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Footballguys #122 - 8/21 - The Perfect Draft UPDATED, Training Camp Report #3, Custom Cheatsheets and MORE

Volume 20, #122 -- Tuesday Night, August 21st, 2018

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Howdy Folks,

Good Wednesday to you. We're in the all-important Preseason Week 3 and not a moment too soon. Jump in for the content you need plus the News and Notes.

Let's go.

J

SITE NEWS

A. The Perfect Draft - Updated
Things change fast. And winners keep up. Our David Dodds dropped his must-read Perfect Draft article last Friday. But things have happened since then. So it's updated now with a new Top 60, slight reorder of QBs, new values and ADP, added Adrian Peterson while dropping Perine and more. Let the other guys in your league draft with last week's information. While you stay on top of things.

B. Training Camp Update Report #3
The Footballguys Training Camp Report #3 is 42 pages of everything you need to know about every player on every team. And don't worry, my Joe's Notes Training Camp Summary will be ready Wednesday night.

C. FREE Feature - The Importance Of Custom Cheatsheets
I'm not being dramatic when I say this may be the most important article we publish this year. Fantasy GMs using generic cheatsheets not tailored to their specific situation is far and away the most common and most fatal mistake I see people make each year. And it doesn't have to be that way.

D. FREE Feature - Is Adrian Peterson a Top 20 RB in non-PPR Scoring?
Two Footballguys staffers take opposing sides regarding Peterson's value.

E. 30 Players Who Can Make Your Season
Our Sigmund Bloom with a rundown of 30 players who can make your season, why they have a high ceiling and how they can hit it.


1. CHI - TE Adam Shaheen has foot sprain

Source: Chicago Tribune - Rich Campbell

Chicago Bears TE Adam Shaheen (ankle) is dealing with a sprained foot, but no fracture, according to head coach Matt Nagy. A timetable for his return has not been disclosed.

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This looked like it might be bad when it happened so good news compared to what we thought might be the situation.

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2. SEA - WR Doug Baldwin will play Week 1

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin (knee) has been progressing as expected and will be ready to play in Week 1, according to head coach Pete Carroll.

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Pete Carroll is the definition of optimistic but we love to hear news like this on Baldwin. We're still leery. But this is obviously good news.

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3. WAS - RB Adrian Peterson might play

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson is in great shape and has a chance to play this weekend if he is caught up to speed, according to head coach Jay Gruden.

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Peterson was just signed and it would be a bit of a surprise to see him on the field against the Broncos on Friday. If he does play, the seasoned veteran would likely get only a few touches. Peterson is going to be in the mix to be the primary ball carrier for Washington. Chris Thompson remains as the team's change-of-pace back.

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4. MIA - WR DeVante Parker could miss first week

Source: ESPN.com - Cameron Wolfe

Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (finger) still can't catch the ball and won't play this week. His Week 1 status is up in the air, according to head coach Adam Gase.

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Parker has been a disappointing player during his pro career with injuries and inconsistencies plaguing his game. Fantasy GMs aren't high on his prospects this season and this injury doesn't help that matter. He's currently going off the board at WR51 (11.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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5. MIN - RB Dalvin Cook could play

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - Ben Goessling

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook's (knee) status is uncertain for now, but offensive coordinator John DeFilippo said the Vikings are looking forward to 'possibly' seeing him play.

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Cook's rookie season in 2017 was cut short by this knee injury. He's been on the road to recovery since then and reports indicate Cook is ahead of schedule. Less than a year removed from the injury, there's no need for the Vikings to rush him back. If he does play, don't expect Cook to see a ton of reps. Fantasy GMs like him as a low-end RB1 with upside in 2018. Cook has a current ADP of RB10 (2.02) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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6. NYG - RB Saquon Barkley unlikely to play Friday

Source: SNY - Ralph Vacchiano

New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley (hamstring) is 'doing more and more each day,' according to head coach Pat Shurmur, who added Barkley is unlikely to play n the team's Week 3 preseason game versus the New York Jets on Friday Aug. 24.

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Barkley should be the centerpiece for the Giants offense in 2018. There's no need to rush him back during the rest of the preseason. If he doesn't play in Week 3 of the preseason then he's unlikely to play in the preseason finale when mostly players on the bubble play. This injury may drop Barkley's ADP just a tad, but he's currently sitting at RB6 (1.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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7. PHI - QB Nick Foles likely to play first half Thursday

Source: NJ.com - Eliot Shorr-Parks

Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles (shoulder) will probably play 'the whole first half' in the team's Week 3 preseason game against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday, Aug. 23.

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It's good news for the Eagles that his shoulder injury was not more serious. Foles will play a half against the Browns then we should see an interesting third-string/developmental quarterback (Nate Sudfeld) take over. If someone trades for Foles, then Sudfeld would be the no.2 quarterback behind Carson Wentz.

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8. JAX - TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins locked in as starter

Source: FirstCoastNews.com - Mike Kaye

Jacksonville Jaguars TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins is 'clearly locked in as the starting tight end,' according to Mike Kaye of FirstCoastNews.com.

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Seferian-Jenkins has flashed a bit during his pro career and he's always had a physical skill set that could translate to pro success. Perhaps it all comes together for him this year with the Jaguars. Seferian-Jenkins is not getting drafted in most formats but we could see him finishing the year as a low-end TE2. In super deep leagues he's worth keeping an eye on, and Seferian-Jenkins should be on the waiver wire speed dial.

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9. SEA - J.D. McKissic out a while

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Seattle Seahawks RB J.D. McKissic (foot) suffered a Jones' fracture in his foot and is expected to be out four to six weeks, according to a source.

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This pushes McKissic even further down the depth charts.

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10. PIT - WR Eli Rogers suspended

Source: Steelers.com

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Eli Rogers is suspended without pay for the first game of the regular season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

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Rogers is recovering from a torn ACL suffered last year in the playoffs. He doesn't have much fantasy relevance as the fifth (at best) option for the Steelers at wide receiver.

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11. LAC - WR Tyrell Williams not practicing

Source: ESPN.com - Eric D. Williams

Los Angeles Chargers WR Tyrell Williams (foot) was not able to practice due to foot soreness. Head coach Anthony Lynn said Williams will be OK.

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We'll see how much second-year pro Mike Williams cuts into Tyrell's numbers in 2018. He's competing to be the no2 option in the passing game behind Keenan Allen. Fantasy GMs are taking Tyrell Williams super late hoping he can pay off as a 'lottery ticket' pick. Williams has a current ADP of WR68 (14.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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12. PHI - RB Donnel Pumphrey full go

Source: CSNPhilly.com - Reuben Frank

Philadelphia Eagles RB Donnel Pumphrey (hamstring) said he is back to full health and will practice later this week when the Eagles return from their Week 3 preseason game.

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Pumphrey needs to stay healthy to flash what he can do at the pro level. The second-year pro missed all of his rookie season in 2017 due to a hamstring injury. He was catching a ton of passes and turning heads earlier this offseason, but here he is again banged up with a hamstring. The FBS all-time leading rusher could make it as a change-of-pace back behind starter Jay Ajayi if he could stay healthy and impress. Pumphrey is on the roster bubble with only a couple of weeks left in August.

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13. GB - RB Jamaal Williams back at practice

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Tom Silverstein

Green Bay Packers RB Jamaal Williams (ankle) was spotted in pads and cleared to participate in practice Tuesday, Aug. 21.

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Williams is in the competition to be the Packers starting back. He's the most powerful runner on the roster, while guys like Ty Montgomery and Aaron Jones are better receivers and more explosive. Fantasy GMs are throwing darts when it comes to Packers backs with Williams (RB37, 8.02), Jones (RB40, 8.12) and Montgomery (RB43, 9.08) at this time.

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14. LAC - RB Austin Ekeler back to work

Source: ESPN.com - Eric D. Williams

Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (calf) returned to practice Tuesday, Aug. 21.

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Ekeler is in line to be the team's primary change-of-pace back behind starter Melvin Gordon. So long as Gordon is healthy, Ekeler won't get a ton of work but he may have some 'what the heck' flex value in super deep PPR leagues.

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15. NO - RB Terrance West released

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

New Orleans Saints RB Terrance West was released Tuesday, Aug. 21.

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West has only been with the Saints for a couple of months but it wasn't enough to earn a spot through the preseason. Jonathan Williams should be the replacement for Mark Ingram while he's suspended four games. The Saints should use Alvin Kamara early and often at that time and this year as a whole. Fantasy GMs in super deep dynasty leagues should have been monitoring Williams as he's bounced around the league to a few teams.

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16. TB - Ronald Jones behind the aerial curve

Source: ESPN.com - Jenna Laine

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones is working on his skills as a receiver. 'In college, there's probably a reason they only threw to (Jones) 17 times,' running backs coach Tim Spencer said. 'But I think he's worked on his game, he's worked on his hands, his eyes. To me, (the thing) I see with him, is eye-hand coordination and following the ball, concentrating and believing you can get the job done.'

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Jones is behind the curve as a runner and receiver this preseason. Peyton Barber looks to be the starter for the beginning of the regular season. Jones has an explosive skill set but the rookie is going to be competing for touches as a change-of-pace back behind Barber. If he plays well in that role, then perhaps later on he could challenge for more playing time.

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17. NYJ - NYJ interested in Dante Fowler

Source: New York Daily News - Manish Mehta

Jacksonville Jaguars DE Dante Fowler is the subject of calls from the New York Jets to gauge trade interest, according to sources.

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This report/rumor has been out there before. The Jets are looking for pass rushers, and the Jaguars did not fifth-year option Fowler so he's playing on the final year of his rookie deal in 2018. We'll see if the Jets are able to get him and whether or not they use Teddy Bridgewater as a trade piece as well. Stay tuned.

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18. TEN - WR Rishard Matthews agrees to extension

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

Tennessee Titans WR Rishard Matthews agreed to a one-year extension Tuesday, Aug. 21, through 2019.

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The extension is a team option with a base value of $7.75 million. Matthews will serve as the Titans no2 WR opposite Corey Davis. It's the best spot for him and Matthews can be a consistent target for QB Marcus Mariota when he's healthy. Matthews was not getting drafted in many leagues while he dealt with an undisclosed injury but he should be ready for Week 1 of the regular season. At full strength in this role, Matthews has WR5 potential...makes him a deep flex option in most formats.

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19. NYJ - QB Teddy Bridgewater will cost a bundle

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating a previous report, New York Jets QB Teddy Bridgewater would have to command a 'significant deal' in order for the team to trade him, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

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Bridgewater is looking good this preseason and reports are coming out that indicate he's 'hellbent' on being a starter again. We're rooting for the guy, and any team that adds him must know that he's more than a veteran backup. We'll see if someone is willing to pay what sounds like an inflated price.

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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