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The Dolphins are "cautiously optimistic" that WR Preston Williams (ACL) will be ready by Week 1, per Barry Jackson and Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald. (Source: Miami Herald)

Fantasy Impact: Williams had recently been cleared for football activities, but the Dolphins are easing him back into action. "There’s no assurance he will be deemed ready for Week 1, though Miami is cautiously optimistic he will be, the Miami Herald added. He passed his physical and is progressing well. But Miami is being cautious." Williams hauled in 32 catches for 428 yards and three touchdowns across eight games his rookie season. If healthy, he is projected to be the second or third option in the Dolphins' passing attack. The 23-year-old is currently 51st among all wide receivers in the latest expert consensus rankings.

Category: Injury Updates

The Bills have restructured WR Stefon Diggs' contract, per Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Diggs will make $3.3 million more in 2020 and reduce his salary in 2022-2023 from $25.55 to $22.67 million. He has been working with QB Josh Allen during the off season in an attempt to build chemistry. Diggs is expected to be the Bills WR1 and will compete with John Brown and Cole Beasley for targets. The 26-year-old hauled in 63 receptions for 1,130 yards and six touchdowns across 94 targets for the Vikings in 2019. Diggs is a borderline WR2 in fantasy and is currently 27th among all wideouts in the latest expert consensus rankings.

Category: Transactions

The Eagles placed OL Brandon Brooks on the active/PUP list. (Source: Philadelphia Eagles on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Brooks tore his Achilles in July and is out for the season. This certainly hurts the Eagles' run-blocking unit. Jason Peters was since brought back to the team as a replacement.

Category: Injury Updates

The Cardinals activated TE Maxx Williams off the active/NFI list. (Source: Chris Long on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This means Williams has passed his physical. He will mainly be used as a blocking tight end and doesn't have any fantasy appeal this year.

Category: Transactions

The Giants officially re-signed DE Markus Golden to a one-year deal. (Source: New York Daily News)

Fantasy Impact: The Giants used the "UFA tender" on Golden this offseason. The 29-year-old totaled 10 sacks last season. His new contract is worth up to $5.1 million.

Category: Transactions

Jets coach Adam Gase says Le'Veon Bell is "extremely motivated" and is in "phenomenal shape." (Source: Eric Allen on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: "He’s been working extremely hard and he looks really good," Gase added. It is noteworthy news as the Jets' head coach has butted heads with Bell ever since he was signed last offseason. Bell was mostly a disappointment in 2019 after sitting out the year prior. Now 28 years old, he's a strong candidate for 300 touches but it remains to be seen how efficient those will be. Gase's history doesn't exactly inspire a lot of confidence when it comes to projecting the offense this year.

Colts S Rolan Milligan informed the team he is opting out of the 2020 season. (Source: Indianapolis Colts on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As is fellow safety Marvell Tell III. Milligan was mostly a special teams player in 2019 and appeared in 11 games.

Colts S Marvell Tell III informed the team he is opting out of the 2020 season. (Source: Indianapolis Colts on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As did fellow safety Rolan Milligan. Tell was mostly a special teams player after being selected in the fifth round of the 2019 draft.

New Browns TE Austin Hooper says he spent 2-3 weeks living with Baker Mayfield this offseason. (Source: Jake Trotter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The two worked out together after Hooper signed a four-year, $44 million contract with Cleveland during free agency. Hooper is likely going to see less volume than he did in Atlanta last year, but perhaps he'll remain an efficient target for an offense in need of a rebound.

RB Jeremy Hill has been cut by the Las Vegas less than one week after signing with the team. (Source: Vic Tafur on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Devontae Booker was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list, so it’s clear that Hill was brought in as insurance for Booker. Now that Booker is back, Hill is out of Las Vegas and will look to gain footing elsewhere in the NFL.

Category: Transactions

Bruce Arians told reporters on a call that Ronald Jones II is the “main guy” in the Buccaneers backfield and that all the other guys are jostling for roles outside of that. (Source: Scott Smith on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Another vote of confidence for RoJo, whose ADP continues to rise as Arians speaks on his ability as the lead back in Tampa. The rookie Ke’Shawn Vaughn will likely be in a complementary role to Jones, while LeSean McCoy and Dare Ogunbowale will split time in pass-catching situations.

Category: Rumors

Steelers WR Diontae Johnson says he's "100 percent" following offseason sports hernia surgery. (Source: Brooke Pryor on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Johnson suffered the injury in Week 2 last year and still managed to haul in 59 receptions for 680 yards and five touchdowns on the season. Those numbers are even more impressive when you consider the atrocious quarterback play Pittsburgh got in 2019. Johnson, a third-round pick last year, is a wildly popular breakout candidate in fantasy right now.

Category: Injury Updates

Bills shutdown corner Tre'Davious White says he is still undecided on whether or not to play this year. (Source: Kim Jones on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: White is one of the best corners in football and his absence would be a massive blow to Buffalo's AFC East title chances. Players have until 4 PM ET on Thursday to decide whether or not to opt out this year.

Category: Rumors

Marquise Brown has gained 23 pounds over the offseason. (Source: Jamison Hensley on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: "Hollywood" played at 157 pounds as a rookie and is now up to 180. It'll be interesting to see if the 23-year-old can keep his top-level speed with the added weight, but the early reports on Brown are glowing. He's a popular breakout candidate entering a wild 2020 fantasy season.

Lions WR Kenny Golladay has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list. (Source: Detroit Lions on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Golladay is activated seven days after going on the reserve/COVID-19 list, which goes to show that the time period on the list is different for every player with the given circumstances. Golladay should be as safe as they get as a top-15 WR this year in fantasy football with a healthy and hungry Matthew Stafford playing quarterback.

Category: Transactions

Dolphins WR Albert Wilson is opting out of the 2020 season. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Wilson joins Allen Hurns as Dolphins receivers to opt out of the 2020 season. Isaiah Ford and Jakeem Grant could see increased opportunities this year as a result.

Category: Transactions

Free agent and former Raiders, Seahawks, and Dolphins DE Dion Jordan is expected to sign with the San Francisco 49ers. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jordan was a former 3rd overall pick in 2013 of the Miami Dolphins. His career hasn’t taken off like it was supposed to coming out of Oregon, but he should still be able to get off the edge and get to the quarterback. A low-risk signing for a very good 49ers defense.

Category: Transactions

On August 4th Travis Benjamin announced that he had decided to sit out the 2020 season for the health of his family. (Source: Jeremy Fowler on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: San Francisco has a number of younger wide receivers which would have placed Travis Benjamin on the roster bubble (Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, Kendrick Bourne, Jalen Hurd, Trent Taylor, Dante Pettis). Given he wasn't a lock to make the game-day roster Benjamin wasn't expected to be fantasy relevant in 2020. Benjamin will be 31 years old when the 2021 season commences next year.

D.J. Reed is out for the 2020 season with a torn pectoral muscle. (Source: The Sacramento Bee)

Fantasy Impact: Mostly a special teams CB and FS in the nickel, Reed will have to wait another season to break out from a backup role. Given the recovery timeline of the injury, 49ers' general manager John Lynch stated, "[It's] ultimately, too difficult to keep a roster spot for something that might go into December." Emmanuel Moseley's fantasy stock slightly climbs as a result of Reed's absence, but there is plenty of depth at DB in the late rounds of your fantasy drafts.

Category: Injury Updates

According to Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson, rookie offensive weapon Lynn Bowden Jr. could be used at quarterback this season. (Source: Las Vegas Raiders on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The No. 80 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft won the Paul Hornung award for the nation’s most versatile college football player, so it’s no surprise the Raiders want to take full advantage of his skill set. Right now, Bowden is working out with the running backs, but Olson sees him expanding his repertoire. Olson said, "you see the game changing from year to year, the use of the RPOs (run-pass options) and the use of the Taysom Hills, those type of players that played the RPO-style offense in college, they become valuable." Look for Bowden to be utilized all over the field for Jon Gruden’s new look Las Vegas Raiders.