Every day Notes: Tim Patrick’s harm, Rams backfield, WR updates in Dallas and Pittsburgh

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The information: Sources informed ESPN that Broncos receiver Tim Patrick suffered a torn ACL in Tuesday’s follow and can miss the 2022 season

What it means in fantasy: Okay.J. Hamler’s function within the Broncos’ offense might want to increase quickly. Over the previous two seasons, Patrick averaged 5.29 targets per sport, which is what Hamler would possibly inherit. It’s best to think about Hamler late in your fantasy soccer draft as a high-end WR4 in a Broncos offense led by Russell Wilson.

The information: ESPN Rams reporter Sarah Barshop quotes Rams coach Sean McVay as saying “I have a look at it as we have got two beginning [running] backs.”

What it means in fantasy: Though coach converse is not the top all be all, one factor is obvious from this information: Cam Akers is unlikely to the lion’s share of the touches within the Rams’ backfield, irrespective of how wholesome he’s. Darrell Henderson is the RB50 in keeping with our reside draft traits, whereas Akers is the RB15. At his common draft place, Akers carries extra threat than managers anticipated.

The information: Jerry Jones needs to present the Cowboys’ youthful vast receivers an opportunity and won’t rush to signal a veteran in free company, in keeping with ESPN’s Todd Archer.

What it means in fantasy: Jones, the Cowboys’ proprietor and basic supervisor, is happy with the receivers at the moment on the roster and that Dallas is snug with Tolbert because the No. 2 receiver whereas Washington and Gallup are away. Early within the season, Tolbert ought to see a gentle stream of targets.

The information: Diontae Johnson and the Steelers have but to be on the identical web page of their contract talks, in keeping with ESPN’s Brooke Pryor. As of the primary week of camp, the receiver is engaged in a hold-in and taking part solely in particular person drills.

What it means in fantasy: In response to the phrase on the road, Johnson and the Steelers will not attain an settlement earlier than Week 1. Johnson, who completed final season as WR8 in PPR scoring, is at the moment the WR17 in our reside draft traits and will begin falling much more the longer his contract state of affairs stays unresolved. “Within the midst of chaos, there’s additionally alternative,” in keeping with Solar Zu, and that is what fantasy managers ought to search for on this information. I might be shocked if a deal wasn’t signed earlier than the beginning of the season.

Going deeper: During the last 2 seasons, Johnson has averaged 10.2 targets and 16 PPR fantasy factors per sport. His most vital attribute is that he makes performs when he will get the ball in his arms — in 2021, he produced 502 yards after the catch which was the sixth most within the league — which supplies him a strong ground irrespective of who his quarterback is. Johnson is projected to as soon as once more lead the Steelers in targets this season. He is a excessive finish WR2 in fantasy which you would possibly be capable to quickly draft as a WR3.

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