Fantasy Football News & Views
Chargers | Derwin James to be placed on IR Thu Aug 22, 06:24 PM
Los Angeles Chargers S Derwin James (foot) underwent surgery Thursday, Aug. 22, to repair the stress fracture in his foot and will start the regular season on the Reserve/Injured list.
|Footballguys view: This is a huge blow to a defense that was looking to take a step to the elite this year. James was the playmaking wild card and will be missed. Backup rookie Nasir Adderley is dealing with a hamstring and might not be 100% for the season opener.|
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Texans | Matt Kalil remains sidelined Thu Aug 22, 06:07 PM
Houston Texans OT Matt Kalil (foot) has not practiced this week because of a foot injury, but head coach Bill O'Brien said Kalil will be ready for Week 1.
|Footballguys view: Cameron Jordan and company will look forward to testing Kalil and one of the league's worst offensive lines Week 1.|
Texans | Will Fuller leaves practice Thu Aug 22, 06:04 PM
Houston Texans WR Will Fuller (knee) left practice early Thursday, Aug. 22, but head coach Bill O'Brien said Fuller is not hurt and that the team is managing his snaps during practice.
|Footballguys view: Fuller is set up for a hot start with Keke Coutee banged up and more targets likely coming his way against the Saints in Week 1. He's worth his modest (considering his scoring history) ADP.|
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Dolphins | Kenyan Drake resumes jogging Thu Aug 22, 05:57 PM
Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake (foot) has reportedly ditched his walking boot and was spotted jogging Thursday, Aug. 22.
|Footballguys view: The Dolphins will employ some sort of running back by committee this year with Drake and Kalen Ballage, and Drake is the most proven, but perhaps less regarded back. The offensive line and overall team quality might make it hard for either back to sustain production this year.|
Kenyan Drake player page
Chargers | Nasir Adderley could play in preseason finale Thu Aug 22, 05:27 PM
Los Angeles Chargers S Nasir Adderley (hamstring) has been ruled out for the team's third preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday, Aug. 24, but head coach Anthony Lynn told reporters he 'definitely' wants to get him in the exhibition finale next week versus the San Francisco 49ers.
|Footballguys view: Derwin James is already out until November at least, so Adderley is on the spot. The Chargers face the Colts Week 1 and might dodge Andrew Luck, but Adderley will be tested eventually.|
49ers | George Kittle back to work Thu Aug 22, 05:16 PM
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (calf) returned to practice Thursday, Aug. 22, after missing practice last week with a tight calf.
|Footballguys view: Not that we were moving Kittle down our board after this ailment sprang up, but now we can eliminate it from a list of concerns. Kittle has gained value this summer as no 49ers receiver has emerged to Kyle Shanahan's satisfaction. He'll be the rare tight end that is the #1 target in his pass offense.|
George Kittle player page
Jaguars | Nick Foles on same page with WRs Thu Aug 22, 04:53 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Nick Foles has reportedly 'shown good chemistry' with WRs Dede Westbrook, Chris Conley and DJ Chark Jr. in practice, according to the team's website.
|Footballguys view: Foles and company get the Chiefs Week 1, so it could be a hot start for this pass offense. All three receivers and Foles will have low percentage owned GPP appeal in DFS lineups.|
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Cowboys | Amari Cooper has intrinsic muscle strain Thu Aug 22, 04:26 PM
Updating previous reports, Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (foot) is dealing with an intrinsic muscle strain in his foot as opposed to plantar fasciitis, according to Mickey Spagnola of the team's website.
|Footballguys view: Either way, it is something that could be a nagging issue that affects his play, or it could be nothing. It does give you a little pause if you are taking Cooper in the third round and makes Michael Gallup more attractive in the second half of the draft.|
Amari Cooper player page
Texans | Kahale Warring remains sidelined Thu Aug 22, 02:27 PM
Houston Texans TE Kahale Warring (concussion) has yet to be cleared from the league's concussion protocol, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.
|Footballguys view: Warring is an IR-return candidate after the raw but athletic tight end struggled with injuries twice this summer. He could be a name we return to in dynasty leagues next year because of the value Deshaun Watson creates in this offense.|
Kahale Warring player page
Texans | Keke Coutee still not ready to practice Thu Aug 22, 02:18 PM
Houston Texans WR Keke Coutee (ankle) remains sidelined with a sprained ankle, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.
|Footballguys view: Coutee is very questionable for Week 1, which makes Duke Johnson a very intriguing PPR RB2/Flex in the season opener against the Saints and for however long Coutee is out. Coutee had built a lot of momentum this offseason, but couldn't sustain it through the preseason. He's still worth a pick and stash in the second half of PPR drafts.|
Keke Coutee player page
Cowboys | Ezekiel Elliott wants to be highest-paid RB? Thu Aug 22, 02:09 PM
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott reportedly received a contract extension offer from the team that would make him one of the two highest-paid running backs in the league, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: This is probably put out there by the team to make their offer look good, but Elliott thinks he deserves more if he didn't accept the deal. The nitty gritty is coming in the next two weeks, we'll see who blinks first. Tony Pollard's value will keep rising in the meantime.|
Ezekiel Elliott player page
Cardinals | Bruce Hector traded to Arizona Thu Aug 22, 01:50 PM
DT Bruce Hector on Thursday, Aug. 22, was acquired by the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for S Rudy Ford in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles.
|Footballguys view: This is a minor deal but it does highlight how thin the Cardinals are on the defensive line that Hector might make the team. Kerryon Johnson and Mark Ingram get to feast on this matchup in Weeks 1 and 2.|
Cardinals | Michael Crabtree lands 1-year deal Thu Aug 22, 12:50 PM
Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Crabtree has agreed to a one-year, $3.25 million contract with an additional $2.25 million in incentives.
|Footballguys view: Crabtree's contract is sizable enough to look at him as a clear top 4-5 receiver on the team who could get the third most snaps and targets on the team.|
Michael Crabtree player page
Steelers | Jayrone Elliott signed Thu Aug 22, 12:27 PM
Free-agent LB Jayrone Elliott (Dolphins) signed Thursday, Aug. 22, with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He replaces DL Lavon Hooks (Achilles) who was waived with an injury designation.
|Footballguys view: Elliott has flashed some edge rush ability in the past, but he probably won't stick with the Steelers. He could be a player they call later in the season if they suffer injuries at outside linebacker.|
Jayrone Elliott player page
Colts | Johnny Robinson back with Indy Thu Aug 22, 12:22 PM
Free-agent DT Johnny Robinson re-signed Thursday, Aug. 22, with the Indianapolis Colts. In a corresponding move, the Colts released RB James Williams.
|Footballguys view: Williams was a favorite of the draft community with pass-catching skills and good yards after contact ability, but he can't seem to hang onto a roster.|
James Williams player page
Redskins | Offer for Trent Williams turned down Thu Aug 22, 12:16 PM
Washington Redskins OT Trent Williams recently attracted the interest of the New England Patriots, who reportedly offered a 2020 first-round draft pick to Washington in exchange for the holdout Williams but were turned down, according to multiple reports.
|Footballguys view: This has been denied but it could be put out to set the price for Williams for other teams. The Patriots (and many teams) could certainly use the services of Williams. He's clearly going to hold out well into the season until he gets traded in a replay of the Duane Brown situation in 2017.|
Bears | Anthony Miller could have limited role Thu Aug 22, 10:12 AM
Chicago Bears WR Anthony Miller (ankle) could have a limited role in the offense early in the season as he missed most of organized team activities and minicamp to a shoulder injury and most of the preseason with an ankle injury.
|Footballguys view: Taylor Gabriel and Javon Wims could see more snaps if Miller brought along slowly and Trey Burton could see more middle of the field targets as long as he is healthy. Miller is still worth a late round stash, but it's a bummer that he's coming into the season banged up after having offseason shoulder surgery to fix a problem that he played with for most of 2018.|
Anthony Miller player page
Packers | J'Mon Moore likely to be cut Thu Aug 22, 02:50 AM
Green Bay Packers WR J'Mon Moore has a 'pretty slim' chance of making the 53-man roster, in the opinion of the Green Bay Press-Gazette's Pete Dougherty, who notes that Moore has had way too many drops in camp. Moore was a fourth-round pick last year.
|Footballguys view: Moore could get added elsewhere if a team had a high grade on him and he is likely to be on a practice squad somewhere after making the Packers roster last year.|
J'Mon Moore player page
Cardinals | Michael Crabtree agrees to terms Thu Aug 22, 12:06 AM
The Arizona Cardinals signed free-agent WR Michael Crabtree (Ravens) to a one-year contract on Wednesday, Aug. 21.
|Footballguys view: Crabtree could have some fringe PPR value due to his familiarity with the system and the Cardinals likely play volume and lack of experience behind their top two receivers, but he's only a waiver wire watch list name right now.|
Michael Crabtree player page
Browns | Nick Chubb to see more receptions? Wed Aug 21, 11:52 PM
Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb is expected to see more work catching the football in 2019. 'I think he's going to be special like he was last year,' running backs coach Stump Mitchell said Wednesday, Aug. 21. 'He'll be used a little more in the passing game than he was last year. Nick just continues to improve on the skillset that he has, and I think he has a fantastic skillset.'
|Footballguys view: Chubb can easily be a top four running back before Kareem Hunt returns from an eight game suspension in Week 10 against Buffalo. He's worth a pick in the second half of the first round.|
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Vikings | Alexander Mattison drawing praise Wed Aug 21, 10:05 PM
Minnesota Vikings RB Alexander Mattison has been the talk of training camp and the preseason, according to national writer Jay Glazer. 'I mean, to a man, couldn't stop preaching his gospel,' Glazer said of the Vikings.
|Footballguys view: Mike Boone has also had a good summer, but Mattison is likely the first one up for touches after Dalvin Cook and the better late round target whether or not you draft Cook. Boone could still be just as valuable if Cook goes down, but Mattison has the edge right now.|
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Colts | Adam Vinatieri expects to return Thursday Wed Aug 21, 08:20 PM
Indianapolis Colts PK Adam Vinatieri (knee) said he expects to participate in practice Thursday, Aug. 22. He has missed the first two preseason games because of a knee issue.
|Footballguys view: Cole Hedlund has had a good preseason in his place and might be getting the attention of teams like the Bears and Packers, who were in on Ravens kicker/punter Kaare Vedvik before the Vikings traded for him.|
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Seahawks | D.K. Metcalf considered week-to-week Wed Aug 21, 07:53 PM
Seattle Seahawks WR D.K. Metcalf (knee) is considered week-to-week because his knee surgery showed minimal damage, according to head coach Pete Carroll. Carroll is not able to say if Metcalf will be ready for Week 1 but indicated that Metcalf should not be sidelined long.
|Footballguys view: Jaron Brown might end up being the better Week 1 play than David Moore if Metcalf can't go. Moore has been quiet this summer and Brown has stuck in the top three receivers during camp. Metcalf is still worth drafting in typical leagues with a likely short time out of the lineup.|
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49ers | Weston Richburg may return soon Wed Aug 21, 07:33 PM
San Francisco 49ers C Weston Richburg (knee, quadriceps) may return to practice at some point next week and hopefully will be able to play in the final preseason game.
|Footballguys view: Richburg is getting healthy just in time for the season. In Week 1, he'll face the Vita Vea-less Bucs defensive line that still has Ndamukong Suh.|
Lions | Damon Harrison receives extension Wed Aug 21, 07:13 PM
Detroit Lions DT Damon Harrison signed a one-year contract extension with the Lions Wednesday, Aug. 21, worth $11 million, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Harrison had expressed some displeasure about his contract in the offseason, but didn't make waves. He was rewarded in a gesture that other top performers on the team may ask them to re-enact for them in the future. Arizona draws Snacks and this strong defensive line Week 1.|
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Cardinals | Kevin White cut Wed Aug 21, 06:31 PM
Arizona Cardinals WR Kevin White was released Wednesday, Aug. 21, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: White was once a top 10 pick but a combination of injuries and lack of impact has made his career a footnote at this point. He'll be lucky if he gets a look in another camp.|
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Redskins | Two Redskins WRs may not play Thursday Wed Aug 21, 06:00 PM
Washington Redskins WR Trey Quinn (thumb) will not play in the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 22, while WR Paul Richardson (quadriceps) probably will also miss the game.
|Footballguys view: Terry McLaurin is the one Washington receiver with no injuries and momentum going into the third preseason game, which is a bad sign for their offense.|
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Trey Quinn player page
Eagles | Richard Rodgers to miss multiple weeks Wed Aug 21, 05:51 PM
Philadelphia Eagles TE Richard Rodgers (foot) will be sidelined for several weeks because of a foot injury.
|Footballguys view: Josh Perkins should be able to comfortably make the team as the third tight end now.|
Cowboys | Dallas hopes two DL will be ready for opener Wed Aug 21, 05:50 PM
Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence (shoulder) and DT Tyrone Crawford (hip) hopefully will be ready to play Week 1, according to head coach Jason Garrett.
|Footballguys view: Lawrence said he has been playing with the shoulder when it was injured to downplay worries about Week 1. He should be ready to face the Giants.|
Tyrone Crawford player page
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Raiders | Antonio Brown traveling with team Wed Aug 21, 05:38 PM
Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown is traveling with the team to Winnipeg for their preseason game Thursday, Aug. 22. QB Derek Carr said he plans to work with Brown during pregame warmups.
|Footballguys view: Brown is catching up after missing most of camp and the preseason. He's a risky pick, but if he's falling to the third the risk is better priced in than earlier in the offseason when he was as high as an early second round pick.|
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Derek Carr player page
Jets | Brandon Copeland suspended Wed Aug 21, 04:15 PM
New York Jets LB Brandon Copeland has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the 2019 season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
|Footballguys view: Copeland was on the roster bubble and this may cause it to pop. The Jets edge rush is still very deficient with or without him.|
Broncos | Todd Davis behind schedule Wed Aug 21, 03:54 PM
Denver Broncos LB Todd Davis (calf) is a bit behind schedule in his recovery from a calf injury, according to head coach Vic Fangio.
|Footballguys view: Josey Jewell hasn't had a great camp so inside linebacker could be a problem for the Broncos early in the season against the Raiders, Bears, Packers, and Jaguars.|
Todd Davis player page
Chargers | Melvin Gordon not expected back for Week 1 Wed Aug 21, 03:21 PM
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon is expected to continue his holdout through the start of the regular season since there has not been any progress made in contract talks, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: It's time to plan on a long absence for Gordon if you haven't already - maybe as much as eight games or more. Austin Ekeler is going to be a solid RB2 for as long as Gordon is out and Justin Jackson a flex with RB2 upside. Gordon is looking riskier in the third round now and may fall further on draft boards.|
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Steelers | Joe Haden still sidelined Wed Aug 21, 03:16 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers CB Joe Haden (foot) is still considered day-to-day because of a foot injury.
|Footballguys view: Haden might draw Josh Gordon Week 1, so he'll need to be in top condition for that matchup. We'll be watching this leading up to the season opener showdown.|
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Jets | Two guards remained sidelined Wed Aug 21, 02:48 PM
New York Jets OGs Brian Winters (shoulder) and Kelechi Osemele (pectoral) are not participating in practice Wednesday, Aug. 21.
|Footballguys view: The Jets get Ed Oliver in Week 1 and Sheldon Richardson/Larry Ogunjobi in Week 2, so these guards need to get healthy.|
Broncos | Noah Fant on track for Week 1 Wed Aug 21, 02:41 PM
Denver Broncos TE Noah Fant (ankle) will be available for Week 1 despite his ankle injury, according to head coach Vic Fangio.
|Footballguys view: Fant was generating some momentum in training camp with better performances, but that is slowed for now. He's more of an upside TE2 to stash in deep or tight end premium leagues than a player to count on for early production. He could be dropped early in the season and come on later as a waiver wire pickup.|
Noah Fant player page
Bills | Ty Nsekhe to be limited Wed Aug 21, 02:29 PM
Buffalo Bills OT Ty Nsekhe (knee) will be limited during practice Wednesday, Aug. 21, and his status for the preseason game Friday, Aug. 23, is uncertain.
|Footballguys view: The Bills continue to have injury woes on the line as they search for the best five to open the season against the Jets tough interior defensive line.|
Bills | LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore to see more time Wed Aug 21, 02:28 PM
Buffalo Bills RBs LeSean McCoy and Frank Gore will both see more playing time during the third preseason game Friday, Aug. 23.
|Footballguys view: Devin Singletary has dominated first-team snaps so far, but that was mainly to give the veterans rest time. This still looks like a three-man committee, although that could change if a team has an injury at running back and comes calling for McCoy.|
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Seahawks | Rashaad Penny falling behind Wed Aug 21, 01:19 PM
Seattle Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny has 13 yards on 12 carries in two preseason games, and he has fallen further behind RB Chris Carson, in the opinion of NBC Sports Northwest's Joe Fann. Head coach Pete Carroll backed Penny by saying: 'We've got to block for him better. He didn't have a chance.'
|Footballguys view: Penny is just an injury handcuff at this point. He might not even be worth taking over the hot rookie running backs on draft boards who have more paths to value.|
Rashaad Penny player page
Buccaneers | Mike Evans out for preseason game Wed Aug 21, 12:26 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (leg) won't play in the third preseason game Friday, Aug. 23.
|Footballguys view: The injury doesn't sound serious, but we should monitor it closely in the week of practice leading up to the season opener against the 49ers, when Evans should see a lot of Richard Sherman.|
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Saints | Chris Clark to IR Wed Aug 21, 12:08 PM
New Orleans Saints OT Chris Clark (leg) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Aug. 21.
|Footballguys view: Clark was competing for the swing tackle job which might be Marshall Newhouse's gig now with Michael Ola also banged up, although Andrus Peat has some tackle in his background and could move to the position if injuries force the Saints hand.|
Dolphins | Jakeem Grant terms Wed Aug 21, 11:48 AM
Updating previous reports, Miami Dolphins WR Jakeem Grant's four-year deal is worth up to $24 million, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Grant is a good return man with some deep threat speed and slot receiver quicks. This means the new regime really likes him and it could be a bad development for Albert Wilson, who is still not 100%.|
Jakeem Grant player page
Browns | Braxton Miller signs with CLE Wed Aug 21, 10:17 AM
Free-agent WR Braxton Miller (Eagles) signed an undisclosed deal with the Cleveland Browns Wednesday, Aug. 21.
|Footballguys view: Miller returns to Ohio and might get his foot in the door with his speed, versatility, and the temporary spot opened by Antonio Callaway's four-game suspension.|
Braxton Miller player page
Lions | Jordan Lasley signs with Detroit Wed Aug 21, 02:43 AM
The Detroit Lions signed free-agent WR Jordan Lasley (Raiders) Tuesday, Aug. 20. In a corresponding move, RB Justin Stockton was released.
|Footballguys view: Lasley hasn't been good enough to stick with the Raiders or Ravens, but he is promising enough to get signed right away by the wide receiver poor Lions. Normally we'd say after getting cut twice this summer, he is a long shot to make the team, but the Lions woes at his position give him a larger opening to make the team.|
Jordan Lasley player page
Chargers | Dontrelle Inman back in the fold Tue Aug 20, 07:07 PM
The Los Angeles Chargers signed free agent WR Dontrelle Inman (Patriots) Tuesday, Aug. 20, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Inman was with the Chargers from 2014-2017 and has plenty of experience catching passes from Philip Rivers. He's now back to compete for a spot on the depth chart behind Keenan Allen, Mike Williams and Travis Benjamin.|
Dontrelle Inman player page
Cowboys | Other extensions not imminent in Big D? Tue Aug 20, 06:19 PM
Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Tuesday, Aug. 20, is doesn't feel like there's any real movement on contract extensions for QB Dak Prescott, RB Ezekiel Elliott or WR Amari Cooper, according to David Helman of DallasCowboys.com. Jones added things could move fast.
|Footballguys view: The Cowboys have some big-money deals to hand out, and they are dragging their feet at this time...at least with these three players. On Tuesday, the Cowboys signed LB Jaylon Smith to a new five-year, $64 million extension. We'll see if there's movement on any of the 'big 3' in the near future.|
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Dak Prescott player page
Broncos | Noah Fant dealing with ankle sprain Tue Aug 20, 05:24 PM
Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos TE Noah Fant (ankle) was diagnosed with a 'mild' ankle sprain Tuesday, Aug. 20.
|Footballguys view: Fant might miss some time with this injury. He went down with the injury on Monday night against the 49ers. It doesn't seem like a serious injury, but the Broncos should be careful with their 2019 first-round pick. Fant could be a big part of their passing game in 2019.|
Noah Fant player page
49ers | Jerick McKinnon still limited to individual work Tue Aug 20, 04:43 PM
San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon (knee) is not expected to take part in team drills this week as he continues to wait for his injured knee to respond to platelet-rich plasma injection he had 17 days ago.
|Footballguys view: McKinnon might be able to participate in drills next week, and we think he's unlikely to be ready for the start of the regular season. The 49ers will use Tevin Coleman as their primary back with Matt Breida backing him up. McKinnon might begin the season on Injured Reserve.|
Jerick McKinnon player page
Eagles | Jordan Howard not conceding much Tue Aug 20, 04:32 PM
Philadelphia Eagles RB Jordan Howard has 'ran the ball quite well throughout camp,' according to NJ.com's Zack Rosenblatt, who concedes that rookie Miles Sanders will 'almost certainly' overtake Howard at some point. However, Rosenblatt expects Howard will stay play a role and be one of the team's top options when it comes to short-yardage situations and in the red zone.
|Footballguys view: Howard can be the banger for the team with Sanders working more as a 'lightning' type of back. If you play in a PPR league, then Sanders has more value because of his receiving ability. Howard has a current ADP of RB37 (8.05) and Sanders is at RB28 (6.01) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Jordan Howard player page
Patriots | Demaryius Thomas cleared to practice Tue Aug 20, 04:17 PM
New England Patriots WR Demaryius Thomas (Achilles) was activated from the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Tuesday, Aug. 20.
|Footballguys view: Getting activated off the PUP list means the Patriots don't think Thomas will miss six weeks to begin the season. He might not be ready for Week 1, but Thomas feels like he could be. With Josh Gordon returning, any potential fantasy value Thomas had (if healthy) takes a hit.|
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