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Volume 19, #126 -- Saturday Night, August 26th, 2017

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Hi Folks,

Good Sunday to you. We're halfway through the big Draft Weekend and we're right here with you. Let's get to it.

J

SITE NEWS

A. Projections Updated
Detailed Stat Projections are the backbone of Footballguys. And we've got a new set ready for you here.

B. 6,750 Printable Cheatsheets Updated
New Detailed Stat Projections mean the 6,750 Printable Cheatsheets are updated as well. Just enter a few details about your team and league and create a printable cheatsheet dialed in just for your situation. Note that anyone can see how these work with June data. If you're a Footabllguys Insider PRO subscriber, you'll see them with current data.

C. Top 300 Players Updated
The Footballguys Top 300 by our David Dodds is updated and ready for you.

D. PPR Top 300 Players Updated
The Footballguys Top 300 by our David Dodds is updated and ready for you. This one is for PPR scoring.

E. Draft List Updated
Our David Dodds takes the Top 300 List and factors it against Average Draft Position to get a list more like we'd draft with.

F. PPR Draft List Updated
Our David Dodds takes the Top 300 List and factors it against Average Draft Position to get a list more like we'd draft with. This one is for PPR scoring.

G. Footballguys Staff Rankings Updated
Our Footballguys Staffers are constantly updating their rankings and we've got our newest set here.

H. Footballguys Players Championship - Less than 2,350 Teams remain
This contest is capped at 7,200 teams and we sold out last year 3 days before the Thursday game. Get your spot now before this sells out. Drafts are going strong this Sunday (All times are Eastern):

Sun (8/27): 10 am, 1 pm, 4 pm, 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm, 9 pm, 10 pm, 11 pm, 11:55 pm

I. FREE FEATURE - Footballguys Staff Mock Draft 14, Auction, 12 team FPC scoring
On August 23rd, 12 members of the Footballguys staff got together for the site's 14th mock draft of 2017, an auction draft featuring FPC scoring. Below is the league scoring format and bylaws. Justin Howe provides an in-depth evaluation summary of each team's draft and each participants answers questions pertaining to their strategy.

J. Footballguys Staff Mock Draft 13, 12-team FPC format, Best Ball
On August 19th the Footballguys staff got together for their 13th draft of 2016. A 12 team FPC Scoring, Best Ball draft with 28 rounds. Each participant answers questions about their selections and strategies, plus our Devin Knotts provides an in-depth unbiased summary of each team's draft.

K. Sunday Morning Coming Down: 4 Early-round Players I'm Nervous to Start in Week 1 - Matt Harmon
Our Matt Harmon examines four early-round players that he's nervous to start in Week 1.


1. KC - RB Spencer Ware may be out 2-8 weeks

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Updating an ongoing story, Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (knee) could miss as little as two weeks because of his knee injury or could miss as much as eight weeks, according to a source. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI Saturday, Aug. 26, to determine the severity of the injury.

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Kareem Hunt, an exciting rookie RB from Toledo, will now be the team's featured back according to Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. Ware's status for the start of the season is up in the air right now, but we could see him go on the PUP list which forces him out the first six week. It really depends on how quickly the team thinks he can recover.

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2. KC - RB Spencer Ware injury not 'clear-cut'

Source: ESPN.com - Adam Teicher

Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (knee) is expected to return before the end of the season, but head coach Andy Reid acknowledges there is much uncertainty regarding his situation.

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It's a little touch and go at this point. Early reports indicate Ware can be back in as little as a couple of weeks and as much as a couple of months. Stay tuned, and everyone grab rookie RB Kareem Hunt if you're looking for the team's starter.

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3. NE - WR Julian Edelman done for the season

Source: NFL Network - Albert Breer

Updating previous reports, New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (knee) suffered a complete ACL tear in his right knee and will miss the 2017 season, according to a source.

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This means Chris Hogan moves up the pecking order for the Patriots. Brandin Cooks is already in line to be heavily targeted this year, and now Hogan should see a bump in production. Watch for Danny Amendola and perhaps even RB Rex Burkhead to get some more work in the passing game. Edelman is not set to be a free agent until 2020, but there's no more guaranteed money in his contract. This leaves his future with the team in question, and Edelman will turn 32 years old next year.

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4. KC - RB Kareem Hunt leads the backfield

Source: ESPN.com

Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt carried a team-high nine times for 39 yards in a 26-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the preseason Friday, Aug. 25.

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A third-round pick out of Toledo, Hunt gets an opportunity to be a big part of the offense. Hunt has a good all-around skill set and is a lunch-pail type of back who can grind an opponent down. He's also a good receiver out of the backfield. Fantasy owners should consider Hunt a third- or fourth-round pick due to his skill set and upside.

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5. JAX - QB Blake Bortles wins starting job

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles will be the team's starting quarterback for the season opener against the Houston Texans Sept. 10.

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Bortles has the job for now, but we imagine he's on a pretty short leash as the starter. If he struggles then the team could turn to Chad Henne as the starter. The Jaguars have built a team that should play suffocating defense and run the ball well. That limits the amount of burden put on the shoulders of the quarterback.

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6. JAX - RB Leonard Fournette back on the field

Source: The Florida Times-Union - Ryan O'Halloran

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (foot) is participating in practice Saturday, Aug. 26.

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Great news for the Jaguars and for fantasy owners. Fournette's preseason is done, but he's getting ready for Week 1 of the regular season. His skill set is that of a hammer who can serve as the centerpiece for the Jaguars offense. If his body holds up (ankle problems in college at LSU), Fournette has the capability to be at least a RB2 for fantasy owners in 2017.

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7. PIT - Two receivers on bubble?

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Ray Fittipaldo

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates and WR Darrius Heyward-Bey are on the fringe for the 53-man roster. These two are among several receivers fighting for the final two spots.

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Coates is fast in a straight line but concentration problems have plagued him since his college days at Auburn. Heyward-Bey has a great size/speed combination and can contribute on special teams. We could see one but not both getting cut.

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8. NYG - WR Brandon Marshall out Saturday

Source: ESPN.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants WR Brandon Marshall (shoulder) is not playing Saturday, Aug. 26, against the New York Jets.

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The shoulder injury is considered minor, so it's not a big deal if he misses a preseason game.

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9. NYG - Odell Beckham out Saturday

Source: NJ.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle) is out of the lineup for the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 26, against the New York Jets.

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Fantasy owners are happy the injury is minor, but make sure to monitor him leading up to the start of the regular season. There are some speculative reports that say Beckham could miss a game or two to begin the year. That's a worst-case scenario but one that needs to be tracked.

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10. BAL - WR Breshad Perriman runs routes Saturday

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman (hamstring) ran some routes and caught passes before the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 26.

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It's always something with Perriman. He has been sidelined since the beginning of the month because of a hamstring injury.

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11. BUF - DT Marcell Dareus sent home

Source: CBSSports.com - Jason La Canfora

Buffalo Bills DT Marcell Dareus will not play in the preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens Saturday, Aug. 26, because he has been sent home for violating a team rule.

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Further discipline could be in the future for Dareus. There's a new sheriff in town, and clearly head coach Sean McDermott is not letting anything fly.

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12. JAX - RB T.J. Yeldon remains sidelined

Source: The Florida Times-Union - Ryan O'Halloran

Jacksonville Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon (hamstring) is not participating in practice Saturday, Aug. 26.

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Yeldon is unlikely to be a part of what the Jaguars do on offense in 2017. Rookie RB Leonard Fournette should be the lead back (when healthy) and Chris Ivory should serve as his primary backup.

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13. NE - DE Kony Ealy officially released

Source: Patriots.com

New England Patriots DE Kony Ealy was officially released Saturday, Aug. 26.

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Well that didn't last long. The Patriots just traded a second-round pick for Ealy and a third-round pick this spring, but he was not a good fit for their defense and they're moving on. A 2014 second-round pick, Ealy should get interest from 4-3 teams on the open market.

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14. GB - WR Jordy Nelson wants to play a few more years

Source: NFL.com - Jeremy Bergman

Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson said he is looking to play two to four more years before he decides to retire.

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So long as he's healthy, Nelson can be an impact WR in the NFL for quite some time. Nelson has two years left on his current contract and said he would see how he feels at the end of that contact.

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15. KC - S Eric Berry still dealing with injury

Source: Chiefs.com - Matt McMullen

Kansas City Chiefs SS Eric Berry (heel) did not play in the preseason game Friday, Aug. 25, because he is dealing with soreness in his heel.

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Berry is a seasoned veteran and a leader on that Chiefs defense. He doesn't need a ton of reps in the preseason. They'll keep him limited for the next week or so, but Berry should be ready for Week 1 of the regular season.

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16. MIA - OLB Rey Maualuga may not practice

Source: Sun-Sentinel - Omar Kelly

Miami Dolphins LB Rey Maualuga may not practice this week or play in the final preseason game because he is still working his way back into game shape, according to head coach Adam Gase.

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With injuries ravaging their LB corps, the Dolphins could use Maualuga ASAP as a two-down run stuffer. Maualuga reported to the team 10 pounds overweight, and Gase indicated the team does not know if he will be ready for Week 1.

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17. JAX - WR Marqise Lee eyeing return to practice

Source: The Associated Press - Mark Long

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Marqise Lee (ankle) expects to practice Saturday, Aug. 26, for the first time since suffering a high ankle sprain during practice on Aug. 13.

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High ankle sprains are tricky to deal with and they take longer to heal than a regular sprain. Lee has the potential for around 50 catches this year, but we're not investing in the Jaguars passing game for our fantasy teams. Look elsewhere for better WR5/WR6 with upside.

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18. MIN - QB Teddy Bridgewater could return in 2017

Source: FOXSports.com - Jay Glazer

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) may be able to 'get back this year,' according to head coach Mike Zimmer.

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Bridgewater could return, but it will likely be a backup role to Sam Bradford. The team didn't pick up his fifth-year option earlier this year, so the 2014 first-round pick is set to be an unrestricted free agent in 2018.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for being part of Footballguys and we'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J