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Browns get a second round pick and Brock Osweiler from the Texans

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 4:01pm

PFT - [Full Article]

How big a mistake did the Texans make when they signed Brock Osweiler last year? So big that they’re giving up a second-round draft pick to get out from under his contract.

Osweiler is being shipped to Cleveland, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The compensation? The Texans have to give the Browns a 2018 second-round draft pick and a 2017 sixth-round pick. The Browns ship a 2017 fourth-round pick to Houston.

That’s right, the Texans are trading Osweiler away and giving up better draft picks than they’re getting back, just to get the Browns to take Osweiler’s contract off their hands.

Fantasy Impact:

Essentially, the Browns are taking on Osweiler's contract to get a second round pick from the Texans. Rumor has it, they may cut him after the trade. Meanwhile, the Texans clear enough cap space to make a run at Tony Romo.

Bears release QB Jay Cutler

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 2:22pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Bears are releasing QB Jay Cutler, per sources. Cutler asked for and was granted his release this morning. Now a free agent.

Fantasy Impact:

With Glennon in tow, this is the definition of unsurprising. The Jets are rumored to be interested in Smokin' Jay.

Russini: WR Ted Ginn signing with the Saints

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 12:02pm

Dianna Russini - [Full Article]

WR Ted Ginn is signing with the New Orleans Saints per sources.

Fantasy Impact:

Ginn finished the season as the #48 WR (PPR) after finishing #33 the year before. Even with Kelvin Benjamin back, Ginn’s targets remained remarkably consistent; he saw 95 targets in 2016 after getting 97 targets in 2015. Still one of the fastest receivers in the league, Ginn is being brought to New Orleans to stretch the field since it looks like Brandin Cooks is on his way out of town. The Saints’ three starting receivers each saw at least 104 targets, so Ginn could post similar (or better) numbers in 2017, provided he enjoys a smooth transition.

Rams to sign WR Robert Woods

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 11:23am

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Barring any snags, Robert Woods intends to sign a 5-year, $39 million deal, including $15 million guaranteed, with Rams, per sources.

Fantasy Impact:

With Kenny Britt out of the picture, there are a ton of (poor quality) targets available with the Rams, and Woods is still just 24 years old. (He's turning 25 in April.) Woods has at least 550 receiving yards in each of his first four seasons and is a solid real-world WR2. His departure leaves a hole in Buffalo, so the Bills have some work to do to surround Tyrod Taylor with capable pass-catchers.

Eagles to sign WR Torrey Smith

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 11:17am

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Torrey Smith, 3-year deal for $15 million with the Eagles, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

Smith was a poor fit in San Francisco given the 49ers' QB woes. Prior to leaving Baltimore, Smith was remarkably consistent, finishing in the #23-#30 range in each of his first four seasons. He's only 28, and he can still fly, but it remains to be seen if he's a good fit for Carson Wentz's inconsistent deep ball. One thing's for sure -- he should have plenty of opportunity to play in Philadelphia.

Bears 'on the verge' of signing QB Mike Glennon

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 10:01am

PFT - [Full Article]

The Bears and Mike Glennon appear to be on the verge of a deal that will make Glennon the team’s starting quarterback, at a salary that sounds like a lot but is lower than most starting quarterbacks make.

Glennon is expected to get a three-year deal with an annual average of $14.5 million, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. That puts Glennon’s total deal at $43.5 million, although there’s no word on how much of that is guaranteed and no other details about the structure of the contract.

Fantasy Impact:

In 18 starts, Glennon has averaged 217 passing yards, 1.6 touchdowns and 0.8 interceptions per game en route to a 6.56 YPA (not good) and 13.6 fantasy points per game, which is what Trevor Siemian posted last season. In his defense, 13 of those starts were during his rookie year, and rookie quarterbacks are generally not very good. Still, his 19-to-9 touchdown-to-interception ratio as a rookie, and his improved YPA (6.98) as a sophomore has put him in the mix as a starting NFL quarterback in 2017. The Bears are probably not done at the position, though Glennon is now the odds-on favorite to be the starter.

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.

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