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Week 4 of the Preseason is here which means just one thing: Week 1 of the Regular season is ONE WEEK AWAY. Are you kidding me? We're celebrating by providing for you a mountain of new content today. We've got all new Detailed Stat Projections, Updated Apps, Training Camp Updates, Cliff Notes Training Camp Updates, Interactive Value Charts for optimizing DFS Lineups, Injury News and Forecast article. Plus the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

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One of the most comprehensive features we do each week in August are our Training Camp Updates. The team takes every player that matters from every team and brings you the details to stay the most informed owner in your league. It's almost 40 pages of NFL Goodness.

K. Training Camp Cliff Notes Week 4
I take our comprehensive Footballguys Training Camp Updates and distill them down to the "Need To Know" level.

L. Final Adjustments at the Line
Our Sigmund Bloom runs down some Week 3 preseason and other late development takes to consider heading into your final drafts.

M. The Gut Check No.378: When Your Draft Goes Wrong
Our Matt Waldman shares 5 symptoms of a draft day gone wrong and 5 tips for how to turn it around.

N. Hidden Value or Damaged Goods
Our Dr. Jene Bramel with when it's safe to draft Jordy Nelson, Jamaal Charles, Thomas Rawls, Tyler Eifert, and many other injured players.

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P. Interactive Value Chart: DraftKings
Our Maurile Tremblay is back with our lineup optimizer that accounts for player salaries and uses projections to maximize expected points.

Q. Interactive Value Chart: FantasyDraft
Our Maurile Tremblay is back with our lineup optimizer that accounts for player salaries and uses projections to maximize expected points.

R. The New Reality No.68 - Preseason Stock Market
Our Chad Parsons summarizes dynasty player value movement after Week 3 of the NFL preseason.

S. Tracking Team Cuts to 53 Players
Our Clayton Gray tracks transactions as teams make their way to the 53-player roster limit.

T. Pushing the Pocket: Jeremy Langford's Impressive Preseason
Our Cian Fahey looks at the man who is expected to replace Matt Forte in Chicago, Jeremy Langford.

U. Kick and Punt Returners: Rankings and Depth Chart
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. SEA - RB Thomas Rawls is undisputed No. 1
2. DET - TE Eric Ebron 50-50 for opener
3. DEN - QB Mark Sanchez won't play Thursday
4. ARI - WR John Brown clears NFL's concussion protocol
5. BUF - RB Mike Gillislee cleared to return
6. DAL - Healthy OLB Sean Lee restructures deal
7. NE - QB Tom Brady may play Thursday
8. PIT - RB Karlos Williams works out for Steelers
9. SEA - TE Jimmy Graham fully practices
10. PIT - QB Landry Jones expected to stay as No. 2 QB
11. MIN - QB Teddy Bridgewater placed on IR
12. PIT - QB Zach Mettenberger claimed by Steelers
13. PIT - Pittsburgh offense may play faster
14. CLE - Asking price still high for QB Josh McCown
15. GB - OLB Clay Matthews cleared of PED use
16. NYG - WR Victor Cruz will play Thursday
17. PIT - WR Antonio Brown signs revised deal
18. SD - DE Joey Bosa makes practice debut
19. ARI - S Tyrann Mathieu should play in Week 1
20. LA - QB Jared Goff 50/50 to start Thursday
21. MIA - Adam Gase challenges WR DeVante Parker

1. SEA - RB Thomas Rawls is undisputed No. 1

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls (ankle) is the undisputed No. 1 running back for the team, and that has never been a question when he is healthy.

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Rawls should lead the team in carries, but he won't get the full workload he was getting last year as long as Christine Michael is running well and keeping his head on straight. The second year back deserves a 4th-5th round slot and Michael is his clear handcuff heading into the season.

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2. DET - TE Eric Ebron 50-50 for opener

Source: Detroit Free Press - Dave Birkett

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (ankle) is 50-50 to play in Week 1, in the opinion of beat writer Dave Birkett.

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Even if Ebron plays, we're not counting on him from a fantasy perspective. The Lions passing attack should be led by WRs Golden Tate and Marvin Jones. We think WR Anquan Boldin could have a larger role than a fully healthy Ebron. Look elsewhere for TE depth.

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3. DEN - QB Mark Sanchez won't play Thursday

Source: ESPN.com - Jeff Legwold

Denver Broncos QB Mark Sanchez won't play in the team's final preseason contest on Thursday, Sept. 2, and reports indicate the Broncos are actively shopping the USC product.

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The Broncos may not get many offers for Sanchez as most teams expect him to be released. Sanchez says he wants to stay, but in Denver he may only be the third-string QB behind Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch. We'll see Lynch, the team's first-round pick in 2016, play the whole game against the Cardinals on Thursday.

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4. ARI - WR John Brown clears NFL's concussion protocol

Source: ESPN.com - Josh Weinfuss

Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown (concussion) has been medically cleared to play in the team's final preseason game on Thursday, Sept. 2, though head coach Bruce Arians may hold him out until the regular season opener.

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Brown's concussion problem in camp is unnerving for fantasy owners. In fact, the entire Cardinals passing attack has been a bit lackluster this preseason. If healthy, Brown is a nice WR4 with flex appeal.

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5. BUF - RB Mike Gillislee cleared to return

Source: The Buffalo News - Jay Skurski

Buffalo Bills RB Mike Gillislee (concussion) was at practice on Tuesday, Aug. 30, and indicated he had been cleared and is no longer in the NFL's concussion protocol.

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He's fourth on the depth chart behind LeSean McCoy, Reggie Bush and rookie Johnathan Williams. Gillislee proved last year that he had a bit more game than some expected. However, even if injuries hit above him on the depth chart we wouldn't expect more than a part-time role from Gillislee.

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6. DAL - Healthy OLB Sean Lee restructures deal

Source: The Dallas Morning News - Brandon George

Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee (knee) had $2 million of his $3 million base into bonus pay, but it did not clear any space for the 2016 season. As far as his knee is concerned, he said 'I'll be ready to go for the first game.'

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Lee is the most important player in the Cowboys defense, which is thin upfront and lacking proven pass rushers. They can't afford to lose him for the season opener against the Giants.

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7. NE - QB Tom Brady may play Thursday

Source: Yahoo! Sports - Charles Robinson

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady may receive some snaps with the first-team offense during the final preseason game Thursday, Sept. 1, according to sources.

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Brady played only a short time in the third preseason game, with the Patriots looking to prep Jimmy Garoppolo for the first four games he'll start while Brady is out.

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8. PIT - RB Karlos Williams works out for Steelers

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Free-agent RB Karlos Williams (Bills) recently worked out for the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to a source. Williams is still trying to get into game shape.

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Williams could be the Steelers #3 running back after he returns from his suspension, but they are unlikely to make any moves before Week 1 so that Williams' salary is not guaranteed.

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9. SEA - TE Jimmy Graham fully practices

Source: Seahawks.com - John Boyle

Seattle Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham (knee) was a full participant during practice this week and is considered day-to-day, according to head coach Pete Carroll. Carroll said the team will not know about Graham's status for Week 1 until late next week.

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Graham is still only a late round TE2. He was inconsistent last year and full speed. Even if he is "full go" this year, he probably won't be the same after a patellar tendon tear. The Seahawks also have four strong wide receivers, so there won't be many targets to go around in a low volume pass offense.

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10. PIT - QB Landry Jones expected to stay as No. 2 QB

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Landry Jones is still expected to be the primary backup quarterback for the Steelers even though they added QB Zach Mettenberger.

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Mettenberger will have to ramp up in Todd Haley's offense and hasn't worked with the Steelers receivers, but he could be developed into a backup and re-boot his career with his third organization.

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11. MIN - QB Teddy Bridgewater placed on IR

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Aug. 31.

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Bridgewater might be ready to play next summer, but he is out for at least 8-9 months while he recovers from his knee dislocation.

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12. PIT - QB Zach Mettenberger claimed by Steelers

Source: CBSSports.com - Jason La Canfora

San Diego Chargers QB Zach Mettenberger was claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Steelers Wednesday, Aug. 31.

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Mettenberger has a big arm and a lack of fear in the pocket, but he is still a project as an NFL quarterback. The Steelers can develop him as a third quarterback and have him to turn to if Landry Jones is pressed into duty and fails.

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13. PIT - Pittsburgh offense may play faster

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Mark Kaboly

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger indicated the team may use the no-huddle offense more often this season. The Steelers used the no-huddle offense on 16 of Roethlisberger's 19 snaps during their third preseason game.

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Roethlisberger did a great job taking what the defense gave him, leaning on short high percentage passes to Jesse James, Eli Rogers, and Antonio Brown. The Steelers offense should produce a lot of PPR runoff for the passing game targets, although there might not be as many big plays as there were in 2015. Roethlisberger is a solid QB1, but his offense is looking more dink and dunk than vertical.

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14. CLE - Asking price still high for QB Josh McCown

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown may be a trade target for the Minnesota Vikings, but the Browns likely will keep McCown unless the Vikings are willing to trade a high draft pick for him.

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The Browns are right to play their strong negotiating position, because McCown is clearly the best backup quarterback in the league, and better than some starters, including Shaun Hill. As we get into the season, the need will only grow and McCown's price will only go up. Robert Griffin III has had trouble staying on the field in the past, so that's even more incentive for the Browns to stick to their bottom line.

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15. GB - OLB Clay Matthews cleared of PED use

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Green Bay Packers LB Clay Matthews was cleared of acquisitions he used performance-enhancing drugs by the NFL Wednesday, Aug. 31.

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Matthews will be available for the Week 1 opener against the Jaguars. He is a crucial piece for the Packers defense, so this is a mostly expected sigh of relief for the Green Bay defense.

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16. NYG - WR Victor Cruz will play Thursday

Source: ESPN.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants WR Victor Cruz will play eight to 10 snaps during the final preseason game against the New England Patriots Thursday, Sept. 1.

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It looks like Cruz could be playing for a roster spot after taking a deep pay cut this offseason. That he has made it back on the field and finally stayed on the field is a testament to his perseverance, but he won't have fantasy relevance again even if he makes the team.

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17. PIT - WR Antonio Brown signs revised deal

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown restructured his contract Wednesday, Aug. 31, which moved $4 million from 2017 to this season, according to a source. His base salary is now $10.25 million. The Steelers have promised to sign him to a true extension after this season.

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Finally! Brown was on the books for just $6.25 million this year -- a horrible number for the best WR in the game today. The Steelers are still getting a bargain here as Brown's price tag would be much higher if he was on the open market. He was a great find for this team late in the draft years ago, but his price doesn't match his play. We should see Brown break the bank next year when that extension is done.

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18. SD - DE Joey Bosa makes practice debut

Source: ESPN.com - Eric D. Williams

San Diego Chargers DE Joey Bosa made his first appearance at a practice on Tuesday, Aug. 30, on the heels of ending a lengthy contract stalemate. Bosa won't play in the club's final preseason game, and it's unclear when he'll make his NFL debut.

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As long as Bosa is in shape, he could get mixed in against Kansas City in Week 1, although the team has been going forward without him this summer. There's not going to be time for Bosa to learn the intricacies of the Chargers defense during the season, but the Chargers might need him right away with backup Damion Square suspended for the first four games.

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19. ARI - S Tyrann Mathieu should play in Week 1

Source: ESPN.com - Josh Weinfuss

Arizona Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu (knee) was cleared to play in the team's preseason finale on Thursday, Sept. 1. He's unlikely to return to game action until Week 1 against the New England Patriots, however, when head coach Bruce Arians expects Mathieu will be 'ready to roll.'

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Mathieu got an extension this offseason and he should be a key to the defense. He tore his ACL last December, so a Week 1 return to the field is a great sign for him and the new standard ACL recovery timeline.

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20. LA - QB Jared Goff 50/50 to start Thursday

Source: ESPN.com - Alden Gonzalez

Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff has a '50-50' chance to start the team's final preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings according to head coach Jeff Fisher.

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We should see the rookie plenty in the preseason finale. Case Keenum is going to begin the year as the team's starter, but the future of the team if Goff. He's got a quick release, and Goff is adept at reading defenses under pressure. There's a chance we could see him start later in the year if the team needs a spark.

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21. MIA - Adam Gase challenges WR DeVante Parker

Source: The Miami Herald - Adam H. Beasley

Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (hamstring) has had a hard time staying healthy early in his NFL career. He tweaked his left hamstring in practice Monday, Aug. 29, and he missed a lot of time due to a foot injury in his rookie season of 2015. Head coach Adam Gase appeared to challenge Parker Tuesday, Aug. 30, to do what it takes to stay out of the trainer's room. 'We're going to keep strengthening him up,' Gase said. 'I feel like I've been through this with (Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas) in Denver. Felt like he was always hurt. One thing after the other.'

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It's never a good thing to get called out publicly by your head coach. We'll see how Parker responds to this 'tough love' approach. Kenny Stills has been standing out more than Parker in camp and the preseason. He's an interesting late-round WR to target in your fantasy draft.

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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,

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