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Volume 22, #52 -- Monday Night, June 8th, 2020
Who Benefits From A Dalvin Cook Holdout?

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A. 2020 Running Back Role Matrix
From High Upside Starter to Shaky Starter To Backup to Wildcard, Chad Parsons breaks down the running backs for each team. And with the Dalvin Cook news, you might want to take a peek at Alexander Mattison here...

B. How To Pick Which Keeper To Keep
In case you missed it, Sigmund Bloom walks us through deciding which keepers to keep on your squad.

C. Average Draft Position Data Updated For PPR
It's not enough to know where you'd draft a player. You need to know where the other people in your league want to draft the player. Our Average Draft Position (ADP) data is your ticket. This one is for PPR scoring.

D. Average Draft Position Data Updated For Non-PPR
It's not enough to know where you'd draft a player. You need to know where the other people in your league want to draft the player. Our Average Draft Position (ADP) data is your ticket. This one is for Non-PPR scoring.

E. Beginner's Guide to Fantasy Football, Part 8: Improving Your Team
Alessandro Miglio continues the beginner's guide series. In this one, he provides a blueprint for improving your team.


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1. MIN - RB Dalvin Cook says he'll hold out unless he gets an extension

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook wants a contract extension and will skip all of the offseason meeting and training camp until he receives a reasonable extension, according to a source.

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Cook is entering the final year of his rookie contract and is on the books with a $2 million cap hit. He has not yet played a full 16-game season in three years, but Cook did get through 14 games in 2019...ending the year as a top-5 fantasy running back. The two sides have no further discussions on the schedule right now but they should be conversing before training camp.

If you're wondering where that 2020 Running Back Role Matrix comes in handy, hello Alexander Mattison. The picture of a High Upside Backup.

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2. IND - QB Philip Rivers to work out with teammates

Source: The Athletic - Stephen Holder

Indianapolis Colts QB Philip Rivers is planning voluntary workouts with some of his teammates in Indianapolis next week, according to sources.

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Rivers gets a fresh start with the Colts in 2020. His game looked nearly shot last year with the Chargers as he was throwing picks left and right. With a much better offensive line and plenty of weapons around him in the rushing and passing attacks, we could see Rivers enjoy a bounce-back season. Fantasy GMs are looking at him as a low-end QB2 with a current ADP of QB19 (12.06) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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3. SEA - Freddie Swain signs deal

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

Seattle Seahawks sixth-round draft choice WR Freddie Swain signed a four-year contract with the Seahawks Monday, June 8, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Swain has an unpolished game but could immediately contribute on special teams as a return man. He led the Gators in 2019 with seven touchdown receptions and has 12 combined over his last two collegiate seasons (he scored once every 4.5 catches at Florida). Swain only had one drop in 2019 and did most of his damage from the slot. His game is rough around the edges but the ball skills and athleticism are there enough for us to keep track of Swain in deep dynasty formats.

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4. SEA - RB Carlos Hyde understands role

Source: NBC Sports Northwest - Joe Fann

Seattle Seahawks RB Carlos Hyde said he knows that he will be competing for the No. 2 running back job and that RB Chris Carson is the starting running back.

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Hyde is coming off a 1,000-yard season on the ground last year with the Texans but he's a clear reserve in Seattle. Hyde should be able to win that no.2 job in training camp, making him a high-value handcuff for Fantasy GMs with deep benches.

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5. SF - TE George Kittle tough to tackle

Source: ProFootballFocus.com

San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle forced 20 missed tackles during the 2019 season, which ranked first among wide receivers and tight ends.

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Kittle can run through or around defenders. That's what makes him so hard to bring down because as a defender it's tough to line him up. Kittle should continue to dominate in this statistical category once again in 2020.

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6. IND - Jonathan Taylor in spot to thrive

Source: Pro Football Focus - Michael Renner

Indianapolis Colts second-round pick RB Jonathan Taylor is in the best position of drafted running backs to succeed, according to Pro Football Focus' Michael Renner. The team's offensive line is returning all five starters, and the line ranked third in PFF's rankings last season.

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That's true about the Colts O-Line as they have one of the best units in the entire NFL. However, Taylor is going to be splitting time with Marlon Mack this year...and Nyheim Hines will get plenty of work as a receiver out of the backfield. That means his 'success' won't be as great as other rookie running backs who get a larger workload. Taylor should be efficient as a two-down banger (who splits time) for the Colts in 2020.

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7. SEA - RB Carlos Hyde says he is on track

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks RB Carlos Hyde (shoulder) said he believes he is on track in his recovery from shoulder surgery and thinks he will be ready for training camp.

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Hyde may be ready for training camp, but the Seahawks are likely to ease him into action. He's there to be the primary backup to Chris Carson and they'll want him available at the start of the regular season. Hyde is a seasoned veteran who doesn't need a ton of work in camp or the preseason.

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8. BAL - RB Gus Edwards made most of carries

Source: ESPN.com

Baltimore Ravens RB Gus Edwards averaged 5.3 yards per carry in 2019, the third most among qualified runners.

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Edwards is pushed down the depth chart with the selection of J.K. Dobbins in the second round of the 2020 NFL draft. We'll see the Ravens use Mark Ingram and Dobbins as their top backs leaving Edwards for a third-string role. He's a one-dimensional power back who might get some short-yardage of goal-line work.

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9. PHI - WR DeSean Jackson may be top option

Source: NJ.com - Mike Kaye

Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson is expected to be the top receiving threat this upcoming season if he is able to stay healthy, according to NJ.com's Mike Kaye.

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Let's see how this shakes out with the Eagles receiving room in 2020. Jackson can still fly and get down the field in the blink of an eye but he needs to stay healthy to be effective as he only stayed on the field two games in 2019. We'll see how a healthier Alshon Jeffery can bounce back this year and also see the introduction of 2020 first-round pick Jalen Reagor. Right now, Jackson is the third Eagles WR coming off the board. Reagor's current ADP is WR49 (11.03), Jeffery is WR56 (12.05) and Jackson is WR60 (14.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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10. SF - WR Deebo Samuel caused missed tackles

Source: ProFootballFocus.com

San Francisco 49ers WR Deebo Samuel forced 18 missed tackles during the 2019 season, which was tied for second in the NFL.

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Samuel's game is all about run-after-the-catch ability. He's a bully with the ball, hence the nickname 'Deebo.' Samuel regularly tells defenders 'that's my bike punk!' with the rock in his hand. He's just getting started and looks to have a bright NFL future ahead of him.

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11. PIT - WR Diontae Johnson difficult to tackle

Source: ProFootballFocus.com

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Diontae Johnson forced 18 missed tackles during the 2019 season, which tied for second in the NFL.

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Johnson was able to do this without QB Ben Roethlisberger for most of his rookie season in 2019. We'll see if he can perform at an even higher level now that Roethlisberger is healthy and will be back out there slinging the rock. Johnson is a WR4 with plenty of upside for Fantasy GMs in 2020.

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12. ARI - QB Kyler Murray expected to work with teammates

Source: AZCardinals.com - Darren Urban

Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray is expected to work out with teammates at some point this week, according to head coach Kliff Kingsbury.

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Murray, like other quarterbacks, is going to organize some workouts to throw some passes and build chemistry for the 2020 season. He got a huge boost to the passing game with the trade for WR DeAndre Hopkins. Murray could be a top-tier fantasy quarterback this year, not only because of Hopkins and the others in the receiving corps, but also because of his athleticism and ability to hurt a defense on the ground.

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