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Chad Williams could start for Cardinals in 2018

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Chad Williams is projected as a starter, according to Darren Urban of azcardinals.com.

What It Means:

Urban has him starting opposite veteran and clear-cut number-one Larry Fitzgerald, but ahead of fleet-footed J.J. Nelson, free agent acquisition Brice Butler, and second-round rookie Christian Kirk. Williams saw just 98 snaps in 2018 -- his rookie season -- but should see more work this year. "Williams will be able to be the one who makes that step," said Urban. There's still plenty to sort out in this depth chart behind Fitzgerald.

Our models currently project Williams for 232 receiving yards and 1.3 touchdowns on 20 catches this year. That fantasy projection puts him fifth among wide receivers on his own team, and outside the top-100 at the position league-wide.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Rob Kelley on Washington roster bubble

Washington running back Rob Kelley is on the roster bubble, NBC Washington believes.

What It Means:

Kelley got some first-team reps this offseason but isn't a roster lock behind early-round rookie Derrius Guice, pass-catching specialist Chris Thompson, and second-year Samaje Perine. He's likely the fourth running back if does he makes the team, but Washington can save $630k against the cap by releasing Kelley.

Our models currently project Kelley for 247 rushing yards and 1.7 touchdowns on 74 carries, with 8 catches for 53 yards. His projection is fourth-best among fantasy running backs on his own team and outside the top-70 league-wide.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Buccaneers' Ryan Griffin has 'major opportunity' to start Week 1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Griffin has a "major opportunity" to pass Ryan Fitzpatrick on the depth chart and start during Jameis Winston's three-game suspension, believes Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times.

What It Means:

Griffin sprained his AC joint during the Buccaneers' first preseason game last summer but the 2013 undrafted free agent still impressed the coaching staff enough to earn a one-year extension. He should see plenty of opportunity during offseason work as the team decides what to do under center for Weeks 1-3. Griffin spent his first couple years in the NFL with Sean Payton and Drew Brees in New Orleans on the Saints, but he's never attempted a pass in the regular season.

Griffin completed 62.2 percent of his passes for 2,771 yards with 20 touchdowns and 11 interceptions as a senior at Tulane in 2012.

Source: Greg Auman

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Browns intend to ride 'hot hand' at running back

Cleveland Browns running backs coach Freddie Kitchens said the team will ride the "hot hand" in the backfield this season.

What It Means:

Kitchens expressed confidence in all three of Carlos Hyde, Duke Johnson, and second-rounder Nick Chubb, claiming that "all three of those guys can run our running game" and that the backfield "is a position of strength." However, he also doesn't want to fix something if it isn't broken. "If they are having success," Kitchens said, "why would you change?" Hyde figures to start the year as the primary option, while Johnson will factor more into the passing game, but Chubb's role should grow as the season goes on.

Hyde is the RB25 in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings, followed by Johnson (RB33), and Chubb (RB44).

Source: Cleveland Browns

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Raiders' Martavis Bryant reportedly hasn't been informed of suspension

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Martavis Bryant, as of Wednesday, had not been notified of a pending suspension, reports Vic Tafur of The Athletic.

What It Means:

According to Tafur, Bryant "is clean and hasn’t missed a test," which contradicts last week's report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal's Michael Gehlken, who said the 26-year-old wideout was facing imminent discipline from the league. Tafur added that he heard a similar report regarding Bryant earlier this year and that nothing ever came of it, although those could be two separate incidents. Bryant missed the entire 2016 season with the Pittsburgh Steelers because of substance-abuse violations.

As of now, numberFire's models project Bryant to play 16 games and catch 42.2 passes (74.5 targets) for 562.6 yards and 3.07 touchdowns next season.

Source: Vic Tafur

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Schefter: Buccaneers' Jameis Winston to be suspended 3 games for Uber incident

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston will be suspended three games for violating the league's personal-conduct policy, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.

What It Means:

Schefter's colleague, ESPN Tallahassee radio host Jeff Cameron, reported Wednesday night that Winston was expecting a suspension but that it would likely be only 1 game. Winston is alleged to have groped an Uber driver, and even though he was never charged with a crime, the NFL has proven they won't hesitate taking these sorts of matters into their own hands. Ryan Fitzpatrick is second at quarterback on the Buccaneers' depth chart.

Prior to this report, numberFire's models projected Jameis to throw for 4,177 passing yards, 26.43 touchdowns, and 15.8 interceptions in 2018, with an additional 160.3 yards and 1.76 scores on the ground. He was the QB18 in our preseason fantasy rankings.

Source: Adam Schefter

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DeShone Kizer and Brett Hundley struggling during Packers' minicamp

Green Bay Packers quarterbacks DeShone Kizer and Brett Hundley struggled during minicamp, ESPN's Rob Demovsky writes.

What It Means:

Both looked absolutely terrible last season, but there was at least some hope that Kizer -- who came over from the Cleveland Browns in a trade -- could take a step forward in a better situation. Demovsky writes that both held the ball too long, took sacks, and struggled with his accuracy during minicamp. Unless one of them improves in training camp, Green Bay's backup situation will once again be a concern.

Among the 45 quarterbacks to drop back at least 100 times last season, Kizer's -0.17 Passing Net Expected Points (NEP) per drop back were fourth-least. Hundley put up -0.15 -- the sixth-worst rate.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Jets' Robby Anderson receives legal slap on wrist

New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson pled no contest to a reckless driving charge.

What It Means:

All other charges from Anderson's January incident were dropped, but he was still facing a misdemeanor charge. He was given six months of non-reporting probation. Anderson's legal issues are behind him, but he could still face discipline from the league.

Our models project Anderson for 884 receiving yards and 4.3 touchdowns on 64 catches in the 2018 season. He is currently our 31st wide receiver for fantasy purposes.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Free agent Eric Decker eyeing up Patriots

Free agent wide receiver Eric Decker "would love" to play for the New England Patriots.

What It Means:

Decker -- 31 years old and coming off a drop-filled and offensively dull 2017 with the Tennessee Titans -- has been greeted with a non-existent market. Decker did turn things around some in the playoffs, catching 8-of-12 passes for 106 yards and a score Unfortunately for Decker, the Pats' wideout room is chock full of slot receivers.

Among the 85 receivers with 50 targets or more in 2017, Decker's 0.55 Reception Net Expected Points (NEP) per target came in 67th.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Buccaneers' Jameis Winston could be facing suspension

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston is "prepared for the NFL to levy a suspension" in its investigation of his March 2016 sexual assault incident with an Uber driver, ESPN Tallahassee Radio's Jeff Cameron reports.

What It Means:

Per Cameron, the belief is that his suspension will be no longer than three games, and likely just one. Winston was never charged with a crime, but the NFL has tended to make decisions regardless of legal punishment lately. Clarity in this situation may be a ways off here.

Still assuming a 16-game season for Winston, our models project him for 4,177 passing yards, 26.4 touchdowns, and 15.8 interceptions on 573 attempts. We put him 18th at the quarterback position for fantasy purposes.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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