Description: Bears DE Ray McDonald has been arrested on a domestic violence charge, according to veteran reporter Damian Trujillo.
Insight: Haven't we been here before? It's actually the third time he's been accused in the last nine months. Can't believe the Bears will keep him around despite their huge need for help on the defensive side of the ball.
Description: Patriots' second-year running back James White will be one of three guys seeking to take over the Shane Vereen role.
Insight: White will battle with Travaris Cadet and Dion Lewis for the Patriots' third-down role. Of course, starting any New England running back is always an "adventure." Watch this competition in preseason, but the likelihood is that only LeGarrette Blount will be fantasy worthy.
Description: Bengals receiver Marvin Jones has been cleared for OTAs, according to a bengals.com report.
Insight: Jones caught 51 balls for 712 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2013 and made the Bengals passing game much more explosive with him playing opposition A.J. Green. If he's back and healthy, fantasy owners shouldn't forget how good he was two seasons ago.
Description: Eagles rookie receiver Nelson Agholor figures to start from Week 1, according to reports.
Insight: Given the other options, this probably isn't shocking news. Last year's rookie, Jordan Matthews, and Agholor should carry the majority of the wide receiver workload with tight end Zach Ertz roaming in the middle. Don't expect much from Josh Huff, Riley Cooper or Miles Austin.
Description: Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey said there will be no quarterback competition as Geno Smith will "probably" be the Week 1 starter according to ESPN New York.
Insight: This is a big surprise considering how poorly Smith has played at times during his career. He did show flashes of great quarterback play, including a 20-for-25, 358 yards and three touchdown day in the season finale as the Jets knocked off the Dolphins and prevented Miami from staying alive for the playoffs. Smith will have to solve his turnover issue, however, to become fantasy relevant. He had 16 turnovers in 14 games in 2014.
Description: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been suspended four games for his role in DeflateGate.
Insight: New England has also lost their 2016 first-round pick and 2017 fourth-rounder, along with being handed a $1 million fine. Brady will likely appeal the suspension, which could potentially be reduced to two or three games. No matter what, Jimmy Garoppolo will likely start Week 1 against the Steelers.
Description: Former Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase said running back C.J. Anderson was not in great shape, struggling with his conditioning at times last season according to the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: That would make sense as Anderson seemed to tire over the season. He had just a 3.8 yard per carry average in December. Still, he averaged 4.7 yards per attempt over the whole season, rushing for 849 yards and scoring 10 total touchdowns. That wasn't bad for a waiver wire pickup midway through the season, but it will be intriguing where he lands on the Denver depth chart this year and consequently, where he falls in fantasy drafts. New coach Gary Kubiak has not assured Anderson a starting role in the backfield.
Description: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady could face discipline for his invovlement in "Deflategate" according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Insight: The Ted Wells report didn't have definitive evidence, but one can connect the dots and figure out that Brady instructed the Patriots equipment staff to decrease the air in the footballs. It is possible that Brady will be suspended the first game of the season, which would mean the NFL opener would be without Brady and Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell. As far as fantasy, if Brady misses just one game, it should effect his preseason value.
Description: Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (torn left ACL) was participating in drills Monday, according to an azcardinals.com report.
Insight: At this point, we fell he should be ready for the opening week. Palmer was missed by both the Cardinals and fantasy owners and his return in time for training camp would greatly increase the value of Arizona receivers and the offense in general.
Description: Browns quarterback Josh McCown will open training camp as the Browns starting quarterback according to CBS Cleveland.
Insight: Coach Mike Pettine didn't flat out say McCown will be the team's starter, but he phrased it "fair to say" McCown would be the starter. This shouldn't be a surprise. The Browns didn't draft a quarterback, McCown is due $6.25 million, and Johnny Maziel is, well, still Manziel. McCown, however, should only be drafted in very deep or two-quarterback fantasy leagues.
Description: The Ravens signed Sacramento State WR DeAndre Carter.
Insight: Not a bad landing spot, on a team with only Steve Smith Sr. and rookie Breshad Perriman locked in at the position. Carter was a Sports Network FCS All-American in 2014 after catching 99 passes for 1,321 yards and 17 TDs,
Description: Raiders receiver James Jones was released.
Insight: The aging veteran was replaced by Michael Crabtree and first-round pick Amari Cooper. It was just a few years ago (2012) that Jones amassed 14 touchdown catches with Green Bay, but he's never been a fantasy stud. He could latch on somewhere but his days with fantasy value are over.
Jameis Winston, QB
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Description: Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie quarterback Jameis Winston will not be a two-sport player a la Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders.
Insight: Winston was an FSU reliever with nine career saves, a 1.08 ERA and 0.92 WHIP, but the contract he signed in Tampa included a clause against playing baseball. He was a 12th round pick of the Texas Rangers in 2012.
Description: The Buccaneers want second-year running back Charles Sims to be the "feature" back this season, according to the Pewter Report.
Insight: While Sims may turn into Tampa Bay's lead back, there is too much uncertainty surrounding the Buccaneers backfield for us to recommend starting him ... yet. He played the final eight games in 2014, averaging just 2.8 ypg, but caught 19 balls for 190 yards. Lovie Smith seems to like his pass-catching ability and Doug Martin could be on his way out of town.
Description: Washington coach Jay Gruden confirmed with ESPN that running back Alfred Morris will continue to see a majority of the carries next season.
Insight: Washington took Florida running back Matt Jones in the third round, but Gruden reassured Morris that Jones is only going to provide the position depth. Roy Helu, who was Morris' backup, left the team via free agency. Morris had his worst season of his career last year, but he could be a bounce back candidate with offensive line guru Bill Callahan in town and No. 5 overall pick right tackle Brandon Scherff the team's newest blocker.
Description: Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told ESPN that running back Andre Ellington will keep the same role he had last season before his injury.
Insight: Arizona did address the running back position in the draft, but the team picked Northern Iowa running back David Johnson, who is not a true workhorse. Johnson, like Ellington, is better in the receiving game, so he really will only be Ellington's backup. Hopefully, Ellington can completely recover from his foot injury and produce more than last season. After he averaged 5.5 yards per attempt his rookie season, he only averaged 3.3 yards per attempt in 2014.
Description: The Dolphins needed WR help this offseason and added Tony Lippett from MSU in the fifth round.
Insight: The 2014 Big Ten Wide Receiver of the Year, finished his Michigan State career with 149 catches for 2,247 yards and 15 TDs, but ran a 4.61 at the Combine and seems to have limited value behind Jarvis Landry, top pick DeVante Parker and recently acquired Kenny Stills.
Description: The Miami Dolphins added running back help with a fifth-round selection from Boise State - Jay Ajayi.
Insight: Ajayi might have been a second-day selection except for worries about a right knee issue. At Boise he rushed for 3,796 yards and 50 touchdowns and caught 73 balls. He ran a 4.57 40 at the Combine.
Description: The 49ers selected Mike Davis of South Carolina with a fourth round pick.
Insight: Davis was a bit disappointing in 2014 after a solid 2013 season and a 4.61 40 time doesn't help his cause. He'll start pretty deep on the depth chart behind Carlos Hyde, Reggie Bush and Kendall Hunter and probably won't help fantasy owners in his rookie season.
Description: The Ravens selected Javorius Allen of USC in the fourth round.
Insight: Allen isn't a workhorse back, but can make one cut and go, block and catch passes, so he could be a useful third-down back in the NFL. However, that's unlikely to make him a high value fantasy asset.
Description: The Browns finally made a move to help their weak wide receiver corps, drafting Vince Mayle in the fourth round.
Insight: A big receiver who isn't fast (4.67 40), Mayle still amassed 148 catches for 2,022 yards at Washington State. He's more like a tight end than a wideout and his fantasy value doesn't figure to be very big.
Description: The Falcons may have found their No. 3 receiver to replace Harry Douglas (Tennessee) in Justin Hardy from East Carolina.
Insight: Hardy set all kind of records at ECU with 387 receptions for 4,541 yards and 35 touchdowns, but the Falcons are set on the outside with Julio Jones and Roddy White. On the other hand, isn't White about a 100-years-old?
Description: The Cleveland Browns drafted Miami running back Duke Johnson with the No. 77 overall pick in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Insight: The Browns are obviously not sold on the running backs, Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell, they selected last season. Who can blame them? Neither running back was able to emerge as a clear front-runner to the starting job. Part of the problem could have been too many "cooks in the kitchen" as the Browns also had veteran Ben Tate in the backfield at the beginning of last season, but Tate was released in the middle of the season. This pick makes the Browns backfield a three-headed monster once again.
Description: The Kansas City Chiefs selected Georgia wide receiver Chris Conley with the No. 76 overall pick in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Insight: The Chiefs wide receiver issues have been well documented. Kansas City didn't have passing touchdown to a wideout last season, so the position has been a big focus for the Chiefs this offseason. They signed Jeremy Maclin in the offseason and now added Conley. Conley didn't excell in college, but he didn't have a great quarterback with him last season. Conley should compete for the other starting wide receiver spot opposite Maclin.
Description: The New Orleans Saints drafted Colorado State quarterback Garrett Grayson with the No. 75 overall in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Insight: So the first quarterback on Day 2 has finally been taken. This is a very interesting pick. The Saints had salary cap issues in March that led to the team losing Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills. They did sign running back C.J. Spiller, but this team is rebuilding and has seemingly found Drew Brees' replacement. Brees is 36 and probably has just two or three really good years left.
Description: The Atlanta Falcons selected Indiana running back Travis Coleman with the No. 73 overall pick in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Insight: Coleman was a very productive runner in college, rushing for 3,219 yards and 28 touchdowns in 452 career rushes. Coleman can also pass protect, so there is a good chance he starts right away with only Devonta Freeman and Antone Smith left at running back on the Falcons roster. With Kyle Shanahan as his offensive coordinator, Coleman has high upside in fantasy this season.
Description: The Houston Texans selected Arizona State wide receiver Jaelen Strong with the No. 70 overall pick in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Insight: Strong had first-round grades in a lot of mock drafts, so this is a steal for the Texans. He had a wrist injury at the end of the season last year, so perhaps that scared some teams away. Strong will replace Andre Johnson and play next to DeAndre Hopkins, and if Houston can get consistency out of their quarterback position, Strong could be a fantasy sleeper like he might be in this draft.
Description: The Seattle Seahawks picked Kansas State wide receiver Tyler Lockett with the No. 69 overall pick in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Insight: Mel Kiper compared Lockett to Phillip Dorsett, who the Colts selected at the end of the first round, so the Seahawks certainly get value here in the early third round. The weakess position on the Seahawks roster is wide receiver, so Lockett could be that missing playmaker this team has needed since it traded away Percy Harvin.
Description: The Oakland Raiders selected Miami tight end Clive Walford with the 68th overall pick in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Insight: Well one think is for sure, Trey Wingo love him. Walford posted the most impressive numbers of any tight end in Miami football history, which is quite impressive considering Jeremy Shockey, Bubba Franks, Kellen Winslow and Greg Olsen are just some of the recent tight ends to have gone to Miami. This is another solid pick for the Oakland Raiders.
Description: The Baltimore Ravens selected Minnesota Tight End Maxx Williams with the 55th overall pick in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Insight: The Ravens are clearly restocking their skill players to help quarterback Joe Flacco. Baltimore traded up in front of rival Pittsburgh, who was also interested in Williams, to draft the former Golden Gophers tight end. He comes from a very athletic family and should compete with the always injured Dennis Pitta for the No. 1 tight end job in 2015.
Description: The Detroit Lions selected Nebrask running back Ameer Abdullah with the No. 54 overall pick in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Insight: Detroit averaged just 1.8 yards before contact while running the ball in 2014, so their blocking certainly needs help. Rather than trying to fix the entire offensive line, the Lions took Abdullah, who loves running straight ahead and hitting defenders. He will be a great complement to Joique Bell and Theo Riddick, but it is too early to tell what kind of fantasy impact Abdullah could have in his rookie season.
Description: The Carolina Panthers drafted Michigan wide receiver Devin Funchess with the No. 41 overall pick in the second round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Insight: Similar to Green-Beckham, Funchess is another big wide receiver, standing at 6'4". Pairing him with the second-year, 6'5" Kelvin Benjamin, quarterback Cam Newton has some big targets to throw to. The problem with the Panthers offense, though, was Newton was under duress a lot. It probably would have been better if Carolina went with an offensive lineman or a small, quick receiver that Netwon could hit quickly in the flat.
Description: The Tennessee Titans selected Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham with the No. 40 overall pick in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Insight: The Titans are obviously trying to surround their new quarterback, Marcus Mariota, with weapons. Green-Beckham, however, comes with a lot of risk. He was charged with marijuana possession in 2012, arrested for marijuana charges in January of 2014, and then was dismissed from the football team at Missouri because of a domestic violence investigation. This pick doesn't make much sense considering other wide receivers like Jaelen Strong were still available. Fantasy owners should stay clear of Green-Beckham for now.
Description: The New York Jets selected Ohio State wide receiver Devin Smith with the No. 37 overall pick in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Insight: The Jets had the worse passing offense in the NFL last season, so they addressed that problem by trading for Brandon Marshall and then drafting Smith. This is a nice pick for the Jets because even if he doesn't play much at wide receiver in 2015, he has value on special teams, but last time I checked, Geno Smith is still the Jets quarterback. That should scare any fantasy owner away from this kid.
Description: The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon with the No. 36 overall pick in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Insight: Yeldon might be an early steal in the second round. He is a proven winner, playing for National Championship at Alabama, and he fills an obvious need in Jacksonville. With Toby Gerhart, Denard Robinson, Storm Johnson and Bernard Pierce the four running backs currently on the Jacksonville roster, Yeldon needs to be on fantasy radars in all leagues. Yeldon could be the Jaguars starter from Day 1.
Description: The Indianapolis Colts selected Miami wide receiver Phillip Dorsett with the No. 29 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Insight: Perhaps the shocker of an otherwise pretty boring first round, the Colts went wide receiver despite the best safety of the draft still on the board and other obvious needs on defense. Dorsett will obviously benefit from playing with Andrew Luck and for that reason, he could be an immediate impact in fantasy football, but how is he going to get on the field? The Colts already had T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief, Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener as Luck's top pass catchers, and then they added Andre Johnson in free agency. Owners have to assume all five of those guys will see more targets than Dorsett in 2015.
Description: The Baltimore Ravens selected UCF wide receiver Breshad Perriman with the No. 26 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Insight: Perriman is an extremely talented receiver, but he has had trouble catching the ball in the past. He dropped 14 passes the last two years at UCF. If he can figure out the catching problem, Perriman has the other skills to be a solid NFL wide receiver.
Description: The Philadelphia Eagles drafted USC wide receiver Nelson Agholor with the No. 20 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Insight: Maybe Chip Kelly isn't as crazy as he seems. This makes a lot more sense than the Eagles trading the entire farm away from quarterback Marcus Mariota. Sam Bradford showed a lot of promise before his ACL injury in 2013, but the Rams had no pieces around him on offense. The Eagles are set at running back, but Jeremy Maclin left in free agency, so they needed wide receiver help.
Melvin Gordon, RB
4/30/2015 9:47:00 PM
Description: The San Diego Chargers traded up three spots to pick Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon with the No. 15 overall pick.
Insight: Gordon broke the single-game Division I college record with 408 rushing yards against Nebraska last season. He also ran for 2,587 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns last season. This is a great selection for the Chargers, who are lacking playmakers on offense, especially at running back. Gordon should be targeted as a RB3 in redraft fantasy leagues next season.
Description: The Miami Dolphins selected Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker with the No. 14 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Insight: This is a nice fit for Miami. Parker has been described to have the catch radius like an A.J. Green. He should complement second-year receiver Jarius Landry well and replace the departed Mike Wallace.
Description: The St. Louis Rams drafted Georgia running back Todd Gurley with the No. 10 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Insight: This is a big selection for Jeff Fisher and the St. Louis Rams. This is probably the Rams best running back since Stephen Jackson. However, Gurley is unlikely to play in the first month of the season according to the Miami Herald. Gurley tore his ACL in November last season, so fantasy owners probably don't need to target him in redraft leagues. In dynasty leagues, though, he is can't miss.
Kevin White, WR
4/30/2015 8:53:00 PM
Description: The Chicago Bears selected West Virigina wide receiver Kevin White with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Insight: White and Amari Cooper were the top two wide receivers in this year's draft, so this is a great value pick for the Bears. White replaces Brandon Marshall, who was shipped to New York. This pick doesn't help their defensive problem, but for fantasy owners, White should be able to produce right away lining up opposite of Alshon Jeffery.
Description: The Oakland Raiders selected Alabama Amari Cooper with the fourth overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Insight: Wide receivers have gone to die in Oakland the last 10 years, but there is signs of hope with young promising quarterback Derek Carr already in place. Carr to Cooper could be a passing combination for years to come. Fantasy owners will want to at least have Cooper on their draft boards to consider for a late round flier this season.
Marcus Mariota, QB
4/30/2015 8:31:00 PM
Description: The Tennessee Titans selected Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Insight: The question everyone was wondering has been answered as Mariota is a Tennessee Titan although that doesn't mean he will stay in Tennessee. It's still possible the Eagles, Jets or Bears could trade with the Titans for Mariota. For now, Mariota is in Nashville, and he will be competing with Zach Mettenberger for the starting quarterback position in Ken Whisenhunt's offense.
Jameis Winston, QB
4/30/2015 8:28:00 PM
Description: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Insight: This was expected. Winston won the Heisman Trophy his freshman season in 2013 and led Florida State to another undefeated regular season in 2014. He did, however, throw 18 interceptions in his second college season, but fantasy owners have to love the fact he is throwing to receivers Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans.
Description: Cardinals running back Andre Ellington is almost completely recovered from his foot injury and sports-hernia surgery, according to coach Bruce Arians.
Insight: There has been much speculation about the Cardinals being interested in the Vikings' Adrian Peterson, but given his age and high salary it's more likely Arizona features a soon-to-be healthy Ellington with a talented rookie draft pick backing him up.
Description: The NFL has suspended Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy 10 games for conduct detrimental to the NFL according to NFL.com.
Insight: The NFL clearly wants to send a message that domestic violence will not be tolerated and for good reason. The 10 game suspension is about as long of a suspension as one can get in the NFL without being out the full season.
Description: Chargers GM Tom Telesco went on record saying "it's out plan and intent" to keep quarterback Philip Rivers "well into the future", yet failed to answer a follow-up question which was whether he had talked to Tennessee about a possible trade.
Insight: Meanwhile, Marcus Mariota worked out with the Chargers last week. Until Telesco outright answers all of the media's questions or Rivers signs a contract extension in San Diego, the trade rumors will continue to circle.
Description: Georgia star running back, Todd Gurley, received a clean bill of health from the medical recheck at the Combine.
Insight: Gurley figures to be the first or second running back off the board and should be a viable fantasy option in his rookie year depending upon where he ends up. Gurley could go as high as No. 8 to Atlanta, but more likely ends up in Arizona, Baltimore or Dallas.
Description: Pittsburgh wideout Antonio Brown is not reporting to offseason workouts, according to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports. It's a first indication that Brown wants a new contract.
Insight: The Steelers star led all receivers in the regular season with 129 receptions for 1,698 yards and scored 14 times and became a fantasy superstar so anything that could change that status isn't good. Hopefully the two sides can work it out and the receiver is excited to be in Pittsburgh on Opening Day 2015.
Description: Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was there for the first day of offseason conditioning, according to Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland.com.
Insight: Whether Manziel can turn it around or even wether he'll be given a chance to turn it around is out of his hands, but at least it appears he's ready to buckle down and get to work. Reports of the Browns making an offer for Sam Bradford and looking at Marcus Mariota in the draft making Manziel's roster spot a question mark.
Description: Former Vikings wideout Greg Jennings has made the tour of teams, but still has no contract offer in hand, that we know of.
Insight: Jennings led Minnesota with 742 receiving yards last season, but is a man without a team. Once a fantasy stud, he's likely a third receiver at best and will have limited fantasy value no matter where he goes. He has visited New Orleans, Baltimore, Carolina and Jacksonville.
Description: Chargers tight end Antonio Gates wants to play fewer plays next season, according to Emily Kaplan of SI.com.
Insight: That's not good news for fantasy owners. Gates finished last season with 69 catches, 821 yards and 12 touchdowns, his best season since 2010. I'm sure we will hear about LaDarius Green a lot more next season.
Description: Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell has received a three-game suspension for his DUI arrest in August 2014, according to Adam Schefter.
Insight: Bell rushed for 1,361 yards and caught 83 balls for another 854 yards last season making him one of the best players in all of fantasy, so missing a trio of games will hurt. DeAngelo Williams should start those three games.
Description: Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount will be suspended one game for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
Insight: Blount and former teammate Le'Veon Bell were arrested for marijuana possession in November. Bell likely will see a slightly harsher punishment, as he was behind the wheel when the two were pulled over.
Description: Bills wideout Sammy Watkins has minor offseason hip surgery, according to Josina Anderson.
Insight: Watkins might be slowed in OTAs, but should be ready to go when camp opens. He had a pretty good rookie season all things considered with 65 receptions for 982 yards and six scores. He'll have Matt Cassell throwing to him this season, but may have to share a few targets with newly-acquired Percy Harvin.
Description: Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart is expected to play fullback next season, according to Ian Rapoport.
Insight: Gerhart was supposed to carry the running game last season, but failed miserably. He rushed for 326 yards on 102 carries and lost the job to Denard Robinson. The Jags added Bernard Pierce and got rid of fullback Bradie Ewing leaving the team without a fullback on the current roster.
Description: Wide receiver Jarrett Boykin signed a one-year deal with Carolina.
Insight: Boykin was beaten out by Davante Adams for the No. 3 receiver spot in Green Bay. He could win the job opposite Kevin Benjamin, currently owned by Jerricho Cotchery, but that still might not make him fantasy worthy.
Description: Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will be in an open competition with Jimmy Clausen, according to new head coach John Fox.
Insight: Cutler should be able to beat out Clause for the starting role, but obviously there are no guarantees. Whoever wins the job, still has a few weapons at his disposal despite the loss of Brandon Marshall. Alshon Jeffery is a rising star, Marquess Wilson is talented and he can always throw the ball to Matt Forte, the best receiving back in football.
Description: Cornerback Terence Newman has signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings.
Insight: The Vikings gave up just 3,572 yards through the air last season which was seventh-best, but did yield 26 touchdown passes. New head coach Mike Zimmer knows Newman from his days in Cincinnati. He's not the player he once was, but he can still be effective.
Description: Bears defensive end Jared Allen might have some trouble adapting to the Bears new 3-4 defense, according to Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun Times.
Insight: Allen has always played in a 4-3 and isn't really big enough to play DE in a 3-4. He could end up being in for a passing down package instead of every down after he posted a career-worst 5.5 sacks last season.
Description: New Eagles linebacker Kiko Alonso (torn ACL) is expected to be ready for OTAs, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer report.
Insight: The Eagles base defense wasn't very good last season, but their special teams made them a fantasy delight. A healthy Alonso alongside Mychal Kendricks will improve their defense, but that probably won't drastically change their fantasy value.
Description: Coach Tom Coughlin suggested that wide receiver Victor Cruz could miss the beginning of the 2015 season according to the New York Post.
Insight: It is the Giants goal to have him ready, but if he isn't, Odell Beckham proved he can be the team's No. 1 recever. Cruz is trying to return from a patellar tendon tear which is supposedly even tougher to come back from than ACL tears.
Description: Packers receiver Jordy Nelson is recovering from offseason hip surgery according to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Insight: Nelson should be fine in six-to-eight weeks as the operation was simply to "clean it up". Based on his numbers, it didn't appear Nelson needed to get his hip "cleaned up" as he set a team record with 1,519 receiving yards and made his first Pro Bowl. Nelson will be one of the first receivers taken this fall.
Description: Head coach Chuck Pagano called running back Frank Gore his every-down back.
Insight: That's bad news for backups Dan Herron, Vick Ballard and Zurlon Tipton. The 2014 Colts backs had just nine rushing touchdowns and Gore could get that by himself next season. Though Gore may still be able to carry the load, remember the Colts offense is Andrew Luck centric.
Description: Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce's head coach Andy Reid, expects "more and better" from his tight end in 2015, according to Will Brinson.
Insight: Kelce had 67 receptions for 862 yards and five touchdowns in 2014 and "more and better" would put him in elite TE status. having a better deep weapon in Jeremy Maclin could open the middle more, so we think its possible that he can build on last season.
Description: LeSean McCoy new head coach, Rex Ryan said he's play in third downs along with Fred Jackson.
Insight: That's good news for fantasy owners as McCoy lost some value last season to Darren Sproles. McCoy is a great screen pass receiver and the Bills should use him there as well as running the ball if they and fantasy owners are to get their money's worth.
Description: The Jags have claimed waived running back Bernard Pierce.
Insight: Pierce was arrested for a DUI early Wednesday morning, and Baltimore made a quick decision to rid themselves of him. Pierce ran for just 366 yards at a 3.9 ypc pace. He'll be hard-pressed to make the Week 1 roster.
Description: Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, released by the Chiefs after they signed Jeremy Maclin, has agreed to a two-year deal with the Cleveland Browns, according to Ian Rapoport.
Insight: Bowe's fantasy value may just go from low to lower with this move. In Kansas City at least he had a solid, though unspectacular, quarterback in Alex Smith while he'll now be catching passes from either Josh McCown or Johnny Manziel. In either case it doesn't bode well for Bowe who caught zero touchdown passes last season.
Description: Dolphins tight end Charles Clay signed a five-year $38 million offer sheet with the Buffalo Bills according to The Buffalo News.
Insight: The Dolphins applied the transition tag to Clay, which means they have the right to match any offer sheet Clay signs. Miami, however, likely didn't think Clay would get an offer this high. The deal includes $20 million guaranteed and $24.2 million over the first two years. Miami has five days to match the offer, and if they decide not to, the Dolphins will receive no compensation.
Description: Wide receiver Stevie Johnson, who spent last season in San Francisco, will stay in California, playing for San Diego in 2015 after signing a three-year deal, according to Dianna Marie Russini of NBC4 in D.C.
Insight: Johnson will be playing in a group including Keenan Allen, Malcom Floyd and Jacoby Jones. He should be the No. 2 or No. 3 guy and could have WR3 fantasy value.
Description: Numerous reports have the Oakland Raiders signing running back Trent Richardson.
Insight: Richardson has yet to prove he can be an high-quality NFL running back despite being drafted No. 3 overall in the 2012 draft. If he makes the team he would likely grab some of Latavius Murray's carries.
Description: Former Patriots DT Vince Wilfork has agreed to join the Houston Texans, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: The 33-year-old Wilfork has been one of the top interior linemen in the NFL during his career and was a solid run-stopper again last season. With Wilfork clogging up the middle and J.J. Watt on the outside, the Texans should be solid up front.
Description: Wide receiver Cecil Shorts has agreed to a deal with Houston, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Shorts had a nice season back in 2012 (55-979-7), but his fantasy value has been slowed by poor quarterback play and injuries. He'll have similar quarterback issues in Houston. He'll also be a No. 2, at best, with DeAndre Hopkins seeing the most targets.
Description: The Titans continue to indicate that they will go with quarterback Zach Mettenberger as their starter in 2015, according to a Nashville Tennessean report.
Insight: They could have whichever rookie Tampa Bay doesn't select, likely Marcus Mariota, but it appears they are happy with Mettenberger. The Titans have added Harry Douglas to their wide receiver corps, but Mettenberg still doesn't figure to be worthy of fantasy starter status.
Description: Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has signed a multiple-year extension to stay in Pittsburgh.
Insight: His old deal was set to expire at the end of this season. Big Ben had a monster season, throwing for 4,952 yards and 32 touchdowns against just nine interceptions. He has a lot of talent around him including Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant and Le'Veon Bell, and should be a very good fantasy option again in 2015.
Description: Saints receiver Kenny Stills has been traded to the Miami Dolphins, according to ProFootballTalk.
Insight: Stills was a solid option for Drew Brees with 63 catches for 931 yards and three scores despite being the No. 3 target behind Jimmy Graham and Brandin Cooks. He'll move up in the pecking order in Miami and could be the No. 1 option.
Description: Former Raiders running back Darren McFadden has agreed to a two-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys, according to Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Insight: Fantasy owners certainly hope he's just a stop-gap measure until a "real" back can be brought into town. McFadden would certainly be better behind the Dallas offensive line than the weak Oakland line, but we assume there is a second move planned or a high draft choice to be used on a back like Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon.
Description: Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, released by the Chiefs after they signed Jeremy Maclin, is still searching for a landing spot.
Insight: Bowe could find one in Baltimore as a replacement for Torrey Smith, but that probably won't excite fantasy owners. Bowe was the top receiver in Kansas City but didn't score even once in 2014. The Ravens lost both Smith and tight end Owen Daniels so are in need of weapons for Joe Flacco. They can probably do better than Bowe.
Description: Update: The Dolphins have signed tight end Jordan Cameron.
Insight: Things continue to get weird in NFL free agency. Earlier it was reported Cameron had agreed to return to the Browns, but apparently that is not the case. Cameron will now take his talents to South Beach.
Description: The Browns have re-signed tight end Jordan Cameron to a two-year deal.
Insight: This is a big surprise, as Cameron was expected to leave after not receiving the franchise tag. Howver, after not seeing a great market, Cameron will be back with Cleveland for at least the next two seasons.
Description: Running back Ryan Mathews has finally agreed to terms with Philadelphia.
Insight: There was speculation that Mathews would move on after DeMarco Murray came into the Eagles' fold. However, that is not the case. Mathews fantasy impact will be severely limited unless there is an injury.
Description: Free agent running back DeMarco Murray has apparently gotten the money he was looking for ... in Philadelphia.
Insight: It's being reported that Murray and the Eagles have agreed to a five-year deal. This agreement puts the Ryan Mathews deal with the Eagles in limbo. Murray was the best running back in the NFL last season, but did see 497 touches which takes a toll on the body.
Description: Running back Ryan Mathews has finally agreed to terms with Philadelphia.
Insight: There was speculation that Mathews would move on after DeMarco Murray came into the Eagles' fold. However, that is not the case. Mathews fantasy impact will be severely limited unless there is an injury.
Description: Receiver Andre Johnson has signed with the Colts.
Insight: Indianapolis continues to add veterans, with Johnson being the latest addition. The Colts are a nice fit for him, as he will likely start opposite T.Y. Hilton. Johnson will be a WR3 heading into 2015.
Description: Running back Ryan Mathews and the Eagles have agreed to a three-year, $11.5 million contract according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Insight: The Eagles might not be done adding running back as the team could still draft one in the middle rounds next month. Mathews is Chip Kelly's consolation prize after he couldn't sign Mark Ingram or Frank Gore. Similar to new Philadelphia quarterback Sam Bradford, Mathews has high upside but is injury prone. He has played all 16 games just once in five NFL seasons.
Marcus Mariota, QB
3/11/2015 2:31:00 PM
Description: Eagles coach/GM Chip Kelly made it clear to the media on Wednesday that the team isn't planning to trade up for Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.
Insight: Kelly went as far as to say, "We will never mortgage our future to go up and get someone like that." It's hard to believe Kelly, though, after he completely disassembled his offense in one week's time. At this moment in time, owever, Sam Bradford is projected to be the Eagles starting quarterback in Week 1.
Description: The Jets have traded for Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Insight: Houston re-signed Ryan Mallett and signed Brian Hoyer, so there wasn't really a place for Fitzpatrick with the Texans. While Fitzpatrick is not a splashy move, he is a big upgrade to Geno Smith. In 12 starts, Fitzpatrick threw for 17 touchdowns, eight interceptions, completed 63.1 percent of his passes and finished fourth among quarterbacks with a 7.96 yards per attempt average.
Description: Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin officially came to terms with the Kansas City Chiefs. The two sides agreed to a five-year, $55 million contract with $22.5 million guaranteed according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
Insight: With this move, the Chiefs will release receiver Dwayne Bowe to make cap space for Maclin. This deal means Maclin is the sixth highest paid receiver in the league based on annual salary. Maclin had 85 catches for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, but he should see a decrease going from Chip Kelly's high-flying offense to an offense with very safe quarterback Alex Smith.
Description: Vikings re-signed running back Matt Asiata to a one-year deal.
Insight: Asiata was decent as Adrian Peterson's replacement last season, rushing for 570 yards and nine touchdowns. His fantasy value for 2015, however, obviously depends on what Minnesota does with Peterson.
Description: Wideout Brian Hartline has signed a two-year contract with the Cleveland Browns.
Insight: This isn't a big splash deal, but Hartline has a chance to be a top receiver for Josh McCown next season. By no means does that make Hartline a top fantasy wide receiver, but he has a chance to put up better stats than he had a season ago.
Description: Quarterback Sam Bradford has been traded to Philadelphia.
Insight: Bradford has been injury prone, but when healthy is pretty accurate. Still, one can't believe the Eagles are ready to play next season with Bradford and Mark Sanchez as their quarterbacks. Look for more moves or them drafting a quarterback in April.
Description: Quarterback Nick Foles (collarbone) has been traded to the St. Louis Rams.
Insight: It wasn't that long ago (2013) that Foles was playing like an MVP. But last season his performance dropped significantly and he missed the second half of the season due to injury. Foles is a better fit with the Rams and if healthy should be a solid, though unspectacular, quarterback.
Description: Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin plans to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
Insight: Although this should help Kansas City's passing game, which didn't see a single wideout score a receiving touchdown in 2014, it hurts Maclin's fantasy value. Alex Smith is extremely careful with the ball and doesn't throw down field very often. Andy Reid also spreads the ball around, but it will be interesting to see how the play calling changes with a clear No. 1 wide receiver in Reid's game plan.
Description: Ravens wideout Torrey Smith is going to sign with the San Francisco 49ers according to the Baltimore Sun.
Insight: The Baltimore Sun described the signing as a "done deal." Smith is close friends with fellow wide receiver Anquan Boldin, who won Super Bowl XLVII with Baltimore. That could have definitely played a role in Smith moving to the west coast. Meanwhile, the Baltimoe Sun has also reported Andre Johnson is a potential replacement for Smith to play alongside Steve Smith.
Description: Free agent running back Frank Gore is expected to sign with the Eagles when the new NFL year officially begins on Tuesday according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Insight: Schefter reports the deal will be for three years and includes $7.5 million guaranteed. The Eagles have an obvious hole with trading LeSean McCoy this past week, but Gore is 32 years old, so there is some risk with this signing. At least Gore has shown very little signs of wear-and-tear in his career.
Description: According to Espn's Chris Mortensen, the Dolphins have an agreement in place for defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
Insight: It is reportedly worth $114 million with $60 million guaranteed. Miami has seemingly been the front-runner since Suh was not given the franchise tag. He will now head to the AFC, and be a force for the Dolphins' defensive line.
Description: Dallas right tackle Doug Free has agreed to a three-year deal with the team, according to Todd Archer of ESPN.
Insight: Free is part of one of the league's best offensive lines and the Cowboys had re-signing him high on their to-do list. Many think the reason Dallas may let DeMarco Murray walk is that they think the offensive line, and not the back, was the reason for the success on the ground last season.
Description: If rumors of the trade for Brandon Marshall are true, Jets wide receiver Percy Harvin is as good as gone.
Insight: If he is released before March 19, then the Jets will send the Seahawks a sixth-round draft pick. New York would also be responsible for Harvin's $10.5 million salary if he stays on the roster. That's not going to happen now.
Description: Bears wideout Brandon Marshall has apparently been traded to the Jets for a fifth-round pick, according to Adam Schefter.
Insight: Marshall dealt with ankles issues for most of last season and is a "high-maintenance" receiver, but he can also be dynamic on the field in the right situation. Fantasy owners can't be happy with this landing spot and with Geno Smith as his quarterback.
Description: Colts running back Dan Herron was re-signed on Thursday.
Insight: Herron doesn't figure to be the Opening Day starter, but he'll be a handcuff to whoever is the starter. That guy probably isn't on the current roster. Herron played well in the second half of last season and into the playoffs.
Description: Panthers tight end Greg Olsen has signed a three-year extenssion to stay put.
Insight: Olsen clearly had his best season in 2014 (84-1,008-6) and will be a top-five fantasy option for the tight end position in 2015. This is good news for Cam Newton too. He couldn't afford to lose his most reliable target.
Description: Bears wideout Brandon Marshall is apparently being offered in trade or could be released, according to a Chicago Tribune report.
Insight: Marshall dealt with ankles issues for most of last season and is a "high-maintenance" receiver, but he can also be dynamic on the field in the right situation. Fantasy owners will have to watch carefully where he lands, if this report is indeed true.
Description: Wide receiver Reggie Wayne will not be re-signed by the Colts, the team he has played for over the past 14 seasons, announced the team.
Insight: Wayne is the franchise leader in regular season games played (211) and ranks second in receptions (1,070), receiving yards (14,345), receiving touchdowns (80), 100-yard games (43) and consecutive games with a reception (134). Even if he finds another job (Denver?), his fantasy value is likely very limited.
Description: Saints wide receiver Marques Colston will restructure his contract to stay with the team next season, according to mark Garafolo of FOX Sports 1.
Insight: Colston's numbers have fallen way off from his prime (59-902-5 in 2014) and he'll likely take a backup role to Brandin Cooks and Jimmy Graham, but he can still be Drew Brees' security blanket.
Description: Patriots DT Vince Wilfork will not have his option picked up by the team, according to the lineman himself, making him a free agent
Insight: The 33-year-old Wilfork has been one of the top interior linemen in the NFL during his career and was a solid run-stopper again last season. He could still help the Pats or another team in 2015.
Description: Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is still not convinced he wants to play for the Vikings again according to ESPN.
Insight: Vikings general manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer flew to Houston to visit Peterson at his home. Peterson released a statement saying how much he appeciated the visit, but he did not explicitly say he wants to return to Minnesota. It is still very unclear where Peterson will play in 2015.
Description: Saints coach Sean Payton would still like to have running back Mark Ingram in New Orleans, according to a FoxSports report, but the issue is financial.
Insight: The Saints are already over the cap. Ingram had 964 rushing yards and nine touchdowns and finally showed why he was a first round selection in 2011. Ingram's fantasy value could change dramatically based on where he ends up.
Description: Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins should see his fantasy value increase if veteran Andre Johnson is traded or released as he has requested.
Insight: Hopkins saw his numbers increase dramatically in 2014 to 76 receptions, 1,210 yards and six touchdowns. Of course, there is always a danger of double teams if the Texans don't get some kind of threat on the other side of the ball, but if Johnson (146 targets) leaves, Hopkins wouls certainly see more than last season's 127 targets.
Description: Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne will try his hand at American football, signing a deal with the San Francisco 49ers.
Insight: Twice named the best player in the National Rugby League, he'll have a tough road to gain any fantasy value with Frank Gore and Carlos Hyde at the top of the 49ers depth chart. He is 6-foot-2 and 226 lbs and ran a 4.53 40 at his Pro Day.
Description: Jphn McClain of the Hoston Chronical is reporting that Texans receiver Andre Johnson will either be traded or released.
Insight: Johnson has been given permission to seek a trade, with DeAndre Hopkins locked in as Houstons top wideout. It may be tough to deal Johnson with a $10.5 million base salary in 2015, but no matter what, it looks like the Texans' all-time leading receiver will be playing elsewhere for the first time next season.
Description: Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin was not given the franchise tag on Monday's deadline.
Insight: It is a bit of a surprise that Philadelphia did not assure themselves of bringing him back. Nevertheless, Maclin is expected back with the Eagles, although the chances in him leaving have just increased.
Description: New England Patriots PK Stephen Gostkowski was slapped with the franchise tag.
Insight: This is noteworthy because he was the top point-getter among kickers in 2014. For all intents and purposes, Gostkowski will be back in New England in 2015, and he will be a top option yet again.
Description: The Dolphins have assigned the transition tag to tight end Charles Clay.
Insight: Using the transition tag instead of the franchise tag saves Miami $1.27 million. The Dolphins will now have the right ro match any offer Clay signs, but will receive no compensation if he walks. It is likely Clay will be back in South Beach for the 2015 campaign.
Description: Cowboys Vice President Stephen Jones said the talks with free agent running back DeMarco Murray have been "slow", and he will hit the open market according to FOX Sports Southwest.
Insight: Murray and the Cowboys couldn't reach a long-term deal, and with the franchise tag going to wide receiver Dez Bryant, Dallas has no choice but to let Murray go. That doesn't mean the Cowboys are out of the running for re-signing Murray, but it will become harder. Murray is 27 years old and should go for the big pay day.
Description: Cowboys Vice President Stephen Jones confirmed the team would have to use the franchise tag on wide receiver Dez Bryant according to FOX Sports Southwest.
Insight: This was expected. The tag would mean Bryant would make about $13 million unless the two sides came to a long-term agreement before July 15. This also means the Cowboys are going to let DeMarco Murray hit the open market.
Description: The Browns have signed quarterback Josh McCown to a three-year contract.
Insight: This will likely end Brian Hoyer's tenure in Cleveland. McCown will fight for the starting job with Johnny Manziel, but really does not excite you from a fantasy perspective, even if he wins the job.
Description: The Falcons released running back Steven Jackson.
Insight: Jackson will have trouble finding work, but could have a chance to earn a roster spot as a backup. He likely will not be relevant in 2015 no matter what. For now, Devonta Freeman is atop the depth chart in Atlanta.
Description: CBS Sports reports the Jaguars will make a strong push for defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
Insight: The Jaguars have a lot of cash with big-spending owner Shad Khan, so Jacksonville has been linked to several big free agent stars, including Randall Cobb and Julius Thomas. Suh would be a perfect fit for Gus Bradley's defense. Suh will make a lot of money wherever he goes.
Jameis Winston, QB
2/25/2015 2:47:00 PM
Description: Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston admitted to Sports Illustrated that his dream is to play in both the NFL and MLB.
Insight: Winston played both baseball and football in college, and the Texas Rangers drafted him in the 15th round in 2012. Winston said he is concentrating on playing just football right now, but Bleacher Report has reported Winston will likely play baseball at some point. As if the Buccaneers didn't have enough to think about, here is one more thing.
Description: The Giants released running back Peyton Hillis.
Insight: Hillis is the definition of a one-hit wonder, rushing for 1,177 yards in 2010 with the Browns and just 1,258 in the four years since then. Hillis has also seen his last two seasons end with concussions.
Description: The Ravens released receiver/return specialist Jacoby Jones.
Insight: Baltimore will save $750,000 against the cap with this move unless they designate him as a post-June 1 cut. In that case, the Ravens would save $2.5 million against the cap for 2015. With just being a return man, Jones wasn't worth the new contract he signed last March which was four-years, $12 million.
Description: A report in the Denver Post has Broncos tight end Julius Thomas as not likely to re-sign with the team.
Insight: Denver has 12 unrestricted free agents in all and Demaryius Thomas tops the list as a must sign. Julius Thomas appears to be headed elsewhere as the team won't be able to meet his high salary request. Jacksonville or Atlanta could be his landing spot.
Description: Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams has been released, according to Molly Grantham of WBTV.
Insight: Williams rushed for just 219 yards this season. That's a far cry from the 1,515 yards and league-leading 18 touchdowns in 2008. He played just six games due to injury. This move should help Jonathan Stewart for next season.
Description: Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins admitted to having wrist surgery after the season, reports Josh Alper of Profootballtalk.
Insight: Hopkins had a rod and pin put in the wrist and recently had them removed. He was a breakout receiver in 2014, catching 76 balls for 1,210 yards and six touchdowns despite the team's obvious quarterback issues. He should be ready for training camp.
Description: Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said he expects Adrian Peterson to be on the team next season.
Insight: Essentially the entire Vikings' front office has voiced support for Peterson, making it look likely that he will be back with Minnesota. The team may want to trim his $15.4 million against the cap for 2015.
Description: Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald is close to a new deal with Arizona, according to Adam Schefter.
Insight: It would be a new multi-year contract, and would keep Fitzgerald in Arizona for the rest of his career. While it will be nice to see him finish his career with the Cardinals, Fitzgerald is more of a WR3 these days.
Description: Drew Dougherty of the Texans' official website believes quarterback Ryan Mallett (pectoral injury, free agent) will be the team's Opening Day starter.
Insight: It's February so a lot can happen between now an September, including a draft and a free agent signing period, but the Texans QB position comes with a couple of solid receivers and a great running back.
Description: 49ers free agent tunning back Frank Gore apparently isn't on the same page as management when it comes to signing a contract, according to his own Instagram page.
Insight: "I know the fans love me, but I need to know if the management does," said Gore, who has rushed for more than 1,100 yards the past foru seasons. If the rift continues, Gore's backup Carlos Hyde could be a keeper.
Description: Former Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown left his Buffalo visit without a contract offer.
Insight: McCown lasted just one season in Tampa Bay, after playing well in a substitute role in Chicago. He isn't likely to land a starting job, though his best hope is probably in Buffalo where he would have to beat out E.J. Manuel.
Description: Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was given verbal support by his owner, Jimmy Haslam, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Insight: Manziel's rookie season was a nightmare for both the Browns and any fantasy owners who took the gamble on him, but it appears he may still get one more chance in Cleveland. That said, fantasy owners probably should run far away.