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6/6-6/12: Latest fantasy football news during the weeks of June 6th through June 12th.

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports free agent RB Todd Gurley is visiting the Ravens on Thursday.


Detroit's coaching staff talked as if Gurley was already negotiating a deal with the team at their most recent press conference, so this news comes as a bit of a shock. Even so, Baltimore's offense is obviously a much better destination than Detroit's as a launching point at this stage of the veteran's career. D'Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams would be the real winners if the Ravens land Gurley, who turns 27 in August.

SOURCE: Ian Rapoport on Twitter Jun 10, 2021, 6:48 AM ET



Ravens coach John Harbaugh said involving running backs in the passing game has been "one of the main points of emphasis" in the offseason.


Harbaugh then said that catching passes should be a big part of J.K. Dobbins and Justice Hill's toolkits. He also noted that Dobbins has made strides as a pass-catcher this offseason. As a rookie, Dobbins led the Baltimore runners in receptions but that only equated to 18 catches. Dobbins also caught at least 20 passes in all three of his seasons at Ohio State. Like most quarterbacks who can take on an entire defense with their legs, checking down to running backs has never been Lamar Jackson's thing. However, more plays designed specifically to target Baltimore's running backs would help vary their playbook and increase the fantasy value of Dobbins. For now, Dobbins remains a solid RB2 option but the presence of Gus Edwards will keep his rushing role in check.

SOURCE: Jeff Zrebiec on Twitter Jun 8, 2021, 3:29 PM ET



Washington head coach Ron Rivera said WR Curtis Samuel is out with a groin injury.


Samuel, who signed a three-year, $34.5 million deal with Washington in March, isn't participating in minicamp practice while he deals with the groin issue. It's not the best way to start off in a new offense. Last week, Samuel sat out practice after feeling a "twinge" in his groin. Hopefully he can get back to full health before July's training camp, where he'll look to solidify his spot as the No. 2 pass catcher in the Football Team's offense. Samuel in 2020 struggled through a lingering knee injury that kept him sidelines for one game.


SOURCE: Chris Russell on Twitter Jun 8, 2021, 11:11 AM ET



NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports Aaron Rodgers didn't show up for the Packers' first day of mandatory minicamp.

The 2020 NFL MVP is now an official holdout. Pelissero described the team's minicamp as a "symbolic checkpoint" in Rodgers' refusal to return to Green Bay for his 17th season. The team can fine Rodgers up to $93,000 for missing all three days of minicamp. Rodgers forfeited a half million dollar bonus when he was a no-show at Green Bay's voluntary OTAs. The Packers would be required to fine Rodgers $50,000 for every day of training camp he misses and could claw back millions in bonus money from their franchise player if he remains resolute. Jordan Love is expected to operate as the team's No. 1 QB during this week's minicamp. Any indication that Rodgers won't attend Packers training camp should send Davante Adams and Aaron Jones down draft boards. SOURCE: Tom Pelissero on Twitter Jun 8, 2021, 10:14 AM ET


Rams head coach Sean McVay said there are no "limitations" on how the team can use RB Cam Akers.

This might qualify Akers as the NFL's new Mr. Unlimited. “He’s obviously a great runner, but he’s got ability as a pass-catcher coming from the backfield, and we can displace him and put him in the slot or the outside receiver location,” McVay said. Probably Akers -- who became the team's workhorse back in the final month of the 2020 season -- won't see much time at wideout this year, but McVay's comments indicate Akers won't be treated as an early-down back in LA's retooled offense. Last year, Rams running backs had the third fewest receptions (50) and the ninth fewest receiving yards. Akers ran a meager 8.9 pass routes per game and saw 14 targets in 2020. At the peak of its powers, McVay's offense generated 87 targets for Todd Gurley in 2017. Akers could shape up as one of the most reliable backs in fantasy this season. Meanwhile, Darrell Henderson would absorb most or all of Akers' workload should he miss time in 2021. SOURCE: ProFootballTalk.com Jun 7, 2021, 11:56 AM ET

Ravens signed restricted free agent RB Gus Edwards to a two-year, $10 million contract extension.


Edwards is now signed through the 2023 season after averaging at least five yards per carry in each of his first three NFL seasons. He was slated to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2021 season. Described by Baltimore offensive coordinator Greg Roman as a key part of the team's rushing attack, Edwards -- a former undrafted free agent -- appears to be the 1B option to J.K. Dobbins' 1A in the Ravens' ultra run-heavy offense. Edwards, 26, graded by Pro Football Focus as 2020's fourth best runner, should see an uptick in touches with the departure of Mark Ingram. Since 2018, Edwards has gained yards on 89.1 percent of his carries, the most of any player in the NFL in that time, per ESPN's Field Yates. He's steadily rising up draft boards, and there might not be much daylight between Dobbins' and Edwards' ADPs come August.

SOURCE: Adam Schefter on Twitter Jun 7, 2021, 11:40 AM ET



Titans general manager Jon Robinson said "based on our evaluation of [Julio Jones], he’s healthy and doesn’t look like he’s lost anything to us.”

It's short of a stunning comment from the general manager who just traded away draft picks for a 32-year-old wideout who missed more than half of the 2020 season. Titians officials clearly took Jones' health into account before greenlighting Sunday's trade with the Falcons, who received a second-round pick in 2022 and a 2023 fourth rounder from Tennessee. Jones' health “was big in the decision," Robinson told NBC Sports' Peter King. "Missing time last year, what were the circumstances surrounding that? And based on our evaluation of him, he’s healthy and doesn’t look like he’s lost anything to us.” Julio last year had at least 90 receiving yards in five of his nine games. His lingering hamstring injury limited Jones in at least two of those contests, as the veteran hobbled on and off the field, tending to a soft tissue injury that first flared up in Week 2. Ensuring Jones -- who played at least 14 games for Atlanta from 2014-2019 -- is ready for game days will be a top priority for Tennessee coaches in 2021. A fully healthy Jones and A.J. Brown make for the NFL's most formidable receiver duo. SOURCE: FMIA Jun 7, 2021, 10:04 AM ET

Titans acquired WR Julio Jones from the Falcons.

As previously reported, the Falcons are kicking in a 2023 sixth-round pick as they get back a 2022 second-rounder and 2023 fourth-rounder. Jones was a force of nature for the entirety of his 10-year tenure in Atlanta, averaging a mind-blowing 1,565 yards from 2014-19 before last year's injury-marred campaign. Jones was still unstoppable the rare times he was at full health last season. Sadly, the Titans are a poor landing spot from a compiling perspective, as Jones must fight fellow alpha A.J. Brown for targets in an offense that wants to finish bottom-five in pass attempts. He will also not have a quarterback capable of giving him space to "get the underneath the ball," something that was reportedly a desire. Jones should be regarded as a high-end WR2 in fantasy who will blow up for plenty of WR1 days, even if his quarterback and offense curb his overall upside. Jun 6, 2021, 9:11 PM ET