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Volume 19, #120 -- Sunday Night, August 20th, 2017

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Hi Folks,

Good Monday to you. If you're like me and near the path of the Eclipse today, have fun and let's hope the world doesn't end. Especially before Football Season... We've got big news today as our Footballguys DFS Page is up and running and we've got the News and Notes you need. Let's get to it.

J

SITE NEWS

A. Injury Rounds - Preseason Week 3
Our Dr. Jene Bramel is back for another look at what you need to know for injuries. Andrew Luck at the crossroads, speculation on key injuries to Ryan Kelly and Cordy Glenn, an update on Teddy Bridgewater, and more.

B. DFS Page is LIVE
The majority of DFS content starts rolling out right before the Week 1 kickoff but we're up and rolling here. You can see the preseason features for the Footballguys Insider PRO Plus subscribers and you can see the features we will have for Week 1.

C. FREE FEATURE - Sunday Morning Coming Down: Using Tiers for Clarity on 3 Players
Our Matt Harmon with an exclusive look at three players that he now has more clarity on after putting them into tiers.

D. Players To Be Wary Of Early In Your Draft
Our Matt Williamson gives you some very popular players you should let other owners draft.

E. Footballguys Staff Mock Draft 11, 12 team IDP, PPR
On August 12th, the Footballguys staff got together for their 11th draft of 2017. A 32-round IDP mock draft. Our Aaron Rudnicki provides an unbiased summary of each team's draft.


1. BUF - WR Anquan Boldin Retires

Source: ESPN - Jim Trotter

Anquan Boldin has left the Bills and has told them he's retiring per Jim Trotter of ESPN.

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We'd had Boldin ranked around WR60. He'd been looking rough on the field and it appears he just realized it was time. This puts pressure on Jordan Matthews to be ready and should create an opportunity for guys like Zay Jones. Boldin was no longer a top WR, but he was a weapon Tyrod Taylor would have benefitted from.

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2. WAS - TE Jordan Reed activated

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (toe) was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list Sunday, Aug. 20.

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Reed has been dropping steadily on draft boards since he was put on the PUP but at least this is a sign that the team expects him to be ready during the first month of the season. Hopefully, he'll play and look like his typical self next week. If so, he presents a potentially huge value in the fifth or later if he just plays 11-13 games and doesn't miss the fantasy playoffs.

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3. DEN - QB Trevor Siemian the 'clear frontrunner'

Source: Denver7 Sports - Troy Renck

Denver Broncos QB Trevor Siemian went 8-of-11 for 93 yards and a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday, Aug. 19, and appears to be the 'clear frontrunner' in the race to win the starting quarterback job in Denver.

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This is bad news for the Denver offense insomuch as Siemian isn't going to add a lot of value with arm strength or improvisational plays. He's only worth looking at in superflex or 2QB leagues.

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4. PHI - RB LeGarrette Blount not guaranteed roster spot

Source: NJ.com - Matt Lombardo

Philadelphia Eagles RB LeGarrette Blount has struggled to get to the corner on off-tackle runs and has only nine carries for 17 yards through two preseason games, leading Matt Lombardo of NJ.com to conclude Blount may be among the team's cuts this summer.

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Blount did score 18 touchdowns last year - but they were mostly a product of the Patriots offense dominance. It's difficult to make a strong case for drafting Blount at ADP.

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5. PHI - WR Alshon Jeffery playing catch-up

Source: PhillyVoice.com - Jimmy Kempski

Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery did not practice for about a week and a half during training camp in the preseason or participate in team drills, leading wide receivers coach Mike Groh to conclude Jeffery was 'behind' his teammates when it comes to his knowledge of the playbook.

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Jeffery's ceiling is 2nd-3rd value based on past production, but his connection with Carson Wentz is crucial and this isn't a positive note. Zach Ertz could lead this team in targets out of the gate.

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6. TEN - WR Corey Davis still sidelined

Source: NFL.com - Max Meyer

Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis (hamstring) did not play in the preseason game against the Carolina Panthers Saturday, Aug. 20, and head coach Mike Mularkey said it is unlikely that he will play next week.

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He could still return for the fourth preseason game, which would be very reassuring for this regular season outlook if he does it without incident. The Titans made Davis one of their starting two wide receivers after he missed most of the spring, so chances are they will do that again once he is healthy. He's a high ceiling pick in the mid-rounds.

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7. BUF - Dion Dawkins to see more time at LT

Source: The Buffalo News - Jay Skurski

Buffalo Bills OT Dion Dawkins will receive more snaps at left tackle during practice, according to head coach Sean McDermott. McDermott said the team is cautiously optimistic about OT Cordy Glenn (foot) but want to give Dawkins time at left tackle as a possible backup plan.

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Dawkins was supposed to be the possible upgrade at right tackle. The Bills offensive outlook is getting dimmer with each development.

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8. KC - Patrick Mahomes throws for two TDs

Source: NFL.com

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes went 10-for-14 for 88 yards and two touchdowns in the preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals Saturday, Aug. 19.

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Mahomes was magnificent on a play outside of the pocket and showed abilities outside of play structure that Alex Smith hasn't shown in his career. The outlook of players like Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce in dynasty leagues continues to get brighter.

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9. TEN - WR Eric Decker may play in next game

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans WR Eric Decker (ankle) has a chance to play in the third preseason game, according to head coach Mike Mularkey.

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This is a minor injury by most indications, but seeing Decker play next week would go a long way towards easing any concerns about the season opener against Oakland. All three of the Titans wide receivers have potential to be values, but Rishard Matthews is the healthiest (and latest drafted) right now.

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10. KC - QB Alex Smith has solid outing

Source: NFL.com

Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith went 8-for-9 for 83 yards and one touchdown in the preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals Saturday, Aug. 19.

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Smith has had a good camp and preseason. He doesn't maximize the value of his targets, but he seems prepared to play about as well as he can this year. He's still on the fringe of draftable quarterbacks in typical leagues.

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11. KC - RB Charcandrick West surpasses 100-yard mark

Source: NFL.com

Kansas City Chiefs RB Charcandrick West rushed for 113 yards on seven carries in the preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals Saturday, Aug. 19.

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West is cementing his roster spot, but will likely be the third running back and could share that role with CJ Spiller.

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12. BAL - QB Joe Flacco ruled out for another week

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco (back) will not return until Sunday, Aug. 27, at the earliest, according to ESPN's Jamison Hensley.

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The Ravens offense is already having to deal with injury problems at wide receiver and tight end, in addition to less than optimal situations at center and right tackle. Flacco back issue might be enough to fade this whole offense, with the exception of Danny Woodhead, who would benefit the most of an inability to establish a downfield passing game.

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13. BUF - WR Jordan Matthews gets in individual work

Source: WGR Sports Radio 550 - Sal Capaccio

Buffalo Bills WR Jordan Matthews (chest) was spotted in a helmet but was not in pads Sunday, Aug. 20, catching passes with the rest of his position group during individual work, according to WGR Sport Radio 550's Sal Capaccio.

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Matthews will be limited for a bit as he recovers from a chest injury. The fit with the Bills pass offense isn't great and his fantasy value is dropping by the day.

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14. KC - RB C.J. Spiller making push for roster spot

Source: The Kansas City Star - Terez A. Paylor

Kansas City Chiefs RB C.J. Spiller 'looks like his old, blazing-fast self' and may force the team to for running backs on the 53-man roster, according to the Kansas City Star's Terez A. Paylor.

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Spiller doesn't have fantasy relevance without multiple injuries in the Chiefs backfield, but if he is good enough to justify a roster spot, that's a reason to monitor him in deep dynasty leagues.

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15. MIN - RB Latavius Murray could play next Sunday

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - Andrew Krammer

Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) is expected to play in the preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Aug. 27, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. He had missed both of the team's first two exhibition contests.

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Murray has lost his place atop this backfield, and at this point he has to show his usefulness to have any kind of regular role. He could be a short yardage and goal line specialist, but he's not clearly worth a draft pick in typical leagues right now.

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16. HOU - QB Tom Savage plays well

Source: The Associated Press

Houston Texans QB Tom Savage completed eight of his nine passes for 98 yards and a touchdown in a 27-23 win over the New England Patriots in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 19.

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Savage is pedestrian, but better than Brock Osweiler. While Deshaun Watson's stats and highlights were gaudy, the conservative Texans will likely stick with Savage longer than we would want in fantasy. He could still be a lot better for DeAndre Hopkins than Osweiler was, although Savage riffed best with new addition Bruce Ellington in this one.

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17. WAS - Quiet debut for WR Josh Doctson

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson (hamstring) made his preseason debut Saturday, Aug. 19, and finished with one catch for 12 yards in a 21-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers, and John Keim of ESPN.com believes Doctson and QB Kirk Cousins need more time to work together to develop trust.

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Doctson is more of a bench stash at this point, but a worthy one with his athletic talent, the Washington offense's ability to support three wide receivers, Jordan Reed's injury history, and Terrelle Pryor's lack of experience with Cousins. It will take patience, but don't give up on Doctson early as long as he is healthy.

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18. WAS - QB Kirk Cousins off the mark

Source: ESPN.com

Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins completed 14 of his 23 pass attempts for 144 yards and a touchdown in a 21-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers in the preseason Saturday. Aug. 19.

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Perine doesn't look like he is completely on the same page as Terrelle Pryor and Josh Doctson. There is room for improvement and Jordan Reed is back, but it could be rough against Philadelphia in Week 1. The Rams and Raiders in Week 2 and 3 present more beatable opponents on defense.

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19. WAS - RB Samaje Perine runs well

Source: ESPN.com

Washington Redskins RB Samaje Perine had eight carries for 45 yards and one catch for 29 yards against the Green Bay Packers in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 19.

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Perine is hearing the messages from the coaches and starting to think less and play better. With his latest ADP drop he can still be a great pick in leagues with long benches, which make being patient and having less waiver wire flexibility early less harmful.

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20. WAS - No running room for RB Rob Kelley

Source: ESPN.com

Washington Redskins RB Rob Kelley had nine carries for nine yards and one catch for five yards against the Green Bay Packers in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 19.

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Kelley didn't get out of neutral but the Washington offense in general was an issue. Kelley is still cheap for a starting running back, but this only strengthens the notion that Samaje Perine will take over at some point.

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21. NYJ - RB Bilal Powell a bright spot

Source: ESPN.com

New York Jets RB Bilal Powell had nine carries for 32 yards and two catches for 14 yards against the Detroit Lions in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 19.

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Powell is set up to be the feature back for this offense if Matt Forte's hamstring remains an issue going into the season, but it's hard to know if he'll perform as well as he did last year with the team taking so many hits to the quality of their offense.

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22. IND - RB Marlon Mack shows off upside

Source: ESPN.com

Indianapolis Colts RB Marlon Mack had five carries for 45 yards and two catches for 14 yards in a 24-19 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 19.

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Mack left defenders grasping in air at his best moments and appeared to have the juice to deserve a role in the offense right away. He's more of a dynasty stash than redraft prospect right now because of concerns of about the Colts offense at first and the presence of Frank Gore and Robert Turbin.

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23. GB - TE Martellus Bennett finds the end zone

Source: ESPN.com

Green Bay Packers TE Martellus Bennett caught one pass, a three-yard touchdown, against the Washington Redskins in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 19.

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Bennett has a chance to approach a career high in touchdowns playing with another elite quarterback. He's a reasonable choice as one of the last TE1s, especially in nonPPR or .5 PPR leagues.

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24. KC - RB Kareem Hunt impresses

Source: Pro Football Focus

Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt played 17 of the first 19 snaps of the preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals Saturday, Aug. 19, and had eight carries for 40 yards and three catches for 23 yards.

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Hunt responded well to a huge workload early in the game and probably gave the Chiefs confidence that they have two backs that can handle the backfield. This isn't going in a good direction for Spencer Ware, but Hunt might have trouble completely overtaking him. The Chiefs backfield could be very productive, but unpredictable.

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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