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Posted 3/04/2021 4:31 am UTC
Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts had nine fumbles in 2020, including six in four games as a starter.
Huddle Up: To be fair, dual-threat quarterbacks like Kyler Murray, Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen were also among the players with nine or more fumbles, but Hurts amassed his total in significantly fewer snaps. Likely Philadelphia's starter in 2021, it is going to become a problem if Hurts continues to fumble at his current clip. For now, he is a high-upside QB2 because of his running ability.
Posted 3/04/2021 3:50 am UTC
Arizona Cardinals impending free-agent RB Kenyan Drake has scored 18 rushing touchdowns in 23 games with Arizona after scoring nine rushing touchdowns in 54 games with the Miami Dolphins.
Huddle Up: Although Drake found the end zone 10 times in 2020, he averaged just 4.0 yards per carry and was used sparingly in the passing game. There is a good chance Drake is playing elsewhere in 2021, but no matter where he signs, he is unlikely to be given the volume needed to even reach RB2 status.
Posted 3/04/2021 3:29 am UTC
New England Patriots RB Damien Harris ranked 12th among running backs with 69.1 rushing yards per game and seventh with 5.0 yards per carry in 2020.
Huddle Up: Harris emerged as New England's top back on early downs before suffering an ankle injury late in the year, but between Bill Belichick's tendency to use a committee in the backfield and Harris' complete lack of involvement in the passing game, it is hard to view him as more than a speculative RB3 heading into 2021.
Posted 3/03/2021 11:49 pm UTC
New York Giants WR Golden Tate was released Wednesday, March 3, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Tate posted only 388 yards this past season and has missed nine games over the last two seasons. He should find a new team this offseason but can be avoided in fantasy leagues.
Posted 3/03/2021 10:32 pm UTC
Las Vegas Raiders impending free-agent WR Nelson Agholor is a player the Raiders would like to re-sign this offseason, according to general manager Mike Mayock.
Huddle Up: Agholor is coming off one of the best seasons in his career with 896 yards and eight touchdowns in 2020. He will receive interest from multiple teams if he hits the free-agent market and has a chance to be a No. 3 or No. 4 fantasy receiver depending on his situation.
Posted 3/03/2021 10:20 pm UTC
Cleveland Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. (knee) is on track with his recovery, according to general manager Andrew Berry.
Huddle Up: Beckham should be ready for training camp and will work on regaining a connection with Baker Mayfield. He is one of the better receivers in the NFL when healthy and can be a weekly starting option in all leagues.
Posted 3/03/2021 10:11 pm UTC
Free-agent TE Jared Cook (Saints) could be a target for the New England Patriots this offseason, in the opinion of NESN's Zack Cox.
Huddle Up: The Patriots used multiple tight ends this season but none of them posted 200 receiving yards. Cook can still be a productive pass catcher for a team but probably will not be more than a No. 2 fantasy tight end.
Posted 3/03/2021 8:35 pm UTC
Free-agent WR Tyrell Williams (Raiders) agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Detroit Lions Wednesday, March 3, worth as much as $6.2 million, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Williams has struggled with injuries over the last few seasons but likely will have a solid role in the Lions passing game. He has the chance to be a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver in most fantasy leagues.
Posted 3/03/2021 7:06 pm UTC
New York Jets QB Sam Darnold's future with the team is uncertain because general manager Joe Douglas said the team would listen to trade interest from other teams.
Huddle Up: The Jets have the second overall pick in the NFL Draft, so they may consider trading Darnold and selecting a quarterback. Darnold is still young and could find success with another team. He would be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback next season if he starts for a team.
Posted 3/03/2021 5:37 pm UTC
Updating previous reports, Arizona Cardinals DE J.J. Watt's two-year deal includes a $12 million signing bonus, a $14.5 million base salary in 2021, $13.5 million base salary in 2022 and a maximum of $31 million. He can earn $3 million in incentives for sacks. If he gets 10 sacks in 2021, it's worth $1 million with a $1 million escalator in 2022. Ten sacks in 2022 nets $1 million as well.
Huddle Up: Watt only had five sacks last year, but he still finished 11th in fantasy points at the position. He should have more potential for sacks with his new team and will be a midrange DL1 in IDP leagues.
Posted 3/03/2021 4:01 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley has recorded a league-high 89 catches on throws that traveled at least 10 yards in the air since the start of the 2019 season, according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: Ridley is an exquisite route-runner, which helps to explain how he is so proficient in the intermediate passing game. Julio Jones figures to remain the alpha receiver in the Atlanta offense for at least another year or two, but 2020 removed any doubt that Ridley is more than ready to slide into that role. Ridley averaged 88 yards receiving in the seven full games Jones missed last year, but he only scored two of his nine touchdowns in those contests. Ridley should be among the first 10 receivers off the board in fantasy drafts this spring and summer.
Posted 3/03/2021 1:48 am UTC
Free-agent TE Kyle Rudolph (Vikings) leads the NFL with a drop rate of just one percent on catchable passes since 2017, according to Pro Football Focus Tuesday, March 2.
Huddle Up: Rudolph is sure to have a market, especially with a jump on free agency. He could be a top red-zone option in the right offense and will be a quality low-end TE1 option in 2021 fantasy drafts.
Posted 3/03/2021 1:25 am UTC
Green Bay Packers WR Devin Funchess hasn't shared his intentions for the 2021 season with the team after opting out of the 2020 campaign, according to offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett Tuesday, March 2. He remains under contract.
Huddle Up: The Packers may not have as much of a need for Funchess after the emergence of WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling in 2020. WR Allen Lazard projects as the starter opposite Davante Adams. Funchess can be dropped in all dynasty leagues.
Posted 3/03/2021 12:16 am UTC
Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson is a candidate to receive the franchise tag for the 2021 season, according to general manager Ryan Pace Tuesday, March 2. 'No firm decision on that yet, but we know we have it at our disposal. ... We want to keep our good players and Allen is a good player for us,' Pace said.
Huddle Up: Robinson was the team leader in targets, receptions and receiving yards in 2020, and his six touchdowns ranked second among pass-catchers. WR Darnell Mooney would be the next-best in-house option if the Bears do part with Robinson. Robinson is a top WR2 regardless of where he plays in 2021, but his volume in Chicago has provided a very steady floor of fantasy production.
Posted 3/02/2021 11:17 pm UTC
Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones will receive the franchise tag for the 2021 season, according to general manager Brian Gutekunst, if it's what's best for the team. Gutekunst says there are 'usually better ways to avoid it.'
Huddle Up: It's tough to envision a better fantasy situation for Jones in 2021 or beyond. He's a clear RB1 with the Packers but could slip into the RB2 tier in a less efficient offense.
Posted 3/02/2021 9:13 pm UTC
Houston Texans RB David Johnson restructured his deal Tuesday, March 2, and will receive $4.25 million guaranteed out of a maximum contract value of $6 million. His cash total is lower now, but Johnson's previous guaranteed money was $2.1 million.
Huddle Up: Johnson enters the final year of his contract and had been scheduled to carry the sixth-highest cap figure among running backs prior to the renegotiation. He will return for a second year in Houston with what will be a revamped line, although the outlook will be much different if QB Deshaun Watson gets his way with a trade request. Johnson will now be without backfield make Duke Johnson to steal catches, but Houston will likely add another back via the draft and/or free agency. The former Arizona Cardinal is a midrange RB2 or much better flex option, regardless of the scoring system.
Posted 3/02/2021 5:35 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent RB James Conner is not likely to be re-signed in the offseason.
Huddle Up: The good: Conner has rushed for 4.3 yards per carry in 532 rushes in his career. He also has 22 rushing touchdowns over the last three years. However, he has not completed a full season in his career. He had 55 catches three years ago, but he really hasn't been able to repeat it through the air. He's RB2 material wherever he lands, but he'll be better to have in non-PPR leagues.
Posted 3/02/2021 1:14 am UTC
New England Patriots QB Cam Newton scored 12 rushing touchdowns inside the red zone in 2020 - the most in the league by a quarterback - according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: There was much made about the fact Newton threw for eight touchdowns versus 10 interceptions in 2020, but his ability to serve as his own goal-line back occasionally made him a somewhat serviceable fantasy QB2 down the stretch even after he cooled following a strong start. It seems reasonable to believe New England will draft someone within the first three rounds to compete with him this season if he returns to the Patriots, but he looks like the best bet to be their Week 1 starter again right now.
Posted 3/02/2021 1:00 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook ran for 13 of his 16 rushing touchdowns inside the red zone in 2020 - tied for the second-highest total in the league - according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: Cook finally put together the kind of high-volume season fantasy owners have been hoping for since he arrived as a second-round pick in 2017. The Vikings are hoping a smooth transition from father (Gary Kubiak) to son (Klint) at offensive coordinator can lead to another such season, but caution is warranted. Fantasy owners can't expect Klint to be the same great play-caller Gary Kubiak was in his first shot as an NFL offensive coordinator, and Cook's durability remains a huge question mark.
Posted 3/02/2021 12:49 am UTC
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara scored a league-high 16 rushing touchdowns inside the red zone in 2020, according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: Kamara is more than just a great receiving option out of the backfield and this is more proof of that. The 25-year-old has yet to log 200 carries in any of his four seasons but has somehow managed to post at least 14 rushing scores in two of those years. If we forgive Kamara for his injury-plagued 2019 campaign, he has produced at least 13 total TDs in every other season.
Posted 3/01/2021 7:30 pm UTC
Contrary to a previous report, Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson has not started contract extension talks with the Ravens at this point, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Jackson is still under contract for a few more years, so the two sides do not need to reach an agreement this offseason. Jackson is one of the better fantasy quarterbacks available and should be a weekly starting option in 2021.
Posted 3/01/2021 6:49 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater has received trade interest from the San Francisco 49ers this offseason.
Huddle Up: The 49ers have said Jimmy Garoppolo will be the starter next season but could consider adding Bridgewater as the backup that can push Garoppolo. Bridgewater can be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback next season if he starts for a team.
Posted 3/01/2021 4:29 pm UTC
Washington Football Team QB Alex Smith will part ways with the team in the coming days.
Huddle Up: Smith has expressed a desire to continue playing, but he has no value in fantasy.
Posted 3/01/2021 4:05 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins has missed just one of his last 96 games due to injury.
Huddle Up: Cousins was 11th in fantasy points at the position last year. Honestly, for the unheralded nature of his 35-touchdown season, that might come as a surprise to some. Cousins is a solid fantasy quarterback, but he keeps getting pushed down the pecking order as these more dynamic athletes become more polished.
Posted 3/01/2021 3:50 pm UTC
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes (toe) is expected to be ready for training camp and could be ready for mandatory mini camp, according to general manager Brett Veach. The surgery had a three-month recovery.
Huddle Up: Mahomes is arguably the best quarterback in fantasy, but the gap has narrowed with the amount of dual-threat options.
Posted 3/01/2021 3:14 pm UTC
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson stormed out of a meeting before a Thursday night game against the Arizona Cardinals because he felt his ideas on how to fix the offense were being rebuffed, according to a report by The Athletic's Michael-Shawn Dugar, Mike Sando and Jayson Jenks. Wilson has attempted to add his influence to the offense and has felt shut out by coaches at times.
Huddle Up: Wilson is a midrange QB1 if he stays in Seattle, but he could have upside if he were dealt to a more potent offense.
Posted 3/01/2021 4:27 am UTC
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara has tallied 58 catches of at least 15 yards since entering the league in 2017 - the most by any running back over that span - according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: Kamara is the proud owner of 326 catches since becoming a Saint, so he's had a lot of opportunities to create big plays. With that said, the four-time Pro Bowler deserves plenty of credit for this stat as he has forced a league-high 79 missed tackles on those receptions. The likely retirement of Drew Brees figures to drop Kamara from the elite group of fantasy running backs, but it shouldn't keep him from serving as a solid RB1 option.
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