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Volume 22, #79 -- Sunday Night, July 5th, 2020
Why Cincinnati could be this year's breakout offense...

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Howdy Folks,

Good Monday to you. I hope you had a safe and relaxing Holiday Weekend and I hope you're ready to jump back to it. Because we are.

Dan Hindery breaks down why you need to have an eye on the Bengals. Jeff Pasquino talks you through Keepers. And the Footballguys Staff has updated Cheatsheet Rankings.

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Now let's get to it.

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A. Why Cincinnati could be this year's breakout offense
Dan Hindery makes the case for the Bengals offense making a big leap forward.

B. How To Evaluate Keeper Decisions
Jeff Pasquino dives into how to best use Footballguys tools to evaluate potential keeper players.

C. Updated Footballguys Staff Cheatsheets - Overall
One of the best features we do at Footballguys is compile Cheatsheet Rankings from the Staff. You can sort and manipulate however you like. These default to PPR scoring but other scoring formats are available too in the drop-down box. This is the Overall list.

D. Updated Footballguys Staff Cheatsheets - QBs
One of the best features we do at Footballguys is compile Cheatsheet Rankings from the Staff. You can sort and manipulate however you like. These default to PPR scoring but other scoring formats are available too in the drop-down box. These are the quarterbacks.

E. Updated Footballguys Staff Cheatsheets - RBs
One of the best features we do at Footballguys is compile Cheatsheet Rankings from the Staff. You can sort and manipulate however you like. These default to PPR scoring but other scoring formats are available too in the drop-down box. These are the running backs.

F. Updated Footballguys Staff Cheatsheets - WRs
One of the best features we do at Footballguys is compile Cheatsheet Rankings from the Staff. You can sort and manipulate however you like. These default to PPR scoring but other scoring formats are available too in the drop-down box. These are the wide receivers.

G. Updated Footballguys Staff Cheatsheets - TEs
One of the best features we do at Footballguys is compile Cheatsheet Rankings from the Staff. You can sort and manipulate however you like. These default to PPR scoring but other scoring formats are available too in the drop-down box. These are the tight ends.

H. Updated Footballguys Staff Cheatsheets - PKs
One of the best features we do at Footballguys is compile Cheatsheet Rankings from the Staff. You can sort and manipulate however you like. These default to PPR scoring but other scoring formats are available too in the drop-down box. These are the kickers.

I. Updated Footballguys Staff Cheatsheets - Team Defenses
One of the best features we do at Footballguys is compile Cheatsheet Rankings from the Staff. You can sort and manipulate however you like. These default to PPR scoring but other scoring formats are available too in the drop-down box. These are the team defenses.


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1. KC - Coach expects big jump from RB Damien Williams

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams has a chance to make a big jump in production this season because of the improvements he is making this offseason, according to running backs coach Deland McCullough.

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Williams is being undersold in drafts because the team took Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the first round. In a typical year, Edwards-Helaire would already be ramped up in the scheme and his conditioning would be tested, but this year the rookies will have a steep hill to climb to be ready to play a big role to open the season.

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2. LAR - LAR could look at veteran QBs

Source: RamsWire - Cameron DaSilva

Free-agent QB Blake Bortles (Rams) and QB Matt Moore (Chiefs) could be options for the Los Angeles Rams if the team wants a veteran backup quarterback, in the opinion of RamsWire's Cameron DaSilva.

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Right now John Wolford, Bryce Perkins and Josh Love are competing to back up Jared Goff. That sounds like a disaster in the making. Bortles was the backup last year and wouldn't have to be brought up to speed on the offense, so look for him to get signed if the team doesn't like what they see in the backup trio when camp opens.

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3. LAR - ILB Micah Kiser may be in line to start

Source: RamsWire - Cameron DaSilva

Los Angeles Rams LB Micah Kiser appears to be the leading candidate for one of the starting inside linebacker jobs but will be pushed by LBs Travin Howard and Kenny Young for the job.

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Kiser is tough against the run and he was the player the team was looking to install next to Cory Littleton last year before he got hurt. He's worth rostering in deep dynasty IDP leagues.

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4. MIN - Ezra Cleveland may push for starting job

Source: VikingsWire - Jack White

Minnesota Vikings OT Ezra Cleveland could have a chance at the starting left tackle job if he performs well during training camp, in the opinion of VikingsWire's Jack White.

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Riley Reiff is the incumbent left tackle, but Cleveland is very athletic and should be the long term answer there eventually. The loser of this competition could kick inside to guard, but White thinks the team should keep Reiff either way with very little available in free agency on the offensive line to a team that is "cash-strapped".

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5. CAR - Jordan Chinn may have multiple roles

Source: Panthers.com - Myles Simmons

Carolina Panthers CB Jeremy Chinn said he participated in video meetings with several defensive groups this offseason and believes he will be able to line up at multiple positions.

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Chinn should be a box safety and very valuable right away in IDP leagues playing on a team that is likely to trail a lot this year. He should be drafted in redraft leagues along with being a top 3 safety in dynasty rookie drafts.

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6. DEN - QB Drew Lock kept it short as a rookie

Source: Pro Football Focus

Denver Broncos QB Drew Lock's average depth of completion of 4.8 yards was tied with Pittsburgh Steelers QB Devlin Hodges for the second-lowest mark by a quarterback in 2019, according to Pro Football Focus.

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Lock has added speed at tight end (fourth round pick Albert Okwuegbunam) and receiver (second round pick KJ Hamler) in the draft, in addition to a high skill level from first round pick Jerry Jeudy, so this should be a number that goes up this year.

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7. LVR - QB Derek Carr embraced short throws in 2019

Source: Pro Football Focus

Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr's average depth of completion of 5.2 yards in 2019 was the lowest by any regular starting quarterback in the league, according to Pro Football Focus.

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Carr is definitely in danger of being replaced by Marcus Mariota at some point this season, although Mariota wouldn't be any better for the pass offense. Carr's average depth of completion might have been affected by a weak wide receiver corps that added Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards in the draft and will get a healthier Tyrell Williams after he rested his foot injuries this offseason.

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8. MIN - DT Shamar Stephen will have competition at DT

Source: VikingsWire - Jack White

Minnesota Vikings DT Shamar Stephen will be pushed by DTs Armon Watts and James Lynch for one of the starting defensive tackle jobs during training camp.

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Lynch was a highly productive player at Baylor and should provide valuable rotational snaps at worst. Keep an eye on him in deep IDP dynasty leagues.

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9. CAR - QB Teddy Bridgewater focused on shorter throws in 2019

Source: Pro Football Focus

Carolina Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater's average depth of completion of 4.7 yards as a member of the New Orleans Saints last season was the lowest mark by a quarterback in 2019, according to Pro Football Focus.

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Sample size has to also be a factor here. Bridgewater's emphasis on the short passing game wasn't that different from Drew Brees when he was the starter for New Orleans. Carolina has said they expect more deep passing from him this year, so this shouldn't be a reason to avoid him or new Panthers deep threat Robby Anderson late in fantasy drafts.

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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