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Antonio Brown limited on Wednesday

Fantasy Football, NFL News
February 3, 2021

Injury Knee injury

Bucs coach Bruce Arians said Jordan Whitehead, Antonio Brown and Antoine Winfield Jr. all practiced today but were limited. (Jenna Laine on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Brown was listed as “Doubtful” last week with a knee injury and didn’t play in the NFC Conference Championship game. Brown seems to be on the right side of questionable but we’ll know more after practice on Friday.

Saints want Jameis Winston back

Fantasy Football, NFL News
February 3, 2021

Sean Payton indicates they’ll make a run at Winston in free agency

#Saints coach Sean Payton makes clear the team wants Jameis Winston back. They didn’t call on new #Rams QB Matthew Stafford, another potential vote of confidence for his current QBs. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Winston is a free agent but Sean Peyton indicated on Good Morning Football that they will pursue the 27 year-old quarterback. Winston did not start any games for the Saints in 2020 despite Drew Brees missing four games with a rib injury. Taysom Hill will be in the mix but there’s a real chance Winston could be the Saints starter in 2021.

Tom Brady willing to play past 2022?

Fantasy Football, NFL News
February 1, 2021

QB drops hint he might play past age 45

Tom Brady on whether he’d consider playing beyond age 45: “Yeah, definitely. I would definitely consider that. … You never know kind of when that moment is. … It has to be 100 percent commitment from myself to keep doing it.” (The Washington Post – Mark Maske)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Brady keeps pushing the boundaries for what most thought was possible for an athlete in his mid-40s, but fantasy owners need to treat him as a year-to-year player at this point. While he just completed a regular season in which he threw for 40 touchdowns and does a good job of avoiding punishment on the field, even the TB12 method can’t keep his physical skills from deteriorating. Fantasy owners should consider him a low-end QB1 with considerable risk in 2021 drafts.

Aaron Rodgers unlikely to get dealt

Fantasy Football, NFL News
February 1, 2021

HC offers strong vote of confidence

Matt LaFleur reiterates Aaron Rodgers will be here “for a long time” as #Packers QB: “Is that a trick question? Absolutely. There’s no doubt about it. You’re talking about the guy who’s going to win the MVP of the league. We’re not in this position without him.” (Ryan Wood on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: The Packers put themselves in the position of having to field these kinds of questions for the foreseeable future when they traded up for Jordan Love last spring. Be that as it may, Rodgers is under contract through the end of the 2023 season and the most likely time to get out from his deal isn’t until the end of next season. Of course, that assumes Love shows something between now and then and Rodgers isn’t playing at an MVP level.

Adam Trautman ready to break out?

Fantasy Football, NFL News
February 1, 2021

Jared Cook likely to be cap casualty

It’s always difficult to forecast a Trey Hendrickson-like breakout season, but the opportunity is going to be there for Adam Trautman to enjoy a big sophomore campaign. Assuming Jared Cook does not return, Trautman will be the projected starting tight end. He was productive in limited playing time as a rookie, catching 15 of the 16 targeted passes, nine of them for first downs. He also showed big-play potential with receptions of 29 and 41 yards. The future is bright for the Dayton product. (The Athletic – Jeff Duncan)

Nerdy Football Analysis: The caveat to predicting a huge second season from Trautman is the likely retirement of Drew Brees. Taysom Hill appeared to be more of a one-read (usually Michael Thomas) quarterback in his time as the starter, while impending free agent Jameis Winston is still very much an unknown in Sean Payton’s system (assuming he returns to New Orleans). Trautman’s talent is not in question, however. Fantasy owners should keep his name in the back of their mind should the Saints move on from Cook.