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The Eagles and Texans are in talks regarding a possible Deshaun Watson trade and both teams seem to want to come to an agreement. (Source: Chris Trapasso on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Despite showing up to the Texans' training camp, Watson's intentions of not wanting to play for Houston again has remained steadfast. The Eagles have been reported as a possible landing spot for Watson for quite some time. They have a number of first-round picks and a young quarterback of their own in Jalen Hurts to offer which may be of interest to a rebuilding team like the Texans. However, at this time it is unknown who or what may be included in the potential deal. There is still a possibility Watson does not play this season or is forced to miss games due to a suspension because of the ongoing NFL investigation. Still, however, such a blockbuster trade would have a significant fantasy impact, especially in Philadelphia. Fantasy managers should expect Miles Sanders and Devonta Smith to get a significant boost to their current rankings, with their ADP rising in the process. Dallas Goedert is the one Eagle whose fantasy stock is likely unaffected to some degree. Despite a Watson acquisition undoubtedly increasing Goedert's fantasy value, it is unlikely enough for him to jump the likes of TJ Hockenson, Kyle Pitts or Mark Andrews. Jalen Reagor has been a disappointment thus far, but such a trade would likely give him life as a late-round selection despite a discouraging training camp this season. While fantasy managers seem to already be treating Houston players as if Watson will not be under center, a trade would be confirmation of that belief. It's possible the Texans do not have a single weekly fantasy starter in a typical 12-team format in 2021.

Los Angeles Rams rookie WR Tutu Atwell (Reserve/COVID) has been activated from the league's reserve/COVID list after being placed on it back on July 26th, per Lindsey Thiry. (Source: Lindsey Thiry on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Atwell was acquired early by Sean McVay and the Rams' front office, going off the draft board as the 57th overall selection in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft. He possesses extreme high-end speed and racked up 18 touchdowns in his final two seasons at the University of Louisville, where he averaged 18.4 yards per reception on 69 receptions for 1,272 yards to lead the ACC during his sophomore season. He barely stands at 5'9" and 160 pounds but is an absolute weapon in open space and downfield, adding another weapon to quarterback Matthew Stafford's arsenal in 2021.

Category: Injury Updates

Tennessee Titans WR Julio Jones (undisclosed) missed training camp practice for the second consecutive day on Wednesday after landing awkwardly during Monday's practice, per Titans' head coach Mike Vrabel. (Source: Jim Wyatt of

Fantasy Impact: Jones was traded to the Titans this offseason after spending his first decade in the league with the Atlanta Falcons. Vrabel did not comment on the nature of Jones' injury but did indicate that he won't be practicing much for the remainder of the team's training camp. Currently, Jones is valued as the WR13 but his ADP has dropped across the last two weeks, moving back into the fourth round in fantasy drafts. The two-time First-Team All-Pro wideout should be a solid WR2 in 2021 to help unlock the full potential of the Titans offense alongside star players A.J. Brown and Derrick Henry, who is returning after a 2,000 yard, 17 touchdown season on the ground. Jones should be fine when the season starts but continue monitoring his situation prior to upcoming fantasy drafts.

Category: Injury Updates

The Bears have signed veteran LB Alec Ogletree to a contract, per Mike Garafolo on Twitter. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ogletree is a sturdy veteran linebacker who started in various defensive schemes for the Rams to begin his career. He's a versatile player who can fill a depth role for the Bears. He spent last season on the New York Jets practice squad.

Arizona Cardinals WR A.J. Green is dealing with a "minor issue" in training camp. HC Kliff Kingsbury did not reveal what the injury is, per Josh Weinfuss of ESPN. (Source: Josh Weinfuss on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kingsbury added that he expects Green to be back sooner rather than later. Early reports from camp say that A.J. Green has been playing well in Arizona. He will look to play a similar veteran safety blanket role to what Larry Fitzgerald has played with the Cardinals for the past few years.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DC Todd Bowles receives a three-year contract extension with the team, making him the highest-paid DC in the league, per Adam Schefter of ESPN. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bowles has proven to be one of the league's best DC's in his stops in Tampa Bay and Arizona. There's still a chance he gets another shot as an HC before this contract is over. However, as long as Bowles is calling the defense in Tampa Bay, you can bet they will be one of the top units in the league.

Coach Jon Gruden said Bryan Edwards looks like Terrell Owens in training camp, while beat writer Levi Edwards has said Edwards is looking more like Randy Moss, catching passes with corners all over him. (Source: Levi Edwards on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Edwards has that prototypical size teams are looking for in their No. 1 receivers. The former Gamecock is 6'3 and 212 pounds. He came into the NFL last year with a 94th-percentile college dominator rating and a 100th-percentile breakout age. He spent most of his rookie season trying to get over a foot injury that occurred in the lead-up to the NFL Draft. Fantasy managers shouldn't be forgetting about him though. He's currently being drafted as the WR90, but he has a pathway to consistent use behind Darren Waller. Henry Ruggs, due to his stature is unlikely to ever become a target hog, but Edwards is not hindered by the same constraints. As a late-round dart throw, fantasy managers would be wise to invest in a player that has a fairly easy pathway to 100+ targets in 2021. The former third-round pick is someone fantasy managers in dynasty leagues should be looking to acquire on the cheap. He's still young, has a great draft pedigree and has an easy pathway to a starting role. It shouldn't be surprising to see Edwards finish as a WR4 this season and be someone fantasy managers are able to use as a bye-week fill-in and there's upside for more yet too. There's plenty for fantasy managers to like in the second-year player whose current draft pick comes with virtually no risk.

Miami Dolphins rookie WR Jaylen Waddle has reportedly been flashing as an outside wide receiver during training camp, per Lindsay Jones. (Source: Lindsay Jones of The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Waddle was the sixth overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and has looked effective in jet sweeps and screens. However, the former University of Alabama wideout is still recovering from an ankle injury he suffered early on during his final collegiate season. He managed to haul in 25 receptions for 557 yards and four touchdowns across four games. With the notorious injury history of DeVante Parker and Will Fuller V already flaring up in training camp, Waddle's current rank as the WR47 is an incredible late-round value to seize on. Factor in his previous continuity with Dolphins' second-year quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Waddle could be a late-round gem that finishes as a WR3 in 2021.

Category: Rumors

Los Angeles Rams QB Matthew Stafford (thumb) logged his first full padded practice with his new team on Tuesday after suffering a thumb contusion on Monday, per Jourdan Rodrigue. (Source: Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Stafford hit his surgically repaired right thumb on a helmet during a throw Monday, which left a sizable contusion but avoided tears, fractures, or breaks. The 33-year old gunslinger enters his 13th year in the league on a new team that could elevate his stock significantly in fantasy drafts, thanks to an upgraded offensive line and wide receiving corps. Stafford completed two touchdown passes during Tuesday's practice, delivering a back corner end zone throw to Cooper Kupp and another deep touchdown pass to newly acquired speedster DeSean Jackson. Stafford is currently being valued as the QB12 in half-PPR formats and could go berserk in Sean McVay's pass-centric offense in 2021, making him a great value in the seventh and eighth rounds of fantasy drafts.

Category: Injury Updates, Rumors

The Cincinnati Bengals practiced in pads for the first time on Tuesday and struggled to perform well against the defense, per Jay Morrison and Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: It's only the beginning of training camp, but it's worth noting during the draft, the Bengals doubled down on WR rather than improving their pourous offensive line. To jump forward, the team will have to figure out how to protect their number one overall pick, QB Joe Burrow. According to Morrison and Dehner, "The pass rush continued to break through the offensive line and put pressure on Joe Burrow and the other quarterbacks, and nearly every pass that wasn’t wildly off the mark was heavily contested, if not broken up or intercepted."

Chicago Bears RB Damien Williams has reportedly been impressive as a receiver on passing downs during training camp, per Patrick Finley. (Source: Patrick Finley on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Williams didn't play in 2020 but is in line to earn the third-down pass-catching role for Chicago based on the ability he's shown to create mismatches in the passing game during Bears' training camp. Williams scored two touchdowns, including a receiving touchdown, during the Chiefs' comeback win against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV. He also averaged 6.12 YPC on 17 attempts, proving he is just as elusive when given the primary ball-carrier role. Williams is valued as the RB63 in half-PPR formats and will likely be available on fantasy waiver wires to begin the season. Using a late-round selection in fantasy drafts on Williams could prove useful for trade fodder or bench depth as the 2021 season progresses.

Category: Rumors

Chicago Bears QB Andy Dalton is still on track to be the Week 1 starter against the Los Angeles Rams, per Patrick Finley. (Source: Patrick Finley on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Dalton has reportedly been the most consistent quarterback not only during the Bears' training camp but in recent memory. The 33-year veteran quarterback had three Pro-Bowl seasons in Cincinnati and was decent amidst injuries for the Cowboys in 2020, throwing 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions for 2,170 yards and a 4-5 record as the starter. Expect Chicago to let rookie quarterback Justin Fields develop behind Dalton until he consistently struggles or an injury occurs. While unpopular, Dalton could be a viable early-season streaming option at quarterback, as he is valued extremely low as the QB37 in half-PPR formats.

Category: Rumors

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Dwayne Haskins has reportedly 'been surprisingly good' during training camp, per Mark Kaboly. (Source: Mark Kaboly of The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Haskins has impressed during Steelers training camp, particularly during a two-minute drill that saw him go 4-of-6 for 67 yards to convert a 25-yard passing touchdown. This was the second time in a five-day span where Haskins looked good during the two-minute drill, which simulates the pressure of a game-tying or game-winning drive. Haskins has been committed to developing his game and fitting into the offensive scheme under new Steelers OC Matt Canada according to head coach Mike Tomlin. Haskins should see significant playing time against the Dallas Cowboys during Thursday's Hall of Fame Game.

Category: Rumors

Seattle Seahawks RB DeeJay Dallas reportedly 'has a shot' to become the team's primary third-down running back in 2021, per Michael Shawn-Dugar. (Source: Michael Shawn-Dugar of The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Dallas was given minimal opportunities during his rookie season but did see an increased workload towards the end of 2020 due to injuries at the position. He reportedly has the best hands and elusiveness when breaking on his routes, per Seattle's starting running back, Chris Carson. If Dallas improves on his pass blocking ability in 2021, a bigger role in the receiving game could transpire, especially considering the team's new OC, Shane Waldron, is known for his pass-centric offensive scheme previously with the Los Angeles Rams. Dallas is going undrafted as the RB95 in fantasy drafts, meaning he will likely be available on fantasy waiver wires to start the season.

Category: Rumors

Josh Johnson has inked a deal with the Jets according to his agent. Johnson is a journeyman and has played for a total of 16 teams across four professional football leagues. He will likely serve as either the second-string or third-string quarterback. (Source: Adam Shefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Johnson is a depth addition to the Jets and serves no fantasy purpose at this time.

Category: Transactions

Per Dan Duggan of the Athletic, the hamstring injury that WR Kenny Golladay suffered earlier this week is not believed to be serious and early indications are positive. (Source: Dan Duggan )

Fantasy Impact: Golladay was the prized jewel in terms of weapons added for the Giant's offense during free agency, so this was arguably the best news we could have hoped for especially given how tricky hamstring injuries can be. While the upside for Golladay in New York and with Daniel Jones as opposed to Matthew Stafford won't be the same, he is unquestionably the New York WR with the highest upside and will be the locked in WR 1 for the team. Golladay is currently ranked as the WR 26 and is more so in the WR 2 category for fantasy football but has a very high chance to exceed those expectations especially if Jones takes the next step forward at QB.

Category: Injury Updates

The retired, former Indianapolis Colts QB, now High school football coach, Philip Rivers has “not ruled out” coming back to the NFL. (Source: Sam Farmer of LA Times)

Fantasy Impact: The recently-retired QB told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday that he hasn’t shut the door on returning to the NFL. Which seems to be of ironic timing in light of his former team, the Colts, losing starting quarterback Carson Wentz to a foot injury for up to 12 weeks. He currently sits fifth all-time with 63,440 yards passing and 421 touchdown passes. For deeper SuperFlex dynasty leagues it could be worth stashing him in case this where to flourish into something more. Whether you do so or not, this is one to keep an eye on.

Category: Rumors

Free-agent LB Kwon Alexander and the Saints have agreed to a one-year deal worth up to $3 million. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Alexander played with the Saints last season before being released in March in order to save more than $13M. Alexander was first traded to the Saints in November of 2020. He played in seven regular season games, tallying 27 tackles, before rupturing his Achilles. Re-signing him will go a long way in helping the Saints defense find depth after a long offseason of losses. Alexander remains far from the playmaker he was with Tampa Bay years ago, and until he’s seen healthy and making plays he can be left on waivers in all IDP leagues.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions

Cleveland Browns WR Donovan Peoples-Jones "is taking a big step," according to Albert Breer. (Source: Albert Breer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Breer added, "He's slimmed down, catching everything, has worked all offseason with Baker Mayfield, and his traits are translating into his play." With Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry ahead of Peoples-Jones in the pass-catching pecking order, it'll be interesting to see if early in the regular season that Baker Mayfield averages more pass plays per game. Last season, the QB averaged the fourth-fewest pass plays per game.

Category: Rumors

Detriot Lions RB D'Andre Swift is "going to be the bellcow," according to Albert Breer. (Source: Albert Breer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Breer added, "Having Jamaal Williams around has really helped the former second-rounder take another step forward. Williams is also bringing more than expected in the passing game, so he should carve out a nice role." Breer visited the team on his annual training camp tour Tuesday.

Category: Rumors