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A. Pre-Camp PPR WR Tiers
Our Sigmund Bloom takes a look at the 2016 redraft wide receiver rankings through the lens of tiers.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. NFL - RB Arian Foster expects to be ready
2. DEN - WR Demaryius Thomas fell behind last year
3. SEA - Change in offense aided QB Russell Wilson
4. HOU - Tyler Ervin should be ready for camp
5. SEA - Seattle not expected to add Eugene Monroe
6. IND - Head coach praises Josh Ferguson
7. GB - WR Jared Abbrederis impressing
8. BAL - TE Dennis Pitta can still contribute
9. BAL - RB Trent Richardson considered a long shot
10. DET - WR Andre Roberts will be moved around
11. DEN - Devontae Booker to push for RB2

1. NFL - RB Arian Foster expects to be ready

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Free-agent RB Arian Foster (Texans) anticipates being healthy enough to participate in training camp, according to a source. Foster is eager to regain his 2012 form, but he has not been signed yet despite at least three teams having had interest in him.

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The Dolphins, Patriots and Seahawks could be the three teams most interested in Foster. He's supposedly able to pass a physical right now, but Foster may not be able to get on a new team until training camp hits. Wherever he goes, Foster will be a player fantasy owners need to monitor as he could still be an effective starter if healthy.

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2. DEN - WR Demaryius Thomas fell behind last year

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas said he was thinking too much last season. Thomas missed a good portion of the 2015 offseason program while waiting for a long-term deal and his mother was set to be released from prison. Thomas said it was tough trying to catch up with the new offense after missing so much time and with his off-field life.

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Thomas was the team's franchise player last year and it took right until the July 15th deadline to get him signed. He's in year two of the Gary Kubiak system, but in this balanced (leaning towards run-heavy) system we see Thomas as a WR2 for fantasy owners.

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3. SEA - Change in offense aided QB Russell Wilson

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson threw 24 touchdowns and one interception in the last seven games after the offense shifted to emphasize quicker passes, timing routes and spread formations. He was sacked 31 times in the first seven games and just 15 times in the last nine games as getting rid of the ball quickly helped negate struggles on the offensive line. Head coach Pete Carroll said to expect more of that in 2016.

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Fantasy owners need to take note here. Wilson has been a top-5 fantasy QB each of the last two years, and he's been a top-12 fantasy QB every year he's been in the league. With more emphasis on shorter passes and guys like Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett catching passes, Wilson has a shot to finish as the best fantasy QB in 2016.

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4. HOU - Tyler Ervin should be ready for camp

Source: ESPN.com - Tania Ganguli

Houston Texans RB Tyler Ervin (quadriceps) missed some time this offseason because of a quadriceps injury but should be ready for the start of training camp.

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Ervin has incredible speed, quickness and agility. He's able to change direction without losing much speed, and Ervin is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. The rookie is going to compete to be a change-of-pace back behind starter Lamar Miller.

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5. SEA - Seattle not expected to add Eugene Monroe

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Free-agent OT Eugene Monroe (Ravens) probably will not be a target for the Seattle Seahawks because they appear to be content with their offensive linemen.

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Monroe should get a few teams interested in his services, but he may not latch on with another squad until we get closer to training camp.

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6. IND - Head coach praises Josh Ferguson

Source: NFL.com - Chris Wesseling

Indianapolis Colts RB Josh Ferguson is a man of many talents, according to head coach Chuck Pagano. 'He's smart. He picks things up in a hurry. He's very, very athletic,' Pagano said. 'He's a great receiver out of the backfield. We can split him wide, we can displace him formationally. He's a mismatch out in space. He's got juice. He can go. He's got great vision.'

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Ferguson is a lightning quick rusher who can work well as a receiver out of the backfield. The rookie from Illinois could work his way up the depth chart behind starter Frank Gore. Make sure to add Ferguson--or at least monitor him--in deep dynasty leagues.

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7. GB - WR Jared Abbrederis impressing

Source: ESPN.com - Jason Wilde

Green Bay Packers WR Jared Abbrederis showed exemplary route-running this offseason, according to head coach Mike McCarthy. McCarthy also praised the receiver's coverage recognition, breaking points and weight loss as high points. 'He plays the position technically and fundamentally at a very high level,' McCarthy added.

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The Packers are looking for a WR3 behind starters Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. Abbrederis may be separating himself from the rest of the pack including guys like Ty Montgomery, Davante Adams and Jeff Janis. We'll be watching to see how this competition unfolds in training camp.

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8. BAL - TE Dennis Pitta can still contribute

Source: The Baltimore Sun - Jeff Zrebiec

Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hip) has looked good, is moving well and is still capable of being a significant contributor, in the opinion of The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec.

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We'd like to believe that is possible, but the Ravens are stacked at the position and there may not be a role for Pitta if he's able to make the team. Ben Watson was added in free agency, and he should be the leader at TE in 2016. Second-year pro Maxx Williams will also start to play a larger role this year.

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9. BAL - RB Trent Richardson considered a long shot

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens RB Trent Richardson (knee) is a long shot to make the 53-man roster, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley.

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No surprise here. Richardson has a new focus as he stares at a future that doesn't include football. The 3rd-overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft has bounced around the league and been one of the biggest busts in NFL draft history. He had a sore hamstring in minicamp, and now it's been revealed that Richardson needs arthroscopic surgery for a preexisting injury to his knee. We'd be shocked if he makes the Ravens 53-man roster.

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10. DET - WR Andre Roberts will be moved around

Source: Detroit Free Press - Dave Birkett

Detroit Lions WR Andre Roberts said he will be used as an outside receiver as well as a slot receiver during the preseason. He may also receive a chance to compete for the punt returner job.

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The Lions must not have been happy with some of the reserve WRs in place as they signed Roberts recently. He's a speedy veteran who doesn't have much fantasy value--even if he is involved as a return man. We see the Lions peppering WRs Golden Tate and Marvin Jones as much as possible. There's talk about using TE Eric Ebron more as a receiver and RB Theo Riddick could catch 60 or so passes. That doesn't leave a lot for Roberts (or any other receiver).

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11. DEN - Devontae Booker to push for RB2

Source: DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason

Denver Broncos RB Devontae Booker (knee) ran well after he recovered from a torn meniscus and appears poised to push RB Ronnie Hillman and Kapri Bibbs for the No. 2 running back job.

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Booker is a talented all-purpose back. He can make his living between the tackles, is tough to bring down with arm tackles and he's a fantastic receiver out of the backfield. The Broncos are unlikely to use a RBBC this year with C.J. Anderson getting a contract that makes him the third-highest paid RB in 2016. Booker has starter's upside, but fantasy owners should consider him a three-down-back-in-waiting to begin the season. With Anderson's injury history, Booker is a nice handcuff. Ronnie Hillman led the team in rushing last year, but they let him hit the free agent market where he got very little interest. The Broncos brought back Hillman, but only after they paid C.J. Anderson with a much larger deal. Hillman has speed, but in the postseason it was Anderson who led the league in rushing. Anderson should be the team's bellcow, and Hillman will be the mix for backup with Booker and Bibbs.

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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