Articles by David Phillips

A listing of all the articles written by David Phillips for the RotoWire Blog.

NFL Training Camp Blog: Zeke finally eats! Plus, injury round-up.

It’s finally here. After months of hype, rumors and news, the NFL regular season finally begins on Thursday. For fantasy football fans, this is our Christmas Eve, as we have but one sleep remaining until we can begin to unwrap our gifts.

With rosters now settled, most of the news regards injured players and their chances of playing this weekend. There was one glaring exception, however. Ezekiel Elliott finally ended his holdout to sign a six-year deal worth $90 million early Wednesday morning. He then joined his teammates for his first practice of the summer.

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NFL Training Camp Notes: Zeke and Mellie still holding out, McKinnon has setback

More preseason action is coming to us in less than 24 hours and more news along with it. Contract negotiations, injuries, and job battles are still the main topics of the day. Let’s start with the stars.

  • Will they or won’t they? Perhaps the biggest questions of the 2019 preseason are when and if Ezekiel Elliott and Melvin Gordon end their holdouts in time to suit up in Week 1. Conflicting reports have emerged from a combination of media and team sources. In Dallas, the Joneses can’t seem to get their story straight, with executive vice president Stephen expressing confidence in reaching a deal with Zeke before the opener while owner Jerry is saying he isn’t worried if they don’t. In Los Angeles, you have Erik D. Williams of ESPN projecting Gordon to be on the opening 53-man roster while Ian Rapoport says the Chargers may be without their star back for a few games. The market is taking Gordon’s threat more seriously as he’s dropped to the third or fourth round in NFFC ADP this month while Elliott is still going fourth overall. Personally, I am shying away from each until I hear their deals are done or they fall to me at a significantly lower cost.

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NFL Training Camp Notes: Who’s playing and who’s sitting this week

Injuries, injuries, and more injuries seem to dominate Wednesday’s NFL news. Fortunately, much of it is related to players nearing a return. However, the biggest story involves a player choosing not to play.

  • Melvin Gordon’s holdout is expected to last into the regular season, according to Ian Rapoport, who unfortunately didn’t say just how far into the year that might last. At the start of camp, there were reports the running back may hold out till midseason, which scares me too much to draft him even at no. 30 overall where his ADP has been in NFFC leagues over the last two weeks. However, the less risk-averse willing to take him in the third round could find themselves with quite a steal if the situation resolves itself in a timely manner.

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NFL Training Camp Notes: OBJ could play Saturday, Luck in Week 1 limbo

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.

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NFL Training Camp Notes: Still no Zeke or AB, but Hill and Fournette looking good

We get 11 preseason games tomorrow, and naturally, there are developments flowing out of camps.

  • Bad news on the Ezekiel Elliott front: the league’s leading rusher in 2018 isn’t expected to end his holdout before the Cowboys break training camp 10 days from now, per Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News. The good news is this standoff shouldn’t extend into the regular season as Elliott will neither get paid nor accrue time towards free agency while he is absent, so the fourth-year vet has every incentive to show up for the regular season.

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NFL Training Camp Notes: Thomas gets paid, Green likely to miss opener

We are yet another day closer to the NFL season, and the news keeps rolling in.

  • We’ll start with a big payday as the Saints and star wideout Michael Thomas agreed to a five-year, $100 million extension that will keep him in New Orleans until 2024, per Adam Schefter. Whether Drew Brees will still be throwing the three-year vet the ball then remains to be seen, but for now, rest assured at least that that connection remains intact for the upcoming regular season.

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NFL Training Camp Notes: Gordon doesn’t show, Guice fully cleared, Luck limited

Another day, another training camp round-up. Every team has at least had its rookies report to camp save for Dallas and San Francisco and news abounds. Let’s get right to it.

  • Melvin Gordon stayed true to his word and didn’t show up to camp. He wants a new contract, and the two sides are reportedly far apart in negotiations. Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson will take first-team reps in the 26-year-old’s absence and would be the main beneficiaries if he were to get traded or if this becomes Le’Veon Bell, pt. deux.
  • Washington’s Derrius Guice has been cleared for full participation in practice according to John Keim of ESPN. The 2018 second-round pick is expected to share carries evenly with Adrian Peterson to begin the season and has feature-back potential if he can stay healthy in his first year back from an ACL tear.

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