Training Camp: News And Notes (July 24th)
July 24, 2014 | adam cook
A lot of training camp action starts on Thursday and Friday, but we are here to catch you up on all of Wednesday’s action. Training camp is starting in full force soon and football fans around the world are rejoicing! Let’s get started with the headlines from Wednesday around the NFL.
Jamaal Charles and Vernon Davis Report to camp
Holdouts can have large impacts on fantasy players entering the season. Without a proper training camp, players are more prone to get injured when they return and typically start the season in a slower fashion. Well, not so fast my friends! Jamaal Charles held out for more money and the Chiefs were wise to give it to him. When a player leads your team in receiving and rushing, I would say he is pretty valuable. All the Knile Davis talk can calm down for a while.
Vernon Davis reported to camp on time after rumors were coming out that he would hold out at the start of camp. Well, he hasn’t got paid yet but I guess he plans on letting his performance do the talking. Davis’s splits with Michael Crabtree in the lineup still concern me, but I still see him as a Top 7 tight end this year.
Rob Gronkowski is fully cleared
The biggest news of the day revolved around Rob Gronkowski getting his full clearance to start training camp. Gronk’s injury was a little bit of a mystery heading into camp, but this news basically guarantees he will be ready Week 1, minus any setbacks. Gronkowski can now be drafted comfortably in the 2nd round as he could outperform Jimmy Graham if he stays healthy. I would comfortably take Gronkowski over guys like Randall Cobb, Antonio Brown, and Alshon Jeffery.
Tavon Austin did not know the playbook as a rookie
Rookies often struggle to pick up the playbook, but for a player to actually admit that is pretty embarrassing. The fact that he had 40 catches as a rookie despite not knowing the playbook and not having Sam Bradford for the majority of the season is starting to not look so bad. I am expecting a huge bounce back for Tavon this year and think he is a great “buy low” in dynasty leagues. He had half of his receptions (20) in four September games with Bradford in the lineup and year two WR’s typically are breaking out more than 3rd year WR’s lately. Tavon could provide “flex” appeal in many matchups this year.
Odell Beckham Jr. tweaks his hamstring
Beckham was fighting to start opposite Victor Cruz ahead of Reuben Randle as it is and this hamstring tweak will keep him out a few days, as I expect the Giants to be cautious with their 1st round pick. It doesn’t help that Reuben Randle has been looking great in the early going this offseason. Randle is clearly the Giants wide receiver to own out of the two players and can be had for a huge value. Expect Randle’s ADP to skyrocket over the next couple of weeks.
Daniel Fells opens as the starting tight end for the Giants
New York Giants beat writer Dan Salomone said on the Giants website that there is no clear front runner for the starting tight end position and that Adrien Robinson had a “few nice grabs.” I expect Robinson to eventually be the starting tight end for the Giants and Daniel Fells will soon be irrelevant. Robinson is not a guy I would want to rely on a week to week basis, but could be an interesting dynasty stash for those in need. I don’t see Robinson being any more than a bye week flier in redraft leagues.
Tre Mason…change of pace back?
Zac Stacy owners had to feel a little worried when the Rams took Tre Mason in the NFL Draft. Stacy emerged as a rookie last year and many projected him to be the workhorse in 2014. With this Jeff Fisher quote, it looks as if Stacy will carry a large carry load again this year. Head coach Jeff Fisher recently stated that the Rams see Tre Mason as a “change of pace back.” Stacy is the running back to own and can be drafted as a Top 15 back. Mason should be a PPR waiver wire monitor in redraft leagues this year. Mason’s size brings concerns if he can handle a full workload anyway.