Fantasy Relevant News From the First Week of Training Camp

Corey Coleman Showing Out at Browns Camp

Early reports out of Browns camp is that Corey Coleman has been explosive and uncoverable through the first few days of camp. Coleman is a guy that has been considerably higher in our offseason player rankings than in the expert consensus. There a few reasons for this: for one the Browns passing game is due for a fairly significant uptick in production in year two under Hue Jackson. Another reason we are high on Coleman is that both Barnidge and Pryor left this offseason. That is a lot of targets on a team that is likely going to be playing from behind for the majority of the upcoming season.

Dalvin Cook taking first-team reps

Honestly this is non-news, but feels like a headline that some news outlets are really running with. Both Murray and McKinnon are out for the start of camp, so Cook is getting the reps by default. He will likely be in a timeshare that sees him get no more than 1/3 the snaps at RB for the Vikings this season.

Mike Williams shut down at Chargers camp

The nature of the Chargers top draft pick’s injury (herniated disk) makes it extremely hard to predict if Williams will be a full go in week one or out for the season. If Williams doesn’t get a camp or any preseason action, I think he’s hardly draftable. The Chargers are extremely deep at receiver, and the Chargers are likely going to be cautious with their injury-prone receiver.

Tyler Lockett placed on the PUP list

If you have an early fantasy draft this year, use Lockett’s injury status as an opportunity to steal him. In our latest Seahawks pass catcher projections, we have Lockett just slightly behind Doug Baldwin. This is a big-play guy that was never healthy last season. Tyler Lockett has TY Hilton upside, and will have a huge role in Seattle’s offense if he is able to stay healthy in 2017.

Brian Hoyer Sharp in 49ers Initial Practices

The schedule isn’t great, the talent around him isn’t great, but Kyle Shanahan knows how to gameplan, prepare, and paycall. Given the right matchup, Hoyer and Hyde will absolutely be fantasy relevant this season specifically on FanDuel and DraftKings.

Paxton Lynch Up-and-Down at Broncos Camp

Denver’s two quarterbacks couldn’t be more different… Lynch has a huge arm and is athletic, but is inaccurate, indecisive, and inexperienced. Siemian is as accurate in the mid to short range passing game as just about anyone, and is decisive and consistent, but is unspectacular athletically and throwing the ball down field. With as great as the defense is here, it would be nothing short of a miracle if Lynch is somehow able to limit his mistakes and win this job.

Sammy Watkins ready for camp

Consider yourself warned with Sammy Watkins. He’s healthy, should finally be in an NFL-caliber offensive system, and in a contract year. Just looking at his first two seasons, we are talking about one of most efficient, productive down field receivers in the history of the league. (statistical proof of that statement) Watkins has top 5 potential every season, despite a new coaching staff, and fairly inconsistent QB play.

John Brown to miss time with injury

It is getting to the point with Smoke Brown where he’s too inconsistent to draft. His role, target share, and upside will see him drafted somewhere in the early-middle rounds of your draft, but will you spend this season wondering if he’s healthy? He has played through injuries for two straight seasons, but when he’s healthy he has top 20 upside. I still love the player and the role, but if he’s injured throughout camp and preseason, he may once again be a doubtful/questionable nightmare all season.

Browns trying to extend Isaiah Crowell

Between this news, and the news that the Browns see Duke Johnson playing a lot of slot this season, I think it’s safe to say Crowell’s job, early down, and goal line work are safe. The Browns have pieced together a beastly offensive line that could allow for Crowell to crack 1200 yards and 10 touchdowns as a workhorse back on a team that need to control the ball this season.

Carlos Hyde looks great at camp

Nothing to see here, we have been high on Hyde since he was drafted. Look for Kyle Shanahan to find a way to get him 20 touches per week. Hyde could be one of those 4-5 RB’s that are drafted outside the top 15, but finish the season in the top 10.

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Written by Chris Lollis

Chris is the lead researcher and writer for The Daily Audible. He has a decade of experience in sports gambling, handicapping, daily fantasy sports, scouting, and analysis.

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