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Former Seattle and Cleveland wide receiver Kasen Williams has signed a one-year deal with Indianapolis. In a corresponding move, the Colts also released WR DeAndre Smelter. (Source: Adam Schefter on twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Williams went undrafted out of Washington before spending two seasons with the Seahawks, where he caught just one pass. He joined Cleveland in 2017 and caught nine balls for 84 yards in seven games. Indy's receiving corps is thin, but Williams will be hard-pressed to make the squad as their fifth or sixth receiver.

During a post-draft press conference, Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said that they plan to get newly-acquired scat-back Tavon Austin "one or two dozen touches per game."

Fantasy Impact: This is laughable on multiple levels, as it seems the Cowboys are falling into the same Tavon Austin trap that Jeff Fisher did for so long, only they're taking it a step further. While the Cowboys have a lack of offensive weapons, it wouldn't surprise us to see them try and work-in some plays specifically designed for Austin, but it's hard to imagine him touching the ball more than 7-10 times per game. He's nothing more than a late-round flier in best-ball leagues, as he's likely to have more of a role than most care to admit.

Category: Rumors

The Chicago Bears have agreed to terms on a four-year deal with their second-round pick Anthony Miller.

Fantasy Impact: After sending out a letter to NFL GMs about his work ethic, it's clear that Miller wanted to get in and learn Matt Nagy's offense immediately. The question becomes whether or not he starts in two-wide receiver sets over Taylor Gabriel, though we'd expect him to after the Bears gave up their fourth-round pick this year and second-round pick next year in order to move up and select him. Miller was an ultra-productive wide receiver during his time with Memphis, though he did suffer a foot injury at the end of the season that prevented him from taking part in the NFL Combine. He's one of the rookie wide receivers who can make a fantasy impact in year-one.

Category: Transactions

The Arizona Cardinals have agreed to terms on a four-year contract with a team-option for the fifth-year with No. 10 overall pick Josh Rosen.

Fantasy Impact: This is huge for Rosen, as he likely wanted to get in and start competing for the starting job right away. While the Cardinals did pay Sam Bradford $15 million guaranteed in 2018, the damage is already done and you should expect Larry Fitzgerald to have a say-so in the decision, as this is likely his last season. If Rosen can give them the best chance to win, he may start from day one. Both quarterbacks are learning a new offense, so it's not like Bradford has a leg-up on him there, either. We also haven't seen Bradford play football since his knee injury that knocked him out after playing just two games in the 2017 season.

Category: Transactions

The New Orleans Saints have agreed to terms with their first-round pick Marcus Davenport on a four-year deal.

Fantasy Impact: One of the most surprising moves in the first-round was when the Saints traded up to acquire Davenport, as edge rusher wasn't a clear need for them. Regardless, the Saints told us all we needed to know - that they're in-it-to-win-it in 2018. Davenport is a violent pass-rusher who will face much better competition in the NFL, but that didn't stop him from looking great at the Senior Bowl.

Category: Transactions

The Indianapolis Colts and their No. 6 pick in the draft Quenton Nelson have agreed to terms on a four-year deal.

Fantasy Impact: They'll also have a fifth-year option, as is the case with all first-round picks. Nelson was apparently the only player outside of Bradley Chubb that the Colts were considering with the sixth pick, so it's clear they are making it a priority to protect Andrew Luck. Nelson's presence should not only help Luck, but provide a boost to the run-game that hasn't reached 1,400 rushing yards as a team (excluding quarterback) in each of the last six seasons.

Category: Transactions

The Panthers have signed free agent running back Kenjon Barner to a one-year deal. (Source: Ian Rapoport via Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Originally a sixth-round selection by Carolina in the 2013 NFL Draft, Barner, 28, spent the past three seasons with the Eagles, where he averaged 4.4 yards-per-carry and caught 19 passes in limited snaps. Barner, who also returns kicks, will replace Fozzy Whittaker as depth behind Christian McCaffrey and C.J. Anderson, but is well off the fantasy radar.

The Detroit Lions will open minicamp with their second-round pick under contract as the club came to terms on a four-year deal with RB Kerryon Johnson. (Source: Ian Rapoport via Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Johnson showed three-down ability at Auburn, where he produced 1,585 scrimmage yards and scored 20 touchdowns in 2017. Detroit traded up to select Johnson with the No. 43 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and he's expected to be given every opportunity to win a significant role in a Detroit backfield that also has Theo Riddick, LeGarrette Blount, Ameer Abdullah, Zach Zenner and Dwayne Washington battling for playing time. Johnson is a first-round dynasty pick and a name to watch this summer in redraft leagues.

Josh Johnson released by Oakland

Thu, May 10th 5:40pm EDT
By Jody Smith

The Oakland Raiders released veteran quarterback Josh Johnson, who had signed with the club on March 19th. Johnson spent time with the Texans in 2017 but hasn't seen NFL game action since 2013. (Source: Field Yates via Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Johnson was originally a 2008 fifth-round pick by Tampa Bay, where he spent his first three pro seasons before bouncing around the league. About to turn 32, Johnson's best days are behind him.

The Carolina Panthers announced that running back Fozzy Whittaker has been placed on Injured Reserve after tearing his ACL last week in OTA's. (Source: Joe Person via Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Whittaker's season is officially over. The 29-year-old veteran only played 46 offensive snaps for the Panthers last season and was unlikely to have much of an impact behind C.J. Anderson and Christian McCaffrey. Assuming he makes a full recovery next year, Whittaker will be a free agent, but he holds no fantasy value.

Tion Green waived by Lions

Thu, May 10th 3:17pm EDT
By Jody Smith

Less than a month after using the 43rd pick on running back Kerryon Johnson, the Detroit Lions have parted ways with former undrafted free agent Tion Green. (Source: Adam Schefter on twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Johnson is expected to lead a Detroit backfield that now includes LeGarrette Blount, Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick, Dwayne Washington and Zach Zenner. Green saw action in five games for Detroit as a rookie, rushing for 3.9 yards-per-carry on 42 totes and scoring a pair of touchdowns. Only 24-years-old, Green will likely get a camp invite this summer but is currently off the dynasty radar.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Giants have cut ties with running back Paul Perkins. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Apparently Perkins just underwent shoulder surgery from a non-football injury, making the Giants decision to cut him relatively easy, as he was someone who was on the roster bubble with the acquisition of Saquon Barkley. The former fifth-round pick will likely land somewhere, though he's just a depth chart guy. To this point in his career, he's totaled just 546 yards on 153 carries (3.57 YPC) with no touchdowns. He's droppable, even in most dynasty formats.

Category: Transactions

The Philadelphia Eagles have come to terms with No. 49 overall pick Dallas Goedert on a four-year, $5.6 million deal. (Source: Philadelphia Eagles via Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: A second-round selection out of South Dakota State, Goedert is expected to have a role immediately in the high-octane Eagles offense. Goedert should step in for the departed Trey Burton in '12' sets. Burton logged 300 offensive snaps for Philadelphia and put up a 23/248/5 slash, good enough to finish the season as the TE30 in PPR scoring. Goedert's size and skillset project very well as a downfield and red-zone threat, which puts him on the fantasy radar as a rookie. He looks like a top-20 pick in dynasty rookie drafts.

New York Daily News Jets insider Manish Mehta wrote in his 'Mehta's Jets Mailbag' that No. 3 overall pick Sam Darnold has a "great chance" to open the season as the club's starter "if Darnold is who the Jets think he is." (Source: Manish Mehta via New York Daily News )

Fantasy Impact: Mehta also said that the Jets' coaching staff and front office "think [Darnold] is going to be special." The only thing standing in the way from Darnold opening the season as New York's starter is soon-to-be 39-year-old signal-caller Josh McCown, who is coming off of the finest season of his long career. While there's no debate that Darnold is the future, if he can learn a pro offense and outplay the journeyman McCown this summer, Darnold will be given every opportunity to win the starting job in Year One.

Category: Rumors

In the wake of Mark Ingram's four-game suspension to start the 2018 NFL season, Ian Rapoport tweeted "the Saints like Jonathan Williams" and noted that the club has no current plans to sign a veteran runner. (Source: Ian Rapoport via Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Rapoport also noted that the Saints drafted undersized Louisiana Tech running back Boston Scott in the sixth round. Trey Edmunds is also on the roster but has just nine career totes. Williams was a 2015 fifth-round pick by Buffalo and rushed for 94 yards and a score on 27 carries as a rookie before joining Denver's practice squad in 2017. Listed at six feet and 223 pounds, Williams is a name to monitor during training camp if he secures the team's RB2 duties while Ingram is absent.

Matt Jones joins the Eagles

Wed, May 9th 7:30pm EDT
By Jody Smith

The Philadelphia Eagles added to their congested backfield by signing fourth-year veteran running back Matt Jones to a one-year deal. (Source: Adam Schefter on twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Jones was a 2015 third-round pick by Washington and flashed some ability with the Redskins, running for 950 yards and scoring seven total touchdowns before getting released and joining Indianapolis in 2017. Jones, 25, could still end up making an NFL roster but will have a difficult time doing so in Philadelphia. Jones barely has dynasty value in the deepest of leagues.

The Arizona Cardinals have signed former Seahawks and Falcons fullback Derrick Coleman to a one-year deal. (Source: Adam Schefter on twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Coleman, 27, went undrafted out of UCLA before playing three seasons in Seattle beginning in 2012. Coleman sat out the 2016 NFL season due to legal troubles before latching on with the Falcons last year and finishing the season ranked last in Pro Football Focus's fullback grades. With only 12 NFL carries on his resume, Coleman has no fantasy value, even if he makes the Cardinals' 53-man roster.

Veteran free agent wide receiver Brandon Marshall is visiting the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday. (Source: Jordan Raanan r on twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Marshall, 34, was limited to 18 receptions in five games for the Giants last year before injuring his ankle and being waived by the club in April. While Marshall is on the wrong side of 30 and had a poor showing in 2017, the Seahawks lost Paul Richardson and Jimmy Graham this offseason and could use a veteran red-zone presence to take some pressure off of Doug Baldwin and the revamped rushing attack. Marshall is going undrafted in early ADP reports but could sneak into the late-round discussion if he appears healthy and can land a top-three receiver role.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that Saints running back Mark Ingram has been suspended four games for violating the league's performance-enhancing drugs policy. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is huge news that is likely to push Alvin Kamara to the top of the first-round in fantasy drafts, while Ingram himself should fall into the middle rounds. The suspension has been looming and the Saints were apparently preparing for the suspension to be handed down, though they didn't add a running back of significance, meaning they believe that Kamara can shoulder the load. While Kamara obviously gets a boost, it's also an underrated boost to Drew Brees' value in fantasy drafts, as Kamara is better as a receiver than he is an early-down back.

Category: Rumors

According to Pro Football Talk, the Panthers have agreed to terms with free agent running back C.J. Anderson. (Source: Pro Football Talk on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This was something that we thought might be the case after the Panthers didn't use a pick on an early-down running back to replace Jonathan Stewart. Most don't realize that Stewart touched the ball 206 times last year, which included 198 carries, enough to rank 19th in the NFL in front of guys like Devonta Freeman and DeMarco Murray. There's never been much to question with Anderson's ability on first- and second-down, as he's one of the better grinders in those situations, however his health has always been the concern. Entering a timeshare with Christian McCaffrey might be the best thing for Anderson's outlook, as he's likely to walk into 175-200 carries, which would mean he'll be in the RB3/flex conversation most weeks. The good news is that you'll likely get him at a discount with most expecting McCaffrey to take on a bigger role in 2018, though we're hesitant to believe that because Ron Rivera himself has said they didn't want McCaffrey to be toting the ball 18-20 per game, as it's not what he's best-suited for.

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