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(8/14/18 – 8/20/18) NFL Tuesday Morning Newsletter

* All ADP are based on .5 PPR Scoring Settings

*All Information & Statistics are based on information from Monday 8/20/18

 

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49ers signed RB Alfred Morris.

(Morris has an outside chance of making the roster but offers no fantasy value)

 

Colts signed RB Branden Oliver.

(Oliver will function as organizational depth behind injured starter Marlon Mack)

 

Bears signed RB Knile Davis.

(Davis will provide depth behind Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen)

 

Orleans Darkwa – RB – FA Working out for the Redskins on Sunday

(Darkwa will likely provide depth as the Redskins deal with multiple injuries)

 

Adrian Peterson – RB – FA Will visit the Redskins on Monday.

(Peterson would have a real chance at touches with Derrius Guice out for the season and Samaje Perine battling an injury

 

Dez Bryant – WR – FA Visiting Browns Thursday

(Signing Bryant would limit the upside of David Njoku and Antonio Callaway)

 

INJURY NEWS (estimated ranges)

 

Jamaal Williams – GB – RB (7) ANKLE INJURY (day to day)

ADP – (RB) – 37 (OVERALL) – 85

Williams is currently being drafted in rounds 8-9 of drafts.

 

Samaje Perine – WAS – RB (4) ANKLE SPRAIN (day to day)

ADP – (RB) – 53 (OVERALL) – 180

Perine is currently being drafted in rounds 18-19 of drafts.

 

Ben Roethlisberger – PIT – QB – CONCUSSION (day to day)

ADP – (QB) – 12 (OVERALL) – 102

Roethlisberger is currently being drafted in rounds 10-11 of drafts.

 

Isaiah Crowell – NYJ – RB – CONCUSSION (day to day)

ADP – (RB) – 37 (OVERALL) – 89

Crowell is currently being drafted in rounds 8-9 of drafts.

 

Cameron Meredith – NO – WR – UNDISCLOSED INJURY (day to day)

ADP – (WR) – 53 (OVERALL) – 140

Meredith is currently being drafted in rounds 12-13 of drafts.

 

George Kittle – SF – TE – SHOULDER (out 1-2 weeks weeks of preseason)

ADP – (TE) – 13 (OVERALL) – 127

Kittle is currently being drafted in rounds 11-12 of drafts.

 

Marlon Mack – IND – RB – HAMSTRING (out 2-3 weeks weeks of preseason)

ADP – (RB) – 32 (OVERALL) – 87

Mack is currently being drafted in rounds 7-8 of drafts

 

Rashaad Penny – SEA – RB – BROKEN FINGER (out 3-4 weeks weeks of preseason)

ADP – (RB) – 24 (OVERALL) – 57

Penny is currently being drafted in rounds 4-5 of drafts

 

AJ McCarron – BUF – QB – COLLARBONE (out for preseason)

ADP – (QB) – 39 (OVERALL) – 294

McCarron is currently being drafted in rounds 29-30 of drafts.

 

Matt Breida – SF – RB – SHOULDER (out for preseason)

ADP – (RB) – 57 (OVERALL) – 156

Breida is currently being drafted in rounds 14-15 of drafts.

 

Jerick McKinnon – SF – RB – MUSCLE STRAIN (out for preseason)

ADP – (RB) – 16 (OVERALL) – 27

McKinnon is  is currently being drafted in rounds 2-3 of drafts.

 

DeVante Parker – MIA – WR – BROKEN FINGER (out for preseason)

ADP – (WR) – 42 (OVERALL) – 110

Parker is currently being drafted in rounds 9-10 of drafts.

 

Doug Baldwin – SEA – WR – KNEE (out for preseason)

ADP – (WR) – 14 (OVERALL) – 34

Baldwin is currently being drafted in rounds 3-4 of drafts.

 

Joe Williams – SF – RB – FRACTURED RIB (out for preseason and possibly week 1)

ADP – (RB) – 87 (OVERALL) – 315

Williams is currently being drafted in rounds 30-31 of drafts.

 

Carson Wentz – PHI – QB – TORN ACL (out for preseason and possibly week 1)

ADP – (QB) – 7 (OVERALL) – 63

Wentz is currently being drafted in rounds 6-7 of drafts.

 

Deon Cain – NE – WR – TORN ACL (out for season)

ADP – (WR) – 99 (OVERALL) – 262

Cain was going in the 25th-26th rounds of drafts

 

Derrius Guice – WAS – RB – TORN ACL(out for season)

ADP – (RB) – 105 (OVERALL) – 340

Guice was going in the 3rd-4th rounds of drafts

 

ADP RISING / FALLING

 

RISING

 

Baker Mayfield – CLE – QB

ADP – (QB) – 21 (OVERALL) – 192

Preseason Stats: 18-33 (54.5%) 287 YDS, 1 TD / 1 INT

If Mayfield can continue to impress he might take over for Taylor sooner than expected and have immediate value in an offense loaded with talent and upside. He also showed a strong connection with Antonio Calloway, who could emerge as a late round value. Similar to the connection Cooper Kupp showed with Jared Goff last pre season.

 

Sam Darnold – NYJ – QB

ADP – (QB) – 32 (OVERALL) – 249

Preseason Stats: 21-29 (72.4%) 158 YDS, 1 TD / 1 INT

The Jets are not completely devoid of talent on offense with WRs Robbie Anderson and Quincy Enunwa. Josh McCown will start the season as the starter but Darnold should see the field at some point and could be worth streaming in certain match ups.

 

Josh Allen – BUF – QB

ADP – (QB) – 33 (OVERALL) – 245

Preseason Stats: 18-32 (56.3%) 176 YDS, 2 TD / 0 INT

AJ McCarron suffered a collarbone injury the game and will possibly miss the rest of the preseason. Allen should now see first teams reps the rest of the preseason benefiting his development and rest of season outlook.

 

Josh Rosen – ARI – QB

ADP – (QB) – 34 (OVERALL) – 240

Preseason Stats: 16-29 (55.2%) 148 YDS, 1 TD / 0 INT

Sam Bradford is very injury prone and there is a good chance Rosen sees the field this season. The Cardinals have talent on offense in WRs Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk, TE Ricky Seals-Jones and David Johnson is one of the best pass catching backs in football.

 

Michael Gallup – DAL – WR

ADP – (WR) – 55 (OVERALL) – 142

Preseason Stats: 3 REC, 46 YDS (15.3 AVG) 1 TD

Gallup presents a much better value than Allen Hurns who is going 4 rounds earlier in the 10th. Both have opportunities for targets with the departure of Dez Bryant and Jason Witten.

 

Christian Kirk – ARI – WR

ADP – (WR) – 72 (OVERALL) – 187

Preseason Stats: 6 REC, 58 YDS (9.7 AVG) 1 TD

Kirk is building a strong repor with fellow rookie QB Josh Rosen and has scored a touchdown in each preseason game. Kirk could have WR3/ FLEX value if he can supplant the numerous options ahead of him on the depth chart.

 

James Washington – PIT – WR

ADP – (WR) – 78 (OVERALL) – 219

Preseason Stats: 7 REC, 158 YDS (22.6) 2 TD

Washington is a name to monitor with potential if he could carve out a role. It might take an injury to open up enough touches for value but Washington has FLEX/ WR3 upside.

 

Antonio Callaway – CLE – WR

ADP – (WR) – 90 (OVERALL) – 218

Preseason Stats: 3 REC, 87 YDS (29.0 AVG) 1 TD

Callaway has elite speed and a growing repor with Mayfield, but Dez Bryant is rumored to sign with Cleveland hindering any possible value. With the recent trade of Corey Coleman to Buffalo, Callaway has a chance to carve out a role and be a FLEX / WR3.

 

Dante Pettis – SF – WR

ADP – (WR) – 96 (OVERALL) – 267

Preseason Stats: 3 REC, 85 YDS (28.3) 0 TD

Pettis has been having a strong offseason and has a chance to carve a larger role in the offense. However Pettis is at best the 4th option behind Pierre Garcon, Marquise Goodwin and George Kittle. Targets will be an issue making Pettis more of an name to monitor if injuries open up more targets.

 

Royce Freeman – DEN – RB

ADP – (RB) – 25 (OVERALL) – 51

Preseason Stats: 10 ATT, 58 YDS (5.8 AVG), 1 REC, 6 YDS, 2 TD

Freeman continues to outperform perceived starter Devontae Booker and should see more reps with the first unit. Booker has unimpressed so far in his career and Freeman looks like a potential breakout RB2 candidate.

 

Kerryon Johnson – DET – RB

ADP – (RB) – 30 (OVERALL) – 70

Preseason Stats: 11 ATT, 43 YDS (3.9 AVG), 5 REC, 43 YDS, 0 TD

Johnson looked explosive and performances like should lead to an increased role. That role however might be a limited one with Legarrette Blount vulturing RZ touches while Theo Riddick functions as the 3rd down back receiving back. Regardless Johnson is the most talented player in this committee and possesses the most upside.

 

Chris Carson – SEA – RB

ADP – (RB) – 42 (OVERALL) – 113

Preseason Stats: 3 ATT, 60 YDS (4.6 AVG), 1 REC, 6 YDS, 0 TD

Carson was already being talked up by HC Pete Carroll as the lead back but with the Rashaad Penny injury, Carson should be firmly entrenched as the starter.

 

Latavius Murray – MIN – RB

ADP – (RB) – 46 (OVERALL) – 124

Preseason Stats: 10 ATT, 55 YDS (5.5 AVG) 0 TD

Murray had 4 carries for 43 yards in  Saturday’s preseason game versus the Broncos.

(Murray remains one of the strongest handcuffs to own in fantasy behind second year starter Dalvin Cook. Cook is coming off of ACL surgery and Murray should maintain a significant role in the offense. With 26 TDs over the past three seasons (8.6 per season) Murray could also be the preferred option at the goal line).

 

Peyton Barber – TB – RB

ADP – (RB) – 49 (OVERALL) – 134

Preseason Stats: 10 ATT, 53 YDS (5.3 AVG), 3 REC, 2 YDS, 1 TD

Barber has been talked up by the coaching staff as the lead back and Ronald Jones continues to struggle. Jones might be the more talented option with long term upside but much like Chris Carson in Seattle Barber will be given the first chance as the lead back.

 

James White – NE – RB

ADP – (RB) – 53 (OVERALL) – 149

Preseason Stats: 4 ATT, 31 YDS (7.8 AVG), 6 REC, 61 YDS, 1 TD

White looked explosive with multiple plays for over 20 yards and finding the endzone. Sonny Michel (knee) is questionable for week 1 and Rex Burkhead is dealing with a small tear in his knee after missing 6 games last season with knee issues. White could see a large workload early in the season and if produces earn a larger role.

 

Jeremy Hill – NE – RB

ADP – (RB) – 59 (OVERALL) – 173

Preseason Stats: 17 ATT, 82 YDS (4.8 AVG), 2 REC, 14 YDS, 1 TD

Hill is still only 25 and had a strong start to his career with the Bengals in his first three seasons averaging 919 YDS and 9.6 TD. With Michel and Burkhead dealing with injuries Hill has an opportunity to earn a larger role. The goal line RB for the Patriots is productive role with LeGarrette Blount scoring 18 TDs in 2016 and Mike Gillislee scoring 5 in only 9 games last season.

 

David Njoku – CLE – TE

ADP – (TE) – 11 (OVERALL) – 117

Preseason Stats: 2 REC, 46 YDS (23.0 AVG) 2 TD

Njoku was a strong late round upside pick but this performance will surely force his ADP to skyrocket. Also the possible addition of Dez Bryant will limit Njoku’s targets and value.

 

Austin Hooper – ATL – TE

ADP – (TE) – 27 (OVERALL) – 207

Preseason Stats: 3 REC, 38 YDS (12.7 AVG) 1 TD

Hooper has decent receiving skills and upside in a strong offensive system. He is a name to monitor incase injuries can open up more targets in a crowded offense.

 

Dallas Goedert – PHI – TE

ADP – (TE) – 33 (OVERALL) – 252

Preseason Stats: 7 REC, 123 YDS (17.6 AVG) 1 TD

Goedert is worth monitoring in the event of an injury to Zach Ertz or an Eagles wideout. Trey Burton was very productive in limited action when Ertz missed time last season.

 

Rico Gathers – DAL – TE

ADP – (TE) – 41 (OVERALL) – 287

Preseason Stats: 3 REC, 41 YDS (13.7 AVG) 0 TD

Gathers caught 2 passes for 32 yards (16.0 AVG) in Saturday’s preseason game versus the Bengals.

(With Dez Bryant and Jason Witten gone there are opportunities for targets in Dallas. Blake Jarwin and Geoff Swaim are also competing for the starting TE role in Dallas and this continues to be a position battle to monitor).

Blake Jarwin – DAL – TE

ADP – (TE) – 32 (OVERALL) – 246

Geoff Swaim – DAL – TE

ADP – (TE) – 49 (OVERALL) – 335

 

FALLING

 

Rashaad Penny – SEA – RB

ADP – (RB) – 23 (OVERALL) – 50

Preseason Stats: 8 ATT, 16 YDS (2.0 AVG) 2 REC, 7 YDS, 0 TD

Penny struggled before suffering a thumb injury and it is now Chris Carson’s job to lose. Penny still has more talent and upside than Carson but right now he is the back up.

 

Ronald Jones – TB – RB

ADP – (RB) – 27 (OVERALL) – 59

Preseason Stats: 12 ATT, 11 YDS (0.9 AVG)

8 for 9 with a TD

Ronald Jones has struggled for most of the offseason and Peyton Barber is likely to start the season as the Buccaneers starting RB. Jones is still the more talented back and should claim the job into the season with RB2 upside.

 

Rex Burkhead – NE – RB

ADP – (RB) – 32 (OVERALL) – 78

Preseason Stats: Has missed both preseason games due to a knee injury.

The Patriots recently announced Burkhead as a small tear in his knee which is a significant injury because of his history of knee issues. Last season Burkhead also dealt with knee injuries missing 6 games and this could a long term issue. While New England has downplayed the injury, owners should be concerned and cautious about rostering Burkhead.

 

Jamaal Williams – GB – RB

ADP – (RB) – 37 (OVERALL) – 85

Preseason Stats: 7 ATT, 18 YDS (2.6 AVG) 2 REC, 14 YDS, 1 TD

Williams has avoided a high ankle sprain and is considered day to day. If the injury proves to be serious Ty Montgomery should see a large workload until Aaron Jones returns from suspension.

 

Devontae Booker – DEN – RB

ADP – (RB) – 48 (OVERALL) – 127

Preseason Stats: 6 ATT, 24 YDS (4.0 AVG) 1 REC, 10 YDS, 0 TD

Booker has been underwhelming so far in his career and given Royce Freeman’s impressive performance he should start to earn a larger role. Booker a solid value at his current ADP if he can secure the lead back role but it is looking unlikely that happens.

 

Samaje Perine – WAS – RB

ADP – (RB) – 61 (OVERALL) – 179

Preseason Stats: 8 ATT, 61 YDS (7.6 AVG)

Perine is considered day to day and he will continue to fight for early down work with Robert Kelley while Chris Thompson functions as the pass down back.

Robert Kelley ADP – (RB) – 87 (OVERALL) – 314

 

Jonathan Stewart – NYG – RB

ADP – (RB) – 74 (OVERALL) – 272

Preseason Stats: 7 ATT, 22 YDS (0.3 AVG) 1 REC, 8 YDS, 0 TD

3 for 3 yds 1 catch 8 yds

Stewart was already receiving negative reports out of camp and looks sluggish. Wayne Gallman had 5 carries for 26 yards adding 2 catches for 9 yards and a TD. Gallman could eventually eat enough into Stewarts touches and become the handcuff to own behind Barkley.

Wayne Gallman – NYG – RB

ADP – (RB) – 81 (OVERALL) – 294

 

 

 

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