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Buccaneers set to sign WR DeSean Jackson

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 9:56am

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Former Washington WR DeSean Jackson expects to sign with Tampa assuming no breakdown in final negotiations, sources tell ESPN.

Fantasy Impact:

If Jackson has lost a step, it’s hard to tell. He averaged 17.9 yards per catch last year, which was his second highest average of his last six seasons. In 24 games over the last two seasons, he has averaged 3.6 catches for 64 yards and 0.33 TD, or 12.0 PPG in PPR formats. He’s been a little hit or miss fantasy-wise, but should see consistent targets as the complement to Mike Evans in Tampa. This is an upgrade for Jameis Winston, Evans (who won't see quite as much defensive attention) and Cameron Brate. In Washington, Kirk Cousins has lost his top two receivers.

Browns expected to sign WR Kenny Britt

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 9:49am

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

The Browns are signing WR Kenny Britt, source said. 4 years, $32.5M.

Fantasy Impact:

The Browns started with over $100 M in cap space, so this does not preclude the team from re-signing Terrelle Pryor. Given is situation, Britt had a great 2016. He averaged 4.5 catches for 67 yards and 0.33 touchdowns in 2016 with Case Keenum and Jared Goff throwing him the ball. The Rams had the worst passing game in the league, and Britt still managed decent numbers. He turns 29 in September. We'll see what the Browns are able to do at quarterback, but this isn't a bad landing spot from him considering where he spent the last few seasons.

Rapaport: Ravens to sign RB Danny Woodhead

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 10:34pm

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

Source: The Ravens are signing RB Danny Woodhead. He’s fully healthy after ACL surgery in 2016. Big pickup.

Related players: Kenneth Dixon, Melvin Gordon

Fantasy Impact:

Well, this puts a dent in Kenneth Dixon's budding value. Woodhead is an elite pass-catcher and an underrated runner. He's likely to form a committee with Dixon, who will serve as the team's primary back. Both players look like PPR RB2/RB3 types at this point. The signing is good news for Melvin Gordon, who will have virtually no competition for touches. It's also good for C.J. Anderson, since it was rumored that the Broncos were interested in reuniting Woodhead with OC Mike McCoy.

Dolphins re-sign WR Kenny Stills

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 9:10pm

PFT - [Full Article]

Not long ago, the Dolphins assumed receiver Kenny Stills would leave. He’s not.

PFT has confirmed that Stills is staying with Miami. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that it’s a four-year deal worth $32 million, with $20 million guaranteed.

Fantasy Impact:

Stills finished the season as the #46 fantasy receiver (PPR), but he caught six of his nine touchdowns in the final eight weeks of the season, and was the #24 receiver in that span. He averaged 5.6 targets per game in the back half of the season after averaging 4.4 targets in the first eight games. Given his big-play ability, he’s always been a high FP/target player. In the 19 career games where he’s seen at least six targets, he has averaged 4.3 catches for 65 yards and 0.37 TD (on 7.4 targets), or 13.1 PPG.

Bengals re-sign WR Brandon LaFell

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 5:04pm

Adam Caplan - [Full Article]

Bengals agreed to terms with WR Brandon LaFell per his agents.

Fantasy Impact:

LaFell finished the year as the #35 receiver (PPR), though he was significantly more productive in the six games that A.J. Green missed (5.2-74-.33 on 8.7 targets per game) than he was in the 10 games in which Green played (3.3-42-.40 on 5.5 targets per game). LaFell is more of a fantasy WR4/WR5 with a healthy Green on the field.

Schefter: Patriots trading for TE Dwayne Allen

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 4:57pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Colts are trading TE Dwayne Allen to the Patriots, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

The Patriots probably looked at Martellus Bennett's asking price and decided instead to trade for Allen, who was disappointing in the first year of the $29 M deal he struck with the Colts last offseason. Allen will serve as the Patriots' second tight end, assuming Rob Gronkowski is healthy. Bennett finished as the #10 TE in that role, though he was actually more productive with Gronk in the lineup. For the Colts, this is big news for the newly re-signed Jack Doyle, who will graduate to starter's snaps. Given Andrew Luck's propensity to throw to his tight end in the red zone, Doyle will be an appealing sleeper in 2017 fantasy drafts. Erik Swoope should also see an increase in snaps.

49ers to sign speedy WR Marquise Goodwin

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 3:36pm

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

WR Marquise Goodwin is headed to the 49ers. Kyle Shanahan loves speed.

Fantasy Impact:

Goodwin is a burner (4.27 40-yard dash). He's built in the same mold as Taylor Gabriel, who thrived under new 49ers HC Kyle Shanahan last year in Atlanta.

49ers to sign QB Brian Hoyer

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 3:30pm

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

It’s a 2-year deal for 49ers and QB Brian Hoyer. Fair to say, this makes it unlikely they bring in Kirk Cousins in a trade with Redskins.

Fantasy Impact:

This is a good landing spot for Hoyer, who is a fringe starter in the league at this point in his career. He's playing for a sharp offensive mind (HC Kyle Shanahan) and the 49ers figure to throw a lot as they try to stay competitive during a rebuilding year. In 25 career games where Hoyer has started and attempted at least 25 passes, he has a 12-13 record while averaging 268 yards passing (59.6 Cmp %), 1.48 TD and 0.84 interceptions (or 15.1 fantasy points per game). That's a bit more than what Sam Bradford and Alex Smith averaged last year. If he's the starter, he'll be in the streaming conversation in 2017.

Bills announce that they're keeping QB Tyrod Taylor

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 2:05pm

Jason La Canfora - [Full Article]

Bills announce that Tyrod Taylor agreed to stay with them on a restructured contract.

HC Sean McDermott: "We are excited about the opportunity to keep Tyrod with the Bills. I've gotten a chance to know Tyrod and study him over the past several weeks and he is both a great person and competitor. Doug and I are confident that this was the best move for the Bills at this time."

Fantasy Impact:

Taylor was a 4for4 favorite in 2016 until Sammy Watkins’ injury and he STILL produced top 8 numbers with Watkins in and out of the lineup. He was also a top 8 quarterback on a per game basis in 2015, so he has now produced starter-caliber numbers in two straight seasons. The question in Buffalo is what sort of receiving corps will Taylor have to throw to? If Sammy Watkins can stay healthy it would be a big boost, but the promising Robert Woods is a free agent.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 11:29am

Bobby Belt - [Full Article]

Confirmed: Brice Butler has re-signed with the Cowboys.

Mort: WR Pierre Garcon expected to sign with the 49ers

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 11:20am

Chris Mortensen - [Full Article]

When Pierre Garcon finalizes deal with 49ers, as expected, league sources believe he will make $16 million in first year.

Fantasy Impact:

Garcon turns 31 in August, but is coming off a season where he caught 79 passes for 1,041 yards and three touchdowns. In fact, he has at least 68 catches in four straight seasons. In San Francisco, he’ll be reunited with his former offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan. In Shanahan’s last year in Washington, Garcon caught 113 passes for 1,346 yards and five scores. He’s four years older now, but should still see heavy volume playing for Shanahan.

Giants agree to terms to a two-year deal with WR Brandon Marshall

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 10:12am

Newsday - [Full Article]

After wearing green and white the past two seasons, Brandon Marshall has agreed to terms on a two-year, $12 million deal to join Eli Manning and the Giants, sources told Newsday.

Fantasy Impact:

In his age-32 season, Marshall struggled with injury and inefficiency en route to 59 catches for 788 yards and three touchdowns. It wasn't all his fault, however, as the Jets struggled to throw the ball all year. One year removed from a 109-catch, 1500-yard and 14-touchdown season, he might benefit from a move to the slot, a la Larry Fitzgerald. Eli Manning is an upgrade for Marshall and vice versa. The Giants were 8th in the league in pass attempts, so Marshall should have an opportunity to bounce back. The signing is not great news for Sterling Shepard, who is unlikely to see 105 targets again with a healthy Marshall in the mix. As for Odell Beckham, he'll benefit from the defensive attention Marshall will draw, but may see a drop in targets as well.

Redskins re-sign TE Vernon Davis to a three-year deal

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 10:05am

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

Redskins TE Vernon Davis signed a 3-year contract last night, per his snapchat, worth $15M, per a source.

Fantasy Impact:

Davis had 44 catches for 583 yards and two touchdowns on 59 targets. When he played 60% or more of the snaps -- typically when Jordan Reed was out or limited -- Davis averaged 3.4 catches for 40 yards and 0.14 TD, or 8.3 fantasy points (PPR). Those are low-end TE2-type numbers. Davis is already 33 years old, so a three-year contract is a bit surprising.

Garafolo: Colts will re-sign TE Jack Doyle

Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 7:36pm

Mike Garafolo - [Full Article]

Colts are keeping TE Jack Doyle on a three-year deal, source says.

Fantasy Impact:

Doyle finished with 59 catches for 584 yards and five touchdowns, and played especially well when Dwayne Allen missed Week 7, posting nine catches for 78 yards and a touchdown against the Titans. He finished as the #13 TE (PPR) in 2016, but with Allen still around, his upside is capped.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 5:19pm

Joe Person - [Full Article]

Panthers have agreed to terms on a two-year deal w/ RB Fozzy Whittaker, per league source.

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