We examine a few interesting training camp and preseason fantasy updates from around the NFL...
* The Buffalo Bills quarter back competition has been intense this summer but head coach Rex Ryan gave some brief details about it. Ryan says the competition could be finalized by the third preseason game. For now, it seems Matt Cassel is the number one quarter back while Tyrod Taylor is second, and EJ Manuel is third. While Taylor and Manuel offer more versatility with their rushing and passing abilities, Cassel has all the weapons in Buffalo to be a decent fantasy contributor himself.
* Rookie wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham has impressed coaches so much that he was rewarded some first team reps. On the Titans depth chart, Beckham is listed as a third string receiver but if he keeps on practicing well he may start in their first upcoming preseason game. Beckham's size may help him be a touchdown machine for fantasy.
* The Redskins surprisingly listed Niles Paul over Jordan Reed as their starter on their recent depth chart. Now they needed to use an eraser as Paul suffered a season-ending ankle injury in Washington's preseason opener at Cleveland. Reed (hamstring)didn't play an is availability is always dicey. If healthy, the quality pass catcher makes for a potential TE1 for fantasy owners. Reed now has a clear path for the starting job with the Redskins if he can stay healthy.
* Browns quarter back Johnny Manziel has impressed so far in training camp and showed nice signs against the Redskins, including a rushing score. Earlier this summer head coach Mike Pettine said that Josh McCown is the starting quarter back, but that can change if Manziel keeps on exceeding expectations. Manziel will gain a lot more rushing yards than McCown would, but Cleveland's receiving corps isn’t very good so both quarter backs likely won't have a good fantasy value.
* Atlanta Falcons running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman are both competing for a starting position, but are unfortunately both dealing with a hamstring injury. Head Coach Dan Quinn says that they should be back within two weeks, but hamstring injuries can linger for weeks and even months. Freeman is listed as the number one running back while Coleman is listed as number two on Atlanta's depth chart. Coleman is expected to eventually win the starting position, and is a better home run-threat and pass-catcher than Freeman, so he'll likely provide more fantasy value, especially in PPR leagues. Stay tuned to ASL's fantasy news for updates on this development.
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