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Footballguys #66 - 6/24 - Getting Started With DRAFT.com, Pick A Player, News And Notes And MORE

Volume 21, #66 -- Monday Night, June 24th, 2019

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Good Tuesday to you. More killer new content with a quick start guide to DRAFT.com, a fun Pick A Player Question, a Mock Draft Report Card plus the News and Notes you need.

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J

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A. Introduction to DRAFT
DRAFT.com is one of our favorite ways to play Fantasy Football. Our Phil Alexander checks in here with an introduction and helpful tips to get started.

B. Pick-a-Player: Devonta Freeman, Aaron Jones, or Marlon Mack
In a PPR league, and you are up at Pick 3.06. Would you take Devonta Freeman, Aaron Jones, or Marlon Mack? Or would you pass on all three?
We ask this question of two groups of people -- the Footballguys staff and the great people following the Footballguys Facebook page -- each week. If you'd like to answer a future Pick-a-Player question, there will be another one every Thursday until the week before the 2019 season kicks off. Plus, there is a lot of other content there as well. Like and Follow us, and you can join the great discussions taking place every day.

C. Mock Draft Report Card: Early Draft Position
Our Chad Parsons grades team-building and tier drop-offs through an early draft position.


1. SF - RB Tevin Coleman considered lead back

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers RB Tevin Coleman is considered the odds-on favorite to be the closest thing to a lead back, beat writer Matt Maiocco suggests, especially since he has a history in head coach Kyle Shanahan's system.

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Coleman deserves a pick in the mid rounds because he could have the job Week 1 and then hold it as long as he performs. His redraft value is going to surge over the summer unless he gets hurt.

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2. SEA - D.K. Metcalf a quick study

Source: ESPN.com - Brady Henderson

Seattle Seahawks WR D.K. Metcalf has impressed QB Russell Wilson with his football knowledge so far as a rookie.'Everybody knows about his ability to run and everything else, and jump and catch and all that. You guys have been talking about that for months, but I think more than anything else, it's his brain and how he processes information and how quickly he understands it. He's really intelligent. He really understands the game really well. He takes coaching really well. He gets extra work. He's a legit pro wide receiver. He's everything that everybody was talking about in terms of what he's capable of and more.'

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Metcalf's targets will be limited in a low volume passing game, but he could still be more than relevant because they will be mostly well-thrown, well thought out downfield targets from Russell Wilson. If he's a starter at the end of camp, he'll be worth a bench spot in redraft leagues.

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3. DAL - WR Amari Cooper wants to stay in Dallas

Source: The Dallas Morning News - Jon Machota

Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper told reporters Monday, June 24, he isn't thinking about his expiring contract but stated,' I do want to be a Dallas Cowboy for a long time.'

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Cooper is going to get 20 million a year whether the Cowboys give it to him or not. After he helped turn around their season last year, it would make sense to commit to him before the market sets his price even higher, but the Cowboys have other ideas for the player they gave up a first-round pick to add last year.

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4. IND - HC encouraged by play of WR Devin Funchess

Source: 1070 The Fan - Kevin Bowen

Indianapolis Colts WR Devin Funchess produced mixed results during organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp, according to beat writer Kevin Bowen, although head coach Frank Reich said he was 'very encouraged' by what he saw during spring practices. 'We knew right away, you could tell day one that he was smart. (He was) not going to have a problem grasping the system,' Reich said. 'Then it's just a question of getting used to the way we do things, the way we teach things and then our schemes. I just thought he showed a very high aptitude for that.'

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We need to see Funchess' chemistry with Andrew Luck before getting a real grasp on his fantasy value this year. He's got a chance to be as high as the #2 target in the passing game or as long as #5 or #6. Funchess is worth a speculative second half of your draft pick in the meantime.

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5. SF - RB Jerick McKinnon expects to receive clearance

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon (knee) is expected to receive clearance near the start of training camp, as he makes his way back from an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

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McKinnon is due 3.7 million this year, which is probably low enough to keep him on the roster as long as he is good to go for Week 1, but if he is outplayed by Matt Breida in camp, he could be inactive on game days without an injury to another back. His redraft value is dropping.

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6. LAC - TE Hunter Henry impressing in spring

Source: ESPN.com - Eric D. Williams

Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry has been making impressive catches during spring practices, according to head coach Anthony Lynn. 'Hunter is just doing what Hunter Henry does,' Lynn said. 'He makes plays.'

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Henry has not yet established himself as a fantasy TE1, but he is being drafted as one. If Antonio Gates doesn't come back again, Henry could deliver on his mid-round ADP, but he is riskier than his price indicates.

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7. LAC - RB Austin Ekeler working on routes

Source: Chargers.com - Hayley Elwood

Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler said he has focused on improving his route running during the offseason.

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Ekeler will remain a part of the weekly offense to have bye/injury start value in PPR leagues, but if Melvin Gordon misses time again, Justin Jackson could get as much or more work than Ekeler, so his redraft ceiling is capped.

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8. PHI - DT Fletcher Cox pleased with recovery

Source: NJ.com - Zack Rosenblatt

Philadelphia Eagles DT Fletcher Cox (foot) told NJ.com's Zack Rosenblatt that 'everything is going good' and that his goal is to be ready for training camp. Cox sat out organized team activities while recovering from offseason foot surgery.

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The Eagles defense lost Michael Bennett and Jordan Hicks this offseason, so they'll need a healthy Cox to keep their defense strong. We'll be keep tabs on his progress and return to form during camp.

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9. PHI - Odds against RB Josh Adams making final roster?

Source: NBC Sports Philadelphia - Reuben Frank

Philadelphia Eagles RB Josh Adams could very well be on the outside looking in when final cuts are announced given his overall lack of versatility, in the opinion of NBC Sports Philadelphia's Reuben Frank.

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Adams is a between the tackles pounder, but his lack of other uses will make it hard for him to make the team. He has a future in the NFL and looked like he belonged last year, so if he can't make the cut, we shouldn't forget about him wherever he ends up landing. The addition of Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders probably cost him his spot.

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10. TEN - Taming QB Marcus Mariota is key

Source: MMQB - Albert Breer

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota has been encouraged to take fewer hits by general manager Jon Robinson. 'The thing I've stressed to him, and I know our coaches have stressed to him is, Let's live to play another play,' Robinson said. 'Don't take that hit. If you feel the pocket coming down on you and you take off running, and the 'backer is coming off of coverage and he's coming screaming at you, throw the ball away. It's OK to punt, we'll get another crack at it. That's the main thing, it's stressing to him - to try as best as possible, like all quarterbacks do, to avoid getting hit.'

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Mariota has been held back by injuries, coaching changes, and his play. If he takes fewer hits that will help one of those factors. It's still hard to see him as a quarterback who helps his teammates overachieve in fantasy leagues. He's an afterthought in fantasy drafts after it looked like he had broken out in 2017.

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11. SF - RB Matt Breida faces stiff competition

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida will be in a crowded backfield heading into 2019 as long as everyone is healthy.

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Breida was productive and a good fit in Kyle Shanahan's offense last year, but he can't seem to stay on the field, with a torn pec his latest malady. He'll be frustrating to roster unless Tevin Coleman gets hurt.

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12. SF - RB Raheem Mostert has leg up for spot

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers RB Raheem Mostert is expected to be one of three running backs active during the regular season since he is the team's best special-teams player.

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Mostert performed as well as any 49ers back last year, but went down with a broken forearm that sidelined him over the spring. He will be a waiver wire speed dial name if injuries thin the ranks at running back for San Francisco.

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13. TB - Ronald Jones trying to prove himself

Source: Tampa Bay Times - Eduardo A. Encina

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones said he is focused on putting last year behind him and earning his opportunities going forward. Jones also said that he has spent more time watching the veteran backs to learn how to be a pro and has simplified how he catches passes.

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Jones is still technically behind Peyton Barber on the depth chart, but he is arguably as likely to generate fantasy relevance as Barber, and could overtake him, even before Week 1. He's the Bucs running back to target when you're making your bench picks.

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14. ARI - RB Chase Edmonds not forgotten

Source: The Arizona Republic - Katherine Fitzgerald

Arizona Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds will have a 'really nice role in the offense' this season, according to head coach Kliff Kingsbury.

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Edmonds probably won't have fantasy relevance without a David Johnson injury, but he is a clear handcuff and his passing game skills could give him emergency play value in PPR leagues if Kingsbury uses him more than his predecessor. At the very least Edmonds will be a player we strongly recommend picking up after the bye weeks, but he could play well enough to be claimed in all the leagues he went undrafted in before that happens.

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15. NO - Taysom Hill working on receiver skills

Source: FOX 8 NOLA - Sean Fazende

New Orleans Saints QB Taysom Hill said he feels more comfortable with the responsibilities of being a wide receiver this season. 'I think it will be even easier because there was definitely a learning curve from a fundamental standpoint of getting out of breaks and routes and blocking all that I feel more comfortable doing that.'

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Hill is continuing to crosstrain and giving the Saints more looks with his multi-position abilities. He'll likely get enough red zone snaps to ding Drew Brees ceiling again this year.

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16. JAX - Josh Oliver fitting in

Source: Jaguars.com - John Oehser

Jacksonville Jaguars TE Josh Oliver said he feels comfortable in the offense, and he has shown a 'good rapport' with QB Nick Foles, according to John Oehser of Jaguars.com.

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Oliver has a high bar to fantasy relevance as a rookie tight end, but he will be helped by Foles starting from square one with all of his receivers except Chris Conley. He'll be on our waiver wire watchlist if he can win the majority of passing down snaps and tight end targets.

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17. BAL - TE Hayden Hurst over hamstring issue

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens TE Hayden Hurst (hamstring) was able to participate in minicamp after dealing with a hamstring injury during OTAs.

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Hurst has had trouble staying healthy, so it wasn't encouraging to see him on the injury report this spring. That he returned is redeeming, but we'll be watching his health closely this summer. Mark Andrews is still the tight end to own in this offense.

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18. SEA - DT Jarran Reed able to return

Source: Bellingham Herald - Gregg Bell

Seattle Seahawks DT Jarran Reed (hernia) was able to fully participate in minicamp.

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Reed is probably the next Seahawk to get paid, and the Frank Clark trade might have been in part to free up room for his coming monster deal. He'll be extremely important with the Seahawks lack of edge rush presence.

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19. SF - S Jaquiski Tartt back on the field

Source: Santa Rosa Press Democrat - Grant Cohn

San Francisco 49ers SS Jaquiski Tartt (shoulder) was able to participate in minicamp.

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Tartt could be an IDP factor this year with good health, although the team also likes Marcell Harris. It could be a make or break year for Tartt hinging on his health.

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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