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Wentz was on fire in his recent press conference, dropping some funny lines throughout. So far it seems like he will be ready to go for the season, which is great for the Eagles and their hopes for back to back championships. Fantasy GMs are seeing him as a low-end QB1 right now, which makes sense given the knee injury. We think he could out-shine that if he's 100 percent.
We want to see what he can do on the field as soon as possible, but imagine that "full participant" is a relative term as the Vikings don't want him to hurt himself again. There's a lot of arguing as to where Cook should rate on fantasy rankings. He has top ten ability, but people are leery of his ACL injury dragging that down. The going rate for him in early drafts is 10th back off the board and if healthy, he might actually out-perform that.
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr.'s contract negotiations will begin sooner rather than later, according to owner John Mara. Mara said he thinks Beckham is moving in the right direction and that it meant something that he was present for the start of training camp.
The Giants want to see him in action, though that may mean after a week or two of the actual season. They want to make sure that he's healthy and able to continue his positive attitude once the fur starts flying for real. We've got him as one of the top receivers in fantasy, and he is going off the board as the 11th player overall in early drafts -- exactly where he should be.
With Julian Edelman out for part of the season due to a PDE violation, the Patriots will kick the tires on a few guys to step into the slot. Dorsett has a lot to prove, but we aren't excited by his prospects. That said, watching the Patriots receivers in camp could be important in getting a cheap, but effective, receiver.
Fitzpatrick must have a trained black cat or a magic ladder which appears over quarterbacks around him because it's amazing how often a mediocre quarterback like him can continue to end up with starting jobs. He might not really need one though for Jameis Winston who appears to be his own worst enemy and is suspended three games to start the year. Just because the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are stuck with Fitzpatrick doesn't mean you have to be though, and we would recommend staying well clear of Fitzpatrick. We're not high on Winston either, and he's no more than a QB3 this year, while Fitzpatrick doesn't even rate that high.
The lack of guaranteed money probably caused this fracas in the first place, so a little extra cash helped. The team said they will look at the contract again next offseason, which could cause the same thing, but for now, we expect WR1 numbers from Jones, though those who draft him have to keep expectations low on his touchdown totals, which have dropped each of the last few years.
Los Angeles Rams DT Aaron Donald has to report by Aug. 7 to receive an accrued season for free agency or he'll be restricted in 2019. The date isn't considered relevant in part because the team may want to put the franchise tag on him anyway.
It's somewhat baffling why the Rams haven't found a way to get one of the best defensive players in the NFL a new deal, but it's also not uncommon right now as Khalil Mack is having the same issue. We suspect something will happen and he'll be in camp, but this is a problem we hope is solved soon because Fantasy GMs are counting on DL1 production from him and a missed training camp is always a bit of a concern.
Jones was in camp and the Falcons have said they will review the contract situation as a whole post-season. That could mean trouble in 2019, but helps things this year. Jones puts up tremendous yardage numbers but his touchdown totals have slowly dropped the last few years. Still, he is a top-five fantasy receiver. He'll put up a lot of yards, and if having Calvin Ridley frees him up from some coverage, he could add some end zone points this year.
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon will be required to make a written request to the team for reinstatement, and Commissioner Roger Goodell would need to approve it, according to a league source. GM John Dorsey, who would not comment when asked if Gordon could be facing a suspension, did acknowledge on Wednesday, July 25, that he doesn't know when Gordon will rejoin the team.
This muddies the water a bit, though there was no failed drug test or incident anyone seems to be reporting. Gordon is, and probably always will be a high-risk player, but his ceiling is so high that the reward is worth consideration. As of now, we are taking a wait and see approach.
There are a lot of receiver choices for Tyrod Taylor and the other quarterbacks to choose from, and we weren't expecting Ratley -- a sixth rounder -- to stand out. Hopefully the injury isn't serious and he can get back to trying to make the team.
Tennessee Titans WR Rishard Matthews (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Thursday, July 26, but was in attendance. Head coach Mike Vrabel said Matthews will be on the field when he is cleared and that the team wants to be patient.
Corey Davis and Taywan Taylor should step up this year, with Davis taking over the top spot. The result is Matthews dropping down to the No. 2 spot, which he is more effective in anyway. Right now his ADP is hovering at 50th receiver overall, 123rd player off the board. He looks very much like a rotational player in fantasy, with a few good games and some OK but not great overall production.
Andrews is a little bit of a project, but could be a good seam receiver if he can stay on the field by improving his blocking. He can line up in various positions, so we are anxious to see him compete in camp.
Miami Dolphins QB David Fales worked with the second-team offense during practice Thursday, July 26, while QB Brock Osweiler was the third quarterback to receive snaps. Osweiler threw the only two interceptions during practice.
This comes as shock to absolutely nobody who has followed Osweiler's career of unimpressive stop after unimpressive stop. That isn't to say Fales is outstanding, just that his brand of mediocrity is better than Osweiler's right now. Long story, short though -- if Ryan Tannehill is hurt or implodes, the Dolphins are cooked.
This was expected given the torn rotator cuff he had surgery on this offseason. A primary target for Carson Wentz, Jeffery will see plenty of work this year and could be higher than his ADP of 21st receiver off the board if he wasn't recovering from the aforementioned surgery.
This doesn't mean Gruden hasn't reached out, but it is somewhat troubling. The Raiders don't seem in a hurry to sign him, despite how much of a hit the defense will take if he isn't there. Mack was dominant since entering the NFL. A lot of Fantasy GMs are hoping for more of the same this season, and a lengthy holdout could cause problems as the Raiders install a new scheme. We're expecting DE1 numbers but will keep a watchful eye on this.
On the upside, Eifert said "There is no setback," Eifert said to The Cincinnati Enquirer. "I'm feeling good. This is just the route we chose to take."
Eifert was asked if he'd play Week 1 against Indianapolis?
"Yeah," Eifert said, "100 percent."
Even without this injury, we're not at a point where we really expect Eifert to perform well enough to roster as more than a low-end TE2. Fantasy GMs are a little higher on him that we are, as he is hovering as the 14th TE off the boards in early drafts. It's not a huge difference, but we aren't that confident in him and with this news, we might see him drop further.