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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.

Peyton Manning to retire on Monday

Sunday, March 6, 2016, 11:08am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Peyton Manning's Super Bowl 50 victory over the Carolina Panthers was indeed his last rodeo.

The five-time NFL MVP is retiring, the Denver Broncos announced Sunday. The team will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. ET Monday for Manning to discuss his stepping away from the game after 18 seasons and two Super Bowl victories.

Fantasy Impact:

Manning's retirement clears the way for Brock Osweiler, who is in contract negotiations with the Broncos.

Giants WR Victor Cruz (calf) has resumed running

Friday, March 4, 2016, 5:57pm

PFT - [Full Article]

New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz missed all of 2015 after a torn fascia in his left calf led to surgery.

Cruz has missed the last 26 games after a patellar tendon tear cut his 2014 season short as well. But in a video for Bleacher Report’s UNINTERRUPTED, Cruz says he resumed running for the first time on Wednesday and feels he is making significant progress in his recovery.

“I’ve been making a lot of progress. The calf is starting to feel really, really good. I’m excited about the process. I’m excited about what’s to come,” Cruz said.

Fantasy Impact:

The Giants will likely lose Rueben Randle to free agency, so it would be a boost if Cruz can return fully healthy. His 2016 salary is a steep $7.9 million. He'll be back on the fantasy radar provided he has a healthy offseason and isn't cut by the Giants.

Colts will release WR Andre Johnson

Friday, March 4, 2016, 10:31am

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Colts have told WR Andre Johnson that they are releasing him, per source.

Related players: Donte Moncrief, Phillip Dorsett

Fantasy Impact:

Donte Moncrief finished his second season with 64 catches for 733 yards and six touchdowns, but his numbers were a bit depressed due to the midseason loss of Andrew Luck. In seven games with Luck, Moncrief averaged 4.6 catches 50 yards and 0.71 TD (on 7.7 targets per game), which extrapolates to a 73-802-11 season. Fantasy-wise, that’s about what Michael Crabtree scored as the #19 receiver in standard formats. With Andre Johnson out of the way, Moncrief’s playing time and targets should increase a bit. He’s a serious threat to break out in his third season. Phillip Dorsett figures to step into the WR3 role, and will be fantasy relevant assuming the Colts' offense returns to form.

Titans re-sign RB Antonio Andrews to a one-year deal

Thursday, March 3, 2016, 2:59pm

Titans Online - [Full Article]

All running back Antonio Andrews has ever wanted was a chance, and he got one last season with the Titans.

Now, he’s getting another – Andrews on Thursday signed a one-year deal with the team.

Fantasy Impact:

Andrews averaged 3.6 YPC last year on 143 carries, so it's doubtful that Andrews will be the team's starting running back this fall.

Schefter: Texans will release RB Arian Foster

Thursday, March 3, 2016, 9:53am

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Big move: Arian Foster has been told the Texans are releasing him, per a source close to him. After great run, Foster finished in Houston.

Fantasy Impact:

On a per game basis, Foster had the #4 and #3 per game average over the last two seasons, and has five top 5 finishes in that category in the last six seasons. So he's been extremely productive when healthy. Unfortunately, he hasn't played more than 13 games since 2012, and has only appeared in 25 of his last 48 games. He turns 30 this August and is coming off of a torn Achilles in October. If he lands in good fantasy situation (Dallas, New England, etc.), he'll be on the fantasy radar, but he's not likely to see the 19.1 touches per game that he's enjoyed during his career.

Ravens agree to extension with QB Joe Flacco

Thursday, March 3, 2016, 9:46am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco wasn't in a rush to sign a contract that would make him among the highest-paid players in NFL history.

Flacco said the sides hammered out the three-year extension quicker than he anticipated, and the deal was essentially completed earlier in the week.

The three-year agreement is worth $66.4 million and includes an NFL record $40 million signing bonus, a source told ESPN's Adam Caplan. This allows the Ravens to keep their franchise quarterback under contract through 2021 and alleviates some restless nights in the future for general manager Ozzie Newsome.

Fantasy Impact:

The touchdowns weren't impressive (14), but Flacco averaged 41.3 pass attempts and 279 yards passing in 10 games before tearing his ACL in November. He was on pace for 661 pass attempts and 4,464 yards, which would have been good for 1st and 6th in 2015. He'll be far off the fantasy radar in one-QB leagues, but with Marc Trestman at offensive coordinator and what should be an improved (i.e. healthy) stable of weapons, Flacco will be in the streaming discussion when he has a favorable matchup.

49ers re-sign Shaun Draughn

Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 6:13pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

49ers bringing back their late-season standout, reaching agreement with RB Shaun Draughn on a 1-year deal.

Fantasy Impact:

Draughn will likely back up Carlos Hyde in 2016.

Falcons cut WR Roddy White

Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 6:11pm

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - [Full Article]

Dynamic wide receiver Roddy White, the Atlanta Falcons’ all-time leading receiver, was released on Wednesday.

White, who had two years remaining on his contract, was not anticipating being released. “It would be a tragedy if I had to leave,” he told the AJC’s Jeff Schultz just last week. White, who was on his way to Belize, texted back, “I’m out of the country.”

White was set to make base salaries of $2.75 million in 2016 and $3 million in 2017. His release saves the team $2.45 million against their salary cap.

Fantasy Impact:

After a #26 finish (standard) in 2014, White's production fell off a cliff in his age 34 season. Leonard Hankerson took a good portion of his targets early in the season, and White just never got going despite staying pretty healthy the entire year. We'll be keeping an eye on the Falcons this offseason -- they are desperate for weapons to complement Matt Ryan and Julio Jones.

Patriots cut WR Brandon LaFell and TE Scott Chandler

Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 6:07pm

PFT - [Full Article]

With the new league year starting next week, teams are getting their houses in order by dispatching players who are under contract and out of their plans for monetary or performance reasons.

The Patriots joined that group on Wednesday. According to multiple reports, they have released wide receiver Brandon LaFell and tight end Scott Chandler.

Fantasy Impact:

After a #22 finish in 2014, LaFell struggled to make an impact in 2015, averaging just 4.8 fantasy points (standard) in 11 games. The Patriots will likely look to improve the receiving corps this offseason.

Eagles sign QB Sam Bradford to a two-year deal

Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 9:06pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Philadelphia Eagles agreed to a two-year contract with quarterback Sam Bradford, keeping Bradford off the free-agent market without using the franchise tag.

The deal is worth $36 million, with $26 million of that guaranteed, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Fantasy Impact:

Bradford was the #24 QB in 2015, but owned the #30 per game average. He averaged 268 yards, 1.4 TD and 1.1 INT in the 13 games in which he played at least 98% of the snaps. He's a low-end QB2.

Saints release WR Marques Colston

Monday, February 29, 2016, 6:57pm

NOLA.com - [Full Article]

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston has been released.

Colston missed three games for the first time since the 2008 season, and caught his lowest number of passes in his career, finishing out his last year with 45 receptions for 520 yards and four touchdowns.

Fantasy Impact:

Brandon Coleman who is a big guy out of Rutgers that has done some good things and I think in many ways is the heir apparent to Marques,” said GM Mickey Loomis, earlier in February. Coleman should absorb a good portion of Colston's targets if the Saints don't make a move at the position. Brandin Cooks (8.1 targets per game) and Willie Snead (6.7) will likely see the bulk of the targets at receiver. Snead is shaping up as a particularly nice sleeper in 8th-10th range in early PPR drafts.

Texans WR Jaelen Strong arrested for marijuana possession

Monday, February 29, 2016, 3:43pm

ABC 15 - [Full Article]

A Houston Texans wide receiver was arrested in Scottsdale for marijuana possession over the weekend.

Jaelen Strong, who played for Arizona State University, was arrested Sunday before midnight while riding in a black Maserati near 5th Avenue and Drinkwater Boulevard.

A heavy smell of marijuana was coming from inside the car and Strong admitted to having marijuana without a medical card. He gave police a cigar box with three marijuana cigarettes inside.

Fantasy Impact:

The Texans are looking for a long-term answer opposite DeAndre Hopkins, and while Strong flashed during his rookie year, his offseason is not off to a good start.

Schefter: Redskins will tag QB Kirk Cousins

Friday, February 26, 2016, 5:15pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Redskins are tagging QB Kirk Cousins, per league source. Only decision left is whether team uses franchise or transition tag on him.

Fantasy Impact:

Cousins finished as the #9 fantasy quarterback in his first full season as the starter. If the team places the franchise tag on him, he'll be Washington's starter again in 2016. If they use the transition tag, then they'll have the right to match any offer that he gets in free agency.

Bears will place franchise tag on WR Alshon Jeffery

Friday, February 26, 2016, 5:10pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

When Alshon Jeffery was on the field during the 2015 season, the wide receiver was almost unstoppable. The problem for the Bears is that Jeffery wasn't on the field that often.

Jeffery missed seven games in 2015 as he battled a series of calf, hamstring and groin injuries. Despite those injuries, the Bears have complete faith in Jeffery's health and they proved it on Friday by hitting him with the franchise tag, according to ESPN.com.

The tag will guarantee Jeffery a one-year deal that's expected to be worth more than $14.5 million. However, the exact dollar amount won't be known until the 2016 salary cap number is finalized by the NFL.

Fantasy Impact:

It was an injury-riddled fourth season for Jeffery, who was on the injury report in 10 of 16 games and ultimately ended up on injured reserve in Week 16. However, he was fantastic when he was (relatively) healthy, catching 7.1 passes for 111 yards and 0.40 TD (on 12.1 targets) in the seven games that he played at least 70% of the snaps. Jeffery just needs to stay healthy and he’ll produce as he did in 2013 and 2014, when he finished #9 and #12, respectively.

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