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Volume 22, #36 -- Saturday Night, May 23rd, 2020
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Howdy Folks,

Welcome to Sunday. I hope you're enjoying a nice Holiday Weekend and we've got some new podcasts for you plus more on our Commish Series and of course, the News and Notes.

Let's go.

J

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In This Episode: Sigmund Bloom and Frank Schwab talk NFL. Topics Include - Camp storylines to look forward to, how will the 2020 season be different, teams on the rise and fall, plus more!

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In This Episode: Chad Parsons (@chadparsonsnfl) and Jordan McNamara (@mcnamaradynasty) discuss dynasty fantasy football strategy and go over trades in dynasty leagues.

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1. NE - More expectation for QB Brian Hoyer to start

Source: WEEI.com - Ryan Hannable

Former New England Patriots DL Rob Ninkovich (retired) believes QB Brian Hoyer will be under center for Week 1 of the 2020 season, instead of QB Jarrett Stidham. 'Look, when you're a second-year player, you really don't realize what a season's like as a starter,' Ninkovich said. 'You don't understand what it's going to take, and not having an offseason does not help. So, Brian Hoyer will be the starter Week 1.' Ninkovich also touted Hoyer's experience both as an NFL starter and in the Patriots' offensive system as reasons he should get the Week 1 start.

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Hoyer has all the experience in the world, so he's a 'safe' option to put your chips on. However, Stidham looked good in the preseason last year and might just win the job outright with improved play this year in training camp and the preseason. Fantasy GMs have plenty of other options at quarterback no matter who is the new starting quarterback for New England.

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2. NO - QB Taysom Hill next in line?

Source: The Athletic - Jay Glazer

New Orleans Saints QB Taysom Hill will 'be the guy' when QB Drew Brees retires, according to Jay Glazer of The Athletic.

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That's been 'the word' for some time, so nothing really new here. Hill may actually get more work behind Brees this year, not just as a gadget quarterback. Of course, Hill will have to beat out free agent addition Jameis Winston to win the primary backup job behind Brees in 2020.

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3. NYG - New offense challenging QB Daniel Jones

Source: Sports Illustrated - Patricia Traina

New York Giants QB Daniel Jones has faced a challenge learning a new offense entering his second season during the league's offseason shutdown. 'I'm trying to adjust to what we're having to do, trying to learn this new system as well as I can pick it up as quick as I can and as efficient as I can,' Jones said, adding that new offensive coordinator Jason Garrett's system is much different from the offense he ran as a rookie last season under Pat Shurmur and Mike Shula.

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For any young player, picking up a new offense is difficult. Things are made even more difficult with the 'virtual offseason' during the install portion of OTAs and minicamp we are usually going through right now. Without on-field workouts, players like Jones (or Drew Lock in Denver) are going to have to pick up things quickly when training camp gets here.

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4. WAS - RB Adrian Peterson could see reduced workload

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson is likely to see a reduced workload in 2020, due to the offseason acquisitions of RBs Peyton Barber and J.D. McKissic, the selection of RB/WR Antonio Gibson in the draft and the returns of RBs Derrius Guice and Bryce Love from knee injuries. However, there is a possibility that the Redskins could have multiple running backs on the field at the same time, based on early Zoom meetings Peterson has had with the coaching staff.

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Peterson brings plenty of power to the Washington backfield, something most of the other backs listed do not have. This is a talented group of running backs if they're all healthy, and it will be interesting to see who emerges from the cluster. From a fantasy perspective, this Washington RBBC is going to be problematic to predict.

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5. SEA - RB Carlos Hyde had surgery

Source: Around The NFL

Seattle Seahawks RB Carlos Hyde (shoulder) played much of the 2019 season with a torn labrum and underwent surgery in February.

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The truth comes out now about Hyde. He is coming off a 1,000-yard season with the Texans but couldn't find a new team until now. His shoulder must've checked out (or been a non-issue) for the Seahawks to sign him on Friday.

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6. PIT - WR James Washington to lose snaps?

Source: The Athletic - Ed Bouchette

Pittsburgh Steelers WR James Washington will likely lose the most snaps if WR Chase Claypool performs well as a rookie, according to Ed Bouchette of The Athletic.

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Something has to give and we won't see JuJu Smith-Schuster or Diontae Johnson lose snaps. Instead, it could be Washington who gets to run a fewer routes. Claypool is an exciting rookie because of his size/athleticism combination, but Washington is coming off a breakout year. It's a good problem for the Steelers to have but it's something that could be difficult to navigate for Fantasy GMs in deeper leagues.

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7. DET - Jason Huntley to be mixed in

Source: Detroit Free Press - Dave Birkett

Detroit Lions RB Jason Huntley should contend for a rotational role in 2020, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. General manager Bob Quinn compared Huntley to the type of player of J.D. McKissic.

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Huntley was a fifth-round pick in the 2020 NFL draft out of New Mexico State. He can make big plays as a runner, receiver or kick returner. Huntley has quickness and incredible burst with the ball. He's not a big back and won't have much success running between the tackles. However, he can be used on outside runs or screen passes...plus he could line up in the slot. Huntley should work into the mix with fellow rookie D'Andre Swift as likely the lead runner (if he beats out Kerryon Johnson).

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8. LVR - Bryan Edwards expected to be No. 4 target

Source: Yahoo! Sports - Matt Harmon

Las Vegas Raiders WR Bryan Edwards figures to be the team's No. 4 option at receiver in 2020, according to Matt Harmon of Yahoo! Sports.

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Raiders GM Mike Mayock loves Edwards but the fact of the matter is he's buried on the depth chart at this time. Fellow rookie Henry Ruggs III is the no.1 receiver with Tyrell Williams starting opposite of him on the outside. In the slot, the Raiders have a really good option in second-year pro Hunter Renfrow. That leaves Edwards as the no.4 on the depth chart. We'll monitor Edwards in dynasty formats.

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9. WAS - Antonio Gandy-Golden specializes in jump balls

Source: Redskins.com - Zach Selby

Washington Redskins WR Antonio Gandy-Golden has a knack for coming down with 50/50 balls, and it's something he feels he needs to do. 'During the game not every ball I get is going to be wide open, so just for the quarterback to be confident enough to throw it to me I feel like I have to come down with it,' Gandy-Golden said.

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Gandy-Golden has an incredibly large catch radius and that helps him snare passes away from his frame where defenders cannot reach. The 'my ball' mentality he displayed in college at Liberty was outstanding, plus he proved he can hang with tougher competition earlier this year at the Senior Bowl. We'll see how the rookie can mix into the WR depth chart in 2020. Terry McLaurin is Washington's top receiver but behind him they have to figure things out. Gandy-Golden is in that competition.

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10. DET - WR Kenny Golladay continuing to improve

Source: DetroitLions.com - Tim Twentyman

Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay has the potential to become one of the NFL's top receivers, according to veteran teammate Danny Amendola. 'What I love about Kenny is he's a dog,' Amendola said. 'He plays the game very physical and he's a great teammate. The sky is the limit for Kenny. It's just a matter of getting out there, getting years under his belt and getting experience under his belt.' Amendola also said he and Golladay have worked out together in Austin, Texas this offseason.

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Golladay has just shown us the tip of the iceberg in the pros. He was able to go for more than 1,000 yards receiving in 2019 even though he caught passes from three different quarterbacks. Matthew Stafford is now healthy and that could lead to even better numbers from Golladay in 2020.

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11. NO - QB Drew Brees tops when kept safe

Source: Pro Football Focus

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees is Pro Football Focus' highest-graded quarterback over the last two seasons when kept free from pressure.

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Brees is deadly when he has time to throw. He stays on time and on target better than any quarterback in the league. Brees may be playing his final season in 2020 and his game has not fallen off much if at all.

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12. LAC - Hunter Henry among metric's elite

Source: Chargers Wire - Gavino Borquez

Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry ranked seventh among all pass-catchers in 2019 with a plus-8.4 percent catch rate above expectation.

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Henry is an outstanding tight end and can make plays others can't. Injuries are his only concern as a pro. If Henry is healthy, he can easily be a top-5 fantasy tight end. Henry has a current ADP of TE8 (7.06) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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13. DET - WR Kenny Golladay a big-play wideout

Source: ESPN

Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay had 22 receptions of at least 20 yards in 2019, which ranked second among all pass-catchers.

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Golladay had over 1,000 yards receiving in 2019 and did it with three different quarterbacks (Matthew Stafford, Jeff Driskel, David Blough). This year with Stafford back at full strength, we should see more big plays and even more production from Golladay.

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14. SEA - RB Chris Carson still lead back

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson (hip) is still one of the team's 'primary offensive weapons' despite the Friday, May 22, signing of free agent RB Carlos Hyde, according to a team beat reporter. The reporter added that the Seahawks signed Hyde to 'complement' Carson rather than 'take (his) job.'

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This is not a question even with the Seahawks adding Carlos Hyde this week. Hyde is a power back who could get some short-yardage and goal-line work behind Carson. He's going off the board at RB18 (3.08) in 12-team PPR leagues. Hyde is mostly just a bench player for Fantasy GMs but if pressed into duty he could provide RB3/flex value.

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15. IND - RB Marlon Mack a big-play back

Source: ESPN

Indianapolis Colts RB Marlon Mack tied for third in the league with nine rushes of 20 yards or more in the 2019 season.

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Mack is the big-play back and he's going to split time with another dangerous runner, rookie Jonathan Taylor, in 2020. With the addition of Taylor in the draft, the Colts should continue to emphasize the run. Nyheim Hines should still work as their pass-catching back.

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16. BUF - WR John Brown an elite deep threat

Source: Pro Football Focus

Buffalo Bills WR John Brown ranks third in the league since 2015 with an average depth of target of 15.9 yards.

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Brown aka 'Smoke' has always been a deep threat who takes the top off the defense. With the addition of Stefon Diggs, that should take some attention away from Brown. He'll continue to be a downfield field-stretching target for QB Josh Allen.

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17. PHI - WR DeSean Jackson top deep target

Source: Pro Football Focus

Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson average depth of target is 17.6 yards since 2015 -- the highest figure in the league by 1.6 yards over that span.

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Jackson has the speed to get by defenders in a hurry. He basically teleports down the field and ends up behind the secondary before they can adjust. That's his game, always has been and always will be.

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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.

Peace,

J