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Footballguys #100 - 7/28 - A.J. Green Expected Out 6-8 Weeks, Plus News And Notes And More

Volume 21, #100 -- Sunday Night, July 28th, 2019

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Good Monday to you. It's getting hot and heavy with news as we head towards August.

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J

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A. FREE CONTENT - Strategy for Short-Bench Leagues
Our Jeff Pasquino takes a look at how to plan for a league with a short bench.

B. Strategy for Large-Bench Leagues
Our Jeff Pasquino takes a look at how to plan for a league with a large bench.

C. The Footballguys Players Championship (FPC): Running Backs
Our Jeff Pasquino continues his look at the Footballguys Players Championship (FPC). In this one, he looks at the running back position.

D. Dynasty News, Offseason 5
Our Jeff Tefertiller with a look at the recent fantasy news from a dynasty perspective.


1. CIN - WR A.J. Green expected to be sidelined 6-8 weeks

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (ankle) is expected to be sidelined six to eight weeks after tearing ligaments in his ankle during a practice at the University of Dayton's Welcome Stadium as part of the NFL's 100th-anniversary celebration. He isn't expected to be ready for the regular-season opener at the Seattle Seahawks.

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He's reportedly seeking a second opinion but for today, 6-8 weeks seems to be the timeline. Green will fall out of the third round and maybe farther, a lot farther. Not only will this likely cost him games, but who knows how many games it will take to get to full speed, and the risk of re-injury. The sixth round sounds about right for where his ADP will level off.

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2. CIN - WR A.J. Green to get second opinion

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (ankle) will get a second opinion on his injured ankle. He's not currently expected to require surgery, but he and the Bengals will get additional information before making a proper plan for his treatment.

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This is usually isn't a good thing. Surgery isn't on the table now, but Green might not have liked something about the diagnosis or felt it didn't match what he was experiencing. This situation could change, and not for the better.

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3. LAR - RB Todd Gurley on preservation plan

Source: NFL.com - Logan Reardon

Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley will be on a 'veteran plan' during training camp, getting interspersed rest days, and will not play in the preseason as the Rams aim to have him in optimal shape for the regular season. 'There will be (days he doesn't practice),' Rams coach Sean McVay said. 'There will be some days that -- depending upon his workload and looking toward that (Week 1) Carolina game -- we might look at treating him like we have some of those veteran players. Todd really has become a veteran player.'

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The Rams are spinning this positively, but Gurley is 24, turning 25 next week, and this is not business as usual for a player that age. It sounds like were are not going to get more information to help guide us in drafts and the current position fantasy players have taken on Gurley is what they will take into drafts.

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4. NYJ - Le'Veon Bell busy with drug tests

Source: New York Daily News - Dennis Young

New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell was forced to leave back-to-back practices recently to submit to league drug tests. 'Since he wasn't here in the spring, they have to do everything now,' Jets coach Adam Gase explained Saturday, July 27. 'You guys don't see it all the time. You know, in the season sometimes we can be out at practice where a guy gets pulled off. It happens a lot in OTAs, you know, guys will come out late because they've got to do that.'

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Bell has broken league policies on controlled substances before, so they may be more strict on the testing. The league treats players differently once they are "in the program'.

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5. KC - WR Tyreek Hill working on life skills

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill said Sunday, July 28, he had a long conversation with team owner Clark Hunt after being cleared to rejoin the team and admitted 'I have to work on my life skills.'

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Hill is still a risk to run afoul of the law and league policies, but he is fully participating and not missing any time this year. He has #1 fantasy receiver upside, but it can all fall apart at any moment. He'll be going in the late first/early second in drafts.

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6. OAK - WR Antonio Brown's injury still a mystery

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Scott Bair

Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown (undisclosed) wound up spending two days on the Active/Non-Football Injury list before passing his physical and practicing Sunday, July 28. The Raiders, though, are still refusing to divulge the nature of Brown's injury.

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As long as he stays on the practice field, we don't really need to know, but it's something to remember if he ends up on the injury report again this summer or during the season.

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7. LAC - LAC, RB Melvin Gordon not close on salary talks

Source: Yahoo! Sports - Charles Robinson

RB Melvin Gordon and the Los Angeles Chargers are reportedly $2 million to $3 million apart in discussions on average salary.

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That is a significant amount and means that this will stay at a stalemate unless Gordon decides to put off getting paid until next year or take less than he thinks he is worth or the Chargers decide to cave to his demands.

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8. TEN - RB Derrick Henry spotted wearing walking boot

Source: TitanInsider.com - Terry McCormick

Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry (leg) was spotted with a walking boot on his left foot after being injured during the first day of training camp Friday, July 26, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation. Head coach Mike Vrabel said Henry was listed as day-to-day and added that the injury was not serious Friday, but did not provide an update on his condition Saturday, July 27.

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We'll need to see Henry on the practice field and hopefully in a preseason game before fully writing this off as a minor injury and non-factor in his fantasy projection this year. For now, it is reasonable to move him down in the stacked third-round RB2 with RB1 upside tier.

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9. WAS - Trent Williams wants out of Washington

Source: CBSSports.com - Jason La Canfora

Washington Redskins OT Trent Williams has a 'totally fractured' relationship with the team, according to veteran CBS reporter Jason La Canfora., who added that Williams, currently on the on the Reserve/Did Not Report list, has lost trust in general manger Bruce Allen and medical team and doesn't intend to return to the team.

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LeVeon Bell showed us last year the extent a player willing to go to so they can ensure that they never play for a relationship they don't trust again. Unless we hear something dramatically different in this situation, we should assume that Williams' days in Washington are over.

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10. OAK - QB Derek Carr encouraged to run more

Source: San Jose Mercury News - Jerry McDonald

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr is getting some push from head coach Jon Gruden to scramble more often in 2019.'Derek is a lot more athletic than people think. Hopefully, we can get some more scramble, second-reaction offense,' Gruden said.

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Carr is going to need to be more aggressive-minded as a passer and more willing to be a creative thinker if he is going to survive under Gruden, who is notoriously hard on his quarterbacks. This could help his fantasy bottom line if he takes to the advice, especially because the Raiders defense will be in the bottom half of the league and get them into higher scoring games.

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11. PIT - WR Donte Moncrief opens as starter

Source: Steelers Depot - Alex Kozora

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Donte Moncrief opened practice as the starting receiver across from WR JuJu Smith-Schuster Saturday, July 27.

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This should put a damper on James Washington's value, although Moncrief's ADP shouldn't really pick up unless we see evidence that the role won't be split. Rookie Diontae Johnson offers different strengths than Moncrief and Washington and may figure into this picture.

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12. NO - TE Jared Cook building chemistry

Source: USA TODAY Sports - Luke Johnson

New Orleans Saints TE Jared Cook has been seeing 'a lot of looks' from QB Drew Brees during training camp, according to Luke Johnson of USA Today Sports.

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The Saints haven't had a tight end of Cook's caliber since Jimmy Graham, so his upside is unknown. He's worth a TE1 pick after 6-7 of them are off of the board.

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13. DAL - RB Darius Jackson leads backfield

Source: The Dallas Morning News - Jon Machota

Dallas Cowboys RB Darius X. Jackson worked as the primary first-team running back during practice Saturday, July 27.

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The Cowboys have two rookies and Jackson behind Ezekiel Elliott, and Jackson has the most experience in the organization after the team drafted him in the sixth round in 2016, so this makes sense. He tested out very athletic even by NFL terms but hasn't been able to stick or get playing time in the NFL yet.

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14. LAR - No restrictions for WR Cooper Kupp

Source: NFL Network - Omar Ruiz

Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp (knee) will have no restrictions during training camp, according to head coach Sean McVay.

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This is great news for Kupp and the Rams offense. Kupp's ADP has been deflated because of injury recovery uncertainty, but it should bounce back now.

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15. IND - WR Parris Campbell impressing with red-zone skills

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Wells

Indianapolis Colts rookie WR Parris Campbell impressed head coach Frank Reich Sunday, July 28, with his work in red-zone drills. 'What he did in the red zone weren't hybrid, gadget, slot receiver type plays. They were legit, NFL, I'm going to be a stud receiver plays.'

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Campbell is reportedly showing route running skills far advanced from what was on his Ohio State tape. He could be an instant star and should be moving up fantasy draft boards.

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16. BAL - Teammate raves about WR Miles Boykin

Source: The Athletic - Jeff Zrebiec

Baltimore Ravens WR Miles Boykin, a third-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, drew strong praise from teammate WR Willie Snead Sunday, July 28. 'I tell him every day, 'you look like (New Orleans Saints WR) Michael Thomas, man.' He's going to be a huge part of our offense,' Snead said.

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Boykin could pass Marquise Brown to be the #1 when the season opens if Brown is slow to get back on the field. At this moment, he is probably the one Ravens wide out worth drafting in typical leagues.

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17. HOU - RB Josh Ferguson still viewed as top candidate for RB3 role

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans RB Josh Ferguson is still regarded as the leading candidate for the team's third running back role, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. Lamar Miller and D'Onta Foreman are locked in the No. 1 and No. 2 spots.

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It sounds like Ferguson is in line to get some passing down work and Foreman will get early down work. Miller should get enough touches to justify his ADP, but if Foreman comes on as a runner it could muddy the waters.

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18. DAL - DeMarcus Lawrence targeting opener

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Charean Williams

Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence (shoulder), currently on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list and unable to practice while recovering from shoulder surgery, is still aiming to play in the team's Sept. 8 season opener against the New York Giants. 'I have a date in my mind when I'm going to be ready, and that's the season opener,' Lawrence said. 'I'm not saying I'm going to overload my workload for the season opener or what they want to do with me or have me off the PUP list by the season opener, but hopefully be ready by the season opener.'

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This makes it sound like Lawrence could miss the season opener. IDP drafters should be cautious about spending a high pick on him until there are signs that he'll be ready to play in September. The team reportedly also expects him to be ready, so that's encouraging, but it would be more encouraging to see him on the field this summer.

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19. WAS - WR Trey Quinn making impression

Source: Around The NFL

Washington Redskins WR Trey Quinn has impressed the coaching staff this offseason, and coach Jay Gruden said Sunday, July 28, that Quinn has 'got the inside spot (the slot starting role) pretty much locked down.'

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Quinn has a chance to lead the team in targets and receptions because the passing game may have to focus on the short game if Trent Williams doesn't play for them this year. He's a good late round PPR pick.

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20. LAC - Wide receiver moves made

Source: Chargers.com

Free-agent WRs Malachi Dupre (Cardinals) and Jordan Smallwood (Lions) signed with the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, July 28. In corresponding moves, WRs Dylan Cantrell (undisclosed) and Fred Trevillion (undisclosed) were placed on the waived/injured list.

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Cantrell has excellent quickness for his size and also is a top blocking wide receiver. He could catch on a practice squad once he's healthy.

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21. BUF - RB Devin Singletary gets first-team reps

Source: ESPN.com - Marcel Louis-Jacques

Buffalo Bills RB Devin Singletary received a 'a ton' of first-team reps in practice Sunday, July 28, according to a beat reporter.

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The team is keeping Frank Gore and LeSean McCoy fresh, so this isn't like Kalen Ballage having a chance to overtake Kenyan Drake in Miami, but it is a chance for Singletary to show his stuff and prove he can he flourish in the offense.

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22. OAK - James Butler in, RB Chris Warren out

Source: The Athletic - Vic Tafur

Free-agent RB James Butler signed with the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, July 28. In a corresponding move, the Raiders waived RB Chris Warren.

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Warren was out of shape after injury rehab, and that was enough to cost him his spot on the roster. He was a preseason star last year but probably won't get signed until he gets back in football shape.

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23. MIA - WR Albert Wilson practicing Sunday

Source: The Miami Herald - Adam H. Beasley

Miami Dolphins WR Albert Wilson (hip) is in full pads and practicing Sunday, July 28.

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Wilson seems to be fully over the hip injury that ended his 2018 and kept him from practicing this spring. He'll be in line for a lot of targets and snaps in the slot if he can stay healthy, although Jakeem Grant will have something to say about that.

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24. NO - Keith Kirkwood making an impact

Source: USA TODAY Sports - Luke Johnson

New Orleans Saints WR Keith Kirkwood has 'made the most plays' of any receiver during training camp, according to Luke Johnson of USA TODAY Sports.

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Kirkwood is getting valuable experience in place of Michael Thomas while Thomas is holding out for a new contract at the top of the wide receiver market. He appears to be equal if not ahead of Tre'Quan Smith in importance in the Saints wide receiver corps.

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25. CIN - TE Tyler Eifert practicing Saturday

Source: The Athletic - Jay Morrison

Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) participated in practice Saturday, July 27.

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It's great to see Eifert out there. He was almost back to old form before his injury last year and will at least deserve waiver wire speed dial status if not late round streamer value in 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