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Hi Folks,

Good Tuesday to you. I'm in lovely New York City for the Fantasy Sports Trade Association Summer Conference. We've got some excellent new articles for you, plus our handy Schedule Grid and also the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

J

SITE NEWS

A. Offensive Line Rankings
Offensive Lines are a key and often overlooked part of predicting Fantasy Football success for skill position players. Our Matt Bitonti dives in with an extensive write up of each NFL team's offensive line, prior to the 2016 preseason.

B. 2016 Schedule Grid
Our Footballguys Schedule Grid is one of those simple things that wind up being pleasantly helpful. It's exactly what it says - all the 2016 Regular Season Games on one grid for easy reference.

C. Auction Primer: Section VI
Our Jeff Pasquino continues his look at Auctions. In this one, he digs into strategies for operating a team.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. WAS - QB Kirk Cousins looking to improve
2. BAL - WR Breshad Perriman having surgery
3. NE - RB Dion Lewis back at practice
4. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski suits up
5. NO - Coach talks RB C.J. Spiller
6. NE - No brace for RB Dion Lewis
7. PIT - Le'Veon Bell may wait for new deal
8. CHI - WR Alshon Jeffery reports for minicamp
9. DET - WR Anquan Boldin visiting Lions
10. DAL - RB Darren McFadden embracing role
11. JAX - WR Marqise Lee impressing this offseason
12. NFL - QB Michael Vick not retired
13. ATL - WR Justin Hardy set for big role?
14. ARI - CB Patrick Peterson doing well
15. MIN - Minnesota may not pursue WR Greg Jennings
16. PHI - DT Fletcher Cox agrees to new deal

1. WAS - QB Kirk Cousins looking to improve

Source: CSNMidAtlantic.com - Tarik El-Bashir

Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins said receiving all of the snaps with the first-team offense during organized team activities has helped him because he believes he can build on his 2015 performance. 'I do think I’m playing with more confidence,' Cousins said. 'I have a better understanding of defenses and our scheme and our protections and our routes. And, as a result, I'm able to grow as a player.'

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Cousins wants to be more than a one-year wonder. In an effort to improve, Cousins has put in the extra time and work necessary this offseason. It's a great sign for his progress as the team's starter, and fantasy owners should be excited about what Washington can do through the air. Cousins has a current ADP of QB15 (10.11) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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2. BAL - WR Breshad Perriman having surgery

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman (knee) will have arthroscopic surgery Tuesday, June 14, to determine if he'll need reconstructive surgery, according to a source. However, Dr. James Andrews revealed that Perriman may not have a significant anterior cruciate ligament tear.

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We'll know more about the severity of this injury in the future. Perriman missed all of his rookie season in 2015 with a PCL injury, and we hate to see him miss some/most/all of his second season. The Ravens could be in a pinch at WR without Perriman. Steve Smith, Kamar Aiken and Mike Wallace will be their top-3 wideouts in 2016.

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3. NE - RB Dion Lewis back at practice

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis (knee) is back at practice for the first time Monday, June 13.

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Getting Lewis back is a huge boost for the Patriots offense. He can make plays as a runner in space or as a receiver out o the backfield. Lewis has the speed and foot-frequency to make field-flipping plays on most any touch. We'll be monitoring his continued recovery closely. Lewis is recovering from November surgery to fix a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

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4. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski suits up

Source: The Boston Globe - Jim McBride

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (undisclosed) is on the field for the organized team activities Monday, June 13.

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Last week, reports surfaced about Gronkowski dealing with some sort of "cryptic ailment" but now he's back in action. The team is likely to limit the superstar TE while he deals with whatever in the world this ailment actually is...or was...or whatever. It's the Patriots, so rarely is clarity had with injury situations.

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5. NO - Coach talks RB C.J. Spiller

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Triplett

New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller's 'health and movement skills' were noticeably different, and he was a pleasant surprise during organized team activities, head coach Sean Payton said.

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Another day and more positive Spiller news. He's an interesting option to consider late in your PPR-league drafts. Spiller had a disappointing season in 2015, but on paper he makes for a great fit in the Saints high-powered offense.

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6. NE - No brace for RB Dion Lewis

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

Updating a previous report, New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis (knee) practiced Monday, June 13, without a brace on his left knee. Lewis said he feels better every day but that he still has a long way to go in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

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The team will continue to monitor Lewis closely as he returns from the knee injury that cut his 2015 season short. If healthy, Lewis is a dynamic runner who can make explosive plays as a receiver too. His current ADP is RB15 (4.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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7. PIT - Le'Veon Bell may wait for new deal

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) is a candidate for a contract extension, but the Steelers may want to make sure he is completely recovered from his knee injury before signing him.

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It's a wise move for both sides. Bell wouldn't be able to get as much money if he struck a deal right now because of his injury history. The Steelers wouldn't feel comfortable signing him to an extension also because of the injuries in Bell's past. If Bell gets healthy, stays healthy and produces at a high level (like he can) then it's a better spot to negotiate from.

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8. CHI - WR Alshon Jeffery reports for minicamp

Source: NFL.com

Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery reported for the start of the mandatory minicamp Monday, June 13.

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Jeffery had been training on his own while the team went through voluntary OTAs earlier this offseason. He signed his franchise tender, and he's guaranteed a one-year deal that will pay him $14.6 million. Since he's under contract, missing mandatory minicamp could have resulted in fines. We'll see if Jeffery and the Bears can reach a long-term agreement by the time the July 15th deadline gets here.

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9. DET - WR Anquan Boldin visiting Lions

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Free-agent WR Anquan Boldin (49ers) is visiting the Detroit Lions Monday, June 13.

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Boldin wants to play for a contender, but the Lions don't really fit that category. They clearly aren't thrilled with the WR depth already on the team, that's why they signed Andre Roberts and are working out Boldin. We'll see if Boldin can latch on with a team before training camp.

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10. DAL - RB Darren McFadden embracing role

Source: DallasCowboys.com - Nick Eatman

Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden called RB Ezekiel Elliott an 'awesome runner' and said he is going to show him the ropes while still competing with Elliott for touches.

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McFadden is wise to embrace his new role. Elliott is likely to be the centerpiece of the Cowboys offense, and he could easily be a top-5 RB for fantasy owners this year. McFadden is the backup and may only see the field if Elliott needs a breather.

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11. JAX - WR Marqise Lee impressing this offseason

Source: Jaguars.com - John Oehser

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Marqise Lee has been healthy for an entire offseason for the first time since being drafted by the Jaguars and has been impressive during some of the organized team activities.

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It's been a long time since Lee looked good. You have to go back to his sophomore season in college at USC to see him look like a dominant player. The Jaguars are stacked at the WR position with Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns.....getting Lee to do more would just make them even more dangerous through the air.

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12. NFL - QB Michael Vick not retired

Source: The Star-Ledger - Jordan Raanan

Free-agent QB Michael Vick (Steelers) said he has not retired and would love to play in 2016. Vick said he will be selective about the offer he accepts this offseason.

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We can't imagine teams lined up to sign Vick. He may want to be selective about any offer he accepts, but he may not get that many offers to begin with.

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13. ATL - WR Justin Hardy set for big role?

Source: AtlantaFalcons.com - Andrew Hirsh

Atlanta Falcons WR Justin Hardy is expected to be a major contributor in the passing game this season.

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Hardy is going to be the team's WR3 behind Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu. We can't see his role being that fantasy relevant on a team that is going to force-feed the ball to Jones and run as much as possible with Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman.

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14. ARI - CB Patrick Peterson doing well

Source: NFL.com

Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson (foot) said he is feeling great but is only 80% to 90% healthy right now. He reiterated that he should be full-go when training camp starts, adding that the surgery he underwent about two months ago was nothing serious, just cleanup.

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Peterson's on the right track and should be near 100 percent by the time training camp gets here. His presence will boost the Cardinals defense.

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15. MIN - Minnesota may not pursue WR Greg Jennings

Source: ESPN 1500 - Darren Wolfson

Free-agent WR Greg Jennings (Dolphins) reiterated his interest in re-joining the Minnesota Vikings Monday, June 13, and has contacted general manager Rick Spielman. There has been no indication yet if the Vikings are interested in signing him, however.

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The Vikings may just move on without him. They seem to be set at the WR position, especially after selecting WR Laquon Treadwell in the first round of the 2016 NFL draft. Jennings has left Spielman voicemails expressing a desire to return, but we don't see the team falling all over themselves to sign the veteran. The market has been stone cold for Jennings since the Dolphins released him.

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16. PHI - DT Fletcher Cox agrees to new deal

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Philadelphia Eagles DT Fletcher Cox agreed to a six-year contract extension Monday, June 13, worth $103 million, according to sources. The deal includes $63 million in guaranteed money, which is the highest guarantee for a non-quarterback in NFL history.

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Cox was entering the last year of his rookie contract, and the Eagles pay him a premium to insure that he stays with the team for the foreseeable future. This guaranteed money is going to make it difficult for the Broncos to sign franchise-tagged Von Miller to a new contract as they have originally offered only $39.8 million in full guarantees. Cox can create interior pressure on opposing QBs and is a key member of the Eagles defense.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of Footballguys. It's an honor for us that you'd share your season. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J