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Volume 22, #44 -- Sunday Night, May 31st, 2020
Updated CheatSheet Rankings For PPR Scoring

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Howdy Folks,

Good Monday to you.

It's June 1, and that feels like summer to me. And summer feels like Cheatsheet Rankings and we've got a boatload of those for you.

Plus News and Notes and more. Let's go.

J

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A. Updated PPR Cheatsheet Rankings - Overall
It might be June 1, but we've been publishing rankings for a while now. This is our Overall List for PPR scoring. As always, you can sort by different rankers and even exclude some if you like. You can also view by Average (AVG), Median (Mdn), and Adjusted Average (AAV) which is computed by throwing out the highest and lowest rankings and averaging the remaining ranks.

B. Updated PPR Cheatsheet Rankings - Quarterbacks
It might be June 1, but we've been publishing rankings for a while now. This is our Quarterback list for PPR scoring. As always, you can sort by different rankers and even exclude some if you like. You can also view by Average (AVG), Median (Mdn), and Adjusted Average (AAV) which is computed by throwing out the highest and lowest rankings and averaging the remaining ranks.

C. Updated PPR Cheatsheet Rankings - Running Backs
It might be June 1, but we've been publishing rankings for a while now. This is our Running Back list for PPR scoring. As always, you can sort by different rankers and even exclude some if you like. You can also view by Average (AVG), Median (Mdn), and Adjusted Average (AAV) which is computed by throwing out the highest and lowest rankings and averaging the remaining ranks.

D. Updated PPR Cheatsheet Rankings - Wide Receivers
It might be June 1, but we've been publishing rankings for a while now. This is our Wide Receivers list for PPR scoring. As always, you can sort by different rankers and even exclude some if you like. You can also view by Average (AVG), Median (Mdn), and Adjusted Average (AAV) which is computed by throwing out the highest and lowest rankings and averaging the remaining ranks.

E. Updated PPR Cheatsheet Rankings - Tight Ends
It might be June 1, but we've been publishing rankings for a while now. This is our Tight Ends list for PPR scoring. As always, you can sort by different rankers and even exclude some if you like. You can also view by Average (AVG), Median (Mdn), and Adjusted Average (AAV) which is computed by throwing out the highest and lowest rankings and averaging the remaining ranks.

F. Updated PPR Cheatsheet Rankings - Kickers
It might be June 1, but we've been publishing rankings for a while now. This is our Kickers list for PPR scoring. As always, you can sort by different rankers and even exclude some if you like. You can also view by Average (AVG), Median (Mdn), and Adjusted Average (AAV) which is computed by throwing out the highest and lowest rankings and averaging the remaining ranks.

G. Updated PPR Cheatsheet Rankings - Team Defenses
It might be June 1, but we've been publishing rankings for a while now. This is our Team Defenses list for PPR scoring. As always, you can sort by different rankers and even exclude some if you like. You can also view by Average (AVG), Median (Mdn), and Adjusted Average (AAV) which is computed by throwing out the highest and lowest rankings and averaging the remaining ranks.

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1. DAL - RB Ezekiel Elliott shoulders rare workload

Source: NFL.com - Michael Fabiano

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott had 355 touches in 2019, making him the first running back since Ladainian Tomlinson in 2006 and 2007 to have back-to-back seasons with at least 350 touches.

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The NFL is a different game these days with most teams passing a heckuva lot more than they run the ball. When teams do go to the ground, using a RBBC has become en vogue. That's not the case with the Cowboys and Elliott. He's one of the best RBs in the game and is the centerpiece of the team's offense. His heavy workload should continue in 2020.

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2. WAS - QB Dwayne Haskins took a huge step forward late

Source: ProFootballReference.com

Washington Redskins QB Dwayne Haskins took a combined three sacks and went 31-of-43 (72 percent) as a passer for 394 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions over his final two starts of 2019. In his first seven appearances as a pro (five starts), he was sacked an average of 3.7 times and went 88-for-160 (55 percent) as a passer for 971 yards, three touchdowns and seven interceptions.

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There is no doubt that Haskins flashed ability as a rookie...he just didn't get much time to prove himself. He'll compete in training camp with Kyle Allen for the starting job. The last coaching regime brought in Haskins as a first-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft. He'll have to prove himself to new head coach Ron Rivera, and if he plays like he did late last year then that shouldn't be a problem.

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3. DEN - Several TEs may compete for two spots

Source: The Denver Post - Ryan O'Halloran

Denver Broncos TEs Albert Okwuegbunam, Austin Fort and Jake Butt are expected to be competing for two roster spots during training camp. Okwuegbunam is considered a favorite for one of the spots.

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Okwuegbunam was a favorite target of Drew Lock during their playing days together in college at Mizzou. He caught 17 touchdown passes from Lock in two seasons and could be a red-zone threat for the Broncos in 2020 and beyond. Fort looked good in training camp last year as an undrafted rookie out of Wyoming. A knee injury forced him to miss all of 2019. Speaking of knee injuries, Jake Butt just can't stay healthy due to a few knee issues that have plagued his game in college and the pros.

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4. DEN - RB Andrew Beck has good chance to make team

Source: The Denver Post - Ryan O'Halloran

Denver Broncos TE Andrew Beck appears to have a good chance to make the final roster because he can be used at tight end, fullback and on special teams.

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Beck is one of the most versatile players on the Broncos roster. He doesn't have much fantasy value, but he could be utilized to blast open holes for Melvin Gordon from time to time in addition to his responsibilities as a tight end and as an H-back (and of course on special teams).

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5. BAL - QB Lamar Jackson may look to deep passes more often

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com - Clifton Brown

Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson hopefully will try more downfield throws this upcoming season when the team faces one-on-one coverage, according to head coach John Harbaugh. 'Those corners are going to be one-on-one and those safeties are going to be one-on-one against receivers, especially on downfield throws, and we got to make them pay for it,' Harbaugh said. 'I really do believe that's the next step for this offense from an execution standpoint. I really do believe Lamar is going to take the next step and our receivers are going to take the next step.'

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So long as his targets are healthy (Marquise Brown specifically), Jackson should be able to have quite a bit of success as a deep passer. His rushing ability means teams are going to be sucked up to the line in order to contain Jackson as a runner. That leaves deep shots in 1-on-1 situations that Jackson could take advantage of.

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6. CLE - Cleveland may use top RBs together

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns RBs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt probably will be on the field at the same time on occasion this upcoming season, in the opinion of The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot.

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The Browns have a talented duo and using both just makes the most sense. Chubb will be the primary back and should be a fantasy force as a RB1 must-start every week. Hunt has flex appeal in PPR leagues because of how the team can use him as a runner and receiver out of the backfield. Chubb has a current ADP of RB10 (2.02) while Hunt is going off the board at RB28 (5.11) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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7. BUF - WR Stefon Diggs only working with QB Josh Allen

Source: NewYorkUpstate.com - Matt Parrino

Buffalo Bills WR Stefon Diggs has only worked with QB Josh Allen during drills at the recent workouts in Florida.

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Allen and Diggs should be the top duo for the Bills and their passing attack this year. The Bills needed an upgrade at the position and they get that when they traded for Diggs. Allen needs to be more accurate and have better pass placement but having a receiver like Diggs (who can go up and get it no matter where the throw is placed) should greatly help. Allen's rushing ability makes him a potential top-10 fantasy quarterback. If Allen plays better, then Diggs could easily outperform his current ADP of WR21 (5.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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8. BAL - WR Miles Boykin set to start?

Source: The Athletic - Sheil Kapadia

Baltimore Ravens WR Miles Boykin has the 'inside track' to being the No. 2 receiver in 2020, according to Sheil Kapadia of The Athletic.

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Boykin has deep speed and can get by defenders in a hurry. He also has great size and can be a red-zone threat as teams are going to be focused on TE Mark Andrews. Boykin is currently going undrafted in 12-team PPR leagues but keep him on your waiver-wire speed dial, especially if the Ravens implement more deep passing (as reports speculate) in 2020.

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9. BAL - Devin Duvernay could start

Source: The Athletic - Sheil Kapadia

Baltimore Ravens WR Devin Duvernay is expected to compete with WR Willie Snead for playing time in three-receiver sets.

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We certainly appreciate the rookie's game and defenses will have to respect his speed. Duvernay is a slot receiver only, playing 741-of-761 snaps in 2019 from that position. He can be dangerous on screen passes, and Texas used him in that role often. Last season, Duvernay caught 42 screen passes while snaring 105 passes overall. He is dangerous after the catch with his elusiveness, strength and speed. We love him in dynasty formats.

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10. SEA - Drops an issue for WR DK Metcalf

Source: The Athletic - Sheil Kapadia

Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett's 11.23 yards per target and 18 receiving touchdowns over the past two seasons rank second in the NFL, and he has caught 77.2 percent of his targets in that stretch, the third-best mark.

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Lockett is steady and dynamic...that's what makes him a favorite target of QB Russell Wilson. His current ADP is WR23 (5.06) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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11. SEA - WR Tyler Lockett among most efficient

Source: The Athletic - Sheil Kapadia

Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett's 11.23 yards per target and 18 receiving touchdowns over the past two seasons rank second in the NFL, and he has caught 77.2 percent of his targets in that stretch, the third-best mark.

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Lockett is steady and dynamic...that's what makes him a favorite target of QB Russell Wilson. His current ADP is WR23 (5.06) 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