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A. Drafting Suspended Players
Our Sigmund Bloom dives into strategies for drafting suspended players like Le'Veon Bell, Tom Brady and Josh Gordon.

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. DET - TE Eric Ebron has sprained ankle
2. PHI - WR Jordan Matthews injury update
3. DEN - Co-starters at QB in Denver
4. CLE - QB Robert Griffin III named starter
5. MIA - RB Jay Ajayi listed as starter
6. GB - TE Jared Cook nearing a return
7. GB - WR Jordy Nelson might return soon
8. CLE - Robert Griffin excites head coach
9. NYG - WR Sterling Shepard listed as starter
10. PHI - QB Carson Wentz to play a lot Thursday
11. CLE - WR Corey Coleman unsure of first game
12. CHI - Hroniss Grasu tears ACL
13. NO - WR Hakeem Nicks cut
14. CHI - WR Alshon Jeffery returns
15. BAL - TE Maxx Williams exits
16. BUF - WR Sammy Watkins passes physical
17. MIN - WR Stefon Diggs turning heads at camp
18. KC - QB Alex Smith enjoying his best camp with KC
19. JAX - WR Allen Robinson looks 'much better'
20. DET - TE Matthew Mulligan works with starters
21. NYG - TE Larry Donnell on top of depth chart
22. MIN - WR Charles Johnson a starter for now
23. CLE - WR Josh Gordon needs to shed pounds
24. JAX - RB Chris Ivory, RB T.J. Yeldon are co-starters
25. CIN - WR Brandon LaFell ahead of WR Tyler Boyd
26. WAS - WR Jamison Crowder has hamstring issue
27. JAX - WR Marqise Lee returns to practice
28. OAK - TE Clive Walford listed as backup
29. PHI - WR Nelson Agholor has long leash
30. CLE - CB Joe Haden returns

1. DET - TE Eric Ebron has sprained ankle

Source: ESPN - Adam Caplan

Updating previous reports, Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (ankle) has a 'pretty decent' right ankle sprain, according to a source. Lions head coach Jim Caldwell refused to address the injury when asked Monday, Aug. 8.

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A severely sprained ankle is a lot better than the Achilles' injury this could have been. Ebron is going to get plenty of time off to recover. We weren't high on him from a fantasy perspective anyway and feel that veteran WR Anquan Boldin can be a fine target on the underneath routes where Ebron would (will?) be.

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2. PHI - WR Jordan Matthews injury update

Source: Philadelphia Daily News - Les Bowen

Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (knee) is expected to miss two to four weeks because of a bone bruise in his knee, according to sources.

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This isn't what the Eagles need here. Matthews may be back for Week 3 of the preseason, but the team could also shut him down for the entire preseason. It looks like he'll be back at some point before the start of the regular season. The upside is it's not a ligament tear.

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3. DEN - Co-starters at QB in Denver

Source: The Denver Post - Troy E. Renck

Denver Broncos QB Mark Sanchez and QB Trevor Siemian are listed as co-starters on the team's first depth chart Monday, Aug. 8.

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This is a terrible sign for Sanchez, who should be separating from a pedestrian talent like Siemian. The Broncos have the most unsettled quarterback situation in the league, which isn't comforting if you are taking either of their talented starting wide receivers in your draft.

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4. CLE - QB Robert Griffin III named starter

Source: NFL Network - James Palmer

Cleveland Browns QB Robert Griffin III was named the starting quarterback Monday, Aug. 8, by head coach Hue Jackson.

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To the surprise of no one. Griffin's targets look a lot better than they did when he was signed with Corey Coleman and Josh Gordon in the mix, and Jackson has usually gotten the most out of his offenses. Griffin is worth a pick as a high ceiling QB2, and streamers might like his opening weekend matchup against Philadelphia's defense switching back to a 4-3.

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5. MIA - RB Jay Ajayi listed as starter

Source: The Miami Herald - Adam H. Beasley

Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi is listed as the starter on the team's preseason Week 1 depth chart.

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Don't read too much into this, as both he and Arian Foster will be used heavily in the Dolphins backfield. Foster is the better PPR play as long as he is on the field, but Ajayi is more likely to be able to help our fantasy teams at the end of the season. Taking both backs after the 7th or 8th round as a PPR RB2BC and waiting for injuries or Foster's level of play to sort it out is a strategy that could work this year.

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6. GB - TE Jared Cook nearing a return

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Tom Silverstein

Green Bay Packers TE Jared Cook (foot) might return from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list next week, QB Aaron Rodgers said Sunday, Aug. 7.

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The team was giving Kellen Winslow a tryout, which could have been seen as a bad sign for Cook, but this news is much more optimistic. Cook is a late round pick at best, but one with the ability to stretch the field and put up big plays for the Packers offense, although he'll split his position snaps with Richard Rodgers.

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7. GB - WR Jordy Nelson might return soon

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Tom Silverstein

Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson (knee) might return from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list next week, QB Aaron Rodgers said Sunday, Aug. 7. Previously there had been no confirmation from the team's management on a timetable for Nelson's return.

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This is positive news because Nelson didn't have a timeline to return to the field, but we would still like to see him play in the preseason before spending a second-round pick on him. If Nelson is not his usual self or struggles with knee issues this year, it will likely affect the whole Packers offense, as his injury limited the entire offense last year.

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8. CLE - Robert Griffin excites head coach

Source: Akron Beacon Journal - Nate Ulrich

Cleveland Browns QB Robert Griffin III has head coach Hue Jackson 'tickled pink' with the possibility of what Griffin can do this season.

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On paper, Griffin is an exciting player in Jackson's offense. We'll need to see if he can stay healthy and flourish like he did as a rookie in Washington. Griffin has not only been broken physically in the NFL, but we see a player who has to prove that he can mentally stay with a play/read when under duress. Too often in recent play, Griffin will abandon the play under the slightest bit of pressure.

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9. NYG - WR Sterling Shepard listed as starter

Source: ESPN.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard is listed as one of the starting wide receivers on the team's first depth chart.

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We're excited by Shepard in this offense. The team is going to live and die through the air with QB Eli Manning and superstar WR Odell Beckham Jr. leading the way. Shepard has quickness and explosive playmaking ability akin to that of Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett. The rookie should see a lot of single coverage opposite Beckham, and we love him as a WR4 with upside.

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10. PHI - QB Carson Wentz to play a lot Thursday

Source: Philadelphia Daily News - Paul Domowitch

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz will receive most of the snaps in the second half of the preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, Aug. 11. QBs Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel will play in the first half, while QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson could receive one or two series in the fourth quarter.

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There's a lot to like about Wentz. He's a strong leader and the type of player who can rally a team around him. Wentz does a good job of going through progressions and staying aggressive with his reads. The rookie will have some growing pains and is unlikely to see the field much in the regular season so long as Bradford stays healthy.

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11. CLE - WR Corey Coleman unsure of first game

Source: Akron Beacon Journal - Nate Ulrich

Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman (hamstring) said his left hamstring felt fatigued Friday, Aug. 5. Coleman will play it by ear as to whether or not he'll play in the Browns' first preseason game Friday, Aug. 12, against the Green Bay Packers.

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Speed is Coleman's game, so a hamstring injury can impact him more than other receivers. We think the team should be careful here with the rookie. Coleman has been wowing in training camp, and he's likely to be the featured WR while Josh Gordon is suspended the first four games of the year.

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12. CHI - Hroniss Grasu tears ACL

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Chicago Bears C Hroniss Grasu (knee) has a torn anterior cruciate ligament and is out for the season.

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Updating the story from yesterday as it's official now. The Bears may put a call into veteran Will Montgomery now. He played for them last season and is currently unsigned.

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13. NO - WR Hakeem Nicks cut

Source: USA TODAY Fantasy Sports

New Orleans Saints WR Hakeem Nicks was released Monday, Aug. 8.

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That didn't last long. The Saints had seen enough of the veteran and let him go less than two weeks into his time with the team. At age 28, Nicks has likely played his final snaps as a pro.

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14. CHI - WR Alshon Jeffery returns

Source: Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs

Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 8, but his workload is yet to be determined.

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This is a sign that Jeffery's hamstring issue was minor and his sitting was more a precaution than time for an injury to heal. That being said, we'll be holding our breath while he goes through his first few practices back with no news being good news.

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15. BAL - TE Maxx Williams exits

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens TE Maxx Williams (undisclosed) left practice Monday, Aug. 8, with an apparent injury.

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And then there was one. Ben Watson is the last healthy tight end of the Ravens top four. Wide receiver convert Darren Waller should get a lot of practice snaps at his new position.

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16. BUF - WR Sammy Watkins passes physical

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) passed his physical Monday, Aug. 8.

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Watkins is on track to earn an early third round ADP, if not late second. We will project him as a WR1 any time he is on the field and off of the injury report, the only question is how often that will happen.

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17. MIN - WR Stefon Diggs turning heads at camp

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - Matt Vensel

Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs has been by far the most impressive offensive player through 10 days of training camp, according to beat writer Matt Vensel. 'He's all over the place,' wide receivers coach George Stewart said. With the addition of WR Laquon Treadwell, Diggs will usually line up off the line of scrimmage at the flanker position, although he is expected to see time in the slot, too, and occasionally at split end.

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Diggs came out of the gate like a WR1 last year, but he faded in the second half of the season as teams figured out he struggled with press coverage. This year the team is moving him around and he should be able to avoid some of the issues that limited his production last year. The introduction of Laquon Treadwell and nature of the Vikings conservative offense could still limit Diggs, but he's a very solid pick in PPR leagues around his 9th/10th round ADP.

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18. KC - QB Alex Smith enjoying his best camp with KC

Source: ESPN.com - Adam Teicher

Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith has shown more willingness to throw downfield and improved decision-making overall, convincing his coaches he is enjoying the finest of his four training camps with the team, according to ESPN.com writer Adam Teicher.

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Smith could be in for a bigger year because the Chiefs will likely be in higher-scoring games while linebacker Justin Houston is out recovering from ACL surgery. One of the most productive stretches of his career came when Houston was out with an elbow injury in 2013.

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19. JAX - WR Allen Robinson looks 'much better'

Source: Jaguars.com - John Oehser

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Robinson appears to be a different receiver in training camp so far and a much better receiver at that due to improved route-running and a more aggressive mentality in pursuing the ball in the air, according to Jaguars.com senior writer John Oehser.

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Robinson could be even better and more efficient on his opportunity, but if the Jaguars are a better team, then they will be more balanced and pass less than they did last year. He's worth a late first/early second round pick and going as early as the mid-first in some leagues.

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20. DET - TE Matthew Mulligan works with starters

Source: Detroit Free Press - Dave Birkett

Detroit Lions TE Matthew Mulligan worked with the first-team offense during practice Monday, Aug. 8, in place of TE Eric Ebron (ankle).

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Veteran WR Anquan Boldin can do more on TE-like routes close to the line of scrimmage. The guy we continue to keep an eye on is undrafted free agent Cole Wick. He caught a touchdown in Saturday's mock game and according to the Detroit Free Press, Wick's been a favorite target of QB Matthew Stafford in seven on seven drills. He's a long shot, but keep him on the radar.

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21. NYG - TE Larry Donnell on top of depth chart

Source: ESPN.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants TE Larry Donnell is listed as the starting tight end on the team's first depth chart.

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Donnell versus Will Tye is going to be a battle worth monitoring in the preseason. We're excited by the Giants passing game, and the TE could have some fantasy value...unless both split time. If one emerges, there could be TE2 value here for fantasy owners.

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22. MIN - WR Charles Johnson a starter for now

Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press - Chris Tomasson

Minnesota Vikings WR Charles Johnson is listed as a starting split end wide receiver on the team's first depth chart with WR Laquon Treadwell as the backup at the position.

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We don't expect that to last. Treadwell has tremendous upside and has drawn pro comparisons to DeAndre Hopkins (Texans) because of his body control and ability to make difficult catches seem routine.

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23. CLE - WR Josh Gordon needs to shed pounds

Source: Akron Beacon Journal - Nate Ulrich

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon (quadriceps) will hopefully return to practice soon, according to head coach Hue Jackson, but Jackson said Gordon would be the first to say he needs to lose some weight.

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It's been awhile since Gordon played football, so getting back into shape...and needing to get into football shape specifically...is no surprise.

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24. JAX - RB Chris Ivory, RB T.J. Yeldon are co-starters

Source: Jaguars.com - John Oehser

Jacksonville Jaguars RBs Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon are listed as co-starters on the Jaguars' first depth chart.

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Fantasy owners know this will be a split backfield, and that's why both have fantasy values close to each other. Right now, Ivory is going off the board at RB35 (8.02) while Yeldon is getting drafted as RB39 (9.01) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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25. CIN - WR Brandon LaFell ahead of WR Tyler Boyd

Source: Bengals.com

Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell is listed ahead of rookie WR Tyler Boyd on the Begnals' initial depth chart.

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LaFell is there for now, but it won't be long before he's dropping passes and frustrating fantasy owners. We like Boyd's upside in dynasty leagues. The rookie from PITT has some Keenan Allen (Chargers) to his game. It shouldn't take long for him to overtake the inconsistent veteran LaFell.

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26. WAS - WR Jamison Crowder has hamstring issue

Source: CSNMidAtlantic.com - Peter Hailey

Washington Redskins WR Jamison Crowder (hamstring) recently suffered a hamstring injury and has missed the last few practices.

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Crowder is a quick receiver who can work the underneath routes while Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson line up on the outside. The second-year WR has already missed some time, so we'll see if he can get back out there in the near future. From a fantasy lens, we're not thrilled by his prospects in 2016.

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27. JAX - WR Marqise Lee returns to practice

Source: Jaguars.com - John Oehser

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Marqise Lee (hamstring) participated fully in practice Monday, Aug. 8, and looked good doing it, according to head coach Gus Bradley. Lee said he was rusty but it felt good to be back. It's still unclear if Lee will play in the Jaguars' first preseason game Thursday, Aug. 11, against the New York Jets, but he said he'd like to play.

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We have a feeling that Lee will always be a player who can be summed up by the phrase 'what might have been!' His final year in college at USC wasn't great, but the year before that he was outstanding. So far as a pro, his career hasn't taken off. In fact, he's been set back by injuries and inconsistencies. While Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns have flourished, Lee disappoints. We like Rashad Greene as the no.3 WR for the Jaguars this year.

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28. OAK - TE Clive Walford listed as backup

Source: Bay Area News Group - Jimmy Durkin

Oakland Raiders TE Clive Walford is not listed as the starting tight end on Raiders' initial depth chart. TE Lee Smith is listed ahead of Walford.

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Walford is a favorite dynasty TE for us, but he clearly needs to impress more in camp to win that top spot on the depth chart. Smith is a big TE, but he lacks the athleticism and seam-stretching ability of Walford.

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29. PHI - WR Nelson Agholor has long leash

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Jeff McLane

Philadelphia Eagles WR Nelson Agholor will be given plenty of opportunities to redeem himself after a turbulent offseason and disappointing 2015 rookie campaign. He is slated to be the No. 2 starter and is focused on improving his 52.2% reception rate from a year ago.

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There's reasons to think Agholor can bounce back after a rookie season that is best forgotten. Agholor has the quick-twitch ability to get open on slant routes, and that's how the new Eagles offense should feature him. It's the Doug Pederson offense, so they're not exactly going to fill the air with footballs. However, we're not as quick to write off Agholor from a dynasty perspective as others are.

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30. CLE - CB Joe Haden returns

Source: 92.3 The Fan - Daryl Ruiter

Cleveland Browns CB Joe Haden (ankle) passed his physical and returned to practice Monday, Aug. 8.

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Haden's 2015 consisted of only five games played. He's easily the team's best corner, so his health and level of play will be a big part of forecasting weekly fantasy prospects for opposing WR1s.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of the Footballguys Team. We're glad to have you. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J