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Footballguys #128 - 8/25 - Updated Everything After The Andrew Luck Bombshell Plus News And Notes And More

Volume 21, #128 -- Sunday Night, August 25th, 2019

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Howdy Folks,

Good Monday to you. If you're still reeling from Saturday night, you're not alone. But we're here to help.

We've got updated everything as we reset player values based on this weekend's news.

Let's go.

J

SITE NEWS

A. The Impact Of Andrew Luck's Retirement
Our Jason Wood analyzes the impact of Andrew Luck's retirement on the 2019 Colts.

B. Monday Injury Rounds: Preseason Week 3
Our Dr. Jene Bramel with thoughts on the retirement of Andrew Luck, notes on Cam Newton and Mike Evans, updating veterans returning to practice, table projecting availability for Week 1, and more.

C. Updated PPR Top 250 After Andrew Luck And Lamar Millerlamarl
Our Sigmund Bloom with a post-Andrew Luck/Lamar Miller look at the top 250 players in PPR leagues.

D. Updated - Crushing Draft's Best Ball Contests
David Dodds takes you through his updated process of crushing 12-team best ball drafts at DRAFT.com

E. Updated Quarterback Tiers, Targets, and Players to Avoid
Our Sigmund Bloom a look at 2019 fantasy quarterback options through the lens of tiers, with camp updates and a peek at the early-season schedule.

F. Updated Running Back Tiers, Targets, and Players to Avoid
Our Sigmund Bloom a look at 2019 fantasy running back options through the lens of tiers, with camp updates and a peek at the early-season schedule.

G. Updated Wide Receiver Tiers, Targets, and Players to Avoid
Our Sigmund Bloom a look at 2019 fantasy wide receiver options through the lens of tiers, with camp updates and a peek at the early-season schedule.

H. Updated Tight End Tiers, Targets, and Players to Avoid
Our Sigmund Bloom a look at 2019 fantasy tight end options through the lens of tiers, with camp updates and a peek at the early-season schedule.

I. Defensive Backs Tiers
Our Aaron Rudnicki takes a look at the landscape for fantasy defensive backs in 2019 and breaks them up into tiers to help with your IDP draft.


1. HOU - More on RB Lamar Miller's injury

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Updating previous reports, Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller (knee) suffered a torn medial collateral ligament in addition to his torn anterior cruciate ligament, according to sources.

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It's fair to drop Miller in shallow bench dynasty leagues without IR spots. He'll be a free agent past his prime and coming off of a serious knee injury next year.

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2. WAS - QB Case Keenum named Week 1 starter

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

Updating previous reports, Washington Redskins QB Case Keenum has been named the starter for Week 1, head coach Jay Gruden said Sunday, Aug. 25.

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Fire up the Eagles defense at home in Week 1 against Keenum and a very undermanned Washington passing game that will be without Trent Williams and probably Jordan Reed.

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3. HOU - RB Duke Johnson to be lead back?

Source: Houston Chronicle - John McClain

Houston Texans RB Duke Johnson will take over as the starting running back in the wake of RB Lamar Miller's (knee) knee injury, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, and McClain believes Johnson will 'get all the playing time he can handle.'

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Johnson is worth as high as a fifth-round pick in PPR leagues now. The Texans will try to improve the situation behind him through an addition after final cuts, but with a big hole at offensive tackle and having already spent a fourth that could become a third on Johnson, they are unlikely to throw more draft picks at the position via trade.

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4. NE - WR Josh Gordon off NFI list

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

New England Patriots WR Josh Gordon (undisclosed) was activated from the Active/Non-Football Injury list Sunday, Aug. 25, and participated in practice.

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Gordon should be ready for Week 1 against the Steelers, who are hoping Joe Haden will be ready for the showdown. Gordon's performance in games without Rob Gronkowski and chemistry with Tom Brady is enough to justify a fifth round pick.

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5. LAC - WR Keenan Allen on track for opener

Source: The Athletic - Daniel Popper

Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen (ankle) said he believes he will be ready for the start of the regular season.

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Allen has been seen around practice and the worry level has gone down since surgery was invoked (and shot down as a current option) for Allen's injury. The whole Chargers offense could be a downgrade if left tackle Russell Okung isn't ready for Week 1. Doctors haven't cleared him to rejoin the team yet after a pulmonary embolism was discovered this offseason.

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6. CAR - QB Cam Newton sheds walking boot

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Updating previous reports, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton shed his walking boot Sunday, Aug. 25, according to multiple media reports.

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Newton's injury doesn't seem like it's going to keep him out Week 1, but it could still limit him and it could be something that gets aggravated early in the season. We will be watching the practice report closely.

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7. MIA - Miami not ready to name starting QB

Source: The Miami Herald - Adam H. Beasley

Miami Dolphins QBs Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen have been competing for the starting job during the preseason, and head coach Brian Flores said he is still not ready to name a starter at the position. Flores indicated both quarterbacks may play in the final preseason game.

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This reflects on Rosen's play since a first week that saw Fitzpatrick emerge as the clear starter as much as it does Fitzpatrick's. Fitzpatrick might be better for the downfield receivers and Rosen the short-range receivers, but both will struggle behind one of the league's worst offensive lines.

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8. DAL - Eight touches for RB Tony Pollard

Source: ESPN.com

Dallas Cowboys RB Tony Pollard rushed six times for a team-high 26 yards and caught both of his targets for 10 yards in a 34-0 preseason win over the Houston Texans Saturday, Aug. 24.

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Pollard looked good on his touches and should be considered a strong RB2 for Week 1 vs. the Giants if Zeke Elliott doesn't report. He has a chance to be a decent PPR flex if his role is similar to the one the team had in mind for Tavon Austin after Elliott returns. Pollard is worth around a 10th round pick at this point.

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9. CAR - PK Graham Gano's status for Thursday uncertain

Source: The Athletic - Jourdan Rodrigue

Carolina Panthers PK Graham Gano's (knee) status for the final preseason game Thursday, Aug. 29, is uncertain at this point.

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Joey Slye is 6-for-6 this preseason and should get trade interest from other teams that need a kicker. The Panthers could keep him if Gano's injury is still an issue. Either way, we are likely to see both of these kickers on NFL fields this year.

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10. NE - WR Maurice Harris let go

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

New England Patriots WR Maurice Harris was released Sunday, Aug. 25, according to a source.

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At one point Harris was considered the best receiver on the field in camp while Julian Edelman was sitting. Now he'll likely be available as a street free agent during the season.

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11. CIN - Damion Willis to start Week 1

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Cincinnati Bengals WR Damion Willis will be one of the starting outside receivers Week 1 with WR A.J. Green (ankle) sidelined, according to head coach Zac Taylor.

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Auden Tate has a knee injury and Josh Malone didn't do enough to earn the spot. John Ross will certainly mix in as long as he is active, but the UDFA Willis had a terrific camp and more than secured a roster spot.

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12. ARI - Two placed on injured reserve

Source: AZCardinals.com - Darren Urban

Arizona Cardinals WR Hakeem Butler (hand) and CB Joshua Shaw (shoulder) were placed on the Reserve/Injured list Sunday, Aug. 25.

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Butler's first year is basically lost. He made some routine miscues and extraordinary plays in camp but never leveled off to a consistent enough level to threaten for first-team playing time. He's still worth carrying in dynasty leagues, but it has been a bad summer for his value.

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13. CIN - WR John Ross back on the field

Source: The Athletic - Jay Morrison

Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross (hamstring) is participating in practice Sunday, Aug. 25.

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The problems with the Bengals offensive line and Ross missing basically the whole summer keeps him off of the late round target list, but with a strong start vs. Seattle in Week 1, he could be a Week 2 waiver wire pickup.

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14. MIA - RB Kenyan Drake remains sidelined

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake (foot) did not participate in practice Sunday, Aug. 25.

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Drake will share with Kalen Ballage and Mark Walton running behind one of the worst lines in the league in any scenario. His star has greatly fallen over the last month.

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15. BUF - Robert Foster dealing with injury

Source: The Athletic - Joe Buscaglia

Buffalo Bills WR Robert Foster (toe) has been practicing even though he has been dealing with a toe injury he suffered during offseason workouts.

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This could help explain his drop from a hot finish last year to #4 receiver this year. He is still worth stashing in dynasty leagues but might not contribute much in redraft this year.

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16. BUF - Mitch Morse will be on field

Source: The Athletic - Joe Buscaglia

Buffalo Bills C Mitch Morse (concussion) is still in the concussion protocol but will participate in practice Sunday, Aug. 25, according to head coach Sean McDermott.

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Morse has been in concussion protocol since late July. It is the fourth concussion of his pro career. The team is being cautious with him, but it is still worrisome for the key offseason free agent acquisition. The Bills new look like has been riddled with injuries this summer.

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17. OAK - RB DeAndre Washington secures RB2 spot

Source: The Athletic - Vic Tafur

Oakland Raiders RB DeAndre Washington has secured the No. 2 running back spot behind RB Josh Jacobs after Oakland released RB Doug Martin. RB Jalen Richard will remain a third-down back.

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What this really means is that Jacobs is a clear #1 back who will get as much work as he can can handle. If you were thinking of targeting him in the 3rd/4th, you should be even more eager to now.

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18. HOU - Houston seeking offensive tackle?

Source: Houston Chronicle - John McClain

The Houston Texans could acquire an offensive tackle if LB Jadeveon Clowney is traded after signing his franchise tender, in the opinion of John McClain of The Houston Chronicle.

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Clowney is expected to be dealt very soon. Wide receiver has also been mentioned as a position that the team might target. Someone's defense is about to get a very big boost in the pass rush.

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19. SF - QB Jimmy Garoppolo bounces back

Source: ESPN.com

San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo completed 14 of his 20 passes for 188 yards and a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 24.

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Garoppolo was better this week to cap off a poor summer. He will have the benefit of facing the Bucs Week 1 and some DFS and deep league lineups should include him on the promise of that alone, but he isn't coming into the season with much in the way of momentum.

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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