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  • Dallas has a shot to get run on third-downs
    The Athletic's Michael-Shawn Dugar believes that DeeJay Dallas "has a shot to be the team’s primary third-down running back."

    Advice: Dugar noted that Dallas looked like the best route-runner from Seattle's backfield but still needs to work on his pass-blocking to secure the role. That would be a major blow to Rashaad Penny, who is also in play as an option on third-downs. Penny was a serviceable pass-catcher in college but has been unable to get on the field in any capacity since joining the league. He has appeared in 27 games over three years and has yet to make his first official start. Chris Carson is also in the mix for receiving duties. He looked comfortable when asked to catch passes last year, tying his career-high in receptions (37) in just 12 games. Dallas won't be a viable fantasy option even if he does secure the role but that would remove Penny from draft boards and take some upside off the table for Carson. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 6:51 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    353rd
  • Michael Carter a step above his competition
    The Athletic's Connor Hughes noted that rookie RB Michael Carter is "a step above the other three running backs."

    Advice: The other three running backs Hughes was referring to are Tevin Coleman, Ty Johnson, and Lamical Perine. We're still early in training camp but Carter has already earned reps with the first team and is now looking better than his competition for touches. While it's unlikely that he dominates New York's backfield early in the season, a split that favors him over Coleman from Week 1 is looking increasingly possible. Currently going as an RB3 in most drafts, expect Carter's draft stock to rise throughout August if he keeps running laps around his teammates.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 3:20 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    197th
  • Steelers plan to play Najee Harris all preseason
    The Steelers indicated on Tuesday that they plan to play first-round rookie RB Najee Harris in all four preseason games.

    Advice: "He's a rookie," coach Mike Tomlin began. "Man, he needs the process of game preparation and [to] ultimately play. We’ve got four opportunities for him to do that." Harris is the gem of Pittsburgh's rookie class and a second-round fantasy pick after the team spent a first-rounder on him in April. Barring injury, this doesn't have much impact on his fantasy outlook. The Steelers open the 2021 preseason in the Hall of Fame Game on Thursday. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 12:15 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    50th
  • Cohen likely still 'weeks away' from returning
    Speaking Tuesday, Bears coach Matt Nagy suggested Tarik Cohen (ACL, PUP) was “weeks away” from being activated.

    Advice: This is just the latest in a string of bad news for Cohen, who remains on the PUP list after tearing his ACL in Week 3 of last season. Cohen reportedly dealt with knee stiffness during minicamp, and the issues appear to have no end in sight. At this point, his Week 1 availability seems like a real question. In the meantime, Damien Williams will serve as David Montgomery’s backup with sixth-round rookie Khalil Herbert slotting in as Chicago’s RB3. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:44 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    187th
  • Travis Etienne 'uncoverable' at Jaguars camp
    Sports Illustrated's John Shipley said Jaguars RB Travis Etienne has been "uncoverable" in training camp. 

    Advice: Jacksonville linebackers have been regularly left in the dust in one-on-one situations with the rookie during training camp. Head coach Urban Meyer is intent on utilizing Etienne primarily as a pass catcher; James Robinson and Carlos Hyde are expected to share early-down duties. Etienne's role remaining stagnant throughout the season is a tough sell though. He'll likely take on a larger workload if his excellent college production carries over to the pros. Etienne is one of the most attractive dead zone running backs in fantasy. Shipley added RB Dare Ogunbowale has been the best Jaguars running back in pass protection.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:06 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    154th

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