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TRAINING CAMP: Stories to Watch for Fantasy

July 26, 2013 9:05 pm Published by

TrainingCampAs training camps kick off all over the NFL, fantasy footballers start to get familiar with the coming season and all its new story-lines. As we continue to cook up all the preseason data you need, take a moment to read up on all the links you need to know as camp breaks.

Chiefs go all pass plays in first two camp practices. In Reid’s offense, it’s not uncommon for a rusher to have 70+ receptions, look for Jamaal Charles to increase in PPR value. Its worth noting that Chiefs hired former Nevada coach Chris Ault, considered the father of the Pistol offense, as a consultant.

Browns Norv Turner: Trent Richardson might see 300 carries.

Packers Randall Cobb could flourish in new rotation.

Texans expect a healthy Ben Tate to see 50-75 more carries than in 2012,those will come at the expense of Arian Foster.

Cowboys reportedly believe 5th-round RB Joseph Randle can be a “full-time back” if DeMarco Murray suffers another injury. Murray is eager to play out of 1-back alignment, for a chance to run more and finally maximize his potential. Competition is brewing for DAL WR3 duties between underrated, versatile Dwayne Harris and 3rd-round rookie Terrance Williams.

Giants Rueben Randle-whether he’s at X or the Z, he’s gonna play.

Seahawks Backup RB Christine Michael handled “a lot” of first-team OTA reps during Lynch’s absences and is more talented than Turbin.

Ravens TE Ed Dickson was targeted heavily during OTAs and minicamp. Potential  breakout to watch in camp: Ravens WR Tommy Streeter at WR2.

Bears TE Martellus Bennett is likely to emerge as Chicago’s No. 2 pass catcher as coaches get cutler to NOT lock in on Marshall. Coach Marc Trestman is historically aggressive in the passing game with a tendency to go 15-18 straight plays without a rush attempt. Matt Forte confirms Bears offense involves RB heavily in passing game.

Steelers aren’t handing 2nd-round pick Le’Veon Bell their every-down back job, but he remains the heavy favorite to earn it.

Colts will play more 2 TE sets under new playcaller Pep Hamilton, keeping Dwayne Allen on the field and increasing Coby Fleener’s snaps use the second-year TE more as a vertical threat this season. Also keep an eye on T.Y Hilton vs DHB for WR2.

Rams’ “Cobb-like” slot WR Tavon Austin is potential 4-down game-changer that could lead STL in targets. RB Daryl Richardson, Zac Stacy then Isaiah Pead. Pead has to work on pass protection to land the job.

Texans rookie WR DeAndre Hopkins had a nice spring and looks like the real deal, but fantasy expectations should be tempered.

Raiders 6th-round pick Latavius Murray stood out in the spring and will push Rashad Jennings  for No. 2 back job in camp. Brandon Myers’ departure opens theTE position to a wide-open competition, and David Ausberry is easily the best athlete of the bunch. Matt Flynn opened Raiders camp as “clearly the No. 1 guy” at quarterback.

Eagles Lane Johnson will play RT with Jason Peters at LT and Herremans moves inside to LG. Johnson is a perfect fit for Chip Kelly’s uptempo offense.

Chargers’ Mike McCoy’s expectations for Ryan Mathews are clear: “To have a great year and be the guy.” Philip Rivers has been “throwing more underneath passes than he can remember” at Chargers practices.

Lions Ryan Broyles participated fully in minicamp and his quick ACL recovery “by far” the spring’s biggest surprise. Keep tabs on his health.

Bengals Mohamed Sanu is the tentative favorite to start opposite A.J. Green, he’ll be fighting for scraps with Jermaine Gresham. With A.J. Green (knee bruise) missing time at Bengals camp, Marvin Jones is practicing in his place with the first-team offense.

Dolphins In OTAs Lamar Miller in the I-formation and the offset. He’s a perfect fit for the one-cut-and-go zone-blocking scheme.

Cardinals’ depth chart situation: 2012 1st-round pick Michael Floyd’s ascension to the starting Z receiver job, ahead of Andre Roberts. Carson Palmers propensity for dropping off to TEs should benefit the quick and big target, Rob Housler. Coach Arians said the blueprint is to move Fitzgerald all over the field this season.

Patriots ranked 2nd in the #NFL in rushing attempts in 2012, and new passing-down back Shane Vereen will have a much bigger role in 2013 and also lined up at WR in #Patriots spring practice. On the first day of full-squad Patriots camp Friday, second-round pick Aaron Dobson worked with the first-team offense in three-receiver sets. Tim Tebow was catching passes and lining up with running backs and receivers in addition to his quarterback reps at Patriots camp Friday.

Jets With Hill struggling and Holmes a candidate for PUP, Jeremy Kerley is currently the favorite to lead the #Jets in receptions.

49ers Vernon Davis practicing exclusively with the wideouts group at minicamp. The Sacramento Bee currently projects Kyle Williams as the 49ers’ starting “X” receiver over A.J. Jenkins.

Falcons Steven Jackson emerged from spring practices anticipating a jump receptions, OC Dirk Koetter likes to throw the ball.

Saints players indicate coach Sean Payton has talked about a need to return to a more robust rushing game.

Redskins’ scheme runs offense to the X receiver, which is Garcon. If fully recovered, he will be a target machine.

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