All aboard! Lions’ rookie Kenny Golladay made the most of his three catches against the Colts, as he scored a pair of touchdowns while gaining 53 yards. With Indy playing the only daytime game today, most serious fantasy owners will see the highlights (if they didn’t watch the game live), and overreact to his big day. His ADP was 164, but it certainly will creep up at least a round or two. However, at best, he’ll be in the slot when the team goes to three-WRs while being the fourth target in the pecking order. Certainly draft him if you really like him, but it’s difficult to imagine that he’ll be a star in year one.
• As Jordan Reed tries to work through a toe injury, the team will evaluate him after the Week 2 preseason game to determine his status. Despite his amazing upside, unless he checks out fully healthy, he should only be drafted if he falls to a place in which the additional injury risk is accounted for.
• Sticking with Washington, Josh Doctson and preseason work don’t seem to get along well. After missing time last year with an Achilles injury, he’ll miss another four-to-five days with a hamstring pull he suffered last week. Fantasy managers are drafting him roughly 125 picks into drafts, but if he doesn’t play in preseason games, that seems like a pretty steep price to pay for a player who’s essentially a rookie after missing last season.
• Another player dealing with a hamstring injury is DeMarco Murray, but after missing a week’s worth of practices, he’s expected to practice this week. His ADP is around 24 (it’s fallen over the past couple weeks), and as long as he checks out healthy, he should continue to be drafted with confidence as the lead back in a run-heavy offense.
• Staying at RB, after carrying nine times for 31 yards and a touchdown in the first preseason game, Leonard Fournette is dealing with a foot injury and will be carefully managed by the team. Until more information is released about the specific nature of the rookie’s injury, fantasy managers drafting early may consider taking a similarly -ranked player if they prefer to play it safe.
• In their first preseason game, the Lions were without the services of Theo Riddick, as he continues to recover from a wrist injury he suffered last year. In addition, he’s been practicing, but he’s been wearing a no-contact red jersey because the team doesn’t want him to handle contact yet. Unless he plays in the preseason, he has an elevated level of risk in fantasy drafts.
• In today’s QB news, Cam Newton threw passes in drills for the first time in 14 days as he progresses in his return from shoulder surgery. Although the Panthers expect him to be ready for Week 1, he still needs to be considered a question mark until he’s throwing without limitations. More importantly, his inability to practice in full won’t help him develop chemistry with Christian McCaffrey.
• Over in Chicago, Markus Wheaton broke a finger on his left hand and it’s unclear as to how much time he’ll miss with his current ailment. He suffered his injury the day after returning from a 13-day absence after undergoing an appendectomy. If he misses significant time, it’ll be difficult for him to secure a significant role in the offense at least to start the season.
• And yes, we have kicker news today! The Buccaneers added Zach Hocker to compete with Nick Folk to be the team’s starting placekicker after the release of Roberto Aguayo. Although Folk likely has the advantage in this competition, it would be wise for those drafting early to avoid this situation until a clear winner is named.
• Speaking of Aguayo, the Bears signed him today, and should the 2016 second-round draft choice figure out his accuracy issues, he’ll compete with Connor Barth. Those in early drafts might want to avoid both of these players until one is established as the team’s starter.