The Atlanta Falcons are hiring former Titans OC Arthur Smith as their next head coach. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: This is a well deserved promotion for Smith, who bring a modern offensive philosophy to his new home. Atlanta still has plenty of talent on offense and Smith will now be tasked with unlocking it. The organization also has the No. 4 overall pick in the draft. Perhaps Smith will want to draft Matt Ryan's successor.
Thu, Jan 14th 10:16pm EST
By Brendan Tuma
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports the New York Jets are hiring former 49ers DC Robert Saleh to a five-year contract. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The Jets themselves have already made the hire official. Saleh is an enthusiastic defensive mind who was responsible for a dominant San Francisco defense in 2019. Unfortunately, his unit was ravaged by injuries this year, but it didn't kill his future head coach shine. The next order of business for the Jets will be figuring out what to do with both Sam Darnold and the No. 2 overall draft pick.
Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle declared for the 2021 NFL Draft. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Waddle was limited to six appearances this year due to an ankle injury. However, he was able to suit up in the National Championship this week (although the 22-year-old certainly wasn't 100 percent). Waddle is viewed as an extremely talented receiver with good yards-after-catch ability. One concern will be his age (23 as a rookie). Still, Waddle is viewed as a first-round pick.
Alabama QB Mac Jones has declared for the 2021 NFL Draft. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Jones finished his college career by leading Alabama to a National Championship over Ohio State this week. He had a fantastic year, totaling 41 touchdowns against just four interceptions. Additionally, the 22-year-old completed 77.4% of his passes. Perhaps his success was merely a product of Alabama's explosive offense, but there's a chance a team rolls the dice with him in the first round come late-April. If nothing else Jones should wind up as a second-round selection.
Wed, Jan 13th 11:20am EST
By Jon Mathisen
Denzel Ward and fellow cornerback Kevin Johnson were both activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The Browns are banged up on the backend so both players are getting activated at the right time. Robert Jackson, another corner, who came off the practice squad in September, was just placed on IR as well. Ward will do his best to try and contain Tyreek Hill in Sunday's Divisional Round matchup against the Chiefs.
The Seattle Seahawks and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer have parted ways. (Source: Seattle Seahawks on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: "Philosophical differences" were cited as the reason for the split. Seattle has always been a run-first team under head coach Pete Carroll, but the #LetRussCook movement gained steam entering 2020, which led to an MVP performance out of Russell Wilson through the first half. However, turnovers quickly became an issue, and Carroll spoke publicly about his desire to get back to running the ball. The Seahawks' offense has always seemed to function at its best when plays broke down and things became unscripted. That usually isn't a good sign. Shane Steichen, the current Chargers' OC, has been mentioned as a candidate for Seattle's new opening.
The Bills have signed former Giants RB Devonta Freeman to their practice squad on Tuesday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Buffalo lost rookie RB Zach Moss (ankle) for the remainder of the playoffs. Freeman was added to the practice squad for running back depth and will back up starter Devin Singletary. The 28-year-old veteran RB was released by the Giants from injured reserve last Thursday. Freeman logged 54 carries for 172 yards (3.2 YPC) and one touchdown while also hauling in seven catches on 10 targets for 58 yards across five games for the Giants in 2020.
Mon, Jan 11th 6:12pm EST
By Brendan Tuma
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports the Cowboys are hiring Dan Quinn to be their new defensive coordinator. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Dallas makes quick work in finding a new DC after relieving Mike Nolan of his duties just last week. The Cowboys' defense was a major problem in 2020 and allowed a franchise-record 473 points. Quinn's tenure as head coach of the Falcons wasn't perceived very positively over the past few seasons, but perhaps he'll find more success now that he's back in a coordinator role.
Mon, Jan 11th 2:04pm EST
By Adam Koffler
The Philadelphia Eagles have dismissed Doug Pederson of his duties as head coach. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: After a tumultuous 2020 season that ended in a 4-11-1 record, Eagles brass decided it was best to relieve Doug Pederson of his duties as head coach. Pederson coached the Eagles for the past five seasons, winning Super Bowl LII in 2018. It sounds like GM Howie Roseman and owner Jeffrey Lurie are interested in taking this Eagles team in a different direction starting in 2021, now with a new head coach at the very least. Pederson’s tenure in Philadelphia comes to a close with an overall record of 42-37-1.
Sat, Jan 9th 5:02pm EST
By Dan Titus
Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) has been activated from Injured Reserve and will make his return to play against the Chicago Bears for Sunday's Wild Card game (Source: Nick Underhill on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Thomas was placed on IR in Week 14 due to a lingering ankle issue. However, he'll be good to go in the Wild Card round against the Bears on Sunday. The Bears have a strong secondary but a healthy Thomas will be a handful. Priced at $6300 on Draftkings, Thomas has great value and upside for Sunday's three-game slate.
Sat, Jan 9th 4:56pm EST
By Dan Titus
Saints RB Alvin Kamara has been activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list and will play against the Bears on Sunday in the first round of the NFL playoffs. (Source: Nick Underhill on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Kamara practiced remotely throughout the week, and his status was in question after going on the Reserve/COVID-19 list a little over a week ago. He'll be good to go and can be safely inserted into DFS lineups.
Sat, Jan 9th 12:05pm EST
By Brad Camara
The Browns activated TE Harrison Bryant from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Saturday and he will play in Sunday’s Wild Card game against the Steelers. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Bryant tested positive for coronavirus at the at the end of December, but was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Saturday. He is now eligible to play in Sunday’s Wild Card game against the Steelers. Bryant is expected to serve as the backup TE to Austin Hooper in Sunday’s playoff game and is mainly a GPP option in DFS.