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#175 Uh Oh, Clyde Edwards-Helaire Is Injured

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In today’s Fantasy Life Newsletter, we recap last night’s preseason games, worry about CEH, and get amped about Bills WRs. It's 8/21. Take it away, Peter Overzet…

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It’s the worst part of the preseason: players getting injured during meaningless football. Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire is the next big name to suffer one after spraining his right ankle last night. 

Andy Reid said it doesn’t look like a high-ankle sprain, though other reports indicated that it was on the inside of his ankle, which is usually more serious. We obviously need to wait for more updates, but we proceed with caution in drafts until we get more clarity. 

If CEH were to miss significant time, we are likely looking at a committee with Darrel Williams on early downs and Jerick McKinnon on passing downs. Both are priority late round targets for now.

 

🏈 PRESEASON TAKEAWAYS

* J.D. McKissic is not going away. These are tough words to stomach for Antonio Gibson stans, but Washington’s offense has played nine 3rd down situations with Ryan Fitzpatrick during the preseason and McKissic has been on the field for seven of them (h/t John Daigle). All this to say, Gibson’s role remains strong. He had 7 carries for 28 yards and 2 receptions for 19 yards. As long as we lower our Gibson expectations to anything less than “the next CMC” I think we’ll be pleased.

* Ja’Marr Chase has the rookie jitters, but Dyami Brown doesn’t. Chase, the 5th overall pick in the 2021 draft dropped all three of his targets last night. If this presents a buying opportunity, I’d take advantage of it. On the other side of the field, Washington rookie WR Dyami Brown played 12 snaps with the first team and finished with 2 catches for 33 yards. 

* What Moore is there left to say? After last week’s game we said you weren’t high enough on Cardinals rookie WR Rondale Moore and this remains the case after his second game. The Cardinals continued to manufacture touches for him out of the slot and get him carries as well. He’s now played 44 of his 47 preseason snaps out of the slot. 

* Please be real, Mecole. Perennial fantasy tease Mecole Hardman looks like he’s finally putting things together. Hardman led the first team in snaps (29) and played in all different formations. He finished with 4 catches for 39 yards and 1 TD. “It was definitely a good feeling to get back in there,” said Hardman after the game about his touchdown. 

 

📰 FANTASY NEWS FOR THE TRUE SICKOS

* Emmanuel Sanders has been a name we’ve continuously heard out of Bills camp. Joe Buscaglia beating the drum once again: “The only thing holding Sanders back is that he’s been in and out of practice with a foot injury. But when he’s been on the field, Allen is looking his way often during practice...looks like there is plenty of room for both Sanders and Gabriel Davis to make an impact." Both Sanders and Davis are available after pick 125 in most drafts and present solid value there. 

 

🚑 THE INJURY WARD

* 49ers WR Deebo Samuel left practice early yesterday, though it’s unclear what happened. As Sigmund Bloom said on Twitter, Samuel is “one of the players you really wanted to see get through camp without incident.”

* It’s been a rollercoaster training camp for Chargers RB Justin Jackson who went from cut candidate, to the definitive No. 2 back, to now not practicing with a groin injury. 

 

📚 THE FANTASY ARTICLES YOU MUST READ

* 4 Undervalued Foundation Backs: Can You Build Your Fantasy Teams Around These Out-Of-Fashion RBs? By Shawn Siegele. “There’s an excellent chance David Montgomery gives you Joe Mixon, Nick Chubb, or Najee Harris production at more than a full round discount.”

* 15 Bold Predictions for the 2021 Fantasy Football Season by JJ Zachariason. Always love seeing JJ’s hot takes. There’s some spicy ones in here. 

 

🐦 TWEET OF THE DAY

 

 We have 10 preseason games tonight, so we’ll be back tomorrow with more takeaways. 

- Pete Overzet

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