WR Anquan Boldin has informed the Bills that he's retiring, according to ESPN's Jim Trotter. "My life's purpose is bigger than football," Boldin said in a statement. Or, he simply decided against a season with a Bills team that's clearly in rebuilding mode. Boldin's departure leaves Jordan Matthews and Zay Jones as the team's clear-cut top 2 WRs. Both guys get a boost up the WR rankings -- although we're finding it tough to get excited about any member of this Buffalo passing game.
The Bills have signed WR Anquan Boldin to a 1-year, $2.75 million deal. Boldin turns 37 in October but remained effective last year, posting a 67-584-8 line. He averaged just 8.7 yards per catch but caught 70.5% of his targets and was the team's top option in the red zone. Boldin figures to take over slot duties in Buffalo. He'll battle WR Zay Jones and TE Charles Clay for target behind top dog Sammy Watkins. In a low-volume passing game, Boldin will probably struggle for WR3 value. His arrival also hurts Jones' 2017 projection. The rookie figures to start on the outside but has more target competition on his hands.
According to Kyle Meinke of MLive.com, the Lions "straight up told" 3rd-round WR Kenny Golladay that he'd get a chance to compete for a starting job in 2017. "I think primarily we'll start him off on the outside, but he has some pretty unique route-running skill-sets for a big guy that can kind of do some inside things," GM Bob Quinn said. "So we'll work him in there and we'll see how it plays out here in the next couple months." Of course, starting doesn't mean that Golladay has a shot to push Golden Tate or Marvin Jones out of the lineup. But Anquan Boldin remains a free agent, and Andre Roberts -- the only other Detroit wideout to catch 10+ passes -- has already moved on. A good spring and summer could land Golladay in that #3 role, in an offense that has leaned pass for years and got a disappointing debut from Jones. And Tate is signed through just 2018. Keep Golladay in mind as you head into dynasty rookie drafts.
WR Anquan Boldin reiterated this week that he plans to return for a 15th season. He told ESPN's Jim Trotter that he'll probably sign closer to training camp, as Boldin did with the Lions last July. He finished 2nd on the team with 67 receptions while leading the Lions with 8 TD catches in 2016. Detroit and Baltimore have reportedly showed interest in the veteran for 2017.
The forecast for today's Lions-Giants game calls for a 65% chance of rain with winds of 10-20 mph. Not ideal. It's especially concerning for Lions QB Matt Stafford, who will be playing with an injured middle finger on his throwing hand. He's no better than a mid-range QB2 for Week 15.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport calls WR Marvin Jones (thigh) a "long shot" to play against the Saints today. It's unfortunate news for a guy who needed a plus matchup like this. Jones' absence bumps up the target projections for Golden Tate, Anquan Boldin, Eric Ebron and Theo Riddick. Andre Roberts is expected to step in as Detroit's #3 WR but is a tough sell in fantasy lineups.
Lions TE Eric Ebron (knee, ankle) is out for Sunday’s game against the Eagles. His status for Week 6 is uncertain. Ebron's absence should mean more targets over the middle of the field for WR Anquan Boldin and -- dare we say it -- WR Golden Tate.
Lions TE Eric Ebron got carted off the practice field Saturday. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the team fears an injury to his Achilles' tendon, with a tear being the obvious implication. If that proves to be the case, Ebron would almost certainly miss the season. We'll keep an eye out for confirmation, but you should count Ebron out of your plan if you're drafting right now. Detroit sports no obvious immediate replacement for Ebron at TE, so his injury would likely shift more targets toward RB Theo Riddick and the wideouts.
The Lions have signed WR Anquan Boldin to a 1-year deal, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The 35-year-old remained useful last season, hauling in 69 balls for 789 yards and 4 scores in a bad 49ers offense. That 11.4 yards per catch was his worst since 2004, though. Boldin is nothing more than a short-range possession target at this point, leaving him without much fantasy upside. He figures to slide in as Detroit's #3 WR behind Golden Tate and Marvin Jones. Boldin's work near the line of scrimmage could take a bit out of Tate and TE Eric Ebron's targets.
49ers WR Anquan Boldin (hamstring) is active for today’s game against the Seahawks. In Seattle at less than 100% and with Blaine Gabbert under center, Boldin isn’t a recommended fantasy start.
49ers WR Anquan Boldin (hamstring) was limited in practice all week and is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Seahawks. He’s expected to play, but in Seattle at less than 100%, he’s not a recommended fantasy start.
49ers HC Jim Tomsula said Monday that WR Anquan Boldin (hamstring) and RB Carlos Hyde (foot) are still not "full speed" coming out of the bye. Consider both guys questionable for Week 11. Your best bet is to avoid the entire Niners offense in Seattle.
49ers WR Anquan Boldin (hamstring) is inactive for today’s game against the Falcons. Torrey Smith, Jerome Simpson and Quinton Patton will serve as San Francisco's top 3 WRs. None of them should be in fantasy lineups with Blaine Gabbert under center.
49ers WR Anquan Boldin (hamstring) is doubtful for Week 9. He didn't practice all week and won't play against Atlanta on Sunday. That leaves Blaine Gabbert to throw to Torrey Smith, Jerome Simpson and Quinton Patton. Fire up the Falcons defense.
49ers WR Anquan Boldin (hamstring) is inactive for today’s game against the Rams. That leaves Torrey Smith as the #1 WR with Quinton Patton, Bruce Ellington and Jerome Simpson behind him. We'd avoid the entire Niners passing game.
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