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Volume 22, #61 -- Wednesday Night, June 17th, 2020
How To Start The Season 4 and 0...

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B. How To Start The Season 4 and 0...
Everybody will tell you that a win is a win, but let's face it...we all want to start 4-0. David Dodds tells you how.

C. 19 Running Backs To Avoid
Fantasy Football is about picking the players who will outperform their draft position. But it's also about avoiding the overvalued players. We polled the Footballguys Staff for the running backs they see as overvalued and this is what they said.

D. The Gut Check No.502: 5 Players Who Could Potentially Have Career Years
Matt Waldman shares five players with the skills, supporting cast, and upside to delivers a career-year for fantasy GMs in 2020.

E. Why Leonard Fournette Still Looks Like a Headache
Justin Howe with a detailed analysis of Leonard Fournette's fantasy prospects for 2020.

F. Top 100 College Prospects
Dan Hindery with the Top 100 College Prospects.

G. Auction Success in a Running Back Crazy World: Part 2
Drew Davenport continues diving into players to target in an auction when running backs are expensive.

H. Top 300 Players For PPR Scoring
David Dodds with the Top 300 Players. This one is for PPR scoring.

I. Top 300 Players For Non-PPR Scoring
David Dodds with the Top 300 Players. This one is for Non-PPR scoring.

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

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


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1. NO - RB Alvin Kamara improved on little things

Source: The Times-Picayune - Luke Johnson

New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara stepped up in pass protection, made defenders miss whether he was in open space or in barely any space at all and ran through tackle attempts by people who had 70 pounds on him, according to running backs coach Joel Thomas.

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Little things add up to big things, and Kamara is one of the hardest workers in the game. Last year, Kamara wasn't quite himself as injuries slowed him down. This season, with better weapons around him on offense, Kamara should be able to get back to producing like a top-5 fantasy running back.

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2. CLE - RB Kareem Hunt works with WRs

Source: The Chronicle-Telegram - Scott Petrak

Cleveland Browns RB Kareem Hunt participated in some of the receiver meetings this offseason, according to wide receivers coach Chad O'Shea.

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Hunt is a weapon as a receiver out of the backfield and you can even line him up in the slot. He's the backup to Nick Chubb but he should be able to see plenty of playing time this year. In fact, while Chubb is a RB1 for Fantasy GMs out there we see Hunt as a strong flex option in PPR leagues. Hunt has a current ADP of RB27 (5.06) in 12-team PPR formats.

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3. PHI - Philly not ruling out QB Colin Kaepernick

Source: 13WHAM ABC Rochester - Mike Catalana

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson appeared Wednesday, June 17, on the 94WIP Morning Show with Angelo Cataldi and was asked about the possibility of signing free-agent QB Colin Kaepernick (49ers). 'I think it's something that if a team or even us were in a situation, we would look at all possibilities and scenarios,' Pederson said. 'The one thing you have to keep in mind is he hasn't played in a couple years. That still doesn't mean he couldn't come in and be a backup and learn your system and do those things for you. It's not out of the realm or possibility that could happen.'

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The Eagles have unproven players like veteran Nate Sudfeld and rookie Jalen Hurts behind starter Carson Wentz. It's good for the team to keep all options open in case they feel they need a better plan. Wentz is a fine starter but he has struggled with injuries at times during his career. The Eagles want to make another deep postseason run, and they don't want their season de-railed if Wentz gets banged up again.

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4. ARI - QB Kyler Murray hopes to work with WRs soon

Source: AZCardinals.com - Darren Urban

Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray said he has been throwing to receivers in Houston but hopes to work out with the Cardinals wide receivers in the near future.

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Seemingly every quarterback in the league is getting together with his offense during this virtual offseason so they can get in some on-field workouts. Murray has an incredible skill set with his arm talent and athleticism. By adding a superstar wide receiver to the mix like DeAndre Hopkins, Murray should be able to pay off as a high-upside starter and QB1 for Fantasy GMs in 2020.

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5. LAC - QB Colin Kaepernick a standby option for LAC?

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn told reporters he is happy with the team's three quarterbacks when asked about possibly signing free-agent QB Colin Kaepernick. 'Definitely fits the style of quarterback for the system we're going to be running,' Lynn said. Kaepernick and Lynn haven't spoken, but the quarterback appears to be on the team's emergency list, in the opinion of NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

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The Chargers have Tyrod Taylor as the starting quarterback...at least he should be able to hold off 2020 first-round pick Justin Herbert in training camp. The offense is going to feature bootlegs and rollouts which Kaepernick ran in the offense with the 49ers years ago. The Chargers are a team who could make the postseason and turn some heads in the playoffs.

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6. DET - Jamal Agnew officially a WR

Source: DetroitLions.com - Tim Twentyman

Detroit Lions CB Jamal Agnew has officially moved to wide receiver, according to offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.

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No surprise here. Agnew has been sitting in on wide receiver meetings since last year with Marvin Jones and Marvin Hall left the Lions thin at the position. He's been their regular return man since entering the league in 2017 and Agnew has already seen time as a gadget player on offense. We'll be interested to see what kind of noise he can make in training camp now that he's on offense full time.

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7. PIT - WR Deon Cain's spot uncertain

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Chris Adamski

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Deon Cain has a chance to make the final roster but his spot on the team is not guaranteed.

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A sixth-round pick out of Clemson in the 2018 NFL draft (Colts), Cain is a player we've been monitoring in deep dynasty formats. He's got good speed down the field and a large catch radius. The Steelers picked him up after the Colts waived him in 2019. The wide receiver position is jam-packed in Pittsburgh, so we'll see if Cain can stand out.

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8. MIN - Justin Jefferson to work in slot

Source: The Athletic - Chad Graff

Minnesota Vikings WR Justin Jefferson likely will receive a lot of snaps as the slot receiver, according to offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak.

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That's where he thrived at LSU in 2019. Jefferson caught 109 of 111 receptions from the slot for the Bayou Bengals last season, and he did not look as good running more routes outside back in 2018. From the slot, Jefferson can get an easier release and get into his routes. Once open underneath, Jefferson can pull away from defenders with his run-after-the-catch ability. He's a WR5 with upside for Fantasy GMs in 2020 as the Vikings no.2 receiver behind only Adam Thielen.

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9. BAL - Two Ravens RBs working out together

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens RB Gus Edwards said he has been working out with RB Justice Hill multiple times a week this offseason. They have been participating in drills during the workouts.

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There was a ton of buzz around Hill last year as a rookie but he didn't get a chance to do much for the Ravens in 2019. This year, the team went out and added a potential star running back in J.K. Dobbins (Ohio State) in the second round of the 2020 NFL draft. That pushes Hill further down the depth chart as he's no.3 or no.4 at the position behind Dobbins and Mark Ingram. We still love Hill in dynasty formats.

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10. DET - OC sees D'Andre Swift as complete back

Source: DetroitLions.com - Tim Twentyman

Detroit Lions RB D'Andre Swift has all of the skills to be a complete back for the Lions, according to offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.

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Swift is a complete back as he can thrive on all three downs as a runner or receiver out of the backfield. Quickness and balance are the hallmarks of his game as a runner and strong hands (only three drops on 76 catchable targets) are what he's known for as a receiver. The Lions whiffed on Kerryon Johnson in the draft a couple of years ago, now Swift is here to compete with Johnson to see who is going to be the lead back.

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11. IND - Michael Pittman worked out with teammates

Source: The Athletic - Zak Keefer

Indianapolis Colts WR Michael Pittman Jr. said he was able to work out with QB Jacob Eason and WR Dezmon Patmon this offseason.

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Pittman can win the no.2 job for the Colts opposite of T.Y. Hilton if he performs well in training camp and the preseason. The rookie from USC has size and can win at the catch point...certainly when he catches the ball at the highest level. His routes and strength on contested catches needs improvement but we like his overall game.

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12. BAL - RB Gus Edwards expects all RBs to have role

Source: The Athletic - Jeff Zrebiec

Baltimore Ravens RB Gus Edwards said he believes the team will be able to keep the top four running backs involved in the offense this season.

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Edwards is correct but that role for some (himself included) is going to be limited unless someone gets banged up. They already have veteran Mark Ingram as a quality starter but in the second round of the 2020 NFL draft they acquired arguably the best running back in the class by selecting J.K. Dobbins from Ohio State. Those two will serve as the 1-2 punch for the Ravens on the ground. Edwards will give the team some power and could see time on third-down-and-short situations or near the goal-line.

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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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