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The Facts: The Saints sign Terrance West to a one-year deal.
Diehards Line:With Mark Ingram suspended for the first four games of the season, West will likely compete for a shot to serve as Alvin Kamara's backup during that time. West has yet averaged over four YPC in his four seasons in the NFL and will unlikely have a significant fantasy impact.
The Facts: The Chargers have been in contact with free agent tight end Antonio Gates.
Diehards Line:Now that Hunter Henry is out for the season with an ACL tear, the Chargers could be looking to bring back Gates. Chargers GM Tom Telesco said in a radio appearance Wednesday that Gates "would be a great fit." Right now the Chargers starting tight end is Virgil Green, so it would not be surprising if they bring Gates back. He played all 15 of his NFL seasons with the team, so it makes sense.
The Facts: Eagles quarterback is facing "one last hurdle" from a medical standpoint in his return.
Diehards Line:Wentz is expected to be ready for the start of the season, but at this time there are still some challenges he faces in his return. For now Nick Foles is considered the starting quarterback for Philadelphia, but once Wentz is medically cleared and considered a full go, he will get the nod under center.
The Facts: Browns quarterback Tyrod Taylor has reportedly won the starting job.
Diehards Line:This news is not that surprising even though the Browns took quarterback Baker Mayfield with the first overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft. Taylor was expected to be the Browns starting quarterback to open up the season and it is his job to lose. That said, the Browns did not draft Mayfield to keep him on the bench, so at some point we may see him under center.
The Facts: Running back Terrance West is reportedly signing with the New Orleans Saints.
Diehards Line:West was one of a few running backs who visited the Saints on Wednesday and it appears the team felt he would be the best fit. With Mark Ingram suspended for the first four games of the season, West will likely compete for a shot to serve as Alvin Kamara's backup during that time.
The Facts: Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster has been limited with a knee injury, but is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.
Diehards Line:At this point it does not appear that this is a serious injury or that it will keep him sidelined for a significant amount of time. Smith-Schuster is coming off of a nice season and is considered the No. 2 WR of the Steelers offense. The upside is certainly there for the young receiver and barring any upside, he should be good to go to start the season.
The Facts: Free agent running back DeMarco Murray turned down a workout with the Saints.
Diehards Line:The Saints reportedly reached out to Murray for a workout, but he declined the offer because he did not want to workout with a large group. The veteran running backs still thinks he can contribute to a team and is waiting for the right opportunity, per Adam Schefter. From a fantasy standpoint, Murray will likely hold little to no value regardless of where he ends up, but this is certainly a situation to monitor.
The Facts: Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson was spotted in Tuesday minicamp session without a knee brace.
Diehards Line:This is a step in the right direction for Watson who is coming off an tore ACL. Barring any setbacks, he should be ready to start the season. Watson was impressive as a rookie and displayed the potential to be an elite fantasy quarterback.
The Facts: Coach Marvin Lewis was vague on tight end Tyler Eifert's health after missing Tuesday's minicamp session.
Diehards Line:Eifert has played just 10 games in the last two seasons and 24 games in the last four. He was optimistic about his recovery from back surgery and said he was on track to return. This absence however, is not what the team was expecting. This is a situation worth keeping tabs on. Eifert has not lived up to expectations and his inability to stay on the field make him a risky pick in any format.Tyler Kroft is an interesting late-round draft pick in best ball formats, as he showed upside in some instances last season when Eifert was sidelined.