Fantasy Football News 2020

The Saints jumped up into Round 2 via trade with the Patriots to pick S Vonn Bell. The former Buckeye might have trouble starting right away, with safeties Jairus Byrd and Kenny Vaccaro still around, but New Orleans has continued to need help in the secondary. Bell's a late-round option in IDP dynasty rookie drafts.

ESPN's Ed Werder reports that the Saints expect S Jairus Byrd to return to action for Week 2 or Week 3. Byrd missed all of training camp with swelling in the knee that suffered a torn lateral meniscus last October. He's been sidelined by injury much more than he's been on the field since signing with New Orleans last spring and will have to show us something before we're putting him in IDP lineups at this point.

According to ESPN's Britt McHenry, Saints HC Sean Payton said Wednesday that the team's "plan" is to get S Jairus Byrd back on the field before the preseason is over. The veteran has missed most of training camp -- off and on -- to this point, with the team providing very little information on what's actually wrong. It's all quite worrisome for a guy who had back surgery shortly after signing as a free agent last summer and then missed more than half the 2014 season with a knee injury. We'll see where this goes. Byrd certainly doesn't make for a very attractive pick in your IDP league right now.

Saints S Jairus Byrd hasn't practiced with his team since June minicamp ended, but New Orleans won't reveal why he's sitting out. "I think he's progressing well," HC Sean Payton told Larry Holder of on Wednesday. "I think sooner than later we'll get a chance to see him. At the same time we're going to be smart." Payton wouldn't answer, though, when asked whether Byrd is resting the knee put him on IR in Week 5 last season. The former Bill missed most of last summer after needing back surgery following his free-agent landing with the Saints, so it's tough to not worry about this situation. There's still time for Byrd to get back onto the field and show the ability that made him a high-dollar signing and has made him an IDP star at times in the past. But he's no more than a late consideration in your fantasy football draft until he shows something.

Saints S Jairus Byrd suffered a torn lateral meniscus in practice Thursday, and the team place him on IR Friday, according to Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate.  Byrd had yet to bring any of his turnover mojo to his new defense, leaving him and the team D as fantasy disappointments so far.  But he's certainly a bigger talent than what will replace him.  Rafael Bush sits behind Byrd on the depth chart and should take over his spot.

Saints S Jairus Byrd joined the team for practice Tuesday for the 1st time since May back surgery.  The team called the procedure "minor" at the time, and his early-camp return seems to confirm that.  Barring any setback, we won't consider this an issue for Byrd's fantasy outlook.  He's a high-ceiling option, especially in big-play heavy formats.  Check our 2014 IDP rankings to see just how much we like him.  Byrd's return -- thanks primarily to his turnover potential -- is also great news for the underrated Saints' team D.

Saints S Jairus Byrd's sitting out OTAs after recent back surgery, HC Sean Payton told The Times-Picayune on Thursday.  The procedure was reportedly minor, something Bthyrd would have passed on during the regular season.  The team expects him back for the start of training camp.  Byrd lost 5 games to injuries last year, including plantar fasciitis after he reported to Bills training camp late.  As long as he checks out physically early in Saints camp, though, we won't bother sliding Byrd down our 2014 IDP rankings.

The Saints have reached a 6-year deal with former Bills S Jairus Byrd.  The top safety on the market, Byrd picked 4 passes in his final Buffalo season after losing the 1st 5 games to plantar fasciitis.  That followed a 5-INT year and gives Byrd 22 over his 5 seasons.  Byrd's tackle numbers have fluctuated and hurt his scoring consistency, but he remains a high-upside fantasy defender.  Byrd figures to be among the more interesting projections among our 2014 IDP rankings.  His arrival certainly helps the Saints' D in general.

Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the deal is worth $54 million with $28 million guaranteed.

Bills S Aaron Williams has signed a 4-year $26 million extension, which makes him the league's 8th highest paid safety in annual salary.  Williams enjoyed a strong 2013 -- when healthy (he missed 2 games) -- after converting from CB.  The deal clearly locks in Williams as a starter going forward and likely doesn't leave much money to chase after 2013 franchise player S Jairus Byrd.  We've all expected, of course, that Byrd and the Bills would part ways this offseason anyway.

Bills S Jairus Byrd remains on track to make his 2013 debut this Sunday.  HC Doug Marrone has not said, however, whether Byrd will start.  That makes it tough for any IDP owners to slide him into the lineup immediately.  At least the extended time off to deal with the plantar fasciitis should have Byrd in good shape.  We'll see whether Buffalo is trying to showcase the disgruntled franchise player before the trade deadline.
Bills S Jairus Byrd said he's finally ready to make his 2013 debut Sunday against the Bengals.  Byrd missed the 1st 5 games with plantar fasciitis but says he's excited to get back on the field.  He also says he's ignoring those who have questioned his desire to play under the franchise tender.  Byrd's an elite talent when on the field and should jump right back in to take over Jim Leonhard's role.  He carries clear upside into his 1st game back and will be an interesting chance for you to take in your IDP league.
Bills S Jairus Byrd is inactive vs. the Browns tonight for the 5th straight game.  He returned to full practice this week but apparently isn't yet ready for action -- or at least not willing to push his hurting foot.  Elsewhere in the secondary, the Bills expect to keep Aaron Williams at CB despite the healthy return of CB Leodis McKelvin.  Chris Brown of the team website reports that CB Justin Rogers is expected to slide out of the starting lineup.
Bills HC Doug Marrone deemed S Jairus Byrd doubtful Friday for the Week 2 matchup with Carolina.  Byrd's dealing with plantar fasciitis, a foot injury that many others have played through while managing with rest during the week.  We certainly can't know just how much pain Byrd's suffering.  And those who play through the inflammation almost always do so in a limited capacity.  Given Byrd's status as a disgruntled franchise player under a 1-year contract, though, we'll be surprised if he returns before he reaches 100%.  If you haven't done so already, feel free to drop Byrd for a safer fantasy DB.
11:03am EDT 9/8/13
Bills S Jairus Byrd is inactive for today's clash with the Patriots as he deals with plantar fasciitis.  His absence along with that of #1 CB Stephon Gilmore only further helps a matchup that would have looked good anyway for Tom Brady and the Patriots' receiving options.  If you drafted Byrd in your IDP league, it's OK to go ahead and check the waiver wire for a better DB option.  We're worried about his 2013 outlook as he begrudgingly plays under the franchise tag.

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