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Footballguys #67 - 6/25 - Is Le'Veon Bell A Top 5 Pick?, Updated Dominators, News And Notes And MORE

Volume 21, #67 -- Tuesday Night, June 25th, 2019

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Howdy Folks,

Good Wednesday to you.

Grab that cup of coffee and sit back. We've got two new features for you as we dive into looks at Le'Veon Bell and James Conner for this season. Plus Updated Dominators plus the News and Notes you need.

Let's go.

J

SITE NEWS

A. Why Le'Veon Bell Is Still a Top-5 Draft Pick
Our Justin Bonnema answers the hard questions regarding Bell's outlook for 2019 and makes his case Bell's a top five pick.

B. Will James Conner Prove to be a One-Year Wonder?
Our Daniel Simpkins with a detailed look at James Conner's fantasy prospects for 2019.

C. Draft Dominator Classic For Windows Updated
The Draft Dominator Classic is our original Drafting Tool. It's updated for Windows here.

D. Draft Dominator Classic For Mac Updated
The Draft Dominator Classic is our original Drafting Tool. It's updated for Mac here.

E. Value Based Drafting (VBD) Excel App Updated
The Value Based Drafting (VBD) Excel App is for the oldest of old school. It's updated here.

F. Projections Dominator Updated
Make our Detailed Stat Projections work the way you want them to with our Projections Dominator.


1. WAS - Joe Theismann warns against Dwayne Haskins starting Week 1

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

Washington Redskins rookie QB Dwayne Haskins shouldn't be under center for the team early in the season, according to former QB Joe Theismann. Washington will open the 2019 campaign against the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, and Chicago Bears. 'To put him out there early against those teams, it's just a formula for disaster for the team, for (head coach) Jay (Gruden), for the fans and everybody else,' Theismann said. 'I think the young man is our future, and let's protect the future, instead of throwing it out there right now and saying, 'Okay, go get 'em.' The schedule we're playing is not a 'go get 'em' schedule.'

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Theismann has a point about Haskins getting off on the wrong foot if he is overmatched in early games. Trent Williams status is also a big question mark after he stayed away from OTAs, and if he isn't playing it would almost be unfair to Haskins to put him out there. Either way, this will be one of the most anemic offenses in the league in early going, and probably for the whole season.

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2. MIN - Breakout season ahead for RB Dalvin Cook?

Source: NFL Network - Terrell Davis

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook is a strong candidate to have a 2019 breakout season, in the opinion of NFL Network analyst Terrell Davis. Knowing (new Vikings offensive coordinator Gary) Kubiak's history, Cook should get a lot of opportunities this season, far more than the 133 carries he had in 2018,' David wrote on NFL.com 'The third-year pro has the natural ability to be a top-10 running back, and we've seen glimpses of his talent in the last two seasons. Unfortunately, injuries (ACL in 2017; hamstring in 2018) have prevented him from staying on the field for a full season. With a healthy offseason and more than a year removed from his knee injury, Cook will be a major player in the Vikings' offense in 2019.'

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Cook is a good fit in the system and has always popped off of the screen when healthy. This year will affect our value of him in dynasty leagues greatly. One more injury marred year and he'll tainted for at least 1-2 more years, but with a full productive season, he could become a highly coveted dynasty asset.

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3. DAL - No deal soon for RB Ezekiel Elliott

Source: ESPN.com - Dan Graziano

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is unlikely to get an extension in 2019 or next offseason, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Dan Graziano. Elliott's option for 2020 is worth $9.099 million, and the team feels good about franchise tag numbers on him in 2021.

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This was the Steelers model for handling Le'Veon Bell along with offering an extension that was palatable to them after tagging him. Elliott's off-field incidents will call for some protection in his eventual long term deal, and that could also be part of the Cowboys' hesitation.

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4. DAL - WR Amari Cooper eyeing top 5

Source: USA TODAY Sports - Jori Epstein

Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper says he's not a top-five NFL receiver -- at the moment. 'It's something I think I can prove this year, not sure if I've proved it yet, but I plan on doing it this year,' Cooper told USA Today Sports' Trysta Krick. 'I think I definitely have the mentality and skill set to be a top-five receiver, that's no doubt. But have I proven it? I don't know. I really want to set out and prove it.'

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Top five is very tough to crack with Odell Beckham, Julio Jones, and DeAndre Hopkins easily taking up three spots, but it's good to set high goals. Cooper should be available as the tenth wide receiver off of the board or later this year, but if he produces the kind of ceiling games he did last year with a higher floor, he could pay dividends.

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5. TB - Bruce Arians praises Devin White

Source: JoeBucsFan.com - Ira Kaufman

Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie LB Devin White received plenty of praise from head coach Bruce Arians. 'He's come in; he's so mature. You know, and he's in great condition. He's extremely bright. He loves it. You know, you get these guys once in a lifetime. They all got physical skills, but they don't love it. I mean, they wouldn't do it for free. This cat would do it for free as long as he can ride his horses,' Arians said about his team's No. 5 pick from the 2019 NFL Draft.

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White could be one of the most valuable IDPs right off the bat. He deserves consideration soon after the IDP ranks are broken in drafts. The Bucs may rely on him to create some pressure on blitzes with their shortage of pass rush options on the defensive line.

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6. SF - PK Robbie Gould says family will dictate decisions

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Matt Maiocco

K Robbie Gould still hasn't signed the franchise tag extended to him by the San Francisco 49ers earlier this offseason. The 36-year-old has requested a trade which the team has refused up to this point. Gould says he's prioritizing time with his family, who remain in Chicago, Ill. 'It's a complicated situation,' Gould said. 'The way I've kind of approached it is, I want to spend time with my family. And I let my agent handle it, and if anything comes up that I have to make a decision or be in the know, he'll call me and let me know. But right now there's nothing to really know, and I'm just enjoying being home and being in Chicago. ... I'm at a point in my career where my family is what's going to dictate the decisions that I make.'

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Gould's family is in Chicago and no team needs a kicker more than the Bears. The problem is that the 49ers might be asking a lot for him in a trade and the Bears will balk at giving up a high pick for a kicker. This seems like a situation with a wide range of outcomes, including retirement for Gould.

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7. WAS - WR Trey Quinn's star about to ascend?

Source: NBC Sports Washington - JP Finlay

Washington Redskins WR Trey Quinn landed on the Reserve/Injured list twice in his rookie season, which limited him to only three games last year. Nevertheless, receivers coach Ike Hilliard is one of a growing list of people who considers Quinn to be a breakout candidate for the 2019 season.

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Quinn is going to be a sneaky PPR pick late and he could easily be the #1 target on this team with the instability at outside receiver and tight end.

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8. MIA - WR Jakeem Grant confident he is past injury

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Miami Dolphins WR Jakeem Grant missed the final six games of the 2018 season with a lower leg injury, but he believes that while the injury 'kind of messed with me mentally' initially, he is now 'over that mental hump.'

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Grant could have a big opportunity in the slot if Albert Wilson isn't ready for the regular season. Of course, his return to full speed is not a given, so there's a lot to monitor here, with a questionable payoff in one of the NFL's weakest offenses.

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9. NO - QB Drew Brees was tops on third downs

Source: Pro Football Focus

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees paced all quarterbacks in 2018 with a adjusted third-down completion rate of 78.7 percent, according to Pro Football Focus.

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Brees is still highly efficient, but his volume is dropping and Taysom Hill is stealing red zone snaps. He's as cheap as he's been in years.

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10. BAL - Miles Boykin could be big red zone target

Source: The Baltimore Sun - Mike Preston

Baltimore Ravens WR Miles Boykin (hamstring) could become a key target for QB Lamar Jackson on third-down situations and inside the red zone in 2019.

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Boykin's hamstring is less worrisome than Marquise Brown's foot at this point, but we still want to see him start camp without incident. He'll have a chance to be an early season waiver wire pickup if he's ready earlier than Brown, but isn't worth a redraft pick yet.

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11. BAL - Marquise Brown slowly recovering

Source: The Baltimore Sun - Mike Preston

Baltimore Ravens WR Marquise Brown (foot) continues to slowly recover from a Lisfranc injury. He was able to participate in individual drills during the spring.

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He might not be as big a factor this year as the Ravens envisioned when they took him in the first round if his foot can't handle a full practice load in a month. Chris Moore is the "incumbent" outside receiver on this roster and could be an early season hit at a microscopic price with the Ravens facing a lot of weak defenses to start the season.

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12. CHI - TE Adam Shaheen sheds weight in offseason

Source: The Athletic - Adam L. Jahns

Chicago Bears TE Adam Shaheen lost seven pounds during the offseason, did jiu-jitsu and focused on his core strength and flexibility in an effort to try and stay healthy in 2019.

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Shaheen is cast as the blocking tight end in Matt Nagy's offense, but he has soft hands and he's difficult to defend in the red zone. He won't have fantasy relevance this year without an injury to Trey Burton, but could improve Mitchell Trubisky's red zone efficiency and upgrade the offense when he's on the field.

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

We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J