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Broncos agree to trade for QB Joe Flacco

Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 12:32pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Baltimore Ravens have an agreement in principle to trade former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco to the Denver Broncos, league sources told ESPN on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact:

Albert Breer reported that the Broncos will send a fourth rounder for Flacco. Flacco's best fantasy finish was back in 2010, when he finished No. 11. He had back-to-back No. 14 finishes in 2011 and 2012, but he has finished No. 19 or worse in four of the last five seasons (from 2013 to 2017). He's a competent quarterback, so compared to Case Keenum, Flacco is probably a wash for Emmanuel Sanders and Courtland Sutton. The Broncos may use an early draft pick on a rookie quarterback as well.

Texans expected to release WR Demaryius Thomas

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 12:56pm

James Palmer - [Full Article]

The Texans are expected to release WR Demaryius Thomas today per source. Thomas tore his left Achilles in Week 16. It’s too early for a time table, but he’s returned from the injury quickly in the past.

Related players: DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller, Keke Coutee

Fantasy Impact:

This was not unexpected. The Texans will move forward with a potent trio of DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller and Keke Coutee.

Browns sign RB Kareem Hunt to one-year "prove it" deal

Monday, February 11, 2019, 2:13pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Cleveland Browns signed troubled running back Kareem Hunt on Monday.

The Kansas City Chiefs released Hunt in December after a video surfaced that showed him shoving and kicking a woman last February at his residence in Cleveland.

Related players: Nick Chubb, Duke Johnson

Fantasy Impact:

Hunt joins an already talented backfield featuring Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson. Chubb was shaping up to be a top 10 pick at his position, though Hunt's arrival throws some cold water on Chubb's upside. Johnson was already being underutilized and speculation has already begun that the team may look to move him. At this point, we're assuming that Hunt will compete with Johnson for backup duties behind Chubb. Keep in mind that the NFL has yet to announce Hunt's suspension, so that will play a factor as well.

Patriots hire Greg Schiano to run the defense

Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 12:36pm

Boston Globe - [Full Article]

The Patriots will name Greg Schiano as their new defensive coordinator imminently, a league source confirmed Wednesday.

Schiano replaces Brian Flores, the team’s defensive play caller for the 2018 season, who left the day after New England’s 13-3 victory over the Rams in Super Bowl LIII to take the Dolphins’ head coaching job.

Bengals make it official, hire Zac Taylor as HC

Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 10:00am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Cincinnati Bengals have hired Los Angeles Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor as their head coach, the team announced Monday.

Fantasy Impact:

The Bengals homed in on Taylor several weeks ago, but they could not hire him until the Rams were eliminated from the playoffs. Los Angeles advanced to Super Bowl LIII and lost 13-3 to the New England Patriots on Sunday. Taylor, 35, will be the second-youngest coach in the league behind his former boss, 33-year-old Sean McVay. Taylor, the 10th head coach in Bengals history, is expected to hire Oakland Raiders quarterbacks coach Brian Callahan, 34, as his offensive coordinator, the story all said.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski will decide on future in 'week or two'

Monday, February 4, 2019, 9:16am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Rob Gronkowski wasn’t getting caught up in the moment.

The Patriots tight end reiterated after Sunday’s Super Bowl LIII win over the Rams that he’s still not ready to decide about his future.

“That decision will be made in a week or two,” Gronkowski told reporters, adding that tonight was about celebrating with his teammates.

Fantasy Impact:

That has been his stance throughout the last week (the dodging and the celebrating), the story said, but there’s no doubt there’s reason for concern about his long-term future after more back issues this year. He missed three games in the regular season with injuries, but his numbers were well off his normal pace. He finished with 47 catches for 682 yards and three touchdowns. He had 13 catches for 191 yards in the playoffs, but at one point Sunday night was limping significantly and got checked by the athletic training staff.

Saints expected to keep DC Dennis Allen

Monday, February 4, 2019, 9:10am

Ian Rapoport on Twitter - [Full Article]

Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen is expected to receive a new deal in New Orleans and stay there, sources say.

Fantasy Impact:

Rapoport said this is a key move for HC Sean Payton and his defense, as Allen’s deal is being finalized. The Saints D did start a bit slow this season but eventually really came on.

Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) insists he's fine

Monday, February 4, 2019, 9:08am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Rams head coach Sean McVay said that he expected to see running back Todd Gurley back to his old form after a poor outing in the NFC Championship Game, but things didn’t quite turn out that way.

Gurley didn’t play much in the first half and wound up with 10 carries for 35 yards and one catch for a loss of one yard, which led to another round of questions after the game about whether his knee was bothering him. Gurley missed two games at the end of the regular season with a knee injury, but insisted he was fine after the win over the Saints and said the same in Atlanta after the 13-3 loss to the Patriots.

“I know there’s been a lot of concern about my knee but I really am fine,” Gurley said.

Related players: C.J. Anderson

Fantasy Impact:

The story said Gurley had an MRI after Week 15 but it didn't turn up anything. Another story from Ian Rapoport said the Rams would like to bring back Anderson next year, so Gurley owners in keeper leagues may want to keep an eye on this situation throughout the offseason.

Sunday, February 3, 2019, 5:12pm

Rams Inactives

DB Darious Williams
RB Justin Davis
OLB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo
OLB Trevon Young
OL Jamil Demby
DT Sebastian Joseph-Day
DT Tanzel Smart

Sunday, February 3, 2019, 5:11pm

Patriots Inactives

TE Stephen Anderson
C/G James Ferentz
S Obi Melifonwu
DE Ufomba Kamalu
DE Keionta Davis
DE Derek Rivers
CB Duke Dawson

Redskins promote Kevin O'Connell to OC

Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 5:58pm - [Full Article]

The Washington Redskins announced on Tuesday that passing game coordinator Kevin O’Connell has been promoted to offensive coordinator. O’Connell has spent the past two seasons as the quarterbacks coach in 2017 and the passing game coordinator in 2018 for the Redskins.

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say in a corresponding move, Matt Cavanaugh will now be the club’s senior offensive assistant. Cavanaugh has spent the last four seasons with Washington and the past two seasons as the offensive coordinator.

Rapoport: Packers expected to keep TE Jimmy Graham

Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 3:17pm

Ian Rapoport on Twitter - [Full Article]

When the Packers prepare for the offseason, they do so with the belief that TE Jimmy Graham will be back for 2019, source said.

Fantasy Impact:

Graham had just two TDs last year with the Packers and now he’s due a $5 million roster bonus on March 15, Rapoport's tweet went on to say. While things could change, Rapoport said the expectation now is they pay it and he returns and gets another season with QB Aaron Rodgers.

Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) should shed walking boot in about a week

Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 11:39am - [Full Article]

A.J. Green showed up Tuesday at the Freestore Foodbank wearing a walking boot to protect his right foot.

The Cincinnati Bengals star wideout said the boot, required after surgery following a season-ending toe injury, will be gone in about a week.

"Next step is I put on a shoe and I start bending it back more and moving it more," Green said. "The biggest thing is it's the offseason and we have time. We don't have to rush anything. The biggest thing is getting range of motion back."

Fantasy Impact:

The injury limited Green to the least productive season in his eight-year career — 46 catches, 694 yards and six touchdowns. The story went on to say Green's recovery is estimated to be at least a four-month process after he had surgery in December. Green didn't offer specifics about his availability for OTAs and minicamp, but he said he'll be ready when it counts, according to the story.

Steelers Beat: James Conner is team's RB of the future

Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 11:33am

ESPN - [Full Article]

In efforts to keep the edge that got him this far, James Conner will enter his third season with the hunger of a rookie looking for a job.

"You've got to earn it every day," he said in late December when asked if he's the tailback of the Steelers' future. "It's never enough when you think you've done enough. That's when you start to get on the decline. ... You've got to earn it every day, practice hard and show you belong. I definitely don't feel like I've done enough yet."

Related players: LeVeon Bell

Fantasy Impact:

The story said that's exactly what the Steelers like to hear, but Conner is selling himself a bit short. From teammates up to ownership, the Steelers have praised Conner's development in a sophomore season that included 973 rushing yards, 12 rushing TDs and an AFC Offensive Player of the Month award. Conner added 55 catches for 497 yards in a Steelers offense that relied heavily on the back for easy yardage off dump-offs. The story added Conner struggled with conditioning and blitz pickups as a rookie but was more than ready when he showed up for his second training camp. Of course, it's expected Bell will not be back with the Steelers in 2019, so as of now, Conner seems set to be the team's RB1 heading into 2019.

Panthers sign TE Chris Manhertz

Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 11:25am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Panthers signed tight end Chris Manhertz to a two-year contract Tuesday, according to his agent, Sean Stellato, via Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Manhertz, 26, was set to become a restricted free agent in March.

Fantasy Impact:

He has played in all 32 games for the Panthers over the past two seasons, catching four passes for 69 yards and a touchdown.