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.
He wasn't much of a fantasy factor before the suspension was announced.
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.
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
The New England Patriots announced the signing of the free agent running back, who joins the team after four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. Burkhead represents the seventh addition to the Patriots' roster this offseason.
A former sixth-round pick out of Nebraska, Burkhead proved himself as a third option for the Bengals during his four years with the team. Burkhead rushed for 344 rushing yards and two touchdowns in 2016, despite sharing time with Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard. The running back also added 145 yards receiving out of the backfield.
The 26-year-old posted a breakout game against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 17, rushing for 119 yards on 27 carried to go along with two touchdowns.
With Giovani Bernard sidelined, Burkhead averaged 10.8 touches for 56 yards as the change-of-pace back. Then, in Week 17 with Jeremy Hill also out, Burkhead turned in an epic 29-touch, 144-yard, two-touchdown effort against the Ravens. As a junior at Nebraska, Burkhead rushed for 1,357 yards and scored 17 total touchdowns. Burkhead is similar in skillset to Dion Lewis and James White, though he's bigger. Even though LeGarrette Blount is 40 lbs heavier, Burkhead could assume some of Blount's work on early downs.
Eddie Lacy's deal with the Seahawks: 1 year, $5.55M with $3M fully guaranteed, per source.
In 20 games over the last two years, Lacy has averaged 67 total yards on 14.1 touches (4.33 YPC) and 0.25 touchdowns, for a per game average of 9.4 FP in PPR formats. He was significantly better (16.8 PPG) in his first two seasons, though his YPC (4.37) was similar. Prior to undergoing ankle surgery, Lacy was running well (5.1 YPC, 72 yards per game). His arrival in Seattle submarines any budding value for Thomas Rawls or C.J. Prosise. He's not a shoo-in to win the RB1 job, however. In Green Bay, Ty Montgomery looks safe as the team's RB1, though they may still address the position in the draft (likely) or free agency (less likely).
Roberts was trending up through his third season, when he caught 64 passes for 759 yards and five touchdowns. He took a step back in his fourth season, and then the Cardinals let him walk. He spent last year in Detroit, where he caught 14 passes for 188 yards and a touchdown.
Monday, March 13, 2017, 11:25pm
Monday, March 13, 2017, 4:03pm
Robert Turbin is going back to Indy. 2-yr deal worth up to $4.1 M.
With David Johnson’s emergence as one of the best backs in the NFL, Ellington’s work dwindled to career-lows in all categories. He finished with 96 yards rushing on 34 carries last season, along with 12 receptions for 85 yards.
He'll serve as Johnson's primary backup. He's a wise handcuff for Johnson owners since he's a proven commodity.
Monday, March 13, 2017, 3:52pm
Monday, March 13, 2017, 9:56am
Sunday, March 12, 2017, 5:41pm
Wright had 94 catches for 1079 yards and two touchdowns on 139 targets in his second season, but it’s been pretty downhill since then. He gained 715 yards in 2014, 408 yards in 2015 and finally 416 yards last year. He’ll provide depth behind presumed starters Cameron Meredith and Kevin White.
Saturday, March 11, 2017, 6:27pm