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Adrian Peterson has skipped OTAs, is planning on skipping the entire offseason program, and reportedly still wants out of Minnesota (Source: Yahoo! Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Peterson has always skipped OTAs, so this may be nothing. Whether he attends minicamp will be the real factor worth paying attention to. Even if he does want out of Minnesota, he's under contract and won't easily find a way out.

Category: Rumors


The Bears have released Ray McDonald after the defensive lineman was arrested earlier Monday in California on domestic violence and child endangerment charges. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: McDonald has a history of off field issues, and the Bears signed him in March to a one year deal representing the risk he carried. They quickly cut bait on him, and other NFL teams will likely wait for more details before being willing to touch McDonald.

Category: Transactions


Reggie Bush is bursting with confidence, perhaps returning to California reminds him of the USC "Glory Days". Bush has suggested to the coaches to let him return punts for the 49ers in 2015. However, it seems unlikely this would happen due to the 49ers' investment in second-year wide receiver Bruce Ellington, who was in charge of punt-return duties last season. (Source: Janie McCauley of Yahoo Sports)

Fantasy Impact: If, somehow, Bush received the chance to return punts, it would add some upside to his fantasy value. Bush remains low in the pecking order of the 49ers' backfield, behind Carlos Hyde. Keep an eye on the situation, Bush is projected to go in the later rounds of fantasy drafts in 2015.


The Packers third round pick, Ty Montgomery, is already making an impacts on coaches early in camp. Montgomery is expected to help out in the kick return and punt return game along with playing wide out.

Fantasy Impact: Coach McCarthy has been very impressed by Montgomery, but from a fantasy aspect he doesn't have much value as of now. He is definitely behind Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and Devante Adams on the depth chart. He is the front runner for the fourth wide receiver spot.


Jeff McLane believes that, while his spot in the offense is far from certain, Josh Huff is favourite to handle the kick returner job in 2015. (Source: Jeff McLane, Philadelphia Inquirer)

Fantasy Impact: Huff averaged 27.1 yards a kickoff last season, including a return for a touchdown against the Titans. His prowess in this portion of the game makes the Eagles D/ST an enticing pickup, after they were the highest scoring unit in fantasy in 2014.

Category: Rumors


Jeff McLane has speculated that Ertz could be the Birds leading receiver in 2015 "if he's given the chances other tight ends get". McLane also suggests that if Ertz improves his blocking it will be hard for Chip Kelly to keep him off the field. (Source: Jeff McLane, Philadelphia Inquirer)

Fantasy Impact: Ertz was on everyone's breakout list heading into 2014, but was unable to wrestle the main tight end gig from the better blocking Brent Celek. He still managed to finish as the 13th highest scoring fantasy tight end, despite only appearing in just over half the offensive snaps. If his blocking has improved, and it's a big if, he could flirt with TE1 production. But the fantasy tight end class remains Rob Gronkowski, THEN the rest.

Category: Rumors


Undrafted rookie free agent Dres Anderson is practicing without a knee brace, a mere seven months after a knee injury ended his Senior season at Utah. When asked about his knee, Anderson stated “Basically, I just treat (the knee) myself,” Anderson said. “I’m not doing anything special for it. I’m continuing strengthening it in the weight room but there’s nothing I’m doing especially for it.” (Source: 49ers.com)

Fantasy Impact: The son of former NFL WR Flipper Anderson, Dres profiles as a situational deep-threat in the pros. For now he has to fight with Jerome Simpson and a spate of other interesting UDFA's for the 49ers 5th WR spot, but he's one to keep an eye on in deeper formats. Anderson has no fantasy relevance in any format at this time.

Category: Injury Updates


Phil Sheridan believes Riley Coopers hefty contract will keep him in the starting lineup, but thinks he could switch inside to the slot if Chip Kelly moves second year wideout Jordan Matthews outside. (Source: Phil Sheridan on ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Cooper had minimal fantasy impact in 2014, despite his targets and receptions both increasing. His average depth of target, yards and touchdowns both fell. His limited time in the slot has been relatively productive however. He has hauled in 70% of his targets over the last three seasons (compared with an overall mark of 58%) and sees an average of 10 yards per target against a wider 7.6. He's still no more than a desperation WR5 at this stage.

Category: Rumors


Defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore has had it rough these last two seasons. He is coming off his second ACL injury and is currently participating in the Ravens on-field workouts. Per Coach Harbaugh, he has the OK to participate in OTAs. (Source: Baltimore Ravens )

Fantasy Impact: He tore his ACL at Notre Dame during a championship game in 2013, and again in the Ravens training camp in 2014. With two non-contact ACL injuries, it will be a miracle if Lewis-Moore can last a season in the NFL.

Category: Transactions


Attorneys for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell have recommended that Goodell reject the NFLPA's request that he recuse himself from hearing Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension. While Goodell still could step aside as arbitrator, he would be doing so against the advice of his lawyers (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: As a surprise to exactly nobody who has followed Goodell's reign over the NFL, it appears that he will likely exercise his typical level of tight control over this appeals process. It remains to be seen whether Brady will receive a reduced or eliminated suspension. Until then, he remains a later round QB who is an excellent pickup for the last 12 games of your fantasy season.


Quinton Patton, after two full NFL seasons, has yet to make a significant impact for the 49ers. Struggling to move up in the depth chart, 2015 will be a "prove it" year for Patton. The 49ers showed faith in the third year wide receiver by not selecting a top-notch receiver in this year's draft. As 49ers OTAs have begun this week, Patton has looked sharp. The Louisiana Tech product hauled in a 50-yard touchdown pass from QB Colin Kaepernick. (Source: Taylor Price of 49ers.com)

Fantasy Impact: It is still too unclear to predict the production Patton will produce in 2015. However, Patton does have the support of his General Manager Trent Baalke and Head Coach Jim Tomsula. Expect Patton to line up at WR3 behind veterans Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith. Patton has all the attributes to be a successful wide receiver in this league, but it is up to him to utilize his traits to their full potential.


With Carlos Hyde missing Thursday's voluntary OTA with an undisclosed leg injury, Kendall Hunter took the 1st team snaps at RB and "looked smooth". (Source: The San Jose Mercury News)

Fantasy Impact: Lets curb our enthusiasm on Hunter, as he's a mere 10 months removed from an ACL tear, and has struggled with knee injuries in the past. When he's been healthy, the results have been there, as he's the owner of a impressive 4.6 YPC average over his 262 career carries. If Carlos Hyde were to miss time, Hunter would figure into a three-man committee with Reggie Bush and rookie Mike Davis, his path to fantasy value would involve getting out of San Fran.

Category: Injury Updates


2nd year RB Carlos Hyde was held out of practice Thursday with an undisclosed leg injury. When asked about Hyde's absence, Jim Tomsula stated “(Hyde's) working through the leg. It’s nothing," Tomsula said. "We want you 100 percent. We’re doing this offseason thing and we’re doing things fast and we’re doing all those things, so we’re not going to push. It’s not the season, so we’re trying to treat that the right way.” (Source: The San Jose Mercury News)

Fantasy Impact: While is disconcerting that the 49ers have reverted to an NHL style disclosure system of injury reporting, and Hyde tweeted cryptically "Trust in God's timing" , this is most likely nothing. An injury scare could drive down the price on a player slated to be a rare three down contributor on an offense that still possesses two of the best run-blocking tackles in the NFL and a read option threat in Colin Kaepernick. Hyde is currently FantasyPros consensus #28 player and 13th ranked RB. If Hyde can keep Reggie Bush off the field, he figures to receive enough volume to finish as a low-end RB1.

Category: Injury Updates


Louis Delmas ahead of schedule

Thu, May 21st 10:05pm EDT
By Brian Ruiz

MIA

During an interview Reshad Jones claimed that Louis Delmas was well ahead of schedule from his ACL surgery. He said that Delmas was already running and cutting and doing everything with the team. He also joked that Delmas is not human as he is recovering at a great pace. (Source: Sun Sentinel )

Fantasy Impact: Louis Delmas' greatest asset is his reliability in the secondary. This frees up Jones to play at a near elite level. If the duo can come back and improve on their past season, then the Dolphins defense should be a great stream defense to start the season and a possible every week start with Suh added into the mix.


The Miami Dolphins feel that Ndamukong Suh could have a very positive impact on the younger players in the locker room. Primarily, they want Suh to take Jordan Phillips under his wing to aid the talented but sometimes unmotivated DT. So far, Suh has missed most of the voluntary team activities as he did in Detroit. (Source: Palm Beach Post)

Fantasy Impact: The Dolphins don't seem to mind, seeing as Suh managed to show up in great shape for the mandatory activities in Detroit despite working by himself. However, they appear to want Suh to be prepared to be an immediate leader on the defense. Regardless, Suh should have a major impact on his new team, and without a doubt give his teammates plenty of one-on-one matchups.


Bruce Ellington was unable to practice today, due to a strained hamstring. (Source: Matt Maiocco on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With Ellington out, Quinton Patton stepped up and put in a good practice. Neither of these guys will be worth drafting unless there are injuries to the 49ers receiving corps.


A New Jersey judge dismissed domestic violence charges against Ray Rice on Thursday after the former Baltimore Ravens running back completed his pretrial intervention program. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: It remains to be seen whether any NFL team is willing to touch Ray Rice, so for now his fantasy relevance remains at zero.


Cowboys working out Ben Tate

Thu, May 21st 2:56pm EDT
By Matt Muller

PIT

The Cowboys are working out Ben Tate. Tate has rushed for 2,363 yards on 540 carries in his four seasons with four teams, most recently with the Browns in 2014. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: It's unclear what Tate's role would be, even if he is signed by the team. This was a crowded backfield already between Darren McFadden, Joseph Randle, Lance Dunbar and Ryan Williams. We will need to see who makes the final 53-man roster before any conclusions can be taken from this. Tate was a promising sleeper going into the 2014 season as the favorite to be the Browns' lead back, but he was sidelined by injuries, and later, poor performance.


Antone Smith preparing for 2015

Thu, May 21st 2:40pm EDT
By Justin Dade

ATL

Antone Smith had quite the season going last year until he suffered a broken leg November 16th against Carolina. Smith is now getting ready for the 2015 season as likely the 3rd back on the depth chart once again. Smith stated on Tuesday that “I’m up and running. I’m almost full force, but not quite where I need to be. In time, that will take care of itself.” (Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution )

Fantasy Impact: Smith was a hot fantasy topic last season for awhile, but all of that was gone after the injury. He's a fantastic gunner on special teams for the Falcons, and will likely be used once again in special packages hoping for explosive plays. Don't expect too much out of Smith this season as he will likely be competing for touches with rookie Tevin Coleman, and second year man Devonta Freeman.

Category: Injury Updates


NFL.com's Chris Wessling has Chris Matthews penciled in as the Seahawks #3 WR. Wessling went on to state "By way of his size and wingspan, Super Bowl hero Chris Matthews may have the edge on Paul Richardson and third-round pick Tyler Lockett." (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: While Matthews may seem like a shoo-in for the 3rd WR spot after a 4-109-1 outing in the Super Bowl, there is a legitimate chance he doesn't make it out of training camp. With only two WRs as roster locks in Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett, Matthews is going to have to outshine Jermaine Kearse, Kevin Norwood, and Ricardo Lockette to have a spot on the final 53. Further complicating matters is the status of 2014 2nd round pick Paul Richardson, who may start the year on the PUP list. Needless to say, Seattle's WR rotation is going to take some time to shake out. Matthews is a slight hold in dynasty formats, and irrelevant in redraft leagues at this time.

Category: Rumors