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Footballguys #79 - 7/9 - Washington Backfield Questions, News and Notes and More

Volume 20, #79 -- Monday Night, July 9th, 2018

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Howdy Folks,

Good Tuesday to you.

I've got great new content for you so I hope you didn't have anything on your schedule this morning besides Fantasy Football.

J

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A. What's Going to Happen in the Washington Backfield?
The assumption in Washington is that the rookie Derrius Guice is going to swoop in and take control. Is that your expectation? What is Christ Thompson's role? Does Samaje Perine do anything if a healthy Guice is around? The Footballguys Staff dives in.

B. 7 Critical Fantasy Football Questions: NFC North
Our Chad Parsons examines the critical fantasy football questions for each NFL team heading into the 2018 season. In this one, he dives into the NFC North asking, "Will Allen Robinson and Trey Burton reach their expectations?", "Who is the running back to own for Green Bay?", "Should fantasy owners be all in on Jimmy Graham?" and much more.

C. How to Attack Your Superflex PPR Draft
Our Jeff Tefertiller with strategy on how to attack your Superflex PPR League Draft.

D. My Fantasy League Import
This utility only imports leagues hosted by MyFantasyLeague.com, so you don't have to manually enter your league variables, scoring, schedules, rosters, salaries, etc. into the Draft Dominator Classic.


1. PIT - Le'Veon Bell has one week

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has exactly one week to sign a long-term deal before he potentially holds out.

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We expect a holdout, as neither side is budging. And we see both sides. An NFL life is short, so of course Bell -- whose position takes a ton of abuse on the field -- wants to get paid when he can. Meanwhile, the Steelers know that the running back position is one which has been devalued and whose market has dropped quite a bit. There has to be a middle ground, as Bell is a transcendent running back, and a vital part of the Steelers. We think they will find it at some point, though Bell might bet on himself, sign the franchise tag and enter the free agency market next spring. All of which is the long way to say Bell remains one of the top fantasy backs out there and worthy of a top five pick, holdout or no.

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2. NFL - RB DeMarco Murray looking to sign

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Free-agent RB DeMarco Murray (Titans) said he hopes to sign with a team before the start of training camp and has talked with four or five teams this offseason. He said the offseason has allowed him to recover from knee and hamstring injuries he dealt with last season.

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Murray still has the ability to perform -- he's just a season removed from a 1200 yard season in 2016. However, where he lands is going to be a huge factor in his production. His drop to a 3.6 yards per carry average is a concern, but Murray has seen that stat roll up and down over the last four seasons, so it's something that could improve again. Early draft participants seem to feel he still is worth a roll of the dice, as he is going as the 62nd back on average right now.

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3. MIA - RB Frank Gore will have a role

Source: The Palm Beach Post - Hal Habib

Miami Dolphins RB Frank Gore wasn't brought in to strictly be a mentor for RB Kenyan Drake, and Gore will be mixed in the offense. Head coach Adam Gase said Gore turning 35 this season was irrelevant because he's a different player.

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Gore continues to be a solid back and while everyone consistently expects him to be done, he puts up strong numbers. Drake is going to get a shot to win the job, but isn't a lock, while Gore isn't going to go quietly. Right now he's nothing more than a handcuff for Drake, as the only thing you can be sure of is he will lose carries to the younger back, but his upside is RB2 if Drake falters or gets hurt.

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4. JAX - RB T.J. Yeldon making strides

Source: The Florida Times-Union - John Reid

Jacksonville Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon is improving as a runner, according to offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett. 'You can see more explosion start to come from him,' Hackett said. 'Just his ability to pass protect and be able to catch the ball from the backfield.'

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Yeldon had less carries but was more effective with what he got, averaging a 5.2 yards per carry average, up from 4.6 and 3.1 the previous two years. Do keep in mind, however, that he carried the ball less than 50 times so the sample size is small. Aside from Week 7, he never cracked 50 yards on the ground or combined for more than 70 beyond one time in Week 16. Yeldon appears to be finding his footing as a solid backup but nothing beyond that and as a handcuff he's not going to have much value. His ADP currently sits at 63 for running backs, and we wouldn't go higher than that, especially if you don't have Leonard Fournette on your roster.

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5. CAR - More big plays for RB Christian McCaffrey?

Source: ESPN.com - David Newton

Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey is going to be put in position to make more big plays this year, according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner, and Turner envisions using McCaffrey in a similar fashion to retired RB LaDainian Tomlinson.

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It's early July and talk like this is cheap. But it's fun. McCaffrey's certainly shown he's got the skills to shine and Norv Turner's seen a thing or two at this level. Should be fun.

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6. JAX - RB Leonard Fournette lighter, faster

Source: The Florida Times-Union - John Reid

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette said he plans to play at 224 pounds this year, 11 pounds lighter than his rookie year. 'I feel lighter, quicker and I have a lot of my burst,' Fournette said.

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A lighter, quicker Fournette with more burst is not what defensive coordinators want to see. Let's see how he looks in camp and if there's a noticeable difference.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of the Footballguys Family.

Peace,

J