressures in 2020. Under Pollack's direction in 2018, Cincy ranked 11th in the league in fewest sacks allowed per game at 2.3. Burrow remains on track to be ready for the 2021 season after a promising rookie campaign, but his Year 2 upside could be capped if the Bengals don't fix their offensive-line issues.

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Tyler Dragon

2021-01-20 11:45:44


Lions Officially Make Dan Campbell Head Coach

The Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints tight ends coach/assistant head coach Dan Campbell officially agreed to terms on a six-year deal to make him the new head coach, according to a source. The Lions had zeroed in on Campbell, but they couldn't make the hire official until the Saints were eliminated from the playoffs. Detroit hasn't made the playoffs since 2016 and also have a new general manager in Brad Holmes, the former Rams college scouting director. The 44-year-old Campbell has been with the Saints for the last five years and was previously with Miami for six seasons, where he began as an offensive coaching intern before becoming the tight ends coach. The Lions fired Matt Patricia in 2020 and went 5-11 to finish in last place in the NFC North for the third straight season.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-20 11:30:11


Philip Rivers Announces Retirement

Long-time San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers announced his retirement from football on Wednesday. Rivers went to the Chargers in a draft-day trade in 2004 and played for the Bolts for 16 seasons before spending his 17th and final NFL season with the Colts. He played in 244 games, starting the final 240 without missing a game, the second-longest streak by an NFL QB behind Brett Favre's 297. The 39-year-old finishes his career ranked fifth all-time with 63,440 passing yards and 421 touchdown passes. "I can sit here and say, 'I can still throw it. I love to play,'" Rivers said. "But that's always going to be there. I'm excited to go coach high school football." The future Hall of Famer topped 4,000 passing yards for the eighth straight season in 2020 and 12th time in his career.

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune - Kevin Acee

2021-01-20 11:19:25


Patrick Mahomes Remains In Concussion Protocol

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (concussion) remains in the NFL's concussion protocol after leaving the Divisional Round contest against the Browns early, but there is optimism that he'll be able to play in the AFC Championship on Sunday against the Bills. Mahomes will have a very light practice on Wednesday and could be listed as a limited or non-participant, according to a source. His work is expected to ramp up throughout the week as he tries to clear each step in the league's protocols. Mahomes cleared some steps on Monday, and the fact that he'll attempt to practice on Wednesday is a good sign, but he's not out of the woods by a long shot. If he cannot go this weekend, veteran Chad Henne is expected to get the start, which would downgrade all of KC's offensive skill players in fantasy. The former MVP is still worth starting if he suits up, but he'll be a tad bit riskier than usual.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-20 11:08:43


Corey Coleman Suspended For Six Games

Free-agent wide receiver Corey Coleman has been suspended by the NFL for the first six games of the 2021 season due to a violation of the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Coleman was the 15th overall pick of the Cleveland Browns back in 2016. He played in just 19 games for Cleveland in his first two seasons before joining the Giants in 2018. Most recently, the 26-year-old from Baylor was released from the Giants practice squad in November of last season. Coleman hasn't played in an NFL game in the last two years, and this off-the-field setback won't help him as he tries to land a gig with a new team heading into the 2021 season.

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

2021-01-19 21:17:40


Jaguars Expected To Hire Trent Baalke As General Manager

The Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to hire Trent Baalke as their next general manager, according to sources. Baalke was the top internal candidate and will remain with the organization to work with new head coach Urban Meyer. The deal isn't official, but it's expected to become official soon. Baalke joined the team's front office as director of pro personnel in early February of 2020 and was working under general manager Dave Caldwell before Caldwell was fired at the end of November. Baalke became the interim GM to close out the season. Jacksonville also parted ways with John Idzik, the team's special assistant to the GM. Meyer will work closely with Baalke and will be the one determining the vision and blueprint for the Jaguars roster moving forward, so it'll be interesting to see how the relationship unfolds between Baalke and Meyer.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-19 21:12:29


A.J. Brown Has Surgery On Both Knees

Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (knees) said he had surgery on both of his knees on Tuesday. He also said he would have been out for the season after Week 2, but instead he battled through his injuries and made the Pro Bowl. The second-year wideout did miss two games, but he managed to finish as the 10th-ranked fantasy wideout in standard scoring after catching 70 passes on 106 targets for 1,073 yards and 11 touchdowns. The 23-year-old is expected to be ready for the 2021 season and is an easy top-10 fantasy wideout after going over 1,000 yards receiving in his first two NFL seasons while hauling in 19 total touchdowns. On top of it all, Brown is one of the best pass-catchers in the league at racking up yards after the catch.

Source: TitanInsider.com - Terry McCormick

2021-01-19 21:05:23


Zack Moss Undergoes Ankle Surgery

Buffalo Bills rookie running back Zack Moss (ankle) underwent a minor surgical "tight rope" procedure on his ankle on Tuesday. Moss is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for offseason workouts and training camp. The 23-year-old was injured in the wild-card win over the Colts and won't be available for the rest of Buffalo's postseason run. But Moss impressed as a rookie, carrying the ball 112 times for 481 yards and four touchdowns while also catching 14 passes on 18 targets for 95 yards and an additional score. He should continue to be featured alongside Devin Singletary in 2021, but Moss should be the more attractive RB3/flex if the Bills continue to use him more than Singletary in the red zone and near the goal line. With quarterback Josh Allen breaking out in 2020, Buffalo's offensive arrow is only pointing up, giving Moss plenty of room for improvement going into Year 2.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-01-19 20:59:42


Kenjon Barner Designated To Return From Injured Reserve

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers designated running back Kenjon Barner (groin) for return from Injured Reserve on Tuesday, allowing him to resume practicing with the team. The team also placed linebacker Jack Cichy (arm) on Injured Reserve after he broke his arm in the Divisional Round against the Saints and signed linebacker Deone Bucannon from the practice squad to the active roster in a corresponding move. Barner will be allowed to practice with the team this week, but it doesn't mean he'll come off IR and join the active roster for the NFC Championship against the Packers on Sunday. Barner, a sixth-round pick of the Panthers in 2013, was active for six games this season but didn't receive a single carry and was targeted once in the passing game.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-01-19 16:11:15


Aaron Glenn To Become Lions Defensive Coordinator

New Orleans Saints secondary coach Aaron Glenn is headed to the Detroit Lions as their next defensive coordinator, according to sources. The two sides are closing in on a deal on Tuesday. Glenn will join Dan Campbell in Detroit after the two worked together in New Orleans. The former Pro Bowl cornerback played 15 seasons in the NFL from 1994 to 2008 and produced an impressive 41 interceptions in his career. Glenn served as a pro scout for the Jets in 2012 and then moved to Cleveland in 2014-15 as the team's assistant secondary coach. He then became the Saints defensive backs coach in 2016. New Orleans' pass defense ranked fifth in yards allowed per game (217), sixth in yards allowed per pass play (6.7), fourth in interception rate (3.23 percent) and second in completion percentage allowed (59.8 percent) under Glenn.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-19 15:59:01


Charges Against Mackensie Alexander Dismissed

A misdemeanor battery charge against Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Mackensie Alexander was dismissed on Tuesday. The charge stemmed from last August in relation to the disappearance of his father. Alexander entered deferred prosecution on Dec. 8, which led to the charges being dismissed. Part of the terms of the agreement included 24 hours of community service and participation in an anger-management course. Alexander allegedly went to a man's house to discuss the incident with his father, hit him and caused minor injuries. He pleaded not guilty and completed the pretrial diversion program on Jan. 13. The fifth-year player started in 10 of his 13 games in 2020 and recorded 47 tackles and one interception.

Source: ESPN.com - Ben Baby

2021-01-19 15:48:42


Patrick Mahomes Cleared Steps Monday

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (concussion) cleared "some big steps" on Monday, but he remains in the league's concussion protocol, and it's too early to say definitively that he will play in the AFC Championship against the Bills, according to sources. We'll have a better idea of Mahomes' chances of playing this Sunday once the Chiefs begin practicing on Wednesday, but he'll need full clearance from the protocol in order to play against Buffalo. If the 25-year-old cannot play, veteran Chad Henne would likely start under center after replacing Mahomes in the Divisional Round against the Browns. Mahomes threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns in the Week 6 win over Buffalo, but he'll be riskier than usual at his high price in DFS if he plays this weekend.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-01-19 15:32:31


Rams Focusing On Raheem Morris As Defensive Coordinator

The Los Angeles Rams are focusing on former Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator/interim head coach Raheem Morris as their new defensive coordinator, according to sources. It's looking like Morris will be the one to replace Brandon Staley, who was hired as the Chargers new head coach. Morris was Atlanta's interim head coach for the last 11 games of the 2020 season after Dan Quinn was fired, and he went 4-7 to close out the year. The Falcons Defense allowed 30-plus points in four of their first five games, but they turned things around on that side of the ball once Morris took over. The 44-year-old was Tampa's head coach from 2009-11, with the team going 17-31 in that stretch. Morris worked with Rams head coach Sean McVay in Tampa and also in Washington.

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

2021-01-19 15:26:34


Michael Thomas Likely To Have Ankle Surgery

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) is likely to have surgery on the torn deltoid and other ligaments in his ankle this offseason, according to a source. Thomas knew it was likely quarterback Drew Brees' last year and didn't want to miss out on a possible Super Bowl run. A high-ankle sprain limited the All-Pro wideout to just seven games this year. He often was playing at far less than 100 percent, catching just 40 passes for 438 yards and no touchdowns during the regular season. The 27-year-old did find the end zone in the wild-card win over the Bears, but he was a massive fantasy bust as the first receiver off the board in the first round in most drafts after his 149-catch, 1,725-yard season in 2019. Thomas should be a top-10 wideout, if healthy, in 2021, but losing Brees will also be a downgrade for his overall outlook moving forward.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-01-19 11:45:00


Antonio Brown Considered Day-To-Day

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (knee) did not suffer a serious knee injury in the Divisional Round win over the Saints, according to sources. Brown is considered day-to-day after undergoing an MRI exam on Monday. The 32-year-old should have a chance to suit up in the NFC Championship against the Packers on Sunday, but we'll keep a close eye on his practice participation throughout the week. If Brown is unable to go or is limited, Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson could see more opportunities in the passing game behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Brown played only 27 offensive snaps last weekend, missing most of the second half with his injury. He caught one of three targets for 10 yards against the Saints. Brown will be a touchdown-dependent fantasy option if he plays against Green Bay.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-19 11:33:24


Falcons Name Terry Fontenot As New General Manager

The Atlanta Falcons officially named Terry Fontenot as their new general manager on Tuesday. Fontenot spent the last 18 years of his career with the New Orleans Saints, most recently completing his first season as the team's vice president/assistant general manager for pro personnel. He initially got his foot in the door as a marketing intern with the Saints. New Orleans won Super Bowl XLIV in 2009 and has claimed seven NFC South titles in the last 15 years while Fontenot was around. Fontenot will now move to a Falcons team that has not been to the playoffs since 2017. He will be replacing Thomas Dimitroff, who was fired during the 2020 season. Fontenot will be working with new head coach Arthur Smith, with one of the main priorities being to figure out whether quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Julio Jones are part of the organization's immediate future.

Source: AtlantaFalcons.com - Matthew Tabeek

2021-01-19 11:26:09


Washington Finalizing Deal With Marty Hurney

The Washington Football Team is finalizing a deal with Marty Hurney on Tuesday to be its new general manager, according to sources. The move should be officially announced later in the day. Hurney will be reunited with head coach Ron Rivera after the two worked together in the early part of the last decade with the Carolina Panthers. Hurney will join the team with hopes of improving a team that released first-round quarterback Dwayne Haskins after less than two full seasons. With Alex Smith potentially retiring, Washington faces plenty of uncertainty at the position in the short and long term. But Washington's defense proved to be a force in 2020 after the team finished 7-9 with a playoff berth.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-19 11:15:14


Ravens To Release Mark Ingram II

The Baltimore Ravens will release veteran running back Mark Ingram II on Tuesday, according to league sources. The move will save the Ravens $5 million against the 2021 salary cap and will allow Ingram to get an early jump on free agency. Ingram was a healthy scratch in five of the team's final six games to close out the season, but he insists that he's healthy and has plenty to offer a team in 2021. The 31-year-old was a first-round pick out of Alabama back in 2011, but he's unlikely to be anything more than a backup if he lands with another team on the open market this offseason. J.K. Dobbins took over as Baltimore's lead back in the second half of the 2020 season, and Gus Edwards should continue spelling him next season. Ingram, a three-time Pro Bowler, had 72 carries for 299 yards (4.2 yards per attempt) and two touchdowns in 11 games (nine starts) in his second year in Baltimore.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-01-18 21:54:39


Ravens Waive Robert Griffin III

The Baltimore Ravens waived quarterback Robert Griffin III, defensive back Davontae Harris, wide receiver De'Anthony Harris and defensive back Tramon Williams on Monday. Griffin played in four games in his third season with the Ravens and made a start in place of Lamar Jackson after he contracted COVID-19 in the Week 12 loss to the Steelers. RG3 went just 7-for-12 for 33 yards and an interception in that start, also running the ball seven times for an additional 20 yards. The No. 2 overall pick might've played in his last NFL game, but he could also return to the Ravens if he goes unclaimed on waiver. The 30-year-old started just two games in three years for Baltimore and declined after he was named a Pro Bowler in his rookie season with Washington.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-01-18 21:10:56


Packers Hopeful A.J. Dillon Can Play Against Buccaneers

Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said that the team will be careful with rookie running back A.J. Dillon (undisclosed), but he is hopeful that Dillon can play on Sunday against the Buccaneers in the NFC Championship game. Dillon left the fourth quarter of the win over the Rams in the Divisional Round on Saturday with an undisclosed injury. The 22-year-old ran the ball six times for 27 yards in the win over the Rams. Keep a close eye on his practice status throughout the week. If he's inactive against Tampa Bay, Jamaal Williams would be a much more attractive DFS sleeper behind Aaron Jones. Dillon dealt with injury and was on the COVID-19 list in his rookie season, but he could have a substantial role in Green Bay's backfield in 2021 if Jones leaves in free agency.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-18 17:14:19


Marty Hurney A Top Candidate For Washington GM

Former Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney is meeting with members of the Washington Football Team brass on Monday, including head coach Ron Rivera, according to sources. Hurney has become the top candidate to be Washington's next general manager, a hire that could become official this week. Hurney spent several years working with Rivera in Carolina, so they have plenty of familiarity. The 65-year-old was the Panthers general manager from 2002 to 2012 and again from 2017 to 2020. Rivera was the head coach of Carolina from 2011 to 2019. Martin Mayhew and Ryan Cowden have also been linked to the GM opening in Washington.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-18 17:09:12


Rams Souring On Jared Goff?

Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay said that quarterback Jared Goff is "the quarterback right now" after their Divisional Round loss to the Packers on Saturday, but he didn't sound as convincing when asked about it the following day. "The people I've spoken to said basically at this moment the relationship with Goff and McVay: not great. They need marriage counseling is what one person said to me," NFL.com's Steve Wyche said. Goff battled through a surgically repaired broken thumb in the postseason and posted 3,952 passing yards, 20 touchdowns, 13 interceptions a 67 completion percentage and a 90 passer rating, but he was way too inconsistent on a regular basis. McVay plans to meet with Goff to get on the same page moving into the 2021 season, but don't be surprised if LA brings in another veteran QB to push Goff moving forward. He'll be a midrange QB2 if he has the starting gig next season.

Source: NFL.com - Steve Wyche

2021-01-18 16:59:22


Buccaneers Defense Could Get Vita Via Back Soon

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are designating defensive tackle Vita Vea (ankle) for return from Injured Reserve on Monday. He will begin practicing with the team on Wednesday and could be activated in time for the NFC Championship on Sunday against the Packers. Vea fractured his ankle against the Bears in Week 5 back in October. Tampa has a 21-day window to return Vea to their active roster, but he could be available this weekend if he shows enough in practice this week. If the Bucs decide that the 25-year-old is not ready to return this weekend, Rakeem Nunez-Roches will continue to handle nose-tackle duties for the Buccaneers Defense. Vea's return, though, would make Tampa even more dangerous at Lambeau Field against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense.

Source: Tampa Bay Times - Rick Stroud

2021-01-18 16:47:50


Patrick Mahomes Still In Concussion Protocol

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said that quarterback Patrick Mahomes (concussion) remains in the league's concussion protocol after leaving the Divisional Round win over the Browns on Sunday in the third quarter. "He's in the protocol, and we'll just follow that and see how he does here in the next couple days," Reid said. Mahomes must clear the NFL's protocol before he's eligible to play in the AFC Championship against the Bills this Sunday. More will be known on Mahomes' status throughout the week, so keep a close eye on his progress. He was also bothered by a toe injury on Sunday, but Reid thinks he'll "be alright." If Mahomes doesn't get cleared from the league's protocol in time to play against Buffalo, veteran Chad Henne would get the nod. It would be a big downgrade for the rest of KC's offensive skill position players in fantasy against a strong defense.

Source: Chiefs.com - Matt McMullen

2021-01-18 16:41:29


Justin Fields Enters 2021 Draft

Ohio State star quarterback Justin Fields announced on Twitter his intentions to forego his remaining eligibility and enter the 2021 NFL draft. He is considered one of the nation's top prospects after leading the Buckeyes to the national championship game, where they fell to Alabama. Fields beat Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence in the semifinals by throwing six touchdowns despite suffering a hip pointer in the game. The 6-foot-3, 228-pounder was 20-2 in his time as the Ohio State starter while completing 68.4 percent of his passes and a 63:9 touchdown-to-interception ratio in his two seasons with the Buckeyes. Fields also ran for 867 yards (4.0 yards per carry) and 15 touchdowns. Lawrence is projected to go to the Jaguars at No. 1 overall, but the Jets could snag Fields with the No. 2 pick this April.

Source: Justin Field on Twitter

2021-01-18 13:46:55


Mike McDaniel, DeMeco Ryans Promoted By 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers are officially promoting run-game coordinator Mike McDaniel to offensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach DeMeco Ryans to defensive coordinator, according to a source. McDaniel will replace Mike LaFleur, while Ryans will be replacing Robert Saleh, who has become the New York Jets head coach. Saleh took LaFleur and offensive line coach John Benton with him to New York. The 37-year-old McDaniel has been part of head coach Kyle Shanahan's staff at every stop since he joined Washington in 2011. Ryans was a former NFL linebacker and has risen through the ranks since joining Shanahan's staff in 2017 as a quality control coach. Chris Foerster will replace Benton as offensive line coach, while former Broncos offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello will return as quarterbacks coach.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-18 13:39:02


Teams Calling About Deshaun Watson

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is not happy with the team after they did not include him in the search for new general manager Nick Caserio. As a result, teams have started calling the Texans to find out if Watson is available in a trade. Owner Cal McNair and the front office haven't said that they are looking to trade Watson, and Watson himself has not asked for a trade. There is plenty of speculation out there as to where Watson might land if he is traded, with the Jaguars, Jets and Dolphins as potential landing spots. The Panthers could also be another team in the mix if Watson actually becomes available. Right now it's all speculation, but it's interesting to imagine the 25-year-old dual-threat QB playing elsewhere. If Watson really wants to leave, he also has a no-trade clause, so he could dictate where he goes next. A trade could increase Watson's outlook heading into the 2021 season, but he'll likely remain a top-five fantasy QB regardless.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-18 13:31:46


Chargers Hire Brandon Staley As New Head Coach

The Los Angeles Chargers hired Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley as their next head coach on Sunday, according to sources. The 38-year-old spent just one year with the Rams after leading the league's No. 1 defense in scoring, total defense and pass defense in the 2020 regular season. Rams defenders had career-best seasons in sacks under Staley, including Leonard Floyd (10.5), Morgan Cox (six) and Troy Reeder (three), with Michael Brockers recording the second-most sacks in his career. Staley spent three seasons as the linebackers coach in Denver and Chicago before joining the Rams as their defensive coordinator. Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell could follow Staley to the Bolts in the same role, but Rams head coach Sean McVay would have to let O'Connell out of his contract.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-18 13:15:46


Antonio Brown Undergoing MRI On Knee

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (knee) is undergoing an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of a knee injury he suffered during Sunday's playoff victory. Brown suffered the ailment sometime in the first half and was seen on the sidelines, though he was never officially ruled out of the game. Provided there is no structural damage to the knee, Brown's activity levels in this week's practice will be worth watching ahead of an NFC Championship clash with the Packers. If he's unable to play, fellow wideouts Tyler Johnson and Scotty Miller would be in line to see more work in the passing game.

Source: Jenna Laine

2021-01-18 12:43:45


Buccaneers Defense Leads The Way In Playoff Victory

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense put together a strong performance in a 30-20 playoff win over the New Orleans Saints. Tampa Bay allowed 20 points and failed to register a sack, though they generated four turnovers. The secondary delivered a strong performance on tape, surrendering just 190 passing yards and picking off Drew Brees three times. Linebacker Devin White, a rising star, was arguably the player of the game, as he was all over the field with 11 tackles and an interception, which he returned for 28 yards. Tampa Bay will travel to Lambeau Field to take on Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in the NFC title game. They hammered Rodgers and the Green Bay offense for four sacks and two interceptions in a 38-10 regular season drubbing.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-17 23:34:54


Rob Gronkowski Sees Five Targets In Victory Over Saints

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski caught one of five targets for 14 receiving yards in a 30-20 win over New Orleans. Gronkowski had yet another quiet outing as a pass-catcher, though he was far more involved in the gameplan this time. Tom Brady looked his way in the red zone, so the usage was pretty promising for fantasy purposes. The problem is, Gronkowski has been out-produced by fellow tight end Cameron Brate, who has 130 yards over the last two games. Still, Gronkowski should remain a part of the offense next week against the Packers, who surrendered a 5-78-1 line to him in their regular-season meeting.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-17 23:26:40


Cameron Brate Leads Team In Receiving Yards

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate led the team in receiving yards in a playoff win over the Saints. Brate hauled in four of five targets for 50 receiving yards, as he once again showed some good chemistry with Tom Brady down the field. The veteran tight end has produced eight catches for 130 yards in two playoff games, while fellow tight end Rob Gronkowski has just one reception. Clearly, Brady will continue to look Gronkowski's way in the red zone, though Brate has carved out a role for himself as a pass-catcher between the 20s. He'll get ready to take on the Packers at Lambeau Field next week with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-17 23:19:44


Antonio Brown Musters One Catch, Battles Knee Injury

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown caught just one pass for 10 receiving yards in Sunday's 30-20 divisional-round win over New Orleans. Brown was held in check for much of the game, though it should be noted that he was tending to a knee issue. It occurred sometime in the first half, with Brown requiring some attention from the team trainer- though the team didn't offer much more information on his status. This game snapped a streak of four straight contests with a touchdown reception for Brown, whose practice reps will be worth monitoring ahead of a huge title game clash with Green Bay.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-17 23:07:00


Chris Godwin Paces Team In Targets

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin hauled in four of seven targets for 34 receiving yards in Sunday's victory over New Orleans. Godwin did lead the team in targets, though it could have been a far more productive day had he hauled in a long pass from Tom Brady in the end zone. The drops have certainly been an issue for the fourth-year pro- he has six in two playoff games- though he remains one of Brady's favorite pass-catchers on the roster. Godwin has seen at least six targets in 12 of 14 games, a role that makes him enticing to turn to for fantasy purposes. He'll look to be more productive with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line next week against Green Bay.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-17 22:57:21


Jared Cook Manages 28 Yards

New Orleans Saints tight end Jared Cook finished with five receptions for 28 yards on seven targets in Sunday's loss to Tampa. The tight end also lost a crucial fumble which swayed the outcome of the game. Cook finishes 2020 with 37 receptions for 504 yards and seven touchdowns. The tight end will be a free agent this offseason and will turn 34 in a few months. His fantasy value remains low heading into 2021 considering his age and the uncertainty about the size of his role on a potentially new team next season.

Source: ESPN.com

2021-01-17 22:45:50


Mike Evans Hauls In Touchdown Against Saints

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans caught one of three targets for a three-yard touchdown in a 30-20 win over the Saints. Evans was held in check for most of the day by Saints' corner Marshon Lattimore- though he was able to beat him in the end zone for a score. That's his 14th touchdown of the year, including the regular season and playoffs, as he continues to be one of Tom Brady's favorite red-zone targets. Evans will look to be more of a factor between the 20s in an NFC Championship game matchup against the Packers.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-17 22:44:56


Ronald Jones II Picks Up 62 Rushing Yards In Return

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II carried the ball 13 times for 62 rushing yards in a playoff victory over New Orleans. Jones averaged 4.8 yards per carry and showed some good burst in his first game back from a quad injury. He ripped off a long run that was called back due to a holding penalty and appeared to grimace after the play, though he was never taken out. Jones was out-touched by Fournette 22-13, though he may eat into those carries a bit if he can put in a full practice ahead of next week's NFC title game against Green Bay.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-17 22:37:39


Tre'Quan Smith Gets Two Touchdowns

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith grabbed three receptions for 85 yards and two scores on three targets in Sunday's divisional-round loss to Tampa. Smith paced the team in yards and had a fantastic showing in the team's last game of the season. The WR finished 2020 with 34 receptions for 448 yards and four touchdowns in 13 games. Because of his inconsistency and smaller role on this offense, Smith should be considered a deeper-league flex at best heading into 2021.

Source: ESPN.com

2021-01-17 22:32:11


Emmanuel Sanders Hauls In 48 Yards

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders hauled in six receptions for 48 yards on nine targets in Sunday's loss to Tampa. Sanders bounced back from a poor wild-card showing last week in which he only mustered two receptions for three yards. Nevertheless, this week and last week's performance summarize just how inconsistent the WR's 2020 season was. Sanders should be considered as only a WR3/flex option heading into 2021 drafts.

Source: ESPN.com

2021-01-17 22:27:23


Leonard Fournette Powers Offense With 107 Yards And A Score

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette was the engine of his team's offense in a 30-20 divisional-round win over the Saints. Fournette turned 22 touches into 107 scrimmage yards, adding a touchdown to yet another solid outing. With Tom Brady struggling a bit, the 25-year-old came up with some timely runs and receptions, none bigger than a six-yard touchdown catch that tied the game late in the third quarter. Fournette has topped 20 touches and 100 yards in each of his last two games- he should remain a focal point of the offense when the Buccaneers travel to Green Bay to take on the Packers next week.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-17 22:24:27


Michael Thomas Gets No Yards In Loss

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas finished with zero yards on four targets in Sunday's divisional-round loss to the Buccaneers. After a terrific wild-card showing last week with five receptions for 73 yards and a score on seven targets, Thomas fell flat this week. Despite an injury-ridden season, the WR is clearly the top receiving option on the team heading into 2021 and remains a WR1 despite the potential change at QB.

Source: ESPN.com

2021-01-17 22:23:30


Alvin Kamara Rushes For 85 Yards

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara finished with 18 carries for 85 yards and three receptions for 20 yards on six targets in Sunday's loss to the Bucs. Kamara still managed to be effective despite the Saints' offense not being able to get going during the game. The RB finished the season with a career-high 932 rush yards and 16 rush touchdowns. As a focal point of this offense, he remains a solid RB1 heading into 2021 drafts.

Source: ESPN.com

2021-01-17 22:14:40


Tom Brady Responsible For Three Scores In Playoff Win Over Saints

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady completed 18 of 33 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns, adding a rushing score in a 30-20 win over the Saints. Brady struggled to move the ball for much of the game but came up with big plays when they were needed. He fired touchdown passes to Mike Evans and Leonard Fournette, then scored on a quarterback sneak to give his team the lead for good in the fourth. Brady has thrown for 580 yards and scored five total touchdowns in his past two playoff games, both against top-five pass defenses from the regular season. He'll get ready to travel to Lambeau Field for an epic clash in the NFC Championship against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-17 22:14:20


Drew Brees Throws Three Picks In Loss

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees finished with 134 yards, one touchdown, and three picks in Sunday's divisional-round loss to Tampa. Brees had a tough time producing in this loss which ultimately ended the Saints' season. Earlier today, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported Sunday could very well be Brees' last game in the NFL and the QB would retire as one of the most accomplished players in league history.

Source: ESPN.com

2021-01-17 22:07:29


Browns Defense Allows 22 Points In Playoff Loss

The Cleveland Browns Defense played well in a 22-17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Cleveland picked up one sack and forced one turnover in the loss. The Chiefs' offense would have turned in a much better game but they lost quarterback Patrick Mahomes to a concussion early in the third quarter. Top Cleveland defender Myles Garrett played through an oblique injury to log the team's only sack of the afternoon while safety Karl Joseph picked off a Chad Henne pass in the fourth quarter. Cleveland's defense was a team weakness during the 2020 season, so expect the front office to dedicate a significant portion of their offseason resources to augmenting the unit. They could be one of the most-improved fantasy defenses heading into the 2021 campaign.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-17 19:42:00


Austin Hooper Outshined By David Njoku In Playoff Loss

Cleveland Browns tight end Austin Hooper was overshadowed by teammate David Njoku in their team's 22-17 Divisional Round loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Hooper wound up catching just two of three targets for 13 yards, although one of his catches was a clutch diving grab to convert a fourth down. Many DFS gamers were eager to plug Hooper into lineups to take advantage of a plus matchup against the Chiefs, but instead it was forgotten man David Njoku who came up big. Njoku caught four of five targets for 59 yards to finish second on the Browns in receiving. Hooper was a big free-agent signing by the Browns last offseason but he wound up as a bust on his new team. He should be treated as a low-upside TE2 in fantasy for the 2021 season as Cleveland doesn't pass frequently enough to support him. Njoku has a $6 million cap hit in 2021 and spent much of the past season angling for a trade out of Cleveland. He could very well be in a different uniform in 2021.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-17 19:34:22


Chad Henne Passes For 66 Yards

Kansas City Chiefs backup quarterback completed six of his eight passes for 66 yards after replacing Patrick Mahomes (concussion) in an AFC Divisional Round victory against the Cleveland Browns. The veteran also rushed for 12 yards on two carries. Henne put together and admirable performance on Sunday, but the Chiefs are hoping to have Mahomes back against the Buffalo Bills for the AFC Championship. If Henne were to start next week, all of the Chiefs position players would take a hit on their value. Henne should be avoided by all managers if he starts next weekend.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-17 19:27:41


Rashard Higgins Leads Browns In Receiving In Playoff Loss

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Rashard Higgins led his team in receiving in a 22-17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round. Higgins caught five of seven targets for 88 yards but he will instead be remembered for the play he didn't make. Higgins appeared on his way to a touchdown near the end of the second quarter but wound up fumbling the ball through the Kansas City end zone, resulting in the Chiefs offense getting the ball at the 20-yard line. It was a tough play as he appeared to take a helmet-to-helmet hit but all Browns fans will remember is that he didn't score what would have been the game-deciding touchdown. Higgins is now an unrestricted free-agent and could be playing for a different team next season, also Cleveland head coach Kevin Stefanski appeared to be a fan of Higgins during his first year at the helm. If he stays with the Browns, the return of Odell Beckham Jr. would push Higgins back to the No. 3 WR role in Cleveland.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-17 19:27:03


Drew Brees Plans To Retire After Season

According to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees plans to retire after the season ends. With the Saints are getting ready to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Divisional Round of the playoffs on Sunday night, Glazer tweeted, "Today will be Drew Brees' last game in the Superdome" earlier in the day. If the Saints lose to Tampa Bay, it will close the book on a Hall of Fame career for Brees. If the Saints win, they will head to Green Bay to take on the Packers for a chance to go to the Super Bowl. With Brees out of the picture in 2021, there's a chance that the Saints to turn to Taysom Hill as the team's starting quarterback but they could bring in a veteran as several quality signal-callers will be available this offseason, either through free-agency or via trade. Either way, it will be the end of an era for the Saints and the NFL as one of the most prolific quarterbacks in league history hangs them up.

Source: Jay Glazer on Twitter

2021-01-17 19:20:34


Travis Kelce Scores A Touchdown

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce scored a touchdown versus the Cleveland Browns in an AFC Divisional Round victory on Sunday. Kelce also caught eight of his 11 targets for 109 yards on the afternoon. Kelce had one of the most dominant seasons every for a tight end this season and that has carried over the playoffs. Kelce will be a TE1 option every week, but managers may want to double check that quarterback Patrick Mahomes (concussion) is playing before going with Kelce in a tough matchup versus the Buffalo Bills next weekend for the AFC Championship.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-17 19:20:05


Tyreek Hill Has Another Impressive Performance

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill caught eight of his 10 targets for 110 yards and also rushed three times for nine yards versus the Cleveland Browns in an AFC Divisional Round victory. Hill was one of the top pass catchers this season and he backed it up on Sunday with another strong performance. The Cheetah remains a WR1 option, but will face a tough battle in the AFC Championship Game versus the Buffalo Bills next weekend and managers may want to make sure that quarterback Patrick Mahomes (concussion) is good to go before deploying any Chiefs player in their lineup.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-17 19:14:23


Jarvis Landry Catches TD In Playoff Loss

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry turned in a solid outing in a 22-17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Landry finished with seven catches for 20 yards and a touchdown in the loss while his 10 targets led the team. The veteran wideout struggled to gain much yardage after the catch but he managed to score Cleveland's only passing touchdown on a four-yard catch in the third quarter where he did a nice job getting both feet down in-bounds. Landry saw his production in the passing attack dip in the first year of the Kevin Stefanski era, despite top target Odell Beckham Jr. appearing in just seven games. As a player who scored a majority of his fantasy points over the years thanks to high volume, Landry's days as a fantasy WR2 are behind him He is best treated as a flex or reserve wideout heading into the 2021 fantasy season.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-17 19:12:22


Darrel Williams Leads The Chiefs Backfield

Kansas City Chiefs running back Darrel Williams lead the Chiefs backfield with 13 carries for 78 yards and caught all four of his targets for 16 yards in an AFC Divisional Round victory versus the Cleveland Browns. Williams saw the bulk of the work with Le'Veon Bell only getting two rushing attempts for six yards and being held catchless on two targets. Rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (hip/ankle) is getting close to a return and if he is healthy enough to play in the AFC Championship Game, Williams would like see in decrease in his workload. The Chiefs will draw a tough matchup against the Buffalo Bills next weekend and managers playing DFS should avoid the Chiefs backfield in that matchup.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-17 19:06:06


Kareem Hunt Finds End Zone In Playoff Loss

Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt found the end zone in a 22-17 playoff loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round on Sunday. Hunt finished with 32 yards and a score on six carries while adding a two-yard reception in the game. The veteran running back had an up-and-down season with the Browns. On one hand, he scored 14 total touchdowns (including the two playoff games). On the other hand, his production in the passing game dipped drastically as he caught just nine balls over his final five games. Hunt will be a solid low-end RB2/high-end RB3 in fantasy in 2021 but his upside is capped playing behind Nick Chubb.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-17 19:05:01


Nick Chubb Quiet In Playoff Loss

Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb turned in a quiet performance in a 22-17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Chubb carried the ball 13 times for 69 yards and added four yards on two receptions. He left several plays on the field in the passing game as he dropped consecutive catchable passes on a drive, the second of which would have gone for a long gain. Despite the disappointing playoff outing, Chubb is locked in as an RB1 in fantasy in the 2021 season as he runs behind one of the better offensive lines in the league and is part of a run-heavy Cleveland offense that should be even better in the second year of the Kevin Stefanski era. Chubb should go off draft boards in the late first or early-second round this summer.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-17 18:56:29


Baker Mayfield Throws One TD, One INT In Loss To KC

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield turned in a steady performance in a 22-17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Mayfield completed 23 of 37 passes for 204 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the loss while adding 11 yards on three carries. The interception was just Mayfield's second in his past 11 games while his touchdown went to wideout Jarvis Landry. After an up-and-down 2020 campaign, the veteran quarterback should improve in 2021 with another year in the Kevin Stefanski offense under his belt and the return of Odell Beckham Jr. to full health. Mayfield is looking like a mid-range QB2 with upside heading into the 2021 fantasy season.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-17 18:40:32


Tampa Bay Deems Ke'Shawn Vaughn Inactive, LeSean McCoy In

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers backfield is shaping up to feature Leonard Fournette, Ronald Jones II, and LeSean McCoy for Sunday's Divisional Round showdown with the Saints. Head coach Bruce Arians is set to stick with Fournette as the starter, with Jones planned to be rotated in; that leaves McCoy as the team's third RB option, one that cannot be relied upon for DFS purposes. Ke'Shawn Vaughn has been utilized in bunches this year, including receiving five carries during the Wild Card round, although his lost fumble likely has an impact on his inactive status Sunday. The Bucs' backfield rotation will continue to be a point of focus should the team advance to the NFC Championship Game next Sunday versus the Packers, but for this week, it'll likely be a Fournette/Jones split with a dash of McCoy, if necessary.

Source: Greg Auman

2021-01-17 17:37:33


Kansas City Rules Out Patrick Mahomes Due To Concussion

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (concussion) has been ruled out for the rest of Sunday's Divisional Round game versus Cleveland. Mahomes departed in the third quarter after coming up wobbly following a tackle on a QB scramble. The team took Mahomes into the tent on the sidelines, before he was able to run into the locker room to undergo further evaluation. Upon additional testing, he has been diagnosed with a concussion, which means that Chad Henne will assume QB duties for the rest of the game. The next chance that Mahomes would have to suit up comes next Sunday in the AFC Championship Game versus Buffalo if Kansas City can close out the Browns, although Mahomes will still need to clear concussion protocol for that to happen.

Source: Kansas City Chiefs

2021-01-17 17:33:01


Latavius Murray, Taysom Hill Ruled Out For Sunday's Contest

The New Orleans Saints will be without running back Latavius Murray (quad) and tight end/quarterback Taysom Hill (knee) for Sunday's Divisional Round matchup versus the Buccaneers. Murray's absence means that Alvin Kamara will be in line for a whopping workload as the Saints' RB1, while Hill's means that Jameis Winston will be the team's unquestioned backup QB should Drew Brees need to depart for any reason. Murray will miss his first game of the year due to injury, having been ruled out in Week 17 due to COVID-19 contact concerns. The next chance that either Murray or Hill will have at taking the field comes next Sunday if the team were to advance to the NFC Championship Game in Green Bay.

Source: Adam Caplan

2021-01-17 17:24:46


Ronald Jones II Receives Green Light To Suit Up Sunday

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II (quad/finger) has been given the thumbs up to take the field for Sunday's game versus New Orleans, marking his return following a one-game absence. Leonard Fournette served as Tampa's top back during the Wild Card round, but he is likely to see a decreased role with Jones cleared to suit up. Despite being banged up late in the season, Jones came just 22 rushing yards shy of 1,000 on the season, adding seven rushing scores, including one in each of his last two appearances. The Saints Defense has been among the game's elite this year, but for those fantasy managers who are committed to rostering a Bucs running back, Jones is the more coveted option.

Source: Adam Caplan

2021-01-17 17:19:52


Patrick Mahomes Exits Sunday's Game For Evaluation

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes exited Sunday's contest versus Cleveland after coming up wobbly following a scramble during the third quarter. Mahomes needed to be helped to the sidelines before entering the medical tent, but he was able to run to the locker room. Chad Henne took over to complete the drive, which ended with a Chiefs field goal. Mahomes is likely to be tested for a concussion, but he was also dealing with a left big toe ailment that limited his mobility earlier in the game. Check back for the latest updates on Mahomes as they become available.

Source: Harold R. Kuntz

2021-01-17 17:14:08


Cleveland Loses Jedrick Wills Jr. For Sunday's Contest

Cleveland Browns left tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. (ankle) played all of one snap in Sunday's game versus Kansas City before departing due to an ankle injury. At halftime, the team announced that Willis would not return to action. The Browns have moved Blake Hance -- who was signed off of the Jets' practice squad just over a week ago -- over to LT to fill the gap for Wills. Cleveland used the 10th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft on Wills, who started 15 games as Baker Mayfield's blindside blocker this season. The next opportunity that Wills will have to suit up would be in the AFC Championship Game if the Browns can advance with a second half comeback over the Chiefs.

Source: Andrew Gribble

2021-01-17 17:08:36


Raheem Morris In Running For Jaguars Defensive Coordinator Gig

The Jacksonville Jaguars brought in recent Falcons interim head coach Raheem Morris for a head-coaching interview earlier this off-season before deciding to hire long-time college coach Urban Meyer to fill that role. Now? Meyer has reached out to Morris to potentially become his defensive coordinator, a role that he had filled for Atlanta prior to being elevated. Morris has had extensive NFL experience, albeit primarily as a defensive backs coach. Should he take the role overseeing the Jaguars Defense, he'd face an uphill task to correct a group that allowed the second-most points (30.8) and total yards (417.7) per game during the 2020 regular season. Morris is set to head to Florida in the coming days, so check back for the latest updates as they become available.

Source: Josina Anderson

2021-01-17 14:27:01


Sam Darnold Has Supporters In New Head Coach, OC

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold has faced turmoil from all sides as it comes to his role as the team's starting QB in the past 12 months, and that shows no signs of slowing as 2021 kicks off. But it appears that new head coach Robert Saleh and offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur see their signal caller as having "untapped potential," after watching extensive tape. Darnold has primarily had to battle the possibility of New York drafting a quarterback with the No. 2 overall selection in the upcoming NFL Draft, but with Texans QB Deshaun Watson now reportedly available in a deal, Darnold may have a new wrinkle in his path to remaining the starter for the Jets. It's well within the realm that New York tabs Darnold under center in less than eight months time when the new year begins, as a full off-season with LaFleur may be just the ticket his future needs.

Source: Rich Cimini

2021-01-17 14:15:19


David Njoku, Two Other Browns Get Green Light To Play

Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku (hamstring), middle linebacker B.J. Goodson (shoulder), and right tackle Jack Conklin (knee/hamstring) have all been given the thumbs up to take the field Sunday versus Kansas City with a shot at the AFC Championship on the line. The trio had all picked up questionable tags earlier in the week but will get their opportunity to suit up. Goodson made a season-high 10 tackles last week versus the Steelers despite playing fewer than 50 percent of the team's defensive snaps for the first time all year. Njoku made just one catch (and received one target) during his time on the field, making him a non-entity in DFS contests for the Divisional Round.

Source: Adam Caplan

2021-01-17 14:01:45


Detroit Tabs Dan Campbell As Next Head Coach

The Detroit Lions are set to usher in their next head coach, Dan Campbell, following the New Orleans Saints' elimination from the 2020 postseason. Campbell currently serves as the Saints' assistant head coach and tight ends coach, a gig that he has reprised since 2016. A former member of the Lions, who was on the infamous 0-16 team in 2008, Campbell has head coaching experience from a '15 stint with the Dolphins where he went 5-7 as the interim HC. Arguably the biggest decision on Campbell and his staff's slate will be whether or not quarterback Matthew Stafford is back under center in '21. Having drawn rave reviews from media prognosticators for the staff that he could assemble, check back once Campbell begins to fill out coordinator gigs.

Source: Ian Rapoport

2021-01-17 13:52:37


Dawson Knox Hauls In Both Targets

Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox did his job, but didn't have a huge impact during Saturday's game against the Baltimore Ravens. He hauled in both of his targets for 18 yards in the win. Knox has played well in the second half of the season, but the Bills are just too stacked on offense. The rookie tight end is basically the No. 4 or No. 5 option on this offense. It's unlikely that he has much value heading into the next round.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-17 13:51:28


Gabriel Davis Quiet Versus Ravens

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Gabriel Davis (leg) didn't make much of an impact during Saturday's win over the Baltimore Ravens. He failed to haul in any of his four targets during this contest. To be fair, Davis landed awkwardly on his leg and it seemed to bother him the rest of the game. It's worth keeping an eye on his status going forward. However, he should bounce back next week, assuming he's healthy.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-17 13:47:39


Brandon Staley Secures HC Interviews With Chargers, Eagles

Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley saw his season come to an end Saturday following a defeat to the Packers in the NFC Divisional Round. Now, he will interview with the Chargers for their vacant head-coaching position Sunday, before meeting with the Eagles for a chance at the same role Monday. Staley has been a fast riser in NFL ranks, having been the defensive coordinator at Division III John Carroll University as recently as 2016. This past season, he oversaw a Rams Defense that allowed a league-best 281.9 yards per game, while ranking second in the league with 53 sacks. Both Los Angeles and Philadelphia have accrued considerable interest in their job openings, but Staley will be a name to watch in the coming days.

Source: Albert Breer

2021-01-17 13:37:42


Rob Gronkowski Eyes Return For 2021 Season

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski returned from retirement to join long-time teammate Tom Brady for the 2020 year. With Brady not planning on hanging up his cleats anytime soon, it appears that Gronkowski wants to continue his career as well, saying that he could see himself in the mix again next season, helping to push the team toward success. During the regular season, Gronkowski compiled 623 receiving yards and seven touchdowns, having made himself into a consistent TE fantasy commodity. Considering his All-Pro pedigree and the fact that would play the '21 season as a 32-year-old, Gronkowski can be relied upon to be in the mix in season-long formats of all sizes next year.

Source: ProFootballTalk

2021-01-17 13:28:09


Cole Beasley Held Without A Catch

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley (knee) was surprisingly unable to make an impact against the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday. Beasley failed to haul in either of his two targets in the win over Baltimore. To be fair, Beasley was matched up with elite defensive back Marlon Humphrey for a majority of the game. Possibly, Beasley wasn't at 100 percent because of his nagging knee issue. Expect Beasley to bounce back during the next round of the playoffs.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-17 13:21:11


Philadelphia Interviews Josh McDaniels For Head Coach Role

The Philadelphia Eagles have added two new candidates to their list for potential head coach, as Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was brought in for an interview Sunday, while a request has been made to speak with Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy. McDaniels has been through the rigor of interviewing for multiple franchises' head coach gigs since returning as New England's OC back in 2012. With Bieniemy also on the Eagles' list, it would appear that a move of officially having a new HC is at least a few days off. One of the biggest factors is likely how prospective coaches would handle the Carson Wentz/Jalen Hurts situation at QB, as the Philadelphia brass appears to be leaning toward keeping Wentz in the mix come '21.

Source: Ian Rapoport

2021-01-17 13:20:29


Houston Interviews Leslie Frazier For Head Coach Gig

The Houston Texans are meeting with Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier on Sunday as the team continues it's search for its next head coach. Frazier advanced to the AFC Championship Game on Saturday, with his defense holding Lamar Jackson and the Ravens without a touchdown. Frazier's only prior head coaching gig came with the Vikings from 2010-13, where he led the team to one playoff appearance and a combined 21-32-1 regular-season record. The decision to hire a defensive-minded coach would be a pivot from where many have expected Houston to focus with quarterback Deshaun Watson apparently being consulted in the decision-making process. Stay tuned for updates on the organization's decision in the coming days.

Source: Adam Schefter

2021-01-17 13:11:15


John Brown Hauls In Eight Receptions

Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown was held catchless during the playoff matchup against the Indianapolis Colts. However, Brown was on a mission to prove that it was a fluke performance. On Saturday, Brown hauled in eight of his 11 targets for 62 yards in the victory over the Baltimore Ravens. Brown has played well when healthy this season, but getting him healthy and on the field has been an issue. He'll be a decent DFS option heading into the next round.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-17 13:08:25


Stefon Diggs Goes Over 100 Yards

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs has been basically impossible to stop over the second half of the season. He seemingly had no issues versus the Baltimore Ravens during their playoff matchup on Saturday. Diggs hauled in eight of his 11 targets for 106 yards and one touchdown in the win. It doesn't seem that any defense has an answer for Diggs right now. He'll continue to be a must-have DFS option throughout the playoffs.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-17 13:03:07


Devin Singletary Stopped In Victory

Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary had trouble finding any room to run against the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday. He rushed seven times for 25 yards in the win over Baltimore. The Bills basically abandoned the running game until late in the fourth quarter. Zack Moss (leg) is expected to be sidelined for their next matchup, but it won't make much of a difference. Singletary will be a low-end streaming option going forward.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-17 12:49:55


Josh Allen Plays Well Versus Ravens

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen was able to get the job done during Saturday's playoff victory over the Baltimore Ravens. He completed 23 of 37 passing attempts for 206 yards with one touchdown and zero interceptions in the win. Allen also rushed seven times for three yards on the ground. Baltimore did a solid job of stopping the deep ball, but Allen still found a way to get the job done. The MVP candidate will remain a top tier DFS choice for the next round of the playoffs.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-17 12:44:49


Taysom Hill, Latavius Murray Unlikely To Play

New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill (knee) and running back Latavius Murray (quad) are both unlikely to play Sunday night against Tampa Bay. That's good news for Saints running back Alvin Kamara, as Hill is always a threat to vulture a rushing touchdown, and Murray's replacement -- either Dwayne Washington or Ty Montgomery -- won't siphon off as much work from Kamara. This is still a tough matchup, but Kamara is worth his DFS salary.

Source: Ian Rapoport

2021-01-17 12:38:42


Ronald Jones II Has Good Chance To Play

After not playing last week, Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II (quad/finger) went through a walk-through on Saturday and as a good chance to play in Sunday's NFC Divisional Round contest against the New Orleans Saints. Jones would split carries with Leonard Fournette, limiting the fantasy upside for both backs in a game where the Bucs are already facing a tough defensive matchup. Both players would still be playable in DFS, but would see their ceilings drop.

Source: Ian Rapoport

2021-01-17 12:33:21


Clyde Edwards-Helaire Won't Play In Divisional Round

Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle/hip) won't play on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns in the AFC Divisional Round, though he's expected to be available next week for the AFC Championship Game. Expect to see heavy doses of Le'Veon Bell, with some Darrel Williams or perhaps Darwin Thompson sprinkled in. The latter two are interesting DFS punt plays, but Bell's the real guy to target here, as he's being priced on DFS sites like a No. 2 back.

Source: Adam Schefter

2021-01-17 12:29:08


Lamar Jackson Ruled Out With Concussion

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is in the concussion protocol and will not return to Saturday's Divisional Round playoff game against the Buffalo Bills. Jackson went down hard in the second half and stayed on the ground for a few moments before exiting. The Bills currently lead 17-3 and Tyler Huntley is in at quarterback for Baltimore. Barring a stunning comeback, Jackson's season will end on Saturday. He finishes this game 14-for-24 for 162 yards and an interception with nine carries for 34 yards.

Source: Adam Schefter

2021-01-16 22:57:26


Marquez Valdes-Scantling Registers Four Receptions In Win

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling caught four passes for 33 yards in the team's 32-18 playoff victory over the Rams. Valdes-Scantling got involved in early, picking up some nice receptions as the Rams tried to contain star receiver Davante Adams. The offensive flow eventually moved away from Valdes-Scantling, however, as the game progressed. Valdes-Scantling saw a healthy eight targets in the game as Los Angeles tried all it could to divert the action away from Adams. Valdes-Scantling will be a touchdown-dependent tournament option, at best, next week in the NFC Championship Game,

Source: Green Bay Packers

2021-01-16 20:08:46


Jamaal Williams Chips In 65 Rushing Yards

Green Bay Packers running back Jamaal Williams carried the ball 12 times for 65 yards in the Packers 32-18 playoff victory over the Rams. Williams' opportunities expanded after some hard early runs picked up some substantial gains. Few question that teammate Aaron Jones is the lead runner in the Packers offense but Williams provides an intriguing change-of-pace to the attack. Jones is the preferable fantasy choice for the forthcoming NFC Championship Game. But fantasy teams could find excellent value in a player like Williams, who could easily steal a touchdown in the red zone next week.

Source: Green Bay Packers

2021-01-16 20:03:22


Robert Tonyan Posts 60 Yards In Victory

Green Bay Packers tight end Robert Tonyan caught four passes for 60 yards in the team's 32-18 win over the Rams in the NFC Divisional Round. Tonyan has been known this season for his ability to score touchdowns but contributed in other ways to help the Packers take down the Rams. The talented tight end was a safety valve for quarterback Aaron Rodgers in crucial situations and did a nice job picking up some extra yards after the catch. Tonyan led all tight ends this season with 11 touchdowns and should see a healthy amount of targets in the NFC Championship Game next week.

Source: Green Bay Packers

2021-01-16 19:58:55


Allen Lazard Notches 58-Yard Touchdown Against Rams

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard caught four passes for a team-high 96 yards with one touchdown in the Packers 32-18 triumph over the Rams in the NFC Divisional Round. Lazard was targeted eight times in the game but finally exploded in the fourth quarter, catching a bomb from quarterback Aaron Rodgers and sprinting to the end zone for a 58-yard score. The Rams did all they could to take star receiver Davante Adams out of the offensive game plan but Rodgers hit big with his secondary receivers. Adams will continue to get the headlines but receivers like Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling will carry fantasy sleeper appeal in tournaments for the NFC Championship Game next week.

Source: Green Bay Packers

2021-01-16 19:55:49


Aarons Jones Delivers Against Rams

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones carried the ball 14 times for 99 yards with one touchdown and 14 receiving yards in the team's 32-18 win over the Rams in the NFC Divisional Round. Jones went up against a stingy Rams Defense and ran hard between the tackles. The free-agent-to-be cashed in with a one-yard run for a touchdown in the second half and averaged a robust 7.1 yards per carry. The Packers offense didn't miss a beat against the Rams and will be favorites at home next week in the NFC Championship. Jones will continue to handle the bulk of carries out of the backfield heading into the team's next matchup.

Source: Green Bay Packers

2021-01-16 19:52:33


Davante Adams Scores Again In Red Zone In Playoff Victory

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams caught nine passes for 66 yards with one touchdown in the team's 32-18 victory over the Rams in the NFC Divisional Round. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers found Adams in a familiar place, the end zone, in the first quarter for a one-yard touchdown and a 10-3 lead at the time. Adams was targeted 10 times in the game but did his damage in the intermediary passing game. Even in games when opponents focus intently on bottling up Adams, his connection with Rodgers in the red zone is undeniable. Adams will be a top choice among wide receivers next week in the NFC Championship Game.

Source: Green Bay Packers

2021-01-16 19:48:44


Aaron Rodgers Totals Three Touchdowns Against Rams

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 23-of-36 passes for 296 yards, two passing touchdowns and one rushing score in the Packers 32-18 win over the Rams in the NFC Divisional Round. Rodgers got his team off to a hot start early, connecting with star receiver Davante Adams in the first quarter for a one-yard touchdown. The veteran passer slyly maneuvered his way into the end zone for a rushing score and then put the nail in the coffin with a 58-yard strike to Allen Lazard to extend the score to its final 32-18 number. Rodgers has been arguably the best passer in the NFL this season and will be a top choice in tournament play for Championship Weekend.

Source: Green Bay Packers

2021-01-16 19:44:43


Travis Kelce Set For Big Game Against Browns

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce should be in line for a top performance on Sunday's Divisional Round slate when the Chiefs take on the Cleveland Browns. The Browns allowed the fourth-most fantasy points per game to tight ends this season and Kelce last caught fewer than seven passes way back in Week 7. He's far-and-away the best tight end play on this slate and DFS players who stack Kelce with quarterback Patrick Mahomes could find themselves having a lot of success on Sunday.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-16 19:41:22


Tyreek Hill Set For Strong Divisional Game

Kansas City Chiefs Tyreek Hill should be considered one of the top wide receivers on Sunday's Divisional Round slate, with the only issue being the salary cost of stacking him with his quarterback, Patrick Mahomes. The Browns secondary has a lot of holes in it that a quick player like Hill can exploit. Hill caught 15 touchdowns this season and had just two games with under 50 yards. He's arguably the highest-upside wide receiver on Sunday's slate.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-16 19:36:57


Patrick Mahomes Is Top Fantasy Option In Divisional Round

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is the top fantasy quarterback option on Sunday's Divisional Round slate when he faces off against the Cleveland Browns. Of all the teams left in the playoffs, no one allows more fantasy points per game to quarterbacks than Cleveland. Mahomes should have no trouble exploiting this Browns secondary, and while his high DFS salary might make it tough to build lineups with him, he's still by far the best play on the slate.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-16 19:31:56


T.J. Yeldon Active For Divisional Round

Buffalo Bills running T.J. Yeldon is active and will likely serve as the No. 2 back for the Bills in Saturday's Divisional Round against the Baltimore Ravens with Zack Moss (ankle) out. Devin Singletary will be the lead back and Yeldon's unlikely to see as much work as a healthy Moss would have, so he shouldn't be on your fantasy radar unless you really need a GPP punt play who won't be rostered much.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-16 19:16:30


Tre'Quan Smith Moved To Active Roster

The New Orleans Saints activated wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith (ankle) from Injured Reserve and placed him on the active roster in time for the Divisional Round game against the Buccaneers on Sunday. Smith has not played since the Week 15 loss to the Chiefs, but he should be active for the third meeting with Tampa Bay this weekend. However, there's a good chance that the Saints limit his snaps in his first game back, but his presence won't be good news for Deonte Harris, who had an expanded role in the wild-card win over the Bears. The 25-year-old Smith should be avoided in most fantasy lineups this weekend after catching just 34 passes on 50 targets for 448 yards and four touchdowns in his 14 games (10 starts). He should be the No. 3 wideout behind Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.

Source: Saints Twitter

2021-01-16 18:15:25


Saints Want To Bring Jameis Winston Back

The New Orleans Saints will likely see star quarterback Drew Brees retire after this season, and they would like to bring Jameis Winston back. The Saints hardly played Winston at all this year, even when Brees missed time with rib and lung injuries, but they liked what they saw from him in practices this year. Winston still has a strong arm and the skills that made him the No. 1 overall pick out of Florida State, but he'll need to prove that he can improve his decision-making process if he's to return in New Orleans and take over when Brees inevitably retires. The 27-year-old signed a one-year deal to learn behind Brees in 2020, but there's a chance that they bring him back if they aren't sold on Taysom Hill being the starter under center in the post-Brees world. If Winston re-signs and becomes the starter in 2021, he'll have QB1 upside and will likely come at the cost of a QB2.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-16 18:08:54


Steelers Expect Ben Roethlisberger To Return In 2021

There is optimism within the Pittsburgh Steelers organization that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will return for the 2021 season. Head coach Mike Tomlin welcomed the return of Roethlisberger earlier in the week. The Steelers are expected to promote quarterbacks coach Matt Canada to offensive coordinator after parting ways with Randy Fichtner. Roethlisberger is on the books for $19 million in the final year of his contract, but he has a salary cap hit of $41 million. But after being with the organization for 17 years, there's a good chance that the two sides restructure his deal to alleviate cap concerns in order to retain some free agents. Big Ben threw for over 500 yards and four touchdowns in the wild-card loss to the Browns, but he also threw four interceptions in that game and declined drastically in the last quarter of the season and will be a health concern if he continues to play. Fantasy managers will consider him as a low-upside QB2 if he keeps playing.

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

2021-01-16 18:01:14


Ravens Expected To Explore Extension For Lamar Jackson

The Baltimore Ravens are expected to explore a long-term contract extension for quarterback Lamar Jackson in the offseason. The Ravens are always open to early deals that make sense for both sides. The 2019 NFL MVP has one year left on his current deal and the Ravens will pick up his fifth-year option. Jackson still represents himself in contract negotiations, but perhaps he'll hire some representation to help him with his first big contract after his rookie deal. The 24-year-old wasn't as prolific as a passer or as a rusher in 2020, but his dual-threat ability under center still made him a high-end fantasy QB1. Jackson threw for just 2,757 yards with 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions this year, rushing the ball 159 times for 1,005 yards and seven touchdowns. He's had back-to-back seasons with 1,000 rushing yards and will once again be a top-five QB in fantasy drafts this fall.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-16 17:54:10


Eagles Would Like To Bring Carson Wentz Back

There remains uncertainty about the future of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, and whoever the team hires to be the next head coach will have some input on that front, but the Eagles are telling head-coaching candidates that they want to bring Wentz back in 2021. General manager Howie Roseman and owner Jeffrey Lurie gave up a lot to draft Wentz at No. 2 overall in 2016, and they've given him a ton of influence in the draft, free agency and coaching decisions. But injuries have limited him to six playoff snaps in five years. After drafting rookie Jalen Hurts in the second round in 2020, Wentz had the worst season of his career and one of the worst declines for an under-30 starting QB in the last 70 years. The 28-year-old has struggled with accountability, rebuffed advice and clashed with former head coach Doug Pederson. "Every great quarterback wants to be coached and they want to be coached hard and by the best, and it doesn't seem like [Wentz] wants that," one source said. "It's kind of like whoever's coaching him is working for him. But it can't be that way." Injuries to the team's offensive line and receiving corps also didn't work in Wentz's favor in 2020. The front office remains committed to Wentz, at least because of his big contract, but there's no guarantee that he'll win the starting job if he sticks around heading into the 2021 season. Hurts wasn't perfect in his debut late in the year, but he certainly gave Philly's offense a spark that was missing when Wentz was on the field.

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

2021-01-16 17:31:20


Brian Daboll The Favorite For Chargers Head-Coaching Job

Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll has emerged as a favorite to land the Los Angeles Chargers head-coaching job, according to league sources. He is one of nine candidates to have interviewed for the job. If the Bills lose their Divisional Round game against the Ravens on Saturday night, Daboll can meet with the Chargers whenever he wants and accept the job if it's offered to him. If Buffalo wins, the Chargers must wait. He's an offensive-minded coach and has learned from some of the best coaches in the game while helping quarterback Josh Allen improve. Daboll also went to high school with Chargers general manager Tom Telesco, and the two played on the same high school football team.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-01-16 17:05:48


Deshaun Watson/Texans Divide Continues

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson wants out of Houston, according to an explosive Sports Illustrated story from Greg Bishop and Jenny Vrentas that highlights some of the issues Houston has faced over the past year. It sounds like the team's decision to give Jack Easterby an increasingly large voice in the direction of the franchise as well as the team ignoring Watson's preference for the team's GM position has led to issues. There's still a long time to go before we know what's going to happen with this situation.

Source: Sports Illustrated

2021-01-16 15:48:38


Dak Prescott's Ankle Rehab Going Well

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (ankle) is reportedly progressing well in rehab, with Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network saying the team thinks Prescott is "going to come back better than ever." While he doesn't have a long term deal with the Cowboys and could be a free agent in 2021, it makes sense for both sides to get a deal done. Prescott is a top-five fantasy quarterback when healthy and has arguably the top three-man receiving corps in the NFL.

Source: Ian Rapoport

2021-01-16 15:24:30


Cooper Kupp Inactive For Divisional Round

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp (knee) is officially inactive for Saturday's playoff game against the Green Bay Packers. A huge loss for a team whose quarterback is already dealing with a thumb injury, we'll likely see Josh Reynolds step into Kupp's role. Reynolds now has some nice appeal as a DFS value play, but this is likely to be a very run-heavy game for the Rams, with Cam Akers being the real winner here.

Source: Ian Rapoport

2021-01-16 15:13:55


Falcons Announce Arthur Smith As Head Coach

The Atlanta Falcons have officially hired former Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith as the team's new head coach. Smith helped revitalize quarterback Ryan Tannehill and the Falcons passing game over the past two years while also making the run game unstoppable with Derrick Henry. The Falcons don't have a Henry-type, but Matt Ryan could benefit greatly from Smith's guidance, as will whoever enters 2021 as the team's lead running back.

Source: Atlanta Falcons

2021-01-16 15:07:03


Steelers Expected To Promote QB Coach To Offensive Coordinator

The Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to promote quarterback coach Matt Canada to offensive coordinator, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Considering the Steelers led the NFL in passing attempts this past season, this move should bode well for wide receivers Diontae Johnson, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Chase Claypool, as well as whoever the team's quarterback is in 2021.

Source: Ian Rapoport

2021-01-16 15:01:32


Mark Ingram II Won't Play In Divisional Round

Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram II will be a healthy scratch once again on Saturday when the Ravens face the Bills. No surprise here, as the Ravens seem intent on moving on from Ingram when the season ends and don't want a potential injury to complicate that. Barring a J.K. Dobbins injury, we won't see Ingram in a Ravens uniform again.

Source: Adam Schefter

2021-01-16 14:58:21


Mark Andrews Has Great Divisional Matchup

Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews will look to make a big impact on Saturday night when the Ravens face the Buffalo Bills in the Divisional Round. While Andrews has been on a downwards swing over the past few games, he gets a matchup against a Bills Defense that allows the eighth-most fantasy points per game to tight ends. If you're playing a Saturday-only DFS slate, Andrews is the top tight end play, while DFS managers playing in the Saturday/Sunday slate could find value by using Andrews over the more obvious choice, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-16 14:53:19


Marquise Brown Looks To Continue Momentum

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Marquise Brown opened the postseason with seven catches for 109 yards against the Titans, his first 100-yard game since Week 1. And while expecting him to hit that mark again against Buffalo on Saturday might be a stretch, Brown has been playing strong football in the second half of the season. Since Week 12, he has six receiving touchdowns and should see six or more targets on Saturday. The Bills Defense has been better against the pass than against the run, but Brown should find himself well-positioned for success due to his role as Lamar Jackson's top receiver, with the threat of the run game helping to open up passing lanes.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-16 14:48:13


J.K. Dobbins Is Strong Fantasy Option Against Bills

Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins saw his carries drop into single digits last week for the first time since Week 10, but the rookie rusher should be considered a top RB play in DFS contests for Saturday's game against the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo's run defense has proven to have some holes in it, as they allowed the 13th-most fantasy points to the position during the regular season. Gus Edwards could siphon off some work, but Dobbins is clearly the running back to play in this backfield this week because of his upside.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-16 14:43:50


Lamar Jackson Is Strong Divisional Round Play

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is averaging 94.3 rushing yards per game over his past six appearances. Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bills allowed seven rushing touchdowns to quarterbacks this season, tied for the third-most in the NFL. Saturday's Divisional Round contest between the two teams is shaping up to be a strong opportunity for Jackson to post big numbers on the ground. Buffalo has been good at forcing turnovers, so Baltimore's best game plan might be to keep the ball on the ground as much as possible. Consider Jackson a top DFS play.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-16 14:40:12


Cooper Kupp Is Safest Rams Receiver On Saturday

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp (knee) might be impacted by quarterback Jared Goff's thumb injury on Saturday in the Divisional Round game against the Packers, but his role as a short-yardage receiver should still give Kupp a solid fantasy floor. Of course, this is dependent on Kupp suiting up, as he's been dealing with a knee injury all week. If for some reason he's unable to go, Josh Reynolds would become an intriguing DFS punt play.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-16 14:27:06


Robert Woods Has Downside On Saturday

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods made the best of an iffy passing situation last week, catching four passes for 48 yards and a touchdown in the Wild Card win over Seattle. But with quarterback Jared Goff (thumb) at less than 100 percent for Saturday's Divisional game against the Packers, it will hard to trust Woods in DFS due to the potential downside, as Goff really struggled to complete passes last week. He has touchdown upside, but isn't the safest choice in this Rams receiving corps.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-16 14:23:27


Cam Akers Should Play Huge Role Saturday

Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers should see plenty of work on Saturday against the Green Bay Packers, making him a strong DFS option. With quarterback Jared Goff (thumb) banged up, expect to see a heavy dose of the run game. Akers had 30 total touches last week, piling up 176 yards and a touchdown. Expect to see upwards of 20 touches again in the Divisional Round. The Packers are a bottom-half run defense in the NFL, so Akers will have plenty of chances to turn his opportunities into fantasy points.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-16 14:17:33


Jared Goff Is Risky Divisional Round Play

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (thumb) will start against the Packers on Saturday, but the injured passer is an easy choice when looking for a quarterback to avoid on this slate. Working in relief last week, Goff was just 9-for-19 against the Seahawks for 155 yards. Expect the Rams to focus heavily on the run game in this one, leaving their passing game to pick up the scraps.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-16 14:13:29


Mario Edwards Jr. Suspended For Two Games

Chicago Bears defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. has been suspended without pay for the first two games of the 2021 season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Edwards is eligible to become a free agent this offseason and will have to serve his suspension when he signs with a new team. He had a career-high four sacks with the Bears during the 2020 season. The NFL is also investigating a legal issue involving Edwards stemming from an incident last year at a hotel in North Carolina. The 26-year-old was issued a criminal summons on a charge of misdemeanor assault on a female, but a court date has not been set. The two incidents surely aren't good as he enters the free-agent market.

Source: ESPN Chicago - Jeff Dickerson

2021-01-15 21:08:53


Latavius Murray, Taysom Hill Questionable Against Tampa

New Orleans Saints running back Latavius Murray (quadriceps) and quarterback Taysom Hill (knee) were both listed as questionable for the Divisional Round matchup against the Buccaneers on Sunday after getting in limited practices on Friday. The fact that they both practiced on Friday is good news for their chances of suiting up for the third meeting this year against the Bucs. If Murray, 31, cannot play, Alvin Kamara would have even more fantasy upside and would likely see more red-zone work against a stingy Buccaneers defensive front. Dwayne Washington and Ty Montgomery would help back up Kamara. Hill would likely only see a handful of snaps as a Swiss Army Knife on Sunday if he plays, making him avoidable in most fantasy lineups if he's active.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-15 21:04:04


Patrick Robinson Ruled Out For Saints Defense

New Orleans Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson (hamstring) has been ruled out against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for Sunday's Divisional Round matchup, the third between the two clubs this season. Robinson missed practice all week. New Orleans still has a solid defense overall on the edges of the secondary with Janoris Jenkins and Marshon Lattimore locking things down, but Robinson's absence will be felt at nickelback. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson will be tasked with slowing down Tampa wideout Chris Godwin this weekend. The Saints Defense will still be a strong fantasy unit on Sunday, but only if they can get some pressure on future Hall of Famer Tom Brady. In two games against the Saints in the regular season, Godwin had nine catches (13 targets) for 120 yards.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-15 20:59:44


Marcus Peters Questionable For Ravens Defense

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters (back) and offensive guard D.J. Fluker (knee) were both listed as questionable for the Divisional Round game against the Bills on Saturday night. Peters and Fluker were both limited in practice on Thursday, so they have a chance to be active against Buffalo. Peters also missed several games near the end of the regular season with a calf injury. We expect him to play through the pain in a very tough matchup with a Bills offense that can put up points with the best of them. Most DFS gamers will be avoiding Baltimore's stout defense this weekend, but they could surprise folks on Saturday night, especially if there is snow on the field.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-15 20:53:14


Cooper Kupp Questionable Against Packers

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp (knee) is listed as questionable for the Divisional Round against the Green Bay Packers on Saturday. Kupp missed practice all week, so fantasy managers should certainly be way of quarterback Jared Goff's top target if he's active this weekend. Kupp's injury wasn't deemed serious last weekend when he left late in the wild-card win over the Seahawks, but it could very well limit him if he suits up against Green Bay. Wide receivers Robert Woods, Josh Reynolds and rookie Van Jefferson could see more targets if Kupp has his snaps limited, but all of LA's pass-catchers should be knocked down a peg with Goff fighting through a surgically repaired right thumb.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-15 20:49:00


Josh Gordon Banned Indefinitely

The NFL rescinded Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Josh Gordon's conditional reinstatement on Friday and left him banned from the league indefinitely. Gordon was added to the team's active roster three weeks ago and was set to return to the field when he had a setback in his battle with substance abuse that broke the terms of his conditional reinstatement. He missed the entire 2020 campaign after being suspended in December of 2019. This year was the third time he's missed an entire season since entering the league in 2012. The 29-year-old has been suspended by the NFL six times and has 247 career catches while making the All-Pro team in 2013 with Cleveland. What a shame. Gordon has so much talent and is still on the right side of 30 years old, but he may never get another chance in the NFL due to his latest setback.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-15 20:40:48


Arthur Smith Named New Falcons Head Coach

The Atlanta Falcons hired Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith as their new head coach on Friday, according to sources. Smith was the team's top choice all along, so they get their man. The 38-year-old was one of seven coaching candidates for Atlanta after the team fired Dan Quinn on Oct. 11. Smith is expected to pair with New Orleans Saints assistant general manager/vice president of player personnel, who is expect to be Atlanta's next GM. Smith spent the last 10 seasons with the Titans but stood out the last two years as the team's offensive coordinator, helping the Titans reach the playoffs the last two seasons. Tennessee was the only team in the NFL that ranked in the top five in rushing yards per game (153.5) and passer rating (107) since 2019. He'll try to help an Atlanta team that went 4-12 in 2020 and that hasn't made the playoffs the last three years. Smith should be a good fit if quarterback Matt Ryan and veteran receiver Julio Jones stick around.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-15 20:34:19


Buccaneers Defense A Solid Option Against Saints

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense is a solid option ahead of a huge playoff matchup with the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. At one point, Tampa Bay looked like the best defense in the league, but they've since fallen on hard times. Despite this, the Buccaneers still possess talent at all three levels of the defense. Tampa Bay can stop the run and rush the passer, a combination that could lead to turnovers committed by Saints quarterback Drew Brees. The Bucs will need to find their defensive mojo if they want to advance- it's worth betting on for DFS purposes.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-15 19:45:54


Rob Gronkowski Could Bounce Back Against Saints

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski had a catch-less game last week against Washington but could bounce back in Sunday's matchup with the Saints. Gronkowski wasn't a big part of the gameplan last week- at least as a receiver- though that could change against the Saints. The veteran tight end has risen to the occasion in big games this year- 6-106-0 against the Chiefs and 5-78-1 against the Packers- and this would be the biggest stage yet this season. The Tom Brady-Gronkowski connection failed fantasy managers last week, but it's worth going back to be more time.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-15 19:25:21


Antonio Brown Has Upside Against Saints

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown possesses upside for fantasy purposes in a playoff matchup with the Saints. Brown had only just signed with the team when he took part in his team's blowout loss to the Saints. Since then, he has rounded into form, with five touchdowns in his last four contests, including two games with at least 90 yards receiving. Brown is looking more and more like the dynamic playmaker who made a name for himself in Pittsburgh- and he could be a real x-factor in this game. He's probably a bit riskier than his two fellow wideouts, though he has the most upside against New Orleans' tough defense.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-15 19:10:41


Chris Godwin A Strong Start Against Saints

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (hip, quad) has no injury designation and will be out there for the divisional round battle against the Saints. Godwin is rolling right now, as he has averaged 9.3 targets per game over his last three contests, having produced at least 79 yards and a touchdown in each of them. Fellow wideout Mike Evans will have to deal with Saints' corner Marshon Lattimore, who could potentially take him out of the game. Godwin would likely see more targets if that happens, though he makes for a good DFS play- despite the Saints' fifth-ranked pass defense.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-15 18:56:08


Mike Evans Has Tough Matchup In Divisional Round

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans takes on the Saints in the divisional round of the playoffs. Evans comes into the contest having exceeded 100 receiving yards in three of his last four games, with two touchdowns scored. However, he'll be in for a tough test against New Orleans' cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who has yet to allow a catch to Evans in coverage this year. The big-bodied wideout is talented enough to beat any corner, but this seems to be a tough matchup for him in his career. If you turn to Evans in DFS this week, you're probably just hoping he finds the end zone a couple of times.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-15 18:24:57


Leonard Fournette Could Face Tough Sledding Against Saints

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette will be in for a tough test against the Saints' stingy defense this weekend. Fournette will get the start after teammate Ronald Jones II (quad, finger) was deemed a game-time decision. The veteran back is coming off a season-high 19 carries against Washington, though the Saints Defense is a much different beast against the run. They were one of just five teams to allow under 100 rushing yards per game this season, and they held Tampa Bay to just 94 rushing yards in two regular-season games. Even if Fournette gets the backfield to himself, this is far from an ideal matchup. He should be avoided this week in DFS.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-15 18:05:45


Tom Brady A Good Play Against Saints

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady gets a tough matchup against the Saints in the divisional round on Sunday. Brady is coming off of a 381-yard, two-touchdown performance against the league's second-best pass defense last week- and gets another top-five unit in New Orleans this weekend. The veteran signal-caller tossed five interceptions in two regular-season losses against the Saints, though the Buccaneers' offense is more dangerous lately- having scored 30-plus points in each of their last four games. Brady will be motivated to prove that the regular-season losses were flukes and may have to use his arm to do so. He's a good fantasy option in what could be a very competitive game.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-15 17:45:45


Police Investigating Von Miller

Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller is the subject of a police investigation in Parker, Colorado, although police haven't specified why they are investigating the former Super Bowl MVP. Miller missed the entire 2020 season after suffering a season-ending ankle injury in practice just days before the season opener. The 31-year-old was suspended for six games in 2013 for violating the league's substance-abuse policy and also had an arrest warrant issued that same summer after a failure to appear in court after multiple traffic violations. The Broncos face a decision on the pass-rusher, as he is heading into the final year of his six-year, $114.5 million deal he signed in 2016. If they release Miller, the team would face a dead-money charge of $4.125 million against the salary cap for 2021.

Source: ESPN.com - Jeff Legwold

2021-01-15 16:15:21


Clyde Edwards-Helaire Questionable For Sunday

Kansas City Chiefs rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle, hip) missed practice on Thursday and Friday and is questionable to play against the Browns in the Divisional Round on Sunday. Tight end Deon Yelder (groin) and cornerback Rashad Fenton (ankle, foot) are also questionable. It's disappointing for Edwards-Helaire after he was limited in practice back on Wednesday. It's looking like the promising rookie will be a game-time decision on Sunday, and even if he's active, he could split more of the workload with veteran Le'Veon Bell against Cleveland. Another one to worry about is Darrel Williams, who looked more explosive than Bell when CEH was out in Week 16. The bottom line is that Edwards-Helaire is shaping up to be one to avoid for fantasy lineups in the Divisional Round.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-15 16:09:11


Sammy Watkins Won't Play In Divisional Round

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins (calf) and linebacker Willie Gay (ankle) missed practice all week and will not play in the Divisional Round against the Browns on Sunday. Watkins suffered a calf injury in Week 16 and was held out of the Week 17 regular season finale, but two weeks of rest wasn't enough to allow him to play in the Chiefs first playoff game this year. With the 27-year-old inactive, Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman have a better chance of exploding for a big play against Cleveland's shaky secondary this weekend. While both pass-catchers should see increased targets, they are both still boom/bust fantasy options in an offense with plenty of other weapons. If KC advances past the Browns, Watkins won't be guaranteed to be available for the AFC Championship game.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-15 16:03:55


David Njoku Questionable Against Chiefs

Cleveland Browns tight ends David Njoku (hamstring) and Stephen Carlson (groin), offensive tackle Jack Conklin (hamstring, knee) and linebacker B.J. Goodson (shoulder) are questionable for the Divisional Round against the Chiefs on Sunday. Carlson was the only one of the four who was not able to practice on Friday, so the other three should have a good chance of being available against Kansas City. Njoku caught his only target for just seven yards in the wild-card upset over the division-rival Steelers and will continue to take a back seat to Austin Hooper if he's active for the Divisional Round. Njoku has played second fiddle all season, catching only 19 passes (29 targets) for 213 yards and two touchdowns in 13 games (five starts). You can ignore him for fantasy lineups.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-15 15:59:19


Dan Campbell The Favorite For Lions Head-Coaching Gig

New Orleans Saints assistant head coach/tight ends coach Dan Campbell has emerged as the favorite to be the new Detroit Lions head coach, according to sources. However, the Lions can't conduct an in-person interview with Campbell until the Saints season has officially ended, so their pursuit of him is on hold until then. The Saints face the division-rival Buccaneers in the Divisional Round of the postseason this Sunday. When Campbell was with the Miami Dolphins, he served as the team's interim head coach. The Lions officially hired former Los Angeles Rams executive Brad Holmes as their new executive vice president/general manager on Thursday. They were also expected to interview Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowley for their head-coach position on Friday, but the two sides decided to cancel.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-15 13:52:20


Ronald Jones II A Game-Time Decision, Leonard Fournette To Start

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said that running back Ronald Jones II (calf, finger) was feeling better on Friday, but he will be a game-time decision against the Saints in the Divisional Round on Sunday. Leonard Fournette will start the game. Jones was limited in practice on Thursday after not playing in the wild-card win over Washington. It sounds like Jones has a chance to see some action against New Orleans, but he won't start and will be an extremely risky fantasy selection in the Divisional Round. Fournette saw the lion's share of backfield work last weekend and had a season-high 19 carries for 93 yards and a touchdown on the ground, adding four catches for 39 yards. He'll have a much tougher go of it this weekend, though, against a Saints Defense that allowed the fewest fantasy points per game to RBs in 2020.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-15 13:13:20


Dawson Knox A Shaky Option Against Baltimore

Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox has picked it up during the second half of the season. Since Week 12, Knox has hauled in four touchdowns, including one against the Indianapolis Colts last week. Sadly, the Bills have so many weapons on offense that Knox doesn't see a significant amount of targets. It's tough to believe he'll be able to do much damage against the Baltimore Ravens this weekend. He'll be a low-cost option, but doesn't have much upside heading into this matchup.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-15 12:52:37


John Brown Avoidable Versus Ravens

Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown was a ghost against the Indianapolis Colts last week. He failed to haul in any of his four targets in the win over Indy. At this point, Gabriel Davis is looking like he surpassed Brown on the depth chart. Brown looked solid during their regular season finale, but the Bills have too many options on offense. It's unlikely that Brown does anything significant against the Baltimore Ravens secondary this weekend.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-15 12:47:30


Gabriel Davis Has Sneaky Value

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Gabriel Davis has surprisingly pushed his way into a significant role in this offense. Davis didn't make much of an impact during the first half of the season, but has been a solid contributor since then. He hauled in four receptions for 85 yards in the playoff victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Obviously, Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley are ahead of him on the depth chart. However, the Bills continue to find ways to get Davis involved. He could make for a low-cost DFS option against the Baltimore Ravens this weekend.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-15 12:44:35


Cole Beasley Makes For Intriguing Fantasy Option

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley (knee) was limited during Thursday's practice, but will suit up against the Baltimore Ravens this weekend. The veteran slot receiver has found a perfect home in Buffalo. He hauled in seven receptions for 57 yards in the win over the Indianapolis Colts last week. Slot receivers have been fairly decent against the Ravens secondary this season. Beasley makes for an intriguing fantasy option for this weekend's slate.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-15 12:40:14


Stefon Diggs An Elite Fantasy Option

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs (oblique) has been putting up video-game numbers for the majority of the season. He hauled in six receptions for 128 yards and one touchdown in the win over the Indianapolis Colts last week in the wild-card round. Diggs was a little banged up heading into this week but has been removed from the injury report. It sounds like he'll be healthy enough to suit up against the Baltimore Ravens in the Divisional Round. This is obviously a tough matchup, but Diggs continues to exceed expectations, so he'll remain an elite fantasy option for this weekend.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-15 12:36:04


Devin Singletary To See Increased Workload

Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary has seen limited fantasy value throughout most of the regular season because of the timeshare in the backfield. However, running back Zack Moss (leg) won't be suiting up for the playoff matchup against the Baltimore Ravens. Singletary will get an increased workload, but the Ravens aren't exactly an easy team to run against right now. Sometimes in the regular season, Singletary saw touches in the mid-teens and still didn't have much value. Expect that to be a similar result versus the Ravens this weekend.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-15 12:31:29


Josh Allen Remains Strong Fantasy Play

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen looked seemingly unstoppable versus the Indianapolis Colts last week. He threw for 324 yards with two touchdowns and rushed for 54 yards and another score. Allen has put himself into the MVP conversation and should remain a strong fantasy option against the Baltimore Ravens. The young dual-threat quarterback has shown no signs of slowing down, so continue believing in him.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-15 12:26:45


Chiefs Defense Vulnerable Against Browns?

The Kansas City Chiefs Defense finished the 2020 regular season ranked 21st against the run, allowing 122.1 rushing yards per game. The Browns, led by running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, averaged 148.4 yards per game. Chubb had his second straight 1,000-yard rushing season and another Pro Bowl selection, averaging a career-high 5.6 yards per carry and a team-high 12 rushing scores. Hunt had 2,150 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns, adding 833 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns in 25 games with the Chiefs before moving to Cleveland. The two-headed Browns rushing monster can get it done on the ground and through the air, so the Chiefs defense will have their work cut out for them. Despite the threat, Kansas City's D will be one of the more popular DFS targets in the Divisional Round.

Source: The Kansas City Star - Herbie Teope

2021-01-15 11:46:26


Bills Defense Confident They Can Contain Ravens

The Buffalo Bills Defense is confident that they can contain Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson in the Divisional Round matchup on Saturday night. Buffalo held Jackson to only 40 rushing yards on 11 carries last year. "We're pretty confident in being able to contain him," said linebacker Matt Milano. The Bills defense held opponents to just under 19 points a game in the final five games of the season, too, so they're coming in confident. Jackson threw for just 145 yards in his meeting against the Bills in 2019, but three of his 16 completions went for touchdowns through the air. Buffalo's defense has stiffened late in the season, but they'll face a very tough task this weekend, and fantasy managers should temper expectations in DFS.

Source: New York Upstate - Matt Parrino

2021-01-15 11:37:24


Browns Activate Joel Bitonio From COVID-19 List

The Cleveland Browns activated offensive guard Joel Bitonio from the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday. Bitonio should be active for the team's Divisional Round game against the Chiefs on Sunday after he sat out of the wild-card upset win over the division-rival Steelers last weekend. A Pro Bowler each of the last three seasons, Bitonio's return to Cleveland's strong offensive line is a huge upgrade for running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt and quarterback Baker Mayfield as they try to pull off the unthinkable and upset the defending Super Bowl-champion Chiefs. Bitonio's return will be even more important if offensive tackle Jack Conklin cannot play after aggravating an injury last week against Pittsburgh. The 29-year-old Bitonio has been with the Browns since 2014 and will be playing in his first career postseason game this Sunday.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-15 11:30:52


Falcons Make Offer To Arthur Smith

The Atlanta Falcons have made an offer to Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith to become their next head coach, according to sources. Smith has been the offensive coordinator for the Titans for the last two seasons. Tennessee ranked No. 3 in the league in total yards per game (396.4) and No. 2 overall in rushing yards per game (168.1) in 2020, and they were also fourth in scoring with 30.7 points per game. Smith has held a number of positions with the Titans since 2011, including tight ends coach, offensive line assistant, offensive quality control coach and defensive quality control coach. The Falcons have also interviewed Raheem Morris, Eric Bienemy, Joe Brady, Nathaniel Hackett and Todd Bowles for their head-coaching vacancy.

Source: ESPN - Dianna Russini

2021-01-15 11:25:23


Jets Hire Robert Saleh As Head Coach

The New York Jets hired former San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh as their next head coach on Thursday night, according to league sources. The two sides have reached an agreement on a five-year deal. 49ers passing-game coordinator Mike LaFleur is expected to be the first member of Saleh's staff and serve as the offensive coordinator. Saleh has been a highly sought-after head-coach candidate the last two seasons and also interviewed with the Falcons, Lions, Jaguars, Eagles and Chargers for their head-coach vacancies. He was the guiding force behind the Niners transformation on D in the last four seasons. San Fran finished second in yards allowed per game en route to a Super Bowl appearance after the 2019 regular season. Saleh inherits a Jets team that went 2-14 in 2020 and a defense that allowed 28.6 points per game, the third-most in franchise history. The Jets hold the No. 2 and 23 picks in this year's draft and must decide if quarterback Sam Darnold is their future under center.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-01-15 11:17:52


Panthers Hire Scott Fitterer As General Manager

The Carolina Panthers officially reached an agreement on a five-year deal with former Seattle Seahawks vice president Scott Fitterer on Thursday night to become their next general manager. Fitterer was a late addition to the interview process but made a quick impression on the Carolina decision-makers. He was one of 15 candidates to interview for the position when the team fired veteran Marty Hurney on Dec. 21. The other finalists for the job included Tennessee's Monti Ossenfort, San Francisco's Adam Peters and Kansas City's Ryan Poles. Fitterer had been with Seattle since 2001 and worked alongside Seattle GM John Schneider since 2010. He'll be paired with second-year head coach Matt Rhule with the team coming off a 5-11 season with the eighth overall pick in the upcoming draft. Locating a franchise quarterback will be priority No. 1.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-01-15 11:10:00


Browns Defense Faces Tough Task Vs. Chiefs

The Cleveland Browns Defense was instrumental in the team's upset playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card round as they scored a touchdown and forced five turnovers. They are likely to struggle to repeat that performance in a tough matchup against an explosive Kansas City Chiefs offense in the Divisional Round. Kansas City's offense only had 16 giveaways during the regular season and is led by All-World quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Cleveland will be bolstered by the return of top cornerback Denzel Ward and starting slot corner Kevin Johnson but they are still in a tough spot as 10-point road dogs against the Chiefs. The Browns defense is not a unit to target in daily fantasy contests this weekend.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-15 07:05:02


Austin Hooper An Excellent Fantasy Option Vs. Chiefs

Cleveland Browns tight end Austin Hooper found the end zone in his team's playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers last week and it could have been a bigger game for him but he dropped a second touchdown in the end zone. Hooper sets up as an excellent DFS play against the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Kansas City struggled to defend the tight end position during the regular season, allowing the eighth-most fantasy points per game. Hooper has emerged as a main piece of the Cleveland passing attack over the final portion of the season and should be heavily involved in a game where Cleveland is installed as 10-point road underdogs. If you can't find the necessary space to fit top tight end Travis Kelce into those daily fantasy lineups, Hooper is an excellent, money-saving pivot.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-15 06:54:55


Jarvis Landry A Solid Fantasy Option In Divisional Round

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry made several clutch catches and scored a touchdown for his team in their Wild-Card round win over the Pittsburgh Steelers last week. Landry will look to keep it going in the Divisional Round against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Kansas City represents a tough matchup for Landry as they allowed the third-fewest fantasy points per game to the wide receiver position during the regular season. That being said, Landry should still get several chances to do damage in a game where the Browns project to throw frequently. Treat him as a solid WR2 for DFS contests, especially in cash games.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-15 06:46:32


Kareem Hunt Draws Plus Matchup Vs. Former Team

Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt scored a pair of rushing touchdowns to help power his team to an upset win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the NFL playoffs. He will look for an encore against the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Kansas City struggled to stop the run during the regular season, ranking 31st in run-defense DVOA. The Chiefs are set as 10-point home favorites, so Hunt could be called upon in the passing game, especially if Cleveland falls behind. Treat Hunt as a quality second running back in playoff DFS contests this weekend.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-15 06:38:27


Nick Chubb Draws Excellent Matchup Against Chiefs

Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb draws a favorable matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs. Chubb came up big against the Pittsburgh Steelers last week and will look to continue that success this Sunday. The Chiefs struggled to contain the run during the regular season, ranking 31st in run-defense DVOA and allowing the 11th-most fantasy points per game to the running back position. The only concern here is that the Browns are 10-point underdogs and Chubb faces negative game script, but Cleveland's offense has proven to be proficient enough that they could keep this game closer than Vegas expects. If that happens, expect Chubb to play a major role in helping Cleveland keep up with the explosive Chiefs on the scoreboard. Chubb is an excellent anchor running back for DFS lineups this weekend.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-15 06:26:05


Baker Mayfield Draws Plus Matchup Against Chiefs

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield engineered an upset victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the opening round of the playoffs last weekend. He now travels to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs in the Divisional Round. Mayfield played very well against a tough Pittsburgh defense last week and should find it easier to move the ball against a less fearsome Kansas City defense on Sunday. The Chiefs allowed the 11th-most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks during the regular season and ranked 16th in pass-defense DVOA. The Browns are 10-point road underdogs so they could be forced to throw more often than usual. Mayfield is an excellent value option in DFS contests this weekend.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-15 06:10:39


Panthers Expected To Hire Scott Fitterer As Next GM

The Carolina Panthers are expected to hire Seattle Seahawks vice president of football operations Scott Fitterer as their new general manager, according to sources. Fitterer was a late addition to the interview process but made a quick impression on the Carolina decision-makers. He was one of 15 candidates to interview for the position when the team fired veteran Marty Hurney on Dec. 21. The other finalists for the job included Tennessee's Monti Ossenfort, San Francisco's Adam Peters and Kansas City's Ryan Poles. Fitterer had been with Seattle since 2001 and worked alongside Seattle GM John Schneider since 2010. He'll be paired with second-year head coach Matt Rhule with the team coming off a 5-11 season with the eighth overall pick in the upcoming draft. Locating a franchise quarterback will be priority No. 1.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-14 16:38:38


Mac Jones, Jaylen Waddle Declare For NFL Draft

Alabama quarterback Mac Jones, wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, cornerback Patrick Surtain II and defensive end Christian Barmore announced on Thursday their intentions to forego their remaining collegiate eligibility and enter the 2021 NFL draft. Jones led the Crimson Tide to an undefeated season (13-0) while setting new single-season marks at Alabama in passing yards (4,500) and completion rate (77.4 percent). He showed excellent deep accuracy in his first year as the full-time starter, completing over 50 percent of his throws 20-plus yards down the field. Smith doesn't have the best mobility, but he's expected to be a late first- or early second-round selection in the upcoming NFL draft. Waddle exposes tacklers in the open field with his great lateral speed and is considered to be equally fast as former teammate Henry Ruggs III, who was a first-round pick in 2020.

Source: NFL.com - Chase Goodbread

2021-01-14 16:35:01


Melvin Gordon III Pleads Not Guilty In DUI Case

Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III pleaded not guilty in his DUI case on Thursday. His next hearing is scheduled for Feb. 24, with a potential jury trial on April 8 if the case isn't resolved before then. Gordon could still face league discipline in 2021 after being arrested on Oct. 3 in downtown Denver and charged with driving under the influence. Safety Kareem Jackson was suspended for the final two games of the 2019 season after a DUI charge. Gordon led the Broncos in carries (215), rushing yards (986) and rushing touchdowns (nine) in his first season in Denver while sharing the backfield with Phillip Lindsay for much of the year. There's a possibility that new general manager George Paton could move on from Gordon if he's suspended, but he should be a midrange RB2 if he sticks around for another season in Denver.

Source: ESPN.com - Jeff Legwold

2021-01-14 16:24:29


Colts GM Thinks Philip Rivers Can Still Play

Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard thinks that impending free-agent quarterback Philip Rivers can still play in the NFL, but the team must decide if bringing the 39-year-old back for another season is the right course for the franchise. If Rivers does decide to come back for another year, he only wants to play for the Colts. Head coach Frank Reich also recently said that he thinks Rivers can continue his career and would love to have him back in 2021. Rivers rebounded from a rough season in his final year with the Chargers, but it remains to be seen if the Colts want an upgrade. The eight-time Pro Bowler threw for 4,169 yards, 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 2020 and would merely be a middling QB2 in a run-first offense if he were to return for an 18th NFL season in 2021.

Source: The Athletic - Stephen Holder

2021-01-14 15:54:30


John Wolford Ruled Out, Jared Goff To Start Saturday

Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay has ruled quarterback John Wolford (neck) out for the Divisional Round game against the Packers on Saturday. Wolford hasn't practiced this week after suffering a stinger in the wild-card game against the Seahawks and having to be taken to the hospital. Jared Goff (thumb) will make the start against Green Bay, with Blake Bortles backing him up. Goff didn't start last weekend after having surgery to fix a broken and dislocated thumb that he suffered in Week 16. The Rams didn't ask too much of him, as he went just 9-for-19 for 155 yards and a touchdown after he replaced Wolford in the first quarter. Goff has been practicing in full this week but is unlikely to be 100 percent against a Packers Defense that allowed the third-fewest fantasy points per game to QBs during the regular season. Goff will be the shakiest fantasy signal-caller this weekend.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-14 15:08:02


Jaylon Smith To Undergo Wrist Surgery

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith (wrist) will undergo left wrist surgery on Thursday, according to multiple sources. Smith led the team with 154 tackles and didn't miss a single game in 2020, but he was on the injury report in Week 16 with a wrist injury. He should be ready for the beginning of the offseason program. Smith is scheduled to make a base salary of $7.2 million next season, which becomes fully guaranteed on the fifth day of the new league year, and he carries a $9.8 million cap figure. Because of that, there are some questions about his future with the team. The 25-year-old is signed through the 2025 season and has posted at least 120 tackles in three of his four seasons. He has 498 career tackles and nine sacks in 64 career games and should be considered a top-10 fantasy linebacker in IDP leagues.

Source: ESPN Dallas - Todd Archer

2021-01-14 12:06:40


Lions Add Brad Holmes As New General Manager

The Detroit Lions have agreed to terms on a five-year deal on Thursday with Los Angeles Rams director of college scouting Brad Holmes as their new general manager, according to sources. As a result, the Rams become the first NFL team to receive two compensatory third-round draft picks as part of the league's hiring initiatives for minorities. The 41-year-old Holmes was also a finalist for the vacant Atlanta Falcons general manager job, but they have zeroed in on New Orleans Saints executive Terry Fontenot. Holmes has been with the Rams for 18 years, moving up as an intern to his current position.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-14 12:00:52


Steelers Parting Ways With Randy Fichtner

The Pittsburgh Steelers have decided to part ways with offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner, according to a source. Fichtner's contract was due to expire at the start of the new league year, so the club will not renew his deal. He joined the Steelers in 2007, head coach Mike Tomlin's first year with the team. Offensive line coach Shaun Sarrett and defensive backs coach Tom Bradley also won't have their contracts renewed. Fichtner started as the team's wide receivers coach, a title he held for three seasons before moving to quarterbacks coach and working with Ben Roethlisberger. He was in that role for eight seasons before becoming offensive coordinator in 2018. Big Ben threw for 5,129 yards in 2018, but he was hurt all of last year and declined throughout the year in 2020.

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

2021-01-14 11:40:56


Falcons Expected To Hire Terry Fontenot As Next GM

The Atlanta Falcons have identified New Orleans Saints vice president/assistant general manager Terry Fontenot as the favorite to be their next general manager, according to sources. The Falcons won't finalize a deal until the Saints are out of the playoffs, but all signs point to Fontenot being their choice. Fontenot has spent 16 years with New Orleans, with the past six coming as director of pro scouting. He also interviewed for open GM jobs with the Detroit Lions and Denver Broncos. Atlanta also interviewed Colts director of college scouting Morocco Brown, Rams director of college scouting Brad Holmes, Falcons director of college scouting Anthony Robinson and former Texans GM Rick Smith.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-14 11:34:50


Jaguars Finalizing Deal With Urban Meyer For Head-Coaching Job

The Jacksonville Jaguars are working toward finalizing a deal with former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer to be their next head coach on Thursday, and the two sides are in advanced talks, according to league sources. The 56-year-old is poised to come out of retirement and the college football broadcast booth to take his first NFL job, bringing a 187-32 collegiate record in his time with Ohio State, Florida, Utah and Bowling Green. Meyer won three national titles (two with Florida and one with Ohio State). He owns a 12-3 record in bowl games, including a perfect 3-0 mark in national championship games. The Jaguars own the No. 1 overall pick in April and could take Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence or Ohio State QB Justin Fields with the first overall selection.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-14 11:29:39


Cole Beasley Receives Praise For Toughness

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley (knee) received praise from quarterback Josh Allen and fellow wideout Stefon Diggs for playing through an injured knee in the wild-card win over the Colts in which he played 41 snaps and secured a team-high seven catches for 57 yards. "I do want to give a shoutout to Cole. Seven catches. On his knee. Getting through it. He's tough as nails," Allen said. Beasley wore a brace on his injured knee and was laboring at times, but he made it through the game and is expected to be out there in the Divisional Round against the Ravens this Saturday night. The veteran pass-catcher had a career-high 82 catches for 967 yards and four touchdowns in the regular season and remains a key third-down weapon for Allen, but he'll remain a bit risky while playing at less than 100 percent against a tough Baltimore D and a potential matchup with cornerback Marlon Humphrey.

Source: NFL.com - Mike Giardi

2021-01-13 22:46:08


Wil Lutz A Streaming Option In Divisional Round

New Orleans Saints kicker Wil Lutz is a streaming option in Sunday's divisional-round battle against the Buccaneers. Lutz missed a field goal from beyond 50 yards in last week's Wild Card game, but he has overall been consistent throughout the 2020 season. The kicker finished the regular season by going 23-for-28 in field goals and 57-for-58 in extra points. Though the Bucs are tough against fantasy kickers, Lutz is still a reliable fantasy option considering he is proven.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-13 21:47:41


Saints Defense Carries Slight Risk This Week

The New Orleans Saints Defense is a slightly risky start this week against a Buccaneers squad that enters the contest firing on all cylinders. Ever since a 38-3 drubbing at the hands of these Saints in early November, Tampa has erupted offensively, scoring at least 24 points in the last eight games and at least 44 points in three of those games. Though the Saints got the better of the Bucs in the regular season, Tampa still features many playmakers who could exploit the NOLA defense, including Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown, and Rob Gronkowski. Thus, this unit should be considered a low-end starting option only.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-13 21:41:05


Jared Cook Has Starting Value If Active

New Orleans Saints tight end Jared Cook is dealing with a back injury and his status for this week's clash against the Buccaneers is unclear. Nevertheless, if the tight end can ultimately suit up, he does hold fantasy value. Dating back to the regular season, Cook has seen at least four targets and gotten at least 40 yards in the past three games. In two regular-season meetings against Tampa, the TE also compiled a total of seven receptions for 110 yards on 10 targets. Overall, the Bucs allow the 10th-most fantasy points to tight ends, so Cook is certainly in the starting tier given the favorable matchup and his recent production.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-13 21:33:15


Emmanuel Sanders A Risky Play On Sunday

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is a risky play this week against the Bucs in the divisional round. In the Wild Card game last week, the WR managed only two receptions for three yards on three targets. Overall, Sanders has had a lackluster 2020 season in terms of production, as he has gone hot and cold in his weekly numbers. Though the Bucs allow the 11th-most points to fantasy wideouts, there is some risk in starting Sanders considering managers don't know which version of him could show up.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-13 21:23:45


Michael Thomas A WR1 In Divisional Round

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas pencils in as a solid WR1 this week against Tampa in the divisional round. Last week, Thomas put up five receptions for 73 yards and a score against a solid Bears secondary and has overall been producing fantastic numbers dating back to the last games he played in the regular season. The Bucs allow the 11th-most points to fantasy wideouts, so Thomas is a strong play this week given his massive role on this offense and the favorable matchup.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-13 21:18:25


Alvin Kamara A Solid Play Despite Tough Matchup

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara is a solid play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week in the divisional round. Kamara finished with 23 carries for 99 yards and a score last week against a tough Bears Defense and has been sensational for the most part during the 2020 season. In two games against the Bucs in the regular season, the RB finished with 21 carries for 56 yards and two scores along with 10 receptions for 60 yards and a score on 14 targets. Though Tampa allows the fourth-fewest points to fantasy backs, Kamara's exceptional talent and high weekly volume keep him as a terrific fantasy start.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-13 21:13:22


Drew Brees A Low-End QB1 Against Buccaneers

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is a low-end QB1 against the Buccaneers this week in the divisional round. Brees was decent against the Bears in the Wild Card game last week, tossing for 265 yards and two scores. Overall, the QB has been decent overall since returning from a rib and lung injury in Week 15 of the regular season. He has tossed for at least 200 yards in the past four contests dating back to the regular season. The Bucs are middle-tier against fantasy QBs, so Brees certainly has some fantasy value this week for this important matchup.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-13 21:04:02


Robert Tonyan Will Be Red Zone Threat Against Rams

Green Bay Packers tight end Robert Tonyan will try and carry his fantastic regular season into the playoffs against the Rams on Saturday. Tonyan posted 52 receptions for 586 yards but led all tight ends this season with 11 touchdowns. He will now go up against a Rams Defense that is allowing the ninth fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends. The Rams have allowed only three tight ends all season to post more than 10 fantasy points against them in a game but Tonyan has been quarterback Aaron Rodgers favorite target in the red zone. Tonyan's fantasy value will be tied strictly to finding the end zone for this weekend's slate of playoff games.

Source: Green Bay Packers

2021-01-13 20:12:21


Marquez Valdes-Scantling Must Raise His Game Against Rams

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling will go up against a Rams Defense this Saturday that allowed the fewest fantasy points to receivers during the regular season. Valdes-Scantling has been feast-or-famine this season, posting 15-plus fantasy points five times this season but also posting less than one fantasy point in four different games. Valdes-Scantling finished the year with 33 catches for 690 yards and six touchdowns but will have his hands full against a stingy Rams secondary. Los Angeles may try and take away star receiver Davante Adams from the offensive game plan, opening up some targets for Valdes-Scantling. The 26-year-old receiver could have sneaky WR2 sleeper value for this weekend's slate of games.

Source: Green Bay Packers

2021-01-13 20:08:31


Allen Lazard Limited In Practice

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard (core/wrist) was limited in practice on Wednesday heading into the team's playoff matchup against the Rams on Saturday. Lazard got off to a strong start this season but injuries and playing time dragged down his production, catching only 33 passes for 451 yards and three touchdowns. If Lazard can suit up, he will face a Rams secondary that allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing receivers during the regular season. The Rams may try and double-team star receiver Davante Adams, which could free up players like Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Even if he is healthy for the game, however, Lazard will be a long-shot to produce fantasy relevance this weekend.

Source: Green Bay Packers

2021-01-13 20:03:34


Davante Adams Will Have His Hands Full Against Rams

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams will go up against a talented Rams secondary on Saturday in the NFC Divisional Round. The Rams secondary allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing receivers this season and have held the position to only seven touchdowns all season. The matchup is stiff but enter Adams, who has been the most dynamic receiver in fantasy football this season. The talented receiver has been incredible all season, posting scores (18 total) in 12 of the 14 games he played this season. Adams at one point scored touchdowns in eight straight games and finished the season with 115 receptions for 1,374 yards. The production of Adams on Saturday may dictate whether the Packers move on to the next round and he will carry WR1 status for this weekend's slate of games.

Source: Green Bay Packers

2021-01-13 19:58:28


Aaron Jones To Face Stingy Rams Front

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones will face a Rams Defense this Saturday that allowed the fifth fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs during the regular season. The Packers air attack made plenty of headlines this season but Jones, once again, enjoyed an excellent season. Jones posted 1,459 total yards from scrimmage with 11 touchdowns and, maybe most impressively, averaged over five yards per carry for the third time in his first four seasons. The Rams have not allowed a single back to post more than 100 rushing yards against them all season but have surrendered seven total touchdowns to the position over their final eight games. The Packers will need quarterback Aaron Rodgers to be at his best this weekend but Jones can be expected to see 10-15 touches in the backfield and could find the end zone against the Rams.

Source: Green Bay Packers

2021-01-13 19:51:39


Aaron Rodgers May Face Toughest Test Against Rams

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will try and lead his team to the Super Bowl, beginning Saturday against the Rams in the Divisional Round. Rodgers is on the short list for MVP this season, tossing a career-high 48 touchdowns and throwing for 4,299 yards while completing 70.7% of his passes. The veteran passer had an astounding 12 games with three or more touchdowns this season, but he may face his toughest test of the season. The Rams come into this playoff matchup allowing the fewest fantasy points to opposing passers during the regular season. Los Angeles allowed only nine passing touchdowns to opponents over their final 10 games of the season and not a single passer eclipsed 20 fantasy points during that stretch. The matchup may be tough, but it will be hard to justify keeping Rodgers out of tournament lineups this weekend at Lambeau Field.

Source: Green Bay Packers

2021-01-13 19:44:44


Tre'Quan Smith Designated For Return

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith (ankle) was designated for a return on Wednesday, but he remains on Injured Reserve. Smith last played in the Week 15 loss to the Chiefs, but he could be taken off IR and be eligible to play in the Divisional Round against the Buccaneers on Sunday night. That could be bad news for Deonte Harris, who saw an elevated role behind Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders in the wild-card win over the Bears. But even if Smith is active this weekend, he's nothing more than a low-cost deep sleeper in DFS after catching 34 passes on 50 targets for 448 yards and four touchdowns in 14 games (10 starts) this season.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-13 19:10:06


Taysom Hill Sidelined Wednesday

New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill (knee) did not participate in practice on Wednesday. Hill touched the ball just seven times in the wild-card win over the Bears, and his knee injury likely had something to do with that. The 30-year-old Swiss Army Knife carried the ball four times for 15 yards and caught two passes for just five yards last Sunday. On his lone pass attempt, he was sacked and lost a fumble. Hill still has time to get on the practice field and could be available in the Divisional Round against the Buccaneers on Sunday night, but predicting how much he'll be involved is anyone's guess. Likely to only be used on a handful of packages if he's active, Hill is extremely touchdown-dependent and should be avoided in most fantasy formats.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-13 18:58:13


Jared Cook Receives Limited Tag Wednesday

New Orleans Saints tight end Jared Cook (back), offensive tackle Terron Armstead (elbow) and defensive end Trey Hendrickson (neck) were all limited in practice on Wednesday. Barring a setback, Cook should play against the Buccaneers on Sunday night in the Divisional Round. Hendrickson, who had a career-high 13.5 sacks this year, looks to be improving after missing last week's wild-card win over the Bears. His return would be a huge boost to the Saints Defense and would be bad news for Tom Brady. Cook caught four of his season-high seven targets for 40 yards last week against Chicago. The 33-year-old veteran could be peppered with targets again this weekend after catching seven of 10 targets for 110 yards in two games against Tampa in 2020. Cook isn't the sexiest fantasy option at the position, but he could have some sneaky upside.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-13 18:52:19


Marcus Peters, Matt Judon Remain Out Wednesday

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters (back) and linebacker Matt Judon (illness) remain out of practice on Wednesday for the second straight day. Both players will need to get in at least a limited practice on Thursday to have a shot at suiting up for the Divisional Round matchup against the Bills on Saturday night. Baltimore's defense will need all the healthy bodies they can get against a Bills offense that has taken off in 2020 in quarterback Josh Allen's breakout season. The Ravens blitzed the most in the NFL this year, while Allen was the most successful signal-caller against pressure, so something has to give this weekend. We'd temper expectations for Baltimore's defense in the Divisional Round, especially if Peters and/or Judon cannot play.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-13 18:45:50


Tyler Bass Returns To Practice

Buffalo Bills kicker Tyler Bass (hand) returned to practice on Wednesday after being sidelined on Tuesday with a hand injury. Bass should be fine to kick against the Baltimore Ravens in the Divisional Round on Saturday night after he connected on both of his field-goal tries and all three of his extra points in the wild-card win over the Colts. The 23-year-old rookie has been very impressive in 2020 and has been very valuable for fantasy managers, hitting 28 of his 34 field-goal tries in 16 games during the regular season. Bass should continue to be a popular DFS kicker in the playoffs, although inclement weather in Buffalo could make him more risky than normal on Saturday night. Make sure to check the forecast later this week before locking him in.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-13 18:41:00


Cooper Kupp, John Wolford Miss Practice Wednesday

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp (knee) and quarterback John Wolford (neck) both missed practice on Wednesday. Kupp also sat out of the walk-through on Tuesday. He's reportedly just dealing with bursitis in his knee, but it's something to watch as we approach Saturday's Divisional Round contest against the Packers. He'll need to get in at least a limited practice on Thursday for fantasy managers to feel comfortable using him in their lineups. Even if he's active, Kupp will have a much lower floor and ceiling with quarterback Jared Goff (thumb) also injured. Rookie Van Jefferson and Josh Reynolds could see an uptick in usage if Kupp is limited or out against Green Bay. Wolford started the wild-card win over the Seahawks but didn't make it out of the first quarter. If he's active, he's expected to back up Goff this weekend. If Wolford can't go, Blake Bortles would back up Goff.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-13 18:36:34


Mike Evans, Chris Godwin Limited In Practice

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receivers Mike Evans (knee) and Chris Godwin (hip, quadriceps) and cornerback Carlton Davis (groin) were limited in practice Wednesday. Edge rusher Jason Pierre-Paul (knee) did not practice. Barring any setbacks, Evans and Godwin should be good to go against the Saints in the Divisional Round on Sunday night. Evans had six catches (10 targets) for his fifth 100-yard game of the season in the wild-card win over Washington. He managed only five receptions (10 targets) for 66 yards and one score in two games against New Orleans in 2020. He's a volume-based WR1 and is Tom Brady's favorite target, especially in the red zone. Godwin caught five of 12 targets last week for 78 yards and a touchdown last week. He caught nine of 13 targets for 120 yards in two games against the Saints this year and should also see plenty of volume this Sunday night.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-13 18:31:02


Ravens Defense Will Bring Pressure Against Bills

The Baltimore Ravens Defense doesn't plan to change their blitz-heavy approach against Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen in the Divisional Round matchup this Saturday night. Allen was among the best QBs at handling pressure in 2020, with the Ravens having blitzed an NFL-high 41 percent of the time this season. Allen has thrown a league-leading 19 touchdowns against pressure this year. The 24-year-old signal-caller was named to his first Pro Bowl after becoming the first QB to surpass 4,500 yards passing, 35 passing TDs and five rushing touchdowns in a single season. Allen was held to his second-lowest completion rate of his career (43.6 percent) on 17-for-39 passing and was sacked six times in a loss to Baltimore in 2019, and the Ravens D is hoping to do something similar this weekend. Allen will have a challenge against the Ravens, but his athleticism, improved accuracy and decision-making and dual-threat ability with his arm and legs will continue to make him a popular DFS choice in the postseason.

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

2021-01-13 18:22:47


Jared Veldheer Placed On COVID-19 List

The Green Bay Packers placed recently signed offensive tackle Jared Veldheer on the Reserve/COVID-19 list due to a positive test for the virus. It means that Veldheer will not make history (at least not yet) and become the first player in NFL history to play for two different teams in the same postseason. The 33-year-old offensive lineman played for the Colts in their wild-card loss last weekend to the Bills and then signed with Green Bay and was in line to play in the Divisional Round on Saturday against the Rams. It would have been a cool story, but Veldheer could still accomplish the feat if he's cleared from the league's COVID-19 protocols next week and the Packers advance past the Rams to the NFC Championship game.

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

2021-01-13 18:09:24


Latavius Murray Day-To-Day

New Orleans Saints running back Latavius Murray (quadriceps) missed practice on Wednesday and is considered day-to-day, according to a source. Murray is working to be available in the Division Round against the Buccaneers, but his status is up in the air right now. The veteran back was injured in the wild-card win over the Bears. He ran the ball just four times for nine yards and caught both of his targets for 11 yards and a touchdown. Murray is merely a touchdown-dependent flex in fantasy playoff leagues, but he'll be even more risky if he plays this weekend. Dwayne Washington and Ty Montgomery might pick up some scraps if Montgomery is unable to play, while Kamara would likely see increased red-zone usage against a tough Tampa Bay run defense. Murray should be able to play if he can returned to the practice field either Thursday or Friday.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-13 18:04:10


Aaron Donald Pain-Free

Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald (ribs) said that he's pain-free after he injured his ribs and left the wild-card win over the Seahawks last Saturday. Donald said that he felt like he had the wind knocked out of him when the injury initially occurred. "The way I'm feeling right now, I'm not too worried about it... I feel good, I feel strong, and I'll be ready come Saturday," Donald said. The All-Pro pass-rusher isn't expected to do much in practice this week, though, but he's expected to play against the Packers. Donald is a big reason why the Rams Defense has been the top-ranked unit in the league in 2020, but they'll face a tall task against Green Bay this weekend. It may not be wise to expect LA's defense to finish as the top fantasy unit in the Divisional Round, but at least they'll have Donald in the fold.

Source: NFL Network - Stacey Dales

2021-01-13 16:19:56


David Njoku Misses Practice Wednesday

Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku (hamstring), offensive tackle Jack Conklin (hamstring) and linebacker B.J. Goodson are not practicing on Wednesday. Njoku caught his only target for seven yards in the wild-card upset over the division-rival Steelers, and he's been playing second fiddle to Austin Hooper all year, catching just 19 passes on 29 targets for 213 yards and two touchdowns in 13 regular season games. Even if Njoku is active on Sunday against the Chiefs, he can be avoided in fantasy. Rookie Harrison Bryant would back up Hooper if that's the case. Conklin was questionable entering last weekend's game and left the game against Pittsburgh. Cleveland's strong offensive line cannot afford to be short-handed again against the defending Super Bowl champions.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-13 15:54:46


Ronald Jones II Doesn't Practice Wednesday

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said that running back Ronald Jones II (quadriceps) didn't practice on Wednesday, but he's improving and is hoping to return to practice on Thursday. The 23-year-old couldn't get his leg loose in the wild-card round against Washington and didn't play at all, paving the way for Leonard Fournette to see the lion's share of carries in the backfield. Jones has an extra day to heal up, but he should be considered questionable and a pretty risky fantasy RB with the game against the Saints in the Divisional Round on Sunday night. Both Jones and Fournette will be volatile RBs this weekend against a Saints Defense that allowed the fewest fantasy points per game to the position during the regular season. There's also the possibility that Jones sees fewer snaps on Sunday if he returns to the fold.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-13 15:49:48


Mitchell Schwartz Won't Play Against Browns

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said that right tackle Mitchell Schwartz (back) will not play in the Divisional Round against the Browns. Schwartz played in the first six games of the 2020 season but hasn't played since the Week 6 win over the Bills. While it would've been nice to have the 2018 first-team All-Pro in the lineup this Sunday against the Browns, it shouldn't slow down this high-octane offense all that much. Plus, rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle, hip) is ahead of schedule and is expected to suit up this weekend after sitting out the final two regular season games. Kansas City's offense is expected to have their way with a Browns Defense that is particularly vulnerable in the back end.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-13 15:43:37


Mike Tomlin Vague On Ben Roethlisberger Returning In 2021

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was vague when asked if quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be back in 2021. Roethlisberger has been with the team for the last 17 seasons, but he turned in a playoff-worst four interceptions in the wild-card loss to the Browns, raising questions about his future. Big Ben will turn 39 on March 2. He completed 68 percent of his throws for 18 touchdowns and four interceptions in Weeks 1-9, but those numbers dipped to 63.4 percent, 15 TDs and six picks in Weeks 10-16. Tomlin said there was a "high level of concern" regarding Roethlisberger's health but wouldn't rule out the possibility that he returns for an 18th season. On top of it, his $41.25 million salary cap hit will make for an extremely tough decision in Pittsburgh this offseason. If Big Ben does return, his health and level of play will be big concerns, making him a low-end QB2 target for fantasy managers.

Source: NFL.com - Jelani Scott

2021-01-13 15:38:35


Bears Considering All Options At Quarterback

Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace and head coach Matt Nagy are both coming back for another season in 2021, with chairman George McCaskey mandating that Pace and Nagy answer the quarterback question. "Everything is on the table right now," Pace said. Mitch Trubisky had his fifth-year option declined and is headed toward free agency. He was benched in favor of Nick Foles in Week 3, but returned in Week 12 and played better against some bad defenses down the stretch before struggling in the last two games. The Bears won't say if Trubisky will be back, but it's more likely that they'll move on from him after taking him second overall in the draft. Pace has gone 42-54 with two playoff appearances in his six seasons with the team. While nothing is set in stone, it seems unlikely that Trubisky or Foles will be the answer for the Bears in 2021.

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

2021-01-13 13:21:43


Sammy Watkins Not At Practice Wednesday

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins (calf) wasn't seen at the portion of practice open to the media on Wednesday. Watkins sat out the Week 17 regular season finale and had two full weeks of rest leading up to the Divisional Round. The Chiefs might just be playing it safe with the 27-year-old pass-catcher, but we'll need to continue keeping a close eye on his practice status throughout the week. As of now, fantasy manager shouldn't consider Watkins a very reliable fantasy weapon against Cleveland this Sunday. In his third season with KC, Watkins had 37 receptions on 55 targets for 421 yards and a career-low two touchdowns in only 10 games. With all the other weapons the Chiefs offense has, the chances of Watkins blowing up (if he plays) remain remote. Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson would be more attractive as deep sleepers if Watkins cannot play.

Source: The Athletic - Nate Taylor

2021-01-13 13:10:54


Clyde Edwards-Helaire On The Field Wednesday

Kansas City Chiefs rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle, hip) was on the field with no pads in the portion of practice open to the media on Wednesday. It's a good sign, but we'll need to see more from the impressive rookie before we recommend him for fantasy lineups in the Divisional Round against the Browns. The 21-year-old went down in ugly fashion in the Week 15 win over the Saints and didn't play in the final two games of the regular season, giving him three full weeks to heal up before the playoffs. On the season, CEH ran the ball 181 times for 803 yards (4.4 yards per carry) and four touchdowns, adding 36 receptions for 297 yards and an additional score in 13 games. Because he could share more touches with Le'Veon Bell if he's active on Sunday, Edwards-Helaire is a risky fantasy play for the Divisional Round. Keep a close eye on his practice status throughout the week.

Source: The Athletic - Nate Taylor

2021-01-13 13:05:38


Broncos Adding George Paton As New General Manager

The Denver Broncos are finalizing a six-year deal with Minnesota Vikings vice president and player personnel/assistant general manager George Paton on Wednesday to become the team's next general manager, according to a source. Paton spent 14 years with the Vikings and had other chances to take GM jobs elsewhere in recent seasons, but the Denver job stood out to him. Former president/GM John Elway turned over his full-time GM role after the regular season, but he will remain involved as the president of football operations, but Paton will have final say on the draft, free agency and the roster. Paton has been regarded as one of the league's most respected personnel men, drawing plenty of interest around the league in recent seasons. The Broncos have had four losing seasons in a row, and Paton's primary job will be to decide whether quarterback Drew Lock is the man for the job under center moving forward.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-01-13 12:57:06


Derwin James Hungry To Return To Chargers Defense

Los Angeles Chargers safety Derwin James (knee) missed all of the 2020 season and played in just five games in 2019 after he was named a first-team All-Pro in his rookie year in 2018. But James is as hungry as ever to get back on the field and play in 2021. "I think I'm about to starve, how hungry I am," James said. "I can't even lie to you. I feel like I just need to eat something. I'm hungry." When healthy, he's a ballhawk that flies all over the field, and he could take the Chargers Defense to the next level if he can stay on the field next season. The 24-year-old has missed 27 games in the last two seasons, but he could be an every-week starter at defensive back for those in IDP leagues if he can avoid the injury bug in 2021. The Florida State product had season-ending knee surgery in September but should be ready to go for training camp this summer.

Source: Chargers.com - Hayley Elwood

2021-01-13 12:09:27


Davante Adams In Another Stratosphere

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams became the only player in NFL history in 2020 with 100-plus catches and 18 touchdowns in a single regular season. He's also the only player to average eight-plus catches per game and one-plus touchdown per game. Adams averaged a league-high 3.1 receiving yards per route run this year, According to Next Gen Stats. He's the first player to lead the NFL in receiving yards per game and touchdowns in a season since 2004. Adams is one of four players with 500-plus catches and 50-plus touchdowns since 2014. It will be interesting to see how he fares against Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey, an elite lockdown corner who should follow Adams around on Saturday. Green Bay may use Adams more in the slot in order to try and avoid Ramsey in the Divisional Round. Adams is an elite WR for fantasy managers, but things won't be easy against Ramsey and the Rams this weekend. Seven of Adams' 18 TDs came when aligned in the slot this year, third-most in the NFL.

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

2021-01-13 12:03:23


Browns Defense Getting Denzel Ward Back

The Cleveland Browns activated cornerbacks Denzel Ward and Kevin Johnson from the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday, according to a source. Nobody expects Cleveland's defense to be able to slow down the defending-champion Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round on Sunday, but getting Ward and Johnson back will at least give them a fighter's chance. The 23-year-old Ward will likely be tasked with trying to limit All-Pro receiver Tyreek Hill this weekend. The former fourth overall pick out of Ohio State was a Pro Bowler in his rookie season in 2018 and has 46 combined tackles, two interceptions and 18 passes defensed in 12 games this year. The Browns Defense is nothing more than a low-cost contrarian play in DFS against KC.

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

2021-01-13 11:35:35


Jalen Ramsey Key For Rams Defense

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey has shut down the who's who of top wide receivers this season. The list includes Amari Cooper, Stefon Diggs, Terry McLaurin, Allen Robinson II, D.K. Metcalf, Mike Evans and DeAndre Hopkins. None of those wideouts were able to produce a 100-yard game with Ramsey shadowing them in 2020, including Metcalf three times and Hopkins twice. Cooper had the best game against Ramsey with seven catches for 57 yards. The NFL's leader in receptions and receiving yards, Diggs, had just one catch for a four-yard touchdown against Ramsey. That could be potentially bad news for Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams, who will be covered by Ramsey in the Divisional Round. Adams led the league with 18 touchdowns and 98.1 yards per game in 2020, but he could be a DFS bust this weekend.

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

2021-01-13 11:30:30


Lamar Jackson Could Play In First Snow Game Against Buffalo

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is wary of potentially playing in his first ever snow game in the Divisional Round on Saturday against the Buffalo Bills. "Saturday would be my first time playing football in the snow, if it does. Hopefully, it don't," Jackson said. As of Tuesday, there's a 40 percent chance for snow showers in Buffalo on Saturday night. The reigning MVP wore a glove on his left hand in the second half of the wild-card win over the Titans because he jammed his thumb, and he could stick with it in snowy conditions this weekend. Snowy conditions won't make Jackson particularly intriguing for fantasy managers, but it might mean that he runs the ball more often after rushing for 136 yards and a touchdown against Tennessee. Already a run-first offense, Baltimore could stick with the ground game even more against Buffalo.

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

2021-01-12 22:29:05


Matt Nagy, Ryan Pace Likely To Be Retained

The Chicago Bears are likely to retain head coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace, according to sources. The fates of both Nagy and Pace were uncertain after the Bears lost eight of their final 11 games to finish the year, including going 1-7 against playoff teams in 2020. Despite their struggle to close out the year, Chicago earned the seventh and final seed in the NFC before losing to the Saints on wild-card weekend. Nagy was named the NFL Coach of the Year in 2018 and has helped the Bears reach the postseason two times in the last three seasons. Pace just finished his sixth year as the team's general manager. The Bears will be looking for a new defensive coordinator, though, after Chuck Pagano announced his retirement on Tuesday.

Source: ESPN Chicago - Jeff Dickerson

2021-01-12 22:17:43


Matt Judon, Marcus Peters Miss Practice Tuesday

Baltimore Ravens pass-rusher Matt Judon (illness) and cornerback Marcus Peters (back) both were unable to participate in Tuesday's walk-through practice. The Ravens are likely just being cautious and holding Judon and Peters back early in the week ahead of the Divisional Round matchup against the Bills on Saturday. Peters had four solo tackles and has picked off passes in each of the last two weeks. They'll certainly need him to help slow down Bills quarterback Josh Allen and No. 1 wideout Stefon Diggs. Judon, a Pro Bowler each of the last two seasons, had 50 combined tackles, 21 QB hits and six sacks in 14 games this season. Baltimore's defense has been strong all year and could surprise against a high-flying Bills offense, especially with a chance for inclement weather in Buffalo this weekend.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-12 22:10:40


Allen Lazard, Equanimeous St. Brown Limited Tuesday

Green Bay Packers wide receivers Allen Lazard (core, wrist) and Equanimeous St. Brown (ankle, knee) and linebacker Za'Darius Smith (ankle, thumb) were all limited in practice on Tuesday. Unless they suffer setbacks this week, all three players should be available for the Divisional Round against the Rams on Saturday. Lazard has caught only four passes for 31 yards in the last two games and hasn't scored or gone over 56 yards receiving since Week 12 against the Bears. St. Brown scored his first touchdown in Week 16 against the Titans, but he's had more than two targets in a game just once all season. Both receivers could score at any time with Aaron Rodgers under center, but it'll be impossible to predict, especially against a very strong Rams Defense. They are both lottery tickets in fantasy playoff formats.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-12 22:04:50


Jared Goff A Full Participant In Walk-Through

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (thumb) was listed as a full participant in the team's walk-through practice on Tuesday. John Wolford (neck) didn't practice at all, so Goff is trending toward starting in the Divisional Round against the Packers, even though the Rams haven't made an official decision yet. Goff is unlikely to be 100 percent healthy the rest of the way after having surgery recently to fix a broken and dislocated right thumb, which makes him one of the riskiest fantasy signal-callers for the Divisional Round this weekend. The 26-year-old didn't look like his usual self when entering the wild-card game for Wolford last weekend, going just 9-for-19 for 155 yards and a touchdown in the win over the Seahawks.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-12 21:58:52


Aaron Donald, John Wolford Sit Out Of Walk-Through

Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald (ribs) and quarterback John Wolford (neck) did not participate in the team's walk-through practice on Tuesday. Despite not practicing, Donald is expected to be ready for the Divisional Round against the Packers on Saturday. However, the 29-year-old All-Pro pass-rusher may not see much, if any, practice time this week. The Rams Defense will face a much tougher task in Aaron Rodgers and a high-scoring Packers offense this weekend, so temper expectations a bit from the top-ranked defense. We'd expect Jared Goff (thumb) to get the start over Wolford against Green Bay, but the Rams will likely wait to make an official decision. You shouldn't be holding out hope for Wolford to play against Green Bay.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-12 21:54:26


Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley Limited In Practice

Buffalo Bills wide receivers Stefon Diggs (oblique) and Cole Beasley (knee), linebacker Tremaine Edmunds (hamstring) and defensive tackle Ed Oliver (ankle) were all limited in practice on Tuesday. Diggs and Beasley both played in the wild-card win over the Colts and should be fine for this Saturday's game against the Ravens. Diggs caught six passes for 128 yards and a touchdown and will once again be one of the best receiver plays in fantasy in the Divisional Round, albeit in a tougher matchup with Baltimore's defense. Beasley was questionable last weekend but was active and caught all seven of his targets for 57 yards in the victory over Indy. Unless he suffers a setback this week, Beasley should remain a go-to third-down weapon for quarterback Josh Allen.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-12 21:49:46


Bears Defense Needs New Coach After Chuck Pagano Retires

Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano has decided to retire, according to sources. The 60-year-old was the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts for six seasons and returned to the sidelines as the defensive coordinator for Chicago in 2019 while replacing Vic Fangio. Pagano led a Bears Defense that allowed 20.9 points per game in his two seasons, which was sixth in the NFL in that span. He began his coaching career in the NFL in 2001 as a secondary coach for the Cleveland Browns, and he spent time with the Raiders and Ravens before joining the Colts. The Bears went 8-8 in 2020 and earned the seventh and final playoff seed in the NFC before losing to the Saints on wild-card weekend. Even though they don't have a leader right now, the Bears defense should be on the fantasy map again in 2021.

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

2021-01-12 21:44:13


Seahawks Fire Offensive Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer

The Seattle Seahawks fired offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer on Tuesday despite the offense setting a number of franchise records in 2020. However, it was evident that Schottenheimer and head coach Pete Carroll had their philosophical differences, with a parting of ways in the best interests of both sides. Schottenheimer had been with the club for the last three years before previously serving as the quarterbacks coach with the Colts and as an offensive coordinator with the Rams and Jets. Quarterback Russell Wilson was cooking and the offense was lighting up the scoreboard through the first five weeks, but turnovers became an issue and the offense scored 30-plus points just once after doing so in seven of their first eight games. Carroll mentioned just Monday that he'd prefer the team to run more in 2021.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-01-12 21:38:31


Seahawks Sign John Schneider To Contract Extension

The Seattle Seahawks signed general manager John Schneider to a contract extension on Tuesday that will keep him with the team through the 2027 draft. Schneider has helped build the Seahawks into one of the league's best franchises over the last decade. He's in his 11th season as the team's GM and also helped bring a Super Bowl title. Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll will remain together for at least the next five seasons. Under the duo, Seattle has reached the postseason nine times in 11 seasons since they were hired in 2010. The Seahawks have won five NFC West titles and reached two Super Bowls, including back-to-back appearances. Schneider and Carroll have also compiled nine straight winning seasons, which is the longest current streak in the NFL.

Source: Seahawks.com - John Boyle

2021-01-12 14:02:50


Browns Place Michael Dunn, Robert Jackson On Injured Reserve

The Cleveland Browns placed offensive guard Michael Dunn (calf) and cornerback Robert Jackson (hamstring) on Injured Reserve on Tuesday. Both played significant roles in the team's stunning wild-card win over the division-rival Steelers. It's bad news for Cleveland's offensive line and secondary as they head into a daunting matchup against the Super Bowl-champion Chiefs in the Divisional Round, but the good news is that they should be getting several starters back from the Reserve/COVID-19 list, including Pro Bowl offensive guard Joel Bitonio. Dunn was forced into a starting role during wild-card weekend because Bitonio was unavailable. He had played in only six games during the regular season.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-12 13:44:28


Joe Burrow On Pace To Be Ready For Next Season

Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback Joe Burrow (knee) said in a video conference on Tuesday that he is currently on pace to be ready for the start of the 2021 regular season. The impressive rookie tore his ACL and MCL in late November but remains on track six weeks after undergoing surgery. Burrow said he'll start running on an assisted treadmill in roughly six weeks. The former LSU star is on track currently, but any slight setback along the way would put him in danger of missing the start of next season. The 24-year-old looked to be the answer under center before his injury, finishing with 2,688 passing yards, 13 touchdowns and five interceptions while adding 142 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Burrow has QB1 upside, but because of the risk involved, he should be considered a QB2 with upside for fantasy managers next season in redraft leagues.

Source: Bengals Twitter

2021-01-12 13:38:52


Raiders Defense To Be Run By Gus Bradley

The Las Vegas Raiders are hiring Gus Bradley as their next defensive coordinator on Tuesday. Bradley spent the last four seasons running the Los Angeles Chargers Defense. He also had a stint as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2013-16 and will take over after Paul Guenther was fired during the middle of the 2020 season. Bradley made his name as a defensive guru with the Seattle Seahawks from 2009-12 and helped the feared Legion of Boom unit to a Super Bowl title. He prefers to coach a 4-3 defensive scheme that uses a bunch of Cover-3 formations to force opponents to dink and dunk underneath. Bradley will take over a Raiders unit that finished 29th in the league in sacks (21) and tied for 29th in fumble recoveries (five) while allowing the third-most points (478) and the seventh-most passing yards per game (271.4) in 2020.

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal - Vincent Bonsignore

2021-01-12 13:06:49


Anthony Castonzo Announces Retirement

Indianapolis Colts offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo announced his retirement from the NFL on Tuesday. The 10-year veteran started all 144 career regular season games and eight playoff games that he appeared in with the Colts after being drafted with the 22nd overall pick of the 2011 draft out of Boston College. The 32-year-old played in just 12 games in 2020 and required season-ending ankle surgery after Week 15. Castonzo also dealt with a knee injury that slowed him down this season and ultimately played into his decision to hang up his cleats. While never being selected to a Pro Bowl or first-team All-Pro squad, Castonzo was one of the better left tackles during his run with the Colts. Indy still has a very strong offensive line, but losing Castonzo is a blow moving forward.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-12 11:24:49


George Paton Meeting With Broncos For Second Time

Minnesota Vikings assistant general manager and vice president of player personnel George Paton is flying to meet with the Denver Broncos about their general manager job on Tuesday, according to sources. He is the first Broncos GM candidate to be interviewed a second time. Paton could be close to leaving Minnesota after 14 years with the team. He also interviewed with Detroit during this cycle and has ties to Denver, as his nephew is a college and pro scout for the Broncos. Paton has been in the NFL since 2000 and has worked alongside Vikings GM Rick Spielman for over a dozen years. The Broncos GM job became available when John Elway promoted himself out of the role to a position with less demanding day-to-day responsibilities.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-01-12 11:18:23


Jets Interviewing Robert Saleh A Second Time

The New York Jets are flying San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh out for a second interview on Tuesday. Saleh is the first known finalist for the team's head-coaching opening. He's also still a candidate for the Detroit Lions head-coaching vacancy. Saleh has been San Fran's defensive coordinator since 2017, but his last two years have elevated him to a serious head-coaching candidate. The Niners defense finished second in yards allowed per game in 2019 en route to a Super Bowl appearance. Despite injuries at every level in 2020, Saleh's defense finished fifth in yards allowed per game while missing reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year Nick Bosa. Saleh managed to keep his unit productive and competitive despite playing with plenty of backups.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-12 11:12:00


Bills Signing Devonta Freeman To Practice Squad

The Buffalo Bills are signing former Giants running back Devonta Freeman to their practice squad on Tuesday, according to his agent, Drew Rosenhaus. Buffalo is in need of some extra running back depth due to the injury to rookie Zack Moss (ankle), who will miss the rest of the postseason. The Bills also have T.J. Yeldon and Taiwan Jones on the active roster to back up Devin Singletary, who should see the lion's share of the backfield work on Saturday in the Divisional Round against the Ravens. The 28-year-old Freeman was on Injured Reserve with New York before being released. He had 54 carries for 172 yards (3.2 yards per carry) and one touchdown while also adding seven catches for 58 yards in five games for the G-Men this season. You can ignore him in fantasy playoff leagues.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-01-12 11:05:24


Allen Robinson II Ready To Move On In Free Agency?

Chicago Bears impending free-agent wide receiver Allen Robinson II said that everything is on the table in terms of his future, but also added that "I personally feel like we had an opportunity to be able to get something done over the past 365 days." Robinson, who had 102 catches for 1,250 yards in 2020 despite dealing with subpar quarterback play from Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles, would prefer not to receive the franchise tag. The 27-year-old has gone over 1,100 receiving yards in each of the last two seasons and scored a combined 13 touchdowns in 2019-20 while also leading the league in yards gained on corner routes this year. Robinson finished ninth in the NFL in receiving yards and could be an even more attractive WR1 if he signs somewhere else besides Chicago.

Source: ESPN Chicago - Jeff Dickerson

2021-01-11 22:07:03


Bruce Irvin Has Second Knee Surgery

Seattle Seahawks defensive end/outside linebacker Bruce Irvin (knee) recently had a second surgery for a torn ACL that he suffered in the Week 2 win over the Patriots. "He's come out of that really well but he's behind because of that," head coach Pete Carroll said. Irvin is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and the 33-year-old could encounter a frigid market since there's a chance he won't be ready for the 2021 season. Irvin had a career-high 8.5 sacks in 13 games (12 starts) for the Panthers in 2019, also recording 36 combined tackles (eight for loss), 16 QB hits and a fumble recovery, but he had zero sacks in his two games this year before blowing his knee out.

Source: ESPN.com - Brady Henderson

2021-01-11 21:49:48


Carson Wentz Could Remain In Philadelphia

With the Philadelphia Eagles decision to fire head coach Doug Pederson on Monday, quarterback Carson Wentz's chances of staying with the team significantly increased, according to a source. Wentz planned to ask for a trade in the offseason because his relationship with Pederson was fractured beyond repair. Wentz was benched for rookie Jalen Hurts for the final quarter of the season. Sources described an Eagles offense that lacked an identity, in part because of a sizable and mismatched group of assistants. Wentz had the worst season of his career with a career-low 57.4 completion percentage, 16 touchdowns and a league-leading 15 interceptions in 12 starts. He was also sacked a league-high 50 times and lost six fumbles. He won't be guaranteed to be the starter in 2021, but Pederson's firing at least means the Eagles could salvage things with the former second overall pick in 2016.

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

2021-01-11 21:40:27


Zack Moss' Postseason Is Over

Buffalo Bills rookie running back Zack Moss (ankle) will miss the rest of the playoffs after suffering an ankle injury in the 27-24 wild-card win over the Colts last Saturday. He was carted off the field on Saturday. Moss was the team's second-leading rusher behind Devin Singletary this year, and he had 576 total yards and five touchdowns in his rookie campaign while missing three games early in the year with a toe injury. Singletary should operate in a near every-down role moving forward, starting with the Divisional Round against the Ravens. Buffalo also has T.J. Yeldon, Taiwan Jones and undrafted rookie Antonio Williams to back Singletary up. Singletary will become a much more attractive DFS play this weekend, but he'll be facing a stingy Baltimore defense. It's undecided if Moss will need offseason surgery.

Source: ESPN.com - Marcel Louis-Jacques

2021-01-11 21:26:18


Josh Jacobs Not Charged With DUI

Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs was charged with failure to exercise due care in the wake of his single-car accident last week. Jacobs sustained some minor injuries, including a laceration to his forehead, but he was not charged with driving under the influence. His attorneys were prepared to enter a not-guilty plea if he was officially charged with a DUI. The 22-year-old rushed for 1,065 yards and 12 touchdowns in 15 games in his second season in the NFL. Although he ran for more yards (1,150) on fewer carries (242) in his rookie season, Jacobs scored five more touchdowns in 2020 and caught 13 more passes on 18 more passing targets. The first-time Pro Bowler will enter the 2021 season as a strong RB1 choice in the early rounds, especially if he's even more involved as a receiver in his third year. He should avoid any kind of suspension from this incident.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-11 21:19:33


Cowboys Defense Adding Dan Quinn As Defensive Coordinator

The Dallas Cowboys have an agreement in place to make former Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn their next defensive coordinator, according to a source. Quinn will sign a three-year contract. He was fired after Atlanta started 0-5 this year and he will replace Mike Nolan, who was fired after just one season. The 50-year-old Quinn was also the defensive coordinator for the Seahawks, where his defense ranked No. 1 in yards and points allowed in both of his seasons at the helm with the Legion of Boom. He will inherit a Dallas defense that allowed the fifth-most points (473) and second-most rushing yards per game (158.8) during the 2020 season.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-11 21:13:01


Jared Veldheer Makes Playoff History

Offensive tackle Jared Veldheer, who started for the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday in their wild-card loss to the Buffalo Bills, is now signing with the Green Bay Packers, according to a source. Veldheer will become the first player in NFL history to play two playoff games for two different teams. He will be allowed to sign with the Packers because he was on the Colts practice squad. Veldheer spent most of the 2020 season without a team after retiring for the second time, but he signed with the Colts' practice squad in late December. The veteran will return to Green Bay after he played in two games for them in 2019. David Bakhtiari was placed on Injured Reserve nine days ago, so there's a real chance that Veldheer will take the field for Green Bay on Saturday against the Rams in the Divisional Round.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-01-11 21:05:29


Pete Carroll Wants To Run The Ball More In 2021

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said that he wants to run the ball more in 2021 in order to force defenses into looks that they can throw deep on. "I know fans don't want to hear it," Carroll said. Seattle started 5-0 this year and quarterback Russell Wilson was a front-runner for the MVP award. Wilson threw for 300-plus yards five times in the first eight games, but the team's explosive offensive plays were slowed in the second half of the season when defenses adjusted. In the final four games, including the wild-card loss to the Rams, Wilson didn't complete more than 67 percent of his passes and had 200 passing yards or fewer in three contests. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer will be back in 2021, and if the team indeed leans more on the run, it'll be good news for Chris Carson and bad news for Wilson's fantasy managers.

Source: The Tacoma News Tribune - Gregg Bell

2021-01-11 15:20:57


Browns Should Be At Full Strength Against Chiefs

The Cleveland Browns received an "all clear" on their latest round of COVID-19 testing on Monday, according to a source informed of the situation. Cleveland was without head coach Kevin Stefanski, Pro Bowl left guard Joel Bitonio and cornerback Denzel Ward, among others, in their stunning wild-card upset over the division-rival Steelers on Sunday night. Stefanski said he expects to return to the team on Thursday and has experienced only mild symptoms after testing positive for COVID-19. The Browns are also expected to get Bitonio, Ward and others back if they continue to deliver negative tests this week. They'll need all the help they can get against the AFC's top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs, the defending Super Bowl champions, in the Divisional Round this Sunday.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-11 14:27:39


Eagles Fire Doug Pederson

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has been fired, according to a source. Pederson met with ownership again on Monday to discuss his future plans for the team and their offense in particular, but apparently the team's brass didn't like what they were hearing and were ready to move on after Pederson led the team for five seasons, including a Super Bowl win in 2016 over the Patriots. The Eagles went 4-11-1 and benched the struggling Carson Wentz late in the season in favor of rookie Jalen Hurts, who provided a spark down the stretch. A questionable decision to bench Hurts for Nate Sudfeld in the Week 17 regular season finale against Washington also wasn't a good luck for Pederson, and he reportedly wasn't convinced that Hurts was the franchise signal-caller heading into 2021. It's unclear if this move will improve Wentz's chances of sticking with the team moving forward.

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

2021-01-11 14:16:29


Dolphins Sign Jordan Scarlett To Futures Deal

The Miami Dolphins signed running back Jordan Scarlett to a futures deal on Monday, according to his agent. Scarlett played his college ball at the University of Florida, so he'll be returning home after also attending high school in Florida. The 24-year-old was a fifth-round draft pick of the Carolina Panthers in 2019, but he saw just four carries for nine yards in nine games for the team in his rookie season and didn't play at all in 2020. Miami's backfield was led by Myles Gaskin in 2020, but they also had impressive rookie Salvon Ahmed in the mix. Matt Breida and DeAndre Washington will be free agents, while Patrick Laird has one more year left on his current deal. Scarlett will just be hoping to stick around into the 2021 season, possibly on the team's practice squad.

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

2021-01-11 12:39:31


Ronald Jones II's Status Up In The Air For Divisional Round

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said that he doesn't know if running back Ronald Jones II (quadriceps) will be able to play on Sunday in the Divisional Round against the New Orleans Saints. Arians said that Jones was fine last Thursday and Friday but was a little sore. The running back didn't feel like he could "open up" on Saturday, so he didn't play at all despite being active. Consider the 23-year-old highly questionable for now, and even if he's active, he could take a back seat to Leonard Fournette, who racked up 132 total yards and a touchdown in the wild-card win over Washington. Rookie Ke'Shawn Vaughn and veteran LeSean McCoy could have bigger roles behind Fournette if Jones cannot play. The Saints Defense allowed the fewest fantasy points per game to RB2 in 2020, however, so this is an extremely difficult matchup for Tampa's ground game.

Source: NFL Network - James Palmer

2021-01-11 12:30:14


Jack Conklin Day-To-Day

Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said that right tackle Jack Conklin (hamstring), offensive guard Michael Dunn (calf) and cornerback Robert Jackson (hamstring) are all day-to-day following the team's upset win over the division-rival Steelers in the wild-card round on Sunday night. Conklin went into the game against Pittsburgh with a questionable tag due to an illness, but he played and left the game with a hamstring ailment. Cleveland's offensive line is the strength of their offense, so they'll be hoping to get both Conklin and Dunn back for the Divisional Round against the Kansas City Chiefs. They'll also be hoping to get Pro Bowl guard Joel Bitonio back after he missed the wild-card game while being on the COVID-19 list.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-11 12:23:37


Buccaneers Defense Getting Devin White Back

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers activated linebacker Devin White and defensive tackle Steve McLendon from the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday. They are both expected to play in the Divisional Round against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. White and McLendon have missed the last two games. Getting White back is huge, as the second-year linebacker has arguably been their best defensive player in 2020, recording a team-high 140 tackles while adding nine sacks and 15 tackles for loss. McLendon will also improve the Bucs pass rush against veteran Drew Brees and a high-scoring Saints offense. While Tampa's defense has been much improved this year, they won't have a ton of upside in what should be a high-scoring Divisional Round game this Sunday.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-01-11 12:19:06


Dan Quinn A Top Candidate To Run Cowboys Defense

Former Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn spent Saturday interviewing for the Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator job, according to a source. Quinn is on a flight on Monday to meet the Dallas brass in person and is a top candidate for the defensive coordinator position. A deal could come as soon as Monday, according to a source. The 50-year-old was fired by the Falcons just five games into the 2020 season with an 0-5 record. He went 43-42, including a trip to the Super Bowl in 2016, in five-plus seasons in Atlanta. Quinn's defense ranked No. 1 in yards and points allowed in his two seasons as the defensive coordinator in Seattle. The Cowboys are looking to replace Mike Nolan, was led a porous Dallas D this season. The Cowboys have also interviewed Falcons secondary coach Joe Whitt and Panthers defensive passing-game coordinator Jason Simmons.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-11 12:13:07


Cooper Kupp Has Bursitis In Knee

Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay said that wide receiver Cooper Kupp (knee) has bursitis in his knee, but "the hope is to have him ready to go" for the Divisional Round against the Green Bay Packers. Kupp hauled in four of his nine targets for 78 yards in the 30-20 win over Seattle, but he was seen limping off late in the fourth quarter with his knee injury. While it's not a serious injury, it's something to consider with both quarterbacks Jared Goff (thumb) and John Wolford (neck) also banged up heading into the second round of the postseason. Kupp could also see a lot of shutdown cornerback Jaire Alexander against the Packers, making him a potential bust in fantasy playoff leagues this weekend.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-01-11 12:03:48


Aaron Donald Expected To Play Against Packers

Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay said that he doesn't expect defensive lineman Aaron Donald's (ribs) injury to "affect his game status for this week." Donald was injured while taking Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson down on a tackle late in the wild-card win on Saturday. The All-Pro pass-rusher made several trips to the locker room and had trouble breathing on the sidelines. Donald didn't return to the game, but he likely would have if the game was still in question. The 29-year-old is the heart and soul of this Rams Defense, so it's great news that his injury wasn't serious enough to keep him out in the Divisional Round against the Packers. LA's defense was the top unit in the NFL this year, but they'll have a tough task on their hands this weekend and won't be the top fantasy selection for the Divisional Round.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-01-11 11:57:45


John Wolford Day-To-Day With Stinger

Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay said that quarterback John Wolford (neck) is day-to-day with a stinger. Wolford started the wild-card game against the Seahawks but was knocked out in the first quarter and sent to a local hospital. The good news is that he turned out OK, although he could miss some practice time this week as the team prepares to face the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Round. Jared Goff (thumb) didn't look all that great while replacing Wolford against Seattle, but we'd expect the Rams to go with Goff over Wolford in the next game with both QBs now injured. Whoever the Rams go with against Green Bay will be one of the weakest quarterback options for fantasy managers in the second round of the postseason, especially since the Packers allowed the third-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing QBs in 2020.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-01-11 11:52:48


Eric Ebron Catches TD In Playoff Loss

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Eric Ebron caught seven of 10 targets for 62 yards and a touchdown in a 48-37 loss to the Cleveland Browns in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Ebron came down with one of four Ben Roethlisberger touchdown passes in the contest, a beautiful 17-yarder in the third quarter. The veteran tight end has one more year left on the two-year contract he signed with Pittsburgh last offseason and he could become a larger part of the offense next year if the team doesn't re-sign upcoming free-agent JuJu Smith-Schuster. Ebron could find himself being drafted as a low-end TE1 come fantasy drafts this summer.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-11 00:35:32


Chase Claypool Catches Two TDs On Seven Targets

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool turned in a big game in a 48-37 loss to the Cleveland Browns in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Claypool caught five of seven targets for 59 yards and two touchdowns in the loss, giving him a total of 13 touchdowns for his rookie season, playoff game included. Claypool is teed up to have a huge 2021 season with pending free-agent JuJu Smith-Schuster not expected to re-sign with Pittsburgh. If JuJu does in fact leave, it will vacate 128 targets, many of which will be redistributed to Claypool. Expect him to be a much-hyped asset once the fantasy draft season starts up this summer.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-11 00:31:26


JuJu Smith-Schuster Explodes In Playoff Loss

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster turned in a huge outing in a 48-37 playoff loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Smith-Schuster caught 13 of 19 targets for 157 yards and a touchdown in what may have been his final game in a Pittsburgh uniform. JuJu will be a free-agent this offseason and many pundits don't expect the Steelers to attempt to re-sign him. It is very likely that he signs a large contract to be a No. 1 wide receiver elsewhere this offseason, so his value as a solid WR2 in fantasy should remain intact despite the expected change in scenery. Those who roster Smith-Schuster in dynasty can only hope he lands in a good situation next year if he does leave Pittsburgh.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-11 00:26:25


Diontae Johnson Goes For 117 Yards In Playoff Loss

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson turned in a big game in a 48-37 playoff loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Johnson caught 11 of 16 targets for 117 yards in the contest, finishing second on the team in receiving. The second-year wideout took a huge step forward in 2020 and is lined up to repeat his success in 2021 with teammate JuJu Smith-Schuster likely to leave as a free-agent. Johnson's arrow in fantasy is pointing straight up and he should be treated as a borderline WR1/WR2 come draft season this summer.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-11 00:22:01


James Conner Scores In Playoff Loss

Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner carried the ball 11 times for 37 yards and a touchdown in a 48-37 loss to the Cleveland Browns in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Conner also tacked on 30 yards on five receptions in the loss. With Pittsburgh's season now over, the veteran running back heads into the offseason as an unrestricted free-agent. Many on-lookers feel that it is unlikely that he will be back with the team as Pittsburgh has plenty of salary cap issues heading into the offseason. After working as the lead back in Pittsburgh, Conner will probably have to settle for a job as part of a committee heading into 2021. His landing spot will determine his fantasy value but he's going to be hard to trust as much more than an RB3 next season.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-11 00:18:36


Ben Roethlisberger Throws Four INTs In Playoff Loss

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger struggled in a 48-37 loss to the Cleveland Browns in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Roethlisberger completed 47 of 68 passes for 501 yards, four touchdowns, and four interceptions in the stunning upset loss. The Steelers offense got off to a nightmare start in the game, with Roethlisberger fumbling a poor snap on the first play of the game. The Browns recovered the ball for a defensive touchdown on the play. The veteran quarterback will be 39 at the start of the 2021 season and his play tailed off significantly as the past season wore on. He is still under contract through the end of next season and has already stated that he does not intend to retire. The team is also unlikely to move off of him as his release would result in a $22.25 million dead cap hit. He is shaping up as a low-end QB2 for fantasy in 2021.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-11 00:12:56


Browns Defense Comes Up Big In Playoff Win

The Cleveland Browns Defense turned in an excellent effort in a 48-37 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Cleveland forced five turnovers in the win. They picked off Ben Roethlisberger four times and safety Karl Joseph recovered a fumble in the end zone for a defensive touchdown on the first play of the game. The Browns will have their hands full next week as they travel to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs in the Divisional Round.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-11 00:05:19


Austin Hooper Finds End Zone In Playoff Win Over Steelers

Cleveland Browns tight end Austin Hooper caught seven of 11 targets for 46 yards and a touchdown in a 48-37 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Hooper's touchdown catch came on a seven-yard pass from Baker Mayfield in the second quarter. It could have been a much bigger game for Hooper, however, as he dropped a few catchable passes including one that hit him in the hands in the end zone. Hooper will now head to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs in the Divisional Round.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-11 00:01:41


Jarvis Landry Turns In Big Game In Playoff Win

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry caught five of eight targets for 92 yards and a touchdown in a 48-37 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Landry made several big catches for the Browns in the win, helping to keep the chains moving all night long. His touchdown catch went for 40 yards, most of which came after the catch. On the play, he caught a short pass down the middle and weaved his way through the Pittsburgh defense, breaking a few tackles along the way. Landry will now head to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs in the Divisional Round on Sunday.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-10 23:58:48


Kareem Hunt Scores Twice In Playoff Win

Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt turned in a big performance in a 48-37 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Hunt carried the ball eight times for 48 yards and two touchdowns while adding a 13-yard reception in the upset win. Both of the veteran running back's touchdowns came in the first quarter, one on an 11-yard run and the second on an eight-yard rush. Hunt will take on his former team, the Kansas City Chiefs, next week in the Divisional Round.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-10 23:53:52


Nick Chubb Catches TD In Wild Card Win

Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb carried the ball 18 times for 76 yards and added four receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown in a 48-37 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card round on Sunday night. With Pittsburgh fighting to get back into the game after falling behind early, Chubb made one of the biggest plays of the game, ripping off a 40-yard touchdown catch on a short screen in the fourth quarter. Chubb will look to stay hot next week in the Divisional Round against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-10 23:49:49


Baker Mayfield Tosses Three TDs In Playoff Win Over Pittsburgh

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield led his team to an improbable wild-card win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night. Mayfield completed 21 of 34 passes for 263 yards and three touchdowns in the win while adding three rushing yards. The touchdown passes went to wide receiverJarvis Landry, tight end Austin Hooperand running backNick Chubb in the winning effort. In all, it was a sharp effort from Mayfield, who got the ball out quickly and made good decisions all evening, nullifying a fearsome Pittsburgh pass rush. Mayfield and the Browns will next head to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs in the Divisional Round, where he could put up another decent fantasy performance at a cheap price.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-10 23:45:38


Derrick Henry Stymied By Ravens

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry carried the ball 18 times for 40 yards in the team's wild-card round loss to the Ravens. He added three receptions for 11 yards. It was a sour close to the season after a dominant regular season campaign for Henry during which he racked up over 2,000 yards on the ground. As some consolation, Henry will remain under contract with the Titans in 2021, giving him another chance to contribute to a playoff run. There is no doubt, Henry will be one of the top picks in next year's fantasy drafts. All hail King Henry!

Source: Pro-Football-Reference

2021-01-10 23:25:38


Ryan Tannehill Held In Check By Ravens

Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed 18 of 26 passes for 165 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in a wild card round loss to the Ravens. He added two rushes for six yards. It was a disappointing performance for the Titans offense as a whole. Tannehill took some big strides forward and will look to bounce back from the disappointing postseason exit as he will return to be the team's starting quarterback once again for the 2021 campaign.

Source: Pro-Football-Reference

2021-01-10 23:20:59


A.J. Brown Posts Solid Numbers In Loss

Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown recorded six receptions on 10 targets for 83 yards and a touchdown in the team's wild-card loss to the Ravens. Brown was one of the lone bright spots for the Titans' offense, as he converted their only touchdown of the contest on a 10-yard reception. He also supplied explosive plays that came from both deep passes and yards after the catch, recording gains of 29, 18, and 14 yards. Brown solidified himself as one of the better young receivers in the league in 2020 and should be drafted within the top 10 wide receivers in next year's drafts.

Source: Pro-Football-Reference

2021-01-10 23:16:47


Cole Kmet Catches Three Passes In Defeat

Chicago Bears tight end Cole Kmet caught only three passes for 16 yards in the team's 21-9 loss to the Saints in the NFC Wild Card Round. The rookie has carved out a role for himself in the play-action passing game but the Bears stalled early and often on offense in this game. Kmet has seen his playing time increase over the final two months of the season and has shown flashes of his potential, albeit in a smaller role. The talented tight end will garner sleeper fantasy appeal heading into next season.

Source: Chicago Bears

2021-01-10 21:06:17


Jimmy Graham Catches TD On Final Play

Chicago Bears tight end Jimmy Graham caught two passes for 25 yards, including a last-second touchdown, in the Bears 21-9 loss to the Saints in the NFC Wild Card Round. The veteran was nowhere to be found for the entire game but picked up two receptions on the final drive including a fantastic, one-handed grab for the fifth postseason touchdown of his storied career. Graham caught the touchdown and immediately went straight to the locker room. The veteran has one more year left on his deal with the Bears but the team could consider cutting him in the offseason.

Source: Chicago Bears

2021-01-10 21:03:07


Javon Wims Drops Easy Touchdown In Loss

Chicago Bears wide receiver Javon Wims caught only one pass for 28 yards in the Bears 21-9 loss to the Saints in the NFC Wild Card Round. Wims was thrust into action with rookie Darnell Mooney out with an ankle injury and the 26-year-old receiver almost came up with a game-changing play. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky took a shovel pass from running back David Montgomery and launched a perfect pass to the end zone, an easy touchdown that Wims dropped. The third-year receiver was ejected from the team's Week 8 matchup against the Saints and the score could have atoned for his undisciplined mistake. But Wims and the Bears let this one slip through their fingers and the fringe receiver's return to the team next season will be up in the air moving forward.

Source: Chicago Bears

2021-01-10 20:59:02


Allen Robinson II Leads Bears With 55 Yards

Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson II caught a team-high six passes for 55 yards in the team's disappointing 21-9 loss to the Saints in the Wild Card Round. The veteran was non-existent in the first half, catching only one pass on two targets. Robinson was able to salvage a mediocre fantasy line with some receptions on the final drives when the game was out of reach. The Bears will have to decide in the offseason whether to franchise tag their WR1 receiver or allow him to become an unrestricted free agent.

Source: Chicago Bears

2021-01-10 20:54:43


David Montgomery Stifled In Playoff Loss

Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery carried the ball 12 times for 31 yards in the Bears 21-9 loss to the Saints in the Wild Card Round. The talented back came into the game one of the hottest fantasy players in the NFL but the Bears offense was thrown off track early. Montgomery had averaged 21 carries a game over his final five regular season games so the lack of touches will be a question for the coaching staff and play-calling. The Bears enter the offseason with questions at quarterback but Montgomery should be a fixture of their offensive game plan next season.

Source: Chicago Bears

2021-01-10 20:51:49


Mitchell Trubisky Crumbles Against Saints

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky completed 19-of-29 passes for 199 yards and one touchdown in the team's embarrassing 21-9 loss to the Saints in the Wild Card Round. The Saints took away the Bears running game early and Trubisky simply failed to move the chains on third down. The embattled quarterback did, however, have a perfectly designed touchdown pass dropped by wide receiver Javon Wims in the first quarter. The Bears never recovered and Trubisky did not find the end zone until the final play of the game. Despite a promising finish to the regular season, the unrestricted free agent's limitations as a pocket passer may hinder his chances of starting in the NFL next season.

Source: Chicago Bears

2021-01-10 20:47:31


Emmanuel Sanders Struggles Against Bears

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders struggled in Sunday's Wild Card win over Chicago, finishing with two receptions for three yards on three targets. Though he finished the regular season strong, inconsistency has plagued Sanders all throughout the 2020 campaign. Next up is a divisional round match with the Bucs, who are allowing the 11th-most points to fantasy wideouts. In two games against Tampa, the WR has gotten seven receptions for 53 yards and two scores on 10 targets. Nevertheless, Sanders' bad performance this week makes him a risky option for next week.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-10 20:26:48


Jared Cook Manages 40 Yards

New Orleans Saints tight end Jared Cook finished with four receptions for 40 yards on seven targets in the Wild Card win over the Bears on Sunday. Dating back to the regular season, Cook has seen at least four targets in the last six games now and has at least 40 yards in the past three games. The Saints' next opponent is the Bucs, who allow the 10th-most points to fantasy tight ends. Therefore, Cook is in the streaming tier next week.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-10 20:18:57


Deonte Harris Paces Team With 83 Yards

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Deonte Harris had seven receptions for 83 yards on seven targets in Sunday's wild-card victory over Chicago. Harris was just brought off Injured Reserve on Saturday after dealing with a neck injury and managed to pace the team in receiving yards. This was a season-high in yards for the pass-catcher, but he only managed 20 receptions for 186 yards and a score on 25 targets in nine regular season games. Therefore, he's not a worthy fantasy option next week, considering his normally small role in this offense and the fact that's he unproven. At best, he'll be a low-cost DFS sleeper against Tampa in the Divisional Round.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-10 20:13:35


Michael Thomas Hauls In 73 Yards

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas finished with five receptions for 73 yards and a score on seven targets in Sunday's Wild Card win over the Bears. Thomas was able to return to the field after being on injured reserve to conclude the regular season because of a lengthy ankle injury. Nevertheless, the WR was quite effective in Sunday's victory. Next up is a matchup with a Bucs team that is generous to fantasy wideouts, meaning Thomas is once again a strong play. In two contests during the regular season, the WR had eight receptions for 68 yards on 11 targets against them.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-10 20:08:25


Alvin Kamara Rushes For 99 Yards In Wild-Card Win

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara finished with 23 carries for 99 yards and a score along with two receptions for 17 yards on two targets in Sunday's wild-card win over Chicago. Kamara returned to the field after testing positive for COVID-19 and missing the Week 17 regular season finale and didn't miss a beat. Due to his heavy weekly volume, Kamara remains a strong play next week in the Divisional Round, even against a Bucs squad allowing the fourth-fewest fantasy points to backs. He's had three total touchdowns against them this season, but he's rushed for just 56 yards on 21 attempts (2.67 yards per carry) in two games against Tampa in 2020. Fantasy managers might need Kamara to do more through the air if they expect him to be worth the high DFS price.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-10 20:04:04


Drew Brees Throws For 265 Yards

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees went 28-for-39 for 265 yards and two touchdowns in the Wild Card win over the Bears on Sunday. Brees has looked sharp since returning from a rib and lung injury, and he threw for at least 200 yards in the last three games of the regular season after he returned from the injury. Next up is a matchup against the Bucs who Brees threw for four touchdowns against in their second matchup in November. Overall, Tampa is average against fantasy quarterbacks, so the QB is in the starting tier next week.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-10 19:57:37


Latavius Murray Questionable To Return Against Bears

New Orleans Saints running back Latavius Murray (thigh) and cornerback Patrick Robinson (thigh) were both injured in the wild-card playoff game against the Bears on Sunday and are questionable to return in the fourth quarter. With the Saints up 21-3, we'd be surprised if either player returned. Before injuring his leg, Murray saw just four carries for nine yards (2.3 yards per tote) and caught both of his targets for 11 yards and a touchdown through the air. He rewarded fantasy managers who took a cheap flier on him with his receiving touchdown but did little else. If he cannot make it back for the Divisional Round next weekend, Dwayne Washington and Ty Montgomery could have bigger roles, as well as quarterback Taysom Hill behind Alvin Kamara.

Source: NewOrleans.Football - Nick Underhill

2021-01-10 19:33:38


Donovan Peoples-Jones, Myles Garrett Active Against Steelers

Cleveland Browns rookie wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones (concussion), offensive tackle Jack Conklin (illness, knee), defensive end Myles Garrett (shoulder), defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (neck) and offensive guard Wyatt Teller (ankle) are active for the wild-card game against the Steelers on Sunday night. It's great news for a Browns offense that will be without head coach Kevin Stefanski and Pro Bowl guard Joel Bitonio due to COVID-19. Peoples-Jones will be the No. 3 wideout behind Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins and will be a low-cost deep sleeper in DFS. Garrett has 12 sacks and 33 tackles in 14 games this year and was the No. 2 defensive lineman in IDP leagues in 2020. The Browns Defense is underrated but won't be a popular fantasy selection against Pittsburgh in the final game on wild-card weekend.

Source: Steelers.com - Teresa Varley

2021-01-10 19:04:14


Anthony Miller Ejected From Wild-Card Game

Chicago Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller was ejected from the wild-card playoff game against the Saints in the third quarter on Sunday after an altercation with New Orleans cornerback Chauncey Gardner-Johnson. Chicago wideout Javon Wims was ejected and suspended for an altercation with Gardner-Johnson earlier this season, so the two teams have a history from the 2020 season. The Bears entered the contest without rookie pass-catcher Darnell Mooney, so Miller's ejection leaves them extremely thin at the position behind Allen Robinson II. Cordarrelle Patterson, Riley Ridley, DeAndre Carter and Wims are the other receivers that will need to step up. Tight ends Cole Kmet and Jimmy Graham could see more looks in the rest of the second half as well. Miller caught just two of three targets for 22 yards before his ejection.

Source: NFL Network - Stacey Dales

2021-01-10 18:48:40


Mark Andrews Stays Involved Against Titans

Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews had four catches for 41 yards during the postseason win over the Titans on Wild Card Sunday. While Andrews' workload lined up with what we've seen out of him throughout the year, his lack of volume has diminished his fantasy value, largely thanks to the team's commitment to getting things done on the run. Nonetheless, the 25-year-old remains one of the best options throughout the league at the position, even if his fantasy success hinges on whether or not he finds the end zone in any given contest.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-10 18:41:26


Bears Defense Dealing With Injuries To Secondary

Chicago Bears defensive back DeAndre Houston-Carter (concussion) exited the wild-card playoff game against the Saints on Sunday with a head injury and is being evaluated for a concussion. Meanwhile, the Bears ruled defensive back Sherrick McManis (hamstring) out for the second half. Chicago's secondary was also missing cornerbacks Buster Skrine (concussion) and Jaylon Johnson (shoulder) due to injuries, leaving their secondary very vulnerable against Drew Brees and a dangerous Saints passing attack that got top wideout Michael Thomas (ankle) back from Injured Reserve to begin the playoffs. Despite the injuries, the Bears Defense held the Saints to just seven points through two quarters. They'd face a daunting matchup against the division-rival Packers next weekend if they can spring the upset over New Orleans.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-10 18:40:31


Marquise Brown Leads The Way In Win

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Marquise Brown racked up 109 yards off seven catches during the win over Tennessee on Sunday. Hollywood had arguably his best outing of the year, and though he didn't score a touchdown like he has in five of his previous six outings, he recorded over 100 receiving yards for the first time since Week 1. Despite Lamar Jackson throwing less than 200 yards in six of his last seven games, Brown remains one of the select few to get looks. Fantasy managers should keep him in mind for the Ravens' next postseason matchup, although he remains a semi-risky option due to the team's commitment to the run from week-to-week.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-10 18:26:44


Gus Edwards Remains Involved In Win

Baltimore Ravens running back Gus Edwards finished with eight carries for 38 yards during the win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Despite getting a carry less than J.K. Dobbins, the rookie was more efficient between the two by racking up 43 yards and a touchdown. With Lamar Jackson and Dobbins working as the team's featured backs, Edwards has been relegated to an afterthought. While the upside is still there, he will be a risky option in any fantasy contest in the Ravens' next postseason matchup.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-10 18:08:43


J.K. Dobbins Extends Scoring Streak

Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins recorded 43 yards and a touchdown off nine touches during the postseason win over the Titans on Sunday. He also caught a pass for negative yardage. With the Ravens once again turning to the run, the rookie capitalized by recording his seventh-straight game with at least one trip to the end zone. Though Gus Edwards and Lamar Jackson, who combined for 24 carries on the afternoon, are still in the picture, Dobbins has significant upside moving ahead, especially when inside the red zone.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-10 17:30:49


Lamar Jackson Records First Postseason Win

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson finished with 179 yards and an interception off 17-for-24 passing during the win over the Titans on Sunday. He also added 16 carries for 136 yards and a touchdown. Once again, the 24-year-old didn't do much throwing but managed to pick up his first postseason win by making some noise utilizing the run. With at least double-digit touches in each of Jackson's previous four contests, you can bet he will continue to be heavily involved in the Ravens' next postseason matchup.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-10 16:51:00


Frank Reich Wants Philip Rivers Back In 2021

Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich wants quarterback Philip Rivers to be the team's starting quarterback in 2021. "As I sit here right now, yes, I want Philip Rivers to be my starting quarterback next year," Reich said. "... I think Philip still has a lot of good football (left)." The 39-year-old is set to be a free agent this offseason after bouncing back for 4,169 passing yards, 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in his first season with Indy. Rivers had the third-best completion percentage (68) of his career and led the Colts to the playoffs for just the second time since 2014. Rivers still isn't guaranteed to continue his playing career next year or return to the Colts, but the veteran gunslinger surprised some folks with his play after struggling in his last year with the Chargers. If Rivers comes back in 2021, he'll be more of a QB in his 18th NFL season.

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Wells

2021-01-10 16:25:31


Ronald Jones II's Status To Be Determined

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II (quadriceps) couldn't get his leg loose before the wild-card win over the Washington Football Team on Saturday night, and swelling he sustained during pre-game warm-ups forced him to stay on the sidelines for the entire game. Jones didn't exacerbate the injury, but his status for the Divisional Round is to be determined and will likely depend on how much he can do in practice this week. You took a fat zero if you had the 23-year-old in your wild-card lineups this weekend, and he'll be hard to trust again next weekend, even if he's active. Leonard Fournette saw a season-high 19 carries for 93 yards and a touchdown against Washington, adding four catches for 39 yards. The Bucs will face either the Rams or the Saints in the Divisional Round, setting up a tough matchup for Fournette and/or Jones in the next round of the postseason.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-10 16:16:57


Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas Officially Active

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara and wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) are officially active for the wild-card playoff game against the Bears on Sunday. Kamara tested positive for COVID-19 and missed the Week 17 regular season finale but has been cleared from all the protocols. He was the top fantasy RB in PPR formats and scored six touchdowns to help fantasy managers win their leagues in Week 16. Kamara will be back in a lot of lineups in playoff leagues. Thomas was activated from Injured Reserve on Saturday and will be playing for the first time in four weeks. The 27-year-old All-Pro had a disappointing 2020 season with just 40 receptions, 438 yards and no touchdowns after leading the league the previous two seasons in catches. Thomas will have WR1 upside, but he'll continue to be a risk-reward fantasy pass-catcher, depending on how productive he can be while fighting through his ankle injury.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-10 16:07:53


Alex Smith Waiting To Make Decision On Future

Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith said he hasn't reached a decision on his playing future and will take a few weeks to clear his head and talk his future over with his wife. The veteran quarterback didn't play in the wild-card loss to the Buccaneers on Saturday night due to a right calf strain that he suffered on Dec. 13, an injury that isn't related to his 2018 broken fibula and tibia. Smith will easily win the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year award after starting six games for Washington. Head coach Ron Rivera admired Smith for trying to play through his calf injury late in the year, but the team will take time to evaluate the position heading into the offseason. Smith had a total QBR of just 34.7 in his six games played in 2020, throwing six touchdowns and eight interceptions. While he wasn't all that fantasy relevant, Smith's comeback story was one of the best in the league. It remains to be seen if he'll be back in Washington in the QB picture. The team can save $13.8 million on the salary cap if he keeps playing but they cut him. Smith has two more years on his contract and would count $24.4 million on the cap if he stays with Washington.

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

2021-01-10 14:14:31


Cooper Kupp Fine After Suffering Knee Contusion

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp (knee) suffered a knee contusion late in the fourth quarter of the wild-card win over the division-rival Seahawks on Saturday. He will be fine and should be active in the Divisional Round next weekend. The 27-year-old left the game late and didn't return with the game already decided, but it looks like he escaped a serious injury. Kupp finished the game with four catches on nine targets for 78 yards in the 30-20 win over Seattle. The former third-round pick remains quarterback Jared Goff's (thumb) favorite aerial target, but he'll be a bit risky yet again in DFS playoff lineups next week (likely against Green Bay) with both Goff and backup John Wolford (neck) dealing with injuries. Don't be surprised if Kupp misses some practice time this week as a precaution.

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

2021-01-10 13:36:04


Rams Hopeful Aaron Donald Will Be Available Next Weekend

Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay said that the team is hopeful that defensive lineman Aaron Donald (ribs) will be available to play in the Divisional Round next weekend after the Rams beat the division-rival Seahawks in the wild-card round on Saturday. Donald was injured late in the game when he was taking quarterback Russell Wilson down on a sack and never returned to the contest. The 29-year-old All-Pro pass-rusher finished the game with three solo tackles (two for loss), three QB hits and two sacks. Donald has been a Pro Bowler each of his seven seasons in the NFL and has also been a first-team All-Pro five times. He remains one of the league's best pass-rushers and is a must-start IDP defensive lineman anytime he's on the field. It sounds like Donald should be available for LA's top-ranked defense in the Divisional Round, but keep a close eye on his status throughout the week. His X-rays came back negative.

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

2021-01-10 13:28:33


Taylor Heinicke Suffers AC Joint Sprain

Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke (shoulder) suffered an AC joint sprain in his shoulder that caused him to leave the game temporarily in the wild-card loss to the Buccaneers on Saturday night. X-rays came back negative. The 27-year-old made just his second career start against Tampa with Alex Smith (calf) inactive and was impressive, completing 26 of 44 passes for 306 yards, a touchdown and an interception through the air. He also added 46 rushing yards and a touchdown in the 31-23 loss. Heinicke stood in the pocket and made tough throws in the face of pressure and also displayed nice mobility when he had to. If he doesn't remain in D.C. in 2021, Heinicke definitely earned himself a chance to be a backup somewhere else with his play on Saturday night against a tough Bucs defense.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-10 12:17:28


Doug Pederson On Shaky Ground

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson's status is on shaky ground and he could be out as the head coach if owner Jeffrey Lurie is not confident about Pederson's vision for the team in their next meeting, according to sources. The two are expected to meet again early this week in Florida after discussions this past Tuesday didn't go well. Lurie's concerns go well beyond the struggles of quarterback Carson Wentz, ranging from personnel to the coaching staff's outlook. The Eagles went 4-11-1 in 2020, but Pederson led the team to its only Super Bowl title in 2017 and playoff berths each of the previous three seasons. Philadelphia finished 26th in scoring (20.9 points per game) and 28th in passing yards (207.9 per game) this season, with Wentz being benched in favor of rookie Jalen Hurts down the stretch. Wentz plans to ask for a trade this offseason because of a fractured relationship with Pederson, according to sources.

Source: ESPN.com - Chris Mortensen and Tim McManus

2021-01-10 12:09:28


Mitchell Trubisky Needs Long Playoff Run

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky isn't guaranteed to return as the team's starting quarterback in 2021, but that could change if he's able to pull a big upset over the Saints in the wild-card round on Sunday. The Bears declined Trubisky's fifth-year option and traded for Nick Foles before the 2020 season. He won the first two games as the starter but was benched for Foles in Week 3 against the Falcons. Foles was later benched in favor of Trubisky, who led the offense to 30-plus points in four December games to help the team go 3-1 and sneak into the postseason. There have been plenty of growing pains after he was the second overall pick in 2017, and Trubisky has gone 29-21 as a starter in four seasons in Chicago. He won't be very attractive in fantasy lineups on Sunday against one of the toughest defenses in the league in New Orleans. The 26-year-old has thrown for 10,609 yards with 64 touchdowns and 37 interceptions in his four seasons.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-10 12:02:19


Willie Snead IV Active For Wild-Card Game

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Willie Snead IV (ankle) is active for the wild-card playoff game against the Titans on Sunday. Cornerback Marlon Humphrey (shoulder), defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (thigh) and cornerback Jimmy Smith (ribs, shoulder) are also active, giving Baltimore's defense a boost against the NFL's leading rusher in Derrick Henry. Snead got in two limited practices this week and was expected to suit up, where he'll serve as the No. 3 receiver behind Marquise Brown and Miles Boykin. When you factor in tight end Mark Andrews, Snead is the fourth option for quarterback Lamar Jackson in a run-heavy offense. The 28-year-old has a low fantasy ceiling after catching 33 of 48 targets for 432 yards and three touchdowns in his 13 games in 2020. The Ravens Defense is healthy, but they are more of a fade in DFS against a strong Titans offense.

Source: Ravens Twitter

2021-01-10 11:55:08


Mark Ingram II A Healthy Scratch Again

Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram II is a healthy inactive yet again for the wild-card playoff game against the Titans on Sunday. Joining him on the inactive list are punter Johnny Townsend, wide receivers Chris Moore and James Proche II, outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson, offensive lineman R.J. Prince and defensive tackle Broderick Washington. Ingram saw some action in the Week 17 regular season finale against the Bengals -- nine carries for 39 yards -- but he hadn't played prior to that all the way back in Week 14 against the Browns. Rookie J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards have leapfrogged the veteran back on the depth chart, and Justice Hill is now serving as the No. 3 ahead of Ingram. Dobbins is the back you want to roster on Sunday in the wild-card matchup against Tennessee.

Source: Ravens Twitter

2021-01-10 11:50:01


Drew Brees Likely To Retire After Season

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is expected to retire after the season, according to people close to him. Brees hasn't officially announced his decision, but it sounds as though this will be his last season. If he does decide to hang up his cleats, he has a contract with NBC waiting for him. If the 2020 season was indeed the 41-year-old's last, he'd finish his Hall of Fame career with 80,358 career passing yards on 10,551 attempts for 571 touchdowns and 243 interceptions in 287 regular season games with the Chargers and Saints. Brees has made the Pro Bowl 13 times in his 20 seasons, including a run of seven straight selections with the Saints from 2008 to 2014. He's led the NFL in passing yards seven times, had the highest completion percentage six times and has led the league in completions six different times. Brees will be a no-doubt first-ballot Hall of Famer and will be hoping his career doesn't come to an end in the wild-card game against the Bears on Sunday. The veteran signal-caller will be a midrange fantasy QB with running back Alvin Kamara and wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) back in the fold against Chicago.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-10 11:43:44


Jamal Adams Needs Offseason Surgery

Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams (shoulders, fingers) played Saturday's wild-card game against the Rams with a torn labrum in his left shoulder that will require offseason surgery. Adams also has a right shoulder injury that could need offseason surgery, and the All-Pro safety also plans to have surgery on the fingers on his left hand. The 25-year-old showed his toughness by gutting it out in the wild-card loss to Los Angeles. The former Jet made his third straight Pro Bowl team in 2020, racking up 83 combined tackles (11 for loss), 14 QB hits, one forced fumble and a career-high 9.5 sacks in 12 games in his first year in Seattle. Adams battled through injuries and missed a few games along the way, but he still finished as the No. 12 fantasy defensive back in IDP leagues. He should be considered as the first defensive back off the board in IDP drafts again next season.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-01-10 11:35:10


Terry Fontenot A Finalist For Atlanta's GM Opening

New Orleans Saints vice president/assistant general manager of pro personnel Terry Fontenot is one of "two or three finalists" for the Atlanta Falcons general manager job, according to league sources. The Saints could be rewarded for losing a minority head coach or executive if Fontenot leaves for the division-rival Falcons by receiving two compensatory third-round draft picks in consecutive years. The Denver Broncos also interviewed Fontenot for their vacant GM job on Saturday and came away impressed by him, according to a source. He's in his 16th season with the Saints and has worked as a professional scout and spent six seasons as the team's director of professional scouting.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-01-10 11:28:26


Jared Goff, John Wolford Should Be OK

Los Angeles Rams quarterbacks Jared Goff (thumb) and John Wolford (neck) are both banged up following the wild-card win over the Seahawks, but a source said that both of them "should be OK." Wolford took a hard hit to his head/neck in the first quarter and was sent to the hospital, but he returned to LA on Saturday night with the team. Wolford went 3-for-6 for 29 yards against Seattle before leaving the game and never returning. Goff entered and finished just 9-for-19 for 155 yards and a touchdown. The Rams tried to protect Goff's surgically repaired right thumb, and the signal-caller looked bothered by the injured finger at times while throwing wobbly and off-target passes. Both quarterbacks could be limited in practice this week in the lead-up to their Divisional Round game, but we'd expect Goff to get the nod unless he has a setback with his finger. Based on the way he looked against the Seahawks, Goff would be an extremely shaky fantasy quarterback for next round.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-01-10 11:23:47


Chase Young Suffers Mild Ankle Sprain

Washington Football Team rookie pass-rusher Chase Young (ankle) suffered just a mild ankle sprain in the wild-card loss to the Buccaneers on Saturday night and was limited late in the game. It would've made Young questionable to play in the Divisional Round had the team advanced, but Young should be fine heading into the offseason after a very impressive rookie season after going second overall in the draft. The Ohio State product should win Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2020 after he recorded four forced fumbles, 44 combined tackles and 7.5 sacks in 15 games. His presence on Washington's defensive line immediately boosted their pass rush and made this defense a force to be reckoned with all season long. Young will be a weekly IDP lineup addition going into his sophomore season.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-10 11:16:39


Buccaneers Defense OK In Playoff Win

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense struggled a bit in a 31-23 win over the Washington Football Team. Tampa Bay had two sacks and an interception but allowed 375 yards and 23 points. The Buccaneers did rack up six quarterback hits- a good sign for their ability to pressure the passer. They'll either face the Saints or Rams next week, depending on the events of Sunday. Tampa Bay should be considered a decent option for the divisional round.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-10 00:59:14


Terry McLaurin Records 75 Yards In Playoff Loss

Washington Football Team wide receiver Terry McLaurin caught six passes for 75 yards in a loss to Tampa Bay in the wild-card round. McLaurin was targeted seven times in the game as he has one of the most dependable workloads in football. The Ohio State Buckeye had just two games this season with under seven targets as the Washington pass attack runs through their second-year wideout. McLaurin had his first 1,000-yard season in 2020 and more could follow, especially if he gets some consistency at quarterback. McLaurin is a WR1 in fantasy heading into 2021.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-10 00:57:20


Steven Sims Jr. Catches Touchdown In Playoff Loss

Washington Football Team wide receiver Steven Sims Jr. caught three of four targets for 33 yards and a touchdown in a loss to the Buccaneers. Sims Jr. got lose on a corner route and made a beautiful catch near the sideline on a perfectly thrown ball from Taylor Heinicke. Despite the score on the national stage, Sims Jr isn't a target for fantasy managers. The Kansas Jayhawk had just 27 catches this season and has just 575 yards through 28 career games.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-10 00:51:04


Rob Gronkowski Has Quiet Game

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski saw just one target in a 31-23 win over the Washington Football Team. Gronkowski was used as a blocker against Washington's tough front, which limited his opportunities as a pass-catcher. The veteran tight end was overshadowed by Cameron Brate's strong performance, as the latter delivered 80 yards. While it's certainly possible the Buccaneers use Gronkowski similarly next week, it's also worth noting that he's arguably Tom Brady's favorite target ever. He should be a threat in the red zone in the divisional round.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-10 00:49:52


Cam Sims Leads Washington In Receiving Versus Bucs

Washington Football Team wide receiver Cam Sims led Washington with seven catches for 104 yards in a loss to the Buccaneers in the wild-card round. Sims was targeted a season-high 13 times by Taylor Heinicke who started for Alex Smith (calf). Sims certainly made a name for himself on the playoff stage, but the 100-yard performance was just his second of the season. Sims primarily runs downfield routes so he's a boom-or-bust option in fantasy with a 14.9 yards-per-catch average and only one touchdown. Washington will certainly address their receiving depth this offseason so making Sims only a deep-league option in non-PPR formats.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-10 00:44:35


Cameron Brate Posts Season-High 80 Yards

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate caught four of six targets for 80 receiving yards in a playoff win over Washington. Brate was a threat downfield for Tom Brady, as he averaged a robust 20 yards per reception en route to a season-best receiving performance. The veteran tight end saw more looks as a receiver- as Rob Gronkowski was utilized as a blocker against Washington's defensive line. Brate's usage has been a bit hard to discern, though it's certainly possible he sees more work next week as well, given the strong pass rushes possessed by both possible matchups, the Rams and the Saints.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-10 00:43:10


Antonio Brown Catches 36-Yard Touchdown In Victory

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown made his mark on a 31-23 playoff win over Washington, despite only seeing two targets. Brown made a huge first-quarter play, hauling in a 36-yard touchdown from Tom Brady to give Tampa Bay a 9-0 lead. The big plays keep coming for Brown, as he has now found the end zone five times in the last four weeks, in addition to his 315 receiving yards in that span. The 32-year-old should remain a threat in the offense regardless of the matchup, though it seems more likely that Tampa Bay and New Orleans will meet for a third time this season next week.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-10 00:34:52


Washington Defense Records Three Sacks In Playoff Loss

The Washington Football Team defense recorded three sacks, but couldn't slow down Tom Brady and the Buccaneers in a wild-card round loss. Tampa Bay had over 500 yards of total offense and put up 31 points, a number that could've easily been worse if not for a couple of goal-to-go stops to force field goal attempts. The positive spin for Washington was the play of their defensive line. Daron Payne had two sacks and Montez Sweat added one as the former-first rounders shape the core of a talented, young defensive line. Throw in defensive rookie of the year candidate Chase Young and Washington has the core of a solid unit for fantasy.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-10 00:32:34


Chris Godwin Finds End Zone, Has Drop-Filled Performance

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin hauled in five of 12 targets for 79 yards and a score in a playoff victory over Washington. Godwin caught his first career touchdown on a 27-yard throw from Tom Brady but also struggled with drops. He had just four in his career coming into the game before dropping four in the contest, including one that would have gone for six. Still, it didn't stop Brady from looking his way a team-high 12 times, something that bodes well for Godwin's production next week. He'll either face the Saints or the Rams in the divisional round, depending on what happens on Sunday.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-10 00:28:01


J.D. McKissic Finds End Zone In Wild Card Round

Washington Football Team running back J.D. McKissic rushed twice for five yards and a touchdown in a loss to the Buccaneers on Saturday. McKissic added eight yards on two catches in the passing game. McKissic was on the field a lot for Washington, but seemed to do more blocking than route running as the passing-down specialist saw only three targets. He salvaged some fantasy value with a two-yard touchdown plunge, just his second rushing score this season. McKissic proved his value this season as an elite pass-catcher with 80 receptions this season, second to only Alvin Kamara. He'll be an asset in PPR leagues heading into 2021.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-10 00:23:27


Antonio Gibson Quiet In Playoff Loss

Washington Football Team running back Antonio Gibson rushed 14 times for 31 yards in a wild-card round loss to the Buccaneers. Gibson added two catches for four receiving yards. Gibson's 2.2 yards-per-carry was his lowest of the season as there were no running lanes against a stout Tampa run defense. The future remains bright for the former Memphis wide receiver as Gibson impressed in his rookie year. His 11 touchdowns led all rookie running backs and he put up 1,042 total yard while working as part of a time-share with J.D. McKissic and Peyton Barber. Gibson is the future at running back in Washington and will be an early-round selection in 2021 drafts.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-10 00:14:36


Mike Evans Battles Through Injury For Team-High 119 Yards

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans caught six of 10 targets for 119 receiving yards in a win over Washington. Evans wasn't at full strength, though it sure didn't seem like it, as he reeled off big play after big play. His biggest play came in a fourth-quarter drive, where he hauled in a 35-yard reception that led to a field goal. The star wideout broke the franchise record for most receiving yards in a playoff game, breaking Keyshawn Johnson's record from 2000. He'll get a week to rest up before the divisional round, where the Buccaneers will take on either the Saints or Rams.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-10 00:14:04


Taylor Heinicke Plays Strong Game In Playoff Loss To Bucs

Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke put forth an incredible effort in his second career start, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Buccaneers in the first round of the playoffs. Heinicke, playing for an injured Alex Smith (calf), was 26-for-44 passing for 306 yards and a touchdown. Heinicke's most impressive work, however, was on the ground where he rushed for 46 yards and an incredible touchdown run culminating in a majestic dive to the pylon. It wasn't all good for Heinicke as he threw a pick and had a couple of other should-be turnovers, but overall he played well enough to keep a job in the NFL. As for fantasy, Heinicke isn't someone to chase based on this one performance.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-10 00:05:50


Leonard Fournette Fills In Admirably With 132 Yards, Touchdown

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette was pushed into the starter's role during Saturday night's 31-23 playoff win over Washington after teammate Ronald Jones II (quad) suffered a pre-game injury. Fournette earned a season-high 23 touches in Jones' absence- and looked like the player who posted two 1000-yard seasons in Jacksonville. This backfield has gone either way this season, though head coach Bruce Arians thought this was Fournette's best game of the season, which should count for something if and when Jones returns. If Jones can't go, it'll be Fournette as the lead back against either New Orleans or Los Angeles next week.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-10 00:04:33


Logan Thomas Goes For 74 Yards In Playoff Loss

Washington Football Team tight end Logan Thomas caught five passes for 74 yards in a loss to the Buccaneers in the wild-card round. Thomas became a huge part of the team's offense down the stretch and was heavily involved in this game with nine targets. Washington found a playmaker in the former quarterback who figures to be the team's starting tight next season. Thomas caught 72 passes for 670 yards and six touchdowns en route to a TE5 finish in standard-scoring formats. He'll be drafted as a starting tight end in fantasy for 2021 drafts.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-09 23:52:22


Tom Brady Throws For 381 And Two Scores In Playoff Win

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady completed 22 of 40 passes for 381 yards and two scores in a 31-23 win over the Washington Football Team. Brady was under pressure- but was still aggressive in looking downfield, as evidenced by his 9.5 yards per attempt. The veteran signal-caller dealt with six drops, two of which would have gone for touchdowns, though it was nevertheless a strong performance against an elite pass defense. Brady and the Buccaneers will be watching to see who their next opponent is- the Saints or Rams- though either way, the star quarterback will have to face defenses that held him to a combined four touchdowns and seven interceptions in the regular season.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-09 23:50:35


Jack Doyle Records 70 Yards And A Touchdown

Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle had his best fantasy performance of the season in a first round playoff loss to the Bills. He hauled in seven catches on nine targets for 70 yards and a touchdown. Doyle had less than 300 receiving yards on the season, and he shared a lot of snaps with Trey Burton and Mo Alie-Cox. Doyle may be more productive next season if Burton and Alie-Cox leave in free agency. While he may be more productive, his fantasy ceiling is probably fairly low.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-09 22:39:56


T.Y. Hilton Catches Two Passes

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton caught just two passes on five targets for 35 yards in a first round playoff loss to the Bills. Hilton played better down the final stretch of the season, but he had a mostly disappointing campaign. This was the final year of Hilton's contract, and there is a decent chance he ends up on another team next season. Michael Pittman Jr. was a productive rookie, and he offers more cap flexibility. At 31-years-old and declining productivity, look for Hilton to potentially be on the move this offseason.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-09 22:27:35


Michael Pittman Jr. Notches 90 Yards

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. paced the team in receiving yards in his first career playoff appearance, recording five catches on 10 targets for 90 yards. Pittman had a disappointing ending to the season, but this outing should give him confidence heading into next season. It was his second-highest receiving total of his career. He is a big, strong receiver with tons of potential and should have more of a role in the Colts offense next season. Look for him to be a solid fantasy pickup in next year's draft.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-09 22:14:25


Nyheim Hines Rushes For 75 Yards

Indianapolis Colts running back Nyheim Hines rushed for 75 yards in a 27-24 loss to the Bills. Hines was extremely effective, picking up 12.5 yards per carry. However, he had just seven total touches, so he did not get much of an opportunity. Hines is definitely a valuable player for the Colts, but not being a workhorse back makes his fantasy value limited. He enters the final year of his contract next season, and it is reasonable to expect a season that is similar to what he posted this year.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-09 22:02:56


Jonathan Taylor Rushes For 78 Yards And A Touchdown

Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor capped off a strong rookie season with 78 rushing yards and a touchdown in a first round playoff loss to the Bills. Yards did not come easy for Taylor as he picked up just 3.7 yards per carry, his lowest average since Week 10. However, he was able to put together a productive day due to tallying 21 carries. The Colts should be very excited about Taylor heading into next season, as he finished third in the league in rushing yards. Look for Taylor to be one of the top running backs again next season.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-09 21:51:36


Philip Rivers Throws For 309 Yards, Two Touchdowns

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers threw for 309 yards and two touchdowns in a first round playoff loss against the Bills. Rivers' season is now over, but this marked his first 300-yard passing game since Week 10. He showed that he is still a capable quarterback throughout the season, but he becomes an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. There is speculation around the NFL that he will not return to Indianapolis. This would mean Rivers ends up on another team next year or heads into retirement after a stellar career.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-09 21:44:39


Ronald Jones II Questionable To Return With Quad Injury

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II(quadriceps) is questionable to return in Saturday's wild-card playoff game against Washington with a quadriceps injury. Jones injured himself during pre-game warm-ups and may not even wind up playing on Saturday evening. Leonard Fournette will likely serve as the lead back for the remainder of Saturday's contest, with rookie Ke'Shawn Vaughn helping out on passing downs. Veteran LeSean McCoy was ruled out with an illness. Keep an eye out for updates on the Jones situation and if it could impact his availability in the Divisional Round if Tampa advances.

Source: Adam Schefter

2021-01-09 20:52:46


Carlton Davis Returns For Buccaneers Defense

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis (groin) is active for the wild-card playoff game against the Washington Football Team on Saturday night. Davis has been out since the Week 15 win over the Falcons, so his return is a huge boost to a secondary that has been much more vulnerable than the team's rush defense in 2020. The 24-year-old ranks as the No. 37 fantasy defensive back in IDP leagues this year, recording 68 combined tackles (52 solo), a career-high four interceptions and 18 passes defensed in 14 games this season. Especially with Davis back in the fold, Tampa's defense will be the most popular fantasy unit on wild-card weekend with Washington quarterback Alex Smith (calf) ruled out. The Bucs will face backup Taylor Heinicke, who has attempted just 77 NFL pass attempts in three seasons.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-09 19:53:25


Terry McLaurin, Antonio Gibson Active Against Bucs

Washington Football Team wide receiver Terry McLaurin (ankle) and rookie running back Antonio Gibson (toe) are both active for the wild-card playoff game against the Buccaneers on Saturday night. Both players were limited in practice this week and were fully expected to suit up. McLaurin has the skills to exploit this Buccaneers pass defense, but with quarterback Alex Smith (calf) out and Taylor Heinicke under center, the 25-year-old second-year pass-catcher will have a much lower fantasy ceiling in the first round as a WR1. Gibson has been impressive as the lead back in his rookie season, but he shares touches with Peyton Barber and J.D. McKissic and will be facing a Tampa defense that allowed the second-fewest fantasy points per game to the position. The 22-year-old should be seen as a low-end RB1 on wild-card weekend.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-09 19:43:24


Aaron Donald Questionable To Return Saturday

Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald (ribs) is questionable to return to the wild-card playoff game against the Seahawks on Saturday after suffering an injury in the third quarter. Donald suffered the injury while tackling quarterback Russell Wilson and immediately grabbed at his ribs before walking back into the locker room for further evaluation. Los Angeles' defense has held the Seahawks to just 13 points, but losing Donald potentially for the rest of the wild-card matchup could loom large. The All-Pro pass-rusher had accumulated three solo tackles (two for loss) and two sacks before leaving the contest. The Rams Defense has been one of the best units in the NFL all season long, and Donald has been the main reason why.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-09 19:05:07


Dawson Knox Snags Touchdown

Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox did not see many targets during Saturday's playoff victory over the Indianapolis Colts. He hauled in two of his three targets for five yards and one touchdown. It was a quiet game from Knox, but at least he was able to find the end zone. There isn't much upside here with Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley, and Gabriel Davis all healthy right now. It's tough to imagine Knox having much fantasy value heading into the next round.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-09 17:54:05


Gabriel Davis Notches Four Receptions Versus Colts

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Gabriel Davis was expected to have a big part in the offense with Cole Beasley (knee) questionable heading into this game. However, Beasley did end up suiting up for Saturday's playoff matchup versus the Indianapolis Colts. Despite that, Davis played fairly well considering he was the third passing option. He hauled in all four of his targets for 85 yards in the victory. Davis will remain a key part to the Bills offense as they head deeper into the playoffs.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-09 17:50:36


Cole Beasley Hauls In All Seven Targets

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley (knee) was listed as questionable heading into Saturday's playoff matchup versus the Indianapolis Colts. However, Beasley did suit up and made a big impact in the narrow 27-24 victory. He hauled in all seven of his targets for 57 yards in this game. Beasley continues to be a reliable PPR option in this offense. That should stay the same as the Bills head into the next round.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-09 17:47:30


Stefon Diggs Torches Colts Secondary

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs was a no-brainer DFS option coming into Saturday's playoff matchup. He has been seemingly unstoppable all season long and that continued versus the Indianapolis Colts. Diggs hauled in six of his nine targets for 128 yards and one touchdown in the win. He was fairly quiet in the first half, but Diggs came out on fire during the second half of the game. Diggs and quarterback Josh Allen have great chemistry and destroy just about any secondary standing in their way. Diggs will remain an elite fantasy option for the Divisional Round.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-09 17:43:43


Devin Singletary Has Little Impact On Saturday

Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary continued to look sluggish against the Indianapolis Colts during their playoff matchup on Saturday. He rushed three times for 21 yards and caught three passes for 23 yards through the air. Zack Moss (leg) saw a majority of the carries before he was carted off the field. It's unclear if Moss will play next week, but it sounds unlikely right now. Singletary will be asked to step it up and could be a decent low-cost streaming option.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-09 17:38:51


Zack Moss Struggles In Win Over Indy

Buffalo Bills running back Zack Moss (leg) was carted off during Saturday's playoff victory over the Indianapolis Colts. He rushed seven times for 21 yards before exiting with a leg injury. Moss also hauled in four receptions for 26 yards through the air. It wasn't the best playoff debut for Moss, but to be fair he was forced to exit early. It's unclear if Moss will be able to play in the Divisional Round. Otherwise, Devin Singletary would be the workhorse back and see increased fantasy value.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-09 17:32:59


Josh Allen Goes Over 300 Yards In Win

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen started off slow, but finished strong during Saturday's win over the Indianapolis Colts. Allen completed 26 of 35 passing attempts for 324 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed 11 times for 54 yards and one touchdown on the ground. Allen continues to shine and helped Buffalo get a narrow 27-24 victory here. He'll remain a top QB option for the Divisional Round.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-09 17:28:27


Zack Moss' Season Could Be Over

Buffalo Bills rookie running back Zack Moss (ankle) is expected to miss some time and could have played in the final game of his rookie season after being carted off the field due to an ankle injury in the 27-24 wild-card win over the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday. Moss saw seven carries for 21 yards and caught all four of his passes for 26 yards in the passing game before his injury. Devin Singletary saw only three carries for 21 yards and caught all three of his passes for 23 yards, but he'll be much more attractive in fantasy playoff lineups in the Divisional Round with Moss unlikely to be available. T.J. Yeldon was a healthy inactive against the Colts, but both he and Taiwan Jones would serve as Singletary's backups next weekend if Moss' season is indeed over.

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

2021-01-09 17:25:54


John Wolford Questionable To Return Against Seattle

Los Angeles Rams quarterback John Wolford (neck) is questionable to return to the wild-card playoff game against the Seahawks on Saturday after taking a hard hit to the head/neck on a designed run play in the first quarter. Wolford started over the injured Jared Goff (thumb) and was moving the ball well on the second offensive drive of the game before suffering the injury. Wolford was 3-for-6 for 29 yards and could've had more if not for a dropped pass from wide receiver Robert Woods. Goff entered the game and was sacked as the offense settled for a field goal. With the way Wolford was performing early in this game, Goff might be a downgrade for LA's offense overall against a Seahawks Defense that has stiffened up late in the season. Blake Bortles, the team's No. 3 QB, was a healthy scratch.

Source: NFL Network - Omar Ruiz

2021-01-09 17:15:16


Alex Smith Inactive, Taylor Heinicke To Start Against Bucs

Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith (calf) is inactive for Saturday's wild-card contest against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. BackupTaylor Heinicke will start at quarterback. Smith gave Washington the best chance of upsetting the Buccaneers, but Heinicke was solid as a relief QB in Week 16 in the loss to the Panthers, going 12-for-19 for 137 yards and a touchdown, adding 22 rushing yards. While this is probably going to go poorly for Washington, there's some deep-sleeper appeal for Heinicke in DFS contests due to his low salary. But he's also attempted just 77 career passes in three NFL seasons with Washington, Houston and Carolina.

Source: Adam Schefter

2021-01-09 16:45:45


Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas Activated

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara and wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) have been activated ahead of Sunday's wild-card playoff game against the Bears. Kamara tested positive for COVID-19 last week and missed the Week 17 regular season finale. He still needs final clearance before the game on Sunday, but all signs are pointing toward the Saints having their star rusher available. Kamara scored a ridiculous six touchdowns in Week 16 and was the No. 1 overall fantasy RB in PPR leagues in 2020. He'll be a popular fantasy selection on Sunday. Thomas will return from Injured Reserve after battling a high-ankle sprain for much of the season. The top wideout in 2019, the 27-year-old was a huge disappointment this year due to injuries. If he's closer to full health, though, he has WR1 upside on wild-card weekend.

Source: NewOrleans.Football - Nick Underhill

2021-01-09 16:37:55


Darnell Mooney, Roquan Smith Out For Wild-Card Game

Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney (ankle) and linebacker Roquan Smith (elbow) have been ruled out ahead of Sunday's wild-card game against the New Orleans Saints. With Mooney out, expect to see more of Anthony Miller, who last had more than two receptions back in Week 13. This is obviously a big loss for the Bears, as Mooney had established himself as a top secondary receiver for this team. On the other side of the ball, not having Smith will hurt Chicago's run defense, which could set up a big game for Saints running back Alvin Kamaraif he's able to come off the COVID-19 list in time to play. No. 1 receiver Allen Robinson II should see his fair share of targets and remains a strong WR1 play for Chicago.

Source: Ian Rapoport

2021-01-09 16:15:52


John Wolford, Not Jared Goff, To Start Against Seahawks

Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay said that quarterback John Wolford will be the starter under center on Saturday in the wild-card game against the Seahawks, with Jared Goff (thumb) backing him up after having right thumb surgery two weeks ago. Wolford will be making just his second career NFL start this weekend against a Seahawks Defense that has allowed the fewest fantasy points to signal-callers in the last five weeks. Wolford will be a low-ceiling, low-floor fantasy QB, with the Rams offensive skill position players also having less upside with Goff not starting. There's still a chance that Goff could play on Saturday, but avoiding the Rams QB situation is probably the safest move. Wolford was 22-for-38 for 231 yards, no touchdowns and an interception in the Week 17 win over the Cardinals.

Source: FOX Sports - Jay Glazer

2021-01-09 16:11:39


Zack Moss Doubtful To Return With Ankle Injury

Buffalo Bills rookie running back Zack Moss (ankle) is doubtful to return to Saturday's wild-card playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts after suffering an ankle injury. Moss was carted off the field, which isn't a good sign for his potential availability if the Bills hang on to beat Indianapolis. The 23-year-old from Utah saw seven carries for 21 yards (three yards per carry) and caught all four of his targets for 26 yards through the air before leaving the game with his injury. Devin Singletary should handle the majority of the backfield work the rest of the way with Moss doubtful to return, with Taiwan Jones backing him up. T.J. Yeldon was a healthy inactive. If Moss cannot play in the Divisional Round if Buffalo advances, it'll make Singletary a more appealing DFS play.

Source: The Athletic - Matthew Fairburn

2021-01-09 15:41:06


Rashaad Penny Inactive

Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny (knee) is inactive for Sunday's playoff contest against the Los Angeles Rams. With Penny out, expect to see Carlos Hyde serve as the primary backup for Chris Carson. Hyde doesn't have much upside against this Rams Defense, though Carson should have a large-enough role to make him a nice floor play in DFS.

Source: Seattle Seahawks

2021-01-09 15:36:33


Jared Goff Active For Wildcard Round

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (thumb) is active for Sunday's playoff meeting with Seattle, but Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network cautions that this doesn't necessarily mean Goff is starting. The Rams have kept things quiet all week about who'll start at quarterback between Goff and backup John Wolford. If you're playing either in DFS, you need to be ready to swap them out for the other on a moment's notice, though neither has great upside against a Seahawks Defense that played well over the final quarter of the season.

Source: Ian Rapoport

2021-01-09 15:19:50


Jared Goff Warming Up Ahead Of Playoff Game

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (thumb) has been spotted warming up ahead of Sunday's Wildcard meeting with the Seattle Seahawks. Goff reportedly looks good when throwing the ball. There's uncertainty about who will start at QB for the Rams in Saturday's game, and backup John Wolford is also warming up. Either way, the Seattle defense has played well lately and the Rams starting quarterback doesn't have too much DFS upside, though Goff would have slightly more.

Source: NFL Network - Omar Ruiz

2021-01-09 15:04:21


Eric Bienemy In The Mix To Be Next Falcons Head Coach

The Atlanta Falcons had a strong interview with Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy on Monday for their head-coaching job, according to a source who was involved in the hours-long interview. Bienemy has interviewed for multiple head-coaching openings and is considered one of the top head-coaching candidates this cycle. The Falcons officials are furious about reports that the 51-year-old didn't interview well and "absolutely refute" those reports. Along with a new head coach, Atlanta is also in the process of interviewing candidates to be their next general manager. The Falcons fired head coach Dan Quinn and GM Thomas Dimitroff during the regular season. Among the new GM's biggest priorities heading into 2021 will be to determine if quarterback Matt Ryan and veteran wide receiver Julio Jones remain part of their future plans.

Source: NFL.com - Steve Wyche

2021-01-09 14:46:01


Malcolm Brown Has Little Upside Against Seahawks

Los Angeles Rams running back Malcolm Brown has taken a clear backseat to Cam Akers in the pecking order for L.A., leaving him with little upside against the Seattle Seahawks in Saturday's Wildcard game. Brown did have two touchdowns in the first meeting of these teams, but hasn't found the end zone a single time since. He has just 11 carries in the past four games and should be considered nothing more than a punt play this week.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-09 12:34:20


Browns Activate Harrison Bryant From COVID-19 List

The Cleveland Browns activated rookie tight end Harrison Bryant, safety Ronnie Harrison and linebacker Malcolm Smith from the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Saturday. They will be eligible to play in the wild-card game on Sunday night against the division-rival Steelers. Bryant will be serving as the backup to Austin Hooper in the third meeting with Pittsburgh this season, leaving him very limited fantasy appeal in playoff formats. The 22-year-old fourth-rounder out of Florida Atlantic caught 24 passes on 38 targets for 238 yards and three touchdowns in 15 games (nine starts) in his rookie season. Getting Harrison and Smith back on the defensive side of the ball is big for Cleveland, but their defense will be one of the weaker fantasy units against the Steelers on Sunday.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-01-09 12:17:29


Alex Collins Not A Trustworthy Wild-Card Option

Seattle Seahawks running back Alex Collins had five carries for 29 yards and a touchdown in last week's game against the 49ers, but that doesn't mean DFS players need to view Collins as a potential value play on wild-card weekend. Those carries were the first for Collins since Week 10, and while he did find the end zone against this Rams team that week, there's just too much uncertainty about his role to play him in DFS contests. Maybe there's some value in single-game showdown slates as a punt play, but that's about it with Collins this week.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-09 12:13:44


Bills To Approach Josh Allen About Potential Contract Extension

The Buffalo Bills will approach quarterback Josh Allen's agents about a potential huge contract extension this spring or summer after his breakout 2020 campaign. Allen is coming off an MVP-caliber regular season and has two years left on his current deal. The 24-year-old could end up as one of the highest-paid QBs in the NFL, if not the highest paid, but some of it will be determined by what the 2021 salary cap looks like. Allen racked up 4,544 passing yards on 572 attempts (69.2 completion percentage) for 37 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions. He also ran the ball 102 times for 421 yards and an additional eight touchdowns on the ground. Allen has taken the next step in his third season and has become an elite dual-threat quarterback. He's the top fantasy option on wild-card weekend and will easily be a top-three fantasy QB in 2021.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-09 12:08:09


Chris Carson Is Middling Wildcard Play

Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson is dealing with a foot injury and faces a tough Rams Defense in Saturday's Wildcard playoff game, but his projected volume makes him a fine DFS play. He won't be a top option on this slate, but he did have 69 yards the last time he faced the Rams, and it's hard to see a scenario where Carson has fewer than 10 touches. There's not unlimited upside, but there's a high-enough floor that DFS players will want to have some exposure to Carson, even if he's not the slate's best play.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-09 12:07:47


D.K. Metcalf Is Risk/Reward DFS Play Against Rams

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver D.K. Metcalf has struggled against the Rams Defense this season, catching just eight passes in two games against them and failing to find the end zone. Metcalf is one of the NFL's best receivers, but the Rams have bottled him up this season, and he's also coming off a rough Week 17 in which he had three catches for 21 yards against the 49ers. Metcalf's upside remains high as he's capable of posting 100-plus yards and multiple touchdowns, but there's more risk than usual.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-09 12:01:51


Tom Brady Preparing To Play In 2021

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is preparing to play again in 2021 despite turning 44 years old next August. Brady will still be under contract next season and thinks he can be better in his second season with the club. The 43-year-old threw four touchdowns in the Week 17 win over the Falcons and has picked things up to close out the regular season. He threw for 300-plus in each of the final three games and for four-plus touchdowns in two of them. Brady gets an up-and-coming young and hungry Washington defensive front, including impressive rookie pass-rusher Chase Young, in the wild-card game on Saturday night. With No. 1 receiver Mike Evans (knee) active, Brady will be a midrange fantasy QB this weekend. In 2021, Brady will be more of a high-end QB2 with QB1 upside in the right matchups.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-09 12:00:07


Tyler Lockett Has Low Floor Against Rams

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett had his best game since Week 7 in last week's win over the 49ers, with 12 catches for 90 yards and two touchdowns. But in the Wildcard round, he faces a Rams Defense that held him to eight receptions across two regular-season meetings. Factor in that Lockett has had some real struggles at times this year, with seven games of fewer than 50 receiving yards. Lockett isn't someone you need to have zero DFS exposure to, but he is someone you should be cautious with this week.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-09 11:54:52


Stefon Diggs Officially Active For Wild-Card Round

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs (oblique) is officially active for the wild-card playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday. Diggs was listed as questionable for Saturday's contest, but he downplayed his injury all week and said he was fine. Consider the 27-year-old as the top fantasy play for the first round of the postseason. He was arguably the most valuable fantasy wideout in 2020 in his first year in Buffalo, catching a league-high 127 passes (league-high 168 targets) for a league-high 1,535 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. He should continue to be heavily targeted against a Colts team that struggled to contain receivers in the final five weeks of the regular season.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-01-09 11:49:11


Russell Wilson Has Risk In Wildcard Round

Never count out Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, but maybe temper expectations on Saturday when he faces the Los Angeles Rams in the Wildcard round. In what will likely be a low-scoring game between two defenses that are playing excellent football, Wilson has a much lower floor than usual. In two games against the Rams in the regular season, Wilson threw just one total touchdown, plus a pair of interceptions. Obviously, Wilson's an electric player who always has upside, but he could hurt your DFS lineup based on this defense.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-09 11:47:17


Mike Evans Will Play Against Washington

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (knee) will play in the wild-card game on Saturday night against the Washington Football Team. Evans was set to be a game-time decision after hyperextending his knee in the Week 17 regular season finale against the Falcons, but he was able to practice this week and will be active. The 27-year-old's presence means that Antonio Brown and Chris Godwin won't have even higher ceilings, but they're still not bad plays in fantasy playoff leagues. Scotty Miller will be the team's fourth wideout. Evans finished as the No. 7 fantasy wideout in standard-scoring leagues in 2020 in his first season working with quarterback Tom Brady, catching 70 passes (109 targets) for 1,006 yards and a career-high 13 touchdowns. He's a touchdown-dependent low-end WR1 on wild-card weekend.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-09 11:43:53


Teddy Bridgewater Put On Notice For 2021

Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule didn't give quarterback Teddy Bridgewater a full endorsement to be the starting QB in 2021 after the Week 17 regular season finale. "Teddy has to have a tremendous offseason," Rhule said. Bridgewater was replaced by P.J. Walker in the final game of the season in the blowout loss to the Saints when he completed 13 of 23 passes for 176 yards with two interceptions. Since Bridgewater was injured in Week 10, he completed 62.96 percent of his passes, averaging 236.2 yards per game while throwing four interceptions and two touchdowns and taking 12 sacks. He averaged 255 yards per game, completed 72.12 percent of his throws and had 13 touchdowns, seven interceptions and took 19 sacks in the first 10 games. Bridgewater carries a $23 million salary cap hit in 2021, but it won't stop Carolina from drafting a young QB to potentially compete for the starting job next year.

Source: ESPN.com - David Newton

2021-01-09 11:38:31


Cam Akers Should See Plenty Of Carries In Wildcard Round

Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers saw 21 carries in Week 17 with the Rams starting John Wolford at quarterback. And while Akers didn't get much accomplished with those carries, turning them into just 34 yards, he did add four receptions for 52 yards. Akers has become the clear No. 1 running back on this Rams team, though it's worth noting he was relatively ineffective with his 10 carries the first time these teams met. But if you're looking for volume on Saturday's slate, Akers should get it, even if Jared Goff (thumb) is back. Production might be a different story for Akers, as Seattle has shown improvement against the run as the season has progressed.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-09 11:36:13


Cole Beasley Will Be Active Saturday

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley (knee) will be active for the wild-card playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday. Beasley was injured late in Week 16 and didn't play in the Week 17 win over the Dolphins, but he'll give it a go for the first round of the postseason. As one of quarterback Josh Allen's favorite third-down targets, Beasley had a career year in 2020, catching a career-high 82 passes on 107 targets for 967 yards and four touchdowns in 15 games (10 starts). The veteran wideout is much more attractive in PPR playoff formats, but he'll carry much more risk this weekend due to his knee ailment. Beasley's presence on the field will also put a dent in the sleeper value of John Brown and rookie Gabriel Davis against Indianapolis.

Source: NFL Network - Kim Jones

2021-01-09 11:31:44


Cooper Kupp Should Have Solid Floor On Saturday

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp has five or more receptions in four consecutive games, including catching eight passes for 66 yards last week with John Wolford starting at quarterback. It remains unclear who the quarterback will be on Saturday, but if it is Wolford again, Kupp should be the player who is least impacted by the downgrade from Jared Goff (thumb) to Wolford. Consider him a solid DFS play, even if his ceiling might not be nearly as high as you might want in a GPP.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-09 11:28:41


Dwayne Haskins To Visit With Panthers

Former Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins will leave on Sunday night to visit with the Carolina Panthers on Monday, according to sources. It will be Haskins' first visit after being waived by Washington on Dec. 28. The former first-round pick cleared waivers thanks to his $4.3 million in remaining salary that Washington will cover. Haskins' new team will likely only pay him the league minimum. Teddy Bridgewater's future is a bit up in the air after he was pulled in his last start. Head coach Matt Rhule said that Bridgewater must have a "tremendous offseason." Rhule has known Haskins since high school, and Ryan Day -- Haskins' coach at Ohio State -- coached with Rhule at Temple in 2006. The 23-year-old has been benched several times in his first few seasons and has dealt with maturity issues along the way as well. His fantasy stock has plummeted in dynasty/keeper leagues, and he'll have to rehabilitate his image on and off the field before regaining the trust of fantasy managers.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-09 11:25:31


Recent Struggles Make Robert Woods Risky In Wild-Card Round

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods has seen a drop in numbers lately. After topping 70 yards in seven of the first 12 games of the season, he failed to do so in each of the final four games. His receptions per game through 12 games were 5.9, but that dropped to 4.8 over the final quarter of the season. Add in the likelihood of a backup quarterback taking the field for the Rams and that Woods had four catches for 36 yards against Arizona without Jared Goff and you get the recipe for a mediocre game from Woods. There are more affordable DFS plays that offer a better chance of success this week.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-09 11:20:24


Jared Goff Pushing To Play, John Wolford Ready If Needed

Los Angeles Rams quarterback John Wolford took the majority of the snaps this week at practice and is prepared to play against the Seahawks on Saturday in the wild-card game if Jared Goff (thumb) cannot go, according to sources. Goff has thrown well despite a broken thumb, but head coach Sean McVay still has not made a decision on who will start against Seattle. Goff is pushing to play, but it remains a challenge given the fact that he had surgery just last week to fix a broken and dislocated right thumb. This will be a game-time decision and is a situation for fantasy managers to avoid on wild-card weekend. The Seahawks Defense has also allowed the fewest fantasy points per game to opposing signal-callers in the last five weeks.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-09 11:19:07


Taylor Heinicke Has A Chance To Start Against Buccaneers

There is a real chance that Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke ends up starting against the Buccaneers on Saturday night in the wild-card playoff game, according to sources. Alex Smith (calf) remains sore and his leg hasn't loosened up. Heinicke took the majority of first-team snaps at practice this week and is ready to go if Smith cannot battle through the injury. The decision seems likely to go right up to game time. Heinicke was 12-for-19 for 137 yards and a touchdown in relief of Dwayne Haskins in the loss to the Panthers in Week 16, also running the ball three times for 22 yards. Washington's offense is in much better hands with the veteran Smith under center, so you'll need to downgrade the team's pass-catchers if Heinicke makes the start over Smith. Neither Washington QB should be in fantasy lineups for the wild-card round.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-09 11:14:42


Jack Doyle Could Be Interesting Value Play

Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle had a rough start to the NFL season, as he had just 11 receptions through Week 13. But he has 12 catches over the last four games and seems to be peaking at a good time for the Colts. Buffalo allows the eighth-most fantasy points per game to tight ends, including allowing more receptions to the position than any other team in the regular season. Doyle's going to go under the radar this week, but he's an extremely interesting value play in DFS contests.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-09 11:13:00


Zach Pascal Has DFS Upside In Wildcard Round

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Zach Pascal has been targeted four or more times in three consecutive games and has three touchdowns in that span. He's solidified his spot as the team's No. 2 receiver heading into the postseason. And while Saturday's opponent, the Buffalo Bills, allow the fifth-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers, two of the teams ahead of them also play on Saturday, so attacking the Buffalo defense might not be as bad a DFS strategy as usual. Pascal is an interesting value play, though he will have a very low floor.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-09 11:07:53


Can Colts Defense Slow Down Josh Allen

The Colts Defense has a tall task to kick off the NFL postseason. They take on Josh Allen and the Bills, who have been one of the best offenses this season. The Bills had the second-best scoring offense, and Josh Allen threw a career-high 37 touchdowns. The Colts defense has been solid all year, but this will be one of their toughest tests of the season. It is probably best to go with one of the other playoff defenses that has a more favorable matchup.

Source: Team Rankings

2021-01-08 19:44:34


Trey Burton Not Reliable On Wild-Card Weekend

Indianapolis Colts tight end Trey Burton was mostly irrelevant over the last five weeks of the season, so he should not be relied on in the first round of the playoffs against the Bills. Over the last four games, Burton did not see a target in two of them. He also regularly played in less than 40 percent of the team's snaps down the final stretch of the season. Fellow tight ends Jack Doyle and Mo Alie-Cox have not capitalized on Burton's lack of production, so neither of them are great tight end options this weekend as well. None of the Colts tight ends should be considered in DFS lineups this weekend.

Source: Pro-Football Reference

2021-01-08 19:30:16


Michael Pittman Jr. Not Worthy Of Starting Consideration

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. will make his first career playoff start this week against the Bills. Pittman did not post great fantasy stats over the last four weeks of the season, and he will be matching up against a defense that ranks fifth against opposing wide receivers. He had nine straight games with multiple catches to end the season, but he had four or more catches in just three of those games. It will be tough to consider Pittman as a viable DFS option this week when there are other receivers that will see more targets.

Source: Pro-Football Reference

2021-01-08 19:12:41


T.Y. Hilton An Average WR3 Against Bills

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton is just an average WR3 option this week against the Bills. He had just three catches in each of his last two games to end the season, and the Bills Defense ranks fifth against opposing wide receivers. The Bills defense also ranks inside the top-10 allowing the least amount of passing plays of over 20 yards. However, Hilton has played well in eight career postseason games. He averages a bit over five catches and 93 yards per playoff game and has grabbed three touchdowns. Look for Hilton to be a possible WR3 in DFS lineups this week.

Source: Pro-Football Reference

2021-01-08 18:20:48


Nyheim Hines An Average Flex Option

Indianapolis Colts running back Nyheim Hines has decent flex value in a wildcard matchup against the Bills. Hines had a productive season, recording over 850 total yards and seven total touchdowns. However, Hines has averaged only nine touches per game over the last five weeks of the season. He also has not recorded a touchdown since Week 13. Jonathan Taylor has seen the bulk of the touches down the final stretch of the season, so there is limited opportunity for Hines to produce. He has just average flex value this week.

Source: Pro-Football Reference

2021-01-08 17:38:10


Cowboys Defense Lets Go Of Mike Nolan

The Dallas Cowboys fired defensive coordinator Mike Nolan on Friday after just one season with the team. The Cowboys also fired defensive line coach Jim Tomsula after he was hired just three days after Nolan was last January. Dallas finished the 2020 season ranked 11th in passing defense (227.6 yards per game), 28th in scoring defense (29.6 points per game) and 31st in rushing defense (158.8 yards per game). The Cowboys Defense finished ninth in total defense in 2019, so this was a big step back. Everson Griffen was traded, Gerald McCoy was injured and cut before the season and Dontari Poe and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix were released prior to the regular season. Linebackers Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch both underperformed due to injuries. Obviously, Dallas' D will have to make strides before fantasy managers look their way in 2021.

Source: FOX Sports - Jay Glazer

2021-01-08 17:22:37


Jonathan Taylor A Solid Option On Wildcard Weekend

Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor had a great rookie campaign and will look to ride that momentum into wildcard weekend. He finished the season third in the league in rushing yards and tallied 11 touchdowns. The Bills Defense has allowed 21 rushing touchdowns and 4.6 yards per carry on the season. Taylor averaged over 123 yards per game over the last six weeks and has recorded touchdowns in each of his last five games. This is his first playoff appearance, but he definitely has a lot of value in DFS lineups this week.

Source: Pro-Football Reference

2021-01-08 17:16:10


Willie Snead IV Questionable Against Tennessee

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Willie Snead IV (ankle), cornerbacks Marlon Humphrey (shoulder) and Jimmy Smith (ribs, shoulder), center Patrick Mekari (back), outside linebacker Yannick Ngakoue (thigh), guard Ben Bredeson (knee) and tackle D.J. Fluker (knee) are all questionable for the wild-card playoff game against the Titans on Sunday. Snead was limited in practice the last two days after missing the Week 17 win over the Bengals, so it sounds like he has a shot at playing this weekend. The veteran pass-catcher has been reliable in helping to move the chains in 2020, but the 28-year-old managed just 33 receptions on 48 targets for 432 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games (eight starts) this year. On a run-first offense, Snead isn't a reliable fantasy asset in playoff formats behind wideouts Marquise Brown and Miles Boykin and tight end Mark Andrews.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-08 17:15:09


Donovan Peoples-Jones Clears Concussion Protocol

Cleveland Browns rookie wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones (concussion) cleared the league's concussion protocols on Friday and will practice after missing the last two days. Peoples-Jones suffered a head injury in the Week 17 win over the Steelers, but even though he cleared the protocol, he's likely to be questionable to face Pittsburgh for the second straight week in the wild-card playoff game on Sunday night. The 21-year-old sixth-round pick out of Michigan had only 14 receptions on 20 targets for 304 yards (21.7 yards per catch) and two touchdowns in 12 games (two starts) this season for Cleveland. Peoples-Jones could surface for a big play here or there if he's active on Sunday night, but you can't trust him in fantasy lineups, especially with Cleveland playing in the last game on wild-card weekend.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-08 17:08:54


Philip Rivers Not A Great Option Against Bills

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers is set to take on the Bills Defense on wild-card weekend. Rivers has just 14 passing touchdowns and 10 interceptions with a passer rating of 84.2 in 11 career playoff games. The Bills defense has been solid against the pass this season, grabbing 15 interceptions and allowing a passer rating of just 86.9. He has posted his worst numbers outdoors this season, tallying just four touchdowns in five games. Rivers had a decent season, but there are better quarterback options this week for DFS lineups.

Source: Pro-Football Reference

2021-01-08 16:51:11


Washington Defense Has Tough Matchup In Wild Card Round

The Washington Football Team defense rode it's impressive defensive line to fantasy-relevance in 2020, but they'll face a stiff test in the playoffs versus Tom Brady and the Bucs. Led by rookie Chase Young and Montez Sweat, Washington got to opposing QBs 47 times in 2020, sixth in the NFL. Unfortunately, Tampa Bay has one of the best offensive lines in the league allowing the fourth-fewest sacks. Let other fantasy managers gamble on the defense facing Brady in January.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-08 16:44:54


Dontrelle Inman Elevated To Active Roster

The Washington Football Team elevated wide receiver Dontrelle Inman from the practice squad to the active roster on Friday ahead of the team's wild-card playoff game on Saturday night against the Buccaneers. Although Terry McLaurin (ankle) is questionable for wild-card weekend, he's expected to play. Inman just gives the team some experienced receiver depth for a group that is on the young side heading into the postseason. The 31-year-old pass-catcher has started just two of the 10 games he's played in this year, catching 18 passes on 28 targets for 163 yards and two touchdowns. Washington may have to throw the ball often to keep up with Tampa, but Inman should be ignored for fantasy purposes.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-08 16:26:52


LeSean McCoy Ruled Out For Wild-Card Game

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back LeSean McCoy (illness) has been downgraded to out for the wild-card playoff game against the Washington Football Team on Saturday night. The team also elevated cornerback Herb Miller, linebacker Deone Bucannon, offensive lineman Ted Larsen and defensive lineman Benning Potoa'e from the practice squad to the active roster. McCoy was unlikely to see much work against Washington anyway while working behind Ronald Jones II and Leonard Fournette. With Shady officially out, rookie Ke'Shawn Vaughn will be elevated to the No. 3 back Saturday night. The 32-year-old McCoy had just 10 carries for 31 yards and 15 receptions for 101 yards in 10 games in 2020 for the Bucs in a limited role.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-08 16:20:47


Terry McLaurin Questionable For Wild-Card Round

Washington Football Team wide receiver Terry McLaurin (ankle) is officially questionable for Saturday's playoff game against the Buccaneers. McLaurin fought through an ankle injury in Washington's Week 17 win over the Eagles, catching seven of eight targets for 40 yards and a touchdown. On the season, McLaurin caught 87 passes for 1,118 yards and four touchdowns establishing himself as a top-wideout in just his second NFL season. McLaurin slowed down towards the end of the year as the offense was more conservative with Alex Smith under center. Assuming Smith (calf) starts, McLaurin has a lower ceiling than normal playing through an injury with fewer downfield targets. He's a boom-or-bust WR option against a good Tampa defense.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-08 16:15:16


Saints Defense Won't Have Trey Hendrickson Sunday

New Orleans Saints defensive end Trey Hendrickson (neck) and offensive guard Nick Easton (concussion) will not play in the wild-card game against the Bears on Sunday. Hendrickson had a fourth-year breakout in 2020, recording career-highs in tackles (25), tackles for loss (12), QB hits (25) and sacks (13.5), with his previous high in sacks being just 4.5 in 2019. His absence will be a notable one for the Saints Defense against Chicago, but they should still be one of the more attractive fantasy units on wild-card weekend against an 8-8 Bears squad that could be without rookie receiver Darnell Mooney (ankle).

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-08 16:15:07


Rashaad Penny Questionable Against Rams

Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny (knee) was added to the injury report on Friday and is listed as questionable to play against the Rams on Saturday in the wild-card playoff game. The good news is that Penny was limited in practice on Friday, but late additions to the injury report usually are never a good sign. Alex Collins was also elevated from the practice squad to the active roster, another sign that Penny won't be active on Saturday. Rookie DeeJay Dallas could see some more scraps behind Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde if Penny is unavailable, but Carson is the only real fantasy relevant back in the first round of the playoffs. In just three games in 2020, Penny has 11 carries for 34 yards and hasn't caught a single pass.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-08 16:07:12


Jack Conklin Questionable For Wild-Card Game

Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Jack Conklin (illness) is not practicing on Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's wild-card playoff game against the division-rival Steelers due to an illness. The good news is that Conklin hasn't tested positive for COVID-19, so there's still a chance he can play on Sunday night. Rookie left tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. is back from the Reserve/COVID-19 list, but a Conklin absence would be bad news for quarterback Baker Mayfield and the running game. Head coach/play-caller Kevin Stefanski and Pro Bowl offensive guard Joel Bitonio tested positive for COVID-19 and have already been ruled out, so Cleveland's offense can ill-afford to lose another key offensive lineman in their third matchup with Pittsburgh this year.

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

2021-01-08 16:00:48


Antonio Gibson Officially Questionable For Wild Card Game

Washington Football Team running back Antonio Gibson (toe) is listed as questionable to suit up against the Buccaneers. Gibson logged two limited practices this week and played in the Week 17 win so the expectation is Gibson suits up. The game being on Saturday complicates things a little, but Gibson handled his normal workload last week when he rushed for 75 yards on 19 carries. Unfortunately for Gibson, Tampa Bay is among the best run defenses in football and Washington may need to lean on the pass as eight-point underdogs. Gibson is a risky option in a tough matchup and fantasy managers may want to pivot to passing-downs specialist J.D. McKissic.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-08 15:58:13


Allen Robinson II Good To Go Against Saints

Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson II (hamstring) was taken off the final injury report for the wild-card playoff game against the Saints on Sunday. Robinson didn't practice on Thursday but was able to get in a limited practice on Friday and will be active this weekend. A-Rob didn't do much in the Week 17 loss to the Packers, but he should be considered a high-end WR1 on wild-card weekend in a game in which the Bears will likely have to throw the ball often. The 27-year-old was a top-15 fantasy receiver in 2020 with 102 catches on 151 targets (third-most in the NFL) for 1,250 yards and six touchdowns. Robinson should see even more targets if rookie Darnell Mooney (ankle) doesn't play, too. In Week 8 against New Orleans, Robinson had six catches for 87 yards and a touchdown.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-08 15:55:20


Darnell Mooney, Roquan Smith Questionable

Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney (ankle), linebacker Roquan Smith (elbow), defensive back Jaylon Johnson (shoulder) and linebacker Josh Woods (gluteus, toe) are questionable for the wild-card game against the Saints on Sunday. Smith, despite not practicing all week, has a chance to play. Chicago will certainly need Smith, the No. 3 fantasy linebacker in IDP leagues in 2020, if they hope to slow down New Orleans' high-octane offense and pull the upset. Even if Smith is active, Chicago's defense is a tough sell on wild-card weekend. Mooney, a 23-year-old rookie, also missed practice all week and is on the wrong side of questionable. We'd look for better receiving options this weekend. Allen Robinson II and Anthony Miller would see more targets if Mooney is unavailable.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-08 15:49:02


Mark Andrews Looks For Repeat Performance Against Titans

Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews finished the season as one of the most efficient fantasy options at his position. Although Baltimore has turned to the running game for most of the year, the 25-year-old has remained relatively involved. While he has had his share of rough performances during the 2020 campaign, his five-catch, 96-yard, and one-touchdown performance against the Titans back in Week 11 suggests he is more than capable of making some noise in a rematch during Wild Card weekend. Fantasy managers should keep Andrews in mind due to his upside while also being prepared for a potential output below his DFS value, especially if the trio of Lamar Jackson, Gus Edwards, and J.K. Dobbins monopolize things on the offensive end.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-08 15:42:38


Alex Smith Likely To Start Against Buccaneers

Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith (calf) is still sore after practicing on a limited basis this week, but he is expected to start on Saturday night against the Buccaneers in the wild-card game despite being listed as questionable. Washington has prepared backup Taylor Heinicke more this week by giving him first-team repetitions in practice just in case Smith's right calf doesn't respond well in the game and he has to be pulled from the contest. The 36-year-old veteran will do everything in his power to battle though the injury, because he gives this team the best chance to win after going 5-1 as the starter this season. Tampa's defense is easier to attack through the air, but Washington's QB situation is one to avoid for fantasy managers in playoff leagues.

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

2021-01-08 15:36:26


Anthony Miller Must Step Up To Give Bears A Chance

Chicago Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller could be tasked with playing a bigger role in the offense against the Saints during wild-card weekend. The 26-year-old has disappointed this season and long ago was supplanted in the offense by rookie Darnell Mooney. But Mooney is dealing with a bad ankle injury and Miller must be ready to step up. The third-year receiver posted only 485 yards with two touchdowns this season, but Miller enjoyed perhaps his best game of the season against the Saints in Week 8. Miller posted eight receptions for 73 yards, including a season-high 11 targets, against New Orleans, but quarterback Nick Foles was under center then. Miller's offensive output has really dipped with Mitchell Trubisky back as the starter, posting only 136 receiving yards over the team's last six games. The Bears offense will face a Saints Defense that is allowing the 16th-fewest fantasy points to opposing receivers. Miller will be a lottery ticket for fantasy managers across all formats this weekend.

Source: Chicago Bears

2021-01-08 15:33:30


Don't Sleep On Marquise Brown

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Marquise Brown elevated his game in his second year in the league. The sophomore finished the 2020 campaign by catching 58 of his 100 targets for 769 yards and eight touchdowns. Despite the Ravens' commitment to the run, Hollywood finished the season strong by finding the end zone in five of his last six games. Although there are other wideouts with more expensive DFS rostering costs on Saturday and Sunday, Brown still possesses one of the highest upsides, especially since he is one of the most lethal deep threats in the league. Fantasy managers should keep him in mind on Sunday during the Wild Card showdown with the Tennessee Titans.

Source: ESPN

2021-01-08 15:22:33


Dawson Knox Has Minimal Upside Versus Colts

Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox saw a career-high eight targets during the regular season finale versus the Miami Dolphins. However, it's unlikely that happens again versus the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday. Knox put together a few productive games this season, but was often times lost in the shuffle. The Bills offense is just too stacked for Knox to be an appealing streaming option. There is not much upside for him here against a strong Colts Defense.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-08 12:18:07


Gabriel Davis An Intriguing Option For Saturday

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Gabriel Davis finished off the 2020 regular season with a bang. He hauled in two of his five targets for a career-high 107 yards and one touchdown in the win over the Miami Dolphins. It has been a fairly successful season for Davis despite being buried on the depth chart at times. He could get increased looks against the Indianapolis Colts this weekend. Cole Beasley (knee) is in danger of sitting out, which could likely mean more targets for Davis. He could have sneaky low-cost streaming appeal, assuming Beasley misses this contest.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-08 12:14:24


Cole Beasley A Risky Option On Wild-Card Weekend

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley (knee) is currently listed as questionable for Saturday's playoff matchup with the Indianapolis Colts. He was unable to play in Week 17, but has been able to get in some limited work this week. It's unclear whether or not Beasley will be able to suit up here. That being said, he'll be a risky streaming option versus Indy here. There is a good chance he's not at 100 percent and the Bills might even limit his snaps in this game. The unknown might be too much for fantasy managers to take the risk on Beasley.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-08 12:07:08


John Brown Might Have WR3 Value

Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown had a disappointing and injury plagued 2020 season. However, he was able to haul in all four of his targets for 72 yards and one touchdown in the regular season finale. Hopefully, Brown is actually healthy and ready to make some noise against the Indianapolis Colts this weekend. He could also have a bigger role if veteran Cole Beasley (knee) is limited or inactive in the wild-card round. When healthy, Brown has looked like a reliable option most weeks. Sadly, staying on the field has been a big issue for him this season. He could be a decent low-cost WR3 for the playoff games this weekend.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-08 12:02:33


Stefon Diggs Has Huge Upside Versus Indy

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs (oblique) was able to return to practice on Thursday. Diggs has only been able to get in a limited amount of reps this week, but it's highly unlikely he sits out of this playoff matchup. He hauled in 127 receptions, 1,535 yards, and eight touchdowns during the regular season. The Indianapolis Colts do have a strong secondary, but Diggs has been unreal this season. He seemingly torches every defense no matter who it is. He'll remain a top wide receiver option heading into this matchup with Indy.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-08 11:57:14


Zack Moss A Poor Choice For Wild-Card Weekend

Buffalo Bills running back Zack Moss had a decent rookie campaign, considering he split up the workload with Devin Singletary. The third-round pick rushed for nearly 500 yards and scored four touchdowns in 13 games. Sadly, it's tough to imagine Moss having much fantasy appeal in the first round of the postseason against the Indianapolis Colts. They have a strong run defense and Moss sees the majority of his carries near the red zone. His best chance to provide fantasy managers with points would be to find his way into the end zone, which doesn't seem too likely against this defense. It's probably best to avoid Moss for this matchup.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-08 11:51:54


Devin Singletary A Risky Option Against Colts

Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary has been unable to get much going on the ground over the last two games. To be fair, Singletary was limited to three carries in Week 17, but he hasn't looked the same in the second half. Rookie Zack Moss gets a majority of the work in the red zone. That means, Singletary will continue to split up the workload with limited chances to score. That is not a good recipe against a strong run defense like the Indianapolis Colts. It's tough to believe that Singletary will have much value in this playoff matchup.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-08 11:47:18


Alvin Kamara Says He'll Be Back Sunday

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara, who tested positive for COVID-19 last week and missed the Week 17 win over the Panthers, said he'll be back for Sunday's wild-card game against the Bears. However, he's not back with the team and must wait the mandatory 10 days before he's allowed to return. But he has been taking part in practice remotely via video-conferencing technology and is attending meetings via video conference. Head coach Sean Payton has been mum on whether the team will have Kamara available, but this is a good sign for fantasy managers. The top-scoring fantasy RB in PPR formats in 2020, Kamara will be a high-end RB1 on Sunday, even against a stingy Bears Defense, if he's cleared from the league's COVID-19 protocols.

Source: Alvin Kamara on Twitter

2021-01-08 11:44:24


Josh Allen Has Strong Fantasy Appeal Against Colts

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen surprised quite a few people and put himself in the MVP conversation this season. He threw for 4,544 yards with 37 touchdowns and 10 interceptions and that was just what he did through the air. Allen also made a significant impact with his legs. The former first round pick is set for a Saturday playoff matchup against the Indianapolis Colts. A team that has been fairly reliable when it comes to stopping the pass. However, at this point you cannot count out Allen and his gifted ability. He'll remain one of the better streaming options at QB for this weekend.

Source: Pro Football Reference

2021-01-08 11:41:49


Jaguars To Meet With Urban Meyer For Head-Coaching Job

The Jacksonville Jaguars plan to meet with Urban Meyer on Friday to continue discussing the team's head-coaching vacancy, according to sources. No deal is imminent and the Jaguars have at least one more interview scheduled. Jacksonville has already interviewed Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy and Falcons interim head coach Raheem Morris, with 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh scheduled for Saturday. Former head coach Doug Marrone was fired last week after the team went 1-15. The team is also looking for a new general manager after Dave Caldwell was fired during the season. The Jaguars have the first overall pick in the 2021 draft and are expected to select Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Meyer, 56, led the Florida Gators to two National Championships in 2006 and 2008 and the Ohio State Buckeyes to a title in 2014.

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

2021-01-08 11:28:48


Cam Sims An Intriguing Fantasy Option In Playoff Opener

Washington Football Team wide receiver Cam Sims became a bigger part of the offense down the stretch and is an interesting fantasy option on Saturday versus Tampa Bay. Sims saw 22 targets in the last three games catching 13 passes for 132 yards. On the season, Sims caught 32 passes for 477 yards and one touchdown in 11 games. He has no floor for fantasy as he has five games this season with two or fewer targets and Terry McLaurin (ankle) playing could cut into Sims' targets. However, Sims does also have two 90-plus yard games this season and is cheap on DFS sites. Sims is worth a shot as a value-play in fantasy versus the Buccaneers.

Source: ESPN.com

2021-01-08 08:40:17


Steelers Defense A Strong Fantasy Option In Wild-Card Round

The Pittsburgh Steelers Defense will face off against the Cleveland Browns as six-point home favorites on Sunday night in the Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs. Pittsburgh's defense was among the best in the league during the regular season and may have caught a break as Cleveland will be without head coach/play-caller Kevin Stefanski and Pro Bowl guard Joel Bitonio for the contest. The Steelers defense rested several starters last week against the Browns and still managed to notch four sacks in the contest. Treat them as a top-five fantasy defense in playoff contests this weekend.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-07 22:47:16


Chase Claypool A Solid WR2 In Wild Card Round

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool turned in a big game against the Cleveland Browns in Week 17, turning in five catches for 101 yards and a touchdown in the season finale. He figures to be a problem for the Browns again this weekend when the two sides face off in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Cleveland's pass defense struggled during the regular season, allowing the eighth-most fantasy points per game to the wide receiver position. Treat Claypool as a high-ceiling WR2 for fantasy playoff contests this weekend.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-07 22:42:54


Ryan Tannehill Faces Tough Baltimore Defense In Wild Card Round

Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill heads into the playoff round after season highs in both passing (33) and rushing touchdowns (7). He faces a stiff test against a Baltimore Ravens Defense that ranks 6th in passing yards allowed per game. There is a good chance that the Titans will first try to rely on Derrick Henry and the ground game, but the game script will most likely determine Tannehill's passing attempts.

Source: Tennesseetitans.com

2021-01-07 22:40:23


JuJu Smith-Schuster A High-End WR2 In Wild Card Round

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster turned in a big game against the Cleveland Browns in Week 17, finishing with six catches for 65 yards and a touchdown in the loss. He gets a rematch against Cleveland on Sunday night in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Cleveland's defense struggled against the pass during the regular season, ranking 25th in DVOA and allowing the eighth-most fantasy points per game to the wide receiver position. Fantasy gamers participating in playoff contests can treat Smith-Schuster as a high-end WR2 for the games this weekend.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-07 22:36:55


Diontae Johnson A Strong Option In Wild Card Round

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson was one of the most-targeted pass-catchers during the 2020 season, finishing eighth in the league with 144 targets. The Steelers' No. 1 receiver draws a plus matchup against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday night in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Cleveland's defense struggled against the pass during the regular season, ranking 25th in pass-defense DVOA and allowing the eighth-most fantasy points per game to the wide receiver position. Treat Johnson as a top-eight option for fantasy playoff contests for the slate of games this weekend.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-07 22:33:20


James Conner A Low-End RB1 In Wild Card

Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner did not finish the season on a high note as he rushed for over 37 yards just once in his final six games. He does draw a decent matchup against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday night in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. The Browns run defense ranked just 19th in DVOA but they did allow the seventh-fewest fantasy points per game to the running back position during the regular season. There are workload concerns here for Conner, who saw more than 10 carries just twice over his last six games as Pittsburgh shifted to an extremely pass-heavy approach in the second half. Treat Conner as a low-end RB1 in playoff contests for the slate of games this weekend.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-07 22:28:02


Ben Roethlisberger A Solid Fantasy Option For Wild Card Round

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will take on the Cleveland Browns on Sunday night in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Roethlisberger should be fresh after the team rested him during Week 17's loss to Cleveland. The Browns represent a plus matchup for fantasy quarterbacks as they ranked 25th in pass-defense DVOA and allowed the eighth-most fantasy points per game to the position during the regular season. Roethlisberger's production tailed off as the season went on but his matchup against Cleveland makes him worth considering for fantasy playoff contests. Treat him as a mid-range QB1 for the slate of games this weekend.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-07 22:21:17


Browns Defense Not A Strong Fantasy Option For Wild Card

The Cleveland Browns Defense will hit the road to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs. Cleveland's defense was an opportunistic unit during the early portions of the regular season as they spent much of the first half of the year near the league lead in takeaways, although they tailed off in that category as the year went on. They will also be forced to play without Olivier Vernon as the veteran tore his Achilles' tendon during Week 17's win over Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh offense was a tough matchup for fantasy defenses during the regular season, allowing the sixth-fewest fantasy points per game to the position. The Browns are installed as six-point road underdogs and are not in a spot where they can be trusted in playoff contests this weekend.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-07 22:15:35


Austin Hooper A Solid Fantasy TE For Wild Card Round

Cleveland Browns tight end Austin Hooper finished the regular season on a high note, catching 16 passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns over his final three games. He will look to stay hot when he takes on the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Hooper does draw a difficult matchup this weekend as the Steelers were one of the best defenses in the league at covering tight ends during the regular season. Overall, Pittsburgh allowed the second-fewest fantasy points per game to the tight end position and their pass defense was ranked first in the league in DVOA. Fantasy gamers participating in playoff contests can treat Hooper as a mid-range TE1 this weekend.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-07 22:05:32


Jarvis Landry A WR2 For Wild Card Game

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry will take on the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Landry will be making his third start against the Steelers this season after he combined to catch eight balls for 91 yards in their previous two meetings. Cleveland is installed as six-point road underdogs, so they may be forced to pass frequently and abandon their normal, run-heavy offensive approach if this contest goes as is projected. The Steelers were tough on opposing wideouts during the regular season, allowing the 10th-fewest fantasy points per game to the position. Fantasy gamers can treat Landry as a high-end WR2 for playoff contests this weekend.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-07 21:55:54


Kareem Hunt An RB2 In Wild Card Round

Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt heads into the playoff mired in a slump as he failed to top 37 rushing yards in five straight games. He will face off against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night in the Wild Card game, the first Cleveland playoff appearance since the 2002 season. The Steelers were tough against the run during the regular season, ranking fifth in run-defense DVOA and allowing the third-fewest fantasy points per game to the running back position. That being said, Hunt should see extensive work in the passing attack in a game where the Browns are installed as six-point road underdogs. Fantasy gamers participating in playoff contests can treat Hunt as a mid-range RB2 for this weekend.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-07 21:41:46


Nick Chubb Draws Tough Playoff Matchup

Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb draws a difficult matchup as he gears up to face off against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs. Chubb was only lightly used in Week 17 against this same Steelers team as he saw just 14 carries. There's a chance that Cleveland chose to take it easy on Chubb to preserve him for the playoffs, so look for Chubb to be a larger part of the team's game plan in the Wild Card game. He does have several factors working against him as the team will be without All-Pro guard Joel Bitonio and head coach/play-caller Kevin Stefanski for the contest as both are on the league's reserve/COVID-19 list. Fantasy gamers participating in playoff leagues should treat Chubb as a low-end RB1 for this weekend's slate of games.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-07 21:26:25


Baker Mayfield Draws Tough Assignment In Wild Card Round

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield will be under center on Sunday when his team makes their first playoff appearance since the 2002 season. Cleveland will head to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers on Sunday night in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. The Steelers represent a difficult matchup for Mayfield as they finished the 2020 season ranked as the top overall team in pass-defense DVOA, according to Football Outsiders. Mayfield and the Cleveland offense will also be without head coach and play-caller Kevin Stefanski, who will miss the game due to contracting COVID-19. In addition, the Browns have not been able to practice all week as their facility has been shut down. Thanks to the tough matchup and difficult extenuating circumstances surrounding the Browns, fantasy gamers participating in playoff leagues should treat Mayfield as a low-end option for contests this weekend.

Source: NFL.com

2021-01-07 21:17:13


Jared Goff Says He Feels Good

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (thumb) said he felt good after a second straight day of being limited in practice on Thursday. Goff went through routine warm-up drills, completed short and intermediate throws and did red-zone work with his receivers. His grip looked strong and his passes had their usual velocity. Goff said he's felt "good" taking snaps under center. A couple of screws were put into his right thumb last week, but he doesn't feel them. It sounds like Goff is progressing, but he's listed as questionable for the wild-card game against the Seahawks, and the Rams won't name their starter until Saturday. Goff would be more attractive than backup John Wolford from a fantasy perspective, but neither signal-caller is a very solid fantasy option against a Seahawks Defense that has been very stingy to QBs in the last five weeks.

Source: ESPN.com - Lindsey Thiry

2021-01-07 21:07:03


Logan Thomas A Viable Fantasy Starter In Matchup With Bucs

Washington Football Team tight end Logan Thomas will look to keep the momentum from a breakout 2020 campaign in Saturday's playoff opener versus Tampa Bay. Thomas shattered his previous career-highs this season finishing with 72 catches for 670 yards and six touchdowns. The big tight end became a crucial part of Washington's offense down the stretch averaging 7.5 targets-per-game over the last five weeks. He'll be a start-worthy tight end in a matchup with a Buccaneers Defense that allowed the tenth-most fantasy points to tight ends this season, assuming quarterback Alex Smith (calf) suits up.

Source: Pro Football Reference