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Footballguys #107 - 8/6 - Tight End Tiers, Pick A Player, OBJ Getting Close To A Deal? News and Notes and MORE

Volume 20, #107 -- Monday Night, August 6th, 2018

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Howdy Folks,

Good Tuesday to you. It's ANOTHER day of must-read Fantasy Football content along with the News and Notes you need.

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J

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A. Tight End Tiers
Do not draft a team before you read this article. Our Sigmund Bloom takes a look at the 2018 tight end landscape through the lens of tiers.

B. FREE Feature - Pick-a-Player: Anderson, Crowell, or Johnson
Footballguys staff and Facebook answer a dilemma at the 8.07 spot.

C. Pick-a-Player: Diggs, Fitzgerald, or Hill
Footballguys staff and Facebook answer a dilemma at the 3.10 spot.

D. Pick-a-Player: Howard, Seals-Jones, or Seferian-Jenkins
Footballguys staff and Facebook answer a dilemma at the 13.10 spot.

E. The FPC: Wide Receivers
Our Jeff Pasquino with more Footballguys Players Championship Analysis - In this one he dives into the wide receiver position.

F. New Reality No.109: NFL Preseason Week 1 Watch Players
Our Chad Parsons outlines the key watch players in Week 1 of the 2018 NFL preseason.

G. Dynasty News Offseason 4
Our Jeff Tefertiller with a look at the recent fantasy news from a dynasty perspective.


1. NYG - Odell Beckham closer to extension?

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr.'s agent has been having contract extension talks with the Giants over the last few days, and both sides are encouraged that an agreement could be reached before the start of the regular season, according to sources.

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Good news for Beckham and the timeline should be expected in these situations. Any deal likely would make Beckham the highest paid receiver in the NFL. Healthy now after an injury-shortened 2017 season, Beckham is a WR1 for fantasy GMs who is going off the board in the late first or early second round of drafts in any format.

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2. PHI - TE Zach Ertz remains sidelined

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Zach Berman

Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz (undisclosed) is not participating in practice Monday, Aug. 6, and has missed three straight practices.

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Three straight practices means this is something more than a precaution. Keep an eye on this situation as training camp and the preseason continue. The Eagles added a great young tight end in the second round of the 2018 NFL draft when they selected Dallas Goedert. He would be in line for quite a fantasy-relevant role if Ertz had to miss time in the regular season. Keep his name on your waiver wire speed dial just in case.

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3. LAR - DE Aaron Donald not reporting soon

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Los Angeles Rams DT Aaron Donald has no plans to end his holdout and report to training camp anytime soon.

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The Rams are hesitant to pay arguably the best defensive player in the game at this time. Donald would need to report by Tuesday, Aug. 7, in order to ensure that his 2018 season counts as an accrued season and that he wouldn't be a restricted free agent next year.

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4. GB - WR Randall Cobb practicing Monday

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Tom Silverstein

Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb (ankle) is participating in practice Monday, Aug. 6.

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Cobb is working through this ankle problem so there might be some days where he gets limited work in camp. The veteran slot receiver presents a value for Fantasy GMs (if healthy) at WR34 (7.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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5. KC - WR Sammy Watkins leaves early

Source: Chiefs.com - B.J. Kissel

Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (hip) left practice early Monday, Aug. 6, because of a hip injury.

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Watkins is a fine talent and he's been showing great chemistry with young QB Patrick Mahomes. However, injuries have cost him multiple games during his pro career. Watkins hasn't played a full 16-game regular season since his rookie year of 2014. The injury is considered minor but certainly one worth monitoring as the Chiefs are taking precautions here.

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6. NYG - Saquon Barkley plans to play Thursday

Source: ESPN.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley said he plans to play in the first preseason game Thursday, Aug. 9.

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Not many starters will play a whole lot in the first week of the preseason. Barkley was a top pick in the draft for a reason, and he has the skill set to be a top-5 fantasy RB as a rookie. Fantasy GMs currently see him as a RB1 and are taking him off the board at RB6 (1.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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7. CLE - WR Josh Gordon expected to move to NFI list

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon is expected to be moved from the Reserve/Did Not Report list to the Active/Non-Football Injury list in order to prevent Gordon from losing an accrued season toward free agency, according to a source.

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It's a good move from the Browns, and reports are circulating that Gordon is getting close to returning to the team. There is currently no timetable for him to report.

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8. TB - WR Chris Godwin likely to start

Source: Tampa Bay Times - Rick Stroud

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin is expected to start opposite of WR Mike Evans.

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Godwin is becoming a fantasy darling because of his skill set and the opportunity to be a sleeper in 2018. He is viewed as a more complete receiver than WR DeSean Jackson, and he has the size to block for the run game. He's currently not getting drafted in 12-team PPR leagues. That will change if/when Godwin impresses as the starter opposite of Evans in the preseason.

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9. CLE - WR Dez Bryant in holding pattern with CLE

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent WR Dez Bryant (Cowboys) is still receiving interest from the Cleveland Browns, but nothing is imminent even after Cleveland traded WR Corey Coleman.

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Bryant remains a free agent but the Browns are desperate at the position. We'll see if they put together an offer that gets Bryant interested in joining them.

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10. DAL - Michael Gallup to make big impact?

Source: NFL.com

Dallas Cowboys WR Michael Gallup should become a key target once he becomes comfortable with the offense, according to vice president Stephen Jones.

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Gallup is an interesting rookie out of Colorado State. He has dynamic athleticism and can make crazy catches seem routine. The Cowboys are desperate at the WR position since they've moved on from Dez Bryant and are looking for new targets in the passing game (Jason Witten retired too). Gallup could have fantasy value as a rookie based on his skill set and potential opportunity as the top target in Dallas. He's currently WR60 (13.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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11. MIA - RB Jeremy Langford joining Dolphins

Source: ESPN.com - Josina Anderson

Free-agent RB Jeremy Langford (Jets) is signing an undisclosed deal with the Miami Dolphins Monday, Aug. 6, according to a source.

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A fourth-round pick out of Michigan State in 2015, Langford is most known for his play with the Chicago Bears. He bounced around the league in 2017, spending time with the Ravens and the Jets on the practice squad. The Dolphins added talent to their backfield in free agency (Frank Gore) and the draft (Kallen Ballage). It will be tough for Langford to crack the 53-man roster.

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12. NYJ - Trenton Cannon sustains injury

Source: SNY - Ralph Vacchiano

New York Jets RB Trenton Cannon (foot, ankle) left practice early Monday, Aug. 6, with an apparent injury to his left foot or ankle.

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A sixth-round pick in the 2018 NFL draft out of Virginia State, Cannon is a smaller (185 pounds) change-of-pace back who can also contribute as a return man. His durability was already in question coming out of college and this foot injury doesn't help his chances of making the 53-man roster.

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13. TB - Ronald Jones listed as No. 3 RB

Source: ESPN.com - Jenna Laine

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones is listed as the third running back on the Buccaneers' first unofficial depth chart behind RBs Peyton Barber and Jacquizz Rodgers.

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This depth chart shows just how far Jones has to go. The talent is there, and his game was reminiscent of a young Jamaal Charles. Just like Charles (who didn't do much as a rookie), Jones may take some time to make an impact as a pro. We'll continue to watch this competition for the top spot as training camp continues.

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14. TEN - No practice for WR Corey Davis

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis (undisclosed) was held out of practice Monday, Aug. 6.

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Davis, the no.5 overall pick of the 2017 NFL draft, missed plenty of time last year as a rookie due to a hamstring injury. This undisclosed injury may be nothing, but it does highlight how he was banged up as a rookie. If healthy, the natural talent is clearly there for him to be the top wide receiver for the Titans in 2018.

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15. KC - RB Charcandrick West not ready to return

Source: Chiefs.com - Matt McMullen

Kansas City Chiefs RB Charcandrick West (concussion) did not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 6.

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With a healthy Spencer Ware and offseason additions to the RB room, West is on the roster bubble. We'll see how long it takes for him to get through this concussion issue. West will have his work cut out for him to make the 53-man roster this year.

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16. NE - WR Malcolm Mitchell let go

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

New England Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell was released Monday, Aug. 6, according to a source.

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A fourth-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft coming out of Georgia, Mitchell played in only 14 games in two seasons. He has a history of knee problems dating back to his college days, but Mitchell has the speed to stretch the field. If healthy and able to pass a physical perhaps some other team will take a chance on him.

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17. PHI - QB Nick Foles sits again

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Zach Berman

Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles (undisclosed) was sidelined for the second straight practice Monday, Aug. 6, because of upper body soreness.

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The Eagles are working Carson Wentz back from the knee injury that ended his 2017 season. Foles took over last year and we all know how that ended as the veteran quarterback was named Super Bowl MVP. Wentz is on a good track to return in Week 1 of the regular season but the team is taking it easy on Foles as you never know if they're going to need his experience once again as their starter.

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18. IND - TE Erik Swoope having great camp

Source: The Indianapolis Star - Zak Keefer

Indianapolis Colts TE Erik Swoope is having a great camp, in the opinion of beat writer Zak Keefer.

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Swoope has taken a few years in the pros just to learn the position. He never played college football but instead played college basketball for the University of Miami. He brings that basketball skill set to the football field. Swoope is a player we've always monitored in super deep dynasty leagues.

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19. DET - Ziggy Ansah activated

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah (knee) was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list and will practice Monday, Aug. 6.

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Ansah is still recovering from offseason knee surgery and that's why he began camp on the PUP list. They'll work him back slowly as he doesn't need a ton of reps and they want him as close to full strength as possible for the regular season opener. Ansah is playing on the franchise tag this year for a price tag around $17.1 million.

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20. DEN - Lofty comparison for Courtland Sutton

Source: The Denver Post - Mark Kiszla

Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton reminds head coach Vance Joseph of Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins. 'I was in camp in Houston with Hopkins as a rookie,' Joseph said. 'Very comparable.'

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Those comparisons aren't that outlandish as Sutton does have size and crazy body control to make contested catches. Sutton has been the star of Broncos training camp after 10 days, but the rookie is third on the depth chart behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Those two are having strong camps as well and look re-energized by the presence of QB Case Keenum.

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21. CLE - RB Carlos Hyde atop the backfield

Source: ClevelandBrowns.com

Cleveland Browns RB Carlos Hyde was listed as the starting running back on the first depth chart Saturday, Aug. 4.

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That's not a total shock as Hyde is the seasoned veteran. Hyde's main competition is rookie second-round pick Nick Chubb. Coming out of Georgia, Chubb showed a tremendous skill set, instincts and vision as a runner. We could see the Browns implement a RBBC with both backs involved.

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22. DAL - WR Terrance Williams fighting foot pain

Source: The Dallas Morning News - Kate Hairopoulos

Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams (foot) said Sunday, Aug. 5, that he has been practicing with foot pain throughout the offseason.

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Williams has flashed just a little bit as a pro but he seems to get banged up quite a bit. Here we go again with another injury. The Cowboys added Allen Hurns and rookie Michael Gallup this offseason so Williams is fourth on the depth chart (as Cole Beasley should work as the no3./slot) in 2018.

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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