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Volume 19, #58 -- Monday Night, June 19th, 2017

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Hi Folks,

Good Tuesday to you. We've got the News and Notes you need so let's get to it. Thanks as always to our Footballguys Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom for the work here.

J

SITE NEWS

A. Dynasty News You Can Use
Our Jeff Tefertiller with a look at the recent fantasy news from a dynasty perspective.

B. Auction Primer: Section V
Our Jeff Pasquino continues our excellent Auction Strategy series with part five where he talks strategies for building a team.

C. Auction Primer: Section VI
Our Jeff Pasquino continues our excellent Auction Strategy series with part six where he looks at strategies for operating a team.

D. Player Spotlight: DE Derek Rivers
Our Footballguys Player Spotlights are some of the most detailed looks you'll find anywhere. In this one, our Daniel Simpkins breaks down DE Derek Rivers.


1. MIN - QB Teddy Bridgewater could be cleared this year

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - Matt Vensel

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) could receive clearance to return at some point this season, in the opinion of beat writer Matt Vensel. Bridgewater has surfaced in videos throwing 40-yard passes.

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That's cool, and we're rooting for Bridgewater to get back onto the field someday. However, he may not be ready for the start of the regular season and when he comes back it could be as the backup to Sam Bradford. With no fifth-year option picked up, it will be interesting to see where Bridgewater is playing in 2018. At this point as we look towards this season, things are far from decided. We see this as Bridgewater "could" serve as the backup this year but there's plenty to be decided as the summer and season progress.

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2. NYJ - QB Josh McCown losing grip on starting gig?

Source: New York Post - Brian Costello

New York Jets QB Christian Hackenberg made some strides during minicamp, according to Brian Costello of the New York Post, and Costello believes Hackenberg could beat out QB Josh McCown to be the Week 1 starter.

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Sounds like Hackenberg is hitting fewer reporters on the sidelines during Jets mandatory minicamp. The Jets are tanking and the best way to get into a top pick in next year's draft is to start Hackenberg. Sam Darnold (USC) or Josh Allen (Wyoming) should get used to the idea of playing for the Jets.

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3. MIA - TE Julius Thomas struggling

Source: Sun-Sentinel - Omar Kelly

Miami Dolphins TE Julius Thomas has been a non-factor in practices and appears to have chemistry issues with QB Ryan Tannehill, according to Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel.

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They've got time to work things out, so don't panic with this story. Keep a mental note of it, but watch to see if Thomas shows better chemistry during training camp. The offense is familiar to him as he played under head coach Adam Gase during their time together in Denver. Thomas is a TE2 with upside for fantasy owners.

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4. LAC - WR Travis Benjamin as fast as ever

Source: Chargers.com - Ricky Henne

Los Angeles Chargers WR Travis Benjamin's vertical speed is a 'game changer' for the offense, according to head coach Anthony Lynn, and Lynn said he wants Benjamin to return punts this season.

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Benjamin has the speed to take the top off the defense. If healthy, he can be a favorite deep target for QB Philip Rivers. Benjamin partially tore his PCL in 2016 and played through the injury. In January, he had surgery to repair the injury. Fantasy owners should watch to see if Benjamin can produce in a cramped WR corps with the Chargers. As the no4 WR on the depth chart, Benjamin is unlikely to be much of a fantasy factor in 2017.

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5. LAR - WR Mike Thomas has found his niche

Source: ESPN.com - Alden Gonzalez

Los Angeles Rams WR Mike Thomas has 'found a role for himself,' according to QB Jared Goff. 'He's one of our faster receivers and can stretch the defense,' Goff said. 'I think he enjoys that role and understands that he's going to be an over-the-top guy.'

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A sixth-round pick out of Southern Miss in 2016, Thomas spent most of his rookie season playing on special teams. Thomas is a grinder with the speed to take the top off the defense. He's buried on the Rams depth chart but we're monitoring his progress in super deep dynasty leagues.

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6. DET - WR Marvin Jones improving this offseason

Source: DetroitLions.com - Tim Twentyman

Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones focused on strengthening his lower body to improve his explosiveness this offseason. He worked out with former NFL WR Randy Moss to help him in that endeavor and to improve his yards after the catch. Head coach Jim Caldwell praised Jones for the offseason he has put together so far. 'This guy is right there on the verge of maintaining that kind of explosive start that he had last year,' Caldwell said. 'He's really, really had a real good spring.'

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Jones can only benefit from working out with Moss. Last year, Jones started off his time with the Lions at an incredible rate and he led the NFL with 482 receiving yards after four weeks. It all fell apart after that due to nagging injuries and inconsistencies as Jones managed just 448 yards the rest of the season. Jones has a current ADP of WR48 (10.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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7. CLE - Myles Garrett in walking boot

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett (foot) is wearing a walking boot as he deals with a lateral foot sprain.

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Garrett has been diagnosed with a lateral foot sprain. He's in the boot right now and should be for a month or so. However, Garrett should be ready for the start of training camp.

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8. LAR - TE Tyler Higbee favored to start?

Source: ESPN.com - Alden Gonzalez

Los Angeles Rams TE Tyler Higbee appears to have a leg up on rookie TE Gerald Everett for the starting tight end position, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Alden Gonzalez.

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A fourth-round pick out of Western Kentucky last year, Higbee has an athletic profile at 6'6" 249 pounds. He didn't do much as a rookie in 2016, but Higbee should be considered the frontrunner for the starting job entering training camp. Everett is a talented move tight end in his own right, but rookie tight ends are usually slow to progress at the pro level.

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9. LAR - QB Jared Goff grasping the offense

Source: ESPN.com - Alden Gonzalez

Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff said he has understood and grasped all of head coach Sean McVay's so far this offseason. Goff said he has learned the offense much quicker this year than he did his rookie season. McVay said he has implemented about 95% of his offense so far.

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Goff was pretty bad as a rookie last year, but this new offense should be more capable of getting the best out of the second-year pro. He's a work in progress as a passer, but Goff should be better this year. Goff is a QB3 for fantasy owners in redraft leagues and this new offense greatly benefits his dynasty potential.

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10. CAR - WR Russell Shepard shines

Source: Charlotte Observer - Joseph Person

Carolina Panthers WR Russell Shepard consistently got open from the slot this spring and caught everything thrown his way, according to beat writer Joseph Person.

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Shepard is a bit of the forgotten man in the Panthers offense. He'll compete with rookie sensation WR Curtis Samuel for the no3 WR job in Carolina behind Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess.

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11. CAR - WR Kelvin Benjamin back in shape

Source: Charlotte Observer - Joseph Person

Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin appears to have worked himself back in shape, in the opinion of beat writer Joseph Person. Head coach Ron Rivera said that Benjamin didn't weigh the reported 280 pounds in April, but he might have been 270 pounds.

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Pictures surfaced earlier this offseason where Benjamin looked like he could play in Big Momma's House 4. It's a good sign that Benjamin has worked himself into better shape. He has the ability to gash defenses and his size makes him a great target in the red zone. Benjamin has a current ADP of WR29 (6.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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12. CAR - Michael Oher may be cut

Source: Charlotte Observer - Joseph Person

Carolina Panthers OT Michael Oher (concussion) may not be in the team's plans as he remains in the concussion protocol.

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The Panthers could save $4.5 million against the salary cap by cutting Oher, who would likely qualify for the maximum $1.1 million a year under the league's injury protection benefit.

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13. MIN - Dalvin Cook flashes speed

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - Matt Vensel

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook flashed his speed in minicamp last week and is a fast, long strider in the open field.

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No surprise here. Cook is an explosive back who reminded some in the scouting community of former Colts great Edgerrin James. We'll see Cook compete with veteran Latavius Murray for the starting job. Expect him to get playing time -- and perhaps win the main job -- due to his natural playmaking skill set.

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14. WAS - Nate Sudfeld impresses

Source: The Washington Post - Dan Steinberg

Washington Redskins QB Nate Sudfeld impressed senior vice president of player personnel Doug Williams in practice Tuesday, June 13. Williams said that the way Sudfeld practiced, he would have been a first- or second-round pick.

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Sudfeld is a tall, strong-armed developmental passer we're intrigued by. A sixth-round pick out of Indiana in 2016, Sudfeld looks like your prototypical pocket passer. At 6'6" 230 pounds, Sudfeld stands tall behind the line of scrimmage and can throw with proper velocity and anticipation. He's not yet found consistency to his game, so just keep him in mind if you play in super deep dynasty leagues.

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15. MIA - Charles Harris disruptive

Source: ESPN.com - James Walker

Miami Dolphins DE Charles Harris' quick first step was problematic for the team's offensive linemen in organized team activities and minicamp. He should make an impact in 2017 despite a limited role, in the opinion of beat writer James Walker.

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In college at Missouri, Harris stood out because of his agility, burst and athleticism when getting after the passer. The Dolphins first-round pick in 2017, he's got an array of pass-rushing moves that most young players just don't have. Harris is likely to get onto the field as a part-time pass-rusher during his rookie season.

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16. BAL - RB Danny Woodhead active in practice

Source: The Baltimore Sun - Jeff Zrebiec

Baltimore Ravens RB Danny Woodhead was a popular target in the passing game during minicamp last week.

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Here is a drumbeat fantasy owners need to be listening for. There are 86 receptions missing from this offense with Dennis Pitta released. Those targets/catches aren't necessarily going to whatever tight end wins the starting job. Woodhead could certainly be in for some of those targets along with WR Jeremy Maclin. We think projecting Woodhead for 50-ish catches in 2017 sounds reasonable.

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17. BAL - WR Chris Moore the fourth receiver

Source: The Baltimore Sun - Jeff Zrebiec

Baltimore Ravens WR Chris Moore will be the team's fourth receiver on the depth chart, according to owner Steve Bisciotti.

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That sounds about right. A fourth-round pick out of Cincinnati in 2016, Moore brings a lot of speed to the field. He can track passes over his shoulder consistently and goes all out to make the catch. Moore is a one-trick, vertical receiver who we are monitoring in deep dynasty leagues.

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18. HOU - WR Braxton Miller, WR Will Fuller improving

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans WR Braxton Miller and WR Will Fuller have made big jumps in their second seasons, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.

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Miller is still learning the position as he converted from quarterback late in his career at Ohio State. The second-year pro has outstanding athleticism and can be dangerous after the catch. Fuller is a speed guy who needs better concentration. Both are dangerous weapons who make for interesting 'lottery ticket' picks late in your fantasy draft.

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19. SEA - RB C.J. Prosise a matchup problem

Source: ESPN.com - Sheil Kapadia

Seattle Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise runs routes like a receiver, according to Sheil Kapadia of ESPN.com, and Kapadia called Prosise 'the biggest mismatch player' on Seattle's offense.

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Prosise is a converted wide receiver from his college days at Notre Dame. He runs routes like a receiver, but he looks like a running back when running after the catch. Prosise will mix in as a change-of-pace back behind starter Eddie Lacy.

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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