Sat, Apr 20th 3:43pm EDT
By Brendan Tuma
Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports Stanford running back Bryce Love's recovery from ACL surgery has raised some red flags amongst teams. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Love tore his ACL back on December 1st and is reportedly dealing with stiffness in his knee. Pelissero adds that teams are questioning if he'll regain his explosiveness, which has his draft stock plummeting at the moment.
Category: Injury Updates
Seahawks GM John Schneider says the team has no timetable for Doug Baldwin's return from sports hernia surgery. (Source: Seattle Times)
Fantasy Impact: Baldwin was originally projected to miss 6-8 weeks with the issue. This was his third surgery of the off-season so Seattle likely doesn't want to rush things. The 30-year-old is aiming to be ready for the start of training camp.
Category: Injury Updates
Jace Sternberger is drawing heavy interest around the NFL, and has now visited or worked out for 14 different teams. Sternberger is likely viewed as the top target for teams that miss out on the big three of T.J. Hockenson, Noah Fant, and Irv Smith Jr. An animal after the catch, Sternberger averaged 8.3 yards after the catch per reception in 2018. He led all college tight ends in touchdowns, and was second in receiving yards. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Jace Sternberger is likely to be thrust into an immediate starting role if he is snapped up by a team with a hole at tight end. Interestingly, he has garnered interest from teams with stable tight end situtations as well, perhaps signalling just how high his stock has risen. Aside from the teams with obvious tight end needs, Sternberger has visited with the San Francisco 49ers, and Kansas City Chiefs, and worked out for the New Orleans Saints.
Darrell Henderson has met with some interesting teams with late first round picks. Henderson has met with the Philadelphia Eagles, Oakland Raiders, Houston Texans, and Los Angeles Rams. Henderson is likely the top running back on some big boards across the NFL, and could very well surprise as the first running back off of the board. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: If Darrell Henderson is able to secure first round draft capital, he will be given every opportunity to become an immediate starter. He has met with eight teams thus far, and would vie for lead back duties on at least five of them immediately.
Talented wide receiver Marquise Brown met with the Tennessee Titans on Wednesday April 19th. This is is his seventh known team visit. Brown has visited with Miami, New England, Buffalo, Oakland, Baltimore, and Carolina. This visit suggests the Titans are considering Brown with the 19th overall pick, as he is unlikely to be available when they pick again at 51st overall. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Tennessee would not be the ideal landing spot for Marquise Brown's fantasy value. With Corey Davis and Adam Humphries already in town in a run-first offense, target volume could be hard to come by.
Arizona Cardinals QB Josh Rosen spoke to Sports Illustrated about the NFL Draft and rumors surrounding he and former Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray. (Source: Sports Illustrated on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Amid all of the off-seasons rumors about Kyler Murray being selected by the Cardinals with the first pick in the NFL Draft, Rosen seems to still have a positive attitude. He talked about his mental state and outlook on the situation when he said, “control what you can control,” although he did call the rumors of his possible trade from Arizona “annoying.” If one thing’s for sure, it’s that Rosen still has his competitive fire, vowing to “prove them right if they keep me and prove them wrong if they ship me off.”
Former Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray has canceled his scheduled visit with the Washington Redskins. (Source: Steve Wyche on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Murray, the rumored number-one overall pick in this year’s draft, has decided not to meet with the Redskins. He has already met with the Cardinals and Giants who have the first and sixth picks in this year’s draft, respectively. Murray’s decision not to meet with Washington signifies his belief that he will be selected before the Redskins are on the clock at pick 15.
Demaryius Thomas is signing with the New England Patriots, per Field Yates. The details of the contract are unknown. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Given Thomas's age and recent injury history, it's unlikely the deal would be high-value or long-term. Thomas is most likely on a one-year deal to ride off into the sunset on a contending team. However, the depth chart is practically nonexistent, so Thomas could see starter reps immediately. If he's healthy for the start of the season, it's conceivable that Thomas could even be in the WR3 conversation since the Patriots have few other WRs and Rob Gronkowski has retired. This is absolutely a noteworthy signing for a player who was approaching droppable territory in dynasty leagues.
Former Alabama DT Quinnen Williams will meet with the Jets on Tuesday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The Jets pick third overall in this year’s draft and need help on the defensive line. Williams is one of the most talented players in the 2019 draft class and could be an instant contributor for Gang Green.
Tue, Apr 16th 9:19am EDT
By Dan Harris
The Chargers and Travis Benjamin have agreed to a one-year extension through 2020. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Benjamin's deal includes a $5.5 million signing bonus while also reducing his 2019 salary from $5.25 million to just $1 million. The extension not only means that Benjamin's roster spot for 2019 is secure, but also gives the Chargers some salary cap relief for this upcoming season. With Tyrell Williams now with the Raiders, Benjamin should be the primary deep threat for the Chargers in 2019, making him worthy of a late-round pick in fantasy drafts.
Tue, Apr 16th 6:50am EDT
By Anthony Cervino
ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the Seattle Seahawks and QB Russell Wilson have agreed to terms on a four-year deal worth $140 million that includes a $65 million signing bonus late Monday night. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Just ahead of Wilson's implied deadline, the Seahawks awarded their star quarterback with a lucrative four-year extension that will make him the NFL's highest-paid player. With his new deal, Wilson is tied to the Seahawks until 2023. While there were trade rumors looming to send Wilson packing, the Seahawks proved that they are committed to their quarterback, who has led Seattle to a pair of Super Bowls earlier in his carer, winning one. Included in the deal is $107 million in guaranteed money as well as a no-trade clause. With all things being considered, Wilson is due $157 million over the course of the next five years.
Former Iowa tight end Noah Fant will visit the Oakland Raiders on Monday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Fant is one of the top tight end prospects in this year’s draft due to his athleticism and matchup problems he causes for opposing defenses. The Raiders have the fourth, 24th, and 27th picks in the first round of the NFL Draft and could use help at tight end after letting Jared Cook go in free agency.
Tyreek Hill is present at the start of the Chiefs’ off-season workout program on Monday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Hill is still under investigation for two cases of suspected child abuse, but the the NFL is not going to hand down any rulings until child protective services finishes their part in this. Hill had yet to talk to Chiefs coach Andy Reid so will likely do so this week. Hill and the Chiefs has been discussing a contract extension before these allegations came to light. Obviously that has been put on hold for now.
Former Ole Miss wide receiver A.J. Brown held a private workout for the Texans on April 12. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Brown is regarded as a first-round talent in this year's draft after leading the SEC in receiving in 2017 and 2018. The Texans are likely doing due diligence in preparation for the draft, as they are expected to use the 23rd pick to upgrade a poor offensive line. Still, a one-two punch of Brown and All-Pro DeAndre Hopkins would be a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses.
Fri, Apr 12th 2:58pm EDT
By Zachary Hanshew
Former Arizona State wide receiver N’Keal Harry will hold his only private team workout with the Cardinals on April 20. (Source: Josh Weinfuss on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Harry, considered by many to be a late first-round selection, will hold the work out at Arizona State University for Cardinals’ top brass. It appears that Harry wants to stay close to where he went to college, and the Cardinals could certainly use his services with NFL stalwart Larry Fitzgerald playing his final season in 2019. The Cardinals have the first pick in the second round at number 33, and it wouldn’t be shocking to see them use it on Harry if he is still available.
Former Ohio State wide receiver Parris Campbell is visiting the Seattle Seahawks on a pre-draft visit this week. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The Seahawks visit with Campbell makes sense given that Doug Baldwin’s timetable for return is unclear following off-season sports hernia surgery. The team needs help in the receiving corps, and Campbell could be a great weapon for the big-armed Russell Wilson after the former ran a blazing 4.31 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine this year.
The Buffalo Bills brought in former Ole Miss wide receiver D.K. Metcalf for a visit on Monday. (Source: Ian Rapoport)
Fantasy Impact: Metcalf, one of the most highly-touted wideouts in the 2019 draft class, will likely hear his name called on the first night of the NFL Draft. He will be eyed by receiver-needy teams such as Buffalo, Tennessee, and Baltimore and would have a great chance to be an immediate starter for any of those clubs.
The Panthers have signed wide receiver Chris Hogan. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Hogan spent the last three seasons in New England. Despite carrying a fair amount of hype during his time with the Patriots, he failed to deliver for fantasy owners, as he was one of the most disappointing players of 2018. He's currently outside the top 90 WRs according to our consensus rankings, and the move to Carolina won't likely make him fantasy relevant in most leagues.
The Jets have reportedly signed Montgomery to a one-year deal. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Montgomery is expected to serve as the backup to new Jets workhorse Le'Veon Bell, giving the New York backfield a completely different look. Montgomery posted just 188 rushing yards on 41 attempts between the Green Bay Packers and Baltimore Ravens in 2018, and is only worth a look if Bell goes down with an injury.
Thu, Apr 11th 3:23pm EDT
By Brendan Tuma
Leonard Fournette was arrested on Thursday afternoon for failing to pay a speeding ticket from November. (Source: Justin Barney on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Fournette was going 12mph over the speed limit with a suspended license. It’s reassuring to hear the arrest wasn’t over something more serious, but it’s also fair to expect Fournette to take care of something like this without it escalating to this point. The third-year running back is reportedly looking at 2019 as a fresh start for himself. Hopefully this is the end of nonsense like this.
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