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Volume 19, #15 -- Sunday Night, May 7th, 2017

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Hi Folks,

Good Monday to you. Buckle up as we've got Detailed Stat Projections, Staff Rankings and the News and Notes you need. Let's get to it.

J

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A. Detailed Stats Projections Ready by David Dodds
Our Detailed Stat Projections are the foundation of everything we do at Footballguys. Multiple Footballguys Staff Experts project every stat that matters for every player. This allows us then to build custom cheatsheets based on your exact scoring system. Here's our David Dodds with his first cut for the year.

B. Detailed Stats Projections Ready by Jason Wood
Our Detailed Stat Projections are the foundation of everything we do at Footballguys. Multiple Footballguys Staff Experts project every stat that matters for every player. This allows us then to build custom cheatsheets based on your exact scoring system. Here's our Jason Wood with his first cut for the year.

C. Detailed Stats Projections Ready by Bob Henry
Our Detailed Stat Projections are the foundation of everything we do at Footballguys. Multiple Footballguys Staff Experts project every stat that matters for every player. This allows us then to build custom cheatsheets based on your exact scoring system. Here's our Bob Henry with his first cut for the year.

D. Footballguys Staff Rankings With Comments
Our Footballguys Staffers are constantly updating their rankings and we have our first cut ready. You can sort and manipulate the rankings to view them the way you like. For many of the players, you can mouse over the ranking and see additional comments by the Staffers.


1. HOU - Houston wants to manage RB Lamar Miller better

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller carried a career-high 268 times for 1,073 yards and five touchdowns in 2016. While head coach Bill O'Brien won't rule out a repeat performance, he acknowledged during the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine the team wants to be smart about managing his workload, especially early in the season.

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Miller should be in for another 1,000 yard season this year. The Texans are built to make a deep postseason run if they can just get average QB play. We're likely to see rookie first-round pick DeShaun Watson as their starter at some point in 2017...maybe even Week 1.

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2. NYJ - WR Eric Decker release looking less likely

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets WR Eric Decker (hip, shoulder) is still a candidate to be a post-June 1 cut, but ESPN's Rich Cimini would be 'surprised' if the team ends up cutting him.

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Brandon Marshall is playing for the Giants this year, so Decker is going to be the top target for the Jets passing game. He's coming off hip and shoulder surgeries, but Decker should be good to go around training camp. Even in what should be a fairly anemic passing game, Decker has fantasy value as a WR3/flex option. His current ADP reflects the Jets potential offensive woes at WR36 (8.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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3. MIN - Dalvin Cook makes early impression

Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press - Chris Tomasson

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook has impressed head coach Mike Zimmer during rookie minicamp. 'He showed acceleration, good feet, good vision, a lot of the same things we saw on tape,' Zimmer said.

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Cook should be making a positive impression, so long as he holds onto the rock and stays healthy. As a runner, Cook has good vision outside of the tackles and burst to make plays in a little amount of space. Injuries, fumbling problems and off-field concerns caused him to fall in the 2017 NFL draft. If he stays on the right track, Cook could make an immediate impact for the Vikings offense. His current ADP is RB48 (10.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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4. TEN - TE Delanie Walker to teach Jonnu Smith

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker said he expects TE Jonnu Smith to be a sponge and believes Smith will have an opportunity to contribute and play.

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A third-round pick from Florida International, Smith was often compared to Walker by those in the scouting community. He's super athletic and can rip the seam down the middle of the field. Smith is a move tight end at the pro level, but he needs to play with better concentration in order to play up to his potential.

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5. NO - WR Willie Snead still has not signed

Source: The Times-Picayune - Josh Katzenstein

New Orleans Saints exclusive rights free-agent WR Willie Snead still has not signed his tender offer but is not allowed to sign with another team.

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Snead doesn't really have a choice as an ERFA. He can either play for the Saints or retire from football. He's hoping the Saints make a move to sign him to a contract extension that pays him a more appropriate wage for what he brings to the team. They'll need Snead more than ever since Brandin Cooks was traded to the Patriots.

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6. NE - WR Michael Floyd will not return to Pats

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

Free-agent WR Michael Floyd (Patriots) will not be re-signing with the New England Patriots this offseason, according to ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss.

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The Patriots made the move to add Brandin Cooks via free agency, so they don't have any room to take another flier on Floyd like they did last year. Floyd didn't do much of anything for the Patriots last year and was mostly inactive as they made their run to a championship. Only Washington and the Vikings have shown interest in Floyd this offseason.

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7. TEN - Two Titans WRs may be on bubble

Source: ESPN.com - Paul Kuharsky

Tennessee Titans WRs Harry Douglas and Tre McBride could be on the roster bubble during training camp if the team decided to keep six receivers on their final roster.

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The Titans added both Corey Davis and Taywan Taylor in the 2017 NFL draft. Add in 2016 fifth-round pick Tajae Sharpe and you can see how cramped things have become in Tennessee at the WR position. Neither Douglas or McBride have much fantasy appeal...even if they wind up elsewhere in 2017.

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8. TB - Tampa Bay not expected to add WR Riley Cooper

Source: Tampa Bay Times - Rick Stroud

Free-agent WR Riley Cooper (Eagles) is not expected to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after he participated in the team's rookie minicamp as a tryout basis.

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Cooper did not get any interest last year as he was out of football. The Bucs brought him in on a tryout basis, but it looks like he's not going to be there much longer.

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9. SF - K.D. Cannon cut

Source: ESPN 1660 AM - David Smoak

San Francisco 49ers WR KD Cannon has reportedly been released less than a week after signing as a priority undrafted free-agent.

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That didn't last long. Cannon has one thing to his game - speed. He's not physical at the catch point, and Cannon drops too many passes. He should get a look from another team before or during training camp.

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10. CIN - John Ross, Carl Lawson sign rookie deals

Source: Bengals.com - Geoff Hobson

Cincinnati Bengals first-round WR John Ross and third-round DE Carl Lawson signed their four-year rookie contracts Sunday, May 7.

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Ross reminds us of WR DeSean Jackson (Buccaneers) due to his speed and ability to basically teleport down the field. The speedster from Washington is currently recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, but he should be ready to go sometime around training camp. Ross gives the team much-needed speed opposite A.J. Green.

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11. NYJ - ArDarius Stewart makes early impression

Source: NJ Advance Media - Connor Hughes

New York Jets rookie WR ArDarius Stewart had a good couple of days of practice and is the most pro-ready receiver of the wideouts who participated in rookie minicamp this week, according to NJ Advance Media's Connor Hughes.

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Stewart has a ton of fight in his game. He competes for everything...through the release, the route and the catch point. Stewart can work short routes and excel with his run-after-the-catch ability. However, he can also go long and track passes over his shoulder. Stewart is one of our favorite rookie WRs from this class, and he's drawn comparisons to Chris Hogan (Patriots).

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12. NYJ - Jordan Leggett a work in progress

Source: NJ Advance Media - Connor Hughes

New York Jets TE Jordan Leggett 'needs some work,' according to NJ Advance Media's Connor Hughes, who observed the rookie struggled with technique, route-running and drops in the two practices open to the media last week.

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Leggett had a nickname in college of 'Lazy Leggett' and has admitted to being lazy in the past. His motor needs work if he's going to pay off at the pro level. Leggett has great size (6'5" 258 pounds) and has played big in the brightest moments. He's got great upside in the NFL, but Leggett does need more work than some think.

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13. HOU - Zach Conque learning new position

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans TE Zach Conque is confident in his athleticism and knowledge of the offense, but he acknowledged that the toughest part of his transition from quarterback to tight end will be learning and executing his blocking assignments.

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Conque played a bit of wide receiver in high school, but he's been a quarterback most of his life. He's incredibly athletic and powerful with the rock in his hands. Conque is an intriguing dynasty prospect to monitor in super deep leagues.

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14. TB - Chris Godwin struggles with drops

Source: PewterReport.com - Trevor Sikkema

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin struggled with drops during drills at rookie minicamp Friday, May 5, and he admitted afterwards to being nervous.

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Godwin is the type of player who can make dynamic catches above the rim. He's also known to drop too many easy passes. That looks like something that's followed him to the pros. As he gets less nervous with more experience, we expect Godwin to impress. He's a dynasty prospect we're monitoring closely.

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15. TB - Bobo Wilson stands out in drills

Source: PewterReport.com - Trevor Sikkema

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Bobo Wilson was able to create separation from defensive backs during drills at rookie minicamp Friday, May 5, and he was one of four players given a chance to return punts.

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Wilson is a shake and bake slot receiver who can work as a return man as well. His routes need work as he'll too often rely on juke moves rather than crisp cuts and great footwork. Wilson is a player to monitor in super deep dynasty leagues.

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16. DAL - TE Rico Gathers to have a role?

Source: The Dallas Morning News - Jon Machota

Dallas Cowboys TE Rico Gathers should make the 53-man roster, according to Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News, and Machota believes Gathers can be used to create mismatches in the red zone.

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Gathers was a basketball star in college at Baylor, but the Cowboys liked his upside enough they took him in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL draft. Jason Witten has to be winding down his pro career, so Gathers is an interesting developmental prospect to add or monitor in dynasty leagues.

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17. NYJ - Jamal Adams highly impressive

Source: NJ Advance Media - Connor Hughes

New York Jets S Jamal Adams was the best player on the field - and it wasn't close - whenever he was on the field during rookie minicamp, according to NJ Advance Media's Connor Hughes, who added the No. 6 overall pick's speed really stood out.

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Adams is one of the most impressive players in this class...both as a leader and a player. He's an enforcer who can roam the field and deal justice to opponents. Adams can make an immediate impact as a pro.

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18. HOU - CB Kevin Johnson expects to be full-go by camp

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans CB Kevin Johnson (foot) has been out of the walking boot for months and reportedly feels 'great' as he finishes his recovery from his second Jones fracture in as many years.

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Johnson suffered a second Jones fracture on his foot in two years. He spent the final 11 games of the 2016 on Injured Reserve dealing with this injury...again. With A.J. Bouye gone to the Jaguars, the Texans need Johnson to stay healthy and produce.

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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