We made it.
Not going to lie, when Rudy Gobert brought the sports world to a halt back in March after testing positive for coronavirus, I wasn’t sure we’d get football this year.
On Tuesday, the NFL and NFLPA announced that from August 30 to September 5, 44,510 coronavirus tests were administered to 8,349 players and team personnel. Of those tests, only one player was confirmed to test positive.
Thanks to daily testing and a dedication to personal responsibility, we are going to be gifted with an NFL season beginning with tonight’s Chiefs/Texans shootout. As the kids say, “LFG”.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Mike Evans is working through a hamstring injury. This is the same thing that put him on IR last year so it’s obviously a big concern. Scotty Miller and Justin Watson are firmly on the Week 1 DFS and deep play radar until further notice.
- Other players “nursing” or “limited with” some sort of injury: Kenny Golladay (hamstring), D’Andre Swift (hip), Miles Sanders (hamstring), Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring), and Mike Williams (shoulder). Nothing says welcome back to fantasy football quite like monitoring injuries up to game time.
- Devante Parker took part in practice for the first time in two weeks. Preston Williams and Mike Gesicki are also banged up a little, so this is a depth chart worth monitoring in advance of Sunday.
- Tarik Cohen: explosive running back and medical doctor. This does sound like good news for David Montgomery, though.
- That percussion you hear growing louder and louder by the day is the sweet, steady drumbeat of positive training camp buzz for Laviska Shenault.
- Devin Ozigbo was placed on IR. James Robinson is going to have a very big role in Week 1.
- Leonard Fournette for Dare Ogunbowale. Who says no?
- The workload split between Ronald Jones and Fournette is one of the more interesting fantasy subplots in Week 1.
- This is a blow to the #FreeAaronJones movement, which I fully support. Let Aaron cook.
- Word out of Cowboys camp is Ezekiel Elliott is primed to catch more passes this year. He’s already priced correctly at his current ADP, but this would be “big if true.”
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Thank you for your service, Ben Baby.