Footballguys #131 - 8/28 - Training Camp Summary Notes, Waiver Wire Advice, News And Notes And MORE

Volume 21, #131 -- Wednesday Night, August 28th, 2019

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A. Training Camp Update #4 Ready
Our Training Camp Reports are everything you need to know about every team. This one is 38 pages of goodness.

B. Joe's Notes: Week 4 Training Camp Summary
The Footballguys Training Camp Update Team and Joe Bryant take our comprehensive Footballguys Training Camp Updates and distills them down to the "Need To Know" level.

C. Preseason Waiver Wire Rankings and Suggested Bids
Our Sigmund Bloom with a ranking of the best preseason waiver wire candidates and suggested bids for them.

D. Footballguys' Top 10: Insights From the NFL's 2019 Dress Rehearsal
A sneak-peek at Matt Waldman's in-season column profiling insights you need to know from each week's games.

E. From The Gut: AFC
Our Sigmund Bloom with a look at gut feelings and draft advice around the AFC after the dress rehearsal preseason games.

F. Updated: The Master Plan for 2019
Our Sigmund Bloom with an updated take on The Master Plan for drafts in 2019.

G. Updated - 2019 Tiers And Confidence Levels
Our Matt Waldman breaks down his 2019 fantasy rankings into tiers and provides a confidence level for the listed players.

H. The 2019 All-Gut Check Sleeper Team
Our Matt Waldman reveals his 2019 All-Gut Check Fantasy Team; a squad of the 30 underrated and lesser-known options who will have your competition laughing now but congratulating you later.

I. FREE CONTENT: Guides for Using the League Dominator
The Footballguys League Dominator is your key to crushing the competition once the season starts. Here's all you need to know.

J. Offensive Line Rankings and Notes: Preseason Week 3
Our Matt Bitonti with offensive line related news, injuries, and updates, prior to Regular Season Opener.

K. Updated RB2 By Committee
Our Jeff Pasquino with an updated look at finding a second starting running back by committee for 2019.

L. Eyes of the Guru IDP Info, Preseason Round 3 Notes
Our John Norton with IDP news, notes, analysis and speculation from preseason week three.

M. My Draft Is In ___ Minutes! What To Do
The Footballguys Staff with help on figuring out where to spend your time getting ready for your draft.

1. LAC - RB Melvin Gordon due back?

Source: - Eric D. Williams

Updating previous reports, Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon is expected to end his holdout in time for Week 1, in the opinion of beat writer Eric D. Williams.

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Note that this is just Eric Williams' opinion. Others aren't as optimistic. Gordon doesn't have much leverage in this situation, and the Chargers have not backed down on their stance. We'll see if Gordon accepts their deal, rumored to be around $10 million per year, or if he plays out this season on his fifth-year option and then hits the open market in 2020. Gordon's return would negatively impact the fantasy value of Austin Ekeler. Stay tuned.

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2. DAL - Contract talks quiet for RB Ezekiel Elliott

Source: - Todd Archer

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has not had any contact extension talks with the Cowboys over the past few days, but executive vice president Stephen Jones hopes the two sides can reach a deal before the start of the regular season.

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This is going down to the wire. Deals get done at deadlines so we have to see if the approaching regular season prompts action in this situation.

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3. MIA - RB Kenyan Drake being shopped?

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake could be used as trade bait as the Dolphins pursue Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney.

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The Dolphins have never been that enamored with Drake. He's been hurt this training camp and Kalen Ballage is the team's starter at running back. The Texans could use a running back with Lamar Miller (knee) lost for the season, but it's going to take a heckuva lot more than Drake to get a star like Clowney. The Dolphins have been the team most linked with trading for Clowney this summer. We'll see if something shakes out.

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4. KC - WR Tyreek Hill will have a shadow

Source: The Florida Times-Union - Hays Carlyon

Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill will be shadowed by Jacksonville Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey in Week 1, according to Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Wash.

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Good luck with that. We're looking forward to this matchup with the Chiefs high-powered offense against a strong Jaguars defense. That being said, Hill could only need a couple of receptions to put up WR1 numbers in Week 1.

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5. SF - RB Jerick McKinnon suffers setback

Source: KNBR 680 - Brian Murphy

San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon (knee) suffered a setback with his surgically repaired knee Tuesday, Aug. 27, and general manager John Lynch said: 'it's not encouraging.'

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McKinnon was back to practice this week, but we wanted to see what he experienced after working out his knee. It sounds like what he experienced was discomfort at least and a setback that puts his status for Week 1 in doubt. Tevin Coleman will lead the way on the ground for the 49ers with Matt Breida backing him up.

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6. SF - WR Trent Taylor likely to miss opener

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers WR Trent Taylor (foot) likely will not be available for Week 1, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan.

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The 49ers have other slot receiver options while Taylor continues to miss time. Richie James or Nick Williams could play the slot and work as a returner.

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7. SEA - D.K. Metcalf uncertain for Week 1

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks WR D.K. Metcalf (knee) is making progress but his status for Week 1 is uncertain at this point, according to head coach Pete Carroll.

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Without Metcalf, if he doesn't play in the season opener, we'd see as much Tyler Lockett as he can handle. Keep this in mind when looking for a WR2 or flex option...or if you want to stack some Seahawks in DFS Week 1. They open up with the Bengals at home to kick things off in 2019.

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8. HOU - TE Kahale Warring may be IR candidate

Source: - Sarah Barshop

Houston Texans TE Kahale Warring (concussion) could be a candidate for the Reserve/Injured list if his injury lingers, in the opinion of's Sarah Barshop.

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Warring is an athletic move tight end we're monitoring in deep dynasty formats. The Texans will be wisely cautious with the rookie from San Diego State. Jordan Thomas is their starting tight end with Warring competing for a spot behind him on the depth chart.

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9. CLE - No access for RB Kareem Hunt during suspension

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns RB Kareem Hunt will not be allowed to be around the team's facilities during his eight-game suspension.

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Hunt will be able to rejoin his teammates when they get ready for Week 10 of the regular season. The NFL made the decision not to allow Hunt around the team, but WR Antonio Calloway can attend meetings during his four-game suspension.

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10. NYJ - WR Robby Anderson day-to-day

Source: - Rich Cimini

New York Jets WR Robby Anderson (calf) is considered day-to-day because of a calf injury.

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This injury is considered minor but Anderson's status for Week 1 is a bit up in the air. If there are no setbacks, he could be ready for the season opener. We'll know more when the Jets (and everybody else) has to submit an injury report next Wednesday.

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11. BUF - Jason Croom likely to play

Source: The Buffalo News - Jay Skurski

Buffalo Bills TE Jason Croom (hamstring) likely will be able to play in the final preseason game Thursday, Aug. 29.

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Croom is in the mix at the tight end position for the Bills. He's not much of a fantasy asset and will be pushed back on the depth chart if/when a guy like Tyler Kroft gets healthy. With rookie TE Dawson Knox coming back from a hamstring injury, Tommy Sweeney may be the best option at tight end for the Bills in Week 1.

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12. BUF - No decision on TE Tyler Kroft

Source: - Chris Brown

Buffalo Bills TE Tyler Kroft's (foot) status for the start of the regular season is still uncertain, according to head coach Sean McDermott.

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Kroft could be competing for the starting job when healthy, but he's currently on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list. That means he could open up the regular season on the PUP list and be forced to miss the first six weeks of the regular season.

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13. IND - QB Brock Osweiler visits Colts

Source: - Field Yates

Free-agent QB Brock Osweiler (Dolphins) visited the Indianapolis Colts Tuesday, Aug. 27.

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Osweiler could be added for veteran depth behind starter Jacoby Brissett. We'll see if he can latch on before the start of the regular season. Right now, Chad Kelly is the primary backup to Brissett.

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14. SF - Nick Bosa trending up?

Source: San Francisco Chronicle - Eric Branch

Updating previous reports, San Francisco 49ers DE Nick Bosa (ankle) is 'certainly in play for Week 1,' according to general manager John Lynch.

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The 49ers want to get Bosa out there ASAP but they have been wisely cautious with the potential superstar. Bosa was recently projected at a 50-50 chance to play in the opener.

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15. DEN - TE Jake Butt needs surgery

Source: NFL Network - James Palmer

Denver Broncos TE Jake Butt (knee) will undergo a minor procedure after experiencing soreness in his left knee.

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It's a minor surgery but yet another surgery on his knees. Butt has played in only three games over the last two years for the Broncos. He's a talented player but he's had three major knee surgeries over his football career and this minor procedure makes it four times his knees have been operated on. Butt seems bound for Injured Reserve.

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16. MIA - OLB Jadeveon Clowney met with Dolphins

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney met with Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores to get a sense of the direction of their team in case he is traded.

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This is the team and the connection that has been most closely associated when hearing rumors about Clowney getting traded. Clowney has yet to report to Texans' training camp and sign his franchise tender due to the swirling trade rumors.

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