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Footballguys #130 - 8/27 - Everything You Need To Crush Fantasy Football This Year

Volume 21, #130 -- Tuesday Night, August 27th, 2019

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Howdy Folks,

The Weekend is racing towards us. And that likely means your Draft is racing toward us.

We've got everything you need to crush your league so let's get to it.

J

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H. Vegas Value Chart: Week 1
Our John Lee with an early Vegas-based snapshot of the teams and positions to target in this week's DFS game slate.

I. Updated: Crushing Draft's Best Ball Contests
Our David Dodds with an update looking taking you through his process of crushing 12-team best ball drafts at DRAFT.com.

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

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

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

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

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


1. CAR - QB Cam Newton looking good for opener

Source: The Athletic - Joseph Person

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (foot) is expected to play in the season opener against the Los Angeles Rams according to head coach Ron Rivera, who said 'there's no doubt in my mind' Newton will be ready.

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That's the plan with Newton. He's out of his walking boot and working to be ready for the season opener. We'll know more when the Panthers release an injury report next week.

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2. CIN - WR A.J. Green sidelined until Week 3?

Source: The Athletic - Jay Morrison

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (ankle) will be sidelined into the regular season, and beat writer Jay Morrison feels a return for Week 3 would be the best-case scenario.

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Green underwent minor ankle surgery at the end of July and has been recovering since then. Reports indicated that he would miss time at the start of the regular season, but there is no known timetable for the star receiver. It sounds like Green might return sometime in the first month of the season, and we should know more when things get closer to a possible return. Green's ADP is currently WR24 (5.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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3. DAL - WR Amari Cooper on track for opener

Source: NFL Network - Jane Slater

Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (heel) will not practice this week but is on track to play in Week 1, according to head coach Jason Garrett.

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Cooper has been running at full speed and the team wants him near 100 percent so he can cut without losing that speed. Cowboys GM Stephen Jones said that Cooper's injury is more of a muscle strain. Cooper is a WR1 for Fantasy GMs with a current ADP of WR13 (3.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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4. PHI - WR DeSean Jackson injury update

Source: ESPN.com - Josina Anderson

Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson (finger) suffered a fractured ring finger on his left hand during practice Tuesday, Aug. 27. According to a source via ESPN's Josina Anderson, Jackson was told the typical recovery time is three to four weeks. Jackson is expected to try out a custom splint Wednesday, Aug. 28, and will decide if he'll play with it at a later date.

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We'll know more about Jackson's status for Week 1 next week when the Eagles have to release an injury report. There is currently optimism that Jackson will be ready to go for the season opener against Washington.

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5. WAS - TE Jordan Reed expected to be ready for opener

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (concussion) is expected to available for the start of the regular season, according to head coach Jay Gruden.

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Reed is really good when healthy but the problem is that he struggles to stay healthy. This concussion is the seventh documented such injury of his career. He's a low-end TE2 because of the injury risk Reed presents.

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6. SF - RB Jerick McKinnon resumes practicing

Source: Bay Area News Group - Cam Inman

San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon (knee) took part in practice Tuesday, Aug. 27, for the first time since suffering a setback with his surgically repaired knee in early August, according to Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group.

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It's a good sign for McKinnon but he is far from playing in a game. We'll have to see if he experiences any soreness after practicing the first time in about a month.

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7. DET - RB Zach Zenner done in Detroit

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner was released Tuesday, Aug. 27.

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The Lions are packed at the running back position with starter Kerryon Johnson and backups C.J. Anderson and rookie Ty Johnson. Zenner is your classic banger between the tackles and a solid special teams player. We should see him latch on somewhere in the near future.

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8. SF - San Fran picks up WR Nick Williams

Source: 49ers.com

Free-agent WR Nick Williams (Broncos) signed an undisclosed contract with the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday, Aug. 27.

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The 49ers have a need to find help at the slot receiver position with Trent Taylor banged up. Williams showed off a little bit for the Broncos during his time in training camp there. It's a similar system in San Francisco, so he shouldn't have a problem getting up to speed. Williams has less than a week to impress enough to make the 53-man roster.

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9. HOU - WR Keke Coutee unlikely to be ready for opener

Source: ESPN.com - Sarah Barshop

Updating a previous report, Houston Texans WR Keke Coutee (ankle) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 26, but ESPN's Sarah Barshop reports head coach Bill O'Brien is 'not hopeful' Coutee will be ready in time to play in Week 1 against the New Orleans Saints.

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Coutee has talent but he's also banged up quite a bit. He'll have some flex appeal when he eventually returns to the field. Stay tuned.

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10. MIA - Two Dolphins released

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Miami Dolphins OT Jordan Mills (undisclosed) and TE Clive Walford (undisclosed) were released Tuesday, Aug. 27, with injury settlements.

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Walford has never been able to impress on the field, mainly because he can't stay healthy. He's got skill as a move tight end but has bounced around to a few different teams now. Some other team might take a chance on him but it could take awhile before that happens.

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11. DET - Luis Perez joins Lions

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent QB Luis Perez (Eagles) signed an undisclosed deal with the Detroit Lions Tuesday, Aug. 27. QB David Fales was released.

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Perez had some impressive throws in the AAF but he's a long-shot to make it in the NFL. With Tom Savage (concussion) banged up, the Lions will see if Perez can push Josh Johnson to establish a pecking order behind starter Matthew Stafford.

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12. MIN - Two Vikings released

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Minnesota Vikings CB Bene Benwikere and WR Jordan Taylor were released Tuesday, Aug. 27.

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The Vikings give Taylor a bit of a head start here. He was competing for a spot at the end of the bench at the wide receiver position. Taylor is big and fast but runs a limited route tree. Perhaps he'll wind up back with the Broncos, the team that originally picked him up as an undrafted free agent out of Rice in 2015.

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13. KC - QB Matt Moore to serve as backup

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

The Kansas City Chiefs signed free-agent QB Matt Moore (Dolphins) on Monday, Aug. 26, and he is expected to serve as the backup to QB Patrick Mahomes after QB Chad Henne (ankle) suffered a fractured ankle.

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Moore has plenty of starting experience and can hold a clipboard with the best of them. Kyle Shurmur and Chase Litton are also on the roster but they are not yet to the point where they could be trusted as a No. 2 quarterback -- and we'll see if either one can make the 53-man roster or the practice squad.

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14. SEA - WR David Moore will not go on IR

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Seattle Seahawks WR David Moore (shoulder) has a hairline fracture in his humerus. He received a second opinion and is not expected to be placed on the Reserve/Injured list, sources said Monday, Aug. 26.

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He will miss the start of the regular season, but should be back sooner rather than later. Moore is a great dynasty prospect to keep an eye on when healthy. The Seahawks WR corps is banged up with D.K. Metcalf getting his knee scoped last week. Expect Tyler Lockett to get a huge workload at the start of the season.

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15. WAS - RB Bryce Love to miss start of season

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins RB Bryce Love (knee) will start the regular season on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list, according to head coach Jay Gruden.

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This was expected for the talented but injured rookie. Love needs to get to full strength and get back to where he was a couple of years ago at Stanford when he was one of the best running backs in the country. Washington would have one helluva steal if Love can regain his skill. We'll continue to monitor him in dynasty formats.

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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