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Volume 19, #29 -- Sunday Night, May 21st, 2017

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Hi Folks,

Good Monday to you. We've got updated Average Draft Position data for you and all the News and Notes you need. Let's get to it.

J

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A. Average Draft Position Updated
It's one thing to know where you want to draft a player. But to get the maximum draft value, you have to understand where the other guys in your league are likely to draft that same player. Our Average Draft Position Data is the answer here. We scour leagues and sources across the country to bring you the most accurate data for where players are being drafted.

B. Average Draft Position for PPR Updated
It's one thing to know where you want to draft a player. But to get the maximum draft value, you have to understand where the other guys in your league are likely to draft that same player. Our Average Draft Position Data is the answer here. We scour leagues and sources across the country to bring you the most accurate data for where players are being drafted. This is one is for Points Per Reception (PPR) scoring formats.


1. DEN - QB Trevor Siemian still the favorite to start?

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos QB Trevor Siemian had little trouble holding off 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch last season, and 9News' Mike Klis would be 'surprised' if the quarterback competition plays out the same way this season.

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Reports indicate Lynch is picking up the Mike McCoy offense quickly and we think he's a much better fit for that (likely) shotgun-heavy system than he was working from under center with Gary Kubiak. Lynch has a big arm and can scramble when the play breaks down. Siemian is efficient and can work the underneath routes, but he needs to learn how/when to challenge a defense vertically. New head coach Vance Joseph says he doesn't mind if this QB competition goes all the way through training camp. He also said "decision making" would be the biggest factor in this decision...that edge right now has to go to Siemian due to his experience.

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2. CHI - TE Zach Miller close to 100 percent

Source: NBCChicago.com - Mike Berman

Chicago Bears TE Zach Miller (foot) said Satrurday, May 20, that he is 'close to 100 percent' but plans to take it easy during OTAs.

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Miller can be productive when healthy, but staying healthy has been a problem for him as a pro. We should see rookie Adam Shaheen (Ashland) push for the starting job this year. Shaheen was often referred to as "Baby Gronk" on Draft Twitter, and he is certainly a physical talent with incredible upside. Entering his age-33 season, Miller is unlikely to have much fantasy punch left.

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3. BUF - QB Tyrod Taylor a work in progress

Source: BuffaloBills.com

Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor needs to 'trust his eyes' more and is still a work in progress when it comes to knowing when and where to throw the ball, according to offensive coordinator Rick Dennison.

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The Bills don't seem terribly sold on Taylor as their future at the position. The new regime kept him around in 2017 (because he restructured his deal) and they should diagnose his play under a microscope this year. Cardale Jones has a big arm, but he's raw as a decision maker. Rookie Nate Peterman will be interesting to watch to see how he develops as a pro. New GM Brandon Beane has declared this an "open competition" at quarterback, but we think it's Taylor's job...for this year at least.

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4. BUF - RB LeSean McCoy to be busy?

Source: BuffaloBills.com - John Murphy

Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Rick Dennison said he likes 'ball possession' and believes RB LeSean McCoy, the running game and the offensive line are the strengths of the offense.

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Dennison comes from the Shanahan/Kubiak coaching tree, and that is great news for fantasy owners. Already a top fantasy back anyway, McCoy should eclipse the 203 and 234 carries he's had each of the last two seasons in Buffalo. His current ADP is RB4 (1.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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5. BUF - WR Sammy Watkins targeting training camp

Source: The Buffalo News - Jay Skurski

Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) is not expected to return to the field until training camp begins.

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Watkins has a lot to prove in a contract year..to himself, the Bills and the rest of the league. The Bills didn't pick up his fifth-year option, so his future with the team beyond 2017 is uncertain. Limited to eight games in 2016 (and 13 the year before that), Watkins first needs to show that he can stay healthy and contribute for a full season. If healthy, Watkins has the ability to be one of the most dominant WRs in the league.

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6. NYJ - QB Christian Hackenberg a bad fit?

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets QB Christian Hackenberg is a bad fit for offensive coordinator John Morton's West Coast-style system, according to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com. The system is built on timing and accuracy, and Cimini spoke with an opposing scout who said he was shocked at how off target many of Hackenberg's passes were in warmups last year.

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Hackenberg was not ready last year as a rookie, and that's why he didn't see the field as the Jets stumbled through Ryan Fitzpatrick and Bryce Petty at the helm. He's got a chance this year, but with veteran Josh McCown in town it seems like he'll be playing second- or third-string at best.

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7. CHI - Kyle Long may move to left side

Source: Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs

The Chicago Bears are considering moving OG Kyle Long (ankle) to left guard and OG Josh Sitton to right guard when Long is ready to return to the field, according to sources.

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Long is still recovering from the ankle surgery that he had last November. At this point, he's only running on an underwater treadmill. Expect Long to miss all of OTAs and get eased into action once training camp rolls around.

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8. BUF - Buffalo has several options at punt returner

Source: BuffaloBills.com - Chris Brown

Buffalo Bills WR Brandon Tate, FS Micah Hyde and CB Tre'Davious White all worked as punt returners during organized team activities last week.

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Tate's best chance of making the 53-man roster comes on special teams. If he doesn't win the primary return man gig, then Tate isn't likely to stand out enough as a wide receiver to make the squad.

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9. NYJ - OLB Jordan Jenkins looking to improve

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets LB Jordan Jenkins has been working on improving his pass rush skills this offseason.

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Jenkins has been in Atlanta training with former NFL DE Chuck Smith this offseason. A run-stuffing linebacker, the Jets made Jenkins their third-round pick in 2016. He's only learning the nuances of rushing the passer but he has the heart and hustle to make a leap in 2017.

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10. NYG - Justin Pugh looking for big contract

Source: New York Post - Mark Cannizzaro

New York Giants OG Justin Pugh said he believes he is in line for a lucrative contract if he plays well again in 2017. 'I've gone out there and done everything they've ever asked me to do. So I know my worth. I'm going to go out there and play my best season of football and hopefully the Giants say, 'Let's pay him what he deserves,'' Pugh said.

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Pugh has taken notice of the deals other guards have signed this offseason and knows where he stands among the pecking order in the NFL. The Giants should work to lock up the 2013 first-round pick, but they could always franchise tag him next offseason if need be. Either way, it shouldn't be too long before Pugh gets a big payday.

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11. NFL - WR Andrew Hawkins receiving offers

Source: USA TODAY Sports - Jarrett Bell

Free-agent WR Andrew Hawkins (Browns) said he has received contract offers from four teams this offseason and is looking to sign with a contending team.

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A recent masters degree graduate at Columbia University (4.0 GPA), Hawkins should be able to find a team...and a contender...before training camp. His quickness and route-running ability from the slot could work well for a team in need of a veteran reserve at the position.

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12. JAX - Jacksonville worked out CB Alterraun Verner

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

Free-agent CB Alterraun Verner (Buccaneers) had a workout with the Jacksonville Jaguars last week, according to a league source.

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The Jaguars are stacked at the CB position with guys like Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye and Aaron Colvin. It's been three years plus since Verner was an All-Pro selection (2013) and things just didn't work out for him in Tampa. His resume gets him a job before training camp...maybe in Jacksonville.

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13. WAS - WAS not moving linebackers to defensive end

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

The Washington Redskins are not expected to move any of their outside linebackers to defensive end, despite the logjam of players at the position created by the selection of LB Ryan Anderson in the second round of the draft.

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Washington will figure this out in training camp. Trent Murphy is suspended the first four games of the year due to a PED violation, so Anderson and company should see plenty of time in a rotation at pass rushing linebacker.

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14. MIA - S T.J. McDonald to receive full reps

Source: The Palm Beach Post - Jason Lieser

Although Miami Dolphins FS T.J. McDonald will miss the first eight games of the 2017 regular season due to a suspension, head coach Adam Gase said the team plans to give him full reps over the next few months.

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That's usually the way teams approach things with suspended players. McDonald is eligible to participate in OTAs, next month's minicamp, training camp and he can play in preseason games. He will be able to rejoin the club in Week 9 against the Oakland Raiders Nov. 5, and is expected to compete for a starting job upon his return.

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15. BUF - WR Andre Holmes pushing for playing time

Source: BuffaloBills.com - John Murphy

Buffalo Bills WR Andre Holmes has demonstrated smooth route running and good field awareness during OTAs, and beat writer John Murphy believes Holmes is earning himself more playing time.

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The Bills added Holmes and Corey Brown in free agency to compete for the spot opposite Sammy Watkins. Neither is a great fantasy option even if they win the job. The offense under Rick Dennison is unlikely to feature a second WR enough to be fantasy relevant. Emmanuel Sanders was the no2 WR in a Dennison offense that last two years and he finished no18 and no22 in fantasy points at the position respectively. Holmes or Brown aren't of Sanders caliber.

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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