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Hi Folks,

Welcome to the Weekend and Good Saturday to you.

We've got another giant day of Content for you plus the News and Notes you need. AND the long awaited Strength Of Schedule Breakdowns.

May you be as lucky today as these high school players who

got to practice with the Carolina Panthers.

Let's get to it.

J

SITE NEWS

A. NFC West Training Camp Preview
Our Sigmund Bloom runs down injuries, position battles, and offensive changes to watch for the NFC West and gives his view on the direction the team is headed.

B. FREE Content - Footballguys Staff Mock Draft 7, 12 Team PPR w/ Flex
On July 30th, the Footballguys staff got together for their seventh draft of 2016. A 20-round PPR with flex, mock draft. Jeff Haseley provides an unbiased summary of each team's draft and each participant answers questions about their strategy and team.

C. The FPC and the Tight End PPR Bonus Rule
Our Jeff Pasquino with The Footballguys Players Championship Analysis - Looking at the TE PPR Bonus Scoring Rule

D. 2016 Breakout Formula: Wide Receivers
Our Chad Parsons uses historical trends to calculate breakout odds for 2016 wide receivers.

E. Pushing the Pocket - Don't Forget About Jace Amaro
Our Cian Fahey looks at the skill set of Jace Amaro, the New York Jets' returning tight end.

F. Strength of Schedule: Overview
Our Clayton Gray is our Stength of Schedule Guru. In this article he gives an overview.

G. Strength of Schedule: Quarterbacks
Our Clayton Gray with an examination of the strength of schedule for quarterbacks.

H. Strength of Schedule: Running Backs
Our Clayton Gray with an examination of the strength of schedule for running backs.

I. Strength of Schedule: Wide Receivers
Our Clayton Gray with an examination of the strength of schedule for wide receivers.

J. Strength of Schedule: Tight Ends
Our Clayton Gray with an examination of the strength of schedule for tight ends.

K. Strength of Schedule: Kickers
Our Clayton Gray with an examination of the strength of schedule for kickers.

L. Strength of Schedule: Team Defenses
Our Clayton Gray with an examination of the strength of schedule for team defenses.

M. Strength of Schedule: Defensive Linemen
Our Clayton Gray with an examination of the strength of schedule for defensive linemen.

N. Strength of Schedule: Linebackers
Our Clayton Gray with an examination of the strength of schedule for linebackers.

O. Strength of Schedule: Defensive Backs
Our Clayton Gray with an examination of the strength of schedule for defensive backs.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. PHI - WR Jordan Matthews exits with knee injury - looks to be minor
2. NYJ - RB Matt Forte still missing practice time
3. MIA - RB Jay Ajayi returns to practice
4. PHI - QB Sam Bradford most accurate in camp
5. NYG - WR Geremy Davis getting first-team reps
6. NE - RB Dion Lewis may open season on PUP list
7. PHI - RB Ryan Mathews returns
8. SEA - Zac Brooks could be third-down back
9. LA - TE Tyler Higbee works with first-team
10. CLE - WR Corey Coleman showing nose for end zone
11. DEN - Good decision-making from QB Paxton Lynch
12. NYG - RB Shane Vereen slated as third-down back
13. PHI - RB Wendell Smallwood absent from practice
14. CHI - Four Chicago pass catchers sitting out
15. TEN - WR Tre McBride impressing during camp
16. ARI - Chris Hubert making big plays in camp
17. SF - WR Eric Rogers tears ACL
18. MIA - WR DeVante Parker still absent
19. PHI - TE Zach Ertz banged up
20. TEN - WR Kendall Wright out Friday
21. SF - Chip Kelly likes WR Jerome Simpson
22. SEA - QB Trevone Boykin still Seattle's No. 2 QB
23. BUF - Eric Striker starts at outside linebacker
24. JAX - Dante Fowler not all the way back

1. PHI - WR Jordan Matthews exits with knee injury - looks to be minor

Source: PhillyVoice.com - Jimmy Kempski

Philadelphia Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (knee) took a low hit in practice Friday, Aug. 5, and had to be helped off the field with a left knee injury.

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It looks like Matthews dodged a bullet as the team is saying this was minor and nothing to worry about long term.

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2. NYJ - RB Matt Forte still missing practice time

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets RB Matt Forte (hamstring) did not participate in positional drills during practice Friday, Aug. 5.

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Forte has also basically been ruled out of the first preseason game. Bilal Powell is closer to an even split with Forte than their wide gap in ADP suggests.

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3. MIA - RB Jay Ajayi returns to practice

Source: Sun-Sentinel - Chris Perkins

Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi (knee) returned to practice Friday, Aug. 5, and is showing no signs of his bone bruise to his knee.

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Ajayi's bone bruise was just a blip and nothing to worry about. Arian Foster has taken control of the media narrative in the backfield, but this will likely still be an RBBC no matter who takes the first series at Seattle in Week 1.

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4. PHI - QB Sam Bradford most accurate in camp

Source: PhillyVoice.com - Jimmy Kempski

Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford has 'easily been the most accurate quarterback of the three, as well as the most consistent on a day-to-day basis.' Unlike QBs Carson Wentz and Chase Daniel, Bradford is yet to have a 'clear and obvious clunker' through 10 practices.

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Bradford is good enough to hold down a job over poor competition, but can't distinguish himself beyond that. This is setting up to be an uninspiring offense in 2016. Bradford is only worth a pick in superflex and 2QB leagues.

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5. NYG - WR Geremy Davis getting first-team reps

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants WR Geremy Davis has been getting some repetitions with the first-team unit, as the club brings WR Victor Cruz (knee) along slowly. In the process, he's looked improved from last year.

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Davis doesn't play to his measureables, but his game is coming along at wide receiver and he provides a lot of contributions on special teams. He should make the team as the #5 wide receiver.

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6. NE - RB Dion Lewis may open season on PUP list

Source: The Boston Globe - Ben Volin

New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis (knee) might open up the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

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Volin is not the most trusted of the Patriots beat writers - that would be Mike Reiss from ESPN who reported back in May that Lewis was on track to be ready for Week 1 - but this is still very concerning. It's the Patriots, so we won't get any more information than they have to give. If Lewis remains out of sight for another week or two, it will be time to get worried, and we understand moving him down to the bottom of his tier, even though Lewis was a PPR RB1 last year that you could get in the fourth round this year.

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7. PHI - RB Ryan Mathews returns

Source: PhillyVoice.com - Jimmy Kempski

Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) returned to practice Friday, Aug. 5.

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Mathews was limited and left practice early. It will be difficult to trust him in the 5th/6th round until he starts getting full practices in.

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8. SEA - Zac Brooks could be third-down back

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks RB Zac Brooks could end up being the third-down back to open the year if RB C.J. Prosise (hamstring) remains sidelined for an extended period of time, according to beat writer Bob Condotta.

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The Seahawks won't use Thomas Rawls on passing downs, and they might still look to a veteran back after final cuts. Either way, it appears Alex Collins or Christine Michael will be the players best situated to benefit if Rawls goes down again this year.

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9. LA - TE Tyler Higbee works with first-team

Source: The Orange County Register - Vincent Bonsignore

Los Angeles Rams TE Tyler Higbee has spent time with the first-team offense during training camp, and head coach Jeff Fisher said he has made 'lots of plays.'

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Higbee has incredible natural talent, and he's a player we appreciate in dynasty leagues. Fantasy owners in re-draft leagues could take a last-round flier on Higbee if he continues to impress in camp and the preseason.

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10. CLE - WR Corey Coleman showing nose for end zone

Source: ClevelandBrowns.com - Andrew Gribble

Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman was praised for his ability to find the end zone by offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, QB Josh McCown and QB Robert Griffin III.

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The buzz has all been positive about Coleman so far during training camp. He's got speed to burn and should begin the season as the team's no.1 WR. However, after a four-week suspension Josh Gordon will return and he should draw plenty of targets away from the rookie. We like Coleman as a WR4 in 2016.

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11. DEN - Good decision-making from QB Paxton Lynch

Source: DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason

Denver Broncos QB Paxton Lynch displayed a willingness to take what the defense was giving him in practice Thursday, Aug. 4, and he was able to anticipate his receivers' breaks out of their routes.

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Lynch has been hit-and-miss in practice with the Broncos. The tools are obvious; arm strength, athleticism, the ability to throw with touch. We like the way Lynch makes plays under pressure. In 2015 at Memphis, Lynch was the best QB in the FBS when under duress with 11 TD passes and only 1 interception. He's already shown an ability to carry that over to the pro level when under pressure at Broncos training camp.

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12. NYG - RB Shane Vereen slated as third-down back

Source: SNY - Ralph Vacchiano

New York Giants RB Shane Vereen will be utilized as the third-down and hurry-up-offense back this season.

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Rashad Jennings has generated buzz during camp because he is being treated as an incumbent feature back after a strong finish to 2015, but Vereen will cap his upside as an RB2 with his steady role in an offense that will tilt pass-heavy.

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13. PHI - RB Wendell Smallwood absent from practice

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Jeff McLane

Philadelphia Eagles RB Wendell Smallwood (quadriceps) did not practice Friday, Aug. 5.

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Smallwood has a chance for significant touches this year if Ryan Mathews can't stay healthy, and signs already point to that outcome. The rookie still has to stay healthy himself. Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner are getting more work while Smallwood and Mathews are on the mend, although Mathews returned to practice in a limited fashion today.

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14. CHI - Four Chicago pass catchers sitting out

Source: ESPNChicago.com - Jeff Dickerson

Chicago Bears WRs Alshon Jeffery (hamstring), Kevin White (rest), Eddie Royal (concussion) and TE Zach Miller (concussion) did not participate in practice Friday, Aug. 5. Head coach John Fox said it was a scheduled day off for White, and Fox noted both Royal and Miller are improving.

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Jeffery's hamstring is troubling just because soft tissue injuries have become too common for him. It shouldn't affect his draft stock too much unless his absence lingers for more than a week, but it is not comforting if you are spending a second round pick on him.

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15. TEN - WR Tre McBride impressing during camp

Source: The Tennessean - John Glennon

Tennessee Titans WR Tre McBride has impressed head coach Mike Mularkey during training camp.

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McBride is a rangy possession receiver who should stick in the NFL, but will have trouble breaking into a wide receiver group that just added Andre Johnson. It's possible that another team will try to poach him if the Titans can't find a way to keep McBride.

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16. ARI - Chris Hubert making big plays in camp

Source: AZCardinals.com - Darren Urban

Arizona Cardinals WR Chris Hubert has been 'making big plays every day,' according to head coach Bruce Arians.

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The Cardinals have no spots on the depth chart for a wide receiver, but Hubert should stick on the practice squad if he keeps this up, if not get poached by a wide receiver poor team.

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17. SF - WR Eric Rogers tears ACL

Source: CSNBayArea.com - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers WR Eric Rogers (knee) suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in practice Thursday, August 4.

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The second and third wide receiver competitions lose a player who had a good year to date. Bruce Ellington, DeAndre Smelter, Quinton Patton and Jerome Simpson are the main names in play for those spots, but this offense isn't likely to produce two fantasy relevant wide receivers.

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18. MIA - WR DeVante Parker still absent

Source: The Miami Herald - Armando Salguero

Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (hamstring) is out of practice Friday, Aug. 5.

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Parker's hamstring injury isn't believed to be serious, but before we're confident to take him at his ADP we want to see him get back on the field and go through a few practices without incident. Kenny Stills has had a good camp and can continue to impress in Parker's absence, as they will be vying for targets outside the numbers.

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19. PHI - TE Zach Ertz banged up

Source: CSNPhilly.com - Derrick Gunn

Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz (head) is being evaluated for a head injury Friday, Aug. 5.

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Ertz was cleared and is not in concussion protocol. He missed a game last year with a concussion on a scary play.

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20. TEN - WR Kendall Wright out Friday

Source: TitansInsider.com - Terry McCormick

Tennessee Titans WR Kendall Wright (hamstring) is out of practice Friday, Aug. 5.

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Wright seems to be testing Mike Mularkey's patience with this injury. He is moving closer and closer to being on the outside looking in in fantasy drafts because of his limited role in the slot and chronic underachieving.

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21. SF - Chip Kelly likes WR Jerome Simpson

Source: San Jose Mercury News - Cam Inman

San Francisco 49ers WR Jerome Simpson is 'flourishing' in head coach Chip Kelly's system and is a 'guy to keep an eye on' going forward, Kelly said Wednesday, Aug. 3.

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The 49ers #2 wide receiver job is still open, although Bruce Ellington is in the lead. Quinton Patton could be fading and CFL import Eric Rogers has been impressing, so this depth chart is far from settled.

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22. SEA - QB Trevone Boykin still Seattle's No. 2 QB

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks QB Trevone Boykin remains the clear No. 2 quarterback behind QB Russell Wilson, but general manager John Schneider said he is keeping an eye on the quarterbacks who become available during training camp.

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Boykin, an undrafted rookie from TCU, has the athleticism to work well in the Seattle system. His raw skill set does need some refining, and trusting him as a primary backup QB on a Super Bowl caliber team is a bit risky.

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23. BUF - Eric Striker starts at outside linebacker

Source: The Buffalo News - Vic Carucci

Buffalo Bills LB Eric Striker started at outside linebacker Tuesday, Aug. 2, and he said he is more comfortable playing outside than he was while playing inside linebacker during OTAs.

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Striker was an undrafted free agent this year, but he is quickly gaining fans in Buffalo. He's a safety/linebacker tweener with good coverage skills.

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24. JAX - Dante Fowler not all the way back

Source: The Associated Press - Mark Long

Jacksonville Jaguars DE Dante Fowler said he is feeling faster each day but still needs to his explosiveness to come all the way back.

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That's scary to consider when reading reports about Fowler blowing by Jaguars offensive linemen in camp. Fowler has great burst after the snap and on his way to the QB. Having him healthy will be a great boost for the Jaguars defense this year.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of Footballguys. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update. I hope you have an awesome weekend.

Peace,

J