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Good Wednesday to you. We've got another big day of new Content plus the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

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A. 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.

B. The New Reality No.63 - Rookie Draft Strategy: The Late Rounds
Our Chad Parsons dives into key strategies, metrics and player targets for the late rounds of 2016 rookie drafts.

C. IDP Bets For Breakout
Our Dave Larkin profiles a handful of up-and-coming defenders poised to become household names.

D. Coaching Carousel 2016: Philadelphia Eagles
Our Jason Wood dives into a detailed look at the impact of Chip Kelly's departure and the hiring of Doug Pederson.

E. Player Spotlight: Andrew Luck
Our Alessandro Miglio with a detailed examination of Andrew Luck's fantasy prospects for the 2016 season.

F. Player Spotlight: C.J. Anderson
Our Phil Alexander with a detailed examination of C.J. Anderson's fantasy prospects for the 2016 season.

G. Player Spotlight: Jeremy Maclin
Our Chris Feery with a detailed examination of Jeremy Maclin's fantasy prospects for the 2016 season.

H. Footballguys Staff Mock Draft 2, PPR 12 team with Flex, TD pass 6pts
The Footballguys staff got together for their second mock draft of 2016. A 12 team PPR, where TD passes are worth 6 points. Chris Feery provides an in-depth evaluation summary of each team's draft.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. IND - Fewer touches for RB Frank Gore?
2. NYJ - RB Khiry Robinson set for goal-line role?
3. BUF - WR Sammy Watkins 'right where he needs to be'
4. NYJ - Long delay in QB Ryan Fitzpatrick talks
5. TEN - RB DeMarco Murray likely to run often
6. WAS - QB Kirk Cousins playing for big money
7. GB - RB John Kuhn unlikely to be re-signed
8. KC - RB Spencer Ware considered the backup
9. IND - Backup running back unclear in Indy
10. SEA - RB Alex Collins will compete immediately
11. CLE - RB Raheem Mostert in the mix
12. MIA - RB Arian Foster plays well versus division
13. SEA - QB Russell Wilson elite with protection
14. BAL - QB Joe Flacco looks like himself
15. CIN - WR A.J. Green feeling loose
16. DAL - Jaylon Smith won't be ready
17. DEN - OLB DeMarcus Ware, Talib will be ready
18. DAL - TE Gavin Escobar should be ready
19. BUF - QB EJ Manuel expected to be backup
20. BUF - QB Cardale Jones likely to be No. 3

1. IND - Fewer touches for RB Frank Gore?

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Wells

The Indianapolis Colts want RB Frank Gore to have a lightened workload in 2016, according to ESPN.com's Mike Wells.

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This is an important note for fantasy owners. We could see Gore's carries fall from the 260 he had in 2015 with the Colts. Instead, he may only get around 200 carries as the team tries to keep him fresh. We like the veteran RBs consistency and see him as a RB3 for fantasy owners in 2016.

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2. NYJ - RB Khiry Robinson set for goal-line role?

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets RB Khiry Robinson (leg) could be utilized as a short-yardage and goal-line back this season.

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Robinson has determination when he runs, and the team could save some wear and tear on starter Matt Forte. Last year with the Bears, Forte had 21 carries inside the 10-yard line but was only able to score four rushing touchdowns from inside that distance. Last year for the Saints, Robinson scored the same amount of touchdowns but on only six carries from inside the 10.

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3. BUF - WR Sammy Watkins 'right where he needs to be'

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Rodak

Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) doesn't know how much he'll do during training camp but said he's 'right where I need to be' after suffering a left foot injury in the offseason. The Bills report to training camp Friday, July 29.

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The Bills are likely to be cautious with Watkins at the start of camp as he continues to recover from the foot injury. There's no need to risk further injury to their star WR in camp or most of the preseason. When the regular season hits, expect Watkins to perform like a low-end WR2 with upside for fantasy owners.

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4. NYJ - Long delay in QB Ryan Fitzpatrick talks

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Jets) and the New York Jets have not discussed a new contract in over a month, according to ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler.

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Another day, and another 'nothing is happening' story about the Jets and Ryan Fitzpatrick. With training camp approaching, we hope something happens--anything--to get these two sides on the same page. Fitzpatrick isn't worth as much as he wants, the Jets have to come up a bit from their low-ball offer. Once Geno Smith starts throwing picks in practice, the Jets could change their tune.

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5. TEN - RB DeMarco Murray likely to run often

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray is expected to be the team's workhorse in 2016.

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The Titans want to run the ball as much as possible with their 'exotic smashmouth' offense which features both Murray and rookie Derrick Henry. The system is a better fit for Murray than what he had with the Eagles, but fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to produce like he did when he was with the Cowboys. Instead, consider Murray a low-end RB2 with upside. Murray has a current ADP of RB20 (5.02) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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6. WAS - QB Kirk Cousins playing for big money

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Mike Florio

Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins will receive $19.95 million for one year under the tag this year. The team was unwilling to give him a long-term deal, as general manager Scot McCloughan believes he can find a comparable quarterback who will be much cheaper than Cousins at some point in the next year or two.

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Cousins gambled on himself when he signed his one-year franchise tender earlier this year. He lost the leverage of a potential holdout (since he's under contract), and the two sides couldn't come to an agreement. If he plays well this year, Cousins could get a new deal that breaks the bank...either in Washington or somewhere else. With the right performance, Cousins could be in line for a deal that pays in $20 million per year on average.

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7. GB - RB John Kuhn unlikely to be re-signed

Source: ESPN.com - Rob Demovsky

Free-agent FB John Kuhn (Packers) appears to be in the Green Bay Packers' rearview mirror and is not expected to re-sign. FB Aaron Ripkowski is expected to take over starting fullback duties.

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We'll miss the chants of "KUHN!!1!" from Packers fans in 2016. The fullback is a dying position in the NFL, but there's a few teams that could have interest in Kuhn under certain circumstances.

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8. KC - RB Spencer Ware considered the backup

Source: ESPN.com - Adam Teicher

Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware is viewed as the backup running back behind RB Jamaal Charles, according to ESPN.com's Adam Teicher. Teicher did say that Ware and RB Charcandrick West would both play if Charles was injured.

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Ware is a talented runner who could easily carry the load for the Chiefs if necessary. We feel West is going to play a role--at least as a change-of-pace back behind Charles. If something were to happen to Charles, Ware could take over as the lead back with West continuing his valuable part-time play.

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9. IND - Backup running back unclear in Indy

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Wells

Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore is the unquestioned starter for the Colts, but his backup remains to be seen. ESPN.com's Mike Wells did mention RB Josh Ferguson first for the position, however.

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Ferguson is a nice sleeper rookie RB to consider. He was a good all-purpose back in college at Illinois, and our very own Cecil Lammey reported positive things about Ferguson during the week of practice for the East-West Shrine Game earlier this year. Ferguson is more quick than fast, and he doesn't waste time dancing in the backfield. He's electric with the ball in his hands, but he's not much of a bruiser. We like him as a receiver out of the backfield too. Keep his name in mind when considering backup Colts RBs. In 2015, 37.2 percent of Ferguson's carries went for five yards or more.

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10. SEA - RB Alex Collins will compete immediately

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks rookie RB Alex Collins is expected to compete right away for playing time as an early-down running back, according to Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times.

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A fifth-round pick of the Seahawks this year, Collins was one of our favorite RBs in this draft class. Collins is a one-speed runner, but he's swift and can build up a head of steam. He's got the quickness to make defenders miss, and his foot frequency allows him to change direction without losing much speed. Seattle added three RBs via the 2016 NFL draft this year, and it will be interesting to see how things shake out behind Thomas Rawls.

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11. CLE - RB Raheem Mostert in the mix

Source: ClevelandBrowns.com - Patrick Maks

Cleveland Browns RB Raheem Mostert is considered to be firmly in the mix to make the final roster. RBs Glenn Winston and Terrell Watson also have a good chance to make the cut, according to Patrick Maks of clevelandbrowns.com.

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Mostert was undrafted out of Purdue in 2015, and he's been on four teams during his short time in the NFL. If he makes the 53-man roster his main role will come as a kick returner. He lacks the bulk for a large workload but has decent agility and speed.

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12. MIA - RB Arian Foster plays well versus division

Source: USA TODAY Fantasy Sports

Miami Dolphins RB Arian Foster has fared well against the AFC East in his career. In 10 games, Foster has totaled 12 touchdowns and averaged 105 total yards per game.

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Cool...that's a nice bit of history but it doesn't mean Foster is going to get 100 yards and a TD every time he plays within the division. We like Foster's fit in the Adam Gase offense. The spread formations should help the veteran runner see wide rushing lanes to take advantage of. We'll have to see how the split between Foster and Jay Ajayi goes before getting too excited about either prospect.

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13. SEA - QB Russell Wilson elite with protection

Source: ESPN.com - Sheil Kapadia

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson led all quarterbacks in Defense-adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA) last season when he was adequately protected, according to Football Outsiders. DVOA measures efficiency by comparing success on every play to the league average based on situation and opponent. Wilson was solid under pressure, too, ranking fourth in DVOA among quarterbacks.

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Wilson is great when adequately protected, but he's also good when facing five or more pass-rushers. In 2015 when facing five or more pass-rushers, Wilson had 14 passing TDs and only three interceptions. The touchdown mark was 3rd-best in the league in that category.

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14. BAL - QB Joe Flacco looks like himself

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com - Garrett Downing

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco (knee) is already throwing like his regular, healthy self, according to WR Kamar Aiken. Aiken said Flacco looked the same as he always has when the caught passes from him for the first time this offseason. 'He looks 100% to me,' Aiken said. Aiken added that Flacco didn’t' have any 'limp or lags' and that he was surprised Flacco looked as good as he did. 'I'm just happy to get him back.'

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Great news for the Ravens here. Flacco will be eased into training camp and the preseason as he continues to recover. Fantasy owners should look at Flacco as the mid-range QB2 he's always been for most of his career. Year two of the Marc Trestman offense should have a few more wrinkles for the passing attack.

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15. CIN - WR A.J. Green feeling loose

Source: ESPN.com - Coley Harvey

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green said his mind is at ease entering the 2016 season. 'I don't have to worry about contracts or anything like that,' Green said. 'I just go in there free, [with a] clear head, just go out there, work and have fun.'

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The Bengals need Green to feel his feet in the back of the end zone. The Bengals passing game is going to be missing the likes of free-agent departures in Marvin Jones (Lions) and Mohamed Sanu (Falcons). The team will even be without TE Tyler Eifert for the first part of the year as he recovers from ankle surgery. Green is going to be the centerpiece of the passing game more than ever before.

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16. DAL - Jaylon Smith won't be ready

Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Charean Williams

Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith (knee) is still not expected to be ready for the start of the regular season despite making recent progress. 'Obviously Jaylon Smith will be one who will probably take some time, if not all the year, but we'll see how that goes,' owner Jerry Jones said. Smith is the only Cowboy not expected to be ready for the start of the season.

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We think it's best to shut down Smith for the year and see what he can do in 2017. The devastating knee injury he suffered in Notre Dame's bowl game earlier this year needs a lot of time to heal...and there's no guarantee that he'll ever be the same player again.

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17. DEN - OLB DeMarcus Ware, Talib will be ready

Source: The Denver Post - Cameron Wolfe

Denver Broncos DE DeMarcus Ware (back) and CB Aqib Talib (leg) are both expected to be good to go for training camp later this month.

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Ware didn't practice at all this offseason during minicamp or OTAs due to his bad back. He's going to be a part-time pass-rusher this year for the Broncos with guys like Shane Ray and Shaq Barrett playing a larger role. Talib missed part of mandatory minicamp after he was a gunshot victim. The league is investigating the incident to determine whether or not Talib should be suspended. This was not his first incident with a firearm during his pro career.

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18. DAL - TE Gavin Escobar should be ready

Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Charean Williams

Dallas Cowboys TE Gavin Escobar (Achilles') is expected to be ready for the regular season, according to owner Jerry Jones. Escobar underwent surgery last December to repair a torn Achilles' tendon.

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Achilles' injuries aren't quite as devastating as they used to be. Escobar's dynasty stock is low, and we don't see him turning things around with the Cowboys. Jason Witten is their primary TE, and at this time it seems Escobar is not his heir apparent.

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19. BUF - QB EJ Manuel expected to be backup

Source: WKBW.com - Joe Buscaglia

Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel is expected to hang onto the primary backup job behind QB Tyrod Taylor, as rookie QB Cardale Jones hasn't made enough progress to pose an immediate threat.

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A first-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft...and the only QB taken in the top round that year...Manuel has struggled to impress as a pro. Not only does he get banged up too often, but Manuel also lacks the accuracy and touch of a consistent starter. We love that he's a football junkie, but it doesn't appear like he's a starting-caliber QB in the NFL. He may get another shot to be a starter somewhere else, but in Buffalo he's strictly the backup.

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20. BUF - QB Cardale Jones likely to be No. 3

Source: WKBW.com - Joe Buscaglia

Buffalo Bills QB Cardale Jones is no immediate threat to unseat QB EJ Manuel as the backup for the 2016 season, according to beat writer Joe Buscaglia. Jones showed some inaccuracy and looked uncomfortable during offseason practices.

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Jones has a rocket arm and the athleticism to keep plays alive with his feet while keeping his eyes downfield. However, he has problems with consistency and accuracy. That's why he's a developmental QB for the Bills. The raw tools are there for Jones if he can get up to speed in the NFL as a passer. Not only will he need improved accuracy, but he needs to show the ability to make quicker decisions when facing the hyper-disciplined defenses of the NFL.

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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