Fantasy Football News & Views
Broncos | Phillip Lindsay stronger in 2020 Tue Aug 11, 02:11 PM
Denver Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay recently told Mike Klis of 9News that he gained 10 pounds of muscle this offseason.'Feel good, feel fast. That wrist injury (last year) really did a toll on me when it came to working out. ... So I feel really good, I feel explosive and I feel like I'm going to have a (heck of a) season this year,' Lindsay said.
|Footballguys view: Lindsay has added muscle to his frame in order to keep up with the pounding he's taken in two years as the starter for the Broncos. Each of the last two offseasons, Lindsay has spent time rehabbing from a wrist surgery. This year, Lindsay should serve as the backup to Melvin Gordon...although he's likely to get a larger split than most backup running backs out there. The Broncos passing game has a lot of appeal to Fantasy GMs but do not sleep on this Gordon/Lindsay combination which should lead the way offensively.|
Phillip Lindsay player page
Dolphins | Matt Breida pegged for 35 percent Tue Aug 11, 12:02 PM
Miami Dolphins RB Matt Breida is expected to receive 35 percent of the touches in the backfield, according to beat writer Cameron Wolfe.
|Footballguys view: That sounds about right. Breida is going to be the change-of-pace back to starter Jordan Howard in 2020. The Dolphins should be running the ball early and often as they groom rookie QB Tua Tagovailoa (who should be starting over Ryan Fitzpatrick soon enough).|
Matt Breida player page
Dolphins | Jordan Howard expected to lead Tue Aug 11, 12:01 PM
Miami Dolphins RB Jordan Howard is expected to carry the rushing load in 2020, in the opinion of beat writer Cameron Wolfe. Wolfe expects Howard to receive 50 percent of the backfield touches.
|Footballguys view: Howard is going to be the banger on the roster. He'll soften up defenses on the whole was a battering ram between the tackles. When it comes to catching the rock out of the backfield, Matt Breida will be the back the Dolphins turn to.|
Jordan Howard player page
Broncos | Andrew Beck making progress Mon Aug 10, 09:43 PM
Denver Broncos TE Andrew Beck (illness) is making good progress in his recovery from COVID-19 and met with the team's medical personnel Monday, Aug. 10.Link to story
Andrew Beck player page
Patriots | Sony Michel not guaranteed for Week 1 Mon Aug 10, 07:56 PM
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel's (foot) status for the start of the regular season is uncertain at this point.
|Footballguys view: This is one of the reasons why the Patriots signed veteran free agent RB Lamar Miller on Monday. Michel is still recovering from foot surgery and is currently on the PUP list. If he doesn't show enough progress, the team could put him on PUP to begin the regular season.|
Sony Michel player page
Patriots | Lamar Miller agrees to deal with Pats Mon Aug 10, 05:45 PM
Free-agent RB Lamar Miller (Texans) agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the New England Patriots Monday, Aug. 10. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: The Damien Harris hype train is going to lose a few people upon this news. Miller didn't play in 2019 as he tore his ACL and MCL a year ago. The Patriots are getting quality veteran experience with this move and insurance in the event that Sony Michel struggles with injury. Michel is currently on the PUP list as he continues to recover from offseason foot surgery.|
Lamar Miller player page
Seahawks | Two players waived Mon Aug 10, 05:05 PM
Seattle Seahawks RB Anthony Jones and CB Brian Allen were waived Monday, Aug. 10.Link to story
Saints | Alvin Kamara opens up about knee injury Mon Aug 10, 03:57 PM
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara told reporters Monday, Aug. 10, that he 'tore his knee' in Week 6 against the Jacksonville Jaguars and 'was dealing with it the whole season.' He also added that it did not require surgery, but he spent a lot of time in the offseason rehabbing it.
|Footballguys view: Kamara didn't look like himself in 2019 while playing around 75 percent healthy (at best). If fully healthy, Kamara should produce at the expected level and score more touchdowns compared to last year when he only hit pay dirt six times. His skill set and health status make Kamara a top-4 pick for Fantasy GMs no matter the format.|
Alvin Kamara player page
Bengals | Joe Mixon poised for great things in 2020? Mon Aug 10, 01:48 PM
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon 'could be as well-positioned as Christian McCaffrey was a year ago to explode,' according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora. According to La Canfora, head coach Zac Taylor 'truly began to understand and appreciate' Mixon's ability over the second half of last season and intends to lean on him heavily in 2020.
|Footballguys view: The Bengals offense projects to be more exciting with rookie no.1 overall pick QB Joe Burrow at the helm. Burrow is a great passer but expect the team to run the ball with Mixon early and often to take the pressure off the rookie. Mixon has been a top-12 fantasy running back each of the last two seasons, and that will once again be the case. He's a late first- or early second-round pick in fantasy drafts right now.|
Joe Mixon player page
Football Team | Bryce Love one to watch Mon Aug 10, 09:14 AM
Washington Football Team RB Bryce Love (knee) is looking and feeling well, and he could be a surprise in the backfield, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: Love followed up Christian McCaffrey at Stanford and was a fantastic college running back when healthy. A knee injury caused his production to decline and that injury lingered into his first pro season in 2019. Last year served as a redshirt season for Love. Even though they picked him up in the fourth round, Washington wanted to get Love back to full strength. Now, it seems like he's there and has the playmaking ability to be a difference maker in the NFL. Love will compete with guys like Adrian Peterson and Antonio Gibson for playing time in 2020.|
Bryce Love player page
NFL | Derrius Guice finds no takers Sun Aug 9, 07:18 PM
Free-agent RB Derrius Guice (Football Team) passed through waivers unclaimed Sunday, Aug. 9.
|Footballguys view: Guice has domestic violence charges pending against him and those will need to be cleaned up before another team takes a chance on him.|
Derrius Guice player page
Ravens | Kenjon Barner likely to join Ravens Sun Aug 9, 06:07 PM
Free-agent RB Kenjon Barner (Falcons) is expected to sign with the Baltimore Ravens in the near future, according to a source.Link to story
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Buccaneers | Ke'Shawn Vaughn officially activated Sun Aug 9, 05:43 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn was officially activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday, Aug. 9.Link to story
Vikings | Tony Brooks-James cut Sat Aug 8, 05:14 PM
Minnesota Vikings RB Tony Brooks-James was waived Saturday, Aug. 8.Link to story
Bills | Devin Singletary a breakout candidate Sat Aug 8, 03:42 PM
Buffalo Bills RB Devin Singletary is a strong Year 2 breakout candidate, according to NFL.com analyst Maurice Jones-Drew. 'Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll will give his second-year back plenty of opportunities in both the run and pass games after watching Singletary excel between the tackles and as a pass catcher,' Jones-Drew wrote. 'With the entire Bills' offense trending in the right direction, I'm projecting that Singletary will get 250 carries, 1,300 scrimmage yards and eight to 10 TDs in Year 2.'
|Footballguys view: Singletary had a strong rookie season in 2019. He's got great balance and vision as a runner, and Singletary knows how to pick up extra yardage after contact. With the Bills passing offense likely improved, that will continue to take away the attention of opposing defenses. Reports earlier this offseason indicate the Bills want to get Singletary more involved in the passing game this season. His current ADP (RB25, 4.08) could prove to be quite the value pick if he breaks out in 2020.|
Devin Singletary player page
Jaguars | Jacksonville waives 5 players Sat Aug 8, 01:37 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Tavien Feaster, OL Tyler Gauthier, PK Brandon Wright, OL Steven Nielsen and S Doug Middleton have been waived by the team as it reduces its roster to 80 players.Link to story
Dolphins | Jordan Howard up in air Sat Aug 8, 11:41 AM
Miami Dolphins RB Jordan Howard's role is undefined, according to running backs coach Eric Studesville.
|Footballguys view: Howard should be the lead back when it comes to carries in 2020. He's a powerful back who can grind down an opponent as the game goes on. Howard should be replaced on passing downs with Matt Breida.|
Jordan Howard player page
Dolphins | MIA not quitting on Kalen Ballage Sat Aug 8, 11:01 AM
Miami Dolphins RB Kalen Ballage hasn't lost the team's faith as running backs coach Eric Studesville said he hasn't given up on him.
|Footballguys view: Ballage has been disappointing during his time with the Dolphins. He's a big back but he doesn't run with enough authority. He can catch passes out of the backfield but that part of his game has not impressed in the pros. Ballage is now competing for the no.3 spot in the RB room behind Jordan Howard and Matt Breida.|
Kalen Ballage player page
Ravens | Kenjon Barner visiting Ravens Sat Aug 8, 09:48 AM
Free-agent RB Kenjon Barner (Falcons) is visiting the Baltimore Ravens and beginning the testing process Saturday, Aug. 8.
|Footballguys view: The Ravens already have a jam-packed backfield but may be looking for another body in the room. Barner is a good all-purpose back but would be a long-shot to make the 53-man roster.|
Kenjon Barner player page
49ers | Jerick McKinnon looking sharp Fri Aug 7, 09:20 PM
San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon (knee) has looked sharp catching passes out of the backfield during training camp, according to QB Jimmy Garoppolo. 'Even just throwing routes on air this offseason, he runs them differently than most running backs and he has a feel that's like a receiver, but he feels space like a quarterback,' Garoppolo said.
|Footballguys view: McKinnon has had knee problems that have kept him out of action over the last two years with the 49ers. He restructured his deal to stay with the team earlier this offseason and is finally trying to show what he's got. McKinnon is in the mix for playing time with Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman and Jeffrey Wilson also vying for playing time.|
Jerick McKinnon player page
Football Team | Washington releases Derrius Guice Fri Aug 7, 07:18 PM
Washington Football Team RB Derrius Guice was released Friday, Aug. 7.
|Footballguys view: Guice was arrested on domestic violence charges and the team made a swift move to get rid of the talented but oft-injured running back. This leaves Washington with guys like Adrian Peterson and rookie Antonio Gibson to compete for the starting job. Yes, Peyton Barber, Bryce Love and J.D. McKissic is there to compete as well.|
Derrius Guice player page
Football Team | Derrius Guice arrested Fri Aug 7, 06:53 PM
Washington Football Team RB Derrius Guice was arrested Friday, Aug. 7, and has been charged with one count of felony strangulation, three counts of assault and battery and one count of destruction of property.
|Footballguys view: The strangulation count is especially troubling. Washington has had a very rough year in public relations and Ron Rivera has been trusted with a culture reset, so Guice has been released. Adrian Peterson moves up a few rounds on our draft boards, but is still not essential, while Guice becomes an end of the draft pick who could still spend the whole season on the commissioner's exempt list - if he finds a new team, which is a big if.|
Derrius Guice player page
Bengals | Joe Mixon may see more targets Fri Aug 7, 06:16 PM
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon may receive a bigger role in the passing game this season, according to offensive coordinator Brian Callahan.
|Footballguys view: Mixon should have had a larger role in the passing game last year but was still less involved than many of his lead back peers. If the Bengals offense improves with the addition of Joe Burrow, Jonah Williams, and return of AJ Green, and Mixon gets more targets, he could be a top five fantasy running back this year.|
Joe Mixon player page
Buccaneers | Aca'Cedric Ware off roster Fri Aug 7, 05:33 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Aca'Cedric Ware was waived Friday, Aug. 7.Link to story
Falcons | Craig Reynolds removed from roster Fri Aug 7, 04:25 PM
Atlanta Falcons RB Craig Reynolds was waived Friday, Aug. 7.Link to story
Buccaneers | Ke'Shawn Vaughn status update Thu Aug 6, 07:22 PM
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn remains on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, according to the team.Link to story
Buccaneers | Ke'Shawn Vaughn activated Thu Aug 6, 05:42 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn was activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Aug. 6.
|Footballguys view: Vaughn will be trying to demonstrate mastery of the offense to get some snaps behind veterans Ronald Jones and LeSean McCoy, but he has a tough path to climb to have fantasy relevance this year without injuries to his backfieldmates.|
Raiders | Rod Smith on COVID list Thu Aug 6, 05:24 PM
Las Vegas Raiders RB Rod Smith was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Aug. 6.Link to story
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Buccaneers | Two RBs activated Thu Aug 6, 05:13 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RBs Raymond Calais and Aca'Cedric Ware were activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Aug. 6.Link to story
Buccaneers | LeSean McCoy may be part of passing game Wed Aug 5, 03:39 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB LeSean McCoy probably will have a role in the passing game this season, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
|Footballguys view: Arians has already said that Ronald Jones is the starting running back. That means McCoy is working for a change-of-pace role behind Jones. While Jones is a RB3 for Fantasy GMs, McCoy may only work out as a 'what the heck' flex play but only in super deep leagues.|
LeSean McCoy player page
Raiders | Jeremy Hill let go Wed Aug 5, 03:08 PM
Las Vegas Raiders RB Jeremy Hill was released Wednesday, Aug. 5.
|Footballguys view: Well that didn't last long. Hill has been out of the league for two years but somehow found a deal with the Raiders last week. Now, he's back on the open market and will struggle to find another deal.|
Jeremy Hill player page
Buccaneers | Ronald Jones will be starting RB Wed Aug 5, 01:51 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones will be the main ball carrier for the Buccaneers this season, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
|Footballguys view: Jones finished as the no.27 fantasy running back last year and has similar upside this season. Defenses are going to be focused on slowing down QB Tom Brady and those receiving weapons, so Jones could clean up on the ground if he plays up to his potential. He has a current ADP of RB30 (6.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Ronald Jones II player page
Jets | Le'Veon Bell ready to play Wed Aug 5, 01:39 PM
New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell is in great shape and is extremely motivated to play this season, according to head coach Adam Gase.
|Footballguys view: Bell is motivated and has been working out like a mad man according to reports. He's set to be the centerpiece of the Jets offense and Fantasy GMs are looking for him to have a bounce-back season. It's been a few years since Bell produce at the expected level. He's got a current ADP of RB20 (3.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Le'Veon Bell player page
Texans | Two will compete for No. 3 RB job Wed Aug 5, 12:22 PM
Houston Texans RBs Buddy Howell and Karan Higdon will compete for the No. 3 running back job during training camp, according to Danny Barrett. The winner of the job likely will have to contribute on special teams.Link to story
Karan Higdon player page
Bills | Two players ready to practice Wed Aug 5, 12:09 PM
Buffalo Bills CB Isaiah Brown and S Siran Neal were activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Aug. 5. The team also released RB Antonio Williams and DE Jonathan Woodard.Link to story
Siran Neal player page
Buccaneers | LeSean McCoy deal officially done Tue Aug 4, 06:08 PM
Updating previous stories, free-agent RB LeSean McCoy (Chiefs) officially signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tuesday, Aug. 4.
|Footballguys view: McCoy may not be the player he used to be but he can still be an important piece in a running back room. He's going to at least give the team veteran depth, but McCoy could push for playing time. The Bucs have rookie Ke'Shawn Vaughn and Ronald Jones at the top of the depth chart and this has the makings of a three-headed RBBC which can be a problem for Fantasy GMs.|
LeSean McCoy player page
49ers | Jeff Wilson Jr. rejoins roster Tue Aug 4, 06:05 PM
San Francisco 49ers RB Jeff Wilson Jr. was activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Aug. 4.Link to story
Raiders | Devontae Booker rejoins roster Tue Aug 4, 06:00 PM
Las Vegas Raiders RB Devontae Booker was activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Aug. 4.
|Footballguys view: Booker was added in free agency earlier this year. He's not a productive runner but he has looked good as a receiving back. Booker is competing to establish a pecking order behind starter Josh Jacobs.|
Devontae Booker player page
Browns | Cleveland activates two Tue Aug 4, 05:54 PM
Cleveland Browns RB Dontrell Hilliard and DB Jovante Moffatt were activated from the COVID-19 list Tuesday, Aug. 4.Link to story
Panthers | Trenton Cannon claimed by Panthers Tue Aug 4, 05:12 PM
New York Jets RB Trenton Cannon was claimed off waivers by the Carolina Panthers Tuesday, Aug. 4.
|Footballguys view: Cannon is an interesting player to monitor but only in crazy deep dynasty formats. He's got tons of speed and quickness to his game. Cannon can change direction on a dime and make defenders look silly in the open field. He was buried on the depth chart with the Jets and now gets a fresh start in Carolina.|
Trenton Cannon player page
Seahawks | Rashaad Penny put on PUP list Tue Aug 4, 02:47 PM
Seattle Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny (knee) was placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Tuesday, Aug. 4.
|Footballguys view: Zero surprise here. Penny's availability for the start of the regular season is in question. He could be on the PUP list to start the season, thus missing at least the first six weeks.|
Rashaad Penny player page
Raiders | Lynn Bowden taking notes at QB, RB Tue Aug 4, 02:26 PM
Las Vegas Raiders RB Lynn Bowden has reportedly spent some time learning the quarterback position in addition to spending the bulk of his time in the running back room, according to comments made by offensive coordinator Greg Olson.
|Footballguys view: Bowden was one of the most versatile players in the 2020 NFL draft. He can play quarterback, running back or wide receiver. He's going to play running back for the Raiders but his best role, especially as a rookie, is as a receiving option out of the backfield (or perhaps from the slot).|
Seahawks | Rashaad Penny placed on PUP list Mon Aug 3, 06:50 PM
Seattle Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny (knee) was placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, Aug. 3.Link to story
Rashaad Penny player page
Jets | Three players off roster Mon Aug 3, 04:36 PM
New York Jets RB Trenton Cannon, LB Wyatt Ray and OG Benjamin Braden were waived Monday, Aug. 3.Link to story
Trenton Cannon player page
Bengals | Devwah Whaley cut Mon Aug 3, 04:29 PM
Cincinnati Bengals RB Devwah Whaley was waived Monday, Aug. 3.Link to story
Browns | Cleveland makes a flurry of moves Mon Aug 3, 03:49 PM
Cleveland Browns QB Garrett Gilbert was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Aug. 3. P Jamie Gillan was activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list. S Karl Joseph (foot) was also placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list and RB Brian Herrien was waived.Link to story
Karl Joseph player page
Football Team | Washington parts with four Mon Aug 3, 03:06 PM
Washington Football Team DE Cameron Malveaux, DB Maurice B. Smith and TE Caleb Wilson were waived Monday, Aug. 3. The team also released RB Josh Ferguson.Link to story
Josh Ferguson player page
Caleb Wilson player page
Eagles | Doug Pederson update Sun Aug 2, 09:06 PM
Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson (illness) recently tested positive for coronavirus but is reportedly asymptomatic.
|Footballguys view: Pederson will continue to lead the Eagles virtually 'as much as he can' while assistant head coach/running backs coach Duce Staley will serve as the interim head coach in his absence.|
Duce Staley player page
Bears | Artavis Pierce cleared to return Sun Aug 2, 06:59 PM
Chicago Bears RB Artavis Pierce was activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday, Aug. 2. The Bears also waived RB Napoleon Maxwell.
|Footballguys view: Pierce is a speed back who can catch passes. They picked him up as an undrafted free agent out of Oregon State this year and he's a long shot to make the final roster. Pierce could be bound for the practice squad if he impresses in practice.|
Saints | New Orleans parts with three Sun Aug 2, 05:54 PM
New Orleans Saints DB Chris Q. Johnson, OG Adrian Magee and RB Taquan Mizzell were waived Sunday, Aug. 2.Link to story
Taquan Mizzell player page