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Footballguys #62 - 6/20 - RB Tiers, 12 Players We're Planting A Flag On And MORE

Volume 21, #62 -- Thursday Night, June 20th, 2019

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Howdy Folks,

Welcome to Friday. We have two brand new killer articles you're going to want to clear time for. They're seriously that good. Our Sigmund Bloom breaks down his Running Back Tiers and Strategy while our Matt Waldman gives you his twelve players he's planting a flag for. Don't miss it.

Plus the News and Notes you need. Let's go.

J

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A. Pre-Camp PPR Running Back Tiers and Strategy
Our Sigmund Bloom with a look at tiers, draft strategy, and what to monitor in camp and the preseason.

B. The Gut Check No.472: Going Down with the Ship
Our Matt Waldman shares 12 fantasy favorites that will be on his ship's manifest as he embarks on the 2019 season.


1. CHI - RB Tarik Cohen expecting same role

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Chicago Bears RB Tarik Cohen is expecting to maintain his role as the team's change-of-pace back this season despite an overhaul with the rest of the Bears' backfield. 'I feel like I'm going to be doing the same things I was doing last year,' Cohen told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Thursday, June 20. 'My role is not going to change. I still have to be the receiving back, come in be the change of pace back, running the ball, be that speedy guy. I'm just prepared for anything however I get the ball.'

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We anticipate that Cohen will be the 'Lightning' to the 'Thunder' of Davis or Montgomery in 2019. Cohen should get less than 100 carries, but his role is as a dangerous receiver out of the backfield. Projecting him for 70-plus catches again sounds about right. He's got flex appeal, especially in PPR format. Cohen has a current ADP of RB28 (5.11) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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2. IND - QB Andrew Luck excelling in red zone

Source: 1070 The Fan - Kevin Bowen

Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck's strong red-zone play is a key to the Colts continuing their success inside the opponents' 20-yard line, head coach Frank Reich said earlier in June at the team's minicamp. 'You need really good quarterback play,' Reich said. 'We got that last year. If you look at Andrew's (Luck) career -- that was one of the things I looked at when I got here. I looked at what Andrew's career was on third down and red zone. He's been good at third down and red zone his whole career. We saw that last year.'

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Luck had 32 passing touchdowns in 2018 that were in the red zone. That was good for second in the league behind Patrick Mahomes (35). His 67.4 completion percentage was good for second in the league as well, this time behind Drew Brees (71.6 percent). Luck is currently going off the board at QB2 (4.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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3. PHI - WR DeSean Jackson creates separation

Source: Pro Football Focus

Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson, according to Pro Football Focus, had at least one step of separation on 67.6 percent of his targets in 2018, which ranked fifth among the 72 wideouts with at least 50 targets.

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That's what Jackson does. He uses his speed to blow by defenders and get open deep. We've heard nothing but good things about Jackson now that he's back with the Eagles, and Jackson could easily outperform his current ADP of WR49 (10.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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4. WAS - QB Colt McCoy not counted out

Source: NBC Sports Washington - JP Finlay

Washington Redskins QB Colt McCoy (leg) isn't being counted out of the battle for starting quarterback by the team. 'We would love for him to take some reps, but obviously his health is more important right now than anything, and that is the most important thing for him,' head coach Jay Gruden said about McCoy on the first day of minicamp. 'When his time comes it will come quickly. He will be ready.'

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He's not out but it's easy to see how McCoy is a long-shot for the starting job. Case Keenum is the seasoned veteran who could begin the season as the starter. Dwayne Haskins is the 2019 first-round pick and seen as the quarterback of the future. McCoy is mainly an afterthought right now.

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5. GB - WR Trevor Davis enjoyed solid spring

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Green Bay Packers WR Trevor Davis made one play every day 'that jumps out on the film,' according to QB Aaron Rodgers, while offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said the receiver made 'electric catches.' Head coach Matt LaFleur was similarly impressed.'A guy that may have been forgotten a little bit is Trevor Davis. He made a lot of great plays down the field. He has speed. .... I've been really impressed with him. I feel like he's come a long way. The effort and the intensity level with which he practices has certainly improved,' LaFleur told Madison.com.

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Davis was a fifth-round pick out of Cal in the 2016 NFL draft. He's done little as a pro to this point, and Davis was hampered by hamstring injuries in 2018 so he only appeared in two games. This offseason, Davis is impressing the new coaching staff with his speed and big-play ability. We'll continue to monitor Davis in super deep dynasty formats.

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6. GB - WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling got open in 2018

Source: Pro Football Focus

Green Bay Packers WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling created at least one step of separation on 70.3 percent of his targets (excluding screens), ranking third among the 72 receivers with at least 50 targets in 2018, according to Pro Football Focus.

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Valdes-Scantling is big (6'4" 206 pounds) and has blazing speed. Behind Davante Adams, the Packers are looking for playmakers at the WR position. That just might be Valdes-Scantling this season. He's looking to take what he showed in a four-game stretch last year (Week 6 through Week 10) and produce that way for a whole season. He could be a value pick at his current ADP of WR50 (11.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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7. NFL - Marcus Simms eligible for supplemental draft

Source: DraftAnalyst.com - Tony Pauline

West Virginia WR Marcus Simms has filed the necessary paperwork to enter the supplemental draft next month, according to DraftAnalyst.com's Tony Pauline.

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Simms is likely to work out for teams in early July. He entered the NCAA transfer portal back in April when he declared he was leaving the Mountaineers. Now, Simms will try to make his way to the pros. During his three years with West Virginia, Simms had 87 career receptions for 1,457 yards and eight touchdowns. Simms also contributed as a return man. He's the first player to declare for the Supplemental Draft, and no date has yet been set.

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8. CHI - Duke Shelley signs rookie deal

Source: ChicagoBears.com

Chicago Bears sixth-round pick CB Duke Shelley signed an undisclosed four-year deal Thursday, June 20.

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Shelley is a slot corner who can find the football. He had 39 passes defensed in 38 games during his college career at Kansas State. Shelley is known as a smart and coachable prospect who could eventually start as a slot corner for the Bears. They are looking for help at the position since losing CB Bryce Callahan (Broncos) in free agency.

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9. GB - Green Bay to carry seven WRs?

Source: Packers Wire - Zach Kruse

Green Bay Packers WRs Davante Adams, Geronimo Allison, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Equanimeous St. Brown, Jake Kumerow, J'Mon Moore and Trevor Davis could all make the 53-man roster, in the opinion of Packers Wire's Zach Kruse, with Adams, Allison, Valdes-Scantling and St. Brown viewed as locks.

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Seven is a big number for the wide receiver position. Most teams keep around five or six wide receivers depending on the makeup of the rest of the roster. We've heard good things this offseason about Valdes-Scantling and Kumerow, so Fantasy GMs should watch their progress closely in training camp and the preseason. Behind Adams and Allison, those two seem the most likely to make the 53-man roster.

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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