Aaron Rodgers – the number one pick and goat of the week? In a key matchup, Raider Nation has the early players and jumps to a 55-14 lead, thanks in good part to RB Melvin Gordan who had 17 before getting hurt. Raider Nation’s K Harrison Butker had a Bye but was put in for motivation. Sunday night, Mike lines up with Rodgers, Stefon Diggs and RB’s Latavius Murray and Aaron Jones. Two quick Rodgers TD’s, one to Jones and Diggs scores a TD and Mike is set, right - but it comes down to the last Packer drive where Rodgers needed 2 more yards, but 2 bad passed doomed the Packers and Mike. Who is hot right now – Tim is on a roll with win number 4 in a row and the proverbial team “no one wants to play” in the playoffs. He garners top points this week handing Hail Mary her second loss and it started with a monster game by Amari Cooper on Thursday with 31. Christian McCaffrey reels in 25 on Sunday and Hail Mary throws up her arms and says “not this week”. Phillip Rivers and Zeke did their part for Hail Mary. In a key battle for a playoff spot Team Armstrong realizes that as long as Andrew Luck and Saquon Barkley are in her lineup she has a chance and this week they teamed for 51 to beat out the Mighty Q. Q had good games from Russell Wilson and the Bears D, but no other help, so he feels like the Packers with his playoff chances. Playing solid all year is Rich who breezes to a win over Jon. Jon made it relatively close thanks to Deshaun Watson Monday. Rich had great games from Drew Brees and Leonard Fournette, but Fournette duked it out with another player and is suspended, fortunately for Rich just one week. Rich’s receivers of Adam Thielen and Calvin Ridley continue to be consistent and each scored a TD. Steve from Oconomowoc has tried everything this year and claims all of his games have been road games, or else he would have won more. Joe rolls on with a win over Steve with a balanced attack led by Cam Newton. He hopes for an extended suspension for Fournette so his Jacksonville RB Carlos Hyde can play more! Finally, The Commish duels it out with Jim’s second string in a key battle and WR Demaryius Thomas comes to life on Monday to keep up with Jim's K Ka’imi Fairbairn to hold on for the win. Nick Chubb was a stud again for the Commish to be in a winning position and QB Lamar Jackson did well for Jim. Jim needs to replace starting TE Jack Doyle for the playoffs. Speaking of playoffs as we head into the last regular season week, Hail Mary and Jim battle for the league championship with Hail Mary having a one game lead and Jim prevailing if there is a tie. They are both in as is Rich, The Commish, Joe, Raider Nation and Tim. Team Armstrong is in with a win over The Commish this week and hopes to duplicate her feat from last week. Four time champ Mike needs a win over mighty Jim and a Team Armstrong loss and Q not to have an all time great week. Q needs a win over Hail Mary and losses by Team Armstrong and Mike to win (and outscore Team Armstrong by 37), or a loss by Team Armstrong and a record setting number of points if Mike wins. Steve from Oconomowoc and Jon are in the toilet bowl, noting the ineptness of those who chose their rosters on draft day. Good luck to all!!
|Released||Raider Nation||New York Giants D/ST NYG||Wed Dec 19 3:19pm ET|
|Acquired||Raider Nation||Atlanta Falcons D/ST ATL||Wed Dec 19 3:19pm ET|
|Released||Raider Nation||John Brown WR BAL||Wed Dec 19 3:12pm ET|
|Acquired||Raider Nation||Doug Baldwin WR SEA||Wed Dec 19 3:12pm ET|
|Released||Raider Nation||Damien Williams RB KAN||Wed Dec 19 3:09pm ET|
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Miami Dolphins wide receiver Albert Wilson (hip) has progressed in his rehab without setbacks since suffering a hip injury in October, according to a league source. Doctors have ruled out surgery once and for all for Wilson and has raised hope that he will be able to get back on the field this spring. The belief is that Wilson will be ready for the start of the offseason program in April. Wilson ranked third on the team in touchdowns (four receiving and one passing) despite missing nine games, and his yards-per-catch average (15.0) led the team. Although Miami's quarterback situation is up in the air, Wilson should have a prominent place in the team's offense next year regardless.
The New York Jets officially hired Dowell Loggains as their next offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach on Wednesday. Loggains has worked under head coach Adam Gase in both Chicago and Miami. With Gase likely running the show on offense, Loggains' main task will be to continue the development of quarterback Sam Darnold, who was very up and down in his rookie season. The Jets ranked 29th in yards per game (299.2), 25th in passing yards (197.8), 26th in rushing yards (101.4) and 23rd in the league in points per game (20.8) in 2018.
The Arizona Cardinals signed veteran wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald to a one-year deal on Wednesday so that he can return for a 16th season. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. Fitzgerald will turn 36 at the end of August but will remain the No. 1 wideout on the team because of his experience. His numbers took a hit in one of the worst offenses in the NFL in 2018, but he still led the team in receptions (69), receiving yards (734) and touchdowns (six). While Fitz can still make an impact on the field, he'll be returning to his third head coach in three years, but the addition of Kliff Kingsbury could improve the offense moving forward. We won't say for sure that Fitzgerald will return to the 1,000-yard mark, but he should be a serviceable WR3 at the very least.
Former Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano is expected to land with the New England Patriots in a top defensive role when linebackers coach Brian Flores heading to the Miami Dolphins.
Former New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has emerged as the favorite to be hired as Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator, according to sources.
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald announced Wednesday, Jan. 23, that he'll return for the 2019 season.
Fantasy Spin: Fitz had a 69-734-6 season, which was well below the 100-catch, 1,000-yard seasons the three years previously. The rookie quarterback was part of the problem, but he doesn't have much more upside next season. He's still a PPR asset, but he'll be a mid-round option as a WR3.
Updating an earlier report, Arizona Cardinals impending free-agent WR Larry Fitzgerald re-signed with the Cardinals on a one-year deal. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
Miami Dolphins WR Albert Wilson (hip) is on schedule with his recovery from an October hip injury that landed him on IR and could be at full speed when the team's offseason workout program begins in April.
Fantasy Spin: After four largely nondescript seasons in Kansas City, Wilson flashed some playmaking ability before getting injured against the Lions. There are far too many variables in Miami for an accurate read on Wilson's fantasy prospects for 2019, but he did enough last year to warrant your attention.
Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles would be eligible to be franchise or transition tagged and then traded if the team decides not to pick up his option, which ESPN's Chris Mortensen believes is a possibility as doing so would allow the Eagles to influence Foles' destination.
Fantasy Spin: Mortensen indicates such a move would prevent Foles from going to a division rival, but it's all speculation at this point. While it's far from a sure thing, Foles could have some fantasy value in the right situation.
Oakland Raiders CB Daryl Worley (shoulder) had successful surgery on his ailing shoulder last week, according to head coach Jon Gruden.
Baltimore Ravens WR Michael Crabtree is likely to be released in the offseason, according to The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec.
Dallas Cowboys impending free-agent WR Cole Beasley claimed Tuesday, Jan. 22, that the Dallas front office encourages the coaching staff to get the football to certain players. 'I haven't been a huge priority in that regard. Maybe that will change but I'm not sure,' Beasley said.
Fantasy Spin: Beasley's frustrations are evident and understandable, although Amari Cooper, Ezekiel Elliott and Michael Gallup are all bigger, more talented threats with the ball. Beasley does have a role to play and put together his second best season from a statistical standpoint. That being said, he's only a mid- to late-round PPR flier if he stays in Dallas.
Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said the team is "optimistic" that quarterback Alex Smith (leg) will be ready for the start of the 2019 season, but he also said "we'll see." In his first year with Washington, Smith was a disappointment, throwing for 2,108 yards, 10 touchdowns and five interceptions with an 85.7 QB rating in 10 games before his gruesome leg injury. He'll be heading into his age-35 season and is unlikely to be ready for training camp or the regular season, so he's one to avoid for fantasy purposes. The 'Skins are in dire need of a long-term quarterback.
The Kansas City Chiefs relieved defensive coordinator Bob Sutton of his duties on Tuesday. Sutton was head coach Andy Reid's defensive coordinator for all six of his years in KC, but the Chiefs defense continued to trend downward in 2018 and was their Achilles heel in the AFC Championship loss to the Patriots last weekend. Defensive end Chris Jones -- third in the NFL with 15.5 sacks in 2018 -- and linebacker Dee Ford are the linchpins of this defense, but they must improve their talent in the secondary. The Chiefs ranked 31st in yards allowed per game (405.5), 31st in passing yards allowed (273.4), 27th in rushing yards allowed (132.1), 24th in points allowed (26.3) and tied for eighth in takeaways (27) in 2018.
Oakland Raiders impending free-agent TE Jared Cook will be re-signed if head coach Jon Gruden has his way, but Gruden admitted that Cook will be a popular name on the free-agent market.
Fantasy Spin: Cook was one of the few bright spots for the Raiders this season, and maybe the lone bright spot. He's a top-five fantasy tight end candidate now after finishing 2018 as the TE5.
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones led all receivers with 24 receptions for first downs on 30 third-down targets this past season.
Fantasy Spin: Despite a slow start in the TD department (none in his first seven games) Jones also wound up leading the league in receiving yards (1,677) for the second time in the last four seasons. And even with Jones turning 30 this offseason (on Super Bowl Sunday), he remains an elite WR1 in all fantasy formats.
Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said the team is unsure if impending free-agent running back Marshawn Lynch plans to play in 2019. Gruden said "we'd love to have him back" if he decides to play another season. Beast Mode will turn 33 in April and is coming off a season in which he played in just six games due to injury. Lynch ran 90 times for 376 yards (4.2 yards per carry) and three scores. Even if Lynch returns, he'd be more of a low-upside, injury-risk RB2 for Oakland that is more attractive in standard-scoring leagues.
Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said the team would like to re-sign impending free-agent tight end Jared Cook, but he knows the market for his services will be competitive. He'll be in high demand after he set career highs across the board in catches (68), targets (101), yards (896) and touchdowns (six) for the Raiders. Given the sad state of the tight end position in fantasy, Cook was a strong TE1 this year and will likely be drafted as one again this year, depending on where he lands. Staying in Oakland might be the best for his value.
The Cincinnati Bengals are hiring former Oakland Raiders quarterbacks coach Brian Callahan as their next offensive coordinator. Callahan has never been an offensive coordinator in the NFL but has been a QBs coach since 2015. He'll oversee an offense that could easily bounce back after serious injuries to quarterback Andy Dalton and wide receiver A.J. Green derailed them in 2018. Cincinnati finished 26th in yards per game (310.8), 24th in passing yards per game (205.6), 21st in rushing yards per game (105.1) and 17th in points per game (23.0) in 2018.
Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch, an impending free agent this offseason, hasn't announced whether he plans on playing in 2019, but if he does, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said Tuesday, Jan. 22, that 'we'd love to have him back.'
Fantasy Spin: Lynch will be 33 by the time next season rolls around, but he'd still be a fantasy RB2 consideration if were to be projected to be the primary RB in Oakland.
|Commissioner||Thu Jan 10 10:16pm ET|
|RICH||Tue Jan 1 11:51am ET|
|Hail Mary||Tue Jan 1 10:24am ET|
|Tim||Sun Dec 30 3:52pm ET|
|Raider Nation||Mon Dec 24 11:01pm ET|
|JIM||Mon Dec 24 3:52pm ET|
|Joe||Sun Dec 23 7:06pm ET|
|GARY||Thu Dec 20 11:41pm ET|
|MIKE||Mon Dec 17 9:41am ET|
|The MIghty Q||Mon Dec 17 7:59am ET|
|Steve from Oconomowo||Fri Dec 14 10:36pm ET|
|TEAM ARMSTRONG||Wed Nov 14 3:54pm ET|
|Jon Vandenbusch||Thu Sep 20 1:20pm ET|
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