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First-round tackle Jonah Williams will likely miss the 2019 season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Williams was selected No. 11 overall in this year’s draft after a highly successful career at Alabama. He was supposed to provide much-needed protection for Andy Dalton, Joe Mixon, and company, but that will have to wait another year. Williams will likely miss all of 2019 after undergoing shoulder surgery, but he’s expected to make a full recovery. Cordy Glenn could move from guard to tackle to fill in for Williams, while other changes along the offensive line will be necessary moving forward.

Category: Injury Updates


Tyreek Hill will reportedly meet with NFL officials in Kansas City on Wednesday regarding domestic abuse allegations. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hill is currently banned from attending any offseason activities with the Chiefs after domestic abuse allegations were leveled on him in relation to his three-year old son’s broken arm. A subsequent audio recording of Hill and his fiancée offered some disturbing commentary, though Hill is highly unlikely to face any legal actions after investigators were unable to come up with any concrete evidence directly linking Hill to his son’s injury. Hill’s meeting with NFL officials likely signals a swift disciplinary ruling on the part of the league. Players can face disciplinary action for violating the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy, even if no criminal charges are filed. According to the CBA, a violation involving domestic violence carries a six-game baseline for suspension, though aggravating circumstances such as violence against a child or prior instances of similar behavior play a part in the final ruling.

Category: Rumors


Dan Graziano of ESPN doesn't believe Ezekiel Elliott will get a contract extension this season. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: "Zeke" is under team control for two more years and it's possible he plays out his entire rookie deal before getting an extension. Dallas is prioritizing long term deals for Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper at the moment. Elliott also has a less than stellar off-the-field history, which wouldn't help contract negotiations.


One of Amari Cooper’s goals for his first full season as a Cowboy is to hit 2,000 yards receiving. (Source: ProFootball Talk)

Fantasy Impact: In an interview given to ProFootball Talk PM, Cooper said that one of his goals for 2019 was to become the first NFL receiver to go for 2,000 yards in a single season. He played just nine games for Dallas last season, racking up 53 receptions for 725 yards and six TDs. Those numbers work out to 94 receptions, 1,289 yards, and 11 TDs over a full 16-game schedule, which would have been good for WR8 in half-PPR scoring in 2018. Cooper’s goal is lofty to be sure, considering the run-first nature of the offense with Ezekiel Elliott, though a WR1 finish for fantasy purposes seems very realistic.

Category: Rumors


Michel is progressing nicely following an offseason arthroscopic procedure on his knee. (Source: Michael Giardi on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Michel is reportedly coming along according to schedule after a recent knee scope, and he’s been spending time with Tom Brady’s TB12 Sports to aid in the recovery process. Michel is still expected back for training camp, but his health concerns and the presence of rookie Damien Harris suggest a likely reduction in workload from last season.

Category: Injury Updates


Marvin Jones (knee) missed the Lions' entire off-season program. (Source: Detroit Free Press)

Fantasy Impact: Jones missed the end of last season with a bone bruise in his knee. He got in some side work during OTAs but was never fully cleared to practice. He remains on track for training camp but can no longer be viewed as the team's number one wideout with Kenny Golladay's recent ascension.

Category: Injury Updates


Michael Thomas is reportedly seeking $22 million per season in his contract talks with the Saints. (Source: Jeff Duncan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: New Orleans is wanting to offer $18 million annually. ESPN had previously reported the Saints are willing to make him the highest paid receiver in the league and the two sides remain interested in getting a deal done by training camp.


Falcons coach Dan Quinn says Devonta Freeman "looks like himself" this off-season. (Source: Atlantafalcons.com)

Fantasy Impact: Freeman played in just two games while batting injuries last season. At 27 years old it wouldn't be a surprise to think his body is breaking down due to his physical running style. However, Freeman has reportedly looked great during spring practices, and he has plenty of opportunity with Tevin Coleman now with the 49ers. If Freeman stays healthy he should be a valuable fantasy asset in 2019.

Category: Injury Updates


In a recent interview with Fox 5 DC’s Angie Goff, Smith talked about his recovery from a leg injury, subsequent infections, and his plan to play football again. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In the interview, Smith opened up about the gruesome leg injury he suffered in Week 11 of last season and all of the struggles he’s gone through to get healthy again. When asked if he plans to play football again, Smith answered, “that’s the plan.” It’s yet unclear if Smith will ever actually be able to return to the game, and Washington drafted Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins with the 15th pick in this year’s NFL Draft.

Category: Injury Updates


Speaking on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Tarik Cohen said he doesn't expect his role in the Bears offense to change this season. (Source: SiriuxXM NFL Radio on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Chicago overhauled their backfield a bit this off-season, trading away Jordan Howard while bringing in veteran Mike Davis and rookie David Montgomery. Bears coach Matt Nagy is creative enough to put Cohen in positions to succeed even on limited touches, but it's possible Davis and Montgomery steal some work. Cohen totaled over 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns as a 23-year-old last year.


The Lions' official website reports Matthew Stafford played through broken bones in his back throughout 2018. (Source: MLive.com)

Fantasy Impact: Stafford was listed with a back injury late in the year but it was never known to be this severe. The former number-one overall draft pick was already having a down season before the injury, and Detroit is expected to remain run-heavy in 2019.

Category: Injury Updates


Matt Barrows of The Athletic projects Dante Pettis to function as the 49ers' number one wide receiver this season. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Pettis flashed plenty of upside as a rookie last season, totaling four touchdowns over a three-game stretch at one point. San Francisco doesn't have any established receivers on the roster, which creates a big opportunity for the 23-year-old. He's a name to monitor throughout training camp.


According to ESPN’s Dianna Russini, the Falcons are confident they will have a contract extension completed with Julio Jones before training camp. (Source: Dianna Russini on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jones has been one of the most consistent and elite options at wideout since entering the league, and his numbers over the past five seasons have been eye-popping. He’s recorded five straight 1,400-yard receiving campaigns, dating back to 2014, but he is just the 12th-highest paid receiver in the NFL, at $14.25M. Jones has two years left on his current contract, but he’s more than earned the big payday that should be coming soon.

Category: Rumors


Donte Moncrief is likely to be the Steelers’ No. 2 receiver behind JuJu Smith-Schuster, according to a report from the Athletic’s Mark Kaboly. (Source: The Athletic on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Moncrief has reportedly been a standout at OTAs already, and he’s impressed QB Ben Roethlisberger too. The Athletic’s Mark Kaboly reports that Moncrief “looks like a slam-dunk No. 2” receiver. Moncrief finished 2018 with his best statistical season in three years, with a 48-668-3 line in his only season with the Jaguars. The numbers don’t seem like much at face value, but they are pretty impressive considering he was catching passes from Blake Bortles and Cody Kessler. Moncrief has yet to top 733 receiving yards or seven receiving TDs in a season over his five years in the league, but he is a strong breakout candidate, especially given his current ADP of WR61 at overall pick 173.

Category: Rumors


Todd Gurley's trainer says the running back is dealing with an "arthritic component to his knee". (Source: CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Gurley's knee continues to be the most important fantasy story line of the off-season. His trainer stressed that Gurley hasn't been told that the team wants to limit his workload at all, but the Rams' off-season actions paint a different picture. The All-Pro running back is still expected to participate in on-field drills at training camp, which is a good sign.

Category: Injury Updates


Rico Gathers has been suspended by the NFL as a result of his arrest for marijuana possession in September of 2018.

Fantasy Impact: There was a time when Gathers looked like a potential dynasty stash and upside TE to roster in dynasty formats. However, he's currently irrelevant for fantasy purposes as he's buried on the Cowboys' depth chart behind Jason Witten, Blake Jarwin, and Dalton Schultz.

Category: Transactions


The Detroit Lions have traded TE Michael Roberts to the New England Patriots for a conditional 2020 seventh-round pick. (Source: Mike Reiss on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Roberts becomes another acquisition for the Patriots in the passing game, and he may have some late-round fantasy upside. At 6-5, 265 pounds, he’s a matchup problem in the red zone and could make an impact around the goal line. Matt LaCosse is likely to open the season as the starting TE, but with Benjamin Watson suspended the first four games of the season, Roberts could see his number called regularly. Although he’s accumulated just 13 receptions for 146 receiving yards and three TDs in two NFL seasons, the change of scenery will surely boost his outlook.

Category: Transactions


Chris Herndon IV could face a two-game suspension this season, per an ESPN report. (Source: Mike Clay on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The suspension stems from Herndon IV pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated in January. Herndon looked impressive at times during his 2018 rookie campaign, finishing with a 39-502-4 line. The depth chart behind him is paper thin, with offseason standout Daniel Brown and 2019 fourth-round pick Trevon Wesco the most likely benefactors of a Herndon suspension.

Category: Rumors


Bears coach Matt Nagy says he feels good about Trey Burton being ready for the start of training camp. (Source: Jeff Dickerson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Nagy added that he can't 100% guarantee Burton will be ready after undergoing sports-hernia surgery this off-season, however. If he's healthy entering 2019 Burton could be a post-hype sleeper. His health will be a situation to monitor this summer.

Category: Injury Updates


Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports the Vikings are challenging Kirk Cousins in practice this spring with a lot of looks defenses showed last season. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cousins was a bit of a disappointment last year, throwing 30 touchdown and 10 interceptions while playing all 16 games. His offensive line was abysmal, however, so he does get a bit of a free pass for that. Still, we expect Minnesota to be a run-first team in 2019, which caps Cousins' fantasy upside.