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Footballguys #11 - 4/30 - Staff Cheatsheet Rankings And MORE

Volume 21, #11 -- Tuesday Night, April 30th, 2019

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Good Wednesday to you. We've got more new content for you plus Staff Rankings plus the News and Notes you need.

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A. Monday Injury Rounds: What Do We Know About Doug Baldwin?
Multiple surgeries? Possible retirement? Our Dr. Jene Bramel examines the latest reports on Doug Baldwin's injury status.

B. Looking Back - Dynasty 2016 Redraft
Looking back can always help you look forward. Our Dan Hindery dives into a 2016 Dynasty Startup Draft with 20/20 Hindsight.

C. Detailed Stat Projections - Maurile Tremblay
Detailed Stat Projections are the backbone of Footballguys. We have four different experts projecting the offensive positions and another expert projecting IDP. In this one, our Maurile Tremblay posts his first set of forecasted stats for this season.

D. Detailed Stat Projections - Jason Wood
Detailed Stat Projections are the backbone of Footballguys. We have four different experts projecting the offensive positions and another expert projecting IDP. In this one, our Jason Wood posts his first set of forecasted stats for this season.

E. Footballguys Staff Rankings - Non PPR
Don't settle for generic and outdated rankings. All spring and summer, our Footballguys Staffers will be bringing you constantly updated Cheatsheet Rankings. They're sortable and specific to the format you're actually using which as you know makes a world of difference. In this one, the Staff ranks for a Non-PPR format.

F. Footballguys Staff Rankings - PPR
Don't settle for generic and outdated rankings. All spring and summer, our Footballguys Staffers will be bringing you constantly updated Cheatsheet Rankings. They're sortable and specific to the format you're actually using which as you know makes a world of difference. In this one, the Staff ranks for a PPR format.

G. Footballguys Staff Rankings - Best Ball
Don't settle for generic and outdated rankings. All spring and summer, our Footballguys Staffers will be bringing you constantly updated Cheatsheet Rankings. They're sortable and specific to the format you're actually using which as you know makes a world of difference. In this one, the Staff ranks for Best Ball format.

H. Footballguys Staff Rankings - Rookie Only
Don't settle for generic and outdated rankings. All spring and summer, our Footballguys Staffers will be bringing you constantly updated Cheatsheet Rankings. They're sortable and specific to the format you're actually using which as you know makes a world of difference. In this one, the Staff ranks for Rookies only.

I. Footballguys Staff Rankings - Dynasty
Don't settle for generic and outdated rankings. All spring and summer, our Footballguys Staffers will be bringing you constantly updated Cheatsheet Rankings. They're sortable and specific to the format you're actually using which as you know makes a world of difference. In this one, the Staff ranks for Dynasty.

J. Footballguys Staff Rankings - IDP
Don't settle for generic and outdated rankings. All spring and summer, our Footballguys Staffers will be bringing you constantly updated Cheatsheet Rankings. They're sortable and specific to the format you're actually using which as you know makes a world of difference. In this one, the Staff ranks for IDP.

K. Footballguys Staff Rankings - IDP Rookie Only
Don't settle for generic and outdated rankings. All spring and summer, our Footballguys Staffers will be bringing you constantly updated Cheatsheet Rankings. They're sortable and specific to the format you're actually using which as you know makes a world of difference. In this one, the Staff ranks for IDP Rookie Only.


1. ATL - Protecting QB Matt Ryan a priority

Source: ESPN.com - Vaughn McClure

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan was sacked or hit a career-high 76 times last season, so the Falcons made his protection a draft priority, selecting a pair of offensive linemen in the first round. 'We knew what we needed to do this offseason and that was to continue to fortify that line and make sure that we were protecting Matt,' Atlanta GM Thomas Dimitroff said. 'And we weren't going to run into what we ran into last year.'

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The Falcons have a high-powered offense with weapons all over the place. So long as Ryan stays upright, he should produce top-5 fantasy quarterback numbers in 2019. The Falcons made the moves in the draft to help out his protection, something that should pay early dividends this season.

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2. IND - RB Spencer Ware signs with Colts

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent RB Spencer Ware (Chiefs) signed an undisclosed deal with the Indianapolis Colts Tuesday, April 30.

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The Colts cramped backfield gets quite a bit more crowded here. Ware is good when healthy, and he can work as a runner or receiver out of the backfield. He's going to try and find a spot in the mix with guys like Marlon Mack, Jordan Wilkins, Nyheim Hines and Jonathan Williams.

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3. LAC - RB Melvin Gordon not at workout

Source: ESPN.com - Eric D. Williams

Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon did not participate in the voluntary workout Monday, April 29.

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Gordon is looking for a new deal and that may be why he's staying away during voluntary workouts. The 2015 first-round pick is due $5.6 million in 2019, the final year of his rookie deal. The Chargers were looking into an extension, so we may see something done before the start of the regular season. Stay tuned.

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4. MIA - QB Josh Rosen thinks he can be franchise QB

Source: The Miami Herald - Armando Salguero

Miami Dolphins QB Josh Rosen said he believes he can be a franchise quarterback for the Dolphins.

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It would be news if he felt any differently. Rosen looked lost for the Cardinals last year, but one could easily blame that on coaching, lack of talent around him or an offensive line that let him get beat up quite a bit. Struggles as a rookie quarterback in the NFL should be expected, and Rosen wasn't a good fit for the 'Air Raid' system that new Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury is bringing to Arizona. Rosen gets a fresh start with the Dolphins and has a chance to showcase his talent as the starter if he can beat out Ryan Fitzpatrick.

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5. KC - RB Jamaal Charles retiring

Source: 610SportsKC

Free-agent RB Jamaal Charles (Jaguars) will sign a one-day contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.

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When he was at his best, Charles was one of the best in the league and a favorite of Fantasy GMs everywhere. A third-round pick out of Texas in the 2008 NFL draft, Charles was a top-12 fantasy running back in five of his first seven years in the league. Knee injuries robbed him of his trademark speed and he didn't look the same since 2014. Stints with Denver and Jacksonville will not be remembered, but his time with the Chiefs was epic.

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6. SEA - Seattle meeting with Ziggy Ansah

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Free-agent DE Ziggy Ansah (Lions) is meeting with the Seattle Seahawks Monday, April 29, according to a source.

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Ansah has gotten a bit of interest (from the Ravens) on the open market as he continues to recover from shoulder surgery. The veteran pass rusher would help the Seahawks off the edge if signed, especially since they traded DE Frank Clark (Chiefs) away and need help getting after the quarterback.

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7. SF - Jalen Hurd's versatility praised

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Michael David Smith

San Francisco 49ers WR Jalen Hurd is the most versatile player he's ever drafted, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan. Hurd was chosen in the third round and could play all over the field, including running back, wide receiver and tight end. Hurd played at 250 pounds when Tennessee asked him to line up in short-yardage rushing situations, and he shed 20 pounds to play wide receiver for Baylor. Hurd weighed 226 pounds at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine, but general manager John Lynch said Hurd will be allowed to play at the weight he feels most comfortable before the coaching staff determines his ultimate positional role.'He can do about everything,' Shanahan said. 'I think if he would have stayed a running back, I think he would have gotten drafted as an NFL running back. Today he got drafted as an NFL receiver, kind of. I believe if he tried to play tight end he would have gotten drafted as an NFL tight end. That's a pretty unique thing to have. I don't remember being able to say that about any player I've studied before. So, it's neat to be able to do that and he can help us out in a lot of different ways.'

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Hurd has an amazing size/speed combination he can use to dominate smaller defenders. He wasn't asked to run the full route tree in college and Hurd will need to learn how to quickly and properly beat press coverage as a pro. If he learns those skill sets, watch out! This third-round pick is one we're excited about in dynasty formats.

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8. LAR - More two-back formations for Rams in 2019?

Source: ESPN.com - Lindsey Thiry

Los Angeles Rams third-round RB Darrell Henderson's arrival may prompt the team to use fewer 11-personnel (three receivers, one running back and one tight end) and possibly utilize two running backs more often going forward, in the opinion of ESPN's Lindsey Thiry.

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We really like Henderson's skill set but his landing spot should prevent him from playing up to his potential. Henderson is going to try and find a role with the Rams as the no.3 running back on the depth chart behind superstar Todd Gurley and primary backup Malcolm Brown. Add in second-year pro John Kelly as more competition for Henderson in 2019. We'll see how it all shakes out and will have a better feel for Henderson's situation in training camp and the preseason.

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9. IND - Indy landing Parris Campbell "not fair"

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Indianapolis Colts second-round WR Parris Campbell was the only non-defensive player selected by the team during the 2019 NFL Draft, and it appears as if head coach Frank Reich is quite pleased with what he believes Campbell will break the offense.'It's funny, I have said this to you guys before, but as a coach you ... love the guys you work with that I always think, 'Hey, we don't need anybody else. We already got the best guys in the world playing for us. And, then all of a sudden, now you're giving us more? This isn't fair. It's not going to be fair. And then you get a guy that runs 4.31 and you just say, 'It's going to be fun to see these guys work together,'' Reich told the team's website.

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It's a 'good get' for the Colts offense that's for sure. Campbell is a big play waiting to happen. He's got quickness, speed and moves upon moves in the open field with the rock in his hands. Campbell has the skill set where he can take a short pass and turn it into a house call. We're excited to see where Campbell mixes into the Colts passing game behind T.Y. Hilton.

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10. IND - WR T.Y. Hilton foresees big season for offense

Source: The Herald Bulletin - George Bremer

Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton has high hopes for the team's offense in 2019. 'This offense is going to be scary,' Hilton said Tuesday, April 30.

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With Andrew Luck healthy in 2018, Hilton finished as the no.14 fantasy receiver in standard-scoring leagues. We should see him around that same number, perhaps pushing into mid-range WR1 territory in 2019. The weapons added by the Colts this offseason could really help the type of coverage Hilton regularly sees, thus opening him up to do more and be even more dangerous this season.

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11. PHI - DE Chris Long decision looming

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

Philadelphia Eagles DE Chris Long has a $1 million roster bonus Wednesday, May 1. Long is contemplating his football future.

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The Eagles should be planning on Long retiring. Earlier this month, Long made that clear on the airwaves. "Too hard on my body, my family, on everyone else to kind of go through it for a role that's far from perfect," Long said on the Philadelphia Enquirer's podcast. "I told [the team] this maybe a month ago: 'Hey, listen, plan like I'm not going to be back."

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12. CLE - Cleveland interested in DT Gerald McCoy

Source: Canton Repository - Steve Doerschuk

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy is believed to be available, and pre-draft reports suggested the team might be willing to trade the veteran if the price is right. Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey is believed to have post-draft interest in the Bucs veteran.

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McCoy is on the books for $13 million in 2019, the final year of his contract. The Bucs have been shopping him early and often this offseason but have no takers (obviously) to this point. Some rumors are swirling about a McCoy for Duke Johnson swap, so we'll see if that comes to fruition.

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13. KC - GM expects Mecole Hardman to play early

Source: The Kansas City Star - Brooke Pryor

Kansas City Chiefs WR Mecole Hardman probably will receive a solid amount of playing time during the early part of the 2019 season, in the opinion of general manager Brett Veach.

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Hardman is going to get a lot of playing time, especially if the team moves on from Tyreek Hill (or if he's suspended by the league). He could certainly be a player that Fantasy GMs get excited about in 2019. The rookie from Georgia is currently going undrafted in 12-team PPR leagues but that's going to change.

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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