The firehose of NFL news is on, and no one can take in all of it, but for you, I'll keep trying. Projections and rankings are a constant work in progress, and there have been plenty of developments that at least make us wonder if we need to be open to change, if not force us to change our outlook on a player, situation, or team. This list is far from exhaustive but should help you get caught up on the most important developments.
Matt Breida, RB, BUF
His great gifts are showing in camp, and he may threaten to be a significant part of a previously unimpressive backfield.
Albert Wilson, WR, MIA
He’s back after an opt-out and looks like he’ll have a role in an already crowded passing game.
Recommendation: With DeVante Parker and Will Fuller V already reminding us of their injury history and Jaylen Waddle showing signs that he’s not completely over his leg injury from last year, the Dolphins wide receiver group is even more of a stay away.
Elijah Moore, WR, NYJ
He continues to steal the scene every day in training camp.
Recommendation: Once you get to the 10th round of your early draft, target Moore. No other Jets wide receiver is worth drafting at or near ADP.
Recommendation: Collins is still a long shot for fantasy relevance in typical redraft leagues, but he might have best-ball value, and his dynasty value is on the rise.
Travis Etienne, RB, JAX
Urban Meyer is hellbent on making Etienne a primary pass-catcher, and Etienne is responding well to the role in camp.
Recommendation: This could make James Robinson more viable if he’s the primary early-down ball carrier while still preserving Etienne’s upside in PPR leagues. It could be bad news for the wide receivers if this is a run-heavy offense like the ones Meyer ran in the college ranks, but the likelihood of the Jaguars being a losing team should force them to pass more than Meyer wants.
Anthony Firkser, TE, TEN
Firkser is having a great open to camp, and he might quieten the talk that the Titans need to upgrade at tight end.
Recommendation: Firkser should be on our waiver wire watch list as defenses will put him last on the list of coverage priorities.
Mecole Hardman, KC
Hardman has delivered on the faith the Chiefs have shown him, and he is firmly in the #2 receiver spot that Sammy Watkins vacated. Hardman is running short and intermediate routes with precision and playing much better so far in camp. Elsewhere Byron Pringle is ahead of Demarcus Robinson for the #3 receiver job, and Jerick McKinnon looks good enough to push Darrel Williams for the #2 running back job.
Recommendation: Keep Hardman on your target list and consider him around the 10-11th round.
Bryan Edwards, LV
Edwards is getting the chance to start outside over John Brown, and he is having another highlight-filled camp, causing Jon Gruden to gush about him and compare him to a receiver he shouldn’t be compared to.
Recommendation: Add Edwards to your waiver wire watch list.
CeeDee Lamb, WR, DAL
Seemingly every day, Lamb does something to wow onlookers at Cowboys camp. He has the look of the new alpha in Dallas.
Irv Smith Jr, TE, MIN
Smith has universally impressed onlookers in camp and appears ready for another step forward in year three. Tyler Conklin will play a larger role in the offense than Smith's fantasy teams would like, but Smith can still be a hit at ADP if he is improving at the rate that camp reports seem to suggest.
Recommendation: Whether you take an early tight end or not, keep Smith on your second half of the draft target list. Even if you have an early tight end, taking Smith eliminates one of the outs for teams that wait on the position.
Terrace Marshall Jr, WR, CAR
Marshall has been one of the most talked-about players at Panthers camp and should be the clear #3 receiver to open the season.
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