Player Notes

  • Chargers keep ERFA TE Sean McGrath
    Chargers re-signed TE Sean McGrath to a one-year, $615,000 contract.

    Advice: McGrath was an exclusive rights free agent. Known for his beard, McGrath is an adept blocker. He caught two passes last season. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:15 pm
    Week 17 Projected Rank
    2509th
  • Steelers expect 'another leap' from Coates
    Steelers coach Mike Tomlin expects third-year WR Sammie Coates to take "another leap" in 2017.

    Advice: "I think he took a significant leap from Year No. 1 to Year No. 2, one that we expect," Tomlin claimed. "He faced some adversity throughout the journey, with injuries and so forth. I expect him to continue to grow, evolve and come with the level of preparedness that he had last year." Tomlin isn't kidding about the injuries, but it's hard to classify Coates' sophomore season as anything other than a major disappointment. There was no "leap." All Tomlin's comments really indicate is that the Steelers aren't prepared to throw in the towel, and that Coates will receive the benefit of the doubt for 2017. Coates will have vanishingly-little sleeper appeal if suspended WR Martavis Bryant is reinstated. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:46 pm
    Week 17 Projected Rank
    149th
  • Vikes take fliers on three players
    Vikings signed TE Nick Truesdell, WR Mitch Mathews and CB Terrell Sinkfield.

    Advice: Sinkfield is a converted receiver who spent the 2016 offseason in Minnesota. A right proper 6-foot-5, 245 pounds, Truesdell is an athletic flier out of the Arena League. He has theoretical upside, but mostly theoretical since he's already 27. All three players will likely be early cuts off the 90-man roster. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:38 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
    1959th
  • Pederson: Matthews 'big part of what we do'
    Eagles coach Doug Pederson said walk-year WR Jordan Matthews is "a big part of what we do."

    Advice: Entering his contract year, there have been rumors the Eagles are looking to deal Matthews, but Pederson expects him to remain on the roster. "Jordan...and Carson [Wentz] have a great relationship," Pederson said. "He's a dynamic slot guy, he's a little bit bigger guy, he works well in there." Matthews' role is sure to decrease following the additions of Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, but he is still a decent bet for 100 targets. Especially considering Jeffery's injury history, Matthews could end up being undervalued in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:49 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
    53rd
  • Pederson thinks Jeffery will help other WRs
    Eagles coach Doug Pederson thinks Alshon Jeffery's presence will help the other receivers.

    Advice: "For us, he brings some leadership into that room, and makes that room better," Pederson said. "The experience is obviously a big factor in what we're doing, and he can lead by example." Jeffery's work ethic was questioned at times in Chicago, but the Eagles clearly think he will be a good influence for the likes of Nelson Agholor and Dorial Green-Beckham. A true No. 1 receiver, he will also take pressure off Torrey Smith and especially Jordan Matthews, who were both out of place as top options. As long as Jeffery can stay on the field, the Eagles should have a much better receiving corps this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:41 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
    21st
  • Gruden: 'Offense runs through' Jordan Reed
    Redskins coach Jay Gruden said "the offense runs through" Jordan Reed.

    Advice: Gruden made the comment after being asked about losing both DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon in free agency. Washington did a good job retooling by drafting Josh Doctson last year and signing Terrelle Pryor, but Reed's ability to stay healthy will determine how good the offense can be. Reed caught 66 passes for 686 yards and six touchdowns in just 12 games last season, but he has not played more than 14 games in his career. He is a high-upside, high-risk fantasy asset. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:27 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
    38th
  • Payton has 'exact vision' of how to use Ginn
    Saints coach Sean Payton said he has "an exact vision" of how to use newly-signed WR Ted Ginn.

    Advice: "I seem him playing at flanker, I see him being a guy that can take the top off the coverage. I like what this guy does," Payton said. "He’s still, when he’s playing in each game, the fastest player on the field." Payton added Ginn will "do some of the same things" as departed WR Brandin Cooks, although it is highly unlikely he is as involved in the offense. Despite making the switch from Carolina to New Orleans, Ginn's boom-or-bust WR4 fantasy value remains intact. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:12 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
    153rd
  • McCarthy thinks Montgomery can be No. 1 back
    Packers coach Mike McCarthy thinks Ty Montgomery has the "ability" to be a No. 1 running back.

    Advice: Montgomery is making the full-time switch to running back this offseason, and the Packers have yet to add much competition. That will almost certainly change before training camp, but Montgomery should get a shot at the lead job as long as he stays healthy. "Obviously it’s a very heavy lifting position, so availability will be Ty’s No. 1 statistic," McCarthy said. "This is a big opportunity for him." Montgomery will likely be part of a committee even if he is the "lead back," but he is explosive enough and plays in a good enough offense to remain a fringe RB2 with upside even on limited touches. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:45 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
    244th
  • Andy Reid wants Tyreek Hill more involved
    Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he wants Tyreek Hill more involved in the offense this season.

    Advice: "Growing Tyreek in the offense will be important," Reid said. "He’ll do nothing but get better as long as he keeps the right attitude and the same work ethic he had this past year...I’m expecting good things from him." Hill played just 416 snaps on offense as a rookie, and he topped 40 plays in just one game. That is not enough playing time for a versatile option who is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. The Chiefs need to get Hill on the field more moving forward. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:41 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
    95th
  • Cam Newton undergoing surgery Thursday
    Cam Newton is undergoing surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder Thursday.

    Advice: The surgery was announced last week. Newton is expected to resume a limited throwing program 12 weeks after surgery and start throwing with the team in fourth months. That timeline makes him questionable for the start of training camp, and he could sit out the entire preseason. Newton should be ready for Week 1 if his rehab goes as planned. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:28 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
    30th
  • Adrian Peterson working out with Jameis
    Adrian Peterson was pictured working out with Jameis Winston.

    Advice: It is somewhat notable because the Bucs may be in the market for a running back, and coach Dirk Koetter added fuel to the fire when asked about the picture. "I've seen Adrian Peterson many times playing and that guy is one of the best running backs to ever play," Koetter said. "I'm anxious to talk to Jameis and ask him how his workouts went." With Doug Martin suspended the first three games and not a lock to stick on the roster, Peterson could be an option for Tampa Bay. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:49 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
    11th
  • Carr, Raiders will ramp up talks after draft
    Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie said extension talks with walk-year QB Derek Carr will ramp up after the draft.

    Advice: "He knows what we’re trying to do in free agency," McKenzie said. "The communication has been ongoing, just talking about the philosophy of a contract and the thought process around it. Hopefully when the serious talks start going, then it’s going to be easier." The Raiders also would like to work out extensions with Khalil Mack and RG Gabe Jackson before training camp, but Carr will be first in line. It will be shocking if the two sides do not get it done over the summer. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:45 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
    133rd
  • Koetter: Can let Martin situation 'play out'
    Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said the team can let the Doug Martin (suspended) situation "play out."

    Advice: Suspended for the first three games for a PED violation, Martin did a stint in rehab following his positive test. The Bucs have been noncommittal on his future, and Koetter's comments suggest it is a decision they will take deep into the offseason. "I don’t know what’s going to happen as I sit here today," Koetter said, "but right now we’ve got time on our side." Unless the Bucs draft a running back early or bring in someone like Adrian Peterson, Martin will likely be back. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:41 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
    24th
  • Ameer Abdullah (foot) to get in work at OTAs
    Lions coach Jim Caldwell expects Ameer Abdullah (foot) to be ready for OTAs.

    Advice: "He’ll be able to, at some point, work out there on the field this spring. So we’ll see where he is," Caldwell said. "Obviously, we know what he can do. He’ll bounce back and play well for us. He’ll be fine." Abdullah was medically cleared earlier this month, but it sounds like he could be limited at OTAs. The Lions haven't ruled out upgrading on Abdullah in the draft. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:25 pm
    Week 17 Projected Rank
    102nd
  • Dolphins could extend Landry before camp
    The Miami Herald expects the Dolphins to extend contract-year WR Jarvis Landry before training camp.

    Advice: Miami has yet to open talks with Landry, but have made it clear they plan to extend him. The Dolphins have enough cap space to get a deal done despite re-signing Kenny Stills. Miami reportedly wants to keep Landry, Stills, and DeVante Parker together through 2020. Landry is targeting $11 million annually. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:31 pm
    Week 17 Projected Rank
    48th
  • Saints bring back TE Phillips on 1-year deal
    Saints re-signed TE John Phillips to a one-year contract.

    Advice: Phillips is purely a blocking tight end for New Orleans. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:33 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
    2053rd
  • Sashi Brown not ruling out Josh Gordon in CLE
    Browns EVP Sashi Brown wouldn't rule out suspended WR Josh Gordon being welcomed back to the team.

    Advice: "We’re not in position at wide receiver to turn down a guy like Josh if we feel he’s settled himself," Brown said. It goes against what coach Hue Jackson has preached since Gordon was hit with another suspension last year. At the time, Jackson said, "We need to close that chapter right now." Gordon doesn't turn 26 for another two weeks and was a mega-talent the last time he was on the field full time, producing an 87-1,646-9 line in 2013. The Browns are in the market for playmakers, and Gordon fits the bill. By most accounts, Gordon has his life on track. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:08 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
    77th
  • Arians wants Johnson to get 30 touches a game
    Coach Bruce Arians said he'd like to get David Johnson 30 touches per game this season.

    Advice: We've heard this "30 touches per game" thing from Arians before, and it's never exactly translated to that much work, but Johnson did average over 23 per game in 2016 and appears capable of more. Arians said Johnson is still too young to be "overused" at 25 years old. The Cardinals know they can't ask Carson Palmer to throw 40 times a week at his age in this downfield offense, so putting more on Johnson's plate is their best chance at winning games. Johnson is the early leader in the clubhouse to go No. 1 overall in fantasy drafts this summer. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:18 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
    4th
  • Agholor likely to play more special teams
    Coach Doug Pederson said Nelson Agholor could take on a bigger special teams role in 2017.

    Advice: Agholor has mentioned the possibility of returning kicks. Following the additions of Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith to go with slot man Jordan Matthews, Agholor's role on offense has evaporated. He's no higher than the No. 4 wideout at the moment and could even be a trade candidate on draft weekend. Dynasty owners have no choice but to sit tight with Agholor's stock at zero. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:01 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
    1872nd
  • Joseph challenges Demaryius to become better
    Coach Vance Joseph challenged Demaryius Thomas on Tuesday, saying he wants him "to be a dominant player all the time" and "become a leader."

    Advice: "I don’t want him to ease into games," Joseph continued. "I want him to be a guy. I want him to step out and be a guy. It's time. He can take over a game, but I want his mindset every game to be every game we play to walk on the field and take over the game." By no means did Thomas have a bad 2016, but his catches (90), yards (1,083), and touchdowns (5) were all five-year lows. Playing with Trevor Siemian instead of Peyton Manning obviously was the main reason, but Thomas does seem to play a bit passive at times. He had just two 100-yard games but was top-10 in targets. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:39 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
    31st
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