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Volume 22, #123 -- Tuesday Night, August 18th, 2020
Perfect Draft, QB Tiers, Your Favorite Thing About Fantasy Football?

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Howdy Folks,

Good Wednesday. I hope you don't have anything booked for this morning as we have you covered.

It's a gigantic day of killer new content as you can see below. Perfect Draft, Quarterback Tiers, Updated Projections and tons more. I almost ran out of letters in the alphabet for the Site News callouts.

Dive in.

But first, I've got a question for you.

What's your favorite thing about Fantasy Football? 2020 has me reflecting more it seems and I'm interested to hear your thoughts there. Just reply to this email and let me know.

Now sit back and buckle up. We have a fantasy football extravaganza for you.

J

SITE NEWS

A. The Perfect Draft - 12 Team PPR
Every year, one of the most anticipated features we do is the Perfect Draft. David Dodds takes the Detailed Stat Projections and runs them through our Draft Dominator applying Value Based Drafting plus a little magic to get the Perfect Draft. It's your gameplan for crushing your draft this season. This one is specific to a 12 team PPR format. We'll have other formats coming soon.

B. Quarterback Tiers, Targets, and Players to Avoid
Sigmund Bloom takes a look at the 2020 quarterback crop broken into tiers with values, overvalued players, extra bang for your buck players in different scoring systems and schedule notes.

C. Does Your Team Suck? Find Out With Rate My Team
Check out the BRAND NEW Rate My Team feature at Footballguys. We've upgraded in lots of ways including the ability to instantly grade your team as well as all the other GMs (losers...) in your league. If you've not used this before, I think you'll be surprised at the depth and detail. This is NOT your average draft grade. Check it out and start the smack talk.

D. Rate My Team Rates Sigmund Bloom's Team
We asked above if your team sucks. How about "Does Sigmund Bloom's Team Suck?" We put the pressure on Sig and ran his latest draft against Industry Experts through the Rate My Team tool and this is what it said. Trust me, you're going to want to see this.

And note from me. The other people in the draft are our friends. They work extremely hard at Fantasy Football and they're great at it. I hope you don't take this as a slight to them in the least as different people have different goals for a draft and different players they'll target.

But the harsh reality of Fantasy Football is this is a zero-sum game. I don't know about your league but my league doesn't give out participation trophies. Someone is going to come in last. We don't grade on a curve. Check out how Sigmund fared against some of the best Fantays Football minds in the business and make sure to click on the reports so you can see exactly what we think.

E. Money Back Guarantee - The Footballguys Game Plan Is Your Key To Winning
These Email Updates are great. We've been doing them for twenty years and our pledge to you is we'll bring a ton of value each day to you.

But these are just the tip of the iceberg. If you're serious about Fantasy Football, you have to check out our Premium Game Plan Subscriptions. Our Season Long Pro gives you everything from now till the Super Bowl you need to crush your Season Long League.

Our Daily Fantasy Pro gives you all the tools you need to gain an edge in the DFS games from sites like DraftKings, FanDuel and more.

And the All-Pro is our combo package that includes both.

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Jump on board and let's crush this season.

F. Training Camp Report #2
The Footballguys Training Camp Reports are just what you think. We dive deep on all 32 teams to bring you everything you need to know about every player that matters. This year with limited press access for every team, this kind of detailed digging and reading between the lines is more important than ever. Dig in. And we'll have the FBG Notes Summarizing these live later on the site on Wednesday.

G. 20 Overvalued Running Backs We're Avoiding
Winning Fantasy Football is about finding value and avoiding the overvalued players. We asked our Footballguys Staff to list who they're seeing as overvalued this year and this is what they said. And as always, we link to our official Footballguys Stat Projections so you can see our "Bottom Line" to along with all the different opinions.

H. Updated PPR Detailed Stat Projections - QBs
Cheatsheet Rankings are awesome and we do tons of those. But what separates Footballguys from the pack is we live and breathe with Detailed Stat Projections. It's how we customize the information to your specific situation. Let the other GMs in your league use a generic ranking while you dominate with accurate information based on your scoring system. We've got updated projections ready for you here. These are the QBs.

I. Updated PPR Detailed Stat Projections - RBs
Cheatsheet Rankings are awesome and we do tons of those. But what separates Footballguys from the pack is we live and breathe with Detailed Stat Projections. It's how we customize the information to your specific situation. Let the other GMs in your league use a generic ranking while you dominate with accurate information based on your scoring system. We've got updated projections ready for you here. These are the RBs.

J. Updated PPR Detailed Stat Projections - WRs
Cheatsheet Rankings are awesome and we do tons of those. But what separates Footballguys from the pack is we live and breathe with Detailed Stat Projections. It's how we customize the information to your specific situation. Let the other GMs in your league use a generic ranking while you dominate with accurate information based on your scoring system. We've got updated projections ready for you here. These are the WRs.

K. Updated PPR Detailed Stat Projections - TEs
Cheatsheet Rankings are awesome and we do tons of those. But what separates Footballguys from the pack is we live and breathe with Detailed Stat Projections. It's how we customize the information to your specific situation. Let the other GMs in your league use a generic ranking while you dominate with accurate information based on your scoring system. We've got updated projections ready for you here. These are the TEs.

L. Updated PPR Detailed Stat Projections - Kickers
Cheatsheet Rankings are awesome and we do tons of those. But what separates Footballguys from the pack is we live and breathe with Detailed Stat Projections. It's how we customize the information to your specific situation. Let the other GMs in your league use a generic ranking while you dominate with accurate information based on your scoring system. We've got updated projections ready for you here. These are the Kickers.

M. Updated PPR Detailed Stat Projections - Team Defenses
Cheatsheet Rankings are awesome and we do tons of those. But what separates Footballguys from the pack is we live and breathe with Detailed Stat Projections. It's how we customize the information to your specific situation. Let the other GMs in your league use a generic ranking while you dominate with accurate information based on your scoring system. We've got updated projections ready for you here. These are the Team Defenses.

N. 18 Late-Round Players to Optimize Fantasy Draft Results
Chad Parsons dives into preparing for early in the season by optimizing final fantasy draft roster spots.

O. Top 300 List Updated For PPR
David Dodds with his update Top 300 Players for PPR scoring.

P. Top 300 List Updated For Non-PPR
David Dodds with his update Top 300 Players for Non-PPR scoring.

Q. Draft List Updated For PPR
David Dodds takes the Top 300 Player list and factors it against Average Draft Position (ADP) to get a list more like we'd actually draft from. This one is for PPR scoring.

R. Draft List Updated For Non-PPR
David Dodds takes the Top 300 Player list and factors it against Average Draft Position (ADP) to get a list more like we'd actually draft from. This one is for Non-PPR scoring.

S. 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.


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1. CLE - RB Nick Chubb in concussion protocol

Source: ESPN - Jake Trotter

Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb (concussion) was placed in the league's concussion protocol Tuesday, Aug. 18.

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Chubb will be in the protocol for a few days, but he'll be ready to go for the start of the regular season. He has no known concussions to this point of his pro career.

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2. CHI - QB Mitchell Trubisky praised by teammate

Source: ESPN.com - Jeff Dickerson

Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky drew compliments from teammate WR/RB Cordarrelle Patterson Tuesday, Aug. 18, for his demeanor at training camp. 'The way he's handling things. I feel he's been more of a leader,' Patterson said. 'Last year I didn't feel like he was that guy, but this year he's taking over. He wants everybody to know that he's that guy and we can come to him when we need something. He's doing a helluva job with it.'

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Trubisky is trying to prove he should stay the starter for the Bears in training camp. He's competing with veteran Nick Foles for that job and it should be his job to lose.

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3. PHI - PHI looking to get creative with RB Miles Sanders

Source: NBC Sports Philadelphia - Reuben Frank

Philadelphia Eagles RB Miles Sanders is expected to see a more expanded role in the passing game in 2020, including an addition in the kind of routes he runs and where he lines up.'I do believe Miles has the ability to do that. He's somebody that we've said, 'Hey, you know, you're our guy going into this season.' Definitely want to increase what he can do for us, and if that means using him out of the backfield a little bit more in empty situations, we want to do that and see where he can grow and get better and help us. I do think that skill-set is conducive, not only to him, but obviously matchups and things of that nature from a defensive standpoint,' head coach Doug Pederson said.

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This is the best news Fantasy GMs could hear about Sanders. The team has a fine talent with Sanders and they need to be creative in the way he gets used to get the most out of his potential. Fantasy players are already excited about Sanders as he has a current ADP of RB8 (1.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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4. CIN - Tee Higgins working on side

Source: Bengals.com - Geoff Hobson

Cincinnati Bengals WR Tee Higgins (hamstring) is doing individual drills Tuesday, Aug. 18, due to hamstring issues.

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No need to rush the rookie out there. He's a big-bodied rookie who wins at the catch point. Higgins reminds us of Broncos WR Courtland Sutton and has similar upside when he develops as a pro.

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5. PIT - Teammate talks up Chase Claypool

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Chase Claypool has made 'a couple plays' against CB Joe Haden in training camp that has left the veteran cornerback believing the rookie will 'be a problem' for opponents down the road.'He's had a couple plays against me this camp. I've lined up against him often. He's a big, fast receiver who's able to adjust to the ball in the air. He hasn't shown me anything too bad. . . . As long as he keeps healthy, I think he's going to be a problem,' Haden told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

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Claypool has a big body and can make plays with his leaping ability and wingspan. He has a basketball background and knows how to box out smaller defenders. Claypool is a mismatch due to his size and could become a go-to red-zone target for QB Ben Roethlisberger.

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6. NYJ - Big expectations for TE Chris Herndon

Source: New York Daily News - Charles McDonald

New York Jets TE Chris Herndon was praised by head coach Adam Gase after practice on Sunday, Aug. 17. 'He's our starting tight end,' the coach said. 'He plays both in-line and he plays off the ball.'

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Herndon has to stay healthy in order to play up to his potential. Fantasy GMs have considered Herndon a deep sleeper before only to see him get suspended, then banged up and barely play (18 snaps in 2019). He's not getting drafted right now in 12-team PPR leagues, but keep Herndon on your waiver wire speed dial just in case they unleash him on offense in 2020.

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7. TEN - WR Corey Davis eases back into action

Source: TennesseeTitans.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis (toe) was on the practice field Monday, Aug. 17, for the first time in training camp after being activated from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list earlier in the day. Davis reportedly looked good running, according to beat writer Jim Wyatt, but he did not get many targets.

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That sounds about right. Davis could look good, and he'll get plenty of one-on-one coverage opposite of A.J. Brown. However, Davis may not produce much as the Titans are a run-first, run-often offense so Fantasy GMs have better options out there.

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8. TEN - RB Derrick Henry leaves practice early

Source: TennesseeTitans.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry left practice early Monday, Aug. 17, leaving the field with a trainer before working on a stationary bike while his teammates finished up the session. Head coach Mike Vrabel didn't provide any specifics after practice.

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Keep an eye on this situation. It sounds minor and the Titans will be cautious with Henry (of course) as he's the centerpiece of what they do on offense.

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9. DET - D'Andre Swift impressing in passing game

Source: DetroitLions.com - Tim Twentyman

Detroit Lions RB D'Andre Swift 'could earn himself a bigger role in the passing game' based in his play early in training camp, according to Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com Tuesday, Aug. 18.

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Swift was arguably the best running back in the 2020 NFL draft. He's quite capable as a runner and can make defenders look silly as a receiver out of the backfield. Swift is competing with Kerryon Johnson to be the Lions featured back in 2020.

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10. LAR - WR Josh Reynolds operating as No. 3 receiver

Source: TheRams.com - J.B. Long

Los Angeles Rams WR Josh Reynolds has been the 'steady' third wide receiver at training camp, according to team play-by-play announcer J.B. Long.

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That sounds about right. He's next up behind Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp on the depth chart. Reynolds will have to hold off 2020 second-round pick Van Jefferson in training camp and it sounds like the veteran is doing that so far.

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11. NE - WR Damiere Byrd flashing

Source: NBC Sports Boston - Tom E. Curran

New England Patriots WR Damiere Byrd is the one consistently flashing in practice, according to beat writer Tom E. Curran.

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Byrd played three seasons with the Carolina Panthers...with Cam Newton as his quarterback. That chemistry is showing up in practice early on. This is something to monitor during the rest of camp as Byrd is set to be the team's deep threat in 2020.

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12. BAL - Four try out for Baltimore

Source: MMQB - Albert Breer

Undrafted free-agent QB Kenji Bahar (Monmouth) and free-agent WRs Dez Bryant (Saints) and Dwayne Harris (Raiders), along with free-agent P Johnny Townsend (Giants) tried out for the Baltimore Ravens Tuesday, Aug. 18.

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Bryant is the player that gets the most attention here. The veteran has been out of the league since tearing his Achilles' with the Saints last year. Bryant would bring much-needed veteran depth to the Ravens WR corps. Harris would as well, but he would likely be a return man primarily if signed.

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13. CLE - JoJo Natson gets golden chance

Source: ClevelandBrowns.com - Andrew Gribble

Cleveland Browns WR JoJo Natson saw snaps with the first-team offense in practice Monday, Aug. 17, with WR Jarvis Landry sidelined.

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Natson is a tiny gadget player who should contribute mostly as a return man if he makes the 53-man roster. There's not much fantasy value there unless injuries strike ahead of him on the depth chart in the regular season.

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14. CHI - Likely torn ACL for CB Artie Burns

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating a previous report, Chicago Bears CB Artie Burns (knee) suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in practice Tuesday, Aug. 18, according to a source.

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Tough break for Burns and the Bears.

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15. SF - WR Dante Pettis seizing opportunity

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers WR Dante Pettis is impressing at practice by making catches in traffic over the middle as he competes for a roster spot in 2020, according to Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area.

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Pettis has always had the talent but he had yet to find consistency to his game and some thought he was in the coach's doghouse. This year with injuries and WRs opting out for the 49ers, Pettis is making a positive impression. Rookie Brandon Aiyuk should be the 49ers top receiver and Pettis is trying to establish himself in the pecking order somewhere behind him (and Deebo Samuel when healthy).

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16. HOU - WR Kenny Stills practices on Monday

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans WR Kenny Stills (undisclosed) participated in his first practice of training camp Monday, Aug. 17.

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Keep an eye on Stills and consider him late in your drafts. The Texans have Brandin Cooks and Will Fuller ahead of him on the depth chart, but both of those guys are known to get banged up. Stills could emerge as a fantasy flex option if the cards fall his way.

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17. HOU - RB Duke Johnson comfortable with club

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans RB Duke Johnson said Monday, Aug. 17, that he is comfortable in the system after his first full offseason with the team. 'I'm much more comfortable. It's kind of night and day for me,' Johnson said. 'My expectations for myself is just make my plays whenever the opportunity presents itself.'

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We'd be more comfortable if the Texans actually used Duke Johnson the right way. They made a move to add David Johnson, and he should be the lead back with Duke backing him up.

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18. NYJ - WR Jamison Crowder understands his role

Source: New York Daily News - Charles McDonald

New York Jets WR Jamison Crowder said Monday, Aug. 17 that he doesn't feel like he's the 'top dog' entering training camp, but he is easily the most productive receiver on the roster from last season. 'I just know my role,' Crowder said. 'That's a valuable option for (QB Sam Darnold) in the slot.'

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Crowder is the security blanket for Darnold, and he's got plenty of fantasy value in his role. He's got chemistry with Darnold and can be considered a deep flex play for Fantasy GMs in PPR formats. Crowder has a current ADP of WR44 (10.01) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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19. TEN - Darrynton Evans struggles with fumbling

Source: TennesseeTitans.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans RB Darrynton Evans was better in practice Monday, Aug. 17, according to beat writer Jim Wyatt after fumbling twice in practice Sunday, Aug. 16.

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Evans is an exciting rookie who will play as a reserve behind Derrick Henry in 2020. He's got to get control of the rock before he's trusted as a change-of-pace back on offense. Monitor his progress as training camp rolls on, especially if you're considering Evans a handcuff (in deeper leagues) to Henry.

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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.

And remember to hit me up with what you love about Fantasy Football.

Peace,

J