Forgot Log-in or  Password? |  Help  Not a member, Register Now!
      
Fantasy Football Today
Fantasy Football Today Blog
Gameday Inactives
2014 Draft Prep Guide
Downloadable Draft Kit
Mock Drafts
Get Your Draft Board
Player News
Stats
Players
Depth Charts
Roster Trends
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Schedules
Scores
Fantasy Games
Playoff Challenge
Commissioner
Prize Leagues
Free
Office Pool Manager
Game Pick'em
Player Challenge
Fantasy Baseball Today
Fantasy Baseball Today Blog
2015 Draft Prep Guide
Mock Drafts
Player News
Stats
Players
Depth Charts
Roster Trends
Columns
Injury Report
Rankings
Projections
Schedules
Probable Pitchers
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injuries
Projections
Rankings
Schedules
Message Boards
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Schedules
Mock Drafts
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
Downloadable Draft Kit
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Schedules
Mock Drafts
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
No Fantasy Teams Found
 
 
 

Offseason Extra: Boldin, Fitzgerald offer helping hands

Senior Fantasy Writer
  •  

Larry Fitzgerald has already had a busy offseason -- and the Cardinals haven't even had a minicamp practice yet. He's had a lot to deal with on and off the field.

Follow us, Like us, Join us
Want more? Join the discussion on our Facebook page and Google+ and follow us on Twitter for additional insight while interacting with a community geared toward Fantasy Football.

With the Cardinals, Fitzgerald nearly had a new quarterback. The team, justifiably so, looked into signing free agent quarterback Peyton Manning after he was released by the Colts.

Manning ultimately decided to sign with the Broncos and Fitzgerald said he is comfortable with Kevin Kolb and John Skelton, who will compete for the starting job in Arizona. But the idea of playing with Manning was exciting for Fitzgerald even though he will remain an elite receiver no matter who is throwing him the ball.

"He's one of the best quarterbacks in the game, so you have to see if it can work," Fitzgerald said in an interview with CBSSports.com. "But now we have to move on."

Fitzgerald spoke on the phone from Ethiopia, where he is with former teammate and current Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin. The two have teamed up with the international relief and development organization Oxfam to raise awareness of the food crisis in East Africa, which affects about 13 million people in the region.

This is the seventh time Fitzgerald has been to Africa, but this is the first trip for Boldin. The duo spent four days in Ethiopia and met with villagers affected by the crisis and also helped to work on an irrigation project that brings water to much needed areas.

"I'm just trying to give up my time and be helpful," Fitzgerald said. "We wanted to help and raise awareness."

Added Boldin: "I wanted to come and learn more about what's going on here. I wanted to get as much information as I can and help out as much as I can."

Fitzgerald said it's easy to take things for granted back home when you see people who can't drink the water in their own village. Boldin helped local villagers build a dam, and he was amazed that some used rocks as tools.

"Because of the drought, a lot of people are suffering," Boldin said. "It's hurting a lot of people."

Both receivers try to give as much time as possible through charitable efforts. When he returns from Africa, Boldin will turn his attention toward the eighth annual Q-Fest to raise money for Pahokee, Fla., where Boldin is from.

After that, it will be time for football. Boldin is hoping for a Super Bowl run after the Ravens fell short last year. He is glad the Ravens kept their main players because "the guys we have are guys we can win with."

Boldin was especially excited the Ravens will have Ray Rice back in 2012. Rice received the franchise tag from the Ravens as a free agent, and he will be a Top 3 overall pick in all Fantasy leagues.

"He's the total package," Boldin said of Rice.

Boldin also spoke highly of second-year receiver Torrey Smith, who is poised for a breakout campaign following a solid rookie season in 2011. We consider Smith a No. 3 Fantasy receiver with upside.

"For him, the sky's the limit," Boldin said of Smith, who had 50 catches for 841 yards and seven touchdowns. "He's one of those guys that's willing to learn and willing to get better."

As for Boldin, he is hoping to improve in 2012. He is now more of a No. 3 Fantasy receiver, but he can rebound if Smith continues to shine and draw coverage and Joe Flacco continues to improve.

Check out our Fantasy Football podcast!
There is no better source for entertaining Fantasy advice than our Fantasy Football Today podcast. Dave Richard, Jamey Eisenberg and Adam Aizer will help you pass the time as you anticipate Draft Day 2014!
Latest episode | Subscribe today!

"It was a successful season," Boldin said of last year's performance when he had 57 catches for 887 yards and three touchdowns. "I'm just hoping to build off it."

Fitzgerald had another stellar year in 2011 with 80 catches for 1,411 yards and eight touchdowns. He would have been a monster if Manning signed with the Cardinals, but he has proven to post quality stats with any quarterback.

We would like to see Kolb win the job and prove that he's worth the money the Cardinals gave him last year, but Fitzgerald should still shine with either passer. Fitzgerald will likely be drafted in Round 2 in all leagues.

"Hopefully a good year," Fitzgerald said of his outlook for 2012. "I'm trying to improve and help everyone around me get better."

Two players who benefit from playing with Fitzgerald because of all the single coverage they get are receivers Andre Roberts and Early Doucet. Roberts had 51 catches for 586 yards and two touchdowns last year, and Doucet had 54 catches for 689 yards and five touchdowns. They should be considered late-round fliers in deeper Fantasy leagues.

"Andre is going to be good," Fitzgerald said. "He's starting to evolve. He has more potential inside as a slot guy. … Early improved and had the most productive year of his career. I'm excited for those guys."

Everyone should be excited for Fitzgerald and Boldin. They are great players on the field, but they are also excellent men off it with the work they do to make the world a better place.

For more information on Fitzgerald and Boldin's trip to Ethiopia, click here.

Stay in touch with the most passionate Fantasy staff in the business by following us via Twitter @CBSFantasyFB . You can also follow Jamey at @JameyEisenberg and on Facebook .

Get player news notifications, manage your team and check scores
- all updated in real time. Download the CBS Fantasy App.

  •  
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
 
 
Player News
Cardinals' Larry Foote '50-50' on playing in 2015
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2:17 pm ET) Though Larry Foote is on the Cardinals' coaching staff at the moment, he hasn't ruled out a potential return to the team

Speaking to the team's website, Foote said he's "50-50" about playing in 2015. He talked about the factors that could play into whether or not he returns to playing. 

“Draft, what happens with (suspended linebacker) Darryl Washington, stuff like that, how my knee feels (after offseason surgery),” Foote said. “I’ll sit down with (Bruce Arians) and the next couple of months are really going to be the deciding factor.”

If Foote doesn't play, he'll be the linebackers coach for Arizona's upcoming season. He's been adjusting to the role of being a coach this offseason. 

“I am starting to like coaching,” Foote said. “It’s a little tough in the office, eating M&Ms, snacking all day, drinking coffee. I started my diet a couple days ago.”


Panthers pick up option on Luke Kuechly contract
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) What was promised by general manager Dave Gettleman is now official - the Panthers have picked up the fifth-year option on the rookie contract of standout linebacker Luke Kuechly, per the team website.

The two-time Pro Bowler has led the NFL in tackles in two of his three seasons and was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2013. He has racked up 473 tackles since 2012, the most in the NFL.


Ravens TE Dennis Pitta hopeful for 2015 return
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta hopes to take the field in time for the 2015 season, but admits it's too early to determine if that goal can become a reality.

Pitta has undergone surgeries to repair a fractured and dislocated hip in each of the last two years.

"We still have some time to be able to assess where I'm at," Pitta told the Baltimore Sun. "I sure hope that I'll be on the field next year. That's my hope; that's my goal. We'll just see if I can get there."

Pitta has played in just seven games in the last two seasons combined.


Mark Sanchez: Eagles said Tim Tebow was just a camp arm
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez said he wasn't concerned that the team signed Tim Tebow, because the Eagles told him Tebow was just there to throw in camp.

"We needed another guy to throw while Sam's (Bradford) still recovering. So that's the reason (for the signing), at least as explained to me," Sanchez said, per CSN Philadelphia

The Eagles signed Tebow on Monday. He hasn't played in the NFL since getting cut by the Patriots at the end of training camp prior to the 2013 season. He spent last year as a television analyst for the SEC Network. 

Tebow and Sanchez were teammates on the Jets in 2012. Tebow's presence as a back-up created a quarterback controversy among fans and media that last ed throughout the season. 


Vikings CB Terence Newman has familiarity with Mike Zimmer
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Vikings cornerback Terence Newman won't have a steep learning curve now that he's with his new team. 

Newman played under Vikings coach Mike Zimmer when he was the defensive coordinator with the Cowboys. Drafted in 2003, Newman learned Zimmer's defense from his rookie season through 2006, before Zimmer left to take the same position with the Falcons. 

“I just know exactly what to expect from him as a coach, as well as everybody else in this locker room,” Newman told the Vikings' website. “You play your best football under him.”

In his career, Newman has recorded 741 tackles and 37 interceptions. Entering his 13th NFL year, Newman has already impressed his teammates with voluntary workouts underway. 

“I met with him and he seemed like a great guy,” cornerback Xavier Rhodes said. “Like he’s going to come in and teach us what we need to know about the technique of the game and about the defense because he’s been in it before, so he’s going to help us out a lot. He’s a big asset to this team and the defense.”


Chiefs pick up option on NT Dontari Poe
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) The Chiefs have exercised their fifth-year option on two-time Pro Bowl nose tackle Dontari Poe, per NFL.com. He is set in Kansas City through 2016, when he will earn $6.146 million.

The 350-pound Poe has earned the money. He racked up six sacks and contributed to 46 tackles in 2014.


Lions GM Mayhew OK with James Ihedigbo skipping workouts
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Safety James Ihedigbo was the lone absence from voluntary workouts this week for the Lions. But general manager Martin Mayhew understands. After all, Ihedigbo's agent has stated that he would not work without a new contract.

"I look forward to talking with James," Mayhew told ESPN. "I understand what he's going through. I've been through that myself as a player, when I felt that a time in my career that I was underpaid and I had to deal with that.

"So I have empathy for him. I understand what he's going through and I look forward to sitting down and talking with him. I have great respect for him as a player, as a man. I've gotten to know him a little bit away from football and I understand how he feels."

Mayhew declined to discuss whether the Liins will rework Ihedigbo's contract.

The 31-year-old Ihedigbo contributed 71 tackles and two sacks with a career-high four interceptions in 2014 despite missing three games at the start of the year with a nerve injury. He earned Pro Bowl alternate status.


Eagles withdraw qualifying offer to RB Chris Polk
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Running back Chris Polk is now a free agent. 

According to the NFL transaction wire, the Eagles rescinded their $1.6 million tender they offered this past March. The Eagles placed the tender on Polk, previously a restricted free agent, before signing both DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews in free agency. 

With Darren Sproles on the roster, it didn't make much sense for Polk to stay with the Eagles. 

In 2014, Polk ran for 172 yards and four touchdowns. 


RB Bobby Rainey signs qualifying offer with Buccaneers
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) The Buccaneers have announced that running back Bobby Rainey has signed a one-year qualifying offer the team extended to him before the free agency period. He was a restricted free agent and was given an opportunity to negotiate with other teams.

Rainey will compete for playing time with Tampa Bay. He rushed for 406 yards in 2014, but faded at the end of the season with just two carries in the last six games combined.


Jaguars planning to play 2015 season without Justin Blackmon
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) As far as the Jaguars are concerned, Justin Blackmon will not be lining up at receiver for them this season. 

At least that's the approach Jacksonville is taking. Blackmon has been indefinitely suspended since Nov. 1 2013 for three violations of the substance-abuse policy under the old CBA.

"Our process hasn't changed," Caldwell said, via ESPN.com. "[We] plan to go without him, but if he emerges, he emerges, and he's going to go in with those top guys and compete with those other guys. Hopefully we're able to get some news, but if not we weren't planning on [having Blackmon]. We're just going to go [without him]."

Before he can re-join the Jaguars, he'll need to file an application for reinstatement, with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell making a decision within a 60-day window. The application letter would include details of the treatment he's received. 

Since being selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft, Blackmon has only played in 20 games. He has 1,280 yards and six touchdowns in his career. 


 
 
 
Rankings