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Volume 22, #106 -- Saturday Night, August 1st, 2020
Pick One for Superflex: Saquon Barkley, Lamar Jackson, or Pat Mahomes?

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Howdy Folks,

Good Sunday to you. I hope you're soaking in the sports.

From ESPN's Field Yates Saturday:

Sports today:

- 5 NBA games

- 5 NHL games

- 12 MLB games

- PGA and LPGA tour events

- Chelsea vs Arsenal (FA Cup) plus 2 MLS games

- 3 WNBA games

- 2 PLL games

- UFC Fight Night in Vegas

- 3 boxing title fights

- 32 NFL training camps continue

Plus we've got new fantasy football content plus the NFL News and Notes. Let's go.

J

SITE NEWS

A. Pick-a-Player: Saquon Barkley, Lamar Jackson, or Patrick Mahomes
We asked the Footballguys Staff: "It's the 1.02 pick in a 12-team, non-PPR, super-flex draft. Christian McCaffrey was the top pick. Would you take Saquon Barkley, Lamar Jackson, or Patrick Mahomes II? Or would you pass on all three?"
This is what they said.

B. Favorite Player to Draft in Round 5
The Footballguys staff lists the player they most like drafting in the fifth round.

C. Least Favorite Player to Draft in Round 5
The Footballguys staff lists the player they least like drafting in the fifth round.

D. Our Newest Feature - Wisdom Of The Crowds Rankings
I've said for years there's no smarter group of Fantasy Football people than Footballguys Subscribers. And there are a LOT of you. We're up to almost half a million subscribers for the Daily Email Update and that number will continue to go up through August.
Anytime you have that many people coupled with the kind of football knowledge you folks have, there are some powerful opportunities.
This Wisdom Of The Crowds Rankings is one of those things.
The idea is simple. We throw up two players and you click on the one you'd prefer to draft. That's it. You'll then see the results for both your vote compared to other people in the Footballguys Community. And also how it compares to our Footballguys Staff Experts.
All the while, behind the scenes our Mathguys are taking all the other votes pouring in to create a complete list for how we rank all the players at that position. Which you can see too if you're logged in at Footballguys.
It's pretty rad and we're super excited about it. Check it out and let us know what you think.

E. Updated Dynasty News
Jeff Tefertiller scours the news around the NFL to bring you what matters most to you and your dynasty team.

F. Backup Running Backs You Should Be Interested In
In case you missed it, a look at some backup running backs who could be very enticing.

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


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1. DET - QB Matthew Stafford on COVID list

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Aug. 1.

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Stafford becomes the first quarterback in the NFL to land on this list. The COVID-19/Reserve list is designated for players who test positive for COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone who has the virus. We'll now see Stafford quarantined for a couple of weeks and then re-tested before he can get to practice with the team.

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2. NYJ - ILB C.J. Mosley opting out of season

Source: ESPN.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets LB C.J. Mosley (groin) on Saturday, Aug. 1, announced he will opt out of the 2020 season due to family health concerns, according to sources.

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A significant blow to a Jets defense already missing Jamal Adams.

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3. MIA - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick: I'm a placeholder

Source: ESPN.com - Cameron Wolfe

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick says he fully realizes his time as the team's starter is limited with first-round draft pick Tua Tagovailoa getting a green light for workouts. 'I don't know how much time it will be before Tua will be in the lineup. I know that I am the placeholder,' Fitzpatrick said in a recent interview with ESPN. 'We've already had that conversation. I've told him, 'I'm going to do the best I can to lead this team and win football games when I'm out there.' Whenever it is that Tua gets his chance whether it's early or late or whenever, I'm going to be his biggest cheerleader.'

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Fitzpatrick knows what's up. The veteran is there to steer the ship until rookie first-round QB Tua Tagovailoa is ready. The Dolphins are going to have a competition for the starting job in training camp and Tagovailoa has already been cleared for full participation. We could see the rookie win the job in camp and begin the regular season as the starter.

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4. NYG - NYG claims Tony Brown

Source: Giants.com

Former Cleveland Browns WR Tony Brown was claimed off waivers by the New York Giants Saturday, Aug. 1.

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Brown was picked up as a UDFA out of Colorado after the 2020 NFL draft. He doesn't win with speed but he has strength and guile to his game. We'll see if he can impress enough to earn a spot on the practice squad.

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5. NE - WR Marqise Lee opting out

Source: The Boston Globe - Jim McBride

New England Patriots WR Marqise Lee has opted out of the 2020 season, according to a league source.

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Another Patriots player choosing to opt out, although Lee was going to be hard pressed to make the 53-man roster. His one-year contract will toll into 2021.

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6. NE - Isaiah Zuber meets with NE

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Reiss

Free-agent WR Isaiah Zuber (Patriots) recently met with the New England Patriots.

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Zuber was solid in college at Kansas State, catching around 50 passes for his final two seasons there. As a redshirt senior, he transferred to Mississippi State in 2019 and failed to make much of an impact (only 14 catches) coming off hip surgery. We'll see if he signs with the Patriots as a camp body/long-shot to make the 53-man roster.

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7. TEN - QB a fan of Darrynton Evans

Source: TennesseeTitans.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans RB Darrynton Evans has impressed QB Ryan Tannehill with his receiving ability. 'Catching the football, really natural,' Tannehill said. 'When you see a running back catch the ball naturally, whether they're coming out of the backfield or split out wide, it definitely adds another element to the offense and can give defenses a hard time.'

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Evans is going to do that to a lot of teammates. He's a no-nonsense runner who charges through the offensive line with authority. There's not a lot of dancing to his game, and he does offer some big-play ability with the rock in his hands. The rookie from Appalachian State will serve as the primary backup to Derrick Henry in 2020.

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8. NFL - DT Robert Nkemdiche talking with teams

Source: NFL.com

Free agent DT Robert Nkemdiche (Dolphins) has had recent discussions with unidentified teams with a number of defensive tackles opting out of the 2020 season. Nkemdiche reportedly has dropped his weight to 315 pounds, down from 345.

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Nkemdiche has physical gifts with strength and quickness but he was a bust after being a first-round pick of the Cardinals in the 2016 NFL draft. He got a chance with the Dolphins but that didn't last and he's been out of football since last November. Injuries (knee) and lack of conditioning caused him to wash out quickly. We'll see if the number of DTs opting out gives Nkemdiche another chance.

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9. BAL - Jacob Breeland likely to miss season

Source: The Athletic - Jeff Zrebiec

Baltimore Ravens TE Jacob Breeland (knee) is expected to miss the 2020 season as he continues to recover from knee surgery.

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Breeland was picked up by the Ravens as a UDFA out of Oregon in 2020. A left knee injury in October last year ended his final season with the Ducks. That same injury is going to cause him to miss his first pro season. He's got build up speed but lacks separation on short-to-intermediate routes.

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10. CIN - Brandon Allen, Tristan Vizcaino sign

Source: Bengals.com

Free agent QB Brandon Allen (Broncos) and PK Tristan Vizcaino (Cowboys) agreed to terms Saturday, Aug. 1, with the Cincinnati Bengals..

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Allen was in for the Broncos last year as a starter for a couple of games but really struggled. He's most likely going to be a camp arm for the Bengals and try to latch on as a reserve behind 2020 no.1 overall pick Joe Burrow.

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11. CLE - TE David Njoku no longer seeking trade

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku is no longer seeking a trade and is ready to play for the Browns in 2020.

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Njoku has plenty of physical talent, but he was disgruntled with the Browns and wanted to move on. He met with team officials and now says that he's 'all in' via social networking. Njoku will serve as the team's no.2 tight end behind free agent addition Austin Hooper.

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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