Training camp is starting and that means that useful information will be out there ready for fantasy footballers to consume, regurgitate, fight over, regurgitate some more until more interesting information comes in.
For this post I’ll find the most actionable fantasy football news out of training camp and give you my take on just how actionable it might be. Yes, there is a lot of useless information that gets reported as news during training camp, but that just means you need to be discerning in your evaluation of the news.
Chris Godwin, WR, Buccaneers
Godwin was cleared for training camp on Tuesday after suffering an ACL tear late last season. This news doesn’t mean he is a lock to play Week 1, but his chances are better now.
Trey Lance, QB, 49ers
Head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters that the 49ers are Trey Lance’s team. We knew this already, but Shanahan is trying to make it official and end the questions while they shop Jimmy Garoppolo for a trade.
Julio Jones, WR, Buccaneers
The future Hall-of-Famer Julio Jones will try to win a Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as he’s signed a one-year deal with the team. His recent injury troubles make him an iffy fantasy play, but if he can stay healthy, he gets a great quarterback throwing him the ball in a high-powered offense.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Chiefs
Edwards-Helaire landed on the PUP list to start training camp. Right now it’s considered nothing major, but it’s not as good as being totally healthy, especially with Ronald Jones and Jerick McKinnon fighting for touches.
Logan Thomas, TE, Commanders
Thomas will start training camp on the PUP list after tearing his MCL, ACL, and meniscus in December. His return is up in the air, but reports do give him a slight chance to be ready by Week 1. It is likely safer to consider him bench material to start the season.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Packers
Watkins landed on the active/NFI list to start training camp for an undisclosed injury. Reports seem to be optimistic that the injury is minor, but Watkins’ injury history is a big concern and this is a tough start.
Marquise Brown, WR, Cardinals
Brown landed in the active/NFI list due to a hamstring injury. Like all of these start of training camp injuries, the hope is they will be activated sooner than later, but the longer they are out, the worse the news.
Devin Singletary, RB, Bills
In our first bit of on the training camp field news, Devin Singletary worked with the first team. Rookie James Cook worked with the third team, while Zack Moss was with the second team. Singletary is likely to lead the backfield, while Cook will need to earn that scat-back spot during training camp. Cook still has upside as a receiver in the Bills offense, but touches aren’t going to be handed to him with Singletary there.
Gabriel Davis, WR, Bills
There’s been much debate this offseason between fantasy football enthusiasts as to where Davis should be drafted. Many are extremely high on him and for good reason, but how high is too high? That’s a question we’ll need to answer before drafting, but the good news is that the team is “very comfortable” with Davis being their No. 2 receiver this season, per Peter King. Davis played behind Cole Beasley and Emmanuel Sanders last season and both are gone now. As long as he has a good training camp, he should be in line to be a strong fantasy player in the Bills high-powered passing offense.
Josh Palmer, WR, Chargers
As we push into training camp, beat reporters are giving their predictions on camp battles. This kind of information isn’t as good as seeing that a player has gotten all the first team reps over the player he’s having a camp battle with, but at this point it’s good to hear the thoughts of beat writers.
The Chargers are set with Keenan Allen and Mike Williams as their 1 and 2 receivers, but the third receiver is still up for grabs. Palmer and Jalen Guyton are the two most likely to see time at that spot, but The Athletic’s Daniel Popper expects wide receiver Josh Palmer “to distance himself as the clear third wide receiver during camp.” If Popper is correct and Palmer can take the bulk of WR3 work, he will have value in fantasy football.