“Arthritic component” in Todd Gurley’s knee

Fantasy Football, NFL News
June 17, 2019

InjuryTrainer confirms previous reports, insists “not one thing has changed”

Todd Gurley is dealing with arthritis in his knee after months of speculation, according to Travelle Gaines, who has trained Gurley for three years. Gaines suggested “not one thing has changed” in regards to his client and that “our routine has worked, he’s been strong, he’s been in great shape, he’s done well.” Gaines went on to say the decision this offseason to have Gurley drop six pounds and trim his body fat from 10 percent to seven was not due to injuries and more to accentuate his speed. The trainer also said “it’s never been told to me” that the Rams plan on decreasing Gurley’s workload come Week 1. (Yahoo! Sports)

Nerdy Football Analysis: This news is sure to sink Gurley’s ADP a bit more, but should it? Many owners have decided to take the arrival of Darrell Henderson as a sign the Rams are preparing for the worst. However, there’s been no indication from the Rams that Henderson will be anything more than a change-of-pace back. It’s worth wondering how Gurley has embarked on such a rigorous training program if his knee isn’t in decent shape. Gurley still seems worth the risk in drafts, especially if he is still on the board in the early part of the second round.

Dwayne Haskins has shot at starting QB job

Fantasy Football, NFL News
June 14, 2019

Gruden calls Haskins a “wild card”

Dwayne Haskins’ flashes produce moments of joy, other throws let them know Haskins needs more seasoning.

But with spring practices completed, they’ve seen enough to know that this year’s 15th overall pick is a serious contender for the starting job. “Oh, for sure,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. “I’d be silly not to. He’s put enough out there on tape to say he deserves a shot, without a doubt.” (ESPN)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Gruden went on to call Haskins a “wild card”. With only Colt McCoy and Case Keenum, to beat out, it’s likely Haskins will at least makes some starts this season even if he doesn’t land the job out of training camp.

David Montgomery showing off versatility

Fantasy Football, NFL News
June 13, 2019

Rookie RB lauded for route-running skills

(David Montgomery’s) versatility has been impressive in practice. Because the team has yet to put on pads, though, the Iowa State alum hasn’t been able to showcase the slashing running style that earned him a third-round draft selection.

“We always knew he had great hands. You don’t know how great of a route runner a college back is, but he’s a really good route runner,” HC Matt Nagy said. (Chicago Tribune)

Nerdy Football Analysis: New OC Mark Helfrich also is a believer, as he told the story of someone comparing Montgomery to Matt Forte after the draft. While there are obvious differences, it’s an apt comparison in that both backs may not be special in any one area but are very good at just about every area a running back needs to be. Expect Montgomery’s current 4.04 ADP in PPR leagues to shoot up by at least one round by the time drafts really start rolling in August.

Sony Michel has knee scoped

Fantasy Football, NFL News
June 12, 2019

InjuryExpected to return for training camp

Running back Sony Michel missed the final portion of the Patriots offseason workout program due to a knee scope, according to a source. Should be ready for training camp. (Jeff Howe on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Michel has missed the June workouts and now we know why. Michel has a history with knee injuries but this doesn’t appear to be a serious issue. Rookie Damien Harris has been picking up extra reps in Michel’s absence which can only help his development.

Kyle Rudolph sticking in Minnesota

Fantasy Football, NFL News
June 11, 2019

Four-year extension

Vikings are giving veteran TE Kyle Rudolph a four-year, $36 million extension that locks him into Minnesota, per source. Rudolph not going anywhere, except back to the Vikings. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: The Vikings lock up their starting tight end but they are also hoping to get some salary cap relief in the deal. Rudolph has been a low-end TE1 the last couple seasons thanks to a lack of a true No.3 receiver in Minnesota, but the drafting of TE Irv Smith could eat into Rudolph’s fantasy value in 2019.