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news: Steelers RB Naji Harris is expected to be active against the Patriots in the second week.
What does this mean in fiction: When asked about his leg injury, Harris told SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio that “I’m good” and that he planned to play in the Steelers Week 2 home opener at Acrisure Stadium. He also dealt with a Lisfranc sprain during training camp, which means Harris is battling multiple injuries, and we’re just entering Week 2. This is my biggest concern. If you have Harris on your roster, Jaylen Warren should be added to your roster as a contingency plan.
news: ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler has reported that the Chargers are “unlikely” to play against the Chiefs of WR Keenan Allen in Week 2.
What does this mean in fiction: Allen was injured in the first half of the Chargers’ Week 1 win over the Raiders. With a seasoned receiver, Josh Palmer is firmly on the Flex radar. Palmer had five receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown in a game Allen missed last season. He is available in 98.6% of the league. Jalen Guyton or DeAndre Carter will increase the playing time for those playing in the deeper formats.
news: Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network and SportsTalk 790 reported that Texans coach Lowy Smith said the original plan in Week 1 was to include more Damien Pierce.
Field Yates explained the imaginary value of Damon Pierce after Rex Birkhead received an important assignment for the Texans.
What does this mean in fiction: The highly regarded sleeper ended up playing only 29% of the Texan’s offensive snaps and finished with 12 touches, while Rex Birkhead played 71% of the snaps, scoring 19 touches and 70 yards. Catching Pierce is important, as Smith mentioned that blocking and receiving passes are two areas he can improve upon. At this point in Pierce’s career, Birkhead does those things way better.
news: ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports that the Cowboys won’t be trading for quarterbacks just yet.
What does this mean in fiction: Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Tuesday that Dak Prescott would not be placed on injured reserve and could return in Week 5. It’s an optimistic timetable, and fantasy managers know how Russell Wilson fared last season after returning too soon from a similar injury. , Since 2016, the Cowboys are at the top 5-6 without Prescott. In those games, Dallas averaged only 21 points per game, with an overall QBR of 43. Cooper Rush should only be considered in the deepest of the Superflex League.
news: ESPN’s Field Yates reported that Ty Montgomery was placed on injured reserve by the Patriots.
What does this mean in fiction: Montgomery will be unavailable for at least four matches after recovering from a knee injury. Ramondre Stevenson will likely fill in for him as the Patriots’ third-down rusher and pass catcher. He is on the flex radar in Week 2 against the Steelers.
news: ESPN’s Kevin Seifert reports that Irv Smith Jr. was not involved in the Vikings offense in Week 1 by Design.
What does this mean in fiction: Jonny Mund played 40 snaps compared to Smith’s 19. There was variety in the pass routes as well. The imaginary managers were triggered. Managers looking for a TE streamer won’t be able to trust Smith in the spec. Gerald Everett and Tyler Higby are better streaming options.
news: The Athletic’s Jeff Howe said Patriots WR Kendrick Bourne is expected to extend his playing time.
What does this mean in fiction: According to Tom E. Curran of NBC Sports Boston, Bourne was involved in a preseason fight in a joint exercise with the Panthers and was also late to the team meeting. It is expected that Bourne’s playing time will increase after playing only two snaps against the Dolphins in Week 1. Patriots owner Robert Kraft has been adamant that he wants Bourne on the field and Matt Patricia out — not from Bill Belichick’s doghouse. If you have the space it might be worthwhile to fly in the deep formats at Bourne.
Going Deeper: Bourne had 55 receptions for 800 receiving yards and a 79% catch rate last season with just two drops.
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