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Seattle Seahawks beat writer Bob Condotta is reporting the team is not expected to re-sign RB Eddie Lacy. (Source: Seattle TImes)

Fantasy Impact: Shocker -- or not really. Lacy was terrible in 2017 -- and really has been since the last time he put up significant production which was back in 2014 in Green Bay. One of the biggest fantasy busts of last season --albeit we didn't expect much to begin with -- Lacy is sure to find himself competing for a roster spot for 2018 due to his age (27) and upside. Lacy finished last season with 179 yards on 69 rushes in nine games -- and despite the Seahawks' troubles in their backfield, he was a healthy scratch at times down the stretch.


Minnesota Vikings beat writer Charley Walters believes impending free-agent QB Case Keenum "seems to be the favorite" to return as the team's starting quarterback in 2018. (Source: The Pioneer Press)

Fantasy Impact: Walters later notes that if the Vikings are unable to re-sign Keenum to a long-term deal -- the franchise tag is also an option -- the team will pursue newly deemed unrestricted free agent AJ McCarron on the open market to fill the void as their starter. Walters emphasized that if McCarron is indeed brought in, it will be to compete for the top spot on the depth chart. Still, coming off of a career year in which he threw for a 3,547-22-7 stat line while completing 67.6 percent of his passes in 15 games, plus, a clear-cut rapport with the Vikings' pass catchers, it would shock me if anyone but Keenum is under center in Minnesota in 2018.


Philadelphia Eagles beat writer Jimmy Kempski believes it will benefit the team to pick up WR Nelson Agholor's fifth-year option. (Source: Philly Voice)

Fantasy Impact: Although Agholor was an underproductive bust in his first two seasons in the NFL, the third-year wideout broke out in 2018, accumulating a 62-768-8 stat line while appearing in all 16 games for the first time in his career. Agholor, a big play threat, home run hitter any time he touches the ball, is due roughly $1.72 million in 2018 with the aforementioned club option for 2019, which the team will most likely exercise given his recent surge in production. Perhaps the best thing for the Eagles to do when it comes to their salary cap is to extend Agholor now -- if they indeed plan to keep him -- at a much lesser rate than he would garner in the event he performs in a high-level again next season.


After rumors have surfaced that Dallas had been interested in Vaccaro this past offseason, the speculation is he could be a fit for Dallas in 2018. (Source: usatoday.com)

Fantasy Impact: The New Orlean Saints will likely move on from Vaccaro with the emergence of Marcus Williams and Vonn Bell in 2017, so the "rumor" could hold true. His IDP owners shouldn't be concerned about Vaccaro where ever he lands. He'll demand a nice contract on the open market and would likely land as a starting "in the box" strong safety with whoever signs him.


NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala is reporting Pittsburgh Steelers GM Kevin Colbert told RB Le'Veon Bell that the team wants to retain him for the rest of his career. "We think he can still be a great player from this point forward, and we would love to have him be a Steeler for the rest of his career, Colbert said via NFL.com. (Source: Aditi Kinkhabwala on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The relationship between the Steelers and Bell remains up in the air at the moment. Remember, while the team was preparing for the AFC Divisional Round game against the Jaguars, Bell was suggesting to the press that he will sit out in 2018 if he doesn't receive a new long-term deal this offseason. However, in the wake of Colbert's remarks, it a appears that the two sides will more than likely hammer out a lucrative deal, even if they elect to place the franchise tag on him to keep him from hitting the open market. Bell will turn 26 on February 18.


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting Cincinnati Bengals QB AJ McCarron has won his grievance against the team which grants him his free agency eligibility. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: McCarron, who filed a grievance against the team during his rookie season after the Bengals placed him on the non-football injury list (NFI) following a shoulder injury that occurred away from the team and kept him out for all but two games in 2014 which would have made him a restricted free agent this offseason, has won his grievance and will instead become an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins on March 14. As a result, McCarron will reach the open free agent market and is free to sign with a new club without restrictions. Expect teams like the Jets, Browns, and Cardinals to be in heavy pursuit of the four-year veteran once free agency kicks off in a month.


According to Ian Rapoport, Larry Fitzgerald has informed the Cardinals that he will return to play the 2018 season. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is what was expected all along, but it's good news for the Cardinals who get another year to build their wide receiver corps that will have a huge void once Fitzgerald leaves. Both Jaron Brown and John Brown are set to be unrestricted free agents, and Carson Palmer has already announced his retirement. This Cardinals offense will have a completely different look to it in 2018, and Fitzgerald's fantasy value will be highly dependent on the quarterback they bring in to replace Palmer. Considering the lack of talent around him, Fitzgerald is still likely to finish as a top 30 wide receiver, regardless of who is throwing him the ball.


Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt is being accused of shoving a woman during an altercation in Cleveland last Saturday. (Source: Cleveland.com)

Fantasy Impact: Per reports, Abagail Ottinger is accusing Hunt of "pushing and shoving" her at about 3:35 a.m. Saturday morning during an altercation in Cleveland, the RB's native area. And although there have been no charges filed against Hunt as of yet, the investigation will remain open. However, one saving grace could be the fact that Hunt reportedly asked Ottinger to leave his apartment after he found out she was 19 and too young to consume alcohol legally. This is not a good start to the 2018 offseason for the NFL.


Rueben Foster arrested again

Mon, Feb 12th 3:41pm EST
By Mike Tagliere

SF

San Francisco 49ers starting middle linebacker Rueben Foster was arrested late Sunday night on suspicion of domestic violence and two other charges. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This adds on to what has already been an eventful offseason for the second-year linebacker, as he was arrested in January on drug charges. Knowing that he was also tagged with a failed drug test at the NFL Combine last year, it's extremely likely that Foster is facing a minimum four-game suspension. He was a budding superstar his rookie season, but he needs to stay on the field in order to help his team. We'll update you on this as we get more information.


Pittsburgh Steelers beat writer Ed Bouchette is reporting QB Ben Roethlisberger is expected to extend his career beyond his current contract. (Source: Ed Bouchette on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bouchette wrote that Steelers owner Art Rooney told reporters that Roethlisberger “wants” to continue his playing career beyond his current contract — he has two years remaining in the deal — and could try to hammer out an extension in the future following the 2018 season. And while this news could put any retirement rumors on hold for a while, nothing would be set in stone — Roethlisberger has contemplated retirement in each of the past few seasons. The Steelers should really be focusing on the Le’Veon Bell situation as their top offseason priority.


Minnesota Vikings beat writer Chris Tomasson is reporting that Arizona Cardinals RB Adrian Peterson said he believes he can play for another four seasons. (Source: Chris Tomasson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Peterson will turn 33 on March 21 and is coming off of a severe neck injury suffered back in Week 12, which ultimately ended his 2017 season. Expected to be released by the Cardinals this offseason, Peterson would be entering his year-12 in the NFL if he is picked up by another club assuming Arizona does, in fact, move on from the future Hall of Fame running back whose best years are in the rearview. However, because he keeps himself in tremendous shape and has returned from injury to perform at a high-level in the past, he'll likely find himself on a roster by training camp, likely a contender in one last gasp to add a championship to his resume.


ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting New England Patriots QB Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick are both expected to return in 2018. (Source: DIanna Russini on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Although there has been disarray within the Patriots organization throughout the 2017 season, both Brady and Belichick are expected to return for the 2018 season, their 19th year together. At this rate, reaching a year-20 has a greater chance of happening than not.


Baker Mayfield is 'squarely in play' for Browns' No. 1 pick, per CBS Sports. (Source: CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Mayfield is generally the top pick for "most pro ready" QB in the 2018 draft class. The other names often rumored around the #1 pick are Josh Allen and Sam Darnold. Darnold is also pro-ready, but Allen is much less so. If Mayfield does indeed go to Cleveland, the offense will be pretty dynamic, as the Browns have several offensive weapons and a solid Offensive Line. Mayfield would likely be a high-end QB2 right away (if he starts immediately, which seems likely), with potential for plenty more.


Browns' beat writer Mary Kay Cabot reports that the Cleveland Browns will be in the market for a veteran quarterback and could trade for Chiefs' QB Alex Smith. (Source: www.cleveland.com)

Fantasy Impact: The Browns are loaded with draft picks in the 2018 draft and they have the money to absorb the remainder Alex Smith's contract. Smith has one year remaining on his deal but the Chiefs have expressed their interest in trading him and handing over the starting job to Pat Mahomes. Kabot reports that Smith would be a bridge quarterback and provide veteran leadership to whichever rookie quarterback the Browns select with either their first or fourth overall pick in the draft. Nothing is official at the moment but it seems likely that Smith will be wearing a new uniform in 2018. The Browns have some talented skill players but Smith's fantasy value would likely take a hit if a trade is agreed upon between the two teams.


Michael Gallup met with the Denver Broncos at the 2018 Senior Bowl, in advance of the NFL Draft. Gallup has also signed with a Boulder, CO agency.

Fantasy Impact: This is a pretty loose rumor at this point, and Gallup would likely have to fall into the 2nd or 3rd round to end up in Denver, as it's unlikely they'd take him 5th overall. Still, it's an intriguing landing spot. Denver will likely have an upgraded QB next year either via the draft or free agency, ,and their current star WRs in Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders are both 30 years old. Denver drafted Carlos Henderson last year, but Gallup would likely surpass him on the depth chart pretty quickly. Gallup could find his way onto the field in the first few years, and has the size and athleticism to make an impact. He only played two years at Colorado State University, but produced over 2,700 scrimmage yards, 15.3 yards per reception, and 21 TDs.


James Washington has drawn interest from, and has met with the Dallas Cowboys, in advance of the 2018 NFL Draft. He says it would be a "dream come true" to play for Dallas, his favorite team growing up. (Source: Cowboys Wire)

Fantasy Impact: Dallas would be an interesting landing spot for Washington, who attended Oklahoma State University (the alma mater of Dez Bryant, who Washington apparently studies). Washington comes in undersized compared to the Cowboys' typical outside receivers, at 5'11" and 205 lb. He was a mega-producer in college, averaging nearly 20 yards per catch, over 1,300 yards receiving per season over his final three, and scoring 33 TDs in that span. It will be interesting to see how Washington can translate to the NFL and beat professional-level DBs. Being tied to a good, young QB is good for his outlook if he goes to Dallas, but it's less clear if he'll be able to dominate NFL defenders.


Falcons coach Dan Quinn announced recently that Beasley would be moving back to defensive end permanently in 2018. Beasly played at strongside linebacker as a passing down rusher for most of 2017. That situation affected his sack total after recording 15.5 in 2016 as a defensive end to only record 5 in 2017 as that strongside linebacker. (Source: atlantafalcons.com)

Fantasy Impact: This announcement doesn't just affect Beasley's fantasy football outlook on the positive side. 2017 rookies linebacker Duke Riley and defensive end Takkarist McKinley roles in 2018 could be expanded. And veterans linebacker De'Vondre Campbell and Defensive end Adrain Clayborn, who is entering 2018 as an unrestricted free agent, as well could also be affected. IDP owners will want to monitor the situation as Atlanta may shuffle around their starting lineup on defense for the up coming season.


T.J. Ward was arrested in early January of 2018 and now he’s facing a Hillsborough County court date for felony marijuana possession. (Source: tampabay.com/blogs/bucs)

Fantasy Impact: Ward never quite worked out for Tampa Bay as they preferred using rookie Justin Evans and veteran Chris Conte as the starting safeties once Evans acclimated himself to the pro level. Ward was reportedly not agreeing with the situation as it was and now this arrest along with Ward being an unrestricted free agent in 2018 may mean the end of Ward's time in Tampa Bay.


Robby Anderson arrested

Fri, Jan 19th 2:13pm EST
By Anthony Cervino

NYJ

New York Jets beat reporter Rich Cimini is reporting WR Robby Anderson was arrested in South Florida on Thursday night for charges that include resisting an officer, harming a public servant or family and fleeing the police. Cimini is adding that the team is aware of Anderson's arrest but have yet to comment. (Source: Rich Cimini on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is Anderson's second South Florida arrest in a year. Last offseason, the troubled wideout was picked up while at a music festival for similar charges. As a result, Anderson, who is coming off of a breakout season, recording a 63-941-7 stat line -- he finished as the WR16 with 137 fantasy points -- could face disciplinary actions from the NFL for his conduct off the field. From a fantasy perspective, Anderson's ADP could be affected if he is banned for any amount of games. His ADP will also depend on the Jets' quarterback situation, plus, the role of Quincy Enunwa in the wake of his eventual return from a season-ending neck injury suffered in the preseason.