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Volume 19, #86 -- Monday Night, July 17th, 2017

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B. FREE Feature - Suspension Worries: Ezekiel Elliott, Josh Gordon and D'Onta Foreman
Our FBG Legal Expert, Ari Ingel, takes a look at the possible looming suspensions for Ezekiel Elliott and D'Onta Foreman, with an update on Josh Gordon.

C. Updated Detailed Stat Projections
The foundation of all we do at Footballguys is our Detailed Stat Projections where we project down to the last yard what we think every player will produce this year. These numbers drive everything for us. And they're constantly updated. Our David Dodds, Bob Henry, Maurile Tremblay and Jason Wood cover the offensive guys and our John Norton and Aaron Rudnicki project the IDP players.

D. Updated Footballguys Staff Rankings
We ask our Footballguys Staff to continuously update their cheatsheet rankings through July, August and right up to the Week 1 Kickoff. We've got new rankings for you here.

E. Top 300 Players Updated
Our David Dodds with the Top 300 Players. Hot off the press.

F. Top 300 PPR Players Updated
Our David Dodds with the Top 300 Players. Hot off the press. This one is for PPR scoring formats.

G. Draftlist Updated
Our David Dodds takes the Top 300 Players and factors it against Average Draft Position to create a list that is what we'd use to draft with. This one is update with the latest projections.

H. PPR Draftlist Updated
Our David Dodds takes the Top 300 Players and factors it against Average Draft Position to create a list that is what we'd use to draft with. This one is update with the latest projections. This one is for PPR scoring formats.

I. How to Attack Your Large-League PPR Draft
Our Jeff Tefertiller dives into strategies for attacking your Large PPR League Draft.

J. Offensive Lines That Went Backward
Our Matt Williamson wrote about offensive lines that have improved last week. In this one, he lays out the OLs that have regressed. Should Devonta Freeman or Ty Montgomery owners be concerned? Matt explains.

K. Footballguys Staff Mock Draft 2 team with Flex, TD pass 6 pts, PPR
The Footballguys staff got together for their second mock draft of 2017. A 12 team PPR, where TD passes are worth 6 points. Chad Parsons provides an in-depth evaluation summary of each team's draft.

L. Quality Starts: Tight Ends
Our Jeff Pasquino wrote yesterday about taking the Baseball metric of "Quality Starts" measuring players who posted good but not great games and applying this to Football. It's valuable information as you head into the draft. In this one, he looks at Quality Starts for tight ends.

M. Quality Starts: PPR Tight Ends
Our Jeff Pasquino wrote yesterday about taking the Baseball metric of "Quality Starts" measuring players who posted good but not great games and applying this to Football. It's valuable information as you head into the draft. In this one, he looks at Quality Starts for tight ends in PPR scoring formats.


1. DAL - RB Ezekiel Elliott involved in bar incident

Source: USA TODAY Sports - Scott Gleeson

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott was involved in an incident at a Dallas bar Sunday, July 16, but no arrests were made and no police reports have been filed involving Elliott.

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No police involvement here but this still looks bad for a player who seems to constantly find himself in or around trouble. Elliott is reportedly 'bracing' for a 'short suspension' of between one to two games for his alleged involvement in a 2016 domestic violence incident, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. This incident won't look good to the league. Stay tuned.

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2. PIT - No extension for Le'Veon Bell

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Pitssburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will play the 2017 season under the franchise tag if/when he signs it.

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Bell seemed like the only franchise-tagged player who could potentially get a new long-term contract. Now, he's set to play on a one-year salary of around $12 million in 2017. Bell is not obligated to show up for training camp since he has not signed the tag. Reports indicate Bell will miss time at the start of camp.

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3. WAS - QB Kirk Cousins was offered big money

Source: SI.com - Albert Breer

Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins was offered $53 million guaranteed as part of the Redskins' offer in early May, according to team president Bruce Allen.

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What a weird story. The NFL is full of twists and turns, and this was Washington making a public statement where they put out the full data on the offer for Cousins. Along with the salary offer, the statement also read "Kirk has made it clear he prefers to play on a year-to-year basis." Even though they could franchise tag Cousins for a third year in 2018 (at the cost of $34 million), it looks like he'll be playing elsewhere (San Francisco?) next season.

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4. WAS - QB Kirk Cousins will play under tag again

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins was not given a new deal prior to the deadline Monday, July 17. He will play under the franchise tag for a second straight year.

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Cousins is the first quarterback in NFL history to play under the tag for two years in a row. With a price tag of around $24 million, Cousins will have made around $40 million in two seasons combined. They could tag him again next year, but we think Cousins is playing elsewhere in 2018.

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5. WAS - QB Kirk Cousins' best offer came in May

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Updating an ongoing story, Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins' best contract offer was received in May, which was higher than $20 million per year. The contract only added one guaranteed year, but it was worth less than the $23.9 million he's slated to make via the franchise tag.

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Washington just doesn't seem to have enough faith in Cousins to give him a deal he feels is worth accepting. He's going to bet on himself -- again -- with a price tag around $24 million this season. Washington could franchise tag Cousins for a third time, but that would elevate his price tag to an unthinkable $34 million for 2018. Cousins is the first quarterback in NFL history to play under the franchise tag for two years in a row.

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6. DET - WR Calvin Johnson invited to camp

Source: ESPN.com - Michael Rothstein

Retired WR Calvin Johnson was invited to training camp by the Detroit Lions team president Rod Wood told WJR Radio.

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Wood has been exchanging text messages with Johnson that he described as "cordial" and "professional" but he did not get into specifics. Johnson opened up about his retirement from the Lions recently, talking about how the constant losing was a factor in his decision to walk away. Johnson has declared before that a return to the NFL would be too much of a toll on his body.

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7. JAX - WR Allen Hurns to have major role?

Source: Jaguars.com - John Oehser

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Hurns is one of Jacksonville's most consistent receivers, according to John Oehser of Jaguars.com, and Oehser believes Hurns will be a 'big factor' in the passing game this season.

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"Big factor" doesn't necessarily mean "fantasy factor" in 2017...especially with reports of having QB Blake Bortles with a more limited role this year. Hurns was a major disappointment for fantasy owners last year, falling from the no14 spot in 2015 to the no75 spot in 2016. The emergence of Marqise Lee and a more conservative approach on offense with an emphasis on rookie RB Leonard Fournette will continue to limit Hurns production. He's WR67 (14.06) in 12-team PPR leagues at this time.

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8. NFL - WR Anquan Boldin talking with teams

Source: Sun-Sentinel - Omar Kelly

Free-agent WR Anquan Boldin (Lions) said he has talked with several teams about the possibility of signing and is scheduled to meet with an undisclosed team Sunday, July 23.

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Boldin showed last year that he could still make plays at the pro level. We should see him sign with a new team sometime around the start of training camp.

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9. CAR - Dave Gettleman fired

Source: Panthers.com

Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman was fired Monday, July 17.

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This is a surprising move for this time of year. Gettleman has drafted well and the Panthers are just one year removed from a Super Bowl appearance. Something had to happen behind the scenes for this move to take place in the middle of July. Reports have indicated Panthers owner Jerry Richardson didn't like the way Gettleman handled the negotiations with WR Steve Smith and CB Josh Norman. We'll see how Gettleman's firing impacts the possible holdout for TE Greg Olsen and the potential extension for LB Thomas Davis.

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10. CAR - OLB Thomas Davis a priority

Source: Charlotte Observer - Joseph Person

Carolina Panthers LB Thomas Davis, who is in the final year of his contract, is the team's first order of business, according to a source.

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The two sides want the same thing, so it looks like something could get done -- perhaps even before training camp. A first-round pick for the Panthers in 2005, Davis has been a cornerstone for that franchise for over a decade. Any sort of extension should come at a good price with little guaranteed money as Davis is in the twilight of his pro career.

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11. ARI - RB Kerwynn Williams the backup

Source: The Arizona Republic - Kent Somers

Arizona Cardinals RB Kerwynn Williams has earned the trust of head coach Bruce Arians and should serve as the primary backup to RB David Johnson, according to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic.

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Williams and his big play ability have flashed here and there during his pro career. He's a speedy change-of-pace back behind Johnson and would get plenty of attention from fantasy owners if something were to happen to the Cardinals starter.

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