Fantasy Football Running Backs in the News: (July 7, 2019)

Josh Jacobs Running Back
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Josh Jacobs RB (OAK)

Josh Jacobs Could miss start of training camp: Jacobs could miss the start of training camp thanks to an ongoing contract dispute, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.

Our take: One of six 2019 first-round picks not to have signed a contract as of Saturday, there's reportedly a possibility Jacobs could miss the start of training camp while he negotiates for more signing bonus in his rookie contract. While the likes of Joey Bosa and Roquan Smith standout as two recent highly-drafted rookies to holdout for a better deal, it's more than likely the Raiders will come to terms with their running back prior to the start of training camp, particularly with HBO's Hard Knocks, which will follow the Raiders this preseason, set to premiere August 6.

It's possible to track the change in Josh Jacobs's fantasy value over time by looking at where he's drafted. According to the latest PPR average draft position data, he's being drafted in at the 3.10 spot.

Keep an eye out on his value going forward.

Josh Jacobs Average Draft Position PPR

Ezekiel Elliott RB (DAL)

Ezekiel Elliott Will not face suspension: Elliott will not face discipline from the league for his May incident in Las Vegas, per a statement from the NFL.

What it means: Commissioner Roger Goodell met with Elliott on Tuesday, and Elliott issued a statement later that day volunteering "to take advantage of the resources available to help him continue to grow personally." The statement issued by the league states that "there was no violation of the personal conduct policy and no further action is warranted." With that, Elliott is seemingly in the clear and will not face a suspension for his incident in Las Vegas.

It's possible to track the change in Ezekiel Elliott's fantasy value over time by looking at where he's drafted. According to the latest PPR average draft position data, he's being drafted in at the 1.02 spot.

Watch out to see if Elliott's value changes in light of this update.

Ezekiel Elliott Average Draft Position PPR

Kareem Hunt RB (CLE)

Kareem Hunt Discusses recent video with team: The Browns have no further comment after speaking with Hunt (suspension) about a recent video that shows him briefly talking to Cleveland police, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Fantasy impact: The Saturday incident didn't result in any arrests or a police report, and it appears Hunt was merely a bystander to an argument involving one of his friends. Browns general manager John Dorsey said the running back will be on a zero-tolerance policy, but this doesn't seem to meet the threshold for any reaction from the team. Hunt will be eligible for all team activities throughout training camp and the preseason before he begins his eight-game suspension Week 1.

The fantasy value of Kareem Hunt is measured by his average draft position (ADP). The graph below shows how it's trending in the latest mock drafts . In recent drafts, Hunt's current ADP is 8.01

Keep an eye out on his value going forward.

Kareem Hunt Average Draft Position PPR

Donta Foreman RB (HOU)

Donta Foreman Impressing during offseason: Texans running backs coach Danny Barrett said that Foreman is "light-years ahead of where he was last year at this time," Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Fantasy impact: Foreman was a standout performer during OTAs and minicamp, reportedly impressing the Texans with his conditioning and explosiveness despite coming off a torn Achilles. The 2017 third-round pick saw the field once during the 2018 regular season after being activated from the PUP list, when he caught two passes for 28 yards and a touchdown and rushed seven times for a loss of one yard. He previously flashed with 327 rushing yards and two touchdowns as a rookie prior to tearing his Achilles. The Texans did not select a single running back in the 2019 NFL Draft or add significant competition in free agency, speaking to the team's confidence in Foreman as the No. 2 option behind Lamar Miller .

Up until now, Donta Foreman has been drafted at the 9.02 in PPR leagues.

Watch out to see if Foreman's value changes in light of this update.

Donta Foreman Average Draft Position PPR

Paul Perkins RB (NYG)

Paul Perkins Working ahead of Gallman: Perkins worked ahead of Wayne Gallman and Rod Smith during the offseason program, NJ.com's Matt Lombardo reports.

Our take: Gallman faces a double dose of competition after averaging just 3.5 yards on 51 carries and 6.4 yards on 14 receptions (22 targets) in 15 games last season. Perkins wasn't much better with his past opportunities, and he spent all of last season on the non-football injury list due to a pectoral injury. None of the bunch is likely to steal much work from Saquon Barkley , who handled an 83 percent snap share during his rookie season.

Perkins isn't currently being drafted in fantasy drafts right now.

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