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Footballguys #132 - 8/29 - 21 Quick Tips Before You Draft, Julian Edelman Thumb Injury? And MORE

Volume 21, #132 -- Thursday Night, August 29th, 2019

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Howdy Folks,

Welcome to Friday. This time next week, we'll be reacting to the first regular-season game of the 2019 season.

CAN. NOT. WAIT.

We've got a ton of new content for you as you head into your drafts this weekend.

Let's crush this.

J

SITE NEWS

A. From The Gut: NFC
Our Sigmund Bloom with a brain dump on every NFC team and advice on who to target and who to avoid at ADP.

B. 21 Quick Tips Before You Draft
Quick, last-minute draft tips from the Footballguys staff.

C. Perfect Draft: 12 Team PPR
Our David Dodds with a round-by-round mapped out Value-Based Drafting strategy to dominate your league.

D. Hidden Value or Damaged Goods? When to Draft Injured Players
Our Dr. Jene Bramel breaks down when is it safe to draft Todd Gurley, Cam Newton, Amari Cooper, Sony Michel, A.J. Green, and others?

E. 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.

F. 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.

G. FREE CONTENT - What to Do About Ezekiel Elliott in Drafts
Our Sigmund Bloom dives into how to approach Ezekiel Elliott in drafts with holdout uncertainty surrounding him.

H. I Will Survive: Managing Survivor Leagues
Our Jeff Pasquino on becoming the "Ultimate Surivor"- Planning out 17 weeks of victories.

I. Offensive Line Rankings and Notes
Our Matt Bitonti with offensive line related news, injuries, and updates, prior to Regular Season Opener.


1. NE - Did WR Julian Edelman Re-Injure Thumb?

Source: NESN - Doug Kyed

Per Doug Kyed, "Julian Edelman caught his first pass of the preseason Thursday and immediately came up shaking his left hand.

"Edelman left the game, took off his left glove and briefly got checked out by Patriots head trainer Jim Whalen before going to the bench."

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It's the Patriots so we won't get much information until the league forces them to next week. Edelman did remain on the sidelines after the incident so that's likely a positive. Stay tuned.

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2. JAX - RB Leonard Fournette ready to bounce back

Source: Bleacher Report - Tyler Dunne

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette told Tyler Dunne of Bleacher Report he is in 'a happy place right now' after dedicating his offseason to rigorous training that helped him drop his weight from 247 pounds to 228 and cutting out the negative influences in his life.

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Fournette is a talented runner when 100 percent healthy. The problem is that Fournette seems to have more than his fair share of injuries, plus he doesn't play at a high level when he's not quite himself. We'll see if that can change this season. Fournette has a current ADP of RB13 (3.02) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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3. OAK - HC wants QB Derek Carr to air it out

Source: The Athletic - Vic Tafur

Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden wants QB Derek Carr to let the ball fly this season. 'At the beginning of practice we work on the red line, the 50-50 balls,' Gruden said Thursday, Aug. 28. 'And when you have Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams, you have to commit to yourself throwing them, and same with (Darren Waller). We got to throw the ball down the field and if it's incomplete or we get the catch, we can always challenge (Al Riveron, the senior vice president of officiating) in New York and see what he thinks.'

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They've got the weapons around Carr to certainly do just that. A more vertical passing game means that Carr could have some monster weeks. The Raiders defense is a work in progress, so their offense is going to have to keep their foot on the gas in order to win games. Carr has a current ADP of QB22 (14.03) in 12-team PPR leagues and could clearly outperform that spot.

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4. HOU - QB AJ McCarron throws Thursday

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans QB AJ McCarron (thumb) was able to make some throws before the final preseason game Thursday, Aug. 29, and appears to have a good chance to be ready for Week 1.

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McCarron could be the backup to Deshaun Watson if he's ready for the start of the season. Right now, Joe Webb is the top reserve behind Watson with rookie Jordan Ta'amu also on the roster.

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5. CIN - Knee injury for RB Rodney Anderson

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

Cincinnati Bengals RB Rodney Anderson (knee) suffered a knee injury during the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 29, and has been ruled out.

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Anderson, a sixth-round pick out of Oklahoma in 2019, has talent as a hard-charging running back. However, three of the last four years his season has ended due to injury. We'll see how severe this latest injury is.

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6. MIA - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick appears on track for QB job

Source: ESPN.com - Cameron Wolfe

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick appears to be the leading candidate for the starting quarterback job, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Cameron Wolfe.

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That's the way things have been trending for some time. Fitzpatrick could begin the season as the starter but eventually the team might want to see 2018 first-round pick (for the Cardinals) Josh Rosen. We'll see how this shakes out and how long Fitzpatrick can hang onto the starting job.

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7. CLE - RB Kareem Hunt undergoes hernia surgery

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Cleveland Browns RB Kareem Hunt (groin) underwent surgery for a sports hernia Thursday, Aug. 29.

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Hunt is suspended the first eight games of the season, so he'll have plenty of time to recover. He is expected to need four to six weeks to get back to 100 percent.

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8. MIA - WR Kenny Stills on trade block?

Source: NFL.com - Gregg Rosenthal

Miami Dolphins WR Kenny Stills is a strong candidate to be traded with the Houston Texans a possible landing spot as part of a rumored deal for DE/LB Jadeveon Clowney.

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Stills has been rumored to be on the trade block for quite some time. The Dolphins seem to have the most interest in trading for Clowney but it would take a lot more than a veteran wide receiver to snare the star pass-rusher.

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9. KC - RB Carlos Hyde likely out

Source: NFL.com - Gregg Rosenthal

Kansas City Chiefs RB Carlos Hyde is likely to be released this weekend, barring a late-preseason injury, in the opinion of NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal.

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Zero surprise here. This has been trending towards Hyde getting released for quite some time. He's simply been outplayed by guys like Darwin Thompson, the fantasy darling GMs are drafting as a handcuff to Damien Williams.

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10. NE - RB Sony Michel improving as receiver

Source: 1 No Source

New England Patriots RB Sony Michel has demonstrated improved skills as a pass receiver this preseason, Patriots running backs coach Ivan Fears said Monday, Aug. 26. 'Much much improved, much better than he was last year,' Fears said. 'Last year I thought it was a lot for him. This year, he's pretty good at it, he's going to be very good at it.'

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Michel only had seven catches last year in 13 games as a rookie. Projecting him for 20-25 catches in his second season is fair. Michel is the lead back for the Patriots and could post solid RB2 numbers for Fantasy GMs in 2019.

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11. NE - TE Dwayne Allen a candidate to return?

Source: Boston Sports Journal - Greg Bedard

Miami Dolphins TE Dwayne Allen could re-sign with the New England Patriots if he is released this weekend by the Dolphins, in the opinion of a Patriots beat reporter.

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The Patriots are looking for help at the tight end position. Guys like Ben Watson (four games) are suspended and their top tight end is Matt LaCosse. Allen could come in and not have to take much time to get up to speed with the team again.

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12. IND - Indy QB decision on hold

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent QBs Brock Osweiler, Matt Cassel and Brandon Weeden worked out for the Indianapolis Colts earlier this week, according to sources, as the team searches for a backup option to open the season.

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No hurries here. The Colts have made no further decisions as of Thursday, Aug. 29, and they may wait until after the weekend league-wide cutdown.

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That'll do it for today, Folks.

Thanks for reading and thanks for sharing some of your season with us. Have a great weekend and we'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J