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Rapoport: Terry McLaurin (toe) day-to-day for Washington

Washington Commanders wide receiver Terry McLaurin is considered "more day-to-day than anything" with a toe sprain, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

What It Means:

McLaurin sprained his toe in Monday night's preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens, but he avoided a major injury and might be available for Week 1 against the Arizona Cardinals. Jahan Dotson will likely fill in at practice as the No. 1 wideout while McLaurin is sidelined.

McLaurin is the WR26 in numberFire's preseason rankings and our models project him to lead Washington with 135.1 targets, 81.8 receptions, 1,077.6 yards, and 5.43 touchdowns. He is the clear top target on the team and could outperform those projections if Sam Howell (QB22) exceeds expectations.

Seahawks' Jaxon Smith-Njigba needs wrist surgery

Seattle Seahawks rookie wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba is undergoing wrist surgery on Tuesday.

What It Means:

Smith-Njigba broke a bone in his wrist during Saturday's preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the first-round pick could be ready for Week 1 versus the Los Angeles Rams if surgery goes well. DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett will have more targets available if Smith-Njigba misses the start of the season. Once he's healthy, Smith-Njigba has a secure role in three-wide sets for Seattle.

JSN is currently the WR39 in numberFire's preseason rankings. Our models project him for 107.6 targets, 69.7 receptions, 871.9 yards, and 5.19 touchdowns. Metcalf is the WR16 and Lockett is the WR22.

Baker Mayfield officially named Buccaneers Week 1 starter

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Baker Mayfield is the starter for Week 1 against the Minnesota Vikings, head coach Todd Bowles confirmed Tuesday.

What It Means:

Mayfield was expected to win the job for most of the preseason and that was all but confirmed when he sat out the Buccaneers' second preseason game. The 2018 No. 1 overall pick is on his fourth team in three seasons, but Mayfield has arguably the best receiving duo of his career in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. He will likely be on a short leash in Tampa Bay, so if Mayfield struggles and the team has a losing record, Kyle Trask could wind up taking over.

Baker is the QB27 in numberFire's preseason rankings. Our models project him for 3,963.6 passing yards on a 62.0 completion percentage, with 24.12 touchdowns and 16.6 interceptions. We also have Mayfield forecasted for 47.6 carries, 204.1 rushing yards, and 1.81 touchdowns.

Commanders' Terry McLaurin may have turf toe

Washington Commanders wide receiver Terry McLaurin is believed to have suffered a toe sprain in Monday night's preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

What It Means:

McLaurin will undergo an MRI on Tuesday to determine the full extent of the injury, which is also known as turf toe. Rapoport said it's "not thought to be overly serious," so McLaurin might be able to recover in time for Washington's opener against the Arizona Cardinals. Jahan Dotson will likely fill in as the No. 1 wideout while McLaurin is out. Dyami Brown and Curtis Samuel could also see more action.

McLaurin is the WR26 in numberFire's preseason rankings and our models project him to lead Washington with 135.1 targets, 81.8 receptions, 1,077.6 yards, and 5.43 touchdowns. He is the clear top target on the team and could outperform those projections if Sam Howell (QB22) exceeds expectations.

Washington's Terry McLaurin (leg) heads to locker room during second preseason game

Washington Commanders wideout Terry McLaurin (leg) was escorted to the locker room by the team's training staff during Monday's preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens.

What It Means:

McLaurin seemed to be limping after making a catch in the first half of Monday's preseason game, but was able to walk to the locker room under his own power. His night is surely over, but hopefully the stud wideout was able to avoid suffering any sort of injury that could carry over into the regular season.

McLaurin looked to already have strong chemistry with new starter Sam Howell, reeling in 3 catches for 39 yards in just under a half of action. He is numberFire's WR26 for the upcoming season and could outperform those projections if Howell exceeds expectations.

Ravens' Zay Flowers playing with second unit in second preseason game

Baltimore Ravens rookie receiver Zay Flowers started alongside the team's second unit in the team's second preseason game Monday night.

What It Means:

While the Ravens opted to rest most of their presumed Week 1 starters, Flowers joined the second unit on the field to kick things off in Week 2 of the preseason. Flowers will likely be competing for opportunities behind Odell Beckham and Rashod Bateman in the upcoming season.

The exciting rookie has a crowded depth chart ahead of him, but should eventually find his way into some fantasy-relevant volume during the regular season. The team did seem to cut his evening short (likely a good sign) after his early touchdown. He is numberFire's WR47 for 2023.

Colts give Jonathan Taylor permission to seek trade

The Indianapolis Colts have granted running back Jonathan Taylor permission to seek a trade.

What It Means:

The Colts are reportedly seeking a first round pick or equivalent value in draft picks for Taylor, who has been seeking a new contract with the team to no avail. Taylor still averaged 4.5 yards per carry and 78.3 yards per game despite playing through serious ankle injuries for the Colts' crumbling offense last year and would be an incredible addition to virtually any offense in the league.

Taylor was almost able to single-handedly drag the Colts to the playoffs in 2021 in spite of poor quarterback play from Carson Wentz, amassing over 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns from scrimmage during the course of that season. Injuries slowed him down in 2022, but the uber-talented back is still in his prime at just 24. It's unclear how long Taylor's holdout may or may not continue.

Panthers' Miles Sanders (groin) back in pads at training camp Monday

Carolina Panthers running back Miles Sanders (groin) returned to practice for Monday's training camp session.

What It Means:

Sanders suffered a groin injury in the early days of Panthers training camp, casting some doubt on his potential every-down workload for the Panthers in the upcoming season. However, it looks like the injury was truly minor, as Sanders returned to padded practices Monday, well in advance of the team's Week 1 tilt against the Atlanta Falcons.

Sanders is projected for an RB17 finish in the upcoming season. The Panthers signed him to a hefty contract when free agency opened in the spring, and all indications have pointed towards him being their every-down starter during the regular season.

Isiah Pacheco (shoulder) could return for Chiefs' preseason finale

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid told media members Monday that running back Isiah Pacheco (shoulder) could be available for the team's final preseason game on Saturday against the Cleveland Browns.

What It Means:

Pacheco has been participating in a non-contact fashion throughout Chiefs training camp as he continues to rehab from the injuries he sustained as a rookie and was initially targeting a return for Week 1 of the regular season. If he gets the go-ahead for the Chiefs' final preseason game it would dispel any doubts about his health for the fantasy football season.

Pacheco is expected to handle the bulk of the Chiefs' rushing attempts for the upcoming season, picking up where he left off during the team's Super Bowl run. Being the starting running back for the best offense in the NFL has its perks; in Pacheco's case, he's projected as the RB25 for the 2023 season.

Josh Jacobs expected to report before Raiders opener

Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs is expected to report to the team before Week 1 against the Denver Broncos.

What It Means:

Jacobs has been holding out for a long-term contract after declining to sign the $10.1 million franchise tag. The Raiders haven't been able to fine Jacobs for missed practices, so he's expected to show up for work right before the start of the regular season. Zamir White could see an expanded early-season role if Jacobs needs time to shake off any rust.

Jacobs led the NFL in touches (393), rushing yards (1,653), and yards from scrimmage (2,053) last season. He's the RB9 in numberFire's preseason rankings and our models project him for 282.7 carries, 1,316.6 rushing yards, 49.0 targets, 35.3 receptions, 228.6 receiving yards, and 12.32 total touchdowns.

De'Von Achane (shoulder) week-to-week for Dolphins

Miami Dolphins rookie running back De'Von Achane is week-to-week with a shoulder injury, per head coach Mike McDaniel.

What It Means:

Achane was carted to the locker room during Saturday's preseason game after an offensive lineman fell on him. He avoided a serious injury and should be able to return for Week 1 against the Los Angeles Chargers, but the injury could limit Achane's early-season usage. The third-round pick has been competing for reps in camp with Raheem Mostert, Jeff Wilson, Myles Gaskin, and Salvon Ahmed.

Achane has rushed 16 times for 52 yards and caught 4 passes (4 targets) for 41 yards in two preseason games. He's currently the RB39 in numberFire's preseason rankings and our models project him for 134.7 carries, 568.6 rushing yards, 38.7 targets, 28.2 receptions, 198.5 receiving yards, and 4.86 touchdowns. Mostert (RB43) is projected for 113.4 carries and 21.3 catches, but none of the other Dolphins backs are in our top-50.

Bucs give Baker Mayfield starter treatment in second preseason game

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles told media members Sunday that quarterback Baker Mayfield did not play in the second preseason game because they didn't want Mayfield to play "once the initial offensive line was out of the game".

What It Means:

Fans of the preseason may have noted that the Bucs did not give Mayfield any reps in their second preseason game, instead leaning heavily on Kyle Trask to take care of business on Saturday. Bowles' quote does heavily imply that Mayfield will be the team's starting quarterback come Week 1.

Ousted from Cleveland after the Deshaun Watons trade, Mayfield's tenure in Carolina last year ended in disaster. The former first overall pick made his way to Los Angeles to make some decent spot-starts for the banged up Rams, and now looks to have a firm grasp on the QB1 gig in Tampa Bay for the upcoming year. For fantasy purposes he files in as numberFire's QB27, but hopefully the former Oklahoma standout can help support Chris Godwin and Mike Evans in fantasy this fall.

Houston's Tank Dell (leg) 'fine' after missing second preseason game

Houston Texans wideout Tank Dell is reportedly "fine" after sitting out the team's second preseason game with "leg tightness".

What It Means:

Keen preseason observers may have noticed that game one standout Tank Dell was inactive for the Texans' second preseason contest. While it initially looked like he may have already been getting locked-in starter treatment, Aaron Wilson of KPRC2 reports that Dell was held out for precautionary reasons but will be "fine" after dealing with some leg soreness. Dell does still appear to be on track to have a strong role in the Texans' passing offense this year, especially for a first-year player.

Dell will need to compete for looks alongside teammates Robert Woods, Nico Collins, Dalton Schultz, and John Metchie this season in what could be a middling offense, but the young receiver has certainly impressed in training camps this offseason. He is numberFire's WR112 for the upcoming season, but will be a player worth watching or stashing in season-long leagues this summer.

Miami's De'Von Achane (shoulder) carted to locker room during Saturday's preseason game in third quarter

Miami Dolphins running back De'Von Achane (shoulder) was forced to exit during the second half of Saturday's preseason game against the Houston Texans.

What It Means:

Achane's night is over after he was forced to leave the field on a cart during the third quarter. Expect Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson to play increased role in Miami's backfield if Achane were to miss time.

Achane's current yearly projections include 134.7 rushing attempts for 568.5 yards and 3.5 touchdowns and 28.2 receptions for 198.5 yards and 1.3 touchdowns.

Lions waiving Denzel Mims (ankle/calf)

The Detroit Lions are waiving wide receiver Denzel Mims.

What It Means:

Mims injured his calf while in rehab for an ankle injury he sustained in practice. Last month, the Lions acquired Mims and a 2025 seventh-round pick from the New York Jets in exchange for a 2025 conditional sixth-round draft pick. Mims' release could open up more playing time for Marvin Jones, Josh Reynolds, and Kalif Raymond.

Mims, a 2020 second-round pick, caught 42 passes on 92 targets for 676 scoreless yards in 30 games for the Jets over his first three seasons.

Sam Howell confirmed as Commanders starter

Washington Commanders quarterback Sam Howell was named the starter on Friday, per head coach Ron Rivera.

What It Means:

Howell officially beat out Jacoby Brissett and will start Week 1 against the Arizona Cardinals. The 2022 fifth-round pick didn't take a snap in the first 16 games as a rookie, but he started the Commanders' finale and went 11-of-19 for 169 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Howell also rushed five times for 35 yards and a touchdown. The rushing ability could provide Howell a decent floor, but he will likely primarily be a deeper-league option in 2023.

It was a tiny sample size, but Howell led all rookie quarterbacks with an average depth of target of 9.7 yards last season. He's the QB22 in numberFire's preseason rankings and our models project him for 3,626.2 passing yards with 21.74 touchdowns and 12.00 interceptions, coupled with 70.4 carries for 319.4 yards and 2.94 touchdowns.

Seahawks' Kenneth Walker (groin) practicing again ahead of second preseason game

Seattle Seahawks running back Kenneth Walker (groin) has resumed practicing ahead of the team's second preseason game.

What It Means:

Walker has been sidelined for most of training camp to this point, but has seemingly recovered enough from his groin injury to begin participating fully in practices again. It looks like he'll be ready to go (as hoped) for Week 1, but don't necessarily expect him to suit up in the preseason.

Walker is numberFire's RB15 for the upcoming season, even with the addition of rookie second-round pick Zach Charbonnet to the offense. Walker was a big-play machine in his rookie season, and should still put up strong fantasy numbers even with an RB2 mixing in for touches.

Broncos' Javonte Williams (knee) will play in next preseason game

Denver Broncos head coach Sean Payton told media members that running back Javonte Williams (knee) will play in the team's Saturday night game.

What It Means:

The Broncos will take on the 49ers in this weekend's preseason tilt, and the team is evidently planning to have Williams take carries in the affair. There were offseason concerns about Williams' availability for the year, but he seems on track to suit up in Week 1.

Williams is currently projected to finish as the RB27 in fantasy season, but could vault up the rankings with a clean bill of health. He is currently expected to split work with Samaje Perine this season, though the split of their work may depend on Williams' health.

Amon-Ra St. Brown (leg) out for Lions until next week

Detroit Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown is expected to sit out practice until next week due to an ankle injury, per head coach Dan Campbell.

What It Means:

St. Brown injured his ankle at practice on Wednesday and won't be available for Saturday's preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. However, the Lions reportedly aren't planning on playing their starters anyway and St. Brown appears to have avoided a serious injury. The 23-year-old rising star should be fine for Week 1 against the Kansas City Chiefs. St.Brown led the Lions with 106 catches and 146 targets for 1,161 yards and 6 touchdowns last year in his second season. There will be additional reps available for Marvin Jones, Josh Reynolds, Denzel Mims, and Kalif Raymond while St. Brown is sidelined.

St. Brown is the WR10 in numberFire's preseason rankings and our models project him for 163.2 targets, 109.1 catches, 1,269.9 yards, and 7.48 touchdowns. Among the 30 receivers with at least 100 targets last year, ARSB averaged the eighth-most yards per route run.

Rapoport: Tennessee's Treylon Burks (knee) suffers LCL sprain, 'should only miss a few weeks'

According to Ian Rapoport, Tennessee Titans wide receiver Treylon Burks (leg) "should only miss a few weeks."

What It Means:

Burks is expected to miss some time after he suffered a LCL sprain while making a deep touchdown grab. Expect DeAndre Hopkins to see an increased target share and WR1 volume even in a run heavy offense while Burks is sidelined.

Per numberFire's models, Hopkins is currently ranked as our WR30 with projections including 80.8 receptions for 1,000.8 yards and 6.5 touchdowns on 122.6 targets.

Buccaneers' Russell Gage out for 2023 with knee injury

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Russell Gage will miss the 2023 season with a knee injury he suffered in practice on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Gage sustained a non-contact injury and had to be carted off the practice field. The Buccaneers will now be looking for a new No. 3 receiver behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. They might bring in a free agent, but the most likely in-house candidates to step up are rookie Trey Palmer, Deven Thompkins, and David Moore.

Prior to the injury, Gage was numberFire's WR81 for the season. Our models projected him for a 12.5% target share (74.3 targets) from Baker Mayfield. Palmer had 4 catches on 4 targets for 33 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' preseason opener. He also returned two kickoffs for 54 yards. Thompkins had a pair of catches and a rush attempt, plus he returned a kick and a punt. Moore had 66 yards on 3 catches and 4 targets.

Carroll: Seattle's Kenneth Walker (hernia) 'going to be back' by regular season

According to head coach Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks running back Kenneth Walker (hernia) is expected to return by the start of their regular season.

What It Means:

While Carroll is known for being extremely optimistic towards his player's recovery timeline, Walker looks like he is on track to return by regular season after he participated in walk throughs and individual drills in recent practices. "Kenneth Walker is back in walk through, he looks like he’s healed," said Carroll when asked about Walker's status. "He’s going to be back by regular season there’s no doubt about it. He looked great running around out there today.”

If Walker is ready to return by Week 1's opener against the Los Angeles Rams, our models project the second year back to score 13.9 FanDuel points. Walker's current Week 1 projection includes 16.2 rushing attempts for 73.6 yards and 1.7 receptions for 12.3 yards.

Brock Purdy (elbow) secure as 49ers starter

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (elbow) is on track to be the starting quarterback, head coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed.

What It Means:

"He would have to melt in practice to lose it," Shanahan said of Purdy and the starting job. "And Brock's too good of a player to melt in practice." Shanahan added that Purdy will no longer require scheduled off-days during weekly practices as he recovers from an elbow injury and ramps up his workload ahead of Week 1. Trey Lance and Sam Darnold will continue to compete for backup duties behind Purdy.

Purdy averaged 18.1 FanDuel points in Weeks 13-18 last season, which would have made him the QB13 for the entire season. Looking ahead, Mr. Irrelevant from 2022 is the QB25 in numberFire's preseason rankings. Our models project him for 3,742.8 passing yards with 25.77 touchdowns and 13.3 interceptions this season, and 40.1 rush attempts for 176.4 yards and 1.26 touchdowns.

Cardinals activate Zach Ertz (knee) from PUP

Arizona Cardinals tight end Zach Ertz (knee) was activated from the PUP list on Tuesday.

What It Means:

Ertz will return to practice after missing the first three weeks of training camp while recovering from left ACL and MCL tears sustained in Week 10 last year. He could be limited initially at practice and it remains to be seen if Ertz will be at full strength for the Cardinals' regular-season opener against the Washington Commanders. The 32-year-old tight end is expected to share some tight end duties with 2022 second-round pick Trey McBride this season. Ertz averaged 7.6 targets, 5.1 receptions, 43.8 yards and caught 4 touchdowns in nine healthy games last season.

Ertz is the TE24 in numberFire's preseason rankings and our models project him for 75.1 targets, 48.0 receptions, 474.7 yards, and 2.43 touchdowns. McBride (TE36) is projected for 37.5 targets, 26.1 receptions, 274.0 yards, and 1.31 touchdowns.

Patriots' Mike Gesicki dislocates shoulder

New England Patriots tight end Mike Gesicki suffered a mild dislocated shoulder at practice on Monday, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

What It Means:

The Patriots are hopeful that Gesicki will be back for Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles, but his status is uncertain. Gesicki signed a one-year deal in March after he spent the first five years of his career with the Miami Dolphins. He fell out of favor with Mike McDaniel's offense last year in Miami, but the season before, Gesicki set career-bests with 73 catches for 780 yards on 112 targets. Even though Hunter Henry is expected to be first on the Patriots' tight end depth chart this season, Gesicki has the talent and versatility to earn a role in the passing game.

Gesicki is the TE25 in numberFire's preseason rankings. Our models project him for 70.3 targets, 42.5 receptions, 436.2 yards, and 3.04 touchdowns. In the two games Gesicki logged at least 40 offensive snaps last season, he averaged 14.5 FanDuel points and totaled 11 targets, 10 receptions, 110 yards, and 3 touchdowns.

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