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June 19
09:40 PM
H Hurst (BAL)

Hayden Hurst signs four-year deal with Ravens
Hurst spent time playing minor league baseball in the Gulf Coast League, so he's already 25-years-old. He should start right away, but Baltimore tends to use multiple tight ends and is far from a dynamic passing attack. Hurst is a lesser TE2 in redraft and can regularly be drafted outside the top-20 in rookie-only drafts.

Fantasy Spin:
The Baltimore Ravens signed No. 25 overall pick TE Hayden Hurst to a four-year deal that includes a fifth-year team option. Hurst joins a crowded group of Ravens' tight ends but looked like a solid pass-catcher and developing blocker at South Carolina.
03:20 PM
B Mayfield (CLE)

Baker Mayfield has "a long way to go" to challenge Taylor
It's what should have been expected, given the fact that the Browns traded the first pick in the third-round despite knowing they would draft Mayfield shortly thereafter. The reports out of Cleveland to this point have been that Taylor is mastering Haley's offense and that you can clearly see the gap between him and Mayfield. You shouldn't be shocked to see Taylor start 10 games before the Browns bye in Week 11, making Mayfield an afterthought in redraft leagues. You should still be buying him in dynasty leagues, though.

Fantasy Spin:
In a recent article, beat writer Rob Rang reports that Browns offensive coordinator Todd Haley said Baker Mayfield has "a long way to go" before challenging veteran Tyrod Taylor.
June 18
11:15 PM

Willie Snead 'looking to have huge rebound year'
Snead averaged over 70 receptions and 900 yards in each of his first two seasons with New Orleans before a suspension and benching torpedoed his 2017 season. Baltimore has never been known as a high-octane offense, but Snead could find himself targeted a healthy number of times. He's basically free in fantasy leagues and certainly worth a late-round look in deeper PPR leagues.

Fantasy Spin:
The Baltimore Ravens will have a completely revamped receiving corps in 2018, and according to the Baltimore Sun, "if this minicamp is any indication, he's looking to have a huge rebound year." Snead joins Michael Crabtree and John Brown as new veteran acquisitions and the positive reports on the play of quarterbacks Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson could mean Snead will have a prominent role as Baltimore's slot receiver.
10:05 PM
M Gesicki (MIA)

Mike Gesicki inks four-year deal with Dolphins
Gesicki initially struggled in OTAs but once he gets up to speed, is likely to open the season as the Dolphins starting tight end. With Jarvis Landry's departure, there are a ton of available targets in Miami, so Gesicki is on the TE2/streaming radar.

Fantasy Spin:
The Miami Dolphins wrapped up their 2018 draft class by coming to terms with No. 42 overall pick Mike Gesicki on a four-year deal.
05:12 PM

Billy Price fully cleared for training camp
Most wondered if Price would fall in the draft after tearing a pectoral muscle at the NFL Combine and needing surgery on it, but as word leaked out that he should be ready for training camp, his stock didn't fall much at all. The Bengals took him in the first-round in an attempt to continue rebuilding their offensive line that looked lost without Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeitler last season. Price is likely to be a starter on day one and should be the guy handing the ball to Andy Dalton. If both he and recently-acquired left tackle Cordy Glenn work out, the Bengals offense could prove to be much more efficient this year. Price's presence helps not only the passing-game, but he should help provide some bigger holes for Joe Mixon and the run-game.

Fantasy Spin:
The Bengals first-round draft pick Billy Price has informed everyone via his Twitter account that he is fully cleared from his pectoral injury that he suffered while at the NFL Combine.
02:51 PM
K Johnson (DET)

Kerryon Johnson 'a good bet to carve out a nice role'
We've seen this all before out of Detroit. Johnson has a lot of talent but is likely to lose short-yardage work to LeGarrette Blount and passing down reps to Theo Riddick. Even behind an improving Detroit offensive line, Johnson could be limited to a dozen or so touches per week, which makes him more of an RB3/flex target in redraft formats. In dynasty, Johnson is firmly a top-10 pick

Fantasy Spin:
Albert Breer of MMQB wrote that second-round rookie running back Kerryon Johnson has "flashed competitiveness and great run instincts," in OTAs and minicamp. Breer thinks that Johnson is "a good bet to carve out a nice role in the fall," if he can get up to speed as a pass blocker, where he's reportedly shown big improvements.
01:36 PM
D Foreman (HOU)

D'Onta Foreman still has no timetable for return
Foreman talked about his diet being a big change during the rehab process, as he needs to keep his body fat percentage low because of his inability to do strenuous activities. He also said that the Texans told him it'd be a long recovery from the injury and that he may not be ready to contribute to the team in Week 1. We've heard rumblings about him starting the season on the PUP list, which would explain the Texans decision to re-sign Alfred Blue to another contract and retain Lamar Miller despite a lot of reports suggesting he might be cut this offseason. Foreman suffered the injury on November 19th and it often takes around 11 months for a player to return to the field, which makes it unlikely that he's ready for the start of the season. As of now, Foreman shouldn't be on your redraft radar unless you have a lot of bench spots.

Fantasy Spin:
The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson recently sat down with Texans running back D'Onta Foreman to discuss his recovery from a torn Achilles, and though it's been going well, there's no timetable for his return to the field.
01:00 AM
B Miller (HOU)

Braxton Miller the odd man out?
Miller has missed 11 games and averaged a paltry 7.6 yards-per-reception--an atrocious number. The Texans offense as a whole is looking up, but Miller's lack of explosiveness won't help him make the roster. He needs to come up huge in the preseason. Miller can safely be ignored in all formats.

Fantasy Spin:
Entering his third season with just 34 receptions for 261 yards and two touchdowns, Braxton Miller could be the odd man out of Houston's receiving corps. The Texans drafted Keke Coutee in the fourth round and re-signed Bruce Ellington. With more pressing injury concerns at both running back and tight end, the Texans may choose to keep five receivers, leaving Miller to battle for a roster spot with Tyler Ervin.
June 17
09:52 PM
R Penny (SEA)

Rashaad Penny shows improvements as pass blocker
The same article also says that Chris Carson, who has looked much improved, would be the starter if the season began today. Smart teams don't use first-round picks on running backs to put them in timeshares, so expect Penny to emerge from the preseason with a significant role for the Seahawks. Penny is firmly a top-3 rookie pick and on the RB2 radar in redraft leagues.

Fantasy Spin:
Even though OTAs and minicamp practices don't involve full pads, head coach Pete Carroll thinks that first-round rookie running back Rashaad Penny showed enough improvement as a pass blocker that the team feels comfortable using the No. 27 pick in any situation, including third downs. “We don’t have any hesitation that he is going to be fine in that area,’’ said Carroll.
09:32 PM
R Jones II (TBB)

Ronald Jones II
If Jones gets that kind of workload, he's going to potentially be an RB2 right out of the gate in a potent Tampa Bay offense that should give him ample opportunities to score. Our own Mike Tagliere has Jones as his No. 3 player in the 2018 draft class, making him a nice value at 1.06 and a player to target in the fourth or fifth round of redraft leagues.

Fantasy Spin:
Tampa Bay Times staff writer Rick Stroud wrote about the Bucs' first- and second-year players and surmised that second-round rookie running back Ronald Jones "could post the biggest numbers since he should get 15 to 20 touches per game." That would translate out to 240-320 touches in a 16-game season, which is a substantial workload for a rookie rusher that is expected to also cede some carries to Peyton Barber and passing-down work to Charles Sims.
02:52 PM
Z Pascal (TEN)

Zach Pascal signs with Colts
Pascal adds depth to an Indianapolis receiving corps that is in flux but is highly unlikely to make any NFL impact.

Fantasy Spin:
One day after being waived by the Tennessee Titans, the Indianapolis Colts claimed former Old Dominion wide receiver Zach Pascal off waivers. Pascal went undrafted and signed with Washington last year before eventually joining Tennessee's practice squad.
02:42 PM
E Ebron (IND)

Eric Ebron to have 'instant impact' in Indianapolis
Last year, the Colts used '12' personnel 28-percent of the time, which was the second highest rate in the league. While this is a new offense, Indy's unproven receiving corps and backfield make it highly likely that the team will use both Ebron and Jack Doyle extensively. The health of QB Andrew Luck is paramount to the fantasy prospects of any Indianapolis player. Assuming Luck is good to go, Ebron is a middle-of-the-pack tight end who has a solid chance of ending the season as a top-10 player but will also have some frustrating performances. Consider him a risk/reward TE2.

Fantasy Spin:
After four somewhat disappointing seasons in Detroit, tight end Eric Ebron was targeted as a versatile player who could have an immediate role with the Colts. During OTAs and minicamp, the Colts lined Ebron up all over the field and head coach Frank Reich complimented Ebron's intelligence, saying "he’s like really a highly intelligent football player. And that’s really good because you want to use a guy with the versatility that he has and move him around and call all kinds of things with him."
02:22 PM
N Hines (IND)

Nyheim Hines to be big part of Colts' offense?
Hines was a favorite of the draft community and just may have landed in an ideal spot. The Colts' backfield is far from settled and Hines could easily have an immediate fantasy impact as a chess piece type of versatile weapon. Hines's dynasty value has moved up into the top-25 of rookie-only drafts and his usage in training camp and the preseason could put him on the redraft radar.

Fantasy Spin:
Throughout OTAs and minicamp, fourth-round rookie running back Nyheim Hines was heavily featured as both a runner and receiver, lining up in the backfield, as a wide receiver, and in the slot. A former wide receiver who converted to running back at North Carolina State, Hines has a real opportunity to carve out a role in an Indianapolis offense that is undergoing a massive overhaul of both scheme and personnel.
02:05 PM
J Conner (PIT)

James Conner continues to impress
Tagging Bell again in 2019 would cost the Steelers over $20 million, which is a preposterous salary for a running back. There's a very good chance that Bell will be allowed to test free agency after this season and that Conner could potentially be the starter as soon as next year. Assuming Bell signs, he'll be a workhorse, so Conner is merely a handcuff in redraft leagues, but the former Pitt standout has quite a bit of dynasty appeal.

Fantasy Spin:
With Le'Veon Bell unsigned, second-year running back James Conner had a strong showing during OTAs and minicamp. Conner, who is fully recovered from a December MCL injury, took the majority of first-team reps and 'flashed nice speed and cutback ability in the backfield.' Bell, who has not signed the franchise tag, is likely to remain away from the team until September, which allows Conner to command a lot of touches throughout the preseason.
June 16
08:27 PM
C Meredith (NOS)

Cameron Meredith 'way ahead of schedule'
Meredith was very good in 2016, catching 66 passes for 888 yards and four touchdowns in 14 games with Chicago. If he is fully healthy by Week 1, as expected, Meredith is in an excellent position to potentially command 80+ targets for the high-octane Saints offense. Meredith is a strong sleeper candidate to target in the back-end of PPR drafts.

Fantasy Spin:
Jeff Duncan of Nola.com writes that wide receiver Cameron Meredith is "way ahead of schedule" according to head coach Sean Payton. Meredith tore his ACL last preseason and missed the entire 2017 season. New Orleans signed the 25-year-old restricted free agent and he's expected to replace Willie Snead as the Saints' slot receiver.

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