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Volume 19, #114 -- Monday Night, August 14th, 2017

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Hi Folks,

Good Tuesday to you. We've got the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

Joe

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E. Out Of The Gate...
Everybody will tell you that a win is a win, but let's face it....we all want to start 4-0. Our David Dodds tells you how.

F. Injury Rounds: Preseason Week 2
Our Dr. Jene Bramel with more concern on Jordan Reed's toe injury and updated analysis on Andrew Luck, Cam Newton, Jay Ajayi, and many others.

G. Dynasty - The New Reality No.89: Roster Cloggers
Our Chad Parsons outlines the key roster cloggers on dynasty rosters during the preseason.

H. FREE FEATURE - Campfire Chat: Best-ball Strategies
Footballguys staff members discuss strategy in best-ball leagues.

I. Campfire Chat: 1 Plus 1 Is 3
Footballguys staff members discuss players whose sum is more than their individual parts.

J. Campfire Chat: Handling Suspended Players
Footballguys staff members discuss how to handle players who are or could be suspended.

K. Campfire Chat: Best-ball Players
Footballguys staff members discuss players to target in best-ball leagues.

L. Campfire Chat: Situations to Avoid
Footballguys staff members discuss a handful of situations to avoid.


1. ATL - RB Devonta Freeman in concussion protocol

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - D. Orlando Ledbetter

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (concussion) was out of practice Monday, Aug. 14, and he is in the concussion protocol. He has been ruled out for the second preseason game.

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He left Sunday's practice with what was originally called a 'heat' issue. The team will wisely be cautious with their star running back. At this point, he should still be ready for the start of the regular season...but make sure to keep track of his status as we go through the month of August.

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2. WAS - TE Jordan Reed had a fracture

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Updating previous reports, Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (toe) disclosed that he had a fracture in his toe Sunday, Aug. 13. 'It's the cleats more than anything,' Reed said. 'The cleats prior to this were more narrow and pressing on the bone that I had the fracture in. These cleats are wider and the orthotics are softer so I don't feel it.'

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Reed is trying new orthodics to help his toe issue. He believes that he'll return to action next week and that he could even play in one of the team's remaining preseason games. Reed is a stud tight end for fantasy owners, but make sure to snare a good backup at the position if you select him.

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3. JAX - RB Leonard Fournette won't play Thursday

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (foot) will not play Thursday, Aug. 17, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because of his foot injury, according to head coach Doug Marrone.

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This is no surprise as Fournette has missed the last two practices with this injury he suffered in the team's first preseason game. Marrone has previously stated the team will proceed with caution when it comes to their 2017 first-round pick. Fournette was plagued by ankle/foot injuries during his last year in college at LSU. If healthy, Fournette has the ability to be a RB1 for fantasy owners. Reports out of training camp seem to indicate the Jags will rotate three backs (Fournette, Chris Ivory, T.J. Yeldon) initially at the start of the regular season.

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4. HOU - QB Deshaun Watson works with first-team

Source: ESPN.com - Sarah Barshop

Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson took first-team repetitions in practice Monday, Aug. 14, but head coach Bill O'Brien downplayed it saying that's how the repetitions lined up.

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Watson is the team's future franchise quarterback...or at least that's what they hope after they aggressively moved up in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft to select the talented passer from Clemson. He's competing with Tom Savage for the starting job, but we have to think that Watson would end up starting at some point this year.

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5. BUF - WR Jordan Matthews week to week

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Buffalo Bills WR Jordan Matthews (chest) has a chip fracture in his sternum, and the team is calling his status 'week to week.'

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Bad news for Matthews here. He suffered this injury on the first day of practice with his new team. With Sammy Watkins (Rams) traded away, we might see rookie Zay Jones open the year as the top target in the Bills passing attack. Our Dr. Jene Bramel says, "We may not see Matthews in a preseason game, but he should be practicing in advance of Week 1."

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6. IND - QB Andrew Luck not a lock for Week 1

Source: The Indianapolis Star - Zak Keefer

Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) might not be ready for the season opener, according to owner Jim Irsay, but Irsay said Luck will be ready around the start of the season.

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Same as it ever was. It's a concern that everyone is being so clandestine when it comes to information on Luck. We HOPE he's ready for Week 1, but that may not be the case. When healthy, Luck is a top-5 fantasy quarterback. His ADP keeps falling as more of these reports come out where his status for Week 1 is a mystery.

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7. DAL - Dallas to use committee in backfield?

Source: ESPNDallas.com - Todd Archer

Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden rushed six times for 28 yards in a 13-10 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 12, but Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com believes McFadden left some yards on the field and thinks the Cowboys could go with a committee approach while RB Ezekiel Elliott is serving his suspension.

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McFadden would likely be the lead back while Elliott is out, but he won't be the only one toting the rock. Earlier reports indicated the team could move on from Alfred Morris, but that might have changed since word of Elliott's suspension. Unlike other backfields (Tennessee springs to mind), there's no stud RB in the waiting behind the starter.

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8. NYJ - QB Christian Hackenberg works with starters

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets QB Christian Hackenberg received some snaps with the first-team offense during practice Monday, Aug. 14.

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Hackenberg was so bad last year that he couldn't make it onto the field as a rookie. He's better this year according to reports, but there was only one way for him to go. Hackenberg, a second-round pick in 2016, is competing with Josh McCown and Bryce Petty for the starting job.

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9. MIA - QB Jay Cutler has chance to play Thursday

Source: The Miami Herald - Armando Salguero

Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase said he has not decided if QB Jay Cutler will play in the preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens Thursday, Aug. 17, but is leaning toward playing Cutler.

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Cutler knows the offense, so that's not going to be a problem for him. As the team's starter, Cutler needs to build a rapport with the weapons around him in Miami.

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10. HOU - WR Braxton Miller has sprained ankle

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans WR Braxton Miller (ankle) is dealing with a mild ankle sprain, but his prognosis is positive.

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It's a mild sprain, but it doesn't sound like a high ankle sprain. If it was a high ankle sprain then that's something that could take over a month to properly heal. It sounds like Miller could be available much sooner than that. With Will Fuller (collarbone) already banged up, the Texans are a bit thin at the top of the WR depth chart behind star DeAndre Hopkins.

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11. PHI - Decision on RB Ryan Mathews coming soon?

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Zach Berman

Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Mathews arrived in Philadelphia Monday, Aug. 14, which could generate a decision on his status with the Eagles in the near future.

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Mathews has to first get healthy, then the team should cut him. He has been recovering from offseason neck surgery and needs to be cleared so they can move on and not owe him an injury settlement.

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12. TEN - RB DeMarco Murray revving up workload

Source: ESPN.com - Cameron Wolfe

Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray (hamstring) will return to practice this week and 'do more than he did last week,' head coach Mike Mularkey said Sunday, Aug. 13.

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The Titans can ease Murray back into action so this hamstring injury is not aggravated. By Week 1 of the regular season, Murray should be good to go and a set-it-and-forget-it starter for your fantasy team.

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13. PIT - WR Sammie Coates hopes to return this week

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Joe Rutter

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates (knee) said hopes to be activated from Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, Aug. 16.

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Coates has speed and run-after-the-catch ability....but he also has problems with concentration and will drop too many passes. He'll compete for the no3 WR job in Pittsburgh, but we think rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster ends up winning that spot behind Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant.

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14. LAC - WR Mike Williams pegged for October

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) is slated for an October debut as he returns from a back injury, according to sources.

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Williams has been running on grass according to reports and is progressing well from this injury. However, this report indicates he's not done well enough to be ready for the start of the regular season. This sounds like Williams could be a strong candidate for the PUP list when the season starts. A move to the PUP would force Williams out for the first six weeks of the regular season.

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15. JAX - WR Marqise Lee has high ankle sprain

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating previous reports, Jacksonville Jaguars WR Marqise Lee (ankle) is out with a high ankle sprain. He will attempt to return before Week 1.

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For a speedy guy like Lee, a high ankle sprain can be devastating. That injury takes over a month to properly heal and it can be aggravated with the slightest tweak. We're not rushing to add the no3 WR in the Jags passing game, so Lee's injury doesn't have a big fantasy impact.

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16. DEN - RB Jamaal Charles may be scratch against 49ers

Source: The Denver Post - Nick Kosmider

Denver Broncos RB Jamaal Charles (knee) may not play in the second exhibition game Saturday, Aug. 19, against the San Francisco 49ers.

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He didn't play in the team's first game against the Bears either. Broncos head coach Vance Joseph says they have a plan for Charles, but he won't reveal what that plan is. Now, it just seems the plan for Charles is to rest him as much as possible. He's fully cleared to participate in practice, but Charles rarely receives much work in team drills. That has slowly ramped up...a little bit...since the start of training camp.

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17. PIT - RB James Conner on track to play

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Chris Adamski

Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) said he felt great after doing individual work and 7-on-7 drills during practice Sunday, Aug. 13, and he is on track to play in the second preseason game Sunday, Aug. 20.

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In deeper leagues, we are handcuffing Conner to Le'Veon Bell. If anything happens to Bell, Conner is the type of blue-collar back who can thrive with a large workload. We'd project him as a RB2 for fantasy owners if the rookie from PITT was the starter due to a Bell injury. Keep him on your waiver wire speed dial in more shallow leagues.

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18. IND - WR Phillip Dorsett may return soon

Source: The Indianapolis Star - Stephen Holder

Indianapolis Colts WR Phillip Dorsett (hamstring) could return to practice in the next few days, according to head coach Chuck Pagano.

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Dorsett has been a career disappointment. The speedy wideout needs to get healthy and start impressing with his team. His dynasty stock is super low, so add him if you believe he can bounce back.

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19. IND - TE Erik Swoope week-to-week

Source: The Indianapolis Star - Zak Keefer

Indianapolis Colts TE Erik Swoope (knee) recently underwent a knee scope and is considered week-to-week.

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Swoope never played college football as he was a basketball star at the University of Miami. He's been learning the pro game for a few years with the Colts, and we have added him in nearly every deep dynasty league we play in. At some point, Swoope has to stay healthy and start paying off for the Colts. So far that hasn't happened, so in deep dynasty leagues we'll continue to monitor his progress.

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20. CIN - WR John Ross full go in practice

Source: Bengals.com - Geoff Hobson

Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross (shoulder) was a full participant in practice Monday, Aug. 14.

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Ross is a speedy rookie who can easily take the top off the defense. He can be used in a way like Tyreek Hill was used for the Chiefs last year, but Ross is a better route runner out of the gate. It doesn't mean he'll produce like Hill did last year (15th WR in fantasy in 2016), but just know that Ross has what scouts call 'adios' speed...and the Bengals would be wise to feature him as much as possible. He's WR56 (12.10) right now in 12-team PPR leagues.

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21. DEN - WR Carlos Henderson day-to-day

Source: The Denver Post - Nicki Jhabvala

Denver Broncos WR Carlos Henderson (thumb) is considered day-to-day after undergoing surgery on a torn ligament in his left thumb Sunday, Aug. 13, according to head coach Vance Joseph.

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Henderson has not been impressive in Broncos camp. The team could always put him on Injured Reserve or the Physically Unable to Perform List at the start of the regular season. His injury opens up the door for guys like Kalif Raymond or Jordan Taylor to make the 53-man roster.

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22. MIA - TE Julius Thomas had tight back

Source: Sun-Sentinel - Omar Kelly

Updating an earlier report, Miami Dolphins TE Julius Thomas (back) received the veteran's day off Monday, Aug. 14, after his back tightened up.

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Thomas is talented, and we've already seen him produce at a high level under Adam Gase when the two were with the Broncos......BUT, Thomas has yet to play a full 16-game season in his pro career. Now entering year seven in the NFL, we'd be startled if he gets a full season in 2017. Draft him as a TE2 with TE1 upside in certain matchups...especially is QB Jay Cutler shows a propensity to target him if/when Thomas flashes in the preseason.

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23. PHI - RB Wendell Smallwood back at practice

Source: The Delaware County Times - Martin Frank

Philadelphia Eagles RB Wendell Smallwood (hamstring) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 14.

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Smallwood is trying to get into the mix behind battering ram LeGarrette Blount. The Eagles have a collection of change-of-pace backs, including Darren Sproles and rookie DJ Pumphrey. If healthy, Smallwood might be able to shoehorn his way into some sort of role.

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24. SEA - WR Paul Richardson injures shoulder

Source: The Tacoma News Tribune - Gregg Bell

Seattle Seahawks WR Paul Richardson (shoulder) exited the preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers with a shoulder injury.

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It's always something with Richardson. He's a freak athlete who can make crazy catches (see last year in the postseason), but Richardson has an injury history that reads like Infinite Jest dating back to his college days at Colorado. We love his 'wow' factor, but Richardson won't be a fantasy force unless he can shake his ever-present injury bug.

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25. WAS - WR Josh Doctson still not ready

Source: The Washington Post - Master Tesfatsion

Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson (hamstring) is still four or five days away from returning to practice, head coach Jay Gruden said Sunday, Aug. 13.

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We just want to see Doctson healthy. The talent is there for him to be a significant part of Washington's passing attack but he always seems to be banged up. Right now, we love drafting Jamison Crowder as that primary weapon at wide receiver for QB Kirk Cousins. Doctson...when healthy...is merely a 'lottery ticket' pick for the end of your draft.

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26. LAR - WR Tavon Austin not practicing this week

Source: ESPN.com - Alden Gonzalez

Los Angeles Rams WR Tavon Austin (hamstring) will not participate in practice this week because of a hamstring injury.

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With the addition of WR Sammy Watkins, Austin moves down the pecking order with the Rams. His fantasy prospects weren't that great before the addition of Watkins and now he's best left to the waiver wire. Head coach Sean McVay said the team is not sure if Austin will play in any preseason games.

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27. LAC - ILB Denzel Perryman may need surgery

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Chargers LB Denzel Perryman (ankle) may need surgery on his injured ankle and will miss at least the first four games of the regular season, according to a source.

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Wow. This injury was originally thought to be a high ankle sprain. This sounds much worse. If he's set to miss the first month of the regular season, then the PUP list is a possibility for the young linebacker. When healthy, Perryman is one of their best run defenders. Remember this when considering RBs going up against the Chargers, like Broncos RB C.J. Anderson in Week 1.

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

Peace,

J