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Footballguys #30 - 5/19 - Darrell Henderson Getting Comfortable In Los Angeles, Steelers Team Report And MORE

Volume 21, #30 -- Sunday Night, May 19th, 2019

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Howdy Folks,

Good Monday to you. We've got our last four Team Reports ready plus the News and Notes you need.

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J

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A. Pittsburgh - 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 Pittsburgh.

B. San Francisco - 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 San Francisco.

C. Seattle - 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 Seattle.

D. Tennessee - 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 Tennessee.


1. LAR - Darrell Henderson likes fit with Rams

Source: NFL.com - Jeremy Bergman

Los Angeles Rams RB Darrell Henderson, a third-round rookie out of Memphis, recently told the Los Angeles Times that he's feeling right at home with his new team. 'If you go back and watch my college film and you watch the Rams film, it's the same,' Henderson told the Los Angeles Times this week. 'I thought that was the best system I could get in. So everything worked out great. When I was talking to them, everything was clicking and we developed a relationship. The coaches told me they knew they were going to get me so it was the perfect fit.'

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Henderson is a big play just waiting to happen. He's fast in a straight line and can eat up chunks of yards quickly. Henderson is not a pile-pusher in the middle, but he's not afraid to run inside. Scouts say his skill set is reminiscent of Tevin Coleman because of his ability to make field-flipping plays. The rookie will serve as a change-of-pace back behind Todd Gurley in 2019.

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2. IND - TE Ross Travis should be ready for camp

Source: 1070 The Fan - Kevin Bowen

Indianapolis Colts TE Ross Travis (knee) should be cleared to participate in training camp.

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Travis was undrafted out of Penn State in 2015 and got a chance with the Chiefs for a couple of seasons. The Colts picked him up in 2017 and in the final 2018 preseason game, Travis suffered a torn ACL. He didn't play college football and was a basketball player instead. We always love long-shots like Travis in super crazy deep dynasty formats. We'll keep an eye on him now that he's healthy.

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3. DEN - Noah Fant likely to split time

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos TE Noah Fant is a better receiver than blocker but will likely split time during his first season with veteran Jeff Heuerman in the opinion of a veteran beat reporter.

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Heuerman is going to be the primary blocker at the position. Fant is an effort blocker but the Broncos selected him in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft to be a receiving weapon. It's not outlandish to project 50 catches for Fant as a rookie, even splitting time in the Broncos offense. Fant has TE2 appeal with upside for Fantasy GMs.

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4. MIN - Expectations higher for QB Kirk Cousins

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - Sid Hartman

Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins is entering his second season with the team and along with that come higher expectations. 'I think a year under his belt here in Minnesota and his familiarity with everything is going to bode well,' Vikings co-owner Mark Wilf said in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Sunday, May 19. 'He's doing great. We expect a lot out of him as well as our whole team.'

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The Vikings were in the NFC Championship Game with Case Keenum at quarterback two years ago. Last year, with Cousins, they failed to make the postseason. After giving Cousins the first fully-guaranteed contract in the NFL, the Vikings are looking for championships...not staying at home in January. No quarterback is under more pressure to perform in 2019 than Cousins. He's got a current ADP of QB19 (12.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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5. DEN - CB Chris Harris not talking long term

Source: The Athletic - Nicki Jhabvala

Denver Broncos CB Chris Harris Jr. appears to be negotiating a short-term deal, or even a pay raise, for 2019 with the chance to hit the open market in 2020.

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Harris wants to be the highest paid corner in the league when it comes to average annual salary. The Broncos don't seem too excited to pay him over $15MM per year to get to that mark. Harris can still play at a high level, but the Broncos may only give him a raise this year with the opportunity to get a large payday (not likely with Denver) in 2020.

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6. DEN - Brett Rypien has the tools?

Source: 104.3 The Fan - Cecil Lammey

Denver Broncos QB Brett Rypien showed great footwork and anticipation on his throws during rookie minicamp, according to Cecil Lammey of 104.3 The Fan, and Lammey believes Rypien is 'ready to run' the Denver offense.

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Rypien had many more dropbacks from under center than most college quarterbacks. He had 48 passing attempts when working from under center in 2018. By comparison, fellow Broncos rookie QB Drew Lock only had five such attempts last year. Rypien doesn't have the big arm that Lock does, but he looks comfortable at Broncos rookie minicamp and OTAs so far this offseason. We think he's got the ability to be a solid backup and spot starter for years. Lock has a higher ceiling and could be a franchise quarterback, but he's got more to learn than Rypien does when it comes to running a pro-style offense.

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7. DEN - Quick impact for Noah Fant?

Source: NFL.com - Bucky Brooks

Denver Broncos TE Noah Fant could 'emerge as a difference maker in Year 1' for the offense, in the opinion of Bucky Brooks of NFL.com.

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Brooks is not too far off here. Fant, the Broncos 2019 first-round pick, is going to play in a Shanahan/Kubiak offense under new Broncos OC Rich Scangarello. That's one of the more TE-friendly systems in the league. Fant is also going to be catching passes from QB Joe Flacco, and he's known as someone who goes after the TE early and often. Fant is a TE2 with upside for Fantasy GMs in 2019 if he wins the starting job in training camp. Jeff Heuerman and Jake Butt are his competition for that spot.

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8. ARI - WR Larry Fitzgerald set to rebound?

Source: NFL.com - Bucky Brooks

Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald could reach 100 catches because of all the 'quick-rhythm throws' in head coach Kliff Kingsbury's offense, in the opinion of Bucky Brooks of NFL.com.

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Fitzgerald has WR2 with upside potential in this new Cardinals offense. They were inept last year in the passing game, and Fitzgerald's numbers suffered because of it. Now, Kingsbury is going to focus on short/rhythm passing and that could mean good production for the veteran. The Cardinals have a great group of young receivers like Christian Kirk, Hakeem Butler and Andy Isabella to open things up all around Fitzgerald.

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9. PHI - DE Chris Long announces retirement

Source: Twitter - Chris Long

Philadelphia Eagles DL Chris Long announced his retirement from the NFL Saturday, May 18.

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This move was expected by Long at some point this offseason. He finishes his 11-year career as a two-time Super Bowl Champion (Patriots, Eagles) with 70 sacks and 15 forced fumbles in 162 games. Long was a solid player on the field but a spectacular ambassador for the league and a great man off the field.

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10. BUF - Duke Williams showing maturity

Source: BuffaloBills.com - John Murphy

Buffalo Bills WR Duke Williams has 'developed some self-awareness' about what he needs to do on and off the field to be successful in the NFL, according to head coach Sean McDermott.

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Back in January, the Bills wasted no time in adding the CFL's leading receiver. In the 2018 season with the Edmonton Eskimos (18 games), Williams posted 88 receptions for almost 1,600 yards (1,579) and 11 touchdowns. Undrafted out of Auburn in 2016, Williams did get a cup of coffee as a rookie tryout player with the Rams that year. Now, back in the NFL, the 6'3" 225 pound receiver is trying to latch on with the Bills. We'll monitor his progress in deep dynasty formats.

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11. MIA - Knee issue for WR Ricardo Louis

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins WR Ricardo Louis (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list with a knee injury, according to a league source. It was initially reported that Louis was dealing with a neck injury.

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Louis missed the 2018 season with a neck injury. Now, he's lost for the year due to a knee injury suffered this offseason. Louis is going to have a difficult time continuing his pro career that had some minor flashes early on when he was with the Browns. He's set to be an RFA for the Dolphins following this season.

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12. PHI - Philly starts talks with QB Carson Wentz

Source: ESPN.com - Tim McManus

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz has started contract extension talks with the Eagles, but the two sides are not close to an agreement at this point.

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There's not a big hurry here. The Eagles have Wentz under contract through the 2020 season with the fifth-year option the 2016 first-round pick had picked up by the team. Wentz needs to stay healthy and that's about it. When healthy, the young quarterback has the upside to be one of the best in the game. If he plays well for a full season in 2019, Wentz's price is only going to go up.

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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