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A. FREE Article: Top 10 From Preseason Week 3
A sneak-peek at Matt Waldman's new in-season column profiling significant insights from each week's games. If you'd like to see something like this all year long where Matt takes an entire week of NFL and distills it down to the 10 things you need to know, a Footballguys Insider PRO subscription is what you need. It's just $34.95 from now until the Super Bowl and we have a 30 day Money Back Guarantee so you can't lose. Jump on it.

B. Cracking FanDuel E-Book 2016
Last year's Cracking FanDuel book was a smash success and we've updated it for 2016. Tons of new content including exclusive downloads of our David Dodds' Excel files. Plus new info on Major League Baseball and insights on NBA. It's the definitive source for DFS this season and it's part of the Footballguys Insider PRO subscription.

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

The 2016 FPC is going to sellout soon. There are just 1,727 spots left. Draft-A-Thon starts this Thursday with drafts going on every 3 hours. 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):

Tuesday, August 30th: 1pm, 4pm, 7pm, 9pm, 11pm
Wednesday, August 31st: 1pm, 4pm, 7pm, 9pm, 11pm
Thursday, September 1st: 10am, 1pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm, 10pm, 11:59pm

D. 9 Players and an Offense I Might Have Been Wrong About
Our Sigmund Bloom gives you nine players and an offense that are changing his mind during the preseason.

E. On Second Thought: Running Backs
Our Jason Wood with a discussion of how my early preseason expectations have changed as we near the start of the regular season.

F. On Second Thought: Tight Ends
Our Jason Wood with a discussion of how my early preseason expectations have changed as we near the start of the regular season.

G. Fantasy Index 2015 Redux: Wide Receiver
Our Alessandro Miglio brings back fantasy shares for the 2016 season with a look back at the wide receiver position in 2015.

H. Tracking Transactions to 53 Player
Our Clayton Gray keeps up with tracking transactions as teams make their way to the 53-player roster limit.

I. Average Draft Position Updated
To get the maximum value from picks, you need to know where the other owners in your league are likely to draft a player. Our Average Draft Position (ADP) data is your best source for that info.

J. Average Draft Position for PPR Updated
To get the maximum value from picks, you need to know where the other owners in your league are likely to draft a player. Our Average Draft Position (ADP) data is your best source for that info. This one is for PPR scoring systems.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. ARI - Headaches linger for WR John Brown
2. GB - WR Jordy Nelson practices in full
3. WAS - RB Matt Jones making good progress
4. DEN - QB Trevor Siemian named the starter
5. DAL - QB Mark Sanchez not trade target for Dallas
6. TEN - WR Kendall Wright aggravates hamstring
7. ATL - WR Julio Jones should practice soon
8. DEN - QB Mark Sanchez on the block
9. SF - QB Colin Kaepernick on chopping block?
10. HOU - WR Will Fuller finds the end zone
11. NFL - DT Sammie Lee Hill suspended
12. KC - RB Knile Davis still on the block
13. CHI - WR Eddie Royal cleared
14. HOU - DE J.J. Watt could play Week 1
15. DEN - QB Paxton Lynch will play full game
16. SD - San Diego claims RB Gus Johnson
17. WAS - RB Keith Marshall may go on IR
18. SD - DE Joey Bosa signs
19. PHI - QB Carson Wentz likely out for finale
20. BAL - Two Ravens TEs on the mend
21. BUF - WR Sammy Watkins likely to sit finale
22. PHI - WR Jordan Matthews returns
23. SD - RB Danny Woodhead would like long-term deal
24. OAK - WR Michael Crabtree improving chemistry

1. ARI - Headaches linger for WR John Brown

Source: The Arizona Republic - Kent Somers

Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown (concussion) is still having headaches, but he is making progress, according to head coach Bruce Arians.

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Fantasy owners need to monitor this situation. Brown's concussion problems have lingered for most of the month. That's not a good sign, and he may not be available by the start of the regular season. If Brown is out, then expect more from Jaron Brown and J.J. Nelson in his place.

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2. GB - WR Jordy Nelson practices in full

Source: ESPN.com - Rob Demovsky

Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson (knee) fully participated in practice Monday, Aug. 29. Nelson said he does not expect to play in the final preseason game.

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We're so glad to hear this. Nelson's health is the key for the Packers passing game. If he's his old self, the Packers should be able to light it up through the air. We like Nelson as a low-end WR1 in 2016, and Nelson's currently coming off the board at WR11 (2.06) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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3. WAS - RB Matt Jones making good progress

Source: Redskins.com

Washington Redskins RB Matt Jones (shoulder) is progressing nicely, according to head coach Jay Gruden. Jones is dealing with a shoulder sprain.

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The original plan was to have Jones ready for Week 1 of the regular season. It seems like that's on track. Washington would have to start Rob Kelley if Jones ends up missing their first contest.

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4. DEN - QB Trevor Siemian named the starter

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos QB Trevor Siemian was informed he won the starting quarterback position and will start against the Carolina Panthers Sept. 8.

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The writing was on the wall when Siemian was named the starter for the team's third preseason game last week. Siemian has a strong arm, but he's lacked touch and accuracy at times in limited preseason reps. He's the starter for now, but expect rookie first-round pick Paxton Lynch to be in the lineup sooner rather than later. Fantasy owners should be avoiding the Broncos QB situation. This team is going to be one of the most run-heavy offenses in the entire NFL. The QBs (Siemian or Lynch) will be limited on the field.

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5. DAL - QB Mark Sanchez not trade target for Dallas

Source: NFL Network - Jane Slater

Denver Broncos QB Mark Sanchez is not a trade option for the Dallas Cowboys if they have to accept his current contract. The Broncos have approached the Cowboys about a possible trade involving Sanchez.

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That's not a surprise given Sanchez's $4.5 million price tag. There's $1 million guaranteed on the deal, and that's enough to keep teams away. The Broncos could ask Sanchez to take a pay cut if they can't get rid of him via trade and don't want to cut him.

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6. TEN - WR Kendall Wright aggravates hamstring

Source: The Tennessean - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans WR Kendall Wright (hamstring) strained his hamstring again in practice Monday, Aug. 29. He will not play in the final preseason game against the Miami Dolphins Thursday, Sept. 1.

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More bad news for Wright here. He's missed most of camp and the preseason due to hamstring problems, and now he's down again. Fantasy owners shouldn't worry because they weren't adding him anyway. Rishard Matthews and Tajae Sharpe will be the two lead receivers on what should be a run-heavy offense.

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7. ATL - WR Julio Jones should practice soon

Source: ESPN.com - Vaughn McClure

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) did not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 29, but should be able to practice Wednesday, Aug. 31, or Monday, Sept. 5, at the latest, according to head coach Dan Quinn. Jones is not expected to play in the final preseason game.

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Jones was banged up in the third preseason game, but the team kept him out of action as a precaution. He's a top-3 pick in any format for fantasy owners.

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8. DEN - QB Mark Sanchez on the block

Source: ProFootballTalk.com

Denver Broncos QB Mark Sanchez is being shopped on the trade market Monday, Aug. 29, and could be cut in the next 24 hours if he's not dealt.

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Why would any team trade for him when he's likely to get cut? Sanchez was supposed to be the starter for the Broncos while they groomed 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch. Instead, he turned the ball over too much and Trevor Siemian won the top spot. Now, he'll start the season with Lynch continuing to get groomed -- perhaps at an accelerated pace.

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9. SF - QB Colin Kaepernick on chopping block?

Source: FOXSports.com - Jay Glazer

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick faces a 'very big uphill battle' to make the 53-man roster, according to Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com.

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Kaepernick may not make the team for football reasons according to most reports. He's struggled to quickly recover after undergoing three offseason surgeries, and the 49ers could move forward with Blaine Gabbert as their starter.

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10. HOU - WR Will Fuller finds the end zone

Source: The Associated Press

Houston Texans WR Will Fuller had three catches for 67 yards and a touchdown in a 34-24 preseason win over the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, Aug. 28.

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Fuller has set himself up as a strong sleeper in the late rounds of deeper drafts. He could be boom/bust week-to-week and the Texans offensive line is still a question mark, but Fuller's vertical speed means he can make your fantasy week on any one play.

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11. NFL - DT Sammie Lee Hill suspended

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

Free-agent DT Sammie Lee Hill (Titans) was suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy, according to a source.

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This won't help him latch on with another team. Hill hasn't drawn any interest on the open market since the Seahawks visited with him back in March.

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12. KC - RB Knile Davis still on the block

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafalo

Kansas City Chiefs RB Knile Davis is still available for trade. He had been shopped earlier this offseason.

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Davis was shopped around the draft and is obviously still with the Chiefs. With cuts happening around the league, we don't see any team making a move to trade for Davis. He might be released if the Chiefs can't find any suitors.

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13. CHI - WR Eddie Royal cleared

Source: ESPNChicago.com - Jeff Dickerson

Chicago Bears WR Eddie Royal (concussion) participated in practice Monday, Aug. 29, after he passed all of his concussion tests. Head coach John Fox said he is not sure if Royal will play in the final preseason game.

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We don't think Royal should play in that game. He's a seasoned pro who doesn't need preseason reps in the fourth contest. Royal should be the team's no.3 WR behind Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White. His fantasy value is limited by his role.

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14. HOU - DE J.J. Watt could play Week 1

Source: Houston Chronicle - John McClain

Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt (back) is progressing well and may be ready to play by Week 1, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.

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Perhaps Watt could play in Week 1 but in a limited role. Back injuries are tricky, and the team doesn't want to aggravate the injury.

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15. DEN - QB Paxton Lynch will play full game

Source: NFL Network - James Palmer

Denver Broncos QB Paxton Lynch will play the entire game against the Arizona Cardinals Thursday, Sept. 1.

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That's no surprise given the team may not retain Mark Sanchez. We've already learned that Trevor Siemian is the starter for Week 1 against the Panthers, and there's no need to risk injury in a meaningless preseason game.

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16. SD - San Diego claims RB Gus Johnson

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune - Kevin Acee

Free-agent RB Gus Johnson (Falcons) was claimed off waivers by the San Diego Chargers Monday, Aug. 29.

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The Chargers needed some added depth at the position with Branden Oliver lost for the season with an Achilles' injury.

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17. WAS - RB Keith Marshall may go on IR

Source: Redskins.com

Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins RB Keith Marshall (elbow) may be placed on the Reserve/Injured list, according to head coach Jay Gruden. Marshall will miss three weeks with a sprained elbow.

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Marshall suffered a major knee injury during his college career at Georgia and was never quite the same player he was when he came out of high school as one of the best backs in the country. The injury bug has followed him to the pros with this latest problem. With Marshall down, Washington will turn to Rob Kelley. There's a chance that Kelley could start Week 1 if Matt Jones (shoulder) isn't quite ready.

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18. SD - DE Joey Bosa signs

Source: NFL.com

San Diego Chargers rookie DE Joey Bosa signed his four-year deal Monday, Aug. 29. Bosa's four-year deal is worth $25.8 million, according to a source. The contract is fully guaranteed and comes with a $17 million signing bonus.

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Finally! The two sides had to come together on the offset language and salary deferment. With less than two weeks to go until the start of the regular season, Bosa may have to begin his pro career as a part-time player. Bosa will have to get up to speed quickly, and it will take a bit for him to get into football shape even though he's reportedly been working out on his own during this holdout.

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19. PHI - QB Carson Wentz likely out for finale

Source: CSNPhilly.com - Dave Zangaro

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (ribs) will likely miss the preseason finale after a CT scan revealed one of his ribs is only 60% healed.

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We won't see Wentz this season if the Eagles have it their way. Sam Bradford will be the starter and unless he gets hurt or struggles mightily, he should keep the job for the year. Wentz is clearly the future for the team, but a year of developing behind Bradford (and Chase Daniel) wouldn't hurt.

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20. BAL - Two Ravens TEs on the mend

Source: WNST.net - Luke Jones

Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (finger) and TE Maxx Williams (undisclosed) are expected to return to practice shortly after the final preseason game Thursday, Sept. 1.

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The Ravens lost TE Ben Watson for the year this weekend, so getting these two back in action helps a lot. Williams is the future at the position, and he reminds many in the scouting community of a young Jason Witten. Pitta was still working his way back from a near career-ending hip injury when this finger injury happened. He hasn't played since early in the 2014 season.

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21. BUF - WR Sammy Watkins likely to sit finale

Source: WKBW.com - Joe Buscaglia

Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) is likely to sit out the preseason finale this week, according to head coach Rex Ryan.

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There's no need for Watkins to play in that game. They'll give him an extra week of rest and get the talented WR ready for their Week 1 matchup against the Ravens. Watkins is an early third-round pick in most PPR leagues.

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22. PHI - WR Jordan Matthews returns

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Zach Berman

Philadelphia Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (knee) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 29.

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He hasn't played yet this preseason, but Matthews did vow to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season. We like the value he could represent given his current ADP (WR29) in PPR leagues.

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23. SD - RB Danny Woodhead would like long-term deal

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune - Michael Gehlken

San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead would like a long-term deal with the club but contract talks have been unproductive, and he is now focusing on the upcoming season.

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The Chargers aren't known as a team who throws around money, so it's not surprising nothing has yet been done with Woodhead.

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24. OAK - WR Michael Crabtree improving chemistry

Source: San Francisco Chronicle - Vic Tafur

Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree said he has been practicing all the routes during practice and continues to improve his chemistry with QB Derek Carr.

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Crabtree showed well last year with the Raiders, and he's looking to do even more this season. We like him as a WR4 for fantasy owners in PPR leagues. His current ADP is WR37 (7.10) in 12-team 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