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Chargers' Mike Williams ready for 'expanded role' in 2019

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams expects to have an "expanded role" in the 2019 passing game.

What It Means:

With Tyrell Williams' departure this off-season, the 24-year old wideout is expecting to see more targets and playing time in 2019. “My role is going to expand with Tyrell leaving. I’m ready to make some plays this upcoming season,” said Williams. "I feel I’m going to get a lot more opportunities than I did last year. A lot more balls coming my way.”

For the 2019 season, our models project Williams to produce 55.5 receptions for 809.7 yards and 7.2 touchdowns. In 16 games last year, the Chargers' receiver hauled in 43 receptions for 664 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Source: Los Angeles Chargers

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Jacksonville's Leonard Fournette expects to have a role in 2019 passing game

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette expects to have an opportunity to catch passes in 2019 according to quarterback Nick Foles.

What It Means:

"That’s a threat. If you ask any defender, when a running back can go out of the backfield and not only run the ball and protect, but he can receive, that’s really tough on a defense," said Foles to the media.

On 74 targets in Fournette's career, the Jaguars' back has produced 58 receptions for 487 yards and two touchdowns. If he can stay healthy, look for Fournette to produce workhorse or RB1 fantasy numbers.

Source: Michael DiRocco

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Rams will extend Jared Goff, coach says

Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay said there is a "zero percent chance" the team does not extend quarterback Jared Goff's contract.

What It Means:

'Whether it ends up happening this year or next year, there is a zero pct. chance this guy's not gonna get an extension he's worthy of," McVay told Mike Silver. Goff threw for 4,688 yards and 32 touchdowns with 12 interceptions and averaged 7.5 net yards per dropback. His play did decline somewhat down the stretch, as only completed 58.9% of his throws with 6 touchdowns and 6 interceptions in five December starts.

Our models project Goff to throw for 4,765.40 yards with 32.47 touchdowns and 11.34 interceptions in 2019.

Source: Mike Silver

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Theo Riddick could be on the Lions' roster bubble

Detroit Lions running back Theo Riddick could be on the roster bubble, per the Detroit Free Press.

What It Means:

Riddick is on the final year of his contract and his release would produce $3.7 million in cap savings. He was targeted 71 times last season, which was second on the team, but only managed 370 receiving yards on 57 catches.

Our models project Riddick to rush for 174.9 yards on 45.26 carries, while catching 51.07 passes for 358.66 yards.

Source: Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press

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Lions' Kerryon Johnson could catch 60 passes, writer pedicts

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press predicts that Detroit Lions running back Kerryon Johnson will catch at least 60 passes this season.

What It Means:

Birkett said that Johnson has impressed as a receiver in offseason practice and says that primary receiving back Theo Riddick is not a lock to make the roster. This would open up opportunities in the passing game for Johnson, who caught 32 passes in 10 games as a rookie last season. Johnson had an 11% target share, compared to Riddick's 14%.

Our numbers are not as bullish, but our models do project Johnson to catch 40.76 passes this season for 291.65. He is also projected to rush for 1,038.06 yards and 5.3 touchdowns on 215.31 attempts.

Source: Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press

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James Conner expects Steelers to spread out backfield work

Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner expects the offense to "spread out" backfield touches "pretty evenly."

What It Means:

Conner handled monster workloads when health allowed last year, but injuries and the late-season emergence of Jaylen Samuels may lead to more of a two-way split in 2019. The Steelers reportedly experimented with two-back formations in OTAs.

numberFire's models believe Conner will record 1,039.3 rushing yards, 498.0 receiving yards, and 10.76 touchdowns next season. He's the RB9 in our preseason fantasy rankings.

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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DK Metcalf shining for Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks second-round wide receiver DK Metcalf is "looking really, really special," quarterback Russell Wilson said.

What It Means:

"He can do anything and everything and he’s tremendous," Wilson added. Doug Baldwin's retirement should allow the rookie to make an immediate impact. The Seahawks gave up the 77th and 118th picks to move up and select Metcalf at the end of the second round.

numberFire's models expect Metcalf to catch 43.7 passes on 66.8 targets for 576.6 yards and 3.05 touchdowns in 2019. He's currently the WR69 in our preseason fantasy rankings.

Source: seahawks.com

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Travis Kelce (ankle) expects to be at full strength by Chiefs camp

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (ankle) expects to be 100 percent by training camp.

What It Means:

Kelce sat out minicamp after undergoing a cleanup ankle procedure earlier this offseason. "I want to get out there and mesh with everyone and teach, have fun and get better," Kelce said. "But right now, just getting healthy is the main thing, and I think we’re there. I think by the time training camp comes around, I’ll be 100 percent." The 29-year-old set career-bests across the board last season.

Kelce is the top tight end in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings. Our models expect him to turn 137.2 targets into 101.9 catches, 1,296.8 yards, and 10.96 touchdowns in 2019.

Source: Arrowhead Pride

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Marquez Valdes-Scantling 'probably' Packers' second wideout

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling "probably is the number-two receiver," writes ESPN's Rob Demovsky.

What It Means:

Demovsky believes Valdes-Scantling will start opposite Davante Adams, with Geronimo Allison working in three-wide sets. This comes a week after Aaron Rodgers said the sophomore "had a fantastic spring," so everything seems to be pointing up for the 24-year-old receiver.

numberFire's models expect MVS to catch 31.7 passes on 57.4 targets for 471.4 yards and 2.95 touchdowns in 2019. He's currently the WR79 in our preseason fantasy rankings.

Source: Rob Demovsky, ESPN.com

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Jaguars' Marqise Lee not expected to be ready for camp

Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone does not expect wide receiver Marqise Lee (knee) to be ready for the start of camp.

What It Means:

Lee is recovering from a preseason injury that caused him to miss the entire 2018 season. If he is healthy this year, he could be the team's number one wide receiver.

Lee caught 56 of 96 targets for 702 yards and 3 touchdowns in 2017.

Source: Phillip Heilman

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