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Indianapolis Colts beat writer Mike Chappell believes that there is a "50-50" chance WR Donte Moncrief re-signs with the team this offseason. (Source: Mike Chappell on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Moncrief, 24, has been inconsistent in his four-year NFL career. After the first two seasons of his career in which he appeared in all 16 games, Moncrief has dealt with injuries in each of the past two seasons, only playing in 21 of a possible 32 games. However, When healthy, Moncrief is a threat to find the end zone, especially when Andrew Luck is on the field, scoring 15 of his 18 career TDs in the past three seasons. Even with his red flags, Moncrief will be a highly sought-after commodity in free agency based on his upside alone.

Category: Rumors


Indianapolis Colts beat writer Mike Chappell doesn't expect the team to re-sign impending free-agent RB Frank Gore this offseason. (Source: Mike Chappell on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: At one time Gore saw an opportunity to continue his career and compete for a championship with the Colts. However, three years later, the Colts have been one of the most disappointing teams in the league, primarily due to the lingering shoulder injury carried by Andrew Luck. And although Luck is expected to return in 2018, the Colts are clearly in a rebuild, which means Gore, who will turn 35 in May, should be on his way out, moving on to yet another expected contender if he intends to continue his career. And since we've been waiting for him to hang up his cleats, he just missed yet another 1000-yard rushing year in 2017 and seems like he has some gas left in the tank. Expect Gore to be on a roster by training camp.

Category: Rumors


NFL Network's Mike Garafolo is reporting the Tennessee Titans and K Ryan Succop have agreed to a five-year, $20 million contract with $7.5 million in guaranteed money on Tuesday. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Succop has been one of the most consistent kickers in the NFL in his career, especially since joining the Titans back in 2014. Finishing 2017 as the K8 with 156 fantasy points and a 9.8 FPPG average, Succop should be a value pick at the tail end of drafts for 2018. The Titans are one of the best teams inside the red zone in the league, which translates to more opportunities for Succop.

Category: Transactions


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that Denver Broncos QB Trevor Siemian could be available via trade this offseason. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Shocker here right? With all of the question marks that surround the Broncos this offseason, one thing appears certain -- their 2018 starting QB is not on their roster. In fact, they've been linked to Kirk Cousins. However, even if the Broncos fail to land Cousins, they will be in the market for a reliable signal caller, which means Siemian is likely on his way out over a player like Paxton Lynch, who was a first-round draft pick two years ago. Siemian is on track to be a career backup following inconsistent and injury-plagued stints as Denver's starter.

Category: Rumors


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck has resumed throwing. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Although Luck has resumed throwing, he's not throwing a football. In fact, per Rapoport, he's throwing weighted balls that are heavier than a football, which bodes well for his recovery outlook. How well? Luck told reporters Tuesday that he will avoid another shoulder surgery, which puts him on track to play in 2018, barring unforeseen circumstances. While there are no guarantees on his recovery, the current news is positive. From a fantasy perspective, I'd buy low on Luck sooner rather than later, especially if his health remains trending upwards.

Category: Injury Updates


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) underwent shoulder surgery Wednesday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rapoport also stated that Jeffery underwent a surgery to repair a rotator cuff injury suffered at some point last preseason -- he ultimately played through the ailment for the duration of the 2017 campaign plus the postseason. Per reports via Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the "goal" for Jeffery's recovery is for him to be ready for the 2018 season opener, though optimism suggests that a preseason return is feasible barring a setback.

Category: Injury Updates


The Miami Dolphins have placed the franchise tag on wide receiver Jarvis Landry, the team announced on Twitter Tuesday night. (Source: Miami Dolphins)

Fantasy Impact: Landry led the NFL in catches last season and is seeking his first big payday now that his rookie contract has ended. The Dolphins and Landry, according to reports, have been far apart in negotiations but will now have a few months to see if they can work something out. While Landry's overall stats would seem to indicate he is due to be paid like one of the top wide receivers in the NFL, his 8.8 yards-per-reception in 2017 -- a new career low -- will not help him shake the stigma that he is not a true number one receiver.

Category: Transactions


Pittsburgh Steelers beat writer Jeremy Fowler is reporting that the team will likely place the franchise tag on RB Le'Veon Bell prior to the March 6 deadline. (Source: Jerwemy Fowler on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Fowler stated that "barring any unforeseen developments," the Steelers will use the franchise tag on Bell. And if they do indeed tag the elite rusher, it would come to no surprise despite the fact that Bell threatened to hold out the 2018 season in its entirety during Divisional Weekend if he and the Steelers do not come to terms on a new long-term deal. However, since Antonio Brown got paid last offseason, Bell is primed to be next. Bell turned 26 on February 6.

Category: Rumors


Doug Martin released

Tue, Feb 20th 11:21am EST
By Anthony Cervino

NFL Insider Adam Caplan is reporting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released RB Doug Martin on Tuesday. (Source: Adam Caplin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In an expected move, the Buccaneers have given up on Martin, releasing the once promising rusher following six inconsistent and injury-plagued years mixed in with off the field issues. While his career has been a disappointment so far, he’s young enough — Martin turned 29 last month — to rejuvenate his career on another club. Expect him to be on a roster by training camp. The Buccaneers will save $6.75 million in cap space and cash as a result of Martin's release.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions


Hayden Hurst, the 6'5'' TE prospect out of South Carolina, comes in as the top-ranked TE prospect for the 2018 NFL Draft according to Mike Mayock's initial rankings. (Source: Mike Mayock on NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Hurst performed well over his last two season with the Gamecocks hauling in 92 receptions for 1,175 yards and three scores. He will turn 25 years old when the NFL season begins after getting a late start in football following the pursuit of a baseball career with the Pirates. Hurst is a capable blocker but will likely be used more as a move TE in the pros. His age and experience will likely help him see early playing time as a rookie.


With the NFL Scouting Combine fast approaching, Mike Mayock released his initial 2018 NFL Draft rankings. He lists Texas A&M wideout Christian Kirk as his second-ranked prospect at WR. (Source: Mike Mayock on NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: The 5'11'' 200-pound receiver had three strong seasons for the Aggies with at least 70 receptions, 900 yards and seven touchdowns in each season. He profiles as a slot receiver with good short burst quickness and route running ability. Kirk could also be a good kick and punt returner early in his NFL career. Not all draft analysts share Mayock's high opinion of Kirk.


Calvin Ridley sits atop the WR rankings for the 2018 NFL Draft according to Mike Mayock's initial draft board. (Source: Mike Mayock on NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: The 6'1'' receiver out of Alabama posted 63 receptions for 967 yards and five TDs last season and ended a successful three-year stay at Alabama with 224 catches and 2,781 yards. Ridley is a top five WR on most draft boards and a potential first-round pick. He is NFL ready according to scouts and could be a starter in the NFL on day one.


NFL Draft analyst Mike Mayock released his initial position-by-position rankings and listed Nick Chubb as his fifth-ranked RB. (Source: Mike Mayock on NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Chubb led the Georgia Bulldogs' backfield last season with 1,345 rushing yards on 223 carries with 15 TDs. Chubb's 5'11'' 228-pound frame and powerful running style allow him to grind out additional yards after contact. He lacks explosiveness and could be best suited primarily as a short yardage and goalline back initially in the NFL. Chubb could excel if he lands on a team with a good offensive line able to create holes at the line allowing Chubb to use his power to shed second-level tacklers.


According to Mike Mayock's initial 2018 NFL Draft rankings, Sony Michel out of Georgia comes in as the fourth-ranked RB prospect. (Source: Mike Mayock on NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Michel shared the Bulldogs' backfield with Nick Chubb last season but still piled up 1,227 rushing yards on 156 carries with 16 TDs. Michel comes into the NFL at 5'11'' 222 pounds as a decisive north-south runner who lacks elite agility. He rates as a second-round pick on many draft boards. Michel could get early playing time in the NFL depending on his landing spot.


According to Mike Mayock's initial rankings for the 2018 NFL Draft, Josh Allen comes in as the number two QB prospect following Sam Darnold. (Source: Mike Mayock on NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Allen seems to have the widest range of outcomes at the QB position entering the draft being ranked anywhere from the top QB on the board and an early first-round pick to someone who could be a bust and slide into the second round of the draft. The 6'5'' QB out of Wyoming put up 1,812 passing yards and 16 TDs in 11 games during his senior season with just a 56.3% completion percentage. He has good mobility and excellent arm strength but his accuracy could be an issue at the next level.


With the NFL Scouting Combine approaching, Mike Mayock has released his initial position-by-position rankings and ranks the former USC Trojan, Sam Darnold as the top QB on the board. (Source: Mike Mayock on NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: After forgoing his junior and senior season at USC to enter the NFL Draft the 6'4'' prospect is commonly found in the top five at the QB position on most draft boards. He threw for 4,143 yards with 26 TD passes during his sophomore season. With numerous QB needy teams near the top of the draft including the Browns, Giants, Broncos and Jets it wouldn't be a surprise to see two or three signal callers go in the top six picks of the draft.


The Panthers are not expected to tag G Andrew Norwell this offseason. Norwell is one of the best guards in the league and is one of the top free agents this offseason. It's possible the Panthers re-sign him but they could easily be outbid. Teams will be lining up offers for his services once free agency begins. (Source: Charlotte Observer)

Fantasy Impact: Norwell provided the Panthers will a solid core in the middle with Ryan Kahlil (when healthy) and Trai Turner for Cam Newton and the running game. If Norwell leaves, the Panthers could look in the draft for his replacement. It'll be a tough loss for the running game for Jonathan Stewart.

Category: Rumors


CBS Sports is reporting that the Detroit Lions are expected to retain TE Eric Ebron in 2018. (Source: CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: At the conclusion of the 2017 regular season, Lions GM Bob Quinn told the press that Ebron would be retained for 2018, the final year of his rookie deal. However, per reports, the Lions could release Ebron with minimum ramifications if they elect to move on from him prior to the March 14 start of the league new year. Recording yet another disappointing stat line last season in 16 games --53-574-4 -- which was a regression from 2016, Ebron is on a short leash in Detroit. Despite being slated to play 2018 -- if the Lions do, in fact, retain him -- on a fully guaranteed $8.25 million fifth-year club option, he should face competition for the starting job in the preseason.

Category: Rumors


Minnesota Vikings beat writer Courtney Cronin believes the team will use the franchise tag on QB Case Keenum this offseason. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Although the Vikings employ three NFL starting quarterbacks, none of them are under contract in 2018. For Keenum, who won 13 total games including the playoffs last season while accumulating career-best numbers across the board, he is expected to see the franchise tag despite the fact that the Vikings have roughly $57 million in cap space and can afford to pay an impending free agent like Kirk Cousins. However, Keenum has showcased a budding rapport with Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs, and Kyle Rudolph, almost got the team to the Super Bowl and has a skill set that is a preference of new offensive coordinator Joe DeFilippo's. Barring injury, I'd be shocked if anyone but Keenum is under center for the Vikings at the start of the 2018 campaign.

Category: Rumors


Dallas Cowboys beat writer Todd Archer believes the team will use the franchise tag on DE DeMarcus Lawrence this offseason. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Although he's only played a full 16 game season twice in his career (2015 and 2017) -- he played in seven in 2014 and nine in 2016 -- the injury prone and once troubled pass rusher is expected to garner the franchise tag if the two sides cant come to terms on a long-term deal. A Pro Bowler in 2017, Lawrence is coming off of a season in which he accumulated career-highs in tackles (58), sacks (14.5 sack), forced fumbles (four) and fumble recoveries (two), finally reaching his upside. In a league in which pass rushers are hard to come by, Lawrence is poised to get paid by the Cowboys sooner rather than later. Reports are suggesting that the Cowboys will tag Lawrence with the intention to sign him to a deal at some point prior to the start of the 2018 season.

Category: Rumors