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Volume 22, #107 -- Sunday Night, August 2nd, 2020
7 Bold Predictions For The 2020 Season

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Howdy Folks,

Good Monday to you. It's August and that means Training Camps. They look a little different this year with masks and temperature checks but they are on. And we're here for them and you.

We've got lots of NFL content for you plus the News and Notes so let's go.

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A. 7 Bold Predictions For The 2020 Season
Jeff Haseley with seven bold predictions for the 2020 NFL season.

B. Dynasty Trade Value Chart: August
Dan Hindery with another update. He looks at Long-Term Value for Dynasty Leagues.

C. Least-Favorite Player to Draft in Round 6
The Footballguys staff lists the player they least like drafting in the sixth round.

D. Favorite Player to Draft in Round 6
The Footballguys staff lists the player they most like drafting in the sixth round.

E. Backfield Breakdown: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Footballguys staff looks at how the Buccaneers backfield will shake out.


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1. LVR - RB Jeremy Hill joins Raiders

Source: The Athletic - Vic Tafur

Free-agent RB Jeremy Hill (Patriots) signed with the Las Vegas Raiders Sunday, Aug. 2. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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It's officially official now. Hill has not seen an NFL field for almost two years and is not a lock for the 53-man roster. He's a power back with little nuance to his running style. Hill can also be a capable pass-catcher out of the backfield. He's competing for a reserve spot behind starter Josh Jacobs.

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2. IND - WR T.Y. Hilton placed on NFI list

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list Sunday, Aug. 2, because of a mild hamstring injury he suffered while training, according to a source. He is not expected to be sidelined for long.

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Hilton needs to be careful with this hamstring injury as it can linger or worsen if he tries to come back too soon. The veteran receiver doesn't need a ton of reps in training camp, so we're not too concerned about his availability or projections for the beginning of the regular season.

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3. CLE - WR Jarvis Landry starts camp on PUP list

Source: ClevelandBrowns.com - Andrew Gribble

Cleveland Browns WR Jarvis Landry (hip) was placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Sunday, Aug. 2.

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Doing this means the Browns could put Landry on the PUP list to begin the regular season if need be. That doesn't seem to be the case, and the team is likely just being cautious with the veteran receiver here. Landry is still expected to return from the hip surgery he had in February before the start of the regular season.

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4. NE - PUP list for RB Sony Michel

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (foot) was placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Sunday, Aug. 2, according to a source.

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This is a situation that Fantasy GMs need to keep an eye on. Michel is on the PUP list now because there is a possibility that he'll need to be on the PUP list at the start of the regular season. He had foot surgery in May and has been on the road to recovery since then. Damien Harris would get a larger opportunity if Michel was limited or had to miss time in 2020.

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5. JAX - QB Gardner Minshew on COVID list

Source: Jaguars.com

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday, Aug. 2.

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Minshew is the second starting quarterback (Matthew Stafford) to be put on the COVID/Reserve list. The COVID-19 list is designated for players who test positive for the virus or have been in contact with someone who has the virus. Minshew will quarantine for a couple of weeks and have to pass a test before he can practice. Josh Dobbs and Mike Glennon are the two QBs vying for the backup job in 2020.

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6. JAX - Four players placed on COVID list

Source: Jaguars.com

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Ryquell Armstead, TE Charles Jones, WR Michael Walker and S Andrew Wingard were placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday, Aug. 2.

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Armstead is the primary backup to Leonard Fournette. He's a handcuff for Fantasy GMs if you've got the roster space on the bench. His absence could help former Nebraska UDFA Devine Ozigbo impress in practice. Veteran Chris Thompson is also there as a change-of-pace back.

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7. NE - WR Mohamed Sanu placed on PUP list

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

New England Patriots WR Mohamed Sanu (undisclosed) was placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Sunday, Aug. 2, according to a source.

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Sanu shed his walking boot in May, so this is more of a procedural move than anything. Reports indicate there is little chance that he would miss time when the season kicks off. Sanu is looking to bounce back after an injury-marred 2019 debut with the Patriots. We like him as a late-round add for wide receiver depth (and upside) in PPR leagues.

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8. PIT - WR James Washington on COVID list

Source: Steelers.com - Teresa Varley

Pittsburgh Steelers WR James Washington was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday, Aug. 2.

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The COVID-19 list is designated for players who test positive for the virus or have been in contact with someone who has the virus. Washington started 10 games in 2019 and looked good in his breakout year. He was the team's leader in receiving yards with 735 yards on 44 catches. With WR JuJu Smith-Schuster returning healthy, Washington could see a dip in his production.

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9. PIT - RB Jaylen Samuels placed on COVID list

Source: Steelers.com - Teresa Varley

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jaylen Samuels was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday, Aug. 2.

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The COVID-19 list is designated for players who test positive for the virus or have been in contact with someone who has the virus. Samuels is a jack-of-all-trades at the running back position and was no.2 on the Steelers last year with 47 receptions. If used properly, Samuels can be more efficient as a runner and make more plays as a receiver. The Steelers added Anthony McFarland (Maryland) in the 2020 NFL draft and the rookie could cut into Samuels role behind starter James Conner.

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