Thu, Aug 6th 4:14pm EDT
By Alex Burns
Per Chris Mortensen, Bills star corner Tre'Davious white has chosen not to opt out of playing in the 2020 NFL season. (Source: Chris Mortensen on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: After some uncertainty earlier this week on whether or not the Bills shutdown corner would opt out of playing this season, it appears he will be out there as Thursday's 4:00PM ET deadline has passed. This is great news for the Bills, as White is the anchor of their defense heading into a season full of high-expectations and AFC East title aspirations.
Dolphins WR Albert Wilson is opting out of the 2020 season. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Wilson joins Allen Hurns as Dolphins receivers to opt out of the 2020 season. Isaiah Ford and Jakeem Grant could see increased opportunities this year as a result.
Tue, Aug 4th 8:36am EDT
By Adam Koffler
Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew II has been activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: A bit of a scare for Minshew fantasy owners when he went on the list a few days ago, but he’s now cleared and good to go heading into the preseason. He could surprise people as a solid QB2 option this season with QB1 upside due to his rushing ability.
Mon, Aug 3rd 1:42pm EDT
By Dave Kluge
Odell Beckham Jr. was quoted in a WSJ article saying “I just feel like the season shouldn’t happen and I’m prepared for it to not happen and I wouldn’t mind not having it. We’re not ready for the season, so why are we trying to push forward?‘' That interview was two weeks ago but just published on Monday morning. He has said that since seeing how safe the Browns facility is, he has no plans to opt out of the 2020 season. (Source: Mary Kay Cabot on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Beckham Jr. caused a lot of controversy with his initial quote about not wanting to play in 2020, raising speculation that the superstar receiver may opt out. He quickly went in damage control mode and backtracked on his quotes, saying that he still plans to play in 2020. Beckham is coming off a career low in receptions (74) and yards (1,035) but still being drafted as a WR1 in most leagues. Our expert consensus rankings have him as the 12th overall wide receiver this year but he has arguably the highest ceiling of any player in the league.
Free agent WR Antonio Brown will be suspended eight games without pay, per Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network. His suspension will take place regardless of whether he’s on an NFL roster. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Brown’s eight game suspension “closes the NFL personal conduct investigation into a felony case involving a truck driver, an allegation by an artist,” Pelissero added. His investigation for into allegations made by a former trainer are ongoing. AB has a hearing scheduled September 15th. The saga is finally over after an ongoing 18 month battle. Teams willing to give Brown a chance now know he will be out at half the season. If he signs before the 2020 campaign, AB will be eligible to participate in the club’s preseason activities. AB will look to latch onto a team during training camp and officially miss the first eight contests of the 2020 NFL season.
T.J. Hockenson has been added to the COVID reserve list for the Lions. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: This could be a precautionary move as it only takes being in contact with someone infected to land on this list. However, with Hockenson being ranked the #16 tight end by our expert consensus, he would be a very risky draft pick until more news comes to light.
Ian Rapoport is reporting that Kenny Golloday is on the Lion's COVID reserve list. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: This doesn't mean that Golladay is opting out for the 2020 season or that he tested positive for COVID. Being placed on the reserve list could simply mean that he was in contact with someone who tested positive. As for now, be careful drafting him until more news comes out. Golladay is the current WR7 in our expert consensus ratings but draft him at your own risk.
RB Damien Williams has elected to opt out of the 2020 season. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: In a statement from Chiefs GM Brett Veach, "As an organization. we certainly understand and respect Damien's choice, knowing it was made in the best interest of his family." "He means a lot to our football team as a player and a person, and we're going to miss having him around this season." Williams, coming off a monster performance in the playoffs was projected to be the Chiefs starting RB and form a one-two punch with first round selection Clyde Edwards Helaire. Williams is set to rejoin the Chiefs for the 2021 campaign. Edwards Helaire has a clear path to serve as the Chiefs top running back, and is projected to be a top-10 pick in redraft leagues.
Tue, Jul 28th 9:38pm EDT
By Brad Camara
The Chargers signed star DE Joey Bosa to a five-year, $135 million contract extension. The deal includes $102 million guaranteed. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Bosa, who just reported to camp on Tuesday will become highest paid defensive player in the NFL. The deal includes $102 million guaranteed, $78 at signing. Bosa earned a trip to the Pro Bowl in 2019 and has been a defensive force for the Chargers throughout his four-year career. The 25-year-old racked up 67 tackles, 11.5 sacks and a forced fumble across 16 games in 2019. Bosa is currently second among defensive linemen in the latest expert consensus rankings.
WR Marquise Goodwin opts out of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Goodwin has decided to opt out of the 2020 season, basing his decision to stay with his family. He was acquired via trade by the Eagles in the off-season. Goodwin opting out increases the fantasy value of Jalen Reagor. The 29-year-old hauled in 12 catches for 186 yards and one touchdown across nine games for the 49ers in 2019.
Tue, Jul 28th 12:46pm EDT
By Adam Koffler
No. 1 overall pick QB Joe Burrow has agreed to terms on his four-year, $36M fully guaranteed rookie contract with a fifth-year option with the Cincinnati Bengals. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Burrow’s deal includes a $23.9M signing bonus that he’ll receive in full within 15 days of contract execution. The former LSU star QB is expected to be the unquestioned day one starter in Cincinnati as they look to turn things around in 2020. Draft Burrow as a solid QB2 with obvious QB1 upside even as a rookie playing with a very solid group of skill players.
Mon, Jul 27th 1:57pm EDT
By Brad Camara
RB Raheem Mostert and the 49ers have finalized a revised deal, per his agent Brett Tessler. He will receive a $250,000 bonus and can earn up to $5 million in incentives. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Mostert will get a pay raise after finalizing a revised deal with the 49ers. He did not have any new years added to his reworked contract, but received "plenty of extra incentives as a well as bonus," per Adam Schefter of ESPN. Mostert will enter 2020 as the 49ers lead back after breakout 2019 campaign. The 28-year-old logged 190 carries for 1,108 yards and 13 touchdowns last season (postseason included). Mostert is currently 25th among all running backs in the latest expert consensus rankings.
New York Jets star S Jamal Adams has been traded to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for S Bradley McDougald, a 1st-round pick in 2021, a 3rd-round pick in 2021, and a 1st-round pick in 2022. (Source: Brian Costello on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The Seahawks will also receive a 4th-round pick in 2021 along with Adams. After saying they wouldn’t trade their star safety, the Jets finally made the move to part ways with their disgruntled leader on defense. Seattle gets one of the best defensive players in the NFL and the Jets get a serious overhaul of draft compensation in return. This looks on paper to be a win-win deal for both teams.
Sat, Jul 25th 1:37pm EDT
By Adam Koffler
On a Zoom call Saturday, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer told reporters that star RB Dalvin Cook is expected to report to training camp next week. (Source: Stacey Dales on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: When asked, Zimmer said he was told “by him [Cook]. This is a big piece of news on a quiet NFL Saturday. There were rumors Cook might hold out, but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. Fantasy owners will still want to handcuff Cook with Alexander Mattison this season, but this is great news for anyone who’s already drafted Cook. He should be considered in the 2nd tier of RBs after Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley, Ezekiel Elliott, and Alvin Kamara.