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  • GM: Walford 'wasn't same player last year'
    Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie said Clive Walford "wasn't [the] same player last year."

    Advice: Walford injured his knee in an ATV accident last summer and apparently never got back to 100 percent. McKenzie expects him to be "fine" this season, but the decision to bring in Jared Cook says he is not convinced Walford will develop into a weapon in the passing game. The 2015 third-rounder has 61 catches for 688 yards (11.3 YPR) and six touchdowns through two seasons. Today, 7:12 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    2.27 (311th)
  • Lions GM thinks Peterson can still play
    Lions GM Bob Quinn said he thinks Adrian Peterson still has gas left in the tank.

    Advice: Quinn did not say if the Lions were pursuing the future Hall of Famer, but it is an interesting comment considering he has talked about the need to improve the running game this offseason. Peterson has said he is interested in helping a team "win a championship." The Lions might not be at that level, but they should compete for a playoff spot in 2017. Today, 5:44 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (455th)
  • DuJuan Harris re-signs with the 49ers
    49ers re-signed RB DuJuan Harris to a one-year contract.

    Advice: Harris went untendered as a restricted free agent, so his one-year pact is likely for less than the roughly $1.8 million the lowest tender would have been worth. Harris has bounced around the league since entering as an undrafted free agent in 2011, but he showed well when pressed into duty last year. He has a decent shot to earn a backup role. Today, 4:00 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.19 (221st)
  • Kraft likens Cooks' potential impact to Moss
    Patriots owner Bob Kraft compared Brandin Cooks' potential impact to Randy Moss' in New England.

    Advice: This isn't terribly meaningful coming from an owner, but it's probably something Kraft has heard from the coaching staff. "Since I've owned the team," said Kraft, "the only player that could make an impact like that at wide receiver was Randy Moss." The 2007 Patriots were the greatest offense of all time with Moss on the perimeter and Wes Welker working the slot. Cooks will likely take over as New England's top outside threat with Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski dominating the middle of the field. Today, 1:01 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.46 (65th)
  • Jakeem Grant has slippery fingers as rookie
    Dolphins WR/KR Jakeem Grant mishandled five punts or kicks in 2016.

    Advice: That's far too many for a player who was drafted in the sixth round primarily to handle returns. Grant was solid on kicks, but struggled mightily on punts. He played only 19 snaps on offense. Grant will have to show improvement in camp and the preseason to retain his return duties and 53-man roster spot. Today, 10:29 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.13 (431st)
  • Dorsett put on notice with Aiken's addition
    ESPN's Mike Wells believes it's "safe to say" Phillip Dorsett's job as the No. 3 receiver is "up for grabs" following the signing of Kamar Aiken.

    Advice: Along with Aiken, Wells expects Chester Rogers to push Dorsett for snaps behind T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief. With new GM Chris Ballard running the show and having no ties to Dorsett, it's fair to wonder if the former first-round speedster could even be available for trade. Dorsett has shown glimpses in two seasons, but he's totaled just 51 catches for 753 yards and three scores while battling injuries. Aiken is probably the early favorite for the No. 3 job. Today, 6:56 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.85 (232nd)
  • Thomas Rawls to serve in complementary role
    Thomas Rawls is expected to be a "complement off the bench" following the Seahawks' addition of Eddie Lacy.

    Advice: Lacy is penciled in as the starter, with Rawls and C.J. Prosise mixing in as complementary backs. Prosise's role should be the most secure as Seattle's best passing-game option, and arguably carries the most fantasy appeal in PPR leagues. As Lacy weighed in close to 270 pounds during free agency, we still wouldn't rule out Rawls or Prosise out-touching him this season. Yesterday, 1:43 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    11.48 (46th)
  • Steelers won't put timetable on Le'Veon Bell
    Steelers GM Kevin Colbert declined to provide a timetable on Le'Veon Bell's (groin surgery) recovery.

    Advice: "Our goal is to have him 100 percent for the 2017 season," is all Colbert would offer. Bell underwent surgery to repair a "core muscle injury" on March 13. Bell's recovery will almost certainly sideline him for all of OTAs, but he should be ready by or early in training camp. 25-year-old Bell has dealt with foot, groin, and multiple knee injuries entering his fifth NFL season. Yesterday, 12:57 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (901st)
  • Theo Riddick underwent double wrist surgery
    Theo Riddick underwent surgery on both of his wrists after the season.

    Advice: The injuries cost Riddick the final four games of last season. He is expected to be a full participant at OTAs. While roles throughout the rest of Detroit's backfield remain in flux and could be affected by the draft, Riddick should be locked in as the team's passing-down specialist. Under OC Jim Bob Cooter, the Lions have embraced a quick-pass offense that suits Riddick's skill set. He will again be a worthwhile mid-round investment in 2017 PPR drafts. Yesterday, 11:53 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (918th)
  • Giants not an option for Adrian Peterson
    Gary Myers of the New York Daily News doesn't believe the Giants are an option for free agent Adrian Peterson.

    Advice: Peterson was arrested on charges of child abuse after hitting and injuring his child in 2014. After last year's PR nightmare involving Josh Brown, the Giants are staying far away from any player that might generate controversy. The Giants could use another back after releasing Rashad Jennings, but for now, it looks like they're content splitting the work between Paul Perkins and Shane Vereen. Peterson's market continues to be nonexistent. Yesterday, 9:32 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (455th)
  • Browns likely to move on from Josh Gordon
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports "it’s doubtful" the Browns give suspended WR Josh Gordon another chance.

    Advice: It falls in line with coach Hue Jackson's stance on Gordon. The Browns are expected to shop Gordon if he gets reinstated, but could ultimately release him. Gordon’s status should be known before OTAs. Saturday, 5:54 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (894th)
  • Lance Dunbar expected to be third-down back
    Rams coach Sean McVay expects to use Lance Dunbar as a third-down back.

    Advice: Dunbar should have a role similar to Chris Thompson in Washington. It's a downgrade to Todd Gurley's outlook, with Dunbar likely to play in all pass situations. Dunbar was phased out in Dallas last year, but averaged five catches per game before going down in 2015. Saturday, 11:52 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.04 (226th)
  • Stewart thinks CAR drafting RB 'a good thing'
    Jonathan Stewart thinks it is a "good thing" if the Panthers draft a running back.

    Advice: "You always want fresh legs. Fresh legs mean a lot, especially in the fourth quarter," Stewart said. "Definitely open arms to get somebody in here that wants to win and understands that." It is a team-first mindset from Stewart, who just signed a one-year extension through 2018. It will be a shock if the Panthers do not draft a running back, but unless that pick comes in the first couple rounds, Stewart should enter training camp as the lead back. Saturday, 10:54 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    12.35 (41st)
  • Peterson: 'I'm in no rush' to find a new team
    Adrian Peterson said he is "in no rush" to find a new team.

    Advice: That is convenient because NFL teams are in no rush to sign him. In a statement which must be true considering the number of all-caps words and exclamation points, Peterson shot down reports he is looking for $8 million in the first year of his new deal before adding "finding the best fit" and helping a team "win a championship" are his main objectives. Peterson has received almost zero interest since becoming a free agent. Saturday, 6:45 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (455th)
  • AP looking for $8 million on next contract
    ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports free agent Adrian Peterson is looking for $8 million in the first year of his new contract.

    Advice: He can keep dreaming. That would make Peterson the third highest-paid running back in the league behind Le'Veon Bell and LeSean McCoy. Previous reports have suggested teams are reluctant to pay Peterson even $5 million annually, making his $8 million asking price downright laughable. Aging, fragile and fumble-prone, Peterson's stock has never been lower. Friday, 11:22 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (455th)
  • Will Johnson had visits with Jets and Falcons
    Free agent FB Will Johnson recently visited the Jets and Falcons.

    Advice: Johnson missed all of last season with nerve trouble in his shoulder. He's a competent blocker when healthy and also has some experience as a ball carrier. Friday, 11:10 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (739th)
  • Josh Hill (fibula) to start running soon
    Saints TE Josh Hill (leg) is expected to resume running soon.

    Advice: Per Nick Underhill of the New Orleans Advocate, Hill is "progressing well" in his recovery from a broken fibula. Hill probably won't be ready for OTAs but should be fine by training camp. Coby Fleener remains the lead tight end in New Orleans, though Hill was starting to cut into his workload before he got hurt last year. Friday, 10:38 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (932nd)
  • Gordon's reinstatement to be decided soon
    According to ESPN's Dan Graziano, Josh Gordon is expected to hear back from the league about his reinstatement application by late April or early May.

    Advice: Gordon applied for reinstatement on March 1 and should learn his fate around the same time as the NFL Draft. Substance abuse issues have kept Gordon off the field since 2014. Browns coach Hue Jackson has washed his hands of Gordon, making it unlikely he'll be back with Cleveland even if he's reinstated. Gordon turns 26 in April. Friday, 10:24 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (894th)
  • Panthers exercising Kelvin Benjamin's option
    The Panthers will exercise WR Kelvin Benjamin's fifth-year team option for 2018.

    Advice: It's a no-brainer. While Benjamin tore his ACL in 2015 and had a down 2016, he's still a big talent in a wide receiver corps that otherwise lacks it. Benjamin turned 26 in February and is under team control through his age-27 year. He should benefit from a healthy offseason and needs Cam Newton to bounce back to his MVP level of play. Benjamin is a fantasy WR3 with big upside. Friday, 8:52 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.31 (150th)
  • Report: Packers mulled Adrian Peterson visit
    ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports the Packers "mulled" a visit with free agent Adrian Peterson but ultimately decided against it.

    Advice: According to Fowler, Peterson's asking price is believed to be too high. One of the best running backs in the history of the league, Peterson doesn't seem to realize he's a 32-year-old running back in an NFL that is devaluing the position. He's not going to get top-end money. Peterson will likely have to settle for something around $5-6 million or he's going to be without a team. Friday, 8:48 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (455th)
  • Patriots unlikely to bring back Michael Floyd
    ESPN's Mike Reiss believes the Patriots re-signing free agent Michael Floyd is a "long shot" after the addition of Brandin Cooks.

    Advice: Sentenced to 24 days in jail and 96 days of home detention as a result of his in-season extreme DUI, Floyd hasn't drawn an ounce of known interest. With Cooks added to the mix in New England, there doesn't appear to be room for Floyd. ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein thinks Floyd could make sense in Detroit. Friday, 8:00 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.12 (159th)
  • Skins take flier on former 2nd-round WR Quick
    Redskins signed WR Brian Quick, formerly of the Rams, to a one-year contract.

    Advice: The Rams reached for Quick at No. 33 overall in the 2012 draft, and it took him years to figure out the pro game coming out of small-school Appalachian State. Rams staffers were comparing him to Vincent Jackson and Terrell Owens coming out of college. Obviously, those comps never materialized, but Quick has good size at 6'3/218 and has a strong 14.3 career YPR average. Quick figures to slide in as the No. 4 receiver as long as Josh Doctson is healthy. Friday, 7:13 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    3.61 (271st)
  • Panthers extend Jonathan Stewart through 2018
    Panthers signed RB Jonathan Stewart to a one-year extension through 2018.

    Advice: Stewart turned 30 earlier this week. There was some belief that the Panthers could release Stewart this offseason, saving $6.25 million as a post-June 1 cut, but GM Dave Gettleman apparently thinks there's more in the tank. Stewart averaged a career-low 3.8 YPC (minimum 100 carries) last season, though he did score a seven-year-high nine touchdowns, seeing more goal-line work with the Panthers trying to limit Cam Newton's rushing opportunities. Gettleman has already said he'll draft a running back this year. Leonard Fournette at No. 8 could still be in play. Friday, 6:24 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    12.35 (41st)
  • Jets add Quinton Patton to receiver corps
    Jets signed WR Quinton Patton, formerly of the 49ers.

    Advice: Coming off a career high 37 catches for 408 yards, Patton is reuniting with WRs coach John Morton, who coached Patton the first two years of his career under Jim Harbaugh. Not an explosive athlete, Patton makes his name with competence and sure hands. He'll fight for No. 3 or 4 duties in New York. Thursday, 11:53 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (910th)
  • Chargers keep RB Branden Oliver
    Chargers re-signed RB Branden Oliver to a one-year contract.

    Advice: Oliver wasn't tendered as a restricted free agent. Recovering from a torn Achilles' tendon, the Chargers correctly assumed they could re-sign Oliver for less than the "low" tender of $1.797 million. When healthy, Oliver is a versatile backup who does a little bit of everything, but nothing at an above-average level. Thursday, 11:03 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1082nd)
  • Julio expected to be 'full strength' for camp
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Julio Jones (foot surgery) is expected to be "full strength" for the start of training camp.

    Advice: Jones' initial timeline had him questionable for the start of camp, but apparently a more optimistic estimate has emerged. Either way, the superstar figures to be babied through the summer, and perhaps even held out of the preseason. The only goal is having Jones ready for Week 1, which he should be. Thursday, 10:49 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    15.03 (23rd)
  • Bengals re-sign RB Cedric Peerman
    Bengals re-signed RB Cedric Peerman to a one-year contract.

    Advice: Peerman spent most of 2016 on injured reserve with a broken arm he suffered in the preseason. A standout on special teams, Peerman could get bigger look on offense following the departure of Rex Burkhead. Thursday, 9:13 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (794th)
  • Adam Thielen now signed through 2020
    Adam Thielen's new deal with the Vikings is a four-year, $19.246-million pact through 2020.

    Advice: The deal was originally reported as a three-year deal because Thielen had not signed his RFA tender, but it apparently was a three-year extension. Thielen will earn $6.746 million in 2017, and the value of the contract can reach $9 million per year via incentives. Even with 2016 first-rounder Laquon Treadwell on the roster, Thielen should be locked into the No. 2 job. Thursday, 8:01 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    9.07 (92nd)
  • Shane Vereen agrees to $1M pay cut
    Shane Vereen agreed to reduce his base salary from $3.15 million to $2.15 million.

    Advice: The details of the agreement are not available, but Vereen will likely be able to earn some of that money back via incentives. The Giants made it clear Vereen would return when they paid his $500,000 roster bonus earlier this month, but this move gives them some financial relief in the event he is not able to come back from tearing his triceps twice last season. Thursday, 6:22 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (497th)
  • Giants: No interest in re-signing Victor Cruz
    ESPN's Dan Graziano reports the Giants aren't interested in re-signing free agent Victor Cruz.

    Advice: Cruz hasn't generated any interest since visiting the Panthers back in February. He may have to wait until after the draft to sign with a team. Wednesday, 4:35 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    2.39 (305th)
  • Packers bring back Christine Michael
    Packers re-signed RB Christine Michael.

    Advice: The Packers were the only team to show interest in Michael. He'll return for another year after getting claimed off waivers last November. Michael should have a better grasp of Green Bay's scheme with a full offseason to prepare. With Eddie Lacy gone, he'll be in the mix for a committee role with Ty Montgomery. Wednesday, 3:34 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.21 (249th)
  • Christine Michael visits with Packers
    Free agent Christine Michael visited the Packers.

    Advice: It's his first known interest since the start of free agency. Michael played nine games (including playoffs) with the Packers last year after getting claimed off waivers. With Eddie Lacy gone, he could be brought back to compete for a committee role. Wednesday, 1:39 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.21 (249th)
  • Jets host visit with WR Quinton Patton
    Free agent WR Quinton Patton visited the Jets.

    Advice: It's his first known visit. Jets OC John Morton was Patton's WR coach for two years in San Francisco. His scheme familiarity makes him a potential fit in a sub-package role. Patton is coming off a career high 37 catches and 408 yards. Mar 18, 1:49 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (910th)
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