Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz is choosing rest and rehab over surgery at this point in time, and he's still hoping to be under center in week one. Per Ian Rapoport, "If all goes well, Week 1 is in play. If it doesn't improve, the answer may be surgery." It sounds like there is still plenty of uncertainty regarding Wentz's foot injury, but it is positive that rest is even an option at this point. Reunited with Frank Reich, Wentz is looking to bounce back after a rough 2020 season in Philadelphia. Wentz projects as a QB2 if he's healthy enough to play. Monitoring news on how Wentz heals over the next few days will be important, and all Colts fantasy options could see their value dip if Wentz ends up missing any extended amount of time.
Buffalo Bills running back Matt Breida is making noise early in training camp. Per Sal Capaccio, Brieda "has really shown off his speed and quickness through the first four days... he could wind up being more of a factor in the offense than many anticipated when they signed him as a free agent in March." The Bills didn't get much production out of Zach Moss or Devin Singletary in 2020, so Breida certainly could make his mark. Breida has plenty of speed and he's primarily been a change of pace back at the NFL level, averaging a robust 4.9 yards per carry for his career. Even if Breida does take over the backfield the upside isn't huge due to Buffalo's heavy pass rate and Josh Allen's propensity for scoring rushing touchdowns near the goal-line. Breida is only worth drafting in the late rounds of deeper league drafts at this time.
Arizona Cardinals rookie wide receiver Rondale Moore is making an excellent impression in his first training camp. Darren Urban had this to say about Moore's performance "It sure looks like Rondale Moore is going to be a player. He hasn't been perfect but he shows up again and again." Urban's take here meshes with what others around the team have been saying as well. Moore, who ran a 4.37-second 40-yard-dash, has elite speed and quickness to go along with major opportunity in the Arizona offense. Like Moore, the other secondary wideouts on the team are yet to prove that they deserve to be the second option behind superstar WR DeAndre Hopkins. Moore's elite athleticism could translate to plenty of production out of the slot in year one if he can mesh with Kyler Murray. Moore's upside makes him one of the best late-round selections and his ADP should continue to rise as camp progresses.
Arizona Cardinals veteran free agent wide receiver addition A.J. Green is reportedly enjoying a resurgence early in training camp. Per Peter Schrager of NFL Network and Fox Sports, Green "looks incredible out there at Cardinals practice." This news is especially surprising considering that Green looked completely washed up with the Bengals in 2020. Green's pathetic 5.0 yards per target mark ranked 107th among all wideouts last season. It's possible that Green was mailing it in last season, however, as he made it known that he wanted out of Cincinnati. Green figures to be competing with Rondale Moore and Christian Kirk for secondary targets in the offense, so building early chemistry with Kyler Murray is key. If Green continues generating positive buzz later into camp he could make for an intriguing late-round dart throw, but there are higher upside options worth drafting over him right now.
Atlanta Falcons running back Qadree Ollison took first-team reps on Sunday, and he appears to be the leader in the race to back up Mike Davis. Ollison is competing with Javian Hawkins and Cordarrelle Patterson for the RB2 role in Atlanta, and right now he "seems like the early favorite for RB2." Ollison had a productive career at Pittsburgh and he was selected in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL draft. In limited NFL action, Ollison has only averaged 2.3 yards per carry, but he did score four touchdowns on just 23 touches in 2019, so he could be involved near the goal-line in 2021. Ollison is a fringe late-round handcuff in fantasy leagues this season.
Free-agent linebacker Todd Davis signed with the New York Giants on Saturday. He was cut by the Denver Broncos at the end of 2020 training camp and signed with the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3 of last season. The 30-year-old racked up 35 tackles (16 solo) and one sack over 11 games in 2020. Davis will provide linebacker depth, but is not on the fantasy radar in IDP league formats.
The Cleveland Browns and running back Nick Chubb have agreed upon a contract extension. The three-year, $36.6 million extension comes with $20 million fully guaranteed and will keep Chubb in Cleveland through the 2024 season. Chubb was the No. 35 pick in the 2018 draft and has been selected to the Pro Bowl twice over his three years in the league. One of the best pure runners in the league, Chubb will continue to form a formidable one-two backfield punch with teammate Kareem Hunt, who was lobbying for the Browns to extend Chubb earlier in the offseason. Chubb can be trusted as a rock-solid RB1 in fantasy drafts for the 2021 season.
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver D.J. Chark Jr. appears to have taken head coach Urban Meyer's offseason challenge to heart. Meyer challenged Chark to play stronger, and per SI's Kassidy Hill "Chark has worked to respond, by all indications, even bodying up a few defenders on Saturday." Chark is reportedly up to 6-foot-4 210 pounds after playing below 200 pounds in 2020. Despite a disappointing 2020 season in which he finished as just the WR48 in PPR formats, Chark is still an athletic freak and he has plenty of upside this season. With rookie phenom Trevor Lawrence on board, Chark will benefit from the best QB play of his career, which should allow for better efficiency after he posted a poor 7.5 yards per target in 2020. Chark projects as a high-end WR3 with plenty of upside in 2021.
The New Orleans Saints have agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent running back Devonta Freeman Saturday. The terms of the deal are unknown, but the agreement comes after New Orleans hosted Freeman for a visit. Both Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray were participants at practice, so the move seems to be a depth signing unless the team indicates otherwise. The seven-year veteran was an All-Pro with the Falcons back in 2015 and 2016 but hasn't reached such highs since, largely due to injury. Freeman figures to be little more than a change-of-pace back in New Orleans unless an injury occurs.
Washington Football Team wide receiver DeAndre Carter has made quite the impression through the early stages of the team's training camp. The 28-year-old is battling for a roster spot, and head coach Ron Rivera has been impressed with his play. Team reporter Zach Selby noted that Carter has been making plays throughout the entirety of training camp, and his versatility is giving him a strong chance at a roster spot. The dual return ability of Carter is making him stand out, along with some impressive touchdown receptions during the team practices. Carter will not be on the fantasy radar even if he were to make the roster, but his impressive camp is worth noting. A lot would need to transpire for Carter to possess any sort of fantasy value, so he can be disregarded for the time being.
Washington Football Team All-Pro offensive guard Brandon Scherff and offensive tackle David Sharpe were added to the COVID-19 Reserve List on Saturday. The two join wide receiver Curtis Samuel, cornerback Chris Miller, defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis, and offensive tackle Cornelius Lucas, bringing the team's total up to six. The loss of Scherff for the time being could have an impact on running back Antonio Gibson and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick during camp, as the offense will have to take reps with some second-team offensive linemen. This is not a cause for concern, as there will be plenty of time for the Washington Football Team to get their COVID-19 situation under control.
According to head coach Kevin Stefanski, the Cleveland Browns plan to grow tight end Austin Hooper's role in 2021. Hooper was a disappointment in 2020, his first season with the Browns, finishing with 46 catches for 435 yards and four touchdowns. While his numbers weren't great, Hooper did see a decent target share, drawing 70 targets despite missing three games. If Cleveland does end up utilizing Hooper more frequently, he could wind up a value in fantasy drafts, considering he's being drafted as a low-end TE2 in fantasy drafts. With a full offseason to work with quarterback Baker Mayfield and another year of continuity in the Stefanski offense under his belt, Hooper has some sleeper upside in 2021.
Fresh off a three-year contract extension, Washington Football Team tight end Logan Thomas is building a strong connection with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick at training camp. While running red zone offense drills, Fitzpatrick connected with Thomas multiple times. Washington Football Team reporter Zach Selby said that Thomas will be a favorite target of Fitzpatrick's close to the end zone this season. The 6-foot-6, 250-pound Thomas caught six touchdowns in 2020, and with a bigger role in the red zone this season, can improve his production in what projects to be a much improved offensive unity this season. He will probably be second in line for targets behind Terry McLaurin, with newly signed Curtis Samuel also pushing for targets. Thomas remains a safe option as a TE1 going into 2021.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster has been mostly working out of the slot in the early days of training camp. During the summer, Smith-Schuster lobbied new OC Matt Canada for more outside snaps but it appears that he will remain in the slot, where he spent most of his time during the 2020 season. While playing out of the snap will limit Smith-Schuster's explosive plays, he caught 97 balls and scored nine touchdowns from that spot in the offense last year. Many expect this to be Smith-Schuster's final season with the Steelers as he attempts to cash in on a long-term deal in free agency following the 2021 season, so it is understandable that he wants to put up big numbers. Smith-Schuster is worth drafting as a high-end WR3 in fantasy drafts this season.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins put together a good week of practice as he attempts to win the No. 2 QB job in camp. Head coach Mike Tomlin stated, "I like what he's doing. He's taking care of the ball, but at the same time, he's being aggressive." Haskins has been working as the No. 3 quarterback behind Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph thus far. According to The Athletic's Mark Kaboly, Haskins is fitting into new OC Matt Canada's offense, has flashed a strong arm, and has shown good accuracy. While he's far off the radar in redraft, Haskins is worth keeping tabs on in deep, superflex dynasty leagues as this is expected to be the final season of Roethlisberger's career and Haskins could get a shot at the starting job in 2022.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jalen Reagor failed his initial conditioning test and developed a lower body injury in the process. Reagor was reportedly dealing with the recent murder of a childhood friend and was not "physically or mentally ready to pass the test." Reagor was disappointing as a rookie last season, but so was most of the Eagles offense. DeVonta Smith and Travis Fulgham have been running with the first team offense early in training camp, but as long as he stays healthy, Reagor should be on the field more than enough to develop some fantasy value if the Eagles figure out how to move the ball. He's worth a later round pick in most formats in case he can reach the upside that got him drafted in the first round just a year ago.
Going into his third season, Washington Football Team wide receiver Terry McLaurin is ready to make that next step into the elite category of receivers. Peter Hailey of NBC Sports Washington said McLaurin "balled out" during one-on-one drills on Friday. This is noteworthy because recently McLaurin said he "anticipates more one-on-one matches" because of the improved weapons that Washington has on offense heading into the 2021 season. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and McLaurin have already connected on several deep passes during some practice drills, so it seems their chemistry is right where it needs to be at this point during training camp. McLaurin is being drafted as a WR1 in fantasy, and with good reason. He is primed for a breakout season and has top-5 wide receiver potential this season.
Jacksonville Jaguars veteran wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. is off to a strong start in camp. Per Jamal St. Cyr of News4Jax, Jones "has made big plays on every day of camp. He will be a big-time player for the Jaguars this year." It's no surprise that Jones is already making plays. Jones has been of the most consistent wide receivers in the NFL over the last few years, often thriving as a secondary option on the outside. Jones doesn't have the ceiling of Laviska Shenault Jr. or D.J. Chark, but he's proven and figures to be a priority target for rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Lawrence has looked excellent in camp thus far, increasing the likelihood that Jones can provide value despite fierce target competition. Jones projects as a WR 4/5 coming into 2021, but he has a WR3 ceiling that is reachable if the Jaguars air it out and target him in the red-zone.
Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny is healthy and down to 223 pounds early in training camp. Penny said "I'm the lightest I've ever been... I feel way faster," and head coach Pete Carroll added that it's the "best he's looked since we've seen him." Penny has talent and pedigree as a former first-rounder, but he's struggled with conditioning and injuries while playing behind Chris Carson in recent years. Penny is clearly as healthy as he's been in a long time, and he also appears to be in great shape. Penny is a late-round flier in drafts at this point in time, but he has significant upside in the Seattle backfield if things break the right way. The bottom line is that Penny's sleeper appeal is growing by the day, and he's a player to target towards the end of drafts this summer.
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones struggled mightily in the team's third training camp practice on Friday. Per Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com, Jones "was brutal" and he "looks out of sync with a few of his top receivers... there wasn't really anything positive to take away from [his] performance." In his first two NFL seasons, Jones has only managed 5970 passing yards and a 35-22 TD:INT. 2021 is a make-or-break year for Jones, and it doesn't sound like he's showing any growth early on in training camp. It's too early to panic, but the Giants offense as a whole could be a letdown for fantasy purposes if Jones doesn't make strides in year three. Jones remains a risky QB2 with a low weekly floor.
Baltimore Ravens veteran wide receiver Sammy Watkins is turning heads early on in training camp practices. Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman called Watkins "one of the best receivers in the NFL, period," and ESPN's Jamison Hensley noted that Watkins "has been the Ravens' best WR in the first three days of training camp." Watkins' talent has never been in doubt, but he's struggled mightily with consistency and injuries over the last few years. Still, this level of praise is surprising, and it warrants consideration in fantasy drafts this summer. Watkins still projects as a late-round dart throw, but his appeal is growing and he could be an excellent value if he stays healthy in 2021.
Chicago Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields showed improvement in Friday's practice. Per Patrick Finley of the Sun Times, "Fields was sharper today than he was yesterday... [the] team has to be excited about the improvement." There are high expectations for Fields in Chicago, but it's unfair to expect him to light it up from day one. It's encouraging to see Fields improving early on in camp. Fields has plenty of fantasy upside due to his dual-threat ability at the quarterback position, and a strong training camp could mean that Fields nabs the starting job from Andy Dalton early in the season. Fields projects as an upside QB2 for fantasy purposes, and monitoring his progress in camp will be important.
Dallas Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott could see a slight drop in touches this season compared to years past. Head coach Mike McCarthy spoke to reporters on Friday about Elliott's workload, saying "We've got some younger guys who can play and produce, so it's not necessary for Zeke to run the ball 25-30 times a game. When you get to December, January football, you want him to be in top form." Elliott's fantasy upside could be slightly capped if he's not touching the ball 25-30 times a game, but he still projects for a heavy workload and should see around 20 touches per game. Elliott's status as a first-round RB1 is still intact, but his ceiling could be lower than anticipated.
Newly signed New York Jets rookie quarterback Zach Wilson had a tough go of it in his first training camp practice as a professional. Per NYDN's D.J. Bien Aime, Wilson "wasn't good, and to be real, he was bad. Indecisive, inaccurate, threw a pick, held the ball a lot." Wilson's poor showing is alarming, but it was his first practice of training camp and he has plenty of time to sharpen up before week one. Wilson was known for getting outside the pocket and making plays down the field at BYU, and he if continues to play that way at the NFL level he'll likely be fairly mistake-prone early on. Overall, Wilson projects as a low-end QB2 in his rookie season, and there are sure to be plenty of ups and downs along the way.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz (foot) is "out indefinitely" as he undergoes further evaluation. He suffered a foot injury at the end of Thursday's practice. It's unclear how much time Wentz will miss, but second-year quarterback Jacob Eason took reps with the first-team offense while Sam Ellinger backed him up. Eason will become the Colts' starting quarterback if Wentz misses anytime. The former Eagle is considered day-to-day. Fantasy managers should continue to monitor the situation as Wentz undergoes further tests. If healthy, the 28-year-old has QB1 upside and is a decent bet to bounce back in 2021 with his new team after a disastrous 2020 campaign, when he was sacked a league-high 50 times. Stay tuned.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (undisclosed) returned to practice Friday. Godwin sat out a couple of days for unclear reasons but was back in action, hauling in a deep touchdown pass from Tom Brady. Despite taking a step back production-wise from his breakout 2019 campaign, the 25-year-old Godwin was actually the Buccaneers' most-targeted pass-catcher on a per-game basis last season, showing the clear rapport he had in his first season with Brady. Godwin comes with both a nice ceiling and floor at his current WR2 draft price.
For the first time since tearing his Achilles in October, Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end O.J. Howard has practiced with the team. Entering his fifth NFL season, Howard -- a former first round pick -- looks like he isn't going to fulfill the massive promise that he entered the NFL with, though maybe another year with quarterback Tom Brady can help get Howard back on track. In just four games last year, he had 11 catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns and could wind up playing a key role in the red zone this year. Still, you won't be drafting Howard in most fantasy formats.
The Indianapolis Colts enter the 2021 season without a true No. 1 receiver for quarterback Carson Wentz, as T.Y. Hilton has seen his numbers dip the past two seasons. The team will be looking for second-year receiver Michael Pittman Jr. to be the guy who steps up and takes on that role. According to Zak Keefer of The Athletic, Pittman is ready for that role, saying "I want to be that guy" when asked about being the team's lead receiver. Pittman had five catches for 90 yards in the team's playoff loss last season, flashing his big-play ability and showing why the Colts believe in the young player so much. Currently ranked just outside of the top 100 by RotoBaller's rankings team, Pittman is a fascinating upside pick this year in redraft leagues.
The Tennessee Titans have a kicker battle in training camp, with Blake Haubeil and Tucker McCann competing for the job. Neither player has attempted a field goal in an NFL game, so training camp results will matter a lot here, which is why Thursday's showing from both players was such a disappointment. Turron Davenport of ESPN says that both kickers were 3-for-5 kicking, with both missing their 49-yard attempts and each missing a kick of 40 yards or less. Whoever wins this role won't be on your fantasy radar in 2021, though at this stage we can't rule out the Titans looking to free agency to bring stability to the position.
Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III "is in line to be the clear-cut starter at running back," says The Athletic's Nick Kosmider. While the team drafted Javonte Williams and signed Mike Boone, it appears those two will mainly work as relief for Gordon, at least in the early going. Gordon spent last training camp fighting with Phillip Lindsay for that lead role, something that wound up impacting Gordon mentally at times Williams will probably play a key role this season, but Gordon will get the first crack at showing he can handle the bulk of the workload. He's a high-end RB3 with upside who is going a little later in fantasy drafts than he should.
Through two training camp practices, it looks like Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has the lead over Drew Lock in the team's competition to be the Week 1 starter. The Athletic's Nick Kosmider reports that "there has been only one ball thrown by quarterback Teddy Bridgewater that has hit the ground during team drills." Bridgewater has looked like the team's most accurate passer, but even if he earns the starting gig, he's a low-end QB2 option when it comes to fantasy, though he has more upside than Lock has.
The Buffalo Bills have signed free agent tight end Bug Howard, a 28-year-old from the University of North Carolina. Howard has bounced around NFL teams but has mainly just been a practice squad guy, though he did see some playing time in 2019 for the Atlanta Legends in the Alliance of American Football, as he had 17 catches for 220 yards that season. Howard is likely just a camp body for the Bills and shouldn't impact anything when it comes to fantasy.
It appears we're in for a real quarterback competition in New Orleans, with Saints head coach Sean Payton saying that Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill will swap reps daily as the first-team QB. Winston's received the most praise so far in camp, but Hill's still a clear threat to Winston in the battle for the starting role. For fantasy purposes, both players have upside if they win the job, but both also come with one clear downside: the possibility that the Saints wind up using both guys under center during the regular season. NFL teams don't use committee approaches at the position, but we all know how much Payton loves to put Hill in the game.
Los Angeles Rams tight end Jacob Harris will be held out of practice for the next couple of weeks after undergoing a procedure for a core injury. While it doesn't sound like the injury will impact Harris' availability for the regular season, he'll be missing valuable practice time, which is especially important as Harris is a rookie who is converting to tight end. He already wasn't on any fantasy radars, but this news pushes him even farther down the rankings.
Jacksonville Jaguars second-year wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. looks like a different player early on in training camp. Per John Reid, Shenault is "bigger, faster and [a] better route runner" than he was as a rookie. Reid's report regarding Shenault comes on the heels of persistent positive buzz earlier in the offseason. Between reports backing Shenault's continued development and highlighting Trevor Lawrence's impressive camp, the second-year wideout sets up as an obvious breakout candidate in 2021. Shenault could lead the team in receptions playing out of the slot. For fantasy purposes, Shenault should be valued as a low-end WR3 with WR2 upside.
The Washington Football Team placed wide receiver Curtis Samuel, defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis, and cornerback Chris Miller on the COVID-19 list on Thursday. This comes after Samuel was put on the Physically Unable to Perform list at the start of camp after sustaining a groin injury during the team's minicamp in June. This isn't an ideal way for Samuel to begin his tenure with his new club, as training camp was supposed to be the time where he built a rapport with new quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Samuel could experience some chemistry issues to begin the season, but he will remain a WR3 with some upside for the time being.
Free-agent running back Alfred Morris is visiting the New York Giants on Thursday. He will get into the team's facility next week and is expected to sign then. The 32-year-old logged 55 carries for 238 rushing yards, and one touchdown over nine games for the Giants in 2020. If he makes the roster, Morris will provide the Giants running back depth and serve as the RB3 behind Saquon Barkley and Devontae Booker. The veteran running back doesn't have much left in the tank and is not on the fantasy radar in 2021.
The Cleveland Browns will be without wide receiver Rashard Higgins for the next few days. Higgins rolled his ankle during practice on Wednesday and will be out at least for Thursday's session. Head coach Kevin Stefanski told reporters that Higgins should be fine. With Higgins out, Donovan Peoples-Jones should see some extra reps with the first team. Higgins will attempt to win the WR3 job on the team behind starters Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. in camp.
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Phillip Dorsett II has been shaky in early practices, failing to take advantage of ample opportunities. Per John Shipley, Dorsett "has struggled with the consistency of his hands more than the other top receivers." The former first-round pick of the Indianapolis Colts is competing primarily with second-year wideout Collin Johnson for the fourth wide receiver job. Dorsett can hardly afford poor performances like this considering that Johnson is the younger and more projectable of the two players. Dorsett is firmly off the radar in all fantasy formats right now, and he's in danger of falling behind in the race for the fourth wide receiver spot.
Jacksonville Jaguars rookie running back Travis Etienne Jr. put his talent on display for the first time in Thursday's practice. Per John Shipley, "Etienne broke off several long runs on Thursday," and "made several nice catches out of the backfield, showing off the ability to catch outside his frame." Etienne's performance littered with big plays and catches out of the backfield illustrates his path to being a legitimate RB2 in 2021. Etienne has the burst and skillset to make the most of his carries while he dominates the passing game work. Etienne is currently being drafted as a high-end RB3 in drafts, but in PPR formats he's a worthy candidate to see his ADP rise into RB2 territory as camp progresses.
Jacksonville Jaguars rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence built on his impressive showing in Wednesday's practice and took things to another level on Thursday. SI's John Shipley noted that "Lawrence just impressed time and time again," and that "there is also a sizeable difference in terms of how quick he is processing plays and pulling the trigger." Shipley even went as far as to say that Lawrence "put forth the best practice performance a Jaguars' quarterback has had during [his] three years on the beat." It doesn't get much more glowing than that, and at this point, it's hard not to buy Lawrence as an exciting fantasy option based on his pedigree and early camp reviews. Lawrence is inching towards the QB1/2 borderline and he looks primed to excel in year one.
Kansas City Chiefs star tight end Travis Kelce left practice on Thursday with back and hip tightness according to the team. The issues don't seem very serious at this point in time, but it's a mildly concerning event nonetheless. Kelce has been the NFL's premier receiving tight end the last few years, and he's coming off yet another TE1 overall fantasy season in 2020 in which he averaged a whopping 20.9 PPR points per game. Kelce still projects as the TE1 overall and a first-round choice in drafts this summer, but injuries could be something to monitor, as Kelce will turn 32 this season.
Washington Football Team rookie wide receiver Dyami Brown has already started to turn heads at his first training camp with the team. With wide receiver Curtis Samuel (groin) on the sidelines, Brown has been able to get some action with the first-team offense. The rookie was drafted because of his size and downfield playmaking ability, and this has been put on display during the team's practices. Brown caught a 40-yard pass after getting a few steps on his man on the left sideline. Although Brown is making a strong impression so far, it is likely he will be very limited in terms of opportunity this season. Wide receivers Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel are No. 1 and No. 2 on the depth chart, and there have been reports that Ryan Fitzpatrick has a strong connection with slot receiver Adam Humphries. With tight end Logan Thomas also in the mix, Brown will probably be fifth in line for targets this season unless someone misses time. He is not worth a roster spot in redraft leagues as of now.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston performed at a high level during the team's Thursday practice. Winston is competing with Taysom Hill for the starting job, and at this point, there isn't clarity on who is leading the competition. Winston's performance early in camp should help, however, as Larry Holder noted that he "certainly looked the sharpest of the QBs with Day 1 in the books." In the past Winston has been a great fantasy option due to his gunslinger style of play, so he would have significant upside if he wins the job outright. Due to the possibility that Winston fails to earn the job or splits time with Taysom Hill, he should be considered a boom/bust QB3 going into 2021, with a chance for that to rise if he wins the job outright.
Tennessee Titans star wide receiver A.J. Brown is dominating training camp practices. Brown had offseason surgery on both knees, so there were some questions about his participation early in camp, but he's quickly putting those to rest. According to Austin Stanley, Brown "continues to look unguardable through 2 days of Titans camp... breaking off double moves routes, leaving DBs chasing & catching TDs with ease." This is nothing new for the hyper-efficient Brown, who totaled 70 receptions, 1075 yards, and 11 touchdowns in 2020 on just 107 targets. Brown should see favorable coverages in a Tennessee offense that projects to air it out more in 2021 following the addition of star WR Julio Jones. Brown projects as a no-brainer WR1 coming into the season.
Washington Football Team tight end Ricky Seals-Jones was helped off the field by trainers after injuring his right leg at practice on Thursday. Seals-Jones walked off the field gingerly, but the severity of the injury is not yet known. This is a tough blow for the 26-year-old, as he is battling for backup tight end duties behind starter Logan Thomas. Seals-Jones played in just two games last year, so it would be ideal for him to get a full training camp on the field to show what he can do. Seals-Jones possesses no fantasy value even if he were to win the backup role to Thomas, and would only be on the fantasy radar if Thomas missed some time.
Green Bay Packers second-year running back A.J. Dillon appears to be more comfortable in year two according to his backfield mate Aaron Jones. Jones also mentioned that Dillon "worked a lot on his hands during the off-season." Dillon's skillset will always be that of a power back at 6-foot 247 pounds, but improving as a receiver could allow him to play a bigger role than anticipated, especially after the departure of Jamaal Williams to the Detroit Lions in the offseason. Dillon is a player that should be monitored closely as camp progresses, and there's a real chance that he sees goal-line work in 2021 due to his size advantage. Right now Dillon projects as a high-end RB4, but he has RB3 upside behind Aaron Jones and RB1/2 upside if Aaron Jones were to go down with an injury at any point in the season.
New York Jets wide receiver Denzel Mims has yet to take a first-team rep through two training camp practices, signaling that the new coaching staff may be down on the second-year wideout. Mims, who starred at Baylor, is a great athlete whom many draft analysts considered to be a receiver with significant upside, but he's yet to refine his game enough to make a significant impact. Mims's skill set as a potential deep-ball threat who can go up and get it would seem to fit well with Zach Wilson's tendencies coming out of BYU, so he's worth keeping a close eye on as camp progresses. Mims is a late-round dart throw in drafts right now, but that could change with an injury to a fellow wideout or positive news out of camp in the coming weeks.
New York Jets rookie quarterback Zach Wilson finally signed a four-year $35.1 million deal on Thursday, making him the last first-rounder from the 2021 draft to sign. The two sides had been going back and forth on signing bonus payout timeframe and offset language. Ultimately, Wilson will be getting all of his signing bonus upfront in exchange for allowing offset language to remain in the contract. Wilson displayed fantasy-friendly traits during his time at BYU, often scrambling and showing a willingness to take risks down the field. Wilson has a solid supporting cast of skill position players around him in New York, and he's been relatively underhyped compared to the other first-round quarterbacks taken in April's draft. Wilson comes into 2021 as mid-tier QB2, and his lower ADP relative to other rookie quarterbacks makes him an intriguing value pick in both standard and superflex leagues.
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Robby Anderson (illness) was held out of Thursday's practice due to an illness. Anderson was at the team's training facility, but trainers held him out, indicating that it's more of a minor ailment and nothing related to the COVID-19 virus. The 28-year-old should be expected to rejoin the team for Friday's practice. Anderson will be looking to follow up a career year in 2021 after thriving in offensive coordinator Joe Brady's system, corraling 95 of 136 targets, 10th among all pass-catchers, for 1,096 receiving yards. Anderson seems fairly priced as a WR3 in fantasy drafts at the moment, considering his success in the system and that he'll be reunited with former Jet Sam Darnold.