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Volume 22, #60 -- Tuesday Night, June 16th, 2020
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B. 26 Undervalued Running Backs Who Could Win Your League
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C. Quarterback Tiers, Targets, and Players to Avoid
Sigmund Bloom with a look at quarterback tiers for early drafts with a strategy on who to target and avoid, including 2QB/Superflex leagues.

D. How Teddy Bridgewater and Joe Brady Could Be the Perfect Combo
Dave Larkin with a detailed look at Teddy Bridgewater's fantasy prospects, and how new offensive coordinator Joe Brady is the key to unlocking his upside.

E. Eagles Lose Their Best O-Lineman - What It Means For The Offense
All-Pro Right Guard Brandon Brooks is out for the season. Matt Bitonti writes about what this means for the Eagles and talks about possible replacements.

F. Auction Success in a Running Back Crazy World: Part 1
Drew Davenport dives into finding auction success without spending on top running backs.

G. Updated Detailed Stat Projections - Quarterbacks
Rankings are cool and we love those too. But Detailed Stat Projections are the backbone of what we do at Footballguys. Get the QBs here. And also note you can click on the scoring tab to see the other scoring format options.

H. Updated Detailed PPR Stat Projections - Running Backs
Rankings are cool and we love those too. But Detailed Stat Projections are the backbone of what we do at Footballguys. Get the RBs here. And also note you can click on the scoring tab to see the other scoring format options.

I. Updated Detailed PPR Stat Projections - Wide Receivers
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J. Updated Detailed PPR Stat Projections - Tight Ends
Rankings are cool and we love those too. But Detailed Stat Projections are the backbone of what we do at Footballguys. Get the TEs here. And also note you can click on the scoring tab to see the other scoring format options.

K. Updated Detailed Stat Projections - Linebackers
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L. Updated Detailed Stat Projections - Defensive Linemen
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1. TB - Byron Leftwich happy with RBs room

Source: PewterReport.com

Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich said Tuesday, June 16, he's comfortable with the running backs the team has and trusts in their abilities to get the job done. Leftwich also said RBs Ke'Shawn Vaughn and Raymond Calais can make big plays, and he's happy the team drafted them.

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Vaughn is the player who could push starter Ronald Jones for playing time. The rookie from Vanderbilt has a no-nonsense rushing style and can grind down opponents. He averaged around 6.0 yards per carry running between the tackles last year plus Vaughn caught 28 passes in 2019. His pass-protection must improve if he's going to get much playing time as a rookie.

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2. CHI - RB Tarik Cohen improving durability

Source: NBC Sports Chicago - Bryan Perez

Chicago Bears RB Tarik Cohen admitted recently he didn't take good enough care of his body in 2019 and is working this offseason to be better prepared for the wear and tear. ''I've been doing yoga now, stretching more often and just like the small training room - in-house things you do to keep your body durable,'' Cohen said. ''And to keep the wear-and-tear of the season off of you longer. I really slacked on that.'

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Cohen is a small-but-compact player so injuries and durability are always going to be a concern. He didn't stand out in the Bears backfield in 2019, and many are blaming QB Mitchell Trubisky for the offensive woes. We'll see if Nick Foles can win the starting job from Trubisky in training camp and if that helps out the Bears offense. Cohen is a frequently targeted part of the passing game, and if more efficient as a pass-catcher we could see him pay off as a deep flex option in PPR leagues.

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3. TB - WR Scott Miller best bet for WR3 job?

Source: PewterReport.com - Jon Ledyard

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Scott Miller is the team's best fit as the Week 1 WR3, according to Jon Ledyard of PewterReport.com. Miller provides the best skill set with the vertical ability to stretch defenses and post-catch abilities, according to Ledyard.

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Miller is capable of cleaning up on underneath routes. He could see favorable coverage with teams so concerned with the 'big two' receivers on the outside Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Throw in three quality tight ends (O.J. Howard, Cameron Brate, Rob Gronkowski) and you can see how Miller is low in the pecking order for targets this season.

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4. WAS - Teammate drops praise on Steven Sims

Source: Redskins.com - Kyle Stackpole

Washington Redskins WR Steven Sims has made a 'big jump' this offseason, according to teammate Terry McLaurin, who added Sims has also impressed with his footwork.

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Undrafted out of Kansas in 2019, Sims flashed for Washington...especially near the end of the season. Over the final four games of his rookie year, Sims snared 20 passes for 230 yards and four touchdowns. Washington added WR Antonio Gandy-Golden and RB/WR Antonio Gibson in the 2020 NFL draft, so we'll see how Sims responds to more competition in 2020.

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5. LAR - QB Jared Goff struggles past first read

Source: Pro Football Focus - Sam Monson

Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff had the lowest Pro Football Focus in the NFL last season when forced to look past his first read. He has a top-10 PFF grade on first-read throws over the last two seasons.

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That's a pretty telling stat for Goff...and it backs up the film. If he's on time and on rhythm with the first read, then Goff can be pretty efficient. However, when he's forced to go away from his initial read then the young quarterback still struggles. He put the ball in the air 626 times in 2019 but was not an efficient passer. From a fantasy perspective, Goff is a QB2 with upside.

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6. MIN - RB Dalvin Cook helps out QB Kirk Cousins

Source: NFL - Next Gen Stats

Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins threw five interceptions on 165 pass attempts without RB Dalvin Cook on the field in 2019, according to Next Gen Stats. Cousins threw just one interception on 279 pass attempts when Cook was on the field.

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Cook helps Cousins because teams are concerned about the run. The Vikings have a Gary Kubiak offense and that's all about play-action passing and running the ball more than most others in the NFL. Expect more of the same in 2020.

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7. IND - Michael Pittman officially under contract

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Updating a previous story, Indianapolis Colts second-round WR Michael Pittman officially signed his four-year rookie contract Tuesday, June 16. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

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Pittman is a big-bodied rookie from USC who can go up high and get the football. He's tall, strong and has a large wingspan which allows him to get to passes that smaller defenders just can't reach. We'd like to see him run better routes and be a little bit more physical at the catch point. Pittman is competing with the likes of Parris Campbell to be the no.2 receiver opposite of T.Y. Hilton in 2020.

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8. PHI - Jalen Reagor to learn from DeSean Jackson

Source: CBS Sports - Jeff Kerr

Philadelphia Eagles WR Jalen Reagor will learn from veteran WR DeSean Jackson in 2020, according to head coach Doug Pederson Tuesday, June 16. 'He's going to come in and he's going to learn one position and he is going to learn from DeSean Jackson, and learn everything he can,' Pederson said. 'Obviously the playbook is extensive and we just have to see what he's taken from the offseason to training camp, and then once we see his potential and his growth, then we can use him in multiple spots.'But one of the things that all of our receivers really have the capability of doing is moving inside, whether they are an outside guy going inside or an inside guy going outside. We'll keep him at one position to start and we'll grow from there.'

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Reagor has plenty of speed and quickness to his game. He can thrive on deep routes over his shoulder but he can also take short passes and turn them into long gains. The rookie first-round pick from TCU should be able to pick up quite a bit from Jackson. Reagor's current ADP is WR51 (11.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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9. IND - Jonathan Taylor not concerned with timeshare

Source: FOX 59 Indianapolis - Mike Chappell

Indianapolis Colts RB Jonathan Taylor said Tuesday, June 16, he isn't concerned about splitting time with RB Marlon Mack in 2020. 'You don't count the reps, you make the reps count,' Taylor said.

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That sounds like Taylor. He's the ultimate 'lunch pail' running back who just wants to show up and punish defenders. There's not a lot of nuance to his game, but Taylor wastes little motion and can be tough to bring down when he builds a head of steam. Add in RB Nyheim Hines catching passes out of the backfield and you see a three-headed RBBC for the Colts this year.

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10. NO - RB Alvin Kamara riddled with injuries in 2019

Source: NewOrleans.Football - Nick Underhill

New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara 'played through a lot' in 2019, according to running backs coach Joel Thomas, who said Kamara dealt with knee, ankle and back injuries. Thomas also went on to say 'Kamara's 75 percent is a lot of people's 100 percent' and that was why he continued to play as much as he did.

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Kamara only missed two games last year but he did not look like himself while dealing with these injuries. We should see him continue to catch around 80 passes this year while getting near 1,000 yards on the ground. Kamara needs to see a bump up in touchdowns (18 TDs in 2018, 6 TDs in 2019) if he wants to finish as a top-5 fantasy running back.

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11. MIA - Tua Tagovailoa begins work with team doctors

Source: Sun-Sentinel - Omar Kelly

Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa (hip) relocated to South Florida over the weekend and began training at the team's Davie facility Monday, June 15. 'He's a little bit ahead as far as where we would like him,' said Kevin Wilk, a renowned physical therapist who had been working with Tagovailoa. 'We're constantly trying to slow him down just a little bit because an athlete like that is just chomping at the bit just begging to get back out there. He wants to do more and more so we have to hold him back. And really, that was from the beginning. He always wanted to do more.'

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Tagovailoa is hopefully going to be the franchise quarterback the Dolphins haven't had since the days of Dan Marino. If healthy, Tagovailoa certainly has an elite-level skill set as an athlete and as a passer. We'll see him compete with Ryan Fitzpatrick for the starting job this season.

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12. PHI - WR Alshon Jeffery remains a big part of offense

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery (foot) is without a timetable for his full recovery from the Lisfranc injury that ended his 2019 campaign, but head coach Doug Pederson said Tuesday, June 16, Jeffery will remain a key piece of the passing game once able to take the field. 'Alshon has done extremely well this off-season with his rehab. . . . ,' Pederson said. 'I just want him to focus on his rehab and get strong, but the second part of your question is, he's a big part of our offense, and we do plan to have him in the offense at some point. But if there's a couple games there where he's not ready, then, we're not going to put him out there and just wait for him to get healthy.'

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Yeah, that's great and all but it sounds a bit too much like 'coach speak' here. Jeffery is recovering from lis franc surgery in mid-December. His Week 1 status is unknown. He should be a WR5 for Fantasy GMs this year which means you won't be looking to Jeffery that often, even if the coach insists that the veteran is still going to be a big part of the offense.

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13. SF - San Francisco still looking to lock up S John Lynch

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch, the 2019 NFL Executive of the Year, is expected to be signed to a contract to keep him paired with head coach Kyle Shanahan through at least the 2025 season, according to Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area.

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Lynch and Shanahan both signed six-year contracts with the 49ers three years ago. With Shanahan re-upped by the team earlier this week, expect Lynch to get a similar extension. The 49ers are in a Super Bowl window under the guidance of Lynch and have worked to become one of the best teams in the game today.

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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,

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