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Saturday, August 13th: 1pm, 4pm, 7pm, 9pm, 11pm
Sunday, August 14th: 1pm, 4pm, 7pm, 9pm, 11pm
Monday, August 15th: 7pm, 9pm, 11pm
Tuesday, August 16th: 7pm, 9pm, 11pm

D. Single RB, Part II: The Players You Should Be Targeting
Our Ryan Hester looks at the players who will help you execute the Single RB strategy in 2016.

E. The FPC and the Tight End Position
Our Jeff Pasquino continues his Footballguys Players Championship Analysis. In this one, he looks at the Tight End Position.

F. Waivers of the Future: Training Camp Edition
Our Daniel Simpkins with a guide to making preemptive waiver pickups in the context of dynasty fantasy football.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. BUF - QB Tyrod Taylor lands big deal
2. NYG - WR Victor Cruz downplays injury
3. BUF - RB Reggie Bush expected to sit
4. CIN - WR Tyler Boyd impressing coaches
5. BAL - Keenan Reynolds struggling
6. BAL - RB Kenneth Dixon performing well
7. JAX - Coach happy with WR Marqise Lee's play
8. SF - QB Colin Kaepernick limited Friday
9. NFL - TE Andrew Quarless suspended two games
10. PHI - WR Rueben Randle's 'embarrassing' effort
11. PHI - QB Carson Wentz pegged as No. 3
12. LA - TE Tyler Higbee carving bigger role
13. WAS - Jay Gruden calls out Redskins RBs
14. NYJ - QB Christian Hackenberg doesn't play
15. NE - WR Malcolm Mitchell dislocates elbow
16. DEN - WR Cody Latimer busy Thursday
17. DEN - QB Mark Sanchez efficient in win
18. DEN - QB Trevor Siemian throws for 88 yards
19. NE - RB Tyler Gaffney runs wild
20. NO - WR Michael Thomas makes strong debut
21. ATL - WR Aldrick Robinson makes big plays
22. WAS - RB Keith Marshall struggles on ground
23. PHI - Shaky debut for QB Carson Wentz
24. TB - QB Jameis Winston sharp Thursday
25. NE - Quiet outing for QB Jimmy Garoppolo
26. OAK - TE Clive Walford to have big role?

1. BUF - QB Tyrod Taylor lands big deal

Source: The Buffalo News - Tim Graham

Updating previous reports, Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor has agreed to terms on six-year, $90 million contract extension. The deal has unspecified team options and could be worth more through incentives and also gives the team some options if Taylor doesn't perform.

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Taylor was in the final year of his contract, and he was clearly in line for a raise after his play last year. The Bills have paid him and now the pressure will be on for him to perform, grow and develop. Taylor has electric athleticism and a good pass placement on deep throws. The Bills won't go to the air that often, but when they do expect Taylor to be peppering WR Sammy Watkins with targets. We like Taylor as a QB2 with upside because of his rushing ability.

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2. NYG - WR Victor Cruz downplays injury

Source: NJ.com - James Kratch

New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (groin) said he is not worried about the groin injury which caused him to miss practice Wednesday, Aug. 10, and is taking it slow to prevent the injury from becoming a bigger issue.

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Odell Beckham Jr. is the top dog here, and Sterling Shepard is going to push Cruz as well so he might not be worried but we think he could struggle to regain his spot as even a No.2. Especially since we don't know what he will look like healthy after such a long layoff and a serious injury. Our rankings reflect this as Beckham is a natural WR1, Shepard hovers at WR5 while Cruz is largely unranked by our staff and the few who have him ranked have him as a WR8.

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3. BUF - RB Reggie Bush expected to sit

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Rodak

Buffalo Bills RB Reggie Bush is not expected to play in the preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts Saturday, Aug. 13.

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Bush is primarily going to be a return man for the Bills. The veteran doesn't need a ton of reps in the preseason, and we may not see much of him before the start of the regular season. Even when the games count, we're not expecting a fantasy-relevant role for Bush in 2016.

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4. CIN - WR Tyler Boyd impressing coaches

Source: ESPN.com - Coley Harvey

Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd has been performing very well during training camp and has exceeded head coach Marvin Lewis' expectations. 'He's really entered training camp and come back and worked and done the things we expected him to do and be able to do. He's taken it and he's grasped it and ran with it,' Lewis said. Boyd likely will be the No. 3 receiver this season because of his ability to play on the outside and in the slot.

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The second-round pick was an impressive player in college at PITT. Boyd reminds some in the scouting community of Keenan Allen (Chargers) because of his body control and ability to make difficult catches seem routine. The Bengls WR corps is thin after losing both Marvin Jones (Lions) and Mohamed Sanu (Falcons) in free agency. If Boyd can have a semi-breakout this year, it would greatly benefit the Bengals passing game.

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5. BAL - Keenan Reynolds struggling

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens WR Keenan Reynolds has been dropping passes and punts on a daily basis during training camp and likely will need a strong preseason to make the 53-man roster.

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Reynolds, a converted QB from Navy, is a fine athlete but he's learning how to play WR and needs to be more consistent.

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6. BAL - RB Kenneth Dixon performing well

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon has produced explosive plays in the running and passing game during training camp but is still behind RBs Justin Forsett, Javorius Allen and Terrance West on the depth chart.

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Dixon is an exciting rookie RB because of his quickness and explosiveness. He's in the mix on the depth chart, and he may not be able to overtake Forsett as the lead back. Forsett is the starter, but make sure to keep Dixon on the waiver wire speed dial (or add him as a late-round pick) if you invest in Baltimore's backfield.

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7. JAX - Coach happy with WR Marqise Lee's play

Source: The Florida Times-Union - Hays Carlyon

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said he is happy with how WR Marqise Lee played during the first preseason game. 'It was really good to see,' Bradley said. 'He appeared to play really fast and made a play there, a couple plays. His speed, like we said, we've just got to continue now with him.' Lee finished the game with four receptions for 49 yards.

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It's been awhile since Lee has looked good on the football field. We'll see if he can recapture some of the momentum he had in college at USC and translate that to the football field. Lee is competing with Rashad Greene for the no.3 job behind Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns.

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8. SF - QB Colin Kaepernick limited Friday

Source: CSNBayArea.com - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder) was limited during practice Friday, Aug. 12, because of a sore shoulder. He was expected to share first-team snaps with QB Blaine Gabbert during the first preseason game Sunday, Aug. 14, but the injury may change things.

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Gabbert is the leader because Kaepernick missed the offseason since he was recovering from three offseason surgeries. Kaepernick will have a shot to prove himself, but he can't suffer any setbacks like a sore shoulder if he wants to do that.

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9. NFL - TE Andrew Quarless suspended two games

Source: NFL.com - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent TE Andrew Quarless (Packers) has been suspended two games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, according to a source.

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Quarless isn't a great player, and this suspension isn't going to help him latch on with any team.

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10. PHI - WR Rueben Randle's 'embarrassing' effort

Source: PhillyVoice.com - Jimmy Kempski

Philadelphia Eagles WR Rueben Randle's performance in Philadelphia's first preseason game, Thursday, Aug. 11, was described as an 'embarrassment' by PhillyVoice.com's Jimmy Kempski. He noted Randle's poor route-running and blocking efforts. Kempski said, 'QBs can't possibly want him on the field.' Randle played 28 offensive snaps, hauling in one of his three targets for just three yards.

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Has he not seen Randle before? Randle is a player who has always struggled dating back to his college career at LSU. His change of scenery this offseason isn't going to change who he is. The former Giants WR was a disappointment in New York and we're not predicting that to all of a sudden change because he's now in Philadelphia.

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11. PHI - QB Carson Wentz pegged as No. 3

Source: ESPN.com - Phil Sheridan

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz has displayed excellent arm strength, good mobility and a high football IQ so far, but the team is committed to him opening the season as the No. 3.

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Zero surprise here. We love Wentz's future potential, but right now he's going to sit and learn behind starter Sam Bradford and backup Chase Daniel.

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12. LA - TE Tyler Higbee carving bigger role

Source: ESPN.com - Steve Dilbeck

Los Angeles Rams TE Tyler Higbee has been the biggest surprise in training camp, and he appears headed for serious playing time. Higbee makes a play every day, is a big target and has good hands.

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This wasn't a great TE class, but Higbee was one of the best in this draft class. He's a good athlete who creates mismatches on the field as he's too fast for LBs to cover and too big for DBs to cover down the seam. Dynasty owners should have already added him, while re-draft owners need to keep him on the waiver wire speed dial.

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13. WAS - Jay Gruden calls out Redskins RBs

Source: CSNMidAtlantic.com - Rich Tandler

Washington Redskins RB Matt Jones was among a committee of running backs that averaged 3.1 yards per carry in the first preseason game, and head coach Jay Gruden called them out after the game. 'We're going to keep sticking with it,' Gruden said. 'We've got to fix it. There's no excuse, we have to run the ball better.'

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Fantasy owners need to take note here as there are plenty of questions about what starting RB Matt Jones can be in 2016. Jones has a current ADP of RB23 (5.06) in 12-team PPR leagues, but on Thursday he rushed for one yard on two carries. We're not going to panic, but obviously fantasy owners would like to see more. Thursday night, undrafted RB Robert Kelley looked the best with seven carries for 40 yards and one rushing touchdown.

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14. NYJ - QB Christian Hackenberg doesn't play

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

New York Jets QB Christian Hackenberg didn't play in the preseason opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday, Aug. 11.

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Hackenberg was drafted in the second round this year to be the team's QB of the future, but he's been struggling in practice with inconsistent play. The Jets decided to give second-year pro Bryce Petty playing time instead of the rookie. While Hackenberg could be a starter for the Jets in the future, we don't think Petty makes the team this year. If the Jets are able to deal Geno Smith, then perhaps Petty would make it but we can't imagine anyone that interested in adding Smith.

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15. NE - WR Malcolm Mitchell dislocates elbow

Source: Boston Herald - Jeff Howe

Updating a previous report, New England Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell (elbow) has been diagnosed with a dislocated left elbow, and he could return in four weeks, a source said Thursday, Aug. 11.

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A fourth-round pick for the Patriots out of Georgia this year, Mitchell has intriguing upside because of his promising route-running ability. Missing a month is going to set him back in the competition for a reserve WR spot. Dynasty owners should be intrigued but re-draft players don't need to have interest unless injuries strike the WR position in New England.

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16. DEN - WR Cody Latimer busy Thursday

Source: The Associated Press

Denver Broncos WR Cody Latimer had seven catches on eight targets for a game-high 82 yards in a 22-0 win over the Chicago Bears in the preseason Thursday, Aug. 11.

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Latimer doesn't lack talent, but with only eight catches over the last two years it's time for him to play up to his potential. The Broncos aren't going to use 3-WR sets that much in the run-heavy Gary Kubiak system. We just don't see Latimer doing much this year unless Demaryius Thomas or Emmanuel Sanders gets banged up. Dynasty owners should scoop up Latimer for a low price right now and wait to see if he can flourish...with the Broncos are another team.

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17. DEN - QB Mark Sanchez efficient in win

Source: The Associated Press

Denver Broncos QB Mark Sanchez completed 10 of his 13 passes for 99 yards, a touchdown and an interception in a 22-0 win over the Chicago Bears Thursday, Aug. 11.

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Sanchez looked great on the team's first drive, but the interception was classic him. He stared down Bennie Fowler and allowed the CB covering Cody Latimer to drift back and tip up the ball in coverage. The Bears picked it off and Sanchez's night was done. He still hasn't distanced himself in the competition at QB, and we expect Trevor Siemian to start next week against the 49ers.

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18. DEN - QB Trevor Siemian throws for 88 yards

Source: ESPN.com - Jeff Legwold

Denver Broncos QB Trevor Siemian was 7-for-12 for 88 yards in the second quarter of the first preseason game Thursday, Aug. 11. Siemian had a chance to complete a touchdown pass lobbed well to WR Bennie Fowler's back shoulder, but Fowler couldn't haul the pass in. Siemian is expected to start the second preseason game, Aug. 20, against the San Francisco 49ers.

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Siemian could have had a better night, but it wasn't a bad performance by any means. He's been better than Mark Sanchez most days in training camp, and we expect he'll start the team's second preseason game against the 49ers.

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19. NE - RB Tyler Gaffney runs wild

Source: The Associated Press

New England Patriots RB Tyler Gaffney had nine carries for a game-high 64 yards and a touchdown and added two catches for seven yards in a 34-22 win over the New Orleans Saints in the preseason Thursday, Aug. 11.

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Gaffney is a powerful and swift back who can run through arm tackles with ease. He's been getting some work with the first-team offense in practice, and Gaffney is a power back trying to find a role behind LeGarrette Blount.

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20. NO - WR Michael Thomas makes strong debut

Source: The New Orleans Times-Picayune - Jeff Duncan

New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas had four catches for a game-high 67 yards in a 34-22 loss to the New England Patriots in the preseason Thursday, Aug. 11.

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Thomas looked really good in Thursday's game, making several nice grabs and leading the team in catches and yards. His route running and competitiveness should serve him well and will endear him to Drew Brees. We have Thomas ranked as a WR5 right now, but when he jumps up the roster - and he will - that ranking should rise.

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21. ATL - WR Aldrick Robinson makes big plays

Source: The Associated Press

Atlanta Falcons WR Aldrick Robinson had three catches for 118 yards in a 23-17 win over the Washington Redskins Thursday, Aug. 11.

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Outside of Julio Jones, he doesn't exactly have Hall of Famers in front of him, so Robinson could have a role. We need to see more before we get too excited though and he will have to overcome Mohamed Sanu to get significant time.

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22. WAS - RB Keith Marshall struggles on ground

Source: The Associated Press

Washington Redskins RB Keith Marshall lost one yard on five carries and caught two passes for five yards in a 23-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in the preseason Thursday, Aug. 11.

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The seventh rounder struggled, perhaps cooling some of the buzz around him from camp where he was being touted as someone who could split time with Matt Jones. While Marshall is a speedy, powerful, and patient runner the game looked a bit too big for him tonight. Cool your jets on him until we see him again, but it's beginning to look like Jones will get the bulk of the carries in the backfield.

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23. PHI - Shaky debut for QB Carson Wentz

Source: The Associated Press

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz completed 12 of his 24 passes for 89 yards and an interception in the preseason opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, Aug. 11.

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Wentz also got banged around a fair bit in the backfield, though he wasn't sacked. It's hard to get too down on what was, admittedly, a poor performance as he was working with backups, third stringers and guys who will never see a snap in a proper NFL game. That said, we knew he had a lot of work to do, and the Eagles expected they would need patience. He's not worth a redraft pick, but we think he is a solid pick in the mid-to-late second round of a rookie draft.

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24. TB - QB Jameis Winston sharp Thursday

Source: ESPN.com

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston completed seven of his nine passes for 97 yards and a touchdown in four series against the Philadelphia Eagles in the preseason Thursday, Aug. 11.

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Overall he played pretty well, but was a bit uneven and lost a fumble. We'd like to see a little more confidence and decisiveness as well, but for the first preseason game of his second season, we'll cut Winston some slack. We see some nice strides forward coming for him this year and feel he should be a solid QB2 for your fantasy team.

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25. NE - Quiet outing for QB Jimmy Garoppolo

Source: USA TODAY Sports - Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz

New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo completed 11 of his 18 passes for 168 yards in the first half of the preseason opener against the New Orleans Saints Thursday, Aug. 11.

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Garoppolo finished off his night completing six of his last eight passes, which is where he accumulated most of his 168 yards. He was nearly picked off and 56 yards of his total came off a single screen pass, so the numbers don't quite tell the whole story. Garoppolo didn't have Julian Edelman or Rob Gronkowski, so his evening, while shaky, was actually not bad. He appears to be a shaky, but decent fill in for Brady during the first month of the season, though we would avoid him in Week 1 at Arizona.

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26. OAK - TE Clive Walford to have big role?

Source: San Francisco Chronicle - Vic Tafur

Oakland Raiders TE Clive Walford said he is more comfortable in the offense this year, and offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said Walford is going to be a 'big part' of what the Raiders do on offense.

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Last year was a decent rookie season for Walford and we expect him to build on it this season. He may rank behind Lee Smith right now but that is bound to change sooner than later. While we see him as a TE2/TE3, he has some real upside this season.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being with us. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J