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A. Footballguys DFS Tools Series: Data Dominator
Our Phil Alexander dives into how the Footballguys Data Dominator can help you find the most relevant daily fantasy football statistics quickly and easily.

B. Player Spotlight: Ezekiel Elliott
Our Jason Wood with a detailed look at Ezekiel Elliott's fantasy prospects for 2016.

C. Footballguys Staff Mock Draft 4, FPC, 12 team PPR TE 1.5, Dual Flex
The Footballguys staff got together for their fourth mock draft of 2016. A 12 team, PPR, MFL10 format. Justin Howe provides an in-depth evaluation summary and each team answers questions about their team/strategy.

D. Inside Slant: Awards Predictions
Our Dave Larkin handicaps the MVP race and more end-of-season awards.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. CLE - WR Josh Gordon being reinstated
2. HOU - DE J.J. Watt and others placed on PUP list
3. PIT - Le'Veon Bell: 'I won't miss games'
4. BUF - WR Sammy Watkins running full speed
5. DAL - RB Ezekiel Elliott on tap for 375 carries?
6. CLE - RB Isaiah Crowell to dominate carries?
7. NFL - CB Antonio Cromartie may not play again
8. WAS - OLB Junior Galette out for season
9. NYG - TE Will Tye the favorite?
10. OAK - OLB Aldon Smith being investigated
11. NYJ - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick receives offers
12. NYG - RB Andre Williams on the hot seat
13. OAK - Relaxed attitude helping WR Amari Cooper
14. OAK - WR Amari Cooper earning QB Derek Carr's trust
15. SD - RB Danny Woodhead back at full health
16. NYJ - CB Darrelle Revis hasn't tested wrist
17. GB - QB Aaron Rodgers in great shape
18. JAX - RB Denard Robinson in the clear?
19. NE - Three notable Pats put on PUP list
20. CAR - WR Cobi Hamilton waived by Carolina
21. CIN - Big year for RB Jeremy Hill?
22. WAS - WR Jamison Crowder to stay on the field
23. WAS - RB Keith Marshall no threat to RB Matt Jones
24. WAS - Limited playing time for WR Josh Doctson?
25. NYG - ILB Jasper Brinkley to start in middle?
26. NYJ - Todd Bowles won't be involved in offense
27. NYG - QB Ryan Nassib unlikely to be dealt

1. CLE - WR Josh Gordon being reinstated

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon is being reinstated by the NFL conditionally, according to a source. He will be suspended for the first four games of the season.

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A huge win for the Browns here. The team has already stated they would welcome Gordon back with open arms. New head coach Hue Jackson is giving everyone a clean slate, and Gordon will certainly help the entire offense. He's one of the most naturally talented players at his position, but staying out of trouble and off the suspended list has been difficult during his pro career. The Browns QB situation isn't great, but Gordon should perform like a WR3 with WR1 upside for fantasy owners when he returns. He's going off the board at WR53 (11.06) right now in 12-team PPR leagues, but that should rise with this news.

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2. HOU - DE J.J. Watt and others placed on PUP list

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt (back), OT Duane Brown (quadriceps), OT Jeff Adams (knee), S Lonnie Ballentine (knee) and CB Cleveland Wallace (undisclosed) were placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, July 25.

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Watt is the player to highlight here. His status for the start of the regular season is up in the air due to his recent back surgery. Recent reports indicate that Watt could miss the first month of the season.

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3. PIT - Le'Veon Bell: 'I won't miss games'

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell, who is appealing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's drug policy, said 'I'm not going to miss games, trust me.' 'I'm gonna win the appeal...ppl have no idea what happened, but don't worry...let em hate,' Bell wrote directly to a fan. 'When I end up missin no games at all, ppl for sure gonna try to love me again and I'm only ridin with my LOYAL fans!!'

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Let's just say we're not as optimistic as Bell in this instance. Bell is supremely talented as a runner and receiver out of the backfield. However, injuries and suspensions have kept him from consistently playing up to his potential. If suspended four games, Bell is still worth taking somewhere around a third- or fourth-round pick in your fantasy drafts. DeAngelo Williams proved last year that he could be an effective starter and a star fantasy RB as the Steelers lead back.

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4. BUF - WR Sammy Watkins running full speed

Source: BuffaloBills.com - Chris Brown

Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) said he is sprinting at 100%, and he's doing cuts, but certain things aren't at full speed. Watkins said that he's not mentally comfortable making speed cuts to the left off of his surgically repaired foot, but he expects that to be the final hurdle in his rehab. Watkins isn't sure exactly what he'll be allowed to do after he reports to camp, but he's anticipating a limited workload.

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Watkins is correct to assume he'll have a limited workload. He's the centerpiece of the passing game, and the team doesn't need to risk further injury with a ton of work in camp or preseason. The Bills will have one of the most run-heavy offenses in the league, but when they go through the air it will be as much Watkins as possible. We're projecting him as a mid-range WR2 for fantasy owners in 2016.

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5. DAL - RB Ezekiel Elliott on tap for 375 carries?

Source: SI.com - Peter King

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott should be prepared to carry the ball around 375 times, according to SI.com's Peter King.

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That would smash what Adrian Peterson (327) received last year as the only RB in the league with over 300 carries. Elliott has the ability to lead the league in rushing right out of the gate as a rookie. He's incredibly talented and running behind the league's best offensive line. The Cowboys would like Elliott to carry the offense so they can use the ground game to keep Tony Romo fresh for what they hope is a playoff run.

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6. CLE - RB Isaiah Crowell to dominate carries?

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell could reach 1,000 rushing yards this year, according to beat writer Mary Kay Cabot, and Cabot believes Crowell is going to receive a 'bulk' of the carries this season.

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We'd agree with that assessment. Crowell is built for the larger role on the ground as he's a larger back than Duke Johnson Jr. Now, there will be a split of touches and we think Johnson is going to be the best receiving option out of the backfield. Fantasy owners should consider Crowell a RB4 in PPR leagues, while Johnson should be considered a low-end RB2 in similar leagues.

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7. NFL - CB Antonio Cromartie may not play again

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent CB Antonio Cromartie may not play in the NFL again due to lingering concerns with his hip.

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At this time, Cromartie is insisting that his hip is not a problem and that he has no plans to retire. We'll see if the 32-year old can latch on with a team before the season starts. Perhaps injuries in training camp will get teams interested in the veteran.

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8. WAS - OLB Junior Galette out for season

Source: NFL Network - Rand Getlin

Washington Redskins LB Junior Galette (Achilles') has torn his Achilles' tendon and is out for the season.

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Galette has been with Washington for two seasons, and each one of them has ended with no games played due to an Achilles' injury. This year, reports indicate it is the right Achilles' that is injured whereas last year it was his left Achilles' that was hurt. Washington's pass rush is negatively impacted with this injury.

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9. NYG - TE Will Tye the favorite?

Source: NJ.com - Dan Duggan

New York Giants TE Will Tye is the favorite to start at tight end over TE Larry Donnell, in the opinion of NJ.com's Dan Duggan. TE Matt LaCosse is also expected to compete for the starting job.

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Earlier this year, reports said Tye 'caught everything' that came in his direction and 'showed remarkable consistency for a second-year player' during organized training activities and minicamps. Tye could be a sneaky TE1 this year if he wins the starting job over Larry Donnell.

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10. OAK - OLB Aldon Smith being investigated

Source: ESPN.com

Oakland Raiders LB Aldon Smith will be investigated by the NFL to see if he violated the protocols required of a suspended player seeking reinstatement to the league after his violation of the substance-abuse policy, according to a league source. An online video circulated that shows an unidentified man and woman talking about a hand-rolled cigarette.

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Smith is currently serving a year-long suspension and will be eligible to apply for reinstatement in September.

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11. NYJ - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick receives offers

Source: New York Daily News - Manish Mehta

Free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Jets) has received multiple offers from the New York Jets. The Jets have offered a three-year, $24 million deal with $15 million guaranteed and at least one other offer.

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Finally! With training camp drawing near, the two sides should be able to come to an agreement. Fitzpatrick can step in and compete for the starting job even though he's missed the entire offseason with the team. Geno Smith would be his primary competition as rookie Christian Hackenberg is seen as the team's QB of the future.

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12. NYG - RB Andre Williams on the hot seat

Source: SNY - John Fennelly

New York Giants RB Andre Williams likely needs a stellar training camp to avoid being cut, in the opinion of SNY's John Fennelly.

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Williams is far from a sure thing to make the 53-man roster. He's a big back who is not as powerful as a player his size should be. Williams doesn't literally have frying pans for hands, but he's not what you would call a great receiver either. The Giants RB situation is messy, but they have some talent assembled with starter Rashad Jennings and backup Shane Vereen. We like rookie Paul Perkins too. Williams may be on the outside looking in without a standout camp.

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13. OAK - Relaxed attitude helping WR Amari Cooper

Source: San Francisco Chronicle - Vic Tafur

Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper has appeared more relaxed this season, and retired WR Jerry Rice said Cooper's attitude will help him avoid the drops that hurt him at times as a rookie.

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Cooper's drop-per-target rate of 7.9 percent ranked 3rd-worst in the league last season. Only Chris Hogan (8.5 percent) and Brandon LaFell (8.5 percent) were worse in 2015. Cooper is incredibly talented, but he does need to improve his concentration and drop fewer passes this year in order to play up to his enormous potential.

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14. OAK - WR Amari Cooper earning QB Derek Carr's trust

Source: San Francisco Chronicle - Vic Tafur

Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper said he has a better idea of where QB Derek Carr wants to go with the football this season, and Carr said he is able to throw the ball to Cooper earlier because he knows where Cooper will be.

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Message! We're already excited by the Raiders offense...primarily because of their passing game. Reading these type of reports only get us more hyped for the upcoming season. Carr is one of the best young QBs in the game today, and he should perform like a low-end QB1 for fantasy owners this year. Cooper has always reminded us of a young Marvin Harrison (Colts) because of his quickness and elite route-running ability. He's a low-end WR1 with the upside to be a top-5 fantasy WR this season.

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15. SD - RB Danny Woodhead back at full health

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune - Michael Gehlken

San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (ankle) said he's as healthy as he's been in a long time after suffering a scary ankle injury this offseason. The versatile running back added that he feels great heading into the 2016 season.

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The Chargers want Melvin Gordon to be the featured back, but it could be Woodhead who emerges as the best fantasy option. Fantasy owners currently feel that way. Woodhead has a current ADP of RB20 (5.02) while Gordon is coming off the board at RB33 (7.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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16. NYJ - CB Darrelle Revis hasn't tested wrist

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets CB Darrelle Revis (wrist) has yet to test his surgically repaired wrist in contact drills this offseason. His health is one of the key storylines to track once the Jets' training camp begins.

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We shouldn't see much of Revis at the start of training camp. However, all reports this offseason indicate that the veteran CB is going to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season.

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17. GB - QB Aaron Rodgers in great shape

Source: ESPN.com - Rob Demovsky

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is in the best shape of his football career, according to head coach Mike McCarthy. Rodgers stopped eating dairy this offseason as part of a more stringent diet.

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It's ironic to think of a player in Wisconsin avoiding dairy, but to each his own. Rodgers in great shape certainly helps, but getting WR Jordy Nelson back and healthy is an even greater boost to the team's passing game.

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18. JAX - RB Denard Robinson in the clear?

Source: ESPN.com - Mike DiRocco

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Denard Robinson didn't do anything wrong during his one-car crash into a retention pond earlier this month, according to general manager David Caldwell. Robinson is expected to address the media for the first time since the incident Thursday, July 28, at which time the team will have their first training camp practice.

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It was a bizarre story, but it sounds like Robinson just fell asleep behind the wheel. Fantasy owners are not going to be counting on Robinson in 2016. The Jaguars added Chris Ivory in free agency, and he'll be used with T.J. Yeldon to soften up opposing defenses.

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19. NE - Three notable Pats put on PUP list

Source: NFL.com - Marc Sessler

New England Patriots WRs Danny Amendola (ankle, knee) and Julian Edelman (foot) and RB Dion Lewis (knee) were all placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, July 25.

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The PUP list to start camp is not a big deal. Any of these guys (on this team or any other team) can just activate players when they're ready.

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20. CAR - WR Cobi Hamilton waived by Carolina

Source: NFL

Carolina Panthers WR Cobi Hamilton was put on no-recall waivers Monday, July 25.

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Hamilton was waived to make room for former college basketball player (and Australian Rules Football player) Eric Wallace. He was a fine college receiver at Arkansas, but Hamilton has bounced around the league and failed to find a home as a pro.

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21. CIN - Big year for RB Jeremy Hill?

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Paul Dehner Jr.

Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill is expected to have a 'huge year,' according to Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer.

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Huge is a relative term. Could he put up career-best numbers? Sure...but we're not counting on it. Hill suffered through a sophomore slump in 2015, and he finished the year with 330 fewer rushing yards than he did as a rookie in 2014. He had zero 100-yard games, and now he's supposed to be 'huge' in 2016? That's not logical, especially when you consider all the offensive changes on the Bengals. Hill's going to split touches with Gio Bernard, and we see him more as a RB3 or flex play.

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22. WAS - WR Jamison Crowder to stay on the field

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins WR Jamison Crowder will be kept on the field in three wide receiver sets, according to ESPN.com's John Keim.

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Crowder does a good job of getting open on underneath routes. He's going to have to compete with rookie first-round pick Josh Doctson to stay on the field as the team's third WR. Doctson is one of the most versatile WRs in this draft class, and he could easily line up as a slot receiver. We'll see how this competition shakes out in training camp.

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23. WAS - RB Keith Marshall no threat to RB Matt Jones

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins rookie RB Keith Marshall is unlikely to be a threat to RB Matt Jones' workload, according to ESPN.com's John Keim.

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We like Marshall in dynasty leagues, but we also realize that he needs to stay healthy and prove that he can play special teams in order to make the 53-man roster this year. Marshall was a great high school back, but a devastating knee injury in college at Georgia knocked his career off track.

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24. WAS - Limited playing time for WR Josh Doctson?

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson will back up WRs DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon on the outside in his rookie season, according to ESPN.com's John Keim. Keim also said Doctson is not expected to see much work in three-wide-receiver sets.

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We'll have to see how this shakes out. Doctson has the versatility to line up anywhere across the field--including the slot. At this time, second-year pro Jamison Crowder is penciled in to be the guy coming onto the field in three-WR sets. We'll see if Doctson can push for that job in camp.

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25. NYG - ILB Jasper Brinkley to start in middle?

Source: NJ.com - Dan Duggan

New York Giants LB Jasper Brinkley has the edge over LB Keenan Robinson for the starting middle linebacker position, in the opinion of NJ.com's Dan Duggan.

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Brinkley can play like a heat-seeking missile on the field. He'll scrape and flow to the play quickly, and upon arrival he strikes with a ton of violence.

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26. NYJ - Todd Bowles won't be involved in offense

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles will not be heavily involved in the offense despite uncertainty at the quarterback position. 'I know what's going on and I trust Chan completely. I know the plays we run and I know what everybody is supposed to do, right or wrong. I understand busted assignments and things like that. I'm up to speed because I've been in the offense a year as well.'

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Gailey is one of the most experienced coaches in the game, so trusting him makes a lot of sense. We know the team is going to have a creative offense, we just don't know who the QB will be at this time. With camp looming, it sounds like the Fitzpatrick talks are heating up. Stay tuned.

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27. NYG - QB Ryan Nassib unlikely to be dealt

Source: SNY - John Fennelly

New York Giants QB Ryan Nassib isn't likely to be traded as the window to do so has likely closed. The Giants may let him test the free-agent waters next offseason and attempt to re-sign him if he isn't offered a starting job.

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Nassib could one day get a chance to be a starter, but it is unlikely to be with the Giants. He'll once again play as the backup behind Eli Manning. Nassib is a bit of an unknown, but he's an interesting name to keep track of in dynasty leagues. He should move on in free agency next year to get a shot to start with another team.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for being part of Footballguys and thanks for sharing some of your season with us. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J