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Footballguys #132 - 8/31 - Updated Everything, WR Insights. College DFS and More. Let's DRAFT!

Volume 20, #132 -- Friday Night, August 31st, 2018

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Welcome to Draft Weekend. We've got updated everything so let's do this.

J

SITE NEWS

A. True Fantasy Points: 2018 Wide Receiver Projections
Our Danny Tuccitto with a stats-based guide for separating skill from luck in wide receiver projections.

B. College Football Main Slate, Week 1
Our Ryan Zamichieli with a full position-by-position breakdown of the first full college football main slate of the season.

C. Defensive Back Tiers
Our Aaron Rudnicki takes a look at the landscape for defensive backs in 2018 and breaks them up into tiers to help with your IDP draft.

D. Updated Detail Stat Projections
Our Detailed Stat Projections are the backbone of what we do at Footballguys and we've got updated numbers for you here.

E. Updated Detail Footballguys Staff Cheatsheet Rankings
Get the latest from our Footballguys Staff with their cheatsheet rankings here.

F. Top 300 Updated
David Dodds with the Top 300 Players updated for you.

G. Top 300 For PPR Updated
David Dodds with the Top 300 Players updated for you. This one is for PPR scoring.

H. Draft List Updated
David Dodds takes the Top 300 and factors it against Average Draft Position to get a list that we'd draft from.

I. Draft List For PPR Updated
David Dodds takes the Top 300 and factors it against Average Draft Position to get a list that we'd draft from. This one is for PPR scoring.


1. LAR - DE Aaron Donald agrees to record extension

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Los Angeles Rams DL Aaron Donald is reportedly finalizing a six-year, $135 million contract extension - including $87 million guaranteed - on Friday, Aug. 31, according to a source. The proposed contract would be the richest for a defensive player in NFL history.

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Donald has earned it, and the addition of Ndamukong Suh in the offseason could unlock even more of his value. The Raiders will be the first to contend with this duo in Week 1.

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2. CLE - WR Josh Gordon to resume practicing Monday

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) is expected to return to practice Monday, Sept. 3. Head coach Hue Jackson told reporters Gordon will be 'a little bit more than limited' and focus on route-running when he gets back.

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Gordon isn't a sure thing for Week 1, which is good news for the Steelers defense. We might need to watch him play one week before trusting him in fantasy lineups.

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3. PHI - WR Alshon Jeffery to come off PUP

Source: NJ.com - Zack Rosenblatt

Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) will be activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list Friday, Aug. 31, according to head coach Doug Pederson, but Pederson wouldn't say how much time Jeffery could still miss.

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Jeffery will miss at least two games according to Adam Schefter, and we won't be able to trust him in lineups until we see him play, so that's Week 4 at the earliest. Jeffery should be discounted from his healthy ADP at least as much as Mark Ingram and Julian Edelman.

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4. SF - San Francisco adds Shon Coleman

Source: Sirius XM NFL Radio - Adam Caplan

Cleveland Browns OT Shon Coleman was acquired by the San Francisco 49ers Friday, Aug. 31, in exchange for a 2019 seventh-round draft choice.

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Coleman was seen as a potential right tackle or swing tackle for the Browns before they signed Chris Hubbard. UDFA Desmond Harrison has also been a hit, so he wasn't needed. The 49ers have Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey starting at offensive tackle but must have wanted to improve their depth.

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5. CAR - Carolina cuts 17 players

Source: Panthers.com - Max Henson

Carolina Panthers DT Tracy Sprinkle, DE Sterling Bailey, LB Richie Brown, LB Chris Frey, CB LaDarius Gunter, S Demetrious Cox, CB Alex Carter, OT Blaine Clausell, OG Norman Price, TE Cam Serigne, WR Rasheed Bailey, WR Bug Howard, OG Quinterrius Eatmon, OT Adam Bisnowaty, TE Evan Baylis and TE Jason Reese were waived Friday, Aug. 31. The team also released RB Kenjon Barner.

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Barner has bounced around the league as a pass-catching back and could get a call during the season if injuries deplete a backfield. Serigne has some developmental tight end potential and could end up on a practice squad.

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6. MIN - Minnesota releases 14 players

Source: Vikings.com

Minnesota Vikings OG Kareem Are, OG Kaleb Johnson, WR Cayleb Jones, OT Dieugot Joseph, CB Trevon Mathis, RB Kobe McCrary, FB Luke McNitt, LB Mike Needham, QB Peter Pujals, C J.P. Quinn, WR Korey Robertson, LB Brett Taylor, WR Jake Wieneke and LB Antwione Williams were released Friday, Aug. 31.

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Robertson had a draftable grade on some analyst boards and could catch on a practice squad. He has a solid build and made downfield plays at Southern Miss.

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7. DET - Detroit makes first round of moves

Source: DetroitLions.com

Detroit Lions WR Brian Brown, DT Josh Fatu, TE Marcus Lucas, OT Jamar McGloster, LB Chad Meredith, OG John Montelus, WR Teo Redding, DT Christian Ringo and DE Jeremiah Valoaga were waived Friday, Aug. 31. The team also released DE Cam Johnson, Dexter McDougle and Sterling Moore and placed S Marcus Cromartie (undisclosed) on the Reserve/Injured list.

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Redding has excellent measureables and had created some momentum earlier in camp. He could end up on a practice squad.

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8. NO - RB Shane Vereen going on IR

Source: The Times-Picayune - Josh Katzenstein

New Orleans Saints RB Shane Vereen (undisclosed) will be placed on the Reserve/Injured list, according to a source. He left the final preseason game early Thursday, Aug. 30, and was having his fingers looked at on the sidelines.

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Vereen might have been in line to make the final roster as a backup to Alvin Kamara in the passing game, but that went by the wayside when he got hurt.

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9. PIT - WR Eli Rogers likely to start on PUP list

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Eli Rogers (knee) is expected to start the 2018 season on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list, according to a source.

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Rogers will also serve a one-game suspension. Ryan Switzer will have a chance to seize the backup slot job while Rogers is out, assuming the recent trade target makes the team.

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10. SF - WR Aldrick Robinson cut loose

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers WR Aldrick Robinson was released Friday, Aug. 31, according to a source.

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Robinson has been part of multiple Kyle Shanahan offenses, but there was no room for him this year after the team drafted Richie James and Dante Pettis. He could catch on elsewhere during the season if a team needs some outside wide receiver speed.

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11. CAR - TE Chris Manhertz activated

Source: The Athletic - Joseph Person

Carolina Panthers TE Chris Manhertz (foot) passed his physical Friday, Aug. 31, and has been activated from the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list.

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Manhertz was passed by fourth round pick Ian Thomas while he was out. He's a non-factor for the Panthers offense now.

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12. LAR - Two Rams placed on IR

Source: ESPN.com - Lindsey Thiry

Los Angeles Rams DE Morgan Fox (knee) and DE Ryan Davis (ankle) were placed on the Reserve/Injured list Friday, Aug. 31.

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Fox was taking some first team reps at outside linebacker before going down. The Rams will have a thin group at the position, the only weakness in the defense.

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13. NO - WR Brandon Tate released

Source: The Times-Picayune - Josh Katzenstein

New Orleans Saints WR Brandon Tate was released Friday, Aug. 31, according to a source.

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Tate was seen by some as having a good chance to make the team because of his return abilities. He might get a call during the season if a team loses their return specialist. This could mean Tommylee Lewis made the Saints again this year.

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14. GB - ILB Oren Burks expected to miss at least Week 1

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Green Bay Packers LB Oren Burks (shoulder) is expected to be ruled out for Week 1 and could miss an additional week or two because of his shoulder injury, according to sources.

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The Packers traded for Antonio Morrison from the Colts weak linebacker corps, and he might play right away against the Bears in Week 1. That's good for Trey Burton, Tarik Cohen, and Jordan Howard.

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15. ARI - Arizona likely to get two back from PUP

Source: The Arizona Republic - Bob McManaman

Arizona Cardinals TE Jermaine Gresham (Achilles') and LB Markus Golden (knee) are 'on track' to be activated from the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list prior in time for the season opener, according to head coach Steve Wilks.

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That still leaves a wide time frame for both to be active for a game. Ricky Seals-Jones is still a worthy sleeper tight end and there is still no one of note to line up opposite Chandler Jones on the defensive line.

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16. HOU - WR Braxton Miller given his walking papers

Source: Houston Chronicle - John McClain

Houston Texans WR Braxton Miller was released Friday, Aug. 31.

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Bruce Ellington will be the Week 1 slot receiver, but rookie Keke Coutee will also ramp up to a role soon after he missed most of camp and the preseason with a hamstring injury. The Texans are giving up on a third round pick two years into his career.

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17. HOU - Houston cuts four

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans S Treston DeCoud, NT Kinglsey Opara CB Andre Chachere and PK Nick Rose were released Friday, Aug. 31.

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Texans kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn has been out, which forced the Texans to sign Rose, but it appears that they are confident Fairbairn will be ready for Week 1 against the Patriots.

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18. PHI - QB Christian Hackenberg waived

Source: NJ Advance Media - Matt Lombardo

Philadelphia Eagles QB Christian Hackenberg was released Friday, Aug. 31, according to a source.

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The least shocking final cut of the over 1000 we will hear about this weekend.

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19. MIA - Greg Joseph released by Dolphins

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins PK Greg Joseph was released Friday, Aug. 31, according to a source.

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Jason Sanders won the kicker competition, but we can't know if he'll win the kicker job for Week 1 until we see if the Dolphins sign a kicker released by another team.

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20. NYJ - Five players waived by Jets

Source: SNY - Ralph Vacchiano

New York Jets WR Charles Johnson, OT Antonio Garcia, OT Darius James, LB Obum Gwacham and C Gino Gradkowski were released on Friday, Aug. 31, according to sources.

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Johnson was once a rising size/speed wonder, but is now likely on his last leg as a player potentially threatening for a roster spot. Garcia was a recent second day pick of the Patriots, but it looks like no one is going to be able to make anything of him.

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21. NYJ - WR Jermaine Kearse may miss Week 1

Source: New York Daily News - Manish Mehta

Updating previous reports, New York Jets WR Jermaine Kearse (abdomen) is feared to be out for Week 1 after a medical procedure on his abdominal injury.

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Terrelle Pryor is getting healthy and now will get some snaps in Week 1 against the Lions. Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson will be the primary receivers, with Darius Slay locking down one side of the field, but the other a soft spot for Sam Darnold to rely on when it's time to complete a key third down pass.

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

Peace,

J