As training camp progresses and the regular season gets closer, there’s a lot going on that may be tough to keep track of. Our goal with this series is to keep you updated on any fantasy-related injuries and positional battles, while also throwing in some tidbits that may prove useful for your fantasy draft. Expect to see these updates on Mondays and Wednesdays right up until Week 1.
If you missed Monday’s recap you can check it out here.
New England Patriots
Lamar Miller activated off PUP
Lamar Miller passed his Patriots physical and was activated
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) August 31, 2020
Boy, are there a lot of mouths to feed in the New England Backfield. I was expecting one or both of Miller and Sony Michel starting the year on PUP just because of the depth this team has at the position, but now they have five active RBs who are capable starters in the league. Again, the only guy I want out of this backfield is James White due to his consistent usage as the pass catching back.
Tua looking healthy, still may not start Week 1
Brian Flores says Tua Tagovailoa’s health looks good, but, yes, time since injury will be a factor in the discussion about which quarterbacks to have active vs. New England.
— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) September 1, 2020
I’m still inclined to believe that Ryan Fitzpatrick will start the first month of games as Miami eases Tua into NFL action. I think the majority of teams will treat September games as a quasi-preseason where players are given time to ease into their new roles and develop chemistry with their teammates, but for Tua the most important thing will be getting back into football shape and learning the offense from the sidelines. I’ve been saying that I think the Miami offense will be sneaky good this year with their improved offensive line and RBs, so don’t sleep on Fitzpatrick early.
New York Jets
More injuries strike Jets camp
Crowder, Hogan, Herndon, Berrios all had tightness and were pulled out of practice. #nyj
— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) September 1, 2020
Some relatively good news on the Jets injury front:
Tests did not reveal any structural damage to Jets TE Chris Herndon’s chest area. He has some irritation in his lungs. Had difficulty breathing at times during practice. But he should be fine.
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) September 1, 2020
Adam Gase does not know if Chris Herndon's "chest" issue is related to some of the rib & lung problems he had last year.
There is no ligament damage with Perine's ankle. He'll be back sooner than they expected, despite how bad it looked #Jets
— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) September 1, 2020
Jets rookie RB La’Mical Perine has a sprained ankle. Does not sound like a very serious one. Jets hopeful he won’t miss much time. #nyj
— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) September 1, 2020
Lots of bad news here, but I’ll start with the good news first. La’Mical Perine does not have a significant injury, so the 3rd RB on the depth chart should only miss a few weeks. That’s good news because they liked what they saw out of him early in camp and we all know that Head Coach Adam Gase is not the biggest fan of LeVeon Bell, so Perine could see some time on the field later in the year. He’s a name worth watching.
The Chris Herndon experience continues to be negative for the Jets as he went down with another injury, one that could be connected to last year’s rib and lung issues that plagued him for most of the season. It’s unfortunate news because there’s no denying the talent Herndon has and his chemistry with Sam Darnold was going to be important for the team in the early part of the season while all of the injured receivers got accustomed to the offense. For fantasy purposes, I hope you have a backup tight end because Herndon can’t be relied upon to play in 16 games. If your waiver wire is thin, I highly suggest Logan Thomas of the Washington Football Team – he’s most likely available in your league, is the #1 tight end, and has already developed chemistry with Dwayne Haskins in the red zone. I have a Going Deep piece coming out on Thomas tomorrow and he’s someone you should be excited about.
Jamison Crowder left practice with muscle tightness in his leg, but it sounds minor and shouldn’t keep him out of Week 1 action. He should be a solid PPR play with a good floor.
Joe Mixon gets a new contract
Full details on the #Bengals deal for RB Joe Mixon’s 4-year, $48M deal:
— $10M signing bonus. $1.3M base in 2020.
— $8M base in 2021.
— $8M in 2022.
— $9.4M in 2023.
— Club option for $9.6M in 2024.
— $500K each year in playtime and $200K offseason workout bonus each year.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 1, 2020
It’s not clear if the migraine reports were false or not, but Joe Mixon did get the new contract he was rumored to be in discussions for. Good for him, but I hope he’s healthy heading into Week 1 because this team will need him if they want to compete in 2020.
The league remains on Leonard Fournette watch
Former Jaguars’ RB Leonard Fournette officially went unclaimed on waivers today, per source.
Fournette — who has rushed for 2,631 yards and 17 touchdowns since being drafted fourth overall in 2017 — is now a free agent.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 1, 2020
On Leonard Fournette after he went unclaimed on waivers: I'm told wherever he lands won't be a money decision. 2020 is going to be about scheme fit and the coaching staff that leans into a power running game. Opportunity will be important, but skill fit will be absolutely vital.
— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) September 1, 2020
There are reports out there that it was the Jacksonville players, not the coaching staff, who decided it was time to move on from Leonard Fournette. I don’t want to speculate here but regardless, Fournette will have to end up in the perfect situation if he’s going to return an investment on his ADP of 32. This may be obvious, but don’t draft him anywhere until we find out where he lands and what his role will be.
Devine Ozigbo is the guy to grab out of Jacksonville
Longer Ryquell Armstead doesn't practice, more you have to think Devine Ozigbo could get some decent Week 1 run.
— John Shipley (@_John_Shipley) September 1, 2020
#Jaguars RB Ryquell Armstead hasn’t really practiced yet, factoring that in, it would seem as though Ozigbo, Robinson and Thompson will be heavily involved early if Robinson makes the team.
— Demetrius Harvey (@Demetrius82) September 1, 2020
Ryquell Armstead missed the first half of training camp while he was on the COVID list. He was then activated on August 20th, but he has missed the last few days with a non-COVID related illness. All of that missed time should mean that Devine Ozigbo, who ran a 4.65 40-yard dash at his 2019 Pro Day, should be in the driver’s seat for RB touches in Week 1. From the small bit of tape I’ve watched of Ozigbo, it looks like he has pretty good burst through the hole, a good first cut and solid field vision. He also caught 49 passes at Nebraska and looks to be a capable pass-catching back. This 2019 Draft Scouting Report by Youtuber Draft Genius lays out a lot of things to like about him, but my favorite part is that he’s got “Eyes on his feet” which basically means he’s a good cutter and it able to avoid getting tripped up by bodies falling around him. Shout out Draft Genius – you’ve got a new subscriber, and hopefully you’re right about Devine Ozigbo.
Parris Campbell returns to practice
Colts WR Parris Campbell back at practice today, albeit in a red non-contact jersey. One would think without any snags he’ll he cleared by next Sunday.
— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) September 1, 2020
It’s good to hear Parris Campbell is back at practice, albeit in a limited fashion, as he was looking impressive early on in camp. Feel free to draft and stash him.
Marlon Mack is the starter for the Colts
Reich reiterates that Marlon Mack is the Colts starter at RB. "He's earned that, and he looks fantastic."
— jimayello (@jimayello) August 31, 2020
Mack’s 75 ADP is still a bit too high for me, but he should give you 4-5 solid weeks before the inevitable Jonathan Taylor revolution begins. I prefer to draft guys who will still be there for me in the playoffs, but that’s just me. We all know Mack is talented and with that offensive line who knows what could happen – maybe both backs are worth starting on a weekly basis anyway. Only time will tell.
Trey Burton injures calf, likely missing time
Colts still weighing the severity of TE Trey Burton's calf injury. Sounds like it'll be a few weeks, but it depends on how the calf responds in the next few days. But looks like his absence will stretch into the regular season. https://t.co/zPPg1qD46u
— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) August 31, 2020
A tough break for newcomer Trey Burton, as he had become one of Philip Rivers‘ favorite targets in camp. Jack Doyle is now the guy to target, but I’ve always liked Burton and thought he might be a fun sneaky DFS play at TE early on.
Las Vegas Raiders
Tyrell Williams on IR
The #Raiders put WR Tyrell Williams on season-ending injured reserve, ending his season.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 1, 2020
Tough break for Tyrell Williams, who had said he was going to try to play through his torn labrum. Now it’s clear that Bryan Edwards will be the starter on the outside for Las Vegas. His ADP has jumped all the way up to 164, though I would rather have his teammate Hunter Renfroe who has a defined role and is going nearly a round later. It’s easy to overpay for a guy with a ton of hype, and there’s a lot of risk in Edwards. But if he’s your 5th or 6th receiver and you’re all set elsewhere then go for it.
Your daily reminder that Courtland Sutton is going to be a beast
Nearly 20 minutes after practice ended, Courtland Sutton is still practicing on the jugs machine.
A Pro Bowler putting in the extra work.
— Zac Stevens (@ZacStevensDNVR) September 1, 2020
Get. On. The. Train.
Quez Watkins returns to practice
Quez Watkins (upper body) back in pads. #Eagles
— Mike Kaye (@mike_e_kaye) September 1, 2020
With Jalen Reagor out, we’re likely to see more of Greg Ward and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside than Quez Watkins, but a strong showing in the next week of practice could lead to more playing time for Quez in the early part of the season. Of these three guys, Ward is the one to target in PPR leagues.
New York Giants
Golden Tate nursing a hamstring injury
WR Golden Tate left practice early. Appeared to be a right hamstring injury. He grabbed it immediately and was down after extending to try to make a catch. Didn’t *appear* serious. He was able to walk but didn’t finish practice.
— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) August 31, 2020
Golden Tate won’t practice Tuesday (hamstring?) but is considered “day to day,” per Joe Judge. Don’t think it’s anything serious.
Everyone else including LB Blake Martinez and S Montre Hartage is fine and will practice. #Giants
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) September 1, 2020
It doesn’t sound like anything serious, thankfully, so don’t be afraid to roll him out there in the Giants’ Week 1 matchup against Pittsburgh.
Amari Cooper – Injury or just rest?
Amari Cooper went through the early portion of Monday's practice, including ball security and fundamental work but he did not run any routes the rest of practice. It's the third straight workout he has been limited but Mike McCarthy said Sunday he is… https://t.co/jgbCMum7ER
— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) August 31, 2020
Amari Cooper has’t practiced much in the past few days and it’s unclear whether he’s nursing an injury or just being rested ahead of Week 1. The always impartial, never biased Jerry Jones has gone on the record saying that the team isn’t worried about Cooper’s health and that it’s just precautionary. We’ll see if he’s right sooner than later.
Green Bay Packers
A Running Back by Committee in Green Bay?
Matt LaFleur on Packers RBs: ‘Going to see all of those guys in the mix’ https://t.co/nWbskm6sGG
— The Packers Wire (@ThePackersWire) August 31, 2020
I wouldn’t count on it. Aaron Jones has proven he can handle a full workload and is by far the most talented back in the offense. They will obviously rest him from time to time but he gives them their best chance to win on a weekly basis. Sure, we’ll see Jamaal Williams and AJ Dillon from time to time but for a team that’s still in win-now mode, Jones will get his touches as long as he’s healthy.
D’Andre Swift returns to practice
No Danny Amendola, Julian Okwara, Hunter Bryant or Darryl Roberts at Lions practice today.
D’Andre Swift, Bo Scarbrough, Danny Shelton and Mike Ford expected to be limited, per Patricia.
— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) August 31, 2020
It may be too little too late for Swift to see significant touches in Week 1 but it’s good to at least see him back on the field. He should start getting passing down work at some point early in the season, with the strong possibility of overtaking Kerryon Johnson as the number one back at some point down the line.
New Orleans Saints
Alvin Kamara not practicing and at odds with the Saints over his contract
Spoke to #Saints RB Alvin Kamara and his agent and neither has asked for or demanded a trade. As of today, they thought they were actively negotiating and making progress on an extension. Kamara has never threatened to hold out and has been in the building every day.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 1, 2020
I can confirm. Their first option is to sign Kamara to a long-term deal. But only at the right price. If not, they are open to a trade. Saints are seeking a first-round pick in return. https://t.co/dXCsoA3ct8
— Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncan_) September 1, 2020
On the Alvin Kamara situation with the #Saints, I'm told that right now, the team is comfortable making him a top 5 paid RB ($12+ mil per season). But Kamara's number is pushing more toward the #Panthers' Christian McCaffrey extension ($16+ mil per). That's a pretty wide chasm.
— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) September 1, 2020
If you’re drafting before this situation gets resolved, Latavius Murray is an absolute must target as his current ADP, and it may be a good idea to target Ty Montgomery in deeper leagues just in case. This is turning into a messy situation and I don’t feel great about it. I already don’t like Kamara this year due to the knee injury he sustained last year (torn MCL) that he chose to rehab over surgery, and this semi-holdout/contract dispute leaves a sour taste in my mouth. Hopefully everything turns out alright.
Ian Thomas hyper-extends his toe
Rhule: Ian Thomas hurt his toe at the end of the last practice. Nothing serious after MRI. Hyperextended toe. Should hopefully be back pretty soon. #Panthers
— Myles Simmons (@MylesASimmons) September 1, 2020
… How does that happen? I’ve heard of hyperextended arms and legs, but toes? Was he not wearing shoes? This one is puzzling.
Los Angeles Rams
Cooper Kupp strains muscle in leg
More specifically, Cooper Kupp has a muscle strain on the side of the lower part of his leg right above the foot. And should be fine for the opener. https://t.co/KQpPKZ60mj
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 31, 2020
If Cooper Kupp were a Patriot, this injury would be labeled “Lower Body” instead of “muscle strain on the side of the lower part of his leg right above the foot.” That’s an incredible amount of detail for what sounds like a pretty minor injury.
Paul Richardson returns to Seattle
Paul Richardson, who says he's "back where I belong," will compete for the Seahawks' third receiver spot after signing a one-year deal to return to Seattle this weekend. (from @bcondotta) https://t.co/HwANmyVv5P
— Seattle Times Sports (@SeaTimesSports) September 1, 2020
Richardson isn’t fantasy relevant but it’s notable that Seattle has a gaping hole at WR after Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf. They brought in Philip Dorsett to handle WR3 duties but he had been out for a week with a sore foot, so maybe Richardson is just someone they feel they can plug and play until Dorsett is up to speed in the offense. Either way, neither are fantasy relevant in a run-first offense.
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