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#139 The Bears Are Lying About Their Starting QB

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“Team Who Drafted Quarterback At The Top Of The Draft Says He Isn’t Their Week 1 Starter”

It sounds like an Onion article headline, but in the NFL it’s actually a tale as old as time.

The most recent addition to this well worn coach-speak trope is Matt Nagy “reiterating” that Andy Dalton will be the Bears starter and this is all part of their plan. Literally moments later, though, he admitted that “I can’t predict anything, you know it goes.”

You mean predicting something like one of the best QB prospects in this year’s draft class outplaying a 33 year-old journeyman QB on his third team in three years? Yes, that sounds very unpredictable. See ya soon, Justin Fields.



❓ Guess the Quote.

Can you guess which team’s new look offense is being referenced here?

The offense has about a 30 to 40 percent overlap with Sean Payton’s Saints system...the run game, though, will more closely resemble the Kyle Shanahan system in San Francisco.”


📰 Fantasy News for the True Sickos.

* We’ve been following the Jets WR saga closely and it appears to have gotten even messier now with the Jets restructuring Jamison Crowder’s contract. We wrongly surmised the team and Crowder were headed for a breakup the other day, but they were able to renegotiate his contract to keep him in New York. While we assumed promising rookie Elijah Moore would play the slot in a post-Crowder world, he’s now playing outside in the “Z” role while Crowder and Braxton Berrios play in the slot. The odd man out here is Denzel Mims, who is currently running with the 2s. 

* Panthers WR Robby Anderson says there’s something different with Sam Darnold in Carolina: “I could see a new energy out of him, like a glow, charisma that I didn’t really see in New York.” If it sounds like Robby is describing a friend who has a new lease on life after getting out of a bad relationship that’s because that is exactly what happened. 

* Rashaad Penny remains sidelined and is still recovering from a clean-up procedure on the knee that suffered a torn ACL in December. He’s expected to be ready for training camp, but it’s never ideal to be missing work after a full offseason. The RB2 in a run-heavy offense like the Seahawks is something we want to keep tabs on for fantasy, so Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas are the names to file away. 

* Laviska Shenault hype. Can’t stop, won’t stop: "There [are] easy, simple ways that you can kind of hand it to him and get it to him, but there’s also routes and things. So, that’s where I wanted to progress, too, and see what he was able to do as a wide receiver and I really like what I see,” said Jags OC Darrell Bevell.

* “Lamar Jackson still finds his most consistent success throwing to tight end Mark Andrews. It almost seems unfair how strong their connection is.” Rashod Bateman is apparently impressing at camp too, but for now Andrews still has inside track as Lamar’s #1 option. 

* Jackson/Andrews. Rodgers/Adams. Dads/Kids. Celebrate great stacks this week with a gift for Dad from the Fantasy Life Father’s Day collection:



📚 The Fantasy Articles You Must Read

* Is There Value In Cheaper Team WR1 Options During Fantasy Football Drafts? Over at Sharp Football Analysis, part of the Rotopass network, Lord Reebs looks at the data surrounding fantasy production for WR1s. It often feels gross drafting a top option on a bad team (hi Kenny Golladay), but the numbers say you shouldn’t hesitate at certain points of the draft.

* What I Learned While Doing 2021 Fantasy Football Projections. At ESPN+, Mike Clay shares actionable nuggets on every team that he learned while doing top down projections for the entire league. It’s jam-packed with useful information. Here’s one of my favorites:

“49ers RB Raheem Mostert first played more than half of his team's offensive snaps in Week 13 of the 2019 season. During the 49ers' next eight games, he averaged a 51% carry and 8% target share. Last season, Mostert was healthy for only six full games, handling 51% of the carries and 8% of the targets during those outings. How's that for consistent usage?”


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🎥 Grainy Camp Video Szn. There’s Thanksgiving. There’s Easter. And then there’s Grainy Camp Video Szn. It’s that time of year again where beat reporters bust out their flip phones and record some grainy footage from NFL training camps. 

Our first edition comes via Saints reporter Nick Underhill who captured a short, wind-ridden video of Jameis Winston uncorking a deep ball to Tre’Quan Smith. Adjust your ranks accordingly.



Fine, how about one more. Here’s a screengrab captured by NBC Sports Boston of Jarret Stidham’s impressive lettuce at Pats camp.



Quote Reveal

The offense has about a 30 to 40 percent overlap with Sean Payton’s Saints system...the run game, though, will more closely resemble the Kyle Shanahan system in San Francisco.”

That’s a quote from The Athletic’s Daniel Popper on the Chargers new offense post-Anthony Lynn. 

Make sure you are following the Fantasy Life Newsletter Twitter account. We’ll have a giveaway announcement soon. See ya Friday. 

Peter Overzet


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