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A. Cracking FanDuel 2016 Is LIVE
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B. Updated Staff Rankings
Updated rankings from the Footballguys Staffers.

C. Injury Rounds By Dr. Bramel
Our Dr. Jene Bramel with this week's version of Injury Rounds. He dives into the huge news from the NFL that they'll be providing less injury news to the public. All the more reason to follow Dr. Bramel's advice as a Footballguys Insider PRO subscriber in season. In addition to updates on Dion Lewis, Matt Jones, Larry Fitzgerald and more.

D. FREE Article - Top 10 Takeaways From Preseason Week 2
Our Matt Waldman picks the Ten Most Important things you need to know from this past week. Some of the most valuable features we do each week involve taking the firehose of information and curating the most important nuggets you need to know. That's what Matt's doing here.

E. Average Draft Position Updated
To get the maximum value from your draft picks, you need to know where other owners in your league are likely to draft players. The best tool for this info is our Average Draft Position Data.

F. Average Draft Position for PPR Updated
To get the maximum value from your draft picks, you need to know where other owners in your league are likely to draft players. The best tool for this info is our Average Draft Position Data. This one is for PPR scoring formats.

G. Detailed Stat Projections Updated
Get used to this as we'll be constantly updating projections as news is flying in hot and heavy. We project every stat that matters for every player that matters in order to give you the best and most detailed forecasting possible. These Detailed Stat Projections are the foundation for virtually everything we do at Footballguys.

H. Top 300 Players
Just what it says. The Top 300 Players as we see them with the latest updated projections.

I. Top 300 Players - PPR
Just what it says. The Top 300 Players as we see them with the latest updated projections. This one is for PPR scoring formats.

J. Draft List
The Top 300 is a great list but the list we'd actually use to draft list is our aptly named Draft List. We take the Top 300 and factor it against Average Draft Position to get maximum value.

K. Draft List - PPR
The Top 300 is a great list but the list we'd actually use to draft list is our aptly named Draft List. We take the Top 300 and factor it against Average Draft Position to get maximum value. This one is for PPR scoring formats.

L. ADP Desirability Rankings: QB
Our Sigmund Bloom looks at rethinking quarterback rankings to order players by how desirable they are at current ADP.

M. Strategy Roundtable: Early-round Bust Pick
Footballguys staff members offer their thoughts on early picks who could under perform.

N. Strategy Roundtable: Dynasty Gems
Footballguys staff members offer their thoughts on dynasty gems.

O. Fantasy Index 2015 Redux
Our Alessandro Miglio brings back fantasy shares for the 2016 season with a look back at the running back position in 2015.

P. The New Reality No.67 - Preseason Week 2 Aftermath
Our Chad Parsons breaks down the need to know nuggets by position from Preseason Week 2.

Q. How To Attack Large Non-PPR Leagues
Our Jeff Tefertiller breaks down strategies for attacking larger standard scoring leagues.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. BUF - RB Mike Gillislee favored for No. 2 back
2. WAS - RB Matt Jones out for preseason
3. CAR - WR Devin Funchess pushing WR Kelvin Benjamin
4. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski still out
5. DAL - RB Ezekiel Elliott may play Thursday
6. NFL - RB Karlos Williams not claimed
7. SF - QB Colin Kaepernick back at practice
8. DEN - QB Trevor Siemian to start again
9. BAL - WR Breshad Perriman activated
10. CLE - WR Josh Gordon runs with starters
11. SF - TE Vance McDonald emerging as weapon
12. LA - WR Pharoh Cooper locked into starting role?
13. CHI - WR Kevin White impressing WR Alshon Jeffery
14. TB - TE Cameron Brate drops a couple
15. CLE - WR Terrelle Pryor no fluke
16. NE - WR Danny Amendola moving well
17. PIT - QB Ben Roethlisberger expects to play
18. CAR - Two rookie CBs may start for Carolina
19. GB - No brace for WR Jordy Nelson
20. NYG - Matt LaCrsse day-to-day
21. DET - WR Andre Caldwell released from IR
22. TEN - WR Kendall Wright unlikely to play
23. ARI - DE Robert Nkemdiche could play
24. CAR - TE Greg Olsen returns Monday
25. SF - RB Shaun Draughn is the backup
26. CIN - TE Tyler Eifert to begin jogging
27. BAL - TE Dennis Pitta has broken finger
28. IND - QB Andrew Luck throwing underneath more
29. NYJ - NYJ may keep four QBs on roster
30. WAS - WR Josh Doctson not a lock to be ready
31. HOU - WR Braxton Miller could start in slot
32. IND - Growing pains for RB Josh Ferguson
33. NYJ - NYJ wants to see RB Matt Forte in action

1. BUF - RB Mike Gillislee favored for No. 2 back

Source: The Buffalo News - Vic Carucci

Buffalo Bills RB Mike Gillislee (concussion) is 'probably the No. 2 back right now', according to head coach Rex Ryan. Gillislee is still in the concussion protocol, however.

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So many different opinions here. We've been high on rookie Jonathan Williams but we don't make this call. Rex Ryan said he thinks Gillislee is "probably" the #2 guy. Some beat writers think Reggie Bush is the favorite. Don't discount the concussion protocol for Gillislee though. Bottom line is things seem pretty unsettled for the #2 RB and we'll continue to watch this one closely for you.

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2. WAS - RB Matt Jones out for preseason

Source: The Washington Post - Mike Jones

Washington Redskins RB Matt Jones (shoulder) will sit the rest of the preseason because of a sprained shoulder, according to head coach Jay Gruden. RBs Keith Marshall and Rob Kelley will both get first-team looks in place of Jones.

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Jones may be able to return for the regular-season opener, but shoulder injuries are tough for RBs to overcome. The second-year pro has fantasy potential based on volume alone, but that's just as a low-end RB2 in PPR leagues.

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3. CAR - WR Devin Funchess pushing WR Kelvin Benjamin

Source: Panthers.com - Max Henson

Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess has really impressed wide receivers coach Ricky Proehl this offseason. Proehl said Funchess is playing at a level that is forcing WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) to keep up and get better. 'To be honest with you, where Devin is right now and where Kelvin needs to get to, I think Devin is pushing Kelvin,' Proehl said. 'He's realizing, 'I've got to get back, I've got to push, because [Funchess] is pretty dang good.' Proehl did admit that Benjamin is still fully recovering from his torn anterior cruciate ligament, however.

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Benjamin's current ADP (WR21) is a little high for our taste. However, we love scooping up Funchess at his current ADP (WR49). The second-year pro has a similar game to Benjamin, and they may put up numbers that are similar in 2016. Keep an eye as Funchess and Benjamin continue to battle for targets.

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4. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski still out

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (undisclosed) has not practiced since Monday, Aug. 15, although he does not appear to be dealing with a serious ailment.

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It's not serious, but we haven't seen him on the practice field in some time. Gronkowski should be ready for the start of the regular season, and he's once again a TE1 you can consider early in your draft.

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5. DAL - RB Ezekiel Elliott may play Thursday

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (hamstring) participated in practice Monday, Aug. 22, and appears to be on track to play in the preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks Thursday, Aug. 25.

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If the rookie does play, he may not play that much. The talent is there, and behind this Cowboys offensive line Elliott could lead the league in rushing as a rookie. We're excited about his prospects and right now he's being taken as a first-round pick in most every draft.

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6. NFL - RB Karlos Williams not claimed

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent RB Karlos Williams (Bills) was not claimed off waivers and is now an unrestricted free agent, according to a source.

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Williams has what doctors call a bit of a weight problem. At this time, he needs to drop about 20 pounds to show that he's serious about playing football. Oh yeah -- he's also suspended the first month of the season. RB-needy teams should be interested in Williams, so long as he doesn't go 'fat guy in a little coat' during a workout.

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7. SF - QB Colin Kaepernick back at practice

Source: CSNBayArea.com - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (arm) participated in a full warmup practice Monday, Aug. 22. It was his first such participation since Aug. 10.

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The team has been watching Kaepernick throw on an incredibly limited basis while he's been out. It's the recovery process that needs work for Kaepernick. He'll be able to throw, but his soreness over the next few days will determine whether or not he can continue throwing. Blaine Gabbert is the clear-cut starter while Kaepernick is banged up.

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8. DEN - QB Trevor Siemian to start again

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Denver Broncos QB Trevor Siemian will start Saturday, Aug. 27, against the Los Angeles Rams.

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Siemian got the start in the second preseason game against the 49ers, but he was not impressive. He threw an interception that was returned for a TD and banged up his shoulder trying to make a tackle on that play. Even with a sore shoulder and a pick-six to his resume, Kubiak wants to see more of him with the starters. This is bad news for Mark Sanchez, and the veteran may fall to third-string on the depth chart behind rookie first-round pick Paxton Lynch.

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9. BAL - WR Breshad Perriman activated

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman (knee) was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, Aug. 22.

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Perriman missed all of his rookie season last year, and he suffered a partially-torn ACL back in June and has not been able to participate in training camp because of it. He's not yet cleared to fully participate in practice, and it seems like Perriman is no lock to contribute early in the season. We hope he gets healthy and we can see him flash towards the midway point of the year.

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10. CLE - WR Josh Gordon runs with starters

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon (quadriceps) is running with the first-team offense in practice Monday, Aug. 22.

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The team is planning on Gordon playing in their preseason game on Friday, so it makes sense he's working with the first-team offense. He'll miss the first four games of the season due to a suspension, but Gordon is a clear starter when he returns in Week 5. Fantasy owners could get him at a value as a WR3 with WR1 upside.

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11. SF - TE Vance McDonald emerging as weapon

Source: NFL.com - Chris Wesseling

San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald has caught five passes for 92 yards from QB Blaine Gabbert through two preseason games.

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An important note for fantasy owners looking to wait on TE. The Chip Kelly offense regularly features the TE as the first read after the belly option with the RB. A QB like Blaine Gabbert should use McDonald early and often as a security blanket when looking to move the chains through the air. Catching 75 passes and finishing as a top-10 fantasy TE is not out of the question for McDonald.

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12. LA - WR Pharoh Cooper locked into starting role?

Source: Los Angeles Daily News - Jack Wang

Los Angeles Rams WR Pharoh Cooper, WR Kenny Britt and WR Tavon Austin are currently the top three receivers, head coach Jeff Fisher said.

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A fourth-round pick by the Rams this year, Cooper gets off the line quickly and can change direction on a dime without losing much speed. When the play breaks down, Cooper does a good job of finding the soft spot in a defense and works his way back to the QB. The rookie does need to show better 'my ball' mentality when trying to make a contested catch. He can take some big hits, but he rarely holds onto the ball in such a situation. Monitor him in dynasty leagues only.

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13. CHI - WR Kevin White impressing WR Alshon Jeffery

Source: ChicagoBears.com - Larry Mayer

Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery said WR Kevin White is making strides and making plays. 'He missed the whole year last year, so this year he's progressing right where we need him to be,' Jeffery said.

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White has been impressing beat writers in attendance for training camp, and apparently his teammates like what they see too. The second-year pro is an intriguing prospect to watch -- especially since we didn't get to see him as a rookie due to injury. He's not a refined route-runner, but White has the speed to take the top off the defense. We consider White to be a high-upside WR4 for your fantasy team. His current ADP is WR39 (8.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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14. TB - TE Cameron Brate drops a couple

Source: PewterReport.com - Eric Horchy

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate dropped a pass that led to an interception and dropped another pass that would have been a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars Saturday, Aug. 20.

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This could be part of the reason that Austin Seferian-Jenkins is back on the first team - splitting snaps with Brate. If this trend continues, Seferian-Jenkins could be starting by Week 1.

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15. CLE - WR Terrelle Pryor no fluke

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor will continue to make big plays and score touchdowns during the regular season, in the opinion of beat writer Mary Kay Cabot, who noted Pryor beat Pro Bowl CB Desmond Trufant for a 50-yard against the Atlanta Falcons in the preseason.

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Pryor continues to rise up the charts during camp. It's looking like he deserves a late pick in drafts as the big play threat in the Browns offense while Josh Gordon is suspended. He has been the recipient of two excellent deep balls from Robert Griffin III in the preseason in very limited action.

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16. NE - WR Danny Amendola moving well

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (ankle, knee) appears to be moving well despite remaining on the Physically Unable to Perform list. He did warm up with teammates in practice Monday, Aug. 22, but he was not in full pads.

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A good sign for Amendola. They will continue to ease him back into action. The Patriots passing game can be quite fantasy relevant, but with so many weapons around QB Tom Brady we just don't see a lot of points in the future for Amendola.

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17. PIT - QB Ben Roethlisberger expects to play

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger said he plans to play in the preseason game against the New Orleans Saints Friday, Aug. 26.

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It's the dress rehearsal for the regular season! Roethlisberger should fill the air with footballs in 2016, and we love him as a QB1 you can get later in your draft.

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18. CAR - Two rookie CBs may start for Carolina

Source: ESPN.com - David Newton

Carolina Panthers CBs Daryl Worley and James Bradberry appear to be on track to start in Week 1. CB Bene Benwikere likely will be the nickel back if he does not start.

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They have a great front seven, but these rookie corners are a concern. If they're exposed, fantasy owners will want to get opposing WRs in the lineup.

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19. GB - No brace for WR Jordy Nelson

Source: ESPN.com - Rob Demovsky

Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson (knee) was not wearing a brace on his surgically repaired knee during practice Monday, Aug. 22.

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We're not sure how much Nelson will play in the preseason, but we're not counting on him to play a lot of snaps -- if any. However, things appear to be on track for Week 1. This gives us a lot of confidence in Nelson, QB Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the Packers passing game.

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20. NYG - Matt LaCrsse day-to-day

Source: ESPN.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants TE Matt LaCosse (knee) is considered day-to-day because of a knee injury.

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LaCosse had been making some plays in training camp according to beat writers covering Giants training camp. The Giants have a history of taking unknown TEs and getting production out of them. Undrafted out of Illinois in 2015, LaCosse has a chance to be in the mix for the starting job this season -- if healthy.

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21. DET - WR Andre Caldwell released from IR

Source: DetroitLions.com

Detroit Lions WR Andre Caldwell (hand) was released from the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Aug. 22.

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Caldwell is recovering from a broken bone in his hand. When healthy, the veteran WR will be free to sign with another team.

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22. TEN - WR Kendall Wright unlikely to play

Source: The Tennessean - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans WR Kendall Wright (hamstring) is doubtful to play in Week 3 of the preseason, according to head coach Mike Mularkey.

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Hamstring injuries are devastating for speedy receivers like Wright. When healthy, he'll serve as the slot receiver for the Titans with Rishard Matthews and rookie Tajae Sharp on the outside.

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23. ARI - DE Robert Nkemdiche could play

Source: NFL.com - Conor Orr

Arizona Cardinals DE Robert Nkemdiche (ankle) has a good chance to play Sunday, Aug. 28, against the Houston Texans, according to general manager Steve Keim.

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Nkemdiche is a big man and he can create interior pressure on the passer. He gets off the line quickly and has good burst to the ball-carrier. Nkemdiche could boost the Cardinals defense as a part-time pass-rusher in 2016.

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24. CAR - TE Greg Olsen returns Monday

Source: The Charlotte Observer - Joseph Person

Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (back) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 22. The extent of Olsen's participation was not disclosed.

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Olsen is on track for Week 1 of the regular season. Back injuries are nothing to mess around with, but the Panthers have been cautious while bringing Olsen back.

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25. SF - RB Shaun Draughn is the backup

Source: KNBR 680 - Kate Scott

San Francisco 49ers RB Shaun Draughn is the No. 2 running back, according to head coach Chip Kelly. RBs DuJuan Harris and Mike Davis are competing for the No. 3 position.

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Draughn was injured (ribs) during the joint practices with the Broncos last week and missed the team's second preseason game. He'll be the backup to Carlos Hyde, but Draughn may see a large enough role as a receiver to warrant taking him as a last-round flier in deeper PPR leagues.

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26. CIN - TE Tyler Eifert to begin jogging

Source: Bengals.com - Geoff Hobson

Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) said he'll try to jog for the first time Monday, Aug. 22. Eifert said he has been running on a treadmill in the pool, and his ankle feels good. He has been lifting and receiving multiple treatments per day without setbacks.

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Good signs for the talented TE, but his eventual return to the field is unknown. We don't think Eifert is going to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season. There's a chance he could be ready after missing a few games to start 2016. When he returns, Eifert will be a welcome addition to a Bengals passing game that needs weapons outside of WR A.J. Green. Eifert should be able to return to his TE1 production when at full strength. He has a current ADP of TE7 (7.11) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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27. BAL - TE Dennis Pitta has broken finger

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com - Garrett Downing

Updating previous reports, Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (finger) is sidelined due to a broken finger, and there is concern that he could need a screw inserted if he returns before it heals.

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Another injury for Pitta. He's trying to come back from major hip problems, and now this finger issue will set him back a bit. The Ravens have a cluster of talented TEs with Ben Watson and second-year pro Maxx Williams leading the depth chart. Even if Pitta is healthy, we don't feel the veteran will make a fantasy impact in 2016.

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28. IND - QB Andrew Luck throwing underneath more

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Wells

Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck is throwing more underneath passes to get the ball out quicker and allow his receivers to use their speed after the catch. 'They've worked really hard on that clock in (Luck's) head,' coach Chuck Pagano said. 'You can sit and wait and wait and wait and hold that thing too long. I think our guys up front, that starting unit and the couple guys that came in did a really nice job of giving him some time. He is not turning down a profit so if things aren't there down the field, then go ahead and hit your check-down. We've got some guys that can make some plays if we can get them the ball in space.'

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The Colts want to keep Luck healthy all season as he's the key to their Super Bowl window. Having him get rid of the ball makes a ton of sense for many reasons. He'll get out of the way of the pass rush by utilizing quick/short passes. The Colts also have a trio of fine WRs who can all use their assets to make plays after the catch. We're not expecting a lot from their rushing attack, so using as much of Luck and those WRs makes the most sense.

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29. NYJ - NYJ may keep four QBs on roster

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

The New York Jets are leaning toward keeping four quarterbacks on the 53-man roster, with QBs Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bryce Petty, Geno Smith and Christian Hackenberg making the cut.

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Fitzpatrick is the starter for now, but his future with the team after this season is not a given. Who knows what the future holds for Smith, but he's likely in his final season with the Jets. Petty is a work-in-progress as a pro passer -- and that's putting in nicely. Hackenberg was added to be the future starter, but it's been some time since he's looked consistently good on the football field. Good luck Jets fans, it will be interesting to see how this develops.

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30. WAS - WR Josh Doctson not a lock to be ready

Source: The Washington Post - Mike Jones

Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson (Achilles') could open the season on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list, which would cost him at least the first six games.

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Achilles' injuries aren't something to take lightly. Washington should be as cautious as possible when bringing the rookie back from this injury. Doctson is a smooth route-runner who was used to being the centerpiece of the passing game at TCU. In the future, Doctson could be a reliable starter for Washington. For now, Jamison Crowder has the no.3 role all to himself.

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31. HOU - WR Braxton Miller could start in slot

Source: Houston Chronicle - John McClain

Houston Texans WR Braxton Miller has been the starting slot receiver in the first two preseason games, and offensive coordinator Bob Godsey said he has been impressed with Miller's commitment to developing relationships with his quarterbacks and coaches.

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Miller has only been playing WR for a year, and he's got incredible upside if he continues to develop. A converted QB, Miller has incredible athleticism and can easily make defenders miss in the open field. He's a strong runner who plays with intensity and physicality as a receiver. The Texans passing game is all about WR DeAndre Hopkins, but we could see Miller contributing as a rookie. Consider him a WR7 in deep leagues.

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32. IND - Growing pains for RB Josh Ferguson

Source: NFL.com - Chris Wesseling

Indianapolis Colts RB Josh Ferguson is averaging 0.69 yards per carry on 13 rushes this preseason, and he has struggled in pass protection.

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Ferguson has been tossed around as a sleeper in some fantasy circles -- and for good reason. The rookie has a real opportunity to begin the season as the primary backup behind Frank Gore. He's more quick than fast, but Ferguson is elusive in the open field and can be utilized well in a fast-break offense. However, the kid is going to have to protect the QB or he simply won't see the field. We like him as a 'lottery ticket' pick in the last round of the draft, but we'd like to see more from him in the preseason.

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33. NYJ - NYJ wants to see RB Matt Forte in action

Source: SNY - Ralph Vacchiano

New York Jets RB Matt Forte could 'get a few snaps in' during next week's preseason game against the New York Giants if head coach Todd Bowles gets his wish, according to SNY reporter Ralph Vacchiano.

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Forte is being given veteran deference by the Jets coaching staff. He has looked good in his return to practice and should be slated to start against Cincinnati in Week 1 whether he plays in the preseason or not.

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

Peace,

J