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Browns 'aren't counting on' WR Josh Gordon in 2016, 'no sure thing' that he's reinstated

Monday, March 21, 2016, 12:41pm - [Full Article]

The NFL is now clarifying that it can rule on Josh Gordon's reinstatement "when appropriate,'' and the Browns aren't counting on him for 2016.

First, he has to be reinstated, which is no sure thing. Then, they have to see where his head is at.

They know where his body has been -- in the same vicinity as Johnny Manziel's a lot lately, but they're claiming that's not an issue at this point.

And now, the NFL is making it clear that the 60-day timeframe to rule on Gordon's reinstatement from his indefinite drug ban is a guideline and not written in stone.

Fantasy Impact:

Owners drafting early may want to slow their roll with Gordon given this language. It sounds as if the team isn't terribly optimistic about his return, and there's no telling when the league will rule on his request for reinstatement. He's currently being drafted at the end of the 3rd round and that's a steep price to pay for a player surrounded by this much uncertainty.

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.

Lions sign WR Jeremy Kerley

Monday, March 21, 2016, 10:37am

Adam Caplan - [Full Article]

Lions and former Jets WR Jeremy Kerley have agreed to terms on a contract, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

Kerley fell out of favor with the new regime in New York and never really recovered. He's 27 years old and has an 800-yard season on his resume. He'll provide depth in Detroit behind Golden Tate and Marvin Jones.

Packers re-sign RB James Starks

Friday, March 18, 2016, 10:17am

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

The Packers and RB James Starks reached an agreement for him to return. It's two years for $6M, source said.

Fantasy Impact:

Last year, Starks rushed for 601 yards and added another 392 yards receiving, finishing as the #21 running back in PPR formats. Eddie Lacy has been training with the P90X creator and is expected to report to camp in better shape as he heads into a contract season, but Starks gives the team a fallback option if Lacy can't regain his early-career form in 2016.

Cardinals re-sign RB Chris Johnson

Thursday, March 17, 2016, 5:15pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

RB Chris Johnson is re-signing a one-year deal with Arizona, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson was the #15 RB (standard) through the first 11 weeks prior to going down with an injury in Week 12. The dynamic has changed with David Johnson likely to assume RB1 duties. Johnson will provide depth and eat into Andre Ellington's potential upside.

Seahawks re-sign RB Christine Michael

Thursday, March 17, 2016, 3:09pm - [Full Article]

Injuries opened the door for Christine Michael to return to Seattle; his play at the end of last season paved the way for a new contract with the Seahawks. Michael re-signed with the Seahawks Thursday, meaning the former second-round pick who Seattle traded before the start of last season, will be back in 2016.

Seahawks coaches noticed a change in Michael nearly as soon as he arrived in Seattle, and it showed up on the field, with Michael rushing for 192 yards on 39 carries in three regular season games. Michael added 71 yards on 20 carries in Seattle’s playoff win over Minnesota.

Fantasy Impact:

Michael averaged 4.9 YPC after returning to Seattle last season. He figures to serve as Thomas Rawls' primary backup.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 11:17pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

The Minnesota Vikings have re-signed backup running back Matt Asiata.

Patriots trade for TE Martellus Bennett

Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 8:00pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Chicago Bears are trading tight end Martellus Bennett to the New England Patriots for a fourth-round draft pick, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The teams are finalizing a deal, but the Patriots will also receive a sixth-round draft choice in exchange for Bennett, according to sources.

The Patriots have traditionally preferred to run a multiple tight-end offense, which hit its peak in 2011 with Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. In 2015, the club thought it had a strong 1-2 punch with Gronkowski and Scott Chandler, who was signed as a free agent, but Chandler didn't pan out after inking a two-year contract worth a maximum value of $5.3 million.

Fantasy Impact:

The Bears found a taker in the Patriots, who have been searching for an athletic tight end to fill the Aaron Hernandez role in the offense. Bennett will play second fiddle to Rob Gronkowski, and will likely trail Julian Edelman and Dion Lewis in targets. Bennett's departure opens the door for starter's snaps for Zachary Miller in Chicago. Miller could post TE1 numbers after coming on strong down the stretch last season.

Patriots to sign RB Donald Brown

Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 3:40pm

Jim McBride - [Full Article]

Fox Sports reporting the Patriots have struck a deal with RB Donald Brown, the former UConn workhorse.

Fantasy Impact:

Brown is a versatile back who finished 28th in PPR formats back in 2013 when he took over for Trent Richardson in Indianapolis. Since then, he has averaged 3.14 YPC over two seasons for the Chargers. The San Diego running game was a dumpster fire last year, and the Patriots obviously believe that Brown still has gas left in the tank. He could conceivably form a one-two punch with Dion Lewis.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 3:17pm

Jason La Canfora - [Full Article]

Browns announce that Dwayne Bowe has been finally released.

Eagles sign WR Chris Givens

Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 2:18pm

Eagles - [Full Article]

Eagles and WR Chris Givens agree to terms on a one-year contract.

Fantasy Impact:

Givens caught 19 passes for 346 yards and one touchdown in 12 games with the Ravens. He should provide depth as a situational deep threat behind Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor and Josh Huff.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 6:36pm

Adam Caplan - [Full Article]

Colts agreed to a deal with RB Robert Turbin.

Ravens sign WR Mike Wallace

Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 5:20pm

PFT - [Full Article]

Mike Wallace signed with the Ravens on Tuesday for two years at the same $11.5 million in salary and said at a press conference that he’s looking forward to playing with Joe Flacco, whose years with Baltimore have featured plenty of deep balls that turned into catches or pass interference penalties.

“You have a quarterback that can really sling the ball,” Wallace said, via Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun. “That’s what I need.”

There are a lot of question marks in the Ravens receiving corps, but things should look a lot better than they did this year if Wallace revive his deep threat credentials while Steve Smith and Breshad Perriman return from injuries in good form.

Fantasy Impact:

Wallace is a good fit for Joe Flacco's big arm. The Ravens didn't have a deep threat last season with Torrey Smith gone and Breshad Perriman on the shelf. Wallace is past his prime but he's bound to have a few big games given his ability to go deep. Consider him a WR5 type if Perriman is healthy.

Broncos match offer sheet, re-sign RB C.J. Anderson

Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 5:15pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Denver Broncos on Tuesday matched the offer sheet that running back C.J. Anderson signed from the Miami Dolphins last week.

Anderson told ESPN he had "mixed emotions" when he was informed he would be staying with the Broncos.

"I felt disrespected, of course, but that's what put me in the position I'm in today. You know, always grinding and always working hard for that opportunity."

Fantasy Impact:

Anderson wasn’t fully healthy heading into the season and struggled at the onset, averaging just 2.69 YPC on 11.4 rushing attempts through the first six weeks of the season. He turned it around in a big way after the Week 7 bye, however, racking up an average of 64.5 yards on 11.6 carries (5.57 YPC) and 0.58 TD over his final 12 games, including the playoffs. Those are mid-level RB1 numbers in standard formats and low-end RB1 numbers in PPR. Moreover, the Broncos committed to Anderson down the stretch, feeding him 15.6 carries over the final five games. In that span, he averaged 13.7 fantasy points in standard (and 15.9 FP in PPR). Those averages would have been good enough to finish #3 in both formats. Even though he finished strong, playoff numbers don’t count for fantasy, so the fact remains that Anderson burned his owners in 2015. As a result, his ADP is likely to remain depressed heading into 2016 fantasy drafts. But Ronnie Hillman is unlikely to return after a poor finish (while Anderson is a restricted free agent), so the Denver backfield is one to monitor in the offseason. As the clear RB1, he’s going to be a fantastic value in the 4th round and a solid value in the 3rd.

Raiders re-sign WR Andre Holmes

Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 10:10am

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

WR Andre Holmes and the Raiders reached an agreement for him to re-sign on a 1-year deal worth up to $3M, source said. $1M fully guaranteed.

Fantasy Impact:

Holmes was 4th in targets last season behind Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree and Seth Roberts. He's likely to serve as depth again in 2016.

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