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Volume 22, #110 -- Wednesday Night, August 5th, 2020
You CAN Win Your League in the First Round?

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Howdy Folks,

Good Thursday to you.

It's another big day of content as camps are rolling across the country.

Side note. I finally have something in common with an NFL Wide Receiver. Marquise Brown and I both are up about 20 pounds this offseason...

Ok, maybe not quite that much. But it feels like it.

Have a great Thursday and let's get to it.

J

SITE NEWS

A. You CAN Win Your League in the First Round
Conventional wisdom holds that you can't win your league in the first round, but you can lose it. Adam Harstad says conventional wisdom is wrong.

B. Pick-a-Player: Dalvin Cook, Travis Kelce, or Michael Thomas
We asked the Footballguys Staff: "So, it's the 1.05 pick in an FPC draft. Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley, Ezekiel Elliott, and Alvin Kamara were the first four picks. Would you take Dalvin Cook, Travis Kelce, or Michael Thomas? Or would you pass on all three?"
This is what they said.

C. Draft Strategy - Picking From The 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th Spot
We asked the Footballguys Staff how they like to draft with a pick late in the first round.

D. A Plan for Every Pick
Jeff Pasquino looks at how to build a draft plan for the later stages of your draft or auction.


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1. DET - WR Kenny Golladay activated

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay was activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Aug. 5.

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That didn't last long. Golladay was on the list for about a week and now he's back in action. Fantasy GMs should consider him a WR1 in 2020, especially if Matthew Stafford can stay healthy all season long.

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2. TB - RB Ronald Jones will be the main RB

Source: The Athletic - Greg Auman

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones will be the main ball carrier for the Buccaneers this season, according to head coach Bruce Arians. "RoJo's the main guy. He'll carry the load," said Arians.

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Jones finished as the no.27 fantasy running back last year and has similar upside this season. Defenses are going to be focused on slowing down QB Tom Brady and those receiving weapons, so Jones could clean up on the ground if he plays up to his potential. He has a current ADP of RB30 (6.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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3. NYJ - Le'Veon Bell ready to play

Source: ESPN.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell is in great shape and is extremely motivated to play this season, according to head coach Adam Gase.

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Bell is motivated and has been working out like a mad man according to reports. He's set to be the centerpiece of the Jets offense and Fantasy GMs are looking for him to have a bounce-back season. It's been a few years since Bell produce at the expected level. He's got a current ADP of RB20 (3.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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4. TB - RB LeSean McCoy may be part of passing game

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB LeSean McCoy probably will have a role in the passing game this season, according to head coach Bruce Arians.

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Arians has already said that Ronald Jones is the starting running back. That means McCoy is working for a change-of-pace role behind Jones. While Jones is a RB3 for Fantasy GMs, McCoy may only work out as a 'what the heck' flex play but only in super deep leagues.

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5. BAL - WR Marquise Brown bulks up

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens WR Marquise Brown said he added 23 pounds this offseason and currently weighs 180 pounds.

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That's a lot of weight to add and just be 180 pounds but Brown was never a big guy anyway. Brown is incredibly explosive and dangerous in the open field. If healthy, Brown can be a favorite target of QB Lamar Jackson in 2020.

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6. BUF - WR Stefon Diggs tweaks contract

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

Buffalo Bills WR Stefon Diggs restructured his contract Tuesday, Aug. 4, according to a source. He'll receive an extra $3.3 million in 2020, an extra $7.7 million in guaranteed money but a decrease of $300,000 cash in 2021 and a drop from $25.55 million to $22.67 million in 2022-23 cash.

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Diggs is going to be the primary Bills receiver in 2020. He's been working this offseason to establish chemistry with QB Josh Allen. If Allen can play better and throw with better accuracy, then Diggs could pay off for Fantasy GMs as a WR2 with upside. It's going to be a wild ride if you want to start Diggs on a weekly basis.

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7. LVR - RB Jeremy Hill let go

Source: The Athletic - Vic Tafur

Las Vegas Raiders RB Jeremy Hill was released Wednesday, Aug. 5.

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Well that didn't last long. Hill has been out of the league for two years but somehow found a deal with the Raiders last week. Now, he's back on the open market and will struggle to find another deal.

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8. MIA - WR Albert Wilson opts out

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Miami Dolphins WR Albert Wilson informed the team he's opting out for the 2020 season.

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Wilson is now the second Dolphins WR to opt out this year, joining Allen Hurns in the decision to miss the 2020 season. The team is getting thinner at the position. DeVante Parker and Preston Williams are the top two receivers with Jakeem Grant and Isaiah Ford as the No.3 and No.4 options.

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9. SF - WR Travis Benjamin opts out

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

San Francisco 49ers WR Travis Benjamin has opted out of the 2020 season.

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Benjamin didn't do much for the 49ers last year and he's a player with a declining skill set. With him opting out, the 49ers might consider any free agents that are on the open market.

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10. TB - Tyler Johnson dealing with injury

Source: The Athletic - Greg Auman

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Tyler Johnson (undisclosed) has been limited during practice because of an undisclosed injury.

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Johnson was the team's fifth-round pick out of Minnesota and he's got intriguing upside in dynasty formats. He's a big slot receiver with the strength to run through arm tackles. He'll compete for a spot in the pecking order behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.

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11. MIA - WR Preston Williams being eased back

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins WR Preston Williams (knee) is being eased back this offseason and a team source said there's no assurance he will be available for Week 1, but the Dolphins are cautiously optimistic.

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That sounds about right. Williams was looking good last year as an undrafted rookie out of Colorado State. A knee injury cut his rookie season short after eight games, and he had knee surgery in November. Williams has been on the road to recovery ever since then and might have to be eased in at the start of the regular season. He may not be 100 percent until the midway point of this season, and Williams may not be 100 percent healthy this year at all.

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12. CLE - TE Austin Hooper put in work with QB Baker Mayfield

Source: ESPN - Jake Trotter

Cleveland Browns TE Austin Hooper lived part of the summer with QB Baker Mayfield while the two worked out together.

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Hooper was the big free agent tight end this year and the Browns were able to secure his services. The Browns spent a lot of resources this offseason to improve their offense and hopefully that leads to better numbers from Mayfield as he suffered through a sophomore slump in 2019.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of the Footballguys Family.

We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J