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Footballguys #126 - 8/23 - 32 Players Who Can Make Your Draft, Updated Top 250, And MUCH MORE

Volume 21, #126 -- Friday Night, August 23rd, 2019

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Howdy Folks,

Welcome to Saturday. It's DRAFT DAY for a ton of you I know and we're as excited as you are.

Just in time for your draft, we've got a TON of new content for you. Stop reading this and scroll on down.

Let's go.

J

SITE NEWS

A. 32 Players Who Can Make Your Draft
Our Sigmund Bloom takes a look at players who could vastly outproduce draft position and make your season in fantasy leagues.

B. Projection Reflections: Training Camp Adjustments
Our Jason Wood with a look at the key projections changes at the end of training camp.

C. Updated PPR Top 250
Our Sigmund Bloom with an updated look at the top 250 players in PPR leagues.

D. If You're Drafting this Weekend
Our Dan Hindery with everything you need to know if you are drafting this weekend.

E. Linebacker Tiers
Our Aaron Rudnicki takes a look at the landscape for fantasy linebackers in 2019 and breaks them up into tiers to help with your IDP draft.

F. FREE CONTENT - Critical Tier Drops: Running Backs
Our Chad Parsons identifies the key value drop off points among 2019 running backs.

G. How to Draft From the 9 - 12 Slots
Our Dwain McFarland with a round by round strategy for navigating your fantasy draft from the 9 - 12 slots after starting with two wide receivers.

H. Build a Fantasy Football Draft Plan in Reverse
Our Chad Parsons looks at how late-round target players dictate early-round strategy in a fantasy football draft.


1. CAR - QB Cam Newton has mid-foot sprain

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating previous reports, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (foot) was diagnosed with a mid-foot sprain, and the team is cautiously optimistic about his status for Week 1.

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Newton will face Aaron Donald Week 1 so the team will need to be careful. He should drop on boards to about QB10 with the tightly packed group from 4-10 at the position. There's no need to take on injury risk with similar high ceiling quarterbacks on the board around Newton.

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2. WAS - TE Jordan Reed in concussion protocol

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (concussion) is in the league's concussion protocol after sustaining the injury in a preseason game Thursday, Aug. 22.

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Reed has a long concussion history so this is terrible news. The team has Jeremy Sprinkle and Vernon Davis, but this should take him off of our late round tight end target list and could increase the target share for Trey Quinn.

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3. GB - Equanimeous St. Brown has high-ankle sprain

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Tom Silverstein

Updating previous reports, Green Bay Packers WR Equanimeous St. Brown (ankle) is expected to be sidelined four to six weeks with a high-ankle sprain.

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St. Brown was already on the roster bubble. Jake Kumerow is the bench receiver to target here if you want to stash away a Packer.

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4. SEA - Ziggy Ansah may return next week

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks DE Ziggy Ansah (groin) hopefully will be able to return to practice next week, according to head coach Pete Carroll.

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Ansah is the best edge rusher on the roster and he could be ready before first round pick LJ Collier, who should do more in practice next week after suffering an ankle/foot injury in camp. He will face a weak Bengals line in Week 1 if he can healthy in time. If not, Andy Dalton's job gets easier in a hostile road environment.

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5. PIT - CB Joe Haden likely to sit out Sunday

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Joe Rutter

Pittsburgh Steelers CB Joe Haden (ankle) does not expect to play in the preseason game Sunday, Aug. 25, but believes he will be ready for Week 1.

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If Josh Gordon is ready to play Week 1, the Steelers will need Haden's experience and skill. We will be watching the Week 1 practice and injury reports.

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6. TB - Ronald Jones still has work to do

Source: ESPN.com - Jenna Laine

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones (knee) 'has had some busts in blitz pickup, and he's still working on his route running,' according to ESPN's Jenna Laine.

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Jones is only going to be a small contributor to the backfield at this point, although he is at least over his knee issue from the previous preseason game. The Tampa backfield does not look promising for fantasy, but Peyton Barber is the most valuable member at this point.

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7. PIT - WR Diontae Johnson stuck in a holding pattern

Source: DKPittsburghSports.com - Dale Lolley

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (undisclosed) has been held out of practice all week due to an undisclosed injury, according to Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com.

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Johnson has looked promising in camp but snaps will be hard to come by early. He could be a mid-season pickup if Donte Moncrief or James Washington miss any time.

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8. SEA - WR David Moore seeking second opinion

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Seattle Seahawks WR David Moore (shoulder) is in the process of getting a second opinion on his shoulder injury that is not expected to require surgery but cause him to miss at least the first game of the regular season, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

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Jaron Brown will start Week 1 against the Bengals unless DK Metcalf has a very speedy recovery from knee surgery. UDFAs John Ursua and Jazz Ferguson could also get playing time early in the season with fourth-round pick Gary Jennings on the roster bubble.

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9. IND - QB Jacoby Brissett to sit out game

Source: The Athletic - Zak Keefer

Indianapolis Colts QB Jacoby Brissett will be held out of the team's Saturday, Aug. 24, preseason game against the Chicago Bears. The Colts are holding out a majority of their starters, and Brissett is the starting quarterback until Andrew Luck (ankle) returns to practice.

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This should make you very uncertain about Luck Week 1 and maybe beyond. Draft all Colts with caution at this point, and target Brissett late in 2QB/Superflex leagues.

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10. BAL - WR Marquise Brown buoyed by debut

Source: The Baltimore Sun - Jonas Shaffer

Baltimore Ravens Marquise Brown (foot) made his pro debut Thursday, Aug. 22, in a preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles, catching all three of his targets for 17 yards, losing four yards o an end-around and catching a two-point conversion pass that was later called back. 'Man, it felt amazing,' he said. 'It's the best day so far. Just being out here -- from pregame to being in the game and being with the team -- it was just a lot of fun.'

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Brown is still not ready to make big contributions yet, leaving the door open for fellow rookie Miles Boykin to make a big early impact. We'll keep Brown on our waiver wire watch list.

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11. MIA - QB Josh Rosen plays well

Source: ESPN.com - Cameron Wolfe

Miami Dolphins QB Josh Rosen completed 5 of 7 passes for 59 yards and ran four times for 23 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday, Aug. 22.

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Rosen is making a push to start Week 1 vs. Baltimore, but behind this offensive line, his 2019 might look a lot like his 2018.

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12. GB - WR Trevor Davis has big night

Source: ESPN.com - Rob Demovsky

Green Bay Packers WR Trevor Davis caught five passes for 78 yards and a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders on Thursday, Aug. 22. He also accounted for an 18-yard run as he pushes for one of the remaining receiver spots on the 53-man roster.

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Davis should add speed to the receiver group and could be a name to remember if multiple injuries strike the Packers wide receiver depth chart.

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13. GB - Rashan Gary avoids injury?

Source: ESPN.com - Rob Demovsky

Updating a previous report, Green Bay Packers DL Rashan Gary (undisclosed) is 'fine and doing well,' according to his agent. Gary was carted off the field during the team's game on Thursday, Aug. 22.

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Gary is only expected to be a part-time contributor and he'll be playing with an injured shoulder. It's good news that he's ok and we'll see if he can be ready to play Week 1 vs. Chicago.

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14. WAS - RB Derrius Guice busy Thursday

Source: ESPN.com

Washington Redskins RB Derrius Guice rushed 11 times for 44 yards and caught one pass for four yards in a 19-7 preseason win over the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, Aug. 22.

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Guice looked great and should be the best thing about an offense that will likely be the worst in the NFC. He's in a three man committee, but his ADP has fallen enough to make him at least worth considering.

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15. NYG - Efficient night for QB Daniel Jones

Source: ESPN.com

New York Giants QB Daniel Jones completed nine of his 11 pass attempts for 141 yards in a 25-23 preseason win over the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday, Aug. 22.

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Jones impressive preseason continues. We'll see him sooner than later unless Eli Manning has found the fountain of youth but it might be a good thing for the offense.

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16. NYJ - CB Trumaine Johnson not a lock for opener

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets CB Trumaine Johnson (hamstring) has only been able to stretch during practice, and his status for Week 1 is 'very much in doubt,' according to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com.

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That is great news for John Brown and Josh Allen in Week 1. With the Browns and Patriots up in Weeks 2 and 3, Johnson needs to heal quickly to avoid a mismatch when the Jets face Odell Beckham and maybe Josh Gordon.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for sharing some of your season with us. It's an honor we take seriously.

Have a great Saturday and we'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J