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The information: The Dolphins reduce Sony Michel in first wave of roster cuts.
What it means in fantasy: Michel’s departure has whittled down Miami’s operating again room. He signed with the Dolphins in Could, and Miami additionally signed Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert as free brokers. Salvon Ahmed and Myles Gaskin stay on the roster as nicely. Edmonds and Mostert may be considered as high-end flex choices in fantasy.
Going deeper: Edmonds and Mostert will kind a two-back committee within the outdoors zone operating scheme that Mike McDaniel introduced from his time in San Francisco. The 49ers ranked seventh within the NFL in dashing yards in 2021.
The information: Jimmy Garoppolo‘s contract has been restructured.
What it means in fantasy: Either side have reportedly agreed to a one-year, restructured contract for the 2022 season to maintain Garoppolo with the 49ers. Adam Schefter reported Monday that Garoppolo’s new contract features a no-trade and no-tag clause to make sure he stays with the Niners. It is going to be doable for him to go away in 2023 in quest of a brand new alternative. From a fantasy perspective, Trey Lance, the QB13 in our draft developments, ought to nonetheless be prioritized in drafts.
The information: The Jaguars traded Laviska Shenault Jr. to the Panthers on Monday for an undisclosed draft decide in 2023.
What it means in fantasy: Shenault, a second-round draft decide in 2020, was acquired from the Jacksonville Jaguars as a part of the Panthers’ try and strengthen their vast receiving corps. Shenault will compete for the No. 3 receiver function with fellow second-round decide Terrace Marshall Jr., who has struggled to remain wholesome since coming into the league. Neither must be prioritized in fantasy drafts.
Going deeper: Shenault led the Jaguars in drops with eight in 2021.
The information: Cam Akers returned to apply Monday.
What it means in fantasy: Akers returned to apply on Monday and was a full participant, based on Rams head coach Sean McVay. A soft-tissue harm has stored him out of form for the previous two weeks. Akers is the RB16 in our stay draft developments and firmly on the RB2 radar for a Rams offense that averaged 373.2 whole yards (seventh) final season.
Going deeper: After tearing his Achilles in the summertime of 2021, Akers surprisingly returned for Los Angeles’ Tremendous Bowl run. Over the group’s 4 postseason video games, he averaged simply 3.48 yards per carry. Akers ought to look higher this season, a full calendar yr since his harm.
The information: JuJu Smith-Schuster was again at apply on Monday
What it means in fantasy: It seems Chiefs head coach Andy Reid’s evaluation that vast receiver Smith-Schuster could be positive regardless of lacking time with a knee harm was correct. Smith-Schuster is a good worth because the WR31 in our stay draft developments. The one Chiefs participant we’ve got projected for extra targets than Smith-Schuster (113) is Travis Kelce (119).
Going deeper: Patrick Mahomes has averaged 299.3 passing yards per sport since 2020. Over the identical interval, the Chiefs quarterback additionally ranked first in slot vast receiver targets, which is the place Smith-Schuster has been most profitable lining up.
The information: Mitch Trubisky is predicted to be named the Steelers’ starter for Week 1.
What it means in fantasy: This information should not come as a shock. Nevertheless, Adam Schefter mentioned on NFL Reside final week that it would not look like it will likely be lengthy earlier than the Steelers flip to rookie Kenny Pickett. As a fantasy supervisor, you should not depend on Trubisky to start out all the season in superflex or two-quarterback codecs. It is best to think about him as a matchup-based streamer.
The information: Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press reported that backup Alexander Mattison may very well be on the transfer.
What it means in fantasy: In keeping with Tomasson, the Vikings have been approached by no less than 12 groups about Mattison. The Vikings would love a third- or fourth-round draft decide in alternate. Mattison has carried out nicely for fantasy managers in spot begins when Dalvin Prepare dinner has been absent. Minnesota is unlikely to discover a commerce accomplice contemplating what it’s looking for, however in a multiverse the place a Mattison commerce happens, I might prioritize Ty Chandler as Minnesota’s backup.
The information: Josina Anderson of CBS Sports activities reported Darren Waller “has had a deal in dialogue that may make him the best paid at his place.”
What it means in fantasy: Waller has been looking for a brand new contract since coaching camp started. His wage at the moment ranks seventeenth amongst tight ends, and Vic Tafur talked about rumors that Waller will rent Drew Rosenhaus as his subsequent agent. Waller belongs to the higher echelon of fantasy tight ends together with Travis Kelce, Mark Andrews, Kyle Pitts, and George Kittle, as mirrored by his TE5 rating in our stay draft developments.
Going deeper: The Packers initially needed to incorporate Waller within the commerce that introduced Davante Adams to Las Vegas. Is it doable for Inexperienced Bay and the Raiders to work out a commerce? Waller must be prioritized whatever the consequence.
The information: Head coach Lovie Smith declined Monday to call a beginning operating again for the Texans.
What it means in fantasy: There isn’t a doubt that after Dameon Pierce‘s efficiency in coaching camp and the preseason, issues are trending in his favor. He is the RB34 in our stay draft developments. Pierce is predicted to get probably the most touches in a Texans backfield that additionally consists of Rex Burkhead and Marlon Mack. As you may see by his movie, the rookie has the body and intangibles which might be frequent amongst NFL operating backs. Pierce may be considered as a flex possibility with immense upside.
Going deeper: The Texans had the worst operating sport within the league final season, ending with 1,442 dashing yards and three.4 yards per carry.
The information: Peter King of NBC Sports activities reported that Josh Allen sees Gabriel Davis “as an awesome complement” to Stefon Diggs.
What it means in fantasy: Throughout the offseason, Davis has been hailed as a breakout candidate, and rightfully so. From a fantasy perspective, King’s feedback recommend that Davis may very well be considered as 1B to Diggs’ 1A. In our stay draft developments, Davis is the WR25 and will drive quite a lot of worth as your flex or WR3. Allen is a proficient quarterback who can assist two fantasy-relevant receivers.
Going deeper: Over the previous two seasons, the Payments have run 1,534 performs with precisely three vast receivers — fifth most within the league. Throw in four-receiver units and the Payments have run greater than 100 performs of this nature than some other group within the league.
The information: The Buffalo Payments have launched O.J. Howard.
What it means in fantasy: Howard was talked about as a possible reduce candidate final week, and now it has come to fruition. Dawson Knox, the TE12 in our stay draft developments, is a wonderful fantasy possibility for individuals who wait to deal with the place till later within the draft. In distinction, Howard has recorded solely 25 receptions over the previous two seasons. It is unlikely that he’ll be on the fantasy radar in 2022.
Going deeper: Knox averaged 4.7 targets and 11 fantasy factors per sport in 2021. He tied Travis Kelce, Mark Andrews and Hunter Henry for probably the most touchdowns by a decent finish final season (9).
The information: Josina Anderson of CBS Sports activities reported that Kenyan Drake is predicted to signal with the Ravens pending the outcomes of his bodily.
What it means in fantasy: From a fantasy perspective, Drake was a significant disappointment with the Raiders, however he could make performs as a runner and receiver. He may very well be on the streaming radar early within the season for a Ravens backfield that has been decimated by accidents and will use some depth. With Gus Edwards on the PUP record and J.Ok. Dobbins‘ standing for Week 1 unsure, Drake and Mike Davis may lead the Ravens towards the Jets.
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