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Volume 19, #66 -- Tuesday Night, June 27th, 2017

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Hi Folks,

Good Wednesday to you. Another big day of content for you plus the News and Notes you need. Let's do this.

J

SITE NEWS

A. Footballguys Players Championship Early Bird Promo Ends June 30th
The Footballguys Players Championship is back. We're biased of course but we think it's the best mid stakes online league in the country. Register before Friday, June 30th, 2017 and receive a complimentary subscription to Footballguys.com Insider PRO membership. Purchase a 3-pack of FPC teams for $1,000 and receive a complimentary 3-year subscription. If you already have a Footballguys.com Insider PRO membership, the complimentary years will be added to the end of your current subscription. A maximum of 3 year subscription will be awarded per person regardless of FPC teams purchased by early bird deadline.

B. Projecting 2017 Fantasy Football Title Winners: Wide Receivers
Our Chad Parsons breaks down the the 2017 wide receivers most likely to fuel fantasy football championships.

C. June ADP for FFPC and FPC
Speaking of the Footballguys Players Championship (FPC), we've got exclusive Average Draft Position data for you here by our Clayton Gray.

D. Dynasty New You Can Use, Preseason Volume 3
Our Jeff Tefertiller with a look at the recent fantasy news from a dynasty perspective.


1. CLE - DeShone Kizer not ready to start...yet

Source: Pat McManamon - ESPN.com

Pat McManamon, from ESPN.com, reports when Cleveland Browns minicamp ended, the Browns were clear that rookie QB DeShone Kizer was not ready to start a game. Whether he is by the season opener remains to be seen.

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Understand this is coach / team talk. Few rookie QBs are ready to start in June. Kizer is competing with Cody Kessler and Brock Osweiler for the starting job and even if he doesn't win the job at the beginning of the season, we could see Kizer taking over at some point during the year. The rookie has a big arm and is mobile enough to keep plays alive with his feet. He needs to speed up his processor and make quicker decisions as a passer if he's going to be an effective pro.

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2. ARI - QB Carson Palmer unsure about future

Source: AZCardinals.com - Kyle Odegard

Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer said he is not ready to say how much longer he will play football.

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This may be the last hurrah for Palmer in 2017. The Cardinals don't have a surefire quarterback of the future on the roster as only Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert are on the depth chart behind Palmer. We did see Palmer play better as the 2016 season wore on after getting off to a poor start. It will be interesting to see what kind of start he gets off to in 2017.

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3. CAR - QB Cam Newton changing his diet and approach

Source: Panthers.com - Bill Voth

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton claims he is 'hands down' the thinnest he's been at this point in an offseason and admits he has to realize his job 'is not necessarily to always be the playmaker,' according to Panthers.com writer Bill Voth.

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Newton is big and physical as a runner but taking that kind of punishment can wear him down. His rushing attempts fell from 132 in 2015 to 90 in 2016, and we think that's about what fantasy owners should project him for this season. He had surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder in March of 2017. Reports about Newton's recovery have all been positive and he is projected to return for the start of training camp.

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4. PIT - Le'Veon Bell 50-50 to sign deal

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell signing a long-term deal could go either way, according to ESPN insider Adam Schefter. Both sides have motivation to get it done, but there's no deal in sight for now.

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If no agreement is done, Bell will make $12 million on the franchise tag in 2017. DeMarco Murray (Titans) makes the second-most money behind Bell for a running back with a pricetag of $6.25 million in 2017 per Spotrac.com. Both sides have admitted it will take time and plenty of work but they're striving to make something happen. With less than a month before the July 17th deadline there seems to be a bit more positive vibe around Bell's situation compared to other franchise-tagged players.

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5. MIN - RB Latavius Murray expects to start

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) said he expects to be the starting running back Week 1 even though the team added RB Dalvin Cook in the draft.

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That's cool and all...he should be expecting to be the starter...but the reality is that Cook is going to push him hard for that job. Cook is the more dynamic back and plays with more speed and explosiveness to his game. Murray needs to be healthy, stay healthy and produce if he wants to keep Cook at bay. Cook needs to stay healthy and hang onto the rock (fumbling was a problem at FSU) if he wants to play up to his first-round potential.

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6. WAS - WR Jamison Crowder to lead team in targets?

Source: CSNMidAtlantic.com - Rich Tandler

Washington Redskins WR Jamison Crowder will 'definitely' get targeted more often than Terrelle Pryor, according to CSN Mid-Atlantic's Rich Tandler.

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The numbers keep going up for Crowder over the last two years, and we expect that trend to continue this year. He could easily be projected for around 75 catches, but the potential for a 100-catch season is there. Crowder could be a great value at his current ADP of WR30 (6.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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7. SF - GM John Lynch gushing about rookie TE George Kittle

Source: Kevin Jones - KNBR.com

Kevin Jones, from KNBR.com, reports San Francisco 49ers GM John Lynch was gushing about rookie TE George Kittle in a recent interview. "One thing you have to be able to do, when you're down near the red zone and everything tightens up, you have guys who man-on-man can just beat the guy in front of him." Lynch said. "We feel like George Kittle maybe gives us something where he is that guy, in a one-on-one situation you can flex him out, put him in the middle of the field and he can kind of impose his will and just out-athlete people. That has been extremely positive. We thought that coming in, but he probably exceeded our expectations."

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Another day and another positive report about Kittle. It's a drumbeat we just can't ignore. Kittle will begin the season behind Vance McDonald on the depth chart. A fifth-round pick out of Iowa in 2017, Kittle has the speed/athleticism combination to challenge a defense on all three levels. We love these reports for dynasty leagues, but Kittle is unlikely to have much value for redraft fantasy owners.

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8. NO - QB Drew Brees says Terron Armstead injury big blow

Source: The Times-Picayune - Larry Holder

New Orleans Saints OT Terron Armstead's (shoulder) shoulder injury is a big blow for the 2017 season, according to QB Drew Brees.

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Brees isn't lying....it's a gut punch to lose your starting left tackle before the season begins. The team selected Ryan Ramczyk in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft to be a an eventual starter at the position. He's recovering from offseason hip surgery, but Ramczyk should be ready to participate at some point in training camp.

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9. DEN - Andy Janovich may receive a lot of work

Source: ESPN.com - Jeff Legwold

Denver Broncos FB Andy Janovich could receive plenty of snaps in offensive coordinator Mike McCoy's offensive scheme because of his ability as a receiver.

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Janovich played 235 snaps in 11 games last year as a rookie under Gary Kubiak. Under McCoy in San Diego Derek Watt (also a rookie in 2016) played only 135 snaps in 15 games. Janovich is arguably more versatile as a runner or receiver than Watt, but it will be difficult to manufacture touches for the battering ram in 2017.

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10. DEN - DEN happy with RB Devontae Booker's progress

Source: ESPN.com - Jeff Legwold

Denver Broncos RB Devontae Booker performed well during offseason workouts, and the team believes Booker has the potential to become a solid receiver out of the backfield. Booker may receive work with the first-team offense during training camp.

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Fantasy owners are sleeping on Booker and they shouldn't. Get him now in dynasty leagues on the cheap. He was a bad fit in the zone-blocking system under Gary Kubiak. He looks like a much better fit in the power/gap system under Mike McCoy. He's behind C.J. Anderson on the depth chart, but this may be Anderson's last year in Denver...plus he's got a history of getting banged up. Booker could play an important role for fantasy owners if opportunity arises for him this season.

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11. DET - Greg Robinson top option at LT?

Source: MLive.com - Nate Atkins

Detroit Lions OT Greg Robinson appears to be the leading candidate for the starting left tackle job entering training camp because he is the most talented option at the position with OT Taylor Decker (shoulder) sidelined, in the opinion of MLive.com's Nate Atkins.

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That shows you how bad things are for the Lions right now. They added Robinson via trade earlier this year, and they added Cyrus Kouandjio after the Bills dumped him earlier this year too. Neither Kouandjio nor Robinson are sure things at tackle, but the Lions are low on alternatives.

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12. WAS - QB Kirk Cousins deal still a long shot

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins reaching a long-term deal is still a long shot, according to sources. There are promising signs of late, though.

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Cousins has been slapped with the franchise tag each of the last two years, and it only makes sense for Washington to get him on a long-term deal ASAP. There was some optimism in this situation a couple of weeks ago, but with the July 17th deadline looming things look a little more bleak. He's set to make almost $24 million in 2017.

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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