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Footballguys #114 - 8/11 - How To Crush Fantasy Football This Year, The 12 Team PPR Perfect Draft, News And Notes And MORE

Volume 21, #114 -- Sunday Night, August 11th, 2019

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1. MIN - Minnesota acquires Kaare Vedvik

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

PK Kaare Vedvik was acquired by the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, Aug. 11, in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens. The Vikings sent a 2020 fifth-round draft pick to Baltimore in return.

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Vedvik instantly becomes the favorite to start over Dan Bailey, who was barely adequate last year. Bailey could be looked at by other kicker poor teams, including his old Dallas Cowboys squad that is possibly doubting Brett Maher right now.

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2. NO - RB Alvin Kamara to remain on 'pitch count'

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Triplett

New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara is expected to approach the 61 percent of snaps he played over the final 12 games of last season after Mark Ingram returned from suspension as opposed to the 82 percent of snaps he saw in the first four games, according to comments made by head coach Sean Payton.'It will be similar to what we've been seeing. We've been pleased with the balance we've had with him. We think it's been a good count. ... Look, is one player taking exactly Mark Ingram's reps? I can't tell you that right now. And yet I think there's that presumption that Alvin's going to get more. And I think our pitch count and how we've played and utilized him has been really good,' Payton said.

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Kamara had a huge workload when Mark Ingram was out last year, so it was possible that he would get more work than he did with Ingram if the team didn't trust Murray to the extent they liked Ingram. Kamara is still worth a top five pick in drafts, but this throws cold water on the case to take him #1.

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3. ATL - WR Calvin Ridley back on field

Source: ESPN.com - Vaughn McClure

Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (hamstring) participated in practice Sunday, Aug. 11.

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As long as Ridley gets through a few practices without incident, he should still be a prime mid-round target in a potential breakout year as the team's #2 receiver.

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4. TEN - WR Corey Davis limited

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis (undisclosed) did not participate in team drills during practice Sunday, Aug. 11.

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Davis isn't shut down, so his injury isn't too bad, but we still hate to see this in camp after the hamstring issue that slowed him down during his rookie year. Hopefully he will be back on the field for the third preseason game at the latest.

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5. DEN - RB Theo Riddick to miss 6-8 weeks

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos RB Theo Riddick (shoulder) suffered a 'slight' shoulder fracture in the team's preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday, Aug. 8, and is expected to be sidelined for the next 6-to-8 weeks, according to league sources. Surgery likely will not be required.

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Phillip Lindsay could be a better play to open the season with more PPR potential while Riddick is sidelined.

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6. CHI - WR Anthony Miller should be ready for Week 1

Source: Chicago Tribune - Dan Wiederer

Chicago Bears WR Anthony Miller (ankle) did not practice Sunday, Aug. 11, because of his sprained ankle, but head coach Matt Nagy said Miller should be ready for Week 1.

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We're still a bit leery of Miller in Week 1 because of the possibility for aggravation in his likely first game action in a month. But this means that his status as an upside bench receiver is still intact. Miller played last year with a bum shoulder that was surgically repaired in the offseason and should be more effective this year once he's healthy.

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7. WAS - WR Trey Quinn may miss preseason game

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins WR Trey Quinn (thumb) suffered a thumb injury during pregame warmups Thursday, Aug. 8, and may not be able to play in the preseason game Thursday Aug. 15.

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Quinn is set up for a big role in the Washington passing game. This shouldn't put his Week 1 in doubt, but we'll be tracking it and hoping to see him on the field for the third preseason game.

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8. TEN - WR A.J. Brown making progress

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans WR A.J. Brown (undisclosed) participated in some early drills during practice Sunday, Aug. 11, but did not participate in any team drills.

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Brown is being eased back, and there's no telling how much missing almost all of camp will hamper his ability to make an early season impact. Adam Humphries could play a large role in the passing game if Brown isn't ready to be integrated into the offense fully by Week 1.

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9. JAX - WR Dede Westbrook not on field

Source: The Florida Times-Union - John Reid

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook (groin) did not participate in practice Sunday, Aug. 11.

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All outwards indications are that this is minor and shouldn't endanger Westbrook's Week 1 availability, but seeing Westbrook out there for preseason Week 3 would make us feel better about targeting him in the second half of drafts.

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10. NYG - MRI for DeAndre Baker

Source: NFL.com - Jelani Scott

New York Giants CB DeAndre Baker (knee) is dealing with a knee injury and is scheduled to undergo an MRI, according to head coach Pat Shurmur.

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Baker was set to be a year one contributor for the Giants secondary. Corey Ballantine has had a good summer and will play a larger role this year if this is serious.

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11. NYJ - CB Trumaine Johnson out indefinitely

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

Updating a previous report, New York Jets CB Trumaine Johnson (hamstring) will be out indefinitely after injuring a hamstring in practice Sunday, Aug. 11. 'Anytime a guy that makes a living running has a hamstring ... we'll see how it goes,' Jets head coach Adam Gase said. 'He's going to have to get a lot of treatment and strengthen it up and we'll get him back as fast as possible.'

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John Brown's Week 1 matchup just got a lot better. The Jets draw Odell Beckham on Monday night in Week 2 in a matchup that will be very difficult with a full speed Johnson.

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12. ARI - TE Charles Clay comes off PUP

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Arizona Cardinals TE Charles Clay (knee) was activated from the the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Sunday, Aug. 11.

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Clay is versatile and could be an interesting piece in the air raid if he stays healthy. That has been the problem, however, for most of his career.

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13. GB - Equanimeous St. Brown injures knee

Source: The Athletic - Matt Schneidman

Green Bay Packers WR Equanimeous St. Brown (knee) suffered a knee injury during practice Sunday, Aug. 11, and sat out the rest of drills.

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We will wait to see if he gets an MRI. St. Brown hasn't generated as much buzz as Jake Kumerow this summer, but is probably still in line to make the roster. He could end up being an injured reserve stash if this isn't minor.

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14. NYJ - Brian Winters week to week

Source: New York Daily News - Ralph Vacchiano

Updating a previous report, New York Jets OG Brian Winters (shoulder) is 'week-to-week' as he recovers from a shoulder injury suffered in the team's preseason opener Thursday, Aug. 8, head coach Adam Gase said Sunday, Aug. 11.

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Winters is one of the strengths of the Jets offensive line. They added Ryan Kalil and Kelechi Osemele in the offseason to bolster their interior line, but this will still hurt if Winters is out into the regular season, especially with Ed Oliver on the Week 1 schedule.

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15. CLE - TE Rico Gathers lands in Cleveland

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Free-agent TE Rico Gathers (Cowboys) signed Sunday, Aug. 11, with the Cleveland Browns. In a corresponding move, TE/FB Orson Charles was waived.

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Gathers looked like the next big basketball convert to tight end before the Cowboys bulked him up to tackle size. We hope to get to see him before the end of the preseason.

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16. SF - WR Jalen Hurd impresses in debut

Source: ESPN.com

San Francisco 49ers WR Jalen Hurd caught three of his five targets for 31 yards and two touchdowns in the team's preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday, Aug. 10.

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Hurd ran over a defender at the goal line and presented some interesting "big slot" possibilities with Trent Taylor's exit due to a broken bone in his foot. He could be a DFS very low owned player in Week 1 lineups with big upside against the Bucs secondary.

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17. KC - RB Darwin Thompson totals 51 yards in debut

Source: ESPN.com

Kansas City Chiefs RB Darwin Thompson carried five times for 22 yards and scored on his lone reception - a 29-yard catch - in the team's preseason opener versus the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday, Aug. 10.

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Thompson showed enough to be considered a factor in the Chiefs backfield going forward. He might be the #3 back to open the season, but this has been a moving target with whiplash changes in pecking order under Andy Reid. The Chiefs backfield remains one of the most productive in the league no matter who they plug in.

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18. LAR - Quiet outing for RB Darrell Henderson

Source: ESPN.com

Los Angeles Rams RB Darrell Henderson rushed six times for 13 yards and lost five yards on his only reception in a 14-3 preseason loss to the Oakland Raiders Saturday, Aug. 10.

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Henderson hasn't popped in camp like Miles Sanders or in the first preseason game like David Montgomery. After being listed 5th on the first depth chart, the air is coming out of his overinflated ADP.

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19. DET - Chris Lacy works with top unit

Source: Detroit Free Press - Dave Birkett

Detroit Lions WR Chris Lacy worked with the first-team offense during practice Saturday, Aug. 10.

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Jermaine Kearse's injury has opened up opportunity for Lacy, who has a real chance to make the team as the top backup at outside receiver if they don't acquire anyone in a trade or sign a veteran free agent like Michael Crabtree.

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20. SF - Shon Coleman carted off

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Charean Williams

San Francisco 49ers OT Shon Coleman (ankle) was carted off with his right ankle in an air cast during the preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys Saturday, Aug. 10.

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Coleman was set to the team's swing tackle after they let Gerry Gilliam go. He's likely gone for most if not all of the 2019 season. They could turn back to him instead of trusting sixth-round pick Justin Skule in that important role.

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21. ARI - Arizona parts with DE Darius Philon

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Charean Williams

Arizona Cardinals DE Darius Philon was released Saturday, Aug.10.

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The Cardinals have now released a projected starting defensive end and a defensive end that was going to be back by midseason to take significant snaps (Robert Nkemdiche). Rookie Zach Allen is going to be a crucial player for an overworked defensive line.

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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