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A. Skill Position Injury Overview
Our Mark Wimer with an overview of injuries currently being treated/rehabbed by fantasy-relevant players on the brink of the 2016 training camps.

B. Dynasty IDP Strategy Guide, Section V: The Start-Up Draft
Our Daniel Simpkins continues his guide to navigating the Dynasty IDP format.

C. Player Spotlight: Matt Ryan
Our Mark Wimer with a detailed look at Matt Ryan's fantasy prospects for 2016.

D. Player Spotlight: Brandon Marshall
Our Andrew Garda with a detailed look at Brandon Marshall's fantasy prospects for 2016.

E. Draft Dominator App Is Ready Across All Platforms
The Draft Dominator Mobile App is available for purchase in the iTunes and Google Play store as it has always been. If you want it on your phone or tablet, that's the only way to get it. But for Footballlguys Insider PRO subscribers, the app is now available for download in Windows / Mac / Linux format so you can use it on your desktop or laptop. It's the same look and feel as the mobile app, but with the bonus of more screen real estate and the ability to use the keyboard and mouse. It's a game changer. I say that if you're going to take a static list to the draft, our Draft List is the best bet. But you REALLY should be taking the Draft Dominator App that dynamically adjusts the rankings after every pick.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. BUF - RB Karlos Williams suspended four games
2. DEN - OLB Von Miller agrees to deal
3. NE - QB Tom Brady ends appeal
4. WAS - Washington made offer to QB Kirk Cousins
5. BUF - Jonathan Williams arrested
6. BUF - RB Reggie Bush an option for Buffalo?
7. CHI - No long-term deal for WR Alshon Jeffery
8. OAK - CB David Amerson receives extension
9. BUF - WR Kolby Listenbee should be ready for camp
10. NO - DT Sheldon Rankins may play every down
11. NYJ - DE Muhammad Wilkerson receives new deal
12. LA - CB Trumaine Johnson unable to land new deal
13. SF - OLB Aaron Lynch suspended
14. NFL - RB Ray Rice says window is closing
15. NO - New Orleans not pushing for WR Anquan Boldin
16. KC - No deal for S Eric Berry
17. TEN - WR Kendall Wright needs to improve
18. DEN - WR Demaryius Thomas focused, healthy
19. CIN - Cincinnati signs Rashaun Simonise

1. BUF - RB Karlos Williams suspended four games

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Rodak

Buffalo Bills RB Karlos Williams has been suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

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It hasn't been a good offseason for Williams. He was already in the doghouse as he's about 20 to 25 pounds overweight, and now Williams will miss the first month of the season. Williams can practice during training camp, and he can play with the team in the preseason. Once the regular season begins, Williams has to stay away from the facility but he's eligible to return in Week 5 against the Rams.

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2. DEN - OLB Von Miller agrees to deal

Source: USA TODAY Sports

Denver Broncos LB Von Miller agreed to a six-year, $114.5 million deal Friday, July 15, a person familiar with the deal told KUSA's Mike Klis. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced.

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The Broncos have paid a premium price for a premium player. Miller is arguably the best pass-rusher in the game, and there's no doubt the Broncos don't win Super Bowl 50 last year without him. The team put a record (for a defensive player) $70 million in the deal as well. With Miller in the second year of the devastating Wade Phillips' defense, the Broncos are still in a playoff/Super Bowl window in 2016.

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3. NE - QB Tom Brady ends appeal

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady announced he will have no further action with the legal process against the NFL in appealing his four-game suspension. Brady released this statement: "I'm very grateful for the overwhelming support I've received from Mr. Kraft, the Kraft family, coach Belichick, my coaches and teammates, the NFLPA, my agents, my loving family and most of all, our fans. It has been a challenging 18 months and I have made the difficult decision to no longer proceed with the legal process. I'm going to work hard to be the best player I can be for the New England Patriots and I look forward to having the opportunity to return to the field this fall."

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We can't wait for the day "DeflateGate" is no longer relevant. However, the NFLPA may take this to the Supreme Court in order to challenge NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's power. "After careful consideration and discussion with Tom Brady, the NFLPA will not be seeking a stay of the four game suspension with the 2nd Circuit," the union's statement said. "This decision was made in the interest of certainty and planning for Tom prior to the New England Patriots season. We will continue to review all of our options and we reserve our rights to petition for cert to the Supreme Court."

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4. WAS - Washington made offer to QB Kirk Cousins

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins has received an offer from the Redskins worth $16 million per season with $24 million in guaranteed money. Cousins will play under the franchise tag in 2016 for $20 million.

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Cousins signed his franchise tag months ago, and he's ready to gamble on himself. If he has another strong season as a starter for Washington, then he could perhaps secure a deal that pays him around $20 million annually.

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5. BUF - Jonathan Williams arrested

Source: ESPN.com

Buffalo Bills RB Jonathan Williams was arrested Thursday, July 14, and has been charged with driving while intoxicated.

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We like the rookie back, but this is just unacceptable. The legal process will have to play its course before the league takes any action. With Karlos Williams out of shape and suspended for the first four games of the year, Jonathan Williams has a chance to win the primary backup job behind LeSean McCoy.

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6. BUF - RB Reggie Bush an option for Buffalo?

Source: CBSSports.com - Jason La Canfora

Free-agent RB Reggie Bush (49ers) could be an option for the Buffalo Bills because of RB Karlos Williams' four-game suspension, in the opinion of CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora.

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We're not crazy about this idea, but the Bills may want to add a veteran back. We like rookie Jonathan Williams as a player all dynasty owners need to add or at least monitor. Add in veteran Mike Gillislee, and the Bills go four deep at the position (when Karlos Williams is not suspended).

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7. CHI - No long-term deal for WR Alshon Jeffery

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery did not receive a long-term deal Friday, July 15, and will play under the one-year franchise tag.

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Jeffery has already signed his franchise tender, so there's no threat of a holdout. He'll play this season with a one-year price tag of $14.5 million. Last year, Jeffery played in only nine games. With a full 16-game season (and the likely production that comes with that), we could see Jeffery get a payday similar to what Demaryius Thomas (Broncos) and Dez Bryant (Cowboys) got last year.

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8. OAK - CB David Amerson receives extension

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Oakland Raiders CB David Amerson signed a four-year contract extension Friday, July 15, worth $38 million. The deal includes around $18 million in guaranteed money.

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Amerson gets a nice raise here, and it further emphasizes the strong defense the Raiders have assembled. We'll see free agent addition Sean Smith start opposite Amerson in 2016, and it could be quite difficult to move the ball through the air against this secondary...especially with that pass-rush up front.

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9. BUF - WR Kolby Listenbee should be ready for camp

Source: BuffaloBills.com - Chris Brown

Buffalo Bills WR Kolby Listenbee (hernia) was limited during offseason workouts because he is recovering from hernia surgery but should be ready for the start of training camp.

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A sixth-round pick out of TCU, Listenbee is a deep threat who averaged 19 yards per catch in 2015. He can get deep and tracks the ball well over his shoulder. We like him in dynasty leagues, but re-draft owners know that this passing game isn't going to do much and outside of Sammy Watkins there's no fantasy-relevant Bills WR.

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10. NO - DT Sheldon Rankins may play every down

Source: NFL.com - Conor Orr

New Orleans Saints DT Sheldon Rankins performed well during the team's minicamp this offseason and should have a chance to be on the field for all three downs in 2016.

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The Saints have made changed to the defense that should allow Rankins to perform to the best of his abilities. They're going to ask him to get upfield quickly and penetrate the pocket with his quickness and strength. Rankins is not the biggest defensive tackle, but a bit undersized at 299 pounds they won't ask him to cover two gaps and take on multiple blockers.

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11. NYJ - DE Muhammad Wilkerson receives new deal

Source: CBSSports.com - Jason La Canfora

Updating a previous report, New York Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson did sign a five-year deal with the Jets Friday, July 15, worth $86 million. The deal includes $37 million guaranteed and $54 million in the first three years.

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It was a bit of a surprise move to be honest. All signs were pointing to no deal, but the two sides were able to get something done right before the deadline. Wilkerson had not participated during the offseason camps and there was a belief that he would hold out into training camp and perhaps even the regular season. Now, Wilkerson gets the long-term deal he wants and the Jets will continue to have one of the best defensive lines in the league.

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12. LA - CB Trumaine Johnson unable to land new deal

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Los Angeles Rams CB Trumaine Johnson did not receive a long-term deal Friday, July 15, and will play under the one-year franchise tag.

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There was no movement in this situation, so the fact Johnson didn't get a long-term deal was not a surprise. He'll play this season under the one-year franchise tag with a cap number of $13.9 million.

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13. SF - OLB Aaron Lynch suspended

Source: 49ers.com

San Francisco 49ers LB Aaron Lynch has been suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

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It's a blow to the 49ers defense as Lynch is a player that can consistently create pressure (62 QB pressures in 2015) on opposing QBs. Lynch will be able to return in Week 5 against the Cardinals.

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14. NFL - RB Ray Rice says window is closing

Source: NJ.com - James Kratch

Free-agent RB Ray Rice (Ravens) said he still hopes to play in the NFL but understands that his window to play again is closing because of his age and his off-field incident.

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We'd be shocked if any team took a chance on Rice at this point in his career. His playing days in the NFL are likely done.

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15. NO - New Orleans not pushing for WR Anquan Boldin

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune - Katherine Terrell

Updating a previous report, free-agent WR Anquan Boldin (49ers) received some interest from the New Orleans Saints earlier in the offseason, but the team never made him an offer and are not pushing to sign him at this point, according to a source.

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We're interested to see where Boldin lands. The veteran WR showed last year with the 49ers that he's not washed up--yet. He may not be what he used to be, but Boldin has plenty of experience and can be more than just a 'depth' player. The Saints have a young group of WRs behind Brandin Cooks, so perhaps they'll explore adding Boldin later.

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16. KC - No deal for S Eric Berry

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Kansas City Chiefs SS Eric Berry will not agree to a long-term deal before the deadline Friday, July 15, according to a source.

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For the last week, we've seen reports that indicated nothing was going to get done. Berry is a player we can all cheer for since he beat cancer. The team just didn't have the cap space to make it happen, so Berry will play under the $10.8 million franchise tender in 2016.

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17. TEN - WR Kendall Wright needs to improve

Source: TitansInsider.com - Terry McCormick

Tennessee Titans WR Kendall Wright has been told he needs to improve his route running and is expected to be used as a slot receiver.

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Wright is one of the better receivers on a suddenly crowded roster. That said, he sort of did what he wanted to during past seasons and if he won't run the route he's supposed to when he's supposed to, Dorial Green-Beckham, Harry Douglas, and Rishard Matthews are right behind him, waiting. With this particular offense and some of his issues, we think Wright is a WR5/WR6 at best.

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18. DEN - WR Demaryius Thomas focused, healthy

Source: DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason

Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas said he is 'feeling great' heading into training camp and will 'for sure' have a better year after dealing with drops last season.

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We think this could be a bounce back season for Thomas, but the quarterback situation does give us pause. In the end though, Thomas is his own worst enemy and if he can get the drops under control he's a decent WR1 regardless of who is throwing the ball.

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19. CIN - Cincinnati signs Rashaun Simonise

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Darin Gantt

Free-agent WR Rashaun Simonise signed with the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday, July 14.

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There's room for someone to step up with Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones out of the building, but we're betting it's rookie Tyler Sharpe, not Simonise. The University of Calgary standout has a good size/speed combination, and he's got the body control to make difficult catches near the sideline. The rookie is only worth monitoring in the deepest of deep dynasty leagues.

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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