Updated: Jun 5
5/30-6/5: Latest fantasy football news during the weeks of May 30th through June 5th.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Cam Newton suffered a "slight bone bruise" during Friday's OTAs.
The injury is "not considered major at all." Newton injured his throwing hand on a teammates' helmet during 11-on-11 drills. He'll likely be shut down or limited for the remainder of OTAs as a precaution, but Newton should be 100 percent for the start of training camp. Newton's absence opens up first-team reps for Mac Jones and Jarrett Stidham.
SOURCE: NFL Network Jun 4, 2021, 7:34 PM ET
NFL players who don't get the COVID-19 vaccine will be required to stay in town during their team's bye week and be tested for the virus every day.
NBC Sports' Peter King reported on an unspecified team that had 65 of its 90 players vaccinated against COVID. That team would need another dozen players to get the jab before they can return to pre-COVID meeting and practice schedules. NFL teams with vaccination rates below 85 percent will have to keep running practices and meetings like they did in 2020. The Bills have become the most prominent vaccine-skeptical team, as Josh Allen and Cole Beasley have said they need to do more "research" before they sign up for the vaccine. Teams that can revert to pre-COVID practices will have distinct advantages over those who can't.
SOURCE: ProFootballTalk.com May 31, 2021, 12:06 PM ET
NBC Sports' Peter King reports "most observers" believe the NFL will eventually move to an 18-game season.
King said expanding the season even further -- 2021 will be the first 17-game season in league history -- will be a pressing issue for whoever follows Roger Goodell as the next NFL commissioner. King expected Goodell to leave his post by the 2024 or 2025 season, which would make his commissioner tenure nearly 20 years. Tacking on more games to the NFL schedule, King said, would be a tough sell to players. "How can a league that professes to care about the long-term health of its players subject them to 17 games (in 2021) and maybe 18 (by 2025 or ’26) without imaginatively pursuing ways to assure players they’re not going to be guinea pigs for the NFL’s almighty dollar?" King said. "The owners have dollar signs dancing in their heads over more inventory; the players should have a roadblock dancing in theirs."
SOURCE: FMIA May 31, 2021, 11:52 AM ET
The Athletic's Larry Holder reports Saints head coach Sean Payton could "lean heavily" on Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray early in the 2021 season.
"Given the shift and uncertainty at quarterback" following Drew Brees' retirement, Holder said he wouldn't be surprised if Payton shifted more touches to Kamara and Murray. Last season, Kamara led the team with 187 carries while Murray recorded 146 rushes. The pair combined for 106 receptions -- 83 from Kamara. Taysom Hill getting the Week 1 starting job -- an unlikely scenario, per beat reporters -- could hinder Kamara's pass game involvement. Kamara saw 18 targets in Hill's four 2020 starts -- a drop off from his target dominance with Brees under center. Kamara remains a locked-in first round fantasy pick and Murray profiles as a worthy late-round selection as a back who has some weekly usage. Murray has been a no-brainer fantasy starter when Kamara has been sidelined in recent seasons. SOURCE: The Athletic May 31, 2021, 10:23 AM ET
The Athletic's Matt Schneidman reports Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst "will not" trade Aaron Rodgers this summer.
Confirmation of Gutekunst's refusal to part with Rodgers comes as an important deadline approaches. If the team were to trade Rodgers after June 1, it would free up $16.05 million in salary cap space this year; the team would absorb a $21.152 million dead money hit. Green Bay would be dealt a $38.356 million dead money charge if they traded the NFL MVP before June 2. Rodgers has made it clear that his grievance is not with the team's coaches or players, but with Gutekunst and the Packers' front office. If Rodgers chooses retirement over returning to Green Bay, he wouldn’t collect the remaining $23 million in signing bonuses on his contract and the Packers could recoup the $6.8 million roster bonus Rodgers recently signed. That would leave Jordan Love and Blake Bortles as the Packers' QBs headed into 2021. Hello darkness, my old friend. SOURCE: The Athletic May 31, 2021, 10:05 AM ET
NJ.com's Mike Kaye said the Chargers would make an "ideal" landing spot for Eagles TE Zach Ertz.
Ertz didn't attend Philadelphia's voluntary offseason workouts last week, and will almost certainly play elsewhere in 2021. Kaye deemed the Chargers an ideal trading partner for the Eagles because it would send Ertz to the AFC and to his home state of California. Kaye said the Eagles could probably get a late-round draft pick in exchange for Ertz, 30, whose 2021 cap hit is $12.72 million. LA has almost $20 million in cap space. Ertz ending up with the Bolts would sink Jared Cook's and Donald Parham's 2021 fantasy prospects. Dallas Goedert would likely see an uptick in targets with Ertz gone. The Eagles play the Chargers in Week 9. SOURCE: NJ.com May 31, 2021, 9:25 AM ET
ESPN's Dianna Russini reports the Seahawks have "had discussions" about acquiring Julio Jones.
Per Russini, Jones and Russell Wilson have "spoken to discuss the possibility of playing together." This certainly would not be ideal from a fantasy perspective, as Jones, DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett would work to cannibalize each other's production in an offense that will still remain based on the run. Russini's colleague Jeremy Fowler has also reported teams are "watching the 49ers closely" on Jones. PFT's Mike Florio has reported the Titans as the favorites for Jones' services. Buckle up.
SOURCE: Dianna Russini on Twitter May 30, 2021, 3:36 PM ET
PFT's Mike Florio reports the Titans have emerged as the favorites to trade for Julio Jones.
The "current expectation" is the Falcons will trade Jones to the Titans for a second-round pick. This conflicts with previous reports — ESPN reported the Falcons have a first-round offer for Jones and the Titans are a "longshot" to land him. With Atlanta facing cap pressure, it's possible they'll have to settle for less than a Day 1 pick for Jones if they don't contribute to his salary. The Patriots, who have had internal talks about Jones, also remain in play as a landing spot.
SOURCE: ProFootballTalk on NBCSports.com May 30, 2021, 11:56 AM ET