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Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 9:26pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Saints HC Sean Payton suggested that third-year pro RB Travaris Cadet could take on "a little more of that role" that runner/receiver Darren Sproles has played in the Saints' offense over the past three years.

Fantasy Impact:

It may be a little misleading to associate Cadet with Sproles, because the Saints have a pretty crowded backfield with Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson. But, it's a situation to keep an eye on...


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Caldwell: Matt Stafford's accuracy can be fixed
Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 9:21pm - [Full Article]

Among new Lions head coach Jim Caldwell's most pressing tasks will be fixing QB Matthew Stafford, the promising quarterback who has tumbled into mediocrity the past two years.

At the center of many of his problems is a decline in accuracy, which sank all the way to 58.5 percent last year. That was 30th in the NFL.

Fantasy Impact:

"Absolutely, absolutely, absolutely, without question," Caldwell said, when asked if accuracy could be taught. As the story points out, Caldwell has a pretty good resume with QBs: He worked with Peyton Manning for nearly a decade in Indianapolis, and took him to a Super Bowl in 2009, and later rode Baltimore's Joe Flacco to a Super Bowl in 2012. He has a reputation around the league for knowing the fundamentals of the position, and just how to impart them.

Bradley: Gerhart has 'ability to play all 3 downs'
Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 9:14pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley went into some detail Tuesday about how much work newly signed running back Toby Gerhart could receive in 2014. And from the sound of it, Gerhart could get a good deal of the reps.

“He has the ability to play all three downs,” Bradley said Tuesday, according to a transcript from the Pro Football Writers of America. “How many carries he gets — we would like to run the ball over 40 percent of the time. There might be 28-30 carries in a game and there aren’t more running backs that carry more than 20 times a game."

Fantasy Impact:

Gerhart continues to get high praise after signing with the Jags. He has the potential to be a solid RB2 option this fall. Bradley's comments fall in line with what we expect, anywhere from 15-20 carries a game. In limited games, Gerhart has excelled with a big workload.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 8:34pm

Cincinnati Enquirer - [Full Article]

Bengals HC Marvin Lewis believes in QB Andy Dalton. And he'd prefer an extension done. Soon.

"We are hopeful we can get a deal done that works and Andy can put it behind him," Lewis said. "He can get back focusing on football. He doesn't have to go into the season and worry about this contract thing, every week someone is going to ask him a question … all those things that come into play later on. Let's get it behind us."

Fantasy Impact:

Despite some early playoff exits, the Bengals are committed to keeping Dalton around. However, he's still a QB2/committee-type of fantasy QB.

Tony Romo looks to be ahead of schedule
Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 8:30pm

Dallas Morning News - [Full Article]

The Cowboys continue to insist there are no worries when it comes to Tony Romo’s rehabilitation from back surgery for a herniated disk.

“He is ahead of where we expected him to be,’’ owner Jerry Jones said.

Fantasy Impact:

The plan is for Romo to take part in organized team activities in at least a limited capacity, something he was unable to do last year after having a cyst removed from a different area of his back. Those sessions begin April 21. Jones added that Romo is performing the throwing motion, but has yet to actually throw. Still, things look good and we have Romo ranked as a higher-end QB2 at this point in the offseason. Things look a little brighter with new passing coordinator Scott Linehan coming over from Detroit, too. Romo could be a nice, later-round grab in fantasy drafts.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 8:17pm

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel - [Full Article]

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said that rookie RB Johnathan Franklin is still recovering from a neck injury that landed him on injured reserve late in the year.

Fantasy Impact:

McCarthy added that Franklin did not undergo surgery and he only knows a limited amount about his rehab because he hasn't met with the doctors lately. Franklin is still third on the depth chart behind Eddie Lacy and resigned James Starks.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 2:25pm

Paul Dehner Jr. on Twitter - [Full Article]

Bengals HC Marvin Lewis also said he envisions a second-year growth similar to Ray Rice from RB Giovani Bernard. Says offseason big for growth.

Fantasy Impact:

We currently have Bernard as an RB2 ranked 14th, so we think there will be progress, too. But the concern will be getting him consistent touches, something that didn't happen until about halfway through the season.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 2:21pm

St. Paul Pioneer Press - [Full Article]

Adrian Peterson is getting hit too much, and Mike Zimmer vows to do something about it.

After watching plenty of film on Peterson since taking over as Vikings coach in January, Zimmer said the team needs to do more to get the star running back into the open field.

“He’s such a great player, a hall of fame player, one of the best ever,’’ Zimmer said Tuesday in an interview with ESPN at the NFL owners’ meetings in Orlando, Fla. “I think you always got to use those kind of guys. We’d like to run him into a few less bodies, so there’s not 11 of them meeting him at the (line of scrimmage).’’

Fantasy Impact:

Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards in 2012, the second most in NFL history. However, last year he fell off to 1,266 yards and missed two games in December due to injury. Peterson underwent surgery on his groin in January, but general manager Rick Spielman recently said he will be “fine’’ once offseason workouts get underway in April. He's still going to be a top fantasy RB on our board, but it would be nice if the Vikes could get him some help on offense.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 9:33am

Jeff Zrebiec on Twitter - [Full Article]

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said team is still considered signing a free agent tight end, possibly Owen Daniels.

Fantasy Impact:

Bringing back Ed Dickson is also under consideration, according to the tweet. Daniels would be a TE2 behind Dennis Pitta, but would bring a little more offensively to the table than Dickson should something happen to Pitta.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 9:26am

Tim Graham on Twitter - [Full Article]

Bills HC Doug Marrone says QB EJ Manuel's knee will be ready to go for all offseason workouts.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 9:24am

Rich Cimini on Twitter - [Full Article]

Jets coach Rex Ryan on QBs Geno Smith and Michael Vick: "It's going to be interesting to see the competition, but Geno is going to be hard to beat out."

Fantasy Impact:

Ryan doesn't want to just hand the job to Vick at this point, but it would be hard to imagine Vick not being the favorite to win the competition. We like Vick as a possible QB2.

Mark Sanchez expected to sign with the Eagles
Monday, March 24, 2014, 5:13pm

Chris Mortensen, Twitter - [Full Article]

QB Mark Sanchez is expected to sign with the Eagles, pending a physical.

Fantasy Impact:

Sanchez will likely serve as Nick Foles' primary backup. He will have a chance to revive his career under HC Chip Kelly.

Brian Hoyer (ACL) ahead of schedule
Monday, March 24, 2014, 10:25am - [Full Article]

The Matt Schaub trade is good news for Brian Hoyer, who has every intention of being the Browns' starting quarterback in 2014, and is confident he can beat out a rookie for the job. (The Browns were interested in acquiring Schaub.)

The Browns are studying all of the top quarterback prospects, but general manager Ray Farmer said he won't necessarily draft one with the No. 4 overall pick. The Browns also have the No. 26 overall pick in the first round.

Now, Hoyer can focus on coming back from his torn ACL -- he's ahead of schedule -- and trying to pick up where he left off last season, when he went 3-0.

Fantasy Impact:

Hoyer is currently penciled in as the starter, but the draft may change things. With Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron as potent weapons in the passing game, whoever is quarterbacking the Browns will have some fantasy upside.

Eddie Lacy's snaps may rise
Monday, March 24, 2014, 10:18am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The reigning offensive rookie of the year who rushed for a Packers' rookie record 1,178 yards last season, Eddie Lacy will be the workhorse back once again. In fact, he could be on the field even more than he was last season, when he played 60.5 percent of the offensive snaps. Packers coach Mike McCarthy said at last month's scouting combine that he wants Lacy to become a three-down back. Last season, he often gave way to fullback John Kuhn on third down.

Fantasy Impact:

Lacy finished as the #7 RB in his rookie season and did it in essentially 14 games. Removing Week 2 (where he was concussed and only carried the ball once), Lacy averaged 14.9 fantasy points, which is the 6th-best average, just behind Adrian Peterson. He is a great talent and plays in a potent offense that should be even better in 2014 with a (hopefully) healthy Aaron Rodgers under center.

Jermichael Finley fails physical with Seahawks
Monday, March 24, 2014, 10:16am

Packers News - [Full Article]

An NFL source said the Seattle Seahawks failed tight end Jermichael Finley on his physical during his recent visit to the team.

Finley is barely more than four months removed from neck surgery performed Nov. 14 to fuse his C-3/C-4 vertebrae. He made a free-agent visit to the Seahawks during the first week of free agency so the team’s medical staff could assess his recovery.

The source didn’t know whether the Seahawks will bring Finley back for a re-check. Though Finley has said he expected his surgeon to proclaim the bone in the neck fusion healed this month, that doesn’t mean NFL teams will clear him to play football, at least for now.

Fantasy Impact:

Time will tell if Finley will be cleared to play in time for the 2014 season. He's not expected to be cleared for another month or two at least.