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Footballguys.comDaily Email Update • Vol. 22, #132 • Aug. 27th, 2020


Everything You Need To Know For Your Draft This Weekend

Howdy Folks,

Welcome to Friday. It's a huge weekend with Fantasy Football drafts going off all weekend starting tonight. It's not too late to be ready.

But don't wait. The Week 1 Opening Kickoff is in THIRTEEN DAYS. Let's GO.

J

SITE NEWS

A. Free Feature - If You're Drafting this Weekend
Dan Hindery brings you everything you need to know if you are drafting this weekend.

B. What I Learned This Summer
Sigmund Bloom breaks down what happened this summer that matters for fantasy football for every AFC team what actions you should take in fantasy leagues because of these developments.

C. Perfect Draft: 12 Team PPR
In case you missed it, David Dodds with a round-by-round mapped out Value-Based Drafting strategy to dominate your 12 team PPR league.

D. Perfect Draft: 12 Team Non-PPR
In case you missed it, David Dodds with a round-by-round mapped out Value-Based Drafting strategy to dominate your 12 team Non-PPR league.

E. The 2020 Road Map To Fantasy Football Success
In case you missed it, Sigmund Bloom with a comprehensive road map to guide you to success in your draft.

F. How Scarcity Impacts Positional Value
Adam Harstad dives into the laws of supply and demand and how they can help you adjust standard advice to your own specific league.

G. Plant Your Flag - Over / Under On Team Wins
Talking about the Las Vegas lines for over / under on number of team wins is a fun exercise. We asked our Footballguys Staff for the lines they thought were exploitable. Here's what they said.

H. Strength Of Schedule
As much as the NFL tried to be fair, all schedules are far from equal. Clayton Gray breaks them down here by each position.


1. CHI - RB David Montgomery out 2-4 weeks

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Chicago Bears RB David Montgomery (groin) is expected two to four weeks with a groin injury. He has a chance to be ready for the season opener.

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There is a chance he's ready for the opener and there's a chance he misses Week 1 against the Lions. Fantasy GMs will have Montgomery as a flex play when he's healthy. The Bears have Tarik Cohen, Cordarrelle Patterson, Ryan Nall and Artavis Pierce working to establish a pecking order behind Montgomery.

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2. CIN - RB Joe Mixon dealing with migraines

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Updating previous reports, Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon (migraines) has been absent from practice due to migraines, according to a source.

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Mixon is in contract negotiations with the team right now but he has been missing practice due to migraines. That should be cleared up before Week 1, but we'll have to see if Mixon can get a new deal before then. He is currently going off the board at RB9 (1.11) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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3. NO - Tre'Quan Smith set for big year?

Source: NewOrleans.Football - Nick Underhill

New Orleans Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith id going to have a big 2020 season, according to QB Drew Brees Thursday, Aug. 27. 'Smith is a guy who I think is ready to really blossom and just explode in this offense,' Brees said.

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Smith has been set for a big year for some time. He's got talent and the coaching staff likes him but outside of flashing here and there Smith has been disappointing as a pro. With veteran Emmanuel Sanders signed as a no.2 receiver opposite of Michael Thomas it leaves little chance for Smith to do much.

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4. NYJ - RB Kalen Ballage acquired by NYJ

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

RB Kalen Ballage on Thursday, Aug. 27, was acquired by the New York Jets in a trade with the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a conditional late-round draft pick, according to a source.

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Ballage is reunited with former Dolphins head coach Adam Gase. He's a big-bodied back but doesn't run with authority like most big backs do. Instead, Ballage uses his elusiveness to create space for himself. He can be used as a receiver out of the backfield as well. Ballage is facing an uphill battle to make the 53-man roster behind Le'Veon Bell, Frank Gore and La'Mical Perine.

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5. MIA - Miami gets pick in RB Kalen Ballage trade

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

RB Kalen Ballage on Thursday, Aug. 27, was traded from the Miami Dolphins to the New York Jets for a conditional late-round draft pick, according to a source.

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The Dolphins were going to move on from Ballage anyway. Now, they get a late-round pick for him. The Dolphins have Jordan Howard as their lead back with Matt Breida working as a receiving back/electric back alongside him. Myles Gaskin, Malcolm Perry and Patrick Laird are competing to establish a pecking order behind those two.

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6. PIT - Anthony McFarland in protocol

Source: ESPN - Brooke Pryor

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Anthony McFarland (concussion) is going through concussion protocol.

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The rookie from Maryland has a bit of Phillip Lindsay (Broncos) to his game. He'll go through the protocol then get back out there and compete for a backup spot behind starter James Conner.

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7. SF - TE George Kittle limited Wednesday

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (hamstring) missed the last 30 minutes of practice Wednesday, Aug. 26, because of a tight hamstring.

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Just something to keep an eye on here. Kittle is likely to be eased back into action so this hamstring injury doesn't linger.

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8. CLE - TE David Njoku returns to practice

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku (wrist) is participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 27.

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Njoku has talent but we'll have to wait to see him with a different team (likely in 2021) for him to have a chance to start. The Browns picked up Austin Hooper in free agency earlier this year and he'll be the lead at the position.

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9. BUF - WR Stefon Diggs held out of practice

Source: Around The NFL

Buffalo Bills WR Stefon Diggs (back) is not practicing Thursday, Aug. 27, as he's dealing with lower-back soreness that the team is monitoring.

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Diggs is working with his new teammates to be the no.1 receiver this team has needed for some time. This back injury could linger if not given enough time to heal. The Bills are being careful with their star receiver as Diggs should be the favorite target for QB Josh Allen in 2020.

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10. TB - WR Chris Godwin gets back on the field

Source: NFL Network - James Palmer

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin (undisclosed) on Thursday, Aug. 27, returned to practice in full pads after sitting out the previous two practices for undisclosed reasons.

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Godwin should put up great numbers with QB Tom Brady this year. In 2019, Godwin had a breakout season but the best may be yet to come. Fantasy GMs have Godwin going off the board at WR6 (2.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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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