He will be able to attend training camp and participate in all team activities now with no suspension handed down. Hill was under investigation for months but the league determined there was not enough evidence to suspend the controversial wide receiver. Hill will be a WR1 for Fantasy GMs in 2019 and should go off the board in the first round or two in drafts of any format.
Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill issued his own statement Friday, July 19, after the league announced he will not be subject to a disciplinary suspension or fine at this time. In part, Hill wrote: 'To the Kansas City Chiefs, Clark Hunt, Brett Veach, Coach Reid, the entire organization and the Chiefs Kingdom: you gave me a home when everyone doubted me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you all. I can assure you that I will continue to work to be the person, player, and teammate that you envisioned me to be.'
Hill will not be suspended as the league could not find enough evidence after investigating him for months. We'll see if he can stay out of trouble and get a new big-money contract from the Chiefs later this year. Fantasy GMs know Hill is a WR1 and he should start going off the board in the first or second round of drafts in any format.
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) received a vote of health and confidence Thursday, July 18, from head coach Sean McVay, who was a guest on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show. 'I think he's feeling great,' McVay said on the show of Gurley. 'I think, you know, one of the things about Todd is (he's a) great competitor. I think he's earned the right to be able to have the plan that we had this offseason. Can't wait to get him back going. I know he's ready to go and it's going to be fun for the Rams this year.'
Gurley's knee problem has made his draft stock fall a bit this summer. He's got a current ADP of RB11 (2.05) in 12-team PPR leagues. His knee scares Fantasy GMs just a bit and so does the fact that the Rams could use guys like Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown a bit more to give Gurley a breather.
The Eagles jam-packed backfield gets a little more cramped here. Jordan Howard should be the lead ball-carrier, but guys like Miles Sanders, Corey Clement and Sproles will compete for snaps/touches as a change-of-pace option.
Rival teams believe the Buffalo Bills could release someone from the group of RBs LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore and T.J. Yeldon, according to MMQB's Albert Breer, who notes that McCoy is set to earn far more money than Gore or Yeldon.
McCoy is in the final year of his contract and his cap number is just a bit over $9 million with only $2.6 million in dead money. The Bills could go with cheaper options if they feel it's time to move on from McCoy. In addition to Gore and Yeldon, the Bills also have rookie Devin Singletary to turn to. Singletary was a third-round pick out of FAU this year and there's a bit of McCoy (but more Charlie Garner) to his game. We'll watch this position in training camp and the preseason.
Reports seem to vary coming out of Oakland. Some reporters think Jacobs is going to get a majority of the touches, while others think Richard will cut into Jacobs touches. We feel that Jacobs will be the top rusher for the Raiders in 2019, but they should use Richard as a change-of-pace back when the talented rookie needs a breather.
Blacknall originally signed with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent out of Penn State in 2018. The team waived him out of the preseason and he spent most of the year on the Raiders practice squad. We'll monitor him now that he's with the Dolphins but only in crazy deep dynasty formats.
Williams brings some much-needed size to the Broncos backfield behind Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman. He was a seventh-round pick of the Broncos last year but was plucked from their practice squad by the Jaguars. Now he's back in Denver and trying to make the final roster...or practice squad again. He's a big back with better footwork than some would expect for a man of his size. Williams looked good catching a few passes out of the backfield on Friday.
Howard, a converted WR from North Carolina, has made some plays this offseason in minicamp and OTAs. He's an intriguing prospect but only in crazy deep dynasty formats. Howard has a nice size/speed combination as a tight end.
Watson has been watching film of Larry Fitzgerald to prepare him for playing the slot this season. We'll see him compete with Breshad Perriman to be the Bucs No. 3 WR behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
That sounds about right. Lock is not a finished product and he's not close to pushing Joe Flacco for the starting job. In fact, he's not above Kevin Hogan (yet) on the Broncos depth chart. The rookie is a hard worker and has a big arm but his footwork, release point and pass placement are poor at times. We'll see how Lock develops in 2019, likely as the backup to Flacco.
Lockett is as explosive as they get in the league. In standard scoring leagues last year, Lockett finished as the WR11 with a 71-57-965-10 receiving line. Now, Lockett is the top WR on the Seahawks roster so his numbers could get a bit of a boost. His touchdown numbers will be difficult to duplicate, but projecting Lockett for around 65 catches and approximately 1,000 receiving yards is fair.
Taylor was undrafted out of Ferris State and got a chance with the Bucs but he was released after the team's rookie minicamp. He's 6'3" 211 pounds and an explosive player who can get open deep. Taylor missed most of his senior season with the Bulldogs due to a hamstring injury. We'll monitor him in crazy deep dynasty formats, but the Packers have a jam-packed (and talented) group of wide receivers. It will be incredibly difficult for Taylor to make the final roster or even the practice squad.
Williams might miss a bit of time early in training camp...just like Sam Darnold did last year for the Jets. The big defensive tackle is one of the most disruptive players in his draft class. No word on what the holdup is leading to the contract snafu.
Hardman is competing with Demarcus Robinson to be the Chiefs No. 3 WR behind Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins. The rookie from Georgia can fly down the field. His game is all about speed, speed and more speed. He should be fun to watch in the preseason, and we're stockpiling his stock in dynasty formats.
Sanders is a talented rookie but he's got to stay healthy and earn a spot in the rotation as a change-of-pace back behind starter Jordan Howard. With the Eagles adding veteran Darren Sproles on Friday, Sanders competition for snaps/touches just got tougher. Corey Clement will be in the mix for the spot Sanders and Sproles are competing for too.
It's been all downhill for Johnson since 2014 when he flashed a little bit with the Vikings. A seventh-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft (Packers) out of Grand Valley State, Johnson got an opportunity with the Eagles due to his play in the now-defunct Alliance of American Football. We'll see if he can earn a roster spot with his play in training camp and the preseason.
Hamilton is working to be the No. 3 WR for the Broncos this year behind Courtland Sutton and Emmanuel Sanders. He's a great route-runner and generally has strong hands and good concentration. The No. 3 WR for Denver won't get a ton of work s the Rich Scangarello offense will regularly feature two-TE sets.
Armstead is the only Jaguars RB being drafted behind Leonard Fournette. With Fournette's propensity to get banged up and miss time, Fantasy GMs need to be locked into the battle for the No. 2 job. The main backup to Fournette right now has to be veteran Alfred Blue.
Cracraft is just a slot receiver and he's going to face a long climb to make the 53-man roster. He's No. 6 on the depth chart at best right now. Cracraft is going to have to stand out as a return man if he wants to make the team...and we don't think the Broncos are going to carry six receivers in 2019.
Robinson is going to compete with rookie Mecole Hardman for the No. 3 spot on the WR depth chart behind Tyreek Hill and Sammie Watkins. Projecting him for about 25-30 catches this season is fair. That means Robinson is more of a dynasty prospect than a redraft receiver in 2019.