Footballguys #65 - 6/23 - Breaking Down The CHI And SF Backfields, Updated Classic Apps, News And Notes And MORE

Volume 21, #65 -- Sunday Night, June 23rd, 2019

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Good Monday to you. We're starting the week off hot with several new articles for you plus the News and Notes you need.

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A. Dynasty News, Offseason 1
Our Jeff Tefertiller with a look at the recent fantasy news from a dynasty perspective.

B. What's Going to Happen in the Chicago Backfield?
The Footballguys staff offers thoughts on how the Chicago backfield will shake out.

C. What's Going to Happen in the San Francisco Backfield?
The Footballguys staff offers thoughts on how the San Francisco backfield will shake out.

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

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

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

1. NE - RB Sony Michel running at full speed

Source: NFL Network - Michael Giardi

New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) has been running at 'full tilt' after recovering from offseason arthroscopic knee surgery, according to multiple sources. He was unable to participate in the team's minicamp last month but should be ready for the start of training camp.

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Michel had fluid drained from his knee last year during camp, missed time during the season, and still made a consistent and sizable fantasy impact on the strength of the Patriots running game and game scripts. This year third round pick Damien Harris could take away touches if not overtake Michel as the finisher of drives and games, so Michel must stay healthy during camp.

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2. PIT - RB James Conner thrived on big plays

Source: Pro Football Focus

Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner gained 340 of his 972 rushing yards on runs of 15 yards or longer last season, according to Pro Football Focus.

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Conner definitely benefited from an offense that kept defenses off balance behind a great offensive line and dangerous downfield passing game. Antonio Brown's loss is a negative, but overall the situation is still a positive. He isn't a speedy back, so the longer gains may be limited this year with defenses able to contract unless James Washington, Donte Moncrief, or third-round pick Diontae Johnson present a credible downfield threat opposite Juju Smith-Schuster.

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3. DET - Big year for RB Kerryon Johnson?

Source: Detroit Free Press - Dave Birkett

Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson is 'easily' going to top 1,000 rushing yards this season if he stays healthy, in the opinion of Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

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Johnson was getting on track before he got hurt and this offense should feed him all he can handle. Theo Riddick could get released before the season and boost Johnson's value even higher. He's looking like a good third-round target.

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4. TB - Tampa Bay remains high on RB Peyton Barber

Source: The Athletic - Greg Auman

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber is still held in high regard by the team, according to Greg Auman of The Athletic. Auman adds the 25-year-old was the first rusher in the last five years to rack up 250-plus touches but fail to compile 1,000 yards from scrimmage in 2018.

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Barber could end up being cheap bye/injury depth if he holds off Ronald Jones after a strong spring from Jones. He has a low ceiling, but Barber might gain value in the same role as 2018 if Bruce Arians improves the offense.

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5. DAL - DE Robert Quinn eyeing big season

Source: The Dallas Morning News - Jon Machota

Dallas Cowboys DE Robert Quinn has his sights set on a big season in the team's defensive scheme in 2019 -- his first season with the Cowboys. 'Specifically, I guess it was the way they allow the D-line to play, fly around, have fun,' Quinn said. 'Then the linebackers and the secondary and what they have, you combine that with, not a freestyle D-line, but we get to attack and get in the backfield I think more than we can in other places. I think it was kind of one of those where I get to have fun, pin my ears back and just disrupt the backfield, which is what they want us to do.'

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Rod Marinelli has had a positive effective on defensive linemen in the past and Quinn has a good point about how the rush can be more aggressive because of the quality of the back seven. Demarcus Lawrence being on the other side only helps, and rookie Trysten Hill could be an instant impact interior rusher.

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6. NYG - Mike Remmers may not be ready for start of camp

Source: NJ Advance Media - Ryan Dunleavy

New York Giants OT Mike Remmers (back) is not a lock to be cleared to participate at the beginning of training camp, even though the surgical procedure he had on his back in April was classified as minor.

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Remmers is being counted on to plug a big hole on the line at right tackle. He is far from a sure thing but if he can contribute quality games, it will help further to turn this line into a plus after being a problem the last few years.

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7. SF - Jeffery Wilson on the bubble

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers RB Jeffery Wilson faces an 'uphill climb' to make the 53-man roster, according to Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area.

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Wilson has a chance to maker the roster if one of the top four backs isn't healthy enough to contribute early in the season, and three of them couldn't practice in the spring. Even if he's released, he could end up back on the roster by season's end.

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8. LAC - RB Justin Jackson seizing opportunity

Source: - Eric D. Williams

Los Angeles Chargers RB Justin Jackson has benefited from extra reps in OTAs as a result of RB Melvin Gordon's absence, according to head coach Anthony Lynn.

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Jackson was impressive for a seventh-round pick. He could have as much value as Austin Ekeler or more if Melvin Gordon misses time again this year. He'll be an immediate pickup if either Ekeler or Gordon miss time.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of the Footballguys Family.

We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.