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Welcome to Friday. I feel like a broken record but we've got another huge day of new Content for you. We've got Sigmund Bloom with Rising / Falling Players in Camp. I've got Issue #2 of the Training Camp Cliff Notes plus tons more. And the News and Notes. So let's get to it.

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C. Training Camp Update #2
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E. Training Camp Risers and Fallers
Our Sigmund Bloom looks at the players whose values have moved up or down since the open of training camps.

F. Training Camp Cliff Notes: Week 2
I took our awesome 38 page Training Camp Updates and condensed them down to a "Need To Know" Cliff Notes version. It's an Executive Summary type thing where I highlight the things I think you need to know plus add a few takes of my own.

G. 2016 FFPC Co-drafting Strategy
Our Alessandro Miglio and Austin Lee with an FFPC Pros vs Joes draft recap conversation. They talk player value debates and co-drafting strategy and more.

H. Mid-August ADP for FFPC and FPC
Our Clayton Gray's assembled and an in depth look at ADP from 97 recent FPC drafts. See where the guys are selecting players in our $350 entry fee FPC leagues.

I. Plant a Flag: RB
Footballguys staff members make a stand on a running back.

J. Late Round Tight Ends
Our Jeff Pasquino with how to find some late-round TEs with big fantasy upside.

K. How To Attack Superflex PPR Leagues
Our Jeff Tefertiller with strategies for how to attack your Superflex PPR League Draft.

L. Footballguys Staff Mock Draft 10: 12-team, Non-PPR
On August 10th, the Footballguys staff got together for their 10th mock draft of 2016. A 12 team, 20-round standard mock draft where touchdown passes are worth 6 points. Our Mark Wimer provides an unbiased summary of each team's draft.

M. Eyes of the Guru: Preseason Notes, Week 1
Our John Norton with IDP news and notes from preseason Week 1.

N. Skill Position Injury Overview (QB, RB, WR, TE, PK) August 18
Our Mark Wimer with an overview of injuries currently being treated/rehabbed by fantasy-relevant players at the offensive skill positions prior to the second week of preseason games.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. NE - Plenty of action for TE Martellus Bennett?
2. DAL - WR Dez Bryant having best camp yet
3. NE - RB Dion Lewis remains out
4. LA - QB Case Keenum still in the lead
5. PHI - WR Nelson Agholor not progressing
6. GB - WR Davante Adams trying to shine
7. PIT - TE Jesse James in line to start
8. PIT - IR an option for TE Ladarius Green
9. SF - QB Colin Kaepernick has arm fatigure
10. CAR - No brace for WR Kelvin Benjamin
11. PIT - OLB James Harrison to talk with NFL
12. GB - Two Packers LBs to talk with NFL
13. DEN - Denver to give QBs equal snaps
14. MIA - Three Miami linemen expected to play
15. DEN - DE Derek Wolfe should be fine
16. NYG - WR Victor Cruz sits again
17. HOU - QB Tom Savage No. 2 for now
18. DEN - QB Trevor Siemian to start Saturday
19. KC - RB Jamaal Charles practices in full
20. JAX - WR Allen Hurns back at practice
21. DAL - CB Morris Claiborne having his best camp
22. TEN - WR Justin Hunter on outside looking in?
23. TEN - Chances better for WR Andre Johnson
24. TEN - WR Kendall Wright to work from slot
25. TEN - TE Delanie Walker to be targeted most?
26. NE - WR Aaron Dobson, WR Keshawn Martin battling
27. NE - WR Malcolm Mitchell leading for X role
28. WAS - Rob Kelley pushing RB Keith Marshall

1. NE - Plenty of action for TE Martellus Bennett?

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots TEs Martellus Bennett and Rob Gronkowski could be on the field together for up to 80% of the Patriots' plays, in the opinion of ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss. Head coach Bill Belichick views the tight ends as interchangeable and believes they can cause problems for opposing defenses when they're on the field at the same time.

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Adding Bennett was a great move for the Patriots this offseason. Gronkowski is still their top TE, but Bennett could easily perform like a TE2 with upside for fantasy owners. He's getting drafted at TE13 (11.02) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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2. DAL - WR Dez Bryant having best camp yet

Source: The Dallas Morning News - Jon Machota

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant responded to a question at practice Wednesday, Aug. 17, by saying this has been his best training camp of his seven-year career. Bryant pointed to being healthy and in great shape, as well as crediting the strong play of Cowboys CBs Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr.

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Given how atrocious the defense is (yes we had to pull out a Thesaurus to come up with new ways to say "bad"), he's going to have to be at his best as the Cowboys play from behind, so this is good to hear. He's an easy WR1 in fantasy and will see a ton of yards. Our only concern is the health of Tony Romo and the questionable quarterback depth behind him. We still say take Bryant early if your drafts though.

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3. NE - RB Dion Lewis remains out

Source: MassLive.com - Kevin Duffy

New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis (knee) has yet to practice in training camp. Lewis is nine months removed from surgery to repair his anterior cruciate ligament and has continued to rehab.

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The Patriots are just being the Patriots and being cautious. We've seen Lewis' ADP dip a bit to 49 overall and RB19, but we still have high hopes for him and think he could be a solid RB2/RB3, especially in PPR leagues. Do keep an eye on this though. There has been some talk he could remain on the PUP. Stay tuned.

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4. LA - QB Case Keenum still in the lead

Source: ESPN.com - Alden Gonzalez

Los Angeles Rams QB Case Keenum is still clearly in the lead ahead of QB Jared Goff for the starting spot, according to head coach Jeff Fisher. Goff took a handful of snaps in practice Wednesday, Aug. 17, with the first-team and is expected to play a series or two with the starters in the second preseason game.

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It's sort of the opposite of what we expected when they moved up and drafted Goff. The expectation has been that he will be thrown into the fire and forced to improve on the fly. Making him sit a year isn't a bad idea. On the other hand, if Fisher really is in line for a contract extension, he might be comfortable to play the long game with his rookie quarterback and nurse him along. We wouldn't want either guy on our fantasy roster, more because we expect all Todd Gurley all the time than because of their ability.

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5. PHI - WR Nelson Agholor not progressing

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Jeff McLane

Philadelphia Eagles WR Nelson Agholor hasn't progressed much during his second offseason, typically when the lights start to go on for receivers. Beat writer Jeff McLane says Agholor has struggled to catch balls, create separation and run consistent routes and it showed in the preseason opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Agholor has been a disappointment, which might be why the team traded for Dorial Green-Beckham despite his own issues. Right now we see Agholor as a WR6 - just depth - but if he doesn't pick up the pace, he might not even be that good. We're not sure what to expect from this offense either, never anything we like to feel this far into summer.

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6. GB - WR Davante Adams trying to shine

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Tom Silverstein

Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams has had some good moments and some bad ones in training camp, according to beat writer Tom Silverstein. It is believed Adams needs to make a statement in the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 18, against the Oakland Raiders.

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Adams was supposed to shine last year after Jordy Nelson went down with injury. Instead, Adams fizzled and his inconsistent play from college at Fresno State still continues to plague him today. We're looking at other WRs like Jared Abbrederis or Ty Montgomery to win the no.3 WR job in Green Bay.

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7. PIT - TE Jesse James in line to start

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers TE Jesse James would start if TE Ladarius Green (concussion, ankle) is not ready by the start of the season. James has developed a nice red-zone rapport with QB Ben Roethlisberger, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com.

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Right now we have him as a TE3, but a good couple of showings in preseason games could be the ticket to a higher output and ranking. Keep an eye on him this weekend and next week in the Game 3 dress rehearsal for the regular season.

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8. PIT - IR an option for TE Ladarius Green

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green (concussion, ankle) could begin the regular season on the Reserve/Injured list, according to ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler.

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Green has forever been plagued by injury and it seems that beat keeps going on. It's time to put away the "upside" label, as well as your plans to draft him. Jesse James is worth watching and has looked good working with Ben Roethlisberger.

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9. SF - QB Colin Kaepernick has arm fatigure

Source: NFL Network - James Palmer

Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (arm) is dealing with arm fatigue – what had previously been referred to as a dead arm. Kaepernick has participated in some drills, but has not thrown. He will not play Saturday, Aug. 20, against the Denver Broncos.

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You have to wonder if something else is going on here, whether it be that he pushed too hard to come back from injury, had a misdiagnosed one or if the team just isn't pushing him onto the field because they don't have any intention of playing him. There's $19.2 million remaining in dead money on his contract per Spotrac, so cutting him might not be in the cards.

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10. CAR - No brace for WR Kelvin Benjamin

Source: NFL.com - Jeffri Chadiha

Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) doesn't plan on wearing a brace to protect the torn anterior cruciate ligament he's healing from. Benjamin said a brace feels uncomfortable. Head coach Ron Rivera agrees with the decision.

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There is some risk to this, as if he discards it too early he could re-injure his leg, but you don't want your best receiver to be uncomfortable. We think Benjamin could have a very nice season, but we'll have to see how he can move and how he fits into the offense now that he's healthy (and with WR Devin Funchess emerging). We see him as a WR2/WR3 style guy this season.

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11. PIT - OLB James Harrison to talk with NFL

Source: ESPN - Chris Mortensen

Pittsburgh Steelers LB James Harrison has agreed to talk with the NFL regarding the allegations that they received performance-enhancing drugs, according to sources. Harrison is scheduled to meet with the NFL Monday, Aug. 29.

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Harrison was the leader of the players holding out against meeting with the league, so this is big for the NFL. It takes place after the deadline, but the NFL will just be happy to have Harrison in to answer some questions.

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12. GB - Two Packers LBs to talk with NFL

Source: ESPN - Chris Mortensen

Green Bay Packers LBs Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers have agreed to talk with the NFL regarding the allegations that they received performance-enhancing drugs, according to sources.

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This was the only way this was going to end. Really, it's hard to tell a boss "no" when they need a meeting like this and it gives Matthews and Peppers the chance to clear the air. Hopefully, that is all that comes of this.

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13. DEN - Denver to give QBs equal snaps

Source: ESPN.com - Jeff Legwold

Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos QB Trevor Siemian will start against the San Francisco 49ers Saturday, Aug. 20, but head coach Gary Kubiak said QB Mark Sanchez will receive the same amount of snaps during the game.

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As we said earlier, they will each get about one and a half quarters of football. This should go a long way towards telling us who will be the starter next week and going forward, though if Sanchez can't beat the second-year Siemian cleanly already, you have to wonder if he can at all.

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14. MIA - Three Miami linemen expected to play

Source: ESPN.com - James Walker

Miami Dolphins DE Mario Williams, DE Cameron Wake and DT Ndamukong Suh are expected to play in the preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys Friday, Aug. 19. All three players did not play in the first preseason game.

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This should be a fascinating test for the Miami defense. On paper, that is a potent combination but they are going against the best offensive line in the league. Get your popcorn ready, 'cause it's gonna be a show.

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15. DEN - DE Derek Wolfe should be fine

Source: NFL.com - Jeremy Bergman

Denver Broncos DE Derek Wolfe (ankle) is expected to play in the preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers Saturday, Aug. 20, even though he suffered a mild ankle injury during practice Wednesday, Aug. 17.

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The Broncos can breathe a sigh of relief here. Wolfe has been amazing at training camp, and his strong play helps the Broncos field the best defense in the league -- and they could be even better this year.

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16. NYG - WR Victor Cruz sits again

Source: SNY - Ralph Vacchiano

New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (groin) did not participate in practice Thursday, Aug. 18.

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We have no real hope that Cruz will be a factor this year and it truly seems as if he might not even make it back on the field. His body has clearly broken down.

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17. HOU - QB Tom Savage No. 2 for now

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans QB Tom Savage is currently the team's primary backup at quarterback, according to head coach Bill O'Brien. O'Brien said Savage has really improved since last season.

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Savage has two more years on his contract and they would like to see if he is worth keeping around or worth more in trade. Last season he was hurt with a shoulder injury, so this is essentially his sophomore year. This is Brock Osweiler's team, but if he implodes, we might see something from Savage.

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18. DEN - QB Trevor Siemian to start Saturday

Source: NFL.com

Denver Broncos QB Trevor Siemian will be the starting quarterback for the preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers Saturday, Aug. 20, according to head coach Gary Kubiak.

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Kubiak is really milking this. Mark Sanchez started the first game so now it's Siemian. Each quarterback will get about a quarter and a half and we should see enough to get a decision out of Kubiak before the third preseason game. Our money is still on Sanchez, but it's anyone's ballgame right now.

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19. KC - RB Jamaal Charles practices in full

Source: ESPN.com - Adam Teicher

Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) practiced in full Thursday, Aug. 18, for the first time. He won't play in the second preseason game, though.

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They'll be cautious with him, even though they have an incredibly deep backfield. In fact, it could be that depth is influencing that decision as well, since they need to decide whether they cut one of their other backs. Getting Charcandrick West, Spencer Ware and Knile Davis some more burn could help them make a decision. Of course, the Chiefs know you can never have too many backs. The guy to own here is Charles as an RB1, but handcuffing him with West or Ware isn't a terrible idea.

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20. JAX - WR Allen Hurns back at practice

Source: Jaguars.com - John Oehser

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Hurns (knee) returned to practice Thursday, Aug. 18.

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The other half of the Allen and Allen show (Robinson being the first half), Hurns should build on a great 2015, where he had five 100+ yard games, scoring at least one touchdown in each. His ability to produce big plays is exciting to contemplate heading into 2016 make him a solid WR3/WR4 with upside.

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21. DAL - CB Morris Claiborne having his best camp

Source: The Dallas Morning News - Kate Hairopoulos

Dallas Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne said he is having his best training camp of his career, and he has been going at it with WR Dez Bryant on a daily basis to make each other better. Claiborne said this is the first camp he has been healthy.

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Let's be honest here—that bar was set tremendously low. The Dallas defense is without multiple starters to kick off the season, so Claiborne will see a lot of work early on.

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22. TEN - WR Justin Hunter on outside looking in?

Source: ESPN.com - Paul Kuharsky

Tennessee Titans WR Justin Hunter is not projected to make the 53-man roster, according to beat writer Paul Kuharsky.

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The Titans have been awful at drafting receivers. Dorial Green-Beckham is gone and Hunter looks iffy.

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23. TEN - Chances better for WR Andre Johnson

Source: ESPN.com - Paul Kuharsky

Tennessee Titans WR Andre Johnson was no guarantee for a roster spot earlier this week, but the trade of WR Dorial Green-Beckham to the Philadelphia Eagles increases his chances of making this team. Johnson might be battling with WRs Harry Douglas and Tre McBride for one or two receiver spots.

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Johnson and Douglas are both well past their primes so if there is a cut, we expect it to be one of them. Neither brings much to the table save veteran savvy and "I remember when" old-man stories, and none of that helps your fantasy team, so don't bother drafting them.

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24. TEN - WR Kendall Wright to work from slot

Source: ESPN.com - Paul Kuharsky

Tennessee Titans WR Kendall Wright (hamstring) is expected to serve as the team's third wide receiver working out of the slot. He has been dealing with a hamstring injury since early in camp, but in the first few days he appeared energized, according to beat writer Paul Kuharsky.

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This is probably Wright's last chance to show he can produce. His numbers have continually declined over the last three years, in part because he has struggled on the field, but also because he has struggled to stay healthy. That he is already battling a hamstring issue is concerning and makes us confident he is no more than a WR6 at best.

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25. TEN - TE Delanie Walker to be targeted most?

Source: ESPN.com - Paul Kuharsky

Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker is expected to remain the primary pass target, according to beat writer Paul Kuharsky, although the team will try to spread the ball around to a lot of different people.

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A combination of things could be at play here. It could be that quarterback Marcus Mariota is still getting in sync with rookie Tajae Sharpe and newly arrived Rishard Matthews. It could be that Mariota is not yet comfortable with longer passes and will be expected to throw short stuff against mismatched linebackers. It could just be that Walker and Mariota are just really good as a pair. Whatever the reason, it reaffirms our faith that Walker is a TE1 in fantasy circles.

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26. NE - WR Aaron Dobson, WR Keshawn Martin battling

Source: ESPNBoston.com

New England Patriots WRs Aaron Dobson and Keshawn Martin are battling for the fifth receiver spot on the depth chart. Both are considered the leading candidates heading into the second preseason game.

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Unless injuries strike, this is the equivalent of a walk on role as a zombie on The Walking Dead. You can say "hey look it's me" and point, but on the whole nobody will care aside from family. Unless there are copious amounts of injuries ahead of them, neither player looks like he has any fantasy value, and dpesn't even get to wear cool makeup or get killed by Norman Reedus.

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27. NE - WR Malcolm Mitchell leading for X role

Source: ESPNBoston.com

New England Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell posted four grabs for 55 yards on 15 snaps in the preseason opener, and he is considered a leading candidate for the 'X' receiver role.

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Two notable things here. First, Mitchell is in a position where he could be pretty productive in this offense, despite a lack of productive history for rookie receivers with Bill Belichick. Second, it appears he has leapfrogged Danny Amendola, Keshawn Martin and Aaron Dobson. A deep threat may not be a tremendous asset in this offense, with Tom Brady's declining arm strength, so right now we see him as a WR5 but he certainly has enough upside to warrant watching him over the next few preseason games.

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28. WAS - Rob Kelley pushing RB Keith Marshall

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins RB Rob Kelley took more snaps with the second unit in practice Wednesday, Aug. 17, rotating with RB Keith Marshall. A week ago, there was a gap between the two entering the preseason game and there still might be. However, Kelley was not working with the second unit before the preseason opener.

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Marshall had best watch his back as Kelley is starting to cut into his reps. Marshall needs to improve his patience at the line and against the Falcons D-team, Kelley played well. They will both get a stout test from the Jets run defense this Friday, but it seems like the RB2 job in Washington is up for grabs.

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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 Friday.

Peace,

J