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Footballguys #119 - 8/16 - Your Master Plan For 2019 Plus News And Notes And MORE

Volume 21, #119 -- Friday Night, August 16th, 2019

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Howdy Folks,

Good Saturday to you Folks. I hope your weekend's off to a good start as we've got the stuff you want to see. Our Sigmund Bloom has the Master Plan ready for you to excecute. Plus tons more.

Let's get to it.

J

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Our Dan Hindery with everything you need to know if you are drafting this weekend.

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Our Chad Parsons outlines the running backs to target and avoid in fantasy football drafts in 2019.

D. Ultimate Team By Committee
Our Jeff Pasquino looks at using multiple committees to form a strong fantasy team in a PPR league.

E. Mastering the Auction, Part 6: Reading Your League
Our Andrew Davenport looks into learning how to use tells and human behavior to improve your auction drafting.


1. ARI - QB Kyler Murray roughed up

Source: ESPN.com

Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray completed three of his eight passes for 12 yards and rushed once for four yards in a 33-26 preseason loss to the Oakland Raiders Thursday, Aug. 15. He was also sacked twice.

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The Cardinals offense looked overwhelmed. This is a reality check to the very positive showing he gave in Week 1. It'll be a roller coaster with him. To be fair, Cam Newton's first preseason was a disaster so we can't read too much into this, but if the trend continues, it could be a bad indicator for this new offense.

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2. LAC - S Derwin James sporting walking boot

Source: ESPN.com - Eric D. Williams

Los Angeles Chargers S Derwin James (unspecified) is sitting out practice Friday, Aug. 6, with a walking boot on his right leg.

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James will miss significant time with a fracture in his foot. The Chargers defense looks like one of the better units in the league, but James is a playmaker who can't be replaced.

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3. NYG - RB Saquon Barkley will not play

Source: NFL Network - Kimberly Jones

New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley will not play in the preseason game Friday, Aug. 16, according to a source.

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There's no need to risk injury to their superstar running back. We should see a bit of Barkley in the dress rehearsal for the regular season aka the third week of the preseason.

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4. CAR - QB Cam Newton to sit out

Source: The Athletic - Jourdan Rodrigue

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton will not play in the preseason game Friday, Aug. 16, according to a source.

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Newton has reworked his throwing motion to reduce the torque on his shoulder. The team doesn't want to have Newton get banged up in a meaningless game. We'll see if he plays later in the preseason.

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5. SEA - RB Bo Scarbrough dealing with injury

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks RB Bo Scarbrough (groin) suffered a groin injury earlier this week and is questionable for the preseason game Sunday, Aug. 18.

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We'll see if the second-year back can return from this injury and play in this weekend's preseason game. Scarbrough is a banger who is tough to bring down when he builds a head of steam.

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6. DAL - WR Amari Cooper may play in preseason

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (heel) is dealing with a heel muscle strain but could play at some point during the preseason.

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Earlier reports said Cooper (heel) is dealing with plantar fascia irritation, but he will be fine. If he's going to play at some point in the preseason then that's a good sign about this injury. Now, the Cowboys just need to find a way to get the veteran receiver a new contract.

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7. LAC - QB Philip Rivers likely to play out deal

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers is likely to play out the final season of his current four-year, $83.25 million contract in 2019 before he and the team address a new deal next offseason, according to sources.

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Rivers has a cap hit of $23 million in 2019, then he's set to be an unrestricted free agent. If he stays healthy and plays like everyone expects, we can't see the Chargers letting him get away.

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8. GB - Coach cautious with QB Aaron Rodgers

Source: NFL.com - Grant Gordon

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (back) was held out of the team's exhibition game against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday, Aug. 15, due to back tightness, and head coach Matt LaFleur said afterward it's not a 'necessity' to have Rodgers play at all in the preseason. 'I think we'd like to see him, but you're talking about a veteran quarterback that's played a lot of football,' LaFleur said via PackersNews.com following Thursday's game. 'I don't think it's a necessity, but it's certainly something that we'd like to see.'

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No surprise here. Rodgers isn't a guy that needs a lot of preseason work.

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9. BAL - CB Tavon Young's season likely over

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Updating previous reports, Baltimore Ravens CB Tavon Young (neck) has a more serious neck disk issue than previously thought, and his season is likely over. Head coach John Harbaugh said there is an 'outside chance' that doctors will consider seeing if Young's injury will heal without surgery, but that's not what is being recommended.

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Young is an important role player in the nickel package and his presence would be missed. The Ravens do have one of the best trios at corner in the league, so they are equipped to absorb this loss.

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10. GB - Jake Kumerow now a lock?

Source: ESPN.com - Rob Demovsky

Green Bay Packers WRs Jake Kumerow caught three passes for 63 yards against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday, Aug. 15, and ESPN's Rob Demovsky indicated that it 'would seem' that Kumerow is now a lock alongside WRs Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Geronimo Allison.

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Kumerow has stayed healthy and continued to make plays in the preseason. He is one of Aaron Rodgers favorites and will be a good waiver pickup if one of the Packers starting wide receivers suffer an injury.

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11. ARI - Bad news for CB Robert Alford

Source: ESPN.com - Josh Weinfuss

Arizona Cardinals CB Robert Alford (leg) is likely to miss an 'extended amount of time' after suffering a leg injury in a 33-26 preseason loss to the Oakland Raiders Thursday, Aug. 15.

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The Cardinals are now down their top two corners for the beginning of the season through the first six game after Alford fractured his tibia. They will be a target at lineup setting time and in DFS lineups.

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12. ATL - RB Ito Smith scores in loss

Source: ESPN.com

Atlanta Falcons RB Ito Smith rushed five times for 13 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 45 yards in a 22-10 preseason loss to the New York Jets Thursday, Aug. 15.

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Smith is locked in a battle with Qadree Ollison and Brian Hill for the backup job behind Devonta Freeman. This one could go down to the last preseason game.

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13. ARI - Long score for WR Andy Isabella

Source: ESPN.com

Arizona Cardinals WR Andy Isabella's caught one of his four targets for a 59-yard touchdown in a 33-26 preseason loss to the Oakland Raiders Thursday, Aug. 15.

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Isabella came in with the backups, but he will push for playing time if he keeps making big plays in the preseason.

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14. BAL - WR Miles Boykin shut out

Source: ESPN.com

Baltimore Ravens WR Miles Boykin failed to catch any of the three passes thrown his way in a 26-13 preseason win over the Green Bay Packers Thursday, Aug. 15.

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Boykin is losing momentum after having a strong camp, but could still be worth a late round to see how he fares against the Miami, Arizona and Kansas City corners to open the season.

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15. BAL - Decent showing for QB Lamar Jackson

Source: ESPN.com

Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson completed six of his 10 pass attempts for 58 yards and rushed twice for 14 yards in a 26-13 preseason win over the Green Bay Packers Thursday, Aug. 15.

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Jackson had one run that was Michael Vick-esque with elusiveness and speed. He should be rising up draft boards with an easy early schedule of Miami, Arizona and Kansas City.

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16. BAL - WR Chris Moore scores in win

Source: ESPN.com

Baltimore Ravens WR Chris Moore caught all four of his targets for 54 yards and a touchdown in a 26-13 preseason win over the Green Bay Packers Thursday, Aug. 15.

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Moore had a quiet camp, but this performance will help his bid to start along with third-round pick Miles Boykin while first-round pick Marquise Brown is still recovering from foot surgery and getting back to full speed.

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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