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Volume 19, #61 -- Thursday Night, June 22nd, 2017

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Welcome to Friday. Not much going on here - just SIX THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED AND FIFTY new cheatsheets ready for you. Plus the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

J

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1. SEA - Equal share of carries between RB Eddie Lacy and RB Thomas Rawls?

Source: Bob Condotta - Seattle Times

Bob Condotta, from the Seattle Times, speculates that the Seattle Seahawks could give Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls a fairly equal share of the basedown carries in 2017. Health and productivity (plus he brings up the dreaded 'hot hand' approach) should be the primary factors in how carries are split between the two.

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If Lacy is healthy and not overweight, we think he'll get the bulk of the carries. However, Rawls is a player who could see some snaps if Lacy falters. There is absolutely cause for concern with these players. And let's not forget C.J. Prosise could take a lot of third-down snaps.

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2. NYG - Does QB Eli Manning have plenty of gas in tank?

Source: NJ.com - Dan Duggan

New York Giants QB Eli Manning still has many years to play in the NFL, in the opinion of owner John Mara.

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It would be fascinating to know what GM Jerry Reese and coach Ben McAdoo think about the 'gas gauge' for Manning. Some of the moves they have made this offseason seem more bent on capitalizing on winning now, with an eye beyond Manning. Certainly the addition of rookie QB Davis Webb has given people the impression the Giants are thinking of a few years down the line. Short term, the Giants added WR Brandon Marshall and rookie TE Evan Engram, both weapons which will help Manning immensely. Early drafts seem undecided on Manning's real value, and his ADP is at 108 overall -- the No. 16 quarterback coming off the board.

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3. OAK - QB Derek Carr fully guaranteed $40 million

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating earlier reports, Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr is fully guaranteed $40 million and has more than $70 million in total guarantees. He's under contract through 2022.

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Well, we all know the chances of reaching that 2022 finish line are scant, as teams and players tend to renegotiate before the end of a contract. Hence the large amount of guaranteed dollars. Carr continues to improve his game and if he is back 100% healthy as we expect, you can bet he'll be a great option for Fantasy GMs this season.

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4. CHI - WR Markus Wheaton has good chance to start

Source: Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs

Chicago Bears WR Markus Wheaton likely has a good chance to start on the outside for the team. The Pittsburgh Steelers used Wheaton in the slot, but he wasn't nearly as productive as he was on the outside.

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We're not sure if it really will make much of a difference where he lines up with the Bears. Wheaton was underwhelming with one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL throwing him the ball when Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger was tossing him passes. He is unlikely to see an equivalent level of play out of either Mike Glennon or rookie Mitchell Trubisky, so we're not sold that he finally reaches his potential in Chicago.

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5. PIT - Xavier Grimble could 'make a run' at starting job

Source: Bob Labriola - Steelers.com

Bob Labriola, of Steelers.com, believes Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Xavier Grimble could 'make a run' at the starting job in training camp this year. While Grimble has flashed the ability to be special, Labriola cautions that the young tight end must get more consistent if he's going to beat out Jesse James for the top spot on the depth chart.

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With all the weapons in Pittsburgh, we don't expect big production from the tight end position. Both players have intriguing upside but unless looking to take a flier on someone, this isn't a team we'd go to for a fantasy tight end.

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6. BAL - More 3-WR sets for Baltimore in 2017?

Source: Jeff Zrebeic - Baltimore Sun

Jeff Zrebeic, from the Baltimore Sun, believes the Baltimore Ravens are going to use more three-wide receiver sets in 2017. They used such formations on 58 percent of the offensive snaps in 2016, a mark that should increase this season. Joe Flacco ranked 11th in the NFL with 429 passing attempts with three or more wide receivers on the field last year. New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning led the league with 580 passing attempts in such personnel packages.

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This would be good news for Flacco's numbers, but could water down the production for the receivers. Mind you, this rhetoric could just be stemming from the fact that the Ravens don't really know how their receivers will shake out. Jeremy Maclin and Mike Wallace could both do really well, and Breshad Perriman has intriguing speed on the outside if healthy. We need to watch this very closely throughout the summer and preseason. We think Wallace and Maclin have a lot of value but Perriman could be good enough to throw all three receivers into inconsistent chaos.

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7. IND - Chester Rogers challenging for serious playing time

Source: Kevin Bowen - Colts.com

Kevin Bowen, of Colts.com, reports Indianapolis Colts WR Chester Rogers is challenging for serious playing time in 2017. According to the report, Rogers has a 'real shot' at winning the no3 job at wide receiver behind T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief.

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It's definitely way too early to start talking about this, and third wide receiver isn't particularly a lucrative and high-producing fantasy option. The Colts have TE Jack Doyle as the likely third option in the passing game, limiting the value of Rogers, Kamar Aiken or Philip Dorsett. We'll watch this, but we're not terribly excited. Yet.

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8. PIT - WR Sammie Coates 'getting there' with health

Source: Jeremy Fowler - ESPN.com

Jeremy Fowler, of ESPN.com, reports Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates has feverishly worked to get his body back in shape for training camp after offseason groin surgery. "I'm getting there. It's a process," Coates said. "That's what this process is for, to get your body back so you can compete during camp."

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With Martavis Bryant and JuJu Smith-Schuster fighting for targets behind Antonio Brown, it seems like Coates is going to have a hard time finding passes thrown his way.

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9. KC - John Dorsey no longer general manager

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey was relieved of his duties Thursday, June 22.

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This is a bit shocking. Given that it seemed like the Chiefs were making very specific moves (dumping WR Jeremy Maclin, moving up to draft QB Patrick Mahomes), it made sense to think the front office was stable. Clearly something was going on, and perhaps Andy Reid was the one in the driver's seat. It will be interesting to see who the new general manager is.

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10. KC - Andy Reid signs extension

Source: The Kansas City Star - Terez A. Paylor

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid signed a contract extension Thursday, June 22. Details of the extension were not disclosed.

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The Chiefs have been to the playoffs in three of the four years Reid has been their coach. He sports a 43-21 record overall in four seasons. With rookie QB Patrick Mahomes set to take over for Alex Smith in the future (near future?), we should see the Chiefs have a more exciting and downfield passing attack with Reid calling the shots.

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11. ARI - Haason Reddick should start right away

Source: AZCardinals.com - Darren Urban

Arizona Cardinals rookie LB Haason Reddick is expected to start immediately over injured LB Deone Bucannon (ankle), according to Darren Urban of azcardinals.com.

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Reddick can start right away and he can make an instant impact. In college at Temple, Reddick constantly made plays on the other side of the line of scrimmage. He's a bit undersized at 6'1" 237 pounds but he has great athleticism, burst and a knack for pressuring the quarterback.

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12. CHI - Ka'Deem Carey not a lock

Source: Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs

Chicago Bears RB Ka'Deem Carey isn't a lock to make the final roster, and he'll have to improve on special teams to enhance his chances of making the team.

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This isn't a shock considering how few and far between his carries were in 2016. It's Carey's final year on his rookie deal and with Jordan Howard the main back, there's a good chance Carey won't see that play out.

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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