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We're back again with the Draft Dominator Mobile App for phones and tablets. This year's version is all new and completely updated. It's extremely customizable to your situation and scoring. But the killer feature is it's way more powerful than a static cheatsheet or the apps that essentially just cross a player off as they're selected. With the Draft Dominator Mobile, values are recalculated after every single pick taking into account position scarcity and team needs to adjust player value to the exact supply and demand forces that determine value. It's an unfair advantage. And we're ok with that. To keep our Footballguys Insider PRO Subscription price as low as possible, they are priced separately and sold in the iTunes and Google Play Stores. You can see the iOS version here in the iTunes Store. And you know we have equal love for Android too. Check out the Android version is here in the Google Play Store. And here's the Footballguys page with info on both.
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Our Dr. Jene Bramel with updated tiers and strategy on how to approach the linebacker position.
Player Spotlight: Amari Cooper
Our Player Spotlights feature a deep look at how we see a player performing this year. In this one, our Ryan Hester breaks down WR Amari Cooper.
Player Spotlight: Pierre Garcon
Our Player Spotlights feature a deep look at how we see a player performing this year. In this one, our Jason Wood breaks down WR Pierre Garcon.
Baltimore Ravens WR Jeremy Maclin has averaged 67 catches, 913 receiving yards and six touchdowns over his seven NFL seasons, and since 2010, only one Baltimore receiver has reached all those marks in a single season.
Maclin could lead the team in targets, but the values of he, Mike Wallace, and Breshad Perriman are similar in drafts. Maclin has the highest floor, Perriman has the highest ceiling, and Wallace has the best track record with Joe Flacco. At least one should outperform ADP in the high volume pass offense.
Stewart was able to turn his typical workload into a boom/bust weekly profile last year, with some RB1 weeks and some on the fringe of flex range. Christian McCaffery may not cut into Stewart's workload in games that the Panthers control, but Stewart is still more likely to be marginalized in high-scoring games or games where the Panthers are playing from behind.
New York Giants WR Brandon Marshall has regularly used FaceTime to review plays and signals with QB Eli Manning in the six weeks players have off between minicamp and the start of training camp on July 27.
Fantasy football players used to avoid receivers in the first year on their new team because of chemistry issues among other things, but smart quarterbacks and wideouts have devised ways to speed up the acclimation process. Marshall could be a huge value at his current price if he approaches his production with Jets when he had a competent quarterback.
The Ravens have lost Dennis Pitta to injury and Darren Waller to suspension. Ben Watson is coming back from an achilles tear, Crockett Gillmore is coming back from two surgeries and Maxx Williams is recovering from a rare knee surgery. The team needs help at tight end, but it doesn't seem like Barnidge is in their plans. They could change those plans when they get a better idea of where their remaining tight ends are at.
Jacksonville Jaguars TE Ben Koyack's reliability as a blocker and upside as a receiver gives him a chance to breakout this year as the offense moves away from two-tight end sets, according to Mike Kaye of FirstCoastNews.com.
What this really means is that none of the Jaguars tight ends are going to have fantasy value this year, even in the very deepest of leagues. Mychal Rivera is the best receiving option, but he will be a situational player at best.
Allen Hurns is being paid like a strong #2 and his downfield receiving ability was the cornerstone of his value, but Lee was more valuable last year. Hurns might be in last year with the team if Lee passes him and the Jaguars want to keep Lee past the end of his rookie contract this year.
Washington had the better draft pedigree, but didn't really come on until the end of the season. He would be in a committee with Jalen Richard if Marshawn Lynch falters, but just as he did last year, Washington can still get 5-8 touches a game if Lynch holds down the starting job.
Williams was playing through a shoulder injury for the last third of the season, too. The return of Keenan Allen should cut into his opportunity, but fantasy drafters have overreacted to this additional factor, often allowing Williams to fall into the double digits.
Garrett's foot injury was not just a minor nick if it will still be limiting him early in camp. It could come up again during the season and affects his value in IDP redraft leagues. We'll be watching this closely.
Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell likely will make the 53-man roster this season because it would leave at least $3 million of dead money on the salary cap if he was released, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Katherine Terrell. The Bengals also like that LaFell has a mentor-like relationship with WR A.J. Green.
LaFell was surprisingly productive both with and without Green in the lineup last year, but he is likely taking a back seat to first-round pick John Ross sooner than later. He'll be on our waiver wire watch list, especially if Ross is slow to get up to speed after offseason shoulder surgery.
Donald deserves to be among the highest paid defensive lineman in the game and it makes sense to want to lock that pay in now instead of risking the loss of the big payday if he suffers a serious injury. The Rams defense is switching to a 3-4 under Wade Phillips, so this is important time for Donald to missing if he has a protracted contract dispute. Stay tuned.
Carrell also has been working on the switch to a 4-3 defense, so he is probably practice squad material, although the early season suspension of David Irving could give him a chance to make the opening day roster.
Nelson is going to vie with Jaron Brown for snaps as the #3 receiver. His deep speed gives his best ball appeal even as a 3A, but if John Brown struggles to stay healthy again this year, Nelson will have value in typical redraft leagues.