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Volume 19, #129 -- Tuesday Night, August 29th, 2017

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Hi Folks,

Good Wednesday to you. More prayers and good thoughts for our South Texas Folks. Hang in there. The season is almost here and we've got the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

J

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C. Week 1 Detailed Stat Projections Are Live
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D. The New Reality No.91: Preseason Week 3 Notes
Our Chad Parsons with notes from Week 3 of the 2017 NFL Preseason.

E. Late-August ADP for FFPC and FPC
Our Clayton Gray with an in-depth look at ADP from 57 recent FPC drafts.

F. Top 300 Players Updated
Our David Dodds with the Top 300 Players.

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

H. Average Draft Position Updated
Know where the guys in your league are likely to draft players with our Average Draft Position Data.

I. PPR Average Draft Position Updated
Know where the guys in your league are likely to draft players with our Average Draft Position Data. This one is for PPR Scoring.

J. Draft List Updated
Our David Dodds takes the Top 300 List and factors it against the Average Draft Position to get our Draft List.

K. PPR Draft List Updated
Our David Dodds takes the Top 300 List and factors it against the Average Draft Position to get our Draft List. This one is for PPR scoring.


1. SF - TE Vance McDonald traded to Pittsburgh

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick Tuesday, Aug. 29, according to sources.

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The 49ers gave McDonald an extension last December, but with a new regime in town he just wasn't in their future plans. Rookie George Kittle sits atop their depth chart on the 49ers website. Veteran Logan Paulsen is listed as the no2 tight end.

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2. PIT - Pittsburgh lands TE Vance McDonald

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick Tuesday, Aug. 29.

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A good move for the Steelers here as they don't give up much and upgrade their position. McDonald has talent as a move tight end, but he needs to stay healthy in order to play up to his potential. He should push Jesse James for playing time in the near future.

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3. ATL - RB Devonta Freeman out of concussion protocol

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman is no longer in the concussion protocol and has been fully cleared to return to practice.

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As expected, Freeman is out of the concussion protocol in time to get ready for the regular season. He's a RB1 in any format, and Freeman should go off the board in the first round of every fantasy draft.

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4. NYJ - RB Matt Forte on the block?

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

The New York Jets have reportedly 'gauged' the trade market for RB Matt Forte, according to sources.

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That's not a shock, but it would be somewhat shocking to see another team take on Forte's fully guaranteed $4 million salary in 2017. If/when Forte is traded (or released), the team will turn to Bilal Powell as their featured back with a three-down role. Rookie Eli McGuire could mix in as a change-of-pace back behind Powell.

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5. BAL - QB Joe Flacco nearing return to practice

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco (back) has resumed throwing and will likely practice in the coming days, according to head coach John Harbaugh.

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The Ravens have been planning on this all along. Flacco has not yet been cleared to practice, but expect that to happen before their Week 1 game. The team has plenty of question marks, but they have no shot if Ryan Mallett has to start for them.

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6. DET - QB Matthew Stafford guaranteed $92 million

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Updating previous reports, Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford's five-year deal includes a $50 million signing bonus and $92 million guaranteed, which are both NFL highs, according to a source.

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The deal will average $27 million annually, which will be an NFL record. Stafford will be guaranteed $60.5 million at signing and $86 million by the start of Year 2 of the contract, which starts next March, a league source said. The full $92 million is guaranteed upon Year 3.

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7. NE - WR Danny Amendola is as healthy as ever

Source: Boston Herald - Jeff Howe

New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola said he feels 'as good as I've ever felt' and mentioned that he's 'healthy and ready to go.'

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With WR Julian Edelman done for the year, we should see an increase in snaps for Amendola. He's still more of a 'lottery ticket' pick you can get at the end of your draft.

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8. TEN - WR Eric Decker back at practice

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans WR Eric Decker (ankle) was back at practice Tuesday, Aug. 29. As reported earlier, he has a chance to play in the Titans' final preseason game this week.

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Decker doesn't need to play in Week 4 of the preseason. He's a WR3/flex option for fantasy players. Decker has been banged up over the last year but if healthy the veteran wideout could play an important role for the Titans..especially when they get near pay dirt.

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9. TEN - WR Corey Davis also at practice

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis (hamstring) returned to practice Tuesday, Aug. 29. As reported earlier, he has a chance to play in the Titans' final preseason game this week.

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He could play in the finale, but the talented 2017 first-round pick could be held out as well. The team just needs Davis ready for the start of the regular season. They have a well-stocked WR corps, but Davis has the talent to emerge in 2017. Fantasy owners are taking Davis at WR47 (10.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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10. WAS - Jay Gruden frustrated with WR Josh Doctson

Source: The Washington Post - Mike Jones

Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson (groin, hamstring) was held out of the team's third preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Aug. 27, and head coach Jay Gruden told reporters Tuesday, Aug. 29, that Doctson's multiple injuries have 'been an issue.'

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Doctson was a highly touted pick coming out of TCU in 2016, and that's why Washington selected him 22nd overall. His production in college, plus size/speed combination, had the draft community calling Doctson a 'safe' first-round pick. The injury bug can strike anyone, and it just won't let Doctson out of its clutches.

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11. MIA - QB Jay Cutler feeling 'really good'

Source: ESPN.com - James Walker

Miami Dolphins QB Jay Cutler said that mentally, he feels 'really good,' and that he also feels 'good' physically heading into the regular season.

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The Dolphins offense will be more aggressive with Cutler taking snaps. He's not afraid to throw into coverage, and Dolphins head coach Adam Gase will design the passing game to get him deep looks often. From a fantasy lens, Cutler is a QB2...and make sure you don't get dinged for INTs thrown in your scoring system.

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12. BAL - WR Breshad Perriman ready for Week 1?

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com

Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman (hamstring) is expected to be healthy enough to play by Week 1, according to head coach John Harbaugh.

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Perriman has the speed to get by defenders in a hurry. If healthy, he'll likely be a favorite deep threat of QB Joe Flacco. His role behind Jeremy Maclin and Mike Wallace may not be enough to be fantasy relevant, and Perriman is not getting drafted in most leagues.

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13. PIT - Phazahn Odom released

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Darin Gantt

Pittsburgh Steelers TE Phazahn Odom was released Tuesday, Aug. 29.

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With the trade for Vance McDonald, the Steelers are just clearing out room on the depth chart. We should see McDonald push Jesse James for the starting job.

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14. NYJ - QB Bryce Petty could play this week

Source: NewYorkJets.com - Eric Allen

New York Jets QB Bryce Petty (knee) may be available to play in Week 4 of the preseason, according to head coach Todd Bowles.

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Petty is competing to be the backup behind starter Josh McCown. His main competition is Christian Hackenberg...so Petty should win that job.

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15. BUF - WR Jordan Matthews should be ready

Source: BuffaloBills.com - Chris Brown

Buffalo Bills WR Jordan Matthews (chest) is confident he'll be able to play in Week 1, but head coach Sean McDermott remains cautiously optimistic about his new receiver. Matthews said he's been doing everything to get back to full health and is in good shape, adding that the pain he felt in his chest has reduced considerably.

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That was the plan for some time, and it looks like Matthews is going to be available for his new team in the season opener. Fantasy owners shouldn't be expecting much from the Bills passing game this year, but Matthews could produce at WR4/flex levels in PPR leagues.

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16. DET - Ziggy Ansah should be ready for season

Source: Detroit Free Press - Dave Birkett

Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah (ankle) is expected to be ready for Week 1 despite currently being on the Active Physically Unable to Perform list, according to general manager Bob Quinn.

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Good news for the Lions here. Ansah is their best pass rusher and they need him on the field to pressure opposing QBs early and often. A high-ankle sprain limited Ansah to 13 games last year and he produced a career low 2.0 sacks. They need him to get healthy, stay healthy and produce like he did in 2015 (14.5 sacks).

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17. CHI - QB Mitchell Trubisky starting this week

Source: Chicago Bears Radio Network - Zach Zaidman

Chicago Bears rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky will start in Week 4 of the preseason this week against the Cleveland Browns.

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Trubisky is the future of the franchise and he's shown flashes during the preseason this year. Mike Glennon will begin the season as the starter, but Trubisky could win the no2 job over Mark Sanchez. We think Trubisky will see the field at some point in 2017, despite John Fox's hesitance to play rookies much.

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18. IND - CB Vontae Davis to miss multiple games

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Indianapolis Colts CB Vontae Davis (groin) is dealing with a 'significant' groin injury and seeking a second opinion.

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Head coach Chuck Pagano has already announced Davis will miss 'multiple games' due to the injury. The Colts secondary will now consist of guys like Rashaan Melvin and 2017 second-round pick Quincy Wilson and 2017 fifth-round pick Nate Hairston.

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19. CLE - CB Joe Haden on the block

Source: CBSSports.com - Jason La Canfora

Cleveland Browns CB Joe Haden is being aggressively shopped on the trade market, according to multiple teams.

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Haden hasn't played a full 16-game season since 2010, and he's only been available to play in 18 games over the last two years. With $32.9 million owed over the next three years, we don't think anyone will be fired up to add an aging Haden to their roster. In 2018, there's an out for Haden's contract that would leave around $3 million in dead money on the books for the Browns.

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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