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Volume 22, #65 -- Sunday Night, June 21st, 2020
Finding Value In The Running Back Tiers

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Howdy Folks,

Good Monday to you. And welcome to Summer! I live in Tennessee and it's definitely starting to feel like it here. I hope you're getting some of the Summer goodness too.

We've got new cheatsheet rankings for you, plus breaking down running back tiers plus tight end talk plus the News.

Let's go.

J

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A. Finding Value In The Running Back Tiers
Chad Parsons dives into filtering fantasy running backs for the key players and tier breaks to optimize value.

B. Staff Cheatsheet Rankings Updated - Overall
The Footballguys Staffers post their latest take on cheatsheet rankings. The link goes to the PPR scoring but you can see their rankings for all the other formats just by clicking the drop-down box at the top. This one is for Overall rankings.

C. Staff Cheatsheet Rankings Updated - Quarterbacks
The Footballguys Staffers post their latest take on cheatsheet rankings. The link goes to the Non-PPR scoring but you can see their rankings for all the other formats just by clicking the drop-down box at the top. This one is for Quarterback rankings.

D. Staff Cheatsheet Rankings Updated - Running Backs
The Footballguys Staffers post their latest take on cheatsheet rankings. The link goes to the PPR scoring but you can see their rankings for all the other formats just by clicking the drop-down box at the top. This one is for Running Back rankings.

E. Staff Cheatsheet Rankings Updated - Wide Receivers
The Footballguys Staffers post their latest take on cheatsheet rankings. The link goes to the PPR scoring but you can see their rankings for all the other formats just by clicking the drop-down box at the top. This one is for Wide Receiver rankings.

F. Staff Cheatsheet Rankings Updated - Tight Ends
The Footballguys Staffers post their latest take on cheatsheet rankings. The link goes to the PPR scoring but you can see their rankings for all the other formats just by clicking the drop-down box at the top. This one is for Tight End rankings.

G. Staff Cheatsheet Rankings Updated - Kickers
The Footballguys Staffers post their latest take on cheatsheet rankings. This one is for Kickers.

H. Staff Cheatsheet Rankings Updated - Team Defenses
The Footballguys Staffers post their latest take on cheatsheet rankings. This one is for Team Defenses.

I. Quality Starts: Tight Ends (Non-PPR)
"Quality Starts" is a term pioneered from the Fantasy Baseball gurus. It's a statistic that represents how often a starting pitcher will put up a good (not great, just good) performance in a given game. Jeff Pasquino brings it to Football and in this one, applies it to tight ends.


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1. DAL - QB Dak Prescott to sign franchise tender

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott plans to sign his one-year tender offer by Monday, June 22, according to a source. The two sides have until July 15 to reach a long-term agreement.

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With the cap possibly going down or staying level for a while, the Cowboys have a stronger position and might not reset the market with Prescott's new deal - if he signs one. Prescott could also gamble on having a good enough year to take control of the situation and basically force the Cowboys to give him the biggest contract in NFL history - that is unless Patrick Mahomes gets signed first.

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2. DAL - QB Dak Prescott not close to long-term deal

Source: ESPN - Ed Werder

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott is not close to an agreement on a long-term contract with the Cowboys at this point, according to sources. Prescott does plan to sign his one-year tender.

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The team has until July 15 to work a deal out, but it doesn't sound like they are willing to reset the market with a blockbuster deal.

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3. PHI - Jalen Reagor to lead Philly WRs?

Source: Inside the Birds - Adam Caplan

Philadelphia Eagles WR Jalen Reagor has done 'really well' during virtual meetings with receivers coach Aaron Moorehead, according to Adam Caplan of the Inside the Birds podcast. Caplan went so far as to predict Reagor will 'not only lead the Eagles receivers in receptions but also in snaps (in 2020).'

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Reagor is still going to learn behind Desean Jackson at the Z position, but if he pops in early season games, he won't have trouble becoming a core part of the Eagles pass offense. He will have enough early opportunity and upside to be worth a pick in redraft leagues.

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4. LAC - Several options for LT job

Source: Chargers Wire - Gavino Borquez

Los Angeles Chargers OT Sam Tevi, OT Trey Pipkins, OT Storm Norton and OG Forrest Lamp are expected to be candidates for the starting left tackle job during training camp.

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The Chargers traded away Russell Okung for Trai Turner in the offseason to bolster the running back, but the tackles are still in a bad way and the team chose to take Justin Herbert over an instant starter at tackle, then traded their second and third to get back in the first for a linebacker, Kenneth Murray of Oklahoma.

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5. KC - Two safeties may compete for spot

Source: ChiefsWire - Charles Goldman

Kansas City Chiefs S Rodney Clemons and S Andrew Soroh may compete for one roster spot during training camp if S Juan Thornhill (knee) has to start the regular season on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

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The Chiefs hope Thornhill will be ready, but as a long term piece and on a team that is looking to go back to the Super Bowl, they won't risk his health and availability later in the season to rush him back to the field.

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6. PHI - WR DeSean Jackson in great shape

Source: Inside the Birds - Adam Caplan

Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson is in 'the best shape of his life,' according to Adam Caplan of the Inside the Birds podcast.

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Jackson has been an excellent fantasy receiver the last two years when healthy, but last year he was basically only on the field for one game. That has been more than priced into his cost and he's certainly worth a late pick (where he has been going) in redraft leagues.

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7. DAL - Two will compete for No. 2 TE job

Source: CowboysWire - Julius Settles Sr.

Dallas Cowboys TEs Blake Bell and Dalton Schultz will compete for the No. 2 tight end job during training camp.

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Blake Jarwin will be the #1 and he should be on late-round target lists. He had a lot of big plays in a limited role behind Jason Witten last year and should benefit from facing defenses that are concerned with containing Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys stellar wide receiver trio.

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8. BUF - Coach confident in QB Matt Barkley

Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - Sal Maiorana

Buffalo Bills QB Matt Barkley is expected to be the No. 2 quarterback this season, and head coach Sean McDermott said he has confidence in Barkley.

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That should end any talk of fifth-round round Jake Fromm potentially costing Barkley a roster spot. Barkley can keep the pass offense semi-functional if he is called on, which is possible since Josh Allen shows no regard for his health when he is outside of the pocket.

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9. LVR - DT Maliek Collins expected to start

Source: RaidersWire - Marcus Mosher

Las Vegas Raiders DT Maliek Collins is expected to be one of the starting defensive tackles this upcoming season.

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Collins showed potential as a quick off of the snap penetrator with the Cowboys and could provide much needed interior pass rush help. He should be monitored in IDP leagues that require a defensive tackle starter.

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10. PIT - RB Benny Snell worked for his yards

Source: ProFootballReference.com

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Benny Snell's 1.2 yards before contact were tied for the fewest in the NFL in 2019, but he was tied for fifth with 2.8 yards after contact.

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This is an indictment of the line and a sign that Snell might have more to his game this year with a quarterback that will force defenses to honor the pass, but he is still not an essential hold in dynasty leagues with the addition of Anthony McFarland in the fourth round of the draft.

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11. CLE - RB Nick Chubb successful after contact

Source: ProFootballFocus.com

Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb has averaged 4.2 yards per carry after contact over the last two seasons.

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Chubb is set up for the best year of his career with a wide zone run-based offense under new head coach Kevin Stefanski and big upgrades at both tackle positions. He's worth a late first round pick.

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12. DEN - McTelvin Agim to be a rotational player

Source: Broncos Wire - Jon Heath

Denver Broncos DT McTelvin Agim will be part of a rotation on the defensive line this upcoming season, but defensive coordinator Ed Donatell said he expects Agim to provide interior pass rush on passing downs.

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With Von Miller and Bradley Chubb on the edge the interior pass rushers should have a better time of it in the Vic Fangio defense. Agim could end up having value down the line in deep IDP leagues that require a defensive tackle in the starting lineup.

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13. TEN - RB Derrick Henry productive after contact

Source: ProFootballFocus.com

Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry has averaged 4.5 yards per carry after contact over the last two seasons.

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A lot of that is coming on chunk plays once Henry breaks into the second level of the defense. He could set career highs this year if Ryan Tannehill plays 16 games.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of the Footballguys Family.

We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J