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Footballguys.comDaily Email Update • Vol. 23, #42 • Jun. 2nd, 2021

Eight Players Who Could Have Career Years In 2021

Howdy Folks,

Welcome to Thursday. It's a big day for content with lots of new podcasts plus a breakdown of the NFC East and a killer look at eight players who could be in for career years. Plus the News and Notes.

It's all part of the master plan of Footballguys doing all we can to help you win more at Fantasy Football.

Let's GO.



A. 2021's Career-Year Candidates
In the latest edition of the Gut Check, Matt Waldman shares his eight early candidates with the talent and supporting cast to deliver career years in 2021.

B. Predicting the NFC East
We asked the Footballguys Staff how they think the NFC East will end up in 2021. Here's what they said.

C. In Case You Missed It - Dynasty Trade Value Chart: June
At the beginning of each month, Dan Hindery puts together the Dynasty Trade Value Chart. He digs deep and quantifies dynasty player values. And as you well know, that can be tricky business. Here's the June edition.

D. In Case You Missed It - NEW FEATURE - Dynasty Trade Value App
If you care about Dynasty, you're already into Dan Hnidery's Trade Value Chart. If you don't know it, grab the latest version in the blurb below.

Dan has a brand new feature here with the Dynasty Trade Value App. It's a web app that automatically adjusts dynasty trade values to fit the specifics of your league's scoring, starting roster requirements, and the number of teams. That kind of specific customization is the foundation of Footballguys. It's the cornerstone of my Value-Based Drafting Principles I wrote about 20 years ago. And it's still the backbone of all we do. Let the other GMs in your league rock their generic cheatsheet. While you continue to mop the floor with them using Footballguys.

If you're into this, hit me up with a reply to this email and let me know what you think.

E. Footballguys On The Coach - Talking With John Daigle
Sigmund Bloom and John Daigle talk NFL news and fantasy football. Topics Include: Julio Jones possible destinations and fallout, does Zach Ertz have anything left in the tank, where the conventional wisdom on June 1 is off, and more!

F. The Footballguys Two-Point Stance Show - Over Rated Players
Lauren Carpenter was unable to record this week's show, so your hosts Dave Kluge and Troy King break down the most overrated players heading into 2021, talk about some camp buzz, and dive into some injury updates.

G. The Footballguys Dynasty Show - Post June 1 Watch
Chad Parsons and Jordan McNamara look at players to watch after the June 1st contract deadline on top of dynasty trades and quotes from the Shark Pool.

H. Petite Podcast
If you've got three minutes, our friends Amanda Reynolds and Victoria Greary have a cool new podcast you should check out. See it here.

I. Footballguys Spotlight - Ranking The NFL Coaches
The Footballguys Spotlight is where we shout out rad stuff we see around the internet. In this one, our friend Patrick Daugherty at NBC Sports Edge breaks down the 2021 NFL Head Coaches. I've long said this is a QB - Head Coach league and Pat brings the goods in this excellent and detailed article. Check it out here.

1. CIN - Ja'Marr Chase picking things up quickly

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Myles Simmons

Cincinnati Bengals first-round pick WR Ja'Marr Chase has made a very positive first impression on his new team, according to comments made by head coach Zac Taylor on Tuesday, June 1.'Ja'Marr has been impressive. He picks it up really quickly. I know there's probably some new terms that are crossover from some old terms he's had that, like any young receiver, it takes a couple days to get adjusted to. But man, he gets lined up quick, he knows what to do, he's got great hands. He's everything we hoped he could be here through just the first couple of practices,' Taylor said.

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Chase is known as hyper competitive, so picking up things quickly is just what he's going to do. He's got speed, ball skills and a nose for the end zone which gives him plenty of fantasy upside in his first season. At this time, Chase is going off the board at WR47 (10.05) in 12-team PPR leagues. However, that should rise as we get through training camp. All it will take is a big preseason game...or even a big play in the preseason...to push Chase's draft position up higher.

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2. WAS - Antonio Gibson still not 100 percent

Source: The Washington Post - Sam Fortier

Washington Football Team RB Antonio Gibson (toe) disclosed to reporters Wednesday, June 2, that he is still rehabbing the toe injury that forced him to miss two games late last season.

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Toe injuries can linger...and obviously that's still lingering with Gibson. He should be 100 percent by the time the regular season gets here. Gibson is a fine runner and great receiving option for Washington. Gibson is a RB2 with RB1 upside and can be a weekly starter for your fantasy team. Most are drafting Gibson near the turn, and he's going off the board somewhere between RB10 and RB12 in PPR formats.

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3. CAR - TE Ian Thomas making an impression

Source: The Athletic - Joe Person

Carolina Panthers TE Ian Thomas has enjoyed a 'tremendous offseason,' according to head coach Matt Rhule.

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That's a good sign for Thomas, but he's always had the natural talent but has yet to put it all together as a pro. Now, the Panthers have Dan Arnold as their top tight end and Thomas is the no.2 at the position. Last year, the Panthers only had 27 receptions (Thomas had 20 of those) at the tight end position. We'll see if Rhule does a better job of emphasizing the position in 2021.

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4. LAC - WR Mike Williams poised to have big year?

Source: The Orange County Register - Gilbert Manzano

Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams should post 'nice numbers this year,' according to new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi.

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Williams should have a better season in 2021 as QB Justin Herbert continues to grow as a passer. He's got the size to box out smaller defenders and can win contested catches regularly. Projecting Williams for around 50-55 catches and perhaps a 1,000 yards with 5-7 touchdowns seems logical. Williams has the potential to do more but has yet to put it all together in the pros. He's more of a WR4 with upside for Fantasy GMs.

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5. GB - More expected from TE Robert Tonyan in 2021?

Source: The Athletic - Matt Schneidman

Green Bay Packers TE Robert Tonyan is expected to be featured more often in the offense this season, according to recent comments made by head coach Matt LaFleur.

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Tonyan was targeted 59 times last year, catching 52 passes for 586 yards and a whopping 11 touchdowns. He finished as the no.3 fantasy tight end last year in standard formats, and with more work or a larger role he could finish this season around that same spot. The 11 touchdowns will be difficult to duplicate, and that was a big part of his fantasy value. However, his role in the offense and trust built with QB Aaron Rodgers is worth trusting as a TE1 for your fantasy team.

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6. CIN - Ja'Marr Chase signs

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Cincinnati Bengals first-round pick WR Ja'Marr Chase agreed to terms on a four-year deal with an option for a fifth year. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

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Chase has the upside to be a Pro Bowl player one day in the NFL. He's fast, has great body control, a nose for the end zone and he's a tough player who isn't afraid of contested catches. Chase had great chemistry with QB Joe Burrow in college at LSU, and that should carry over to the NFL. He's a no.1 wide receiver and a quick learner. Chase should start Week 1 for the Bengals.

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7. CHI - Dazz Newsome injury update

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Updating a previous report, Chicago Bears sixth-round pick WR Dazz Newsome (shoulder) suffered a broken collarbone in practice Tuesday, June 1.

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Newsome is a slot receiver with speed to burn. He's tough after the catch and does a good job snaring contested catches (PFF notes Newsome had 11 catches out of 16 contested catch attempts over the last two years). We like monitoring him in dynasty formats because of his speed and quickness from the slot. Imaging tests revealed a clean break, so the expectation is Newsome will need eight weeks to rest and rehab.

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8. BAL - Rashod Bateman back at work

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens first-round-pick WR Rashod Bateman (undisclosed) was back at practice Wednesday, June 2, after making an early exit from practice exactly one week earlier for an undisclosed reason.

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Good news for the Ravens here. Bateman is a fine route runner and should be able to earn the trust of QB Lamar Jackson quickly. With their run-heavy offense, that will hold back Bateman's fantasy value a bit. Projecting the rookie for about 45 catches this year seems right.

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9. DAL - TE Blake Jarwin optimistic about camp

Source: DallasCowboys.com - David Helman

Dallas Cowboys TE Blake Jarwin (knee) did not participate fully in practice during organized team activities last week, but he anticipates being 'ready to roll' on the first day of training camp.

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He's been doing some drills in OTAs but is limited. Jarwin was supposed to be a sleeper tight end in 2020 but hurt his knee in Week 1 and missed the rest of the year. Now, Jarwin will compete with Dalton Schultz to create a pecking order at the position.

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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.



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