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Footballguys #134 - 8/31 - Updated Draft Lists, News And Notes And MORE

Volume 21, #134 -- Saturday Night, August 31st, 2019

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Howdy Folks,

Welcome to Sunday. Your head may still be spinning from all the moves but don't worry - we've got you covered with updated everything. Let the other guys in your league draft with Thursday's cheatsheets. You'll be covered.

Let's get to it.

J

SITE NEWS

A. Updated PPR Top 250
Our Sigmund Bloom with a look at the top 250 players in PPR leagues.

B. The Master Plan for 2019
Our Sigmund Bloom with his master plan for drafts in 2019.

C. Updated Top 300 List
Our David Dodds with his Top 300 players.

D. Updated PPR Top 300 List
Our David Dodds with his Top 300 players. This one is for PPR scoring.

E. Updated Top 300 Draft List
Our David Dodds takes the Top 300 players and factors them against Average Draft Position to get a list like we'd actually draft with.

F. Updated PPR Top 300 Draft List
Our David Dodds takes the Top 300 players and factors them against Average Draft Position to get a list like we'd actually draft with. This one is for PPR scoring.

G. 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.

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


1. MIA - Miami trades WR Kenny Stills, Laremy Tunsil

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport, Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero

Miami Dolphins WR Kenny Stills and OT Laremy Tunsil were traded to the Houston Texans Saturday, Aug. 31, in exchange for two first-round draft choices, a second-round draft choice, CB Johnson Bademosi and OT Julie'n Davenport, according to sources. The Texans will also receive a fourth-round draft choice in the trade.

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The Dolphins are in tank mode, whether they want to admit it or not. They'll get some draft capital but if the Texans are as good as they could be, then those picks might be near the end of the first round and certainly not ultra-premium picks.

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2. HOU - WR Kenny Stills, Laremy Tunsil joining Texans

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport, Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero

Miami Dolphins WR Kenny Stills and OT Laremy Tunsil were acquired by the Houston Texans Saturday, Aug. 31, in exchange for two first-round draft choices, a second-round draft choice, CB Johnson Bademosi and OT Julie'n Davenport, according to sources. The Texans will also receive a fourth-round draft choice in the trade.

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It's a huge win for the Texans as Tunsil will shore up their offensive line as a blind-side protector for Deshaun Watson. Stills gives the team better veteran depth at the wide receiver position. With Keke Coutee banged up...again...the Texans can plug Stills into the No. 3 wide receiver role behind DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller.

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3. DAL - RB Ezekiel Elliott talks heating up

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's contract talks are intensifying with both sides looking to strike a deal this weekend, according to sources.

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Deals get done at deadlines in the NFL. With the regular season fast approaching, the Cowboys may be more inclined to get Elliott in the fold. Stay tuned.

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4. NE - WR Demaryius Thomas released

Source: Patriots.com

New England Patriots WR Demaryius Thomas was released Saturday, Aug. 31.

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Thomas had a monster game in the Patriots preseason finale but it wasn't enough to get him on the 53-man roster. This could have been a cost-cutting move by the Patriots as they save around $2.7 million on the cap with this transaction.

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5. SEA - DE Jadeveon Clowney deal agreed with SEA

Source: FOXSports.com - Jay Glazer

Updating previous reports, Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney is part of a deal with parameters agreed upon with the Seattle Seahawks Saturday, Aug 31. The deal is contingent on all players passing physicals, but it's believed Clowney is headed to take his with the Seahawks.

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The Seahawks get a great deal here and a much-needed boost to the defensive line. Clowney was franchise-tagged by the Texans and cannot negotiate a new contract with Seattle until after the season. If the team were to lose him next offseason, they would get a third-round pick in exchange. It's a win/win for Seahawks GM John Schneider.

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6. BUF - RB LeSean McCoy released

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy was released Saturday, Aug. 31.

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McCoy's landing spot may be difficult to predict, especially with a team like the Texans already trading (Carlos Hyde) to strengthen their running back corps. The veteran still has talent but could be at the stage of his career where a backup or part-time role is best.

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7. SF - RB Jerick McKinnon out for season

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Aug. 31, and he will be out for the entire season.

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McKinnon just struggled to get healthy and now will be shut down for all of 2019. This is after he missed all of the 2018 season with this knee problem. McKinnon is likely to get released next spring and will have to prove that he's healthy just to get a shot somewhere else if/when he's released.

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8. LAC - RB Melvin Gordon can seek trade

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon has been granted permission to seek a trade, according to sources. He'll explore his options, which could include returning.

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We'll see if something can get worked out before the start of the regular season next week. Gordon reportedly had an offer from the Chargers that would pay him around $10 million annually but is looking for more. We'll see if the Chargers can find a trade partner, actually work something out with Gordon, or just sign LeSean McCoy in free agency and call it good.

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9. HOU - Houston adds RB Carlos Hyde

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Kansas City Chiefs RB Carlos Hyde was acquired by the Houston Texans Saturday, Aug. 31, in exchange for OT Martinas Rankin.

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Hyde wasn't going to make the Chiefs final roster, largely due to the emergence of guys like Darwin Thompson. The Texans need running back help after losing Lamar Miller for the season with a knee injury. Hyde will compete for snaps/touches behind starter Duke Johnson Jr.

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10. LAC - RB LeSean McCoy of interest to Chargers

Source: WIVB - Josh Reed

Free-agent RB LeSean McCoy (Bills) is of interest to the Los Angeles Chargers, according to sources.

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The move makes sense, especially with Melvin Gordon's continued holdout. Head coach Anthony Lynn was the Buffalo Bills' offensive coordinator in 2016 when McCoy ran for 1,267 yards and 13 touchdowns. Stay tuned.

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11. NYG - WR Golden Tate on suspended list

Source: Giants.com - Michael Eisen

New York Giants WR Golden Tate was placed on the Reserve/Suspended list Saturday, Aug. 31.

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Tate took a banned fertility substance and was suspended four games by the NFL. That suspension begins now that teams are in regular season mode.

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12. TB - RB Andre Ellington released

Source: The Athletic - Greg Auman

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Andre Ellington was released Saturday, Aug. 31.

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Ellington had experience under Bruce Arians from their days in Arizona, but that wasn't enough for him to make the 53-man roster. The Bucs have seen Dare Ogunbowale emerge in that change-of-pace role, and Ogunbowale is an explosive player we're watching closely in deep dynasty formats.

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13. SEA - J.D. McKissic released

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks RB J.D. McKissic was released Saturday, Aug. 31.

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McKissic was mainly a receiving back for the Seahawks. With him gone, expect more work in the passing game for guys like Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny.

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14. CIN - WR A.J. Green avoids IR

Source: Bengals.com - Geoff Hobson

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (ankle) won't be placed on the Reserve/Injured-Return list as the team feels he'll be back before the first eight weeks.

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Green had a 6-8 week timetable when he first had ankle surgery last month. The team feels confident he's on track for that, which could put Green back in the lineup around Week 3 or Week 4. Tyler Boyd should get a ton of work in Green's absence.

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15. NO - RB Devine Ozigbo waived

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

New Orleans Saints RB Devine Ozigbo was waived Saturday, Aug. 31.

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Ozigbo was picked up as a college free agent out of Nebraska this year. He looked decent during the preseason and should find a spot on the Saints practice squad.

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16. CLE - Cleveland acquired WR Taywan Taylor

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans WR Taywan Taylor was acquired by the Cleveland Browns Saturday, Aug. 31, in exchange for a 2020 draft choice.

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Taylor gets a fresh start with the Browns now. He caught 37 passes for the Titans last year but never quite played up to his potential. Taylor can play outside or in the slot for the Browns in 2019.

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17. PHI - RB Wendell Smallwood waived

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Philadelphia Eagles RB Wendell Smallwood was waived Saturday, Aug. 31.

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The Eagles backfield was cramped this offseason and that's why they let go of Smallwood and Josh Adams on Saturday. A fifth-round pick out of West Virginia in the 2016 NFL draft, Smallwood might latch on with a new team in need of a pass-catching back.

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18. GB - QB DeShone Kizer cut

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter and Rob Demovsky

Green Bay Packers QB DeShone Kizer was released Saturday, Aug. 31.

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So much for that experiment. Through two seasons, Kizer has thrown 11 touchdowns to 24 interceptions. He'll look for work in a quarterback desperate league that is the NFL but we don't have high hopes for his production no matter where he lands. The Packers move on with Tim Boyle as the No. 2 quarterback behind Aaron Rodgers...for now.

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19. DEN - Denver interested in QB Brian Hoyer

Source: ESPN - Dianna Marie Russini

Free-agent QB Brian Hoyer (Patriots) is receiving interest from the Denver Broncos, according to sources.

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Don't be surprised to see this move made. Joe Flacco doesn't have a healthy backup right now with 2019 second-round pick Drew Lock (thumb) banged up. Hoyer played under Broncos OC Rich Scangarello when the two were with the 49ers in 2017.

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20. NYJ - Jachai Polite cut

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

New York Jets third-round pick DE Jachai Polite was waived Saturday, Aug. 31.

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Polite, a third-round pick out of Florida, was already a boom/bust pick when the Jets added him earlier in the spring. However, not making the 53-man roster as a rookie is a bit shocking. Polite is known to put QBs under duress when healthy and motivated. We should see him snatched up rather quickly.

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21. CIN - QB Jeff Driskel placed on IR

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Cincinnati Bengals QB Jeff Driskel (hamstring) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Aug. 31, according to a source.

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Driskel has some talent but he gets banged up quite a bit. The Bengals will now have rookie Ryan Finley as the No. 2 quarterback behind Andy Dalton in 2019.

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22. DEN - Kevin Hogan let go

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Denver Broncos QB Kevin Hogan was released Saturday, Aug. 31, according to sources.

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Hogan was largely unimpressive during the preseason and training camp. He was on his way out the door when rookie second-round pick Drew Lock took over as the No. 2 quarterback...then Lock was hurt in the preseason with a thumb injury. That opened a door for Hogan over the final two preseason games but he couldn't do enough to earn a roster spot.

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23. OAK - WR Keelan Doss waived

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

Oakland Raiders WR Keelan Doss was waived Saturday, Aug. 31. If he clears waivers, they'll attempt to re-sign him to the practice squad.

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Doss, an undrafted free agent out of UC Davis in 2019, is not a burner but makes plays with size and route savvy. He set school records in touchdowns (29) and all-purpose yards (4,218), and there's clearly something there if the Raiders can keep him around as a developmental prospect. We'll monitor him in dynasty formats.

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24. SF - WR Jordan Matthews does not make team

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

San Francisco 49ers WR Jordan Matthews was released Saturday, Aug. 31, according to a source.

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Matthews spent a majority of the preseason working as the first-team slot receiver. With Trent Taylor banged up, the thought was that Matthews could at least keep the seat warm while Taylor healed. Now, Matthews will try to get a new home with a declining skill set.

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25. LAC - QB Cardale Jones released

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Los Angeles Chargers QB Cardale Jones was released Saturday, Aug. 31.

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The Chargers have Tyrod Taylor as the backup to Philip Rivers. Rookie Easton Stick hangs around as a No. 3/developmental quarterback. Jones has a big arm but struggles with consistency as a passer. We'll see if Jones can latch on with a new team.

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26. PHI - RB Josh Adams waived

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

Philadelphia Eagles RB Josh Adams was waived Saturday, Aug. 31.

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The Eagles have a cramped backfield with Jordan Howard as the lead back and rookie Miles Sanders in the mix. Adams had 511 yards last year as an undrafted rookie and might latch on with a new team in search of a power back.

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27. HOU - WR Will Fuller ready for Week 1

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans WR Will Fuller (knee) is ready to go for Week 1 against the New Orleans Saints, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.

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Fuller is coming off a torn ACL that he suffered in Week 8 last year. It's great news for the Texans passing game as Fuller should be able to take advantage of single coverage with DeAndre Hopkins getting so much attention from the defense on the other side of the field. Fuller is easily a flex play with WR2 upside.

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28. SEA - QB Geno Smith the backup in Seattle

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Seattle Seahawks QB Geno Smith will serve as the backup quarterback this season.

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Smith beat out 2016 first-round pick (Broncos) Paxton Lynch. Even with a minor knee issue in the preseason, Smith did enough to earn the No. 2 job behind Russell Wilson. Perhaps Lynch can stay on the team's practice squad.

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29. DAL - WR Amari Cooper to return to practice

Source: The Athletic - Jon Machota

Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (heel) is expected to return to practice next week, owner Jerry Jones said Friday, Aug. 30.

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This is the expected path for Cooper. He's missed time in training camp and the preseason with the team planning to have him back at the start of the regular season. Cooper is a WR1 for Fantasy GMs in 2019.

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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