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-- FINAL DAYS TO RENEW AT ROCK BOTTOM PRICES FOR 2015! --
Sat Jan 31, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Peyton Manning Still Mulling Future --
Fri Jan 30, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Denver Broncos official website reports Broncos QB Peyton Manning said today that he's yet to make a decision regarding his future. “I’m not interested in making this a lingering thing,” Manning said. “I’d like to make a decision soon.”


-- Preliminary Top 12 Fantasy Player Rankings for 2015 (PPR & Non-PPR) --
Thu Jan 29, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football 2015 Premium package subscribers take note. Looking for a head start on the 2015 fantasy season? FFMastermind.com's Michael Nazarek offers his Preliminary Top 12 Fantasy Player Rankings for 2015 (both PPR & Non-PPR leagues) for your viewing pleasure. Nazarek gives you analysis for each player ranked. Log into your premium account and Enjoy.


-- Initial 2015 Dynasty/Keeper Fantasy Rankings Released! --
Tue Jan 27, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football 2015 Pro Bowl and Super Bowl premium package subscribers take note. Are you looking for fantasy keeper/dynasty player rankings? Need to make a cutdown on your roster by the Super Bowl? No problem! Keeper Korner columnist Brent Lathrop has just released his Initial 2015 Dynasty/Keeper Fantasy Rankings for your viewing pleasure. Remember, these rankings could change significantly once free agency hits, but they do represent a good current guideline for how we feel players in keeper/dynasty leagues stack up. Log into your premium account and Enjoy.


-- FFMastermind.com Finishes 15th in 2014 FFPC High Stakes Main Event --
Sun Dec 28, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football Team FFMastermind.com (Doomsday Blasters) led by Michael Nazarek and Dr. Gil Brovar finished 15th overall out of 1,344 teams in the 2014 FFPC High Stakes Main Event this past week. The winner of this prestigious event wins $300K. FFMastermind.com won $7,500 with the Doomsday Blasters, a team that consisted of QB Matt Ryan, RB Jamaal Charles, RB Eddie Lacy, RB Fred Jackson, RB Ahmad Bradshaw, WR Odell Beckham, WR Roddy White, WR Golden Tate, WR Mike Evans, TE Greg Olsen, TE Jason Witten, PK Mason Crosby, the GB and DET defenses.


-- FFMastermind.com Wins Two More Experts League Titles! --
Sat Dec 27, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football Team FFMastermind.com led by Michael Nazarek and Steve Yerger won their second HAFAX Experts League title this past week. HAFAX is a 16-team Dynasty, Auction, IDP league, one of the oldest of it's kind online. This is FFMastermind.com's second Title since 2010. In addition, Team FFMastermind.com led by Michael Nazarek took down another The Huddle (SOFA) Expert 12 league Title. This league is run by theHuddle.com, and has been around since 1998, when Nazarek took home the very first title. In addition, Team FFMastermind.com led by Michael Nazarek and Steve Yerger finished second in the 2014 The Huddle Expert IDP league. Overall, FFMastermind.con has won at least one Experts league title in 10 of the past 11 years!


 

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-- Megatron Willing to Do What It Takes to Keep Ndamukong Suh in Detroit --
Sun Feb 1, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the future of DT Ndamukong Suh will be a hot topic over the course of the next month as the Detroit Lions' defensive tackle is poised to be the biggest name on the open market. However, the All-Pro defensive tackle won't leave the Motor City if WR Calvin Johnson has any say. "I'll do whatever I got to do," Johnson told the Detroit Free Press at NFL Honors of helping recruit Suh to stay with the franchise that drafted him second overall in 2010. It remains to be seen whether Megatron's comment will lead to a contract restructure that helps move money around for salary cap purposes. Johnson is set to count $20.6 million against the cap next season. QB Matthew Stafford will count $17.7 million in 2015 and escalates past $22 million the next two seasons. With two players already counting for around $40 million in cap space, some question whether it's prudent for the Lions to add another $20 million per-season player. The Lions believe they can still re-sign Suh, but will let the 28-year-old test his market value. Plenty of teams are likely to line up for the opportunity to sign one of the top defenders in his prime -- something that doesn't often happen in the NFL.

-- Seahawks Make Marshawn Lynch Huge Contract Extension Offer --
Sun Feb 1, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Seattle Seahawks not only want RB Marshawn Lynch around next year, but they've made a significant commitment to keep him on their team, possibly, for the rest of his career. On the heels of another dominant season for the running back nicknamed "Beast Mode," multiple sources say Seattle has made Lynch an offer on a huge contract extension that would keep him in a Seahawks uniform for years to come. The deal is believed to include more than $10 million for Lynch in the 2015 season alone. Lynch currently is slated to make $5 million in 2015, the final year of what originally was a four-year, $31 million deal. The Seahawks believe that Lynch, who has rushed for at least 1,200 yards in each of the past four seasons, has outplayed his contract, sources say. They want to reward him for his work.

-- Source: Bills Eyeing Revis --
Sun Feb 1, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Buffalo Bills are expected to pursue free-agent-to-be CB Darrelle Revis to see if they can bring him to Buffalo under new HC Rex Ryan, according to a source.

-- A Magic Act in 2010 --
Sun Feb 1, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football FFMastermind.com Super Bowl premium package subscriber Barry P. shares his thoughts on why our premium services are a real Magic Act. Patrons eyeing a subscription should check out what Barry has to say!

-- Source: Jets Eyeing Revis --
Sun Feb 1, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the New York Jets are expected to pursue free-agent-to-be CB Darrelle Revis to see if they can bring him back to New York, according to a source.

-- Did Falcons Pipe Artificial Crowd Noise into Their Stadium During Games? --
Sun Feb 1, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Atlanta Falcons are being investigated for piping artificial crowd noise into their stadium the past two seasons, per sources. The offense is expected to result in discipline with the Falcons being fined and quite possibly losing a draft choice. A Falcons team spokesman said: “We were informed during the season that the league office is looking into crowd noise during our games. We have cooperated fully with them, and we’re awaiting the outcome." Atlanta is accused of piping in the noise while the opposing team was huddling, trying to call its play. The tactics originated from the Falcons' game operations department, per sources. Some around the league have argued that silent counts have rendered crowd noise more irrelevant and it’s difficult to discern how much of an advantage it gave the Falcons. But it was enough to have the league look into it, and now the Falcons are facing stiff penalties.

-- Cardinals Name Two --
Sun Feb 1, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

Fox Sports reports the Arizona Cardinals have promoted OLBs coach James Bettcher to Defensive Coordinator. The team has also named Bob Sanders LBs Coach.

-- Junior Seau Leads Eight-Man HOF Class --
Sat Jan 31, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports former San Diego Chargers LB Junior Seau and Kansas City Chiefs OG Will Shields, both 12-time Pro Bowl selections during their NFL careers, were elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2015 on Saturday. Seau, in his first year of eligibility, Shields, former Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jerome Bettis, WR Tim Brown and DE Charles Haley were the five modern-era enshrinees selected in the meeting of the Hall's board of selectors. The Class of 2015 also will include former Minnesota Vikings C Mick Tingelhoff, who played 240 games in his career and was the seniors committee nominee, as well as two nominees in the contributors category -- former Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts GM Bill Polian, as well as longtime NFL executive Ron Wolf.

-- Larry Foote Mulling Retirement --
Sat Jan 31, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Arizona Republic reports impending free-agent LB Larry Foote is considering retirement. If Foote decides to retire, he could be joining Cardinals HC Bruce Arians' coaching staff, according to a source.

-- Bryan Stork Upgraded to Probable --
Sat Jan 31, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New England Patriots C Bryan Stork (knee) has been upgraded to probable for the Super Bowl on Sunday.

-- 49ers Name Clancy Pendergast --
Sat Jan 31, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

Fox Sports reports the San Francisco 49ers have named Clancy Pendergast Inside LBs Coach.

-- Browns Name Kevin O'Connell --
Sat Jan 31, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

Fox sports reports the Cleveland Browns have named Kevin O'Connell QBs Coach.

-- Working Doubletime to Help You Win! --
Sat Jan 31, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football FFMastermind.com Super Bowl premium package subscriber Frank Kendelson shares his thoughts on why Working Doubletime was a key factor for his fantasy title in 2011. Patrons considering a subscription should check out Frank's comments!

-- Sources: Falcons to Name Dan Quinn New HC on Tuesday --
Sat Jan 31, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports multiple sources say the Atlanta Falcons currently plan to name Seahawks DC Dan Quinn their new head coach on Tuesday.

-- Greg Olsen Contract Watch --
Sat Jan 31, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen would like to get something done in terms of an extension before the season, and it makes sense to do it. He's a key cog to this offense, one of the best all-around tight ends in the NFL. He should get a substantial raise from the $7.8 million he's set to count against the cap in 2015, although as we've seen with GM Dave Gettleman he won't get silly with a new deal. Signing QB Cam Newton to a long-term deal has to be the team's priority, but getting Olsen locked up doesn't fall far behind that. It's doubtful that we'll see anything done with Olsen until after Carolina wraps up free agency and has a better understanding of where it is under the salary cap. However, don't look for this to drag into the season.

-- Jeremy Maclin Contract Watch --
Sat Jan 31, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports WR Jeremy Maclin confirmed that contract negotiations between his representation and the Eagles were ongoing and that he expected to remain in Philadelphia, but the wide receiver conceded that nothing was written in ink. Asked if he expected to be back in 2015, Maclin said, "Yeah, I've always said that, but at the same time, man, you got to understand what's going on."

-- Arians Desperately Wants Fitzgerald to Remain a Cardinal --
Sat Jan 31, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Arizona Cardinals official website reports Cardinals HC Bruce Arians was asked if he was nervous that WR Larry Fitzgerald wouldn’t return to the Cardinals in 2015. The Cardinals coach didn’t hesitate. “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t,” Arians said. “We definitely, desperately want him to stay. He knows that. It’s really his decision.” There is no real news to this point – team president Michael Bidwill already said this week Fitzgerald contract talks wouldn’t begin in earnest until after the Super Bowl – but Arians made it clear in all his answers he’d like a solution in which Fitzgerald is a Cardinal. “I’m hoping and praying every day that it does happen,” Arians said at another point in the morning. “I’ve expressed to him personally how much it means to us.”

-- Sean Lee Rehab Update --
Fri Jan 30, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports everything is coming along fine with Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee's (torn ACL) rehab. It was a little slow in the beginning, but the hope is that he will be able to take part in the offseason program and do at least some of the organized team activities and mini-camp.

-- Bernard Pollard Requests Release --
Fri Jan 30, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Nashville Tennessean reports Titans S Bernard Pollard has requested his release from his contract, a source familiar with the situation said. Pollard, a nine-year NFL veteran, has one year remaining on the two-year deal he signed with the Titans. He's scheduled to make $3.1 million in 2015. Pollard made the request to Titans GM Ruston Webster at the end of the 2014 season, the source said. Pollard, who finished the season on injured reserve, hasn't been informed of the team's decision.

-- Packers Fire Shawn Slocum --
Fri Jan 30, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Green Bay Packers have fired special teams coach Shawn Slocum.

-- Seahawks Friday Injury Update - Lynch & Sherman Probable --
Fri Jan 30, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Seattle Seahawks official website reports Seahawks S Earl Thomas (shoulder), S Kam Chancellor (knee), OG J.R. Sweezy (ankle), RB Marshawn Lynch (non-injury), OT Justin Britt (knee), CB Richard Sherman (elbow) are probable to play in the Super Bowl.

-- Sign Up for Free Fantasy Newsletters! --
Fri Jan 30, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Patriots Friday Injury Update - Brady Probable --
Fri Jan 30, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The New England Patriots official website reports Patriots C Bryan Stork (knee) is questionable to play in the Super Bowl. CB Darrelle Revis (non-injury), LB Akeem Ayers (knee),LB Donta Hightower (shoulder), DT Chris Jones (elbow), DL Sealver Siliga (foot), and QB Tom Brady (ankle) are probable.

-- Jimmy Graham Will Avoid Surgery --
Fri Jan 30, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) used last week’s exhibition as a barometer for whether or not he would need surgery to repair a nagging shoulder injury. He has determined an operation is not needed. “I’ve been doing rehab and I’m going to start back on my rehab Monday and really there’s going to be no surgery,” Graham told SiriusXM radio. “I’m just going to do rehab, strengthen the area. That’s what’s best — not having to take six months off and try to heal up with a surgery, but now have those six months to work on all things I need to to try and hopefully get to a place like (the Super Bowl) next year.”

-- Titans Fire Lake Dawson --
Fri Jan 30, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Nashville Tennessean reports the Titans have fired Vice President of Player Personnel Lake Dawson.

-- Kahn Believes Justin Blackmon Will Play in 2015 --
Fri Jan 30, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports during an interview with the Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan was asked whether he would welcome WR Justin Blackmon back to the team. Khan said that he would and that he feels good about the wideout’s chances of playing for the team next season. “Absolutely. As a matter of fact, I’m very optimistic. I think he’s paid his dues. I think he’s got his life together. I think he can be a role model for people who have gone through hard times. We’re waiting for him,” Khan said.

-- Bears Re-Sign One --
Fri Jan 30, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Chicago Bears have re-signed exclusive-rights free-agent LB DeDe Lattimore to a two-year contract.

-- Peyton Manning Still Mulling Future --
Fri Jan 30, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Denver Broncos official website reports Broncos QB Peyton Manning said today that he's yet to make a decision regarding his future. “I’m not interested in making this a lingering thing,” Manning said. “I’d like to make a decision soon.”

-- Cardinals Not Planning on Daryl Washington Being Around to Play in 2015 --
Fri Jan 30, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Arizona Cardinals were missing LB Daryl Washington because of a one-year suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Washington is eligible to be reinstated by the league in May, but that may just be the preamble to another suspension. Washington pleaded guilty to aggravated assault last March after being arrested for pushing the mother of his daughter hard enough that she fell and broke her collarbone. The league has not handed down any discipline for that case, but it seems likely and president Michael Bidwill said that the Cardinals aren’t planning around Washington’s presence as a result. “He’ll be facing the issue with the domestic violence and there has been no determination of what happens there,” Bidwill said, via the team’s website. “He was only suspended for the drug issue, so we want to make sure we understand what that (other punishment) is. Last year, we learned about his suspension after free agency. This year we are going to plan to make sure we address all the issues not knowing whether Daryl will be back for part of next season or all of next season. ‘Next man up’ is real but we have to make sure we’ve gone into free agency and addressed that situation.”

-- Junior Galette Court Watch --
Fri Jan 30, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports Saints LB Junior Galette's possible suspension for violating the league's conduct policy stemming from his arrest for a simple battery arrest in early January would leave the Saints with a gaping hole at outside linebacker/defensive end. He could face a six-game suspension by the NFL. Galette's initial court date is set for Feb. 26 in Kenner. And who knows how long this will take for a conclusion and when the league will react with any punishment? If the NFL sidelines Galette, an outside linebacker/defensive end becomes a huge need.

-- PASS: Fantasy Combine - Measuring Potential For WRs --
Fri Jan 30, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football Premium subscribers and patrons take note. PASS & FFMastermind.com fantasy writer John Cooney debuts his Fantasy Football Combine series of articles this month. PASS puts SEVEN young NFL wideouts through the Combine ringer. Get a fantasy football scouting look at NFL WR Charles Johnson, WR Albert Wilson, WR Dontrelle Inman, WR Nick Toon, WR Davante Adams, WR Allen Robinson and WR Jarvis Landry. Click HERE to check it out!

-- Will Brandon Marshall Be a Bear in 2015? --
Fri Jan 30, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Michael C. Wright reports new Chicago Bears HC John Fox and the his regime probably won't tolerate the ancillary drama that WR Brandon Marshall might bring to the table. At the same time, the thought is that Fox is just the right coach for Marshall, whose displays of emotion can often be misconstrued and labeled drama. The Bears are a better team with Marshall than without him. But Marshall and WR Alshon Jeffery are too similar in their respective playing styles, and the Bears need a little more diversity at the receiver position. That said, the belief is that Marshall is a Chicago Bear in 2015, and Wright can see him approaching next season with a hunger we haven't seen from him in a few years because he'll want to bounce back from his rough 2014 season. So the gut says Marshall stays. But at this point, nobody really knows.

-- LeGarrette Blount Has Pot Charge Withdrawn --
Fri Jan 30, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

CBS Sports reports New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount had a marijuana possession charge withdrawn today after he completed 50 hours of community service, his attorney Casey White confirmed to 93.7 The Fan.

-- Bengals Injury Update --
Fri Jan 30, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports during an appearance Thursday afternoon on ESPN's "NFL Insiders," Cincinnati Bengals HC Marvin Lewis gave a couple of quick injury updates. Three key injured offensive players are "all progressing well," Lewis said. Specifically, he was referring to OT Andre Smith, TE Tyler Eifert and WR Marvin Jones. Each of them ended up on season-ending injured reserve after dealing with a series of serious injuries. Smith was lost after Week 12 following a triceps injury he suffered while trying to block the Houston Texans' JJ Watt. Eifert originally was designated for return after dislocating his right elbow in the season-opening win at Baltimore. He remained on IR throughout the season, though, because the elbow took longer to heal than expected. As a result of that, the Bengals felt it was wise Eifert eventually be shut down and for him to undergo shoulder surgery to clear another injury that had nagged him as far back as last offseason. Eifert told reporters the day after the Bengals' Jan. 4 playoff loss that he thought he doubted he would be 100 percent by minicamp, but he expected to participate fully in training camp. Unlike Smith and Eifert, Jones didn't suit up at all this season after suffering an ankle injury while training last offseason. He ended up breaking a foot later in the year during training camp. Once the foot injury cleared, though, the ankle still was enough of an issue in the middle of the regular season that the Bengals shut down the player who was their second-leading receiver the year before. The Bengals are hopeful injured LB Vontaze Burfict can progress as well as it appears these others have so far. The Pro Bowler underwent microfracture surgery earlier this month. It's a procedure that doesn't have a great track record as far as allowing athletes to get back to their same level of production once they recover from it. Some can. In order for Burfict to be among the fortunate few, he will have a long and grueling several months of rehab. Earlier this week, the doctor who performed the surgery expressed optimism Burfict could be back by training camp.

-- LeSean McCoy Not Open to a Pay Cut --
Thu Jan 29, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Eagles RB LeSean McCoy reiterated comments he made after the season that he would be willing to restructure his contract if the Eagles approached him. But the running back took a hard line if HC Chip Kelly, who has final say on all football matters, were to ask him to take a pay cut. "I know how hard it is to keep a team together and I want to be part of this team. But I don't want to take less money," McCoy said. "I want to figure a way to make it happen [where] we're all together."

-- Patriots Thursday Injury Update - Brady Practices --
Thu Jan 29, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The New England Patriots official website reports Patriots LB Akeem Ayers (knee), C Bryan Stork (knee), LB Donta Hightower (shoulder), DT Chris Jones (elbow), and DL Sealver Siliga (foot) were limited in practice on Thursday. QB Tom Brady (ankle) fully practiced.

-- Seahawks Thursday Injury Update --
Thu Jan 29, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Seattle Seahawks S Earl Thomas (shoulder), OT Justin Britt (knee), RB Marshawn Lynch (back), CB Richard Sherman (elbow), and OG J.R. Sweezy (ankle) fully practiced on Thursday.

-- Peyton Manning Still Mulling Decision --
Thu Jan 29, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Archie Manning says Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning is evaluating everything about the decision to return for another season and that he’s confident his son will make the right decision when the time comes. The first Manning to play quarterback in the NFL added that his son was disappointed that OC Adam Gase joined HC John Fox in moving from Denver to Chicago this offseason, but that Gase’s departure probably wouldn’t swing things in any direction. “Peyton’s going to try to decide whether he wants to play or retire. If he decides to play, he’ll be fine. It’ll be another coordinator. He’ll deal with it,” Manning said, via NBC San Diego.

-- 49ers Name Two --
Thu Jan 29, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the San Francisco 49ers have named Jimmie Johnson TEs coach and Daylon McCutcheon DBs assistant.

-- Preliminary Top 12 Fantasy Player Rankings for 2015 (PPR & Non-PPR) --
Thu Jan 29, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football 2015 Premium package subscribers take note. Looking for a head start on the 2015 fantasy season? FFMastermind.com's Michael Nazarek offers his Preliminary Top 12 Fantasy Player Rankings for 2015 (both PPR & Non-PPR leagues) for your viewing pleasure. Nazarek gives you analysis for each player ranked. Log into your premium account and Enjoy.

-- Jonathan Dwyer Sentenced to Probation --
Thu Jan 29, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

AP reports impending free-agent RB Jonathan Dwyer has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and been placed on probation in a case stemming from alleged assaults on his wife during arguments at their apartment last year. Maricopa County Superior Court spokesman Vincent Funari said Dwyer pleaded guilty Thursday to disorderly conduct and was sentenced to 18 months of probation plus community service. County attorney's office spokesman Jerry Cobb said the misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge was reduced from a felony count of aggravated assault and that other misdemeanor charges against Dwyer were dismissed. After Dwyer's arrest in September, the Cardinals placed him on the reserve/non-football illness list.

-- 49ers Name Tom Gamble --
Thu Jan 29, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the San Francisco 49ers have named Tom Gamble Senior Personnel Executive.

-- Josh Gordon Writes Open Letter --
Thu Jan 29, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Cauldron reports Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon wrote an open letter stating that he doesn't have an addiction problem, and that when he failed that alcohol test, he believed he was no longer being tested by the league following the NFL regular season.

-- Chargers Name Mike Nolan --
Thu Jan 29, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the San Diego Chargers have named Mike Nolan LBs coach.

-- Keep Coming Back! --
Thu Jan 29, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football FFMastermind.com Super Bowl premium package subscriber Jack Fields gets to the point why he Keeps Coming Back to be a premium subscriber after trying out other services. Patrons considering a subscription should check out what Jack has to say!

-- Anthony Dixon Undergoes Knee Surgery --
Thu Jan 29, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Buffalo Bills RB Anthony Dixon rushed for 432 yards and two touchdowns in 2014, and he says he did so with a partially torn meniscus in his knee. Dixon, 27, relayed news of the injury on Tuesday night, when he tweeted a photo of himself in a hospital bed. It was unclear if the photo was taken before or after surgery. In an ensuing tweet, Dixon wrote, "I'll be back stronger." Wednesday's tweets indicated he is in Pensacola, Florida, and has already started his rehabilitation.

-- Nick Foles Expects to Return to Eagles in 2015 --
Thu Jan 29, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Star Ledger reports speaking for the first time since his season ending press conference last month, and only the second time since he fractured his collarbone against the Houston Texans in November, Eagles QB Nick Foles dismissed the idea that he might not be back with the team next season. "Yeah you hear about it," Foles said in between doing paid appearances at Super Bowl XLIX. "You are going to hear about it every single year. That's just part of it. The main word is 'rumor.' You can't put too much into it....I plan on being in Philly."

-- Antonio Cromartie Open to a Return to the Jets --
Thu Jan 29, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports this time last year, discussion about CB Antonio Cromartie centered on when the Jets would release him to save money under the cap following an injury-plagued and ineffective 2013 season. Cromartie wound up getting cut in March and signing in Arizona, where he turned in a strong bounce back season with the Cardinals to set him up on stronger footing heading into this offseason. Cromartie is on track to be a free agent and talked about making a return to the Jets on Wednesday. “My door is always open to returning,” Cromartie said, via the New York Post. “Everybody knows I didn’t want to leave. I’m going to keep my door open and see what happens.”

-- Jets Name Rex Hogan --
Thu Jan 29, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

RavenInsider reports the New York Jets have named Rex Hogan Director of College Scouting.

-- Brady Hopes Manning Returns to Play --
Thu Jan 29, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports New England Patriots QB Tom Brady, QB Peyton Manning's biggest rival throughout his career, joined the chorus in hoping that the Denver Broncos' signal-caller continues his career. "What a great player he's been for this league," Brady said on Thursday. "He's a great competitor, and I've been fortunate to play against him a bunch of times. I certainly hope he comes back, 'cause the league will miss him if he doesn't. But those decisions are up to him. I'm sure it's up to whether he's mentally and physically -- that's what he wants to do. But I certainly hope he's back."

-- LeVeon Bell Getting Close to 100% Healthy --
Thu Jan 29, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Pittsburgh Steelers RB LeVeon Bell says that despite missing the Pro Bowl, he's been able to work out on his injured knee. "The knee is close to 100 percent," Bell said. "I'm probably about 85-90 percent, been able to run on it a little bit. So I'm getting back to work out a little."

-- A.P. Watch --
Thu Jan 29, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports if there were no legal issues, RB Adrian Peterson would be back in Minnesota. But now it is far less certain. The Vikings would like him back, they've made that fairly clear, but Peterson might not be entirely comfortable returning to Minnesota. That is the bigger issue here. And if he's not comfortable in Minnesota, then the question becomes where Peterson would like to play. At least a half-dozen teams have done some background work on Peterson in the event he becomes available, according to league sources. Makes sense, too. Both the Seahawks and Patriots have proved that running the football is key to winning championships. There will be a team, maybe even the Dallas Cowboys, that wants to make Peterson the centerpiece of its offensive attack next season. But (to put it in injury terms) Peterson is questionable for Minnesota, probable for somewhere else.

-- Eagles Name Ed Marynowitz --
Thu Jan 29, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Philadelphia Eagles have named Ed Marynowitz Vice President of Player Personnel.

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Thu Jan 29, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Lance Briggs Watch --
Thu Jan 29, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Chicago Tribune reports impending free-agent LB Lance Briggs has reconsidered his stance and is now open to re-signing with the Bears now that former HC Marc Trestman was fired.

-- Broncos Name Joe Woods --
Wed Jan 28, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Denver Broncos official website reports the Broncos have named Joe Woods DBs Coach.

-- Seahawks Wednesday Injury Update --
Wed Jan 28, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Seattle Seahawks S Earl Thomas (shoulder), OT Justin Britt (knee), RB Marshawn Lynch (back), CB Richard Sherman (elbow), and OG J.R. Sweezy (ankle) fully practiced on Wednesday.

-- Patriots Wednesday Injury Update - Brady Practices --
Wed Jan 28, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The New England Patriots official website reports Patriots C Bryan Stork (knee), LB Donta Hightower (shoulder), DT Chris Jones (elbow), and DL Sealver Siliga (foot) were limited in practice on Wednesday. QB Tom Brady (ankle) fully practiced.

-- Seahawks Working to Extend Byron Maxwell --
Wed Jan 28, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Star Ledger reports the Seattle Seahawks have opened extension talks with impending free-agent CB Byron Maxwell.

-- Broncos Name Wade Phillips --
Wed Jan 28, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Denver Broncos official website reports the Broncos have named Wade Phillips Defensive Coordinator.

-- 49ers to Promote Geep Chryst --
Wed Jan 28, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the San Francisco 49ers are expected to promote QBs coach Geep Chryst to offensive coordinator.

-- Will Hill Has an Active Warrant for Failure to Pay Back Child Support --
Wed Jan 28, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Baltimore Sun reports Ravens FS Will Hill is in trouble with the law again. A warrant for his arrest has been issued by New Jersey authorities due to Hill allegedly failing to pay $16,588.18 in back child support to his baby's mother, according to Hudson County, N.J. law enforcement officials. The arrest warrant isn't particularly new. According to police, it was issued in March of 2014.

-- 49ers Name Steve Logan --
Wed Jan 28, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the San Francisco 49ers have named Steve Logan QBs coach.

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Wed Jan 28, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Redskins Name Matt Cavanaugh --
Wed Jan 28, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NFl.com reports the Washington Redskins have named Matt Cavanaugh QBs Coach.

-- Jaguars Name Nathaniel Hackett --
Wed Jan 28, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NFl.com reports the Jacksonville Jaguars have named Nathaniel Hackett QBs coach.

-- Bills QBs Get Clean Slate --
Wed Jan 28, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

WGR550.com reports QB E.J. Manuel and Qb Jeff Tuel are the lone holdovers from the previous Buffalo Bills coaching staff, but that doesn't necessarily mean that their immediate futures with the team are predetermined. OC Greg Roman said Manuel, the team's first-round pick in 2013, will get his chance to start fresh with the new coaching staff. "I'm not going to get into specifics. but I definitely think he's done some very good things and displayed some good traits. We just have to get his level of consistency a little bit greater. Really, he and everybody else, once we get thru this evaluation process, we're going to have a very clean slate, once we get going because what they might have been asked to do or done in the past is really not relevant to what we may or may not ask them to do. So to sit here and pontificate about this that and the other, is a little premature."

-- NFLPA: Goodell Can't Mandate Counseling for A.P. --
Wed Jan 28, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson last season, he set April 15 as a date to consider Peterson’s reinstatement and mandated that Peterson meet with a league-approved psychiatrist for counseling after pleading no contest to a charge of misdemeanor reckless assault on his four-year-old son. On Monday, the NFLPA filed a brief in federal court arguing that Goodell has no power to impose such a condition on Peterson. The union, which is suing to have Peterson reinstated as soon as possible in a case set to begin next month, argues that Goodell’s powers under the collective bargaining agreement are limited to fining players, suspending them or terminating their contracts. “The collectively-bargained NFL Player Contract could not be clearer in expressly limiting the Commissioner’s disciplinary authority ‘to fine Player[s] in a reasonable amount, to suspend Player[s] for a certain period or indefinitely; and/or to terminate th[eir] contract[s],'” the NFLPA writes in the brief, via ESPN.com. “The NFL does not deny that the Commissioner’s imposed counseling requirement is neither a fine, suspension, or contract termination, nor would there be any other ‘plausible’ interpretation of this CBA provision permitting such a requirement. Instead, the NFL — like the [suspension] itself — entirely ignores the Player Contract’s CBA disciplinary limitation. As the NFL highlights, Arbitrator [Harold] Henderson sustained the counseling requirement of Mr. Peterson’s discipline not on the basis of any provision in the CBA, but by relying upon Commissioner Goodell’s unilaterally promulgated Personal Conduct Policies.”

-- Adios Jarrett Boykin? --
Wed Jan 28, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports WR Jarrett Boykin opened the year as the No. 3 receiver but flopped miserably. Boykin finished the year with the same number of dropped passes as receptions (three). Just one year earlier, Boykin was third on the team with 49 receptions. Boykin now becomes a restricted free agent, and it's unlikely the Packers will even make him an offer.

-- Jaguars Name Kelly Skipper --
Wed Jan 28, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Florida Times-Union reports the Jacksonville Jaguars have named Kelly Skipper Running Backs Coach.

-- Redskins Name Mark Clark --
Wed Jan 28, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Washington Redskins have named Mark Clark Strength and Conditioning Coach.

-- Eagles Block 49ers from Interviewing Bob Bicknell --
Wed Jan 28, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Sacramento Bee reports 49ers HC Jim Tomsula and the team is interested in adding Eagles wide receivers coach Bob Bicknell to his staff, possibly as offensive coordinator, but the Eagles so far have prevented Bicknell from interviewing.


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