Examining the fantasy impact of latest NFL training camp buzz

With training camps well underway, it's time to examine the latest camp buzz and look at what it might mean to fantasy football managers.

NFL training camps are underway, meaning that real and on-field work has finally begun. The start of training camps also signifies the start of the fantasy draft season. Most redraft leagues will hold their drafts soon, and serious fantasy managers probably started creating their draft strategy already. So let’s look at the latest buzz, including how the fantasy stock is affected.

Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold share first-team reps

Theoretically, the quarterback for the Carolina Panthers could be a practical fantasy streamer or high-end backup option. Christian McCaffrey, a star running back, is back from two injury-plagued campaigns and the Panthers boast some top-quality receivers in Robbie Anderson and D.J. Moore.

However, who’ll be under center in week 1? Sam Darnold or Baker Mayfield? The Panthers recently brought in Mayfield from Cleveland Browns to add competition at quarterback. It appears Mayfield will be competing with Darnold for the quarterback position.

At the moment, there is no clear-cut QB1. However, they wouldn’t have brought in Mayfield if they believed Darnold was the one. Therefore, it would help to avoid both quarterbacks in early fantasy drafts as it is unclear who’ll start in the regular season.

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Dk Metcalf’s extension

DK Metcalf signed a three-year contract extension with the Seattle Seahawks worth $72M this offseason. This should ease the concerns of fantasy managers interested in the Seattle receiver. In the past two seasons, Metcalf has produced 2,270 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns.

But he will have either Geno Smith or Drew Lock at quarterback, as Russell Wilson is no longer in Seattle after he was traded to the Denver Broncos. Therefore, fantasy managers should expect his production to drop off perhaps significantly.

Marcus Mariota starts for Atlanta…for now

The Atlanta Falcons brought in the experienced Marcus Mariota and rookie Desmond Ridder to replace longtime fantasy starter Matt Ryan. This is a situation fantasy managers should watch closely because Atlanta boasts top-quality receiving weapons, including tight end Kyle Pitts, receiver Bryan Edwards, rookie wideout Drake London, and receiver/runner Cordarrelle Patterson.

At the moment, it doesn’t seem like there will be a full-on competition between Ridder and Mariota. At the moment, Mariota entered the camp as a starter in one of the most interesting NFL training camp battles, but quarterbacks coach Charles London claimed that Marcus was the starter. In his last full season as a starter (14 games), Mariota rushed 357 yards and managed two touchdowns on the ground. He also averages 6.0 yards per carry for his career.

While these are not overwhelming numbers, they are still sufficient to make Mariota a serviceable streamer. On the other hand, avoid Ridder in non-dynasty formats.

Ryan Jensen is likely out for the season

While centers don’t get drafted in fantasy, they remain instrumental to the success of running backs and quarterbacks. One excellent example is Pro Bowler Ryan Jensen of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Unfortunately, he might not be available this season.

Jensen suffered a setback after getting a left knee injury that could potentially rule him out for the rest of the season. Since it is unclear when he will return, it puts uncertainty in the position that managers should keep in mind.


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