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  • Predicting This Year's Biggest Fantasy Football Breakout Wide Receivers

    Bleacher Report "As NFL teams have become more pass-heavy, wide receivers have gained value in fantasy football. The increasingly popular "ZeroRB" draft strategy is centered around loading up on high-end receivers. However, many fantasy drafters like to spend early-round picks on..." August 23

  • 5 Worst Contracts in the NFL Heading Into 2019

    The Big Lead "Potentially the hardest part of running an NFL team is the cap-maneuvering that it requires. There are a lot of players on an active roster and only so much money to go around. In addition, the pool of NFL players is so much greater than that of any other professional sport and the talent level..." August 22

  • Where the top NFL free agents could sign before Week 1

    Sportsnaut "NFL teams are going to have to cut their rosters down from 90 to 53 ahead of Week 1 of the regular season here soon. That would normally put current free agents on the back burner when it comes to finding new teams. However, the dynamics this summer are a bit..." August 22

  • 5 Big NFL Trades That Should Happen Because of Player-Team Disputes

    12 Up "As the 2019 NFL season inches closer, several big names remain in the rumor mill not for a decline in performance, but for holding a grudge against their respective team due to either a medical mishap or contract impasse. With the trade market as active as ever, these five big names..." August 22

  • Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill are giving the NFL a backup QB battle worth watching

    SB Nation "The Saints are set at starting quarterback for 2019. Drew Brees was his typical all-world self for most of his previous year. While the now 40-year-old’s level of play declined late in the season, he still managed to record a league- and career-high 115.7 passer rating..." August 22

  • What to Make of Disappointing NFL Rookie Preseasons

    Bleacher Report "Through two weeks of preseason action, how are this year's rookies handling their first encounters with live NFL games? Some, such as New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, Carolina Panthers edge-rusher Brian Burns and Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery, look..." August 22

  • Top 10 Fantasy Wide Receivers for 2019

    The Big Lead "Wide receivers are the second-most important commodity in fantasy behind running backs. Employing two (and potentially three) high-end receivers is a time-tested strategy to ensure you’re in the mix come playoff time. There’s a whole lot of talent at the position right now, so..." August 21

  • Who are the highest paid NFL players? Russell Wilson leads list

    USA Today "Fifty-six NFL players now make at least $15 million a season in average annual salary, according to overthecap.com, a site that tracks NFL player contracts. The highest paid player in the league is currently Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.  He..." August 21

  • Saints put Chris Clark on injured reserve

    Pro Football Talk "Saints offensive lineman Chris Clark was carted off the field in Sunday’s preseason game, and that will be his last action of the year. Clark has been placed on injured reserve, according to Herbie Teope of the Times-Picayune. " August 21

  • 12 starting quarterbacks have seen no preseason action

    Pro Football Talk "NFL teams are increasingly seeing the risk of preseason injuries as outweighing the rewards of getting players ready for live action. And that’s particularly clear in the numbers of starting quarterbacks who are sitting out. Midway through the preseason, 12 starting quarterbacks..." August 20

  • Fantasy Football 2019: 10 Sleepers Who Could Help You Win Your League

    NESN "Fantasy football drafts are not won in the early rounds. Everyone knows the top names. And not everyone is lucky enough to land Saquon Barkeley, Patrick Mahomes or Julio Jones. But, you just might be able to land the next breakout superstar in the middle rounds of your..." August 20

  • Saints Working Out LB Will Compton

    NFL Trade Rumors "According to John Keim, the Saints will host free-agent LB Will Compton for a workout. Compton, 29, signed on with the Redskins as an undrafted free agent out of Nebraska back in 2013. However, the team waived him shortly after and signed him to their practice squad..." August 20

  • Saints coach Sean Payton 'trying to create vision' for QB Taysom Hill in Steve Young comparison

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "As third-string quarterback Taysom Hill came in and saved the day Sunday against the Chargers — as much as anyone can in the preseason, anyway — he reinforced coach Sean Payton's belief that he's more than just a Swiss Army knife. Payton isn’t backing down..." August 20

  • Who's Hot After Week 2 of the NFL Preseason?

    The Big Lead "Two weeks of the preseason are in the books – time to decide who’s really worthy of making it to an NFL roster and who isn’t. 1. Jarrett Stidham – QB, New England Patriots With the chance that this could be Tom Brady’s final..." August 19

  • NFL Rumors: Playoff Expansion Considered by Players, Owners in CBA Negotiations

    Bleacher Report "The NFL and NFLPA have reportedly expressed openness to expanding the playoffs from 12 to 14 teams in new collective bargaining agreement talks. Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported Monday the two sides are considering the change to offset the loss of..." August 19

  • The best fantasy football team name puns for 2019

    SB Nation "It’s fantasy football season! There are plenty of resources to research which players to draft for your team, but not many suggestions for actual team names. That’s where we come in, with 50 team names free for you to use. I’ve taken the liberty of splitting..." August 19

  • Teddy Bridgewater starts again for Saints this week

    Pro Football Talk "Teddy Bridgewater got the start at quarterback against his old team in the Saints’ first preseason game and he got the start against Drew Brees‘s old team on Sunday. Brees said during the week that joint practices with the Chargers were “more valuable” to him..." August 18

  • 2019 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: Don't-want-to-draft list goes with big names at running back, quarterback

    CBS Sports "Here's some simple draft advice: don't draft players you don't buy into.  Simple philosophy, right? Fantasy Football is about building and maintaining a team with players you believe in. Why louse it up with players who you just don't think are going to be..." August 16

  • The best statistical game by an NFL rookie quarterback in each season since 2010

    SB Nation "Rookie quarterbacks don’t always play right away in the NFL. When they do, the results can often be a mixed bag. They quickly learn the NFL isn’t like college. Defenses are much faster, windows close quicker, and blitzes get way more creative. There are still those select..." August 16

  • The top fantasy football tight ends to draft in 2019

    Washington Post "Here are my 2019 tight end rankings, with notes on the top 20 plus 20 more listed, as of Aug. 14. It’s important to bear in mind that things can change rapidly during training camp and the preseason, particularly in the event of injuries and/or personnel moves. Thus I’ve..." August 16

  • Predicting 4 Fantasy Football Studs in 2019

    Bleacher Report "The NFL is one of the most volatile and unpredictable sports leagues in existence. An injury or surprise rise at one key position can heavily affect several others, both on a play-to-play basis and from week to week. This is why it can be difficult to predict which players will become..." August 16

  • Who will be the next quarterback to win his first Super Bowl?

    SB Nation "Many believe Dan Marino is the greatest quarterback to never win a Super Bowl. While he still made it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Super Bowl wins are tied to quarterbacks more than any other position. And getting that championship is a huge boon to a quarterback’s..." August 16

  • Drew Brees on new helmet after 2018 switch: 'It just looks like I'm going to Mars'

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown prefers his old helmet. And at first, Saints quarterback Drew Brees felt the same.  Four or five years ago, Brees said he tried out a different, more updated helmet than the one he'd been using his whole career, after the equipment..." August 15

  • Josh Norman, Demario Davis help post bail for imprisoned immigrant

    USA Today "A California farmworker detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement two days after he read a poem that he wrote criticizing ICE is free on bail, aided in part by the efforts of two NFL players. Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman and New Orleans Saints..." August 15

  • Fantasy Football Red Flags You Need to Avoid in 2019

    Bleacher Report "The onset of the NFL preseason walks hand in hand with the endless wave of fantasy football drafts.  As information and deep dives become more widely available, the competition only stiffens when live drafts begin. Positional breakdowns, breakouts, sleepers, busts,..." August 15

  • The bottom 10: Worst starting running backs in the NFL today

    Sportsnaut "At a time when two of the NFL’s best running backs are holding for new contracts, a growing consensus builds surrounding the devaluation of the position. It’s a trend seen across the league with running back-by-committee becoming a more common approach. When some of the..." August 15

  • Who will be the NFL’s highest-paid player in 2023?

    SB Nation "You don’t have to be an elite NFL quarterback to become the highest-paid player in league history. You just have to be pretty good — and fairly young. Over the past decade, players like Joe Flacco, Matthew Stafford, Jimmy Garoppolo, and Derek..." August 15

  • Who's More Important, the QB or the Offensive Coordinator?

    The Big Lead "Football is a team game, but everyone is quite eager to assign individual blame or praise depending on the outcome. That’s simply human nature. In the NFL, this urge to assign individual responsibility evolves into full-blown debates that rage for decades. One of those debates..." August 15

  • The biggest roster hole for every top NFL playoff contender

    ESPN "No matter how wonderfully last season might have gone for your NFL team, no matter how perfect its draft was and no matter how many helpful free agents it signed, there's still at least one glaring hole -- or at least one major question still to be answered. This is true even for..." August 15

  • NFLPA issues 'work stoppage guide' to players

    ESPN "As collective bargaining agreement negotiations between the NFL and the NFLPA continue to make little progress, the NFLPA has issued a "work stoppage guide" to its players to help them prepare in case of a strike or lockout following the 2020 season. Sources on both sides..." August 15

  • Saints sign linebacker Drew Lewis

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The Saints have signed linebacker Drew Lewis, an undrafted rookie who played last season at the University of Colorado. Lewis was originally signed by the Houston Texans in May before being waived in July. After that, he was picked up by the Indianapolis Colts before being..." August 14

  • 7 young quarterbacks who could threaten the NFL’s passing records one day

    SB Nation "The NFL is about to see a lot of its established stars at quarterback head off into retirement over the next few years. Longtime starters like Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Eli Manning, Philip Rivers, and (maybe) Tom Brady are winding down their careers...." August 14

  • The bottom 10: Worst starting receivers in the NFL today

    Sportsnaut "Real talent at the wide receiver position has taken a major hit around the NFL. Some of this could have to do with college teams failing to develop pass catchers. Others believe that a pass-happy NFL has led to teams relying on more receivers. Hence, the influx of starting slot..." August 14

  • 10 players you can care about during the NFL preseason

    SB Nation "The NFL preseason doesn’t mean much if you’re an established starter. At best, it’s a chance to run through a handful of series and break up the monotony of training camp. At worst, it’s a few hours roaming the sidelines in front of a disinterested crowd while..." August 13

  • NFL Players Most Likely to Be Traded Before the Regular Season

    Bleacher Report "The first full week of the 2019 NFL preseason is in the books. That means fans are inching closer to regular-season games, while teams are still trying to sort out their final 53-man rosters. Teams have to be down to 53 players by 4 p.m. ET on August 31, which will be a..." August 13

  • Will it be Drew Brees or Tom Brady who ends up with the NFL’s passing touchdown record?

    SB Nation "Peyton Manning’s spot as the NFL’s all-time passing yards leader was short-lived. He took the record from Brett Favre in 2015, but less than three years later, Manning ceded it to Drew Brees. Now, Manning’s about to lose his passing..." August 13

  • Dez Bryant Backs Dak Prescott's $40 Million Request With Simple Tweet

    12 Up "Recent reports surfaced that Dallas Cowboys' quarterback Dak Prescott turned down the Cowboys' offer of $30 million per year in search of $40 million annually. Even if 99% of people feel he's not worth that pay day, one prominent former Cowboy is a part of that..." August 13

  • 10 NFL players at risk of becoming busts: Cowboys' Taco Charlton in make-or-break stretch

    USA Today "Rookies aren't the only one with something to prove in NFL training camps and the preseason. While players in their first or second year often are trying to carve out their place with their respective teams in August, the time can also be critical for former top picks whose..." August 13

  • NFL, NFLPA Set To Meet Aug 19

    Pro Football Rumors "The NFL and the players’ union will meet again on Monday, Aug 19 for another full bargaining session, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com (on Twitter) hears. In the interim, there will be staff meetings scheduled for this week to discuss some secondary issues. Unsurprisingly,..." August 12

  • The bottom 10: Worst starting quarterbacks in the NFL today

    Sportsnaut "It’s nearly impossible to win consistently without a top-tier starting quarterback on the roster, and there are plenty of NFL teams lacking that element. That’s what we’re focused on here today. Among the bottom 10 starting quarterbacks in the league, we’re..." August 12

  • 9 quarterbacks who could be free agents in the 2020 NFL offseason, sorted by likelihood

    SB Nation "The 2019 quarterback free agency class had a severe lack of star power. Even with Super BowlMVP Nick Foles and the one and only Blake Bortles, there weren’t many click-worthy quarterbacks available at the start of the new league year. Things could be different..." August 12

  • Has the inevitable Drew Brees decline already begun?

    ESPN "For years, the New Orleans Saints held back Drew Brees from winning his second Super Bowl. Now, could the biggest obstacle for the 2019 Saints actually be their star quarterback? They enter the season with a 15.7% chance of winning the Super Bowl..." August 12

  • Free-Agent WR Rishard Matthews Announces Retirement

    NFL Trade Rumors "Current free-agent WR Rishard Matthews announced his retirement in an Instagram post on Monday.  Matthews was recently released by the Saints with a left squad designation.  Matthews, 28, is a former seventh-round pick of the Dolphins back in..." August 12

  • Steelers, Saints and Titans headline five potential breakout defensive teams

    CBS Sports "It's Superlative Week on the Pick Six Podcast here at CBS Sports -- it's our daily NFL podcast, listen to the latest episode below and bang the subscribe button right here -- and we've hit on a number of different topics, including some potential breakout offenses, five teams who..." August 12

  • Biggest Winners From NFL Preseason Week 1

    The Big Lead "The first week of the NFL preseason is for second- and third-stringers to shine, but some teams were daring enough to start their first-teamers and give them a chance to steal the limelight. Here are the players who put on a show as the curtain raised on the NFL season. 1. Nathan..." August 12

  • Saints release Rishard Matthews after he left team

    ESPN "Veteran wide receiver Rishard Matthews was released by the New Orleans Saints with a "left team" designation on Saturday. Coach Sean Payton said Matthews did not give a specific reason for his departure. But Payton confirmed that it was Matthews' decision to leave the..." August 11

  • Saints QB Teddy Bridgewater says ‘it didn’t feel too strange’ facing Vikings

    Clutch Points "Teddy Bridgewater was supposed to be the Minnesota Vikings’ quarterback of the future. He was drafted in the first round by the Vikings back in 2014, and by his second year, he was a Pro Bowler after leading the Vikings to an 11-win season. But then, during training camp in..." August 10

  • Five Fantasy Football Sleepers Heading into 2019

    The Big Lead "Each year in fantasy, an unknown and/or surprising name pops up and puts up big numbers. Last year had Philip Lindsay and (to an extent) Patrick Mahomes as the guys who were not highly thought of to begin the year in regards to fantasy production, but quickly established themselves as two of..." August 09

  • Fantasy Football 2019: Must-Haves Emerging This Preseason

    Bleacher Report "The NFL preseason is now underway in earnest, which means fantasy football draft season is as well. With draft day rapidly approaching, managers should be preparing for the most important date on the fantasy calendar. There are cheatsheets to compile. Lists of sleepers to..." August 09

  • 10 most overrated players in the NFL

    Sportsnaut "It’s never fun to go negative when discussing professional football players. Sadly, that’s what we’re going to have to do here in looking at those who are overhyped heading into the 2019 NFL season. Multiple quarterbacks just aren’t as good as their stature..." August 09