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Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald 'definitely returning' for 2017 season

Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 10:24pm

Jim Trotter - [Full Article]

Just spoke to Larry Fitzgerald, who said he's definitely returning in 2017 to play the final year on his contract.

Fantasy Impact:

Fitzgerald finished #10 in PPR formats, but averaged just 13.0 FP over the final eight games after averaging 17.9 in the first half of the season. Early ADP has him going in the 5th round, so he should continue to be a good value at that point in fantasy drafts, especially in PPR formats.

49ers expected to hire Kyle Shanahan as head coach

Sunday, January 29, 2017, 10:20pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

Kyle Shanahan is expected to be named the 49ers head coach sometime after Super Bowl 51 on February 5 as NFL rules prevent an official hiring of a coach on a playoff team until that team's season is over.

Fantasy Impact:

Shanahan has nine years of experience as an offensive coordinator and his offenses have finished in the top 10 in yards gained six times. He is a rising star after guiding the Falcons' offense to a #2 finish in yards gained and #1 overall in points scored this season.

Jets pick John Morton to run the offense

Sunday, January 29, 2017, 8:54pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Jets planning to hire Saints WR coach John Morton as their OC, per league sources. Deal expected to be finalized soon.

Fantasy Impact:

Morton most recently was the wide receivers coach for the Saints and previously served as offensive coordinator for USC.

Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater expected to miss entire 2017 season

Friday, January 27, 2017, 2:43pm

Bleacher Report - [Full Article]

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports that Teddy Bridgewater is expected to miss the entire 2017 season.

Related players: Sam Bradford

Fantasy Impact:

It looks like Sam Bradford will continue to start for the Vikings. He led the league with a 71.6% completion rate and posted a 20-to-5 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He was also tied for the lowest yards per completion (9.8) in the league.

Reid: Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill could 'double' his snaps in 2017

Friday, January 27, 2017, 10:39am

Sporting News - [Full Article]

Fantasy football players take note: Tyreek Hill could average as many as 70 snaps a game as a wide receiver and returner in 2017.

So says the coach of Kansas City’s rookie sensation.

“He was averaging 35 plays a game (in 2016),” Andy Reid told co-host Kirk Morrison and me Thursday on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “Maybe he can double that or at least take it up a couple notches and allow him to get in more in a starting role.”

Fantasy Impact:

Per 4for4's Player Snap App, among players who played at least 40% of their team's snaps, Hill ranked first in fantasy points per snap in both standard and PPR formats. He was the #11 fantasy receiver (PPR) after his team's Week 5 bye.

McCarthy: Ty Montgomery is 'a running back'

Thursday, January 26, 2017, 7:48pm

Ryan Wood - [Full Article]

Mike McCarthy said Packers RB Ty Montgomery will stick at RB. "He's a running back. He wants to change his number."

Fantasy Impact:

Montgomery started getting significant playing time in Week 6, and from that point on, he averaged 73 total yards and 0.27 TD, not including the playoffs. This resulted in 13.0 PPG in PPR formats and 9.0 PPG in standard. In two healthy playoff games (versus the Giants and the Cowboys) he gained a combined 149 yards and found the end zone twice. His fantasy stock in 2017 will depend largely on what else the Packers do at the position. Montgomery is best suited to be part of a committee since he's already shown a tendency to get dinged up. He'll be a PPR option in the middle rounds.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger won't commit to playing in 2017

Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 11:57am

Post-Gazette - [Full Article]

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said Tuesday he could not yet commit to returning to play another NFL season.

“I’m gonna take this offseason to evaluate, to consider all options, to consider health and family and things like that and just kind of take some time away to evaluate next season — if there’s gonna be a next season,” Roethlisberger said during his weekly radio show with 93.7 The Fan’s Ron Cook and Andrew Fillipponi.

Fantasy Impact:

It appears that Roethlisberger, who regularly plays up his injuries in order to get a reputation for being a tough guy, is going to follow the Brett Favre "will he, won't he" blueprint for the late stages of his career. Roethlisberger is 34, the Steelers are a perennial Super Bowl contender and he's under contract through 2019, so we're fully expecting him to play next season.

Redskins promote Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator

Monday, January 23, 2017, 10:43am - [Full Article]

The Washington Redskins have promoted Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator, the team announced on Monday. Additionally, the Redskins have hired Kevin O'Connell to be the team's next quarterbacks coach.

Prior to joining the Redskins’ coaching staff in 2015, Cavanaugh was previously quarterbacks coach for the Arizona Cardinals (1994-95), quarterbacks coach for the San Francisco 49ers (1996), offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears (1997-98), offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens (1999-04), quarterbacks coach for the New York Jets (2009-12) and quarterbacks coach for the Chicago Bears (2013-14).

Fantasy Impact:

In eight seasons as an offensive coordinator, Cavanaugh's offenses have never finished higher than 14th in yards gained, with an average ranking of 21.3.

Patriots WR Michael Floyd INACTIVE vs. Steelers

Sunday, January 22, 2017, 5:39pm

Patriots Inactives

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

Sunday, January 22, 2017, 5:38pm

Steelers Inactives

TE Ladarius Green
WR Demarcus Ayers
QB Zach Mettenberger
CB Al-Hajj Shabazz
LB L.J. Fort
DE Johnny Maxey
OT Brian Mihalik

Falcons WR Julio Jones ACTIVE, as expected

Sunday, January 22, 2017, 1:40pm

Atlanta Falcons

Nick Williams
Terron Ward
Blidi Wreh-Wilson
Dashon Goldson
Josh Keyes
Wes Schweitzer
DJ Tialavea

Fantasy Impact:

Jones is dealing with a toe injury, so his ability to finish the game is in some doubt. He has a great matchup with a shaky Packers secondary.

Packers WRs Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison ACTIVE vs. Falcons

Sunday, January 22, 2017, 1:39pm - [Full Article]

Packers Inactives

QB Joe Callahan
WR Max McCaffrey
CB Herb Waters
FB Joe Kerridge
RB James Starks
T Kyle Murphy
DT Christian Ringo

Fantasy Impact:

They'll all be out there but there's no telling how effective they'll be. The Packers also made Trevor Davis active, so they have one extra receiver to lean on. This indicates that they don't feel confident that their injured receivers will all be able to make it through the game. We wouldn't expect normal production from Nelson or Adams, though they are intriguing tournament plays since their ownership levels will be depressed this week.

Redskins promote Greg Manusky to defensive coordinator

Sunday, January 22, 2017, 12:15pm

Mike Garofolo - [Full Article]

Redskins to promote Greg Manusky to defensive coordinator, sources tell me and @RapSheet. This will be his fourth stint as a DC.

Fantasy Impact:

He was previously the DC for the Colts (4 seasons), Chargers (1 season) and the 49ers (4 seasons). His defenses in Indianapolis were typically not good, but his San Francisco and San Diego defenses finished in the top 16 in yards allowed in four of his five seasons with the two teams.

Redskins RB Rob Kelley undergoes knee surgery

Saturday, January 21, 2017, 2:44pm - [Full Article]

Washington Redskins running back Robert Kelley underwent a surgical procedure on his right knee shortly after the season-ending loss to the New York Giants, a source has confirmed with Breaking Burgundy.

Kelley suffered a sprained knee injury in the Week 16 win over the Chicago Bears, but played against the Giants with a brace. The procedure, considered relatively minor according to a source, lasted approximately 30-45 minutes and dealt with the meniscus. Kelley resumed walking per usual within a couple of days and physical therapy soon after.

Fantasy Impact:

This sounds like a minor repair, so Kelley should be fine by minicamp/OTAs.

Chargers hire Gus Bradley to run the defense

Friday, January 20, 2017, 11:45pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Former Jaguars HC Gus Bradley has agreed to become DC for then Los Angeles Chargers, per sources.

Fantasy Impact:

Bradley coached back-to-back top 7 defenses (points allowed) in Seattle in 2011-12 before being hired to lead the Jaguars for four seasons. Last year, Jacksonville allowed the 6th-fewest yards while giving up the 8th-most points, an uncommon disparity.

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