By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Stills becomes relevant again
At this time of the year, the waiver wire isn't going to get a ton of action because just a few teams are left. But if you need to stream a player because of injury, the waiver wire can still be a useful tool, especially if you need a defense with a favorable matchup or a kicker that might be setup for more points than your current starter. Now isn't the time to sit on your roster just because you made the playoffs. You still want to put the best team out there if possible. Good luck in all your playoff games this week!
Nick Mullens, 49ers. Mullens had 23-plus fantasy points two straight and three of five games. He had a great showing against a good Broncos defense last week, throwing for 332 yards and two touchdowns. He has faced the Seahawks and Broncos his last two but still produced well despite the matchups.
Derek Carr, Raiders. The Raiders might be a bit depleted at receiver but Carr is playing his best football of the season right now. He was really good last week in beating the Steelers, going 25-of-34 for 322 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. He has 23-plus fantasy points two straight games. He has a great matchup for more success this week against the Bengals.
Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins. Tannehill has been red hot since his return from injury. He has two straight three-touchdown games and multiple scores all three games since returning to the lineup. He has been pretty consistent all year, having multiple touchdowns six of eight games. He has fantasy value in a because of his touchdown production.
Zach Zenner, Lions. Zenner led the way at running back for the Lions last week, rushing 12 times for 54 yards and a touchdown. He could get more work going forward with Kerryon Johnson still hurting, and LeGarrette Blount not doing a whole lot with his chances. Zenner might be worth a speculative add for fantasy teams.
Kenneth Dixon, Ravens. Dixon had gotten his chances the last two weeks since returning from a knee injury. He has eight carries each of his last two games and found the end zone last week. He finished with 80 total yards and a score. He has some flex value in a run-heavy offense.
Chris Ivory, Bills. LeSean McCoy was hurt last week, leaving Ivory as the lead back for the Bills. He ran 12 times for 42 yards. Ivory could get the start this week if McCoy is unable to go, which is possible. Ivory isn't going to produce huge numbers but has obvious value in a starting role.
Kenny Stills, Dolphins. Stills is starting to emerge late in the season. He has scores two straight and enjoyed hit the 100-yard mark last week for the first time since Week 1. He had eight receptions for 135 yards and a score. Stills has 12 receptions his last two games. He can help fantasy teams the rest of the way with Ryan Tannehill back throwing passes to him.
Robert Foster, Bills. Foster had a season-high eight targets last week and hit the 100-yard mark for the second time in four games. Foster has at least 90 yards three of four. He is making big plays on almost a weekly basis and should continue to be a big part of the passing game going forward.
Dede Westbrook, Jaguars. Westbrook has been pretty consistent all year but is producing a little better numbers lately. He has 17-plus fantasy points two of three games. He had seven receptions for 88 yard and a score last week, getting targeted 10 times in the game.
Curtis Samuel, Panthers. Samuel continues his late-season surge. He had four receptions for 80 yard last week, giving him 80 or more yards two straight. He also has touchdowns three of six games. He has become a big part of the Panthers offense. Samuel has double-digit fantasy points four straight games.
Tim Patrick, Broncos. Patrick was the surprise receiver for the Broncos last week, leading the team in all receiving categories. He caught seven passes for 85 yards on 10 targets. He had just four receptions all year coming into the game. Patrick could be a much bigger part of the offense with Emmanuel Sanders out for the season.
Ryan Griffin, Texans. Griffin had his best game of the season last week, catching five passes for 80 yards. You never know what you will get at the Texans tight end spot, but Griffin could be emerging as the go-to target at the position. He might be worth a look for tight-end needy teams.
Ian Thomas, Panthers. Thomas has looked good as the starter for the Panthers, taking over for the injured Greg Olsen. Thomas had a career game last week, catching nine passes for 77 yards. He has 14 receptions his last two games and has good potential as the starter in an offense that likes to utilize the tight end.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
The San Francisco 49ers agreed to terms on a three-year, $8.7 million deal with running back Raheem Mostert on Saturday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The deal will include $3 million guaranteed. Mostert spent the last two years with San Fran, compiling 40 rushing attempts, 291 yards and a touchdown in 20 games. He'll be buried on the depth chart behind Jerick McKinnon, Matt Breida and newly-signed Tevin Coleman, so Mostert is unlikely to have any fantasy value.
The Tennessee Titans released quarterback Blaine Gabbert after they traded for Ryan Tannehill on Friday. Gabbert's only season in Tennessee in 2018 saw him make three starts while filling in for an injured Marcus Mariota. Gabbert spent 2017 with the Cardinals, three in San Francisco before that and three years in Jacksonville after being drafted 10th overall in 2010. He'll only attract backup work on the open market.
The Jacksonville Jaguars signed free-agent wide receiver Chris Conley to an undisclosed deal on Saturday, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. The team also signed offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi and linebacker Jake Ryan. Conley spent the first four years of his career with the Chiefs and started 34 of 53 games while catching 104 passes for 1,238 yards and six touchdowns. The 26-year-old will likely compete for a role with the Jags and won't be fantasy relevant.
The Atlanta Falcons agreed to terms on an undisclosed one-year deal with free-agent tight end Logan Paulsen on Saturday. Paulsen returns to Atlanta, where he had only nine catches for 91 yards and one touchdown in 15 games in his first season with the Falcons last year. He should not be on anyone's fantasy radar as mostly a blocking tight end behind pass-catcher Austin Hooper and Luke Stocker.
The Cincinnati Bengals re-signed tight end Tyler Eifert to an undisclosed one-year deal on Saturday, a source told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The 28-year-old former first-rounder has been hurt by injuries over the course of his six-year career in the NFL and has played in more than eight games in just two seasons. He missed the final 12 games in 2018 with a broken ankle, although he's expected to be ready for organized team activities this spring. Eifert played in only 14 games since his Pro Bowl season in 2015, and fantasy owners are now staying away from him altogether most likely. With C.J. Uzomah also re-signing, Eifert will have to prove to both the Bengals and fantasy owners that he can stay on the field.
The Washington Redskins are expected to sign free-agent cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to an undisclosed deal, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. DRC announced his retirement just five months ago but has decided to give it another go. He'll be reunited with former Giants teammate Landon Collins, so signed a six-year deal this week. Rodgers-Cromartie will turn 33 on April 7, and it's fair to wonder how much he has left physically. He has plenty of experience and is expected to offer cornerback depth on a team that also has Josh Norman.
The Oakland Raiders signed free-agent wide receiver J.J. Nelson to an undisclosed deal on Friday. Nelson spent the last four seasons with the Cardinals and caught 81 passes for 1,439 yards in 56 career games. The former fifth-rounder had his worst season in 2018, though, catching just seven passes for 64 yards and no scores in 14 games in Arizona's inept offense. The speedster does boast 17.8 yards per catch in his career and will provide another deep threat in Oakland alongside Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams after the team released veteran Jordy Nelson.
The Tennessee Titans acquired quarterback Ryan Tannehill from the Miami Dolphins on Friday and signed him to a one-year deal worth $7 million guaranteed and worth up to $12 million with incentives. The Dolphins will receive a seventh-round pick in this year's draft and a 2020 fourth-round pick in exchange. Tennessee will also get a 2019 sixth-rounder. Tannehill, a former eighth overall pick in 2012, never lived up to his draft status while going 42-46 over six seasons in Miami. He has a career 62.8 completion percentage and an 87 passer rating and will have zero fantasy appeal as Marcus Mariota's backup in his new digs. The rebuilding Dolphins are likely to look to the draft for their next signal-caller, especially after Teddy Bridgewater elected to re-sign with the Saints this week.
The Denver Broncos re-signed tight end Jeff Heuerman to a two-year deal worth up to $9 million on Friday, a source told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The former third-round pick in 2015 played in just 11 games due to injury last year and caught a career-high 31 passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns in his third NFL season. Unless the Broncos add to the position in the draft or free agency, Heuerman will likely be the starter at the position. New quarterback Joe Flacco has targeted tight ends often in his career, so Heuerman could be a TE2 deep sleeper this year.
The Cincinnati Bengals signed free-agent offensive guard John Miller to a three-year, $16.5 million deal on Friday, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Miller started 47 games the last four years at right guard with the Bills and will likely be viewed as an upgrade over Alex Redmond at the spot in 2019. Cincy also re-signed right tackle Brian Hart to a three-year deal earlier in the week to shore up their offensive line. Quarterbacks Andy Dalton and Jeff Driskel were sacked a combined 37 times last year.
The Jacksonville Jaguars signed free-agent tight end Geoff Swaim to an undisclosed deal on Friday. Ben Koyack and Pharoah McKever are the only other tight ends on roster as of now, so Swaim could become a big part of the offense in 2019. A seventh-round pick by the Cowboys in 2015, Swaim has 35 career catches for 336 yards and one touchdown in four seasons. He caught a career-high 26 passes for 242 yards and a score last year. Quarterback Nick Foles and offensive coordinator John DeFilippo have leaned on the tight end in the past, but Swaim is still likely to be more of a fantasy afterthought.
The New York Jets signed free-agent kicker Chandler Catanzaro to an undisclosed deal on Friday. Catanzaro spent the 2017 season with Gang Green before spending time with the Panthers and Buccaneers last year. He made a career-low 73 percent of his field-goal tries in 13 games in 2018, including going 2-for-2 from 50-plus yards. He represents a downgrade from Pro Bowler Jason Myers a year ago and can be avoided for fantasy purposes.
Updating an immediate report, Cleveland Browns RB Kareem Hunt will not appeal his eight-game suspension.
The NFL has suspended Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt for eight games for violating its personal conduct policy. Hunt violated the personal conduct policy while he was a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, which led to his release in November. The Browns took a chance on the running back, signing him to a one-year contract in February. While Hunt is suspended, running backs Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson will be asked to lead the backfield, although there have been persistent rumors that the team would like to trade Johnson. When he does return from suspension, Hunt's role in the team's backfield is unclear.
Cleveland Browns RB Kareem Hunt was suspended eight games Friday, March 15, for violating the personal conduct policy, according to a source.
Fantasy Spin: Hunt can still appeal the ruling, but he's gone for 75 percent of the fantasy season in a lot of leagues. You're really going to have to be lucky avoiding the injury bug if you're going to carry him as an RB5 all season. There is obvious risk of rust and obvious reward for the latter part of the season and playoffs. Nick Chubb will be an RB2 or RB3 in Hunt's stead.
Free-agent PK Chandler Catanzaro (Panthers) signed an undisclosed deal with the New York Jets Friday, March 15.
Free-agent DT Steve McLendon re-signed with the New York Jets on Thursday, March 14, agreeing to an undisclosed contract.
Free-agent WR Chris Hogan (Patriots) and his representatives have been in contact with the New York Giants, according to a source.
Free-agent S Eric Berry has reportedly been told he should be able to play through the ankle problems that plagued him in 2018, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.
Free-agent LB Shaquil Barrett (Broncos) visited with the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday, March 14.