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Footballguys #35 - 5/24 - A Rookie Draft Odyssey, Devy Top 100, News And Notes And MORE

Volume 21, #35 -- Friday Night, May 24th, 2019

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Welcome to Saturday. We've got the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

J

SITE NEWS

A. 2019: A Rookie Draft Odyssey
Our Sigmund Bloom takes a look at wheeling and dealing while assessing current and future rookie pick values.

B. Devy Top 100
Our Dan Hindery with look at the Top College Prospects for Dynasty Leagues.


1. OAK - Keelan Doss turning heads

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Josh Schrock

Oakland Raiders WR Keelan Doss has impressed both head coach Jon Gruden and Derek Carr during offseason practices, according to NBC Sports Bay Area's Josh Schrock.

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Doss was a standout player in college at UC Davis. He went undrafted in 2019 and the Raiders might've gotten a steal here. He's not the fastest or strongest receiver, but Doss wins with savvy in his routes and good hands. We'll monitor him in deep dynasty formats.

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2. LAR - WR Cooper Kupp making steady progress

Source: TheRams.com

Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp (knee) has been mostly limited to doing rehab work on the side with trainers during organized team activities, although he has also been allowed to participate in other aspects of practice - such as the club's jog-thru 11-on-11 periods during the week.

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Love this news here. Kupp can be such a big part of the Rams high-powered passing attack and the offense can be so dangerous, even more so than normal, with him on the field. He's currently going off the board at WR20 (4.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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3. MIA - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has early lead in QB derby?

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has been 'the best of the quarterbacks' in organized team activities so far, according to an unidentified player who spoke to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald recently. However, Josh Rosen has also reportedly 'played well.'

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Fitzpatrick is the seasoned veteran with the dad bod...of course he should be the early leader. We also know the wily veteran is wildly inconsistent, so Rosen is going to start at some point this season even if Fitzpatrick wins the starting job in training camp.

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4. OAK - WR Tyrell Williams making impression

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Scott Bair

Oakland Raiders WR Tyrell Williams has impressed with his speed and route-running so far in OTAs.

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No surprise here. Williams is an impressive player due to his size/speed combination. All the attention (positive and negative) has been on the Raiders acquisition of Antonio Brown...and for good reason. However, it's unwise to forget about Williams. He was a great get for them in free agency and has big-game upside (but perhaps not consistency) for Fantasy GMs in 2019. Williams has a current ADP of WR51 (11.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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5. DAL - Jerry Jones: RB Ezekiel Elliott penalty unlikely

Source: ESPNDallas.com - Todd Archer

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is unlikely to face any league discipline over his involvement in a May 19 incident at a Las Vegas music festival, in the opinion of team owner Jerry Jones.

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Elliott has what was described as a minor altercation with a security guard at a music festival. We think nothing comes of this latest incident with Elliott and don't think it will negatively impact his ongoing contract negotiations with the Cowboys. Elliott is set to get a contract that makes him the highest paid running back in NFL history.

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6. JAX - Jacksonville counting on RB Leonard Fournette

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette is being counted on to have a big season in 2019. 'We're really looking forward to Leonard having a big year,' offensive coordinator John DeFilippo said this week, via the team's official website. 'I'm going to call it what it is: He's going to be a major reason where our offense goes. I'm not going to sugarcoat that. Leonard Fournette needs to be a big part of this offense. The harder he works -- which he is right now -- that's going to be not only good for our offense, but good for our team.'

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We're not sure if counting on Fournette is a wise idea. Sure, he's a talented runner who can produce with the best in the game but that's not the full story. Fournette seems to be a player who is a '100 percenter' meaning that he needs to be at full strength to perform at a high level and not like other players who can grind -- and produce -- while dealing with nagging injuries. Perhaps with Nick Foles at quarterback we see a rejuvenated Fournette and he puts up RB1 numbers...and stays healthy of course.

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7. NE - Limited workload for RB Sony Michel?

Source: Boston Herald - Kevin Duffy

New England Patriots RB Sony Michel didn't participate in the team's OTA workouts Thursday, May 23, and one team beat writer says it's possible that the team is limiting Michel's offseason workload.

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The team doesn't want Michel to get banged up during the offseason. Michel is their talented runner but the backfield is jam-packed with talent. James White, Rex Burkhead and rookie Damien Harris could all be a big part of the backfield if called upon. Last year, Michel's knee was a problem for most of his rookie season and he only appeared in 13 games as the Pats lead back. Michel is currently RB21 (4.04) in 12-team PPR league drafts right now.

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8. DEN - More on Noah Fant's deal

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Updating previous reports, Denver Broncos TE Noah Fant's four-year deal is worth a fully guaranteed $12,590,724.

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Fant is a rookie tight end in a great situation. He's in a TE-friendly offense under new Broncos OC Rich Scangarello (a Shanahan/Kubiak disciple) and with QB Joe Flacco who is known for targeting his tight ends early and often. Jeff Heuerman is no threat to Fant as a receiver, but the Broncos should have some form of TEBC...or just run 2-TE sets in 2019. We see Fant as an interesting TE2 with upside in his rookie season.

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9. NFL - Ten teams in on DT Gerald McCoy

Source: Tampa Bay Times - Rick Stroud

Updating previous reports, free-agent DT Gerald McCoy (Buccaneers) has received interest from 10 teams, and he has received offers as high as $11 million per year.

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We know a few of the teams interested in the veteran defensive tackle. ESPN's Jenna Laine reports the Bengals, Falcons, Patriots, Browns, Colts, and Saints all have varying levels of interest in McCoy. We should see him find a new team soon enough.

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10. BAL - QB Lamar Jackson struggles with accuracy

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson struggled with his accuracy in organized team activities, and he especially had trouble in the red zone. Jackson showed increased velocity, but several of his passes wobbled through the air. Jackson has impressed with his work in the team's conditioning program this offseason.

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This report doesn't mean Jackson's a bust or anything like that, but we will be following the clues we get out of Ravens camp this year. His elite athleticism gives Jackson QB1 upside for Fantasy GMs but he has to become more of a threat as a passer or defenses will catch up to his one-dimensional game. The ability as a passer is there, the Ravens just have to find a way to bring it out of their young quarterback. He's currently going off the board at QB21 (13.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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11. NE - WR Phillip Dorsett works with starters

Source: MassLive.com - Andrew Callahan

New England Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett worked with the first-team offense during positional drills in OTAs Thursday, May 23.

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Keep a close eye on Dorsett's usage in training camp and the preseason. He's always had the speed to get on top of defenses in the blink of an eye, but Dorsett has never played up to his full potential. The Pats kept him around on a one-year deal earlier this offseason and there is buzz that the team feels he can be a No. 2 wide receiver. He's currently going undrafted in 12-team PPR leagues but that would quickly change if Dorsett wins a starting job...stay tuned.

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12. NE - Strong start for N'Keal Harry

Source: MassLive.com - Andrew Callahan

New England Patriots WR N'Keal Harry worked with the second-team offense but 'looked more polished than expected' during OTAs Thursday, May 23, according to Andrew Callahan of MassLive.com.

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Harry is going to look polished as that's a hallmark of his game. He is all about setting up routes to maximize yards after the catch. Harry is ultra-competitive and can win contested catches regularly. Called a 'back shoulder boss' by NFL.com's Lance Zierlein, Harry should be a nice fit for the Patriots passing attack. Harry has a current ADP of WR34 (8.02) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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13. NE - Damien Harris works with receivers

Source: MassLive.com - Andrew Callahan

New England Patriots RB Damien Harris ran routes with the wide receivers during positional drills in OTAs Thursday, May 23.

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Harris was once thought of as a first-round prospect but fell to the third round of the 2019 NFL draft. He's a solid runner with natural vision and instincts for toting the rock. As a receiver, Harris has always been good at catching dump off passes out of the backfield. We'll see how the Patriots use him going forward in a cramped backfield.

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14. BAL - Antoine Wesley playing well

Source: The Athletic - Jeff Zrebiec

Baltimore Ravens WR Antoine Wesley made 'a handful of nice plays' during OTAs Thursday, May 23, according to Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic.

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Wesley left Texas Tech early and was an undrafted free agent for the Ravens this year. He's 6'5" 200 pounds and caught 88 passes for 1,410 yards and nine touchdowns last year for the Red Raiders. He fell undrafted because of concerns about his speed and athleticism. Wesley has great hands, concentration and can win passes 'above the rim.' We'll see if he can make the Ravens practice squad or 53-man roster...so keep an eye on him in super deep dynasty leagues.

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15. BAL - Jaylen Smith banged up

Source: The Athletic - Jeff Zrebiec

Baltimore Ravens WR Jaylen Smith (leg) had his leg wrapped and was a limited participant in OTAs Thursday, May 23.

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Undrafted out of Louisville in 2019, Smith's production fell off without his college quarterback Lamar Jackson....good thing he's reunited with him in Baltimore. Smith is a size/speed prospect with inconsistent production. We'll see if better coaching and catching passes from Jackson again will help. Smith is a player to watch in super deep dynasty leagues.

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16. NO - DE Marcus Davenport making progress

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Triplett

New Orleans Saints DE Marcus Davenport (toe) was able to take part in individual drills during OTAs Thursday, May 23.

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A first-round pick in the 2018 NFL draft, Davenport is incredibly dangerous as a pass-rusher. He missed three games last year due to this toe injury but is trending to return in training camp.

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17. PHI - TE Dallas Goedert ready for more

Source: NJ.com - Zack Rosenblatt

Philadelphia Eagles TE Dallas Goedert said his second season in the NFL has been easier than his rookie year. 'Now I can just focus on things I want to get better at rather than learning the playbook,' Goedert said.

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We're ready for Goedert to do more too. His landing spot prevented him from having an impact as a rookie in 2018, but the natural talent as a pass-catching weapon is there. Zach Ertz is the top tight end for the Eagles, but we're hoping that Goedert is mixed in a bit more this season. He's a TE2 with upside and potentially a top-10 fantasy tight end if Ertz misses time.

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18. SEA - WR Jaron Brown working with starters

Source: The Tacoma News Tribune - Gregg Bell

Seattle Seahawks WR Jaron Brown has been working with the first-team offense during OTAs.

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Brown set a career high with five touchdown catches last year...but he did it on only 14 grabs (for 166 yards). We'll see if Brown can stay with this first-team offense and have a larger role in 2019. Seattle has revamped their WR corps this offseason and moved on from Doug Baldwin. With rookie WRs like D.K. Metcalf and Gary Jennings, Brown might not be able to hang onto that premium spot on the depth chart.

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19. DAL - WR Tavon Austin out for OTAs

Source: DallasCowboys.com - Nick Eatman

Dallas Cowboys WR Tavon Austin (undisclosed) will not participate in OTAs.

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Austin will be the return man for the Cowboys this year, and maybe he has a slightly larger role on offense. In 2018, Austin only had eight catches for 140 yards and two receiving touchdowns. He also kicked in another six rushes for 55 yards. Despite the team talking about using him more last year that never materialized. We're actually surprised they brought him back on a one-year deal.

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20. SEA - Gary Jennings still sidelined

Source: The Tacoma News Tribune - Gregg Bell

Seattle Seahawks WR Gary Jennings (hamstring) has been unable to participate in the first week of OTAs.

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Jennings is a strong possession receiver, measuring in at 6'1" 215 pounds. A fourth-round pick out of West Virginia, Jennings knows how to use his body and strength to win contested passes. He's not the fastest or quickest receiver, using more guile than natural gifts to produce. We'll monitor him in dynasty formats as he tries to win a spot on the depth chart when healthy.

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21. WAS - TE Vernon Davis takes the field

Source: Redskins.com

Washington Redskins TE Vernon Davis (concussion) participated in the start of OTAs.

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Davis didn't have a great season in 2018. Part of it was injury problems, part of it was quarterback play and the inept Washington offense. He's back now and looking to play significant snaps once again. With Jordan Reed's propensity to get banged up, watch for Davis in deeper leagues. He's a TE2 if (when?) Reed goes down. It was just two seasons ago (2017) that Davis finished the year as the No. 11 fantasy tight end in standard-scoring leagues.

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22. ATL - Marcus Green working on the side

Source: AtlantaFalcons.com - Kelsey Conway

Atlanta Falcons WR Marcus Green (hamstring) is working on the side with trainers to start OTAs.

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Green is a speed demon, so this hamstring injury can slow him down and that's why the Falcons are being careful. A sixth-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft, Green can contribute as a receiver or return man. He needs to clean up his routes and do a better job handling tight coverage but man alive can this kid fly. We'll watch him in super deep dynasty formats.

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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