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Noah Fant suffered 'mild' ankle sprain in Broncos' preseason game Monday

Denver Broncos tight end Noah Fant suffered a "mild" ankle sprain in Monday's preseason loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

What It Means:

Fant has been quiet this preseason and the ankle injury is likely to keep things that way. The rookie is not expected to be available for this week's preseason action and could start the regular season off slow as well.

numberFire projects Fant as the TE20 in fantasy this season with 40.1 catches, 461.1 yards, and 3.5 touchdowns.

Broncos' Drew Lock (thumb) to be sidelined into the regular season

Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock is expected to miss a significant amount of time with a right thumb sprain.

What It Means:

Lock suffered the injury in Monday night's preseason game and will be sidelined into the regular season. The injury will not require surgery but will leave the rookie quarterback unavailable for the Broncos for a while. No specific timetable was provided. Kevin Hogan will serve as Joe Flacco's backup for the foreseeable future.

Lock was projected for 1,427.1 yards, 7.7 touchdowns, and 6.0 interceptions on 207.4 pass attempts before the injury.

Demaryius Thomas activated from PUP list by New England

The New England Patriots activated wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (Achilles) from the active/PUP list Tuesday.

What It Means:

Thomas suffered an Achilles tear in December and made his first appearance on the practice field for the Pats on Tuesday. While he has not been cleared to play in games, the move means New England expects Thomas to be able to play sometime within the first six games of the regular season.

numberFire's models project Thomas for just 12.5 catches, 164.1 yards, and 1.2 touchdowns in 2019.

Source: Mike Reiss

Andrew Luck (ankle) remaining out for Colts this week

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (ankle) will not practice this week.

What It Means:

Colts head coach Frank Reich says Luck is still dealing with a "full speed movement versus pain threshold" issue. The continued absence is an ominous sign for Luck's Week 1 availability. Look for another update at the beginning of next week.

Operating under the assumption Luck plays all 16 games, numberFire's models project him for 4,464.2 passing yards with 34.02 touchdowns and 12.8 interceptions this season, plus 190.1 yards and another 2.03 scores on the ground. He's the QB4 in our preseason fantasy rankings.

Source: Zak Keefer

Duke Johnson (hamstring) back at practice for Texans

Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson (hamstring) returned to practice on Tuesday.

What It Means:

Johnson had been sidelined by a hamstring since before being traded to the Texans, so Tuesday was his first time practicing with the offense. The 25-year-old back is expected to primarily work on passing downs, but he could see an expanded role if Lamar Miller underperforms. Johnson had a career-low 102 touches last season with the Cleveland Browns.

numberFire's models expect Johnson to total 681.0 yards from scrimmage and 4.59 touchdowns on 109.1 touches for the Texans in 2019. He's the RB40 in our preseason fantasy rankings.

Bears' David Montgomery 'will help immediately'

Chicago Bears third-round running back David Montgomery "will help this team immediately", according to Terez A. Paylor of Yahoo Sports.

What It Means:

The Bears are "in love" with Montgomery, per Paylor, who commented on the rookie's receiving skills and evasiveness, as well as his "professional approach." Tarik Cohen and Mike Davis will be involved, but Montgomery could lead the backfield in touches right out the gates.

numberFire's models project Montgomery for 221.6 carries, 957.7 yards, and 7.12 touchdowns as a rookie, with another 29.9 receptions for 237.1 yards and 1.47 touchdowns. He's the RB23 in our preseason fantasy rankings.

Melvin Gordon 'just waiting for the call' from Chargers

Los Angeles Chargers holdout running back Melvin Gordon said he is "just waiting for the call" from the Chargers before returning.

What It Means:

Gordon continues to seek more money than the Chargers are currently offering and it doesn't sound like any progress has been made. The 26-year-old back is reportedly prepared to sit out regular season games if the two sides can't reach a deal before Week 1.

Taking into account a potential holdout to start the season, Gordon has dropped to the RB10 in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings. He's currently projected for 943.5 rushing yards, 490.4 receiving yards, and 12.21 touchdowns.


Ravens say Marquise Brown has 'a ways to go'

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said first-round wide receiver Marquise Brown (foot) has "a ways to go."

What It Means:

Harbaugh said Brown practiced "in a more aggressive setting" on Monday for the first time since being brought off the active/PUP list a few weeks ago. "He just needs to get accustomed to it," Harbaugh said of Brown. "It’s all new for him — the speed of it, the thinking, the lining up, running the right route. He has a ways to go with all of that." Brown's role figures to expand as the season progresses and he becomes more accustomed to the professional game.

numberFire's models project Brown for 70.6 targets, 41.9 receptions, 581.2 yards, and 3.49 touchdowns in 2019. He's the WR63 in our preseason fantasy rankings.

Jaguars' D.J. Chark 'most impressive' at camp

Jacksonville Jaguars second-year wide receiver D.J. Chark has been the "most impressive receiver" at training camp this summer, according to ESPN's team reporter Mike DiRocco.

What It Means:

Chark didn't do much as a rookie, but DiRocco says he's made big improvements this offseason and appears to have emerged as the Jaguars' second receiver opposite Dede Westbrook. The 61st overall pick in last year's draft, Chark graded out as a 96th percentile SPARQ athlete at the Combine.

numberFire's models project Chark for 67.1 targets, 39.3 receptions, 448.6 yards, and 1.86 touchdowns in 2019. He's the WR86 in our preseason fantasy rankings.

Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) felt 'amazing' after Broncos' exhibition

Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) felt "amazing" after playing in Monday's preseason game.

What It Means:

Sanders caught a 5-yard pass and added 19 yards on a designed run in his first game action since tearing his Achilles' tendon last December. He also had a 45-yard snag up the left sideline, but it was called back because of a holding penalty. There's re-injury risk for the 32-year-old wideout, but he appears more than ready for Week 1.

numberFire's models conservatively expect Sanders to catch 52.9 passes on 87.6 targets for 612.9 yards and 3.60 touchdowns in 2019. He's currently the WR60 in our preseason fantasy rankings.


Jimmy Garoppolo's struggles continue for 49ers

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo completed just 1-of-6 passes for zero yards and 1 interception on Monday in the 49ers' second preseason game.

What It Means:

It was Garoppolo's first game action since tearing his ACL in Week 3 of last season. He threw the interception on the first series and the defense dropped what would have been an easy pick-six on the next drive. Garoppolo threw 5 interceptions in a practice last week and appears to still be regaining his form after the long layoff.

Garoppolo is the QB22 in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings. Our models project him for 4,052.2 yards with 23.32 touchdowns and 13.1 interceptions this season, with an additional 195.9 yards and 2.21 scores on the ground.

Patriots remove Julian Edelman (thumb) from NFI list

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (thumb) has been removed from the Non-Football Injury list.

What It Means:

Edelman passed a physical and is good to go following a thumb injury that sidelined him all of training camp. He was spotted at practice on Monday in full pads and appears likely to active for Week 1 of the regular season.

numberFire's models project Edelman as the WR17 in fantasy this season with 90.4 catches, 1,020.0 yards, and 6.1 touchdowns.

Derrick Henry (calf) back at Titans practice Monday

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (calf) resumed practicing on Monday.

What It Means:

Monday was Henry's first action since Day 1 of training camp as he sat out with a calf injury. It remains to be seen if he will play in this week's preseason game, but Henry appears to be a lock for Week 1 of the regular season.

numberFire's models project Henry as the RB17 in fantasy this season with 1,191.4 rushing yards and 8.8 touchdowns.

Source: Jim Wyatt

Colts' D'Onta Foreman sent to IR with torn biceps

The Indianapolis Colts placed running back D'Onta Foreman on injured reserve with a torn biceps.

What It Means:

The injury typically takes four months to recover from, prompting the IR move. Since Foreman was put on injured reserve before final cuts, he is not eligible to play for the Colts this season. His only hope to play in 2019 would be to reach an injury settlement before being cut loose by Indy, then landing with an RB needy squad in December.

Foreman has played in just 11 games the last two season, collecting 326 rushing yards on 85 attempts in the process.

Derrius Guice expected to play in Washington's next preseason game

Washington Redskins running back Derrius Guice (knee, hamstring) is expected to play in Thursday's preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons.

What It Means:

Thursday will be the only preseason action for Guice as Washington eases him back into action following knee surgeries and a hamstring injury. He is expected to be ready to go for Week 1 but will be splitting time with Adrian Peterson to start the year.

numberFire's models project Guice as the RB33 in fantasy with 743.9 rushing yards, 206.9 receiving yards, and 5.2 touchdowns in 2019.

Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) will play on Monday for Denver

Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) will play in Monday's preseason game versus the San Francisco 49ers.

What It Means:

Sanders tore his Achilles back on December 5 but has made a quick recovery and will play just under nine months later. He is expected to see the field for just the first series or two but seeing any action this preseason makes him a near-lock for Week 1.

numberFire's models projected Sanders modestly for 52.9 catches, 612.9 yards, and 3.6 touchdowns in 2019.

Seahawks' DK Metcalf needs minor knee surgery

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf (knee) will have surgery this week but isn't expected to be sidelined too long.

What It Means:

Head coach Pete Carroll announced the news following Sunday's second preseason game. While the Seahawks aren't showing any concern about Metcalf's long term health, the surgery (however minor it is) leaves the rookie questionable to play in Week 1. His absence would leave more snaps available for David Moore and Jaron Brown alongside Tyler Lockett.

numberFire's models project Metcalf as the WR76 in fantasy with 32.8 catches, 467.1 yards, and 2.5 touchdowns in 2019.

Ryan Fitzpatrick not locked in as Dolphins' Week 1 starter

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick isn't a lock to start Week 1, head coach Brian Flores said.

What It Means:

Fitzpatrick is starting the Dolphins' third preseason game, but it sounds like Josh Rosen could leapfrog him ahead of Week 1 with a strong showing. Either way, Rosen figures to see some starts during the regular season.

Fitzpatrick is the QB32 and Rosen is the QB33 in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings.

Jets' Le'Veon Bell will not play in the preseason

New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell will not play in the preseason, per head coach Adam Gase.

What It Means:

Not a surprise as the Jets want to keep Bell fresh for the season as he is expected to be a workhorse back in 2019. His absence will give New York a better look at Ty Montgomery, Bilal Powell, and Elijah Mcguire.

numberFire projects Bell as the RB6 in fantasy this season with 1,184.4 rushing yards, 596.1 receiving yards, and 10.5 touchdowns on 328.0 total touches.

Patriots release wide receiver Dontrelle Inman

The New England Patriots have released wide receiver Dontrelle Inman on Sunday.

What It Means:

Inman requested his release after falling behind the depth chart and will search for another team before the regular season begins.

In nine games last season, the 30-year old played well in a secondary role with the Colts, producing 28 receptions for 304 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Source: Mike Reiss

Washington's Case Keenum reportedly on track to start in Week 1 of the regular season

Washington Redskins quarterback Case Keenum is "now tracking to be Washington’s opening-day starting QB."

What It Means:

According to ESPN, Keenum is emerging as the likely starter at quarterback with Colt McCoy still recovering from injury and Dwayne Haskins' lack of NFL experience. Expect the veteran to play with the first unit offense until Haskins is perceived ready.

For the 2019-2020 season, our models project Keenum to produce 161.8 completions for 1,741.9 yards and 10.9 touchdowns and 124.3 rushing yards and 1.5 touchdowns on 25.6 attempts.

Marcus Mariota not locked in as Titans' starter

The Tennessee Titans' starting quarterback job "looks surprisingly wide open," according to Ben Volin of The Boston Globe.

What It Means:

Ryan Tannehill has outperformed Marcus Mariota through two preseason games and appears to be forcing a position battle under center in Tennessee. Volin believes Mariota "won't be on a long leash" if he starts Week 1.

Mariota is currently the QB23 in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings. He's projected for 3,410.5 passing yards with 19.74 touchdowns and 13.4 interceptions, with another 378.0 rushing yards and 3.37 touchdowns.

Chargers' Derwin James (foot) reportedly expected to miss 3 months

Los Angeles Chargers defensive back Derwin James (foot) is expected to miss 3 months, reports Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.

What It Means:

James is undergoing surgery this week to address a stress fracture in his fifth metatarsal. The Chargers will likely place him on injured reserve with the hope he returns sometime in November.

The Chargers D/ST is 5th in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings.

Raiders' Antonio Brown participates in Saturday's walkthrough

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown "took all the reps" in Saturday's walkthrough.

What It Means:

According to head coach Jon Gruden and quarterback Derek Carr, Brown is ready to contribute despite missing time with a foot ailment. "He came in and, no mental errors, and in this offense, that’s not easy to do," said Carr to the media. "You can tell Antonio’s been studying because he came out and didn’t miss a beat. He was a part of everything we did today.”

Heading into the 2019-2020 season, numberFire's power rankings rate Brown as the ninth overall wide receiver. Our models project the 31-year old to haul in 103.5 receptions for 1,260.2 yards and 9.6 touchdowns on 156.9 targets.

Chargers' Derwin James suffers a right foot fracture

Los Angeles Chargers defensive back Derwin James has been diagnosed with a right foot fracture.

What It Means:

"I would like for him to play in 2019, but I don’t know that for sure," said Chargers' head coach Anthony Lynn. It looks like James will be out for multiple weeks if not months. The second year safety will be hard to replace after ranking as one of the best in coverage last year. This is a huge blow to the Chargers' pass defense.

Heading into the 2019-2020 season, numberFire's power rankings rate the Chargers as the seventh best pass defense. In Week 1 of the regular season, Los Angeles will face a Colts pass offense ranked fifth if quarterback Andrew Luck is healthy.

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