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Saints add veteran RB Devonta Freeman

Fantasy Football, NFL News
July 31, 2021

One-year deal

And this was quick: Former Falcons’ standout Devonta Freeman and the Saints now have reached agreement on a one-year deal, per his agent @DrewJRosenhaus. Freeman reunited with his former college teammate, Jameis Winston. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Freeman will be slotted in behind Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray on the depth chart. It’s difficult to get excited about Freeman’s fantasy prospects unless Kamara or Murray miss time with an injury.

Carson Wentz suffers foot injury in practice

Fantasy Football, NFL News
July 30, 2021

Injury Out indefinitely as he undergoes further testing

Colts’ QB Carson Wentz is out indefinitely as he undergoes further testing on a foot injury that he suffered at the end of Thursday’s practice, per @MikeWellsNFL and me.

Colts’ second-year QB Jacob Eason took the starter reps at today’s practice, with Sam Ellinger as his backup. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Not ideal. Foot injuries can be tricky but we need to wait for the official diagnosis before projecting how this affects his fantasy status.

Prescott considered day-to-day after MRI on shoulder

Fantasy Football, NFL News
July 28, 2021

Injury Diagnosed with muscle strain in right throwing shoulder

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott diagnosed with muscle strain in right throwing shoulder following MRI today. He is considered day-to-day, team said. (Michael Gehlken on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Prescott stated he “felt some soreness when making certain throws today … I don’t see this as any kind of serious setback. We’ll treat it on a daily basis, and I’ll be fine.” This doesn’t sound too serious but anytime an MRI is done it’s noteworthy. He could be limited in the coming days but it’s no cause for alarm at the moment.

Texans trade Randall Cobb to Packers for 6th round pick

Fantasy Football, NFL News
July 28, 2021

Houston expected to pay $3 million of Cobb’s salary

The #Packers are trading a 2022 sixth-round pick to the #Texans for WR Randall Cobb, source said. Houston is also expected to pay $3 million of Cobb’s salary to facilitate the deal. Aaron Rodgers gets his man. (Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Reportedly, Rodgers wanted Cobb back in Packers receiving room this season. His presence will dampen whatever fantasy value held by Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Allen Lazard. It will be difficult for Cobb or any other wide receiver not named Davante Adams to be a weekly reliable fantasy starter.

Saquon Barkley to get eased in

Fantasy Football, NFL News
July 26, 2021

Injury HC hints at his back’s early workload

The Giants plan to take a “long term” approach with Saquon Barkley (knee), coach Joe Judge told me in a 1-on-1 interview. Still a chance he’s ready for Week 1 though. (ESPN – Jordan Raanan)

Nerdy Football Analysis: This report shouldn’t be all that surprising since the Giants elected to put Barkley on PUP to begin camp a few days ago. With that said, this whole situation has the feel of Judge taking a page out of the book of mentors Bill Belichick and Nick Saban by keeping everything as mysterious as possible. Barkley will likely get eased in early, but fantasy managers should expect the training wheels to come off fairly quickly if he comes out of Week 1 and Week 2 without incident. Devontae Booker will get some extra run in the meantime.