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Volume 19, #57 -- Sunday Night, June 18th, 2017

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Hi Folks,

Good Monday to you. I'm still floating as my daughter got married Saturday. Then Fathers Day Sunday. Fun stuff. But we're back on the NFL now and we've got stories you need so let's get to it.

J


1. TEN - WR Eric Decker Agrees To Terms With Titans

Source: NFL.com - Ian Rapoport

Eric Decker and the Titans have agreed to terms on a one-year deal, a source informed told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

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We love this news for QB Marcus Mariota. This could be trouble for TE Delanie Walker though as there's only one football to go around. But we'll be watching this summer to see how this offense shakes out but overall we love this move for Tennessee.

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2. MIA - RB Jay Ajayi rounding out his game

Source: ESPN.com - James Walker

Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi looks much smoother running routes and finishing receptions than he did last year, as catching the ball out of the backfield became a major focus during his offseason training.

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This is a constant drumbeat we've heard in the offseason. Ajayi could be used more in the passing game, and that improves his already high fantasy value. We could see him going over 1,200 yards rushing again with 35 or so receptions (he had 27 catches last year). Ajayi is currently going off the board at RB7 (2.02) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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3. TEN - RB Derrick Henry showing more speed

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry looks faster this offseason, according to head coach Mike Mularkey, and Jim Wyatt of TitansOnline.com said Henry has looked more comfortable catching the ball.

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Henry is just waiting in the wings behind starter Demarco Murray. When Henry gets his chance, he should be able to thrive in the Titans system. As it stands right now, Henry is an expensive (but worth it) handcuff you can get around RB25 in your fantasy draft.

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4. CLE - Expectations high for RB Duke Johnson

Source: Akron Beacon Journal - Nate Ulrich

Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson is one of the 'better playmakers' for the offense and 'big things' are expected from him this season, according to running backs coach Kirby Wilson.

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That's great and all, but they've been high for Johnson before and he's not played up to his potential. With Isaiah Crowell being used more in the passing game (40 catches last year), it limits the value for Johnson.

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5. CLE - RB Isaiah Crowell just entering his prime

Source: Akron Beacon Journal - Nate Ulrich

Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell has only 'scratched the surface' of his potential, according to running backs coach Kirby Wilson.

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The quarterback situation in Cleveland clouds what could be a RB1 in Crowell. This could be the first 1,000 yard season of his career, and Crowell could easily snag 40 or more catches in 2017. Scoop up Crowell at RB14 (3.05) in 12-team PPR leagues while you can.

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6. PHI - QB Carson Wentz finishes minicamp strong

Source: ESPN.com - Tim McManus

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz 'appeared to hit his stride' during the team's three-day minicamp, throwing crisper and more accurate passes than he did at the beginning.

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Wentz is working to avoid any sophomore slump. The Eagles did a lot of work this offseason to put better pass-catching talent around him. New WRs Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith should help Wentz avoid any slump and put up better numbers than he did last season during his rookie year. Wentz is a QB2 for fantasy owners this year and is going off the board at QB18 (12.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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7. SEA - RB Alex Collins in great shape

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks RB Alex Collins has focused on his conditioning and it is showing on the field, according to head coach Pete Carroll. 'He is in phenomenal shape,' Carroll said. 'He showed it. He's just clicking out here for us in every drill that we've done throughout every single day that we've been out here.'

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Keep an eye on Collins here in dynasty leagues. We loved his instincts and running style in college at Arkansas, and he's just got to wait his turn with the Seahawks. He's fourth on the RB depth chart right now, but Collins has the potential to thrive in a featured role.

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8. TEN - Corey Davis playing physical

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis' strength has stood out during drills, according to Jim Wyatt of TitansOnline.com, and Wyatt said Davis has been able to make contested catches in traffic.

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That's what Davis does best. He is a tough receiver who isn't afraid of contact and can rip away contested passes from defenders. That's why he should become a favorite target of QB Marcus Mariota. He's a WR3 with upside for fantasy owners in 2017.

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9. DAL - Dallas continues endorsing QB Kellen Moore

Source: The Dallas Morning News - Jon Machota

Dallas Cowboys QB Kellen Moore's understanding of the offense and ability to move the chains were on display at times during last week's three-day minicamp, and his accuracy continues to be a strong point as well.

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Kellen Moore is the likely backup to Dak Prescott in 2017. He's facing competition from guys like rookie Cooper Rush and recently added free agent Zac Dysert. Moore is likely the winner of the competition, but the Dallas offense would not be as exciting if he was forced into the lineup due to an injury to Prescott. We don't see dynasty value in Moore, and there are several other backups we'd rather stash in that format.

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10. MIN - TE Kyle Rudolph improving as a blocker

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - Sid Hartman

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph is doing a better job as a blocker, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.

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That's going to help the offense, but you don't get fantasy points for blocking. Rudolph should continue as a check down favorite of QB Sam Bradford, and that elevates his fantasy value. Last year, Rudolph was quietly the no3 tight end in fantasy football with a final stat line of 83 catches, 840 yards and seven touchdowns. Projecting him for 75 or more catches is reasonable, and that keeps his value in the TE1 range. You can get him at TE9 (8.09) in 12-team PPR leagues currently.

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11. DET - Detroit's left tackle job up for grabs

Source: Detroit Free Press - Dave Birkett

Detroit Lions OTs Greg Robinson and Cyrus Kouandjio will compete for the left tackle job during training camp, although neither player participated in the team's recent minicamp, according to head coach Jim Caldwell.

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Both of them are recent additions as the Lions got the prognosis on Taylor Decker's shoulder injury (4-6 months). Robinson was added via trade, and the former no2 overall pick (2014) is looking for a fresh start after disappointing with the Rams. Kouandjio had ...shall we say... a bizarre end to his career with the Bills and he's recovering from hip surgery. The left tackle position in Detroit is going to be a concern, but at least the right side has plenty of strength with new additions RG T.J. Lang and RT Ricky Wagner.

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12. DET - RB Zach Zenner's versatility praised

Source: DetroitLions.com - Mike O'Hara

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner is still progressing and improving, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. 'He can run the ball,' Caldwell said. 'He can pass protect. He can catch the ball out of the backfield.'

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Zenner is a jack of all trades and that versatility will get him on the field in certain situations. The Lions have a cluttered backfield, so Zenner's fantasy value is limited. Ameer Abdullah should be the lead back provided he can stay healthy. Theo Riddick should continue as the team's primary pass-catching back. That leaves little for Zenner outside of perhaps some short-yardage or goal-line work.

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13. WAS - WR Ryan Grant 'our most consistent guy'

Source: CSNWashington.com - JP Finlay

Washington Redskins WR Ryan Grant is 'our most consistent guy, without a doubt, as far as being able to line up everywhere, run the routes exactly how we want them at the right depth coming out of them,' head coach Jay Gruden told reporters during minicamp.

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Another day and another report praising Grant. Earlier this month, Washington coach Jay Gruden said Grant can line up 'all over the place' and is 'going to play' this season. Grant is fourth on the WR depth chart (at best) in Washington and fifth or sixth in the pecking order for targets when you include TE Jordan Reed and RB Chris Thompson. These reports are interesting for dynasty owners, but the path is cluttered in front of Grant if he wants to produce in 2017.

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14. NYJ - Jamaal Adams 'the real deal'

Source: New York Post - Brian Costello

New York Jets first-round S Jamal Adams had the most impressive spring of any Jets' rookie since Sheldon Richardson in 2013, according to the New York Post's Brian Costello, who added the No. 6 overall pick will be a Day 1 starter and should have an immediate impact on the defense.

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The Jets don't do everything right (see quarterback, etc) but man alive do they have an exciting young secondary building with Adams as a key cornerstone. Adams will team up with fellow rookie FS Marcus Maye (second round, Florida) to provide the Jets with a physical, athletic and aggressive safety duo. The rest of the team needs plenty of work, but Adams and Maye are a great combination for the Jets to build from.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great Monday. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J