Dolphins WR Danny Amendola took the majority of the 1st-team snaps -- alongside WRs DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills -- in Thursday's training-camp practice, according to the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero. WR Albert Wilson "rolled in some with the ones" but took most of his reps with the 2nd team. "I am having a hard time understanding how the Dolphins are going to maximize newly acquired wide receiver Albert Wilson this season," Salguero added. Amendola has the experience edge here, but Miami gave Wilson a surprisingly big 3-year, $24 million deal in free agency. There's only room for 1 of them in Miami's starting lineup. This is probably a situation to avoid in fantasy drafts until we get more clarity.
ESPN's Rob Demovsky considers Geronimo Allison the "best bet" to win the Packers' #3 WR job. Green Bay added 3 WRs in this year's draft -- J'Mon Moore, Equanimeous St. Brown and Marquez Valdes-Scantling -- but Allison holds edges in NFL experience and chemistry with QB Aaron Rodgers. The 24-year-old has flashed in spots over the past 2 seasons, including lines of 4-91-1 and 6-122. Green Bay's #3 WR has finished among the top 50 in PPR points in just 3 of 10 seasons since Rodgers took over, so Allison is unlikely to be a standalone value. But an injury to Davante Adams or Randall Cobb would certainly change that.
Lions WR Kenny Golladay flashed with 17.0 yards per catch as a rookie, including 5 grabs of 40+ yards. He rolled that momentum into spring workouts, earning praise from the media, coaching staff and teammates. "I saw freakish catches, man," WR Golden Tate said of Golladay's spring. "Some real freakin' freakish catches. Kenny's still a young guy trying to figure it out, but he's moving at a great pace. If he can just keep the mentality he has coming in, he studies, and just tries to get better every day, I'm telling you, this guy can be dominant. He's a WR1 kind of guy." Golladay will open the season as Detroit's #3 WR but could siphon targets from both Tate and Marvin Jones. This is also a Lions offense that's ranked top 12 in passing yards in 8 straight seasons, including a 6th-place finish last year. So there's plenty of production to go around. Highlight Golladay as an upside target in the double-digit rounds of fantasy drafts.
Lions OC Jim Bob Cooter expects WR Kenny Golladay to be a "big part" of the offense this season. “I’m really excited (for Kenny),” Cooter added. “Going from your first year to your second year in this league you can really make some strides. Kenny’s got the ability to do some special things." A 3rd-round rookie last year, Golladay averaged a big 17.0 yards per catch and scored on 3 of his 28 grabs. The 6'4, 218-pounder boasts a 64th percentile SPARQ score, so there's obviously upside here. We'll see if he can carve out a big enough role this season alongside Golden Tate and Marvin Jones, but Golladay is certainly worth a shot at his recent 13th-round ADP.
The Cowboys nabbed Alabama RB Bo Scarbrough in the 7th round. Scarbrough certainly checks the size and athleticism boxes. He goes 6’1, 228 pounds and earned an 86th percentile SPARQ score in the pre-draft process. He had an uneven career at ‘Bama, though, averaging 5.7 yards per carry but never topping 125 attempts or 812 yards in a season. He also comes with a lengthy injury history, including a broken leg in the 2016 National Championship and a pair of torn ACLs. Scarbrough is obviously stuck behind Ezekiel Elliott in Dallas. He’ll try to push Rod Smith for backup duties.
The Lions selected Auburn RB Kerryon Johnson with the 43rd overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. Derrius Guice’s slide continues. Johnson was a workhorse for the Tigers last year, carrying 285 times for 1,391 yards and 18 TDs. He caught 24 balls for 194 yards and 2 more scores. Johnson left school with a mediocre 4.8 yards-per-carry average and didn’t overly impress us on film. But he can obviously carry the mail and lands in a solid spot in Detroit. LeGarrette Blount is a 31-year-old on a 1-year deal, Theo Riddick is a pure pass-catcher and Ameer Abdullah has clearly fallen out of favor. Johnson is the odds-on favorite to lead the 2018 backfield in carries, although Riddick limits his pass-catching upside.
NFL Network reports that the Dolphins are expected to sign WR Danny Amendola on Wednesday. The soon-to-be-former Patriot would settle in as the 4th WR, with DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills returning and Albert Wilson reportedly set to sign for $24 million over 3 years. It's tough to see a worthwhile fantasy football profile for Amendola in the near future, barring injury to at least 1 of those guys.
S Tavon Wilson has signed a 2-year, $7 million deal to stay in Detroit, NFL Network reports. That positions him to continue starting next to Glover Quin. Wilson hasn't been anything special as an IDP contributor but scored like a DB3 in terms of fantasy football points per game last year.
The Lions have officially named Matt Patricia their new HC. Patricia has spent the past 14 seasons with the Patriots, starting as an offensive assistant and finishing as the DC for the last 6 years. This will be his 1st head-coaching gig at any level. Patricia is expected to retain OC Jim Bob Cooter, which is good news for QB Matt Stafford and the passing game. The Lions need to find a running game this offseason.
The Lions have fired HC Jim Caldwell. He compiled a 36-28 record in 4 seasons in Detroit but never advanced past the Wild Card Round of the playoffs. 2nd-year GM Bob Quinn will get to bring in a new HC but is tentatively expected to retain OC Jim Bob Cooter, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That's good news for QB Matt Stafford and the rest of the offense.
The Colts have ruled CB Rashaan Melvin (hand) out once again for Week 16.
Patriots DE Trey Flowers (rib) is active for today's game against the Steelers. He missed last week but is OK to use as you normally would in your IDP league.
The Patriots on Sunday downgraded DE Trey Flowers to out for Monday night's game against the Dolphins. It'll mark the 2nd straight game he has missed with his rib injury. LB/DE Eric Lee stepped in against the Bills last week and played 85% of the snaps. DE Deatrich Wise also saw a boost in playing time, staying on the field for 86.6% of snaps. Each is an option if you need to replace Flowers in your IDP lineup.
Patriots DE Trey Flowers is questionable for Monday night's game against the Dolphins. He put in limited practices all week, just as he did last week before going inactive against the Bills. Make sure you have an insurance option available if you plan to wait for Flowers in your IDP lineup.
Lions QB Matt Stafford (hand) is active and will start today’s game against the Bucs. He’s been trending in a good direction all week and was reportedly uncorking bombs in pregame warmups. There’s obviously still some risk with a QB with an injured throwing hand, but Stafford also boasts plenty of fantasy upside vs. Tampa's 21st-ranked QB defense.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Lions QB Matt Stafford (hand) is expected to start against the Bucs today. That throwing hand improved "by the day" this week, and Stafford will be able to "fully function" today, Rapoport adds. There's still some added risk here, but Stafford also boasts an intriguing ceiling against a defense sitting 21st in fantasy points allowed to QBs and 31st in Football Outsiders' pass defense rankings.
Lions QB Matt Stafford (hand) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bucs after a limited week of practice. Observers thought he looked good throwing on both Thursday and Friday. We’re expecting Stafford to start vs. Tampa’s leaky pass defense, but we’ll continue looking for updates on his status leading up to the 1 pm ET kickoff.
Lions QB Matt Stafford (hand) was listed as limited in practice again on Thursday. But Tim Twentyman of the team's official website notes that Stafford did "much more" in the portion of practice open to the media today than he did yesterday. "Spun the ball pretty well, too. I expect him to play Sunday," Twentyman added. We'll get another update on Stafford tomorrow, but he's trending in a good direction.
Lions QB Matt Stafford (hand) was limited in Wednesday's practice. The fact that he was out there at all so early in the week is encouraging. We'll continue to track Stafford's progress over the next few days.
Lions HC Jim Caldwell on Monday described QB Matt Stafford's hand as "badly bruised." He avoided a broken bone but is "really sore," per Caldwell. Considering it's his throwing hand, we'd consider Stafford genuinely questionable for this weekend's game vs. the Bucs. We'll keep a close eye on him throughout the week. Detroit would turn to QB Jake Rudock if Stafford is unable to go.
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