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Patriots sign WR Demaryius Thomas

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 5:05pm

Rap Sheet - [Full Article]

The Patriots are giving former Broncos and Texans WR Demaryius Thomas a 1-year deal worth up $6M, source said. They discussed trading for him last year, signed him this year.

Fantasy Impact:

Thomas caught 59 passes for 677 yards and five touchdowns last year playing for the Broncos and Texans. He is coming off his second Achilles tear of his career, so the first order of business will be for Thomas to get healthy and to make New England's roster.

Seahawks sign QB Russell Wilson to a four-year extension

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 12:18pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Seattle Seahawks and Russell Wilson have reached agreement on a four-year, $140 million extension that includes a $65 million signing bonus and makes the quarterback the highest-paid player in the NFL, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Tuesday morning.

Fantasy Impact:

There aren't big short-term fantasy implications here, but Wilson's contract won't be a distraction in 2019.

Jets sign RB Ty Montgomery

Friday, April 12, 2019, 12:18pm - [Full Article]

RB Ty Montgomery, who also returns kicks, signed with the New York Jets, the team announced Thursday. Terms were not disclosed.

Fantasy Impact:

Montgomery will compete with Elijah McGuire to be LeVeon Bell's backup.

Panthers sign WR Chris Hogan

Friday, April 12, 2019, 12:16pm

Panthers - [Full Article]

Wide receiver Chris Hogan, a Super Bowl winner twice in his three seasons with the Patriots, has signed a one-year contract with the Panthers.

An unrestricted free agent, the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder has been a productive pass catcher in the AFC East for the past five seasons. A versatile receiver who can play outside and in the slot, Hogan and DeSean Jackson tied for the NFL lead in 2016 with 17.9 yards per reception.

Fantasy Impact:

Hogan figures to serve as Carolina's No. 3 receiver behind D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel. He'll definitely trail Christian McCaffrey in targets so he will at best be the team's No. 4 option in the passing game. If Greg Olsen returns, Hogan could land at No. 5. He won't have much fantasy value in 2019.

Patriots sign TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Thursday, April 11, 2019, 10:25am

ESPN - [Full Article]

In their first personnel move at tight end since Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement in late March, the New England Patriots have agreed to a one-year deal with Austin Seferian-Jenkins, a source tells ESPN's Field Yates.

Fantasy Impact:

With the retirement of Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots had a big hole to fill at tight end and Seferian-Jenkins was probably the best available option. Still just 26 years old, Seferian-Jenkins is a great athlete but has never been able to capitalize on his considerable potential. He caught 21 passes for 338 yards and four touchdowns in seven games back in 2015, but has never cracked 400 yards receiving or caught more than four touchdowns in five seasons. The Patriots represent his best opportunity to date, and if he gets the requisite playing time, he could turn into a streaming/TE2 option.

Lions sign RB C.J. Anderson

Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 12:45pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Former Rams’ RB C.J. Anderson reached agreement on a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions, per source. Chance to produce this season, then hit market again after this season.

Related players: Kerryon Johnson

Fantasy Impact:

Anderson will likely serve as Kerryon Johnson's primary backup in Matt Patricia/Darrell Bevel's run-heavy attack.

Eagles trade for RB Jordan Howard

Friday, March 29, 2019, 9:59am - [Full Article]

Chicago shipped Jordan Howard to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a 2020 sixth-round pick on Thursday night, the Eagles announced. Conditions in the trade could flex that selection to a 2020 fifth-round pick.

Howard had been rumored as trade bait since before the 2018 season, as Tarik Cohen took on a larger role in first-year coach Matt Nagy's offense. In his third season in the Windy City, Howard saw another dip in production as he totaled 935 rushing yards and 3.7 yards per carry. When Chicago signed former Seahawks running back Mike Davis in free agency, the writing looked to be on the wall.

Related players: Tarik Cohen, Mike Davis, Corey Clement, Josh Adams, Wendell Smallwood

Fantasy Impact:

This is a significant fantasy move for both teams since Howard is now the favorite to lead the Eagles in carries and his absence in Chicago opens up major work for Tarik Cohen and Mike Davis. Howard had a down season (935 yards rushing on 3.74 YPC) in 2018 after averaging 1,218 yards (on 4.61 YPC) in his first two seasons. It's a low-risk move for the Eagles since Howard is still on his rookie deal. He's not likely to catch many passes, though his hands were better in 2018 (77% catch rate, a career-high). Howard's arrival throws cold water on the rest of Philadelphia's committee (Clement, Adams and Smallwood). In Chicago, this is big news for both Tarik Cohen and Mike Davis, but especially Davis, who is likely to take over the bulk of the 15.6 carries per game (and short-yardage work) that Howard has vacated. Davis also showed some passing game chops last year in Seattle, so the Chicago offense won't be as easy predict with Davis replacing Howard in the backfield.

Raiders sign RB Isaiah Crowell to a one-year deal

Friday, March 29, 2019, 9:37am - [Full Article]

The Raiders have agreed to terms with running back Isaiah Crowell on a one-year deal worth up to $2.5 million.

Fantasy Impact:

The Raiders are shoring up the running back corps in case Marshawn Lynch doesn't return this season. Through 13 games last season, Crowell gained 685 yards on 143 carries for a 4.79 yards per carry, though when his 15-carry, 219-yard game against the Broncos is removed, he averaged just 3.64 yards per carry in the other 12 games. If Lynch doesn't return, Crowell could serve as the Raiders' primary thumper with Jalen Richard playing in passing situations.

Marrone: Jaguars WR Marqise Lee expected back 'late in the preseason'

Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 1:48pm

Daniel Popper - [Full Article]

Doug Marrone said he expects Marqise Lee to be back “late in the preseason.”

Fantasy Impact:

It's not even April and it looks like Lee is already expected most of the offseason.

Gruden: RB Derrius Guice (ACL) 'will be fine' for training camp

Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 1:46pm

Tarik El Bashir - [Full Article]

Jay Gruden said he anticipates Derrius Guice doing individual work in OTAs and then joining the team full-go in training camp. "I think Derrius will be fine," Gruden said.

Fantasy Impact:

Guice has undergone a couple of clean-up procedures since his ACL surgery last year and the team recently re-signed Adrian Peterson to a two-year deal. Guice is in the RB3 mix given his uncertain health and the presence of Peterson.

Arians: Bucs WR Chris Godwin can be a 'close to 100-catch guy' in 2019

Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 1:44pm

Greg Auman - [Full Article]

Bucs coach Bruce Arians says he thinks Chris Godwin can be a “close to a 100-catch guy” in 2019.

Fantasy Impact:

We agree, though Godwin will have to improve on his career 62.0% catch rate (or see 150+ targets) if he's going to come close to catching 100 passes. He finished strong in 2017, posting 3-98 on six targets against the Panthers in Week 16 and 7-111-1 on 12 targets against the Saints in Week 17. In the five games as a rookie where he played at least 50% of the snaps, he averaged 4.2 catches for 73 yards and 0.20 touchdowns on 7.2 targets per game. In 2018, he finished the season as the No. 25 receiver despite the fact that he played more than 70% of the snaps in just six games, five of which came with DeSean Jackson mostly sidelined from Week 13 to Week 17. Godwin is primed for a third-year breakout.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski retires

Sunday, March 24, 2019, 9:09pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement from the NFL via an Instagram post on Sunday. After nine seasons with the New England Patriots, he is putting an end to a career in which he transcended the tight end position and was one of the league's most colorful personalities.

Fantasy Impact:

The Patriots apparently made a late push to sign Jared Cook before he signed with the Saints. The Patriots did sign Matt LaCosse and have Jacob Hollister, Stephen Anderson and Ryan Izzo on the roster. This is obviously a blow to Tom Brady's 2019 outlook.

Saints expected to sign TE Jared Cook

Thursday, March 21, 2019, 11:44am

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

The Saints are expected to sign free agent TE Jared Cook, sources tell me and Tom Pelissero. One of the top free agents still out there, Cook gives QB Drew Brees an immediate big-time weapon.

Fantasy Impact:

This is a fantastic landing spot for Cook and he'll make a great addition to an already dangerous New Orleans receiving corps. Given the state of the tight end position, Cook has a great chance to finish in the top 10 again in 2019.

Cowboys sign WR Randall Cobb

Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 7:17pm

Jay Glazer - [Full Article]

Randall Cobb has agreed to a deal with Cowboys. It's a one-year deal worth $5 million.

Fantasy Impact:

The Cowboys lost Cole Beasley in the slot, so his 5.4 targets per game are up for grabs. It's unlikely the Cobb develops into a fantasy starter anytime soon, but he might have some spot start appeal in PPR formats if things go his way.

Bengals re-sign TE Tyler Eifert to a one-year deal

Saturday, March 16, 2019, 2:54pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

TE Tyler Eifert is signing back with the Bengals on a 1-year deal. They keep one of their own.

Fantasy Impact:

In four games in 2018, Eifert averaged 3.8 catches for 45 yards and 0.25 touchdowns. In 14 games since 2016, Eifert has averaged 3.4 catches for 44 yards and 0.43 touchdowns. If he can stay healthy, he has a good chance for a top 10 season.