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The information: Raiders tight finish Darren Waller (hamstring) is able to play Sunday in opposition to the Chargers.
What it means in fantasy: The damage had restricted Waller in the course of the preseason however shouldn’t restrict him in Week 1 motion. Fantasy managers additionally needn’t fear about Waller’s contract, signed in 2019 and which ranks seventeenth amongst all tight ends within the league and which has two years remaining, being a distraction.
The information: Chris Godwin has not confirmed if he’ll play in Week 1 in opposition to the Cowboys.
What it means in fantasy: Throughout a current episode of the “Within the Second” podcast with David Greene, Godwin was requested about enjoying in Week 1 and declined to supply a share probability. After figuring out in a follow and not using a knee brace to guard the ACL he tore late final season, Godwin appeared to have taken an enormous step towards returning on Sunday evening, however that is probably not the case. Since he has been working towards, Wednesday’s damage report could not present a lot perception. A greater indication will include damage designations on Friday.
Going deeper: Godwin has averaged 75 receiving yards per recreation with quarterback Tom Brady,
The information: Kenneth Walker III‘s standing for Week 1 in opposition to the Broncos stays unsure.
What it means in fantasy: Pete Carroll indicated Walker might return in time for Week 1 after the again underwent hernia surgical procedure in mid-August nevertheless it’s trying unlikely. Rashaad Penny will be inserted into fantasy lineups as a low-end RB2 however will finally be competing with Walker for carries in what might turning into a backfield committee.
The information: Dameon Pierce is listed because the Texans’ starter on their up to date depth chart.
What it means in fantasy: Pierce was third on the Texans’ depth chart not so way back however his beginning spot turned official on Tuesday. Rex Burkhead and Marlon Mack have been forward of him at the beginning of coaching camp. Burkhead is Pierce’s backup since Mack was minimize from the Texans’ lively roster and follow squad roster. Through the preseason, Pierce hastened for 86 yards and a landing on 11 carries. He’s on the Week 1 flex radar in opposition to the Colts, for a Texans workforce trying to enhance its operating recreation.
The information: Jordan Raanan of ESPN reported that Sterling Shepard will play in opposition to the Titans in Week 1.
What it means in fantasy: Shepard was activated from the PUP checklist in late August after tearing his Achilles in December. Regardless of the spectacular turnaround he’ll be tough to belief in fantasy lineups in Week 1. Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney are each coming off injury-riddled seasons of their very own. Golladay apparently runs routes “with the stiffness of a model” in response to Raanan, whereas Darius Slayton didn’t follow on Tuesday with an excused absence and ran with the backups for many of coaching camp. All of this factors to proactively stashing rookie Wan’Dale Robinson, The Giants predict him to have a “Deebo Samuel“-type function this season after an important coaching camp and preseason.
Going deeper: In his six-year profession, Shepard has performed a full season solely twice and hasn’t performed greater than 12 video games a season since 2018. Robinson was identified for his toughness and playmaking capability at Kentucky. His profession totals included 141 dashing makes an attempt for 691 yards and 185 receptions for two,248 receiving yards.
The information: Van Jefferson is unlikely to play within the season opener in opposition to the Payments.
What it means in fantasy: Jefferson remains to be recovering from his second offseason knee surgical procedure. The void shall be stuffed by Ben Skowronek and Tutu Atwell, Drops have been an issue for Skowronek in his rookie season whereas Atwell didn’t play a single snap on offense. Except you’re enjoying in an especially deep league, you should not belief both in your lineup.
Going deeper: Final season Jefferson averaged 16.0 yards per reception in a high-octane Rams offense that averaged 373.2 complete yards per recreation (seventh).
The information: At Tuesday’s information convention, head coach Sean McDermott did not appear involved about Isaiah McKenzie‘s availability for Thursday’s season opener in opposition to the Rams.
What it means in fantasy: A groin damage has lately saved McKenzie off form, however however he was again on the sector for Monday’s follow. He’s anticipated to fill the void left by Cole Beasleywho averaged 7.0 targets per recreation throughout his three seasons with the Payments.
Going deeper: Josh Allen ranks second amongst quarterbacks in slot huge receiver targets over the previous two seasons. Beasley averaged 12 fantasy factors per recreation throughout his three seasons with the Payments.
The information: Patriots head coach Invoice Belichick instructed reporters that Ty Montgomery might play in opposition to the Dolphins in Week 1.
What it means in fantasy: Montgomery damage his ankle within the workforce’s closing preseason recreation however will make the journey to Miami along with his different teammates. Rhamondre Stevenson‘s function as a receiver out of the backfield could be impacted if Montgomery performs. Both manner, Stevenson is firmly on the flex radar.
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Matt Bowen’s movie examine helps decide his Week 1 matchup upgrades and downgrades
Eric Karabell’s Superflex rankings for Week 1 to your 2QB and hard flex lineup selections
Seth Walder’s quarterback and operating again upgrades/downgrades check out the relative power and weak point of the offensive and defensive traces in Week 1
• Fantasy Focus podcast: Stephania Bell preseason damage particular: who’s wholesome and who isn’t heading into Week 1? (11 am ET)
Subject Yates’ Fantasy Subject Go for Week 1
Tristan H. Cockcroft’s greatest and worst workforce matchups at each place
Mike Clay’s TNF Playbook: Breaking down Payments @ Rams
Al Zeidenfeld’s DFS Finest Buys
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Tristan H. Cockcroft’s consistency rankings replace: 2020-2022 highlights which gamers you possibly can belief week to week versus those that are extra growth or bust.
DFS recommendation and rankings for Week 1 DraftKings and FanDuel contests
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