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Volume 19, #116 -- Wednesday Night, August 16th, 2017

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Hi Folks,

Good Thursday to you. Drafts are happening everywhere and we're ready for you. We've another issue of the awesome Training Camp Reports plus more Content and the News and Notes you need. Let's go.

J

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A. Training Camp Report #2
You saw the awesomeness that was the Week 1 Training Camp Report. We're back with Week 2. With Week 3 and 4 still to come. It's everything you need to know about every player that matters. Be the most informed owner in your league.

B. FREE FEATURE - Average Auction Values
Our Jeff Pasquino summarizes Auction Values for 2017.

C. Footballguys Players Championship
The 2017 season brings a mid-stakes $250,000 Grand Prize, $2,000 in league prizes, and championship round payouts all the way down to 700th place. The overall prize pool exceeds $2.0 million.

Thursday's draft times (all times Eastern): 1pm, 7pm, 9pm, 10:30pm, and 11:59pm

D. Mobile Apps - The Draft Dominator
You've heard us talking about the Draft Dominator App. It's the key to your Perfect Draft and we've got all the info you need right here. Even me with a short video and Simon with a much better longer tutorial video.

E. Mobile Apps - The Lineup Dominator
A brand new for us this year is the Lineup Dominator. Customized and detailed, if you're looking for the app to help you set the optimal lineup, this is your ticket.

F. Mobile Apps - The Waiver & Trade Dominator
Our newest app is the Waiver & Trade Dominator. You're in control with a season long view for your team. Don't just live "paycheck to paycheck" managing your team week to week. The Waiver & Trade Dominator gives you the power and tools to see the "long view" and win.

G. The Master Plan for 2017
Our Sigmund Bloom reveals the master plan for 2017 drafts.

H. Training Camp Cliff Notes: Week 2
I take our comprehensive Footballguys Training Camp Updates and distill them down to the "Need To Know" level.

I. Draft Strategy: Good-Byes
Our Jeff Pasquino looks into using bye weeks to your advantage.

J. Training Camp: Tight End Tier Rankings
Our Ari Ingel provides his training camp tight end tier rankings.

K. IDP - Eyes of the Guru: Preseason Week 1
Our John Norton with IDP news and notes from preseason week 1.


1. TEN - WR Eric Decker sprains ankle

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans WR Eric Decker (ankle) suffered an ankle injury during practice Wednesday, Aug. 16.

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So long as it's not a high-ankle sprain then we should see Decker shut down for just a bit to recover. Head coach Mike Mularkey said he does not believe Decker's injury is serious.

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2. DET - WR Kenny Golladay works with starters

Source: Detroit Free Press - Dave Birkett

Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay worked exclusively with the first-team offense during practice Wednesday, Aug. 16, when they lined up in three-receiver sets. He lined up as an outside receiver.

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Golladay is a talented rookie WR from Northern Illinois that the Lions selected in the third round of the 2017 NFL draft. He's fast, can get by the defense quickly and has the body control to make difficult catches. The no3 WR for the Lions isn't a fantasy force, but we love the dynasty potential of this rookie.

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3. NYJ - Full practice for RB Bilal Powell

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets RB Bilal Powell (neck) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Aug. 16.

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Powell is back in action and the Jets will use him in a RBBC with Matt Forte. That committee limits the fantasy values of both backs. Powell is RB25 (5.11) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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4. NYJ - RB Matt Forte remains limited

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets RB Matt Forte (hamstring) was limited to individual drills during practice Wednesday, Aug. 16, and is not expected to play in the preseason game against the Detroit Lions Saturday, Aug. 19.

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There's no need to get Forte out there when he's not at full strength. The seasoned veteran doesn't need a ton of reps in the preseason. Forte is backing up Bilal Powell but will earn snaps in a RBBC. Forte is RB49 (11.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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5. ARI - WR Jaron Brown the No. 2

Source: AZCardinals.com - Darren Urban

Arizona Cardinals WR Jaron Brown is the second wide receiver on the depth chart, according to head coach Bruce Arians.

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With John Brown nursing a quad injury through camp, Jaron Brown has emerged as the second wide receiver. Arians did say the spot for Jaron Brown was "for now" so keep that in mind as John Brown gets healthier.

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6. CHI - QB Mike Glennon the strong favorite

Source: Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs

Chicago Bears QB Mike Glennon is the strong favorite to open the season as the starter based on everything the team has said, in the opinion of beat writer Brad Biggs.

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Glennon should be the starter at the beginning of the regular season. The team spent a lot of money to add him in free agency earlier this year. However, we don't think Glennon finishes the season as the starter. At some point, rookie first-round pick Mitchell Trubisky should take over. He's the future of the team and has looked great so far in the preseason.

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7. WAS - RB Samaje Perine not a threat to start yet

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins RB Samaje Perine has to work on becoming more consistent in protection, and coaches say he's still thinking too much when running the ball, according to ESPN.com's John Keim, who writes 'there is a gap' between Perine and Rob Kelley.

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An important note for fantasy owners here. Perine is an exciting rookie from Oklahoma, mainly because of his power and strength. At this time, Kelley should be the main man for Washington with Perine mixing in as the season goes along.

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8. PIT - WR JuJu Smith-Schuster leaves early

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (undisclosed) left practice early Wednesday, Aug. 16, after suffering an undisclosed injury. He was on the ground for a few minutes but was able to walk off on his own.

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Smith-Schuster suffered a concussion during the team's first preseason game. He missed just a bit of time but then returned to action. This appears to be a leg injury and isn't thought to be serious.

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9. NYJ - WR Lucky Whitehead out 4-6 weeks

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating a previous report, New York Jets WR Lucky Whitehead (foot) is expected to miss four to six weeks, according to a source. He'll receive a second opinion before determining if surgery on his broken foot is necessary.

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Whitehead was added by the Jets after the Cowboys were quick to release him in a mistaken identity case. Now, with a broken foot, Whitehead is unlikely to make the 53-man roster.

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10. CLE - Teammate expects QB Brock Osweiler to start

Source: The Associated Press

Cleveland Browns OT Joe Thomas said he believes QB Brock Osweiler will open the season as the starting quarterback based on what he has seen during practice.

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Osweiler has more experience than Cody Kessler and he's been doing more than any other Browns quarterback in camp. Rookie DeShone Kizer could be the quarterback of the future, but it looks like Osweiler could be the starter to begin the 2017 regular season.

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11. NE - RB Mike Gillislee remains sidelined

Source: Boston Herald - Jeff Howe

New York England RB Mike Gillislee (hamstring) did not travel with the team for their joint practices with the Houston Texans.

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Gilislee is supposed to be the lead back for the Patriots since LeGarrette Blount is with the Eagles. He's going to be splitting time with guys like James White and Dion Lewis.

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12. PIT - Joshua Dobbs expected to start again

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Joshua Dobbs likely will be the starting quarterback in the preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Aug. 20, unless QB Landry Jones (abdomen) is able to return to practice this week.

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Dobbs has struggled in camp and the preseason. He's a developmental prospect to be sure, and the team may be in need of a quarterback in a hurry if Ben Roethlisberger decides to retire after this season.

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13. DEN - WR Emmanuel Sanders hurts shoulder

Source: NFL Network - James Palmer

Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (shoulder) left practice early Wednesday, Aug. 16, after falling on his shoulder. Head coach Vance Joseph indicated that the injury is not serious, however.

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The team is just being careful with their star wideout. Sanders fell on his shoulder and the day was over for him. We should see Sanders on Saturday night against the 49ers.

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14. IND - WR Phillip Dorsett returns to practice

Source: The Indianapolis Star - Zak Keefer

Indianapolis Colts WR Phillip Dorsett (hip) returned to practice this week after missing practice all of last week with a minor hip injury. Dorsett said he's been doing everything he can and believes he's been improving every day at training camp.

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A first-round pick in 2015, Dorsett has been a disappointment to this point in his career. He's yet to play a full 16-game season, and Dorsett's 33 catches last year was a career high. We're not expecting or projecting him to do much more than that this season.

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15. DAL - TE Rico Gathers has concussion

Source: NFL Network - James Palmer

Dallas Cowboys TE Rico Gathers (concussion) is in the NFL' concussion protocol after sustaining a concussion in practice Tuesday, Aug. 15.

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Gathers has been a preseason star this year, so this concussion will knock him off track. We love his stock in dynasty leagues and the former basketball player has upside as a developmental guy. When healthy, Gathers will back up Jason Witten this season.

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16. CLE - TE David Njoku returning

Source: Akron Beacon Journal - Nate Ulrich

Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku (back) plans to play Monday, Aug. 21, after missing the preseason opener.

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Njoku has been struggling so far but we still appreciate his dynasty value. The rookie from "The U" has drawn multiple comparisons to Greg Olsen (Panthers), but the transition to the NFL takes some time for tight ends. We like him in dynasty, but there's little to look for from Njoku in redraft leagues this year.

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17. PIT - WR Sammie Coates activated

Source: Steelers.com

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates (knee) was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, Aug. 14.

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Coates is going to compete for the no3 WR job behind Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant. His main competition for the job is rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster. Coates is fast and physical, but he's got a bad problem of dropping too many passes. He'll have to stay healthy and show better concentration if he wants to earn a role in the high-powered Steelers offense.

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18. IND - RB Marlon Mack running with twos

Source: The Herald Bulletin - George Bremer

Indianapolis Colts RB Marlon Mack is receiving the bulk of the carries with the second-team offense Wednesday, Aug. 16.

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The Colts backfield is an...interesting...one. Frank Gore is the starter, and the ageless wonder should be the team's leading rusher. Behind him, Robert Turbin could work as a goal-line and power back. Then there's Mack...a big-play rookie with the speed to score from anywhere on the field. Mack is a player only dynasty owners should be targeting at this time.

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19. JAX - QB Blake Bortles' arm is OK

Source: ESPN.com - Mike DiRocco

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles indicated his arm was 'fine' when speaking to reporters Tuesday, Aug. 15.

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Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone caused a bit of a stir when he said he rested Bortles over the weekend because the quarterback looked like he had a tired arm. Bortles is fine, but the team wants to run the ball more this year and that limits his fantasy value. Fantasy owners already don't trust Bortles due to his propensity to make mistakes and underperform.

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20. HOU - WR DeAndre Hopkins sits out again

Source: ESPN.com - Sarah Barshop

Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins did not practice Tuesday, Aug. 15, and he has not practiced since Monday, Aug. 7. Head coach Bill O'Brien indicated that Hopkins is 'doing fine,' and has previously likened Hopkins' practice schedule leading up to the regular season as being on a 'pitch count.'

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It's a bit of a concern for fantasy owners. Monitor Hopkins as we continue through the preseason. If the veteran WR is on a snap count, then he should be limited in Week 3 of the preseason (the dress rehearsal for the regular season) and is unlikely to play in the preseason finale.

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21. GB - Max McCaffrey draws praise

Source: ESPN.com - Rob Demovsky

Green Bay Packers WR Max McCaffrey drew praise from offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett, who said that seemingly every time McCaffrey is on the practice field he 'makes a play.'

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McCaffrey (the older brother of Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey) is a tall and fast receiver. He was undrafted out of Duke last year and has bounced from the Raiders to the Packers over the last year.

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22. PHI - RB LeGarrette Blount unimpressive so far

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Jeff McLane

Philadelphia Eagles RB LeGarrette Blount 'hasn't exactly stood out' during training camp so far, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane.

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Blount isn't a flashy player, but he's a battering ram who can grind it out between the tackles. With no live tackling in practice, it would be difficult for a player like him to really stand out.

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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