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Footballguys.comDaily Email Update • Vol. 22, #133 • Aug. 28th, 2020


The Draft Tiers You Need To Know This Weekend

Howdy Folks,

Welcome to the weekend. There are tons of drafts happening everywhere and we're right here with you for all of it.

Buckle up and let's dive in.

J

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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 - NFC
Sigmund Bloom with a look at what has changed this summer and what actions you should take in fantasy leagues.

C. Quarterback Tiers, Targets, and Players to Avoid
In case you missed it, Sigmund Bloom with 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.

D. Running Back Tiers, Targets, and Players to Avoid
In case you missed it, Sigmund Bloom with a look at the 2020 running backs grouped by tiers with values and overpriced players broken out, plus some schedule notes and favorites for specific strategy and scoring system quirks.

E. Wide Receiver Tiers, Targets, and Players to Avoid
In case you missed it, 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.

F. Tight End Tiers, Targets, and Players to Avoid
In case you missed it, Sigmund Bloom with a look at the tight end tiers in drafts with values and overpriced players highlighted.

G. The Gut Check No.512: Waldman's 2020 Draft Tiers
In case you missed it, Matt Waldman with the Draft Tiers you need to know.

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

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

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

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

L. Offensive Line Rankings News And Notes
One of the most overlooked parts of fantasy football forecasting is considering the impact of the offensive line. You know it's important. You just don't really know how to measure it. Matt Bitonti does. He goes through every line with a run grade and pass grade on every player. Don't miss it.

M. Draft Dominator Classic For Windows Updated
The Draft Dominator Classic is our original Drafting Tool. It's updated here with the latest projections for Windows.

N. Draft Dominator Classic For Mac Updated
The Draft Dominator Classic is our original Drafting Tool. It's updated here with the latest projections for Mac.

O. Value Based Drafting (VBD) Excel App Updated
If you love the flexibility of a spreadsheet, the Value Based Drafting (VBD) Excel app is your ticket.

P. Projections Dominator Updated
Make the projections work the way you want them to with the Projections Dominator.


1. CIN - RB Joe Mixon absent Friday

Source: ESPN.com - Ben Baby

Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon (migraines) is out of practice again Friday, Aug. 28.

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There is some speculation that Mixon's absences are contract related as he and the team are in negotiations, but we'll consider the migraines legitimate until we have evidence otherwise. It's understandable to have a little pause about Mixon now, but it's also reasonable to leave him at his previous spot in your rankings. Giovani Bernard would be the starter if Mixon misses time, but Trayveon Williams would also get some work.

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2. TB - RB Ronald Jones dealing with injury

Source: NFL.com

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones (foot) suffered a left foot injury during practice Friday, Aug. 28, but head coach Bruce Arians said he does not believe the injury is serious.

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We'll trust Arians, but you can't put Jones Week 1 availability in pen yet. His practice status the week before the opener against the Saints will be crucial. If the Bucs do add a veteran back, that will be a bad sign for Jones.

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3. SF - TE George Kittle sits Friday

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (hamstring) did not participate in practice Friday, Aug. 28.

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Kittle can probably play through injuries with the best of them, but we'd prefer to see this rested leading into the season opener against Arizona. Hopefully we will see Kittle get in a full practice leading up to the game. He has already been playing with a torn labrum for over a year, so we won't ding Kittle's fantasy value on the news of this minor hamstring injury.

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4. MIA - WR DeVante Parker sits again

Source: ESPN.com - Cameron Wolfe

Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Friday, Aug. 28.

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Parker was in street clothes but with no apparent physical issue. Don't move him on your boards yet, but we'll be watching this.

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5. CIN - Limited practice for WR A.J. Green

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Tyler Dragon

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (hamstring) was a limited participant in practice Friday, Aug. 28.

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Limited is better than out, so this helps the case of taking Green if he is falling a few rounds past where he was going before camp.

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6. BUF - RB Devin Singletary battling fumbleits

Source: The Athletic - Joe Buscaglia

Buffalo Bills RB Devin Singletary has been hampered by 'fumbling issues' in training camp, according to a team beat reporter.

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Singletary hasn't built momentum in a camp that was supposed to see him become a bigger part of the passing game. It's not crazy to have him equal to or below rookie Zack Moss in redraft rankings.

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7. TEN - WR A.J. Brown leaves early

Source: TennesseeTitans.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans WR A.J. Brown (undisclosed) left practice early Friday, Aug. 28, but it is not known if he left because of an injury.

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Brown jogged toward the locker room so it doesn't appear that there's anything to worry about, but we will monitor the situation.

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8. CHI - Artavis Pierce has a chance

Source: Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs

Chicago Bears RB Artavis Pierce is the most traditional running back behind RB David Montgomery (groin), who is out two to four weeks. 'He's quicker than fast,' one national scout said. 'I didn't see the timed speed on tape. He plays more in the 4.5 range, which is fine. He has speed through the hole through to the second level, and that's what is most important. He moves well laterally. But this kid isn't going to break tackles like Montgomery. Not a pass catcher, at least how they utilized him. He might have a chance.'

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Pierce could lead a split backfield in touches in Week 1 against Detroit, although if David Montgomery is going to miss extended time, the Bears would likely look to the free agent list for help. Pierce should at least be on deep dynasty radar now.

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9. WAS - Coach keeping QB timeline secret

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera says he has a timeline on when he'll make a starting quarterback decision from candidates Dwayne Haskins, Alex Smith and Kyle Allen, but refused to share the specific details of that timeline Friday, Aug. 28, during a media videoconference.

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Haskins is going to be the starter, no matter how much gamesmanship Rivera wants to employ.

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10. CLE - WR Jarvis Landry misses practice

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns WR Jarvis Landry (hip) did not participate in practice Friday, Aug. 28.

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Landry is being brought along slowly after offseason hip surgery and might not be full speed for the season opener against the Ravens, which is a poor matchup for wide receivers anyway. Don't draft him with the intention of starting him right away if you can help it.

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11. DEN - Coach: ILB Todd Davis expected soon

Source: Ryan Koenigsberg - DNVR.com

Denver Broncos LB Todd Davis (calf) isn't expected to be sidelined long with his current calf injury. 'It's nowhere near the calf injury he had last year,' head coach Vic Fangio said Friday, Aug. 28. ' I think we'll see him out there sooner rather than later.'

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The Broncos are hoping Davis can get back on the field for the Week 1 matchup against Derrick Henry and the Titans. If he's out, upgrade Henry in DFS.

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12. DAL - La'el Collins takes part in team drills

Source: ESPN.com - Todd Archer

Dallas Cowboys OT La'el Collins (undisclosed) on Friday, Aug. 28, participated in 11-on-11 team drills for the first time in training camp after being sidelined with 'minor wear and tear issues,' according to a team beat reporter.

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The Cowboys are thin at offensive tackle and really need Collins and Tyron Smith to stay healthy for this offense to hit its peak expectations. This is a good development, but we need to see Collins and Smith hold up under the punishment of the first few weeks back on the field.

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13. DEN - Elijah Wilkinson still top option at RT

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos OT Elijah Wilkinson is still considered the leading candidate for the starting right tackle position even though OT Demar Dotson received some snaps with the first-team offense during practice Friday, Aug. 28.

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Dotson gives the team good veteran depth at right tackle after Ju'Wuan James opted out, even if Wilkinson is up to the task of starting.

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14. TB - ILB Lavonte David extension talks ongoing

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Lavonte David has been in negotiations on an extension recently.

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David is a cornerstone of the defense and the Bucs have been committed to keeping the defense together for a potential Super Bowl run. He'll be a free agent next year and the Bucs might feel like it's better to secure his services now even though the free agent market might yield some bargains with the cap staying flat or going down next year.

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15. LVR - QB Marcus Mariota to miss a few more days

Source: The Athletic - Vic Tafur

Las Vegas Raiders QB Marcus Mariota (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Friday, Aug. 28, but probably will only miss a few more days, according to head coach Jon Gruden.

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Mariota hasn't been pushing Derek Carr so this doesn't really matter in the big picture. No quarterback competition has materialized in Las Vegas.

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That'll do it for this weekend. Thanks for being part of the Footballguys Family and we'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J