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Volume 19, #81 -- Wednesday Night, July 12th, 2017

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Good Thursday to you. We've got new Content for you Plus the News and Notes you need. Let's get to it.

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SITE NEWS

A. How to Use MyFBG
Our Adam Harstad with a a step-by-step guide to setting up MyFBG so you can start benefiting today.

B. MyFBG 2017 Ready To Roll
We've completely rebuilt the MyFBG feature at Footballguys and it's ready for you to give it a run. It's the key to most everything we do at Footballguys as it turns our information into your information.

C. The Gut Check No. 403: Terror in the Aisles
Our Matt Waldman shares 10 players whose 2017 prospects could be familiar horror stories.

D. Dynasty Trade Value Chart: Summer Update
Our Dan Hindery with Long-Term Player Values for Dynasty Leagues.

E. How to Attack Your Two-QB PPR Draft
Our Jeff Tefertiller with strategies for attacking your Two-Quarterback League Draft.


1. GB - Green Bay has embraced TE in red zone

Source: ProFootballReference.com

Green Bay Packers TEs Andrew Quarless (13) and Richard Rodgers (14) ranked among the team's top three players in red zone targets in 2014 in 2015, respectively, before Jared Cook's injury-plagued 2016 campaign ruined the streak. Martellus Bennett signed a three-year, $21 million contract to be the team's top tight end in the offseason.

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Message! Fantasy owners were already excited about Bennett signing with the Packers and that sounds even better with this historical data. Bennett could work to become a favorite target of QB Aaron Rodgers quickly ... especially when the team is near pay dirt. He's coming off the board at TE8 (7.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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2. HOU - Deshaun Watson will be ready when needed

Source: NFL Network - Alex Flanagan

Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson said he will be ready to play whenever head coach Bill O'Brien believes he is ready to start. QB Tom Savage is expected to be the starting quarterback when the regular season begins.

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Watson is going to compete for the job in camp, but it may take him a bit of time to get up to speed in the NFL. He plays big in the brightest moments, and Watson is potentially the quarterback of the future for the Texans. When he's ready, the team is likely to keep things simple for the rookie. With the Texans defense and a strong rushing attack, Watson could be the leader of a team that makes a deep postseason run in 2017.

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3. NE - RB Mike Gillislee dealt with injury

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots RB Mike Gillislee (undisclosed) dealt with an undisclosed injury during offseason workouts, but running backs coach Ivan Fears said it did not appear to be a long-term issue.

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Gillislee is the player most likely to take over the LeGarrette Blount role in 2017. There may not be 18 rushing touchdowns (like there was for Blount last year), but obviously Gillislee can have plenty of fantasy value. Right now, Gillislee is RB28 (6.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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4. CLE - DeShone Kizer could play early

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer could play early in the season as beat writer, Mary Kay Cabot, believes head coach Hue Jackson wants to throw Kizer into the fire and let him learn on the fly. With an improved defense and running game, Jackson could devise gameplans to take some of the pressure off Kizer early on. Kizer will have to perform in the preseason to win the job.

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The Browns need to see what they have in Kizer, so it makes sense they could play him sooner rather than later. Cody Kessler is his primary competition for the job in 2017, and he's more of a game manager with limited upside. Kizer has a big arm and is athletic...think of a poor man's version of Daunte Culpepper. The rookie has complete confidence in his arm but 'bird dogs' and stares down receivers too often while holding onto the ball too long. He'll need to improve that if he wants to make it in the NFL.

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5. CLE - QB Cody Kessler could be placeholder

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns QB Cody Kessler could begin the season as the starter, but he doesn't fit the mold head coach Hue Jackson likes as a starting quarterback, according to beat writer Mary Kat Cabot. Jackson likes a tall, mobile quarterback with a big arm and quick decision-making skills. Kessler falls below Jackson's 6-foot-2 threshold and doesn't have the deep-ball skills Jackson covets.

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That's pretty much what Kessler is -- a bridge quarterback to the next guy. That guy could be rookie DeShone Kizer, their second-round pick out of Notre Dame this year. While Kessler is safe with the football on underneath routes, Kizer has the big arm and aggressive mindset as a passer. We could see a scenario where Kessler begins the season as the starter but Kizer takes over at some point.

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6. WAS - Washington, QB Kirk Cousins still not close

Source: Yahoo! Sports - Charles Robinson

The Washington Redskins still have not made much progress in contract talks with QB Kirk Cousins and the two sides are not close to a deal.

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Washington has until July 17th to sign Cousins to a long-term deal and time is winding down. Earlier reports had a small glimmer of hope, but that's been extinguished in recent days. Cousins looks to play for the second straight season on the franchise tag. He'll make almost $24 million on the one-year tender if he doesn't get a deal done by next Monday.

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7. NFL - RB DeAngelo Williams won't play for four teams

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Free-agent RB DeAngelo Williams (Steelers) said the Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars and Dallas Cowboys are four teams he wouldn't be interested in playing for.

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His split with the Panthers was rough, so he's not going back there. He doesn't want to play in Dallas because he grew up a 49ers fan. The Browns are pretty much self explanatory and the Jaguars are better than Cleveland but not enough for Williams to want to play there. He's gotten zero interest on the open market to this point, and Williams might only get interest when injuries strike in training camp.

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8. IND - OC happy with RB Robert Turbin's offseason

Source: CBS 4 Indianapolis - Mike Chappell

Indianapolis Colts RB Robert Turbin had an impressive offseason and look better than he did last offseason, according to offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski. Turbin said he would embrace a bigger role in the offensive scheme.

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The positive reports about Turbin have been a constant drumbeat this offseason. Entering training camp, Turbin is second on the depth chart behind Frank Gore but he will be pushed for that spot by rookie Marlon Mack. Turbin or Mack will have little fantasy value if Gore stays healthy.

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9. NE - Nate Solder in final year of deal

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots OT Nate Solder is entering the final year of his current contract, and the team will not be allowed to place the franchise tag on him next season because it was part of the extension he signed a few years ago.

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Solder is going to be one of the hottest players on the market next year if the Pats don't lock him up. When healthy, Solder is a fine blind-side protector.

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10. NE - RB Dion Lewis could see limited snaps

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

The New England Patriots could consider limiting RB Dion Lewis' regular season snaps in order to keep him healthy for all 16 games, in the opinion of ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss.

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Lewis is going to work as a change-of-pace back behind Mike Gillislee. He'll likely be behind James White too. Lewis will only have fantasy value if guys above him on the depth chart get hurt.

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11. NFL - RB DeAngelo Williams healthy

Source: ESPN.com

Free-agent RB DeAngelo Williams (Steelers) missed nine games this past season because of a knee injury but said he is completely healthy.

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Williams wants to sign on with a team for the 2017 season, and he might get some interest when injuries hit in training camp. He's drawn zero interest on the open market so far this offseason.

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12. NE - WR Andrew Hawkins may be on bubble

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots WR Andrew Hawkins could be on the roster bubble during training camp if the Patriots decide to keep only six wide receivers on their final roster, in the opinion of ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss.

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Hawkins was added this offseason by the Patriots, and he's certainly no lock for the 53-man roster. He does fit what the Pats want from their WRs as he's quick, shifty and elusive after the catch. His primary competition for perhaps the final spot on the depth chart at wide receiver is Danny Amendola.

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13. CLE - TE Seth DeValve impressive during spring

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns TE Seth DeValve 'jumped out' in spring practices as one of the most improved players from 2016, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot.

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A fourth-round pick out of Princeton in 2016, DeValve is a converted wide receiver who can create mismatches. He'll need to run better routes if he wants to play up to his potential as a pro. The Browns did select TE David Njoku (Miami) in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft. The rookie is the more exciting of the two prospects, but it sometimes takes a year or two for TEs to make an impact at the pro level.

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14. CIN - Joshua Malone standing out

Source: Bengals.com - Dan Hoard

Cincinnati Bengals WR Joshua Malone is 6-3, 208 pounds and ran at 4.40 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. His size/speed ratio was evident on the practice field during the Bengals OTAs and minicamps.

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A fourth-round pick out of Tennessee, Malone caught 50 passes for 972 yards and 11 touchdowns in his final year with the Vols. At 6'3" 208 pounds, Malone has speed to burn. In addition to Malone, the Bengals added WR John Ross (1st round) out of Washington. It's clear the team wanted to get younger and faster at the WR position. Now only if their O-Line can hold up after losing two starters in free agency.

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15. DET - WR Golden Tate tough to bring down

Source: DetroitLions.com - Tim Twentyman

Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate was seventh in the NFL last season with 153 receiving yards after contact.

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A converted running back, Tate is elusive and tough after the catch. That's why he was no2 in the NFL (Jarvis Lanrdy, 639 yards) with 611 yards after the catch in 2016. In PPR leagues, Tate is a solid WR2 with a current ADP of WR25 (5.02).

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16. NO - RB Mark Ingram perfect as a red zone receiver

Source: ProFootballReference.com

New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram hauled in all 10 of his targets inside the 20 last season, making him only one of five players with at least five such targets to catch every one.

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Ingram has had 50 and 46 catches over the last two years, and he could best those numbers in 2017. With Adrian Peterson taking some carries away from Ingram, we could see him get more targets in the passing game. Of course, rookie Alvin Kamara could be used in that role too but Ingram should get the nod due to his experience and effectiveness.

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17. LAC - Bolts TEs did not lack for work inside 20

Source: ProFootballReference.com

Los Angeles Chargers TEs Antonio Gates (18) and Hunter Henry (16) ranked second and in a tie for third, respectively, in the league among tight ends in red zone targets. Both Gates and Henry were tied for second among all tight ends with seven targets inside the 10.

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With Mike McCoy gone to the Broncos (AJ Derby note here), we'll be curious to see how things shake out for the Chargers TEs in 2017. Henry is getting drafted at TE10 (9.06) right now.

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18. TB - Jeremy McNichols working with receivers coach

Source: Buccaneers.com

Tampa Bay Buccaneers fifth-round RB Jeremy McNichols told NFL Total Access during a recent interview he is working 'daily' with his receivers coach.

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McNichols came out of Boise State as a fine receiving back. He had five plays of 25+ yards on passing plays. McNichols is a one-speed runner with little nuance to his game. He finds a crease and attacks it immediately and without hesitation. He's buried on the depth chart in Tampa behind Doug Martin, Charles Sims and Jacquizz Rodgers. However, we are interested in him from a dynasty perspective.

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That'll do it for today, Buddy. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of Footballguys. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J