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Good Wednesday to you. Same story, different day as we've got another giant day of new content for you. Plus the News and Notes you need. Let's get to it.

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A. Training Camp Update #3
Every week in August, our Footballguys Team brings you the most comprehensive Weekly Report you'll find everywhere. It's nearly 40 pages of News, Notes and Updates on every player for every team that matters. It's the definitive report to stay on top of everything and this week's version is live.

B. Why YOU Should Be Using Twitter
Matt Waldman shows you how to maximize the tremendous value of fantasy football on Twitter.

C. Why YOU Should Be Following @FBGNews On Twitter
Now that you've read Why YOU Should Be Using Twitter , I'm going to assume you're using Twitter. First things First - the one account you should be following is @FBGNews .

Our own Matt Waldman is showcasing the best of what Footballguys does there and it's the account to follow to stay up to date with everything Footballguys. Additionally, from now until the start of the NFL Season, we will be giving away over 1,000 Cracking Cracking FanDuel books from the @FBGNews Twitter account. So get on Twitter and follow @FBGNews

D. Cracking FanDuel 2016 E-Book Is LIVE
We turned the DFS world upside down last year with our Cracking FanDuel book. It's back and better than ever for 2016 . We've added David Dodds' Excel Files this year along with with tons of new NFL DFS content and updates based on another year of deep diving into Daily Fantasy. Plus, this year we're featuring a chapter on Major League Baseball and a chapter on NBA. This book is easily worth the cost of the Insider PRO subscription by itself. But it's included free for everyone who purchases the Insider PRO package. Do not miss it.

E. ADP Desirability Rankings: RB
Our Sigmund Bloom looks at rethinking running back rankings to order players by how desirable they are at current ADP.

F. Strategy Roundtable: Is Zero-RB Drafting Too Popular?
Our Footballguys staff members offer their thoughts on the popularity of Zero-RB strategy.

G. Strategy Roundtable: Early-round Value Pick
Our Footballguys staff members offer their thoughts on value in early rounds.

H. Strategy Roundtable: Late-round Fliers
Our Footballguys staff members offer their thoughts late round fliers to target.

I. Evaluation by Association
Our Ryan Hester looks at ranking NFL offenses as units and identifying valuable fantasy assets from each.

J. How to Dominate Your League: 2-2-1 Running Back Strategy
Our Ari Ingel with an updated look at a new running back strategy to help you win your league this season.

K. Reading the Defense: Defensive Line Tiers
Our Jene Bramel with updated tiers and strategy on how to approach J.J. Watt and the defensive line position during your draft.

L. Reading the Defense: Linebacker Tiers
Our Jene Bramel with updated tiers and strategy on how to approach the linebacker position during your draft.

M. FREE Article - Reading the Defense: Defensive Back Tiers
Our Jene Bramel with how to approach the defensive back position during your draft.

N. Transitioning from Season Long to DFS
Our Steve Buzzard with a playbook on how he transitioned from season long leagues to DFS and won a million dollars while having lots of fun.

O. 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):

Wednesday, August 24th: 7pm, 9pm, 11pm, 11:59pm

Thursday, August 25th: 1pm, 4pm, 7pm, 9pm, 11pm, 11:59pm

Friday, August 26th: 1pm, 4pm, 7pm, 9pm, 11pm

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. DAL - RB Ezekiel Elliott will play
2. BUF - WR Sammy Watkins will play Friday
3. DAL - WR Dez Bryant out with concussion
4. CHI - RB Jeremy Langford still absent
5. DET - TE Eric Ebron on track for opener
6. CLE - Teams calling about WR Josh Gordon
7. NYJ - New York hosts RB Karlos Williams
8. WAS - WR Josh Doctson could be ready soon
9. MIN - QB Teddy Bridgewater resumes throwing
10. DET - WR Golden Tate back at practice
11. BUF - Sore shoulder for QB Cardale Jones
12. CAR - WR Corey Brown leaves early
13. SEA - RB C.J. Prosise should play Thursday
14. DEN - QB Trevor Siemian doesn't practice
15. GB - QB Aaron Rodgers may play
16. BAL - WR Breshad Perriman does solo work
17. NE - QB Tom Brady returns to practice
18. MIA - QB Ryan Tannehill making progress
19. MIA - RB Jay Ajayi excited about more time
20. DEN - QB Paxton Lynch hasn't eluded pressure
21. SF - RB Shaun Draughn nursing injury

1. DAL - RB Ezekiel Elliott will play

Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Clarence E. Hill Jr.

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (hamstring) will play in the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 25, and the plan is for him to see eight to 12 plays. The team hopes to give him looks as a runner and receiver.

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That's enough to see the rookie for just a little bit, and it's a taste of what is to come in Dallas. Elliott should be the centerpiece of the Cowboys offense, and there's a chance he could lead the league in rushing as a rookie. He's immensely talented as a runner, and behind that mammoth offensive line Elliott could have great success in 2016. We're excited to see him in the preseason, even if it's only for a small handful of plays.

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2. BUF - WR Sammy Watkins will play Friday

Source: BuffaloBills.com - Chris Brown

Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) is good to go against the Washington Redskins Friday, Aug. 26. He won't play much, but head coach Rex Ryan believes he's ready.

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We don't need to see much of Watkins on Friday. The Bills should limit his reps in this game with an eye on having him near full strength for the start of the regular season.

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3. DAL - WR Dez Bryant out with concussion

Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Drew Davison

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (concussion) suffered a concussion in practice Monday, Aug. 22, and he has been ruled out for the third preseason game Thursday, Aug. 25.

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We'll all monitor Bryant closely as he goes through the concussion protocol. The team is going to run as much as possible, but when they go through the air it will be a ton of Bryant. He's a low-end WR1 for fantasy owners in 2016.

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4. CHI - RB Jeremy Langford still absent

Source: ESPNChicago.com - Jeff Dickerson

Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford (foot) did not practice Tuesday, Aug. 23, as he continues to recover from a foot injury.

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Langford may not be able to play in the team's third preseason game. Set to be the lead back, Langford had a good preseason game against the Patriots with 55 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. We like him as a low-end RB2 for fantasy owners. His current ADP is RB19 (5.02) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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5. DET - TE Eric Ebron on track for opener

Source: ESPN - Adam Caplan

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (ankle) is expected to play in Week 1, barring a setback, according to a source. Ebron has an outside chance at playing in the final preseason game.

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We're a bit worried about Ebron this year. Not only is he banged up too often to trust, but WR Anquan Boldin could take away some of the routes that Ebron could get targeted on.

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6. CLE - Teams calling about WR Josh Gordon

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has had multiple teams call the Browns inquiring about his availability, according to sources. A team source said the Browns aren't looking to trade Gordon, and many around the league believe head coach Hue Jackson is the right coach for Gordon to thrive with.

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The Browns know that Gordon is the best receiver on the roster, and there's little chance they trade him away unless they get an offer they can't refuse. Jackson is giving everyone a second chance on the roster, and Gordon has the talent to be one of the best WRs in the league. There's no reason to trade him away, and we don't imagine any team paying a hefty price for the oft-suspended WR.

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7. NYJ - New York hosts RB Karlos Williams

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

Free-agent RB Karlos Williams (Bills) visited the New York Jets Tuesday, Aug. 23. A deal is not imminent, however.

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The Jets will take a look at any player from the AFC East. Williams needs to lose weight and prove that he wants to take football seriously before a team takes a chance on him. He's also got to serve a four-game suspension before getting back onto the field in the regular season.

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8. WAS - WR Josh Doctson could be ready soon

Source: Redskins.com - Stephen Czarda

Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson (Achilles') could take the field as early as the Redskins' final preseason game. Head coach Jay Gruden said the 'total expectation' is for Doctson to be good to go by Week 1, although he is not at 100% health yet. Gruden does believe that Doctson is in a good place from a mental standpoint.

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Achilles' injuries are nothing to mess around with. Doctson is a savvy route-runner who could compete for the team's no.3 WR spot with Jamison Crowder. Look for Washington to ease him in the lineup.

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9. MIN - QB Teddy Bridgewater resumes throwing

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (shoulder) threw during team drills Tuesday, Aug. 23, although he was apparently throwing shorter passes for the most part. Head coach Mike Zimmer said he didn't want to play Bridgewater last week for risk of Bridgewater getting hurt, adding that he would use caution if Bridgewater did have a shoulder issue.

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The Vikings will take it easy on their young franchise QB here. It's unclear if Bridgewater will play in Week 3 of the preseason.

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10. DET - WR Golden Tate back at practice

Source: DetroitLions.com - Tim Twentyman

Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate (undisclosed) returned to practice Tuesday, Aug. 23. The extent of his participation was not disclosed, however.

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Tate should catch a lot of passes for the Lions this year as a featured WR. We see him as a low-end WR2 for fantasy owners in standard-scoring leagues. Don't forget about Marvin Jones though who see being right up there with Tate.

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11. BUF - Sore shoulder for QB Cardale Jones

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

Buffalo Bills rookie QB Cardale Jones (shoulder) is dealing with a sore shoulder, according to head coach Rex Ryan.

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Jones may be put on the shelf for a bit while he deals with this. He's got a big arm but needs to work on the nuances of the position. Jones is a strong-armed dynasty prospect we're keeping an eye on.

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12. CAR - WR Corey Brown leaves early

Source: The Associated Press - Steve Reed

Carolina Panthers WR Corey Brown (shoulder) left practice early Tuesday, Aug. 23, with a shoulder injury. His removal from practice simply appeared to be a precaution.

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Brown took a small step forward last season with four touchdowns 18 more targets and 10 more catches. That only added up to just over 150 yards though, and happened when Kelvin Benjamin was hurt. Brown will not likely be a factor unless injuries strike again.

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13. SEA - RB C.J. Prosise should play Thursday

Source: 710 ESPN Seattle - Liz Mathews

Seattle Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise (hamstring) is expected to see some playing time Thursday, Aug. 25, against the Dallas Cowboys if he continues to progress, according to offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.

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He wasn't around for the first two games and his injury caused him to drop down the depth chart behind at least Christine Micheal. Right now it appears that, even healthy, he won't be an option in redraft, but given the uncertainty in front of him, Prosise is worth keeping an eye on.

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14. DEN - QB Trevor Siemian doesn't practice

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

Denver Broncons QB Trevor Siemian (shoulder) did not practice Tuesday, Aug. 23, as he is nursing a sore shoulder. Siemian did, however, lead the Broncos in first-team running drills. The second-year quarterback is still expected to start Saturday, Aug. 27, against the Los Angeles Rams.

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He's supposed to start, but we imagine he has to practice before then. So far the quarterback battle between Siemian and Mark Sanchez has been depressing to watch but it appears as if not only has Sanchez lost the starting gig, but perhaps dropped behind Paxton Lynch on the depth chart. This should all be resolved after the game, and no matter the result, the reality is that none of them should be on your roster as more than a QB3 or worse.

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15. GB - QB Aaron Rodgers may play

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Tom Silverstein

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers could play in the third preseason game, according to head coach Mike McCarthy.

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We don't need to see Rodgers play. It would be nice as the third week of the preseason is the dress rehearsal for the regular season, but it's not necessary because Rodgers has a ton of experience.

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16. BAL - WR Breshad Perriman does solo work

Source: WNST

Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman (knee) participated in individual drills Tuesday, Aug. 23, which was expected.

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Perriman missed all of last year due to a knee injury and is basically a rookie again this year. He's missed all of training camp so far with a partially-torn ACL he suffered in June. We're not expecting much from him early in the season, but if he's healthy then perhaps he could make some plays later in the year.

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17. NE - QB Tom Brady returns to practice

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady returned to practice Tuesday, Aug. 23, after two days of excused absences for non-injury related reasons.

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Where was Tom Brady? The world may never know. He's back and this non-story goes back to being a non-story.

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18. MIA - QB Ryan Tannehill making progress

Source: MiamiDolphins.com

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill said Monday, Aug. 22, that he is feeling more comfortable every day in the new offense, and he expects the offense will play a lot more fast as the regular season gets closer.

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Tannehill should be able to thrive in the Adam Gase offense. We like adding him as a QB2 in your fantasy leagues. This might be the year that Tannehill finally starts playing up to his potential.

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19. MIA - RB Jay Ajayi excited about more time

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Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi said Monday, Aug. 22, he and his teammates are preparing for the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 25, like it is a regular season game and he is looking forward to the extra time on the field.

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The team added veteran Arian Foster in free agency, and he looks like he could be the lead back this season. However, the Dolphins have tossed around the idea of using the dreaded 'hot hand' approach at RB. That makes Ajayi a risky RB4 for most fantasy owners. Plus there's the injury worry with Foster.

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20. DEN - QB Paxton Lynch hasn't eluded pressure

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos QB Paxton Lynch has done some good things in training camp and the preseason, throwing for 187 yards with two touchdowns while completing 21 of his 33 throws. However, he has also taken six sacks in his limited preseason game action.

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He can elude pressure, as he's one of the most athletic young passers in the league today. However, Lynch has held onto the ball too long when going through his progressions. He needs to speed up his processor and get rid of the ball quickly on simple reads. When the play breaks down, Lynch does a good job of thinking 'pass' while running to keep the play alive.

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21. SF - RB Shaun Draughn nursing injury

Source: Sacramento Bee - Matt Barrows

San Francisco 49ers RB Shaun Draughn (ribs) wore a blue jersey Monday, Aug. 22, at practice signifying for him not to be hit during practice. He took a blow to the ribs in last week's practice and was sidelined for the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 20.

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Draughn was banged up in joint practices with the Broncos last week. However, head coach Chip Kelly declared that Draughn was the no.2 RB behind starter Carlos Hyde.

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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