FBG Daily Email - Volume 13, Issue 109
By Joe Bryant
August 10th, 2012


Save 50% when you switch your league to MyFantasyLeague.com in August. You can even transfer your league history from your old service.

With MyFantasyLeague.com, it's all about control. We give you total control over drafts and auctions, waivers and trades, roster sizes and deadlines, and with over a hundred scoring rules, we can cater to any league existing or yet to be created. Along the way, you get live stats, message boards, chat for trash talking, and devoted customer support. We specialize in support for dynasty and keeper leagues with extensive options for salary caps, contracts, IDPs, and more. You can "skin" your league to personalize its look, or use one of our many predefined skins. The sky is the limit when it comes to customizing the appearance of your league.

In addition to fully featured leagues, we offer tons of totally free options all year round, including Mock Drafts, Draft-Only Leagues, Survivor Leagues, Mid-Season Leagues and even NFL Playoff Leagues, all for free. See for yourself what the buzz is about, and discover why MyFantasyLeague.com is Beyond League Management!

Hi Folks,

Welcome to the Weekend. Preseason games are rolling all around us and Camp is in full swing. It's a great time to be a Fantasy Football owner and we've got the news and notes you need plus plenty of new content. Let's get to it.

J

SITE NEWS

A. Get a FREE Footballguys Insider with FanDuel.com
Footballguys Subscription with FanDuel If you're have never deposited money with FanDuel.com before, you can get a FREE Footballguys Insider Subscription by just depositing $25 with them. If you're already a Footballguys Insider Subscriber - no problem, you can add another year onto your current subscription. It's $63.95 worth of value for just $25.

B. Rearview QB
Our Chase Stuart picks up his very popular "Rearview" series and in this one takes a look at the QBs.

C. The Gut Check - Going for Legendary Status
Our Matt Waldman with another edition of his Gut Check column. In this one, he takes a look at going for Legendary Status in your league.

D. The Gut Check - Draft Day Counterpunch
Our Matt Waldman with another edition of his Gut Check column. In this one, he looks at how to develop an effective Draft Day Counterpunch.

E. Offensive Line Training Camp Updates
Our offensive line guru, Matt Bitonti looks at the training camp situations to watch for offensive lines.

F. Defensive Back Tiers
Our Jene Bramel and John Norton look at how the tiers shake out for defensive backs.

G. Defensive Linemen Tiers
Our Jene Bramel and John Norton look at how the tiers shake out for defensive linemen.

H. Linebacker Tiers
Our Jene Bramel and John Norton look at how the tiers shake out for linebackers.

I. Running Backs Carrying the Load
Our Chris Smith takes an interesting look at work horse running backs that have carried the ball 320+ times in a season.

J. Running Backs Carrying the Load - Consistency
Our Chris Smith takes an interesting look at work horse running backs that have carried the ball extensively and how it relates to their consistency.

K. 160 Cheatsheets
Our Clayton Gray's gone through 160 different league and scoring scenarios and run them through our Detailed Stat Projections and created 160 unique cheatsheets. One of them is likely exactly what you're needing.

L. Average Draft Position
It's important to know where the guys in your leagues are likely to draft a player. The best way to do that is with our Average Draft Position data. We've got it for you here.

M. Average Draft Position - PPR
The same Average Draft Position info but for Point Per Reception (PPR) leagues.

N. Value Based Drafting Excel App
The tried and true Excel App for Value Based Drafting (VBD).

O. Draft Dominator App Updated
You know the Draft Dominator is the most powerful drafting tool on the planet. Now it's updated with all the latest projections.

P. Draft Dominator App for Mac Updated
And you know we won't forget our Mac guys. The Draft Dominator for Mac is ready too.

Q. Projections Dominator
The Projections Dominator App is ready for you. Manipulate our Detailed Stat Projections to make them work for you.

R. Detailed Stat Projections Updated
Detailed Stat Projections are ready for you here. Dive in.

S. Footballguys Staff Cheatsheet Rankings
We've had our Footballguys Staffers working on updated Cheatsheet Rankings. Tons of new rankings ready for you now.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. GB - RB Cedric Benson expected to sign
2. MIA - QB David Garrard to undergo surgery
3. PIT - WR Mike Wallace likely to report soon
4. TB - Hoping Doug Martin can start
5. SD - RB Ryan Mathews may not play until Week 4
6. NE - Shane Vereen trying to make most of opportunities
7. PHI - QB Michael Vick expected to be fine
8. PIT - RB Jonathan Dwyer's injury not serious
9. BUF - Stevie Johnson injury update
10. SEA - RB Marshawn Lynch will not play Saturday
11. NO - Mark Ingram misses preseason game
12. CIN - Could have rotation at starting WR
13. BAL - TE Ed Dickson undergoes MRI
14. SD - TE Antonio Gates looking agile and healthy

GB - RB Cedric Benson expected to sign

Source: ESPN - Chris Mortensen

The Green Bay Packers are expected to sign free-agent RB Cedric Benson (Bengals).

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ OUR VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

The Packers need an upgrade at the RB position over James Starks. Benson isn't an elite level runner but is more determined than Starks and can be very effective in that offense.

Back to Top


MIA - QB David Garrard to undergo surgery

Source: ESPN.com

Miami Dolphins QB David Garrard will undergo knee surgery and will be sidelined for an undisclosed period of time. The surgery is considered to be a minor procedure.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ OUR VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Garrard sits atop the depth chart in Miami, but now guys like Matt Moore and rookie Ryan Tannehill will get a bigger opportunity. Even if Moore or Garrard begin the season as the starter it's only a matter of time before Tannehill takes over.

Back to Top


PIT - WR Mike Wallace likely to report soon

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Alan Robinson

Tom Shaw, a conditioning coach that has been working with Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free-agent WR Mike Wallace in Florida, said Wallace has been working out and likely will report to training camp soon. Shaw said Wallace has been lifting, running and catching the ball during the workouts and the only thing he is not doing is getting hit.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ OUR VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Huge news for the Steelers here. Wallace could be extremely productive in the new Todd Haley offense, and there's a chance he finishes the year as a top 5 fantasy WR. He's been missing valuable time in training camp and will have to get up to speed quickly. Good thing Wallace stopped by the team facility before camp and picked up his playbook.

Back to Top


TB - Hoping Doug Martin can start

Source: NFL.com - Brian McIntyre

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano said the plan is for RB Doug Martin to start this season. He said he hopes Martin will be able to be successful as a starter.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ OUR VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Martin is a do everything RB who can be a successful starting RB in this league. He's built low to the ground, has good balance between the tackles, and is a good receiver out of the backfield.

Back to Top


SD - RB Ryan Mathews may not play until Week 4

Source: North County Times - Scott Bair

If San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (shoulder) needs six weeks to recover from a broken clavicle, he probably won't return to the lineup until Week 4 against the Kansas City Chiefs. The injury problem hasn't changed head coach Norv Turner's opinion about Mathews for this year. 'I still expect him to have a great year,' Turner noted.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ OUR VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Bad news for the Chargers here. We expect Mathews ADP to take a tumble after fantasy owners respond to the injury news. If healthy he should get a sizable workload and could still be a star for your fantasy team in the all important fantasy playoffs. He's a nice value, but obviously comes with a risk.

Back to Top


NE - Shane Vereen trying to make most of opportunities

Source: WEEI.com

New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen had a nice showing Thursday, Aug. 9, against the New Orleans Saints. He rushed 11 times for 64 yards during the second half of the game, picking up 73 total yards on the team's 97-yard touchdown drive. Vereen also caught two passes for 17 yards and served as the team's third-down back later in the game when rookie Brandon Bolden was worked in on first and second down. 'You are only given so many opportunities. To be able to go out there and be able to play well as an offense - we still have a ton, a ton to work on and get better with - but for that little drive I felt like the offense, we did pretty well,' Vereen said.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ OUR VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

We like Vereen's all-around skill set, but we don't like his situation in the Patriots 'Tiamat' backfield. Stevan Ridley, Vereen, and Danny Woodhead will split touches at the RB position. The situation seems pretty fluid with some observers feeling that Ridley has the edge. We'll stay on this one closely for you to see if one player can emerge from the pack.

Back to Top


PHI - QB Michael Vick expected to be fine

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer - Zach Berman

Updating previous reports, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid said QB Michael Vick (thumb) should be fine after suffering a thumb contusion in the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 9.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ OUR VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Eagles and Vick fantasy owners can breathe a sigh of relief here. They may have dodged a serious injury here, but this highlights the injury concerns with Vick. If he's healthy he could finish the year as a top 5 fantasy QB. However, with his injury risk go ahead and draft a quality backup fantasy QB like Andrew Luck or Josh Freeman.

Back to Top


PIT - RB Jonathan Dwyer's injury not serious

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Mark Kaboly

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jonathan Dwyer (shoulder) a sprained shoulder in the first preseason game Thursday, Aug. 9, but it is not considered serious.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ OUR VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Dwyer is a valuable backup RB who could see some more work while Rashard Mendenhall misses time with his knee injury. He's behind Isaac Redman on the depth chart and could be used in short yardage and goal line situations because of his size and power.

Back to Top


BUF - Stevie Johnson injury update

Source: BuffaloBills.com - Chris Brown

Buffalo Bills WR Stevie Johnson (groin), who had offseason surgery on his groin, said he felt good during the team's first preseason game Thursday, Aug. 9. 'The groin was good. It felt good. I didn't feel anything as far as a setback when I was running,' Johnson said.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ OUR VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Johnson was a full go during the game after the Bills held him out of some training camp workouts as a precaution.

Back to Top


SEA - RB Marshawn Lynch will not play Saturday

Source: Everett Herald - John Boyle

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said RB Marshawn Lynch will not play in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 11.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ OUR VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Behind Lynch there's rookie Robert Turbin. Coming out of Utah State he reminded some in the scouting community of Marshawn Lynch. Turbin is a big back who can grind down a defense and gets stronger as the game goes on. We'll also see guys like Tyrell Sutton and Kregg Lumpkin.

Back to Top


NO - Mark Ingram misses preseason game

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune - Larry Holder

New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram (knee, toe) did not play in the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 9, because of knee and toe injuries.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ OUR VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Ingram looked good in the Hall of Fame Game on Sunday, but the team decided to keep him out of action Thursday night.

Back to Top


CIN - Could have rotation at starting WR

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton indicated WRs Brandon Tate, Armon Binns and Mohamed Sanu may rotate at the starting wide receiver spot opposite WR A.J. Green. Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said his playing calling would be the same with whichever receiver is in the game.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ OUR VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

We've heard conflicting reports about which WR is leading the way to win the WR2 job opposite A.J. Green. Tate has the speed and moves in the open field. Binns has the wingspan, big frame, and aggressive catching mentality. Sanu is the talented rookie who plays a lot like former Bengals WR T.J. Houshamandzadeh. Tate or Binns could win the starting job at the beginning of the season, but we think Sanu takes over at some point during the year.

Back to Top


BAL - TE Ed Dickson undergoes MRI

Source: The Baltimore Sun - Aaron Wilson

Baltimore Ravens TE Ed Dickson (shoulder) underwent an MRI on the shoulder injury he suffered in the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 9, and it did not reveal any structural damage. He is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ OUR VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

The Ravens can breathe a sigh of relief here. They're already missing Dennis Pitta due to a hand injury. Pitta is expected to miss four to six weeks after having surgery to repair a broken bone in his right hand. These injuries at the TE position will give Davon Drew more reps in the preseason and training camp.

Back to Top


SD - TE Antonio Gates looking agile and healthy

Source: North County Times - Scott Bair

San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates had a 23-yard touchdown reception in the team's first preseason game. Gates saw limited action, but appeared to be in perfect sync with QB Philip Rivers. Gates also looked as agile and healthy as he has during training camp.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ OUR VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

The team will lean on Gates more than ever this season. Chargers head coach Norv Turner says Gates has looked better this offseason than he has in the last few years. He should finish the year as a top 3 fantasy TE if he stays healthy in 2012.

Back to Top


That'll do it for today, Folks. Have a great Saturday and we'll see you tomorrow with the update. Thanks for being a part of Footballguys.

Peace,

J

© 2012 Footballguys - All Rights Reserved