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Footballguys.comDaily Email Update • Vol. 22, #124 • Aug. 19th, 2020


20 Deep Sleepers RBs You Have To Know About

Howdy Folks,

Good Thursday to you. The pads are on and Training Camps are cracking. We've got the content you need to have you ready to crush your draft. Let's go.

J

SITE NEWS

A. 20 Deep Sleepers at Running Back
There's value and then there's extreme value. That's what we call our Deep Sleepers. We asked the Footballguys Staff who they saw here for value in the 12th round or later and this is what they said. And as always, we give you our official "bottom line" projections to pair with the different opinions.

B. Best Ball Strategy With Underdog Fantasy
If you haven't yet checked out our friends at UnderDog Fantasy you need to do that today. It's my friend Jeremy Levine's company and they are delivering an outstanding drafting experience for Best Ball with their app. Check it out.
James Brimacombe breaks down his strategy on the platform.

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. 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.

F. FBG Notes - Training Camp Report Summaries
I get it. The Training Camp Reports are comprehensive. But sometimes you only have time for the "Need To Know". That's where the FBG Notes come in. We are all about saving you time and that's what this feature does.

G. 10 Tight Ends to Win Fantasy Drafts in the Final Rounds
Chad Parsons with key players and tiers when waiting on tight ends.


1. NE - Rotation at QB for Patriots?

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots QBs Jarrett Stidham, Cam Newton and Brian Hoyer are competing for the starting job, but head coach Bill Belichick did not rule out the possibility of using a rotation at quarterback if it gives the team the best chance to win.

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Reiss is one of the best beat writers in the league, so when he suggests something we all should listen. The Patriots are running out of time to choose a starting quarterback and we could see a rotation early on in the season until one (Cam Newton?) emerges as the primary guy. It sounds crazy, but hey -- it would kind of fit 2020, right?

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2. PHI - RB Miles Sanders injured

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Jeff McLane

Philadelphia Eagles RB Miles Sanders (leg) is listed as week to week with a lower-body injury Wednesday, Aug. 19.

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This is an interesting situation to monitor. Sanders is supposed to be the do-everything running back for the Eagles once again this year with the team insisting that he could have an even larger role in 2020. This injury is said to be minor but a 'week-to-week' designation is ...interesting. Monitor Sanders closely as the regular season draws near.

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3. MIN - RB Dalvin Cook stops talks for now

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook has stopped contract extension talks with the Vikings and plans to focus on the regular season, according to sources.

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Cook wants a new deal and the Vikings seemed to be willing to work something out before the start of the regular season. The talks are paused now as both parties are focused on Week 1. Cook may hit free agency next year if the Vikings can't get something done.

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4. ARI - RB Chase Edmonds draws high praise

Source: AZCardinals.com - Kyle Odegard

Arizona Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds could be a starting running back in the NFL, according to head coach Kliff Kingsbury Wednesday, Aug. 19.

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Edmonds has a three-down skill set and doesn't need to come off the field. He's the backup for the Cardinals behind Kenyan Drake but a high-value handcuff for Fantasy GMs.

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5. NE - N'Keal Harry not at practice

Source: NBC Sports Boston - Phil Perry

New England Patriots WR N'Keal Harry (undisclosed) was not present at practice Wednesday, Aug. 19.

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Harry needs to get healthy (if that's what this absence is) and start impressing. Word out of Patriots camp is that he's struggling to gain separation. Dynasty GMs will need to keep an eye on his progress.

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6. PHI - TE Dallas Goedert day to day

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Jeff McLane

Philadelphia Eagles TE Dallas Goedert (upper body) is day to day with an upper-body injury.

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The team insists this is not a big deal. We could see Goedert out for less than a week or so.

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7. HOU - WR Will Fuller has QB's belief

Source: ESPN.com - Sarah Barshop

Houston Texans WR Will Fuller is 'going to be one of the best receivers in the league,' according to QB Deshaun Watson Wednesday, Aug. 19. Fuller arrived at camp in great shape, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.

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Fuller and Watson have a great connection on the field. Their chemistry is not an issue...but Fuller's long injury history is. If Fuller is healthy, then he's got plenty of flex appeal for Fantasy GMs. Fuller rarely stays healthy for that long, so understand you're trying to catch a window with him and cannot count on him for the full season.

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8. NYJ - WR Breshad Perriman fitting in

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets WR Breshad Perriman is developing good chemistry with QB Sam Darnold very quickly, according to head coach Adam Gase.

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Perriman has speed to take the top off a defense. He had a breakout season with the Buccaneers last year and now will be the primary deep threat for the Jets this year. Fantasy GMs aren't super excited about the Jets passing game, for good reason, and Perriman has a current ADP of WR61 (14.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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9. WAS - RB Bryce Love No. 2 in Washington?

Source: NBC Sports Washington - JP Finlay

Washington Football Team RB Bryce Love worked with the first-team offense Wednesday, Aug. 19, with RB Adrian Peterson out. Love's role as the No. 2 running back in Washington 'seems quite real,' according to JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington.

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Love has amazing skill as a runner if healthy. He followed up Christian McCaffrey in college at Stanford and was outstanding when healthy. Love had a redshirt year as a rookie in 2019 as he continued on the road to recovery. He is a player we have been interested in for quite some time and will monitor him in dynasty formats.

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10. MIA - Tua Tagovailoa accurate in camp

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa has been 'as advertised' with his accuracy in the first three days of training camp, according to Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald Wednesday, Aug. 19. Jackson said Tagovailoa has been on target but without any wow plays or bad plays.

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Tagovailoa has great accuracy as a passer but his pass placement is also special. Not only does he throw accurately, but Tagovailoa also does a great job of leading his receivers properly to maximize run-after-the-catch yards. The rookie first-round pick could be the franchise quarterback the Dolphins have been looking for since the days of Dan Marino.

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11. ARI - WR DeAndre Hopkins on field Wednesday

Source: ESPN.com - Josh Weinfuss

Arizona Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) is participating in practice Wednesday, Aug. 19.

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The Cardinals are going to be cautious with the superstar. As everyone knows, hamstring injuries can linger if not given enough time to heal.

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12. PHI - RB Boston Scott nicked up

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Jeff McLane

Philadelphia Eagles RB Boston Scott (leg) is day to day with a lower-body injury.

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Scott has value as a handcuff to Miles Sanders. He looked good in limited duty last year and has been on the fantasy radar for some time.

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13. WAS - Chase Young limited Wednesday

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Football Team DE Chase Young (hip) was limited during practice Wednesday, Aug. 19, because of a hip flexor issue, according to head coach Ron Rivera.

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Young was arguably the best player in the 2020 NFL draft regardless of position. He's going to give opposing quarterbacks nightmares for years to come. Washington will take it easy on him as he deals with this hip injury.

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14. BUF - A.J. Epenesa moving around

Source: ESPN.com - Marcel Louis-Jacques

Buffalo Bills DE A.J. Epenesa said he has lined up at every defensive line spot during training camp.

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Epenesa has length and strength to get after the passer. The Bills will use him to rush the quarterback from all over the field. The rookie has the upside to be a double-digit sack guy and could one day be a Pro Bowl player.

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15. CHI - Chicago adds WR Rodney Adams

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Free-agent WR Rodney Adams (Colts) agreed to terms with the Chicago Bears Wednesday, Aug. 19. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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Adams was a fifth-round pick for the Vikings in the 2017 NFL draft. Coming out of Toledo/South Florida, Adams was known as a top-notch athlete but mostly an option as a return man in the NFL. Special teams is the best place Adams could earn a roster spot with the Bears.

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16. DEN - Concussion for TE Nick Vannett

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos TE Nick Vannett (concussion) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 19, because he is going the concussion protocol.

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Vannett was brought on in free agency this year to essentially be the team's new version of Jeff Heuerman. If healthy, Vannett will work as a blocking tight end behind starter Noah Fant.

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17. DEN - TE Noah Fant sits with illness

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos TE Noah Fant (illness) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 19, because of an illness that is not related to COVID-19.

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Fant is the lead tight end for the Broncos and has top-10 upside for Fantasy GMs. He is going to share some time (perhaps in the red zone) with rookie TE Albert Okwuegbunam. We should see Fant back in action soon when he gets over this illness.

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18. NYJ - WR Donte Moncrief may work out

Source: New York Daily News - Manish Mehta

Free-agent WR Donte Moncrief (Panthers) is expected to work out for the New York Jets if he is able to pass his COVID-19 testing, according to sources.

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Moncrief played with both the Steelers and the Panthers last year...and he was released with a few weeks remaining in the 2019 season. He's been out of the league since then, but Moncrief has been getting some workouts here and there. We'll see if the Jets decide to bring him in.

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19. TEN - QB Trevor Siemian joining Titans

Source: ESPN.com - Dan Graziano

Free-agent QB Trevor Siemian (Jets) agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Tennessee Titans Wednesday, Aug. 19. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Siemian has plenty of starting experience and now could win the primary backup job to Ryan Tannehill. He will compete with Logan Woodside for that job.

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20. ATL - RB Qadree Ollison's role could grow

Source: AtlantaFalcons.com - Will McFadden

Atlanta Falcons RB Qadree Ollison was the most impressive running back at practice Wednesday, Aug. 19, according to Will McFadden of AtlantaFalcons.com. McFadden suggests Ollison's role could be even large than it was late last season when he emerged as the primary goal-line back.

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Ollison and Ito Smith are going to compete for touches behind starter Todd Gurley. Both backs have impressed so far in camp for different reasons. We'll have to see how this shakes out during the regular season, but be on the lookout for clues as training camp continues.

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21. NYJ - WR Chris Hogan officially joins NYJ

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Updating a previous story, free-agent WR Chris Hogan (Panthers) officially signed an undisclosed contract with the New York Jets Wednesday, Aug. 19.

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Hogan only played in seven games last year for the Panthers, finishing with just eight catches for 67 yards. The Jets are desperate at the WR position due to injury but Hogan is still a long-shot to make the final roster.

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22. SF - San Francisco signing WR Jaron Brown

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Free-agent WR Jaron Brown (Seahawks) agreed to terms with the San Francisco 49ers Wednesday, Aug. 19, according to a source. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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The 49ers were getting incredibly thin at the WR position, so they make a move to add Brown on Wednesday. Brown is a big-bodied receiver who could have a presence in the red zone. The 49ers lost Jalen Hurd to an injury and may be without Deebo Samuel at the start of the regular season. Brown is going to compete for a reserve role.

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23. NYJ - Jets host three for tryouts

Source: MMQB - Albert Breer

Free-agent QB Kyle Lauletta (Eagles), WR Donte Moncrief (Panthers) and WR DeAndre Thompkins (Eagles) tried out for the New York Jets Wednesday, Aug. 19.

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The Jets are desperately thin at the WR position. They signed WR Chris Hogan on Wednesday but they might also want to consider Moncrief.

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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