Rams agree to one-year deal with Blake Bortles

Fantasy Football, NFL News
March 18, 2019

Replaces Sean Mannion as backup to Jared Goff

Los Angeles has a new backup quarterback, as the club agreed to terms with former Jaguar Blake Bortles on a one-year contract. Bortles has played in 75 games (starting 73), completing 59.3 percent of his passes for 17,646 yards with 103 touchdowns and an 80.6 career passer rating. (TheRams.com)

Nerdy Football Analysis: The Rams had Sean Mannion backing up Jared Goff last season so this gives them a more experienced backup in case Goff gets nicked up during the season. Bortles best fantasy season came back in 2015 when he finished as the QB3 with 4,428 yards and 35 passing TDs. He’ll go undrafted in most redraft leagues in 2019.

Dolphins find themselves a QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick

Fantasy Football, NFL News
March 17, 2019

Two-year deal

Miami has its new starting quarterback. Dolphins reached agreement on a two-year deal with former Buccaneers’ QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, per source. Fitzpatrick now will join his third AFC East team, having already started for the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: After flirting with Teddy Bridgewater and trading Ryan Tannehill to the Titans, the Dolphins finally find a QB. Fitzpatrick will be a bridge until a Miami lands a young quarterback in the draft. Given the rebuilding mode going on, it’s tough to value Fitzmagic as anything but a QB2 heading into 2019.

Tyreek Hill being investigated for battery

Fantasy Football, NFL News
March 15, 2019

Incident resulted in broken arm for 3-year-old son

The Star has obtained a police report from the Overland Park Police Department about a battery incident that lists a juvenile as the victim. Hill’s fiancee, Crystal Espinal, is listed under “others involved. A source familiar with the situation said Tyreek Hill’s fiancee has been in contact with Overland Park police. The source said that the incident was against the couple’s 3-year-old son, resulting in a broken arm.

As of Friday afternoon, Hill had not been charged with a crime.

(Kansas City Star)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Not good. If it becomes understood that Hill was the cause of his son’s injury, it’s likely he will face a suspension and/or be booted off the team. Hill pleaded guilty to domestic assault and battery by strangulation in 2015. Those chargers were dismissed in August 2018 and ordered to be expunged after he completed his probation requirements.

Dolphins trade Ryan Tannehill to Titans

Fantasy Football, NFL News
March 15, 2019

Tannehill restructures deal with Tennessee

Full terms: The #Dolphins are receiving a 4th round pick in 2020 and the 2019 7th round pick, while the #Titans are getting a 6th in 2019 and Ryan Tannehill. Titans QB Ryan Tannehill’s new contract is for 1 year with $7M fully guaranteed, source said. It goes to $12M+ with playtime, other incentives. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: It’s been widely known that the Dolphins would be parting ways with their quarterback of the last seven years. Miami needs a fresh start at the position while Tennessee gets a veteran to backup Marcus Mariota who’s dealt with various injuries during his four-year career. Miami was Blake Bortles and Ryan Fitzpatrick to choose from in the free agent market and will likely be searching for a QB in the upcoming draft where they have the 13th pick.

Kareem Hunt gets 8-game suspension

Fantasy Football, NFL News
March 15, 2019

Will not appeal

The Browns will be without running back Kareem Hunt for the first eight games of the season, a league source told cleveland.com.
The NFL suspended Hunt for half the season for his incident in the hallway outside his downtown Cleveland apartment in Febuary of 2017 where he was captured on video shoving and kicking a woman. Hunt will accept the suspension and not appeal, the source said.
(Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Six to eight games was the prevailing wisdom on Hunt’s suspension so this falls in line with expectation. With no appeal we have a grasp on how many games he’ll be eligible to in 2019. Hunt’s fantasy value is complicated by the fact that the team already has Nick Chubb who is capable of handling and every-down role. Still, Hunt’s talent should make him fantasy worthy in the back half of the season. He’ll be a late-round pick in leagues with at least 18 roster spots.