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Ravens will keep 'some of the same principles' in the running game under OC Marc Trestman

Monday, January 26, 2015, 11:30am

Tom Pelissero, Twitter - [Full Article]

Pending FA Justin Forsett told me he's heard the Ravens will keep some of the same principles with the run scheme under new OC Marc Trestman.

Fantasy Impact:

The first order of business will be to re-sign Forsett, who should see his PPR upside increase due to Trestman's tendency to use his running backs in the passing game. Under Trestman, Matt Forte caught 176 passes in the last two seasons, including 102 catches in 2014. Forsett caught 44 passes last season, and could potentially see that number double if he's the RB1 for the Ravens in 2015. Depending on his asking price, re-signing the 29-year-old Forsett isn't a no-brainer for the Ravens, though he's not likely to garner a huge contract in free agency. As the #8 RB in both standard and PPR formats in 2014, he'll likely hold RB2-type draft value if he stays in Baltimore.

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Saints TE Jimmy Graham should avoid offseason surgery

Monday, January 26, 2015, 10:35am

New Orleans Advocate - [Full Article]

Jimmy Graham’s two-touchdown performance at the Pro Bowl could ease fears that his shoulder problem would linger and potentially require offseason surgery. Graham also caught a 23-yard pass in his third Pro Bowl.

“It made a big difference, just having some rest,” he said.

When asked whether his performance would rule out surgery, Graham said, “It should, which is really exciting.”

Fantasy Impact:

Graham finished with 85 catches for 889 yards and 10 touchdowns, but his season was somewhat disappointing, especially down the stretch. He averaged 4.0 catches for 44 yards and 0.2 TD in his final five games, including a weird zero-target goose egg in Week 13 against Pittsburgh. Still, his 14.6 PPR fantasy points was second at his position to Rob Gronkowski, and he's likely to be the second tight end off the board in 2015 fantasy drafts, especially if his shoulder injury is fully behind him.

Giants WR Odell Beckham says he had two hamstring tears that never fully healed

Monday, January 26, 2015, 10:27am

NY Post - [Full Article]

Giants WR Odell Beckham let it out that the hamstring injury that forced him to miss the entire preseason and the first four games of the regular season was actually two tears in the right hamstring that never fully healed.

“They healed up enough to where I could play with them, but they were never truly good and I’m still just working on them and trying to get ready,” Beckham said after catching five passes for 89 yards for Michael Irvin’s team in a 32-28 win over Cris Carter’s team at University of Phoenix Stadium.

“I should be good by training camp,” Beckham said. “The plan is to play at full strength next season, and I definitely hope to do it. I’m just looking forward to getting healthy.”

Fantasy Impact:

If true, then perhaps Beckham has just scratched the surface on his full potential. Once his season started in Week 5, he averaged 17.2 FP (standard) and 24.8 FP (PPR), which was the best in the league in both scoring systems. He's likely to head into the 2015 season as a late 1st round pick/early 2nd round pick in PPR formats. The only (minor) concerns are a potential sophomore slump and the return of Victor Cruz, which could alter the dynamic in the Giants' receiving corps.

Schefter: Browns WR Josh Gordon has flunked another drug test, will miss 2015 season

Sunday, January 25, 2015, 4:21pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Browns WR Josh Gordon flunked another drug test and now will be subject to a one-year banishment, per league sources.

Fantasy Impact:

Gordon reportedly flunked the test due to alcohol, not marijuana. Regardless, Gordon's value in dynasty/keeper leagues takes a serious hit. We'll wait for confirmation on the suspension, but it's not looking good.

Jets hire Kacy Rodgers as defensive coordinator

Saturday, January 24, 2015, 2:47pm

NY Jets - [Full Article]

Todd Bowles and the Jets have filled their coordinator roster today with the hiring of Kacy Rodgers as Bowles' defensive coordinator and Bobby April Jr. as the new special teams coordinator. They join Chan Gailey, named earlier this week as the Green & White's offensive coordinator.

It's no surprise that Bowles and Rodgers are reuniting on the Jets. They're longtime friends who are now starting their eighth season of coaching together.

Fantasy Impact:

Rodgers has served as the Dolphins' defensive line coach since 2008. Bowles also coached in Miami from 2008-2011.

Colts RB Trent Richardson was suspended for the last two games

Friday, January 23, 2015, 12:56pm

Kevin Bowen, Twitter - [Full Article]

GM Ryan Grigson gets asked about Trent Richardson. Says he was suspended for two games and won’t get into it because of personal reasons.

Fantasy Impact:

It appears that Richardson's time in Indianapolis is drawing to a close. When asked about T-Rich returning in 2015, Grigson declined to comment. RIchardson is under contract for one more season.

Saints told RB Mark Ingram they want him back

Friday, January 23, 2015, 12:50pm

nola.com - [Full Article]

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram will hit free agency this season with a chance to test the waters. Ingram said the Saints have told him they want him back.

"They said they want me back, for sure," he said. "I was their draft pick, so they said they definitely want me to come back."

Fantasy Impact:

The market for free agent running backs has dried up considerably in recent years, but Ingram should be able to garner the $3 million per year (or so) that Toby Gerhart and Rashad Jennings received last year. Ingram would hold RB2-type value if he returns to New Orleans since a healthy Khiry Robinson would likely cap Ingram's workload. Robinson's injuries played a big role in Ingram getting the 19.6 touches per game that he saw in 2014.

49ers hire Eric Mangini as defensive coordinator

Thursday, January 22, 2015, 10:48pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

49ers gave Eric Mangini a 3-year deal to be their defensive coordinator.

Fantasy Impact:

Mangini was the DC for the Patriots in 2005, and they finished 25th in yards and 17th in points allowed. He spent the next five years as the head coach of the Jets and the Browns, and his defenses averaged a rank of 21.8 in yards and 15.4 in points allowed over that span. He spent the last two seasons as the 49ers' tight ends coach.

Ravens HC John Harbaugh says 'we'll see' when asked about TE Dennis Pitta

Thursday, January 22, 2015, 12:18pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh's tone regarding tight end Dennis Pitta seemingly went from cautiously optimistic to just being cautious.

Pitta, who has suffered serious hip injuries in each of the past two seasons, saw a couple of specialists last week, and Harbaugh said he couldn't give any updates right now.

"I did get kind of an overview of that report from our trainer that I wouldn’t really want to share until Dennis has had a chance to kind of consider all of the ramifications of it," Harbaugh said. "But I think we’ll have something on that in a couple of weeks, kind of on Dennis’ time frame. We’ll see where that goes.”

Harbaugh indicated in early December that he expects Pitta to make a full recovery, and he said at the end of the season that he was "cautiously optimistic" about his return in 2015.

Fantasy Impact:

It doesn't sound like Pitta is certain to return in 2015. OC Marc Trestman had success with Martellus Bennett while in Chicago, so if the Ravens have a talented tight end, he'll be on the fantasy radar next season.

Bears to hire Adam Gase as offensive coordinator

Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 7:44pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Bears are hiring Adam Gase as their offensive coordinator, source said.

Fantasy Impact:

Gase guided the Broncos to top 4 finishes in both yards and points in both of his seasons running Denver's offense. He has a nice offensive core to work with, though Jay Cutler is no Peyton Manning. The hire is good news for all of the Chicago skill players.

Report: Broncos QB Peyton Manning intends to play in 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 2:56pm

Woody Paige, Denver Post - [Full Article]

According to three trustworthy sources, Peyton Manning wants to return to the Broncos, but won't and can't make a final decision until he takes an annual physical examination mandated by his contract. Last year, the test results were learned at the beginning of March. The Broncos have requested that Manning let them know his plans by March 9 — the day before teams must exercise their rights on veteran players under contract. Manning, who turns 39 on March 24, is due $19 million next season.

Fantasy Impact:

This is extremely good news for the entire Denver offense, including (free agent) Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and (free agent) Julius Thomas. Manning battled a worse-than-advertised quad injury down the stretch which explains why he wasn't as productive late in the season.

Browns hiring John DeFilippo as offensive coordinator

Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 10:51am

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Browns are hiring as OC ex-Raiders QB coach John DeFilippo, source confirms the Alex Marvez report. His work with Derek Carr was noted.

Fantasy Impact:

This is something as a head-scratcher, though Rapoport notes that DeFilippo's work with Derek Carr is what got him noticed by the Browns. He has previously served as the QB coach for the Giants, Raiders (twice) and the Jets.

Raiders going to 'tailor run game' for RB Latavius Murray

Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 10:45am

Vic Tafur, Twitter - [Full Article]

Asked OC Bill Musgrave impression of Latavius Murray: "Very positive. Tremendous size & speed. Going to tailor run game so it's right up his alley."

Fantasy Impact:

Murray's dynasty/keeper league owners can rejoice. It sounds as if the new regime is a fan of Murray, so at this point we can pencil him in as the starter in Week 1. We'll continue to monitor the Oakland backfield throughout the offseason. From Week 12 on, Murray was the #17 RB in fantasy football, racking up 478 total yards and two touchdowns in five games.

Vikings Beat: Adrian Peterson era 'may be over' due to contract

Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 10:45pm

Star Tribune - [Full Article]

The Adrian Peterson era in Minnesota may be over, and it has more to do with his contract than his legal issues. Both head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman have said they would like to have Peterson back in 2015. But Peterson, who turns 30 in a few months, will carry a cap hit of $15.4 million, a league-high for running backs. And in an ESPN interview he scoffed at the suggestion that he take a pay cut to remain with the Vikings. Can he and the Vikings find common ground? Or is Peterson ready for a fresh start elsewhere?

Fantasy Impact:

Jerick McKinnon averaged 4.8 YPC this season, but missed several games due to a back injury. It's not an encouraging sign if the team expects him to be the feature back in 2015. As for Peterson, it's going to be very interesting to see where he lands. If the Vikings let him go, McKinnon would likely be a 4th or 5th round pick in 12-team formats, assuming the team doesn't bring another back in to compete for the RB1 job.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 10:39pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Redskins are hiring Joe Barry as their defensive coordinator, source says.

Fantasy Impact:

Barry served as the linebackers coach in San Diego for the last two seasons. He was the DC in Detroit for two seasons ('07 and '08); the unit was last in both points and yards in both seasons.