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Sat, Mar 28th 12:06am EDT
By Stacie Rigby
Baltimore Ravens are planning to have a pre-draft visit from Louisville's wide receiver DeVante Parker. He has already visited with the Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, San Diego Chargers and the San Francisco 49ers. This 6'3" prospect is considered to be one of the top three wide receivers in the 2015 draft (NFL). (Source: Baltimore Sun)
Fantasy Impact: Parker had a spectacular 2014 season with 43 receptions for 855 yards and five touchdowns. He is seen on film catching passes effortlessly with his long arms, steady hands and incredible leaping ability. He would be an excellent fit for the Ravens who are "receiver-needy" after wide receiver Torrey Smith left in free agency to sign with the San Francisco 49ers.
Fri, Mar 27th 10:16pm EDT
By Stacie Rigby
Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw will get a chance to get more defensive snaps now that outside linebacker Pernell McPhee left in free agency to the Chicago Bears. According to Coach Harbaugh, Upshaw will probably be more involved in third down situations. (Source: Baltimore Ravens )
Fantasy Impact: Upshaw was sackless for the regular 2014 season, probably a little "sack-shy" due to receiving over $62,000 in fines from the NFL for roughing the passer in four games. Upshaw is a very aggressive, run-down linebacker and hits his target like a freight train. He ends his season with 42 tackles.
Fri, Mar 27th 8:01pm EDT
By Matthew Ishmael
Alvin "Bud" Dupree has had some solid numbers, recording 7.5 sacks last season and 23.5 during his Wildcats career. He has all the athletic tools you look for, too. Yet, the big concern that comes up with Dupree -- whether watching tape or talking to evaluators -- is a lack of consistency. Is he more than just a flash player? He's had to wear different hats in different systems at Kentucky, so it's possible that consistency of scheme and assignment will help him as a pro. If he lands in the right defense and becomes more consistent, look out. (Source: NFL.com - Charles Davis)
Fantasy Impact: Dupree has all the physical characteristics to be a solid OLB in the NFL. Dupree is projected to be a first round draft pick. He brings big play ability to the table, but depending on what team he joins will determine his DST fantasy impact.
Detroit Lions' head coach Jim Caldwell expressed a desire to run a more balanced offense next season. "When I tell you that we're not going to throw the ball any more than we threw it (last year), that's a fact," Caldwell said. "If we do throw it more, that means we're behind, we're struggling, we're not winning, we're not a very good football team, plain and simple." (Source: Detroit Free Press)
Fantasy Impact: Stafford owners shouldn't worry. Stafford's career low 602 attempts last year were still good for the fifth most attempts in the league. Plus, the Lions have done nothing this off-season but lose key members of its defense. Something that will surely increase the odds of garbage time, come-from-behind drives for the Lions' offense.
Washington Post reporter Mike Jones speculates that DeAngelo Hall may be considered for Washington's free safety job, due to the lack of experience and talent they have at that position. (Source: Washington Post)
Fantasy Impact: Coach Jay Gruden has already talked about moving a corner to safety, stating that many free safeties are former cornerbacks, while using Charles Woodson's success as a cornerback-turned-safety as an example. Hall, 31, has mentioned that this transition might be possible during the twilight years of his career. Stay tuned.
Fri, Mar 27th 11:14am EDT
By Jonathan Ebanks
Redskins' coach Jay Gruden is very hopeful that Robert Griffin III would get a confidence boost after being named the starting quarterback for the team. (Source: Washington Post)
Fantasy Impact: This is no way solidifies that Griffin will be the starter come Week 1. Kirk Cousins or Colt McCoy could always steal the job away in preseason and Jay Gruden would probably prefer it that way. The Redskins also wouldn't hesitate to draft Marcus Mariota at the fifth spot if he was available and the best player on their draft board, further complicating the situation. At this point and time, though, it's Griffin's job to lose.
Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower's status is in question for the start of the 2015 season. Hightower is expected to be sidelined six to seven months following offseason surgery on his right shoulder, the Boston Globe reported on Thursday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport originally reported Hightower's labrum procedure in February. The linebacker was on the injury report since Week 14 with a shoulder injury. (Source: NFL.com)
Fantasy Impact: Dont'a Hightower is important to the success of the Patriots defense. He was tied for the team lead with six sacks and finished second in Pro Football Focus' rating for inside linebackers.
Category: Injury Updates
Fri, Mar 27th 9:59am EDT
By Stacie Rigby
The Baltimore Ravens are not ready to give up on Matt Elam. After last season's disappointing run, the organization is committed to do everything they can to help him. After all, he was a first round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome and Head Coach John Harbaugh have stated more than once "he has to get better for us." Elam's actions on the field, or lack thereof, caused the Ravens to sign former Houston Texan's star veteran safety Kendrick Lewis to help improve the injured-ridden secondary from last season. Sounds like Elam is on probation and the clock is ticking. (Source: Baltimore Ravens )
Fantasy Impact: Elam had a reputation through college for making big hits despite his short statue. At 5'10", he was one of the top safeties in the 2013 draft class, projected in the first round. However, last season, he was anything but top. He recorded 50 tackles with one forced fumble. He allowed big plays to happen behind him and missed more than a few tackles. Elam lacked the aggressiveness and on some plays, he seemed to be out of sync. Because of his height, he must work twice as hard to spread his frame around, over and on top to bring down any receiver. Last season he failed to live up to his first round standards.
The Dolphins have brought back restricted free agent Derrick Shelby for one more year, signing him to a $2.35 million contract. He will become an unrestricted free agent in 2016. (Source: Sun Sentinel)
Fantasy Impact: Shelby played both tackle and end last season, and will probably once again be part of a rotation as the Dolphins ran multiple packages last year featuring 4-3, 3-4 and 5-2 alignments. 2014 statline: 26 tackles, three sacks, and one interception.
Bucky Brooks published his Mock Draft version 3.0 and has the Ravens taking Todd Gurley at pick 26. Ozzie Newsome excels at finding Pro Bowl talents at the bottom of Round 1. Gurley could be the next candidate based on his remarkable physical tools and rugged running style. (Source: NFL.com - Bucky Brooks)
Fantasy Impact: The Ravens resigned their capable veteran running Justin Forsett, but Todd Gurley could be a long term solution. Gurley has a rare combination of speed and strength. Behind the Ravens' improved offensive line Gurley and Forsett could be very productive fantasy options.
Thu, Mar 26th 12:31pm EDT
By Dan Catterson
Detroit Lions' head coach Jim Caldwell is anticipating a "pretty significant rise" in Eric Ebron's performance. (Source: detroitlions.com)
Fantasy Impact: Ebron struggled with drops and the scheme as a rookie, disappointing with a 25-248-1 line. Still, Ebron has more than enough talent and freakish athletic ability to break out in his second year in the system. He could pay off as a nice late-round flier in next year's drafts.
Despite having coached him for two years in Baltimore, Lions' head coach Jim Caldwell is not interested in bringing in free agent running back Ray Rice. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Like the other 31 teams in the NFL, Caldwell and the Lions don't want anything to do with a running back that looked badly worn down - even before the domestic abuse trouble. Expect the Lions to add a running back in the draft.
Tom Coughlin reiterated that Shane Vereen will likely see the same role as he did with the Patriots last season. Coughlin said the role of Vereen will depend on how the game is dictated. (Source: Newsday.com)
Fantasy Impact: Shane Vereen's fantasy value should remain the same as last season. Vereen is worth a draft pick and a spot on a bench with the capability of being a solid RB2 or flex option. Vereen should see more opportunities with the Giants as Jennings needs to prove he can stay healthy and Andre Williams needs more seasoning to be fully trusted.
In an article by Giants' beat writer Jordan Raanan on NJ.com today, he reports that much uncertainty surrounds Victor Cruz and his return from a patellar tendon injury. Although all signs indicate that rehab is going as planned, and Tom Coughlin believes Cruz will be his old self, nobody knows for sure how effective Cruz will be. (Source: nj.com)
Fantasy Impact: It remains uncertain whether Cruz will be ready for the start of the 2015 season; and how effective he will be once he does return. Obviously, if Cruz can return to form, the Giants offense will be that much more explosive, enhancing the fantasy value of Odell Beckham, Eli Manning and Shane Vereen, among others. At this point we can only monitor the Cruz rehab reports to determine how much of an impact WR he will be in 2015 and, even with the reports, we won't know for sure until he is back in game action. He will be a high risk, high reward fantasy draft pick next season.
Category: Injury Updates
Wed, Mar 25th 10:50pm EDT
By Brian Ruiz
Louis Delmas has re-signed with the Dolphins and is on track for week 1. Reshad Jones was a force when he had Delmas as his fellow safety allowing him to do more in the secondary and in the box. The defense suffered once Delmas went down with his knee injury.
Fantasy Impact: Jones can make much more of an impact if he has a fellow safety that can allow him to work in the box and avoid being the centerfielder. The continuity of having both back will likely help a secondary that is relying on unproven CBs across from Grimes. The addition of an impact DT in Suh will likely give Jones plenty of chances to play like an impact SS once again.
Joe Philbin said during his interview at the owners meeting that McCain is set to play at nickle. Jimmy Wilson left a hole when he signed with the Chargers. McCain will join Jamar Taylor and Will Davis as the Dolphins try to find a match across from Brent Grimes.
Fantasy Impact: McCain had been an inconsistent player in his tenure with the Steelers and lacks traditional height but like Grimes he has quickness and leaping ability that help make up for his size. The Dolphins will likely add more to the secondary in the upcoming draft.
Wed, Mar 25th 8:24pm EDT
By Stacie Rigby
Seminoles cornerback P.J. Williams will have a pre-draft meeting with the Baltimore Ravens, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. Williams is listed as one of the top five cornerback prospects for the 2015 Draft with his incredible leaping ability, recording a 40-inch vertical at the NFL Scouting combine (ESPN). (Source: NFL)
Fantasy Impact: Williams recorded 74 tackles with one interception and one sack last season. He has good foot and hand coordination and can change directions easily. This defensive back is very physical with receivers, can leap over wide receivers to catch interceptions with his 6'0" frame, so he would be great for press man coverage. He could compete for a starting spot with Jimmy Smith and show off his fancy footwork on the field.
Perriman missed his chance at the combine to impress the scouts but made up for it at his Pro day. He was clocked in the 4.22 to 4.27 range in the 40 yard dash. (Source: Chase Goodbread NFL.Com)
Fantasy Impact: Perriman had already gained some buzz as a late 1st round draft pick this performance will only increase the hype for the 6'2 WR out of UCF. Plenty of NFL teams will be interested in the HWS prototype, Perriman will be in the discussion for the 4th WR along with Jaelen Strong, DGB and Devin Funchess.
Wed, Mar 25th 2:50pm EDT
By Jonathan Ebanks
According to Washington Post reporter Mike Jones, Chris Thompson will get the first chance to secure the Redskins third-down back gig. (Source: Mike Jones on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Jay Gruden was a fan of Thompson's work late in the season. Silas Redd is also in the mix to get the third-down role as well.
Tue, Mar 24th 6:58pm EDT
By Rob Schwarz, Jr.
The Bears and linebacker, Mason Foster, agreed to a one-year deal on Tuesday. Specifics about that deal have yet to be released. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Mason Foster is a solid linebacker. He has played in three systems in four years, but has still shown success. Foster will be better suited for Defense Coordinator, Vic Fangio's 3-4 defensive system. Foster allows the Bears to draft best player available in the upcoming draft. Look for Foster to start for the Bears as an inside backer, while Jon Bostic and Christian Jones battle for the other inside spot. Foster will make a solid late round draft pick with high upside in IDP leagues.