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Origin of Fantasy Sports: Bill Winkenbach
Mock Draft: Simulator
WELCOME TO THE 2020 FOOTBALLDIEHARDS
WE HOPE YOU AND YOURS ARE DOING WELL IN THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES

None of us have all the answers. ... But there are things we do know as we work our way through the Covid-19 pandemic. First and foremost, we know the NFL is plowing forward as if they're going to play football at some point (as they demonstrated by rolling on with Free Agency, following through with the NFL Draft and virtual OTAs). And we're going to do the same.

Bottom line: FootballDiehards.com is open for business. And we will be until there's reason not to be.

That's not to dismiss the gravity of the overall situation or the difficulties many of us are going through because of it. But sports in general -- and the NFL in particular -- are something we love. They provide a welcome diversion for those looking for that. So we're going to forge onward with that in mind. It starts like this:

JUST IN: Kyle Dvorchak takes a look at 2020 Strength Of Schedule and Bye Week Trends while the Gridioron Scholar, John Laub, has rounded up a group of fantasy football historians to draft a league of all-time greats. You'll find his All-Time Fantasy Football Draft. Part I and Part II are both available now.

AUDIO: The latest FootballDiehards Podcast is available now. Listen in as Justin Lonero, Kyle Dvorchak and Bob Harris review the 2020 NFL Draft from a fantasy football perspective!

LATEST FANTASTY FOOTBALL ARTICLES: Laub's Best-Ball Dream Team and Adam Hall's QB Metrics: What They Tell Us About Fantasy Value are available now. Dvorchak makes The Case Against Jarrett Stidham and takes a look at whether Rookie Quarterbacks Have Predictable Tendencies, ponders the notions of the Slot Receiver Being The New X Receiver and also offers up an overview of the early round of Free-Agent Moves from a fantasy perspective.

2020 ROOKIE CONTENT: Kyle Dvorchak's Top-Five Fantasy Winners andTop-Five Fantasy Football Losers in the 2020 Draft are available now. Also up now, Evan Tarracciano's 2020 NFL Draft Skill-Position Overview Part 1 (QBs and RBS) and Part II (WRs and TES). In addition, Laub, has posted his 2020 Rookie Post-Draft Rankings with Part 1 and Part II.

OTHERWISE: Feel free to holler if you have any technical problems. Now let's kick somebody's sorry a**!!

George Kittle, 49ers Far Apart On Contract Sunday, May 31, 2020 | Time: 12:06 PT | Reported by Profootballtalk.com
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fantasy football Profile George Kittle
The Facts: Kittle is heading into the final year of his rookie contract, and he and the 49ers are far apart in negotiations for a new deal. Kittle’s agent, Jack Bechta, told Mike Silver of NFL Media that the two sides are not close.
Diehards Line: Kittle’s camp is looking for a deal that will pay him like an elite left tackle or wide receiver, not a tight end. “I don’t care about the tight end market, I’m being paid to do a George Kittle deal,” Bechta told Silver. As PFT's Michael David Smith suggests, the difference in paying Kittle like a tight end compared to paying him like a left tackle or wide receiver is huge. Cleveland’s Austin Hooper has the league’s top tight end contract, at four years and $42 million with $23 million guaranteed. Houston left tackle Laremy Tunsil got three years, $66 million and $50 million guaranteed this year, while Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones got three years, $66 million and $64 million guaranteed last year. Smith summed up, "San Francisco General Manager John Lynch has insisted that Kittle will be a 49er for a long time. To make that happen, he’s going to have to show Kittle the money."
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Deshaun Watson Likes New Offensive Weapons Saturday, May 30, 2020 | Time: 12:38 PT | Reported by Profootballtalk.com
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fantasy football Profile Deshaun Watson
The Facts: Watson won’t have DeAndre Hopkins to throw to anymore. The Texans traded Hopkins in the offseason, and he and his 632 catches for 8,602 yards and 54 touchdowns are now in Arizona. The Texans instead added receivers Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb and running back David Johnson. “We’re excited about the veteran weapons, the new weapons that we have,” Watson said. “Over the past couple of years, we haven’t had too much veteran depth, especially in the receiving room. For us to get a couple of guys to come in and be able to help us produce and play a lot of football, not just to elevate their game but our game as a whole organization as a whole offense and as a quarterback, I’m very excited about it. I’m looking forward to it.”
Diehards Line: The Texans traded with the Rams for Cooks. They signed Cobb as a free agent. They traded for Johnson in the deal with the Cardinals for Hopkins. The three have combined for 1,135 catches for 14,301 yards and 93 touchdowns, while Johnson also has added 781 career rushes for 3,128 yards and 33 touchdowns. Watson praised GM/coach Bill O’Brien and offensive coordinator Tim Kelly, who will call the plays this season and noted the high-end QBs the newcomers played with. “Those guys played with — like Cooks played with Jared Goff who played in the Super Bowl," Watson said. "Tom Brady, Drew Brees, same with Cobb playing with Aaron Rodgers and Dak [Prescott]. I can learn so much from those guys, and they have seen so much. Mentally, [they can help] take my game to another level. ...” We'll see.
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