Fantasy Football Morning Buzz: August 19
Published: Aug 19, 2021
It was a slow news day when for the NFL on Wednesday and that's a good thing. Generally, the more news we have it tends to be negative and filled with injuries.
Oh No Robby!
Robby Anderson missed practice Wednesday due to a sore hamstring. Coach Matt Rhule said it happened in practice last week. Rhule doesn't it expect it to be long term. It's always tricky trying to determine how serious it is. Teams will be cautious this time of year. Hamstring injuries will linger without proper rest and we have seen several players deal with hamstring injuries in the preseason. For now, I won't downgrade Anderson.
Dak Remains Limited
Dak Prescott practiced for the third consecutive day on a limited basis after missing three weeks. Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said he's unlikely to play in the preseason game Saturday and McCarthy said he won't play Prescott in the final preseason game. The Cowboys open the season in the Thursday game Sept. 9 in Tampa Bay.
Remember when the timeline for the return of Carson Wentz was 5-12 weeks? We all laughed at such a wide range of a return, but indications are Wentz will be back on the early end. Wentz has been at six consecutive practices and could be taking walk-through reps soon. Wentz had foot surgery on August 2 and hasn't been wearing a cast or boot. There's a chance Wentz could be back Week 1.
Kmet Sits Out
Bears tight end Cole Kmet sat out practice Wednesday due to a hamstring injury. The Bears started the preseason game last week with two tight ends, with Jimmy Graham being the other. Kmet came on strong late last season as a rookie with 28 receptions on 44 targets in the final six games. Kmet has a chance to see his role increase in the offense, especially with the Bears lacking a good third wide receiver. Kmet is a fine TE2.
Dreaded Committee in Miami Looms
A committee is a nightmare for fantasy football players. It's one thing when two backs are involved, but when it's three, touches become an issue. Myles Gaskin played with the second team offense in the first preseason game for the Dolphins and he's been the first back being drafted in the backfield, often going in round five. Look for that to change. Coach Brian Flores said he will use Gaskin, Malcolm Brown and Salvon Ahmed “situationally as best fits their skill set.” Brown started last week at running back. Gaskin may get the early down work, but it sounds like Miami doesn't want to give him a full workload.