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Footballguys #87 - 7/15 - These Players Are Moving Up In Average Draft Position, Josh Allen Barely Draftable?, Plus News And Notes And More

Volume 21, #87 -- Monday Night, July 15th, 2019

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Howdy Folks,

Good Tuesday to you. It's another huge day of content including all new Average Draft Position Data. And of course the News and Notes.

Let's get to it.

J

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A. Average Draft Position Updated
It's not enough to know where you'll draft a player. You need to know where the other GMs will draft a player. We've got you covered. We also include an easy to see a value for how much a player has risen or fallen in the rankings recently.

B. Average Draft Position Updated For PPR Scoring
It's not enough to know where you'll draft a player. You need to know where the other GMs will draft a player. We've got you covered. We also include an easy to see a value for how much a player has risen or fallen in the rankings recently. This one is for PPR scoring.

C. Why Josh Allen Is Only a Deep League Target
Our Jason Wood with a detailed examination of why Josh Allen is deservedly falling into the bottom tier of draftable quarterbacks.

D. How to Attack Your Two-Quarterback PPR Draft
Our Jeff Tefertiller with strategy on attacking your Two-Quarterback PPR league draft.

E. Eyes of the Guru IDP Info, Part 6: NFC West
Our John Norton with an overview of defenses in the NFC West with an emphasis on individual defensive players and their fantasy value.

F. Beginner's Guide to Fantasy Football, Part 8: Improving Your Team
Our Alessandro Miglio continues the Beginners Series. In this one, he provides a blueprint for improving your team.

G. Commissioner Guide, Creating League Rules
Our Chad Parsons continues the Commissioner Guide. In this one, he offers a sample league constitution.


1. DAL - RB Ezekiel Elliott planning to hold out?

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Mike Florio

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has privately said he intends to hold out of training camp unless he gets a new contract, according to Pro football Talk's Mike Florio via a league source.

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The Cowboys are set to report in just a little under two weeks from Monday. Elliott may not hold out if he feels the Cowboys are making an honest effort to get something done with him in the near future. The team still needs to figure out big-money contracts for Elliott, QB Dak Prescott and WR Amari Cooper. Yahoo's Charles Robinson had some nice insight. He wrote yesterday, "Cowboys know he needs to report to camp by Aug. 6 to get an accrued 4th season toward unrestricted free agency. If he reports after that date, he can't hold out of 2020 training camp and still hit unrestricted FA market." Stay tuned.

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2. ATL - WR Julio Jones' extension talks could drag

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones' contract extension is now the team's 'most pressing priority,' but NFL Network's Ian Rapoport states that it 'might take a while.' However, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Jones' agent and the team are scheduled for face-to-face negotiations on Wednesday, July 17.

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Jones is signed through 2020 and has previously stated that he won't hold out. With DT Grady Jarrett signed on Monday to a long-term deal, the Falcons can solely focus on getting another big-money deal for their superstar wide receiver. Jones is hoping this contract makes him a Falcon for life.

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3. ARI - RB David Johnson's hands unlikely to be wasted

Source: AZCardinals.com - Darren Urban

Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson's receiving skills 'should come back to the forefront' after being 'all but ignored last season,' in the opinion of Darren Urban of AZcardinals.com.

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Johnson can be a fine receiving option out of the backfield. He's done it before and he can do it again. He may not catch 77 passes like he did in 2016, but projecting Johnson to catch 65 passes is fair. Johnson is a good runner but he's best as a receiving threat from the running back position.

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4. ARI - WR Andy Isabella set to produce right away?

Source: AZCardinals.com - Darren Urban

Arizona Cardinals WR Andy Isabella seems like 'a sure thing to have an initial chance,' in the opinion of Darren Urban of AZcardinals.com.

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Isabella has speed to burn and he's capable of playing in the slot. He played mostly outside the numbers for UMASS and has the versatility to play in either spot. We love his stock in dynasty formats and super late in drafts, the rookie makes for a 'what the heck' upside pick in redraft leagues.

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5. CAR - Carolina to give RB Christian McCaffrey help?

Source: Charlotte Observer - Brendan Marks

Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey might see a little more help in the backfield, as head coach Ron Rivera searches for a secondary runner. '(McCaffrey) him touching the ball was no concern,' Rivera said. 'It was just the extra plays. So we have to look at that and find a way to take that load from him.'

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McCaffrey should touch the ball as much as possible, but a breather from time-to-time would be nice. The team re-signed RBs Cameron Artis-Payne and Elijah Hood, they drafted RB Jordan Scarlett, signed Elijah Holyfield as an undrafted free agent and have RB Reggie Bonnafon in the mix as well. We'll watch this backup running back situation shake out in training camp.

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6. GB - Mentor for WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Green Bay Packers WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling said he has been working out with retired WR Randy Moss four days a week to prepare of the upcoming season.

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Be on the lookout for Valdes-Scantling this year. He could win the No. 2 job for the Packers opposite of Davante Adams. The second-year pro can create separation and should continue to build trust with QB Aaron Rodgers. His current ADP is WR42 (9.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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7. NFL - Maratvis Bryant seeks reinstatement

Source: ESPN.com - Dan Graziano

Free-agent WR Martavis Bryant (Raiders) has applied to the NFL for reinstatement. He has been working with the NFL and the NFL Players Association to address his mental health issues.

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Bryant was most recently suspended in December for violating a policy from a previous ban. He has been suspended three times in the past four years for violations of the league's substance abuse policy. If healthy and on the right track, Bryant can still be a deep threat in the league. It's unknown if or when Bryant would actually be reinstated.

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8. KC - No progress in contract talks for Chris Jones

Source: Yahoo! Sports - Terez A. Paylor

Kansas City Chiefs DT Chris D. Jones has not made any progress in contract extension talks with the Chiefs leading up to training camp, according to a source. Jones needs to report by Tuesday, Aug. 6, to receive an accrued season toward free agency.

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A second-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft, Jones is in the final year of his contract. He skipped work this offseason as he was looking to get a new long-term deal. No progress has been made, but Jones is one of the best rushers in the league so we feel the Chiefs can find a way to work something out.

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9. WAS - QB Alex Smith ditches external fixator

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Washington Redskins QB Alex Smith (knee) will no longer be required to wear the external fixator that he had worn for eight months since suffering his devastating knee injury in November of 2018.

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Smith is trying to work his way back from the horrific leg injury he suffered last year. We don't think he plays this year, and his future in football is up in the air. Washington has Case Keenum and rookie first-round pick Dwayne Haskins to compete for the No. 1 job in training camp.

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10. ATL - DT Grady Jarrett agrees to extension

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Atlanta Falcons DT Grady Jarrett reportedly reached an agreement on a four-year contract worth $68 million on Monday, July 15.

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Jarrett had been designated as the team's franchise player and they get the deal done before Monday's deadline. While he's not going to snare many sacks (although he did have a career high 6.0 sacks in 2018), Jarrett does create a lot of interior pressure. He's a disruptive player and a handful for opponents inside. Jarrett is a nasty player and fun to watch on Sundays.

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11. HOU - OLB Jadeveon Clowney won't get new deal

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney will not get a deal done before the deadline Monday, July 15, for franchise tag players to sign long-term contracts.

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Clowney was not expected to get a new deal prior to Monday's deadline for franchise-tagged players. With the Texans failing to reach an agreement, Clowney is likely to stay away from some training camp activities then play out the season in what could be his last year in Houston. The team was probably hesitant to shell out big money for Clowney because of his extensive injury history. He's only played a 16-game season once in five years as a pro.

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12. CAR - RB Jordan Scarlett best backup option?

Source: Charlotte Observer - Brendan Marks

Carolina Panthers RB Jordan Scarlett slipped to the fifth round in the 2019 NFL Draft due to character concerns from his time at the University of Florida. However, beat writer Brendan Marks suggest Scarlett might be the most talented tailback to back up starting RB Christian McCaffrey.

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Scarlett is a hard-charging back at 5'11" 208 pounds. He's incredibly strong and is not afraid of contact. Scarlett does a good job of making defenders miss in tight quarters and he does have good footwork to help him change direction. He is not a receiving option whatsoever and had some of the worst hands of any running back in this draft class.

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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