By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
McGuire returned from injury
There continues to be a handful of players that are emerging at this point of the season. These guys are likely available in your fantasy leagues, so give them consideration if you need the help. You can never count on a player to be a stud that you just picked up off waivers, but there always is that chance that there recent strong play can continue. Below are some possible fantasy players that could help fantasy teams the rest of the year.
Case Keenum, Broncos. Keenum threw for 290 yards and a touchdown last week without an interception. He has 290-plus passing yards three of five games and 260-plus passing yards four of those games. He is getting his yards and some scores, proving to be a decent streaming option for fantasy teams.
Nick Mullens, 49ers. Mullens was a huge surprise last week. He got his first NFL start and the undrafted rookie looked like he had been playing for 10 years. He was 16-of-22 for 262 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. He could get another start this week and might be worth using against a struggling Giants team.
Baker Mayfield, Browns. Mayfield has multiple touchdowns three straight games. He also has 290-plus passing yards three of seven games. He has posted some pretty good numbers for fantasy teams and has some favorable matchups in the coming weeks. He is worth a look if you need quarterback help.
Mike Davis, Seahawks. Davis led the Seahawks in rushing last week, rushing 15 times for 62 yards. But more impressively, Davis caught seven passes for 45 yards. He has double-digit carries four of five games. He is the backup to Chris Carson but getting his weekly chances and has some value as a flex play in the right matchup.
Ito Smith, Falcons. Smith scored another touchdown last week, giving him four touchdowns in five games. He had a season-high in rushing last week, running 10 times for 60 yards. He has good touchdown potential in this offense and is available in 38 percent of leagues.
Elijah McGuire, Jets. McGuire returned from Injured Reserve last week and looked good in his first game back from a foot injury. He was heavily involved in the offense, rushing seven times for 30 yards. He also had three catches for 37 yards, giving him 10 touches for 67 yards. He could be the top change-of-pace back for the Jets the rest of the year. He has good potential going forward and is available in 74 percent of leagues.
Duke Johnson, Browns. Johnson finally was heavily involved in the offense, getting nine receptions for 78 yard and two touchdowns. A new coach and offensive coordinator could be just the thing to get Johnson going in this offense. Johnson has at least four receptions three of four games and can be one of the top pass-catching backs in the game. He is available in 33 percent of leagues.
Curtis Samuel, Panthers. Samuel had two touchdowns last week - one rushing and one receiving. He had three touches in the game but made the most of his chances. He is a big-play threat that could be getting more chances in this offense going forward. He might be worth a speculative add for fantasy teams.
Adam Humphries, Bucs. Despite his recent surge in production, Humphries continues to get little respect in fantasy circles. He is available in 95 percent of leagues, but that is likely to change this week. He had his best game of the season in Week 9, catching eight passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns. He has 15 receptions for 158 yards his last two games and at least four receptions four of five games. He has value as a low-end No. 3 or 4 fantasy receiver int his pass-first offense.
Maurice Harris, Redskins. Harris was a huge surprise last week, catching 10 passes for 124 yards. He had just 11 receptions for 102 yards coming into this game. Harris has emerged as the slot receiver for the Redskins, though, and could be getting more and more work the rest of the year, especially with Paul Richardson out for the season.
Willie Snead, Ravens. Snead led the Ravens in receiving last week, catching seven passes for 58 yards. He has 12 receptions his last two games and at least five receptions five of six games. He has gotten a lot of weekly targets and produced consistent numbers for fantasy teams. Snead remains available in 62 percent of leagues.
Cordarrelle Patterson, Patriots. Patterson continues to get chances at running back and is taking advantage of his workload. He rushed 11 times for 61 yards and a touchdown in Week 9, leading the Patriots in rushing. Patterson is likely to continue to have a role as a running back going forward but his workload could be sporadic with Sony Michel expected to return.
Jeff Heuerman, Broncos. Heuerman emerged as the top threat in the Broncos passing game last week, catching 10 passes for 83 yards. This game came a little out of nowhere for Heuerman, who had more than 50 yards just once all season before this big game. But he does have scores two straight and is quickly gaining the confidence of Case Keenum. He might be a good spot start the rest of the way for fantasy teams.
Christopher Herndon, Jets. Herndon broke his touchdown streak last week but had a season high in yards. He finished with four receptions for 62 yards. Herndon has touchdowns three of four games and multiple catches three of those games. He has become a consistent threat in the Jets passing game, giving him some value to fantasy teams.
Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at email@example.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
The Detroit Lions signed free-agent cornerback Rashaan Melvin to a one-year, $3.5 million deal on Friday, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Melvin played for the Patriots in 2015 when head coach Matt Patricia was the defensive coordinator. The 29-year-old has been mostly a starter the last three seasons with the Colts and Raiders and had a career-high three interceptions with the Colts in 2017. He could be the replacement for Nevin Lawson, who signed with the Raiders earlier this week.
The Oakland Raiders signed free-agent quarterback Mike Glennon to a one-year, $2 million deal on Friday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The 29-year-old will be with his fourth different team in the last four seasons and will serve as Derek Carr's backup in silver and black. Glennon has played in 27 games (22 starts) and is 6-16 as a starter in his five seasons in the NFL. He has 35 touchdown passes, 20 interceptions and an 84.0 quarterback rating. Glennon won't be fantasy relevant.
The Pittsburgh Steelers informed safety Morgan Burnett that they will release him by April 1 per the player's request, according to his agent, Kevin Conner. Both parties discussed trade possibilities before the release, according to a source. Pittsburgh signed the safety to a three-year, $14.25 million contract last season that included a $4.25 million signing bonus. Burnett missed four of the first six games of 2018 due to injury and recorded 30 tackles and six pass deflections in a sub-package role in 11 games. The 30-year-old had previously played eight seasons with the Packers.
The Los Angeles Rams are matching the Detroit Lions offer sheet for restricted free-agent running back Malcolm Brown on Friday. Brown's deal with the Rams is for two years with a $3.3 million base salary, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He'll receive $2.1 million in practice guarantees ($1 million base guaranteed and a $1.1 million roster bonus to be issued April 15). Brown landed on Injured Reserve in Week 13 with a clavicle injury. He played just 15 percent of the offensive snaps and had 264 yards from scrimmage and one receiving touchdown. He's merely depth behind Todd Gurley.
The New York Giants re-signed wide receiver Cody Latimer to an undisclosed deal on Friday. Latimer played in the first three games and the last two games of the 2018 season but just one of the 11 games in between in his first season in New York because of injuries. He battled a knee injury and also spent two months on Injured Reserve with a pulled hamstring. Latimer finished with only 11 receptions for 190 yards and one touchdown and also averaged 24.6 yards on five kickoff returns. He might have more opportunities to make noise in 2019 with Odell Beckham Jr. out of the picture, but Latimer still doesn't have much fantasy upside.
The New York Jets agreed to terms with free-agent quarterback Trevor Siemian on a one-year, $2 million deal on Wednesday, a source told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Siemian can make up to $3 million in incentives. The 27-year-old former Bronco didn't play at all with the Vikings last year while backing up Kirk Cousins. He was the starter in Denver in 2016 and 2017, completing 59.3 percent of his passes for 30 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. New York's addition of Siemian likely means that veteran Josh McCown, a 40-year-old journeyman quarterback, will leave in free agency or retire. Siemian won't have any fantasy appeal in his new digs while backing up Sam Darnold.
The New Orleans Saints are expected to sign free-agent tight end Jared Cook, sources told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Cook, who turns 32 next month, had a career year with the Raiders in 2018, catching 68 passes for 896 yards and six touchdowns. The veteran can stretch opposing defenses down the seam and should open up more space for star receiver Michael Thomas on the outside. While it would be foolish to expect Cook to put up better numbers than he did in Oakland, he should remain a strong TE1 option in the high-flying offense of the Saints.
Updating previous reports, Los Angeles Rams LB Clay Matthews' two-year deal has a $9.25 million base value with $5.5 million guaranteed.
Pittsburgh Steelers FS Morgan Burnett will be released by April 1, per the player's request, according to his agent, Kevin Conner.
Free-agent QB Robert Griffin III (Ravens) re-signed with the Baltimore Ravens Friday, March 22, on a two-year deal. Financial terms weren't disclosed, and the deal is pending a physical.
The New Orleans Saints signed long-time Minnesota Vikings punt returner Marcus Sherels to an undisclosed one-year deal on Thursday, according to a source. The 31-year-old was the Vikings primary punt returner for the last eight years and averaged 12.0 yards per punt return in 2018 to finish in the league's top five for the third time in the last six seasons. He was also used occasionally as a kickoff returner and was a backup cornerback. New Orleans ranked in the league's bottom 10 teams in punt return yardage the last two years. Sherels won't be an option in most fantasy leagues with his move to the Saints.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard (ankle) spent time running routes and catching passes from Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes Thursday, March 21.
Fantasy Spin: Howard was having a TE1 campaign in 2018 before an injury ended his season early, but he should be back at full strength well before the start of next season. He is a big-play weapon from the tight end spot and could finish as a top-five fantasy option at his position.
The Baltimore Ravens re-signed backup quarterback Robert Griffin III on Thursday to an undisclosed two-year deal. The 29-year-old will continue to back up starter Lamar Jackson in 2019. The former first-round pick can be an invaluable source for Jackson as he matures heading into his second season, but RG3 will continue to have no fantasy value.
Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard is unlikely to have a role in the offense if he remains with the team in 2019, in the opinion of Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
Fantasy Spin: Howard has always struggled to make an impact in the passing game, and after regressing as a between-the-tackles runner last year, the Bears don't have much incentive to feature him in the offense. Feel free to take a flier on him in the final rounds of drafts, but don't count on him to be a contributor for your fantasy squad.
The Indianapolis Colts signed free-agent outside linebacker Justin Houston to a two-year deal worth $24 million on Thursday, a source told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Houston had nine sacks for the Chiefs last year, but he was cut with the team trying to get younger and defense while transitioning from a 3-4 base defense to a 4-3 scheme. The Colts also run a 4-3, but they project to use him as a defensive end for the first time in his career. The 30-year-old has dealt with a nagging knee injury in recent years but still has 18.5 sacks in the last two years. The veteran will certainly help boost a weak Indy pass rush from a season ago.
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (toe) has been working out with teammates this offseason, according to RB Adrian Peterson.
Fantasy Spin: Reed managed to play in 13 games last season, but it didn't translate into much production on the field. Between constant health issues and slipping per-game numbers, Reed is no more than a late-round lottery ticket heading into 2019.
Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp (knee) said his recovery is where it is 'supposed to be' at this point in the process.
Fantasy Spin: Kupp is expected to be ready for the start of the 2019 season. He was Jared Goff's go-to target on third downs and in the red zone prior to the injury, and Kupp should be able to deliver WR2 numbers, especially in PPR formats.
Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry (knee) is expected to be ready for the start of OTAs, according to general manager Tom Telesco.
Fantasy Spin: Assuming he doesn't suffer any setbacks, Henry should open the year as the starting tight end for the Chargers and a low-end TE1 candidate for fantasy owners.
Free-agent PK Stephen Gostkowski (Patriots) is making progress in contract talks with the New England Patriots. Gostkowski has also received interest from other teams.
Fantasy Spin: Gostkowski struggled at times this past season but still can be a weekly starting option in all fantasy leagues.
Free-agent DT Al Woods (Colts) met with the Detroit Lions Thursday, March 21.