|Rico Gathers waived by Cowboys|
TE project never took hold in Dallas
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 6 2019, 8:05 am
|The Cowboys cut tight end Rico Gathers on Monday at training camp. Gathers was entering his fourth camp with the team, and had seemingly improved every year, going from the practice squad in 2016-17 to the active roster last year in 2018, when he played 15 games, including four starts.
Gathers hadn't made much of an impact in camp and suffered a minor ankle injury that kept him out a few days. (DallasCowboys.com)|
FFToday's Take: Gathers, the sixth-round pick in 2016, tried to make the transition from a college basketball star at Baylor to the NFL. He's a longshot to catch on with another team and can be disregarded in most fantasy formats.
|Jaylen Samuels poised for big role|
Steelers see backup RB as jack-of-all-trades offensive weapon
By: Doug Orth | Aug 5 2019, 6:55 pm
|Jaylen Samuels is like OC Randy Fichtner’s Christmas toy that he didn’t learn to play with until the following year. Last year, the Steelers wanted to see if Samuels was a professional football player. This year, he’s been a significant part of their offense, whether it’s been the backup running back or, more importantly, that jack-of-all-trades offensive weapon that can line up just about everywhere. Samuels has been a matchup nightmare for the defense in camp because he’s more than just a running back who can catch. (The Athletic - Mark Kaboly)|
FFToday's Take: This should be just want the public needed to fire up Samuels' hype train again. Contrary to popular belief, James Conner is most likely locked into another heavy workload. With that said, there are 160-plus empty plays the Steelers must replace with Antonio Brown now in Oakland. Samuels' unique ability to run most of the receiver routes as a running back makes him a good place to start when redistributing those targets and/or plays.
|Miles Sanders drawing comps to LeSean McCoy?|
"Easily the most impressive runner on the team" early in camp
By: Doug Orth | Aug 5 2019, 6:45 pm
|Excluding, maybe, Carson Wentz and DeSean Jackson, rookie running back Miles Sanders has been the talk of training camp. He hasn’t missed a beat (despite missing all of minicamp due to injury), has received many of reps with the first-team and has easily been the most impressive runner on the team through 10 training camp practices. Clearly, the Eagles saw something when they drafted him in the second round, which they haven’t done since picking LeSean McCoy that high 10 years ago. About McCoy: There’s been some who have been quick to compare Sanders to McCoy, precisely because of his ability to cut on a dime, his burst, acceleration and playmaking ability. (NJ.com - Zack Rosenblatt)|
FFToday's Take: The Eagles have also been pleased with Jordan Howard's efforts as a receiver and pass protector, so owners need to pump the brakes here - as Rosenblatt suggests fans should do with the McCoy comparisons. Still, how long the Eagles will stay with a true RBBC if Sanders is running circles around Howard as a rusher and earns the trust of his coaches in the passing game? Owners may need some patience here, but Sanders should emerge as the lead back before thee end of the season.
|D'Onta Foreman lands on his feet in Indy|
RB waived by Texans on Aug. 4
By: Doug Orth | Aug 5 2019, 6:40 pm
|D'Onta Foreman claimed off waivers by Colts, per a league source. (Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson)|
FFToday's Take: Foreman finds an interesting landing spot with the Colts, who really only have Jordan Wilkins and Jonathan Williams vying for early-down touches behind Marlon Mack. However, the reason he was reportedly available was due to poor work habits, at least that was the opinion of the esteemed Houston Chronicle beat reporter John McClain. If Foreman gets his mind right, he could easily emerge as Mack's primary backup by the end of the preseason.
| Antonio Brown considered day-to-day|
After seeing foot specialist
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 4 2019, 9:45 am
|After seeing a foot specialist yesterday because of the issues that have kept him off the practice field, #Raiders WR Antonio Brown is considered day-to-day, source said. That was the expectation, but still positive. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Brown has only practiced once during camp and given he's trying to get adjusted to a new team and offense, this is a situation to monitor. This issue may cause him to miss more camp time but it doesn't appear at the moment to threaten his status for Week 1.
|Texans waive RB D'Onta Foreman|
Coach not happy with Foreman's work habits
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 4 2019, 8:15 am
|The Texans have placed running back D'Onta Foreman on waivers, creating a backup spot on the roster behind starter Lamar Miller. During camp, it was apparent coach Bill O'Brien wasn't happy with Foreman's progress. Those familiar with the situation say the Texans weren't happy with Foreman's work habits and a continuing problem for being late to meetings. Now they'll have to find his replacement. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Mayabe this will give Foreman the wakeup call he needs. The Texans now have a backup running back job open behind Lamar Miller. Next up on the depth chart include Josh Ferguson, Buddy Howell, Taiwan Jones and undrafted rookies Damarea Crockett. It's very possible the team brings in a veteran free agent.
| Damien Williams bothered by hamstring issue|
Has yet to practice in training camp
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 3 2019, 1:00 pm
|Andy Reid sounded frustrated with starting running back Damien Williams, who has yet to practice with the Chiefs at training camp because of a sore hamstring. "He’s missed quite a bit," Reid said. "He’s missed a lot of plays. It’s been great for these other guys. (Carlos Hyde) has done a nice job. He’s got a lot of reps and he’s taking advantage of them." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Williams is in a prime position to be a fantasy RB1 but has some legitimate concerns surrounding his health and lack of experience. Williams has never carried the ball more than 50 times in a season and is not getting off on the right foot in 2019. The Chiefs are currently looking at DB Tremon Smith on offense as a RB.
|Devonta Freeman impressing in preseason|
HC Dan Quinn says Falcons RB has been "outstanding" this offseason
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Aug 3 2019, 8:22 am
|Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Devonta Freeman has had an "outstanding offseason," remarking on his health after a rough 2018. (The Athletic)|
FFToday's Take: After battling injuries last year, Freeman has enjoyed a fully healthy offseason and has impressed the coaching staff with his strength and "more violent" cuts. With Tevin Coleman moving to San Fran and the upgrades that have been made across the Falcons offensive line, Freeman could be in line for a bounce-back season and sneaky draft value after the first two rounds.
| Colts' RB Spencer Ware lands on Reserve/PUP list|
Will miss first 6 games of the season
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 2 2019, 5:45 pm
|The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent defensive end Dadi Nicolas and placed running back Spencer Ware on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform List. (Colts.com)|
FFToday's Take: Despite what you might read other places, Ware's season isn't over... at least for right now. The reserve/PUP list means Ware will miss at least the first six games of the season. Nyheim Hines, Jordan Wilkins and Jonathan Williams are next up on the depth chart behind starter Marlon Mack.
|Kenyan Drake locked into another RBBC?|
Kalen Ballage has "real chance" to be starter
By: Doug Orth | Aug 1 2019, 7:20 pm
|A lot will be made over who will be the Dolphins starter - and make no mistake, Kalen Ballage has a real chance to earn that role. He has run with the starters more than Kenyan Drake through four days of training camp, which depending on who you ask holds somewhere between no significance and a little significance. So how should we project the Dolphins backfield? Think New England Patriots-style running-back-by-committee and possibly a less-extreme version of how James White and Sony Michel shared that backfield. An early timeshare prediction could be 45/40/15 touch split for Drake, Ballage and the Dolphins secondary backs. (ESPN - Cameron Wolfe)|
FFToday's Take: The irony of the Dolphins pumping up Ballage as a potential starter (or lead back) is that the position coach (Eric Studesville) suggests Ballage needs to remember to utilize his size and strength, which is a problem when a coach talks that way about a 230-pound back. A committee backfield was always the most likely outcome given the new regime's ties to New England, but Drake remains the heavy favorite to be the best fantasy option. He is very much in the RB2 discussion.
|Royce Freeman earning major role?|
Team eyeing split backfield with Freeman and Phillip Lindsay
By: Doug Orth | Aug 1 2019, 7:10 pm
|Denver Broncos RB Royce Freeman is performing well enough in camp that coaches appear ready to "finally establish the true split-touch situation they envisioned between Freeman and Phillip Lindsay last season," according to Yahoo! Sports' Charles Robinson. (Yahoo! Sports - Charles Robinson)|
FFToday's Take: Freeman flashed big-time during the preseason, only to watch Lindsay steal the job shortly thereafter. Still, only one qualified NFL back faced more stacked fronts than Freeman, indicating former OC Bill Musgrave was incredibly predictable (a definite possiblity) and/or defenses feared Freeman. At any rate, new OC Rich Scangarello has already compared Freeman-Lindsay to Devonta Freeman-Tevin Coleman. Needless to say, Royce Freeman is undervalued in drafts right now.
|Broncos sign RB Theo Riddick|
Riddick here to muddy up the Broncos backfield
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 1 2019, 1:05 pm
|Veteran RB Theo Riddick, released by the Lions, is signing with the Broncos, a source said. (Rob Demovsky on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With this signing you have to wonder if Devontae Booker will get released during camp. Riddick has primarily played on third down during his career and puts a dent in whatever receiving upside Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman had.
|Melvin Gordon's agent requests trade|
Team remains firm at their initial offer of approximately $10M/ year
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 1 2019, 11:30 am
|Chargers RB Melvin Gordon's agent Damarius Bilbo tells me he requested a trade last wk for his client, after the team remained at their initial offer of aprox $10M/ year. GM Tom Telesco told Bilbo, Gordon is still family, but Bilbo was not given permission to seek trade partners. (Josina Anderson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The two sides seem dug in. We'll see who blinks first. Gordon's ADP has fallen to RB12 with him being taken somewhere around the end of Round 2 in PPR leagues. The longer the holdout continues, the more his ADP will fall. Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson would handle rushing duties if Gordon's holdout extends into the season.
|Saints, Michael Thomas agree on new deal|
$61 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 31 2019, 8:30 am
|Michael Thomas has reached agreement with the New Orleans Saints on a five-year, $100 million extension that includes $61 million guaranteed and makes him the NFL's highest-paid wide receiver. Thomas is now tied to the Saints for the next six years, through the 2024 season. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Thomas had been holding out of camp while a deal was being negotiated. Thomas posted a 125-1405-9 line last season finishing as the WR6 in PPR leagues. He's currently being taken around the 1-2 turn in fantasy drafts.
| A.J. Green expected to miss a couple games|
Bengals wideout has surgery on ankle
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 30 2019, 4:35 pm
|#Bengals Head Coach Zac Taylor shares an update on WR A.J. Green and adjusting today’s practice due to weather. (Bengals on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Taylor said: "I hate to put weeks on it but we are ready for him to come back when he feels healthy and ready to go and hopefully it’s not more than a couple games." Fantasy owners should be preparing for Green to miss the month of September. If his absence his shorter, consider it a bonus. This news should push his ADP down into Round 4.
|Ryan Fitpatrick leading Miami QB competition|
Dolphins looking at veteran "Fitzmagic" to start in 2019
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Jul 30 2019, 10:45 am
|Chris Perkins (@chrisperk) on Twitter: "Flores said Ryan Fitzpatrick is leading the way in the QB battle, confirming what everyone has seen thru 4 days of training camp." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It appears as though there's a little Fitzmagic left in that arm after all. The door isn't closed on Josh Rosen just yet, but the former Cardinal has reportedly struggled so far with the Fins. right now it looks like both Fitzpatrick and Rosen will make starts in 2019, with the veteran leading the way.
| Andrew Luck nursing calf injury|
Colts QB not practicing Tuesday
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 30 2019, 9:35 am
|Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) on Twitter: "Andrew Luck is not practicing today due to the calf - second practice he's missed in four days. We'll learn more from him after practice. The injury continues to linger." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Oh boy. Luck has had his fair share of injuries and a lingering calf issue doesn't bode well for the start of camp. We'll stay updated on this, but if there's good news it's that this is not his arm or shoulder.
|Christian McCaffrey could see fewer plays|
OC wants to be smarter about overall usage in 2019
By: Doug Orth | Jul 29 2019, 9:10 pm
|Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner is "concerned" about the number of touches running back Christian McCaffrey had last season, about 320. That doesn't mean McCaffrey will be used less. Turner just wants to be smarter about using his star so he's playing less but perhaps getting more touches. (ESPN - David Newton)|
FFToday's Take: Although the first part of the interview seemed as though Turner wanted to cut back on McCaffrey's touches, he ended by saying he wants to decrease the amount of plays he is on the field - which makes perfect sense when he missed only 22 plays prior to getting pulled early from a meaningless Week 17 game. While someone like rookie Jordan Scarlett may be able to steal a few snaps from time to time, expect McCaffrey to match and possibly exceed last year's 326 touches.
|Darrell Henderson's role defined?|
May be used like Chris Thompson
By: Doug Orth | Jul 29 2019, 8:55 pm
|Rams feel good about Todd Gurley + RB depth. I’d wager Malcolm Brown & Darrell Henderson combine for 35% (or more) of RB snaps. Henderson is very interesting. Plan is for him to be a Chris Thompson type. Thompson’s 2016 #Redskins film under McVay was a flexible mismatch role. (Yahoo! Sports - Charles Robinson)|
FFToday's Take: It's informed speculation from Yahoo! Sports' Charles Robinson, not a direct quote from HC Sean McVay. Nevertheless, the Rams have said all along they see Henderson as a "change-of-pace" back. If the rookie is used like Thompson, he'll certainly have flex value. The more interesting assertion Robinson makes is about Brown and Henderson taking 35 percent of the snaps. The beauty of this "plan" is Gurley could still easily finish as a top 10 fantasy back.
|Mark Andrews making good impression|
Reportedly team's most dangerous offensive player in camp
By: Doug Orth | Jul 29 2019, 8:45 pm
|In his first week of camp as a rookie last year, Mark Andrews looked unsure of himself and seemed to lack explosiveness. This year, he’s been the Ravens’ most dangerous and productive offensive player. Andrews seems to be well on his way to becoming one of the top young tight ends in the league. (The Athletic - Jeff Zrebiec)|
FFToday's Take: Andrews turned in one of the better lines by a rookie tight end (34 catches, 552 yards, three touchdowns) in league history. Primarily a move tight end at Oklahoma and in his first season as a pro, it's not surprising he's shown well by being allowed to do what he does best. After seeing 50 targets in 2018, Andrews could make a push to lead the Ravens in the category as a sophomore. Even on a team as run-heavy as Baltimore, he has low-end TE1 potential.
|D-Jax, Wentz showing chemistry|
"Clicking like they’ve been together for years"
By: Doug Orth | Jul 29 2019, 8:35 pm
|It’s becoming evident that the chemistry between Carson Wentz and DeSean Jackson will cause problems from the rest of the NFC East. The two have been playing catch during 11-on-11 drills. Jackson has beat nearly every cornerback in coverage multiple times and gotten open in several different ways. Jackson isn’t just winning with speed, he’s also getting space with his route-running ability. On Monday, Wentz continued to make bucket throws to Jackson. As previously mentioned, the pair connected on a downfield shot for a touchdown. The play picked up at least 50 yards. Wentz also hit Jackson on comeback routes and sideline fades. They are clicking like they’ve been together for years. (NJ Advance Media - Mike Kaye)|
FFToday's Take: There were similar reports this spring about Wentz and Jackson, the latter of which decided to further his connection with his quarterback by remaining in Philadelphia all offseason. There are going to be a lot of mouths to feed in this offense, but owners need to consider Jackson - now with a quarterback who excels on the routes he runs the best - is ready to return to prominence. Consider him a WR3 with potential week-winning upside - just like the good old days.
|Cowboys bring back RB Alfred Morris|
Elliott holding out of camp
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 29 2019, 8:30 pm
|Reunion: Free agent RB Alfred Morris has agreed to terms with the #Cowboys, per his agents the Katz Bros. He averaged almost 5 yards per carry for them two years ago. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Alf spent last year in San Francisco and was reportedly met with the Saints early today but opted to sign a one-year deal to return to Dallas. Ezekiel Elliott is currently holding out of training camp, reportedly in Mexico, in hopes of a new deal from Dallas. Morris would slide into the backup role behind Zeke (assuming he gets signed) but doesn't carry much fantasy juice unless the Zeke holdout lasts into the season.
| A.J. Green out 6-8 weeks|
Torn ligaments in his left ankle
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 28 2019, 2:30 pm
|An MRI revealed that Bengals’ WR A.J. Green has torn ligaments in his left ankle that is likely to sideline him six to eight weeks, source tells ESPN. Green is not expected to be ready for the regular-season opener at Seattle. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The MRI revealed bad news for Green who missed 7 games last season with a foot injury. He could miss 2-4 games depending on how quickly he recovers. Tyler Boyd would see increased opportunities while Green is sidelined. Green's been going in the early 3rd round of drafts but expect his ADP to fall on this news.
| A.J. Green injured on first day of camp|
Sprained left ankle, will have an MRI
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 27 2019, 3:35 pm
|Based on the initial diagnosis, #Bengals WR A.J. Green is believed to have suffered a sprained ankle, I’m told. They are hopeful, but he’s going to get an MRI to be sure. If that’s the case, expect serious caution throughout the preseason from Green and the team. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Green was taken of the field on a cart but it sounds like he suffered a sprained ankle. Green was seen leaving the practice facility on crutches. Not a good way to begin your 2019 season. We should get more updates on Green's status after his MRI.
|Golden Tate slapped with 4-game suspension|
Rough week for Giants WR corps
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 27 2019, 9:15 am
|Giants wide receiver Golden Tate is appealing a PED suspension, as first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and confirmed by NJ Advance Media. Given that this is his first offense, he could face a four-game suspension if he loses. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Giants lost Corey Coleman to an ACL injury, Sterling Shepard to a fractured thumb and Tate's four-game suspension all in the same week. Tate is appealing and could get the penalty reduced but it's safe to say it hasn't been a good week for the Giants receiving corps. The Giants are likely to bring in a veteran receiver very soon.
|Lions cut RB Theo Riddick|
Making way for DL Mike Daniels
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 27 2019, 9:00 am
|The Lions cut the seventh-year running back on Saturday to make room for the addition of Pro Bowl defensive lineman Mike Daniels. The move is somewhat surprising, given his stature as one of the most productive pass-catching running backs in the league, but also expected, when considering his declining production with his escalating cap number.
Detroit clears $3.55 million in cap space by moving on. (Mlive.com)|
FFToday's Take: Theo Riddick has been a great option on third down for the Lions for years and a viable fantasy option in PPR leagues. The Lions feel comfortable with their top three running backs Kerryon Johnson, C.J. Anderson and Zach Zenner. This move gives a slight boost to Johnson's fantasy value who should see a few more targets now that Riddick has been released.
|Dolphins sign WR Allen Hurns|
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 26 2019, 7:45 am
|WR Allen Hurns is signing with the Dolphins on a 1 -year deal worth up to $3 million, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Hurns will provide the Dolphins receiving corps some depth behind DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson but that's about it. He's far from fantasy relevant on a team that lacks stability at the quarterback position.
|Melvin Gordon holdout could be lengthy|
Proposals exchanged but no progress
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 26 2019, 7:45 am
|While the two sides have exchanged proposals in recent days, running back Melvin Gordon's holdout now is expected to be prolonged and threatens to last into the season, per sources familiar with the talks. Gordon is in the final year of a rookie contract that is scheduled to pay him $5.6 million this season, but he wants a new deal to put him among the highest-paid running backs in the league. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Sounds like this negotiation will be going down to the wire and may not be resolved by the time most fantasy drafts are complete. Expect the ADP's of Austin Ekeler (10.08) and Justin Jackson (14.08) to rise as long as Gordon is on the sidelines.
|Marquez Valdes-Scantling making strides|
QB pleased with second-year WR's development
By: Doug Orth | Jul 25 2019, 10:50 pm
|Green Bay Packers WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling has "really jumped out" since spring practices, according to QB Aaron Rodgers.
"There's a big difference between a guy who can time fast and play fast. And playing fast is where the confidence comes," Rodgers told James Jones of NFL Network. (NFL Network)|
FFToday's Take: Valdes-Scantling flashed almost immediately after Geronimo Allison was lost for the season, but Rodgers seemed to ignore him for a long stretch near the end of the season. Even if Allison grabs the slot role as expected in 2019, MVS has legitimate WR3 upside in fantasy as a field-stretcher who won't see much safety help working opposite Davante Adams.
| Calvin Ridley tweaks hamstring Thursday|
WR expected to return to practice Saturday
By: Doug Orth | Jul 25 2019, 10:45 pm
|Early during Thursday’s practice at AT&T Atlanta Falcons Training Camp, second-year receiver Calvin Ridley finished running a curl route and immediately grabbed his hamstring. With a noticeable limp, Ridley began to walk around, his hand never leaving his hamstring. Coach Dan Quinn didn’t appear too concerned about Ridley’s health following practice, saying the receiver had a tight hamstring but that he expected him back for the next four-day block of practices, which begin Saturday.
FFToday's Take: It sounds like Ridley avoided anything major, but hamstring injuries early in camp will sometimes nag a player for the entire season if they don't get the proper time to heal. Expect Atlanta to use extreme caution and rest him if there is any hint of this being something more than a "tight" hamstring.
| Sterling Shepard week-to-week|
WR breaks left thumb in practice Thursday
By: Doug Orth | Jul 25 2019, 10:40 pm
|The X-ray on Sterling Shepard’s thumb revealed a fracture. Sterling Shepard will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis. (NY Giants on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: A strong candidate for his first 1,000-yard season with Odell Beckham Jr. in Cleveland, Shepard will likely at best suit up for Week 1 with little to no practice under his belt. The Giants don't figure to boast an explosive passing game by any means in 2019, but a prolonged absence from Shepard would likely mean huge target shares for Saquon Barkley, Golden Tate and Evan Engram.
| Julio Jones about two weeks away|
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 24 2019, 12:15 pm
|Falcons coach Dan Quinn believes that wide receiver Julio Jones is 10 days to two weeks away from fully participating in practice. “I would say in the next 10 days to two weeks, I would imagine individual (drills),” Quinn said on Wednesday. “He does all of the night walk-throughs. When he can go full haul, then we’ll cut him loose with everything.” (Atlanta Jounal Constitution)|
FFToday's Take: Julio is sitting out the early portions of camp, resting his foot which as been an on-going issue for years. There's not much concern for his injury and he's expected to receive a contract extension sooner rather than later.
| Cooper Kupp will avoid PUP list when camp opens|
Recovering from ACL injury
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 23 2019, 7:43 pm
|Good news for the @RamsNFL. WR Cooper Kupp will not be placed on PUP when training camp opens later this week, according to the team. It has been a long recovery from knee surgery but he has been cleared. His work load will be measured. (Steve Wyche on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Kupp tore is ACL in Week 10 last season so this a good sign in his recovery. He's certain to be limited in camp given his injury on November 11th and it won't be a surprise if he's on some kind of snap count early in the season. We'll get a better idea of his true Week 1 status over the coming month.
|Geronimo Allison to fill slot role in GB offense|
Allison, MVS are upside targets in the middle rounds
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 23 2019, 7:23 pm
|Receiver Geronimo Allison reports for his fourth NFL training camp but his first where he's main focus will be playing in the slot. "I like it," Allison said. "Coming in, I've always been that utility guy, that versatile guy to kind of move around. I'm loving it. I'm getting comfortable inside and outside, and I'm going to make the most of every opportunity." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Allison and Marquez Valdes-Scantling have been mid-round upside fliers in early fantasy drafts. Both are expected to start in three-wide receiver sets but it sounds like Allison will be the main man in the slot position with Davante Adams and MVS outside. We should get a better idea of how new head coach Matt LaFleur's offense will look once pre-season games begin.
| Jaguars place Marqise Lee, Armstead on PUP list|
WR and rookie RB start camp on PUP
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 23 2019, 3:17 pm
|Jaguars place WR Marqise Lee, LT Cam Robinson and RB Ryquell Armstead on Physically Unable to Perform to start 2019 Training Camp.
Jaguars also sign first-year DL Lyndon Johnson to 90-man roster and assign OL Donnell Greene and LB Jake Ryan to reserve/non-football injury list (John Oehser on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Lee is expected to return at some point during camp which makes his draft value a little shaky. Lee is coming off an ACL injury suffered in the Jags third preseason game last season. Rookie running back Armstead missed minicamp with a hamstring injury. Alfred Blue should be considered the backup to Leonard Fournette until Armstead can prove he's over his injury.
|Cowboys release WR Allen Hurns|
Cowboys top three receivers locked in
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 23 2019, 12:10 pm
|Cowboys releasing WR Allen Hurns, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Hurns posted a 20-295-2 line with Dallas least season and hasn't been fantasy relevant since his breakout year with Jacksonville in 2015 (64-1030-10). The Cowboys top three receivers are locked in with Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and Randall Cobb. Hurns will try and catch on with a WR needy team during camp.
|Frank Gore still ticking away, added to NFI list|
Veteran RB "fine," competing for snaps
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Jul 23 2019, 8:15 am
|Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN: "I'm told Bills RB Frank Gore is "fine" despite being added to the Non Football Injury list. This is an effort to limit the wear on his body in what will be his 15th NFL season. Expect increased opportunity for 2019 third-round pick Devin Singletary."
FFToday's Take: Frank Gore is 36 years old and won't get too many snaps behind starter LeSean McCoy & Singletary, a rookie who has impressed his peers and coaches. Singletary makes for an excellent dynasty pick in such an old backfield. It's hard to know how this things will shake out this season, but Singletary could be the starter by 2020.
|Daniel Jones signs rookie contract with Giants|
Eli Manning locked into starting job, no QB competition in camp
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Jul 23 2019, 12:00 am
|Ian Rapoport on Twitter: "Source: The #Giants and 1st round QB Daniel Jones have an agreement in principle on his rookie contract." (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Well, the beginning of the Daniel Jones Era has begun, but without any shred of competition planned for the starting gig. Eli Manning remains an unexciting QB2 option.
|Melvin Gordon unlikely to get extension|
Chargers have "dug in" during negotiations
By: Doug Orth | Jul 22 2019, 9:00 pm
|After speaking to a handful of sources, #Chargers’ stance is dug in with Melvin Gordon. Barring a change in his camp’s expectations, an extension isn’t coming soon. His threat to potentially hold out will be put to the test. The extension straddling the next CBA isn’t helping. (Yahoo! Sports - Charles Robinson)|
FFToday's Take: Gordon made it a point during a recent interview that he wants to remain a Charger. Most likely, the situation will end up with him getting a bit of a boost in guaranteed money and not missing any regular-season games due to a holdout. Austin Ekeler would most likely see the majority of the touches if Gordon does miss time and would a serviceable RB2, while Justin Jackson would likely see enough work to be a strong flex option.
|Andrew Luck set for training camp|
No longer dealing with calf injury that sidelined him in spring
By: Doug Orth | Jul 22 2019, 8:55 pm
|The #Colts made one PUP move today, and it didn’t involve QB Andrew Luck, who is good to go for training camp, I’m told. They held him out of spring practices with a minor calf injury that wouldn’t have kept him out of games. Ready to roll.
(NFL Network - Tom Pelissero)|
FFToday's Take: A strong case can be made for Luck to be this season's overall QB1 given the addition of Devin Funchess and Parris Campbell to a receiving corps that already had T.Y. Hilton and tight end Eric Ebron on the roster. Owners should consider him a nice consolation prize if they don't want to pay the high draft cost it will take to land Patrick Mahomes this summer.