FANTASY PLAYER UPDATES & NEWS

Redskins' head coach Jay Gruden says Alfred Morris won't be affected by rookie RB Matt Jones.

Morris is entering the final year of his contract, and Washington may want to get one more year out of Morris before turning the offense over to Jones. Morris has averaged 284 touches over the last two seasons, and he should get close to that number again in 2015. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Phillip Dorsett will be the Colts kick returner in addition to his role as a wide receiver on offense.

The concern for fantasy is Dorsett is limited to just returning kicks. With T.Y. Hilton, Andre Johnson, Donte Moncrief, Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen already in the mix, Dorsett may not see many snaps or targets. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Falcons have waived TE Kyle Miller.

It is strange for the NFL teams to make roster moves right after the NFL draft, but clearly they drafted someone they like more than Miller.  Analysis: Mark Kaplan

James Harrison is expected to see less snaps in 2015, according to linebackers coach Joey Porter.

This shouldn't come as a big surprise, as Harrison will turn 37 tomorrow, and has seen his production decrease over the last four seasons (averaged 91 tackles and 11 sacks a season from 2007-2010, compared to 51 tackles and 5.5 sacks a season from 2011-2014). Analysis: Brad Costilo

Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi (knee) may have a potential bone on bone issue that may have contributed to his falling down some teams' draft boards.

Ajayi was absolutely dominant last season, putting up 2,358 yards from scrimmage (1,823 rushing and 535 receiving on 50 catches) with a total of 32... yes 32 touchdowns (28 on the ground and four through the air). Unfortunately for him, and his draft stock, there is concern about Ajayi's knee, including the belief that he has an issue with his cartilage that has left him with "bone on bone" which will likely result in his NFL career ending sooner than it normally would.  Analysis: Brad Costilo

RB Duke Johnson will be used separately from RBs Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West, according to head coach Mike Pettine.

The Browns were able to trade away the disappointing Trent Richardson last season (somehow convincing the Colts to part with a first round pick for him), and ended up cutting their "star" running back free agent acquisition Ben Tate, and spent the bulk of the season utilizing their two-headed rookie running back tandem of Crowell and West. The rookie backs combined to rush for 1280 yards and 12 touchdowns on 319 carries (which is solid production, mind you), but neither one was able to establish himself as an every down/primary back. The Browns decision to draft Miami running back Duke Johnson, who rushed for 1652 yards and 10 touchdowns last year, is another attempt to find a true primary back that will allow them to have some consistency in the backfield. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Former Michigan QB Devin Gardner, who's converting to WR, is signing with the New England Patriots.

Gardner did not have a ton of success at quarterback in college despite having huge talent, so the Patriots will try their hand in harnessing Gardner's ability at wide receiver. This is a really interesting situation to follow, and Gardner will have upside, but he's doubtful to make much of an impact this season as he will unsurprisingly be raw. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Coach Pete Carroll says Bruce Irvin will not be traded.

There were some reports that Irvin could be traded to the Falcons, but the rumor was quickly dismissed. Irvin's fifth year on his rookie contract may or may not be picked up by Seattle, but it looks more likely that the option is not picked up and an alternate deal is figured out. Either way, Irvin is likely to stay in Seattle for 2015. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Packers have signed TE Mitchell Henry of Western Kentucky.

Henry had 32 receptions for 489 yards and four touchdowns in his senior year. He's a 6-4 242 pounds, so he has an ideal size for a big tight end. The Packers have a couple guys in front of Henry, so he is probably won't be a factor in fantasy this season, but if he can work his way up the ranks, anyone getting balls thrown to them by Aaron Rodgers have a ton of value. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Sacramento State WR DeAndre Carter tweets he's signed with Ravens.

Carter had 99 receptions in 2014 for 1321 yards and 17 touchdowns (110.1 YPG). The huge season is appetizing for NFL teams, and he has a lot of potential to make the team as a special team returner, as his 5-10 185 pound stature fits better in a special team profile than as a wideout. Analysis: Ben Diamond

South Carolina QB Dylan Thompson agrees to terms with 49ers.

The 49ers don't really have any insurance behind Colin Kapernick, so the signing of South Carolina QB Dylan Thompson makes sense. Thompson had 3564 yards with 26 touchdowns his senior year, attempting 451 passes, and completing 270, for a 59.9 completion percentage. Thompson is not a threat on the ground, with-72 yards rushing his senior year (yes, that's a negative) on 67 attempts. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Former Notre Dame WR DaVaris Daniels has signed with the Vikings.

Daniels, out of Notre Dame, falls into a pretty good opportunity with the Vikings, who aren't very strong in receiving depth and drafted just one wideout (in the sixth round). Daniels doesn't really stand out anywhere, but has good ball skills and could be a solid receiver in the NFL eventually. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Rams have traded RB Zac Stacy to the Jets.

Stacy's fantasy value is best anywhere away from the Rams at this point, who drafted Todd Gurley tenth overall, to go along with last year's standout rookie Tre Mason and back up Benny Cunningham. This move doesn't make a ton of sense for the Jets, though, who added another short yardage power runner to the crew of Chris Ivory and Stevan Ridley. Stacy had a nice 2013, but he probably will have minimal fantasy value in 2015. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Coach Pete Carroll said on ESPN regarding Russell Wilson contract negotiations: "It's ongoing. It's going a little slow."

The Seahawks need to lock up their QB and hope to do so before the season starts. This is the final season he is locked in with Seattle, as he was a third round pick and does not have a fifth year option as a result of his draft placement. He is going to command beg money, and the Seahawks will not benefit from his low $ cap hit much longer. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

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