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Jay Cutler

CHI -QB

6 hours ago

Bears want to "minimize" Cutler's "exposure"

Chicago's new coaching staff has committed to Jay Cutler as their starting QB this season.  But it sounds like they want to limit his volume.  “Football-wise, there are things you can do in coaching to minimize some of the exposure,” HC John Fox said. “Playing defense. Playing complementary football is going to be something that helps."  Fox went on to mention the Cowboys' run-heavy blueprint last year.  The Bears have a top RB in Matt Forte and have beefed up their defense this offseason.  Look for a significant drop from last season's 63.2% pass rate.  That will lower Cutler's fantasy ceiling.

Jordan Matthews

PHI -WR

6 hours ago

Matthews might play outside in 2015

Eagles WR Jordan Matthews ran 92.4% of his routes from the slot last season.  But HC Chip Kelly confirmed at the NFL owners meetings that Matthews might play more outside going forward.  “We just wanted him to play one position and learn one position,” Kelly said of Matthews' rookie season. “He can [play outside]."  With Jeremy Maclin's departure, Matthews is now Philly's best WR.  Look for him to be featured in a Chip Kelly passing game that has produced a top-12 fantasy WR in each of the past 2 seasons.

Robert Griffin III

WAS -QB

6 hours ago

Griffin the starter "right now"

Redskins HC Jay Gruden said that QB Robert Griffin is the team's starter "right now."  It's a lukewarm endorsement from a coach who benched RG3 last season.  Griffin will head to training camp as the favorite to be under center Week 1, but he could lose that spot to Kirk Cousins or Colt McCoy.  It's the 1st time in Griffin's NFL career that he's not locked in as the starter.  Perhaps that will provide the spark to get RG3's game back on track.  We can't consider him anything more than a QB2 gamble in 2015 fantasy drafts.  Griffin has been lasting until at least the 14th round in most March MFL10 drafts.

Sam Bradford

PHI -QB

7 hours ago

Bradford an "upside gamble" for Eagles

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie described the team's trade for QB Sam Bradford as an "upside gamble."  He added that prior to the 2010 draft, Bradford was "the best young quarterback we'd seen... probably since Peyton Manning coming out of college."  The #1 overall pick of that 2010 draft went on to win Rookie of the Year before struggling with injuries in 3 of the last 4 seasons.  Therein lies the risk with Bradford.  But if he can stay healthy, HC Chip Kelly's offense can make him a QB1 in fantasy football.

Chris Thompson

WAS -RB

1 day ago

Thompson to get "first crack" at pass-catching role

Redskins insider Mike Jones believes RB Chris Thompson will get the "first crack" at replacing Roy Helu as the team's 3rd-down back.  "[HC Jay] Gruden likes some of the things he did late last year," Jones adds.  Thompson only played in Week 15 and 16 last year, totaling 6 catches for 27 yards and a score.  He caught 21 balls in his final season at Florida State.  Thompson is at least worth sticking on your PPR radar.  Helu tallied a 42-477-2 receiving line for Washington last year.

Jordy Nelson

GB -WR

1 day ago

Nelson had hip surgery

Packers HC Mike McCarthy revealed that WR Jordy Nelson underwent a "cleanup" hip surgery after the Pro Bowl.  "It's nothing serious," McCarthy added.  Nelson was slapped with a 6-8 week rehab timeline, so he should be nearing 100% now.  He never appeared on last year's injury report and never seemed bothered by the hip.  At this point, there's no reason to believe the hip will be an issue in 2015.  Nelson has played all 16 games in 4 of the past 5 seasons.

Zach Ertz

PHI -TE

1 day ago

'Big jump' coming?

Speaking to reporters Wednesday during the NFL owners meetings, Eagles HC Chip Kelly shared some optimism regarding TE Zach Ertz. "I still think there's a big jump that can happen between Year 2 and 3," he said, per Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Ertz, of course, is heading into his 3rd pro season after failing to reach fantasy football starter level each of the past 2 years. The former high 2nd-round pick hasn't seen as much playing time as many of us expected so far, and a 15-catch Week 16 inflated his overall numbers last year. But this will be just Ertz's 2nd full offseason in the NFL, thanks to graduation rules that kept him out of OTAs in his rookie season. And an Eagles offense currently looking at Jordan Matthews, Riley Cooper and Josh Huff as its top 3 WRs might need the athletic, young TE more than it did before. We'll be tracking reports on Ertz's role and performance through the spring and into training camp. He certainly carries top-8 fantasy upside.

Victor Cruz

NYG -WR

1 day ago

Cruz not a lock for training camp

Giants HC Tom Coughlin would not commit to WR Victor Cruz (knee) being ready for the starting of training camp.  Coughlin did say that Cruz is making "good progress" in his rehab from the torn patellar tendon he suffered on October 12th.  He'll be over 9 months removed from the injury when training camp kicks off, but that injury often takes closer to a full year to recover from.  And there's no guarantee that Cruz ever regains pre-injury form.  Don't be surprised if the Giants add a WR in the early or middle rounds of next month's draft.

Latavius Murray

OAK -RB

1 day ago

Murray, Richardson will compete for starting job

Raiders RBs Latavius Murray and Trent Richardson will compete for the starting job, HC Jack Del Rio said at the owners meetings.  That's not what Murray's dynasty owners want to hear.  But if it's a true competition, Murray will run circles around Richardson.  Murray averaged 5.2 yards per carry last year; Richardson has never topped 3.6 in 4 NFL seasons.  Murray ripped off 4 runs of 20+ yards on 82 carries last year; Richardson has 4 total runs of 20+ yards on 614 career carries.  We just have to hope the Raiders make the right evaluation and use Murray as the lead back.

Branden Oliver

SD -RB

1 day ago

McCoy: Oliver can be lead back

Chargers HC Mike McCoy told ESPN.com Tuesday that his team doesn't necessarily need another RB to win after letting Ryan Mathews walk in free agency. “Ryan was very unique,” McCoy said. “He’s different than what we have now. But as that physical guy, yes, you can say Branden is that physical guy we have now. We can win with the three guys we have now. So, they’re all going to play in their own way, and we’ll see what happens through the draft and the rest of free agency with what’s available.” No coach is going to say that his backfield is screwed unless it adds a hoss. But it's at least noteworthy here that McCoy touted Oliver's ability to lead the backfield over that of Donald Brown, whom the team signed just a year ago. We'll see what else the Chargers do with their backs this offseason.

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