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Volume 19, #95 -- Wednesday Night, July 26th, 2017

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G. Preseason Watch List: NFC South
Our Jason Wood with a detailed look at the key questions facing each team in the preseason. In this one, he breaks down the NFC South.

H. Preseason Watch List: NFC East
Our Jason Wood with a detailed look at the key questions facing each team in the preseason. In this one, he breaks down the NFC East.

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Our Matt Waldman equates fantasy football championships to the construction of a table. His advanced scouting of waiver wire candidates will help you build a sturdy leg to hoist that table high.

J. 2017 Preseason Watchlist: Running Backs
Our Chad Parsons takes a look at the key depth charts and running backs to monitor in the 2017 NFL preseason.

K. 2017 Preseason Watchlist: Wide Receivers
Our Chad Parsons takes a look at the key depth charts and wide receivers to monitor in the 2017 NFL preseason.

L. RB2 By Committee
Smart owners know the "by committee" approach can be a key to winning. In this one, our Jeff Pasquino looks at finding a second starting Running Back by Committee in a Standard League for 2017.

M. PPR RB2 By Committee
Smart owners know the "by committee" approach can be a key to winning. In this one, our Jeff Pasquino looks at finding a second starting Running Back by Committee in a Standard League for 2017. This one is for PPR scoring.


1. BAL - QB Joe Flacco Out With Back Issue

Source: NFL.com - Ian Rapoport

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported on his Twitter feed: "Ravens QB Joe Flacco is preparing to miss 3-6 wks with a disc issue in his back. Out at least a week or 2, sources tell me & @TomPelissero." ESPN's Adam Schefter had a much more optimistic report on his Twitter feed: "Joe Flacco injured his back lifting. Took an MRI. Team believes a week of rest will calm injury and not expected to miss significant time."

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Stay tuned for more clarity on how long Flacco will miss. We don't like this for Flacco and newly acquired WR Jeremy Maclin. As well as Breshad Perriman who we've been excited about. Stay tuned for more details there but clearly this is concerning.

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2. WAS - TE Jordan Reed has toe injury

Source: The Associated Press - Stephen Whyno

Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (toe) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list because of significant toe soreness, according to a team spokesperson.

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Fantasy owners know that Reed is a top-3 fantasy tight end if healthy...but it's the staying healthy part that is a problem for the veteran. He will be evaluated further before he is cleared to practice because the team wants to avoid any possible long-term injury.

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3. DEN - RB Jamaal Charles cleared for full participation

Source: The Denver Post - Nicki Jhabvala

Denver Broncos RB Jamaal Charles will be eased in slowly, but he has been cleared to participate fully in training camp, according to the Denver Post's Nicki Jhabvala.

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Charles is salty since the Chiefs released him. He's basically missed the last two years due to knee problems. If healthy, Charles is going to push C.J. Anderson for playing time. Anderson himself has to stay healthy and keep second-year pro Devontae Booker at bay in addition to Charles.

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4. MIN - QB Teddy Bridgewater goes on PUP list

Source: Vikings.com

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) was placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, July 26.

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We may not see Bridgewater this year as he continues to rehab from his major knee injury. He'll continue to rehab and when healthy come back as the reserve behind Sam Bradford.

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5. CHI - GM says QB Mike Glennon is starter

Source: Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs

Chicago Bears QB Mike Glennon is the team's starting quarterback, according to general manager Ryan Pace.

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They made the move to add Glennon in free agency so he's the starter....for now. The Bears moved up in the first round for Mitchell Trubisky and he's clearly the quarterback of the future. Trubisky should take over for Glennon later this year but will need to prove that he's ready for prime time.

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6. DEN - QB Trevor Siemian to open with starters

Source: ESPN.com - Jeff Legwold

Denver Broncos QB Trevor Siemian will receive the first snaps with the first-team offense during practice Thursday, July 27, but head coach Vance Joseph said that Siemian and QB Paxton Lynch will share snaps with the starters during the early part of training camp. Joseph said he would like to decide on a starting quarterback before the third preseason game but that is not a deadline for the decision.

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That's to be expected as Siemian was the starter for 14 games last year. He'll compete with 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch for the starting job in 2017. So long as Lynch doesn't fall flat, we expect him to win the top spot in training camp.

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7. ATL - WR Julio Jones will be limited

Source: AtlantaFalcons.com - Kelsey Conway

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) will be limited at the beginning of training camp, according to head coach Dan Quinn.

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Jones has been limited with this foot injury before and this isn't thought to be serious but with someone as highly rated as Jones, we'll certainly be keeping an eye on this one.

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8. PHI - Growing concern over WR Jordan Matthews?

Source: Philadelphia Daily News - Les Bowen

Philadelphia Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (knee) has growing concerns in the locker room that his knee issue is more than tendonitis. However, there is talk elsewhere in the building that he could have practiced more in the spring, and the issue is his contract.

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He's in the final year of his rookie deal, and the team hasn't approached him about an extension. Head coach Doug Pederson hinted that Matthews would be limited when full-squad workouts begin Thursday, July 27.

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9. LAC - Chargers acquire QB Cardale Jones

Source: Chargers Twitter

The Chargers acquired QB Cardale Jones from the Buffalo Bills in exchange for a conditional draft pick.

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Interesting news from Los Angeles. This team is of course all about Philip Rivers at QB but Jones provides some interesting depth. This also gives some comfort to Tyrod Taylor in Buffalo.

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10. ATL - RB Devonta Freeman reports to camp

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman reported on time to training camp Wednesday, July 26, despite not yet receiving a new deal.

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Team owner Arthur Blank has constantly expressed confidence an extension with Freeman would get done. He's likely to get the extension, and perhaps it could come as early as Thursday or Friday. Stay tuned.

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11. DEN - TE Jeff Heuerman due for breakout season?

Source: The Denver Post - Nicki Jhabvala

Denver Broncos TE Jeff Heuerman is entering his third season with the Broncos, although he sat out 2015 with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. General manager John Elway believes 2017 is the year Heuerman needs to break out. 'This would be the year,' Elway said, 'We're waiting for Jeff to make the big step.'

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The team is patient with their draft picks, but Heuerman is running out of time. Injuries and inconsistencies have kept Heuerman from playing up to his potential. We're expecting A.J. Derby to be the lead tight end in a Mike McCoy (TE friendly) offense.

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12. NYJ - WR Lucky Whitehead claimed by Jets

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent WR Lucky Whitehead (Cowboys) was claimed by the New York Jets Wednesday, July 26, according to a source.

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Whitehead was released by the Cowboys after he was falsely accused of a crime. He's found a new team where he'll have a chance to win a spot on the 53-man roster. In addition to contributing as a wideout, Whitehead could work as a return man too.

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13. DAL - WR Dez Bryant, TE Jason Witten sitting Wednesday

Source: ESPNDallas.com - Todd Archer

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant and TE Jason Witten will not participate in practice Wednesday, July 26. Head coach Jason Garrett said he wants the veteran players to have a regular schedule during training camp that will not wear them out.

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Not a big deal. Veterans like Witten and Bryant are going to get some time off.

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14. DET - Theo Reddick to get busier in red zone?

Source: DetroitLions.com - Tim Twentyman

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick could see his role expand even more inside the red zone this year, according to Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com.

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The Lions are going to find more looks for guys like Riddick in the red zone with Anquan Boldin no longer with the team. Some looks/targets will be for Riddick and some should go towards TE Eric Ebron...and maybe even a few for rookie TE Mike Roberts.

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15. PHI - WR Nelson Agholor enjoyed 'great spring'

Source: 97.5 The Fanatic - Geoff Mosher

Philadelphia Eagles WR Nelson Agholor had a 'great spring in slot and outside,' according to offensive coordinator Frank Reich.

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In two years, Agholor has less than 60 catches and three touchdowns in his pro career. That's not good enough for a first-round pick, and 2017 seems like a make-or-break season for Agholor. We're not expecting him to do much for the Eagles with free agent additions Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith.

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16. CLE - QB Cody Kessler will take first snap at camp

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns QB Cody Kessler will compete with rookie DeShone Kizer, Brock Osweiler and Kevin Hogan for the starting job in camp. While head coach Hue Jackson did not give a timetable to name a starter, he acknowledged Kessler 'deserves the chance to walk out there first.'

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DeShone Kizer may be the future of the team at the quarterback position but they won't just hand him the job. Kessler is an average starting option but he's going to be accurate on underneath/short routes. Kizer has the big arm and athleticism but he needs to make quicker and better decisions as a passer if he wants to have success as a starter.

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17. ATL - WR Taylor Gabriel has leg strain

Source: AtlantaFalcons.com - Kelsey Conway

Updating an earlier report, Atlanta Falcons WR Taylor Gabriel (leg) will be limited at the start of training camp with a strain in his lower leg.

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Gabriel will once again be the third target for the Falcons behind Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu. The team has a plan in place to ease Gabriel back.

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18. PIT - WR Sammie Coates to miss start of camp

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates (knee) underwent a knee scope last week and will miss the start of training camp, according to a source.

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Coates is already behind the rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster on the depth chart and this injury only cements that. We'll see if Coates can fight his way back up to that third or fourth spot once healthy.

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19. CIN - John Ross unlikely to be ready for camp

Source: Bengals.com - Geoff Hobson

Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross (shoulder) is expected to miss a few weeks of practice because of his surgically repaired shoulder.

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This goes against some of the other reports that said Ross might be ready for camp. The Bengals will take it easy with their first-round pick. Ross has crazy speed and will fly down the field in the blink of an eye. If QB Andy Dalton has time to throw, Ross will make for a great deep target.

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20. JAX - RB T.J. Yeldon will be on the field

Source: Jaguars.com - John Oehser

Jacksonville Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon (undisclosed) will be able to participate in practice Thursday, July 27, according to head coach Doug Marrone.

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Yeldon's fantasy value is low...even in dynasty leagues...because of the addition of first-round RB Leonard Fournette. He'll compete with Chris Ivory to be the backup behind Fournette in 2017.

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That'll do it for today. Thanks for reading and thanks for being a part of Footballguys. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update. And come hang out with us tonight on the Footballguys Sleeperbot Channel for our #AskFBG Q&A.

Peace,

J