The Ravens added Oklahoma TE Mark Andrews in the 3rd round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He joins 1st-rounder Hayden Hurst in Baltimore's TE room. Andrews isn't much of a blocker but turned into 1 of Baker Mayfield's top targets over the past 2 years. He posted a 31-489-7 line in 2016 and then exploded for 62 catches, 958 yards and 8 scores this past year. Andrews tested as a mediocre 44th percentile athlete and will never be a big-play threat at the next level. But there's some Jason Witten-esque craftiness to his game.
The Ravens traded back into the 1st round to select Louisville QB Lamar Jackson at #32. The 21-year-old was a stat-piling machine over the past 2 seasons, throwing for 7,203 yards and 57 TDs (vs. 19 INTs) and running for another 3,172 yards and 39 scores. He’s a bit slight of frame at 6’2 and 216 pounds. But he missed just 1 game at Louisville (a 2015 ankle injury), despite carrying 655 times. The biggest knock against Jackson is inconsistent accuracy. He left school with a 57.0% completion rate — although he posted a career-best 59.1% mark this past year. Between the accuracy problems and the supreme athleticism, there’s certainly some Michael Vick to Jackson. Vick ranked as a top 12 fantasy QB in all 4 seasons he made 15+ starts, including a pair of #4 finishes. Jackson could use some seasoning and will begin his career behind Joe Flacco. But when he gets on the field, Jackson’s rushing ability will give him big fantasy upside.
WR Sammy Watkins is set to sign with the Chiefs when free agency opens on Wednesday. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that it's a 3-year, $48 million deal with a whopping $30 million guaranteed. Watkins never seemed to fully settle into the Rams offense after being dealt to Los Angeles last August. But he averaged a strong 15.2 yards per catch and scored 8 times. Most importantly, he didn't miss a game due to injury for the 1st time since his rookie campaign back in 2014. Watkins turns just 25 in June and remains a big-time talent. He has target competition on his hands, though, joining a Chiefs offense featuring TE Travis Kelce, WR Tyreek Hill and RB Kareem Hunt. It's a loaded group, making 2nd-year QB Patrick Mahomes a major breakout candidate in 2018.
Ravens CB Marlon Humphrey was arrested Thursday in Alabama and charged with 3rd-degree robbery, according to AL.com. Under Alabama law, that's a felony charge indicating the use of force or the threat of force. TuscaloosaNews.com reports the charge stems from a Jan. 13 incident in which Humphrey allegedly stole a phone charger from an Uber driver, elbowing him in the process. The CB reportedly calls it a "misunderstanding." Humphrey enjoyed a solid finish to his rookie campaign after arriving as a 1st-round pick. We'll see whether this incident impacts his 2018 season.
Ravens S Tony Jefferson (ankle), S Eric Weddle (ankle) and OLB Terrell Suggs (knee) are active for tonight's game against the Dolphins. Use them as you normally would in IDP lineups.
Ravens S Tony Jefferson (ankle), S Eric Weddle (ankle) and OLB Terrell Suggs (knee) are questionable for Thursday night's game against the Dolphins. All 3 put in full practices Wednesday and appear on track to play. We'll confirm their statuses Thursday evening.
Ravens DT Brandon Williams (foot) is active today for the 1st time since Week 2. We'll see now how important he is for a run defense that has struggled in 4 games without him but opened the year vs. a pair of bad rush offenses with Williams around. CB Jimmy Smith (Achilles') and DB Lardarius Webb (knee) are also active after entering the day questionable. Neither is much of an IDP option but helps the Baltimore team D.
Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said Monday that CB Tramon Williams has a chance to take the starting job opposite Patrick Peterson away from Justin Bethel, according to the team website. Arians stopped short of promising such a change but said that Williams "needs to play more" after he grabbed a big INT in Sunday's win over the Bucs. Playing opposite Peterson can be a lucrative position for IDP value, so the starting nod for Week 7 against the Rams will be worth watching.
Rams WR Sammy Watkins (concussion) put in full practices on Thursday and Friday and isn’t listed on the final Week 4 injury report. Watkins is a WR3 with upside vs. Dallas’ 16th-ranked WR defense. WR Tavon Austin (concussion) has also been cleared for Sunday’s game.
Rams WR Sammy Watkins (concussion) progressed to a full practice on Thursday. He's now on track to play against the Cowboys this weekend, barring a setback. Watkins is worth getting into fantasy lineups vs. the league's 16th-ranked WR defense.
Rams WR Sammy Watkins (concussion) was limited in Wednesday's practice. He's made some progress through the protocol, but his status for Sunday's game against the Cowboys remains in limbo. Check back tomorrow for another update.
The Ravens have ruled out DT Brandon Williams (foot) for Sunday's game against the Jaguars in London.
Rams WR Sammy Watkins left in the 4th quarter of Thursday night's game against the 49ers and was diagnosed with a concussion, HC Sean McVay said after the win. It's the 1st concussion of his NFL career, and he'll have 10 days to get cleared ahead of next weekend's game against the Cowboys. We'll track his progress through the protocol. Watkins went off for 106 yards and 2 TDs before exiting.
The Broncos have placed OLB Shane Ray on IR as he recovers from a torn wrist ligament. The move corresponded with QB Brock Osweiler signing and will keep Ray out for at least half the season. He seemed to be on track to return earlier than that at the time of the injury and surgery but is now totally off the IDP draft radar.
Broncos DE Derek Wolfe suffered a "really bad sprain" in his right ankle in Saturday's practice, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson. The injury also reportedly included a ligament tear. Wolfe still said it wasn't as bad as initially feared at that he hopes to be back to 100% by Week 1. We'll see if he gets there. At the least, it's another blow to a defense that will miss OLB Shane Ray into the regular season and lost DE Billy Winn to an ACL tear.
The Rams finally have themselves a true #1 WR. They traded CB E.J. Gaines and a 2018 2nd-round pick to Buffalo in exchange for WR Sammy Watkins. It's an aggressive move by a team that has poured resources into its offense this offseason. Watkins joins a WR group that includes free-agent signee (and former teammate) Robert Woods, rookies Cooper Kupp and Josh Reynolds and holdover Tavon Austin. A heathy Watkins is clearly the top dog here, though. Of course, he'll also be dealing with a QB downgrade from Tyrod Taylor to Jared Goff. Watkins' fantasy stock takes a bit of a hit with this move.
Broncos OLB Shane Ray tore a ligament in his left wrist Thursday that is expected to cost him 6-8 weeks, according to The Denver Post. Ray was set to have surgery Saturday morning. He had been expected to start in place of the retired DeMarcus Ware. Denver's top reserve at the position, Shaq Barrett, is on the non-football injury list with a hip issue that HC Vance Joseph expects to keep him out until Week 2 or 3 of the regular season. So the Broncos are expected to turn to 4th-year player Kasim Edebali and former practice-squad player Vontarrius Dora. The situation could significantly hurt the pass rush of 1 of fantasy football's top team defenses.
Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) has avoided the PUP list and will participate in the team's 1st training camp practice on Thursday night. It's been a smooth rehab from January foot surgery. Buffalo figures to monitor Watkins' reps throughout August, but his fantasy arrow is pointing up right now.
Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) made his offseason practice debut on Thursday, taking part in individual drills. (Here's a video clip of him in action.) "It's one day at a time at this point," HC Sean McDermott said of Watkins' status. He underwent a 2nd foot surgery in January after reportedly playing through a broken foot last season. It at least looks like he's on track to be ready for the start of training camp. Watkins' health will be worth monitoring closely this summer.
Bills QB Tyrod Taylor told the team website that he has noticed the "maturation process" speeding up for WR Sammy Watkins this offseason. "His attention to detail each day has definitely been different than the years past that I’ve been around him," Taylor said. "He’s always been a hard worker, but you can definitely tell that he’s out there with the right mindset and with the positive attitude, trying to help the guys that are around him.” The QB specifically mentioned aspects such as eating right, which is often a lesson young players need to learn -- in various sports. Watkins' big problem has obviously been staying on the field, and eating a salad or some salmon isn't going to keep his foot from breaking. But preparing his body better could certainly affect Watkins' health and durability. In any event, increased focus -- and the motivation of a contract year -- can't hurt a player who has always flashed the talent.
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