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Raiders getting closer to trading for RB Marshawn Lynch

Thursday, April 13, 2017, 12:13pm

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

The Seahawks & Raiders are expected to work out a trade for Marshawn Lynch to Oakland. It’s contingent on a reworked contract first.

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.

49ers RB Carlos Hyde (knee) is running and cutting

Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 3:26pm

Cam Inman - [Full Article]

49ers RB Carlos Hyde on knee: "I’m back to running. I can cut, just not all the way I like to run, but I’m making improvement."

Fantasy Impact:

In 20 games over the past two seasons, Hyde has averaged 16.6 carries for 73 yards and 0.45 touchdowns. His 13.9 PPG (PPR) in that span is better than what Frank Gore averaged as the #12 fantasy running back last season. Hyde’s injury history is concerning, but if he’s able to stay upright and play a full season, he has a great chance to finish as a fantasy RB1.

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert says his back 'feels great'

Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 3:00pm - [Full Article]

“I’m feeling good. I continue to get better. My back feels great,’ Bengals TE Tyler Eifert assured on Monday.

Eifert doesn’t know when he’ll be cleared to resume regular workouts or work in the May and June camps, but he says he’ll ready for training camp. He isn’t running full steam yet, but he’s been running enough that he feels he’s close to being in tip-top shape.

“I’ll be ready and healthy and strong and be ready to go by the time it’s go time,” Eifert said. “I’m close.”

“It will be nice to have somewhat of an offseason to get ready for the year,” Eifert said. “Instead of coming into camp straight off of injury.”

When Eifert is healthy, well, the numbers say it.

There is that .650 winning percentage and those .54 TDs per game. That’s what eight-time Pro Bowler Antonio Gates has in 204 games. No one is near Rob Gronkowksi’s .77 TDs per game, but consider that Jimmy Graham is at .56, Jordan Reed at .43, one-time Pro Bowl MVP Kyle Rudolph at .36, Greg Olsen at .34, Travis Kelce at .29, 10-time Pro Bowler Jason Witten at .28, and Delanie Walker at .19, and you’re looking at a guy that scores with the best of them.

Fantasy Impact:

In 21 games over the last two seasons, Eifert has averaged 3.9 catches for 48 yards and 0.86 TD per game (on 5.8 T/G). That equates to 13.8 PPG (PPR), which is what Travis Kelce averaged last season as fantasy’s #1 tight end. It will be tough for Eifert to maintain that touchdown rate, though he did manage 0.82 TD per game in the 17 games over the last two seasons that A.J. Green also played, which underlines Eifert’s red zone role in the passing game. If his touchdowns regress, he’ll be hard-pressed to make up the difference in receptions or yards, since his targets are low, relatively speaking.

Broncos QB Trevor Siemian is a 'full-go' after shoulder surgery

Monday, April 10, 2017, 4:26pm

Nicki Jhabvala - [Full Article]

Vance Joseph said Broncos QB Trevor Siemian is a full-go. Cleared to participate in offseason program fully after left shoulder surgery in January.

Fantasy Impact:

The injury was to his non-throwing shoulder so it shouldn't affect his fantasy prospects heading into 2017. It looks like he is the favorite to start once again for the Broncos. Siemian averaged 13.6 fantasy points in 14 games, which makes him a low-end QB2 for fantasy purposes.

Cards not looking for 'plug-and-play' WR

Monday, April 10, 2017, 8:54am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Bruce Arians is content with his wide receivers, for now at least.

If a top-tier wide receiver is available when it’s the Cardinals' turn to pick at No. 13 in this month’s NFL draft, there's no guarantee he’ll be heading to Arizona.

“A top-round pick isn’t necessary,” Arians said. “Again, if the right guy falls and you say, ‘OK, where does he fit this year?’ And everyone says he’s a bust because he’s fighting his ass off to get on the field.’

“We don’t need a plug-and-play player right now at that position.”

Related players: Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown, JJ Nelson, Jaron Brown, Aaron Dobson

Fantasy Impact:

The story said Arians has thrown praise at Dobson this offseason and John Brown is working out twice a day so the Cards are hopeful he returns to form in 2017. The story added both could fill the role left by Michael Floyd.

Report: LeGarrette Blount has offer on table from Pats

Saturday, April 8, 2017, 12:36pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

LeGarrette Blount wanted a team to “give me some money.”

The Patriots, at least to some degree, are willing.

New England is known for not overly investing at running back, often allowing even its most productive veterans to walk via free agency. Blount currently has an “offer on the table” from the Patriots, Mike Giardi of CSN New England reported Friday. This is less a development and more an update on where the situation stands. That Blount has yet to accept indicates the deal’s numbers and/or structure do not meet his expectation.

Fantasy Impact:

The team hosted Adrian Peterson Monday but it's believed the price wasn't right and the story went on to say Blount, at the right price, seems like the preferred option.

Broncos QB Trevor Siemian believed to have 'upper hand'

Saturday, April 8, 2017, 12:30pm - [Full Article]

Now that Tony Romo is out of the picture, the Denver Broncos' quarterback job is up for grabs between Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch.

Although coach Vance Joseph has preached an open competition between the incumbent starter and the 2016 first-round draft pick, Siemian remains the favorite to be under center in Week 1.

After speaking with Joseph, NFL Network's James Palmer told Omar Ruiz of Up to the Minute Live that Siemian has the "upper hand" entering the offseason program.

Fantasy Impact:

Siemian might have been widely viewed as a pet project of former coach Gary Kubiak, but the new coach has been impressed after taking an in-depth look at the 2016 game film. Despite subpar pass protection and an inconsistent ground attack, the Broncos coaching staff believes "he played very well last season," Palmer added. "They believe he played at a higher level than many assume," the rest of the story went on to say.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger to return for 2017 season

Friday, April 7, 2017, 8:18pm - [Full Article]

Surprise, surprise, Ben Roethlisberger will not retire.

The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback announced via Twitter that he informed the team he's looking forward to playing his 14th NFL season. "Steeler Nation will get my absolute best," he wrote.

After a playoff loss to the New England Patriots, Roethlisberger said he was contemplating retirement, noting he wanted to "evaluate" all his options.

Fantasy Impact:

It's fair for a 34-year-old to think about the future and spending more time with his family, especially after a playoff loss, the story said. But it didn't seem believable Big Ben would walk away with so much left in the tank on a team with enough talent to reach a Super Bowl, especially on offense.

Report: CB Richard Sherman involved in own trade talks

Friday, April 7, 2017, 10:18am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is participating in the effort to move on and move out from Seattle, but he doesn’t just want to go anywhere.

That’s the word from Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, who said on PFT Live that Sherman is involved in the trade effort, but he’s looking to play for a contender and wouldn’t cooperate with trade talks if the talks are with a bad team.

“Richard Sherman is talking to some people,” Salguero said. “He wants to play in Super Bowls or have a chance to compete in Super Bowls, so he has some degree of leverage as to where this train goes.”

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say that despite Sherman’s willingness to participate in trade talks, Sherman is expected to remain a Seahawk because he expects the Seahawks to demand more in a trade than any team will offer.

Cards RB David Johnson welcomes heavy workload

Friday, April 7, 2017, 8:38am - [Full Article]

It’s Cardinals RB David Johnson's drive which made him happy to hear the comments from Bruce Arians last week, when the Cardinals coach broached the idea of getting Johnson the ball 30 times per game in 2017.

The number is lofty and could be hard to hit. Furthermore, there are cautionary tales about running backs that declined after getting a heavy workload early in their careers. Johnson, though, has no qualms about high usage.

“I’m still young,” Johnson said. “I’m still on my first contract. So I feel I can definitely handle 30 touches. I did it last year, basically, with running the ball and catching it out of the backfield.”

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson said he didn’t feel worn down near the end of games last season, even as he became the clear focal point of the offense. He led the NFL in touches, averaging more than 23 per game. 30 touches a game seems a bit out of reach, and obviously depends on how the game is going, but it's clear Johnson is again going to be a major part of the offense which will have him going at, or near, the top of a lot of fantasy drafts.

Skins will slowly work in WR Josh Doctson

Thursday, April 6, 2017, 9:32pm - [Full Article]

The Redskins will expect more out of WR Josh Doctson this season, especially with the departures of DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon to other NFC teams in free agency while Terrelle Pryor Sr. and Brian Quick need time to acclimate to a new offense.

“I’m happy,” Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said last week at the NFL’s annual League Meetings in Phoenix when asked about the tweet. “That’s a big thing with him. We took it really slow. I think Larry Hess and the training room did a great job with him. We sent him to a lot of doctors to try and figure out what was wrong with him. We took it slow and I think he’s in a good place mentally and that’s half the battle. We’ll continue to gradually build him through OTAs and the mandatory camp so hopefully we’ll get him to full speed in training camp and go from there. I’m excited as heck to watch him play.”

Related players: Jamison Crowder

Fantasy Impact:

Doctson’s already gotten a jump on his second season with the Redskins, as he went to Florida with some of the other wide receivers to work on timing with Kirk Cousins.

RB Adrian Peterson to meet with Saints next week

Thursday, April 6, 2017, 4:29pm

Times-Picayune - [Full Article]

The New Orleans Saints are not done yet looking at big names on the NFL free-agent market.

According to an NFL Network report, the Saints plan to meet next week with running back Adrian Peterson, the 2012 NFL MVP.

Related players: Mark Ingram

Fantasy Impact:

After letting Tim Hightower leave to sign with the San Francisco 49ers, the Saints are in the market for help at running back. The prevailing expectation was for New Orleans to target a running back in the draft, but it appears they want to see if Peterson could help the offense.

Thursday, April 6, 2017, 4:25pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Michael Campanaro has shown in glimpses what he can do.

He’ll look to provide the Ravens an extended look in 2017.

Baltimore signed the wide receiver Thursday to a one-year contract worth up to $2 million. Campanaro was a restricted free agent on whom the Ravens placed a one-year original tender worth $1.79 million. This new deal is worth up to $2 million, featuring a $250,000 signing bonus and a $250,000 roster bonus, according to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun.

Colts Beat: RB Robert Turbin could get expanded role

Thursday, April 6, 2017, 9:51am - [Full Article]

No running back in league history has ever started all 16 games at age 34 or older.

The Colts should, and will, continue to use Frank Gore as their lead back. Only 12 players ran for 1,000 yards last year in the NFL, so Gore is still a top-level back.

But the Colts will certainly involve some other ball carriers behind their Hall of Famer.

Related players: Robert Turbin

Fantasy Impact:

Robert Turbin wants a more expanded role in 2017, the story said. And GM Chris Ballard believes Turbin has potential for more first and second down work as well. With Gore another year older, and Turbin showing off his skills last season, using the latter more in 2017 could very well be in the works. Turbin contributed in several ways last year. Short-yardage and third down were the two main areas the Colts found plenty of success in using Turbin. The team could also draft a RB in what is supposed to be a deep class.

Patriots bring back RB Brandon Bolden

Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 7:50pm

Boston Herald - [Full Article]

Brandon Bolden is back in the fold. The Patriots announced they re-signed the running back, who was an unrestricted free agent.

The five-year veteran, who is best known for his special teams work, has rushed for 845 yards and six touchdowns. He’s also caught 46 passes for 366 yards with two touchdowns. During the week leading up to Super Bowl LI, quarterback Tom Brady was highly complimentary of Bolden, who had two special teams tackles during the win.

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