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Footballguys #97 - 7/25 - These Players Have The Upside Needed To Win Your League, Top 300 Updated, Plus News And Notes And MORE

Volume 21, #97 -- Thursday Night, July 25th, 2019

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Hi Folks,

I hope you didn't have anything scheduled this morning as we've got a ton of 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 with his newly updated Top 300 Players.

B. Top 300 Players Updated For PPR
Our David Dodds with his newly updated Top 300 Players. This one is for PPR scoring.

C. Draft List Updated
Our David Dodds takes the Top 300 and factors it against Average Draft Position to get a list more like we'd draft from.

D. Draft List Updated For PPR
Our David Dodds takes the Top 300 and factors it against Average Draft Position to get a list more like we'd draft from. This one is for PPR scoring.

E. FREE CONTENT - Key Camp Questions: AFC North
Our Jason Wood with an overview of the biggest questions facing every AFC North team heading into training camp.

F. Key Camp Questions: NFC South
Our Jason Wood with an overview of the biggest questions facing every NFC South team heading into training camp.

G. Key Camp Questions: AFC South
Our Jason Wood an overview of the biggest questions facing every AFC South team heading into training camp.

H. The Gut Check No.476: Players with League-Winning Upside
Our Matt Waldman shares players with the statistical upside to carry your team to a title.

I. Mastering the Art of the Auction Draft, Part 3: The Mechanics of Beginner Preparation
Our Andrew Davenport continues his series on crushing your auction draft. In this one, he dives into learning the exact steps of how to prepare for an auction as a beginner.

J. The Footballguys Players Championship (FPC) and the Action Scoring Rule
Our Jeff Pasquino continues his look at the Footballguys Players Championship. In this one, he looks at the action scoring rule.

K. Eyes of the Guru IDP Info, Part 8: NFC East
Our John Norton with an overview of defenses in the NFC East with an emphasis on individual defensive players and their fantasy value.

L. Draft Dominator Classic For Windows Updated
The Draft Dominator Classic is our original Drafting Tool. It's updated here for Windows.

M. Draft Dominator Classic For Mac Updated
The Draft Dominator Classic is our original Drafting Tool. It's updated here for Mac.

N. Value Based Drafting (VBD) Excel App Updated
For you old school guys, the Value Based Drafting Excel App is updated and ready for you here.

O. Projections Dominator Updated
Make the Projections work the way you want them to with our Projections Dominator.


1. NYG - WR Sterling Shepard has fractured thumb

Source: Giants.com

New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard (thumb) suffered a fractured thumb during practice Thursday, July 25, and will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis.

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Bad news for the Giants here. Shepard is set to be their lead receiver this year...but we don't know for who just yet. Eli Manning is competing with Daniel Jones for the top spot at the quarterback position. This WR corps is thin behind Shepard and Golden Tate. While Shepard is out, we'll see if guys like Corey Coleman or Cody Latimer can make an impression.

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2. NO - WR Michael Thomas yet to report

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas is seeking a new contract and has not reported to the team's training facility as of Thursday, July 25. The Saints begin training-camp practices on Friday, July 26.

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Thomas deserves to be paid at the top of the market. The Saints aren't in a great spot cap wise, but they can make this work. Don't move Thomas down unless this extends well into August.

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3. MIA - RB Kalen Ballage on field with starters

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins RB Kalen Ballage received snaps with the first-team offense during practice Thursday, July 25.

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Ballage is getting first-team work over Kenyan Drake. We'll see this competition work out in training camp. Ballage is a big back and a swift runner, but power is not really his game. He's a better receiver than he showed last year as a rookie and could at least be part of a RBBC with Drake if he doesn't win the top spot for the Dolphins this season.

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4. ATL - WR Calvin Ridley tweaks hamstring Thursday

Source: AtlantaFalcons.com - Will McFadden

Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (hamstring) was seen walking with a noticeable limp after he finished running around near the end of practice Thursday, July 25.

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Head coach Dan Quinn said afterward Ridley had a tight hamstring, but that he expected the second-year receiver in time for the next four-day block of practices that begins Saturday, July 27.

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5. GB - WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling earns praise

Source: NFL Network

Green Bay Packers WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling has 'really jumped out' since spring practices, according to QB Aaron Rodgers.'There's a big difference between a guy who can time fast and play fast. And playing fast is where the confidence comes,' Rodgers told James Jones of NFL Network.

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This has been a consistent drumbeat all offseason long. We're excited to see who emerges at the WR position behind Davante Adams this year. This battle between guys like Valdes-Scantling, Geronimo Allison and Jake Kumerow will play itself out in training camp.

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6. WAS - RB Derrius Guice not limited in practice

Source: Redskins.com

Washington Redskins RB Derrius Guice told reporters he was 'a full participant day one' on Thursday, July 25.

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Guice's knee injury cost him all of his rookie season. He's had more than a few setbacks since surgery last year but seems to be good to go now. We'll see if Guice can push Adrian Peterson for the top spot in Washington's backfield.

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7. NYG - QB Daniel Jones ahead of the curve

Source: ESPN.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants QB Daniel Jones has 'exceeded expectations' so far and has impressed with his smarts, throwing ability and mobility, head coach Pat Shurmur said Thursday, July 25. 'We really haven't seen anything he can't do in terms of playing quarterback,' Shurmur added.

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With every positive Jones blurb, it raises the question even more of when he'll start. It won't be Week 1 out of deference to Eli Manning, but it might not be that far into the season if Manning's game continues to decline.

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8. DET - No set limits for RB Kerryon Johnson

Source: Detroit Free Press - Dave Birkett

Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson has the potential to be the workhorse in 2019, but after missing six games due to a knee injury in 2018, and his head coach's belief in a by-committee approach, he might have his workload managed early on. 'Nobody's setting a number, a ceiling, a floor or anything of who's going to get what touches and all that,' running backs coach Kyle Caskey said Wednesday, July 24. 'It's all about getting the running game going and then setting up all the other stuff for us. But whoever the best running back is that comes out of this thing will be getting the touches, whoever's hot will be getting the touches.'

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Johnson is the kind of runner that gets stronger as the game goes on, and he has the skillset to never leave the field. If Theo Riddick doesn't make the team, Johnson has top 6-8 running back upside, and maybe even if Riddick does.

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9. BUF - RB Frank Gore ready to return

Source: WKBW.com - Joe Buscaglia

Buffalo Bills RB Frank Gore (undisclosed) passed his physical and was removed from the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Thursday, July 25.

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Gore is a seasoned veteran and doesn't need every rep in training camp or the preseason. We'll see if he can win a large role in the backfield with LeSean McCoy. Rookie Devin Singletary is competing for a spot in the pecking order too.

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10. CLE - RB Duke Johnson to play key role?

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson is going to have a 'significant' role in the offense, according to head coach Freddie Kitchens.

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Johnson could have a role as a pass-catching back behind Nick Chubb...until Kareem Hunt comes back from his 8-game suspension. We'll see if Johnson is traded away (like he wants) at some point in the near future.

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11. SEA - RB Chris Carson sees some action

Source: ESPN.com - Brady Henderson

Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson (knee) was sidelined for organized team activities and minicamp while recovering from a minor knee surgery, but he was spotted at practice and took the first handoff of 11-on-11 drills Thursday, July 25.

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Carson is competing with Rashaad Penny to be the top back for the Seahawks this year. We'll see if this knee surgery puts Penny clearly in the lead by the time the start of the regular season gets here. Stay tuned.

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12. PHI - QB Carson Wentz has no restrictions

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz won't face any practice restrictions in training camp, head coach Doug Pederson said Thursday, July 25. 'We're not going to hold back,' Pederson said.

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Wentz has the best array of weapons in his career and plays behind arguably the best offensive line in football. He could easily be a top three fantasy quarterback and he's going outside of the top five. There are a lot of potential hit at quarterback this year at almost every stage of the draft and Wentz is one of them.

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13. LAC - Russell Okung had pulmonary embolism

Source: Chargers Wire - Gavino Borquez

Updating previous reports, Los Angeles Chargers OT Russell Okung (heart) is recovering from a pulmonary embolism caused by blood clots and will start training camp on the Active/Non-Football Illness list.

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He said he'll be back once the doctors clear him, but it's unclear when that will happen, and he will have to get back in football shape. Still, it's a sigh of relief for him that this has been detected. If you experience any kind of chest pains, be like Okung and get them checked out. It might have saved his life (and the Chargers season).

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14. NE - WR Julian Edelman has broken thumb

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating previous reports, New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (thumb) suffered a broken thumb playing catch three weeks ago. He's expected to recover in a few weeks, but he'll likely miss most of the preseason.

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Hopefully he'll play in the third preseason game to reassure us, but this is still minor and not as worrisome as a soft tissue injury. He's worth his ADP even carrying this injury into camp.

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15. HOU - WR Will Fuller takes part in practice

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans WR Will Fuller (knee) participated in practice Thursday, July 25.

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A good sign for the young receiver here. Nobody doubts his talent, but Fuller has been banged up quite a bit during his pro career. He made it through only seven games in 2018 and had surgery last October to repair his injured knee. Fuller is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season.

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16. MIA - WR Albert Wilson limited Thursday

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins WR Albert Wilson (hip) was limited to individual drills during practice Thursday, July 25.

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This hip injury impacted Wilson last year and the team is going to limit him to individual drills at this time just to be safe. Wilson said he is feeling better but would not say if he will play in any preseason games.

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17. BUF - WR Cole Beasley to be monitored

Source: BuffaloBills.com - Chris Brown

Buffalo Bills WR Cole Beasley (core) will participate in practices during training camp, but the team will keep an eye on him since he is coming back from a core muscle surgery, according to head coach Sean McDermott.

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The Bills revamped their WR corps this offseason and Beasley will be counted on to work the underneath routes for QB Josh Allen. Coming off a 65-catch season last year for the Cowboys, Bealsey should be projected for about 50 catches this year with the Bills.

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18. WAS - Shaun Wilson inks deal with Washington

Source: The Athletic - Greg Auman

Free-agent RB Shaun Wilson (Buccaneers) signed an undisclosed contract with the Washington Redskins on Thursday, July 25.

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Undrafted out of Duke in 2018, Wilson appeared in five games for the Buccaneers last year. He's a smaller (5'9" 185 pounds) runner and an explosive player with the rock in his hands. We'll see if he can stick in an unsettled Bucs backfield (again) this season.

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19. SEA - TE Will Dissly back to work

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks TE Will Dissly (leg) was spotted running routes at practice Thursday, July 25, roughly 10 months after tearing his patella tendon.

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Dissly made an instant impact with a combined 10-6-147-2 receiving line in Seattle's first two games last year (most of that came against the Broncos), but his rookie season ended with a torn patella tendon in Week 4. We'll see if he can be healthy enough to win the top TE spot for the Seahawks in 2019.

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20. PHI - RB Miles Sanders gets in limited work

Source: PhillyVoice.com - Jimmy Kempski

Philadelphia Eagles RB Miles Sanders (hamstring) participated in certain portions of practice Thursday, July 25, and 'seems healed from the nagging hamstring injury that sidelined him for the entirety of spring practices,' according to Jimmy Kempski of the Philly Voice.

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Sanders is a change-of-pace back from Penn State who has exciting upside as a rookie in 2019...if healthy. We'll see how the backfield shapes up after Jordan Howard on the depth chart. Sanders is competing with guys like Corey Clement and Darren Sproles in camp.

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21. SF - WR Deebo Samuel gets his deal done

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

San Francisco 49ers second-round WR Deebo Samuel (South Carolina) agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the team Thursday, July 25. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.

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Samuel is a bully with the ball. He's a run-after-the-catch specialist with the strength to rip away contested passes from smaller defenders. We'll see how the rookie works into the mix this year and certainly appreciate his stock in dynasty formats.

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22. HOU - DE J.J. Watt participates in practice

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt (knee) was removed from the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Thursday, July 25, and took part in the team's first practice of training camp.

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That was quick. He might have to play without Jadeveon Clowney this year if the Texans can find a trade partner, but Watt is still a top five IDP defensive end and enough reason to draft the Texans fantasy defense.

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23. TB - DE Jason Pierre-Paul timeline

Source: ESPN.com - Jenna Laine

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Jason Pierre-Paul (neck) could return in November, according to sources.

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The season could be lost by then. His absence will help the Bucs games skew towards shootouts, but it could be too much for the defense to overcome without some surprise pass rushers emerging.

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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