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Josh Gordon (WR - NE)
4d
Player Note on Josh Gordon (WR - NE)
Gordon is going to slide into right into the mid-point between a WR2 and WR3. There is always going to be risk involved in drafting Gordon, as we know he can disappear or be suspended at any point.
Dalvin Cook (RB - MIN)
6d
Player Note on Dalvin Cook (RB - MIN)
There isn't any questioning his workload, talent & upside, and that is exactly why he's ranked where his is. Just keep in mind, he hasn't been able to stay healthy and has had similar rankings / ADP the past two seasons, where he has failed to return that value.
Saquon Barkley (RB - NYG)
6d
Player Note on Saquon Barkley (RB - NYG)
The separation between Barkley and McCaffrey for the top spot has to do with the supporting cast. There is nobody on the Giants roster that should be a threat to Barkley for goal-line opportunities. CMC is going to lose some touches in that area to Cam, and possibly Jordan Scarlett and others.
Tom Brady (QB - NE)
6d
Player Note on Tom Brady (QB - NE)
Brady is going to get it done with or without Gronkowski. The only reason he's as low as he is in my rankings, is because guys like Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen and Kyler Murray, are going to provide more fantasy results with their rushing ability.
Andrew Luck (QB - IND)
6d
Player Note on Andrew Luck (QB - IND)
The time has come to move Luck off of my #1 spot. Dealing with a calf and missing all of camp/ preseason is now of concern. It we know that he his 100% healthy, and starting week 1, I still think there is a good chance he his the top fantasy quarterback at the end of the season.
D'Onta Foreman (RB - IND)
2w
Player Note on D'Onta Foreman (RB - IND)
Earlier reports were complimenting Foreman and how he has looked in camp this season following his Achilles injury. Something changed, and it is a bit of shock to see that the Texans have cut him now, and I for one believed that he was a serious threat to Lamar Miller's value. He finds himself in a similar situation with Indianapolis, except he's going to have to beat out Jordan Wilkins to be the early-down backup.
Melvin Gordon (RB - LAC)
2w
Player Note on Melvin Gordon (RB - LAC)
There is more risk in drafting Gordon than there is with Elliot. Gordon is on the last year of his contract, and the Chargers have two viable running backs they can turn to in his absence. The urgency for the Chargers front office isn't as great to get a deal done like it is in Dallas with Ezekiel Elliot. There are plenty of RB-needy teams that have the current and future cap space available to make a trade if that's the direction the Chargers decide to take.
Ezekiel Elliott (RB - DAL)
2w
Player Note on Ezekiel Elliott (RB - DAL)
Elliot is going to continue to slide down my board as we get deeper into August without the star running back in camp. Ultimately, a deal should get done, but until then there is certainly a great deal of risk involved drafting him in the first round.
Lamar Miller (RB - HOU)
2w
Player Note on Lamar Miller (RB - HOU)
Just because the Texans cut Foreman, doesn't mean that Miller's value and outlook is on the rise. It seems unlikely that they go into the season with just Cullen Gillaspia, Taiwan Jones, Damarea Crockett, and others behind him. There is a move to be made before the start of the season, and one that could have a greater impact than threat Foreman had.
D'Onta Foreman (RB - IND)
2w
Player Note on D'Onta Foreman (RB - IND)
Earlier reports were complimenting Foreman and how he has looked in camp this season following his Achilles injury. Something changed, and it is a bit of shock to see that the Texans have cut him now, and I for one believed that he was a serious threat to Lamar Miller's value. If you already drafted Foreman, don't cut bait just yet. He will end up someone and could still be of value.
Josh Gordon (WR - NE)
4d
Player Note on Josh Gordon (WR - NE)
Gordon is going to slide into right into the mid-point between a WR2 and WR3. There is always going to be risk involved in drafting Gordon, as we know he can disappear or be suspended at any point.
Dalvin Cook (RB - MIN)
6d
Player Note on Dalvin Cook (RB - MIN)
There isn't any questioning his workload, talent & upside, and that is exactly why he's ranked where his is. Just keep in mind, he hasn't been able to stay healthy and has had similar rankings / ADP the past two seasons, where he has failed to return that value.
Saquon Barkley (RB - NYG)
6d
Player Note on Saquon Barkley (RB - NYG)
The separation between Barkley and McCaffrey for the top spot has to do with the supporting cast. There is nobody on the Giants roster that should be a threat to Barkley for goal-line opportunities. CMC is going to lose some touches in that area to Cam, and possibly Jordan Scarlett and others.
Tom Brady (QB - NE)
6d
Player Note on Tom Brady (QB - NE)
Brady is going to get it done with or without Gronkowski. The only reason he's as low as he is in my rankings, is because guys like Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen and Kyler Murray, are going to provide more fantasy results with their rushing ability.
Andrew Luck (QB - IND)
6d
Player Note on Andrew Luck (QB - IND)
The time has come to move Luck off of my #1 spot. Dealing with a calf and missing all of camp/ preseason is now of concern. It we know that he his 100% healthy, and starting week 1, I still think there is a good chance he his the top fantasy quarterback at the end of the season.
D'Onta Foreman (RB - IND)
2w
Player Note on D'Onta Foreman (RB - IND)
Earlier reports were complimenting Foreman and how he has looked in camp this season following his Achilles injury. Something changed, and it is a bit of shock to see that the Texans have cut him now, and I for one believed that he was a serious threat to Lamar Miller's value. He finds himself in a similar situation with Indianapolis, except he's going to have to beat out Jordan Wilkins to be the early-down backup.
Melvin Gordon (RB - LAC)
2w
Player Note on Melvin Gordon (RB - LAC)
There is more risk in drafting Gordon than there is with Elliot. Gordon is on the last year of his contract, and the Chargers have two viable running backs they can turn to in his absence. The urgency for the Chargers front office isn't as great to get a deal done like it is in Dallas with Ezekiel Elliot. There are plenty of RB-needy teams that have the current and future cap space available to make a trade if that's the direction the Chargers decide to take.
Ezekiel Elliott (RB - DAL)
2w
Player Note on Ezekiel Elliott (RB - DAL)
Elliot is going to continue to slide down my board as we get deeper into August without the star running back in camp. Ultimately, a deal should get done, but until then there is certainly a great deal of risk involved drafting him in the first round.
Lamar Miller (RB - HOU)
2w
Player Note on Lamar Miller (RB - HOU)
Just because the Texans cut Foreman, doesn't mean that Miller's value and outlook is on the rise. It seems unlikely that they go into the season with just Cullen Gillaspia, Taiwan Jones, Damarea Crockett, and others behind him. There is a move to be made before the start of the season, and one that could have a greater impact than threat Foreman had.
D'Onta Foreman (RB - IND)
2w
Player Note on D'Onta Foreman (RB - IND)
Earlier reports were complimenting Foreman and how he has looked in camp this season following his Achilles injury. Something changed, and it is a bit of shock to see that the Texans have cut him now, and I for one believed that he was a serious threat to Lamar Miller's value. If you already drafted Foreman, don't cut bait just yet. He will end up someone and could still be of value.
Alex Smith (QB - WAS) - Alex Smith traded to the Washington Redkins
Fri, Feb 2
I'm not surprised by the trade, but I am surprised by the lengthy extension they gave him. I don't see Smith's fantasy value move in either direction with this trade, but the Josh Doctson breakout season we have been looking for may be slowed down. Smith also uses his legs, which could impact the amount of check-downs that Chris Thompson sees moving forward.
Rob Gronkowski (TE - FA) - Rob Gronkowski to play in Super Bowl LII?
Fri, Feb 2
I don't think anyone is surprised that Gronk will play in Super Bowl 52. Having Gronk out there, will give the Patriots the ability to use its entire play book without limitations. Gronk should be peppered with targets, and will find the end-zone in this one as well.
Adam Thielen (WR - MIN) - Adam Thielen (back) misses practice Wednesday
Sat, Jan 20
I have no concerns about Adam Thielen for the NFL Championship game.
Leonard Fournette (RB - JAC) - Leonard Fournette (ankle) limited at Wednesday's practice
Sat, Jan 20
Limited for most of the week at practice, Fournette has been left off the injury report will be ready to go against the Patriots. Of course there is always the concern of an in-game setback, but this is the AFC Championship. Even if he misses some snaps to get re-taped, he'll be out there and be the focal point of what the Jags will try to do on offense. However, it is well known that the Belichick sets out to stop the opposing team's best player, and in this case, it will be Fournette.
Tom Brady (QB - NE) - Tom Brady jams hand at practice expects to be ready for Sunday
Sat, Jan 20
I imagine Tom Brady will be just fine for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. With the way the Patriots handle business, I wouldn't be surprised if Brady really isn't hurt at all. There's no way the team will rely on Brian Hoyer for the championship game, and even at less than 100%, Brady is the best quarterback remaining in the playoffs. The Jaguars defense is going to be more of an issue for him than the hand injury.
DeMarco Murray (RB - FA) - DeMarco Murray RULED OUT vs. Chiefs
Sat, Jan 6
Henry will be the featured back against the Chiefs. The good news for Henry is that the KC can be run on, as they give up 4.2 YPC to opposing running backs. The bad news? He averaged 1.8 YPC in week 17 against a Jags defense that also gives up 4.2 YPC to RB's. He did catch a pass in week 17 and brought it 66 yards for a TD, but his 2 targets indicate that he's not really an option in the passing game. Many think this game will be close, but I think Tennessee will be playing from behind.
Devin Funchess (WR - IND) - Devin Funchess (shoulder) misses practice on Thursday
Sat, Jan 6
Funchess should be able to go against the Saints on Sunday, but that might not mean much from a production standpoint. Funchess, now the #1 wide receiver for Carolina, has 8 receptions for 108 yards and a TD against the Saints in their two meetings combined this season. That was also with rookie Marshon Lattimore missing both of those games. Cam is going to have to look elsewhere in this one, as I don't like a banged up Funchess going up against a top rated CB in Lattimore.
Carson Palmer (QB - FA) - Carson Palmer retires
Wed, Jan 3
News Reaction on Carson Palmer (QB - FA) - Carson Palmer retires
The retirement of Carson Palmer shouldn't have much a fantasy impact on any of the Arizona skill position players. David Johnson will come back and be the focal point of the offense regardless of who is behind center. Larry Fitzgerald has already shown that the he can be a top player regardless of the QB. However, with the Palmer retirement, as well as Bruce Arians, Fitzgerald may be forced to reconsider his future with the Cards and NFL in general. Fantasy would surely miss Fitz in this case.
Rob Gronkowski (TE - FA) - Rob Gronkowski suspended 1 game for late hit
Tue, Dec 5
Many fantasy owners are going to be without their top tight end for the first week of what could be, your fantasy playoffs. While the wire is probably lacking ideal replacement, Dwayne Allen will be available and may be your only hope. You won't get Gronk-like production out of Allen, but he should be able to give you something against a Miami defense that has given up the 4th most fantasy points to the position.
Eli Manning (QB - NYG) - Eli Manning expected to start Week 14
Tue, Dec 5
This is the right move for the Giants, and you wish his consecutive games streak wasn't snapped due to ineptitude of a now, former head coach. While Eli will not be worth using, both Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard get a bump in value, against a Dallas defense that could struggle in the back end.

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