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Footballguys #122 - 8/19 - Two Truths To Crushing Your League, Sleepers & Busts, Perfect Drafts And More

Volume 21, #122 -- Monday Night, August 19th, 2019

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Howdy Folks,

Good Tuesday to you. Drafts are happening everywhere and we've got what you need. Starting with the Draft Dominator App below. Plus we've got killer new content for you including Perfect Drafts and Sleepers and Busts and tons more.

Let's do this.

J

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A. Two Things Joe Knows - Download The Draft Dominator Here
I've been playing Fantasy Football a long time. And I know these two things to be true:
#1. The best way to crush your league is to crush your draft. Yes, you can recover from a weak draft. But it's so much easier to win the league if you start with a great draft.
#2. There isn't a tool available anywhere that'll help you accomplish #1 and crush your draft than the Footballguys Draft Dominator.
We have a fully functional free version this year that's awesome. And to get the advanced features you're used to seeing on this, it's an easy $5 in app upgrade. Either way this is the tool you need to win.

B. Guides for Using the Draft Dominator
You've downloaded the Draft Dominator App. Now what? Sit back as we've got you covered with everything you need to get up and running quickly.

C. Sleepers and Busts
We task the Footballguys Staff with identifying which players fall into two of the most important groups of players: Sleepers And Busts. Dive in.

D. ICYMI - Monday Injury Rounds: Preseason Week 2
Our Dr. Jene Bramel with the latest on Andrew Luck. Return expectations for Amari Cooper, Keenan Allen, and Kenyan Drake. Table with updated status on injured players at all positions.

E. Draft Strategy: Good-Byes
Our Jeff Pasquino looks at using bye weeks to your advantage.

F. The Perfect Draft - 12 Team PPR
Our David Dodds with his killer feature we offer every August - The Perfect Draft. He goes round by round identifying the players he sees as the keys to a great draft. In this one, he breaks down a 12 Team PPR League.

G. The Perfect Draft - 10 Team PPR
Our David Dodds with his killer feature we offer every August - The Perfect Draft. He goes round by round identifying the players he sees as the keys to a great draft. In this one, he breaks down a 10 Team PPR League.

H. The Perfect Draft - 14 Team PPR
Our David Dodds with his killer feature we offer every August - The Perfect Draft. He goes round by round identifying the players he sees as the keys to a great draft. In this one, he breaks down a 14 Team PPR League.

I. Average Draft Position Data Updated
It's not enough to know where you want to draft a player. You need to know where the other people in your league want to draft that player. Our Average Draft Position (ADP) data is your ticket.

J. Average Draft Position Data For PPR Updated
It's not enough to know where you want to draft a player. You need to know where the other people in your league want to draft that player. Our Average Draft Position (ADP) data is your ticket. This one is for PPR scoring.


1. OAK - WR Antonio Brown returns to practice

Source: ProFootballTalk.com

Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown returned to practice Monday, Aug. 19.

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Brown's helmet issue is still something he is going to fight for, but the league has already deemed the one he wants to use not up to standards. He may not play in the preseason, but Brown should be ready for Week 1.

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2. GB - TE Jimmy Graham doesn't need surgery

Source: ESPN.com - Rob Demovsky

Green Bay Packers TE Jimmy Graham (finger) doesn't need surgery, according to head coach Matt LaFleur. Graham will 'be all right,' said LaFleur.

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That's good news for the veteran tight end. He had to leave practice after jamming his finger, and without surgery Graham should be back out there in the near future. There is no question about his Week 1 status.

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3. SEA - Surgery for D.K. Metcalf

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks WR D.K. Metcalf (knee) will have a surgical procedure performed on his knee Tuesday, Aug. 20, according to head coach Pete Carroll, but Carroll said he doesn't expect a long recovery.

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It sounds like a knee scope but nothing specific is yet known about this injury. Consider him questionable at best for the start of the regular season.

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4. NE - WR Julian Edelman activated from NFI list

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

Updating a previous story, New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (thumb) has been activated from the Non-Football Injury list, according to a source.

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Edelman should be good to go for Week 1 of the regular season. He's going to be targeted early and often, and that makes Edelman quite valuable in PPR leagues. We might see him and Josh Gordon as the top two receivers for the Patriots to open the year.

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5. LAC - S Derwin James to miss to 3-4 months

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Los Angeles Chargers S Derwin James (foot) is expected to miss three to four months, rather than the original timeline of a three-month recovery.

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This is a big blow to the Chargers defense. James should be able to return before the team makes a run at the postseason. Expect him to be one of their IR/Designated to Return players.

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6. JAX - RB Ryquell Armstead a full participant

Source: The Florida Times-Union - John Reid

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Ryquell Armstead (concussion) fully participated in practice Monday, Aug. 19.

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Good news for the rookie running back here. He's behind oft-injured starter Leonard Fournette so add Armstead super late in your draft or keep him on your waiver wire speed dial in most re-draft leagues.

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7. CIN - WR John Ross may return next week

Source: ESPN.com - Ben Baby

Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross (hamstring) could return to practice as early as Sunday, Aug. 25, according to head coach Zac Taylor.

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Ross can get open deep and take the top off the defense when healthy...it's just the staying healthy part that has been a big problem for him as a pro. Taylor said he believes Ross may be able to play in Week 1 if he gets two weeks of practice.

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8. NE - WR Demaryius Thomas not ready yet

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Reiss

Updating a previous report, New England Patriots WR Demaryius Thomas (Achilles) participated in a light workout Monday, Aug. 19, but is still on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list.

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Thomas is getting back out there to get some light work in and he may be ready in the near future. With Josh Gordon back, the Patriots WR corps is looking better. Getting Thomas back would be a boost too. He's not the same player he used to be, but Thomas is a seasoned veteran who could be a reliable target for Tom Brady.

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9. BUF - TE Dawson Knox back on field

Source: The Athletic - Joe Buscaglia

Buffalo Bills TE Dawson Knox (hamstring) participated in practice Monday, Aug. 19. He has been sidelined since the start of training camp.

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Knox could be the starter for the Bills but he's behind in the competition. In college at Ole Miss, Knox drew some comparisons to Kyle Rudolph because of his all-around ability as a receiver and blocker.

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10. CAR - QB Cam Newton, RB Christian McCaffrey set to play

Source: ESPN.com - David Newton

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton and RB Christian McCaffrey are scheduled to play with the rest of the team's starters in Thursday, Aug. 22's preseason game against the New England Patriots. 'They've been the gold standard for a long time,'' head coach Ron Rivera said. 'You want to go out and see just how good you are. It is a good measuring stick as to who we can be as a football team.''

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Reporters around the team have marveled at Newton's deep passing in camp. He struggled with shoulder problems last year and had to change his game. With Newton near full strength, we could see a return of the deep pass in 2019.

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11. DAL - DeMarcus Lawrence expected to return soon

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence (shoulder) is expected to be activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list soon.

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Lawrence was always expected back before the start of the regular season. He's expected to be limited for a little while, but he's on track to return in time for Week 1.

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12. IND - D'Onta Foreman sticking with team

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Indianapolis Colts RB D'Onta Foreman (biceps) will remain with the team while rehabbing torn biceps. He's expected to miss four months but the team intends to keep him for next year.

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Foreman is ineligible to be designated to return since he was put on I.R. before final cuts. He's a talented big back but injuries have robbed him of the potential he once had. Foreman is no lock for the 53-man roster in 2020.

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13. TEN - RB Derrick Henry makes long-awaited return

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry (foot) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 19. It's his first practice since Day 1 of training camp.

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A good sign for the centerpiece of the Titans offense. Henry has a current ADP of RB22 (4.07) in 12-team PPR leagues. If he stays healthy, the veteran back could easily outperform that draft position.

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14. WAS - RB Derrius Guice scheduled to play Thursday

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Washington Redskins RB Derrius Guice (knee) is scheduled to play Thursday, Aug. 22, in a preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons.

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We all know Guice has talent, he just needs to stay healthy so he can put it on full display. This game is likely to be his only action of the preseason.

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15. TB - Ronald Jones idle

Source: Tampa Bay Times - Greg Auman

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones (knee) was out of practice Monday, Aug. 19, with a sore knee.

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Jones has been the subject of many training camp fluff pieces, but when he's played in the preseason we still see the same inconsistencies to his game. We should see Peyton Barber and Jones work in a RBBC for the Bucs in 2019.

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16. MIA - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick not a lock to start

Source: The Miami Herald - Armando Salguero

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is not cemented as the team's starter, despite him starting the third preseason game, according to head coach Brian Flores.

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That's what Flores has to say, but all signs point towards Fitzpatrick beginning the season as the starter. If (when?) he struggles, the team could turn things over to 2018 first-round pick Josh Rosen.

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17. PIT - WR Diontae Johnson has work to do

Source: The Athletic - Mark Kaboly

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Diontae Johnson won't be used much to start the season, according to Mark Kaboly of The Athletic.

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Johnson has speed and explosive playmaking ability but he's far from a finished product. He reminds us of a young Emmanuel Sanders, but like Sanders it might take some time for him to play up to his potential.

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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