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Volume 19, #131 -- Thursday Night, August 31st, 2017

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Hi Folks,

Welcome to Friday. We're less than a week away from real regular season NFL games and we can't wait. Let's get to it.

J

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D. Offensive Line Rankings and Notes: Preseason Week 4
Our Matt Bitonti with updates on injuries and other offensive line related news, prior to week four of the preseason.


1. DAL - RB Ezekiel Elliott decision coming Monday?

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's appeal hearing has concluded and a decision could be made by Monday, Sept. 4, depending on the appeals officer, according to a source.

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Elliott owning GMs are holding their breath. At an ADP of 18th overall and 11th running back off the board, Elliott carries a fair amount of risk. He's either a bargain or a problem, and if you draft him this weekend the smart play is to make sure you have a very good backup to cover for him no matter how long he is suspended.

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2. HOU - More on WR DeAndre Hopkins' extension

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Updating a previous report, Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins agreed to a five-year contract extension worth $81 million, according to a source. The deal includes $49 million in guaranteed money.

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If we knew what to expect from Deshaun Watson or Tom Savage maybe he'd go earlier than 13th wide receiver off the board. If either of those guys performs Hopkins will way overplay his ADP.

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3. DAL - Real chance RB Ezekiel Elliott ban reduced

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Updating previous reports, Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has a real chance of having his six-game suspension reduced, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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We should find out Monday or Tuesday. We've long thought that he could see his suspension reduced, but given the inconsistency of the NFL in these matters, maybe it won't. As long as you invest in a solid backup, you can likely ride out whatever suspension length he ends up with. Elliott is going off the board as the 11th back and 18th player overall. Depending on how much his suspension gets reduced, he could be a huge bargain when he returns.

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4. HOU - TE C.J. Fiedorowicz extension update

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Updating a previous report, Houston Texans TE C.J. Fiedorowicz signed a three-year contract extension worth $21.5 million, according to a source. The deal includes $10 million in guaranteed money.

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Fiedorowicz could end up a sneaky TE2 given that there are very few options for the Texans to throw to not named Hopkins. The question is whether he will be able to do anything with an increase in opportunities.

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5. NYG - Odell Beckham works out

Source: New York Post - Paul Schwartz

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle) caught some passes during a light workout before the team's final preseason game Thursday, Aug. 31.

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Beckham is a top receiver in fantasy, but this injury throws a little bit of shade over his value. Hopefully the injury won't be a nagging one, and he will end up giving you the value for the high pick you need to spend to get him.

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6. NYJ - RB Matt Forte on the bubble?

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets RB Matt Forte is believed to be on the final roster bubble, in the opinion of ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini. Cimini cites Forte's age and the presence of RB Bilal Powell and rookie RB Elijah McGuire as the main reasons for Forte's potential departure.

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Let's be honest the only value in the Jets offense is in the backfield, and that is hampered a bit because we don't know how they will sort carries between Forte and Bilal Powell. So removing Forte would do nothing but clear that up. Given how the Jets have been jettisoning veterans all offseason, it's surprising this didn't happen quite a while ago.

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7. BUF - QB Tyrod Taylor a Week 1 question mark

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Charean Williams

Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor (concussion) remains in the concussion protocol, but general manager Brandon Beane feels good about Taylor's chances of playing Week 1. If Taylor is unable to take the field then Beane is still confident in rookie QB Nathan Peterman.

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In case you hadn't gotten the message before now, avoid the passing offense for this team. Seriously, at least Taylor would get you some yards on the ground. The departure of Sammy Watkins leaves this group of receivers with a mixture of inexperience and mediocrity.

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8. CAR - TE Greg Olsen incentives increase

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen had $2 million added to his incentives Thursday, Aug. 31, according to a source. The incentives are based on catches, receiving yards, average yards per catch and other achievements.

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Olsen is coming off draft boards as the third tight end and well worth the price. We expect him to hit the marks that will make him his money this year, as Cam Newton still lacks many other options.

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9. DEN - DE Derek Wolfe not at full health

Source: The Denver Post - Nicki Jhabvala

Denver Broncos DE Derek Wolfe (ankle) said his sprained ankle is at 75 to 85% percent right now. Wolfe wants his ankle to be fully recovered before he plays, but he anticipates being ready for Week 1.

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Wolfe being out would be a big loss for the Broncos defensive line, and we wonder how much pressure he'd feel to be out there at 85% healed. We think he'll be out there against the Los Angeles Chargers, bum ankle or not.

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10. SEA - SEA still shopping players

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Seattle Seahawks CB Jeremy Lane, RB Alex Collins and WR Jermaine Kearse continue to be shopped Thursday, Aug. 31, according to sources.

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Collins and Kearse are worth watching, as both had decent camps. Collins was likely doomed with the emergence of Chris Carson, while Kearse just isn't special enough to survive with several good receivers ahead of him and several young but talented receivers behind him.

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11. IND - QB Scott Tolzien starting preseason finale

Source: Colts.com - Andrew Walker

Indianapolis Colts QB Scott Tolzien will start the club's preseason finale Thursday, August 31, against the Cincinnati Bengals, according to head coach Chuck Pagano.

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We still have little clarity on when Andrew Luck will play, and that is concerning when it comes to the skill players in the Colts offense. Tolzien is a decent backup but it's a lot to ask of him to carry the franchise. We could see an uptick in carries for Frank Gore and rookie Marlon Mack, and we're a bit worried about Tolzien means for TY Hilton, Donte Moncrief and tight end Jack Doyle. Having Tolzien under center makes this entire offense shaky. And of course, Luck's ADP has dipped quite a bit, down to 11th quarterback and 82nd player overall.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Enjoy the weekend and we'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J