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Volume 19, #47 -- Thursday Night, June 8th, 2017

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Hi Folks,

I want to draw your attention to our big news this week. We have a bombshell feature to lay on you. And I mean bombshell. One of the things you told us in the End Of The Year Survey was how much you loved the 186 Printable Cheatsheets Feature from Footballguys. Where we offered cheatsheets for 186 unique league situations that you could print.

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Plus we've got Updated Draft Tools with new Detailed Stat Projections plus the News and Notes you need. Let's get to it.

J

SITE NEWS

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The Projecctions Dominator allows you to use our Detailed Stat Projections the way you want. A new version is ready for you here with updated Detailed Stat Projections.

E. VBD Excel App Updated
For the guys who still love the Value Based Drafting (VBD) in Excel, we've got a new version ready for you here with updated Detailed Stat Projections.


1. NE - WR Julian Edelman agrees to extension

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Updating a previous report, New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman agreed to a multi-year contract extension Thursday, June 8, according to sources.

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NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Julian Edelman's two-year extension is worth $11 million, and includes $9 million in "total" guarantees. This is a good deal for both sides. Edelman gets the security every player wants and the Patriots get him at a discount.

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2. TEN - RB DeMarco Murray wearing a cast

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray (hand) was sporting a cast on his hand Thursday, June 8, after undergoing a procedure, but head coach Mike Mularkey expects Murray to be good to go by training camp.

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We'll keep an eye on this. While the rumor has been that Derrick Henry will get some more carries this year, as long as Murray is healthy and effective, we expect him to continue being the lead back in Tennessee. He'll be one of the top backs in fantasy this year, and the community knows it since he's trending with an ADP of 17 overall and is currently the No. 8 running back off the board.

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3. ATL - WR Julio Jones may be used more in red zone

Source: ESPN.com - Vaughn McClure

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones could be utilized more in the red zone this season with new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian calling the shots. 'When you have a playmaker like Julio, it's making sure we maximize his opportunities because there is so much double-coverage, there are so many unique coverages that roll his way that when we don't get that, let's make sure he's one of the primary receivers on that play because it is such a tough matchup for anybody one on one.'

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Even though he is coming off bunion surgery, Jones is going to be one of the first receivers (and players) off the board in fantasy drafts. If there is a flaw in his game, it's that he's only reached double digits touchdowns once in his career. Getting more touchdowns would be huge for his value, and while we have to see it to believe it, we're excited for the prospect.

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4. NO - RB Adrian Peterson wants five more years

Source: The New Orleans Advocate - Nick Underhill

New Orleans Saints RB Adrian Peterson said he wants to play until age 37 or 38.

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We want to be the King of England. It's likely neither wish will come true, barring the possibility that Peterson plans on joining a beer-league flag football group or we start working at Medieval Times. Even then, we'd have to start at busboy and work our way up. Peterson looked awful even before his injury last year and while some of that might have been the tragicomedy that passes for a Vikings offensive line, a lot of it was him. Right now he's tracking at an ADP of 26 which seems just a bit rich for us, and 73 overall, which feels the same. In an offense which throws a lot and is an RBBC, we think his impact will be minimal.

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5. KC - WR Tyreek Hill to get first dibs at 'Z' spot

Source: The Kansas City Star - Terez A. Paylor

Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill will 'likely' get the first crack at replacing free-agent WR Jeremy Maclin (Chiefs) at the 'Z' position, the spotlight receiver spot in head coach Andy Reid's West Coast offense.

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In his first year, Hill was the No. 15 fantasy receiver in 2016. His combined yardage production as a hybrid runner-receiver opened things up for the Chiefs and they embraced a creative side of their offense to utilize and maximize him. He's currently coming off the board as the 25th wide receiver and the 58th player taken over all. You have to weight the price tag, but the upside is tempting.

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6. TEN - QB Marcus Mariota won't be limited at camp

Source: TitanInsider.com - Terry McCormick

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota (leg) is not expected to be limited once training camp begins.

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This is what we were expecting. All reports about Mariota has been positive about his recovery to this point. The target date has been training camp, and it looks like he's on track.

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7. MIN - RB Latavius Murray to begin running soon

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - Andrew Krammer

Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) is out of his walking boot and is expected to begin running unassisted in about a week. Murray said he feels great and that already dealing with the same surgery earlier in his career has helped his rehabilitation. The newly acquired running back anticipates being ready for training camp.

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If the Vikings can produce an offensive line, Murray could be very good. However, that line is an issue and people underestimate how good the one he ran behind in Oakland really was. Right now we're cool on him, injury or not, and he's only at an ADP of 85 overall, and as the No. 30 running back. That plants him rather firmly at the cusp of RB3 and RB4.

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8. BAL - WR Jeremy Maclin taking his time

Source: The Baltimore Sun - Jeff Zrebiec

Free-agent WR Jeremy Maclin (Chiefs) left his visit with the Baltimore Ravens without a contract Thursday, June 8. Head coach John Harbaugh said Maclin wants some time to make a decision.

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Maclin is coming off a down 2016 during which he had injury issues, but he should be able to land somewhere and is just a season away from back to back 1,000 yard years. Fit is critical, and we do like what he could bring to Baltimore.

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9. TEN - WR Tajae Sharpe had foot surgery

Source: TitansOnline.com

Tennessee Titans WR Tajae Sharpe (foot) suffered a foot injury last week and underwent surgery. He is expected to be ready for training camp, however, according to head coach Mike Mularkey.

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Expectations are pretty low for Sharpe in 2017 with Ridshard Matthews, rookie Corey Davis, and Taywan Taylor ahead of him. He's going to have a hard time breaking into the rotation on a consistent basis.

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10. MIN - Teddy Brigdewater timetable remains unknown

Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press - Chris Tomasson

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater's (knee) return is still unknown at this point due to the severity of his injuries, according to general manager Rick Spielman.

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We still think there is a huge chance that Bridgewater starts off on the PUP list and is preserved as long as possible to keep the team from having to use his fifth year option. Then they can keep him cheap next season when he is a year plus beyond his injury and the team has been improved around him. Consider also that it's unlikely the Vikings will want to pay the $17 million owed Sam Bradford in 2018.

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11. GB - WR Randall Cobb to see more touches?

Source: ESPN.com - Rob Demovsky

Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb will receive more touches this season if head coach Mike McCarthy gets his way. Wide receivers coach Luke Getsy agrees. 'When you have a guy like him that's so dynamic with the football in his hands... you've got to get him the football,' Getsy said.

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Injuries limited Cobb's effectiveness last season, and he never seemed to quite get his feet under him. We'd like to see him bounce back to where he was at the previous two seasons, though the 1,287 yards of 2014 is likely a bit too far a reach. We think, and his ADP of 93 (38 for wide receivers) backs us up, he'll be better but not break any record books.

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12. PHI - WR Jordan Matthews could play if needed

Source: Philadelphia Daily News - Les Bowen

Philadelphia Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (knee) could play if this were the regular season, according to head coach Doug Pederson.

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Matthews is moving back to the slot with Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith in the offense now, and he's a better fit there. While he may be more effective, his ceiling will depend on how much the Eagles throw and how Carson Wentz develops. He's tracking as the No. 45 receiver off the board and the 109 overall player in terms of ADP, which is about where we think he belongs.

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13. BUF - WR Sammy Watkins to be limited

Source: BuffaloBills.com - Chris Brown

Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) will be limited in practice Thursday, June 8.

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We know they're being cautious but seriously, when is Watkins not hurt? The upside for him is great, even if he isn't all that healthy. He continually produces when he's on the field. He's just been off it too frequently the last two years. He's going as the No. 30 player off the board and is the 15th receiver taken in drafts right now, based on the upside, but he is a bit risky right now. We're hoping to see him fully healthy before the season.

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14. MIA - WR DeVante Parker showing more consistency

Source: Palm Beach Post - Joe Schad

Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker is showing more consistency during organized team activities, according to offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen. 'He's run fast every day where last year it was kind of up and down,' Christensen said. 'One day you'd think you had a Hall of Famer and the next you weren't sure if he was going to make it to the game. Just his health and staying consistent. I think his routine and how fast he's played has been really, really different from last year.'

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Parker was supposed to be a break out star for the Dolphins in Adam Gase's offense, but that didn't happen. Yes, Parker saw a lot more target (38 more than 2015) and that translated into 56 receptions and almost double his 2015 yardage total. He only broke 100 yards once, though, and there were eight games when he didn't even top 50. He was wildly inconsistent and unless that changes he won't every hit his fantasy potential.

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15. MIA - WR Jarvis Landry not focused enough?

Source: The Miami Herald - Adam H. Beasley

Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry must 'zero in' on the small details of the game that kept the Dolphins from 'clicking' last year, according to The Miami Herald's Adam Beasley. Head coach Adam Gase has been pleased with how consistent Landry has been practicing and doing the little things. 'When he's rolling he was today, you just keep trying to find ways to get him the ball,' Gase said.

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Gase has high expectations for Landry, and that's not a bad thing. There were six games last year where Landry had fewer than five catches. Being more consistent will come from those small details.

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16. ARI - Arizona signs Haason Reddick

Source: SiriusXM Radio - Adam Caplan

Arizona Cardinals first-round pick LB Haason Reddick signed his four-year rookie deal Thursday, June 8. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Reddick is capable of making plays on the other side of the line of scrimmage regularly. He's 6'1" and that's a concern in coverage but he's athletic enough to stay with tight ends or backs out of the backfield. Reddick's primary asset is his ability as a pass rusher.

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17. KC - WR Chris Conley pegged for WR2 role

Source: The Kansas City Star - Terez A. Paylor

Kansas City Chiefs WR Chris Conley will play the 'X' receiver, which is a possession receiver role in head coach Andy Reid's offense. Conley said he has moved around the last two practices and played some of the 'Z' receiver role.

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While he could be the No. 2 receiver in terms of position, Conley has a lot of other people ahead of him in the pecking order. Tyreek Hill is the top dog here along with Travis Kelce. Everyone else is just fighting over scraps and until we see how that shakes out, value is at a minimum.

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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