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Volume 22, #103 -- Wednesday Night, July 29th, 2020
KC RB Damien Williams Opts Out - Where To Draft Clyde Edwards-Helaire Now

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Good Thursday to you. If Wednesday was any indication of the future, this is going to be a wild season. And we're here for you every step of the way as we navigate towards a League Championship. We've got tons of new updated content for you so let's get to it.

J

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A. The Repercussions of the Damien Williams Opt-Out
Kansas City RB Damien Williams elected to opt-out of the 2020 season. What does that actually mean for the rest of the Kansas City backfield?

We asked our staff to offer their thoughts on how to best answer that question.

Here's what they said.

B. Detailed Stat Projections Updated
This season will likely have more twists and turns than any season in memory. The news of Damien Williams opting out reshuffled projections dramatically. David Dodds has our latest projections here.

C. Top 300 List Updated For PPR
With some players deciding to opt-out for this season, the landscape is quickly changing. David Dodds has the updated Top 300 players for PPR scoring including the impact of the Damien Williams news.

D. Top 300 List Updated For Non-PPR
With some players deciding to opt-out for this season, the landscape is quickly changing. David Dodds has the updated Top 300 players for Non-PPR scoring including the impact of the Damien Williams news.

E. Draft List Updated For PPR
With some players deciding to opt-out for this season, the landscape is quickly changing. David Dodds takes the Top 300 and factors it against Average Draft Position to get a list more like we'd draft with. This one is for PPR scoring and is updated to factor the impact of the Damien Williams news.

F. Draft List Updated For Non-PPR
With some players deciding to opt-out for this season, the landscape is quickly changing. David Dodds takes the Top 300 and factors it against Average Draft Position to get a list more like we'd draft with. This one is for Non-PPR scoring and is updated to factor the impact of the Damien Williams news.

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H. Favorite Player to Draft in Round 2
The Footballguys staff lists the player they most like drafting in the second round.

I. Least Favorite Player to Draft in Round 2
The Footballguys staff lists the player they least like drafting in the second round.

J. Eyes of the Guru IDP Info, Part 6: NFC North
John Norton with an overview of defenses in the NFC North with an emphasis on individual defensive players and their fantasy value.

K. 2020 NFL Opt-Out List
Clayton Gray with a list of players who have opted out of the 2020 season.


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1. KC - RB Damien Williams will not play in 2020

Source: Chiefs.com

Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams has decided to opt out of the 2020 season.

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Williams was set to be a big part of what the Chiefs do at the running back position. Now, rookie first-round pick Clyde Edwards-Helaire will be the primary back for the Chiefs and won't be splitting time with Williams. Fantasy GMs have moved the needle already, and Edwards-Helaire should be a first round pick in every draft from here on out.

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2. MIA - Tua Tagovailoa cleared

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa (hip) has been cleared to practice without limitations, according to head coach Brian Flores.

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Tagovailoa could be the franchise quarterback the Dolphins have been searching for since the days of Dan Marino. Now cleared for all football activities, Tagovailoa will compete with veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick for the starting job. While Fitzpatrick has a ton of experience, he's no match for the skill level of Tagovailoa. We could see the rookie first-round pick starting for the Dolphins near the start (or right at the start) of the regular season.

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3. TB - QB Tom Brady well ahead of curve

Source: MassLive.com - Chris Mason

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady is 'way ahead of the curve,' according to head coach Bruce Arians. 'He's a very bright guy - the terminology was the big thing,' Arians said. 'As we now get together starting tomorrow, we'll start to collaborate a little bit more. So yeah, I think he's in a great spot right now as far as that goes.'

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The Buccaneers should be able to get off to a hot start with Brady leading the way. Arians has a scheme that gets downfield aggressively and Brady, while lacking a rocket arm, is one of the best deep-ball passers in the league. The combination of Arians/Brady should be fruitful in terms of wins in 2020.

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4. SF - TE George Kittle not close to deal

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle isn't particularly close to a deal, according to sources.

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Kittle is in the final year of his rookie deal and the two sides have been talking. He showed up to training camp, so there is no holdout situation and we all know it's just a matter of time before the 49ers make Kittle the highest-paid tight end in the league.

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5. DET - TE T.J. Hockenson on COVID list

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Detroit Lions TE T.J. Hockenson was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, July 29.

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Hockenson will have to pass tests after a quarantine period in order to get on the field for practice. He's got plenty of upside but only flashed for a game or so as a rookie in 2019. Hockenson is a TE2 for Fantasy GMs as we all wait for him to play up to that potential.

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6. SF - S John Lynch agrees to extension

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

Updating previous reports, San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch agreed to terms Wednesday, July 29, on a contract extension, according to sources. The deal is expected to be five years in length, and the specific contract language is being finalized.

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The 49ers extended head coach Kyle Shanahan earlier and now Lynch gets his extension. Lynch is now linked to the team through 2025, and he's become one of the best general managers in the game. The 49ers are in Super Bowl contention, in large part due to the efforts of Lynch and Shanahan when it comes to building a team with quality talent.

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7. DET - WR Kenny Golladay placed on COVID list

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, July 29.

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Golladay, like all other players on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, will have to pass testing to get back to the practice field after a quarantine period. He'll be a primary target once again in the Lions passing attack and a borderline WR1 for Fantasy GMs in 2020.

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8. BUF - WR Cole Beasley on NFI list

Source: Sirius XM NFL Radio - Adam Caplan

Buffalo Bills WR Cole Beasley (back) was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list Wednesday, July 29.

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Reports indicate that Beasley should be back in action soon. He'll work as the slot receiver with Stefon Diggs and John Brown doing work on the outside. Beasley has some flex appeal in deep PPR leagues.

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9. NFL - Caleb Farley to sit out college season

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Virginia Tech CB Caleb Farley has decided to sit out the 2020 college football season and will spend the year preparing for the 2021 NFL Draft, according to a source.

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Farley is one of the best corners in the nation and was working his way towards a potential selection in the first round. We'll see how this decision impacts his draft stock, and then we'll see if more college prospects opt out in order to prepare for their professional careers.

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10. CIN - Cincinnati expected to add Brandon Allen

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Free-agent QB Brandon Allen (Broncos) is expected to sign with the Cincinnati Bengals this weekend, according to a source. He is undergoing a physical and COVID-19 testing with the team.

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Allen did start a couple of games for the Broncos last year and was not good. He's a veteran with some experience but really a camp arm and that's about it.

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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