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Dolphins trade for TE Julius Thomas

Monday, February 20, 2017, 5:28pm

Armando Salguero - [Full Article]

The Dolphins are acquiring TE Julius Thomas for a late-round 2017 draft pick.

Fantasy Impact:

Thomas is reunited with his former offensive coordinator, Adam Gase, in Miami. While in Denver, Thomas averaged 4.2 catches for 49 yards and 0.92 TD (14.6 PPR fantasy points) in 26 games under Gase. Since then, he has averaged 3.6 catches for 35 yards and 0.43 TD (9.7 PPR fantasy points) in 21 games. Injuries have been an issue, but Thomas is entering his age-29 season and is a major threat in the red zone.

Titans expect QB Marcus Mariota will be ready for camp

Thursday, February 16, 2017, 1:22pm

Titan Insider - [Full Article]

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is walking on a treadmill, but will probably be held out of OTAs as he continues to recover from a broken fibula suffered late last season, according to head coach Mike Mularkey.

Mike Mularkey spoke on 104.5 The Zone’s “Mid-day 180” show on Wednesday, giving an update on his quarterback’s health. Mariota suffered the injury on a sack in a December loss to Jacksonville, and underwent surgery. A plate was inserted into the leg around the ankle area to help the healing process. His recovery time was projected to be around five months.

Mularkey said the Titans would be overly cautious in how they handle Mariota’s return from the injury.

“I can’t give you specific dates. I think we’re gonna be really smart about how we handle him and probably be over-cautious. The later probably the better. We need him for September,” Mularkey said. “You guys know Marcus like I do. He’s probably gonna over train to come back as quickly as he can, and we’re probably gonna have to put the reins on him to hold back a little bit.”

Mularkey said he did not expect Mariota to be a participant in OTAs from a precautionary standpoint.

“Probably camp (for his return). I don’t really see OTAs right now, unless he has a quick recovery,” the coach said.

Fantasy Impact:

Mariota has averaged 17.6 fantasy points through his first two seasons, which is the 7th-highest average for a quarterback in his first two seasons.

Steelers WR Sammie Coates underwent sports hernia surgery

Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 1:43pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Steelers wide receiver Sammie Coates underwent sports hernia surgery, according to a source, repairing an injury that was not listed on the team's injury report in 2016.

The source, however, said the injury did not affect Coates' practice participation throughout the year and was more of a nuisance.

On Monday night, Coates tweeted his displeasure at undergoing surgery on his pelvis, then confirmed to inquiring fans that his surgery repaired a groin injury.

Fantasy Impact:

Coates was the #16 WR in PPR formats through the first five weeks, thanks in large part to his 6-139-2 outing against the Jets in Week 5. (He was the #44 WR through Week 4.) He then struggled with two broken fingers and apparently a groin injury for the remainder of the season, reeling in just two of 18 targets for 14 total yards. With Martavis Bryant likely to return in 2017, Coates will be in a reserve role for the Steelers.

Giants cut RB Rashad Jennings, WR Victor Cruz

Monday, February 13, 2017, 1:44pm

PFT - [Full Article]

The Giants’ salary cap cuts will include running back Rashad Jennings,’s Jordan Raanan reported Monday.

Per previous reports, the Giants will also cut veteran wide receiver Victor Cruz.

Related players: Paul Perkins

Fantasy Impact:

Jennings' release opens the door fully for Paul Perkins to become the RB1 in 2017. He averaged 15.4 touches for 67 total yards over the final five games of the year.

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer will return for 2017 season

Friday, February 10, 2017, 4:09pm

Mark Dalton - [Full Article]

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer confirmed that he will return for the 2017 season.

Fantasy Impact:

Palmer finished as the #19 QB (#18 in PPG) after a #5 finish the year before. He threw nine fewer touchdowns and three additional interceptions. It appears that Palmer's best fantasy days are behind him.

Falcons to hire Alabama's Steve Sarkisian as offensive coordinator

Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 11:45am

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Alabama OC Steve Sarkisian is poised to replace Kyle Shanahan as Falcons' new OC, as @Schultz_Report reported.

Fantasy Impact:

Among 128 FBS schools, Alabama was 34th in average yards and 16th in points per game in 2016, though Sarkisian only took over the OC job after Lane Kiffin left in January.

Sunday, February 5, 2017, 4:49pm

Falcons Inactives

Dashon Goldson DB
Josh Keyes LB
Wes Schweitzer OG
D.J. Tialavea TE
Terron Ward RB
Nick Williams WR
Blidi Wreh-Wilson DB

Sunday, February 5, 2017, 4:48pm

Patriots Inactives

Jacoby Brissett QB
Justin Coleman CB
Michael Floyd WR
D.J. Foster RB
Cyrus Jones CB
Jordan Richards SS
LaAdrian Waddle T

Friday, February 3, 2017, 6:51pm

Patriots WR Chris Hogan (thigh, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 21. Hogan is expected to play through the thigh injury as he did in the AFC Championship Game.

Friday, February 3, 2017, 6:51pm

Falcons WR Julio Jones (toe) took limited practice reps all week. He was removed from the injury report so he’s good to go.

Friday, February 3, 2017, 6:51pm

Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 21. Mitchell should be fine to face the Falcons.

Friday, February 3, 2017, 6:51pm

Patriots TE Martellus Bennett (knee, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 21. Bennett is fully expected to play in the Super Bowl.

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald 'definitely returning' for 2017 season

Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 10:24pm

Jim Trotter - [Full Article]

Just spoke to Larry Fitzgerald, who said he's definitely returning in 2017 to play the final year on his contract.

Fantasy Impact:

Fitzgerald finished #10 in PPR formats, but averaged just 13.0 FP over the final eight games after averaging 17.9 in the first half of the season. Early ADP has him going in the 5th round, so he should continue to be a good value at that point in fantasy drafts, especially in PPR formats.

49ers expected to hire Kyle Shanahan as head coach

Sunday, January 29, 2017, 10:20pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

Kyle Shanahan is expected to be named the 49ers head coach sometime after Super Bowl 51 on February 5 as NFL rules prevent an official hiring of a coach on a playoff team until that team's season is over.

Fantasy Impact:

Shanahan has nine years of experience as an offensive coordinator and his offenses have finished in the top 10 in yards gained six times. He is a rising star after guiding the Falcons' offense to a #2 finish in yards gained and #1 overall in points scored this season.

Jets pick John Morton to run the offense

Sunday, January 29, 2017, 8:54pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Jets planning to hire Saints WR coach John Morton as their OC, per league sources. Deal expected to be finalized soon.

Fantasy Impact:

Morton most recently was the wide receivers coach for the Saints and previously served as offensive coordinator for USC.

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