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Bills Beat: WR Jeremy Kerley has solidified slot role

Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 12:57pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Bills writer Mike Rodak notes receiver Jeremy Kerley seems to have solidified a role as the slot receiver in new coordinator Brian Daboll's offense.

Fantasy Impact:

Rodak went on to say the Bills are using the Patriots system and that spot has produced guys like Wes Welker and Julian Edelman. Keep in mind the Bills QB situation is a bit of a mess right now so this may take some time.

Packers Beat: Aaron Jones could eventually emerge as most dynamic RB

Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 12:54pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Packers reporter Rob Demovsky has consistently predicted that RB Aaron Jones could eventually emerge as the most dynamic back in the trio once he returns from a two-game suspension.

Related players: Jamaal Williams, Ty Montgomery

Fantasy Impact:

Williams should start the year as Green Bay's workhorse, with the more versatile Montgomery as the no huddle/two-minute back, the story said. If you can get him later in drafts, Jones should certainly have some stash value until his suspension is over.

49ers Beat: WR Marquise Goodwin a favorite target of QB Jimmy Garoppolo

Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 12:50pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

"WR Marquise Goodwin is clearly Jimmy Garoppolo's favorite target" and should have more touchdowns and more yards per catch, according to 49ers reporter Nick Wagoner.

Related players: Pierre Garcon

Fantasy Impact:

Garcon will still be a factor the story said, especially on third down. We have Goodwin 30th on our WR list, but his ADP is slightly later than Garcon's (9.04 vs. 9.01), who is ranked 43rd on our list.

Seahawks RB Chris Carson seems back to pre-injury form

Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 12:44pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter Brady Henderson said Rashaad Penny has looked impressive, so he'll play. But second-year pro Chris Carson has remained the first-string running back all offseason and looks like he's back to the pre-injury form that helped him win the starting job heading into last season.

Fantasy Impact:

Henderson also pointed out that Seahawks offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said during most of his years with the New York Jets when they were running the ball well, "there was always at least two guys. There's a Thomas Jones and a Shonn Greene and there was a LaDainian Tomlinson and a Leon Washington. It takes more than one, for sure." So, seems like Penny will certainly have some chances but perhaps at least early on, Carson is going to have some value.

Broncos Beat: RB Royce Freeman 'too big, too fast not to play'

Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 12:41pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The guy who looks most likely to emerge as a true No. 1 RB the earliest is the Denver Broncos' Royce Freeman.

Not only did the third-round draft pick look more impressive than veteran Devontae Booker in the preseason opener with four carries for 38 yards (including a 23-yard touchdown), but ESPN Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold has continued to stress that, "He's just too big, too fast not to play, and he runs with vision."

Fantasy Impact:

We do think Booker could emerge in the passing game and turn into more of a third down, change of pace back, perhaps once Freeman gets more established. As the story also said, rookie backs tend to be stuck in timeshares, at least early in the year.

Redskins Beat: Team back to RB group that ranked 30th last year

Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 12:36pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim wrote that coaches say both Rob Kelley and Samaje Perine are quicker and running with more confidence this summer, owing to their familiarity with the offense and perhaps shedding some weight (Kelley in particular). So Keim writes there is reason to believe both could be better.

Related players: Chris Thompson

Fantasy Impact:

The story also added that it's hard to know if the Skins will commit to either one as the lead back. Thompson is going to get plenty of work in the passing game, but as John Paulsen noted, in games when Thompson was healthy, other Redskins backs averaged about 16 touches per game.

Dolphins WR DeVante Parker has broken finger

Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 12:31pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Miami Dolphins could be without DeVante Parker for some time after the receiver suffered a broken middle finger on his right hand in Sunday's practice, a source confirmed to ESPN.

Fantasy Impact:

Dolphins coach Adam Gase said Parker is "week to week" with a hand injury and noted that he couldn't catch a ball right now. He won't play in the Dolphins' preseason game against the Carolina Panthers on Friday, the story said. Gase wouldn't commit to Parker being ready for Week 1.

Eagles happy where WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) at in recovery

Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 12:28pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson was asked about that report on Tuesday [that WR Alshon Jeffery could start the season on the PUP list]. Pederson didn’t say if that was a possibility, but did say that the team likes where Jeffery is at this point.

“You know what, I’m not going to comment on that because we’re monitoring his progress, it’s day-to-day, we’re happy where he’s at, and we’ll continue to do that,” Pederson said, via Jimmy Kempski of Philly Voice. “But I’m not sure where that came from.”

Related players: Mike Wallace, Nelson Agholor

Fantasy Impact:

As we reported yesterday, Wallace and Agholor would see increased work should Jeffery start the season on the PUP list and miss the first six week. However, in the story, Pederson seemed to downplay that as a possibility.

Cardinals RB David Johnson 'encouraged' by contract talks

Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 10:39am - [Full Article]

The subject of David Johnson's contract was broached, and the running back reiterated he was going to let his agent handle things. He did say he was "encouraged" that the two sides continue to talk about a potential extension.

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson is going into the final year of his rookie deal. He acknowledged missing last year with his broken wrist has probably hurt his situation because the NFL is more about what have you done for me lately.

Packers WR Geronimo Allison looks to be team's WR3

Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 10:35am

Journal Sentinel - [Full Article]

Much of the attention in this camp has centered on the Packers' new receivers—three rookies drafted this spring and free-agent signing Jake Kumerow—but Geronimo Allison has quietly established himself as the team’s No. 3 receiver.

Even if his name doesn’t generate the same consistent buzz, there are no shortage of examples on the practice field for why the former undrafted receiver has ascended the depth chart.

Fantasy Impact:

Allison got banged up a little on a play in the red zone, but said afterward he was fine. The story went on to say Allison is always in the right place, and his combination of size (6-foot-3) and sure hands make him a reliable target. In the Packers' offense, he'll have a little boost in fantasy value as a WR3 with Aaron Rodgers throwing him the ball.

Patriots QB Tom Brady plans to continue playing

Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 9:13am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Tom Brady said he expects New England to remain his home for a while longer as well. Brady’s said many times that he plans to continue playing for several more years and reiterated that he expects “be here next year and hopefully beyond” on Tuesday.

Seeing that through will take further contract tweaks as Brady’s current deal is up after the 2019 season, but that shouldn’t prove too difficult if everyone remains on the same page.

Fantasy Impact:

The Pats added $5 million in incentives to his deal.

Eagles QB Carson Wentz's chances to play Week 1: 'It's going to be close'

Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 9:07am - [Full Article]

Speaking Tuesday morning on SportsRadio 94WIP, Eagles QB Carson Wentz offered this update on the chances he is cleared by the doctors to play in Week 1 just under nine months from tearing his ACL.

"I obviously would love to be out there. That has been my goal all offseason, ever since the injury. It is going to be close. It is going to be close," Wentz said. "I am still eyeing that date. But at the end of the day it is not just my decision. There is coaches and doctors that really have the final say, but I really like where I am at and time will tell."

Related players: Nick Foles

Fantasy Impact:

Wentz is encouraged about where he's at in his rehab. But as the story said, it's been a rollercoaster in terms of predicting if he'll play Week 1. Over the last two weeks, Wentz has been kept out of 11-on-11 drills. Obviously, Foles would start if Wentz can't go.

Eagles Beat: RB Donnel Pumphrey falling behind other RBs

Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 9:03am - [Full Article]

To start training camp, Donnel Pumphrey was flashing the elusiveness that caught the Eagles' eye in the first place. Then, when they took the field for the preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pumphrey wasn't dressed. Earlier in the week, he suffered a "lower-body injury" and the timetable for his return is unclear.

Pumphrey was far from a lock for the Eagles' No. 4 running back job, but it'll be awfully hard to beat out Wendell Smallwood and/or Josh Adams for a roster spot.

Fantasy Impact:

It wasn't that long ago that Pumphrey seemed like a lock to make the team. He was even being told he'd see time out of the slot. But according to the story, Smallwood has excelled on special teams and Adams has been turning heads as an undrafted rookie.

Broncos QB Chad Kelly officially moves up depth chart

Monday, August 13, 2018, 8:01pm

Nicki Jhabvala on Twitter - [Full Article]

Vance Joseph: “Chad Kelly is our backup now.” Said things can always change, but Kelly is No. 2 now.

Related players: Paxton Lynch, Case Keenum

Fantasy Impact:

This updates a story we had earlier today that Kelly was trying to move up the depth chart...looks like it's official now. Kelly threw two TDs and an interception, outplaying Lynch, who again seemed to struggle.

Steelers say WR Antonio Brown didn't re-aggravate injury

Monday, August 13, 2018, 7:54pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown did not re-aggravate his injury during Monday's practice and was scheduled to sit out team drills, coach Mike Tomlin said.

Fantasy Impact:

Brown finished individual work on his injured quad and was sidelined for the rest of practice. He was walking around with no limp and no trainers around him both during the practice session and as the team broke for the day.