Week 2 AFC Training Camp: Fantasy Fallout
Week 2 AFC Training Camp: Fantasy Fallout
Last week was Week 2 for many of camp for many of the teams in the AFC. It is time your weekly fantasy update on all of the happenings around the AFC camps (click here for the week 1 recap). Tomorrow we will get to the NFC.
Fortunately, this week was much quieter on the injury front after last week saw injuries to big stars such as A.J. Green and Derrick Henry. Melvin Gordon is still holding out as well. There is still plenty of notes to go over and look at the possible fantasy fallout of some of the news that did come out.
We also had our first “official” game of the year Thursday night with the Denver Broncos beating the Atlanta Falcons 14-10. It sure is nice to have real live football back on our screens. On to this weeks fallout, in order by division finishes just like last week.
New England Patriots
Josh Gordon applied for reinstatement (again) and Maurice Harris appears to be an early standout in camp. A reinstatement for the often troubled wideout would mean excellent things for the Patriots and the recently extended Tom Brady. You can see here, using the QB History Tool at FFStatistics, that Tom Brady loves him some Josh Gordon.
Xavien Howard, who does not heap praise lightly, thinks Preston Williams will be a star in the NFL. Looking at the MS receiving yards tool on FFS, that may not be such a far fetched evaluation from someone who knows a thing or two about NFL caliber wideouts.
Josh Allen may be growing as a quarterback. Here is a quick takeaway of Tuesday’s practice from one of the Bills beat writers.
Josh Allen making all kinds of calls, checks and adjustments at the line during a no huddle session at the end of practice.
More than I’d ever seen before#BillsCamp
— Dan Fetes (@danfetes) August 5, 2019
This is good news for the Bills Mafia. Allen showed some flash late last season, scoring over 20 points in five of his last six games of the season. This came after sitting out several weeks with an injury.
New York Jets
The news late out of Jets camp late Tuesday was that Robby Anderson was being utilized in multiple formations and varying his route tree substantially. Could Adam Gase finally be utilizing his weapons on offense properly? If given the opportunity, Anderson could run with the big boys. In fact, the athletic wideout was better than Julio Jones on a point per opportunity in 2017.
Lamar Jackson can throw! Who knew? After last weeks notes that Mark Andrews was shining camp, this week brings us another second-year player who may be “getting it”. Jackson was a QB1 in five of the last seven weeks of the season, mostly in part to his 79.3 yards per game over that span. Add some accuracy to his game and we may have Mike Vick in his prime time performances from Jackson.
There is still no update on the Donte Moncrief injury from last week. What is known, is that the Steelers lack depth at the tight end position. This could be the year Vance McDonald breaks out. With only Xavier Grimble and Zach Gentry really competing at the position, there is no doubt that McDonald will see the lions share of snaps this season. Going back to our QB History Tool at FFS, we see that Ben Roethlisberger thrived when targeting his tight end. Gone is Jesse James and with no clear cut WR2, it could be a monster year for the veteran from Rice.
Other than Baker Mayfield shotgunning a beer at the Cleveland Indians game Monday night, it has been pretty quiet for the Browns. Nick Chubb is “excited” about pairing up with Kareem Hunt after the suspension is up. It is hard to imagine this being true. After all, Chubb’s splits with and without Carlos Hyde show that he excelled as the lead back in 10 games last season.
The news did not turn out well for A.J. Green. It is likely that the stud wideout will miss 6-8 weeks after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle. Last week we focused on how good Andy Dalton is with Green on the field. This week we will look at the tight end position since Tyler Eifert appears to be healthy again. Dalton has a career completion percentage of 68.71% when targeting the position over his seven-year career. This could mean big things for the oft-injured tight end with Green injured and Dalton and Eifert having nice chemistry together over the years.
Week 2 of the AFC camp recap rolls on with the Texans. News broke early Tuesday morning that D’Onta Foeman was put on waivers. What does this mean for Lamar Miller? Nothing really unless the Texans sign a quality backup that was better than Foreman. Last week we covered the consistency Miller brings to the table. If anything, Miller was better when Foreman was on the field. It is hard to see what all of the hype was about. Especially with Foreman coming off of an Achilles injury.
Speaking of D’Onta Foreman, the Colts signed him off of waivers the same day he was cut by the Texans. Should Marlon Mack or Nyheim Hines owners be worried? Nah. They will be just fine. This is likely just a depth signing as Spencer Ware was placed on the PUP list on Friday. Himes and even Jonathan Williams are falling right in place early on in camp.
— IndyStar (@indystar) August 5, 2019
Mack has been every bit as consistent as Dalvin Cook and Aaron Jones. Do not adjust your rankings because of this signing, no matter how much you may read on Twitter about how great Foreman is.
Corey Davis has been sitting out with a bit of a hamstring injury, including Saturday nights scrimmage. This opened up an opportunity for Tajae Sharpe to show off his skills, albeit for a short while. FFS graphics designer Will Mims was there live and mentioned that Adam Humphries stood out as well. This is more significant. Humphries seems to be a forgotten man in Nashville. Why no love? He did score double-digit points in half of his games in 2018, including eight of the last 12 games played.
The wide receiver battle is the big fantasy topic early on in Jaguars camp. The entire offense was broken down here a few months ago and honestly, not much has changed. It will be a dice roll on which receiver Nick Foles will fancy in this new offense. One would hope it is DeDe Westbrook. Westbrook is a gamble that could pay off. The speedy wideout showed flashes with even with the poor quarterback play but was up and down all season as evidenced by his weekly game log from FFS.
Kanas City Chiefs
The Week 2 AFC recap wraps up with the AFC West. Damien Williams not practicing due to a hamstring injury has Andy Reid and his fantasy owners in a tizzy. Reid spoke out about his disappointment and has praised Carlos Hyde in the media. Despite all of the questions surrounding Williams, his ADP in dynasty leagues is still on the rise.
Los Angeles Chargers
The big story here is obviously the lingering contract battle between the Chargers and Melvin Gordon. As far as on the field stuff, to no one’s surprise, Keenan Allen is doing Keenan Allen things. Allen is undervalued year after year in fantasy drafts. A look at the finishes of Allen and some wideouts who seem to get much more hype shows that you can get Allen at a bargain.
Then I will leave you with this gem before moving on:
This route by Keenan Allen is filthy.
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) August 4, 2019
The Broncos surprising signed recently released Theo Riddick on Saturday, further muddling the backfield situation in the Mile High City. Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman were already headed towards a potential even split in duties. The pass-catching prowess of Riddick may impact both of the young running backs snap counts for 2019. It is likely that Devontae Booker will be the odd man out here, but do not be surprised if Riddick plays more than the 316 offensive snaps that Booker saw last season. You have to lower your expectations on both Lindsay and Freeman with this news.
– How will this impact Phillip Lindsay?
– Will Riddick hold PPR value?
— Daily Blitz Podcast (@DailyBlitzPod) August 1, 2019
A Tyrell Williams resurgence in Oakland? Maybe so. Derek Carr has taken a liking to the former Dallas Cowboys receiver early on in camp. It is easy to forget that Williams was a WR2 as recently as 2016. That season, the forgotten pass-catcher scored double-digit points in 10 of 16 games, including seven of those over 15 points scored. Williams is free. Do not forget about him as a very late sleeper in deep leagues.
This concludes the Week 2 AFC camp recap article. Thank you for coming back for the second edition of the training camp fallout series. Next week there will be a third update from both conferences that will bring you up to speed on the latest issues relating to fantasy. Be sure to keep a lookout for the AFC each Tuesday and the NFC every Wednesday. As we gear up for peak draft season, these are the issues we need to be paying the closest attention to.