Training Camp Notes – Thursday August 14th
August 14, 2014 | adam cook
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Now that teams are heading into the 2nd week of the preseason and taking part in joint practices, depth charts are getting closer and closer to being set for Week 1. There is plenty of news around the league besides fights that will actually have a fantasy football impact come draft day. Don’t get too crazy and bump guys up your draft lists too much with good propaganda from the media. A few spots is fine, but be careful not to overact to “practice.” Let’s dive into Wednesday’s top training camp story lines.
Giovani Bernard to get 300 touches and Tyler Eifert in line for breakout season
Over at the Cincinnati Enquirer, Bengals Blog writer Paul Dehner Jr. is projecting big seasons from Giovani Bernard and Tyler Eifert. He projects 300 touches and goal line work for Bernard and 700 yards for Eifert in their Bengals fantasy football mock draft. If Bernard gets 300 touches and goal line work, then he is easily a Top 10 running back and worth considering in the early 2nd round. I love Eifert in his 2nd year in the league as rookie TE’s often don’t post gaudy stats. I have a sleeper article in the works at thefakefootball.com and you will see later on why I like Eifert as a Top 12 TE in 2014.
Kenny Britt can talk the talk….can he walk the walk?
Kenny Britt seems to be regaining his “swag” in Saint Louis after a few lost years. He is becoming a veteran leader for the young Rams receivers and is looking the part as their No.1 WR in 2014. People forget that Britt was the next great young wide out in Tennessee a few years ago and seems to have found his life off the field. Britt will be the highest Rams WR on my draft boards and I could see him surpassing 1,000 yards with a healthy Sam Bradford. I will be taking a lot of fliers on Britt in the middle rounds as my WR4.
DeMarco Murray the leader of a running back by committee approach?
There are reports that came out today that instead of a “bell cow” role for DeMarco Murray, he may simply be the leader of a running back by committee approach. This news would normally hurt Murray’s value when you consider he is going in the late 1st/early 2nd round of fantasy drafts. Jason Garrett talked about how he likes some of the other backs like Lance Dunbar and Joseph Randle, but I am not buying the fact that those players will get a lot of touches come game day. A healthy Murray can be a “bell cow” type back and 14 games played would be a solid return on investment. I love Murray to set career highs across the board behind a strong offensive line and be worthy of a late 1st round pick.
Kelvin Benjamin looking like a 1st round pick well spent
The Kelvin Benjamin hype has been growing so much the past couple of days that I am considering ranking him as the No.1 rookie WR in redraft leagues this year. According to David Newton, Benjamin has made more amazing catches in training camp in the first few weeks than any other Panthers receiver in franchise history. Benjamin’s huge frame should be welcoming to Cam Newton who has the arm to stretch defenses. It would not surprise me if Benjamin reaches 900 yards and 8 touchdowns this year. The Panthers look to have made the right pick so far on draft day.
Ryan Tannehill making huge strides
Tannehill is making strides in new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor’s system and what a friendly system that could be. Tannehill had a strong 1st preseason game versus Atlanta and has carried that momentum over to the practice field. I have Tannehill ranked right behind Russell Wilson and Ben Roethlisberger and right in front of Phillip Rivers and Andy Dalton. Tannehill should have improved chemistry in year two with deep threat Mike Wallace and an improved offensive line to give him more time to operate. If you are waiting on a QB in 12 team leagues, Tannehill needs to be firmly on your radar once you lock up your RB’s and WR’s.
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