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Patriots trade for WR Brandin Cooks

Friday, March 10, 2017, 8:00pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The New England Patriots acquired wide receiver Brandin Cooks from the New Orleans Saints on Friday for a first- and third-round pick in the upcoming draft, multiple sources told ESPN's Dianna Russini.

The Patriots also will receive the Saints' fourth-round pick (No. 118 overall). New England's draft selections headed to the Saints are 32nd and 103rd overall.

Fantasy Impact:

The Patriots love receivers who can turn a short catch into a long gainer and with his speed, Cooks fits the bill. The signing is great for Tom Brady, but it's a downgrade for Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell. Cooks figures to rank as a WR2 in early projections since the Patriots have several mouths to feed. In New Orleans, it's a small downgrade for Drew Brees while Michael Thomas, Willie Snead and newcomer Ted Ginn will pick up the slack.

Packers sign TE Martellus Bennett

Friday, March 10, 2017, 7:51pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Former New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett is signing with the Green Bay Packers.

Tight end Jared Cook, meanwhile, will sign elsewhere as a free agent, a source told ESPN's Rob Demovsky.

Fantasy Impact:

When the Packers broke off negotiations with Jared Cook earlier today, it looked like Green Bay would be without a dynamic presence at tight end. Not so fast. Bennett finished the season as the #10 fantasy tight end, but he was pretty nicked up for most the season, which possibly limited his production. He still needs to undergo surgery to clean up his ankle, but provided he makes a full recovery, this is a great pickup for the Packers. Bennett should be a solid TE1 in 2017.

Redskins sign WR Terrelle Pryor to a one-year deal

Friday, March 10, 2017, 5:10pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Terrelle Pryor found a new home.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports the receiver signed a one-year deal with the Washington Redskins for $8 million.

Fantasy Impact:

Pryor finished the season as the #21 receiver, though his numbers dipped over the final month of the season. Still, his output in the first 12 games -- 5.2 catches for 71 yards and 0.33 TD, #11 WR -- is very encouraging. He’d certainly benefit from an upgrade at quarterback, and should get one if Kirk Cousins remains in Washington.

Browns release QB Robert Griffin III

Friday, March 10, 2017, 1:45pm

PFT - [Full Article]

As it turns out, the Browns have more than one expensive quarterback they didn’t really want.

Or at least, they did.

Per Josina Anderson of ESPN, the Browns are releasing Robert Griffin III, after last year’s experiment never really came to fruition.

Fantasy Impact:

Griffin looked pretty good in the preseason, but only appeared in five games for the Browns compiling 886 yards on 147 pass attempts (6.0 YPA) while throwing more interceptions (3) than touchdowns (2). He did run for 38 yards per game and found the endzone twice.

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 11:05pm

Mike Garafolo - [Full Article]

Deal for new Bears TE Dion Sims: Three years, $18 M with $10 M in guarantees, source says. More than just blocking TE money.

Bears sign WR Markus Wheaton

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 7:31pm

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

Source: The Bears are signing WR Markus Wheaton.

Fantasy Impact:

Wheaton showed promise in 2014-15 with a total of 97 catches for 1393 yards and seven touchdowns. He struggled with injury last year and the Steelers gave up on him. He'll provide depth in the Chicago receiving corps.

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 6:01pm

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

The Falcons agreed to terms with TE Levine Toilolo on a 3-year deal worth $12M, source said.

Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon (PED) suspended for four games

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 4:20pm

Field Yates - [Full Article]

Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon has been suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season due to a PED violation.

Fantasy Impact:

This may shed some light on the Ravens' decision to sign Danny Woodhead. This puts a big dent in Dixon's stock, though his price may come down enough to make him an attractive pick as a fantasy RB3.

Bucs re-sign RB Jacquizz Rodgers

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 4:17pm

Buccaneers.com - [Full Article]

Jacquizz Rodgers, who led the Buccaneers in rushing in 2016 and proved he could handle a feature-back workload, agreed to a new deal with the Bucs on Thursday at the start of free agency.

Fantasy Impact:

Rodgers has seen at least 12 carries in seven games over the past four years. In those games, he averaged 97 total yards and 0.57 TD on 22.2 touches (4.25 YPC). Due to his size (5-7, 190 lbs), Rodgers is not considered an every-down back, but he’s certainly capable of carrying the load when called upon. Still only 27, Rodgers should have plenty of tread left on his tires. His value is tied to Doug Martin's status as the team's starter.

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 4:10pm

Jason La Canfora - [Full Article]

FB Rhett Ellison 4-yr $18M deal with Giants with $8M fully guaranteed at signing.

Eagles agree to terms with WR Alshon Jeffery

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 4:08pm

Brad Biggs - [Full Article]

I am told Alshon Jeffery expected to sign with Eagles.

Fantasy Impact:

It's reportedly a one-year deal worth $14 million. In 53 games since his sophomore season, Jeffery has averaged 5.3 receptions for 79 yards and 0.43 touchdowns, or 16.0 PPG (PPR). That’s about what Doug Baldwin averaged last year as the league’s #8 fantasy receiver. Jeffery’s numbers are down a bit over the last two years (5.1-78-0.29 in just 21 games), but he still has plenty of potential. The signing is a clear upgrade for Carson Wentz, who now has a receiving corps of Jeffery, Torrey Smith, Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz. Matthews' stock certainly takes a hit with the acquisition of Jeffery, who is likely to be ranked as a fantasy WR2 in our preseason projections.

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.

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