Apollo M.O.V.E. League (ID# 23617)
  • Rodgers working to improve 'all-around' game
    Richard Rodgers said he put an emphasis on improving his "all-around" game this offseason.

    Advice: Rodgers finished fifth among tight ends in touchdowns last season but his role is a bit uncertain heading into 2016. The Packers will likely use some two tight-end sets with Cook and Rodgers, but it's up to Rodgers to round out his game by improving his shoddy run-blocking and sloppy route-running. Rodgers remains a boom-or-bust TE2 for fantasy purposes. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:14 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.56 (1893rd)
  • Ravens.com not expecting big Williams numbers
    Ravens.com admits the team's crowded tight end corps will "limit the number of times (Maxx Williams) sees the ball come his way."

    Advice: One of the youngest players in the league last season, Williams struggled through an uneven year. Williams remains a high-upside stash in Dynasty leagues, but the presence of Ben Watson, Crockett Gillmore and perhaps even Dennis Pitta makes him an unlikely 2016 re-draft contributor. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:57 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.18 (214th)
  • Austin Hooper impressing with route running
    Third-round TE Austin Hooper has impressed OC Kyle Shanahan with his route running.

    Advice: "He really comes off the ball hard," Shanahan said. "He's not the fastest guy, but he's fast enough. He’s got good cutting, so he can break off at the top." Atlanta expects Hooper to improve their red-zone offense after their 2015 struggles there. Hooper only has to beat out Jacob Tamme and Levine Toilolo for regular snaps. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:06 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.33 (2293rd)
  • ASJ's attitude could keep him off the field
    Roy Cummings of Today's Pigskin believes Austin Seferian-Jenkins' attitude "has the potential to cost him his job."

    Advice: "Seferian-Jenkins is a $10 million talent with a ten-cent head," Cummings wrote. "In just two seasons with the Buccaneers, he’s proved he has the uncanny ability to turn a molehill of a mistake into a mushroom cloud of trouble." The third-year tight end was kicked out of spring practice three weeks ago, and it wasn't the first time he's butted heads with his coaches. ASJ probably isn't in danger of being cut, but the Bucs would probably entertain trade offers for him. Coach Dirk Koetter has said Cameron Brate is in the mix to start ahead of Seferian-Jenkins. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:58 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.58 (144th)
  • Texans talk up TE Ryan Griffin
    Texans TEs coach John Perry recently talked up Ryan Griffin.

    Advice: "Ryan gives us ability in a lot of respects," Perry said. "He's not just one-dimensional. He can be effective in the pass game. He can be effective as a blocker." Griffin has loads of ability at 6'6/254, but hasn't been able to get on the field or stay on it through three seasons. He missed half of last year with a sprained MCL but still set career-highs across the board with a 20-251-2 line. Houston rivaled the Jets for the league's worst tight-end situation last season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:11 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.12 (196th)
  • Nick Vannett exceeded expectations
    Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said third-round TE Nick Vannett exceeded expectations in the offseason program.

    Advice: Carroll had previously praised Vannett as a blocking prospect, but came away impressed with his receiving ability. "(We) knew that he could catch the ball and all that, but he’s a very natural catcher," Carroll said. "He shows the savvy and instincts that you hope a guy has. I know Russell (Wilson) has really clicked into him." Despite Carroll's words, Vannett is a pedestrian athlete who caught only 19 passes as a senior at Ohio State. His Dynasty future isn't terribly bright. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:45 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.05 (2449th)
  • UDFA Stephen Anderson keeps earning praise
    Texans TE coach John Perry said UDFA rookie Stephen Anderson has "taken advantage" of his opportunities.

    Advice: "He's come out and really put in a great effort every day," Perry said. "He's picked up things very quickly and, on top of that, he's got great athleticism. He's got good hands." Anderson also earned praise earlier this offseason from coach Bill O'Brien, although the coach cautioned the "true test will come in training camp." It is early, but it looks like Anderson has a great shot to crack the final roster. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:27 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1803rd)
  • Braedon Bowman a candidate for 53-man roster
    Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times Union expects undrafted TE Braedon Bowman to make the Jaguars' 53-man roster.

    Advice: Bowman turned heads by making a David Tyree-esque touchdown catch at OTAs while also contributing as a blocker. "We like him; he’s intriguing to us," said head coach Gus Bradley. "We don’t have a fullback on our roster so what we’re still trying to figure out with Bowman is, can he be the guy that plays the tight end spot and then at times gives us the fullback that we like to incorporate?" Bradley snared 11 catches in 12 games as a senior at South Alabama last season. Nic Jacobs and Ben Koyack are also competing for a spot at tight end. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:36 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1787th)
  • Julius Thomas 'nearly unstoppable' at OTAs
    Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times Union expects Julius Thomas to score double-digit touchdowns this season.

    Advice: Per Carlyon, Thomas was "nearly unstoppable" at OTAs. Thomas got off to a slow start last year after missing the first month with a broken hand but finished the season strong by nabbing touchdowns in four of his last seven games. Thomas will have no trouble returning TE1 value as long as he stays healthy. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:53 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.90 (120th)
  • Michael Williams (ACL) hasn't had surgery yet
    Patriots OT/TE Michael Williams won't have surgery until the swelling goes down in his left knee.

    Advice: Williams suffered a torn ACL at minicamp on June 8. He had been the favorite to land the No. 3 tight end job behind Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett. Now that role will likely be occupied by Clay Harbor. Williams is hoping to undergo surgery the week of July 4. He'll be a restricted free agent next offseason. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:41 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1836th)
  • Fiedorowicz has has improved in passing game
    Texans coach Bill O'Brien said TE C.J. Fiedorowicz has improved in the passing game.

    Advice: "I think one of the things that you’ve seen him do during this offseason program is get better in the passing game," O'Brien said. "He’s more instinctive. He knows the plays better. He’s a really, really hard worker." A 2014 third-rounder, Fiedorowicz has just 21 career catches in 31 games. Even if he has shown improvement in the passing game, he is not going to be a fantasy option this season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:44 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.42 (2282nd)
  • Rudolph: I'm the best tight end in the league
    Kyle Rudolph believes he's the best tight end in the NFL.

    Advice: "Route running and catching balls, to many, is all that matters," Rudolph reasoned. "But it’s also (about) being one of the best blockers, one of the best pass protectors." Rudolph went on to say he believes fantasy football hurts his reputation. "The world revolves around fantasy football ... But I know that when I come to work every Monday, and I (watch) the film, I may have only caught two balls, but if I did my job in the run game and pass protection, (Vikings coach Mike Zimmer) is going to be happy." Rudolph is correct that no one will ever mistake his passing game numbers for elite. He's incorrect that his game is amongst the league's most well rounded. Pro Football Focus graded him as the league's No. 35 tight end in 2016. We'd say that sounds about right. Happy offseason. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:15 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.66 (137th)
  • Dolphins prefer rookie Thomas Duarte as TE
    The Dolphins are using seventh-round rookie Thomas Duarte at tight end.

    Advice: Duarte (6'2/231) played receiver at UCLA. The Dolphins want him to learn how to block, but in today's game, position doesn't really matter outside of fantasy purposes. Duarte should be used in a flex tight end role or as a big slot receiver, especially in the red zone. He scored 10 TDs as a true junior. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:33 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.25 (2302nd)
  • Free agent TE Gordon arrested for battery
    Free agent TE Richard Gordon was arrested on charges of battery and battery on a law enforcement officer in Miami Gardens, Fla. on Tuesday.

    Advice: A passerby called the cops after seeing Gordon punching and pushing his girlfriend. The girlfriend said Gordon punched her arm several times and slapped her across the face as she was driving Gordon to pick up his car near a local strip club. When police discovered his car, there was an AR-15 rifle in the vehicle in plain sight. They arrested Gordon and impounded the gun and car. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:21 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1821st)
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