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  • Player Notes
    Jared Goff Aug 21 1:00am ET

    Despite earning two straight Pro Bowl nods and taking his team to the Super Bowl last year, Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff is ranked as the No. 13 quarterback in the preseason by Pro Football Focus. For what it's worth RotoBaller has Goff ranked as the No. 9 fantasy signal caller entering the season. The 24-year-old has improved in each of his three seasons in the NFL and had 4,688 yards passing, 32 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 2018. However, Goff also took a career-high 33 sacks and was responsible for 21 total turnovers. He's in a great place in Sean McVay's offense with perhaps the best receiver trio (Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp) in the league, so don't be surprised if he improves upon last season if he makes better decisions more consistently.

    From RotoBaller

    Matt Breida Aug 21 1:00am ET

    San Francisco 49ers running back Matt Breida ran the ball once for four yards and caught one pass for no gain in his first preseason action on Monday night against the Broncos. Breida somehow managed to play in 14 games last year despite dealing with several nagging injuries along the way, and he led the team with 814 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 153 attempts. He also caught 27 passes for 261 yards and two more scores. The 24-year-old is versatile and tough, but he's also going to have to contend for touches with Tevin Coleman and Jerick McKinnon, although McKinnon's injury this preseason is boosting Breida's fantasy stock as an RB3/flex type or handcuff for Coleman owners.

    From RotoBaller

    Robby Anderson Aug 21 12:50am ET

    New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson is eager to prove in 2019 that he is more than just a deep threat, and the team expects him to run routes all over the field. "Hes going to run all types of routes: short, intermediate, and deep routes. Hes going to run the whole gamut," receivers coach Shawn Jefferson said. Anderson had three catches for 32 yards in the preseason game against the Falcons last Thursday and made multiple contested catches. The 26-year-old had 50 receptions for 752 yards and six touchdowns in 14 games in 2018, but don't be surprised if he has a career year in 2019 if quarterback Sam Darnold takes a second-year leap. He's not a bad target as a WR3 with WR2 upside around the eighth round of drafts.

    From RotoBaller

    Trent Taylor Aug 21 12:40am ET

    San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Trent Taylor (foot) could be back by Week 1. The oft-hobbled third-year player underwent foot surgery on August 10 with an expected rehab of 4-6 weeks, although head coach Kyle Shanahan believes he wont miss any regular season action. Limited by injuries, Taylor has tallied just 645 yards across his first two seasons but has been effective when healthy. Hes also a first down machine, moving the chains on 38 of 69 career grabs. Assuming a swift recovery, Taylor is locked as the Niners slot receiver and is a deep PPR play. If he endures any setbacks, rookie receiver Jalen Hurd and second-year man Richie James Jr. are beneficiaries.

    From RotoBaller

    Jakeem Grant Aug 21 12:20am ET

    The Miami Dolphins agreed to a four-year extension with wide receiver/returner Jakeem Grant on Tuesday, sources told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The sixth-round pick in 2016 was entering the final year of his rookie deal and was set to make $720,000 this year. While he doesn't really move the needle in fantasy as a wideout with Miami's QB situation unsettled, Grant is a special teams ace and has logged 59 punt returns and 58 kickoff returns in the last three seasons, including three returns for scores. He has 34 catches for 471 yards and four touchdowns in the last two seasons and should go undrafted in standard fantasy leagues.

    From RotoBaller

    Raheem Mostert Aug 20 11:20pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert tallied 58 yards and a touchdown on six carries along with two catches for 42 yards in Mondays preseason game against the Denver Broncos. Mostert was the most effective offensive player on the field and further made his case for a roster spot. As a special teams lifer, the fourth-year player got his first real opportunity in 2018, averaging 7.7 yards per carry on 34 attempts before suffering a season-ending forearm injury. With Jerick McKinnon (knee) experiencing a setback recovering from a torn ACL, Mostert will likely start the year backing up Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida. Its conceivable Mostert will receive a handful of touches per game, but hes not currently a fantasy option.

    From RotoBaller

    Jerick McKinnon Aug 20 11:00pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers running back Jerick McKinnon (knee) could return to individual drills this week, per head coach Kyle Shanahan. McKinnon received a platelet-rich plasma injection 17 days ago after dealing with knee soreness as he recovers from a torn ACL. While individual work is encouraging, he will not participate in team drills as the Niners remains cautious on his situation. McKinnons absence clears more opportunities for Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida, but also opens a window for Raheem Mostert, who played well in the teams second preseason game. Without a clear timetable on his return from a major injury, McKinnon should keep slipping on fantasy draft boards.

    From RotoBaller

    Marquise Goodwin Aug 20 10:50pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin played in all 11 snaps with the first team Monday against the Denver Broncos. With the offensive struggling, Goodwin did not record a stat but with a solid camp thus far, is still viewed as a starter. However, with receiver Dante Pettis hovering and rookies Deebo Samuel and Jalen Hurd making flashy plays, Goodwins job security shouldnt be taken for granted. After popping for 962 yards in 2017, injuries limited the 28-year-old speedster to just 395 yards last season. While he appears to remain important to the Niners, Goodwin doesnt hold much fantasy value.

    From RotoBaller

    Deebo Samuel Aug 20 10:40pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel was not targeted but ripped a 45-yard run in Mondays preseason game against the Denver Broncos. After collecting 75 yards last Saturday, the rookie made another splash, nearly scoring on a third quarter reverse. Samuel was taken in the second round this past offseason and continues to port his impressive college resume and advanced metrics to the NFL. Currently on his way to securing a starting job, Samuel is gaining sleeper appeal as RotoBallers WR73 heading into drafts.

    From RotoBaller

    Jalen Hurd Aug 20 10:30pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jalen Hurd (back) played just eight snaps in Mondays preseason game against the Denver Broncos. This is a letdown after Hurd exploded for two touchdowns on five targets in his first game, but head coach Kyle Shanahan indicated Hurd dealt with back stiffness all week and was therefore limited. The 2019 third-round pick is a monstrous 65 and 226 pounds and could develop into a reliable red-zone threat. However, even with slot receiver Trent Taylor (foot) sidelined, Hurds playing time appears uncertain with Richie James Jr. still in the mix. Although the upside is undeniable, Hurd is a just a late round lottery ticket heading into fantasy drafts.

    From RotoBaller

    Dante Pettis Aug 20 10:20pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dante Pettis went catchless in 11 snaps in Mondays preseason game against the Denver Broncos. Pettis action all came alongside starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo but he failed to record a stat as the signal-caller struggled in first game action since Week 3 of last season. Recent reports suggested that rookie receivers Deebo Samuel and Jalen Hurd are pushing Pettis for a starting job but hes still running alongside the ones. Pettis emerged as a solid second option to tight end George Kittle in 2018, ending the year with 359 yards and four scores in his final five games. However, with the teams investments in Samuels and Hurd this past draft, Pettis needs to continue ascending to secure his playing time. For now, Pettis looks safe as a backend WR2.

    From RotoBaller

    Dontrelle Inman Aug 20 10:10pm ET

    The Los Angeles Chargers are signing free-agent wide receiver Dontrelle Inman on Tuesday, a source told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The Jets also made an offer for Inman, but his familiarity with the Bolts helped him make his final decision. Inman spent three-plus seasons with the Chargers before he was traded to Chicago in 2017, racking up 1,463 yards and seven touchdowns on 106 catches from 2014 to '17. He will compete with Travis Benjamin and Geremy Davis, among others, for snaps. You can ignore Inman in fantasy leagues unless an injury opens him up for more playing time.

    From RotoBaller

    Doug Marrone Aug 20 7:30pm ET

    Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Marqise Lee won't play Thursday against the Dolphins. The third preseason game is traditionally the one where a team gives their starters the most snaps and the Jaguars are expected to do just that after resting nearly every key player for the first two preseason contests. But Lee, who was just activated from the PUP list after a knee injury last season, is being brought along slowly and head coach Doug Marrone clearly doesn't think he needs to be on a football field yet. Lee was a popular sleeper pick when it looked like he'd be a full go this year, but he's sliding down the rankings as it continues to look like he won't start the year as part of the team's main receiver grouping.

    From RotoBaller

    Jordan Akins Aug 20 7:20pm ET

    Houston Texans tight end Jordan Akins was picked by Aaron Reiss of The Athletic as the most improved player at Texans' training camp this year. Akins was constantly making big plays in practice and showing off his versatility. With Jordan Thomas missing most of camp, Akins may actually be in the lead at this point to open the season as Houston's top tight end. That might not translate to much fantasy value on a team that's reportedly interested in keeping four tight ends, but Akins is worth a spot in dynasty leagues in case he emerges as the number-one guy at the position.

    From RotoBaller

    Tevin Coleman Aug 20 5:50pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers running back Tevin Coleman had three carries for 21 yards rushing in Monday night's preseason game against the Broncos. As the primary back in Atlanta in 2018 because of Devonta Freeman's injury, Coleman ran a career-high 167 times for 800 yards (4.8 yards per tote) and four touchdowns. He added 32 receptions for 276 yards and another five scores. He lacks the prototypical size (6-foot-1, 210 pounds) to be an in-between-the-tackles lead back, and he'll share snaps with Matt Breida and Jerick McKinnon, which will limit his fantasy ceiling. Still, Coleman has experience with head coach Kyle Shanahan and should be San Fran's most attractive fantasy running back in PPR leagues, just don't reach for him like many did for McKinnon in 2018.

    From RotoBaller

    Cooper Kupp Aug 20 5:40pm ET

    Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp (knee) has made remarkable progress since tearing his ACL last November. He looks to be on track for Week 1 against the Panthers and wasn't placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list to open training camp. Head coach Sean McVay stated at the end of July that Kupp looks better than before his injury. "It sounds crazy but he looks more explosive than he was before, actually," McVay said. The Rams are avoiding using Kupp in preseason action, as they do with most of their starters, but he should be ready for Week 1 and makes for a solid WR2 with some slight injury risk.

    From RotoBaller

    Robert Foster Aug 20 5:30pm ET

    Buffalo Bills wide receiver Robert Foster (foot) was injured during Monday's practice. The details of the injury haven't been released at this point, but Foster was seen walking off the practice field with his left foot wrapped in ice. The team's next preseason game is Friday against the Lions and Foster should be considered questionable at this point. Foster already has a depth chart hurdle to overcome with John Brown, Cole Beasley and Zay Jones currently ahead of him in the wide receiver pecking order, so an injury that keeps him out of preseason action could just bury him further.

    From RotoBaller

    Cooper Kupp Aug 20 5:30pm ET

    With Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp (knee) healthy, the team has a "four-headed monster" at receiver, including Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods, Kupp and Josh Reynolds. We have a lot of receivers making key plays, Woods said. Cause Josh has been making plays, but just to get Cooper back in it . . . four different styles of receivers and four different ways to attack your defense. Kupp isn't wearing a brace and has felt good in training camp. He was on pace to be the team's third 1,000-yard receiver in 2018 before his injury. It gives quarterback Jared Goff plenty of options, as the Rams finished second in the NFL in scoring last year and produced 32.9 points per game. You really can't go wrong with any of Cooks, Woods or Kupp in fantasy as your No. 2 wideout. Kupp has some injury risk but is also at times Goff's most reliable target. Cooks and Woods are ranked slightly higher at RotoBaller at No. 16 and 17, respectively, among receivers.

    From RotoBaller

    Jerick McKinnon Aug 20 5:13pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon (knee) is not expected to take part in team drills this week as he continues to wait for his injured knee to respond to platelet-rich plasma injection he had 17 days ago.

    From TheHuddle

    Amari Cooper Aug 20 5:10pm ET

    Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper (heel) is unlikely to play in the remainder of the preseason, but he's hopeful he can practice with the team by the end of the week. He's been out of practice since Aug. 6, and the Cowboys won't risk playing him in a preseason game. Cooper is dealing with "a form of plantar fasciitis" but has improved in recent weeks. He doesn't seem to worried about playing with the injury, but the hope is that it's resolved by the time Week 1 against the Giants comes around. "I'm not worried about it at all, because I know if it does linger, it doesn't matter," Cooper said. "I had 1,000 yards when I played on plantar fasciitis before." The injury is more worrisome to those considering drafting Cooper as a high-end WR2, especially after he excelled in his nine games with Dallas last year after being traded from Oakland. He's become much more of a risk in the early rounds now.

    From RotoBaller

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    Thu 8:20pm ET
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    Sun 1:00pm ET
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    Sun 1:00pm ET
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    Eagles-9
    Sun 1:00pm ET
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    Sun 1:00pm ET
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    Sun 1:00pm ET
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    Chargers-3
    Sun 4:05pm ET
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    Sun 4:05pm ET
    Giants45.5u
    Cowboys-7.5
    Sun 4:25pm ET
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    Cardinals+2.5
    Sun 4:25pm ET
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    Buccaneers-1
    Sun 4:25pm ET
    Steelers51u
    Patriots-6
    Sun 8:20pm ET
    Texans53.5u
    Saints-7
    Mon 7:10pm ET
    Broncos43u
    Raiders-1.5
    Mon 10:20pm ET
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