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Good Wednesday to you. I hope you're having a good week. We've got some great new Content for you plus the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

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A. Pushing the Pocket - Preseason Week 1 Winners
Our Cian Fahey looks at three players who stood out for the right reasons in Preseason Week 1.

B. Training Camp 2016 Tier Rankings: Week 2
Our Ari Ingel provides his 2016 updated tier rankings two weeks into training camp.

C. Reading the Defense: Preseason Notes 2
Scouting the first week of preseason games and updating the every-down linebacker chart with our Dr. Jene Bramel.

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E. Updated Average Draft Position
To draft for maximum value, you must know where the other owners in your league are likely to draft a player. Our Average Draft Position (ADP) data is the best tool for the job.

F. Updated Average Draft Position - PPR
To draft for maximum value, you must know where the other owners in your league are likely to draft a player. Our Average Draft Position (ADP) data is the best tool for the job. This one is for PPR scoring formats.

G. WR3 By Committee
Our Jeff Pasquino dives into how to fine a Third Starting Wide Receiver by Committee for 2016.

H. WR3 By Committee - PPR
Our Jeff Pasquino dives into how to fine a Third Starting Wide Receiver by Committee for 2016. This one is tailored to PPR scoring formats.

I. Plant a Flag: TE
Our Footballguys staff members make a stand on a TE.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. ARI - Bruce Arians hospitalized
2. ARI - WR John Brown still in protocol
3. PIT - Le'Veon Bell hearing update
4. PHI - WR Dorial Green-Beckham sent to Eagles
5. NE - Gronkowski's injury considered minor
6. CAR - WR Devin Funchess to be the top dog?
7. NYJ - RB Matt Forte should be ready for opener
8. BAL - QB Joe Flacco not at full health
9. MIA - TE Jordan Cameron struggling?
10. MIA - RB Arian Foster to debut
11. KC - RB Jamaal Charles returns
12. MIN - WR Jarius Wright doing well
13. BAL - WR Breshad Perriman return date unknown
14. SF - QB Colin Kaepernick not practicing
15. SF - San Francisco nabs QB Christian Ponder
16. ARI - S Tyrann Mathieu off the PUP list
17. DEN - OLB DeMarcus Ware could be cleared soon
18. CIN - WR Brandon LaFell may not miss time
19. MIN - RB Adrian Peterson to see preseason work?
20. DEN - RB Ronnie Hillman has competition for job

1. ARI - Bruce Arians hospitalized

Source: Arizona Cardinals - Mark Dalton

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians was hospitalized Tuesday, Aug. 16, in San Diego. He alerted the team's medical staff that he was not feeling well and experiencing stomach pain. He was taken to a San Diego area hospital for further evaluation.

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We don't know much as of Tuesday night on this. Hoping for good news Wednesday.

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2. ARI - WR John Brown still in protocol

Source: The Arizona Republic - Kent Somers

Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown (concussion) still has not cleared the concussion protocol. The Cardinals remain concerned and are being cautious with Brown, according to head coach Bruce Arians.

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That's the right move for the Cardinals. Brown's role is set in the offense as a deep threat who can get by defenders in a hurry. He just needs to get healthy to produce like a low-end WR3 with upside for fantasy owners. His current ADP is WR33 (6.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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3. PIT - Le'Veon Bell hearing update

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Ed Bouchette

Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell says no hearing date has been scheduled for the appeal of his four-game suspension.

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Bell seems to think that he's not going to get suspended, but we're not as optimistic. Missing a drug test is the equivalent of having a hot test. Bell reportedly missed several tests, and it will be difficult for him to avoid discipline. The superstar RB has a current ADP of RB6 (2.02) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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4. PHI - WR Dorial Green-Beckham sent to Eagles

Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com

Tennessee Titans WR Dorial Green-Beckham was acquired by the Philadelphia Eagles Tuesday, Aug. 16, in exchange for Eagles OG Dennis Kelly.

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The Titans traded him for a backup offensive lineman - so they were just ready to move on from a player that they felt was not buying into the program. He can move up the Eagles depth chart quickly because they were clearly not happy with their outside receivers. Green-Beckham is still just a speculative late round pick, and rookie Tajae Sharpe is that much closer to starting Week 1 vs. Minnesota.

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5. NE - Gronkowski's injury considered minor

Source: NFL.com - Ian Rapoport

Updating a previous report, New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski's (undisclosed) injury at practice Monday, Aug. 15, is considered minor.

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We can leave Gronkowski in the first round mix, although this is a reminder that Martellus Bennett has massive injury upside if Gronkowski has more than a minor injury at some point this year.

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6. CAR - WR Devin Funchess to be the top dog?

Source: ESPN.com - David Newton

Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess could outperform WR Kelvin Benjamin this season, according to beat writer David Newton.

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Benjamin is still not up to game shape and Funchess has had one of the best offseasons of any Panther this year. There's no reason that they should be 100 picks apart in ADP right now.

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7. NYJ - RB Matt Forte should be ready for opener

Source: New York Daily News - Manish Mehta

New York Jets RB Matt Forte (hamstring) said he will definitely be ready to play in Week 1. His goal is see some action in the third preseason game against the New York Giants.

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The Jets don't need to showcase Forte in the preseason. He's a seasoned veteran who has plenty of experience and should fill in nicely as their lead RB. However, he's going to split time with Bilal Powell this year. He's currently going off the board at RB16 (4.06) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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8. BAL - QB Joe Flacco not at full health

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco (knee) said his surgically repaired knee isn't fully recovered yet, but he did say the knee feels great and he has not missed any practice. Flacco doesn't know if he'll be playing in the Ravens' second preseason game this weekend.

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No surprise here. Flacco is coming back from a major knee injury, and there's no need to trot him out there for some preseason action. Instead, the team needs to stay concentrated on having him ready for Week 1 of the regular season.

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9. MIA - TE Jordan Cameron struggling?

Source: The Miami Herald - Armando Salguero

Miami Dolphins TE Jordan Cameron is going through 'growing pains' and has a lot on his plate, according to Dolphins head coach Adam Gase.

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We're disappointed to hear this news. Cameron has a chance to be Gase's new Julius Thomas this season. We liked adding him as a TE2 late in drafts, but if he doesn't overcome these growing pains then we'll start looking elsewhere for a 'lottery ticket' TE.

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10. MIA - RB Arian Foster to debut

Source: ESPN.com - James Walker

Miami Dolphins RB Arian Foster (Achilles') will make his preseason debut Friday, Aug. 19, against the Dallas Cowboys.

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We'll hold our breath, as Foster is both coming back from an achilles and he has been an injury-prone player as his career has gone on. If he looks like his old self, he'll be worth a pick in the 7th-10th round range in PPR leagues because of his huge weekly upside in a pass offense that is still under construction.

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11. KC - RB Jamaal Charles returns

Source: The Kansas City Star - Terez A. Paylor

Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list, and he's participating in practice Tuesday, Aug. 16.

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It appears that Charles is on schedule to resume his role as the lead back for the Chiefs in Week 1 against the Chargers. The team likes backups Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware a lot and could ease Charles in early in the season, but as long as he looks like the player he has been during his Hall of Fame level career, he'll be an easy RB1 in fantasy leagues again this year.

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12. MIN - WR Jarius Wright doing well

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - Matt Vensel

Minnesota Vikings WR Jarius Wright (undisclosed) hasn't practice since Aug. 6, but said he's doing well and expects to return to practice sooner rather than later.

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Wright added that he'll definitely return in time to play in the preseason, he just doesn't know which game yet.

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13. BAL - WR Breshad Perriman return date unknown

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com - Garrett Downing

Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman (knee) still hasn't returned from a nagging knee injury, and head coach John Harbaugh still has no update on the second-year receiver. Harbaugh has previously said that Perriman should be ready for Week 1, but he still hasn't been activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list.

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Perriman missed all of his rookie season due to a PCL injury. In June, the second-year pro was diagnosed with a partially-torn ACL and his timetable for return was unknown. Not much has changed since then as we're still waiting on Perriman to get back on the field. Dynasty owners should still be intrigued by his upside, but there's little here for re-draft owners in 2016.

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14. SF - QB Colin Kaepernick not practicing

Source: San Jose Mercury News - Cam Inman

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (arm) did not practice Tuesday, Aug. 16, as he continues to deal with his dead arm. Kaepernick has not thrown a pass in six days.

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The 49ers are in Denver for practice on Wednesday and Thursday. They then play the Broncos on Saturday night. We're not expecting to see Kaepernick during the two days of joint practice or in the 49ers second preseason game.

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15. SF - San Francisco nabs QB Christian Ponder

Source: ESPN.com - Josina Anderson

Free-agent QB Christian Ponder (Broncos) was signed to a one-year deal by the San Francisco 49ers Tuesday, Aug. 16.

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The 49ers needed to do something here. Colin Kaepernick has had trouble returning from three offseason surgeries, and backup Thad Lewis is out of the year after suffering a knee injury. That leaves rookie Jeff Driskel as the lone backup behind starter Blaine Gabbert. Ponder gives them veteran insurance in case Kaepernick isn't healthy and Driskel isn't ready.

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16. ARI - S Tyrann Mathieu off the PUP list

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Arizona Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu (knee) was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list Tuesday, Aug. 16.

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Mathieu went down last December with this knee injury, but he's been recovering at a good pace. It looks like Mathieu is going to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season.

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17. DEN - OLB DeMarcus Ware could be cleared soon

Source: NFL Network - James Palmer

Denver Broncos DE DeMarcus Ware (back) is close to a return and could be cleared for practice in four to five days, according to head coach Gary Kubiak.

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Ware did some work on the sidelines before practice today. He's on the NFI list with a back problem that plagued him last year. The Broncos will be cautious bringing Ware back, and his role this season will be limited to that of a part-time pass-rusher.

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18. CIN - WR Brandon LaFell may not miss time

Source: Bengals.com - Geoff Hobson

Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell (hand) is still expected to be ready by Week 1 despite a torn ligament in his hand, according to head coach Marvin Lewis.

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If LaFell misses time and nobody notices, does it matter? We're not excited by LaFell with his new team. Rookie Tyler Boyd is a player who could emerge opposite A.J. Green at some point this season.

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19. MIN - RB Adrian Peterson to see preseason work?

Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press - Chris Tomasson

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson may see his first preseason touches since 2011, provided he wants to play, according to Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer. Peterson played in a 2013 preseason game but did not handle the ball.

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Peterson doesn't need any preseason reps. It would be a shock to see him get much if any work in the preseason. The Vikings are likely to use Peterson as much as possible in what might be his last season with the team.

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20. DEN - RB Ronnie Hillman has competition for job

Source: ESPN.com - Sheil Kapadia

Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman is facing a battle for a roster spot, according to head coach Gary Kubiak. He is getting competition from rookie RB Devontae Booker and RB Kapri Bibbs for the right to back up starter RB C.J. Anderson. Hillman is expected to see plenty of action in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 20, against the San Francisco 49ers. 'Ronnie is in a battle, a helluva a battle with Kapri and Book right now,' Kubiak said Monday, Aug. 15. 'There's no way around that. I'm just being honest with you.'

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Hillman is no lock for the 53-man roster. He led the team in rushing last year, but that was because starter C.J. Anderson was bothered by ankle/toe injuries over the first half of the season. We could see Hillman make the team, but he might only be no.3 on the depth chart. Expect rookie Devontae Booker to win the primary backup job behind Anderson.

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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. Have a great Wednesday.

Peace,

J