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Lions RB Theo Riddick recovering from surgery on both wrists

Sunday, March 26, 2017, 4:35pm

Detroit Free Press - [Full Article]

Theo Riddick, who missed the final month of the regular season last year, had surgery on both of his wrists, which prompted his season-ending trip to injured reserve, two people familiar with the procedure told the Free Press. They would not go on record because they are not authorized to talk about it publicly.

The Lions did not announce Riddick's surgery at the time he went on IR, and Riddick declined comment on his injury after the season, while he was wearing a cast on his left wrist.

Riddick is expected to be a full participant in organized team activities later this spring, but his injury is another consideration for a Lions team looking at possibly upgrading its backfield this off-season.

Fantasy Impact:

Riddick's per game average of 16.2 fantasy points (PPR) was the 8th-highest at his position. With Ameer Abdullah also returning from injury, Riddick may not see as many carries, but he should continue to play a big role in the passing game. He averaged 5.3 catches per game last year.

Panthers extend RB Jonathan Stewart through 2018

Friday, March 24, 2017, 3:18pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The Carolina Panthers want running back Jonathan Stewart around beyond 2017.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Carolina extended Stewart's contract one year, meaning he's signed through 2018.

The 30-year-old running back was slated to count $8.5 million against the salary cap in 2017. The extension alleviates part of that hefty number this season, while giving Stewart some security for next year.

This type of extension for a veteran is a common move for teams to earn cap space in the short term. What it secures, is that Stewart -- a player some thought could be a surprise cap casualty -- is in the Panthers' plans at least this season and perhaps beyond.

Fantasy Impact:

Stewart finished as the #28 fantasy running back (PPR) even though he missed three games and a large portion of a fourth. Stewart's 2017 value will depend in large part on what the Panthers do in the draft (and the rest of free agency).

Redskins sign WR Brian Quick

Friday, March 24, 2017, 12:11pm

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

The Redskins have agreed to terms with WR Brian Quick.

Fantasy Impact:

Quick is still only 27 and has been playing in the league's worst passing offense of the last few years. Still, he has had his moments. Over the last four seasons, in the 17 games where he was targeted at least five times, he averaged 3.4 catches for 51 yards and 0.24 TD per game (9.9 PPG in PPR formats). When the threshold is bumped up to six-plus targets (11 games), his averages are 3.6-62-0.36 (12.0 PPG). In 2014, he averaged 54 yards per game (on 5.6 targets) in seven games with Austin Davis at quarterback. Given the number of targets available in Washington after the departure of both Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson, it's not inconceivable that Quick carves out a significant role in a much better passing game than the one he's been a part of over the last few seasons.

Vikings RB Latavius Murray underwent 'successful ankle surgery'

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 1:38am

Vikings.com - [Full Article]

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From the Vikings' official website:

Vikings RB Latavius Murray had successful ankle surgery today. The surgery was performed by Dr. Bob Anderson in Charlotte, North Carolina. We were aware of the required surgery prior to signing Latavius on March 16. Latavius is expected to fully recover and be available for training camp.

Fantasy Impact:

The team was aware of Murray's ankle injury at the time of the signing, so this doesn't appear to be much of an issue at this point.

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 1:35am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Free-agent running back Christine Michael has agreed to rejoin the Green Bay Packers, a source told ESPN's Field Yates.

Fantasy Impact:

Michael will likely serve as depth behind Ty Montgomery. He may face competition from a rookie running back once the dust settles from the draft.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 9:07pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Bears signed RB Benny Cunningham to a one-year contract.

Panthers QB Cam Newton to undergo rotator cuff surgery

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 3:39pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Panthers believe Cam Newton's March 30 rotator cuff surgery will sideline him about four months.

Fantasy Impact:

Newton supposedly first injured the shoulder in Week 14, but if he sustained it earlier, it might explain why his completion percentage (52.9%) and YPA (6.9) fell off a cliff in 2016. His career numbers entering the season were 59.5% and 7.7, respectively. It's a four month recovery, which would put Newton back in mid-July.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 3:20pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

So the NY Giants add an RB, Shaun Draughn, who scored 6 TDs last season. More RB depth for Giants.

Fantasy Impact:

Draughn will replace Rashad Jennings in the Giants' backfield. He's a versatile back who will provide depth behind Paul Perkins and Shane Vereen.

Jets sign a QB: Josh McCown

Monday, March 20, 2017, 7:55pm

Albert Breer - [Full Article]

Josh McCown's 1-year deal with Jets is worth $6 million fully guaranteed. Also has $2M in playtime incentives, $5M in team-based incentives.

Fantasy Impact:

McCown had the best stint of his career playing for Marc Trestman in Chicago in 2013. That year, he posted a 13-to-1 TD-to-INT ratio and averaged 8.2 YPA, a career high. In his 74 other appearances, he averaged 6.54 YPA and posted a 66-to-68 TD-to-INT ratio. Don't expect any miracles in New York, but Eric Decker and the other Jet receivers could have done worse than McCown.

Marshawn Lynch to the Raiders looks like a real possibility

Monday, March 20, 2017, 12:27pm

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

Two tidbits on Marshawn Lynch: 1. Source on un-retiring says it’s “realer than it’s ever been” … 2. It’s Raiders or bust.

Fantasy Impact:

In his final season with the Seahawks, Lynch gained 497 total yards and scored three touchdowns in seven games (3.76 YPC). That equates to 11.5 PPG (PPR), which are high-end RB3 numbers. The Oakland offensive line is excellent, so the soon-to-be 31-year-old would be back on the radar as a fantasy RB2 if he does un-retire and find his way to the Raiders.

Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett (leg) 'ahead of schedule'

Sunday, March 19, 2017, 3:02pm

CBS - [Full Article]

Tyler Lockett (leg) is "ahead of schedule" in his recovery and should be ready to go for Week 1, ESPN's Mike Clay reports.

There's been plenty of optimism that Lockett, who's on the mend from a compound fracture to his left fibula suffered in late January, will be ready to go for the start of the 2017 campaign, and this report only reinforces that notion. However, there doesn't seem to be any certainty in regard to his return date. Seattle enters the offseason program with the starting job opposite Doug Baldwin "wide open," according to ESPN's Sheil Kapadia, but Lockett likely won't even have a shot if he's out of commission most of the summer. Thus, the third-year wideout has plenty of incentive to return to the field as quick as possible in order to join Paul Richardson, Jermaine Kearse and potentially a draft pick or two for what could evolve into a heated competition for the No. 2 wide receiver spot.

Fantasy Impact:

Lockett averaged 12.9 PPG (PPR) from Week 10 to Week 15, before breaking his leg in Week 16. In that span, he converted 21 of 35 targets for 345 yards and a touchdown. He also added four carries for 99 yards and a touchdown. Paul Richardson stepped up in his absence, so the two, along with Jermaine Kearse, will compete for snaps alongside Doug Baldwin.

Bills sign WR Andre Holmes

Saturday, March 18, 2017, 2:41pm

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

For the Bills and new WR Andre Holmes, it's a 3-year deal worth $6.5M total, source said.

Fantasy Impact:

This is an intriguing signing for a couple of reasons. Holmes had a semi-breakout season in 2014 (his third year) with 47 catches for 693 yards and four touchdowns. Then, both Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree joined the team and he even fell behind Seth Roberts on the depth chart. His targets dropped from 99 in '14 to 33 in '15 and then to 25 last year. Still, even with just 58 targets, he caught seven touchdowns in the last two years, so his 6-5 frame is useful around the end zone. The Bills are struggling to put a receiving corps together, so it's feasible that Holmes could ultimately start opposite Sammy Watkins. Warning: his career catch rate (48.3%) is terrible.

Friday, March 17, 2017, 1:14pm

Brian Costello - [Full Article]

Source confirms Geno Smith and Giants have reached a deal. He will have a physical this weekend and then sign.

Friday, March 17, 2017, 10:33am

Adam Caplan - [Full Article]

Seahawks and TE Luke Willson agreed to terms on a 1-year deal worth up to $3m, source told ESPN.

Rapaport: Raiders will sign TE Jared Cook

Thursday, March 16, 2017, 5:25pm

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

The Raiders are going to sign FA TE Jared Cook. A huge addition for QB Derek Carr and their offense.

Fantasy Impact:

Once Cook returned from his high-ankle sprain in Week 10, the Packers made a concerted effort to involve him in the offense. Over the final 10 games (including the playoffs) he averaged 4.2 catches for 55 yards and 0.30 touchdowns per game. That equates to 11.5 PPG, or low-end TE1 numbers. It's a nice signing for the Raiders, who seemingly want to involve the position more in their passing attack. Derek Carr gets a bump and Cook is in the mix as a late-round tight end.

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