Fantasy Football News: Javonte Williams, Nico Collins, Baker Mayfield, Isiah Pacheco (2022)
Let’s take a look at the latest news and notes around fantasy football. To stay up to date on all of the latest fantasy football news, be sure to follow @FantasyProsNFL on Twitter and bookmark the FantasyPros NFL Player News page.
Baker Mayfield appears to be winning the Panthers’ QB battle against Sam Darnold, though HC Matt Rhule states no official announcement will be made for a couple of weeks. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Most sources believe the reluctance to give the job to Mayfield officially is due to garnering trade interest for Darnold. The 27-year-old QB started a little slowly, but he has impressed coaches through the first two weeks of training camp. He is currently being drafted as the 25th quarterback off the board, though he is an intriguing QB2 option with the weapons he has around him in Carolina.
According to Nate Taylor of The Athletic, RB Isiah Pacheco has received praise from Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, who noted his abilities as a pass-catcher and hard-nosed runner. He has been seeing work in the passing game, particularly in the slot, as well. (Source: Nate Taylor, The Athletic)
Fantasy Impact: According to Pete Sweeney of Arrowhead Pride, RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire has consistently seen the first-team work, while the other running backs have mixed in behind him. James Palmer of NFL Network has also said Pacheco has been getting some time in with the 1s recently, though, and the rookie out of Rutgers has been turning heads as he continues to get more buzz each day. With Pacheco earning passing work in the slot on top of him earning more touches on the ground over time, the Chiefs are potentially working him toward being an important piece of the offense. Pacheco should be on the radar of all dynasty leagues as a late-round pick, and both RBs Ronald Jones and Jerick McKinnon’s stock could be dropping.
Broncos offensive coordinator Justin Outten said he expects the Broncos running backs to be on a “pitch count” throughout the season. (Source: Zac Stevens on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: This should come as no surprise. Denver brought back Melvin Gordon for a reason this offseason. With that being said, it doesn’t mean Javonte Williams can’t see even a slightly bigger role heading into his second season. He was firmly an RB2 as a rookie last year despite splitting the workload with Melvin Gordon for the majority of the season. If the split can even jump to a 60/40 split in favor of Williams, he can offer RB1 upside from a fantasy perspective and Gordon can still offer value as well. They can both be relevant in a Broncos offense that projects to significantly improve with Russell Wilson undercenter.
Nico Collins is having a strong training camp for the Texans, “as he eyes big second season.” (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Collins has had a lot of chatter this offseason surrounding his expected success this upcoming season. If Collins can put it together in the Texans offense this year he could be a very solid number two option behind Brandin Cooks this year. Collins is probably worth a late-round flyer, with a boost in dynasty formats.
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