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Dante Fowler Jr. has been unable to participate in offseason activities to this point with an undisclosed upper body injury. Fowler reportedly lost a lot of upper body muscle mass during his recovery. (Source: 1010xl.com)

Fantasy Impact: Dante Fowler Jr. has all the tools to develop into an elite pass rusher, but came into the league as a raw prospect. Fowler is missing crucial practice reps for a young player. Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue are locked into the starting roles so Fowler needs to be healthy to continue to earn a significant role. Fowler is also looking to cash in on a new contract after Jacksonville declined the fifth-year option on his rookie contract.


Randall Cobb in walking boot

Mon, Jun 25th 2:12pm EDT
By Jody Smith

The Milwaukee Journal Sentenial's Michael Cohen saw Green Bay wideout Randall Cobb wearing a walking boot on his right leg. According to Cohen's tweet "Cobb described the boot as “temporary” but didn’t say if he underwent surgery. A source said the team may ease him onto the field for camp. There’s no concern about his availability for the season opener." (Source: Michael Cohen via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sounds like a precautionary measure. This is the time of year when minor ailments are often allowed to heal or corrective measures are taken so they don't interfere with training camp. Cobb should be in-line for an increase in targets with Jordy Nelson in Oakland. As long as he's healthy, Cobb is a nice value at his current mid-round ADP.


The Bengals first-round draft pick Billy Price has informed everyone via his Twitter account that he is fully cleared from his pectoral injury that he suffered while at the NFL Combine.

Fantasy Impact: Most wondered if Price would fall in the draft after tearing a pectoral muscle at the NFL Combine and needing surgery on it, but as word leaked out that he should be ready for training camp, his stock didn't fall much at all. The Bengals took him in the first-round in an attempt to continue rebuilding their offensive line that looked lost without Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeitler last season. Price is likely to be a starter on day one and should be the guy handing the ball to Andy Dalton. If both he and recently-acquired left tackle Cordy Glenn work out, the Bengals offense could prove to be much more efficient this year. Price's presence helps not only the passing-game, but he should help provide some bigger holes for Joe Mixon and the run-game.


The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson recently sat down with Texans running back D'Onta Foreman to discuss his recovery from a torn Achilles, and though it's been going well, there's no timetable for his return to the field.

Fantasy Impact: Foreman talked about his diet being a big change during the rehab process, as he needs to keep his body fat percentage low because of his inability to do strenuous activities. He also said that the Texans told him it'd be a long recovery from the injury and that he may not be ready to contribute to the team in Week 1. We've heard rumblings about him starting the season on the PUP list, which would explain the Texans decision to re-sign Alfred Blue to another contract and retain Lamar Miller despite a lot of reports suggesting he might be cut this offseason. Foreman suffered the injury on November 19th and it often takes around 11 months for a player to return to the field, which makes it unlikely that he's ready for the start of the season. As of now, Foreman shouldn't be on your redraft radar unless you have a lot of bench spots.


Mike Klis of 9News.com is reporting that second-year wide receiver Carlos Henderson "would have to pull off an upset to make the Broncos' 53-man roster." (Source: 9News.com)

Fantasy Impact: This is a shocking development for a player the Broncos invested a third-round pick on just last year. Henderson didn't play in 2017 due to a hand injury and was then arrested for marijuana possession at the start of the offseason. When he showed up at training camp with a lingering hamstring issue, head coach Vance Joseph stated, "he's got to get back on the field if he wants to make this football team." This could be an attempt to light a fire under the young man, but the fact that they drafted two wide receivers in the top four rounds may make him dispensable. We'd still bet he's on the team come Week 1.


Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com is reporting that tight end Tyler Eifert may not be ready for training camp. (Source: Geoff Hobson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The statement came from Marvin Lewis directly, so this carries weight. Dealing with back injuries over the last few years, Eifert has now missed 22 of the last 32 games. Even in the 10 games he has played, he's averaged just 3.3 receptions and 44.0 yards, though five touchdowns made him look a bit better in fantasy football. We've seen players bounce-back from foot injuries before, so don't tie him in with Jordan Reed, but the back injuries will never go away. You're better off letting someone else draft Eifert, as the reward isn't great enough for the risk you're taking.


ESPN's Jamison Hensley is reporting that Ravens wide receiver John Brown injured his knee in practice on Tuesday and is now absent from practice on Wednesday. (Source: Jamison Hensley on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hensley goes on to say that Brown never left the field on Tuesday, so they didn't think it was anything serious. It's possible that they're just giving him a veteran's day off on Wednesday, but this definitely doesn't help Brown's fantasy stock. Not only is he trying to learn a new offense with a new quarterback, but there's suddenly a packed wide receiver room for the Ravens, as they've acquired Michael Crabtree, Willie Snead, Jaleel Scott, and Jordan Lasley since they signed Brown in free agency, and that's not to mention the two tight ends they drafted in the first three rounds. Brown had a phenomenal start to his career that was derailed by the sickle cell trait and he's never really returned to form. He's just a late-round flier in best-ball leagues, but he's even iffy there.


As shown on their official Twitter page, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has officially resumed throwing the football. (Source: Indianapolis Colts on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: While it may not seem like much, Luck hadn't thrown since his shoulder surgery that took place January 19th of 2017, almost 17 months ago. We've heard rumblings that he would resume throwing, but we'd heard all sorts of false rumors last year, so it was right to remain skeptical. While the video shows him throwing an easy dump-off pass, it's progress, which is all that we can ask for. With a current ADP as the 11th quarterback off the board, you can expect that number to start getting lower as the positive reports start to roll out. If he were guaranteed healthy for all 16 games, Luck would be in the conversation to be drafted as a top-three quarterback.


The Charlotte Observer is reporting that second-year wide receiver Curtis Samuel is still not at full-health following the ankle surgery that he required at the end of the 2017 season. (Source: Charlotte Observer)

Fantasy Impact: They did say that he's been progressing throughout OTAs, but that he's still not at 100 percent. The surgery did take place in November, so it's not as if it's been a year, but it's still concerning considering the team is trying to learn a new offense. With D.J. Moore added in the first-round of the NFL Draft, you have to wonder just how big Samuel's role can be regardless, as he's now clearly behind Christian McCaffrey, Devin Funchess, Moore, Greg Olsen, and Torrey Smith for targets. He's nowhere near the redraft radar and he's losing appeal in dynasty formats as well.


According to Chiefs.com, wide receiver Chris Conley has looked great in his return from the Achilles injury he suffered early in the 2017 season. Head coach Andy Reid said, "He’s been phenomenal. He’s way ahead of where we expected him." (Source: Chiefs.com)

Fantasy Impact: His presence didn't stop the Chiefs from signing Sammy Watkins in free agency, though. Conley has been a disappointment to this point in his career, totaling 904 yards over his first three seasons combined, and hasn't scored a touchdown since 2015. You can argue that his skill-set didn't fit that of Alex Smith, but that's not the case with gunslinger Patrick Mahomes, who described Conley as someone he has "an extreme amount of trust in" and that "people forget how physically talented he (Conley) is." He's not likely to make a fantasy impact with Tyreek Hill and Watkins out there running routes, but could be looked at as an intriguing waiver wire add should someone miss time.


Houston Chronicle reporter Aaron Wilson says that Deshaun Watson is throwing the football crisply and that his mobility is returning, making great progress from torn ACL suffered last season. (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is the time of the year where we typically hear that everything is going great with players, but nevertheless, it's impressive to see Watson already out there running drills after suffering his torn ACL just months ago, as the injury took place in November. It's also his second major knee injury, so he likely knows the limitations better than someone who was going through this a first time. Watson is one of the more polarizing figures in fantasy football, as early ADP has him being selected in front of Aaron Rodgers as the QB1, which seems like overkill. In the end, we've seen a five-game stretch from Watson where he looked phenomenal. While he could pick up right where he left off, don't overpay for someone with such a small sample size at a quarterback position that is loaded in 2018.


TwinCities.com is reporting that tight end Kyle Rudolph had ankle surgery back in February to clean up an injury that bothered him throughout last season, though he did participate in OTAs. (Source: TwinCities.com)

Fantasy Impact: In the article, Rudolph goes on to say "“I’ve had five surgeries in the last 10 years. It’s funny when you sit there, the nurses are getting ready for pre-op, and the doctors are talking to you. I honestly feel like I’m in the dentist office getting my teeth cleaned.” The reason it's big that he's out there for OTAs is that he's got to learn a new offense and develop some chemistry with new quarterback Kirk Cousins. New offensive coordinator John DeFilippo has has a history of success with both Gary Barnidge back in 2015, and then with Zach Ertz in 2017. It's never good to hear a player talk about his surgeries so nonchalantly, but it hasn't stopped him from ranking third in receptions, sixth in yards, and second in touchdowns among tight ends over the last two seasons. He should be considered a mid-tier TE1 in 2018.


Denver Post's Ryan O'Halloran reports that fifth-round draft pick Troy Fumagalli is not participating in OTAs due to sports hernia surgery he had earlier in the offseason. (Source: Ryan O'Halloran )

Fantasy Impact: It's not as if Fumagalli had a great shot to start as a rookie, but the Broncos don't have the tight end position locked down by anyone, so it wasn't exactly out of question. But not getting on the field with your teammates is a guarantee to be at the bottom of the depth chart. As of now, the competition for the job is likely down to Jeff Heuerman and Jake Butt, though we'd expect Heuerman to win the job with Butt himself coming off a torn ACL.


The Bears have signed veteran tight end Zach Miller to a one-year contract worth a minimum of $458,000 in 2018. (Source: Pro Football Talk on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's a unique contract, as it's unlikely that Miller plays another down of football after suffering a gruesome knee injury that has required him to have multiple surgeries, including one immediately after the injury occurred to ensure he didn't lose his leg all together. This is a classy move by the Bears as a franchise to take care of someone who was one of the best team-first players. If he is able to suit-up in 2018, he will make $790,000 on his one-year deal.


Browns writer Scott Petrak is reporting that rookie wide receiver Antonio Callaway was shut down at practice after suffering what's being called a groin injury. (Source: Scott Petrak on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's never a good thing to hear about soft-tissue injuries as they tend to linger, but in Callaway's case, this ultimately may not matter. The Browns are suddenly stacked at wide receiver with Josh Gordon, Jarvis Landry, Corey Coleman, and Callaway, so it's unlikely he's a big-time contributor in 2018 without an injury in front of him on the depth chart. He remains a solid late-round flier in dynasty leagues, as he's tied to Baker Mayfield for at least the next four years.


According to beat writer Brad Biggs, wide receiver Allen Robinson took the field for the first time since tearing his ACL during Week 1 of last year. (Source: Brad Biggs on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's a step in the right direction for the Bears No. 1 receiver, as head coach Matt Nagy said, "the mental hurdle is big" and that it's a day-by-day process. He also went on to say that he doesn't anticipate Robinson will partake in the team drills next week, but that he should be a full-go for training camp. We hear a lot of glowing reports about players coming off injury during the offseason, but hearing he's back on the field is definitely a step in the right direction.


Pro Football Talk is reporting that new Seahawks wide receiver Brandon Marshall not only had ankle surgery last season, but also had toe surgery from an injury he suffered back in 2015. (Source: Pro Football Talk)

Fantasy Impact: This is obviously not great news, and neither is the fact that Marshall came out and said, "I don't feel great. Obviously I've got a lot of catching up to do and get into some football shape." The fact that he's now 34 years old doesn't give much hope that he'll return to the player he once was. In fact, he's looked like a shell of his former self the last two years he's played. At this point, we wouldn't even say he's a lock to make the roster, as his contract with the team carries a max value of $2 million. You're much better off letting someone else take a flier on Marshall in fantasy drafts.