Guice/Mack Injuries Set Stage for Drastic Changes to ADP

As is customary in the NFL, Week 1 of the preseason was a bloodbath in terms of injuries to key fantasy players. This week’s version of the ADP-driven article will touch on a handful of players expected to assert themselves into a prime role thanks to injuries above them on the depth chart, and what that could mean for their draft stock.

InjuredDerrius Guice – Torn ACL, Out for season

Potential StarterRobert Kelley (NFFC ADP: 407/RB 113) and Samaje Perine (ADP: 293/RB 73)

Guice represented one of the rare, cost-effective running backs capable, and maybe even likely, to exceed their initial projections, as early fantasy drafters were able to capitalize on the uneasiness surrounding the rookie RB’s fall in the NFL Draft, securing what appeared to be a starting running back for a mid-to-late third round pick. That value was completely shattered after news surfaced Guice had torn his ACL following his first preseason carry on Thursday. Head coach Jay Gruden seemed confident the team wouldn’t add any veteran RBs in the immediate future, meaning Kelley or Perine will likely get the snaps on first and second down, with Chris Thompson mixing in as an excellent receiving option out of the backfield. Neither Kelley or Perine impressed in the starting role last season, but with no clear-cut leader in the clubhouse following the injury, I wouldn’t be surprised if both players get a crack at the job as the season progresses. While Kelley is listed as the starter for now, Perine profiles as the more explosive player (based almost entirely on his work at Oklahoma) and thus represents the best chance at capitalizing on the additional reps. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Perine creep into the top 100 by the time September rolls around, but without certainty that he’ll see the bulk of the carries I’m not sure that represents fantastic value. Fumbling issues, health problems and a lack of confidence from his head coach are all working against Perine, and those red flags are enough for me to wait till the later stages to draft him. In a roundabout way, Kelley might actually be the better play for fantasy drafters as he’s likely to come at a depreciated price compared to his teammate, but still fits the mold of a two-down back capable, and I use that word very loosely, or carrying the load.

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Post Deadline Playing Time Beneficiaries – NL West

We’ll finish up this series with the NL West, a division where four teams are nominally still alive, though only three teams behaved as if they are still contending. The Dodgers made the biggest splash of the trade season by acquiring Manny Machado, and then followed that up by getting Brian Dozier, who only homered in his first two games with the team. But the Diamondbacks didn’t fade away after the Dodgers caught (and for a while, passed) them, and they’ve also reloaded for the stretch run.

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NFL Training Camp Notes: Kirk Cousins looks sharp, David Johnson returns to field

With four teams playing games and the remainder of the NFL in practice, this Saturday brought no shortage of news to round out preseason Week 1. We’ll cover the important takeaways from the games here, including Kirk Cousin’s first snaps as a Viking and the return of David Johnson, but first let’s go over some quick-hitting developments from around the league.  

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NFL Training Camp and Preseason Notes: Darnold Impressive, Guice Devastated

While there were only two games on the preseason docket Friday night, there was no shortage of news after a much fuller exhibition slate Thursday. My colleague Corey Smith did an outstanding job of covering a lot of the major storylines coming out of those games here, but we’ll aim to provide some of the more notable day-after developments (including one particularly crushing season-ending injury) from the first big night of preseason action, as well as any news from any Friday camp practices.

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A Reluctant Zero RB Draft

I did the “Beat Jeff Erickson” draft last night, part of the RotoWire Online Championship hosted by the NFFC. For those of you unfamiliar with the format, it’s a 12-team league, but part of an overall contest, with the grand prize winner earning $100,000. Entry fee is $350, and winning your league earns you $1,500. The scoring format is PPR, six points for a passing touchdown, and we start 3 WRs and a flex.

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Post Deadline Playing Time Beneficiaries – NL Central

We’ll continue our tour today with the NL Central, a division that has four teams still alive in the playoffs race, though only three teams behaved as contenders. It was weird to see the Cardinals trading off some veteran talent while the Pirates were making big go-for-it trades. Then again, this came on the heels of the Cardinals firing their manager, so maybe the only weird part was seeing the Pirates pay in the price of precious (albeit flawed) prospects.

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NFL Training Camp Notes: Mayfield Lights Up Giants in Debut

Today brings us our first full slate of preseason action with 12 highly-anticipated matchups, including 10 cross-conference showdowns and two tilts between playoff teams from last season (Saints v. Jaguars and Eagles v. Steelers). We get our first glimpse at the No. 1 and No. 2 overall draft picks from the 2018 NFL Draft as the Browns visit the Meadowlands to take on the G-Men, and Andrew Luck sees his first live game action in 19 months. Perhaps most notably, we get to watch the notorious chain-snatcher himself, Aqib Talib face off with Michael Crabtree as the Rams and Ravens battle in Baltimore.

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