Footballguys #131 - 8/30 - Updated Apps, News and Notes and MORE

Volume 20, #131 -- Thursday Night, August 30th, 2018

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A. Updated Injury Notes From Dr. Bramel
Our Dr. Jene Bramel, MD with updated thoughts on the injury questions you have. When is it safe to draft Saquon Barkley, Jerick McKinnon, Doug Baldwin, Josh Gordon, Rex Burkhead, Carson Wentz, Andrew Luck, Jordan Reed, and others?

B. Late-August ADP for FFPC and FPC
Our Clayton Gray with an in-depth look at ADP from 70 recent Footballguys Players Championship drafts.

C. Late-August ADP for DRAFT
Our Clayton Gray with an in-depth look at ADP from 70 recent DRAFT leagues.

D. I Will Survive: Managing Survivor Leagues
Our Jeff Pasquino with Survivor Pool Strategy - Outwit, Outplay, Outlast - Planning Out 17 Weeks of Victories.

E. Draft Dominator Classic For Windows Updated
The Draft Dominator Classic is the original Draft Tool for Footballguys. The Windows version is updated and ready for you here.

F. Draft Dominator Classic For Mac Updated
The Draft Dominator Classic is the original Draft Tool for Footballguys. The Mac version is updated and ready for you here.

G. Value Based Drafting Excel App Updated
For you guys that like the Old School Excel App, the Value Based Drafting Excel App is ready for you here.

H. Projections Dominator Updated
Make the projections work the way you want them to with our Projections Dominator.

1. CIN - QB Matt Barkley injures knee

Source: - Katherine Terrell

Cincinnati Bengals QB Matt Barkley (knee) suffered a left knee injury during the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 30, and will not return.

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Barkley is likely to be the backup to Andy Dalton this year. No word on the severity of this injury. Jeff Driskel took over for an injured Barkley.

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2. NE - TE Jacob Hollister expected to sit again

Source: - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots TE Jacob Hollister (undisclosed) is not expected to play in the final preseason game Thursday, Aug. 30.

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Hollister is an interesting tight end for deep dynasty GMs. He's a classic 'F' tight end who can create mismatches as a receiver. We'll monitor him as he tries to get opportunities behind Rob Gronkowski.

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3. CLE - WR Josh Gordon will not play Thursday

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) traveled with the team for their final preseason game Thursday, Aug. 30, but will not play in the game.

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Gordon's tweaked hamstring is the downside of missing camp. His conditioning isn't quite there. Still, we have high hopes this season, as do many Fantasy GMs who are taking him with an ADP of 21st receiver off the board. Gordon could conceivable out-produce that, but it feels like a safe floor at the very least.

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4. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski reworks contract

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski reworked his contract, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported. The Patriots will add $4.3 million to Gronkowski's contract this year, increasing the maximum value to $13.050 million if he reaches all the incentives.

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Regardless of how much he gets paid, Gronkowski is arguably the top fantasy tight end in any draft. That's where his TE ADP is and where it should be. His overall ADP is 21, which may be something you can't wait for if you really want him.

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5. NE - RB Sony Michel may miss Week 1

Source: The Athletic - Jeff Howe

New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) may not be ready for Week 1, The Athletic's Jeff Howe reported. Michel had his knee scoped in early August and just returned to doing individual drills in practice last week.

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Call it the "Curse of Laurence Maroney." With Michel out, it looks like Rex Burkhead will lead this RBBC monster, but he's dealing with a slight tear in his meniscus. The Patriots backfield is always a riddle, but seems particularly hard to parse this year. We lean towards Burkhead, and his ADP of 28th back off the board as we are concerned with Michel's knee and recovery.

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6. NYJ - QB Sam Darnold learning

Source: MMQB - Albert Breer

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold learns from his mistakes and rarely makes the same mistake twice, according to head coach Todd Bowles. One practice, Bowles blitzed the house at Darnold, and he quickly threw to a crossing receiver in heavy traffic and was picked off. Bowles sent another blitz at Darnold, and he checked it at the line and went to his next read. It would be a major upset if Darnold doesn't open the year the starter, in the opinion of MMQB's Albert Breer.

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It's not just Bowles or a smitten Jets media crew. Darnold has received praise from backup quarterback Josh McCown and numerous players on both his team and those he has faced. It's likely to be a rough year behind a shaky offensive line and with what will probably be a fairly conservative offense, so we wouldn't waste a roster spot on him, even as a late round flier.

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7. LAR - Two Rams restructure

Source: - Field Yates

Los Angeles Rams OT Andrew Whitworth and WR Robert Woods restructured their contracts Thursday, Aug. 30, to create $7 million in salary cap space. Financial terms weren't disclosed, but it's a suggestion DT Aaron Donald may be close to receiving a new deal.

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One had to wonder if this is to help with the Aaron Donald situation. There have been reports of progress, and given the contracts the Rams gave Todd Gurley and Brandin Cooks, they may just need to re-arrange some money. Stay tuned.

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8. NO - Taysom Hill to focus on special teams

Source: The Times-Picayune - Josh Katzenstein

New Orleans Saints QB Taysom Hill is expected to be one of the team's core special teams players following the acquisition of QB Teddy Bridgewater. Hill had been competing to be the team's No. 2 quarterback, but that role will now go to Bridgewater, freeing up Hill for extended special teams duty.

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That's unusual and may not be a great sign for his future as a quarterback. On the other hand, when you're on the roster bubble, special teams can save your spot. Kudos for Hill's willingness to contribute when he plays a position which normally can avoid special teams duty.

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9. DAL - Travis Frederick decision to come after cuts

Source: - David Helman

Dallas Cowboys C Travis Frederick (illness) will be on the 53-man roster after the final cuts, but the team has not decided if he will be placed on the Reserve/Injured list or if he will stay on the active roster. Frederick would have a chance to return later in the season if he is placed on IR.

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Hoping for the best here. Stay tuned.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being a part of Footballguys. Hope you have a great Friday and we'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

For all you guys drafting tonight, have a great draft.