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Volume 22, #74 -- Tuesday Night, June 30th, 2020
Identifying Late-Round Tight End Breakouts

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A. Coronavirus and the NFL: What the league faces in 2020
What obstacles does the NFL face this season? What strategies can the league devise for success? Can the 2020 season be completed? Dr. Jene Bramel takes a look.

B. Identifying Late-Round Tight End Breakouts
Phil Alexander with how to see a tight end breakout coming before it happens and this year's top-5 candidates.

C. Can DeVante Parker be Trusted?
Drew Davenport examines the changes around DeVante Parker to assess his fantasy prospects for 2020.

D. Footballguys Help Desk Improvements
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E. FFPC Best Ball Average Draft Position
David Dodds with Average Draft Position (ADP) data from the last 84 FFPC best ball drafts since June 15th.

F. FFPC Best Ball Draft List
David Dodds takes his rankings and merges them with ADP data of the last 84 FFPC best ball drafts to get this draft list.

G. Top 300 Players For PPR Updated
David Dodds with the top 300 Players for PPR scoring.

H. Top 300 Players For Non-PPR Updated
David Dodds with the top 300 Players for Non-PPR scoring.

I. Top 300 Draft List For PPR Updated
David Dodds takes the top 300 Players and factors them against Average Draft Position (ADP) to get a list more like we'd draft with. This one is for PPR scoring.

J. Top 300 Draft List For Non-PPR Updated
David Dodds takes the top 300 Players and factors them against Average Draft Position (ADP) to get a list more like we'd draft with. This one is for Non-PPR scoring.

K. Updated Detailed Stat Projections - Quarterbacks
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L. Updated Detailed Stat Projections - Running Backs
Updated Detailed Stat Projections are the backbone of the Footballguys site. Running backs are here.

M. Updated Detailed Stat Projections - Wide Receivers
Updated Detailed Stat Projections are the backbone of the Footballguys site. Wide receivers are here.

N. Updated Detailed Stat Projections - Tight Ends
Updated Detailed Stat Projections are the backbone of the Footballguys site. Tight ends are here.

O. Updated Detailed Stat Projections - Linebackers
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P. Updated Detailed Stat Projections - Defensive Linemen
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1. NE - QB Cam Newton not guaranteed starting job

Source: The Athletic - Jeff Howe

New England Patriots QB Cam Newton was not guaranteed the starting job, according to a source Monday, June 29. The job will go to the best quarterback in training camp and the competition will include Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer.

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That sounds about right. Newton is the most talented quarterback on the roster, by far, if he's healthy. Stidham had first-round tools at Auburn but a poor senior season caused him to fall to the fourth round of the 2019 NFL draft. Hoyer is a journeyman veteran with plenty of starting experience but little upside. The Patriots will likely go with Newton as it should be clear he's the best option in training camp.

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2. TB - Tampa Bay not interested in WR Antonio Brown

Source: ESPN - Dianna Marie Russini

Free-agent WR Antonio Brown (Patriots) is not drawing any interest from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to sources Tuesday, June 30.

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Many were assuming that with QB Tom Brady in Tampa then the team would consider adding Brown. That doesn't seem to be the case at this time. There seems to be interest in Brown around the league but we'll see what the league decides about his pending legal situations. Brown is likely to land with a new team and get another (final?) chance in the NFL sometime before training camp.

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3. NYG - TE Evan Engram runs in video

Source: ESPN.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants TE Evan Engram (foot) was shown running and cutting hard in a video posted to social media Monday, June 29.

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Engram only made it through eight games last year due to injury. His games played, yardage, receptions, yards-per-catch, and touchdowns were all career lows in 2019. The Giants picked up his fifth-year option for the 2021 season, so the team expects him to bounce back. He's got TE1 upside for Fantasy GMs as a favorite target of second-year QB Daniel Jones.

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4. NFL - DE Jadeveon Clowney welcoming offers

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Michael David Smith

Free-agent LB Jadeveon Clowney (Seahawks) is 'still open' to offers and hopes to sign with a team 'before the season starts,' he told Josina Anderson.

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Clowney is weighing all options and he's got a few teams interested in his services. The Titans, Seahawks and Browns seem to be near the top of the list yet nobody is yet willing to pay Clowney's asking price which reports indicate is around $17 million annually. We'll see him with a new team soon enough.

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5. WAS - Steven Sims plans for bigger role in 2020

Source: The Washington Post - Sam Fortier

Washington Redskins WR Steven Sims said he has been training this offseason to 'play maybe 90 plays in a game' and is eyeing a bigger and more versatile role in the offense. 'I want to show that I can run routes as well. I'm not just a gadget player. I'm a receiver, and I run routes,' Sims said.

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We'll keep an eye on Sims in deep dynasty formats. 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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6. IND - RB Jordan Wilkins not a lock for 2020 roster

Source: 1075 The Fan - Kevin Bowen

Indianapolis Colts RB Jordan Wilkins is 'not a slam dunk' to make the team in 2020, according to Kevin Bown of 1075 The Fan. Bowen says Wilkins will need to lock down a presence on special teams to secure a spot on the 53-man roster.

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Wilkins is a talented back who can work on all three downs but he just keeps getting pushed down the depth chart. Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines were already in place above him in the pecking order, then the Colts added RB Jonathan Taylor in the second round of the 2020 NFL draft. Now, Mack and Taylor will split carries while Hines gets it done on third downs. That doesn't leave much for Wilkins in the backfield.

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7. CLE - WR Odell Beckham Jr. stresses commitment to Cleveland

Source: Akron Beacon Journal - Nate Ulrich

Cleveland Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. stressed on Twitter Monday, June 29, he's committed to playing for the Browns for at least the upcoming 2020 season. 'U can find me in The LAND homie! We got unfinished business,' Beckham wrote in a reply to Los Angeles Dodgers P Alex Wood who wrote '@obj to the Patriots before the season is done. BANK IT!'

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With the Patriots landing QB Cam Newton, many have speculated they will now try to make a move for Beckham as the two have been working out together this offseason. Beckham had a disappointing season for the Browns in 2019, but so did most of their passing game. With better protection for QB Baker Mayfield we should see him perform more efficiently which will have a trickle down effect to guys like Beckham.

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