They lost wideout Julian Edelman, who suffered a noncontact leg injury in the first quarter of a preseason game against the Detroit Lions, but the Patriots have more than enough talent to catch passes with tight end Rob Gronkowski, Chris Hogan and recently acquired Brandin Cooks.
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Jordan’s return would clearly eat into Harrell’s production, and whenever Danilo Gallinari (glute) returns, it would hurt Johnson’s production, but at the very least, they’re worth short-term interest and perhaps long-term, if Jordan is in fact moved and Gallinari is unable to remain healthy … again. And if Gallinari (available in 78.6 percent of leagues) does stay healthy this time, he’s the one who suddenly becomes interesting in fantasy.
The Clippers seem to have found their new base of success built around Williams and Griffin, and they’re providing a very fantasy-friendly environment for themselves and their teammates.
This is about maximizing the value of picks based on the current perceived value of the players involved. The Saints did very well in that regard. That was as much about good fortune as anything else. But that’s okay. Lattimore, the draft’s top cornerback, unexpectedly dropped out of the top 10 and the Saints were smart enough to take him at No. 11. They didn’t sign the Patriots’ Malcolm Butler to an offer sheet in restricted free agency or trade for him. Now they have their cornerback. It was a terrible first round for offensive linemen. But the Saints, again, benefited as Ramczyk fell to them for the final pick of the night.
The Packers couldn’t overcome the injury to Rodgers in their 23-10 loss to the Vikings. They weren’t the only NFC contender to stumble, as the Falcons suffered a surprising home loss to the Dolphins, 20-17. The wasn’t the only unexpected result of the day, as the Bears outlasted the Ravens in overtime for a 27-24 win, and the Saints beat the Lions 52-38 in a wild game. The 49ers nearly pulled off a road upset against the Redskins, but their bid to win their first game of the season came up just short in a 26-24 loss.