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'Good chance' that Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry has a breakthrough season

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 10:12pm

Sun-Sentinel - [Full Article]

Dolphins beat writer Chris Perkins believes that WR Jarvis Landry is the player most likely to have a breakthrough season in 2015:

A breakthrough season would be improving on the 84 receptions for 758 yards and 5 TDs he had last year as a rookie. There’s a good chance that happens now that TE Charles Clay and WRs Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson are gone. Tannehill is familiar with Landry, and Landry showed he’s got good NFL skills. He’s got good hands and can get YAC (Yards After Catch).

Fantasy Impact:

Landry was the #42 WR in standard formats and #30 in PPR, so as a high-volume slot receiver, he's going to have more value in PPR formats. The Dolphins lost four of their top six most-targeted players: Mike Wallace, Charles Clay, Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson. They have been replaced by Kenny Stills and Jordan Cameron, but Landry's role should expand as well. He only played 62 percent of the snaps on the season, and didn't start playing consistent starter's snaps until Week 9. Over the final nine weeks, Landry was the #15 WR in PPR formats (and #23 in standard). He is currently the 24th WR off the board in early PPR drafts.

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Friday, April 10, 2015, 4:28pm

Times-Picayune - [Full Article]

What happens to Saints RB Khiry Robinson?

Robinson will enter his third season with the Saints as third fiddle with Mark Ingram returning and C.J. Spiller signing with the Saints. The landscape looked quite different one month ago with Ingram being a potentially hot free agent and Pierre Thomas being released.

Ingram will be the clear-cut option for snatching up carries after his breakout 2014 season. Spiller is a far more capable runner in the traditional ground game than Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles the last few seasons.

This means more carries for Ingram and Spiller and less touches for Robinson. The logic entering 2014 was that we'd see more Robinson. Barring injuries, Robinson will likely find fewer opportunities.

Fantasy Impact:

Robinson will likely get some work but Ingram proved last year he can carry the load when the Saints turned to the ground game, while Spiller likely gets the Pierre Thomas, pass-catching duties.

Sunday, April 5, 2015, 8:30pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Rex Ryan has stressed all offseason that the quarterback position will be an open competition in training camp for the Buffalo Bills. Should we believe him?

After all, it was just last August that Ryan and the Jets staged a faux competition between Geno Smith and Michael Vick. The Jets stacked the deck so far in Smith's favor that Vick wouldn't even play along, publicly disagreeing with the coaching staff's notion that he was competing for a starting job.

Fast forward to present day, and Ryan is facing a familiar problem with a new team. EJ Manuel, like Smith, is a high 2013 draft pick who's struggled in his first two seasons and was benched in his second season. Matt Cassel, like Vick, is a 30-something veteran with past success.

"You look at Matt Cassel, obviously he's won in this league," said Ryan, according to The Buffalo News. "He's been a Pro Bowl-quarterback, so there's that experience that you have.

Fantasy Impact:

Ryan went on to say that he won't throw out Manuel after just two years and pointed out that Aaron Rodgers never took a snap for three years. From a coaching standpoint, Manuel may not have a lot of motivation if Cassel is named the starter at this point in the year, but it sure seems like that's where the team is heading.

Bills WR Sammy Watkins had surgery on his hip

Friday, April 3, 2015, 1:40pm

Josina Anderson, TwitLonger - [Full Article]

Sources: Bills WR Sammy Watkins had a surgical procedure on his hip area early this offseason. Watkins reportedly suffered a hip injury in the team's 26-10 victory over the Cleveland #Browns Nov. 30.

Fantasy Impact:

It was a tale of two seasons for Watkins, who averaged 4.8 catches for 74 yards and 0.63 TD in the first eight games; he was the #12 fantasy WR going into his team's Week 9 bye. Over the final eight weeks, he averaged 3.4 catches for 49 yards and 0.13 TD, and was the #48 WR from Week 10 to Week 17. The timing of his hip injury (Week 13 vs. CLE) is interesting, because Watkins was already in a slump, posting just 10 catches for 94 yards in the three previous games. Matt Cassel brings some stability at quarterback, but he's no better than Kyle Orton, so we're not expecting a huge jump for Watkins in OC Greg Roman's run-oriented offense.

Lions believe that RB Theo Riddick will 'come along' in 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 12:19pm

MLive - [Full Article]

Lions HC Jim Caldwell on RB Theo Riddick...

"We try and give (the ball) to the guys who are going to do something with it, and I think he's going to be one of those guys who's going to force us to give him the ball more," Caldwell said last week at the NFL owners meetings. "I think you're really going to see him come along."

Caldwell expects Riddick's role to grow next season, though that could depend on what kind of tailback the team adds in April's draft. Riddick is a plus-plus pass catcher out of the backfield, but hasn't shown any kind of chops yet on the ground -- yet.

"He has all the qualities. Here's the thing -- if you're smart, if you're tough, if you're disciplined, if you have a great work ethic, there's improvement ahead. And he has all those things. So I think he's going to improve, and I think he's going to force us to get him the ball a little bit more in some situations."

Fantasy Impact:

Reggie Bush’s departure should give Riddick the opportunity to shine as the team's primary passing down back. He averaged 5.0 catches for 53 yards for 13.2 fantasy points in PPR formats in the five games that Bush missed last season. That's about what Fred Jackson averaged as the #17 running back in 2014. If the Lions don't add a running back early in the draft, then Riddick should be a sleeper in PPR formats.

Payton: C.J. Spiller's film is 'unbelievable,' he's the 'most explosive player on the field'

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 12:48pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

“His cutup is unbelievable,” Saints HC Sean Payton said of breaking down C.J. Spiller’s film with the Buffalo Bills. “And I’m not talking about last season because I think it became challenging, but you go back a couple of years and start looking at his screen reel, a sweep reel, a return reel. So when you watch his film you think of a lot of things he can do.

“He’s physical. He’s the most explosive player on the field a lot of times when you’re watching him."

Fantasy Impact:

While New Orleans may not be an ideal landing spot from a workload standpoint, Spiller should have a big role in the passing game with Pierre Thomas, Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills no longer on the roster. He’ll likely take over the role of Thomas, who averaged 11.6 touches in the last two seasons. Thomas finished with a top 30 PPG (PPR) in six of the last seven seasons, so that's a reasonable baseline for Spiller. New Orleans running backs caught 275 passes in the last two seasons, so there are plenty of catches to go around. In short, he has significant PPR upside in this offense, but his workload will be somewhat limited since he'll be part of a committee.

Dolphins moving on from TE Charles Clay

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 11:39am

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Dolphins are NOT matching 5-year, $38 million offer sheet that Buffalo gave TE Charles Clay, per sources. Bills have a new TE.

Fantasy Impact:

He'll join a receiving corps that already includes Sammy Watkins and Percy Harvin, so targets may be tough to come by, especially when the Bills go run-heavy under OC Greg Roman and HC Rex Ryan. Roman's (lack of) usage of Vernon Davis while with the 49ers is not a good sign for Clay. In Miami, Jordan Cameron gets a boost as the Dolphins' primary tight end. Clay was #10 in targets per game (6.0) last season. Cameron could be even more involved than Clay.

Patriots sign TE Scott Chandler

Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 10:32am

WEEI - [Full Article]

The Patriots officially signed veteran tight end Scott Chandler on Monday.

Fantasy Impact:

Michael Hoomanawanui and Tim Wright are both still under contract, so it's not clear what role Chandler will fill. He's a capable receiver and a decent blocker.

TE Charles Clay signed an offer sheet with the Bills

Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 7:32pm

Vic Carucci, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Bills have given an offer sheet that Charles Clay has signed. The Dolphins have 5 days to match.

Fantasy Impact:

The deal is reportedly worth $38 million over five years with $20 million guaranteed. Clay's targets would be affected if he stayed in Miami after the Dolphins signed Jordan Cameron. If he ends up with the Bills, he'll join a receiving corps that already includes Sammy Watkins and Percy Harvin, so targets may be tough to come by, especially if the Bills go run-heavy under OC Greg Roman and HC Rex Ryan. Roman's (lack of) usage of Vernon Davis while with the 49ers is not a good sign for Clay.

Chargers sign WR Stevie Johnson

Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 12:42pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Former 49ers and Bills WR Stevie Johnson is signing with the Chargers. It's a three-year deal.

Fantasy Impact:

From 2010 to 2012, Johnson was one of the most consistent receivers in football, posting at least 76 catches, 1,004 yards and six touchdowns in three straight seasons. In PPR formats, he was the #10, #16 and #18 receiver in that span. The Chargers lost Eddie Royal, so Johnson will presumably replace Royal in the slot, though he had his best years playing outside. (The Bills moved him into the slot in 2013 and his production dropped.) He doesn't have Malcom Floyd's speed, so it will be interesting to see how OC Frank Reich decides to use the 28-year-old Johnson in the offense.

Bills sign WR Percy Harvin to a one-year deal

Friday, March 13, 2015, 3:56pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Bills reached agreement on one-year deal with WR Percy Harvin, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

Harvin will have a chance to rehab his image if he can behave and produce in Buffalo. He'll play third fiddle to LeSean McCoy and Sammy Watkins in the Bills' offense, so he'll have WR3/WR4 value provided new OC Greg Roman figures out how to use him. Roman's track record of underutilizing talent (like Vernon Davis) isn't very encouraging.

Saints agree to terms with RB C.J. Spiller

Friday, March 13, 2015, 1:35pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Saints reached agreement with former Bills RB CJ Spiller.

Update: The deal is for four years and $18 million, with $9 million guaranteed.

Fantasy Impact:

This is not an ideal landing spot from a fantasy standpoint. Not only is Spiller's upside capped by the presence of Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson, but he limits Ingram's upside as well. He'll likely take over the role of Pierre Thomas, who averaged 11.6 touches per game over the last two seasons. Thomas finished with a top 30 PPG (PPR) in six of the last seven seasons, so that's a reasonable target for Spiller. In short, he has upside in this offense, but his workload will be limited in a committee.

Bills release TE Scott Chandler

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 6:27pm

Jason La Canfora, Twitter - [Full Article]

Bills announce release of TE Scott Chandler as they prepare offer for Miami TE Charles Clay who is on the transition tag.

Fantasy Impact:

Chandler is a decent tight end, but the Bills are looking to upgrade to Clay, who is a better receiver.

Bills, LeSean McCoy agree to a new five-year contract

Sunday, March 8, 2015, 3:24pm

Jeff McLane, Twitter - [Full Article]

LeSean McCoy and Bills have agreed upon new 5-yr contract once trade w/Eagles is finalized on Tuesday, per NFL sources. Told it's a whopper.

Update: It's five-year, $40 million deal that includes $26.5 million guaranteed.

Fantasy Impact:

It's said to be a five-year, $40 million contract that includes $26.5 million guaranteed. This looks like a system downgrade for McCoy, who ran much better later in the season once his offensive line started to get healthy. In Buffalo, new HC Rex Ryan and new OC Greg Roman (formerly of San Francisco) both have a history of running ball control, run-first teams, but the Bills have serious quarterback issues. Free agent C.J. Spiller isn't likely to re-sign and the acquisition of McCoy has to be a downgrade for Fred Jackson. As for McCoy, he's still a fantasy RB1, though he carries more risk since the Buffalo offense could struggle to score points. Given the way the Eagles like to run the ball, whoever emerges as the starter in Philadelphia will carry early round value.

Schefter: Bears to trade WR Brandon Marshall to the Jets, pending physical

Friday, March 6, 2015, 1:17pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Bears have agreed to trade WR Brandon Marshall to the Jets pending a physical, per league source.

Fantasy Impact:

Injuries made it a frustrating year for Marshall owners. His biggest game (5-48-3) came on Sunday night in Week 2 when it looked like he wasn't going to play against the 49ers. Then, when everyone had him back in the lineup for Week 3, he posted one catch for six yards against the Jets. He finished as the #34 PPR receiver, but had the #21 PPG. If fully healthy, he'll be a solid starter, though it's a quarterback downgrade from Jay Cutler to Geno Smith (or whomever ends up starting for the Jets). New OC Chan Gailey did throw the ball 56.6% of the time in his three seasons running the Bills, so the Jets figure to pass it much more than they have in the last few seasons. Marshall's arrival could have a negative impact on Eric Decker's targets, but given the team's relative lack of playmakers and Gailey's positive impact on the pass offense, Decker's value should hold steady.