The Ravens defense will be shifting to primarily a 4-3 front in 2016, according to MMQB.com. The change might not mean much for the team D in fantasy, but it could mean new position designations for OLBs Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs in IDP formats. It also could significantly impact the way Baltimore approaches early picks in the upcoming NFL Draft. We'll see how this situation develops and sets up for IDP impact.
The Browns have signed QB Robert Griffin III to a 2-year deal. It's not a surprising move given that RG3 recently visited Cleveland and the Browns moved on from pursuing a Colin Kaepernick trade. Griffin didn't play a game last year and struggled plenty in 2014 and 2013. He did wind up finishing 2014 with a career-high 68.7% completion rate, though, and a strong 7.9 yards per pass attempt. Of course, the big question will be whether Griffin can get anywhere near the dynamic success of his rookie season. We wouldn't bet on that, but he doesn't have to get back to those heights to prove fantasy relevant. Cleveland will need to prove it's a positive situation for his value, but RG3 should at least have WR Josh Gordon (if he's reinstated), good-looking receiving RB Duke Johnson and TE Gary Barnidge. We'll see what this signing means for Josh McCown and whether/when the Browns pursue a QB in the draft.
The Redskins have released QB Robert Griffin, saving $16.2 million against the 2016 salary cap. They tried to trade him, but that was always a long shot with other teams knowing full well that RG3 would eventually be released. Insider Mike Freeman reported over the weekend that "at least 10 teams" are interested in Griffin, so he shouldn't be unemployed for long. Still only 26, RG3 retains intriguing upside. But he might be viewed as more of a project than a immediate starter.
With Washington's season over, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the team will release QB Robert Griffin at some point. That move doesn't need to happen until March 9. That's when his $16.5 million option for 2016, which the team previously picked up, would become guaranteed. That's the number that figures to keep any team from trading for RG3, but we'd guess he'll find plenty of interest on the open market. Griffin needs to find the right situation and work to turn his NFL career around, but he at least starts with physical talent. We'll be curious to see where this goes.
Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (knee) is active for today’s game against the Seahawks. He only put in a limited practice on Friday and was reportedly limping around then. Floyd won’t be at 100% for today’s tough matchup. We’ve moved him into low-end WR2 territory in the Week 17 Rankings.
Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (knee) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Seahawks. He only put in a limited practice on Friday, but HC Bruce Arians said afterward that Floyd's chances of playing are "good." Unless we hear something to the contrary, he's fine to get into fantasy lineups, despite the 4:25 pm ET kickoff. At less than 100% in a tough matchup, Floyd is more of a low-end WR2 for Week 17.
Saints WR Willie Snead (calf) is active for today’s game against the Bucs. New Orleans figures to go pass-heavy in this one without RB Mark Ingram, so Snead is on the WR3 radar.
Saints WR Willie Snead (calf) is probable for Sunday’s game against the Bucs. He’ll step back in as New Orleans’ #2 WR but is just a low-end WR3 in fantasy football. Snead has finished with fewer than 10 PPR points in 4 of his last 6 games.
Saints RB Mark Ingram is undergoing shoulder surgery today to repair a torn rotator cuff, HC Sean Payton said. Ingram originally injured the shoulder in Week 10, but an MRI after last Sunday's loss to the Panthers revealed more damage. "It got worse after the Carolina game," Payton said. "He's tough and he was playing good football for us. But after this MRI, it was clear." The surgery shouldn't impact Ingram's 2016 outlook. He'll return as New Orleans' lead back and be in the RB1 mix. Ingram is currently sitting 3rd among RBs in PPR points and 4th in non-PPR.
Cardinals S Tony Jefferson (hamstring) is questionable for Thursday night's game against the Vikings. He's a low-level IDP candidate anyway in a safety rotation. Don't bother with him unless you really need to.
Updating an earlier report, the Saints have officially ended RB Mark Ingram's season by putting him on IR with a shoulder injury. That elevates Tim Hightower into a de facto lead role, though Ingram had seen only 26 total carries in his past 3 games. We certainly can't count on Hightower to step right into a heavier workload. And C.J. Spiller figures to take the bulk of Ingram's receiving work -- unless that gets spread to other positions. Both players make some sense as speculative pickups, but only if you're dumping a low-value bench guy for 1 of them. And neither belongs anywhere near a fantasy football lineup this week while we wait to see what the Saints do without Ingram. The loss of Ingram likely raises the target ceiling for the rest of New Orleans' pass-catchers.
Saints RB Mark Ingram is dealing with a "serious shoulder injury," according to NFL.com's Rand Getlin. "There is some fear it could be season ending," Getlin adds. Ingram has been on the injury report with the shoulder the past 2 weeks but was listed as probable, so he must have aggravated it in Sunday's loss to the Panthers. With New Orleans' season over at 4-8, they could decide to just shut Ingram down. That'd leave the Saints with RBs C.J. Spiller and Tim Hightower. Neither would be a reliable fantasy play.
Saints WR Willie Snead (calf) is inactive for today's game against the Panthers. His absence figures to mean more snaps for WRs Marques Colston and Brandon Coleman, but neither is a recommended fantasy starter.
Saints WR Willie Snead (calf) didn’t practice all week and is doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Panthers. His absence is actually bad news for WR Brandin Cooks, who’s now more likely to be shadowed by elite CB Josh Norman.
Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (hamstring) is active for today’s game against the 49ers. That matchup makes him a tempting WR3, even with the risk that hammy issue brings.
Saints RB Mark Ingram (shoulder) is active for today’s game against the Texans. He was listed as “probable,” and we haven’t seen anything to suggest that the shoulder will be an issue. Ingram is a fine RB2, despite the tough draw.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (hamstring) will play against the 49ers today. He put in 3 limited practices this week. There's always the risk of re-injury, but the plus matchup gets Floyd safely into WR3 territory in the Week 12 rankings.
Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday’s game against the 49ers. He was limited in practice all week, but insider Darren Urban expects him to play. We might not find out for sure until 3 pm ET on Sunday, though. If active, Floyd will be a risk/reward WR3 with that hammy issue.
Saints RB Mark Ingram (shoulder) is probable for Sunday's game against the Texans. He was limited in practice all week, but the "probable" listing means he should be available for a full workload. That makes Ingram a fine RB2, despite the tough draw.
Saints RB Mark Ingram (shoulder) was limited in practice Thursday. Guess that was the "nick" that limited his participation in the Week 10 loss at Washington. ESPN's Mike Triplett reported that Ingram's likely to play Sunday at Houston, though we'll check on his status as we enter the weekend.
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