Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 6:36pm
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.
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.
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."
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.
The contract he agreed to Monday certainly makes it appear the Bears believe he can handle the role. Miller flew in Monday night to sign a two-year deal worth $6 million with a chance to earn another $2 million.
The Bears leaned on Miller, 31, during the second half of last season, when he finally received an opportunity. With Martellus Bennett's situation tenuous at best, Miller is ready to pick up where he left off.
"I think I showed (I could be a No. 1)," Miller told the Tribune. "If that is wanted of me, I definitely can do it. However it plays out with Marty, I know he is a great player and a great friend. Love being around him, but that is out of my control, out of his control."
Miller was the #5 TE over the final nine weeks of the season, and that includes Week 17, which he missed due to injury. He averaged 3.9 catches for 51 yards and 0.63 TD (on 5.1 targets per game) in that span. In the four games that Martellus Bennett missed, Miller averaged 5.0-55-0.50 on 6.8 targets per game. Those are solid TE1 numbers in both standard and PPR formats. Miller is 31 years old and has had trouble staying healthy throughout his career, but he'll be a compelling pick in the later rounds if the Bears part ways with Bennett and re-sign Miller.
Bryant is eligible to apply for reinstatement no sooner than 60 days before 1-year anniversary of the suspension.
Markus Wheaton sees the biggest bump in fantasy value with the news of Bryant's suspension. He caught 44 passes for 749 yards and five touchdowns on the season, but really came on down the stretch, averaging 4.7 catches for 79 yards and 0.67 TD (on 7.8 targets per game) over the final six games of the season. (He was the #12 fantasy receiver in that span.) Though he only gained 53 total receiving yards in two playoff games, he was targeted 13 times, so he was an integral part of the offense late in the year. Wheaton fared well on a per target basis, finishing 22nd and 27th (out of 121 eligible receivers) in fantasy points per target in standard and PPR formats, respectively. Consider Wheaton a fantasy WR3 with WR2 upside. The other players who stand to benefit are TE Ladarius Green (especially in the red zone) and deep threat Darrius Heyward-Bey.
Monday, March 14, 2016, 12:49pm
Sunday, March 13, 2016, 11:19pm
Tom Brady’s new contract would save him a lot of money — almost $2 million — if he ends up being suspended for Deflategate.
A three-judge panel is currently weighing whether to overturn a judge’s decision last August that reversed the NFL’s decision to suspend the Patriots quarterback for four games. If they agree with the NFL, which appealed Judge Richard M. Berman’s ruling, Brady would face being sidelined for the first four games of the 2016 season.
Honestly, we thought Deflategate was behind us, but it's like a bad penny that continues to turn up. It sounds as if there's a real possibility that the three-judge panel will overturn the judge's decision, which would mean that Brady would have to serve his original four-game ban. If that's the case, his draft stock will take a hit, and there's an opportunity to use the Angry Tom strategy again in 2016.
Martavis Bryant, the Steelers’ talented but troubled wide receiver, is facing a full-season NFL suspension in 2016 for again violating the league’s substance abuse policy, two sources confirmed to DKPittsburghSports.com this morning and a third this afternoon.
Bryant and his agent, Tom Santanello, have filed an appeal. If the suspension goes through, it would be a shocking, seismic blow to a contending team that’s set a seventh Super Bowl as its goal for next season.
If this report is accurate and Bryant is indeed suspended for the year, then it's obviously a big blow to the Pittsburgh offense and QB Ben Roethisberger. However, the two biggest beneficiaries of Bryant's potential absence are WR Markus Wheaton and TE Ladarius Green. If Bryant is out, Wheaton turns into a fantasy WR3 with WR2 upside while Green shouldn't have any problem seeing enough targets to make him a solid TE1.
Sanchez is likely being brought in to be the backup for whomever the team acquires to start at quarterback, but he could hold down the fort for a year if they're unable to bring anyone better in.
Friday, March 11, 2016, 11:40am