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Patriots extend Rhamondre Stevenson through 2028 06/20/2024 03:16 pm

$17M fully guaranteed

Patriots and RB Rhamondre Stevenson reached agreement on a four-year extension for $36 million, including $17M fully guaranteed, per source. (Adam Schefter on X)

FF Today's Take: Stevenson can now call New England home for the next four years. The Patriots are lacking a high-end passing attack meaning we should see a lot of Rhamondre and Antonio Gibson during the 2024 season. Stevenson saw 194 touches last season in 12 games which puts him in solid RB2 status in most formats.


Tee Higgins signs franchise tag, expected to be at camp 06/15/2024 11:52 am

Missed entire offseason program

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins is officially in the fold for the upcoming season. Higgins will sign his franchise tag on Saturday, a source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter. By signing the tag, the fifth-year receiver is now expected to be at training camp. (ESPN)

FF Today's Take: Higgins has been sitting on the sidelines this off-season but should be at camp in late July now that he's signed his franchise tag. Assuming he plays this season on the tag, he'll earn $21.8 million. While a long-term deal is still an option, it's likely the two sides will part ways after the 2024 season.


TE Juwan Johnson will undergo foot surgery 06/13/2024 09:31 am

Injury Back in time for Week 1?

Saints TE Juwan Johnson is scheduled to undergo foot surgery next week that will sideline him “a while”, per source. The hope and belief for now is that he will be back for the start of the season. (Adam Schefter on X)

FF Today's Take: We don't have the specifics of the injury yet, but it sounds like Johnson will miss most if not all of training camp. Not ideal, but not a total death blow to his fantasy value. Taysom Hill is the tight end target from this team moving forward.


Giants TE Darren Waller calls it a career 06/09/2024 04:25 pm

Age 31

The Giants have been informed that TE Darren Waller is retiring, per sources. This is was what they had been planning to be the end result. Team statement: “We have great respect for Darren as a person and player. We wish him nothing but the best.” (Jordan Raanan on X)

FF Today's Take: Waller would've earned $10 million this season but instead will call it a career. This leaves the Giants with Daniel Bellinger as their starting tight end along with Lawrence Cager and rookie Theo Johnson at the position. Waller was a key component of their offense last season which is likely be focused on rookie wide receiver Malik Nabers moving forward.


Chiefs bring back Mecole Hardman, one-year deal 06/06/2024 09:41 am

Split time between the Jets and Chiefs last season

Veteran WR Mecole Hardman is re-signing with the #Chiefs on a one-year deal, per source. A hero in Super Bowl LVIII after a brief stint with the #Jets, Hardman is back in Kansas City. (Tom Pelissero on X)

FF Today's Take: Hardman returns to a crowded wide receiver room that includes Rashee Rice (suspension?), Marquise Brown, Xavier Worthy, Justin Watson, Kadarius Toney and Skyy Moore. He's familiar with the Chiefs system but won't have much fantasy value unless injuries occur ahead of him on the depth chart. He could also be an option as a kick returner.


Vikings lock up Justin Jefferson on four-year extension 06/03/2024 09:19 am

$110 million guaranteed

A record deal: the Vikings and three-time Pro-Bowl WR Justin Jefferson reached agreement on a four-year, $140 million contract extension that includes $110 million guaranteed and makes him not only the highest-paid WR in NFL history, but the highest-paid non-QB in NFL history, sources tell ESPN. Jefferson’s deal includes $88.743 million due at signing, the highest non-QB guarantee at signing in NFL history. And it resets the WR market. WME Football negotiated and confirmed the deal. (Adam Schefter on X)

FF Today's Take: According to Schefter, multiple teams inquired about trading for Jefferson this off-season but the Vikings turned them away. Jefferson was the WR7, WR5 and WR1 from 2020 through 2022 and posted a 68-1074-5 line in just 10 games last season. Multiple wide receivers are in the market for new deals including CeeDee Lamb, Ja'Marr Chase, Brandon Aiyuk, Amari Cooper and Tee Higgins.


Keaton Mitchell return expected in-season 05/22/2024 02:42 pm

Injury Won't be ready for training camp

Ravens HC John Harbaugh said RB Keaton Mitchell, is “on schedule” in his recovery from the torn ACL he suffered in Week 15, but he will not be back for training camp, and he is not expected back until “sometime during the season. It’s not like right around the corner.”

FF Today's Take: A mid-season return is going to make Mitchell difficult to select in re-draft leagues unless you have IR spots. Expect Justice Hill to see the change-of-pace carries behind Derrick Henry until Mitchell is ready for action.


Giants sign veteran WR Allen Robinson 05/09/2024 08:26 am

Spent last season with the Steelers

The #Giants have signed veteran WR Allen Robinson. (Tom Pelissero on X)

FF Today's Take: The last time Robinson was fantasy relevant was back in 2020 when he finished with a 102-1250-6 line for Chicago. Since then, he's yet to top 410 receiving yards in a season. He spent last season with the Steelers and failed to score a TD. With the Giants, he'll be battling for the fifth receiver slot with Isaiah Hodgins.


Miami agrees with WR Odell Beckham Jr., one-year deal 05/03/2024 11:31 am

$3M guaranteed

Confirmed via source, the Dolphins have agreed to terms with WR Odell Beckham Jr. It's a 1-year, $3M deal with incentives that can push it up to $8.25M (Marcel Louis-Jacques on X)

FF Today's Take: Beckham played in 14 games last season and finished with a 35-565-3 line with the Ravens finishing 67th in PPR points per game among wide receivers. He's not likely to be fantasy relevant in Miami unless injuries occur to Tyreek Hill and/or Jaylen Waddle.


Ezekiel Elliott back with the Cowboys 04/29/2024 06:30 am

There's volume to be had in the Dallas backfield

Reunion: Three-time Pro Bowl RB Ezekiel Elliott agreed to terms with the #Cowboys pending physical, sources tell me and @RapSheet. With Tony Pollard gone and Elliott coming off a strong finish to his lone season in New England, it’s time to Feed Zeke again in Dallas. (Tom Pelissero on X)

FF Today's Take: Elliott spent 2023 with the New England Patriots where he finished with a 184-642-3, 51-313-2 line and ranked 36th among RBs in PPR leagues; by far the lowest output of his career. The Cowboys only have Rico Dowdle, Deuce Vaughn and Royce Freeman as competition, meaning Zeke could earn meaningful volume in 2024.


Tank Dell suffers minor wound in shooting incident 04/28/2024 04:34 pm

Injury Released from hospital

Houston Texans wide receiver Tank Dell was shot in Sanford, Florida, shortly after midnight Sunday morning according to the Texans. Dell was a bystander during a shooting at a private event in Sanford where a teenage gunman wounded 10 people after an altercation. A Texans spokesperson said Dell isn't seriously injured and was released from the hospital and is traveling back to Houston today. In a statement, the team said Dell has a "minor wound." (ESPN)

FF Today's Take: It appears none of the 10 victims have life-threatening injuries including Dell who is currently re-habbing after breaking is led on the football field last December. It doesn't appear this latest incident is serious but we should get further details in the coming days.


Jets trade QB Zach Wilson to Broncos 04/22/2024 02:27 pm

Jets and Broncos do late-round pick swap

A new QB in Denver: The #Jets are trading former No. 2 overall pick Zach Wilson to the #Broncos, per sources. Denver is expect to send a 2024 sixth-round pick to New York for Wilson and a 2024 seventh-rounder, with the teams dividing his guaranteed camp roster bonus. (Tom Pelissero on X)

FF Today's Take: Wilson has yet to find his footing after three uninspiring years with the Jets. He'll get a change of scenery in Denver where Sean Payton is holding a casting call for quarterbacks. Jarrett Stidham is currently on the roster and the expectation is that Denver will select a QB in the upcoming draft. Wilson's fantasy value is still minimal for now.


Chargers add J.K. Dobbins to running back room 04/17/2024 07:26 pm

One-year deal

Former Ravens RB J.K. Dobbins plans to sign a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Chargers, per his agency LAA Sports. He now will reunite with his former Ravens OC Greg Roman in Los Angeles. (Adam Schefter on X)

FF Today's Take: The Chargers have cornered the market on Ravens' running backs with Dobbins and Gus Edwards joining Jim Harbaugh's squad as free agents this off-season. Dobbins tore his Achilles back in September and also has torn his ACL and LCL in his injury history. He'll be facing an uphill battle to regain fantasy relevance in 2024.


Cowboys add to their RB room, Royce Freeman 04/16/2024 08:22 pm

One-year deal

The Cowboys are signing free agent RB Royce Freeman to a one-year deal. The 28-year-old was a third round pick in 2018. He played for the Rams last season, rushing for 319 yards and 2 TDs on 77 carries. (Jon Machota)

FF Today's Take: Dallas will likely be selecting a running back at some point during the upcoming NFL Draft with only Freeman, Rico Dowdle and Deuce Vaughn under contract. Freeman was with the Rams last season and finished with a 77-319-2, 1-13-0 line, well off the fantasy radar.


Eagles and WR DeVonta Smith agree on contract extension 04/15/2024 10:39 am

Through the 2028 season

Eagles announced a three-year contract extension for WR DeVonta Smith that tied him to Philadelphia through the 2028 season. The extension includes $51 million guaranteed, per source. (Adam Schefter on X)

FF Today's Take: The Eagles are getting out in front of WR market with new contracts expected to be signed by Justin Jefferson, CeeDee Lamb, JaMarr Chase, Brandon Aiyuk and others. Smith finished 19th among WRs in PPR leagues last season and 14th in 2022. He'll be on the WR2 radar again in 2024.


Trade: Bills moving WR Stefon Diggs to Texans 04/03/2024 11:00 am

Bills receive 2025 second-round pick

Blockbuster: Bills are finalizing a trade to send four-time Pro-Bowl WR Stefon Diggs to the Houston Texans for draft-pick compensation, sources tell ESPN. Compensation updates, per sources: Bills receive 2025 second-round pick via Minnesota. Texans receive Stefon Diggs and a 2024 sixth-round pick and a 2025 fifth-round pick. (Adam Schefter on X)

FF Today's Take: There have been rumors swirling around Diggs (30) and his happiness in Buffalo before last season so this deal isn't a huge shock but does leave the Bills very thin at wide receiver. Expect them to address the position in the upcoming draft (they have pick 28). Houston is stocking their team around young QB C.J. Stroud who've also added RB Joe Mixon, DE Danielle Hunter and DT Denico Autry (to name a few) this offseason.


Chiefs re-sign RB Clyde Edwards Helaire, one-year deal 04/02/2024 04:18 pm

J.K Dobbins in for a visit

Can confirm Clyde Edwards-Helaire has agreed to a 1-year deal to re-sign with the Chiefs, per sources. As for J.K. Dobbins, I'm told his visit today was productive for both parties, perhaps a partnership that could happen later this offseason. (Nate Taylor on X)

FF Today's Take: The Chiefs only had one running back under contract (Isiah Pacheco) so it's no surprise that CEH is returning. Depending on how the draft shakes out, Dobbins could be signed also as a depth piece.


Mike Williams signs one-year deal with Jets 03/19/2024 04:55 pm

WR coming off ACL injury

Mike Williams is signing a one-year deal worth up to $15 million with the Jets, per source. Williams was scheduled to next visit the Panthers and Steelers. But he is not getting out of New York. (Adam Schefter on X)

FF Today's Take: Williams tore his ACL back in September of 2023 so he should be able to play this upcoming season barring a setback. His presence will give the Jets a much-needed second receiving option opposite Garrett Wilson. Williams' best season was in 2021 when he posted a 76-1146-9 line finishing as the WR17 in PPR leagues.


Bears ship QB Justin Fields to Steelers for 2025 draft pick 03/16/2024 06:41 pm

2025 6th-round pick that goes to a 4th-round pick based on playtime

Bears are trading Justin Fields for a 2025 6th-round pick that goes to a 4th-round pick based on playtime, per sources. (Adam Schefter on X)

FF Today's Take: Alrighty then. The market for Fields obviously wasn't that strong given the compensation returning to the Bears. This move all but guarantees that Chicago will draft Caleb Williams or another quarterback with the first pick in the upcoming draft. Fields will join Russell Wilson as fresh faces in Pittsburgh as the Steeler overhaul the quarterback position. Will there be a QB competition?


WR Marquise Brown headed to Kansas City 03/14/2024 10:35 pm

One-year deal

A new weapon for Patrick Mahomes: Former Ravens and Cardinals WR Marquise Brown is expected to sign a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, per sources. During is final season in Baltimore in 2021, Brown had 91 catches for 1,008 yards and six touchdowns. During 26 games over two seasons in Arizona, Brown had 118 catches for 1,283 yards and seven TDs. (Adam Schefter on X)

FF Today's Take: The one-year deal "Hollywood" will allow him to make the most of his time in Kansas City and perhaps get a multi-year deal for 2025 and beyond. The Chiefs are in need of WR help after being plagued by drops and poor choices like Skyy Moore and Kadarius Toney. He'll crack the starting lineup opposite Rashee Rice and give the Chiefs a valid deep threat also capable of making plays in the intermediate sections of the field.