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Footballguys #114 - 8/13 - What We Learned From Week 1 Preseason, Undervalued, Overvalued and Sleeper QBs, News and Notes and MORE

Volume 20, #114 -- Monday Night, August 13th, 2018

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Good Tuesday to you. Drafts are happening left and right. We've got your back with the News and Notes you need plus great new Content.

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A. What We've Learned: AFC
Our Sigmund Bloom with a look at the most important takeaways from the first week of camp and the preseason.

B. Free Schedule Maker
Did you know Footballguys had a free Schedule Maker Tool? Now you do. Jump on it and create the Schedule of your dreams...

C. FREE Feature - Value Plays: Quarterbacks
One of the most popular features we do every year is the Value Plays series. We ask the Footballguys Staff to vote on the undervalued and overvalued players they see at each position. And explain their position. Then we tally the votes. In this one, they dive into undervalued quarterbacks.

D. Overvalued Players: Quarterbacks
One of the most popular features we do every year is the Value Plays series. We ask the Footballguys Staff to vote on the undervalued and overvalued players they see at each position. And explain their position. Then we tally the votes. In this one, they dive into overvalued quarterbacks to avoid.

E. Deep Sleepers: Quarterbacks
One of the most popular features we do every year is the Value Plays series. We ask the Footballguys Staff to vote on the undervalued and overvalued players they see at each position. And explain their position. Then we tally the votes. In this one, they dive into quarterbacks in the sleeper category.

F. WR3 By Committee
Our Jeff Pasquino looks into finding a third starting wide receiver by committee for 2018.

G. WR3 By Committee: PPR
Our Jeff Pasquino looks into finding a third starting wide receiver by committee for 2018. This one is for PPR scoring.

H. New Reality No.110: NFL Preseason Week 1 Takeaways
Our Chad Parsons distills Week 1 of the 2018 NFL preseason down into key dynasty information.


1. PIT - WR Antonio Brown OK after practice scare

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown (leg) limped off the practice field Monday, Aug. 13, according to writer Ed Bouchette but did not aggravate his quadriceps issue and is fine, according to coach Mike Tomlin.

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Hear that noise? That's a collective sigh from millions of Fantasy GMs upon hearing this news. A scare to be sure, but this sounds like it's not a big deal. We'll keep an eye on this one for you though. Antonio Brown later accused the Steelers writer, Ed Bouchette of making (stuff) up. Stay tuned.

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2. NYG - RB Saquon Barkley has strain

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley (hamstring) suffered a mild hamstring strain during practice Monday, Aug. 13.

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Hamstring strains can be problematic if not given enough time to heal. Barkley was great in his preseason debut but this injury may slow him down a bit in the near future.

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3. TB - Peyton Barber considered starter

Source: Tampa Bay Times - Rick Stroud

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber is currently considered the team's starting running back, according to head coach Dirk Koetter. Koetter said the team also plans to use RB Ronald Jones this season but thought Jones' performance in the first preseason game was average.

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Barber is a good all-purpose back who could outperform his current ADP of RB53 (13.01) in 12-team PPR leagues. Jones is an exciting rookie with gamebreaking speed but he still has plenty to learn (pass protection, etc) in order to get a larger role.

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4. NYG - Coach expects RB Saquon Barkley to be fine

Source: New York Post - Paul Schwartz

Updating a previous report, New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley (leg) appeared to be dealing with a left leg injury during practice Monday, Aug. 13, but head coach Pat Shurmur said he thinks Barkley will be fine.

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This seems like a minor issue. We'll be able to get more information once practice continues this week.

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5. BUF - QB Josh Allen moves up depth chart for a day

Source: BuffaloBills.com - Chris Brown

Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen worked with the second-team offense during practice Monday, Aug. 13.

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It's just a matter of time. Allen had been working exclusively with the third-team offense since the start of training camp. They hope he's their franchise quarterback and Allen will get more opportunities as the year goes on. He may not begin the season as the starter but we expect the rookie from Wyoming to take over at some point in 2018.

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6. DAL - Darren Carrington signs with Dallas

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Undrafted free-agent WR Darren Carrington II (Utah) is signing an undisclosed deal with the Dallas Cowboys Monday, Aug. 13, according to a source.

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At 6'2" 199 pounds, Carrington does a good job of getting down the field and tracking the ball. He's not a physical receiver and Carrington needs to clean up his route running. The Cowboys are thin at the position, but Carrington will still have a tough time cracking the 53-man roster.

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7. LAC - Je'Ron Hamm claimed by Chargers

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

The Los Angeles Chargers claimed TE Je'Ron Hamm off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks Monday, Aug. 13.

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Hamm came out of Louisiana-Monroe undrafted in 2014 and signed with the Saints. A wide receiver in college, the Saints moved him to tight end and that's where he's lined up as he's bounced around to a few teams over the last few years. The Chargers are looking for pass-catching help at the tight end position ever since Hunter Henry went down with a season ending knee injury earlier this year.

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8. DEN - TE Austin Traylor not at practice

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos TE Austin Traylor (shoulder) was not present for practice Monday, Aug. 13, due to a sprained shoulder.

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Traylor has been getting most of the first-team reps with the Broncos in practice since Jeff Heuerman had been missing time. We see Jake Butt as a player to emerge at the position for the Broncos with Traylor trying to latch on as a reserve player.

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9. GB - QB Aaron Rodgers should play this week

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Tom Silverstein

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is expected to play in Week 2 of the preseason, although he is less likely to play in the last two preseason games.

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Interesting to note they would play him in the second game more than the 'dress rehearsal' for the regular season aka week three of the preseason. Either way, the Packers are back in a Super Bowl window so long as Rodgers is their quarterback. Fantasy GMs are taking Rodgers at QB1 (3.11) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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10. SEA - RB Rashaad Penny leaves early

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny (undisclosed) left practice early Monday, Aug. 13, but offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said he thinks Penny will be fine.

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Penny, the Seahawks first-round pick in the 2018 NFL draft, is competing with Chris Carson to be the lead back in 2018. The rookie from San Diego State runs with more nuance than you would think for a 225 pound back. He needs to prove himself in pass protection if he wants a large role with the team this season. Fantasy GMs are taking him off the board at RB27 (6.01) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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11. MIA - WR Kenny Stills remains sidelined

Source: MiamiDolphins.com - Alain Poupart

Miami Dolphins WR Kenny Stills (ankle) did not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 13.

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Stills has missed plenty of time in training camp due to this ankle injury. The team has always said they're going to take it easy on the veteran receiver so this problem doesn't linger into the regular season. He's got WR3/flex upside for Fantasy GMs in 2018 and Stills has a current ADP of WR52 (11.08).

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12. BUF - QB AJ McCarron, QB Nathan Peterman on the field

Source: BuffaloBills.com - Chris Brown

Buffalo Bills QB AJ McCarron (leg) and Nathan Peterman (arm) participated in practice Monday, Aug. 13, after both suffered minor injuries during practice Sunday, Aug. 12.

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They're trying to establish a depth chart order during the rest of training camp. McCarron worked with the first-team offense, while Peterman worked with the third-team offense.

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13. NE - RB Sony Michel still out

Source: MassLive.com - Andrew Callahan

New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) is out of practice Monday, Aug. 13.

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Michel left the field with a trainer way back on Tuesday, August 1st. His status for the start of the regular season is unknown. We don't expect to see the rookie from Georgia in the preseason.

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14. NYJ - QB Sam Darnold has finger wrapped

Source: New York Post - Brian Costello

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold (finger) had his left ring finger wrapped Monday, Aug. 13, after his hand was stepped on in the first preseason game.

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Darnold was able to play with this minor finger injury in his preseason debut. This is a minor issue and shouldn't keep him out of action.

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15. LAC - QB Cardale Jones in line for backup role

Source: NFL.com - Nick Shook

Los Angeles Chargers QB Cardale Jones has an edge on QB Geno Smith for the backup quarterback job, according to Nick Shook of NFL.com.

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It's not a great group behind starter Philip Rivers. Fantasy GMs in dynasty formats may have been holding onto Jones (in super deep leagues), so continue to monitor his progress.

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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