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Volume 19, #109 -- Wednesday Night, August 9th, 2017

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Hi Folks,

It's a Red Letter day today at Footballguys as the first edition of the Training Camp Updates are ready. They're everything you need to know to remain the most informed owner in your league. And again, this year, I'm doing the "Cliff Notes" versions too. But even beyond Training Camp Updates, we've got a ton of new Content for you plus the News and Notes you need.

Let's get to it.

J

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A. FREE FEATURE - Training Camp Update #1
If you want to know what's happening at every Training Camp every week, the Footballguys Training Camp Reports are your ticket. They're 40 something pages of everything you need to know about every player. And we do them for four weeks running starting today. Knock Yourself Out.

B. FREE FEATURE - Week 1 Training Camp Cliff Notes
Mark Twain once reportedly said, "Apologies for the length of this letter. I didn't have time to write a shorter one". Sometimes, condensing something down can be valuable. I do that here with the Cliff Notes version of the Training Camp Reports.

C. FREE FEATURE - High Stakes Contest Profile: The FFPC
Our Jeff Pasquino with a look at the FFPC, one of the premier High Stakes Fantasy Football contests.

D. FREE FEATURE - The FPC and the Tight End PPR Bonus Rule
Our Jeff Pasquino with Footballguys Players Championship Analysis - In this one, he looks at the TE PPR Bonus Scoring Rule.

E. Hypothetical - What if Aaron Rodgers were lost for the season?
Our Matt Williamson asks the question: "What if Aaron Rodgers were to fall to injury?"

F. Hypothetical - What if Le'Veon Bell were lost for the season?
Our Matt Williamson asks the question: "What if Le'Veon Bell were to fall to injury?"

G. Hypothetical - What if Julio Jones were lost for the season?
Our Matt Williamson asks the question: "What if Julio Jones were to fall to injury?"

H. The FPC and the Action Scoring Rule
Our Jeff Pasquino with Footballguys Players Championship Analysis - In this one, he looks at the Action Scoring Rule.

I. The FPC and the Dual Flex Rule
Our Jeff Pasquino with Footballguys Players Championship Analysis - In this one, he looks at the Dual Flex Rule.

J. The FPC and the Waiver Wire
Our Jeff Pasquino with Footballguys Players Championship Analysis - In this one, he looks at the Waiver Wire.

K. Footballguys Staff Mock Draft 8, 12 Team FPC Best Ball 28 Rounds
On August 2nd the Footballguys staff got together for their 8th mock draft of 2017. A 12 team FPC Scoring, Best Ball draft with 28 rounds. Each participant answers questions about their selections and strategies, plus our Dan Hindery provides an in-depth unbiased summary of each team's draft.


1. PIT - WR Martavis Bryant reinstated

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant is now permitted to participate in all football activities, according to general manager Kevin Colbert.

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Colbert also wrote "He will continue to be evaluated as to his readiness to participate in regular-season activities under the terms of his conditional reinstatement." So the league hasn't given the go-ahead for Bryant to play in the regular season yet. One hopes that if he can play in the preseason, he will get cleared for the regular season if he doesn't slip up. There is still risk to taking him in the fifth round, but he has the upside to perform at a 2nd/3rd level. This is a step forward, but we're not to the end yet.

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2. SEA - RB Thomas Rawls the No. 1 running back?

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls appears to be the clear No. 1 running back right now ahead of RB Eddie Lacy, according to Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times. Lacy worked exclusively with the second-team offense in practice Wednesday, Aug. 9.

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This is not reflected in current ADP, and would be a surprise after the Seahawks signed Lacy in the offseason. Perhaps it has to do with Lacy's recovery from ankle surgery, but that shouldn't be affecting him that much at this point since it happened in 2016. Rawls runs hotter than Lacy, and he might well hold onto this lead, with CJ Prosise also getting a lot of touches. Right now, Lacy should be avoided, Rawls looks like a value, and Prosise is a role player.

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3. OAK - WR Amari Cooper remains sidelined

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal - Michael Gehlken

Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper (leg) is still hampered by a nagging left leg injury. He has missed six of the Raiders' last seven practices.

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For now, we should assume that this is a minor issue, but if it keeps Cooper out through the third preseason game, it will be a reason to move him down on your draft board.

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4. NE - WR Brandin Cooks putting on a clinic

Source: Boston Herald - Jeff Howe

New England Patriots WR Brandin Cooks has been impressive throughout the offseason, and he has put on 'a clinic' against the Jacksonville Jaguars during two days of joint practices at Gillette Stadium.

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Cooks has a high enough weekly ceiling to justify his third round price tag, and if the Patriots use him more frequently on shorter passes, he might have volume to eliminate his low floor weeks.

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5. IND - QB Andrew Luck unlikely to open on PUP

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Updating an ongoing story, Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) is unlikely to open the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to general manager Chris Ballard. His Week 1 availability is still to be determined. Luck has progressed in his throwing program the last two weeks rebuilding his motion and strength.

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The worry about Luck's shoulder is warranted and he probably should be dropping outside of the top 6-8 quarterbacks. That being said, he can still be elite by midseason, but you'll have to draft a second quarterback will a good matchup or three to open the season. TY Hilton and Donte Moncrief aren't helped by this either.

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6. TEN - WR Corey Davis still nursing hamstring injury

Source: ESPN.com - Cameron Wolfe

Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis (hamstring) believes his hamstring is healing and remains focused on being ready for the regular-season opener, but he is still week-to-week for now.

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Davis probably won't play in the preseason. At this point, the team will be trying to get him healthy for the season opener against the Raiders. He was an instant starter after missing a lot of the spring, so they shouldn't be reluctant to give him a big role right away. The drop in ADP coming could make Davis a great value in drafts. He was dominant in practices before his injury.

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7. CLE - Quarterback job QB Brock Osweiler's to lose?

Source: ESPN.com - Pat McManamon

Cleveland Browns QB Brock Osweiler will not only start the team's preseason opener against the New Orleans Saints on Thursday, Aug. 10, but ESPN's Pat McManamon believes there is 'probably a 75-percent chance' Osweiler keeps the job if he leads the offense 'sufficiently' in that contest.

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This is probably about the lack of upside Cody Kessler offers and the team not wanting to rush DeShone Kizer more than Osweiler blowing them away. The team could also be trying to build a trade market for him. Either way, Osweiler doesn't help the outlook of any Browns offensive player.

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8. PHI - RB Wendell Smallwood solidifying roster spot

Source: PhillyVoice.com - Jimmy Kempski

Philadelphia Eagles RB Wendell Smallwood has run like 'a man possessed' in padded practices and 'really showed he belongs on the roster,' according to Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski.

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Smallwood needs to be motivated to hang on the roster with rookie Donnel Pumphrey already impressing. He is only a deep waiver wire watch list player right now.

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9. NYJ - TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins standing out

Source: NJ Advance Media - Connor Hughes

New York Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins could be the team's No. 1 option in the passing game if he carry his strong play in training camp over to the regular season, according to NJ Advance Media's Connor Hughes.

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With the two game suspension, it's still not worth drafting Seferian-Jenkins in a typical league, but he'll be a good waiver wire pickup early if you aren't happy with your tight end.

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10. ATL - RB Devonta Freeman lands extension

Source: NFL Network - Michael Silver

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman agreed to a five-year, $41.25 million contract Wednesday, Aug. 9, which makes him the highest-paid running back in the league.

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Freeman won't be the highest paid back once Le'Veon Bell signs a long-term deal, but that could take years with the franchise tag rules and Bell's injury and suspension history. Freeman deserved every penny, but the presence of Tevin Coleman will keep him from joining the elite RB1 tier.

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11. NE - RB Dion Lewis, RB James White listed on first-team

Source: Patriots.com

New England Patriots RBs Dion Lewis and James White are ahead of Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee on the team's unofficial depth chart.

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Lewis was considered possibly in danger of losing his roster spot, but his explosiveness is reportedly back and he'll have a role in this backfield.

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12. DEN - AJ McCarron not a Broncos target

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Cincinnati Bengals QB AJ McCarron is not a trade target of the Denver Broncos, according to sources.

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That the Broncos have to answer these questions shows that their quarterback situation isn't settled. The answer is unlikely to come from outside of the roster, but the long-term answer might not be on the roster unless it is Mr. Irrelevant Chad Kelly, who won't be able to contribute until next year.

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13. IND - WR Donte Moncrief returns

Source: The Indianapolis Star - Zak Keefer

Indianapolis Colts WR Donte Moncrief (shoulder) returned to practice Wednesday, Aug. 9.

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This shoulder injury was minor and as long as Moncrief doesn't miss time in camp or preseason again, we shouldn't count it against him. However, if it recurs this summer or during the season, it could be a sign that it will limit him for most or all of the season.

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14. LAC - WR Keenan Allen back at practice

Source: ESPN.com - Eric D. Williams

Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen (calf) participated in practice Tuesday, Aug. 8.

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The calf issue was worrisome since Allen is coming back from ACL surgery, but this quick return indicates that it was really very minor and nothing that should change his outlook, assuming it doesn't recur.

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15. SF - TE George Kittle sits out Wednesday

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (hamstring) was held out of practice Wednesday, Aug. 9, because of a tight hamstring. He is not expected to play in the preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs Friday, Aug. 11.

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Kittle was gaining a lot of momentum and possibly even earning a big role in the offense. That has slowed down with this injury, but his dynasty outlook is still bright for a fifth-round pick. Vance McDonald has the door open to lead the team's tight ends in targets if Kittle's hamstring injury lingers.

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16. SF - Josh Garnett to have surgery

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers OG Josh Garnett (knee) is scheduled to undergo knee surgery Thursday, Aug. 10. Head coach Kyle Shanahan said the team hopes Garnett will be available for Week 1.

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Garnett is a better run blocker than pass blocker and the 49ers will need him against the stout Panthers front Week 1. If he's not able to go, that could hurt the Week 1 outlook of Carlos Hyde.

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17. NYJ - RB Bilal Powell, RB Matt Forte unlikely to play

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets RB Bilal Powell (neck) and RB Matt Forte (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 9, and are not expected to play in the preseason game against the Tennessee Titans Saturday, Aug. 12.

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Rookie Elijah McGuire will get a ton of work and chance to show what he has for the future, as Forte and Powell are at or past their peak and don't fit in the long term plans of a rebuilding team.

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18. PIT - Coach talking with Le'Veon Bell

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said he has been in contact with RB Le'Veon Bell during his holdout but does not have an update on when Bell will report. Bell is working out in South Florida and may report to the team in late August.

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As long as Bell is in uniform for the season opener against the Browns, you shouldn't get worried about this. It is a potential reason to separate him and David Johnson for the #1 overall draft spot.

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19. PIT - Joshua Dobbs to start Friday

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Joshua Dobbs will be the starting quarterback in the preseason game against the New York Giants Friday, Aug. 11.

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Dobbs could be the Steelers starter as early as next year if Ben Roethlisberger retires. We'll be watching his preseason performances very closely.

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20. TB - RB Jeremy McNichols needs to study

Source: Tampa Bay Times - Greg Auman

Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie RB Jeremy McNichols needs to 'get in his playbook,' according to head coach Dirk Koetter and running backs coach Tim Spencer.

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McNichols is a playmaking receiving back, and with Doug Martin suspended for the first three games, he should make the team, but this is not the buzz you wanted to hear this early.

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21. PHI - WR Jordan Matthews on the block?

Source: PhillyVoice.com - Jimmy Kempski

Philadelphia Eagles WR Jordan Matthews remains a candidate to be traded, in part due to the team's unexpected depth at receiver, according to Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski.

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Matthews certainly won't have the same weekly and season-long ceiling he has had in the past with the quality of receivers around him. If the Eagles know they won't re-sign him, a trade isn't a bad idea.

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22. TB - CB Brent Grimes injured

Source: PewterReport.com

Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Brent Grimes (leg) went down in practice Wednesday, Aug. 9, with a lower-body injury. He walked gingerly to a cart and was driven off the field.

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It sounds like the injury was a laceration which is far from a worst-case scenario. Still he is a key performer on this rising defense and we will be watching this for updates to see if it will be a long-term problem.

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23. LAC - WR Mike Williams resumes running

Source: ESPN.com - Eric D. Williams

Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) has resumed running on grass, according to head coach Anthony Lynn. The team still hopes Williams can return during the preseason.

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Williams still needs at least a few weeks before he's in game shape, and will likely be brought along slowly. There is also no guaranteed that this back issue won't be a problem again during the season. He's only worth a redraft pick in very deep bench leagues right now.

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24. MIN - RB Latavius Murray not traveling

Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press - Chris Tomasson

Minnesota Vikings WR Latavius Murray (ankle) was limited during practice Tuesday, Aug. 8, and said he is not traveling with the team for their preseason game Thursday, Aug. 10. He said he is not sure if he will play in the second preseason game but knows he will be ready for the start of the regular season.

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At least he is back on the field in some fashion. Dalvin Cook is taking control of this backfield. Murray might be relegated to a short-yardage and game finisher role at this rate. He is falling well into the second half of drafts now.

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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