FBG Daily Email - Volume 13, Issue 24
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May 17th, 2012


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Hi Folks,

Welcome to Friday. Tons of content for you today. We've got a bunch more sections of our "Beginner Series" that's always a good read and refresher. We've also got an update to the Combined Draft Board plus a brand new Staff Roundtable. And the news and notes so let's get to it.

J

SITE NEWS

A. Preseason Roundtable #2
Our Staff Roundtables are a fun way for Footballguys Staffers to argue, defend and generally expound on things they think and why they think it. Always a fun read.

B. Combined Draft Board
Our Jene Bramel with a very cool way to view the entire 2012 draft.

C. Beginner Series Section V: Tools of the Trade
Our Chris Smith lays out some of the tools that make Fantasy Football a lot more fun.

D. Beginner Series Section VI: Preparing for the Fantasy Draft
Our Chris Smith and Bob Magaw with some nice tips on preparing for your Fantasy Draft.

E. Beginner Series Section VII: Dominating on Draft Day
Our Will Grant with insights on how to Dominate Your Draft.

F. Beginner Series Section VIII: Post-draft Analysis of Your Squad
Our Chris Smith on what do to after the draft is over.

G. Beginner Series Section IX: Improving Your Roster After the Draft
Our Chris Smith on steps to improve your team after the draft.

H. Beginner Series Section X: Using the Free Agent Wire to Your Advantage
Our Will Grant on how to best use the Waiver Wire to improve your team.

I. Beginner Series Section XI: Deciding Who to Start and Who to Bench
Our Will Grant on making those sometimes tough decisions on who to start and who to bench.

J. Beginner Series Section XII: Your Playoff Push
Our Marc Levin with how to make the final push in the playoffs.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. MIN - RB Adrian Peterson says camp participation 50-50
2. PHI - Announce extension for RB LeSean McCoy
3. NO - ILB Jonathan Vilma suing Roger Goodell
4. NE - WR Wes Welker says contract talks getting worse
5. CHI - WR Earl Bennett could start
6. NYJ - Vladimir Ducasse only working at RT
7. SD - Coach happy with TE Antonio Gates this offseason
8. PHI - WR Jeremy Maclin has added weight
9. PIT - Marcus Gilbert expected to stay at RT
10. ATL - WR Roddy White looking to cut down on drops
11. CHI - WR Brandon Marshall unlikely to be suspended if no charges
12. MIN - OC happy with addition of WR Jerome Simpson
13. SD - QB Philip Rivers looking to eliminate turnovers
14. WAS - Keenan Robinson signs
15. STL - Greg Salas taking part in OTAs
16. DEN - Rookie QB Osweiler showing improvement already
17. BAL - S Ed Reed not fully committed for 2012
18. OAK - ILB Rolando McClain sentenced to 180 days in jail
19. PHI - S Nate Allen, S Kurt Coleman to line up as starters
20. NYJ - Plan to use more 46 defense

MIN - RB Adrian Peterson says camp participation 50-50

Source: ESPN.com - Josina Anderson

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) said he is not sure if he will be able to participate in practice during training camp and thinks the chances are 50-50 at this point. Peterson said he believes he can participate in some drills and even take part in some plays but will do what the coaches and trainers tell him.

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Peterson is still going as high as the second or third round, but perhaps that is too optimistic. It's still hard to bet again him.

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PHI - Announce extension for RB LeSean McCoy

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

The Philadelphia Eagles agreed to a five-year, $45 million contract extension with RB LeSean McCoy Thursday, May 17, with $20.765 million of it guaranteed.

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McCoy has defied the weak market for RB contract extensions (ask Ray Rice and Matt Forte). Him being only 23 years old probably had something to do with the Eagles willingness to extend McCoy's contract.

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NO - ILB Jonathan Vilma suing Roger Goodell

Source: CBSSports.com - Larry Holder

New Orleans Saints LB Jonathan Vilma is suing NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for defamation.

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This suit could air some dirty laundry for both the Saints the league's actual evidence against Vilma and the rest of the team. Vilma is not going quietly, which could be an unwise decision in the long run. On the other hand, the challenge to Goodell's nearly absolute authority is in and of itself a small victory for the players, if only for the short term.

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NE - WR Wes Welker says contract talks getting worse

Source: Boston Herald - Karen Guregian

New England Patriots WR Wes Welker said contract talks with the team have gotten worse despite signing his franchise tender. Welker is further away than ever from a long-term deal. 'There have been talks, but nothing that's brightened anything at all,' Welker said. 'It's actually gotten worse.' Welker revealed that the Patriots have lowered the two-year, fully guaranteed $16 million offer that they initially proposed.

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Welker has surrendered any leverage he had by signing his franchise tag contract. If he thinks he can continue to perform at a high level, he could always gamble that the team will have to franchise him again next season, which would result in a lot more than 16 million dollars over the two years.

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CHI - WR Earl Bennett could start

Source: Chicago Tribune - Dan Pompei

Chicago Bears WR Earl Bennett could start at wide receiver this season if the team decides to use WR Devin Hester for a special package of plays.

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Bennett had WR1 like production in PPR leagues for the three games that he and Jay Cutler played together last year and he's only 25. It's way too early to give up on him in dynasty leagues.

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NYJ - Vladimir Ducasse only working at RT

Source: The Star-Ledger Jenny Vrentas

New York Jets OT Vladimir Ducasse has worked exclusively at right tackle during offseason workouts. He is expected to compete with OT Wayne Hunter for the starting right tackle job.

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Ducasse can't be any worse than Hunter, but he hasn't looked like a promising player when he's gotten on the field so far in his short career.

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SD - Coach happy with TE Antonio Gates this offseason

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune - Michael Gehlken

San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner said TE Antonio Gates looks great this offseason and appears to be fully recovered from the plantar fascia injury he dealt with last season. 'Gates looks great -- he's back,' Turner said. 'Physically, he's back to where we want him to be. I think, like anybody, going through this offseason program helps you get better. (It's) the combination of conditioning, the combination of getting better in the areas you can improve, and being out there with your teammates.'

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Gates is going off the board as the third or fourth tight ends at the highest, which could make him a slight value. He was among the best non-Graham/Gronkowski tight ends last year after he returned from his injury.

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PHI - WR Jeremy Maclin has added weight

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer - Jeff McLane

Philadelphia Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin said he currently weighs 205 pounds which is seven pounds heavier than he played last season.

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Maclin has WR1 upside if he can stay healthy for an entire season. He is available at low WR2/high WR3 prices, so the risk/reward is making him a good pick this year.

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PIT - Marcus Gilbert expected to stay at RT

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Ed Bouchette

Pittsburgh Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert is expected to stay at right tackle after the team moved OG Willie Colon to left guard. Gilbert was supposed to move to left tackle but OT Mike X. Adams is expected to take that spot.

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Mike Adams will be the rookie starter at left tackle with a good camp and preseason. It might seem risky, but the Steelers have been getting by with subpar left tackle play for at least three years. Adams can only be an improvement.

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ATL - WR Roddy White looking to cut down on drops

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - D. Orlando Ledbetter

Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White said leading the NFL with 15 dropped passes last season was unacceptable and has to work on holding onto the ball when thrown the ball. White believes of other parts of his game are fine and that he played well last season.

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White has always had his share of concentration drops, but it hasn't hurt his net production too much. Cutting down on the drops would be an improvement, but White will remain a primary target for Matt Ryan either way.

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CHI - WR Brandon Marshall unlikely to be suspended if no charges

Source: Chicago Tribune - Dan Pompei

Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall likely will not be suspended by the NFL for his involvement in a March incident at a nightclub if the police did not file any charges against Marshall.

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It's still disturbing that trouble continues to find Marshall after he claims to have gotten a handle on his problems. It's only a matter of time before his name is in the news for the wrong reasons once again.

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MIN - OC happy with addition of WR Jerome Simpson

Source: 1500ESPN.com - Tom Pelissero

Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said he is happy with the addition of WR Jerome Simpson because he is a deep threat that runs good routes.

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Simpson makes the circus catch, but he's not consistent. Greg Childs and others could get to show their stuff while Simpson is suspended for the first three games of the season.

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SD - QB Philip Rivers looking to eliminate turnovers

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune - Michael Gehlken

San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers said he will be looking to improve his ball security in 2012. 'That was obviously the thing that stood out last year,' Rivers said of the turnovers. 'It's one thing if we couldn't get a first down or convert third downs or couldn't run the ball or couldn't have any big plays. We had all of those.' Rivers threw 20 interceptions last season.

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Rivers turnover issues led many to speculate that he was hiding an injury. If he has a better 2012, it will only support that theory to explain his dropoff in 2011.

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WAS - Keenan Robinson signs

Source: CBSSports.com

The Washington Redskins announced Thursday, May 17, that they have signed fourth-round draft pick LB Keenan Robinson. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Robinson is versatile enough to play outside linebacker, but he is being groomed to play inside in the Redskins 3-4 defense.

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STL - Greg Salas taking part in OTAs

Source: StLouisRams.com - Nick Wagoner

St. Louis Rams WR Greg Salas (leg), who is coming off a serious leg injury, was able to take part in organized team activities (OTAs) Wednesday, May 16, and he did not show any ill-effects of the injury.

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Salas will battle Danny Amendola and Steve Smith to get some snaps in the slot. He could also challenge rookies Brian Quick and Chris Givens in the pecking order to get time lining up outside.

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DEN - Rookie QB Osweiler showing improvement already

Source: Cecil Lammey - 102.3 ESPN Denver

Cecil Lammey, NFL Insider for ESPN Denver and senior writer for Footballguys.com, reports QB Brock Osweiler showed improved arm mechanics and footwork in Broncos rookie minicamp.

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Osweiler is not a finished product but it's a good sign that he's showing improvement. He's tall, has a strong arm, and is very athletic for a player his size. Osweiler is set to be groomed as the QB of the future behind Peyton Manning for a few years.

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BAL - S Ed Reed not fully committed for 2012

Source: SiriusXM NFL Radio - Adam Schein

Baltimore Ravens FS Ed Reed said during a radio interview that he is not 100 percent committed to playing this season.

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We still expect to see him in the season opener on Monday Night Football vs. the Bengals.

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OAK - ILB Rolando McClain sentenced to 180 days in jail

Source: ProFootballWeekly.com

Oakland Raiders LB Rolando McClain has been sentenced to 180 days in jail in his trial which stemmed from an incident last November when he was charged with assault, reckless endangerment, menacing and wrongful discharge of a firearm.

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Travis Goethel is the backup if McClain has to miss time, but fourth-round pick Miles Burris is also a natural inside linebacker who could be an option, along with Aaron Curry for some packages. McClain's case went downhill went his co-defendant decided to take a deal and testify against him today.

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PHI - S Nate Allen, S Kurt Coleman to line up as starters

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer - Jeff McLane

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid said FS Nate Allen and SS Kurt Coleman will be the safeties that work with the first-team defense during offseason workouts.

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2011 second-round pick Jaiquawn Jarrett still has a ways to go before he overtakes Coleman.

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NYJ - Plan to use more 46 defense

Source: The Star-Ledger Jenny Vrentas

New York Jets defensive line coach Karl Dunbar said the team plans to use more of Buddy Ryan's '46' defense next season. 'We're going to play a lot of that 46 defense,' Dunbar said. 'You get in that 46 defense, you're going to get a lot of one-on-one blocks, and when we put athletic guys on the field, bad things happen for the offense.' The '46' defense is a variation of a 4-3 front, with four down linemen and eight men in the box.

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LaRon Landry's IDP fantasy stock should be boosted with this news. He is tailor made for the 46 scheme.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and for letting us be a part of your Fantasy Football season. Have a great Friday and we'll see you tomorrow with the update.

Peace,

J

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