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Footballguys.comDaily Email Update • Vol. 23, #31 • May 22nd, 2021


Footballguys Is Hiring A Graphic + Social Media Intern - News & Notes

Howdy Folks,

I hope your weekend's rolling well and you're enjoying this spring/summer weather. I'm not sure how it is in other places, but the cicadas are chirping like crazy in East Tennessee. Nature for the win.

We've got some new content for you plus the News and Notes so let's go.

J

SITE NEWS

A. Hurry! We're Hiring A Social Media + Graphic Design Intern
Please hurry on this one as we're just about to close applications. Want to work for Footballguys? We're looking for a talented Social Media/Graphic Design Intern for the summer! If you're passionate about fantasy football, social media, and graphic design we'd love to talk to you! And it's a paid position at $15 an hour. If this is you or if you know someone who'd crush this, please pass along. Thank you!

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We asked our Footballguys Staff about the rookie defensive backs they were most interested in. This is what they said.

C. Commissioner Guide, Part 5: Rule Twists
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Your hosts Adam Wilde and Chris Allen discuss this week in Dynasty fantasy football and take you through what they're seeing in real Dynasty Rookie drafts.


1. CIN - More Samaje Perine Than Some Think?

Source: Jay Morrison - The Athletic

Jay Morrison from the Athletic reports there still will be spots for Samaje Perine to build on what was a solid finish in 2020, when he averaged 6.6 yards per carry and scored a pair of touchdowns in the final two games.

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Reports out of Cincinnati indicate it's going to be Joe Mixon left and Joe Mixon right when it comes to the Bengals backfield. However, Mixon has only played a full 16-game season once and now will be expected to handle a large workload in a 17-game season. That means the Bengals will have to keep him fresh, and that could mean more playing time for Perine when Mixon needs a breather. With what he showed last year, Perine makes for a high-value handcuff to Mixon if your rosters allow that much room.

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2. NE - Trade for WR Julio Jones discussed

Source: NFL.com - Adam Maya

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones is a candidate to be traded this offseason, and the New England Patriots have had internal discussions about acquiring the wide receiver, according to a report Saturday, May 22.

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Jones has a cap hit of just over $23 million in 2021 with $40.5 million remaining in dead money. That's a big contract to move for a wide receiver who is 32-years old. Any team is going to have a big pill to swallow when it comes to salary cap hit. According to OverTheCap.com, the Patriots have only $15.9 million in cap space with some rookies left to sign.

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3. LAC - Justin Herbert faces hurdle

Source: NFL.com - Jim Trotter

Los Angeles Chargers QB Justin Herbert faces the challenge of adapting to a new coaching staff , including new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, in his second season.

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Herbert should be able to pick things up quickly. He's played with a high football intelligence and can grasp the new concepts, especially because the new scheme will be custom fit for his skill set. Herbert is a QB1 for Fantasy GMs and has a current ADP of QB6 (5.07) in 12-team PPR leauges.

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4. PHI - More Screen Passes for Sanders?

Source: Eliot Shorr-Parks - 94WIP.com

According to Eliot Shorr-Parks, from 94WIP.com in Philadelphia, Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson notes there seems to be more emphasis on the screen game in Nick Sirianni's offense.

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Sanders should be the centerpiece in the Eagles new offense. He can handle a larger workload as a runner and receiver out of the backfield. Sanders has 78 catches in two seasons but could be in line for a career high in catches this season. Rookie Kenneth Gainwell, a fifth-round pick out of Memphis, can be used as a pass-catching option out of the backfield as well.

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5. CIN - Auden Tate Under the Radar

Source: Jay Morrison - The Athletic

Jay Morrison, from The Athletic, reports Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Auden Tate could see more playing time than some think. Bengals head coach Zac Taylor and offensive coordinator Brian Callahan used a lot of four-wide sets last year with increasing effectiveness before QB Joe Burrow went down with the knee injury.

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Tate has been pushed down the depth chart with the emergence of Tee Higgins and the selection of Ja'Marr Chase in the first round of the 2021 NFL draft. However, he's worth keeping an eye on because of his size/wingspan and natural talent. Tate is the type of player we love monitoring in dynasty formats for these kind of reasons.

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6. KC - Noah Gray brings flexibility

Source: ESPN.com - Adam Teicher

Kansas City Chiefs TE Noah Gray lined up in multiple positions during rookie minicamp, including fullback. 'I think you don't just pigeonhole him as just a receiving tight end,' assistant personnel director Mike Bradway said. 'I think the guy's got some ability to be more than that. He is something different than we've had the last couple years.'

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Gray is an interesting prospect due to his landing spot. The Chiefs offense could bring out the best in him. Gray knows how to make difficult catches and can find the soft spot in a zone (he used to play high school quarterback so he knows where to be). He's not overly athletic and lacks burst. However, in this offense we will keep an eye on him in deeper dynasty formats.

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7. LAC - Crowded backfield for Bolts

Source: The Athletic - Daniel Popper

Los Angeles Chargers RB Justin Jackson, RB Larry Rountree and RB Joshua Kelley will likely be battling for the final two spots in the backfield, according to Daniel Popper of The Athletic.

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The Chargers have Austin Ekeler as their starter but behind him there is this group with no established pecking order. Each one brings a varied skill set to the field for the Chargers, and we'll have to see how this shakes out in training camp. There may not be a true handcuff to Ekeler as the Chargers would likely go RBBC with multiple backs if Ekeler had to miss time.

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8. SF - Injury designation for WR Marqise Lee

Source: CSNBayArea.com - Matt Maiocco

Updating a previous report, free agent WR Marqise Lee (undisclosed) was released by the San Francisco 49ers on Friday, May 21, with an injury waiver designation.

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Lee has flashed talent in the league before but it's been some time...mainly due to injury. This latest move with the 49ers was interesting given his skill set and the fit in that offense. However, it looks like the injury bug just hasn't let up on Lee yet. We'll see if some team makes a move to add him but chances are slim.

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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

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