Fantasy Football News: Brandon Aiyuk, Courtland Sutton, Rhamondre Stevenson, Joshua Kelley (2022)
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Brandon Aiyuk has been the most consistent offensive performer in training camp and has continued to develop great chemistry with new starting quarterback Trey Lance according to ESPN.com’s Nick Wagoner. (Source: Nick Wagoner, ESPN.com)
Fantasy Impact: Brandon Aiyuk is reaping the benefits of what he sowed in the offseason, spending much of his time together with Trey Lance in southern California, building timing and chemistry. It has translated to an awesome training camp for the third-year receiver out of Arizona State. Aiyuk also impressed in last year’s training camp coming off a nice rookie campaign before injuring his hamstring late in the preseason. It took him a while to get back to speed before producing nearly identify numbers to his rookie year, coming on late in both seasons. Aiyuk, through two seasons, has 116 receptions for 1.574 yards and 10 touchdowns. If he remains healthy all year, his rapport with Lance could lead to him having a season closer to his career totals. Aiyuk’s biggest limiting factor to his fantasy ceiling, other than health, is having to play in an offense that also features All-Pros Deebo Samuel and George Kittle competing for targets. This competition in San Francisco could cause Aiyuk to remain lower in drafts (currently 8th round/99 ADP) allowing managers to wait and secure the receiver later than they should be able to.
Courtland Sutton has emerged as Russell Wilson’s favorite target and go-to guy in camp according to ESPN.com’s Jeff Legwold. (Source: Jeff Legwold, ESPN.com)
Fantasy Impact: Russell Wilson has shown throughout training camp how likes to spread the ball around the field and exploit matchups. He has also shown, on plays where he is under pressure or has to have a completion, a propensity for looking to Courtland Sutton. Tim Patrick’s season-ending knee injury has opened up even more targets, especially red zone looks, for Sutton and teammate Jerry Jeudy and with Wilson’s trust in Sutton, he should find the end zone more this season than ever before. Sutton and the Broncos also have the easiest strength of schedule against wide receivers this season, providing even more fantasy potential. Sutton’s biggest fantasy ceiling cap throughout his career has been poor quarterback play and that is no longer a concern with Russell Wilson in town so the sky is the limit for the 26-year-old SMU product in 2022.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick emphasized that second-year running back Rhamondre Stevenson has taken massive strides as a weapon in the passing game following his rookie season, according to Phil Perry of NBC Sports Boston. “Rhamondre has done a real good job improving his pass-game skills,” explained the veteran coach. (Source: Phil Perry on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Not only has Stevenson improved as a pass-catcher, but Belichick made it clear that he has made strides as a pass protector, too. The 24-year-old’s strong impression on his head coach should translate to meaningful snaps as soon as Week 1. Stevenson spent part of 2021 in the dog house, but he looked good when he was on the field, racking up 606 rushing yards, 123 receiving yards, and five total touchdowns. The Patriots have the second-easiest schedule for running backs and Stevenson is carving out a clear role for himself. The way things are trending, he has massive value at his current ADP of 95. He currently ranks 34th among running backs in the latest ECR.
Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports that Los Angeles Chargers running back Joshua Kelley is the current favorite to back up Austin Ekeler in 2022. (Source: The Athletic)
Fantasy Impact: Kelley currently has the edge over Larry Rountree III and promising rookie Isaiah Spiller as the team prepares for its second of three preseason games. He looked good during Week 1, racking up 44 yards from scrimmage on six touches, and has also impressed in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 work during camp. With Ekeler due for some regression, the Chargers may look to incorporate some of their backup running backs a bit more this coming season. Kelley, who totaled just 140 scrimmage yards through 10 games during his second year in the NFL, ranks 83rd among running backs in the latest ECR.
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