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Volume 22, #57 -- Saturday Night, June 13th, 2020
Mastering the Auction Draft

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Welcome to Sunday. I hope you're having a nice weekend and getting some rest. We've got some reading material for you so sit back and relax.

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A. Mastering the Auction Draft, Part 5: Bidding Strategies
Drew Davenport continues the Auction Mastery series. In this one, he dives into bidding strategies for successful auction drafting.

B. Dynasty News
Jeff Tefertiller scours the news around the NFL to bring you what matters most to you and your dynasty team.


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1. BUF - QB Josh Allen surrounded by continuity

Source: ESPN.com

Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen will be running an offense which returns a league-most 95.4 percent of its 2019 snaps.

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Allen needs to get better himself if the Bills are to take the next step. With Tom Brady playing in Tampa, the AFC East is wide open for the first time in years. The Bills are a team who could win the division and make a postseason run...if Allen can improve his game. New addition WR Stefon Diggs should help.

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2. DAL - WR Amari Cooper one of top deep threats

Source: Pro Football Focus

Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper had 15 receptions on targets of 20-plus yards downfield in 2019, which tied for second in the league among pass-catchers.

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Cooper is going to continue as a deep threat for the Cowboys in 2020. They added even more firepower to the offense in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft when they selected WR CeeDee Lamb out of Oklahoma. Lamb and Michael Gallup will take plenty of attention away from defenses, allowing Cooper to thrive...especially in deep, one-on-one situations.

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3. SEA - QB Russell Wilson tops in improvisation

Source: Pro Football Focus

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson led all quarterbacks with a 94.6 Pro Football Focus grade on passing plays lasting longer than 3 seconds in 2019.

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Wilson can make things happen. He always has done a good job of breaking the pocket but keeping his eyes downfield for a throw. If nothing's there, then Wilson can use his legs to pick up first downs. That dual-threat ability makes him one of the most dangerous quarterbacks in the league.

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4. ARI - QB Kyler Murray eyeing next level

Source: NFL.com - Jeremy Bergman

Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray is 'anxious' to begin working with his reconfigured cast of offensive weapons, WR Larry Fitzgerald said on the team's website. 'Talking to (Murray), he loves being around us,' Fitzgerald said. 'He wants to take this to the next level and build on what he was able to accomplish last year, NFL Rookie of the Year. He's got a lot of guys who want to play well for him, and he wants to do the same for us. Hopefully we will be able to do it here pretty soon.'

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Murray will be able reach that next level if he meshes well with WR DeAndre Hopkins. The Cardinals are going to have one of the most explosive offenses in the league this year. Murray's weapons and his skill set in that offense make him an easy QB1 for Fantasy GMs in 2020.

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5. BUF - WR Stefon Diggs making impression

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Mike Florio

Buffalo Bills WR Stefon Diggs made an instant impression on QB Josh Allen when the two were able to work together recently in Florida. 'It was very, very awesome to see just the amount of detail that he puts into his craft, how communicative he was, how willing he was to learn,' Allen said of Diggs. 'And he wasn't there for himself. He was there for the betterment of the team and wanted to hang out with the guys and wanted to learn and get to know the guys and I thought that was pretty special. You hear all these crazy stories in the media, and I think he's had a bad rep where he was at.'

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Diggs is the best wide receiver that Josh Allen has ever thrown to...college or pro. He should be able to integrate quickly as the top target for the Bills. Diggs can go get catches others can't and that should help Allen's completion percentage all over the field. If Allen can improve his pass placement, that's only going to be a bonus for a player like Diggs who has wheels and moves after the catch.

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6. LAR - WR Cooper Kupp tops in slot position yardage

Source: Pro Football Focus

Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp led the league in 2019 with 853 receiving yards from the slot position, according to Pro Football Focus data.

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Kupp is going to have opportunity to do more in 2020. With Brandin Cooks moved on, the team needs guys like Kupp and Robert Woods to excel. Rookie Van Jefferson will get thrown into the mix along with Josh Reynolds to round out the main group of receivers this year.

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7. NYJ - Le'Veon Bell taking part in workouts

Source: New York Post - Ryan Dunleavy

New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell is participating in workouts with his teammates this weekend.

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Bell and the Jets are trying to get things right on offense. He'll serve as the lead back this year with veteran Frank Gore as the primary backup. From a fantasy perspective, Bell is a RB2 with upside.

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8. ARI - RB Kenyan Drake embracing opportunity

Source: ArizonaSports.com

Arizona Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake is eager for the opportunity to serve as his team's clear-cut No. 1 running for the first time in his five NFL seasons. 'I'm looking forward to, one, putting myself in the best situation; two, be available to be able to do that,' Drake said in an interview in May. 'I had I guess a couple injuries in college that prohibited from me being available on the field. Since I've been in the league, I've been fairly healthy. I'm really just trying to put my body in a situation where I can take a load or get X amount of carries or touches in general.'

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Drake was ho-hum during his time with the Dolphins but he immediately exploded onto the scene when the Cardinals picked him up last year. He should be able to thrive in the wide-open Kliff Kingsbury offense which now features superstar WR DeAndre Hopkins as the lead target. Drake won't see many stacked boxes this season and should pay off as a RB1 for Fantasy GMs out there.

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9. NYJ - QB Sam Darnold working out with rookie

Source: SNY

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold is working out with WR Denzel Mims this weekend.

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We'll see if the chemistry they build in these workouts translates quickly onto the football field. Mims was a speedy receiver with great 'my ball' mentality and body control in college. He should be a fine weapon for Darnold in 2020, perhaps as the no.1 receiver if he can get up to speed.

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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.

Peace,

J