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Posted 5/13/2021 10:51 pm UTC
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence (shoulder) will be a limited participant during the team's upcoming rookie minicamp.
Huddle Up: Lawrence should be ready for the start of training camp and will be the Week 1 starter as long as he is healthy. He can be a No. 2 quarterback in standard leagues and can also be a starting option in favorable matchups.
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Posted 5/12/2021 9:01 pm UTC
Baltimore Ravens WR Rashod Bateman signed his four-year rookie contract Wednesday, May 12. The deal includes a fifth-year team option.
Huddle Up: Bateman will be in the mix with WRs Sammy Watkins and Marquise Brown to be the Ravens' No. 1 receiver and could quickly grab a hold of that role. He should be viewed as a high-end WR3 in the run-first offense.
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Posted 5/12/2021 1:14 am UTC
Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry has registered a league-high 90 carries of at least 10 yards over the last two seasons - more than 11 NFL teams - according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: Henry has obviously benefited from a league-high 681 rush attempts over that span, but that should not take away from just how impressive of a number that is for the 247-pounder. It's fair to wonder how much longer Henry can continue handling 300-plus carries and remain this explosive, and there is reason to expect him to take a step back in 2021 after former offensive coordinator Arthur Smith left to take the head-coaching job with the Atlanta Falcons. Henry should remain in the RB1 conversation, but he may not be the force he has been in recent seasons.
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Posted 5/11/2021 6:27 pm UTC
Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson has posted a league-high 47 contested catches since the start of the 2019 season, according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: Some of this production is a byproduct of having Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles as his quarterbacks over that span, but there's also no question Robinson's game involves him using his 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame and wide catch radius to make plays. With Justin Fields expected to serve as his quarterback at some point in 2021 and perhaps beyond, Robinson could have a few more years of WR1 upside left in him.
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Posted 5/11/2021 1:55 pm UTC
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers' side has engaged in contract discussions with the Packers to a degree, and the Packers have made a significant long-term offer.
Huddle Up: Not much to see here. Rodgers is about the No.3 to No. 5 QB to target in fantasy.
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Posted 5/11/2021 12:03 am UTC
New York Jets RB Michael Carter busted 29 runs of at least 20 yards over his final two seasons at North Carolina - the most in college football over that time - according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: Carter led Division I with 18 such runs in 2020 despite carrying the ball only 156 times, which works out to a big run once every 11.5 rushing attempts. He finds himself in a very favorable situation in New York, as Tevin Coleman and La'Mical Perine are the only players that appear to be real threats to his potential workload. His biggest question figures to be whether or not he can hold up to a 200-touch workload in the NFL at 200 pounds. If he can, he should be able to serve as a solid committee back for the Jets and a strong RB3 for fantasy owners.
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Posted 5/10/2021 11:22 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons RBs Mike Davis, Javian Hawkins, Caleb Huntley and Qadree Ollison are all expected to compete for touches in the backfield in 2021, according to comments made by running backs coach Desmond Kitchings. According to Tori McElhaney of The Athletic, Kitchens noted how competitive the running back group will be and that 'the door is wide open' for anyone to take over.
Huddle Up: Davis should be considered the frontrunner, but the truth of the matter is none of the backs have proven much of anything in the NFL. Hawkins and Huntley are undrafted rookie free agents, while Ollison has totaled 24 touches across two seasons. Davis is coming off a career year in which he compiled 224 touches with the Carolina Panthers, but it was obvious he wore down as the season came to a close. Atlanta remains a likely candidate to sign a veteran free-agent runner to pair with Davis. Short of that, expect Davis to push for 200-plus touches and Hawkins to be the primary change-of-pace back.
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Posted 5/10/2021 3:24 pm UTC
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers could realistically land with the Denver Broncos, who have the second-most salary cap space in football.
Huddle Up: Rodgers' fantasy value will be about the same wherever he calls signals next season. Denver's thin air can be brutal on a body, and Rodgers has a lengthy injury history. That would be the only concern for the upper-middle QB1.
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Posted 5/09/2021 11:57 pm UTC
Denver Broncos RB Javonte Williams will 'factor in plenty' to the offense as a rookie because he brings an 'explosion' that RB Melvin Gordon lacks at this stage of his career, in the opinion of ESPN's Todd McShay.
Huddle Up: Gordon will likely lead the Broncos in carries in 2021, but Williams should see touches from Day 1 and could play his way into a backfield timeshare. At worst, he is a must-own handcuff for Gordon owners.
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Posted 5/09/2021 11:35 pm UTC
Baltimore Ravens WR Rashod Bateman joins an offense that totaled a league-low 1,729 yards when targeting wide receivers in 2020.
Huddle Up: Bateman is Baltimore's latest attempt to find a go-to receiver for Lamar Jackson, but between Jackson's tendency to target tight ends and Baltimore's run-heavy approach, it is far from a guarantee that he will be the answer. He's a late-round flier in redraft leagues.
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Posted 5/09/2021 9:44 pm UTC
Chicago Bears QB Justin Fields worked out with WR Marquise Goodwin earlier this week.
Huddle Up: Fields may not be the Week 1 starter but likely will take over the starting job at some point in 2021. There is a chance that he could win the job during training camp, so fantasy players can monitor the situation. He likely will be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback in standard leagues but will have more value in keeper leagues.
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Posted 5/09/2021 6:01 pm UTC
New York Jets QB Zach Wilson said he does not expect the Jets to hand him the starting quarterback job, and he plans to earn the job during offseason workouts and training camp.
Huddle Up: Wilson is the clear favorite for the starting job and should be under center Week 1 as long as he is healthy. It probably will take some time for him to be comfortable playing in the NFL, so he should only be considered a No. 2 quarterback in standard fantasy leagues.
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Posted 5/08/2021 3:02 pm UTC
Buffalo Bills WR Stefon Diggs mentioned that he played through a torn oblique muscle during the 2020 postseason in a post on Twitter Thursday, May 6.
Huddle Up: Despite the injury, Diggs had 20 receptions for 311 yards and a pair of touchdowns in three playoff games, while being on the field for at least 84 percent of the offensive snaps in each contest. Fantasy owners should consider Diggs to be an elite WR1 option entering the 2021 campaign, after he caught a career-high 127 passes for 1,535 yards during the regular season in his first year with Buffalo.
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Posted 5/08/2021 3:36 am UTC
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Travis Etienne has 'more juice' than RB James Robinson, according to Bucky Brooks of NFL.com, and Brooks believes the 'RB1 job is Etienne's to lose' heading into the 2021 season.
Huddle Up: Head coach Urban Meyer hinted at Etienne beginning his career as more of a third-down back, but after spending a first-round pick on the Etienne, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Meyer turn him loose sooner rather than later. His floor is probably that of a flex play in PPR formats, but his ceiling is much higher.
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Posted 5/08/2021 2:20 am UTC
Arizona Cardinals WR Rondale Moore will be used 'in as many different ways' as possible, according to head coach Kliff Kingsbury. 'Whether it's handing the ball from the backfield, toss to him on a sweep, go outside or on a fade route, he does it all,' Kingsbury said. 'So, we're going to move him around and make sure he gets his fair share of touches.'
Huddle Up: Moore's speed and versatility should be a good fit in Arizona's offense, but he joins a crowded receiving corps that will make it tough for him to provide worthwhile fantasy production as a rookie.
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Posted 5/07/2021 5:45 pm UTC
Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts enters his second season as the team's No. 1 quarterback, and general manager Howie Roseman is eager to see what he does with the opportunity. 'Certainly you're judging him off of four NFL starts, in a tough situation with all the injuries that we had,' Roseman said during a recent interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio. 'We want to see him grab the job and kind of run with it, and see what you do over a period of time.'
Huddle Up: Hurts averaged an impressive 27.8 fantasy points per outing over those four starts -- the Eagles' final four games of the 2020 regular season. That stretch included a pair of 300-yard passing games, but his legs also played a major role as he rushed for 272 yards and three TDs during that span. And that rushing element primarily is why Hurts is a low-end QB1 fantasy consideration entering drafts this offseason.
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Posted 5/07/2021 2:06 pm UTC
Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow was third-to-last in the league when he held the ball more than four seconds, among quarterbacks that threw at least 200 passes last season. Through the end of Week 10 - Burrow's last complete game - he ranked fourth among qualifying passers in expected completion percentage on throws under four seconds, according to NFL Next Gen.
Huddle Up: Burrow was surprisingly solid fresh out of the gate as a rookie before he was lost with a torn ACL. He'll be in the glut of low-end QB1/high-end QB2 options in fantasy.
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Posted 5/06/2021 4:59 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Najee Harris was drafted to be a rookie year-ready three-down back, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said in an interview. 'Najee is a well-rounded running back (who) played in a pro system,' Colbert told Pro Football Talk. 'He made NFL runs routinely, and he could also play in the passing game, both as a receiver and as a blocker. He's basically a three-down back coming from an NFL-like system, plugging into a similar type system. He made NFL runs at the collegiate level. He did it at a high level. He helped them win a national championship, so hopefully he can help us win some games.'
Huddle Up: Harris improved from four to 27 to 43 receptions over his his final three seasons at Alabama and is primed to deliver the top fantasy season from a Steelers running back since James Conner produced 1,470 total yards and 13 TDs in 2018. Harris is a solid RB2 target in fantasy drafts this summer.
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Posted 5/06/2021 4:44 pm UTC
To update, Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson remains with the team despite a recent report that he will be released, Lions general manager Brad Holmes said Thursday, May 6. Holmes said the situation is a 'work in progress.'
Huddle Up: A one-time fantasy up-and-comer, Johnson has fallen out of favor in the Motor City, and his "stay" likely only means the Lions are trying to trade him to get at least something in return for the 2018 second-round pick.
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Posted 5/06/2021 4:19 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers WR D.J. Moore had his fifth-year contract option picked up in April, but a long-term deal with the team isn't expected this offseason, according to Alaina Getzenberg of the Charlotte Observer.
Huddle Up: Moore has been consistent to a "T" with exactly 1,215 yards from scrimmage and four TDs in each of the last two seasons. Enter yet another QB in Sam Darnold, but expect the same WR2 fantasy production from Moore.
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Posted 5/05/2021 11:14 pm UTC
Free-agent RB Brian Hill (Falcons) signed with the Tennessee Titans Wednesday, May 5, according to his agents. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.
Huddle Up: Hill totaled 664 yards and one touchdown on 125 touches with the Falcons last season. He'll compete for backup work behind workhorse Derrick Henry in Tennessee. He could be a late-round handcuff target in deep leagues.
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Posted 5/04/2021 10:36 pm UTC
Free-agent WR Damiere Byrd (Patriots) agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears Tuesday, May 4, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Byrd is coming a productive 2020 season and could compete for the No. 3 receiver job during training camp. Fantasy players can monitor the situation because Byrd could be a late round option if he receives a decent role in the passing game.
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Posted 5/03/2021 5:11 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley had his fifth-year option was exercised Monday, May 3. He is scheduled to make $11.116 million in 2022.
Huddle Up: Ridley had a breakout 2020 season and will continue to be a main option in the passing game for the Falcons in this upcoming season. He can be considered at least a No. 2 receiver in all fantasy leagues.
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Posted 5/03/2021 3:32 pm UTC
Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen's fifth-year option for 2022 was exercised Monday, May 3.
Huddle Up: Allen developed into a fantasy stud last season and will remain in the top four or five QBs in drafts.
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Posted 5/03/2021 12:43 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons TE Hayden Hurst will not have his fifth-year option exercised, and he'll be a free agent after the 2021 season.
Huddle Up: The Falcons took arguably the best tight end prospects in the last decade at No. 4 overall, and Hurst may wind up on another roster before the season. He has minimal fantasy value unless that happens - whereas he could be a midrange TE1 otherwise.
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Posted 5/03/2021 12:46 am UTC
Cincinnati Bengals WR Ja'Marr Chase became the seventh receiver picked in the top six of the NFL Draft since 2009, and the previous six have averaged a target share of at least 19 percent. in their rookie season.
Huddle Up: Not only does recent history suggest that Chase will see his share of looks as a rookie, but the Bengals used three wide receivers in 82 percent of their offensive snaps in 2020, a rate that ranked second in the NFL. Chase should be an immediate flex option and a candidate for No. 1 overall pick in rookie drafts.
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Posted 5/03/2021 12:23 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons TE Kyle Pitts led all tight ends in the 2021 draft class in average depth of target and yards per route run, and he didn't drop any of his 66 targets.
Huddle Up: Between his reliable hands and elite athleticism, it is easy to see why Pitts has been billed as a generational-type prospect, and landing in Atlanta's offense only bolsters his fantasy appeal. Rookie tight ends have been known to struggle, but Pitts has immediate TE1 upside.
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Posted 5/02/2021 9:00 pm UTC
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Travis Etienne may initially be used as a third-down back but could also line up in the slot or as an outside receiver.
Huddle Up: Etienne will not see a majority of the work at running back but should see a handful of touches each game. He can be a possible flex option in point-per-reception leagues and can also be a No. 3 or No. 4 back in standard leagues.
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Posted 5/02/2021 5:38 pm UTC
Denver Broncos QB Drew Lock and QB Teddy Bridgewater will evenly share the snaps during offseason workouts and training camp, according to head coach Vic Fangio.
Huddle Up: Fantasy players will need to monitor the situation over the next several months to see if Luck or Bridgewater wins the job. The Broncos have a productive receiving corps, but neither quarterback should be a starter in standard fantasy leagues.
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