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The expectations are rarely realistic. It's more fun to imagine Giants running back Saquon Barkley piling up 1,850 yards from scrimmage and 15 touchdowns, or Suns center Deandre Ayton averaging 19 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks than to consider the practical implications of adjusting from dominating in college sports to the pro game.
Several rookies have already had strong fantasy showings this summer in baseball, including Nationals outfielder Juan Soto, Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. and Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler (although Acuna and Buehler are currently on the disabled list). Pirates outfielder Austin Meadows and Braves pitcher Mike Soroka have flashed the potential to emerge as productive stalwarts for years to come.
With most teams using July to either press forward or chart a new course, the next batch of coming attractions will have fantasy baseballers waiting to either luck out on their waiver wire order or go all-in with their remaining FAAB bucks:
Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., 3B, Blue Jays: Couldn't have a list without him, right? He'll return to action in mid-July after a strained patellar tendon put him on the shelf, but there's no question he'll arrive in Toronto at some point. At 19 http://www.pittsburghsteelersteamstore.com/customized" rel="nofollow">Customized Pittsburgh Steelers Jerseys , his bat can still be a difference maker.
Eloy Jimenez, OF, White Sox: Currently in Triple-A, Jimenez has the upside to become a .320 hitter with 40-home run power. The only question is when, not if, he's called up between now and the end of the season.
Kyle Tucker, OF, Astros: A legit five-tool talent, Tucker has mauled Triple-A pitching over the past two weeks and only needs an opening to appear in the crowded Houston outfield.
Francisco Mejia, C/OF, Indians: Had a brief appearance in the bigs earlier this season and while Yan Gomes has a grip on catching duties in Cleveland, the Indians will find a way to get Mejia's bat into the lineup once he's recalled.
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GALLUP ROLE
Cowboys rookie receiver Michael Gallup is a strong deep sleeper candidate who has a great chance to become a Week 1 starter. Allen Hurns has never been a featured wideout, Terrance Williams has a broken foot and Cole Beasley was a major disappointment last season, making it likely that Gallup, a third-round pick, could seize a prominent role.
Gallup's value will only rise as more fantasy leagues begin. He's got late-stage value right now, but if he thrives during the preseason he will be a solid WR3/flex with strong WR2 upside.
A DENVER NUGGET?
Concerns about his back led to Michael Porter, Jr., falling to 14th in last week's NBA draft, where he was selected by the Nuggets. Whether he can contribute this season remains a question http://www.seattleseahawksteamonline.com/customized" rel="nofollow">Customized Seattle Seahawks Jerseys , but if Porter is healthy, fantasy players could see why he's drawn comparisons to Kevin Durant.
No one in last week's draft has as much upside as the 6-foot-10 Porter, who could pair with top 10 fantasy talent Nikola Jokic and give the Nuggets another big man who can fill up the stat sheet on a nightly basis.

This column was provided to The Associated Press by the Fantasy Sports Network, New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels could soon be on the other side of an AFC rivalry.
A person familiar with the negotiations said Monday the Indianapolis Colts are "close" to reaching a deal that would make McDaniels their next head coach. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the two sides had not yet agreed to terms.
Even if they did reach a deal, though, league rules prohibit the Colts from making an official announcement until after the Patriots' season ends. New England will host Jacksonville in Sunday's AFC Championship game. If the Pats win, the announcement wouldn't come until at least Feb. 5.
McDaniels has been one of the league's most coveted coordinators since returning to New England in 2012. Since then, the Pats have reached six consecutive conference championship games and won two Super Bowls.
With Indianapolis, McDaniels would inherit an injured franchise quarterback, Andrew Luck, and a backup, Jacoby Brissett http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/customized" rel="nofollow">Customized Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jerseys , who he worked with for almost 16 months in New England. McDaniels struggled to an 11-17 record in 2009 and 2010 with Denver, where he didn't have a franchise quarterback.
He wound up as the St. Louis Rams' offensive coordinator in 2011 before returning to New England, where he worked with Brady as the longtime Colts-Pats rivalry entered a new era with Luck behind center.
Now, after winning five Super Bowl rings and in the running for a sixth, it looks like he will get a second chance as a head coach.
The Colts job opened Dec. 31 when owner Jim Irsay fired Chuck Pagano within hours of the end of the season. Pagano was in charge for six seasons, and Indianapolis missed the playoffs each of the last three.
Indianapolis' future still depends on Luck's health.
In November, one month after cutting short his throwing program, the top overall pick in the 2012 draft went on season-ending injured reserve. Luck then went to Europe, where he continued to rehab his throwing shoulder, and didn't return to team headquarters until the final days of the season.
It's unclear if Luck has resumed throwing as the one-year anniversary of his surgery nears. He had a partially torn labrum.
A healthy Luck would make Indianapolis one of the league's more attractive jobs because general manager Chris Ballard also has the No. 3 draft pick and almost $90 million to spend in free agency.
McDaniels was with the Patriots for the 2014 season, when the Colts and Patriots met in the infamous "deflategate" AFC title game.
The Colts reportedly interviewed at least five candidates before McDaniels and Houston defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel became the finalists.