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Footballguys #101 - 7/29 - The 25 Values At RB You Need To Know, Plus News And Notes And MORE

Volume 21, #101 -- Monday Night, July 29th, 2019

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Howdy Folks,

Good Tuesday. It's here. Today is the day our Value Plays start rolling off the lines. If you're new to Footballguys, the Value Plays Series is one of the most popular and best things we do. Plus we've got more great content as well as the News and the Notes you need.

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J

SITE NEWS

A. FREE CONTENT - 25 Value Plays at Running Back
Everyone knows finding value is the key to Fantasy Football Championships. One of the best and most popular features we present every year is the Value Plays. We poll the Footballguys Staff for players they see as Undervalued and Overvalued and who they see as Deep Sleepers. In this one, they dive into running backs they see as undervalued.

B. 25 Things You Need to Know from the First Week of Training Camp
Our Sigmund Bloom with the most important things to know from the first week of training camp.

C. Monday Injury Rounds: Gurley and Michel Practice - How Reassured Should You Be?
In a world that now freaks out over every tweet from Camp, our Dr. Jene Bramel is the calm and reaassuring voice we need when it comes to analyzing injuries. In this one, he brings us updates on Todd Gurley and Sony Michel. And examinines the latest on A.J. Green's ankle. Plus more.

D. 21 Running Backs Who Could be Overvalued
We told you the RBs we see as values. Here's the list of the 21 RBs the Footballguys Staff sees as likely not to earn the value they currrently cost.

E. 13 Deep Sleepers at Running Back
We polled the Footballguys Staff and these 13 players repeteadly came up as Deep Sleepers at the running back position.


1. LAR - Light shed on RB Darrell Henderson's role?

Source: Yahoo! Sports - Charles Robinson

Los Angeles Rams RB Darrell Henderson is expected to be utilized in the same kind of 'flexible mismatch' role Chris Thompson assumed when head coach Sean McVay was the offensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins.

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Chris Thompson flirted with RB1 value in PPR leagues in McVay's offense so this isn't bad news for Henderson's stock, although he's being drafted close to his ceiling if Todd Gurley stays healthy all year. This is enough to justify him at ADP when combined with the Gurley injury upside.

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2. SEA - WR D.K. Metcalf works with starters

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks WR D.K. Metcalf worked with the first-team offense across from Tyler Lockett in two-receiver sets Sunday, July 28.

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David Moore, Jaron Brown, and Metcalf are all vying for first-team snaps across from Lockett. With Jarran Reed suspended for the first six games and lots of top offenses on the schedule, the WR2 for the Seahawks could have value. Metcalf has the best tools, but the least experience.

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3. KC - RB Damien Williams tweaks hamstring

Source: KCChiefs.com - B.J. Kissel

Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams (hamstring) left practice early with a hamstring issue Sunday, July 28.

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Williams hasn't been a lead back for a full season, so there are some doubts about his ability to live up to ADP despite the perfect situation in Kansas City and his late season success. If he misses a week or less and returns to the field, we won't worry, but that is not a given.

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4. SF - RB Jerick McKinnon not far away

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon (knee) remains on the Physically Unable to Perform list but could be activated as soon as Thursday, Aug. 1, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan.

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That's a best case scenario for McKinnon after his flare up. He's still at a disadvantage in the backfield battle for snaps and is probably going to be third in line for snaps and touches at running back without a dazzling summer.

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5. LAR - QB Jared Goff continuing to develop

Source: Yahoo! Sports - Charles Robinson

Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff 'continues to get stronger physically,' according to Yahoo! Sports' Charles Robinson. Head coach Sean McVay told Robinson that Goff is 'more twitchy in his upper body' and 'knows the offense to the point of adding his own stamps to it.'

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As long as the two new starters on the offensive line gel, Goff will be set up for his best season yet. He is one of a myriad of values at the quarterback position.

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6. CIN - WR John Ross likely sidelined two weeks

Source: Bengals.com - Geoff Hobson

Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross (hamstring) could 'possibly' miss two weeks with a 'hamstring issue,' according to Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson.

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This is terrible news for Ross in a summer that could have seen him establish himself as a possible starter with good performances in place of AJ Green. The hope is that he'll be ready to go before the end of preseason to make a run at starting in Week 1 when Green is likely out.

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7. NO - RB Alfred Morris visiting New Orleans

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Darin Gantt

Free-agent RB Alfred Morris (49ers) is reportedly meeting with the New Orleans Saints on Monday, July 29.

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Morris might be a threat to Dwayne Washington or Devine Ozigbo, but he won't push Latavius Murray for touches if he is signed. It is notable that the Saints are sniffing around free agent running backs. It could indicate some questions about the bottom of their depth chart.

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8. PHI - RB Jordan Howard hogging first-team reps

Source: 94WIP Radio - Eliot Shorr-Parks

Philadelphia Eagles RB Jordan Howard is 'dominating carries with the first-team offense' so far in training camp, according to 94WIP's Eliot Shorr-Parks.

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Howard should be the most valuable Eagles back in the early season, but he might not get enough work to be consistently relevant unless he is a frequent goal line option - which he could be. The team is likely to bring rookie Miles Sanders along slowly, with maybe 8-10 touches a game to start the season.

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9. NE - RB Sony Michel on the sidelines again

Source: MassLive.com - Andrew Callahan

New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) was back on the sidelined for team drills on Sunday, July 28, so RBs Brandon Bolden, Rex Burkhead and James White divvied up the first-team carries.

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Like Todd Gurley, Michel is 24 and a bit young for this kind of treatment, so it casts a shadow on his outlook, but if he makes it through camp healthy, it could be a sign that he will be a value at a depressed ADP. Damien Harris isn't getting first-team reps yet, but he's still the back poised to benefit the most if Michel misses time.

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10. BUF - Robert Foster slow to start

Source: 13WHAM ABC Rochester - Mike Catalana

Buffalo Bills WR Robert Foster has been working primarily with the second-team offense during training camp, and head coach Sean McDermott said Foster is going through the typical adjustment period that second-year players deal with.

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Foster had great chemistry on the deep ball with Josh Allen last year, but the Bills additions at wide receiver have relegated him to the second team. He should stay on deep dynasty rosters and he'll be on waiver wire speed dial if John Brown gets hurt. The Bills have their best depth at wide receiver in years.

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11. HOU - RB Lamar Miller still top dog?

Source: The Athletic - Aaron Reiss

Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller is still the lead back, head coach Bill O'Brien said Sunday, July 28.

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D'Onta Foreman could spell him on running downs and Josh Ferguson on passing downs, but it looks like he'll be the lead back again to start the season. Foreman could close the gap on early downs with good performances in September. Miller is a high floor/low ceiling option at current ADP, but is a solid pick for teams that only take one running back in their first five picks.

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12. KC - CB Bashaud Breeland sidelined

Source: ESPN.com - Adam Teicher

Kansas City Chiefs CB Bashaud Breeland (thumb) injured his thumb on the first day of training camp and has yet to return to practice, according to ESPN's Adam Teicher.

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The Chiefs already lost their possible #4 corner when Keith Reaser went down. Breeland is slated to be in the top three, so they need him to get back on the field as soon as possible. This is going to be one of the weakest secondaries in the league.

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13. MIA - Miami parts with Pat Flaherty

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Pat Flaherty was fired and replaced by analyst Dave DeGuglielmo on Monday, July 29.

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DeGuglielmo oversaw the rebuild of the Colts offensive line last year. He should be an excellent fit for a team building from the ground up.

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14. CAR - WR Curtis Samuel praised for route-running

Source: Panthers.com - Max Henson

Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel is 'becoming an outstanding route runner,' according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner.

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Samuel has been rounds behind DJ Moore in ADP even though their production was similar down the stretch last year and the draft capital expended wasn't that different. The steady drumbeat of these kinds of news items could change that.

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15. BAL - Joe Callahan expected to join Baltimore

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

Free-agent QB Joe Callahan (Buccaneers) is expected to sign with the Baltimore Ravens, pending a physical, according to a source.

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Callahan has bounced around the league but failed to stick on a roster for long. He doesn't offer the mobility of injured backup Robert Griffin III or Josh Johnson, who the team attempted to sign before settling on Callahan.

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16. KC - CB Keith Reaser may have torn tendon

Source: KCChiefs.com - B.J. Kissel

Kansas City Chiefs CB Keith Reaser (ankle) is believed to have suffered a torn Achilles tendon Monday, July 29, according to head coach Andy Reid.

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Reaser was an AAF refugee, but slated to be as high as the team's fourth corner. This only increases the chances that the secondary will be a weakness this year even though he was merely depth. The Chiefs didn't have any to spare to begin with.

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17. NYJ - WR Jamison Crowder exits with injury

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets WR Jamison Crowder (leg) left practice Monday, July 29, with a left ankle or foot injury. He missed seven games last season with an injury to his right ankle.

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Crowder will need an MRI, which is not a great sign. Injuries have been a too frequent part of his outlook and don't appear to be going away in his first season with the Jets.

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18. NO - WR Cameron Meredith released

Source: The Times-Picayune - Herbie Teope

New Orleans Saints WR Cameron Meredith was released Monday, July 29.

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Meredith has clearly lost something from his surgery that he is unlikely to get back. The Saints negotiated a pay cut with him to increase his chances of making the roster, but it isn't going to work out. UDFA Emmanuel Butler has been getting buzz, so he has a better chance of making the roster with this news. Simmie Cobbs has also gotten some praise from beat writers.

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19. NE - WR Maurice Harris works with first team

Source: MassLive.com - Andrew Callahan

New England Patriots WR Maurice Harris took first-team snaps with WR Phillip Dorsett during team periods on Sunday, July 28, regardless of personnel grouping.

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Harris is having a great camp and might end up starting for the Patriots on the outside. First-round pick N'keal Harry could also come on, and Demaryius Thomas could have a quicker than expected recovery from his achilles tear like his former teammate Emmanuel Sanders. This will be a situation to watch, with Julian Edelman and James White still likely to be the top two Patriots in receptions.

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20. NE - Rookie WR Harry works with second team

Source: MassLive.com - Andrew Callahan

New England Patriots WR N'Keal Harry worked behind WRs Phillip Dorsett and Maurice Harris during team periods in practice on Sunday, July 28. He also took the field in team drills primarily when the Patriots went to 11 personnel using three wideouts, a running back and a tight end.

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Harry didn't have the most shining reports about his spring either, so it's fair to say that he has some work to do have redraft relevance early in the season. He isn't gaining steam in redraft leagues right now.

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21. CIN - Hamstring bothering WR John Ross

Source: Bengals.com - Geoff Hobson

Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross (hamstring) was limited to position work to start training camp because of hamstring tightness.

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Ross being on the injury report is an annual tradition now. He has a big opportunity with AJ Green likely missing Week 1 and more, but if he can't stay on the field, players like Josh Malone, Auden Tate, and UDFA Stanley Morgan could get some first team snaps.

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22. IND - Minor issue for WR Parris Campbell

Source: The Athletic - Zak Keefer

Indianapolis Colts WR Parris Campbell (hamstring) suffered a minor hamstring injury near the end of practice Sunday, July 28, according to head coach Frank Reich.

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Campbell has been having a great camp and exceeding expectations. He should be moving up our boards, assuming this is truly a minor injury that will only require a short absence.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of Footballguys. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J