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Volume 21, #117 -- Wednesday Night, August 14th, 2019

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Howdy Folks,

Good Thursday to you. I'm going to cost you your job I know if I keep sending you this much new killer content. Tell your boss I'm sorry. It's another huge day with the stuff you have to know. Jump in.

You'll catch up with work after your draft...

J

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A. FREE CONTENT - 17 Wide Receivers Who Might be Overvalued
Our "Value Plays" series is one of the best features we do at Footballguys. We poll our staff asking them the players at each position they see as Undervalued, Overvalued and as Deep Sleepers. We tally the results and ask the staffers to give us their quick take. Here are the 17 WRs we think may be overvalued. These are guys that can sink your team.

B. 25 Value Plays at Wide Receiver
In the same way, we ask our Footballguys Staffers to pick the players they see as undervalued. Here are the 25 WRs they see who should outperform their draft cost. These are the kinds of players that win leagues.

C. 18 Deep Sleepers at Wide Receiver
And lastly, we ask our Footballguys Staffers to pick the players they see as deep sleepers. These are the WRs they see as upside flyers to stash.

D. What We've Learned: NFC
Our Sigmund Bloom with a look at what we've learned since NFC camps opened and every team got their first preseason game in the books.

E. ADP Risers and Fallers, August 14
This new feature from our Clayton Gray and Doug Drinen has quickly become one of my favorites. We take this week's Average Draft Position Data and compare to last week's data to see which players are moving up or down. It's invaluable. Including this week the running back who jumped up 43 spots in the overall ranking. Dive in.

F. Joe's Notes: Week 2 Training Camp Summary
The Footballguys Training Camp Update Team and I take our comprehensive Footballguys Training Camp Updates and distills them down to the "Need To Know" level.

G. Andrew Luck's Injury and Possible Return: Still More Questions than Answers
The Colts aren't sure when Andrew Luck will be healthy, putting his Week 1 availability in question. Our Dr. Jene Bramel dives in.

H. 5 Late-Round Running Backs You Should Be Targeting
Our Justin Bonnema analyzes five running backs who offer lots of upside for little draft capital.

I. Upside Only: Swinging for the Fences at Quarterback
Our Ryan Hester argues downside and risk shouldn't be factors when evaluating and selecting quarterbacks in fantasy football.

J. 2019 NFL Preseason Depth Chart Shuffle: Wide Receivers
Our Chad Parsons outlines the key strong and weak NFL depth charts at the wide receiver position in advance of the 53-player roster cuts in 2019.

K. Eyes of the Guru IDP Info, Preseason Round 1 Notes
Our John Norton with IDP news, notes, analysis and speculation from preseason week one.


1. MIA - RB Kenyan Drake available for Week 1?

Source: The Miami Herald - Armando Salguero

Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake (foot) will miss some time because of a foot injury, but head coach Brian Flores said the team hopes Drake will be ready for Week 1.

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Drake has been seen in a walking boot, but Flores is downplaying the situation. He's unlikely to play in the preseason but the team is emphasizing that he'll be back for the season opener. Without Drake on the field, second-year back Kalen Ballage will work as the Dolphins starter.

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2. HOU - RB Duke Johnson to miss preseason game

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans RB Duke Johnson (hamstring) is still sidelined because of his hamstring injury and will not play in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 17.

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It's an unfortunate injury as we're all excited to see what Johnson can do with his new team. They'll take it easy on him while he recovers from this hamstring injury. When healthy, Johnson will work as a pass-catching back behind starter Lamar Miller...and there's a chance that he could push for a larger role. Stay tuned.

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3. MIA - QB Josh Rosen running with ones

Source: ESPN.com - Cameron Wolfe

Miami Dolphins QB Josh Rosen is working with the first-team offense Wednesday, Aug. 14, and is receiving 'true starter burn' this week in practice, according to beat writer Cameron Wolfe.

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We'll see this back-and-forth until the Dolphins decide on who the starting quarterback should be. Rosen is competing with veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick for that top spot. All reports indicate that Fitzpatrick is in the lead, but we'll see if Rosen can make up some ground getting a 'true starter burn'...whatever that is.

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4. SF - Nick Bosa out of boot

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers DE Nick Bosa (ankle) is no longer wearing a walking boot and participated in some light rehab work Wednesday, Aug. 14.

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Good news for the 49ers here. Bosa won't play in the preseason but reports out of camp indicate that he could be ready for the start of the regular season. The 49ers travel this week for joint practices with the Broncos, and we don't expect Bosa to do much of anything in the Mile High City.

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5. SF - TE George Kittle day-to-day

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (calf) is considered day-to-day because of his calf injury.

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The 49ers have no need to rush Kittle back into action. It is not known if he will participate in the joint practices with the Denver Broncos or play in the preseason game Monday, Aug. 19.

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6. WAS - QB Colt McCoy to miss preseason game

Source: NBC Sports Washington - JP Finlay

Washington Redskins QB Colt McCoy (leg) will not play in the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 15.

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That means more Case Keenum and 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins. McCoy is still dealing with the leg injury he suffered last season according to head coach Jay Gruden.

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7. ATL - Danny Etling claimed by Atlanta

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Former New England Patriots QB Danny Etling was claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Falcons Wednesday, Aug. 14, according to a source.

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The Falcons were looking for a camp arm since they lost Kurt Benkert to a season-ending injury in the Hall of Fame Game. Etling was moved to wide receiver by the Patriots but failed to make the transition. He'll be a camp arm for the Falcons and hope to latch onto their practice squad.

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8. CAR - QB Cam Newton expected to play Friday

Source: ESPN.com - David Newton

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton is expected to receive playing time during the preseason game Friday, Aug. 16.

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Newton did not play in the preseason opener for the Panthers but he'll get a bit of action this week. We don't expect him to see more than a series or two. Then we'll see more from Kyle Allen and Will Grier.

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9. KC - No practice for WR Sammy Watkins

Source: The Kansas City Star - Brooke Pryor

Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (illness) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 14, because of an illness.

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Watkins has an illness but nothing major. As healthy as he's been in some time, Watkins is trying to make it a full 16-game season for the first time since 2014. He has a strong rapport with QB Patrick Mahomes and is a boom/bust WR3/flex for Fantasy GMs in 2019.

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10. TEN - WR Adam Humphries unable to finish practice

Source: ESPN.com - Turron Davenport

Tennessee Titans WR Adam Humphries (undisclosed) left practice early Wednesday, Aug. 14. Head coach Mike Vrabel said Humphries will be reevaluated and hopefully will be able to practice Thursday, Aug. 15.

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We'll see what this situation is all about when more information is known. If healthy, Humphries will serve as the Titans No. 3 receiver and play from the slot. It's going to be difficult for Humphries to best the career numbers he had in 2018. Last season with the Buccaneers, Humphries snagged career highs in receptions (76), yards (816), and touchdowns (5).

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11. NE - Two receivers leave practice

Source: Boston Herald - Kevin Duffy

New England Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett (undisclosed) and WR Maurice Harris (undisclosed) left practice early Wednesday, Aug. 14, because of undisclosed injuries.

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Some reports have suggested that Harris has been one of the best receivers in camp for the Patriots. We'll see if any more news about these two banged up wideouts gets released.

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12. MIA - WR DeVante Parker not on field

Source: ESPN.com - Cameron Wolfe

Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 14.

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A first-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft, Parker has failed to play up to his potential as a pro and has never played a full 16-game season. He was dominating in the spring and in training camp so far, and Parker was healthy. We'll see if they tell us what's going on here. Parker wants 1,000 yards this year and wants to prove to the new staff that he's worth keeping around in the future.

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13. NE - RB Damien Harris nicked up

Source: The Athletic - Jeff Howe

New England Patriots RB Damien Harris (hand, wrist) has been dealing with a minor hand or wrist injury.

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Harris has had a 'meh' kind of training camp according to some reports. The rookie from Alabama has a well-rounded skill set and can be a factor on all three downs. However, he's not pushing Sony Michel for the starting job as some had predicted before the start of training camp.

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14. NE - N'Keal Harry returns

Source: The Athletic - Nick Underhill

New England Patriots WR N'Keal Harry (hamstring, foot) returned to practice Wednesday, Aug. 14.

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Harry needs to stay healthy and start impressing in Patriots camp. The 2019 first-round pick has been a disappointment so far according to beat writers covering the team. We'll see if things can turn around for him as training camp rolls on.

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15. CHI - QB Mitchell Trubisky progressing on reads

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky is 'way past' where he was last season in reading defenses, according to head coach Matt Nagy. Trubisky was not always in tune with reading blitzes and coverages because he was so worried about getting the play called. Now, he's playing off of instincts.

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Trubisky needs to take a step forward in 2019. Fantasy GMs may have something nice on their hands if Trubisky continues to develop as a pro passer. Trubisky has a current ADP of QB21 (14.01) in 12-team PPR leagues. He could easily outperform that draft position this season.

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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