Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard told a crowded room at a local fundraiser that quarterback Andrew Luck (shoulder) is the "strongest [he has] seen him, both mentally and physically." While Ballard didn't hint at when Luck would return to throwing the football, it seems as if the recovery process is coming along nicely for the former fantasy stud. Pending news of the quarterback throwing passes, fantasy owners should be cautious when valuing him in 2018 fantasy drafts.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams was arrested on Saturday morning for public intoxication and leaving the scene of an accident. Williams reportedly crashed his Lamborghini into a light post and fled the scene of the accident around 3 AM in Frisco, Texas. He was arrested a few hours later when police found him riding an electric bicycle near his home. He was released on a $369 bond, both charges are misdemeanors. Williams likely won't face any discipline from the NFL, but you never know with Roger Goodell.
New York Jets tight end Jordan Leggett, the fifth-rounder in 2017 that missed all of last season due to a knee injury, figures to have the leg up on the starting tight end gig in 2018, although he'll be competing with Chris Herndon and Clive Walford. Herndon was drafted in the fourth round last month. Herndon is also coming off a torn MCL and will probably be limited in offseason workouts. Leggett has upside, but he has yet to play an NFL snap and will have to prove himself first before fantasy owners take notice.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is not expected to attend organized team activities next week, according to sources. Jones is seeking an update to his contract, and it sounds like the team is willing to consider it. It seems as though the 29-year-old is always dinged up, but he continues to produce nonetheless and has posted four straight 1,000-yard seasons for the Falcons. Despite being an injury risk, Jones remains an elite fantasy wideout.
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle) will attend the team's voluntary organized team activities, according to a source. The Giants will start Phase 3 of their offseason conditioning program Monday, May 21, and Beckham will attend despite having not worked out a contract extension with the team. We doubt that OBJ will be a full go in OTAs, but it's a great sign that he's healing properly after a season-ending ankle injury early in 2017. With Beckham set to be fully healthy for the 2018 season, he'll once again be an elite fantasy wideout.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monkey continues to praise wide receiver Chris Godwin and thinks he's earned the right to be a starter in 2018. The 22-year-old showed well in his rookie season, catching 34 passes for 525 yards and one touchdown, but he's behind Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson in three-wide sets, so he could struggle to be a consistent producer for fantasy owners. Godwin has breakout potential if an injury occurs ahead of him, though, and is worth a late-round flier in deeper leagues.
Seattle Seahawks rookie running back Rashaad Penny, the 27th overall pick in the draft, signed a four-year contract with a fifth-year option on Thursday. His contract will be valued at $10,903,622, including a signing bonus of $6,000,306. Penny is expected to compete with Chris Carson for lead-back duties immediately, and Seattle's coaching staff is high on Penny and sees him as a legitimate three-down back. The Seahawks could also use Penny to return kicks. Penny has considerable upside for fantasy because he could see a heavy workload right away, but don't overspend, as he will need to refine his pass-blocking skills if he's to be on the field all the time.
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson has stated that his goal for the season is still 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards. This would make him a locked-in, high-end RB1 for the season and see him return to the form that he exhibited in 2016. Johnson spent all of last season injured but is back to full health and should be the main weapon in a run-based Cardinals attack. Therefore, Johnson should be considered a first-round pick in every draft format this year.
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton is reportedly completely buying into the team's new body of coaches and staff heading into 2018, per Zak Keefer of the Indy Star. "He's giving us everything he's got, he's all in", Keefer tweeted he has heard. Hilton, who is looking to rebound from a mediocre season in which he finished under 1,000 receiving yards for the first time since 2012, seems to have more pep in his step thanks to the various reforms in Indianapolis. If quarterback Andrew Luck manages to come back at full health, count on Hilton rebounding to pristine fantasy form next season.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross is trying to get out of his own head and just play football, something he struggled with last year. The 2017 ninth overall pick, Ross battled injuries and ineffectiveness en route to a lost season, where he did not haul in a single pass. He's in much better shape this season and is ready to take on a bigger role in the Bengals offense. He'll have to compete with Tyler Boyd and Brandon Lafell to be Cincy's No. 2 receiver behind A.J. Green. If he can do that, he's worth a look in deeper fantasy formats.
Prosecutors have dropped New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson's charges for felony resisting arrest from last year, according to his attorney, Ed O'Donnell. However, Anderson is still facing a misdemeanor reckless driving charge and seems likely to be hit with a suspension to begin the year. Anderson had 63 catches for 941 yards and seven touchdowns in 2017 and emerged as the team's best receiver. However, his value may take a hit with a possible suspension and the return of a healthy Quincy Enunwa. The Jets also added Terrelle Pryor and have questions at quarterback.
Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks said the team knew about Kirk's legal troubles before drafting him and fully support him in the process. This is good news for Kirk owners as it is more likely that Kirk does not receive any substantial penalty for his misconduct. However, a potential suspension is not out of the question, diminishing his short-term value at the moment.
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (knee) will meet with team doctors and coaches this week to decide how much work he will do during organized team activities that start next Tuesday, but Dolphins sources expect that Tannehill will be able to take part in OTAs with little to no restrictions. Tannehill missed the last month of 2016 with a partially torn ACL and all of last season after he tore the ligament. "It's been impressive to watch Ryan really throw the football and the command he has of the offense," said offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, who has seen glimpses of Tannehill's throwing on tape and in the early part of the current offseason conditioning program. Miami is expecting big things from Tannehill in his second full season under head coach Adam Gase. Tannehill was the most efficient he's been in his career in 2016 (67.1 completion percentage), but he threw for a career-low 2,995 yards with 19 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 13 games. Fantasy owners aren't risking anything more than a QB2 selection on Tannehill, especially since he lost the NFL's leading receiver in Jarvis Landry.
Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy praised the newly acquired quarterback DeShone Kizer, saying that he felt Kizer would have been a first round pick in this year's NFL draft. Green Bay acquired Kizer from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for former first round pick cornerback Damarius Randall. It is unclear if McCarthy felt that Kizer is currently as good a prospect as the five quarterbacks who went in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft or if Kizer would have been if he had stayed and developed for another year at Notre Dame. Kizer was poorly managed last year in Cleveland. Still, he looked completely unprepared for the NFL game and had problems with accuracy and turnovers. Kizer is capable of being very accurate when his feet are set but frequently misses targets when he is on the move. Kizer's speed is one of his best assets, so his inability to throw on the run is a huge detriment to his game. Further, it appears that Kizer is attempting to rework his throwing motion this offseason. Overall, Kizer may end up developing into a quality player but he is still years away. With quarterback Aaron Rodgers cemented as the starter in Green Bay, Kizer should have plenty of time to develop. In the meantime he will compete with Brett Hundley for the second string role.
Baltimore Ravens tight end Maxx Williams and wide receiver Breshad Perriman figure to be on the roster bubble in training camp this year. Williams has just 47 catches for 354 yards and two touchdowns in his three years in the NFL and could be cut after the team just drafted two tight ends. Perriman has 43 receptions for 576 yards and three touchdowns in three years in the NFL and is on the outside looking in after Baltimore upgraded their receivers in free agency.