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Footballguys #12 - 5/1 - Updated Staff Cheatsheet Rankings Accounting For Isaiah Crowell and MORE

Volume 21, #12 -- Wednesday Night, May 1st, 2019

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Howdy Folks,

Good Thursday to you.

We've got the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

J

SITE NEWS

A. Updated Staff Cheatsheet Rankings
When we say we keep our Staff Cheatsheet Rankings current, we mean it. Within minutes of the bad news breaking for Isaiah Crowell Wednesday morning, our Footballguys Staffers updated their rankings to account for the news. It's the kind of stuff we'll do all Spring and Summer for our readers and it's the edge you need to win.

B. Dynasty Trade Value Chart
Our Dan Hindery is back with his monthly update looking at quantifying Long-Term Player Value for Dynasty Leagues.


1. OAK - RB Isaiah Crowell out for season

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Oakland Raiders RB Isaiah Crowell (Achilles') suffered a torn Achilles' in a workout Tuesday, April 30, and is out for the season.

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Bad news for Crowell as he just signed a one-year deal with the Raiders about a month ago. He's going to be 27-years old next year and coming off a major injury, so the market shouldn't be too hot for his services. The Raiders move forward with 2019 first-round pick Josh Jacobs as their lead back.

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2. OAK - RB Doug Martin returning to Oakland

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo and Steve Wyche

Free-agent RB Doug Martin (Raiders) agreed to terms with the Oakland Raiders Wednesday, May 1, according to sources. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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The Raiders had to make a move with Isaiah Crowell lost for the season. Martin was with the team last year and is not quite the same player he used to be but he did have 723 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns in 2018. Rookie first-round pick Josh Jacobs should be the lead back for the Raiders with guys like Martin, Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and Chris Warren III competing for backup touches and snaps.

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3. OAK - RB Marshawn Lynch open to returning

Source: NFL.com - Steve Wyche

Retired RB Marshawn Lynch is willing to play for the Oakland Raiders if they want to sign him, according to a source.

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Of course he is. We'd love it if Lynch came back, and the Raiders may want to consider it now that Isaiah Crowell has been lost for the season. They did sign Doug Martin on Wednesday, so Lynch will likely have to wait.

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4. WAS - WR Josh Doctson's option to be declined

Source: NBC Sports Washington - Ben Standig and JP Finlay

Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson has been informed that his fifth-year option will not be exercised this offseason, according to sources.

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No surprise here. Doctson has struggled to stay healthy and impress during his pro career. He had his best season in the NFL last year, snaring 44 catches for 532 receiving yards. Doctson is not the type of dominant playmaker he was in college at TCU (the reason why Washington made him a first-round pick). He's set to be a free agent in 2020.

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5. CHI - OLB Leonard Floyd's option picked up

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

Chicago Bears LB Leonard Floyd's fifth-year option was exercised Wednesday, May 1, according to a source.

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A first-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft, Floyd's best football is still ahead of him. He's continued to improve as a pro, but only has 15.5 sacks through three seasons. Floyd's natural pass-rushing ability could easily net him 10-plus sacks in a single season if he's clicking. A no-brainer move by the Bears here.

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6. MIN - TE Kyle Rudolph could remain a factor

Source: ESPN.com - Courtney Cronin

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph could remain a factor in the offense after the team selected TE Irv Smith with the 50th selection in the NFL draft. Last season, the team ran 20 percent of its plays out of 12 personnel (one running back, two tight ends, two receivers), and the team thrived in it. QB Kirk Cousins had a 120.8 passer rating, and the team rushed for 4.2 yards per carry. Rudolph had 13.8 percent of Cousins' targets last year while notching 64 receptions for 634 yards (9.9 yards per catch) and four touchdowns.

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The Vikings did field calls to trade Rudolph during the 2019 NFL draft but no deal came to fruition. Rudolph is in the final year of his contract and can still be a pass-catching threat for the Vikings offense. Tight end can be a brutal position for Fantasy GMs, and Rudolph does have TE1 upside even with a limited role. He's been a top-10 fantasy tight end over the last three seasons and has a current ADP of TE8 (7.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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7. MIN - Irv Smith Jr. draws favorable comp

Source: ESPN.com - Courtney Cronin

Minnesota Vikings second-round TE Irv Smith Jr. was drafted in part because the team believes the new offense under offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski and assistant head coach/offensive advisor Gary Kubiak will be similar to what QB Kirk Cousins ran while he was a member of the Washington Redskins. Cousins leaned heavily on Jordan Reed during his time there, and general manager Rick Spielman believes Smith share more than just a few similarities.'That type of tight end we haven't had here, and I know that's a big part of Kubiak's and Stefanski's offense right now. The other thing I thought was, don't want to put (Smith) there yet, but he has a lot of (Jordan) Reed-like traits in Washington, and that's why he was very appealing to us,' Spielman told ESPN's Courtney Cronin.

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We don't think he's quite as athletic as Reed, but comparing Smith to Delanie Walker makes sense. Smith is a good player and the Vikings got him as a value pick in the second round of the draft. We'll see how he mixes in with veteran TE Kyle Rudolph in 2019.

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8. LAC - QB Philip Rivers extension unlikely to come soon

Source: NFL.com - Herbie Teope

Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers is entering the final year of his contract, but general manager Tom Telesco said during a recent appearance on NFL Network there is no set schedule in terms of when extension talks will begin with Rivers.

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This deal is going to get sometime and it doesn't have to be anytime soon. The Chargers want to find a way to keep their franchise quarterback around, and they'll open up the checkbook to do that at some point. Rivers is in the final year of his contract with a cap hit of $23 million 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