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Fantasy Football Stock Report: The Patriots welcomed Rob Gronkowski and Dion Lewis back to practice

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“Rob Gronkowski participated in Monday’s voluntary organized team activities, marking the first time he has been present since media members first watched practice May 26. In addition to Gronkowski, running back Dion Lewis, who is recovering from November surgery to repair a torn ACL, was back at practice for the first time this spring.”

-Mike Reiss, ESPN Boston

There were whispers about a possibly minor injury for Rob Gronkowski, but it looks like everything is okay with No. 87. He mostly stayed off to the side with Tom Brady and Martellus Bennett, but he should be ready to go for the next practice in mid-July. Seeing Dion Lewis on the other hand, was a huge surprise. He is only seven months removed from ACL surgery, which means he is way ahead of schedule. Lewis looked good doing footwork drills and running routes, which makes everyone happy.

“No player on the Colts’ 90-man roster flashed more in recent weeks than [T.Y.] Hilton. And no player has to be more excited about the return of No. 12 than No. 13, whose skill set was hampered last season after Luck went down and the downfield threat disappeared.”

-Zak Keefer, IndyStar

No one was hurt more by Andrew Luck’s injury last season than T.Y. Hilton. The speedster was completely limited with old man Hasselbeck under center and Luck on the shelf. Hilton is more than just a one-route wide receiver, but he excels downfield. Expect a big bounce back year from the veteran wideout.

“There’s ‘absolutely’ a chance Perriman could return this season, a source told Schefter. It’s possible that Perriman may just need a stem cell injection, and the injury will heal on its own. A Ravens source said Saturday that Perriman might only miss a couple of months depending on the severity of the tear, but the team was also bracing for the worst.”

-Jamison Hensley, ESPN

Breshad Perriman missed all of his rookie season with a lingering foot injury and his bad luck continued into this season’s OTA’s, as he partially tore his ACL. We will know more tomorrow once he gets his knee scoped, but Dr. James Andrews’ expressed optimism surrounding the extent of the tear. Even if he does not miss the entire season, Perriman is officially useless in fantasy football for the second year in a row.

“There has been nothing but raves for the second-round receiver out of Oklahoma, who has drawn comparisons to both a healthy Victor Cruz and to Odell Beckham. He has flashed terrific speed and great hands throughout the Giants’ spring drills and appears to be a lock to land in the starting lineup.”

-Ralph Vacchiano, NY Daily News

Sterling Shepard was a favorite of ours pre-draft, and it is easy to see why. He is an excellent route runner and fits into this Giants’ offense with ease. It’s interesting to note that Shepard is a “lock” to be a starter in two wide receiver sets, even if Victor Cruz comes back. Shepard should be the first rookie wideout taken, especially in a PPR format.

Not strictly fantasy:

  • Eagles DE Fletcher Cox now has the highest guaranteed money for a non-QB in the NFL
  • Nate Robinson’s NBA career is over, so he tried out for the Seattle Seahawks. He left without a contract, but maybe another team will give him a shot for training camp.
  • Carolina Panthers second-year wideout Devin Funchess has been the star of OTA’s #deepsleeper

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