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Footballguys.comDaily Email Update • Vol. 22, #115 • Aug. 10th, 2020


36 Players Who Can Make Your Draft

Howdy Folks,

Good Tuesday to you.

Lots of uncertainty for college football as conferences decide what they'll do this fall. Here's the current state for the SEC, ACC and Big 10 per Ricky Bobby...

I thought Colin Cowherd yesterday made some excellent points about the differences between College and the NFL and why he thinks the NFL will succeed. I agree. You can see a short clip here. . We're more optimistic than ever.

Peter King illustrates the huge advantages the NFL has in dealing with the challenges as they simply have so much more money to put towards resources and safety. Monday's column was a super interesting look into a A Day In The Life Of The Houston Texans Training Camp.

In Fantasy Football news, it feels like the season is officially underway now that my buddy Matthew Berry has dropped his always must-read Draft Day Manifesto.

Plus we've got our own Fantasy Football content as well as the News and Notes. Let's go.

J

SITE NEWS

A. 36 Players Who Can Make Your Draft
Matt Waldman with his Gut Check series takes a look at players who could vastly outproduce draft position and make your season in fantasy leagues.

B. Monday Injury Rounds: Preseason Week 3
Dr. Jene Bramel with notes on Jarvis Landry, Chris Carson, Jerick McKinnon, and an updated accounting of the league's COVID list and opt-outs.

C. Pick-a-Player: Nick Chubb, Tyreek Hill, or Josh Jacobs
We asked the Footballguys Staff: "It's the 1.11 pick in a 12-team, PPR, 4-point passing touchdown draft. The players listed below are off the board. Would you take Nick Chubb, Tyreek Hill, or Josh Jacobs? Or would you pass on all three?"
This is what they said.

D. Upside WRs: Late-Round Difference-Makers
When choosing late-round wide receivers in fantasy football, seek those with a path to multiple WR1 weeks. Ryan Hester tells us who fits this description.

E. Average Draft Position Updated For PPR
It's not enough to know where you'd draft a player. To get maximum value, you need to know where the other GMs in your league want to draft a player. Our Average Draft Position (ADP) data is your ticket. This one is for PPR scoring.

F. Average Draft Position Updated For Non-PPR
It's not enough to know where you'd draft a player. To get maximum value, you need to know where the other GMs in your league want to draft a player. Our Average Draft Position (ADP) data is your ticket. This one is for Non-PPR scoring.

G. 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.


1. WAS - RB Bryce Love one to watch

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Washington Football Team RB Bryce Love (knee) is looking and feeling well, and he could be a surprise in the backfield, according to sources.

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Love followed up Christian McCaffrey at Stanford and was a fantastic college running back when healthy. A knee injury caused his production to decline and that injury lingered into his first pro season in 2019. Last year served as a redshirt season for Love. Even though they picked him up in the fourth round, Washington wanted to get Love back to full strength. Now, it seems like he's there and has the playmaking ability to be a difference maker in the NFL. Love will compete with guys like Adrian Peterson and Antonio Gibson for playing time in 2020.

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2. NO - RB Alvin Kamara opens up about knee injury

Source: NewOrleans.Football - Nick Underhill

New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara told reporters Monday, Aug. 10, that he 'tore his knee' in Week 6 against the Jacksonville Jaguars and 'was dealing with it the whole season.' He also added that it did not require surgery, but he spent a lot of time in the offseason rehabbing it.

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Kamara didn't look like himself in 2019 while playing around 75 percent healthy (at best). If fully healthy, Kamara should produce at the expected level and score more touchdowns compared to last year when he only hit pay dirt six times. His skill set and health status make Kamara a top-4 pick for Fantasy GMs no matter the format.

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3. CIN - WR A.J. Green impressing

Source: Bengals.com - Geoff Hobson

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green impressed teammates with his athleticism last week. 'We're just running routes and haven't gone full speed against the defense,' said tight end C.J. Uzomah, who had to laugh at sophomore tight end Drew Sample's reaction when they ran routes. 'Drew only saw him last year for, what, that first practice? He said, 'I forgot how explosive he is.' I told him, 'You haven't seen the half of it yet.''

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We're keeping our fingers crossed that Green can look like his old self. Green is playing on the one-year franchise tag but wants to stay with the Bengals with one more contract. Playing like he used to would be a boost for the offense, and Green should become a favorite target of rookie QB Joe Burrow.

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4. GB - Allen Lazard the favorite for WR2

Source: SI.com - Bill Huber

Green Bay Packers WR Allen Lazard is the overwhelming favorite to start opposite of WR Davante Adams. Lazard was second on the team with 13 receptions on third down last year.

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Lazard is big and can outmuscle smaller defenders for the ball. He's set to get a large amount of passes thrown his way as the no.2 receiver catching the rock from Aaron Rodgers. Lazard has a current ADP of WR58 (13.11) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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5. NE - RB Lamar Miller agrees to deal with Pats

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Free-agent RB Lamar Miller (Texans) agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the New England Patriots Monday, Aug. 10. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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The Damien Harris hype train is going to lose a few people upon this news. Miller didn't play in 2019 as he tore his ACL and MCL a year ago. The Patriots are getting quality veteran experience with this move and insurance in the event that Sony Michel struggles with injury. Michel is currently on the PUP list as he continues to recover from offseason foot surgery.

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6. CIN - RB Joe Mixon poised for great things in 2020?

Source: CBSSports.com - Jason La Canfora

Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon 'could be as well-positioned as Christian McCaffrey was a year ago to explode,' according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora. According to La Canfora, head coach Zac Taylor 'truly began to understand and appreciate' Mixon's ability over the second half of last season and intends to lean on him heavily in 2020.

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The Bengals offense projects to be more exciting with rookie no.1 overall pick QB Joe Burrow at the helm. Burrow is a great passer but expect the team to run the ball with Mixon early and often to take the pressure off the rookie. Mixon has been a top-12 fantasy running back each of the last two seasons, and that will once again be the case. He's a late first- or early second-round pick in fantasy drafts right now.

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7. IND - WR T.Y. Hilton feeling better

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) is reportedly feeling good and believes he has 'maybe a couple more days' before he is ready to practice, although the team's training staff may hold him back for a week just to be on the safe side.

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Hilton is looking to stay healthy and show off with his new QB Philip Rivers. As the Colts top option, Hilton could outperform his current ADP of WR24 (5.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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8. MIA - Miami adding Nate Wieting

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Former Cleveland Browns TE Nate Wieting was claimed off waivers by the Miami Dolphins Monday, Aug. 10, according to a source.

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Wieting was picked up as an undrafted free agent out of Iowa in 2020. He's not like other Iowa TEs in the league like George Kittle, T.J. Hockenson or Noah Fant. In four seasons with the Hawkeyes, Wieting went from walk on to starter but only caught 13 total passes in his career. He was often banged up in college, having surgeries on his shoulder, knee and foot. He'll be a long-shot for the Dolphins roster and may just be looking to impress enough to stay around on the practice squad.

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9. WAS - CB Logan Ryan sees himself as safety

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent CB Logan Ryan (Titans) is letting teams know that he considers himself a safety and not a cornerback like he has been listed.

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Ryan was a playmaker from the slot last year for the Titans but has not yet found a home in free agency. He's a hybrid player who can line up at both corner and safety. Reports have indicated earlier this offseason that Ryan wants more than $10 million per season.

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10. KC - DE Alex Okafor agrees to restructured deal

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Kansas City Chiefs DE Alex Okafor recently agreed to a restructured contract that lowers the $7.9 million he was due in 2020 to a maximum of $4.96 million this season. He will also reportedly receive $860,000 in per-game roster bonuses and another $2 million in incentives.

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Okafor, who initially agreed to a contract that ran through the end of 2021, will also be allowed to hit the open market as a free agent at the end of the season as well. He will continue to play as a reserve player on the defensive line for the Chiefs in 2020.

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11. NE - New England taking a look at two free agents

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent TE Jordan Leggett (Buccaneers) and DT Darius Kilgo (Lions) are visiting with the New England Patriots on Monday, Aug. 10. If all goes well with the COVID-19 testing and physicals, then the expectation is the Patriots will sign both, according to sources via NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

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The Patriots have a pair of talented rookies at the tight end position (Devin Asiasi, Dalton Keene) but they may want more experience in the room. Leggett has always had potential as a pro player but he's far from played up to said potential.

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12. LVR - WR Hunter Renfrow losing primary slot duties?

Source: RaidersWire - Marcus Mosher

Adding more context to a previous report, Las Vegas Raiders WR Henry Ruggs III is expected to begin his pro career as the primary slot receiver ahead of Hunter Renfrow, according to comments made by offensive coordinator Greg Olson.'We'll start with Ruggs III in the slot and do some things with Ruggs. But those guys (Ruggs and Bryan Edwards) are very multiple in what they can do and that's the goal is to be able to move all of them around to different spots; the one, two or three position at the wide receiver,' Olson said recently.

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Ruggs has a ton of speed and was the team's first-round pick in the 2020 NFL draft. He can operate from the slot or on the outside. The team might want to have him begin in the slot where he can get off the line cleanly and quickly. While Ruggs is playing the slot, it does take Renfrow out of that spot. As a rookie in 2019, Renfrow was targeted 71 times, catching 49 passes for 605 yards and four touchdowns.

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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