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The Detroit Lions and CB Darius Slay agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension on Friday worth $50.2 million with $23 million in guaranteed money. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Detroit finished the 2015 season as the 24th ranked D/ST in fantasy football with 102 points and a 6.8 FPPG average. In 2016, Detroit's D/ST should not be selected in the fantasy draft and should only be used in matchup situations off of the waiver wire.

Category: Transactions


7-time pro bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson will be signing with the Tennesse Titans. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Titans needs receiving help and Johnson fits that mold. Though he isn't his pro-bowl self anymore, he brings veteran experience to a young receiving core. The Titans will gladly take Johnson's 1,053 receptions and 14,100. Welcome to Tennessee!

Category: Transactions


Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (foot) has been medically cleared for training camp, but may not "participate in every drill" according to ESPNs Todd Archer. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Dez Bryant is entering his seventh season in the NFL as the star receiver on the Dallas Cowboys. Bryant is coming off of his worst statistical season in 2015 as a result of injuries and a tumultuous offseason. In 2016, Bryant's fantasy outlook appears to be bright once again. The Cowboys have Tony Romo returning as well as rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott set to make his debut in the league, which should take the pressure off of the passing game. Bryant should be considered a mid-range WR1 who could find himself finishing the campaign ranked in the top five in fantasy points scored at his position.

Category: Injury Updates


The Baltimore Sun is reporting that Baltimore Ravens WR Mike Wallace passed his conditioning test on Friday that he initially failed earlier in the week. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Mike Wallace will be on the practice field at Ravens training camp in the wake of passing his conditioning test. Wallace is coming off of his worst statistical season since 2009 last season with the Vikings. He caught 39 passes for 473 yards and two touchdowns. In 2016, Wallace is on a Ravens team that is built to air the ball out under Joe Flacco's command which bodes well for the veteran wideout's fantasy outlook. Wallace should be considered a low-end WR3/WR4 in this year's fantasy football campaign.

Category: Rumors


Contract offset language has held first-round draft selection Joey Bosa from signing with the San Diego Chargers thus far. It appears that there has been no real progress in those contract negotiations as Bosa will not attend the first day of camp with the Bolts.

Fantasy Impact: This is not good news for either Bosa or the Chargers. Bosa needs all the reps he can get as he attempts to transition into his role as a true 3-4 DE. In addition, the porous run defense in San Diego desperately needs their top selection and his elite skill-set. This situation could get ugly quickly if they can't strike a deal.


Dion Jordan has been reinstated

Fri, Jul 29th 10:01am EDT
By Israel Katz

MIA

Though reinstated, Dion Jordan's reinstatement is conditional, I'm told. He'll be in counseling and will be reevaluated before the start of the season. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jordan, the number three pick in 2013, has struggled since he arrived in the NFL. His totals by the end of 2014 were 46 tackles, three sacks and three passes defended. Let's hope he can turn things around this time.

Category: Transactions


Ameer Abdullah 'ready to go'

Fri, Jul 29th 9:11am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

DET

Ameer Abdullah has "come along" from his shoulder injury, according to the Lions, and he appears poised to be ready to go for camp considering he's not on the team's PUP list. (Source: Tim Twentyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Lions are expected to use several RBs this season, muddying the waters a bit for Abdullah. He showed flashes last season, but his overall ineffectiveness and the other players around him have his checking in with an expert consensus ranking of RB29.

Category: Injury Updates


Matt Forte tweaked his hamstring during Thursday's practice session and is considered day-to-day. (Source: Rich Cimini on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Jets were going to take things slow with Forte regardless of injury considering the time of year and his veteran status. Injuries are never a good thing, but it's better to have it happen this early. Hopefully Forte will be able to fully recover with time off. He's currently considered the RB15 in our expert consensus ranking.

Category: Injury Updates


The Miami Dolphins have placed RB Arian Foster (Achilles) on the PUP list to open training camp. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Arian Foster will begin his first year with the Miami Dolphins on the PUP list as he still recovers from his Achilles injury that ended his 2015 campaign. Foster's role on the team remains uncertain as he has yet to take the field with the club. Foster is currently slated as the No. 2 running back on the depth chart behind Jay Ajayi. In the upcoming fantasy football campaign, Foster should be selected in the mid-rounds of the draft but proceed with caution when eyeing up this injury-prone rusher.

Category: Injury Updates


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Philadelphia Eagles and Darren Sproles have agreed to terms on a one-year contract extension on Friday worth $4.5 million. (Source: Ian Rapoport)

Fantasy Impact: Darren Sproles entering his 11th season in the NFL in 2016 and received a well-deserved contract extension from the Eagles. In 2015, Sproles tallied six total touchdowns (three rushing, one receiving and two special teams) and was highly effective as a receiver out of the backfield catching 55 targets for 388 yards and a previously mentioned score. In the upcoming fantasy football campaign, Sproles is worthy of a late-round selection for flex and PPR purposes but his biggest value is tagged on to his special team's presence.

Category: Transactions


Denver Broncos wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas have shown good chemistry with the quarterbacks through the first two days of training camp. (Source: Denver Broncos)

Fantasy Impact: "The top two receivers were the two most frequent targets during the first team period; each receiver caught three passes from [Mark] Sanchez, and their timing with the veteran quarterback looked crisp," wrote the team's website. There was a worry how Peyton Manning's retirement would impact both receivers, but both are still likely to see roughly the same production as usual while catching passes from Sanchez and Co.


Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson reported to training camp at 217 pounds, down seven pounds from his listed weight of 224. (Source: Denver Broncos)

Fantasy Impact: "I did a lot more running in the offseason training than I've ever done, down there in Houston," Anderson said. He projects as the workhorse for a Broncos team likely to run more in 2016, which puts him squarely on the RB1 radar. However, let us not forget how hyped Anderson was last season as well, only to disappoint.


Stephen Holder of the IndyStar believes that "it's unmistakably clear" that that the Indianapolis Colts "will feature three wide receivers and one tight end" as their "go-to lineup" in 2016. The beat writer is also suggesting that their personnel in the set will include T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief, Phillip Dorsett and Dwayne Allen. (Source: The Indy Star)

Fantasy Impact: The Indianapolis Colts are expected to run the majority of their offense off of three-wide, one-tight sets in the 2016 season as the formation plays into the strength of their personnel. Phillip Dorsett will see an increase in his playing time as he is the No. 3 receiver on the depth chart with T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief ahead of him. This change bodes well for Andrew Luck's stats as well as this group of wideouts as they can create favorable matchups against the defense that the signal caller can exploit.

Category: Rumors


The Miami Herald reports that the Dolphins have asked tight end Jordan Cameron to do a better job at fighting for balls while they are in the air. (Source: Miami Herald)

Fantasy Impact: The article goes on to say that the team could overhaul the position next year if Cameron doesn't improve. Cameron is a strong bet to improve on his dismal 2015 numbers, but with so many mouths to feed in Miami it may be hard for him to come into strong fantasy relevance.


Green Bay Packers tight end Richard Rodgers has reportedly slimmed down from 275 pounds to 258 pounds in an effort to improve his speed and cutting ability. (Source: Journal Sentinel)

Fantasy Impact: "I think Richard looks great," quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. "He's had a great off-season, and we're primed for him to continue to build on the things he's done in the first couple years." Rodgers remains the top tight end on the depth chart, but he will be battling with newcomer Jared Cook for snaps and targets. He remains a middling TE2 for fantasy purposes despite the reduce weight.


Buffalo Bills DB Stephon Gilmore reported to training camp on Thursday. The veteran cornerback is entering the final year of his rookie deal. (Source: Mike Rodak on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Buffalo's D/ST finished a disappointing 2015 season ranked 20th in fantasy points scored with 121 and a 7.6 FPPG average over 16 contests. Rex Ryan's defensive unit laid an egg last season and may not fare any better in 2016 as pass rush Shaq Lawson could miss the entire season according to reports. Buffalo's D/ST is a borderline draftable matchup play in the upcoming fantasy football campaign.

Category: Rumors


Anquan Boldin joins the Lions

Fri, Jul 29th 1:59am EDT
By Jeff Krisko

DET

Despite his insistence he wanted to play for a contender, Anquan Boldin signed with the Detroit Lions. (Source: detroitlions.com)

Fantasy Impact: Boldin will serve as the third wide receiver behind Golden Tate and Marvin Jones, but he is likely to be the fourth passing option behind Theo Riddick or Eric Ebron, depending on personnel. He won't have much fantasy value but considering his reliability in tough spots, he should boost Matt Stafford's fantasy value.

Category: Transactions


Stanford football's head coach, David Shaw, said that Carlos Hyde is the perfect fit for Chip Kelly's offense. (Source: SFGate.com)

Fantasy Impact: Shaw goes on to talk about Hyde's skill set and how Kelly will get him the ball in a variety of ways. Even a head coach for a college team knows that Hyde is going to have a monster year.


Matt Barrows believes that Bruce is in a great position to be a breakout player this year. Chip Kelly has been talking about Bruce ever since he landed in San Francisco. (Source: sacbee.com)

Fantasy Impact: Chip Kelly likes to get the ball out quick in his offense, Bruce is a quick receiver that Chip can move all over the field. He could be in a for a much bigger role this year.


According to Jason La Canfora talks between the Kansas City Chiefs and DL Dontari Poe haven't progressed at all, and it's very doubtful that a deal will get done before the season. (Source: Jason La Canfora on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Poe is the anchor on the defensive line for the Chiefs. If the two sides can't come to terms on a deal, before the start of the season, the Chiefs DST will take a hit.

Category: Rumors