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Hi Folks,

Good Wednesday to you. It's a big day here at Footballguys as today we kick off one of our most valuable series of articles we do each year - our Value Series. We ask the Footballguys Staff to give us their picks for Under Valued and Over Valued players at each position as well as some Deep Sleepers. Then we tally up the results to give you our best shot at how we see value this year. Plus we've got the News and Notes so let's get to it.

J

SITE NEWS

A. Value Plays: Running Backs
We asked our staff to look through the top 150 players and identify players that should outperform their draft position. In this one, our staff looks for undervalued RBs.

B. Overvalued Players: Running Backs
We asked our staff to look through the top 150 players and identify players that should outperform their draft position. In this one, our staff looks for overvalued RBs.

C. Deep Sleepers: Running Backs
We asked our staff to look through the top 150 players and identify players that should outperform their draft position. In this one, our staff looks for deep sleeper RBs.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. PIT - Le'Veon Bell hints at contract demands
2. CLE - Receivers taking shape for Browns?
3. MIA - Dallas Thomas could beat Laremy Tunsil
4. DET - RB Zach Zenner could be power back
5. MIA - Miami offense to move quickly
6. PHI - WR Nelson Agholor may be No. 2 WR
7. BUF - No Olympics for WR Marquise Goodwin
8. DEN - John Elway contacted OLB Von Miller
9. DET - ILB Stephen Tulloch officially released
10. WAS - OLB Junior Galette looked explosive
11. NFL - AFL an option for QB Johnny Manziel?
12. DET - Several candidates for backup RB role
13. NO - RB Mark Ingram wants to show versatility

1. PIT - Le'Veon Bell hints at contract demands

Source: FOXSports.com - Rob Perez

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell released a rap song in which he references needing '15 a year' and refers to himself as the top back in the NFL.

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Bell needs to stick with his day job as he's not exactly Jay-Z on the microphone. The Steelers need to stick with Bell as he's a superstar RB if healthy and not suspended. Adrian Peterson is the highest-paid RB in the league with an average annual salary of $14 million and Jamaal Charles is behind him at just over $9 million annually. We think Bell would get a deal much closer to Charles if he's signed to a long-term deal. Bell is in the last year of his rookie contract and on the books with a cap hit of only $1.3 million in 2016.

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2. CLE - Receivers taking shape for Browns?

Source: ESPNCleveland.com - Tony Grossi

Cleveland Browns WRs Rashard Higgins and Andrew Hawkins are slated to be the Browns' No. 2 and No. 3 wide receivers behind WR Corey Coleman, according to ESPNClevelan.com's Tony Grossi.

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The Browns added plenty of WR help via the 2016 NFL draft, and their first-round pick Coleman should take over for Travis Benjamin who left to the Chargers in free agency. Coleman has speed like Benjamin and can take the top off the defense. Hawkins is a seasoned veteran who is ultra-quick and can get open on underneath routes as a slot receiver. Higgins was the last of four WRs the Browns selected in the draft this year, but his skill set is out of this world. He's a player we love in dynasty leagues because he runs clean routes, has a large catch radius due to elite athleticism and has a knack for making difficult catches near the sideline.

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3. MIA - Dallas Thomas could beat Laremy Tunsil

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins OG Dallas Thomas could beat out OL Laremy Tunsil, the team's first-round draft pick, for the starting left-guard job.

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Reports this offseason indicate the rookie first-round pick struggled in his transition from tackle to guard. Thomas isn't going to remind anyone of Robert Gallery, so the fact that Tunsil couldn't look better during OTAs and minicamp is a bit concerning. We're excited about the Dolphins offense, but their O-Line would greatly benefit if Tunsil can start at guard and play up to his potential.

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4. DET - RB Zach Zenner could be power back

Source: MLive.com - Justin Rogers

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner is the early frontrunner to fill the power back role behind RB Ameer Abdullah, according to beat writer Justin Rogers.

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Zenner is a good all-purpose back who is built like a fullback but has more spring in his step than some would think. To be the power back for the Lions in 2016, Zenner only has to beat out veteran Stevan Ridley. From a fantasy perspective, Zenner is a player to keep on your waiver-wire speed dial. If Abdullah needs to be used more as a part-time player, then Zenner's role could be larger than what is currently projected.

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5. MIA - Miami offense to move quickly

Source: ESPN.com - James Walker

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill and the Miami offense plan to move more quickly and get more snaps per game this season. Additionally, offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen said the fastest, quickest way for the Dolphins to improve is on third downs and in the red zone. Miami converted just 30.7% of their third downs last season -- third worst in the NFL. Christensen said the up-tempo style should result in more red-zone snaps.

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New head coach Adam Gase has a proven track record of having high-powered offenses, and we expect in Miami things will be the same. That's why we like the value presented in guys like QB Ryan Tannehill, WR Jarvis Landry, WR DeVante Parker and TE Jordan Cameron. The Dolphins should attack opponents through the air early and often, and fantasy owners should be intrigued over the potential of this passing game.

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6. PHI - WR Nelson Agholor may be No. 2 WR

Source: NJ.com - Eliot Shorr-Parks

Philadelphia Eagles WR Nelson Agholor is expected to enter training camp as the No. 2 receiver on the depth chart and the team's top option on the outside. Agholor did struggle with some dropped passes during offseason workouts.

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Agholor had a disappointing rookie season in 2015, but the talent is there for him to be at least a solid starter for the Eagles. A high-ankle sprain affected his play last year, so Agholor needs to prove that he can stay healthy if he wants to make an impact in the NFL. Agholor can run clean routes and get open with ease, but he needs improved concentration when passes are coming in. As the Eagles No.2 WR, we're not expecting Agholor to be that relevant for fantasy owners.

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7. BUF - No Olympics for WR Marquise Goodwin

Source: NFL.com - Tyler Dragon

Buffalo Bills WR Marquise Goodwin did not qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics after placing seventh in the men's long jump. Goodwin has already said he feels banged up from the experience.

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Goodwin is no lock for the 53-man roster. He's got Olympic speed, but he has not translated as a viable NFL prospect. Goodwin isn't someone that we're interested in...even in super deep dynasty leagues.

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8. DEN - John Elway contacted OLB Von Miller

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos LB Von Miller was contacted by general manager John Elway over the weekend. Elway wanted to personally talk to Miller to express his desire to work out a long-term deal. Both sides talked for 10 to 15 minutes, and Elway told Miller that the Broncos still love him and still want him to return to Denver, according to sources.

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There are less than 10 days to go in order to sign Miller to a long-term contract, but we feel confident the two sides can come to an agreement. The guaranteed money seems to be the primary hold up here as the length and overall value don't seem to be a problem. Even though we expect something to happen, we're not looking for it to happen until the day of the deadline (July 15th).

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9. DET - ILB Stephen Tulloch officially released

Source: ProFootballTalk.com

Detroit Lions LB Stephen Tulloch was released Tuesday, July 5, according to a source.

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Tulloch underwent arthroscopic ankle surgery this offseason and did not pass a physical until Tuesday, July 5th, hence the Lions waiting to release him. The Lions would have owed the veteran LB an injury settlement had they released him before the failed physical designation. There should be at least a few teams interested in Tulloch as a run-stuffer before training camp.

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10. WAS - OLB Junior Galette looked explosive

Source: The Washington Post - Mike Jones

Washington Redskins LB Junior Galette (Achilles') looked explosive without pads during offseason activities, according to The Washington Post's Mike Jones. Galette is expected to be ready for training camp on his way back from a torn Achilles' tendon.

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Washington should be easy on Galette when he does return to the practice field as his status for the beginning of camp is in question. The team is likely to ease him back in, and he should begin the season as a part-time pass-rusher. He'll be almost a year removed from the injury when the regular season starts.

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11. NFL - AFL an option for QB Johnny Manziel?

Source: ESPN.com

Free-agent QB Johnny Manziel (Browns) is drawing interest from the Arena Football League. 'We could provide a strong platform for him to demonstrate that he is back,' AFL commissioner Scott Butera said. 'We would also work with him and provide him whatever help he needed to live a healthy life.'

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If Manziel is serious about a return to football, he may need to start in the Arena League or the Canadian League before the NFL comes calling again. The AFL (and the CFL) could use the hype a name like Manziel would bring to their game, and he needs a chance to show that he can stay clean and play football. He's suspended by the NFL for four games, and there's still likely another suspension upcoming for his role in a domestic violence incident that is still being litigated.

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12. DET - Several candidates for backup RB role

Source: MLive.com - Justin Rogers

The Detroit Lions will have several candidates in mind to complement RB Ameer Abdullah on the field. In contention for the second running back role are RB Stevan Ridley, RB Zach Zenner, and RB George Winn.

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We like Zenner here. He's the best all-purpose back of this group and can we used effectively as a runner between the tackles or receiver out of the backfield. Zenner is certainly a player to keep on your waiver-wire speed dial. Abdullah is an electric back, but he may not has the durability necessary to be a lead RB in the NFL--even with Theo Riddick still being used as the primary receiving back.

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13. NO - RB Mark Ingram wants to show versatility

Source: The New Orleans Advocate - Joel A. Erickson

New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram said his goal this year is to remain a factor in the passing game and force opposing defenses to account for him on every snap.

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Ingram is likely to be the lead back for the Saints on the ground, but we could see C.J. Spiller play as a change-of-pace role in 2016. Last year, Spiller wasn't healthy (or effective) so Ingram set a career-high with 50 catches. He could approach that number of catches again this year, but we just want to see him healthy for 16 games. Ingram hasn't played a full 16-game season since 2012 and was limited to just 12 contests in 2016.

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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