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Volume 22, #130 -- Tuesday Night, August 25th, 2020
Week 1 Kickoff in 15 Days, WR Tiers, Draft Dominator and MORE

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Howdy Folks,

The NFL Regular Season kicks off in FIFTEEN DAYS.

That feels hard to believe for some people.

Tuesday, I asked people on Twitter if that felt right. Some 6,000+ people voted and 82% said it felt like the start of the season was further away than it really is.

I think maybe having live Baseball, Hockey, Basketball and Soccer on television each day is messing up our rhythm. Or maybe it's the lack of NFL preseason games.

Whatever it is, the NFL season is almost here and we can't wait.

We've got awesome new content ready for you so dive in. And let's crush those drafts.

Let's go.



A. Training Camp Report #3
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.

B. Wide Receiver Tiers, Targets, and Players to Avoid
Sigmund Bloom with a look at wide receiver tiers for 2020 fantasy drafts with values and overpriced players, along with extra bang for your buck scoring system plays and schedule notes.

C. Get The Most Out Of The Draft Dominator - New Videos
We've added some killer new articles on how to get the most out of the Draft Dominator. As well as some brand new videos just released today. Jump on it.

D. Plant Your Flag: Wide Receiver
There are lots of opinions out there. We asked our Footballguys Staffers for the WR they feel passionate enough about to take a stand with. Good or bad. Here's what they said.

E. Pairing Late Round Quarterbacks for Maximum Production
Drew Davenport with the best strategy for how to pair two late-round quarterbacks in a draft.

F. Planning for Auction Success
Jeff Pasquino talks about how to build several master plans for your roster construction on Auction Day.

G. Top 300 List Updated For PPR
David Dodds with the Top 300 Players. This one is for PPR scoring.

H. Top 300 List Updated For Non-PPR
David Dodds with the Top 300 Players. This one is for Non-PPR scoring.

I. 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 draft with. This one is for PPR scoring.

J. 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 draft with. This one is for Non-PPR scoring.

K. Average Draft Position Updated For PPR
It's not enough to know where you want to draft a player. 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.

L. Average Draft Position Updated For Non-PPR
It's not enough to know where you want to draft a player. 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.

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1. ATL - RB Todd Gurley set to handle big workload

Source: ESPN.com - Vaughn McClure

Atlanta Falcons RB Todd Gurley is expected to see a minimum of 15 touches per game, according to offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.'I think a minimum of 15 touches and a high of (25). But you've got to realize we've got a lot of guys that need touches. You're going to have 64 plays in a game on average on offense. Depending on where you're at in the season and wear and tear, I think the low is 15 and maybe the high end 25,' Koetter told ESPN in a phone interview Tuesday, Aug. 25.

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Gurley is their lead back but what does he have left in the tank? How long will he be able to handle that workload? These are questions that will be answered this year. Gurley has a current ADP of RB19 (3.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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2. CIN - WR A.J. Green likely to be cleared Wednesday

Source: The Athletic - Paul Dehner Jr.

Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (hamstring) is expected to return to a full practice Wednesday, Aug. 26.

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Green has been working off to the side during practice and looking good. It's not a surprise that he'll be cleared for full participation this week.

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3. PIT - QB Ben Roethlisberger pain-free

Source: Yahoo! Sports - Terez A. Paylor

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) has been pain-free and said he dealt with elbow pain for 13 or 14 years because of a previous tear.

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Great news for the veteran quarterback. He had most of the 2019 season off due to this elbow injury. It was a major injury and Roethlisberger is not getting any younger. What does he have left in the tank? Nobody knows that answer truly but it will determine how far the Steelers can go in 2020. So far, the steady drumbeat about Roethlisberger has been positive.

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4. SF - Brandon Aiyuk has mild hamstring strain

Source: Bay Area News Group - Cam Inman

Updating previous reports, San Francisco 49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring) was diagnosed with a mild hamstring strain Tuesday, Aug. 25.

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The 49ers WR corps is just snakebit so far this year. They have players banged up like Deebo Samuel, they've had wide receivers opt out and now this injury to their first-round pick. We'll see how long this hamstring injury lingers for the playmaker from Arizona State.

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5. CIN - WR John Ross to ramp things up Wednesday

Source: ESPN - Ben Baby

Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross is expected to take part in team drills Wednesday, Aug. 26, for the first time since he was activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday, Aug. 23.

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Ross is super fast and can fly down the field, plus he has a better nose for the end zone than other smaller/faster receivers. He's competing for the no.3 spot on the depth chart behind A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd.

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6. PHI - TE Zach Ertz talks resume

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz resumed talks with the Eagles on a contract extension Tuesday, Aug. 25.

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With the deals of Travis Kelce and George Kittle, Ertz is in line for a big-money deal. Ertz is one of the most productive tight ends in NFL history and his next contract will reflect that. Fantasy GMs holding onto Dallas Goedert in dynasty formats will likely have to see what he does on his second team (contract expires in 2021) if/when Ertz gets this extension.

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7. LAC - WR Mike Williams in doubt for Week 1?

Source: The Athletic - Daniel Popper

Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (shoulder) will be 'out for a while' with his shoulder injury. Head coach Anthony Lynn told The Athletic's Daniel Popper that he didn't know if Williams will be ready for the start of the season.

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Keep an eye on this situation as Williams is a talented receiver with fantasy potential as a bench player/deep flex play. The Chargers have rookies Joe Reed and K.J. Hill vying for the no.3 spot behind Keenan Allen and Williams.

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8. SF - TE Erik Swoope official

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Matt Maiocco

Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers TE Erik Swoope landed a one-year deal with the Niners. Financial terms weren't disclosed. RB Salvon Ahmed was waived.

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Swoope has hung around the league for more than a few years after never playing college football at the University of Miami. He was a basketball player and that's how he got on the NFL's radar. We used to monitor him in super deep dynasty leagues but it just seems like Swoope isn't going to be a guy who makes an impact in the NFL.

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9. WAS - TE Logan Thomas is on the rise

Source: The Washington Post - Nicki Jhabvala

Washington Football Team TE Logan Thomas, a converted quarterback, is on the rise and in the hunt for the team's starting tight end job.

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Thomas has an athletic profile...he always had dating back to his days at Virginia Tech. He's been trying to play tight end for some time now, so perhaps he's finally hitting his stride at the position. Keep an eye on Thomas in super deep formats.

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10. LAR - Team excited about Van Jefferson

Source: The Athletic - Jourdan Rodrigue

Los Angeles Rams WR Van Jefferson has been exciting coaches and teammates alike during training camp, and he has been a quick study learning every receiver position. 'All of those guys (Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp and Josh Reynolds) told me, 'Learn all of those positions so they can throw you in there any any position when they need you,' Jefferson said Monday, Aug. 24. Head coach Sean McVay also said he is pleased with the third-round pick's progress.

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The reports out of Rams camp have been overwhelmingly positive about the second-round rookie from Florida. Jefferson is competing for the no.3 receiver spot on the depth chart with Josh Reynolds. He is a smart player who can play all over the field. Jefferson never played up to his potential in college, so he might be one of those players who has a better pro career than collegiate one.

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11. ARI - WR Christian Kirk still ascending

Source: ESPN.com - Josh Weinfuss

Arizona Cardinals WR Christian Kirk heads into the 2020 regular season with high expectations, and head coach Kliff Kingsbury praised him. 'We feel like Christian is really an ascending player. He was having a really big year and got banged up a little bit last year,' Kingsbury said.

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Kingsbury could easily be correct here. This is more than just 'coachspeak' about the young wideout. Kirk can break ankles on the field and is dangerous after the catch. He could be the Cardinals version of Cooper Kupp...at least in role if not in production. Having DeAndre Hopkins on the field to take away defensive attention will greatly help. He could easily outplay his current ADP of WR48 (11.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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12. CAR - Matt Rhule talks up RB Mike Davis

Source: Panthers.com - Myles Simmons

Carolina Panthers RB Mike Davis has shown 'he can run with power and isn't one-dimensional,' according to head coach Matt Rhule.'To me, he's a guy that you want to get in the game,' Rhule told Myles Simmons of the team's website.

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Davis has had natural talent as a runner dating back to his days in college at South Carolina. He needs to stay healthy in order to make an impact in the pros. Davis is competing for a backup spot to Christian McCaffrey.

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13. ARI - Dan Arnold expected to see larger role

Source: Arizona Sports 98.7 FM - Kevin Zimmerman

Arizona Cardinals TE Dan Arnold is most likely to earn a significant bump in playing time alongside starting WRs Larry Fitzgerald, DeAndre Hopkins and Christian Kirk, according to beat writer Kevin Zimmerman.

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Message! The Cardinals have a weapon at the tight end position in Arnold. He creates mismatches anytime he's on the field and can play in the slot if need be. Arnold showed great chemistry with QB Kyler Murray last year in just three games he caught eight of 14 targets for 127 yards and two touchdowns.

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14. HOU - WR Keke Coutee dealing with foot issue

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Texans WR Keke Coutee (foot) has missed the 'past few days' of practice due to a minor stress fracture in his foot, according to the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson via a source. Wilson notes that rest is expected to alleviate the injury, which isn't regarded to be a long-term setback for Coutee. Per Wilson, Coutee was enjoying a strong camp prior to the injury.

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That's kind of the story with Coutee. There is no doubt that he has talent and quickness with the ball in his hands. However, injuries have kept slowing him down.

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15. SF - 49ers taking a look at free-agent WRs

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent WRs Johnny Holton (Steelers), Kevin White (Cardinals), River Cracraft (Eagles) and Justin Hardy (Falcons) are among the receivers working out for the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday, Aug. 25.

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This story is dated for Tuesday but it could have been dated anytime over the last month or so. The 49ers have a banged up WR corps and are looking for help at the position. We'll see if any of these guys sign on to compete for a roster spot.

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16. NYJ - WR Breshad Perriman eyeing return Saturday

Source: SNY - Ralph Vacchiano

New York Jets WR Breshad Perriman (knee) is expected to return to practice Saturday, Aug. 29, as long as his swollen knee continues to improve, according to head coach Adam Gase.

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Perriman is a ton of talent but he was oft-injured in his career before his stint with the Buccaneers in 2019. The Jets will be careful with the veteran so they can get him and keep him on the field as one of their top targets in 2020.

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17. SF - TE Jordan Reed participates in first practice

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers TE Jordan Reed participated in his first practice with his new team Tuesday, Aug. 25. 'We wanted to ease him back in today, give him a couple routes in one-on-one, give him a couple plays in team (drills) - not too much,' head coach Kyle Shanahan said. 'When you're not out for a while, you got to go out and get your first practice in, take that monkey off your back.'

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Reed has always had talent but he is one of the most oft-injured players in the NFL. He's got a fresh start with the 49ers after years in Washington. We'll see if he can stay healthy, impress and win a primary backup job to George Kittle.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of Footballguys. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.