Fantasy Football Wide Receivers in the News: (July 31, 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.

Cameron Batson WR (TEN)

Cameron Batson Headed to IR: Batson (undisclosed) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Chris Perkins of The Athletic reports.

Our take: Batson was forced to exit Monday's practice early after taking a hard fall on a reception. It's unclear what kind of injury Batson suffered, but it is serious enough for the wideout to land on injured reserve. The Titans accompanied Batson's move to IR with signings of wideouts Tanner McEvoy and Papi White.

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

Tyreek Hill WR (KC)

Tyreek Hill Not practicing Wednesday: Hill (quadriceps) is not expected to practice Wednesday, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.

Fantasy impact: Hill suffered a bruised quad in Tuesday's practice, and while the team expects the speedy wideout to be fine, it looks like they are keeping him on the sideline as a precautionary measure. Hill should still be considered day-to-day with the injury.

It's possible to track the change in Tyreek Hill'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 1.12 spot.

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

Tyreek Hill Average Draft Position PPR

Michael Thomas WR (NO)

Michael Thomas Gets $100M extension: Thomas agreed to terms Wednesday with the Saints on a five-year, $100 million contract extension, league sources tell Adam Schefter on ESPN.

Fantasy impact: Thomas didn't report for the start of training camp last week while seeking a new contract and didn't have to wait long to secure a long-term pact that keeps in New Orleans through 2024. The first-team All-Pro, who was set to make $1.15 million in 2019 in the final year of his rookie deal, will now become the NFL's highest-paid wideout, with his lavish deal including $61 million guaranteed. Thomas' extension could set the market for other high-end receivers seeking new deals to sign before the upcoming season, with Atlanta's Julio Jones being the most notable of that group.

It's possible to track the change in Michael Thomas'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 1.10 spot.

Keep an eye out on his value going forward.

Michael Thomas Average Draft Position PPR

Tyron Johnson WR (HOU)

Tyron Johnson Emerging in camp: Johnson has made an impression on head coach Bill O'Brien, Deepi Sidhu of the Texans' official site reports.

What it means: Johnson is an undrafted free agent of Oklahoma State, where he was a productive No. 2 wideout for the Cowboys. He caught 53 passes for 845 yards (15.9 YPC) along with seven touchdowns over 13 games in 2018. "Good speed, hard worker, out here every day," O'Brien said. "You can see why he was a productive guy at [Oklahoma] State." Johnson also had experience as a punt and kick returner in college, a skill that could earn him a depth spot on the roster. Beyond the top three of DeAndre Hopkins , Will Fuller and Keke Coutee, there are a couple of open spots. Vyncint Smith and DeAndre Carter are the incumbents while there are another half-dozen in competition.

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

A.J. Green WR (CIN)

A.J. Green Now expected to miss games: Per coach Zac Taylor, Green, who underwent an ankle procedure Tuesday, seems likely to miss a couple of games out of the gate this season, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.

What it means: Ian Rapoport of NFL Network notes that the new, less optimistic timeline is based on what doctors found while cleaning out the wideout's ankle. For any length of time that Green misses early on this season, added opportunities will be there for his teammates Tyler Boyd and John Ross.

Up until now, A.J. Green has been drafted at the 4.05 in PPR leagues.

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

A.J. Green Average Draft Position PPR

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