Footballguys #125 - 8/24 - Fantasy Football For New People, Tiers, Mock Draft, News & Notes and More

Volume 20, #125 -- Friday Night, August 24th, 2018

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Welcome to the Weekend and let's get ready for drafting. We have a killer new article for you to share with new folks from our Clayton Gray. Plus Tiers plus Mock Drafts. And the News.

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A. FREE Feature - Fantasy Football Strategy for New Players
Know someone just getting into Fantasy Football or have you invited a new person into your league and you want to help them get started? Our Clayton Gray has a fantastic article for you to share.

B. Critical Tier Drops: Wide Receivers
Our Chad Parsons identifies the key value drop off points among 2018 running backs.

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

D. Quarterback Ben by Committee
Our Jeff Pasquino looks at finding a Quarterback to pair with Ben Roethlisberger for 2018.

E. Dynasty News Offseason 5
Our Jeff Tefertiller with a look at the recent fantasy news from a dynasty perspective.

F. FREE Feature - Footballguys Mock Draft 6: IDP, PPR
Six members of the Footballguys staff, along with six writers in the industry got together and completed a 12-team 32-round IDP, mock draft with PPR scoring format.

G. FREE Feature - Footballguys Mock Draft 7: 12-team Superflex
Six members of the Footballguys staff, along with six writers in the industry got together and completed a 12-team Superflex mock draft using PPR format.

H. FREE Feature - Footballguys Mock Draft 8: Dynasty Startup
Eight members of the Footballguys staff, along with four writers in the industry, got together and completed a 12-team Dynasty Startup mock draft using PPR format.

I. FREE Feature - Footballguys Mock Draft 9: 12-team non-PPR Scoring
Ten members of the Footballguys staff, along with two writers in the industry got together and completed a 12-team mock draft using a standard scoring format.

1. NYG - TE Evan Engram suffers concussion


New York Giants TE Evan Engram (concussion) suffered a concussion during the preseason game Friday, Aug. 24, and will not return.

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2. BAL - TE Mark Andrews has an opening

Source: USA TODAY Fantasy Sports

Baltimore Ravens TE Mark Andrews has a chance to start with TE Hayden Hurst (foot) out three to four weeks with a stress fracture in his foot.

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Andrews is a rookie (like Hurst) and can create mismatches as a receiver. A third-round pick out of Oklahoma, Andrews was one of Baker Mayfield's favorite targets in college. Andrews plays like a super-sized receiver and should not be asked to block. We love his dynasty stock but are not as interested in him in re-draft leagues as we were about Hurst.

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3. BAL - TE Hayden Hurst out 3-4 weeks

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

Baltimore Ravens TE Hayden Hurst (foot) will undergo surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot and will be out three to four weeks. He'll have a screw inserted into the foot.

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Hurst is likely to miss the start of the regular season and will be eased in some time in mid-September. He was looking good in training camp and the preseason, but now the Ravens have to look elsewhere. Guys like Mark Andrews, Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle will compete to fill the spot vacated by Hurst.

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4. CLE - QB Tyrod Taylor to have additional tests

Source: The Associated Press

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns QB Tyrod Taylor (hand) had X-rays on his left hand, the results of which were negative, and remained in the locker room for treatment during the second of the team's game Thursday, Aug. 23. Taylor is set to undergo more tests on his hand on Friday, Aug. 24, according to head coach Hue Jackson.

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Taylor shouldn't miss any regular season time due to this injury. He'll be the starter to open the year but we all know that at some point Baker Mayfield should take over.

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5. CLE - WR Josh Gordon cleared to do more

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has been cleared to participate in walkthroughs during practice starting Saturday, Aug. 25.

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It's all part of the process for getting Gordon back onto the field for the Browns. If healthy (and not suspended), Gordon has the talent to be one of the best receivers in the game. Fantasy GMs are taking Gordon off the board at WR21 (4.11) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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6. CLE - QB Tyrod Taylor suffered dislocated finger

Source: - Kevin Patra

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns QB Tyrod Taylor (finger) was diagnosed with a dislocated left pinky finger Friday, Aug. 24.

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Taylor missed some time with this injury but came back in and played. He's still in line to begin the regular season as the starter for the Browns. At some point the team should turn things over to no.1 overall pick Baker Mayfield.

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7. CHI - RB Jordan Howard expected to be three-down back

Source: Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs

Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard will stay on the field on third down this season, according to head coach Matt Nagy.'We'll do different things with (Howard) and we'll keep him on the field on third down - I've told you that before,' Nagy said.

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Howard has worked diligently this offseason to be a better receiver in anticipation of more passes getting thrown his way. Fantasy GMs are taking Howard off the board at RB13 (2.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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8. HOU - D'Onta Foreman likely to start on PUP list?

Source: Houston Chronicle - John McClain

Houston Texans RB D'Onta Foreman (Achilles') likely will start the regular season on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list, in the opinion of the Houston Chronicle's John McClain.

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Foreman injured his Achilles' last November and has been working his way back since then. Reports were somewhat positive (although vague) earlier this month, but it sounds like he may not be ready to begin the regular season. Foreman would miss the first six weeks of the season if he is on the PUP list.

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9. NE - TE Jacob Hollister to miss preseason game

Source: NBC Sports Boston - Phil Perry

New England Patriots TE Jacob Hollister (undisclosed) will not play in the preseason game Friday, Aug. 24, because of an undisclosed injury.

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No telling what this injury is. Hollister is an interesting prospect in deep dynasty leagues to keep track of. He's working for a spot in the pecking order behind Patriots starting TE Rob Gronkowski.

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10. NE - RB Rex Burkhead, RB Sony Michel out Friday

Source: - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots RBs Rex Burkhead (knee) and Sony Michel (knee) are not expected to play in the preseason game Friday, Aug. 24.

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Reports out of New England state the Patriots are going to be overly cautious with Burkhead as he's seen as a featured player for their offense and there's no need to aggravate his knee injury in a preseason game. Michel might be ready for the start of the regular season but the rookie first-round pick will have a lot to catch up on before he plays a significant role in the Patriots offense.

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11. ARI - QB Josh Rosen a game-time decision

Source: - Darren Urban

Arizona Cardinals QB Josh Rosen (thumb) was able to do some throwing during practice Friday, Aug. 24, and will be a game-time decision for the third preseason game.

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We'll see if the rookie first-round pick can get out there for the Cardinals in the dress rehearsal for the regular season aka Week 3 of the preseason. He's the quarterback of the future but we will see Sam Bradford begin the regular season as the Cardinals starter.

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12. NYJ - NYJ inks RB Charcandrick West

Source: - Rich Cimini

Free-agent RB Charcandrick West (Chiefs) signed an undisclosed deal with the New York Jets on Friday, Aug. 24.

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That didn't take long. West was only on the market for a couple of days after the Chiefs released him. He's a good pass-catching option out of the backfield, and the Jets have been looking for better depth behind Isaiah Crowell and Bilal Powell.

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13. HOU - RB Lamar Miller draws praise from coach

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller was referenced as a 'three-down back' by head coach Bill O'Brien on Friday, Aug. 24. 'He's what we call a three-down back. We feel like he can play on first, second and third down. He's a very good pass protector, blitz pickup guy. He's really good at that. Very good runner, good receiver out of the backfield, very smart player. He and Deshaun (Watson) have a real good chemistry back there in the backfield, and he's a good guy to have back there,' O'Brien said.

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Miller is a proven RB2 for Fantasy GMs and he could have some RB1 performances here and there. The team trusts him in all phases of the game, and Miller's ADP has been creeping up a bit over the summer. Miller has a current ADP of RB21 (4.06) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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14. BUF - RB LeSean McCoy could be held out Sunday

Source: - Chris Brown

Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (groin) may not play in the team's third preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Aug. 26, due to groin soreness.

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It's smart for the Bills to take it easy on the veteran back. McCoy's ADP is much lower than it usually is as Fantasy GMs are nervous about him still being placed on the Commissioner Exempt List. He's going off the board at RB16 (3.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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15. KC - RB Spencer Ware could play Saturday

Source: - Curtis Crabtree

Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (knee) is scheduled to play during the team's exhibition game against the Chicago Bears on Saturday, Aug. 25.

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Ware is an important handcuff RB for Fantasy GMs to consider late in drafts. Ware hasn't appeared in a game since injuring his knee last preseason. Before his injury, Ware looked good as a runner and receiver out of the backfield. He'll back up Kareem Hunt this year but could get mixed in more as a reserve player in order to keep Hunt fresh.

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