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A. Auction Primer: Section V
Our Jeff Pasquino continues his Auction Primer. In this one, he dives into strategies for Building an Auction Team.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. NE - QB Jimmy Garoppolo works with starters
2. OAK - QB Derek Carr taking next step
3. HOU - Braxton Miller running sharp routes
4. NO - RB C.J. Spiller believes he fits offense
5. KC - RB Jamaal Charles may take part in minicamp
6. JAX - RB Denard Robinson drops some weight
7. BAL - No timetable for WR Steve Smith
8. NYG - Minicamp unlikely for WR Victor Cruz
9. PHI - Running back committee in Philly?
10. PHI - WR Chris Givens holding his own
11. MIA - Miami to consider two safeties
12. HOU - CB Kevin Johnson progressing
13. ATL - Austin Hooper to participate in minicamp
14. NYG - RB Andre Williams quicker during OTAs
15. DET - QB Matthew Stafford will still let it fly
16. ATL - Fewer touchdowns recently for WR Julio Jones
17. NYG - WR Victor Cruz hopes to practice during minicamp
18. MIA - Big season on tap for WR Jarvis Landry?
19. HOU - QB Brock Osweiler a work in progress

1. NE - QB Jimmy Garoppolo works with starters

Source: Boston Herald - Jeff Howe

New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo split first-team reps QB Tom Brady during a three-day minicamp, and WR Nate Washington said that Garoppolo understands the offense.

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Garoppolo should understand the offense by this point in his career. However, we need to see him make plays under pressure before we get too excited about the possibility of him starting. In college, Garoppolo would mentally go into the fetal position whenever under a slight amount of duress. More comfort in this offense should make him more courageous when the defense is swarming around him. We'll know more about Garoppolo when the preseason gets here.

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2. OAK - QB Derek Carr taking next step

Source: Bay Area News Group - Jimmy Durkin

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr is taking the next step and taking command of the offense, WR Michael Crabtree said.

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We're excited about what the Raiders passing game could look like in 2016. Carr is the best QB in his division, and he's one of the most exciting young QBs in the game today. Fantasy owners should see Carr as a QB1, and his current ADP is QB10 (8.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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3. HOU - Braxton Miller running sharp routes

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans WR Braxton Miller has been running sharp routes in OTAs, and he has shown the ability to make plays in space.

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It's scary to think what Miller could be in the NFL. He's only a year or so into learning the WR position after spending most of his college career at Ohio State as a QB. Earlier this year at the Senior Bowl, Miller flashed big-time playmaking ability (and an edge as a competitor). Dynasty owners should be all over him, while re-draft owners need to keep him on the waiver-wire speed dial.

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4. NO - RB C.J. Spiller believes he fits offense

Source: The New Orleans Advocate - Joel A. Erickson

New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller said his skill set is built for the Saints' offense, and he believes he can flourish now that he is 100% healthy.

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On paper...or on Madden Ultimate Team...Spiller IS a great fit for the Saints offense. Last year was a terrible season for Spiller as he had only one game with more than 4 carries and only one game with more than 5 targets. Spiller said knee surgery during training camp last season played a big role in his disappointing season. Now healthy, we'll see if he can have a bounce-back season and be the weapon the Saints were hoping for when they signed him in free agency.

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5. KC - RB Jamaal Charles may take part in minicamp

Source: The Kansas City Star - Terez A. Paylor

Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) may be able to participate in some drills during the mandatory minincamp, according to head coach Andy Reid. Charles has not participated in organized team activities because he is rehabbing from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

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If he does end up participating in minicamp, it will be on a very limited capacity. There's no need to rush him back and risk further injury. Charles should be 100 percent healthy (or close enough) by the start of the regular season. Fantasy owners need to recognize that the Chiefs will use Charcandrick West a bit more...even with Charles back as the starter. That dings Charles' fantasy value a bit, and it makes West a sure-fire handcuff.

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6. JAX - RB Denard Robinson drops some weight

Source: The Florida Times-Union - Ryan O'Halloran

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Denard Robinson said he wants to weigh around 205 to 210 pounds this season after playing at 215 to 218 pounds last season.

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The lighter weight should help Robinson play quicker and faster in 2016. He will compete with RB Corey Grant for the team's RB3 spot and the kick returner job during training camp.

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7. BAL - No timetable for WR Steve Smith

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith (Achilles') has not be able to participate in organized team activities this offseason and is not sure when he will be able to return. Smith said he will need to do something during training camp in order to be ready for the regular season.

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The Ravens lost Breshad Perriman to a knee injury last week, and that is likely to knock him out for the second year in a row. Getting Smith back healthy is going to be a boost for the Ravens passing attack. We can't wait to see him back on the field looking like his old self. Monitor his progress in training camp as the regular season draws near. Fantasy owners should consider Smith a WR4 in 2016, and he's got a current ADP of WR38 (8.06) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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8. NYG - Minicamp unlikely for WR Victor Cruz

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Dan Graziano

New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (calf) is not expected to participate in organized team activities or minicamp this week, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Dan Graziano. The Giants are hoping Cruz will be able to participate in training camp.

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We'll keep hoping that Cruz can get back to salsa dancing in the end zone....but we want to see it first before we consider him any sort of fantasy commodity.

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9. PHI - Running back committee in Philly?

Source: CSNPhilly.com - Dave Zangaro

Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Mathews has taken most of the first-team repetitions out of the backfield this offseason, but RBs Kenjon Barner and Darren Sproles shared those reps with Mathews, too. Head coach Doug Pederson expects a committee with those three backs and RB Wendell Smallwood.

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This is looking like a mess for fantasy owners. Mathews should be the lead back so long as he stays healthy, but he will be splitting time with any number of backs. Sproles should have a change-of-pace role, and his fantasy value increases in PPR leagues. Barner and Smallwood will compete for whatever is leftover in this backfield. Smallwood is getting a lot of hype in certain fantasy circles, but know that as interesting as he is there's no creativity to his rushing style. Yes, the opportunity could be there for him as the team's starter if Mathews gets hurt but don't expect the world in return. He's not the Eagles version of Charcandrick West.

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10. PHI - WR Chris Givens holding his own

Source: CSNPhilly.com - Dave Zangaro

Philadelphia Eagles WR Chris Givens has put in a solid offseason so far and could challenge WRs Josh Huff, Nelson Agholor and Rueben Randle for playing time, according to CSNPhilly's Dave Zangaro. Givens is known for his deep-threat ability, but Zangaro said Givens has also impressed with his underneath routes so far.

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Other than Jordan Matthews, we're not crazy about the Eagles WRs...and it's not like we expect Matthews to burn up the charts. Right now, Matthews has a current ADP of WR25 (5.04) in 12-team PPR leagues. We'll be monitoring Givens vs Huff vs Randle as training camp rolls on later this year.

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11. MIA - Miami to consider two safeties

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Free-agent FSs Louis Delmas (Dolphins) and Antrel Rolle (Bears) will be considered by the Miami Dolphins if SS Reshad Jones continues to hold out, or if there is an injury at the position.

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Jones isn't set to be a free agent until 2018, and he's got a cap number of $7.2 million this season. Reports indicate Jones is seeking a new deal that would pay him around $10 million a year. Good luck with that. Delmas and Rolle haven't received a ton of interest on the open market, but either one would work. The Dolphins chose not to re-sign Delmas this offseason as he tore his ACL last August and missed the entire 2015 season.

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12. HOU - CB Kevin Johnson progressing

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans CB Kevin Johnson (wrist, foot) is not yet running, but he is making steady progress in his recovery from offseason foot surgeries. Johnson has added muscle this offseason, too, and said he is trying to get healthy, bigger, stronger and faster.

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A first-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft, Johnson is one of our favorite young CBs in the league. He started 10 games last year, but Johnson played through a Jones' fracture the final few weeks of the season. Not afraid of a challenge, Johnson is a feisty corner who can play close to the line of scrimmage and get physical with opposing WRs. Having him back and healthy will continue to be a great asset for a strong Texans defense.

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13. ATL - Austin Hooper to participate in minicamp

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - D. Orlando Ledbetter

Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper will take part in the club's mandatory minicamp beginning Tuesday, June 14. He was unable to participate in three weeks of organized team activities because Stanford's academic calendar had not been completed.

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A third-round pick out of Stanford, Hooper reminds some in the scouting community of Coby Fleener (Saints). Like Fleener, Hooper has the build-up speed to challenge a defense vertically down the seam. The rookie could see significant playing time early on for the Falcons, and his natural pass-catching ability could be featured in the red zone.

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14. NYG - RB Andre Williams quicker during OTAs

Source: NJ.com - James Kratch

New York Giants RB Andre Williams appeared quicker and more fluid after transforming his body in the offseason, and he caught the ball out of the backfield well, according to NJ.com's James Kratch.

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The Giants have a clogged RB corps, and we're not sure the role that Williams is going to play in 2016. Rashad Jennings should be the primary back with Shane Vereen playing a change-of-pace role. Williams would be behind those two, and perhaps even rookie Paul Perkins would work into the mix more. Dynasty wise, this is good news but most re-draft owners won't be adding Williams to the roster.

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15. DET - QB Matthew Stafford will still let it fly

Source: Detroit Free Press - Dave Birkett

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford completed a career-best 67.2% of his passes during the 2015 season, but offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter still wants to utilize Stafford's big arm and gunslinger mentality.

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Stafford has to let it fly because the Lions don't have a great rushing attack. It will be interesting to see how his passes are distributed now that Calvin Johnson has retired. The team added Marvin Jones in free agency, and he'll split targets with Golden Tate. They also want TE Eric Ebron to actually do something (other than disappoint) this season. Stafford should be considered a low-end QB2 for fantasy owners. His current ADP is QB20 (12.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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16. ATL - Fewer touchdowns recently for WR Julio Jones

Source: The Florida Times-Union - Hays Carlyon

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones scored 18 touchdowns on 133 catches through the first two seasons of his career, and over the past three years, he has caught just 16 touchdowns on 281 receptions.

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Touchdowns can come and go, but Jones was the No.2 fantasy WR last year with 136 catches, 1,871 yards and eight TDs. This season, we could see Jones put up a similar stat line...and perhaps he'll hit double-digit TDs in 2016. Either way, he's a damn good fantasy asset to add once again. His current ADP is WR2 (1.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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17. NYG - WR Victor Cruz hopes to practice during minicamp

Source: NJ.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (calf) has made significant strides over the past three months and is optimistic he could practice in the individual portions of workouts during minicamp this week.

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Cruz is trying to make yet another comeback, and we're all rooting for him. However, nobody should be counting on Cruz to get back to his old self...including the Giants. Cruz has missed 26 games in the last two seasons trying to come back from a knee injury and a torn calf.

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18. MIA - Big season on tap for WR Jarvis Landry?

Source: The Miami Herald - Adam H. Beasley

Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry will take his game to 'another level' this season, according to head coach Adam Gase, who plans to put Landry in a position to make more big plays.

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We can't wait to see this Dolphins passing game in 2016. Landry should catch over 100 passes again (111 last year), but his TDs and yardage could increase in the high-powered Gase system. He could outperform his current ADP of WR15 (3.02) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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19. HOU - QB Brock Osweiler a work in progress

Source: Houston Chronicle - John McClain

Houston Texans QB Brock Osweiler said he still has a 'long way to go' to learn head coach Bill O'Brien's system, but O'Brien said Osweiler has lived up to expectations thus far.

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Osweiler didn't really develop that much during his time with the Broncos, so we're not expecting him to take great strides with the Texans. The team had better be ready for inconsistent QB play, because that's what Osweiler was during the seven games he started for the Broncos in 2015.

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

Grace and Peace to you.

J