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Volume 19, #84 -- Saturday Night, July 15th, 2017

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Hi Footballguy,

Good Sunday to you and I hope you're into a nice weekend. We've got new content for you plus the News and Notes you need. Let's get to it.

J

SITE NEWS

A. FREE Feature - Scott Fish Bowl VII Running Diary
Our Justin Howe with snapshots from the early rounds of our staff's Scott Fish Bowl VII discussion. It's a fun, huge and widely discussed leagues and we're sharing thoughts and strategies.

B. Dynasty New You Can Use, Preseason Volume 6
Our Jeff Tefertiller with a look at the recent fantasy news from a dynasty perspective.

C. Player Spotlight: Lamar Miller
Our Dave Larkin takes a closer look at Lamar Miller's fantasy prospects for 2017.


1. CAR - Christian McCaffrey to work out with QB

Source: NFL Network - Alex Flanagan

Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey said he is expects to catch passes from QB Cam Newton (shoulder) this weekend and next weekend.

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McCaffrey is just plain dangerous. As a runner, he's explosive inside or outside the tackles and he has the patience of a Le'Veon Bell. As a receiver, McCaffrey is incredibly quick and agile in space and is a threat to score anytime he touches the ball. He should become a favorite target (and a favorite teammate) of Newton quickly. McCaffrey is going off the board at RB15 (3.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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2. TEN - WR Rishard Matthews likely will start

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans WR Rishard Matthews should be one of the starting wide receivers this season, in the opinion of TitansOnline.com's Jim Wyatt.

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The Titans have upgraded the wide receiver position in 2017. Matthews can be moved around the formation and attack a defense in multiple ways. He should team with Eric Decker and rookie, top-5 pick Corey Davis to give QB Marcus Mariota plenty of options to throw to (and oh yeah, TE Delanie Walker). The Titans are a run-heavy team, so Matthews is getting drafted at WR53 (11.11) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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3. TEN - WR Tajae Sharpe nearing full health

Source: FanRag Sports - John Glennon

Tennessee Titans WR Tajae Sharpe (foot) underwent surgery in June but is expected to be ready for training camp. Sharpe recently told FanRag Sports' John Glennon his recovery is 'going well.'

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A fifth-round pick out of UMASS in 2016, Sharpe debuted with seven catches for 76 yards in Week 1 against the Vikings last year...then he failed to match or best that production after that. Sharpe finished with 41 catches for 522 yards and two touchdowns. We'd feel better about his dynasty perspective if the Titans hadn't added both Corey Davis (first round) and Taywan Taylor (third round) in the draft this year.

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4. CAR - Still no decision made TE Greg Olsen's contract

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Mike Florio

Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen and his agent still have yet to make a decision regarding whether or not Wilson will show up for training camp. Olsen is due to make $6.5 million in each the next two seasons and ranks 12th in guaranteed money, making the three-time Pro Bowler one of the more underpaid tight ends in the league.

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Olsen is seriously underpaid at the TE position, and the Panthers should be on notice with training camp less than two weeks away. We'll see if they can get something done before camp. Fantasy owners are selecting Olsen as TE4 (5.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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5. DET - RB Theo Riddick mainly a receiver?

Source: Detroit Free Press - Dave Birkett

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick will be used mainly in the passing game if RB Ameer Abdullah is healthy, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, and Birkett believes Riddick could approach 1,000 yards from scrimmage with around 700 coming as a receiver.

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That's pretty much the deal with Riddick. They won't use him a a runner that much (leave that to Abdullah if healthy), but Riddick should be their primary receiver out of the backfield. That makes him a PPR special, and fantasy owners are drafting him at RB35 (7.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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6. DEN - Jake Butt likely to play in 2017

Source: ESPN.com - Jeff Legwold

Denver Broncos TE Jake Butt (knee) will likely play at some point during the regular season, according to head coach Vance Joseph.

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Butt is arguably the best tight end on the Broncos roster when healthy. He could have been a first-round pick coming out of Michigan this year had it not been for a knee injury suffered in the Wolverines bowl game. The Broncos scooped him up in the fifth round knowing that he might have to miss his rookie season. Butt is a "Y" tight end who can be used effectively as a blocker or receiver. When healthy, he could work in behind A.J. Derby to start off his pro career.

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7. PIT - WR Martavis Bryant wants to talk to QB

Source: ESPN.com - Dan Graziano

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant said he wants to talk with QB Ben Roethlisberger 'man-to-man' about the public comments Roethlisberger made about Bryant's suspension. 'Hopefully we'll have it before the season starts,' Bryant said. 'If not, that's fine. I'm still going to go out and perform and do what I have to do to be the best teammate I can be.'

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We have a feeling the two are going to make big plays for the Steelers this year. Bryant comes with plenty of risk, but he's a high-end WR2 for fantasy owners when he's playing at his best.

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8. NFL - QB Johnny Manziel talks with teams

Source: The Dallas Morning News - Jon Machota

Free-agent QB Johnny Manziel (Browns) said he has talked with a few teams about returning to the NFL.

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There has been little news about Manziel this year, but first and foremost he needs to convince teams that his life is back in order. We'd be surprised if some team took a chance on Manziel at this point of the offseason with training camp right around the corner. Perhaps he'll be able to get on board with a new team at a later date.

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9. TEN - Adoree' Jackson unlikely to play offense early

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans CB Adoree' Jackson likely will not be used on offense right away because the team wants him to be comfortable with his role on defense and special teams before using him on offense.

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Jackson is arguably the best athlete to be selected in the 2017 NFL draft. He's explosive with the ball in his hands -- on offense or on defense. As soon as he gets used to the pro game on the defense, we could see the Titans having a package of plays for Jackson on offense.

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10. TB - DT Gerald McCoy getting work at DE

Source: Florida Football Insiders - Roy Cummings

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy saw time at right defensive end during minicamp in June, and the team hopes to use him in that spot on occasion when it uses a 3-4 defensive front this season.

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The Bucs are just trying to get McCoy on the field for pass-rushing opportunities as much as possible...and in as many ways as possible. He's a leader on the defense and should be projected to get around seven sacks in 2017.

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11. OAK - DE Shilique Calhoun noticeably bigger

Source: Raiders.com - Eddie Paskal

Oakland Raiders LB Shilique Calhoun heads into training camp about 20 pounds heavier than he was at the end of the 2016 season, according to Eddie Paskal of Raiders.com.

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A third-round pick out of Michigan State in 2016, Calhoun's rookie season was cut to 10 games due to injury. When healthy, Calhoun has multiple moves to get after the passer and good burst when closing in on the quarterback. He's competing to be a starter in 2017.

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12. OAK - Tyrell Adams has a chance to start

Source: Raiders.com - Eddie Paskal

Oakland Raiders LB Tyrell Adams saw a lot more time on defense throughout the team's offseason program and is 'in the mix' to start at middle linebacker this season.

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Undrafted out of West Georgia in 2015, Adams has bounced to three different teams in his pro career. He played in six games last year, mostly on special teams, but he's set to earn a larger role in 2017.

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13. NE - Matt Lengel underwent offseason surgery

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots TE Matt Lengel (finger) is being brought along slowly after undergoing finger surgery in the offseason.

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Lengel is a big-bodied target (6'7") out of Eastern Kentucy who the team singed to a one-year deal (as an ERFA) back in March. The Patriots have an interesting group of TEs behind Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen. Lengel is going to be fine for training camp (most likely), but we're more excited by guys like James O'Shaughnessy and Jacob Hollister. The pecking order will be established in the preseason.

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14. NFL - Multiple teams interested in DE Greg Hardy

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Mike Florio

Several NFL teams have expressed interest in free-agent DE Greg Hardy (Cowboys), according to agent Drew Rosenhaus, although no deal appears imminent.

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Hardy was out of the league last year due to his off-field issues. There may be some interest but we don't see teams falling all over themselves to add an oft-troubled player like Hardy.

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15. DEN - TE A.J. Derby likes offense

Source: ESPN.com - Jeff Legwold

Denver Broncos TE A.J. Derby said offensive coordinator Mike McCoy's system is great for tight ends.

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It is great for tight ends and Derby could be featured at the position if he wins the top spot in training camp. There could be an emphasis on using him to help move the chains for the revamped Broncos offense. Derby is not getting drafted right now, but he could be 2017's version of Jack Doyle in the McCoy system.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for hanging out with us and thanks for being part of what we're doing. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J