Pollard’s role in expanding, Dobbins’ Week 1 status, Steelers’ injuries

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News: Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has hinted at a new role for Tony Pollard in 2022 and recently praised Pollard’s skills as a receiver, ESPN’s Todd Archer wrote.

What it means in fantasy: Dallas may have a plan for Pollard at wide receiver. Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore has made it abundantly clear that Pollard will see more touches this season. Pollard is the RB30 in our live draft trends. He’s firmly on the flex radar, and if Elliott loses time, he’d be a RB1.

Going deeper: Pollard knows how to play wide receiver. In Memphis, from 2016 to 2018, Pollard had 104 receptions for 1,292 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. For the Cowboys last year, he caught 39 of 46 targets for 337 yards. These are professional highs.

News: JK Dobbins’ status and workload for Week 1 are uncertain.

What it means in fantasy: Dobbins is a popular candidate for recovery, but he is slowly recovering from a torn ACL and hasn’t played any 11-on-11 drills this preseason. It’s unclear if Dobbins will play in Week 1, but he will play earlier this season, along with Mike Davis and Gus Edwards, who has been placed on the PUP list as he recovers from a torn ACL. Dobbins is the RB20 in our live draft trends. Due to the uncertainty surrounding his status, fantasy managers may target Breece Hall (RB19), Elijah Mitchell (RB23) or Antonio Gibson (RB26) in drafts.

News: David Montgomery rushed for 28 yards on nine rushing attempts and dominated first-team snaps after missing previous preseason games against the Chiefs and Seahawks.

What it means in fantasy: For fantasy managers worried that Khalil Herbert might steal Montgomery’s touches, this performance was a good sign. Montgomery is the RB18 in our preliminary trends and is firmly on the RB2 radar. Last season, the Bears’ offensive line ranked 11th in run block win rate. It is possible that this trend will continue in 2022.

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Going deeper: Montgomery has averaged 19.6 touches per game in his last two seasons with the Bears.

News: Diontae Johnson left the Steelers’ final preseason game with a shoulder injury.

What it means in fantasy: Fantasy managers are left scratching their heads and wondering why the starters were on the field so long. Johnson was having a great game with a standout 38-yard reception from Mitch Trubisky. Evan Washburn of CBS Sports reported Tomlin as saying, “Look, this was a regular season game, we might see those guys again in this game.” So now there is no long-term concern for any of the players. Johnson is the WR16 in our live draft trends and he is someone to prioritize. We have it projected for 142 goals.

News: Najee Harris confirms that he had a Lisfranc sprain in training camp.

What it means in fantasy: Harris played his first preseason game against the Lions on Sunday and disclosed the injury to reporters. Harris is the RB5 in our live draft trends, but fantasy managers may want to avoid proactively targeting Harris in drafts if there’s any chance he’ll lose some of his volume and considering he’s running behind an offensive line of the Steelers who ranked 30th in run blocking wins. Speed. Dalvin Cook (RB6), Alvin Kamara (RB7) and Joe Mixon (RB8) seem like better options.

News: Treylon Burks scored his first touchdown with the Titans, catching all three of his targets for 33 yards.

What it means in fantasy: Whether the former Arkansas Razorbacks wide receiver is able to fill the void left by former Titans wide receiver AJ Brown is one of the big stories this season. For now at least, he seems to be gaining momentum, and since he’s WR53 in our live draft trends, you have nothing to lose by adding him to your roster.

News: Ty Montgomery was carried off the field in the Patriots’ preseason game against the Raiders with an ankle injury.

What it means in fantasy: Montgomery is a capable running back and receiver and signed a two-year deal this offseason with New England. Since James White retired, Montgomery has played ahead of rookies Pierre Strong and Kevin Harris. Bill Belichick said Montgomery will undergo an MRI to determine the severity of the injury after he returns to New England. He would likely count on Rhamondre Stevenson and Damien Harris even more in Montgomery’s absence. It was reported last week that Belichick sees both running backs as all-down options, so managers looking for RBs or flex options can feel safe in the pick.

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News: Cameron Brate caught both of his targets for 10 yards in the Buccaneers’ preseason game against the Colts.

What it means in fantasy: Tampa Bay used its two tight ends for the first time this preseason and Brate played more snaps and ran more routes than Kyle Rudolph and it looks like the Buccaneer has priority at the position in fantasy drafts.

Going deeper: In his two seasons with the Buccaneers, Rob Gronkowski averaged 6.0 goals per game.

News: Robert Tonyan will participate in team exercises for the first time this summer.

What it means in fantasy: After recovering from a knee injury, Tonyan was activated from the PUP list less than two weeks ago by the Packers, and this is a very good sign that he will be ready for the regular season. Tonyan is TE23 in our live draft trends and could be a valuable streamer for fantasy managers. The Packers have 248 available targets from last year’s receiving corps, and as Green Bay looks to fill Davante Adams’ receiving void, Tonyan may be more valuable than people think.

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