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Denver Broncos beat writer Troy Renck is reporting running back Jamaal Charles (knee) is "ahead of schedule" in his recovery from left knee surgery. "I am doing everything," Charles said via TheDenverChannel.com. "I have been cutting the last couple of days with the guys during the offseason workouts. I feel like the way I am cutting that I am back to the normal me, man. It feels good to be moving around again," said Charles, who was limited to eight games the past two seasons because of knee injuries. "I have been knowing this the whole offseason (that the knee was fine). Nobody can take nothing away from me except God when my time is up. I am still 30 years old. I still have a lot of special stuff to do." (Source: The Denver Channel)

Fantasy Impact: Charles, who is recovering from a pair of left knee surgeries from last season, appears to be progressing on schedule in his rehab. The veteran rusher is entering his first year with the Broncos and could ultimately carve out a significant role in the backfield despite the presence of the inconsistent C.J. Anderson with a strong showing in training camp and if his health remains intact. At his current RB39 ADP, he is worth a late-round flier as his upside is sky high when playing at close to 100 percent.


ESPN's Field Yates is reporting free agent running back Karlos Williams has been suspended by the NFL for a "period of at least" one year. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It is unknown on what exactly Williams is suspended for, but it is likely due to a violation of the league's substance abuse policy. He served a four-game ban at the start of the 2016 season as a result of a similar violation for marijuana. His NFL career moving forward is in severe doubt.


The New Orleans Saints placed defensive lineman Nick Fairley on the reserve/non-football-injury list, ending his 2017 season, the team announced Monday. The move came after Fairley consulted with doctors regarding a heart condition he's played with since entering the league in 2011. There is a chance that this heart condition could end Fairley's career. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: This is tough news for a Saints team that brought Fairley in on a four-year, $28 million contract this offseason and hoped he would help anchor the middle of their defensive line. The Saints will definitely be without Fairley this season, and there is a decent chance that he never plays a down for them.


ESPN's John Weinfuss is reporting Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Michael Floyd was sentenced to one day in jail Monday for violating the terms of his house arrest. (Source: John Weinfuss on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Along with serving one day in jail, Floyd must also finish out the final five days of his house arrest for violating the terms of the program earlier in the month when he tested positive for alcohol. Although there is still no word from the NFL about whether or not they will hand the troubled wideout any disciplinary action, his status with the Vikings moving forward appears grim. It wouldn't be a surprise if the team ultimately moved on from Floyd when it's all said and done. Minnesota is Floyd's third team since the second half of the 2016 season.


Derek Carr inks long-term deal

By Anthony Cervino   Thu, Jun 22nd 10:14am EDT

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ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the Oakland Raiders and quarterback Derek Carr have agreed to a five-year deal worth $125 million on Thursday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Raiders made Carr the highest-paid player in NFL history Thursday with his five-year, $125 million extension. The 26-year-old signal caller, who is entering his fourth year in the NFL, appears primed for his breakout season in 2017 and could be one of fantasy football's studs at his position. Carr should be viewed a mid-range QB1 with top five upside amongst quarterbacks.


Eric Decker signs with Titans

By Anthony Cervino   Sun, Jun 18th 7:55pm EDT

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ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the Tennessee Titans and free agent wide receiver Eric Decker have agreed to terms on a one-year deal on Sunday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After visiting with the team last week during minicamp, Decker signed with the Titans Sunday, almost as expected. The veteran wideout's addition is yet another weapon added to Marcus Mariota's arsenal this offseason with the hopes of having a breakout year in 2017. Decker will likely open the season as Tennessee's No. 3 wideout behind Rishard Matthews and Corey Davis, sending Tajae Sharpe to the WR4 spot. Decker should be viewed in the WR3 tier entering fantasy draft prep season.


Left tackle Jason Peters signed a one-year extension with the Eagles on Wednesday, just a day after saying he wanted to spend the rest of his career in Philadelphia. Ian Rapoport reports the extension puts him on the books for $32.5M max over 3 yrs, with $15.5M in guarantees. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Peters, though he is older now, is still one of the best left tackles in football. Getting him locked down for a few more seasons means the Eagles can focus on improving the interior of their line while Peters and right tackle Lane Johnson continue to serve as one of the better tackle combinations in the NFL.


Jeremy Maclin signs with Ravens

By Anthony Cervino   Mon, Jun 12th 3:41pm EDT

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ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the Baltimore Ravens and free agent wide receiver Jeremy Maclin have agreed to terms on a two-year deal on Monday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It was a two-team race to acquire Maclin's services and on Monday, the wideout chose the Ravens over the Eagles. Maclin will likely open the 2017 season as one of Baltimore's starting receivers, likely sending either Mike Wallace or Breshad Perriman to the three spot. Expect the 29-year-old receiver to bounce back this year on the pass-happy Ravens, who led the NFL in pass attempts in 2016.


ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the New England Patriots and wide receiver Julian Edelman have agreed to terms on a multi-year contract extension. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported earlier in the day Thursday, it was only a matter of time before Edelman and the Patriots struck a deal. It only took a few hours until an agreement was reached. Edelman, 31, is coming off of a 2016 season in which he played a full 16 game slate for the first time since 2013. He accumulated a 98-1,106-3 stat line while averaging 11.3 YPC and 69.1 YPG. Despite the acquisition of Brandin Cooks this offseason, Edelman is still expected to enter the 2017 season as New England's No. 1 receiver, likely due to his existing rapport with quarterback Tom Brady.


ESPN's Vaughn McClure is reporting that new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian wants to use Julio Jones much more in the red-zone than in years past. (Source: Vaughn McClure on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It would be a massive surge to Jones' projection, as he's never been utilized in the red-zone. Just last season, Jones was tied for third on the Falcons for red-zone targets, behind both Devonta Freeman and Mohamed Sanu. Sarkisian said, "When you have a player like Julio, it's making sure we maximize his opportunities because there is so much double-coverage, there are so many unique coverages that roll his way that when we don't get that, let's make sure he's one of the primary receivers on that play because it is such a tough matchup for anybody one on one." Jones converted two of his 10 red-zone targets into touchdowns last year and five of 22 targets in 2015. If he can get near the league-leaders in the category (Jordy Nelson had 31 last year), Jones could very well wind up as the No. 1 player in all of fantasy.


Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Mularkey told the media running back DeMarco Murray (hand) underwent a procedure to repair a hand injury Thursday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Mularkey added that Murray will wear a cast as a result of the surgery and will be sidelined for mandatory minicamp. However, the 29-year-old running back is expected to be fully recovered for the start of training camp in late July. Murray is slated to open the 2017 season as the Titans' starting RB but could lose touches to Derrick Henry, more so than he had in 2016. Still, the former is the top rusher to target from the Titans for the upcoming fantasy football campaign despite the presumed workload regression.


Dennis Pitta cut by Ravens

By Anthony Cervino   Wed, Jun 7th 1:14pm EDT

ESPN's Field Yates is reporting the Baltimore Ravens have released tight end Dennis Pitta (hip) with an injury waiver on Wednesday. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Just days after Pitta dislocated his hip for the third time in four years, Baltimore released the injury-plagued tight end with an injury waiver. He'll likely undergo surgery to repair the injury, but that will not save his season or his career for that matter. It wouldn't be a shock if Pitta announced his retirement sooner rather than later.


NFL Insider James Palmer is reporting Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (back) is dealing with a mild disc herniation and will be shut down for the remainder of the offseason program. (Source: James Palmer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Williams, who has already been nursing a back injury suffered on the first day of rookie minicamp, will be shut down for the remainder of Los Angeles' offseason program with a mild disc herniation. The rookie wideout is not getting off to a good start as he's only made a brief appearance on the field prior to succumbing to injury. As a result, Williams' availability for the start of training camp is uncertain. Tyrell Williams, Keenan Allen and Dontrelle Inman will likely garner the bulk of the first-team reps in the rookie's absence.


ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting Chicago Bears wide receiver Cameron Meredith (thumb) suffered a thumb ligament injury at OTAs Thursday and will miss the remainder of the team's offseason program. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Although Meredith will miss the remainder of the Bears' offseason program, Schefter reports that he is still expected to be ready for training camp in late July. The impending third-year wideout is currently slated to open the 2017 season as Chicago's No. 1 receiver, but his injury setback could derail him from that spot. In Meredith's absence, the newly-signed Victor Cruz will likely get extra work with the Bears' top unit.


ESPN's Field Yates is reporting the Indianapolis Colts and free agent running back Christine Michael have agreed to terms on an undisclosed deal. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Michael, formerly of the Packers, signed with the Colts Thursday. The veteran rusher will join a Colts backfield led by the aging Frank Gore and will likely compete with Robert Turbin for the role of the No. 2 back on the depth chart. However, I fully expect Turbin, who totaled a career-high eight touchdowns in 2016, to enter the upcoming season as Gore's primary handcuff. Michael should only see fantasy value if an injury occurs to one of the backs slated ahead of him on the depth chart.


Fresh off winning NFL Comeback Player of the Year, Packers WR Jordy Nelson has reclaimed his spot on the NFL Network’s annual “Top 100” list.

Fantasy Impact: The 10th-year receiver checked it at No. 48 on this year’s list after catching 97 passes for 1,257 yards and a league-leading 14 touchdown receptions last season, his first after sustaining a season-ending knee injury in the 2015 preseason.


For Ty Montgomery, embracing a full-time switch to running back wasn't about carving out a longer career -- just a more productive one. (Source: Marc Sessler NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: "I was running a lot on instincts. I knew where I was supposed to be going, but it was instinct," Montgomery told the team's official website. "Now, I know techniques. I know rotations and linebacker positions, and fronts and understanding gap rules and what the defense is supposed to be doing. Now when I get out there, I know my reads and my aiming points and I can just add that to my instincts. I'm excited to do that."