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Footballguys #112 - 8/9 - Bloom's PPR Top 250, Antonio Brown Drama, News And Notes And MORE

Volume 21, #112 -- Friday Night, August 9th, 2019

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We've got Sigmund Blooms PPR Top 250 Plus More Features Plus the News and Notes you need.

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A. Sigmund Bloom's PPR Top 250
Our Sigmund Bloom with a look at the top 250 players in PPR leagues.

B. FREE CONTENT: Prepping for Survivor Leagues
Our Jeff Pasquino looks at using Las Vegas to find survivor strategies.

C. Quarterback By Committee
Our Jeff Pasquino looks at finding a starting quarterback by committee for 2019.

D. Mastering the Auction, Part 4: Nomination Strategies
Our Andrew Davenport continues his Auction Series. In this one, he looks into learning different nomination strategies to advance your auction draft skills.


1. OAK - WR Antonio Brown expected back soon

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal - Michael Gehlken

Contradicting a previous report, Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown is expected to rejoin the club at its training camp headquarters in the near future, according to a team official. According to the Las Vegas Review Journal's Michael Gehlken, the Raiders also believe the foot ailment that has caused Brown to miss 10 of 11 practice sessions in their entirety thus far is largely a non-issue moving forward. An earlier report from WPXI's Chase Williams suggested Brown had gone 'radio silent' and the team had 'zero clue where he is or what the progress of the foot injury is.'

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We're leaning toward listening to Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal here. If you're drafting today, be cautious. But we're leaning mostly toward the idea much of the drama over Brown here is being overblown. Stay tuned.

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2. OAK - WR Antonio Brown could quit over helmet issue?

Source: NFL Network - Michael Silver

Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown has reportedly told team officials he will not play football again if the league does not allow him to wear his preferred helmet. According to NFL Network's Michael Silver, the topic has been a sore subject with Brown since the league announced that it was eliminating the one-year grace period for certain helmet models, including the one worn by Brown.

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We're leaning on the side that this is being overblown. Yes, Brown's behavior seems a bit erratic and it's not good that someone is leaking all of these details about him. He is seeming like a less attractive proposition by the day at his ADP, which is sure to come down. But let's wait to see how this shakes out.

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3. HOU - Minor injury for WR Keke Coutee

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Updating a previous report, Houston Texans WR Keke Coutee (ankle) suffered an ankle injury against the Green Bay Packers Thursday, Aug. 8, but the injury isn't considered serious, according to a source.

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Hopefully he can get back on the field before Week 1 in practices. His draft stock should fall, but Coutee showed last year he can still have an impact coming back from an injury and this one shouldn't be as bad as the hamstring issue last year.

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4. CLE - WR Antonio Callaway handed four-game ban

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Cleveland Browns WR Antonio Callaway was suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the regular season Friday, Aug. 9, for violating the league's policy on substances of abuse.

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Callaway drops off of the redraft radar now. He was already reportedly out of shape to begin camp. The valuable DeSean Jackson role in Todd Monken's offense was his for the taking, but now Rashard Higgins is the Browns receiver to target late. Callaway could be a mid season waiver wire pickup if he gets it together, but he could also not make the team.

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5. CLE - WR Antonio Callaway misses practice

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns WR Antonio Callaway (ankle) did not participate in practice Friday, Aug. 9, because of a high ankle sprain he suffered during the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 8.

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Callaway will have plenty of time to heal while he's suspended for the first four games, but the team may not keep him if they like their wide receivers who get an increased chance to show their stuff in his absence.

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6. PHI - Nate Sudfeld to miss 6 weeks

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Updating previous reports, Philadelphia Eagles QB Nate Sudfeld (wrist) is expected to be sidelined the next six weeks after undergoing surgery Friday, Aug. 9, on his broken left wrist.

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That's good news for the Eagles after the injury looked more severe during the game. They might only need to carry Cody Kessler as the back up for a few weeks before getting Sudfeld back.

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7. NE - N'Keal Harry could be out for a bit

Source: Boston Herald - Kevin Duffy

New England Patriots WR N'Keal Harry (leg) is expected to miss some practice time over the next few days after suffering an apparent leg injury in the preseason opener against the Detroit Lions on Thursday, Aug. 8.

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Harry made a few plays in the first preseason game to continue some positive momentum after a mixed start to camp, but this will slow his momentum to get a lot of early season snaps and targets. He is falling on redraft boards.

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8. BAL - QB Lamar Jackson: Offense under wraps

Source: WNST.net - Luke Jones

Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson says the offense the team ran Thursday, Aug. 8, in its 29-0 preseason win over the Jacksonville Jaguars won't resemble the attack the Ravens will display come the regular season. '(They're) not close at all,' Jackson said. 'We ran like a couple plays a lot. We really didn't show anything at all. It's going to be fun to watch though.'

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Jackson will be a great Week 1 DFS start against a Miami defense that is overmatched and probably won't be prepared for what they see. He also gets Arizona and Kansas City the next two weeks after that, making him an excellent QB1 to start the season if you wait on the position.

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9. OAK - Expectations high for TE Darren Waller

Source: MMQB - Albert Breer

Oakland Raiders TE Darren Waller (shoulder) has impressed the team's coaching staff, which views him as a 'freakish athlete' and a good fit to fill the cleats of the departed Jared Cook.

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Waller is a former wide receiver with a size speed combination that is difficult for any safety or linebacker to match up with. He could be a big winner in fantasy if Antonio Brown draws extra coverage and opens up the middle of the field.

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10. ARI - QB Kyler Murray efficient

Source: The Associated Press

Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray was 6-for-7 for 44 yards in his preseason debut Thursday, Aug. 8.

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Murray played sound safe football and didn't really test the defense in the middle of the field. We hope to see him do more in the next two preseason games, but we probably won't see the offense the Cardinals will show the Lions in Week 1.

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11. GB - RB Dexter Williams busy

Source: ESPN.com

Green Bay Packers RB Dexter Williams rushed 14 times for 62 yards (4.4 yard per carry) and caught one ball for 18 yards in the preseason opener Thursday, Aug. 8.

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Jamaal Williams has had a hamstring issue for most of camp, and Dexter might be a better fit in the outside zone running game. If Aaron Jones goes down, it's possible Dexter will be the Williams to pick up.

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12. CLE - WR Rashard Higgins starts fast

Source: ESPN.com

Cleveland Browns WR Rashard Higgins had five grabs for 98 yards and a touchdown in the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 8.

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With the news of Antonio Callaway's suspension, Higgins will get to play in three-wide sets and possibly have fantasy relevance. He has excellent chemistry with Baker Mayfield and has moved into late round consideration in deep drafts.

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13. IND - Daurice Fountain plays well

Source: ESPN.com

Indianapolis Colts WR Daurice Fountain had five catches for 63 yards in the preseason opener Thursday, Aug. 8.

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Fountain is probably on the roster bubble, but if he keeps posting games like this, he might move into consideration for the final 53, or at least the practice squad.

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14. DET - Spot opens for DET WRs

Source: ESPN.com - Michael Rothstein

Detroit Lions WRs Andy Jones and Chris Lacy will be battling for the fourth receiver spot after WR Jermaine Kearse (leg) was lost due to a broken leg.

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The Lions could also look to a veteran free agent like Michael Crabtree or pick someone up at final cuts. Marvin Jones injury history suggests that they may need to use their #4 receiver more than they plan.

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15. ARI - Trent Sherfield catches eye of HC

Source: Arizona Sports 98.7 FM - Luke Lapinski

Arizona Cardinals WR Trent Sherfield drew praise from head coach Kliff Kingsbury after catching four passes for 44 yards and a touchdown in a 17-13 preseason win over the Los Angeles Chargers Thursday, Aug. 8. 'He just keeps getting better,' Kingsbury said. 'Very solid player. Had a great play on special teams. Heck of a catch on that touchdown and shows up and works every day.'

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The wide receiver positions after Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk are wide open, so Sherfield has a chance for significant playing time if he can keep it up. He should be a waiver wire watch list player if he makes the team.

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16. SEA - WR Jazz Ferguson locking up spot?

Source: NBC Sports Northwest - Joe Fann

Seattle Seahawks WR Jazz Ferguson is 'closer to clinching a spot' on the 53-man roster after catching all four of his targets for 54 yards and a touchdown in a 22-14 preseason win over the Denver Broncos Thursday, Aug. 8, according to Joe Fann of NBC Sports Northwest.

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Ferguson has a great size speed combination and was once an LSU recruit. He can be a similar tactical element to DK Metcalf if he makes the roster.

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17. SEA - WR D.K. Metcalf shows potential

Source: NBC Sports Northwest - Joe Fann

Seattle Seahawks WR D.K. Metcalf caught one of his four targets for eight yards in a 22-14 preseason win over the Denver Broncos Thursday, Aug. 8, but he also had a step on coverage on two deep pass attempts and was overthrown both times.

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Metcalf's deep targets would have likely been catches if Russell Wilson was playing. He did nothing to slow down the hype train in the win over Denver.

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18. CHI - Solid debut for RB David Montgomery

Source: ESPN.com

Chicago Bears RB David Montgomery rushed three times for 16 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 30 yards in a 23-13 preseason loss to the Carolina Panthers Thursday, Aug. 8.

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Montgomery showed great balance and ability to break tackles, which was his calling card at Iowa State. He still appears to be in a three-man committee, but performances like this one help his cause.

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19. MIA - RB Kalen Ballage scores in win

Source: ESPN.com

Miami Dolphins RB Kalen Ballage rushed six times for 23 yards and a touchdown and failed to catch either of his targets in a 34-27 preseason win over the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, Aug. 8.

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Ballage was mostly unimpressive. After lots of buzz that he could push Kenyan Drake for the starting job, Ballage is losing momentum.

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20. CLE - Dontrell Hilliard used often

Source: ESPN.com

Cleveland Browns RB Dontrell Hilliard rushed nine times for 19 yards and caught three of his six targets for 34 yards in a 30-10 preseason win over the Washington Redskins Thursday, Aug. 8.

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Hilliard will be the receiving back for the Browns after Duke Johnson was traded to Houston. He'll have some value in very deep PPR leagues.

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21. WAS - Uneven start for QB Dwayne Haskins

Source: ESPN.com

Washington Redskins QB Dwayne Haskins completed eight of his 14 pass attempts for 117 yards and two interceptions and rushed twice for 17 yards in a 30-10 preseason loss to the Cleveland Browns Thursday, Aug. 8.

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Haskins looked not ready to start Week 1 by some accounts, but he did look good on rollouts, a staple of this offense. He will definitely start by the end of the year unless Washington is somehow a playoff contender.

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22. OAK - Gabe Jackson out two months

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal - Michael Gehlken

Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders OG Gabe Jackson (knee) is expected to miss the next two months after suffering a left knee injury Thursday, Aug. 8.

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The Raiders will be missing their other guard, Richie Incognito, for the first two games, and Kolton Miller is a suspect starting tackle at times. This line might not do the offense any favors early in the season.

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23. BAL - WR Miles Boykin busy Thursday

Source: ESPN.com

Baltimore Ravens WR Miles Boykin caught four passes on a team-high nine targets for 39 yards in a 29-0 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the preseason Thursday, Aug. 8.

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Boykin also had a few drops in an uneven night. It's clear the team wants to get a long look at him, which alone merits a late round pick in deep leagues considering the vacuum of experience in the Ravens wide receiver group and excitement about the passing game.

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24. BUF - RB Devin Singletary logs a dozen touches

Source: ESPN.com

Buffalo Bills RB Devin Singletary rushed nine times for 27 yards and caught three passes for 21 yards in a 24-16 win over the Indianapolis Colts in the preseason Thursday, Aug. 8.

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Singletary is getting a lot of work because the team wants to rest their veteran 1-2 punch at running back but he's showing out well. His value should increase as the season goes on, but it might take an injury or trade of Lesean McCoy for him to be relevant this year.

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25. SF - WR Deebo Samuel playing big

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers WR Deebo Samuel's 'aggressive' style of play has impressed head coach Kyle Shanahan, according to Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area.

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Samuel is trying to stand out in a group of receivers that is blending together and failing to impress Shanahan right now. He's worth a late round pick in deep PPR leagues.

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26. BUF - Ryan Bates acquired by Buffalo

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Philadelphia Eagles OT Ryan Bates was acquired by the Buffalo Bills Friday, Aug. 9, in exchange for DE Eli Harold.

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At least Bates is healthy, which is more than you can say about many of the Bills offensive linemen right now. Harold is an edge rusher who has failed to make noise in two previous stops.

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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