Articles by Kevin Payne

Kevin has worked for Rotowire just under a decade and has covered basketball, baseball and football. A glutton for punishment, he roots for his hometown Bills, Sabres and the New York Yankees. He hosts the RotoWire SiriusXM show every Wednesday and Friday and you can follow him on Twitter @KCPayne26.

Friday Training Camp Notes: Russell Wilson’s Wallet Is Fatter

Here’s a look at training camps from Friday:

– Russell Wilson got paid. Wilson signed a four-year, $87.6 million extension with $60 million guaranteed. The deal isn’t a surprise to anyone and with Wilson happy with the new contract he should be primed for another big season. The addition of Jimmy Graham gives him the best receiving weapon he’s ever had and Wilson will still get plenty of valuable rushing yards for fantasy owners. Look for him to finish as a top-5 player at the position.

Best College Hoops Team For Players In The NBA

In the spirit of March Madness I thought I’d let you know how your favorite team’s players rank up against the best after they graduate and go onto bigger and better things. For most of them, that would mean going to the NBA and not a car rental company, insurance agency, etc. And by going up against the best, I mean Kentucky. There isn’t a more successful collegiate school right now that can boast their players in the NBA. Here’s a current list of active NBA players who played at Kentucky:

Thursday’s Training Camp Notes: Benny Has Some Jets

Notes from Thursday:

– Thursday marked the last game for many teams and therefore many starters didn’t suit up. Don’t be alarmed if one of your starters wasn’t in the box score.

– Cody Lattimer and Jacob Tamme are expected to see time in the slot should Wes Welker (concussion) miss any time. We’ve seen Peyton Manning make a household name out of Tamme in the past while Latimer is the more talented of the two. It may take a few games for Latimer to earn Peyton’s trust and Tamme is worth a look in two-tight end leagues should Welker miss any time.

– Josh Gordon is not eligible to play in the CFL this season. Due to Gordon still being under contract by the Browns, he cannot play in the CFL. His legal team continues to look into ways to get Gordon on the field sooner than later. Andrew Hawkins picked up the start opposite Miles Austin Thursday night and will likely take Gordon’s place in the lineup this season. Hawkins will end up the top wide receiving option for Brian Hoyer once Austin suffers another hamstring injury.

Thursday’s Training Camp Notes

Notes from Thursday:

– Julio Jones expects to play in Saturday’s preseason game. Jones had surgery last October on his foot and hasn’t practiced in back-to-back days during camp. Seeing him perform at game speed Saturday would ease any concerns about his health. Jones currently holds an ADP of 12, according to our friends at the NFFC.

– Jordy Nelson is slated to do some work at practice on Friday. He’s currently nursing a balky hamstring (isn’t everyone?) and could play in Saturday’s preseason game. He currently holds an ADP of 18 and the injury isn’t believed to be too serious.

 – Charles Sims, who has gotten a little sleeper buzz, is currently in a walking boot due to a bad ankle. Coach Lovie Smith has stated he won’t be playing anytime soon and the injury sounds like it’s a lot more than a day-to-day deal. While it’s early to speculate on Week 1, Bobby Rainey would likely see more action if Sims was to miss any time.

Endangered Ivory?

Notes from Thursday’s Training Camps:

– Both Arian Foster and Andre Johnson will miss Saturday’s preseason game according to Bill O’Brien. Foster (undisclosed) and Johnson (hamstring) have both been held out of practice over most of the week and neither injury is believed to be serious. Owners shouldn’t worry at this point, although seeing them on the field over the next 7-10 days would ease any concerns.

– Odell Beckham is getting close to returning to the practice field. Beckham is missing valuable time getting down the Giants’ new offense as well as building his rapport and timing with Eli Manning. In related news, Reuben Randle has drawn rave reviews in camp and could end up as the main red zone target given his size. Look for Beckham to compete with both Reuben Randle and Jerrel Jernigan for snaps and targets once he returns.

Is There A Sleeper Rookie Wide Receiver In Jacksonville?

Marshawn Lynch

– Marshawn Lynch ended his holdout and reported to training camp. Lynch was accumulating fines and it’ll be interesting to see which side blinked first, if we ever find out. Most fantasy pundits have been split on Lynch’s value with some pointing out his gaudy stats last season while others will bring up his mileage and capable backups behind him. Look for him to be a late first/early second round pick in most formats. At that price, it’s doubtful he’ll find his way on to any of my teams.

– Allen Robinson left practice with a hamstring injury. The injury isn’t believed to be serious but Robinson has been dealing with this since offseason workouts. Both Robinson and fellow rookie Marquise Lee have drawn rave reviews from the coaching staff and one of them is likely to line up opposite Cecil Shorts Week 1. Both are interesting late round sleepers for a team that may have to throw the ball a lot and gain garbage time stats.

Training Camp Notes – Beast Mode Holding Out

Marshawn Lynch

• Ray Rice is suspended for the first two games of the season. All you need to do is check out Twitter to see the outrage over this suspension. There is video evidence of Rice hitting his fiancee and knocking her out, yet the NFL feels smoking some Mary Jane is more offensive. The true fantasy takeaway is that Bernard Pierce will only have a two-game audition as the prime running back against the Steelers and Bengals. How the carries are distributed after those two games remains to be seen.