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The news: Josh Jacobs played in the Hall-of-Fame Game on Thursday as the Raiders seated several key starters, including Derek Carr, Davante Adams and Darren Waller.
What does it mean in fantasy: Fantasy managers were stunned to see Jacobs on the pitch. Earlier this offseason, Las Vegas turned down Jacobs’ fifth-year option. Now they treat him like a player who needs to earn his job. The Raiders’ backfield looks frustrating.
Go further : Based on live draft trends, I prefer to take Michael Pittman Jr., Terry McLaurin, Diontae Johnson and Breece Hall, all of whom have similar ADPs to Jacobs. Managers who want exposure to the Raiders’ backfield might be better off signing the Kenyan Drake or Zamir White much later.
The news: ESPN’s Adam Schefter told Diontae Johnson that he signed a two-year extension with the Steelers worth up to $39.5 million and includes $27 million guaranteed.
What does it mean in fantasy: Johnson’s contract is commensurate with the key role he will play in the Steelers passing game. By our projections, he will receive 141 targets, and targets are targets regardless of the quarterback’s situation. Johnson is currently the WR17 according to our live draft trends, which is great value for last year’s WR7 in PPR formats.
The news: Isaiah McKenzie continues to impress in Bills training camp and play first-team receiver
What does it mean in fantasy: McKenzie could be an important part of a Bills offense that ranked fifth last season with 389.3 total yards per game. He signed a two-year contract this offseason worth up to $8 million. McKenzie is someone to keep on your radar in deeper fantasy formats.
Go further : McKenzie might be more involved in the Bills offense than you think. Over the past two seasons, Buffalo has made 1,534 plays with exactly three wide receivers — the fifth-most in the league. (Throw sets to four receivers and the Bills have played more 100 plays of that nature than any other team in the league.) Additionally, Allen has targeted his receiver 389 times over the past two seasons. Only Patrick Mahomes (408) did it more frequently.
The news: According to Bills coach Sean McDermott, James Cook is the favorite to land the third back position.
What does it mean in fantasy: Cook’s pass protection is still in the works, but McDermott is confident the points will connect before the regular season begins. Last season, the Bills ranked seventh in pass attempts per game (37.7). Based on our projections, this trend is likely to continue into 2022. Bills running backs could represent more than 100 targets this season. In PPR formats, Cook is a flexible option as he is a better road runner and pass receiver than Devin Singletary.
The news: Matthew Stafford will not take part in team drills next week due to tendonitis in his elbow.
What does it mean in fantasy: Stafford received an “anti-inflammatory injection” in his throwing arm this spring. Although Stafford knows the Rams’ offensive plan, it’s not ideal that he’s running out of time. He is currently the QB12 in our live draft trends. Managers who are injury risk averse might consider signing Derek Carr or Trey Lance, who have a similar ADP to Stafford.
The news: AJ Brown has been the focal point of the Eagles offense so far in training camp practices.
What does it mean in fantasy: I know some people ask “why should I care?”, but you should. After trading for Brown in that year’s NFL Draft, the Eagles signed him to a four-year, $100 million deal. They need him to be that focal point, which could translate to a career-high in goals in 2022, having averaged just 6.8 goals and a fantastic 15 points per game so far. Last season, only the Titans (32.1) had more rushing attempts per game than the Eagles (31.5). With Brown and Devonta Smith as the Eagles’ top two receivers, that trend is unlikely to continue. Brown is currently WR13 in our live draft trends, but has the potential to finish in the top five. /p>
The news: Chris Godwin resumed training on Friday.
What does it mean in fantasy: The news is huge for Godwin, who suffered an ACL injury at the end of the 2021 season. The fact that he was not placed on the PUP list was already encouraging. Godwin wore a brace on his right knee. His return and the signing of Julio Jones lowers Russell Gage’s fantasy ceiling. Godwin is WR23 in our live draft trends, but that’s been up over the past seven days. /p>
Today on ESPN.com and in the ESPN Fantasy app
Fantasy Football Simulation Project: 12-Team NPPR
Fantasy Focus podcast, 11 a.m. ET: Double trouble with New England Patriots and New York Jets
Eric Karabell’s annual Do Not Draft list highlights big-name players you should let others take.
In case you missed it:
Mike Clay reveals that the players he projects will score fewer and fewer touchdowns in 2022 based on his proprietary xTD metric.
• Fantasy Focus podcast: Double trouble with the Buffalo Bills and the Miami Dolphins