Fantasy News

Rams trade up to the No. 1 pick, targeting QB Carson Wentz

Thursday, April 14, 2016, 10:33am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Tennessee Titans have traded the No. 1 pick in the draft to the Los Angeles Rams in a blockbuster trade.

Tennessee will send the top selection along with its fourth- (No. 113) and sixth-round (No. 177) picks this year to the Rams in exchange for Los Angeles' first-round pick (No. 15), two second-round selections (Nos. 43 and 45) and a third-round pick (No. 76) in 2016. The Titans also will get the Rams' first- and third-round picks in 2017.

With the trade, the Rams now have the ability to draft the quarterback of their choice and make a splash as they settle into Los Angeles after leaving St. Louis this year.

The Titans now own nine selections in the 2016 draft, including six of the top 76 picks in the draft.

Sam Farmar reports that the Rams plan to draft QB Carson Wentz with the #1 overall pick.

Fantasy Impact:

It's a steep price to pay, but will be worth it if Wentz turns out to be the franchise quarterback that the Rams obviously believe he is. With the quarterback position already set, the Titans will have plenty of firepower to fill roster holes in the draft.

Browns WR Josh Gordon failed another drug test

Monday, April 11, 2016, 6:09pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

There's a reason why Roger Goodell hasn't reinstated Josh Gordon yet, and it has to do with a recent misstep that has muddled the process for Gordon.

The suspended Cleveland Browns wide receiver, who missed the entire 2015 season after testing positive for alcohol, failed an NFL-administered drug test last month, sources have told FOX Sports.

Gordon's sample, which was collected in early March, tested positive for marijuana and dilute, according to a source informed of the results of the test. The source added that both the "A" and "B" samples collected were positive for marijuana and dilute. Though the level of marijuana was below the 35 nanograms per milliliter required for a positive test, the diluted sample is considered a positive test.

This development is a red flag for Gordon but it doesn't necessarily mean he will miss yet another season. He applied for reinstatement in February and, if all went well, could have been reinstated within 60 days. However, the league has said Goodell wasn't required to make a decision within that timeframe and it's clear now the positive test has at least given him and the experts who evaluate Gordon's case pause.

Fantasy Impact:

The article leaves open the possibility that Gordon won't be punished for another failed drug test, but it's hard to believe that the league will ignore yet another misstep. Even though the test was below the 35 nanogram threshold, the presence of the dilute is an automatic positive test. Gordon and his fantasy owners wait in limbo.

Joe Flacco's rehab going well

Sunday, April 3, 2016, 12:49pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

The last time we saw Joe Flacco, the Baltimore Ravens quarterback was limping off the field after tearing his ACL in Week 11 against the Rams.

The Ravens went on to finish 5-11, their first sub-.500 record since they made Flacco their starter as a rookie back in 2008, and Flacco got started on a rehab process that he hopes will have him ready to start training camp on time.

Saturday, he offered an update on his progress after taking a few leisurely jump shots at teammate Torrey Smith’s charity basketball game, according to the Ravens’ website:

“I can’t complain,” Flacco said. “I’m getting better and better each week. “To be honest with you, I believe [I’m on track for training camp], but it’s not like I’ve been told a timeline or anything like that. I can’t really say one way or another.

“I can tell each week that by the end of the week I’m feeling sore and I’m hurting, and by the next Monday I’m feeling better than I did last Monday.”

Friday, April 1, 2016, 1:00pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

It's been almost a month since Los Angeles Rams running back Tre Mason was subdued with a taser and arrested near his home in Hollywood, Florida. Mason was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana, reckless driving, failure to register a motor vehicle and resisting arrest.

At the time, the Rams issued a statement expressing disappointment in Mason and that that were still working to obtain information on what happened. At last week's NFL owners meetings, Rams coach Jeff Fisher was asked if there was any update on Mason's standing.

Fisher offered at least a small update.

"I can’t really comment on the specifics until we get all the stuff, and we’re working with the league on that," Fisher said. "I’m expecting Tre to be present for the offseason program. I know he was extremely embarrassed as to the incident, but we don’t have the facts yet. We’re still waiting on that. To me, it was a little uncharacteristic of him. And if in fact what was reported is true, then [we’d] be really disappointed in him. But we don’t have the information."

Rams say that QB Case Keenum will start Week 1

Monday, March 21, 2016, 10:50am

PFT - [Full Article]

G.M. Les Snead, appearing Monday on NFL Network, said that Case Keenum will be the starting quarterback “at the beginning of the season.”

That hardly means Keenum will be the starter when the season ends, or when the month of September ends. It also creates a potentially awkward situation in the quarterback room, where Keenum will make roughly $3 million in 2016 and backup Nick Foles will make more than $12 million.

Fantasy Impact:

Keenum completed 60.8% of his passes last year with a 4:1 TD-to-INT ratio. The Rams will no doubt continue to look for a long-term solution at the position but for now they seem content with Keenum as their starter.

Rams re-sign WR Brian Quick

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 9:38pm

Sports Trust - [Full Article]

WR Brian Quick has agreed to terms and will return to the Rams for the 2016 season.

Fantasy Impact:

It's a curious move by Quick since it seems like he fell out of favor in 2015 as he came back from a shoulder injury.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 7:28pm

Mercury News - [Full Article]

Journeyman Thad Lewis is joining the 49ers’ ever-curious quarterback corps, agreeing to a one-year contract, the NFL Network reported.

Still in that quarterback unit, for now, is Colin Kaepernick, the 49ers’ deposed starter who’s requested a trade through his agents last month. Blaine Gabbert is the presumed incumbent starter, while their other quarterback is Dylan Thompson, an undrafted rookie last year who got called up from the practice squad Nov. 21, upon Kaepernick getting placed on injured reserve.

Lewis, 28, has been with six teams and played sparingly since entering the league in 2010 as an undrafted free agent with the St. Louis Rams. He’s 2-4 all-time as a starter, including a 2-3 mark in 2013 with the Buffalo Bills. He’s also been with the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions and Houston Texans.

Fantasy Impact:

Lewis spent time with the Eagles last year as well when Chip Kelly was the coach.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 7:24pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

According to Mark Long of the Associated Press, the Jaguars have brought back tight end Marcedes Lewis on a three-year deal.

The Rams reportedly made a late push, but he decided to stay put where he’s spent all 10 years of his career.

Lewis caught just 16 passes last year and 18 the year before, well off the kind of production that once made him their franchise player.

But there’s something to be said for consistency, and Lewis lends the kind of blocking and gravity the Jaguars can use as they try to make the next step.

Fantasy Impact:

Of course, Julius Thomas will remain the pass-catching option at the TE position for the Jags.

Rams RB Tre Mason arrested on suspicion of drugs and reckless driving

Sunday, March 6, 2016, 9:33pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Los Angeles Rams running back Tre Mason was subdued with a Taser and arrested Saturday night in Hollywood, Florida, according to a Broward County Clerk of Courts police report.

The Hollywood Police Department arrested Mason on suspicion of possession of marijuana, reckless driving, failure to register a motor vehicle and resisting arrest.

Fantasy Impact:

Mason is expected to back up Todd Gurley. He may have to serve a suspension after this incident.

Rams release TE Jared Cook

Saturday, February 20, 2016, 12:40am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The Rams have a brand new home in Los Angeles -- and a rapidly changing roster to go with it.

The team released defensive end Chris Long, linebacker James Laurinaitis and tight end Jared Cook on Friday. The club later confirmed the moves.

Fantasy Impact:

This leaves Lance Kendricks atop the Rams' depth chart at tight end. He has posted a career 1.03 FP per target, so he may be streamable in 2016 if the Rams don't upgrade the position.

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant to have foot and ankle surgery

Wednesday, January 6, 2016, 10:09am

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant is in New York today having surgery on both his foot and ankle, per Ron Berkowitz. Neither will affect offseason programs.

Fantasy Impact:

After three straight seasons with at least 88 catches, 1233 yards and 12 touchdowns, Bryant managed just 31-401-3 in an injury-shortened, nine-game season. Assuming his offseason goes well and a healthy Tony Romo is back under center, we believe he'll be back in the top 10 in 2016. It does appear that his body may be breaking down, so this is a crucial offseason for the talented receiver.

New 49ers coach will determine Colin Kaepernick's future

Monday, January 4, 2016, 11:20am

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

The next 49ers coach will likely determine the identity of the No. 7 overall draft pick, as well as Colin Kaepernick’s future with the franchise.

Ever since Kaepernick was benched and later underwent season-ending surgery on his non-throwing shoulder in late-November, it was difficult to come up with any scenario in which he would return to the 49ers next season.

Now, there’s a scenario.

The 49ers are expected to hire an offensive-minded head coach to replace Jim Tomsula, whom CEO Jed York officially fired Sunday night after the team defeated the St. Louis Rams in overtime to finish the season with a 5-11 record.

Fantasy Impact:

Chip Kelly has expressed interest in the job, and he could possibly be a coach who helps to keep Kaepernick in San Francisco.

Todd Gurley OUT vs. 49ers

Sunday, January 3, 2016, 3:20pm

Rams Inactives
Isaiah Battle OT
Andrew Donnal OT
Brian Folkerts C
Todd Gurley RB
Troy Hill CB
Sean Mannion QB
Louis Trinca-Pasat DT

Fantasy Impact:

As was pretty much expected, Todd Gurley is out this week with a foot injury. Tre Mason should see more snaps in a nice matchup.

Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm

Rams RB Todd Gurley (foot, doubtful) missed practice again Thursday and is doubtful for Week 17. Gurley is unlikely to play, so Tre Mason can be dialed up as a RB2 in a nice matchup with the 49ers. Benny Cunningham has some appeal in PPR formats, but Mason has out-carried Cunningham 57 to 17 since Week 2.

Seahawks may not have Marshawn Lynch Week 17

Monday, December 28, 2015, 1:57pm

Seattle Post Intelligencer - [Full Article]

The Seattle Seahawks will face a tough test when they travel to Arizona to take on the Cardinals in the teams' regular season finale next Sunday, and they may have to take on the 13-2 Cards without running back Marshawn Lynch, strong safety Kam Chancellor and left tackle Russell Okung.

All three missed Sunday's 23-17 loss to the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, and it's looking increasingly likely that all three may miss next week's game as well.

In his regular Monday appearance on the "Brock and Salk" show on 710 ESPN radio, head coach Pete Carroll told hosts Mike Salk and Brock Huard that Lynch's recovery from abdominal surgery remains a day-to-day proposition.

Fantasy Impact:

Carroll said Lynch was in Seattle over the weekend, but didn't elaborate on a Sunday report from NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, who reported that Lynch was expected to return to Seattle sometime this week to continue rehabbing at the team's facility after working out with MMA trainer Tareq Azim, the story said. Azim told Rapoport he has provided the Seahawks with "regular updates on Lynch," whom he said is making strides toward returning after undergoing the first surgery of his career.

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