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Good Saturday to you. The NBA and NHL seasons are winding down, but we've got a new Player Spotlight plus all the NFL News and Notes you need. Let's get to it.
Player Spotlight: LB Reuben Foster
Our Footballguys Players Spotlights are deep looks into what we see for a player this year. In this one, our Daniel Simpkins takes a detailed look at Reuben Foster's fantasy prospects for 2017.
The Kansas City Chiefs have released WR Jeremy Maclin. "I'd like to thank Jeremy for his effort and dedication the past two seasons," Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey said. "I have great respect for all players, which makes decisions like these very difficult, but we felt it was in the best interest of our club moving forward to part ways at this time. We wish Jeremy the best as he continues his career."
Wow...we weren't expecting this. Maclin was set to count $12.4 million against the cap in 2017. This move saves the Chiefs $10 million, and they'll have to carry $2.4 million in dead money according to OverTheCap.com. Maclin may have lost a step, and injuries held him to just 536 receiving yards in 2016. The emergence of Tyreek Hill allows the team to make this move, but they're still thin at the position. We could see Chris Conley step into Maclin's vacated position as a starter opposite Hill.
King is a speed merchant who can 'eat cushion' quickly when going against off coverage. He's competing for the 4th spot on the depth chart in a best case scenario, so even with his impressive play at OTAs King is unlikely to be a fantasy factor in 2017.
The surgery will knock him out for the 2017 season. The continued hip problems will likely end his pro career. The Ravens move forward with Ben Watson, Crockett Gillmore and Maxx Williams as the main TEs on the roster. That's a nice collection, and we'll see which one emerges during the rest of OTAs, minicamp and training camp.
The Ravens have already lost last year's top TE Dennis Pitta for the year to another hip injury. They have depth at the position, but there are question marks. Waller, a converted wide receiver, has seen his pro career held back by injury and suspension.
The Seahawks are the only team that has shown interest in Kaepernick so far this offseason. They left the door open to add him later, and that might be just what happens. Trevone Boykin is not a reliable backup option, but he's the guy for now behind Russell Wilson.
While he is expected to miss six to eight weeks, Meredith injury is not believed to be serious 'in the big picture,' according to the Chicago Tribune's Dan Wiederer. We should see Meredith back in action sometime during the preseason.
The Titans made Davis the first WR off the board (no5 overall) in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft. Davis is a savvy route runner who knows how to create separation in his routes. The Western Michigan prospect drew comparisons to Michael Thomas (Saints) or Eric Decker (Jets) before the draft. In the Titans run-heavy system, Davis has WR3 upside (and a WR4 price tag) for fantasy owners.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims showed good burst in practice Thursday, June 1, according to beat writer Jenna Laine, and Laine believes Sims could be used from the slot this season and will be more involved in the passing game.
Sims is a good receiver out of the backfield, and he's certainly got the ability to line up in the slot in certain packages. He'll compete for touches as a runner and could be more involved while Doug Martin is suspended over the first three games of the 2017 season.
Message! Woodhead is a reliable target who creates mismatches every time he's on the field. The potential to be a RB2 in PPR leagues is always there with him based on Woodhead's skill set and his role with his new team. He's got a current ADP of RB32 (7.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.
Great news for the Ravens and Perriman's dynasty owners here. Perriman, a first-round pick in 2016, missed all of his rookie season due to a knee injury. He's a speed receiver who can get on top of the defense in a hurry. It sounds like Perriman is making big plays and a big impression so far. Consider him a late-round flier in your draft if you have the roster space.
Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry has looked great in OTAs, according to head coach Mike Mularkey, and offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie said he will find a way to use both Henry and RB DeMarco Murray.
Henry is a must-handcuff for Demarco Murray's fantasy owners out there. If Murray goes down, Henry easily has RB1 potential in the Titans run-heavy system. His current ADP is RB29 (7.02) in 12-team PPR leagues.
There are also a few other teams interested according to CJ2K. Johnson also notes becoming the 30th player to reach 10,000 career rushing yards - a mark from which he is 463 yards shy of - is a motivating factor. We'll see when injuries strike in training camp if Johnson gets a call.
Mixon has the ability to be the lead back for the Bengals at some point during his rookie season. He's a three-down back who is as dangerous as a runner as he is a receiver. Mixon will compete with veteran Jeremy Hill to be the top back. If he's the starter, Mixon has RB1 upside in all formats.
The third-round pick out of Western Kentucky is an exciting player to watch from the slot. He can break ankles in his routes and get open cleanly. He didn't run the full route tree in college, but that's part of his game that should come around. There are plenty of ways (screen passes, jet sweeps) to get Taylor the ball in order to feature his natural athleticism.
Great news for the Seahawks as Thomas is one of the best safeties in the league when healthy. Thomas was limited during practice Friday, June 2, but has done a lot during offseason workouts. We could see him continue to be limited during training camp with an eye on having him start in Week 1 of the regular season.
The RB corps is packed with talent in New Orleans, but we have a ton of dynasty love for Kamara. He's a tough runner with good vision and moves outside the tackles. Kamara is a known TD hog from his days in college at Tennessee, and he's got the skill set of a three-down back. Right now, Kamara is buried on the depth chart behind Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin has been one of the most consistent players during OTAs, according to head coach Dirk Koetter, and Koetter said Godwin has the ability to play outside or from the slot.
That's a consistent report coming from Bucs OTAs. Godwin, rookie WR from Penn State, has good size and build up speed. His best assets are the ability to win contested catches and the concentration to track deep passes clearly. He's impressing right now, but the path to significant targets is cluttered for Godwin in Tampa. Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard should be larger pieces of their passing game in 2017....oh yeah, Adam Humprhies will be competing for the ball too.
The 10th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft went through his lumps as a rookie last year. He started 11 games and gained valuable experience that will help him play better during his sophomore season in the pros.
Kelly is an intriguing prospect in dynasty leagues. He's a gunslinger with a skill set that is a mix of Andy Dalton and Jay Cutler. Kelly is third on the depth chart behind Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian. He's unlikely to climb the depth chart this year and may be put on PUP or IR depending on his injury.