Training Camp is back and so is fantasy football. Whether you’re already starting to prep or if you are planning on winging it at the last minute, the season will be here before you know it. With just 5 weeks until the start of the season, stay ahead of the game and up to date with our Thursday Training Camp series that will continue through the preseason!
Names to Watch
Marquez Callaway (Saints, WR) – With Mike Thomas and Tre’Quan Smith both sidelined, Marquez Callaway is seeming to be having a breakout camp and practicing as the number one receiver. This scenario could be even more likely with the fact that Mike Thomas seems to be growingly upset with the organization and now demanding a trade. Winston looks like he is the team’s starting QB, which could make any Saints receivers become shakey options, but Callaway is worth taking at the right price (8th round at the earliest).
Justin Jackson (Chargers, RB) – Jackson isn’t draftable in redraft leagues, but it is certainly worth noting that he firmly holds the second spot on the LAC depth chart over Larry Roundtree III (2021 6th round pick) and Joshua Kelley (2020 4th round pick). Despite LA continually bringing in competition through the draft, Jackson has held his own and refuses to budge on the depth chart. This says a lot because Anthony Lynn (a former NFL running back himself) spends a lot of time in the RB room and has a huge say over this order. Keep Jackson circled on your draft sheet and certainly upgrade to him from Roundtree or Kelley in any dynasty league.
Quez Watkins (Eagles, WR) – Watkins likely won’t be a huge draw in redraft leagues, but the second year wideout is having an outstanding camp in Philadelphia and has stepped up while Devonta Smith has been out. Watkins sits on the fringe of making the team but could be worth stashing in dynasty formats. In other Eagles related news, the Smith injury does not seem to be significant and he has looked by far the best amongst the Philadelphia unit.
Donald Parham (Chargers, TE) – the 6’8″ tight end has always been a deep sleeper from a physical and athleticism standpoint, but it seems like this camp he is emerging as a starter quality tight end. The Chargers acquired Jared Cook this offseason, but keep Parham’s name fresh on your list for a breakout candidate similar to Darren Waller.
Dan Arnold (Panthers, TE) – Arnold is another tight end who may be on the verge of a breakout season. Arnold has become a go-to target across the middle for Sam Darnold and the two could both enjoy a breakout season together. However, be cautious when investing in Arnold as the Panthers offense already has Christian McCaffrey, D.J. Moore, Robby Anderson and 2nd round draft pick Terrace Marshall.
Trades to Watch
Mike Thomas (Saints, WR) – the Saints vet has become increasingly fed up with the organization and a trade is not out of the question. Be careful when drafting Mike Thomas this year, but remember he is an elite number 1 receiver on any roster (when healthy).
Deshaun Watson (Houston, QB) – Watson remains angry at the Texans franchise, however, has been now at least been practicing. A trade seems very likely as Watson was listed as the No. 4 QB on the first unofficial depth chart.
Injuries to Watch
Dak Prescott – Prescott is set to get another MRI on his should, which is concerning to hear. Be cautious drafting Dak before we know the true extent of what is going on.
Carson Wentz – Wentz is said to return by Week 1, so all worries in Indy seem to have subsided.
DeVonta Smith – The Smith knee injury is just a sprain and he should be back in 2-3 weeks. Count on Smith starting Week 1.
Saquon Barkley – Barkley was back to practice and activated off of the PUP list this week. A Week 1 return now could be likely, but the Giants will certainly take it slow and make sure he is good to go before returning.