Marcas Grant and Michael F. Florio are back for a new edition of the NFL Fantasy Football Podcast to recap every game from Week 5! The hosts discuss recent fantasy headlines, starting with the latest on Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who is targeting a Week 10 return after undergoing successful surgery on his ruptured finger tendon. The New York Giants suffered injuries to quarterback Daniel Jones, running back Saquon Barkley, and wide receiver Kenny Golladay. Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow spent Sunday night in a hospital with a throat contusion, and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster will miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury. Then, Marcas and Michael discuss what they learned this week, including thoughts on a couple of wide receivers, Mike Williams of the Los Angeles Chargers and Ja'Marr Chase of the Cincinnati Bengals. Next, the hosts look at the week's top performers, questioning the comfort level with Miami Dolphins running back Myles Gaskin and ranking the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receivers for the rest of the season. The experts then lament disappointing performances from Jacksonville Jaguars receivers Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault, as well as Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks and Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold. Afterward, Marcas and Michael hand out way-too-early Fantasy Superlatives, picking their Fantasy MVPs through this point in the season in addition to Biggest (Good) Surprise, Biggest (Bad) Surprise, and Best Waiver Wire Pickup. Later, the hosts discuss the top waiver wire targets of the week, and finally, the experts close the show previewing the upcoming Monday Night Football matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens.
New Patriots head coach Jerod Mayo: Franchise changes not taking 'shots at' Bill Belichick
Jerod Mayo's New England Patriots are a new-look group from seasons past. Obvious as the changes might be, Mayo made it clear Wednesday that none of the alterations should be viewed as slights to Bill Belichick, the architect of the Patriots dynasty who parted ways with the franchise after 24 seasons last month.
Ravens GM Eric DeCosta 'hopeful' of re-signing RBs J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards
Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta and head coach John Harbaugh are aiming to solidify the RB room in 2024, and while just how they do that remains to be seen, with a 2024 NFL Draft not expected to be rife with backfield talent, re-signing impending free agents J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards could be a solid plan.
Colts GM Chris Ballard: Andrew Luck history impacting pulling 'the reins' on Anthony Richardson's recovery
Colts quarterback Anthony Richardson said in December he was ahead of schedule in his recovery from his season-ending shoulder injury, but Wednesday at the 2024 NFL Scouting Combine, general manager Chris Ballard said the club wants to "pull the reins" a bit on Richardson, noting the experience gained when Andrew Luck rushed back from his own shoulder injury.
The First Read: 10 takeaways from 2024 NFL Scouting Combine's media availabilities
What will the Bears do with Justin Fields? Can the Bucs retain Mike Evans? Which QB prospect is the most intriguing? Jeffri Chadiha lists 10 takeaways from what coaches and GMs had to say at the 2024 NFL Scouting Combine.