Cowboys Fantasy News

Raiders expect a 'competitive situation' at running back

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 1:14pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said he expects Lavatius Murray and Trent Richardson to compete for the starting tailback job.

"I think it will be a competitive situation," Del Rio said.

Del Rio likes Richardson's potential.

"What I saw when we brought him in and talked to him was a young man that was hungry to kind of leave that portion of his career behind him and start fresh," Del Rio said. "My challenge to him was, 'Look, I don't want you to worry about anything other than coming in here and competing your butt off every day. Come in here and be a great teammate. Come in here and find a role on special teams. Come in here and just grind every day with the hunger you had as a freshman at Alabama.'"

Fantasy Impact:

We fully expect Murray to win the job, though it is concerning that the Raiders aggressively pursued DeMarco Murray. It indicates that they aren't fully ready to move forward with Latavius Murray, even though he rushed 82 times for 424 yards (a 5.2 YPC) and two touchdowns, including an incredible four-carry, 112-yard, two-TD performance against the Chiefs in Week 12. He still averaged a solid (if unspectacular) 4.0 YPC when that game is excluded. With good size (6'2", 223 lbs) and great speed (4.38 40-yard dash), Murray has all the physical tools to succeed at the position. He even showed solid hands with 17 receptions on 23 targets. We don't see Richardson as much of a threat, but teams have force-fed him before. Roy Helu is also in the mix, so if the Raiders don't commit to Murray, this could devolve into an ugly committee.

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Raiders sign RB Trent Richardson

Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 1:00pm

Bill Williamson, Twitter - [Full Article]

Can confirm Trent Richardson is final stages of getting deal with Raiders.

Fantasy Impact:

This is actually good news for Latavius Murray, since Richardson isn't a real threat to Murray's chances of winning the RB1 job in Oakland. The team went hard after DeMarco Murray but ended up with T-Rich. There's an opportunity for a joke here, but we're going to let it pass. The team also signed Roy Helu, who should serve as the third down back.

Cowboys agree to terms with RB Darren McFadden on a two-year deal

Friday, March 13, 2015, 10:41am

Charean Williams, Twitter - [Full Article]

Cowboys agree to two-year deal with Darren McFadden pending a physical.

Update: The deal is worth up to $3 million over two years, with incentives.

Fantasy Impact:

McFadden turns 28 in August and he hasn't cracked 3.5 YPC since 2011 (when he rushed for 5.4 YPC). It's an interesting signing given the Dallas offensive line, which may be the best run-blocking unit in the league. But 2014 was the first time that McFadden played a full season; he has missed 26% of his team's games in his seven-year career. We'll see what else the Cowboys do at running back before going down this road once again.

Eagles not done at RB, will sign Ryan Mathews to a three-year deal

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 5:12pm

Jason La Canfora, Twitter - [Full Article]

Eagles announce a 3-year deal with Ryan Mathews and will announce signing of DeMarco Murray after his physical.

Fantasy Impact:

It's reportedly a 3-year, $12M deal. Philadelphia would have been a good landing spot for Mathews before the team agreed to terms with DeMarco Murray. The Eagles ran the ball a lot more than the Chargers did, but they'll be hard-pressed to find enough carries for Mathews to allow him to maintain his RB2 value from his days in San Diego. The signing is also a downgrade for Murray, whose workload is surely to take a hit from the 449 touches he saw in 2014.

RB DeMarco Murray has agreed to terms with the Eagles

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 3:37pm

Star-Telegram - [Full Article]

DeMarco Murray flew to Philadelphia via private plane on Thursday and indeed agreed to a contract with Eagles.

Murray will get $42 million over five years, including $21 million in guaranteed money, per reports.

Although the Cowboys said they wanted Murray to return, they never came close to meeting his contract demands, citing the diminished value of the running back and the decline in production as they get older.

Fantasy Impact:

Murray had a career year in his fourth season, racking up 2,261 total yards and 13 touchdowns on 449 touches. He should get plenty of work in Philadelphia, though the signing of Ryan Mathews and the presence of Darren Sproles indicate that he won’t approach 450 touches in 2015. LeSean McCoy averaged 353 touches over the past two seasons, so that’s probably Murray’s best-case scenario if everyone stays healthy. He’ll hold low-end RB1 value, though the presence of Mathews and Sproles may make that a stretch.

Raiders agree to terms with RB Roy Helu

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 9:10pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

Roy Helu agrees with the Raiders on a 2-year deal worth over $4M, source said.

Fantasy Impact:

If the Raiders are unsuccessful in their pursuit of DeMarco Murray, then Helu would likely serve as a passing down specialist while Latavius Murray would handle most of the carries.

Cowboys agree to four-year deal with WR Cole Beasley

Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 2:14pm

Rand Getlin, Twitter - [Full Article]

Cowboys and WR Cole Beasley have agreed to terms on a 4-year deal worth $13.6M with $7M in guarantees and a $4M signing bonus.

Fantasy Impact:

Beasley averaged 3.5 catches for 47 yards and 0.5 touchdowns (on 4.9 T/G) in his final eight games, including two postseason games. That extrapolates to fringe WR3 numbers in PPR formats over a full 16-game season. He's on the radar as a WR5/WR6 stopgap-type option in PPR leagues.

Both Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas slapped with franchise tag

Monday, March 2, 2015, 7:31pm

PFT - [Full Article]

Here are the five players who got the non-exclusive franchise tag, and the amount of the tender offer for each:

Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul ($14,813,000)
Chiefs OLB Justin Houston ($13,195,000)
Cowboys WR Dez Bryant ($12,823,000)
Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas ($12,823,000)
Patriots K Stephen Gostkowski ($4,126,000)

Fantasy Impact:

This may not make either Bryant or Thomas happy, but it ensures that they aren't going anywhere for at least one more season. Both players figure to be ranked in the top 5 at their position in 2015 fantasy drafts.

Cowboys expect to franchise WR Dez Bryant

Sunday, March 1, 2015, 9:05am

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones confirmed to FOX Sports Southwest that the team indeed expects to apply the franchise tag to wide receiver Dez Bryant by Monday's deadline.

"I still think that it's probably, you know, would be a stretch to think that we would have something done by Monday and beat the franchise-tag deadline," Jones said. "Looks like we're eyeing a franchise tag on Dez, but certainly won't stop us from working hard to get a long-term deal."

Fantasy Impact:

Bryant was the #3 WR in standard formats and has finished in the top 6 in three consecutive seasons. The Cowboys are wise to apply the franchise tag if they can't yet work out a long-term deal. The only worry is that Bryant is offended by the team's move and is distracted as the 2015 season kicks off, but the two sides still have plenty of time to work out a long-term deal before July 15.

Judge overturns Adrian Peterson's suspension

Thursday, February 26, 2015, 1:19pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The suspension of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been overturned.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that U.S. District Judge David S. Doty has ruled in favor of Peterson, granting an NFL Players Association motion to vacate a previous ruling by Harold Henderson.

"Petition to vacate the arbitration award was granted," Judge Doty remarked, according to Rapoport. "Case was remanded for further proceedings ... as the (collective bargaining agreement) may permit."

The NFL says it will "review the decision" by Judge Doty to make Peterson immediately eligible. According to NFL Media's Albert Breer, the league has the ability to seek a circuit court injunction to keep Peterson from being reinstated.

Peterson's Vikings future remains murky. The former league MVP said in a recent interview he is "still uneasy" about rejoining the Vikings after the team helped expedite his placement on the Commissioner's Exempt List in September. The two sides could also reach a financial impasse -- Peterson is scheduled to earn a base salary of $12.75 million and count $15.4 million against the salary cap in 2015. Peterson has said he doesn't believe he should have to take a pay cut.

Fantasy Impact:

Peterson and the Vikings seem to be on the outs. He doesn't seem flexible about taking a pay cut, so the Vikings may cut him or attempt to trade him away. Peterson would likely have to agree to a restructured contract to convince another team to bite on a trade. He has been linked to the Dallas Cowboys. If Peterson is out of the way, then Jerick McKinnon would likely see the most running back touches for the Vikings, though they could add a runner in free agency or the draft. McKinnon was the team’s primary runner from Week 4 to Week 12, averaging 81.5 yards on 16.4 touches per game. During that span, he was the #25 RB in standard formats and #20 in PPR.

Thursday, February 19, 2015, 9:06pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Cowboys QB Tony Romo tore ligaments in his left ring finger in the playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers, but coach Jason Garrett said that is healing fine and will not be an issue this offseason.

"The first time in a couple of years that he's been able to go through the offseason program, I think that will really help him," Garrett said. "He's worked very hard to come back from some injuries that he's had and handled himself really well once the season started to play as much football as he has coming of those injuries. But I think he's going to feel better having that foundation that everybody else gets by going through an offseason program."

Cowboys RB Joseph Randle arrested on drug charge

Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 11:42am

KAKE - [Full Article]

Dallas Cowboys running back and Wichita native Joseph Randle was arrested in Wichita early this morning, police said. Randle was arrested after police responded to a domestic violence call in the 700 block of South Main at about 3:00 a.m.

Police said a 22-year-old woman reported she and Randle were arguing in a hotel room. Officers found marijuana in the room, and arrested Randle on a drug charge.

Fantasy Impact:

Randle's offseason is not off to a good start. There was an outside chance that he would take over as the starter in Dallas if the team couldn't come to terms with DeMarco Murray, but that's looking like a serious long shot after this arrest.

Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell says that his knee is 'about 85-90 percent'

Thursday, January 29, 2015, 11:49am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Speaking on NFL Network's Super Bowl Live on Wednesday, Steelers RB LeVeon Bell told Marshall Faulk that despite missing the Pro Bowl, he's been able to work out on the injured knee.

"The knee is close to 100 percent," Bell said. "I'm probably about 85-90 percent, been able to run on it a little bit. So I'm getting back to work out a little."

Fantasy Impact:

Bell was the #2 RB (behind DeMarco Murray) in 2014, and held the #3 PPG in standard formats. He was #1 in both categories in PPR formats. He's a shoo-in to have a first round ADP in 2015 fantasy drafts.

Cowboys 'on the brink' of a five-year deal with HC Jason Garrett

Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 6:13pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Dallas Cowboys are on the brink of a new five-year contract agreement with Jason Garrett to remain the team's head coach, sources tell ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

A team source told ESPN's Ed Werder of the deal: "It's not done, but close."

Fantasy Impact:

Garrett guided the Cowboys further than anyone outside of Irving thought they would go. Despite a tough loss to Green Bay in the Divisional Round, it was only a matter of time before owner Jerry Jones inked Garrett to a new deal.

Report: Cowboys will retain DC Rod Marinelli

Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 6:09pm

Dallas News - [Full Article]

The Cowboys are close to a contract with Rod Marinelli that will ensure he remains as the team’s defensive coordinator, a source said.

The talks appear to have reached the stage where the contract could be finalized later today or tomorrow. Jason Garrett said earlier in the day that Marinelli had told him that he wanted to return.

Fantasy Impact:

The Cowboys were surprisingly competent on the defensive side of the ball despite a glaring lack of talent. The unit finished 15th in points allowed and was 19th in total yardage allowed.