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#168 You’re Not High Enough On Rondale Moore

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We went from a firehose of training camp blurbs from beat reports to a firehose of preseason snap counts, targets, and touches. I’m very excited we are making the transition from the latter to the former. Here’s what stood out to me from last night…

 

🏈Preseason Takeaways

* Cardinals rookie WR Rondale Moore is going to be everything we want him to be. He had 3 receptions for 23 yards and 2 carries for 16 years. Last year Kliff Kingsbury was forcing the bubble screens near the line of scrimmage to Larry Fitzgerald and now they are going to Moore, who will be able to maximize the touches after the catch. Want a hot take? I don’t really think there’s much difference between what Moore is going to do for the Cardinals this year and what Deebo Samuel is going to do for the 49ers. There just so happens to be a 50+ pick gap in their ADPs. 

* The Cowboys WR usage was interesting. CeeDee Lamb played primarily outside and Michael Gallup played primarily from the slot—a role reversal for both compared to last year. This supports the recent reports that Dallas would use their WRs interchangeably this year. As the cheapest of the trio, Gallup is a screaming bargain in drafts.

* Bills RB Devin Singletary rushed eight times for 42 yards and caught a six-yard touchdown. Singletary enjoyed the starting gig thanks to Zack Moss missing the game with his hamstring injury, but this is a good reminder that Singletary is going to be a big piece of this backfield. We’ve mentioned it a few times before, but especially in light of Moss’ injury, Singletary should be going a few rounds higher in drafts (pick 130 range) than he is right now (150). 

* Based on their ADPs, the market doesn’t know what to do with the Lions WRs. After last night, it’s worth paying more attention to Tyrell Williams, who turned 4 targets into 2 receptions for 30 yards while playing every snap with the starters. On the flip side, rookie Amon-Ra St. Brown played sparingly. 

* Titans RB Darrynton Evans is one of my favorite Zero RB targets, but he left last night’s game with a knee injury after rushing for 26 yards on 4 carries. There’s not much exciting fantasy-wise behind Derrick Henry other than Evans, so let’s hope for a speedy recovery. 

* Most expected WR Josh Reynolds and  TEAnthony Firkser to be staples of the first team Titans offense, but both played very few snaps. Let’s get another game underneath our belts before we adjust the ranks. 

* I’ve been trying to find ways to fade Mike Davis in the Falcons backfield and I’m starting to think Javian Hawkins might not be the answer. The other top running backs on the roster didn’t suit up last night and Hawkins still didn’t start. 

 

📚 The Fantasy Articles You Must Read

NFL training camps: Updates, fantasy football intel and nuggets from Cowboys, Raiders, Chargers, Rams and Dolphins visits by Jeremy Fowler. Great info here on Dak Prescott, Darren Waller, and Darrell Henderson.

ADP Analysis: August Movers and Shakers by Jerry Donabedian. Nice snapshot on Rotowire of all the players moving up and down draft boards right now.

Tight End Tiers, Targets, and Players to Avoid by Sigmind Bloom. A look at tight end tiers and players to target and avoid at ADP. 

The Legendary Profile: How To Find League-Winning Running Back Profiles by Pat Kerrance. Incredible article by NBC Sports Edge’s Pat Kerrane on how to identify the next great fantasy running back. 

 

📰 Fantasy News for the true sickos.

* Colts Head Coach Frank Reich says Jonathan Taylor “looks so good right now...I can’t even tell you.” Reporter Zak Keefer added that Taylor’s been the best player throughout the camp. Taylor is still going in the 2nd round despite the positive reports on Carson Wentz’s Week 1 return.

* Some good news out of Chiefs camp if you’ve been drafting Clyde Edwards-Helaire via Nate Taylor in The Athletic: “The Chiefs have had Edwards-Helaire run more routes in the middle of the field the past few practices...he’s such a good receiver that it’s wise for the Chiefs to find more ways to pass him the ball this season.”

 

🚑 The Injury Ward 

* Phew, Pro Football Focus' Doug Kyed reported that Jets WR Elijah Moore avoided a "serious injury” after a scare with his quad in practice this past week. You may now return to your previously scheduled aggressive drafting of the talented rookie. 

* Lions coach Dan Campbell said that the Lions are being “conservative” with D’Andre Swift and that they are taking it easy as he rehabs from his groin injury. 

* Mike Klis reported that Broncos RB Mike Boone will be out 4-6 weeks with a quad injury, though he won’t need surgery. Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams will split all the work until he returns. 

* Mike Duger reported that WR D’Wayne Eskridge and RB Travis Homer are expected to come off the Seahawks PUP list next week. 

* Bills second year WR Isaiah Hodgins left last night’s preseason game with a knee injury. 

 

🗣️ Players Hyping Their Teammates

Melvin Gordon literally hype-man’ing Jerry Jeudy while he drops some bars. Watch here.

 

We got a big day of football on tap, enjoy:

 

Also, be sure to check out Matthew and Jack “Attack” Posnack’s heartwarming fantasy football on SportsCenter tomorrow morning. Watch the trailer here

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