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Gordon could use some reps and we would like to see him a bit before the season kicks off. As he has come closer to returning, his ADP rose, and it currently sits at 23rd receiver off the board. We think he's safe at this ADP and the upside is pretty huge. Gordon could easily outstrip that if Tyrod Taylor plays well and the offense clicks like we think it can.
With the weapons he has, Roethlisberger is always going to put up some decent fantasy points. However, you know he will miss some time and further, he has absolutely started showing his age. The negatives make him a QB2, but his overall ability and weapons make him a high QB2 for fantasy owners and a reliable option once the surefire QB1s are gone.
We don't need to see anything from fantasy football's number one wide receiver. Neither do the Fantasy GMs who are presently taking him as the first receiver and one of the first five picks overall in drafts.
Rosen isn't likely to see the field any time soon, but we all know Sam Bradford is a fragile quarterback. So if you have Bradford as a backup on your fantasy squad, you'd better have Rosen or another solid backup to your backup on speed dial. Generally speaking we wouldn't trust Bradford on our roster due to injury history and his general play, which is mostly average. His ADP of 32nd quarterback overall makes us feel most Fantasy GMs agree.
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. has made some progress in contract extension talks with the Giants, and both sides believe a deal could be agreed to before the start of the regular season, according to sources.
There's no reason for Goff to play, though more time to acclimate with Brandin Cooks is always good. Goff isn't reliable enough for a QB1 spot, but he's a solid QB2 with upside and his ADP of 15th quarterback off the board is right about where it should be. With the weapons he has, in his second year in this offense, he could outperform it too.
Despite the injury, which has kept him on ice for a lot of the last few weeks, he is still coming off the board as the 7th tight end in fantasy drafts. We think he'll be fine, but make sure you have a solid option to back him up.
There are so many mouths to feed here, we don't expect Latimer to make a splash. He's a big dude with a nice catch radius but he's behind fellow wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr and Sterling Shepard, as well as tight end Evan Engram and rookie running back Saquon Barkley. There's just too much in front of him which is why he's going undrafted in fantasy drafts, and rightfully so.
Tennessee Titans WR Rishard Matthews (knee) had surgery earlier this month to repair a torn meniscus in his knee but could be activated from the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list as soon as next week, according to sources.
Meanwhile, Corey Davis and Taywan Taylor, as well as Tajae Sharpe have all performed well in his absence and even if Matthews comes back, he's likely to be an afterthought. Even at an ADP of 56th receiver off the board, we are hesitant on him.
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (knee) is 'preparing to play' in the team's next preseason game Friday, Aug. 24, against the Seattle Seahawks. It would be his first game action since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament last October.
We don't expect to see him a ton in his first game back but Cook is looking like a guy who could have a tremendous season. Currently the 10th back off the board in fantasy drafts, and the 14th player overall, Cook is pricey but the upside is tremendous.
We saw how bad the team was without him last year, so why risk him now? Nobody needs to see more of him to know he is arguably the top fantasy option at the position nor that the 27th overall player selection is worth it for his fantasy services. The team does need to figure out if Brett Hundley or DeShone Kizer are worth keeping as they won't have both on the roster, so we will see a lot of them.
Could this be a chance for Nyheim Hines? The third round rookie has done well in camp and is really versatile, which gives him enough value to hover at 54th running back selected in drafts. Mack is a more traditional looking back (and is going as the 34th back off the board) and if he returns, is likely more what the Colts want as a lead back. It's worth watching Hines though, especially with Robert Turbin suspended to start the season.
Nobody needs to see Gurley and the Rams are just being cautious. It's a marathon for them, not a sprint and for a Super Bowl hopeful, they need all their horses to have a shot at the big game. He's going off the board as the first back and first pick overall in drafts and well worth the price in this dynamic offense.
As rookie Michael Gallup shines and Allen Hurns gets settled, Beasley seems to have seen his star fade. His ADP hovers at 88 for receivers and 275 overall, which is enough to make us think that Fantasy GMs are as cool to him as we are.
Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins is building a strong relationship with QB Patrick Mahomes, according to offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy. Bieniemy said the pair's communication and rhythm is starting to sync and that Watkins is progressing.
This is good news for Watkins, who has disappointed for most of his brief career so far. He fits Mahomes' game well and could finally emerge as having some value. He's going off the board as the 29th receiver in fantasy drafts right now, and that value seems about right given his history and the hot and cold streaky quarterback he has. Still, Watkins has shown more ability than that ADP, and has some nice upside because of it.
Source: Worcester Telegram and Gazette - Rich Garven
New England Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett is on track for a larger role entering his second season with the team. He is the projected starter opposite Chris Hogan to open the regular season. 'I think my comfort level has gotten a lot better,' Dorsett said. 'But you can't get complacent in this offense. Everything changes. There's a lot thrown at you, and they expect the best from you. So if you don't bring your best out there, something bad is going to happen.'
Fantasy GMs aren't pulling the lever on him on draft day, but he's worth watching on the waiver wire. He is going as the 88th receiver off the board when he does get picked but we wouldn't even burn that spot.
Not that long ago, Britt was thought to have a great shot to contribute to the offense. But as has happened a ton in his career before, Britt flamed out. It's hard to imagine him getting another chance.