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Carroll: Running back 'a big focal point'

Tuesday, January 2, 2018, 7:44pm - [Full Article]

Pete Carroll wants to add to the running back position.

That was my big takeaway from his two media appearances today — firstly with Brock and Salk on 710 ESPN and then with reporters in his usual press conference.

“We have a real formula (for) how we win” stated Carroll. “We’ve been unable the last two years to incorporate a major aspect of that… (it) is to run the football the way we want to run.”

Related players: Chris Carson, C.J. Prosise, Mike Davis, J.D. McKissic

Fantasy Impact:

In the story, Carroll mentioned the above four names and "whoever else can be part of that thing." So it's unclear if they feel they have to guys to run the ball or need to add someone significant. Carson did look good in the limited time we saw him this year, but can he be the long-term answer? Carroll also said the O-line could have been better. This will be a situation to watch in the offseason.

49ers look to sign QB Jimmy Garoppolo

Tuesday, January 2, 2018, 7:37pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

Jimmy Garoppolo's late-season performance sends the San Francisco 49ers into the offseason with more optimism than typical for a team with a losing record.

Now the most important task of the offseason is locking up Garoppolo with a long-term deal.

"We're going to work hard to try to keep him as a 49er for a long, long time," general manager John Lynch said Tuesday. "We're really happy with the way he played. We think he's got some abilities that are unique and we want him here."

Fantasy Impact:

Garoppolo's arrival totally transformed a team that began the season with nine straight losses under first-year coach Kyle Shanahan and ended it with five straight wins after Garoppolo took over as starter. He threw for 1,542 yards during those starts and looked the part of a franchise quarterback the Niners (6-10) hoped they had acquired when they dealt a second-round pick to New England at the trade deadline, the story said.

Texans WR Will Fuller to have minor knee surgery

Tuesday, January 2, 2018, 5:38pm

John McClain on Twitter - [Full Article]

Receiver Will Fuller, who just completed his second season with the Texans, will undergo minor knee surgery.

Fantasy Impact:

McClain went on to say Fuller should be full go in a few weeks. He was injured three times this season and finished with 26 catches for 406 yards and 7 TDs. Fuller's connection with Deshaun Watson for a brief time this year will likely be remembered by the time Watson is healthy again and fantasy drafts take place in August.

Bengals will keep HC Marvin Lewis

Tuesday, January 2, 2018, 5:35pm - [Full Article]

Marvin Lewis's long run in Cincinnati isn't over.

Lewis will remain head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals after signing a two-year contract with the team that runs through the 2019 season, the team announced.

"Marvin Lewis has been an important member of the Cincinnati community and the Bengals family for the past 15 years, and we are happy to have reached this agreement," Bengals president Mike Brown said in a statement. "Marvin has made significant contributions during his time here. While recently we have fallen short of our expectations, we have full confidence in Marvin to re-establish winning football in 2018."

Fantasy Impact:

Despite never winning a playoff game in Cincinnati, Lewis is the winningest coach Bengals franchise history. He's compiled a 125-112-3 record and guided the Bengals to the postseason seven times. Cincinnati finished 7-9 this season.

Cards QB Carson Palmer announces retirement

Tuesday, January 2, 2018, 5:31pm - [Full Article]

One day after his head coach stepped away from football, Carson Palmer followed suit.

The Arizona Cardinals quarterback announced his retirement on Tuesday after 15 seasons in the National Football League.

Fantasy Impact:

Palmer said "I just know" in reference as to why he was hanging it up at this point. The Cards are now left without a head coach and a QB. Blaine Gabbert showed some signs during a brief stint but was later benched for Drew Stanton and didn't play. The team does return David Johnson at RB.

Texans QB Deshaun Watson ahead of schedule

Tuesday, January 2, 2018, 1:08pm

Sarah Barshop on Twitter - [Full Article]

Bill O'Brien said he thinks there's a chance Deshaun Watson could be back in some capacity for OTAs because he's ahead of schedule in his rehab.

Fantasy Impact:

Great news for Watson, who tore his ACL in a practice in November. The Texans likely won't push him as it seems like he'll be good to go for camp and for the start of the season.

Bills RB LeSean McCoy (ankle) heading toward game-time call

Tuesday, January 2, 2018, 1:05pm

Adam Schefter on Twitter - [Full Article]

Bills’ RB LeSean McCoy, nursing a sprained ankle, is expected to be a “game-time decision” and a “close call” for Sunday’s playoff game against Jacksonville, according to a source.

Related players: Mike Tolbert, Marcus Murphy, Taiwan Jones

Fantasy Impact:

Obviously not having McCoy would really hurt the chances of the Bills advancing in this game. If he can't go, Tolbert, Murphy and Jones would likely share the workload. It sounds like even if McCoy plays he won't be at full strength.

Steelers WR Antonio Brown's rehab going well

Tuesday, January 2, 2018, 1:01pm

Gerry Dulac on Twitter - [Full Article]

Mike Tomlin said he saw Antonio Brown today and said his progress is "going well" (recovering from a calf injury).

Fantasy Impact:

The tweet added if Steelers were playing this week Brown would be questionable. With a bye this week, an extra week off will at least help his chances of suiting up the following weekend.

Skins RB Chris Thompson should be ready for 2018

Tuesday, January 2, 2018, 12:58pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Running back Chris Thompson said his recovery from surgery on his leg will be four-to-six months.

Fantasy Impact:

He underwent surgery to repair his broken leg in early December. Thompson said he would be ready in time for training camp at the very least.

Vikes QB Sam Bradford returns to practice

Tuesday, January 2, 2018, 12:56pm

Vikings on Twitter - [Full Article]

Sam Bradford will return to practice today.

Related players: Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater

Fantasy Impact:

This opens up a 21-day window for the team to decide what they want to do with Bradford. Keenum is going to remain the starter regardless but the Vikes may opt to adjust the backup to Keenum at some point should they make a deep playoff run.

Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin says players are to blame

Tuesday, January 2, 2018, 10:15am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

“I can’t say it,” Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin said, via the Seattle Times. “My job is to protect the team right now, and I’m doing a poor job of that. How can I say this? It’s not playcalling. It’s not playcalling. We go into a game knowing what the defense is going to give us, the situations we’re going to be in. We don’t execute as a team. Offensively, that’s what we’ve seen countless time and time again that we do not execute the way we should. And that’s on us as players. You guys can blame (OC Darrell Bevell) all you want to, but the truth of the matter us, Bev is not the problem. Probably already said too much.”

Fantasy Impact:

The story said Baldwin hinted big changes are coming. As the story also said, lack of a running game was a problem this year. We had a report today that said TE Jimmy Graham is unlikely to return, at least in the opinion of a Seattle Times writer who follows the team.

Jason Garrett appears safe, but other Dallas coaching changes possible

Tuesday, January 2, 2018, 10:08am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made it clear he wasn’t interested in a new head coach.

But he’s going to get rid of some assistants to shuffle the deck a bit.

Via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Tribune, Jones said during his weekly appearance on 105.3 The Fan that there would be changes on the coaching staff, with some assistants leaving.

He reiterated his previous stance that firing head coach Jason Garrett was “not even a thought for me.”

Fantasy Impact:

According to the story, Jones went on to say he wanted to keep OC Scott Linehan and DC Rod Marinelli so this may not be all that big of a shakeup.

Seahawks Beat: TE Jimmy Graham unlikely to be back

Tuesday, January 2, 2018, 10:04am

Seattle Times - [Full Article]

TE Jimmy Graham had 10 touchdown receptions this season in what was his third year in Seattle. And he is maybe Russell Wilson’s best friend on the team — Wilson entertainingly referred to Graham on Monday as being “like a unicorn. There are only so many of them in the world.’’ Generally considered really unlikely to be back in Seattle.

Fantasy Impact:

The author noted that Graham has been an uneven fit in Seattle and at age 31 is undoubtedly excited to enter free agency for the first time in his NFL career.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) in walking boot

Monday, January 1, 2018, 5:37pm

Pioneer Press - [Full Article]

Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph has played three games on a sprained right ankle. He’s finally about to get some extra rest.

Rudolph was in a walking boot after playing just 28 snaps in Minnesota’s 23-10 victory over Chicago at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings earned a first-round playoff bye as the NFC’s No. 2 seed, and he expects to feel a lot better when they next play Jan. 14 on their home field.

“I finally get some time off, so I’m going to try to get this thing back to 100 percent,” Rudolph said. “I played three games on it, so now I get some time off.”

Fantasy Impact:

Rudolph injured his ankle Dec. 10 at Carolina and was listed as doubtful two days before a Dec. 17 game against Cincinnati. He ended up playing against the Bengals, at Green Bay on Dec. 23 and on Sunday against the Bears.
Playing reduced snaps because of the injury, Rudolph caught just one pass for three yards against Chicago to finish the season with 57 catches for 532 yards.

Colts promise return of QB Andrew Luck

Monday, January 1, 2018, 5:34pm

Zak Keefer on Twitter - [Full Article]

Jim Irsay: "Andrew Luck is going to be back, and back with a fierce fire in his eyes, I promise you."

Fantasy Impact:

It also looks like the Colts could use their number-three pick on a running back, perhaps Penn State's Saquon Barkley, to pair with Luck, Keefer also tweeted today.

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