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Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski says he will 'no doubt' be ready for Week 1

Friday, February 24, 2017, 8:59pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who underwent season-ending back surgery in December, told ESPN's Cari Champion that he "no doubt" will be ready for the start of the 2017 season.

Fantasy Impact:

It remains to be seen whether Gronkowski will truly be ready to go Week 1. Last season, he was seemingly expected to play at the start of the season (after suffering a hamstring injury in mid-August), but ended up missing the first two games and was limited for two additional weeks once he returned. He's the #1 fantasy tight end when healthy, but he can't seem to stay healthy.

Chiefs take a flier on RB C.J. Spiller

Friday, February 24, 2017, 10:28am

Terez A. Paylor - [Full Article]

The Chiefs have signed RB C.J. Spiller.

Fantasy Impact:

Spiller has bounced around the league since leaving the Bills. If he makes the team, he'll serve as depth behind Spencer Ware and Jamaal Charles.

Schefter: Tyrod Taylor medically cleared from groin surgery

Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 10:02am

Adam Schefter

Bills' Tyrod Taylor, who has $27.5M option bonus due March 11, has been medically cleared from last month’s groin surgery, per team source.

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 a top 10 quarterback on a per game basis in 2015, so he has now produced starter-caliber numbers in two straight seasons. His age 26-27 numbers closely compare to Russell Wilson’s, so we’re very interested to see where he lands this offseason.

Dolphins trade for TE Julius Thomas

Monday, February 20, 2017, 5:28pm

Armando Salguero - [Full Article]

The Dolphins are acquiring TE Julius Thomas for a late-round 2017 draft pick.

Fantasy Impact:

Thomas is reunited with his former offensive coordinator, Adam Gase, in Miami. While in Denver, Thomas averaged 4.2 catches for 49 yards and 0.92 TD (14.6 PPR fantasy points) in 26 games under Gase. Since then, he has averaged 3.6 catches for 35 yards and 0.43 TD (9.7 PPR fantasy points) in 21 games. Injuries have been an issue, but Thomas is entering his age-29 season and is a major threat in the red zone.

Titans expect QB Marcus Mariota will be ready for camp

Thursday, February 16, 2017, 1:22pm

Titan Insider - [Full Article]

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is walking on a treadmill, but will probably be held out of OTAs as he continues to recover from a broken fibula suffered late last season, according to head coach Mike Mularkey.

Mike Mularkey spoke on 104.5 The Zone’s “Mid-day 180” show on Wednesday, giving an update on his quarterback’s health. Mariota suffered the injury on a sack in a December loss to Jacksonville, and underwent surgery. A plate was inserted into the leg around the ankle area to help the healing process. His recovery time was projected to be around five months.

Mularkey said the Titans would be overly cautious in how they handle Mariota’s return from the injury.

“I can’t give you specific dates. I think we’re gonna be really smart about how we handle him and probably be over-cautious. The later probably the better. We need him for September,” Mularkey said. “You guys know Marcus like I do. He’s probably gonna over train to come back as quickly as he can, and we’re probably gonna have to put the reins on him to hold back a little bit.”

Mularkey said he did not expect Mariota to be a participant in OTAs from a precautionary standpoint.

“Probably camp (for his return). I don’t really see OTAs right now, unless he has a quick recovery,” the coach said.

Fantasy Impact:

Mariota has averaged 17.6 fantasy points through his first two seasons, which is the 7th-highest average for a quarterback in his first two seasons.

Steelers WR Sammie Coates underwent sports hernia surgery

Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 1:43pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Steelers wide receiver Sammie Coates underwent sports hernia surgery, according to a source, repairing an injury that was not listed on the team's injury report in 2016.

The source, however, said the injury did not affect Coates' practice participation throughout the year and was more of a nuisance.

On Monday night, Coates tweeted his displeasure at undergoing surgery on his pelvis, then confirmed to inquiring fans that his surgery repaired a groin injury.

Fantasy Impact:

Coates was the #16 WR in PPR formats through the first five weeks, thanks in large part to his 6-139-2 outing against the Jets in Week 5. (He was the #44 WR through Week 4.) He then struggled with two broken fingers and apparently a groin injury for the remainder of the season, reeling in just two of 18 targets for 14 total yards. With Martavis Bryant likely to return in 2017, Coates will be in a reserve role for the Steelers.

Giants cut RB Rashad Jennings, WR Victor Cruz

Monday, February 13, 2017, 1:44pm

PFT - [Full Article]

The Giants’ salary cap cuts will include running back Rashad Jennings, ESPN.com’s Jordan Raanan reported Monday.

Per previous reports, the Giants will also cut veteran wide receiver Victor Cruz.

Related players: Paul Perkins

Fantasy Impact:

Jennings' release opens the door fully for Paul Perkins to become the RB1 in 2017. He averaged 15.4 touches for 67 total yards over the final five games of the year.

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer will return for 2017 season

Friday, February 10, 2017, 4:09pm

Mark Dalton - [Full Article]

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer confirmed that he will return for the 2017 season.

Fantasy Impact:

Palmer finished as the #19 QB (#18 in PPG) after a #5 finish the year before. He threw nine fewer touchdowns and three additional interceptions. It appears that Palmer's best fantasy days are behind him.

Falcons to hire Alabama's Steve Sarkisian as offensive coordinator

Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 11:45am

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Alabama OC Steve Sarkisian is poised to replace Kyle Shanahan as Falcons' new OC, as @Schultz_Report reported.

Fantasy Impact:

Among 128 FBS schools, Alabama was 34th in average yards and 16th in points per game in 2016, though Sarkisian only took over the OC job after Lane Kiffin left in January.

Sunday, February 5, 2017, 4:49pm

Falcons Inactives

Dashon Goldson DB
Josh Keyes LB
Wes Schweitzer OG
D.J. Tialavea TE
Terron Ward RB
Nick Williams WR
Blidi Wreh-Wilson DB

Sunday, February 5, 2017, 4:48pm

Patriots Inactives

Jacoby Brissett QB
Justin Coleman CB
Michael Floyd WR
D.J. Foster RB
Cyrus Jones CB
Jordan Richards SS
LaAdrian Waddle T

Friday, February 3, 2017, 6:51pm

Patriots WR Chris Hogan (thigh, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 21. Hogan is expected to play through the thigh injury as he did in the AFC Championship Game.

Friday, February 3, 2017, 6:51pm

Falcons WR Julio Jones (toe) took limited practice reps all week. He was removed from the injury report so he’s good to go.

Friday, February 3, 2017, 6:51pm

Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 21. Mitchell should be fine to face the Falcons.

Friday, February 3, 2017, 6:51pm

Patriots TE Martellus Bennett (knee, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 21. Bennett is fully expected to play in the Super Bowl.

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