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Volume 22, #87 -- Monday Night, July 13th, 2020
Can Arizona Be This Year's Breakout Offense?

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A. Can Arizona Be This Year's Breakout Offense?
Dan Hindery assesses the odds and impact of the Cardinals making a second big leap forward.

B. Who Are Your Under Appreciated Fantasy Football Twitter Follows?
Hit up my post on Twitter where I ask "Who are folks you follow for fantasy football that don't get enough recognition?"

C. FBG Predicts: Predicting the AFC East
Footballguys Staffers predict how the AFC East will shake out this year.

D. Ultimate Strength of Schedule - Defenses
Clayton Gray with an in-depth look at the strength of schedule for defenses.

E. Average Draft Position Updated For PPR
It's not enough to know where you want to draft a player. You need to know where the other GMs in your league want to draft a player. Our Average Draft Position (ADP) data is your ticket. This one is for PPR scoring.

F. Average Draft Position Updated For Non-PPR
It's not enough to know where you want to draft a player. You need to know where the other GMs in your league want to draft a player. Our Average Draft Position (ADP) data is your ticket. This one is for Non-PPR scoring.


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1. KC - WR Tyreek Hill sets lofty goals

Source: The Kansas City Star - Pete Grathoff

Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill said he wants to post 2,000 receiving yards this upcoming season.

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Hill could do it if he plays 16 games, but if Travis Kelce, Mecole Hardman, and Sammy Watkins all play 16 games it will be a lot tougher. Defenses may want to make someone other than Hill beat them and allow a breakout year to Hardman or bounceback year to Watkins. Hill should be one of the first four wide receivers off of the board in any event.

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2. NFL - TE Jordan Reed has suitors

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent TE Jordan Reed (Redskins) has three teams interested in signing him, and Reed intends to play in 2020.

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The Rams reportedly had interest in Reed according to Rams Wire writer Cameron DaSilva. They could be one of the three teams, and it's always possible Washington is one of them with their familiarity and need at tight end. Sean McVay coached Reed in Washington, so it's believable that he would make a play for Reed even though the Rams appear to be set at tight end. Reed has played in only 19 games in the last three seasons and it is difficult see him making a fantasy impact or lasting very long on the field if he plays this year.

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3. LAC - Roderic Teamer suspended

Source: Sirius XM NFL Radio - Adam Caplan

Los Angeles Chargers S Roderic Teamer has been suspended for the first four games of the 2020 season for violating the NFL's policy on substances of abuse.

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Teamer actually started six games last year when Derwin James and Adrian Phillips were hurt. The team will look to sixth round pick Alohi Gilman to be the backup strong safety while Teamer is out.

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4. MIN - Nate Stanley signs contract

Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press - Chris Tomasson

Minnesota Vikings seventh-round draft choice QB Nate Stanley signed a four-year contract with the Vikings Monday, July 13. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Stanley should be kept as a third quarterback behind Kirk Cousins and Sean Mannion. He operates well in the pocket with good decision-making, but doesn't have plus athleticism and appears to have a low ceiling.

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5. BAL - Malik Harrison under contract

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Baltimore Ravens third-round draft choice LB Malik Harrison signed a four-year contract with the Ravens Monday, July 13. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Harrison should start right away next to first round pick Patrick Queen, which could lead to a some rough times early against the Houston and Kansas City passing games in Week 2 and 3. Harrison is excellent against the run, but might leave the field on passing downs as a rookie.

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6. NYJ - Mekhi Becton top option at LT

Source: SNY - Scott Thompson

New York Jets OT Mekhi Becton will enter training camp as the leading candidate for the starting left tackle job.

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The Jets will have a lot of change on the offensive line this year. Becton is massive and athletic, and he might have the highest ceiling of any of the top four offensive tackles off of the ball, all of which went in the top 14 picks.

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7. NFL - RB Devonta Freeman's agent bounces

Source: NFL Network - Michael Silver

Free-agent RB Devonta Freeman (Falcons) was informed that his agent, Kristin Campbell, has terminated their relationship Sunday, July 12.

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Freeman turned down a contract from the Seahawks that he can't get now because they signed Carlos Hyde instead. He appears to have a higher estimation of his worth than the market will bear and this could be why he's looking for a new agent.

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8. NYG - Andrew Thomas comfortable at RT

Source: Giants.com - Dan Salomone

New York Giants OT Andrew Thomas has been working at right tackle this offseason and said he is starting to feel comfortable at the position. 'You might be using your right leg for something that would maybe be different on the left side. It's just getting used to that. But once I get a few repetitions at it, it's just natural,' Thomas said. Thomas is expected to start this upcoming season, but it is not known if he will play left tackle or right tackle.

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Free agent signing Nate Solder has underperformed his huge contract and might be relegated to right tackle. Thomas was the first tackle off of the board because he was probably the most NFL ready. He'll start Week 1 vs Pittsburgh, a stiff test for a rookie no matter how high he was drafted.

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9. DET - Jeff Okudah agrees to rookie deal

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Detroit Lions CB Jeff Okudah agreed to his four-year rookie contract Monday, July 13, according to a source, which includes the standard fifth-year team option. Financial terms are based on the league's slotting requirements, but the official framework of the deal hasn't been disclosed.

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Okudah should step into the starting lineup right away opposite Desmond Trufant. They will be trying to fill the big shoes left empty when the Lions traded Darius Slay to the Eagles. They'll draw Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller in a Week 1 matchup against the Bears.

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10. DAL - Dallas not pursuing DE Jadeveon Clowney

Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Clarence E. Hill Jr.

Free-agent DE Jadeveon Clowney (Seahawks) is not receiving interest from the Dallas Cowboys because of his expensive asking price, according to a source.

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This comes on the same day that we are hearing that the team is pessimistic about Randy Gregory being reinstated. Aldon Smith was reinstated earlier in the offseason, and the team also has 2018 fourth round pick Dorance Armstrong to help fill the void left when Robert Quinn signed with Chicago this offseason.

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11. NYG - DE Leonard Williams expected to sign tag tender

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating an ongoing story, New York Giants DE Leonard Williams is expected to sign his one-year franchise tag offer before the Wednesday, July 15, deadline, according to sources, and play out the season. New York brass hopes he thrives in the new defensive system and is a long-term member of the team.

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Dave Gettleman gave up a third-round pick for Williams just to sign him to a 16.1 million dollar franchise tag deal. The team doesn't seem to have the confidence to sign Williams long term, but they also didn't want to let him test the market to recoup a comp pick next year that could help replace what they lost in the trade. Williams should at least help the Giants defense get better against the run.

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