Sam Bradford traded to Minnesota Vikings
Fantasy Impact: Bradford was a borderline QB2 before the trade and he won't get much higher than that on draft boards. This certainly salvages some of the doom and gloom surrounding the Vikings after Teddy Bridgewater's injury, but did the front office give up too much to acquire Bradford? Parting with a first round pick is a signal to me that this team believes it can take a shot at a title. Why sacrifice the future unless you truly believe in the present? In either case, this changes the dynamic for both Minnesota and Philadelphia.
Carson Wentz is the Eagles' starter once he is healthy. Until then, Chase Daniel will be the temporary starter. Bradford's arrival in Philly nudges Shaun Hill back to the bench. With all that out of the way, nothing much changes about the Fantasy prospects for any of the related playmakers on either team.
Am I any more excited about Jordan Matthews or Stefon Diggs? Not really. Do I think the roles have changed for Ryan Mathews or Adrian Peterson? Nope, can't say that I am. So who's the big winner in this transaction? I'd say it is Carson Wentz and the Eagles. Wentz, the No. 2 overall pick, went from injured No. 3 QB to the starter. And now Philly is back in the first round after trading away their 2017 first rounder to move up in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Justin Forsett cut by the Baltimore Ravens
Fantasy Impact: Adios Forsett! The Ravens' backfield was overcrowded and needed some clearing out. Between Forsett, Terrance West, Javorius Allen and Kenneth Dixon, there wasn't enough offense to go around.
Forsett stumbled with injuries in 2015 after his career-year in 2014. Let's be frank, his 2014 breakout year was the exception, not the rule. After a middling career, few players came out of nowhere like Forsett did. The Ravens appear to agree with that sentiment. Allen and West will split this backfield while Dixon recovers from a torn MCL. The early edge goes to West as the starter. That injury will keep Dixon out for about a month, yet the rookie should be expected to compete for playing time once he returns. None of these backs are anything more than a flex player until someone pulls away from the pack. Forsett could prove to be an asset to a team that needs help from a steady and not flashy pass-catching back.
Mark Sanchez to Dallas, Tony Romo likely headed to I.R.
Fantasy Impact: There isn't any Fantasy impact, not yet anyway. Dak Prescott remains the starter in Dallas and he will be tutored by Sanchez. Sending Romo to injured reserve will automatically keep him out for the first six weeks and free up a spot on the 53-man roster. Sanchez is cheap insurance in case this Prescott experiment falls flat on its face, which I don't think will be the case.
Texans cut Cecil Shorts
Fantasy Impact: When the Texans drafted Will Fuller and Braxton Miller, we should have probably taken the hint. Shorts was a decent, but rarely notable difference maker during his three years in Jacksonville and one season with Houston. With defenses locked in on DeAndre Hopkins every play, there will be big play opportunities for the Texans' WRs & TEs.
Jets cut Jace Amaro
Fantasy Impact: An already paper-thin depth chart is now that much lighter. Coming from Texas Tech, Amaro was a receiver first and tight end second. The Jets attempted to mold him into the right fit, but that metamorphosis never came. The Jets new No. 1 TE is Kellen Davis. What does that mean to your Fantasy team? Absolutely nothing. There are about 50 TEs you should consider before even considering Davis given the limited role given to Jets' tight ends.
Broncos cut Ronnie Hillman
Fantasy Impact: It's been a long time coming for Hillman. The drafting of Devontae Booker was a big red flag, but the Broncos also parted ways with Juwan Thompson. They must have a lot of confidence in Booker and confirmed No. 3 RB Kapri Bibbs. C.J. Anderson owners should have eyes in the back of their heads to watch out for Booker. He is a must-own handcuff for Anderson.
Giants cut Andre Williams
Fantasy Impact: Williams was a bell-cow in college, but he performed more like ground beef for the Giants. We knew Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen were going to see the majority of action before New York parted ways with Williams. In fact, people seem to be forgetting that Jennings is a more than capable flex option for Fantasy owners. That said, keep an eye on Bobby Rainey and rookie Paul Perkins to fight for more playing time, even though only an injury will clear the way for either player.
Cowboys place Darren McFadden on reserve/NFI
Fantasy Impact: The reserve/NFI list is just like the reserve/PUP list. That means McFadden is out for the first six weeks of the season automatically. The No. 2 job is firmly held by Alfred Morris, but don't forget about pass-catching phenom Lance Dunbar. He caught 21 passes in the first four games of 2015. OK, maybe we're focusing too deep on the depth chart. Ezekiel Elliott is the man in Dallas and will be the man in Dallas for years to come. No doubt about it. Put him down for 20 or more touches every week and tons of Fantasy points.
Colts cut Stevan Ridley
Fantasy Impact: Although Ridley was only competing for a minimal role in in the Colts' backfield, it's a good sign for the job security of Robert Turbin. The former Seattle Seahawks' RB is the penciled-in backup behind Frank Gore. Rounding out the depth chart are Jordan Todman and rookie Josh Ferguson. Ferguson began the offseason as a popular deep sleeper, but he never seemed to gain enough footing to climb the depth chart.
Josh Doctson stays off PUP list
Fantasy Impact: This rookie WR has a great opportunity to work his way into the hearts and minds of the Fantasy community this year. DeSean Jackson is injury prone and streaky. Pierre Garcon has upside as a possession receiver and Jamison Crowder is at his best in the slot. Crowder may be a shot in the arm for this offense. Doctson may need a few weeks to get back onto the field regularly, however he is Washington's receiver of the future, even if it's not this year, so avoiding the reserve/PUP list is a blessing for his development.
49ers name Blaine Gabbert the starter
Fantasy Impact: Gabbert has been the assumed starter for awhile now. The 49ers' offense is one big enigma. Chip Kelly is at the helm, Torrey Smith is coming off a terrible year, Carlos Hyde barely played and there are more questions than answers. If you are relying on Gabbert in Week 1 or any week for that matter, good luck to you.
DeVante Parker's health and return uncertain
Fantasy Impact: If you aren't already panicking about DeVante Parker, you should be. First, the Dolphins opted to give the No. 2 job to Kenny Stills. Rookie Leonte Carroo is challenging Parker from the No. 4 spot. And maybe most worrisome of all, Jakeem Grant and Griff Whalen are also on the final roster which means Parker's status is unknown. It's not that unusual for teams to carry six receivers, but it is worrisome when a player of Parker's caliber can't seem to establish himself.
Patriots cut Tyler Gaffney
Fantasy Impact: Tyler Gaffney is hitting the road, jack. The Pats' depth chart is led by LeGarrette Blount and James White until Dion Lewis returns. The next two backs are Brandon Bolden and D.J. Foster. Gaffney had his time in the sun last year, but it should go without saying that New England opts for the hot hand rather than playing favorites.
Spencer Ware could be Chiefs' Week 1 starter
Fantasy Impact: Jamaal Charles isn't quite ready yet. Charcandrick West is dinged up. This leaves Ware and possibly Knile Davis as the Chiefs only true RBs on their 53-man roster. Ware is a huge value if this holds true into Week 1. Charles needs to get back in game shape and for a speedster, the team should exercise caution before rushing him back into the mix. Ware could be a legit stud if given a full workload.
Pats activate Danny Amendola
Fantasy Impact: It doesn't happen often but Amendola is healthy enough to practice. He missed all of camp and will need time to get back into playing shape. The Pats top WRs are Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell. Considering the injury histories of Edelman and Amendola, Hogan and Mitchell have become popular sleepers although they may not peak until the second half of the season.
49ers cut DeAndre Smelter, sign Rod Streater
Fantasy Impact: Smelter was a frequent late-round flier, but that won't be panning out in San Francisco. The Niners are digging around the bottom of the barrel trying to find warm bodies. Their top WRs are Torrey Smith, Quinton Patton and Jeremy Kerley. I'm warning you now: Stay away!
Bears cut Jacquizz Rodgers
Fantasy Impact: By drafting Jordan Howard, the Bears indicated they weren't satisfied with Ka'Deem Carey at the No. 2 spot behind Jeremy Langford. Rodgers was the odd man out after the acquisition of Howard. The diminutive Rodgers was unable to stick after one season in Chicago. He spent his first four years in Atlanta with varied value and production as a pass-catcher out of the backfield. He may latch on somewhere new given his experience.