Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on January 17, 2013 @ 09:10:47 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Aaron Rodgers | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers said he believes the read-option offense will fade away, much like the wildcat, even though it is the buzz right now in the NFL. "Things have come back around that were being used 20, 30 years ago. But this too, I think, will pass. Some of the pistol, read-option stuff will eventually pass ... now it might not be for 10 more years," Rodgers said. When asked if he'd like to see some of the elements added to the Packers offense, Rodgers said "no," adding that the league is "cyclical" and defenses will eventually catch up with the scheme.

QB | Cam Newton | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy
Carolina Panthers quarterbacks coach Mike Shula, who was interviewed for the team's offensive coordinator vacancy, would allow the team to make the most seamless transition following the departure of offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski to the Cleveland Browns. The Panthers are hoping to run the same offense around QB Cam Newton in 2013 as they did under Chudzinski.

QB | Joe Flacco | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
While Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco has won just two of his five career starts against the New England Patriots, he has managed a 64.7 completion percentage and a strong 95.7 passer rating against the Patriots. He has thrown for nine touchdowns and just four interceptions in the five games. He'll look to even his record at 3-3 in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 20.

QB | Tom Brady | New England Patriots | Fantasy
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady will face the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Nov. 20. He is 5-2 in seven games against the Ravens, but his personal statistics are among the poorest against any of the 31 teams he's faced in his 13-year career. Brady's 58.6 completion percentage and 74.1 passer rating are the lowest against any opponent. The Ravens are the only team he's thrown more interceptions against (eight) than touchdowns (seven). The Ravens have sacked Brady 16 times, one of five teams averaging more than two a game against him.

QB | Michael Vick | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
The Philadelphia Eagles and new head coach Chip Kelly will need to figure out what to do with QB Michael Vick, who is due $3 million guaranteed on March 11 from his $15.5 million base salary for 2013. It is possible Kelly could have the team pay Vick the money, giving him longer to evaluate how Vick fits his up-tempo offense before a final decision is made.

QB | T.J. Yates | Houston Texans | Draft
The Houston Texans are not ruling out the possibility of selecting a quarterback at some point during the 2013 NFL Draft. The team would like to find a mobile quarterback like San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick and Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson. The Texans do not believe QB T.J. Yates is the long-term solution at quarterback.

QB | Rex Grossman | Washington Redskins | Free Agents
The Washington Redskins may consider re-signing free-agent QB Rex Grossman this offseason so he can serve as the backup quarterback in case QB Robert Griffin III (knee) is not be ready to play next season.

QB | Eli Manning | New York Giants | Fantasy
New York Giants QB Eli Manning was chosen to replace Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (knee) for the NFC roster in the 2013 Pro Bowl.

QB | Matt Flynn | Seattle Seahawks | Fantasy
The Seattle Seahawks will be open to trading QB Matt Flynn this offseason.

QB | Tyler Thigpen | Buffalo Bills | Free Agents
The Buffalo Bills are not expected to re-sign impending free-agent QB Tyler Thigpen because he was originally brought in because of his knowledge of former head coach Chan Gailey's offense.

QB | Geno Smith | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
West Virginia QB Geno Smith could be a possibility for the Philadelphia Eagles to select in the NFL Draft, particularly with the arrival of new head coach Chip Kelly, if he is still on the board at No. 4 overall.


Running Back

RB | Frank Gore | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore (knee) was able to practice fully Wednesday, Jan. 16.

RB | Bernard Pierce | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens RB Anthony Allen (head), G Gino Gradkowski (head), RB Bernard Pierce (knee) and WR David Reed (thigh) all were limited in practice Wednesday, Jan. 16.

RB | Danny Woodhead | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots RB Danny Woodhead (thumb) was limited during practice Wednesday, Jan. 16.

RB | Joique Bell | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell has familiarity with new running backs coach Curtis Modkins, when Modkins was the offensive coordinator and running backs coach with the Buffalo Bills at the start of Bell's career. "That was my first year, so he taught me a lot," Bell said. "I remember calling him after the draft, after I got picked up, and I was really eager to get started. He was able to kind of calm me down and say don't worry about it. That's the kind of guy he is. He wants you to feel comfortable. You play a lot better when you're comfortable. You're kind of at home with what you're doing. He just made me feel comfortable my first year." Bell expects Modkins to use him in a similar capacity as he was in 2012.


Fullback

FB | Vonta Leach | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens WR Anquan Boldin (shoulder), CB Chykie Brown (shoulder), DT Terrence Cody (ankle), LB Dannell Ellerbe (ankle, back), DT Arthur Jones (thigh, knee), FB Vonta Leach (knee, ankle), LB Ray Lewis (triceps), LB Albert McClellan (shoulder), DE Pernell McPhee (thigh), DT Haloti Ngata (knee), S Bernard Pollard (chest), S Ed Reed (shoulder), CB Jimmy Smith (abdominal), LB Terrell Suggs (Achilles, bicep) and G Marshal Yanda (shoulder) all fully participated in practice Wednesday, Jan. 16.


Wide Receiver

WR | Greg Jennings | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Green Bay Packers WR Greg Jennings strongly suggested that he doesn't expect to be back because the team did not make what he considered a realistic effort to sign him to a contract extension during the season.

WR | Devin Hester | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Chicago Bears special teams coach Dave Toub said Wednesday, Jan. 16, that WR Devin Hester just needs to start having fun to return to the form that made him one of the most dangerous players in the NFL. "He still has a lot of talent," Toub said in a radio interview. "You see it in practice. It's more mental with him. He has to get his mind right, and once that thing starts clicking, he's going to be fine."

WR | Torrey Smith | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens WR Torrey Smith (back) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Jan. 16.

WR | Anquan Boldin | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens WR Anquan Boldin (shoulder), CB Chykie Brown (shoulder), DT Terrence Cody (ankle), LB Dannell Ellerbe (ankle, back), DT Arthur Jones (thigh, knee), FB Vonta Leach (knee, ankle), LB Ray Lewis (triceps), LB Albert McClellan (shoulder), DE Pernell McPhee (thigh), DT Haloti Ngata (knee), S Bernard Pollard (chest), S Ed Reed (shoulder), CB Jimmy Smith (abdominal), LB Terrell Suggs (Achilles, bicep) and G Marshal Yanda (shoulder) all fully participated in practice Wednesday, Jan. 16.

WR | Antonio Brown | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown, who might be the team's No. 1 receiver next year, said he plans on working on his ball-security issues this offseason. With WR Mike Wallace expected to depart in free agency, the wide receiver position could become a position of need for the team in the draft.

WR | Ramses Barden | New York Giants | Free Agents
New York Giants impending free-agent WR Ramses Barden said he hopes to re-sign with the team this offseason. He said he would like for him and his agent to sit down with the Giants management and work out an agreement.

WR | Kenny Britt | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Tennessee Titans WR Kenny Britt's attorney said Britt is not a suspect in the New Jersey incident, and that police said there is no way he will be arrested.

WR | Ruvell Martin | Buffalo Bills | Free Agents
The Buffalo Bills are not expected to re-sign impending free-agent WR Ruvell Martin because they will look for an upgrade at wide receiver this offseason.


Tight End

TE | Rob Gronkowski | New England Patriots | Injury
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (forearm) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Jan. 16.

TE | Jermichael Finley | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Green Bay Packers TE Jermichael Finley seems to have convinced the team to bring him back for an $8.25 million salary in 2013 based on the way he finished the season. Finley eliminated his dropped passes and caught 32 passes for 391 yards in the final seven regular season games. "As the season wore on you could see a more confident guy on the field," tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot said. "You could see a guy that once he got his hands on the ball he was running like a maniac, and his yards after the catch for the second half of the season were probably 40 percent more than early in the season."


Offensive Tackle

OT | Joe Staley | San Francisco 49ers | Injury
San Francisco 49ers OT Joe Staley (forearm) suffered a bruised right forearm in the NFC Divisional Round playoff game against the Green Bay Packers, but it was not serious enough to land him on the team's injury report this week.

OT | Tyler Polumbus | Washington Redskins | Free Agents
The Washington Redskins may consider re-signing impending free-agent OT Tyler Polumbus this offseason because of OT Jammal Brown's (hip) uncertain status for next season.


Guard

OG | Mike Iupati | San Francisco 49ers | Injury
San Francisco 49ers OG Alex Boone (knee), LB NaVorro Bowman (shoulder), TE Garrett Celek (foot), CB Chris Culliver (knee), SS Dashon Goldson (shin), LB Tavares Gooden (knee), LB Clark Haggans (shoulder) and OG Mike Iupati (shoulder) were listed as full participants in practice Wednesday, Jan. 16.

OG | Marshal Yanda | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens WR Anquan Boldin (shoulder), CB Chykie Brown (shoulder), DT Terrence Cody (ankle), LB Dannell Ellerbe (ankle, back), DT Arthur Jones (thigh, knee), FB Vonta Leach (knee, ankle), LB Ray Lewis (triceps), LB Albert McClellan (shoulder), DE Pernell McPhee (thigh), DT Haloti Ngata (knee), S Bernard Pollard (chest), S Ed Reed (shoulder), CB Jimmy Smith (abdominal), LB Terrell Suggs (Achilles, bicep) and G Marshal Yanda (shoulder) all fully participated in practice Wednesday, Jan. 16.


Defensive Line

DL | Jonathan Babineaux | Atlanta Falcons | Injury
Atlanta Falcons DL Jonathan Babineaux (shoulder) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Jan. 16.

DL | Justin Smith | San Francisco 49ers | Injury
San Francisco 49ers LB Justin Smith (elbow, triceps) and LB Patrick Willis (shoulder) were able to take part in a full practice session Wednesday, Jan. 16.

DL | Chandler Jones | New England Patriots | Injury
Baltimore Ravens DE Arthur Jones, the brother of New England Patriots DE Chandler Jones (ankle), said he expects his brother to play in the AFC Championship game this weekend.

DL | Haloti Ngata | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens WR Anquan Boldin (shoulder), CB Chykie Brown (shoulder), DT Terrence Cody (ankle), LB Dannell Ellerbe (ankle, back), DT Arthur Jones (thigh, knee), FB Vonta Leach (knee, ankle), LB Ray Lewis (triceps), LB Albert McClellan (shoulder), DE Pernell McPhee (thigh), DT Haloti Ngata (knee), S Bernard Pollard (chest), S Ed Reed (shoulder), CB Jimmy Smith (abdominal), LB Terrell Suggs (Achilles, bicep) and G Marshal Yanda (shoulder) all fully participated in practice Wednesday, Jan. 16.

DL | Pernell McPhee | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens WR Anquan Boldin (shoulder), CB Chykie Brown (shoulder), DT Terrence Cody (ankle), LB Dannell Ellerbe (ankle, back), DT Arthur Jones (thigh, knee), FB Vonta Leach (knee, ankle), LB Ray Lewis (triceps), LB Albert McClellan (shoulder), DE Pernell McPhee (thigh), DT Haloti Ngata (knee), S Bernard Pollard (chest), S Ed Reed (shoulder), CB Jimmy Smith (abdominal), LB Terrell Suggs (Achilles, bicep) and G Marshal Yanda (shoulder) all fully participated in practice Wednesday, Jan. 16.

DL | John Abraham | Atlanta Falcons | Injury
Atlanta Falcons DE John Abraham (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Jan. 16.

DL | Alan Branch | Free Agent | Free Agents
Seattle Seahawks impending free-agent DT Alan Branch wants to re-sign with the team. "Hopefully they want me here and the whole money situation gets settled," he said. "If not, there won't be a better group of guys than this, for sure. But we'll see."

DL | Spencer Johnson | Buffalo Bills | Free Agents
The Buffalo Bills could show interest in re-signing impending free-agent DL Spencer Johnson this offseason but it would likely be for less than the $4 million he made this season.


Defensive End

DE | Cliff Avril | Detroit Lions | Free Agents
Detroit Lions impending free-agent DE Cliff Avril said he would like to re-sign with the team this offseason but is not sure how things will turn out when free agency begins.

DE | Shawne Merriman | Buffalo Bills | Free Agents
Buffalo Bills impending free-agent LB Shawne Merriman said he would be willing to re-sign with the team this offseason because he has a good relationship with general manager Buddy Nix.


Linebacker

LB | Manti Te'o | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o may not see his draft stock influenced as a result of him reportedly lying about having a girlfriend that died of leukemia; however, it could be an issue if a team is on the clock during the NFL Draft and has Te'o and another player rated evenly.

LB | Stephen Nicholas | Atlanta Falcons | Injury
Atlanta Falcons LB Stephen Nicholas (foot) was able to practice fully Wednesday, Jan. 16.

LB | Patrick Willis | San Francisco 49ers | Injury
San Francisco 49ers LB Justin Smith (elbow, triceps) and LB Patrick Willis (shoulder) were able to take part in a full practice session Wednesday, Jan. 16.

LB | NaVorro Bowman | San Francisco 49ers | Injury
San Francisco 49ers OG Alex Boone (knee), LB NaVorro Bowman (shoulder), TE Garrett Celek (foot), CB Chris Culliver (knee), SS Dashon Goldson (shin), LB Tavares Gooden (knee), LB Clark Haggans (shoulder) and OG Mike Iupati (shoulder) were listed as full participants in practice Wednesday, Jan. 16.

LB | Aldon Smith | San Francisco 49ers | Injury
San Francisco 49ers CB Tarell Brown (shoulder), FB Bruce Miller (shoulder) and LB Aldon Smith (shoulder) were each limited in practice Wednesday, Jan. 16.

LB | Ray Lewis | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens WR Anquan Boldin (shoulder), CB Chykie Brown (shoulder), DT Terrence Cody (ankle), LB Dannell Ellerbe (ankle, back), DT Arthur Jones (thigh, knee), FB Vonta Leach (knee, ankle), LB Ray Lewis (triceps), LB Albert McClellan (shoulder), DE Pernell McPhee (thigh), DT Haloti Ngata (knee), S Bernard Pollard (chest), S Ed Reed (shoulder), CB Jimmy Smith (abdominal), LB Terrell Suggs (Achilles, bicep) and G Marshal Yanda (shoulder) all fully participated in practice Wednesday, Jan. 16.


Cornerback

CB | Charles Woodson | Green Bay Packers | Transaction
Green Bay Packers CB Charles Woodson looked slow in the NFC Divisional playoff game loss against the San Francisco 49ers and he might be a candidate to be released.

CB | Jimmy Smith | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens WR Anquan Boldin (shoulder), CB Chykie Brown (shoulder), DT Terrence Cody (ankle), LB Dannell Ellerbe (ankle, back), DT Arthur Jones (thigh, knee), FB Vonta Leach (knee, ankle), LB Ray Lewis (triceps), LB Albert McClellan (shoulder), DE Pernell McPhee (thigh), DT Haloti Ngata (knee), S Bernard Pollard (chest), S Ed Reed (shoulder), CB Jimmy Smith (abdominal), LB Terrell Suggs (Achilles, bicep) and G Marshal Yanda (shoulder) all fully participated in practice Wednesday, Jan. 16.

CB | Alfonzo Dennard | New England Patriots | Injury
New England Patriots CB Alfonzo Dennard (not injury related) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Jan. 16.

CB | Omar Bolden | Denver Broncos | Injury
Denver Broncos CB Omar Bolden (shoulder) suffered a dislocated shoulder in the team's Divisional Round playoff game last weekend and did not return to the game.

CB | Terrell Thomas | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants impending free-agent CB Terrell Thomas (knee) plans to return to football next year after having three surgeries on the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. "I am returning to football in 2013, hopefully with the Giants but my (contract) is up this year," Thomas wrote. "Most likely and hopefully I will be resigning with the Giants." It's unlikely that the team will exercise his $6 million option due this spring. Thomas will begin a new training regimen this offseason that will include 200 pushups and 300 repetitions of abdominal exercises every night.

CB | Leodis McKelvin | Buffalo Bills | Free Agents
Buffalo Bills impending free-agent CB Leodis McKelvin said he will look to sign with a team that will use him on defense next season. He said he would like to re-sign with the Bills during the offseason.


Strong Safety

SS | William Moore | Atlanta Falcons | Injury
Atlanta Falcons SS William Moore (hand) was wearing a black cast around his right hand in practice Wednesday, Jan. 16. He was able to participate fully in the session. He declined to speak about the cast, but said his hamstring feels good.

SS | Dashon Goldson | San Francisco 49ers | Injury
San Francisco 49ers OG Alex Boone (knee), LB NaVorro Bowman (shoulder), TE Garrett Celek (foot), CB Chris Culliver (knee), SS Dashon Goldson (shin), LB Tavares Gooden (knee), LB Clark Haggans (shoulder) and OG Mike Iupati (shoulder) were listed as full participants in practice Wednesday, Jan. 16.

SS | Bernard Pollard | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens WR Anquan Boldin (shoulder), CB Chykie Brown (shoulder), DT Terrence Cody (ankle), LB Dannell Ellerbe (ankle, back), DT Arthur Jones (thigh, knee), FB Vonta Leach (knee, ankle), LB Ray Lewis (triceps), LB Albert McClellan (shoulder), DE Pernell McPhee (thigh), DT Haloti Ngata (knee), S Bernard Pollard (chest), S Ed Reed (shoulder), CB Jimmy Smith (abdominal), LB Terrell Suggs (Achilles, bicep) and G Marshal Yanda (shoulder) all fully participated in practice Wednesday, Jan. 16.

SS | Bryan Scott | Buffalo Bills | Free Agents
Buffalo Bills impending free-agent FS Bryan Scott said he hopes to re-sign with the team next season. He was used as a nickel linebacker this season and recorded four interceptions and two fumble recoveries.


Free Safety

FS | Ed Reed | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens WR Anquan Boldin (shoulder), CB Chykie Brown (shoulder), DT Terrence Cody (ankle), LB Dannell Ellerbe (ankle, back), DT Arthur Jones (thigh, knee), FB Vonta Leach (knee, ankle), LB Ray Lewis (triceps), LB Albert McClellan (shoulder), DE Pernell McPhee (thigh), DT Haloti Ngata (knee), S Bernard Pollard (chest), S Ed Reed (shoulder), CB Jimmy Smith (abdominal), LB Terrell Suggs (Achilles, bicep) and G Marshal Yanda (shoulder) all fully participated in practice Wednesday, Jan. 16.

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