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Volume 22, #96 -- Wednesday Night, July 22nd, 2020
Rob Gronkowski Is Your Mid-Round Tight End Target

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A. Fantasy Football Values Or Value Traps?
Phil Alexander makes the final call on four players our staff doesn't see eye to eye on.

B. Rob Gronkowski Is Your Mid-Round Tight End Target
Phil Alexander pokes holes in the narratives surrounding Rob Gronkowski's depressed ADP.

C. Free Feature - The Footballguys Players Championship: Tight Ends
Jeff Pasquino with Footballguys Players Championship analysis. In this one, he looks at the tight end position.

D. Free Feature - The FPC and the Tight End PPR Bonus Rule
Jeff Pasquino with Footballguys Players Championship (FPC) analysis. In this one, he looks at the tight end PPR bonus scoring rule


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1. LAR - Sean McVay talks up RBBC again

Source: RamsWire - Cameron DaSilva

Los Angeles Rams RBs Cam Akers, Darrell Henderson, John Kelly and Malcolm Brown will likely be expected to begin the season in a committee, as head coach Sean McVay specifically mentioned the way the San Francisco 49ers used their running backs last season as a model for what he hopes the Rams will attempt to do at the position in 2020.'I think it'll just naturally work itself out. I think if you look at that success San Fran had last year with that running back-by-committee approach. What I thought Kyle (Shanahan) and their players did a great job of is, 'Hey, we're going to have an open-mind approach, we're going to be committed to trying to have some balance and then we'll go with the hot hand or whoever really expresses himself as deserving of the carries,' McVay said on The Helliepod.

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This is a nightmare for Fantasy GMs who are looking for value. The Rams have talented backs who do things each a little differently but they're not going to pick one to lead the way. In addition to a RBBC, this situation could turn into the dreaded 'hot hand' approach which is incredibly difficult for Fantasy GMs to navigate. The rookie Akers is the first Rams running back coming off the board with a current ADP of RB26 (5.06) followed up by Henderson at RB50 (10.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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2. NE - WR Julian Edelman catches passes from QB Cam Newton

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman participated in a throwing session with QB Cam Newton that Newton posted on his Instagram account Wednesday, July 22.

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Edelman should be a favorite target of Newton in 2020. The veteran has a current ADP of WR30 (6.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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3. NFL - RB Devonta Freeman motivated to sign

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Free-agent RB Devonta Freeman (Falcons) hired Drew Rosenhaus as his agent, and Rosenhaus said Freeman is hoping to sign somewhere soon.

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Freeman changed agents earlier this month and Rosenhaus is trying to get something done for his new client. There have been a few teams interested in the veteran back and with training camps kicking off we could see Freeman find a new team. Any squad who adds him does so for veteran depth and not as any sort of immediate starting option.

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4. MIN - K.J. Osborn signs contract

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - Andrew Krammer

Minnesota Vikings fifth-round draft choice WR K.J. Osborn signed a four-year contract with the Vikings Wednesday, July 22. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Osborn is fearless as a return man and that's where he should be able to carve out the best role in the NFL. He lacks a 'wow' factor as a receiver but does have great vision with the rock in his hands. He's at least a special teams player who could get on the field in four-or-five wide receiver sets.

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5. BAL - Devin Duvernay signs contract

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens third-round draft choice WR Devin Duvernay signed a four-year contract with the Ravens Wednesday, July 22. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Duvernay can flat out fly. In addition to getting by defense in a hurry, Duvernay does a good job of tracking passes over his shoulder. Duvernay has toughness to his game and can toy with defenders after the catch. We'll see where the rookie can fit in behind Marquise Brown in the Ravens pecking order at the wide receiver position.

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6. MIN - James Lynch signs rookie deal

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Minnesota Vikings fourth-round draft choice DE James Lynch signed a four-year contract with the Vikings Wednesday, July 22. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Lynch has violent striking hands, plays with power and does a good job of chasing quarterbacks down. He set sack records in college at Baylor playing from the outside, but in the pros he should line up as a three tech. Lynch should get on the field as a rookie as a part-time pass-rusher.

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7. WAS - Antonio Gibson signs contract

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins third-round draft choice RB/WR Antonio Gibson signed a four-year contract with Washington Wednesday, July 22. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Gibson is one of the most versatile players from the 2020 NFL draft class. He can line up as a slot receiver and make plays as a pass-catcher. He can also line up in the backfield and make plays as a running back. We'll see how Washington uses him in a jam-packed backfield led by Derrius Guice. We appreciate Gibson in dynasty formats due to his all-purpose skill set.

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8. DEN - McTelvin Agim agrees to contract

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos third-round draft choice DT McTelvin Agim agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Broncos Wednesday, July 22, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Agim has six moves to get after the passer and that's outstanding for a big man who weighs around 300 pounds. He gets off the line quickly and can be a disruptive player at defensive tackle or defensive end.

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9. DEN - Four-year deal for Albert Okwuegbunam

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos fourth-round draft choice TE Albert Okwuegbunam agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Broncos Wednesday, July 22, worth $4,044,040, according to a source. The deal includes a $749,040 signing bonus.

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Okwuegbunam was a favorite target of Broncos QB Drew Lock when they were teammates at Missouri. In two seasons, Lock and Okwuegbunam hooked up for 17 touchdowns. Noah Fant is the starter for the Broncos, and the 2019 first-round pick has plenty of upside at the tight end position. Okwuegbunam is larger, stronger and faster -- plus he has a connection with Lock. He could get some red-zone looks as a rookie working as a backup to Fant in 2020.

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10. MIA - CB Xavien Howard making some progress

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins CB Xavien Howard (knee) has been able to run at full speed but has not participated in any defensive back drills at this point.

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Howard is a fine corner when healthy and with no preseason games and a limited training camp we'll have to wait and see how he looks when Week 1 rolls around. The Dolphins hope that Howard will be ready for the start of the regular season.

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11. PIT - Anthony McFarland signs rookie contract

Source: ESPN - Brooke Pryor

Pittsburgh Steelers fourth-round draft choice RB Anthony McFarland signed a four-year contract with the Steelers Tuesday, July 21. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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McFarland's game is all about speed. He's a big play just waiting to happen and will work as a change-of-pace back behind James Conner this year. McFarland's dynasty value is greater than he re-draft value at this point.

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12. WAS - Four-year deal for Antonio Gandy-Golden

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Washington Redskins fourth-round draft choice WR Antonio Gandy-Golden signed a four-year contract with the Redskins Wednesday, July 22, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Gandy-Golden bullied opponents in college at Liberty. He can win contested catches with his size, leaping ability and wingspan. Gandy-Golden isn't the fastest receiver (4.60 40-yard dash) but can win with size near pay dirt or when it's time to move the chains. We'll see how he works his way up the depth chart in Washington as a rookie.

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13. MIN - Troy Dye comes to terms on contract

Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press - Chris Tomasson

Minnesota Vikings LB Troy Dye agreed to terms Wednesday, July 22, on a four-year, $3.974 million rookie contract. He receives a $678,572 signing bonus, and Dye will count $779,643 against the 2020 salary cap.

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Dye is a linebacker/safety hybrid who can cover tight ends. He's smart and does a good job of diagnosing plays as they unfold in front of him. Dye could work his way onto the field as a part-time defender in subpackages (in addition to standing out on special teams).

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14. MIN - Justin Jefferson agrees to rookie pact

Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press - Chris Tomasson

Minnesota Vikings WR Justin Jefferson agreed to terms Wednesday, July 22, on a four-year, $13.123 million rookie contract. He receives a $7.104 million signing bonus, and Jefferson will count $2.386 million against the 2020 salary cap. Per NFL rules, since Jefferson was a first-round pick, Minnesota has the option to add a fifth year to his contract.

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Jefferson has fantastic run-after-the-catch ability and can make defenders miss in open space. He did most of his work from the slot in 2019, catching 109-of-111 passes from the slot. We'll see how the team uses his this year as he learns how to beat physical coverage if he lines up outside. Jefferson has a current ADP of WR47 (10.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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