Eagles Fantasy News

Zimmer: QB Sam Bradford earned right to start

Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 2:56pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Minnesota Vikings don't yet know whether Teddy Bridgewater will be their starting quarterback again. Their future, instead, could be with Sam Bradford.

Coach Mike Zimmer said in his season-ending press conference that Bradford "has earned the right to be the starting quarterback" after a year during which he set a NFL single-season record with a 71.6 completion percentage. Bradford, who came to Minnesota in a trade Sept. 3 with the Philadelphia Eagles after Bridgewater dislocated his left knee and tore his ACL on Aug. 30, threw for a career-high 3,877 yards and passed for 20 touchdowns against five interceptions.

"I think Sam has played great this year," Zimmer said. "Right now all I'm worried about is Teddy getting better. He comes in here every single day, busts his rear end and I just want him to get better right now and so we'll worry about those things later. But Sam has done remarkable things this year, with all the things that he's had to do."

Fantasy Impact:

Bradford is signed through the 2017 season, and general manager Rick Spielman said before the season that the quarterback's contract was part of the reason the Vikings were willing to trade a first-round pick and a 2018 fourth-rounder to the Philadelphia Eagles for Bradford. He will have a $18 million cap hit next year, with $4 million coming in a roster bonus due in March, and the Vikings will eventually have to decide whether to sign Bradford to a long-term contract. Meanwhile, Bridgewater has not talked to reporters since his injury, and declined interview requests during the Vikings' final open locker room session of the season on Monday. The Vikings said on Sept. 9 that Bridgewater had a multi-ligament reconstruction of his left knee, but have not disclosed which ligaments Bridgewater needed repaired other than his ACL.

Eagles QB Carson Wentz to shut it down for a while

Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 9:40am

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Philadelphia Eagles rookie cornerback Jalen Mills came clean with reporters on Monday and said he hit the rookie wall in Week 5. From injury rehab to the pre-draft process and then right into the NFL grind, his energy was sapped by mid-October.

Carson Wentz insists he avoided the crash, and in fact felt more in the flow in the season's latter stages. But as he sat in front of the assembled media on Monday, he looked like a young man ready to hibernate.

"It's been a lot of fun, learned a lot," he said of his first season in the pros, "but definitely been physically and mentally taxing."

The 24-year old plans on shutting it down for a while. He says he'll "fight the urge to touch a football here for at least three to four weeks maybe -- at least."

Fantasy Impact:

That right arm logged a lot of miles, as Wentz set a franchise record with 607 pass attempts.

49ers fire HC Chip Kelly, GM Trent Baalke

Sunday, January 1, 2017, 9:48pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

On the heels of one of the worst seasons in franchise history, the 49ers fired Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke on Sunday.

Kelly, who was hired by San Francisco last January after he was let go by the Philadelphia Eagles, failed to turn around a 49ers team that limped to a 2-14 finish.

Baalke, who served as GM since 2011 and whose firing he confirmed earlier Sunday morning, couldn't reverse a franchise trajectory that has been falling since the team's appearance in Super Bowl XLVII at the end of the 2012 season.

Fantasy Impact:

San Francisco will have its fourth coach in five seasons when it opens the 2017 season.

Eagles RB Darren Sproles plans to retire after 2017

Saturday, December 31, 2016, 11:00am

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Darren Sproles is 33 years old, and he is really beginning to feel the pull of family.

His two daughters are "getting to the age that they want their daddy around more," Sproles explained, and so he has decided that next season will be his last in the NFL. That was the thought when he inked a one-year extension through 2017 this summer with the Philadelphia Eagles, and it remains the thought as he gets set to complete his 12th season in the league.

Fantasy Impact:

His hope is to remain in Philadelphia for the swan song -- he has grown close to many of his teammates and is fond of the coaching staff -- but noted that whether he's back in an Eagles uniform next season is out of his hands.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Cowboys RB Darren McFadden (illness, questionable) missed practice Friday and is questionable for Week 17. McFadden could see a big workload if he’s healthy since the team is expected to limit Ezekiel Elliott against the Eagles.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (ankle, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 17. Matthews returned to practice on Friday which indicates that he may play. The Eagles play early on Sunday.

Cowboys QB Mark Sanchez, RB Darren McFadden to see expanded roles in Week 17

Thursday, December 29, 2016, 4:43pm

Adam Caplan - [Full Article]

Cowboys planning on giving veteran QB Mark Sanchez majority of snaps at position Sunday at Eagles, source said.

Another report said that Darren McFadden is expected to see more work than Ezekiel Elliott.

Fantasy Impact:

Owners should steer clear of the Dallas starters this week.

Skins WR DeSean Jackson telling Eagle players he's returning to Philly

Tuesday, December 27, 2016, 11:54am

NJ.com - [Full Article]

Current Washington Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson is apparently not being very shy about his desire -- and potential plan -- to come back to the Eagles.

Speaking on Comcast SportsNet, Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham talked about the potential return of Jackson this offseason when he becomes a free agent as if it was a done deal.

"I'm just happy because I kinda knew already. I've talked to him. I talked to him when Doug (Pederson) got hired. We have fun during the season. He's like, 'B.G. you know I'll be back, man,'" Graham said. "But now that it's official, as far as the season about to be over, I think you'll be hearing a lot of noise about DeSean. ... I'm saying official as far as the end of season, now we're gonna really see."

Fantasy Impact:

It's not great timing as the Redskins are battling for a playoff spot, but it's not the first time this talk has come up. From a fantasy standpoint, the Eagles could use Jackson's deep-threat abilities, but this is a long way from being official.

Eagles RB Ryan Mathews has a herniated disk, won't play Week 17

Friday, December 23, 2016, 1:22pm

Eagles - [Full Article]

Eagles RB Ryan Mathews has a herniated disk, so he'll miss next week's game against Dallas.

Related players: Darren Sproles, Byron Marshall, Kenjon Barner

Fantasy Impact:

Darren Sproles, Byron Marshall and Kenjon Barner figure to divvy up the carries.

Thursday, December 22, 2016, 6:56pm

Eagles Inactives

WR Paul Turner
CB Dwayne Gratz
DE Steven Means
OL Josh Andrews
OL Dillon Gordon
OL Halapoulivaati Vaitai
DT Taylor Hart

Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 6:42pm

Eagles RB Darren Sproles (concussion) practiced fully Wednesday. Sproles will return on Thursday. It’s a difficult matchup against the Giants, but Sproles may be able to make a few plays in the passing game.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 6:42pm

Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (ankle, questionable) practiced fully Wednesday. Matthews is expected to play against the Giants.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 6:42pm

Eagles TE Brent Celek (stinger) practiced fully Wednesday.

Giants RB Shane Vereen (tricep) back to IR

Tuesday, December 20, 2016, 11:07am

ESPN - [Full Article]

New York Giants running back Shane Vereen was placed on injured reserve Tuesday for the second time this season with a triceps injury. This one ends his season.

Backup quarterback Ryan Nassib also landed on IR with an elbow injury.

Vereen, 27, had his season derailed by the triceps he originally tore in his left arm during a Week 3 loss to the Eagles. He was placed on IR and later activated prior to a Week 14 matchup with the Dallas Cowboys. He left that game early with a concussion but returned for Sunday's win over the Detroit Lions.

Related players: Bobby Rainey, Rashad Jennings, Paul Perkins

Fantasy Impact:

Vereen could be seen with his left arm dangling after he lunged for a fourth-quarter pass against the Lions. He also fumbled earlier in the contest near the goal line after being sandwiched by a pair of Lions defenders near the goal line. Bobby Rainey should see time as the team's pass catching back. Paul Perkins is trending up and split carries with Rashad Jennings last week, the first time the two split the workload. They should continue to see the bulk of the workload running the ball.

Giants RB Shane Vereen injures tricep again

Monday, December 19, 2016, 8:02pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

The New York Giants seemingly are heading into their quick turnaround game with the Philadelphia Eagles short-handed.

Coach Ben McAdoo disclosed Monday evening that third-down back Shane Vereen reinjured his triceps in his second game back after tearing the muscle in the third week of the season and having surgery.

"It's unfortunate," the rookie coach said. "He worked his tail off to get back to where he was, and I am disappointed for Shane."

Related players: Bobby Rainey

Fantasy Impact:

McAdoo did not know if Vereen would require surgery again, and he was not willing to say the six-year veteran would miss the rest of the season. Bobby Rainey seems likely to move into the third down, pass-catching role if Vereen is unable to play at any point.

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