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Sidney Rice returns to Seattle on a one-year deal
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 8:44pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Sidney Rice agrees to terms with the Seahawks, per league source. One-year deal.

Fantasy Impact:

Rice's return puts a big dent in Doug Baldwin's upside. Baldwin was looking like a nice late round sleeper as a starter for the Seahawks, but his playing time is in some jeopardy now with Rice in the mix. Russell Wilson gets another weapon in the passing game. Rice should be fantasy relevant provided he stays healthy.

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Chris Johnson signs a two-year deal with the Jets
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 5:07pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Former Titans RB Chris Johnson reached agreement with Jets on a two-year deal, per league sources.

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson will form a one-two punch with incumbent Chris Ivory, who started to run better as the season wore on. Obviously this is bad news for Ivory, who isn't likely to see a 'bell cow' type workload with Johnson on the roster. Neither player looks like a fantasy RB2 until we have an idea of how the depth chart and workload shake out.

Rob Gronkowski to 'take his time' with his ACL recovery
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 3:07pm

Mike Freeman, Bleacher Report - [Full Article]

It was reported this week that that New England tight end Rob Gronkowski is moving along just fine in his recovery from a torn ACL and MCL. That's all well and good, but a source close to him told me that the star player will "take his time and then take more time."

I'm told he might even take more time, and be more patient, than ever before. I'm not exactly sure when we'll see Gronkowski.

Fantasy Impact:

Gronkowski waited until January to have his surgery, so those expecting him to be ready to play nine months later in September may be disappointed. We may be playing the same 'will he' or 'won't he' (go on PUP) game in August when draft season is in full swing.

Giants sign Josh Freeman
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 12:10pm

Mike Garafalo, Twitter - [Full Article]

Done deal with the Giants and QB Josh Freeman. He's agreed to terms, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

Freeman will provide depth behind Eli Manning. He didn't get much of a chance to succeed in Minnesota.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 11:44am

Tampa Tribune - [Full Article]

Five months after a promising rookie season ended with a broken left ankle, Buccaneers running back Mike James said he's pleased with his recovery and is running and cutting.

"The healing process is going well," James said. "I've got a good opportunity to do what I need to do to get back in the swing of things and get acclimated with everything."

Asked if he has been cleared to participate in the first minicamp (April 22-24), James said the team is still "taking everything day by day." His focus is on getting back to full strength and full speed.

Fantasy Impact:

James will compete with Bobby Rainey for touches behind Doug Martin.

Peyton Manning says Montee Ball is ready to be RB1
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 10:59am

Jeff Legwold, Twitter - [Full Article]

Broncos QB Peyton Manning said this morning he believes Montee Ball ready to be starting RB.

Fantasy Impact:

Ball actually outperformed Knowshon Moreno on a per carry basis (4.7 to 4.3 YPC) but Moreno was significantly better in the passing game. The big question mark with Ball is his habit of putting the ball on the ground, though he cleaned that up down the stretch and in the postseason. Ball has the blessing of his QB and as the RB1 in a high octane offense, his ADP is going to rise into the 2nd (or even 1st) round.

Golden Tate compares new role to Lance Moore's with Saints
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 10:37am

Detroit Lions - [Full Article]

Golden Tate is joining a Lions offense that's expected to feature a much more wide-open scheme than the one he played in Seattle. He's expecting more opportunities to make plays in the passing game.

New offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi has brought over a lot of concepts from New Orleans’ offense after spending the last seven years there as both an offensive assistant and quarterbacks coach.

“I watched some tape on the Saints over the last few years and just looking at that – I haven’t talked to coach Lombardi that much – I see myself being a Lance Moore type of player, but just more explosive and able to do a few more things,” Tate said.

“That’s exciting, because Lance Moore caught a lot of balls and he’s a terrific player that did a lot for the Saints. That’s kind of how I see myself having the best receiver in the league (Calvin Johnson), and one of the best to ever to play the game, opposite of me or sometimes on the same side.”

Fantasy Impact:

Tate has top 20 potential if he gets enough work in the offense, though that may be a bit of a stretch. The top 30 seems likely given his per target production and the role he'll have in the offense, provided the Lions don't draft a starter-caliber wideout this summer. Click here for an in-depth look at Tate by Senior Editor John Paulsen.

49ers sign Brandon Lloyd to a one-year deal
Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 3:21pm

49ers - [Full Article]

The San Francisco 49ers announced they have signed wide receiver Brandon Lloyd to a one-year deal.

Fantasy Impact:

Lloyd was out of football in 2013 and doesn't have a reputation for being a good locker room guy. The 49ers are looking for receiver depth behind Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin.

Kyle Rudolph (foot) running since mid-February
Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 11:06am

Ben Goessling, Twitter - [Full Article]

Kyle Rudolph said he's had no foot problems, has been running since mid-Feb.

Fantasy Impact:

Rudolph was the #13 TE through Week 9 prior to a season-ending fracture in his foot. He was 15th in targets per game during that span, so there’s some opportunity in the workload department, especially with new OC Norv Turner in town. Turner isn’t necessarily as TE-friendly as his old boss Rob Chudzinski, but he featured Antonio Gates and Jordan Cameron heavily while with the Chargers and Browns.

Lions see Reggie Bush and Joique Bell in 'split role'
Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 11:03am

Dave Birkett, Twitter - [Full Article]

Lions OC Joe Lombardi on using Reggie Bush and Joique Bell: "I see these guys kind of having a split role and both being very productive."

Fantasy Impact:

Bush's stock has taken a hit this offseason with the Lombardi hire -- coming from New Orleans, where they use a RBBC -- and the team's decision to re-sign Bell to a long-term deal. Bell was the #17 RB in 2013 (#29 in 2012), so he should be a nice middle round value again in '14. Bush has three straight top 14 finishes in standard formats, but his usage may take a hit this season.

Sidney Rice (ACL) cleared for football activity
Monday, April 14, 2014, 3:40pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

WR Sidney Rice has been cleared for football activities by Dr. Andrews, per league source.

Fantasy Impact:

Rice was the #8 WR back in 2009, but that seems like a long time ago. The 27 year-old is capable of posting top 50 numbers if he lands in a starting role in a good situation (and can stay healthy).

Doug Martin still the 'main ball carrier' for Bucs
Monday, April 14, 2014, 11:07am

Pat Yasinskas, ESPN - [Full Article]

Even though coach Lovie Smith has said he plans to use a rotation in his backfield, don't go dropping Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin from your fantasy team.

Martin still is going to be the main ball carrier and that means he still will be a fantasy force. Smith and his staff will work Mike James and Bobby Rainey into the rotation, but that’s not going to diminish Martin’s impact.

If anything, not having to handle virtually all the carries, the way he did under former coach Greg Schiano, should help keep Martin fresh. James and Rainey showed they’re capable runners last year when Martin was out with a shoulder injury.

Fantasy Impact:

Martin should bounce back in 2014, though he has a couple of solid RBs behind him in Rainey and James. Rainey was particularly good down the stretch, racking up 559 total yards and six TDs on 148 touches. His YPC (3.9) wasn't great, but that should improve in a smaller role. Martin's ADP will likely settle in around the 1/2 turn in fantasy drafts.

Saturday, April 12, 2014, 8:57pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Vikings beat writer Ben Goessling suggests Adrian Peterson will play more on third down this year with Toby Gerhart out of the picture:

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could find himself on the field in passing situations more often this year, getting asked to chip a defender before releasing on a pass route, he's probably not going to just be sitting in the backfield picking up blitzes.

Markus Wheaton likely to start
Saturday, April 12, 2014, 8:55pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Pittsburgh beat writer Scott Brown believes that Markus Wheaton starts for the Steelers in 2014:

The Steelers return every offensive starter from 2013 except for wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders but I think you'll see second-year man Markus Wheaton emerge this season opposite Antonio Brown.

Fantasy Impact:

Wheaton will be fantasy relevant with a big jump in snaps and targets and a solid QB throwing him the ball.

Rob Gronkowski (ACL) on track in his recovery
Friday, April 11, 2014, 9:09pm

Albert Breer, Twitter - [Full Article]

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski visited Dr. James Andrews this week. He's right where he should be. Will start jogging soon.

Fantasy Impact:

Gronkowski has been hugely productive when healthy, but his health is a major concern heading into 2014. He reportedly had surgery on Jan. 9 to reconstruct a torn ACL. He was injured on Dec. 8, and we’re not sure why he waited a month to have the surgery. Regardless, it typically takes a full year to recover, though Adrian Peterson and Robert Griffin III have made quicker returns (with varying success). Gronkowski is tentatively expected to be ready for the start of the season, but don’t be surprised we don’t know his status until deep into August or even early September. This makes him a major risk in 2014 fantasy drafts. The ACL surgery was the eighth (known) surgery of his career.