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Bills' Sammy Watkins (foot) "close to 100 percent"

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins "should be close to 100 percent" when training camp starts, according to the Buffalo News.

What It Means:

After being limited in OTAs, isn't expected to see much time in preseason. However, things are looking positive for the former first-round pick as he enters a contract year in Buffalo.

For the 2017 season, our models like Watkins to finish the year with 65 catches, 988 yards and 7.4 touchdowns on 120 targets. His 143 fantasy points would make him WR18 in standard league scoring.

Source: Buffalo News

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Anquan Boldin to meet with Bills Monday

Free agent wideout Anquan Boldin is set to meet with the Buffalo Bills on Monday, according to ESPN's Dan Graziano.

What It Means:

In preservation of his aging body, Boldin wisely waited until closer to training camp to make a decision on which team he would sign with. The Bills are short on quality numbers at wideout so Boldin -- who previously played with quarterback Tyrod Taylor -- figures to get a decent amount of looks in the Buffalo passing game.

As a member of the Detroit Lions in 2016, Boldin yielded 584 yards, 8 touchdowns and 106.4 fantasy points. Meanwhile, his 65.99 Net Expected Points ranked him 67th among all NFL pass-catchers a year ago.

Source: Dan Graziano, ESPN

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Chargers' Mike Williams (back) may require season-ending surgery

Los Angeles Chargers wideout Mike Williams might need to undergo season-ending surgery to correct a herniated disk, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

What It Means:

Williams has received two epidurals, but it doesn't seem to be getting him any closer to taking the field. If things don't get better quick, the rookie could be forced to miss his first season in the league. If Williams is ruled out for the year that would mean more to go around for Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams and all other receiving targets.

Our algorithms project a healthy Williams for 48 catches, 574 yards and 3.5 touchdown grabs in the upcoming season. And with a projection of 82 targets, that's a lot left to account for in the Chargers passing game.

Source: Adam Schefter, ESPN

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Cardinals and Chris Johnson agree to one-year deal

The Arizona Cardinals have re-signed running back Chris Johnson to a one-year contract.

What It Means:

Even though he was limited to only four games with a groin injury in 2016, Johnson showed promise in his limited time on the field with Arizona. He'll be 32 years old this year, while being used as a reserve back for the Cardinals to spell starter David Johnson in 2017.

Out of running backs with between 25 and 50 touches in 2016, Johnson's 0.05 Net Expected Points per rush, which ranked fifth.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Steelers' Le'Veon Bell offered more than $12 million a year

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell was offered "over" $12 million per year, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

What It Means:

According to Pelissero's report, the Steelers offered the 25-year-old a three-year deal worth $42 million overall and $30 million over the offer's first two seasons. Bell opted to take the team's franchise tag worth $12.1 million for the 2017 season.

Bell's total of 61.39 Net Expected Points placed him second among all NFL running backs in 2016. This year, we project him for 1,390 rushing yards, 713 receiving yards and 13.5 total touchdowns.

Source: Tom Pelissero, NFL Network

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Panthers under Dave Gettleman were not interested in extending Greg Olsen

Ex-Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman was "not interested" in giving tight end Greg Olsen an extension, the Charlotte Observer reports.

What It Means:

Per reporter Joseph Person, Gettleman found it unnecessary since Olsen was just given a three-year, $22 million extension in 2015. Olsen has been making noise about a holdout, and owner Jerry Richardson seems to have grown sensitive to the perception that Gettleman was cold-hearted with veteran players. Olsen's odds of getting extended are much greater than they were 24 hours ago.

Our models project Olsen for 985 receiving yards and 6.43 touchdowns on 80 catches, making him the second-best tight end for fantasy in 2017.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Danny Woodhead best receiving back Ravens have had in years

Baltimore Ravens running back Danny Woodhead is the best receiving back the team has had since Ray Rice, quarterback Joe Flacco said.

What It Means:

"Really... we haven't had a type of back that’s quite like how Ray was and quite like how Danny is in the passing game," Flacco said. "They just have a very good feel for when they're open and how to get open, how to sit in holes, how to find my eyes, and you can already see that." The Ravens lost both tight end Dennis Pitta and receiving fullback Kyle Juszczyk this offseason, and these comments suggest Flacco will be looking for him. Also a threat in the red zone, Woodhead is being undervalued in fantasy formats.

Our models project Woodhead for 367 rushing yards and 2.84 touchdowns on 80 attempts, with 51 catches for 464 receiving yards and 0.93 touchdowns.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Steelers' Le'Veon Bell completely healed from core muscle surgery

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell has recovered from offseason core muscle surgery, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports.

What It Means:

Bell will be ready for the start of training camp, although it is not a given he shows up. He has yet to sign his franchise tender, and unless the Steelers work out a surprise long-term extension with their star runner before the 4:00 pm Eastern deadline today, he will not be obligated to attend camp until he signs.

Among the 54 running backs to see at least 100 carries last season, Bell finished ninth in Rushing Net Expected Points per attempt. Our models project him for 1,390 rushing yards and 9.99 touchdowns on 295 carries, adding 85 catches for 713 receiving yards and 3.46 scores.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Bears expect Mike Glennon to start 16 games in 2017

The Chicago Bears plan for quarterback Mike Glennon to start all season, the Chicago Tribune's Rich Campbell writes.

What It Means:

Campbell adds there is no quarterback competition and "Glennon's grip on the job" is a strong one. That said, the Bears are not going to keep second overall rookie Mitchell Trubisky if he's ready – they're in a full-tilt rebuild, and this would not be the first time a team intends to start a veteran all year only to bench him midway through the season. It's still likely Trubisky sees the field this year despite the Bears' protestations.

Our models project Glennon for a 64.78 completion rate, 3,362 passing yards, 24.54 touchdowns, and 10.69 interceptions on 445 passing attempts. That's the 25th-best fantasy projection among quarterbacks this year.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott broke man's nose during altercation, per TMZ

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott reportedly punched a man at a Dallas-area bar Sunday night, witnesses tell TMZ Sports.

What It Means:

Witnesses say Elliott broke the man's nose, and while there's no video of the altercation taking place, there is footage of the victim laying on the ground afterward. No arrests were made and no charges have been filed, but it would probably behoove Elliott to make more of an effort to avoid these types of incidents. It was reported last week that the second-year back is preparing for a "short suspension" stemming from a 2016 domestic violence incident.

Without accounting for a potential suspension, numberFire's models project Elliott for 1,456.6 rushing yards and 11.73 touchdowns on 304.9 carries, adding 472.8 receiving yards and 2.10 touchdowns on 50.2 catches in 2017. He's currently the third overall running back in our preseason rankings.

Source: TMZ Sports

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