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Volume 22, #14 -- Friday Night, May 1st, 2020
Dynasty Trade Value Charts Plus News And Notes And More

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A. Dynasty Trade Value Chart
Our Dan Hindery with another update of his super popular Dynasty Trade Value Chart.

B. Dynasty Trade Value Chart: Rookie Draft Special
Our Dan Hindery with another update of his super popular Dynasty Trade Value Chart.

C. ADP Values for PPR Drafters
A super early look into Average Draft Positions. This one is for PPR scoring.

D. ADP Values for Standard Scoring Drafters
A super early look into Average Draft Positions. This one is for Standard scoring.


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1. GB - GM pushed for Jordan Love selection

Source: ESPN.com - Rob Demovsky

Green Bay Packers first-round selection QB Jordan Love (Utah State) possesses 'a rare combination of (Brett) Favre's gunslinging, (Aaron) Rodgers' ability to process the game and Patrick Mahomes-like athleticism,' ESPN's Rob Demovsky suggested Thursday, April 30, in regards to why general manager Brian Gutekunst drafted Love.'He's a very natural thrower, can make all the throws, he's a very good athlete, he has the kind of size we look for. I just think there's some rawness to him, but I just think he's got everything in front of him. And we really like the guy. We think he's a really good kid, wanted to work, and he just kind of fits with our culture. ... '(Head coach Matt LaFleur) was on the (phone) line with us and understood where I was coming from. I think it was one of those things where, again, with a second-year head coach, I certainly wasn't going to give him a player he didn't want. It's not something we anticipated. It kind of fell to us, and we were excited about that. I know a lot of people will look at this as not a move for the immediate, and I understand that, but the balance of the immediate and the long term is something that I have to consider, and that's why we did it,' Gutekunst said.

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The Packers wanted an upgrade to the backup to Aaron Rodgers and they wanted a quarterback they could groom as an eventual starter. Love fits the bill and has high upside if he fully develops. His mechanics as a passer are nearly perfect, he's got a strong arm and Love is athletic. He is wild as a passer and takes a lot of chances with the ball. We'll see if he can dial that back while maintaining his aggression as a passer learning behind Rodgers.

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2. KC - QB Patrick Mahomes confident in process

Source: NFL.com - Nick Shook

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes said Friday, May 1, that he is confident he will receive a new long-term contract long before his current deal expires at the end of the 2021 season. 'Obviously I want to be a Chief for a long time,' Mahomes said. 'I want to have a contract that says that and I can go out there and know I have that security. I understand and trust the Chiefs' organization and everybody in it that they're gonna handle it the right way. I trust my representation that they're going to ease my mind and let me go out there and just love the game I love playing. So for me, whenever that happens, it happens. But I'm gonna focus on being the best football player I can be every single day.'

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We're not worried about this. Mahomes will soon be the highest-paid quarterback in the league and he should get a contract that is larger than any other in NFL history. The Chiefs are not letting him go anywhere, and Mahomes could be a dominant force in the AFC West for a decade-plus.

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3. TEN - WR Corey Davis' option declined

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis' fifth-year option was declined Friday, May 1.

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No surprise here. With the fifth-year option, Davis would have made $15.6 million in 2021. Now, he'll make $8.1 million in the final year of his contract this season. Davis has yet to play up to his potential and the team has a No.1 WR in A.J. Brown. A change of scenery could do him some good.

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4. JAX - No option for RB Leonard Fournette

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette will not have his fifth-year option picked up this offseason, according to a source.

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The Jaguars wanted to trade him away during the draft, so it's no surprise they don't pick up his fifth-year option. Fournette is in the last year of his contract in 2020 and will be an unrestricted free agent in 2021. This is his last year with the team most likely and there's still no guarantee he makes it to Week 1 with the team if someone needs a back later.

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5. JAX - Jacksonville adding RB Chris Thompson

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Free-agent RB Chris Thompson (Redskins) agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars Friday, May 1, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Thompson is reunited with Jags OC Jay Gruden who was his coach in Washington. He's a pass-catching threat who should take third-down duties away from Leonard Fournette. Thompson has some flex appeal in PPR leagues due to his skill set and assumed role with the Jaguars.

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6. SF - Nick Mullens under contract

Source: 49ers.com

San Francisco 49ers exclusive rights free-agent QB Nick Mullens signed his one-year tender offer Friday, May 1.

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The 49ers really like Mullens as their backup quarterback. He was an ERFA so there really was no other choice if Mullens wanted to play football in 2020. He's got a one-year contract worth $660,000 for this season.

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7. HOU - WR Brandin Cooks healthy, ready to ball

Source: ESPN.com - Sarah Barshop

Houston Texans WR Brandin Cooks, who has been traded three times in his six-year career, doesn't view being moved so regularly as a negative. 'I take it as a positive that I'm wanted, and that I'm valued at a high level still,' Cooks said. He said he feels blessed to be able to play with so many different teams and quarterbacks. Cooks also feels he can adjust quickly with new teams. 'Wherever I go, like I tell people, I'm going to ball. So I'm not worried about that,' Cooks added. Cooks said he's healthy. 'As far as the concussions, I'm feeling great and I look forward to playing football,' Cooks said. Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said Cooks is a tremendous route runner with great speed and is a really good deep-ball player. O'Brien also isn't worried about the concussions. 'Yes, he's had concussions, but he's only missed two games since 2015,' O'Brien said.

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Cooks could be the No.1 receiver for the Texans this year if he can stay healthy. He'll team up with Will Fuller and Randall Cobb to give QB Deshaun Watson a nice trio of receivers to throw to...if they can stay healthy.

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8. BUF - WR Stefon Diggs lacking Buffalo reps

Source: The Associated Press - John Wawrow

Buffalo Bills WR Stefon Diggs hasn't had a chance to build on-field chemistry with QB Josh Allen during the ongoing coronavirus shutdown, but head coach Sean McDermott says he's not overly worried. 'I am concerned about it, but I guess not worried at this point,' McDermott said Friday, May, 1, while also noting every team faces its share of challenges. 'What you do is try to adjust and adapt, and like we said before, our theme this offseason has been: `Find a way.''

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Diggs is a seasoned veteran who should be able to gel with his new quarterback quickly. He wants the ball and Diggs will demand the ball once the regular season gets here. That emphasis on getting Diggs involved early and often will build that chemistry quickly.

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9. LVR - QB Derek Carr tuning out negativity

Source: The Athletic - Tashan Reed

Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr says he is focusing on winning more games and scoring more points. If you have something (negative) to say to me, I have no time for you,' he said in an interview with The Athletic. '... We just need to score more and win more. That's my mindset. I don't care about anything else.'

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Carr has been tuning out negativity for quite some time. He's got competition for the starting job this year in Marcus Mariota and we'll see if he can come out on top. The Raiders made moves in the draft to get him better talent to throw to. We'll see how tossing the rock to guys like Henry Ruggs III improves his game.

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10. JAX - Confidence in QB Gardner Minshew?

Source: NFL Network - Clayton Holloway

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew on Friday, May 1, received a semi vote of confidence from head coach Doug Marrone, who also left the door open to the team adding a quarterback as well. 'Ya, he's our QB, there's no doubt about it,' Marrone said in an interview on Good Morning Football. '... But one of the things that we're doing, we're still looking to to make sure were upgraded at each position. There are some veterans out there that we might look at to bring in.'

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The team gave Minshew a vote of confidence when they traded Nick Foles away to the Bears earlier this year. We'll see if they nab Andy Dalton now that he's on the open market, but it's looking like Minshew will be their starter to open the regular season.

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11. NE - Devin Asiasi a big tight end

Source: Patriots.com - Paul Perillo

New England Patriots third-round pick Devin Asiasi is a big-play tight end that moves well for his size. He works well against zone coverages and shows ability to run solid routs and create separation. He has struggled with his weight in the past and could use blocking refinement.

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Asiasi is going to compete with fellow rookie tight end Dalton Keene in training camp to establish a pecking order. Veterans Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo are still there too. Don't be surprised if we see the two rookies splitting time as the main targets for the Patriots at the tight end position.

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12. BUF - Zack Moss could see red zone work

Source: Syracuse.com - Ryan Talbot

Buffalo Bills third-round pick RB Zack Moss could see the carries inside the 10-yard line, according to ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. Moss is a downhill runner that improved his receiving skills with 28 catches last year at Utah and 13.9 yards per reception.

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Moss won't run away from any defender but he does love to get physical between the tackles. He can win collisions and he has good contact balance. Moss will compete for the Frank Gore role as the primary backup to Devin Singletary in 2020.

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13. LVR - Bryan Edwards not shy of contact

Source: 1 No Source

Las Vegas Raiders third-round pick WR Bryan Edwards is known for breaking tackles and doesn't shy away from contact. Edwards is 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, and general manager Mike Mayock envisions Edwards as the physical X receiver on the outside.

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He's so big, Edwards could pass for a tight end. Over the last two years, Edwards had a whopping 27 tackles so you can count on him to gain yards after contact. Edwards is big and strong but does not win at the catch point consistently when fighting for the ball. We'll see if he can improve that skill with the Raiders.

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14. KC - RB Damien Williams holding on to starting job?

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Mike Florio

Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams will 'come in as the starting running back and (Clyde Edwards-Helaire) will have to come in here and compete for playing time,' according to general manager Brett Veach, who added he believes Williams and Edwards-Helaire will form a 'one-two punch.''I certainly think it's going to be a shared load. Damien has been in this offense for a long time and certainly has shown what he can do on that playoff run. The guy's a really good pass protector (and) can catch the football,' Veach said.

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Edwards-Helaire is a fine rookie with a three-down skill set. It wouldn't surprise us to see the 2020 first-round pick win the starting job over Williams. They're both talented, so Kansas City is looking at some sort of RBBC for this season.

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15. SEA - RB Chris Carson will start season on time

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson (hip) is doing great and will be ready for the start of the season, according to general manager John Schneider Thursday, April 30.

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Carson is a fine starter when healthy but he does struggle to stay healthy with a starter's workload. Seattle will start Rashaad Penny on the PUP list to begin the regular season. That leaves Travis Homer and rookie DeeJay Dallas as the options behind Carson.

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16. SEA - RB Rashaad Penny to begin on PUP list

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny (knee) will begin the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to general manager John Schneider Thursday, April 30. 'He's doing great but it was a late-season injury,' Schneider said.

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Zero surprise here. Penny is talented but he's struggled to stay healthy in the pros. The former first-round pick will have to see if he can comeback in the middle of the regular season. Penny tore his ACL Dec. 8 and it usually requires a 9-10 month recovery.

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17. SEA - Seattle likes Anthony Gordon

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks QB Anthony Gordon has the team 'really excited about' him, according to general manager John Schneider Thursday, April 30.

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Gordon was another hyper-productive quarterback in a long line under Washington State head coach Mike Leach. He lost the starting job to Gardner Minshew in 2018 but returned for 2019 and put up monster numbers in the 'Air Raid' system. Gordon throws with touch and is accurate in the short-to-intermediate range. He needs better footwork to create more velocity as a passer. Gordon could perhaps make Seattle's practice squad as a rookie.

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18. PHI - RB Corey Clement officially signs

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Updating a previous story, Philadelphia Eagles RB Corey Clement officially signed an undisclosed contract Thursday, April 30.

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Clement is back with the Eagles and should take up his usual spot near the end of the depth chart. He's a decent runner and receiving option out of the backfield but won't wow that much if he gets his hands on the rock.

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19. GB - GB closes on three UDFA signings

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Undrafted free-agent TE Jordan Jones (Prairie View), QB Jalen Morton (Prairie View) and RB Patrick Taylor (Memphis) officially signed three-year deals with the Green Bay Packers Thursday, April 30. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

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Patrick Taylor was teammates with Antonio Gibson in college at Memphis. While Gibson was the WR/RB for the team, moving all around the field, Taylor was the grinder for the Tigers...when healthy. A left foot injury suffered last year caused him to miss most of the 2019 season. As a runner, Taylor is swift and has prototypical size. We like his vision and timing as a runner and will keep an eye on him in deep dynasty formats.

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20. DEN - Denver finalizes two UDFA signings

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Undrafted free-agent RB LeVante Bellamy (Western Michigan) and WR Zimari Manning (Tarleton State) officially signed three-year deals with the Denver Broncos Thursday, April 30. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

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Keep an eye out for Bellamy in deep dynasty formats. He's a smaller back, but like Phillip Lindsay he doesn't mind running inside and has the juice to bounce outside at the linebacker level. Bellamy was paid a $35,000 guaranteed salary so the team likes him. He's a good pass-catching option out of the backfield and his pass-protection skills are underrated. We'll see how he can fit in the Broncos backfield behind Melvin Gordon and Lindsay.

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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.

Peace,

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