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Volume 19, #125 -- Friday Night, August 25th, 2017

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Footballguys staff members discuss tight ends who are overvalued.

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I. From The Gut: AFC
Our Sigmund Bloom runs down gut feelings about key fantasy situations in the AFC as the preseason winds down.

J. Critical Tier Drops: Tight Ends
Identifying the key value drop off points in 2017 at the tight end position.

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A stats-based guide for separating skill from luck in tight end projections.

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Footballguys staffers get together to give advice on auction drafting.


1. KC - RB Spencer Ware carted off

Source: Chiefs.com - B.J. Kissel

Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (knee) was carted off the field after suffering a knee injury during the preseason game Friday, Aug. 25.

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The injury mechanism wasn't clear, but Ware appeared to be unable to put pressure on the leg. Kareem Hunt would skyrocket to 4th-5th round value if this injury is serious.

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2. NE - WR Julian Edelman suffers what's feared to be torn ACL

Source: NFL.com - Ian Rapoport

Ian Rapoport reports: "WR Julian Edelman has suffered what is believed to be a torn ACL, per sources. MRI tomorrow to confirm."

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Edelman's injury was a non-contact knee buckle when he was planting his foot. The biggest immediate beneficiary would be Chris Hogan, who would likely get the nod in two wide sets, but we shouldn't overlook the possibility that Brandin Cooks gets more short targets. While Edelman is very productive, Danny Amendola and even Rex Burkhead, who has experience in the slot, can provide some of his tactical value. This wouldn't be a crippling injury for the Patriots pass offense, so there is likely a net gain for at least 1-2 pass catchers in this offense and only a small hit to Tom Brady. The Patriots have a plethora of talented pass catchers and personnel packages to put defenses at a disadvantage and Edelman isn't as essential as Rob Gronkowski or Cooks to this offense's success.

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3. WAS - TE Jordan Reed to be game-time decision Sunday

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (toe) has looked good in practice according to head coach Jay Gruden, but he will remain a game-time decision versus the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Aug, 27.

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Seeing Reed play and push off of that toe like he does at 100% would be reassuring, but this kind of injury is subject to recurrence. Reed is falling to the fifth round and later and might be worth it if he can be effective in December or for most of the season up to that point, but the deck is stacked against him.

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4. NYJ - WR Robby Anderson standing out in camp

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets WR Robby Anderson has improved as a route runner and adjusted nicely to off-target throws during training camp, helping him separate from the rest of the team's receiving corps, according to ESPN.com's Rich Cimini.

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Anderson is the clear #1 among the Jets receivers, and he riffed well with Bryce Petty, who is outplaying Christian Hackenberg. He's a great late round target.

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5. PIT - QB Landry Jones expected to play

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Joe Rutter

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Landry Jones (abdomen) is expected to play in the preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts Saturday, Aug. 26, and serve as the No. 2 quarterback.

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Rookie Josh Dobbs was supposedly a consideration for the #2 job, but his play in the preseason probably shut the door on that possibility.

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6. HOU - RB Alfred Blue dealing with injury

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans RB Alfred Blue (ankle) suffered a high ankle sprain during joint practices with the New Orleans Saints, but the team hopes he will be able to return in the near future, according to a source.

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D'Onta Foreman should start the season as the backup and might not give the job back. He would gain RB2 value if Lamar Miller goes down.

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7. SF - C.J. Beathard to be No. 2 QB Sunday

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers QB C.J. Beathard will serve as the No. 2 quarterback in the preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Aug. 27. Head coach Kyle Shanahan said Beathard is still competing with Matt Barkley for the primary backup job.

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Brian Hoyer isn't the best at staying healthy or holding down a quarterback job. We could see Beathard by the end of the season.

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8. TB - DT Gerald McCoy may need MRI

Source: Tampa Bay Times - Rick Stroud

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy (pelvis, groin) is being checked out for a possible groin or pelvic injury and may require an MRI, but the team doesn't believe the injury is serious 'at this time,' according to the Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud.

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McCoy is a big part of a defense that was dominant at times last year. If he misses time, it reduces the chances of this unit becoming top tier this year.

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9. TEN - WR Eric Decker will not play in dress rehearsal

Source: ESPN.com - Cameron Wolfe

Tennessee Titans WR Eric Decker (ankle) has been ruled out for the team's third preseason game against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Aug. 27.

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Rishard Matthews is the only healthy Top 3 receiver on the Titans, even though he is also going third among the three. Decker is still a solid choice at a reasonable 7th/8th round ADP, and all Titans receivers can make a case for being values at current ADP, along with quarterback Marcus Mariota.

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10. NYG - Odell Beckham receiving new-age treatment

Source: New York Post - Fred Kerber and Mark Hale

Updating previous reports, New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle) will receive Thera-Lase cell treatment on his injured ankle Friday, Aug. 25. The treatment's website claims that Thera-Lase 'is a non-invasive, drug free laser therapy treatment which provides relief and healing for both chronic and acute pain, accelerates wound healing and reduces inflammation related to soft tissue injuries.' Former Carolina Panthers DE Jared Allen used Thera-Lase two years ago after breaking his foot and was available to play in the Super Bowl three weeks later, which matches Beckham's timeline for Week 1.

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This underscores the possible limited or lost availability for Beckham in the early season and risk of re-injury. It's reasonable to move him down from his usual spot in the Top 5 of drafts.

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11. JAX - Jacksonville not ready to name starting QB

Source: Jaguars.com - John Oehser

Jacksonville Jaguars QBs Chad Henne and Blake Bortles could play in the final preseason game, according to head coach Doug Marrone. Marrone said he has no timetable for naming a starting quarterback.

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There's no way to spin this as good news for the Jaguars. If Chad Henne is an upgrade at quarterback then we were already looking at one of the worst offenses in the league.

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12. CAR - QB Cam Newton solid in limited work

Source: NFL.com

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton went 2-for-2 for 21 yards and one touchdown in the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday, Aug. 24.

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Newton didn't play as much as starters usually do in the third preseason game, but unlike Andrew Luck, at least we got to see him play this preseason. He's worth the ADP that often puts him outside of the Top 8 quarterbacks drafted.

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13. PHI - WR Torrey Smith reaches end zone

Source: NFL.com

Philadelphia Eagles WR Torrey Smith caught one pass for 50 yards and one touchdown against the Miami Dolphins Thursday, Aug. 24.

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Smith could have similar value to Kenny Stills in a best case scenario. His volume will be low, but he'll get most of the deep shots in the Eagles offense and appears to have secured his starting role.

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14. PHI - QB Carson Wentz throws two TDs

Source: NFL.com

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz went 6-for-10 for 129 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the preseason game against the Miami Dolphins Thursday, Aug. 24.

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Wentz provided reason for optimism in the Eagles pass offense, although he is on the fringe of draftable fantasy quarterbacks. This is good news for Alshon Jeffery, Zach Ertz, and maybe even Torrey Smith.

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15. MIA - WR Jarvis Landry catches two passes

Source: NFL.com

Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry caught two passes for 49 yards in the preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday, Aug. 24.

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Landry is carrying over some downtown punch that he didn't show earlier in his career, but his volume will continue to be down this year and it will be difficult for him to return value on his early draft 3rd/4th round ADP.

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16. MIA - WR DeVante Parker finishes with 78 yards

Source: NFL.com

Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker caught two passes for 78 yards in the preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday, Aug. 24.

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Parker caught a long 50-50 ball in shades of the connection between Jay Cutler and Alshon Jeffery, who Cutler compared Parker to (but faster) after the second preseason game. His stock is up.

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17. BUF - WR Jordan Matthews making progress

Source: BuffaloBills.com - Chris Brown

Buffalo Bills WR Jordan Matthews (chest) participated in individual drills again Thursday, Aug. 24, and is making good progress in his recovery from his chest injury, according to head coach Sean McDermott. Matthews will not play in the third preseason game but is traveling with the team for the game. McDermott said the team does not need to see Matthews play in the preseason.

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Matthews style doesn't mesh well with Tyrod Taylor, but he could still lead the Bills in targets. It's still hard to picture any Bills target greatly outperforming expectations this year, no matter how low they are.

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18. MIA - RB Jay Ajayi logs two touchdowns vs. PHI

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Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi registered nine rushes for 53 yards and managed to find the end zone twice in the team's third preseason game Thursday, August 24, against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Ajayi is completely over his concussion and represents a solid RB1 choice in the second round.

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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