It’s Friday! Soon, you’re going to be free from work and ready to prep for your 2021 Fantasy Football draft. Many will have drafts this weekend, so let’s get you caught up to speed.
Training camp has been eventful, to say the least. Just ask Titans’ DB Chris Jackson, who took a left hook from Tampa Bay wide receiver Antonio Brown (come on AB!) at the Bucs/Titans practice on Thursday. Brown managed to pull Jackson’s helmet off, and landed a clean shot to the helpless defender’s face. The image essentially represents players trying to make it through camp without injury as Brown is a nagging hamstring, and Jackson is your favorite Fantasy player.
This week, we are going to take a look at the latest injuries and depth chart changes at training camp, as well as take a look at the latest risers and fallers for 2021 Fantasy Football.
Head Coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed that Mark Andrews left Thursday’s practice with severe cramps. The problems seem to be heat-related as things turned scary at Raven’s practice when Andrews collapsed and need to be taken off the field via ambulance.
This will be a situation to monitor as Andrews, Rashod Bateman, Marquise Brown, and Sammy Watkins are all dealing with injuries. The state of the Ravens’ receivers is nebulous at best. Hopefully their best pass-catcher
Bruce Arians said on Thursday that newly acquired free agent running back Giovani Bernard is going to be a major part of the Buccaneers offense.
Last season Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette combined for 89 targets in the Bucs offense that was sixth in total pass attempts. Now Gio will look to take the third-down role in 2021 as made evident by him being on the first third down of Week 1 pre-season.
I expect Bernard to have success in this role. Brady had a reliable pass-catching option in James White for years with New England, so it is clear that bringing in a player like Bernard was a priority.
In PPR leagues he is virtually free in the back-end of drafts, and he may even be a sneaky DFS play for week one. I’m all in on Gio as a sneaky play for 2021 Fantasy Football.
An audible sigh of relief came out of Pittsburgh yesterday as second-year wide receiver Chase Claypool was diagnosed with an ankle sprain. Claypool needed to be helped off the practice field on Tuesday, and things were grim momentarily.
Chase Claypool is a guy that should be targeted as a WR3 in 2021 Fantasy Football. Most roster builds in Fantasy tend to have at least one flex spot and/or three wide receiver slots. In either of these cases, Claypool will be a guy you will be happy to roster.
Solidifying volume and upside with each of your first two picks at wide receiver is key. Imagine starting off a draft with a stud running back and either DeAndre Hopkins or Calvin Ridley in the second round. How about following that up with Keenan Allen in the third? That is about 300 targets combined with upside. Then, add Chae Claypool. This is a player that has the ability to make your roster unbeatable on a given week. If he hits and takes the next steps in year two, it could be massive for 2021.
Claypool already has done it, getting 109 targets for 62 catches, 872 yards, and nine touchdowns. I see the volume going up for Claypool in his sophomore season, and expect to see Diontae Johnson’s target volume decrease. While Johnson should still lead the team in targets, I think the gap will be closer than most are projecting.
Lindsay and Mark Ingram are currently listed as co-starters on the Texans’ depth chart. This is a shock to most who expected last year’s starter David Johnson to reprise the role. Instead, Johnson will be the third-down back as it stands now. The former Fantasy star is not happy, but has reluctantly accepted the role saying “obviously, as it’s going on. in the moment it’s tough.”
I have speculated most of the offseason that eventually Lindsay would have an expanded role. With Deshaun Watson not coming back to play for the Texans this year, Houston is going to be…bad. It makes sense that once the Texans are out of contention, sooner rather than later, they would use the 27-year-old Lindsay compared to 31-year old Ingram or Johnson, 29.
Lindsay should be viewed as a late to last round flier who looks to get the majority of the work to start the season but could walk into even more volume later in the season.
Coming off of three straight seasons with at least 700 rushing yards to start his career, it is no secret that the Ravens
love Gus Edwards. And why shouldn’t they? Edwards has never averaged less than five yards per carry in each of those years and is listed as the co-starter on the Raven’s depth chart with sophomore J.K. Dobbins.
I love Dobbins this season and he often falls to a good spot, sometimes into the fourth round. The upside that Edwards possesses, with built-in stand-alone value to boot, makes him a viable late-round running back for 2021 Fantasy Football.
After two straight seasons of 100-plus targets, the Fantasy community/consensus average draft position (ADP) is high on DeVante Parker, right? Yes, actually Parker is sitting at…
*checks Underdog ADP*
…WR55 off the board. That’s right, 2019’s WR7 is now going as the WR55 in drafts. Sure, he dropped down to WR41 last year, but that means he is still a great value.
The thing I keep asking myself and have documented on Team Rise or Fall, and on my weekly podcast, The Hot Take, is “what if Tua Tagovailoa is good?”. The Miami offense could be more explosive than anyone realizes with Parker, Jaylen Waddle, and Will Fuller.
Parker could still see 100 targets with the receivers mentioned, and he is always a red zone threat. Parker is a sneaky Week 1 start since Fuller will be suspended. Fuller is also dealing with a foot injury so his Week 2 status is unclear, making Parker a great value for 2021 Fantasy Football.
Sutton is presumably the WR1 on the Broncos but is coming off of a torn ACL that took him down Week 1 in 2020. Now he is going off the board at WR32 and still possesses the upside we want at that spot.
However, Sutton has not looked like he did prior to the injury, and Jerry Jeudy is poised to make the sophomore jump that is so highly coveted in Fantasy Football. Drew Lock had an impressive outing in his first preseason game this year, and looks like he will be the starter heading into Week 1. The second-year starter has been connecting with Jeudy and fellow sophomore receiver K.J. Hamler frequently throughout training camp and preseason.
Reports at camp have all been negative referring to Sutton. If his ADP dips in drafts because of it, read the room because he could be a huge value. However, tread lightly with the hobbled Sutton heading into 2021 Fantasy Football drafts.
Anderson is another banged-up wide receiver who has missed practice with a hamstring injury. While missing one or two practices at this point in the offseason is normal, Anderson’s ADP is kind of scary right now.
Even though he has fallen back almost two spots, he is still being selected in the back of the fifth round. It is easy to be infatuated with Anderson’s 95 receptions in 2020, but if you want that kind of production Tyler Boyd is being taken a full round later and Juju Smith-Schuster two rounds later.
With Sam Darnold coming in to replace Teddy Bridgewater, Terrace Marshall Jr. emerging as a legit option, and Anderson dealing with injury – there are a few reasons to fade Anderson in 2021 Fantasy Football.
– Steven Toroni @FFProfessorST3
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