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Volume 22, #48 -- Thursday Night, June 4th, 2020
Running Back Tiers And Targets And Players To Avoid

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B. Running Back Tiers And Targets And Players To Avoid
Sigmund Bloom with a look at running back tiers for early drafts with strategy on who to target and avoid.

C. 10 Deep Sleepers at Quarterback
One key to winning fantasy football is identifying the players who are undervalued. Especially the deep sleepers. We asked the Footballguys Staff to identify QBs who fit that bill and this is what they said.

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Matt Waldman discusses 12 players he's much higher on than his peers as we head into the summer of 2020.

E. Best Ball Rankings: Top 250
Best Ball format is rapidly gaining popularity. And for good reason. But don't think you can walk in with a normal redraft cheatsheet. James Brimacombe breaks down his Top 250 Players in Best Ball format.

F. Top 300 Players For PPR
David Dodds with the Top 300 Players in PPR scoring.

G. Top 300 Players For Non-PPR
David Dodds with the Top 300 Players in Non-PPR scoring.

H. Draft List For PPR
David Dodds takes the Top 300 Player List and factors it against Average Draft Position Data to get a list more like we'd actually draft from. This one is for PPR scoring.

I. Draft List For Non-PPR
David Dodds takes the Top 300 Player List and factors it against Average Draft Position Data to get a list more like we'd actually draft from. This one is for Non-PPR scoring.

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1. NYJ - QB Sam Darnold ready to make a leap?

Source: NewYorkJets.com - Ethan Greenberg

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold is 'one of the best young quarterbacks in this league,' according to former NFL quarterback Jordan Palmer, who has trained him since Darnold's predraft process in 2018.'I've said this a bunch, Sam is one of the best young quarterbacks in this league. He has everything. You talk to smart coaches around the league, Sam is one of those guys that they put in a different category. It's just going to be a matter of time for him. I feel like this offseason with the disarray and how crazy it's been, he's been so consistent every day doing the same things and just being methodical with his work, communicating with his teammates. He's heading into Year 2 with this system and with Sam, I don't think it's big, major changes. I think he has to continue to stay the course and he's done that,' Palmer recently said on ESPN's NFL Live.

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Palmer works with a lot of the young quarterbacks in the NFL, so he's got a good opinion on this topic. Darnold needs to stay healthy and start playing up to his potential. He's been showing flashes as a pro but has yet to find proper consistency. The Jets did a lot of work this offseason to protect him better up front and put better weapons around him. We'll see how much that helps in 2020.

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2. CLE - RB Kareem Hunt's role to grow in 2020

Source: BrownsZone - Scott Petrak

Cleveland Browns RB Kareem Hunt's role in the offense will grow in 2020, according to offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt Wednesday, June 3. 'We have to find a way to put the best players on the field and the matchups that will come with that each week. Kareem is an extremely talented runner as a running back, and he is exceptional out of the backfield (as a receiver). He is fearless, and the selflessness of him blocking and lead blocking, he is just a football player who loves to play. We have to find ways to get him the ball.'

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Hunt is a reserve running back behind Nick Chubb but he could have plenty of fantasy value...especially in PPR leagues. He's a RB3/flex option for Fantasy GMs while Chubb is a RB1 in 2020.

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3. LAC - Justin Herbert will compete

Source: The Orange County Register - Gilbert Manzano

Los Angeles Chargers first-round pick QB Justin Herbert is expected to compete for the starting job with QB Tyrod Taylor, according to quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton.

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Herbert is the quarterback of the future but he may have to wait for his chance to start. Taylor is a seasoned veteran quarterback and the team can win a lot of games with him as the starter. We'll see if Herbert can unseat the veteran in training camp and the preseason.

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4. PHI - RB Miles Sanders in rare company

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Jeff McLane

Philadelphia Eagles RB Miles Sanders last season became only the sixth player in NFL history to produce at least 800 yards rushing and 500 yards receiving in his rookie season, joining Abner Haynes (1960), Gale Sayers (1965), Billy Sims (1980), Marshall Faulk (1994), Edgerrin James (1999) and Saquon Barkley (2018).

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Sanders is just getting started in the NFL. He's got a three-down skill set and should build on the numbers he produced last year. The Eagles are going to add a veteran back to the mix, perhaps someone like LeSean McCoy, but that won't take away from the sizable role Sanders will have this season.

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5. CLE - QB Baker Mayfield working on footwork

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield has been streamlining his footwork this offseason over virtual calls, according to offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt. Van Pelt said he wants his quarterbacks using West Coast footwork, and he has gotten Mayfield to remove a giant stagger step from his dropbacks.

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Mayfield is getting a fresh start in 2020 after a disappointing 2019 season. The new staff, new protection, new weapons and improved footwork should help Mayfield play better this season.

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6. IND - Jonathan Taylor can fix fumbling problem

Source: 93.5 FM The Fan - Kevin Bowen

Indianapolis Colts RB Jonathan Taylor fumbled 18 times during his three years at Wisconsin, but running backs Tom Rathman said Taylor can correct the problem with better fundamentals.

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That's good news if Rathman can fix the problem. Taylor had a huge workload in college at Wisconsin but is going to be splitting time with Marlon Mack as the team's primary ball-carriers. Nyheim Hines should get plenty of work as a third-down option in 2020.

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7. TB - RB Devonta Freeman too expensive for Bucs

Source: Tampa Bay Times - Rick Stroud

Free-agent RB Devonta Freeman (Falcons) would receive interest from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers if he lowered his asking price, according to head coach Bruce Arians.

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The Buccaneers could use some running back help. Freeman has been getting a little bit of buzz but has yet to find a new home. We'll see if he lowers his price tag and then gets a chance. Freeman is not the player he used to be but could work as a rotational back with a team like the Buccaneers.

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8. MIN - Justin Jefferson catches mostly everything

Source: ESPN.com - Courtney Cronin

Minnesota Vikings first-round pick WR Justin Jefferson had an 85.2 percent catch rate last season, which was the highest of any eligible receiver in the draft. He led the country with 111 receptions and had the second-most touchdowns in SEC history with 18.

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Jefferson has sure hands and that's one of the main reasons he was drafted in the first round. Out of his 111 receptions, 109 of them came from the slot position. We'll see how the Vikings utilize him this year as Adam Thielen does a lot of work from the slot. Jefferson struggled outside for LSU two years ago, but should play out there a lot more in the NFL than he did in 2019 for the Bayou Bengals.

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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.

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