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Wed, Mar 4th 6:57am EST
By Keith Kraska

With the news of the pending trade for LeSean McCoy, 34-year-old Fred Jackson becomes a clear backup. The oldest running back in the league led the Bills in rushing last year with 525 yards and averaged just 3.7 yards per carry in 2014.

Fantasy Impact: Don't assume Jackson will fall completely off the radar. With his blocking and receiving skills, he makes an ideal third-down back. He led the Bills with 66 catches last year, third among all running backs. Also, with a shaky QB situation and strong defense, the Bills may run more than any other team in 2015, so there will be plenty of touches to go around. Jackson could still be a late-round steal in PPR leagues.


Tue, Mar 3rd 11:23pm EST
By Brian Ruiz

The Dolphins, 49ers, Cardinals and Jets were the teams listed by Josina Anderson as possible suitors for Spiller. (Source: Josina Anderson via Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: If Spiller is indeed targeted by the Dolphins it could be very damaging to Lamar Miller's fantasy outlook. Both RBs have a similar skill set that could keep Miller as a second fiddle instead of lead horse. Competition is expected to added but most dynasty owners are hoping for a less known name or going forward with Damien Williams.


Tue, Mar 3rd 10:20pm EST
By Stacie Rigby

San Diego Chargers linebacker Jarret Johnson told WBAL radio in Baltimore six days after he retired that he would like to sign a one-day contract to close out his career with the Ravens, according to an article by ESPN. Johnson was drafted in the fourth-round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. He played nine seasons with the Ravens before signing with the San Diego Charges in 2012. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Johnson played every game in his Ravens career. He retired on February 24, 2015 and ends his career with 506 tackles, three interceptions, 25.5 sacks and 11 forced fumbles.


Tue, Mar 3rd 7:18pm EST
By Steve Painter

So much for boring trades. This one is a stunner: RB LeSean McCoy to Buffalo for LB Kiko Alonso. Shady will now be the centerpiece of Rex Ryan's offense and at the still young age of 27, has a lot left in the tank. While it had been a rumour that the Eagles would not keep McCoy with his high cap of 11.95 million this move furthered the trademark of the young tenure of Chip Kelly, who has assumed control of his roster. And the onus is on him to now fill the huge hole at RB. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: McCoy will still be a RB1 in Buffalo, and should perform well in Ryan's environment. He is still one of the preemminent backs in the NFL and those that procure his services in 2015 will be delighted with how well he performs in his new home.


Tue, Mar 3rd 5:42pm EST
By Jen Ryan

Per Ralph Vacchiano, the New York Giants are considering a run a Ndamukong Suh. (Source: New York Daily News)

Fantasy Impact: This could spell trouble for the rest of the NFC East if Suh, one of the leagues most feared defenders, pairs up with Jason Pierre-Paul, who was given the franchise tag. In 2014, the Giants surrendered an average just over 100 rushing yards per game, ranking 23rd overall in the league. The addition of Ndamukong Suh would instantly boost this sub par defense that was depleted by injury last season. Keep an eye on reports to find out where Suh will eventually land, but New York is an enticing market for any free agent.


Tue, Mar 3rd 3:10pm EST
By Chris Zolli

Cole Beasley, the Cowboys free agent receiver not named Dez Bryant, received a four year, $13.6 million commitment from the Cowboys. The team could have placed a $2.4 million tender on Beasley, but chose to extend him long term with more guaranteed money to keep their cap number lower. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Although he came into the 2014 season as a slot receiver, Beasley appeared more on the outside for the Cowboys and was a highly effective player. Beasley struggled with fumbles early in the season and only had 16 receptions and no touchdowns coming into Week 12, but turned it on at the end of the season. In the last six games of the season, Beasley had 21 receptions and four touchdowns and also added seven receptions for 101 yards in two playoff games. Beasley, still only 25, can provide a good third wide receiver option for the Cowboys, paired with Terrance Williams, if Dez Bryant returns. He does not have full season fantasy value, but could be a good streamable WR option depending on matchups.


Tue, Mar 3rd 11:08am EST
By James Brimacombe

Just like with Jeremy Maclin the Eagles elected to not use the Franchise Tag on Brandon Graham as well. Graham is reportedly seeking a deal worth more than $20 million in guarantees. (Source: nj.com)

Fantasy Impact: Graham is coming off his best season as a pro recording 31 tackles, 5.5 sacks and 4 forced fumbles in 2014.


Tue, Mar 3rd 10:56am EST
By James Brimacombe

The 4 PM Franchise Tag deadline came and went for Jeremy Maclin and the Philadelphia Eagles. Maclin will remain an Unrestricted Free Agent and both sides will continue to work on getting a long term deal in place. (Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com)

Fantasy Impact: Signing Maclin has to be the Eagles number one priority this offseason. Maclin had his best year as a pro, posting 85 receptions, 1,318 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. Maclin is almost 27 years old and looks to be in the prime of his career and a long term deal has to be on his mind going forward.


Tue, Mar 3rd 10:50am EST
By James Brimacombe

The Eagles signed former Packers linebacker Brad Jones to a two-year contract on Monday. (Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com)

Fantasy Impact: With DeMeco Ryans still battling back from a torn Achilles tendon, the Eagles were looking to get some veteran help to their linebacker core. Jones saw little action last year in Green Bay but the two previous seasons in 28 games he collected 116 tackles, 5 sacks, and two forced Fumbles. Look for him to battle with Casey Matthews on the linebacker depth chart.


Tue, Mar 3rd 10:27am EST
By Chris Zolli

Dez Bryant could be back with the Dallas Cowboys, as the team extended a $12.8 million franchise tag to the star WR. The Cowboys still have until July 15th to extend a long-term contract to Bryant and a team would have to sacrifice two first round picks if they sign the restricted free agent. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The Cowboys are trying their hardest to have Bryant financially fit on the team. They have expressed an interest in signing Bryant long-term, but they have other issues to address. DeMarco Murray and Rolando McClain are major free agents as well and the Cowboys are trying to keep their roster together from a 12 win team. Bryant had his best season in 2014, leading the NFL with 16 TDs and becoming a big part of the running game as well. He has come under fire with legal issues recently, but that is not holding the Cowboys back from pursuing the superstar WR.


Tue, Mar 3rd 9:29am EST
By Brian Tesch

Despite relatively disappointing NFL Combine marks, Minnesota TE Maxx WIlliams only ran routes at his Pro Day. Williams stated that he didn't think his 4.77 second 40 yard dash time would be a big concern for teams, so he didn't run. (Source: twincities.com)

Fantasy Impact: You have to look all the way back to Heath Miller in 2005 to see a TE who tested as poorly as Williams did at the NFL combine go in round one of the draft, as many are predicting of the former Golden Gopher. Williams has shown himself to be a tremendous route-runner, and has been a huge part of his team's passing game from a young age, but the fact that he's relatively unathletic for the position is troubling. He should still be high on your dynasty draft boards, but could be in for a bit of a tumble come draft day in April.


Tue, Mar 3rd 9:21am EST
By Brian Tesch

David Cobb has been recovering from a hamstring injury sustained at the NFL combine and was held out of the Golden Gopher Pro Day. Cobb plans to hold an individual workout in April. (Source: 1500espn.com)

Fantasy Impact: While his draft stock is going down, teams know that Cobb has to be faster than his posted 40 yard dash time of 4.8 seconds. Cobb may be a boring runner, but he can catch passes, and has shown he can handle a heavy workload. His combine injury may cost him come draft time, but his name shouldn't be taken off of your dynasty draft boards.


Tue, Mar 3rd 9:11am EST
By Brian Tesch

According to former scout Chris Landry, the Houston Texans, specifically head coach Bill O'Brien, like Bryce Petty over higher touted prospects Jaemis Winston and Marcus Mariota. (Source: Scout.com)

Fantasy Impact: Woah! Petty was seen as a combine riser, but this is a shock if it's true. While I doubt Petty makes it into the first round, the Texans could look to add Petty in the second, if they indeed are so high on the former Baylor Bear.


Tue, Mar 3rd 4:02am EST
By Brian Ruiz

With both Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson released, and disgruntled Mike Wallace on the trading block, it appears the dolphins will go forward with Jarvis Landry. Landry who saw his snaps rise as the season went on established a good relationship with QB Ryan Tannehill and will take the role of security blanket from Hartline.

Fantasy Impact: Although Landry failed to make to plays downfield he was a valuable PPR WR who will look to improve in his second season. If Wallace is traded Landry could expect to be peppered with targets as he looks to go into 2015 as WR3 with upside.


Mon, Mar 2nd 9:23pm EST
By Matt Giraldi

The Houston Texans have informed Andre Johnson's agent that the 12 year veteran can seek a trade. Should no suitor emerge for the 34 year old receiver, he will be given his outright release. (Source: Houston Chronicle)

Fantasy Impact: The Houston Texans wide receiving corps surely takes a hit losing Andre Johnson. Despite being 33 years old last season, Johnson still accounted for 85 receptions for 936 yards and three touchdowns. This will leave third year receiver DeAndre Hopkins as the Texans' number one receiver heading into the 2015 campaign. Look for the Texans to address their receiving corps in either free agency or the draft.


Mon, Mar 2nd 8:58pm EST
By Joseph Rysavy

On March 2nd, the Denver Broncos placed a non-exclusive franchise tag on Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: With the franchise tag placed on Demaryius Thomas, it is extremely likely that Demaryius will remain in Denver for the 2015 season; in addition, signs continue to point towards Peyton Manning returning in 2015. These off-season changes, coupled with Julius Thomas' likely departure, have helped keep Emmanuel Sanders' fantasy value relatively stable for the 2015 season. If Peyton comes back healthy, look for another big year out of Sanders.


Mon, Mar 2nd 8:51pm EST
By Joseph Rysavy

On March 2nd, the Denver Broncos placed a non-exclusive franchise tag on Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The Broncos chose to franchise tag Demaryius Thomas over Julius Thomas. Julius' fantasy value could significantly deteriorate depending on how the next few weeks go in free agency. The Browns and Jaguars are currently the leading candidates to sign Julius. It appears that the Broncos will be giving TE Virgil Green a larger role in Gary Kubiak's run-based offense.


Mon, Mar 2nd 8:35pm EST
By Joseph Rysavy

On March 2nd, the Denver Broncos placed a non-exclusive franchise tag on Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The team is working with Demaryius Thomas on a possible long-term contract. In the mean time, the franchise tag will all but guarantee Demaryius' return to Denver in 2015. With all signs pointing up that Peyton Manning will return as Denver's QB, Demaryius' fantasy value remains approximately the same as in 2014. Over the past three seasons, only Calvin Johnson has more receiving yards than Thomas; 4,533 and 4,483 respectively.


Mon, Mar 2nd 7:42pm EST
By Isaac Leicht

Le'Veon Bell's suspension could last up to 4 games next season for his marijuana situation last year. The new substance-abuse policy imposes a two-game suspension for a first-offense DUI. By landing on probation for a July 2014 DUI arrest arising from marijuana use, Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell is expected to be suspended for two games. There’s a catch that could result in a doubling of Bell’s expected punishment. The new substance-abuse policy makes a two-game suspension the standard penalty for a DUI arising from alcohol use. For violations of the law involving other substances of abuse, a first offense exposes the player to a suspension of “up to four” games.

Fantasy Impact: Le'Veon Bell was easily in the conversation for the #1 overall draft pick in fantasy next season.The potential suspension changes his draft value slightly, moving him to the middle or end of round 1 based on his magical play last season.


Mon, Mar 2nd 7:10pm EST
By Isaac Leicht

The Steelers released WR Lance Moore today.

Fantasy Impact: Lance Moore lost fantasy relevance with the Steelers this season and isn't a factor unless he finds himself in a great situation next year.