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According to NFL Insider Mike Garafolo, Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson (knee) "tweaked" his left knee while he was working out, which led to the receiver being placed on the PUP list on Monday. In response to the media on his recent ailment, Nelson said, "It's not the ACL. No one needs to freak out." (Source: NFL.com)
Fantasy Impact: Jordy Nelson gave Packers nation and the fantasy football world a scare in the wake of his most recent knee ailment. Furthur reports according to ESPN's Ed Werder suggest that Nelson is dealing with tendinitis in his left knee and it is not currently "viewed as a serious" concern at this point and time. Monitor this situation closely entering fantasy draft season as Nelson will likely be one of the top 10 wideouts selected and a lingering injury could force his draft stock to drop.
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon (quad) was placed on the non-football injury (NFI) list on Tuesday after suffering a quad injury working out on his own according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Gordon is only expected to miss a "couple of weeks" of action due to his ailment. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Josh Gordon's recent quad injury is not expected to be serious and should not hinder his return to the field in Week 5 against the Patriots. Gordon should garner moderate upside in 2016 due to his connection with former Baylor teammate and current Browns' quarterback Robert Griffin III. Although Gordon's role remains uncertain, he should be selected in the upcoming fantasy football drafts and stashed for his return in the event he has another outstanding season as he did in 2013.
Category: Injury Updates
Former first-overall draft selection OL Jake Long agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The Baltimore Ravens added offensive line depth by signing Jake Long to a one-year deal. The four-time Pro Bowl tackle tore his ACL in consecutive seasons leading up to 2016 and could make an impact coming off the bench in Baltimore. Ronnie Stanley is currently in place to protect Joe Flacco's blindside but Long adds a proven insurance policy if the rookie should struggle.
Tue, Jul 26th 5:06pm EDT
By Steve Maro
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that Miami Dolphins HC Adam Gase really likes RB Arian Foster’s “skill set” and “route tree” and says that he’s similar to a WR. Foster was signed by the Dolphins last week to compete with second-year RB Jay Ajayi and rookie Kenyan Drake. (Source: Miami Herald)
Fantasy Impact: This is good news for Foster’s fantasy value as it looks like the Dolphins won’t be taking him off the field on third down situations. However, there is so much talent at the RB position for the Dolphins, I find it hard to trust any Dolphins RB. As of right now, Jay Ajayi is listed first on the depth chart and Foster is listed second. I would expect Foster and Ajayi to split snaps and I would also expect the Dolphins to use both Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams at various points during games.
Tue, Jul 26th 5:03pm EDT
By Anthony Cervino
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Dallas Cowboys DE Randy Gregory is not expected to report to the start of training camp this week as he checked into a treatment facility on Tuesday. The troubled pass rusher is facing an additional suspension attached on to his current four-game ban for a second violation of the league's substance-abuse policy. Gregory could be out a total of 10 games in total due to his repeat offenses. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The Dallas Cowboys could now lose a second starting pass rusher for up to 10 games in 2016 as Randy Gregory yet again violated the NFL's substance-abuse policy for the second time this year. Rolando McClain already will miss 10 games for his own offenses and Demarcus Lawrence will miss the first four games of the regular season for a similar violation. The Dallas Cowboys D/ST should be avoided to start the 2016 fantasy football campaign due to their decimated pass rush and inability to create turnovers.
Tue, Jul 26th 4:54pm EDT
By Steve Maro
Kansas City Chiefs HC Andy Reid says that he doesn’t think that DE-LB Justin Houston will be healthy enough to take part in training camp. Houston hyperextended his knee in a game against the Bills back in November and had surgery on his ACL back in February. Houston’s post-surgery recovery timetable was six to 12 months. (Source: Terez A. Paylor on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The Chiefs have one of the most talented defenses in the league, but Houston is arguably their best defensive player. If Houston misses time during the regular season, the Chiefs fantasy defense/special teams loses a little bit of value.
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert will officially start training camp on the PUP list. Eifert is coming off an off-season ankle injury that required surgery. There still isn't any timetable for how long Eifert will be out for, but it doesn’t look like he will be placed on the PUP to start the season. Eifert still isn’t a guarantee to start week 1. (Source: Paul Dehner Jr. on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: When healthy, Tyler Eifert is one of the best TEs in fantasy football. Last season, Eifert scored 13 TDs in only 13 games played. The problem is, Eifert is prone to injuries. In 2014 Eifert suffered an elbow injury in week one which cost him the entire season. Last season, Eifert suffered a concussion and a neck injury, which cost him three games and a majority of two other games. Now Eifert is recovering from an ankle injury. This could be good news for drafters, if healthy, Eifert would be one of the top five TEs drafted, I would personally rank him third behind Rob Gronkowski and Jordan Reed. If Eifert isn’t officially cleared for week 1, he may drop way down into the late rounds of the draft. If you’re willing to wait a week or two and gamble on an injury prone player, you may just get a steal at the bottom of your draft.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller isn’t a guarantee to make the Saints opening day roster. The six-year veteran played his first five seasons with the Buffalo Bills and signed with the Saints last off-season. Despite many predictions that the Saints would use Spiller the same way they used Reggie Bush and Darren Sproles, Spiller was rarely used. In fact, when starting RB Mark Ingram was sidelined for the season, the Saints handed the starting job to RB Tim Hightower, who was signed much later than Spiller. Ingram and Hightower are clearly one and two on the depth chart at this point. (Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Fantasy Impact: Many people forget, but Spiller’s last relevant fantasy season was 2012. Since then, Spiller has done nothing but disappoint. Regardless of where he ends up, I would consider Spiller undraftable, even in the deepest leagues.
According to Adam Schefter, the Detroit Lions have signed wide receiver Anquan Boldin to a one-year deal. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Boldin had been linked to the Lions over the last few months, so this isn't entirely unexpected. His presence will dampen the value of tight end Eric Ebron and possibly Golden Tate, as well as the sleeper potential of T.J. Jones. He makes for nothing more than a WR4 in a crowded group of receivers, however.
The Atlanta Falcons have released All-Pro KR/WR Devin Hester on Tuesday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Following a two-year stint with the Falcons, Devin Hester was released on Tuesday. The special teams ace is recovering from a toe injury and could catch on for his return skills with another team entering the 2016 season.
Tue, Jul 26th 10:27am EDT
By Alexander Onushco
The Los Angeles Daily News mentions that rookie wide receiver Pharoh Cooper stood out during spring practices, and seems to have earned a spot on the roster behind Tavon Austin and Kenny Britt. (Source: Los Angeles Daily News)
Fantasy Impact: Drafted in the fourth round, Cooper is one of 27 rookies trying to make the Rams' roster this season. So far, it looks like he is on the right path. He is unlikely to have a significant role this year but is someone to stash in dynasty formats.
Tue, Jul 26th 10:14am EDT
By Anthony Cervino
Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press is suggesting that 2016 could be RB Adrian Peterson's final season with the Minnesota Vikings due to his astronomical (for running backs) $18 million contract value for the 2017 campaign. (Source: The Pioneer Press)
Fantasy Impact: Although this report is pure skepticism, it garners debate as the running back position is tremendously undervalued in today's NFL. Adrian Peterson will receive $12 million in 2016 while his contract value skyrockets up to a whopping $18 million in 2017 for a rusher who will turn 32-years-old in March. In the upcoming fantasy football campaign, Peterson will likely finish in the top 10 in scoring if he remains healthy, but it could be his last big year production-wise in the league with age, as well as the wear and tear on his body, creeps up on the future Hall of Famer. Jerick McKinnon should be selected as Peterson's handcuff as he could see an increase in touches if the Vikings begin to prepare for the future.
Josh Doctson will play a reserve role on the outside behind veterans DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. He isn't expected to be the team's third WR, which lines up in the slot, initially. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: There's little question regarding Doctson's talent and upside, but it's not clear what opportunity he'll receive in 2016. His usage has been rumored as expected to be similar to how the Panthers used Devin Funchess last season, which wasn't a ton. It will be worth monitoring how Doctson does in camp to see if he's able to push for more playing time in the early going.
Tue, Jul 26th 9:14am EDT
By Blaine Blontz
Free agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has received multiple offers from the Jets, according to the New York Daily News. These offers, of which there are reportedly at least two, include one for $24 million over three years. (Source: New York Daily News)
Fantasy Impact: It would make sense for both sides that an agreement is eventually reached. The Jets' don't have great options behind Fitzpatrick, and Fitzpatrick needs the Jets if he hopes to start out of the gate in 2016. Fitzpatrick showed he could provide value last season, and it will be interesting to see how this news impacts his ADP moving forward, as well as the rankings of those position players around him.
Isaiah Crowell will get a bulk of the Browns' carries in 2016, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. She feels a 1,000-yard season is "well within reach" for Crowell. (Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Fantasy Impact: Crowell was rumored to be at risk of being cut earlier this month due to the controversy he was involved in, but that's since passed and he's back to being considered as the team's No. 1 RB option. He's certainly not a sexy name, but he should see a majority of the team's carries. He's not involved in the passing game much at all, as the team has an elite option in RB Duke Johnson. Still, Crowell could provide upside for a Browns' offense that should be much more interesting in 2016. He's currently considered the RB39 in standard leagues and a bit lower for PPR purposes.
Ezekiel Elliott should be prepared to carry the football 375 times in 2016, according to Peter King of SI.com. (Source: SI.com)
Fantasy Impact: This would be pretty ridiculous volume considering Adrian Peterson was the only RB to surpass 300 carries last season, and even he only had 327. It would make sense for the Cowboys to run Elliott all they can, and he certainly has fresh legs as a rookie. Rumors of this type of volume are why several of our experts consider Elliott to be the top fantasy RB option, and it's why a majority of our experts like him to return value above his current ADP of RB5 and No. 12 overall player.
UDFA Byron Marshall demonstrated versatility in both the running and passing game to open training camp. Before missing most of his 2015 season at Oregon with an ankle injury, Marshall had success as both a WR and RB. In 2013, he rushed for over 1000 yards and in 2014 he had over 1000 yards receiving. (Source: Philly Voice)
Fantasy Impact: It is still very early in the process and training camp always creates a lot of buzz about players, but Byron Marshall's skill set is something to keep an eye on. Philly HC Doug Pederson will find ways to use RBs out of the backfield and Marshall has the ability to be fantasy steal if he receives a two position designation (WR/RB) similar to Denard Robinson in 2014-2015.
Tue, Jul 26th 8:16am EDT
By Anthony Cervino
During a recent sit down with The Mighty 1090 AM radio in San Diego, Chargers GM Tom Telesco shed light on the uncertainties that surround the third overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Joey Bosa. When asked if Bosa would report to the start of training camp, Telesco replied, “I guess we’ll see. I really don’t know if he’ll [show up]. We’re still working on it. Hopefully, we’ll get something done, but I don’t know.” (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: San Diego's D/ST finished the 2015 season with a dismal 86.0 fantasy points and 5.4 FPPG average over 16 games leaving them ranked 31st at the position. The Chargers D/ST should be avoided in the upcoming fantasy football campaign unless Joey Bosa's presence is equivalent to J.J. Watt's is to the Texans, a feat that is very unlikely.
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, free agent S Taylor Mays is facing an additional four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy on top of his current four-game ban. If his second suspension is upheld, Mays will miss the first eight games of the 2016 regular season which Rapoport is stating is the "explanation" behind the troubled safety's recent release from the Bengals. The insider added that Cincinnati has not "ruled out" adding Mays once he is eligible to return to the field. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Taylor Mays is expected to serve out his full eight-game ban to start the 2016 season. Mays will likely be eligible to return to the field at the midway point of the season and a number of teams could warrant his services entering te second half of the campaign, especially the injury plagued and playoff bound.
Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star believes that Colts wide receiver Phillip Dorsett is in line for a breakout season in 2016. (Source: Indianapolis Star)
Fantasy Impact: "Dorsett is back, and healthy," write Keefer. "All those balls that used to go to Coby Fleener? They could be headed for Phillip Dorsett this fall, the speedy slot receiver who’s in line for a breakout season." With Andrew Luck healthy and the offense set to use three receivers on a full-time basis, Dorsett should see plenty of opportunities to prove his first-round status. He makes for an excellent flier late in drafts.