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News: Josh Jacobs played in Thursday’s Hall of Famer game while the Raiders sat with several key starters including Derek Carr, Davante Adams and Darren Waller.

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What does fantasy mean? Fantasy managers were stunned to see Jacobs on the field. Earlier this offseason, Las Vegas rejected Jacobs’ option for a fifth year. Now they treat him like a player who needs to win a job. The rear of the Raiders promises to be disappointing.

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Let’s go deeper: Based on live drafting trends, I would prefer Michael Pittman Jr., Terry McLaurin, Dionte Johnson and Brice Hall, all of whom have the same ADPs as Jacobs. Managers who want to get to know the Raiders’ backfield would be better off choosing Kenyan Drake or Zamir White much later.

News: Sportzshala’s Adam Schefter told Dionte Johnson that he had signed a two-year extension with the Steelers for up to $39.5 million and included a guaranteed $27 million.

What does fantasy mean? Johnson’s contract fits the key role he will play in the Steelers’ passing game. We predict he’ll get 141 targets, and targets are targets regardless of the quarterback’s situation. Johnson is currently a WR17 in line with our current drafting trends, which is great value for last year’s WR7 in PPR formats.

News: Isaiah McKenzie continues to impress in the Bills’ training camp as a first-team wide receiver.

What does fantasy mean? McKenzie could be an important offensive component for the Bills, who last season was fifth with 389.3 yards per game. This off-season, he signed a two-year contract worth up to $8 million. Mackenzie is someone worth keeping an eye on in deeper fantasy formats.

Let’s go deeper: Mackenzie may be more involved in Bills’ crime than you think. Over the past two seasons, Buffalo has played 1,534 games with exactly three wide receivers, fifth in the league. (Add to that sets of four receivers, and the Bills have had more than 100 games of their kind than any other team in the league.) In addition, Allen has targeted his slot receiver 389 times in the last two seasons. Only Patrick Mahomes (408) did it more often.

News: According to Bills coach Sean McDermott, James Cook is the favorite for the third quarterback position.

What does fantasy mean? Cook’s pass defense is still being worked on, but McDermott is confident that everything will come together before the start of the regular season. Last season, the Bills ranked seventh in pass attempts per game (37.7). We expect this trend to continue in 2022. There could be more than 100 targets per runner for the Bills this season. In PPR formats, Cook is a flexible option as he is better at running the route and catching passes than Devin Singletary.

News: Matthew Stafford will be out of team practice next week due to tendinitis in his elbow.

What does fantasy mean? This spring, Stafford received an “anti-inflammatory injection” into his throwing arm. While Stafford is familiar with the Rams’ offensive formation, it’s not ideal that he’s wasting time. He is currently QB12 in our draft trends. Managers who are not prone to injury might consider choosing Derek Carr or Trey Lance, who have the same ADP as Stafford.

News: A.J. Brown has been the focus of the Eagles offense during training camp so far.

What does fantasy mean? I know some people ask, “Why should I care?” but you should. After trading for Brown during this year’s NFL Draft, the Eagles signed him to a four-year, $100 million contract. They need him to be the focal point that can lead to a high-goal career in 2022, after averaging just 6.8 goals and a fantastic 15 points per game so far. Last season, only the Titans (32.1) had more rushes per game than the Eagles (31.5). With Brown and Devonta Smith being the Eagles’ top two wide receivers, this trend is unlikely to continue. Brown is currently the WR13 in our current draft picks, but he has the potential to finish in the top five. /p>

News: Chris Godwin returned to training on Friday.

What does fantasy mean? The news is very important for Godwin, who suffered an ACL injury at the end of the 2021 season. The fact that he didn’t make the list of puppies was already reassuring. Godwin wore a brace on his right knee. His return and the signing of Julio Jones reduces the ceiling of Russell Gage’s fantasy. The Godwin WR23 is in our current drafting trends, but it has risen in the last seven days. /p>

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Eric Carabella’s annual “Don’t Draft” list highlights big names you should let others pick.

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