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A. Average Draft Position (ADP) Data Updated
It's not enough to know where you'd like to draft a player. To get maximum value from your picks, you must know where the other owners in your league are likely to draft a player. Our Average Draft Position Data is the best tool for that knowledge. This version of ADP is for leagues without PPR.

B. Average Draft Position (ADP) Data For PPR Updated
It's not enough to know where you'd like to draft a player. To get maximum value from your picks, you must know where the other owners in your league are likely to draft a player. Our Average Draft Position Data is the best tool for that knowledge. This version of ADP is for PPR leagues.

C. AFC West Training Camp Previews
Our Sigmund Bloom runs down injuries, position battles, and offensive changes to watch for in the AFC West and gives his view on the direction each team is headed.

D. The Gut Check No.371: Early RB Anchors for Upside Down Drafting
Our Matt Waldman profiles the top early-round anchor RBs for use with his Upside Down Draft Strategy.

E. The Audible - 2016 Preseason Watch List - Carolina Panthers
Our Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom detail the 2016 fantasy prospects for Carolina Panthers players as part of their Preseason Watch List series on The Audible.

F. The Audible - 2016 Preseason Watch List - Atlanta Falcons
Our Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom detail the 2016 fantasy prospects for Atlanta Falcons players as part of their Preseason Watch List series on The Audible.

G. The Audible - 2016 Preseason Watch List - New Orleans Saints
Our Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom detail the 2016 fantasy prospects for New Orleans Saints players as part of their Preseason Watch List series on The Audible.

H. The Audible - 2016 Preseason Watch List - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Our Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom detail the 2016 fantasy prospects for Tampa Bay Buccaneers players as part of their Preseason Watch List series on The Audible.

I. FREE Content for Everyone - Pushing the Pocket - Sterling Shepard Should Shine as a Rookie
Our Cian Fahey evaluates rookie WR Sterling Shepard's stylistic fit with QB Eli Manning and the rest of the Giants offense.

J. Player Spotlight: Matt Jones
Can Matt Jones overcome his disappointing rookie season? Our Jason Wood investigates.

K. Player Spotlight: Amari Cooper
Our Daniel Simpkins takes a detailed look at Amari Cooper's fantasy prospects for 2016.

L. Player Spotlight: Eric Decker
Will Eric Decker be undervalued yet again in 2016? Our Phil Alexander does the research.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. NYJ - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick returning to New York
2. CAR - WR Kelvin Benjamin ready to practice
3. PIT - WR Antonio Brown won't hold out
4. BAL - WR Mike Wallace fails conditioning test
5. CHI - RB Jeremy Langford bulks up
6. NYJ - WR Brandon Marshall sheds weight
7. BAL - QB Joe Flacco will wear knee brace
8. LA - QB Nick Foles released
9. DEN - Denver QBs to receive equal reps
10. KC - RB Jamaal Charles placed on PUP
11. BUF - RB Karlos Williams not a lock to make team
12. GB - RB Eddie Lacy still rather heavy
13. CAR - ILB Luke Kuechly cleared
14. NO - WR Hakeem Nicks signing with Saints
15. DEN - Denver working on WR Emmanuel Sanders deal
16. TB - WR Mike Evans working on injury prevention
17. GB - No timetable for WR Ty Montgomery
18. NO - S Jairus Byrd passes physical
19. DAL - RB Darren McFadden on track for opener
20. NYJ - RB Khiry Robinson to PUP
21. DEN - CB Aqib Talib starting camp on NFI list
22. DAL - Jaylon Smith headed to NFI
23. NO - WR Vincent Brown has calf injury
24. GB - No timetable for TE Jared Cook
25. NYG - Betting against WR Victor Cruz?
26. NYG - JPP can still be productive
27. NYJ - RB Zac Stacy waived

1. NYJ - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick returning to New York

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Jets) agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the New York Jets Wednesday, July 27, worth $12 million. Fitzpatrick can earn an additional $3 million based on the team's performance.

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Finally! The drama between Fitzpatrick and the Jets is finally done...and it's for a price tag that we've been expecting for quite some time. Fitzpatrick saw all the money thrown around to guys like Sam Bradford (Eagles) and Brock Osweiler (Texans) earlier this offseason and wanted a piece of that. He didn't get it..and never was going to get it. Now, he gets $12 million fully guaranteed with a chance to earn another $3 million in incentives. Fantasy owners should consider him a low-end QB2.

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2. CAR - WR Kelvin Benjamin ready to practice

Source: Charlotte Observer - Joseph Person

Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) has been cleared to participate in practice, but head coach Ron Rivera said Benjamin likely will be eased back into practice.

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Benjamin is a low-end WR2 for fantasy owners, but make sure to monitor that ADP as we get closer to draft time. His draft position has been getting a bit higher as of late, so make sure he doesn't get taken too soon in your draft. The Panthers are going to target him early and often, but TE Greg Olsen will get his and second-year WR Devin Funchess could also be more involved.

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3. PIT - WR Antonio Brown won't hold out

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown will report to training camp Thursday, July 28, despite displeasure with his contract. Brown is hopeful his contract situation will be addressed before the start of the season. He has $6.25 million and $8.71 million salaries the next two seasons.

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Brown is arguably the best WR in the game, and he's getting seriously underpaid. His $8.3 million average annual salary ranks 19th in the NFL. Simply put, the Steelers have to change this. However, with two years left on his deal there's no rush to get something done. With a player like Brown, you should make an exception. We'll see if the Steelers do the right thing and properly compensate their superstar WR.

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4. BAL - WR Mike Wallace fails conditioning test

Source: The Baltimore Sun - Jeff Zrebiec

Baltimore Ravens WR Mike Wallace failed his conditioning test Wednesday, July 27. He will be able to take the test again Thursday, July 28.

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Wallace certainly is not the same player he was when he splashed onto the scene with the Steelers. The failure of the conditioning test is a bit of a red flag, but fantasy owners shouldn't be expecting him to light up the box score anyway. We have a feeling the speedy, one-route receiver will pass the test soon enough.

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5. CHI - RB Jeremy Langford bulks up

Source: ESPN - Adam Caplan

Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford has added some weight this offseason to make sure he is ready for a bigger role in the offense in 2016, according to a source. Langford is listed at 211 but currently weighs around 220 pounds.

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That's good news for the Bears. With Matt Forte (Jets) moving on in free agency, the pressure is on Langford to emerge as the lead back. Watch for Kadeem Carey to put up a fight for reps in training camp. Also, fantasy owners need to get familiar with rookie Jordan Howard. He's a true power back who can make his living grinding down a defense between the tackles.

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6. NYJ - WR Brandon Marshall sheds weight

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets WR Brandon Marshall arrived at camp Wednesday, July 27, at 224.8 pounds, which is 10 pounds lighter than he was last season. Six weeks ago, he weighed 244 pounds, and he was instructed to get under 230 pounds.

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Dropping some weight is nothing but a good thing for Marshall. He's a WR1 for fantasy owners because we know (regardless of the QB) that Marshall is going to get peppered with passes. Marshall has a current ADP of WR14 (2.11) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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7. BAL - QB Joe Flacco will wear knee brace

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens OB Joe Flacco (knee) said he will be wearing a brace on his surgically repaired knee during practices and all of the regular season games.

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Flacco is coming back from a major knee injury, so Ravens fans should be happy he's wearing a brace for added protection. He can scramble, but that's not a major part of his game so we don't think the brace will be a problem for Flacco.

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8. LA - QB Nick Foles released

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Los Angeles Rams QB Nick Foles was released Wednesday, July 27.

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Things aren't going your way when you get benched for Case Keenum as Foles experienced last year. When the Rams added QB Jared Goff with the first-overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft, the writing was on the wall that they were done with Foles. Some team should be interested in bringing him on as a backup.

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9. DEN - Denver QBs to receive equal reps

Source: The Denver Post - Nicki Jhabvala

Denver Broncos QBs Mark Sanchez, Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch will receive equal snaps at the start of training camp, according to head coach Gary Kubiak. Kubiak said there is no timetable on selecting a starting quarterback.

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The number of reps are going to be equal, but Kubiak admitted that Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian will split first-team reps. Lynch is the future, but he may need a redshirt year after coming out of a spread system in college at Memphis. He was the best QB in this draft class in terms of making plays under pressure. His completion percentage (67.9), TDs (11) and INTs (1) ranked first for FBS QBs under duress in 2015.

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10. KC - RB Jamaal Charles placed on PUP

Source: The Topeka Capital-Journal - Herbie Teope

Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, July 27.

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Charles is going to get eased into action. This gives more opportunity for talented backups Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West. Reports indicate that Ware will actually be the backup to Charles. However, we've also heard that West is going to play a role in this offense--even with Charles healthy and starting. Stay dialed into this situation as camp/preseason rolls on.

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11. BUF - RB Karlos Williams not a lock to make team

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Rodak

Buffalo Bills RB Karlos Williams isn't considered a lock to make the team, according to beat writer Mike Rodak.

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Things change pretty quickly around here. The Bills have a talented group of RBs behind starter LeSean McCoy. Karlos Williams was supposed to be the primary backup, but he's overweight and suspended four games to start the season. We like rookie Jonathan Williams as a RB who could shine with a larger role. He may be the player that wins the job behind McCoy.

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12. GB - RB Eddie Lacy still rather heavy

Source: USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin - Pete Dougherty

Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy was a bit slimmer on the first day of training camp Tuesday, July 26, then he was for organized team activities (OTAs). He went back to P90X trainer Tony Horton for a second time this offseason, getting down to an estimated 240 pounds according to beat writer Pete Dougherty.

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Getting down to 240 pounds isn't quite enough to categorize him as slim. The 'fat Eddie Lacy' watch is on since training camp has started. It's not just his weight, it's his stamina. If he can play at 240 pounds and be as effective in the fourth quarter as he is the first quarter, his weight is just a number. He's a big back...always has been, and likely always will be.

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13. CAR - ILB Luke Kuechly cleared

Source: Charlotte Observer - Joseph Person

Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly (shoulder) has been cleared to participate in practice, but head coach Ron Rivera said Kuechly likely will be eased back into practice.

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He went under the knife back in February, and the team was always confident that their superstar LB would be ready for the start of camp. Here we are...and Kuechly is ready.

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14. NO - WR Hakeem Nicks signing with Saints

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Free-agent WR Hakeem Nicks (Giants) will sign a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints, according to a source.

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We're a bit surprised with this signing, but the Saints just need some depth at the WR position. Nicks is no longer the player he used to be, and things fell off quickly for the 28-year old. He's not a lock for the 53-man roster, and Nicks is only the team's WR5 at best if he does make the team.

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15. DEN - Denver working on WR Emmanuel Sanders deal

Source: The Denver Post - Nicki Jhabvala

Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders' representatives are still talking with the Broncos about a contract extension. General manager John Elway said he would like to reach an agreement with Sanders but is not sure what will happen.

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Sanders may be seeking a deal that pays him around $10 million annually. He's certainly worth that price tag, but Denver is already paying WR Demaryius Thomas an average of $14 million per year. The offense is going to be run-heavy by nature, so it's a bit of a question mark as to whether or not they should pay their No.2 WR that kind of money. We think they should, but we're not signing the checks.

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16. TB - WR Mike Evans working on injury prevention

Source: The Tampa Tribune - Roy Cummings

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans said Wednesday, July 27, he's doing a lot more preventative maintenance to reduce hamstring issues.

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Evans needs to stay healthy and cut down on the drops this year. He suffered through a sophomore slump in 2015, but we are expecting him to bounce back in 2016. Having a larger red-zone presence would make fantasy owners happy too.

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17. GB - No timetable for WR Ty Montgomery

Source: USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin - Ryan Wood

Green Bay Packers WR Ty Montgomery (ankle) said he does not have a definite timetable for his return to practice but does say that his ankle feels great. Montgomery will have to compete for a roster spot when he is activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list.

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A high-ankle sprain knocked Montgomery's rookie season off track last year. This season, Montgomery is in the mix for the Packers No.3 WR job behind Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. Jeff Janis, Davante Adams and Jared Abbrederis are all vying for the position as well. This injury puts Montgomery behind those others at this time.

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18. NO - S Jairus Byrd passes physical

Source: NewOrleansSaints.com

New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd (knee) was able to pass his physical when he reported for training camp, according to head coach Sean Payton.

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That's a good sign for Byrd..and for the Saints. His time with New Orleans has been marred by this knee problem, and Byrd has appeared in only 17 of a possible 32 contests with the Saints. The 29-year old needs to stay healthy and start producing like he did years ago when he was with the Bills.

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19. DAL - RB Darren McFadden on track for opener

Source: BleacherReport.com - Jason Cole

Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden (elbow) received positive results from his bone scan, and he's on track for the season opener.

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Let's hope he doesn't drop any cell phones between then and now. McFadden will serve as a backup behind rookie Ezekiel Elliott. We could see Elliott get well over 300 carries this year, so there may not be a lot of work for McFadden in 2016.

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20. NYJ - RB Khiry Robinson to PUP

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

New York Jets RB Khiry Robinson (leg) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, July 27.

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He's day-to-day coming back from a broken leg. When healthy, there may be a spot for him on the 53-man roster as a goal-line back.

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21. DEN - CB Aqib Talib starting camp on NFI list

Source: The Denver Post - Cameron Wolfe

Denver Broncos CB Aqib Talib (leg) was placed on the Non-Football Injury list Wednesday, July 27. Head coach Gary Kubiak said Talib should be able to return soon.

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Talib suffered a gunshot wound down the back of his leg earlier this offseason, so starting camp like this should not surprise. Kubiak said the team would ease Talib back in as he continues to recover during camp.

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22. DAL - Jaylon Smith headed to NFI

Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Clarence E. Hill Jr.

Dallas Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith (knee) will be placed on the non-football injury list Wednesday, July 27.

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Zero surprise here. Smith may miss his entire rookie season after suffering a career-threatening knee injury in Notre Dame's bowl game. We hope to see him back and healthy sometime, but don't expect that to happen until 2017.

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23. NO - WR Vincent Brown has calf injury

Source: The New Orleans Times-Picayune - Josh Katzenstein

Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints WR Vincent Brown (calf) was placed on Injured Reserve due to a calf injury.

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Brown's career has been knocked off track by injury. He was a fine route-runner with great hands coming out of San Diego State, but Brown wasn't fast/quick enough to sustain an injury and come back with the speed to excel in the NFL.

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24. GB - No timetable for TE Jared Cook

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Michael Cohen

Green Bay Packers TE Jared Cook (foot) does not have a timetable for a return from foot surgery, although a league source said Tuesday, July 26, that he might be on track to return by the second week of preseason.

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This is the first 'soft' timetable we've heard about for Cook. His status for the start of the regular season is up in the air, but if he can be back for one of their preseason games that should help. Cook is incredibly gifted as an athlete, but he's never been able to produce at a high level in the pros. With the Packers offense, Cook could finally play like he's capable of...if he's healthy.

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25. NYG - Betting against WR Victor Cruz?

Source: New York Daily News - Ralph Vacchiano

New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) continues to make his way back from the serious knee injury he suffered in the 2014 season. While he might make it back through training camp and be healthy enough to play in the regular season, beat writer Ralph Vacchiano doesn't believe Cruz will post more than 50 receptions.

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We all should be fans of Cruz, and millions of football fans can't wait to see him salsa-dancing in the end zone again. However, the major injuries he's coming back from will likely rob him of the ability he once had. We'd like to see him catch more than 50 passes in 2016, but we're not counting on it.

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26. NYG - JPP can still be productive

Source: New York Daily News - Ralph Vacchiano

New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul might not reach the 12.5 sack level he posted in 2014 after back surgery and before his fireworks accident, but beat writer Ralph Vacchiano still believes Pierre-Paul will have a big impact on the team's defense and pass rush, especially with DE Olivier Vernon working on the other side.

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It's not out of the question to think Pierre-Paul may be able to post double-digit sacks this year. He's had plenty of time to get used to playing with his hand, and now he'll primarily play on the left side (after spending most of his career rushing from the right).

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27. NYJ - RB Zac Stacy waived

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

New York Jets RB Zac Stacy (leg) was waived Wednesday, July 27, due to a failed physical. The team could opt to re-sign him in the future.

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Stacy is still recovering from a broken ankle suffered last year. When healthy, the team may bring him back or another team could show interest in the veteran (although don't expect the phone lines to heat up for his services).

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being a part of Footballguys. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J