• Trestan Ebner (ankle) exits in first half Thursday
    Bears RB Trestan Ebner (ankle) left the first half of Thursday's preseason game against the Seahawks.

    Advice: Ebner suffered his injury late in the first half and was being evaluated by trainers on the sideline. It's a good sign that he was able to walk off the field under his own power, but the rookie running back was on the sidelines to begin the second half. In fairness, the plan may have been for Ebner to only play in the first half, after he saw nine carries for 29 yards through two quarters -- leading the team. Ebner's popularity within the fantasy community has grown in recent weeks, but it's likely he opens the season as the third back on Chicago's depth chart. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 7:30 pm
    Q
    Sun 10:00 am vs SF
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.63 (456th)
  • Smith starts, plays first half vs. Bears Thursday
    Geno Smith completed 10-of-18 passes for 112 yards and no touchdowns in the Seahawks' preseason game against the Bears.

    Advice: Smith received mixed reviews all night as he and the Seahawks went into halftime down 17-0. He saw three of his passes dropped on the evening, including a beautifully thrown ball to Freddie Swain that resulted in a punt on the following play. His biggest play of the night came on a 41-yard pass to wide receiver Penny Hart down the left sideline, but Smith and Seattle had an underwhelming half. It's worth noting that he played mostly with backups on the evening, but missed throws against Chicago's backups do little to help Smith's case in the camp battle against Drew Lock. It's likely that Smith will enter Week 1 as the team's starter, especially with Lock missing time due to COVID. However, there's little doubt that each player will start games for Seattle at some point this season. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 7:09 pm
    Q
    Mon 5:15 pm vs Den
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    18.46 (39th)
  • Fields navigates pressure on lone drive Thursday
    Justin Fields completed 5-of-7 passes for 39 yards in the Bears' preseason game against Seattle.

    Advice: Much like last week's preseason game against the Chiefs, Fields stood in the face of numerous pressures as the offense struggled to move its way up the field. Eventually setting the team up for a 35-yard field goal, Fields' best play on the night came on a play-action rollout when he found tight end, Cole Kmet, for a 19-yard gain. Kmet also caught a 12-yard pass to start the drive, finishing with a solid two receptions for 31 yards. Fields facing pressure could be a common theme this season, as the Bears look to improve an offensive line that allowed the most sacks in the league last season (58). NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 5:57 pm
    Sun 10:00 am vs SF
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    23.37 (19th)
  • Dontrell Hilliard has 'regularly made plays'
    Titans beat writer John Glennon reports RB Dontrell Hilliard has "regularly made plays in camp.”

    Advice: Hilliard was a short-lived fantasy hero during the 2021 season. The fifth-year pro saw action after Derrick Henry's injury, and averaged 10.7 fantasy points per game over the last seven games of the season. Glennon notes that Hilliard's early success in camp likely led to the early dismissal of running back Jordan Wilkins, who was competing with Hilliard for third-down back duties. Hilliard is an interesting stash in deeper leagues, and could have some top-24 value in PPR leagues should Henry ever miss any time. Rookie RB Hassan Haskins would likely split the workload with Hilliard. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 4:56 pm
    Sun 1:25 pm vs NYG
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.48 (270th)
  • Michael Gallup (ACL) running routes on Thursday
    Cowboys beat reporter Michael Gehlken said Michael Gallup was running routes to close out Thursday's practice against the Chargers.

    Advice: Gehlken notes that Gallup's route running session on Thursday was the receiver's first since he tore his ACL back on January 2nd. Currently on the team's PUP list, it's unlikely he will make his way back in time for Week 1, but this is an encouraging first step for Gallup, whose presence will boost a thin receiving room once he's returned. Last season he appeared in nine games while posting a receiving line of 35-445-2. Gallup should serve as Dallas' No. 2 receiver once he returns to the field, and is nothing more than a bench stash in deep leagues at this point. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 3:48 pm
    PUP-P
    Sun 5:20 pm vs TB
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.92 (313th)
  • Pittman has been Matt Ryan's 'No. 1 target by far'
    The Indianapolis Star reports Michael Pittman has "hit it off with Matt Ryan right away."

    Advice: Under the subhead "budding superstar," beat writer Joel Erickson reports Pittman utterly dominated joint practices with the Lions and has been Ryan's "No. 1 target by far." It's not the first report that Pittman was uncoverable against the Lions this week. Despite his memorable inability to find Julio Jones for touchdowns, Ryan has made a career out of supplying WR1 seasons in fantasy.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 2:37 pm
    Sun 10:00 am @Hou
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    14.93 (65th)
  • 'Buzz has been building' for Jahan Dotson
    The Washington Post reports "buzz has been building" for first-round WR Jahan Dotson in Commanders camp. 

    Advice: Beat writer Sam Fortier reports the No. 16 overall pick has displayed "polished routes" and "big-play ability." We have heard a steady drumbeat of praise, as well, though the fact remains Dotson will be no better than the No. 2 passing-game option in an offense quarterbacked by Carson Wentz. Fantasy managers ignore real life draft capital at their own peril, but we doubt Dotson will rise above WR4 status in 2022, and even that could be a stretch.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 2:30 pm
    Sun 10:00 am vs Jax
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.72 (163rd)
  • Pierre Strong 'invisible man' of Patriots camp
    NBC Sports Boston's Phil Perry reports fourth-round RB Pierre Strong has been the "invisible man" of Patriots camp. 

    Advice: "Even as he's progressed physically and played more, he hasn't stood out," Perry observes. This would certainly explain why Ty Montgomery and Rhamondre Stevenson are generating so much pass-catching hype out of the Patriots' deep backfield. We haven't seen anything to suggest Strong is worth a PPR flier in 12-team leagues.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 1:29 pm
    Sun 10:00 am @Mia
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.93 (311th)
  • Agholor 'consistently' top-three wideout in camp
    NBC Sports Boston's Phil Perry reports Nelson Agholor has "consistently been one of the Patriots' top-three wideouts" in training camp. 

    Advice: There has been chatter from more than one member of the Patriots media that Agholor could be something of an odd-man-out of the Pats' crowded receiver group, but Agholor seems to have stabilized his standing with a strong summer. Of course, we still would not expect Agholor to be a fantasy factor in a corps that includes DeVante Parker, Jakobi Meyers, Kendrick Bourne and second-rounder Tyquan Thornton.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 1:25 pm
    Sun 10:00 am @Mia
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.66 (327th)