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    Geno Smith Aug 7 11:13am ET
    Geno Smith

    Dynasty | Seahawks off-season quarterback acquisition Drew Lock outplayed presumed starter Geno Smith in a recent mock game Dynasty Analysis: Lock performed well but head coach Pete Carroll didn't shine any additional light on the ongoing battle to be under-center in week one, saying "I don't have anything to tell you right now, I have to wait and see." It wouldn't be a shock to see Lock beat out veteran Geno Smith for the starting gig but regardless who wins the job, they're likely no more than a placeholder for the eventual starter who would be selected during 2023's deep rookie draft. To wit, Lock is ranked as DLF's QB35 while smith remains unranked altogether. It's a situation best avoided if at all possible.

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    Odell Beckham Jr. Aug 7 10:10am ET
    Odell Beckham Jr.

    The Los Angeles Rams have stayed in contact with free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. He is recovering from a torn ACL suffered during the Super Bowl. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, multiple NFL teams are interested in signing Beckham. The Rams are still maintaining conversations to bring the receiver back with the team in 2022. He is expected to return sometime in the second half of the NFL season. The 29-year-old hauled in 27 passes for 305 yards and five touchdowns in eight regular season games for the Rams and caught 21 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns during the Super Bowl run in the playoffs. Cooper Kupp and Allen Robinson II are the Rams' top two wideouts, while the team's third receiver Van Jefferson underwent knee surgery on August 1 and is out a "few weeks." Stay tuned.

    From RotoBaller

    Chris Godwin Aug 7 6:40am ET
    Chris Godwin

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (knee) participated in individual and positional drills for the second consecutive day in Saturday's practice. He returned to training camp practice on Friday for the first time since having surgery for a torn ACL. "Same as (Friday)," Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles said. "He's moving around good; he's running around, he's catching passes. He feels good, so we're just taking it day by day." Godwin could be ready by Week 1, but it's not guaranteed. He caught 98 passes for 1,103 yards and five touchdowns over 14 games in 2021. Godwin is 33rd on the latest Rotoballer wide receiver rankings, but that number could rise if he suits up in Week 1.

    From RotoBaller

    Donald Parham Aug 7 6:20am ET
    Donald Parham

    Los Angeles Chargers tight end Donald Parham Jr. (leg) injured his left leg during Saturday's practice. During 11-on-11 drills, the 24-year-old limped off after quarterback Justin Herbert attempted a pass to him down the left sideline. He exited practice early and did not return. The severity of Parham's injury is unknown, and he is considered day-to-day. The Chargers are expected to provide an update on Sunday when head coach Brandon Staley talks to the media. Parham had been a standout at camp, and he could surpass Gerald Everett on the tight end depth chart. Stay tuned for more updates.

    From RotoBaller

    Adam Thielen Aug 7 6:10am ET
    Adam Thielen

    Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell has embraced the ways wide receiver Adam Thielen can be used in his offensive scheme, particularly in the red zone. "The Vikings are doing everything they can to preserve the Cousins-Thielen scoring connection," per Kevin Seifert of ESPN. The 31-year-old has a knack for finding the end zone and caught 24 touchdowns over the last two seasons. "He's always been strong with the football," Cousins said. "He has great natural hands, great body control, and he plays big. He plays big and strong, and he runs big and strong. That shows up in the red zone and in tight windows and in tight coverage." Thielen will be quarterback Kirk Cousins' top option in the red zone and is a touchdown-dependent WR3 in upcoming fantasy drafts.

    From RotoBaller

    Courtland Sutton Aug 6 10:10pm ET
    Courtland Sutton

    Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton (foot) suffered a foot injury during practice on Saturday. However, after being evaluated, he returned to the field. With Tim Patrick (knee) tearing his ACL, Sutton is expected to see plenty of targets this season from new signal-caller Russell Wilson, especially in the red zone. The 26-year-old finished 2021-22 with only 58 catches for 776 yards and two touchdowns. Yet, with Wilson in the equation, Sutton could be in store for the best season of his career.

    From RotoBaller

    Willie Snead Aug 6 10:00pm ET
    Willie Snead

    Free-agent wide receiver Willie Snead IV inked a one-year deal with the 49ers. The 29-year-old has suited up for regular season snaps in New Orleans, Baltimore, Las Vegas, and Carolina since 2015. During that span, he's compiled 3,431 yards and 16 touchdowns off 279 catches. Although Snead will be behind Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, Jauan Jennings, and Danny Gray on the depth chart, he could see some looks from Trey Lance if someone gets injured within the receiving corps. As a result, he has streaming potential in 2022-23.

    From RotoBaller

    Boston Scott Aug 6 9:40pm ET
    Boston Scott

    Philadelphia Eagles running back Boston Scott (concussion) didn't practice on Saturday. The 27-year-old suffered the injury on Thursday after colliding with a teammate. However, he's not expected to be out long. Scott has been a relatively reliable performer for the team throughout his four years in the league, all in Philly, compiling 992 yards and 13 touchdowns off 228 carries. He's also added 62 catches for 449 yards and another touchdown. Nevertheless, although Scott won't be the primary option out of the backfield this season, he always seems to work his way into the picture. Considering Miles Sanders hasn't stayed healthy over the last two seasons, Scott has streaming potential in all fantasy formats.

    From RotoBaller

    N'Keal Harry Aug 6 9:20pm ET
    N'Keal Harry

    Chicago Bears wide receiver N'Keal Harry (undisclosed) exited Saturday's practice. While there hasn't been an official word regarding the exact nature of the ailment, there is a belief the former Patriot injured his left leg. The Bears have dealt with injuries throughout its receiving corps recently, with Byron Pringle (quadriceps), Dante Pettis (undisclosed), and rookie Velus Jones Jr. (undisclosed) all banged up. There should be an update on Harry's condition soon. However, things aren't looking promising for the 24-year-old.

    From RotoBaller

    Matthew Stafford Aug 6 7:10pm ET
    Matthew Stafford

    Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (elbow) threw during practice today and did not appear to be impacted by his injury, according to Sarah Barshop of ESPN. Head coach Sean McVay echoed that sentiment, saying, "I don't think you would know that anything was going on. I know that I'm going to sleep better tonight." Stafford's ailment was previously described as "unusual" for a quarterback, so it's refreshing to see that he has looked normal when taking reps. The 34-year-old has dealt with elbow issues in the past, but it hasn't slowed him down too much. Last season, he totaled 404 completions, 4,886 yards, 41 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions en route to finishing as the QB5 in his first year with the Rams. He owns an ADP of 129 heading into fantasy drafts.

    From RotoBaller

    Deebo Samuel Aug 6 7:00pm ET
    Deebo Samuel

    San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel should return to his old role as a full-time wide receiver now that the team has plenty of impressive depth at the running back position. Albert Breer of MMQB observes that incumbent starter Elijah Mitchell remains a stud while "rookie Tyrion Davis-Price has impressed in pads [and] Trey Sermon has taken a step." With so much depth in the backfield, Samuel won't be needed to run the ball as much. He was the WR2 last season, racking up 77 receptions, 1,405 receiving yards, 59 carries, 365 rushing yards, and 14 total touchdowns through 16 games. He owns an ADP of 17 heading into 2022 fantasy drafts.

    From RotoBaller

    Eno Benjamin Aug 6 7:00pm ET
    Eno Benjamin

    Arizona Cardinals running back Eno Benjamin is viewed as a "lock" to win the backup running back job out of training camp, according to Blake Murphy of Revenge of the Birds. Benjamin has been competing with veteran Darrel Williams for the No. 2 role behind incumbent starter James Conner. The backup role became vacant when Chase Edmonds departed for Miami this past offseason. Benjamin hasn't seen much usage throughout two pro seasons, totaling just 118 rushing yards, 42 receiving yards, and one touchdown. However, he has looked great throughout camp, and it appears that his time has come to climb to No. 2 on the depth chart.

    From RotoBaller

    Brandon Aiyuk Aug 6 6:50pm ET
    Brandon Aiyuk

    San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk "has built off his strong finish to 2021, is in phenomenal shape, [and] looks like a complete wide receiver," according to Albert Breer of MMQB. He adds that Aiyuk's ability to beat man coverage could give the 49ers' offense a huge advantage in 2022. Last year was a tale of two stories for the former first-round pick, who had a quiet start to the year. In fact, he was just the WR94 from Weeks 1 to 7. Then, he turned things around, ranking as the WR16 from Week 8 until the end of the season. He projects as a mid-range WR3 this coming season and carries an ADP of 78.

    From RotoBaller

    J.K. Dobbins Aug 6 6:40pm ET
    J.K. Dobbins

    Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins "is pushing" to get back on the field and will probably be the next player activated from the PUP list, head coach John Harbaugh told Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic. The team is expected to re-evaluate his status on Monday. Dobbins is recovering from an ACL tear and other damage, but it appears that he is nearing a return to the field and should be ready for Week 1. As a rookie in 2020, he registered 805 rushing yards, 120 receiving yards, and nine touchdowns. He sports an ADP of 64 and should be viewed as a mid-range RB2 this coming season.

    From RotoBaller

    Denzel Mims Aug 6 6:40pm ET
    Denzel Mims

    New York Jets wide receiver Denzel Mims has not requested a trade and is not expected to do so, according to Connor Hughes of The Athletic. Mims' agent was at Jets training camp today and a report surfaced suggesting Mims might look to be dealt, but Hughes clarifies that's not the case. The 24-year-old has suffered from a lack of both playing time and production through two pro seasons, catching just 31 passes for 490 yards over the course of 20 games. It's hard to imagine he'll have much of a role this coming season now that he's blocked on the roster by breakout receiver Elijah Moore, rookie Garrett Wilson, veteran Corey Davis, gadget player Braxton Berrios, and others.

    From RotoBaller

    Gabriel Davis Aug 6 6:30pm ET
    Gabriel Davis

    Buffalo Bills starting wide receiver Gabriel Davis was the "best pass catcher on the field" during the team's scrimmage on Friday evening, writes Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic. Davis ran a variety of routes and got open more often than not, catching five of six targets for 76 yards and a touchdown. The lone incompletion thrown his way was a 25-yard pass at the left side of the end zone. Davis caught the ball but only got one foot down in the process. The 24-year-old's success on Friday has to please fantasy managers after Davis was one of the most hyped-up players this offseason. His ADP has risen from 86 in February to 51 today. He has totaled 70 catches, 1,148 yards, and 13 touchdowns through two pro seasons but is expected to see an increase in usage now that he has risen to No. 2 on the depth chart (behind Stefon Diggs).

    From RotoBaller

    Nico Collins Aug 6 6:30pm ET
    Nico Collins

    Houston Texans second-year wide receiver Nico Collins is the "clear No. 2" option on the depth chart, according to DJ Bien-Aime of ESPN. Injuries and quarterback turnover limited Collins to just 33 catches, 446 yards, and one touchdown as a rookie, but all signs point to him taking a big step forward in 2022. He'll start alongside reliable veteran Brandin Cooks in an offense that should look better this year than it did in 2021. Most notably, quarterback Davis Mills has a year of NFL experience under his belt and isn't facing as much competition in training camp. Collins' ADP of 145 makes him worthy of being selected as a late-round flier. He should see significant volume this year.

    From RotoBaller

    Kareem Hunt Aug 6 5:40pm ET
    Kareem Hunt

    Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt will not participate in team drills. The veteran is determined to receive an extension and has reiterated multiple times he will only perform individual sessions until then. Hunt's agent was reportedly at the Browns' facility recently for negotiations, although it's unknown how close the sides are to an agreement. The 27-year-old would like to remain in Cleveland. However, a trade also hasn't been ruled out. Nevertheless, despite being involved in a timeshare with Nick Chubb, Hunt has been a potent PPR fantasy producer over the years when available. He's battles injuries and off-the-field issues. Yet, no matter where he suits up this season, he should continue to be a reliable fantasy option as long as he stays healthy.

    From RotoBaller

    D.J. Chark Aug 6 5:20pm ET
    D.J. Chark

    Detroit Lions wide receiver D.J. Chark had a "monster practice" on Saturday and has reportedly been standing out during training camp thus far. The 25-year-old signed a one-year, $10 million deal with the team in March after missing most of last season with a fractured ankle. He has compiled 2,042 yards and 15 touchdowns off 147 catches since being drafted by the Jaguars in 2018, so it's obvious he has talent. However, Chark will need to build rapport with Jared Goff, with the signal-caller also needing to step things up for the wideout to be a consistent fantasy option this season. The former LSU Tiger has also battled injuries throughout his career, and he'll also be competing with Amon-Ra St. Brown, Josh Reynolds, T.J. Hockenson, Quintez Cephus, Kalif Raymond, and rookie Jameson Williams (knee) for Goff's attention. In addition, D'Andre Swift is likely to command targets out of the backfield. Nevertheless, while Chark should have some potent fantasy performances in 2022-23, he isn't expected to be a routine producer.

    From RotoBaller

    Kyler Murray Aug 6 5:00pm ET
    Kyler Murray

    Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (illness) is back with the team on Saturday after recently dealing with COVID-19. While head coach Kliff Kingsbury initially reported that Murray had "mild" symptoms, he will still take things slow with his signal-caller. The 24-year-old also had a minor wrist injury before the diagnosis, so there's a good chance he won't see the field during Friday's preseason opener in Cincinnati. As a result, backup Colt McCoy may get some work, with Trace McSorley and Jarrett Guarantano also expected to line up under center.

    From RotoBaller

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