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    Russell Gage Jun 11 12:30pm ET

    Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Russell Gage knows that his role has increased after the trade that sent Pro Bowler Julio Jones to the Tennessee Titans. Gage will go from being the No. 3 wideout to the No. 2 behind Calvin Ridley. The sixth-rounder has seen his opportunities and production rise in each season since his rookie year in 2018. The 25-year-old had a career-high 72 catches for 786 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games (eight starts) in 2020. In the seven games that Jones missed last year due to injury, Gage was targeted 45 times and caught 30 passes for 340 yards and two scores. Atlanta's offense is expected to use Gage in multiple spots throughout the season. With more opportunities and more production coming his way with Jones no longer around, Gage will be a nice WR4 target with upside.

    From RotoBaller

    Tevin Coleman Jun 11 12:10pm ET

    New York Jets running back Tevin Coleman is healthy and is confident he can bounce-back in 2021 with his new team. "Oh, yeah, I feel like I've got a lot left a lot left in my tank," Coleman said. A sprained knee and a shoulder injury limited the 28-year-old to just eight games with the 49ers last year. He finished with a career-low 53 yards on 28 carries and caught only four passes for 34 yards. Coleman says he's 100 percent healthy, and he has a chance to be the lead back among a group that includes Ty Johnson, Josh Adams, rookie Michael Carter and La'Mical Perine. The Jets are expected to run an outside zone-rushing scheme, similar to what Coleman played in in San Francisco. When healthy, Coleman is an excellent dual-threat option with excellent open-field speed and elusiveness. There is opportunity here, even if this backfield is a committee, making Coleman worth a late-round flier, especially in PPR leagues.

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    Taylor Heinicke Jun 11 12:00pm ET

    Even though Washington Football Team quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will enter training camp with a firm grip on the starting job, head coach Ron Rivera wants to create an open quarterback competition. If Fitzpatrick were to struggle, Taylor Heinicke could emerge. Kyle Allen (ankle) has practiced this spring but admitted he's not fully recovered from a broken ankle last season. Fitzpatrick worked exclusively with the starters this spring, while Heinicke was the primary backup. "It's going to be a good competition," Rivera said. "I look forward to it. It's going to push our football team and make our football team better." Players and coaches have raved about Fitzpatrick so far, and he's made 146 career starts compared with Heinicke's two and Allen's 17. Heinicke won over some supporters with his performance last postseason and he added 15 pounds of bulk in the offseason, but this is Fitzpatrick's job to lose. The grizzled veteran can get it done and will be a serviceable low-end QB1 streamer in the right matchups.

    From RotoBaller

    Calais Campbell Jun 11 11:50am ET

    The Baltimore Ravens signed first-round linebacker Jayson Oweh to his four-year rookie deal on Friday. The Ravens added the Penn State product with the 31st overall pick in this year's draft, the draft selection that they acquired when they shipped offensive tackle Orlando Brown to the Kansas City Chiefs. Oweh has excellent speed for his size and should be an immediate starter on the Ravens defensive line opposite Calais Campbell, but he'll need to improve on his hand technique at the next level. But the 22-year-old has outstanding first-step explosiveness and should fit in nicely with a solid Baltimore defense. Oweh could be a dangerous pass-rusher off the edge if his game is refined a little bit.

    From RotoBaller

    Russell Wilson Jun 11 11:40am ET

    Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson joined several of his teammates in reporting for the final week of organized team activities, a sign that, at least for now, the tension between the organization and Wilson has subsided. Wilson had some frustrations about the way last season went, which led to some trade rumors, but ultimately Seattle is where he wants to be. The 32-year-old never requested a trade, and the whole situation has made his relationships with head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider stronger. With new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron, Seattle's offense is expected to be more up-tempo, which is what Wilson favors. Wilson was the MVP favorite in the first half last year before the offense tanked, and he had a career-high 42 combined touchdowns. Despite the poor finish to 2021, Wilson remains a high-end QB1.

    From RotoBaller

    Joe Mixon Jun 10 10:23pm ET

    Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon will share some third-down responsibilities this season, according to head coach Zac Taylor. 'Having Joe Mixon on the field makes us better,' Taylor said. 'At the same time, you don't need him on the field for 75 snaps a game.'

    Fantasy Spin: Mixon typically handles one of the bigger workloads among running backs, and even if he takes a few less snaps on third down, he should still pile up touches. He is a RB1 candidate in all formats.

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    Breshad Perriman Jun 10 10:03pm ET

    Detroit Lions WR Breshad Perriman has been 'less consistent' during practices, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

    Fantasy Spin: Perriman will have every opportunity to earn a prominent role for a depleted Detroit receiving corps, but his history of injuries and inconsistent play don't inspire confidence. He will be a late-round flier, at best.

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    Tyrell Williams Jun 10 10:03pm ET

    Detroit Lions WR Tyrell Williams 'appears to be' the No. 1 receiver for QB Jared Goff during practices, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

    Fantasy Spin: Williams has the best resume among Detroit's current receiving corps, but that says more about the state of the group than it does Williams. Even if he is the top target for the passing attack, Williams will likely be a big play-dependent WR3.

    From TheHuddle

    Kyle Rudolph Jun 10 7:33pm ET

    New York Giants TE Kyle Rudolph (foot) caught passes while stationary during practice Thursday, June 10. He is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

    From TheHuddle

    Michael Thomas Jun 10 7:03pm ET

    New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) is making good progress in his rehab from the ankle problems he dealt with last season and looked good during practice this week, according to head coach Sean Payton.

    Fantasy Spin: Thomas will continue to be the top receiver for the Saints but will have to work with a new quarterback in 2021. He should still be a No. 1 or No. 2 fantasy receiver this season no matter the starting quarterback.

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    Russell Wilson Jun 10 6:23pm ET

    Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson said he did not ask for a trade this offseason and is ready to win with the Seahawks.

    Fantasy Spin: There were some rumors earlier in the offseason that indicated that Wilson could be a possible trade candidate, but he will be staying with the Seahawks for the foreseeable future. He will continue to work with one of the top receiving duos in the NFL and should be a No. 1 quarterback in fantasy leagues.

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    Jace Sternberger Jun 10 6:20pm ET

    Green Bay Packers tight end Jace Sternberger has been suspended without pay for the first two games of the 2021 regular season for violating the league's policy on substances of abuse. He will be eligible to return to the active roster on Tuesday, Sept. 11, following the Week 2 game against the Detroit Lions. In his second season with Green Bay, the 24-year-old from Texas A&M caught just 12 passes for 114 yards and one touchdown in 12 games (no starts) for the Packers. It's more disappointment after Sternberger failed to break out last year. Instead it was teammate Robert Tonyan, who had a career year (52 receptions, 586 yards and a league-tying 11 touchdowns). Tonyan is the tight end to own in fantasy as a touchdown-dependent, low-end TE1, if quarterback Aaron Rodgers is back in the fold.

    From RotoBaller

    Johnathan Joseph Jun 10 6:20pm ET

    Long-time NFL cornerback Johnathan Joseph announced his retirement from football on his Twitter account on Thursday after a 15-year career. Joseph was a first-round pick (24th overall) of the Cincinnati Bengals out of South Carolina in 2006. Joseph spent the first five years of his career in Cincinnati before joining the Houston Texans, where he was named a Pro Bowler in his first two seasons in 2011 and 2012. The 37-year-old spent the next nine seasons in Houston before playing with the Arizona Cardinals and Tennessee Titans in 2020. In 211 career games (192 starts), Joseph recorded 787 tackles (670 solo), 32 interceptions (seven for touchdowns), 200 passes defensed, eight forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries (one for a TD).

    From RotoBaller

    Hunter Henry Jun 10 5:33pm ET

    New England Patriots TE Hunter Henry (leg) is expected to be fine after leaving practice Thursday, June 10 because of a lower leg injury.

    Fantasy Spin: Henry may sit out the mandatory minicamp but should be ready for training camp. He should be one of the main targets in the passing game in 2021 and can be a No. 1 fantasy tight end.

    From TheHuddle

    Todd Gurley Jun 10 4:43pm ET

    Updating a previous report, free-agent RB Todd Gurley (Falcons) had a positive meeting with the Baltimore Ravens Thursday, June 10, but left without a contract offer, according to a source.

    From TheHuddle

    Johnathan Joseph Jun 10 3:43pm ET

    Free-agent CB Johnathan Joseph (Cardinals) announced his retirement from professional football Thursday, June 10.

    From TheHuddle

    Jake Dolegala Jun 10 3:20pm ET

    The Green Bay Packers are signing free-agent quarterback Jake Dolegala to an undisclosed deal on Thursday, according to his agent. Dolegala, who tried out at the team's mandatory minicamp, will provide some more quarterback depth for Green Bay heading into training camp next month. The Packers now have five signal-callers on the roster, including Dolegala, Jordan Love, Blake Bortles, Kurt Benkert and Aaron Rodgers, who continues to hold out. Dolegala, 24, was with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2019, but he never played in a game. He was on the New England Patriots practice squad last year but was waived after the team selected Mac Jones in the first round. Dolegala has yet to appear in a regular season NFL game.

    From RotoBaller

    Hunter Henry Jun 10 1:33pm ET

    New England Patriots TE Hunter Henry (leg) suffered an apparent lower leg injury during practice Thursday, June 10, and was not able to return.

    Fantasy Spin: Henry probably will not return to the field until training camp, but fantasy players should monitor the situation over the next few weeks. He should be a big part of the passing game this season and can be a No. 1 tight end in fantasy leagues.

    From TheHuddle

    Henry Ruggs III Jun 10 1:20pm ET

    Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III, the first receiver taken in last year's stacked class, has high expectations for himself in 2021 after disappointing in his rookie season. Ruggs wasn't able to work with coaches directly due to COVID-19 after being the 12th overall pick, and he also dealt with a thigh injury before last season. His 26 catches for 452 yards ranked 14th and 11th, respectively, among rookie wideouts with at least 25 receptions, per ESPN Stats and Information. However, his 17.4 yards-per-catch average led all rookie pass-catchers. "Honestly, I don't think anybody's expectations for me are higher than myself," Ruggs said. The Raiders have plenty of receiver speed, but Ruggs is the fastest with the most upside. Until Ruggs proves that his elite speed can translate to more consistent production, some fantasy managers will remain skeptical.

    From RotoBaller

    Cam Newton Jun 10 1:13pm ET

    New England Patriots QB Cam Newton (hand) did not participate in practice Thursday, June 10, but should be fine, according to head coach Bill Belichick.

    Fantasy Spin: Newton should be fine for the start of training camp and will enter camp as the leading candidate for the starting job. He was productive with his legs last season but did not have much success in the passing game. He would be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback if he wins the job.

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  • NFL Week 1
    Cowboys51.5u
    Buccaneers-6.5
    Thu 8:20pm ET
    Eagles48u
    Falcons-3.5
    Sun 1:00pm ET
    Steelers50u
    Bills-6
    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+2.5
    Sun 1:00pm ET
    Browns52.5u
    Chiefs-6
    Sun 4:25pm ET
    Dolphins45u
    Patriots-2.5
    Sun 4:25pm ET
    Packers
    Saints-2.5
    Sun 4:25pm ET
    Broncos42.5u
    Giants+1.0
    Sun 4:25pm ET
    Bears45u
    Rams-7
    Sun 8:20pm ET
    Ravens51u
    Raiders+4.0
    Mon 8:15pm ET
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