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Footballguys #43 - 6/1 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 21, #43 -- Saturday Night, June 1st, 2019

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1. ARI - RB David Johnson optimistic about offense

Source: AZCardinals.com - Darren Urban

Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson said he optimistic about the offense head coach Kliff Kingsbury is bringing to the team. He believes he can have a similar season in 2019 than he did in 2016 when he posted more than 2,000 total yards.

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Having a season like 2016 would be welcome news for Fantasy GMs. Johnson was the No. 1 fantasy running back that year with over 2,000 total yards and 17 touchdowns. This offense is going to be shotgun heavy (exclusive?) and that is a bit more difficult to run out of than a traditional offense. Johnson does have a current ADP of RB6 (1.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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2. CLE - WR Odell Beckham likely to be at minicamp

Source: The Chronicle-Telegram - Scott Petrak

Cleveland Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. indicated that he will participate in the mandatory minicamp next week.

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Beckham only showed up to one voluntary workout, but he was always going to be there for mandatory work. He is ready to prove any doubters wrong and gel with his new quarterback. Fantasy GMs are excited about Beckham's upside this year. He's going off the board at WR5 (2.02) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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3. BAL - Miles Boykin nearing return

Source: The Athletic - Jeff Zrebiec

Baltimore Ravens WR Miles Boykin (hamstring) is nearing his return from a hamstring injury that has sidelined him during OTAs.

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Good news for the rookie receiver here. Boykin has a ton of speed and could turn into a favorite deep target of QB Lamar Jackson. He's got rare size and length for the position and knows how to track passes downfield and win contested catches. We are very interested in Boykin in dynasty formats.

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4. MIN - WR Jordan Taylor could be third receiver

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - Andrew Krammer

Minnesota Vikings WR Jordan Taylor is the 'one to watch' for the team's third receiver spot, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune's Andrew Krammer, who notes Taylor's familiarity with assistant head coach Gary Kubiak, who is helping offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski overhaul the offense.

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Taylor has always been an interesting deep dynasty prospect because of his size/speed combination. He didn't do much with the Broncos but he was buried on the depth chart. He's taking advantage of his opportunity with the Vikings, even getting some first-team reps in OTAs. It's a story to monitor as training camp approaches.

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5. CLE - RB Duke Johnson expected at camp

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson, who has not attended OTAs and has asked for a trade, is expected to attend mandatory minicamp, according to head coach Freddie Kitchens.

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With mandatory minicamp comes fines, and Johnson is unlikely to miss time primarily because of that. Johnson, if not traded before the start of the season, would be the change-of-pacer back for the Browns behind starter Nick Chubb. That is until Kareem Hunt gets back from his 8-game suspension.

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6. CLE - Dontrell Hilliard the third-down back?

Source: Canton Repository - Steve Doerschuk

Cleveland Browns RB Dontrell Hilliard will be able to fill the role of third-down back if RB Duke Johnson's contract dispute turns into a long-term issue, according to running backs coach Stump Mitchell. 'Dontrell has played some receiver, which is making him very valuable to this team,' Mitchell said. 'He can do everything well.'

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Undrafted out of Tulane in 2018, Hilliard has been waiting for his opportunity on the team's practice squad. Hilliard has receiving ability and has even been lining up at receiver during Browns OTAs. He wasn't a dynamic receiver in college, but more of a solid all-around back who doesn't stand out in any one category. Hilliard must be impressing his coaching staff, so continue monitoring him in super deep dynasty formats.

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7. BAL - RB Kenneth Dixon sidelined

Source: The Athletic - Jeff Zrebiec

Baltimore Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon (undisclosed) has been unable to participate in OTAs this week because of an undisclosed injury.

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Dixon being banged up is nothing new. There is no word on what this injury is, so it's difficult to speculate how long he's going to be out. Free agent addition Mark Ingram should be the Ravens lead back in 2019. Gus Edwards, rookie Justice Hill and Dixon (when healthy) will compete to establish a pecking order behind Ingram.

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8. GB - Matt LaFleur to use cart

Source: NFL Network - Michael Silver

Updating a previous report, Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur (Achilles') will use a cart for the remainder of OTAs and mandatory minicamp. He sustained a torn Achilles' while playing in a basketball game.

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LaFleur will be fine, but this Achilles' injury has to be annoying for him. It should not prevent the new coach from installing what he needs to for the Packers this offseason.

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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