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Volume 22, #50 -- Saturday Night, June 6th, 2020
The Beginner's Guide To Dominating Your Draft

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A. Beginner's Guide To Fantasy Football Part 6 - Dominating The Draft
Alessandro Miglio continues the Beginner Series. In this one, he talks you through how to dominate your draft.

B. Who Is the Top Linebacker on a New Team?
The Footballguys staff discuss veteran linebackers who changed teams over the offseason.


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1. CLE - OC praises WR Odell Beckham Jr.

Source: Anthony Polsal - Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. is receiving strong praise from offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt. 'He's a worker,' Van Pelt said about Beckham's participation in the offseason program. 'He loves football. He's smart as hell. He's just been a model guy this offseason.'

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Beckham's first year in Cleveland was a disappointment, and Fantasy GMs are looking for a bounce-back year. However, he still went over 1,000 yards and registered 74 catches. We're projecting him for a slight uptick in those numbers this season.

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2. DEN - Jerry Jeudy working with Drew Lock

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy has been among the players catching passes daily from QB Drew Lock at a Denver-area field.

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Jeudy and Lock could be a great combination in 2020. The first-round pick was arguably the best receiver in this class...a group of wideouts considered to be among the best to ever come into the league. Jeudy is a no.1 receiver...giving the Broncos two such receivers with Courtland Sutton already in place. We'll see if this work in the offseason helps the two get off to a hot start in 2020.

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3. PIT - TE Eric Ebron fighting for snaps?

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Brian Batko

Pittsburgh Steelers TE Eric Ebron and TE Vance McDonald will likely battle for the starting role during training camp, according to Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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Ebron is the player to watch here. He is great near pay dirt, and Ebron joins a Pittsburgh offense that ranked last in red zone scoring in 2019. Ebron staying healthy is the key. In early April, Ebron admitted that he was not yet fully recovered from offseason ankle surgery and would not be able to play if the season began back then. We'll see where he's at health wise when training camp rolls around.

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4. SF - RB Tevin Coleman hogged red-zone work

Source: NFL Savant

San Francisco 49ers RB Tevin Coleman led his team with 26 red-zone carries in 2019. He also scored a team-high five touchdowns on those rushes.

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Coleman is going to spell Raheem Mostert in 2020. That makes him a RB4 option for Fantasy GMs this season.

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5. PIT - Uncertain future for RB Jaylen Samuels?

Source: Steelers.com - Bob Labriola

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jaylen Samuels isn't in 'the category of a lock' to make the 53-man roster, according to Bob Labriola of Steelers.com.

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The Steelers have a jam-packed backfield with more talent added this offseason in the draft (Anthony McFarland). However, no player in that backfield is as versatile as Samuels. He's a jack-of-all-trades as a running back and can be used as a slot receiver or gadget quarterback if called upon. The Steelers don't seem to have a clue how to use Samuels properly and he seems to be miscast in this offense. We'll see this battle shake out in training camp and will monitor Samuels in dynasty leagues.

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6. CHI - RB David Montgomery controlled red-zone duties

Source: NFL Savant

Chicago Bears RB David Montgomery received 26 red-zone carries and scored five touchdowns on those carries in 2019. RB Tarik Cohen had just six red-zone carries with one touchdown.

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Montgomery got a ton of work near pay dirt, but he failed to have a high conversion rate on those carries. He's a low-end RB2 for Fantasy GMs because Cohen takes most all the targets int he passing game. Montgomery could outperform his current ADP (RB23, 4.05) if he becomes more efficient in the red zone.

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7. DAL - QB Dak Prescott hurt by drops

Source: Pro Football Focus

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott topped all quarterbacks with 392 air yards lost on dropped passes in 2019, according to Pro Football Focus data.

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Prescott should see better numbers this year with CeeDee Lamb (2020 first-round pick) added to the mix. He's yet to come to an agreement on a long-term deal with the Cowboys but the two sides have until mid-July to get something done.

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8. CHI - WR Allen Robinson a top target

Source: Sports Info Solutions

Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson finished with a 2019 team target share of 27.1 percent -- second among all pass-catchers with at least 100 targets.

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We'll see Robinson continue to get a huge share of the workload in 2020...regardless of who wins the starting QB job. Mitchell Trubisky will compete with Nick Foles for the top spot on the Bears depth chart.

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9. PHI - Drops hampered QB Carson Wentz

Source: Pro Football Focus

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz lost out on 391 air yards due to dropped passes in 2019 -- second most in the league -- according to Pro Football Focus data.

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Wentz didn't have a great group of wide receivers last year. Guys were either old, injury, inexperienced or a combination of those three. This year, the Eagles made an emphasis to add better talent to the position. That's why they spent a first-round pick in the 2020 NFL draft on Jalen Reagor (TCU). We should see better numbers from Wentz due to this emphasis.

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10. TEN - Darrynton Evans' role uncertain

Source: TennesseeTitans.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans RB Darrynton Evans' role will be determined on how much he will be able to handle, according to head coach Arthur Smith. Evans probably will be used when RB Derrick Henry needs a rest.

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Evans is a hard-charging running back who understands angles and will hit the hole quickly. He's not a power back like Henry, but the rookie from Appalachian State handled a large workload in college and didn't cough up the rock. He had 467 touches over the last two years without a fumble. That reliability means the Titans could count on him when Henry needs a breather.

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11. BUF - WR Cole Beasley excelled in red zone

Source: NFL Savant

Buffalo Bills WR Cole Beasley caught all eight of his red-zone targets in 2019 and scored five touchdowns within the opposition's 20-yard line.

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Beasley is dangerous on underneath routes and has great hands. He'll continue to serve in the same role for the Bills passing game this year. Beasley was a low-end WR3 for Fantasy GMs last year and has deep flex appeal once again in 2020.

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12. LVR - TE Darren Waller 2nd in target share

Source: Sports Info Solutions

Las Vegas Raiders TE Darren Waller ranked second among tight ends (minimum 100 targets) in 2019 with a 23.8-percent team target share.

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Waller was the second-leading tight end last year in terms of yardage only behind Travis Kelce. The Raiders added Jason Witten this offseason in free agency, and we'll see how he cuts into Waller's target share.

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13. CHI - RB Tarik Cohen inefficient in red zone

Source: NFL Savant

Chicago Bears RB Tarik Cohen caught 73 of 98 targets in 2019, but he caught just five of nine red-zone targets.

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Cohen will continue to be targeted early and often in the Bears offense. We'll see who wins the starting QB job between Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles. Either way, Cohen should be a continued top target in the offense.

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14. NE - RB James White reliable in premium area

Source: NFL Savant

New England Patriots RB James White led all NFL running backs in 2019 with 20 red-zone targets. He had 17 receptions and four touchdowns on those throws.

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White is as reliable as they come across the field but can be especially dangerous in the red zone. It will be interesting to see how he meshes with Jarrett Stidham in 2020 as we should see Stidham as the Patriots starting quarterback this season.

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15. HOU - TE Darren Fells a trusted red-zone option

Source: NFL Savant

Houston Texans TE Darren Fells led the team with nine red-zone receptions and seven touchdowns in 2019. His 11 red-zone targets shared the team lead with WR DeAndre Hopkins.

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With Hopkins traded way, Fells might get a little more work in the red zone. However, his seven touchdowns are going to be tough to duplicate. Instead it might be better to project him for around 4-5 touchdowns in 2020.

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16. ATL - RB Qadree Ollison efficient with red-zone work

Source: NFL Savant

Atlanta Falcons RB Qadree Ollison scored a team-high four touchdowns on just eight red-zone carries in 2019.

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Ollison was pushed down the depth chart when the team signed Todd Gurley in free agency. Now, Ollison is likely no.3 or no.4 on the depth chart. We'll see if he can move his way up into more playing time opportunities in training camp.

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