3/21-3/27: Latest fantasy football news during the weeks of March 21st through March 27th.
Ravens signed Sammy Watkins, formerly of the Chiefs, to a one-year, $5.0 million contract.
Baltimore aimed higher earlier in free agency but whiffed despite offering more money in some cases. Watkins is still a reasonable consolation prize when he's healthy, however, especially in this offense. He can play inside and out and has always been a physical player in the run game, but his fantasy value will be limited while attached to Lamar Jackson. This signing won't prevent the Ravens from selecting a Round 1 or Round 2 receiver in the upcoming draft, a scenario that would further crater Marquise Brown's flex appeal. This signing is better in the non-fantasy part of the world's simulation.
SOURCE: Adam Schefter on Twitter Mar 26, 2021, 6:22 PM ET
Raiders signed WR Willie Snead, formerly of the Ravens, to a one-year contract.
It's another 'meh' move for an offense that not only lost the one receiver, Nelson Agholor, who showed glistening rapport with Derek Carr, but also jostled its core pieces in the trenches less than a year after it showed to be the strongest portion of that unit. Hunter Renfrow will still presumably start in between some machination of John Brown, Henry Ruggs, and Bryan Edwards but Snead will likely mix in sporadically. It's a situation to avoid for fantasy.
SOURCE: Adam Schefter on Twitter Mar 26, 2021, 1:50 PM ET
Dolphins acquired the No. 6 and No. 156 overall picks from the Eagles in exchange for No. 12 overall, No. 123 overall, and a 2022 first-round pick.
Only minutes after Miami shipped the No. 3 overall pick to San Francisco, the organization used the No. 12 pick it received in that exchange to move back up to No. 6 overall from Philly. The Eagles reportedly attempted to trade up to No. 3 beforehand but were only trying to do so for BYU QB Zach Wilson — a telling sign the 21-year-old will be off the board at No. 2 to the Jets. The deal not only ensures the Dolphins add another offensive weapon to Tua Tagovailoa's already-stout arsenal, but that the Eagles develop and evaluate Jalen Hurts through the 2021 season. The draft is nearly one month away and is already shaping up to be the most chaotic of the last decade. SOURCE: Philadelphia Eagles on Twitter Mar 26, 2021, 1:31 PM ET
49ers acquired the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 draft from the Dolphins in exchange for the No. 12 pick, a 2021 third-round pick, and first-round picks in 2022 and 2023.
The deal ensures San Francisco surrounds a quarterback for the entirety of his rookie contract with LT Trent Williams, George Kittle, and receivers Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel, not to mention the luxury of working with Kyle Shanahan in that time. Whether it's Zach Wilson, Justin Fields, or Trey Lance that GM John Lynch distinctly made this blockbuster move for remains to be seen. It also entails the end of Jimmy Garoppolo in the Bay Area as he's due $26.4 million in 2021 and a total of $53.4 million over the next two seasons. The Dolphins in turn now hold the No. 12, 18, 36, and 50 overall picks in this year's draft.
SOURCE: Adam Schefter on Twitter Mar 26, 2021, 1:09 PM ET
Josina Anderson reports Leonard Fournette is re-signing with the Bucs.
It's a one-year deal worth up to $4 million, as Tampa continues to keep its championship roster intact. Chris Carson returning to Seattle last week eliminated a potential landing spot for Fournette, who received attention from a few teams. It's surprising that Fournette, 26, didn't get a longer-term offer from a bottom dwelling team. Lombardi Lenny functioned as the Bucs' lead back during their Super Bowl run last season while Ronald Jones struggled with a quad injury. Fournette would figure to be a (slight) favorite to start 2021 as the Bucs' No. 1 back, but a healthy Jones caps his upside. Tampa's backfield split will be a topic of ample discussion in fantasy circles this summer.
SOURCE: Josina Anderson on Twitter Mar 26, 2021, 11:29 AM ET
Jets signed RB Tevin Coleman, formerly of the 49ers, to a one-year contract.
The deal is worth up to $2 million. It's a terrific landing spot for Coleman, who knows the new coaching staff after spending the past couple years in San Francisco with new coach Robert Saleh and OC Mike LaFleur. The Jets don't have a whole lot of backfield talent, and Coleman should get a chance to lead this group that also includes 2020 draft pick La'Mical Perine, Ty Johnson, and Josh Adams. Coleman's biggest hurdle has been staying healthy. In his prime, he was one of the more dynamic speed backs with the Falcons.
SOURCE: Ian Rapoport on Twitter Mar 24, 2021, 4:31 PM ET
Colts re-signed WR T.Y. Hilton to a one-year, $10 million contract.
He gets $8 million guaranteed. The Colts flirted with Sammy Watkins, who was scheduled to visit Indianapolis today. Perhaps they viewed him as a Hilton replacement, though the Colts could definitely use more reinforcements at wideout. With Hilton back in the fold, Indy is rolling with Hilton, Michael Pittman, Parris Campbell, and Zach Pascal at receiver barring other additions. 31-year-old Hilton will slide into his 10th season with the team and is coming off a strong finish to 2020. He caught all five of his touchdowns last season from Week 11 forward. Carson Wentz is now under center for the Colts, which is viewed as an upgrade on Philip Rivers, even after Wentz's disastrous final year in Philly. Hilton should return WR3 value for fantasy. Mar 24, 2021, 2:49 PM ET
Patriots re-signed RB James White to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.
White will return to the Patriots after seeing his usage decline in 2020. New England's backfield is shaping up to be a fantasy nightmare, as per usual. White won't have much fantasy relevance unless the team struggles with backfield injuries or shifts to a more pass-heavy approach in 2021. Don't count on the latter.
SOURCE: Adam Schefter on Twitter Mar 24, 2021, 12:25 PM ET
Washington Football Team owner Dan Snyder is buying out the team's minority owners.
The New York Times reports NFL owners next week are expected to approve a waiver that would let Snyder take on an additional $450 million in debt in order to buy out the Football Team's minority owners, who would get around $875 million for 40.5 percent of the team. This would end one of the ugliest, most protracted ownership battles in league history. The buyout comes as an investigation into sexual misconduct within the organization concludes. The team in 2009 paid a female former employee $1.6 million in a confidential settlement after the woman accused Snyder of sexual misconduct. Many women who have worked for the team have said Snyder regularly denigrated women employees. He will have to repay the $450 million by March 2028, according to the Times. Washington fans can look forward to many years -- perhaps decades -- of Snyder, 56, owning 100 percent of the storied franchise.
SOURCE: NYTimes.com Mar 24, 2021, 8:39 AM ET
Falcons signed RB Mike Davis, formerly of the Panthers, to a two-year, $5.5 million contract.
Davis' contract includes $3 million in guaranteed money. With Todd Gurley and Brian Hill unrestricted free agents, Davis becomes Atlanta's No. 1 running back -- for now. Davis in 2020 acquitted himself nicely as Carolina's starter, rushing 165 times and catching 59 passes with Christian McCaffrey dealt with various ailments. Only four backs saw more targets than Davis last year. He's hardly an explosive runner, but he's proven durable and efficient during his six years in the NFL. In two spot starts for Seattle in 2018, Davis totaled 160 rushing yards and eight receptions. Davis, 28, represents an upgrade to the Atlanta backfield, and could be an undervalued fantasy pick if the Falcons don't make any more significant additions to their backfield. The Athletic's Tori McElhaney said Davis’ addition "shouldn’t change the Falcons’ plans if they hoped to draft a running back" in this year's NFL Draft. Atlanta has the No. 4 and No. 35 picks in the draft's first two rounds. Head coach Arthur Smith has made no secret about the Falcons running a far more balanced offense in 2021.
SOURCE: Ian Rapoport on Twitter Mar 23, 2021, 8:19 AM ET
The NFL will hold an in-person draft April 29 to May 1 with limited attendance and protocols for limiting the spread of COVID-19.
The leagues announced Monday that "a select number of prospects, fans and media crews will be on-site" for the draft, and that fans attending draft activities "will be required to wear face coverings and adhere to appropriate physical distancing." Some draft prospects will participate virtually, and all fans seated near the main stage -- where commissioner Roger Goodell will announce the picks -- will be fully vaccinated. Last year, with most of the country going into lockdown, the NFL held a virtual draft featuring Bill Belichick's dog, among other memorable characters. The proceedings will be slightly more normal in 2021 with COVID cases ebbing and vaccination rates on the rise.
SOURCE: NFL.com Mar 22, 2021, 9:42 AM ET
Titans signed WR Josh Reynolds, formerly of the Rams.
Reynolds reportedly turned down an offer from the Chiefs to sign with Tennessee. He would likely step into the role vacated by Corey Davis, who signed with the Jets last week. Reynolds, 26, functioned as the Rams' WR3/4 for much of his four seasons in LA. He saw a career-high 81 targets for the Rams in 2020, hauling in 52 balls for 618 yards and two scores. Davis in 2020 commanded 92 targets in Tennessee's offense, though that was inflated by A.J. Brown missing time with a knee injury. In the Titans' run-heavy system, Reynolds profiles as a spot starter in traditional fantasy leagues.
SOURCE: Terry McCormick on Twitter Mar 22, 2021, 9:20 AM ET
Rams signed WR DeSean Jackson to a one-year contract.
The terms of the contract haven't been released yet but it's not likely that Jackson was given a lot of money by the cash-strapped Rams. Jackson is a dynamic athlete when healthy but that hasn't been the case in years. The last time he logged a full 16-game season was in 2013. Despite the nagging injuries, he has still managed to lead the league in yards per reception three times since that last healthy season. The last time the speedy receiver topped 1,000 yards was during his three-year stint in Washington. Unsurprisingly, those were the three seasons Rams HC Sean McVay served as Washington's OC. With Brandin Cooks gone and Van Jefferson amounting to little as a rookie, the Rams were in serious need of someone who can break defenses with speed. Jackson fills that role nicely and will get more quality looks downfield than his predecessors with Matthew Stafford under center. If Jackson can stay healthy, he'll be in the ideal situation to jumpstart his once impressive career at the age of 34.
SOURCE: Mike Garafolo on Twitter Mar 21, 2021, 8:49 PM ET
The Houston Chronicle's John McClain believes Deshaun Watson is "still destined to be traded."
Watson's legal issues could delay the timing of when he's traded, but signs still point to a deal being made. Teams will likely want to know the results of the NFL’s investigation into Watson and whether he'll be suspended under the personal conduct policy. McClain suggests it's possible Watson isn't moved until the trade deadline or before the 2022 draft. Houston was hoping to get three first-round picks for Watson but are going to have to lower their asking price. The Panthers, Eagles, Jets, Dolphins, 49ers, and Broncos have "remained interested" in trading for Watson.
SOURCE: Houston Chronicle Mar 21, 2021, 12:16 PM ET
Giants signed WR Kenny Golladay, formerly of the Lions, to a four-year, $72 million contract.
Golladay survived 24 hours worth of Joe Judge's wind sprints during his visit with the Giants before getting the long-term contract and guaranteed money ($40 million) he was aiming for. The 27-year-old is a legit No. 1 receiver, something New York has lacked since trading away Odell Beckham. There's now no excuses for Daniel Jones in 2021, as his skill group includes Golladay, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton, Evan Engram, and Kyle Rudolph. As for Golladay's fantasy value, this signing hurts. There are mouths to feed, and Jones is 37th out of 41 qualifiers in passing EPA per dropback since entering the league. Consider Golladay more of a WR2/3 than WR1/2.
SOURCE: Josina Anderson on Twitter Mar 20, 2021, 3:38 PM ET