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  • CIN Wide Receiver #5
    It was reported earlier in the month by The Athletic’s Paul Dehner that “all expectations” were that the Bengals would tag Higgins, who was set to be an unrestricted free agent. Higgins is expected to net about $21.8 million on the franchise tag as he and the Bengals will now look to run things back for at least one more season. It’s possible Higgins and the Bengals eventually come to an agreement on a long-term extension, but this extension buys the two sides extra time to figure things out — assuming Higgins is willing to play on the tag. Higgins has been a highly productive receiver through his first four years in the league, totaling 257 receptions for 3,684 yards and 24 touchdowns. Injuries plagued his 2023 campaign, but Higgins still managed to find the end zone five times and averaged a career-high 15.6 YPR on the season. He’ll be a high-end WR2 for fantasy next season.
  • FA Cornerback #25
    The Dolphins selected Howard in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. The soon-to-be 31-year-old corner has spent his entire career with the Dolphins, earning four Pro Bowl nods and one First-Team All-Pro nomination over that span. Injuries limited Howard to 13 games in 2023, and he managed just one interception while earning a PFF coverage grade of 51.9 — the lowest mark of his career. The ball-hawking corner has twice led the league in interceptions and should have a relatively strong market despite his age. The decision to cut Howard before June 1st will result in a dead cap hit of just over $21 million for the Dolphins.
  • LAC Quarterback #10
    In other words, Roman and head coach Jim Harbaugh won’t be changing a thing with their approach and will lean on the run far more than the past few Chargers coaches. “We want to be a balanced offense,” Roman began. “We want to be able to run it when we want to run it and throw it when we want to throw it. If they present looks that are favorable to run it, then we want to be able to run it at a high level. Every place I’ve been, that’s kind of been the goal, to try to have that complete attack. ... But I think in this league, you can really help dictate to defenses if you have a strong running attack.” When asked how that squares with Justin Herbert’s strengths, Roman responded “that’s where you have to come back to what your ultimate concern is, and for us, it’s winning,” The question isn’t whether Herbert’s pass attempts will decline, but by how much. Although it could very much be a good thing in real life, it’s going to make things complicated in fantasy. Herbert will need to become more efficient in the mold of Russell Wilson or Aaron Rodgers’ primes.
  • IND Wide Receiver #11
    “I don’t want to use it, but it’s a tool,” Ballard said. “If we have to use it, we will.” The Colts have a strange aversion to tagging players, last doing so in 2013 with ... then-punter Pat McAfee. It’s the second longest tag-less streak in the NFL, albeit one that is certain to be broken with Pittman absent a long-term agreement. For his part, Pittman sounded surprisingly open to the possibility last month. “With the franchise tag, I don’t think anyone would be displeased with $23 million,” Pittman said. “The franchise tag is almost like a tag of respect, to get paid in the top five at your position, but do I necessarily want to play on one? I wouldn’t say, necessarily, no, I do not want to play on the tag, but you can use that to work toward a long-term deal.” Pittman’s agent probably didn’t love that, but it’s clear Pittman will remain a Colt for 2024.
  • SEA Quarterback #7
    The Seahawks let Smith’s $12.7 million base salary guarantee itself last week, though they’ve now converted his $9.6 million roster bonus into a pro-rated “signing bonus” that will spread out over the remainder of his deal through 2025. The move creates $4.8 million in cap space. Smith predictably regressed off his 2022 career year in 2023, but he remained at least a league-average starter. Considering the receiver weapons at his disposal, he will remain a viable streamer this year even if the Seahawks go majorly run heavy under new coach Mike Macdonald.
  • CHI Quarterback #1
    Fields spoke to Equanimeous St. Brown and Amon-Ra St. Brown on their podcast about his desires for the 2024 season. He said, “I ain’t got no control over it, so whatever happens happens”, adding “I just want it to be over.” The Bears hold the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, leading to much speculation on the team’s future at quarterback. Fields looks to be in a wait-and-see period, expressing his desire to stay with the Bears, but recognizing the business of the league and that he may not be in Chicago next season. The NFL Combine is coming up at the end of February, which may fuel more speculation on whether Caleb Williams is looking like a Bear or not. Regardless, Fields will have to wait to see what his future looks like.
  • ATL Tight End #8
    “We’re not oblivious to the fact of his skill sets, what he does bring to the team from a receiving standpoint, so there are a lot of things that you can do to be creative and use his skill set in the pass game,” Koger told the team’s website. “But with him and the way we’re going to run the ball and the athleticism he does have, there are a lot of things he can do in the run game to help us out to win football games. ... You’ll see him all over the field, not just out wide but also in the box.” Koger’s comments come a week after new Falcons offensive coordinator Zac Robinson said Pitts has “formational versatility” and would be used across the formation in 2024. It’s not exactly what fantasy managers want to hear about the hyper-athletic Pitts, who was relegated to a bit role in Arthur Smith’s offense over the past three seasons. Pro Football Focus graded Pitts’ run blocking 109th out of 110 qualifying tight ends in 2023. One-third of his snaps last season were spent run blocking. It would be a surprise if Atlanta’s new coaching staff did not deploy Pitts in a more fantasy friendly way.
  • CHI Coaching Staff
    King spent the last three seasons as the Commanders’ assistant running backs coach, making her mark as the first black woman to be a full-time NFL coach in 2021. She has worked with running backs like Antonio Gibson and Brian Robinson and now gets a new opportunity with the Bears. King will be an offensive assistant working with running backs, set to work with backs like Khalil Herbert and Roschon Johnson.
  • FA Safety #21
    Walker has spent his entire career with the Lions after being drafted in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft. The 29-year-old has three career interceptions, playing in all 17 games during the 2023 season after suffering an Achilles tear to end his 2022 season. The move creates $5.5 million in cap space for the Lions while making Walker a free agent heading into the offseason.
  • SEA Running Back #9
    Macdonald, who hired former Washington Huskies offensive coordinator Ryan Grubb as Seattle’s OC, said the team would stress controlling the ball and maximizing time of possession in 2024. “We’re going to be a physical unit, we’re gonna run the football, and we want to have answers for the quarterback and we want to keep it consistent for him so he can play fast and play decisive and get the ball to our playmakers,” Macdonald said. “I know that’s kind of coach speak. But it needs to be an efficient unit, we want to be able to possess the ball, we want to be able to obviously be explosive and not turn the ball over. And I think that’s going to come through run and play action on early downs.” It’s a decidedly old-school approach that may or may not come to fruition, and it’s no surprise Macdonald preaches the run game considering his defensive background. Ken Walker would presumably be the primary beneficiary of a run-first Seattle offense, though he could split the workload with second-year back Zach Charbonnet.

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NBC Sports Podcasts

Fantasy Baseball 2024
Knock your draft out of the park with the Rotoworld Baseball Draft Guide, which features rankings, player profiles, projections, expert mocks and more to get you ready. Don’t forget to use code BASEBALL24 for 10% off.
Eric Samulski breaks down four pitchers throwing new pitches to see what the potential impact could be on the 2024 fantasy baseball season.
It’s Ronald Acuña Jr. and a trio of five-category superstars headlining our industry-expert mock draft, part of our 2024 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide.
Eric Samulski discusses which hitters could see more fantasy value if they pulled the ball more often.
Eric Samulski breaks down his list of top 100 starting pitchers for the 2024 fantasy season.
Eric Samulski breaks down last season’s rookie hitters to find the next Josh Lowe.
Eric Samulski and Scott Pianowski highlight why fantasy managers should target Alex Bregman and Manny Machado in 2024 drafts despite coming off seasons that weren’t up to either veteran’s standards.

Premier League

Check out the Premier League fixtures and results for the 2023-24 season
Will Manchester City complete its quest for an unprecedented fourth straight title?
Trophy time! Mauricio Pochetino looks to kickstart his Chelsea project with a League Cup triumph against Liverpool at Wembley Stadium.
Bournemouth look to surprise Man City and themselves, as the Vitality Stadium hasn’t been a happy hunting ground despite the Cherries’ decent Premier League season.

NFL

After spending eight days in a Chicago-area hospital, Steve McMichael finally is back home.
Former Cowboys receiver Golden Richards died of congestive heart failure Friday at his home in Murray, Utah, Jay Drew of the Deseret News reports.
Receiver will be in line for one-year, $21.816 million deal.
Today’s news that the NFL’s salary cap has skyrocketed to $255.4 million per team comes at a time when the NFL is still trying to save money by shrinking the Big Shield employee payroll.

Rotoworld

The Rockets rookie had another solid night off the bench and is worthy of consideration in standard leagues.
Zachary Krueger highlights incoming running backs and wide receivers to watch at the 2024 NFL Scouting Combine.
Shelly Verougstraete analyzes the fantasy fallout from the latest transactions around the league.
Patrick Daugherty, Kyle Dvorchak and Denny Carter assess notable cut candidate Joe Mixon, who they believe contributes to the lack of explosiveness in the Cincinnati backfield.

NBA

What did he expect averaging 15.7 points per game on 39.6% shooting this season?
He’s been out since Jan. 25 with a bone edema in his foot, but the situation has only worsened.
Vaughn Dalzell is back with two player props to open the second-half of the NBA season. He focuses on Donovan Mitchell versus the 76ers and RJ Barrett against the Hawks.

College Football

The College Football Transfer Portal is underway. Here is a one-stop shop to track which big-name players are on the move this offseason.
Here’s everything you need to know about the 2024 NFL Draft Combine, including schedule, events, participants, history and more.
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said the league’s union with the Big Ten was created to provide leadership for a challenging landscape in college athletics.
The four-year extension makes Sarkisian one of the highest paid coaches in the country after Texas won the Big 12 last season and earned its first appearance in the College Football Playoff.

College Basketball

In comparison of two transcendent stars, lessons abound on the evolution of the game and its fans.
This weekend features an exciting slate of A10 men’s basketball on USA Network. St. Bonaventure vs UMass, George Mason vs Loyola Chicago, and Rhode Island vs La Salle.
Mackenzie Holmes, Indiana’s all-time leading scorer, notched 24 points, nine rebounds and four blocks to help lead the Hoosiers to a win over Iowa at Assembly Hall.

MLB

Shohei Ohtani, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Cody Bellinger, and Blake Snell highlight this year’s class of free agents.
Matthew Pouliot offers rankings and writeups of MLB’s top 111 free agents, from Shohei to Shelby.

Motor Sports

Xfinity rookie wins the pole for the second race in a row.
NASCAR took the roof rail deflectors from the cars of Noah Gragson and Ryan Preece.
Australian Supercars champ had never experienced NASCAR superspeedway action and gets another chance this weekend to do so at Atlanta.
William Byron seeks to open the season with two consecutive wins, while Corey LaJoie seeks his first career Cup win.

Betting

Vaughn Dalzell is back with two player props to open the second-half of the NBA season. He focuses on Donovan Mitchell versus the 76ers and RJ Barrett against the Hawks.
Jay Croucher and Drew Dinsick take a look at the odds for the top contenders in the Eastern Conference, including the Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks.
Jay Croucher and Drew Dinsick examine the odds for the top contenders in the Western Conference, including the Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets.

Golf

Alvaro Ortiz got off to a strong start and did just enough right at the end for a 7-under 64.
Check out the best shots and moments from the second day of action in the Mexico Open at Vidanta.
Look back on defending champion Tony Finau’s highlights from Round 2 of the Mexico Open.
Ronald Rugumayo, 31, became the first Ugandan to make a cut on the DP World Tour.
A look at the full field for the PGA Tour’s Cognizant Classic in The Palm Beaches.

Brother From Another

Michael Smith and Michael Holley analyze DraftKings Sportsbook’s latest odds for Justin Fields landing spots in 2024, where they break down his potential fit in the Falcons and Steelers’ offenses.
Michael Holley believes we haven’t seen enough from Jayson Tatum yet to say he’s ready to be the next face of the league, leading Vincent Goodwill to examine the modern landscape of NBA superstardom.
Brother From Another weighs in on George Karl’s latest comments coming at Carmelo Anthony, with Vincent Goodwill explaining why the remarks come off as “petty and insecure.”
Michael Smith believes Doc River and the Bucks are the NBA’s biggest storyline right now, while Michael Holley and Vincent Goodwill say the veteran coach is constantly tasked with turning teams around.

Local coverage

“We’re gonna need each other for what we’re trying to do.”
The jerseys aren’t the only part of MLB’s new uniforms drawing scrutiny.
Changes will not be nearly as extensive on the offensive side of the ball under new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore.

Latest

Don’t be surprised to see a bit of desperation from both sides when West Ham host Brentford on Monday.
2024 cap surge underscores the need for deals tied to ever-increasing spending limit.
The Bengals’ locker room received a D grade, ranking in a tie for 25th among the 32 teams, in the NFLPA’s survey that solicited feedback from players.
The Cowboys have hired Cristian Garcia as a defensive quality control coach, Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News reports.