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The news: Kenneth Walker III will miss the remainder of the preseason after undergoing a “procedure” for his injury.
What it means in fantasy: With Walker gone, Rashaal Penny is the leader of the Seahawks committee. Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas will help pass downs. Penny is currently the RB35, but that will definitely rise given the news around Walker as the Seahawks are built to run the ball.
go deeper: The Seahawks have been ranked in the top five overall rush attempts in five of the last nine seasons.
The news: Melvin Gordon III said the Broncos want Javonte Williams “to be the man” after Wednesday’s practice.
What it means in fantasy: This kind of news can be interpreted differently, but let’s look at the facts. The Broncos’ backfield was evenly split between Gordon and Williams last season. Gordon re-signed with Denver earlier this year. It has been publicly announced by the Broncos coaching staff that the backfield will remain a commission in 2022. A better Denver attack with Russell Wilson at the helm still makes Gordon a solid flex option.
go deeper: In two seasons with Denver, Gordon has rushed more than 1,900 yards and 17 touchdowns, averaging 4.5 yards per carry. That’s impressive to play alongside Phillip Lindsay in 2020 and Williams in 2021. The Gordon and Williams duo became only the second pair in franchise history to each surpass 900 rushing yards in a season last year.
The news: Mecole Hardman suffered a groin injury during training on Wednesday
What it means in fantasy: While initial thought is that the injury isn’t serious, fantasy managers may have seen Hardman as a potential breakthrough candidate for the Chiefs after the Tyreek Hill trade to Miami, but he’s only expected to receive 69 goals and this won’t help him live up to those expectations. surpass.
go deeper: Consider rookie Skyy Moore in your fantasy draft if you’re looking for a Kansas City player to target late.
The news: Joshua Kelley is the front runner to be Austin Ekeler’s backup.
What it means in fantasy: This news comes as a surprise as the Chargers drafted Isaiah Spiller in the fourth round. It was assumed that Spiller would be the backup, but not so soon my friend. Kelley is quickly becoming one of the fantasy football running backs you never knew you needed late in drafts.
go deeper: This will be Kelley’s third season and the year when everything finally comes together for him as he is constantly learning and growing. During his final season at UCLA in 2019, Kelley started all 11 games and became the eighth running back in school history with consecutive seasons with 1,000 or more rushing yards.
The news: Darren Waller returned to training for the first time since late July
What it means in fantasy: Waller is currently the TE5 in our concept trends. With a new head coach, Josh McDaniels, and a new wide receiver, Davante Adams, he’s a great fit for the Raiders. Waller is a mismatch nightmare that should cause damage to the opponent’s defenses in the middle of the field. It’s possible for McDaniels to use him in a similar way to what he did with Rob Gronkowski at the Patriots. You shouldn’t overlook Waller in your fantasy design if you prefer to prioritize a tight end at the highest level early on.
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