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Training Camp Notebook: Kenny Britt, Bobby Rainey, Julio Jones, Awful TEs

Jarvis Landry, Dolphins

You know RotoViz values 40 times and other measurables.1 But it’s also possible to overdo it. The Dissenting Costanzan examined the 40 time conundrum, and pointed out several problems relating to using 40 times as a component of player projections. As I discussed here, we might be focusing on the wrong 40 time, and Landry is probably a better athlete than we know. Regardless, he’s generating a lot of buzz so far in training camp. He looks even better in pads, and does the little things right, has great hands, and should play a lot. He’s still off the redraft radar, but keep an eye on him in dynasty formats.

Kenny Britt & Brian Quick, Rams

Wow, wouldn’t that be a fantasy surprise? At least one other training camp observer reported the same thing. Brian Quick is someone we liked a lot going into last year. More recently, our own Matthew Berry2 tagged him as a late round target to keep tabs on. Quick hasn’t done much yet, but there’s a good chance that if he hits, he hits big. Kenny Britt is frankly in a similar position. He’s offered glimpses in the past, and he’s someone we have a hard time quitting. Projecting the St. Louis offense is a challenge, given the sheer number of wide receivers, Sam Bradford’s return from injury, and a variety of other factors. But this development is worth monitoring, since Bradford was on a decent fantasy pace last season.


Charles Johnson, Browns

RotoWorld had not one, but two Charles Johnson mentions over the weekend. Makes sense. He’s the most Gordon-esque of the Browns receivers.

Julio Jones, Falcons

Early reports suggest he looks awesome. See for yourself in our collection of training camp Vines.3 This is a promising beginning, given his ADP concerns.

Ryan Grant, Washington

DeSean Jackson likes him. We covered him here.

New York Giants, surprise surprise.

This camp update reinforces the idea that the G-Men are trying to run an uptempo offense, which could spell a big season for Eli Manning. It also discusses the return of David Wilson, about whom we recently staked our flag(s). Finally, it updates the “wide open” tight end battle. “Wide open” is apparently code for “holy crap our TEs suck.”

In fact, it’s now being suggested that Larry Donnell could be the Giants’ starting TE. Just a few days ago it was Daniel Fells. Either way, the implication is the same.

Bobby Rainey, Buccaneers

So . . . Charles Sims? Doug Martin reportedly feels good so presumably he’s still on track to be the starter. Obviously way too early for any conclusions, but maybe keep the door open for Rainey. Here’s a profile from last season.

Allen Robinson, Jaguars

Because of Cecil Shorts’ injury, both Marqise Lee and Robinson are running with the first team right now. It’s conceivable both could be starters this season, too. Robinson is a first-round talent and Lee could be the top rookie wideout.

Indianapolis Colts

So this is tantalizing:

“Dramatic expansion of TE usage” makes Dwayne Allen even more enticing, and bolsters the case for Andrew Luck as this year’s top fantasy quarterback.

Minnesota Vikings

Matt Asiata looks much improved from last year. Amidst all our Jerick McKinnon love and even our Zach Line coverage, it’s possible that Asiata becomes the backup to target in the Vikings backfield.

The same article notes that Jarius Wright is off to a hot start, even being used out of the backfield. Wright was a tremendous college talent, and is definitely worth daydreaming about.


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