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Andrew Billings Opts Out Of 2020 Season
Written by Staff 47 minutes ago Category: Transactions Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Andrew Billings has opted out of the upcoming 2020 season. Billings is the third Cleveland player to opt out, joining guard Drew Forbes and tackle Drake Dorbeck. The 25-year-old left the Cincinnati Bengals as a free-agent to sign a one-year deal with the Browns during the offseason and, while not in line to start, was expected to join the team's rotation at the DT position. Billings' vacancy should be a positive for third-round rookie Jordan Elliott, who will see a larger role on defense now.
Odell Beckham Jr. Won't Opt Out
Written by Staff yesterday Category: Top-Headlines Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has no plans to opt out of the 2020 NFL season, despite negative comments he made in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. In the interview, Beckham criticized the NFL, stating, I just feel like the season shouldnt happen and Im prepared for it to not happen and I wouldnt mind not having it. Were not ready for the season, so why are we trying to push forward?" It turns out that the interview took place two weeks ago and Beckham has since backed off on those comments after he saw how safe and sanitary everything inside the Cleveland facility has been. Beckham should be treated as an upside WR2 in fantasy drafts this season.
J.K. Dobbins Highly Motivated
Written by Staff 2 days ago Category: Prospects-Rookies Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins is using his slide into the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft as motivation for his upcoming rookie season. In speaking with reporters in a 15-minute Zoom session, Dobbins stated, "I don't need any fuel but it added fuel. It was kind of shocking but I fell to the right team." Dobbins clearly feels he belonged in the first round of the draft, although his inability to participate in the combine back in February may have contributed to the slide. Dobbins will almost surely open the season behind veteran Mark Ingram II but the rookie has massive upside, especially if Ingram misses time throughout the year. Dobbins is a blue-chip building block as a dynasty prospect and an upside RB3 in redraft.
Drew Brees Focusing On Throwing The Deep Ball
Written by Staff 3 days ago Category: Top-Headlines New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees focused his offseason training on throwing the deep ball. The 41-year-old stated his goal was to throw a 60-yard pass and proceeded to work at it since March, deploying unique training methods because of the coronavirus pandemic. Brees said "there have been moments of discovery" and that he hopes it pays dividends on the field. That would be nice for both the Saints and fantasy managers who draft him, considering he has looked downfield less and less as he's aged. Pro Football Focus ranked him just 22nd as a deep-ball passer and only Jimmy Garoppolo threw deep less in 2019. Brees remains as accurate as ever and should have a solid floor most weeks for fantasy. Perhaps his offseason workouts will help him look downfield more, giving him better upside in 2020.
Browns Still Believe In David Njoku
Written by Staff 4 days ago Category: Risers Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku requested a trade from the team last month after the team added other tight ends to the roster, most notably Austin Hooper. Head coach Kevin Stefanski was asked about Njoku recently and stated, My stance hasnt changed. The organizations stance hasnt changed in that we believe in David. Stefanski reportedly plans to use Njoku heavily in his offense, which ran two-tight end sets frequently when he was the offensive coordinator with the Minnesota Vikings. There's still a chance the team deals Njoku during training camp but for now, it appears they still consider him a part of their future plans.
Lamar Jackson Claims No. 1 Spot On Top 100 List
Written by Staff 5 days ago Category: Risers Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson took the No. 1 spot in the NFL Top 100 list, an annual ranking system determined by players throughout the league. After winning the MVP last season, the ceiling is even higher for the 23-year-old entering 2020, and rightfully so. Jackson was splendid in 2019, finishing the year with 3,127 yards, 36 touchdowns, and six interceptions while maintaining a completion percentage of 66.1 percent. He also added 1,206 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground and also led the league in rushing yards before contact per attempt with an average of 4.9. While taking a signal-caller early in redraft formats is usually frowned upon by many, fantasy managers should be ready to pull the trigger to acquire his services somewhere in the second or third rounds for the upcoming campaign.
Curtis Samuel Could Line Up All Over Formation In 2020
Written by Staff 5 days ago Category: Top-Headlines Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Curtis Samuel could be used in a variety of different ways in 2020, according to head coach Matt Rhule. Rhule said he wants to see Samuel line up out wide, in the slot and even at running back, which is how he was used at Ohio State. In his last college season, Samuel was the only player in the country to eclipse both 700 rushing and receiving yards. The idea is to get the explosive 23-year-old, who ran a 4.3 40, into space more frequently where he can make people miss. This could bode really well for his fantasy numbers in 2020, especially if he gets over 100 targets again and totes the ball more than the 19 times he did last year. Samuel makes for a nice sleeper pick at his current ADP of 167.
Darren Waller Sneaks Into Player's List
Written by Staff 7 days ago Category: Risers Las Vegas Raiders
Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller made the NFL's "Top 100 Player's List," coming in at No. 99. The 27-year-old had a breakout season in 2019 after barely making a dent during his previous three years. He finished with 90 receptions for 1,145 yards and three touchdowns in addition to racking up 570 yards after the catch per reception, good for ninth overall in the league. Waller was convincingly one of the best at his position last season and despite the team adding Henry Ruggs III via this year's draft, he could still be in line to produce a similar output in 2020, especially if the running game and stable quarterback play can open things up for him even more.
Melvin Gordon III Expects Competition
Written by Staff 8 days ago Category: Risers Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III expects competition with Phillip Lindsay at the position during training camp. While both men will likely get some snaps out of the backfield, at least initially, there is a chance that one will surpass the other as the team's workhorse as the season progresses. Gordon, who recently signed a two-year, $16 million deal, has seemingly been hyper-focused on his conditioning during the offseason. The 27-year-old racked up 4,240 yards and 36 touchdowns on the ground during his tenure with the Chargers. He also added 224 catches for 11 additional scores as a receiver. Fantasy managers shouldn't expect production beyond his ADP, especially early in the year. However, those who opt to roll the dice on Gordon could also be pleasantly surprised with his output, making him an adequate stash for the 2020 campaign.
Derrick Henry Snubbed In Ranking
Written by Staff 9 days ago Category: Fallers Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry was relegated to "Tier 3" in Pro Football Focus' Dwain McFarland's list of top players at the position. McFarland indicated that while Henry was dominant on the ground in 2019, the team's unwillingness to use him as a part of the passing game makes him less effective than others. While this notion may be true to some degree, Henry was still one of the most efficient PPR backs last season after running for over 1,500 yards in addition to accumulating 16 touchdowns. With the departure of Dion Lewis, the door may be open for the 26-year-old to do some additional damage catching passes out of the backfield during the 2020 campaign. He should remain a first-round target in most fantasy formats.
Ezekiel Elliott Displeased With Lack Of Respect
Written by Staff 12 days ago Category: Risers Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott urged his critics to "check the stats," a comment made toward members of the media who he feels often criticize his level of performance. The 24-year-old does have a leg to stand on, nonetheless, as he has been one of the most impactful rushers throughout the entire league during his tenure. He finished 2019 with nearly 1,400 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns off of 301 attempts. He also added 420 yards and two additional scores as a receiver and was also one of the most dynamic players inside the 20-yard line. Regarding Elliott's fantasy projection for 2020, he should be drafted within the top-five in the majority of leagues, with his only potential downfall being the departure of former head coach Jason Garrett, who is now the offensive coordinator for the New York Giants.
Saquon Barkley Appears Bigger Than Ever
Written by Staff 13 days ago Category: Risers New York Giants
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley, who has been posting workout videos via social media during the offseason, appears to have bulked up even more heading into the season. Though Christian McCaffrey remains the consensus No. 1 overall pick in fantasy drafts for the upcoming 2020 campaign, the case could be made for Barkley to be the first one taken off the board, especially in PPR formats. Despite missing time with a high-ankle injury in 2019, the 23-year-old still ran for over 1,000 yards. With a new coaching staff, a semi-upgraded offensive line, and possible stability at the quarterback position, Barkley may be in store for his best season yet.
Michael Bennett Retires From NFL
Written by Staff 13 days ago Category: Transactions
After an 11-year career with three Pro Bowls and a Super Bowl title to his name, defensive end Michael Bennett is calling it a career. "Retiring feels a little like death of self, but I'm looking forward to the rebirth -- the opportunity to reimagine my purpose," Bennett wrote on Instagram. Bennett considered retiring before the COVID-19 pandemic this year. He began his career in Tampa and then moved to Seattle, where he became a presence off the edge for the Legion of Boom. In his 11 seasons in the league, Bennett had 359 tackles, 69.5 sacks and 13 forced fumbles.
NFL Players To Spend Three Weeks On IR For COVID-19
Written by Staff 17 days ago Category: Injuries
The NFL and Players Association reached an agreement on Thursday regarding the procedures for dealing with players that test positive for COVID-19 during the 2020 season. Players who test positive for the virus will be placed on a COVID-19 list for three weeks, creating a roster spot that would be filled with a player that is negative for the virus, according to a league source. However, it's unclear what will happen if a player on the list can't return after three weeks. He must return to the active roster within three weeks after that or he will revert to Injured Reserve. It's a unique adjustment during a unique time. It'll also make things very difficult for fantasy owners if some of their players have to miss three weeks at a time.
Aldrick Rosas Charged In Hit-And-Run Incident
Written by Staff 18 days ago Category: Fallers New York Giants
New York Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas was formally charged with three misdemeanors as a result of a hit-and-run incident in June. Rosas was charged with reckless driving, hit-and-run property damage and driving while suspended/revoked for DUI of alcohol/drugs. Rosas was a Pro Bowler in 2018 but struggled mightily last season, connecting on just 12 of 17 (70.6%) field-goal attempts. His struggles last season and pending legal matters make him easy to avoid in fantasy, even if he remains with New York.
Kenyan Drake Not In A Rush For Extension
Written by Staff 19 days ago Category: Risers Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake, who had the transition tag placed on him, isn't close to a long-term deal with the team, but he said that he's not too concerned with a contract extension right now. "Thatll come in due time. Right now Im focused on everyday getting in the best shape of my life to help this team play winning football," Drake wrote. The former Miami Dolphin has already signed his tag ($8.4 million) and can continue negotiating with the Cardinals until July 22. Arizona will have exclusive negotiating rights on Drake through Week 10. Everyone expects the 26-year-old to have a big year in 2020 in an offense on the rise, especially after he dominated in the desert after being traded from Miami in 2019. Drake should be considered a top-10 fantasy back with a potential breakout on the horizon.
Alvin Kamara Continues To Impress
Written by Staff 20 days ago Category: Risers New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara was featured in a workout video posted on social media by Dr. Sharif Tabbah of Athletix Rehab and Recovery, a facility located in Miami, Florida. This isn't the first video that Kamara has been highlighted in over the last few months, and it's a good sign that he is back on track after battling ankle, knee, and back injuries throughout 2019. Even with his nagging ailments, the 24-year-old still had a decent season despite taking a step back in several statistical categories. Though his preseason ranking has him behind Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley, Ezekiel Elliott, and Derrick Henry (in most cases), he has a legitimate shot of exceeding expectations. The Saints also have one of the best offensive lines in the league, and with Drew Brees back under center, Kamara could make some noise on the fantasy end.
Saquon Barkley Predicted To Lead League In Rushing
Written by Staff 21 days ago Category: Risers New York Giants
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley could be the league's leading rusher this season, according to Bleacher Report's Maurice Moton. Barkley is predicted to run for nearly 1,500 yards and could benefit immensely from the arrival of former Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett. The 23-year-old struggled in 2019 after dealing with a high-ankle sprain that cost him three games. He still managed to exceed 1,000 yards on the ground but took a step back in scoring production. If Barkley can remain healthy in 2020 and the offensive line holds up, the former Nittany Lion could be in store for his best campaign to date. Though Christian McCaffrey is the consensus No. 1 overall back in fantasy rankings, the case could be made for Barkley to be selected ahead of him.
Leonard Williams Expected To Play Under Franchise Tag
Written by Staff 21 days ago Category: Transactions New York Giants
New York Giants defensive lineman Leonard Williams is expected to play the 2020 season under the franchise tag. According to Ian Rapoport, the two sides are on the same page that Williams will play under the tag ahead of Wednesday's deadline for franchise-tagged players to sign extensions. The hope is he excels in a new system and becomes a big part of New York's future after they traded for the former first-rounder in the middle of last season. Williams is an excellent run defender, but doesn't provide much IDP value as he has just 17.5 career sacks since entering the league in 2015.
Christian McCaffrey "Not As Sturdy" As Saquon
Written by Staff 23 days ago Category: Fallers Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey has plenty of hype entering the 2020 campaign and should continue to be the No. 1 fantasy selection in the majority of fantasy drafts heading into September. However, according to a poll conducted by ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, more than 50 percent of league executives view Saquon Barkley as the top back in the league. As claimed by one anonymous AFC executive, McCaffrey is "not as sturdy as Saquon. Not the same speed-and-power combo." While this declaration may not hinder fantasy managers from taking McCaffrey first overall in drafts, it could give many something to think about.