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Volume 21, #78 -- Saturday Night, July 6th, 2019

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Howdy Folks,

Good Sunday to you. I hope you're weekend's been rad. We've got some Fantasy Football News and Notes and Articles for you to make it even better.

Let's go.

J

SITE NEWS

A. Top 300 Rankings Updated
Our David Dodds with his Top 300 Players.

B. Top 300 Rankings For PPR Updated
Our David Dodds with his Top 300 Players. This one is for PPR scoring.

C. Draft List Updated
Our David Dodds takes his Top 300 Players and factors them against Average Draft Position to get a list more reflective of how we'd actually draft.

D. Draft List For PPR Updated
Our David Dodds takes his Top 300 Players and factors them against Average Draft Position to get a list more reflective of how we'd actually draft. This one is for PPR scoring.

E. Average Draft Position Data Updated
You know the drill. It's not enough to know where you want to draft a player. You have to know where the other GMs in your league want to draft players. Our Average Draft Position (ADP) data is your ticket.

F. Average Draft Position Data For PPR Updated
You know the drill. It's not enough to know where you want to draft a player. You have to know where the other GMs in your league want to draft players. Our Average Draft Position (ADP) data is your ticket. This one is for PPR scoring.

G. Why Chris Godwin Is Due For A Breakout Season
Our Jason Wood with a detailed analysis of Chris Godwin's fantasy outlook for the 2019 season.

H. Beginner's Guide to Fantasy Football, Part 3: Scoring Systems
Our Alessandro Miglio continues his look at the basics of Fantasy Football. In this one, he jumps into scoring fundamentals and systems.


1. OAK - RB Josh Jacobs could hold out

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Mike Florio

Oakland Raiders RB Josh Jacobs may not be at camp when rookies report July 23, according to The Athletic's Vic Tafur, who writes that 'negotiations have not been going well' between the team and the 24th overall pick. Per Tafur, the issue is regarding the payment schedule of the signing bonus.

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With a rookie wage scale, lengthy holdouts for rookies don't really happen anymore. However, there are some times when things get a little dicey in negotiations. This seems to be one of those times. We have a feeling the two sides will be able to work something out at some point in the preseason (at the latest).

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2. CIN - WR John Ross to hit reset button

Source: The Athletic - Paul Dehner Jr.

Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross said his number change this offseason was part of a plan to 'start everything over' and reboot his career.

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Ross needs to start over after not yet playing up to his potential in two seasons as a pro. He could take some of what he produced last season (seven touchdowns) but add more receptions as the Bengals No. 3 receiver. Ross had all those scores last season but on only 21 catches. We still monitor Ross in dynasty formats but redraft players are only going to have Ross as a waiver wire speed dial guy.

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3. NYJ - TE Chris Herndon studying up

Source: NewYorkJets.com - Ethan Greenberg

New York Jets TE Chris Herndon said he has been focusing on film study and learning the playbook this offseason. 'Before you can get out there and make plays, you have to know where to be and that's probably the most important part,' Herndon said.

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Herndon is a favorite sleeper of some Fantasy GMs out there. The Jets offense should look much better with a more mature Sam Darnold and Le'Veon Bell taking away a lot of attention from the defense. Herndon can be a safe and reliable target for the Jets young quarterback. He's a TE2 with upside who has a current ADP of TE16 (13.11) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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4. MIA - DE Charles Harris' status uncertain

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins DE Charles Harris (wrist) was limited during offseason workouts because of a wrist injury, and the Dolphins have not said if Harris will be ready for team drills when training camp begins.

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The Dolphins will wisely be cautious with Harris as he continues to recover from this wrist problem. Harris, a 2017 first-round pick, has yet to play up to his potential in the pros and only has 3.0 sacks in 27 career games. He fought with various injuries last year and needs to stay healthy so new head coach Brian Flores can get the most out of him. The team needs Harris to come through as an interior rusher. It's certainly a make-or-break year for him.

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5. MIA - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick in line to start?

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick showed impressive leadership skills during offseason workouts and was clearly the better quarterback during practice, according to one Dolphins player.

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No surprise here. Fitzpatrick has much more experience than second-year pro Josh Rosen. We think Fitzpatrick begins the season as the starter, but just like it always happens with him, he could struggle and get pulled later in the season.

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6. NYG - WR Darius Slayton to be used as return man?

Source: NFL.com - Grant Gordon

New York Giants WR Darius Slayton could be used as a kick and punt returner this season.

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Slayton, a fifth-round pick out of Auburn in the 2019 NFL draft, has speed to burn. A high school track star, Slayton was a big-play specialist for the Tigers in college. However, he just doesn't use his speed to blaze past defenders. Slayton also has great feet, quickness and vision to work well as a return man as he can toy with defenders in space.

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7. NYG - WR Golden Tate to be used as return man?

Source: NFL.com - Grant Gordon

New York Giants WR Golden Tate could be used as a kick and punt returner this season.

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We'll see if the Giants choose to use the veteran receiver this way. He should get plenty of work in the Giants small ball offense, so stretching him thin on special teams wouldn't make a lot of sense.

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8. MIN - WR Laquon Treadwell could be done in Minnesota

Source: ESPN.com - Courtney Cronin

Minnesota Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell is in danger of not making the 53-man roster, in the opinion of ESPN's Courtney Cronin. Treadwell, who had his fifth-year option declined, will be a free agent after the season and could be let go in favor of newer options such as WRs Jordan Taylor and Chad Beebe, who have earned praise throughout the offseason.

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It would be a costly move for the Vikings as Treadwell has a cap hit of $3.1 million in 2019 with most of it ($2.5 million) in dead money. A first-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft, Treadwell has only one touchdown catch as a pro. The natural talent (size,speed) is there but he's never put it all together. Treadwell is coming off career-best numbers in 2018 of 35 catches for 302 yards and a touchdown. He needs to have a good preseason to make the team.

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9. ATL - Russell Gage Jr. expanding his role

Source: ESPN.com - Vaughn McClure

Atlanta Falcons WR Russell Gage Jr.'s developing versatility should result in more opportunities this season, according to head coach Dan Quinn. 'He can play more than one spot,' Quinn said. 'He can play X and inside. He's got movement for a slot.'

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Gage was a sixth-round pick out of LSU in the 2018 NFL draft. We'll continue to watch his game develop but only in super deep dynasty formats. Gage is still learning the WR position as he converted from defensive back to offense for his final two seasons in Baton Rouge and was just a gadget player his final season at LSU.

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10. CIN - More touches for RB Giovani Bernard?

Source: The Athletic - Paul Dehner Jr.

Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard is expected to see 11-13 touches per game in 2019, according to Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic, and Dehner expects Bernard and RB Joe Mixon to be on the field at the same time more often this season.

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We could see Bernard work into the mix mostly as a pass-catching back. Bernard had 35 catches in 2018 (12 games) but could push for 45-plus catches in 2019. He is a deep flex option for Fantasy GMs in PPR leagues or a handcuff for players who are in deep leagues.

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11. TEN - Jeffery Simmons making progress

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Tennessee Titans DT Jeffery Simmons (knee) recently posted a video of himself running in a straight line.

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Simmons was considered a top-10 pick before he tore his ACL training for the Scouting Combine earlier this year. The Titans snared him at No. 19 overall in the first round, but Simmons may be looking at a redshirt year in 2019. Perhaps he could return late in the regular season, but the Titans would have to be making a playoff push to risk their first-rounder.

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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