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Panthers QB Cam Newton to undergo rotator cuff surgery

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 3:39pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Panthers believe Cam Newton's March 30 rotator cuff surgery will sideline him about four months.

Fantasy Impact:

Newton supposedly first injured the shoulder in Week 14, but if he sustained it earlier, it might explain why his completion percentage (52.9%) and YPA (6.9) fell off a cliff in 2016. His career numbers entering the season were 59.5% and 7.7, respectively. It's a four month recovery, which would put Newton back in mid-July.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 3:20pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

So the NY Giants add an RB, Shaun Draughn, who scored 6 TDs last season. More RB depth for Giants.

Fantasy Impact:

Draughn will replace Rashad Jennings in the Giants' backfield. He's a versatile back who will provide depth behind Paul Perkins and Shane Vereen.

Jets sign a QB: Josh McCown

Monday, March 20, 2017, 7:55pm

Albert Breer - [Full Article]

Josh McCown's 1-year deal with Jets is worth $6 million fully guaranteed. Also has $2M in playtime incentives, $5M in team-based incentives.

Fantasy Impact:

McCown had the best stint of his career playing for Marc Trestman in Chicago in 2013. That year, he posted a 13-to-1 TD-to-INT ratio and averaged 8.2 YPA, a career high. In his 74 other appearances, he averaged 6.54 YPA and posted a 66-to-68 TD-to-INT ratio. Don't expect any miracles in New York, but Eric Decker and the other Jet receivers could have done worse than McCown.

Marshawn Lynch to the Raiders looks like a real possibility

Monday, March 20, 2017, 12:27pm

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

Two tidbits on Marshawn Lynch: 1. Source on un-retiring says it’s “realer than it’s ever been” … 2. It’s Raiders or bust.

Fantasy Impact:

In his final season with the Seahawks, Lynch gained 497 total yards and scored three touchdowns in seven games (3.76 YPC). That equates to 11.5 PPG (PPR), which are high-end RB3 numbers. The Oakland offensive line is excellent, so the soon-to-be 31-year-old would be back on the radar as a fantasy RB2 if he does un-retire and find his way to the Raiders.

Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett (leg) 'ahead of schedule'

Sunday, March 19, 2017, 3:02pm

CBS - [Full Article]

Tyler Lockett (leg) is "ahead of schedule" in his recovery and should be ready to go for Week 1, ESPN's Mike Clay reports.

There's been plenty of optimism that Lockett, who's on the mend from a compound fracture to his left fibula suffered in late January, will be ready to go for the start of the 2017 campaign, and this report only reinforces that notion. However, there doesn't seem to be any certainty in regard to his return date. Seattle enters the offseason program with the starting job opposite Doug Baldwin "wide open," according to ESPN's Sheil Kapadia, but Lockett likely won't even have a shot if he's out of commission most of the summer. Thus, the third-year wideout has plenty of incentive to return to the field as quick as possible in order to join Paul Richardson, Jermaine Kearse and potentially a draft pick or two for what could evolve into a heated competition for the No. 2 wide receiver spot.

Fantasy Impact:

Lockett averaged 12.9 PPG (PPR) from Week 10 to Week 15, before breaking his leg in Week 16. In that span, he converted 21 of 35 targets for 345 yards and a touchdown. He also added four carries for 99 yards and a touchdown. Paul Richardson stepped up in his absence, so the two, along with Jermaine Kearse, will compete for snaps alongside Doug Baldwin.

Bills sign WR Andre Holmes

Saturday, March 18, 2017, 2:41pm

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

For the Bills and new WR Andre Holmes, it's a 3-year deal worth $6.5M total, source said.

Fantasy Impact:

This is an intriguing signing for a couple of reasons. Holmes had a semi-breakout season in 2014 (his third year) with 47 catches for 693 yards and four touchdowns. Then, both Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree joined the team and he even fell behind Seth Roberts on the depth chart. His targets dropped from 99 in '14 to 33 in '15 and then to 25 last year. Still, even with just 58 targets, he caught seven touchdowns in the last two years, so his 6-5 frame is useful around the end zone. The Bills are struggling to put a receiving corps together, so it's feasible that Holmes could ultimately start opposite Sammy Watkins. Warning: his career catch rate (48.3%) is terrible.

Friday, March 17, 2017, 1:14pm

Brian Costello - [Full Article]

Source confirms Geno Smith and Giants have reached a deal. He will have a physical this weekend and then sign.

Friday, March 17, 2017, 10:33am

Adam Caplan - [Full Article]

Seahawks and TE Luke Willson agreed to terms on a 1-year deal worth up to $3m, source told ESPN.

Rapaport: Raiders will sign TE Jared Cook

Thursday, March 16, 2017, 5:25pm

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

The Raiders are going to sign FA TE Jared Cook. A huge addition for QB Derek Carr and their offense.

Fantasy Impact:

Once Cook returned from his high-ankle sprain in Week 10, the Packers made a concerted effort to involve him in the offense. Over the final 10 games (including the playoffs) he averaged 4.2 catches for 55 yards and 0.30 touchdowns per game. That equates to 11.5 PPG, or low-end TE1 numbers. It's a nice signing for the Raiders, who seemingly want to involve the position more in their passing attack. Derek Carr gets a bump and Cook is in the mix as a late-round tight end.

Saints re-sign Travaris Cadet

Thursday, March 16, 2017, 10:07am

nola.com - [Full Article]

The New Orleans Saints brought back one of their own running backs.

The Saints on Wednesday signed Travaris Cadet, a source familiar with the transaction confirmed.

Fantasy Impact:

Cadet set a career high for receptions (40) last season and caught four touchdown passes. He'll continue to play in a pass-catching role behind starter Mark Ingram.

Rams sign RB Lance Dunbar

Thursday, March 16, 2017, 9:54am

Adam Caplan - [Full Article]

Rams and RB Lance Dunbar agreed to a 1-year deal worth up to $3m, source told ESPN.

Fantasy Impact:

Benny Cunningham is a free agent, so this signing may be in preparation of his departure. Dunbar is a solid pass-catching back, but he has missed 15 games in the last two seasons.

Vikings sign RB Latavius Murray

Thursday, March 16, 2017, 2:06am

Vikings - [Full Article]

The Vikings announced that they have signed RB Latavius Murray.

Fantasy Impact:

Murray wasn't particularly good last season, averaging 4.0 YPC behind one of the best offensive lines in the league. (Oakland's two other running backs, DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard, averaged a combined 5.6 YPC.) He joins a Minnesota offense that struggled mightily in the running game -- their running backs averaged 3.2 YPC -- so this does not look like a good match. Murray's arrival hurts Jerick McKinnon, who was otherwise shaping up to be a nice middle round value. In Oakland, the Raiders are left with DeAndre Washington (104 touches, 582 yards, 2 TD) and Jalen Richard (112 touches, 685 yards, 3 TD). Washington probably has the edge since he saw 24 carries (for 165 yards and two scores) in the final three games while Richard toted the ball 15 times in the same span. The Raiders are likely to address the position in the offseason, but it's possible that they go into the season with a plan to use Washington and Richard in a committee. The two youngsters have proven capable.

Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (DUI) suspended for two games

Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 5:16pm

Albert Breer - [Full Article]

Jets announce the NFL has suspended Austin Seferian-Jenkins for two games for violating the substance abuse policy.

Fantasy Impact:

He wasn't much of a fantasy factor before the suspension was announced.

Vikings re-sign RFA Adam Thielen

Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 5:09pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Big restricted free-agent deal:

Vikings and WR Adam Thielen reach agreement on three-year deal, per source.

Thielen stays in Minnesota.

$17 M deal that could get to $27 M with incentives, including $11 M guaranteed.

Fantasy Impact:

Thielen broke out in his third season with 69 catches for 967 yards and five touchdowns. He scored more fantasy points than Stefon Diggs, yet he's going seven rounds later in early MFL10s. In fairness, Diggs missed three games, but these two are closer in value than their ADPs would indicate.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 11:11am

Ed Bouchette - [Full Article]

Steelers land their first free agent, speedy WR Justin Hunter.

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