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Volume 21, #115 -- Monday Night, August 12th, 2019

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Howdy Folks,

Good Tuesday to you.

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Now to Football. We've got another huge day of content as our Value Plays roll out. We hit the QBs you have to target, the ones you likely should avoid, and the guys you want to target for the late picks. Plus our Sigmund Bloom breaks down what we've learned so far in the AFC, our Dr. Jene Bramel weighs in with injury takes and much much more.

And last thing, Y'all just keep acting like that Madden Curse isn't real...

Let's do this.

J

SITE NEWS

A. What We've Learned So Far: AFC
Our Sigmund Bloom takes a look at what we've learned since AFC camps opened and every team got their first preseason game in the books.

B. Injury Rounds: Preseason Week 1
Our Dr. Jene Bramel sifts through clues on Antonio Brown and Andrew Luck. Examining new concern on Jerick McKinnon. Detailed status and Week 1 expectations at every position.

C. The Perfect Draft - 12 Team PPR
One of the most requested features we do every year are the Perfect Draft Series by our David Dodds. David walks you through round by round and guides you to the Perfect Draft. In this one, he jumps into a 12 Team PPR Draft. This article alone is worth the cost of the Season Long Pro Subscription.

D. FREE CONTENT - 13 Value Plays at Quarterback
One of the best features we do every summer is our Value Plays. We poll the Footballguys Staff and ask them to give us the players they see as Undervalued, Overvalued and Deep Sleepers. In this one, we highlight the thirteen values we see at QB.

E. 12 Quarterbacks Who Could be Overvalued
In the article earlier, we highlighted the thirteen values we see at QB. In this one, we tell you the twelve quarterbacks who're being overvalued. They may be good players, but they're going to cost too much and could sink your draft.

F. 8 Deep Sleepers at Quarterback
In this one, the Footballguys Staff digs deep for sleepers at quarterback.

G. WR3 By Committee
Our Jeff Pasquino looks at finding a third starting wide receiver in PPR leagues by committee for 2019.


1. OAK - WR Antonio Brown's grievance denied - Says he's looking forward to return

Source: USA TODAY Sports - Mike Jones

Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown had his grievance against the NFL regarding the wearing his old helmet - which no longer meets the requirements set forth by the league - denied by an arbitrator Monday, Aug. 12.

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This was the expected result. Brown posted on social media afterward saying he is looking forward to returning with his teammates as soon as he's ready. "While I disagree with the arbitrator's decision, I'm working on getting back to full health and looking forward to rejoining my teammates on the field. I'm excited about this season appreciate all the concerns about my feet #AlwaysAFight #Represent #itsbiggerthanme". His current ADP is WR10 (2.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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2. DAL - WR Amari Cooper still sidelined

Source: DallasCowboys.com - Rob Phillips

Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (heel) is getting closer to returning and not dealing with a long-term issue in regards to his heel injury, according to head coach Jason Garrett, who emphasized to reporters the team does not want to rush him back.

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Cooper is considered day-to-day with this minor heel injury. The team should keep him out of preseason action until he's 100 percent.

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3. BAL - WR Miles Boykin making a strong impression

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com - Ryan Mink

Baltimore Ravens WR Miles Boykin continues to impress almost daily, according to Ryan Mink of the team's website.

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The rookie has a skill set that can make him a favorite deep target of QB Lamar Jackson. Boykin, a third-round pick out of Notre Dame, reminded some in the scouting community of Lions WR Kenny Golladay because of his size/speed combination. The Ravens won't fill the air with footballs in 2019, but Boykin is a dynasty prospect we are excited to monitor.

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4. HOU - Jordan Thomas back on field

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans TE Jordan M. Thomas (hamstring) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 12.

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Thomas should be the lead tight end for the Texans this year. We love their high-powered passing game and Thomas has a size advantage over nearly anyone tasked with covering him. Thomas should be considered a TE3 with upside for Fantasy GMs in 2019.

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5. CIN - RB Giovani Bernard back on field

Source: ESPN.com - Ben Baby

Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (hamstring) participated in practice Monday, Aug. 12.

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Bernard will work behind Joe Mixon as the Bengals primary backup. The veteran will also get work as a third-down back and we could see him catching 40 or so passes in 2019.

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6. NE - Quiet camp for RB Damien Harris

Source: Boston Herald - Kevin Duffy

New England Patriots RB Damien Harris has not seen many reps during training camp, according to the Boston Herald's Kevin Duffy, who adds it is 'pretty clear' Sony Michel is the 'No. 1 RB on the team right now.'

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Harris is a talented rookie and has a good all-around skill set. Michel is more dynamic as a runner and reports indicate he's the main man for the Patriots. Harris will have to work as a backup and wait for his opportunity if Michel is healthy.

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7. WAS - WR Terry McLaurin poised for key role early

Source: MMQB - Albert Breer

Washington Redskins WR Terry McLaurin is a 'lock' for a role on offense early this season, according to MMQB's Albert Breer, who added that the coaching staff loves McLaurin's speed, toughness and versatility.

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There's a lot to like about McLaurin's game and his situation. First, his route running is quite nuanced for a young player. Second, McLaurin does a good job of winning contested catches and shows strength at the end of the route. Finally, the third-round pick from Ohio State is set up with first-round pick from Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins. The two were a nice combination for the Buckeyes and should continue that chemistry in the pros.

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8. DEN - WR Emmanuel Sanders should see preseason snaps

Source: The Denver Post - Kyle Fredrickson

Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) is expected to play at some point during the preseason, according to head coach Vic Fangio. Sanders was a full participant in 11-on-11 practice Monday, Aug. 12.

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Sanders is well ahead in his recovery from the Achilles' injury that ended his season prematurely in 2018. He's still out to prove he can play at a high level and all camp reports out of Denver indicate that Sanders looks better than ever. Sanders can be a fine No. 2 receiver for the Broncos, especially with QB Joe Flacco (and his love for veteran receivers) tossing him the rock. We like Sanders at his current ADP of WR46 (10.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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9. CAR - WR Curtis Samuel primed for big year?

Source: MMQB - Albert Breer

Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel 'might be the player who's taking the biggest step forward' and may be 'primed for a breakout third year in the league,' according to MMQB's Albert Breer.

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Samuel has been developing as more than a gadget player with the Panthers over the last couple of seasons. We are excited to see what the playmaker has in store this season. Samuel is a high-end WR4 with upside for Fantasy GMs this year.

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10. IND - WR Parris Campbell has setback

Source: The Indianapolis Star - Joel A. Erickson

Indianapolis Colts WR Parris Campbell (hamstring) was close to returning Sunday, Aug. 11, but he felt a little something in his hamstring.

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No need to rush the rookie into the lineup. As excited as we are about the former Ohio State star, we'd rather see that hamstring injury fully gone and Campbell out there as close to full strength as possible.

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11. HOU - RB Duke Johnson idle

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans RB Duke Johnson (hamstring) didn't practice Monday, Aug. 12, and he's unlikely to play in the second preseason game.

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The Texans are excited to see what Johnson can do in their backfield...on more than just third downs. We'll have to wait and see him in action, which is fine as Johnson is a seasoned veteran who doesn't need every rep to get up to speed...even with a new team.

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12. NYJ - RB Ty Montgomery limps off

Source: New York Post - Brian Costello

New York Jets RB Ty Montgomery (groin) limped off with appeared to be a groin injury Monday, Aug. 12.

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Montgomery is playing a hybrid role for the Jets this year. He's not really a running back or a receiver because he's both. We'll know more about this injury in a bit.

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13. NE - RB Rex Burkhead back at practice

Source: NESN.com - Zack Cox

New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (undisclosed) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 12, after missing time last week.

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Burkhead is trying to work his way into the mix in the Patriots backfield once again. Sony Michel is the lead back and rookie Damien Harris is his biggest threat for touches.

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14. NE - TE Eric Saubert headed to NE

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

Atlanta Falcons TE Eric Saubert was acquired by the New England Patriots Monday, Aug. 12, in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick.

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The Patriots get an interesting and athletic player here to add to the tight end room. Saubert is a move tight end who can make difficult catches over the middle or near the sidelines. The Falcons rarely used him and when he was on the field, Saubert was mostly a blocker. Matt LaCosse should be the starter for the Patriots to open the season and Saubert will compete to make it as an end-of-the-bench guy. In crazy deep dynasty formats we'll continue to watch Saubert.

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15. DEN - QB Drew Lock works as backup

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos QB Drew Lock took all the reps with the second-team offense during practice Sunday, Aug. 11.

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Lock is the future of the Broncos at the position. He's been getting slowly worked into the second-team offense and the team must feel like he's ready for more. Lock is athletic and has a big arm but his footwork needs to be cleaned up before he's ready to start. So long as Joe Flacco is healthy, Lock won't play for the Broncos in 2019.

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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