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Footballguys #72 - 6/30 - Updated Top 300s, Draft Lists, News And Notes And MORE

Volume 21, #72 -- Sunday Night, June 30th, 2019

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Howdy Folks,

Good Monday to you. We've got new Top 300's, new Draft Lists and new Content for you plus the News and Notes you need.

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J

SITE NEWS

A. Top 300 Players Updated
Our David Dodds ranks his Top 300 Players.

B. Top 300 Players Updated - PPR
David Dodds with his Top 300 Players. This one is for PPR Scoring.

C. Draft List Updated
Our David Dodds takes his Top 300 Players and Factors it against Average Draft Position Data to get a list more reflective of how we'd actually draft.

D. Draft List Updated - PPR
Our David Dodds takes his Top 300 Players and Factors it against Average Draft Position Data to get a list more reflective of how we'd actually draft. This one is for PPR scoring.

E. Best Ball Roster Construction
Our Dan Hindery dives into building Best Ball rosters.

F. 3 Reasons Why Deshaun Watson is Worth the Investment
Our Jason Wood with a detailed look at why Deshaun Watson is worth the investment as a consensus top-3 fantasy pick.

G. Projection Spectrum: Odell Beckham Jr.
New Footballguys Staffer Dwain McFarland takes a deep dive into the range of outcomes for Odell Beckham Jr. in Cleveland.

H. Targeting Top Offenses
Our Jeff Pasuino looks at how to Identify and Target Players on Top Offenses.


1. NFL - Jalen Thompson to work out for teams

Source: DraftAnalyst.com - Tony Pauline

Washington State S Jalen Thompson is scheduled to work out for NFL teams Monday, July 8.

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Thompson was highly productive and very effective in the slot and as a tackler, but is small for an NFL defensive back. He could be a second or third round pick in the supplemental draft.

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2. SEA - QB Russell Wilson named most underrated

Source: ProFootballFocus.com - Mike Renner

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is the league's most underrated quarterback, in the opinion of Pro Football Focus analyst Mike Renner.

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Wilson is underrated because the Seahawks offense doesn't make him the centerpiece of the attack. This also keeps him near the bottom of the QB1 tier even though he has proven top five potential when the offense is less run heavy.

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3. DAL - QB Dak Prescott, Dallas trending up?

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Mike Florio

If Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott carries over his upward trajectory from the second half of the 2018 season and the postseason, the team's offense could reach the 'next level,' in the opinion of Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio.

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Prescott is already undervalued in fantasy leagues. If he takes another step with the help of a reinvigorated offensive line and additions to the passing game, along with Kellen Moore calling what will hopefully be a more creative offense, then he'll be one of the biggest hits of this year's quarterback picks.

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4. PIT - Confidence growing in WR Donte Moncrief

Source: PennLive.com - Jacob Klinger

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Donte Moncrief is entering 2019 training camp as the team's most-experienced wide receiver and is drawing the praise of receivers coach Daryl Drake and others in the organization. 'One thing that he's doing right now, he's playing with a lot of confidence,' Drake said. 'And Ben has confidence in him. So we just got to continue for him to grow and continue for him to do the things that we ask him to do.'

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Moncrief is establishing trust with his new coaches and teammates, which is a good thing, but he has been a chronic underachiever in previous stops at Indianapolis and Jacksonville. He's on the fringe of draftable player in typical redraft leagues, but could get squarely in the late round mix with a good camp and preseason.

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5. SEA - RB Rashaad Penny headed for breakout?

Source: NFL Network - Terrell Davis

Seattle Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny is a prime candidate for a breakout 2019 season in the opinion of NFL Network analyst Terrell Davis. 'The second-year back battled nagging injuries (finger, knee) in 2018 but is ready to prove why he was a first-round draft pick,' Davis wrote recently on NFL.com. 'With his new approach, expect Penny to make the most of his opportunities, giving him a real shot at taking over the starting job at some point in the first half of the season. As the RB1, Penny's athleticism and natural ability to be full display this fall in Brian Schottenheimer's run-first offense.'

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Penny probably won't displace Chris Carson atop the depth chart in camp after Carson looked every bit the part of a #1 back last year, and it's debatable who has more physical talent and ability after watching Carson blossom last year. Davis is right that Penny could grow his role this year, but Carson is the incumbent and the Seahawks didn't seem inclined to make depth chart decisions based on draft investment last year.

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6. GB - GB never made offer to WR Randall Cobb

Source: Wisconsin State Journal - Jason Wilde

Dallas Cowboys WR Randall Cobb said that his former team, the Green Bay Packers, never made him a contract offer during free agency. He waited until after fielding offers from other teams to see if the Packers would change their mind and reach out to him, since he had interest in rejoining the club. Cobb ultimately accepted a one-year, $5 million offer from the Cowboys.

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This is another situation where the Packers may have moved on from one of Aaron Rodgers receivers before Rodgers would have liked. We can't blame the Packers here because Cobb had so much trouble staying at full speed during his second contract and he probably won't be worth near five million dollars unless he does.

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7. PIT - WR Donte Moncrief listed as No. 3 receiver

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Joe Rutter

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Donte Moncrief is currently slotted as the team's No. 3 receiver and could move up or down the depth chart depending on the development of WRs James Washington and Diontae Johnson.

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This will be a fluid situation in camp and a tough one to project, as Vance McDonald could be as high as #2 in the pecking order for targets and the team could also carve out a larger role in the passing game for Jaylen Samuels. Right now Washington is probably the best one to draft of the trio, but the situation could settle into a wide receiver by committee and keep any of them from having consistent value.

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8. CIN - RB Giovani Bernard likely to play key role

Source: NFL.com - Grant Gordon

Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard 'is reportedly lining up all over the field' as head coach Zac Taylor aims to implement 'an unpredictable offense with myriad formations and personnel arrangements,' according to NFL.com's Grant Gordon.'We've got a good backfield right now with Joe (Mixon) and Gio to start. It's good to get them both out here and take the load off of each other and help the young guys come along. Happy with what I am seeing from both of those guys. They are dialed in and focused. We are in good shape with those guys,' Taylor said.

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Bernard is good enough to start for some teams and he's an excellent receiving back. He costs next to nothing in drafts right now and should be drafted simply on the Joe Mixon handcuff value. If Bernard can establish a larger role without Mixon getting hurt, he could have weekly PPR flex value.

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9. DET - Big numbers for WR Kenny Golladay?

Source: NFL.com - Reggie Wayne

Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay could top 1,200 receiving yards as the No. 1 option in the passing attack, according to Reggie Wayne of NFL.com.

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Golladay was up and down as the #1 last year and suffered in the efficiency department when Golden Tate was traded and Marvin Jones went down. If Danny Amendola and Jones stay healthy this year, Golladay could take a hit in targets, but get a bigger bump in efficiency.

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10. CHI - QB Chase Daniel eyeing backup gig

Source: The Athletic - Adam L. Jahns

Chicago Bears QB Chase Daniel is the favorite to win the backup quarterback job, according to Adam L. Jahns of The Athletic.

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Daniel was serviceable as the starter last year when Mitchell Trubisky went down, going 1-1 and throwing for at least 230 yards and a score in each game. The biggest winner if he ends up having to start this year will be Tarik Cohen, based on who Daniel favored last year. Cohen had 19 catches for 201 yards and a score in those games.

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11. KC - QB Chad Henne set for backup role?

Source: The Kansas City Star - Brooke Pryor

Kansas City Chiefs QB Chad Henne is likely to win the backup quarterback job, according to Brooke Pryor of The Kansas City Star.

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May we all pray that we don't see Henne this year unless it is in Week 17 again.

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12. NFL - QB Scott Tolzien retires

Source: Wisconsin State Journal - Jason Galloway

Free-agent QB Scott Tolzien (Colts) has retired from professional football and has taken a position with the University of Wisconsin.

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During Tolzien's career, if he was on the field, it was sign something had gone very wrong with the starting quarterback. He filled in for Andrew Luck and Aaron Rodgers a few times, but never created momentum when he had an opportunity.

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13. BUF - Jason Croom missed opportunity

Source: The Buffalo News - Jay Skurski

Buffalo Bills TE Jason Croom's (hamstring) hamstring injury that sidelined him for the majority of spring practices cost him an opportunity to prove he deserves a spot on the 53-man roster, according to head coach Sean McDermott.

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Croom is a converted wide receiver and the Bills have opportunity at tight end after free agent signing Tyler Kroft went down with a foot injury. McDermott's words are to be heeded, however, and Croom has some catching up to, especially with third round pick Dawson Knox impressing and offering wide receiver level athleticism at tight end.

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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