Fantasy Football News: Tom Brady, Gabriel Davis, James Conner, Rondale Moore (2022)
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Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles announced Thursday that quarterback Tom Brady will be away from the team until after their second preseason game against the Titans as reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Brady was absent from practice on Thursday, his second excused absence of the week, and will be away until at least August 20 as he deals with a personal situation. Bowles said “He’s gonna deal with some personal things” and that “this is something [they] talked about before training camp started.” Apparently the plan, “scheduled way before training camp” was always for Brady to report to camp to gain chemistry with his teammates but not play in the first two preseason games. The good news for fantasy managers is that this is not unexpected in any way and has absolutely nothing to do with his health or status for Week 1. Bowles, however, did not offer any details about Brady’s personal matters. Tampa Bay will open their preseason on Saturday night against the Dolphins in a game that no one expected Brady to play in even before the news came out of Buccaneers camp on Thursday. Tampa Bay will play Blaine Gabbert, Kyle Trask, and Ryan Griffin while Brady is away from the team as they all vie for to be the 7-time Super Bowl Champions’ backup this season.
Gabriel Davis is proving to be a reliable, trusted option among the Bills’ receiving corps and is expected to receive a healthy target share each week. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: There are three primary reasons to expect regular targets for the 23-year-old: Josh Allen trusts him, coaches and players find him reliable, and he should see a bunch of single coverage matchups while Stefon Diggs is on the field. Davis was an analyst favorite going into training camp and has done nothing to show reason to back off the optimism.
Rondale Moore is being used similarly to how Christian Kirk was deployed last season, benefitting from an “inside-out” role. He receives snaps in the slot while also being targeted on deep throws. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: One thing that separates Moore is his ability to take handoffs in Kliff Kingsbury’s scheme. The second-year WR has excellent potential to outplay his current ADP of 162 and is a good late-round pick in most formats.
When asked about Arizona’s offense, HC Kliff Kingsbury stated that he had been impressed with James Conner’s receiving ability and reiterated a high confidence level in Conner as an RB1. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Fantasy experts have expressed their primary concern about Conner is whether he will be involved enough in the passing game to make up for the expected TD regression. He is currently being taken as the 16th RB off the board, but the possibility of increased targets and touches in the passing game would move him back into the RB1 conversation in fantasy leagues.
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