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#162 Trevor Lawrence Is Ready For Primetime

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A Fantasy Life newsletter on a Sunday? That’s right. We are rolling daily now. It’s time to get everyone fully prepped for their drafts which are fast approaching.


We’ll have more details in the coming weeks about the full in-season content schedule for the newsletter, but for now let’s keep sifting through all of these training camp blurbs for some useful information and get ready for these drafts. 


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📰 Fantasy News for the true sickos.

 

* Joe Mixon is a tricky player in fantasy drafts this year. The offensive line is shaky, but Gio Bernard is gone and that really elevates Mixon’s ceiling as a pass catcher. Here’s Bengals Offensive coordinator Brian Callahan on Mixon’s role this year: “The expectations are high for Joe, as I’ve said before, to be on the field quite a bit. Obviously, he can’t play every snap of every game, but he has the ability and the skill set to be a three-down player.

* Matthe Fairburn on Bills RB Zack Moss: “Moss had some strong moments working with the first team offense, including an impressive run through the middle of the defense that looked like a touchdown. He’s consistently been the best running back at training camp & he looked better than Devin Singletary on Saturday.” I still like both Bills backs at their current ADPs. 

* Trevor Lawrence isn’t discussed as much as fellow rookie QBs Justin Fields and Trey Lance, but it sounds like everything is going to plan. Via Jamal St. Cyr: “Lawrence truly shined. He continues to show a knack for being able to put the ball wherever he wants to on the football field. Lawrence’s go-to receiver was Collin Johnson. The 6-5 receiver had a big day bringing in two touchdowns from Lawrence during practice.” Keep tabs on Johnson, who would be very fantasy relevant in the event of an injury to DJ Chark, Laviska Shenault, or Marvin Jones.

* I’m starting to get pretty excited about the Dolphins offense. Here’s some buzz on their first round rookie Jaylen Waddle: “Everyone knows Waddle can catch the deep ball and take screens for long gains. But at least three times in this camp, Waddle has contorted his body to make very difficult catches, including one crossing pattern and two others where he had to elevate.” 

* 2nd year Bears WR Darnell Mooney has reportedly been “on fire” with his route running during camp, per Coach Matt Nagy. I love stacking Allen Robinson and Mooney with Fields in best ball drafts.

* Michael Thomas reportedly ghosted the Saints for three months this offseason, failing to return multiple calls from the team. This is such a messy situation and I am not buying the dip on him in drafts. 

* Denzel Mims might now be on the trading block after sliding down to the No. 6 and No. 7 Jets WR in training camp. It’s quite the fall from grace for the 2020 second-rounder that was an Air Yards king in his first year. 

 

📊 Stat of the Day

 

🚑 The Injury Ward 

* Justin Jefferson is officially day-to-day after an MRI showed he had no damage beyond his AC joint sprain. I’d scoop up Jefferson when you can get him at a discount. 

* Will Fuller has now missed almost two weeks with a foot injury. He does have a little extra time to rest in light of his Week 1 suspension. 

* Marquise Brown has missed the last seven practices with a hamstring injury, but got in some conditioning work on a side field during yesterday’s practice. 

* Tyrell Williams didn’t practice yesterday with his groin injury. He’s also dealing with a dislocated pinky finger. 

 

📚 The Fantasy Articles You Must Read

10 Players You Should Be Targeting in Your Fantasy Football Drafts by JJ Zachariason. I love every single one of these targets that JJ outlined in this piece. 

 

Enjoy your Sunday. See ya tomorrow. 

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