Chris Carson, RB, Seahawks
He avoided the PUP list to open camp — a great sign after spending the offseason recovering from last December’s fractured hip. Barring a setback, Carson should open the season as Seattle's clear lead back.
Ronald Jones, RB, Bucs
He makes an appearance here for the 2nd straight week after HC Bruce Arians said that Jones is the "main guy" in his backfield and will "carry the load.” If that’s the case, his ceiling approaches RB1 territory in what should be a high-scoring Bucs offense.
Adrian Peterson and Antonio Gibson, RBs, Washington
These 2 guys sit atop Washington's depth chart after Derrius Guice's release on Friday. The veteran Peterson figures to open the season as the lead back and could stick there if Gibson proves unready. That makes AP a viable -- although boring -- pick in the double-digit rounds of fantasy drafts. Gibson is the upside play: the 6'0, 228-pound rookie with 4.3 speed. He carried just 33 times across 2 seasons at Memphis, though, so it's uncertain how big a role he's ready for.
Preston Williams, WR, Dolphins
It was a week full of good news for Williams. On Monday, HC Brian Flores announced that Williams was “cleared for football activity” after last November’s ACL tear. That seemingly puts him on track for Week 1. Then, Dolphins WRs Albert Wilson and Allen Hurns opted out of the 2020 season. Neither was a serious threat to Williams’ starting job — but their absences open up more targets.
Bryan Edwards, WR, Raiders
The Raiders planning to use Henry Ruggs in the slot opens up a spot on the outside opposite Tyrell Williams. The 6’3, 212-pound Edwards looks like the best bet to fill it. He boasts a strong prospect profile, and QB Derek Carr recently compared him to Davante Adams.
Dontrelle Inman, WR, Washington
The 31-year-old inked a deal with Washington this week. He’s not an exciting player but has a real shot to win a starting outside spot opposite Terry McLaurin. Inman’s main competition will be rookie Antonio Gandy-Golden.
Mike Gesicki, WR, Dolphins
We nudged WRs Jakeem Grant and Isaiah Ford up the rankings after WRs Albert Wilson and Allen Hurns opted out this week. But Gesicki figures to be the most fantasy-relevant winner. We had Wilson and Hurns projected for nearly 120 total targets — a chunk of which figure to go to Gesicki now.
Jordan Reed, TE, 49ers
He reunites with HC Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco. Reed missed the entire 2019 season after his 7th documented concussion. He did post a 45-499-3 line in 9 games back in 2018, though, so there should be some gas left in his tank. Of course, Reed will be stuck behind George Kittle and won’t be a fantasy factor without a Kittle injury.
Ke’Shawn Vaughn, RB, Bucs
He remains sidelined on the COVID list, while Ronald Jones now looks like the heavy favorite to open the season as Tampa’s lead back. Vaughn has turned into just a late-round stash.
Derrius Guice, RB, free agent
He was released by Washington on Friday after getting arrested on domestic violence-related charges. Guice will be looking at a suspension of 6+ games if and when he's signed by another team. He's undraftable in fantasy right now.
Hunter Renfrow, WR, Raiders
OC Greg Olson revealed this week that rookie WR Henry Ruggs is expected to play primarily in the slot this year. That’s bad news for Renfrow, who played 71% of his snaps in the slot last season. It looks like he’s currently 4th on the Raiders’ depth chart.
Albert Wilson and Allen Hurns, WR, Dolphins
Both guys opted out of the 2020 season. They were the favorites to be Miami’s #3 and #4 WRs this year.
Travis Benjamin, WR, 49ers
Benjamin opted out of the season. He was only set to operate as a situational deep threat, so there’s not much fantasy impact here.