Wed Jul 22 10:43am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Eagles hope Jeffery is healthy
This is the fifth preview in a series of training camp previews. We will continue to release the previews throughout the week. The previews give you a quick look at each team, going over position battles and injuries to watch in camp. The season is right around the corner.
The Eagles had all sorts of injury issues last year, so getting healthy and staying healthy will be a big key to their season. This might be the biggest thing to watch during camp this year after last season. Their key players, especially at the receiver position, need to stay on the field for Philadelphia to find success on the field. The Eagles train at the NovaCare Complex in Philadelphia.
Position battle: Alshon Jeffery is the No. 1 receiver for the Eagles but after him, there are some openings for the Eagles. Veteran DeSean Jackson seems likely to start but he won’t be handed the job at this stage of his career, especially after his off the field comments that got him in some hot water. The Eagles also have rookie Jalen Reagor looking for a big role in the offense. Marquise Goodwin and JJ Arcega-Whiteside also are in the mix for playing time at receiver for the Eagles.
Injury watch: Alshon Jeffery is recovering from a Lisfranc injury and is iffy for the start of camp. He might not even be ready for the start of the season. We’ll get a better idea of his status after watching him in camp, though. If healthy, Jeffery is the No. 1 receiver in this offense. He needs to get over his injury issues, though, and stay on the field.
The Giants continue to be in rebuild mode. New York is getting closer to competing for a playoff spot, though. The big thing to watch is the development of their young talent, especially quarterback Daniel Jones. If the Giants hope to win more games, Jones will need to take more steps forward this year. Jones and the rest of his teammates train at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Position battle: It will be interesting to see if Darius Slayton can grab one of the starter spots for the Giants this year. He had a great showing when getting a chance to start late last year and could force his way into the starting lineup. Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard are atop the depth chart at receiver right now, but that might change if Slayton continues to emerge. He has a chance to lead the Giants in targets, especially if he is starting.
Injury watch: Evan Engram was on his way to a big season last year before injury hit. He needed Lisfranc surgery this offseason to repair his foot injury. He is trending towards being ready for the start of camp, though. He might be brought along slowly, but Engram is expected to be near 100 percent for the start of the season. You’ll want to keep an eye on his progress in camp, though, to be sure.
Dallas has a lot of high expectations once again this year. The team disappointed last year, leading to a coaching change. So much of this camp might be focused on Mike McCarthy, seeing how he can bring together the team. McCarthy will have a lot of pressure on him to succeed, but certainly has the track record for hope in Dallas. The Cowboys train at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texans.
Position battle: We should have a battle on our hands for the No. 2 receiver spot in Dallas. Michael Gallup made big progress last year, hitting the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career. The Cowboys took CeeDee Lamb in the first round of this year’s draft, though. Lamb was considered the top receiver in this class by man, so he should challenge Gallup for the right to start in Dallas. Both players will play regardless this year, but the starter will hold a little more fantasy value, making this is a position battle to monitor.
Injury watch: Ezekiel Elliott is one of the players that tested positive for coronavirus this offseason. It was just a few weeks back, so his status is a little uncertain as camp opens. He should be ready to go, but you have to wonder if this illness will have any longterm impacts on him. We should see if he is back to full strength early in camp, though. Hopefully, all is well with Elliott going forward.
The Redskins made another coaching change this offseason, making Ron Rivera their head coach. Washington is in rebuild mode but getting veteran coach like Rivera to run the show might accelerate the process. Rivera is a no nonsense coach that should bring some structure to the team. Getting up to speed with the new coach might be biggest thing to watch this training camp. Washington holds trading camp at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Virginia.
Position battle: The Redskins have veteran Adrian Peterson and Derrius Guice battling it out for the right to start at running back. Guice has a lot more upside of the two but can’t stay healthy. He will need to prove he can handle the load in camp and preseason action if he hopes to hold off Peterson, who just keeps chugging along. Peterson got to start much of last season because of Guice getting injured and topped 1,000 total yards for the second straight season. He as produced well for the Redskins when given the chance.
Injury watch: Derrius Guice has played just five games in his NFL career. If healthy, he has a chance to be the starter for the Redskins. But that is a big “if” considering his injury history to start his career. Guice has a ton of talent but staying on the field is a big concern for him. A good camp and preseason could go a long way in easing fantasy owners minds a little.
Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
Five Sleepers: Week 3
New York Jets wide receiver Chris Hogan (ribs) was limited during Thursday's practice. However, he is fully expected to suit up for the Week 3 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts. Both Jamison Crowder (hamstring) and Breshad Perriman (ankle) are going to be sidelined here. Hogan hauled in six receptions for 75 yards with both players banged up last week. He should see plenty of chances against Indy. However, the Colts pass defense is solid, so Hogan won't have great fantasy appeal. He might be worth a look as a desperation flex option in PPR leagues.
New York Jets running back Frank Gore saw plenty of chances versus the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2. The veteran back finished with 63 rushing yards on 21 carries in the loss. The Jets are still without Le'Veon Bell (hamstring), which means Gore is going to be leaned on in the running game. Sadly, he'll get a tough matchup against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 3. The same defense that held Dalvin Cook to 63 yards. Gore is likely going to have a tough time finding room to run. He'll be a desperation flex option for this contest.
New York Jets running back La'Mical Perine (ankle) was able to fully practice on Thursday, which means he should be fine for the Week 3 matchup versus the Indianapolis Colts. He made his NFL debut last week, but didn't see many chances. Perine carried the ball three times for 17 yards in the loss. He could take away some touches from Frank Gore this week. It's unlikely that the Jets want Gore to see 21 carries again. Perine won't be worth starting in most formats, but he could be someone to stash in 12/14 team leagues.
New England Patriots wide receiver N'Keal Harry (ankle) is listed as questionable for their Week 3 matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders. The Pats also listed Julian Edelman (knee) as questionable for this one. It sounds like both players are expected to suit up, but fantasy owners should check back before game time. Harry hauled in eight of his 12 targets for 72 yards last week versus the Seattle Seahawks. He should be a reliable flex option, assuming he suits up.
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold has not put together much success through the first two games of the regular season. To be fair, the Jets offense is facing a ton of injuries and they didn't have much talent around Darnold to start the season. He'll now face off against an Indianapolis Colts Defense that destroyed Kirk Cousins in Week 2. Honestly, Darnold belongs on the bench or waiver wire in almost all formats. There really is no reason to start Darnold here unless you absolutely have no other option.
New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead is likely going to see an increased amount of playing time with James White (personal) ruled out for Week 3. Burkhead rushed six times for two yards and caught four passes for 47 yards last week without White available. He doesn't have great fantasy value, but could be a low-end flex option for PPR leagues against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 3.
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was able to destroy the Seattle Seahawks secondary in Week 2. He hauled in eight of his 11 targets for 179 yards in the loss. It was a promising performance after a fairly average season opener. The Patriots are likely going to lean on Edelman quite a lot this season. He'll get a favorable matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 3. Fantasy owners should be able to count on Edelman as a WR2 for this one.
New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton has looked sharp through the first two games of the regular season. Last week, he completed 30 of 44 passing attempts for 397 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He was also able to rush for 47 yards with two touchdowns on the ground. Newton appears extremely comfortable in the Patriots offense. He'll get an excellent matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders young secondary in Week 3. Fantasy owners should be able to lean on Newton as a QB1 here.
New England Patriots running back Sony Michel has struggled to get anything going on the ground early in the season. He was basically a non-factor against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2. Michel rushed seven times for 19 yards in the loss. He'll get a matchup against a weaker Las Vegas Raiders run defense. However, it's tough to trust Michel after his recent performances. He's a touchdown-dependent RB3 for this matchup.
New England Patriots running back James White (personal) has been ruled out for the Week 3 matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders. It's unclear when White will return to the team after his father died in a car accident last weekend. His mother was in critical condition after the accident. Both Sony Michel and Rex Burkhead will see more touches with White inactive. Neither of them are more than a desperation flex option.
Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox (head) has been ruled out for the Week 3 matchup against the Los Angeles Rams. He is still in concussion protocol after exiting last Sunday's game due to a head injury. Knox didn't have much fantasy value when he was healthy. He belongs on the waiver wire in almost all formats. Tyler Kroft is expected to start versus the Rams, but that won't mean much. He probably won't see enough targets to warrant ownership.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley (hip, thumb) was limited during practice earlier in the week. However, he is expected to suit up for the Week 3 matchup against the Los Angeles Rams. Through two games, Beasley has nine receptions for 128 receiving yards and has been held without a touchdown. He is producing, but Stefon Diggs and John Brown see a higher volume of targets. Beasley could have some low-end flex value in PPR leagues for Week 3.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown (foot) is trending in the right direction for Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Rams, according to head coach Sean McDermott. Brown was limited during Thursday's practice, but that shouldn't mean a whole lot. He was also limited last week and played in that contest. Brown is not likely going to be 100 percent healthy for this one, but still has fantasy value. Fantasy owners should be able to count on Brown as a WR3 here.
Detroit Lions CB Desmond Trufant (hamstring) was downgraded to out Saturday, Sept. 26, and won't play Sunday, Sept. 27, against the Arizona Cardinals.
Dallas Cowboys DB Chidobe Awuzie (hamstring) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Sept. 26.
Houston Texans RB C.J. Prosise was elevated from the practice squad to the active roster Saturday, Sept. 26.
Atlanta Falcons LB Edmond Robinson was activated from the practice squad as a COVID-19 replacement Saturday, Sept. 26.
New Orleans Saints RB Ty Montgomery (hamstring) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Sept. 26. WR Bennie Fowler and DL Margus Hunt were signed to the active roster from the practice squad. C/G Will Clapp was waived.
Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen has been fantastic through the first two weeks of the regular season. In Week 2, Allen threw for 415 passing yards with four touchdowns in the victory over the Miami Dolphins. However, he'll face a tougher battle against the Los Angeles Rams this week. The tough Rams secondary held quarterback Carson Wentz to zero touchdowns. Allen has looked good this season, so we'll give him the benefit of the doubt. He should be treated as a low-end QB1 for this matchup.
Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary has been fairly average through the first two games of the regular season. He rushed 10 times for 56 yards in the victory over the Miami Dolphins in Week 2. He continues to split up the carries with rookie Zack Moss, which hurts his value. However, he'll get a favorable matchup against the Los Angeles Rams this week. The same Rams Defense that allowed Miles Sanders to nearly rush for 100 yards last game. Although, Singletary is likely only going to see around 10 carries, so he should be treated as a high-end RB3.