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Ezekiel Elliott has reportedly told those close to him that he plans a holdout this NFL season if not given a new contract. (Source: Michael Florio on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: The unexpected news comes from Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio. It’s unclear if Zeke’s desire to hold out stems from Melvin Gordon’s recent holdout announcement or the fact that the Cowboys have pushed his contract talks to the back burner while focusing on DeMarcus Lawrence, Dak Prescott, and Amari Cooper. The situation is one to monitor closely, but Elliott hasn’t made any public plans to sit out yet. He’s still worth a top-3 pick in all formats until further notice.

Running back Melvin Gordon has informed the Chargers that unless he receives a new contract, he will not report to training camp and he will demand a trade, according to a report from NFL insider Adam Schefter. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: While it was known that Gordon was looking for a new contract, this is the first report of him potentially sitting out training camp and demanding a trade. He currently has a $5.6 million salary in 2019 under the fifth-year option on his rookie contract, and understandably wants a raise and some long-term security. If Gordon misses any time, Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson could see opportunities in the Los Angeles backfield.

Rookie running back Josh Jacobs and the Oakland Raiders have agreed to a four-year contract. (Source: Oakland Raiders on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is notable because there was a chance Jacobs was going to miss the start of training camp if he and his team couldn't come to terms soon enough. That is obviously no longer the case, however, so early drafters should have no fear when selecting Jacobs as a likely three-down back in fantasy.

First-round tackle Jonah Williams will likely miss the 2019 season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Williams was selected No. 11 overall in this year’s draft after a highly successful career at Alabama. He was supposed to provide much-needed protection for Andy Dalton, Joe Mixon, and company, but that will have to wait another year. Williams will likely miss all of 2019 after undergoing shoulder surgery, but he’s expected to make a full recovery. Cordy Glenn could move from guard to tackle to fill in for Williams, while other changes along the offensive line will be necessary moving forward.

In a recent interview with Fox 5 DC’s Angie Goff, Smith talked about his recovery from a leg injury, subsequent infections, and his plan to play football again. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In the interview, Smith opened up about the gruesome leg injury he suffered in Week 11 of last season and all of the struggles he’s gone through to get healthy again. When asked if he plans to play football again, Smith answered, “that’s the plan.” It’s yet unclear if Smith will ever actually be able to return to the game, and Washington drafted Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins with the 15th pick in this year’s NFL Draft.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling is likely to start opposite Davante Adams, according to a report from ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. (Source: Rob Demovsky on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: According to the report, Valdes-Scantling has impressed in training camp and looks poised to be the Packers’ No. 2, opposite Davante Adams. The former has received praise from Adams, who said, “I think this offense is really catered for a guy like him.” Valdes-Scantling was impressive in limited action last season as a rookie, catching 38 balls for 581 yards and two scores, and notching a pair of 100-yard games. His role as the No. 2 comes at the expense of Geronimo Allison (who is likely to play primarily in the slot) and Jake Kumerow. With a healthy Aaron Rodgers and the support of coaches and teammates, Valdes-Scantling could be in for a big leap in production in his second year, making him a value pick at his current ADP of WR57.

Cameron Jordan and the Saints have agreed to a three-year extension. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The deal is reportedly worth $52.5M with incentives that could bring the deal up to $55.5M max and over $42M in guaranteed money. Jordan has played all nine seasons of his NFL career with the Saints, racking up 71.5 sacks, 10 forced fumbles, and 143 QB hits. He’s earned four Pro Bowl selections and one All-Pro selection, and what’s most impressive is that he has never missed a game. The deal will keep the veteran team leader under contract through 2023.

According to head coach Pat Shurmur, Daniel Jones has a real shot to be the Giants starting QB to open the season. (Source: Matt Lombardo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This comes as a surprise, even after Jones was selected with the No. 6 overall pick in this year’s draft, and Eli Manning’s hold on the starting job suddenly does not seem concrete. It looks like the Giants will give Jones a real shot to earn the job in training camp. When asked about evaluating the QB talent on the roster, head coach Pat Shurmur said, “We’re going to play the very best player. We’ll see how that goes.” He also praised Jones’ offseason, noting, “He’s on track of the goal, which is to play day one.” This unexpected position battle leaves the door open for the G-Men to move on from the Eli Manning era, and it’s a storyline fantasy owners should be keenly monitoring.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports Kyle Rudolph and the Vikings have come to terms on a four-year, $36 million contract extension. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rudolph has been looking for a resolution to his contract situation this off-season and he wound up getting his wish. The 29-year-old played in all 16 games last year, totaling 64 receptions for 634 yards and four touchdowns. He'll remain a useable option in fantasy this upcoming season.

Free agent RB Bilal Powell will re-sign with the New York Jets. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Powell worked out with the Jets recently, and he obviously impressed. After sustaining a serious neck injury last October, Powell’s career was in jeopardy, but he has been cleared to resume playing football. He joins a crowded backfield of Le’Veon Bell, Elijah McGuire, Trenton Cannon, and Ty Montgomery. His knowledge of the playbook and experience in the league should play well in his favor for securing snaps behind Bell.

Tyreek Hill will not face criminal charges in the case of his son’s broken arm. (Source: KCTV5 News on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Hill was suspended from all Chiefs’ activities after disturbing audio of he and his fiancée discussing his son’s injury surfaced nearly six weeks ago. The case, which was reportedly reopened in light of that evidence, is now officially closed. Although Hill may have been absolved of any legal issues, the NFL is highly likely to conduct its own investigation with the possibility of a suspension. Hill has not yet been reinstated by the Chiefs to participate in team activities, and his situation is still very much fluid.

The Eagles and Carson Wentz have agreed to a four-year extension. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: The terms of the deal include $128M in total salary with $107M guaranteeed, and Wentz is now under contract until at least 2024. One of the league’s best young QBs, he enjoyed an MVP-caliber run in 2017 before a torn ACL cut his season short. He played serviceably in 2018 but still wasn’t 100 percent. Now seemingly at full health and with Nick Foles off to Jacksonville, Wentz was given this extension to cement his future with the Eagles. With a stable of quality weapons around him, expect Wentz to enjoy top-10 QB production with top-5 upside this season.

Former Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy is signing with the Carolina Panthers. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: McCoy didn’t last on the market long after his release from the Buccaneers, and he will reportedly sign with the Carolina Panthers. McCoy spent nine productive seasons with Tampa Bay, earning six straight Pro Bowl selections from 2012-2017 and racking up 54.5 sacks.

New Jets RB Le’Veon Bell has reported to Jets minicamp. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Bell skipped the first two weeks of voluntary OTAs, so his arrival at minicamp will be a first glimpse of him in action in a Jets uniform. After sitting out a year due to contract disputes with the Steelers, Bell’s performance at minicamp will be worth monitoring. One of the most dynamic all-around backs in the game over the last five years, Bell could be in for a huge season as Gang Green’s workhorse on offense.

Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy has named Damien Williams as the Chiefs’ starting running back in recent comments. (Source: Brandon Kiley on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: According to Bieniemy, “Damien Williams is our starter. We expect him to excel in that role.” The comments are a huge vote of confidence from a team that picked up Carlos Hyde in the off-season and Darwin Thompson in April’s draft. Williams showed off his skills as Kansas City’s starter in the last three games of the 2018 season, piling up 203 rushing yards and three rushing TDs on 34 attempts and snagging 14 receptions for 119 receiving yards and an additional score. If his role atop the depth chart remains firm heading into the season, his ADP is sure to skyrocket as the starting running back on one of the league’s most explosive offenses.

Ndamukong Suh is expected to sign a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: The move coincides with the recent release of longtime Bucs DL Gerald McCoy. Coincidentally, Suh and McCoy were selected No. 2 and No. 3 overall in the 2010 draft class, with Suh winning Defensive Rookie of the Year honors. Suh is still a big presence on the interior line and should fill an immediate need for Tampa Bay. He’s racked up five Pro Bowl selections, including three All Pro honors in nine seasons with the Lions, Dolphins, and Rams.

Julian Edelman and the Patriots have agreed to terms on a two-year, $18 million extension. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The deal includes $12 million guaranteed and an $8 million signing bonus. About to turn 33, Edelman was fantastic in his first year back from ACL surgery in 2018. The veteran slot receiver hauled in 74 receptions for 850 yards and six TDs. He then went on to win Super Bowl MVP. It's likely he finishes his career with the Patriots now.

Arizona Cardinals’ cornerback Patrick Peterson has been suspended for the first six games of the NFL season for violation of the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The suspension was originally eight games but was reduced to six when Peterson withdrew his appeal. Peterson has reportedly been unhappy in Arizona for quite some time, and trade rumors have been buzzing as of late. The Chiefs have been the top team linked to a possible Peterson trade, but with news of the suspension and Kansas City’s recent history with players’ character issues, the team may decide not to further pursue a deal. The suspension may be the final straw for Arizona, and if the Cardinals can find a trade partner, Peterson is likely out the door.

The Seahawks released Baldwin with a failed physical designation. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Baldwin's NFL career could be over after the veteran wide receiver underwent three surgeries to repair shoulder, knee and sports hernia injuries. The diminutive 30-year-old put together back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2015-16 but was limited to 50 catches for 718 yards and five scores in 13 games last season.

ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter is reporting that Tampa Bay defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul suffered a potential season-ending fractured neck injury in a single-car accident last week in south Florida. Schefter adds that he "will visit neck specialists this week to get their opinions to see if there’s hope to save this season." (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Pierre-Paul recorded 12.5 sacks for Tampa Bay's defense last season and would be a brutal blow to their unit before offseason programs even begin. The defensive end is, of course, no stranger to freak injuries after severely damaging his hand in a fireworks accident, and it sounds like this latest incident could cost him another full season. An update on his status should become available in the coming weeks after he receives additional opinions on his neck.