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Footballguys #121 - 8/20 - Everything Updated, Adrian Peterson Projections, Injury Rounds From Dr. Bramel and MORE

Volume 20, #121 -- Monday Night, August 20th, 2018

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Howdy Folks,

Good Tuesday. We've got everything updated and ready for you and your Drafts this week.

Let's Crush This.

J

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A. Monday Injury Rounds: Preseason Week 3
Some of the most insightful content we do is provided by our Dr. Jene Bramel, MD. In this one, Dr. Bramel dives into how to realistically judge preseason injury timetables, thoughts on Carson Wentz's return to practice, and predictions on the Week 1 availability of injured players around the league.

B. Projections Updated
Things are moving fast and our David Dodds has all new projections ready for you here. Including where we see Adrian Peterson and the Washington offense.

C. Staff Cheatsheet Rankings Updated
See how the Footballguys Staff ranks the players. Overall and at each position.

D. Average Draft Position Updated
You know where you want to draft a player. See where the other guys in your league will want to draft a player with our Average Draft Position Data.

E. Average Draft Position For PPR Updated
You know where you want to draft a player. See where the other guys in your league will want to draft a player with our Average Draft Position Data. This one is for PPR scoring.

F. Top 300 Updated
David Dodds with the Top 300 Players coming in hot.

G. Top 300 For PPR Updated
David Dodds with the Top 300 Players coming in hot. This one is for PPR scoring.

H. Draft List Updated
David Dodds takes the Top 300 and factors it against Average Draft Position (ADP) to create a list more like what we'd draft with.

I. Draft List For PPR Updated
David Dodds takes the Top 300 and factors it against Average Draft Position (ADP) to create a list more like what we'd draft with. This one is for PPR scoring.

J. What Adrian Peterson Brings to Washington in 2018
One advantage of Footballguys is we have multiple opinions on players. And as you'd expect, we don't all think the same. Our official projections on Adrian Peterson are in David Dodds' projections above. But our Matt Waldman has another, more optimistic, take on Peterson here that you'll want to see too.

K. Draft Dominator Classic For Windows Updated
The Draft Dominator Classic is our original Draft Tool. It's updated with the info you need here for the Windows version.

L. Draft Dominator Classic For Mac Updated
The Draft Dominator Classic is our original Draft Tool. It's updated with the info you need here for the Mac version.

M. Value Based Drafting Excel App Updated
For you old school Excel Guys, the Value Based Drafting (VBD) Excel App is ready for you.

N. Projections Dominator Updated
Make the Projections work the way you want them to with our Projections Dominator.


1. WAS - RB Adrian Peterson joining Washington

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo

Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Cardinals) will be signing with the Washington Redskins, according to sources.

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An interesting move for Washington, and Fantasy GMs want to know how much he has left in the tank. Our very own Matt Waldman had this to say about this signing: Should you run out and make Peterson an early-round pick? Not at all but the potential for him to perform as one is still there in his game. If his ADP is somewhere between the 8th-12th round or later, he's worth consideration if Washington intends to make him the lead back. If you're drafting before that's a certainty, he's a decent value after the 12th round.

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2. PHI - QB Carson Wentz looking fresh

Source: Delaware News Journal - Martin Frank

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (knee) took part in 11-on-11 drills for the at practice Sunday, Aug. 19, for the first time in more than three weeks. 'His arm is live,' Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said of Wentz. 'He hasn't had all the reps, obviously, that (QB) Nick (Foles) has had, that (QB) Nate (Sudfeld) has had, so his arm is live. He's fresh, and that's all the things that we wanted him to be at this stage.' Pederson didn't say whether Wentz would see any playing time in the Eagles' final two preseason games but left the possibility open that he could start the Sept. 6 season opener against the Atlanta Falcons.

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Wentz looks good and is trending towards playing in Week 1 of the regular season. When asked about his availability for the beginning of the regular season, Wentz told reporters 'It's going to be close.' Stay tuned.

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3. NYG - RB Saquon Barkley still not practicing

Source: ESPN.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley (hamstring) remained out of practice Monday, Aug. 20, as he recovers from a hamstring injury.

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Keep an eye on this situation. Barkley has the talent to be a first round pick for Fantasy GMs (near the turn) and there is the potential for him to be a superstar as the centerpiece of the Giants offense. He'll need to get healthy and stay healthy to play up to those high expectations. Barkley did take part in team warmups and was spending practice participating in individual drills on the side.

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4. BUF - QB Josh Allen working with ones

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen will work with the first-team offense Monday, Aug. 20, with QB Nathan Peterman taking the second-team repetitions.

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It's only a matter of time, and A.J. McCarron's injury just further opens the door for Allen to be the Bills starter. Allen has a big arm but needs to play better under pressure and become a more accurate quarterback. We'll see how he responds to playing with the first-team offense more and more though the rest of the preseason.

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5. BUF - QB AJ McCarron did not break collarbone

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Buffalo Bills QB AJ McCarron (collarbone) did not fracture his collarbone in Week 2 of the preseason, as was originally reported, according to a source.

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McCarron got his second opinion and it's as good as can be expected. He is expected to be back at practice soon. Josh Allen is the quarterback of the future, but we'll see if a healthy McCarron can continue to push for the starting job at the beginning of the 2018 season.

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6. PHI - QB Carson Wentz will not play Thursday

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Jeff McLane

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (knee) said he will not play in the third preseason game Thursday, Aug. 23.

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We are not going to see Wentz this preseason, that was already known. We'll see if he can play Week 1 of the regular season, and he remains noncommittal at the moment. Nick Foles (shoulder) did return to practice Sunday, but most expect him to miss the rest of the preseason as a precaution. The Eagles should go with third-year quarterback Nate Sudfeld as their starter this week.

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7. NYJ - NYJ receiving interest in QB Teddy Bridgewater

Source: New York Daily News - Manish Mehta

New York Jets QB Teddy Bridgewater is receiving trade interest from at least two teams, but the Jets have not received any concrete trade offers at this time, according to source.

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Bridgewater has played well this preseason and the Jets only have him on a one-year deal. He could push for a starting job, but getting one of those at this point may prove to be difficult. Bridgewater may end up getting traded to a team in need of a quality backup.

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8. TB - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick still set to start

Source: Buccaneers.com - Scott Smith

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is still in line to start in the team's Week 1 opener in place of the suspended Jameis Winston even though fellow QB Ryan W. Griffin has had a strong preseason, according to head coach Dirk Koetter.

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Griffin is a big-bodied pocket passer we've been monitoring in super deep dynasty leagues. It's great to see him developing well, but the team is going to go with the seasoned veteran while starter Jameis Winston is suspended.

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9. BAL - Three Ravens will debut this week

Source: The Athletic - Jeff Zrebiec

Baltimore Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon (undisclosed), TE Darren Waller (suspension) and LB Tyus Bowser (groin) will play in their first preseason game of the year this week.

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Alex Collins is the starter for the Ravens but the team could use Dixon as a third-down back behind him. Dixon will compete with Buck Allen to see who could win that spot on the depth chart.

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10. BUF - QB Josh Allen will start this week

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen is making his first start of the preseason this week, according to a source.

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The third preseason game is the most like a regular season game of any at this time of year. Allen is going to get plenty of time to prove himself as the starter. He's been competing for the top spot with guys like A.J. McCarron and Nate Peterman, and the rookie from Wyoming just started getting first team reps. He's the quarterback of the future and the future may be now...stay tuned.

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11. CLE - Antonio Callway still out

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns WR Antonio Callaway (groin) did not participate in team drills Monday, Aug. 20.

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When healthy, the Browns should have plans for getting Callaway the ball early on short routes where he can best utilize his run-after-the-catch ability. We like him in dynasty formats but are cool on the Browns receiving weapons in 2018 of guys not named Jarvis Landry or Josh Gordon.

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12. HOU - OLB Jadeveon Clowney takes part in practice

Source: ESPN.com - Sarah Barshop

Houston Texans DE Jadeveon Clowney (knee) fully participated in practice Monday, Aug. 20, for the first time since training camp began.

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Clowney has been working behind the scenes to be ready at some point during camp. The goal was to have him ready for the start of the regular season, and it sounds like Clowney is on track. Having Clowney and a fully healthy J.J. Watt makes the Texans defense one of the most dangerous in the league.

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13. BUF - RB LeSean McCoy misses practice

Source: BuffaloBills.com - Chris Brown

Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (groin) did not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 20, because of a sore groin.

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McCoy is going to get some rest, and the team will be cautious with this injury. The third preseason game is known as the dress rehearsal for the regular season. At this point, there's no reason to think McCoy will miss the game. The Bills are at home to face the Bengals on Sunday.

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14. LAC - DE Joey Bosa nearing return

Source: Los Angeles Daily News - Jack Wang

Los Angeles Chargers DE Joey Bosa (foot) could practice some Tuesday, Aug. 21, according to head coach Anthony Lynn. CB Trevor Williams (ankle) may also practice towards the end of the week.

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This foot injury has bothered Bosa for a couple of weeks. The team doesn't seem too concerned by this injury and we should see Bosa out there for the Chargers in Week 1 of the regular season.

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15. NYJ - RB Isaiah Crowell out of protocol

Source: New York Daily News - Manish Mehta

New York Jets RB Isaiah Crowell (concussion) has gone through the concussion protocol and is participating in practice Monday, Aug. 20.

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It's the next step for Crowell to get back on the field. He is in line to be the lead back for the Jets this year but we will see Bilal Powell get worked into the mix as well. Right now, Fantasy GMs are taking Crowell off the board at RB37 (7.11) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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16. DEN - WR Demaryius Thomas on the field

Source: The Denver Post - Ryan O'Halloran

Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (wrist) is participating in practice Monday, Aug. 20.

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Thomas is set to be the lead wide receiver for the Broncos, and the passing game should be much more robust this year with Case Keenum starting than it was last year with the clown car they had at the quarterback position. We think Thomas has an appropriate current ADP of WR19 (4.07, 12-team PPR) but Fantasy GMs are still sleeping on Emmanuel Sanders (WR33, 7.04). If you wait at the wide receiver position, then either one of these Broncos receivers could be quality additions in a rejuvenated offense.

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17. PHI - RB Jay Ajayi remains sidelined

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Zach Berman

Philadelphia Eagles RB Jay Ajayi (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 20. Ajayi also missed practice Sunday, Aug. 19.

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Ajayi is going to be the lead back for the Eagles in 2018..but the team does use a RBBC approach with Doug Pederson coaching. That nerfs the fantasy value for Ajayi. We'll see if he can get back on the field with this undisclosed injury (whatever it is), and Fantasy GMs like Ajayi around RB20 (4.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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18. IND - Indy adds WR Cobi Hamilton

Source: Colts.com

Free-agent WR Cobi Hamilton (Cardinals) signed with the Indianapolis Colts Monday, Aug. 20. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also waived RB Tion Green.

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Hamilton has bounced around the league to several teams during his pro career. He's a long shot to make the 53-man roster.

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19. ATL - TE Austin Hooper improved as blocker

Source: ESPN.com - Vaughn McClure

Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper was praised by head coach Dan Quinn for his improvements as a run blocker.

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Even though he took a step forward in 2017 (787 snaps, 49 catches, 526 yards, three touchdowns), Hooper could be used even more this year. It will be interesting to see how Steve Sarkisian's offense looks in year two. We'll also be monitoring how rookie WR Calvin Ridley changes the target distribution for QB Matt Ryan. Hooper is a TE2 for Fantasy GMs, currently going off the board at TE17 (13.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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20. TB - Peyton Barber praised by head coach

Source: Tampa Bay Times - Rick Stroud

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber has performed like a starting running back during the preseason, according to head coach Dirk Koetter. 'He's doing everything he should be doing right now, and I think if we went out there and gave it to Peyton 20 times, we'd like what he does,' Koetter said.

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Barber is the starter for the Bucs this year, at least to begin the season. Rookie Ronald Jones has struggled mightily this preseason and had four carries for two yards on Saturday night. Fantasy GMs know that Jones is a high upside backup but he's getting drafted ahead of Barber right now...something that should change as preseason rolls on. Barber presents a value at this moment, going off the board at RB43 (9.11) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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21. PHI - TE Dallas Goedert ready to fill void

Source: NFL.com - Daniel Jeremiah

Philadelphia Eagles TE Dallas Goedert should 'slide right into' the role that Chicago Bears TE Trey Burton filled for the offense last year, according to Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com.

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Burton collected 23 passes for 248 yards and five touchdowns last year with the Eagles. Goedert has a great size/speed combination with the ability to create mismatches every time he's on the field. In 2017, Burton was the no.26 fantasy tight end (standard scoring leagues), and the rookie Goedert might even be able to produce more in 2018. We love his dynasty value and Goedert could be a late-round tight end to take a chance on in your drafts.

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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