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Volume 19, #112 -- Saturday Night, August 12th, 2017

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Hi Footballguy,

Good Sunday to you. Things are hot and heavy and we're here for you to make some sense of it all. We've got new content plus the News and Notes you need. Let's get to it.

J

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E. Top 300 Players Updated
Our David Dodds ranks the Top 300 players.

F. PPR Top 300 Players Updated
Our David Dodds ranks the Top 300 players. This one is for PPR scoring.

G. Draft List Updated
Our David Dodds takes the Top 300 players and factors them against Average Draft Position to get a list more like what we'd actually draft with.

H. PPR Draft List Updated
Our David Dodds takes the Top 300 players and factors them against Average Draft Position to get a list more like what we'd actually draft with. This one is for PPR scoring formats.

I. Auction Values Updated
Our David Dodds takes every player and attaches a value to them for Auction formats.

J. FREE FEATURE - Late Round Tight Ends
Our Jeff Pasquino looks into late-round TEs with big fantasy upside.

K. Playing the Format: Pass-Catching Running Backs
Our Chad Parson highlights the key pass-catching running backs for 2017 in PPR formats.

L. Dynasty New You Can Use, Preseason Volume 10
Our Jeff Tefertiller takes a look at the recent fantasy news from a dynasty perspective.

M. Prepping for Survivor Leagues
Our Jeff Pasquino looks to Las Vegas for Survivor League strategy.


1. TB - PK Roberto Aguayo let go

Source: Tampa Bay Times - Rick Stroud

Tampa Bay Buccaneers PK Roberto Aguayo - the team's second-round pick in 2016 - was waived Saturday, Aug. 12.

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Well, that pick didn't work out. If you move up in the second round to take a kicker he had better be a 10-year starter. Aguayo struggled as a rookie and those struggles continued into this year and the preseason. Make fun of any fantasy owners in your league that draft him off outdated paper cheatsheets.

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2. MIA - RB Jay Ajayi remains sidelined

Source: The Miami Herald - Adam H. Beasley

Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi (concussion) did not participate in practice Saturday, Aug. 12.

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Ajayi is in the concussion protocol, and there's no telling when he'll be ready to practice. This puts his regular season into some question. Until we get some clarity, Ajayi at his current ADP near the top of the second round may be too high.

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3. MIA - QB Ryan Tannehill placed on IR

Source: The Miami Herald - Armando Salguero

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Aug. 12.

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As expected, this move ends the 2017 season for Tannehill. He'll get knee surgery after opting to not have surgery for a partially torn ACL last year. Jay Cutler will now move into the starting job for the Dolphins. He was solid under Adam Gase when the two were with the Bears, and Cutler will keep the Dolphins passing game at (or maybe slightly above) the level it was with Tannehill.

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4. PIT - WR Martavis Bryant to practice in full Sunday

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant participated in a closed practice session Thursday, Aug. 10, and has been cleared for full practice Sunday, Aug. 13, after the Steelers received word from the league earlier in the week he was allowed to rejoin the team.

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Bryant is ready to go this weekend, and there's a good chance we could see him in the second preseason game for the Steelers. On the field, Bryant is a big play just waiting to happen with the ability to change your week-to-week outlook. Bryant is WR25 in 12-team PPR leagues right now, going off the board at the top of the fifth round. Don't expect that to stay the same if he makes highlight plays in the preseason.

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5. CIN - RB Joe Mixon runs well in debut

Source: ESPN.com

Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon had six carries for 31 yards and one catch for 11 yards in a 23-12 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Friday, Aug. 11. 'Once I got that first carry and got the first-game jitters out of the way, I adjusted,' Mixon said.

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Mixon is listed behind Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard on the depth chart...for now. He's clearly the best back the Bengals have and we're expecting him to rise to the top of this backfield. Watch this competition continue to unfold as the preseason rolls on.

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6. PHI - WR Alshon Jeffery still limited

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Jeff McLane

Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) was limited to individual drills during practice Saturday, Aug. 12.

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That will be the case until Jeffery is closer to full strength. The Eagles may consider not playing Jeffery in the second preseason game.

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7. WAS - TE Jordan Reed to be reevaluated soon

Source: Redskins.com

Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (toe) will be reevaluated after the preseason game against the Green Bay Packers, according to head coach Jay Gruden.

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Reed is wearing a special insert in his shoe to help with the problem. We'll see if that helps him or makes no difference. Reed can be a fantasy force if healthy, but he makes for a risky fantasy pick with his long injury history.

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8. MIN - RB Bishop Sankey waived/injured

Source: Vikings.com

Minnesota Vikings RB Bishop Sankey (knee) was waived/injured Saturday, Aug. 12.

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That could be a wrap for his pro career. A second-round pick out of Washington in 2014, Sankey just didn't have the juice to make it in the pros. Add in his problems staying healthy and you can see how his pro career has been a major disappointment.

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9. HOU - WR DeAndre Hopkins sits out Saturday

Source: ESPN.com - Sarah Barshop

Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins did not participate in practice Saturday, Aug. 12, because he received the day off.

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It's just a veteran day of rest for the star wideout. He's going off the board at WR13 (3.02) in 12-team PPR leagues right now.

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10. BAL - WR Breshad Perriman still sidelined

Source: The Baltimore Sun - Edward Lee

Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman (hamstring) did not participate in practice Saturday, Aug. 12.

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Perriman has been banged up for most of his career. The Ravens need to make sure he's over this hamstring injury before rushing the speedy WR back to action. It will actually be news when he does participate in practice.

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11. WAS - TE Jordan Reed to try out new footwear

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (toe) received special orthotics for his left cleat and will test it out for the next couple days, according to head coach Jay Gruden, who added the team will take a look at how Reed is doing after the team's next preseason game against the Green Bay Packers on Saturday, Aug. 19.

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Magic shoes worked for Forrest Gump, so we'll see if this insert will help Reed play better. If healthy, Reed is a top-3 fantasy tight end...but it's that whole thing about staying healthy that he struggles with. Monitor his progress through the rest of the preseason.

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12. JAX - RB Leonard Fournette confident

Source: USA TODAY Sports - Scott Gleeson

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette said the NFL was 'a lot slower' than he expected following his preseason debut Thursday, Aug. 10, against the New England Patriots. 'I think, to me, it was really easy,' Fournette said.

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Fournette should be confident as he's incredibly talented. The speed of the game is one thing, but it's the discipline of the game that younger players need to get used to. In the NFL, Fournette won't be able to regularly take advantage of defenders out of position like he did in college at LSU. We're projecting over 1,000 all-purpose yards and around 9 touchdowns for the rookie in 2017.

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13. CLE - QB Brock Osweiler, QB DeShone Kizer splitting reps

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns QBs Brock Osweiler and DeShone Kizer are splitting snaps with the first-team offense during practice Saturday, Aug. 12.

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Osweiler is the starter for now, but Kizer is likely the future of the team. If Kizer continues to show well, then he could win the starting job at some point during the year...even perhaps at the start of the season.

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14. CLE - QB DeShone Kizer won't be rushed

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Charean Williams

Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer won't be rushed, according to head coach Hue Jackson, and Jackson said it is 'too soon' to name Kizer the starter for the next preseason game or the season opener.

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The Browns are being wise with their potential franchise quarterback. When Kizer takes over he'll have the benefit of playing with a strong ground game and behind a solid offensive line. While the rookie from Notre Dame may not begin the season as the starter, we should see him take over at some point in 2017.

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15. DEN - DE Derek Wolfe has ankle sprain

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating previous reports, Denver Broncos DE Derek Wolfe (ankle) suffered a moderate ankle sprain during practice Saturday, Aug. 12, and will miss a small amount of time.

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It's a best case scenario for the Broncos. Wolfe is a big part of their defense, especially when it comes to stuffing the run. We may not see him the rest of the preseason.

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16. DEN - WR Carlos Henderson does not practice

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos WR Carlos Henderson (thumb) did not participate in practice Saturday, Aug. 12, because of a thumb injury. He is scheduled to undergo tests to determine the severity of the injury.

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Henderson has been a disappointment so far in practice. He drops too many passes and even had problems gathering in kickoffs cleanly.

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17. JAX - WR Allen Hurns sits out Saturday

Source: Jaguars.com - John Oehser

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Hurns (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Saturday, Aug. 12.

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This might just be a day of rest for Hurns. Last year it was hamstring injuries that held him back, but he bulked up this offseason in an effort to avoid that problem this year.

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18. LAR - WR Tavon Austin still has role in Rams' offense

Source: ESPN.com - Alden Gonzalez

Los Angeles Rams WR Tavon Austin 'definitely has a place' even after the team acquired WR Sammy Watkins from the Buffalo Bills on Friday, Aug. 11, according to general manager Les Snead.

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That role within the offense did get smaller once Watkins was added via trade. The team won't go out of their way to get Austin the ball, and fantasy owners shouldn't have been thrilled by his prospects anyway.

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19. LAR - No movement on DE Aaron Donald front

Source: ESPN.com - Alden Gonzalez

Los Angeles Rams DL Aaron Donald did not participate in OTAs or minicamp this spring and is more than two weeks into a holdout during training camp as he seeks a contract that makes him one of the game's highest-paid defensive players. General manager Les Snead indicated recently there has 'not (been) any movement, (but) there is hope. ... Hope you'll be a Ram for a long time.'

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A dominant player on the field, Donald is one of the best defensive tackles in the league. Snaring near double-digit sacks for Donald in any season is not out of the question.

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20. CAR - WR Curtis Samuel working with QB Cam Newton

Source: Charlotte Observer - Jourdan Rodrigue

Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (hamstring) is unable to practice, but he said he has been running routes at half speed on the sidelines with QB Cam Newton (shoulder), who is also unable to practice.

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Samuel is an incredible athlete who is developing as a wide receiver. He's not going to run the greatest routes but the rookie from Ohio State is dangerous with the ball in his hands. It will be interesting to see how the Panthers incorporate Samuel into their offense this year.

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

Peace,

J