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Volume 20, #102 -- Wednesday Night, August 1st, 2018

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Don't Draft Before Reading This QB Tier Feature, Best Ball Strategy, News and Notes and MORE

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A. FREE Feature - Exploring Best Ball Strategy for DRAFT: QB and TE
Our Justin Howe with a tour through the quarterback and tight end spots across 135 DRAFT best ball rosters.

B. Exploring Best Ball Strategy for DRAFT: RB and WR
Our Justin Howe with a tour through the running back and wide receiver spots across 135 DRAFT best ball rosters.

C. Quarterback Tiers
You've seen this for running backs and wide receivers. Now our Sigmund Bloom is back with his killer look at the 2018 quarterback landscape through the lens of tiers.

D. Cool Stuff Outside of FBG - Bold Predictions For All 32 Camps
From time to time, I'll point out rad articles from our friends in the industry I think you'll like. This one from ESPN yesterday was sweet with their guys from around the league picking their bold predictions for each Training Camp.

E. Cool Stuff Outside of FBG - Bold Predictions For All 32 Camps - ESPN
From time to time, I'll point out rad articles from our friends in the industry I think you'll like. This one from ESPN yesterday was sweet with their guys from around the league picking their bold predictions for each Training Camp.

F. The FPC and the Dual Flex Rule
Our Jeff Pasquino dives into the Footballguys Players Championship. In this one, he looks at the Dual Flex Rule.

G. The FPC and the Waiver Wire
Our Jeff Pasquino dives into the Footballguys Players Championship. In this one, he looks at specifics of the FPC Waiver Wire.


1. SEA - WR Doug Baldwin may miss preseason

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin (knee) could be forced to miss most, if not all, of the preseason due to his knee issue.

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Keep an eye on any news tidbit that comes out about Baldwin between now and the start of the regular season. Doctors are hopeful and confident that he will be able to return for Week 1, according to sources in this report.

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2. NE - WR Jordan Matthews lands on IR

Source: NFL.com - Ian Rapoport

Updating a previous report, the New England Patriots placed WR Jordan Matthews (hamstring) on the Reserve/Injured list on Wednesday, Aug. 1.

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Matthews is reported to have a significant hamstring injury. This should prompt the Patriots to add another WR to the mix for the rest of camp.

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3. NYJ - QB Teddy Bridgewater works with starters

Source: SNY.tv - Connor Hughes

New York Jets QB Teddy Bridgewater saw some time with the starting offense in practice Wednesday, Aug. 1, including work in the two-minute offense.

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Bridgewater is competing for the starting job with the Jets, so working with the 1s is not a big deal. We'll see if he can win the job for now or if the team ends up shipping him off to another team. Everyone knows that rookie Sam Darnold is the quarterback of the future for the Jets and Bridgewater is only on a one-year deal.

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4. PIT - WR Antonio Brown misses practice

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Mark Kaboly

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown (undisclosed) miss practice Wednesday, Aug. 1, due to an undisclosed injury.

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No word on what this is, so there's no need to do anything but monitor Steelers camp for further reports.

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5. KC - Patrick Mahomes mistake-prone early on

Source: ESPN.com - Adam Teicher

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes made a handful of miscues in practice again Wednesday, Aug. 1, and he now has seven interceptions through six camp practices. 'He had a few hiccups today,' offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy said. 'But that's a part of the process. When you're young you need those hiccups because they become valuable lessons.'

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It's something to monitor but this is not out of the blue. A second-year quarterback learning from a new offensive coordinator is going to make those mistakes. Mahomes is an exciting young quarterback and his rushing ability makes him an intriguing fantasy asset as a QB2 in 2018. He currently is going off the board at QB15 (11.01) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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6. NE - WR Eric Decker of interest to Patriots

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent WR Eric Decker (Titans) is receiving continued interest from the New England Patriots.

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With Jordan Matthews released, Decker becomes an interesting name to monitor as a potential replacement for Julian Edelman for Weeks 1-4. He has a similar game to Matthews.

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7. WAS - RB Chris Thompson waiting for full recovery

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson (leg) said he won't be fully recovered from his broken fibula until November - a whole year after suffering the injury.

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Thompson avoided the PUP list to start camp and he's slowly getting worked back into the mix. The starting running back in Washington may have changed to rookie Derrius Guice but Thompson should still be relied on as the primary pass-catching back. He's got plenty of flex appeal in PPR leagues and a current ADP of RB35 (7.11) in 12-team formats.

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8. CIN - Auden Tate suffers injury

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Jim Owczarski

Cincinnati Bengals WR Auden Tate (undisclosed) was carted off the field during practice Wednesday, Aug. 1, after hitting his head off the ground during drills.

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Any sort of head injury is going to be looked at closely by the training staff. We'll see what comes of this injury to the big-bodied rookie receiver from Florida State.

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9. NYJ - WR Quincy Enunwa dealing with new injury

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets WR Quincy Enunwa (undisclosed) suffered an undisclosed injury Tuesday, July 31, and did not participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 1, according to head coach Todd Bowles.

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Enunwa was a player on the rise in 2016 when he caught 58 passes for 857 yards but a neck injury caused him to miss the 2017 season. Enunwa's new injury is not related to the neck injury that caused him to miss last season.

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10. MIA - Shoulder injury for WR Isaiah Ford

Source: The Miami Herald - Adam H. Beasley

Miami Dolphins WR Isaiah Ford (shoulder) has been limited during training camp because of a shoulder injury.

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A seventh-round pick out of Virginia Tech in the 2017 NFL draft, Ford missed his entire rookie season due to a knee injury. Early reports indicate he's been impressive in camp so hopefully this shoulder injury doesn't keep him limited for long. Keep an eye on him in dynasty formats.

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11. MIA - TE A.J. Derby day-to-day

Source: The Miami Herald - Armando Salguero

Miami Dolphins TE A.J. Derby (foot) is considered day-to-day because of his foot injury, according to head coach Adam Gase.

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Derby couldn't make it through the year last season with the Broncos even though he ended 2017 as their leading tight end in terms of catches and yards. He's getting another start with his third team now (Patriots, Broncos, Dolphins) in just a few years. Derby is a 'F' tight end, meaning he's a receiving threat but don't ask him to block.

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12. BUF - WR Rod Streater works with starters

Source: WKBW.com - Joe Buscaglia

Buffalo Bills WR Rod Streater worked with the first-team offense during practice Wednesday, Aug. 1, because WR Andre Holmes (undisclosed) was sidelined for most of practice.

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We'll monitor the Bills WR corps in dynasty leagues but re-draft Fantasy GMs should be looking elsewhere for late-round punch at the position. Streater saw time as an outside receiver and a slot receiver during practice.

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13. CLE - TE David Njoku improving in other areas

Source: Akron Beacon Journal - Nate Ulrich

Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku continues to be plagued by dropped passes early in training camp, but QB Tyrod Taylor said the tight end has been better in run blocking. Njoku attributed the improvement to added weight and strength during the offseason.

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Njoku will have to cut down the drops if he wants to be a trusted target for his quarterback...whether that's Tyrod Taylor or Baker Mayfield. The second-year pro is an interesting prospect due to his size/speed combination but he'll need to become more consistent to be a reliable fantasy asset.

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14. NYJ - RB Isaiah Crowell showing off his hands

Source: New York Daily News - Manish Mehta

New York Jets RB Isaiah Crowell was being used more as a pass catcher in practice Wednesday, Aug. 1.

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Crowell should be the lead ball carrier for the Jets in 2018 but the primary pass catching back should be Bilal Powell. If Crowell continues to show well as a receiver the team might use him a bit more in that capacity. He did have 40 catches in a single season (2016) back when he was with the Browns.

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15. NYG - WR Cody Latimer takes part in drills

Source: The Bergen Record - Art Stapleton

New York Giants WR Cody Latimer (quadriceps) was able to participate in individual drills at training camp Wednesday, Aug. 1.

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Latimer has physical potential but he never produced much as a receiver with the Broncos. Now with a new team, Latimer needs to stay healthy to showcase what he could do opposite Odell Beckham Jr. in the Giants offense.

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16. WAS - WR Josh Doctson exits with injury

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson (arm) left practice Wednesday, Aug. 1, with a left arm injury after hitting the ground hard on a catch attempt in the end zone.

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Doctson has had a string of injuries that have kept him from having the impact in his first two years that Washington was looking for when they drafted him in the first round in 2016. Hopefully, this is just a scare. Brian Quick might be poised to benefit the most if Doctson misses time.

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17. DEN - TE Jake Butt practices in pads

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Curtis Crabtree

Denver Broncos TE Jake Butt (knee) participated in a pads-on practice Tuesday, July 31; it was the first time Butt had worn pads since tearing his ACL during the Orange Bowl on Dec. 30, 2016.

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Butt is a deep sleeper at tight end. Austin Traylor actually might end up being his best competition for targets, with rookie Troy Fumagalli and slow-developing 2015 third-rounder Jeff Heuerman also in the mix. None of them are worth drafting, but Butt has the best chance of being relevant in 2018.

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18. SF - RB Jerick McKinnon flashing as receiver

Source: 49ers.com - Joe Fann

San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon's chemistry with Jimmy Garoppolo appears to be 'on point,' according to Joe Fann of 49ers.com.

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The 49ers had a ton of running back targets last year, which is in part due to their limited quarterback play before Garoppolo showed up, but should persist enough to give McKinnon a chance to flirt with PPR RB1 level production. This is what we want to hear as a precursor to that.

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19. DAL - WR Cole Beasley could play outside more

Source: The Athletic - Calvin Watkins

Dallas Cowboys WR Cole Beasley appears to be in the conversation to work outside more often this season after spending the majority of his career in the slot, according to comments head coach Jason Garrett recently made to The Athletic's Calvin Watkins.

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This could be a move to accommodate Allen Hurns penchant for playing in the slot, or perhaps just an attempt to get more value out of Beasley. Beasley doesn't seem to have the skillset to add a lot outside, so this doesn't really change his outlook for the better.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of Footballguys. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J