Shark Bites - Up-to-the-minute Fantasy Football News

Shark Bites - Up-to-the-minute Fantasy Football News

The Patriots re-signed K Nick Folk. He drilled 93% of his FG tries last year but finished just 18th among Ks in fantasy points because New England's offense was so bad. The unit at least looks better on paper heading into 2021 after the additions of Nelson Agholor, Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry.

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The Jets signed WR Keelan Cole to a 1-year, $5.5 million contract. He popped for a 42-748-3 line as a rookie for the Jaguars back in 2017 but has been treading water since, averaging 39-498-3 over the past 3 seasons. As things currently stand in New York, Cole would be 4th on the depth chart behind Corey Davis, Jamison Crowder and Denzel Mims. We've heard whispers that Crowder could be on the chopping block, though, so stay tuned.

The Panthers signed WR David Moore to a 2-year, $4.75 million deal with $1.25 million guaranteed, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. Although he never earned a consistently prominent role in Seattle, Moore averaged a strong 14.9 yards per catch over the past 3 seasons. Playing with QB Russell Wilson helped, but there's some ability here. And he'd be the favorite for #3 WR duties in Carolina as the depth chart stands now. We'll see if the Panthers make any more moves.

The Lions signed K Randy Bullock. The 9-year veteran was in Cincinnati last year, where he converted 21 of 26 FG attempts and 24 of 25 XPs. He sports a career 83.2% FG conversion rate. Detroit looks like 1 of the weaker offenses in the league heading into 2021, so Bullock isn't an attractive fantasy pick.

The Lions have agreed to a 1-year, $3 million contract with WR Breshad Perriman, according to agent Drew Rosenhaus. Perriman faces clear opportunity in an offense that already lost WR Marvin Jones to the Jaguars and sure looks like it expects to lose WR Kenny Golladay. Detroit previously imported WR Tyrell Williams, signing him for more money than Perriman is getting. Holdover Quintez Cephus should compete for time as an outside receiver as well. Perriman is fine as a late-round best-ball option.

The Dolphins have agreed to a 1-year deal with WR Will Fuller. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that it's worth $10 million, with "significant upside." There's clearly a "prove it" aspect to this contract for a player who lost multiple games to injury every season before 2020, when he spent the final 5 weeks suspended for a positive PED test. Fuller will have 1 more game to serve at the beginning of the coming season. After that, he'll battle DeVante Parker to be Miami's top wideout. Fuller could stay near the 6.8 targets per game he averaged in Houston last season. We'd bet on a drop in efficiency with the move from Deshaun Watson to Tua Tagovailoa, though. Fuller looks like a solid-to-good pick anywhere in WR3 range of current best-ball drafts. His arrival obviously increases the upside for the 2nd-year QB. It also dramatically lowers the ceiling for Preston Williams in his 3rd season.

The Giants signed TE Kyle Rudolph to a 2-year, $14 million deal, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Rudolph was dumped by the Vikings earlier this month in what was largely a salary-saving move. Rudolph is 31 now but still ranked 21st among 43 qualifying TEs in yards per route run and received strong blocking grades from Pro Football Focus last year. He's unlikely to be a fantasy factor in New York but could be a drain on TE Evan Engram's production.

The Bills inked QB Mitchell Trubisky to a 1-year deal. He goes from #2 overall pick to backup in the span of 4 years. Trubisky is obviously off the redraft radar, while his dynasty value continues to dwindle. He'll be 27 when he hits free agency again next offseason.

The Raiders signed RB Kenyan Drake to a 2-year, $14.5 million deal, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It's a head-scratching investment after the team spent the 24th overall pick of the 2019 draft on RB Josh Jacobs, who's been solid for 2 seasons. Per Rapoport, Raiders HC Jon Gruden "sees Kenyan Drake as a jack-of-all-trades — a joker, as they say. He’ll figure prominently in the passing game." Drake will certainly be a bigger drain on Jacobs' volume than guys like Devontae Booker, Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington have been. The signing is bad news for both Jacobs and Drake's fantasy values.

The Texans made a couple of minor moves at TE on Thursday, releasing Darren Fells and trading a 7th-round pick to New England for Ryan Izzo. Fells ranked 8th on the team and 2nd among TEs with 28 targets last season. He'll turn 35 in April and is on his last legs. Izzo totaled just 19 catches for the Patriots over the past 2 years -- although he did average a big 16.5 yards per. TE Jordan Akins looks set to enter 2021 as Houston's clear-cut starter, unless the team makes a more significant move at the position.

The Chargers have agreed to a 1-year deal with TE Jared Cook, worth up to $6 million, according to multiple reports. Cook, of course, spent the past 2 years in New Orleans, where his targets dipped but his efficiency spiked. Cook posted 2 of his 3 best yards-per-catch rates with the Saints and scored on 20% of his catches. He faces plenty of opportunity with the Chargers, who allowed TE Hunter Henry to walk in free agency. Cook should face some competition from 23-year-old Donald Parham, but his arrival should also knock Parham's best-ball ADP down from its recent rise. Cook is heading into his age-34 season, so some decline in his performance is certainly possible.

The Broncos have rescinded the restricted free-agent tender on RB Phillip Lindsay, leaving him free to sign elsewhere. Despite averaging 4.8 yards per carry the past 3 seasons, Lindsay never seemed wanted in Denver. A new home figures to be good news for his fantasy value -- although we'll see exactly where he ends up. The Broncos' RB depth chart now reads: Melvin Gordon, Royce Freeman, Mike Boone. We'll see if they add to the group, but Gordon's fantasy value gets a boost with Lindsay's departure.

The Browns are re-signing WR Rashard Higgins to a 1-year deal with $2.38 million guaranteed, according to ESPN's Jake Trotter. It's good for Higgins' outlook that he stays with the team and QB that know him, but the money involved doesn't necessarily point to him commanding a key role. We'll see how the WR corps settles out in Cleveland.

The Patriots are bringing back LB Kyle Van Noy on a 2-year deal worth "up to" $13.2 million, according to NFL Network's Mike Garofolo. Van Noy spent 3 full seasons and part of 2016 with the Patriots before signing with Miami last offseason. He delivered a career-high 6.5 sacks his last year in New England (2019). We'll see how all the roles settle out in an LB corps that differs significantly from that one. Van Noy has generally not been a high-level IDP option, though. Don't expect that to change in his age-30 season.

RB Mike Boone signed a 2-year, $2.6 million contract with the Broncos, according to insider Mike Klis. Boone averaged a strong 5.3 yards on 71 carries with the Vikings over the past 3 seasons. He joins a currently crowded Denver backfield alongside Melvin Gordon, Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman -- although there's a chance restricted free-agent Lindsay departs. Still, Boone is off the fantasy radar for now.

Washington signed WR Curtis Samuel to a 3-year, $34.5 million deal, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. It's a nice landing spot. Samuel is familiar with OC Scott Turner's offense after spending 2018 and 2019 with him in Carolina. And he should slide right in as the clear #2 WR behind Terry McLaurin. Samuel improved his numbers all 4 years with the Panthers, culminating with a 77-851-3 line this past season. He also carried 72 times over that 4-year span, including a 19-130-1 line under Turner in 2019.

The Seahawks signed TE Gerald Everett to a 1-year, $6 million deal, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It's a "prove-it" deal for a guy who underwhelmed across 4 seasons with the Rams. There might still be untapped upside here, though, for the 26-year-old who was the 44th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. Everett averaged 14.8 yards per catch across 3 college seasons and tested as an 85th percentile athlete. He's getting a big QB upgrade in Seattle -- but the 'Hawks seemingly want to rein in the passing game, while TE Will Dissly also figures to remain involved. That keeps Everett stuck in TE2 territory for now.

The Bucs inked K Ryan Succop to a new 3-year, $12 million deal. Succop drilled 28 of 31 FG attempts last season, although he missed 5 XPs. He still finished as a top 8 fantasy K. And with the Bucs bringing the band back together for 2021, Succop will be a strong option in drafts.

Former Lions K Matt Prater is joining the Cardinals on a 2-year deal. It’s an upside landing spot for the reliable fantasy kicker. Arizona ranked 6th in yards and 13th in scoring last year, the 2nd season for HC Kliff Kingsbury

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that the Jaguars are trading TE Josh Oliver to the Ravens for a conditional draft pick. Oliver is an intriguing talent who arrived via Round 3 of the 2019 draft, but injuries have kept him almost completely off the field since. Baltimore doesn’t offer muc immediate opportunity, with Mark Andrews and Nick Boyle leading the depth chart. But we’ll see if a change of scenery can get anything going.

 
 
 

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