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Volume 19, #28 -- Saturday Night, May 20th, 2017

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Hi Folks,

Good Sunday to you. We've got a new Player Spotlight for you plus News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

J

SITE NEWS

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C. Player Spotlight: LB Jarrad Davis
Our Footballguys Players Spotlights are deep looks into what we see for a player this year. In this one, our Daniel Simpkins takes a detailed look at Jarrad Davis' fantasty prospects for 2017.


1. KC - Kareem Hunt to be the top back?

Source: ESPN.com - Adam Teicher

Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt will lead the team in rushing and be the leading receiver among the running backs, according to beat writer Adam Teicher.

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Keep an eye on this situation as Hunt was one of our favorite rookie RBs in this draft class. He can run with power, although he's not a guy who just wants to bull over defenders. Hunt can make people miss, and he's capable as a receiver too. The Chiefs will use a RBBC, but Hunt may be the lead back in that group which includes guys like SPencer Ware and Charcandrick West.

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2. OAK - RB Marshawn Lynch fitting in

Source: San Jose Mercury News - Jimmy Durkin

Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch is making progress on the field and has 'meshed very well' with the rest of the team, general manager Reggie McKenzie said Thursday, May 18.

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Lynch is no doubt going to be a leader in the Raiders locker room. This may be the best offensive line he's ever run behind, and the veteran -- even after a year off -- should be considered a potential RB1 for fantasy owners. Right now, you can add Lynch at RB17 (4.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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3. PHI - RB LeGarrette Blount to lead backfield?

Source: Philly.com - Jimmy Kempski

Philadelphia Eagles RB LeGarrette Blount will likely inherit the carries RB Ryan Mathews was given last year, according to beat writer Jimmy Kempski, and Kempski estimates Blount will see around 170 carries.

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That's a given as the other backs on the Eagles roster are more part-time or change-of-pace players. Mathews is likely to be released as soon as he's considered healthy coming back from neck surgery. Blount may not produce like he did last year (no.7 fantasy RB), but he should perform like a low-end RB2 (standard) or flex option (PPR) in fantasy leagues.

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4. OAK - Oakland expects big jump from WR Amari Cooper

Source: Raiders.com

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said the team expects WR Amari Cooper to make a big leap in his play in 2017. McKenzie said Cooper played well early in the 2016 season but struggled a bit at the end of the season.

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His catches and yardage went up each of his two years in the league. His numbers might have been even better last year had it not been for the injury to QB Derek Carr. Cooper is one of the best young receivers in the league, and fantasy owners should consider him a low-end WR1 with upside.

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5. MIA - WR DeVante Parker looking for big season

Source: The Miami Herald - Adam H. Beasley

Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker said he has been working more on his legs this offseason and expects to have a big season in 2017.

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Parker missed some time because of hamstring problems this past season, but the ability to get 1,000 yards receiving is certainly there. Through 15 games last year, Parker amassed 744 yards receiving with four touchdowns. The addition of TE Julius Thomas (a noted TD hog) may not leave too many more red-zone targets for Parker in 2017. He's a WR5-ish for fantasy owners.

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6. LAC - WR Dontrelle Inman undergoes surgery

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Los Angeles Chargers WR Dontrelle Inman (core) underwent core muscle surgery Friday, May 19, in Philadelphia.

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Inman had a career high 58 catches in 2016, but additions to the WR corps will likely keep his numbers down. This surgery should keep him sidelined for six weeks. We should see Inman back on the field sometime around training camp.

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7. SF - Cole Hikutini a good fit in San Francisco

Source: San Francisco Chronicle - Eric Branch

San Francisco 49ers TE Cole Hikutini is a good fit for the offense and is the type of player head coach Kyle Shanahan is looking for in a tight end, according to vice president of player personnel Adam Peters.

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Shanahan's system is known to be TE friendly, so any player at the position working under him is an intriguing prospect. They don't have much at the position behind Vance McDonald, so we'll be monitoring Hikutini in deep dynasty leagues. He was a pure pass-catching weapon during his college days at Louisville and will have to likely shine on special teams just to make the 53-man roster.

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8. WAS - WR Josh Doctson finally healthy

Source: CSNMidAtlantic.com - JP Finlay

Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson (Achilles') has looked 'quick and healthy' in offseason activities, according to JP Finlay of CSNMidAtlantic.com

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After losing both DeSean Jackson (Buccaneers) and Pierre Garcon (49ers) in free agency, Washington needs Doctson to be healthy, available and productive in 2017. Doctson should work as the no.2 WR opposite free agent addition Terrelle Pryor with Jamison Crowder working out of the slot.

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9. LAR - Gerald Everett may have Jordan Reed role

Source: Sirius XM NFL Radio

Los Angeles Rams TE Gerald Everett said he expects to have a role similar to the one Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed had in head coach Sean McVay's offensive scheme.

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The potential to be a Pro Bowl caliber player (eventually) is there for the rookie from South Alabama. The Rams added Everett in the second round of the 2017 NFL draft with the idea that he could be a playmaker in McVay's offense. He's not a great route runner, but that could get better in time. What Everett can do is burn any linebacker trying to cover him after the catch. He's a mismatch on the field due to his athleticism and WR-like ball skills.

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10. PIT - Xavier Grimble primed for more playing time?

Source: PennLive.com - Jacob Klinger

Pittsburgh Steelers TE Xavier Grimble played more than twice as many snaps per game with Ladarius Green out than in last season. Prior to breaking his ribs in the second half of last season, Grimble averaged 19.9 snaps per contest.

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Writers are only left to speculate who is going to be the lead tight end for the Steelers now that Ladarius Green has been released. Grimble is not a plus-athlete, but his big body (6'4" 261 pounds) helps him box out smaller defenders. He'll compete with Jesse James (the likely favorite) for the starting tight end job in 2017.

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11. IND - Malik Hooker, S Clayton Geathers may start

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Wells

Indianapolis Colts S Malik Hooker (hernia, shoulder) and S Clayton Geathers (neck) likely will be the starting safeties in Week 1 if they are both healthy, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Mike Wells.

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Hooker was one of the best players in the 2017 NFL draft regardless of position. He can roam all over the field with his nose for the ball and burst to the play. Geathers can play close to the line of scrimmage and be used as a run-stopper.

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12. ATL - GM confident about RB Devonta Freeman deal

Source: NFL.com - Jeremy Bergman

Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said he is confident that the team will be able to sign RB Devonta Freeman to a contract extension. Dimitroff said talks between the two sides likely will occur around the start of training camp.

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Dimitroff is confident, and we are too. Earlier reports indicate Freeman wants "elite" money for a running back. That likely puts him around $7-9 million annually. It's a hefty price to be sure, but Freeman is coming off back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons and worth it. We should see something get done around the time of training camp.

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13. PHI - WR Dorial Green-Beckham likely on bubble

Source: NJ Advance Media - Matt Lombardo

Philadelphia Eagles WR Dorial Green-Beckham likely will be on the roster bubble during training camp unless he gets a sudden grasp of the offense, in the opinion of NJ.com's Matt Lombardo.

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Potential is a dirty, filthy word and Green-Beckham has always been a player with a ton of it...but he's never really played up to that potential. With the additions to the passing game like WRs Torrey Smith and Alshon Jeffery, we don't consider him a lock to make the final roster even though he's physically gifted.

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14. BAL - OLB Kamalei Correa hopes to start

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com - Ryan Mink

Baltimore Ravens LB Kamalei Correa said he is more comfortable with the defensive scheme and hopes to win the starting inside linebacker job next to LB C.J. Mosley.

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A second-round pick out of Boise State in 2016, Correa has intriguing upside as a pass-rusher because of his quick-twitch athleticism. Correa said he has been working with defensive coordinator Dean Pees and linebackers coach Don Martindale this offseason to improve his play.

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15. BAL - WR Breshad Perriman has lofty goals

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com - Ryan Mink

Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman said he is 'expecting a huge year' for himself, and head coach John Harbaugh said Perriman 'has to be out there making a difference.'

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Coming out of UCF as a first-round pick in 2015, Perriman was an exciting prospect who scouts would compare physical traits with Josh Gordon. Perriman has a fine size/speed combination and can make big plays regularly. Injuries caused him to miss his rookie season, and last year Perriman only caught 33 passes for 499 yards and three touchdowns. With the retirement of Steve Smith, the Ravens are looking for another weapon to go along with Mike Wallace at the WR position.

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16. NYG - RB Paul Perkins lacks explosiveness?

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants RB Paul Perkins' longest run last year was 22 yards, and his 1.55 yards after contact ranked 28th out of 42 qualified running backs.

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Perkins is an elusive runner, but he's not a burner by any stretch of the imagination. As a smaller back, he shouldn't be asked to run between the tackles as that won't work consistently. The Giants should use Perkins in a RBBC (perhaps as the lead back) with rookie back Wayne Gallman. Perkins has a current ADP of RB35 (7.11) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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17. NYG - RB Shane Vereen ready to go

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants RB Shane Vereen (triceps) is fully recovered after tearing his triceps twice last season.

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Vereen is going to have a chance for snaps in a Giants backfield that is up in the air in 2017. Paul Perkins and Wayne Gallman will compete with Vereen for touches, but both of those young backs are currently ahead in the pecking order.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of Footballguys. I hope you have a great Sunday and rest of your weekend.

Peace,

J