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In an update to a previous report, Jake Long, who previously was expected to sign with the Baltimore Ravens finds himself returning to the open market. The former first overall pick in the NFL Draft "declined" to sign an injury clause with Baltimore thus voiding the team's interest in Long. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Jake Long returns to the free agent market after deciding against signing an injury waiver with the Ravens. Long appears to be healthy, but there hasn't been very much interest in the veteran tackle. It may take the injury bug to rear its head before Long catches on with another club.

Category: Transactions


Teddy Bridgewater was recently named the most accurate passer of 2015 by Pro Football Focus with an accuracy percentage of 79.3. Although Bridgewater had modest statistics, many experts attribute that to his role as a game manager in the Vikings' system. (Source: MInnesota Star Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: Bridgewater is a better option to manage the Vikings to a deep run in the playoffs rather than lead you to a fantasy championship. QBs are one of the deepest positions in fantasy and Bridgewater is barely draftable in two-QB leagues and is currently being drafted as the 21st QB. He likely will not be a good fantasy option even with reports of an improved deep ball, development of Stefon Diggs, an improved offensive line, a more up-tempo offense, and first-round pick Laquon Treadwell.


In a recent interview, Vikings' OC Norv Turner praised Laquon Treadwell for his ability and scheme fit. He stated, "He [Treadwell] can do everything we want him to do, everything we saw him do on tape. He can make big plays, he has a big body, can go up and catch the ball, can run by people. He’s off to a good start." (Source: Vikings on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's becoming increasingly clear that Treadwell has what it takes to play in this league and have an impact on this team. The Vikings' receivers will occasionally have big games this year, but it will be very difficult to predict which receiver that will be on a weekly basis. To be fantasy relevant, Vikings' receivers will be TD dependent and Teddy Bridgewater only had 14 TD passes last year. That being said, Treadwell and Stefon Diggs are probably WR4s with upside making them solid bye week/injury replacements. In addition, they will likely be good streaming options in DFS given their low cost and breakout potential.


Cordarrelle Patterson fell on his left shoulder/collarbone after catching a nice pass from Shaun Hill on a vertical route. He remained down after the play and favored his left side as he was taken off the field by Vikings' trainers. (Source: StarTribune)

Fantasy Impact: Currently, Patterson has little to no fantasy value even with his uber-athletic ability and reports of him improving. He will likely be the 4th receiver on this team behind Stefon Diggs, Lequon Treadwell and Charles Johnson.

Category: Injury Updates


9 News Denver reports that Broncos QB Mark Sanchez started practice as the first-string QB, but was benched after throwing an INT and was replaced by second-string QB Trevor Siemian. Siemian closed out practice with the rest of the first-string offense. (Source: 9 News Denver)

Fantasy Impact: This is probably just a motivational tactic, but it can’t be a good sign for Sanchez if the Broncos are willing to bench him over just one INT. Regardless of who wins the job, I would consider the Broncos starting QB undraftable even in the deepest leagues. I would also lower the value on WRs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders because of the poor QB situation.

Category: Transactions


ESPN reporter Mike Clay reports that Packers WR Davante Adams is the early favorite to start as the number three WR. Adams will have some competition in camp from Jared Abbrederis, Jeff Janis, and Ty Montgomery. (Source: Mike Clay on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Filling in for the injured Jordy Nelson, last season, Adams was a complete disappointment. While I do think any starting WR in an offense with Aaron Rodgers does deserve at least a little bit of consideration, I don’t think Adams is worth drafting in anything other than really deep leagues.

Category: Transactions


Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that Miami Dolphins first-round draft selection Laremy Tunsil is currently taking second-team snaps at guard. The current starters are Dallas Thomas and Billy Turner. (Source: Miami Herald)

Fantasy Impact: Considering the draft compensation that the Dolphins used on Tunsil and the fact that Dallas Thomas has been one of the worst guards in the NFL over the course of the last three years, I would expect Tunsil to win one of the two starting guard spots.

Category: Transactions


Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Miami Dolphins are being very cautious with All-Pro DE Cameron Wake coming off of a torn Achilles. The Dolphins have a ton of depth at the DE position with veterans Wake, Mario Williams, Andre Branch, Jason Jones, and Dion Jordan. (Source: Miami Herald)

Fantasy Impact: When healthy, there isn’t one player on the Dolphins that has the ability to rush the passer as well as Wake can. While this is probably just precautionary, the Dolphins D/STs are way more valuable with Wake than without him. Coming off his injury, expect Wake to be on a snap count at least until midseason.

Category: Injury Updates


Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Miami Dolphins have placed RB Damien Williams on the PUP list for an undisclosed injury. Williams made the Dolphins roster as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Oklahoma in 2014. Since coming to the Dolphins, Williams hasn’t missed a game and has primarily been used in passing situations. (Source: Miami Herald )

Fantasy Impact: With both Williams and RB Arian Foster on the PUP list, second-year RB Jay Ajayi and rookie Kenyan Drake will have an early opportunity to impress coaches and solidify a spot on the 53 man roster. I would still expect the Dolphins to keep all four RBs. Most likely, the Dolphins split snaps between Ajayi and Foster and use Drake and Williams in third down situations and on Special Teams.

Category: Injury Updates


Adrian Peterson was limited in training camp today. HC Mike Zimmer did not give specifics on the injury other than saying, "He tweaked himself a little in the offseason. He's going to be fine, we are being careful with him." (Source: Matt Vensel on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Peterson will be fine. Stencil him in as a top 5 RB for the 2016 season.

Category: Injury Updates


Tyler Eifert said that he will have his walking boot removed "next week." (Source: Geoff Hobson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Eifert is not expected to start the season but should be ready within the first few weeks. Eifert had 13 touchdowns last season, so he's worth a late-round flier as your TE2. Since the Bengals lost two top WR in the offseason, Eifert should be targeted often once healthy.


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