Training Camp Notes: July 30th
July 31, 2016 | Ian Goldsmith
$1 Million is Chump Change
Another day of camp, another day of big news, the biggest of which is DeAndre Hopkins decided that he is not getting enough respect in the paycheck department. Though I admittedly usually am not a fan of contract holdouts (if you sign a contract, honor it!), I can see where he’s coming from; NFL Network’s Rand Getlin points out that Nuk is set to make less this year than Houston’s rookie WR Will Fuller. He’s being fined $40,000 per day, and is in danger of missing out on a nearly $450,000 bonus if he’s still holding out on August 4th. Though he is far and away the best WR on the Texans, the front office doesn’t seem that inclined to listen to his demands yet. Given his current salary and the daily fines if he doesn’t show, management seems to be in the better position to negotiate. If you drafted him already, I wouldn’t start worrying yet. Hopkins is currently the 4th player being taken off the board in early drafts, according to the FantasyPros consensus ADP. If this situation goes on for an extended period of time, his ADP could certainly drop. If it does, snatch him up.
Edit: Well, apparently Nuk decided to end his holdout. That was quick!
A number of star players were put on their teams’ respective active/PUP lists. Some were just precautionary, and others a matter of necessity (Justin Houston). Thomas Rawls, Tamba Hali, and Jimmy Graham are just three of the many players put on such lists yesterday. Graham should be ready for Week 1, but it is not a certainty. Though he finished a a mid to low-end TE2 last season, his per game averages would have put him as a low-end TE1 last season had he stayed healthy the entire season. ADP rankings show that people are drafting him right in that same area (TE12 in standard, TE13 in PPR). If he can stay healthy this season, there is no reason he shouldn’t be able to meet or exceed that draft position.
The Chiefs signed former overall #1 pick Eric Fisher to a four year, $48 million extension that will keep him in KC through the 2021 season. Early reports indicated that it was a $63 million extension, which would have made him the highest paid OL in the league. Instead, the $63 million includes $15 million he was owed over the next two seasons, effectively making this a six year, $63 million contract, which is a number that I can stomach more easily. It’s important to note that he is becoming more and more effective every year.
The Sterling Shepard hype train started a long time ago, and it seems that its momentum is only increasing. He reportedly already has the trust of his head coach, Ben McAdoo, which is a lot to say at this stage for a rookie who hasn’t yet taken the field in a game. He is earning praise from his fellow teammates as well. Rashad Jennings thinks that he can be something special, Eli sees the potential in his playmaking ability, and OBJ has apparently been wowed by his new teammate. With Beckham taking an increased level of attention from opposing defenses, Shepard is going to find a lot more room to operate than he would on other teams. If Victor Cruz is healthy this season, then this could become the top receiving trio in the league. Giants fan or not, this is going to be a very fun team to watch this season.
Other Camp Notes
It seems that Cleveland definitely wants to be a running team. This should make Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson owners happy. Count me in as one of the many Duke Johnson fans this season, especially in PPR formats.
It looks like Karlos Williams is close to playing weight. This is at least something positive for Williams in what has been an otherwise tumultuous offseason.
It appears that Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola are both nearing a return to the field. If that is the case, then any love for Chris Hogan has to be tossed aside…at least until Amendola injures himself again, which seems inevitable. If nothing else, Hogan can be drafted as a high-upside insurance policy. He currently has an average ADP of 64 and 62 in standard and PPR, respectively.