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Updated: Apr 14

4/11-4/117: Latest fantasy football news during the weeks of April 11th through April 17th.


The NFL announced the first phase of the offseason will be strictly virtual in terms of meetings until May 17.

During the first phase, teams will hold virtual meetings for up to two hours per day, there will be no on-field work with coaches, and weight room capacity limits will be in effect. Also in phase one, the league will "make every effort" to have the vaccine available to players and coaches. Phase 2 will be May 17-21, and there will be virtual meetings and on-field drills with no contact. The third phase (May 24-June 18) will be traditional OTAs and in-person meetings will be allowed at the teams' discretion. Teams will continue to have daily COVID tests.

SOURCE: Adam Schefter on Twitter Apr 14, 2021, 2:23 PM ET

Cardinals signed RB James Conner, formerly of the Steelers, to a one-year contract.

Conner, coming off a down 2020 season, will reunite with Cardinals running backs coach James Saxon, who worked as the Steelers' RB coach from 2014-2018. The plodding Conner is likely to take some early-down work in Arizona's offense -- enough to make fantasy managers worry about Chase Edmonds' workload. Edmonds should remain the pass-catching back for Kyler Murray, though he doesn't figure to see much goal line work if Conner is healthy. Conner, 25, missed nine games from 2019-2020. He's likely to be drafted many rounds after Conner and would have a path to every-down work if Edmonds misses time this season.

SOURCE: Josh Weinfuss on Twitter Apr 13, 2021, 11:34 AM ET

Julian Edelman announced his retirement.

Edelman, 34, had basically spent the past two seasons attempting to improve his knee to no avail. He hangs up his cleats after an extremely successful career with the Patriots, arriving via a seventh-round pick in the 2009 draft and finishing after 11 seasons with 620 catches for 6,822 yards and 36 touchdowns, 58 rushing attempts for 413 yards, 177 punt returns for 1,986 yards and four touchdowns, 30 kick returns for 626 yards, and six completions on six passing attempts for 128 yards with one score and a perfect 158.3 passer rating. He has an outside shot of qualifying for the Hall of Fame on his postseason resume (118/1,422/5) alone.

SOURCE: Julian Edelman on Twitter Apr 12, 2021, 5:54 PM ET

Bengals claimed TE Thaddeus Moss off waivers from Washington.

Moss (6'1/250) was hyped as an option in Washington prior to undergoing Jones Fracture surgery last August if only because the team was short viable options behind Logan Thomas. 23 in May, Moss is merely a low-risk, low-upside option catching passes once again from collegiate teammate Joe Burrow.

SOURCE: Ian Rapoport on Twitter Apr 12, 2021, 4:11 PM ET

Buccaneers signed RB Giovani Bernard, formerly of the Bengals, to a one-year contract.

Bernard, who had at least 30 catches in all eight seasons he played with the Bengals, adds another receiving option to Tampa Bay's backfield ahead of Ronald Jones. The deal also likely takes the Bucs out of contention for a back in the draft, though Leonard Fournette's, Jones', and Bernard's contracts all expire at the end of this year. Bernard will be more of a nuisance for fantasy than actual option among this group. Ke'Shawn Vaughn is the early favorite to be healthy scratched behind all on game days.

SOURCE: Tom Pelissero on Twitter Apr 12, 2021, 4:05 PM ET

Free agent RB James Conner is scheduled to visit the Cardinals Monday.

It's Conner's first known visit since hitting the open market. The Cardinals will undoubtedly add to its backfield this offseason since only Jonathan Ward, D.J. Foster, and Eno Benjamin are currently available behind Chase Edmonds, but none of that group moves the needle as players that would eat into Edmonds' inevitable work(horse)load. Even if Conner were to put pen to paper, fantasy players should worry about a(ny) backfield selection with the No. 16 and 49 overall picks making an impact before the former. SOURCE: Jay Glazer on Twitter Apr 12, 2021, 1:36 PM ET