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Volume 19, #117 -- Thursday Night, August 17th, 2017

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Hi Folks,

It's a big weekend for Drafting and we've got you covered from A to Z. Tons of new Content with everything updated. Plus the News and Notes you need. Let's do this.

J

SITE NEWS

A. 6,750 Printable Cheatsheets Updated
Have a draft tonight with no time to prep? But you don't want to be the loser with a generic PPR cheatsheet? We've got you. Give us 30 seconds to tell us a few things about your league and click the button and have a printed cheatsheet ready in seconds. It's the edge you need.

B. Draft Dominator Classic For Windows Updated
The Draft Dominator Classic is our tried and true Drafting tool. It's updated with the latest projections.

C. Draft Dominator Classic For Mac Updated
The Draft Dominator Classic is our tried and true Drafting tool. It's updated with the latest projections. This one is for Mac users.

D. Value Based Drafting Excel App Updated
For you guys that love the Value Based Drafting Excel App, it's updated with the latest projections.

E. Projections Dominator
Make the projections work the way you want them to with our Projections Dominator.

F. 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.

G. 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.

H. 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.

I. Detailed Stat Projections Updated (Again)
The foundation of Footballguys is our Detailed Stat Projections. Our guys predict every stat for every player. And they're constantly updated. Another set is ready for all you guys drafting today.

J. Top 300 Players Updated
Our David Dodds with the Top 300 Players for Fantasy.

K. PPR Top 300 Players Updated
Our David Dodds with the Top 300 Players for Fantasy. This one is for PPR scoring.

L. Draft List Updated
Our David Dodds take the Top 300 and factors that against Average Draft Position to build a list we'd draft with.

M. PPR Draft List Updated
Our David Dodds take the Top 300 and factors that against Average Draft Position to build a list we'd draft with. This one is for PPR scoring.

N. Average Draft Position Updated
It's not enough to know where you'd draft a player. You need to know where the other owners in your league are likely to draft a player. Know with our Average Draft Position data.

O. PPR Average Draft Position Updated
It's not enough to know where you'd draft a player. You need to know where the other owners in your league are likely to draft a player. Know with our Average Draft Position data. This one is for PPR scoring.

P. HELP My Draft is in 1 Minute / 5 Minutes / 30 Minutes / 3 Hours / Tomorrow!
The Footballguys Staff walks you through how to prepare for your Draft when you've got limited time.

Q. The Gut Check No. 416: Crank Tiers
Our Matt Waldman creates an ADP Desirability Index to examine key players in the early rounds of 2017 drafts.

R. DFS Roundtable: Tips for Beginners
Beginner DFS Tips from 12 Footballguys Staffers. Invaluable information for those getting started with the Daily games.

S. Quarterback Ben by Committee
Our Jeff Pasquino looks at finding a Quarterback to pair with Ben Roethlisberger for 2017.

T. Offensive Line Rankings and Notes: Preseason Week 2
Our Matt Bitonti with updates on injuries and other offensive line related news, before the preseason week 3 games.

U. 9 IDP Sleepers To Wake Up To
Our Justin Howe with how to incorporate these less-than-renowned IDP options into your plans and maximize your draft capital.

V. 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.

Friday's draft times (all times Eastern): 1pm, 4pm, 7pm, 9pm, 10:30pm, and 11:59pm


1. PIT - Le'Veon Bell to report before season

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will report to the Steelers prior to the commencement of the regular season, although it is unclear exactly when he will report, according to a source.

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We always feel a bit leery when players miss an entire preseason. You never know what shape they will be in and whether they will be truly ready for the season. Bell is a veteran, so we know he should be mentally prepared. Hopefully, he is physically prepared as well. Most Fantasy GM's are betting that way, making him the second overall pick in their fantasy drafts.

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2. IND - Ryan Kelly likely out 6-8 weeks

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Updating an earlier report, Indianapolis Colts C Ryan Kelly (foot) is expected to miss six to eight weeks due to surgery to correct a bone defect in his foot, according to a source. Surgery is planned for Friday, Aug. 18.

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If, between this and Andrew Luck's ailment, you are having a bad feeling about the Colts this season You are not alone. You never want to lose your center much less for an extended period of time.

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3. IND - WR Donte Moncrief still limited

Source: The Indianapolis Star - Stephen Holder

Indianapolis Colts WR Donte Moncrief (shoulder) is still limited to only individual drills even though he returned to practice last week.

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We said it not long ago, if Moncrief could avoid having this shoulder issue linger we wouldn't be worried. It's lingering, so we're worried. Moncrief's biggest problem from a career standpoint has been injuries, and that appears to still be the case. He's coming off the board as the 35th wide receiver, which is about right between the injuries and the uncertainty around Andrew Luck.

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4. WAS - TE Jordan Reed back at practice soon?

Source: The Washington Times - Nora Princiotti

Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (toe) said he's hoping to return to practice either Monday, Aug. 21, or Tuesday, Aug. 22. Reed added that the orthotics he's been wearing have helped his toe injury.

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We're hoping he comes back soon as well, but there's no rush. He's the top tight end option there and it's not like he's new to the playbook. On the other hand, Reed was only healthy for ten weeks in 2016 and has yet to play a full season. When on the field he is outstanding. You just have to know there are weeks he will not be there. Reed is currently the 4th tight end going off the board in drafts, around the fifth round or so at an overall ADP of 46.

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5. TEN - WR Eric Decker out of practice

Source: ESPN.com - Cameron Wolfe

Tennessee Titans WR Eric Decker (ankle) is out of practice Thursday, Aug. 17.

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Coach Mike Mularkey wasn't definitive on Decker's timeline but did say he won't play this weekend. "I'm hoping it's not too long," Mularkey said about Decker's timetable for recovery. "He tried to tape it up and go again, so I know it's 'that kind' of close. How close is that? I don't know. But not this weekend."

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6. DEN - QB Paxton Lynch getting more first-team work

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos QB Paxton Lynch has received 'considerably more' first-team reps this week than he ever had during training camp. In a joint practice with the San Francisco 49ers Wednesday, August 16, there were five 'team' periods of 11-on-11 football, with Lynch getting three and QB Trevor Siemian receiving the other two. It was also 'pretty much that way' during the team's practices over the prior two days.

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This is going to continue to be a battle throughout the preseason, but we've long felt that Lynch was the guy. He's John Elway's dude, so he will get the chance to grab the job especially as Trevor Siemian is as average as he is. We won't be grabbing either one as a fantasy starter or backup, but you still need to keep an eye on the battle as it impacts some important players on offense.

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7. SEA - RB Thomas Rawls to miss preseason game

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls (ankle) will be sidelined for Week 2 of the preseason with a minor ankle ailment. RB Eddie Lacy will start in his place.

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Rawls has been getting the number one back work, so here's a chance for Lacey to show he should be getting more of those reps. Lacey is already going off the board and drafts well before Rawls. Lacey's ADP is 73 overall (29 back taken) while Rawls is being selected as the 131 player overall (46th back selected). That makes this running back battle crucial to watch for anyone thinking of investing in the Seattle backfield.

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8. WAS - Coach happy with TE Niles Paul

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins TE Niles Paul has been one of the most impressive players during training camp, according to head coach Jay Gruden. Paul has worked at all of the tight end spots and can play fullback.

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This is notable for the fact that Jordan Reed is often hurt and has never completed an entire season. So Paul may end up as a pass-catching weapon for Washington at some point this season. This news really just lets you know that he'll be on the field a lot, though as long as Reed and the wide receivers are healthy his impact from a fantasy standpoint should be super low.

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9. WAS - WR Josh Doctson may play Saturday

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson (hamstring) has a chance to play in the preseason game against the Green Bay Packers Saturday, Aug. 19, but will work out prior to the game before the team decides on his status.

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Doctson who was regarded by Washington as the top wide receiver in his draft class has to get on the field at some point because the team would like to see their first-round investment payoff. Terrelle Pryor and Jamison Crowder are both ahead of him right now, but if he can produce, the three of them plus Jordan Reed could make Kirk Cousins look very good this season. That many weapons will keep his ceiling low, hence his ADP of 156 overall, and 54th wide receiver off the board.

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10. PIT - WR JuJu Smith-Schuster misses practice

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Ray Fittipaldo

Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Aug. 17, because of a bone bruise in his knee.

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There are a lot of options for Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh, so Smith-Schuster should get on the field again as soon as he can. While we like the rookies ability and potential as a Red Zone threat we aren't expecting much this year.

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11. PHI - QB Nick Foles will not play

Source: CSNPhilly.com - Dave Zangaro

Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles (elbow) will not play in the preseason game against the Buffalo Bills Thursday, Aug. 17.

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If it isn't about Carson Wentz, we really don't care. When's might be a decent backup fantasy quarterback, but we won't see him much during the game. This will be an awful lot of backup quarterback time.

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12. NYJ - RB Bilal Powell to play vs. Detroit

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets RB Bilal Powell (neck) will play in the preseason game against the Detroit Lions Saturday, Aug. 19.

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With Forte out Powell has his chance to shine. Given that he's going in the mid 6th to 7th round in fantasy drafts Powell could be a nice acquisition since he should get a lot of dump passes for whichever Jets quarterback wins the job. If Forte continues to be banged up it is going to be a good opportunity for Powell to get more carries as well. Unfortunately this Jets offense is pretty bad, otherwise, his ceiling would be better.

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13. NYJ - Two Jets QBs split snaps

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets QBs Josh McCown and Christian Hackenberg split snaps with the first-team offense during practice Thursday, Aug. 17.

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There's no reason for anyone but Christian Hackenberg to be starting for the Jets. They're not in contention for Super Bowl, they don't need a ton of wins, they need to find out whether they have a quarterback in Hackenberg. There is also no reason for either Jets quarterback to be on your fantasy team. They are all pretty much equally awful for Fantasy purposes. Avoid at all costs.

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14. NYJ - WR Quincy Enunwa to have surgery soon

Source: Newsday - Bob Glauber

New York Jets WR Quincy Enunwa (neck) is expected to undergo surgery on his neck sometime next week. Enunwa had hoped to avoid surgery after receiving a second opinion.

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As much as we too were hoping he could avoid surgery we aren't shocked he didn't. he is, after all, a Jets wide receiver, a group of guys that look like they could be snake bit this year. That being said we hope Enunwa heals quickly and comes back to be productive in 2018.

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15. NYJ - RB Matt Forte won't play Saturday

Source: New York Daily News - Manish Mehta

New York Jets WRB Matt Forte (hamstring) will not practice Thursday, Aug. 17, and will not be playing in the Jets' second preseason game Saturday, Aug. 19.

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Maybe they're just preserving Forte for the season, but we're wondering if this is truly going to be Bilal Powell's year to shine. Currently going off the board as the No. 25 back in drafts, Powell is a nice dual threat who can run the rock as well as catch it.

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16. CLE - WR Josh Gordon reinstatement not on horizon

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon's potential reinstatement to the NFL is not being actively considered, according to commissioner Roger Goodell. Gordon is eligible to re-apply for reinstatement in September after being denied reinstatement three months ago.

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We could have a long, lengthy, intense discussion about whether it's right that Josh Gordon is still suspended or not, considering some active players and what they've done. But the reality is he's suspended, and can't find a way back right now. Considering his talent it's a tremendous waste, and we hope he will get his life off the field on track in case he never finds a way back on the field.

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17. MIA - QB Ryan Tannehill having surgery Thursday

Source: The Miami Herald - Armando Salguero

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (knee) is undergoing reconstructive knee surgery Thursday, Aug. 17, according to sources. A full recovery is expected to take between 10 and 12 months. At that rate, Tannehill would at least be ready for training camp next offseason.

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It's a long road back for Tannehill, and his security as starting quarterback for the Dolphins is questionable. This season was supposed to be a big step forward for him but instead, he's going to watch Jay Cutler step into his role. We get a look at Cutler tonight as the Dolphins play the Baltimore Ravens.

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18. WAS - WR Jamison Crowder fully practicing

Source: The Washington Post - Mike Jones

Washington Redskins WR Jamison Crowder (hamstring) participated fully in practice Thursday, Aug. 17. He is expected to play in Washington' preseason game Saturday, Aug. 19, according to The Washington Post's Mike Jones.

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We're anxious to see how Crowder plays, and get an idea how the offense looks with him as well as Terrelle Pryor in the mix. There's also Josh Doctson to consider. Right now Crowder is tracking as the number 32 receiver off the board.

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19. CHI - RB Jeremy Langford returns

Source: Chicago Tribune - Rich Campbell

Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford (ankle) returned to practice Wednesday, Aug. 16.

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Langford is going to be stuck behind Jordan Howard, barring an injury. Howard is going early in drafts (he is usually the sixth back off the board around the 12th pick overall) but we aren't wasting anything but a late pick with Langford as a handcuff.

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20. LAR - WR Tavon Austin to be in similar role

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Michael David Smith

Los Angeles Rams WR Tavon Austin (hamstring) will be used in a similar role as he has in the past, according to general manager Les Snead. 'We haven't figured out how much he evolves as a receiver in this offense because he hasn't had a chance to play,' Snead said. 'Plan to see him used very similarly to how he's been used in the past. By that I mean, he's scored as a receiver, he's scored as a running back, he's scored as a returner. That's why we like him. He threatens the opposing team in many different ways. We've just got to get him healthy.'

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Austin hasn't been exciting at all in most fantasy formats, though he can be a boon to his GMs in Best Ball formats. With Sammy Watkins there now, one imagines that role won't expand. Then again, Watkins is usually hurt so Austin could emerge again at some point this season. We aren't betting on it though.

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21. JAX - QB Blake Bortles dominating in garbage time

Source: Fivethirtyeight.com - Michael Salfino

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles has the highest passer rating (111) in the NFL over the last two seasons during garbage time (defined as the last five minutes of the fourth quarter and the losing team is down nine or more points), having completed 78-of-118 passes for 964 yards, with 12 touchdowns versus only four interceptions. Additionally, since 2015, 20.7 percent of Bortles' touchdown passes have come in these instances, which is nearly four times the average for the rest of the league.

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Garbage time or not, production is production in fantasy. Even with that being the case, though, Bortles is no more than a fringe backup quarterback for fantasy teams and isn't a guy Fantasy GMs are clamoring for in drafts.

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22. CAR - No TE Greg Olsen extension imminent

Source: Charlotte Observer - Joseph Person

Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen's agent has talked with interim general manager Marty Hurney about a possible contract extension for Olsen, but no deal is imminent at this point, according to sources.

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Olsen may be getting on in years but he's still a dynamic tight end, and Fantasy GMs know it based on his over ADP of 40, and regularly coming off the board as the third tight end in drafts. We expect another great season from him.

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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