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Daily Fantasy Stock Report: Patriots feel optimistic about their injured wide receivers

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“There’s a lot of confidence Julian Edelman will be ready for the start of training camp.”

-Jeff Howe, Boston Herald

On Tuesday morning, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald was on the Toucher and Rich Show in Boston and stated that ‘optimism is very high’ regarding Julian Edelman’s readiness for training camp. Edelman underwent a second surgery on his foot after breaking it in 2015. If Tom Brady’s suspension is upheld, Jimmy Garoppolo will need a healthy receiving corps and a full pre-season to get on the same page as his wideouts. The health of Edelman and Danny Amendola will be key for fantasy purposes and the Patriots’ offense.

“Danny Amendola underwent surgery on his left knee earlier this offseason, in addition to a procedure to remove bone spurs from his ankle, but his rehabilitation has been on a positive track and he’s already moving well, sources told ESPN.”

-Mike Reiss, ESPN Boston

This is more of an update from yesterday’s initial report. The highly connected Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston says that Amendola’s injuries are considered “minor” and they are not “long-term” issues. The receiver underwent surgery in the beginning of the offseason; he has been on a positive track and is already moving well. The Patriots are optimistic that he could be ready for the start of training camp, but they could keep him limited as a precautionary.

“My feelings haven’t changed,” Doug Pederson said. “He’s my guy. He’s the No. 1 guy. I just want him to embrace that. … I expect Sam [Bradford] to not look over his shoulder. I expect Sam to look forward. … That is the message I gave him.”

-Zach Berman, Philadelphia Inquirer

Philadelphia Eagles’ coach Doug Pederson met with the media on Tuesday and stated that Sam Bradford was the No. 1 quarterback in Philly, over the rookie who the Eagles traded up for, Carson Wentz. There were reports that Bradford wanted out of Philadelphia, but it looks like he is first on the depth chart. If Bradford stays healthy and performs well, he should have the upper hand on Wentz. This looks like a disaster waiting to happen and fantasy owners should try to stay away from selecting either quarterback in 2016.

It looks like third-down weapon and former PPR star Darren Sproles is on the trading block in Philadelphia. Sproles has not participated in offseason workouts and the Eagles could be moving on to Wendell Smallwood, a similar, shifty running back, who they drafted in the fifth-round of the this year’s draft. If the Eagles deal Sproles, Ryan Matthews would be the lone guy in Philly, with Smallwood handling minor pass catching duties. Matthews led all RBs in fantasy points per snap in ’15.

Not strictly fantasy:

  • Alabama offensive tackle Cam Robinson was arrested and charged with weed and felony gun charges on Monday night. Robinson has been mocked in the top-five of the 2017 NFL Draft.
  • Russel Wilson’s former college teammates at NC State are accusing him of lying during his Wisconsin commencement speech.
  • $2 hot dogs and $5 beers at Falcons’ games? Sign me up!
  • Antonio Brown was voted off of DWTS; OBJ should represent the NFL in season 10.

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