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Phillip Lindsay (wrist) is ready for the start of training camp but will be eased into practice. (Source: Andrew Mason on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lindsay has stated he's a 100 percent recovered from the broken right wrist that ended his rookie season. It sounds like Lindsay will avoid the active/PUP list as the Broncos report to training camp. Royce Freeman will challenge Lindsay for carries on early downs, but Lindsay will have every opportunity to win the starting running back job. Lindsay should lead the team in carries and is conidered a high-ceiling RB2.

Category: Injury Updates


Rob Gronkowski chances of returning to play for the Patriots this season is 40 percent, according a "source close to Rob Gronkowski" (Source: Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk)

Fantasy Impact: Gronk is down 18 pounds this off-season and hasn't ruled out the possibility of returning at some point in the season. He is expected to at least sit out training camp and the preseason. If he does return, Gronkowski would need some time to get himself into football shape, and could make an impact mid-season. Gronk could miss playing enough to at least contemplate a comeback, but for now he is officially retired. Stay tuned.

Category: Rumors


Randy Gregory who was suspended in February for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, will apply for reinstatement this week. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gregory was suspended in February for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Despite the suspension, Dallas signed him to a one-year extension through 2020. This suggests they are optimistic Gregory will return at some point this season. As of now, he is suspended indefinitely. Gregory finished with 25 tackles, six sacks, and two forced fumbles in 14 games for the Cowboys last season.


Titans running back Derrick Henry, coming off of a season in which he rushed for 1,059 yards and 12 touchdowns on 215 carries, is being talked up by new offensive coordinator Arthur Smith. Smith said that the Titans plan to ride Henry. (Source: TitansOnline.com)

Fantasy Impact: Riding Henry can mean a number of things. From a business side, it can mean riding him into the ground because he is in the last year of his contract and they aren't concerned about his long-term health. Or, from a strictly strategic football perspective, it could mean that they are planning to run the offense through Henry. The good news for fantasy owners is that both of these essentially mean the same thing: more touches, yards, and opportunities for a starting running back in 2019.

Category: Rumors


Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders will not begin the year on the PUP list, according to general manager John Elway. Sanders is recovering from a torn Achilles for which he underwent surgery in December. (Source: Tony Renck on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It is encouraging that the Broncos are optimistic about Sanders, but a torn Achilles is a significant injury, especially for a veteran wide receiver who relies on speed and agility. Monitor his status throughout training camp to see how he is progressing.

Category: Injury Updates


Bengals rookie running back Rodney Anderson is likely to begin the year on the PUP list, according to The Athletic's Paul Dehner on Twitter. Anderson is recovering from a torn ACL and broken leg suffered last September. (Source: Paul Dehner Jr. on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Bengals are likely to be cautious with Anderson after he suffered such a serious injury last year, so this news should not be surprising. For his part, Anderson said that he hopes to be ready for training camp. He is worth a late stash in rookie-only drafts but does not offer much value in redraft leagues unless he can prove that he is healthy enough to contribute throughout the summer.

Category: Injury Updates


Rookie quarterback Drew Lock has agreed to terms with the Denver Broncos on the day that the team reports to training camp, according to ProFootballTalk. (Source: ProFootballTalk.com)

Fantasy Impact: With the current structure set up for rookie contracts, lengthy holdouts are more of a rarity, so it was expected all along that the Broncos and Lock would agree to a deal sooner rather than later. As it turns out, they agreed to a deal on the day the team reports to camp. Lock is expected to be the backup to starter Joe Flacco in 2019, but he is a high draft pick that the team is surely hoping will take that job before too long.

Category: Transactions


Derrius Guice downplays injury

Mon, Jul 15th 10:27pm EDT
By Brad Camara

Derrius Guice who injured his hamstring while rehabbing, downplayed the injury and stated there's "no reason" for concern. (Source: Les Carpenter of the Washington Post)

Fantasy Impact: Guice reportedly was on track for the start of training camp before the injury news developed. Guice tweeted out Friday night, “I don’t listen to the noise, I know what’s going on with me." It is entirely possible that Guice could be back for training camp. Amid health concerns, Guice faces tough competition for playing time in a backfield that also has Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson. We will know more on Guice's availability as training camp draws closer.

Category: Injury Updates


Braxton Berrios who was stashed on injured reserve as a rookie, has looked good at spring practices in hopes to landing a roster spot as part of the Patriots receiving corps. (Source: Mike Reiss of ESPN.com)

Fantasy Impact: Berrios, a sixth round pick in 2018, is in good health after spending his entire rookie season on the injured reserve. He will need his strong May and June to carry over into training camp, if he hopes to land a roster spot with the team. His odds will largely remain on the health of Demaryius Thomas and the suspension status of Josh Gordon. According to Reiss, Berrios would be in a Danny Amendola-type role as a slot receiver while also working as a return specialist.


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.

Category: Rumors


Ronald Jones has added 13 pounds of muscle this off-season. (Source: Pro Football Talk)

Fantasy Impact: Jones played at 208 pounds last year and is now up to 221 as training camp approaches. Typically running backs perform better when they lose weight over the off-season but Jones was so bad in his rookie season that it's good to see him committed to a workout program. He has a chance to lead the Bucs in rushing this year but remains a high-risk fantasy pick.


The 49ers and Robbie Gould have agreed to a two-year, $10.5 million contract. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gould and the Niners beat the deadline for players on the franchise tag to sign. The two-year deal is fully guaranteed and could wind up being four years if San Francisco picks up the option. He'll certainly be a worthwhile fantasy option once again this year.

Category: Transactions


Chris Herndon has been suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: The suspension stems from a driving while intoxicated charge from June, 2018 which Herndon plead guilty to last January. The suspension for this type of incident is usually two games, but it can be up to four with the presence of aggravating circumstances. He had a promising rookie season, finishing with 502 yards and four TDs and was expected to take another step forward in his second year. The other TEs on the roster are Eric Tomlinson, Daniel Brown, and 2019 4th-Round rookie Trevon Wesco. It’s unclear who will handle the majority of tight end work in Herndon’s absence, but none of the three figure to be fantasy relevant.

Category: Transactions


Duke Johnson signed Thursday with agent Drew Rosenhaus, hoping his new representative can facilitate a trade. The Buccaneers are rumored to be a possible destination. (Source: Pro Football Talk on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Johnson switched agents in hoping to get a deal done quicker, as he clearly wants out of Cleveland. He previously stated his desire to play elsewhere is motivated by the fact the Browns tried to originally deal him back in February. He’s entering the first of his three-year, $15.6 million dollar contract, including a $5 million dollars in bonuses the Browns have already paid for. The Buccaneers are rumored to be a top suitor, as they are one of the few teams who are in need of a pass catching specialist. This would be an ideal situation and certainly boost his fantasy value for 2019. Look for Johnson to be involved in many trade rumors in the upcoming weeks leading into the preseason.

Category: Rumors


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.


The 49ers quarterback spoke to media and said "I’m good to go. Finally," He's not expected to be limited at the start of training camp. (Source: ProFootballTalk)

Fantasy Impact: There have been many reports of this being the year that Garoppolo has to prove his worth and with a full bill of health, there should be nothing holding him back. He's currently the QB20 in ADP and could return far more than his cost after the 49ers added more offensive weapons this offseason.

Category: Injury Updates


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.

Category: Transactions


Head coach Andy Reid has named Damien Williams as the Chiefs’ starting RB for the 2019 season. (Source: Chiefs.com)

Fantasy Impact: In a recent statement, Reid gave a vote of confidence to Damien Williams as the Chiefs’ starting RB. “We’re asking him to be the full-time starter for the year,” Reid said, adding, “He’s earned the right to be that guy.” Reid’s comments come a little more than a month after Chiefs’ offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy expressed the same sentiment regarding Williams. The confirmation by the head coach is welcome news to fantasy players, as rumors of a Williams-Carlos Hyde timeshare have been circulating in recent weeks. Williams excelled for Kansas City last season as a dual-threat back with dangerous skills as a receiver out of the backfield. If he can secure a lion’s share of the running back touches in 2019, an RB1 finish wouldn’t be an unreasonable expectation.

Category: Rumors


Brendan Marks of The Charlotte Observer writes Cam Newton (shoulder) is expected to be a full-go for Panthers training camp. (Source: Charlotte Observer)

Fantasy Impact: Newton underwent a clean-up procedure on his shoulder back in January. It wasn’t considered too serious but the Panthers wanted to be careful with his rehab this off-season. It sounds as if everything has gone according to plan. Newton can be safely drafted as an upside QB1 in fantasy right now.

Category: Injury Updates


Jack Doyle (hip) is still in the process of gaining weight and isn’t ready to specify any timeline for his return to practice. (Source: George Bremer of Herald Bulletin)

Fantasy Impact: Doyle lost around 25 pounds after having kidney surgery in November and hip surgery in the offseason. He is fully healed from both surgeries, but needs more time to build up strength and body mass before he can be cleared to practice. Doyle could be limited or unavailable when training camp opens in July. When he returns, look for Doyle to join Eric Ebron in an offense that could find regular targets for both tight ends.

Category: Injury Updates