With just 8 days to go until kickoff, the NFL is packing our lives with all sorts of drama. I’m also binge watching Friday Night Lights for the first time and I’m in the middle of season 3. Every hour of the day is now an emotional roller coaster. 8 days! 8 days! Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose. Unless you’re Leonard Fournette

On Monday morning the Jaguars let Leonard Fournette go and created a twitter frenzy over what was quite frankly, a lateral move. I’m sorry guys and gals, I’ve just never been a fan! There isn’t anything that sticks out about his game to me. If you were drafting Leonard, you were drafting a guy who was going to get a lot of volume on a team that probably isn’t going to move the ball a ton. If your team isn’t moving the ball, your 3rd round RB isn’t going to find pay dirt. 

On Tuesday afternoon, Fournette cleared waivers. Let’s face it, he hasn’t gotten much positive press since he has entered the league. Sometimes it’s an injury, sometimes writer’s are pointing out lack of effort. Are we living in a world where the #4 overall pick from the 2017 draft can’t find a suitor for the 2020 season? Why would the Washington Professional Football Team pay Fournette to do something slightly better than Adrian Peterson does? David Montgomery could be back by week 3, why not just wait it out? Don’t get me wrong, with Covid and injuries, luck will probably be on Fournette’s side with finding a home. But his drafters will have to be patient and live with the slight possibility that Fournette won’t be out there this year. One of our writers is in a draft as I’m writing this and asked the group, “should I take Fournette at the 9/10 turn?” My immediate response was, “NO!!!” Rudy followed up with there still being plenty of upside in that range that he would rather have and I 100% agree with Rudy. 

I don’t have a great gauge on who the running back to own in Jacksonville is. Most analysts believe Armstead has the inside track with Ozigbo being a name to definitely watch. I’m in no rush to use a waiver priority or a bunch of FAAB on either of them. I really don’t want to invest in this offense. 

Leonard Fournette wasn’t the only running back with team issues this week. Heading into Tuesday evening, Alvin Kamara hadn’t shown up to practice for four days and it was leaked to the media that the Saints were open to trading him. That fire has been put out for the most part. New reports suggest that his team is actually pretty close to a deal with the Saints and he may have been absent in part to a minor back injury. Kamara will be at practice today and he should soon have a new deal with the Saints. I wonder if the trade rumor brought Kamara’s team back to the table. It was a bit stressful, but everything should be okay with Kamara’s price.

Quick Hits

Kenyan Drake is close to practicing in full. Like Drake suggested last week, there was nothing to worry about and it doesn’t seem like his week 1 status is in question. It should be very fun to watching this Arizona offense in action.

A.J. Green is still only doing individual drills. I haven’t really been interested until I had a draft Saturday and he fell and fell. I decided to roll with upside instead and so far I’m not regretting that decision. 

Tyrell Williams’ season is over. He has been placed on IR and that brings Hunter Renfrow back into the mix and Bryan Edwards further into the spotlight. Bryan Edwards folks, he’s worth your attention.

Chris Carson has said that he is 100% ready to go. I haven’t necessarily targeted Carson a bunch in drafts because his range is usually when I am looking at WRs, but Carson is obviously always very solid when healthy. I’m not overly concerned about Carlos Hyde in Seattle when it comes to Carson’s workload.

Joe Mixon is a happily employed Cincinnati Bengal! Mixon reached a contract extension agreement with the Bengals ensuring that he will not be holding out the upcoming offseason. 

J.K. Dobbins will reportedly have a significant role with the Ravens in 2020. Dobbins is quite frankly probably already as good as aging Mark Ingram and I envision his role growing as the season rolls along. 

– The Deebo Samuel watch continues. I’ve heard he’s 50/50 for week one, but barring any setbacks, we’ll definitely see him in September. I think this is a great cheap draft pick/buy opportunity. 

 

  1. Another Dan says:
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    Good Morning,

    Looking for a little help please. I am a long time reader of the baseball side of the site but this year I have been asked to play in a fantasy football league. That’s quite unusual because I am English and there just isn’t that many people playing fantasy sports here (in quite the same way, anyway).

    Have been doing a bit of research. I am in a 10 team league Non PPR (points based on yards and scoring TD’s). QB, RB x 2, WR x 2, TE, RB/WR, DEF, and then 3 IDP (DL, LB, DB). I have downloaded Rudy’s rankings and calculated points based on my league settings. Am using this to create my draft board.

    I have just done a mock draft (to get used to the software) and got
    QB Murray 6.6
    RB Cook 1.5
    RB Chubb 2.6
    WR Thielen 3.5
    WR Cooper 4.6
    TE Hurst 9.5
    W/R Taylor 5.5
    K Crosby 15.5
    Def KC 14.6

    BN Akers 7.5, Allen 8.6, Brady 10.6, White 11.5, Gesicki 12.6 and Sanders 13.5.

    Thoughts ?

    My intention would be to use my last 5 picks on my Defense, K, and the 3 IDP’s. Is that sensible? I would aim to play matchups throughout the season with these.

    I missed on McLaurin and probably should have taken him before Thielen, Cooper and Taylor (he went at 60 in the mock).

    Any advice greatly received.

    Many thanks for reading,

    Another Dan

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Dan! Welcome to football, I hope you enjoy it. I love that team. Great job for a first time drafter. Yeah, missing out on McLaurin could be a bummer but you can always trade for him. Yeah I usually wait til the end for K and D/St as well. I haven’t played IDP in some time but there is usually value at the end if you grab some top end talent in the middle. Anything you need this year, don’t hesitate to ask!

  2. Boston George says:
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    Looking for thoughts on best keeper value in a 12 man .5 ppr QB / 2RB / 3WR / 2 FLX…

    Mixon in 2nd
    Gallup in 8th
    Singletary in 11th

    THanks!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Not a huge Mixon fan but I think Mixon in the 2nd

  3. Mosey says:
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    Would you rather have Pittman or bryan Edwards in a std league

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Good question. Leaning Pittman probably

  4. Jerseyjon says:
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    Getting ready for a draft on Saturday. Are your rankings available anywhere?

  5. Chucky says:
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    Ditto your AJ Green comment about falling far enough where he becomes relevant. Grabbed him with pick #71 late 6th rd, 12 team redraft. Did that fall far enough as my #2 WR? Thoughts on AJ Brown?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I like that, if he doesn’t do anything it doesn’t hurt too bad. I like AJ Brown, probably not as much as the AJ Brown truthers, but I believe he’s a dynamic talent. I have more McLaurin than Brown.

  6. Josh says:
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    Nice write up! I like your insight on players and I can tell you know your stuff! Could you please tell me which of the two teams I drafted you like more?

    Team 1: 12 team 1/2 PPR 6 point per TD for QB’s.

    Wilson
    Zeke
    Ekeler
    Kupp
    Hollywood
    Andrews
    Singleterry
    Bench: Edelman/Tate/Aiyuk/Gibson/Vaughn//Dillon/Mayfield

    Team 2: 10 team Full PPR 4 points per TD for QB’s

    Jackson
    Henry
    Jones
    Woods
    Mclaurin
    Geseki
    Gurley
    Bench: Hollywood/Edelman/Diggs/Kerryon/Moss/Lamb/Hurst

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Thanks for the kind words!

      I like the 10 team one a lot. Love the Woods and McLaurin combo.

      I also like the 1-2 Zeke Ekeler punch on team 1. I like Russ a lot as well. Wrote about him earlier this summer. WR could be stronger on that team though but having Andrews is big so hard to complain

      • Josh says:
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        Thank you!

        • MB

          MB says:
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          Anytime!

  7. MJ says:
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    Great content, as always.

    I’m in a 12 team league and considering sending Zack Moss (4th RB in a super flex league / bench stash) and Chase Edmonds for Fournette. The other guy also owns Drake, hence the Edmonds inclusion. Do you think its worth losing out on my RB bench depth for the potential upside of Fournette finding a meaningful role somewhere?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Probably can’t anymore unfortunately

  8. AJ says:
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    What up MB.. I’m in a 10 team.. H2H points per reception Keeper League.. who would you recommend holding on as my keeper? Bell/Kittle or Godwin? Thanks!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Godwin, I want nothing to do with Bell this year

  9. hitzone says:
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    10 team ppr

    trade my OBJ/dobbins for Julio/breida

    rbs sanders, bell, swift, montgomery, dobbins, mattison, ozigbo

    wrs thomas, Golladay, OBJ, AJ Brown, Lamb, Hardman, Reagor

    2rbs/2wrs/3flex

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I’d definitely do that trade. Getting Julio on that squad would be devastating to the rest of your league

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