Chiefs Sign Foles, Cowboys to Target McCown
The Kansas City Chiefs signed Nick Foles to fill their backup QB role this past week, but the biggest impact here is likely the Cowboys reaction. It’s rumored the Cowboys are now targeting the Browns’ Josh McCown, which is awful news for Cleveland fans. Rumors are RGIII has been predictably mediocre throughout camp and that Kessler is nowhere near ready. It’s going to be a long year for Browns fans.
Sammie Coates Getting 1st Team Reps
We know Coates has the talent to be a starting NFL WR, but thought he may be a year or two away still. He has come into camp this season in better shape, and has impressed as a regular in three-wide sets. Keep in mind this is a role that Martavis Bryant has been a top 10 fantasy receiver in at times. Given Wheaton’s clear limitations as a receiver, Coates may very well end up the #2 option in the Steelers passing game at some point this season. Keep an eye on him throughout this preseason to get an idea of what his role is and what upside he has.
Ezekiel Elliott Tweaks Hamstring
Elliott injured his hamstring this past week and will likely miss a few days of camp and the preseason opener as the Cowboys take zero risks with the top draft choice. Not sure he would miss regular season time for such an injury, so no fantasy impact here outside of Alfred Morris being in line for a good sized preseason week 1 workload.
Paxton Lynch Struggling with Consistency
Really very little new here, everyone should expect Sanchez to win the job and be somewhat fantasy relevant this season in a Kubiak system with Thomas and Sanders. We pegged Lynch as having more upside than Carson Wentz, he has a huge arm, above average mobility, and is accurate. He just hasn’t played in an NFL-type system in his football career. Great dynasty pick, irrelevant daily and season pick.
Cameron Brate Passes ASJ on Bucs Depth Chart
Now this news is absolutely fantasy relevant. ASJ looked really good at times last season, and completely lost at other times. ASJ came into this season with no grasp on the Bucs offense and Brate (who may actually be as if not more talented than ASJ) has developed a great rapport with Jameis. Winston spread the ball around last year, and with Jackson and Evans on the outside, Brate could find plenty of space in the middle of the field this season.
Josh Ferguson Flashing in Indianapolis
We have said that Ferguson was a perfect fit here from day one… The Colts don’t have the offensive line to pound the ball between the tackles, so Ferguson’s ability to create plays off the edge and as a pass catcher could be exactly what they need.
Giants Looking to Push the Pace Even More this Year
Another call we made in the offseason… Ben McAdoo is going to run the Giants his way, and that means fast, fast, fast. The Giants will not huddle, will lead the league in plays per game, and we expect them to have the NFL’s top scoring offense this season. This may push OBJ into the #1 WR spot, and will make at least two other Giants pass catchers relevant. Our prediction is rookie Sterling Sheperd, but keep an eye on who Eli targets this season and on how Victor Cruz looks.
49ers QB Battle Too Close to Call
Neither guy has been impressive, and neither one will be draftable, but under Chip Kelly, I guarantee they will be fantasy relevant. Most ‘experts’ seem to think Kap is a better fit, but that certainly isn’t true. Kelly doesn’t want his QB running the ball, he want Hyde running the ball and a QB that can accurately deliver in the short to intermediate passing game. We expect Gabbert to win the job and be a top 20 QB this season. As a result, Torrey Smith will be a top 20 WR, and Carlos Hyde should have a great year with a finally relevant passing attack.
Marcus Mariota Going to Run More this Season
The Titans said they are building more QB runs into their offense this offseason, which is a major fantasy revelation. Mariota has weapons around him, Kenall Wright, Delanie Walker, and Rishad Matthews are all proven talents in this league. If he adds the threat of taking off, it will keep opposing secondaries more honest and create more space for these guys to work. The biggest upside here is rushing touchdowns. We have seen several QB’s become fantasy relevant thanks to rushing touchdowns, he will be a solid value play against weaker defenses in both season long and daily formats.