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49ers release WR Torrey Smith

Monday, March 6, 2017, 4:25pm

Steve Smith - [Full Article]

According to sources, 49ers WR Torrey Smith will be released, and become a free agent.

Fantasy Impact:

Still just 28 years old, Smith should get a fresh start elsewhere.

49ers re-sign WR Jeremy Kerley

Saturday, March 4, 2017, 3:31pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Jeremy Kerley and 49ers agree on a 3-year, $10.5 million deal.

Fantasy Impact:

Last year, Kerley finished with 64 catches for 667 yards and three touchdowns. He had at least five catches in eight games. He'll man the slot for new HC Kyle Shanahan.

Falcons WR Julio Jones to have 'minor' foot surgery on Monday

Friday, March 3, 2017, 2:46pm

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

Falcons WR Julio Jones is having foot surgery on Monday, source said. It's minor and won't affect his training camp availability.

Update: Jones isn't undergoing surgery on Monday, but is seeing a specialist about his foot. Stay tuned.

Fantasy Impact:

This doesn't sound like a major issue, but it's worth monitoring as the offseason progresses.

'Good chance' Jets WR Eric Decker (hip, shoulder) misses training camp

Friday, March 3, 2017, 9:56am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Jets WR Eric Decker was a 1,000-yard receiver for the Jets in 2015, but his status is uncertain because of health reasons. He underwent surgeries for hip and shoulder injuries last season, and it's unclear when he will return. There's a good chance he will miss training camp.

Fantasy Impact:

Over his last 18 games, which includes all of his games played during the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Decker has averaged 16.4 fantasy points per game (PPR). That's higher than what Doug Baldwin and Brandin Cooks averaged last year (as top 10 receivers). If he can get healthy, he'll be a good value once again in 2017, but his availability for Week 1 is a question mark.

Jets to release WR Brandon Marshall

Friday, March 3, 2017, 9:20am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Continuing their roster purge, the New York Jets intend to release wide receiver Brandon Marshall, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Thursday night.

Marshall's impending release was first reported by Newsday and confirmed by ESPN.

Later Thursday, Marshall posted a farewell message on his Instagram account, thanking the Jets organization as well as "the incredibly loyal Jets fans." He also wrote in part, "I'm looking forward to finding a great organization where I can contribute and bring home a championship."

Fantasy Impact:

In his age-32 season, Marshall struggled with injury and inefficiency en route to 59 catches for 788 yards and three touchdowns. It wasn't all his fault, however, as the Jets struggled to throw the ball all year. One year removed from a 109-catch, 1500-yard and 14-touchdown season, he might benefit from a move to the slot, a la Larry Fitzgerald.

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce recovering from shoulder surgery

Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 5:52pm

Kansas City Star - [Full Article]

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce recently underwent surgery on his shoulder, Chiefs coach Andy Reid told The Star at the NFL Combine.

“Trav had his shoulder done — he had it cleaned up,” Reid said Wednesday.

When asked if it was a major injury, Reid shook his head.

“No, I don’t think so,” Reid said. “He’ll probably miss some time throughout the offseason, but he’ll be ready, I believe, for camp.”

Fantasy Impact:

After finishing #6 as a rookie and #8 as a sophomore (in PPR formats), Kelce was the top overall tight end in 2016, though he was #2 in per game average behind Rob Gronkowski. Although his usage isn't as consistent as we'd like, he's primed for another big year in Andy Reid's offense.

Chiefs to release RB Jamaal Charles

Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 2:20pm

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

The Chiefs are releasing RB Jamaal Charles, the expected move given his cap number and their signings. He’s healthy after two surgeries.

Fantasy Impact:

Charles is on the wrong side of 30 and is coming off of two knee surgeries. Still, other than 2016, he has averaged at least 5.0 YPC every season and should receive a good amount of attention on the free agent market. The move boosts Spencer Ware's stock, as he's the likely RB1 in Kansas City, pending the draft and free agency.

Vikings decline Adrian Peterson's option, making him a free agent

Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 2:17pm

Albert Breer - [Full Article]

Vikings announce they will not exercise the option on Adrian Peterson's contract.

Fantasy Impact:

Peterson turns 32 in March, so it remains to be seen how much gas he has left in the tank at this point in his career. He gained just 72 yards on 37 carries (1.9 YPC) in 2016, but gained 1,485 yards (4.5 YPC) the year before.

Steelers make Antonio Brown league's highest-paid receiver

Monday, February 27, 2017, 5:27pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Steelers and Antonio Brown have reached agreement on deal to make him highest paid WR in NFL, per sources.

Fantasy Impact:

Brown has finished as the #1 WR (PPR) in three straight seasons.

Mularkey: DeMarco Murray will continue to be Titans' RB1

Friday, February 24, 2017, 9:03pm

Titans Online - [Full Article]

Titans HC Mike Mularkey was asked about the team's running back situation.

“(Derrick Henry) is an important part of our offense,’’ Mularkey said of Henry, a Heisman Trophy winner at Alabama who was a second-round pick by the Titans in last year’s draft. “Obviously DeMarco Murray is the guy. He has shown he is the guy and he will continue to be that guy.

“But I will say this: Each week we put a different game plan together. We spend a lot of hours preparing to play the opponent. And Derrick, and as you saw, some games he was more involved than others. And a lot is based on how we are going to attack the opponent. We know (Derrick) is very special. He is going to have a long, great career here and he is going to be a big part of our offense next year, as he was this year.

“I like we have a one-two punch to smash it down peoples’ throats to be honest with you.”

Fantasy Impact:

In the first eight games, Murray averaged 116 total yards and 1.0 TD per game (21.4 PPG), but in the second half of the season he averaged just 89 yards and 0.5 TD (15.0 PPG). Part of the reason was Derrick Henry’s expanded role down the stretch (6.6 rushing attempts in Weeks 1-8 and 9.5 attempts from Weeks 9-17). Murray’s numbers are still solid, but he doesn’t look like a 1st round pick in 2017.

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.

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