Fantasy Football Wide Receivers in the News: (July 3, 2019)

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Wide receivers are critical in fantasy football.

A good fantasy roster is deep in pass catching talent, especially in PPR leagues.

These 5 players are the latest ones in the news.

Use this information to help start the right players, monitor the waiver wire and identify trade targets.

Vyncint Smith WR (HOU)

Vyncint Smith Developing chemistry with Watson: Smith is making a good impression on Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson , Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle reports. "[Smith]'s a guy who has improved mentally, physically, just all-around," Watson said. "He's been doing a great job. He's handled every challenge."

Our take: Smith caught on with Houston as an undrafted rookie last season, handling a top-three role for Week 17 and the playoffs after Demaryius Thomas suffered a torn Achilles. The team should have better injury luck with its wide receiver in 2019, but Smith will at least be in the mix for the fourth spot on the depth chart, competing against DeAndre Carter and a slew of other young, undrafted players. Houston might still consider adding a veteran, given that Will Fuller (knee) and Keke Coutee combined for just 13 appearances last season.

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

Jarvis Landry WR (CLE)

Jarvis Landry Resumes running routes: Landry (undisclosed) ran routes Monday for the first time in two and a half months, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

What it means: After missing most of OTAs and all of mandatory minicamp due to an undisclosed injury, Landry has now resumed route running to some extent while exercising with fellow Browns teammates in California, including quarterback Baker Mayfield . The 26-year-old posted a video to his personal Instagram account that shows him running routes that include sharp cuts. There appears to be optimism surrounding Landry's recovery from his injury, which has been called minor, and his chances of being ready for Week 1.

The fantasy value of Jarvis Landry is measured by his average draft position (ADP). The graph below shows how it's trending in the latest mock drafts . In recent drafts, Landry's current ADP is 5.06

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

Jarvis Landry Average Draft Position PPR

Emmanuel Sanders WR (DEN)

Emmanuel Sanders Still hoping for Week 1 appearance: Sanders (Achilles) still believes it's realistic to play Week 1, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

Fantasy impact: Despite acknowledging uncertainty about his participation in training camp, Sanders hasn't deviated from the primary goal. He's been running full speed since at least early May, and an Instagram post from June 7 shows the 32-year-old running routes that include sharp cuts. Sanders said he expects to perform at a Pro Bowl level once he's available, also noting that he wants to play three or four more seasons and eventually reach 10,000 career receiving yards (he has 7,024 so far). A lack of offseason additions at wide receiver hints at a similarly optimistic outlook from the Broncos' perspective, while history shows that most players suffer a considerable drop off in the first year back from an Achilles tear. The timing of the injury late last season (Dec. 5) doesn't work in Sanders' favor.

It's possible to track the change in Emmanuel Sanders'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 11.08 spot.

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

Emmanuel Sanders Average Draft Position PPR

Shelton Gibson WR (PHI)

Shelton Gibson Injury not deemed serious: Gibson's undisclosed injury is not believed to be serious, Dave Zangaro of NBC Philadelphia reports.

Fantasy impact: Gibson was able to watch practices from the sideline during the Eagles' recent minicamp according to Zangaro, who believes the 24-year-old will be healthy and ready by the time training camp rolls around. He'll need every edge he can get then, as he faces steep competition for a roster spot where either he or Mack Hollins is at best fifth on Philadelphia's wide-receiver depth chart. The West Virginia product has an advantage over his competition though, that being special-teams ability which allowed him to log time on the field in all but one game last season.

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

Paul Richardson WR (WAS)

Paul Richardson Ready for camp: Richardson (shoulder) is on track for training camp, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.

What it means: A limited participant throughout the offseason program, Richardson ramped up his activity level to include team drills at June minicamp. He's the closest thing Washington has to a No. 1 receiver, entering the second season of a five-year, $40 million contract. Richardson may be eased into contact work this summer, as his shoulder surgery in early November came with an estimated recovery timeline of 6-to-8 months.

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

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