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Footballguys #27 - 5/16 - Draft Lists And Top 300 Players Plus News And Notes And MORE

Volume 21, #27 -- Thursday Night, May 16th, 2019

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Howdy Folks,

Welcome to Friday.

It's a big day as our Top 300 Players and our Draft Lists are ready. Plus more Team Reports. And the News and Notes you need.

Let's go.

J

SITE NEWS

A. Top 300 Players
Our David Dodds is back with his always popular Top 300. It's just what it says - the Top 300 players as he sees them today.

B. Top 300 Players - PPR
Our David Dodds is back with his always popular Top 300. It's just what it says - the Top 300 players as he sees them today. This one is for PPR Scoring.

C. Draft List
We love the Top 300 but the Draft List is even better. Our David Dodds takes his Top 300 and factors that against Average Draft Position (ADP). The result is the Draft List that's a better representation of how we'd actually draft.

D. Draft List - PPR
We love the Top 300 but the Draft List is even better. Our David Dodds takes his Top 300 and factors that against Average Draft Position (ADP). The result is the Draft List that's a better representation of how we'd actually draft. This one is for PPR Scoring.

E. Miami - Footballguys Team Report
The Footballguys Team Reports are where we pour out everything we have as it relates to Fantasy Prospects for the team. In this one, we dive into Miami.

F. New York Jets - Footballguys Team Report
The Footballguys Team Reports are where we pour out everything we have as it relates to Fantasy Prospects for the team. In this one, we dive into the Jets.

G. Oakland - Footballguys Team Report
The Footballguys Team Reports are where we pour out everything we have as it relates to Fantasy Prospects for the team. In this one, we dive into Oakland.

H. Philadelphia - Footballguys Team Report
The Footballguys Team Reports are where we pour out everything we have as it relates to Fantasy Prospects for the team. In this one, we dive into Philadelphia.


1. MIA - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick working with starters

Source: Miami Herald - Adam Beasley

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick took reps with the first-team offense during OTAs Tuesday, May 14.

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Zero surprise here. Fitzpatrick is the seasoned veteran while his main competition, Josh Rosen, is a second-year player coming from another system. Rosen should get the chance to start at some point in 2019. We'll see if and how long Fitzpatrick can hold him off from the top spot on the depth chart.

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2. CLE - RB Duke Johnson not at OTAs

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson missed voluntary OTAs for the second day in a row Wednesday, May 15.

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It's 'Duke Johnson Watch 2019' every day at Browns OTAs. Johnson is missing voluntary work, so there will be no fines associated with his absence. The team should use him as a change-of-pace back behind Nick Chubb for at least half the season. When Kareem Hunt comes back from his 8-game suspension then it should greatly cut into Johnson's playing time.

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3. SF - 3-headed RB monster in San Fran?

Source: San Francisco Chronicle - Eric Branch

San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida said Wednesday, May 15, the team could feature a three-man running back rotation also involving Jerick McKinnon and Tevin Coleman. 'They've talked to us about it,' Breida said. 'They've said, 'Hey, we're going to use all you guys.' All three of us are going to be used a lot. I don't want to give away any secrets, but we're all going to be used in the offense.' It's still too early/unclear how snaps will be divided.

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This would be a problem for Fantasy GMs trying to manage a weekly starting lineup. We'll get a better feel about this clear RBBC in training camp and the preseason. At this time, the earliest drafted 49ers running back is Tevin Coleman at RB30 (6.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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4. DEN - Drew Lock praises Joe Flacco

Source: TMZ.com

Denver Broncos QB Drew Lock says fellow QB Joe Flacco has been a positive influence this offseason. 'He's taught me a lot so far,' Lock said. 'He's dealing with trying to win football games, and I'm dealing with trying to learn. We're in the same quarterback room. He's been great to me.'

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Flacco said earlier this week that it was not his job to mentor Lock and that has created a lot of buzz on sports talk shows. It's not a big deal, as Flacco is known as a great teammate -- it just means that Lock has a responsibility (as well as the Broncos coaching staff) to get ready for the pros. Lock is not a threat to Flacco in 2019 and won't see the field as a rookie unless Flacco is banged up.

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5. MIN - TE Kyle Rudolph declines pay cut

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - Sid Hartman

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph declined to take a pay cut, but he hopes to remain with the team. 'No, I won't,' Rudolph said. 'I'm too young for that.'

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Rudolph is on the books for $7.2 million in 2019. The Vikings don't want to extend him or they would've done that already. They're making plans for the future as they selected Alabama TE Irv Smith Jr. in the second round of the 2019 NFL draft. We'll see if the Vikings can resolve this situation by trading or releasing Rudolph. Stay tuned.

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6. SEA - D.K. Metcalf could start as rookie

Source: 1 No Source

Seattle Seahawks WR D.K. Metcalf was impressive during the team's rookie minicamp, according to the Washington Post's John Clayton, who said it was the best showing seen at a Seattle rookie camp since QB Russell Wilson back in 2012. Clayton added that Metcalf did so well that the team could start him on the outside and slide WR Tyler Lockett into the slot.

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There's certainly a lot of hype around Metcalf. There was in the draft and now that is continuing in minicamp. We'll see when we get to training camp and the preseason if Metcalf can live up to the hype. He's big and fast and a potential red-zone threat for Wilson and the Seahawks passing game. We'll monitor this situation closely as the season draws near.

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7. DEN - TE Jake Butt hoping for training camp

Source: BSNDenver.com - Zac Stevens

Denver Broncos TE Jake Butt (knee) will 'hopefully' be ready to return by the start of training camp, according to head coach Vic Fangio.

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Butt is out there at Broncos OTAs putting in some limited work. He does look good in drills and we'll have to see if he continues along well in his recovery. Butt is a talented 'Y' tight end with all-purpose ability. However, the Broncos selected Noah Fant (Iowa) in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft and he could be the leading receiver at the TE position for Denver this season.

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8. JAX - Jacksonville taking a look at RB Mike Gillislee

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent RB Mike Gillislee (Saints) worked out for the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, May 16.

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The Jaguars are just updating their emergency list here. They already have guys like Alfred Blue, Benny Cunningham and Ryquell Armstead (oh yeah, Thomas Rawls too) to compete for the reserve spots behind starter Leonard Fournette.

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9. CLE - WR Antonio Callaway showing off explosiveness

Source: ClevelandBrowns.com - Andrew Gribble

Cleveland Browns WR Antonio Callaway has 'added some explosiveness,' according to head coach Freddie Kitchens.'He is in good shape relative to what he was in last year during training camp. He has added some explosiveness. He has been catching the ball really well. He is doing a good job. Just like everybody else, he has to continue,' Kitchens said.

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Callaway is one of the most explosive players on the Browns roster and in the entire NFL honestly. We'll see if the revamped Browns offense can utilize him even more this season. A fourth-round pick in the 2018 NFL draft, Callaway has flex appeal as a WR4 for Fantasy GMs this year. He's the no.3 WR for Cleveland behind Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry.

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10. NYJ - WR Robby Anderson signs tender

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

New York Jets WR Robby Anderson signed his restricted free-agent tender Thursday, May 16.

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The Jets put a second-round tender on Anderson and he signs a one-year deal worth $3.1 million with this move. Anderson should be able to produce like a WR3 for Fantasy GMs at least this year.

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11. TEN - Jalen Tolliver lands in Tennessee

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Free-agent WR Jalen Tolliver (Cardinals) agreed to terms on a contract with the Tennessee Titans on Thursday, May 16. Terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.

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Tolliver was an undrafted free agent for the Cardinals in 2018 coming out of Arkansas-Monticello. He was a touchdown hog in college and has good size at 6'3" 213 pounds. We'll watch him in crazy deep dynasty formats.

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12. CIN - Cincy signs top 2 draft picks

Source: Bengals.com

Cincinnati Bengals OT Jonah Williams and TE Drew Sample, the team's first- and second- round draft picks, signed their rookie contracts Thursday, May 16. Additional signing terms were not immediately available.

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Sample is your classic 'Y' tight end. He's a good blocker who uses strength at the point of attack. Sample needs to work on his routes but he's got good hands and decent upside as a pro. Monitor him in dynasty formats.

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13. DEN - Noah Fant, Drew Lock OK after crash

Source: TMZ.com

Denver Broncos TE Noah Fant and QB Drew Lock were not injured Wednesday, May 15, when the shuttle vehicle they were riding in at Los Angeles International Airport collided with another vehicle.

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Good news here. The rookie duo is the future for the Broncos. Fant should be a favorite target of QB Joe Flacco this year and Lock waits behind Flacco in 2019.

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14. NFL - RB Dexter McCluster keeping dream alive

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Former All-Pro WR/KR Dexter McCluster is signing with the Massachusetts Pirates of the National Arena League Thursday, May 16.

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A second-round pick of the Chiefs back in 2010, McCluster has been out of the league since 2016 when he was with the Chargers. He played four games in the 2018 season for the Toronto Argonauts and now is trying to get some attention in the National Arena League.

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15. CLE - LJ Scott giving up football?

Source: WFMJ Sports - Dana Balash

Cleveland Browns RB LJ Scott has decided to give up football, according to a source.

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Scott just signed with the Browns earlier in the week. He decided that football was not for him just two days into his time with Cleveland. The Browns have yet to make an official roster move, so perhaps Scott could change his mind.

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16. IND - WR Deon Cain still on the mend

Source: Colts.com - Andrew Walker

Indianapolis Colts WR Deon Cain's (knee) recovery from knee surgery is going well, according to general manager Chris Ballard, but Ballard said Cain isn't likely to return to full strength until midway through the regular season.

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That's about the same thing we've heard all offseason about Cain's recovery. He may not be full strength until midway through the regular season, but we could see Cain at some point in training camp and the preseason. A sixth-round pick out of Clemson in 2018, Cain's rookie season was cut short in August last year. We love his upside in dynasty leagues and will continue to monitor him in those formats.

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17. NYJ - New York deals ILB Darron Lee

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

The New York Jets have agreed to trade LB Darron Lee to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, according to a league source.

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Well that didn't take long. Adam Gase took over as the interim General Manager on Wednesday and gets rid of Lee the same day. The Jets declined picking up the fifth-year option for Lee earlier this season and spent a ton of money to secure the services of ILB C.J. Mosley in free agency.

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18. KC - Kansas City acquires ILB Darron Lee

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to acquire LB Darron Lee from the New York Jets in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, according to a league source.

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The Chiefs have been working diligently this offseason to revamp their defense. Lee has been a disappointment so far during his pro career, but we'll see if a fresh start in a contract year helps turn things around for the 2016 first-round pick.

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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