Biggest fantasy soccer coaching camp storylines

With coaching camps now in full swing throughout the league, ESPN’s 32 NFL Nation reporters are about to turn out to be your eyes and ears as you put together on your fantasy soccer drafts. We requested every of them to establish the largest fantasy matters they’re going to be following all through August, with some perception on how issues could play out. Almost half talked about some type of working again time-share — together with some recommendations on how RBs like Aaron Jones, Tony Pollard, Rhamondre Stevenson, Travis Etienne Jr. and Nyheim Hines might play larger roles within the passing recreation.

Arizona Cardinals

Who will get DeAndre Hopkins’ share of the passes whereas he is suspended?

The primary reply that involves thoughts is Marquise Brown. The Cardinals traded for him on the primary day of the NFL draft. And as soon as Hopkins’ suspension was introduced, Brown was seen because the pure alternative for the primary six weeks of the season. He has the pace and arms to be a dependable alternative for Hopkins. Brown’s relationship with quarterback Kyler Murray, which dates again to varsity, ought to enable them to get on the identical web page shortly. That can enable Brown to turn out to be an asset to the offense faster than if he was taking part in with a brand new quarterback. — Josh Weinfuss

Atlanta Falcons

Who will get working again carries?

Whereas quite a lot of the eye shall be paid to Marcus Mariota vs. Desmond Ridder at quarterback, the primary factor to observe shall be at working again, the place a number of candidates will compete to play a major position together with Cordarrelle Patterson within the run recreation. Veterans Qadree Ollison and Damien Williams will get a shot, however take note of rookie Tyler Allgeier out of BYU. His measurement and energy are what Falcons head coach Arthur Smith likes in a working again, and he is a sneaky Day 3 decide who might have a direct position within the offense. — Michael Rothstein

Baltimore Ravens

Who’s RB1 firstly of the season?

The Ravens’ prime two working backs — J.Ok. Dobbins and Gus Edwards — are on the Bodily Unable to Carry out (PUP) record after tearing ACLs final summer season. Dobbins is predicted to be again by the beginning of the common season, nevertheless it’s unsure whether or not he shall be at full energy at that time. Edwards is farther behind Dobbins in his restoration and will miss a bit of the season. Baltimore’s different choices are veteran Mike Davis and rookie sixth-round decide Tyler Badie. This can be a main query mark for a staff that has run the ball greater than another staff over the past three seasons. — Jamison Hensley

Buffalo Payments

How will the working again carries be divided?

Final yr, the Payments’ working again distribution was not pleasant to fantasy managers. This season may very well be sophisticated but once more. Devin Singletary is in line to get a good portion of the carries, however rookie James Prepare dinner and 2020 third-round decide Zack Moss are each trending towards having roles on this offense. With new offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey calling performs, the breakdown shall be much more tough to foretell. However as of now, Singletary ought to be anticipated to steer the group, and Prepare dinner is prone to contribute as a rusher and receiver. — Alaina Getzenberg

Carolina Panthers

Baker Mayfield or Sam Darnold?

No battle is anticipated extra — and none is extra important for the success of this staff — than the one between the primary and third picks of the 2018 draft. Mayfield seemingly has the higher hand primarily based on previous success that Darnold hasn’t had. However the lately acquired former Cleveland Browns starter has to be taught a brand new system, which Darnold has been working in all offseason. And Darnold already has chemistry with teammates that Mayfield is simply attending to know. GM Scott Fitterer says that is an open competitors, and reps shall be cut up evenly, nevertheless it’ll be necessary for one to emerge as a transparent winner. –– David Newton

Chicago Bears

Darnell Mooney … after which who?

Mooney is WR1 in his third season after reaching 1,000 receiving yards for the primary time in 2021. His skill to prime that manufacturing hinges on the event of Justin Fields, however he is the one wideout with a confirmed reference to the Bears’ QB. Byron Pringle and Velus Jones Jr. will compete for the No. 2 job, whereas N’Keal Harry and Equanimeous St. Brown hope to capitalize on a recent begin and supply constant manufacturing on the skin. Jones could also be a 25-year-old rookie, however his blazing 4.3 pace and talent to line up throughout the formation has him in line for a major goal share as a WR2. — Courtney Cronin

Cincinnati Bengals

Is Joe Mixon an all-purpose again?

Mixon ranked third within the NFL in whole touches final season regardless of primarily getting used on impartial and run-heavy downs. However due to his absence on third downs, it left his utilization missing in passing conditions a bit for fantasy managers. In order that leaves him in a difficult spot, particularly in PPR leagues, as a result of Mixon’s worth will rely on his landing fee. In 2021, he had loads of these — 11 red-zone touchdowns at a fee of three.35 scores per carry contained in the 20-yard line, in accordance with ESPN Stats & Information. However the lack of targets, one thing that is not anticipated to extend drastically, will go away him in a precarious ADP spot for fantasy drafts. — Ben Child

Cleveland Browns

After Nick Chubb and Amari Cooper, who will get touches?

The Browns have a transparent No. 1 working again within the All-Professional Chubb and an apparent go-to receiver in Cooper. However after that, is anybody else amongst Cleveland’s ability gamers value vital draft funding? When wholesome, Kareem Hunt has discovered methods to be productive each dashing and receiving, regardless of backing up Chubb. However the participant to observe in Cleveland may be tight finish David Njoku, who obtained a four-year, $57 million extension within the offseason. Njoku has but to carry out like a top-10 fantasy tight finish, however the Browns are banking that Njoku has the expertise to nonetheless turn out to be simply that. — Jake Trotter

Dallas Cowboys

Ezekiel Elliott or Tony Pollard?

For the Pollard followers, tread evenly. Not that he will not get extra work, nevertheless it may not be solely on the expense of Elliott. Mike McCarthy referred to as Elliott one of many keystone items of the staff. Earlier than getting harm final season, Elliott was on tempo for greater than 1,500 yards. He completed with 12 touchdowns. He’ll at all times be a major pink zone choice over Pollard. The place Pollard would possibly excel is as a pass-catcher whereas the Cowboys look to interchange Amari Cooper’s manufacturing. In fact, if Elliott will get injured, Pollard would see an RB1 workload. — Todd Archer

Denver Broncos

Who, precisely, shall be RB1 or WR1?

The Broncos have a brand new head coach/playcaller on offense in Nathaniel Hackett, a brand new quarterback in Russell Wilson, and several other ability gamers who’ve flashed potential however have by no means performed with a quarterback like Wilson. Javonte Williams is predicted to be the highest again. And the way issues shake out at receiver nonetheless stays to be seen since Jerry Jeudy missed loads of the on-field work within the offseason program. However this staff could frustrate fantasy managers early within the season because it will get sorted out, and Hackett exhibits his hand with how a lot Williams and Melvin Gordon III could or could not cut up carries. — Jeff Legwold

Detroit Lions

Who will lead the staff in receiving yards?

Detroit has outfitted quarterback Jared Goff with robust offensive weapons in tight finish T.J. Hockenson, new free agent huge receiver DJ Chark and rookie receiver Jameson Williams (who remains to be recovering from a torn ACL). But when I have been a betting man, I might put my cash on receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown. All indicators are pointing to St. Brown having fun with a breakout second season after setting quite a few rookie data in 2021. St. Brown’s manufacturing skyrocketed when Lions coach Dan Campbell gave former tight ends coach Ben Johnson a much bigger position in playcalling tasks. Johnson is now the offensive coordinator and can discover artistic methods to make use of the Lions’ rising star. St. Brown additionally led the squad in receiving yards (912) as a rookie and logged six straight video games of eight or extra receptions. He’ll definitely be a goal for defenses this season, however the Lions’ employees is assured he’ll be prepared. — Eric Woodyard

Inexperienced Bay Packers

Who will get the 169 targets Davante Adams left behind?

Aaron Rodgers spoke of Allen Lazard from Day 1 of coaching camp because the No. 1 receiver. However that does not imply he’ll get 100-plus targets. Do not be shocked if a working again will get a much bigger share. Aaron Jones ranked second on the staff final season in targets (65). And with the Packers eager to get AJ Dillon on the sector extra usually, maybe transferring Jones round and getting him the ball in area may be one thing they fight much more. — Rob Demovsky

Houston Texans

Does it matter who Brandin Cooks’ QB is?

Cooks ought to be an impactful fantasy receiver. All through his profession the QB hasn’t mattered for Cooks. Whether or not it has been Jared Goff, Tom Brady, Deshaun Watson, Davis Mills, Drew Brees or Tyrod Taylor beneath heart, Cooks has produced. So though Mills remains to be considered as an unknown, it will not cease Cooks’ manufacturing. He is completed with 1,000 yards or extra in six of his eight seasons. The Texans’ receiving weapons aren’t deep, and Cooks is the one confirmed menace. This screams double-digit targets per recreation for Cooks. — DJ Bien-Aime

Indianapolis Colts

How will touches be divided between Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines?

Matt Ryan’s arrival marks the largest change within the Colts’ offense, however Indianapolis can also be making an attempt to rethink working again Taylor’s workload in 2022. Taylor, final season’s dashing chief, led the NFL in carries in 2021 because the Colts grew to become overwhelmingly run-heavy within the latter portion of the season. They intend to have a extra balanced method this season, which is the place Hines enters the image. Hines, who is usually used as a receiver, posted profession lows in targets and receptions final season. The Colts have vowed to alter that, and Ryan’s historical past of concentrating on working backs bodes nicely for Hines. — Stephen Holder

Jacksonville Jaguars

How does the combination of Travis Etienne Jr. and James Robinson work?

Robinson is recovering from a torn Achilles, however the staff did not place him on PUP, and the hope is he’ll be absolutely cleared in mid-August. Head coach Doug Pederson stated within the spring that the staff nonetheless views Robinson as the highest again. Nonetheless, Etienne shall be closely concerned within the go recreation (he has lined up out huge and within the slot a number of instances in practices). Offensive coordinator Press Taylor stated he can see Etienne getting used just like the way in which Philadelphia used Brian Westbrook years in the past. Educated guess: Robinson has extra carries than Etienne, however Etienne might have a slight lead in whole touches by the point the season ends. — Michael DiRocco

Kansas Metropolis Chiefs

Who’s the No. 1 huge receiver?

The Chiefs are usually not solely trying to fill Tyreek Hill’s position, but in addition making an attempt to determine which different huge receivers will make the largest statistical contributions. Free agent additions Marquez Valdes-Scantling and JuJu Smith-Schuster and rookie Skyy Moore be a part of the returning Mecole Hardman to type the primary group of huge receivers. However past that, every little thing is up for grabs. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes went to Valdes-Scantling usually and with success in offseason follow, and that may very well be an indication of issues to return. — Adam Teicher

Las Vegas Raiders

Are there sufficient balls to go round on offense?

Whereas tight finish Darren Waller caught a franchise-record 107 passes two seasons in the past, slot receiver Hunter Renfrow had 103 catches final season, and new wideout Davante Adams has averaged 111 receptions the previous three seasons. Determining the way to unfold the wealth and maintain guys blissful shall be a “good” downside for quarterback Derek Carr to navigate by way of in camp. Throw in the truth that the Raiders are studying a brand new scheme by way of new head coach Josh McDaniels, and storylines abound. –– Paul Gutierrez

Los Angeles Chargers

What to anticipate from the tight ends?

Justin Herbert’s prime targets are nicely established between receivers Keenan Allen and Mike Williams and working again Austin Ekeler. However what in regards to the tight ends? The Chargers signed Gerald Everett to a two-year, $12 million contract in free company, Donald Parham Jr. returns for a 3rd season, and Tre’ McKitty returns as a second-year professional. Herbert has already established a rapport with Parham and McKitty, however how shortly the sixth-year professional Everett can ingratiate himself with Herbert and be taught the offense shall be value watching all through coaching camp. – Lindsey Thiry

Los Angeles Rams

Are you able to belief Allen Robinson II as a WR2?

The Rams’ prime three receivers seem like set going into the season: Cooper Kupp, Robinson and Van Jefferson. And Los Angeles did not substitute a lot late final season. There are questions on Robinson after his troubling lack of manufacturing with the Bears in 2021, however Matthew Stafford shall be by far the most effective quarterback he is performed with. Offensive coordinator Liam Coen pointed to Robinson’s route-running high quality and flexibility as to why he’ll thrive in 2022. To start out the season, the Rams are paying Robinson an excessive amount of cash to not feed him usually and see what he can do. However Jefferson might additionally escape in 12 months 3. There’s additionally the logical risk of Odell Beckham Jr. returning later within the season to think about in the event you’re considering of drafting Robinson. — Sarah Barshop

Miami Dolphins

How will this backfield workload play out?

With Raheem Mostert cleared for follow after recovering from knee surgical procedure, the Dolphins’ backfield is among the extra crowded within the NFL. Mostert, Chase Edmonds, Sony Michel and Myles Gaskin have all been lead backs in some unspecified time in the future of their careers and can type what is predicted to be a committee. New head coach Mike McDaniel’s offenses in San Francisco weren’t afraid to function a lead again regardless of a shared workload, so whoever can set up himself this summer season could also be value taking a mid-round flier on come draft day. — Marcel Louis-Jacques

Minnesota Vikings

What number of targets will Irv Smith Jr. get?

Smith is in line to be the Vikings’ beginning tight finish a yr after struggling a season-ending proper knee damage. Quarterback Kirk Cousins likes concentrating on tight ends. Since he grew to become a full-time starter in 2015, he ranks fourth amongst quarterbacks in tight finish targets. However Cousins has quite a lot of choices among the many Vikings’ gifted group of skill-position gamers, and coaching camp will give us our first glimpse at understanding how Cousins and head coach Kevin O’Connell will disperse the ball. — Kevin Seifert

New England Patriots

Will Rhamondre Stevenson earn a much bigger position within the go recreation?

By the tip of final season, Stevenson was a robust 1B choice alongside the Patriots’ 1A Damien Harris. The 2 are again once more atop the RB depth chart, with Stevenson vying to make himself extra of a consider apparent passing conditions — which is historically James White’s position. It sparks a related fantasy soccer query: With White coming off a severe hip damage, can Stevenson place himself for a few of White’s duties? — Mike Reiss

New Orleans Saints

Will Michael Thomas return to WR1 standing?

Thomas’ return to follow on Day 1 of coaching camp was an enormous step in the suitable route. His fantasy flooring will turn out to be quite a bit safer with every day we see him proceed to progress this preseason. I do anticipate him to be the Saints’ WR1. However his fantasy ceiling is a trickier query, since we do not understand how lengthy it’s going to take him to return to peak bodily type. He may even be splitting time in a more-crowded WR group alongside Jarvis Landry and Chris Olave; and he’s now taking part in with a special fashion of QB in Jameis Winston, who may not pepper him with targets the identical approach Drew Brees and Teddy Bridgewater did. –– Mike Triplett

New York Giants

Which Giants WR is value investing in?

The Giants’ offense has been a fantasy cesspool the previous two years. You did not wish to have any of their playmakers in your roster. It is arduous to discover a receiver that’s value any form of funding this yr, both. One of the best guess would in all probability be Kadarius Toney. He is younger and explosive, and at the least is on the sector early this summer season. Toney was focused on 29.8% of his routes run his rookie season, the eighth-highest whole within the NFL. Although the offense and playcaller have modified, the need to get him the ball has not. Questions additionally nonetheless stay about Kenny Golladay and Sterling Shepard, which solely provides to Toney’s worth. — Jordan Raanan

New York Jets

Michael Carter or Breece Corridor as RB1?

Carter is the incumbent after main the staff in dashing as a rookie, however the sense is that Corridor will overtake him in some unspecified time in the future. Carter did a strong job in 2021, dashing for 639 yards and 4.3 per carry, however he is on the smaller facet and would not have breakaway pace. Corridor is larger, sooner and a greater receiver than Carter. Corridor was drafted thirty sixth total, however he was 18th on the Jets’ draft board, which illustrates how a lot they like his potential. There shall be early rising pains as he learns to transition away from his ultra-patient working fashion, however he ought to leapfrog Carter on the depth chart as soon as he finds his rhythm. — Wealthy Cimini

Philadelphia Eagles

How will the working again rotation shake out?

Miles Sanders is the projected starter, with Kenneth Gainwell and Boston Scott slated for taking part in time as nicely. Sanders is in a contract yr. Working behind probably the greatest offensive strains within the league and alongside Jalen Hurts, the chance is there to have a monster season. However accidents have saved him from reaching his full potential thus far, together with in 2021 when he completed with 754 dashing yards and 0 touchdowns in 12 video games. Gainwell, in the meantime, is coming off a formidable rookie season with 544 yards from scrimmage and 6 touchdowns. Ideally, the Eagles would really like Sanders to take the lead position and run with it. But when he will get banged up or is not acting at a excessive degree, Gainwell might transfer right into a extra featured position. — Tim McManus

Pittsburgh Steelers

How will Diontae Johnson’s targets shake out with a brand new QB?

Johnson was a favourite goal of Ben Roethlisberger, however with Roethlisberger’s retirement, the huge receiver goes to be catching passes from a brand new quarterback. Johnson nonetheless figures to be the highest huge receiver on the staff, however will he nonetheless get the lion’s share of the targets with Chase Claypool searching for a bounce-back yr and rookies George Pickens and Calvin Austin III becoming a member of the staff? Johnson can also be lacking time early in camp as he’s “holding in” whereas hoping for a brand new contract, giving youthful guys extra alternatives to construct chemistry with the quarterbacks. — Brooke Pryor

San Francisco 49ers

How will the working again state of affairs play out?

Wash, rinse, repeat. Sure, that is at all times one of many major fantasy questions in regards to the Niners beneath Kyle Shanahan, and that in all probability will not change any time quickly. San Francisco has had a special main rusher in every of Shanahan’s 5 seasons on the helm, which makes it arduous to place belief within the participant on the prime of the depth chart in August. Elijah Mitchell shall be that participant this yr, and he’ll get the primary crack at preserving his job after setting the franchise document for dashing yards by a rookie final season. However the staff drafted Tyrion Davis-Worth within the third spherical, introduced again Jeff Wilson Jr. and nonetheless has JaMycal Hasty and Trey Sermon within the combine. Ideally, Davis-Worth provides short-yardage and goal-line assist with Mitchell dealing with the majority of the work. However damage considerations about Mitchell are actual, and it would not be a shock to see Davis-Worth and Wilson concerned early and sometimes even when Mitchell hangs on to the beginning spot. — Nick Wagoner

Seattle Seahawks

How will Seattle share carries between Rashaad Penny and Kenneth Walker III?

Chris Carson’s retirement means Penny will head into the season because the Seahawks’ clear-cut No. 1 choice for the primary time in his profession. However the “as-long-as-he-stays-healthy” qualifier would possibly apply to Penny as a lot as any participant within the NFL on condition that he is missed 30 of a potential 69 video games attributable to damage (playoffs included). He has additionally carried the ball 20-plus instances in a recreation simply twice in his profession. The Seahawks should handle his snaps and provides among the backfield work to Walker, however Seattle’s rookie second-round decide should present coaches that he is prepared. — Brady Henderson

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Will Chris Godwin be prepared for Week 1?

The receiver underwent surgical procedure to restore a torn ACL this offseason, and whereas the Bucs didn’t place him on the PUP record to open camp, sources say they are going to work him again in slowly. And the signing of future Corridor of Famer Julio Jones affords them the prospect to do this. However precisely when Godwin shall be prepared will not be clear at this level. — Jenna Laine

Tennessee Titans

Can Austin Hooper return to Professional Bowl type?

Hooper has made it his private mission to develop chemistry with Ryan Tannehill since becoming a member of the staff. The 2 have put in further work throughout downtime in follow. They’re in fixed communication after reps throughout staff and 7-on-7 durations. Tannehill complimented Hooper’s savvy route-running skill and quickness that helps him get open. There shall be extra targets to go round since Tannehill’s beforehand favored pass-catcher A.J. Brown is now with the Eagles. Since Tannehill took over because the Titans’ starter in Week 6 of the 2019 season, 24% of his targets have gone to tight ends. Tannehill has additionally thrown 25 of his 76 landing passes to the tight ends. — Turron Davenport

Washington Commanders

How will Carson Wentz and Terry McLaurin click on?

McLaurin missed the OTA exercises and obligatory minicamp whereas awaiting a brand new contract, however he did spend time with Wentz and different teammates in California earlier this month. Wentz appeared to mesh with rookie receiver Jahan Dotson in the course of the spring, however for this offense to work he will need to have chemistry with McLaurin. It helps that McLaurin excels on contested catches — particularly necessary with a quarterback who is typically inaccurate. Wentz will have the ability to belief McLaurin, an excellent route-runner. And, for McLaurin’s sake, Wentz would be the finest passer he is performed with. In his first three seasons, McLaurin has performed with eight totally different beginning quarterbacks, none nearly as good as Wentz. That is why there’s cause to imagine they’re going to work nicely collectively. — John Keim