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The information: Running again Josh Jacobs performed within the Hall of Fame Game on Thursday whereas the Las Vegas Raiders sat a number of key starters, together with Derek Carr, Davante Adams and Darren Waller.
What it means in fantasy: Fantasy managers had been shocked to see Jacobs on the sector. Earlier this offseason, Las Vegas declined Jacobs’ fifth-12 months possibility. Now, they’re treating him like a participant who must win his job. The Raiders’ backfield is shaping as much as be a irritating one.
Going deeper: Based on dwell draft tendencies, I’d quite take Michael Pittman Jr., Terry McLaurin, Diontae Johnson and Breece Hall, all of whom have comparable common draft positions to Jacobs. Managers who need publicity to the Raiders’ backfield is perhaps higher off drafting Kenyan Drake or Zamir White a lot later.
The information: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that extensive receiver Diontae Johnson signed a two-12 months extension with the Pittsburgh Steelers value as much as $39.5 million and consists of $27 million assured.
What it means in fantasy: Johnson’s contract is commensurate with the important thing position he’ll play within the Steelers’ passing recreation. According to our projections, he’ll obtain 141 targets, and targets are targets whatever the quarterback state of affairs. Johnson is at present WR17, in accordance with our dwell draft tendencies, which is a wonderful worth for final 12 months’s WR7 in PPR codecs.
The information: Isaiah McKenzie continues to impress at Bills coaching camp and function as the primary-staff slot receiver.
What it means in fantasy: McKenzie might be an essential element of a Bills offense that ranked fifth final season with 389.3 complete yards per recreation. He signed a two-12 months contract this offseason value as much as $8 million. McKenzie is somebody to maintain in your radar in deeper fantasy codecs.
Going deeper: McKenzie might be extra concerned within the Bills’ offense than you suppose. Over the previous two seasons, Buffalo has run 1,534 performs with precisely three extensive receivers — fifth most within the league. (Throw in 4-receiver units, and the Bills have run greater than 100 performs of this nature than some other staff within the league.) Additionally, Allen has focused his slot receiver 389 occasions up to now two seasons. Only Patrick Mahomes (408) has accomplished it extra ceaselessly.
The information: According to Bills coach Sean McDermott, James Cook is the favourite to land the third-down again place.
What it means in fantasy: Cook’s cross safety remains to be being labored on, however McDermott is assured the dots will join earlier than the common season begins. Last season, the Bills ranked seventh in cross makes an attempt per recreation (37.7). Based on our projections, this development ought to proceed in 2022. Running backs for the Bills may account for 100-plus targets this season. In PPR codecs, Cook is a flex possibility, as he is a greater route runner and cross-catcher than Devin Singletary.
The information: QB Matthew Stafford won’t take part in staff drills subsequent week due to elbow tendinitis.
What it means in fantasy: Stafford obtained an “anti-inflammatory injection” in his throwing arm this spring. While Stafford is aware of the Rams’ offensive scheme, it is not ideally suited that he is lacking time. He’s at present the QB12 in our dwell draft tendencies. Managers who’re damage-threat averse may take into account drafting Derek Carr or Trey Lance, who’ve the same ADP to Stafford.
The information: WR AJ Brown has been the focus of the Philadelphia Eagles’ offense to date throughout coaching camp practices.
What it means in fantasy: I do know some individuals are asking, ‘Why ought to I care?’ however you must. After buying and selling for Brown throughout this 12 months’s NFL draft, the Eagles signed him to a 4-12 months, $100 million contract. They want him to be that point of interest, which may translate to a profession excessive in objectives in 2022, after averaging solely 6.8 objectives and 15 fantasy factors per recreation to date. Last season, solely the Titans (32.1) had extra speeding makes an attempt per recreation than the Eagles (31.5). With Brown and DeVonta Smith because the Eagles’ high two receivers, this development is unlikely to proceed. Brown is at present the WR13 in our dwell draft tendencies, however has the potential to complete within the high 5.
The information: WR Chris Godwin returned to apply Friday.
What it means in fantasy: The information is large for Godwin, who suffered an ACL damage late within the 2021 season. The incontrovertible fact that he wasn’t positioned on the bodily unable to carry out listing was already encouraging. Godwin did put on a brace on his proper knee. His return, and Julio Jones’ signing, scale back Russell Gage’s fantasy ceiling. Godwin’s the WR23 in our dwell draft tendencies, however that is been climbing over the previous seven days.
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