It’s actually been a pretty big day of training camp, as some important injury updates are rolling in that may impact upcoming fantasy drafts. We’ll start out in New England-
As we head into the third week of preseason games, when most teams will actually use their starters for more than a handful of snaps, some job battles are beginning to clear up while other situations are just getting messier — including the ongoing holdouts in Dallas and Los Angeles. Here’s the recap of the news from Sunday:
It’s the calm before the storm. So many storylines to unfold over the course of the upcoming regular season, and we’re only a week away from “dress rehearsal” games getting underway in Week 3 of the exhibition slate. We find ourselves entering the depths of “draft season” in the fantasy football community, at the turn of the second and third full weeks of August. Which seventh-round rookie will rise to fantasy glory? Which household names will fall off the map? We know that the 2018 postseason only contained five of 12 teams from the prior year’s tournament, so which teams will drop out of the playoff picture and which will jump from worst to first? Many of the clues are unearthed right here, in the preseason. Are you ready for some football?
For all the fuss made when the Dolphins opened training camp with Kalen Ballage as the first-team running back over Kenyan Drake, it seemingly turned out to be nothing when Drake played ahead of Ballage with the starters in Miami’s preseason opener. Finally, clarity!
That clarity lasted only a moment, as Drake was seen Tuesday wearing a walking boot, with a minor foot injury identified as the culprit. With that, we’re set back to square one, or potentially even further back than that, depending on how quickly Drake recovers. The Dolphins say they expect him to be ready for Week 1, so perhaps things will proceed as previously planned.
The second full week of preseason kicked off Thursday night, and unlike last week’s rollout, there was more playing time for front-line starters. Additionally, high-profile rookies Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins were both in action again, making it a particularly intriguing night of exhibition play. With 10 teams in action, let’s dive right into some of the notable developments of the evening!
Much of the news out of camp today regards some key fantasy assets. With the next round of preseason clashes due to start in less than 24 hours, let’s check the latest updates from around the league.
- Odell Beckham has been absent from practice since Aug. 6 with a minor hip issue but is expected back soon. Coach Freddie Kitchens left open the possibility the star wideout could play in Saturday’s preseason game against the Colts. Whether he does or not, let this be a reminder that OBJ missed half his team’s games over the past two years, and at least four games in three of his five NFL seasons. Something to consider when taking him in the first round of fantasy drafts.