Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn "hopes" wide receiver Mike Williams will be ready for the start of training camp. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Williams is dealing with a mild disc herniation which he sustained during his first practice of rookie minicamp and has been sidelined since. The rookie wideout is already falling behind the rest of the team and would be a dire setback if he is unable to return at the start of training camp in late July. Currently, Williams' fantasy outlook is up in the air since his role and injury situation is in question.
Cleveland Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot believes the team will ease pass rusher Myles Garrett (foot) into training camp. (Source: Cleveland.com)
Fantasy Impact: Garrett, who suffered a lateral foot sprain during last week's mandatory minicamp, is expected to be ready for the start of training camp in late July. However, since Garrett dealt with a high ankle sprain in 2016 while still in college, he will likely be limited at least for the early portion of camp practices. The No. 1 overall pick from this year's draft is fully expected to make his NFL debut in Week 1.
Cleveland Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot believes the team will "err on the side of caution" with wide receiver Corey Coleman (hamstring) and ease him into training camp. (Source: Cleveland.com)
Fantasy Impact: Coleman is expected to enter the 2017 season as the Browns' No. 1 wideout despite the fact that the team signed Kenny Britt, the presumed No. 2, this offseason. However, Coleman has already dealt with shoulder and hamstring injuries since the start of spring workouts and could be limited upon his pending training camp return. Barring a setback, expect Coleman to be fine for Week 1.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting Jacksonville Jaguars defensive back Jalen Ramsey (core) underwent a core muscle surgery Friday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Rapoport added that Ramsey's surgery was successful and that he has an estimated six-week recovery window before returning to football activities. Ramsey should be good to go for Week 1.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting New Orleans Saints offensive lineman Terron Armstead (labrum) will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum and will miss the next 4-to-6 months of football activities. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Armstead's absence is a tremendous blow to the Saints' offensive line. They are already down Max Unger but he should be good to go fro the start of the regular season. Rookie Ryan Ramczyk is the favorite to step into Armstead's role on the line unless New Orleans elects to bring in outside help. Ryan Clady, an injury-prone but proven veteran, is available on the open market.
By Anthony Cervino Fri, Jun 16th 10:39am EDT
Buffalo Bills beat writer John Kryk is reporting wide receiver Sammy Watkins (foot) took "most first team reps" at this week's minicamp. (Source: John Kryk on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: It appears that Watkins is getting back into the swing of things upon his return from foot surgery. Although it is uplifting that he is running with the fist team in 11-on-11 drills, the Bills will likely continue taking the cautious approach with his recovery. He should be a full-go for the start of training camp in late-July.
By Anthony Cervino Fri, Jun 16th 10:10am EDT
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer told the media running back Latavius Murray (ankle) could return "around" the start of training camp. (Source: Chris Tomasson on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Murray is recovering from offseason ankle surgery and has been sidelined for all of the team's offseason workouts. However, he is said to be on track in his recovery, per reports, and could be ready to make his full return to football activities at the start of training camp in late July. Murray will compete with Jerick McKinnon and Dalvin Cook for the Vikings' starting running back job. However, Cook is the presumed favorite to emerge as the team's early down back while Murray will likely assume the role of the team's short yardage/ goal line specialist.
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh told the media tight end Maxx Williams (knee) is "uncertain" for the start of training camp. (Source: Jeff Zrebiec on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Williams, who missed all of the team's offseason workouts up to this point, is still recovering from offseason knee surgery. As a result, his availably for the start of training camp in late July is up in the air. With Dennis Pitta no longer with the club, the Ravens' starting tight end job is wide open. Expect a heavy competition between Williams, Benjamin Watson, Crockett Gillmore, Nick Boyle and Darren Waller to see who will emerge on top. However, although there are five players vying for the spot, it is really a three-man race between Williams, Watson and Gillmore, assuming their health remains intact. Watson, the presumed favorite to start in Week 1, could be a very late round gem in fantasy football drafts for 2017. Although he missed all of the 2016 seasons with an Achilles injury, he compiled a career-high 74-825-6 stat line in 2015 with the Saints.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews (knee) told the media he "expects to be ready" for training camp. (Source: Jeff McClane on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Matthews, who missed all of the team's mandatory minicamp with knee tendinitis, told the media Thursday he "expects" to be ready to make a full return to football activities at the start of training camp in late July. The fourth-year wideout is slated to open the 2017 season as Philadelphia's No. 2 receiver behind Alshon Jeffery and ahead of Torrey Smith, who were both offseason additions via free agency. Coming off of a solid 73-804-3 season in 2016, Matthews appears poised for a big year as he is no longer the Eagles' top threat at wide receiver. Jeffery's presence should also greatly help take the pressure off of Zach Ertz in the passing game as well.
Chicago Bears beat writer Rich Campbell is reporting wide receiver Kevin White (leg) has resumed running "at full speed" at mandatory minicamp. (Source: The Chicago Tribune)
Fantasy Impact: White, who's battled health issues since entering the NFL in 2015 missing a mountainous 28-of-32 possible games, has reportedly resumed running "at full speed" at this week's minicamp. To many, the third-year wideout is entering his prove it year in 2017. Prove that he can remain healthy and live up to his No. 7 overall draft status. Despite the competition of Victor Cruz, another injury-plagued receiver, White is expected to open the upcoming season as the Bears' WR2 opposite Cameron Meredith. If inclined, target White in the latter rounds of 2017 fantasy drafts as a boom or bust upside pick and stash.
ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the Indianapolis Colts have placed running back Christine Michael on the injured reserve list Thursday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Michael was placed on injured reserve list Thursday with an undisclosed injury, per Schefter. His 2017 season is likely over unless he is designated to return by the Colts later in the year. Unless Marlon Mack or Josh Ferguson impresses, it looks more and more like Robert Turbin is a lock to open the upcoming campaign as Frank Gore's primary backup.
By Matthew Gajewski Thu, Jun 15th 6:18pm EDT
Spencer Ware missed the last two days of practice with a hamstring injury. The injury was described by a team spokesperson as slight. (Source: Chiefs Digest)
Fantasy Impact: Although considered slight, this injury to Spencer Ware remains a situation to monitor. Hamstring injuries have been known to linger for players. In a battle with Kareem Hunt for the lead back role, Ware cannot afford to let this injury drift into camp.
By Matthew Gajewski Thu, Jun 15th 6:09pm EDT
Following today's practice, Coach Andy Reid said Travis Kelce was likely be ready for the start of training camp. Kelce underwent shoulder surgery after this season but was always expected to be ready for camp. (Source: Matt Derrick on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Although expected, this is good news for Kelce. The Chiefs may limit their top pass catcher initially in training camp, but Kelce should be more than ready for the start of the season. Following the departure of Jeremy Maclin, Kelce is locked in as an elite TE in fantasy.
By Anthony Cervino Thu, Jun 15th 7:52am EDT
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan told the media linebacker Reuben Foster (shoulder) "should be more than ready" for training camp. (Source: Eric Branch on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Foster, who is still recovering from shoulder surgery, has been limited throughout all of the team's voluntary and mandatory workouts since being drafted in April. However, per Shanahan, the highly-touted linebacker is expected to make his full return to football activities at the start of training camp in late July. A healthy Foster will be a tremendous boost to a 49ers' defense that was atrocious in 2016, especially versus opposing running backs.
New York Jets beat writer Manish Mehta is reporting wide receiver ArDarius Stewart (groin/ thumb) recently underwent groin and thumb surgeries. (Source: Maniash Mehta on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Although Stewart has been sidelined for the bulk of the team's offseason workouts -- he underwent surgeries to repair groin and thumb injuries within the past two weeks -- Jets head coach Todd Bowles told the media the rookie wideout "should be ready" for the start of training camp in late July. If Stewart could return at, or close to full health, he'll likely open the 2017 season as New York's WR3, which is his current status on the depth chart.
Dallas Cowboys beat writer Rob Phillips is reporting wide receiver Cole Beasley (hamstring) is dealing with hamstring tendinitis and has been sidelined through this week's mandatory minicamp as a "precaution." (Source: Dallas Cowboys on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Beasley has been dealing with his lingering hamstring tendinitis issue since Week 10 of last season -- he played through the injury for the remainder of the 2016 regular season and postseason. Per reports, although running at full speed is not an issue for the shifty wideout, he is "still experiencing tightness in his hamstring after the catch." As a result, team trainers recently "decided rest before training camp might be the solution" while ruling out surgery as an option. Barring a setback, Beasley should be ready to return to full football activities at the start of July's training camp. However, if he is limited, expect rookie fourth-round pick Ryan Switzer to receive additional reps in Beasley's absence.
Indianapolis Colts beat writer Zak Keefer is reporting wide receiver Phillip Dorsett (hamstring) remains sidelined with an apparent hamstring injury. (Source: Zak Keefer o Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Dorsett was sidelined for the first two days of the team's mandatory minicamp this week with a hamstring injury and will likely remain status quo Thursday as well. With the Colts' addition of Kamar Aiken this offseason, the former first-round pick's job, moreover, his roster spot is in jeopardy if he fails to impress and keep his health intact at training camp and the preseason. Aiken is the favorite to open the 2017 season as the Colts' No. 3 wideout behind T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief.
By Anthony Cervino Wed, Jun 14th 12:33pm EDT
Chicago Bears head coach John Fox told the media wide receiver Cameron Meredith (thumb) remained sidelined at the start of the team's mandatory minicamp Tuesday. (Source: The Chicago Tribune)
Fantasy Impact: Although Meredith is expected to miss all of the team's mandatory minicamp this week, Fox believes he "should be ready at the start of training camp or shortly thereafter." Coming off of a 66-888-4 season last season, Meredith appears poised to surpass those totals in 2017. Not only is he the presumed No. 1 receiver on the depth chart, but there are tremendous injury concerns surrounding the players below him that include Victor Cruz and Kevin White. At his WR42 ADP in PPR scoring formats, Meredith is worth a flier in the mid-to-late rounds of upcoming fantasy drafts despite the uncertainties at the quarterback position.
By Anthony Cervino Wed, Jun 14th 12:17pm EDT
Chicago Bears head coach John Fox told the media tight end Zach Miller (foot) remained sidelined at the start of the team's mandatory minicamp Tuesday. (Source: The Chicago Tribune)
Fantasy Impact: Although Miller is expected to be sidelined through mandatory minicamp this week, Fox believes the veteran tight end will be ready for the start of trial camp in late July. "As far as Danny, Zach Miller … they're going to cut it close for training camp, but right now they're right on target and that's kind of what we expected all offseason," Fox said via the Chicago Tribune. Barring a setback, Miller is slated to enter the 2017 season as the Bears' starting TE. He is a mid-range TE2 for fantasy football purposes who is borderline worthy of a fantasy roster spot in the upcoming campaign.
By Anthony Cervino Wed, Jun 14th 7:59am EDT
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll told the press wide receiver Tyler Lockett (leg) "made a big jump from last week to this week." (Source: John Boyle on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Carroll later added that there is a "good chance" Lockett will be at "full speed" by the start of July's training camp. The third-year wideout spent the better part of the offseason rehabbing from a broken leg and was finally cleared to participate in OTAs last week in a limited capacity. If Lockett does indeed make a full return to football activities at training camp, then barring a setback, he should be on the field for Week 1 of the 2017 regular season. At his WR61 ADP, Lockett is worth a late-round flier in upcoming fantasy drafts as he is expected to be an intricate part of Seattle's offense if his health remains intact.
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