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Footballguys #89 - 7/17 - This WR Has Moved Up 50 Spots In ADP - Plus News And Notes And MORE

Volume 21, #89 -- Wednesday Night, July 17th, 2019

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Howdy Folks,

Good Thursday to you. We've got killer new content for you including a sweet new look at ADP movers. Marquez Valdes-Scantling's moved up 50 spots this week. Check out all the rest below, plus the News and Notes you need and more.

Let's go.

J

SITE NEWS

A. FREE CONTENT - The Good and Bad of Drafting Devonta Freeman
Our Jason Wood with a detailed look at Devonta Freeman's 2019 outlook, and whether the obvious rewards outweigh the indisputable risks.

B. NEW FEATURE - ADP Risers and Fallers
Our Average Draft Position data has been a Footballguys Standard for years. But this year, our Clayton Gray is doing even more of the lifting for you. He'll be sorting through the data and highlighting the players who're moving up and moving down. Marquez Valdes-Scantling is the WR shooting up the charts as he's up 50 spots this week. Click the title and see all the other players moving as well.

C. 5 Key Coaching Misconceptions
Our Jason Wood takes a look at five commonly-held coaching misconceptions about the upcoming 2019 season.

D. Best Bets: NFL Team Win Totals
Our Ryan Hester dives into Team Win Totals. This column was born last year after the May 2018 announcement that the federal ban on sports gambling was being lifted. If your state allowed you to gamble and you followed everything in last year's article, you would have gone 5-0-1. While we're making absolutely zero promises at another undefeated season, we will stick with last year's format as it seemed to unearth some nice selections.

E. Alternative Handcuff Strategy: Wide Receivers
Handcuffs are part of Fantasy Football. Our Jeff Pasquino explores using handcuff strategies at non-running back positions.


1. DEN - RB Phillip Lindsay to be eased back

Source: NFL Network - James Palmer

Denver Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay (wrist) is ready for the start of training camp but will be eased back into practice during the early portion of camp.

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Broncos head coach Vic Fangio said the team would ease him back in...but they would be quick about it. Lindsay did not participate in team drills this offseason and has not taken a handoff or caught a pass in practice this offseason. We expect him to be limited in the preseason but get full work in practices after about a week or so.

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2. TEN - RB Derrick Henry expected to carry heavy load

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry ran for 625 yards and eight touchdowns on 97 carries in five December games last season. New offensive coordinator Arthur Smith intends to ride Henry in 2019, according to Jim Wyatt of the team's website.

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The Titans figured it out (eventually) with Henry last year. They should now know to feed him the rock early and often as the centerpiece of the offense. Dion Lewis will complement Henry in the backfield this season. Henry is a low-end RB2 with upside for Fantasy GMs.

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3. ATL - ILB Deion Jones agrees to extension

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Atlanta Falcons LB Deion Jones agreed to terms on four-year contract extension with the Falcons Wednesday, July 17, worth $57 million.

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The deal includes $34 million in guaranteed money. A great deal for Jones as he is now the second-highest paid inside linebacker in the NFL. His 2018 season was limited to just six games because of a foot injury. Healthy now, Jones has to be locked in on getting back to his dominant play. The Falcons have now come to long-term extensions with Jones and DT Grady Jarrett. This means they can move on to get something done with WR Julio Jones to make him one of the highest paid WRs in the league (again).

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4. DEN - QB Drew Lock agrees to terms

Source: ProFootballTalk.com

Denver Broncos second-round draft choice QB Drew Lock agreed to terms with the Broncos on a four-year contract Wednesday, July 17, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Lock had wanted a quarterback premium, even though he fell to the second round of the 2019 NFL draft. He's got a big arm but his footwork and arm mechanics need work. Lock is known as a hard worker and a good student of the game. We'll see if he can develop behind Joe Flacco in 2019. Lock could be the Broncos QB of the future.

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5. CIN - PUP list an option for RB Rodney Anderson

Source: The Athletic - Paul Dehner Jr.

Cincinnati Bengals RB Rodney Anderson (knee) is a candidate to start the regular season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, in the opinion of The Athletic's Paul Dehner Jr.

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Anderson is a talented runner who can grind down an opponent with power and determination. However, his injury history from his college days at Oklahoma is a long one. Anderson has talent to be at least part of a RBBC at the pro level, but he's going to have to get healthy and stay healthy in order to do that. When healthy, Anderson will be No. 3 or No. 4 on the depth chart.

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6. DEN - WR Emmanuel Sanders to avoid PUP

Source: 104.3 The Fan - Cecil Lammey

Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles') will not open camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to team president John Elway.

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Good news for the Broncos and Sanders here. His 2018 season ended after 12 games due to this Achilles' injury and Sanders has been working diligently to get back ever since then. He has been running at full speed and cutting this offseason, but Sanders did not get any work in OTAs or minicamp. The Broncos will ease him into action and we may not see much of Sanders in the preseason as they want the veteran ready for the start of the regular season.

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7. BAL - WR Miles Boykin signs

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com

Baltimore Ravens third-round pick WR Miles Boykin signed an undisclosed four-year deal Wednesday, July 17.

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We love Boykin in dynasty formats due to his size/speed combination. During his college career at Notre Dame, Boykin regularly drew comparisons to the Lions Kenny Golladay. He needs to learn how to use his hands better to beat the jam at the line of scrimmage, but the raw talent is there to be a solid starter in the NFL one day.

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8. DEN - WR Aaron Burbridge retires

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

Denver Broncos WR Aaron Burbridge announced his retirement Wednesday, July 17.

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Burbridge was just trying to stick on the practice squad with the Broncos. A sixth-round pick out of Michigan State in 2016, Burbridge spent three seasons with the 49ers. The Broncos signed him to a futures deal back in January. They'll move forward with Juwaan Winfree, the rookie from Colorado, as their No. 5 wide receiver on the roster.

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9. ATL - TE Austin Hooper had robust catch rate

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - D. Orlando Ledbetter

Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper caught 71 of 88 targets last season for an 80.7 percent catch ratio. In comparison, former TE Tony Gonzalez's best catch ratio was 75 percent in 2012. 'Hooper, the improvement just keeps getting better,' Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said. 'Now, he's ready to go to another level, and I'm looking forward to seeing him make that growth.'

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Hooper has done a good job of developing his game in the pros. He's not a seam-ripper or a touchdown hog, but Hooper is consistent with his effort and gets open for QB Matt Ryan. A third-round pick out of Stanford in the 2016 NFL draft, Hooper finished 2018 with 71 catches for 660 yards and four touchdowns. This year, Hooper should be in that low-end TE1 range for Fantasy GMs. His current ADP is TE11 (10.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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10. CLE - DE Myles Garrett has stronger arsenal

Source: Cleveland.com - Jake Burns

Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett said that he was limited to a couple of moves at the line under former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, and he feels he has more freedom this year. Garrett was known for using a long-arm technique to create space and neutralize an opposing lineman's ability to set their feet deep. 'You can be as strong or fast as you want, but speed chop and power move aren't always going to work,' Garrett said. 'You have to mix up what you're doing. Sometimes you have to stutter step, sometimes you have to spin inside, you have to run some games. You have to have some freedom to throw different looks at them, and we didn't always have that.'

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More moves for Garrett could be a dangerous thing for opponents tasked with blocking him. He enjoyed a breakout season in 2018, compiling 44 combined tackles, 13.5 sacks, 3 batted passes and 3 forced fumbles. Garrett is one of the league's premier three down defensive ends.

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11. JAX - RB Alfred Blue looks to be top backup

Source: The Florida Times-Union - John Reid

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Alfred Blue is the 'frontrunner' for the No. 2 spot behind RB Leonard Fournette, in the opinion of The Florida Times-Union's John Reid.

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That sounds about right...and it makes Blue a handcuff to Fournette in leagues that have enough roster space on the bench to do that. Blue is big and swift as a runner and can catch a few passes here and there. His biggest competition for the No. 2 running back spot is rookie Ryquell Armstead from Temple. We'll see how this shakes out in training camp.

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12. PHI - Devin Ross let go

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Michael David Smith

Philadelphia Eagles WR Devin Ross (undisclosed) was released with a non-football injury designation on Tuesday, July 16.

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No word on what the non-football injury was for the young receiver. Ross joined the Eagles in May after spending last offseason with the Titans. He never played in a regular season game.

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13. DEN - Denver to take it easy with TE Jake Butt

Source: DenverBroncos.com - Aric DiLalla

Denver Broncos TE Jake Butt (knee) was limited to individual drills for most of the offseason as he continued to recover from surgery on his torn anterior cruciate ligament. He believes he will do more 'team things' at start of camp while the team slowly works his reps back to where they were, according to Aric DiLalla of the team's website.

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That's the best plan for Butt. He's had three major knee injuries during his football career, and the Broncos want to make sure they don't rush him back. Butt looked good for a limited time last year before getting hurt. He will work as a reserve tight end behind rookie first-round pick Noah Fant and veteran blocker Jeff Heuerman.

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14. CHI - WR Javon Wims could surprise in 2019

Source: ChicagoBears.com - Larry Mayer

Chicago Bears WR Javon Wims is a player who 'probably deserves more attention' after performing well during offseason workouts and appears primed to compete for a role on offense in training camp, according to Larry Mayer of the team's website.

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Wims, a seventh-round pick in the 2018 NFL draft out of Georgia, has speed to burn. He has good size and is a player we've been monitoring in deep dynasty formats. We'll see if Wims can impress in training camp this year and earn a larger role on the Bears offense. He's competing for the No. 5 spot on the depth chart at the wide receiver position.

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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