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A. Reception Perception: 11 flags planted for the 2016 season
Our Matt Harmon brings you several of the 2016 outlooks he is most confident in for many wide receivers profiled by Reception Perception.

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Our Phil Alexander shows you how to use the Game Log Dominator effectively for daily fantasy football.

C. Football Therapy: Meditation
Our Daniel Simpkins continues his series exploring the connections between life skills and fantasy football.

D. Draft This Week - Footballguys Players Championship (FPC)

The 2016 season brings a midstakes $250,000 Grand Prize, $2,000 in league prizes, and championship round payouts all the way down to 650th place. The overall prize pool exceeds $1.8 million. We have live draft commissioners to ensure that every draft runs smoothly and all prizes are placed in our industry-exclusive attorney escrow account.

Here are open draft times available this week (all times Eastern):

Saturday, August 20th: 1pm, 3 pm, 4pm, 5pm. 7pm, 9pm, 11pm
Sunday, August 21st: 1pm, 3 pm, 5pm. 7pm, 9pm, 11pm
Monday, August 22nd: 7pm, 9pm, 11pm

E. Footballguys Staff Mock Draft 11, 12 team Superflex, PPR
On August 13th, the Footballguys staff got together for their 11th draft of 2016. A 20-round Superflex PPR mock draft where there are three flex options, one of which can be quarterback. Our Chad Parsons provides an unbiased summary of each team's draft.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. PIT - Le'Veon Bell's suspension reduced
2. WAS - AC sprain for RB Matt Jones
3. SEA - RB Thomas Rawls back next week
4. GB - WR Davante Adams having 'very good camp'
5. PHI - RB Kenjon Barner the No. 2
6. GB - RB Eddie Lacy runs well
7. CLE - WR Terrelle Pryor catches long score
8. CHI - RB Jeremy Langford looks sharp
9. SF - WR Bruce Ellington dealing with sore ankle
10. NYJ - WR Quincy Enunwa suffers injury
11. NO - CB Keenan Lewis released
12. MIN - QB Teddy Bridgewater has sore shoulder
13. SEA - RB Christine Michael plays well again
14. MIN - WR Adam Thielen continue to impress
15. DET - RB Theo Riddick worked with starters
16. DET - QB Matthew Stafford wants quicker pace
17. PIT - Eli Rogers has solid outing
18. PIT - QB Landry Jones expected to keep job
19. ATL - QB Matt Ryan shows improvement
20. NE - RB LeGarrette Blount battling RB Tyler Gaffney?
21. SD - DE Joey Bosa contract talks resume
22. CIN - WR Tyler Boyd stands out
23. HOU - DE J.J. Watt progressing, status still unclear
24. PHI - Paul Turner impressing
25. BAL - WR Kamar Aiken's numbers could suffer
26. CLE - QB Robert Griffin III plays well
27. BUF - WR Sammy Watkins may play
28. ATL - RB Devonta Freeman efficient Thursday

1. PIT - Le'Veon Bell's suspension reduced

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell's suspension has been reduced to three games, according to sources.

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Bell becomes more viable in the first round now with one fewer game to absorb. DeAngelo Williams' value takes an even bigger hit than what Bell gained, with 1/4 of his guaranteed starts vanishing. Perhaps it makes pulling off the Bell/Williams combination easier. It's hard to understand why Bell is getting his suspension reduced when the substance abuse policies are so cut and dried, but the Steelers and Bell drafters have to be happy about it.

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2. WAS - AC sprain for RB Matt Jones

Source: Redskins.com

Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins RB Matt Jones (shoulder) suffered an AC sprain in his left shoulder Friday, Aug. 19.

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Depending on the grade of the injury, it could be anywhere from 2-4 weeks to surgery for Jones. Even if he's back for the regular season opener, a shoulder injury can be tough for a running back, because they take a lot of hits on the shoulders and use them to initiate contact on short yardage runs. Look for Washington to bring back Pierre Thomas or sign another veteran.

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3. SEA - RB Thomas Rawls back next week

Source: ESPN.com - Sheil Kapadia

Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls (ankle) will practice fully next week, according to head coach Pete Carroll. Rawls could play in the third preseason game, but Carroll said they'd make that decision late next week.

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Christine Michael continues to leave an impression with his play. Rawls should get the majority of carries once he is back to 2015 form, but Michael can certainly force the Seahawks to rethink that with the carries he will get as Rawls is eased back in during the early season schedule.

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4. GB - WR Davante Adams having 'very good camp'

Source: ESPN.com - Rob Demovsky

Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams is having a 'very good camp,' according to head coach Mike McCarthy. 'That's what you see; he's healthy and he's taken a step.'

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Adams has ended up in the #3 wide receiver more by default than by seizing it, but he will get the position to open the season. Jared Cook may add a receiving threat at tight end, but as long as Adams is consistent, he could make himself rosterable in typical leagues. There are worse players to target late in your draft.

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5. PHI - RB Kenjon Barner the No. 2

Source: CSNPhilly.com - Reuben Frank

Philadelphia Eagles RB Kenjon Barner has made it clear that he is the No. 2 running back behind RB Ryan Mathews, according to beat writer Reuben Frank. He has rushed 13 times for 76 yards in the first two preseason games.

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Barner is probably #2 behind Mathews as a between the tackles runner, but he is not overly impressive in this area, and Darren Sproles is a better receiver out of the backfield. This offense is looking like one of the league's weaker units, but we'll keep Barner on our waiver wire watch list.

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6. GB - RB Eddie Lacy runs well

Source: The Associated Press - Todd McMahon

Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy had nine carries for 45 yards and a touchdown in a 20-12 preseason win over the Oakland Raiders Thursday, Aug. 18.

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Lacy looked more like 2014 Lacy than 2015 Lacy, which could make him a value pick in the third round. The Packers offense is looking up now that Jordy Nelson is back and Lacy appears to be over his 2015 doldrums.

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7. CLE - WR Terrelle Pryor catches long score

Source: ESPN.com - Pat McManamon

Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor had one catch, a 50-yard touchdown, in a 24-13 loss to the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, Aug. 18.

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Pryor has moved squarely onto the late round radar with big plays in each of the first two preseason games. He seems to separate downfield with little effort and plays the ball more than well enough for a convert to the wide receiver position. Robert Griffin III's deep ball bucket accuracy only boosts the chances that Pryor carries over his downfield game to the regular season.

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8. CHI - RB Jeremy Langford looks sharp

Source: ESPN.com

Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford had eight carries for 55 yards and a touchdown and one catch for eight yards in a 23-22 preseason loss to the New England Patriots Thursday, Aug. 18.

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Watch Langford's current ADP (RB24 5.10 in 12-team PPR leagues) rise after this game. He's a RB2/RB3 who is going to split time with Kadeem Carey and maybe even rookie Jordan Howard will sneak into some action. Langford is the lead back, but if the Bears fall behind a lot (their defense is not great) we don't expect them to pound the rock on the ground.

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9. SF - WR Bruce Ellington dealing with sore ankle

Source: Sacramento Bee - Matt Barrows

San Francisco 49ers WR Bruce Ellington (ankle) hasn't practiced much this week and is questionable to play against the Denver Broncos Saturday, Aug. 20.

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Ellington has had a great summer and Blaine Gabbert is looking to him a lot in practices. He's worth a late pick in PPR leagues on the chance that he racks up receptions in garbage time on a losing team.

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10. NYJ - WR Quincy Enunwa suffers injury

Source: New York Daily News - Manish Mehta

New York Jets WR Quincy Enunwa (head) suffered a head injury during the preseason game against the Washington Redskins Friday, Aug. 19, and will not return.

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Enunwa has been emerging as the #3 receiver in a WR/TE hybrid role. He won't have fantasy value unless a Jets starting receiver gets hurt and maybe not even then. He should be good to go for the regular season, but it sounds like he'll have to clear concussion protocol first.

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11. NO - CB Keenan Lewis released

Source: The New Orleans Advocate - Nick Underhill

New Orleans Saints CB Keenan Lewis was released Friday, Aug. 19, according to sources.

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Lewis was a big ticket free agent just three years ago. The Saints recent signing of Cortland Finnegan was probably in part to prepare for the loss of Lewis.

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12. MIN - QB Teddy Bridgewater has sore shoulder

Source: ESPN.com - Ben Goessling

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (shoulder) did not play in the preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks Thursday, Aug. 18, because of a sore shoulder, according to sources. Bridgewater likely would have played if it was a regular season game, but the Vikings decided to keep him out.

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This clears up somewhat of a mystery, which tends to encourage speculation. Bridgewater was a marginal pick in fantasy leagues, so this doesn't really move his stock, but it's something to track for the value of the Vikings passcatchers.

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13. SEA - RB Christine Michael plays well again

Source: ESPN.com - Sheil Kapadia

Seattle Seahawks RB Christine Michael rushed for 55 yards on 10 carries in the preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, Aug. 18. He has rushed for 99 yards in the first two preseason games and is averaging 5.82 yards per rush.

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Michael is set to get around 6-10 carries a game when the season opens, with Thomas Rawls entrenched as the starter, but if Rawls is slow coming back from his ankle surgery, or if Michael plays up to his tremendous raw ability, he could force something like an RBBC. He's part of the second half of draft plans now.

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14. MIN - WR Adam Thielen continue to impress

Source: ESPN.com - Ben Goessling

Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen caught four passes for 61 yards in the preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks Thursday, Aug. 18. He has been impressing the coaches throughout training camp.

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Thielen is getting a lot of snaps with the first team offense as the #3 receiver. He could keep first-round pick Laquon Treadwell off of the field through the early season, but doesn't have fantasy value in any but the very deepest of leagues.

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15. DET - RB Theo Riddick worked with starters

Source: ESPN.com - Michael Rothstein

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick received all of the snaps with the first-team offense during the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 18, in part because RB Ameer Abdullah (shoulder) did not play.

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Riddick is not much of a runner between the tackles, but he is one of the best receiving backs in the league. If Abdullah were to miss time in the regular season, Zach Zenner or Stevan Ridley (whoever makes the team as the "big back") would likely get carries over Riddick.

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16. DET - QB Matthew Stafford wants quicker pace

Source: ESPN.com - Michael Rothstein

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford said he hopes the offense plays at a quicker pace this season. He has gone 12-for-17 for 171 yards in two preseason games when the team has used an up-tempo offense.

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Stafford has a chance to be in the top 3-5 in the league in attempts. That alone makes him worth a pick at his current ADP outside of the top 15 quarterbacks.

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17. PIT - Eli Rogers has solid outing

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Eli Rogers caught four passes for 39 yards in the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 18. He has been performing well as a slot receiver and has shown a quick first step that allows him navigate the middle of the field.

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Rogers could be a starter in this offense as the third receiver with Markus Wheaton on the outside with Sammie Coates having troubles in the preseason. He's worth a look in deep leagues, should be added in deep PPR dynasty and will definitely be on our waiver wire speed dial list because of the quality of this pass offense.

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18. PIT - QB Landry Jones expected to keep job

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Landry Jones is expected to keep the No. 2 quarterback job because he had a solid training camp and there are not many options available in free agency. Jones has thrown for 166 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions in two preseason games.

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Jones kept the offense's pulse going last year - barely - and even fed Antonio Brown's 6-124 line in his one full start - representing Brown's best game without Ben Roethlisberger last year. It's too late in the game for the Steelers to upgrade from Jones now that Bruce Gradkowski is sidelined with a torn hamstring.

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19. ATL - QB Matt Ryan shows improvement

Source: USA TODAY Fantasy Sports

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan had a much better outing in his second preseason game Thursday, August 18, versus the Cleveland Browns, after going 0-for-4 and leading two three-and-outs in the team's exhibition opener. Ryan followed that up by completing 8-of-12 passes for 78 yards over three possessions.

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Ryan still has Oakland, Carolina, Denver and Seattle in the first six weeks of the season, so even if you are looking at him as a streaming QB option, he'll be hard to trust until late October.

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20. NE - RB LeGarrette Blount battling RB Tyler Gaffney?

Source: MassLive.com - Kevin Dillon

New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount is 'likely' battling RB Tyler Gaffney the club's final running back spot. RBs Dion Lewis and James White 'appear to be locked in' as the receiving running backs, while RB Brandon Bolden 'figures' to have a spot on the roster thanks to his role on special teams. Blount and Gaffney are competing for the 'between-the-tackles kind of role.'

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Blount has to be in the lead with his proven track record and performance in Week 2 of the preseason. He was more successful in short yardage, and the team knows he can hold up over the course of a game and a season. Gaffney could easily catch on elsewhere after a strong summer in his own right.

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21. SD - DE Joey Bosa contract talks resume

Source: USA TODAY Sports - Jarrett Bell

San Diego Chargers DE Joey Bosa and the club have resumed their contract negotiating talks. The two sides are still trying to figure out how soon the rookie out of Ohio State will receive his payments on a $17 million signing bonus and whether offset language will be included in the contract to protect the team in the event that Bosa is released before his fourth season.

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The beginning of the season will encourage some urgency on behalf of both sides, but precious time and goodwill has already been lost. The Chargers got steamrolled by the Titans in the first preseason game, and the longer they go without Bosa, the less wind there will be in their sails going into the season.

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22. CIN - WR Tyler Boyd stands out

Source: NFL.com - Nick Shook

Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd is turning heads this preseason and has begun to separate himself from the pack behind WR A.J. Green. Boyd had two catches for 38 yards and a touchdown in the second preseason game. '(He) does an awesome job of being in the right place, knowing what to do and how to do it and you can't say enough good things about T.B.,' QB A.J. McCarron said. 'If I have anything to say he's always all ears and doesn't question it. He's awesome, can't say enough good things about him.'

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Boyd is a crafty receiver at the catch point with terrific body control and hands. He's not going to make much happen after the catch or create a lot of separation, but if he's the #2 target to open the season, he could be a spot start in deep leagues and interesting DFS option. Brandon LaFell is sidelined with a hand injury and Tyler Eifert is out recovering from ankle surgery, so the targets could be there for Boyd in September.

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23. HOU - DE J.J. Watt progressing, status still unclear

Source: ESPN - Ed Werder

Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt (back) has head coach Bill O'Brien encouraged by Watt's progress from back surgery. However, O'Brien is still unsure about Watt's availability for the first two games of the season.

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Chicago and Kansas City would be the beneficiaries of Watt's absence. He could also take a game or two to ramp up after returning from back surgery, New England (sans Tom Brady) and Tennessee could get a little easier matchup in Weeks 3 and 4. We would still count on Watt to look like himself pretty quickly after his return.

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24. PHI - Paul Turner impressing

Source: CSNPhilly.com - Reuben Frank

Philadelphia Eagles WR Paul Turner has been the best wide receiver for the team aside from WR Jordan Matthews, in the opinion of beat writer Reuben Frank. He has made highlight plays, including a one-handed catch in the second preseason game.

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This is a sign of the dire straits the Eagles are in at wide receiver. Turner has been a steady performer and stayed on the field in camp, which is more than the other undrafted wide receivers can say. He has even gotten snaps with the first team as a slot receiver with Jordan Matthews out. Turner might force the Eagles to keep six receivers or push Chris Givens and/or Rueben Randle out of a roster spot.

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25. BAL - WR Kamar Aiken's numbers could suffer

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens WR Kamar Aiken had 25 catches for 333 yards in eight games with WR Steve Smith last year, and Aiken had 50 catches for 611 yards in the eight games Smith missed.

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Aiken was a good sleeper going at least 3-4 rounds after his high level of production in the second half of 2015, but Smith's return greatly caps his upside unless Smith suffers a setback or is a shadow of himself. He's dropping on our draft radar.

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26. CLE - QB Robert Griffin III plays well

Source: ESPN.com - Pat McManamon

Cleveland Browns QB Robert Griffin III completed six of his eight passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns and ran three times for 36 yards in a 24-13 preseason loss to the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, Aug. 18.

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Griffin had his confidence back on his two touchdown strikes and ability to pick a large chunk of yards as a runner. We should at least be open to him finding something like his old form with an optimistic, offensive-minded head coach, a good offensive line, and a set of weapons that is starting to come together, with Josh Gordon arriving in October.

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27. BUF - WR Sammy Watkins may play

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Rodak

Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) could play against the New York Giants Saturday, Aug. 20, according to head coach Rex Ryan.

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Watkins is on track to be full speed to open the season against the Ravens. We will project him as a WR1 any time he is not a game-time decision, but Watkins is often available for a WR2 price in the third round because of his injury history/risk.

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28. ATL - RB Devonta Freeman efficient Thursday

Source: ESPN.com

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman had four carries for 42 yards and a touchdown in a 24-13 preseason win over the Cleveland Browns Thursday, Aug. 18.

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Same as it ever was. Freeman is the lead back for the Falcons, and he should perform like a RB1 in 2016. Sure, in theory he could lose some touches to second-year back Tevin Coleman....if the kid is ever healthy....but that's not enough to scare us off of Freeman's current ADP of RB8 (2.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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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