Player News

Review the latest player news for a specified group of players.
Rob Gronkowski NE - TE
News: According to coach Bill Belichick, Gronkowski (knee) has been medically cleared to play, the Patriots' official site reports. (Jul 23)
Impact: Gronkowski's recovery from the torn ACL and MCL that he suffered last Dec. 8 has evidently gone smoothly and he'll avoid placement on the Patriots' PUP list to start training camp. After working with the team's medical staff (as opposed to on-field activities) during the team's OTAs and mini-camp, we'd expect the Patriots to ease Gronkowski back into action as camp progresses, but in the absence of any setbacks, Wednesday's news puts the star tight end in line to be available for Week 1. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 10:41a ET)
Overall Rank: 45 Position Rank: 3
% Started: 71.8 % Owned: 99.8
Jimmy Graham NO - TE
News: Graham signed a four-year, $40 million contract with the Saints on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. (Jul 15)
Impact: The deal includes $21 million in guarantees, but more importantly, Graham exceeded the franchise threshold ($7.035 million in 2014) for tight ends on a yearly basis. The 27-year-old can now focus the remainder of his prime stretching defenses and using his massive 6-7, 265 frame to outduel the opposition. Over the past three seasons, he's averaged 90 receptions (on 142.3 targets) for 1,169 yards and 12 touchdowns, while missing only a single contest. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 10:40a ET)
Overall Rank: 8 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 99.8 % Owned: 100.0
Josh Gordon Cle - WR
News: Gordon was arrested Saturday morning on a DWI charge in Raleigh, North Carolina, Akron Beacon Journal writer Nate Ulrich reports. (Jul 5)
Impact: Gordon's already stunning descent continues to worsen. This development will obviously damage his chances of avoiding a 16-game suspension for the 2014 season, and the league might prepare even more punishment for Gordon in light of this arrest. Gordon seems unable to help himself, failing college drug tests at both Baylor and Utah and earning two- and 16-game suspensions in the NFL in just two seasons before adding this latest infraction. Hopefully he sees the light and stops wasting his remarkable talents. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:04p ET)
Overall Rank: 1007 Position Rank: 363
% Started: 9.2 % Owned: 13.0
Knowshon Moreno Mia - RB
News: Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel suggests that the arthroscopic procedure that Moreno is slated to undergo on his left knee will likely sideline the running back for 5-to-6 weeks. (Jun 23)
Impact: The report, which adds that Moreno's knee needs to be "cleaned up," indicates that his upcoming procedure isn't expected to be invasive. While this is obviously a setback with regard to his chances of claiming the Dolphins' No. 1 running back assignment, the estimated timetable for his recovery would present him with an opportunity to make a case for the job during the preseason. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 6:24p ET)
Overall Rank: 73 Position Rank: 28
% Started: 51.3 % Owned: 98.1
News: Kaepernick and the 49ers agreed upon a six-year extension with $61 million guaranteed Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. (Jun 4)
Impact: The true figures have yet to emerge, but the guaranteed money is the largest haul in NFL history. Considering incentives, Kaepernick can earn up to $126 million total during the deal, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. However, on a more important note, the services of the 26-year-old quarterback have now been secured by the 49ers through the likely prime years of his career. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 4:26p ET)
Overall Rank: 65 Position Rank: 13
% Started: 42.4 % Owned: 97.7
Jeremy Hill Cin - RB
News: The Bengals selected Hill in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, 55th overall. (May 9)
Impact: That's two running backs in a row. Cincinnati evidently envisions a long-term two-back system between Hill and Gio Bernard, with Hill serving as the power source and Bernard offering the big-play ability. At around 230 pounds with above average athleticism for his size, it shouldn't take long for Hill to make BenJarvus Green-Ellis irrelevant. Hill might lead the Bengals in rushing touchdowns this year. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:55p ET)
Overall Rank: 127 Position Rank: 45
% Started: 2.1 % Owned: 80.9
Bishop Sankey Ten - RB
News: The Titans selected Sankey in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, 54th overall. (May 9)
Impact: Sankey is the first running back off the board. He should make an immediate impact in a Tennessee offense that otherwise has just Shonn Greene and Dexter McCluster as noteworthy running back options. A very good athlete with strong receiving skills, it's fair to compare Sankey to Gio Bernard of Cincinnati. A rookie year impact similar to Bernard's 2013 season might be within reach. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:48p ET)
Overall Rank: 57 Position Rank: 25
% Started: 9.9 % Owned: 97.9
Jordan Matthews Phi - WR
News: The Eagles selected Matthews in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, 42nd overall. (May 9)
Impact: Matthews was extremely productive in the SEC, dominating the last two and a half years despite catching passes from mediocre Vanderbilt quarterbacks. At 6-foot-3, 212 pounds with big hands and a well-documented strong work ethic, Matthews is a nice long-term fit for Philadelphia. With Jeremy Maclin playing on a one-year deal, Matthews should be very highly ranked in rookie dynasty drafts. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 7:57p ET)
Overall Rank: 150 Position Rank: 59
% Started: 0.4 % Owned: 2.7
Josh Gordon Cle - WR
News: Gordon is facing a season-long suspension from the NFL after failing a second drug test a few months back, ESPN's Outside the Lines reports. Gordon and his agent Drew Rosenhaus declined to comment on the matter, but Rosenhaus said that the information was "not true." (May 9)
Impact: The suspension hasn't been handed down officially from the league, but it's a potentially huge blow to the rebuilt Cleveland offense if Gordon is in fact going to be suspended for the entire 2014 regular season. Gordon reportedly received a letter during the winter informing him of a failed drug test, and a subsequent letter in April that informed him that he has a right to appeal. The failed drug test is reportedly for marijuana, which caused Gordon to be suspended twice during his time at Baylor. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 6:15p ET)
Overall Rank: 1007 Position Rank: 363
% Started: 9.2 % Owned: 13.0
Stevie Johnson SF - WR
News: Johnson was traded to the 49ers on Friday for a conditional 2015 fourth-round pick, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. (May 9)
Impact: The trade comes less than 24 hours after Buffalo selected receiver Sammy Watkins with the fourth overall pick in the draft. It appears Johnson, who signed a five-year, $36.25 million deal in 2012, is simply the odd-man out of a receiving corps featuring Robert Woods and new addition Mike Williams, in addition to Watkins. Johnson also reportedly clashed with coach Doug Marrone, leading to the notion that he would be the first to go should the team select a receiver in the draft. Coming off of a disappointing season in which he caught 52 passes for 597 yards and three touchdowns, Johnson joins a 49ers offense that ranked 30th in passing yards last season. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:08p ET)
Overall Rank: 134 Position Rank: 53
% Started: 1.5 % Owned: 2.7
News: The Vikings selected Bridgewater in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, 32nd overall. (May 8)
Impact: The Vikings traded up from the 40th pick to get the player many considered the top quarterback in the draft. Like the Browns with Justin Gilbert and Johnny Manziel, the Vikings deserve credit for putting down the right bets and reeling in cornerstone prospects at both quarterback and on defense. Bridgewater and Anthony Barr in the same round is more than the Vikings could have asked for heading into Thursday. Matt Cassel might be able to hold off Bridgewater for a little while, but only a little while. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:45p ET)
Overall Rank: 168 Position Rank: 27
% Started: 0.8 % Owned: 3.1
Johnny Manziel Cle - QB
News: The Browns selected Manziel in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, 22nd overall. (May 8)
Impact: Cleveland traded up from the 26th pick to land Manziel, a selection we consider a huge steal. Waiting on a quarterback was risky, but the Browns played it right by gambling that their target would fall. Despite recent comments from coach Mike Pettine indicating that Brian Hoyer had at least a slight grip on the starting quarterback role in Cleveland, it's hard to see Hoyer holding off a player as dynamic as Manziel. If he earns the starting role, Manziel will have considerable fantasy upside with Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron to throw to. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 10:43p ET)
Overall Rank: 164 Position Rank: 25
% Started: 1.3 % Owned: 5.5
Brandin Cooks NO - WR
News: The Saints selected Cooks in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, 20th overall. (May 8)
Impact: The Saints traded up from pick No. 27, jumping ahead of Philadelphia (22) and Kansas City (23) to land Cooks. By reeling in the former Oregon State star, New Orleans secures a necessary speed boost on offense and a strong candidate to serve as the team's top big-play threat in 2013. Even with Jimmy Graham, Marques Colston and Kenny Stills stealing targets, Cooks is not a player to write off in redraft leagues this year. Although he likely won't be much of a red-zone factor at just 5-foot-10, 189 pounds, Cooks' burning speed and strong wideout skill set make him a threat to score from long distances. Cooks is unique in the New Orleans pass-catcher rotation due to the short and intermediate route upside he offers. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 10:24p ET)
Overall Rank: 151 Position Rank: 60
% Started: 1.1 % Owned: 3.4
News: The Giants selected Beckham in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, 12th overall. (May 8)
Impact: Beckham doesn't offer obvious WR1 upside at 5-foot-11, 198 pounds, but he has the athleticism and skill set to turn into a strong playmaker with the ability to eat up yardage both on deep routes and after the catch. Between Eli Manning's 2013 struggles and the targets stolen by Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle, Beckham might struggle to make an immediate fantasy impact with the Giants, but his long-term prospects hint at a Laveranues Coles-like trajectory. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:29p ET)
Overall Rank: 169 Position Rank: 67
% Started: 0.2 % Owned: 0.6
Eric Ebron Det - TE
News: The Lions selected Ebron in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, 10th overall. (May 8)
Impact: Finally, a selection that isn't shocking. The Lions needed a big, athletic pass catcher to provide a red-zone receiving threat opposite Calvin Johnson, and at 6-foot-4, 250 pounds with WR speed, Ebron fits that bill perfectly. In a pass-happy offense with plenty of targets to go around after Johnson and Golden Tate, Ebron could make an immediate fantasy impact if he earns a healthy play count right away. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:14p ET)
Overall Rank: 178 Position Rank: 21
% Started: 1.9 % Owned: 4.4
Mike Evans TB - WR
News: The Buccaneers selected Evans in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, seventh overall. (May 8)
Impact: The Buccaneers badly needed new wideout talent after trading Mike Williams to Buffalo, and Evans is an elite prospect at the position. This is a homerun pick as far as need and value go. Evans will almost certainly start alongside Vincent Jackson, and even in a potentially modest Josh McCown-led Tampa Bay passing game, Evans should provide immediate touchdown potential as a 6-foot-5, 231-pound beast with 4.53 speed and an unparalleled wingspan. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:59p ET)
Overall Rank: 107 Position Rank: 40
% Started: 4.0 % Owned: 92.0
Sammy Watkins Buf - WR
News: The Bills selected Watkins in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, fourth overall. (May 8)
Impact: Buffalo surprisingly moved up from the ninth pick to the fourth, previously owned by Cleveland, in order to land the consensus top wideout in the draft. An elite after-the-catch runner with burning speed, Watkins should make life easier for EJ Manuel as a reliable big-play threat on short routes. The landing spot is far from ideal for Watkins' fantasy prospects, as Manuel doesn't seem likely to engineer a prolific passing attack, but there is a realistic chance that Watkins could immediately serve as the team's top wideout over Robert Woods and Mike Williams. The selection of Watkins might signal the end of Steve Johnson's time with the Bills. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:37p ET)
Overall Rank: 103 Position Rank: 37
% Started: 10.7 % Owned: 95.8
Blake Bortles Jac - QB
News: The Jaguars selected Bortles in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, third overall. (May 8)
Impact: Bortles is a surprising selection at the third spot, as his stock reportedly had cooled off a bit relative to what it was in February. He will in any case stay in the state of Florida and give the Jags a new hope for a franchise quarterback, and hopefully an immediate upgrade over Chad Henne. Bortles won't run in the pros as much as he did at Central Florida, but he's a big quarterback (6-foot-5, 232 pounds) with the ability to find the end zone occasionally with his feet. He likely won't be very effective as a rookie passer, however, and his immediate fantasy value is limited further by the fact that he'll likely play in a fairly run-heavy offense. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:31p ET)
Overall Rank: 330 Position Rank: 41
% Started: 0.0 % Owned: 0.8
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