Fantasy Football Wide Receivers in the News: (July 24, 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.

Darius Slayton WR (NYG)

Darius Slayton Suffers minor hamstring injury: Slayton's hamstring injury is thought to be minor, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

Our take: The rookie fifth-round pick watched from the sidelines Wednesday while the Giants held their first practice of training camp. Once he gets on the field, Slayton will join a deep competition for the No. 3 job at wide receiver, battling Corey Coleman, Cody Latimer , Bennie Fowler and Russell Shepard.

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

T.Y. Hilton WR (IND)

T.Y. Hilton Ready for practice: Hilton (ankle) said he's ready to practice at full speed, but he'll allow coaches to determine his workload throughout training camp, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports.

What it means: It sounds like a matter of limiting reps rather than holding Hilton out of 11-on-11 drills or contact work entirely. He was on the field for some OTA sessions in May but didn't practice at mandatory minicamp in June. The 29-year-old wideout avoided offseason surgery after playing through ankle sprains for much of the 2018 campaign.

It's possible to track the change in T.Y. Hilton'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 3.03 spot.

How much this impacts Hilton remains to be seen.

T.Y. Hilton Average Draft Position PPR

Josh Gordon WR (FA)

Josh Gordon Not reinstated for camp: Coach Bill Belichick declined to discuss Gordon's indefinite suspension, instead noting that any questions should be directed to the NFL, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.

What it means: There was some hope for Gordon to be reinstated before training camp but it hasn't come to fruition. He does still seem to have the Patriots' support, and he was spotted working out with Tom Brady in June. The NFL hasn't commented on the situation since June 19, when a league spokesman merely said he had no update available.

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

Cooper Kupp WR (LAR)

Cooper Kupp Will avoid PUP list: The Rams won't place Kupp (knee) on the PUP list to begin training camp, Steve Wyche of NFL Network reports.

Fantasy impact: That's not to say Kupp has completed his recovery from the torn ACL that ended his 2018 campaign Week 10, but the team must feel confident that he'll get through training camp and the preseason unscathed. His showings during both will be key to determining his level of fitness for Week 1, when (if cleared) he'll act as a safety valve for Jared Goff out of the slot. In 23 regular-season appearances to date, Kupp has posted a 68.4 percent catch rate en route to 4.4 receptions for 62.4 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game.

The fantasy value of Cooper Kupp is measured by his average draft position (ADP). The graph below shows how it's trending in the latest mock drafts . In recent drafts, Kupp's current ADP is 5.04

Keep an eye out on his value going forward.

Cooper Kupp Average Draft Position PPR

Marqise Lee WR (JAX)

Marqise Lee Lands on preseason PUP list: Lee (knee) will start training camp on the Jaguars' preseason PUP list.

Our take: Lee, who tore his ACL last August and missed the entire 2018 season, still has his sights set on being available for Week 1 action, but it's not surprising that the Jaguars are proceeding cautiously with the wideout. Lee's absence from training camp practices out of the gate will cost him a chance to develop a quick rapport with new QB Nick Foles, but once he's back in the mix, Lee should be able to re-claim a starting role alongside Dede Westbrook, with D.J. Chark, Chris Conley, Keelan Cole and Terrelle Pryor also set to jostle for depth chart slotting.

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

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