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Draft Masters - FFL: Preseason | NFL: Week 1
  • Player Notes
    Zach Wilson Jul 30 3:40pm ET

    Newly signed New York Jets rookie quarterback Zach Wilson had a tough go of it in his first training camp practice as a professional. Per NYDN's D.J. Bien Aime, Wilson "wasn't good, and to be real, he was bad. Indecisive, inaccurate, threw a pick, held the ball a lot." Wilson's poor showing is alarming, but it was his first practice of training camp and he has plenty of time to sharpen up before week one. Wilson was known for getting outside the pocket and making plays down the field at BYU, and he if continues to play that way at the NFL level he'll likely be fairly mistake-prone early on. Overall, Wilson projects as a low-end QB2 in his rookie season, and there are sure to be plenty of ups and downs along the way.

    From RotoBaller

    Ezekiel Elliott Jul 30 3:40pm ET

    Dallas Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott could see a slight drop in touches this season compared to years past. Head coach Mike McCarthy spoke to reporters on Friday about Elliott's workload, saying "We've got some younger guys who can play and produce, so it's not necessary for Zeke to run the ball 25-30 times a game. When you get to December, January football, you want him to be in top form." Elliott's fantasy upside could be slightly capped if he's not touching the ball 25-30 times a game, but he still projects for a heavy workload and should see around 20 touches per game. Elliott's status as a first-round RB1 is still intact, but his ceiling could be lower than anticipated.

    From RotoBaller

    Justin Fields Jul 30 3:40pm ET

    Chicago Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields showed improvement in Friday's practice. Per Patrick Finley of the Sun Times, "Fields was sharper today than he was yesterday... [the] team has to be excited about the improvement." There are high expectations for Fields in Chicago, but it's unfair to expect him to light it up from day one. It's encouraging to see Fields improving early on in camp. Fields has plenty of fantasy upside due to his dual-threat ability at the quarterback position, and a strong training camp could mean that Fields nabs the starting job from Andy Dalton early in the season. Fields projects as an upside QB2 for fantasy purposes, and monitoring his progress in camp will be important.

    From RotoBaller

    Sammy Watkins Jul 30 3:40pm ET

    Baltimore Ravens veteran wide receiver Sammy Watkins is turning heads early on in training camp practices. Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman called Watkins "one of the best receivers in the NFL, period," and ESPN's Jamison Hensley noted that Watkins "has been the Ravens' best WR in the first three days of training camp." Watkins' talent has never been in doubt, but he's struggled mightily with consistency and injuries over the last few years. Still, this level of praise is surprising, and it warrants consideration in fantasy drafts this summer. Watkins still projects as a late-round dart throw, but his appeal is growing and he could be an excellent value if he stays healthy in 2021.

    From RotoBaller

    Daniel Jones Jul 30 3:40pm ET

    New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones struggled mightily in the team's third training camp practice on Friday. Per Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com, Jones "was brutal" and he "looks out of sync with a few of his top receivers... there wasn't really anything positive to take away from [his] performance." In his first two NFL seasons, Jones has only managed 5970 passing yards and a 35-22 TD:INT. 2021 is a make-or-break year for Jones, and it doesn't sound like he's showing any growth early on in training camp. It's too early to panic, but the Giants offense as a whole could be a letdown for fantasy purposes if Jones doesn't make strides in year three. Jones remains a risky QB2 with a low weekly floor.

    From RotoBaller

    Rashaad Penny Jul 30 3:40pm ET

    Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny is healthy and down to 223 pounds early in training camp. Penny said "I'm the lightest I've ever been... I feel way faster," and head coach Pete Carroll added that it's the "best he's looked since we've seen him." Penny has talent and pedigree as a former first-rounder, but he's struggled with conditioning and injuries while playing behind Chris Carson in recent years. Penny is clearly as healthy as he's been in a long time, and he also appears to be in great shape. Penny is a late-round flier in drafts at this point in time, but he has significant upside in the Seattle backfield if things break the right way. The bottom line is that Penny's sleeper appeal is growing by the day, and he's a player to target towards the end of drafts this summer.

    From RotoBaller

    Chris Godwin Jul 30 1:10pm ET

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (undisclosed) returned to practice Friday. Godwin sat out a couple of days for unclear reasons but was back in action, hauling in a deep touchdown pass from Tom Brady. Despite taking a step back production-wise from his breakout 2019 campaign, the 25-year-old Godwin was actually the Buccaneers' most-targeted pass-catcher on a per-game basis last season, showing the clear rapport he had in his first season with Brady. Godwin comes with both a nice ceiling and floor at his current WR2 draft price.

    From RotoBaller

    Carson Wentz Jul 30 1:10pm ET

    Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz (foot) is "out indefinitely" as he undergoes further evaluation. He suffered a foot injury at the end of Thursday's practice. It's unclear how much time Wentz will miss, but second-year quarterback Jacob Eason took reps with the first-team offense while Sam Ellinger backed him up. Eason will become the Colts' starting quarterback if Wentz misses anytime. The former Eagle is considered day-to-day. Fantasy managers should continue to monitor the situation as Wentz undergoes further tests. If healthy, the 28-year-old has QB1 upside and is a decent bet to bounce back in 2021 with his new team after a disastrous 2020 campaign, where he was sacked a league-high 50 times. Stay tuned.

    From RotoBaller

    Carson Wentz Jul 30 12:53pm ET

    Updating a previous report, Indianapolis Colts QB Carson Wentz (foot) is undergoing tests Friday, July 31, on his injured foot, and the team is awaiting a firm diagnosis before proceeding.

    Fantasy Spin: The waiting game continues, so we won't make any judgment either way until more is known. Stay tuned for another update.

    From TheHuddle

    Carson Wentz Jul 30 11:43am ET

    Indianapolis Colts QB Carson Wentz (foot) is out of practice Friday, July 30, due to an undisclosed foot injury.

    Fantasy Spin: There's no word on the severity so keeps tabs on it throughout the weekend. Wentz is an upstart QB2 possibility in fantasy.

    From TheHuddle

    O.J. Howard Jul 30 11:00am ET

    For the first time since tearing his Achilles in October, Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end O.J. Howard has practiced with the team. Entering his fifth NFL season, Howard -- a former first round pick -- looks like he isn't going to fulfill the massive promise that he entered the NFL with, though maybe another year with quarterback Tom Brady can help get Howard back on track. In just four games last year, he had 11 catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns and could wind up playing a key role in the red zone this year. Still, you won't be drafting Howard in most fantasy formats.

    From RotoBaller

    O.J. Howard Jul 30 10:53am ET

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard (Achilles') practiced for the first time Friday, July 30, since tearing his Achilles' in October.

    Fantasy Spin: Howard is a big-time question mark with all the receivers in tow alongside the injury. He's in his walk year so he'll be motivated to be more than the TE2 he's pegged for in fantasy.

    From TheHuddle

    Blake Haubeil Jul 30 10:50am ET

    The Tennessee Titans have a kicker battle in training camp, with Blake Haubeil and Tucker McCann competing for the job. Neither player has attempted a field goal in an NFL game, so training camp results will matter a lot here, which is why Thursday's showing from both players was such a disappointment. Turron Davenport of ESPN says that both kickers were 3-for-5 kicking, with both missing their 49-yard attempts and each missing a kick of 40 yards or less. Whoever wins this role won't be on your fantasy radar in 2021, though at this stage we can't rule out the Titans looking to free agency to bring stability to the position.

    From RotoBaller

    Michael Pittman Jr. Jul 30 10:50am ET

    The Indianapolis Colts enter the 2021 season without a true No. 1 receiver for quarterback Carson Wentz, as T.Y. Hilton has seen his numbers dip the past two seasons. The team will be looking for second-year receiver Michael Pittman Jr. to be the guy who steps up and takes on that role. According to Zak Keefer of The Athletic, Pittman is ready for that role, saying "I want to be that guy" when asked about being the team's lead receiver. Pittman had five catches for 90 yards in the team's playoff loss last season, flashing his big-play ability and showing why the Colts believe in the young player so much. Currently ranked just outside of the top 100 by RotoBaller's rankings team, Pittman is a fascinating upside pick this year in redraft leagues.

    From RotoBaller

    Melvin Gordon Jul 30 10:40am ET

    Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III "is in line to be the clear-cut starter at running back," says The Athletic's Nick Kosmider. While the team drafted Javonte Williams and signed Mike Boone, it appears those two will mainly work as relief for Gordon, at least in the early going. Gordon spent last training camp fighting with Phillip Lindsay for that lead role, something that wound up impacting Gordon mentally at times Williams will probably play a key role this season, but Gordon will get the first crack at showing he can handle the bulk of the workload. He's a high-end RB3 with upside who is going a little later in fantasy drafts than he should.

    From RotoBaller

    Teddy Bridgewater Jul 30 10:30am ET

    Through two training camp practices, it looks like Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has the lead over Drew Lock in the team's competition to be the Week 1 starter. The Athletic's Nick Kosmider reports that "there has been only one ball thrown by quarterback Teddy Bridgewater that has hit the ground during team drills." Bridgewater has looked like the team's most accurate passer, but even if he earns the starting gig, he's a low-end QB2 option when it comes to fantasy, though he has more upside than Lock has.

    From RotoBaller

    Taysom Hill Jul 30 10:20am ET

    It appears we're in for a real quarterback competition in New Orleans, with Saints head coach Sean Payton saying that Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill will swap reps daily as the first-team QB. Winston's received the most praise so far in camp, but Hill's still a clear threat to Winston in the battle for the starting role. For fantasy purposes, both players have upside if they win the job, but both also come with one clear downside: the possibility that the Saints wind up using both guys under center during the regular season. NFL teams don't use committee approaches at the position, but we all know how much Payton loves to put Hill in the game.

    From RotoBaller

    Curtis Samuel Jul 30 10:10am ET

    The Washington Football Team placed wide receiver Curtis Samuel, defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis, and cornerback Chris Miller on the COVID-19 list on Thursday. This comes after Samuel was put on the Physically Unable to Perform list at the start of camp after sustaining a groin injury during the team's minicamp in June. This isn't an ideal way for Samuel to begin his tenure with his new club, as training camp was supposed to be the time where he built a rapport with new quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Samuel could experience some chemistry issues to begin the season, but he will remain a WR3 with some upside for the time being.

    From RotoBaller

    Laviska Shenault Jr. Jul 30 10:10am ET

    Jacksonville Jaguars second-year wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. looks like a different player early on in training camp. Per John Reid, Shenault is "bigger, faster and [a] better route runner" than he was as a rookie. Reid's report regarding Shenault comes on the heels of persistent positive buzz earlier in the offseason. Between reports backing Shenault's continued development and highlighting Trevor Lawrence's impressive camp, the second-year wideout sets up as an obvious breakout candidate in 2021. Shenault could lead the team in receptions playing out of the slot. For fantasy purposes, Shenault should be valued as a low-end WR3 with WR2 upside.

    From RotoBaller

    Jacob Harris Jul 30 10:10am ET

    Los Angeles Rams tight end Jacob Harris will be held out of practice for the next couple of weeks after undergoing a procedure for a core injury. While it doesn't sound like the injury will impact Harris' availability for the regular season, he'll be missing valuable practice time, which is especially important as Harris is a rookie who is converting to tight end. He already wasn't on any fantasy radars, but this news pushes him even farther down the rankings.

    From RotoBaller

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    Buccaneers-6.5
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    Eagles48u
    Falcons-3.5
    Sun 1:00pm ET
    Steelers50.5u
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    Sun 1:00pm ET
    Vikings48u
    Bengals+3.0
    Sun 1:00pm ET
    49ers46u
    Lions+7.5
    Sun 1:00pm ET
    Cardinals51.5u
    Titans-3
    Sun 1:00pm ET
    Seahawks52u
    Colts-2.5
    Sun 1:00pm ET
    Chargers44.5u
    FB Team+1.0
    Sun 1:00pm ET
    Jets43u
    Panthers-4
    Sun 1:00pm ET
    Jaguars45.5u
    Texans+3.0
    Sun 1:00pm ET
    Browns52.5u
    Chiefs-6
    Sun 4:25pm ET
    Dolphins45u
    Patriots-2.5
    Sun 4:25pm ET
    Packers49.5u
    Saints-3
    Sun 4:25pm ET
    Broncos42.5u
    Giants+1.0
    Sun 4:25pm ET
    Bears45u
    Rams-7
    Sun 8:20pm ET
    Ravens51u
    Raiders+4.5
    Mon 8:15pm ET
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