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Volume 19, #101 -- Tuesday Night, August 1st, 2017

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HI Folks,

Good Wednesday. Buckle up and get comfortable. We've got an avalanche of new Content for you plus the News and Notes you need. Let's get to it.

J

SITE NEWS

A. Evolving Injury News On Jordan Reed and Andrew Luck
The news on Jordan Reed and Andrew Luck has been fast and furious. Our Dr. Jene Bramel with the latest on new developments.

B. FREE FEATURE - Hypothetical - What If David Johnson Is Lost For The Season?
What would happen to the Cardinals' offense should David Johnson be lost for the season? Our Justin Bonnema dives into how this might affect the Cardinals.

C. Hypothetical - What if Melvin Gordon is Lost for the Season?
What would happen to the Chargers offense if Melvin Gordon is lost for the season? Our Chad Parsons dives into how this might affect the Chargers

D. Marry, Flirt, Dump: AFC South
Our Sigmund Bloom runs down who to marry, who to flirt with, and who to dump for each AFC South team in your fantasy drafts.

E. The Gut Check 409: Late And Undrafted
Our Matt Waldman shares his list of late-round rookies and UDFAs who could shock the fantasy football world in 2017.

F. Large Bench Leagues
Our Jeff Pasquino looks at how to plan for a league with a large bench.

G. Short Bench Leagues
Our Jeff Pasquino looks at how to plan for a league with a short bench.

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I. Footballguys Podcast - The Audible - Preseason Watch List - Vikings
Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom discuss every skill position player worth keeping an eye on in fantasy leagues. Topics Include - is QB Sam Bradford improved in 2017, what does the rushing attack look like with rookie RB Dalvin Cook, can TE Kyle Rudolph repeat on his performance from last year, plus more! bumper: Prince - 1999

J. Footballguys Podcast - The Audible - Preseason Watch List - Chicago
Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom discuss every skill position player worth keeping an eye on in fantasy leagues. Topics Include - when does rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky take over, what does RB Jordan Howard do for an encore, how soon before rookie TE Adam Shaheen makes a big impact, plus more! bumper: Blues Brothers - Sweet Home Chicago

K. Footballguys Podcast - The Audible - Preseason Watch List - Lions
Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom discuss every skill position player worth keeping an eye on in fantasy leagues. Topics Include - how much more can QB Matthew Stafford do for fantasy owners, is this the year RB Ameer Abdullah stays healthy, why you should not forget about WR Marvin Jones, plus more! bumper: Snoop Dogg - Sad But True

L. Footballguys Podcast - The Audible - Preseason Watch List - Packers
Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom discuss every skill position player worth keeping an eye on in fantasy leagues. Topics Include - never too early to take QB Aaron Rodgers, how does Ty Montgomery do with a full offseason of work at running back, why TE Martellus Bennett is a big upgrade at the position, plus more! bumper: Packer Polka

M. Average Draft Position Updated
Know where the other owners in your league are likely to draft players with our Average Draft Position Data by our Clayton Gray.

N. PPR Average Draft Position Updated
Know where the other owners in your league are likely to draft players with our Average Draft Position Data by our Clayton Gray. This one is for PPR Scoring.

O. Top 300 Players Updated
The Footballguys Top 300 Players updated as of August 1.

P. PPR Top 300 Players Updated
The Footballguys Top 300 Players updated as of August 1. This one is for PPR scoring.

Q. Draft List Updated
Our David Dodds takes his Top 300 List and factors it against Average Draft Position to get a list more reflective of how we'd draft.

R. PPR Draft List Updated
Our David Dodds takes his Top 300 List and factors it against Average Draft Position to get a list more reflective of how we'd draft. This one is for PPR scoring.

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

T. Player Spotlight: Marshawn Lynch
Our Daniel Simpkins with a detailed look at Marshawn Lynch's fantasy prospects for 2017 and beyond.

U. Player Spotlight: Eddie Lacy
Our Jason Wood with a detailed look at Eddie Lacy's fantasy prospects.

V. Player Spotlight: Martellus Bennett
Our Alessandro Miglio takes a closer look at Martellus Bennett's fantasy prospects.


1. IND - Concern about QB Andrew Luck overblown?

Source: The Herald Bulletin - George Bremer

Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) is expected to come off the Physically Unable to Perform list before the regular season begins, according to The Herald Bulletin's George Bremer. As we reported Tuesday, Jason La Canfora created some buzz mentioning that he'd been hearing Luck might not be ready for the opening of the season.

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Bremer is a Colts Beat Writer and the Sports Editor for the Herald Bulletin in Anderson, Indiana. He reported today, "For those asking, I'm told Chris Ballard's statement from last week stands. Luck expected to come off PUP before reg season begins." We'll continue to keep a close eye on this one for you.

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2. WAS - TE Jordan Reed visiting specialist

Source: Redskins.com

Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (toe) is seeing a specialist about his toe injury, according to head coach Jay Gruden. There is no timetable yet for his return.

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Keep an eye on this toe injury, and this latest story is not great news for Reed. He's known to get banged up quite a bit but when healthy Reed is a top-5 fantasy tight end. Reed might be considered week-to-week because of his injury and we doubt we see him much in the preseason.

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3. BAL - TE Crockett Gillmore's season likely over

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com

Updating previous reports, Baltimore Ravens TE Crockett Gillmore (knee) is likely out for the season after surgery to repair his medial collateral ligament. The recovery time is expected to be five months.

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Gillmore has talent but injuries have set him back during his pro career. With Gillmore likely out for the year and Dennis Pitta already gone, it opens up the door for Ben Watson to get more looks in 2017.

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4. BAL - QB Joe Flacco's health improving

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Mike Florio

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco (back) is feeling better in regards to his ailing back, according to a source. It remains unclear when Flacco will return to action.

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It's unclear when he'll return, but most reports indicate Flacco will be prepped to play in the third preseason game. Their moves at quarterback (adding/subtracting camp arms) can be translated as they don't think this back problem will persist into the regular season.

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5. CAR - WR Kelvin Benjamin checks in at 243 pounds

Source: The Charlotte Observer - Joseph Person

Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin reported to training camp at 243 pounds - according to head coach Ron Rivera - after reportedly weighing 'about 270' in April, per Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer.

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Earlier this offseason, some reports had Benjamin weighing in near 280 pounds. This is an improvement, and we're sure Benjamin will continue to work on his conditioning. The Panthers are going to have a new-look passing attack with rookie RB Christian McCaffrey and rookie WR Curtis Samuel. Benjamin can still be a factor for QB Cam Newton (especially in the red zone), but we like him more as a low-end WR2 for fantasy owners in 2017.

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6. LAR - RB Malcolm Brown may be No. 2 running back

Source: ESPN.com - Alden Gonzalez

Los Angeles Rams RB Malcolm Brown has a chance to be the No. 2 running back for the Rams this season because head coach Sean McVay said that Brown has done a good job establishing himself in that role.

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Brown is a powerful and compact runner that has good burst with the ball in his hands. We could see him winning the primary backup job behind Todd Gurley in 2017. McVay has been pleasantly surprised with how Brown has performed so far during training camp.

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7. BAL - QB Joe Flacco expected back soon

Source: ESPN - Dianna Marie Russini

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco (back) is likely due back 'soon' and will 'definitely' return at some point during the preseason, according to head coach John Harbaugh.

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There don't seem to be worries about Flacco long-term, and that's why the Ravens haven't rushed out to get a potential starting quarterback. Instead, they'll wait for Flacco to return and lead the way in 2017. Expect the team to monitor his back problem closely the rest of camp and the preseason.

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8. DEN - RB Jamaal Charles to be more involved

Source: ESPN.com - Jeff Legwold

Denver Broncos RB Jamaal Charles (knee) will receive more work during practice Wednesday, Aug. 2, according to head coach Vance Joseph.

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Charles has been limited to individual work since camp began but is expected to participate in seven-on-seven drills this week and may participate in team drills next week. If healthy, Charles will compete to be a change-of-pace back behind C.J. Anderson. Charles thinks he can still be 'the man' but he hasn't been the same in two seasons trying to work through knee problems.

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9. NYJ - WR Robby Anderson back at practice

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets WR Robby Anderson (hamstring) returned to practice Tuesday, Aug. 1, after suffering a hamstring injury Monday, July 31.

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Anderson is no lock for the no2 wide receiver job behind Quincy Enunwa. He's facing competition from rookie ArDarius Stewart and Charone Peake.

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10. NYJ - RB Matt Forte considered day-to-day

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

Updating a previous report, New York Jets RB Matt Forte (hamstring) is day-to-day with a hamstring injury, according to head coach Todd Bowles.

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Forte is a seasoned veteran who doesn't need every rep in camp. The Jets will take it easy with their 31-year-old running back, especially since camp has just begun.

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11. SEA - WR Tyler Lockett could return soon

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett (leg) could be removed from the Physically Unable to Perform list in a few days, according to head coach Pete Carroll. He participated in two workouts Tuesday, Aug. 1.

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The PUP list in camp is not really a big deal as a player can come off at any time. If healthy, Lockett is a boom/bust big play receiver because of his run-after-the-catch ability. He's going off the board at WR63 (14.01) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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12. HOU - QB Deshaun Watson continues to impress

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans rookie QB Deshaun Watson is 'ahead of any rookie quarterback I've ever been around,' according to head coach Bill O'Brien.

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Watson is competing with Tom Savage for the starting job in Houston. While Savage has the experience, Watson is the first-round pick that plays big in the most stressful moments of a game. The Texans will run the ball and play great defense, which limits how much they have to lean on the quarterback...no matter who it is.

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13. CAR - QB Cam Newton dealing with sore shoulder

Source: Panthers.com - Max Henson

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) sat out practice Tuesday, August 1, after reporting soreness in his surgically repaired right shoulder.

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No need to rush things here with Newton. They'll limit him in camp if they need to, and we can't imagine Newton getting a ton of reps in preseason games.

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14. BAL - WR Breshad Perriman idle Tuesday

Source: The Baltimore Sun - Jeff Zrebiec

Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman (hamstring) is out of practice Tuesday, Aug. 1, with hamstring tightness. It's not believed to be serious.

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Perriman is a speed merchant, so the team needs to be cautious with a hamstring injury. If healthy, Perriman can take the top off the field while guys like Jeremy Maclin work the underneath routes.

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15. PHI - WR Torrey Smith sits out

Source: The Delaware County Times - Martin Frank

Philadelphia Eagles WR Torrey Smith (back) is out of practice Tuesday, Aug. 1, due to back spasms.

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The Eagles are just being cautious with the veteran. When the spasms have cleared, Smith should be back in action.

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16. PHI - WR Alshon Jeffery takes a seat

Source: The Delaware County Times - Martin Frank

Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) is out of practice Tuesday, Aug. 1, with a shoulder injury.

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This doesn't sound like a major injury but a day of precaution for the Eagles. Jeffery signed a one-year 'prove it' deal with the Eagles this offseason and is set to become a favorite target for QB Carson Wentz in 2017.

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17. BUF - RB LeSean McCoy out of practice

Source: BuffaloBills.com

Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (illness) will miss practice Tuesday, Aug. 1, due to illness.

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No big deal here. McCoy is going to be the centerpiece of the offense under new OC Rick Dennison. In the zone-blocking system McCoy could thrive as he's adept at the three key principles for that style: Bend, Bang, and Bounce. McCoy will also benefit from a rushing threat like Tyrod Taylor handing him the ball and drawing away back-side defenders on the fake.

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18. LAR - RB Lance Dunbar out indefinitely

Source: ESPN.com - Alden Gonzalez

Los Angeles Rams RB Lance Dunbar (knee) will be out indefinitely because of a knee injury.

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Bad news for the would-be change-of-pace back for the Rams. His injury could lead to a larger role for Todd Gurley in the passing game in 2017.

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19. DET - TE Eric Ebron sits again

Source: The Detroit News - Justin Rogers

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) did not participate in practice Monday, July 31.

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Ebron is going to get the rest he needs. His numbers have increased each year he's been in the league, and he should be able to continue that trend in 2017. Scoring more than one touchdown would be nice, but don't get too crazy projecting TD catches for the young tight end. Even without WR Anquan Boldin, the Lions still have plenty of pass-catching options when they get to the red zone.

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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