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Footballguys #135 - 9/3 - Top 300 and Draft Lists Updated, News and Notes and MORE

Volume 20, #135 -- Monday Night, September 3rd, 2018

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Howdy Folks,

It's ON. I hope you had a nice Labor Day Weekend and now we're on to the Week 1 kickoff.

Let's go.

J

SITE NEWS

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

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

C. Draft List Updated
Our David Dodds takes his Top 300 and factors it against Average Draft Position to get the Draft List.

D. Draft List For PPR Updated
Our David Dodds takes his Top 300 and factors it against Average Draft Position to get the Draft List. This one is for PPR scoring.


1. PIT - Le'Veon Bell still absent

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has not reported to the team Monday, Sept. 3, and signed his franchise tender.

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Bell should report before the regular season but his snap count for Week 1 against the Browns might be much lower than usual. Fantasy GMs should look to James Conner as an emergency option if Bell's holdout lasts into the regular season.

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2. BUF - RB LeSean McCoy cleared for opener

Source: The Washington Post - Mark Maske

Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy is eligible to play in Week 1 versus the Baltimore Ravens and will not be placed on the commissioner's exempt list 'at this time,' according to comments made by league spokesman Brian McCarthy on Monday, Sept. 3.

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The key phrase is 'at this time' in that comment. The league could choose to put McCoy on the Exempt List at some time later in the year. There is still an ongoing investigation stemming from a home invasion involving his ex-girlfriend.

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3. PHI - No practice for WR Alshon Jeffery

Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com

Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) did not practice Monday, Sept. 3.

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No surprise here. Jeffery is fully expected to miss the first couple of weeks of the regular season.

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4. NYJ - QB Sam Darnold officially starting

Source: ESPN.com - Josina Anderson

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold has been named the starter for Week 1 versus the Detroit Lions, according to sources.

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The move was expected, especially after the team traded Teddy Bridgewater to the Saints. Darnold is getting thrown into the fire for the Jets and he's going to make some mistakes. Fantasy GMs have better options to start in Week 1, but we are excited to see Darnold play and develop.

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5. PIT - WR Antonio Brown returns to practice

Source: DKPittsburghSports.com - Dale Lolley

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown (quad) was back at practice Monday, Sept. 3.

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A good sign for Brown with the regular season underway this week. Fantasy GMs are giddy to start Brown each week as a no-brainer WR1.

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6. DEN - RB Royce Freeman expected to start opener

Source: The Denver Post - Ryan O'Halloran

Denver Broncos RB Royce Freeman has reportedly moved atop the depth chart and will be named the starting running back for Week 1 versus the Seattle Seahawks, according to a source.

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That's what Fantasy GMs were anticipating and it seems like Freeman is going to get that nod for the Broncos. Freeman has RB1 upside, but where he was going in drafts was RB2 levels. He'll have RB2 value this year provided he stays healthy and stays on top of the depth chart.

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7. NYG - RB Saquon Barkley pronounces self fit for Week 1

Source: Giants.com

New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley (hamstring) told the team's website he is 'definitely ready for a full workload' in Week 1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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We can't wait to see Barkley on the field in the regular season. A full workload as the centerpiece of an offense means Barkley has RB1 upside for Fantasy GMs provided he stays healthy.

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8. BUF - RB Marcus Murphy ahead of RB Chris Ivory?

Source: WKBW.com - Joe Buscaglia

Buffalo Bills RB Marcus Murphy took the second snap behind LeSean McCoy and ahead of Chris Ivory during individual drills in practice Monday, Sept. 3.

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Keep an eye on this situation. McCoy is not going to land on the Commissioner's Exempt List at this time, but the league could revisit the situation later as McCoy is involved in an ongoing investigation. If anything happens to McCoy later in the year, Fantasy GMs are going to want his primary backup...although in that event we could see the Bills rolling with a RBBC featuring both Murphy and Ivory.

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9. PHI - QB Nick Foles to start Week 1

Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com - Dave Spadaro

Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles will start Week 1 against the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, Sept. 6.

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This move was expected. The Eagles need to give Carson Wentz all the time he needs as he continues to come back from the knee injury that shortened his 2017 season. He's getting close, but the Eagles figured to give him more time...especially since they open up the season on Thursday night against the Falcons.

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10. CLE - WR Josh Gordon practicing

Source: Medina County Gazette - Scott Petrak

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) is practicing Monday, Sept. 3.

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Gordon is not going to start against the Steelers in Week 1. However, he is expected to play on a certain snap count. That makes him a boom/bust 'what the heck' flex play for Fantasy GMs in the season opener.

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11. BUF - QB Nathan Peterman the starter

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Buffalo Bills QB Nathan Peterman was named the starting quarterback Monday, Sept. 3.

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Peterman is just keeping the seat warm for 2018 first-round pick Josh Allen. Fantasy GMs are wisely not expecting much from the Bills passing game in 2018...no matter who the starting quarterback is.

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12. ATL - RB Brian Hill added to practice squad

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Free-agent RB Brian Hill was signed to the Atlanta Falcons practice squad Monday, Sept. 3.

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Hill was drafted by the Falcons in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL draft. He was signed off the Falcons practice squad by the Bengals in 2017 and spent about nine months with the team. Now he's back with the Falcons, and Hill has an interesting all-purpose skill set. Currently buried on the practice squad, we'll see if Hill can stick with the team that drafted him and make the active roster sometime.

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13. HOU - QB Joe Webb back with Texans

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Free-agent QB Joe Webb (Texans) re-signed with the Houston Texans Monday, Sept. 3. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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Webb was released at final cuts and now finds himself staying with the Texans. He'll contribute on special teams and work as a third-string quarterback behind Deshaun Watson and Brandon Weeden.

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14. IND - RB Jeremy McNichols signs with Colts

Source: Sirius XM NFL Radio - Adam Caplan

Free-agent RB Jeremy McNichols (49ers) was signed to the San Francisco 49ers' practice squad Monday, Sept. 3.

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McNichols was a fifth-round pick out of Boise State for the Buccaneers in the 2017 NFL draft. He was released by them and picked up by the 49ers in 2017. We'll see if he can develop on the 49ers practice squad.

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15. NYG - WR Breshad Perriman to work out

Source: The Bergen Record - Art Stapleton

Free-agent WR Breshad Perriman (Ravens) is scheduled to work out for the New York Giants Tuesday, Sept. 4, according to a source.

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A first-round pick for the Ravens in the 2015 NFL draft, Perriman never made much of an impact in Baltimore due to injuries and inconsistencies. He's got speed to blow by defenders but concentration has been an issue. We'll likely see Perriman added to some team looking for depth at the position.

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16. BUF - Buffalo will host QB Paxton Lynch

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent QB Paxton Lynch (Broncos) will work out for the Buffalo Bills Tuesday, Sept. 4, according to a source.

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This seems like an odd fit for workaholic Sean McDermott. Lynch was a first-round pick for the Broncos in 2016 but he was beat out by seventh-round picks (Trevor Siemian, Chad Kelly) two years in a row. Concerns about his work ethic and ability to run a pro offense surfaced during his time in Denver. Lynch passed through waivers unclaimed but there is some team who should be willing to take a chance on a 6'7" mobile quarterback with a rocket arm.

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17. NYG - TE Evan Engram limited Monday

Source: ESPN.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants TE Evan Engram (concussion) was on the field during practice Monday, Sept. 3, but was wearing a non-contact jersey during team drills.

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Keep an eye on Engram during the week of practice. He's a TE1 for Fantasy GMs so long as he plays. We'll have a better feel for his playing status in Week 1 later in the week.

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18. GB - Green Bay signs RB Darius Jackson

Source: Packers.com

Free-agent RB Darius X. Jackson (Cowboys) was signed by the Green Bay Packers off the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad Monday, Sept. 3. CB Herb Waters was released in a corresponding move.

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Jackson did have a spot on the Cowboys practice squad but the Packers wanted him on the 53-man roster. They need running back depth behind Jamaal Williams and Ty Montgomery...especially with Aaron Jones suspended the first two games of the regular season.

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19. PHI - RB Jay Ajayi has limited practice

Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com

Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Eagles RB Jay Ajayi (foot) put in a limited practice Monday, Sept. 3.

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He was at least out there with this foot injury, and his status for Week 1 seems to be on track. Ajayi has RB2 value for the Eagles in the season opener against the Falcons.

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20. LAC - LA Chargers part ways with RB Justin Jackson

Source: ESPN.com - Eric D. Williams

Los Angeles Chargers RB Justin Jackson was waived Monday, Sept. 3, to make room for TE Antonio Gates on the 53-man roster. The Chargers also signed TE Thomas Duarte (Dolphins) to the practice squad.

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A hamstring injury in training camp held back Jackson this summer. The rookie from Northwestern is an intriguing back due to his versatility and explosion. Perhaps we'll see him signed to the practice squad.

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21. OAK - WR Brice Butler visits old team

Source: The Athletic - Vic Tafur

Free-agent WR Brice Butler (Cardinals) worked out for the Oakland Raiders Monday, Sept. 3.

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Butler could return to the Raiders even though they added Brandon LaFell on Monday. He's fast enough to take the top off the defense and could serve as veteran depth.

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22. SF - RB Jerick McKinnon lands on IR

Source: Bay Area News Group - Cam Inman

San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon (knee) was placed on the reserve/injured list Monday, Sept. 3.

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McKinnon's season is done due to this ACL injury. A disappointing development for a player the 49ers picked up this offseason to be the lead back. We should see Alfred Morris as the starter with Matt Breida working as his primary backup.

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23. DET - RB Donnel Pumphrey gets a look in Detroit

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Free-agent RB Donnel Pumphrey (Eagles) will be one of several running backs working out with the Detroit Lions on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

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Pumphrey failed to make the Eagles 53-man roster this year and is looking for work. The Lions might want to add him as a change-of-pace back.

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24. CLE - Antonio Calloway to start Week 1

Source: Akron Beacon Journal - Nate Ulrich

Cleveland Browns WR Antonio Calloway will draw the start over Josh Gordon in Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to head coach Hue Jackson.

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Calloway has the type of explosive playmaking ability to make him a threat anytime he touches the ball. The rookie from Florida makes for a nice 'what the heck' flex in Week 1 against the Steelers.

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25. TEN - TE Delanie Walker expects to play in opener

Source: The Athletic - John Glennon

Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker (toe) told reporters Monday, Sept. 3, it is 'still the plan' for him to play in Week 1 against the Miami Dolphins.

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Walker is a big part of what the Titans do through the air. Fantasy GMs should consider him a low-end TE1 this season. Monitor his practice participation as the week rolls on and have another option at the ready if you were planning on starting Walker from the jump.

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26. OAK - Oakland agrees with WR Brandon LaFell

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Scott Bair

Free-agent WR Brandon LaFell (Bengals) agreed to terms with the Oakland Raiders on Monday, Sept. 3.

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LaFell could win the no.3 wide receiver job for the Raiders eventually. They have Amari Cooper and Jordy Nelson at the top of the depth chart but there are questions behind those veterans. LaFell, coming off a season where he caught 52 passes for 548 yards and three touchdowns, should only be on a roster in super deep leagues.

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27. LAC - WR Mike Williams has big goals

Source: ESPN.com - Kaila Burns-Heffner

Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams said his back and body feel better since he began a yoga and stretching routine, and he plans on dominating in 2018. '1,000 yards, 10 touchdowns, Pro Bowl,' Williams said.

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That's a great number to start with...especially with coming back from a disappointing rookie season. Williams has a current ADP of WR41 (9.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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28. DEN - WR Courtland Sutton winning deep balls

Source: The Denver Post - Ryan O'Halloran

Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton is on par with Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins and free-agent WR Dez Bryant (Cowboys) with his ability to win 50-50 balls, according to CB Chris Harris Jr.

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Sutton is one of the most exciting rookie receivers in this class. He's a big-bodied receiver who can play above the rim. The Broncos seemed to like the idea of using 3-WR sets to get Sutton on the field. He may only catch 40 passes as a rookie, but as a red zone target he could snare 5-7 touchdowns in 2018.

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29. OAK - WR Martavis Bryant back in Oakland in 2019?

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Michael David Smith

Free-agent WR Martavis Bryant (Raiders) could be back with the Oakland Raiders next year, according to head coach Jon Gruden. 'Perhaps we'll get Martavis again next year and get the best out of him,' Gruden said.

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The Raiders gave up the no.79 overall pick for Bryant in the 2018 NFL draft and he couldn't make it through to the final roster. Bryant is facing a suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, according to ESPN's Dan Graziano. It's rare we see players come back from another round of suspensions.

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30. MIA - Light work for WR DeVante Parker

Source: The Miami Herald - Armando Salguero

Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (finger) is still wearing a soft cast on his left hand, but he participated in a walkthrough during practice Sunday, Sept. 2.

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Parker has been a disappointment during his pro career. Fantasy GMs shouldn't be holding a bunch of Parker's stock, even in deeper leagues. We'll see if he can practice fully during the week of practice before the Dolphins Week 1 contest against the Titans.

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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