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-- February Madness Rookie Rankings Released! --
Fri Feb 23, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football 2018 FFMastermind.com premium package subscribers take note. FF Mastermind Senior Writer John Holler has surveyed the field of NFL prospects and offers his February Madness Rookie Rankings covering the top 10 prospects at the QB, RB, WR, TE, Center, OG, OT, DE, DT, OLB, ILB, CB, and Safety positions. Updates and expansions to these rankings will be released in the coming months as we approach the NFL Draft at the end of April. Log into your premium account and enjoy John's first rankings set!


-- Colts Re-Sign Adam Vinatieri --
Thu Feb 22, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports free-agent PK Adam Vinatieri has signed a one-year deal to remain in Indianapolis with the Colts. Vinatieri will need 58 points this season to pass PK Morten Andersen for the most points in NFL history. Vinatieri's one-year deal with the Colts is worth $3.625 million, with $1 million to sign and a $2.625 million base salary, per source.


-- 2018 Mock NFL Rookie Draft Version I Released! --
Thu Feb 15, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

2018 FFMastermind.com premium package subscribers take note. FF Mastermind Senior Writer John Holler begins our 2018 Mock NFL Rookie Draft iterations with his first look at how round #1 shakes out. Updates to this mock draft will be released to 2018 Mastermind premium package subscribers throughout the coming months until the draft at the end of April. Log into your premium account and enjoy John's first cut!


-- Preliminary Top 12 Fantasy Player Rankings for 2018 (PPR & Non-PPR) --
Wed Feb 7, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

2018 Premium package subscribers take note. Looking for a head start on the 2018 fantasy season? FFMastermind.com's Michael Nazarek offers his Preliminary Top 12 Fantasy Player Rankings for 2018 (both PPR & Non-PPR leagues) for your viewing pleasure. Nazarek gives you analysis for each player ranked. Log into your premium account and Enjoy.


-- FFMastermind.com Wins Another Experts League Title! --
Sun Dec 31, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

Team FFMastermind.com led by Michael Nazarek & Steve Yerger took down the prestigious 2017 HAFAX (Fantasy Experts) League Title, making it their 2nd title in the last four years! HAFAX is a Dynasty 16-Team IDP Auction Experts League. Overall, FFMastermind.con has won at least one Experts league title in 13 of the past 14 years!


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-- Blake Bortles Contract Details --
Sun Feb 25, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles' three-year, $54 million contract contains: $20 million comes in year #1 (up from $19 million from the 5th year option). All $26.5 million is fully guaranteed at signing. 2019 is an affordable $16 million. Incentives such as Super Bowl MVP get it to $66.5 million maximum. His year #1 salary cap number is only $10 million.

-- Blake Bortles Rehab Update --
Sun Feb 25, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (wrist surgery) says he expects his wrist to be 100 percent in two weeks.

-- Texans RB Watch - Miller Could be Released --
Sun Feb 25, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller averaged a career-worst 3.7 yards per carry in 2017. He finished with 35 fewer touches despite playing in two more games than he did in 2016. RB D'Onte Foreman saw more playing time as the season went on and showed improvement before he tore his Achilles in Week #11 against the Arizona Cardinals. Foreman had surgery in late November and is expected to be ready for the 2018 season. Foreman impressed throughout the season before his injury, proving to be a strong power runner, which could provide the Texans a great option to go alongside mobile QB Deshaun Watson and could allow Miller to focus on passing downs. If Foreman is healthy in 2018, he could further dip into Miller's workload and cement himself as the Texans' top back. The Texans could part ways with Miller two years into the four-year contract they signed him to before the 2016 season, but given his track record and the team's impressive $64 million in cap space, it may be worth giving Miller another chance. If he doesn't replicate the form he showed in Miami -- and Foreman takes another step forward -- Miller may not be with the Texans after 2018. Behind Miller and Foreman last season was RB Alfred Blue, who has proved to be a solid rusher when given a chance. Blue is a free agent, but given his effectiveness, familiarity with the offense and Foreman's Achilles injury, the Texans could bring him back to provide valuable depth in the backfield.

-- Sign Up for Free Fantasy Newsletters! --
Sun Feb 25, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Jaguars Extending Blake Bortles --
Sat Feb 24, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Jacksonville Jaguars are giving QB Blake Bortles a new three-year, $54 million contract, worth up to $66.5 million with incentives, that includes $26.5 million guaranteed, tying him to Jacksonville through the 2020 season, per source.

-- Jaguars Looking to Extend Blake Bortles --
Sat Feb 24, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports a league source says the Jacksonville Jaguars and QB Blake Bortles are working on a contract extension.

-- Why Martavis Bryant & the Steelers are Destined to Divorce --
Sat Feb 24, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports WR Martavis Bryant and the Pittsburgh Steelers have not had any discussions about a contract extension. Bryant is a free agent in 2019, and if both parties were in an ideal spot, the possibility of a short re-up or long-term pact could have been broached by now, even if the Steelers typically wait until the summer to finalize business. Pittsburgh hasn't made any overtures on a modest bridge contract, in part because they aren't sure what they'll get from him and also because Bryant doesn't have plans to sign. He's made clear he wants to be a No. 1 receiver, and that has to happen elsewhere. If you're looking for a potential trade catalyst, that's it. The Steelers don't want Bryant causing any problems in 2018. It wouldn't be a surprise if Bryant sat out offseason workouts to crystallize his frustration. This awkward dynamic makes a trade plausible. Even if motivated to deal, though, the Steelers likely wouldn't budge without a hefty draft-pick haul. The message Bryant received at the October trade deadline was the team felt fair compensation in exchange for Bryant's skill set was not available. The Steelers likely got offers for a fourth-round pick. That wasn't enough. A late-second-rounder or low-third could help the Steelers -- who have been brilliant drafting receivers for much of the last decade -- identify a new vertical threat. Perhaps the Buffalo Bills, who were trying to get involved last year, could oblige. The Steelers' best course of action is likely to give Bryant the chance to maximize his potential in a motivating contract year. Bryant signing elsewhere in free agency would be a plus in the Steelers' compensatory pick formula for the 2019 draft. The switch to coordinator Randy Fichtner could help free up Bryant with more targets. Either way, Bryant will be performing with a different jersey for 2019 in mind, and the Steelers pretty much know it.

-- Adios Isaiah Crowell --
Sat Feb 24, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Cleveland Browns are not expected to re-sign impending free-agent RB Isaiah Crowell.

-- Patriots Re-Sign Brandon Bolden --
Sat Feb 24, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New England Patriots have re-signed RB Brandon Bolden to a one-year, $880,000 extension through 2018. It includes $170,000 in guarantees.

-- Dez Bryant Contract Watch --
Fri Feb 23, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant has yet to have talks with his agent or the organization about a possibly having to take a pay cut to remain with the team in 2018. When asked on Friday, Bryant was asked if he would be willing to take a cut in pay to remain with the team. "That's a discussion for me, for myself and my agent and Mr. Jones and the Joneses, the Dallas Cowboys," Bryant said. Late last season Bryant said he would not take a pay cut. He is set to make $12.5 million in 2018 and counts $16.5 million against the cap. If the Cowboys were to release Bryant, who is the franchise's all-time leader in touchdown catches, they could save up to $12.5 million against the cap depending on the designation. If he is designated a post-June 1 cut, then the Cowboys would save $12.5 million against the cap, but he would be on the books in 2019 for $4 million. Without the designation, they would save $8 million and they would be free from a salary-cap perspective in 2019.

-- A Magic Act in 2010 --
Fri Feb 23, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Compensatory Picks Awarded --
Fri Feb 23, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Dallas, Green Bay, Oakland, and Cincinnati each were awarded a league-high four compensatory draft picks.

-- David Harris Retires --
Fri Feb 23, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports New England Patriots LB David Harris has retired from the NFL.

-- Jaguars Extend Top Brass --
Fri Feb 23, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Jacksonville Jaguars have given two-year contract extensions to EVP of Football Operations Tom Coughlin, GM Dave Caldwell, and HC Doug Marrone through the 2021 season.

-- Rams Acquire Marcus Peters --
Fri Feb 23, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the CB Marcus Peters to the Los Angeles Rams trade is now officially agreed to, per source, but it cannot be processed until March 14th. That said, Peters is expected to be a Ram in 2018. The Chiefs are expected to get a host of draft picks in return for him.

-- Rams Set to Acquire Marcus Peters --
Fri Feb 23, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Kansas City Chiefs are expected to trade CB Marcus Peters to the Los Angeles Rams, sources say. The teams are in the final stages of talks and barring an unexpected snag, the trade is expected to be agreed to as early as today. This also means impending free-agent CB Trumaine Johnson is moving on to another team this off-season.

-- Cowboys Name Markus Paul --
Fri Feb 23, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Dallas Cowboys have named Markus Paul Strength and Conditioning Coach.

-- Keep Coming Back! --
Fri Feb 23, 2018 --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!

-- Source: Dolphins Hosting Vontae Davis --
Fri Feb 23, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports free-agent CB Vontae Davis is visiting today with the Miami Dolphins, per source.

-- Jaguars Release Chris Ivory & Three Others --
Fri Feb 23, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Jacksonville Jaguars have released RB Chris Ivory, who was inactive for most of the end of the season. The move creates more than $3 million salary cap space. The team also released RB I'Tavius Mathers, WR Larry Pinkard, and DB Jarrod Harper.

-- Jarvis Landry Drawing Trade Interest --
Fri Feb 23, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Tennessee Titans, New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers, and Chicago Bears as teams that could be interested in a trade to acquire franchised Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry.

-- Martellus Bennett Wants to Keep Playing --
Fri Feb 23, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports despite publicly contemplating retirement last season, New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett does want to continue playing. He's due a $2 million roster bonus on March 14th, so New England has a decision to make, but his $6.2 million salary cap hit isn't bad.

-- Steelers Now Willing to Trade Martavis Bryant --
Fri Feb 23, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Pittsburgh Steelers are listening to potential trades for WR Martavis Bryant. The team is not necessarily shopping Bryant, but they are listening to all offers.

-- A-Rob Contract Watch --
Thu Feb 22, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

First Coast News reports the Jacksonville Jaguars have not had contract negotiations with WR Allen Robinson's agent since training camp last summer. The sides likely begin those discussions next week in Indianapolis.

-- FFMastermind Wins More Than $22,000 in Recent FFPC High Stakes Fantasy Football Events! --
Thu Feb 22, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

Team FFMastermind.com, led by Michael Nazarek and Dr. Gil Brovar, won $4,000 in the 2016 FFPC High Stakes Main Event, including a league championship. In 2017, Nazarek won a $250 satellite league, earning him a free 2018 FFPC main event team (a $1,800 value). The winner of the prestigious main event wins $250,000! Nazarek and Brovar have teamed to win more than $22,000 in this event over the past four seasons!

-- Wilks: Cardinals Will be Aggressive in Finding a New Starting QB --
Thu Feb 22, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Arizona Cardinals, currently without a quarterback under contract for 2018, will be very aggressive in finding QB Carson Palmer's replacement, HC Steve Wilks said Thursday. Arizona could look at signing a quarterback in free agency and drafting one, too. "[We're looking for a] very smart and intelligent guy," Wilks said. "A guy that's going to come in and command, not only the huddle, but that side of the ball, that locker room. A competitor. A guy that loves to compete. We're looking for all those things. That DNA."

-- Jameis Winston Uninjured After Car Accident --
Thu Feb 22, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

The Tampa Bay Times reports Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston escaped uninjured after recently being involved in a car accident. Winston, 24, was driving on the Veterans Expressway near Waters Avenue in northwest Tampa on Feb. 13th when his Ford F250 truck rear-ended a Subaru Forester driven by Tyler Stepka of Lutz, a Florida Highway Patrol report said. The crash damaged both vehicles - the citation listed $4,000 in total property damage, while the FHP crash report listed $2,000 in damages to each car. Neither driver nor the passengers in either car were hurt, the report said. Winston operated his vehicle "in (a) careless or negligent manner." Winston was cited for careless driving and faces a $153 fine.

-- Colts Name Bobby Johnson --
Thu Feb 22, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

TSN reports the Indianapolis Colts have named Bobby Johnson Assistant Offensive Line Coach.

-- DeMarcus Lawrence Will be a Cowboy in 2018 --
Thu Feb 22, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones wants to sign DE DeMarcus Lawrence to a long-term deal but made it clear the team will use the franchise tag if a deal isn't reached by March 6th. "We won't let D-Law not be a Dallas Cowboy next year," Jones said.

-- Why Gary Barnidge Didn't Play in 2017 --
Thu Feb 22, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports there were a smattering of reports of interest in signing TE Gary Barnidge after the Browns released him in the wake of taking TE David Njoku in the first round of last year's draft, but Barnidge never joined another team for the 2017 season. On Thursday, Barnidge explained that was because he was guaranteed $700,000 from the Browns because of when they released him and that none of the offers left him were enough to entice him to sign. "I was trying to weigh, 'Do I go play for a little bit of money or I can sit at home, rest my body, still get paid something and then be ready to go for next year and get another opportunity,'" Barnidge said. "There wasn't a right opportunity for me to play with anybody because everybody was trying to get me for the lowest [price] they can get. It didn't make sense." Barnidge feels his age caused teams to try to lowball him while they have "have second- and third-string guys who are getting significant amounts of money."

-- Jets: No Blank Check for Kirk Cousins --
Thu Feb 22, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

The New York Daily News reports the Jets would absolutely love to sign impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins, but that they will not give him a blank check.

-- Why Subscribe to FFMastermind.com? --
Thu Feb 22, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Tyrod Taylor Watch --
Thu Feb 22, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Buffalo Bills are not planning to release QB Tyrod Taylor at this point in time.

-- Seahawks Unlikely to Franchise Sheldon Richardson --
Thu Feb 22, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Seattle Seahawks want to keep DL Sheldon Richardson long-term, but a franchise tag is unlikely.

-- Graham Gano Could be Franchised --
Thu Feb 22, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Carolina Panthers are more likely to tag PK Graham Gano than standout OG Andrew Norwell.

-- D-Jax No Longer Under Investigation --
Thu Feb 22, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Tampa police are no longer actively investigating an incident involving a car registered to Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson that was found to contain marijuana and hollow-point bullets after crashing into a tree, police said.

-- Giants Release One --
Thu Feb 22, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New York Giants have waived LB Deontae Skinner.

-- Gruden: Raiders Need a Full-Time Marshawn Lynch --
Thu Feb 22, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports responding to a fan's contention that RB Marsahwn Lynch didn't round into football shape until November of last season, new HC Jon Gruden responded, "We're not going to have that." "No. I said to him: 'I need RB Marshawn Lynch. I don't need this part-time Lynch. I need full-time Lynch,'" Gruden said, recounting the details of his meeting with Lynch earlier that day. "We need the real deal," Gruden continued. "If you're going to put those letters on the back of your jersey, man, you've got to back it up, Marshawn -- right? We don't need another back, we need a feature back."

-- 2018 EarlyBird Premium Rates Debut! --
Thu Feb 22, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Josh Gordon a EFA Not a RFA --
Thu Feb 22, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports WR Josh Gordon will enter the 2018 league year as an exclusive rights free agent as opposed to a restricted free agent. He played five games in 2017, not enough to qualify for a season played under the current NFL free agency system.

-- Falcons to Work Out Ben Gottschalk --
Thu Feb 22, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports the Falcons will work out free-agent OL Ben Gottschalk on Thursday.

-- Drew Brees Contract Watch --
Thu Feb 22, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports impending free-agent QB Drew Brees' representatives are expected to meet with the New Orleans Saints at the upcoming NFL Scouting Combine to try to hammer out what is potentially a short-term deal.

-- Andrew Luck Rehab Update --
Thu Feb 22, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) is throwing weighted balls, and is full-speed ahead for 2018. His shoulder is fine, it's just the parts around the shoulder now that he's working to rehab to full strength.


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