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Thursday, March 27, 2014, 11:26am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Scott Brown, who covers the Steelers, was asked about their wide receivers:

"They seem committed to Markus Wheaton – or at least giving him every opportunity to win a starting job."

Fantasy Impact:

Brown made it seem like there is no interest in bringing back Santonio Holmes. He also said the draft is WR heavy that it makes more sense for the Steelers to draft one rather than bring in another veteran.

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Packers looking for Jarrett Boykin to 'step up'
Thursday, March 27, 2014, 9:40am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Prior to free agency, coach Mike McCarthy suggested wide receiver Jarrett Boykin's emergence would make it easier for the Green Bay Packers to move on from James Jones.

Now that Jones is returning home to Oakland, McCarthy said he "fully expects" Boykin to "step up."

"I can't say enough about Boykin," McCarthy told reporters at the NFL Annual Meeting on Wednesday. "The young man is a heck of a player, he's done it the right way, special teams, he's performed every opportunity he's given."

Fantasy Impact:

Boykin has a great chance to be a valuable fantasy player this season playing the role of James Jones. Jones had a career-high 14 TDs in 2012 and last year had a career-high in receiving yards with 817 - a lot of that coming without Aaron Rodgers at QB, but also without Randall Cobb. Still, in the Green Bay offense, Boykin could have WR3 or WR4 potential in just about any format.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 6:30pm

Washington Post - [Full Article]

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed free agent receiver Louis Murphy.

Murphy spent for the first three years of his career with the Oakland Raiders after being selected in the fourth round of the 2009 draft. He was traded to Carolina in 2012 and played for the New York Giants last season.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 6:29pm

buffalobills.com - [Full Article]

Bills RB C.J. Spiller is optimistic about how his ankle has come around since the end of the 2013 season.

“The ankle has been responding pretty well since the offseason started being able to plant and cut so I definitely feel that explosion coming back to how I was in 2012,” he said.

Fantasy Impact:

Spiller, of course, dealt with a high ankle sprain for most of last season and lacked his trademark burst and elusiveness. He turned out to be a big disappointment for where he was likely drafted in fantasy leagues. Spiller's value is down compared to last year and we have him 15th in our early season rankings.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 2:12pm

Jim Thomas on Twitter - [Full Article]

QB Shaun Hill has agreed to terms on free-agent deal with Rams.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 2:04pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

A timetable for Terrelle Pryor’s departure from the Raiders is starting to emerge.

According to Alex Marvez of Fox Sports, teams have put “feelers” out regarding Pryor to gauge the trade market value for an athletic, albeit inconsistent quarterback who wants out of Oakland.

Fantasy Impact:

The Raiders are in no rush with no team activities in the near future, not until April 21. But the team wants him out before that so he's not a distraction. He could end up being released. Pryor ranks below newly-acquired Matt Schaub and Matt McGloin on the depth chart.

Fisher: Zac Stacy 'probably that 70-percent guy'
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 1:59pm

Jim Thomas on Twitter - [Full Article]

Rams coach Jeff Fisher, on RB Zac Stacy's evolving role with Rams: "I think over time, he'll probably be that 70-percent of the carries guy."

Fantasy Impact:

The Rams rushed 426 times last year, which means Stacy would get 298 of those carries if the numbers are similar next season. That would have put him third in the league in 2013 behind just LeSean McCoy and Marshawn Lynch, and just ahead of Matt Forte, Ryan Mathews and Eddie Lacy ... so the company is pretty good.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 1:49pm

Saints on Twitter - [Full Article]

Saints agree to terms on a 1-year deal with QB Luke McCown.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 1:47pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

Colin Kaepernick claimed to have a hangnail on the “pinkie toe” of both feet early last season.

And while 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh did not get into any specifics Wednesday at the NFL owners meetings, he certainly did not minimize his quarterback's undisclosed early-season foot injury.

“I noticed it, especially in practice,” Harbaugh said. “I think anytime you have a foot, a hand or a finger, it affects you throwing and running.”

The 49ers did step in, Harbaugh admitted, to reduce the number of times the 49ers called plays in their quarterback-driven run game early in the season. Kaepernick rushed 94 times for 524 yards during the regular season. He added 243 yards on 26 rushing attempts in just three playoff games.

“We weren’t calling those plays as much early in the season,” Harbaugh said. “We didn’t want to see Colin get hit 12 times a game. Four or five, maybe, and that’s it. That was a conscious effort.”

Fantasy Impact:

Kaepernick never missed a practice or a game. According to the story, in early November, he was no longer listed on the injury report with the foot injury.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 11:09am

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

Running back Frank Gore has one year remaining on his contract, but 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh believes the nine-year veteran has a future well beyond this season.

“I really think Frank has three more good years,” Harbaugh said Wednesday at the NFL owners meetings. “I truly believe that. But we’re in a game of taking it one year at a time.”

Fantasy Impact:

As the story points out, Gore rushed for 1,128 yards and nine touchdowns last season. He is the 49ers’ all-time leading rusher with 9,967 yards. He has eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in seven of his nine NFL seasons. The nine-year veteran has played in all 16 games and eclipsed 250 carries and 1,100 yards all three seasons since Harbaugh took over as head coach in 2011. He's had a lot of work the last three years so it may be a bit of a stretch for him to keep up this pace.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 9:26am

John Keim on Twitter - [Full Article]

Redskins HC Jay Gruden says he'd like RB Alfred Morris to be more of a pass catching threat. Hopes he can get 20-25 catches. Says not natural hands.

Fantasy Impact:

Morris' fantasy value was a high-end RB2 last year when the Redskins were a run-oriented team. But, with a possible switch to a more pass-heavy game plan, well, that may not be good news for Morris, who has never really got involved in the passing game. Roy Helu could benefit by more passes.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 9:20am

Rick Stroud on Twitter - [Full Article]

Bucs new head coach Lovie Smith says their offense is a running attack that can pass the football. RB Doug Martin will be the bell cow, but they will have backup help.

Fantasy Impact:

Looks like Martin could bounce back this year, but previous owners will likely use caution after high expectations with Martin likely cost them in 2013. In our Never-Too-Early RB rankings, John Paulsen has Martin 12th.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 9:16am

Larry Holder on Twitter - [Full Article]

Saints HC Sean Payton said WR Marques Colston dealt with foot soreness throughout the season last year, and will have to monitor his practice time this season.

Fantasy Impact:

That's not a good sign... But the good news is after a slow start, Colsten came on pretty strong in the second half. From Weeks 5-8 Colston didn't go over 20 receiving yards and then missed Week 9. But from Weeks 10-17 he was under 63 receiving yards just twice and collected two 100-yard games and four TDs in that span.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 9:11am

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - [Full Article]

Falcons coach Mike Smith said wide receiver Julio Jones is running and is ahead of schedule at the owner’s meeting in Orlando today, the team said.

Fantasy Impact:

Jones should be back to being one of the top-ranked fantasy receivers in drafts this summer, but he's coming off his second foot injury already.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 9:01am

Jordan Raanan on Twitter - [Full Article]

Giants coach Tom Coughlin: "I'm planning that [David Wilson] is there until they tell me different." Said it may just be in different capacity.

Fantasy Impact:

Wilson is coming off a neck injury and it seems like the team could turn to Rashad Jennings as their lead back. Turnovers, injuries and bad luck have really changed the outlook of the once-promising Wilson...