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Volume 19, #128 -- Monday Night, August 28th, 2017

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Hi Folks,

Good Tuesday to you. I'm sorry I didn't mention this earlier but prayers and good vibes to our South Texas folks. It was on my heart so much as my family lives in Houston that I failed to say anything here. Hang tough. Texas is my adopted second home and I know they will persevere. Know that Footballguys loves ya.

We've got more Content for you today plus the News and Notes you need. Let's get to it.

J

SITE NEWS

A. FREE FEATURE - On Second Thought: Quarterback Edition
Our Jason Wood takes a look at how our quarterback views have changed over the preseason.

B. On Second Thought: Running Back Edition
Our Jason Wood takes a look at how our running back views have changed over the preseason.

C. On Second Thought: Wide Receiver Edition
Our Jason Wood takes a look at how our wide receiver views have changed over the preseason.

D. On Second Thought: Tight End Edition
Our Jason Wood takes a look at how our tight end views have changed over the preseason.

E. On Second Thought
Our Sigmund Bloom looks at fantasy situations that require a second view after camp and the preseason.

F. 32 Players To Target on the Preseason Waiver Wire
Our Sigmund Bloom runs down the top 32 players to target on your preseason waiver wire.

G. I Will Survive: Managing Survivor Leagues
Our Jeff Pasquino with Survivor Pool Strategy - Outwit, Outplay, Outlast - Planning Out 17 Weeks of Victories.


1. NYJ - QB Josh McCown named starter

Source: SI.com - Albert Breer

New York Jets QB Josh McCown has been named the Week 1 starting quarterback by head coach Todd Bowles.

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Hurray? Fantasy owners are not invested in the Jets passing 'attack' no matter who is calling signals from under center. McCown was the choice because Christian Hackenberg is not ready and Bryce Petty isn't a better option.

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2. IND - QB Andrew Luck running out of time

Source: The Indianapolis Star - Zak Keefer

Updating an ongoing story, Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) seems unlikely for the season opener in 13 days. He could come off the Physically Unable to Perform list and practice, but the team has just two practices this week. Luck hasn't worked with the receivers since December.

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This situation is about as clear as mud. Luck may miss a week or two to begin the regular season. It may not be longer than that, but it's looking now that starting Week 1 might be out of the question. We'll have more clarity on this situation as the week continues.

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3. TEN - WR Corey Davis may play this week

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis (hamstring) has a chance to play in the final preseason game but a final decision has not been made, according to head coach Mike Mularkey.

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It's been almost a month since Davis initially suffered this hamstring injury. The team has taken the cautious route with the 2017 first-round pick, and they are unlikely to rush him back for a meaningless fourth preseason game. His status for Week 1 of the regular season is up in the air.

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4. TEN - WR Eric Decker could play in preseason game

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans WR Eric Decker (ankle) has a chance to play in the final preseason game but a final decision has not been made, according to head coach Mike Mularkey.

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Decker doesn't need to play in the preseason finale, so we're not expecting the veteran to suit up. Monitor his status before Week 1 just in case you wanted him in as a flex option against the Raiders.

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5. CLE - QB DeShone Kizer has trust of head coach

Source: ESPN.com - Dianna Marie Russini

Cleveland Browns rookie QB DeShone Kizer 'has the right stuff' and will start for the Browns through the good and the bad, according to head coach Hue Jackson.

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Kizer does have some physical tools that allow him to make highlight plays with his arm or his feet. The rookie from Notre Dame has a rocket arm and the athleticism to threaten defenses as a runner. However, he needs a faster processor as a passer and his development will benefit from better decisions when throwing the football. This makes 27 starting quarterbacks for the Browns since 1999.

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6. JAX - RB Leonard Fournette will be ready

Source: Jaguars.com - John Oehser

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (foot) has been practicing more lately and will be ready for Week 1.

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This was expected as Fournette had missed the last two preseason games dealing with this foot problem. He has a history of foot/ankle problems dating back to his days in college at LSU. Fournette is going to get a lot of touches, and if he can hold up there's certainly RB1 upside with the rookie.

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7. CHI - ACL tear confirmed for WR Cameron Meredith

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Chicago Bears WR Cameron Meredith's (knee) torn anterior cruciate ligament was confirmed by an MRI. There is other undisclosed damage to his knee as well, according to a source. He will undergo more tests to determine the extent of the damage.

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We knew it was bad for Meredith, and now reports confirm the damage for the would-be no1 WR for the Bears. Now he's going to miss all of 2017 and his 2018 status is in question as well...at least for the early portions of the season. Meredith is set to be a restricted free agent in 2018.

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8. NYJ - QB Bryce Petty limited Monday

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets QB Bryce Petty (knee) was limited to individual drills during practice Monday, Aug. 28. He still hopes to play in the final preseason game.

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Petty is hoping to be the Jets second-string quarterback as Josh McCown has already been named the starter. Petty's main competition is 2016 second-round pick Christian Hackenberg and he's played poorly this camp and preseason. If healthy, we expect Petty to be the no2 quarterback for the Jets.

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9. NE - WR Malcolm Mitchell still out

Source: Boston Herald - Jeff Howe

New England Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee) did not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 28.

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Mitchell's knee problem has been bothering him for quite some time. If healthy, Mitchell could push for targets as a deep option for the Patriots offense. Even with Julian Edelman done for the year, we're not expecting Mitchell to be a fantasy factor in 2017.

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10. NE - RB Rex Burkhead returns to practice

Source: Boston Herald - Jeff Howe

New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (undisclosed) participated in practice Monday, Aug. 28. Burkhead missed the last week because of the injury.

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Burkhead and Mike Gillislee are competing to be the lead back for the offense. With WR Julian Edelman done for the year, Burkhead (a known versatile back) could be used more as a receiver out of the backfield.

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11. DAL - TE Rico Gathers remains sidelined

Source: ESPNDallas.com - Todd Archer

Dallas Cowboys TE Rico Gathers (concussion) is still in the concussion protocol and will not practice or play this week. He may be placed on the Reserve/Injured list.

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Just bad news for a dynasty prospect we enjoyed watching score during the first couple of preseason games. Gathers is a big target and has the basketball skill set which could make him a factor in the red zone. This concussion has lingered for some time now, and it's certainly going to impact his playing time leading into the year.

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12. JAX - WR Dede Westbrook meets with specialist

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

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook (lower body) is meeting with a specialist Monday, Aug. 28, to have his lower body injury evaluated. Head coach Doug Marrone said he expects Westbrook to play in the final preseason game.

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Westbrook is a speedy rookie WR who is an ankle-breaker in the open field. With his speed/quickness combination, Westbrook is a threat to score anytime he touches the ball. This injury (groin injury?) is going to set the rookie back. We like him in dynasty formats, but Westbrook is only a late 'lottery ticket' pick in deep redraft leagues.

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13. SEA - Two Seahawks backs returning

Source: Seahawks.com - John Boyle

Seattle Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise (groin) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 28, while RB Thomas Rawls (ankle) is expected to return to practice Tuesday, Aug. 29, according to head coach Pete Carroll.

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Prosise is talented as a runner and receiver out of the backfield. While Rawls competes with Eddie Lacy to be the lead back, Prosise has intriguing upside for PPR fantasy leagues.

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14. DET - TE Eric Ebron practicing again

Source: DetroitLions.com - Tim Twentyman

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 28.

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Ebron has been hyped up by some as a sleeper at the TE position. Sure, he's got the athletic traits and there could be a nice role for him in the passing game. However, to truly pay off for fantasy owners it would be nice to see Ebron get more work in the red zone. He had 61 catches in 2016 but only one touchdown reception. It's best to consider him a TE2 with upside.

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15. DEN - QB Paxton Lynch will miss games

Source: NFL Network - James Palmer

Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos QB Paxton Lynch (shoulder) will miss at least two weeks of the season due to his sprained right shoulder, according to head coach Vance Joseph.

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The second-year quarterback was going to be the backup behind Trevor Siemian. He still will be, but now the team will have to find an option to begin the season. Expect Lynch to miss at least a couple of games, with a return possible in Week 3. The Broncos do have a bye week in Week 5 of the regular season.

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16. DEN - WR Demaryius Thomas absent Monday

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (groin) missed practice Monday, Aug. 28.

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Thomas suffered a groin injury on Saturday night against the Packers. If healthy, Thomas is an easy WR1 for your fantasy team. Staying healthy has been a problem for him, and that's why most leagues are drafting him in the third round.

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17. NYG - WR Brandon Marshall back at practice

Source: NJ.com - Dan Duggan

New York Giants WR Brandon Marshall (shoulder) returned to Monday, Aug. 28. He did not play in Week 3 of the preseason.

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Marshall won't play in Week 4 of the preseason either. Not a big deal as the team is getting him ready for the start of the regular season. Marshall has a current ADP of WR32 (6.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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18. KC - ILB Reggie Ragland sent to Chiefs

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Buffalo Bills LB Reggie Ragland was acquired by the Kansas City Chiefs Monday, Aug. 28, in exchange for a 2019 fourth-round pick.

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Ragland was a highly thought of second-round pick in 2016, but he was running with the third-string defense at Bills camp. The Chiefs could use him quite a bit in 2017.

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19. MIA - No chance WR Jarvis Landry is traded

Source: The Palm Beach Post - Hal Habib

Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry was informed by head coach Adam Gase that there is no chance the team trades him.

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Landry is in the final year of his rookie contract, and the Dolphins have given no indication they want to keep him around. There have been reports this weekend that they're taking phone calls about Landry, but the team is denying that he'll be on the move.

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20. IND - WR T.Y. Hilton practicing

Source: The Indianapolis Star - Zak Keefer

Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (rest) is back at practice Monday, Aug. 28.

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Hilton's fantasy value all hinges on QB Andrew Luck. We don't know when Luck will be able to play as he's still recovering from a shoulder injury, and his Week 1 status is in doubt. With Luck, Hilton is a WR1 for fantasy owners. However, his production would be less of a guarantee if Scott Tolzien is tossing him the rock. Hilton is going off the board at WR12 (3.01) in 12-team PPR leagues right now.

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21. CLE - QB Cody Kessler demoted to No. 4?

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns QB Cody Kessler may be demoted to fourth string behind QB Kevin Hogan. Sources indicate coach Hue Jackson was happy with Hogan's effort during a fourth-quarter comeback.

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Kessler was sort of the 'incumbent' entering this camp and this quarterback competition. Rookie DeShone Kizer is going to start, and now Kessler is looking like he may not be the primary backup - or the third-string guy - behind Kizer and Brock Osweiler. If released, we could see some teams interested in Kessler as a backup.

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

Peace,

J