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Good Monday to you. It was a fun weekend of Preseason Football and we're rolling toward Week 2. We've got new content and the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

J

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. SEA - Two Seattle backs to split load?
2. NYG - WR Sterling Shepard practicing Sunday
3. NYG - WR Victor Cruz on the field
4. DEN - Denver uncertain who will start Saturday
5. DAL - QB Dak Prescott makes most of chance
6. SF - QB Blaine Gabbert running away with QB job
7. DEN - WR Cody Latimer 'nervous' in first two years
8. GB - No timetable for WR Jeff Janis
9. DEN - RB Devontae Booker practices as No. 2
10. WAS - WR Josh Doctson not ready to return
11. NYJ - RB Matt Forte taking part in drills
12. GB - WR Ty Montgomery receives day off
13. GB - WR Randall Cobb on practice field
14. NYG - WR Victor Cruz still dealing with injury
15. ARI - TE Jermaine Gresham should be fine
16. CLE - Cleveland wants pick for QB Josh McCown
17. NE - WR Malcolm Mitchell undergoes MRI exam
18. CHI - WR Eddie Royal does not practice
19. TEN - RB Derrick Henry finds end zone in debut
20. LA - QB Jared Goff bangs up shoulder
21. LA - QB Case Keenum sharp in preseason opener
22. SEA - RB C.J. Prosise might practice soon

1. SEA - Two Seattle backs to split load?

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks RB Christine Michael played well in the preseason opener Saturday, Aug. 13, against the Kansas City Chiefs, and head coach Pete Carroll had interesting comments after the game. "He's (Michael) an NFL football player," Carroll said, per ESPN.com. "He really has made it clear to us about the work; he's serious about the consistency. He's taken great pride in the way he's brought it to practice -- day in and day out all throughout the offseason and camp. He's an explosive, dynamic athlete, so we're just going to keep going with him. When Thomas [Rawls] gets back out there, those guys give you a one-two punch that we're excited about. We'll see when C.J. [Prosise] gets back [this week] we'll see where he fits in there. I thought Christine did really well. I liked what he did."

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Keep this in mind when considering either for your fantasy team. Rawls is RB13 (3.11) in 12-team PPR leagues, and Michael is a nice 'lottery ticket' pick near the end of your draft.

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2. NYG - WR Sterling Shepard practicing Sunday

Source: SNY - Ralph Vacchiano

New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard (groin) participated in individual drills during practice Sunday, Aug. 14.

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We love Shepard's upside as a pro. The rookie is quick in and out of his breaks and he's dangerous with the ball in his hands. He should end up starting opposite superstar Odell Beckham Jr. Consider Shepard a WR4 or WR5 for your fantasy team this year.

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3. NYG - WR Victor Cruz on the field

Source: SNY - Ralph Vacchiano

New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (groin) participated in individual drills during practice Sunday, Aug. 14.

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We may only see Cruz for a little bit of the preseason...if he even plays at all. The team wants him ready for the start of the regular season. Cruz should be their no.3 WR behind Odell Beckham Jr. and rookie Sterling Shepard. For fantasy purposes, Cruz is merely a WR7 at this point in his career.

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4. DEN - Denver uncertain who will start Saturday

Source: The Denver Post - Nicki Jhabvala

Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak hasn't announced if QB Mark Sanchez or QB Trevor Siemian will start the club's second preseason game against the San Francisco Giants Saturday, Aug. 20. Each quarterback played a quarter during the preseason opener against the Chicago Bears Thursday, Aug. 11, and both players will continue to receive starter reps in practice on a daily basis for the foreseeable future.

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It's supposed to be an open competition in Denver, but Mark Sanchez was the starter for the first preseason game even though he's not been the best QB in practice. Siemian may get quite a few looks this week in practice as the Broncos are having joint sessions with the 49ers in Denver. No matter who wins the starting job, the Broncos are going to be one of the most run-heavy teams in the NFL. Any Broncos QB is only a QB3 for fantasy owners.

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5. DAL - QB Dak Prescott makes most of chance

Source: The Associated Press

Dallas Cowboys rookie QB Dak Prescott made the start in the preseason opener Saturday, Aug. 13, against the Los Angeles Rams with QB Tony Romo resting. Prescott sizzled, completing 10 of his 12 pass attempts for 139 yards and two touchdowns, including one to Dez Bryant. His two incompletions were dropped passes, too.

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Prescott is an intriguing dynasty prospect, and he could be groomed as the QB of the future for the Cowboys. The rookie from Mississippi State reminds us of Donovan McNabb because of his arm strength and athleticism combination. We're interested in seeing his growth and development as a pro.

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6. SF - QB Blaine Gabbert running away with QB job

Source: ESPN - Adam Caplan

San Francisco 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert has been the 'landslide favorite for weeks' in his battle with QB Colin Kaepernick, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.

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Sure, Gabbert may be 'running away' with the job but he's doing it against a still recovering Kaepernick. It's not a fair competition as Kaepernick is still recovering from three offseason surgeries. When Kaepernick gets healthy, we'll see if he can push Gabbert for the top spot.

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7. DEN - WR Cody Latimer 'nervous' in first two years

Source: The Denver Post - Nicki Jhabvala

Denver Broncos WR Cody Latimer admitted to be 'very hesitant' and 'worried what everybody (such as retired QB Peyton Manning and head coach Gary Kubiak) thought' over his first two seasons. Latimer dropped weight in the offseason and is crediting his conditioning as one of the main reasons why he has stood out in training camp this summer.

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Latimer didn't have good chemistry with Manning. With Manning retired, he seems to be establishing a good bond with Trevor Siemian and Mark Sanchez. Dynasty owners shouldn't give up on Latimer yet. However, know that even if he wins the no.3 job in Denver there's just not going to be a lot there for him. The third receiver in a Kubiak offense usually catches around 20 passes per year.

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8. GB - No timetable for WR Jeff Janis

Source: ESPN.com - Rob Demovsky

Green Bay Packers WR Jeff Janis (hand) does not have a timetable for his return, according to head coach Mike McCarthy.

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We may not see Janis back for the rest of the preseason. Janis will not practice this week and will not play against the Oakland Raiders Thursday, Aug. 18.

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9. DEN - RB Devontae Booker practices as No. 2

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos RB Devontae Booker practiced as the backup running back behind RB C.J. Anderson Saturday, Aug. 13. According to Mike Klis of 9news.com, the Bronco' plan may be for Anderson and Booker to be their top two running backs.

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Fantasy owners have expected the talented rookie to be the no.2 back. Anderson is going to have a large workload, an improved offensive line and could be a RB1 for fantasy owners. He's never stayed healthy for a full 16-game season, and that's why Anderson's ADP is currently near the end of the third round. If you add Anderson at that point, it could provide quite the value. You need to also add Booker once you get past round ten. Think of it like old school Tecmo Bowl as "DEN RB" is likely to be quite fantasy relevant.

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10. WAS - WR Josh Doctson not ready to return

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson (Achilles') will still be sidelined for another week or two with his Achilles' injury. There is a feeling that his left foot is getting better, though, and there is still optimism that he'll be ready for Week 1. General manager Scot McCloughan already said the injury is not a long-term issue.

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This was not a severe injury, but the team needs to be careful as the rookie recovers. If healthy, Doctson is going to compete with Jamison Crowder for the no.3 WR spot behind DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon.

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11. NYJ - RB Matt Forte taking part in drills

Source: The Associated Press - Dennis Waszak Jr.

New York Jets RB Matt Forte (hamstring) is participating in individual drills during practice Sunday, Aug. 14.

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He'll get worked into team drills as he gets healthier. Forte is set to be the team's lead back this year, and he's a RB2 for fantasy owners.

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12. GB - WR Ty Montgomery receives day off

Source: ESPN.com - Rob Demovsky

Green Bay Packers WR Ty Montgomery (ankle) is not participating in practice Sunday, Aug. 14, because he is receiving a day off after practicing last week.

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With Jeff Janis out, Montgomery could get a leg up in the competition for the no.3 WR job behind Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. At this time, it looks like Jared Abbrederis may be the leader for that spot.

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13. GB - WR Randall Cobb on practice field

Source: ESPN.com - Rob Demovsky

Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb (calf) is participating in practice Sunday, Aug. 14, after missing the first preseason game Friday, Aug. 12.

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We'll feel more confident about Cobb's fantasy prospects when more is revealed about fellow WR Jordy Nelson (knee). Last year, when Nelson was out the entire passing game struggled. If Nelson is not quite 100 percent, it could hold back guys like Cobb again. Right now, Cobb has a current ADP of WR19 (3.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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14. NYG - WR Victor Cruz still dealing with injury

Source: ESPN.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants WR Victor Cruz's (groin) groin injury is still bothering him, according to head coach Ben McAdoo.

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Cruz is unlikely to be the same player he used to be as he comes back from a number of injuries. The team will take it easy on him through the rest of camp and the preseason with an eye on him being available for Week 1.

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15. ARI - TE Jermaine Gresham should be fine

Source: AZCardinals.com - Darren Urban

Arizona Cardinals TE Jermaine Gresham (back) suffered a back injury during the first preseason game but should be fine moving forward, according to head coach Bruce Arians.

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Gresham is a seasoned veteran, but we don't expect the Cardinals to use him enough this year to be fantasy relevant. Bruce Arians is one of our favorite coaches in the league--and the Cardinals are a high-powered offense--but the TE position just isn't used that much in this system.

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16. CLE - Cleveland wants pick for QB Josh McCown

Source: Yahoo! Sports - Charles Robinson

Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown is not expected to be traded unless the team receives at least a fourth-round draft choice in return. The Dallas Cowboys are not interested in offering more than a sixth-round pick for McCown.

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McCown could be dealt before the start of the regular season, but it would be difficult to imagine any team willing to give up a fourth-round pick. Robert Griffin III struggled in the Browns first preseason game, so McCown may be more valuable to them as a quality backup in case Griffin's struggles continue.

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17. NE - WR Malcolm Mitchell undergoes MRI exam

Source: ESPN - Adam Caplan

Updating previous reports, an MRI exam taken on New England Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell's (elbow) dislocated left elbow came out clean, according to a source.

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At this time, the rookie may only miss about a month due to this elbow injury. The fourth-round pick out of Georgia is a dynasty prospect we love to add in that format. He's savvy as a route-runner and does a good job of coming back to the ball. Mitchell can get by defenders and does a good job of tracking the ball over his shoulder.

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18. CHI - WR Eddie Royal does not practice

Source: ESPNChicago.com - Jeff Dickerson

Chicago Bears WR Eddie Royal (concussion) did not participate in practice Saturday, Aug. 13.

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Royal is still in the concussion protocol and just needs more time.

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19. TEN - RB Derrick Henry finds end zone in debut

Source: The Associated Press

Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry ran 10 times for 74 yards with a touchdown in his preseason debut Saturday, Aug. 13, against the San Diego Chargers.

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The rookie is a swift runner with build-up power when he gets up to speed. Henry is a RB4 for fantasy owners as he'll be working in a RBBC with starter DeMarco Murray.

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20. LA - QB Jared Goff bangs up shoulder

Source: ESPN

Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff (shoulder) played limited snaps in his preseason debut Saturday, Aug. 13, against the Dallas Cowboys as head coach Jeff Fisher said Goff banged up his shoulder. 'He took a hit early, his non-throwing shoulder was a little sore so I didn't want to mess with it at all,' Fisher said.

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Injuries are a concern for a QB like Goff. First, he's slightly built and needs to put on more muscle to take the NFL beating he's going to get. Next, Goff is a brave passer who will stand in the pocket and take a big hit to deliver a deep strike. We love his upside, but feel he may be a bit like Cowboys starter Tony Romo at his best.

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21. LA - QB Case Keenum sharp in preseason opener

Source: The Associated Press

Los Angeles Rams QB Case Keenum completed six of his seven pass attempts for 58 yards in the preseason opener Saturday, Aug. 13, against the Dallas Cowboys. He started over the No. 1 overall pick QB Jared Goff.

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Keenum could begin the year as the Rams starter, but we all know that Goff is the future. Neither is a great fantasy option in 2016.

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22. SEA - RB C.J. Prosise might practice soon

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise (hamstring) might return to the practice field next week, head coach Pete Carroll said Saturday, Aug. 13.

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The team likes Prosise, and the converted WR could be in the mix as a change-of-pace back behind starter Thomas Rawls.

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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.

Peace,

J