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Seahawks rookie WR Metcalf to have minor knee surgery

Mon Aug 19 12:59am ET

Players: Doug Baldwin, Russell Wilson, D.K. Metcalf

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf (14) and cornerback Ugo Amadi (28) walk on the field following NFL football training camp, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)


Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf reaches for an incomplete pass during the first half of the team's NFL football preseason game against the Denver Broncos on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)


Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf reaches for an incomplete pass under pressure from Denver Broncos cornerback Isaac Yiadom, left, during the first half of an NFL football preseason game Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Seattle Seahawks wide receiver D.K. Metcalf will have minor knee surgery in an early setback for an offense counting on the second-round draft pick.

Metcalf was held out of Sunday's preseason game at Minnesota, and coach Pete Carroll said the rookie from Mississippi probably would have a procedure on Tuesday. The injury was discovered earlier this week, but Carroll said the team believes it will not ''derail him for long.''

After taking a surprise tumble down the draft board, Metcalf landed in Seattle with the 64th overall selection. With the retirement of Doug Baldwin, there's an opportunity for Metcalf to figure prominently in the passing game for five-time Pro Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson. Metcalf was targeted four times last week in the exhibition game against Denver and had one catch for 8 yards.

Player Notes
Montez Sweat Aug 19 9:40am ET

The Washington Redskins defense averaged 7.4 fantasy points per game through 10 games last season in ESPN standard scoring. Alex Smith suffered a season-ending injury in that 10th game, and the Redskins defense averaged 4.6 points per game the rest of the way. Had their 7.4-PPG average held up over the full season, they would have totaled 118.4 fantasy points and ranked sixth in the league among fantasy defenses. Smith wasn't exactly lighting it up from the quarterback position last year, but his injury transformed the Redskins from a team that preferred to run to ball into an entirely one-dimensional team that didn't have a choice but to run the ball. If Case Keenum wins the starting QB job out of camp, he brings--at minimum--stability and experience back into the equation, and Washington should once again be able to keep its defensive unit fresh during the course of games. The Redskins maintained the core of a front seven that recorded the seventh-most sacks in the NFL in 2018, while adding pass rusher Montez Sweat and safety Landon Collins through the draft and free agency, respectively. Per ADP information from Fantasy Football Calculator, the Redskins D/ST is going undrafted in fantasy leagues, which seems a bit extreme for a unit that was among the league's best for much of 2018.

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Sam Ficken Aug 19 9:10am ET

Green Bay Packers kickers Mason Crosby and Sam Ficken are locked in their kicking battle, both hitting all four of their attempts in practice. The two dueled at 22, 28, 33 and 40-yard distances. The kicking battle in Green Bay has Crosby at a slight edge, but Ficken could take this all the way to the end of the preseason. Fantasy owners should consider this in looking at taking Crosby to open the season.

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Isaiah McKenzie Aug 19 9:10am ET

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie caught his only target, a 37-yard reception, in the team's second preseason game against the Panthers. He had led the Bills in receiving yards in the team's first preseason game, catching his only two targets for 62 yards. McKenzie is certainly flashing some big-play ability in the preseason, with his yards-per-catch being a whopping 33 yards. However, the team has several receivers ahead of him on the depth chart and McKenzie will likely be headed for special teams work going into the season.

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Tyler Kroft Aug 19 9:00am ET

Buffalo Bills tight end Tyler Kroft (foot) has been progressing well as of late and there's speculation that he could avoid the PUP list to start the season. Kroft broke his foot early in the offseason and had been in a walking boot until about two weeks ago. There's still no timetable for Kroft's return but the starting tight end spot still appears to be all his whenever he is ready. Kroft spent the first four years of his career with the Bengals before signing with the Bills this year. He caught seven touchdowns in 2017, so he's shown he can produce when given the opportunity.

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Marcus Murphy Aug 19 9:00am ET

Buffalo Bills running back Marcus Murphy carried the ball six times for 21 yards, good for 3.5 yards per carry, in the team's second preseason game against the Panthers. Murphy has been a journeyman running back since entering the league as a seventh-round pick of the Saints in 2015. He's suited up in 12 games for the Bills the past two years and has carried the ball 59 times for 291 yards. This year, the Bills have more depth in their backfield with the offseason additions of Frank Gore, Devin Singletary and T.J. Yeldon. Murphy will likely start the season on the team's practice squad and shouldn't be targeted in fantasy drafts.

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Adrian Peterson Aug 19 8:50am ET

Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson has reached the point in his career at which there isn't much to be made of his limited involvement in preseason action. When his second-year teammate at the position has not been cleared for full contact with a little over three weeks till the regular season, however, there might be something to that. Derrius Guice hasn't played in either of Washington's two preseason games as he awaits full medical clearance to resume taking unbridled hits on the field. Guice's situation is worth monitoring anyway, but the closer he gets to Week 1 without being cleared for contact, the more likely it is that he will be handled with extreme care by the Redskins coaching staff when he is. With that in mind, Washington's rushing attack could feature a heavy dose of Peterson during the first few weeks as Guice builds himself up from a workload standpoint. Peterson's ADP of 121.8 (per Fantasy Football Calculator) sits in the same range as a wealth of unproven commodities at the RB position. You could do worse than grabbing him that late and taking advantage of potentially high volume for the first few weeks.

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Dawson Knox Aug 19 8:50am ET

Buffalo Bills rookie tight end Dawson Knox (hamstring) suffered a hamstring injury early in training camp and remained out of action until late this past week when he returned to practice. Knox has an opportunity to earn some solid playing time this year as the team's primary tight end Tyler Kroft has been nursing a broken foot since before the start of training camp. There likely isn't much hope of fantasy production from the Bills' tight end position this year. Kroft would be the most likely producer if he's able to stay healthy, while Knox might be more relevant in another year or two if he can prove himself.

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Aaron Jones Aug 19 8:40am ET

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones continued his comeback from a recent injury in practice, leading the team in drills. Jones is yet to play in a preseason game but is widely considered to be the team's starter at the position. Backup Jamaal Williams returned to the field but is unlikely to challenge Jones to start the season. Fantasy owners might want to see Jones in the preseason before they feel his ADP is a good value, but given the situation, he is in, handcuffing him late with Williams is a great option.

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Derrius Guice Aug 19 8:30am ET

Washington Redskins running back Derrius Guice has not played a preseason snap, as he has yet to be cleared for full contact. With the start of the NFL season three weeks away, there is still time for Guice to get on the field, but it's dwindling. The Redskins' third preseason game is in three days against the Falcons. If he is not active, one has to start considering the possibility he'll be looking at a very limited workload when he is declared 100% ready for game action--whenever that is. Guice was already looking at something of a timeshare with Adrian Peterson in Washington's backfield, but the fact that the former has not yet been medically cleared for full-scale football action points toward Peterson getting the bulk early on. Guice is currently going about 40 picks ahead of Peterson in fantasy drafts, per Fantasy Football Calculator.

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DeShone Kizer Aug 19 8:30am ET

Green Bay Packers quarterback Deshone Kizer is leading the Packers in first-team reps with Aaron Rodgers struggling with back tightness. While Kizer is unlikely to challenge Rodgers for the starting quarterback position, his performances in camp could affect the perceived value of the surround skill players if Rodgers were to miss time. Kizer was able to connect on a deep pass to Marquez Valdes-Scantling in a recent practice and has looked comfortable in the team's new offense in the opening preseason games against the Houston Texans and Baltimore Ravens. Kizer won't be a consideration for fantasy drafts, but if Rodgers were to miss time could be a streaming option for owners.

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Jimmy Graham Aug 19 8:30am ET

Green Bay Packers tight end left a recent practice with an injury, a potential dislocated finger. Graham is the clear option at the position for the team and should be a decent fantasy option for owners that are taking their tight end at the end of drafts. However, Graham struggled with injury last season, and a further injury to his hand could deter fantasy owners from drafting him. If Graham were to miss time, it is unlikely that a combination of Marcedes Lewis, Robert Tonyan or rookie Jace Sternberger are going to be fantasy relevant.

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Andre Roberts Aug 19 8:30am ET

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Andre Roberts has primarily made his mark as a punt and kick returner since 2016. He's filled the role for the Lions, Falcons and Jets and this year will be his first season with the Bills. However, the Bills might be looking to get him a little more involved in the passing game as coach Doug McDermott has been encouraged by Roberts' work ethic, giving him some opportunities to run with the first team at practice. He blocked extremely well the other night," McDermott said in reference to practice, "Ran some people off to open up space for our other receivers and you never really hear him say two words about it. He just wants to win. While this revelation might put Roberts somewhere on the fantasy radar, he still has far too many other receivers ahead of him on the depth chart to warrant drafting consideration.

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Jamaal Williams Aug 19 8:30am ET

Green Bay Packers running back Jamaal Williams returned to practice recently, his first since suffering a hamstring injury. The Packers have missed Williams and starter Aaron Jones through injury, but the team is returning to health in the latter part of preseason. Jones is thought to be the starting option for the team, with Williams being the clear backup option. The team drafted rookie Dexter Williams, who could be worth a waiver wire pickup if either player is injured again during camp, but he has stalled with the opportunity to lead the backfield.

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Marquez Valdes-Scantling Aug 19 8:20am ET

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling has built on his impressive performances in practice with a great catch and run. Valdes-Scantling broke the coverage from the defense to get wide open, before catching a deep pass from Deshone Kizer for a 60-yard touchdown. The receiver has been impressive throughout camp, showcasing the physical attributes that led to the Packers selecting him last season. Valdes-Scantling is thought to be the second option behind Davante Adams and represents fantastic value for fantasy owners in the mid-rounds.

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Lee Smith Aug 19 8:20am ET

Veteran Buffalo Bills tight end Lee Smith is currently listed as the second tight end on the team's depth chart, behind the injured Tyler Kroft (foot). Rookie Dawson Knox is listed third, followed by fellow rookie Tommy Sweeney and Jason Croom. Knox and Croom have also been sidelined for much of the offseason with hamstring injuries, leaving Smith and Sweeney as the two most active tight ends on the team. The 31-year-old Smith is primarily a blocking tight end, with only 56 career receptions over 107 games and shouldn't be targeted in fantasy drafts.

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Steven Hauschka Aug 19 8:10am ET

Buffalo Bills kicker Steven Hauschka converted four of his five kicks in the team's second preseason game against the Panthers. He hit all three of his extra-point attempts as well as a 30-yard field goal, but missed a 48-yard attempt. Hauschka had his least efficient year since becoming a full-time kicker last season, hitting just 78.6% of his kicks, compared to his career average of 86.4%. He shouldn't be targeted in fantasy drafts as there are many superior kicking options out there.

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Aaron Rodgers Aug 19 8:10am ET

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is being considered day-by-day by head coach Matt LaFleur. LaFleur commented that if it were the regular season that he would be out on the field and that he hoped the tightness won't follow him into the regular season. Rodgers is yet to be put into a game situation in the new offense, but given the quarterbacks, talent level missing some game time may not be the end of the world. However, fantasy owners should consider his injury in their drafts and draft with the thought of injury risk.

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John Brown Aug 19 7:50am ET

Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown was inactive for the team's second preseason game against the Panthers. The team hasn't disclosed any injury news at this point. Brown has solidified himself as the Bills' top receiver going into the season. He's shown great rapport with quarterback Josh Allen from the start of training camp. Look for him to suit up for the Bills' preseason week three matchup against the Lions on Friday.

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Irv Smith Jr. Aug 18 11:40pm ET

Minnesota Vikings rookie tight end Irv Smith Jr. had an impressive night on Sunday, at least as far as preseason games go. Smith Jr. caught all five of his targets for 28 yards and a touchdown, and he looks firmly entrenched as the Vikings top backup option at the tight end spot. It's never a good idea to look too deep into how teams are scheming during the preseason, but it does seem fair to assume that Smith Jr. will be getting some opportunities in the passing game this season. He's more of a dynasty stash this year with Kyle Rudolph still in front of him, but he's probably worth keeping an eye on for ultra-deep leagues. Smith Jr. is currently going undrafted at 301 overall (TE32).

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Dalvin Cook Aug 18 11:40pm ET

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook was listed as active but didn't see the field on Sunday night against the Seattle Seahawks. Cook was held out of last week's contest as well - the Vikings are being extra cautious with their third-year back during the preseason as he has struggled to stay healthy early in his career. He's an exceptionally talented player and has sneaky top-5 running back potential this season, but he's definitely not for the faint of heart. Cook's being drafted at 17 overall (RB10), which feels about right. Keep an eye on his status for the third preseason game, but don't expect him to play much, if at all.

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