Player Notes

  • Ke'Shawn Vaughn remains on COVID-19 list
    Ke'Shawn Vaughn remains on the Bucs' reserve/COVID-19 list.

    Advice: The assembled Bucs media thought it spotted Vaughn at Thursday's practice, but there has been some kind of disconnect. The third-round rookie is falling further and further behind when it comes to time to put pressure on Ronald Jones, though he does figure to be activated in the near future.  Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:59 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    156th
  • Free agent Chester Rogers works out for Dolphins
    The Miami Herald reports free agent Chester Rogers has worked out for the Dolphins. 

    Advice: As has Ricardo Louis. With Allen Hurns and Albert Wilson both opted out, the Dolphins are severely shorthanded at receiver. This is the first we have heard of Rogers since he fractured his kneecap early last December for the Colts. The owner of 111 catches over the past four years, Rogers also offers special teams value as a return man.  Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:44 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    684th
  • Jets WR Josh Doctson opts out
    Jets WR Josh Doctson has opted out of the 2020 NFL season. 

    Advice: Doctson was among a handful of players who opted out just before the 4 p.m. deadline. A former first round pick, Doctson would not have been a fantasy factor this season barring a rash of Gang Green wideout injuries. Doctson played in one game for the Vikings last year after three disappointing seasons in Washington.  Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:34 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    641st
  • Cards correspondent: Dan Arnold could break out
    Cardinals TE Dan Arnold was named among the team's 2020 breakout candidates. 

    Advice: Cardinals correspondents Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki, who work for the team, included Arnold in a short list of Arizona players who could surprise this year. At 6'6" and 220 pounds, Jurecki said Arnold will create mismatches with smaller safeties and slower linebackers. Arnold could be utilized in the slot, especially in the red zone, according to the correspondents, who talked up Arnold's "immediate chemistry" with Kyler Murray. In three games with Arizona last season, Arnold caught eight of 14 targets for 127 yards and two touchdowns. The third-year tight end will compete with Maxx Williams for playing time this season.  Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:22 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    802nd
  • Raiders OC: Henry Ruggs will start in the slot
    Raiders OC Greg Olson said first-round WR Henry Ruggs will start in the slot.

    Advice: “We’ll start with Ruggs III in the slot and do some things with Ruggs III," Olson said. "But those guys (Ruggs and Bryan Edwards) are very multiple in what they can do and that’s the goal is to be able to move all of them around to different spots; the one, two or three position at the wide receiver.” Ruggs is no stranger to that role as he ran 18.4% of his routes from the slot in his final year at Alabama, but it's an important note since it would oddly leave Hunter Renfrow, who led Las Vegas' wide receivers in targets (71) last year, off the field. Tyrell Williams and third-rounder Bryan Edwards (6’3/212), who totaled the third-most receptions (324) and fourth-most receiving yards (3,045) in SEC history as a four-year starter at South Carolina, are expected to start at the team's X and Z positions on the outside. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:18 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    158th
  • MIA 'cautiously optimistic' Williams is Wk 1 ready
    Miami Herald's Barry Jackson and Adam Beasley report the Dolphins are "cautiously optimistic" Preston Williams (ACL) will be ready for Week 1.

    Advice: Williams was cleared for football activities earlier in August, but the team is reportedly taking Williams along slowly, likely because there's no reason to rush him back with the Dolphins still building for the future. In fact, their report says, "There’s no assurance he will be deemed ready for Week 1." Consider Williams questionable for the first few weeks of the season, but when healthy, Williams is an intriguing fantasy asset. He led the Dolphins in targets and receiving before his torn ACL ended his rookie season last year.  Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:21 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    214th
  • Bills restructure Stefon Diggs' contract
    Bills restructured Stefon Diggs' contract.

    Advice: Buffalo will give Diggs $3.3 million more in 2020 while reducing some of his salary in the later years of his contract. It's an insignificant move for Diggs' short- and long-term outlook with Bills. For fantasy purposes, Diggs needs to get better deep-ball accuracy out of Josh Allen to reach his ceiling. They've been working together this offseason -- that, of course, includes playing video games together -- and expect to have chemistry in 2020 despite limited in-person practices. Diggs will likely be a fantasy WR3 who has a handful of boom and bust weeks. Stacking Allen with Diggs has been a common strategy in bestball formats this summer. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:50 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    74th
  • Cardinals add ex-Chargers WR Andre Patton
    Cardinals signed WR Andre Patton, formerly of the Chargers.

    Advice: Patton was the third receiver in Los Angeles last season, but he finished with just six receptions across 13 games. Given Arizona's depth at receiver, Patton faces an uphill battle to make the team and certainly to crack the starting rotation even if Kliff Kingsbury utilizes four-receiver sets more than the 31% clip he used in 2019. Patton's signing shouldn't affect Andy Isabella or Hakeem Butler's dynasty stock. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:34 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    752nd
  • Gase: Bell 'looks really good' and is 'motivated'
    Jets coach Adam Gase said Le'Veon Bell is "extremely motivated" and is in "phenomenal shape."

    Advice: Gase and Bell haven't exactly seen eye to eye, so the fact that Gase is this supportive of his back carries some weight. Gase also said Bell has "been working extremely hard and he looks really good." This lines up with The Athletic's Connor Hughes report that Bell has been "training like a mad man" this offseason. Bell needs to get back on track in 2020 after missing the 2018 season and then only averaging 3.2 yards per carry last year. The additions to the offensive line and Bell's offseason work outs suggest a bigger year could be in store for Bell, who is being viewed as a low-end RB2 in fantasy drafts. Bell projects for another 300 touches, but it may not matter much if the Jets offense doesn't improve in general. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:14 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    80th
  • Raiders cut RB Jeremy Hill days after signing him
    Raiders released RB Jeremy Hill.

    Advice: Hill was signed on July 31, so his stint with Gruden was essentially a vacation to Las Vegas. The Raiders running back depth chart is quietly very deep, and there basically was no room for Hill to crack the roster immediately. Hill may land another opportunity with coronavirus likely meaning veterans like Hill will be on-call for spot game-day activations. Hill needs to prove that he's healthy following an ACL tear. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:07 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    891st
  • Arians: Ronald Jones the 'main guy' among Bucs RBs
    Coach Bruce Arians said Ronald Jones is the "main guy" in the Bucs' backfield.

    Advice: Arians said everyone else -- LeSean McCoy, Dare Ogunbowale, Ke'Shawn Vaughn -- is fighting for roles. Vaughn remains on the COVID-19 list and is falling behind, even in the early stages of camp. We've already seen videos of third-down back Ogunbowale catching passes from Tom Brady, and Arians said McCoy should "find his niche easily." Jones should handle the bulk of the early-down work, but we're not expecting him to catch many balls. Jones will likely struggle to produce top-25 numbers in fantasy among running backs. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:02 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    107th
  • Austin Hooper spent 2-3 weeks at Mayfield's house
    Austin Hooper said he spent 2-3 weeks in Austin, Tex. at Baker Mayfield's house working out together this offseason.

    Advice: Signed to a four-year, $44 million pact in March, Hooper immediately got to work with his new quarterback. It should give Hooper a nice leg up on things in terms of chemistry with Mayfield. If Jarvis Landry (hip) misses any regular-season action, Hooper could be a nice volume hog in the middle of the field. Hooper is currently coming off the board as the TE9 in half-PPR drafts, sandwiched between Tyler Higbee (TE8) and Jared Cook (TE10). Hooper's outlook isn't as promising as it was in Atlanta. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:24 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    127th
  • Kenny Golladay cleared to come off COVID-19 list
    Lions activated WR Kenny Golladay from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

    Advice: Golladay spent a week on the list. He's currently being selected as the WR8 in the second round of half-PPR drafts. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:07 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    49th
  • Marquise Brown packs on 23 pounds over offseason
    Marquise Brown gained 23 pounds this offseason and is up to 180 after playing at 157 as a rookie.

    Advice: Brown weighed in at 166 in the pre-draft process and reported to Oklahoma at 144 as a freshman, so he's put on some serious weight. Teammate WR Willie Snead said Brown looks to be in phenomenal shape. We're typically not fans of skill players adding a bunch of weight, but Brown thinks he can still keep his speed with the added poundage. Brown said he had the Ravens send him a GPS tracker to make sure he wasn't losing any of his speed, which is Hollywood's best asset. Brown is a very popular year-two lift-off candidate. He's currently coming off the board as the WR30 in half-PPR drafts in the sixth round. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:02 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    93rd
  • Diontae Johnson '100 percent' after hernia surgery
    Diontae Johnson declared himself "100 percent" following offseason sports-hernia surgery.

    Advice: Johnson said he suffered the injury in Week 2 last season. If so, it makes his rookie campaign all the more impressive after he led the wideouts in touchdown grabs, posting a 59-680-5 line with Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges throwing him the ball. Johnson is a popular year-two breakout candidate with Ben Roethlisberger back healthy under center. Johnson is currently being taken as the WR45 in the tenth round of fantasy drafts. He's a value at that price. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:43 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    110th
  • Falcons activate Etling, two others off COVID list
    Falcons activated QB/WR Danny Etling from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

    Advice: Teammates S Jaylinn Hawkins and LB Foye Oluokun have also been activated, leaving S Jamal Carter, DT Tyeler Davison, and FB Keith Smith on the list for Atlanta. Etling is a long shot for the final roster. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:25 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    830th
  • Albert Wilson joins Hurns on Miami's opt-out list
    Dolphins WR Albert Wilson opted out of the 2020 season.

    Advice: He joins teammate and fellow wideout Allen Hurns on the Dolphins' list of opt-outs. Wilson cites putting his family first amidst COVID-19. Wilson had a tough 2019, posting a career-low 8.2 yards per catch on a receiving line of 43-351-1 across 13 games. He's had two mostly forgettable years in Miami after leaving the Chiefs. After the losses of Hurns and Wilson, the Dolphins' wideout depth has been totally depleted, leaving Jakeem Grant and Isaiah Ford as the Nos. 3 and 4 wideouts behind DeVante Parker and Preston Williams. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:16 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    271st
  • Maxx Williams comes off NFI list
    Cardinals activated TE Maxx Williams from the active/NFI list.

    Advice: Williams spent two days on NFI but has since passed his physical. The 26-year-old former No. 55 overall pick has devolved into a blocker-only type in coach Kliff Kingsbury's offense that doesn't feature tight ends. Williams posted a 15-202-1 on 19 targets across 16 games and 55% of the snaps last season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:39 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    337th
  • 49ers WR Travis Benjamin opts out of 2020 season
    49ers WR Travis Benjamin has opted out of the 2020 season.

    Advice: Benjamin spent most of 2019 on IR with a quad injury and didn't see the field much even when healthy. He finished the year with just six catches for 30 yards. His overall production has declined in every year since 2015. Benjamin was unlikely to play a major role for San Francisco but Richie James (wrist) and Deebo Samuel (foot surgery) are both looking questionable for Week 1. Add in Benjamin's decision to opt out and the wide receiver room in San Francisco is becoming increasingly vacant. The team could look to add a veteran in the coming days. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:40 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    436th
  • 49ers WR Richie James placed on active/NFI list
    49ers placed WR Richie James (wrist) on the active/NFI list.

    Advice: James was just removed from the reserve/COVID-19 list but is still recovering from wrist surgery. He underwent the procedure in June. With Deebo Samuel (broken foot) also on the mend, Brandon Aiyuk has a clear path to starting in Week 1. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:09 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    408th
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